France

14) The Last Bit: Rebuilding Notre Dame – Which Design do You Favor?

It’s been a hoot to see all the incredible designs flowing in from inventive (if not radical) people for Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. One designer proposed constructing a huge rooftop pool on the rebuild. Another proposed a zero-footprint parking garage above a structure VERY similar to what stood before. Yet another proposed a rocket-launching facility, high atop the building. What would be YOUR favorite option? What kind of use would YOU propose for Notre Dame. Why do *YOU* think it should be rebuilt the same as it was before — or differently? Regardless of all our opinions, it looks like conservatives have won out. A recent Senate decision has opted to rebuild it “in its last-known visual image.”

 

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20060226 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
  2. OOPS – I MEAN FREECYCLE.ORG
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
  4. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS
  5. ARE CHRISTIANS REALLY ONE BIG FAMILY?
  6. NEW CHILDREN’S MISSIONS CURRICULUM
  7. FRENCH EVANGELICAL BOOKS
  8. WHY DO WE REPEAT THE NOTE ABOUT “PREVENTING SPAM?”
  9. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  10. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA…
  11. TRAINING IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY
  12. SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT THE NATIONS
  13. RESOURCES IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF MEXICO
  14. WOLOF CONNECTION 2006
  15. WOULD YOU TAKE A STAND TO HELP OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY?
  16. THE BACK PAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). You can call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there’s no contract necessary, nor any monthly, activation, or connection fees. Furthermore, there’s no need to switch carriers. Beyond that, get up to 470 free minutes on signup and 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. (In our own case, the agent has committed to send a gift to Brigada as a way of saying thanks for each new partner that signs up — so please… keep talkin’! (Thanks Judy!)


  2. OOPS – I MEAN FREECYCLE.ORG — Contrary to the vicious rumor (instigated by the “.com” in last week’s Brigada Today), the site is freecycle.org, not freecycle.com. [blush] We apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks to those who helped us make this correction.

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — The annual Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference will be held 20-22 April at Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This national training event is designed for anyone in North America who is a church, school, or agency leader, and who is leading, training, organizing, or supervising Christian short-term mission trip efforts. More than one dozen speakers and national leaders will discuss such STM topics as: Partnership or Paternalism, Maximizing Media in Short-Term Mission, and more. The STMLC is one of three national short-term mission training conferences endorsed by the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. For more information, visit

    http://stemintl.org/training/stmlc

    or email stmlc(at)stemintl(dot)org, or call toll-free in the USA 877-STEM-646 or local 952-996-1385. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at

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

    This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is currently free to offset some of the initial costs. (Thanks to Judy, who has said she’ll send a gift as a thank-you for everyone that signs up from this Brigada referral.)


  5. ARE CHRISTIANS REALLY ONE BIG FAMILY? — The Bible says that’s how God sees us, but perhaps you feel doubtful? Then visit the EasyEnglish website at

    http://easyenglish.info

    to find out how God has united all Christians under the leadership of Christ. Click on “What’s New?” and choose “One Family in Christ.” Cynthia Green and Carol Betts have translated the book of Ephesians into really simple English and short sentences. (Level A 1200 word vocabulary)


  6. NEW CHILDREN’S MISSIONS CURRICULUM — Caleb Project’s newest curriculum, “Outside the Lines: Connecting Kids to God’s Global Purpose” is being tested at 14 locations around the U.S. and should be released early this summer. The 13 three-hour lessons, based on the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, cover biblical, historic, and cultural themes written at different levels for children from kindergarten to eighth grade. Outside the Lines includes Bible lessons, prayer activities, crafts, skits, games, and simulations, all in printable PDF form, and two DVDs of videos, songs, slide-show presentations, and animation clips. Outside the Lines is a great way to help kids discover they don’t have to wait to grow up before they can make an important contribution. For more information and to receive notification when the curriculum is available, contact outsidethelines(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 .] To view sample pages and learn more visit

    http://www.calebproject.org/outsidethelines


  7. FRENCH EVANGELICAL BOOKS — Need 6000 French titles to choose from? The website is the catalogue. Discounts are available for mission organizations. The store is located in Quebec, Canada. You can even request a subscription to the Missions Newsletter (25K maximum) sent out about 4 times a year. Call toll-free from Canada & the USA 1-866- 337-7772; or tel. 450-678-7772 elsewhere, or log on at

    http://www.librairiepassages.com or email

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

    (Note that they apologize for the fact that they are not able to ship directly to Africa or Asia at this time, but perhaps a go-between could order the books ad ship them to you on your behalf?)


  8. WHY DO WE REPEAT THE NOTE ABOUT “PREVENTING SPAM?” — Have you noticed how many times we insert the phrase, ” [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]”? We repeat it because we’re told that many of our readers clip only just the one item, then forward it to members of their team, agency, or church. If we only post this explanation at the front of a Brigada Today edition, we fear it might be a tad more confusing for them if they receive the individual item without the benefit of the explanation. Please pardon any inconvenience.

  9. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — With many requests for additional training, the Elijah Company folks have scheduled an additional training from May 18-21, 2006. The four days provide steps, stamina and stature for those in or going into missions. For more information, log on at:

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    or write elijah(at)elijahcompany(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 call with any questions to +1-757-226-3507.


  10. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA… — Click on “submit” in the top line menu. The requests there might seem a bit daunting at first, but another way to get the big picture is just read a couple of editions to Brigada Today first, before you submit items. Notice our style: We don’t use “classified ad” language (skipping articles, etc.). We try to make the items *read*. And we *try* to keep them short (8-10 lines max, preferably). Please remember you’re writing for an international audience, and don’t use first person — “register for our conference,” etc. Above all, please check your spelling and grammar. Thanks!

  11. TRAINING IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY — For 25 years ACMI (Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals) has hosted a US/Canadian equipping conference for volunteers and staff involved in ministry among international students. ACMI’06 is June 1-3 at Eastern Nazarene College, Boston, MA. For a brochure, list of 50 workshops, and to register on-line see:

    http://www.acmi-network.org

    There’s an early registration discount until March 31st.


  12. SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT THE NATIONS — Hope Builders International, a missions advocacy ministry in Charlottesville, VA. is hosting a summer training session from June 19th to August 11th at their facility. Proven church planters and mission workers from ministries in Asia and the Middle East will attend. The program targets these areas: a) developing a deep relationship with Christ, b) learning methods of meeting under the Lord’s headship that enable the church to grow outside of traditional building related worship c) studying English at a level that makes them better servants of their ministries. HBI is seeking 5-10 Americans to join the program who have a heart to serve, are teachable and dream big. The age range is generally early twenties to early thirties. More information is available at theforge(at)hope-builders(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 by clicking on The Forge icon on HBI’s website:

    http://www.hope-builders.org


  13. RESOURCES IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF MEXICO — Millions of speakers of indigenous Mexican languages emigrate from their native areas seasonally or longer, often working in commercial agricultural areas or cities throughout Mexico and the US. Currently there are hundreds of thousands in the US. Contact Allan migration(at)dpmmcomimex(dot)com if you minister to such folks and want help finding out what Christian resources are available in their languages and how to acquire them. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Materials currently exist in about 250 languages and dialects. Check out http://dpmmcomimex.com/usmigration.htm for additional information.

  14. WOLOF CONNECTION 2006 — Are you interested in reaching the Wolof people of Senegal and The Gambia, one of the key people groups in West Africa? Would you like to connect with other leaders, churches and agencies who share your interest? Whether you are just considering becoming involved or are already involved in ministry among the Wolof, the Wolof Connection is for you. This is a growing group of leaders, churches and agencies who meet together annually in North America to consider how they can be more effective by working together than just through individual efforts to reach the Wolof. This year we will be meeting in the Seattle, Washington area for three days in April. Key African and expatriate leaders will be sharing in plenary sessions and leading workshops designed to enable all participants to work more effectively in collaboration with one another to demonstrate and communicate the love of Jesus. For more see

    http://wolofconnection.com

    Direct questions to Mark at mssnelling(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. WOULD YOU TAKE A STAND TO HELP OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY? — While on the road in Sudan, Uganda, and the U.K. these last couple of weeks, I’ve been reminded once again how grateful I am for our Brigada secretary, who has reviewed mail daily and forwarded only what was urgent, filing the rest for my return from Sudan. There’s no way I could have hoped to look at all the Brigada traffic daily. Her help is a great blessing. The founder of the Medical Missions Conference at Southeast Christian Church once told us that Brigada was critical to the establishment of what is now said to be the largest medical missions event in the world. If you or someone you know has benefited from Brigada, would you consider taking a stand to help us pay for her salary? Is there a foundation you could approach… or a good steward who is looking for a project to sponsor… If someone were willing to grant Brigada $15,931, we wouldn’t have to mention finances again until January 5th, 2007. (For that is the amount remaining that we must raise in 2006 to sponsor her salary.) What if you knew that your gift would enable 10,000 readers to pick up resources on a weekly basis – for free, throughout the remainder of 2006. And many of those readers are missions mobilizers in majority world nations, where giving is much more challenging. Sponsoring or even chipping in toward our expenses is a way of saying thanks on their behalf too. But remember, either way, we’ll still show up next week, just as we have for the past 11 years. 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.

  16. THE BACK PAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE — Sometimes, it’s because we’re cowards. But at other times, I’m convinced that it’s because we’re just not sure it’s justified. I’m talking about — how do we know whether or not to open our mouths when we observe something we think could be improved. You see, maybe we say to ourselves, “Hey, I’m a mere mortal too; who am I to get involved.” Or maybe we think, “This is such a minor deal.” We’re afraid if we mention something, it’ll become bigger than life. Or — here’s a big one — we aren’t really the person charged with giving feedback, either because we’re not on the chain of command or because we’ve observed something that ought to be covered by a father or mother figure… and we’re just a friend (maybe not a great friend, at that).

    You know, the more I think about all those premises, the more I’m convinced that they’re all kind of hogwash.

    The truth is… if we really care about someone and *trust* them, then a) we’ll *want* them to speak into our lives, and b) we’ll want to make an investment in theirs.

    So how do we make the most of these opportunities to give and receive input? That’ll be the subject of our next “Back Page” editorial. :-) Tune in next week. In the meantime, start noticing everything you’ve always wanted to say to someone else but just couldn’t get up the nerve! :-)

20051016 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FREE “CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE” IN FRENCH
2. WHAT TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE IN MY LANGUAGE??
3. CHECK OUT THIS CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION
4. BOTSWANA INVITES YOU TO AN AFRICAN RETREAT
5. NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE JANUARY 20-22,2006
6. HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES
7. SEE A MODEL EFFORT FOR MISSION & THE ENVIRONMENT
8. SCRIPTURE PROMOTION AND RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE: SPARK!
9. USE GOOGLEMAIL FOR YOUR BACKUP
10. REACHING MIDDLE CLASS THAIS
11. PARTNERS ROCK!
12. THE BACKPAGE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING THANKS
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. FREE “CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE” IN FRENCH — George Patterson’s popular “Church Multiplication Guide” is now available in French as a free download from http://currah.info/www/paul-timothy/_francais/guide.html You may freely reproduce, distribute and sell this version of the Guide. Those who wish to translate it into yet other languages (Portuguese is already done) should first obtain a translator’s English original from http://currah.info/www/cmg/ or write to gpatterson(at)cvi2(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. WHAT TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE IN MY LANGUAGE?? –- Are you frustrated by the fact that you just can’t seem to find any Christian / Church Education materials in the language you speak or the language of the people you serve? Bible Visuals International has been printing picture-based Bible lessons for over 45 years. The teacher’s texts have been translated in over 85 languages and the lessons used in over 150 countries. Check out what’s available by visiting http://www.biblevisuals.org or by contacting them at info(at)biblevisuals(dot)org or (Intl. Prefix) + 1-717-859-1131. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. CHECK OUT THIS CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATION — On environmental matters, check out A Rocha, a Christian conservation organisation now working in over a dozen countries. Try http://www.arocha.org for details. (Thanks Chris!)
4. BOTSWANA INVITES YOU TO AN AFRICAN RETREAT — Been overworking a bit lately? Burning the candle at both ends? Have a look at http://www.limpopo-lipadi.co.za for an excellent opportunity to acquire shares (at a bargain price of USD3.30 per hectare) in a 32000ha Game Reserve – with 6 luxury air-conditioned lodges – in Botswana. Churches, families or companies can buy a share together and rotate shareholder nominees on a yearly basis. Enjoy natural wilderness in this untouched, untamed, malaria-free part of Africa (about 450km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa). Since it is 100km from the nearest town and has its own conference facilities it makes for a wonderful retreat venue, church group break-away, or missionary resting place. For more information click http://www.limpopo-lipadi.co.za/faq.asp or email jacques(at)limpopo-lipadi(dot)co(dot)za and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. NATIONAL SHORT TERM MISSION CONFERENCE JANUARY 20-22,2006 — This is the 17th annual conference to train, equip and mobilize teams for short-term mission. Paul Borthwick is the featured speaker and along with 15 other short term mission experts will provide insight and encouragement. The conference will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Catch 3 in depth pre-conference options starting on January 19th. Check out the website at http://www.nstmc.org for complete registration information or contact us at info(at)nstmc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Registration discounts are available for early registrations, groups, spouses and colleges.
6. HOUSEHOLD CHURCHES — There is a movement for the development of house churches in the west based upon the concept of “reproducibility”. The aim is to encourage relationally based experiences of the body of Christ without the infrastructure, hierarchy and complexity of traditional church organizations. In more hierarchical and segregated societies, such as Islamic societies, this is being translated into what may be termed “household churches”. That is, the members of the church are limited to members of a particular family. Although there is much that has been written about house churches in western societies, Mark would like to find information and examples of such “household churches” that have come into existence in other parts of the world. If our readers could provide any information about “household churches,” Mark would be grateful. email: mark(dot)naylor(at)twu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SEE A MODEL EFFORT FOR MISSION & THE ENVIRONMENT — “Care of Creation”, a non-profit whose first project is in Kenya in partnership with the International Mission Board, SBC entity. Web: http://www.careofcreation.org/home.cfm In Kenya, the person who is heading up that project is an MK named Craig. His hope is to empower believers and churches to have a positive impact on the environment and to use the project as a springboard for reaching some unreached people groups with the gospel. Check it out and see if you can replicate his efforts.
8. SCRIPTURE PROMOTION AND RESOURCE KNOWLEDGE: SPARK! — Check out this new website from Vernacular Media Services, a division of Wycliffe Bible Translators. Drill to this introduction to the Storying Scarf and hit the links to see how it works on four levels — products, training, case studies, and search. SPARK is an acronym for Scripture Promotion and Resource Knowledge. They’ve provide us all with a great site, whether it’s Scripture-specific or applying media within a cross- cultural missions context. http://spark.vernacularmedia.org/products/info/159
9. USE GOOGLEMAIL FOR YOUR BACKUP — Still looking for a great way to archive those official documents? Try Larry’s idea. He scanned essentials to a JPEG file and emailed the whole thing to a googlemail address and let them store it for him. Create any address you can remember — doesn’t have to be yourname(at)gmail(.)com, and email the JPEG to yourself, with subject line of say “Uncle Joe’s birthday party”, to bore to death any hacker who got this far. Leave the mail stored there with the attachment. Scan and email a copy of your ticket before you leave on an out of country trip. Lose a passport overseas? (not fun!) At the embassy explain the process and help them download a color scan of the original, with matching photo. Sort of self authenticates, since they can also match their file copy. Thanks Mark! Great idea. (By the way, Mark did not scan the SS card. He rightfully figured there was too much risk with just that number.)
10. REACHING MIDDLE CLASS THAIS — Cornerstone Workplace English is an innovative work which is reaching Middle Class Thais in the Workplace. CWE is based in Chiang Mai, North Thailand, but has the aim to grow further afield. You can view the website on http://www.cornerstone.co.th/cwe The company is looking for properly trained, experienced ESL teachers. Contact the manager on ilkkamaree(at)csloxinfo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. PARTNERS ROCK! — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
12. THE BACKPAGE: THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING THANKS — Here’s a quick thought for those who live on mission support: Let’s remember to say thanks. Regardless of the size of the gift, our donors are often making sacrifices to send us out. Let’s remember to say thanks. It’s not exactly rocket science. Write or type a note on the receipt, scratch out an email, send a thank-you note, make a phone call, or even visit them personally. Either way, let’s invest as much time and effort being grateful as we invest making requests. Long-term, we’ll be glad we did. That’s all I’ve got to say about that. :-) Doug

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