Global Missiology

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20051009 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
2. ABC, AIDS, AFRICA: CONFERENCE EXAMINES HARVARD RESEARCH
3. PREPARE YOUR ENCRYPTED “BUG-OUT BACKUP”
4. ARE YOU TRYING TO STRIP AUTOFORMATTING FROM WORD?
5. UNITED EFFORT TO PROMOTE MISSIONS IN GHANA
6. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM THE USA
7. PERSONAL TESTIMONIES TO THE LIVING GOD
8. ASIAN INDIAN WORK LOOKING FOR TEAMMATES
9. THANKS FOR SHARING THE LOAD
10. THE BACK PAGE: LET’S DO OUR HOMEWORK (SOCCER SCOUTING)
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. By God’s grace and with your support, this humble free e- journal is entering the 3rd year in circulation starting “Volume 3” and marked by the new color and layout. Theme: Holistic Missions/Ministry. Feel free to browse the following distinct English and Chinese communities within Global Missiology. http://www.globalmissiology.org email editor(at)globalmissiology(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. ABC, AIDS, AFRICA: CONFERENCE EXAMINES HARVARD RESEARCH — The 10th annual Global Missions Heath Conference will gather Nov. 11-12 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. (And by the way, on the day before, Nov. 10, Edward C. Green, senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, will address the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization’s North American Consultation on the Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic.) Green will speak about ABC programs in Africa. More than 100 additional workshops are offered, as well as sessions with World Vision’s Richard Stearns, Food for the Hungry’s Ben Homan, and Geoff Tunnicliffe of the World Evangelical Alliance. For information or registration for the consultation or GMHC, see http://www.medicalmissions.com or e-mail jsnipp(at)secc(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. PREPARE YOUR ENCRYPTED “BUG-OUT BACKUP” — Thanks to Ray, who wrote us this past week to recommend that missionaries make a disaster plan that includes putting all one’s personal info on an encrypted thumb drive (aka: flash drive, USB drive, memory stick), so they can quickly establish or rebuild their official identity. My 16-year-old son, Caleb, has been telling me about survival kits and their importance. So taking a page from a recent term he used, let’s call it… our “bug-out backup”. :-) Ray suggested including emergency phone #’s of family and co-workers, scans of all personal ID’s (drivers license, passport, visas, credit cards, etc.), scanned photos for emergency visas, etc., and perhaps even personal email or mailing lists. These could all be stored on a medium-sized thumb drive and easily carried while traveling (or fleeing!). Encrypt the contents using a file encryption program such as PGP, available at: http://www.pgpi.org or http://www.pgp.com/products/freeware.html
4. ARE YOU TRYING TO STRIP AUTOFORMATTING FROM WORD? — Maybe you compose a document in Word, then wish you could email it to someone in the simplest form, as an ASCII text message? Here’s the most foolproof method I know… and the simplest too. In Word, open the document, then use “file|save as” to save the document as a “plain text (*.txt)” file. Then close the file, reopen this new plain text version (it will be document #1 in your numbered list under the “File” menu), select all using shortcut keystroke “ctrl-a”, then copy using “ctrl-c”, then switch to your email application with “alt-tab”, then use “ctrl-v” to paste the text into your email. That should do it.

One sticky point: publishers’ quotes and other MS Word advanced features will convert to ugly boxes. So, it’s better, in my opinion, to keep these options shut off permanently. (In Word, go to “Tools|Autocorrect” and uncheck *everything* under the “autoformatting” tab.)

Another sticky point: If you’ve pasted in emails, then you might have to wrestle with hard-coded carriage returns in the body text. These might cause the text to “wrap” in locations that break up the reading – – with shorter lines of text. To fix this, you’ll need a good macro in Word. Try inserting this one into the Word macro editor:
Here’s a Visual Basic Macro to remove unwanted carriage returns from emails in preparation for inserting them in a Word template:

Sub stripcarriagereturns()

‘ stripcarriagereturns Macro
‘ Macro published in Brigada Today 14 of Oct., 2005 issue

With Selection.Find
.ClearFormatting
.Replacement.ClearFormatting
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”@$$@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
‘ .Execute Findtext:=”@$$@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^l”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p “, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=” ^p”, ReplaceWith:=”^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p^p”, ReplaceWith:=”%$#@”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”^p”, ReplaceWith:=” “, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:=”%$#@”, ReplaceWith:=”^p^p”, Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End With
End Sub

5. UNITED EFFORT TO PROMOTE MISSIONS IN GHANA — Globeserve Ministries and the Ghana Evangelism Committee have organized an eight-week missions-awareness lecture series that will run from October 27th to December 15th. Leaders from the major denominations and ministries are teaching in the course, and an accredited university — Pentecost University College — is making it possible for participants to get college credits. For more information, please contact Jeff Korum. His e-mail address is awakentotheworld(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
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7. PERSONAL TESTIMONIES TO THE LIVING GOD — Check out witnessJesus.org, a collection of personal testimonies to what God is doing in the lives of people. The testimonies are shared over the internet with people from all over the world. Contact witnessJesus.org if you would like to contribute your own. Visit http://www.witnessJesus.org Contact at cbrook(at)witnessJesus(dot)org if you have questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. ASIAN INDIAN WORK LOOKING FOR TEAMMATES — They are looking for teammates! Their life calling is to the high caste (Jat & Khatri) Sikhs in an urban location in Punjab, India. Their approach is reportedly very culturally relevant, living as part of the community reaching out to friends, and neighbors. They have a for-profit business which serves as a role, platform, and network for outreach. If you or someone you know has an “until the job is done” call to see an indigenous movement of multiplying churches established among high caste Sikhs in the Punjab, contact Gurmeet & Nitu 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 .]
9. THANKS FOR SHARING THE LOAD — We appreciate those readers and organizations that want to step up to the plate and share in making Brigada happen. This past week, we appreciated support from an anonymous worker in Sweden (he sends $5/mo., every month of his life!), and $20.58 from Blessed Hope, in appreciation for the Brigada Today participants that have subscribed to that service. So if you need regular long distance, and if it’s all the same to you, might as well check ’em out if you don’t mind. Every little bit helps! If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “Donate” (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. Thanks for any support you can give. No amount is to small. We’re about halfway there in raising finances to cover the 2005 budget. We need about another $8,000 (of $16,576) to finish out 2005’s expenses. (Just over $8,200 has come in so far this year.) If you or someone you know could write that amount out in one check, we’ll stop mentioning the need for finances for the remainder of the year! :-)
10. THE BACK PAGE: LET’S DO OUR HOMEWORK (SOCCER SCOUTING) — Since July 15th, I’ve had the privilege (and responsibility) of coaching a high school boys varsity soccer team at Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL). We weren’t fortunate enough to be handed any natural-born stars, but we worked hard, night after night, week after week, and finally found ourselves in the District Tournament, facing the #1 ranked team in our region.

Now I have a question for you: If you were in my shoes, would you enter that game blind? Of course not. I’m sure you’d ask some questions. I know I did. I began doing my homework and found out that there was only one other team in the city that had managed to beat this particular team (they were like 17-1-1). So what do you suppose I did? Of course: I called the coach that beat them and asked how he managed to do it. He had nothing to lose. (The truth was, if we beat them, then his team would play our team instead! So his response was, “Heck yeah I’ll tell you everything I know. I’d lots rather play you than them.” :-) )

The thought occurred to me that we often go into life situations much less prepared. Maybe we have the opportunity to present our story to a prospective supporter. Or maybe we’re given the opportunity to lead a small group study or guest-instruct in a college class or chapel service. Do we invest the same amount of energy for that God-event as we do for my sports event? I hope so. Because we might find out that the prospective supporter prefers helping on projects that address the needs of kids, so we can suggest an appropriate focus on children. Or maybe we learn that the small group Bible study happened to focus *last* week on the passage we were going to present *this* week. Or that the class loves powerpoints, but falls asleep during lectures.

So next time we’re asked to come up big in a special presentation, let’s do our homework. Let’s find out the score in advance.

Oh… almost forgot… we learned that the opposing team had a star striker that couldn’t be stopped, once he got the ball at his feet. He led the state in scoring, averaging 2 goals per game. Our solution? Try to control the ball at midfield, hoping nobody could ever pass to him. Then we’d pray for a chance to sneak in a goal somehow. If the ball *did* ever get to him, we’d have our fastest player haunting him like butter on bread. Well the night of the big game came. We knew our roles and responsibilities. The hot-shot striker only got the ball about 5 times the whole game, and our defender came up big. The keeper made a few great saves, … everybody pitched in, … and when the dust settled, we had upset the 1st ranked team by a grand score of 1-0. But that’s all we needed. One goal. We went on to regionals because of that game. Our opponent had lost only once throughout the entire season! 17 wins. Only 1 previous defeat. Until that night. To make it even more exciting, it was the first time in history that a team from CAL had won a birth in the regionals. Exciting stuff. And it happened, at least in part, because we asked some questions in advance. So let’s do our homework. Because it’s a jungle out there.

Doug

20050717 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. NOW GET GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HOME & OVERSEAS STAFF AS 1
2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
3. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
4. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS?
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT
12. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP)
13. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT?
14. CLOSING STUFF

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2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held at Palmer Lake, Colorado near Colorado Springs October 9-14, 2005. Contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(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. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology http://www.globalmissiology.org is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. In this July issue under the theme Word and Deed, there is a new section “technology & culture” to cover the inter-phase & integration of technology with Christian life and mission outreach. Also, enjoy the new Chinese version in both “full script” and “simplified script” formats for GM readers. Just simply “click” the appropriate language choice to switch back & forth. In accordance to the missiological principle of indigenization, everything in the Chinese version is originally developed by Chinese missiologists; not translation from English. Lord willing, future plan includes GM in other languages such as French, Spanish, and Portuguese to network missiologists internationally to be inclusive and truly global. Send all inquiries to editor(at)globalmissiology(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. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS -– This one-day seminar will be offered on Saturday, October 1 at Taylor Seminary, in Edmonton, Alberta through joint sponsorship of Taylor Seminary and Vanguard College. Early Bird registration (before Sept. 15) is only CAD$35.00 and includes lunch. To register call Renetta at 780-431-5246 or email Renetta(dot)geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a practical skill through which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in an effective way. In only 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand instruments. The needs are great. No injections or expensive equipment involved. Monthly courses in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or write dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY — Thanks to Brian for finding this interesting perspective on the future of airline ticketing, or the lack thereof: http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/000574.html Bottom line of this article: etickets and their fallout appear likely to unsettle the traditional world of connecting from one airline to another. Yikes. The jungle just got a little bit more complicated.
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS? — Do you have teams or individuals doing short-term mission trips in the States this summer? If so make sure they have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “Trip Protector” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $24 for trips up to 30 days! This plan will also cover baggage and personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged!

For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.InsuranceForTrips.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS — The Second Latin Missionary Consultation will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 19 to 23, 2005. The First Consultation was in Stavanger, Norway, on 2004, with a very good result. This will be a good opportunity for Latin missionaries serving overseas to share their ideas and fellowship with other missionaries. For more information visit the consultation website at http://www.missionarios.com
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL — Did you know that Chinese culture/characters contain evidence that the ancient Chinese descended from Noah and knew the Genesis history? Want to learn more and even share this with a Chinese friend? The Intercessors for China 2006 prayer calendar shares some of this evidence and its evangelistic potential in twelve beautifully illustrated monthly profiles and has 365 carefully researched prayer items for China’s cities and minorities. Why should you care about this in July? If you buy before August 1, you can take advantage of their “Two More for China” offer. You’ll get two copies of the 2006 calendar, “Chinese Characters Reveal the Gospel,” plus two copies of the current 2005 calendar, “Chinese Christian Women,” all for less than $15, including shipping. One for you and one to share: that’s two more praying for China! Callers in the US/Canada can dial toll-free 1-888-462-5481. Others can call 1-717-687- 8564. Email: order(at)prayforchina(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Calendars can be ordered after August 10 at the regular prices as posted at http://www.prayforchina.com
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE — The weekend of the 8-11 July 2005 was very exciting for all those who took part in the very first International Dance Weekend at All Nations Christian College in Ware, Herts. Organised in partnership with the Christian Dance Fellowship of Great Britain, participants and teachers came from all over the country and beyond, including Germany. Three main dance areas were studied from the Indian form of classical dance Bharatha Natyam to Oriental Egyptian dance and Bollywood. … For more information or details of opportunities to study the Arts and Culture, contact Jill Ford on arts(at)allnations(dot)ac(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.allnations.ac.uk
11. NG TO GHANA WEST AFRICA? — The North American Women’s Association, committed for over 35 years to helping women & children in Ghana, has compiled an extensive, resourceful insider’s database for Ghana at http://www.noworriesghana.com Laurie Korum, missionary nurse to Ghana for more than ten years, doesn’t promise to have all the answers but is willing to help field questions for those considering coming to Ghana. Her contact is Ghana_Laurie(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT — This past week, we appreciated a gift from Andy at Dial-Abroad for $105, representing the long-distance calling benefits some Brigada readers generated through using Dial-Abroad long distance. If you’re talking on the phone anyway, and you’re thinking about switching anyway, try Andy’s services by clicking here. Thanks Andy!

Would you like to help make Brigada happen next week and beyond? Your sponsorship or gift helps offset the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just 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. 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.
13. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP) — I know, I know. You’re getting tired of hearing about Doug’s dissertation survey. But the truth is, we really do need some more takers… and this survey only takes 5 minutes. It’s anonymous — in that your input won’t be shared with anyone (especially not with your supervisor). :-) Likewise, the responses of your supervisor are kept secret too. Through these surveys, we’re learning lots about the relationship between followers and their bosses, and the perceptions of each about the other. We’ll publish the broad strokes here — and if all goes well, Doug will finish a Ph.D. out of the whole thing. We’ve had about 250 people participate, and about half that many bosses have completed their matching portion (which, unfortunately, is a necessary part of the project). Would you please consider passing this request to your mission or church staff? If you’re a member of a local church, would you ask your minister(s) to participate? (It’s free of course!) Anyone who has ever completed a Masters Degree or Ph.D. can identify. We just need a bunch of viewpoints… hundreds of them. (To be precise, we need at least 500 pairs of responses — followers and their bosses. :-( Still a ways.) If you’ve ever considered yourself to be Doug’s friend – – or not — now is the time to rally the troops. Just send your staff members to: http://www.brigada.org/followership The simple instructions are all there. I’m really not kidding… maybe this will only take 5′. Please give it a shot. (Any employee of any non-profit or church anywhere in the galaxy can participate.) Thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)
14. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT? — The final installment of our thinking about change in missions is centered on the agency. (For those who have been napping :-), we’ve asked “what does the church want” out of missions today, and what does the missionary want.) Again, it appears to me we’re living through a period of profound change. For example, today’s generation of students are asking completely different questions about their world and how to reach it. Neal Pirolo, author of “Serving as Senders”, wrote us this past week with this observation: “As aging mission agencies are being forced to relate with a younger generation in the Church, they must come to realize that there is a major, basic different point of view. The younger generations more and more want a greater and greater involvement in the decisions relating to the tasks to which they commit. Past generations ‘signed the check’ and said, ‘God bless you. Go do it.’ Today’s (and tomorrow’s) generations want to be a part of the strategizing, planning and execution of the task. (And they are more interested in task-related proposals than ‘career’ commitments.)” This can have a *major* effect on mission agency models, as you can imagine.

But other changes are happening across the board. Again, we see effects brought about by shifts in technology, missiology, cultural values, and even the shrinking nature of a planet perhaps more in tune with itself and its inhabitants.

Our Training Director at Team Expansion, Glen Gibson, handed me an article earlier this week that helped crystallize some of these changes and their impact on missions. In it, the director of CBInt’l, Hans Finzel, lamented that missions agencies ” are not changing fast enough or deep enough to meet the needs of today’s world.” He concludes, “What worked … in the 1980s and even 1990s does not apply today.” He’s observing changes like…
*** Leadership election to leadership selection
*** US-based launching to globalization
*** Country boundaries to people groups [OK Hans… maybe we started this shift back in 1974. :-) ]
*** From territorial divisions to functional teams of ministry
*** From rigid field structures to simplicity and mobility
*** From lifetime mission careers to the revolving door of short-term service
*** From command and control administration to decentralization and regionalization
*** From using the sending churches to serving our partner churches
*** From fee-based administration to funding for value added
*** From recruiting on the campus to mobilizing from the church
*** From classic, narrow ministry focus to 360-degree deployment. [See Hans’s article in the July 2005 EMQ, p. 330.]

Whoa, if that’s not a bunch of major shifts, then I’m not sitting here at 3:18am compiling Brigada Today. Yikes… it’s enough to scare the wits out of the control freaks among us.

What do *you* think today’s mission agency is seeking out of the mission agency – church – missionary continuum? What are the motivations for agencies to move forward? Why do they keep trying to do what they’ve always done? What are the “itches” that they scratch? Why do we need them? What causes their eyes to glisten and their little hearts to warm with gladness? How do we avoid offending them (and do we care? :-) )? How will they best relate to individuals as missionaries and church leaders of today and tomorrow?

Those are the haunting questions that cry out for answers. (Is that melodramatic or *what*? :-) ) Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback will be assumed anonymous, though you’re welcome to leave your name and contact information if you desire. Look for information about these responses in next week’s Brigada Today. And until then, please be careful out there — it’s a jungle you know. Doug

20041114 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS
  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT
  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX
  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC
  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT
  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION
  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE
  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY
  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS?
  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO”
  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS)
  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP
  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU
  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS — Thanks for the wonderfully encouraging note from the Director of Sub-Sahara Africa for Good News Productions, who wrote, “I’ve personally enjoyed Brigada over the years … Your ezine recently mentioned two of the recent GNPI productions… As a result of that mention in Brigada, nearly 150 copies combined were sold! We, the GNPI team, just want to say thanks and express our appreciation for the faithful work all of you do to make Brigada a premier communication tool.” [whoa :-) ] To add some punch to his note, the producer sent $50 “as a small token of appreciation”. (Learn more about them at gnpi.org) Thanks, too, for the $50 gift from Cafe’ 1040, http://www.cafe1040.com , tapping the potential of globally-minded college students for Christ. Enclosed was an encouraging note, “I have just returned from North Africa and have loved your newsletter… It is very helpful and encouraging to those of us on the field. Blessings to you and your staff.” [glow :-) ] Thanks to Bruce and Retta Renich who served at the Christian Leaders’ Training College in Papua New Guinea, who sent $50 with this note: “Glad to help with your ministry. I would not like to be without it. We were missionaries in Papua New Guinea and hope to return after completion of studies.” We appreciate you! They added in a P.S., “And I know it is still a long way to the total for the secretary, but miracles have happened before!!” Finally, thanks to the anonymous readers who sent $30 and $20 respectively, with one writing a note, ” Thanks so much for your continued dedication and service to the Lord. He has used, does use, and will use your ministry as a source of blessing to outreachers in Christ everywhere.”

  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT — Here’s a YWAM worker in Holland who sent $40, challenging all other YWAM missionaries worldwide to match his gift to Brigada. How ’bout it, YWAMmers: Any takers?

  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN — Thanks to the anonymous family from Action Int’l Ministries who sent $50 to help cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. See their site at: http://www.actionintl.org/ where you’ll see News from the Field (PDFs), Photo Galleries, Action Point Magazine, and the free manual for ministry to street children, “Restoring Children of the Streets” as a download.

  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University presents “Breakthrough among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, March 14- 17, 2005. Learn how to effectively evangelize the Muslim world from people who have ministered successfully there. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to develop effective strategies and network with other churches, agencies, and interested individuals who all have a passion to reach Muslims for Jesus Christ! To request a brochure, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims-usa(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. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX — Missionaries in Eastern Europe know that it is often an uphill battle to convince locals that protestants are really Christian! The tract, “Protestants: Who are they?” explains the essential unity of the three branches of Christianity while noting where protestants differ on infant baptism, icons, the apocrypha, etc. It concludes with a salvation prayer. The English version is at: http://hometown.aol.com/kerbyrials/page1.html The Russian version is at: http://orthodoxlight.narod.ru/ Ukrainian and Georgian versions are also available. Write author Kerby Rials at: kerbyrials(at)aol(dot)com The Russian version has been printed and is sold for 7 cents each by Global University. Email: mail(at)globalcenter(dot)ru [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.globalcenter.ru

  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Join a two- or four-week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity to join an experienced ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, show the Jesus Film, work with local churches and visit businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. For more information contact Jim at Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaine(at)cableone(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC — Here’s a Brigada participant, Neil, who warned us to be careful leaving sensitive information on our PC’s. He said Word encryption was ok, and Excel could even encrypt just 1 column of cells, but he also pointed out that we could try a password manager, which really does make life easier and safer – such as Password Keychain from http://www.nfxtech.com/products_passwordkeychain.htm (Thanks Neil!) Brigada participant, Jon, wrote to point out that Google Desktop might actually help you do a great “audit” of your system and its ability to give away personal information. He said, ” If Google can find it, someone else can too!! :-)”

  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT — Are you the type who loves to create and collect MP3 songs from your CDs and digital music? While you’re browsing at Kaylon’s website (to see “Powermarks”, mentioned below), check out “MP3Rat” http://www.kaylon.com/mp3rat/index.html Seems to make life so much easier for digital music lovers!

  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION — Thanks to Stephen, who wrote about another free antivirus option this past week: “I switched to a German based free antivirus software available from http://www.free-av.com AntVir’s drawback is that each antivirus upgrade downloads 6 program files which can take a while to download on a 56kbps connection.” Still, it looks like a great option, Stephen, especially for the price! Thanks! (And yes… I still love playing soccer. Getting together as pickup game tomorrow afternoon, in fact! :-) )

  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE — Here’s a Spanish Bible-study (kind of like Perspectives), called “Path to God’s Glory.” Published in English several years ago, it has been distributed and studied around the world. Now, a Spanish version of both the study and leader’s guide are available online at http://www.southeastchristian.org/missions_ptgg_sp.cfm?doc_id=956 The English version is available at http://www.pathtogodsglory.org If you have questions, comments or are interested in a bound hardcopy of the study or guide, write info(at)pathtogodsglory(dot)org

  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY — English speakers can now fulfill most requirements for a MA degree (Muslim Studies) without relocating to N. America! The rest can be done through short courses at the Columbia International University campus, Columbia, South Carolina, or by IDL (Independent Distance Learning). Folk Islam – Dr. Warren Larson (May 30-June 10, 2005) Women in Islam – Dr. Elsie A. Maxwell (May 30-June 10, 2005) Multicultural Teams – Dr. Lianne Roembke (June 13-24, 2005) Approaches to Islam – Dr. Andreas Maurer (June 13-24, 2005) Tuition is approximately $500 per 3 semester hours. Auditors are welcome for less, and all kinds of plans are available for food and housing. The campus is centrally located in Europe near Stuttgart, Germany. For more information email ccrouse(at)aem(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS? — In my own browsing, I’ve also appreciated Powermarks from Kaylon Technologies http://www.powermarks.com/ This is a great utility to help you find bookmarks or “favorite places” on the web, and as an added benefit, you can also use it to save passwords for other things too.

  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO” — Global Economic Outreach partners skilled volunteers with field missionaries seeking expertise by email or telephone. Their emphasis is on development. GEO recently launched HOTLINKS, an online content management system for sharing documents and web links. Benefit from the knowledge, experience, and ministry of others by visiting http://www.teamgeo.org/links.php Submit relevant content to mail(at)teamgeo(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 use the online contact form.

  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — Browse the new articles at http://www.GlobalMissiology.net. The latest issue’s theme is Ethnic Ministry and Missions. You’ll find: * 5 Feature Articles by thoughtful writers around the globe * New perspectives on ethnic ministry contemplating its manifestations in research and practice * Enjoyable and informative reviews of cutting-edge missiology books some of which have recently been released.

  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS) — Mark your calendars now for the Music Ministry Development Seminar, February 21 – April 1, 2005. It’s a six-week seminar focusing on songwriting, digital recording, music business, missions, band arranging, growing in ministry communication, presented by Musicians For Missions International – a ministry of Youth With A Mission. Learn more at http://www.MusiciansForMissions.com or MMDSeminar(at)cs(dot)com

  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP — If your readers have a Mac (or are considering it), the Mac’s iChat system is wonderful. According to Dave, it is standard in all current and recent (2000 + newer) machines, running OSX and features voice over IP as well as full live video as well.

  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU — :-) Christian International Academy(CIA) is seeking elementary teachers (2nd Grade Teachers in particular) If you are interested in working among the unreached, take note of their location. If you love children and love to teach, this could be just the opportunity for you. They are sharing hope and love with others in the Muslim nation of Guinea, Africa. The dates are August 4, 2005 – June 1, 2006. Write CIA(at)TeachusMission(dot)org

  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS — In the USA and many other lands, it’s Thanksgiving today. It happens to be one of my most favorite holidays of the year. It’s somehow escaped most of the “Hallmarketing” :-) and has its origin in something identifiable, instead of in alleged pagan rituals or witches’ covens burning goats under some bridge in an inner city. Nobody has to buy gifts, so there’s no chance big store at the mall will make a dime off of it. About the only people who make a profit are the turkey breeders, who probably do as much business this week as in the other 51 weeks combined. :-) Sure there are dishes to wash afterward, but you don’t have to bag up mangled wrapping paper (and nobody is sticking bows on your head or throwing wrapping paper balls in your face). Surprisingly, there’s very little music — except for that one song that, instead of gives thanks, gathers everyone together “to ask the Lord’s blessing.” Best of all, there’s no hangover (hangover = having to take down all the decorations), no cavities (like you get from eating all that chocolate from trick-or-treating or hollow Easter bunnies), and no credit card bill to pay off in 25 days or less.

    All kidding aside, though, maybe Thanksgiving is *the* most religious holiday we have left. My theory is — people actually really do still think about praying and giving thanks. And that’s cool.

    Let’s not be the exception.

    Let’s circle the globe this Thursday with a ring of thanksgiving prayers that will gladden the heart of God. Happy Thanksgiving, Doug

20040215 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE?
  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD
  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR!
  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION
  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS?
  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE
  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY
  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS
  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA)
  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM
  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004
  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE? — Check out our recommended services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Not only are they good deals, they also have agreed to sponsor Brigada’s secretary if you use their service! Thanks for giving them a look!

  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD — This iKobo service just keeps adding features. They’ve now upgraded all those ATM cards to ATM/Visa cards! So here’s your chance to give someone a Visa card that couldn’t normally afford one, or even open a bank account! Check ’em out at: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US They also make a gift to Brigada of $10 for every new member who signs on and verifies. We’ve used their services several times now, without a hitch… and just this past week, received a $20 direct payment from a new anonymous sponsor — via the iKobo card! (All you have to do is tell iKobo you’d like to transfer money to account # LD017707US. Thanks for giving iKobo a try!

  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR! — Thanks to the anonymous home-schooling mom who gave $10 this past week to help sponsor our Brigada secretary! We appreciate you and your encouragement that Brigada has even helped a home-schooler! (If you’d like to help sponsor our Brigada sec’y, see: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION — Check out the latest edition of Global Missiology at http://www.globalmissiology.net/ The online version is especially helpful for those unable to subscribe to the printed copy. You’ll find articles like, ” The Contributions Of Cultural Anthropology To Missiology,” by Norman Allison and “Spiritual Warfare And Worldview,” by Paul Hiebert.

  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them? Email your suggestions and experiences to Southway’s pastor, Kevin Paszalek, at pastoratsouthwaydotorg and he will compile the results and share them with all of us. Thanks for any input you can offer, and Kevin, we look forward to your summary!

  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE — It’s a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) back by popular demand! This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time, will build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. The cost is $150, and the dates are March 14 to 19, in Tucson, AZ. Check it out at: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm or contact Wade wade_remeratwycliffedotorg at +1-520-825-6078.

  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY — Outside the USA, it seems there is very little awareness of, or planning for, the imminent release of Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Yet this movie would seem to provide an incredible opportunity for the worldwide church. If so, there is an urgent need for immediate mobilization. For ideas, see: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/passion

  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — These missionary camps offer great encouragement and lots of specifics. Upcoming camps are April 1-4 in Iowa and June 1-10 in Spain. For more details of training content, dates, places of upcoming camps, see the web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS — These are happening in Australia, March-April 2004. They consist of three-day training programs, challenging the Church to take the gospel where it has never been proclaimed and helping local churches to obey the Great Commission. They’ll be held in Brisbane, 25 -27 March and in Melbourne, 31 March to 2 April 2004, and will be led by Dr Howard Foltz of Regent University, USA., founder & president of AIMS. (Accelerating International Mission Strategies) To register, email mobiliseatozemaildotcomdotau You’ll receive a color brochure with full information. Costs start at $70 (students) and $80 (Early bird). Sessions over the three days will include Biblical Basis of Missions, The State of the World, A Mobilized Church, Adopting a People Group, Faith Promise Giving, Church Planting Movements, Biblical Partnerships in mission, Networking Methods and Reliance v Dependency. For more information, see: http://www.mobilise.org.au

  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA) — “Look At The Nations” is a collection of over 50 photographs of the peoples of the world by R. Keith Lindsey, founder and president of the Acts 13 Initiative http://www.acts13.tv Hard-bound with a dust jacket, this book is a perfect gift to remind your family and friends of God’s global purpose. $5 of the purchase price will be donated to Brigada when you purchase using the PayPal option on the Initiative’s website. For more information and to purchase (and support Brigada!) log onto http://www.acts13.tv/Resources.html For more information, email resourcesatacts13dottv

  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM — Here’s a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, designing and building cross- cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories to increase traffic, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. This seminar is co-sponsored by YWAM Perth and Create International. The dates are June 28th – July 3rd, 2004, and the location is YWAM Perth, Western Australia. You can register by writing registraratywamperthdotorgdotau For more Information, email webevatcreateinternationaldotcom or visit http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004 — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will hold an eight-week Missions Internship Program from May 30 to July 25, 2004. Developed for young adults ages 18 – 25, the program encourages the participant to explore God’s call on their life through ministry skill development. For more information, click to http://www.acts13.tv/ministry.html or email infoatacts13dottv

  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA — The Zhuang, China’s largest minority people group, with a population of over 17 million, are unreached with only 1/2% being Christian, but they are currently very responsive to the gospel. Want to learn more about how you or your church could get involved? Check out the North American Zhuang Consultation, this spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The consultation will include introductions to the Zhuang culture and religions beliefs, testimonies from Zhuang who have become believers, current reports from field workers, suggestions from ESL trainers, and sharing from churches already involved in direct ministry. To receive more details and an invitation to this meeting, email Fran Zhuangatpoboxdotcom

20031026 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY
  2. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK
  3. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE
  4. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM
  5. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES
  6. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS
  7. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM
  8. FOLDING DISPLAYS?
  9. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  10. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR
  11. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT
  12. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  14. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  15. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  16. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA
  17. THE MAN FROM GADARA
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY — I want to be perfectly honest: I am completely humbled… even *floored* by your generosity, compassion and love! This past week brought us *significantly* closer to our goal of paying for a Brigada Secretary — to help us stay “up to date” and “in the air” for the long haul, churning out resources and mobilization ideas in Brigada Today. One anonymous donor gave [drum roll please] $5000. (That’s five *thousand* dollars.) He had nothing to sell, declined to feature his own work, and even declined a receipt for a tax deduction! I *will* tell you that he is indeed involved in Christian outreach, but his mission work takes place in a sensitive land. Perhaps you can identify… he wanted to help, but didn’t do it for any personal reward. It was totally an unselfish act, to try to help us get the word out regularly. He wrote, “Thank you for your faithfulness in serving the missions community through Brigada. … I have sent a $5,000.00 contribution toward your secretary. I clearly remember the days when I wished I had one and didn’t have the resources. Please keep this anonymous. Our mission is much better performed when only God knows who we are. You have been faithful to God and God is always faithful to you. We are simply thankful to bring this cup of cool water to your door.” Whoa. That’s quite a swig! :-) I’ll admit, when I first read the note, I figured it was one of those Internet scams. Then seconds later, I saw the PayPal notice that $5000 had been deposited in our PayPal account. Suddenly, weekly Brigada Todays started passing through my mind, … all the way back to January of 1995. Suddenly I realized there really *are* some people out there reading this stuff, and maybe some who are actually *using* it.
  2. Click here to sponsor Brigada


  3. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK — John Walton writes, “Here’s $25 with thanks to the 5 Brigada readers who bought a copy of The Toolbox for Video Storytelling during the month of October. John keeps his word. Don’t forget, if you need a good book on producing videos for your church or mission — John is making good on his promise to donate $5 for each copy sold. Learn more at: http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada Thanks, too, to our new friends at Wilcannia, NSW, Australia, who minister to Australian Aborigines. We appreciate their sponsorship of $25! They have seen in the last 6 years 39% of their town turn to Christ. Learn more at http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com Thanks to these new Brigada sponsors!

  4. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE — Now you can help create a *monthly* income for the Brigada secretary and save money at the same time! Through a partnership with Blessed Hope Long Distance, Brigada will begin earning a significant commission each and every month on all the long distance bills of those who subscribe to long distance service through this link: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada 200 new customers would provide about $200 extra dollars each and every month. 1000 customers might just about pay for the secretary! This is a great domestic plan and the state-to-state rate (in the contiguous U.S.) is 4.9 cents/minute with 6-second billing, NO fees and NO minimums. You can find your instate rate and international rates at the website. Blessed Hope is a Christian-owned company so you’ll also know your dollars are not going to fund what some feel are ungodly and anti- family causes of larger secular long distance providers. Our agents for this program, Neil & Darla Sautter, are the missions-minded parents of five who are building their Blessed Hope business as a way of becoming self-supporting so they themselves can return to overseas ministry in the future. Neil would like to be a TESOL teacher in China, Japan or Spain, should the Lord so lead. (Thanks Blessed Hope!)

  5. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM — Here’s a course that… I’ll have to admit… looks *great*. “Outstanding Practices in Mission Training” is the theme for the Forum from January 15-17, 2004, in Richmond, VA , at the IMB’s Missionary Learning Center. NMTF is a gathering of mission trainers from agencies, church, and schools (over 140 people from 60 organizations attended in 2003). There will be 14 workshops profiling “outstanding practices.” Participants will interact with practitioners, learning together how to make mission training more effective. There are three “pre-Forum” sessions so that trainers can get training, including: Church Planting Movements (Training for Trainers), Leadership Encounter with Jesus, and Situational Leadership II. To learn more as well as register, go to: http://www.icelonline.com/NMTF2004.html

  6. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES — Do you want to find missionaries for missions promotion only to be blocked by missions agencies concerned about security? PeopleTeams.org has 576 teams of missionaries online. In fact, PeopleTeams.org boasts of having every missionary team Web site in the world. These are not individual missionary family Webs, but instead, you’ll find online the way that missionaries *prefer* to be contacted. That way you can dialog with the personnel who are working in some very difficult places, not just the easy-to-reach field personnel. PeopleTeams.org is a mixture of many different agencies, too. Individual Web sites are frequently a coalition of many cooperating missions groups that pool their efforts to present the material you see online. You can send emails or letters to teams who will be happy to see that you receive a reply in a timely manner.

  7. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS — From January 2-4, 2004, the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. Friday will focus on the work and witness of individuals past and present while Saturday will be a seminar on practical perspectives and concerns in ministry. The Chicago area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact Jamie infoatrethinkingforumdotcom

  8. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM — The first forum of Finishers Canada is being held Saturday November 22nd at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Speakers include Nelson Annan, Dave Toycen and Dave Mannings. Participants may choose between 5 seminars during the day. Further information, costs and registration information are available from finishersatiatwdotca (or 519-763-6147). They’re also working on a website at http://wwwfinisherscanada.ca though at press time it still returned a “The page cannot be displayed” error.

  9. FOLDING DISPLAYS? — I’m in the thick of trying to purchase a folding display. I must confess, I sometimes go through phases where I ask myself, where did we ever come up with this display thing, anyway? I mean… on the one hand, it seems like few church members actually really *look* at these things up close. Yet a decently designed portable “lit” display seems inevitably to cost hundreds of dollars. Either way, it seems like part of the “missions fair” culture is to ask us to all come with “nimlocks-in-hand”. Yikes. I’ve scouted some sites, but if you have some good ones … or if you know of the “best price” for a Skyline or a “ShowStyle” or whatever, Mark mark_simpson53athotmaildotcom is willing to take down the URL then assemble a report for us. (Thanks Mark! We appreciate your help. And to those with suggested sources, no need to copy me. Mark will compile the list. Thanks again!)

  10. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — After years of planning & preparation, www.globalmissiology.net – a new quarterly electronic journal is now being launched. The organizers there would like us to spread the word, especially to those who can’t afford subscribing to traditional missiological journal but have internet access.

  11. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of Jan. 26-29, 2004, at the Wycliffe Mobilization Center in Orlando, FL, CCI will offer its Crisis Management Seminar. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $495 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $450 for each additional registrant from same organization (includes all meals). For more information, call 805-642- 2549, or email infoatcricondotorg or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2004training.htm Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks!

  12. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT — Users of Logos Bible Software can now get dozens of foreign language Bibles for use with their Logos Bible Software Series X libraries. Arabic, Albanian, Maori, Esperanto, Czech, Serbian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and many more are now available. For a complete list visit: http://www.logos.com/ebooks/groups/ebooks/bibles Call toll-free from the USA 800-875-6467 or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 360-527-1700 or email your questions to infoatlogosdotcom

  13. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, is offering a 5-month school for adults who are at a crossroads in life, and who are seeking increased intimacy with God, deeper understanding of his character and his ways, a new direction in ministry, or an avenue into cross-cultural missions. They’ll host a lecture phase for 3 months followed by 2 months of overseas short-term mission experience. It all starts April 18, 2004 and is designed for adults age 30 or more and families with children. For more info, see http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampaatcomcastdotnet for more information.

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Metro Delhi International School, New Delhi, India, needs teachers for all levels at their K-7 Christian school. MDIS educates international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city in North India. For more information contact Paula Mowry at paulamowatsifydotcom

  15. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the 10/40, check out this conference, November 9- 14. The “Revolution” conference is an interdenominational, inter- organizational missions conference. Groups such as New Tribes Missions, Red Sea Team International, Frontiers, YWAM, Operation Mobilization, Calvary International, Wycliffe, the US Center for World Missions and many more will be represented for this “10/40-focused” event. The goal is to get the word out about the needs in the 10/40 Window and to provide a place for those working there to meet and share their experiences. There will be speakers, workshops, booths, and time just to fellowship with those who share a similar heart. The conference will be held in Talladega, Alabama. For cost, registration form and other information check out http://www.revolution1040.com If you would like more information, contact Jose at 904-221-0114 or email Therevolutionconferenceatyahoodotcom

  16. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — Dr. Andrew Jackson’s new book, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” is now available (180 pages). It is the only comprehensive Christian travel and prayer guide available on Turkey. It provides you with up-to-date information for strategic prayer, as well as twelve travel itineraries through Turkey’s eighty-one provinces (including the number of Turkish Christians, churches, and resident workers in each province). It is one of a kind. There is no other book like it. Purchase this book and accompanying wall map from the International Turkey Network by e-mailing mailatitnetdotorg (book cost is $9.50 plus postage). (Note that for security’s sake, the *identities* or locations of these brothers and sisters is not provided.)

  17. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA — The 7th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 05 to May 28, 2004, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. Enroll by full program; course; or, “module” [1 week or more]. Get an Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam & Power Encounter, Learn about Contemporary Issues In Islam, Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts, Ministry in Urban Contexts (with Dr. Robert Douglas!), Ministry to Muslim Women, Church Planting in Muslim Contexts. Study Approaches to Islam, including Theological Approaches, Contextual Approach (with Dr. Phil Parshall!), and more. For more information, write iisataptsdotedu or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or fax (63)(74) 442-7068. Or see the website for more details, including exact dates. http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2004.

  18. CHILDREN’S HOME NEEDING WORKERS — The Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home in Reynosa, Mexico is in need of a married couple without children to live with and love four children in a three bedroom apartment at the home. With the original vision stemming from Keith Green, it was named for his two children who died with him in the airplane crash in 1982. Interested applicants can contact Calvary Commission. Call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800.835-4673 or 903-882-5501 or email missionsatcalvarycommissiondotorg. Or see their site at: http://www.calvarycommission.org

  19. THE MAN FROM GADARA — This book tells the true story of Abdalla, a Muslim student from the historical city of Gadara, where long ago Jesus cast demons into swine. Abdalla finds Jesus and attempts to minister among his own people. But can Abdalla’s new faith survive in this tough environment? Discover how God uses this young man to start planting churches in the heart of the Muslim world. Thrill to the stories of lives that have been transformed by the power of the Gospel. This book offers Christians hope and understanding of how God is planting his church among Muslims. In doing so, he is using people like the Man from Gadara. Special Introductory Offer: $8.00 plus S&H. Paypal or cheque. http://rmuller.com or email: ordersatcanbooksdotcom
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