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20011007 Brigada Today

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GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

book Short-term mission trips are just that–short-term. So instead of spending most of their time on the field trying to figure things out, if participants go prepared, they can be free to focus on their ministry. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled is a good resource for preparing short-termers. Filled with practical tips and down-to-earth biblical wisdom, this 100-page workbook is an in-depth discipleship tool preparing participants’ hearts and attitudes for the experience ahead of them. Reasonably priced at $8.00, Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled may be the resource you’ve been looking for. For more information look at http://www.wycliffe.org/short-term/guidebook/home.htm or call Kyle at 407-852-3660, or email kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg  (kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg)  .
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FREE CARTOONS AND PICTURES

comic bear Now you can receive regular free cartoons and pictures, ideal for overheads, teaching, sermons and evangelism. For more information, contact Peter at the following email address or sign up for Pictures With A Message list (click petermillatlineonedotnet  (petermillatlineonedotnet)   type SUBSCRIBE in the subject bar and send). All free cartoons and pictures are black and white line art, and are sent as small email attachments to reduce download time. The organizer tries to send out one cartoon or picture per week. Click to http://picturemaker.safeshopper.com for archives.
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GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

graduation cap Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. You can further your education, earn an MA, gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk — all without leaving Europe. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7- 18, 2002. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail jmitchellatpioneersdotcom  (jmitchellatpioneersdotcom)  . There is limited space available, so early application is encouraged. If possible, apply by November 1.
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UPDATE ON HUMANITARIAN WORKERS IN AFGHANISTAN

Several have asked about the Shelter Now folks in Afghanistan. Apparently, their lawyer visited Kabul yesterday, but was not able to see the judge, or even speak with him. A man with the protocol department reportedly told the lawyer that everyone in the court was busy, and now not concerned with the case. In addition, these 8 friends have also been moved to a different location, described more “like a dungeon”. If you haven’t already prayed for these folks, now would be a good time.
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WANT MORE INFO ON MILITARY COMPARISONS?

If your interest was whetted by the piece on using military terminology “LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS“, you can read the whole report at: http://globalmission.org/canada/ (Thanks Geoff!)
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SPECIAL PREPUBLICATION OFFER FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS

book Eddie and Alice Smith have written a new 206 page, 12-lesson, interactive book for individual or group study entitled: “Drawing Closer To God’s Heart”. This practical, non-religious guide to understanding prayer can be used by anyone regardless of where they are on their journey of faith. The release date is October 15th. Brigada subscribers save $3 by placing your order before November 15th. For information or to order, visit: http://usprayercenter.org/DCSpecial.html or call 713-466-4009.
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TESOL COURSE

graduation cap YWAM, Lebanon is offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information call 717-274-90910 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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WORLD CHRISTIAN ISSUE ON TENTMAKING

The latest issue of World Christian addresses tentmaking and its role in the missions spectrum is now available. Dave English from Global Opportunities describes how the Apostle Paul’s strategy is essential for missions in the 21st century. Teri McCarthy from International Institute for Christian Studies issues a call for academic tentmakers and shares her experience as a teacher in Russia. Brigada members can subscribe for $12US ($19.95 to international addresses) by emailing winpress7ataoldotcom  (winpress7ataoldotcom)   with their address to be billed or pay by credit card by calling 888-524-5070 or 708-524-5070.
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MISSION TO MUSLIMS IN MOSQUE DESPITE CURRENT CRISIS

How do they do that? The answer is ‘Through Meetings for Better Understanding.’ (MBU) And it works! The pioneer of the method, a Egyptian Christian, says that several Muslims have become Christians through those gatherings. They can take place alternatively in a mosque, church, or a small group. A day after the bombs started falling on Afghanistan a previously planned MBU on the subject of war took place peacefully in a mosque in the UK. A Muslim and a Christian leader spoke for 30 minutes each on what their books say regarding the subject. This was followed by 30 minutes question time. MBU’s are not debates where each others faiths are publicly attacked. Neither are they dialogues with the goal to compromise the message. Each side simply presents its view on theological and social topics. Of course, the Christians have a tremendous advantage because the word of God is sharper than a two edged sword…(Heb. 4:12) In the time of fellowship that follows relationships are built and so the witness goes on and on. For more information and practical help on how to set up those meetings in your area contact administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk  (administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk)  . Their web site, http://www.biblicalchristianity.freeserve.co.uk offers helpful articles on explaining the Gospel to Muslims and those of other faiths.

20010624 Brigada Today

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FINALLY CAUGHT UP

Brigada Logo Can you believe it… finally caught up to date on Brigada Today! It’s about time! Lately, it’s been “Brigada last week“! Please forgive the “batch processing” for these last few editions. We’ll try to avoid it … but, among other things, I’ve been overseas leading a prayer journey with my family and . . . well . . . a guy can only do so much, right? I’ll try harder.
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A WEALTH OF LEAST REACHED PEOPLES DATA

The first phase of the Joshua Project II website is open for business. The Joshua Project II team is a group of four former AD2000 and Beyond staff who are committed to “highlighting the least reached peoples of the world through information sharing and networking.” Following are some items currently accessible at: http://www.joshuaproject.net.
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READ GENERAL LEAST REACHED PEOPLES INFORMATION

Read an overview of the Joshua Project II initiative. Read an article explaining why there are various total people group counts. Compare the various peoples lists and see a timeline of their development. Register your least reached peoples ministry activity / commitment.
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SEE THE ORIGINAL JOSHUA PROJECT LIST

View the current status of the original Joshua Project list. View or download various segments of the original Joshua Project data. View people profiles from the original Joshua Project list.
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DIGEST THE NEW JOSHUA PROJECT II ALL PEOPLES LIST

Download a comprehensive list of all 16,300 peoples by country. View people group lists for every country of the world. Participate in the Joshua Project II global survey. Discover interesting facts about people groups. For example, which relatively small country has over 900 people groups and which major country has only 7 people groups? Download the complete Joshua Project II Peoples information set.
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THE NEXT PHASE OF THE JOSHUA PROJECT II WEBSITE

In the near future, the JP II team will work hard at…

  1. Making the data in the downloadable files available interactively on- line. This will allow, for example, a country can be selected and all the peoples in that country will be displayed. Then selecting a people, a people profile will be displayed including non-sensitive work-among information.

  2. An on-line more automated survey mechanism.

  3. A location to log your mission activity by linking your mission organization / church / denomination with a particular people group. This will be a web-based database, eventually with pre-made and user- defined queries allowing datasets such as the top 25 least reached groups, the 20 peoples most needing adoption, the largest groups without the Scriptures.

Thanks loads to Dan and the others at JP II. This could end up making a very significant contribution to the Cause. (Thanks, too, for those helping them make a go at this… like Caleb Project!!! Yahooo!) yahoo

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RELIGION-IN-THE-AMERICAS (RITA) WEBSITE LAUNCHED

WebWatch IDEA Ministries of Santa Cruz, CA, has created a new website with information about all religious groups (Christian and non-Christian) known to exist in the Americas (48 countries) plus Spain and Portugal (a total of 50 countries). The website has a search-engine that allows the user to search by country, religious tradition (for example, Buddhist or Baptist), denominational name and a classification code on a variety of databases. For a preview, see: www.prolades.com. Way to go Clifton Holland and IDEA!
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COMPILING A LIST OF ALL FEEDING PROGRAMS

Emmaus Road International is looking for a list of feeding programs in needy areas. From “soup kitchens” to orphanages. Statistics say that hundreds of thousands die each year from lack of nutrition. ERI would like to learn what we ARE doing. Please submit to their e-mail address Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)   a contact address with basic details: country, type of feeding program, ages included, need for expansion. Example: (contact e-mail address), Ukraine, weekly soup kitchen, all ages, expand to daily. ERI will send us a full report in a couple of weeks… so have at it!
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NEW RESOURCE FOR REACHING MUSLIMS

book The book All That The Prophets Have Spoken is a Muslim-sensitive edition of John R. Cross’ book for unbelievers “The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus” (which has been used of God to help thousands to understand and believe the Gospel). According to reviewers, “It strings together key stories of Scripture to present the message of the prophets – clearly, chronologically and compellingly – as it gently helps Muslims over their most common stumbling blocks.” It is scheduled to come out in Arabic, French, Albanian, and Turkish. Check it out at http://www.goodseed.com/books.html GoodSeed International’s web-price: $11.96. Two-case price: $7.50 per book. For those without web access, email infodotusatgoodseeddotcom  (infodotusatgoodseeddotcom)  .
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MORE ON COMMUNICATING WITH MUSLIMS

book Roland Muller has released the second book in his trilogy about Muslim Evangelism. Called, Tools for Muslim Evangelism, it is based on Muller’s study of successful gospel communicators in the Middle East. Learn more at http://www.rmuller.com or email canwi-pratcgocabledotnet  (canwi-pratcgocabledotnet)  .
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CALLING CHURCH WEBMASTERS

WebWatch ‘Churchsite Chat’ is a new two-way email discussion list for all church webmasters and site administrators. It offers the chance to dialogue about any issue relating to constructing or maintaining a church website, with a particular emphasis on effective communication and how to use church pages to reach non- Christians. Also very welcome are those considering or planning a church site, and site administrators who use church template-site providers. To subscribe, send a blank email to churchsite-chat-subscribeatweb-evangelismdotcom  (churchsite-chat-subscribeatweb-evangelismdotcom)  .
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WHERE DOES ONE LEARN SPANISH ONLINE?

Jed jedsnyderatrcndotcom  (jedsnyderatrcndotcom)   is trying to find a way to learn Spanish over the internet — relatively quickly. Of course, the ideal is learning on-site, but that having been said, let’s help the guy at least get a head start. In fact, maybe it’s time we did an autoresponder on all tools for learning other languages. We could toss in tape sets from Berlitz, Sybervision (or Intelliquest — they’re available toll-free in the USA or via Net2phone at 800-275-6940), as well as CD resources like Rosetta Stone and others. Would you send all your best sites and sources to Jed and he’ll compile the list for us and we’ll post it here in an autoresponder in a couple of weeks. Thanks Jed!
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20010513 Brigada Today

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SPECIAL PRICES ON SPECIAL BOOKS

books Bill Berry is pulling out the stops to offer some partially dated stock at rock bottom pricing. Get “Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations”, by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor, for half-price in case lots of 38 copies for just $4.00/copy + shipping charges. “The Short-Term Mission Handbook” (288 pages, 1992 edition, $10 cover price) has dropped to $1/copy, plus UPS charges (same as above). Get Into All The World, 2001 Edition in case lots of 50 copies for $25/case (includes UPS charges). For more information, write Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)   or call 626-798-8582 or fax 626-798-2712.
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CONTEXTUALIZATION

“What Color Is Jesus? How Can We Present Jesus to a New Culture without Bringing Our Own?” is a key article from David Learner, published in Mission Frontiers: http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&id=5299 (Thanks Tony!)
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PRAYER FOR SOUTH ASIAN HINDUS & MUSLIMS IN NORTH AMERICA

praying hands On June 15 and 16, 2001 in the Twin Cities (MN) South Asian Resources will host its first Prayer Conference for South Asian Hindus and Muslims in North America and the unreached peoples of South Asia. All believers burdened for these peoples are welcome. With increasingly large numbers of South Asian professionals, immigrants, students and tourists coming to North America we need to pray for the Lord to open their minds to His light and to open the hearts of the North American church to welcome them. No registration fee but please register with PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom  (PrayeratSouthAsianResourcesdotcom)  . For details call 651-426-4687 (Central Time).
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WANT TO IMPACT THE WORLD?

If you speak standard native English, you are already equipped with the skills needed to teach English all over the world. All you need in addition to those skills is a love for people of other cultures, a little appetite for adventure, a measure of flexibility, and a short, six-week course to train you in teaching methodology. Then you can effectively help others learn English or improve their English ability. Try out the Tesol School from June 15- July 27th, 2001, Henan Province, China. Click to: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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LEARN HOW TO RIDE THE TECHNOLOGY TIDE

Just as a surfer needs to learn to read the waves, we need to learn to read the ‘waves’ God sends our way. In the providence of God, we are in the midst of a huge technology wave that may come roaring down on top of us if we are not prepared. Bob L has prepared and article about “Globalization and Its Challenges for Christian Media” You can read it now on http://www.newWway.org or download it to read on your PalmOs platform! (There are also three more free books for your PDA on newWway.org)
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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR WALLET IS STOLEN

Traveling overseas seems to “up the odds” that you’ll be pick-pocketed. What do you do if your wallet is stolen? As everyone always advises, cancel your credit cards immediately. To do that, you’ll need all those toll free numbers and your card numbers. So write them down somewhere in advance — and not just in your wallet, silly. :-) File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, so you can prove to credit providers that you were diligent. If you’re from the USA, call (or have someone in the USA call) the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and SS# — to keep your credit clean. The numbers for the credit bureaus are: Equifax 800-525-6285; Experian (formerly TRW) 888-397-3742; Trans Union 800-680-7289. Again, if you’re from the USA, you might also call the Social Security Administration at 800-269-0271. (Thanks Alan!)
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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap A two-month full-time missions school will be conducted from July 9th-August 31st in Hampton, Virginia. USA. The sixteen courses include Cross-Cultural Communications & Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your mission call both around the block and around the world. For more information phone Greg Baust at Global Ministry Teams on 757-868-1269 or by e-mail at gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)  .
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FRENCH LANGUAGE MISSIONS TRAINING

graduation cap A bilingual French English Discipleship Training School is being offered September 23rd 2001 to February 22nd 2002 by Youth With a Mission in Dunham, Quebec. Experience French culture and language during the 3-month intensive lecture phase followed by two months of international outreach. You will be exposed to French language speakers from a variety of backgrounds — Europe, Quebec and Africa. Experience ‘missionary’ meals too! Cost is $3000 Cdn, not including airfare. (Approximately $2000US depending on current rate of exchange). For more information contact jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca  (jemdunhamatendirectdotqcdotca)   or check it out on the web at: http://iquebec.ifrance.com/jemnet/.
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CHRISTIAN PHOTOJOURNAL

“Worldscope from the field” offers a free monthly e-zine dedicated to showing people “a window into the church around the world.” Don’t miss this month’s coverage of MAF is Lesotho. Visit Worldscope’s web site at http://www.wspublications.com to subscribe and to find out how to contribute articles and/or photos to share a story from your corner of the globe. You may also subscribe by sending an e-mail entitled “subscribe” to wsfromthefieldataoldotcom  (wsfromthefieldataoldotcom)  . Please note that you will receive the free monthly e-zine as an attachment of about 0.9 M.
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FREE SPANISH NEW TESTAMENT IN AUDIO

Bible Now the Spanish NT is available for free on the internet! An audio recording of the Spanish New Testament has been released on the internet at http://www.audiobiblia.org in the popular mp3 audio format. The narration was recorded and donated to the net by Bethel Temple Assembly of God in Hampton, Virginia. The audio files of the Reina Valera edicion 2000 can be freely copied and distributed for non-commercial use. The site plans to offer the entire Spanish Bible in mp3 audio and windows media formats by early next year.
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EXPATRIATE MINISTRY

Dan is doing a doctoral project on ministry to English-speaking expatriates living abroad. He is also the pastor of the International Christian Fellowship of Caracas. It seems that little has been written about this strategic ministry in the mega cities of the world. If you have any leads on books or articles on the subject, contact him at icfmissionatcantvdotnet  (icfmissionatcantvdotnet)  . He’ll put together a report to distribute as an autoresponder from Brigada.
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THE BACKPAGE – SILENT SPRING: WHERE HAS ALL THE HOOPLA GONE?

books and pen Is it just my imagination, or is the silence beginning to roar? Maybe I’m not as “plugged in” as I need to be. (That’s hard to imagine with the quantity of emails I receive.) Maybe this is just a “lull” before more storms. Either way, it just doesn’t seem that there is as much mobilization for missions going on these days. Where are the big prayer pushes, … the big promotions, … the new books on unreached peoples. Yes… there’s an occasional CD, and… Operation World is coming… but for now,… if I’m not mistaken, we seem to be in a strange kind of muted silence, don’t we? Maybe that’s okay. Maybe 1995 – 2000 was actually too much glitz and glamour. Maybe the better part of valor is the discretion of pulling together new mission teams through patient and intentional step-by-step efforts. Time will tell. As for our own mission, I’ll have to admit — we have the biggest response ever to our summer internship program (80 summer interns compared to a previous “high” of 50 or so annually since 1984). So … I shouldn’t complain. Still… it’s silent enough to make me wonder… Was it just the new millennium… or did we just experience a ripple in the mobilization sine wave?

What’s happening where you sit? Send us your opinion. Write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   — with subject line: ” SILENT SPRING

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010408 Brigada Today

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YAHOO TO OFFER PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS – THEN MAYBE NOT

WebWatch If you’re a regular participant in a YahooGroup (formerly eGroups) then maybe you’ve caught wind of the rumor that the service’s management recently decided to offer pornographic materials in a larger, more visible “company-sponsored” way. (To see the original release, have a look at: http://foxnews.com/story/0,2933,5537,00.html ) However, after receiving numerous complaints from customers after revelations that the company had already been peddling x-rated materials anyway, Yahoo announced about a week later that it will no longer be selling pornographic videos period. “We consistently strive to act responsibly and constantly evaluate our policies based on what our users tell us,” said Yahoo president and chief operating officer Jeff Mallet. He added that the company will no longer sell banner ads to the pornography industry. (Source: CNSNews.com — thanks for the tip, Kirk!) Want an alternative to the whole situation? Try out StrategicNetwork.org’s new email conferencing software at: www.strategicnetwork.org It’s free . . . and becoming more powerful all the time. And what’s more, it’s run by Christians for global Christian purposes. So you know the management… (or at least we here at Brigada Today do!). Will Brigada Today switch over? Well… it’s always a possibility… but for now, we’re thrilled that YahooGroups took a stand. So… for the time being, we intend to ride the wave of good will following a decision for the good!
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SATELITE EMAIL FROM ANYWHERE (ALMOST)

letter and ligntening bolt Want to e-mail without phone service? For $3500 (plus shipping) you can purchase one of VITA’s four remaining Portable Ground Stations http://www.vita.org/leo/pgs.htm to tie your laptop into one of two low earth orbit satellites for an email-to-Internet connection at 9600 baud @ ~50 KB transfer per day, and no phone connection needed. Toward the end of the summer a new version of the ground station will be available in quantity, but the price has not yet been set. Watch for more info then. As a beta service, right now there’s no usage fee, but VITA expects an annual charge of $500 when the system is complete. See http://www.vita.org/leo/vitasat-online.htm or email Gary Garriott garygatvitadotorg  (garygatvitadotorg)   for more information.
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NEW PEOPLE RAISING RELEASE: SHORT TERM/SUMMER SUPPORT MANUAL

book Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term/summer missions trips through a specially designed People Raising support manual by William Dillon author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support. This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com or e-mail Mr. Dillon billatpeopleraisingdotcom  (billatpeopleraisingdotcom)  .
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EARN YOUR MA WHILE MAINTAINING YOUR PRESENT MINISTRY

graduation cap Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri http://www.covenantseminary.edu has recently announced that they have been approved to offer their MA (Theological Studies) degree through their Extension studies program. The MA includes 1:1 tutoring (by phone or email), internet-based discussion groups, and three one-week residencies in St. Louis. For more information send an email to admissionsatcovenantseminarydotedu  (admissionsatcovenantseminarydotedu)   or call 314-434-4044 (800-264-8064 if you are in the States.)
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FREE LISTING OF DEVOTIONAL BOOKS FOR MISSIONARIES

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Paul michalikattexasdotnet  (michalikattexasdotnet)   for keeping his word. He’s assembled a great little listing of devotional books and links for missionaries as a result of the item in the March 23rd Brigada Today. Get your free copy by sending a blank email to devotional-booksatbrigadadotorg  (devotional-booksatbrigadadotorg)  . Way to go Paul!
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TO OFFER “BRIGADA SPECIAL”

graduation cap Columbia International University (home of Columbia Bible College and Columbia Biblical Seminary & School of Missions) is offering a “Brigada Special” for Brigada Today subscribers between April 16th and June 30, 2001 on its extension courses and materials. Columbia Extension has received numerous awards for their more than 60 undergraduate and graduate courses in Bible, Missions, Theology, Church History and more. You will receive 20% OFF on Study Guides and Tapes PLUS the year round Missionary Discount of 10% OFF Tuition with a credit enrollment. One of the caring faculty assistants (of pastors, missionaries, etc) will be assigned to mentor you through the course. You can check it out and even enroll online at http://www.ciuextension.com. Remember to use the special Brigada Promotion Code: 589-BR8MZ when ordering. If you prefer, you can call there friendly staff at 800-777-2227 extension 3710 in the US or 803-754-4100 from outside the US or e-mail them at extoffatciudotedu  (extoffatciudotedu)  . Thanks Columbia! We appreciate you!!!
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WHY MUSLIMS CHOOSE JESUS

Here’s a survey of Muslim-background believers gives the Christian community an opportunity to hear what fellow Christ-followers found attractive in Christ-centered faith. Key article from Mission Frontiers. (Thanks for raising it to our attention Tony!) http://www.missionfrontiers.org/2001/01/muslim.htm
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MOTIVATING COMFORT-MINDED ADULTS FOR MISSIONS

Joseph labtoesatjunodotcom  (labtoesatjunodotcom)   is looking for recommendations on an adult Sunday School curriculum that is very introductory, motivating, on God’s heart for the world. He’s searching for something inspiring, with visionary stories on what God is doing around the world — and something that doesn’t require extensive research and pulling together of materials for the teacher. What do you recommend? Write Joseph for ideas . . . and we’ll ask him to assemble a report for a future autoresponder here in Brigada Today. Thanks!
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DEAF MINISTRY RESOURCE LIST UPDATED

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Ken kennethwesataoldotcom  (kennethwesataoldotcom)   for substantially updating the deafministry file on the Brigada autoresponder server. To get your free copy — about 20K — just send a note to this address: deafministryatbrigadadotorg  (deafministryatbrigadadotorg)  
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BE A DISCIPLE

Youth With A Mission (Lebanon, PA. USA) is offering a Crossroads Discipleship Training School, October 25, 2001 to January 11, 2002 with an eight-week outreach immediately following. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,595.00 USD per person plus a $35.00 USD per person registration fee, while the Outreach adds on approximately $2,000.00 USD more. For more information contact call 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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BIBLES IN 140 LANGUAGES

Bible “Bibles in Your Language” is a new site that makes it easy to find online, print, or audio Bibles in 140 languages. It’s produced by Ethnic Harvest, on the web at: http://www.ethnicharvest.org/bibles/. If you know of additional foreign language Bibles available in the USA, please write Barb at barbatethnicharvestdotorg  (barbatethnicharvestdotorg)   so she can add them to the site.
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FREE NETWORKING SITE: “MISSIONARIES FOR THE LORD”

WebWatch Check out the new “Missionaries for the Lord” portal for missions and missionaries. It’s organizers are seeking missionaries and organizations to link up completely free of charge. They need writers, researchers, and other volunteer staff since they’re hoping to provide information on locations, religions and beliefs around the world, articles on how to get started, fundraising ideas, etc. as well as book reviews, organizations links, and missionaries listings. They already have a message board area, a newsletter, and a chatroom. For more information, write Trisha trishaatmftldotnet  (trishaatmftldotnet)  .
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DRAMATISTS NEEDED

theater mask “Spread The Word Dinner Theatre” (Wycliffe Bible Translators) needs acting enthusiasts to travel the Western USA to take part in a Colombian drama with Colombian food (Hispanic actors encouraged to apply). Its organizers need technicians, a stage manager, a restaurant/house manager and a kitchen manager, too. Room and board are provided plus a small honorarium per showing. The fall tour runs September-November and the Spring Tour is February-May. Call Mark 800-269-2007 in the USA or via net2phone or write mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg  (mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg)   for details.
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

graduation cap Youth With A Mission, (Lebanon, PA, USA) is offering a TESOL course September 24, 2001 to October 19, 2001. This intensive and highly academic course qualifies the graduate to teach English as a second language nearly anywhere in the world. For more information, call 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010401 Brigada Today

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FREE NEWSLETTER on HOUSE CHURCHES AVAILABLE

Of particular interest to Canadians but others may be interested as well (it is being produced by the Canadian House Church Resource Network – readable at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/housechurches.htm. You can subscribe by sending your request and why you would like to receive the newsletter, to chcrnathotmaildotcom  (chcrnathotmaildotcom)  . Or you can find most of what will be included in the email version on the Internet at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index87.html
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STUDY ABOUT MUSLIMS BY EXTENSION!

graduation cap For one-time only (April- June/01), take a “20/20” discount of 20% off tuition and selected materials for two, 3 sem. hr. extension courses: Introduction to Islam and Women in Islam. These courses are designed for independent learning anywhere; help pre-service and in-service workers understand culture, tradition and strategies for reaching Muslims; credits apply toward MA and MDiv (Muslim Studies) at CIU or transferable to other schools. For more Information, write extoffatciudotedu  (extoffatciudotedu)   or visit http://www.ciuextension.com or tel: 800-777-2227; 803-754-4100, ext. 3710; fax: 803-754-9119.
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GET THE LATEST AD2000 PRESS RELEASE

AD2000The AD2000 office sent to us last week a kind of “press release” that you can now download for free. It explains the “shut down” of their Colorado office . . . as well as “where do we go from here.” Just send a message to ad2000atbrigadadotorg  (ad2000atbrigadadotorg)   and you’ll receive the 7K file in your inbox within minutes.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP ON AN UNREACHED FRONTIER

graduation cap The Elijah Company, Inc. will conduct another Missionary Training Camp from June 1-11, 2001 in the Spanish Campo de Gibraltar. The Camps are designed to give practical, scriptural, and experiential training toward a missions career among unreached peoples. Call 757-474-2054 #1 for information, or write to TrumptCallataoldotcom  (TrumptCallataoldotcom)  . ECI web page is http://www.elijahcompany.org.
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DON’T FORGET TO PRAY FOR OPERATION WORLD

praying hands Don’t forget to lift up Patrick Johnstone and staff as they put the finishing touches on Operation World, the prayer guide to challenge all prayer guides. (See “OPEN LETTER FROM OPERATION WORLD AUTHOR“, in the March 23rd 2001 Brigada Today.)

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BRIGADA EVANGELISM RESOURCE IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Brigada Logo The Web Evangelism Guide is also available in other languages:

The English version comes with a twice-monthly newsletter about online evangelism, Christian communication strategy and webmaster tips. The French and German versions have two-way discussion email lists.

If you want to help 2nd-language speakers to your website, see the options available at the English version. It is possible to offer your visitors the ECTACO multilingual dictionary: http://www.ectaco.com/ It is also possible to add a one-click translator for French, German, Italian and Spanish to your webpages with a few lines of code: http://www.wordreference.com/forWebsites.htm

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MUSLIM STUDIES INSTITUTE IN COLUMBIA

graduation cap During the time of July 9- August 3, some 6 Intensive courses offered during two, 2-week sessions (scholarships available for courses by credit) in Columbia, SC, but deadline is May 1. Introduction to Islam; Folk Islam; Muslim Evangelism –July 9-20 Apologetics for Muslim Ministry; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions; Islam in N. America–July 23-August 3, 2001. For more information, write muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)  ; or visit http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies tel: 800-777-2227; 803-754-4100, ext. 3325; fax: 803-786-4209.
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TOTAL IT UP!

graduation cap TOTAL (Taste Of Translation And Linguistics) is a 5- day course that returns to the Portland, Oregon, office of Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 21-25, 2001. Introductory classes in phonetics, phonology, grammar, language & culture learning, and translation & semantics, are all taught by experienced linguists and translators from around the world. Try it on for size, total it up, and see if Bible translation might be a good fit for your unique gifts, interests and talents! Hear field reports, videos, personal testimonies, prayer, devotions and group living build meaningful relationships between staff & students. Tuition, materials, housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and delicious ethnic dinners) are all provided for $100. Scholarships are available. Phone … Lee Higdon at 503-652-1662, toll free 800-269-2007, or e-mail Jim Stair at jim_stairatwycliffedotorg  (jim_stairatwycliffedotorg)  . Or visit http://www.wycliffe.org/nwro.
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NEED PRAYER CARDS?

Feel free to do a one-time visit to their New And Improved Website! It’s all new and better than ever! Their newly designed site is clearer and easier to use, featuring security to allow on-line ordering, digital uploads, and answers to questions frequently asked as customers plan and design their cards. Check it out and let them know what you think. Visit them online: http://www.creativeplus.com or call toll free in the USA, 800-347-2848, for more info.
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WEB-WATCH: LIVING IMPACT

WebWatch Living Impact is an international non- denominational evangelical mission targeting the 10/40 window for church planting. Their strategy to help fulfil the Great Commission in the 21st century is unique. Check them out at: http://www.livingimpact.org for more information.
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ACHIEVE PROFESSIONAL LOOKING MEDIA YOURSELF!

Look at what newWway.org just uploaded: more practical media tips that you can share with your team! Three great articles by Butch, a Media Strategist in W. Europe. “Do I need a Website?”; “Take Better Pictures!” and “Better PowerPoint Presentations’. All three make your communication a surprisingly simple joy. Great links for more in-depth study too! Log onto http://www.newWway.org to read them all.
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KIDS AROUND THE WORLD MISSION

movie camera It’s called “Families of Japan”(Part of “Families of the World” series) a 30 minute video with 2 15-minute programs for ages 5-10. They now have 12 videos from different countries and are working on 4 more (they’ve been waiting for clearance into Vietnam!). These are not “Christian” videos but do a wonderful job of letting the viewer see into the daily lives and families of children around the world. Each video highlights the life of 2 children – generally one city child and one from the country. Check at your public library or call 800-765-5885 for more information (Master Communications) or visit: http://www.ardenmedia.com/order_blank.html
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CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK AVAILABLE NOW

book The world of micro enterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. If this is how you are feeling, then this handbook is for you. Co-authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. Using original research as well as the current literature, this handbook sheds light on the wide array of issues and challenges associated with the implementation of Christian MED strategies. Readers are introduced to the foundational theory behind microfinance for poor people and are introduced to the principles of best practice emerging from Christian MED programs around the world. This pre-publication edition is available in limited quantities for the price of $10 plus shipping and handling. Last call for pre-publication editions – very limited numbers left. Contact the Chalmers Center at chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  , or call 706-419-1805 (USA).
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA OR ELSEWHERE!

graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. 45 teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Please be language sensitive when writing. Unsecured Internet site in China. For more information go to http://www.tesoltraining.com or write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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SPECIAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS

International workers, organizations are looking for insurance for the following: Career Coverage that starts 6 months before leaving home country, reduced rates for single women, coverage for pre-existing conditions, 6-12 months of furlough coverage. Get short term individual plans for as little as $34 a month and a short-term team plans for $1.08 a day. Also, they have med-evac plans, trip protection plans, and term life plans. For more info contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom  (jeffatgninsurancedotcom)   or call 480-813-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010218 Brigada Today

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GET YOUR MOSQUITO NETTING FROM TEALBROOK

TealBrook Supplies, one of Brigada‘s sponsors, has just added a line of mosquito netting. To celebrate the new addition to the family, TealBrook will give Brigada subscribers a special 10% discount off the purchase price of the nets PLUS donate an additional 10% to the Brigada Newsletter. This introductory discount offer will be honored through 5/31/01. To view the mosquito nets and other products like the popular PentaPure water purification systems visit http://www.tealbrook.com and be sure to mention Brigada when ordering!
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OFF THE PRESS: HOUSE CHURCHES CHANGE THE WORLD

Ralph Neighbour wrote “A monumental and marvelous piece of work! It is going to be a very important contribution to the present situation faced by the church.” Order your copy (US$ 14.95 plus s&h; quantity discounts available) now at email 100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom  (100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom)   or Fax +49-7745-919531 and could have a sneak preview at http://www.dawn.ch. Other language versions that already are available: German, Dutch, Urdu, Singhala and Chinese (only e.book version). In process: Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, Arabic, Norwegian, Telegu, Croatian, Italian, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Swedish and Russian.
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BIG DIRECTORY OF YWAM SHORT TERM OUTREACHES

WebWatch Mission Finder Ministries has again come in with a first! – they’ve compiled the web’s only comprehensive list of YWAM short term trips, originating in the US and Canada. There are trips all over the world, many to unreached people groups, and are for youth groups, families, and individuals, for many purposes including construction, VBS, medical, prayer walks, food kitchens, bicycle evangelism, performing arts, etc. Check out this first-ever undertaking at http://www.mfinder.org/ywam.html.
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LET THE US POST OFFICE DO YOUR US MAILINGS

Every so often, someone asks if there’s a way to pump out mass mailings to addresses in the USA, from some point of origination outside the USA. We’ve reported on various ways… but now there’s perhaps an even more direct alternative. Check out the US Postal Service’s offerings on the web at: http://www.usps.gov/mailingonline/ There’s a price for preparation, but it didn’t look outrageous, considering it’s the US Post Office! :-)
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THE NET’S LARGEST DIRECTORY OF CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES

WebWatch Lot’s of compassionate people want to serve the abandoned, orphaned, and otherwise uncared-for children of the world, but hardly know where to start. Our good friends at Mission Finder Ministries have done it again – assembled a great list of Christian orphanages world wide. For those interested in exploring where you might volunteer, short or long term, this is a good place to start. Take a look: http://www.mfinder.org/orphanages.htm.
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NEED AN ONLINE BIBLE SCHOOL? YOU GOT IT

WebWatch Just trot on over to: http://www.hispeople.com His People Online Bible School looks to be a great resource for Christian teaching, whether you’re in Saudi, Siberia, or Seymour.
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PRAY WORLD! 2001 IN PROGRESS

praying hands Billed as a “Millennial Gift to Jesus Christ”, the “Pray World! 2001” emphasis began February 28 and continues through April 8. The focus is prayer and fasting during 40 days of Lent for fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ. Check it out at: http://www.prayworld.org/
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DO YOU HAVE MUSLIM NEIGHBORS?

The Center for Ministry to Muslims would like to help you bridge the cultural gap and reach out to them with God’s love. Check out material at: http://www.CMMequip.org or contact CMM 76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom  (76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom)  . For more comprehensive training, catch their two courses — Introduction to Islam and A Narrative Approach for Communicating with Muslims — from July 23 through August 3.
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SE ASIAN CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS

calendar ROX35 COMIX will be holding two comics trainings in Southeast Asia in 2001. The first will be a 2- day training (May 18-19) at the CSI offices in Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA. For more information email: mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh  (mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh)  . The second will be a 3-day training (May 22-24) held at the Vista Pacific building in Chiang Mai, THAILAND. For more information email: silexatbigfootdotcom  (silexatbigfootdotcom)  . These seminars are aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating and using comics for evangelism and discipleship. Both courses will include sessions on Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, “Guerilla Marketing” Ideas, Cultural Considerations, Comics & Communication, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. The teachers at both events will be cartoonist Nate Butler and missionary Len Cowan. You can learn more about the ROX35 COMIX training ministry at this web site http://www.rox35.org or by emailing ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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MIDDLE EAST TESOL

graduation cap Need TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training? Get it in Jerusalem, September 3th – 28th. For more information contact Porter TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  .
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HOW MANY SUBSCRIBERS THESE DAYS?

Brigada Logo When EGroups transitioned to Yahoo groups, the code-writers polished up the servers and tightened up the reporting a bit. Turns out we have somewhere above 9,000 subscribers… but not quite 10,000. That’s okay. Nobody gets paid per subscriber. :-)
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DOES EGROUPS (YAHOO) PAY BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Nope. Originally, they talked about it… back at the beginning. Seems like we got 3 checks, each averaging around $25…. spread out over the first 12 months. By that time, they had become convinced that their model would never work… and that was the end of that. Now we pay about $60/year to make sure there aren’t any of those crusty “ad trailers” on the ends of these emails. So… [yawn] nobody’s getting rich from Egroups… that’s for sure. :-)
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DOES BRIGADA RECEIVE ADVERTISING DOLLARS FROM RESOURCE PROVIDERS?

Brigada Logo About 2 or 3 times/year, some enterprising business will say, “Do you guys accept sponsorship dollars?” (The answer is always a resounding “Yes!” :-) ) We place their information prominently on the web site: http://www.brigada.org and feature them in a big headline in the next couple of issues. But we never “charge” the people who list resources in Brigada Today. If someone decides to donate, they give from the heart. Then we pay bills. Like for instance, this past Christmas, we sent nice gift certificates from Circuit City to our web volunteer and customer service volunteers. (In case anyone ever asks you, there’s a “Donate” button at the website that allows folks to give by check or credit card, if they can join PayPal, or, if anyone ever receives an inheritance :-), our address is:

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MINISTRY LIBRARY

Brigada autoresponder Remember Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)  , a missionary church planter, who wanted to classify his personal library? Guess what: He kept his word. If you’d like to see his 46K summary of elegant, sophisticated and simple classification systems to track books, audios, videos, etc., just send an email to library-systemsatbrigadadotorg  (library-systemsatbrigadadotorg)  . Within minutes, you’ll receive an auto-responder full of great brainstorms. And thanks to all those who responded! Some of these library systems are terrific! Great job Mark!
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FREE RADIO SCRIPTS FOR CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING, NOW ONLINE

Log onto the brand new Strategy Network website just uploaded on http://www.newWway.org for 100 free radio scripts suitable for North Africa and Middle Eastern Teams. The series called “The Way of Righteousness: The Stories and Message of God’s Prophets According to the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel” may be something your team would want to translate into your target language. The scripts are at http://www.newwway.org. Once you’re there, paste this additional text into the URL address box in your browser (in other words, add this onto the end of the http://www.newwway.org address:
/strategy_network/storying_resources/sub8/index.html
(If we listed the entire link, it would line-wrap and that always results in a ton of emails saying the link is bad. It’s not bad… but it does require “assembly” since it’s so long.) (Thanks Chris!)
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ROSETTA STONE RELEASES ARABIC LEVEL 2

cd-rom Finally the Rosetta Stone language CD-Rom, Arabic Level 2, that many of you have been waiting for has been completed. If you or someone you know is learning Arabic, this is the program for you. Level 1 is also available for those that are just beginning to learn Arabic. There are 24 different languages available through Mission Training International at an exclusive price for missionaries of $99, plus shipping per level. To order call 800- 896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or write Mission Training International Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and visit http://www.mti.org.
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PEERS ENCOURAGE MISSIONS COMMITMENTS

A new on-line community is ready to serve the English-speaking evangelical missions community: http://www.myglobalimpact.com. This dynamic web site creates small groups (2 – 7 people) of peers with similar missions interests. These virtual groups serve to encourage and help people along their journey discovering God’s will. If you have made a missions commitment and want to connect with others like you, register now at http://www.myglobalimpact.com. You’ll be able to read and post on a variety of subjects, join on-line discussions, or use the real-time chat system, or you can use plain old e-mail. If you are a speaker, pastor, or agency rep who gives missions challenges, see www.myglobalimpact.com/affilaiates.htm to learn how to use www.myglobalimpact.com to help those you challenge follow through on their commitments. Myglobalimpact.com is a free and ad-free service of Caleb Project, http://www.calebproject.org.
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PEOPLETEAMS.ORG LIKE THE DURACELL BUNNY (KEEPS ON GROWING)

People Teams Like that Duracell bunny featured around the world in battery ads… that “keeps on going and going,” PeopleTeams.org (PT) now has 330 websites. Actually, 167 websites are actually hosted by PT; 148 sites are links and 15 were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a msy presence. In addition, there are links to 33 missions resources and 85 missionary-sending agencies. On their birthday, PT had 160,000+ hits for the month. The Miao website was #1 with more than 7,000 hits from 650 unique visitors and the Palestinians were #2 (626 unique visitors). http://www.peopleteams.org
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LINGUALINKS LIBRARY AVAILABLE ON CD-ROM THROUGH MTI

cd-rom The LinguaLinks Library has 8 Bookshelves with over 97 on-line books for you. The Bookshelves include material concerning Anthropology, Language Learning, Linguistics, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Consulting, Scripture Use, and Translation. Also included are Cookbooks, Where There is No Doctor or Dentist, and Solar Electricity. It is compiled by Wycliffe Bible Translators and available through Mission Training International. A sensitive version is available for those in sensitive countries. The cost is $75 plus shipping. To order call 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or email Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and browse: http://www.mti.org.
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AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO PERSEVERE

book A new book, Five Loaves and Two Bowls of Borscht, gives church planters (and anyone else involved in ministry) a picture of what God can do with our meager offerings. Using a touch of humor, author Janice Lemke relates lessons learned through struggles on the mission field and shows how God worked in spite of those difficulties to start a successful church planting movement in Ukraine. For ordering information, write cjlemkeatcsdotcom  (cjlemkeatcsdotcom)  .
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STUDY TESOL IN CHINA

graduation cap China needs 250,000 English Teachers for next year! A TESOL course will be held, June 1-July 14, 2001 at a university in Henan Province, China, with hopes of training English teachers to help fill this need. The school will prepare you to teach English almost anywhere in the world! For more information, visit: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OFFERS A DEGREE IN ISLAM

graduation cap Earn a graduate degree with core courses on Islam by studying during the regular academic year, Summer Studies, Winterim (January) and by Extension. Summer Studies 2001 again offers two, 2-week sessions: Session I, July 9-20: Introduction to Islam (Steve Johnson), Folk Islam (David Cashin), Muslim Evangelism (Phil Parshall). Session II, July 23- August 3: Apologetics for Muslim Ministry (John Gilchrist), Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Sam Soloman), Islam in North America (Carl Ellis). Each 3 s.h. course for credit is $897; audit is $150. Room and board is $175 per week. For more information, write Warren muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or call 800-777-2227 x3325 (803-754-4100). Web: http://www.ciu.edu/programs/sem_ma_muslim.htm
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SUMMER MINISTRY/TRAINING IN TURKEY

graduation cap METS 2001 Middle East Training Session is slated for May 23th – July 4th in Turkey with experienced local workers. There will be ministry opportunities with English speaking Turkish university students, local workers, and at summer camps for Turkish children. Also included: practical and academic studies in Bible, Islamics, history, culture, and conversational Turkish. College credit is available upon request. Cost is U$S 1195 plus airfare and personal spending money. If interested, contact IDEA Ministries ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)   before March 15th.
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HELP THE CRY OF THE HEART

The Cry of the Heart is offering a host of evangelism information, including training in evangelism techniques and testimonies, as well as missions information. They are offering the opportunity for anyone that has a ministry related to evangelism or missions. If you would like to be considered in this project, just fill out the on-line form at http://members.tripod.com/heart_cry/forms/ For more information, see The Cry of the Heart http://www.heart-cry.com or write Diana ldydsthatyahoodotcom  (ldydsthatyahoodotcom)  .
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NEED TO RAISE FUNDS? PLAY GOLF!

I’m serious. If you don’t believe me, just browse: http://www.mindspring.com/~gfgs or write Dan dklkkkckatmsndotcom  (dklkkkckatmsndotcom)  . He’ll help you get set up for all kinds of ministry!
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MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Take a week-long course at CITI in N. Carolina, April 16-20. The focus is on empowering a community to create culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. For course information visit http://www.citi.org and for examples of the approach taught see http://www.worship-arts-network.com/eth-music-articles-list.html.
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THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION VIA PILOT COURSE FROM GERMANY

graduation cap In anticipation of offering a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Columbia International University (CIU), Dr. Robert W. Ferris will lead theological educators in a week of intense instruction and interaction at CIU’s Korntal campus. Dr. Ferris will focus on “Theological Foundations for Educational Practice” (ITE 7320) from June 5-9, 2001 (to be taught in English). Credits earned in this course will be applicable toward current M.A. and M.Div. degrees or toward any future programs. Tuition will be DM 705,00 for students taking the course as part of their Master of Arts or Master of Divinity programs. An announcement regarding doctoral program entrance standards, program requirements, and costs will be made during the ITE course in June. For further information please contact cbsinfoataemdotde  (cbsinfoataemdotde)  .
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YOU PLAY TENNIS?

Here’s a group called Tennis Ambassador Christian Ministry that links tennis players, fans, coaches, and playing professionals in 79 nations. A free twice a month newsletter is sent out to members with interesting viewpoints from around the world. In 2001, TACM will begin to financially support orphans in developing countries. Check out http://www.tennisministry.com. Email Bob infoattennisministrydotcom  (infoattennisministrydotcom)   for more info.
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GREAT SLANT ON PRAYER JOURNEYS

praying hands Here’s a church in Cincinnati, Ohio (Clovernook Christian) that has taken a slightly different tack on prayer journeys. They’re asking participants to make a commitment to pray after the prayer journey, on a regular basis, for a minimum of six or twelve months. Great idea! Seems like we should all be implementing that!
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THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and penLast week we wrote that good teams become great teams when they have these three starter components:

  1. A clear sense of purpose
  2. Motivated team members
  3. Determination

This week we expand the list with 1 more item. Again, most of this stuff is just common sense, but I’ll admit that it comes from having watched 20 years worth of teams in formation. Good teams become great teams when they have…

d. Gifted team members — You thought I’d forget this, didn’t you. But it’s true. As much as we’d like to think that story-book champions come from dreams and passion, the truth is that most championships are won by teams with athletes who are incredibly talented. Look at the way a guy like Pele can seemingly lift a nation to international fame. Born to poor parents, here’s a guy who learned to play soccer by wrapping up his brother’s underwear into little balls! Later, he’d practice with grapefruits and oranges. But all you have to do is watch him chest a ball down to his feet, then shoot it first touch — and then you appreciate the fact that this guy has more natural ability in his big toe than most of us do in our whole bodies! You’re heard the phrase that “winning is 80% motivation.” I believe it. But that other 20% can sure make a difference sometimes. So on our mission teams, we need people who can really share Christ effectively. We need sharp leaders with grace-filled pastoral care gifts. We don’t just want average language guys. We want incredible language speakers. The kind where the words roll off his or her tongue.

I love listening to one guy in our mission who has an IQ off the scoreboard. I’m convinced he could have done anything he set his mind to. I found him (okay… so maybe God found him :-) ) on the campus of a Midwestern Bible College about 10 or 12 years ago. I had gone to the Academic Dean and asked, “Would you write down the name of your best preacher, your most gifted learner, and the most promising student in the college.” He said, “That’s easy — it’s one guy, with all three titles.” The next morning I ate breakfast with that fellow. Probably one of the best breakfasts I ever had… and I don’t even remember what I ate! :-) But that one morning changed our lives… both of our lives! He joined our organization and we’ve never been the same since. His Chinese is so good, nationals have told me it sounds like he was native born. Sometimes they close their eyes and they forget that he’s not Chinese. Once I dared him to be ready for the fall of “the bamboo curtain”… to train Chinese leaders all the more into the very best leaders they can be. Thing is… he isn’t waiting for any curtains to fall. With God’s power, he and his beautiful wife are walking right through them.

Now… when are they going to get around to inventing DNA cloning for humans. Who needs extra sheep! :-)

Seriously — how do we find those kind of guys? Seems to me that today’s missions enterprise depends on us finding the Simon Peters and Andrews (and the guy in the Midwestern college) and all the others who will make a difference. Then we’ll have great teams. Then we’ll see the harvest God promised. Then we’ll see churches pop up like mushrooms around the earth.

Give me a team full of gifted team members and I’ll show you a great team — as long as some other issues are in place. More about those next week. :-)

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010121 Brigada Today

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EMAIL ENCRYPTION

letter and ligntening bolt… but were afraid to ask . . . is now available online by joining a special email conference headed by Caleb Project’s John Hanna (of the old “Brigada- connections” days; also, remember “Global Glimpse”? :-) ). To join, just send a blank email to: missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . We’ll give John a heads up on the possibility that many will join this group. It’s a hot topic. And… yes… he’ll take into consideration that not everyone joining would be friendly to the cause.
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CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK

book The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this handbook is for you. Co- authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. Pre-publication editions are available in limited quantity from the Chalmers Center. The cost is $10, plus shipping and handling. To order your copy, send a message to the Chalmers Center at: chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  .
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COURSES ON ISLAM OFFERED IN THE SUMMER OF 2001

graduation cap Fuller School of World Mission is offering a great set of courses on Islam, this summer. You can take the course for grad credit for $800 and audit is considerably cheaper. Check out these offerings:

  • June 11-15: Muslim Evangelism, Phil Parshall
  • June 18-29, Women in Islam, Evelyne Reisacher
  • July 2-6: (no class on the 4th), Islam in North America, Steve Johnson
  • July 9-13: Church Planting in Muslim Contexts, Greg Livingstone.

For more information, write Laura swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu  (swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu)  .

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TEACH YOUR AUDIENCE TO LOVE MUSLIMS

movie camera The dynamic attitude-altering video series, “The Real Story: A Christian’s Guide To The Arab World”, is composed of six 20 minute segments, making it ideal for use in adult Christian Ed classes, mission study groups, as a follow up to Perspectives, or even orienting short-termers entering a Muslim context. Includes a 40 page Study Guide summarizing each segment and providing questions for discussion. Cost: $40 Retail, available to Brigada readers at a 30% discount! Contact: MEM-USA ADatmem-usadotorg  (ADatmem-usadotorg)  .
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EASY-ENGLISH NEW TESTAMENT

Bible SOON Gospel Literature has the copyright to a very easy-English New Testament. It can be viewed online at http://bible.gospelcom.net (version ‘WE’). SOON does not distribute it commercially, but prints it primarily for use in its own ministry. Its leaders are willing to collaborate with any ministry which wishes to use part or all of the text for scripture distribution, or as part of any other material. They are also considering the addition of a brief overview of the Old Testament to future issues. Can anyone recommend existing short material which explains God’s dealings with man in the Old Testament, and is designed for a (non-Western) reader who knows nothing of the Bible? If so, write Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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BIBLE BASED ESL CURRICULA

graduation cap EFCM International Network has two Bible-based ESL curricula: Adventures in English and Exploring English. During the past year the I-NET staff has rewritten the reading lessons for these two series to make them much more active, requiring more student participation and involvement. Also, there are now reading lessons for beginning and advanced readers. International Network also has developed an 8-lesson ESL Adventures in Business curriculum. If you want to get a sample lesson of the Adventures series or the Exploring series, contact Don 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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EMERGING LEADERS SUMMIT

calendar There is a global grassroots movement of young emerging leaders passionate in their devotion to Jesus, fervent in worship and radical in their commitment to see the whole world know Christ. On March 21-24, 2001, these leaders — from the US and throughout the 10/40 Window — will gather at the Christian Aid Training Base in Charlottesville, Virginia to seek God’s direction and network with others who are leading evangelistic initiatives among the unreached peoples of the world. For information about registration, the summit agenda, goals of the Emerging Leadership Network, and other relevant topics visit http://el.strategicnetwork.org or contact the summit coordinator via email to thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  .
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COMICS WITH AN ATTITUDE

Almost any issue or idea can be turned into a story, which can then be made into a comic. This book gives practical advice on how to target and produce comics. It’s free to third World readers, and is also available online: http://global.finland.fi/comics For Christian training in the use of cartooning and comics, Rox35 Media is the place to go: http://www.ROX35Media.org
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WHAT’S GONE WRONG WITH THE HARVEST?

WebWatch Two thousand years ago Jesus gave the Great Commission. Today, many remain unreached. Log onto http://www.newWway.org and read the classic work on communication strategy by James F Engel. Also see newWway.org’s new look and browse the content, there’s about four times more material than before, and more is being added every week!
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WEB-WATCH: CONTEXTUALIZED WORSHIP

WebWatch Those Canadians just keep churning out the great missions stuff. Check out the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center (Canadian based) at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index9.html

Another Canadian site, the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus, can be found at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index62.html

While you’re at it, check out the International Worship & Arts Network at: http://www.worship-arts-network.com

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HOUSE CHURCH NETWORK: GET CONNECTED

If you’re looking for house church resources or relationships, check into the Canadian House Church Resource Network at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/Housechurches.htm
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DON’T FORGET FEBRUARY’S FULANI PRAYER EMPHASIS

praying hands Remember that February is a special month of prayer and fasting for the Unreached Fulani people of the World! There are 26 million Fulani in West Africa. The prayer guide is available in English and in French! Find out more at http://www.africamissions.com/fulbe.htm or write Dave 100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom  (100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom)  .
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TESOL COURSE IN CHINA!

graduation cap It’s six weeks long, starting June 1, 2001. Teachers use proven results. The only entry requirement is that you speak English. Learn more at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  . Please be sensitive to possible Chinese listeners when writing this address.
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NEED A TOSHIBA COMPUTER?

laptop computer DSR, Inc, has specialized in providing Toshiba portable computers to missionaries overseas since 1986. Its techs have lots of experience with delivery, 220 volts, plug ends, etc., and they operate one of 27 major Premier-level repair shop in the USA. They provide “one-business-day” turn around on tech support emails. For info write Steve ssmithatdsr-incdotcom  (ssmithatdsr-incdotcom)   or go to http://www.dsr-inc.com
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DO YOU KNOW A GOOD, SIMPLE LIBRARY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM?

Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)   is a missionary church planter, and is wanting to classify his personal library. He’s not fond of the Dewey system or the Library of Congress classification scheme. Do you know of a simple & helpful classification system to suggest to him (preferably one that will work for books, audios, videos, etc.)? Extensive Internet searching has proven nearly fruitless. PLEASE NOTE: He is not desiring help in managing or cataloging a book collection (much software of that nature is available), but rather a system to use for numbering or classifying items. Please e-mail Mark with your suggestions, and he will let us all know if an answer is found.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen There’s a lot of talk these days about working in teams. Those blessed with the opportunity to serve on great teams are quick to tell you that they love their job. But how do those teams become great? I’m becoming more and more convinced that good teams don’t become great teams by accident. It’s an intentional process . . . and it involves dozens of variables. Gleaned from 20 years of experience watching our own mission teams grow around the globe, here’s the beginning of a short list on some ideas for turning good teams into great teams.

Great teams have…

  1. A clear sense of purpose — Nothing can ‘deep six’ a team faster than floundering in the swamp of wondering why they exist. Write your purpose down. Frame it. Talk about it. Re-read it regularly. Make sure new team members understand it before they even seek membership.

  2. Motivated team members — Okay. This one’s obvious. But think about the difference it makes to just put a basketball great like Michael Jordan onto a court. I’ve been reading a book about Jordan (“For the Love of the Game” — highly recommended for sports fans) and it’s impossible to miss his passion for the sport. Apparently most professional b’ball players in the NBA have provisions which restrict their play during the off-season. Team owners don’t want their prize players getting injured and hurting their winnings the following season. When Jordan came to the Chicago Bulls in 1984, he evidently lobbied long and hard until he achieved what few other players have negotiated: a “Love Of The Game Clause”. Basically Jordan said he loved basketball so much that he couldn’t imagine walking through a summer without it. Bravo for him. It’s about time we respect people because they have a passion for something rather than because they got rich off of it. Likewise, we need missionaries who can’t wait to get up in the morning. They might not really enjoy language learning drills, but their passion for Christ and their devotion to the Lord compel them to study. In short, they need “Love of the Lord Clauses”. … and maybe “Love of the People Clauses” too!

  3. Determination — My 14-year-old son loves soccer. So do dozens of other boys his age. But, if I may say so, something seems to separate him from other boys, especially in the final half of a match. While other players seem to grow more and more weary, especially if they’re behind on the scoreboard, Chris seems to almost play harder as each minute passes. He just won’t quit. He can be 3 goals down… but he just won’t stop trying to come out on top.

These last few days I’ve been meeting with our two full-time teams in Taiwan. The team leader I’m with on this particular day readily admits that he and his wife worked here for 7 years without a single response. Talk about 7 years of famine. Imagine… 7 years without a single success story to write home about. But they didn’t give up. By the 10th year there were a handful . . . and now in the 15 year a church is rising up. Over 100 believers celebrate on Sunday mornings… and cell groups are being birthed all over this bustling city. It’s harvest time.

Good teams rarely become great teams… but when they do, they seldom reach greatness without a clear sense of purpose, motivated team members, and determination. My challenge to all of us is to seek after those attributes in the teams upon which we labor. [more next week]

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