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20070812 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY
  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS
  4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO
  6. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA
  7. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIALOGUE ABOUT THE TENSION DUTY TO MISSIONS VS DUTY TO FAMILY — Handpiece is a small, viral, ministry of short term dental mission trips where we train nationals in primary dental care. Mike, the dentist behind this ministry, has three grown children who are not dentists. Mike’s children have other gifts, talents, and training, that would be valuable in missions. Should Mike continue to do dental discipleship with other like-minded, like-trained dentists, or should he give thought to coordinating his efforts with the mission interests of his children? If you have heard of fruitful mission work that cross generational lines within the same family, I’d be very interested to hear about it. Sadly I have heard more stories of missionary parents “abandoning” their children for their mission. What is the balance here? To add your comment, click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=30

    Just click on “Add Comment” to brainstorm with “Mike” in the item above.


  2. TRANSFORMATION COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? LifeWind International’s (formerly Medical Ambassadors International) Training of Trainers I (TOT I) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).The CHE strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical “How To’s” for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Check out upcoming training dates and additional information at

    http://www.lifewind.org

    or email Kristin(at)lifewind(dot)org


  3. A JOURNEY THROUGH SLUMS — This new booklet describes in 24 pages the inspiring life and work of a missionary leader in Chennai, India. Stephen Thankappa has served the people in slums successfully and fruitfully for 20 years. Edited by Dr Ms Masilamoni, and written and published by Mr Sam Arackal and Dr Daniel Sathiaraj. The cost (a donation) for 3 copies is just $10 (postage free). Sathiaraj can be reached at dsathiaraj(at)gmail(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Disclaimer: Dr. Sathiaraj offered in an unsolicited email to send a follow-up gift to Brigada, according to how many booklets were distributed.)

  4. CHURCH PLANTING MULTIPLICATION CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — The Church Planting Institute of Japan (CPI) will be sponsoring “CPI Onward the Japan 2007 National Conference to be held November 6-9 in Hakone near Tokyo. The theme of this bilingual (Eng & Jpn) national conference is “Fellow Workers for the Kingdom of God: Advancing church planting movements through Kingdom partnerships.” This conference is for pastors, church planters, evangelists, tentmakers working to establish church planting multiplication among the unreached people of Japan and among Japanese worldwide. Also at each conference there are several leaders from other countries wanting to learn about CPI and how it can work in their countries. The emphasis of each of these conferences is gospel renewal and church multiplication. The conference contains complete training on church planting with 16 modules taught by over 12 training teams in Japanese and in English. This is the largest interdenominational (over 120 agencies) church planting conference in Japan. Information and registration for this conference is at

    http://www.JCPI.Net

    or email with your specific questions to JCPI2007(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 .]


  5. UNREACHED PEOPLE SPOTLIGHT: THE HERERO — While traveling through Hereroland recently, this anonymous Brigada participant remembered, “We met several people at a store in a small town called Okondjatu. After carrying on a light conversation, we began to share with them about the Lord and His plan for all of our lives. Several of the people left, but others stayed and listened. One woman seemed to be particularly interested in what we were saying. After talking with her for a while, she was asked if she would like to accept Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She said she would like that very much but that she had been drinking that day and felt that she could not make such an important decision while drunk. We continued to talk with her and though she was heartbroken she felt she could not do such a big thing in her condition and we agreed. She wanted the group to come back the next day. How we wished we could have, but we had to leave. We talked to a local believer and asked her to follow up with the lady the next day. Please be in prayer for this lady in Okondjatu. Pray that the local believer followed up with her. Pray that the decision is still important to her in a sober condition. Pray for the Herero people, many of who have succumbed to the influence of alcohol. Pray for workers among these Forgotten People. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(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. WOULD YOUR CHURCH GIVE A ONE-TIME GIFT TO BRIGADA — You’ll never know ’til you ask. Check out the “Donate” page to see how little we are shooting for during 2007… and how far we have to go. Just click “Donate“.

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

20070617 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY
  2. HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS?
  3. PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY
  4. DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES
  5. GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS
  6. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST?
  7. LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES
  8. JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  9. MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL
  10. BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JOHN WILL TELL YOUR STORY — John Lindner sends out a weekly newsletter featuring some aspect of ministry by and among majority-world missions today. He especially is desirous of telling the struggle, victory, and passion of national men and women of God who have overcome difficulties to plant a church or do a work for God. If you know of a third-world missionary or leader who has such a story that you can vouch for, send it to him and he will consider publishing it in his newsletter. Submitting a story does not guarantee it will be published. He can be reached at John(at)WorldChristianMinistries(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Glimpses of his previous newsletters can be found at

    http://www.WorldChristianMinistries.org

    Click on “Books by John Lindner” to get a sample of his biographical writing. Here is a chance to lift up a majority-world national partner. Please advise if names of persons or places need to remain confidential. (John and his ministry have also helped Brigada and its ministries, too. Thanks John!)


  2. HOW DO WE CAST A MISSIONS VISION TO KIDS? — Do you know of some resource, lesson materials, videos, or other curricula that might help spawn a missions understanding among children? If so, please drop by:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=22

    Leave a comment about your favorite resource, making sure you provide contact information or a URL. This item originated directly as a result of a children’s minister in a local church, asking for help… so your resources will go to work immediately! Thanks for any referrals or resources you can provide.


  3. PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY; HELP UNDERSTAND CRISIS IN MINISTRY — Andrew, from IL, is completing a doctoral research project in an area related to crisis in ministry. He and he colleague, Dr. Mills, are seeking to help organizations and churches better prepare their ministers. Here is the link to the survey:

    http://www.eiu.edu/~cats/robinsonMillsSurvey/survey.php

    Anyone who has served in any type of international or home missions work (fulltime or part-time) can take the survey, including one-time, part- time, or fulltime missionaries, pastors, evangelists, teachers, doctors, dentists, construction workers, etc. He’s wrapping up the survey in early November, so there’s time to jump in. Thanks.


  4. DOWNLOAD BIBLE PORTIONS IN HARD-TO-FIND LANGUAGES — You can do that and a whole lot more at the World Bible Translation Center’s homepage at

    http://www.wbtc.com/site/PageServer?pagename=downloads_main

    Chris wrote this past week to bring the site to our attention and, indeed, if you’d like to download the entire Ukrainian NT as a PDF, WBTC is the place to go. While you’re there, check out their work among 50 of the world’s most spoken languages. (Thanks Chris!)


  5. GLORY STORY NOW OFFERING MULTI-SKIN-COLOR PHOTOS — When Glory to God (International) launched their online gallery of pictures, they hoped to equip missionaries to tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. They received an overwhelming response of mail, some of which called them “White supremacists” and “Nazi’s”. A spokesman for The Glory Story said, “Whilst these comments were unnecessary they were valid to a degree, due to the fair skin colour of a lot of the Bible characters.”

    The artists at The Glory Story, have spent the last 8 weeks making the skin colour of the Bible characters more culturally relevant for missionaries. Check out the whole of the Bible in pictures on this link.

    http://www.theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    For more information, write Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHRIST? — An embarrassing question, but so important. Our whole future depends on it. So why not find some help from a new item on the EasyEnglish website? Go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” then download “What do you think about Christ?” You will discover a series of questions (and answers) based on an EasyEnglish translation of Matthew’s gospel.


  7. LEGAL AND TAX UPDATES — This month’s Legal Trends Memo is online, with stories that include, “If you’re changing your bylaws, don’t forget to let the IRS and your state regulatory agency know; Age discrimination laws don’t apply to clergy; If you have donors making contributions by payroll deductions, there are special record-keeping and substantiation requirements; Tax Court issues a new ruling on how to account for your ministry-related cell phone expenses; Volunteer board members are immune from liability if acting within the scope of their duties; If your employment policies require mediation and arbitration first, then even lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act can’t proceed until the arbitration is complete; Extensions to file for the foreign earned income exclusion can be granted under certain circumstances. Check out the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo at

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

    A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.


  8. JOINT CHRISTIAN SERVICES MONGOLIA SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — Joint Christian Services International, Mongolia, is seeking an executive director. The executive director will provide strong spiritual and team- building leadership for employees and an administrative team that oversees ministries and projects performed with, through and alongside the Mongolian churches by 70 personnel from 14 member bodies and local staff. The position requires a mature Christian with cross-cultural mission and/or development experience, the ability to implement strategic vision, and good relational and administrative skills. Send inquiries, a letter of application and CV to Sheldon at sheldons(at)mennonitemission(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and visit the JCS web site at

    http://www.jcsintl.org/oppUrgent.html


  9. MISSION:EQUIP ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW ONLINE MISSIONS PORTAL — Mission:Equip, a new company specializing in online productivity tools and content sharing for the missions community, recently launched its new website. The new online missions portal, which offers a virtual toolkit of services to assist in preparation for missions trips (both short-term and long-term), is located at

    http://www.missionequip.com

    There, you can find links to various resources which will be helpful to long-term missionaries and short-term mission team members as they prepare to travel overseas, a trip planning module, a helpful travel checklist, a printable emergency contact card, links to several communications resources (including 228 country-specific blogs and 228 country-specific wikis). For more information, contact info(at)missionequip(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. BLUEWATER DTS READY TO SET SAIL — The Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 7-month programme designed for you to know God deeper and to learn how to live out His message of reconciliation and justice in the midst of a hurting world. Participants live aboard the “s/y Next Wave”, a 41-metre sailing vessel, for 4 months of discipleship training, followed by 3 months of outreach in the Middle East or Africa. The next school begins Sept. 8th, so better contact them today. Learn more at

    http://www.marinereach.info

    September 8, 2007 – March15, 2008


  11. THE BACKPAGE: “START TEN MISTAKES HIGH” — This past Sunday, I was talking to a good friend who pilots his own biplane. We were talking about some recent tragedies at nearby air shows and I asked him if he was ever scared when flying “loop the loops” and other stunts. His answer? He quoted a highly-respected flying instructor who once told him to start every trick ’10 mistakes high.’ I’m sure I looked confused, because he went on to explain that if the trick required 100′ vertical feet, the instructor wanted him to start it at 1000′. I thought about that for a long time afterward. I’ve concluded that missionaries are more like stunt pilots than trapeze artists. We don’t really have the luxury of a safety net. But we *do* have a band of prayer warriors and supporters that can help us survive a long nose dive. For every difficult task we tackle, we need 10 supporters and prayer partners to make sure we can survive. It’s up to each worker, individually, to gather enough supporters and friends to thereby construct an adequate “safety net.” Only then can we be assured of surviving every mistake. So ‘start ten mistakes high’ and gather your prayer safety net today.

20070527 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  2. NORTH AMERICAN UNREACHED PEOPLE’S NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  4. CHILD SAFETY GROUP CONVENES
  5. OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH ENGLISH IN QINGDAO, CHINA
  6. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ONE-WEEK MODULES
  7. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA? SEE THE GUIDELINES PLEASE
  8. FOCUS ON POVERTY, REFUGEES, HIV/AIDS AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS
  9. NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM POSTED
  10. PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
  11. LEARN DISASTER AND CRISIS RELIEF OPERATIONS
  12. FOCUS ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
  13. HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO MAKE POSSIBLE OUR WORK
  14. LET YOUR GIVING HAVE A GLOBAL VOICE
  15. THE BACKPAGE: TAP INTO THE TRUE ENERGY SOURCE
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Develop offers low-cost email-based distance learning courses on how to minister to the poor without creating dependency. This training “helps the church to help the poor to help themselves.” A course called “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 1 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008.

    The prerequisite for the course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Aug. 20 – Sept. 14, 2007. It also will be offered on Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2007.

    Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-06/07.


  2. NORTH AMERICAN UNREACHED PEOPLE’S NETWORK ESTABLISHED — 32 lay people and ministry leaders recently met in Minneapolis to brainstorm and plan for a new network that hopes to help infuse new energy into unreached peoples networks reaching out from North America. Dubbed the North American Unreached People’s Network (NAUPN), its leadership team of 9 visionaries hope to stage its first major consultation in Dallas, Nov. 27-29. (Rats; I’m supposed to be in Europe that week. :-( Maybe I can change my travel plans — or send an associate.) Included in the group are representatives of Mission America, visionSynergy, Impact, Antioch Network, and others. If you’re interested, jot a note to info(at)powerofconnecting(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers a low-cost email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations in the U.S./Canada and throughout the world and is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 29 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on March 10 – March 28, 2008.

    Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN-06/07.


  4. CHILD SAFETY GROUP CONVENES — On May 8-10, 2007, fifty-five people from twenty mission agencies/faith-based NGOs met on the lovely grounds of Campus Crusade for Christ in Orlando, Florida, for the Second Joint Consultation on Child Safety and Abuse Response. As had been hoped and prayed for, a collaborative network of mission agencies and faith-based NGOs are intentionally and strategically addressing the issues of child protection within the broader US-based mission-sending community. The response across the board has been enthusiastic and heart-felt.

    The results include the following: The third meeting, geared toward mission leaders/decision makers who will formulate and resource policy for each agency, is tentatively scheduled for February 2008. In the meantime, the attending organizations are committed to sharing resources and partnering in prevention and response when possible. They are also working toward a common set of definitions, best-practice standards, and prevention and response protocols that would provide a high level of confidence for their staff, along with consistency and partnership in this critical area between organizations.

    Further updates regarding the third meeting, including specifics on whom to contact, will be forthcoming on Brigada within the next few months. Keep reading.


  5. OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACH ENGLISH IN QINGDAO, CHINA — The Baishan School is looking for native English speakers with an education degree or teaching experience to teach English to Chinese children in kindergarten through grade 9 beginning August 1. The school is operated by like-minded local friends looking to impact Chinese society. Salary, airfare, housing, and local medical insurance is provided during the eleven-month contract. Committed Christian teachers desiring to teach English in this city by the sea should contact Cindy at Cindyf(at)ldius(dot)org

  6. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ONE-WEEK MODULES –- The SWORD training course offers one-week modules on Aquaculture, Micro-Finance & Business-as- Mission, and water & other community technologies. It all begins April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. Both the 12-week lecture phase and the one-week modules are available. The Field Assignment is spearheaded by the Beijing Olympic Outreach. After the Beijing Olympics, a team will remain in China to finish their Field Assignment.( The Olympic outreach within the SWORD course is optional). The rest of the teams / candidates will proceed to their target countries in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and other Asian countries for their respective Field Assignments. And then, get the opportunity to work with our dispatches in some parts of the world! For more info, email streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA? SEE THE GUIDELINES PLEASE — Just click “submit an item” in the top line menu. There you’ll find 25 tips that help you find your way into Brigada Today effortlessly and efficiently.

  8. FOCUS ON POVERTY, REFUGEES, HIV/AIDS AND OTHER SOCIAL ILLS — Get it at the SWORD training course, along with info on the current situation in some of the poorest countries in the world. Learn the strategies. Find out where God is leading you to serve. It starts April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. Both the 12-week lecture phase and the one-week modules are available. For more info, email streams7(at)juno(dot)com.

  9. NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM POSTED — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Be sure to note the new location.

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

    In this issue, learn about legal restrictions as to the nature and/or extent of fundraising solicitations that may be used outside the U.S. such that will jeopardize US donors tax deductions, read the latest stats on number of nonprofit organizations, see info on new governance practices posted by the IRS, learn how to substantiate business expenses, and much much more.


  10. PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — Invest three weeks in hands-on TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. There are still a few slots left in Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California. You will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience in teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. Dorm space may still be available. Learn more at

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    or call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  11. LEARN DISASTER AND CRISIS RELIEF OPERATIONS — Catch one-week modules on Disaster & Crisis Relief Operations, Light Search & Rescue, and Disaster Health Care at the SWORD (Strategic Seminars-Workshops on Relief & Development), April 7, 2008 (Jordan), followed by a field assignment to selected countries on June 30, 2008. For more info, write streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. FOCUS ON THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — This people of northern Namibia in Africa would be *hard* to reach, perhaps, but should that mean they are unreachable? Not so much. Needing a Savior? Yes. Driving through the northern areas of Namibia, a Christian worker asked our guide where were the majority of the Mbalantu people. He said “far west.” The worker asked him, is there any one ministering with them. His reply, “We have some preaching points to the west, but they are too far west.” God has put these people in Namibia and He did not put them too far west! Please pray that someone will see the need of the Mbalantu. Pray that someone will feel God’s desire to reach these people that are too far west! Pray for the Mbalantu people, a Forgotten People, but not forgotten by God! To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO MAKE POSSIBLE OUR WORK — Thanks to the YWAMmers from the far North who sent $50 to enable more work from Brigada! We appreciate you and the fact that you wanted to remain anonymous… but we’re forever grateful for your sacrificial service long-term in the field. Another partner from Topeka sent $50. Shew. We appreciate you. Thanks to the other friend who sent $100 — same story – – long-time Brigada reader who just wanted to say thanks. What an honor to serve him. Another $100 came from Alameda, CA. Praise be to God. And finally, thanks to the missions-oriented church on the East Coast who sent $500 to undergird our work here and keep Brigada going out the door. Inspirational and humbling — that’s what that is. They added that they had been getting Brigada since nearly the very beginning. What an encouragement. Thank you so much.

  14. LET YOUR GIVING HAVE A GLOBAL VOICE — Help make Brigada happen. Just click “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  15. THE BACKPAGE: TAP INTO THE TRUE ENERGY SOURCE — In my spare time (ok, I confess: not so much :-) ), I enjoy reading Astronomy Magazine, even though the cosmology articles are often off-base. Take the one by Scott Dodelson in the May 2007 issue (p. 43), entitled “Seeing The Red Limit.” He’s the Dir. of the Center for Particle Astrophysics at the Fermi National Accelerator Lab in Batavia, IL (sounds important enough). He wrote the book, _Modern Cosmology_ (Academic Press), 2003. And his quote looked promising, actually, at least at first: “Ordinary matter … can’t produce an accelerating universe. … Whatever causes this cosmic acceleration, it’s truly an exotic form of energy that isn’t diluted as the volume enclosing it expands. Physicists have dubbed this ‘dark energy.'” How do we tell these guys in a nice way that not only have we located the source of that “dark energy,” but that we also tap into it *daily*?

    Colossians 1:15-17 says, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” So there you have it: the true energy source.

    Just make sure you’ve tapped in tonight.

    Want to write a response? … express your own opinion on energy sources? Just click over to

20070506 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WORDS TO LEARN FIRST?
  2. WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE TRAVEL THESE DAYS?
  3. “TRAIN & MULTIPLY” COURSE
  4. ARE YOU A JOGGER IN THE UK/USA?
  5. CHURCH-PLANTING MOVEMENT TRAINING (SINGAPORE IN JULY, 2007)
  6. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR NEEDED
  7. ANOTHER COLLABORATIVE SITE
  8. NEW MISSION EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN
  9. FINANCIAL MANAGER NEEDED
  10. HEROIC PARTNERS DESERVE OUR THANKS
  11. TITHE TO BRIGADA JUST ONE MONTH?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: [drum roll] DISSERTATION DONE!
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT ARE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT WORDS TO LEARN FIRST? — A Christian worker in North Africa wrote this past week to ask, “Have you ever come across a list of words that are supposedly ‘power words’ or ‘power phrases’ that would theoretically be the most strategic to learn first when studying a new language?” I remember studying such a list from Tom & Betty Sue Brewster. You can still by the syllabus my wife and I used in their class at Fuller …

    http://www.fullerseminarybookstore.com/prod_lst.php?pageID=6&id_cat=114

    I wonder if there are other such lists… or if the Brewsters’ power text list has ever made it onto the web yet? (A quick scan didn’t turn it up.) If you have such a list already assembled, please stop by at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=8

    And comment about it. Thanks!


  2. WHERE DO YOU PURCHASE TRAVEL THESE DAYS? — Dave wrote this past week with the sincere question, “What would you suggest as the best way to purchase an airline ticket for my daughter who is flying to Cambodia on a mission trip in June, coming home in July?” Dave, let’s do a refresh on the best travel agencies we know about these days. We’ll ask helpers to log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=9

    Just click on “Comment” to add a note about your favorite travel service or ticket purchase source. Thanks!


  3. “TRAIN & MULTIPLY” COURSE — Train & Multiply (known as T&M) is a proven method of training pastoral leaders and planting churches, using a set of 63 booklets and a Student Activity Guide which are Biblical, practical, economical, field tested and applicable in both city and rural areas. Now available: Russian. Check their web for all translated languages.

    http://www.trainandmultiply.com

    Hats off to Lloyd for this tip!


  4. ARE YOU A JOGGER IN THE UK/USA? — If so, plan your route at:

    http://www.walkjogrun.net

    What does that have to do with world evangelism? Not much, unless you pray while you jog! So let’s try that!


  5. CHURCH-PLANTING MOVEMENT TRAINING (SINGAPORE IN JULY, 2007) — Asia Pacific Mission (APM) together with Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM) is conducting a full-time training course for Strategy Coordinators in Missions. The cost is US$600 per single person or married couple. Accommodations can be arranged on request. The course deals with People Group Research, Network, Outreach, Platform, and Church-Planting Movement (CPM) Development and writing a Master Plan to reach an Unreached People Group/Region/City. Included in this training is a workshop/seminar on Partnership Development. Furthermore, those who successfully complete this training are awarded 10 credits from Bethany International University (Singapore). For more info, contact Frank strategycoordinator(at)gmail(dot)com with subject line “SCT ’07”. Additional info and application form will be sent to you.

  6. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR NEEDED — … at the Action USA Office in Mountlake Terrace, WA. The position is partially subsidized and raises missionary support. It is for a full-time position needing to learn the present office system and willing to walk office through new software installation later this year. The individual needs to travel overseas for short trips to help missionaries and ministry partners with technical problems. An experienced individual is desired to work with various personalities and be patient with mundane questions or problems in the office or from the field as necessary. For more info, write Pearl pearl(at)actionusa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or, in the USA, call 1-800-755-6918 or elsewhere +1-425-775-4800.

  7. ANOTHER COLLABORATIVE SITE — Still looking for a site through which you and your co-workers can partner? Try

    http://www.callwave.com/landing/corp_home_v2e.asp

    Danny wrote, “Have a look at this one, which is totally free. I think you can send about 4-6 SMS a day. I use this with my Mac, with the help of a widget. (Like gadgets, but are the original idea). The recipient thinks this comes from the phone. All that is different is that it says it is from CallWave at the beginning of the text.” Thanks Danny!


  8. NEW MISSION EDUCATION RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN — Are you looking for new and interesting ways to teach children about missions? Do you want to help them explore the fascinating world of Bible translation or encourage them to make a difference for the kingdom of God right now? Adding to the Bright Ideas! series of lessons, Wycliffe has updated their web site. They now offer three entirely new sections of downloadable resources to help you meet your education goals. Choose from short, stand-alone lessons; a series of five prayer lessons; three lessons on Senegal; or a full, twelve-lesson curriculum on Bible translation. These resources, appropriate for Sunday school, vacation Bible school or any other Christian education venue are available at

    http://www.wycliffe.org/kids/curriculum.aspx

    For questions please email marilyn_west(at)wycliffe(dot)org .


  9. FINANCIAL MANAGER NEEDED — … in the Action USA Office in Mountlake Terrace, WA. This individual is responsible for all financial and accounting facets of operations including supervising financial department staff, receipting, disbursements, accounts, budgets, recordkeeping, annual audit preparations with an outside auditor, correspondence with missionaries, donors, and leaders, and training of new missionaries in financial procedures. This person assists the USA Director with information, records, projects, and board presentations. He/she will assist in design and implementation of new software for ACTION USA. This person should have several years of experience in accounting, working with a variety of individuals, patience and not easily ruffled.

    For more info, write Pearl pearl(at)actionusa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or, in the USA, call 1-800-755-6918 or elsewhere +1-425-775-4800.


  10. HEROIC PARTNERS DESERVE OUR THANKS — Thanks to Blessed Hope for its support of Brigada — $10.23 worth of sponsorships this past week as a result of Brigada patrons using their service! Thank you! If you’d like to line up some top-quality phone service at a great price, while helping Brigada pump out resources to the nations, browse to:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Meanwhile, Mission Nannys chipped in $100 more, commenting that Brigada had helped them increase news and exposure to their ministry. See…

    http://www.MissionNannys.org

    Thank you Betty and staff!

    Finally, we’re incredibly grateful this week to 2 relatively new Brigada participants who wrote, “We just want to thank you for your ministry. … God is using your ministry in might ways. Thank you for striving to build community among like-minded folks.” They added, “My husband and I are looking for a new church and felt led to tithe our money for the month to Brigada. Please accept our offering and I pray that God will use it to increase fruit at Brigada. Keep up the good work!” They sent a check for $500. Gulp. Thank you for your kindness and encouragement!!! It’s sobering to think that it would only take 30 more individuals like them, giving their tithe for just 1 month of the year! Then Brigada would be funded for the entire year and we’d never mention finances again ’til January 2008!!!!


  11. TITHE TO BRIGADA JUST ONE MONTH? — Want to be one of the 30? Just click “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: [drum roll] DISSERTATION DONE! — Shew. Remember a while back when many of you helped me by completing a survey on followership? Finally, after a *mongo* amount of time, I’m finished with my dissertation. I’ll send in the 150-page paper and I’m sure they’ll find some/many spots they want revised, and then I’ll have to defend it, and then do a comprehensive exam before I actually (hopefully) receive my Ph.D. and MBA degrees, but I’m still on “cloud 9”, ecstatic that it’s over.

    Did I learn anything? You bet. The purpose of this study was to discern whether or not followership style (as described by researcher Robert Kelley) could act as a predictor of job satisfaction and productivity among employees serving on teams in the non-profit work force. A total of 639 individuals participated in the survey, including 357 team members and 282 of their respective team leaders. All were employees of humanitarian aid organizations, non-government agencies and other non- profit groups. Although the results failed to show a significant relationship between team member’s Followership Style and a Team Leader’s view of that team member’s Productivity (as defined by this project), Job Satisfaction was related. Interestingly, the study also showed a relationship between Kelley’s “Actively Engaged” factor and employee Productivity. Workers who scored above 30 on the Actively Engaged scale were significantly more likely to be looked upon by their respective team leaders as Productive. When considered in conjunction with research cited in the literature review, the study also confirms that followership data is indeed useful not only in gaining real-world feedback on worker performance, but also in formulating plans and goals for future improvement. The implication is that if companies and organizations would invest more time, effort, and funds in followership research, they could learn more about the nature of their employees, their teams, and the abilities of their personnel to accomplish the organizational mission.

    But content on followership wasn’t the only lesson learned. I also learned that no matter how long it takes me to work something in, I just don’t ever quit. Actually, the truth was, nobody was offering me a raise for getting a MBA/Ph.D. I don’t really make time to teach that often, so the academic side isn’t really a qualification I need. I was more interested in just furthering my education with the hopes that I’d do my job better. And I’m convinced it will indeed help me. And the lesson learned — namely, never, never, never give up — was just as important as the content on followership.

    So again, thanks for participating . . . in teaching me about *both* topics: followership *and* never quitting. Doug

    PS. Interested in considering grad study on your own? Consider any of the fine graduate schools that have listed in Brigada, either through resident or distance-learner modes. (If you’re a graduate school offering an advanced degree in Missions… and you read Brigada, would you go write up a paragraph about your grad degree, providing a web URL to learn more about your programs? Just go to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=10

    Click on “comments” following this item to add your information. Thanks!

20070429 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION TRIP THIS SUMMER? CONSIDER THE DAY TRIPPER
  2. BRIGADA “BRIGADE” (FEEDBACK PAGE) REALLY WORKS
  3. NEW MISSION AWARENESS TOOL FOR YOUTH
  4. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  5. TRY THIS FREE PASSWORD KEEPER
  6. IS YOUR HAND-WOUND CASSETTE PLAYER FLYING OFF THE HANDLE?
  7. TENTMAKING COURSE IN VICTORIA BC CANADA
  8. COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  9. ANOTHER ANTIVIRUS CHOICE FOR MAC USERS
  10. ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLING
  11. UPGRADE TO “PACKING MODULARLY”
  12. HATS OFF TO OUR BEST FRIENDS; MAKE A STATEMENT TO BRIGADA
  13. THE BACKPAGE: 3 GUYS RUN NORTH AFRICA
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION TRIP THIS SUMMER? CONSIDER THE DAY TRIPPER –- No, we are not talking about the old Beatles song! The Day Tripper is an international medical and medical evacuation plan for short-term teams. With rates as low as 63 cents per day you can’t go wrong with this plan! PLUS when you purchase this plan from Insurance Services of America on their web site

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

    you will be helping to support Brigada! In addition to this plan, coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. Find it all and more at the site above.


  2. BRIGADA “BRIGADE” (FEEDBACK PAGE) REALLY WORKS — If you’ve taken a look at our feedback page lately, you’ll know that it really works. Within hours after a Brigada posting, we already are seeing results. The Javascript question in the Apr. 27th issue (Item #6, “SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU!”) was handled easily. A user answered the need, then, just as we asked, posted an entry that said, simply, “I took care of it.” In the past, we would have had to wait on a human compiler to gather up the data. Now, we can start looking at it within hours, rather than weeks. So stop by the Brigade. You just might find an answer to a question that you or your organization faced too.

    http://brigada.org/brigade


  3. NEW MISSION AWARENESS TOOL FOR YOUTH — Good News Productions, International has two new mission awareness tools to partner with you in getting youth excited about missions. The first is an exciting new children’s program called GNPI Kids Live that will work in conjunction with any VBS program. It is a FREE, six-part digital DVD presentation of missions from a kid’s perspective. To preview this material, go to

    http://www.gnpi.org/kidslive

    GNPI is seeking to challenge kids to get involved in missions through prayer and thinking of creative ways they can help raise funds for missionaries and nationals who are working to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. These kids may also grow up to be workers in God’s harvest field (Matthew 9:37-38)!


  4. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. The first 2007 retreat will be Oct 5-7 in Pasadena, California on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Missions. The other 2007 retreat will be Oct 26-28 in Atlanta, Georgia. Presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co- sponsored by Finishers, MissionNext, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Mentors/recruiters may apply online at

    http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp


  5. TRY THIS FREE PASSWORD KEEPER — Thanks to Nick, Creative Arts guy for Team Expansion, for referring us to

    http://keepass.info/download.html

    It’s a versatile password keeper that works for mobile, MAC, and Windows/PC platforms, as well as USB flash drives. It also comes at a very attractive price: free. (Thanks Nick!)


  6. IS YOUR HAND-WOUND CASSETTE PLAYER FLYING OFF THE HANDLE? — If so, Audio Scriptures Ministries of Holland, MI, has a fix for you. The newer replacement cranks are sturdier than the originals. Missionaries and organizations using the TapeTalk2 players and the Messenger hand wind players (from Australia) are encouraged to contact ASM for replacement handles. They are provided free of charge anywhere Scripture cassettes are used. Donations for the parts are also welcome, but not required. Information on the new cranks is available at

    http://www.asmToday.org

    Click on the “what’s new” link. You can also call 616-396-5291 or email asm(at)audioscriptureministries(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. TENTMAKING COURSE IN VICTORIA BC CANADA — Learn more about tentmaking and using business as mission as a platform for ministry in the hard places. GLOBAL Opportunities and TENT Norway have developed a successful course model that will challenge and equip people from all walks of life for effective ministry skills. Read what former students are saying about the course on their website and then rush to register, as each year they must limit the number of people who can attend. Already this course is 30% booked. GO ahead, join them on July 5-8, 2007.

    http://www.globalopps.org/course/victoria2007.htm

    or email ari(at)globalopps(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. COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Now you can get a 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. There are programs in Singapore, Los Angeles, and Hungary. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01/htm

    for details. Or email help(at)creativeresultsmanagement(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. ANOTHER ANTIVIRUS CHOICE FOR MAC USERS — Some of our MAC brothers & sisters will be interested in ClamXav

    http://clamxav.com/

    It’s a free virus checker for Mac OS X. It uses the tried, tested and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end. (Thanks Ed!)


  10. ACCOUNTABILITY AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT FOR HOMESCHOOLING — Basic Skills Assessment Service located in Oregon City, Oregon has a program available to homeschoolers to help with tracking and compiling of credits. They have two programs one for K-6 grade called TRACKS. The program for Jr High/High School is called the Diploma Program. It allows the parent the flexibility to choose the curriculum but helps to keep track of credit hours and grades. A transcript is compiled during the High School years and a diploma is issued when all the credits are complete. Basic Skills Assessment Service phone: 503-650-5282 or e-mail info(at)basicskill(dot)net

    For more information see their website:

    http://www.basicskills.net


  11. UPGRADE TO “PACKING MODULARLY” — A missionary to Japan improved on my suggestion to pack modularly (Apr. 13th edition, BackPage “missions travel tips/tricks, tool #13). She suggested packing a separate bag for each day, with all the changes of clothing one needs for that day inside the bag. That way the traveler can just grab a bag and go. It’s a good improvement on my tip.

  12. HATS OFF TO OUR BEST FRIENDS; MAKE A STATEMENT TO BRIGADA — Thanks to the anonymous donor from Equip, Inc.

    http://www.equipinternational.com

    who gave $150 this past week to undergird Brigada! Want to give a gift to cover for some young missions recruit who can’t afford to give? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: 3 GUYS RUN NORTH AFRICA — Did you happen to follow the story about the 3 guys who ran (yes, on foot) across North Africa? Charlie Engle, Ray Zahab, and Kevin Lin needed exactly 111 days to cross the entire Sahara Desert on foot. They stated on the beach in Senegal and then made their way through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt all the way to the Red Sea. They faced desert temps, cold nights, sand in their eyes, dysentery, plus all the usual stuff associated with running the equivalent of two marathons per day for over 3 months straight. Gulp.

    Why do these guys run? I tried to track down a good cause at their respective websites. Maybe it was to make a case for clean water, like they said. (Personally, that just seems like a stretch for me.) Somehow, it just seems more likely that they run because of the challenge. You know, like the mountaineers say, “Because it’s there.” And maybe a bit because they *can* run. They probably *have* to run. They’re compelled to run by a force as indescribable as the life that courses through their veins.

    Either way, the question remains, what about you? What do you *have* to do? We’re always stirred when we hear about an Olympic athlete who competes for the sake of a sister with polio, or a scientist who works like crazy to find a cure to the disease that killed her husband, or the wealthy businessman who gives a million dollars to a cause that his deceased wife held dear. So what stirs you to action? What drives you to stay up and finish a job?

    I wish we could recreate this kind of marathon-like commitment to finish the cause of world evangelism. Can you imagine if every believer in every local church would care so deeply about getting the gospel to the ends of the earth? There are so many competing forces, the chief of which is apathy itself. Either way, we’d better find a way to wake up the senders to the marathons that lie before us. We’d better find a way to stir go-ers into action, and givers into obedience. If there’s even one believer in your local church who still doesn’t tithe, we’d better find a way to reach him or her, then mobilize those new funds for the sake of the gospel — around the block, and around the planet. Only then will our marathon go-ers have the resources to beat the next sandstorm, or survive the next dry stretch. Only then will their listeners hear the truth that changes eternal destinies. Only then will the God of the ages be glorified in the way He desires. Only then will we complete our purposes here on this earth. And the 2nd coming will happen. And then we’ll never thirst again. And we’ll reach a final rest that’s worth the run.

    Until then — lace up. It’s a new day.

20070422 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REVIEW YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONS BOOK ONLINE: WIN PRIZES!
  2. GLOBALLY FOCUSED PRAYER
  3. EXTREME MAKEOVER: MISSION WEB SITE EDITION
  4. BLOG FOR PRAYER COORDINATORS AND MOBILIZERS
  5. READ MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE
  6. SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU!
  7. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION
  8. WHAT IS “THE MINISTRY DRIVEN CHURCH”?
  9. A PEOPLE MOVEMENT BEGINS AMONG THE YADAV IN NORTHERN INDIA
  10. SAY “SEEK ‘EM!” TO THIS DOG
  11. THE BACKPAGE: ANOTHER LESSON FROM ’24’
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REVIEW YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONS BOOK ONLINE: WIN PRIZES! — That’s right. Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=6

    In the “Comments” that follow, review your favorite missions book. Be sure to provide source information at the end (like the link to buy the book at Amazon or the ordering information from some other appropriate vendor). Thanks tons to Jay, the author of the new book, “Baghdad Believer.” He was so appreciative of the recent orders he rec’d after featuring the book in Brigada that he came up with this book review idea — and it’s a great one. Just review your favorite missions training or missions inspiration book… He’ll be the unbiased judge of which five reviews are the best. Those five reviewers will receive a free copy of Baghdad Believer. We’ll run the contest only until the May 18th edition of Brigada Today so be sure and watch in that issue for the five winning reviews. We’ll then ask those five to write us here at Brigada Today, passing along their mailing addresses. We’ll relay those to Jay — and you’ll receive your free copy in the mail shortly thereafter. So sharpen those pencils and get reviewing. Thanks for participating! (Authors, feel free to review your own books! :-) ) Learn more about Jay at:

    http://www.jnealson.com


  2. GLOBALLY FOCUSED PRAYER — Prayer changes things! It opens doors, frees captives, empowers the meek to stand firm, and enables the Word to find good soil. Would you consider adopting a region of the world and working it into your overall church and mission strategy for the rest of this year? If so, select a region and reply to prayer(at)teamexpansion(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 pray for. . . – breakthroughs for the sake of the Gospel – laborers for the harvest fields – resources and funding to send new missionaries – encouragement and effectiveness for harvest workers – perseverance for missionaries in the field – God’s favor – open doors in the unreached strongholds

  3. EXTREME MAKEOVER: MISSION WEB SITE EDITION — This summer, Global Mapping International plans to ask thousands of future missionaries to visit and review mission agency web sites. Their feedback will help agencies design more effective sites — but only if agencies register to participate by May 31. One agency that took part in a similar study in 2004 said it completely redesigned its site based on the feedback obtained. GMI creates a custom report for each agency, so there is a fee to register. Know an agency whose web site could use a makeover? Have them visit

    http://www.gmi.org/webreview

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


  4. BLOG FOR PRAYER COORDINATORS AND MOBILIZERS — Network with prayer coordinators and mobilizers at

    http://www.teamexpansion.org/pcm

    Register as a user in order to post prayer concerns, share resources, and pray for billions around the world. Join others who believe that prayer is the crucial strategy in reaching the unreached with the Gospel.


  5. READ MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE — (Did you know “Mission Frontiers” was one of the first periodicals ever distributed through the Brigada family.) Now, for all of you who just can wait, the latest issue of Mission Frontiers is now available at

    http://www.missionfrontiers.org

    See articles like “A Cure for Handicapped Churches” and the editorial by Ralph Winter. You can also bulk order it for 80% off (just $4 apiece). At that price you might be able to afford to send copies of this book to your missions committee, friends and colleagues.


  6. SPEAK JAVASCRIPT? OP. WORLD HAS A JOB FOR YOU! — Do you speak JavaScript? If so, the folks at Operation World need you. Even if you simply *know* someone who is somewhat of a JavaScript guru who understands the Opera web browser sufficiently to fix the date-dependent JavaScript code in one of the Operation World files (“today.htm”)… The Operation World staff would love to post the fix on the OW web site. If so, please contact:

    ed_beach(at)sil(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, if you don’t mind, just leave a comment after the entry on this question at Brigada Brigade. Find it by logging on at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=5

    Just click “comments” after the item and say, “I got it.” :-)


  7. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION — All issues of “GC Kids” are now downloadable at

    http://www.worldteam.org

    by clicking on “Resources.” GC Kids is a quarterly publication for children ages about 9 to 13. It aims to nurture a passion for missions and encourage children to be active in the Great Commission throughout their lives. “GC Kids” may also be used by children’s workers to educate children about missions. It is sent to subscribers by postal mail. To subscribe to “GC Kids,” email leahy(dot)ken(at)comcast(dot)net and put “subscribe GCK” in the subject line. The back page tells how to obtain inexpensive multiple copies.


  8. WHAT IS “THE MINISTRY DRIVEN CHURCH”? — Dr. Robert Hosken has written this book with the subtitle “a Biblical theology of ministry”, demonstrating from scriptural usage of over twenty Greek words all in the semantic field of “ministry” that the true purpose of the Church is ministry in the Biblical sense (not “men’s golf ministry” or “ladies’ quilting ministry”). After the first press run just about sold out, Dr. Hosken decided to make the book available FREE in electronic (*.pdf) format. You can read the book online or download it at

    http://www.agape-biblia.org

    and if you read and appreciate it, send him a thank-you note to agape-biblia(at)gmail(dot)com. [The format of the preceding email address(es) helps prevent spam for our contributors. To write them, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. A PEOPLE MOVEMENT BEGINS AMONG THE YADAV IN NORTHERN INDIA — In the largely unreached north of India, one of the largest, most unreached (and very strategic) people groups is The Yadav. Numbering over 54 million, speaking more than 50 languages, and comprising nearly 1% of the earth’s population, they may well be a strategic key to bringing the Gospel to the heart of the most unreached part of the world. A few short years ago their name was not known by most of the missions world. But at this moment, the start of a people movement is beginning, and prayer is needed by churches around the world to help make it happen. To facilitate this needed prayer, THE YADAV 500 (a global initiative to recruit churches around the world to commit to pray for the Yadav) was begun. To join THE YADAV 500 or for more information go to

    http://www.ReachTheYadav.com/

    or send an email to: Info(at)ReachTheYadav(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. SAY “SEEK ‘EM!” TO THIS DOG — One Brigada reader did this past week. She sent $100 to encourage us here. She’s a worker with OMF International. As a result, she’s caused us to forever be grateful, thankful, and prayerful for the folks at OMF! What’s more, she’s spurred us on to good works! It’s like saying “Seek ’em!” to a dog. Thanks!!! Want to give a gift to cover for some young missions recruit who can’t afford to give? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: ANOTHER LESSON FROM ’24’ — In season 2, “1am”, Jack Bauer barges into an immediate care clinic with an injured commando named Wallace. Wallace has information; Jack believes that he has to keep him alive to get it. He demands that they treat the commando, even though his injuries go way beyond the norm. The intake lady refuses. In fact, she explains that she’ll have to call the police. Pulling his gun, Jack responds, “Lady, I *am* the police.” Needless to say, she has a change of heart. :-)

    You can say whatever you want about Jack Bauer, but one has to respect his willingness to take responsibility. Taking responsibility is an attribute in short supply these days. Personally, I think we need more of it. In our own office of about 40 or 50 mobilizers, administrators and missionary care-givers, I’m often amazed at the initiative our staff members take. But part of it is due to the environment we’ve created here — where they know it’s safe to try new things. For sure, if someone’s going down a trail that, in my opinion, will take us slightly (or significantly) off course, I’ll step in and help with a correction. But often, I’ll also just let them move forward. Because sometimes, they’re doing a better job than I could have done under the same circumstances. I say quite often, “I like your way of doing that job better than my way of not doing it.” And besides… as people try new things and get better at them, after a while, they learn to do them in a special way. Throughout 2007, in particular, we’ve committed to being a “learning organization.” Supporting learners sometimes means supporting failure. But to me, supporting someone who has tried and failed is a lot better than inactivity. Because in the end, inactivity is only one step away from being frozen in one’s inner fears. And being frozen in one’s inner fears is only one step away from habitual apathy.

    So my advice is to create a climate in which your peers and team members feel ‘safe’ to innovate, knowing you’ll course-correct if need be, but also knowing you’ll support them if they try and fail. Because in the end, sooner or later, you’ll find yourself in the situation in which I find myself today — surrounded by a bunch of teammates that have learned to get it right. Because they had and *have* freedom to try.

    And next time you have to get medical care for an injured commando, just explain to the lady that you’re innovating. Maybe she’ll admit the guy after all. :-)

    [Want to comment on this “Backpage”? Just browse to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=7

    Click on “Comments” below the item and give your feedback or opinion.]

20070304 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    You can also email OSCAR via

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


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

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

    For information or reservations contact Wycliffe International Member Care at: member_care_intl(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

    http://www.takeitglobal.org/

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

    (Thanks Tony!)


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

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

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

    Thanks, too, to Clowns4Him

    http://www.clowns4him.com/

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

    Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


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

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

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

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

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

    Doug

20070211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED
  2. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED
  3. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS
  4. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE
  5. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
  6. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY?
  7. GET PERSPECTIVES IN A YEAR!
  8. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW
  9. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN?
  10. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  11. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD
  13. CLOSING STUFF

    1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED — I know, I know. Everybody and his brother are doing Skype. But if you’re looking for high-quality *video*, I think SightSpeed has them beat:

      http://www.sightspeed.com

      So if it works on your machine, and you want real-time web-cam- conferences on the cheap, grab it.


    1. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED — We’re all pretty casual about what we say on Skype these days. We’ve come to depend on its built-in encryption. That’s all well and good . . . unless we’re using Skype-out (or Skype-in, for that matter), where Skype bridges with a “plain-old telephone service”. In *those* cases, just keep in mind that the packets you’re sending are completely open to anyone at any bus stop along the Internet — meaning that your conversation won’t be all that private, actually. In order to use Skype’s encryption, it has to be Skype to Skype. (And even then, remember that Skype has sold much of its technology to mainland China — so there are no guarantees if that’s where you live.)

    1. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS –- Fitted Pieces (667 pages, 2nd printing), published by SHARE Education Services, is a comprehensive collection of articles from more than 50 recognized experts in the field of educating children in a cultural context outside their passport country. Topics include evaluating education options, planning, choosing curriculum, second language issues, testing, and TCK challenges. It is designed for those using any education system–national school, home schooling, on-line, and other options. The book cost is $25, but it’s also available on CD for $15. Volume discounts are available. To order, see

      http://www.ShareEducation.org

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


    1. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE — [edited]

    1. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL – DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop, a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources: 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint®, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. The next training date to become a Workshop facilitator is Thursday, April 12, in San Juan Capistrano, CA (south of Los Angeles). Learn more at…

      http://www.dualreach.org/missions/resources/index.shtml

      or email 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 .]


    1. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY? — Come join a team anytime between June 12-July 9, 2007 for the Istanbul Community Outreach. This is a great opportunity to: Join an experienced/ministry team (working with Campus Crusade), use conversational English as a tool to meet needs and make new friends, develop lasting friendships with professionals, students and business people, and share your faith through tea times, home visits, social activities and final boat trip. Optional 7 churches bible tour. Recruit, bring and lead your own group if you wish. This is an ideal opportunity for first timers or alumni, individuals or church groups. For more information contact Doug at dougnann(at)gmail(dot)com or 303 776 3273. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

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

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

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


    1. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW — Back in the early 80s, I had the privilege of studying language learning skills under Tom & Betty Sue Brewster, the authors of the well-known language learning approach known as “LAMP”. Tom used to preach to us, “Listen, listen, listen. Listen to the language a *lot*!” I asked once if it was a mistake to start learning the language *before* departing for the destination. Tom clarified that not only is it not a mistake, it’s actually *helpful* to begin your listening & practicing *now*, so long as you don’t let it stress you out. He emphasized not to worry about production; just listen, listen, listen. So — want to get started?

      http://www.byki.com

      Just hop on over to “Before you know it” — byki.com. Pick a language and get started. (And thanks to Betty, Team Expansion’s Director of Prayer & Operations, for the tip!)


    1. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN? — If you have some doubts about the Easter story, Jesus coming back to life again, try reading the last chapter of Matthew’s gospel in EasyEnglish. It is magnificent! Go to

      http://www.easyenglish.info

      Click on Bible Books, then choose ‘Matthew’s Good News’ and scroll to chapter 28.


    1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Thanks to the pair of Team Expansion missionaries in Bosnia who sent $100 for Brigada. Feel the love! They affirmed an encouragement that keeps us writing. The Balkans have spoken! What about your region of the world? Can you match their encouragement?

    1. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS — Want to spur us on? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  1. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD — A couple of editions ago, we started a series known as “Tools for the Road.” Because of special circumstances, we delayed in continuing it — until now. Recall that our first “Tool for the road” had to do with what is commonly called jet lag. We called it, “Determine to beat jet lag”, urging you to “make up your mind that you’re not going to experience it.” I received some [well-deserved] razzing from some of my friends who have traveled internationally since then. They told me it because a running joke during the trip to say, “Remember — Doug says we’re not tired.” :-) But the truth is, that really is the first step. That having been said, here are the next couple of tools, also helpful to beat jet lag and general travel fatigue:

    *** Tool #2 — “Sleep East, Party West”: Memorize it. Then traveling transoceanic on those 8-hour (and sometimes 16-hour) flights, if you’re headed eastbound (e.g., from the USA to Europe), get to sleep as quickly as you can. Flights tend to depart around 6pm. Settle in, eat, then hit the sack. Remember, it really doesn’t matter if you sleep or not. The truth is, it’s kind of irrelevant whether or not you really sleep. The trick is to convince your body that you *did*. That’s why it’s always entertaining to me when people say, “I just can’t sleep on planes.” You don’t really *have* to; just *pretend* you are. (Besides, even if you’re just laying there, relaxing, it’s still restful. You’ve got the whole jet engine thing going on, the dark plane cabin, … just pretend. :-) ) Experts (like me :-) ) say that just laying completely still is at least *somewhat* helpful for your well-being anyway.

    Keep in mind, your eyes have to be closed. See Tool #3.

    *** Tool #3 — “Gear up to sleep”: My own philosophy is — no sleeping pills. I have this theory that you need to be in charge of tricking your body. If you turn that power over to a drug, you’ve given up control. Besides, what if an emergency occurs and you need to be at your best. (For example, what if someone tries to hijack the plane? Have you ever seen Jack Bauer take sleeping pills? :-) ) But you *do* need a tool kit. Don’t wait ’til the night before. Here’s what you’ll need:
    ****** Eye screen — I know, they look kind of hokey. But you need one of those sleep visors that all the elderly people wear. Swallow the pride and pick one up at a travel or luggage store. You’ll be glad you did.
    ****** Ear plugs — I love kids. I just like them to be silent while I sleep… or pretend to. :-) Read the instructions. Have someone teach you how to insert them. There’s a trick to “rolling” them, pulling up on your ear with the opposite hand (from behind your head), then holding them in place while they expand.
    ****** Travel pillow — Choose the skrunchie kind that just compresses like a goose-down sleeping bag, or use the inflatable “u-shaped” pillow like I do. Either way, choose *something*. Airlines provide a flimsy excuse. I don’t like ’em. Just not quite enough meat there for my purposes. Today’s newest jets have moving “ears” that you can swivel out on your head rest. Those are helpful. But again, you need to convince your body that you’ve gone to sleep. For that to happen, get a real pillow.
    ****** Nab an extra blanket — If you can, grab an unused blanket from a nearby unoccuppied seat. If the plane turns cold, you’ll need it for some uncovered area of your freezing body.
    ****** Maneuver for empty seats — If you’re the type that needs to be horizontal, try to scout out a location with an empty adjacent seat so you can sprawl. As for me, I’ve trained myself to sleep in one reclined seat. It’s almost more trouble than it’s worth, to me, to try to lay down across the 3, 4 or 5 “middle” seats in a big jet. But I *do* try to get an aisle (so I’m not a victim to someone else’s sleeping patterns). For me, it just feels less constricted. Regardless, find something that works for you.
    ****** Pray for bad movies eastbound — You think I’m joking. :-) But the principle is, ignore the media. Oh… maybe you can catch part or all of a movie while eating. (What’s better than dinner and a movie at 35,000 feet? :-) ) But as soon as chow-time is over, lose the remote.
    ****** Floss & Brush — I’m not kidding. Remember, the trick is — convince your body that you’ve slept. That means going through your whole before-bedtime routine. And finally, …
    ****** Put on your favorite house slippers — I’m not kidding. Bring your favorite pair of comfy, cozy slippers from home. Last thing, before you go to sleep, rest those tired dogs. Take off those wing-tips or heels; take off your dress socks. Put on a pair of comfy athletic socks (or whatever you like), your favorite slippers, and snooze!

    More tools next time, when we consider herding *kids* while traveling.

20070204 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW MISSIONS AWARENESS TOOLS
  2. GO ONLINE, DOWNLOAD, LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  3. VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS
  4. BUILDING A MISSIOPEDIA
  5. MISSIONARY VIDEO CHANNELS
  6. TWO ACMC CONFERENCES GOING FORWARD AS PLANNED
  7. CORRECTED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS”
  8. AND *MORE* DRAMAS
  9. TRAINING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
  10. RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN TEACHERS
  11. LAUNCHING A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT AMONG AN ORAL CULTURE?
  12. DO YOU PLACE OVERSEAS CALLS FROM YOUR USA-BASED CELL PHONE?
  13. HELP ALAN GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
  14. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS
  15. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  16. ONLINE MAGAZINE CORRECTION
  17. INDEBTED TO PARTNERS
  18. KEEP BRIGADA PUMPING
  19. THE BACKPAGE: MANY MOURN, SOME MOBILIZE CALEB PROJECT/ACMC
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW MISSIONS AWARENESS TOOLS — Good News Productions, International has two new missions awareness tools to get youth excited about missions. The first is an exciting new children’s program called GNPI Kids Live that will work in conjunction with any VBS program. It is a five-part digital DVD presentation of missions from a kid’s perspective. It is fashioned after a talk show in which the presenter is a puppet character named Rocky Surface. … To preview this material, go to

    http://www.gnpi.org/kidslive

    The second tool is a movie called All Things New. It is being marketed as a fundraising tool for youth to raise funds for missions trips or Christ In Youth conferences, while also raising funds for Good News Productions, International and Christians’ Haven (The ministry in the Philippines on which the movie is based.). As Matt Proctor, President of Ozark Christian College, put it, “This movie will call viewers to risky obedience and the need to put hands and feet on their compassion.” To view the trailer and get other information on this film, go to

    http://www.allthingsnewmovie.com

    You can also get more information on these tools by calling 800-457- 4674 and asking for Amber.


  2. GO ONLINE, DOWNLOAD, LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE — If you have a broadband connection and a computer, you have access to a world of foreign language instruction — for free. And if you have an MP3 audio player, you can even carry lessons around with you to listen on the bus, in the car or anywhere else you listen to music. All kinds of language lessons are available in free “podcasts” (which are like radio programs you download from the Internet.) In his Chicago Tribune column “On Language” this week, Nathan Bierma lists the web sites for learning a major foreign language with the best quality, free language podcasts he could find. It is available at:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-0701230287jan24,1,5624467.story

    If that URL is too long, you can access the same web page with this link:

    http://tinyurl.com/2kz323

    Nathan includes resources to learn Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Latin and English as a Second Language. (Thanks to the anonymous friend who tipped us off to this item!)


  3. VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS — High school youth around the world have a chance to learn the video production process from start to finish, creating programs with powerful Christian content in the process. Good News Productions, International is leading this innovative program called Media Challenge as a way to engage techno- savvy youth around the world in the process of reaching their peers using the tools of the media. The goal is to challenge Christian youth to speak out about issues of faith and practice, using the specific cultural context in which they live as the background for their programs. The workshops offer more than technical training; significant time is devoted to script development and writing to assure the content is on target and effective. For 2007, two USA based workshops will be held; one on the campus of St. Louis Christian College (July 1-7) and a second at Cincinnati Christian University (July 8-14). Two international workshops are scheduled; one in Zakosciele, Poland (July 22–August 4) and another in Chiang Mai, Thailand (June 17-23). Information about the USA workshops, including the curriculum and application process, can be found online at

    http://mediachallenge.org

    Information about the International workshops can be obtained by writing to director(at)mediachallenge(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Churches and missionaries who would like to host and/or sponsor an international workshop are also encouraged to contact the director, Bob Sartoris, at the address above. If you’d like to be involved in the workshops this summer, better hurry. There’s an end-of-March deadline coming up quickly.


  4. BUILDING A MISSIOPEDIA — It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since the 2nd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia was published. What’s the next generation of mission dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases? Is it possible to do for mission reference works what Wikipedia did for human knowledge? Will we know unless we try? Justin Long has launched an experimental Missiopedia at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/index.php

    If you have something you think should go in an encyclopedia about missions – an article about a country, a people group, a province, a city, a denomination, a ministry, or what have you – then now is the time for you to step up to the plate and participate.


  5. MISSIONARY VIDEO CHANNELS — Recently Justin Long asked if anyone was doing missionary videocasting on YouTube or Google Video. Justin got a few responses and, in order to make it manageable, he’s added a relevant page on the new Missiopedia wiki that he is developing (which might be blank so far, but let’s grow it). Anyone can add to the list by clicking to the page and clicking ‘edit’ at the top. See it (and the whole Missiopedia) online at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/index.php/Missionary_Videocasting


  6. TWO ACMC CONFERENCES GOING FORWARD AS PLANNED — Here are at least two conferences on March 15-17 in Delaware and Detroit that are still going forward as planned. Perhaps they represent historic “last conferences” of ACMC. Though the conferences will not be, for legal reasons, under the banner of Initiative360, the content, speakers and resources will be the same as listed in the brochures. (Note that the Austin, TX conference on March 3 was cancelled.) Organizers reported that after last week’s Brigada, “People began calling in like crazy,” asking for information. For info on the Detroit Conference go to

    http://www.davidmays.org

    For the Delaware Conference, see the brochure at

    http://www.gracextensions.org/files/ACMCWilmingtonDE07.pdf

    or call 800-959-3523 (Tom Telford) or 410-561-8424 xt 210 (Joe Steinitz).


  7. CORRECTED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS” — [We recently featured an item “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS” (Jan. 19th edition), but apparently the contact information was faulty. Here’s the item again, but the contact person has now provided us with a working email address.] As a follow-up to the BACKPAGE in the Brigada Today of January 5, Wycliffe Bible Translators also offers a series of 20 mission-themed skits called “World Class Missions Dramas” written by Blackie Blackwell and Amy Jung, edited by Ron Binder. These were specifically written to accompany Perspectives on the World Christian Movement lessons, so they are short, don’t need elaborate preparation in terms of set or props, and are dialogue-driven like a readers’ theater. They are available as an email attachment, on CD, or hard copy from Wycliffe Southwest in Temecula, CA. Contact Media Resources by phone at 951-719-1105 or email: media_resources_wsw(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. AND *MORE* DRAMAS — Get even more ideas for dramas over at…

    http://www.dramashare.com/

    where organizers seek to cater to those involved in missions and outreach and have many non-verbal dramas among the 1600+ scripts in their database.


  9. TRAINING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY — Want to do some serious study to be equipped to help others utilize their heart music? Attend the graduate- level courses in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) in Dallas, Texas. Three courses will be offered this summer: Applied Ethnomusicology (June 11-22), Field of Ethnomusicology/Anthropology of Music (June 25-July 13), and Analysis of Non-Western Music (July 19 – August 15). Learn more about them at:

    http://www.gial.edu/courses/ethnomusicology.htm

    or e-mail ethnomusicology(at)sil(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN TEACHERS — You can find materials to help Christian teachers, including parents, relate everything they teach to God and the Bible at

    http://www.transformingteachers.org

    Check out the Visual Valet, online articles, and downloads. The site has links to Christian teacher and school organizations around the world. If an organization you know about is not listed, please send suggestions to hklassen(at)janzteam(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  11. LAUNCHING A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT AMONG AN ORAL CULTURE? — Scriptures In Use

    http://www.siutraining.org

    is holding two workshops this spring that you should consider. March 30-31 will be an Orality Awareness Workshop at Word of Grace Church, Mesa., AZ that starts at 7 p.m. Friday night and ends by 3 p.m. Saturday. They’re asking $25 for lunch and materials. Contact briannah(at)wordofgrace(dot)org to register On May 10-12 “Communications Bridges to Oral Cultures” will be offered at First Christian Church, Phoenix, AZ. Sessions will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The class is designed for CPM Coaches and trainers. $75 for lunches, breaks and materials. Cindy(at)fccphx(dot)com to register. For more information on SIU and the training — jimbowman(at)siutraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. DO YOU PLACE OVERSEAS CALLS FROM YOUR USA-BASED CELL PHONE? — If so, check out Nickel Talk, if you haven’t already.

    http://www.nickeltalk.com/

    It’s pretty straight-forward — 5 cents per minute, with no connect fees, on all mobile calls to Europe, Latin America, Asia & Australia. No monthly fees, no prepayment, no contracts, no phone cards, no pins, and keep your existing service. What could be simpler? (Note that we’re not referring this to earn some kind of sponsorship or affiliate bonus. This is just one beggar telling another beggar where to get bread.


  13. HELP ALAN GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Got a video or a recorded testimony on the persecuted church? Alan is a Missions Minister from Indiana who would like to get the word out. If you have a resource or a referral, click on over to…

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Persecution#Get_the_Word_Out

    Let’s build a great list of interview footage, stats, worksheets, hand- outs, websites, … anything and everything that will help him get the word out about the persecuted church. [What’s the use in duplicating Justin’s great wiki! :-) Let’s ride the wave! ]


  14. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS — OM Ship’s new vessel, the Logos Hope, is close to being ready for full-time service bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. They are looking for volunteers, who can join them for two weeks or more, to complete the last projects required to get the ship out of the shipyard. Volunteers are asked to cover their travel, health and insurance expenses but food and lodging after arrival are provided.

    For more information about this opportunity, please visit:

    http://www.omships.org/go=2

    or you can contact OM Ships at info(at)omships(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas.

    http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com

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


  16. ONLINE MAGAZINE CORRECTION — Catch INTERLIT Magazine, which helps those publishing Christian literature in the non-western world, at:

    http://ccmipartners.org

    In the Feb. 12th edition, the contributor’s original submission had left out a strategic “n”. Please pardon any inconvenience. (Thanks Tim!)


  17. INDEBTED TO PARTNERS — Thanks to those who make Brigada happen through their prayers and financial partnership. This past week, Good News Productions stoked the fire with a $100 gift. Learn more about their ministry of media development and distribution at:

    http://gnpi.org/

    Insurance Services of America added fuel by sending sponsorship gifts in the name of Jason and Jon, who each had purchased insurance with them. So ISA promptly sent $20.95 in their name. It’s that simple. Purchase an insurance policy or trip interruption insurance with ISA and they’ll immediately help Brigada. Learn more at:

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

    Note that you must use this link or *tell* them in order for the sponsorship to happen. Thanks!


  18. KEEP BRIGADA PUMPING — Want to help Brigada pump out weekly editions to mobilizers, church members and mission professionals around the world? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  19. THE BACKPAGE: MANY MOURN, SOME MOBILIZE CALEB PROJECT/ACMC — This past week, I felt as if I were standing in a visitation line at a funeral home. Countless fellow-strugglers identified with last edition’s “BackPage” item about the passing of Caleb Project and CMC (and the associated “Initiative 360″ merger). One Brigada participant from San Jose, CA, wrote ” I, too, was stunned when I went to the i360 site and found that message. … I was especially concerned about them personally. … Let’s keep praying and pushing–can’t let the Devil have a good day!” A reader from Plano, TX, shared, “I read today’s issue of Brigada quickly when I saw the subject line. I was an advocate for ACMC since I can remember attending a conference in the 1970’s. Initially, individual members received a copy of every publication they created. … Why is it a surprise to you that ACMC had trouble making ends meet when it takes an entire year for you to raise $17K per year for Brigada? You are reaching how many people via email regularly? I will attempt to restrain myself from my soap box speech. Everyone thinks that ‘someone else’ will support the ___ ministry. (And, I’m guilty of this also.) Thank you for your continued faithfulness to the Lord, and your efforts to help keep the global Christian community updated with Brigada.” This friend’s note reminded me how vulnerable… how fragile our respective ministries all are. We all need to constantly work hard to keep them fueled. Gulp.

    Another participant from Oregon wrote, “I so appreciated your ‘eulogy’ about ACMC/Caleb Project. I went to my first ACMC conference in the early 90’s. That’s where I first learned about missions, the Perspectives class, met great people like Paul Borthwick and David Mays, and where I learned my first steps in ‘doing missions’. … I began using Caleb Project materials at about the same time. I was able to use them as a resource for our children’s pastor to teach missions to kids. They have been a great resource on unreached peoples materials. … All I learned from ACMC … I’m still using and always will. I remember doing conferences in my area and having people remark over and over how they didn’t know ACMC had such a great network of resources and people. … I too don’t understand what took place, even from the folks that were a part of it but God’s still in control.” Well said. One Caleb Project staffer wrote, “I just want to express my appreciation for the letter in Brigada yesterday. This has been a very difficult time for all of us, made more difficult by frustration and confusion and the speed with which things happened. … Thanks for the note Doug. I appreciate your heart. Thanks for speaking plainly and passionately. We do hope others can learn from our experience.” David Mays, a long-time ACMC consultant wrote, ” Thanks much Doug. You are a great encourager.” He has filed his own take on the ill-fated merger at

    http://www.davidmays.org/i360.html

    (I asked for and received permission from him to share the URL.)

    Throughout these and many other notes, there was one common theme — a flood of memories of all the great services these two incredible organizations had provided down through the years. Another theme: trying to make sense out of their passing. So far, there were few answers.

    However, all is not lost. Bravo to organizations like Pioneers and Team Expansion who are doing their best to provide options for former staff from both agencies. Pioneers, in particular, is trying to create a semi-autonomous working unit that would pick up employees and dreamers from both networks. Watch future Brigada Todays for more news as these and other developments unfold. And above all, keep praying for these precious — and hurting — souls.

20070121 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SECURE YOUR DATA
  2. INTERNATIONAL SOUL WINNING WORKSHOP 2007
  3. NEW ISSUE OF NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM
  4. APOLOGETICS REIMAGINED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
  5. ONLINE MAGAZINES FOR THE NON-WESTERN WORLD
  6. CORE-MEMBER CARE BLOG
  7. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
  8. RESOURCE FOR TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT MISSIONS
  9. IN SEARCH OF BIBLE LESSONS FOR KIDS
  10. GOODSEARCH WORKS, POCO A POCO
  11. SCHOOL OF MISSION AND PRACTICAL MINISTRIES ONLINE COURSES
  12. THANKS TO THOSE WITH BIG HEARTS
  13. THE BACK PAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SECURE YOUR DATA — Looking for a way to lock down your computer data? Brigada participant, Raul, just tipped us off to TrueCrypt, a without-cost, open-source disk encryption solution that will allow you to secure an entire hard drive, just a few files, or a pocket USB flash drive. Developed by a team of expert volunteers, you can install this in minutes by using the detailed user guide. The setup files are small enough to fit on a floppy diskette, and can be downloaded quickly even on a slow Internet connection. The encryption level can be set to better than what is used by government agencies, it can be installed to autorun on a CD or flash drive, and even run in “travelmode” without leaving a trace. Looks like it should work on Windows XP/2000/2003 and Linux, but I didn’t see a MAC version for now.

    http://www.truecrypt.org

    (Thanks Raul!)


  2. INTERNATIONAL SOUL WINNING WORKSHOP 2007 — If you haven’t registered to Exhibit at the 2007 ISWW and you intend on joining them this year, better head on over to their website

    http://www.tulsaworkshop.org/exhibits

    and register. There are still great affordable booths available. They are expecting a great turnout this year and hope you will be a part of it! Contact Becky isww(at)sbcglobal(dot)net or call 918-443-2108. The event is March 22- 24, 2007, and is largely attended by those attending a cappella Churches of Christ.


  3. NEW ISSUE OF NONPROFIT AND CHURCH LEGAL TRENDS MEMORANDUM — To see the whole story, go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    Here’s a sampler of what they cover in this issue:
    *** Treasury Department releases new anti-terrorist financing guidelines for charities.
    *** IRS releases latest statistics on tax-exempt organizations.
    *** If a church has a thrift shop that brings in $1200 a month but does not collect sales tax, is the 501(c)(3) status in jeopardy?
    *** Can a church or nonprofit send its leader/pastor and his wife to a conference and pay for it all if there is no organizational reason to send the wife? Check out these and more — and thanks to Dallas attorney, Jack Straus, for the great job he does collecting and reporting on these issues for all of us.


  4. APOLOGETICS REIMAGINED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY — That’s what Missional Apologetics hopes to accomplish at

    http://missionalapologetics.com

    The purpose of the site is to provide resources for a new paradigm of apologetics consistent with the book, _Encountering New Religious Movements_ (Kregel Academic, 2004). It seeks to implement missiological principles, such as cross-cultural communication and contextualization with apologetics.


  5. ONLINE MAGAZINES FOR THE NON-WESTERN WORLD — All you need is an Internet connection!

    *** INTERLIT Magazine, to help those publishing Christian literature in the non-western world, is now an online-only publication. Subscribe at:

    http://ccmiparters.org

    *** FOOTSTEPS Magazine, produced by Christian NGO Tearfund, is primarily for Christian national workers and missionaries and covers development issues. The most recent issue is a valuable study on HIV and relationships. Other publications are also offered, in several languages:

    http://tilz.tearfund.org/

    (Thanks Tony!!!!)


  6. CORE-MEMBER CARE BLOG — There is a new blog by Member Care Associates, and moderated by Dr. Kelly and Dr. Michele O’Donnell. The purpose of this blog is a) to discuss current and crucial issues in member care and b) to promote personal and professional growth and good practice. The materials are intentionally chosen to help member care folks think broadly, look into their own hearts, explore member care in light of current world events, and consider additional ways to support the international mission/aid community. This first month they are dialoguing about “core” issues for people in aid/mission work, including member care-givers themselves. They are looking at seven issues in particular (e.g., pessimism, distractions, forgiveness, contentment) and using them as a springboard to share ideas and “matters of the heart.” Join the international conversations. And please share this with others in your networks that might benefit. Here’s the address.

    http://www.COREmembercare.blogspot.com


  7. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — Don’t miss the Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference, held April 19–21, 2007 at Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis. This national training event is designed for church, school, and agency leaders who lead, train, organize, or supervise Christian short-term mission trips. You’ll learn from more than a dozen speakers and national leaders, including Lisa Espineli Chinn and Tim Dearborn. For more information, visit

    http://www.stemintl.org/training

    or call toll-free 877.STEM.646 or local 952.996.1385.


  8. RESOURCE FOR TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT MISSIONS — Looking for some new inspiration on teaching children about missions? Looking for help on how teach missions at your next teacher training seminar or conference? Need a mission speaker for your next children’s faith promise rally? Then contact Michalene(at)who(dot)rr(dot)com . She has developed materials for Teacher Training as well as lesson materials for K-6th grade. You can request that a brochure be mailed to you or a copy be emailed to you with more information.

  9. IN SEARCH OF BIBLE LESSONS FOR KIDS — Good News Productions, International and others are exploring the need for and potential of a universal beginners’ curriculum. The idea originated as a response to the need for a curriculum free of western culture to teach children weekly Bible lessons. The concept is growing into a dynamic, modular, template-style curriculum that can be easily adapted to various age groups in a variety of settings. This would be available via a Web site. Their goal would be that those who have Internet access can use it to have the ability to constantly add illustrations, games, songs, crafts, etc. that they have used for a particular language, region, culture, age of student, or type of environment (tribal/village, rural, small town, metro) to the Web site. In an effort to assess the need for such a curriculum and look for any current materials that might exist, they’re inviting Brigada participants to take five minutes to participate in a survey at …

    http://www.gnpi-host.org/Survey/CurriculumSurvey/tabid/147/Default.aspx


  10. GOODSEARCH WORKS, POCO A POCO — For those with a base in the USA, we can now testify that Goodsearch seems to work, albeit poco a poco. Check out the results at…

    http://www.goodsearch.com

    To see our example, type “Team Expansion” into the 2nd blank (“Who do you GoodSearch for?”), then click “Verify”. You’ll notice that it’ll fill in “Team Expansion, Louisville, KY” into the blank for you. (That’s the organization that tries to cover for Brigada’s costs if we don’t come up with the budget here.) Now click on “Amount raised.” You’ll see that since we mentioned the concept in January, there’s now a whopping $82+ set aside for Brigada’s mother ship. Of course, Good search waits ’til the end of the calendar year to cut a check, but like we said before, if someone offered to send you a check for $82, would you turn it down? For the concept to work though, you have to have web- users who are willing to let go of Google (no small challenge). Give it a try . . . and even if your organization elects not to pursue it at this time, remember, every single Goodsearch is a penny for Brigada. :-)


  11. SCHOOL OF MISSION AND PRACTICAL MINISTRIES ONLINE COURSES — Enroll in the introductory semester of a “School of Mission” and “Practical Ministries” courses at a new “Biblical Learning Center.” Learn how you can reach the world for Christ, and also minister to the “poor, lame, maimed and blind” leading to the construction of self-financing ministry centers. Study on-line if you have a fast Internet connection, or download the courses and study off-line by email. To enroll online, go to

    http://www.agape-biblia.org/indexBLC-E.htm

    and click on the courses you want to enroll in, then click on “Enroll” and fill out the enrollment form. To register by email, write to agape(dot)biblia(at)gmail(dot)com telling us which courses you want to enroll in. Better hurry — you might already be “late for class.” :-) The deadline for enrolling in the spring semester is February. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (As always, Brigada cannot be responsible to match every course and/or site for your own theological stands. Be sure you check it out first for your own mindset.)


  12. THANKS TO THOSE WITH BIG HEARTS — Today we’re grateful to a new friend in California who sent $150 anonymous dollars to help us make ends meet at Brigada. Would you like to join them this week with a bridge-building gift of $25? $50? $100? If so, just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  13. THE BACK PAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD — It occurred to me last week, as I was traveling through Bosnia, that more than one person has asked me about some of the tools I use for “the road.” I thought I’d just go ahead and do a series on some of the tools that have become dear to me over the past nearly-30 years. Some of these are fairly personal, I guess, in that not everyone would appreciate them. But others are just some kind of “hack” that I’ve found to “beat the system” for a particular problem or challenge I was facing. So… as long as you realize I’m just a fellow struggler (“one beggar telling another where to buy bread”; I’m confident we *all* have found certain principles or “hacks”; you probably have just as many.), here’s a new series on “Tools for the road.”

    *** Tool #1 — Determine to beat jet lag: How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m jet-lagged.” They usually are referring to the disorientation and “heavy eyelids” one feels after switching 4 or more time zones. The human body seems to have a kind of “memory” for the previous time zone. So when the individual arrives at the destination, it takes him/her 2, 3, sometimes 4 days to get adjusted. For some reason, I don’t usually experience jet lag. When I arrive in Europe or Africa, I’m awake enough to function through the day. When I arrive back home in the USA, I can go right to sleep and sleep the whole night through. Granted, some might argue that I have some better “natural” jet lag wiring. It could be in my DNA programming, I guess. Since I can’t climb into someone else’s skin, we’ll never know. But I also think there are several tools or “hacks” that help me. The first one is just making up your mind you’re going to do it. It’s my personal belief that jet lag is, at least in part, the power of suggestion. We believe, therefore we *do*. Since we *think* it’s going to be hard, it *is*. So the first tool is to make up your mind that you’re *not* going to experience it. There’s a good movie for background on this. It’s called, “Somewhere in Time,” and my wife loves it as a “chick flick.” :-) I like it because it helps prepare me for the power of suggestion. No, I don’t believe in astro-travel. :-) I don’t think I can “think” myself into a different *year*. But it’s fun to pretend I’m in a different *time* zone at least. And that’s the first tool. Just *pretend*. Make up your mind that you’re already adjusted, and it’s my theory that it’ll help you adjust. So no matter what, resist that age- old saying, that it’s such-and-such o’clock “my body time.” Just don’t go there. Explain to your friends that you’re following a Brigada “tool” or “hack” and you’d appreciate them not reminding you. Tell them the story about Christopher Reeves’ character in Somewhere in Time… the way that when he just saw the present-day date on the penny, it was enough to “jar” him out of the old-fashioned dimension he was living. (And while they’re wondering if you’re nuts, you’ll have time to change the subject. :-) ) Either way, just do it. Pretend. Imagine you’re in the new time zone. Set your watch to it. Pretend your hungry at the right time. Pretend you’re awake at the right time. *Believe!!!”* :-) Next week… more tools. :-)

20061112 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED HELP RAISING MISSION SUPPORT?
  2. PRAY FOR MONTENEGRO
  3. TRAIN IN ETHNOGRAPHY
  4. NEED 3 COPIES OF NORTON ANTIVIRUS FOR FREE? TRY GOOGLE CHECKOUT
  5. YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?)
  6. WANT TO BETTER PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSIONARY KIDS?
  7. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND: TEACH ENGLISH
  8. CHILDREN PRAYING FOR MISSIONS
  9. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
  10. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR BRIGADA UNDERWRITERS
  12. THE BACK PAGE: HE KNOWS THE STARS BY NAME
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED HELP RAISING MISSION SUPPORT? — Try calling Jerry. If you’re doubting your calling because support-raising is hard, he’s your man. jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks to Jerry for his recent gift to help keep Brigada going!)

  2. PRAY FOR MONTENEGRO — Thanks to the anonymous brother who gave a gift to Brigada recently, asking that the gift be dedicated to raise up prayer for the three struggling churches in Montenegro, and the people who live there that haven’t yet joined one of those congregations. (Thanks for the gift to keep Brigada rolling!)

  3. TRAIN IN ETHNOGRAPHY — Pioneering a new ministry or seeking deeper insights into the culture where you live? The folks at Initiative360 know that cultural understanding is a valuable tool for ministry. Especially if church planting is in your future, they can help you gain the cultural-learning skills that will help you succeed. An Ethnography Training Workshop is planned for January 20-27, 2007 in Littleton, Colorado, USA. Experienced trainers will pass on practical tips you can use to find cultural helpers, build bridges of trust, ask engaging questions, analyze findings, work with a partner or team, and explore questions of significance in how churches grow in society. For more information write to research(at)takeitglobal.org or visit

    http://www.snipurl.com/127md


  4. NEED 3 COPIES OF NORTON ANTIVIRUS FOR FREE? TRY GOOGLE CHECKOUT — My buddy, Tom, referred me this past week to Google Checkout. I’ll have to admit — this one caught me by surprise. He apparently came across it while searching for a way to upgrade his Norton Antivirus. (Interestingly enough — our Brigada secretary’s computer was ready for a Norton Antivirus subscription anyway.) Anyway, what Tom found is baffling. You see, by going to the link below, you’ll have to pay (up front) $52.84 for 3 registrations for Norton AV. Then you send away for $40 mail-in rebate leaving the final cost for 3 licenses at $12.84. But then you use Google’s new service to make the purchase and it gives you another $20 discount. So you actually end up making money. Now how can that be? :-) I’m going there right now to check it out.

    It worked. First I went to buy.com:

    www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202988960&adid=17070&dcaid=17070

    When I was ready to check out, I used the button for “Google checkout”. Paid $20 less. Then I’ll fill out the rebate after receiving the package. By the way, I had to use the drop-down box to change the shipping to “7-9 days”. It was about to charge me $6 for “3-5 days.”

    So… instead of paying $40 for 1 copy for my secretary’s computer, I guess … if Tom’s right.. I’ll get 3 copies for zero! What could be cooler than that!? (Tom… thanks brother.)


  5. YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?) — I enjoyed my visit this past week with one of our team leaders and his family in Joplin, MO. While there, my good friend Chris DeWelt asked me to speak in a couple of his missions classes at Ozark Christian College. Whenever I’m with Chris, I usually gain more than I give. This visit didn’t let me down. After I presented, he was teaching a grab bag of loose ends and he happened to mention that his preference was *not* “ESL” — “English as a Second Language.” Why? Because he said it implies that the student is monolingual. As you probably already know, most of the world speaks more than one language… so we could say, “ETL — English as a third language”, or EFL… you get the idea. Or just use the term, “TESOL”: “Teaching English to speakers of other languages.” Point made. TESOL seems like the better approach to me.

  6. WANT TO BETTER PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSIONARY KIDS? — No one wants to even think of child abuse being present within the missions community, but unfortunately it does occur. In September 2006, 12 missions agencies gathered together to candidly examine this issue and as a result formed an intermission Child Safety Network. The goal of this network is to collaborate together to increase child abuse prevention and also implement better response and care if it is reported. The next Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10th, and is open to new organizations. To learn more, copy and paste this link into your browser:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/child-safety.pdf

    or write tck-mk-ministry(at)teamexpansion(dot)org and asked to be put on the list of interested participants. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND: TEACH ENGLISH — Big doors are open now at Step Ahead Training Center(YWAM Relief & Development)in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. The horrible waves of Tsunami were followed by waves of God’s love that poured into this very unreached region. Yes, much has now improved, but many Tsunami survivors still want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market of Khao Lak, by building up their English skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Go now for 3 to 6 months ready to Teach, Share, and Care. Check out:

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  8. CHILDREN PRAYING FOR MISSIONS — Are children praying for you and/or your ministry? Have you seen specific answers to children’s prayers in your work? If the answer is “yes”, please share your stories with Leanna. She is preparing a seminar about how children’s prayers can impact the world. The seminar will inspire children’s workers to encourage children’s involvement in the Great Commission through prayer. Do you have exciting stories that you can share? If so, please send them to Leanna December 31, 2006. leanna_doran(at)wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE — Leading an International Church is like trying to stack marbles! Each member has a mind of his/her own. They are different sizes, shapes, weights and colors. They come from all around the world. Here’s a network that wants to help you get going and stay focused on the task. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The fourth MICN Conference will be 23-27 April 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. For information browse http://www.micn.org or contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. BOAT BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced its third Bluewater Discipleship Training School (DTS). This year’s DTS will be held aboard the 41m ketch, Next Wave. It begins March 20th in London, England and runs until Sept 22nd, 2007. The plan is to visit ports in England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland. During this time, a variety of international speakers will cover topics ranging from the character and nature of God, to effective evangelism and more. The outreach phase of the DTS begins July 8th. Locations will be confirmed near the start of the school. If you are looking for God-filled adventure, interested in missions, ready to be challenged spiritually and physically, and want to be better equipped to make a difference in the world then this course is for you. You can get full details including the application form by visiting http://www.marinereach.com/bluewaterdts or by emailing bluewaterdts(at)marinereach(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. SO GRATEFUL FOR BRIGADA UNDERWRITERS — We are so grateful for our underwriters anonymous… like this one from last week: “Met some of your … people at the IFMA/EFMA last week. If you want, just say this is an anonymous donor from Wycliffe who has appreciated the weekly bulletin for over 10 years.” Or take George, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Training: “It was good to visit with you and your staff a few weeks ago. … We really appreciate the service Brigada provides and for the opportunity to make quality training at CIT known to the mission community. Have a wonderful Christmas.” (He enclosed a check for $150.) We *heartily* encourage you to check out CIT’s training opportunities by browsing to…

    http://www.cit-online.org

    And here’s our dare: In these last 2 weeks of 2006, would you pray that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course?

    We currently have $ 8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650. For reference, we have just over 11,000 active subscribers these days. If every subscriber pitched in $1.60, we’d be set. But many of our subscribers are overseas, living in situations where money is short. Would you consider doing a scholarship for 10 of them? or maybe 100?

    To make our goal, we really only need 94 people to give: 1 to give 1000 5 to give 500 8 to give 250 10 to give 100 20 to give 50 50 to give 25 So if 1 person gave $1000, 2 gave $500, 8 gave $250, 10 gave $100, 20 gave $50, and 50 gave $25, … we’d reach our goal and we’d end 2006 in the black. But for that to happen, these gifts would all have to be sent in the next 2 weeks… Sometime between now and Dec. 24th. Can we make it?

    No money to give? Can’t afford it? No worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in. Now’s your chance to step up to the plate and help somebody else.

    There are several ways to give. For example, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  12. THE BACK PAGE: HE KNOWS THE STARS BY NAME — Can you believe how big God is? Psalm 147:1,4-5 reads, “Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! … He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Think about that for a minute. At the NASA webpage, someone asked how many stars there are, named and un-named. (See the URL…

    http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970115.html

    The answer came back from a NASA astrophysicist: 10 to the 21st power. That’s 1 with 21 zeroes after it: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

    And the really cool thing is… regardless of the exact number, God determined to have exactly that number in the universe… and he “calls them each by name.” Whoa. As a result, I’ve drawn 3 conclusions:

    a) I’m going to start learning some of their names. Now I know I can’t cover all 70 sextillion (or however many there are), but I can at least start with a few dozen of the most well-known. Want to join me? Check out the list at:

    http://www.obliquity.com/skyeye/misc/name.html

    Just click on a star and you’ll find it identified in a star chart. I figure, if they’re important to God, then to be godly, I should make them important to me. :-)

    b) He’s pretty powerful. I mean… who else has created so many furnaces that burn for a few billion years each.

    c) My problems, though seemingly big to me, are such easy problems for God to solve. So bank on it… He’s powerful enough to help us through even the biggest storm.

20060910 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. FIRST DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES SENT TO AFRICA
  3. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS TO BE JULY 9-11
  4. HUNTING FOR HOSTS & HOSTESSES
  5. MORE FOLLOWUP ON GET PEOPLE PRAYING
  6. HOUSE OR PRAYER
  7. WEBINAR SERVICES?
  8. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE UP FOR LOOKS
  9. A SIMPLER VOICE-OVER-INTERNET OFFER?
  10. PDFS WITHOUT WAITING (OR PAYING) FOR OFFICE 2007
  11. SHARE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARY KIDS
  12. FREE 4-COLOR TRACTS ON MORMONS AND JWS IN 20+ LANGUAGES
  13. THE BACKPAGE: SATELLITES HAVE THE HIGH GROUND
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. This course will be offered on January 8 – February 2, 2007 and again on May 7 – June 1, 2007. Note that the January course is nearly full and limited spots remain.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities.

    For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

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


  2. FIRST DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES SENT TO AFRICA — Talking Bibles International recently sent its first 1,000 new digital, solid-state Talking Bibles to Malawi, Africa. These Talking Bibles have a special arrangement of Scripture passages from the Old Testament as well as the entire New Testament in the Chichewa language. Learn more at…

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

    and

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

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


  3. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS TO BE JULY 9-11 — Tentmakers International (TI, formerly TIE) will hold its 5th Congress in Malaysia, and is open to anyone with an interest in tentmaking. From the 11th – 13th, the TI Consultation for TI associates and experienced tentmakers will be held in the same venue. To register, please contact ticongress(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 .] or browse to

    http://www.tentmakersinternational.info or

    http://www.tentmakernet.com


  4. HUNTING FOR HOSTS & HOSTESSES — YWAM Sahara Center in Torremolinos, Spain is seeking a couple for hospitality ministry. Interested parties can contact Mark at markf(at)gosahara(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. MORE FOLLOWUP ON GET PEOPLE PRAYING —- Why do people not care enough about missions to pray? A reporter interviewed two men who were digging ditches. He asked the first, “What are you doing?” He quickly replied, “I’m digging ditches.” Asked the same question the second man replied, “I am building a cathedral.” The person who only sees what HE is doing, whether it is ushering or getting excited about a friend’s marriage or a basketball game, is living life digging ditches. He does not see the big picture. What he needs is vision. What seems to be lacking in many churches is that vision of the big picture that missions is building the kingdom of God, and that through prayer for missions believers become an integral part of the building process. Until people in the pew catch that vision from their leaders, prayer for missions will continue to be viewed as just digging ditches. (Thanks for sending this item all the way from Russia, Tom!)

  6. HOUSE OR PRAYER — Campo247 for November 06 is in the southern most part of Spain near the Rock of Gibraltar, within eyesight of Morocco. Elijah Company and Intercessors Arise are uniting with the local churches to invite global Christians to join in this 24 / 7 prayer effort. The area is a point of entrance and exits for kingdoms, a focal point for four major ethnic groups and is at the summit between secular Europe and Muslim North Africa. Daily seminars will focus on missions, prayer, and various related topics. For details of the vision and ways to participate on-sight or from a distance see the web site at

    http://www.campo247.com

    or write to info(at)campo247(dot)com or call +1-757-226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. WEBINAR SERVICES? — Eddie and Alice Smith offer a free 52-week online school of prayer at

    http://www.TeachMeToPray.com

    They have several thousand students and wish to begin conducting teleclasses. Many of their students in other nations can’t afford a one-hour telephone call to the U.S. for training. Most of them utilize dialup Internet services. The Smiths would like your recommendations for inexpensive audio/video Internet training services. Do you use a webinar service? If so, please forward your recommendations to Eddie Smith at usprayercenter(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE UP FOR LOOKS — Check out the latest edition of Momentum Magazine (September/October 2006) at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org


  9. A SIMPLER VOICE-OVER-INTERNET OFFER? — Rod at MissionFinder.org found a different approach to free phone calls, offered by JaJah.com. Nothing to download, no start-up or connection fees, no special equipment. You use your regular phone, cordless phone, or cell phone, and calls are free to other JaJah users in many countries. JaJay says calls to the rest of the world are very inexpensive. You can schedule calls ahead of time, set up conference calls, etc. This can save your money for use for other mission needs! (Thanks Rod!)

  10. PDFS WITHOUT WAITING (OR PAYING) FOR OFFICE 2007 — Neil reminded us of these suggestions for crafting PDFs…

    OpenOffice – which will read and write to Microsoft Office formats has “export as a pdf” built-in.

    http://www.openoffice.org/

    CutePDF converts pdf documents from any Windows program (including Office), and is free. Download from

    http://cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp

    (Make sure you download and install the Ghostscript converter too, needed to make it work – available on the same page.)


  11. SHARE EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR PARENTS OF MISSIONARY KIDS — On October 12th and 13th there will be a conference in Moscow geared toward equipping parents as they seek to raise and educate their kids overseas. Topics will address the needs of parents choosing home schooling and national schooling as well as addressing general TCK and cross cultural parenting issues. North American norm-referenced testing will also be available to students using the IOWA Achievement test. Check out their web site

    http://www.ShareEducation.org

    for detailed information and registration. For inquiries contact Larry at lmilks(at)shareeducation(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. FREE 4-COLOR TRACTS ON MORMONS AND JWS IN 20+ LANGUAGES — Get free tracts on the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormon Church available for the price of shipping, or downloadable from the internet. Most are in 4 color. They are produced by the Institute for Religious Research and available for the cost of shipping only if used for free distribution outside the USA. For downloadable articles organized by language go to:

    http://www.irr.org/languages

    To view sample pdfs go to:

    http://irr.org/resources.html

    To request tracts and get shipping estimates, USA callers may dial toll-free: 1 877-888-4477; outside the USA call 616-451-4562 or request information via email at: sarah(at)irr(dot)org


  13. THE BACKPAGE: SATELLITES HAVE THE HIGH GROUND — It began with a broadcast. Moeb (not his real name), a young man living in North Africa, was flipping through his family’s TV channels when he came across a broadcast about Jesus. He had heard about this prophet. He paused to watch for a minute. At the end of the program, he noticed an address. Curious, he wrote to ask for more information.

    Meanwhile, one of our mission’s workers in North Africa had become interested in satellite broadcasting as a way to “cast the net” larger. He traveled to Amsterdam to learn more from a studio there. As he started to leave, they asked if he would consider taking back some materials for a young inquirer.

    Once he arrived back in the Muslim land where he worked, the Christian worker sought out the address and actually found Moeb. He delivered the information and set up a follow-up meeting to answer Moeb’s questions. Six months later, the Christian worker baptized Moeb and welcomed him to the Kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, the worker is now focusing on satellite broadcasting full-time. His energies will become another piece in the global effort to bless Muslims with more knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pray for him and others like him laboring to bring Good News and Hope to those who haven’t heard.

20060813 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MORE ON THE NEW “GLOBAL STATUS OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY” MAP
  2. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING
  3. GOOGLE PAGE RANK (FOR EMERALD HILLS) REVISITED
  4. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  5. HOSPITALITY HOMES
  6. WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN CRISIS
  7. THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA
  8. MICROSOFT OFFICE TO OFFER “SAVE AS PDF” FEATURE
  9. FRIENDS AND FAMILY DISCOUNT, AIRLINE STYLE
  10. THE BACK PAGE: THE CORE, THE COMMITTED, OR THE CROWD?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MORE ON THE NEW “GLOBAL STATUS OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY” MAP — The World Missions Atlas Project (WorldMAP) and its partners in cooperation with the greater missions community have, with expanded and updated data and technology, completed the “Global Status of Evangelical Christianity” wall map. This map illustrates the status of evangelical Christianity and church planting based upon the CPPI (Church Planting Progress Indicators) database maintained by the Global Research Department of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Included on this map are three inset maps displaying the global status of Bible Translation, global status of the JESUS film translation, and global response to the film JESUS. Highlighted on the map are over 100,000 cities, towns and villages thematically color-coded to depict both their relative size and their evangelical status based upon the primary language and people group living in each location.

    Please pray for the distribution of this map and its global impact for the Kingdom of God. The “Global Status of Evangelical Christianity” may be downloaded as a .jpg or .pdf and ordered from:

    http://www.worldmap.org

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


  2. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING –- God has a place for you in his global plan. He has given you unique passions, skills and resources that can make a difference in his Kingdom. At Urbana 06 over 25,000 will gather to worship and hear how God is using his church to accomplish his purposes throughout the world. Will you be there? Learn about God’s love for people of every tribe, nation, and language, and how you can be a part of his global mission. Register by October 15th and save $75! We look forward to seeing you on December 27, 2006 in St. Louis! For more information, visit

    http://www.urbana.org

    or email info(at)urbana(dot)org or call 608-274-7995. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. GOOGLE PAGE RANK (FOR EMERALD HILLS) REVISITED — Some will recall my interest in observing the Google page rank for the retreat center/campus we’re constructing for Brigada’s home base (along with Team Expansion, the mission organization with which I work). Try it out for yourself to see the latest. Please open up the Google search site at:

    http://www.google.com

    Type in Emerald Hills and hit enter. By my findings, the Team Expansion Emerald Hills website now comes up as the second link out of over 5 million. Remember months and months ago when it started consistently making it in the top 100? :-) By the way, while you’re there, if you don’t mind, go ahead and “click through” the link. My theory is, by doing so, you let Google know that indeed, that link was the one for which you were searching. The import for all of us, relation to the websites we’re promoting, is that the more people use them through a search engine like Google, the more the search engine might regard them highly. By the way, while you’re there, hover your mouse over “Get Involved” then slide down and click on “Pray” and see our Prayer Coordinator’s most recent prayer entry for our Emerald Hills vision. Another theory I have is that Google pays a bit more attention to pages that stay *active*. Betty, our Prayer Coordinator, updates these prayer requests *daily*. Not only is she staying in touch with a battalion of pray-ers, she’s also raising our profile in the eyes of Google. At least… that’s my theory.


  4. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM –- This fall, Gateway Missionary Training Centre (Langley, BC, Canada) is launching a new venture in the Perspectives family of courses. They’ll be offering classes every Wednesday evening, September 13 to November 29. Class size is limited. For more information contact Bev info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or check the web site

    http://www.gatewaytraining.org


  5. HOSPITALITY HOMES — ServantCARE offers hospitality homes to those in ministry. They will be traveling in September and October to Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. They would like your help in connecting them with those who have the gift of hospitality who would like to serve in this manner. All information needed and questions answered is found on their website at

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    under “Hospitality Homes”. They also have posted on their website 30 pages of “Referral Links”, many of them supplied by Brigada, to which they would like to add any other ministries across the country that meet the needs of those in ministry. Contact ServantCARE at icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  6. WORKING WITH CHILDREN IN CRISIS –- This week of training helps to prepare those who will be working with children facing critical needs. It is based on the training developed by Phyllis Kilbourn, author of various books on the subject and founder of Rainbows of Hope. Trainers for the workshop will be Trudy Agawin, DIrector of Gateway Missionary Training Centre and Adrienned Pilkey, ROH representative. Both have had experience in working with traumatized children. Course will be held at Gateway MTC, Langley BC, September 25 -29. For more information contact Bev info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or check the web site

    http://www.gatewaytraining.org


  7. THANKS TO THOSE WHO HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA — One anonymous giver this past week sent $11.25. Maybe you might think, “What will $11.25 matter?” Believe me… with Brigada, it matters a great deal! To make your gift that counts, just visit:

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  8. MICROSOFT OFFICE TO OFFER “SAVE AS PDF” FEATURE — You’ve probably already heard the news . . . that Microsoft will be delivering a “save as pdf” option for use with Office 2007. See the full press release by browsing to:

    http://news.com

    then in the search blank, type in “save as pdf”. With that release, users should no longer need to buy Adobe Acrobat or PDF995. I’ve found the PDF format to be a *very* useful feature, especially since it allows several different choices of security settings, including “don’t allow text or graphics to be copied out of this document”.


  9. FRIENDS AND FAMILY DISCOUNT, AIRLINE STYLE — MTS travel is promoting a “friends-and-family-type” discount. You apparently list with them the routes you’re hoping to find (like, “My son is a Christian worker in Senegal; would you alert me when fares to Dakar go on sale?”). Learn more at:

    http://www.mtstravel.com/familyfriendsandpartners/ (Thanks to Emily for letting us know about this one.)


  10. THE BACK PAGE: THE CORE, THE COMMITTED, OR THE CROWD? — Thanks to Brian for his recent referral to the Keith Green article at:

    http://www.lastdaysministries.org/nations/whyyoushouldgo.html

    Brian went on to tie this article to the Rick Warren summary of the typical make-up of a typical church: The Core The Committed and The Crowd

    Brian’s point was . . . maybe the number of consecrated pray-ers will *always* be a bit less than the whole membership (maybe a *lot* less), because the *real* pray-ers will perhaps grow out of the *core* segment of the local church. That *core* will always be a subset of the committed, not to mention a scant sliver of the crowd.

    So maybe the key isn’t to start with numbers. Brian’s right. Maybe we start with a handful of motivated co-workers who will stop at nothing until they accomplish the mission.

    That helps me a lot. It tells me we don’t have to worry about masses. We just have to focus on doing the right stuff with a few of the right people… and God will make things happen.

20060625 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF
  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY*
  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS
  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED
  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES?
  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS
  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE?
  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-(
  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF — Grab the free July/August issue of Momentum Magazine at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607.pdf (High resolution version, 56 pages, 11MB) or

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607-small.pdf (Low resolution version, 56 pages, 1.8MB)

    Momentum Magazine is edited by Justin Long. I really like the direction Justin is going with his work. To me, he has taken statistics to a new level. Somehow he has transformed mere numbers and math into feelings and people. There are hundreds of little paragraphs I want to memorize or shout from a mountain top or a church pulpit. In short, his work is inspirational, if not sometimes a bit depressing. Sometimes it takes a bit of depression to get us off square one… or square zero. So … in summary, I say bravo to Justin and his efforts to make Momentum Magazine into a rallying cry for masses of new world Christians and the new wave of missionaries they will send. Momentum Magazine is one of the few bright spots in missions mobilization today. It should be required reading for every Brigada subscriber. Do I agree with all his theology? Nope. But do I agree with his ache for the world’s least reached? But of course. And so will you.


  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY* — In April 2006, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board released the pilot version of the North American People Groups Database project,

    http://www.peoplegroups.info

    at the Ethnic America Summit in Atlanta. The website contains 2000 Census data for language spoken at home, country of birth, and ancestry by city, county, and zip code. Additionally, local pilot research in the Atlanta area provided over 30 people groups in the Chinese, Arab, and Mexican communities alone. Many other functionalities exist on the website as well, including: an online discussion forum for North American people group workers, a resource request form, and a toolbox for those wishing to begin people group research in their area. The website is still in the pilot phase but improvements will be made in the months ahead. Get registered today to benefit from all this online database has to offer!


  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE –-

    http://www.trainforChrist.org

    Training organizations that are members of an evangelical alliance or similar association can now register their courses on the international Evangelical Training Database. This is free and courses are then searchable world-wide through English and Spanish interfaces. The Missionary Training Service, sponsor of the project, is liaising with member bodies of the International Commission for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) and the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) and similar associations. They hope it will become a world-wide resource for anyone needing training. Geoff Tunnicliffe, leader of the World Evangelical Alliance kindly said, “We certainly want to find ways of seamlessly integrating this into our WEA web presence”. Dr Chris Wright, Director of the Langham Partnership International (John Stott Ministries), and chairman of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, is also supporting the project. Translations into other languages are being planned.


  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has just published several new books to help you and your workers to start brand new church planting movements on the frontiers. Stop on by their two internet stores to find out more. Two titles: The Compendium of Church Planting Knowledge and Multiplying Churches Student Notes are available at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/cpcoaches

    These books are not-for-profit and priced at the CafePress base price. Another new title, Keys To Church Planting Movements by Kevin Sutter has just been released at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/stephanas

    This books presents simple, New Testament principles for planting churches cross-culturally. Through attractive cartoons, that can be used in any language, follow Stephanas, a first-century cross-cultural worker, and his apostolic team as they multiply simple churches among the unreached. Learn how to turn the world upside down! Major credit cards accepted.


  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED — Articles include Insights for Persuading Muslims and Post-Moderns, News on Situations in Iran and Afghanistan and on Religious Changes in Africa, A List of Recommended Books on Islam, and more at

    http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm

    You may request a pdf, html, or hard copy from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES? — Was he a stern dictator, the angry judge of a rebellious nation? The Bible calls him ‘the servant of the Lord’ and says that ‘the Lord knew him face to face.’ To discover his true character go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on Exodus, then choose Unit 2: Moses – the problem of feeling inadequate, by Raymond Brown. This interesting study of a great man has been translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS — Free papers for the Fulani of West Africa are available from SOON Ministries in several dialects, and also in downloadable PDF files from the website. In addition, the team will be glad to partner with other groups in producing additional dialect versions.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/fulani/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!!!)


  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS — A DVD compilation of three, six minute videos of Prayerwalking for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, Prayer and Fasting for Kids, and a special bonus track of The 10/40 Window for Adults. This mini-movie library is a great resource for Sunday Schools, Children’s Church, Homeschoolers, and grandparents who want prayer passionate grand-kids. You can order it from Joey and Fawn at…

    http://www.reignbridge.com

    by clicking on resources, or write fawn(at)reignbridge(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join others on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer For The Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(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. PLANNING A WEBSITE? — Before you start, there are two key questions to ask, and a detailed profile of your potential visitors to develop. Use Internet Evangelism Day’s printable worksheet to help you.

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

    (Again, many thanks, Tony!)


  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous donors who, this past week, gave $10, $10, $25, $25, and $50 to help speed along our work with Brigada. Thanks also to Blessings Int’l in Tulsa, OK, who just sent $100. Does your church operate a medical clinic? Blessings International has pharmaceuticals, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and medical supplies available for use in non-profit clinics at reduced costs. Check them out at:

    http://www.blessing.org

    Thanks to those who have switched their long distance service to Accxx via Blessed Hope. Their conversations yielded a gift of $12.89 to Brigada this past month. Our family is one of those that have switched and I can honestly tell you… the long distance works great! :-) If you’ve ever thought about switching from huge companies who will never miss you if you left, try stopping by the page at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We’re also grateful to short-term teams from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO) and Highline Christian Church (Seattle, WA) who chose ISA as their insurer during their trip. Because of ISA’s commitment to tithe all of the sales which say, “I heard about you on Brigada,” they sent $145.46 this past week! May God bless these short- term teams and make it so these policies are not needed. That way ISA won’t have to pay out any benefits, making them happy; the teams won’t experience any loss, thereby making *them* happy; yet Brigada will have still benefited making *Brigada* happy! :-) Everybody wins! :-) Check out ISA at:

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


  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-( — There are some readers out there with a little extra means. The good news is… those with a little extra can make it possible for *all* to connect with Brigada, simply by saying, “I’ll help.” Maybe you can only spare a $50 gift, once a year. But see… those $50 gifts would add up. As it stands now, we’re 50% through the year with only 25% of the funds for which we had been praying. Would you be able to help fix that problem? If so, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY? — Recently, I had to jot down some of my roles for a brief introduction I was writing and, frankly, it was kind of startling. Is everybody attempting to pull off this kind of schedule? (May I just think out loud here for a sec’?) Maybe it’s a symptom of being too interested in lots of different investments of time. I’m a husband to a great wife and a dad to two incredible sons, a son to my aging mother, an elder in my local church, where I play piano and keyboard with the worship team while serving as Chairman of the Missions Committee. I enjoy trying to stay fairly in tune with developments in technology, communications, computing, photography, and a dozen other interests.

    In addition, I’m a high school varsity boys soccer coach for a large Christian school nearby. So I invest about 3 hours, 5 nights a week in these 18 boys (and their respective families). By the way, just for fun, you can see their progress this coming season at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    [Yes, in case you were wondering, one of my sons is an 11th-grader at that same school and yes, he did make varsity this year (for the first time though). :-) ]

    On the side, I’m president of a missions agency called Team Expansion. (You can learn more about their work at:

    http://www.teamexpansion.org

    They keep me hopping… with 300 missionaries in 37 countries.

    To make life even more interesting, I’m having to help quite a bit with launching their new retreat center — learn more at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    I’m *soooo* close to being done with my Ph.D. dissertation. Just a couple of chapters, actually. But alas, so much of that has gone on hold with Emerald Hills.

    And then there’s Brigada. Eventually, I always manage to catch up… one issue a week for 11 years. Yikes. :-) Brigada participants are so patient, too. Sometimes I get 3 weeks behind . . . yet the kind words and encouraging testimonies give me hope that somewhere, somehow, this information is helpful to someone.

    On top of all that, I’m interested in people’s lives. So last night I drove 40 minutes to go hear one of our workers do a presentation on Afghanistan at a local church camp. Today I’ll drive 30 minutes to pray with the wife of one of our trainers before her surgery. This weekend I’ll drive 5 hours to speak in a local church that’s helping our ministry.

    Shew.

    Are we busy yet? :-)

    So this morning I was just thinking… Is this just my own life… or is this happening to everyone? It’s not that I’m unhappy or feel stressed. The truth is… I’m having a blast in life. I’m happy and eventually, I usually catch up on enough sleep to get by. So why am I writing about this? I guess I’m just wanting to make sure we all examine our respective lives… that we take our pulse to be sure that we still care very deeply about unreached peoples. That we’ll still live our lives, even with all these different involvements, in such a way that they’ll hear the message. That we’ll still dedicate ourselves to trying to reach them. That we still won’t quit ’til they’ve had a chance to hear.

    Are we good on all that?

    Thanks for listening in on my thinking.

    Doug

20060618 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA
  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES
  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING
  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP
  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  7. BEST CAMCORDER
  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED?
  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL
  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS
  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS…
  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD
  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA — Lately I’ve been trying out Google’s SMS service. It works through text messaging from your cell phone. First things first — make sure you won’t be charged per SMS. (Many accounts now have unlimited SMSes.) Then just send whatever query you would have typed in at Google.com — only text message it to this number: 46645. Your results will come back momentarily. Grab a movie timetable, a phone listing, an address, convert currency, … the results are practically endless. Best of all, it’s totally free (if SMSes are free on your cell account). Learn more at:

    http://www.google.com/sms


  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES — I know you’ve probably tried out the Steven Covey stuff before, but every once and awhile, I find that it’s helpful to review it. Now, they have so many helps online, it’s pretty much a new day for their stuff anyway. Start at… http://www.FranklinCovey.com then download the application (try it out for free for a month). Then walk through the library… http://www.franklincovey.com/fc/library_and_resources Get in the habit of using the application so you’ll be forced to think in terms of “mission”, roles, and goals again. After the 30 days, figure out your own system again using whatever tools you wish, but with renewed appreciation for the “top-down” planning approach.

  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN — Backpack Missions is an easy, exciting, and effective strategy for teaching Great Commission principles to children in any church. Backpack Missions is comprised of simple mission object lessons presented by a world trekking backpacker character, “Backpack Andy” [or personalize with your own name] who teaches a missions lesson using objects taken from his backpack. Backpack Missions is drop-in mission education and awareness covering international and North American missions. Some Southern Baptist-specific elements can be easily adapted to your own affiliation. Provided free by the North American Mission Board online at http://namb.net/backpack

  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING — The next series of distance learning courses for using the web and IT for evangelism are set for July- September: Cybermissions 101 (Theory) – Monday July 17th 2006 Cybermissions 102 (Practice) – Monday September 18th 2006 Cybermissions 103 (Internet Cafes) – Monday September 18th 2006

    http://www.cybermissions.org/training/


  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP — LongviewNET http://www.longviewnet.com provides web site development and management services for ministries, missionaries, small businesses and organizations. The folks behind LongviewNET are themselves missionaries who use proceeds from LongviewNET to help underwrite their own personal ministry support as a tent-making effort to serve others for the cause of Christ. LongviewNET is a full-service solution provider: web sites, domain names, blogs, hosting and more. Mention Brigada when you enter into an agreement for web site development and management with LongviewNET and 20% of your agreement amount will go directly to Brigada!

  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE — Wondering which donor management software packages came to light in our recent survey? John, at The Mission Station, wrote, “There were a total of 15 respondents. Some use(d) more than one package. No one package had more than two users. There were a total of 5 respondents using HomeGrown packages (including MS Access/Excel) on both DOS and Windows platforms. The package currently in use with 2 users was TntMPD for Windows. The packages that had a single user were Logos, Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, NewViews, Church Missions, Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge, Quick Books – Non-Profit, and Quick Books – Standard. All the single packages also ran on Windows platforms of some form.

    There were 4 respondents who indicated that they were presently evaluating Quick Books – Non-Proft, but had not come to any conclusions yet. Overall, the homegrown applications were not well viewed, yet had some customized features that were missed with other “out-of-the-box” packages. The applications that received favorable recommendations were Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, ChurchMissions, Raisers Edge, and TntMPD. Finally, the cost of these packages ranges from FREE to over $3000.00 USD.” John will make sure all of these are incorporated into his Missions Database for all to access at: http://www.missionaries.org


  7. BEST CAMCORDER — Got an opinion about which camcorder gives the best value for the money . . . quality, versatility, compactness, still and video in one. What do you think? Just send your note to: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com There’s no need to join the egroup. It’ll accept your email without being a part. Later, we’ll sum up the responses there and report back in Brigada.

  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED? — Brendan would like some feedback on the viability of establishing a new missions advocacy ministry to promote small, lesser known international missions ministries. Is there a need for this type of ministry and/or are there others out there already doing this on a general (i.e. inter/non-denominational) basis? Please send your thoughts to Brendan advocate(at)pobox(dot)com

  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL — For those willing to experiment with Voice Over IP, Oliver says the frontier is still a good deal. He’s been exploring it for almost a year… He concludes that free calls are more limited now — about 300 min/week and the 10 free EUR are valid for 120 days. He suggests using them on destinations which aren’t free. He also advises that the country lists change without notice, so beware. He says these sites all basically list different deals for the same country:

    http://www.netappel.fr/fr/index.

    html http://www.voipbuster.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipcheap.co.uk/en/download.html

    http://www.sparvoip.de/de/customerservices.html

    http://www.internetcalls.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipdiscount.com/en/index.html

    http://www.webcalldirect.com/en/index.php

    http://www.poivy.com

    (Thanks Oliver!)


  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS — The Student Christian Organisation (A Malawian locally based interdenominational organisation – SCOM) has seen a tremendous membership growth over the years. Focused to preach the gospel to secondary/high school students, it was established in 1962. Started with only a few members, now membership has grown to thousands and while conferences were held by few individuals now attendance is in hundreds. The organisation has now managed to establish a weekly devotional email called ‘FEED THE FLOCK’ to all interested subscribers. To subscribe send a blank email to feedtheflock_admin(at)christianemailservice(dot)com with subscribe as the subject. You can also access through the web at

    http://trinityzone.org/scomministry/devotions.html . To learn more about the background and the activities of SCOM visit

    http://www.surrender.nl/scom


  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS… — We’re grateful to DialAbroad… http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm for sending $71 this past week to boost our work. Again, if you’ve thought about changing phone services, or if you have to move and pick a carrier anyway, please consider Dial-Abroad as a prime option. They’ll give you the best deal . . . and help Brigada too.

  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD — Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, outreach conferences, and the latest trends in missions all around the world? Just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD — Have you noticed how broad the spectrum is getting when it comes to local churches and missions outreach? For missionaries, the landscape has gotten pretty complex lately. Some churches have gotten to the point that they no longer will support “independent” (individual) missionaries. They want all their missionaries to be affiliated with an organization that will help them stay on task and accountable, financially and otherwise. Meanwhile, there are still other churches who almost resent the role of an agency. (They are, in effect, gradually becoming their own agency.) In between is a complex continuum of all the blended mixtures.

    So what’s a missionary to do? Well for what it’s worth, here’s my take: First, when approaching any new situation, you have to use the same principles that you were taught to use when you crossed into another culture. Second, my own opinion is — it’s not our role to try to *change* the church to fit our own opinions (in the same manner that it wasn’t our role to change the culture to fit our expectations). The key is to have a relevant message . . . a relevant *mode* for each context. Once you become irrelevant, you’ve lost touch with that portion of the spectrum. (So get relevant.)

    Next week, we’ll address the spectrum faced by Brigada participants working in local churches. Shew. They face a jungle too. We all do. So be careful out there.

20060514 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  2. WIKITRAVEL IS A GREAT RESOURCE
  3. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING
  4. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION
  5. PRAYER REQUEST FOR ARABIAN PENINSULA
  6. NEED HELP WRITING YOUR BOOK?
  7. STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING
  8. HOW CAN WE SAY THANKS ENOUGH?
  9. GCOMM REGISTRATION DEADLINE COMING JUNE 15
  10. KEEP BRIGADA COMING TO YOUR SCREEN: CHIP IN?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “24” FINALE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionary mentors from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include agencies guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. For those in south central USA a 2006 retreat will be Sep 29-Oct 1 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). For those in southeast USA a 2006 retreat will be Oct 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Agencies may apply to send a mentor/recruiter as well as receive a free sponsored link on every webpage of The Journey Deepens web resources in exchange for reciprocal promotion. These retreats are presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. For more visit

    http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp


  2. WIKITRAVEL IS A GREAT RESOURCE — Have you been there? Check out this resource, whose goal is a “free, complete, up-to-date and reliable guide” to worldwide travel:

    http://wikitravel.org

    Yes, I recognize several of the pages are empty… and that, of those which are filled in, many are filled in by informal fellow-travelers. But just the same, my hunch is that this project will grow and grow . . . so let’s help make it happen in a healthy way.


  3. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING — God has a place for you in his global plan. He has given you unique passions, skills and resources that can make a difference in his Kingdom. At Urbana 06 over 25,000 will gather to worship and hear how God is using his church to accomplish his purposes throughout the world. Will you be there? Learn about God’s love for people of every tribe, nation, and language, and how you can be a part of his global mission. Organizers look forward to seeing you on December 27, 2006 in St. Louis! For more information, visit

    http://www.urbana.org

    You may also reach them by emailing info(at)urbana.Org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or calling 608-274-7995.


  4. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION — GC Kids is a quarterly six- page publication for children ages 9 to 13 who have an interest in missions. It aims to encourage these children to become missionaries. GC Kids may also be used by children’s workers to educate children about missions. It is sent by postal mail. Multiple copies are easy and inexpensive to obtain. For a sample copy as a PDF file by email or to get samples by postal mail, send your request to elinor(dot)young(at)worldteam(dot)org. To subscribe to GC Kids, email leahy(dot)ken(at)comcast(dot)net, and put “subscribe GCK” in the subject line.

  5. PRAYER REQUEST FOR ARABIAN PENINSULA — Mert is a brother asking us to pray for Arabs: “Pray that the power system of Wahhabi leaders would crumble and that the people of Saudi Arabia would not feel controlled by these leaders. Pray that God would break down the stronghold of pride that binds Saudis to Islam.” He goes on to tell this story: “Salman is an Arab Muslim who began following Jesus along with his wife, just before she died of cancer about 16 months ago. Being with his mom in the hospital these past few days reopened the shallow wounds of his wife’s death. He has not grieved properly for either. He is a young single dad with tremendous responsibility and no time to stop and grieve. Pray that God would touch Salman’s heart deeply this week with comfort and peace. Pray too for his boys, aged 13 and 9, that God would heal their hurting hearts as well.

    “One of our workers learned tonight that local tradition mandates returning to the burial site on the third day after the death to make prayers for the deceased. Salman said he hated this tradition, because he said it just reopens the hurt. Could this be because there is no hope of resurrection for most Muslims who are buried in that cemetery! Pray for wisdom as several men and women in the country are involved in his life.”


  6. NEED HELP WRITING YOUR BOOK? — There’s a book inside you, and if you need help writing it, a new e-book, called “How to Write a Book,” can help. In seven easy-to-follow steps, writer’s coach Diana Scimone shares practical insights that will help you move your book from dream to reality. Her encouraging and motivational teaching style can help you finally write the book you’ve always dreamed of writing. Cost for the e-book is $14.95, and you can download it (as a pdf) at

    http://www.peapodpublishing.com


  7. STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING — Sign up for this training from 07 to 31 August 2006 with Asia Pacific Mission Limited (APM) in partnership with the Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM). Learn the work of a Strategy Coordinator (SC) to focus on developing Church-planting Movements (CPM) among Unreached People Groups (UPG), Cities or Regions. It’s happening at the Global Training Centre, Singapore for US$600.00 per single person or married couple (plus your airfare, board and lodging). Sign up before 15 July, 2006 or you’ll pay a $50 late fee. For more info, write scanet(at)gmail(dot)com with subject: SCT06 or contact Frank (Mobile: +65-9682-4493; Fax: +65-625-777-29)

  8. HOW CAN WE SAY THANKS ENOUGH? — Hats off this week to the kind- hearted individuals who gave $25 and $10 respectively to empower Brigada to keep pumping out missions resources to your screen. Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America for their gift of $30. The really cool part about this ISA gift is that it was based on two different short-term teams having purchased trip insurance for their journeys. One group, from Fairbanks, Alaska, had gone to the Philippines… and another, from Joplin, MO, had traveled to Jamaica. Because they used ISA and this link:

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

    they received a great deal on their trip insurance while helping Brigada too! (Thanks Carla and Lyle, for choosing ISA!)

    This past week, we were also humbled by the generosity of Covenant College and, in particular, its Chalmers Institute

    http://www.chalmers.org

    We were floored when they sent a $600 gift for Brigada. I’m telling you… if we had our way, we’d ask all 10,000 Brigada subscribers to register for “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry”, offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. But even if only 100 of us decide to check out a course at the link above, I’d be thrilled!

    Finally, Blessed Hope sent $16.45, based on long distance use by those who had signed up at this link:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Once again, if you’re looking for long distance service anyway, you’ll get a great deal while helping Brigada if you travel to that link and switch your long distance to Blessed Hope. Thanks in advance!


  9. GCOMM REGISTRATION DEADLINE COMING JUNE 15 — The second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006), a worldwide gathering of hundreds of musicians, music missionaries, educators, worship pastors, and Christian leaders, will be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Exhibitor information is now available at

    http://www.gcommhome.org

    as well as speaker information and a convenient online registration. The regular rates for North America attendees (as well as highly discounted student and overseas registration rates) are available only until June 15. After this date, late and walk-in registration rates will be available for an additional cost.


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  11. THE BACKPAGE: “24” FINALE — Previously on “24” (in our BackPage Editorials), we’ve discussed courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom, accountability, a sense of urgency, and private pain. In this “season finale”… the final episode in our series of metaphors with “24”, let’s consider what happens when Miles erases the tape… or when the witness dies. Let’s talk about what Jack does when the bottom falls out of his world.

    If you’ve seen “24”, you know that Jack isn’t perfect. Many of us probably squirmed as he sat on that hospital bed, talking to Audrey, while Miles snuck in and erased the tape that would have served as evidence against President Logan. (If you haven’t been watching “24”, all you have to do is realize that, basically, Jack dropped his guard because he assumed everything was good.) I think one of the most encouraging lessons I’ve drawn from my analysis of the character of Jack Bauer is that, although he does express some disappointment, and, at times, even anger over a setback, he seems to immediately go back into fighting mode. In short — he never gives up. Bad guys get away. People he loves get kidnapped or killed. Witnesses vanish. Enemies resurface. And, at least on a couple of occasions, he’s even essentially been killed – then revived. (Someone joked that the only time we’ve ever seen him rest was during those moments when he was dead!) But regardless of the extent or nature of the setback, he just shifts into the next gear, trying to design a contingency plan. And, because it’s TV, most of the time, something eventually works in one form or another.

    I take a lot of encouragement from that model. I’m involved in several very difficult and trying negotiations at present. Some of them seem, at times, even overwhelming. When I begin to feel that cold wave of discouragement sweeping over me, I pray to the Father, take comfort in the fact that He is with me, and yes… I’ll admit it… I have even succumbed to the line of thought… “Jack wouldn’t quit.” Now I’m not suggesting we sell wristbands reading, “What would Jack Do?” :-) But just as Jesus drew parables from nature, I’m drawing parables from today’s world — and this parable of “24” has meaning to me . . . and I hope and trust it will to some of you as well. Missions is very hard work. Stephen Neill said that mission work is so hard, it’s a wonder anyone should have ever even attempted it. Whoa. Conclusion: when life is tough, remember — don’t quit just because someone erases your evidence tape. :-)

    So, with that we close our series on “24.” Besides… Jack’s on a slow boat to China and we have some time to ponder season 6 anyway. So… until next time, please take heart — and don’t give up. Even if the battle costs you your very life. Keep fighting. Never give in. Jack doesn’t.

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