Joshua Project

6) My Favorite View at JoshuaProject.net

joshuaproject.jpgWhat’s your favorite tool at …

http://www.joshuaproject.net

Mine is the People Group Finder at…

http://joshuaproject.net/people-selector.php

Why? Because it gives you absolute power to choose the region, the country, whether or not you just want 10/40 Window people groups, a population filter (e.g., greater than 10,000 people), the primary religion, % of Christian adherents, or % of evangelical, unreached status, unengaged status, progress, whether or not there’s a Bible Translation and/or a Jesus film, etc., etc. Using this filter, you can pretty much choose the criteria, the groups, the ‘unreachedness’, and more. I recently sent a note to JoshuaProject’s founder, Dan Scribner, thanking him for his work on this. In his reply, he confessed that he get the idea from the “Dell Refurbished Outlet” system. :-) If they only knew what their used computers had inspired. :-) (Besides the unreached people that were reached, of course, is this not the best thing that ever came out of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement? Hats off to you Dan Scribner and any & all who are helping you!)

7) Errors at JoshuaProject.net? Surely not!

joshuaprojectThe good thing is … Dan and company have not a shred of defensive attitude. Quite the contrary. They beg for correction. Log on at…

http://www.joshuaproject.net

to learn more about unreached people. And if you do a vision trip, prayer journey, or a full-time overseas experience and you hear of errors, please don’t just sit back and complain; Tell them about it!

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

It’s the only way we’ll create more accurate data! I wrote Dan this week to see if he was still seeking your honest feedback. He responded, “Joshua Project has no field workers or on-site researchers.  Joshua Project data is simply a compilation of data we get from others.  We use local researchers info, on-site missionary feedback, survey and mission trip reports, census info, etc. to compile Joshua Project data.  We also heavily reference other global data sets such as the Ethnologue, IMB / Peoplegroups.org, World Christian Encyclopedia and mission researchers such as Patrick Johnstone and many others.”

He continued, “Joshua Project data certainly has inaccuracies and we seek to continually refine / update / correct the data.  We are also most open to adjusting, tweaking, modifying, deleting material on the Joshua Project website in any way that would be most beneficial in advance the Lord’s Kingdom.  We want to scratch where the unreached people itch is, not simply to be an academic exercise in documenting ethnic peoples data.  I can’t promise we will implement every suggestion for the website mainly because of the very limited web development skills of yours truly, but we so value feedback regarding the pros / cons / needs / ideas for the web presentation of the data!”

What’s not to like about *that* refreshing attitude? So go ahead — make his day. Let him know how you feel about your specialty people group. It just might help the person who comes after you.

1) Look At The World’s Peoples Via A *Tree* View

That’s what you can do now at:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/peoples-tree.php

Shew. Makes me want to shake my head. And all this is compiled dynamically, via database, so the changes they make in one list will be reflected in all the others. Amazing. You won’t want to miss this view! This is the way Patrick Johnstone looks at the world. You’ll like it too. (Thanks Dan and all the crew at Joshua Project!!!)

20061224 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE
  2. WE GET MAIL
  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT)
  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE?
  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST
  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL)
  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU
  8. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA
  9. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB
  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS?
  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE
  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES?
  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH
  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS?
  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM
  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES
  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY
  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS
  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008?
  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE
  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY
  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE
  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS)
  25. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE -– Most of the major international health insurance companies that insure overseas workers are holding their present insurance rates until at least March 1. The annual rate increase is between 8-10%. To save money on insurance premiums, you might want to purchase insurance now with an effective date prior to March 1. Most companies will allow you one month’s coverage in the USA prior to leaving the USA. Thus if you need insurance to become effective on March 24th you can ask for a Feb. 24th effective date and thus get coverage in place before the annual international health insurance rate increase. For more information visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    or contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call toll-free in USA 866/636-9100 or (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 .] (Note that these guys have been a great friend of Brigada.)


  2. WE GET MAIL — Even the joshua project staff reads & uses Brigada. Thanks to the point man at the Joshua Project 2000 website for writing this past week…

    “Hi Doug,

    Warmest greetings. Just wanted to share with you about how Brigada is such a great tool and having an impact in ways you might not know of.

    A gentleman called the Joshua Project office a couple minutes ago wanting council on how to start ministry among an unreached people group. He was a young, single guy pretty much ready to go anywhere but need some direction on getting started, best practices, etc. I thought to myself, “What can I send this guy to help him?” Then the lights went on and I suddenly occurred to me that you had mentioned Garrison’s book on CPM [Church-Planting Movements] in the last Brigada issue. I found the link in Brigada and sent it to this guy. I am sure he is probably downloading the book right now.

    Thanks so much for the great ministry of Brigada. You are having a significant impact in many unseen ways.

    Warmly in Christ, Dan Scribner

    [glow]

    Thanks for the encouragement, Dan. Every time we send out an edition of Brigada in the middle of the night, it’s always so quiet . . . and I wonder if actually … does anybody *get* this stuff, let alone *read* it! Then we hear back an encouraging email like that… and life is good. :-)

    By the way, find the JP site at:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/

    It’s only our favorite site for all unreached people data in the world. There, you’ll find facts like this one: ” The four largest Least-Reached people groups are the Japanese of Japan, the Shaikh of Bangladesh, the Shaikh of India, and the Brahman of India.”

    We also received a note from an on-field missionary, ” I’ve enjoyed reading Brigada, and I’m glad I could help in a small way. The information you include is always interesting and a great way to connect missionaries serving around the world, and I hope you are able to continue providing it for years to come! I will pray that the rest of the money you need comes in!” (Thanks Catherine!)


  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT) — What an amazing week for Brigada finances. We truly feel like Jimmy Stewart — it’s a “Wonderful Life!” This past week, we received $50 from Jack Straus, who compiles the material for

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com (Thanks Jack!!!)

    and $20 from an anonymous representative from Kingdom Come Training

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com/ (Thanks you all!)

    and $300 from Steve in Virginia, who wrote, “down to the wire for ’06, that every UPG may hear in ’07!” Thanks Steve!

    and $100 from an anonymous donor who wrote, “Through years of being a lay leader on a church missions team, to going on staff as the missions pastor, and now a missionary representative raising my own support, Brigada has been my most helpful resource and continues to provide me with the latest information I need to serve in missions. Since way back in the first year of Brigada, I’ve been a fan!” (Praise the Lord, Dennis!)

    and $50 from an anonymous member of YWAM-England. (We love YWAMmers. Thanks!)

    Plus… $50 from Glenn, who fills the Maxwell Intercultural Chair at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB Canada. He is also on the Management Team of CrossTraining, a new missionary training program in Calgary Alberta and Toronto Ontario. (Thanks Glenn!)

    Plus, on top of all that, a bundle of other anonymous donations that, all together, totaled $1190 — and all that came in during the past 7 days, for a grand total of $13,244.74 for the year! Frankly, it’s amazing. We’re so thankful. Even as we celebrate, we are aware we are still in the red for 2006. Our previously stated need was $16,650 for the year. But we thank the Lord for the progress that was made. 2006 has already been a record-breaking year for Brigada support & sponsorship.


  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE: — If you would be so kind, would you try your local church missions committee or a foundation? Perhaps someone will even ask you if you know of a good cause. Or is there a chance that some intended to give and just didn’t get time? (We can still apply it toward 2006 tax deductions.) Perhaps your church would have $500, $100, or even $25 remaining in a contingency fund that wasn’t allocated during 2006. Once again, we won’t take more than our stated needs for 2006, but we are allocating to 2006 any funds that come in during the next 10 days. If we *should* by some miracle go over the stated need, we’ll simply apply those funds toward the 2007 budget. Here’s what we’re looking for to finish the task:

    1 to give 1000 — 0 down, 1 to go
    5 to give 500 — 4 down, 1 to go
    8 to give 250 — 3 down, 5 to go
    10 to give 100 — 10 completed! Finished!
    20 to give 50 — 20 completed! Finished!
    50 to give 25 — 23 down, 27 to go

    Can you or someone you know jump in on these last gifts? 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.


  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST — Betty did a *super* job compiling resources and sources on prayer. See it by going here:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/prayer.pdf

    Betty, thank you, and thanks to all those who wrote to you to give you ideas. This is truly another great example of how the Brigada movement can work out well for everyone involved.


  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL) — Use your vocation to reach the nations. Discover how to use your skills in missions, integrate work and witness. Catch it on Saturday, January 27, 2007, 9am-1pm. at Morningview Baptist Church

    http://www.morningview.org

    Call 334-272-2304 for more info. Pre-register at

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email jonathanoue(at)yahoo(dot)com with any questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Presented by Global Opportunities.


  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU — Another Encountering the World of Islam course is being held in San Diego, California: January 11th – March 29th. If you or friends are at all interested in understanding more about Islam or knowing how to be more effective in reaching Muslims, whether it is across the world or in your own neighborhood, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. The course is patterned after the Perspectives course and is becoming more and more popular as Christians are seeing how difficult it is to win and disciple people from Muslim backgrounds. This course will REALLY HELP YOU! More information about the course and other locations can be found at

    http://EncounteringIslam.org .

    For information on the class in San Diego call Becky at (619) 582-7222, ext. 260, or write beckybriggs(at)cabc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA — Four major resource networks who connect with overseas partnerships (China Source, Impact Indonesia, Antioch Network, International Turkey Network) have called for a consultation to be held in the Minneapolis area February 7th through the 9th of 2007. They are asking leaders and key participants in UPG networks and partnership work to come together to see if they can be more effective by working together rather than separately. The key question they are asking is, “Can we do a better job by sharing with each other and if the answer is yes, how do we do this?” To learn more, just go to

    http://www.tinyurl.com/ueg8c

    for more information or contact john.quam(at)msn(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 BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB — We mentioned previously that there were all kinds of new Bible study resources on the web. Dave reminded us not to overlook this one…

    http://www.studylight.org/

    Truth is, Dave happens to have “personally talked to the person who started it. He has a wonderful attitude about wanting to provide Bible study helps for people.” (Thanks Dave!)


  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS? — Ed Brown, a leader in the creation-care movement, will convince you that missions and environmental stewardship go together. He will be doing a workshop at Urbana and he has a new book out, “Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation.” The book is full of practical suggestions for bringing concern for the environment together with the evangelical mission of the church. You can find links to Ed’s blog and get a discount on his book at:

    http://www.careofcreation.org/


  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE — Justin Long, Editor of Momentum Magazine, noted in a recent e-mail to the Lausanne Younger Leader Gathering’s forum that SIM USA has set up a YouTube channel. He wrote Brigada, “This is the first I have heard of any agency doing this. Are other agencies or individual mobilizers using YouTube, Google Video, or other channels to publish videos specifically for missions, mission mobilization, mission education, etc.?” If so, he’d be interested in hearing from these and publishing a list of channels in Momentum (as well as making the list available to Brigada readers and others, obviously for free!). Write JustinLong(at)gmail.com with the subject line “Missions Video Channel” and I’ll compile a list. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Here are 3 samples: Andy Caldwell is producing a few short video updates from Urbana called “Nudge TV.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9siUn9WoL8

    Watch for 1-2 more updates posted on SIM USA’s YouTube channel here:

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SIMUSA

    SIM International has a channel for sharing SIM videos/films through YouTube here:

    http://www.youtube.com/SIMinternational


  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES? — Have you tried Christian Image Library? This is an on-line library of images (contrary to earlier reports, most of these actually cost a small fee) that you can use in your handouts and PowerPoint presentations for class lessons. It contains over 34,000 photos and maps to enhance your sermons, lessons, studies, and presentations.

    How to access it? Visit

    http://www.christianimagelibrary.com

    (Thanks Bob!)


  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH — We’ve highlighted it before, but it’s worth a reminder, don’t forget the fish. Like many, Greg has found it to be one of the most effective translator web-engines:

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/

    (Thanks Greg!)


  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS? — It’s happening January 24-27, 2007. The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its annual Symposium to explore the issue of how to measure “success” and effectiveness in the ever-changing world of mission. An interactive Leadership Roundtable is just $15 and held January 24-25 and a free workshop exploring the effectiveness of short-term missions will be held on Saturday, January 27. All events are held at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

    http:// grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/symposium


  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM — The next issue of Momentum will focus on West Africa and will contain a survey of the people group clusters found within that region. To add to the survey, Editor Justin Long is looking for high resolution (print ready) photographs of a bunch of peoples/clusters. He is particularly looking for photographs that can reproduce well in roughly 2″ square thumbnail photographs. Here’s a list of the people groups:

    Adamawa-ubangi: the Mauye of Nigeria; Hassaniya Arabs, particularly the Moors of Maure; The Atlantic cluster, particularly the Temne of Sierra leone and/or the Serere-Sine of Senegal; The Atlantic-Jola cluster, primarily the Jola (found mainly in Senegal); the Wolof; The Benue cluster, including: ibibio, Tiv, Ebira, Anaang; The Chadic cluster, incl: Angas, Kamwe, Sura; The Kanuri-Saharan: Yerwa, Manga; the Fulani Guinean: Akan, Baule, Ewe, Fon, Edo, Brong; Gur: Mossi, Senufo, Dagaaba Hausa; Igbo; Ijaw; Kru: Basse; Malinke: Maninke, Mandinka; Malinke- Bambara: Bambara; Malinke-Jula: Jula; Mande: Mende, Dan; Nupe Songhai: Zerma of Niger; Soninke; Susu; Tuareg; Yoruba

    Obviously, the Momentum editor will credit you (along with the original source, if you’re not that source). Just write to editoratmomentum-magdotorg with details.


  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES — Here’s a resource for missionaries, worship leaders, churches, small groups and individuals. Free-lance writer, songwriter and photographer Cheryl Rogers would like to make available her growing collection of original Scripture songs, Bible columns and artwork. Visit her website at

    http:// www.SongsfromtheWord.com

    You’ll find music, text, artwork and more. Check it out.


  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY — Accountable2You Internet Partner is a free Internet accountability software promoting openness and transparency between members and accountability partners. Seeking to enhance integrity, trustworthiness and purity as members use the software is the goal! Find it at…

    http://www.accountable2you.com


  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS — In November 2006, all the parts of the six-year development of the Story of the Messiah came together. Sine Ministries released the combination of the seven plus hour audio program and the 350-page book that is richly illustrated with a unique collection of artwork. “The Story of the Messiah” is unique in the way that the events from the four Gospels are woven into one story. The dialogue between the old man (Maxus) and his eleven- year-old friend made it possible to provide helpful information. This helpful background information enhances the story for the listener and reader without confusing the events in the Gospels.

    Complete information as well as a free study guide and audio samples are available on the special website that has been designed:

    http://www.messiahstory.org .

    Perhaps the greatest benefit of the story is to permit the reader to come to know Jesus Christ better – the man the Bible affirms is Savior of the world and coming King. For more information from Sine Ministries write

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


  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008? — Are you or your ministry serving during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? If not, would you like to? Here’s a gal who is compiling a list of those serving. She hopes to be in-country by then, serving with an organization that is not currently planning on doing anything for this big event. She would be interested in learning of any ministries that are planning on doing service, outreach, etc. Write her at…

    MeetMeInBeijing(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Be sure to include in your email any specifics about how tightly you want to secure any of your contact information. If you’re *really* worried about your information getting out there… just tell her she can’t republish it — she can only pass it to contacts that she has secured one-v-one. She’ll come up with a report that we can publish here on Brigada.


  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE — Whether you are looking for short-term, long-term, individual or group mission medical insurance, feel free to email Community Insurance Agency at missionary(at)ciainsagency(dot)com

    or browse to

    http://www.visitorsinsurance.com/missionary_travel_plans.php

    or call 800-344-9540 x15 in the USA, or 847-897-5120 everywhere else.


  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will present another training at Living Waters Farm, Virginia from January 25-28, 2007. The four days is an intensive exposure dealing with a wide variety of essential needs. An alumni said, “Missionary Training Camp jump- started my missions career.” See their web site at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    for a more complete description of the training. For additional information and applications write to

    elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507 in the USA.


  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY — The 5th Annual North American Consultation for folks with an interest in contextual Hindu ministry will take place from June 22-25, 2007 in Portland, Oregon. This will also be the inaugural gathering of the Hindu Student Friendship Network for those involved in campus ministry. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE -– From May 10 – 12, 2007 in Pasadena, CA, this three-day training will give an analysis of the gospel of Christ in the Hindu world from historical, comparative religious, sociological and theological perspectives. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS) — Didn’t get a chance to send your “wish for 2007”? You’re in luck! Because of an error in configuration, the server didn’t retain any of the wishes! Lest you think your wishes won’t be granted, we’ve been granted a reprieve! Did you happen to save a copy of the email you sent? If so, would you mind terribly if we asked you to send it again? (Please forgive any inconvenience! But hey… what do you expect… we don’t have quite enough yet to pay our secretary the full amount of her part-time salary! :-) ) If you didn’t get a chance this past week, here’s your opportunity! Remember, you can be personal (“I want to lose 25 pounds”), spiritual (“I *will* pray 10′ per day”), or practical (“I will be on time to work throughout 2007”). You can attach your name, or make it anonymous. You can even be romantic, as long as you are sensitive (“By the end of the year, Gladys will agree to marry me” :-) [We reserve the right to edit these; we do have under-age participants in our mix. :-) ] ). (But at the same time, mum’s the word: your secret is safe with me. We won’t give out *any* of your identities! Have you ever read our “PRIVACY INFORMATION” in “CLOSING STUFF” below? :-) ) So send ’em my way. Please type “WISH-FOR-2007” exactly as suggested (hyphenated, all upper case). If there are just 10 or so wishes, we’ll publish them right here in-text. If there are more than 10, we’ll link to a PDF and your 2007 wish will forever be stamped in 2007 history! Give us a view to your life… It’ll be fun to see where everyone is headed. Please limit your text to no more than 8-10 lines max… like a typical Brigada Today item. (ok… tease me all you want. I’m thick- skinned. *Some* go over 10 lines. I know. :-) ) So have at it. Please send your item to:

    WISH-FOR-2007(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] No need to copy me at my DLucas address. :-) (And yes… this time the address really works. I tested it *twice*!)

    In order for them to be granted :-) , all wishes have to be in no later than noon this Friday, January 5th. This will be the first issue of 2007… so don’t be late. Send your “wish-for-2007” today! :-)

    Doug

20050102 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. [DRUM ROLL] THE FINAL TALLY FOR 2004 (THANKS!)
2. MISSION NANNYS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO CARE FOR MISSIONARY KIDS
3. WHOA… UPDATED AND EXPANDED BETHANY PROFILES RELEASED
4. HELP: JOSHUA PROJECT INVITES INPUT ON NEW PROFILES
5. LEADER TRAINING STUDIES FOR CHURCH REPRODUCTION
6. MEMBER CARE IN THE CHINESE WORLD
7. SENDING IN AN ITEM FOR BRIGADA?
8. INSURANCE FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
9. GOT A HAMMER? VISIT THE INDIAN OCEAN
10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION (FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD)
11. AN OPEN HEART: THE MBALANTU of NAMIBIA
12. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK
13. D&D MISSIONARY HOMES
14. MISSIONARY-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM AT BEESON DIVINITY
15. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING CAMP
16. INTERNET EVANGELISM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
17. THE BACK PAGE: A “RIP IN THE TIME/SPACE CONTINUUM”
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. [DRUM ROLL] THE FINAL TALLY FOR 2004 (THANKS!) — In this first edition of the new year, we’re humbled once again by the special gifts of those who make it possible for us to keep Brigada on your screen and out the door on time. Prior to the secretarial help you’re providing, we sometimes ran 6 months behind. Bottom line: your help keeps us going! Sure we ran short, but at the same time, we made progress! There were a lot more gifts in 2004 than there were in 2003. And besides… the way we see it, $9300 worth of secretarial help is still a tremendous encouragement. And — we’re not running 6 months behind any more!!! :-)

Final gifts included anonymous donations of $100 from Manhattan, KS, $20 from an I.T. guy for 3 major Christian ministries, $5 from an overseas worker in Sweden, $50 from Concord, CA, who volunteers with SERVE (“Sending Experienced Retired Volunteers Everywhere”), working especially with professionals working with disabled children in a mission outreach, and $100 from the Director of Mission Nannys (Thanks Betty!). See their item below. Dial-Abroad sent $199 for November phone calls (Please keep talking!!! :-) ) The team at http://www.thebiblechannel.org the Bible Channel sent $25. “We pray for God’s blessings on your ministry and trust that God will meet all your needs.” Finally, thanks to the anonymous donor from Hungary who gave $25, the last gift of 2004. And so that ends a good year of sponsors for Brigada. The final tally for 2004, at the end of it all, was $9,384.79. It’s a great encouragement. Thanks to one and all. If you’d like to help kick off the 2005 year, please click on “Sponsor” in the top menu. Thanks!
2. MISSION NANNYS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO CARE FOR MISSIONARY KIDS — Mission Nannys, a Brigada sponsor, needs women 50 years of age or older to go overseas and help in domestic situations including homeschooling, child care, and just being extra hands for someone. To learn more, visit: http://www.MissionNannys.org (Thanks again, Betty!)
3. WHOA… UPDATED AND EXPANDED BETHANY PROFILES RELEASED — I’ve had the hardest time keeping this a secret. :-) Over the past few months, I’ve been watching this project grow… and just as it has taken on momentum, so has my heart jumped for joy! You see, in cooperation with the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and the Bethany World Prayer Center, Joshua Project has released updated and expanded versions of the original Bethany People Profiles at:

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

The original Bethany profiles have been matched with updated statistics. There are over 1,700 maps, 1,100 photos (several hundred of them are new), and 1,450 textual descriptions profiling unreached people groups. New non-Bethany profiles have also been added. The easiest place to start might actually be on the listing of people groups in a particular country. For example, see Turkmenistan:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/countries.php?rog3=TX

The columns on the far right show which people groups have a photo, map and text integrated with updated statistics. Any column can be sorted by clicking the column header. Clicking the people name on the far left will drill down to the specific profile. The Turkmen of Turkmenistan is a relatively complete profile with photo, map, text, statistics and links to other profiles and online audio. See:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=110306&rog3=TX

Three cheers to Dan Scribner for the incredible late-night work this project has probably caused in his life. There’s no way this kind of thing can happen without somebody laying his life on the line. Only the Lord knows the number of hours Dan and his cohort(s) have struggled, getting this interface just right… collecting data… bartering with those who owned the rights… Tonight I give thanks for Dan’s work, as a form of worship to the one who deserves the labor Dan has offered up — may it be like a sweet-smelling sacrifice to the Savior of souls!
4. HELP: JOSHUA PROJECT INVITES INPUT ON NEW PROFILES — Joshua Project welcomes updated photos, maps, text and statistics. Have some great mission trip photos? Send them to Joshua Project at photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Done a Perspectives profile of a people group and want to share it? Send it to profiles(at)joshuaproject(dot)net.

Joshua Project is also looking for web surfers who would like to help collect additional photos, maps, text, stats or links to display on unreached peoples profiles. If interested please contact Joshua Project at info(at)joshuaproject(dot)net .
5. LEADER TRAINING STUDIES FOR CHURCH REPRODUCTION — These just- completed “Paul-Timothy” studies are for use by trainers with shepherds whom they coach for reproducing congregations and cells. Trainers use a provided “menu” to choose studies that fit trainees’ needs. Each topic has a shepherd’s lesson and a corresponding children’s lesson. Studies assume non-Christian, non-Western, non-Anglo background. Short studies can quickly be translated. They allow free download and free copying. Available as Word(r) documents and .PDF files, letter and A4 formats. Learn more at http://www.paul-timothy.net . If you require a CD-ROM disc, then write to gpatterson(at)paul-timothy(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. MEMBER CARE IN THE CHINESE WORLD — Catch the Asia Member Care Conference in Hong Kong Feb 16-19, 2005. This will be a great opportunity for counselors and member care people in Asia to network, learn, and exchange ideas. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Kelly O’Donnell and Mrs. Kathy Narramore. Topics including:
*** Member Care Update: The Flow of Care and the Flow of Flaws.
*** Best Practice Guidelines for Sending Organizations and Member Care Workers.
*** Field Counseling – Core Issues and Practical Tools.
*** Crisis and Contingency Management.
*** Practice of Pastoral Member Care
*** Cultivating a Caring Community The cost of the conference including lodging and food at the YMCA of Hong Kong is US$300. Register NOW with Scott Geisel at: ccg(at)attglobal(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SENDING IN AN ITEM FOR BRIGADA? — Please read the Submission Guidelines *first*. Some of the most-often missed components?
*** Please turn off publisher’s quotes before composing in Word
*** Hold your item to 8-10 lines (then give a website for more info)
*** Please use 3rd person (don’t say, “We” or “I”; say “They” or “She”)
*** Please *don’t* use classified ad language. We use sentences here.
*** We don’t open attached files — you’re wasting your time. :-)
*** In general, we don’t publish appeals for support. OK… so maybe we try to float one staff person (part-time secretary). But that’s it. :-) See the complete list of Submission Guidelines at: http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html
8. INSURANCE FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS — Are you sending teams on short term trips this year? If you are, be sure to have them insured for medical expenses and medical evacuation! If you currently have a plan for them it is always good to make sure that you have the best plan for your needs. Insurance Services of America can “tailor-make” a plan to fit your teams’ needs. They can put together a proposal that you can use to compare with your current plan and they can include the benefits that you want and need for your people. Many times they have put together plans for organizations that cost less than a dollar per day per person! Not a bad deal, considering all of the coverage that is available. For details, a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [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.
9. Learn more at http://www.missionaryhealth.com/ GOT A HAMMER? VISIT THE INDIAN OCEAN — In response to this major catastrophe, CNFA is looking for potential volunteers to the Indian Ocean region. As a Farmer to Farmer (FtF) implementer, they are searching for people who have experience with post-disaster reconstruction. However, candidates don’t necessarily have to have the typical FtF volunteer credentials. USAID is compiling a roster, and it appears that many people will be called to assist with the recovery from the tsunami. If anyone is interested in helping or knows anyone who is interested in helping, please share those names and contact information immediately by emailing dphillips(at)cnfa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By the way, the USAID might kick in financially for those willing and prepared to participate.
10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION (FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD) –- Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University presents “Breakthrough Among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, March 14-17, 2005. Learn how to effectively share good news with the Muslim world from people who have ministered successfully there. Early bird discounts are available through 2/14/05. To request a brochure or to secure your registration, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims- usa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information, visit AFMA on the web at http://www.theafma.org.
11. AN OPEN HEART: THE MBALANTU of NAMIBIA — Jason is a young Mbalantu man beginning the life of adulthood. Two believers shared the Gospel with him outside his traditional village home. He prayed for Jesus to save him that day. Then he sincerely thanked them for coming and sharing the Word of God. Please pray for Jason to grow in Christ. 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 .]
12. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK — It’s happening, but you won’t get the details on the news. In 2020 Vision find out how the Gospel is reaching people in some amazing places! Exciting breakthroughs in new harvest fields are highlighted, along with scriptural insights into God’s heart for the nations. Read about the Black Berbers, the Parmiri, and the Meo people and also that the percentage of born-again Christians is growing fastest in places like Cameroon, Aruba, and Togo! Written by Bill and Amy Stearns, 2020 Vision is an invaluable tool for God’s people, providing not only in-depth updates on missions today but also practical ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Ideal for adult Bible study groups focused on reaching the whole world for Christ. For more information, an excerpt, and the Table of Contents visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/2020vision. To order, e-mail orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Bethany House ships internationally as well.)
13. D&D MISSIONARY HOMES — Have you ever come across these guys, who have put together a center in the St. Florida so that missionaries on furlough can have a place to lay their heads? Check ’em out at 4020 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714-1133. tel. 727-522-0522, fax 727-522-0524. email ddmissionaryHomes(at)juno(dot)com, or better yet, see their site at http://www.ddmissionaryhomes.org (I’d hate to wind up in the crossfire of that little girl about to hurl the orange at http://www.ddmissionaryhomes.org/beach.htm “Run for your lives!” Yikes! :-) LOL
14. MISSIONARY-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM AT BEESON DIVINITY — Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced the inauguration of a missionary-in-residence program to begin with the 2005-06 academic year. In exchange for teaching two, two- or three-hour, semester-length courses and speaking in various campus forums, the individual chosen as missionary-in-residence will receive a stipend of $15,000, a four-month auto lease, plus auto insurance, valued at up to $5,000. What’s not to like about that! :-) You’ve gotta have 5 years in the field, and an earned doctorate is preferred but not required. Learn more — and apply — by writing to: global(at)samford(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and see more about the university at http://www.samford.edu/groups/global
15. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING CAMP – Here’s a four-day consultation from February 24-27 near Valentine, Virginia. The consultation introduces realities, necessities, models and methods. A close look is given to the personal profile of the missionary and developing relational abilities. The goal is to help provide a road map into missions involvement and motivation for the journey. Prayer is central to the training. Skills are also presented. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. The Elijah Company manifesto is posted on the newly edited web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org. You can get more information and applications by writing to info4(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or calling (757) 226-3507 in the USA.
16. INTERNET EVANGELISM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY — This conference will be held April 1-2nd at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. There will be workshops and well known speakers such as David Bruce of HollywoodJesus.com. Visit http://ie-21stCentury.com for more information.
17. THE BACK PAGE: A “RIP IN THE TIME/SPACE CONTINUUM” — Remember in Star Trek, when there would be a “rip in the time-space continuum”? What was that, anyway? I guess… it meant that there was such a disturbance that it threw all nature out of balance. I’ve been thinking about how big of a disturbance has been wrought by this terrible earthquake. Weird… the quake would have cause terrible devastation if it were to have hit in a major city. But it didn’t. It hit in the middle of the ocean — a seemingly innocuous place. Nevertheless, its repercussions were then meted out to practically anyone with real estate bordering the Indian Ocean!

In the same way, life often hands out a similar blow. The strike will take place in the form of the death of a loved one, or maybe a best friend’s chronic illness. But the impact of that upheaval will, in turn, send shock waves throughout the rest of our existence.

Tonight I pray that God would comfort the fallen, lift up the weak, and strengthen the feeble knees … not only of those that have been struck, not only of those who have lost loved ones… but also of those who are now sacrificing to serve the fallen. The onsite workers, the pray-ers, and the givers… and all those who have longed for help to come to the Indian Ocean shores. Thank you Lord, for being where most of us can’t. Amen.

PS. Don’t miss next week’s Brigada Today, when we begin gearing up to celebrate our 10-year birthday on Jan. 25!

20040314 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS!
  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA)
  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT
  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE
  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS
  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES
  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS
  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE
  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION?
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN
  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP?
  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS
  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY
  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
  16. INTERESED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS?
  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE
  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS
  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION
  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS
  22. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks so much to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in making possible a Brigada-sponsored secretary! The Center is part of the Economic & Development Department at Covenant College, 706-419-1805. Thanks, too, for the anonymous donors who gave $100, $25 and $10 respectively, this past week. We appreciate you! If you’d like to donate to help underwrite the costs of the Brigada- sponsored secretary, just click “Sponsor” in the menu.

  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA) — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country- to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (And thanks to these services for their desire to enable the Brigada- sponsored secretary!!)

  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT — Have you noticed the way the folks at Joshua Project have meshed so perfectly with the folks from “EveryTongue.com”? Give it a look. For example, see http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=107987&rog3=IR Scroll down to the “Ministry Tools” section and look for the audio link. Find those audio samples at over 5,400 people groups so far! Great stuff. Well done Dan and the gang at Joshua Project… Well done EveryTongue.com. Way to work together!

  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE — This excellent missions resource site continues to expand and add features. The site is divided into useful categories of mission opportunities such as Short Term Missions, Medical Missions, Missions for Medical Students, Vocational Missions, Christian Orphanages, Native American Missions, TESOL opportunities, and more. There are also sections for Missionary Travel and Insurance for Missionaries, plus the newly expanded Resources page. Each category can be searched individually or by groups. Visit http://www.MissionFinder.org and see for yourself! (Thanks Rod!)

  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS — Need travel info for your upcoming venture? Try Mission2go.com, which helps both new and seasoned international travelers deal effectively with the mechanics of travel including ticketing, passports, money, security etc. Additionally, there is much content geared specifically toward the Christian traveler including advice on researching organizations, spiritual preparation, and support raising. Additional areas of interest include a travel equipment Gear Guide, discussion Forum and opportunities for experienced travelers to share their knowledge by submitting stories and articles. Check them out at: http://www.mission2go.com

  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES — Mission ONE offers this new video curriculum based in part on the Perspectives Course, designed to introduce world missions to your church or small group. Designed for eight classes one hour or more in length, this series contains dynamic videos and film clips from around the world, along with beautifully designed digital slides to illustrate the rich teaching. Perfect for church-wide studies, Sunday School classes or small groups, Operation WorldView asks, “What is The Story above all stories, and what is your Destiny in the Story?” For more information, visit http://www.mission1.org

  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS — Now here’s a fund-raiser that’s going to sound quite random. :-) You know those old cell phone sitting around in your junk drawers or boxes in the basement? Here’s a company that donates $1 (and up to $15) per phone, based on type and condition. So you can collect those old cell phones, ship them for free to the company’s site in L.A., then expect a donation 90 days later. For more information, see their site at: http://www.pledgeaphone.com I checked this to be sure it was for real and couldn’t find any bad news about it on the web. (Go to Google and type in “pledgeaphone scam” and it’ll return nothing… until this item gets indexed by Google, that is. :-) ) (Thanks for the tip, Steven!)

  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE — “Have you seen the Passion of Christ?” That’s one of the most often-asked questions these days, it seems. The movie has sparked conversation and controversy, and Christians around the world are using it to reach out into their communities. But where do these conversations lead? World Harvest Mission (WHM) has just released a new resource, Living in Light of the Gospel Story, to help you engage individuals interested in exploring the gospel story. The course explores six different topics to challenge participants to see how life can be different by living in light of: The Father’s Love, The Cross, A New Reputation, The King’s Forgiveness, Heaven, and The Kingdom. WHM has drawn from its church planting experience around the world to create in-depth studies that capture issues of the heart. Living in Light is highly approachable, affordable, and adaptable. Go online to learn more and place an order. Visit http://www.whm.org/about-news03-02-04.shtml or e-mail bookstoreatwhmdotorg to request more information.

  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION? — Try iDictate.com. (See http://www.idictate.com for full information.) There’s a free trial there… and after the trial, you’ll pay one cent per word, but maybe that’s a reasonable fee compared to hiring a secretary to do it? You’ll have to be the one to decide. As for Eddie Smith, member of the US Prayer Track and Director of the US Prayer Center in Houston, TX, it’s perfect. ” I can telephone and dictate passages for my books. Within mere minutes…or a few hours if it’s long…I receive a text email with it typed out! And no secretary to hire, manage, and insure!! What a world! By the way, a pastor can upload his taped sermon and get the same result.” By the way, Eddie has some pretty great websites of his own at http://www.usprayercenter.org and http://www.prayerbookstore.com (Thanks for the tip, Eddie! And no, I don’t think you saw it originally in Brigada… at least not that I recall! :-) )

  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH — MissionPrep-Toronto is offering a (TEFL- TESOL) May 10–June 4, 2004) Teaching English as a Foreign (Second/Other) Language program that will equip you for an exciting ministry whether at home or overseas. This intensive 4-week training program will provide you with a wealth of practical and proven procedures, resources and models for teaching the full range of required components: listening, speaking, reading and writing; pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language use; etc. During weekly practicums you will observe successful programs within the rich multi- culturalism of Toronto as well as gain a minimum of 20 hours of teaching experience.

    For more information contact Priscilla Marr 905–640-1621 missionprepatglobaltalkdotca


  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN –- Here’s a 4-day/40- hour interactive training course with a 1-week outreach to a Muslim Country in North Africa immediately following. “SIMS-Spain” is an intense training and outreach experience that prepares you to live the gospel in a way that invites Muslims to the Lord. The course will be held early July in Southern Spain. Crescent Project is co-sponsor of the event. Registration deadline is May 21. For more information and exact dates email sims-satinterumdotorg or visit their website at: http://www.interum.org

  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP? — Remember the guy, Jonathan, who needed help with his computers? Well Eduardo offered a solution. Try subscribing to iccm-tech. Just send a message to: iccm-tech-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom You’ll receive an automatic mailing with instructions on how to submit your question. You can always unsubscribe once you get an answer. Painless. (Thanks Eduardo!) In some cases, you might also be able to get help from the International Christian Technologist’s Association (ICTA) www.icta.net. If you’re in Australia, a Brigada participant named David runs an email list with a ton of volunteers waiting to resolve problems. Contact ithelp4missionsatcrosscapedotcomdotau They also have a new project, Sideros (see http://www.sideros.net which aims to set some standards for Christian IT Consultants helping missions, or running short term trips. However both groups have limited capacity, so they can only do so much. (Thanks David!) In addition, The International Conference on Computing in Mission (ICCM) has an email list on yahoogroups called iccm-tasks to share tasks which volunteers/students can be involved in. Email iccm-tasks-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom to join, either to offer help, or to list an IT project with which you need assistance. Of course, because you’re dealing with volunteers, you might have to wait your turn.

  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS — All of the TIE and WEA representatives in each European Country and all other interested Tentmakers worldwide are invited to the TIE European Consultation to be held at the resort Hotel Rila 70 kilometers outside of Sophia, Bulgaria. The consultation will run from May 28 to 31. The fee of 165 euros include the registration, room and all meals. There is an extra fee of 30 euros for a single (non shared) room. Topics to be covered include: tentmaking and the internet, professional and business tentmakers, how we can all support and assist one another. For further details and a copy of the brochure, contact DWGGreenataoldotcom or see the website http://www.tentmakersnet.com

  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY — “Abuse: the Hidden Secret” is a six-video instructional series that provides methods to prevent child abuse, ways to spot abuse, and steps to take when allegations arise. Attorney Scott Ross, who has innumerable hours of research and experience as the lead person in dozens of child abuse cases, spearheaded the project for New Tribes Mission. It comes highly recommended by Frank Severn, President of IFMA and General Director of SEND International. You can see a preview and find out how to order the series online at: http://www.abusethehiddensecret.com Or email bookstore_hqatntmdotorg or call 800-321-5375. Might be particularly appropriate for house parents and boarding school parents working with MKs and others.

  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP –- Here’s a reminder that the Member Care in Crisis Situations and Debriefing Workshop sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26 – May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg If you’re planning on attending this workshop, better act fast. The registration deadline is March 31.

  16. INTERESTED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS? — Youth With A Mission of Montana is offering another intensive, four-week course to train men and women desiring to teach English overseas. This course will run from July 26 through August 20, 2004 and is accredited. Application deadline is July 10. For further information visit their website at: http://www.ywammt.org or email tesolatywammtdotorg

  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE — For those with only 3-4 days in North India, the famous triangle of Deli, Agra (Taj Mahal), and Jaipur can provide a wonderful introduction to India’s culture and history. North India Christian Tourist Assistance now offers tours specifically focused covering these three great cities. From one-star to five-star, NICTA provides a range of services. Check their website at: http://www.geocities.com/nictaagra/visittajmahal.html

  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps EXPLORE is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts at the US Center to reach unreached people groups. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for June 2 – 5, 2004. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, please visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg .

  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS — In the compilation on repeat-funding for mission trips, our compiler included an item referring to the possibility that perhaps the person *going* on the short-term mission trip might receive a tax-deductible receipt for his or her contributions toward the trip itself. Thanks to Marianne for catching the fact that this would not be permissible, due to IRS regulations. (The person going is receiving a form of “goods or services” directly from the donation.)

  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION — Replies to the Brigada question concerning using USA-based non-profit licenses by overseas missionaries reveal that many missionaries just do it! However, those who have tried to determine what is a correct use still have questions. Some suggested using the licenses from the local Microsoft district; however, some districts don’t have licenses for non-profit organizations (Philippines, for example). There was only one response that comes from a person who has tried investigating this with MS representatives (thanks Mike!). Although, the agency Mike represents does not yet give licenses to their missionaries, Mike’s agency maintained that no one at Microsoft or the licensed broker definitively said “don’t do it”. Therefore, our compiler (Thanks Lester!) concluded that he believes it is fine for missionaries to take a U.S. bought computer with U.S. installed Charity MOLP software with them overseas. It is not OK to send licenses to a regional office somewhere comprised of foreign workers and/or machines. The best dividing line: missionaries must be employees of the organization and look to U.S. sources for Microsoft support. Thanks again Lester… and thanks to the great contribution by Mike!

  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS — Read about: + Using Soldiers as tentmakers + News about Afghan warlords + Muslim studies courses in 2004 + Spiritual landscape of Mauritania + News about Christians in Iraq + Helping Iraqi children through service personnel + World conference for military Christians in Korea These are the articles in the latest Reveille Shofar recently posted at www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . Keep in mind that, as always, this does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of all the beliefs expressed at the site.

20031130 Brigada Today

Sign up for long distance via a Brigada sponsor today! Save money, help Brigada instead of some big corporation, & get clear signals!

In this issue…

  1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES [THANKS!]
  2. SAVE ON YOUR PHONE BILL, HELP BRIGADA INSTEAD OF BIG BUSINESS
  3. TRUE-LIFE TESTIMONY: PORNOGRAPHY FILTERS BLOCK BUT DON’T PROVIDE
  4. HAVE YOU SEEN THE “UPDATED” JOSHUA PROJECT SITE?
  5. MORE INFO AT JOSHUAPROJECT.NET
  6. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  7. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS
  8. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  9. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION
  10. THE HERERO PEOPLE
  11. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS
  12. SYNERGY SUMMIT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS MOBILIZERS
  13. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES [THANKS!] — 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 cjlemkeatcsdotcom  (cjlemkeatcsdotcom)   (And thanks to the author for sending a personal check to Brigada for $100, just to say thanks for previous times we’ve mentioned her book!)

  2. SAVE ON YOUR PHONE BILL, HELP BRIGADA INSTEAD OF BIG BUSINESS — When you pick up the phone and make a long distance call, you’re definitely helping *somebody*. Unless you have personal friends at MCI, would you consider teaming up to help provide for a Brigada secretary? Check out our options at: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Thanks to Andy and the folks at Dial-Abroad for a $40 sponsorship check representing Brigada folks dialing long distance through October. So to those Brigada folks who have signed up with Dial-Abroad, thanks *loads*, and please be all the more talkative in the future!!! :-) )

  3. TRUE-LIFE TESTIMONY: PORNOGRAPHY FILTERS BLOCK BUT DON’T PROVIDE — Perhaps those living on Mars haven’t heard that we’re trying to raise funds for a Brigada secretary. Everybody else probably knows by now, I guess. :-) Actually, the project has gone okay, with only a few “bumps in the road” so far. One of those is our attempt to offer a pornography filter to the Brigada world, and thereby subsidize a portion of her salary. Literally hundreds of you went and looked (Thanks!). A few dozen opted to try it (We appreciate it!). Only 6 people bought it. (We love you — you noble 6 people you! Oops… I’m one of the six. :-) ) Bottom line: After 10 months promoting Integrity Online, we’ve still not received a single sponsorship check… not even for $25. All of this can be interpreted several ways. a) If you’re someday tempted to believe you can sponsor a secretary via proceeds from a pornography filter, perhaps you should have a look at the latest bridges for sale in New York. :-) b) Maybe there are other options God has in store. c) Lots of people realize the *need* for filtering pornography, but either they don’t care enough to buy a filter or they handle it in other ways. You’ll have to form your own opinions. For now, we’ve pulled the banner from the Brigada site, just so there’s no illusion that our secretary can even eat *lunch* once riding on Integrity Online. :-) Just FYI…

  4. HAVE YOU SEEN THE “UPDATED” JOSHUA PROJECT SITE? — If not, you’ve *got* to have a look. Log on at… http://www.joshuaproject.net
    *** Get a complete picture of the unreached peoples.
    *** View all people groups for any country.
    *** View all countries for any specific people group.
    *** View Patrick Johnstone’s Affinity Bloc and People Clusters.
    *** Download free of charge a complete MS Access application and data for viewing data from numerous perspectives. (Note: You have to install Access on your own PC for this to work though.)
    *** Download Joshua Project data in various formats or an up-to-date Powerpoint presentation on the status of World Evangelization.
    *** View a people profile for any people group on the planet.
    *** Find specific ministry tool availability by unique linking into other sites to see Language, Scripture, Jesus Film, Audio Recordings and God’s Story resources direct from their producers.
    *** Submit updates But that’s not all. Read on!

  5. MORE INFO AT JOSHUAPROJECT.NET — But wait… there’s more!
    *** See a global summary and interesting people group facts.
    *** Try various unreached peoples queries such as the 100 largest unreached people groups, the Adopt-A-People UPG153 groups or all groups smaller than 10,000 and many more.
    *** View Patrick Johnstone’s Church Planting Progress Indicator (6- level) and his Agency Progress Indicator (6-level) for most people groups.
    *** Get answers to frequently asked questions such as “Why the jump from 1,600 to 6,400 unreached peoples?”, “Why are there so many different people group numbers in the mission community?” and “Where else on the web can I find unreached peoples data?”

    The [top-notch] compilers welcome feedback from anyone regarding the site and its content. In beta-testing these features over the past couple of weeks, I’ve found them to be responsive, passionate about the unreached, and *sensitive* to my questions and input. In fact, one of the key compilers is working totally as a volunteer!!! Another leader there has been with the project since its inception at AD2000. *Very* helpful information. Let’s *use* it!

  6. http://www.joshuaproject.net


  7. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps “Explore” is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts here to reach unreached people groups out there. The next Explore Seminar is scheduled for February 4 – 7, 2004. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, please visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg

  8. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is taking nominations for EuroTrain 2004, an innovative training experience for young leaders. EuroTrain (for leaders age 16- 22) is a completely unique experience and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. For three weeks next summer, EuroTrain participants will travel through four countries in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry skills, getting a grasp of their destiny, building key relationships, and creating a plan for long-term personal and leadership growth. Get the details and nominate a young leader (or request to be nominated) at http://www.eurotrain2004.com or contact Top Flight Leadership at <infoateurotrain2004dotcom>, 866-9- LEADER, or 817-447-1100. </infoateurotrain2004dotcom>

  9. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — They’re a people of central and southern Namibia in Africa. A Nama woman in Keetmanshoop, Namibia was open to hearing the Gospel, but she said, “Belonging to a church is enough to get you into heaven.” She would not pray to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Like most Nama/Damara people she believed that joining a church gets you into Heaven. It was confusing to her and the five others with her to grasp that they aren’t saved by joining a church. In times past, her people have been told that they could not work without first having a “baptismal certificate” (joining a church). Because of that, many claim to be Christians, but the true Gospel has never been preached to them. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people group. To get more information or partner with the IMB in adopting the Nama/Damara People or for more information, check out their site http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  10. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION — A group of U.S. mission agencies and short-term practitioners have developed nationally-derived Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE) at http://STMstandards.org (e-mail: rpetersonatSTEMmindotorg; phone: 952-996-1385). The seven standards were developed on the heels of similar codes in the UK and Canada. The need for such standards is growing as each year more than one million U.S. volunteers are sent out as short-term missionaries. Churches, agencies and schools can use these standards as a training and assessment tool and can choose to adopt the standards as a way of demonstrating a commitment to excellence in their outreaches. Membership brings professionally structured guidance for achieving goals and an impressive network of organizations offering opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk, and mentoring. Members of the steering committee come from Campus Crusade for Christ, YWAM, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Reign Ministries, Teenmania, STEM Int’l, Adventures in Missions, Perimeter Church (Atlanta), Taylor University, Northwestern College and many other groups.

  11. THE HERERO PEOPLE — They’re from central and eastern Namibia in Africa. Godhard Kahuure, a Herero and a police officer in the small town of Okakarara, Namibia, was standing outside a fence watching three Christians telling people about Jesus. He asked them what they were doing. When the translator explained it, he invited them to his home just a few steps behind the jail. All four sat under a tree on old metal chairs in his sand yard. He heard the Gospel and prayed to receive Christ. Afterward he explained that he has been “waiting for someone to come and tell him God’s Word.” Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To get more information or partner with the IMB in adopting the Herero people, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  12. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS LEADERS — Don’t forget about the training for short-term missions trip leaders. It’s a Boot Camp in San Diego, CA Jan. 7-9 or in Dallas, TX Feb. 2-4, 2004. This training is conducted by Global Missions Fellowship. For more information about these Boot Camps, email jenniferdotbankheadatgmfdotorg To learn more about the ministry of GMF, click over to http://www.gmf.org/

  13. SYNERGY SUMMIT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS MOBILIZERS — Specifically designed for mission agency staff involved in church mobilization, the two-day “Synergy Summit” program includes training, networking, encouragement and resources. Sponsored by DualReach, the Summit will be held January 15-16, 2004, in San Juan Capistrano, California (south of Los Angeles). Seminars will focus on topics for beginner and experienced church representatives, and special sessions will address the interests and needs of mobilization directors. The registration cost is only $150. For a complete schedule, go to http://www.dualreach.org or send an email to infoatdualreachdotorg.

  14. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Elijah Company Missionary Mentorship will host a FREE one hour conference call for anyone seeking missions involvement. The call will be on Thursday, December 11 at 8:30 P.M. E.S.T.. The aim of the conference is to provide coaching. Veteran missionaries will share followed by a time of questions and answers. The conference is a lead-in to other training options. Reply to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg for the dial-in phone number, access code and outline of contents. See their new website at http//www.elijahcompany.org for bio¹s and other related info.

20020407 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS?
  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK
  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE
  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA
  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY
  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA
  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE
  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED
  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE
  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP
  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE
  14. THE WAITING WORLD
  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH?
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS? — Check ’em out… solar powered, solid state, made by http://www.mymegavoice.net or write <infoatmymegavoicedotnet> in USA. They’re connected with <galcomatgalcomdotorg>, tel. 877-2-GALCOM. They also make fixed tuned solar radios and small broadcasters. Also, http://www.audioscriptures.org has a “talking bible.” </galcomatgalcomdotorg></infoatmymegavoicedotnet>

  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK — A Mormon church leader boasted that he “could throw a dart at a map of Nigeria,” go there, and literally have a church congregation “within a month.” Most new Mormons would be from other churches, fooled by the familiar language and music of Mormonism and unaware of its false teachings. Nigeria is one of the twelve African countries and more than 150 worldwide where Mormons are active. A free email one-page paper, published monthly since 1997 by Immanuel Bible Ch

  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE -– Want intense interaction with church planters? Are you wondering how the local church can be involved in church planting among unreached peoples? Antioch Network will be hosting the 2002 Annual Gathering of Churches on June 12-15 in Tempe, Arizona. The expanded format this year includes three pre-conference intensives as well as display tables for up to 20 invited people group networks. If you are interested in more information or to request a brochuhttp://www.antiochnetwork.org/Gathering .

  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY — Commit Ministries of Waianae, Hawaii, http://www.commitministries.org , is initiating a world wide program called “B-COP” which seeks to Break the Cycle Of Poverty in even the most distant people groups. Working only through accountable, objective missionaries and church leaders, B-COP will purchase items appropriate to the local culture, environment and laws of the country of origin. Examples include weaving, wood, ceramics, metal work, musical and househo

  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission Montana is ready to help you make an impact with the School of Missions & Evangelism (SOME). The program develops the student into a better communicator of gospel at home and cross-culturally. The SOME will inspire the Christian to live a lifestyle of evangelism, to prayerfully consider long-term missions, and to encourage the student in their own ministry development. This is a secondary school with Youth With A Mission. A Dihttp://www.ywammt.org .

  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY — Want to teach English in China (or anyplace in the world)? The TESOL certificate is becoming the standard criteria for a job teaching English which is a critical tool especially in limited access countries. Learn to teach English in a TESOL school offered in Shanghai, China starting July 5, 2002. Get a certificate upon successful completion of the course. Learn more at http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom> for more information. </tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA — Due to the overwhelming success of its STML seminars in Hawaii, COMMIT Ministries is now offering Short Term Leaders Training Seminars in the Mainland United States. Collectively through their partnership with ServantPrep Training International, they have trained nearly 1,000 team leaders over the past five years from mission organizations and churches in the United States. Now, they can come to you! If your mission organization or church is in the proceTraining is provided in as few as two days.

  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE – Get God’s Great Ambition, by Dave & Dan Davidson & George Verwer, with inspirational, revolutionary quotes. Or order The Cross And The Crescent by Phil Parshall, Street Boy, by Fletch Brown, and many many others. Gabriel Resources offers great discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Contact them for pricing or to order. Log on at http://www.gabriel-resources.com or write <ellenatomlitdotomdotorg> or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA or 706-554-1594 outside USA. </ellenatomlitdotomdotorg>

  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED — COMMIT Ministries provides quality, comprehensive, and sensitive Debriefing Services for your short-term ministry team in as little as one day! COMMIT utilizes a proven, Biblically-base 8 step approach to help each team member process what God was teaching in the field. COMMIT Ministries Travel provides lower cost airfares and will route you through European hub cities where one of our qualified debriefers will meet you for a day or two before the team goes home.

  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE – Get instant confirmation of coverage. Insurance Services of America, a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations, now has online applications available for group coverage. Visit them on the web at http://www.missionaryhealth.net and click on the link for group coverage. Coverage is available on their “Day Tripper” plan for as low as $1.08 per day! If you have questions email them <healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589. Insurance Services of America is not tied to just one company; they have several choices available, so they can shop for the missionary or mission agency! Individual coverage available as well as the group coverage. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>

  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP — JPII is alive and well. Some special announcements are in the makings in the very near future… but for now, hats off to World Help for “adopting” them!

  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydroponics. These versatile systems are ideal for food production in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 17-21. For a brochure, contact Aquaculture International at <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus> or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if youhttp//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord. </cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus>

  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE — The site map at the Brigada website is up and running again, after a brief hiatus. (Where did that word come from anyway… “hiatus”. I mean . . . think about it. Just say it several times. Hiatus… hiatus… hiatus. What a strange word. :-) ) Anyway… http://www.brigada.org It’s working again. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Greg!)

  14. THE WAITING WORLD — Youth With A Mission, Strategic Frontiers announces the completion of the second volume of “The Waiting World.” Volume #2 features prayer videos for 13 unreached peoples on one 75 min. VHS tape (either NTSC or PAL), showcasing their beliefs, the way they live, the needs of the missionaries working with them, and lists prayer points that will enable you or your group to pray more effectively for them. The video are available for a suggested donation of $49.95 US, including U

  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH? — Check out http://www.pathtogodsglory.org . The wild thing is… you can order it… or download the text right from the site and use it immediately (donations accepted). (Thanks for your unselfishness Joe!)

20020210 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) SO WHAT’S UP WITH JOSHUA PROJECT II?
2) INEXPENSIVE PER-DAY HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS
3) PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING “BOOT CAMP”
4) RADIO PROGRAMMING FOR HEALTH PROMOTION
5) CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPESTZ
6) TEACH ENGLISH OVER THE INTERNET
7) WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE 10/40 WINDOW
8) HEADED TO KYRGYZSTAN? YOU NEED THIS
9) MORE EASY ENGLISH HELPS
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) SO WHAT’S UP WITH JOSHUA PROJECT II? — Remember AD2000’s thrust to list the world’s least reached peoples, the Joshua Project 2000 list of unreached peoples? Remember how the JP2000 list spun out into its own under the banner of “Joshua Project II”? Well recently, their lease ran out, so to speak, and their future was, for a while, a bit uncertain. But thanks goes to World Help for adopting the people with the adoption list! World Help, an international ministry based in Forest, Virginia, has taken Joshua Project II into its fold. Joshua Project II is a continuation and expansion of the original Joshua Project initiative created by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. It is an effort to “highlight least-reached peoples through information sharing and networking.” World Help is actively involved in facilitating church-planting movements, leadership training and Bible distribution among the least-reached peoples. Three cheers for their vision, insight, and courage to take risks for the sake of the lost! World Help and Joshua Project II will soon release a comprehensive unreached / least-reached ethno-cultural list of all people groups, regardless of size. This list, planned for release in the spring of 2002, will help provide a Great Commission blueprint or roadmap, revealing the extent of the unfinished task of world evangelism.

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2) INEXPENSIVE PER-DAY HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS — For as little as $1.08 per day per team member you can have: $50,000 of health insurance coverage, medical evacuation, repatriation, $5,000 trip cancellation, $25,000 AD&D plus coverage for ambulance, emergency reunion, lost luggage, emergency dental etc. For information packet contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org .</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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3) PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING “BOOT CAMP” — On August 14th and 15th ACMC and the Finishers Project are sponsoring a Personal Support Raising Boot Camp preceding their annual national conference at the downtown Atlanta Sheraton for any missionary or missions related personnel. If you or someone in your ministry or church: 1) Needs to raise their support, 2) Is trying to get to 100% budget or, 3) Has never been properly trained in support raising – this seminar is for you. The 24 hours of required pre-seminar preparation combined with the two days of intense in class training gives you the essential tools to get to your assignment quickly- and fully funded! This Boot Camp will be led by Steve Shadrach, founder of Student Mobilization and President of The BodyBuilders. He has been training Christian workers in support raising for the last 17 years. The first 40 to register will be guaranteed a spot. For more information and registration go to:

http://www.thebodybuilders.net. This seminar is recommended by: John Kyle-VP of EFMA, Scott Morton-VP of The Navigators, Ellis Goldstein of Campus Crusade, and Jim Killgore- President of ACMC. Contact person: <brianatthebodybuildersdotnet></brianatthebodybuildersdotnet>

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4) RADIO PROGRAMMING FOR HEALTH PROMOTION — Check out this training course in the use of radio programming for health promotion and social development in Perth, Western Australia, June 2002. Organizers will equip participants to use radio programming as a communication medium in health and social development. They’ve designed the course for anyone currently involved (or intending to be involved) in social development, health education and the allied health professions. The course will run from 5-28 June 2002, as organized by Health Communication Resources (HCR) and the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia. HCR coordinates health and community development training and radio programming for the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC). For information and registration go to

http://www.h-c-r.org or email <infoath-c-rdotorg>.</infoath-c-rdotorg>

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5) CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Masters degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course, “Biblical Theology of Missions” is scheduled for May 6-17, 2002, in Budapest. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information.</ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

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6) TEACH ENGLISH OVER THE INTERNET — If I understand it correctly, the opportunity to do ESL (English as a Second Language) ministry via the Net is kind of unique, with both local and global implications. Check it out at…

http://www.CyberESL.org/messages/cybereslltr.html or send a blank email to <initial_inquiryatcyberesldotorg> and receive an auto responder within minutes. Sojourners Ministries, Inc. is the sponsor.</initial_inquiryatcyberesldotorg>

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7) WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE 10/40 WINDOW — Organizers of the fourth annual Women’s Summit On The 10/40 Window are gearing up for their conference for missions-minded women in leadership from the US and around the world, May 13 – May 17, 2002 at the Billy Graham Training Center’s The Cove conference center in Asheville, North Carolina USA. This conference will challenge you to pray for, encourage and connect with women working and living in the 10/40 Window. They’ll feature strategies on prayer and biblical worldview, evangelism and discipleship, microbusiness, education, medical outreach, and persecution and relief efforts. Call Cynthia Johnson, WIN conference project manager, for information on this conference at 719-522-1040 or register online at http://www.win1040.com .

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8) HEADED TO KYRGYZSTAN? YOU NEED THIS — If you’re headed to Kyrgyzstan… or somewhere close by, check out this new autoresponder to learn about cultural differences there. Or use this as a template to write about the differences in your own culture. To see it, just click to this location:

http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/kyrgyzstan.pdf

You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the document. Get it for free at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Thanks to Ian Kirby for raising the bar on sharing this kind of information!

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9) MORE EASY ENGLISH HELPS — Have you seen the resources at…

http://www.wycliffeassociates.org.uk/ee/tee.htm

Incredible. One of our own workers in mainland China recently discovered the page and later remarked to me what a treasure trove it is. Thanks to Wycliffe for making this material available online. We’ve heard rumors that if you are unable to access the web, you can write Martin & Jenny Lloyd <mlloyd3000ataoldotcom> and obtain information by email or CD. Great stuff. Thanks Martin. And thanks to the mainland China worker who brought it to our attention. What a great friend he’s been to me down through the past 13 years or so!</mlloyd3000ataoldotcom>

20011118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) DON’T GIVE UP ON JOSHUA PROJECT II

2) MORE ABOUT THAT NOV. 4TH RALLY IN INDIA

3) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

4) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

5) CORRESPONDENCE GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE COUNTRIES

6) A PLACE TO START TO FIND FILMS

7) STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK

8) THE TALKING BIBLE FOR NON-READERS

9) THE BACKPAGE: HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR THANKSGIVING VACATION?

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) DON’T GIVE UP ON JOSHUA PROJECT II — If you thought they had disappeared, think again. Don’t give up on Joshua Project II. True — their funding is in question . . . but their website is alive and well…

http://www.joshuaproject.net

And they don’t appear to be at *all* ready to give up. :-) Keep up the good work Dan and company!!!

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2) MORE ABOUT THAT NOV. 4TH RALLY IN INDIA — Thanks to Justin, who pointed us to all the more information on the Dalits, that group in India who was reportedly considering converting in mass to Christianity:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&page=search&fto=1739

There are 16 articles, including internal Indian Christian leadership commentary on the event, as well as articles published “before” and “after”. And Justin promised there’d be more to come. (Thanks Justin!)

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3) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE — Join YWAM Montana for a TESOL course that will certify you through the Australian Qualifications Board as well as give you accreditation through the University of the Nations, Hawaii. The course runs from January 7, 2002 through February 1, 2002. The course instructor is Kim Greig from Australia. Kim has been involved in teaching English since 1994 and has led TESOL courses in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Jordan and Singapore. For information write to Julie Smude, TESOL Coordinator at <tesolatywammtdotorg> or download an application at </tesolatywammtdotorg>

http://www.ywammt.org . You may apply for this course through December 14, 2001.

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4) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE — Here’s a three-week intensive course designed to teach missionaries how to become students of the culture to which they will go plus give them the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in that cross-cultural context. The course moves beyond principles to skill development as the student learns how to discover the structure and organization necessary for successful ministry that already exist within the target culture and then to adapt their plans to these existing systems. The course is taught by Dr. Richard Lewis at the Center for Intercultural Training in NC from Jan. 14-Feb. 1, 2002. For more info email <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or in the USA or via Net2Phone call 800.887.1786 or browse to http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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5) CORRESPONDENCE GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — Does anyone have a brief list of guidelines to follow when corresponding (email or snail mail) with missionaries in closed/restricted access countries? Lifewater International is looking for suggestions to share with their volunteers and would appreciate tips and or suggestions from organizations and people in the field who have already worked this out. Please contact Trudy at <trudyatlifewaterdotorg> if you can help. Check out http://www.lifewater.org . We’ll ask Lifewater to send us a summary when completed. Thanks. </trudyatlifewaterdotorg>

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6) A PLACE TO START TO FIND FILMS — Okay… So even though http://www.ChristianSpotlight.com

isn’t *exactly* what we were looking for to find old Christian films, at least it’s a start. (See Item #3, “HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS?” in the Nov. 16th issue of Brigada Today.) They have reviews of numerous Christian and secular films, both recent and older, with a constantly expanding listing. The site organizers have many contacts in the Christian film industry (and have personally been involved as an organization in Christian film since the 1950s), so you could also drop them an email c/o <spotlightatedendotorg> to explore unanswerables. (Thanks Tim, for your ministry and service!!) You could also search: </spotlightatedendotorg>

http://www.gospelvideos.com

http://www.Christianvideos.org

There you’ll find a search engine feature for video titles. Also try http://www.gospeldirect.com . Thanks Ken!

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7) STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK — “Siberian Shivers” is a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Siberia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene–whether or not they are headed for cold climes. Here is an entertaining way to get a real eye opener to culture shock issues sure to be faced in any culture. Order Siberian Shivers in time for Christmas! You can read the first story “Uaz Adventure” for free by going to:

http://www.geocities.com/HarrisesInRussia/sibshivers.htm

or order immediately by writing to: <>. Don’t miss the Christmas special: $10 for your first copy; $8 for the second up to infinity! It’s never been cooler.

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8) THE TALKING BIBLE FOR NON-READERS — Folks at Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in Escondido, California are praising God for their success in creating what they dub the world’s first “Talking Bible.” The Talking Bible is the brainchild of ASI’s President, Mark Hoekstra. This patented listening device looks like a Bible, is the size of a Gideon Bible and costs about what people pay for a printed Bible. The Talking Bible has an entire, translated New Testament in a desired language sealed inside. Combining high tech sound programs in the computer with the low tech of the analog cassette makes this revolutionary listening device possible. The first four thousand Talking Bibles have been manufactured in India. The first languages are Tamil and Telegu and are being used in the Adopt-A-Village Bible listening program there. Twenty thousand units are also being manufactured in China. In their enthusiasm for the Talking Bible, ASI is saying that, as a starter, all printed translations of the New Testament should be made available in audio for non-readers as Talking Bibles. They are saying that the ease with which Talking Bibles can be produced and their relatively low cost puts such a goal within reach. ASI is saying that it seems unthinkable that this would not be done when one considers the enormous cost and effort required to translate a New Testament into another language. Dr. Harvey Hoekstra, founder of ASI says, “The advent of the Talking Bible makes doable what was once only a distant dream. The Talking Bible will give non-readers the same opportunity to HEAR God’s Word by listening as anyone has who reads!” For more information check out ASI’s website: http://www.audioscriptures.org or email: <asi-caatxcdotorg>. </asi-caatxcdotorg>

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9) THE BACKPAGE: HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR THANKSGIVING VACATION? —

[Note: Doug sent the following letter to all Team Expansion workers

on Thanksgiving Day. Here, we’ve changed only the verb tense to

reflect the fact that it’s now history.]

Though Thanksgiving Day is largely celebrated only by those of us from the USA, my impression is that much of the rest of the world at least identifies with it in principle. The idea is simple — to pause at least on Thanksgiving Day, as a nation, to give thanks for the way God has brought us all through hard times. Here in Louisville, Thanksgiving Day struck a very special chord in America’s heart. In the morning paper, one editorial spoke about “the New Normalcy”, referring to a newfound set of values this holiday season. Instead of focusing on glitter, gold, and glitz… the nation’s families were zeroing in on things that maybe matter more… like family, friends, and the value of life itself.

It is said that on that first Thanksgiving Day, a native American named Squanto helped newly-arrived Pilgrims make it through the season. The year was 1621 and Pilgrims were having a pretty tough time making a go of it in this new land. Squanto stepped in, acting as an interpreter, helping piece together a treaty between the Pilgrim settlers and Chief Massasoit. Interestingly enough, historians now tell us that Squanto had been kidnapped by Capt. Thomas Hunt in 1615, lived in England, and returned (1619) to North America with Capt. Thomas Dermer. So within a short space of only 4 years, Squanto had somehow managed to transform the feeling of hurt and betrayal (being kidnapped by one of these new European interlopers) into an unselfish life-risking effort that involved helping the very people who had previously sought to take advantage of him. He taught them to plant, fish, and love the land they had come to pillage. Little did he know that an even sadder fate awaited him in the wings. Just a short time later, while acting as a guide and interpreter on William Bradford’s expedition around Cape Cod, he contracted smallpox and died. In the end, he had paid the ultimate price to assist these pilgrims from another land.

I can think of several lessons after hearing such an awesome story of self-sacrifice. From one perspective, I think of you. You’re a modern-day Squanto. You’re out there putting yourself in harm’s way, leaving friends and family (often most obvious on a day like today), in hopes of helping pilgrims from other lands find new honor in values that they’d never before imagined. We know, from personal experience, that those values are worth living for. In fact, probably we’d be willing to give our very lives for those values. I think about the 8 Christian foreign aid workers recently released from Taliban captors. One of our own team members here in Louisville at Team Expansion knew several of them personally and even stayed over night with one of them on a recent visit to Central Asia. Now *those* 8 Squantos had something to celebrate this Thanksgiving Day, eh?

But I can also think of another perspective. There are those modern-day cross-cultural Squantos that many of us have experienced… those blessed souls who have helped us find local markets and renew our paperwork in the downtown offices. They’ve taught us local language and introduced us to their friends, who in turn have helped us accomplish more than we could have ever hoped to do by ourselves. They’ve paved the way for us … even though at times it has meant suffering for them. They’ve sometimes had to put their own personal career plans on hold. And what about the dozen or so Afghans arrested for helping those 8 Shelter Now aid workers in Kabul? They nearly lost their lives. (Today we give thanks that the latest news is that every single one has found freedom today, thanks largely to the incredible efforts of our men and women in uniform… combined with Northern Alliance freedom fighters.) Down through the years, I’ve given thanks for Squanto-like friends… I remember “Never” and “Amilcar & Charro” in Uruguay, …. “Tanya”, “Vlad”, and “Costia” in Kherson, …. and many many more… all the way up through even the last 24 hours, when a new Squanto is helping us get started in Afghanistan at this very moment.

Finally, there is the most obvious and life-changing Squanto of all — Jesus Christ. He, too, came to our assistance as we tried to learn to navigate the waters of this new land. He taught us a “New Normalcy”… new values, new truth, and a new love . . . .to find new life. Is there any higher purpose? Can you think of any higher values? Can you ever imagine any higher reason to live? The funny thing is that, like Squanto, helping pilgrims ended up costing him his very life. For Squanto, though, it was a tragic ending. But in Jesus’ case, it was an incredibly ironic *beginning*. Satan thought he was doing the ultimate evil terrorist act. What a surprise it must have been … an incredibly shocking surprise… when Jesus raised from the dead. Satan’s work will never be the same. His powers on this planet were forever altered … forever weakened… and in the end, forever destroyed.

The events of September 11th have, for our nation . . . and indeed for a world-full of people with civilized motives . . . galvanized our thoughts and values. If before, we were even tempted to yearn for glitter, gold, and glitz, people *everywhere* now see that it’s all going to perish in the end. It might be later… but it could also be much sooner than anyone thought. Our understanding of our own vulnerability is forever changed. Sales of Bibles and Christian books have skyrocketed. Publishers can’t even keep up. Meanwhile, bicycle manufacturers are backlogged this Christmas with inventories they can’t even imagine. Though terrorists meant this ugly deed for evil, it has instead brought about a) their own undoing, b) our own value-renewal, and c) a near-global awakening in spiritual things.

So… we have a lot to be thankful for. There is no greater love than that of a man willing to lay down his life for his friends. Squanto knew it. His name became a legend. Jesus knew it. In one final act of love, he changed eternal destinies. And today, in my prayers for you and all of those in our global family, I’m going to thank God for our modern-day Squantos… people like you… this very Thanksgiving Day!

Be careful out there. Helping those modern-day pilgrims is risky business… a bit like a jungle!

Doug

PS. Ironically, as I was proof-reading this note on Thanksgiving Day, the Radio City Rockettes came through Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Talk about glitter, gold, and glitz. Okay… so maybe some things never change. :-) Back to reality. :-)

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THE FOLKS AT JOSHUA PROJECT II FORGE ON

Curious about what happened to all the AD2000 & Beyond unreached people data? Wonder no more. The legacy lives on . . . in the form of Joshua Project II. They continue to refine their already-completed comprehensive ethno-cultural list of all the world’s peoples. Check it out (viewing and download) at: http://www.joshuaproject.net/datacomplete.html Now, during the next few months, they want to attach various Church Planting progress indicators to that list e.g. % Evangelicals, % Adherents and several others such as Operation World Progress Indicators, status of various ministries tools of Bible Translation progress, Christian Radio Broadcasting, Audio Recordings and Jesus Film.

Then they’ll try to establish criteria to identify the least reached (possibly something like less than 2% Evangelical) and then publish a global comprehensive least reached list. Next they’ll tackle what might be the most important phase — to begin promoting the comprehensive least-reached peoples list and gathering ministry commitments for networking purposes. They’ll also expand the JPII website to be interactive to allow queries such as: “Show me the ten largest groups without a Jesus Film that are considered unreached? Show me all groups in the 10/40 Window that are below 5% Christian and have audio recordings available. Show me the 20 top most adoptable” peoples.”

Let’s all pray that God will bless their work. They are the “Nehemiahs” trudging through the city in the dark, hoping to gain for us a more accurate picture of the walls that most need rebuilding.

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WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT INFOBEAT?

letter and ligntening bolt Email-based global news? Until recently, Infobeat provided an excellent email news service, but they recently changed their format and their range of content. Do you have any suggestions on a comprehensive, free (or inexpensive) email news service providing global coverage that does NOT require web access to read the articles? Send your comments to David davidgatcydotnet  (davidgatcydotnet)   including the URL to contact the news service. A summary report will be made available after a couple of weeks here on Brigada. (Thanks David!!! What a great idea. I feel your pain. My buddies and I went to CNN.com’s email news. It’s still no replacement for the old InfoBeat.)
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SPECIAL OFFER ON “INTO ALL THE WORLD”

book The “annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook” is 132-pages long, brings you 34 excellent articles, and 11 Important “Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts”. It carries DOUBLE the editorial content of the current edition. And, included are two Special Sections: “Working with Children in Crisis,” and “Short-Term Missions: 2002.” The cost for a single-copy is $5.00 (includes S&H). Multiple copies are available for just $2.00 each, plus our modest “out-of-pocket” S&H charges. But for Brigada subscribers, Bill will do this: Order 15 or more copies and he’ll include a free copy of the new 21st Century Edition of Operation World (just published this fall; 798-pages; $18 cover price). (Order 25 and get 2 free copies, order 50 or more and get 5 free copies. To order a supply of the 2002 Edition send an e-mail to intomorecopiesataoldotcom  (intomorecopiesataoldotcom)   indicating the number of copies you wish to receive. An invoice will be sent with the shipment to US and Canadian addresses. All overseas orders must send payment in advance to Bill Berry, Publisher, Into All The World, PO Box 40519, Pasadena, CA 91114, tel: 626-798-8582, fax: 626-798-2712.
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ATTEND A PROMISING JAPANESE CHURCH PLANTING INSTITUTE

calendar It’s still not too late to make arrangements to attend the JEMA Church Planting Institute (CPI). Registrations for this year’s conference November 6-9 in Kawaguchi-ko near Mt. Fuji are ahead of record attendances in previous years (260+). Participants will have to choose from among 4 training tracks, over 20 electives and dozens of regional groups. Registration remains open until October 23rd. For registration and information contact the JEMA office 03-3295-1949 jemaatjemadotorg  (jemaatjemadotorg)  , the CPI web site http://www.jcpi.net or John JMehnatCompuservedotcom  (JMehnatCompuservedotcom)  .
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ANNOUNCING ARABIC VISUALIZED BIBLE SERIES

Bible The Visualized Bible Series is a 78-volume series of flash card Bible-teaching lessons. Each volume contains four lessons and sixteen large, colorful illustrations (10″ x 14″) bound into the book. Each volume teaches one Bible doctrine or topic (i.e.: Faith, Prayer, Repentance, Forgiveness, The Nature of Man, etc.). The entire series is available in English from Bible Visuals International, PO Box 153, Akron, PA 17501-0153. BVI’s web site: http://www.biblevisuals.org. BVI’s email karenewatbiblevisualsdotorg  (karenewatbiblevisualsdotorg)  . The three volumes on the Crucifixion and Resurrection are printed in Arabic and are available from either Bible Visuals International or Clarion Publishing House, PO Box 165740, Beirut, Lebanon. Clarion’s email is Clarionatcyberiadotnetdotlb  (Clarionatcyberiadotnetdotlb)  . Inquire about costs and missionary discounts. There’s a free catalog available from BVI.
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LEARN ABOUT LITERACY AND EVANGELISM

graduation cap An International Training Institute on Literacy and Evangelism will be held in Tulsa/USA from June 9 to July 12, 2002. This five week course prepares persons to start church-based outreach in literacy ministry by using Bible-content materials. For more information (cost etc.), email ort4leiatjunodotcom  (ort4leiatjunodotcom)   or write Literacy and Evangelism Int’l 1800 S. Jackson Ave. Tulsa, OK 74107 or visit LEI’s Website at: http://www.LiteracyEvangelism.org.
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FURLOUGH, FIELD, VEHICLES

MATS supplies vehicles for those in Christian Ministries. Their sole purpose is to save ministry dollars spent on transportation needs. For furloughs, they have the “Rentals at Cost” program, and they also offer insurance and delivery. Or buy new or used from them as well! In addition, they have great prices on new field units for NGOs, shipping most brands most anywhere. Learn more by writing caratmatsdotorg  (caratmatsdotorg)   or see http://www.mats.org. or write MATS International, Inc. 4444 National Road E, Richmond, IN 47374. Phone toll-free 888-776-7211 or 765-965-7777 fax 765-962-9966
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STRATEGY SEMINAR IN NAKURU, KENYA

Unlimited Strategy Evangelism (“USE”) conducted a seminar for Pastors and Church Leaders in Nakuru, Kenya Sept. 11 – 16, 2001. It stressed Laity ministry, discipleship, and edifying the Body of Christ plus emphasizing teaching the Truth of God’s Word. The Sunday after the seminar concluded, the host church canceled their Sunday evening service and went into the community to put into practice what they had learned. As a result sixteen individuals became Believers. Plans are being formulated for additional seminars in Kenya. For more information contact Aranyasataoldotcom  (Aranyasataoldotcom)  . Or visit http://www.hometown.aol.com/aranyas/USE2.html
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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap The following GET mission training schools are scheduled for 2002: One-month full time intensive from February 4th – March 5th in Irvine, California. Two-month summer full- time school from July 8th – September 3rd in Hampton, Virginia USA. Courses being taught include Cross-Cultural Communications; Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Come and learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your cross- cultural call both around the block and around the world. Part-time are students welcome. Evening classes are available. For more details contact Greg gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)   at Global Ministry Teams or call 757-868-1268 or check out http://www.globalministryteams.org.
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20010902 Brigada Today

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BE A PART OF THE JP2000 FOLLOW-UP

Joshua Project 2000 logo Want to participate in the follow-on work to Joshua Project 2000? Just click on over to http://www.joshuaproject.net/surveyintro.html. Joshua Project II welcomes survey participation by any ministry or organization working among one or more people groups. Users can download the survey cover letter and instructions and select from over 225 country survey forms in PDF format. This is still somewhat of a “paper-based” system as users must print off various reports, fill them in manually and return them to Joshua Project II via postal mail. JPII plans to upgrade this to a full on-line system where users can fill in survey forms directly on the web and submit batches of ministry activity updates electronically.
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“ASK A MISSIONARY FORUM” GROWS

WebWatch Ask A Missionary shares questions and answers on becoming a long-term missionary. In the last two years this free monthly email newsletter has grown from 400 to 1,600 readers. Browse http://www.askamissionary.com to subscribe, to post new questions and answers, and to read dozens of answers online. Six topics are discussed: Support-Raising, Selecting an agency, The Call, Tentmaking, Training, Singles/Families. In addition, each topic has a recommended list of books, tapes and websites. This can be an excellent follow-up for those who went on a short-term and are now interested in long-term missions. And agencies can get visitors to their websites since answers include the first name of the missionary and the agency website.
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USE THIS SITE TO PLAN YOUR CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY

Try browsing: www.childrensbiblestudy.com to get ideas for your next study. The artwork and “look and feel” is great for kids. Also check out: www.whowillstand.com for older teens, college-agers or young marrieds.
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EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

calendar The purpose of this year’s strategic conference is to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese from God’s Word to ‘Look Unto Jesus’ thus encouraging one another’s spiritual growth and faith. This conference is also dedicated to help equip those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA 92339. Sponsoring Organizations: International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, Navigators For more information go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 or e-mail ushqatjcfndotorg  (ushqatjcfndotorg)  .
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TEACH ENGLISH, SHARE THE GOSPEL, GET PAID

Vision International Alliance (VIA) is recruiting people to teach English for at least one year in Japan, South Korea and China. VIA provides all training and generous benefits. Teachers will work with local church leaders and have many opportunities to interact with students outside of the classroom. This is a wonderful opportunity for short-term missionaries and tentmakers. For an application and more information, look up http://www.viamission.org/teach or write to Lydia at ecbtatviamissiondotorg  (ecbtatviamissiondotorg)  .
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ARE YOU A TRAVELING MISSIONARY?

4x4 vehicle A&R Associates is a Christian business dedicated to serving the travel needs a missionaries traveling to international and domestic locations since 1996. They just installed self booking reservation system on their website. You can book your own international and domestic flights, car rentals, and hotels 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can also book flights back to the United States from foreign countries and from one foreign to other foreign countries. Click to http://ar-associates.freeyellow.com/travel.html or write to arassoc1atearthlinkdotnet  (arassoc1atearthlinkdotnet)   or tel. 805-739-0378, Fax 805-739-0689, 800-298-0198 Ask for Roland.
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HELP WANTED FOR MEDIA TYPES

movie camera Want to travel and learn? Media professionals are invited to travel to Asia for 2-4 weeks in 2002 to conduct workshops on web design, scriptwriting and/or video production depending on the country. Support of approximately $2,000-2,300 will be required. Contact Professor DanH Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom  (Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom)  .
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DON’T MISS AVIATION MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2001

calendar The dates are October 17 through 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a goal of bringing missions and aviation together by networking ministries, organizations, missionaries, etc. for the purpose of reaching the unreached. Alpha Aviation Missions Outreach Center is the host. A registration and exhibitor discount will be given to all subscribers of Brigada. For more info, see: http://www.alphaaviation.org or call Rod toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at Call toll free 866-GO-ALPHA or dial 918-438-7812 from anywhere or write him mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)  .
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10-40 WINDOW WORKERS!

10/40 window If you live and work in the 10-40 you may be interested to learn about OPEN Network, a network of workers serving in Creative Access Nations. The objective of OPEN is to help us share and learn from each other. Learn more at their website; www.OPENNetworkers.net
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DOCTORAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT

graduation cap “You have always wanted to earn a credible Doctorate but did not know how and from where. Your PRAYER is now answered. The learner-friendly doctoral programme is finally here: The International Council of Higher Education’s (ICHE) Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)– upgradable to a Ph.D, is now offered through the Singpaore’s graduate School, Bethany School of Missions in an Asian and African cultural setting. The unique feature of this programme: flexible, self-paced, cutting-edge, and minimal residence requirements. There are more than 12 areas of major concentrations that you can work under the able guidance of senior experienced and highly qualified missions professors based on your interest and need of missionary work. This doctoral programme is open to specifically missions-minded pastors, missions leaders, missions executives, full- time missionaries, missionaries on furlough, and generally for other categories of Christian workers.” If you are intersted, you may apply to Registrar bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg  (bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg)   , Bethany School of Missions, PO Box 143, Singapore-911705 (Tel: 65- 348-5546; F: 65-348-5547). And/or the Programme coordinator winstonelliottatpacificdotnetdotsg  (winstonelliottatpacificdotnetdotsg)  .
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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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