Kazakhstan

Central Asia English Language School Needs Teachers

A non-profit organization located in Astana, Kazakhstan needs godly Christian ESL teachers and a director. Positions are open in the Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced, and TOEFL groups. The English Language School teaches students who are the leaders or the sons and daughters of the country’s leaders. Either housing or a stipend can be provided based on the role and the number of courses taught. This is a great opportunity to impact the leadership of a nation. For more information contact Kurt at

pi(at)

pobox(d0t)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

TEACH IN KAZAKHSTAN

Tien Shan International School is a non-profit NGO registered with the Kazakhstan, government as Tien Shan Education Center, a Christian institution. One of the school’s chief goals is to offer low cost education to its member families. To do this, the school recruits teaching, administrative, and support staffs that are able to pay their own way, through their personal retirement fund, support groups, or the organization they belong. Though the school does not provide housing, pay travel costs, or offer salaries, it does provide visas, covers the in-country visa costs, staff lunches, transportation to and from school, small class sizes, and continual staff in-service training. TSIS does offer an experience that will change your life.

https://www.tienshanschool.org/

Be sure to click on the page entitled, “Future Teachers” for a list of some of the personnel they need. Interested? Just write, recruitment (at)tienshanschool(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then join the lines together.]

20071216 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CORRECT DATES FOR FORUM ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI
  2. SOURCE FOR FREE CHRISTIAN AUDIO BOOKS
  3. ARE YOU CATCHING THE GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE BRIGADA BRIGADE?
  4. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2008!
  5. FREE SPAM BLOCKER
  6. PHONE CARDS/SERVICES ON THE CHEAP
  7. VIDEO SESSIONS OF WEB MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. THAT NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK…
  9. FURTHER READING ON CHINESE BIBLE PRINTING
  10. NEW BOOK UNWRAPS LATIN AMERICA
  11. CENTRAL ASIAN SCHOOL SEEKS STAFF
  12. WE’RE THANKFUL! GOD BE PRAISED!
  13. WOULD YOU BE ONE OF THE 76 PARTNERS STILL NEEDED IN 2007?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE STORY OF LETUNIN AND NGOTO

  1. CORRECT DATES FOR FORUM ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI — Earlier, we mentioned a North American Azerbaijani Network that is hosting a forum on gateway Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan and Iran. The correct dates for the forum are Apr. 24-26 (not 24-28 as previously announced). The location is Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information email azpartnership(at)galacticomm

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


  2. SOURCE FOR FREE CHRISTIAN AUDIO BOOKS — Classic Christian books by writers including E.M Bounds, G.K Chesterton (and, Brigada participant, Charliy recently noted, “even a few who don’t use initials” :-) ) are available as audio book downloads for free. Start the year with “The Practice of the Presence of God” in your iPod by going to

    http://freechristianaudiobooks.com/

    (Thanks for the tip, Charliy! Cool name, too.)


  3. ARE YOU CATCHING THE GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE BRIGADA BRIGADE? — If not, tune in by browsing to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/

    for the latest input on topics and questions such as polygamy, how to determine one’s calling, civil disobedience, moral behavior resources, and more! There have been some excellent pieces there. It’s truly a tribute to the high caliber of readership we have for Brigada Today. Thanks for participating!


  4. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2008! — Do you need missions education credit before you can begin your missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer as it covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. Check out

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

    for more information and to sign up, or email info(at)icmusa

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


  5. FREE SPAM BLOCKER — Thanks much to Brigada participant, Lloyd, who tipped us off to mail-filter.com. Lloyd, for his part, is an emergency manager for a city. And we *really* appreciate him referring us to mail- filter which, according to Lloyd, is not only free but also very effective. Check it out at…

    http://www.mail-filter.com/

    Lloyd says one can set up multiple accounts, and that the offending spam can be viewed on the web. Good find, Lloyd!


  6. PHONE CARDS/SERVICES ON THE CHEAP — Lloyd also referred us to

    http://cheap2talk.us/

    and

    http://kc5fm.pushline.com/

    where, he said, “visitors can obtain low cost calling cards and other communications products. Brigada readers who wish to have their commissions refunded may contact the vendor through either web site or email the author at kc5fm(dot)brigada(at)mail-filter

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


  7. VIDEO SESSIONS OF WEB MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Seven of the web evangelism seminars from the September 07 Web Ministry Conference are now online (using an innovative system which displays the PowerPoint or screen content that the participants saw, as well as the speaker): http://www.webevangelism.com/index.php?id=100

    with some additional sessions available in audio only:

    http://www.internetministryconference.org/blog/

    Of particular interest to the mission world is the video session ‘The Edges of Cyberspace’ which looks at the huge potential of digital evangelism for the non-western world in the coming few years. With the ‘Next Billion’ web users coming online very soon (mainly in the 10-40 Window), and 3.3 billion people already using mobile devices, now is the time for mission agencies to look again at how they can use the Web, video and audio, mobile devices, and Internet Cafes:

    http://ong9d.rmxpres.com/Accordent/data/Edmiston/msh.html

    (Thanks Tony!)


  8. THAT NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK… — We mentioned earlier a new missions textbook that teaches a proper perspective on Muslims. The authors are actually not “Charles Gailey and Charles Gailey” (oops! sleep- keyboarding! [blush]). We should have said that “Discovering Missions” is by Charles Gailey and Howard Culbertson, who was mentioned later in the item. As mentioned previously, the book is available at discount prices on such sites as Amazon.com. (Thanks to Andy for catching our mix-up all the way from Papua New Guinea; and to Bob, who regularly offices in the cubicle next to me! :-) )

  9. FURTHER READING ON CHINESE BIBLE PRINTING — Interested in further follow-up on that mention we made of printing Bibles in China? Brigada participant Andrew pointed us to a BBC article:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7150613.stm

    Another Brigada participant, Martin, reflected on a Chinese pastor he had visited just a few months ago. Apparently the Chinese government itself has given him money to build what will become “China’s largest church (holding 8000 inc 2500 Bible College students).” Martin has seen with his own eyes the foundations of the perimeter wall. It happens that this pastor and his team have produced all the Bible documents on

    http://www.easybibles.com/

    Martin mused, “I don’t yet fully understand the intentions of Beijing or the leaders of this work. I await guidance and pray a lot.” Let’s join him.


  10. NEW BOOK UNWRAPS LATIN AMERICA — “From Rio to the Rio Grande: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America,” is a book by Kenneth D. MacHarg. It’s $16.25 and is available by calling toll free 1(800)247- 6553 in the USA or from Amazon.com as well as through local bookstores. Readers tell us that it does a good job at revealing the way Latins tick.

  11. CENTRAL ASIAN SCHOOL SEEKS STAFF — Kazakhstan International School is a non-profit school that seeks to train up the next generations of leaders for Central Asia. The school is a “secular” school but the staff are strong, Spirit-filled believers who regularly work with students whose families come from 32 countries, many of them Muslim. They are looking for short and long term Christian teachers to share their lives with these young people and their families. Learn more at

    http://www.kisnet.org/


  12. WE’RE THANKFUL! GOD BE PRAISED! — Praise the Lord for these partners who have stepped up to the plate to help us connect the dots in 2007:

    $50 from a brother in Tulsa, OK, helping launch the Network of Azerbaijani Partnerships. This is a network of partnerships in several countries that work among and advocate for the 40 million unreached Azerbaijani people predominately in Azerbaijan, Iran, and Iraq, but also in smaller numbers in other countries in Central Asia, plus the UK and the US. Please take a moment right now to lift up the Azerbaijani people and this consortium of partnerships. Give praise that they’re hooking up and ask God to bless those who are trying to pull them all together.

    $50 from a partner in Minnesota $100 with love from some anonymous YWAMers who work in Vietnam; “God bless you richly for all you do on behalf of the unreached!”

    $25 from a partner in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

    $25 from Washington Injury Lawyers, http://www.washingtoninjury.com/ and

    $25 from Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers, http://www.beltlawfirm.com/ (Please give thanks tonight for these attorneys who are setting about to use their gifts & skills for God’s glory!)

    $216 from a worker in StoryRunners, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ using oral methods to reach Unreached People Groups. They wrote, “Thanks so much for your ongoing ministry to the missions community! I read your Brigada regularly and have benefited from it greatly! May the Lord meet ALL your needs and keep the Brigada flame bright!” Please pause tonight to lift up this innovative form of gospel outreach.

    $25 from a family headed soon to Zambia. They wrote, “I’ve been a Sr. pastor for the last 13 years here in Illinois; my wife and I are departing on Jan 10 to serve with Action International Ministries in Lusaka, Zambia. I will be involved in pastoral leadership development and my wife will be involved with pastor’s wives and children’s ministries. If the Lord would keep us in good health we hope to spend the next ten years serving the church in Africa. We are both 56. Your weekly email has proved helpful on several occasions as we have been preparing for missions. In fact, it is the only subscription email that I am keeping as we make the move. Thank you for your service to us.” Whoa. Sobering and encouraging. Please lift them up tonight.

    $25 from a worker at Global Mapping in Colorado

    $50 from a friend in Perry Hall, MD

    $100 from a new friend in Texas

    $50 from Honey Brook, PA

    $50 from Columbia, SC

    $25 from Orlando, FL

    $100 from an individual at CAL Berkeley

    We’re so thankful for these dear friends and partners. Thank you Lord!


  13. WOULD YOU BE ONE OF THE 76 PARTNERS STILL NEEDED IN 2007? — Now you can give directly from your bank account, without having to go through PayPal or a credit card. Just log on to

    http://www.teamexpansion.org/

    Click on “Resources” then “Donate” and follow the instructions. Be sure to note that the gift is for Brigada.

    Now we only need 76 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Unfortunately, only 2 more days remain in 2007. Would you be one of those 76??? If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might – or at least pray for someone else to step out? We still need just *one* courageous soul to give $1000 and 2 to give $500, in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here are the gifts we still need to raise in order to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

    1 (of 1) more gift of $1000

    2 (of 5) more gifts of $500

    8 (of 10) more gifts of $250

    0 (of 13) more gifts of $100

    15 (of 28) more gifts of $50

    50 (of 70) more gifts of $25

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE STORY OF LETUNIN AND NGOTO — Yesterday we received this note from Dorothea, who served in East Africa. She wrote, “We had to fix lots of flat tires in the desert. On one such stop we came upon an extraordinary Samburu couple, Letunin and Ngoto. While my husband Jim changed the tire and our three children played in the sand, Letunin told us this of his life story.

    Letunin and Ngoto lived far out in a desert village and understood only a few portions of Scripture that had been translated into a related language. They had become followers of Christ and were extremely happy to be married to another person who shared deep faith in Christ. Among other life lessons, they had learned of the Apostle Paul’s instructions on marriage in I Corinthians 7, telling each man and woman to have his/her own husband. (“Let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.”) So, as a young married couple they had vowed to follow God’s Word in this area. Letunin would not take a second wife, though most of his friends had multiple wives as soon as they could afford to feed them.

    The village people regularly laughed at this long-married couple and reminded them that because Ngoto was barren she was obviously cursed by God. It seemed obvious that Letunin should take a second wife. The women told Ngoto, “If you really loved your husband you would INSIST he take a second wife so you will have someone to take care of your camels and goats when both of you are old.” Ngoto always replied that God had the power to give them a child. The women laughed out loud at Ngoto’s non- traditional notions.

    The elders called Letunan foolish and kept urging him to take a second wife. They called Ngoto “useless.” But Letunan always answered from God’s Word, saying that each man should have his own wife (singular) and each woman her own husband (singular). The couple became the laughingstock of the entire village and amongst the larger people group.

    One morning God turned the tables. Laughter erupted from Letunan and Ngoto’s house, drawing crowds of villagers. Perhaps the couple had gone insane from years of being childless? No. Letunan came out and announced, “Ngoto is pregnant. God has the power to answer prayer. Trust Him. He can do the impossible!”

    They named the child the Samburu word for “Laughter.” It reminded them of all the years people had laughed at them, and of their belief in God’s Word. It also reminded them of the joyous laughter God brought into their lives that day.

    If you ever get the opportunity to visit this small East African village, you will find a growing Samburu church, with many Christians trying to obey what they understand of God’s Word. Many began following Christ because of Letunan and Ngoto. God used this one couple and their adherence to His Word to start a God-honoring group of Christ-followers out in the desert.

    Letunan and Ngoto stand as examples to me and to you. Follow God’s Word against all odds. He always has the power to turn situations around to bring glory to Himself.

    I have also wondered about the latter half of that chapter, which talks about remaining in the state you are when you become a follower of Christ. Could this apply to polygamy, too? Good question for Bible scholars.”

    Hats off to Dorothea for sharing this very poignant example of how difficult it is to implement life-change when gospel confronts culture. Her comments gave me further pause not only on the question of polygamy and how to handle the gospel impacting a culture. But her note also reminded me of the collective experience of the entire Brigada family. I’m so thankful for all the people who make up our collective consciousness and I give thanks to Go for the group-think that can occur when we process these questions together.

    “God, please bless Letunin and Ngoto and the rest of their congregation tonight. Please meet their needs, keep them from sickness, and give them wisdom as they try to sort out your will in every single area of their faith-walk with you. Guide them and keep them close to you. In Jesus’ name we all pray, Amen.”

    Amen.

20070128 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE TRYING GOODSEARCH!
  3. HOW TO DO SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT DOING LONG-TERM HARM
  4. CHRISTIAN HIV/AIDS RESOURCES
  5. US POST OFFICE SENDS PRAYER LETTERS
  6. FREE SYNERGY NEWSLETTER
  7. MEMBER CARE SERVICES IN BUDAPEST
  8. EQUIPPING CONFERENCE FOR MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
  9. TRAIN A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS FOR K’STAN
  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, BUILD MISSIONS FIRE
  11. THE BACKPAGE: CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (INITIATIVE 360), 1978-2007
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through an email-based distance learning course called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” offered by the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The next course offering is scheduled for May 7 – June 1, 2007.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for those doing ministry and community outreach among the poor. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for members of a team who minister together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. It is an e-mail based guided reading program with written (e-mail) assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because the course is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. The course will require an average of 8-10 hours of work per week. The Chalmers Center also offers other distance learning courses on microfinance and microenterprise development.

    To register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-02/07. If you have questions, send email to chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE TRYING GOODSEARCH! — We’d love to thank those who have tried searching at…

    http://www.goodsearch.com

    All those pennies are adding up. Thanks to your combined help, the total contribution (that Goodsearch will make to our mother organization, Team Expansion) is up to $100 for 2007! :-) “Poco a poco, se va lejos.” Someone pointed out that only USA-based non-profits can receive “search-pennies.” As a result, he said, he won’t be able to register his own agency, so, he said, he’d keep searching for Brigada! Remember, all you have to do is type in “Team Expansion” in the “Who do you Goodsearch for?” box. Then click “Verify”. Click on the “Amount raised” button to find out how many pennies have been raised so far. Team Expansion tries to keep Brigada afloat when donations don’t quite make budget. (So far, donations to Brigada have never met budget. :-) ) (Thanks Team Expansion! Thanks Goodsearchers!)


  3. HOW TO DO SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT DOING LONG-TERM HARM — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College has added a new distance learning course to its curriculum on ministry to the poor that does not create dependency. This course, called “How to Do Short-term Missions Without Doing Long-term Harm,” is scheduled for April 16 – May 4, 2007. It is designed for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    The course provides an understanding of the issues surrounding the execution of short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. Short-term missions have the opportunity to produce important benefits, but also have the potential to do significant harm, particularly to the poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that course participants can strengthen their missions projects and the benefits of their short-term missions are maximized and any harm is minimized.

    This training course is an e-mail based guided reading program with written (e-mail) assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because the course is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. The course will require an average of 6-8 hours of work per week.

    To register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-02/07. If you have questions, call 1-706-419-1805 (U.S.) or send email to chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. CHRISTIAN HIV/AIDS RESOURCES — R.E.A.P (Resource Education For AIDS Prevention) is a complete AIDS/HIV education program that provides biblical, morally based hope in the crises of human tragedy. A 278-page manual is available as well as individual chapters, overhead transparency masters and PowerPoints. Materials are biblical, positive and practical include teaching tips and hints. These materials were developed by (the South African based) Vern & Esther Tisdale of Africa.. Operation Whole. You may freely use these materials in your ministry. The materials are now available for free download at:

    http://aibi.gospelcom.net/reap/


  5. US POST OFFICE SENDS PRAYER LETTERS — Thanks to Wayne who recently wrote to remind us that prayer letters can be printed and mailed through the US post office itself. Wayne wrote, “We have used them for the past year. Full color letters are mailed for .88 using presort first class postage. The minimum is $2 and so as few as three prayer letters can be made. We like the control and options that we have in the mailing process. The most we have had to wait is one extra business day.” To learn more, visit…

    http://www.usps.com/netpost/welcome.htm


  6. FREE SYNERGY NEWSLETTER — Here’s a communiqué that is a missions mobilization ezine published on the Internet by DualReach. It features stories and ideas from churches who are successfully involving their people in cross-cultural ministry. “Synergy Newsletter” also introduces readers to the resources of the expanding DualReach electronic resource centre, including ready-to-use tools that DualReach develops, and examples of best practice they collect from a wide array of dynamic missions churches. Recent topics included short-term youth teams and educating children in missions. Subscribe by visiting the DualReach website

    http://www.dualreach.org

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


  7. MEMBER CARE SERVICES IN BUDAPEST — The Budapest Care Center offers professional Christian counseling services for adult missionaries serving throughout Europe and Eurasia. Their primary work is short-term intensive counseling for adults and couples seeking help for themselves. Depression, trauma, anxiety, marriage conflict and burnout are among the more common concerns that bring people to the Care Center seeking help. The Care Center staff also provides training on understanding how personal and family problems develop, training on how to help others and seminars on marriage and family relationships. Contact them at:

    http://www.budapestcare.com

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


  8. EQUIPPING CONFERENCE FOR MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS — ACMI’07, at St. Olaf College near Minneapolis, May 31-June 3, 2007, marks 25 years of equipping, resourcing, and networking staff and volunteers involved in or interested in starting, international student ministry (ISM) in the U.S. and Canada. ACMI’07 is one of the broadest gatherings of ISM workers from campus ministries, mission agencies (including returned and retired missionaries), denominations, local churches, and individuals, and offers rich cross-training via 40+ workshops by veterans. Participation is limited to North American residents and missionaries returning from the field. The “early-bird” discount registration deadline is March 31st. Find them on the web at

    http://2007.acmi-network.org

    or email osbu0001(at)umn(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. TRAIN A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS FOR K’STAN — …At Kazakhstan International School, located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Founded in 1993 by two godly men who had a vision to use education as a pre-evangelism ministry to reach the people in Central Asia for Christ, the school needs godly teachers in grades 1-8 for the school year 2007-2008 and k- 12 for year 2008-2009. They have begun to use the International Baccalaureate Curriculum, and are committed to be a continuous learning community preparing young people to be skilled knowledge-workers with high moral standards, great social skills, strong academic backgrounds, and, God willing, knowledge of the Lord. For more info, email spotty4(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, BUILD MISSIONS FIRE — Want to help undergird Brigada in its global ministry of resourcing and mobilization? 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), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (INITIATIVE 360), 1978-2007 — When 5pm came on Feb. 13th, Initiative 360 closed the doors on a newly- merged team of people formerly referred to as ACMC and Caleb Project. Together, they held a whole lot of promise. But together, they did not survive.

    When the board of Initiative 360 closed the shop that day, they laid to rest a marathon-length history of outstanding missions mobilization on college campuses, at local church missions fairs, and in resource centers of all kinds. ACMC equipped churches for effective involvement in world evangelization through conferences, consultation, and resources. Caleb Project created life-changing materials, programs, and curricula for individuals and churches that built vision and enabled involvement in God’s kingdom work. See the press release at

    http://www.takeitglobal.org/

    but don’t go looking very deeply for details because they aren’t there. From the looks of things in this short press release by I360’s board, the two groups together must have overextended somehow during their merger. Apparently, the board felt they had gone past the point of no return.

    I started using ACMC training materials in 1980, best of my memory. They already seemed mature and effective by that time. And as for Caleb Project, Brigada has probably chronicled *hundreds* of new releases thanks to their hard-working staff down through the years. Folks, let me shoot straight: These were (and still are) some of the best people in the world. They worked long hours, were paid little, but had boat- loads of fun. They turned-on folks to the Great Commission. They analyzed, they mobilized, but above all things, they praised and worshipped.

    Unfortunately, I still don’t get it. The board has made it obvious that none of the leaders are accused of anything dishonest. Nobody did anything immoral or unethical. Apparently, the board figured the merged organization just didn’t have a financial future. Well folks, please hear me well: somewhere, someone needs to help us all learn the costly lesson of this loss to missions mobilization. To the I360 board, I openly share that I so wish this could have been done differently. Surely there was a way to process these difficult steps with greater grace; surely there could have been more exchange; surely the community of Christ could have helped you step through these difficult moments without ending things so abruptly. But now, by all appearances, it’s done. And to all the people who are now struggling to process the events of the past 2 months, our hearts and our prayers are with you. As we seek to deal with our confusion, you also seek to find new jobs, new avenues of service, and new means of feeding your families. We are all so very grateful for your *decades* of service, your long days and nights of selflessness, and your incredible energy spent to the glory of God. Yikes. I can’t imagine church missions apart from ACMC. I can’t possibly imagine missions mobilization without Caleb Project. I don’t even *want* to.

    I’m sure there were long prayers. I’m sure there were painful tears. There must have been sleepless nights by the board members. I just wish the greater community of missions advocates could have somehow shared a bit more in that process. Because to me, this feels like somebody died, was buried, and there was no funeral. Only five cold lines in a press release. “Too many bills. Couldn’t make it. Closed up shop.” Who does that? What about some kind of reorganization? What about asking the CEO to do an appeal letter to tell how critical things are? Or how ’bout at least separating back into Caleb Project and ACMC again to see if either side could make a go of it separately? Even as I ask those questions, I hurt for the board members themselves, because I can only imagine how carefully they must have considered these steps. At least, I hope they did. Unfortunately, few, if any of us, can know. Because it was done — it was over — in what seemed like an instant.

    I called Caleb Project’s office on the morning after. It was Valentine’s Day. I spoke to the small team of staff people who had been given the task of cleaning up. My heart went out to them. My heart still aches for them and all the others. We don’t even know where to write. We don’t even know if they’re getting this. But our prayers go to the Father on their behalf. We join them today, praying for them, lifting them up. May the Lord somehow bring hope and healing, in a way that sudden closure could not.

    Yikes. There’s nothing more to say. Except, may the Lord help them all.

20030608 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY
  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK
  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS
  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN
  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING
  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE?
  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS?
  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS 2ND QTR ARTICLES
  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY — We’ve jokingly referred to the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” because in it, the community pitches in to help Jimmy Stuart’s character pay off a bank shortage. In the process, he learns just how much the community appreciates him . . . and that makes for a great story-line. Well it still does. Thanks to the sponsorships that have come so far in 2003, we’ve been able to hire a part-time secretary (3 days/week). She will help us cover everything from subscription requests to answering mail & email. In time, we hope this will make Brigada Today a much more “on- time” vehicle for carrying news, resources, and information about God’s great global hope-giving enterprise. So thanks to all those who have been able to pitch in so far. Several have asked to remain anonymous. Only God will know about their gift. In other cases, we have the privilege and responsibility to say how much we appreciate their respective ministries and services. You would help us greatly if you took advantage of their book or class or business. To see the list, just log onto… http://www.brigada.org then click on the word “Sponsors” at the bottom of the page. Please let one or more of these partners know that you appreciate their participation in Brigada. By doing so, you’ll help us as well!

  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK — It’s too bad we can’t all go to some course to help us learn how to really take advantage of video. Churches want to see our story. We know they’ll play the tapes on Sunday morning. Sending a 7-minute video home to supporters just makes good sense. But where do we begin? And how do we maximize the impact of those 7 minutes? Well now, thanks to Brigada sponsor John Walton, you can at least get the book, “Toolbox for Video Storytelling.” As far as I know, this is the one best source to help you learn to document your cross-cultural work via video in a top-notch manner. Please check out the book at John’s website, http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada so he’ll know you saw his sponsorship link here. John helps you think through your storyline (thinking stories, not topics), organize your ideas, and develop your script (using “modules”). Then he models video and photography tips while providing great examples on the accompanying CD inside the book’s back jacket cover. He addresses both the technical side of things (e.g., sound, lighting, and camera technique) as well as the artsy side (shooting a picture story, continuity, and organization). His material on editing is the best I’ve seen to get you up and running in record time. John claims that we helped him get the initial word out here, via Brigada. The truth is… the book speaks for itself. Get it — and you’ve got a virtual library of resources to get your video moving… both practically and emotionally. Thanks John, for the $50 sponsorship and the great production to help the worldwide hope-giving enterprise!

  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS — Whoa. Now *this* is a great find. Brigada participant Bob wrote recently with this note: “Mailwasher allows you to scan your emails before downloading, delete and bounce unwanted messages (as though your email account did not exist) and construct your own personal black and white lists.” For some reason, I was skeptical at first . . . until I found that a) Mailwasher is free, b) the ad is unobtrusive, c) it’s incredibly easy to use, d) it works with any email program, and e) it sends back a spoofed “email address is dead” message (the kind that ISPs generate automatically when you drop your subscription with them). What’s more, I was able to create a filter to watch the subject line for words like “viagra”, “porn”, and … increasing the size of certain body parts I’ll not mention here in Brigada Today. :-) Bottom line: this product is such an incredibly easy program to use, and the price is so right (free!), I can’t think of any reason why I *wouldn’t* want to use it. In fact, if it continues to be so helpful, I’m sure I’ll pay the author the $20 registration fee just to say thanks to him! :-) Try it; you’ll like it. http://www.mailwasher.net/ (Thanks Bob!!!) By the way, another Brigada participant, David, likes http://spamarrest.com/ There’s a charge, but David claims 97% success. Yet another David recommended http://popfile.sourceforge.net/ It’s free as well, and the concept sounds very interesting (works as a proxy server to add classification to your emails). One other reader, William, recommended http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ He said, ” does the same thing as “Spybot” but is free, and does not require (as Spybot does) one to buy or promise to buy in order to get the adware and spyware scrubbed off. Just download the free scrubber and run it.”

    All four of these products sound great. Let’s try ‘em and boycott spam! (Thanks Davids! :-) Thanks William!)


  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN — Tien Shan Educational Center of Almaty, Kazakhstan, an English language based school Grades 1-12 serving the missions community is in need of several key staff positions and the school year is about to begin! Last we heard, they still needed a Business Manager, JH & HS – Physical Education, Bible, Math, Science, & Language Arts, ESL Teacher, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher, 5th/6th Grade Teacher. For more information contact Gillian at <tienshanatpactecdotkz> . Their school year begins August 27th. Better contact them yesterday. :-) </tienshanatpactecdotkz>

  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING — Elim Bible Institute is now accepting applications for this fall’s “Missions and International Community Health Program”. The two-year program provides training in the cultures and customs, the missionary life and in preventative and curative community health care focusing on developing countries. It is designed for those with no prior health training or for those such as nurses and EMTs who want practical primary care training. It includes an eight-week international internship with a health missionary. Transfer students are accepted directly into health training with one year of Bible School or its equivalent. For a program description visit their web site http://www.elim.edu email <admissionsatelimdotedu> or call 1-800-670-ELIM, International Students are WELCOME! Limited number of scholarships for those from developing countries. Call (585)582-1230. </admissionsatelimdotedu>

  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE? — Norm <nklueveratmsndotcom> is offering to provide them. He’s got 40 standard wall/desk corded telephone sets to give out free. These are like new ITT phones (analog). Available for pickup or you pay shipping. For more information, contact Norm directly. Thanks for helping the Brigada family, Norm! </nklueveratmsndotcom>

  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS? — FFM began over 50 years in North America as a prayer, information and literature service encouraging outreach among Muslims worldwide. A Prayer News Bulletin goes out three times a year, hard copy or e-mail, giving brief prayer requests from around the world, wherever individuals or ministries are witnessing among Muslims. In addition, there’s a 2,600-volume library and a small bookstore (tracts, books, videos, cds) with helpful information. Contact: <ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca> or go to http://www.ffmna.org </ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca>

  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS NEW ARTICLES — At http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm read how the most historically significant figure of the 20th Century was a not-so-famous linguist and missionary. Read about special operations to employ for spiritual warfare. Find out what Chinese Christians said about SARS, and how Christians are being treated in Iraq.

  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE — If you identify yourself as a kingdom business leader committed and called to serve through the tool of business you are invited to an intensive three day conference following the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)’s Planting the Kingdom through Business seminar. It will be held September 23-26 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You will hear reports from the pioneering locations where new businesses are being planted, gain vision and opportunities to mentor and coach emerging business leaders, multiply God’s investment through developing and providing capital for new Kingdom businesses, meet likeminded people and build relationships with entrepreneurs and business owners from many nations. For more information log on at http://www.CEED-UofN.org or write to infoatceed-uofndotorg

20030223 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES
  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED
  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM)
  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE?
  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM!
  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE
  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA
  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS?
  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE?
  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE
  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE
  13. ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS?
  15. ACCREDITED TESOL
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES — Mission Help is designed as a tool to help facilitate questions and responses from one missionary agency to many missionary agencies. Occasionally, one missionary agency will find a better way to do things that may be of some benefit to other mission organizations. To exchange ideas, subscribe to Mission Help and join in emailing questions and responses to members. You may also visit Mission Help’s website to see some of the resources available by going to http://missionhelp.injesus.com

  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > is looking for a good program to track missionaries, their ministries, their vital information, their education, etc.? (HR stuff). If you’ve got a lead, please drop him a note… and he’ll report back here in a couple of weeks.

  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM) — Here’s a seminar being offered from September 8 to December 5, 2003 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre near Vancouver, Canada. EFM is an intensive course designed to take advanced learners (IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 500) to university entrance level (IELTS 6 or TOEFL550). It is also meant for missionaries who need a higher level of English in order to work more effectively on a multi- national team. Each week twenty-one hours of instruction are given. The course fee is $2100 Canadian or approximately $1400 US. The fee includes tuition, room, board, textbooks, internet access and transportation to and from the airport. Health insurance, long distance phone calls and other personal expenses are not covered. The course is open to twelve students. For more information or applications write <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg> or log on at: http//www.gatewaytraining.org </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE? — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > would like to know the effectiveness of CD-Rom recruitment tools that many ministries use. Has anyone studied the return on investment for this medium? How many people joined or found out about the organization because of the CD? Is the CD the main tool or does it supplement other materials? What type of response is your organization receiving because of the CD? Are the people responding in their 20’s-30’s; 30’s-40’s; 40’s-50’s; etc.? How has it affected donations? Jot him a note… and he’ll report his findings back here in a couple of weeks.

  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM! — Here’s a book resource for understanding the church’s approach over the centuries to the people of Kurdistan which includes Northern Iraq and Eastern Turkey. “Ethnic Realities And The Church: Lessons From Kurdistan, A History of Mission Work”, 1668-1990, by Robert I. Blincoe, 1998, 263 pp., is essential reading for those wishing to take the gospel to a post-Saddam Kurdistan. Ethnic Realities can be purchased from the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies, 1605 E. Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA, 91104 for $12.95 plus S & H. Website: http://www.prescms.org/pcms_resources.html or email <pcmsatpcusadotorg  (pcmsatpcusadotorg)  >.

  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE — Looking for a comprehensive resource on all things Islamic? Here is what you need: The CD edition of Answering Islam ( http://www.answering-islam.org ) gives you some 270 MB of resource material on understanding Muslims and Islam, evangelistic tracts designed for Muslims, articles defending the Christian faith against the attacks of Muslim polemics, answers to common and uncommon Muslim questions regarding the Bible and the position of Jesus Christ, more than a hundred testimonies of converts from Islam to Christ, an analysis of the political side of Islam and much more. It’s a vast library of some 5,000+ articles and classical out-of-print and hard-to- get books, mostly English, but includes material in eight languages (even a ninth in the first downloadable update to the CD). And the best: The CD comes with the permission to freely copy and distribute it (as long as that is done free of charge) plus regular free internet updates of the CD content as this is a fast growing site. Price: US-$ 15.00 plus shipping. Order the CD: http://www.answering-islam.org/ordercd.html For further questions, email (please manually remove the two _ characters before emailing)

  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA — An aviation group dedicated to meeting the needs of believers (encouraging isolated folks, reaching many unreached groups via many organizations) as well as a blessing to the region (medical and food drops, ambulance flights) is starting in central Asia. Future plans include reaching all of the “-stans” with low-cost flights and cargo deliveries — stuff the commercial guys don’t handle. For less than the cost of an aviation engine in the West, they’ll be flying a freshly refurbished plane, as well as employing locals. If you’d like to fly for them — or pray for them — contact Robert at <robertsatvpn2000dotnet  (robertsatvpn2000dotnet)  >.

  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS? — See if you can get a spot at “The Jesus Film Project Development Training Seminar”, to be held in San Clemente, from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 24, and 9:00 am until 3:30 pm on Friday. The new $50 registration fee must be received by March 31. If you are planning to attend, please make your check payable to The Jesus Film Project and send it to the attention of Marlene Leake, The Jesus Film Project, 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92673.

  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE? —- Do you hanker for the time when people worked with their hands and went to bed tired? Are you in need of a place that is so remote that visitors have to be flown in? How long has it been since you encountered a bear on the way to breakfast? Join the saints of SERVE to work on a retreat facility at Kako in far western Alaska. The time will be spend preparing for a summer of family camps by sawing and dressing wood, building out buildings, cleaning and repairing cabins and cooking for the workers. You will come away refreshed, strong and with a clear certainty that you have been doing the Lord’s work. Dates: May 20-June 5th. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom  (tlcatgatetekdotcom)  > or see the web site: http://www.serve-intl.org.

  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — The long awaited shipment of TapeTalk hand-wind players has arrived at Gospel Recordings. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples. For more information on the players and a full listing of the available languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom  (ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom)  >. In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free.

  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE — The Norwegian tentmaking organisation Tent Ltd together with Global Opportunities is arranging the first Light to the Nations course in Norway. Light to the Nations is known as one of the best and most compact courses for anyone who wants to serve the Lord as a tentmaker. This course takes place in the beautiful city of Bergen on the Norwegian westcoast form April 30th till May 4th. The course-fee is USD 250, which includes several meals. Tent can organise private accommodation in Bergen. If you want to take part in this course you can contact Tent at <postattentdotno  (postattentdotno)  > or visit their website at http://www.tent.no You will also find information on the Global Opportunites website at http://www.globalopps.org/ltn .

  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE — Head to Atlanta, GA from July 1 – 5, 2003 for the JAMA 2003 New Awakening Conference! Plenary speakers include John Piper (Desiring God Ministries), Louie Giglio (Passion), Loren Cunningham (YWAM Founder), and Ken Davis. Worship led by Chris Tomlin and the David Crowder Band. Conference tracks include Missions, College Students, Professionals, International Students and Scholars, Family Ministry, Youth Leadership, and Intercessory Prayer. For more information, go to http://www.newawakening2003.com, or email <nationalatjamaglobaldotcom  (nationalatjamaglobaldotcom)  >.

  13. ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Phillipines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Japanese/Mahayana Buddhism” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. Request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu  (guestservicesataptsdotedu)  >.

  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS? — Interested in knowing what is going on with this people group? May 1-3, 2003, Christian Fellowship Church of Evansville, IN will be hosting the 2003 Kazakh Consultation. Visit our website http://www.k-consult.org to access more information. Spaces are still available for table and ministry displays.

  15. ACCREDITED TESOL — Sea English Academy International provides accredited TESOL training courses around the world! The next TESOL course runs 16th June to 11th July 2003 in Brisbane, Australia. In the past few years Sea English Academy has trained over 500 English teachers now working in over 35 nations around the world. For applications and more information visit the website at http://www.seaenglishacademy.com or email <infoatseaenglishacademydotcom  (infoatseaenglishacademydotcom)  >.

20030202 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL
  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10
  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO
  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY
  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES
  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS?
  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS?
  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST
  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD
  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003
  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL?
  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS?
  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW
  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST
  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’
  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT
  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR?
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL — Organizers continue to fine-tune the “new tool” we mentioned in “NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS” (Jan 17 and Jan. 24th Brigada Today). They want to have 1000 copies of the CD dubbed by March 1st so they’ll be able to ship immediately. Stay tuned to Brigada Today to learn more about the product, as well as how to get special Brigada Pricing during it’s introduction to the Brigada audience. The most recent addition to the CD? They’ve now added every digital copy of a *very* well known missiology magazine. You’re going to like this one! :-)

  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10 — Thanks to all those who continue to promote Brigada Today among their constituencies, members, family and friends. Remember, it’s incredibly easy to sign up. Just send a blank email to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotorg Thanks! In case anyone asks, since January 25, 1995, not a single email address or identity has been divulged to any outsider. What’s more, we pledge to never sell your address at any point in the future! We’re now up to 13,007 total subscribers (with about 5,000 addresses bouncing on any given week).

  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO — Here’s a Brigada friend and business missionary making a luxury cabin on his ranch available again this year for missionaries and pastors and their kind. He does have a suggested small maintenance donation, but even it goes into the ministry. A former B&B, it was described as “Elegance and the Wild West.” For the author, philosopher, meditator, recluse, or the very poor, he offers a hand-hewn “survival cabin” in a very quiet place away from it all at no charge…UNelegance and the Really Wild West.” Inquire of <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz> or <carolynatglobal-ddotbiz>. </carolynatglobal-ddotbiz></johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will be leading another Christian comics seminar in Mexico on March 21-23, 9:30am to 6:00pm, hosted by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX). This is their only comics training scheduled for the Americas in 2003. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. An average course includes such sessions as Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, and Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist Nate Butler and Mexican illustrator Eric Olarte, with Canadian cartoonist Todd Byers as a teaching assistant. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at <ccmprismaataoldotcom>. You may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <comix35atcomix35dotorg>. </comix35atcomix35dotorg></ccmprismaataoldotcom>

  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted by The Evangelical Free Church Mission will be held near Minneapolis, Minnesota April 13-18, 2003. Contact Gene <gfvandenboschatefcadotorg> for information. Or, if you prefer, log on at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></gfvandenboschatefcadotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES — Does anyone have any experience of providing TESOL training for missionaries who have English as a second or third language themselves? If so, the workers at a Melanesian Centre for World Missions in Papua New Guinea would like to know. They pledge to collate it for anyone interested. Write to <mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>. </mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>

  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS? — Does ‘Meology rather than Theology’ cloud your mission vision? ACMC’s (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) Bob Sjogren & Dr. Gerald Robison base their new book Cat & Dog Theology on a simple joke about the differences between a cat and a dog. This joke shows us the difference between “us living for God,” versus “God living for us!”, pointing us to our call to see God’s heart for all nations from Genesis to Revelation. Cat & Dog Theology retails for $9.99, but Brigada readers can get a discounted price of $7.99, or if you prefer, contact them for bulk or wholesale pricing. If you want special Brigada pricing, refer to quote BRI03 when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706-554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS? — Now you can get the “skinny” by heading on over to N-TEN’s recent survey report, “Nonprofits, NTAPs, and Information Technology,” prepared by Paul-Brien McInerney. Check out the 2-page Executive Summary or the complete 18- page report at http://www.nten.org/reports . (Thanks Ed!)

  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST — Finishers Project is hosting a Regional Finishers Forum in the Phoenix Area, Arizona March 7-8. Combined conferences by ACMC/Finishers Project are slated for San Diego, Feb 28-Mar 1; Pasadena (LA Area) March 28-29; and in Northern California (Sacramento) April 4-5. These are safe places to explore options and opportunties for you and your church in missions. Do not live in the West? You can have your own mission conference on line at http://www.finishers.org to receive a shopping cart of organizations that can use you with your unique set of interests and skills as an individual or couple. Not on the web? Email officeatfinishersdotorg for brochures.

  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD — Order your copy today of this 53 lesson, book by book overview of the entire Bible, written by George Hammett, missionary to Africa. These lessons were originally designed as Sunday School material, but can easily be adapted for use with a discipleship program, or a group Bible study. Each lesson contains an introduction, detailed outline, and discussion questions at the end. The lessons are in .pdf format, and there is also a free copy of Acrobat Reader contained on the cd. To order visit http://www.baptist-books.com or send an e-mail to <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>. The price is $10, plus shipping and handling. </bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>

  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a great skill with which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. Get enough training in seven days to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or e-mail <dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>. </dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>

  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003 — The Kazakh Consultation 2003 will be hosted by Christian Fellowship Church, Evansville, Indiana this year. The dates are May 1 – May 3, 2003. Visit the website at http://www.k-consult.org to register and/or request information. If you are interested in hosting a table with your ministry and/or related book and tape display space is still available. Every effort will be made to accommodate you.

  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL? — Look no further than GRC at: http://www.grcomputing.net/netsweeper.html They might just have everything you need.

  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS? — If so, an organization in Germany would like to find out about it. Email them at: <106370dot3020atcompuservedotcom>. (If you’re concerned about security, forward your information to someone in the clear and have them relay it on to the Germany email address.) The ultimate goal for this quest is to create apologetic videos that scratch an itch where one doesn’t exist, so this German group is trying to get an idea of what exists so far. Thanks!

  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW — Capacity crowds met at Canada Place on January 31 – February 2nd. A 3-day estimated aggregate of 35,000 attended the 6 plenary sessions, 6 youth rallies, the 98 seminars, and visited the 230 mission exhibits. Featured speakers were Tony Campolo, Judy Mbugua, Ron Pearce, Ross Hastings and Rick Love. Web site: http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST — Impact teenagers internationally. Speak on a topic related to your profession at student assemblies in four public and private high schools a day for one week in a Latin American city. Spanish language would be an asset, but interpreters will be provided. Some media materials are available for speakers. Sample topics include Teens at Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Be Aware of Abuse; The Value of Life (cloning, abortion, euthenasia, etc.); Drug Abuse; Teen Anger Management; etc. A hispanic youth evangelist will make a moral, ethical and spiritual application after you speak. On average 340 students respond to surrender their lives to Christ in four days and are counseled by the local host church. Proclaim International, Inc. is conservative in doctrine and relationships, and has offered this service to high schools and local host churches for five years. If you’re interested, contact John via tel. (561) 394-9808 or email <proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom> or log on at: http://www.borderstone.com/proclaim . </proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom>

  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’ — Lifting the Veil, the newest book by Dr. Phil Parshall & Julie Parshall has just been released by Gabriel Publishing. Having worked and lived in Muslim Bangladesh & the Philippines for the past 4 decades, Phil & Julie understand the issues, heartaches, and dangers facing Muslim women today. They bring a sensitive perspective to this thoughtful, sobering book that examines the controversy of female circumcision and proof of virginity, the heartache of arranged marriages, divorce, polygamy, ands the status of women living in a male-dominated world. This book will not provide you with easy answers, but will prompt you to begin praying for these “daughters of Ishmael” and give you sensitive awareness to life beyond the veil. Lifting the Veil retails for $12.99. Brigada readers get a 20% discounted price $10.39, just by asking for it. Or, ask for bulk or wholesale pricing. Just tell them “Quote BRI03″ when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706- 554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT — For those of you who want to reach the many immigrants in the US, a national worker’s conference will take place May 1-3 at Minneapolis/St Paul, MN. For conference details see: http://www.ethnic-america.net/ .

  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR? -– “Serve” needs you to present opportunities for short and long term missions to churches with the recruitment of volunteers as the goal. The short term missions include evangelism, construction, maintenance, food service and much more. Work in your home state or country serving as Serve’s voice where you can do the most good—in familiar territory. This year is the 10th anniversary of sending volunteers, teams and individuals, to countries in Central and South America, Africa, and Alaska, USA. The focus is on retired persons but all ages have gone on these projects from high schoolers through grandparents. Experienced team leaders to help as you get started. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom> or log on at http://www.serve-intl.org . </tlcatgatetekdotcom>
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