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3) What are your values for Getting the Word Out via email?

ezineI recently came across this “top ten list” from iContact.com regarding getting the word out via email. They suggested that organizations need to… 

  • #10 Build Your List at Every Opportunity You Have
  • #9 Avoid Excess Punctuation or Capitalization — “Don’t use ALL CAPS or multiple exclamation marks within your subject line or body. Doing this will trigger spam filters.” Oops. Warning: reformatting of Brigada Today is coming your way.
  • #8 Include Plain Text and HTML Emails — If you don’t include a plain text message, around 5% of your recipients will see a message with nothing in it.
  • #7 Familiarity Encourages Open — Make the From Name for your messages either your company name or the name of a person at your company. Once you choose a From Name, keep it consistent. In the split second where subscribers decide whether to open your email, the most important factor in their decision is whether the From Name is familiar to them or not.
  • #6 Add a Note About Deliverability — To improve message deliverability, add a message at the top of your emails that says something like: “To ensure receipt of our emails, please add somethingatyourcompanydotcom to your Address Book.”
  • #5 Be Consistent With Your Sending Frequency — Pick a schedule. Whether it is weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, stick to it as often as you can. This way, your customers will come to expect and anticipate your organization’s communications. Oops. Guilty again. :-)
  • #4 Timing is Key with Business to Business Communication — In most cases it is best to send business to business emails Tuesday through Thursday. We’ve found that the best times of the day to send are just after the start of the day or just after lunch. It is best to avoid sending business to business emails after 4:00pm or on weekends.
  • #3 Timing is Key with Business to Consumer Communication — According to iContact, in most cases it is best to send business to consumer emails either between 5:00pm and 8:00pm Tuesday through Thursday, or between Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.
  • #2 Only Include Relevant Content — Only send content relevant to the recipient. This can take many forms including content on a relevant topic, offers of a discount off a product related to one purchased previously, and so on. By being relevant, people will allow you to continue to contact them.
  • #1 Only Send Emails to Persons Who Have Requested to Receive Them — Unsolicited email is, of course, called spam. Sending spam will ruin any legitimate organization’s reputation and brand value quickly. Rule number one of becoming an intelligent email marketer is never to send unsolicited email.

So there you have it. Any additional values or warnings? If so, just click “comment” below.

9) Tentmaking E-Newsletter Launched

Did you know that Global Opportunities has launched a FREE new monthly eNewsletter simply called “TM Briefs”? This short publication will teach, inform, inspire, support, challenge, and equip you for tentmaking, and more broadly, for integrating work and faith in all your life. Subscribing is as easy as it is to unsubscribe. Check it out.

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

To comment on this item, simply click “Comment” below.

20070128 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE TRYING GOODSEARCH!
  3. HOW TO DO SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT DOING LONG-TERM HARM
  4. CHRISTIAN HIV/AIDS RESOURCES
  5. US POST OFFICE SENDS PRAYER LETTERS
  6. FREE SYNERGY NEWSLETTER
  7. MEMBER CARE SERVICES IN BUDAPEST
  8. EQUIPPING CONFERENCE FOR MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
  9. TRAIN A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS FOR K’STAN
  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, BUILD MISSIONS FIRE
  11. THE BACKPAGE: CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (INITIATIVE 360), 1978-2007
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through an email-based distance learning course called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” offered by the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The next course offering is scheduled for May 7 – June 1, 2007.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for those doing ministry and community outreach among the poor. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for members of a team who minister together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. It is an e-mail based guided reading program with written (e-mail) assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because the course is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. The course will require an average of 8-10 hours of work per week. The Chalmers Center also offers other distance learning courses on microfinance and microenterprise development.

    To register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-02/07. If you have questions, send email to chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE TRYING GOODSEARCH! — We’d love to thank those who have tried searching at…

    http://www.goodsearch.com

    All those pennies are adding up. Thanks to your combined help, the total contribution (that Goodsearch will make to our mother organization, Team Expansion) is up to $100 for 2007! :-) “Poco a poco, se va lejos.” Someone pointed out that only USA-based non-profits can receive “search-pennies.” As a result, he said, he won’t be able to register his own agency, so, he said, he’d keep searching for Brigada! Remember, all you have to do is type in “Team Expansion” in the “Who do you Goodsearch for?” box. Then click “Verify”. Click on the “Amount raised” button to find out how many pennies have been raised so far. Team Expansion tries to keep Brigada afloat when donations don’t quite make budget. (So far, donations to Brigada have never met budget. :-) ) (Thanks Team Expansion! Thanks Goodsearchers!)


  3. HOW TO DO SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT DOING LONG-TERM HARM — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College has added a new distance learning course to its curriculum on ministry to the poor that does not create dependency. This course, called “How to Do Short-term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm,” is scheduled for April 16 – May 4, 2007. It is designed for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    The course provides an understanding of the issues surrounding the execution of short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. Short-term missions have the opportunity to produce important benefits, but also have the potential to do significant harm, particularly to the poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that course participants can strengthen their missions projects and the benefits of their short-term missions are maximized and any harm is minimized.

    This training course is an e-mail based guided reading program with written (e-mail) assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because the course is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. The course will require an average of 6-8 hours of work per week.

    To register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-02/07. If you have questions, call 1-706-419-1805 (U.S.) or send email to chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. CHRISTIAN HIV/AIDS RESOURCES — R.E.A.P (Resource Education For AIDS Prevention) is a complete AIDS/HIV education program that provides biblical, morally based hope in the crises of human tragedy. A 278-page manual is available as well as individual chapters, overhead transparency masters and PowerPoints. Materials are biblical, positive and practical include teaching tips and hints. These materials were developed by (the South African based) Vern & Esther Tisdale of Africa.. Operation Whole. You may freely use these materials in your ministry. The materials are now available for free download at:

    http://aibi.gospelcom.net/reap/


  5. US POST OFFICE SENDS PRAYER LETTERS — Thanks to Wayne who recently wrote to remind us that prayer letters can be printed and mailed through the US post office itself. Wayne wrote, “We have used them for the past year. Full color letters are mailed for .88 using presort first class postage. The minimum is $2 and so as few as three prayer letters can be made. We like the control and options that we have in the mailing process. The most we have had to wait is one extra business day.” To learn more, visit…

    http://www.usps.com/netpost/welcome.htm


  6. FREE SYNERGY NEWSLETTER — Here’s a communiqué that is a missions mobilization ezine published on the Internet by DualReach. It features stories and ideas from churches who are successfully involving their people in cross-cultural ministry. “Synergy Newsletter” also introduces readers to the resources of the expanding DualReach electronic resource centre, including ready-to-use tools that DualReach develops, and examples of best practice they collect from a wide array of dynamic missions churches. Recent topics included short-term youth teams and educating children in missions. Subscribe by visiting the DualReach website

    http://www.dualreach.org

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


  7. MEMBER CARE SERVICES IN BUDAPEST — The Budapest Care Center offers professional Christian counseling services for adult missionaries serving throughout Europe and Eurasia. Their primary work is short-term intensive counseling for adults and couples seeking help for themselves. Depression, trauma, anxiety, marriage conflict and burnout are among the more common concerns that bring people to the Care Center seeking help. The Care Center staff also provides training on understanding how personal and family problems develop, training on how to help others and seminars on marriage and family relationships. Contact them at:

    http://www.budapestcare.com

    or write info(at)budapestcare(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. EQUIPPING CONFERENCE FOR MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS — ACMI’07, at St. Olaf College near Minneapolis, May 31-June 3, 2007, marks 25 years of equipping, resourcing, and networking staff and volunteers involved in or interested in starting, international student ministry (ISM) in the U.S. and Canada. ACMI’07 is one of the broadest gatherings of ISM workers from campus ministries, mission agencies (including returned and retired missionaries), denominations, local churches, and individuals, and offers rich cross-training via 40+ workshops by veterans. Participation is limited to North American residents and missionaries returning from the field. The “early-bird” discount registration deadline is March 31st. Find them on the web at

    http://2007.acmi-network.org

    or email osbu0001(at)umn(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. TRAIN A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS FOR K’STAN — …At Kazakhstan International School, located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Founded in 1993 by two godly men who had a vision to use education as a pre-evangelism ministry to reach the people in Central Asia for Christ, the school needs godly teachers in grades 1-8 for the school year 2007-2008 and k- 12 for year 2008-2009. They have begun to use the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, and are committed to be a continuous learning community preparing young people to be skilled knowledge-workers with high moral standards, great social skills, strong academic backgrounds, and, God willing, knowledge of the Lord. For more info, email spotty4(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, BUILD MISSIONS FIRE — Want to help undergird Brigada in its global ministry of resourcing and mobilization? 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.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (INITIATIVE 360), 1978-2007 — When 5pm came on Feb. 13th, Initiative 360 closed the doors on a newly- merged team of people formerly referred to as ACMC and Caleb Project. Together, they held a whole lot of promise. But together, they did not survive.

    When the board of Initiative 360 closed the shop that day, they laid to rest a marathon-length history of outstanding missions mobilization on college campuses, at local church missions fairs, and in resource centers of all kinds. ACMC equipped churches for effective involvement in world evangelization through conferences, consultation, and resources. Caleb Project created life-changing materials, programs, and curricula for individuals and churches that built vision and enabled involvement in God’s kingdom work. See the press release at

    http://www.takeitglobal.org/

    but don’t go looking very deeply for details because they aren’t there. From the looks of things in this short press release by I360’s board, the two groups together must have overextended somehow during their merger. Apparently, the board felt they had gone past the point of no return.

    I started using ACMC training materials in 1980, best of my memory. They already seemed mature and effective by that time. And as for Caleb Project, Brigada has probably chronicled *hundreds* of new releases thanks to their hard-working staff down through the years. Folks, let me shoot straight: These were (and still are) some of the best people in the world. They worked long hours, were paid little, but had boat- loads of fun. They turned-on folks to the Great Commission. They analyzed, they mobilized, but above all things, they praised and worshipped.

    Unfortunately, I still don’t get it. The board has made it obvious that none of the leaders are accused of anything dishonest. Nobody did anything immoral or unethical. Apparently, the board figured the merged organization just didn’t have a financial future. Well folks, please hear me well: somewhere, someone needs to help us all learn the costly lesson of this loss to missions mobilization. To the I360 board, I openly share that I so wish this could have been done differently. Surely there was a way to process these difficult steps with greater grace; surely there could have been more exchange; surely the community of Christ could have helped you step through these difficult moments without ending things so abruptly. But now, by all appearances, it’s done. And to all the people who are now struggling to process the events of the past 2 months, our hearts and our prayers are with you. As we seek to deal with our confusion, you also seek to find new jobs, new avenues of service, and new means of feeding your families. We are all so very grateful for your *decades* of service, your long days and nights of selflessness, and your incredible energy spent to the glory of God. Yikes. I can’t imagine church missions apart from ACMC. I can’t possibly imagine missions mobilization without Caleb Project. I don’t even *want* to.

    I’m sure there were long prayers. I’m sure there were painful tears. There must have been sleepless nights by the board members. I just wish the greater community of missions advocates could have somehow shared a bit more in that process. Because to me, this feels like somebody died, was buried, and there was no funeral. Only five cold lines in a press release. “Too many bills. Couldn’t make it. Closed up shop.” Who does that? What about some kind of reorganization? What about asking the CEO to do an appeal letter to tell how critical things are? Or how ’bout at least separating back into Caleb Project and ACMC again to see if either side could make a go of it separately? Even as I ask those questions, I hurt for the board members themselves, because I can only imagine how carefully they must have considered these steps. At least, I hope they did. Unfortunately, few, if any of us, can know. Because it was done — it was over — in what seemed like an instant.

    I called Caleb Project’s office on the morning after. It was Valentine’s Day. I spoke to the small team of staff people who had been given the task of cleaning up. My heart went out to them. My heart still aches for them and all the others. We don’t even know where to write. We don’t even know if they’re getting this. But our prayers go to the Father on their behalf. We join them today, praying for them, lifting them up. May the Lord somehow bring hope and healing, in a way that sudden closure could not.

    Yikes. There’s nothing more to say. Except, may the Lord help them all.

20070121 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SECURE YOUR DATA
  2. INTERNATIONAL SOUL WINNING WORKSHOP 2007
  3. NEW ISSUE OF NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM
  4. APOLOGETICS REIMAGINED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
  5. ONLINE MAGAZINES FOR THE NON-WESTERN WORLD
  6. CORE-MEMBER CARE BLOG
  7. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
  8. RESOURCE FOR TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT MISSIONS
  9. IN SEARCH OF BIBLE LESSONS FOR KIDS
  10. GOODSEARCH WORKS, POCO A POCO
  11. SCHOOL OF MISSION AND PRACTICAL MINISTRIES ONLINE COURSES
  12. THANKS TO THOSE WITH BIG HEARTS
  13. THE BACK PAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SECURE YOUR DATA — Looking for a way to lock down your computer data? Brigada participant, Raul, just tipped us off to TrueCrypt, a without-cost, open-source disk encryption solution that will allow you to secure an entire hard drive, just a few files, or a pocket USB flash drive. Developed by a team of expert volunteers, you can install this in minutes by using the detailed user guide. The setup files are small enough to fit on a floppy diskette, and can be downloaded quickly even on a slow Internet connection. The encryption level can be set to better than what is used by government agencies, it can be installed to autorun on a CD or flash drive, and even run in “travelmode” without leaving a trace. Looks like it should work on Windows XP/2000/2003 and Linux, but I didn’t see a MAC version for now.

    http://www.truecrypt.org

    (Thanks Raul!)


  2. INTERNATIONAL SOUL WINNING WORKSHOP 2007 — If you haven’t registered to Exhibit at the 2007 ISWW and you intend on joining them this year, better head on over to their website

    http://www.tulsaworkshop.org/exhibits

    and register. There are still great affordable booths available. They are expecting a great turnout this year and hope you will be a part of it! Contact Becky isww(at)sbcglobal(dot)net or call 918-443-2108. The event is March 22- 24, 2007, and is largely attended by those attending a cappella Churches of Christ.


  3. NEW ISSUE OF NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM — To see the whole story, go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    Here’s a sampler of what they cover in this issue:
    *** Treasury Department releases new anti-terrorist financing guidelines for charities.
    *** IRS releases latest statistics on tax-exempt organizations.
    *** If a church has a thrift shop that brings in $1200 a month but does not collect sales tax, is the 501(c)(3) status in jeopardy?
    *** Can a church or nonprofit send its leader/pastor and his wife to a conference and pay for it all if there is no organizational reason to send the wife? Check out these and more — and thanks to Dallas attorney, Jack Straus, for the great job he does collecting and reporting on these issues for all of us.


  4. APOLOGETICS REIMAGINED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY — That’s what Missional Apologetics hopes to accomplish at

    http://missionalapologetics.com

    The purpose of the site is to provide resources for a new paradigm of apologetics consistent with the book, _Encountering New Religious Movements_ (Kregel Academic, 2004). It seeks to implement missiological principles, such as cross-cultural communication and contextualization with apologetics.


  5. ONLINE MAGAZINES FOR THE NON-WESTERN WORLD — All you need is an Internet connection!

    *** INTERLIT Magazine, to help those publishing Christian literature in the non-western world, is now an online-only publication. Subscribe at:

    http://ccmiparters.org

    *** FOOTSTEPS Magazine, produced by Christian NGO Tearfund, is primarily for Christian national workers and missionaries and covers development issues. The most recent issue is a valuable study on HIV and relationships. Other publications are also offered, in several languages:

    http://tilz.tearfund.org/

    (Thanks Tony!!!!)


  6. CORE-MEMBER CARE BLOG — There is a new blog by Member Care Associates, and moderated by Dr. Kelly and Dr. Michele O’Donnell. The purpose of this blog is a) to discuss current and crucial issues in member care and b) to promote personal and professional growth and good practice. The materials are intentionally chosen to help member care folks think broadly, look into their own hearts, explore member care in light of current world events, and consider additional ways to support the international mission/aid community. This first month they are dialoguing about “core” issues for people in aid/mission work, including member care-givers themselves. They are looking at seven issues in particular (e.g., pessimism, distractions, forgiveness, contentment) and using them as a springboard to share ideas and “matters of the heart.” Join the international conversations. And please share this with others in your networks that might benefit. Here’s the address.

    http://www.COREmembercare.blogspot.com


  7. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — Don’t miss the Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference, held April 19–21, 2007 at Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis. This national training event is designed for church, school, and agency leaders who lead, train, organize, or supervise Christian short-term mission trips. You’ll learn from more than a dozen speakers and national leaders, including Lisa Espineli Chinn and Tim Dearborn. For more information, visit

    http://www.stemintl.org/training

    or call toll-free 877.STEM.646 or local 952.996.1385.


  8. RESOURCE FOR TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT MISSIONS — Looking for some new inspiration on teaching children about missions? Looking for help on how teach missions at your next teacher training seminar or conference? Need a mission speaker for your next children’s faith promise rally? Then contact Michalene(at)who(dot)rr(dot)com . She has developed materials for Teacher Training as well as lesson materials for K-6th grade. You can request that a brochure be mailed to you or a copy be emailed to you with more information.

  9. IN SEARCH OF BIBLE LESSONS FOR KIDS — Good News Productions, International and others are exploring the need for and potential of a universal beginners’ curriculum. The idea originated as a response to the need for a curriculum free of western culture to teach children weekly Bible lessons. The concept is growing into a dynamic, modular, template-style curriculum that can be easily adapted to various age groups in a variety of settings. This would be available via a Web site. Their goal would be that those who have Internet access can use it to have the ability to constantly add illustrations, games, songs, crafts, etc. that they have used for a particular language, region, culture, age of student, or type of environment (tribal/village, rural, small town, metro) to the Web site. In an effort to assess the need for such a curriculum and look for any current materials that might exist, they’re inviting Brigada participants to take five minutes to participate in a survey at …

    http://www.gnpi-host.org/Survey/CurriculumSurvey/tabid/147/Default.aspx


  10. GOODSEARCH WORKS, POCO A POCO — For those with a base in the USA, we can now testify that Goodsearch seems to work, albeit poco a poco. Check out the results at…

    http://www.goodsearch.com

    To see our example, type “Team Expansion” into the 2nd blank (“Who do you GoodSearch for?”), then click “Verify”. You’ll notice that it’ll fill in “Team Expansion, Louisville, KY” into the blank for you. (That’s the organization that tries to cover for Brigada’s costs if we don’t come up with the budget here.) Now click on “Amount raised.” You’ll see that since we mentioned the concept in January, there’s now a whopping $82+ set aside for Brigada’s mother ship. Of course, Good search waits ’til the end of the calendar year to cut a check, but like we said before, if someone offered to send you a check for $82, would you turn it down? For the concept to work though, you have to have web- users who are willing to let go of Google (no small challenge). Give it a try . . . and even if your organization elects not to pursue it at this time, remember, every single Goodsearch is a penny for Brigada. :-)


  11. SCHOOL OF MISSION AND PRACTICAL MINISTRIES ONLINE COURSES — Enroll in the introductory semester of a “School of Mission” and “Practical Ministries” courses at a new “Biblical Learning Center.” Learn how you can reach the world for Christ, and also minister to the “poor, lame, maimed and blind” leading to the construction of self-financing ministry centers. Study on-line if you have a fast Internet connection, or download the courses and study off-line by email. To enroll online, go to

    http://www.agape-biblia.org/indexBLC-E.htm

    and click on the courses you want to enroll in, then click on “Enroll” and fill out the enrollment form. To register by email, write to agape(dot)biblia(at)gmail(dot)com telling us which courses you want to enroll in. Better hurry — you might already be “late for class.” :-) The deadline for enrolling in the spring semester is February. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (As always, Brigada cannot be responsible to match every course and/or site for your own theological stands. Be sure you check it out first for your own mindset.)


  12. THANKS TO THOSE WITH BIG HEARTS — Today we’re grateful to a new friend in California who sent $150 anonymous dollars to help us make ends meet at Brigada. Would you like to join them this week with a bridge-building gift of $25? $50? $100? If so, 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.

  13. THE BACK PAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD — It occurred to me last week, as I was traveling through Bosnia, that more than one person has asked me about some of the tools I use for “the road.” I thought I’d just go ahead and do a series on some of the tools that have become dear to me over the past nearly-30 years. Some of these are fairly personal, I guess, in that not everyone would appreciate them. But others are just some kind of “hack” that I’ve found to “beat the system” for a particular problem or challenge I was facing. So… as long as you realize I’m just a fellow struggler (“one beggar telling another where to buy bread”; I’m confident we *all* have found certain principles or “hacks”; you probably have just as many.), here’s a new series on “Tools for the road.”

    *** Tool #1 — Determine to beat jet lag: How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m jet-lagged.” They usually are referring to the disorientation and “heavy eyelids” one feels after switching 4 or more time zones. The human body seems to have a kind of “memory” for the previous time zone. So when the individual arrives at the destination, it takes him/her 2, 3, sometimes 4 days to get adjusted. For some reason, I don’t usually experience jet lag. When I arrive in Europe or Africa, I’m awake enough to function through the day. When I arrive back home in the USA, I can go right to sleep and sleep the whole night through. Granted, some might argue that I have some better “natural” jet lag wiring. It could be in my DNA programming, I guess. Since I can’t climb into someone else’s skin, we’ll never know. But I also think there are several tools or “hacks” that help me. The first one is just making up your mind you’re going to do it. It’s my personal belief that jet lag is, at least in part, the power of suggestion. We believe, therefore we *do*. Since we *think* it’s going to be hard, it *is*. So the first tool is to make up your mind that you’re *not* going to experience it. There’s a good movie for background on this. It’s called, “Somewhere in Time,” and my wife loves it as a “chick flick.” :-) I like it because it helps prepare me for the power of suggestion. No, I don’t believe in astro-travel. :-) I don’t think I can “think” myself into a different *year*. But it’s fun to pretend I’m in a different *time* zone at least. And that’s the first tool. Just *pretend*. Make up your mind that you’re already adjusted, and it’s my theory that it’ll help you adjust. So no matter what, resist that age- old saying, that it’s such-and-such o’clock “my body time.” Just don’t go there. Explain to your friends that you’re following a Brigada “tool” or “hack” and you’d appreciate them not reminding you. Tell them the story about Christopher Reeves’ character in Somewhere in Time… the way that when he just saw the present-day date on the penny, it was enough to “jar” him out of the old-fashioned dimension he was living. (And while they’re wondering if you’re nuts, you’ll have time to change the subject. :-) ) Either way, just do it. Pretend. Imagine you’re in the new time zone. Set your watch to it. Pretend your hungry at the right time. Pretend you’re awake at the right time. *Believe!!!”* :-) Next week… more tools. :-)

20061231 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AMAZING DIFFERENCE-MAKERS
  2. SO HOW’D WE DO FINANCIALLY IN 2006?
  3. BIBLE TRANSLATION, LITERACY AND SCRIPTURES IN AUDIO
  4. FREE BOOKS TO MISSIONARIES WAITING FOR PICKUP IN NASHVILLE
  5. CHURCH WEBSITE ASSESSMENT TOOL
  6. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS
  7. E-NEWSLETTER FOR MOBILIZERS
  8. IF YOU’RE CONTRIBUTING TO BRIGADA…
  9. BEST READS FOR 2006 (ACCORDING TO SHAUM)
  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA IN 2007
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MOBILIZE YOUR CHURCH VIA SKITS?
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AMAZING DIFFERENCE-MAKERS — Thanks to the students at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY, from the GIAL program…

    http://www.gial.edu

    which is a dual-degree (M. Div. in Missions and Bible Translation from Southern Baptist and an M.A. in applied Linguistics from GIAL). One couple sent $25 while they were students there. We also received several anonymous donations, including $25, $50 from a YWAMmer in Europe, $100, $60, $100, $50 from Deeper Roots (write them at hlisechataoldotcom ), plus $76.40 from Good Neighbor Insurance. Learn more about their offers at…

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

    Blessed Hope Communications sent $21.83 for Aug. & Sept. ’06 long distance commissions (from Brigada Today participants who signed up for long distance with their service; Thank you for talking!). To learn more or sign up, just visit:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We’re very grateful to World Indigenous Missions for a $100 gift to keep us going. Learn more about their work at…

    http://www.worldim.com/

    (but as this Brigada goes out the door, that site is not responding).

    Finally, thanks for Bill’s donation of $100 to help Brigada keep pumping out issues. Bill is affiliated with “Into All the World”, which invites any and all who want mission input in Canada to look them up at

    http://www.iatw.ca

    Several other anonymous donors chipped in with gifts of $25, 50, 50, 100, 25, 50, 50, 300, and $25. One of those was from Italy. Several operate various ministries. We appreciate all of them.


  2. SO HOW’D WE DO FINANCIALLY IN 2006? — We did well. We didn’t make our budget. But we did better than before. As of last edition, we had a total of $13,244.74 in 2006 income. Another $1383.23 came in over the past 10 days, making a total of $14,627.97 for 2006. This represents an increase of more than $3600 in giving over 2005… so that’s a good thing. Unfortunately, it was only 88% of our 2006 budget. Let’s just hope that in 2007, we can get the word out earlier and more effectively. But it was a *resounding* last 3 weeks. Thank you one and all!

  3. BIBLE TRANSLATION, LITERACY AND SCRIPTURES IN AUDIO — Both Bible translation and Literacy efforts are foundational tasks. The ultimate goal of every literacy program should be to help people read the translated Scriptures in their language. The advent of the digital Talking Bible dramatically increases the speed in which that goal can be realized. The new digital Talking Bible’s instant “search and find” feature enables the reader to select any chapter, match it with the audio and read while listening. The digital Talking Bible NT is available in English, Spanish, Bengali and a growing number of other languages. For more info 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 .]


  4. FREE BOOKS TO MISSIONARIES WAITING FOR PICKUP IN NASHVILLE — Lewis and Elsbeth have a thousand various volumes, waiting for missionaries to come by and browse for free pickup. See Brigada on the web for a picture of their shelves. If you’re a missionary on furlough (home service) in the USA, stop by Franklin, TN (suburban Nashville) to check out their stash. For more information, write them directly at:

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

    When he’s not giving away books to missionaries, Lewis serves as Int’l Development Coordinator for CLC

    http://www.clcusa.org


  5. CHURCH WEBSITE ASSESSMENT TOOL — It is an unfortunate truth that a great many church websites are not really user-friendly to outsiders. Yet there are a range of factors that can make a church site far more effective in reaching the community. A new self-assessment scoring tool is available to help a church identify areas of their site that might need adjustment. See it at…

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-design.php

    (Thanks Tony! For all the times you pitch in ideas, we appreciate you!)


  6. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100%. KCT will send you all the equipment you need to join with others in live, multipoint sessions that work as if you were all in the same room together. The training takes 1 1/2 hrs/day, 4 days/week for 3 weeks. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211, or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  7. E-NEWSLETTER FOR MOBILIZERS — Interchange Postings is a free, monthly newsletter published by Catalyst Services at:

    http://www.catalystservices.org/resources/index.shtml

    Designed primarily for mission agency personnel involved in agency- church collaboration, Postings is a source of current information and practical ideas for anyone helping churches mobilize.

    Past issues of Postings (also available online) have addressed the P.E.A.C.E. Plan and how to prepare for it, the exploding opportunities of BAM (Business as Mission), the facilitator’s role in partnerships, and what churches expect from agency mobilizers. The Catalyst website also details other services for mission agencies looking to strengthen their collaboration with local churches.


  8. IF YOU’RE CONTRIBUTING TO BRIGADA… — Please turn off those fancy quotes. They’re a killer for those viewing through basic email text. Also, you can help us by sticking to the 8-or-so-line maximum. If your item is over that, you’ll likely get edited anyway. So it might as well be you who picks out what goes in. In fact, see the full formatting instructions by browsing Brigada then clicking on “Submit an item” in the top menu.

  9. BEST READS FOR 2006 (ACCORDING TO SHAUM) — Our ministry has relied regularly on input form Barnabas Int’l for member care ideas and, in particular, on Scott Shaum. His “best reads list” for 2006 is typical of his work… relational, caring, and deep-thinking stuff. Get it at

    http://www.brigada.org/best-reads-2006.html

    (Note that if you want to browse or purchase a particular book, just click on the title and you’ll be taken to Amazon’s offering of that book on the Amazon website. If you use this link to purchase the book, Amazon will make a very small donation to Brigada. But please take note that your purchase price would be the same either way.) Thanks again Scott!


  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA IN 2007 — Want to get Brigada off to a great start in 2007? Remember… once we reach the financial need for a particular year, we stop mentioning money and any additional funds that come in will apply toward the next year’s budget. So… buy out this space in the first month and we’ll have more space for regular items each week! :-) Either way, 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.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: MOBILIZE YOUR CHURCH VIA SKITS? — This past week, I was helping my local church prepare to do a missions skit for later this month. First I looked for Christian skit ideas. I started at

    http://www.missionresources.com/drama.html then zeroed in on

    http://www.dramatix.org/Linkpages/Missions.html and finally landed on

    http://www.dramatix.org/Mission/WhichWay.html

    But these lines didn’t grab me. So then I went to…

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php to find some better stats.

    Printed the stats page at

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/globalstatistics.php

    then made a copy for each missions committee member, just to give everybody the bigger picture at the Missions committee meeting. I also zoomed in on

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=100153&rog3=AF

    to give them a close-up of one particular people group.

    I then sent PDF copies of the skit, the global stats, the people group closeup to the committee so they could read through it in advance.

    By the way, after the presentation, I’ll write the author of the skit in New Zealand, thank him for his work, and send him a copy of the revised script the way we did it.

    For what it’s worth… Doug

20061203 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA?
  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE
  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS
  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA
  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007
  7. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE
  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE
  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH
  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT
  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — This Christmas season, we here at Brigada Today are very thankful for our partners, those who are spurring us on to good works and keeping Brigada Today headed out the door. This past week, anonymous donors gave $25, $25, and $30. That $30 gift was from a worker in Russia who wrote, “We appreciate your service to the ‘Work’.” Another gave $100, and still another gave $500. That $500 gift came from the Dir. of “Commission to Every Nation,” who wrote, “You have been a source of great information over the years and we appreciate it very much. … I continue to recommend you to anyone looking for data and ideas pertaining to missions. Rich blessings to the entire team!” To learn more about Commission to Every Nation, browse to:

    http://www.cten.org

    In addition, Dial-abroad sent their Sept. and Oct. sponsorship, in view of those who “dialed abroad” during those months (thank you for talking!), a total of $93.75. If you’d like to learn more about their great deals for telecommunicating, just browse to:

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

    Via PayPal, donors gave $50, $10, $25, $100, $100, $25, $25, $100, $100 and $10. All together, those gifts add up to $1198.75!!! To all of these helpers, we say a giant hats-off thank you!


  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA? — A couple of editions ago, we dared Brigada Today participants to pray, in these last couple of weeks of 2006, that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course? We had $8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650 — so now we have $9244.74. Here’s the way it looks in the number of gifts we prayed for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 1 down, 4 to go 8 to give 250 — (Nobody has stepped up to the $250 plate yet) 10 to give 100 — 4 down, 6 to go 20 to give 50 — 3 down, 17 to go 50 to give 25 — 3 down, 46 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can 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. (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. We only have 3 editions after this one left in 2006. Yikes. We’ll have to average about $2500 per edition to reach our goal. Thanks for your prayers on this behalf!


  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE — The editor of Momentum Magazine wrote last week, a few hours after Brigada Today highlighted their new issue, ” Never let it be said people don’t read Brigada. In one day, some 600 people downloaded the State of Global Evangelization presentation! I’m impressed with the concern of Brigada readers for the unreached, and for the willingness of Brigada to consistently highlight them. I hope many more people will follow the Brigada model and be a voice for the voiceless.” Our response back to Justin, “May the Lord receive any of the praise… and may I just receive a challenge that only 600 downloaded that item.” Let’s keep ringing the bell until every last person on the planet has a valid opportunity to hear.

  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS — Barnabas International announces that 7 six-day renewal retreats for global workers will be held in Michigan beginning in May, 2007. The focus is personal spiritual assessment in a low-key format, leaving loads of time open to participants. The retreats take place on a private 1400 acre family estate. They take adults only, 16 participants per retreat. 7 homes, fully equipped, on 1.5 miles of quiet and beautiful Lake Huron beach front. To learn more and register, visit

    www.barnabas.org/elimretreats

    or email for information to hstewart5(at)juno(dot)com The best part is — if I understand correctly — the retreats are free.


  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA — As we mentioned previously, the November/December issue of Momentum is online, featuring an in-depth presentation on the State of the Gospel developed by Jason Mandryk (editor, Operation World) and Justin Long (Assoc. Ed. of World Christian Encyclopedia). Find it here:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org

    The next issue – possibly the next several issues – will be focused on the unreached peoples of Africa. (After that they plan to tackle Asia, Europe, etc. in turn).

    If your ministry is focused on Africa (or some sub-region thereof), they would love to hear about it. In particular, they are looking for significant initiatives to highlight and for article submissions. Justin wrote us this past week, “Depending upon response we may either focus on the continent as a whole, or divide it into subregions (in which case the first will probably be West Africa). We look forward to e-mails from Brigada participants.” So send your stories and ideas to: editor(at)momentum-mag(dot)org


  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007 — The North American Azerbaijani Network will host a forum on the Azerbaijani people April 18-21, 2007 in Chicago. The Azerbaijani people are 40 million strong, live predominately in Azerbaijan and Iran, are Muslim, with only 0.03% Christian. This forum will provide vital information for anyone interested in learning more about these gateway people. Opportunities will exist to (1) gain a better understanding of these people’s spiritual importance in the Middle Eastern, Turkic, Russian, and Arabic worlds, (2) hear of work efforts directly from those who have experience there, (3) interact with national and foreign workers, and (4) learn what opportunities exist to participate in sharing hope and help among these dear people. If interested, please send an email to azpartnership(at)galacticomm(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, your loved ones will love this funny book! Order by contacting Bill Harris at: <>. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE — Good news: The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Just go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue. You’ll find info on new laws, regulations, and inflation adjustments which have recently taken effect or will on January 1, 2007, including the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the standard mileage rate, and the Exempt Organizations Implementing Guidelines for 2007. (Thanks to Jack, a long-time friend, for making the simplified level available to Brigada participants!)


  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself and your loved ones to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. They’ll love this! Order by contacting Bill Harris bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH –- Now you can receive effective, low cost training to raise your support in the convenience your own home. Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100 percent. You can build the relational and communication skills that make raising your support a joy-filled ministry that blesses individuals and churches with greater vision for fulfilling their primary purpose for existence: being the expression of Christ to the nations. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, will send you a laptop and a webcam that is ready to plug and play. You will join a multipoint workshop with a small group of other missionaries. It works as if you are all together in the same room. You will need high speed internet access. The training goes for an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. KCT guarantees results. Single point training is available to groups of six to eight people at an even lower per-person cost. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211. jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT — _Mondays in the Middle East: The Lighter Side of Arabian Nights_ by David A. Cross is a newly-published book by an American Midwesterner living in the Middle East. His short glimpses of ordinary life will educate and entertain while giving you a perspective you won’t find anywhere else making it ideal for cross-cultural training. As Russ Lunak, Professor Emeritus at Northwestern College, says in the book’s foreword, “By illustration from his experiences, Cross offers the reader effective coping mechanisms using laughter more readily than lecture.” _Mondays in the Middle East_ is available at online and local bookstores. (Bookstores may order from Spring Arbor Distributors and/or Ingram Book Company). Paperback ISBN 1-60034-652-9; hardcover ISBN 1- 60034-653-7

  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER — How do goals work for you? Our team just spent a week reviewing 2006 and planning for 2007. We’ve been doing this sort of thing for years… but for some reason, this particular year it seemed to go exceptionally well. I’m not sure why, exactly. For what it’s worth, here’s the format we followed:

    *** Day 1, 9-noon: Report on how we did meeting last year’s goals. We gave 2′ to each team member (there are 35 or 40 of us in Int’l Services), plus reported some on departmental goals. Basically, we asked each team member to tell two significant goals he/she accomplished from the previous year’s Field Ministry Plan, then one significant goal that went undone. While the team member talked, we all listened *plus* we jotted a brief one- or two-line note to the person, listing one trait that regularly helped our team fulfill its objectives. (We collected and distributed those at the end, so as not to distract too much during the session.) I gave a frank yet hopeful talk, with a Powerpoint presentation, detailing some of the areas where we seemed to need some extra attention. I gave the group four “dares” (4 general principles that seemed critical to our effectiveness in 2007). I asked them to try to apply the dares in each of their respective sub-team planning sessions. We ended the meeting with lunch and we were done by 1pm.

    *** Days 2-7: Each sub-team conducted its own planning according to its own unique characteristics, setting its own schedule, meeting off-site or on-, short- or longer-term meetings, … it was totally flexible. (In each case, I had met with the respective department heads in Leadership Team meetings, to seek their input on how to structure things, but next year, we want to expand that dimension.) As the week progressed, members keyed their goals into a wiki (a web-based notebook of sorts) that everyone could see. Some of us changed our goals, once we saw the direction or pace others were taking.

    *** Day 8, 9-3pm: On this wrap-up day, we all met together again to share the results of the process. Department heads shared the big picture and, in many cases, individual team members broadened the base by explaining unique roles they hoped to play. Mid-way through the process, we ate a scrumptious lunch together. We ended the day with a full hour of prayer for our goals and for 2007. We especially asked that God would get any glory for what happens.

    *** Day 9, 5:15pm: We staged our annual Christmas dinner and party, played games, played music, sang, and just enjoyed the positive energy that had flowed out of the week.

    It seemed that, without exception, everyone gained perspective on what he or she contributed to 2006 . . . and we hope that, similarly, each team member has gained a sense of vision as to where we’re going in 2007. May God give each of us clear vision.

20061119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT
  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED”
  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES
  4. NEW ETHNE DVD
  5. PHRONEMA
  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH)
  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES?
  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING!
  9. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING
  10. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE OFFERS “STATUS OF THE GOSPEL” REPORT — Among the offerings in the new issue of Momentum Magazine is a “State of the Gospel” powerpoint presentation with extended notes for each slide, so you can give the presentation too. I can’t say enough good stuff about Justin Long & Jason Mandryk for making this and other resources available at their momentum-mag site. This powerpoint alone, shared as a PDF file, could have easily been marketed for $20… and instead, they’re giving it away for free, then inviting folks to pitch in toward their ministry expenses. (We love that paradigm, of course.) Please give it a look… and pitch in if you can. You won’t want to pass this one up.)

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-article1.pdf

    While you’re there, check out…

    Global Map 8: China’s Africa Initiative http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-map.pdf

    Goals http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-goals.pdf

    Reality-Check: The significance of sharing http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-realitycheck.pdf

    Events: what has happened http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-events.pdf

    UpNext: on the calendar http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-upnext.pdf

    Analysis: The Multi-cultural team, money and the glory of God http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-analysis.pdf

    Trends: Time to stop fearing an Islamic invasion http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trends.pdf

    TrendSnaps http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-trendsnaps.pdf

    Visions http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-visions.pdf

    Statistics http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-statistics.pdf

    Technology http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-technology.pdf

    Resources http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-resources.pdf

    Persecution http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-persecution.pdf

    Hope: Field reports http://www.momentum-mag.org/200611/200611-hope.pdf


  2. REPORT ON “HOW DO I GET FED” — Our thanks goes out to those who shared information about how missionaries in the field can feed themselves spiritually. I didn’t know what to expect… and frankly, I’m a bit surprised that we didn’t just get lists and lists of URLs where overseas workers could conduct home Bible studies over the web. Instead, there are several key helps — about 30 pages worth, in all — that you can put into use without the Internet fired up at all. Many of these are due to the wonderful unselfishness of Ron, the Member Care Director at ABWE. I wish I could be like them when I grow up. Check out their web page at:

    http://www.abwe.org/

    And see their Bible Study links at:

    http://www.abwe.org/training/mrc/links_2.asp?cat=Bible%20Study

    Now, see the responses we gathered, including notes on spiritual disciplines, Bible reading journal ideas, spiritual growth plan worksheets, a spiritual disciplines inventory, accountability questions, a scripture memory plan, and a sample “My Time with God” bible study fill-in-the-blank booklet — all for free — by opening this PDF (422K) at:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/how-do-i-get-fed.pdf

    (And hats off, again, to Ron. You’re my hero. :-) )


  3. NEW SHORT-TERM RESOURCES — Thinking about doing a short-term ministry project? These look *awesome*!!! “New Resource: Pre-Field Preparations” in both 7- and 14-day editions are now available as inexpensive, yet effective training materials as you prepare your team for short-term ministry. “Walk As He Walked,” “Abide In The Vine,” and “Ripe For Harvest” devotional Bible studies (in varying lengths of days) are sequenced to the culture-shock curve have been widely use for several years. The best-selling “Coming Home,” and “Coming Home Again” reentry devotionals are sequenced for reentry stress issues have also been used with great success.

    The new “Pre-Field Preparations” materials will help you cover all *three* important areas of spiritual emphasis in short- and long-term missions training. Deeper Roots Publications has been a leader in producing and providing these materials for the past dozen years. (For non-USA orders from the website, use the pay-by-check option. DRP will figure the most economical shipping rates and email you a PayPal payment request so you can conveniently pay by credit card.) This will save a *lot* on your shipping costs when compared to the sea or air standard shipping rates on the website. Just browse to

    http://www.DeeperRoots.com

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


  4. NEW ETHNE DVD — The new Ethne DVD is available. Now you can pray for Unreached Peoples with *tons* more precision and data. For more information and how to get the DVD go to

    http://www.ethne.net


  5. PHRONEMA — It’s a Christian humanitarian search engine. Phronema is a Greek word that translates as mind, or “the framework of knowledge.” The Phronema search engine helps Christian missionaries, NGOs, relief, aid and development workers and others find information on humanitarian topics such as literacy, water purification, or even how to find grants and funding. The aim of Phronema is to help people all over the world, find the key information they need to transform their communities.

    http://www.phronema.org (Thanks Tony!!!)

    Just tried it. Pretty cool!


  6. WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD? (FIND OUT IN EASYENGLISH) — Matthew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, gives us some clues, using the words of Jesus Himself. Matthew also reminds us of many things that God’s prophets said about Jesus, hundreds of years before His birth. To discover more about this exciting secret go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and choose “Matthew Tells Us the Good News about Jesus.” This is a simple translation with notes in EasyEnglish Level A, using a 1200 word vocabulary.


  7. WHERE DO YOU TURN WHEN A HARD DRIVE CRASHES? — Chris would like to know. He wrote, asking, “Doug, during my 7 years of int’l mission service as a worker from the USA, I’ve endured the mechanical crash/failure of two external hard drives. I know of many other cross- cultural workers who have dealt with the same problem. It is an irritant that is magnified by the fact that most of are home only every 3-4 years and have no realistic options for repair in our fields of service, many times because of security concerns.”

    He continued, “Do you know of any folks/companies back in the USA to whom we could have such hard drives sent (usually by a volunteer ministry team returning to USA) to have repair work done at a cheaper cost than what we hear it normally can be? Is this something that you could ask through Brigada? Perhaps there is someone out there who can bring a little hope to those of us who have suffered the sickening feeling of hard drive failure, knowing there is nothing we can do about it on the field?”

    If you have a lead for Chris, please write him directly at:

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

    (Chris, if you get leads, could you prepare a simple report for us in a couple of weeks? That way, everybody can learn from your new knowledge. Thanks… and hang in there. Ouch.)


  8. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS FOR YEAR-END GIVING! — Is this you? Everyone knows that Christmas is a crucial time to thank your financial partners. It’s also an important time to be visible while they are considering end-of-the-year gifts. But with Christmas, church responsibilities, and everything else that keeps your life constantly moving, do you really have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in? That is where Writer’s Edge International can help you. Writer’s Edge International takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well-written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Interested? Contact them today! Visit

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com

    or call (858) 413-5120 or email info(at)writersedgeinternational(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. LIKE WHAT YOU SEE IN BRIGADA? KEEP IT COMING — Here’s our dare: In these last 2 weeks of 2006, would you pray that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course?

    We currently have $ 8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650. For reference, we have just over 11,000 active subscribers these days. If every subscriber pitched in $1.60, we’d be set. But many of our subscribers are overseas, living in situations where money is short. Would you consider doing a scholarship for 10 of them? or maybe 100?

    To make our goal, we really only need 94 people to give: 1 to give 1000 5 to give 500 8 to give 250 10 to give 100 20 to give 50 50 to give 25 So if 1 person gave $1000, 2 gave $500, 8 gave $250, 10 gave $100, 20 gave $50, and 50 gave $25, … we’d reach our goal and we’d end 2006 in the black. But for that to happen, these gifts would all have to be sent in the next 2 weeks… Sometime between now and Dec. 24th. Can we make it?

    No money to give? Can’t afford it? No worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in. Now’s your chance to step up to the plate and help somebody else.

    There are several ways to give. 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.


  10. THE BACK PAGE: PROMISING FUTURE — Our organization recently exhibited at what is undoubtedly the major missions convention of the year for us. I was struck by the attendance (which was record- breaking), the college-agers (again, record-breaking numbers), and the *interest* by this new generation of 23- and 24-year-olds (and their near-age peers). We had entire *teams* of young people coming to us to ask, “What would it look like for us to affiliate with your agency?” They were headed to Muslim lands, shopping for the most effective partnerships, and displaying a kind of street-savvy that one wouldn’t have seen 20 years ago… maybe not even 10. What led to this state? Well there are several factors which contribute. At least 3 seem to be chief:

    *** For those who attend Bible college & seminary, their mission profs seem key. For example, we noticed the students from Ozark Christian College and Johnson Bible College were highly tuned and ready to roll. Both schools have strong missions programs which prepare them for events like these.

    *** Many of these college students have participated in numerous short- term experiences. They’ve traveled widely and interviewed broadly, and now they’re cashing in on their experiences by making smart decisions.

    *** They want mentoring. And they’re willing to shop for it. When they say “Mentoring”, they mean the kind of mentoring Luke Skywalker got from Yoda on the planet Dagobah. You remember… Yoda lifted up Luke’s spaceship, showing Luke the ins and outs of the Jedi life. Then he taught Luke how to do it. It almost smacked of near-eastern mysticism, with all the levitation and meditation rituals… but the truth is, I believe the new generation of missionaries wants almost that level of coaching. Gone are the days when we can go over a to do list, pray, then send them out. They want to shadow someone who is truly good at his/her job. And they want *months*, not weeks. Some want two years.

    How does the above change our strategy? I believe it should give us a very promising future… if we can figure out how to deliver the goods. More about that edition.

20060910 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. FIRST DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES SENT TO AFRICA
  3. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS TO BE JULY 9-11
  4. HUNTING FOR HOSTS & HOSTESSES
  5. MORE FOLLOWUP ON GET PEOPLE PRAYING
  6. HOUSE OR PRAYER
  7. WEBINAR SERVICES?
  8. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE UP FOR LOOKS
  9. A SIMPLER VOICE-OVER-INTERNET OFFER?
  10. PDFS WITHOUT WAITING (OR PAYING) FOR OFFICE 2007
  11. SHARE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARY KIDS
  12. FREE 4-COLOR TRACTS ON MORMONS AND JWS IN 20+ LANGUAGES
  13. THE BACKPAGE: SATELLITES HAVE THE HIGH GROUND
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. This course will be offered on January 8 – February 2, 2007 and again on May 7 – June 1, 2007. Note that the January course is nearly full and limited spots remain.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities.

    For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-10/06.


  2. FIRST DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES SENT TO AFRICA — Talking Bibles International recently sent its first 1,000 new digital, solid-state Talking Bibles to Malawi, Africa. These Talking Bibles have a special arrangement of Scripture passages from the Old Testament as well as the entire New Testament in the Chichewa language. Learn more at…

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

    and

    http://www.audioscriptures.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 .]


  3. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS TO BE JULY 9-11 — Tentmakers International (TI, formerly TIE) will hold its 5th Congress in Malaysia, and is open to anyone with an interest in tentmaking. From the 11th – 13th, the TI Consultation for TI associates and experienced tentmakers will be held in the same venue. To register, please contact ticongress(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or browse to

    http://www.tentmakersinternational.info or

    http://www.tentmakernet.com


  4. HUNTING FOR HOSTS & HOSTESSES — YWAM Sahara Center in Torremolinos, Spain is seeking a couple for hospitality ministry. Interested parties can contact Mark at markf(at)gosahara(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. MORE FOLLOWUP ON GET PEOPLE PRAYING —- Why do people not care enough about missions to pray? A reporter interviewed two men who were digging ditches. He asked the first, “What are you doing?” He quickly replied, “I’m digging ditches.” Asked the same question the second man replied, “I am building a cathedral.” The person who only sees what HE is doing, whether it is ushering or getting excited about a friend’s marriage or a basketball game, is living life digging ditches. He does not see the big picture. What he needs is vision. What seems to be lacking in many churches is that vision of the big picture that missions is building the kingdom of God, and that through prayer for missions believers become an integral part of the building process. Until people in the pew catch that vision from their leaders, prayer for missions will continue to be viewed as just digging ditches. (Thanks for sending this item all the way from Russia, Tom!)

  6. HOUSE OR PRAYER — Campo247 for November 06 is in the southern most part of Spain near the Rock of Gibraltar, within eyesight of Morocco. Elijah Company and Intercessors Arise are uniting with the local churches to invite global Christians to join in this 24 / 7 prayer effort. The area is a point of entrance and exits for kingdoms, a focal point for four major ethnic groups and is at the summit between secular Europe and Muslim North Africa. Daily seminars will focus on missions, prayer, and various related topics. For details of the vision and ways to participate on-sight or from a distance see the web site at

    http://www.campo247.com

    or write to info(at)campo247(dot)com or call +1-757-226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. WEBINAR SERVICES? — Eddie and Alice Smith offer a free 52-week online school of prayer at

    http://www.TeachMeToPray.com

    They have several thousand students and wish to begin conducting teleclasses. Many of their students in other nations can’t afford a one-hour telephone call to the U.S. for training. Most of them utilize dialup Internet services. The Smiths would like your recommendations for inexpensive audio/video Internet training services. Do you use a webinar service? If so, please forward your recommendations to Eddie Smith at usprayercenter(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 .]


  8. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE UP FOR LOOKS — Check out the latest edition of Momentum Magazine (September/October 2006) at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org


  9. A SIMPLER VOICE-OVER-INTERNET OFFER? — Rod at MissionFinder.org found a different approach to free phone calls, offered by JaJah.com. Nothing to download, no start-up or connection fees, no special equipment. You use your regular phone, cordless phone, or cell phone, and calls are free to other JaJah users in many countries. JaJay says calls to the rest of the world are very inexpensive. You can schedule calls ahead of time, set up conference calls, etc. This can save your money for use for other mission needs! (Thanks Rod!)

  10. PDFS WITHOUT WAITING (OR PAYING) FOR OFFICE 2007 — Neil reminded us of these suggestions for crafting PDFs…

    OpenOffice – which will read and write to Microsoft Office formats has “export as a pdf” built-in.

    http://www.openoffice.org/

    CutePDF converts pdf documents from any Windows program (including Office), and is free. Download from

    http://cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

    (Make sure you download and install the Ghostscript converter too, needed to make it work – available on the same page.)


  11. SHARE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARY KIDS — On October 12th and 13th there will be a conference in Moscow geared toward equipping parents as they seek to raise and educate their kids overseas. Topics will address the needs of parents choosing home schooling and national schooling as well as addressing general TCK and cross cultural parenting issues. North American norm-referenced testing will also be available to students using the IOWA Achievement test. Check out their web site

    http://www.ShareEducation.org

    for detailed information and registration. For inquiries contact Larry at lmilks(at)shareeducation(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. FREE 4-COLOR TRACTS ON MORMONS AND JWS IN 20+ LANGUAGES — Get free tracts on the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormon Church available for the price of shipping, or downloadable from the internet. Most are in 4 color. They are produced by the Institute for Religious Research and available for the cost of shipping only if used for free distribution outside the USA. For downloadable articles organized by language go to:

    http://www.irr.org/languages

    To view sample pdfs go to:

    http://irr.org/resources.html

    To request tracts and get shipping estimates, USA callers may dial toll-free: 1 877-888-4477; outside the USA call 616-451-4562 or request information via email at: sarah(at)irr(dot)org


  13. THE BACKPAGE: SATELLITES HAVE THE HIGH GROUND — It began with a broadcast. Moeb (not his real name), a young man living in North Africa, was flipping through his family’s TV channels when he came across a broadcast about Jesus. He had heard about this prophet. He paused to watch for a minute. At the end of the program, he noticed an address. Curious, he wrote to ask for more information.

    Meanwhile, one of our mission’s workers in North Africa had become interested in satellite broadcasting as a way to “cast the net” larger. He traveled to Amsterdam to learn more from a studio there. As he started to leave, they asked if he would consider taking back some materials for a young inquirer.

    Once he arrived back in the Muslim land where he worked, the Christian worker sought out the address and actually found Moeb. He delivered the information and set up a follow-up meeting to answer Moeb’s questions. Six months later, the Christian worker baptized Moeb and welcomed him to the Kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, the worker is now focusing on satellite broadcasting full-time. His energies will become another piece in the global effort to bless Muslims with more knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray for him and others like him laboring to bring Good News and Hope to those who haven’t heard.

20060702 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONF: CDs/MP3s NOW AVAILABLE
  2. LINKING LITERACY AND ORAL COMMUNICATION
  3. SO BY NOW YOU MUST HAVE HEARD… CALEB PROJECT & ACMC WED
  4. CHECK OUT THE ALPHA TEST OF THE “MONITOR”
  5. THE RESULTS: WHICH CAMCORDER IS THE BEST?
  6. MORE ON LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING/CONNECTING TO THE ‘NET
  7. THE HERERO PEOPLE
  8. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANG. TRAINING THIS FALL/SPRING
  9. MINISTRYHOME.ORG
  10. FREE PAPERS ON RUSSIAN YOUTH MINISTRY
  11. SPECIAL ARTICLES ON DISCIPLESHIP
  12. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  13. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS”
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONF: CDs/MP3s NOW AVAILABLE — The 2006 COSIM conference, held June 12-14 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, Illinois, advanced the theology and practice of cross-cultural ministry partnerships. COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Speakers included: Dick Robinson: “Partnerships that transform our understanding of . . . mission, the gospel, and the world / Gary Edmonds: “From missions-TO . . . to missions-WITH” / “Faisal” — “Partnering with indigenous ministries for transformation: A non-Western perspective”. Dr. David Kasali’s address, “Will the African Church be ready?” was the high-point of the conference for many. Also, how-to workshops on: accountability — short-term mission trips for long-term transformation — assessing your cross-cultural partnerships — etc. Recordings of all sessions are now available as CD or MP3 download. Visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosimnet.org


  2. LINKING LITERACY AND ORAL COMMUNICATION — Nearly 4 billion people cannot read. But what about the millions who are learning to read but continue to read too poorly to understand? There is a very simple way to help turn poor, struggling readers into good readers. It is the Talking Bible in that reader’s own language. The advent of the talking Bible now offers a wonderful new way to help poor readers become good readers. A poor reader with a talking Bible can open the printed Bible and follow the text while listening to the narration of that text in audio. The new solid state, digital Talking Bible will make it easy to select the exact passage in the printed text. Talking Bibles International says it will have its revolutionary, new solid-state, digital Talking Bible available by summer’s end. An exciting new era is dawning. 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 .]


  3. SO BY NOW YOU MUST HAVE HEARD… CALEB PROJECT & ACMC WED — It’s not too late to send a wedding gift (joking). But seriously, Caleb Project and ACMC are merging. See the details at…

    http://www.calebproject.org/main.php/about_us/looking_to_the_future

    See links there for more information. We’re all on the edge of our seats to see how this will shake out in practical details.


  4. CHECK OUT THE ALPHA TEST OF THE “MONITOR” — This is a database of events, trends, analysis, statistics, photographs, reports, etc. that Justin Long, Senior Editor of Momentum, is maintaining to use to build each issue of Momentum Magazine. It is now a web-based database. Each entry has a single brief comment and a link to the website where the article is found. I’m liking this page a *lot*. You can check it out at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/monitor.htm


  5. THE RESULTS: WHICH CAMCORDER IS THE BEST? — [drum roll] OK, thanks too all those who gave input on the question, “Which camcorder is the best?” We’ve combed through the input, and here are some over all themes. First, as Ed pointed out, this is a market that moves fast, so it’s important to figure out your needs based on work process, the user’s technical capabilities, local servicing available, etc. He urges users to see the reviews at web sites such as (in no particular order):

    http://reviews.cnet.com/Camcorders/

    http://www.camcorderinfo.com/ **** This one in particular is great

    http://www.dvspot.com

    http://www.consumersearch.com/www/photo_and_video/ click on camcorders

    http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/camcorders/

    http://www.videomaker.com

    http://www.amazon.com

    Second, don’t assume you have to spend $3000 to get something that works for you. Bob, one of our good friends at Good News Productions (gnpi.org), recently looked at camcorders with a view toward high image quality, manual functions (for aperture, shutter, focus, white balance), ease of use for novices, external audio input, firewire port (for connection to computers), cost, and manufacture track record. Using these as our guide, we chose the Panasonic PV GS500, a 3 CCD DV tape camcorder for around $800. Interestingly, Brad, another Brigada participant, settled on a similar model, the GS-250, as his favorite.

    Bob pointed out that there are multiple options out there in terms of video recording formats (tape, disk, hard drive) and each has its own pros and cons, requiring the smart shopper to consider how and where the camcorder will be used. Also, some features that one camera user insists on having would intimidate others, as in manual controls versus total automation. Image quality ranges from small, single CCD (the image capture device) to 3 CCD models, multiple digital video formats, wide screen, high definition, and a host of other considerations in how different camcorders record the image. The bottom line is truly that you have to pay more for higher quality, so at some point the buyer has to set a limit and choose a camcorder that fits within the budget. The good news is that competition among manufacturers keeps the costs reasonable and the features constantly evolving into better bang for your buck.


  6. MORE ON LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING/CONNECTING TO THE ‘NET — We continue to feel good about using MS Outlook and a secure email account, or at least a secure webmail provider. (Thanks for giving your two cents on this, Justin.) Another Brigada participant, Todd, recently pointed to evidence that maybe Hotmail.com wasn’t so “country neutral” as was originally thought. (For example, he has personally experienced regionally targeted ads which seem country aware.) Also, don’t forget about using a web interface like Hushmail,

    http://www.hushmail.com

    which offers encryption built-in from the server… and you can install an Outlook plug-in that let’s you access your Hushmail messages via Outlook, so you can compose offline and save online minutes (which is probably going to be important if you’re connecting via a remote dial-up). Finally, whatever you use, be sure to try it out in advance. The worst time to be experimenting is when you’re on the road already, under the gun. If at all possible, try out these connections in advance.


  7. THE HERERO PEOPLE — Find these people in central and eastern Namibia in Africa. In the traditional Herero village, the village head is the link between the living members and dead ancestors of the family. He is responsible for keeping the holy fire burning at the main hut of the village. This fire symbolizes continuous contact with the deceased ancestors. In the event the fire should go out, it is a slight or insult to the ancestors and endangers the spiritual security of the offender as well as the other members of the family. If the village head should die, the living link between the village and ancestors is dead. What results is tremendous grief and mourning for long periods of time, until a new head is established. Pray for the Herero people of Namibia, that they may come to know the true intercessor for all people, Jesus Christ. Pray that they come to know the One who will never die and that they will no longer feel the grief that comes with lostness! To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, click to…

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  8. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANG. TRAINING THIS FALL/SPRING — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you in the Russian language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for their 16 week fall course 2006 (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). Spring 2007 (Jan. 22 – May 11) US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. or click to

    http://www.russianlanguage.org

    or email RLMoffice(at)juno(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. MINISTRYHOME.ORG — The free online social network for ministry! MinistryHome allows you to promote your ministry, raise funds, build teams and network with like-minded individuals, all for free (Note that some packages are for sale there too… but the $15/mo. cost seems reasonable.) This has the potential to radically change the way missions teams are built and resourced. Joining the MinistryHome community only takes a few minutes. For more information, visit

    http://www.MinistryHome.org


  10. FREE PAPERS ON RUSSIAN YOUTH MINISTRY — Dr. Mark Harris has made available a set of seven papers based on the research he did a few years back among Russian young people. In addition, there are four papers to help you understand Russian Baptist churches, and a few other miscellaneous papers on ministry in Russia. These are free for the downloading at

    http://www.markharris.us


  11. SPECIAL ARTICLES ON DISCIPLESHIP — Here is a whole series of discipleship articles and training materials all available on the web! Some people think of discipleship only at its beginning stages. But that is only the start! The Flow maps out the progress of discipleship from the beginning right to the end: the beginner, the intermediate and the advanced. There are even articles on how this advanced stage connects to leadership training. Also please notice BFF’s special offer. Full-time Christian workers overseas, 4 from each country can get a free BFF CD 2.2 mailed to them. See the homepage for details. The CD has many of these materials in eBook form with lots of Powerpoints, maps and handouts. Printed material can be purchased. BFF has a liberal copy policy which enables a teacher to share the materials with the ones he serves. Learn more at

    http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net


  12. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks to the folks at Reignbridge for their gift of $50. Don’t miss their “Kids Praying for Kids” DVD… Learn more at:

    http://www.reignbridge.com

    Want to join them? 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.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS” — You’ve probably seen the 1986 movie, “Hoosiers.” If not, it’s definitely worth the rental. Sites like ESPN and the American Film Institute frequently rave about it (#4 of the “Top 20 Sports Movies of All Time”, #13 on the list of the “100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time”). USA Today found it to be the best sports movie of all time. So over these next three weeks, I’d like to draw some lessons from my personal visit to the “hometown” of Hoosiers… the place where it actually happened. (You’ll actually get more out of these entries if you’ve seen the movie, so if you don’t mind, pick it up and review it again so the lessons will be fresh. Tune in next week, once you’ve done that, for more about my visit to Milan, Indiana, where the *real* Hoosiers story begins.

20060625 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF
  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY*
  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS
  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED
  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES?
  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS
  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE?
  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-(
  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF — Grab the free July/August issue of Momentum Magazine at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607.pdf (High resolution version, 56 pages, 11MB) or

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607-small.pdf (Low resolution version, 56 pages, 1.8MB)

    Momentum Magazine is edited by Justin Long. I really like the direction Justin is going with his work. To me, he has taken statistics to a new level. Somehow he has transformed mere numbers and math into feelings and people. There are hundreds of little paragraphs I want to memorize or shout from a mountain top or a church pulpit. In short, his work is inspirational, if not sometimes a bit depressing. Sometimes it takes a bit of depression to get us off square one… or square zero. So … in summary, I say bravo to Justin and his efforts to make Momentum Magazine into a rallying cry for masses of new world Christians and the new wave of missionaries they will send. Momentum Magazine is one of the few bright spots in missions mobilization today. It should be required reading for every Brigada subscriber. Do I agree with all his theology? Nope. But do I agree with his ache for the world’s least reached? But of course. And so will you.


  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY* — In April 2006, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board released the pilot version of the North American People Groups Database project,

    http://www.peoplegroups.info

    at the Ethnic America Summit in Atlanta. The website contains 2000 Census data for language spoken at home, country of birth, and ancestry by city, county, and zip code. Additionally, local pilot research in the Atlanta area provided over 30 people groups in the Chinese, Arab, and Mexican communities alone. Many other functionalities exist on the website as well, including: an online discussion forum for North American people group workers, a resource request form, and a toolbox for those wishing to begin people group research in their area. The website is still in the pilot phase but improvements will be made in the months ahead. Get registered today to benefit from all this online database has to offer!


  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE –-

    http://www.trainforChrist.org

    Training organizations that are members of an evangelical alliance or similar association can now register their courses on the international Evangelical Training Database. This is free and courses are then searchable world-wide through English and Spanish interfaces. The Missionary Training Service, sponsor of the project, is liaising with member bodies of the International Commission for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) and the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) and similar associations. They hope it will become a world-wide resource for anyone needing training. Geoff Tunnicliffe, leader of the World Evangelical Alliance kindly said, “We certainly want to find ways of seamlessly integrating this into our WEA web presence”. Dr Chris Wright, Director of the Langham Partnership International (John Stott Ministries), and chairman of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, is also supporting the project. Translations into other languages are being planned.


  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has just published several new books to help you and your workers to start brand new church planting movements on the frontiers. Stop on by their two internet stores to find out more. Two titles: The Compendium of Church Planting Knowledge and Multiplying Churches Student Notes are available at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/cpcoaches

    These books are not-for-profit and priced at the CafePress base price. Another new title, Keys To Church Planting Movements by Kevin Sutter has just been released at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/stephanas

    This books presents simple, New Testament principles for planting churches cross-culturally. Through attractive cartoons, that can be used in any language, follow Stephanas, a first-century cross-cultural worker, and his apostolic team as they multiply simple churches among the unreached. Learn how to turn the world upside down! Major credit cards accepted.


  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED — Articles include Insights for Persuading Muslims and Post-Moderns, News on Situations in Iran and Afghanistan and on Religious Changes in Africa, A List of Recommended Books on Islam, and more at

    http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm

    You may request a pdf, html, or hard copy 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 .]


  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES? — Was he a stern dictator, the angry judge of a rebellious nation? The Bible calls him ‘the servant of the Lord’ and says that ‘the Lord knew him face to face.’ To discover his true character go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on Exodus, then choose Unit 2: Moses – the problem of feeling inadequate, by Raymond Brown. This interesting study of a great man has been translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS — Free papers for the Fulani of West Africa are available from SOON Ministries in several dialects, and also in downloadable PDF files from the website. In addition, the team will be glad to partner with other groups in producing additional dialect versions.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/fulani/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!!!)


  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS — A DVD compilation of three, six minute videos of Prayerwalking for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, Prayer and Fasting for Kids, and a special bonus track of The 10/40 Window for Adults. This mini-movie library is a great resource for Sunday Schools, Children’s Church, Homeschoolers, and grandparents who want prayer passionate grand-kids. You can order it from Joey and Fawn at…

    http://www.reignbridge.com

    by clicking on resources, or write fawn(at)reignbridge(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. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join others on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer For The Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE? — Before you start, there are two key questions to ask, and a detailed profile of your potential visitors to develop. Use Internet Evangelism Day’s printable worksheet to help you.

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/starting.php

    (Again, many thanks, Tony!)


  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous donors who, this past week, gave $10, $10, $25, $25, and $50 to help speed along our work with Brigada. Thanks also to Blessings Int’l in Tulsa, OK, who just sent $100. Does your church operate a medical clinic? Blessings International has pharmaceuticals, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and medical supplies available for use in non-profit clinics at reduced costs. Check them out at:

    http://www.blessing.org

    Thanks to those who have switched their long distance service to Accxx via Blessed Hope. Their conversations yielded a gift of $12.89 to Brigada this past month. Our family is one of those that have switched and I can honestly tell you… the long distance works great! :-) If you’ve ever thought about switching from huge companies who will never miss you if you left, try stopping by the page at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We’re also grateful to short-term teams from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO) and Highline Christian Church (Seattle, WA) who chose ISA as their insurer during their trip. Because of ISA’s commitment to tithe all of the sales which say, “I heard about you on Brigada,” they sent $145.46 this past week! May God bless these short- term teams and make it so these policies are not needed. That way ISA won’t have to pay out any benefits, making them happy; the teams won’t experience any loss, thereby making *them* happy; yet Brigada will have still benefited making *Brigada* happy! :-) Everybody wins! :-) Check out ISA at:

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


  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-( — There are some readers out there with a little extra means. The good news is… those with a little extra can make it possible for *all* to connect with Brigada, simply by saying, “I’ll help.” Maybe you can only spare a $50 gift, once a year. But see… those $50 gifts would add up. As it stands now, we’re 50% through the year with only 25% of the funds for which we had been praying. Would you be able to help fix that problem? If so, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and 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.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY? — Recently, I had to jot down some of my roles for a brief introduction I was writing and, frankly, it was kind of startling. Is everybody attempting to pull off this kind of schedule? (May I just think out loud here for a sec’?) Maybe it’s a symptom of being too interested in lots of different investments of time. I’m a husband to a great wife and a dad to two incredible sons, a son to my aging mother, an elder in my local church, where I play piano and keyboard with the worship team while serving as Chairman of the Missions Committee. I enjoy trying to stay fairly in tune with developments in technology, communications, computing, photography, and a dozen other interests.

    In addition, I’m a high school varsity boys soccer coach for a large Christian school nearby. So I invest about 3 hours, 5 nights a week in these 18 boys (and their respective families). By the way, just for fun, you can see their progress this coming season at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    [Yes, in case you were wondering, one of my sons is an 11th-grader at that same school and yes, he did make varsity this year (for the first time though). :-) ]

    On the side, I’m president of a missions agency called Team Expansion. (You can learn more about their work at:

    http://www.teamexpansion.org

    They keep me hopping… with 300 missionaries in 37 countries.

    To make life even more interesting, I’m having to help quite a bit with launching their new retreat center — learn more at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    I’m *soooo* close to being done with my Ph.D. dissertation. Just a couple of chapters, actually. But alas, so much of that has gone on hold with Emerald Hills.

    And then there’s Brigada. Eventually, I always manage to catch up… one issue a week for 11 years. Yikes. :-) Brigada participants are so patient, too. Sometimes I get 3 weeks behind . . . yet the kind words and encouraging testimonies give me hope that somewhere, somehow, this information is helpful to someone.

    On top of all that, I’m interested in people’s lives. So last night I drove 40 minutes to go hear one of our workers do a presentation on Afghanistan at a local church camp. Today I’ll drive 30 minutes to pray with the wife of one of our trainers before her surgery. This weekend I’ll drive 5 hours to speak in a local church that’s helping our ministry.

    Shew.

    Are we busy yet? :-)

    So this morning I was just thinking… Is this just my own life… or is this happening to everyone? It’s not that I’m unhappy or feel stressed. The truth is… I’m having a blast in life. I’m happy and eventually, I usually catch up on enough sleep to get by. So why am I writing about this? I guess I’m just wanting to make sure we all examine our respective lives… that we take our pulse to be sure that we still care very deeply about unreached peoples. That we’ll still live our lives, even with all these different involvements, in such a way that they’ll hear the message. That we’ll still dedicate ourselves to trying to reach them. That we still won’t quit ’til they’ve had a chance to hear.

    Are we good on all that?

    Thanks for listening in on my thinking.

    Doug

20060402 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AN ANNUAL TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  2. MATERNITY COVERAGE FOR INT’L WORKERS (NO WAITING PERIOD)
  3. IN SEARCH OF EMERALD HILLS (RANKED 7TH ON GOOGLE??)
  4. NEED TO COMMUNICATE WHEN IN REMOTE AREAS?
  5. PROFESSIONAL COACHING AND COACH TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
  7. WANT TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON JUSTIN’S “MOMENTUM MAGAZINE”
  8. MUSLIM STUDIES INTENSIVE COURSES USA SUMMER 06
  9. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA
  10. SMALL NETWORK GOT YOU DOWN? WORK SOME MAGIC
  11. PARTNERS MAKE OUR WORLD GO ‘ROUND
  12. WOULD YOUR LOCAL CHURCH MAKE A ONECE-A-YEAR GIFT TO BRIGADA?
  13. THE BACK PAGE: EASTER BUNNIES, EGGS, BC/AD, AND JESUS
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AN ANNUAL TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Talking Bibles International continues to urge churches, both large and small, to observe a Talking Bible Sunday. This special Sunday does two things: 1) Helps people in our churches become aware that there are millions of Christians living in oral cultures who need Bibles in audio because they are non-readers. 2) That Sunday’s special offering helps supply the funds required to provide the thousands of Talking Bibles in needed languages. A Talking Bible Sunday kit, including a free Talking Bible, is available to encourage and assist churches that observe a Talking Bible Sunday. Visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

    — 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. MATERNITY COVERAGE FOR INT’L WORKERS (NO WAITING PERIOD) — Almost all international health insurance plans require a 12 month waiting period before maternity is covered. A new company is now offering coverage with the only requirement that the insured is not expecting as of the effective date of the policy. The plan covers one hundred percent of maternity costs. The rates on this policy are very reasonable and, depending on state residency, provides permanent coverage in the USA as well as overseas with no limitations. jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  3. IN SEARCH OF EMERALD HILLS (RANKED 7TH ON GOOGLE??) — Faithful readers will recall our item a few weeks back regarding what it was like to be listed so low in the rankings on Google. Those who searched for “Emerald Hills” at google.com inevitably found our new missions prayer & retreat center to be listed way down around URL #65 or even lower. (Item 14 in the Jan. 13 Brigada Today). Is my Google just teasing me now… or if you now go to google.com and type in “Emerald Hills”, does it now come up to the 7th-ranked item? Either way, stop by and check out the latest. See our plans to kick off a huge prayer & missions emphasis using prayer shelters (actually gazebos), tablet computers, and a prayer center. Find it by going to Google.com, searching for Emerald Hills, then looking about 7 items down to find emeraldhills.info in the list. (How does Google decide those page ranks anyway? :-) )

  4. NEED TO COMMUNICATE WHEN IN REMOTE AREAS? — Satellite phone technology allows you to make calls and send data (connect to the internet or send text messages) from anywhere in the world! Phones start off at $749 and range from $1 to 13 cents per minute. Learn more at

    http://www.daysatphones.com

    According to Aaron, each purchase that goes through him will provide Brigada with a $25 donation! Contact him at avorbau(at)daywireless(dot)com or 1-916-871-2447 or 1-800-503-3433 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (How ’bout that! Thanks Aaron!)


  5. PROFESSIONAL COACHING AND COACH TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Tired of expensive conferences and training that produce too little lasting change in you and your ministry effectiveness? One-on-one coaching is individualized learning based on your agenda, your current situation, and your pace. Coaching works because it brings out your best – what God put in! Studies show that ongoing coaching produces 300% better results than training alone. Why? Because a coach supports you in learning new ways to learn – listening to your heart and the Holy Spirit – then take action to reshape your life around that learning. Coaching can be done by telephone or Skype from anywhere in the world. Go to:

    http://www.mcoaches.com

    or e-mail for an alternative web site with little Christian language keith(at)asiacoaches(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. GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — TESOL Training will be conducted on April 13-18, 2006 by Tony Mendoza of Jesus Is Supreme Global Outreach Society based in Hongkong. It is a U.S.-Accredited TESOL Certificate Training Program that will be held in Bacoor, Cavite near SM Bacoor. The course contents are 1) Nature, culture and context, 2) Essential language teaching theories, 3) Lesson planning, assessment and instructional material preparation, 4) Team and individual teaching activities, 5) CD-ROM tutorial training, 6) Tentmaking and Missions, 7) Observed teaching component. For more information email shemfamily(at)yahoo(dot)com or call or text (63)928-3416817.

  7. WANT TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON JUSTIN’S “MOMENTUM MAGAZINE” — The editor of Momentum Magazine is seeking feedback at:

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=704151947995

    It’s just 9 questions. If you visited Momentum, it would help him greatly.


  8. MUSLIM STUDIES INTENSIVE COURSES USA SUMMER 06 — For a comprehensive list of short intensive graduate level studies on Islam form various Christian institutions throughout the United States being offered this summer of 2006 visit

    http://www.oprev.org/Muslimstudies.htm

    or request the pdf page from beside(at)oprev.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA — Recently, workers were at an extremely poor area located on the border of Namibia. One family lived under a tree and had a bed and some mattresses and a table. On first entering the village, the workers were told that they were not welcome to “nose” around. The man had been drinking and was very disagreeable at first. The men continued to talk with him and soon he asked the men to pray for him. He then became their “best friend” and followed them around, introducing them to others in the village. They had the chance to lead one young man to the Lord and gave him a Bible. Praise the Lord that He works in all circumstances! Pray that God will raise up Namibian men and women who can share Christ in these remote places where many are hungry to know Him. Continue to lift up the Namibian Coloured, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Namibian Coloured people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    for more information.


  10. SMALL NETWORK GOT YOU DOWN? WORK SOME MAGIC — Here’s one great little tool for those with small networks. Imagine… you set up your laptop, a desktop for the kids to use for schoolwork, and a PC for your wife to use to communicate with friends and family. So … in the old days, you’d just plug a printer into one PC and everybody should be able to print, right? Well those were the days. *These* days, there are so many firewalls, antivirus hurdles, spyware blocks, and malware buzz saws, we can’t even print when we *want* to any more!

    Enter “Network Magic” from

    http://www.purenetworks.com

    We don’t get any cuts or commissions from them. We’re just one beggar telling another where to find bread… and “Network Magic” is bread. Buy the “5 PC version” for your family of 4 and that guest missionary from across town that always comes over to use your broadband. It’ll set you back like $50 maybe… but hey… the ability to exchange files, *see* each others’ antivirus subscriptions, and *print*… Shew… How can one put a price on that!? :-) When it installs, you’ll be amazed. The fact that it *works* is kind of a small miracle, judging from the complexity of today’s setups. Tip: Before installing, collect the information on your router (user name and password). (You *did* change the user name and password on your router, right? If not, never fear. Network Magic helps you secure your wired or wireless network anyway. So don’t sweat it. Just get it.) There’s a free dumbed-down version to try first, if you don’t believe me. :-) (Have I ever lied to you? :-) )


  11. PARTNERS MAKE OUR WORLD GO ‘ROUND — Thanks to Blessed Hope Communications, for the $12.16 check that resulted from some of you using their primo phone services. Learn more at

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Thanks, too, to the anonymous family from Edmond, OK, who sent $30. They’re constantly lifting up the needs in Chiapas (Mexico). “You do good work!,” they wrote. “I share pertinent items with missionary friends from time to time to enhance their work. My husband and I particularly liked what you provided regarding churches’ views and missionaries’ wishes regarding mission. You got lots of good and interesting feedback from both sides of the equation. Please do things like that yearly!” [blush] :-)

    Also back again this past week were our faithful friends at Irving Bible Church. They send a gift at least once a year, this time for $100. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Find them at:

    http://www.irvingbible.org/

    Check out their “Bridges International” page at:

    http://www.irvingbible.org/index.php?id=154

    Thanks this past week for gifts from Mission Nannys for $100! Visit:

    http://missionnannys.org/

    They are *so* needing mature women to help around the world. Would you please give them a look and tell them you heard about them on Brigada? Here’s a chance to be some missionary kid’s grandmother or grandfather, while at the same time allowing the missionary to be all the more effective at the same time!


  12. WOULD YOUR LOCAL CHURCH MAKE A ONECE-A-YEAR GIFT TO BRIGADA? — You might be surprised. Just suggest your whole mission committee subscribe at their respective home email addresses, then ask the committee if they’d consider pitching in $30, once a year. They might sign up for one person to get a printed magazine subscription about missions… and that would just become *cold text* after it was read. This way, they *all* get Brigada for the same gift — and it’s just a gift. They *could* be getting it for free anyway. The money covers the cost of web space, some marketing expenses, and especially a secretary to help make time management and administration possible so Brigada can continue to come to your screen each weekend. Your church might surprise you. Plus they get their church mentioned, along with its website and its missions outreach… which helps promote it in your local city or county, in case there are folks searching for a vital, Great- Commission-committed congregation. Either way, 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.

  13. THE BACK PAGE: EASTER BUNNIES, EGGS, BC/AD, AND JESUS — As I write this Back Page editorial, the fine state of Kentucky is in the middle of considering whether or not they’ll rename “BC” and “AC” to Jesus- free wording. I forget the new abbreviations… but they basically make it unnecessary to know Latin — or the Christ child. Now I grant it to any government, state or federal, to perform revisionist history on their land. (It’s certainly been done before.) But something about this troubles me. I think it has something to do with the fact that… the more we think we know about diversity, the more we believe it necessary to separate ourselves from our history of faith. The funny thing is… when I visit Djibouti or Yemen on a Muslim holiday, I don’t hold it against the locals if they’re slaughtering a goat or spitting on the sidewalk. (Confession: I *do* sometimes have to dodge the spit; but I could be dodging worse.) So what baffles me is why any country believes that it’s not fashionable to be faithful… faithful to a legacy, faithful to a heritage, faithful to a path that proceeded.

    [Shaking my head.] The trouble is, none of my ponderings is likely to change anything. If I complain to my congressman, I’ll just look like a religious bigot. I mean… I admit it — I always get the “BC” confused with “Before Christ” anyway. :-) But, as we are asked to shed layer after layer of heritage in favor of bunnies, eggs, and BCE and CE (which stand for “Before the Common Era” and “Common Era” respectively), I just hope *somebody* can remember purpose, “first cause”, and “where do we go after we die”… because if we all become very secular, the afterlife is going to be a pretty fearful future.

    That’s all I’ve got to say about that. But as I go, may I just remind you to … be careful. It’s becoming a very (secularized) jungle out there. :-) Doug

20060101 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER
  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE
  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE!
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA
  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS
  7. FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA
  10. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
  11. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM
  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  13. CENTER FOR TESOL
  14. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD!
  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN
  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  17. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER –- Talking Bibles International is urging DVBS leaders to engage their students in learning more about families with children living in oral cultures who need Talking Bibles because they do not read. TBI has a packet of information that makes it easy and fun for DVBS leaders to stimulate and involve the children. The packet includes an attractive short video showing how the Talking Bible works and the important difference it makes for those who do not read. Children get excited and are happy to be able to give a Talking Bible in a needed language to someone who cannot read. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org and/or

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

    or Contact info(at)talkingibles(dot)org or call 1-760-745-8150. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE — The End Of The Spear (the movie) comes out Jan. 20th. All over the country, groups are watching premierings at local churches this week. Visit:

    http://www.endofthespear.com

    for more on the movie. (The website is very cool, by the way. :-) ) Seems to be very powerful. A savage killer from a remote Amazon tribe becomes grandfather to the grandchildren of the North American man he killed. End of the Spear is a dramatic feature film based on the true story of the documentary film Beyond the Gates. The movie is rated PG- 13. This is an opportunity for all believers to reach out to others in their workplace and neighborhood by taking in this stirring movie with a story of redemption. See resources to help you use this movie as out reach at

    http://www.daretomakecontact.com

    (Hope you like it Corban! Thanks Herb.)


  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE! — Global Opportunities for tentmakers invites you to attend their Light to the Nations tentmaking course in Dallas Texas February 22-26, 2006. If you want to investigate tentmaking and business as mission or if you are a tentmaker in between jobs, consider attending this one of a kind course. Course material is specifically designed for working and doing ministry in closed countries. Speakers include David English executive director of GO, Steinar Opheim director of TENT Norway, Ari Rocklin international director of GO and guest speakers. They cram a two week curriculum into 4.5 days of intense and fast paced training. If you can not attend this one, there are two upcoming courses in Bergen Norway and BC Canada in 2006. Registration deadline for the Dallas course is January 31, 2006 which can be done directly at the GO website.

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email Ari at ari(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 .]


  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Boot Camp for Personal Support Raising is an intense two day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. The participants prepare extensively and the seminar leader helps them to apply the tools and principles they learned during their preparation, whether they are just starting out or are a veterans. Learn more at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

    Upcoming Boot Camps include: Jan 12-13 (Indianapolis, IN), Feb 13-14 (Colorado Springs, CO), March 8-9 (Nashville, TN), May ? (Seattle, WA), May 8-9 (Ft. Meyer’s, FL).


  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA — The COMIX35 ministry will hold their first 2006 Christian comics seminar in Sydney, Australia on May 29-31. The seminar is for any Christian communicator (editor, publisher, writer, artist) wishing to learn about the production and use of comics-style literature for evangelism and discipleship. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. Seminar topics include Identifying Your Audience, Plotting & Scripting, Storyboarding & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, and Cultural/Communication/Evangelism Strategy Considerations. The scheduled teachers include Graham Wade and Nate Butler. To apply, or for more information, contact Graham Wade at grawade(at)ihug(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Since 1996 COMIX35 has held 30 training events around the world, for over 750 attendees representing 49 countries. To learn more about the COMIX35 training ministry, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS — Missions Catalyst (from our friends at Caleb Project) is a weekly ezine designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide to be a voice for strategic ministry. If you’re a mobilizer and don’t know everything already, Missions Catalyst is for you. Original and reprinted content covers missions news, resources, and fresh ideas to facilitate mobilizers. Subscribe by January 10 to receive the Practical Mobilization article advocating youth missions projects among domestic unreached peoples. For more information and a free subscription, go to:

    http://tinyurl.com/ar8ac

    or email info(at)cproject(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. 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


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


  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA — MIM is seeking English or Spanish speaking Christian women to care for abandoned babies in a small city among mountain tribal peoples in North Africa. French and/or Arabic is useful but not required. For more info, contact MIMUSA(at)telefonica(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Misión Integral Mediterranea (MIM) busca mujeres cristianas de lengua española o inglés para cuidar bebés abandonados – en una ciudad pequeñaa del Nórte De África con tribus de las montañas. El frances y el árabe son utiles, pero no indispensibles. Escriba: MIMUSA(arroba)telefonica(punto)net

  10. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Thanks to Judy for sending $15 recently from her TEL3Advantage long distance service account. She wanted Brigada Today readers to know that they can get great calling rates while helping Brigada — for domestic (starting at 1.9 cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10 cents/min …UK 3 cents, France 3 cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5 cents, Israel 3.2 cents, Colombia/SA 4.2 cents, South Africa 9 cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. Prepaid service. No contracts. No monthly, activation, or connection fees. No need to switch carriers. Up to 470 FREE minutes on signup. Lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. Based on sign-ups, she says she’ll send additional sponsorships to Brigada Today. So — please, everybody, call someone! :-)


  11. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM – Operation Reveille has produced a 12 minute slide show detailing 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 view a low quality QuickTime version of the show at

    http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov

    Higher quality versions in PowerPoint, AVI, ShockWave, Keynote, MPeg, or QuickTime format may be requested on CD-rom or as e-mail attachments 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 .]


  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — February 1-3, 2006, The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

    http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/

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


  13. CENTER FOR TESOL — Asia’s Center for TESOL in connection with the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines will be holding its annual TESOL training in Manila Philippines. The 5-week course will run from April 10 until May 13, 2006. The course is 120 hours of instruction, complimented by a 20-hour practicum and observation component. Air conditioned dorm room facilities and meals are available. Class size is limited to 20 students. Non-native English speakers must pass an English Language proficiency test or hold a authentic TOEFL score of 550+. Please inquire to actesol(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph or see their web page

    http://www.actesol.com


  14. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD! — Here’s a site:

    http://www.mediastrategy.org

    that has general mediastrategy resources on a variety of media types (Thanks to the tip from an anonymous tipster who preferred his name not be mentioned.)


  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN — This conference happens Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, 9:30-3:30, Central Michigan University, at His House Christian Fellowship Church. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. For more information contact Rodney: yuen_rj(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — Thanks to the folks at TelligenceTech for sending a gift of $15 in honor of Brigada readers who purchased at: http://Lintel.US/brigada/ You’ll recall that this open software disk — available to the rest of the world at: http://www. TelligenceTech.com at a higher price — is a basket full of goodies that could make you more productive in spite of the low low cost to assemble them. Also rec’d this week was a check for $100 from a couple of American teachers in China who wrote, “We’ve been using bits and pieces and links from Brigada from almost your beginnings in 1995.” Whoa. Sobering. Based on the date on the check… and since it came all the way from China, I’ve added it into the 2005 tally. But get this — a $750 check from an anonymous couple in Indiana. “Thank you for all you are doing to further the kingdom.” Gulp. Whoa. Thank you!!! Add in a $20 check from PA and the total from this past week tallies to $885! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! To all who shared sacrificially in 2005, we’re very grateful! Shew. Now we roll the numbers over to zero and begin 2006.
  17. If you’d like to kick it off… be the very first to give in 2006… just click on sponsor above.


  18. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS — I came in last Wednesday night from church and joined my son in time to catch the 2nd half of the University of Southern California vs. Texas in the Rose Bowl game. Frankly, we had a blast watching it. Those who follow [American] college football know that USC has remained undefeated for nearly the last *3* years. (I believe their last loss was like their 2003 season opener!) So, with 2 season championships already under their belt — and having forgotten what it feels like to lose — USC faced off against Texas, with just about everyone assuming they would walk away with the trophy. Just about everyone except for a certain Texas quarterback named Vince Young.

    Now Young had his doubters. In the first place, to quote one of the announcers, “he just doesn’t throw right.” [sic] :-) I’m telling you. His passing form looks … like … something out of a 6th-grade sand lot football failure. But somehow… it works. Columnist Ivan Maisel (ESPN) wrote, shortly after the game, “Young ran for 200 yards and threw for 267, completing 30-of-40 passes with a motion that still makes NFL scouts reach for their Rolaids. But even the pickiest of scouts knows how to read a scoreboard.” :-) (Read the whole story today at:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/index

    But it’s really his running game that is so bizarre. As he’s running and scrambling, the typical viewer thinks, “Oops.. he’s gonna get sacked.” Well he never does. (He went the whole night without one sack — meaning, they could never catch him and tackle him behind the line of scrimmage to force lost yardage.) Maisel observed, “He makes it sound simple, he makes it look simple, and to him, it probably is simple.” But to all of the mortals on our planet, what he does seems next to impossible.

    Time after time, when one would think that it’s over, Vince Young would slide through some unseen seam and — next thing you know, he’d be scoring. And when he scored the winning touchdown of the game it was almost surreal. The camera caught his eyes after the run, as if he were scanning to see if some official would rule against it. It was as if you could see those little wheels turning in his head, “Did that count? Did I really just do that? Did we just beat USC?” He must have felt that way because — it truly looked so easy for him. The truth is, nobody even *touched* him as he jogged into the end zone… with just 19 seconds to go, against a defense that hadn’t been beaten in about 3 years! Who *does* that? Vince Young does.

    As I was mulling over the game in my mind, I thought to myself, you know… I know some workers who probably look like that now and then in their jobs. We use unorthodox means, we do things in weird ways, but in the end, we get the job done sometimes… and come away with big outcomes for the Lord. I think . . . Vince Young actually teaches us a strong lesson about grace. I heard the coach talk about Young’s freshman year — which wasn’t nearly as successful. He explained that the coaching staff was trying to force Young to use proper form . . . and nothing was working. Last year, to be honest, they finally “gave up” on him and let him try it his own way. Last night was the culmination of grace. And boy did he model it. Boy did it work.

    So … next time somebody doubts your form, don’t be so hard on yourself. Ask (or pray) for some patience. Don’t become so frustrated. Just take it easy, one step at a time. (Granted, if you don’t get the job done, you might need the coaching. Be glad for it.) But if you’re completing your objectives on time, effectively, maybe you need to pull out a video of the Rose Bowl, just to give ’em something to think about. At the very least, they might give you a chance. And sometimes, like Vince Young, a chance is all you’ll need. I pray you can find a mission to work with like the one that employees me. It seems to specialize in granting grace, extending options, giving another chance. Oh yes… there are those times of tough love. But the truth is… if one is trying hard to follow . . . and if he/she is making a difference, Team Expansion, for its part, seems to see a “Vince-Young- future” in those of us lucky enough to work here. That’s the Team Expansion paradigm. I hope your agency or organization is similar. Because there are enough frustrations as it is. (If they’re not, I’ll join you in praying that they’ll *become* so.) Either way, take heart. Pray. Run. Don’t give up. Your Rose Bowl is coming. :-)

    Doug

20051023 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST?
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE?
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., recently established a scholarship for its undergraduate major in community development. The scholarship, valued at $9,000 will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. Other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 will also be available for qualified community development candidates. Students can apply by submitting a scholarship application available from the Covenant web site at

http://www.covenant.edu

The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005. The Community Development major combines a liberal arts education with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical foundation. It equips students to be an agent of Christian transformation within poor communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. For information about the major or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site, call the Admissions Office at 706-820-2398 or 888-451-2683, or send email to admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu – [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES — As a result of modern technology, every translated New Testament, can now be made available in audio form for non-readers in less than ninety days. It can be done for only a very small fraction of the cost of translating and printing it. By putting already translated Scriptures into Talking Bibles, one can reach twice as many people with God’s Word for less than 5% of the initial cost of translating it. To learn more visit

http://www.talkingbibles.org

and

http://www.audioscriptures.org

or contact harvey(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 .]
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS — You can find current prayer requests and personal experiences with reaching Sikhs by going to

http://www.imb.org/compassionNet/PeopleGroups.asp

and scrolling down to “Jat Sikhs of India.” People profiles on Sikhs are available by going to

http://www.joshuaproject.netpeopctry.php

and selecting country “India” and people “Jat, Sikh” or “Khatri, Sikh.” Also, you can purchase a prayer guide or video on Sikhs by going to

http://www.calebproject.org/store

then use the search button in the upper right-hand corner to search for Sikhs. You’ll see “Sikhs, India Unreached People Group Booklet” and “Sikhs of the Punjab Video – India, 2002.” To learn more about how you can witness to Sikhs, go to

http://www4truth.net/

and click on “World Religions” and then click on “Sikhism.” Or contact Gurmeet & Nitu by emailing: gurmeet(at)pqsa(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. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST? — Is someone you know going through deep trials? Are you? Do you need a worship song that declares your willingness to follow the Lord no matter what come your way? “I Will Trust Him” was born in the suffering of ministry and will encourage your soul. Visit

http://www.tonguetied.org/IWillTrustHim

to download the words, lead sheet and MP3. In addition, consider using it for your fellowship or church. No web? Email chap(at)tonguetied(dot)org asking for the song pdf. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE? — Worried about computer theft? Every time a PC PhoneHome or MacPhoneHome-protected computer makes an Internet connection, it sends a stealth email message containing its exact location to a pre-determined email address of the user’s choice and to Brigadoon Software. If your computer goes missing, make a police report and contact Brigadoon. They do the rest. Your missing computer is returned to you with the help of their recovery agents, local police services and global ISPs. A single copy of PC PhoneHome and MacPhoneHome retail for a one time cost of $29.95 USD. No additional charges.

http://www.brigadoonsoftware.com
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES — You can have security alerts that are relevant to missionaries emailed to you. They cover natural disasters, political unrest, persecution outbreaks, epidemics, terrorist threats and activities. Currently, Christian Missionary Alert consists of a team of four moderator specialists who glean updated information from their own resources and security networks. When you join you can choose to have messages come to your inbox or opt to read them on-line. To join, simply send blank message to: cmalert-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD — Did you know you can use a Bible Import Tool to download versions of the Bible such as (NKJV & NIV) which are not available at the eSword website. It’s available at:

http://www.dnspad.com/engine/index.php

(Click on “e-Sword Editors, Templates & Tools” and find the import tool in the list.) Note: When you run the program it may tell you that there is a newer version available for download.
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA — The Christian English Programme (CEPA) can help you improve your English and ability to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Ministry skills. Through formal lessons with experienced TESOL teachers, immersion in the Australian culture through arranged Homestay, electives and excursions. The teaching centre is located in the heart of the central business distinct of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Fees are very reasonable CEPA is an outreach of the Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide in association with SIM Australia. The next course will be held 5 July to 25 August 2006. Enroll early to save your spot. For further information contact johnaukim(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 .]
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND — There are a number of projects currently requiring English teachers in the Pang Nga region of Thailand. Volunteers should ideally be able commit for a minimum of 3 months and be confident in planning and delivering lessons to groups of adults and/or children. Get involved via either of the two programs listed below in the next 2 items.
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE — This is a training centre for adults and children who have been impacted by the Tsunami. Step Ahead currently run a number of courses, including Hospitality and General English classes. To find out more about the centre please check out the website:

http://www.freewebs.com/stepaheadtrainingcentre
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL — This is a school that is being set up by an Organisation called Habitat to educate the many Burmese children that live in the Nam Kem area (impacted by the Tsunami). The school is looking for English teachers to teach English at the school, which will initially just be for children between the ages of 6 and 12. For more information email: helenmorris7(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at:

http://www.cosimtnet.org

Or write to werner(at)mission1(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. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Get a clue. Read it at…

http://www.momentum-mag.org

Justin Long is Senior Editor. It’s a free periodical to help believers passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least-reached 27% of our world.
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? 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.
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME — Do you ever look at your to do list and wonder how you’ll ever actually finish it? Maybe it even feels a bit overwhelming because there are so many items, you’re convinced it’s just not possible? If you ever feel stuck in this situation, don’t feel alone. Either Churchill, Edison or Oswald Sanders said, “The world is run by tired people.” (The quote has been attributed to them all. Truth is — everybody’s so sleepy, they can’t remember who said it! :-) ) The idea is to make incremental progress. You don’t actually *have* to finish the list. But when you chip away at it and make progress, at least you’re “in route” to finishing it. If your list is too big, train yourself to take about 10 top priority items and list them in a separate location. Focus on those 10 for today. (Few of us can actually finish more than 10 things in any given day anyway.) The trick is to make sure you’re grabbing the right 10 for the day! No matter what, forge on.

Doug

20050710 Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY?
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS?
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN?
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE — The advent of the Talking Bible dramatically increases the value of the work done by the Bible translators. By spending just one percent more than what it cost to translate a New Testament in the first place, one can now make that dedicated, sacrificial, costly translation effort available in audio as a Talking Bible for the larger numbers of people who cannot read. It is a possibility we could not have dreamed of less than five years ago. For more information visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY? — Take PC Magazine’s word for it. Their latest editor’s choice is Spyware Doctor 3.2, available for $29.95 at http://www.pctools.com In their benchmark “real-world” tests, Spyware Doctor outperformed other offerings from all the “big guns” like Symantec, Microsoft, Spy Sweeper, Lavasoft, and more. (And by the way, we get no sponsorship from PCTools.com. Just one beggar telling another where to buy bread. But if they ask where you heard about it, feel free to tell them Brigada.org. Maybe they’ll decide to pitch something in after 30 of us buy it! :-) )
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS? — Claudia recommends http://www.photobucket.com (Thanks Claudia!) The free version allows for 25 meg of disk space (about 12 or 13 photos at the 5 megapixel rate) and 1500 meg. of bandwidth, with a limitation of 250K as the maximum size for any image you post. But for just $25 per year, you’ll get 1 gig of photo display space, and unlimited throughput. On this latter plan, maximum image size is bumped up to 1 meg. — still about 1/2 the size of a 5 megapixel image. Check it out!
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site. _NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site.
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3 — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has just released the People Raising 6-hour award winning audio curriculum on CD and in downloadable MP3 formats. Discover firsthand how the People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for support. The Audio kit includes: 5 CD’s by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon, 72 page Study Guide, The People Raising book and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing a special introductory offer through 8/10/2005. 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 .]
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU — There are about 2600 people groups in the world today that don’t have God’s Word in their heart language. Could God be calling you to serve as part of a Bible translation team? “Trans Scan” has the answers! Check out…

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/home.htm

For more info, contact Wade Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org about the August, 20 event at Wycliffe Center in Tucson AZ. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER — “Godsize Stories from Around the World” will bless and inspire you. You can be reading it minutes from now. For less than the price of a lunch at McDonalds you’ll receive the e-book and *two bonuses*. You’ll also receive the complete audio-book, and The e- Book Librarian software to manage e-books on your computer. You can download them or order them on CDs. Listen to the foreword by Eddie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/aroeh Check out this offer at: http://www.godsize.com Or email: carl(at)godsize(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE — From January 23-25, 2006, on the campus of Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand, this interorganizational teachers’ conference will provide a faith-friendly venue for academic interaction and professional development, as well as for networking and fellowship. Proposals for presentations, workshops, resource room, and poster sessions are now being received. For more information on the conference see http://www.cetesol.org For inquiries, or to send a proposal, e-mail Brad bbaurain(at)elic(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN? — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra, of TalkingBibles.com, for the $25 gift to help Brigada step into the next week! We’re grateful for this help and encouragement. This brings to $6,810.36 our sponsorship total for 2005. You might recall that our goal for 2005 is $16,576, meaning we’re just over 4/10ths of the way to the total. Unfortunately, we’re just over halfway through 2005. To make our goal, someone will have to chip in a bit more over the coming weeks or months. Please pray that God will raise up partners to make this gift (these gifts) possible. Thanks! Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? To chip in or make a substantial donation, 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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN — I’ve enjoyed reading some reader feedback to the last couple of “BackPages”… addressing the issue of “What churches want” out of the church-missionary relationship and, on the other side of the coin, “What missionaries want”. You can read the feedback for yourself at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/what_they_want.html Over all, there seemed to be agreement, at least in principle, that times have changed (duh… :-) ) in the missions arena. Technology, travel, and cultural norms have all made an impact. You’ll have to be the one to decide if we’re better- or worse-off than we were before. Maybe our seemed to land more on the “better-off” side when it comes to gratitude for technology and the connectivity it brings. But if that’s the case, the majority seemed to land a bit on the downside regarding changes in the local church. That having been said, the responses were all over the spectrum.

So allow me to sum up, if I may — at least my own opinion: We live in a rapidly-changing world, where our motivations, our “church culture”, and the “tools of the missionary trade” are seemingly transforming right before our very eyes. As a result, churches, individuals and also agencies would be well-advised to look carefully at how these and other “change factors” are affecting their work now and how they might have a bearing in the future. Only then will we be adequately prepared to walk the jungle of missions in future generations.

Doug

20041121 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DOWN TO THE LAST MONTH FOR SUPPORTING BRIGADA
  2. YWAMMER FROM MALTA PICKS UP THE CHALLENGE
  3. GREAT INTERNET FILTER
  4. EXPANDED BOOK FROM ASI
  5. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. CONFERENCE ACCEPTING REISTRATIONS
  7. TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS EZINE
  9. GETTING RID OF SPYWARE
  10. PARTNERSHIPS: WILL WE WORK TOGETHER?
  11. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE
  12. MISSIONPREP “SHORT” SEMINAR IN 2005
  13. NEW CHRISTIAN RESOURCE WEB SITE & BLOG
  14. NEPAL AND AFGHANISTAN: MEDICAL OUTREACHES 2005
  15. CALLING ALL MASONS
  16. TEACHERS NEEDED
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DOWN TO THE LAST MONTH FOR SUPPORTING BRIGADA — If you’d like to help provide for our Brigada-sponsored secretary, please speak up now! We received on anonymous gift this past week for $25 (Thanks!). To learn more, click here (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. YWAMMER FROM MALTA PICKS UP THE CHALLENGE — In response to last week’s challenge that YWAM missionaries around the world each pitch in toward our Brigada-sponsored Secretary, Brian, a YWAMmer from Malta stepped up to the plate. Along with his sponsorship of $40, he wrote, ” We have been enjoying and using Brigada info for a long time here at YWAM’s Church Planting Coaches. I wanted to take the opportunity of the challenge from the Holland YWAMer and give some back. Thanks.” Learn more about their work at http://www.cpcoaches.com where you’ll find tons of church planting resources for free. Thanks Brian!

  3. GREAT INTERNET FILTER — Is there anyone out there looking for a great Internet Filter Plus? Faithful reader, Eric, wrote this past week, “We have found one that we really like at our house. If you are, we recommend the Bsafe filter! It’s a great filter that blocks Internet pornography and other objectionable content. It has Anti-Virus options, Pop-Up Blocker, Spam Filter, and other stuff too. We love it. Our teenage sons enjoy safe internet surfing while doing their homework and while e-mailing their friends. It was easy to download. It’s easy to use. And it *works*! To find out more and get your own free 10-Day Trial, please click on this link: http://www.bsafeonline.com?154701

    (Thanks again, Eric. [Disclaimer: Eric will get a commission from this, out of which he’s promised to give an offering to Brigada for every person that signs up.])


  4. EXPANDED BOOK FROM ASI — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) is offering first-time donors an autographed copy of the expanded version of Dr. Hoekstra’s inspiring book, “Honey, We’re Going To Africa.” During the month of December, in exchange for a donation of $30.00 or more. The expanded version is the captivating personal account of a pioneer missionary family’s years in Africa and beyond. The expanded copy includes special chapters like “From Knotted Strings” and “To Talking Bibles”, over 40 photos, and a total of 472 pages. The most common reader response is, “I love that book. I just couldn’t put it down.” Visit ASI’s website to read the reviews. Dr. Hoekstra’s new book makes an ideal Christmas gift and is a valuable resource in every church library. Your contribution requesting the book is a great way to help ASI provide non-readers with Talking Bibles. Visit http://www.audioscriptures.org or call 1-800-318-7262 for more details. Just ask for Dori.

  5. CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR MISSIONARIES — Need a great idea for a Christmas gift for the missionary you love! Just click here to see the compilation assembled by Larry! (Great job, Larry!)

  6. CONFERENCE ACCEPTING REISTRATIONS — The Next Step is now accepting registrations for its annual “National Missionary Training Forum” conference at the IMB Headquarters in Richmond, VA. The conference is for those involved in missionary training either in the church, educational institutions, or mission agencies. Nine different workshops will be led by experienced trainers focusing on best practices in critical areas identified in its “Missionary Training Assessment” tool (available at website). The conference is preceded by three forums: 4-Mat, DiSC, and Situational Leadership II. Pre- conference begins January 12; conference begins the evening of January 13 and concludes at noon on January 15. For more information, and to register, go to http://www.thenextstep.org .

  7. TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — CIT’s time-tested training package has a unique four-fold focus: The Missionary to the Culture; The Culture to the Missionary; The Missionary to the Missionary; and the Heart of the Missionary. For a moderate time and cost investment, CIT students are anchored with skills to help them survive the storms of cross-cultural entry and move toward long-lasting and effective ministry. The next program begins in early February. Visit http://www.cit-online.org for more information or call 800.887.1786.

  8. SUBSCRIBE TO CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS EZINE — Since 1999, EC Institute has been published a free monthly ezine for entitled “Christians in Global Business.” Globalization is happening largely on the back of economic forces. Join this ezine to learn about conferences and resources that equip global professionals and executives with models of cross cultural faith integration in this rapidly changing global marketplace. To sign up, either email info(at)ec-i(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or sign up online at http://www.ec-i.org

  9. GETTING RID OF SPYWARE — Some pop ups can also be due to spyware programs installed on the system. If you believe you may have spyware on the system read the below information. Visit http://www.lavasoftusa.com and go to the “Ad-Aware Personal” link on the top left. Download and install the free (personal) version of Ad- aware, then run the program and click “check for updates now” to ensure the program is updated. Then click Start to scan your computer. (or, when you first install the program it should prompt you to perform an update and a full system scan, which you can also do). Remove any items it finds (right click the list, select all objects) (Thanks Eric!)

  10. PARTNERSHIPS: WILL WE WORK TOGETHER? — A new web site http/:www.powerofconnecting.net has been launched to assist the Body of Christ to develop methods and strategies for working together. The founder of InterCristo and Interdev, Phill Butler, along with other associates has launched this new site to provide hope and encouragement. This site seeks to (1) provide resources, (2) identify strategic intersections and (3) serve as catalyst, and coach for leaders.

  11. MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. Special Christmas Price! http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  12. MISSIONPREP “SHORT” SEMINAR IN 2005 — SHORT stands for “Short- Termers Holistic Orientation & Training For Short-Termers”, and it happens January 6-7, 2005, in Toronto, Ontario. The SHORT seminar is designed for the Christian seeking to serve short-term overseas (less than 12 months). SHORT seminars can be tailor made to the church or mission team needs. Seminars can be brought on site to the church or mission location if requested. Topics include Cultural Perspective, Personal & Interpersonal, Language Acquisition. Write info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or lot on at http://www.missionprep.ca

  13. NEW CHRISTIAN RESOURCE WEB SITE & BLOG -– A new Christian resource Web site and Blog has recently been launched by Dr. Andrew Jackson andy(at)smartchristian(dot)com) at http://SmartChristian.com It contains extensive references and resources on Bible, world religions, cults, theology, world missions and much more.

  14. NEPAL AND AFGHANISTAN: MEDICAL OUTREACHES 2005 — Medical Boomerang, a ministry of YWAM Perth, is for any Christian medical professional. These teams have a brief orientation of 2 days and are then thrust out like a Boomerang for 2 to 3 weeks. In 2005 teams are going to Nepal and Afghanistan. For more information and updates go to http://www.ywamperth.org.au or email info(at)ywamperth(dot)org.au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  15. CALLING ALL MASONS — Looking for an exciting way to use your masonry knowledge? Mission Vision International has a short-term mission trip to rebuild a fallen church steeple in tribal Gujarat India. This historic church is nearly 100 years old and the mother to over 60 tribal churches. Bricklayers, masons, and concrete workers are invited to join them. The trip is planned for the last week of March 2005 and is for nearly 2 weeks. You will need to raise $1799 in support. Mission Vision also plans time for open-air campaigns in villages in the evenings and some work in the slums of Bombay during your STMT. This is a chance to see and minister in parts of India few people ever see. For more information contact Howard HLH(at)MissionVision(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  16. TEACHERS NEEDED — Christian International Academy(CIA) is seeking elementary teachers. (2nd Grade Teachers) If you are interested in working among the unreached and untargeted tribes, this may interest you. If you love children and love to teach, this is for you. They are reaching Muslim nation of Guinea in Africa. Dates: August 4, 2005 – June 1, 2006. Please contact CIA(at)TeachusMission(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20030309 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE
  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK
  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS
  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT
  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS
  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION
  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM?
  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES
  10. UNHINDERED 2003
  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY?
  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN
  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES
  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS
  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE — Designed to equip the missionary with the skills necessary for effective and enduring cross-cultural ministry, this course covers Becoming a student of culture (research required); Entering and beginning a cross-cultural ministry; Discovering existing social structure—systems of relationships and processes; Developing ministry plans based on cultural understanding; Transition process; Culture shock; Realistic expectations; Marriage/single/family preparedness; TCK identity and issues; Practical mechanics of getting to the field; Development of appropriate interpersonal skills, including listening skills, building trust, problem solving, coping with crisis and suffering; Conflict and confrontation skills; and Dynamics of effective teams and team leaders. Dates for the course are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info email <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or log on at http://www.cit-online.org. </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California is praising God for the growing number of churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday.” Visually impaired people love these Talking Bibles when reading has become difficult. In USA Talking Bibles are available in English, NIV and KJV and in Spanish. The cost of the Talking Bible is $49.95. (includes shipping). Readers are invited to contact ASI’s Talking Bible Project at 1-800-318-7252.

  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK — Thanks to Christian innkeepers, more than 400 bed and breakfast inns now provide rooms and suites for pastors and missionaries at substantially reduced rates. These inns are located in all 50 states, Canada, England, Honduras, Nicaragua, Thailand and the US Virgin Islands. Each inn offers a minimum of 25% discount to full-time Christian workers. Many innkeepers offer substantially greater discounts. These innkeepers, members of the newly-formed Christian Hospitality Network, recognize the challenges of full-time Christian service and seek to be an encouragement. They invite you to visit their website at: http://www.christianhospitalitynetwork.org .

  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS — This is an invitation to join the mailing list of the international Circuit Riders, a movement of professional and volunteer non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental (NGO) technology assistance providers. A Circuit Rider is someone who provides technology assistance to the nonprofit sector. The help a Rider gives varies from helping to set up a local area network (LAN) to coaching an Executive Director to advocate for technology funding to the board. Part technology cheerleader, evangelist and skilled technologist, Riders come in many forms. In some cases foundations fund several Riders to service their grantees. Riders sometimes are housed within existing technology support provider organizations. Many Riders operate as independent consultants and in some cases a community of nonprofits might pool resources and hire a Rider. The circuit riding community grew out of the U.S. progressive social change and environmental movements, as well as other technology assistance efforts. The Riders hold an annual conference, The Round-Up, and also currently engage in a strategic planning process to determine some coordinated future actions. If the above sounds like the work you do, they’d love you to join. Information on subscribing to their mailing list is at: http://npogroups.org/lists/info/riders

  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT — The “near-wilderness” cabin in the Pike National Forest, 30 minutes from Colorado Springs, is ten minute’s hike from the ranch house of Windmill Meadow Ranch. Originally a family project as a fort for the grandsons, this hand-hewn log cabin is in a beautiful, very quiet section of the property away from lights and any civilized noised except for the occasional over-flying airplane. Ambition got the better of grandpa who’s turned it to a getaway perfect for the pastor, missionary or worker (including couples) who needs to write, reflect, get in touch or just (really !) get away. It’s the hike-in, rustic, dirt-floor, self-support version of the “Elegance and the Wild West” B&B cabin for missionaries on the ranch. No charge, thanks to the courtesy of the owner, <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>. </johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS — Our apologies to those using Netscape. We understand there are formatting problems for Netscape users at our website. We’ll be studying the issues and seeking solutions.

  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION — Jaffarian’s Missions Research Ezine is a monthly publication by Michael Jaffarian, who is an Associate Research Editor for the World Christian Encyclopedia, a contributor to Operation World, and the Research Coordinator for CBInternational. It includes facts and quotes, informal book reviews, corrections of misinformation, and a few things (like informal film reviews) just for fun. Missions mobilizers, scholars, and executives often ask Michael questions about missions statistics, information, and ideas, and some of his better answers show up in this ezine. The most recent issue includes his article, “So is the American Missions Movement Growing or Not?” To subscribe, simply write <michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet> and ask to be put on “the ezine list”. </michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet>

  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM? — A worldwide media ministry with a strong missions emphasis is looking for proven leadership development materials or curricula that can be used successfully among diverse groups and cultures. Many such programs authored in North America lack cross-cultural understanding and/or application. This ministry needs something that will resonate with people from European, Asian, Caribbean, and Latin American backgrounds, among others. If you know of and can recommend titles of resources, materials or curricula that fit the bill, let Mark know at <markbatbacktothebibledotorg> . We’ll ask Mark to report back to us once he’s done. </markbatbacktothebibledotorg>

  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a ten-year veteran of television production offering services to help missionaries generate awareness and raise funds through the use of video and multimedia. He’s got experience in Spain, North Africa, and Honduras working for missionaries, and a complete DV camera package with editing and a desire to honor God with exceptional productions. Contact Rodney, MullMan Pictures, 770.385.7085 (USA) or <ironmullataoldotcom>. </ironmullataoldotcom>

  10. UNHINDERED 2003 — Antioch Network is sponsoring “Unhindered 2003” this June 25-29 in Frisco, Colorado. This event is specifically aimed at bringing together young adults from around the world who have a common passion of seeing the world evangelized, and churches planted among the unreached peoples and cities of the world. This is not a conference for the lukewarm or the faint-hearted, but for those desiring God’s very best in their lives. Prayerfully consider joining us this summer in the Colorado Rockies for this special event. For more information, including registration information, check out the website http://www.unhindered2003.com or write <infoatunhindered2003dotcom>. </infoatunhindered2003dotcom>

  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY? — The site’s director wrote this past week, “Interestingly for every 1 e-mail contact and hit we have from the English speaking world we have at least 25 from the Spanish speaking world, and the Francophone world which we have just begun to serve is already at almost the same level of interest as the English speaking world. Most of the French speaking interest is from African nations and sadly not from Europe which is our least fruitful area, especially our own United Kingdom.” Telling, to say the least. He added, “As you were the original launch vehicle of our World Christian news and training pages three years ago, you’ll be interested to know we just passed 2,000,000 hits this week! Well done, World Christians!

  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN — Thanks to Dan, who sent in this note… ” For example, if you wanted to know all the other sites that link to the Brigada site, go to www.google.com . Type in the search box “link:www.brigada.org” (without the quotes). Click search. For the Brigada site it shows that there are about 403 hits. Some of the hits are on the Brigada site itself so have to be discounted, but it lets you see who has linked to your site. Can be done for any site by changing the URL in the Google search box. Another trick that saves lots of typing in IE is just entering “google” or “cnn” or “usatoday” in the IE address / URL box. Pressing Ctrl+Enter adds the “http://www.” at the beginning and the “.com” a the end and takes you to the appropriate site. I have not found a combination that does this for .org or .net addresses.” Thanks Dan!

  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES — Are there large-scale microenterprise development providers in your area, but you don’t know how to work with them? Is there a benefit for the people you minister to if you could learn how to do this? Following is just one of the courses we are offering in May 2003: Partnering with Large-Scale Microenterprise Development Providers: Many churches and missionaries are located in regions in which there are large-scale, microenterprise development programs operated by Christian and secular agencies. The presence of such organizations provides the potential for effective partnership. However, such partnership does not happen automatically and is often inhibited by lack of mutual respect and understanding between the partners. This course is designed to help churches and missionaries in the Two-Thirds World to understand large-scale providers in order to foster more effective partnerships.

    Enter the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. This training opportunity will give you the tools you need to minister effectively to the poor in Christ’s name. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.chalmers.org, e-mail us at <cediatcovenantdotcom>, or call us at 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotcom>


  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS — Global Opportunities tentmaking seminars are attracting record numbers of people. GO and find out why, at their next seminars in Knoxville TN, Minneapolis MN, Sidney BC Canada and their first ever tentmaking course in Europe. Check their website for additional seminars and courses as well as a wealth of resources on tentmaking including free download of the tentmaking journal GO World. GO reports that up to 30% of those attending their seminars and courses first find out about them from Brigada! http://www.globalopps.org/ or email Ari at <infoatglobaloppsdotorg>. </infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2002. The cost is only $370 US dollars, this includes 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P8,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Sam or Melody at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>
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