Kenya

4) Fly Round-Trip In Africa For A Song

OK, maybe more than a song, but not much. Thanks to Brigada user Greg for tipping us on the fact that you can fly round trip anywhere within Africa that Kenya Airways goes (and they go all over the continent) for only 25,000 frequent flier miles (and about $70-80 reg fee) from any of the following airlines: Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Northwest Airlines, Air Europa, Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways. According to Greg, “Seats are easy to get and supporters can book flights for you.” (Thanks again Greg!)

7) Great Place To Take In A Safari

Thanks to “Greg”, who recently wrote, “I have lived or worked in Kenya for the last 26 years and many of our over 3000 vision trip team members like to also go to see what was recently proclaimed the 7th modern wonder of the world, the “Mara.” But many of them do not want to pay $400-600 a night for a fancy lodge. Our mission goes to a Christian run camp called Losho Mara Camp. It is quite nice and you see all the same animals but pay only $80 about a night full board per person. This camp was started as a project of Christians in the US but is run by people from Kenya. So if your team wants to contact them send an email to

or visit

http://www.loshomaracamp.com/

(Thanks again, Greg!) Feel free to write your “user feedback” immediately below, by clicking on “Comments” in the spot immediately after this item.

20050529 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. :-( WE STILL NEED 300 OR SO MORE SURVEY-TAKERS :-(
2. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS IN US AND CANADA
3. WELCOME, BRACKENHURST CENTER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION
4. SEEKING GLOBAL DIAL-UP SERVICE
5. NEW RESOURCE TO KEEP CHURCHES IN TUNE WITH MISSIONS
6. AIMS APPOINTS THREE NEW VPs
7. PEOPLE RAISING SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL
8. EVERYTHINGMISSIONS.COM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE FIELD
9. ADVENTURES WITH INTERACT MINISTRIES
10. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
11. WOULD YOU HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA?
12. PLEASE HELP WITH SURVEY
13. THE BACK PAGE: WHICH IS IT
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. :-( WE STILL NEED 300 OR SO MORE SURVEY-TAKERS :-( — Thanks to the 200 or so people what have logged on at:
http://brigada.org/followership/
where they’ve taken a 5-minute survey that will hopefully allow Doug to finish his dissertation. Trouble is, he needs about 300 more people… 500 in all. One reader wrote this past week, ” Hi, Doug! Can you use my Filipino staff for your dissertation? Most of them are professionals, they raise some of their own support & we are definitely an evangelical mission organization!” The answer? Most definitely. If you’d like to help… or if you know someone (or 300 someones) who can, send them to:
http://brigada.org/followership/
2. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS IN US AND CANADA — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will hold back-to-back Christian comics seminars in August 2005. Lifewerks will host the US event at Bible Baptist Church in Claymont, DE (greater Philadelphia metro area) on August 8-10. Concept Erya will host the Canadian event at The Baptist Church of Longueil in Longueil (Quebec) from August 12-14. These seminars are for Christian communicators who want training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. Sessions include Scripting, Storyboarding, and Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. For the US event please contact Lifewerks at KieffJ5(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 .] Canadians may register for the Quebec event online at http://www.concepterya.com/coursbd.asp To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
3. WELCOME, BRACKENHURST CENTER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION — Reader Ed Brown reports that he and colleagues in Kenya have just formed this new organization to pursue ‘a God-centered response to environmental crises that brings glory to the Creator.’ The US base is in Madison, WI, and the organization has one project running in Kenya. Ed and colleagues hope to be a resource to fellow mission organizations while mobilizing the church toward a meaningful and effective, God glorifying response to environmental challenges. Resources for other ministries will eventually include seminars on such topics as appropriate responses to environmental problems, and using environmental outreach as entry strategies in limited access areas. Consultations are available now. Ed would love to hear from you! Check out their website: http://www.careofcreation.org or write to Ed at careofcreation(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. SEEKING GLOBAL DIAL-UP SERVICE — Has anyone a recommendation for a good, economical global internet dial-up service offering multiple connections in Africa and Asia. AT&T has cut back on international numbers. Barb is now using MaGlobe, which is charged by the minute ($8 hourly in Africa). I’ve used GRIC and Skype. Is there anything better? IPass? Others? Please reply to: barb(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 .] We’ll ask her to assemble a report so we can present it hear at a later date.
5. NEW RESOURCE TO KEEP CHURCHES IN TUNE WITH MISSIONS — Are you looking for a resource that can not only keep missions in front of your church, but also encourages missions involvement? Mission Network News, a service of Cornerstone University, is now producing a monthly church bulletin insert subscription service. The annual subscription provides your church with the latest news from the field each month, plus opportunities to pray and physically help. These stories are taken right from their radio broadcast and are only days old by they time they’re delivered. Go to http://www.MNNonline.org/ and click on the bulletin insert to see a sample and subscribe.
6. AIMS APPOINTS THREE NEW VPs — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has added three new leaders for its global outreach team: Bill Fast, Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer; Donna Fast, Vice President of Financial Operations and Chief Financial Officer; and a new Vice President of International Ministry (omitted for security reasons). Learn more about AIMS at http://www.aims.org
7. PEOPLE RAISING SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL — Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term missions trips through a specially designed 16-page People Raising support manual by William Dillon, author of “People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support.” This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#stm or e-mail [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. EVERYTHINGMISSIONS.COM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE FIELD — This place very well could become your missions outfitters and suppliers discount superstore. They handle short and long term missions supplies, resources and needs.

For more info contact Matt http://www.everythingmissions.com

matt(at)everythingmissions(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. ADVENTURES WITH INTERACT MINISTRIES –- Do you feel the “call of the wild,” or are you just feeling called to the Great White North? Then InterAct Ministries may be a perfect fit for you. InterAct plants churches along the North Pacific Crescent, which includes Western Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. They offer short terms trips (Impacts) every summer and have a wide variety of full-time positions available. Check out their website: http://www.interactministries.org For more information, email Shawn at shawn.strannigan(at)interactministries(dot)org .
10. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS! — Thanks to COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries) for their very kind $100 gift. Learn more about their 2005 conference at http://www.cosimnet.org Thanks, too, to the anonymous encouraging friend who sent $50 with a note attached: “Thank you for your faithful service to us all. No acknowledgement desired.” (glow) :-)
11. WOULD YOU HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA? — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. These gifts help us cover costs like webspace, part-time secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. Our goal is to raise $16,576 for 2005 and so far, we’re up to $5,328.22.
12. PLEASE HELP WITH SURVEY — Will you take 5′ to help Doug finish his doctorate? It’s free! :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ Doug’s making progress. About 180 or so have completed the survey. He has set a goal to finish the entire project during the next 6 months. Please, please tackle a 5-minute survey so Doug can finish this degree! :-) Thanks!!!
13. THE BACK PAGE: WHICH IS IT — A “SIGN” OR A “SINKHOLE” — The mission with which I work, Team Expansion, has recently acquired 61 acres where we hope to build a prayer, retreat, and training center for missionaries and those who send them. In a couple of basins on the property, we have sinkholes. Think of these babies as ‘caves in formation.’ They may be interesting geologically… but they’re kind of a hassle practically. Our volunteers can be walking along through a patch of high weeds and suddenly just vanish. It’s definitely a negative motivator for recruiting new volunteers. (OK… I’m exaggerating just a bit… but only a bit.)

How are we supposed to view these sinkholes? Does it mean God didn’t intend for us to purchase this property? Unlikely… By God’s grace, the project went from start to finish — all 61 acres — 100% paid for in less than 16 months, all by means of a unique strategy that didn’t even require a capital funding campaign. (That’s the subject of another “Back Page”. :-) ) So it’s obvious to us that God has been “in it.” Besides… there are only 2 relatively small areas where they occur… and we’ve already started mitigating both areas with input from a geologist from the US Dept. of Natural Resources (using special forms of French drains). In short, we’re kind of glad they’re there. As I say — they’re kind of an interesting feature. (I say that even as we work to eliminate or lessen their impact on the basin where they occur. :-) )

So if they’re not a “sign” to turn back, what are they then? I look at them like a track runner looks at hurdles. They’re just something else we have to jump over (kind of literally! :-) ).

Sometimes it’s helpful to remember these sinkholes as we tackle other more “spiritual” projects. Having trouble entering a new country? Somebody at the conference table inevitably says, “I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.” Maybe. Maybe not. You see, what I’m trying to say is … I don’t believe each and every apparent difficulty is put there as a spiritual signpost to tell us to turn back.

So if you can’t buy the first storefront for your new church facility, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not supposed to buy a storefront. It just might mean you can’t by *that* one. Take Paul for instance. He certainly didn’t stop his missionary journeys when he ran into just any ole adversity. He was shipwrecked, stoned, and even nearly killed — but still felt the power of the Lord urging him forward. (II Cor. 11:23-27, 12:10) When Peter and John encountered arrests and other roadblocks, they actually took them as a kind of ‘dare’, praying to God for all the more boldness (Acts 4:29). Any more, I kind of *savor* the chance to “smile into the face of stress”. By that I mean… when I begin to become aware that stress is building in my life, I break out in this telltale confident grin. In fact, sometimes I think — we must *reeeally* be on to something now, if we’re encountering this kind of challenge. (Satan isn’t going to give up these territories without a fight, you know.)

So — signs or sinkholes — you decide (but only with a lot of prayer). In the meantime, smile into the face of stress. You’ll be glad you did… because it’s a jungle out there. :-) Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go search for those volunteers. I know they’re here somewhere. :-)

Doug

20010923 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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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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