encourage

8) New “forafriend” site Offers Encouragement —

Support, encourage, and spread love with a small gift. Forafriend.com is a new way for missionaries to share their mission, passion, and everyday life, and a new way for believers to discover and become connected with missionaries around the world and their work. Forafriend enables people to encourage and support missionaries financially by giving for small, specific things that the missionaries themselves have indicated they use regularly in their relational ministry, along with a personal message. Forafriend provides tools for missionaries to connect with their forafriend supporters. Forafriend is committed to the great commission and supporting and encouraging those who are living it out around the world, while also protecting security & privacy.

 

Check it out and spread the word:

 

http://www.forafriend.com

 

Email

infoatforafrienddotcom for questions or more information.

12) The BackPage: Nehemiah Wouldn’t Quit — Neither Should You

By the time we get to chapter 4 of his book, Nehemiah has quite a bit of momentum mustered. The wall is going up steadily and Nehemiah’s forces are attracting more than their share of jealous hearts. Some neighboring cities & tribes, for motives known only to them, begin taking shots at Jerusalem… and more specifically, at Nehemiah in particular.

“What are those feeble Jews doing?” (vs. 2) — Translation: Yikes, they’re making us look bad.

“Will they finish in a day?” (vs. 2) — Sarcastic way of trying to conceal their jealousy for Nehemiah’s efficiency.

“What are they building? If even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!” (vs. 3) — Sarcasm for: whoa… it looks strong.

It was one thing for the neighbors to talk. But Nehemiah also heard whiners from within:

“Our strength is giving out.” (vs. 10) — Translation: “This is boring. I’d like a more glamorous job please.”

“There is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild.” (vs. 10) Translation: “I’m overwhelmed by the immensity of this task.”

“Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” (vs. 12) Translation: “Lions and tigers and bears — Oh my!” (“We’re scared! Of what? we don’t know; nobody’s actually fired a shot yet; but this has got to be dangerous to someone; might as well be us.”)

But the thing is, Nehemiah didn’t quit. He rallied the troops with visionary speeches. He worked with advisors to create credible defensive strategies. And he kept himself pumped up with prayer to the Father. He kept his eyes focused on a positive outcome, refusing to give way to those seeking to undermine the campaign, both from within and without.

You know… sometimes that’s what leaders do. I remember a board member asking me once, after I had taken a fairly long field assignment away from the office (7 months, to be exact), “Doug, did it not occur to you that, in your absence, there would be problems?” I replied with what I thought were tenable solutions at the time. I had replaced myself with what I thought were two highly experienced men. It was a productive time in our organization’s history. And when I left, everything was in good order. However, within a few short months, those same leaders were reported to have been advising recruits not to risk affiliating with our own organization. They apparently were telling would-be missionaries, “This organization probably won’t even be around come first of the year.” “Better find another way; this one is doomed to fail.”

Thanks to the Lord’s strength, the rumors of our demise were a bit exaggerated. In fact, some 20 years have elapsed since those words were spoken. But it was true, by the time I returned to lead at the office, the mood was pretty gloomy. The board member continued, “Doug, it seems your biggest downfall has been your own inability to see what you bring to the table. You might not be the sharpest, maybe you’re not always the best, and maybe there are situations you just don’t catch.” (I was thinking — this is supposed to encourage me? :-) ) “But what you *do* bring to the table is a firm belief that things are going to turn out okay. And when others believe you and your words, well, things start working out. Your positive faith is one of your greatest assets.”

So I’ve never forgotten those words. Sometimes, when things are getting tough, I just say to myself, “One more breath; one more day. We can do this.” And before I know it, we’ve gotten through another day. We’ve taken another breath.

Now I realize why not everyone decides to be a Chief Executive Officer of a non-profit. Sometimes it takes *energy* to forge on. Belief. Positive faith… the same kind held by Nehemiah in chapter 4.

So, if you truly believe your project is of God, don’t give up. Nehemiah didn’t; and neither should you.

4) Resource to Encourage Missionaries

A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. The author 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

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2) The Tool Every Missionary Needs For Christmas

greetingcardsYour missionary needs an online wholesale greeting card and gift shop. I’m not talkin’ “cheezy e-cards” few people appreciate. I’m talkin’ premium printed greeting cards (16,000+ choices) into which he or she can create the text, insert up to 4 photos per page, and even include gifts. It’s a great way to keep in touch with, and to thank donors; to express heartfelt greetings to friends; to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, and etc. From an Internet cafe in some remote village a missionary can select a card write the text, insert personal photos (even on the front of the card). The system will verify the address, print, UV coat it, stuff, stamp it (1st class U.S. postage) and send it for as little as $1.37 per card. A similar quality card from a big name card shop would cost five times that amount. For a free trial account, e-mail Eddie at:

prayer_center (And, you don’t HAVE to be a missionary.)

(And by the way, we’re grateful to Eddie and Alice for pitching in $50 toward the global ministry of Brigada Today!)

5) 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

11) The Backpage: Where Do You Turn In Midst Of The Storm?

Some of you have been following my son’s shipping out to the military to begin training as a US Army Ranger. Over the past week or two, I’ve been struck by his maturity (in spite of just being 18 years old), after having been diagnosed with a knee ailment that will most likely ultimately result in his being medically discharged. In the wake of the dashing of his dreams (he has wanted to be a Ranger for 2 years, and he’s been planning to join the army since he was a sixth-grader), he has turned to the Lord for strength. Books like, “Don’t Waste your Life” (by John Piper) and “40 Days of Purpose (by Rick Warren), along with the Bible, have given him solace. Songs like “Storm” (by Lifehouse) have helped encourage him. And ultimately, trust in God’s sovereignty have helped him realize that, “When a person is knocked down to his knees, the only place to which he can turn is the Lord.” He’ll probably be home in two weeks. He had no “plan B.” He was hoping to invest 20 years in the military. After lots of brainstorming, he’ll probably try to begin a 4-year college degree. (In fact, it looks like we have him set up to start his freshman year this fall.)

Where do you turn in the midst of a storm? What books, what songs, what scripture passages have meant the most to you when things have gone differently than you hoped? How do you survive? Please click “Comments” under this item on the web and give your input on how to make it through the storm.

For your quick reference, below are the words to the “Lifehouse” song that has meant a lot to my son. Click the big arrow immediately below to see Jason, the leader of Lifehouse, performing the song live.

Storm
by Lifehouse

How long have I been in this storm?
So overwhelmed by the ocean’s shapeless form
Water’s getting harder to tread
With these waves crashing over my head

If I could just see you
Everything would be all right
If I could see you
This darkness would turn to light

And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
And everything will be all right
And everything will be all right

I know you didn’t bring me out here to drown
So why am I ten feet under and upside down
Barely surviving has become my purpose
Because I’m so used to living underneath the surface

And I will walk on water
And you will catch me if I fall
And I will get lost into your eyes
And everything will be all right
And everything will be all right

(Just click “comments” below to comment on this item.)
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[Edited Aug. 2:]
After Tony’s comment below, I remembered this song by Steven Curtis Chapman. Speaks directly into this topic. Thanks again for your input.

God is God
by Steven Curtis Chapman


And the pain falls like a curtain
On the things I once called certain
And I have to say the words I fear the most
I just don’t know

And the questions without answers
Come and paralyze the dancer
So I stand here on the stage afraid to move
Afraid to fall, oh, but fall I must
On this truth that my life has been formed from the dust

God is God and I am not
I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting
God is God and I am man
So I’ll never understand it all
For only God is God

And the sky begins to thunder
And I’m filled with awe and wonder
‘Til the only burning question that remains
Is who am I

Can I form a single mountain
Take the stars in hand and count them
Can I even take a breath without God giving it to me
He is first and last before all that has been
Beyond all that will pass

Oh, how great are the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
How unsearchable for to Him and through
Him and from Him are all things

So let us worship before the throne
Of the One who is worthy of worship alone

[Edited Aug. 3:]
Thanks to Commenter Ed, from Topeka, who suggested “A Living Prayer” by Alison Krauss and Union Station.

Ed also suggested Chris Tomlin’s and Matt Redman’s “How Can I Keep From Singing?”

(Thanks Ed!)

Then there’s David Crowder’s “Come Thou Fount”, requested by my son at Ft. Benning:

MISSION STORIES OF GOD IN ACTION

Are you encouraged by hearing what God does or how other believers see victory when trials come their way?

http://www.missionsmag.com

is a site with stories from around the world and thought provoking articles from missionaries. Do you have a story of how God worked? Please submit it to stories

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

20071014 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
  2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH
  3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD
  4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS
  5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE
  6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
  7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE
  8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING
  10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM
  11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG
  12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
  14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT

  1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — First time in Europe! A unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. The first European program will be held in Hungary, January 7-11, 2008. Other 2008 courses in Tokyo, Seattle and Singapore. Go to

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

    for details. Or emailhelp(at)

    creativeresultsmanagement(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address on one line.] (Thanks to Core Coaching for their $75 gift.)


  2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH — Plan and implement evangelism and church planting strategies among your favorite unreached people group, population segment, or mega-city. Go to:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au/life/?events

    for more information and to download an application. Or contact the registrar: info(at)

    ywamperth.org

    [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.] (And thanks to YWAM Perth for pitching in $20 to help undergird Brigada!)


  3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please inquire with Karen(at)

    here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


  4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS — If you are a Christian university or college student, ISV FaithWorks is looking for you! International Student Volunteers has spent the last 25 years sending literally thousands of students on volunteer adventures on six continents. Now, ISV FaithWorks

    http://www.isvfaithworks.com

    is utilizing their proven infrastructure to provide the mission adventure of a lifetime to Thailand and the Dominican Republic. Experience two weeks of mission work, followed by two weeks of adventure tour (whitewater rafting, rock climbing, river tubing, scuba, etc.) in the country of your choice. They are all about mission, adventure and discipleship! Use the website above or call 519-841-0006 in the USA


  5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE — Are you still using vhs tapes? Master Provisions has 300 blanks that they would love to donate and will ship at their own expense just as a courtesy to some missionary or organization that is still utilizing vhs media. First, check to see if they’re already claimed by logging on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=44

    If you see no signs of them being claimed, drop Roger a note at clothesman(at)

    juno.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


  6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader”. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada100” in your shopping cart purchase at

    http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

    For special orders contact info(at)

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


  7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE — Hats off to frequent Brigada contributor, Tony, for telling us, “The future is here, no enormous ‘roaming’ charges to use a phone in different countries.” See the following link:

    http://pacrimmedia.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/a-cellphone-without-borders/


  8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Need a secure VPN solution that can be used virtually everywhere you can get on the Internet? Consider Secure Connect from PCFSoftware Solutions. With almost a decade of supporting remote workers in sensitive areas, PCFSoftware Solutions understands the need for Internet security. Built on OpenVPN, Secure Connect offers secure VPN solutions to users of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, with setup as simple as an install, and entering a username and password (for the Windows environment). Subscriptions for individuals and organizations are available. Secure Connect meets the needs of Christian workers in sensitive areas. Learn more at:

    http://www.pcfss.com/secure-connect

    (Note: I’ve personally interviewed the providers of this VPN and they do indeed check out as legitimate. By the way, we’ve rec’d no compensation to list them.)


  9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING — Pick up a certificate at Core Coaching Skills and, in the process, pick up a number of really helpful competencies.

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

    (By the way, thanks for the recent thank-you note and $75 sponsorship to Brigada! It’s obvious that Brigada readers know a good skills class when they see it… and those readers are now gearing up effectively with Keith’s team.)


  10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM — A free ebook reader based on the Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century Conference is available by going to

    http://ie-21stCentury.com

    This 300 page PDF file includes all the edited and transcribed workshops presented at the 2005 conference at Liberty University. The site also includes links to the free video workshops themselves and directions on how to order the DVDs for your library. The 21 workshops are by the top names in internet evangelism.


  11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG — Here’s a new blog by educator and media strategy consultant Dan Henrich. Called a “Blog about Innovation”

    http://interactiveconf.wordpress.com/

    it is a compilation of articles and links that address the convergence of media in the word and strategies to use media more effectively.


  12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here is a 4-week TESOL course that will equip you with the skills to effectively teach English as a Second Language (ESL). It will be held January 7 – February 1, 2008 at Youth With A Mission in Fairbanks, Alaska. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. For more information see their website:

    http://www.alaska.net/~ywam

    or e-mail tesolinalaska(at)

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


  13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS — We’re extremely grateful to Insurance Services of America for their recent donations of $78.40, $23.10, and $63.63 to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Thanks, too, to the travelers who used their services — Esther, Irene, Jay, Rena, Rie, Geraldn, Bruce, Ann, Tyler, Savannah, Logan, Donna, Daniel, Yvonne, Ted, … and especially Heather, who, in turn, booked Donna, Chris, Mike, Amber, Aubri, Alicia, David ,Kathryn, Michael. Want to join them in booking quality insurance on your next trip — travel interruption, trip cancellation, medical evacuation, and much more? Just go to:

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


  14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT — We send Brigada free… then ask questions later. How can we do business that way? Only if churches, missionaries and individuals like you pitch in to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Just click “Donate“.
    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

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

20061217 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IT TRULY IS A WONDERFUL BRIGADA-LIFE
  2. WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF MAKING OUR GOAL…
  3. ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO REACH OUR 2006 NEEDS: $16,650
  4. WANT TO KNOW THE TOP 3 CRITICAL ISSUES?
  5. VISIT THE PRAYER ADVOCACY MINISTRY: CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS
  6. SPECIAL BRIGADA REPORT: WHAT MAKES A MISSIONARY EFFECTIVE?
  7. 50% OFF ON PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING
  8. LIFEHACKER IS A GOOD READ
  9. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR HARD DRIVE CRASHES IN THE BUSH
  10. AMAZINGMAIL TURNS OUT, WELL,… AMAZING MAIL!
  11. RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR IN LIBERIA
  12. BEIJING OLYMPICS, DO RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT, THEN SERVE
  13. SEARCHING FOR A PAST ITEM IN BRIGADA?
  14. GREAT “BOOK NOTES”
  15. BARREL AQUAPONICS: CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
  16. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE
  17. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR WISH-FOR-2007?
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IT TRULY IS A WONDERFUL BRIGADA-LIFE — Thanks to gifts from an anonymous Virginia participant ($250), another from Oregon ($100), Salem Alliance Church from Salem, OR ($100), a medical missionary in Tanzania ($200), $50 from another employee at Johnson Bible College ($50 — that’s two employees in as many weeks!), a worker in Germany ($50), another in Richmond, VA ($50), yet another from Rockville, MD ($50), a servant with www.christiansincrisis.net and finally, Roland Muller of Roland Muller Books, rmuller.com ($100 gift). That takes us from our previous base, as reported last edition, of $11,054.74 to $12,054.74.

  2. WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF MAKING OUR 2006 NEED — So as you can see, we’re *so* within striking distance. That means we only have $4,595.26 to reach our 2006 need of $16,650 —– by Sunday. Gulp. But it wouldn’t be so hard… It looks like this. We just need:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet)
    5 to give 500 — 3 down, 2 to go
    8 to give 250 — 3 down, 5 to go
    10 to give 100 — 9 down, 1 to go
    20 to give 50 — 16 down, 4 to go
    50 to give 25 — 7 down, 42 to go

    Look how many folks have pitched in! Yet there are 11,000 Brigada participants in all. The question remains: Can we cover this ground by Sunday. Someone asked, “What will you do if you go *over* the goal amount?” Well please hear this: We will refuse to apply more than the $16,650 to 2006. In fact, if more money were to come in (great leap of faith), we would apply it directly to 2007. If enough money came in to cover 2007, we wouldn’t mention finances through the entire *year*! :-)


  3. ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO REACH OUR 2006 NEEDS: $16,650 — Gulp. Please note… one of our partners mentioned this past week that he wished it would be possible to donate without registering for a PayPal account. Your wish is our command. We have now configured the donations site so you no longer need PayPal. You can now pay directly (simply, and quickly) with any major credit card. 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.

  4. WANT TO KNOW THE TOP 3 CRITICAL ISSUES? — … for the Cross- Cultural Church-Planter? Find the book at:

    http://www.rmuller.com/

    (And thanks, Roland, for your gracious gift to Brigada this past week.)


  5. VISIT THE PRAYER ADVOCACY MINISTRY: CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS — You’ll be inspired to advocate prayer among your own agency. See their site at:

    http://www.christiansincrisis.net

    (And thanks to Christians in Crisis for helping Brigada out the door with a gracious gift this past week!)


  6. SPECIAL BRIGADA REPORT: WHAT MAKES A MISSIONARY EFFECTIVE? — Rebekah is 22 years old. Next year, she’ll move to India to begin work as a missionary there. She’ll finish Bible college in May . . . and she’s preparing in every way she can. But she’s eager to know… what’s your top-ten list of tips, thoughts, ideas, and principles that can help her become super-effective on the mission field. She’s particularly interested in hearing from veterans on the field… those who can tell her, “Here’s what made the difference.” She’ll assemble all the input into a report and file it here in Brigada in two weeks. So everybody who contributes will be able to see what everyone else recommended. When you write her, be sure to tell her if you’d rather your input be anonymous (like if you’re in a sensitive land). Likewise, be sure to tell her if you’d like to be credited… and if you’d like any particular email address or website to be listed with your input. Here’s a chance for training and resource institutions to be listed along with others around the world, all with a simple goal of saying, “Here’s how to get ready for the field.” It’s simple to participate: Just write Bekah at this address:

    bekahsabs3(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 .]

    (If you’d like to see a copy of the kind of thing she might compile, take a look at Heather’s recent compilation for MK’s at this URL:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/mk_resources.pdf


  7. 50% OFF ON PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has its 6-hour award-winning video kit 50% off. Discover firsthand how the 12-step People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for funds. The video kit includes: 4 90-minute videos by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon; 72-page Study Guide, 72-page Facilitator Guide, The People Raising book (now in a 13th printing) and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing this entire kit at 50% off while supplies last. To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online

    http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or contact

    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. LIFEHACKER IS A GOOD READ — Thanks to our long-time friend and contributor, Tim (a well-connected I.T. & missions guy from Cincinnati), for putting us on to

    http://www.lifehacker.com

    It makes for a fun and entertaining read. (If those folks get the missions bug, Brigada would be out of business. :-) ) Sometimes I think the blog format would be great for Brigada. But then I think about all the folks who still receive Brigada via a very small pipe. (Contrary to popular opinion, not everybody has broadband yet, you know. We currently estimate that fully 1/3 of our 11,000 participants still view Brigada from developing nations with very slow Internet channels.) Still, if you’re speedy on the Internet highway, check out Lifehacker, a self-proclaimed “software and productivity guide — a blog that covers tips and tricks for streamlining your life with computers (and sometimes without).” Updated several times daily, Lifehacker “points out software downloads, web sites, do-it-yourself projects, how-to’s, tutorials, shortcuts and tips for going beyond the default settings and getting things done in the most clever, unexpected and efficient ways.” Our MAC users should be pleased. They seem to have a decided slant in that direction, if you ask me. :-) (Finally *something* mac-ish. Wait — just teasing! :-) )


  9. WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR HARD DRIVE CRASHES IN THE BUSH — What do you do when (not “if”) your hard drive gets trashed while you’re traveling or living in the middle of nowhere? Well according to Brigada participant Jonathan, your first concern will actually most likely be email and internet access before file recovery. Here is a quick fix he suggested. PuppyLinux is a free “live” CD operating system that can work without a hard drive present. Just go to

    http://www.puppyos.com/

    to download the ISO, burn it to a CD and boot from that CD for a simple, yet complete OS and office solution. You can save settings to a USB drive, or install the whole thing on a 64MB USB drive, if your computer can boot from a USB drive. It’s even possible to access files from a “dead” hard drive through Puppy Linux – so burn a Puppy Linux CD and keep it nearby. Who needs a hard drive anyhow?

    Important note: This strategy is like fire extinguishers and bug-out bags. It works best if you prepare things *before* the disaster.


  10. AMAZINGMAIL TURNS OUT, WELL,… AMAZING MAIL! — Now that Christmas is over, I know what you’ll say: “Thanks a *lot* Doug. Why couldn’t you have reminded us about this in November!” :-) Well, better late than never. Just make a calendar entry to remember it next time. Here’s the deal: My buddy in China used this service at…

    http://www.amazingmail.com

    Where he uploaded his picture, uploaded the email list, then amazingmail.com did the rest. They print your postcards (quality job, too; very attractive) then mail them out for you complete with postage. All that’s left for you to do is … sit back and enjoy whatever other 65 things you have to do today. Seriously folks… this is a fantastic deal for someone in a sensitive country with a good VPN. Try it out… AmazingMail.com.


  11. RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR IN LIBERIA — These R&D Modules of 2 weeks are open to sit-ins and participants from communities from February 5 to 16, 2007 in Monrovia, Liberia (West Africa). The cost is US$ 450 for the two sessions. Applicants from all countries and nationalities are welcome. The organizers suggest you register ahead while slots are still open. Contact the Streams Center: streams7(at)juno(dot)com or phone: +639157843330 +639062343347

    http://www.streams.mysite.com


  12. BEIJING OLYMPICS, DO RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT, THEN SERVE — The first School Of Relief & Development (SWORD) will run in Jordan and Dubai in February 2008. A 2-year Field Assignment will follow, which will be spearheaded by the Olympic Outreach in Beijing July 2008. Teams will then disperse back to the Middle East and into their respective target countries. A team will remain in China. Pre-requisite: A successful DTS or CDTS. For more info, contact: The Streams Center – streams7(at)juno(dot)com -or- visit

    http://www.streams.mysite.com


  13. SEARCHING FOR A PAST ITEM IN BRIGADA? — Just click on “search” in the top-line menu above. Put in some key words like… TESL, or “MK” or “trojan” or whatever you’re seeking. Watch the magic happen. :-)

  14. GREAT “BOOK NOTES” –- Want to keep up on current books? Subscribe to book notes. David writes notes on the books he reads on missions, church, leadership, culture, and other topics. He sends them without cost to an email list of subscribers and posts them on the web. To see samples or subscribe go to

    http://www.davidmays.org

    and click on Book Notes or email davidlmays(at)sbcglobal(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. 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 26 & 27, 2007. 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. Full- time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30. For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org or email:

    aquacultureint(at)yahoo(dot)com “(As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .)”. Also see the next item.


  16. 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 28 – 30, 2007. 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. Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $60 or $75 for the Workshop and the Conference. For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


  17. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S YOUR WISH-FOR-2007? — Got a New Year’s wish for 2007? For the final Brigada of the year, we’d love to share yours with the world. You can be personal (“I want to lose 25 pounds”), spiritual (“I *will* pray 10′ per day”), or practical (“I will be on time to work throughout 2007”). You can attach your name, or make it anonymous. You can even be romantic, as long as you are sensitive (“By the end of the year, Gladys will agree to marry me” :-) [We reserve the right to edit these; we do have under-age participants in our mix. :-) ] ). (But at the same time, mum’s the word: your secret is safe with me. We won’t give out *any* of your identities! Have you ever read our “PRIVACY INFORMATION” in “CLOSING STUFF” below? :-) ) So send ’em my way. Please type “WISH-FOR-2007” exactly as suggested (hyphenated, all upper case). If there are just 10 or so wishes, we’ll publish them right here in-text. If there are more than 10, we’ll link to a PDF and your 2007 wish will forever be stamped in 2007 history! Give us a view to your life… It’ll be fun to see where everyone is headed. Please limit your text to no more than 8-10 lines max… like a typical Brigada Today item. (ok… tease me all you want. I’m thick-skinned. *Some* go over 10 lines. I know. :-) ) So have at it. Please send your item to:

    WISH-FOR-2007(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 .] Please don’t copy me at my DLucas address. :-)

    In order for them to be granted :-) , all wishes have to be in no later than noon this Friday, December 29th, at which time Brigada will officially be “caught up” as we conclude 2006. Don’t be late. Send your “wish-for-2007” today! :-)

    Doug

20060604 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE
  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS!
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB”
  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING
  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE
  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION
  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST…
  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development will conduct its next Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) on July 31 – August 5, 2006 at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru, Kenya, located outside of Nairobi. This training institute is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya along with Five Talents International. It is appropriate for anyone doing outreach or ministry among the poor in the Two-Thirds World – pastors, church planters, church members, ministry staff, missionaries, and relief and development workers. The institute provides training on practical, church-based strategies for ministering to the poor without creating dependency. Specific topics include how to implement a relief or development intervention for your community without doing harm, how to promote rotating and accumulating savings and credits associations, how to partner with microfinance institutions, and how to offer small business training to low-income entrepreneurs. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to attend the training. The cost for this CEDI is $550 USD and covers room, board and tuition. To register for the CEDI, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org and click on the Limuru, Kenya link located under the Christian Economic Development Institute heading.


  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS! -– It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer short-term mission trips! PLUS, when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website, 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.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! (It’s working! See below.)


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

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


  4. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB” — Want some free tips on doing research on the web? Check out:

    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective


  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING — Just click on over to

    http://flightaware.com

    It contains a fantastic quiver of tools to track commercial and private flights. (Thanks to Mark and the Courier Journal for this tip.)


  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE — A new resource is available to help women working around the world as they counsel and help other women. Muriel Cook, a long-time missionary in Taiwan, and her daughter Shelly Cook Volkhardt, have just released Kitchen Table Counseling, a resource that takes the fear away from addressing difficult problems and empowers women to reach out to those around them. The book focuses on guidelines for kitchen table counselors and then provides help with specific issues. One of the most helpful pieces is the Topical Scriptural reference index that counselors can return to as they help others. Soon you’ll be able to visit

    http://www.kitchentablecounseling.com

    to interact with the authors, schedule speaking engagements and purchase the book.


  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — These people of northern Namibia in Southern Africa build Owambo homesteads, which are circular, near spirallic arrangements of homes. The labyrinthine passages may weave in and out to confuse a stranger or an evil spirit, but all they all lead to the central meeting place, the olupale. Continue to pray that the center of these homesteads will one day welcome the Holy Spirit into their presence and that all will come to know the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray that there will be no need to confuse strangers as the Truth is heard. Continually lift up the Mbalantu, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or contacting those who are trying to reach them at 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 .]


  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION . . . — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $10, with this note: “Thanks for all you do with Brigada! I wish I could send more, but I know every little bit helps. PS. I enjoyed the “mole” story!” Mark, that $10 meant more than you know! We’re running in the red this month, and $10 can mean a *lot*! Thanks! And thanks to Good Neighbor Insurance for the $183 they sent in recognition of folks like you who bought various kinds of insurance from them at:

    http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

    Thanks, too, to two different groups from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO), and several other individuals, who bought trip cancellation insurance from ISA, resulting in a special gift of $306.31 from them to Brigada !!!! Please … next trip you take, consider their policy at:

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

    Just think — the more secure you become, the more you help Brigada!


  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST… — Here’s a like-minded organization that would love to learn from your experience. They’re heavily involved in doing exactly that — building hope and help for the homeless. For example, they’re building dozens of homes for those who lost everything in New Orleans. If you have experience or ideas, please drop them a note at… rebuildneworleans(at)crossroadsmissions(dot)com See their website at:

    http://www.crossroadsmissions.com

    Crossroads Missions is based in Louisville, KY. They are partners with Team Expansion and Brigada and will be moving soon to Emerald Hills. Learn more about Emerald Hills at…

    http://www.emeraldhills.info


  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN — Most of us have watched enough missionary movies to know the importance of checking in with the “head man” in a village, prior to trying to start any work there. The same principle applies in our daily jobs. And the funny thing is — in a weird sort of way — I believe it applies in both directions across the organizational chart. See if you agree.

    I serve as the president of an agency with just over 300 full-time missionary workers. It’s set up in such a way that I coach just 4 workers (heads of departments). They, in turn, lead sub-team leaders in their respective divisions. If a sub-team *member* on one of those sub- teams comes directly to me with an issue… say… regarding a sub-team leader, I have a choice: I can a) try to fix it by going to the department head that I coach, b) try to fix it by going directly to the sub-team leader, or c) briefly mentor the sub-team member on how to fix it solo. The correct answer? You probably already guessed: I believe it is “c”. I have to apply the “go to the head man” rule — in reverse. I have to mentor that worker on the importance of going one-on-one with the sub-team leader to work out the issue. Then I let the process take its course and trust the respective leader to work it out.

    Imagine… if I go to the department head (the one that I coach), he first of all feels a bit embarrassed and ashamed that I became involved in an issue in his department — one of which he probably wasn’t even aware. But what’s worse, he now has to go to his sub-team leader and explain that this issue came to the president’s desk. He has to ask all about it . . . and the wild thing is… maybe the sub-team leader didn’t even *know* about it. So now the sub-team leader is mad at the sub-team member and all this is in *addition* to the original presenting issue. By this time, perhaps the *process* has become bigger than the original issue. By now the problem is bigger than life because people have emailed and met and phoned and… well you get the picture.

    So I’m convinced, after having made more than my share of errors on this part of the game plan… I have to say to the sub-team member, “Have you discussed this issue with your sub-team leader?” If the answer is, “Well … no.,” then my answer has to be, “Well trust me — that’s where this needs to start. If, after sharing it with your sub- team leader, you feel you can’t work it out, then explain to your sub- team leader that you’d love a chance to talk it through with your department’s head, with the sub-team leader present. If you still can’t resolve things, ask them if we can all meet — the four of us. Until you’ve taken those steps, trust me … you don’t want me to barge in like gangbusters to try to fix this.” Does this process sound familiar? I have found that it functions equally as well in the workplace as it does in Matthew 18:15-17. True — the passage deals with sin. But in everyday management and problem-solving, I have found it to function well in teams. Next week… what to do if the problem is with someone in a different department or team.

20060528 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-LABORERS
  2. MEDIA SUPPORT FOR MISSIONARIES
  3. FREE CALLS OVER VOIP
  4. DISK DRIVE RESURRECTION SERVICE NEEDED
  5. PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER BUTTON
  6. FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS IN 3190 LANGUAGES
  7. NEED A RESOURCE TO MENTOR OTHERS?
  8. MENTORING WORKSHOP
  9. NEW RESOURCE ON BIBLE STORYING AMONG ORAL LEARNERS!
  10. THANKSGIVING FOR PARTNERS
  11. THE BACKPAGE: GREAT TEAMS MAKE GOOD TEAMS LOOK BAD
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-LABORERS — Every so often, we receive a note of encouragement that reads something like, “How do you do it? How do you keep those Brigada editions coming each week, after all these years?” I’ll be honest. Sometimes schedules go ballistic. This past week, I took a week of vacation to lead a new soccer clinic here in Louisville, Kentucky. The week was wacko. In the back of my mind, I find myself thinking, “How/When will I get time to assemble another Brigada?” And then it comes: a gift from someone like Andy at Dial Abroad ($74.18 this time). And I realize that in this special case, his gift is based on people who have signed up their long distance with him so that, in turn, he will help Brigada keep going. (Thanks Andy!) If long distance is a commodity item for you, would you consider switching to Dial Abroad? Maybe you have a cell phone these days and make almost no long distance calls. That’s still ok. Even if it’s only an occasional call, you still could switch over to Andy for the few times in the future when you *will* need it. His rate is probably better and I *know* the accompanying Brigada gift is appreciated. Learn more at:

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


  2. MEDIA SUPPORT FOR MISSIONARIES — MullinsMedia has been providing media support to missions and missionaries since 2001. Recognizing that a well-designed and regularly updated website is the best communication tool available today, they specialize in providing low-cost, easy-edit web spaces to missionaries (hosting, training and maintenance included). MullinsMedia also travels worldwide to produce documentary- style DVDs that mission organizations use to tell their story. Visit

    http://www.mullinsmedia.com

    and click on “links” to see some of the sites they have developed. Special Offer: For each site built for a Brigada subscriber, MullinsMedia will make a $20 donation to support the great work of Brigada!


  3. FREE CALLS OVER VOIP — Call free to over 40 destinations. No catch, no setup fee, no special equipment needed, just a microphone -and headphones if possible – and your computer with broadband connection. (Dialup is possible too, but quality can be low.) Open an account with €10 and calls to landlines in over 40 destinations are free, and very low-rate calls to others. The same company operates under two names – with a few different free countries on each, so check each out before deciding which to go with.

    http://www.voipbuster.com/

    http://www.voipcheap.com/


  4. DISK DRIVE RESURRECTION SERVICE NEEDED — Here’s a Brigada participant named Mic from Operation Mobilization (OM) reporting that a disk drive on his office computer died that supposedly contained only “back-up data”, when in fact, it had some important files that were not stored anywhere else. He says his friendly technician took the drive out and put it another system and tried to read it but it just “clicks” and fails to read. He’s checked with some data recovery specialist who can take the “platter” out of this drive and install it in another drive and copy the data onto CDs – the cost? ($1200 – $2500 depending upon size, GULP!). He’s wondering if anyone knows of another way. Mic, all I can tell you is that, having suffered the same malady about 2 years ago, I paid to have an analysis done from my laptop drive, only to be told, in the end, that the data were unreadable anyway. So the sidebar comment for the rest of our Brigada family is — we have to learn to back up these drives. After my own failure, which temporarily set me back *months*, I purchased a Maxtor “one-touch” external hard drive and, I’m happy to tell you, having been a fellow-struggler, I now back up my entire hard drive every night. (‘Course, if my house burns down, I’m still out of luck if both units are stored in the same fire! :-( ) But enough of the prevention — can anyone help Mic with a cure? I don’t think there are any out there, but if you have an idea, write him directly at: mister_mic_323(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Mic, if you come up with a solution, please drop us a line reporting how it worked. Best of luck. Now, suggestion: go order your external back-up for the next time.

  5. PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER BUTTON — PrayerGuard.net working with the Joshua Project has come up with a cool way to mobilize prayer for the 6,900 Unreached People Groups listed under the Ethne to Ethne prayer movement. The UPG Prayer Button displays a different people group every hour, and when clicked, takes you to a 3 Minute on-line prayer session for that group. The goal is to pray through all 6,900 people groups over the next 10 months, as part of the Ethne prayer focus. By pasting a few lines of code into your website, you can mobilize prayer for thousands of Unreached People Groups. How cool is that? See it in action, and get the code for this button at:

    http://prayerguard.net/upg

    I did this prayer and it’s really well done. Hats off to those who are making it possible.


  6. FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS IN 3190 LANGUAGES — Global Recordings Network (Gospel Recordings) has placed 4326 evangelistic audio programs in 3190 languages and dialects on their web site. These can be downloaded free in MP3 format. Audio Cassettes and CD’s can also be obtained in many more languages through this site. Go to

    http://globalrecordings.net/

    Look for “RESOURCES” on the sidebar and click on “Language List” or “Country List”. You can also order cassettes or CD’s in 5,500 speechforms by emailing the following address: orderdept(at)Globalrecordings(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. NEED A RESOURCE TO MENTOR OTHERS? — Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships by Phillip Jeske is a 250 page (8.5×11) manual to help you walk with someone in a mentoring relationship. Since it was first introduced to Brigada readers, it is now being used by missionaries, pastors, and Christian leaders around the world. While there are books about mentoring, this resource provides you with a tool to actually do it. The 12 Chapters cover issues relating to personal growth and leadership development, designed to guide someone through one-on-one discussions and small groups, so that they may most effectively make a contribution for the Kingdom. It is available as pdf file on CD ($12USD) or in printed form ($29USD) and can be purchased using PayPal or major credit card through the webpage:

    http://www.icmcanada.org or by writing icmcanada(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 .] The Introduction can be downloaded for free from the Website. It is also available as pdf in German & Russian and later this year French and Spanish.


  8. MENTORING WORKSHOP — The author of the resource, Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships, is now available to present a workshop on mentoring. This workshop has been shared with groups such as the Campus Crusade staff in Germany, Church Planters Academy in Canada, and Russian Assemblies in Moscow. The author has years of missions and leadership experience with a focus on mentoring others. If you are a missions leader or pastor and see the need for mentoring but perhaps don’t know where to start in your church or missions organization, this workshop might just be the answer. To inquire regarding available bookings or for further information write: icmcanada(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 .] or through

    http://www.icmcanada.org


  9. NEW RESOURCE ON BIBLE STORYING AMONG ORAL LEARNERS! — Check out the story4all podcast and website! “story4all” produces a free weekly 20 minute program of stories, discussion and interviews from the field about how Bible storytelling is changing nations and aiding church planting movements to occur in places once termed “hard”. 4 billion people in our world are oral learners (those who can’t, won’t or don’t read) and they need to hear the Gospel that is proclaimed. story4all is a weekly podcast (Internet show) and web site with resources to help you ­ whether you are working in remote fields, are in training or training others to go, or, whether you just know there’s more to sharing God’s Story. Explore and find more details at:

    http://story4all.com or send your questions to:

    story(at)story4all(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. THANKSGIVING FOR PARTNERS — Our hats go off to those who make our work possible, for example, the Fellowship of Believers in Sarasota, FL, who pitched in $30 this past week. Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? 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: GREAT TEAMS MAKE GOOD TEAMS LOOK BAD — Well if you’ve been monitoring World Cup news, you know that most commentators are saying some pretty hideous things about the USA’s opening game against Czech Republic. I heard one observer say the USA looked “flat”. That was probably the nicest way of saying it. Another said we looked “awful”, and others have used even dicier terms.

    But I’d just like to point out . . . Czech Republic is a great soccer team. Sometimes it’s important to see things in perspective. If we had been playing against a lesser side, maybe we would have come out on the field with more confidence, charisma, creativity, and success . . . and maybe our same tactics would have turned out to be more effective.

    The same thing happens in missions. The team in Latin America reports amazing success. Hundreds of baptisms, a dozen new church plants, and lots of great stories. Meanwhile the team in North Africa works for 30 years with only 2 converts. Before long, some church in Georgia is rethinking their support so they’ll get better “return on the investment” (ROI) of missions dollars. It’s beyond Receptivity/Resistance ratios. Sometimes it can’t even be charted in any tangible sense.

    So what do we do? Do we pull those workers home? … or transfer them to a different field? I don’t think so . . . any more than we would want our National Team to quit the World Cup. We keep on competing… adjusting our strategy wherever necessary, subbing players in and out to keep them fresh, and investing in better training & evaluation. But in the end, we realize — we can’t ask Landon Donovan to do better than his best. And if McBride doesn’t get the ball, there’s not a whole lot he can do. Likewise, in the world of missions, my take is — we keep investing energy in playing on tough turf. We don’t quit, just because the opponent is strong.

    I told my sons this morning, “I’m not so sure I would have said the things that Bruce Arena said. The critical question is — did these players give it their all.” If they did, I’m not sure *any* of us should be so quick to pass judgment.

    Unfortunately, their next game will be against Italy. Likewise, Italy will be a tough challenge too. Let’s hope the USA guys will put forth a better outing, but if they don’t, I’ll still be backing them just the same. Because hey… it’s not easy going up against tougher sides.

20060115 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING?
  2. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL?
  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT
  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST
  9. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING
  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST
  11. REENTRY SCHOCK
  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM
  13. COPE WITH IT
  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR?
  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP
  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA
  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL?
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING? — Ever had someone say, “You’re good at that, you should train”? More and more Christian workers find themselves called on to share their skills with others. The International Communication Training Institute has announced plans for two more of its Training of Trainers workshops. These courses have previously been held in Europe, Africa and Latin America and offer you the opportunity to improve your training and teaching skills so you can not only to train more effectively, but also assess and revise your own training methods. Bookings are being taken for a two week course in Accra, Ghana (20-31 March 2006) and a six day course in Leeds, UK (15- 20 May 2006). For full details including cost and online booking visit: http://www.icti.org.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=41 or contact Andrew or Iris by Email at icti(at)icmc(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. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND — The revised 12:50 minute show includes narration and a music score. Here are the URLs for downloads with the respective file sizes. http://www.oprev.org/Intel/QuickTimeVersion.ZIP (10.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/Intel/MPegVersion.ZIP (5.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov (2.8 meg) The silent unrevised PowerPoint version is at http://www.oprev.org/Intel/PowerPointVersion.ZIP (3 meg) This show by Operation Reveille details the nature and implications of conflict between modernist and fundamentalist Muslims by comparing and contrasting the conflict with differences between liberal and evangelical Christians. You may request the presentation on DVD from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

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

  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE — This September 11-17, 2006 the sixth WCGIP will be hosted by the tribal people of the Philippines in Davao City on the Island of Mindanao. These are remarkable times of teaching, worship, fellowship and networking as Indigenous believers gather together from around the world. Since 1996 they have been hosted by the Maori in New Zealand, Aborigines in Australia, Hawaiians in Hawaii, First Nations in North America, and Saami in Sweden. Richard Twiss is one or the founding members from North American. He extends an invitation to any and all (not exclusive of non-Native-tribal people) to attend this great time of celebration as the cultural gifts of music, dance, ritual and protocol are shared with one another as well as networking to extend the work of “mission from the margins” back to the church in the West. For more information call Wiconi International in the U.S. at 360-546- 1867 or visit the website at http://www.wcgip.org

  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL? — Thanks to David for discovering this past week (by analyzing port traffic on his computer) that *attachments* fly through Gmail unencrypted, regardless of how one logs on at the Google Mail website. Your best bet, perhaps: Lot on to it using POP3 access. Or, if you need real privacy in the country where you’re working, avoid the whole question by using a mail service like http://www.Hushmail.com. Remember to secure your local hard drive using something like PGP or equivalent — or buy one of the new laptops (like the Thinkpads) with built-in fingerprint sign-on and encryption-on-the-chip built in.

  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT — We received some good feedback on the Google experiment relating to the new website, http://www.emeraldhills.info (Jan 13th edition, “14) THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT”. You’ll recall that this site shares news and information about the new missions center where Brigada will be based, hopefully about a year from now.) One Brigada participant pointed out that Google uses very sophisticated routines that aren’t so quickly affected. Another reader referred us to an alternative search engine, http://www.dogpile.com (note that that’s “dogpile” and not “dougpile” :-) ) which, when we put in two simple words, “Emerald Hills” (without quotes) a ranking of 14 out of 88 top searches. Don’t ask me how the programmers at dogpile.com could read my mind and know that I wanted the retreat center and not the golf course or town in California. But bless their hearts for programming the search engine in this way.

  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES — This institute will convene its fourth, “First Nations Missiological Symposium,” June 22nd – 24th, 2006 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Organizers have invited submissions of papers. Tite Ti-nou, Darrell Whiteman, Douglas Hayward, Miriam Adeney, as well as key North American Native men and women have been past presenters. This is a time to learn, rethink and dialogue with others about the changing focus of missions from a Western ecclesiological focus, to a broader global focus with its emerging reorientation of missions from south to north and east to west. Papers should focus around the theme “Historical Efforts to Contextualize the Gospel: Perspectives and Practices,” in particular, as it applies to the North American Native context. For more information contact Richard at Wiconi International at 360-546- 1867.

  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST — Tumaini Counseling Centre of Nairobi, Kenya announces their annual coast retreats for missionaries which will held at the Voyager Hotel just north of Mombasa, Kenya from April 9-13, 2006. The retreat is open to missionaries of all mission agencies. The marriage and singles retreats will share some of their sessions together. The morning sessions will include talks, small groups, private talk times for couples, and break out sessions and additional worship for singles. Afternoons and evenings are free for relaxation and vacation at the all inclusive coast hotel location. Organized childcare is provided during the morning sessions. Initial registration is due by February 10; 50% deposit is due by Feb 20; and balance due March 15. To receive an Email registration form and further information contact Tumaini Counseling Centre at tumaini.ac(at)aimint(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING — How do you know that a particular antispyware software is legitimate? Nick wrote this past week to say, “Be on the lookout for another new supposed anti-spyware program. This one is called PestTrap and it’s a clone of SpySheriff. SpySheriff was one of the top 10 rogue anti-spyware apps of 2005, coming in at number 2. You can see a screenshot of the PestTrap website at SunbeltBLOG and a screenshot of the app itself, along with the false positives in the scan results here. You’ll see that SpySheriff, SpyTrooper, SpyDemolisher, SpywareNo! and Spyware-Stop are almost identical. Check out the full article with links to pictures here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Spyware/ So… good idea number 349: By major name-brand antispyware applications like Norton/Symantec, PC Tools, etc. Your mom was right all along: “Don’t get in the car wit a stranger.” :-)

  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST — Women of the Harvest is a ministry of support and encouragement for women serving cross-culturally. Visit http://www.womenoftheharvest.com for current international retreat information and all their free online publications, including a bi- monthly electronic publication (an OnlineMagazine), a Bible study (The Weekly Word Study), and a quarterly e-newsletter that is distributed to parents of people who live overseas (Harvest Legacy).

  11. REENTRY SCHOCK — Study about “Re-Entry Transition and Life-long Care (Re-Entry)” from March 12-16, 2006 in Toronto. Missionaries returning from overseas often experience “Reverse Culture Shock” upon re-entry into their home culture. To assist missionaries in navigating the deep waters of re-entry transition in a healthy way, MissionPrep, in collaboration with other skilled facilitators, offers this four day re-entry workshop. Re-TLC seeks to provide support and encouragement to the entire family. A children’s program will provide age appropriate activities which will assist every member of the family to process and explore the sensitive issues of transitioning into you’re their new culture. Please contact info(at)missionprep(dot)ca for more information or visit http://www.missionprep.ca to register on-line.

  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM — Almost all Christian blogs are written for other Christians. But it is possible to reach non-Christians with blogs, if you use the right strategy. And anyone can do blogging – no technical knowledge is needed at all. http://ied.gospelcom.net/blogging.php

  13. COPE WITH IT — MissionPrep is planning a “Cultural Orientation for Personal Endurance & Enjoyment (COPE) seminar” in Toronto, Feb 12-24, 2006. It’s designed for Christian workers intending to serve for more than one year overseas. This intensive two-week program equips missionaries to live the paradox of the enjoyment/endurance challenge of the cross-cultural experience. Spiritual, personal, language, interpersonal and cultural aspects of the missionary experience are taught through a unique combination of experiential and formal instruction. To register on-line or more information go to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR? — Check out The TentMaker Project! The TentMaker Project is a model of micro-enterprise development in Africa which works through the local church. It provides an efficient way for Christians to help the poor without creating dependence, alleviates poverty to answer family needs, ministers mercy through the church, and equips impoverished Christians and churches for Gospel ministry. For more information about this project and to watch a video interview with a pastor in Uganda, go to http://www.TentMakerProject.org or email Nate at nathan.wilson(at)att(dot)net . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP — Take your Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, while living in the Philippines. Start with classes May 29-June 9 in Quezon City. Two courses are taught each week, for a total of 4 courses in one summer. You complete the reading and coursework during the year. One can also can take on-line courses, transfer in courses, and self-study courses if you want to accelerate your program. Check it out online at http://www.apu.edu Look for the Operation Impact Program. This summer’s courses are: 1. Servant Leadership 2. Mentoring and Developing Leaders for the Future 3. Understanding Vocation in a Changing World 4. Organizational Behavior and Development. Prices are 1/2 of on- campus prices for U.S. Citizens, and 1/4 U.S. prices for the rest of the world. Contact Melody Kuka at kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com.ph for more information, or email graduatecenter(at)apudot)edu

  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA — Thanks to Mark Sneed and the folks at Insurance Services of America, who have just reported they’ve already insured their first customer as a result of the item in last week’s item, “1) NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?” So Mark wrote yesterday, “Hi Doug, I just wanted to let you know that we got our first case through Brigada! The premium was $180, so that’s $18 to Brigada! Not a lot, but it’s a start! I look forward to many more!” (Whoa. Mentioning items in Brigada gets results!) So once again, if you’ve considered changing insurance or opening up a new life, health, or any other policy, check them out at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Thanks for being concerned for your health costs and Brigada too! :-) Want to join ISA in helping underwrite the next issue of Brigada? Just go to http://www.brigada.org and 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.

  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL? — It’s funny, isn’t it, that early software authors and personal computer manufacturers thought PCs (and MACs too) would be all about productivity and utility. And that’s the way it looked at first, too. Back in the early 80’s, I was an early user of those original spreadsheets, word processors, and database applications. They fueled the first wave of computers. But no one imagined what would fuel this next wave. Now it’s practically impossible to imagine that the PC revolution was fueled by a spreadsheet program called Visicalc. My 16- year-old has studied everything from falconry to the correct way to hold a pistol for target-shooting, all on the Internet. The truth is, the PC isn’t really so much of a “*personal* computer” any more, at least according to the early intent of the word “personal.” Instead, it’s a node to a great cloud of users that are all working (and playing) on line simultaneously — virtually.

    You see, any more, it doesn’t have to be all about spreadsheets, data, bits and bytes. Here’s an example. Just as he and his family were poised to leave for Southeast Asia as new missionary recruits with our mission org., Mark Trotter learned last Monday that he has malignant brain cancer. His family gave up a successful dental practice to prepare for the mission field. Now, with his departure imminent, he and his wife, Lyla, learned Monday that the fast-growing tumors in his head are inoperable, incurable, and, barring a miracle from God, will inevitably take his life. Within a few hours of hearing about this calamity, our mission created a page on our website where friends and family can “virtually pray” for him. (Please log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org then click on “Caring for Mark” in the right-hand “main menu.” Check out the responses of others. Leave a short prayer yourself. You don’t have to register or sign in. But imagine how a word of encouragement from a dozen or two Brigada readers would help his wife and 10 children [yes, you read correctly; 10 children] make it through the surgery Tuesday (designed, we’re told, to aid his quality of life, but not save his life).]

    Now here’s my point: See how the “personal computer” begins to become *personal* in ways that original creators never imagined. One could say that the machine has become bigger than its creators, in fact. The truth is, the machine *enables* personal ministry to Lyla Trotter and her children… and to Mark as well. Previously, how would we have gotten this news out. There are 10,000 people who read Brigada every week. How could we have asked 10,000 people to pray for Mark Trotter on Tuesday. It would have been impossible. Maybe at times like these, the *personal* computer finally becomes … *really*… ***personal***.

20051225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  2. NO HTML REQUIRED, FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE
  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN
  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES!
  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED)
  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEEDD TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM — This course, formerly known as Perspectives on the World of Islam, is coming to San Diego, California, January 26, 2006 – April 20, 2006. For more information about the classes see http://www.EncounteringIslam.org To sign up or to get answers write ewiofsdatyahoodotcom or call Ben (619) 583-0950 in the USA.

  2. NO HTML REQUIRED, FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES — missionary411.com is a new website that offers missionaries a free web- managed web site to keep their partners up on what they are doing as a missionary. Creating your own web site is free of charge, though donations to defray server and usage costs are welcome. The site offers a variety of features; a personal web address, anonymity if serving in a sensitive area, unlimited news updates and prayer requests, picture uploading and total management of the web site with no knowledge of html. To find out more information about this ministry, or to sign up for your own account, go to: http://www.missionary411.com

  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE — Internet Evangelism Day offers a resource page of tips about how to make church websites evangelistic. This content can, in turn, be inserted into any other website, just by copying a few lines of code. The process is now far simpler than that offered previously, and will enable you to create a new page in seconds. http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-tips.php

  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, and retirees. They have everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. For more information, log on at http://www.mats.org or call (765)965-7777 or fax (765)962-4645 or email car(at)mats(dot)org

  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE — Tentmakers International Exchange is organizing on August 16th-19th 2007 the “All Africa Conference.” The theme is: The Way to African Nations. The venue will be the Grand Seminar Saint-Augustine, Samaya, Bamako, Mali, West Africa. This conference is designed to develop tentmaker strategies of mission in Africa, and to train lay people to share their faith in the context of their professions/trades. For more information, contact Tiowa partnerspmgm(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 .] Main speakers include Dr Derek Christensen, (TIE International Director) and many others. Reserve your spot with a deposit of just 5 euros if you reserve in 2006. (Four days full board will cost just 35 euros.) If possible, reserve through your national TIE contact person.

  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN — Need a place to “connect” with other missionary women? “Oaks of Righteousness” group exists to provide a place of support and fellowship for women in missions. Drop a note to the moderator at latviagirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com or apply at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES! — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at http://www.voipnetadvantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is free to offset some of the initial costs. (Thanks again to Judy for offering to help sponsor Brigada if folks sign up for this service.)

  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED) — In early 2004, you began praying for the Northern Cape Coloured, an unengaged people. You prayed that men, women and children would have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. You also prayed for the Lord to send Christian workers who would live among these people, demonstrating the love of Christ in their daily lives. God has answered your prayers! Now there are eight missionaries working and living in the Northern Cape (of Northwest South Africa) and who are part of the Northern Cape Evangelism Team. Let us praise God and thank Him for answering these prayers! Praise God that the Northern Cape Coloured are no longer an unengaged people! Enter 2006 with expectancy as God’s Word is proclaimed throughout the Northern Cape! Contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or the new email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za to find out more about Forgotten Peoples.

  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEED TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS — Two months after the storm, most of the relief agencies have gone home for the holidays never to return to Guatemala. Porch de Salomon (see http://www.porchdesalomon.org ) has shifted its focus to relief work and house-building and is recruiting teams for the 2006 calendar year. If you would be interested in helping the thousands of homeless and hungry storm victims in the Atitlan Basin, the hardest hit area of Guatemala, drop Bill a line at bill(at)porchdesalomon.org They can use medical,/dental, construction, evangelical, youth, and Bible School teams of 12 to 20 members. For some photos of the destruction see: http://www.pananight.com/tormenta_stan_Album.html Also check out the newsletters on their website above for examples of the work their teams have been doing.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR! — As we all begin this new year, I can’t help but wonder — what new habits will we all form. I have this friend and co-worker … His name is Eric… and recently he’s *reeeally* been into this mode of forming good habits. For example, every morning for the past 22 mornings, he’s gotten up early to re- write (remember ink pens?) his entire year’s goals, one line at a time. (OK… so he only writes the broad strokes, but still, it’s a whole page of stuff.) He says it’s really helping him keep his long-range goals in mind.

    So how ’bout you. What habits are you going to form in 2006? Whatever they are, let’s all try to live each moment for the Lord. And may God bless us every one.

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20051002 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT?
7. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Add one to your Christmas care package. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)Com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts on the 2nd of March, 2006. Read more at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survival skills, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED — COMIBAM (the Missions Cooperation of Ibero-America) and the Joshua Project are collaborating on a massive effort to compile 3,000 unreached people profiles in Spanish. They need your help with photos! You may submit your people group photos by visiting: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php Use the drop-down lists to choose a country and then a people group in that country. Select the ‘Submit People Photo’ link which will walk you through the process of sending a photo. All photos submitted will be available to the Spanish project as well as the entire missions community. E-mail them at: photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS — If you are a Christian magazine or book publisher, you may be eligible to receive a FREE copy of COMIX35’s 2005 International Christian Comics Competition book. The book has been created as a “portfolio” of short comics for publishers worldwide and to showcase the contributing Christian comics artists as a resource. It is 148 pages and features 40+ short comics stories (1 to 4 pages) from 20 countries, with two 16-page color sections. Please mail your business card, a piece of promotional literature describing your publishing ministry, and a letter requesting your free copy to qualify. Others may order the books for US$ 25.00 each in the US, shipping & handling included, or US$ 30.00 when ordering from outside the US. Payment can be made by check or money order in US dollars. Please mark the outside of your envelope “Attn: 2005 Christian Comics Competition” and send to Randals Company LLC, 1021 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA. (Currently we can only process free book requests and orders by postal mail.) Funds raised through books sales will be used for future ministry Competitions. To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP — SHARE Education Services http://www.shareeducation.com is providing a two day Literature and Writing workshop in Odessa: Nov 10-11 and Kiev: Nov 15-16. The first day will be a workshop for parents on teaching literature and composition to students in 6th-12th grade. This workshop will be especially helpful to parents who have their children in national schools and parents who are, or will be homeschooling their children (including video and on-line schooling). Day 2 will be a workshop for students (6th-12th grades) instructing them in various writing activities. In addition to the two day workshop SHARE will also be providing the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to students in grades 3-8. If you would like more information or you would like to register for this workshop, contact Sue Giblin sgiblin(at)share-ed-services(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT? — The Finishers Project (Finishers.org), focused on Baby Boomers, now sees 1 to 3 new fulltime missionaries commit to serve with various North American mission agencies every week. Yet 40% of the Finishers missionwork seekers are below the age of 40! So Nelson, Nick, Bill and Amy are brewing a monstrous, neutral mobilization tracking and matching system called “MissionNext” for post-college – mid-career adults in the US and Canada. (Got advice? Ideas? Facilitators to second? Huge numbers of inquirers to track?) To speed the launch of this system, let them know if YOU know of a dormant U.S. 501(c)3 with some sort of Great Commission slant? Email NickNoll(at)n2c3(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI — Have you considered training for missionary service on an actual mission field? Studying, living, experiencing and ministering in a cross cultural situation is an excellent way to prepare for a life of missionary service. SPMTC is inviting a LIMITED number of international students to come and study in Fiji in 2006. You can find out more about SPMTC at: http://www.tiptopwebsite.com/spmtc Or contact Frank Grimsey, acting Dean of Students SPMTC, frgfiji(at)connect(dot)com(dot)fj [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — The Asian Christian worker was very excited as he began telling people about Jesus in the small community of Matjikloof in the Northern Cape. But, the Afrikaans-speaking people had difficulty understanding his language. He prayed, “God, what do I do?” Almost immediately, he began urging them, “Hello! Come and see!” They understood this and followed him to where another Christian worker was presenting the Gospel using a sketch board. Many people accepted Christ as their Saviour that day! Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer or for more information contact 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 .]
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US — Though we’re always glad to run items for any ministry or individual, we definitely appreciate those who partner with us to sponsor and undergird the work of Brigada for now and in the future. Thanks to the anonymous friend who sent $50 this past week. If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “sponsor” (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. Thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET — We received a surprising number of positive responses to “The Back Page” editorial last edition (“Learning to love our planet”). In fact, no one wrote with a negative response. Perhaps there is near universal agreement that we ought to take better care of the environment God gave us. Where can you go to get ideas on how to do that? You can go to the “big sites” like http://www.epa.gov/ to get the big picture… or start with the small things like… http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2tips.html You can, like I did, fall more in love with the environment by caring more about trees and the outdoors… http://arborday.org/ and at similar sites. Either way, the trick is to start doing something. If everybody pitched in just a little bit, we would see a positive difference almost immediately. Read more about our planet at sites like

http://nationalgeographic.com

http://discoverychannel.com

http://www.doi.gov/greening/sustain/

and more…

Little by little, start making a difference in the world’s future. OK… that’s all I have to say about that. :-) Doug

20050911 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING)
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD!
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL”
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU!
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY?
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA — There are more than 10 million people in the country of Tunisia, North Africa, with only about 300 following Jesus. This is a country rich in Christian history, but in real need of spiritual breakthrough today. Now you can join many others in praying for the Muslims of Tunisia. Caleb Project has produced a DVD on Tunisian Arabs, along with an accompanying Prayer Guide. The DVD shows the situation in Tunisia today, and includes a special interview with two leaders of the Christian Church in Tunisia. The Prayer Guide is a full-color booklet created to help Christians know how to strategically pray for Tunisian Arabs. The prices for these products are: $20 for the DVD; $2.50 for each Prayer Guide. For more information, or to place an order, please send an email to amanis(at)cproject(dot)com or call 303-459-5351. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information on Caleb Project, log onto http://www.calebproject.org
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. They offer outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections and can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. Click to: http://www.global-airtime.com or contact Andy cytechnologies(at)earthlink(dot)net toll-free in the USA 888-683-0653. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING) — Here’s an organization that offers courses that are just 5 days long but contain an entire 2 week curriculum. Global Opportunities has increased their training programs in both numbers and locations. There is still time to register for the October 12-17, 2005 LTN Tentmaking Course in Pasadena CA at the US Center for World Mission. See them on the web at http://www.globalopps.org or write them an email at goequipped(at)globalopps(dot)org.
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Here’s a magazine for development workers around the world. TEARFund, UK’s evangelical NGO, produces this periodical with ideas for community development projects and support. It is particularly designed for a national Christian who may also be a second-language English speaker, and is equally useful to the mission community. Current and all back issues are available online in PDF format, and it is also available in printed form by post. http://tilz.tearfund.org/ (Thanks Tony!!!)
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD! — Perhaps you’ve already heard of the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus which coincides with the annual Muslim fasting month of Ramadan: Oct 5 to Nov 3, 2005. This annual international mobilization (since 1993) calls Christians everywhere to pray for, learn about, and reach out to the Muslim peoples of the world, so that they may at least have an opportunity to consider God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ, and that we may live peaceably and respectfully side-by-side. You can order the current prayer booklet from: http://www.ywam.org/prayer/30daysmuslim.html
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES — Are you a missionary woman on the field that could use some encouragement? “Oaks of Righteousness” Yahoo Group has been formed with you in mind. The members there hope you will find a safe place to walk this missionary journey with women on the same path, share life’s ups and downs, and prayer for one another. Just click on the following link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness/ and then chose “join group.” For more information please contact the group moderator at latviagirl1(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 .]
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20 — Mark wrote this past week with an important caution about using those bulbs to purify water. (See the 2005/09/02 BRIGADA TODAY). Apparently there are issues being considered when regular, stable electricity is a problem. Just a word to the wise . . . that other purification techniques might be more effective when your electricity isn’t as dependable. (Thanks Mark!)
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL” — We continue to receive lots of responses to our items on Google’s “Gmail”. Frankly, judging by the passion of some of our readers, there must be something to this Gmail craze. (I think I’m going to have to check it out myself! :-) ) Perhaps one of the more studied responses was that of Justin: “While it is true that it’s difficult to secure gmail, its not impossible. First off, once you have logged in to gmail.com, then you can go to https://mail.gmail.com/mail/ (just adding the “s” after http) and the server will preserve the secure link for all of your connections thereafter. Granted that initial blast through is unsecure. One way to deal with this is to login, then once you see the “Loading” immediately close the browser, then reopen and go to the secure link. Once you’ve logged in, its a long time before your logged out anyway.

“But the far easier way to secure mail is simply to download mail in Outlook or Outlook Express or some other email client. The way Google Mail is set up, this is completely secure, done over an SSL link (and not working any other way). Granted you don’t get the web-based features of google search, but the great thing is that you get google’s spam protection and the ease of your typical email client. And depending on what client you use, you can integrate something like MSN Search or Google Search on your desktop, and find emails that way.”

Thanks, too, to Bob, who referred us to a study paper on the topic, from a Christian computer conference a couple of years ago. Find the PDF of the paper at: http://tinyurl.com/cf2qf

(Thanks Justin and Bob — and thanks to all the others who have written in on this topic!)
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS — Thanks once more to the 358 people who took part in the survey on followership, and to the 283 corresponding supervisors who came alongside to give comments on their respective team members. Last week I met with the Dean of my doctoral program and received the go ahead to begin the data analysis phase of the project. Again, this kind of project would have been impossible without the many great friends here at Brigada. These participants came from 192 different nonprofit organizations scattered literally all over the world. The survey instrument has been used previously on corporations in the public sector, but this is the first time its been employed to this extent among nonprofit mission agencies, humanitarian organizations, and churches. [Note: One interested reader recently wrote (postal mail) for more information about the project but neglected to enclose a return address. We’ll be happy to send more information it he or she will simply let us know where to send it.] Thanks again for your help and participation. Now to the number-crunching.
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU! — A site http://www.internetmissionsresearch.com was recently launched which proposes to do research for missionaries. This is in response to the growing amount of information on the web which is not searchable by ordinary search engines. This so called “deep web” contains up to 500 times as much information as the “surface” web. Primary documents, such as journal articles can often be found only by querying their respective databases one by one. It is hoped that providing a human powered search facility for missionaries will enable them to spend less time searching for and more time with quality materials. For more information see the website or contact Clarence at cbos(at)execulink(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This is a volunteer service and “space” is limited, so please be patient if requesting a search.
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA — Check out http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com for a reportedly excellent opportunity to acquire shares in a 32000ha Game Reserve in Botswana… Churches, individuals or companies can buy shares in this untouched, untamed, malaria-free part of Africa (about 450km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa)… Since it is 100km from the nearest town… and has its own conference facilities… it makes for a wonderful retreat venue… church group break-away… or missionary resting place… For more information email jacques(dot)debruin(at)gmail(dot)com and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve or go to http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com/contactus.asp and complete the form (tick “Jacques de Bruin” in the “Referred by” field as reference).
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY? — Oops. The original item didn’t contain the contact information (“GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING” in last week’s Brigada Today). For this and other issues that come up following the initial publication of a Brigada Today, you can always go to the web edition to see if the contact information (or other edit) has been added/edited there. We posted this contact within a few short hours of the initial emailing of last week’s issue. And in fact, for any current issue of Brigada, just click to: http://www.brigada.org and in the first paragraph of text, find a link or two to the current issue.
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN — International Christian Concern (ICC) has an opening for a Chief Operating Officer (COO). ICC is an international human rights org. in the Washington DC area that serves the persecuted church. They are looking for a detailed individual with international experience as well as previous management experience. The COO that can manage their headquarters staff, provide general leadership, and coordinate field operations. You can see more detail at the following URL, which “wraps” because it’s so long: http://www.persecution.org/newsite/jobopenings.php?PHPSESSID=e6d7a26e78 11171f37942d5cbe94bd86 If you have trouble reassembling this link, just click on this smaller link which we created for ICC at tinylink: http://tinyurl.com/9dbps They are asking that all applicants apply through the web. If you don’t have web access you can email your resume and cover letter to icc(at)persecution(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $25, and to Dial-Abroad, which sponsored us with a $129 gift as a result of those who use Dial-Abroad’s service in July. (To learn more, visit: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and choose “Dial-Abroad”. In addition, thanks to Andy for sending $10 and his encouraging note, ” Thank you for your efforts in getting our website out to other Missionary organizations and Missionary families via your Brigada Today newsletter. We have gained several new customers because of this. May the Lord continue to bless you and your Missionary news organization.” Learn more about Andy’s company, C Y Technologies Inc, by clicking to: http://www.global-airtime.com or by dialing 888-683-0653 in the USA, toll-free. This weeks’s gifts put us over the $8000 mark for 2005, a tremendous victory and a great milestone on our way to the goal of $16,576. We’re almost halfway there. Would you be able to make it official by providing that last $300 to bring us to 50%? If so, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

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