Insurance

SMALL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE NEWS YOU CAN USE

Overseas teams of two units or more can get overseas group health insurance. Overall the benefits of group health coverage and sometimes even the rates are better than individual plans. Visit

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

to get information about group health coverage. There you will find a library of “Tips for Understanding International Group Health Insurance,” “Steps to Group Insurance,” “Advantages of Group Insurance” etc. Good Neighbor Insurance makes a contribution to Brigada for all who enroll in insurance plans via GNI. For more information contact jeff

(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100.

DON’T LET A CANCELLED FLIGHT GET YOU DOWN

We are *sooooo* thankful to Steve, Judd, Doug, Roxann, Ksenia, Svetlana, David, Caleb, Jenniver, and Matthew — who all traveled recently having purchased trip interruption insurance through Insurance Services of America. As a result, their trips were fully insured, meaning that, in case of a misconnect — even due to *weather* — or sickness or anything, ISA would cover essentially just about any cost whatsoever — including having to purchase alternative flights, hotels, taxis, virtually *anything*. A couple of years ago, I called the night before my departing flight out of Banja Luka, Bosnia and, to my complete shock, the Bosnian airline had just arbitrarily cancelled my outbound flight, meaning that my entire trip home would have been nixed. :-( (No chocolate chip cookies. That would have been the worst.) As it turned out, I had to take a 3-hour taxi to Croatia to catch a flight. Under any other circumstances, but fortunately, I had bought a policy for the trip from ISA. Believe it or not, ISA covered every cost. From that day on, I made up my mind… Trip interruption insurance is worth it, even for the peace of mind to know that — if you ever have to take a taxi to the next country over, you’re covered. And it’s so simple. Just go to this link and fill out the form:

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

You’ll also find that it’s more affordable than you think, especially when you go purchasing taxi cabs to the next country! :-) What’s more, every purchase is a blessing to Brigada. Those folks got the trip interruption insurance coverage and Brigada received $161.54!!! Yahooo!

GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?

There are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss! (And they do indeed send a small gift for *every* single trip that is registered with them. It’s amazing.)

GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? –

There are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!

20071125 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF POLYGAMY?
  2. MOBILE VERSION OF POWEROFCONNECTING
  3. NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK TEACHES PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON MUSLIMS
  4. HELP IN UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE
  5. GET GLOBAL INTEL REPORTS FOR FREE VIA “STRATFOR”
  6. OUTREACH LITERATURE
  7. IMPROVE YOUR CHURCH WEBSITE
  8. TRAIN AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR
  9. AMAZING FEELING OF MOTIVATION
  10. HELP US FINISH STRONG?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIFE IMPROVED IN 2007; TAKE SPAM FOR INSTANCE

  1. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF POLYGAMY? — OK… remember my two sons? They’re at it again. Today at lunch they started asking me about polygamy. Well I knew to tell them that elders and deacons should just have one wife. But what do I tell them — scripturally — about marriages in countries that *allow* polygamy legally? I know it’s a problem, when missionaries confront new cultures where polygamy is dominant. Christianity arrives, the missionaries teach monogamy, and — what does that say to existing believers who are already married to 4 wives? If you have an answer… or a good scriptural response (especially one in the New Testament), please browse to

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=55

    and click on “comments” at the bottom. Thanks for any help you can give.


  2. MOBILE VERSION OF POWEROFCONNECTING — On the go? Grab some info on Partnership!” visionSynergy has created a mobile (or cell phone) companion to its PowerofConnecting website, which is viewed by people from over 145 countries. See it at

    http://www.powerofconnecting.mobi

    To see what it looks like, use Testiphone’s simulator at…

    http://www.testiphone.com/?scroll=off&url=http://www.powerofconnecting.mobi/

    View the growing number of iPhone-optimized mobile sites at the Religion section of AppsSafari, at

    http://www.appsafari.com/category/religion/

    PowerofConnecting’s main site, a trove of mission partnership and networking resources and advice, is at

    http://www.powerofconnecting.net

    (Thanks Dave!)


  3. NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK TEACHES PROPER PERSPECTIVE ON MUSLIMS — Charles Gailey and Charles Gailey have just released their new work, “Discovering Missions,” an introductory textbook on world evangelism. The book examines the biblical foundations for global outreach, outlines the history of world evangelism, and has chapters on the globalization of the church, the implications of culture, the importance of language in gospel communication, short-term missions, the missionary call, mobilizing the local church and a peek at some future trends.

    Institutions wanting to look at “Discovering Missions” as a possible textbook may order a copy for half price by writing on institutional letterhead to: Teresa Eller, 2923 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO, USA 64109, or by faxing a request to: 816-531-0923. Upon adoption as a text, the charge will be canceled. The book is also available at discount prices on such sites as Amazon.com.

    One of the co-authors, Howard Culbertson, is putting together a CD of teaching/learning resources. Professors that adopt the textbook can get that CD free by contacting the author through his website:

    http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/


  4. HELP IN UNDERSTANDING INSURANCE — If you need help in sorting through international health insurance visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    and click on “Tips for Understanding International Health Insurance.” You will find over 150 articles dealing with international health insurance. Also, if you want a short understanding of Medicare coverage browse

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

    or email jeff(at)gninsurance

    (dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Call toll free in the USA, 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  5. GET GLOBAL INTEL REPORTS FOR FREE VIA “STRATFOR” — Have you tried it? Our Global Security Coordinator and our New Fields guy both glean resources from it regularly. Browse to:

    http://www.stratfor.com

    Funny… They’ve been using it for years, but it wasn’t until a friend reminded me of it that I realized we haven’t mentioned it in Brigada Today for quite some time. (Thanks Steve!!!) Give it a try; if you want to stay up to date about how global politics are affecting the country where *you* work, odds are, you’ll love Stratfor.


  6. OUTREACH LITERATURE — SOON Ministries has spare capacity to add any of your ministry’s not-yet-Christian contacts (e.g. BCC or radio ministry inquirers) to their mailing list of their easy-English outreach paper SOON or their similar papers in African French, Swahili and Fulani dialects. Larger quantities of these papers are available to national workers and missionaries for outreach:

    http://guide.gospelcom.net/resources/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  7. IMPROVE YOUR CHURCH WEBSITE — Internet Evangelism Day’s self- assessment tool for church websites now provides a free 15-page evaluation report that can transform the effectiveness of your site:

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

    (Thanks for that referral too, Tony!)


  8. TRAIN AS A STRATEGY COORDINATOR — If you intend to design platforms for ministry and launch new outreaches among unreached peoples, the upcoming Strategic Coordinator Seminar to be held in Perth, Australia, 18th February to 7th March 2008. Coming from Hong Kong are guest speakers who will share from their experiences as Strategic Coordinators. Seasoned trainers, they have many stories of how God has used them – and others – as facilitators for evangelism, church planting and community transformation. This one is shaping up to be a challenging and exciting time. So don’t delay. Apply now before time runs out. Download an application here:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au/applications/sc.pdf

    Or email the Registrar to have an application sent to you:

    info(at)ywamperth

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


  9. AMAZING FEELING OF MOTIVATION — I’ll have to admit… it’s an amazing feeling of encouragement and motivation when Brigada receives gifts such as a $500 push from a member of Arab World Ministries. Isn’t it kind of ironic that the people who work in some of the toughest places on earth end up with some of the least kudos, partly because they can’t even tell people about their progress? Think about it. When they start being really successful, that’s when they could get in the biggest trouble! So here’s a big prayer of thanks for *all* those who are working in the dry places on earth… in the spiritually parched portions of the planet. Please take this opportunity, on behalf of *all* of them, to offer up a prayer of thanks for those who labor in Jesus- darkness, with hopes of being able to live as a still small voice on behalf of a loving savior.

    Thanks, too, to Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino, California! $200 will go a *long* way… a *very* long way, in fact, toward helping us finish 2007 strong! Thank you!!!


  10. HELP US FINISH STRONG? — The gifts above, added to last edition’s total of $9817.90, bring our 2007 total to $10,517.90. That’s *tremendous*, but is there anyone out there that could help us even try to match 2006’s outcome of $15,096 ? Would you ask your church, group, family, or your own bank account to chip in, if not for you, then for someone overseas who can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. Really, we only need 92 more people, groups, or churches. Would you be one of those 92??? We have 6 more days left, counting today. If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might? We really only need *one* person to give $1000. Would you be willing to be that one person? As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    2 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    5 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIFE IMPROVED IN 2007; TAKE SPAM FOR INSTANCE — Throughout the years, we’ve written quite a lot about spam here in Brigada. (If you’ve been visiting your aunt on Mars for the past 15 years, we’re using the word, “spam”, to describe unsolicited email messages — junk email.) Funny that after all these years, our office finally switched in 2007 to software that allows us to use Outlook. For the first time in my life, I’m finally seeing what Outlook can *do*! It has automatically classified 754 messages as spam in just the past few days. That doesn’t even count the spam that was caught before that by our office’s server-side spam-catcher. Shew.

    So here’s what I’m learning about spam:
    *** Ask your office leadership to install a server-side spam removal tool. Your ISP might be able to give you advice about how to install that. They might even do it *for* you for a small fee of $50 or so. Well worth it.

    *** Try to position yourself to use Outlook. If possible, upgrade to Outlook 2007. I’m convinced its spam removal tools are the best in the industry now.

    *** Configure your email client *not* to download images in emails. Sure you’ll miss all the glitz and glamour. But half of those images are designed to be “bugs” to see if you really open your mail, so the address is verified. Besides, do you *really* want to see those Victora Secret ads? (Get Outlook.)

    *** Configure your email client to ask you before it sends a receipt saying you opened the email. If it’s a personal friend, you can click ‘yes’. If it’s a spammer, you don’t want to say yes. (Get Outlook.)

    *** Whenever a piece of spam *does* get through the gate, tell your email client that it’s spam. With Outlook, that keystroke might be Alt-A|J|B. That stands for clicking “Actions” in the top-line menu, then “Junk email”, “Add Sender to Blocked Sender’s list”. (Get Outlook.)

    *** Check your Junk email folder sometimes. (Yawn. :-) )

    *** Remind your friends that if they send you too many forwarded messages about someone stealing kidneys from a man in an iced bathtub in Portland, you might someday become careless and accidentally hit Alt- A|J|B on one of their emails. (Oops! :-) ) In other words, please be judicious about what you forward. And please *do* ask your friends before you subscribe them to newsletters or email lists. Otherwise, we all become part of the spam problem.

    So with Outlook, suddenly, spam just isn’t that big of a deal to me any more. I used to get 100 or 200 messages a day. Now, 100-150 of those are going in my junk mail folder. Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!! Life *has* gotten better in 2007!

    Has life improved for *you* in 2007? If so, tell us how. Just log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=54

    to tell your story about how life improved in 2007… or about your battle (hopefully victory?) against spam. Thanks!

20071111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA
  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL?
  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS
  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES
  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS!
  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada?

    If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough!

    Check out some of their plans online at

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada

    OR email them at brigada(at)missionaryhealth

    (dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has 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. Plus they have agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!


  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA — Serving in SE Asia or supporting workers there? Need a documentary piece to take back on furlough, an update of your building project, a documentary of the aid your organization is providing? Acts Multimedia has recently launched a full plan/shoot/edit/package service for missionaries, supporting churches or organizations. Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand their focus is providing services throughout SE Asia. For more information view their video here

    http://actsmultimedia.vox.com/

    or send them an email multimedia(at)actsco

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


  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING — Check out Wing Clips. They offer a digital download service of feature film clips for pastors and teachers. They have a premium service ($14.95/mo) and a free service. Check them out.

  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Here’s a comment from a recent participant in the Kingdom Come Training course in missionary partnership development: “…The course allowed us the opportunity to craft our ministry presentation under expert guidance. But more importantly, it helped us anchor our efforts in Biblical principles with proven results.” All you need is high speed internet. KCT will send you the webcam equipped laptop with professional video conferencing software and you join a live, interactive course with two other locations. Give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or browse

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining

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


  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL? — After 5 years of being out of print, “The Power of Honor,” by Fawn Parish, is back! Conversations Press will give a $1.00 for every book ordered by Brigada readers. If you order before Christmas, they’ll offer a discount, but better act immediately. You may go to

    http://www.powerofhonor.com to order

    or email fawn(at)reignbridge

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


  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS — Tim is working on his Masters Thesis which is taking the form of a website focused on the unreached Dimili Kurds of Turkey. The website will focus on directing prayer for this people group as well as mobilization. He is seeking any information related to work being done with them (feel free to withhold sensitive information, but regardless, all sensitive information will of course be kept confidential), progress of any bible translation etc or a recommendation of resources that would be helpful in his research. Once the website is completed he will send the Brigada family a link so we can all pray together for this people group. He can be contacted with information or questions at dimilikurds(at)allpeoples

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


  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES — Here’s a Brigada participant that is charged with teaching behavioral expectations to her organization’s new candidates. The resources her group has for helping new members understand these behavior parameters are seriously out of date. Before they start a major project they would like to know if any of your groups have some materials that would be instructional, using updated technology and Bible based. If you have any resources that can be shared or know of materials available please log on and share all you can at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=49


  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS! — This past week, we rec’d $15.13 from Blessed Hope in the name of those using their phone services during June & July; See

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/

    for ideas on how to lower your bill! $50 from an anonymous long-term participant in Budapest, Hungary $50 from a partner on the East Coast $100 from a great friend in Sweden $300 from YWAM in Lebanon, PA Thank you to these partners and those hooking up with them! This, added to last edition’s total of 8,452.77, brings our 2007 total to $8,967.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150. Gifts in 2006 added up to $15,096. :-( Is there anyone out there that could step up to the plate with a larger one-time gift from an inheritance or some other fund? If you could even get us *closer* to the ball park, we’d greatly appreciate it.


  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T? — Some live in circumstances that essentially do not permit them to give to help make Brigada tick. Would you be able to give something on their behalf? If so, just click on the “Donate” page. We’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 1000 (1 gift of $1000)
    3 of 5 500 (3 more gifts of $500)
    9 of 250 2500 (9 more gifts of $250)
    10 of 13 100 (11 more gifts of $100)
    23 of 27 50 (26 more gifts of $50)
    60 of 70 25 (60 more gifts of $25)

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES? — My boys asked me a pretty tough question today. Frankly, I need your input. They pointed to Paul’s admonition in Romans 13:1, stating that “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. … He who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…” Add to that I Pet. 2:13: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”

    They then asked how to reconcile that passage with a nation’s willingness to intervene when another government was committing genocide, whether in the Balkans, with Hitler, or in Darfur. They felt pretty strongly that Hitler had to be stopped. So they couldn’t understand (or ‘explain away’) the verse in Romans 13:1. Can you help me explain these verses to them? If so, please log on at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=50

    Click on the “Comment” line below the item to give your view. Hopefully, we can find the answers. Thanks.18

20070304 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  2. UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL
  3. OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY
  4. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING
  5. HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH
  6. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007!
  7. MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON
  8. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE
  9. HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE
  10. THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD?
  11. ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED
  12. WE OWE THANKS TO…
  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360”
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? – As was mentioned before, there are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but now when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! ISA writes, “[Through Brigada], We all benefit from your business and we thank you!”


  2. UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL — Have you ever wanted to look at unreached people group data using your own criteria? For example, suppose you were interested in “Buddhist people groups in the 10/40 Window that are larger than 1,000,000 in population and unreached?” or “Muslim people groups in South and East Africa with a complete Bible but are unreached” Well now you can. Joshua Project has developed a webpage that allows users to select their own criteria and then finds the list of peoples matching that criteria. See:

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

    Totals are at the bottom of the listing. To give an idea of some of the kinds of listings you can produce, there are a number of pre-made queries available at:

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

    Joshua Project welcomes suggestions for improving this tool. It’s dynamite!


  3. OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY — OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched a new section of its website for mission bloggers. The facility pulls together the blogs of a number of people involved in mission around the world and makes them available through one website. As OSCAR generally serves those in mission who are from or to the UK (or pass through the UK), they’re inviting anyone who blogs and fits this criteria to submit their blog to their new facility. It’s an exciting development for OSCAR and they hope that it will provide UK mission supporters and those thinking about working in mission with a day to day insight into the lives of those ‘at the cutting edge’ around the world. This is ‘Reality Internet’ serving the purposes of world mission and helping to build the Kingdom. See OSCAR’s new blogging facility at

    http://www.oscar.org.uk/oscaractive/blogs

    You can also email OSCAR via

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


  4. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING — Wycliffe Bible Translators International and MCI (Member Care International) will join forces to offer the 2007 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, June 18 – 22, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. The first half of the workshop will deal with a variety of topics, including: What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can we expect people to respond in times of personal or group crisis? What populations are most vulnerable? How can we respond as an organization? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? The second half of the workshop will focus on debriefing skills for “peer level” debriefing. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $125.00 is due upon registration. Room and board fees for the workshop are $150.00/person, due upon arrival.

    CSAI Certification Training: June 23, 2007, following MCCS workshop: The CernySmith Adjustment Index (CSAI) is designed to evaluate and enhance cross-cultural adjustment for international personnel and their family members. On Saturday, June 23 both Basic and Advanced CSAI certification training will be offered. Fee: $65.00 in conjunction with MCCS, $125.00 if taken on its own. An additional day of housing can be added for $18.00/person.

    For information or reservations contact Wycliffe International Member Care at: member_care_intl(at)Wycliffe(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. HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH — Here’s a Brigada participant, Dan, who asks, “Anyone know any of a short-term car insurance policy that could be purchased for a missionary while on furlough? Those who have lived outside of the US for years have trouble getting car insurance while visiting; either that, or the prices are way out of reach. Is it possible to get a policy that would not apply to a specific vehicle, but whichever vehicle a missionary happens to be driving while on furlough?” If you have an answer to Dan’s questions, log on to this web address:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Furlough_helps

    Click “edit this page” and write some simple text, just like writing an email. The moment you hit “save”, everybody will be able to see your suggestions.


  6. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007! — Is your church interested in embracing God’s missionary heart? Do you need continuing education credit for missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer. The Perspectives course covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. Check out

    http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

    for more information and to sign up, or email info(at)icm-intl(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON — I’m sure by now you’ve caught the press releases from Pioneers, which, by faith, has kindly volunteered to welcome many of the former staff of what used to be Caleb Project and/or ACMC. To learn more, read…

    http://www.takeitglobal.org/

    In addition to the many who moved to Pioneers, a few went to Frontiers, a couple to GEM, 4-5 moved to OMF, and others are still seeking God. Please say another prayer for any who might still be struggling. Among the many comments from former Caleb Project staffers came this note: “Doug, thank you so much for your passion for reaching the unreached, for the years of partnership that Brigada and Caleb Project have shared, and for helping the audience that we love and want to serve come to grips with these sad events. God is Sovereign. He wins in the end. His ways are not our ways. He is the healer, provider, and the Rock on which we all stand. He will accomplish his purposes even without Initiative360 still standing. Thanks for all of your continued prayers for the staff across the US and world who are still reeling and finding next steps. Your prayers are a blessing to each one of us!” See the “BackPage” editorial for more on this.


  8. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE — In Sept. 2006, leaders from 12 mission organizations met together to candidly examine the issue of child abuse in missions and as a result formed an intermission Child Safety Network. The next Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10 in Orlando, Florida and is open to new organizations. The seminar is for leaders of mission agencies and faith- based NGOs and for those with this area of responsibility within their agency. For more information and to register, please go to The Child Safety and Abuse Response Networking Workshop website at:

    http//intre.org/event/info.php?site=36

    Please complete the seminar registation form within the next week. Email further questions to

    childsafetyworkshop(at)ccci(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. HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE — Jandre is a missionary living in Madagascar. She teaches English at a seminary, among other things. She writes, “The students only have two hours per week for English. As you can think, this is not nearly enough! And therefore I am looking for ways to maximise this time!” She wrote, looking for someone, “a clever person, who can help design a Theological English course!” If you’d like to brainstorm with her about this, just click to:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Theological_English

    Suggest existing courses, recommend outlines and “gotta’ have it” ideas. When you click edit, then give input, then “save”, others will see your suggestions immediately. Thank you!!!


  10. THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD? — If one were going to design the perfect mission field, here is what it might look like, according to one Brigada participant:

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

    (Thanks Tony!)


  11. ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED — Immediately… for Aizwal, Mizoram India. This is a government-funded program that runs until mid-December and is renewable. Housing, in-country travel, and a $300 per month salary are provided. The ESL students are college level. A single male or a married couple is preferred. The ideal target entry date would be mid-April with mid-May being the absolute final deadline. For more details please email: rb735731167(at)cablespeed(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also call toll-free (888) 248-5902 for U.S. subscribers or use (517) 347-7121 if you are outside the U.S.

  12. WE OWE THANKS TO… — Insurance Services of America (ISA) for a $17.30 gift that resulted from a person buying a travelers’ insurance policy. Hey… let’s just talk turkey here: if every Brigada Today participant merely bought travel interruption insurance from ISA, the truth is, just that alone would probably take care of the small amount of funds we need to break even. Learn more about ISA’s plans at:

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

    Thanks, too, to Clowns4Him

    http://www.clowns4him.com/

    for recently sharing $100, with this comment: “We appreciate Brigada and the diversity of information that is delivered online to us.” God be praisedc.

    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.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360” — As glad as I am for the partial solution above (Thanks again Pioneers), I still hurt for the collapse of the original dream for merging two really great organizations (Caleb Project & ACMC), each with a 25-year+ legacy. In recent exchanges with one of the first staff “recruits” of what used to be Caleb Project, she shared, “We so appreciate your care for us as people who are seeking to follow God with our whole hearts (we want to be like our buddy, Caleb) amidst this unbelievable situation. Please keep praying for those of us who are struggling through the days of grief, anger, unbearable sadness and loss. … Thanks, Doug, for your concern. It means more than you can know.” She had a great attitude about the whole thing. But I’m afraid everybody else is just going to ignore “the elephant in the middle of the room”… so I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth one last time on this situation, from what I’ve been able to absorb. Keep in mind… my purpose isn’t to judge the past, but to try to learn from the past so we can look toward the future. With that in mind, here are some final “lessons learned” from the Initiative 360 closure:

    *** Lesson #1: “Don’t shoot the messenger” — It is my understanding that the board abruptly released the CEO of Initiative 360 because finances had taken a tragic, though gradual, dive. My humble suggestion to all board members everywhere is this: Yes, call your organization’s CEO into accountability. But communicate to him clearly what you expect and call upon him/her to dream up options when the organization is going through stress. Make sure he has a clear benchmark as to what is the threshold with which you’re comfortable. (Tell him or her clearly what you want; then expect him or her to deliver.) And please… give him/her some time to try to deliver what is requested.

    *** Lesson #2: “Before pulling the trigger, know your target” — I’ve been told that the decision to dissolve Initiative 360 was suggested, approved, and implemented all within about 60 days. May I humbly suggest that it is a sobering move to bury an organization with a 25-year history. Could I ask that if you’re ever tempted to do that, would you please write some key leaders; maybe do a couple of last-ditch fund- raiser campaign letters? Maybe put out some press releases about the financial crisis… or at least ask staff people for input… you know… focus group style?

    *** Lesson #3: “Seek board longevity” — It is my understanding that the Initiative 360 board consisted of several new members and that those members were fairly outspoken about the need to dissolve. Either way, whether that is true or not, it just seems advisable to seek to recruit at least a *few* board members who will stay the course. By some miracle, some of our board members for Team Expansion (the organization I lead) have stayed with us for literally more than 20 years *plus*. They have such an investment in the organization, it is unthinkable to me that they would so quickly kill it. So, again, with deep humility, I would suggest that we seek some longevity… some sober ownership of the organization’s ethos and mandate.

    I wonder if we could spin the clock back 5 months, then put those 3 lessons in place, maybe we’d be looking at a new chance for a couple of organizations with very rich histories. It’s worth pondering.

    Doug

20061210 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS
  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO)
  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES
  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL?
  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK
  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL
  9. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND BY TEACHING ENGLISH
  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA
  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY!
  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS — Whoa! Several Brigada participants have stepped in to make a *huge* difference in the last week. We dared you to step up to the plate. Praise God for the Missions Prof at Johnson Bible College, Brent, who gave $40 of his own money. Learn more about them at:

    http://www.jbc.edu

    Join us in thanking Russian Language Ministries, now known as Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, who sent $100. See them at:

    http://www.russianlanguage.org

    One anonymous worker at StoryRunners gave $250!

    http://www.storyrunners.com/

    I wish so much you would visit their homepage and learn about this newest ministry of Campus Crusade to help reach Unreached People Groups of the world using oral strategies — storying. Most of those unreached groups, we’re told, are orally-based cultures.

    One donor gave $50 in honor of his Missions Pastor, Mark Struck, from Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, MN. Mark, sounds like you’re loved! Another partner, an African Inland Missionary worker, gave $200! (Amazing) Other anonymous donors gave $20, $500, and $50. And the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI, gave $500. (Makes we want to go visit there.) Another Michigan-ite gave $25 as a gift of love. Thank you all so very much.


  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO) — We had $9244.74 last week. Today we have $11,054.74! Now here’s the challenge. How many folks will step up to the plate in these final 6 days of 2006 to give even $25 in honor of their missions minister… or $50 in honor of a missions-minded senior minister that they love and appreciate. We still need $6600 – in just two weeks. :-( Here’s the way our chart as of today, compared with what we were praying for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 3 down, 2 to go 8 to give 250 — 2 down, 6 to go 10 to give 100 — 6 down, 4 to go 20 to give 50 — 9 down, 11 to go 50 to give 25 — 7 down, 42 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. We only have 2 editions after this one left in 2006. Lord willing, both the 22nd and the 29th will come out this week. We’ll have to average about $3300 per edition to reach our goal. Right now, that seems like the hardest thing in the world. If you could help, we’d so greatly appreciate it.


  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES — That’s what Nick says you can do at:

    http://www.farecast.com

    Check it out! (Thanks Nick!)


  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL? — John the Apostle was a man who was very close to Jesus. His understanding of our Lord’s mission was deeper and more life-changing than that of the other apostles. In his account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus he gives us unique details not found anywhere else. To find an excellent commentary on this book go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and at the top of the list then choose “John tells the Good News about Jesus.” This is in EasyEnglish Level B, using a 2800 word vocabulary.


  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. The focus this time is new laws and regulations taking effect. Included are notes on tax- free contributions of IRA’s to non-profits, increased penalties for excess compensation to insiders, recapture of tax on contributions of non-cash property, new limit on contributions of clothing and household items, new recordkeeping requirements for nonprofits, increased penalties on overstated appraisals, new filing requirement for small organizations, and new inflation adjusted items for 2007 (including the standard mileage rate). What’s more, the author now informs us that a part of each paid subscription will go to Brigada. How ’bout that! :-) Check out more at

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email infoatnpchurchlawdotcom  (infoatnpchurchlawdotcom)  

    The author asked that we make sure we type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us?” field.


  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK — Apparently the news about a worm being circulated via Skype was a bit overblown. Turns out it was only a *trojan*, meaning that Skype users do receive notice that someone is trying to upload a file (presumably an unsolicited file). Only users of Microsoft Windows XP are at risk. Read more at news.com by searching for the terms, “Skype worm”.

  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? — Jeff suggests we check out

    http://www.talent-trust.com [edited]

    It is, according to Jeff, a Christian health-insurance organization with a lot on the ball.


  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL — Thanks to those who responded regarding our item about ESL, TESOL, etc. (Item #5, “YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?),” from Nov. 17th edition of Brigada Today). I was particularly interested in Lydia’s response. She suggested dodging both — and using “EFL” (English as Foreign Language) instead. “The confusion when TESOL is used,” Lydia explained, “is if the teacher is TEACHING English to speakers of other languages or teaching HOW TO TEACH English to speakers of other languages. In my experience, TESOL is usually used for the second, as is shown when we offer TESOL seminars, where people learn how to teach English. And then ESL or EFL is used when they are then doing teaching. There is a lot of confusion though, and in my research I have seen that often they are used interchangeably, which tends to spread the confusion.” I propose that we try to adopt Lydia’s approach. To me it makes the most sense. TESOL, to me, should apply when we’re describing someone presenting a course on how to teach English, and “EFL” should apply to the practice of actually teaching the English. For what it’s worth… :-)

  9. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND BY TEACHING ENGLISH — Big doors are open now at Step Ahead Training Center (YWAM Relief & Development)in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. The horrible waves of Tsunami were followed by waves of God’s love that poured into this very unreached region. Yes, much has now improved, but many Tsunami survivors still want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market of Khao Lak, by building up their English skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Learn more at

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA — “Three Years and Counting!” — God has been calling people all over the world to pray for the unengaged peoples of Namibia for more than 3 years now! Is God working among the Herero, Mbalantu, Nama/Damara and the Namibian Coloured peoples? Organizers of this prayer movement have responded with a resounding, “Yes!” However, there is still only a limited on-going evangelical presence among these four groups. So keep praying for God to give Christians in South Africa and Namibia a burden to take the Gospel message to those who haven’t heard. Pray for Godly wisdom for everyone involved in the effort. Adopt them for prayer yourself by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or

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


  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY! — Thanks to Brigada participant, Ron Berrus, the Member Care guy at ABWE

    http://www.abwe.org/

    for writing this meditation — just this past week — and for sending it to us for use with the Brigada family:

    The Wonder of Christmas
    rsb

    The Almighty became an infant
    The Shepherd became a lamb
    The Judge took our sentence
    The Lord became a man
    The Invisible became visible
    The Eternal stepped into history
    To make us His own again
    Amazing beyond explanation
    Too marvelous for words
    That God could become man
    That God would become man
    That God did become man
    That God became man forever
    To make us His own again
    We owed a debt we could not pay
    He paid a debt He did not owe
    We spurned His word, His law, His love
    In spite of all He came to save
    Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us
    Taking our form, our sin, our cross
    To make us His own again
    We ran... He reached
    We sinned... He died
    We left... He came
    We fell... He lifted
    We rejected... He accepted
    We condemned... He forgave
    To make us His own again
    A window of time
    A door of hope
    An offer of opportunity
    To believe the promise
    To receive the Savior
    To bow the knee
    To be made His own again

  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE — During the wrap-up of our recent planning conference at the mission I serve, I showed clips from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. Remember the scene where Jimmy Stewart’s character is about to leave to go travel the world, but elects to stay because he feels a debt to all the customers at the “Savings & Loan”? As I showed the clip, I challenged our staff to ask themselves how we could build all the more trust with our missionary family, with the donors that made the work possible, and with one another. I asked the group how we might increase others’ trust in us during 2007.

    What about your own organization or church? How ’bout putting on your thinking caps and asking some of those tough questions too. What principles… what foundational pieces do you feel your staff might be able to address during the coming year? What are the missing pieces that might help your constituency trust you more? Those fundamental truths might be more important than any task or to do item, yet we all seem to be so easily distracted by the tangible. The *intangible* stuff is so hard to embrace. In 2007, let’s do some embracing. :-) Merry Christmas 2006 – from all your Brigada family!

20061022 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
  2. AVOID TAKING A HIT WHEN YOUR MISSION TRIP CANCELS
  3. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES
  4. GET CREDIT: DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON MICROENTERPRISE
  5. TINYURL TRICK: CUSTOMIZE YOUR BROWSER WITH THE TOOL
  6. YWAM OFFERS TO ENHANCE YOUR RELIEF TEAM
  7. THE LINK BETWEEN: CONNECTING CHRISTIANS LIVING BETWEEN CULTURES
  8. INTERNET EVANGELISM COALITION VIDEOS
  9. FREE EPHESIANS BOOKLET
  10. GREAT OPP FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PERSON IN RALEIGH, NC
  11. YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT WILL VIDEOCONFERENCING DO FOR YOU?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The January 8 – February 2, 2007 offering of the course is now full and the Chalmers Center is taking registration for the May 7 – June 1, 2007 course offering. The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. This course is a guided- reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount are available. To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

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


  2. AVOID TAKING A HIT WHEN YOUR MISSION TRIP CANCELS –- Have you ever had to cancel a mission trip due to weather, political unrest, personal emergency or other crisis? Have you lost out on pre-paid travel expenses? What if you could get insurance that would pay you back for nonrefundable trip expenses? And what if you could help Brigada at the same time? Well, through a partnership between Brigada and Insurance Services of America it is now possible to do so! When you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Check out the “Round Trip” travel insurance plan at

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

    In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short- term teams and term life insurance. Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!


  3. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES — The Reaching Japanese for Christ 6th Annual National Conference will take place February 16- 18 at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington. And now for the first time, on January 27th at Pacific View Baptist Church, Torrance, CA. there will be a one-day RJC conference in Southern California. Besides important workshops Dr. George Gallup, Jr. will speak concerning religious awareness of Japanese. If you are involved in or interested in ministry to Japanese in North America, these conferences are for you! Information is available at

    http://www.rjcnetwork.org

    or contact Don Wright at don_wright(at)comcast(dot)net


  4. GET CREDIT: DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON MICROENTERPRISE — For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format. To learn more or to register, visit http://www.chalmers.org or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-10/06.

  5. TINYURL TRICK: CUSTOMIZE YOUR BROWSER WITH THE TOOL — Hats off to Jonathan for pointing out that we don’t have to “go to TinyURL” to create a shorter URL for that long web address. We just put the following Java code in our toolbar in IE, Firefox or Opera. Then we click and — wala! — the page we’re viewing is given a TinyURL! According to Jonathan, this also works a shortcut in Blazer on the Palm/Treo. Here is the javascript:

    javascript:void(location.href=’http://tinyurl.com/create.php?url=’+loca tion.href)

    Warning: Ironic, isn’t it . . . that the above script might wrap in your email client — so be sure to reassemble it into one line when we enter the above code into a favorite or bookmark. (Thanks Jonathan!)


  6. YWAM OFFERS TO ENHANCE YOUR RELIEF TEAM — Join Streams Express in “Streams in the Desert,” a trans-national relief & development ministry of YWAM-MMI. Streams would like to host all types of teams through their dispatches within the 10/40 countries. Streams dispatches are equipped and some are nationals in their country base. Contact the Streams Center now if you know the number of people in your teams coming to which country. Streams dispatches can host your teams and enhance their capability in the outreach with the needs of their target communities. Streams dispatches are particularly in the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Jordan, Iraq, Liberia, Mali, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Tanzania, Syria, Dubai, China, Albania, Kosovo, etc.

    http://www.streams.mysite.com

    Skype: streams7express or email streams7(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 .]


  7. THE LINK BETWEEN: CONNECTING CHRISTIANS LIVING BETWEEN CULTURES — In searching for support in the wonderful, yet challenging task of uniting across cultures within intercultural marriage, Rukshan and Jody F. have often felt like pioneers. Though globalization increases the stakes of effective cross-cultural skills, much seems left unsaid – especially by Christians. “The Link Between” seeks to provide a network for Christians living out Christ’s call to “live at peace with all men” by crossing the cultural boundaries of parenting, marriage, church, career and life. The Link Between is continually compiling resources exploring these themes. If you are interested in contributing articles are resources, check out Jody’s blog at

    http://thelinkbetween.wordpress.com/

    or mail her at jodyfernando(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 .]


  8. INTERNET EVANGELISM COALITION VIDEOS — The Internet Evangelism Coalition

    http://www.webevangelism.com/

    is offering free access, until the end of November, to videos of presentations from its 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Just click on “Meetings” in the left margin and you’ll see the selection for all the media. Questions? Just email naomi(at)webevangelism(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. FREE EPHESIANS BOOKLET — SOON Ministries have produced a free 32- page small-group study booklet on Ephesians. Written in easy-English, it is intended primarily for the non-Western world. The booklet is available to download in PDF and Publisher formats, so that users can print it themselves. They are also free to sell copies without restriction, or translate the material.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/studyephesians


  10. GREAT OPP FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PERSON IN RALEIGH, NC — The Southeast Regional Offices of the Perspectives Study Program is looking for an administratively gifted individual to help work in the office. Bob Stevens is the Regional Supervisor over a nine state region that will run about 30 classes this year alone with over 900 students. Bob is looking for someone who has good administrative abilities, is good at closing out details and follow through, a self-starter with good computer and phone skills. Such a person must be willing to raise support or fund him/herself and be willing to make a minimum 2 year commitment, working at least 1/2 a day for 4 days a week. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Bob at BSUSWCMSE(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE — Let’s talk end-of-year. Did your stocks do well? Got $10,000 you’d like to give to a ministry where it won’t be just another gift? Think about Brigada. With $10K, you could underwrite the rest of our entire calendar year 2006 financial needs. (We’re currently at just under $6800 and we need $16,650.) Once you give the $10K, the entire Brigada list of 11,000 subscribers would receive their weekly Brigada editions courtesy of your special gift! These blips would vanish. You’d make a *huge* impact because the entire annual budget is just $16,650! Perhaps you’ve only got $100? Your $100 would still make a huge difference here. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT WILL VIDEOCONFERENCING DO FOR YOU? — Years ago, when I would hear about videoconferencing, I’d imagine how cool it might be… then quickly snap back to reality when I saw the hefty fees and per-minute charges. Well… welcome to 2006. Just a few days ago, I had the opportunity to greet and pray with 4 of our mission’s teams working on the island of Taiwan. They had come together for a strategy summit, with the intent of improving their respective outreaches. They hooked up a data projector and shined me on the big screen. From my home in Louisville, KY, I shared a 15-minute challenge & devotion, prayed with them, and then we did question and answer about the latest stuff with the over all organization. So basically, we were able to do a half-hour video conference across the Pacific and the total cost for everybody involved totaled zero dollars. Dream come true — for 5 people… or 500 people. You see, it doesn’t matter. If you get a chance, and the opportunity presents itself, try it out. All you need is a Skype ID, a webcam (pick one up for $40 at CompUSA or have someone bring you one on an upcoming visit), broadband Internet (you might have to visit an Internet cafe… which might be a problem if you’re in a limited access country; but except for that, Skype is supposed to be encrypted, as long as the technology they sold the Chinese doesn’t betray us :-) ), and a headset/mic. On the *conference* side, in addition to the above equipment, they’ll need a data projector and a screen.

    Here are some tips you could try to maximize the effectiveness of your videoconference:

    *** Headset/Mic: Be sure to pick up one of these for you, if you’re the main speaker. If you try to use the mic built into your laptop, you’ll get lots of ambient room noises *plus* the rebroadcasted echo of their questions. Look for headset/mic with a broad frequency range like the Logitech Premium Notebook Headset Mic (for about $50-$60).

    *** Outline: Plan your talk, but I’d recommend that you not write it out word-for-word. Part of the magic of these video-conferences is the spontaneity of it all. If you read a prepared speech, it’ll sound more … “canned”. At the same time, have your talk planned so you can get to the point without rambling. See the next point.

    *** Keep it brief: As fun as these conferences are, I’d suggest keeping your prepared talk to 10′ or less. Leave time for your audience to ask you questions. It’ll *soooooo* much more show off the technology. (After all, you could have just sent them a video or DVD of yourself and the quality would have been much higher.)

    *** Practice makes perfect: Try out your connection in advance, before the crowd gathers. Chad (the guy who prepared the equipment at the summit mentioned above) and I got together a week or so beforehand to work out any bugs. Make sure everything is smooth before you feel “under the gun.”

    *** Be on time: Your group will be looking forward to the new technology. But one of the downsides of this format is … you have to *be* there. In other words, email is “send-it-and-forget-it.” You can be 30′ late and nobody cares — or even knows. Videoconferences, by contrast, are “real time.” What does that word, “real” mean? Simple. If you’re not there, they’ll be *real* frustrated.

    Have fun and good luck. And again… welcome to 2006… the day and age of essentially free videoconferencing!

20060115 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING? — Ever had someone say, “You’re good at that, you should train”? More and more Christian workers find themselves called on to share their skills with others. The International Communication Training Institute has announced plans for two more of its Training of Trainers workshops. These courses have previously been held in Europe, Africa and Latin America and offer you the opportunity to improve your training and teaching skills so you can not only to train more effectively, but also assess and revise your own training methods. Bookings are being taken for a two week course in Accra, Ghana (20-31 March 2006) and a six day course in Leeds, UK (15- 20 May 2006). For full details including cost and online booking visit: http://www.icti.org.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=41 or contact Andrew or Iris by Email at icti(at)icmc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND — The revised 12:50 minute show includes narration and a music score. Here are the URLs for downloads with the respective file sizes. http://www.oprev.org/Intel/QuickTimeVersion.ZIP (10.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/Intel/MPegVersion.ZIP (5.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov (2.8 meg) The silent unrevised PowerPoint version is at http://www.oprev.org/Intel/PowerPointVersion.ZIP (3 meg) This show by Operation Reveille details the nature and implications of conflict between modernist and fundamentalist Muslims by comparing and contrasting the conflict with differences between liberal and evangelical Christians. You may request the presentation on DVD from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA — Thanks to Mark Sneed and the folks at Insurance Services of America, who have just reported they’ve already insured their first customer as a result of the item in last week’s item, “1) NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?” So Mark wrote yesterday, “Hi Doug, I just wanted to let you know that we got our first case through Brigada! The premium was $180, so that’s $18 to Brigada! Not a lot, but it’s a start! I look forward to many more!” (Whoa. Mentioning items in Brigada gets results!) So once again, if you’ve considered changing insurance or opening up a new life, health, or any other policy, check them out at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Thanks for being concerned for your health costs and Brigada too! :-) Want to join ISA in helping underwrite the next issue of Brigada? Just go to http://www.brigada.org and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

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

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

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

20060108 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06
  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL!’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH)
  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE
  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA
  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE
  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS
  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006
  10. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM!
  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION
  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE
  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT
  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? –- Although you can purchase insurance elsewhere, when you purchase travel medical & international health insurance via the Brigada web site your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community. Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada-sponsored plans, go to http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html . They all benefit from your business and we thank you!.

  2. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06 — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in the beautiful Tampa Bay area of Florida for two days in November 2006 to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and will teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and small group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. For more information or to register, go to: http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org

  3. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — On February 1-3, 2006, the Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting it’s first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/ or e-mail glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. ‘GOD IS IN CONTROL !’ – IS THIS TRUE? (EASY ENGLISH) — To find out, go to http://www.easyenglish.info Click on ‘What’s new?’ and you will find an EasyEnglish Bible translation of the Book of Esther, with notes that help you to understand the text. This is the wonderful story of how God protected His own people from a wicked plot. At that time they were foreigners in the country of Persia (now called Iran). Robert Bryce has translated this story into EasyEnglish Level B (vocabulary 2800 words).

  5. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY TRAINING COURSE — Here’s one in Germany (taught in English), 27 March-13 April 2006. Organised by the European Training Programme (ETP) of Wycliffe/SIL, it will be taught by Dr. Julie Taylor, Consultant Ethnomusicologist in the SIL Africa Area. This course is of particular value for those wanting to apply principles of ethnomusicology to their mission work anywhere in the world. Participants will learn how to encourage and develop indigenous worship that is appropriate and meaningful to the culture of the people. It will help if participants have had some musical training, but no specific level or instrument is stipulated. For more details, visit http://www.eurotp.org and click on “courses”, or e-mail Uschi at admin-etp_germany(at)sil(dot)org . The cost is 900 Euro (including full board & lodging). Apply before February 17th. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. A CONFERENCE FOR AFRICA — Africa is rising! Join the 2006 Best Hope for Africa Conference. This time of prayer, teaching and networking will be held March 24-25, 2006. Vinelife Community Church in Longmont, Colorado USA will host this dynamic event. Contact Willie wrumenera(at)vinelife(dot)com for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. FREE FUND RAISING ADVICE — Join the more than 10,000 people who receive the free “People Raising” e-mail newsletter each month. Now there is practical advice on fund raising each month through the free “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from Bill Dillon, author of the popular Moody Press book People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. This newsletter is short, extremely practical, and easy to apply. It is a valuable tool to pass on to your staff and friends. To view a sample and to begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail Bill(at)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. YAHOO IS TRACKING GROUP MEMBERS — If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups – be aware that Yahoo is now using “Web Beacons” to track every Yahoo Group user. It’s similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you visit, even when you’re not connected to Yahoo. Look at their updated privacy statement at http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy bout half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says Web Beacons. Click on the phrase “Web Beacons.” On the page that opens, find a paragraph entitled “Outside the Yahoo Network.”

    In that section find a little “Click Here to Opt Out” link that will let you “opt-out” of their snooping. Be careful! NOT to click on the next button shown. It is an “Opt Back In” button that, if clicked, will UNDO the opt-out.

    Note that Yahoo’s invasion of your privacy – and your ability to opt- out of it – is not user-specific.


  9. GO FEST ASIA 2006 — Here’s a global missions mobilization event by Youth With A Mission Singapore and Arise! with a goal to mobilize 4000 people from all over the world and of all ages to 15 Asian nations through 400 outreach opportunities, to reach the marginalized and the perishing. The Conference dates will be from 6th June to 9th June 2006. Misson teams will be sent out to the various outreach locations from 12th June onwards. There will also be an Arise! Children’s Conference running concurrently aimed at instilling in children a heart for the lost, equipping them and giving them opportunities to participate in outreach. For more information, please check out the Go Fest website. http://www.gofestasia.com or email admin(at)gofestasia(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. HOW ENGAGED ARE MISSIONARIES? ASK THEM! — Many companies and ministries survey their employees to learn how to create more effective work environments. But typical workplace surveys don’t address cross- cultural mission issues. So, the WEA Mission Commission, Global Mapping International, Best Christian Workplaces and Generating Change have teamed up to provide Engage!, a process to help current and former field missionaries give feedback to their agencies via email and Internet. Registration is open between now and March for U.S.-based sending agencies (other WEA national movements may consider something similar). The cost is affordable and is tiered by agency size. Learn more and register your agency to participate at: http://www.gmi.org/engage Direct questions to Jim at jim(at)gmi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. BARREL AQUAPONICS – CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION – – Do you want to learn to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables in an efficient, inexpensive small-scale system which will prove to be an effective “helps ministry” outreach? If so, you will want to attend a pre- conference workshop entitled, “Barrel Aquaponics – Construction and Operation” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 27 & 28, 2006. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. In addition to instruction, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30.

  12. AQUAPONICS CONFERENCE – If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, plan to attend the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 29 – 31, 2006. Course participants will learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with Believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org , Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $60 or $75 for the Workshop and the Conference. Aquaculture International honors Jesus Christ as the organization Head.

  13. YOURS IN OUR LORD’S SERVICE: THANKS FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT — What a boost. In today’s mail, we received a handwritten note of encouragement from an Englishman, intent on seeing us push forward. Inside the note were two $10 bills, sent via air mail from across the Atlantic. It was signed, “Yours in our Lord’s service.” How can we not push on, after receiving notes and encouragement like that? Thank you brother! If you’d like to add to this anonymous brother’s $20, 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.

  14. THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT — Does anybody really understand Google? I don’t. Try this experiment. (Please.) Suppose Brigada were going to move to a new site called Emerald Hills. (We are, by the way.) Suppose you were kind enough to help us explore the question, how do we promote the future home of Brigada… just to kind of help out. Well here’s that you could do:

    Open your browser, go to Google.com and search for “Emerald Hills.” When you see, among other things, tons of sites relating to the city in California (Emerald Hills, CA or even “Emerald Lake Hills”) and the golf courses (Emerald Hills), :-) don’t click to them. Instead, without logging off the web, immediately do a follow-up search like… “Emerald Hills pray retreat learn” (which should bring our new Emerald Hills campus to the top of the list: EmeraldHills.info), click on the EmeraldHills.info site so Google learns that people like to go there. Now here’s the weird thing: Google apparently *learns* that you thought Emerald Hills was . . . “more relevant” to your search. In other words, Google memorizes that you found what you were looking for (or at least you *thought* you would) at EmeraldHills.info.

    Now — first of all — thank you for your help (if you chose to give it). But second of all, this has big-time ramifications for your ministry. If you happen to have an email update, you could ask your constituency to do, essentially, the same thing. Instead of always giving them the link in your email update, ask them — just every once and awhile — to go to *Google* and search for it. Help them out by giving them the two-step that I mentioned in the above paragraph: First search for your site by just typing in the name of your org.; but tell them not to click on other stuff. Then give them a more exact criterion that you know will lift your site higher in the rankings, and then ask them to click through to your site now. In this way — apparently — you’ll climb up in the rankings. We did this with a dozen or so people in our home staff . . . and maybe 25 other volunteers… so 50 people in all and suddenly, Emerald Hills climbed from 93rd to 65th out of 2.8 million resulting pages. And that climb took place in just 48 hours. So… don’t just click to it — *search* for it now and then. :-)

    By the way, once you’re there at the Emerald Hills site anyway, why not read one or two pages. Check out the “News” section, especially under “Dreams to Build”. Click on that article, “World Harvest Center Plans Underway.” Dream with us that one day Brigada will have an archive room in that building… one that you can visit if and when you ever pass through Louisville. Dream of prayer walking on those trails… miles of them. Imagine your missions team renting that facility to do a knock- down, drag-out, top-notch retreat focusing on prayer & missions. (OK… so I’m excited about Emerald Hills. But you get the idea. :-) ) (Oh… Once again, thanks for your help with the experiment. Now you go try it on your own organization or group.)

20051120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., offers an undergraduate major in community development. The major equips students with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical world-view. It prepares students to be agents of Christian transformation within low-income communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. The major offers three areas of specialization: Economic Development, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Child and Family Development. A highlight of the major is its research internship in which students live and work for three-to-six months in a poor community under the auspices of a host church or ministry. Students can apply by submitting an application found on the Covenant web site, http://www.covenant.edu. A $9,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. For qualified community development candidates who are not awarded this scholarship, other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 are also available. Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a separate scholarship application found on the financial aid section of the Covenant web site. The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005, so better apply today! For questions about Covenant College, the community development major, or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site or contact the Admissions Office by phone at 706-820-2398 (U.S.) or by email at admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE — Here is a free down load of the popular Missionary Emergency health Book Called; “Where There is No Doctor”. (Thanks Andy!) http://www.healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS — For many years, Create International has been looking for more ways to make their multi-lingual evangelistic films available to unreached people groups around the world. Recently, a wonderful brother agreed to put all of these presentations into streaming video format on the Internet. Now you can view all of their evangelistic films produced for thirty different people groups in high quality fast streaming video. They will also make the URLs of these movies available to anyone who wants to put them on their own websites or used them in cyber cafe evangelism. Here are the movies and their URLs:

A Changed Life (Gan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=c6eaaa7f-8ea5-4605-b5ae-b893d42faa3b

A Changed Life (Mandarin)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=2faeff2f-0294-4d34-9bb3-40c1bb08a887

A Greater Love (Myanmar)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=70d5050d-4067-4468-a8c1-9867285422d4

Ahmad’s Dream (Malay)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=268e3447-93bc-4d9c-9330-a886ec9c6341

Building a Family of Love (Mongolian)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=185d34c3-46d0-457d-81fa-92b14061ba08

Debt of Honor (Madurese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=331d09d7-64fd-437e-97d9-f933b2510409

Help From Heaven (Balinese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=deb8c16b-62f0-4698-a5b3-bbd95204b334

New Life (Awadhi)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=5839e83b-2774-4d80-b281-e23622fcf842

The Burning Heart (Bengali)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=46cf2f31-18c9-438a-847b-06aabab61d8e

The Light of Revelation (Hui)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d65ced37-91be-49d9-83df-a3c5b161a2fd

The Return of Singkorn (Isaan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d50bad14-0eb9-43b0-ba25-473729551c36
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL — Here’s an option for educating your kids overseas. The Potters School is http://www.pottersschool.org They offer home schooling over the internet with the availability of audio and video communication. Most communication is by e-mail. The school comes highly recommended, with friends of friends listed among the faculty. (Thanks Chris!)
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE – Are you having a hard time finding term life coverage while serving overseas? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They offer a unique life insurance plan that is not available from traditional life insurance companies. While many companies automatically reject applications of those that intend to leave the United States, ISA has partnered with the oldest and largest financial institution in the World to create a term life plan that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of living abroad. Their plan has options of 1 to 10 year terms with face amounts up to $4.5 Million.

Coverage details, rates and the online application may be obtained online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net . You may also email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net , [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. ISA has 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 and life insurance needs. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health and life insurance coverage.
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Spring (Jan. 23 – May 12). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Write RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com or browse to http://www.strategiclanguages.org
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE — That’s right… Thanks to an educational campaign, sponsored by TechSoup.org and Mailshell, you can pick up something for nothing. The campaign began in November and culminates on December 14 and 15, this Wed/Thurs, when nonprofits and public libraries can order free anti-spam software donated by Mailshell. For more information, browse to: http://www.stopspamtoday.org/stop_spam_fd.html (Note: This is not an endorsement of Mailshell software. Several reviewers currently indicate that the service has significant downtime, so … what’s the phrase… “Caveat emptor”: “Let the buyer beware.” (Thanks Chris!)
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar. Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th.

This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(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. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE — If your role includes motivating or recruiting people for evangelism and mission, Tony suggests that you check out the range of downloadable clips available here:
http://the-task-virals.blogspot.com/ (maybe the 1st link is dead here?)
http://viral-life.blogspot.com/ (Thanks Tony)
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN — Thanks for those who pitch in to help motivate us and carry the expenses of our secretary here at Brigada/Team Expansion. Recent gifts include anonymous donors (1 at $5, 2 at $25 each, and a Wycliffe missionary at $45), $20 from the organizers of http://www.witnessJesus.org where you can post your testimony and impact others… and $20 from the folks at Send Global airtime http://www.global-airtime.com where you can get quality international calls on cell and landline phones for a fraction of the normal cost, and also $40 from the folks at: http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html where they teach people how to use storytelling for missions outreach. (Check out their DVDs there and please let them know you heard about them on Brigada!) Finally, we were humbled and astonished at a check from friends at New Mission Systems http://newmissionsystems.org/ for $1,000.00, representing the largest donation received thus far in 2005 and the 2nd largest ever in the history of Brigada. When asked why some of the organization’s members chipped in at this level, the reply came back, “Because we find that we have used items from Brigada over and over again and we here at NMS wanted to give something back to those who were giving to us.” Whoa. Now here’s the deal — I know they aren’t rich there. But they gave sacrificially. May God bring growth to them beyond all that they ask or imagine… That’s my prayer in Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL — This brings to $9,691.28 our gifts during 2005, which now represents well over half of our goal of $16,576. What happens if we run short? Team Expansion tries to make up the difference… but you can help by utilizing these last couple of weeks of 2005 to make the best donation you can muster. Maybe you can only pitch in $5. But maybe you can give $1,000 or more. Either way, we’re very grateful. Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER — A couple of weeks ago, I found what looked like a perfectly good Toro leaf blower in a garbage barrel on our property. It looked nearly brand new, but a quick check confirmed what I had suspected: it wouldn’t blow even one leaf, let alone a yard full. In fact, it wouldn’t even start. However, I’ve always been partial to Toro (even if this one was a reject; actually, it was a “Toro 51591 Super Blower/Vacuum”; click here to see it at the Toro website :-) ), so I have to admit — I threw it in the back of my truck and headed home. Tonight I saw the lonely machine sitting there on my workbench. Honestly, it reminded me of that jack-in-the-box on the Rudolph claymation show… You know… the one on the “Island of Misfit Toys.” It was a cast-off… Slated for destruction. Whoa. Only my hands had saved it from the clutches of Mr. Garbage-Truck-Man.

So, I did what every good Toro-lover does this time of year: picked up a screwdriver and started disassembling. About 7 minutes later, my heart leaped for joy. I discovered a fairly simple problem with a safety interlock mechanism inside the machine, designed to prevent operation when the tool was partially cracked open. I grabbed a piece of plate metal from my nuts-and-bolts collection, carefully fitted it in just the right channel, clamped everything back together and — whoosh… Away flew the screwdriver like the down of a thistle! Score one for The Garbage Patrol. :-) One Toro leaf blower salvaged.

Now I ask you: Why do I get so jazzed over rescuing a discarded leaf- blower, aside from the fact that I’m a big fan of Toro? :-) Well it’s hard to describe: There’s something about repairing something that was on the ropes… something about resurrecting a life that others had considered long gone. This leaf blower will always be special to me now… tons more significant than if I’d bought it today at Sears for $29.95 in the Christmas sail. (Did I mention it blows at 215 mph? :-) )

For some reason, I feel the same way about people. There’s a fine line between a “tough love” approach and the “cut-throat” response. That fine line, in my opinion, is the responsibility to weigh out the intent of the worker. If the worker is obviously thumbing his nose at expectations, then after a documented set of warnings, he or she should be let go — I’m convinced. However, if the worker evidences sincere and determined efforts to succeed, I personally believe we should extend some grace, some creative coaching, and see if we can’t salvage a life.

Now my 16-year-old son saw something different in the leaf blower. He thought it could stand for a Christian-waiting-to-happen… blocked only by some piece of faulty behavior, perhaps easily altered by a caring friend or an accepting family.

Either way, the outcome is the same: less junk in the landfill, fewer blisters from raking, and lots of 215 mile-per-hour miracles. And did I mention it’s a Toro? :-)

20050925 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT
5. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN?
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY
14. WE GET HELP FROM…
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College is now taking registration for its winter and spring 2006 distance learning courses (January – May). These courses provide training on how to facilitate Christian community economic development in poor communities and are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. The strategies and programs taught are practical, church- centered, and community-based, and they do not require large operating budgets. The Chalmers Center courses will help you understand the needs of the poor, the design of an intervention that is appropriate for Christian economic development in your context, and how to use economic development as a means of outreach. Three courses are offered – The first lays the goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. The second gives an overview to Christian microenterprise development and microfinance. The third teaches the basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) as a ministry tool. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org and click on “Email Distance Learning Courses” then “Learn more” or call 706-419-1805 (US) or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a deal that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. Outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. Can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. See it all at

http://www.global-airtime.com

(And thanks for the partnership gift of $10, Send Global!)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST — A plan offering $50,000 / $250,000 of medical coverage for American and Canadian hurricane relief workers is available online at http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . Scroll down the site to “Trip Protection” and click on “Buy This Plan Online” to get a quote. The premium comes in at around $1.00 a day. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit http://www.gninsurance.com
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT — Talking Bibles International (TBI) is seeking Volunteer Representatives nationwide. TBI trains these volunteer reps how to contact local churches and how to help churches in their area observe a Talking Bible Sunday. Millions of Christians living in oral cultures need Talking Bibles because they cannot read a printed Bible. The goal of this movement is a Talking Bible Sunday in every church to help provide a Talking Bible in every language for every person who cannot read. To learn more visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or email harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS — Campus Crusade has produced an evangelistic mini-magazine for hurricane survivors, offering hope, understanding, and Good News. You can read it online in full at: http://KatrinaHigherGround.com and also order copies of the printed version there. It’s tastefully done and definitely seeks to help them understand the “whys” of human tragedy while introducing them to the author of human history.
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD — How much would you pay for an interactive Bible study program that offered the King James Version, Strongs, and your pick of several add-on resources in various languages which all work together interactively? What if you could add on dictionaries, word studies and lexicons, commentaries, maps, and even classic works on Church & Hebrew history, etc. What if I were to tell you you could have it all for free!? Well now you can. The name of the program is E-Sword and the provider is Equipping Ministries Foundation in Franklin, TN. Check it out at http://www.e-Sword.Net (Thanks for the tip, Dennis!) With dozens of different translations, seems like it has just about everything but New Int’l Version. If you can live without the NIV, you’ve found a goldmine. But either way, there’s great value there.
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN? — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for missions mobilization literature or missions news in Italian. They’re willing to include magazines, newsletters, literature, Internet News, etc. If you know of some, write Maurice mauricea(at)coscom(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA — Register now for an exciting fall mission conference, “From Everywhere to Everyone: The New Global Mission”, October 20-22, 2005 in Atlanta. There’s a Georgia Pre- conference networking event Oct. 19-20. Read more at… http://www.globalmissionconference2005.com/ or call 800-720-4PFF for more information.
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED — Justin Long’s written a good summary at http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/10_05/long.php See the contrast and witness several penetrating questions. By the way, you can also see Justin’s bi-monthly magazine on missions momentum at: http://www.momentum-mag.org
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS — For more than 15 years there have been mission and missiology discussion forums on the FamilyNet BBS network, that have linked people interested in missions worldwide. There have now been changes in these forums and the organizers welcome old and new users to join. See: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/philtheo.htm Or e-mail Steve Hayes at hayesstw(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 .]
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE — Tom found a great deal on a whole batch of software to protect your PC. You can get Norton Systemworks 2005 and Norton Antispam 2005 in a retail bundle for $79.99 and after 2 mail-in rebates your cost will be $4.99. It’s the best deal he’s found this fall. You have to buy it at CompUSA today and mail in the rebate forms by tomorrow, Oct. 8th, to get the rebates. See the ad he found here or just start at COMPUSA http://www.compusa.com and search for the product. (Great find, Tom! Thanks for sharing it!)
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN — There is still time to register for the Japan 2005 CPI Conference, November 8-11 near Mount Fuji and Tokyo. This is the largest church planting conference in Japan each year dedicated to gospel-centered renewal and church planting multiplication. This year there will be 7 learning tracks on church planting and renewal coupled with 9 focused intensive electives on vital signs for healthy churches. The leaders have asked that if you cannot come, could you please pray for this national event. Information is at the CPI website http://www.jcpi.Net.
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY — Have you seen Glory to God Games at: http://www.Mission316.com It’s worth a look. I’m serious. Check out games like “Salvation Challenge” and “Jesus loves kids”. View the video intro. See if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face when the guy tells you that if you land on such-and-such a square, you’ll have to give $100,000 to missions. :-)
14. WE GET HELP FROM… — Several folks have endeavored to help produce Brigada Today by providing sponsorships or donations. This past week, we received $100 from folks who described themselves as “appreciative subscribers.” Well now we’re appreciate for *them*! These funds encourage Brigada by under girding costs like webspace, secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising and promotion to help get the message out about Brigada’s resources. If you were subscribing to a monthly magazine, you might be charged $18 per year or more. For that, you’d get 12 issues, one per month, with lots of slick pages that were at least 50% covered by ads for things you didn’t want. By contrast, Brigada Today gives you *weekly* news, with timely and critical items, a free website with every single issue archived all the way back to January 1995, and guess what — you don’t even have to opt out of the bathing suit issue!!! Take a stand today to support a future with Brigada Today by clicking 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. Thanks for any support you can give.
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET — By God’s grace (and with the help of a few streetsmart advisors), our organization has picked up 61 beautifully-wooded acres on the edge of greater metro Louisville, Kentucky. When we first acquired this land, I’ll admit that I was thinking mostly about new office space for our overcrowded staff. Well that’s still on my mind today as we move into the phase where we hope to build a new home office and retreat center. But I’m kind of pleasantly surprised at some other added discoveries along the way. First, I’ve come away with a greater appreciation for our planet. The city of Louisville enforces tons of codes and restrictions, some of which seem silly and over-regulated at first glance. But as we’ve been moving through each phase of the infrastructural development, I’ll have to admit that I’ve come to appreciate the wisdom for some of the practices at which I had earlier scoffed. When I saw black smoke from a burn barrel on our property, I’ll admit I was a bit disgusted at the pollution we were introducing into Louisville’s already troubled sky. (Thus the burning restrictions.) When I saw garbage in the ravines on our property, I began to see the wisdom behind the “no dumping” rules. Once I saw the silt that washes off of newly excavated ground, I realized the importance of silt fence around construction sites. The list goes on and on. I think it’s unfortunate that many of today’s “best practices” are misunderstood as being the domain of tree-huggers and New Age “mother earth” worshippers. (It’s always a shame when the good of many get labeled as the monopoly of a few.) The truth is I’m just starting to understand how caring for all of the creation on our planet goes hand in hand with caring for all of the created ones on our planet. And once we start caring about things like conservation and “green practices”, it’s very easy to make the transition to care about the integrity and well-being of forgotten peoples in faraway lands.

So call me a tree-hugger if you’d like. Yes I’ll admit that the thread about our property, at arborday.org, is now the most-viewed and most- replied thread in the history of the Arbor Day movement. And — guilty as charged — we are even enforcing the burn permit regulation on our 61 acres. But in the end, if organizations like the BBC have noticed the need to care about creation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/state_planet/ why is it sometimes hard for those of us who claim to love the creator? (By the way, if you’d like to see pictures of our land and some of the approaches we’re taking to keep it “green” :-), log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on “Emerald Hills” in the top menu. Check out the photo galleries and maybe you’ll see why I’m learning to love the land.

20050501 Brigada Today

miIn this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. IMPROVED “MULTI-TRIP” INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSION LEADERS
3. TEACHERS: SHINE HIS LIGHT IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
4. ANOTHER STREAMING MUSIC WORSHIP SITE ON THE NET
5. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DELIVERS
6. FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK OR WANT TO SERVE AMONG THE CHINESE
7. TEAMS FIXING COMPUTERS AT MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN THAILAND
8. PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER
9. EVANGELISM TRAINING FOR JAPANESE CHRISTIANS IN N. AM.
10. FIND YOUR PATH TO THE NATIONS
11. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
12. SICK AND TIRED OF SPAM?
13. PUBLISHER HELPS YOU REACH MORE PEOPLE
14. WE GET LIFTED UP!
15. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ENABLE BRIGADA PAY THE BILLS?
16. THE BACKPAGE: BABY STEPS
17. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — Equip your church or ministry with the tools you need to promote financial self-sufficiency in poor communities. Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. You will engage in hands-on training through interactive discussion and simulation of real-world issues taught by field practitioners. Their Two-Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers partners include Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org (Don’t forget, Chalmers is a regular Brigada sponsor. By taking part in their programs, and by telling them, “I heard about you via Brigada”, you’re also kind of helping us keep Brigada heading out the door and onto your screen. Thanks Chalmers Center!)
2. IMPROVED “MULTI-TRIP” INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSION LEADERS -– Now you can take unlimited trips outside the USA for up to 70 days per trip and have access to contracted doctors in 160 countries. The plan provides medical evacuation and $250k of medical coverage. Available in 36 of 50 US States. For more information contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. And no matter where you live, you can always visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. TEACHERS: SHINE HIS LIGHT IN KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Here’s an international school providing quality K4 through high school education. This is the 1st time in Afghanistan that local students as well as expats can attend this kind of school. More than half of the students are Afghan nationals, many from homes of government officials! One of the teachers writes, “These children in our classes will be the future leaders in this country!” Unfortunately, many children are turned away due to a shortage of teachers. Only 2 of the 16 teachers needed are available to start the new school year in August ’05. Teachers who come with support from their churches and friends are preferred, but some help is available to those who can’t raise enough money to come by August ’05. For more info, contact Joel at Network of International Christian Schools (1-800-887-6427): info(at)nics(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.nics.org
4. ANOTHER STREAMING MUSIC WORSHIP SITE ON THE NET — Thanks to Andrew, who this past week informed us of another all-free site, with even more choices (8 different “genres”, including Celtic worship, rock, light worship, etc.) and no commercials. http://www.cmradio.net/ This particular site has a great additional feature in that you can see the CD and title of the song currently playing. Very cool. So this brings to *two* our list of online (free) streaming worship music. Yahoooo! :-) (Confession: Personally, I’m somewhat a fan of Riverdance, so I’m trying out the celtic-style worship channel. Cool! Riverdance with a Christian twist! :-) Didn’t even know it existed! Shouldn’t this help our workers in Ireland?) (Thanks Andrew!!!)
5. HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN DELIVERS — Thanks to the family that signed up for discount health services at “Delivering on the Promise.” As more people become aware of their affordable alternatives to expensive health insurance plans, they hope continue blessing Brigada. (They just sent a check for $5.99 representing a sponsorship/commission from a Brigada participant! Thanks, wherever you are!) For more information, check out: http://www.deliveringonthepromise.com/40207930
6. FOR THOSE WHO SPEAK OR WANT TO SERVE AMONG THE CHINESE — Go to http://www.cnwave.com to find a teaching job in China or to find the most qualified foreign teacher(s) for your school. It’s free to post messages at cnwave.com! And here’s a tip if you’re not as fluent in Chinese: Check out the “English” button in the upper right-hand corner. I found it *exceedingly* helpful. :-)
7. TEAMS FIXING COMPUTERS AT MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN THAILAND — David is the leader of a team from Australia planning to fix missionaries’ computers during conferences held in Thailand during the Chinese New Year (around Jan 21- Feb 4) in early 2006. David will be in Chiang Mai between May 24-26 and would love to meet anyone leading such conferences while he is there. If you are interested, please email him at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au, even if you won’t be able to meet in person. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more about Crosscape see http://www.crosscape.com.au/
8. PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER — Thanks to faithful Brigada participant, Kevin, for giving us the lowdown on the latest “must-have” software to protect you from the hazards on the net these days. He feels that Internet Explorer is no longer a secure web browser as it has been exploited & targeted in most hack attacks. As a result, he suggests that users would be wise to switch to another browser, “mozilla”, for increased security and better functionality. http://www.mozilla.org Now on the other side of the coin, there are those who feel this is not a cure-all either, as mozilla has recently taken its own share of attacks too. So you make the final decision. As for email clients, again… Kevin believes that again, Microsoft Outlook Express has been surpassed in quality by Mozilla Thunderbird. This program is similar to Outlook Express except Kevin believes it is more secure and, like Microsoft Outlook, it has spam filters built in. What’s more, he feels many Internet vandals design their viruses, Trojan horses, and backdoors for Microsoft products. As a result, he believes Mozilla projects have stayed “under the radar”, at times, thereby remaining superior for security. Again… http://www.mozilla.org

As for virus software, Kevin recommends Avast is one of the best virus software applications on the market and it’s free for personal use! This company makes their money by selling corporate licenses but offers their personal virus software for free. Once installed, return to the website to register for your free 14 month license. The software is a real-time scanner with daily virus definition updates. http://www.avast.com

For your firewall needs, Kevin recommends Zone Alarm Basic, since it’s free and easy to install and setup. (A firewall keeps someone from actively probing into your system via your connection to the Internet.) http://www.zonealarm.com

Heard about AdWare/Spyware? Kevin suggests Ad-Aware. It’s a free download, and is one of the best scanners on the Internet, utilizing an easy-to-use interface and a fully update-able definition core. Download it free from download.com and then visit the tips link below to learn how to configure. (P.S. you don’t need to pay for this. If you click on the “pay now” link it will send you to the download page for Ad-Aware SE PLUS. The A-W SE Personal will do fine.) (Note that the following 2 URLs will be broken up when they “wrap”. You’ll have to reassemble them in your browser’s “Address:” line by using copy-and-paste:

http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/3000-8022_4- 10045910.html?tag=txt
http://www.download.com/Protect-your-PC-with-Ad-Aware/1200-2023_4- 5144156.html?tag=txt

Kevin recommends CyberSitter for web-filtering, so you don’t get tricked into seeing junk that you didn’t want to see… and so you’re not tempted to see stuff you wish you hadn’t. It’s not free, ($50.00/one time fee) but Kevin figures it’s the best and well worth it.

Three cheers to Kevin for taking time to help. He’s willing to help ministers and missionaries if they have additional questions. He’s a former network engineer & user support technician for a major university. Write him at kevinmullins1(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Thanks Kevin!
9. EVANGELISM TRAINING FOR JAPANESE CHRISTIANS IN N. AM. — Catch it in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ. This will occur through a combination of classroom instruction, one-on-one practice, observing a coach share with a non-Christian Japanese and an opportunity for the conferee to share the gospel with Japanese befriended at planned social events and on trips to visit the sights in Seattle with the assistance of a “coach”. For a brochure, go to http://www.TheJapanNet.com. For questions, contact John.Whitehouse(at)uscm(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. FIND YOUR PATH TO THE NATIONS — Living Faith Bible College’s Pathfinder program is an 8-month blended exploratory program launching the September of 2005. 12 weeks are spent in discipleship training, team building, gifts and callings exploration, and formative bible and missions courses. The other 6 weeks are spent in outdoor pursuits training in the Canadian Rockies and 6 weeks in the nation of Turkey doing outreach with university students and some historical/cultural study. This is an exciting opportunity for those interested in finding out where they might fit in cross-cultural missions and the Muslim world while also being further grounded and discipled in a team setting. Graduates receive college credit and a one year Bible and Missions Certificate and the option to continue on in the college’s other programs. Feel free to call 1-800-838-2975 or 1-403-722-2225 for more information or request information from info(at)lfbc(dot)net [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.lfbc.net
11. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS) — “Teach to Reach” Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Now you can get the training you need to teach effectively in TESOL courses like this one. Courses will be offered June 13 through July 8 at YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail questions to ywampa(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 .]
12. SICK AND TIRED OF SPAM? — I am. I think everybody is. What’s spam? Basically — it’s a piece of marketing email (or other kind of “listserve” email) that comes to you that you didn’t really ask for. There are actually two issues here. First, how can you limit the spam you’ll get — proactively. First, never, never, never respond to unsolicited email. Since it confirms that your email address is active, it makes your address more valuable and susceptible to receiving more spam. And no matter how tempting it might seem, never follow a spam email’s instructions to reply with the word “remove” or “unsubscribe” on the email’s subject line or body unless you trust the source. This is often a ploy to get you to confirm your address as active, which makes your address more valuable when the spammer sells it. And here’s a *very* important one: Never, never, never click a URL or web address listed within a spam email, even if the message says that’s how you unsubscribe. This also alerts the sender that your email address is active and can result in more spam. Also, never send your personal information (credit card numbers, passwords, etc.) in an email. Some spammers fake the format of trusted sites to get you to enter personal information in an email. Most reputable sites will not ask you to enter sensitive information in an email. It’s also useless to sign up with sites that promise to remove your name from spam lists. Most of these sites are actually address collectors who will sell your address to spammers! The rascals. :-) Remember that if you participate in some kind of online discussion group (forum) where your email address is in plain site, you’re toast. Spammers use sophisticated software to search the web far and wide for likely addresses to add to their lists. If yours occurs anywhere on the web, they’ll find it. Even if your email address isn’t plainly visible in your online discussion group, sometimes you might forget and include it in the text. Don’t.

In spite of your best efforts, you’ll still receive spam. Sometimes, it’s because a well-meaning friend included your address in some “Alert a friend of this deal” page … maybe a web-greeting-card, or a “send a copy of this” or whatever. So how do you get off of lists once you’re on? That’s the sad part. It’s nearly impossible (on today’s Internet; things are slated to get better in 2006 when domains begin to be verifiable). However, you can trim the amount of spam you get *significantly* by using a first class antispam program like onlymyemail.com. (We don’t receive a kickback from them for recommending them. They’re just plain good though.) For $3/mo., you can be rid of practically all your spam by signing up with them today. Just go to onlymyemail.coma and follow the instructions. When you notice spam getting through, log the address as a “blocked” address there in your account. At least it’ll help you feel better psychologically. And maybe only 2 or 3 spams/day will get through their filter anyway. Either way, it’ll help. It’s the best.

13. http://onlymyemail.com PUBLISHER HELPS YOU REACH MORE PEOPLE — www.Godsize.com is a revolutionary new “public publishing company.” Not only will they pay you and publish your stories, but they’ll give free advertising for your ministry and a free copy of their next ebook, “Godsize Stories from Around the World.” ($9 Value) Download your copy now and be reading it in minutes! (Complete details: http://www.godsize.com/sampleforministries.html )
14. WE GET LIFTED UP! — Thanks to the great new partners from Rockford, IL, Andrews, NC, and Elkhart, IN who sent $26, $50 and $100 respectively to help us get Brigada out the door and onto your screens! Dial-Abroad sent their monthly sponsorship, this time $171, representing those who use “Dial-Abroad” long distance. (Thanks and please keep talking! :-) ) Also this past week, we rec’d gifts of $25, and $200 (Thanks Greenville, TX!) Thanks, too, to the donor from WEC Int’l reported on previously. Those WEC folks have *heart*!
15. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP ENABLE BRIGADA PAY THE BILLS? — If you’d like to help make Brigada reality for next week and beyond, just click “sponsor” (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
16. THE BACKPAGE: BABY STEPS — I don’t like vulgar language. So I’m not telling you to go out and rent the movie, “What About Bob?”. “The language is deplorable in certain segments.” But who can forget Bill Murray’s character (“Bob Wiley”) as he tries to faithfully carry out his psychiatrist’s instructions: “Baby Steps, Bob. Baby steps.”

For the psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), it’s the title of his new book. (He uses the term, “Baby Steps”, to teach that his theory that anxiety disorders develop as a result of being overwhelmed by life’s stressors. By breaking down those hurdles into much smaller problems (i.e. baby steps) life can seem less stressful and easier with which to cope. We won’t get into a discussion of whether such a self- help concept is psychologically very helpful. But it makes a great “hat hook” for our next point about “finishing.”

You see, I’m of the opinion that many of us get stymied by huge projects partly because they look so huge. That’s why one of my major recommendations last week was to break up a major project into more manageable sub-goals. Common sense, I know. But for some reason, we lose sight of it in the midst of the major projects sometimes. We ended last week by suggesting that once you’ve finished a project or even a sub-goal, how can you leverage that finish to move on to the next challenge. This week, let’s look at 3 ways to do that:

*** Take a break — When you finish a sub-step or major hurdle in a big project you’re trying to finish, take a rest to get away and get a fresh perspective. We don’t want any burn-outs on our hands. :-) For me, I can get that fresh perspective through taking a walk in the woods, reading about any number of things on the web, playing soccer, etc. You’ll need to find the dynamic equivalent in your own life. But see the next step..

*** Restart — Before you head off for that break, however, be sure you know what will “restart” your next step of the project. For example, in my own case, I’ll restart my next step of my dissertation when the university gives me the green light to proceed with the questionnaire/survey. What will trigger your own project’s next step?

*** Set an alarm to be a “squeaky wheel” — You know the saying: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Figure out a way to alert yourself if too much time passes while you’re waiting for the trigger to happen. In my own case, I verified that the university had received my 3 chapters. So — yes, now the ball is in their court, and they’ve promised to respond within 4 weeks. So I need an alarm that goes off in 4 weeks so if they haven’t, the project doesn’t fail because of a trigger. Take responsibility. If you don’t, maybe no one else will.

In Bob Wiley’s case, the “vacation” to Dr. Marvin’s summer cottage was very therapeutic, in spite of (or almost *because* of) all the misadventures with Dr. Marvin. By dividing up your next big projects into baby steps, then taking suitable breaks between steps, you *can* finish on time. But how do you keep from that feeling that you are a slave to the clock? More on that next week.

20050410 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES!
2. DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2005: CD RESOURCE AVAILABLE
3. NEW BOOK PRICE COMPARISON OFFERS CART COMPARISON SERVICE
4. MUSIC AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION TO EVANGELIZE?
5. 60 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE CHURCH SITES
6. FIND INSURANCE COVERAGE
7. INTERNET EVANGELISM WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE ONLINE
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST
9. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE
10. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
11. OPORTUNIDADES
12. HOSPITALITY BOOK AVAILABLE: “CUP OF COLD WATER”
13. UK WORKERS GET FREE FAX
14. GET MISSIONS TRAINING ONLINE
15. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
16. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
17. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT DRIVES YOU?
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. SEMINARS IN MUSLIM STUDIES! — In 2005, students from all over the world will gather to learn from qualified, experienced and passionate professors, as they develop and sharpen their skills in Muslim ministry. The Zwemer Center is offering four Muslim Studies seminars during the month of July at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Seminars may also be taken for credit.

Summer Studies 2005: July 4-8 Introduction to Islam (CIU faculty) July 11-15 Folk Islam (Dr. Dave Cashin) July 18-22 Approaches to Islam (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29 Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Tradition (Dr. Steven Masood)

For more information: US callers can dial toll free 800-777-2227 x3327; others may call 803-754-4100 x3327. Or check out: http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies Email: muslimstudies(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2005: CD RESOURCE AVAILABLE — About 100 participants from 31 countries gathered with twelve international speakers from March 11 – 14 at Mosbach (Germany) to learn about participation, holistic ministry and phasing out – all at the Christian Community Development Conference 2005. The Academy of World Mission (Korntal/Germany) published towards the end of the conference a CD of the event in English containing all speeches (MP3, including powerpoint files) and lots of additional material towards the topics. The table of content is available from johann(at)aem(dot)de including 2.218 into the subject line. The CD costs $20 including international postage. Order the CD at International Christian Books writing to icb(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 .]
3. NEW BOOK PRICE COMPARISON OFFERS CART COMPARISON SERVICE — A free new book price comparison site http://www.booksprice.com There it offers a new innovative service of finding the best price on a purchase of several books together.

Since people usually buy several books together to save on the shipping price and to minimize the number of online transactions, and since each store has unique prices for each book, this new service can save more money than a traditional single-book price comparison. http://www.booksprice.com allows people to search for books, add them to a virtual cart and finally find the best overall price for the total contents of the cart searching the best book prices in over 30 online stores. The store which offers the best overall deal on the cart (including shipping costs) is located and a direct link to the winning store is provided.
4. MUSIC AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION TO EVANGELIZE? — Here’s an invitation to apply to join some exciting tours this summer to Italy, Turkey, Croatia and Macedonia! Organizers are seeking talented and gifted musicians as well as roadies and sound and video tech crews to be a part of our tour. They use a variety of music to gain the ear of those who need Christ . They always are eager to have anyone who can serve and be a witness. Log on at… http://www.ProclaimInternational.com . Visit their web site . An application is downloadable for you.
5. 60 TIPS FOR EFFECTIVE CHURCH SITES — The folks at Internet Evangelism Day have produced a new guide on how to make church websites that are actually evangelistic and reach into the community. You can even insert it into your own site, by copy/pasting some easy code onto a page. http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-tips.php
6. FIND INSURANCE COVERAGE — Looking still for dental, vision, prescriptions, and chiropractic care? The benefits for this plan range from 25% to 80% discounts. Just click on the URL below: http://www.mybenefitsplus.com/40207930 Again, it’s a discount card for dental, vision, prescriptions and chiropractic care.
7. INTERNET EVANGELISM WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE ONLINE — It is possible to register for Virtual status which allows six months of viewing of all the 20 unique workshops presented at the Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century conference. The cost is only $20 which gives an individual repeated access to the video workshops for six months. Watch well known speakers like David Bruce, Allan Beeber, Sterling Huston and others talk about videoblogging, podcasting, follow-up and global internet missions. Each workshop is available in two resolutions for either broadband or dial-up access. Register today at http://www.ie-21stcentury.com.
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST — Here’s an exciting, free family missions conference at the Ontario Convention Center, April 29th to May 1st. No registration required. Featuring free children’s programs (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and world-class adult speakers. Visit 87 Missions Exhibits and choose from 60 Seminars. A special Friday luncheon is being held for Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Saturday Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the worldwide missions movement, plan now to attend MissionsFest weekend, April 29th to May 1st. Why not volunteer an hour or two while you’re there? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail infoatmfestsocaldotorg for further details. Remember, April 29 to May 1 at the Ontario Convention Center. Call (909) 394-1263 for more details.
9. OMF BAY AREA CONFERENCE — It’s not too late to plan on attending “Serving Christ in the Chinese Century”, April 29-30, 2005 (Friday evening and all day Saturday) at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061). Hear James Taylor IV, OMF International and Dr. Matthew Koh, President, MSI, and take in plenary sessions, workshops, Win Our World children’s mission program, prayer and fellowship time with visiting missionaries. There are even four workshops in Mandarin and English: Befriending Your Mainland Chinese Neighbors – Dr. Doug Vavrosky (Friday – ! 8:30pm), Hong Kong and Macau – James Taylor IV (Saturday – 10:45am), Taiwan Tensions – Paul and Dr. Mary Jeanne Buttrey (Saturday – 1:30pm), Medical Services International – Dr. Matthew Koh (Saturday – 3:00pm). To learn more, visit: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest or email Julie omfconference(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 .] or call +1-925-459-0734.
10. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING –- Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) is presenting, “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church,” June 20-24 at Regent University in Virginia Beach. Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226-5850 or email aims(at)aims-usa(dot)org or log on at http://www.aims.org
11. OPORTUNIDADES — Misión Integral Mediterranea (MIM) busca odontologos, higienistas y asistentes dentales – cristianos de lengua española o inglés para trabajar en ciudades pequeñas y aldeas del nórte de áfrica con tribus en last montañas. El frances y el árabe son utiles, pero no indispensibles. Escriba: MIMUSA[arroba]telefonica[punto]net
12. HOSPITALITY BOOK AVAILABLE: “CUP OF COLD WATER” — It’s now available! A practical book on Hospitality written for YWAM and the church. $19.95 plus shipping. Contact Debbie Rottier at cupofcoldwater(at)ywammt(dot)org or at 501 Blacktail Rd, Lakeside, MT,USA 59922. To view some pages go to https://www.ywamconnect.com/sites/Rottier
13. UK WORKERS GET FREE FAX — Of special interest to missionaries from the UK, http://www.voipbuster.com offers free calls when you sign up with EUR5 credit. It also gives a UK telephone number so that people can call you at your PC while you are online. (Similar to Vonage, etc but with no ongoing costs and a UK phone number.) It’s also useful for those who come from USA and some other countries (see web site) as it offers free calls to there, as well as Germany.
14. GET MISSIONS TRAINING ONLINE — Toccoa Falls College is launching TFC Online later this summer. The college has been training missionaries and Christian workers since 1907. This August, TFC Online will start to offer a program called College Level Instruction with Maximum Bible (CLIMB). This program will provide 30 hours of Bible training in a one-year time frame. If you are interested in learning more, call toll free in US – 888.785.5624 or 706.282.6012 or log on at: http://www.tfc.edu/online/ Courses start August 8, 2005.
15. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS) — “Teach to Reach” Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Now you can take TESOL training May 9 through June 3 and June 13 through July 8 at YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or email questions ywampa(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 .]
16. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks to those who have pitched in recently to help sponsor Brigada’s webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. $25 from a family in Colorado, $36.13 from those using “Blessed Hope” long distance (Thanks for talking! :-) ), $5 from an anonymous worker in Europe, and $30 from Audio Scriptures International (http://www.talkingbibles.org ). We appreciate you all!!! If you’d like to help Brigada, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
17. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT DRIVES YOU? — Did you ever ask yourself the question, “What drives me to get up on time and show up for work?” Maslow argued that it was self-actualization and the motivation for leadership. But stop and think… how in the world would that motivate someone to leave the home and family he or she loves, to go far, far away to meet people that sometimes could care less he or she is there? I’m thinking Maslow was out to lunch on our missionary-types. I’m thinking our missionary types are committed to something that goes beyond personal stuff, beyond “finding oneself”.

So what *does* drive you to get up? In many cases, I’m thinking it’s the same thing that drove the Apostle Paul:

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (II Cor. 5:14-20)

With this kind of motivation, you see, the actualized self falls into alignment with the actualized *Lord*, who suddenly becomes more supreme than anything else in the universe.

Sure we care about being fulfilled. But my point is that, at the end of the day, it’s not really all about us. It’s about Him. And that’s why you bought airfare to parts unknown.

But … please do be careful. Motivation or not, it’s still a jungle out there. :-)

Doug

20050313 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY?
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT!
14. FESTIVAL DC
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR”
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
18. AMAZING SPONSORS!
19. CLOSING STUFF

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Their Two- Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA) — Most international plans cannot provide on-going health insurance coverage for a person that returns to the USA with a chronic illness. Now an American company is offering international health insurance for individuals that also guarantees continuous coverage in the USA. The plan also provides an HSA option, copays and no waiting period for maternity. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY? — Yes it’s true! If you are looking for international health coverage at a reasonable price be sure to check out the International Citizens Series Economy Plan from Insurance Services of America. A quick glance at the rates will show you that a 25 year old male can get health insurance for an entire year for as low as $380! Rates vary by age and gender, but they are all very affordable! This plan provides excellent coverage underwritten by the oldest and largest insurer in the world. Also, at no extra charge, you will get 15 travel assistance benefits with help provided by a live operator 24 hours a day! You may get complete details at http://www.missinonaryhealth.net or for a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [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. (Thanks to Mark and Insurance Services for their help with Brigada’s operating expenses!)
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in Southern California for two days in April to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. HURRY – the deadline for registering is March 31, 2005. For more information write: asm(at)interum(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. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR — Learn exciting strategies that have been used by missionaries and national Christians working in both rural and urban contexts as well as countries closed to the gospel. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from June 13-18. Learn about microfinance and microenterprise development strategies that are appropriate for churches and missionaries and grounded in a Christ-centered message. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — This intense, interactive short-term mission training conference seeks to empower church, school, and agency leaders in Christian short-term mission. Training topics include STM Basics 101; A Host Receivers’ Perspective of STM Teams; Effective Planning, Training, and Leading of STMs; A Prayer Walking Strategy for Your STM; Our Response to the Poor; Understanding Cultural Mannerisms; Reentry, Debriefing, and Follow-up; Risk Assessment; and much more. For information and registration, visit http://www.STEMmin.org or e-mail dbromley(at)STEMmin(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Planning an overseas summer missions experience? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries in mind. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping). Bite down on “Peterburgers”!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM — Those geeks over at Missionary Tech Support have just added a new online forum to help you with your computer questions and challenges. http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/forum Of course you can still email for tech support help(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com or schedule a “Remote Geek” session. Tech support is always free to the missions community. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com.
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. May 9 – June 3, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates are listed in at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES — Culture shock can hit your funny bone! Siberian Shivers is a great preparation for summer missionaries to any culture. Bill uses humor to tell true stories with cross cultural lessons for missionaries to cap each adventure. Whether you’re headed for Siberia or someplace toasty, get ready with Siberian Shivers! Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). It’s never been cooler.
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP — Got any idea where to find good resources to present the gospel to a Vietnamese, or disciple them? David grsin(at)singnet(dot)com(dot)sg would like to know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT! — The Great Siberian Rail Adventure is all about finding humor, spiritual encouragement, and cultural insight traveling in the middle of nowhere. Journeying this summer overseas or know someone who is? Get ready for your adventure with this funny book. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper at dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
14. FESTIVAL DC — The dates are Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 05. Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. For the week leading up to the DC Festival, teams will be involved in saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher Sarjent at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533- 5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: 001-503-669-8048 or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Website:

http://www.deltaministries.com
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR” — This is your opportunity to pray for Myanmar: http://www.p4mm.com The site is initiated by Myanmar Partnership, a group of about 20 Christian organizations with a focus on Myanmar. This website has prayer requests for every day of the month. Subscribe for email updates at the website.
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS — The Mbalantu People of northern Namibia: I. lives in a traditional Mbalantu home which is several small, round huts surrounded by a tree limb fence. He welcomed three believers sharing the Gospel with him one afternoon. He repeated his gratefulness and showed a great desire to learn. However, he never grasped what it means to be saved. It was a prime example of the task of missions to clearly communicate the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). There will be programs for: Children (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and Adults (3 Plenary Speakers, 60 Seminars and 85 Missions Displays!). A special track of seminars will be offered for Missions Pastors, Spanish Speakers, and Children’s Workers. All Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders are invited to attend a special Friday luncheon to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the world-wide missions movement, plan now to attend April 29th to May 1st. And why not sign up to volunteer for a couple of hours? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
18. AMAZING SPONSORS! — Hats off to the 3 anonymous sponsors for sending $10, $15, and $25 respectively (Thanks!), and to Dial-Abroad for sending $142 as a portion of the long distance usage fees from January! Please keep talking! :-) If you need a long distance program, or if you’d just like to help Brigada, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

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