5) One-hour Simulcast: What *has* Gone Right in Haiti? —

On January 12th, the one year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, much of the world will be disconcerted by what’s NOT been accomplished in the year since the earthquake.  But, we are doing something different. You’re invited to a free live one-hour simulcast event to learn first-hand what’s really happened since the quake, what’s next, and how you can be a part of Haiti’s amazing future. Come and meet – via the debut of a new documentary film – faithful Haitian church leaders who are accomplishing great things for the Church.  Witness the birth of amazing new partnerships bringing real progress and change.  There’s a story here that needs to be shared.  Join us for a celebration, prayer and worship all online on January 12th, 5:30pm-6:30pm pacific time. The challenges facing Haiti are real, and understanding what support is needed by the church in Haiti will be paramount to continued success – more now than ever before.  Learn how to join this event at


10) Haiti’s Hour: A Global Issues Update on Response to Haiti

This new resource from The Mission Exchange (formerly EFMA) can be found in the online store at


Either login or start as a “new visitor” and go to the online store. Global Issues Update is a downloadable webinar that focuses on big picture issues impacting the world of missions. In light of the urgent nature of the situation in Haiti this download is FREE to everyone. In this downloadable resource you will get a snapshot of Haiti before the earthquake, the scope of the devastation from the earthquake and where to go from here. (Thanks Mary Kay!)

7) Boat-load of Resources in Haitian Creole

Headed to Haiti to change a life? Leave a resource that will keep the wheels turning. Visit the page…


for a boat-load of resources in Haitian Creole, all provided by Brian W

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Included are sources for complete Bibles, New Testaments, DVDs, childrens materials and tons more.

(Brian, thanks for your work and your willingness to share them unselfishly!)

8) Need Help Planning for Your Next Trip to Haiti?

Maybe you’ve been there a hundred times. You had the whole Haiti thing down to a science. But you’re wondering, now that the earth shook, should you ask a set of different questions? You bet. Well now you have a script. Check it out at…


These are the folks from Crisis Consulting Int’l. For as long as I can remember, they’ve been coaching cross-cultural travelers on security, safety, and international travel. They’ve got your back.

2) Band Your Aid Together at HaitiHub

One has to admire the folks at CrossGlobalLink. Seems like their doing exactly the kind of stuff that should be their job description. Check out their growing database on those doing aid to Haiti at…


If you have a need, list it. If you’re bringing a resource to the table, log it. So those with needs will find resources and those with resources will discover the needy. Gotta love it — especially for the price (absolutely free). Note that they didn’t even try to parlay this into a membership drive for CrossGlobalLink. Makes me want to go join. How ’bout you? :-) (Good job Eldon and company!)

20070225 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE BECOMING MISSIONARIES — Gateway Training Centre is conducting a questionnaire for anyone interested in becoming a missionary (including missionary candidates/appointees.) They invite you to answer 12 questions that will help them serve the training needs of new missionaries. Please pass this URL to anyone considering missionary service, either short-term or long-term.


    (Note, due to its internal limitations, this URL does not work for Internet Explorer version 7. All other versions should work fine.)

  2. CHURCH WEBSITE TOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO SYNDICATE — Internet Evangelism Day’s new self-assessment questionnaire can now be syndicated into any other website (or republished in print):


  3. KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGES AT MISSIOPEDIA — Some have been following the development of the Missiopedia at Justin Long’s Momentum site. It’s an open-source Wiki-style encyclopedia describing global Christianity and Christian mission in particular. Now you can keep up with the changes there. Just join the moderated discussion e-group by sending an e-mail to Notify-missiopedia-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for new pages and recent changes. Point your RSS reader to:


  4. “ETHNO-WORSHIP” IN THE MIDDLE EAST — Passionate about worship? Ready to use your music ability and learn new skills? Want to connect music and missions – especially in places where Christ followers are restricted, persecuted, or unknown? Spend two unforgettable weeks on an “ethno-worship” trip with one of OM’s Heart Sounds International (HSI) teams going to the Middle East, June 5-19, 2007. The HSI team welcomes musicians, worship leaders, audio engineers, and videographers to do music research, as well as songwriting and field recording with a group of Middle Eastern believers. Go to


    or email frank(at)heart-sounds(dot)org. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Come along with us!

  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. (Credit is also available.) Dorm space is available. Visit


    or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. “WRECKED” EZINE LAUNCHED — In affiliation with Adventures in Missions, a grassroots e-magazine has been launched and is in its second month. “Wrecked” primarily serves to reach out to and profile the stories and thoughts of young adults who are searching for meaning and action in their faith. You can visit the project at


  7. MAC USERS CAN ENCRYPT TOO — Thanks to our encryption volunteer who reminds us that MAC users can mimic a lot of TrueCrypt’s offerings on a Mac without any additional software by using Apple’s Disk Utility to create a virtual volume that can be encrypted with very good (AES128) technology. If anyone is interested in knowing how to do this, our anonymous volunteer has provided step-by-step instructions. Just go read this item at


    By the way, most Mac experts do not recommend using Apple’s built-in FileVault, as it encrypts everything in the user’s home folder, including large media files.

  8. WANTED: PRAYER COORDINATORS & MOBLIIZERS — Interested in networking with other prayer coordinators or prayer mobilizers in mission organizations? If so, let Betty know at prayer(at)teamexpansion(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. NEEDED: BIBLE STUDIES RESOURCES IN KREYOL AND ENGLISH — Here’s a worker in Haiti serving all ages looking for bilingual sound Bible studies (English and “Kreyol”) especially for use with leadership training there. If you know where he can find something, write him asatalbot(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 .] or read more about his mission at

    http:// www.MissionsofLove.org

  10. EMPOWER BRIGADA — Our hats go off to The Chapel in St. Joseph, MI for their recent gift of $100 to Brigada to encourage us onward. And Blessed Hope is still at it with a gift of $50 due to InPhonic phone commissions for Oct. – Dec. 2006 (Thanks for subscribing to them, Daniel!). Thanks Blessed Hope! To learn more about their great service and low rates, visit:


    Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? 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 BACK-PAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — We’ve been listing some fun and practical tools for cross-cultural ministry. These are items to which others have drawn attention as they’ve traveled with me abroad. Our first few tools dealt with jet lag and how to live with it — or perhaps even avoid it all together. But now let’s move on to some other “hacks” for the voyage:

    *** YOUR OWN MOSQUITO TENT (for malaria-infested areas) — Maybe this seems like overkill, but there’s something deeply secure about knowing that wherever you land to sleep, you’re covered. I recommend taking along something like the Epco Tropicscreen II. (Google it and the Campmor.com version will probably come up in the top 5 for about $70. Worth every penny of it. Completely enclosed.)

    *** AC ADAPTORS THAT DON’T REQUIRE CONVERTERS/TRANSFORMERS — Read the fine print on the AC Adaptor for your camcorder, laptop and/or digital camera. Odds are, if it’s less than 5 years old, you really don’t need an adaptor/transformer for it. (It’ll probably say something like 110- 240V.) Just get a “tip adaptor” to change the shape of the plug so it’ll properly plug in in your hotel room or host’s home.

    *** RENT OR BUY A “WORLDPHONE” FOR EMERGENCIES — If you need to stay connected, consider renting a cell phone and/or SIM card from the folks at Telestial.


    If you use a US-based cell network like I do (I like Sprint’s plans), you’ll have to pick up a cheap GSM phone on ebay. Ask Telestial for help. Then ask them for a SIM card that will connect to the cell network in your destination country. Odds are, the cost will be prohibitive for anything but emergencies or a daily 2′ check-in. But having the cell phone option will be a great sense of security.

    *** RENT A SATPHONE (for dangerous or “out back” areas) — If you’re unsure about relying on cell coverage for any reason, ask Telestial about them too. (See link above.) They might not be the cheapest, but they know their stuff. Again, the cost is prohibitive … unless you’re about to be kidnapped and you need to get a call out. Then the cost will be minimal. :-)

    *** RENT A SAT MODEM (when you absolutely have to have the Net) — If you’re not sure there will be good connectivity in your area and you simply *must* remain connected, consider a Thrane Sat Modem or its equivalent. Something like the Trane Explorer 500 (via the BGAN network) shouldn’t set you back more than $115/week. Granted, that’s too much for the typical instant messaging with your kids, perhaps. But if your office needs you to be in touch for a few emails each day, then it’s really not a terrible deal. You can connect at up to 128K via USB. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. For an example, visit:


    although that’s just one of many vendors you could research.

    More cool tools next time around…

20030427 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 3 July. Read more at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is required before taking this course. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

  2. LOTS OF MISSIONARY STUFF ON ONE PAGE — Check out “The Mission Station” at http://www.missionaries.org . Billed as a “Gateway to Conserative Christian Missions on the Internet”, it’s filled with links, tips, and more. Well done, John!

  3. FREE EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP DOWNLOADS — Global University, the online home of the well-known ICI study materials, has launched a new site to offer evangelism and discipleship resources in a growing number of languages online. Their goal is 100 languages. All these downloadable study materials are free. It is a dynamic database driven site which users can search for individual lessons or entire courses. For instance, a search on ‘marriage’ brings up the course title ‘Marriage and Home’ and also suggests individual lessons from other courses. Many courses can also be accessed in audio, video, or online interactive formats. Print courses are available in Portable Document File (PDF) format and have been formatted to print out on both A4 and North American letter-sized paper. Check it out at http://www.globalreach.org . (Thanks for the tip, Tony!)

  4. GOT USED CELL PHONES? WANT CASH? — Then you’re in luck. An organization called CellFund.com is helping groups turn the 30 million used cell phones in the US into funds for their organizations and projects. The process could work like this. Contact your US supporting churches and ask them to help you by taking up an offering through the collection of used cell phones. The donor gets a $50-$100 tax deduction for the phone. The church ships the phones to CellFund (no charge for shipping) and CellFund sends the church a check for $7 per phone that qualifies. The church then sends that to you as an offering. Over 600 churches and organizations are using CellFund to raise money for their cause. There are no sign up costs, no literature costs, and no shipping charges. CellFund pays them all. All the church would need to do is go to the CellFund website, register, and start collecting phones using all the scripts, posters, etc. that are provided on the website. The website is http://www.CellFund.com . For more information email <infoatcellfunddotcom>. </infoatcellfunddotcom>

  5. GRAPHIC/CARTOON ART NEEDED — Jan <> writes training manuals that help Christian workers in developing nations to minister more effectively in their area of service. Jan would love to have illustrations in her materials to enhance learning, but standard clipart packages don’t fit the bill. If you’re a hand at drawing simple cartoons or illustrations that can add to understanding of written material, and you’d like to be involved in a vital outreach that has a wide potential influence, contact Jan. Or, if you can’t be involved yourself but know somebody who can, Jan would love to hear from you. She says many thanks in advance.

  6. HAITI: MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED — The IMB needs volunteer Christian music teachers to lead a music training conference near Les Cayes, Haiti this summer. The dates (including travel days in and out of Haiti) are Aug 2-12, 2003. Choral directors, teachers of voice, piano, hand bells, guitar, music theory, music history and music composition are needed. The purpose of this camp is to train music leaders and potential music leaders for existing churches, new church starts, and for church planting. A major focus of the camp is on using music for evangelism and church planting. All students participate in composition of Chronological Bible Storying songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles.
  7. Interested? For more information contact: <dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet> or <dianahaitiatyahoodotcom> or contact the International Mission Board/SBC directly at 1-800-888-8657, in reference to Project Number: 64643 (Joyce Glover in the volunteers dept.) Information can be obtained at this website also: http://www.imb.org .</dianahaitiatyahoodotcom></dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet>

  8. ASSYRIAN PORTRAIT OF JESUS — Audio Scriptures International in California recently added the Assyrian language to its list of over sixty languages in which their “Portrait of Jesus” recording is available. ASI recently filled a request for 1,000 cassettes and CDs of this new recording in the Assyrian language. The “Portrait of Jesus” is a beautiful arrangement of selected passages from the gospels. In one hearing the listener is introduced to the essential truths from the life and ministry of Jesus. Testimonials tell of many coming to Christ through listening to this audio portrait in their own language. For more information check out ASI’s web site: http://www.audioscriptures.org. or call ASI at 1-800-318-7262. Ask for Peggy.

  9. THE BOOTHS: FOUNDERS OF THE SALVATION ARMY — “William And Catherine” by Trevor Yaxley uncovers the struggles and persecutions the Booths faced and inspires believers with the legacy one couple forged in fighting for the downtrodden. Ideal for students, Christian educators, and social activists within and outside the church, this highly readable biography will inspire and challenge mission workers of all ages. YWAM’s John Dawson says the book is “Gripping…God used it to rekindle my own devotion to evangelism and discipleship.” For more information and an excerpt, see http://www.bethanyhouse.com . To order: <ordersatbakerbooksdotcom> ; tel. in the USA or via Net2Phone 1- 800-877-2665 or (616) 676-9185; USA Fax: 1-800-398-3111 or (616) 676- 9573 </ordersatbakerbooksdotcom>

  10. THANKS FOR JOINING PAYPAL — Thanks to Charmaine for subscribing to PayPal. (You’ll see a PayPal banner at the top of our home page: http://www.brigada.org.) We hope it’ll make it easier for her to send money across the Internet. And we *know* it’ll take us one *sliver* closer to paying for a Brigada secretary. Thanks!

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