language learning

Learn Classical Arabic while You’re Studying the Bible

arabbibleThat’s the upshot of Tom’s project at:

http://www.arabbible.com/

Fascinating concept. It contains, for example, complete grammatical explanations of every single word in the Arabic New Testament. Just click on a word, and you’ll find a wealth of information, containing not only a dictionary entry for that word, but also its contextual meaning and full grammatical help as well (something that even the very best dictionary can never provide)!

In addition, you can also see a unique “Back Translation” that helps the user to readily see the structure of the literal Arabic, a powerful Smart-Search Concordance that provides a much more comprehensive and revealing search than a typical word-search function, and a Root Analyzer designed to help you discover, learn and retain entire word families.

Throw in a Verb Conjugator, Audio Recitation (slow the speaker’s voice down by 20%), and a Word Frequency Section (focus on learning those words which appear most frequently in the New Testament) and you’re off and running. First class stuff. (Thanks Jen!)

6) Study Russian In Kiev This Summer

instituteofstrategiclanguagesThe Institute of Strategic Languages & Cultures, also known as Russian Language Ministries, is offering 3-week intensive Russian language courses in Kiev this summer held at the Ukrainian Education Center, near the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Two different courses will be offered: Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian and Ministry-related Terminology for Discipleship situations. The program is designed for individuals who desire to take their Russian to the next level, and is not designed for the beginning student. ISLC plans to provide a couple of different tracks of study, depending on one’s level of proficiency, which will be evaluated prior to the program. Each course will meet for 2.5 hours per day and the program runs from July 27th through August 14th. If you are interested in one or both of these courses and would like more information, you may contact ISLC at

isl-email

 

or check out the website

http://www.strategiclanguages.org

6) Looking to brush up on your Russian?

The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, also known as Russian Language Ministries, is offering 2 or 3 week intensive Russian language courses during summer 2009 in Kiev, Ukraine. Two different courses will be offered, including Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian, a course devoted to giving the student the skills to speak with grammatical accuracy, and Bible and Ministry Related Terminology, a course that will cover ministry related vocabulary and phrases in discipleship situations. A third course covering conventional Russian is also possible, depending on the needs of the students attending. This program is designed for individuals who desire to take their Russian to the next level with several different tracks of study, depending on the levels of proficiency. Each course will meet for 3 hours a day and the program will begin around the last week of July. If you are interested in more information you may contact ISLC at

or check out the website

http://www.strategiclanguages.org/

3) Multilingual MK’s

I’ve got a great friend in North Africa who wrote, this past week, to say, “As missionaries my wife and I are not only trying to learn the three languages that surround us daily, we’re hoping our kids will, too. We recently found this website:

http://www.multilingualchildren.org/
and thought it might help others. At the same time we wonder what advice you could give us (things to do, and not to do).” If you have advice on how to grow multilingual kids, please click the comment link below. Thanks!

3) Looking to Brush Up on your Russian?

3) LOOKING TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR RUSSIAN? — The Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, also known as Russian Language Ministries, is offering 2 or 3 week intensive Russian language courses during summer 2009 in Kiev, Ukraine. Two different courses will be offered, including Correct Grammar in Spoken Russian, a course devoted to giving the student the skills to speak with grammatical accuracy, and Bible and Ministry Related Terminology, a course that will cover ministry related vocabulary and phrases in discipleship situations. A third course covering conventional Russian is also possible, depending on the needs of the students attending. This program is designed for individuals who desire to take their Russian to the next level with several different tracks of study, depending on the levels of proficiency. Each course will meet for 3 hours a day and the program will begin around the last week of July. If you are interested in more information you may contact ISLC at

or check out the website

http://www.strategiclanguages.org/

2) Where Would You Learn Modern Standard Arabic?

Here’s a guy wondering where is the best school or program for learning Modern Standard Arabic. I’ve heard of several schools — Kelsey, GAP, and others. Did you or someone you know participate in such a program? If so, would you be willing to offer an assessment? What might be the strengths/weaknesses of each program, and if possible, please provide contact info. Note that these don’t have to be operated by any particular “cause”. In other words, he’ll consider university programs, institutes, government run programs, private schools, etc. He says thanks in advance. Please click “Comment” below and share your ideas. You can even do so anonymously.

3) Language Software For Everyone

We know every tongue, tribe, and nation will be in heaven! Frequently this will be preceeded by ‘foreigners’ bringing the Good News. Most language software will be irrelevant for those foreigners, though, because it only targets big markets (French, Spanish, Chinese, etc.), ignoring 99% of the world’s 6000+ dialects. If you have computer programming talent (or know someone who does) or linguistic expertise, would you please join in a dialogue to explore the creation of a database approach language software that could be used for *any* dialect? Just click on “Comment” below to follow the discussion . . . or better yet, add to it.

Teaming with an interpreter: a Tutorial

This course is for anyone who wants to communicate clearly with people who do not speak English. Since it is about a team approach, interpreters will also find this course useful. All types of organizations will benefit, including businesses, professional services, non-profits, government entities and educational institutions. Highline Public Schools, near Burien, Washington provided support for development of this online tutorial in conjunction with professional interpreters.
http://www.speakyourlanguages.com/training/
For more information about the Speak YOUR Languages videos:

Or write to: Speak YOUR Languages Videos, Highline Public Schools, 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW, Seattle, WA 98166.

Get The Tools To Learn An Unwritten Language

Are you interested in Bible Translation or learning a more difficult language for your work as a missionary? Try the 9 weeks linguistics course offered by SIL at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND. For 2008 it runs from June 9 – Aug 8. The first year courses typically include: Phonetics, Second Language Acquisition, Syntax & Morphology, and Sociolinguistics. These courses are a good introduction to decide if you should continue more studies to become a Bible translator. They are also just what you need to learn one of those languages that’s not taught at a local language school (often unwritten). After taking these courses many people prefer to direct their own language learning instead of going to a language school or use what they’ve learned to supplement their language learning at a language school. Please see the following website for more information:
http://www.und.sil.org/
or write Albert Bickford at this email address:
director_silund(at)

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

DOWNLOADABLE SPOKEN ENGLISH LEARNED QUICKLY

Here’s an excellent free evangelistic spoken English language course for students coming to an English instruction Bible college or Seminary. Over 300,000 students have used the course worldwide. A Bible college, Seminary, or individual may download the entire course from

http://www.FreeEnglishNow.com/help14.html

You may send prospective students a CD of the course for their personal English study. You can expect excellent self-study results for your prospective students. For more information, write Mail

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

HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE IN HINDI LANGUAGE

This print ready tract is designed for tri-fold to print at your church or home computer. The tract is designed to make witnessing to Hindus simple. The Vedic Bridge is a contextual Gospel tract ready for you to download and print in PDF format. And they are free to download and distribute. The new Hindi version is now available for download as well.

http://www.go2southasia.org/downloads/VbridgeHindi.pdf

It is also available in English at

http://www.go2southasia.org/downloads/Vedic_Bridge.pdf

The Vedic Bridge is also available by writing this address: information

(at)go2southasia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

FREE INTERACTIVE ARABIC LANGUAGE TOOL

Are you learning Modern Standard Arabic? Would you like a free tool to help you practice vocabulary from the widely popular Alif Baa series? Go ahead and check out The Power Tool at this address below. It is fairly comprehensive and customizable to your needs, and best of all, it’s free. *Warning* if you contact the maintainers of the web site, they are NOT believers, so please do not assume it is safe to mention missionary kinds of work.

http://www.pacificarabic.com/vocab_applet.html

20071118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING?
  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)?
  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE
  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR
  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE…
  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN
  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA
  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING? — That’s what Andy would like to know. He’s a leader at Wycliffe and he’d love to help people discover what is God’s will for their lives more effectively with some online tool. “Have you ever run across an assessment tool to help a person especially a young person determine what God’s call on his life may be? I have experienced something like this in a work book like “Jesus on Leadership,” but I was wondering if there was something on line that could do much the same thing?” Can you advise him of any options? If so, please drop by at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=52

    and leave a “Comment.” Thanks!


  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)? — If you’re willing to be a bleeding-edge beta-tester, we’d love to hear your take on the new int’l travel cell sim chip at

    http://www.maxroam.com

    We commented on it earlier. Rates aren’t *quite* as good as predicted (prior to the formal launch of the company), but some of them are actually quite close. It happens I recently bought into another system (go-sim), so I’m not well-positioned to test this one. If you’re willing, please jot a note to that effect at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=51

    Once you’ve formed an impression, please stop back and tell your experience. Check back at this site later to see the comments that have come in. Thanks to anyone willing to try it!!! (And thanks to Steve for keeping this at the forefront of our attention.)


  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — It’s slated for February 7-10, 2008 at Living Waters Farm, Virginia. Invest in four days of focused examination of seven areas critical for becoming one sent from a local church. The days are a balance of hearing principles and receiving impartation from others who have years of experience. For a full description of the training see

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    To personally communicate with an Elijah Company representative write to training(at)elijahcompany

    (dot)org or call (757) 226-3507 or (757) 287-4604. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]


  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who are called to missions but need to speak English to fulfill that calling? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA, USA beginning March 2, 2008 and ending May 23, 2008 for those who want to learn to speak and understand the English language. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 with a non-refundable $35 registration fee. For more information or to register contact ywampa(at)comcast

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


  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE — Practitioners and scholars working in the field of new religious movements are invited to submit a title and 250-word abstract along with a curriculum vita for consideration in the Post-Christendom Spiritualities conference to be held at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 16-19 October 2008. Special consideration will be given to papers addressing the academic study of new religious movements as well as the praxis of engaging these movements. Papers for the conference might include, but are not limited to, subjects such as Goddess spirituality and the theology of God, Inter-religious apologetics in post-modernity, and the work of the Spirit in mission and New Spiritualities Papers should reflect the ideas expressed in the Lausanne Occasional Paper no. 45 found at

    http://www.lausanne.org/documents/2004forum/LOP45_IG16.pdf

    Please submit a title, abstract and CV to mcooper(at)tiu

    (dot)org by 31 December 2007 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.] If accepted, a paper must be submitted by 15 August 2008 in order for solicitations of responses from critical respondents.


  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR — Finally, there is a tool for churches to encourage people to pray, worship, serve and connect with God beyond the Sunday service. Prayer Toolbar (TM) enables churches to publish messages that display in people’s web browser anytime they go online. If your church uses bulletins, web sites, email or podcasts to spread the God’s Word, than you owe it to yourself to investigate this new technology to connect people to God through you. What it can do for your church is huge. What it can do for His people is eternal. Visit

    http://www.prayertoolbar.com/

    to see a FREE, online demonstration. There’s never been anything like it.


  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, PA, USA. The school dates are March 9-April 4, 2008 and April 20 – May 16, 2008 and it’s a certificate program. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on our website at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    Email questions to ywampa(at)comcast

    (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 reassemble the address onto one line.]


  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE… — Please don’t use “classified ad language.” It’s not really our style. Also, please remember to speak in 3rd person; otherwise our readers will become confused as to which person is speaking. In fact, please check out the short list of suggestions by clicking on “submit” at

    http://www.brigada.org

    Thanks! Your investment in some of these tiny differences would help us a great deal in preparing future editions of Brigada Today – on time.


  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN — If you’re a one-up VPN user (i.e., you don’t need a dashboard for your entire organization), try

    http://www.witopia.net

    It’s about $40/year and several Brigada participants, including Wade and Tony, have found it to be very effective.


  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA — We *so* appreciate our dear brother in Sweden who came back in 2007 to give $100, and another anonymous couple out East sent $50. On top of that, YWAM in Lebanon, PA bowled us over with a $300 gift! Sobered, encouraged, and motivated… Thank you! Another anonymous sister sent $100. A brother in Texas sent $25, joined by another brother who also sent $25 from the mountains of Northern Thailand and yet another from here in Kentucky (also $25). A missions committee member from Davao sent $50 with a very encouraging note. Workers from Oscar in UK also sent $50 and a couple working in Brazil sent $25. Another mobilizer from the great state of Texas sent $100. We give praise to God for this partnership and help!

  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP? — The gifts above, added to last edition’s total of $8,967.90, brings our 2007 total to $9817.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150 and still quite shy of the $15,096 that came in in 2006. We would *so* love it if we could see some major catch-uppage happen here in the final week. Would you be willing to help make that happen at your church, group, family, or in your own bank account? If God has enabled you to make even a small gift, would you be willing to give it on behalf of someone who, for now, can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Donate“.

    As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    3 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    7 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 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: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS — As I write this ‘back page’, it’s Christmas evening. (Yes, I know the edition is dated earlier than that; we’re *trying* to catch up by the end of the year. Pray for us! :-) ) I’m listening to Napster Christmas music in my earbuds, my wife and two sons are fast asleep and I’m redeeming these tranquil moments to reflect on the essence of family. Fresh in my mind is Steve Farrar’s book, “Point Man: How a Man Can Lead his Family.” (See

    http://www.stevefarrar.com/

    for more info on Dr. Farrar.) It always seems to me that families try a little harder to “get together” at Christmas. I saw both my brothers. We spent Christmas Eve with my wife’s family. And today I drove up to see my mom, who now lives alone in the family farmhouse where I was raised. On the one hand, my wife and I are enjoying having our college-aged son home for the holidays, while at the same time, our thoughts fast-forward to summer time, when our other son ships out to begin training as a soldier. We leave day after tomorrow for a week-long family vacation.

    Perhaps, as you read these words, you’re serving overseas. But I bet you’ve Skyped (or wish you had) with a relative too, sometime during these past couple of days. So you can at least identify. We make a special effort to focus on the family this time of year. And I’m wondering — what if we could somehow manage to keep that focus throughout the entire year. Maybe we can’t take a family vacation every month… but we could probably at least do the Skype call, you know? I *try* to motor up to see my mom at least once a month, but there are certainly times that I miss. Someone recently admitted to me that we really don’t know for sure that Jesus was born on — or even around — December 25th. So although Christmas holiday is a great excuse, it really isn’t rooted to December. So as we turn the corner toward the New Year, why not join me in a resolution to “focus on the family” all the more in ’08. If you’re single, call a parent, sibling, or family friend. If we’re lucky enough to still have parents or others alive in your life, let’s seize the moment. Let’s make *every* month like Christmas in ’08. Let’s rebuild broken relationships and strengthen others. Let’s save up and budget for the gifts we wish we’d been courageous enough to give this Christmas. And let’s love like it’s going outa’ style. Let’s make 2008 the year we show family (and the world) a model that Jesus would have loved. After all, he made sure his mother was squared away, even as he hung on the cross. So moms, wives, and kids of the world, get ready — ’cause here we come! :-)

    (Want to comment on this ‘back page’ editorial? Just log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=53

    and click “comments” in the summary line. Thanks!)

20070701 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE DIGITAL TALKING BIBLE AND TESOL PROGRAMS
  2. NEED A BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR MINISTRY?
  3. GET FREE LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES
  4. NEW BOOK HELPS REACH THE TERMINALLY ILL
  5. CATCH ALL THE UPDATES AT MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
  6. CLOSE-UP ON THE HERERO PEOPLE
  7. BIBLE READING SYSTEM IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
  8. CALLED OVERSEAS? CALLED TO WORK IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SETTING?
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ENCOURAGE
  10. PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY RE: CRISES
  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GUEST HOUSE OPTIONS IN EUROPE — Missionaries in Islamic North Africa are seeking information about guest houses in Europe where their colleagues can do visa renewal trips and get a little rest at the same time. If you have a line on a missionary or other kind of guest house, please click the “comment” button below the item at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=25


  2. THE DIGITAL TALKING BIBLE AND TESOL PROGRAMS — Talking Bibles International believes that its new, solid-state digital Talking Bible is a tool of choice to be incorporated in TESOL programs. The new, digital Talking Bible’s easy to use, instant search and find features open up this exciting new possibility. Talking Bibles International is encouraging TESOL folks to experiment with incorporating the combined use of the digital Talking Bible and an inexpensive paperback New Testament in their English language learning programs. The thesis is that at the appropriate learning level, if a student listens to a Talking Bible speaking the English language narration of the New Testament (NIV) while, at the same time, reading along and reading aloud from the printed copy of the New Testament that student will become fluent in English more rapidly than otherwise. Talking Bibles International says it will dramatically reduce the price of its digital Talking Bible for a TESOL pilot project in which some participate and some do not to prove whether its thesis is demonstrable or not. If someone planning a TESOL project would like to consider this possibility, you are invited to contact: info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org or call 1-800- 318-7262. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. NEED A BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR MINISTRY? — Here’s a new on-field, on- the-job training option for missionaries seeking to upgrade their capacity for learning and ministry. The Breakthrough! research manual helps you choose a crucial concern in your ministry and dig into it in a structured way, talking to people in your everyday ministry situation. Practical insights and worksheets help keep you on track. Integrated prayer points keep the process God-centered. Breakthrough! is particularly helpful for those with a difficult or recurring ministry problem, a new challenge, or responsibility for project planning. By taking the ten Breakthrough! steps you’ll be better at listening to God and discovering new insights, greatly increasing your chances of seeing His breakthrough in your ministry. The cost of Breakthrough! is $21.95. Learn more about and order your copy of Breakthrough! today at

    http://www.gmi.org/breakthrough

    or call 1-800-569-6312.


  4. GET FREE LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES — Check out…

    http://www.fsi-language-courses.net/

    This site has free-complete audio & text (pdf) materials for Arabic, Turkish and many other languages (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, etc). According to Manny, the material was developed by the US government (tax dollars) for diplomats and are in the public domain. He says other organizations (Barron’s Audio-Forum, etc) update them, use CDs, and charge $200-$700 for the same material. Manny adds that sometimes, they have no updates but just give you a nice package. (Thanks Manny!)


  5. NEW BOOK HELPS REACH THE TERMINALLY ILL — Author Melody Rossi saw God work in the hearts of three close family members who died within a span of 28 months. When she had nearly given up hope that they might believe, she was amazed to find their hearts softened to the gospel message. If your unsaved friend or family member is facing death, May I Walk You Home? can help you share Christ in loving, natural ways. For more information, visit

    http://www.bethanyhouse.com/mayIwalkyouhome

    For orders, email orders(at)bakerpublishinggroup(dot)com or call 1-866-241-6733 / 616-676-9185. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. CATCH ALL THE UPDATES AT MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Been to

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

    lately? Justin has been busy as a bee.


  7. CLOSE-UP ON THE HERERO PEOPLE — “Christian Radio?” The HERERO People of Namibia: What does it mean to have an evangelical presence? While visiting through Hereroland recently, we asked our guide/interpreter if the people we were meeting had any evangelical presence. He said that they have a radio station which sometimes broadcasts Christian programmes. Later that day, while eating our lunch, we heard a radio programme on the station to which he had referred earlier. As he interpreted for us, the announcer was offering petitions to the ancestors and asking for blessings from the ancestors. Our hearts were broken as we realized the desperate need among the Herero people who are receiving a very mixed and biased message. They are a religious people, but they do not have a relationship with the Lord. But the saddest thought, was that most have not even heard the true life-giving Gospel. Pray for the Herero people and that the Lord will draw workers to this area. Ask others to pray for the Herero. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please contact

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. BIBLE READING SYSTEM IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES — The one-year online Bible reading plan is now completed in English, French, Spanish, German as well as Russian that lets you compare the chapters you are reading with other languages, including Hebrew and Greek.

    You will have your own — * My Daily Prayer Guide * Scripture Memory Program * My Journal – use daily or occasionally * The Love of God – blank sample for one’s own writings * Sermons – 20 sample sermons in English and Russian * Biblical Learning Center – 10 semesters of distance education …plus links to — * God’s Plan For My Life * Read the Bible in One Year * all 5 Gigabytes of materials on the Agape-Biblia website

    You can download this “combo” system free for Windows, Mac or Linux at

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

    For questions, please write to agape.biblia(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 .]


  9. CALLED OVERSEAS? CALLED TO WORK IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SETTING? — Logos International School in Phnom Penh Cambodia is a growing ministry to locals and international students. They are currently looking for a great administrator, a librarian, a K-12 music teacher, and a middle school/high school science/math teacher. Drop an email to principal Dan at heindanny(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ENCOURAGE — We are so grateful for those who take initiative to encourage us with a financial gift to help with our expenses and spur us on toward the future. We are supported missionaries, serving with Team Expansion, based in Louisville, KY. We appreciate the funding for our ministry, which also includes, for Brigada, expenses in webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. This past week, we rec’d a $25 from a booster in Arkansas. (Thanks!)

  11. PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY RE: CRISES — Here’s a request from a missions researcher, hoping to learn more about crises experienced by those in ministry. He and his colleagues hope to use the information to help organizations and churches better prepare their ministers & missionaries. 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. You have until Nov. 1st to do so.


  12. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Want to help? Just click to:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    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.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER — I’m convinced. This morning, my home church did a special “missions fair” and, as a part of the program, we asked the church to embrace the “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus”. The church let me have the main Sunday morning sermon slot to make the proposal. By the end of the morning, in a church of 700, we saw 445 booklets ordered for the Sept. – Oct. 12 thrust.

    It gives me pause, frankly.

    If our church is representative of countless other congregations across the land, then there is tremendous untapped potential . . . church members waiting in the wings, willing to lift up just such a cause to the Father of Lights. Sigh. I know I stand on the shoulders of giants, many that have gone before me, asking others to pray. But I can’t help but think . . . surely we can do more to urge prayer for unreached peoples (more than we’re doing right now).

    Ours is only one duck in a very big pond, but here were some of the characteristics of our approach:

    *** We sought permission from our church leadership in advance — Because I’m an elder in the congregation, I guess you could say we found an insider to make the proposal. But the truth is, the elders were extremely supportive of any project like this that involved prayer for the lost. We really didn’t need me… We just needed *someone* passionate for this project. After gaining permission…

    *** We found an affordable, workable plan — Purchased in bulk, the guidebooks for “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” are about $2. Similar books are available for kids. See the entire selection at:

    http://www.30daysprayer.com/muslim/default.htm

    And find other promotional graphic samples at

    http://www.30-days.net/shop/download.htm

    It’s an easy-in, easy-out way to get people involved. One page per day, 30 days … *anyone* can do that. We told our members that a $2 donation was “appreciated but not required.” 445 said yes.

    *** We built “30 Days” into a comprehensive strategy — We made it purposeful. Our Missions Committee explained that after “30 Days”, we would come back with another 30 day prayer emphasis on a specific land, yet to be confirmed. After *that*, we’d come back with one more prayer emphasis during a trip to visit that land, to search out opportunities. Then we’d return to make a proposal to the Missions Committee, who would then make a proposal to the elders of our church. The people in the pew apparently embraced the idea. It just might be the most popular church mobilization project in our congregation’s history… even more so than “40 Days of Purpose.”

    *** We established a strong foundation for the program — The church allowed me the entire Sunday morning sermon time to make the proposal. I was able to speak from the perspective of scriptural imperative, current need, and potentials for response. In short, it gave us enough time to build a case. And the case seems to have been successful.

    Which again leads me to my conclusion — It just feels as if we could and should be doing a whole lot more grass roots prayer mobilization on a church-by-church basis than what we’re doing now.

    [Would you like to comment on this Back-page editorial? Have an opinion? Want to share a story from your own congregation’s experience? Just click to:

    Thanks for pitching in!

20070603 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LET PROJECT MEDSEND EMPOWER YOUR MEDICAL DEGREE
  2. THE GLORY STORY
  3. GUESS WHO STOPPED BY THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEARNING LANGUAGE
  4. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT!
  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  6. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  8. MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS ONLINE
  9. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH IN BISHKEK SEEKS PASTOR
  10. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THEIR ENCOURAGING GIFTS
  11. EMPOWER YOUR GIVING WITH A VOICE TO THE NATIONS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE THERE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LET PROJECT MEDSEND EMPOWER YOUR MEDICAL DEGREE — Project MedSend serves career medical missionaries by enabling them to get to their fields of service by removing the greatest barrier that causes delay: educational loans. See

    http://www.medsend.org

    for information and links to over 70 mission boards with a MedSend connection.


  2. THE GLORY STORY — When Glory to God (International) launched their online gallery of pictures, 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://theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    or email Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com


  3. GUESS WHO STOPPED BY THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEARNING LANGUAGE — Remember the worker in North Africa who wrote to ask what phrases one should learn first? Several have stopped by to give lots of good input. And this past week, guess who commented on the LAMP/LEARN approach? :-) The co-author of the book itself! Betty Sue Brewster, always the linguist with her now-deceased spokesperson-husband, Tom Brewster, weighed in with a humble but helpful comment. See it and lots more at the Brigada Brigade discussion:

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


  4. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT! — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal. Kingdom Come Training can equip you. They do it with live, interactive video conferencing. They will send you a laptop with professional videoconferencing software. You will join other missionaries in a multipoint session. All you need is a high speed internet connection. No travel costs! Your fee can be covered through a sponsorship project. The goal is to build confidence in communication and relational ministry skills that apply not only to raising support, but to all aspects of ministry. Learn more at

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or email 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 .]


  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are September 10-October 5 and again October 15-November 9, 2007. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  6. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — In 1954 a pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes. Little did he know that this would give birth to the _Step Up To Life_(tm) evangelistic booklet. Since that time the tract has been translated into 17 different languages and is used worldwide by many different denominations, organizations and everyday “Joe Christians.” More information, teaching materials, free downloads (several thematic English versions and multiple languages), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com

    Alternatively, e-mail sutlmail(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12-week course from September 17 to December 7, 2007. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Get details and application forms on the website at

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  8. MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS ONLINE — Imagine completing your college degree on the mission field in Asia, while your professors are in Mississippi. That’s now possible, thanks to Belhaven College’s (Jackson, Miss., USA) Virtual Online Education Program. Belhaven’s program is unique among higher education distance learning courses because students also participate in a once-a-week, live, online, two hour webcam class with professors and other students. The Belhaven Virtual Online Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Management and an Associate of Arts. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 classes. For more information, go to

    http://www.belhaven.edu

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


  9. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH IN BISHKEK SEEKS PASTOR — Looking for an opportunity to serve? The International Church in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan serving the expatriate English-speaking community in the capital city seeks a pastor starting Summer, 2008. Previous pastoral experience is required, and previous experience in an international environment is desired. Every Sunday at least 6 countries are represented with theological backgrounds across a wide spectrum. The congregation runs the gamut from baby-Christians to Christian workers. Also included are diplomats, businessmen, tourists and athletes (it’s a rough crowd…). Russian or Kyrgyz language helpful, not required. Contact Robert

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


  10. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THEIR ENCOURAGING GIFTS — We have to thank our Dial-Abroad long distance users, whose long-distance phone conversations enabled Dial-Abroad to send us $213.16 as sponsorship for the last 4 months phone use. Thanks guys! If you have to purchase a long distance service from somebody anyway, why not use Dial-Abroad and recycle free money to Brigada! Just click to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Another anonymous user just sent $180 as encouragement toward the work. Whoa. Thanks! Would you like to empower Brigada to keep on sharing resources and helps for missions, missionaries and those who send? 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. EMPOWER YOUR GIVING WITH A VOICE TO THE NATIONS — Your gift, whether $25, $250, or $2500, helps Brigada happen. All we need for 2007 is: We already have $3385.25. So only $13,764.75 to go, then we’ll stop mentioning money for the entire remainder of the year. Buy out this item with your sponsorship or donation. Local churches can make special one- time gifts. 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: ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE THERE — In the mission organization I lead, most of our workers are USA-sent, but we do have a growing batch of awesome peers that have been sent out from other cultures in other nations. Recently, one of those internationally-sent workers — one sent from Zimbabwe — told us about the day someone asked her grandmother, “What was the greatest thing that ever happened in your life?” Her grandmother apparently responded without hesitation, “Simple. That would be the day someone brought Jesus to my people, the Batonga.”

    We live in a day and age when many have attempted, sometimes successfully, to make missionaries look like the bad guys. It seems that negative propaganda is everywhere, spewing out in newspapers, in blogs, and especially on the silver screen. But in the midst of it all, always remember why you’re there: Despite all our cultural norms about inclusivity, diversity, and “they’ll be happier if we just leave them alone,” Jesus’ words still echo into 2007, “Make disciples of all nations.” Maybe it’s not culturally popular. Maybe it doesn’t sound very vogue. Maybe it’s not very easy. But the marching orders still stand. Somehow in this great global adventure that we call life, God, who authored it all, has decided that the highest priority is that He should get glory. We don’t have to understand it. We only need to honor it. And that same God has concluded that He will gain even more glory when members of every people, every race, every color… can all surround His throne and show Him honor. Our 20th-century minds don’t have to understand it. Because He’s creator, we just need to respect it. Ultimately, it appears that people are a lot happier following Him anyway. So always remember — it’s not always about being socially acceptable. It’s about always being eternally unflappable. We’re in this, because He *said* to be in it. And at the end of the day (the very *long* day that we call creation), that’s really all that will matter — His Word.

20070520 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COLLECTION OF “BACKPAGE” ‘COOL TOOLS FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS’
  2. HOW DO YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CONSTITUENCY (CRM SOFTWARE?)
  3. SENIOR PASTORS STRATEGIC MISSIONS BRIEFING
  4. HAVE YOU HEARD OF FORM TD F 90-22.1?
  5. NEW SUPPORT-RAISING BLOG
  6. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL
  7. ‘EASY’ CHINESE BIBLE PORTIONS
  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING TEXTBOOK: MASTERPLAN
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO PITCH IN…
  10. WOULD YOU JOIN THEM?
  11. THE BACK PAGE: WILL YOU REST WHEN YOU NEED IT?
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COLLECTION OF “BACKPAGE” ‘COOL TOOLS FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS’ — Now you can view them all together, as opposed to scattered out in “Back Page” editorials. Just click this link, then look at the “Comments.” Feel free to add other “Cool Tools” for travel & missions. Go ballistic. :-)

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=15

    Just click on “Comments.”


  2. HOW DO YOU STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CONSTITUENCY (CRM SOFTWARE?) — Our organization (Team Expansion) is going through a grieving process. To stay in touch with all our friends, donors, insiders, staff, etc., we’ve used a product called Goldmine since 1998. Unfortunately, Goldmine’s owners are letting our particular version go idle (because it uses now-out-of-date dBase 4 architecture). It feels like I’m attending a bit of a funeral. Limitations brought on by today’s larger attachments, coupled with an inherent 2-gig file-size limit, are forcing us to consider other options. What are other organizations using to keep in touch? Is there a missions agency that has found the perfect solution for staying in touch with the organization’s members, donors, recruits, and friends? Maybe the new product will be web-based? …but if that’s the case, how will we use it when we’re traveling “off-line”? :-( [Goldmine allowed us to travel “undocked”.] If you know of a solution, please log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=16

    Just click on “Comments” and give us your best recommendation. Maybe there’s an organization that has custom-coded something… Maybe they’d share it, as one beggar telling another where to find bread?


  3. SENIOR PASTORS STRATEGIC MISSIONS BRIEFING — Been wondering how your church can quickly and effectively engage an unreached people group with the Gospel? Any USA Senior Pastor can join

    http://www.StoryRunners.com

    to co-host a one-day (9am to 3 pm) briefing for four to six of his Senior Pastor friends. The briefing will detail a strategic breakthrough for a church based evangelism project to an unreached people group.

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


  4. HAVE YOU HEARD OF FORM TD F 90-22.1? — Apparently, if you are from the USA and have signature authority on a foreign bank account, you’ll need to complete this form — if the account(s) total $10,000 or more. (If you’re a poor missionary, this is one time you could rejoice. Celebrate that here’s one form you don’t need to complete.) It seems like an attempt to track money flow by terrorists and others. Get it by doing a web search; it’s from the US Dept. of the Treasury. Note that you don’t file it with your tax return. (Thanks to Shari for tipping us on this one!)

  5. NEW SUPPORT-RAISING BLOG — Now you have the opportunity to learn more than ever how to raise support as Bill Dillon, President of People Raising shares practical advice from over 35 years of fund raising experience in his brand new People Raising Blog. Whether raising individual support or raising funds for your organization you will find practical fund raising scenarios, tips, and issues. Additional fund raising information is available on his website through the tip of the month, email newsletter and a 6-hour training program available in DVD,CD, and MP3. Get it all at

    http://www.PeopleRaising.com

    or email Bill(at)PeopleRaising(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. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for our 16 week fall course (Aug. 27- Dec. 14). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Write RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com or log on at

    http://www.russianlanguage.org


  7. ‘EASY’ CHINESE BIBLE PORTIONS — This wonderful new ministry is led by a Chinese insider who is a pastor and a doctor. Find it at

    http://www.easyBibles.com

    or email his liaison at mlloyd3000(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 .]


  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING TEXTBOOK: MASTERPLAN — By Dr. Brian Woodford, (Eastwest College of Intercultural Studies in New Zealand), this text uses over 100 New Testament images to describe the nature and function of the church in terms of 24 universal principles. Although written primarily as a resource for cross-cultural church planters, the biblical teaching is also useful for bringing believers in any culture to spiritual maturity. See

    http://rmuller.com

    to purchase or download.


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO PITCH IN… — Like the folks at YouCanEmailUs.com, a project to provide email to those in nursing homes at no cost to them, provide young people with a life-changing job, and the business community with highly-targeted geriatric advertising.

    http://www.youcanemailus.com

    They sent $10 this past week. Thank you!!!


  10. WOULD YOU JOIN THEM? — Want to help make Brigada happen? Of course, we trust you’ll still tithe to your local church, but if you’re in between churches, or if you’d like to go beyond your tithe, 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 BACK PAGE: WILL YOU REST WHEN YOU NEED IT? — I just finished a marathon two weeks. I picked up between 3 – 6 extra hours of coaching each day at the 2nd annual “Skyrocket Soccer Academy” here in Louisville, KY. We bring in guest coaches from spots like England, opening up opportunities for beginners and advanced players alike to hone their skills. With dozens of players participating, it added a significant load to my schedule. Even though I consider it “vacation weeks” from my normal role as president of our missions agency, the work doesn’t really stop. So it’s like working two jobs in one. By the end of the two weeks, I knew I was probably very tired… even though my body isn’t all that great at informing me of it. So I’ve taken the last two days to rest up and recover.

    Are you able to rest? … or do you push yourself until you feel stressed out, only then realizing how strung-out you really are. Jesus said he would give life “more abundant”, but I don’t think that was supposed to mean a “busier life.” In fact, He Himself rested on the 7th day of creation (Gen 2:2). In addition, He promised *rest* to the weary (Mt. 11:28).

    So maybe you need to schedule a day off this week? … just to catch up? Better schedule it now; the pace won’t slow down later in the week. You might have to be ruthless. :-)

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