Latin America

Member Care for Workers in Latin America

lifeimpactLife Impact’s mission is to strengthen missionaries to impact their nations.  They now have an Oasis facility in Costa Rica to use for Member Care services of Latin American Missionaries and Christian workers.  They need an experienced, mature couple bilingual in Spanish and English to host and minister in this facility.  Contact Dave at

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http://www.LifeImpactMinistries.NET

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20070902 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. A NEXT STEP AFTER SUMMER MISSIONS
  2. NEW WEBSITE WITNESSING TO MUSLINS
  3. CHALLENGES IN LATIN AMERICA EXPOSED
  4. SUDAN CONSULTATION
  5. NEW LEGAL TRENDS EDITION POSTED
  6. LEAVE A MEMORIAL FOR A LOVED ONE VIA YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA

  1. A NEXT STEP AFTER SUMMER MISSIONS — “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. Most mentors have already been selected but space remains for prospective missionaries. Apply online at

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


  2. NEW WEBSITE WITNESSING TO MUSLINS — Take a look at the latest resource in witnessing to Muslins.

    http://www.ruhallah.org/

    (Thanks Stacy!)


  3. CHALLENGES IN LATIN AMERICA EXPOSED — Political instability, leftist governments, environmental problems, poverty, corruption and open borders that allow drugs, terrorists and millions of immigrants into the United States are challenges from Latin America. Events south of our border are affecting us daily and changing our society, yet, to our peril, we ignore this region at our doorstep. And, Latin America, as well as Latin immigrants to the U.S., is a fertile field for missionary work. Veteran missionary, Kenneth D. MacHarg has written a new book, From Rio to the Rio Grande: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America focusing on Latin America, its people, issues and opportunities. And, he helps us to understand the unique characteristics Latin American immigrants bring that are changing our culture. This book is excellent for missionaries, missionary candidates and missionary staff working in Latin America and for Christians working with Latino immigrants in North America. It can be ordered from:

    http://www.atlasbooks.com/marktplc/01969.htm

    or by calling 1(800)247-6553.


  4. SUDAN CONSULTATION — E3 Partners Ministry is hosting a Sudan Consultation in mid-October. The goals of the consultation are mutual learning, cross pollination, potential partnerships, and improved stewardship. If you are working in Sudan and would like more information about the Consultation, please contact either Mike at 214.440.1141 or email Steve at steve(dot)grote(at)e3partners(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. NEW LEGAL TRENDS EDITION POSTED — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online at

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

    In this issue, learn about the major redesign of IRS Form 990. Learn about how, next year, many nonprofits that don’t file a 990 will need to start filing an “e-Postcard,” and in 2010, organizations that have neglected to file their annual returns or e-Postcards will start losing their exemptions. Find out about the tax implications of going overseas on short-term missions.


  6. LEAVE A MEMORIAL FOR A LOVED ONE VIA YOUR GIFT TO BRIGADA — You’re your memory message to a global Brigada audience. Just click on the “Donate” page:

    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.

20070610 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OPENING FOR A SENIOR DIRECTOR
  2. PALTALK MIGHT WORK FOR YOU?
  3. WHY ARE BRIGADAS SOMETIMES RELEASED IN JULY WITH JUNE DATES?
  4. BIBLE SOFTWARE: SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS
  5. US POSTAL SERVICE RADICALLY CHANGES “M-BAG” RATE
  6. COULD YOU HELP GROW THE BRIGADA FAMILY?
  7. LEARN TO TALK WITH MUSLIMS ABOUT JESUS: PILLARS AND PROPHETS
  8. “SERVING GOD AS ALONE”
  9. MISSIONARY JOURNALIST WEB SITE
  10. THANKS FOR THE READER WHO GAVE $10
  11. THE BACKPAGE: LITTLE DECISIONS, BIG RESULTS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OPENING FOR A SENIOR DIRECTOR — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development is seeking qualified candidates for a Senior Director. The Chalmers Center,

    http://www.chalmers.org

    a research and training initiative of Covenant College, equips churches and missionaries to declare the Kingdom of God in word and in deed by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation in the context of poor communities around the globe. The Senior Director reports to the Executive Director and is the primary person responsible for managing the Chalmers Center’s human and financial resources in order to maximize the Chalmers Center’s impact. … For a complete job description including the job requirements, visit:

    http://scots.covenant.edu/employment/all/jobs/expanded.asp?ID=215

    Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Send a resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to: Director of Human Resources, Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750; 706-820-1560; Email address:

    employment(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. The application deadline is August 15, 2007.


  2. PALTALK MIGHT WORK FOR YOU? — This past week, I heard about a new service along the lines of Skype, but apparently it allows multiple video-conferencing (chat-room or conference-room style) with greater ease than Skype. (A cursory review indicated that it does not install spyware on one’s system, but still, one can’t be too careful these days, so watch carefully.) Try it out at:

    http://www.paltalk.com

    If you form an opinion of this product, please leave your notes in a comment form at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=18

    so that all can immediately see your opinion before they walk down the same road.


  3. WHY ARE BRIGADAS SOMETIMES RELEASED IN JULY WITH JUNE DATES? — Honestly? :-) Because we get behind. :-) Lately, high school soccer season has started up — so I coach 3 hours per night, 5 nights/week now, after a full work day at Team Expansion. But never fear. We always eventually catch up. Just please keep praying. :-)

  4. BIBLE SOFTWARE: SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS –- When you hear the words “Bible Software” what comes to mind? Complicated searches and advanced Hebrew word studies? Or simplified research techniques that make Bible study easy for anyone? Logos Bible Software was created to help everyday people dig deeper into the Word of God. And these aren’t just books on your computer screen. Logos gives reports and search results that will make in-depth Bible study easy. Logos is now offering 25% off to subscribers of Brigada Today. As an added benefit, part of the proceeds from your purchase will go directly to Brigada.

    http://www.logos.com/brigada

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

    This is a great opportunity to support Brigada and receive a great tool for Bible study. (Thanks for your plans to help Brigada, Logos!)


  5. US POSTAL SERVICE RADICALLY CHANGES “M-BAG” RATE — This is sad news for those that have relied on this discounted service. We heard from one worker in Botswana and another in Italy, both informing us that shipping books is now *radically* more expensive — like 2 1/2 *times* as much! If you have an alternative solution… one that can offer a cost-savings for those still seeking discounted shipping rates like the old “M-bag” rate, please click here and leave a comment at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=19

    Those interested in finding solutions need only log on at the Brigada Brigade site above to see ideas from other readers in the 10,000-strong Brigada base.


  6. COULD YOU HELP GROW THE BRIGADA FAMILY? — If you could help put readers in touch with Brigada’s free services, just send this note to them in your regularly newsletter, report, or other publication. “For some time now, I’ve subscribed to a more-or-less weekly email called, ‘Brigada Today.’ It’s free and I find it often contains nuggets of information about missions resources, travel, conferences, and more, that I then forward to others. They’ve been in business for over 10 years and they’ve never signed anyone else up without permission, nor do they sell or release subscribers’ email addresses to anyone — so no spamming whatsoever. For a free subscription to Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom and/or visit Brigada on the web at www.brigada.org.” We’d appreciate you helping us get the word out so we don’t have to buy ads in slick magazines. :-)

  7. LEARN TO TALK WITH MUSLIMS ABOUT JESUS: PILLARS AND PROPHETS — Here’s a book by Carl Medearis that will help you learn to talk freely about your relationship with Jesus to a person of the Muslim faith. Written in a humorous and provocative style, Pillars and Prophets is an engaging quick read that leaves an indelible impression. The book is time well spent, from an author who has lived amongst the Muslims for over a decade, that calls him not only brother and friend, but also a true followers of Jesus. Carl builds relationships, based on the heart of the Jesus, not on religion or rules. To get prices, email your shipping address and how many books you would want to purchase to: Info(at)internationalinitiatives(dot)net

  8. “SERVING GOD AS ALONE” — The International Centre for Excellence in Leadership (ICEL), a leadership development ministry of the IMB, has published a new self-study course for singles entitled Serving God Alone: Singles Serving Cross-culturally for the Glory of God. Serving God Alone is the result of many months of research, drawing heavily on interviews with single cross-cultural workers. The course is designed to help singles and those who work with them understand at a deeper level the unique perspective, strengths, and needs that single missionaries bring to the mission task. To order, email imb(at)imb(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] In the USA, call 1-800-999-3113, option 3. Check the ICEL web site for more details:

    http://www.icelonline.com/Available_Courses.html


  9. MISSIONARY JOURNALIST WEB SITE —- Ken, who writes about mission activities around the world but particularly from Latin America, has developed a web site with almost all of his writing from the past ten years or so. He’s posted there hundreds of articles from Latin America and other regions, plus other articles grouped by subject such as Children at Risk, International Congregations/Union Churches, media and radio, ministry, missions and opinion. Check it out at

    http://www.missionaryjournalist.org

    and then check back from time to time to see the latest updates.


  10. THANKS FOR THE READER WHO GAVE $10 — We appreciate the anonymous donor from Oklahoma who sent $67. That was an incredible encouragement. Thanks, too, to the anonymous Brigada participant from Oregon who just set up a $10/month regular gift for our expenses here… and to encourage us on into tomorrow. We put the money toward webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. So when we receive $10 from a fellow from Oregon, it can accomplish a lot at Brigada. To set up a regular monthly gift for Brigada, simply go to

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

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Just click on the icon that says, “PayPal subscribe”. In the next (resulting) page, type in a unit price — for example, $10.00. Then click on the button “Update totals”. If you already have a PayPal account and would rather use it, type in your PayPal account’s email address and password in the box on the lower right. If you’d rather use your credit card, click on “Continue” on the lower left of the page. If you click “Continue”, you’ll get a page asking for the typical credit card information. Thank you so much for spurring us on.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: LITTLE DECISIONS, BIG RESULTS — Have you ever heard that story about the French guy who kept planting trees? It’s pretty fascinating. All the online illustration versions seem to point back to the original story by Jean Giono. See it still being offered by the original publisher here:

    http://www.chelseagreen.com/2005/items/manwhoplantedcloth

    for $14, or get it at Amazon for $6 here:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1570625387/teamexpansiononl

    Read a summary at

    http://home.infomaniak.ch/~arboretum/man_tree.htm

    As they say at Amazon, it is not a detailed how-to guide to planting; it is a touching story of Elzéard Bouffier, who devoted his entire life to reforesting a desolate portion of Provence, in southern France. He single-handedly planted 100 acorns each day before, through, and after two world wars, and transformed a sorrowful place into one full of life and joy. Jean Giono’s words offer a tribute to how much good one person can accomplish in a lifetime and advise on how to live life with deep meaning. It is simply written but powerful and unforgettable.

    Granted, I’m a tree-hugger. But one doesn’t have to be a lover of trees to appreciate the patient determination exhibited by a shepherd with a bag of acorns… and some time on his hands. A lot of time, in fact. *Years*, as a matter of fact. Some estimate that by the time he died in 1947, he had single-handedly planted tens of thousands of trees.

    Is it a true story? Many present it as such. Wikipedia says no at:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Planted_Trees

    But regardless, the spirit of the story is the same — a motivated person, with a selfless spirit, determination, creativity, and long-term goals can take on a big problem and make a huge difference.

    How ’bout your own life. What are you tackling today? Maybe reforesting an entire valley seems overwhelming. Why not start with rebuilding the relationship with your son or daughter, renewing the friendship with your spouse, or healing a conflict in your local church. Start a mission project. Adopt an unreached people. Dream big. Find a guy with a bucket of acorns for inspiration and jump in to help him. You just might create a legacy that outlives your own life.

    Interested in giving feedback on this item? Just click on the Comment block at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=20

20060903 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360
  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT
  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET
  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES
  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN”
  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY?
  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360 — That’s right. Caleb Project is no more. ACMC a thing of the past. Save your books and conference brochures. They’re now collectors’ items. :-) Sell ’em on some eBay missions chat room somewhere. Make millions. Tithe to initiative360. That’s the new result. Greg + Brent equals “Take it Global”. That’s their website, in fact:

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    As a partnership of members, Initiative360 will walk alongside churches on their missional journey with life-changing products, services, curriculum, and real-time experiences. Sounds like a perfect marriage of two top-notch organizations. We look forward to hearing more.


  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT — Here’s a DVD that tells the story from Genesis to Revelation in animation. The whole Bible story in 10 minute chapters, is told in just under two hours. Two Covenants, two DVD’s, one story, The Glory Story. These guys sent me samples of this product and, honestly, it’s a cool idea that you could use with children *and* adults. Pull the snippets for upcoming messages on practically any topic in the Word. Interested? Watch the film trailers at The Glory Story website:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    They’ve also shared still pictures & text CD’s as well. With these, you tell the story personally. View all of the pictures at The Glory Story website.


  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET — I’m kind of surprised by all the free services that are once again cropping up on the Internet. One of the columnists I read regularly was recently observing them: Mapquest, Google search, Google news, YouTube, Flickr, Putfile, Gmail, Skype, GTalk, jot, photobucket, … and the list goes on and on and on… How all these services sell enough ads to stay in business, I’ll never know. Maybe they don’t… in which case they end up getting bought out … or they start charging us someday, once we’re hooked. Either way, in the meantime, those of us who like a good deal should be able to find it out there online somewhere. Just be careful not to tie up a lot of your media without a backup. Someday we might try to access our stuff, only to find it’s vanished like a puff of smoke.

  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — [Thanks to the anonymous worker in an anonymous sensitive country who wrote, …] If you serve in a sensitive country, chances are you try to keep information about your work off the internet. So how would you know if some well-meaning church or organization is posting your newsletter on their website. Of course, you search the internet, right? WRONG! Every time you request info via a search engine you are again reminding that search engine that it needs to keep a history of whatever key words you are searching for. Even if you contact the offending website and get the original page deleted, the page lives on in the history of the search engine. You are in a catch 22 position. The more you do the searches, the more you are hurting yourself. Stop searching so that the history of these search engines will eventually “forget” you. Make sense? Don’t search!

  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN” — Amanda, a 24-year-old Christian woman lives in Grunau, Namibia. She is a single, unemployed Nama. Although she is a member of a Lutheran church, the church does not reach to unsaved people. Amanda wanted to start a Bible study in her home, but the church did not encourage it, and she had no materials. While two Christian workers visited her, they shared and discussed the principles of Pioneer Evangelism and left tracts and Bible portions from the book of John for her to use. They prayed for her mother, who had been a church leader. In the final stages of AIDS, the older woman is no longer welcome at the church. Please pray for Amanda to be strong in her faith. Pray that she will continue to have courage to reach out to the unsaved and ostracized. Pray that the members of this church will come to know the true meaning of grace, peace and mercy that comes with having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for continued teaching so these forgotten people will come to know the truth of God’s Word. Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED — Responding to the serious, growing economic challenge for persecuted Christians, 16 leaders from 11 international organizations met recently in Atlanta to form the Persecuted Church Economic Development Network (PCEDN) to explore how the global church can assist fellow believers. In addition to discussing the status of the persecuted church, the group also agreed on broad definitions relating to micro-finance, sustainable small and large enterprise development, tentmaking and macro-economic conditions. Moreover, leaders identified critical roadblocks to economically helping the emerging, persecuted church. PCEDN Working Groups will address the need for sustainable economic develop models and standards for training and consulting with the emerging church. Plans are also underway for a PCEDN enewsletter and website. The next global meeting of the PCEDN will be held spring 2007 in Bangkok. For more information contact David,

    cdmustine(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 .]

    The working consultation was developed and facilitated by visionSynergy

    http://www.visionsynergy.net


  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY? — He tells us he saw the Lord, he heard angels calling to one another, he realized that he himself was ‘unclean’ in the presence of a holy God. So what happened next? To find out, go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “Choose a Bible book” and select Isaiah Unit 9 “The Problem of Guilt” by Raymond Brown is translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS — COMIX35 is calling on all Christian cartoonists and comics artists from Central and South America to gather at this year’s combined Letra Viva Consulta and LITT- WORLD 2006 conference near Sao Paulo, Brazil from November 12 to 17. In addition to the opportunity for fellowship and discussion with other Christian comics producers, and to hear practical and inspirational talks by the LITT-WORLD speakers, attending artists will also meet many Christian writers, editors, and publishers.

    For information in Spanish on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06_spanish.htm

    Information in Portuguese on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06/lw06_bro_port.pdf

    To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st begins 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. To be added to the list of those who are taking part, or to receive the prayer guide, 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. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006 — If you were considering helping Brigada during 2006 but haven’t yet, now would be a *reeeeeeeally* good time. Only 3 months remain. Want to help underwrite this weekly newsletter for thousands of overseas readers who don’t have access to checking accounts or credit cards? If you subscribe to another magazine, consider donating the cost of a subscription . . . or give double, so you can pay someone else’s share too. 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.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME” — With 3 school shootings in 5 days, the USA is reeling as it seeks to come to grips with violence played out against its most vulnerable citizens — it’s young people. Our mission happens to be engaged in purchasing some gazebos for use as prayer shelters . . . and we’re buying the kits from a company in Pennsylvania with several Amish employees. Yesterday morning, I picked up the phone and called to let them know that, “If someone hurts one of your children, it’s like they hurt one of mine.” The owner of the company took time to talk to me for 20′, I bet. He had gone to school as a child just a mile from the site of the most recent shooting, a one-room schoolhouse in rural PA. He transferred my call to a sales rep who was having a hard time . . . and before the day was done, they asked my permission to have one of their delivery guys call me. He was on the road in Maine… unable to process and debrief the shootings with his colleagues back in PA. In the middle of our phone call, he broke down and cried at the prospect that a random guy in Louisville would express identification with him and his neighbors of a different faith.

    All of the above led me to conclude that we probably need to be more intentional about *empathy*. I mean… think about Jesus’ life: much of it was built around the concept of empathy. He walked our dusty paths, ate our food, was tempted with the same transgressions — yet remained sinless. Gave his life… rose again… so that in turn, we could empathize with Him in his struggle and victory.

    So maybe it’s a key principle of the Christian faith . . .and one that we should/could employ on a daily basis. With whom can you empathize today? How can you express it? Simple words and prayers might be enough. They seemed to work for a bunch of builders in Pennsylvania. But you could also choose greeting cards, flowers, visits, cookies, emails, phone calls, … the list is endless. Let’s practice empathy and walk dusty roads with someone who needs a friend — today.

20050717 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. NOW GET GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HOME & OVERSEAS STAFF AS 1
2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
3. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
4. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS?
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT
12. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP)
13. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT?
14. CLOSING STUFF

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2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held at Palmer Lake, Colorado near Colorado Springs October 9-14, 2005. Contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(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. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology http://www.globalmissiology.org is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. In this July issue under the theme Word and Deed, there is a new section “technology & culture” to cover the inter-phase & integration of technology with Christian life and mission outreach. Also, enjoy the new Chinese version in both “full script” and “simplified script” formats for GM readers. Just simply “click” the appropriate language choice to switch back & forth. In accordance to the missiological principle of indigenization, everything in the Chinese version is originally developed by Chinese missiologists; not translation from English. Lord willing, future plan includes GM in other languages such as French, Spanish, and Portuguese to network missiologists internationally to be inclusive and truly global. Send all inquiries to editor(at)globalmissiology(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. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS -– This one-day seminar will be offered on Saturday, October 1 at Taylor Seminary, in Edmonton, Alberta through joint sponsorship of Taylor Seminary and Vanguard College. Early Bird registration (before Sept. 15) is only CAD$35.00 and includes lunch. To register call Renetta at 780-431-5246 or email Renetta(dot)geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a practical skill through which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in an effective way. In only 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand instruments. The needs are great. No injections or expensive equipment involved. Monthly courses in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or write 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 .]
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY — Thanks to Brian for finding this interesting perspective on the future of airline ticketing, or the lack thereof: http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/000574.html Bottom line of this article: etickets and their fallout appear likely to unsettle the traditional world of connecting from one airline to another. Yikes. The jungle just got a little bit more complicated.
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS? — Do you have teams or individuals doing short-term mission trips in the States this summer? If so make sure they have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “Trip Protector” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $24 for trips up to 30 days! This plan will also cover baggage and personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged!

For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.InsuranceForTrips.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(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 call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS — The Second Latin Missionary Consultation will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 19 to 23, 2005. The First Consultation was in Stavanger, Norway, on 2004, with a very good result. This will be a good opportunity for Latin missionaries serving overseas to share their ideas and fellowship with other missionaries. For more information visit the consultation website at http://www.missionarios.com
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL — Did you know that Chinese culture/characters contain evidence that the ancient Chinese descended from Noah and knew the Genesis history? Want to learn more and even share this with a Chinese friend? The Intercessors for China 2006 prayer calendar shares some of this evidence and its evangelistic potential in twelve beautifully illustrated monthly profiles and has 365 carefully researched prayer items for China’s cities and minorities. Why should you care about this in July? If you buy before August 1, you can take advantage of their “Two More for China” offer. You’ll get two copies of the 2006 calendar, “Chinese Characters Reveal the Gospel,” plus two copies of the current 2005 calendar, “Chinese Christian Women,” all for less than $15, including shipping. One for you and one to share: that’s two more praying for China! Callers in the US/Canada can dial toll-free 1-888-462-5481. Others can call 1-717-687- 8564. Email: order(at)prayforchina(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Calendars can be ordered after August 10 at the regular prices as posted at http://www.prayforchina.com
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE — The weekend of the 8-11 July 2005 was very exciting for all those who took part in the very first International Dance Weekend at All Nations Christian College in Ware, Herts. Organised in partnership with the Christian Dance Fellowship of Great Britain, participants and teachers came from all over the country and beyond, including Germany. Three main dance areas were studied from the Indian form of classical dance Bharatha Natyam to Oriental Egyptian dance and Bollywood. … For more information or details of opportunities to study the Arts and Culture, contact Jill Ford on arts(at)allnations(dot)ac(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.allnations.ac.uk
11. NG TO GHANA WEST AFRICA? — The North American Women’s Association, committed for over 35 years to helping women & children in Ghana, has compiled an extensive, resourceful insider’s database for Ghana at http://www.noworriesghana.com Laurie Korum, missionary nurse to Ghana for more than ten years, doesn’t promise to have all the answers but is willing to help field questions for those considering coming to Ghana. Her contact is Ghana_Laurie(at)hotmail(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. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT — This past week, we appreciated a gift from Andy at Dial-Abroad for $105, representing the long-distance calling benefits some Brigada readers generated through using Dial-Abroad long distance. If you’re talking on the phone anyway, and you’re thinking about switching anyway, try Andy’s services by clicking here. Thanks Andy!

Would you like to help make Brigada happen next week and beyond? Your sponsorship or gift helps offset the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click here (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
13. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP) — I know, I know. You’re getting tired of hearing about Doug’s dissertation survey. But the truth is, we really do need some more takers… and this survey only takes 5 minutes. It’s anonymous — in that your input won’t be shared with anyone (especially not with your supervisor). :-) Likewise, the responses of your supervisor are kept secret too. Through these surveys, we’re learning lots about the relationship between followers and their bosses, and the perceptions of each about the other. We’ll publish the broad strokes here — and if all goes well, Doug will finish a Ph.D. out of the whole thing. We’ve had about 250 people participate, and about half that many bosses have completed their matching portion (which, unfortunately, is a necessary part of the project). Would you please consider passing this request to your mission or church staff? If you’re a member of a local church, would you ask your minister(s) to participate? (It’s free of course!) Anyone who has ever completed a Masters Degree or Ph.D. can identify. We just need a bunch of viewpoints… hundreds of them. (To be precise, we need at least 500 pairs of responses — followers and their bosses. :-( Still a ways.) If you’ve ever considered yourself to be Doug’s friend – – or not — now is the time to rally the troops. Just send your staff members to: http://www.brigada.org/followership The simple instructions are all there. I’m really not kidding… maybe this will only take 5′. Please give it a shot. (Any employee of any non-profit or church anywhere in the galaxy can participate.) Thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)
14. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT? — The final installment of our thinking about change in missions is centered on the agency. (For those who have been napping :-), we’ve asked “what does the church want” out of missions today, and what does the missionary want.) Again, it appears to me we’re living through a period of profound change. For example, today’s generation of students are asking completely different questions about their world and how to reach it. Neal Pirolo, author of “Serving as Senders”, wrote us this past week with this observation: “As aging mission agencies are being forced to relate with a younger generation in the Church, they must come to realize that there is a major, basic different point of view. The younger generations more and more want a greater and greater involvement in the decisions relating to the tasks to which they commit. Past generations ‘signed the check’ and said, ‘God bless you. Go do it.’ Today’s (and tomorrow’s) generations want to be a part of the strategizing, planning and execution of the task. (And they are more interested in task-related proposals than ‘career’ commitments.)” This can have a *major* effect on mission agency models, as you can imagine.

But other changes are happening across the board. Again, we see effects brought about by shifts in technology, missiology, cultural values, and even the shrinking nature of a planet perhaps more in tune with itself and its inhabitants.

Our Training Director at Team Expansion, Glen Gibson, handed me an article earlier this week that helped crystallize some of these changes and their impact on missions. In it, the director of CBInt’l, Hans Finzel, lamented that missions agencies ” are not changing fast enough or deep enough to meet the needs of today’s world.” He concludes, “What worked … in the 1980s and even 1990s does not apply today.” He’s observing changes like…
*** Leadership election to leadership selection
*** US-based launching to globalization
*** Country boundaries to people groups [OK Hans… maybe we started this shift back in 1974. :-) ]
*** From territorial divisions to functional teams of ministry
*** From rigid field structures to simplicity and mobility
*** From lifetime mission careers to the revolving door of short-term service
*** From command and control administration to decentralization and regionalization
*** From using the sending churches to serving our partner churches
*** From fee-based administration to funding for value added
*** From recruiting on the campus to mobilizing from the church
*** From classic, narrow ministry focus to 360-degree deployment. [See Hans’s article in the July 2005 EMQ, p. 330.]

Whoa, if that’s not a bunch of major shifts, then I’m not sitting here at 3:18am compiling Brigada Today. Yikes… it’s enough to scare the wits out of the control freaks among us.

What do *you* think today’s mission agency is seeking out of the mission agency – church – missionary continuum? What are the motivations for agencies to move forward? Why do they keep trying to do what they’ve always done? What are the “itches” that they scratch? Why do we need them? What causes their eyes to glisten and their little hearts to warm with gladness? How do we avoid offending them (and do we care? :-) )? How will they best relate to individuals as missionaries and church leaders of today and tomorrow?

Those are the haunting questions that cry out for answers. (Is that melodramatic or *what*? :-) ) Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback will be assumed anonymous, though you’re welcome to leave your name and contact information if you desire. Look for information about these responses in next week’s Brigada Today. And until then, please be careful out there — it’s a jungle you know. Doug

20040516 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!!
  2. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST
  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE?
  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE
  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH
  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING
  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB
  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS
  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION
  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE?
  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS
  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR SPONSORS!!! — Thanks to those who partnered with us this past week to undergird the Brigada-sponsored secretary. An anonymous WEC worker sent $100, Judith G Russell Ministries sent $15, and an anonymous worker in Thailand sent $100. God bless these tremendous saints in service! If you’d like to PayPal a sponsorship of any amount, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! 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 by anonymous. Thanks!

  2. CHALMERS CENTER TRAINING IN AUGUST — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or email based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces). (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for its partnership in undergirding our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. NEED A GREAT PHONE SERVICE? — Try one of our Brigada-sponsoring services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html and Dan, from Liberty U., recommends: http://www.goldprepaid.com

  4. TRACK A FLIGHT, FIND A PLANE — Want to track a flight or find a plane in the sky just for fun? Check out this site and learn all kinds of things: http://www.flytecomm.com

  5. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA: MULTI-DISCIPLINED OUTREACH — “megacities”, a YWAM Perth ministry, targets larger cities to see people saved, churches grow, new churches established and city wide transformation begin. megacities has an opening for medical workers, construction, intercessors, children’s teams, youth, community development workers, support / logistics staff, media missionaries, literacy workers, art evangelists, performing artists, teams of all sorts to join with YWAM Perth teams in Durban in a year long outreach. Teams are needed from July 2004 – March 2005 with an urgent need from July – September 2004. For more information, updates & prayer points on the outreach go to http://www.ywamperth.org.au/megacities or email megacities at ywamperth.org.au (replace “at” with @ and remove spaces)

  6. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION TRAINING -– So let’s imagine that God has given you a desire to take the Gospel to the least reached people groups in the world. What’s an appropriate next step? Well one idea is to get some training in mobilizing. Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) presents an option for that called “Multiplying Missions through the Local Church” June 21-25 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA (USA). Join dozens of pastors, missionaries, church leaders and students to learn about AIMS training materials and how to network with believers from the United States and other countries to fulfill the Great Commission. All participants will have the opportunity to be certified as an associate and use AIMS materials to mobilize churches in the United States and on the mission field. Registration is $159 before June 1st and $199 after June 1st. Special pricing is available for returning associates and for groups over three. For more information, call the AIMS home office at (757) 226- 5850 or email us at aims at aims-usa.org (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or log on at http://www.aims.org.

  7. EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB — Emailweb.us has been providing access to the web via email for about 18 months. This is not a text only service, but delivers formatted web pages by email. Emailweb will soon start charging a small fee to cover the cost of additional computers and internet connections, as needed. To make the service affordable to those overseas, the price is based upon the relative GDP of each country. For example: US $18/yr, Hong Kong $12.35/yr, Costa Rica $4.75/yr, Ukraine $2.12/yr, India $1.27/year, and Zambia is free. The service will continue to be free for missionaries. If you’d like to give the service a try, send email to info at emailweb.us (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces) or see http://emailweb.us

  8. CONSULTANT FOR CHURCH MISSIONS — Here’s a consultant known as “Dr. Dan” who makes himself available as a catalyst for missional international church ministry. Recently he participated in a conference in Asia for missional international church leaders. He has posted on his web page a report on the conference. He has also posted an account of an international church in a closed country that is having an impact on the indigenous people. Read both at http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004/

  9. LATIN MISSIONARY CONSULTATION – Here’s a consultation that will focus on the missionary work being developed by Latin missionaries in Europe. The event is to be held at Stavanger, Norway, on November 8 to 12, 2004. Latin missionaries from different denominations and mission agencies in Europe are expected to attend the event. The purpose of the consultation is to discuss about Latin missionary works in Europe, ministry among international communities, ministry among Muslin communities in Europe, etc. The speakers include Asaph Borba and Thomas Blackaby. For more information contact Pastor Alex Branco at: consultamissionaria at alexbranco.com (replace “at” with “@” and remove spaces) or go to: http://www.alexbranco.com/consulta_missionaria.html

  10. DO WE NEED A COURIER-BASED REMAILING SERVICE? — Is there sufficient interest in the Brigada family to establish a courier based remailing service? Your first class mail, magazine, weekly papers even books could be mailed in 1 – 5 pound units weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. If our aggregate quantity is large enough, it would be at 6 – 7 dollars a pound with a 5 – 8 day arrival depending on where in the world you may be. This service would be actual cost of the courier service plus a modest handling fee. Here’s a Brigada participant that wants the service, but must have a volume of friends who also want it, to get those great negotiated low rates. He’s researching the viability of such a service and would love to have your input. Drop him a note at rodpa1 at earthlink.net (replace the “at” with “@” and remove the spaces).

  11. FREE WINDOWS ANTIVIRUS SOLUTIONS — We’re receiving varied feedback from last week’s recommendation of “F-Prot”. Apparently, DOS-based scanners don’t cover quite everything. Joel, a Brigada participant, reminded us that we need an antivirus that not only scans when you ask it to, but stays in memory and scans every file that is “accessed” on your computer. “Ideally, you probably want an antivirus program that can scan your email as well, since the current crop of viruses are all email based. There was an article in PC World magazine reviewing four free Windows antivirus scanners. http://www.pcworld.com/howto/article/0,aid,113462,00.asp Each of these provides on-demand and on-access scanning, and two of them provide email scanning as well. For free! Of course, there’s also web-based scanners available from all the major antivirus companies: Panda, McAfee, PC-cillin, and Symantec … But like F-Prot, they can’t stay running on your computer, so they’re really only useful as a “second opinion” when you’re just sure you have a virus, but your scans come up clean. To look at a list of possible free backup programs, go to: www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1259,sortidx,2,00.asp ” Another Brigada participant, Mark, also recommended looking at either AVG Anti-virus (http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php) or Avast Anti-virus (http://www.avast.com/i_idt_226.html).

  12. BACKING UP: GREAT SOLUTION — Finally picked up a Maxtor “One touch” external hard drive yesterday. You see, I heard back from the data retrieval company (at least the first one). They said my drive is hopeless. So I figured I’d better get started backing up the new one. It worked pretty flawlessly and now I have a complete image of my new drive. You can pick them up at any computer store. Great solution.

20031214 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS!
  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL
  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS
  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO
  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE
  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS
  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY
  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP
  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM
  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE
  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD
  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS
  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES
  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS! — Thanks so much to the family serving in Asia who sent $200 this past month, yet insisted on remaining anonymous. Obviously, the Lord knows who you are. As for the remainder of the hopeful salary for our Brigada Secretary ($15,600), we are just 10 days and $2980 short of finishing the entire year-long budget for our new Brigada Secretary. Bottom line: If you could possibly make a final push in your church, missions committee, mobilization group, or family budget, it would sure be great. If it’s a check, you could send it to: Team Expansion/Brigada, 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. If it’s to be made via credit card, jump on our Sponsors page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html to give via some kind of card. By the way, that anonymous sponsor in Asia wrote, ” I’ve been a member of the Brigada list since the first few months you existed if memory serves me right. … Somewhere in a stack of several hundred floppies I probably have a text archive of the first few messages. Brigada has been a tremendous blessing to me and I have referred hundreds of fellow workers to it as an excellent source of info. I wish I could calculate all the savings and value I have received from the resources you’ve helped us locate over the past years.” Whoa. Thanks for the encouragement, brother! May God bless you mightily in your work and family!

  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL — If you have to travel internationally in January anyway, please try Kingdom Travel (otherwise known as CV Travel). They’ve pledged to contribute $20 *per ticket* for those who, during January, book travel at already-great-low-rates. Learn more at: http://www.kingdomcompany.com (Thanks, too, Donald, for the $100 donation to help us through 2003!)

  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS — Dawson Media has released a short, easy-to-read book offering Christians a crash course on how to relate to Muslim friends, neighbors, and coworkers. “A Muslim’s Heart” was written by Dr. Ed Hoskins, a physician who has spent more than 25 years relating to Muslims in the U.S. and Middle East. Hoskins focuses on the similarities of the two faiths rather than the differences, and offers specific instruction on how to use the Qur’an and Muslim traditions as a bridge to talk about Christ. “A Muslim’s Heart” is ideal for anyone considering short-term missions to a Muslim country or for U.S. churches wanting to reach out to Muslims in their communities. To reach Dawson Media, a ministry of The Navigators, call toll-free (888) 547-9635 in the U.S. or (719) 594-2100 elsewhere, or fax them at (719) 594-2553. Visit their web site at http://www.dawsonmedia.com (international orders must be placed by phone or fax).

  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO — The Yali Story is an award- winning documentary released by Vision Video, great for small groups, college class and Mission Festivals. It’s about a stone-age tribe in Papua that has been transformed by the Gospel … from cannibals to people who walk in faith, hope and love. It will excite people about missions. The tape includes a roundtable discussion, “Lessons from The Yali Story” which will ignite discussion regarding church planting and contextualization. You can link to http://www.worldteam.org and click on “The Yali Story.”

  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE — Thanks to Brigada participant “Ed” for his tip about the free discipleship materials at… http://www.discipleship.info

  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Have you answered the call to reach the unreached? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University will hold an Unreached Peoples Consultation entitled “Transformations” March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Register by March 1st and pay only $149. After March 1st, the registration fee will be $169. For more information or to request a brochure, call AIMS at (757) 226-5850 or e- mail aimsataims-usadotorg or log on at… http://www.aims.org

  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS — Remember that March 22nd item entitled, ” NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO?” I didn’t think so. Neither did I. :-) But Mark did. He’s the guy that asked for the input about “Firm Foundations.” Turns out he found that FEBC New Zealand have already turned Firm Foundations into 104 radio scripts and produced them in Asian English (in the Philippines). He has since secured permission from NTM to use their material and work with Janice Reid who wrote the original radio scripts. It now appears that he’ll help launch a Firm Foundations Radio project in Africa, working in Johannesburg with World Mission Communications in Africa and Radio Training Services in Asia (Cambodia) – where Janice is now working. In the process he may also be introducing training for Interactive Radio Instruction, to help develop use of radio in Africa for education and discipleship. Pretty cool. If you’re interested in learning more, write him mdtayloratmwebdotcodotza . And when you talk to him, thank him for keeping his word about updating us after he conducted the research! :-)

  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY — Thanks to all those who responded about Fuller Theological Seminary’s project with Muslim leaders. Thanks to your info., we were able to do everthing from read the actual press releases all the way to dialogue directly with the public relations person at Fuller. Turns out that, as is the case with many rumors, the “legend” had become larger than life. True: Fuller is launching a study on the impact of recent events, along with that nature of the conflict between Islam and Christianity. And … true: for the purposes of the study, the parcticipants (all very high level in each respective faith) have covenanted together not to seek out conversion during the project. However, it is important to understand that the position being taken by Fuller is a very specific one, aimed at all situations relating to the *project*. As for the rest of Fuller’s teachings in the School of Church Growth, they remain intact… and those profs. continue to teach those disciplines. It’s only this specific dialogue that is affected. Again, thanks for the input! For more information, see the article at: http://www.fuller.edu/alumni_ae/E-News/2003-12/conflict_resolution.asp

  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD — Vision Euro- Africa (VEA) is a missionary agency with a heart for mobilizing the Latin American Church for missions amongst Muslims. VEA’s general director, Omar Selther (pseudonym), was one of the first full-time missionaries to be sent from Mexico 13 years ago. Since then he and his family have been focused on reaching North Africans for Christ. Three years ago he took over the directorship of VEA, which is committed to getting mature, well-trained Latino workers in the Muslim world. For those interested in learning more, please visit their website http://www.visioneuroafrica.com or email veaatvisioneuroafricadotcom

  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How should your organization respond? How can you use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer-to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26-May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP — A medical missionary in Papua New Guinea has started an email group for missionary doctors who have difficult cases that they want to consult with other doctors about. He’s hoping that a wide spectrum of physicians will join. This may include both active and retired missionaries, and non-missionary physicians in a variety of specialties who are sympathetic to the cause of missions, and who are willing to offer consultation and advice. To join, send a blank email to MedMissCons-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom . You will get an email enquiry from the moderator asking for a brief introduction, but all interested physicians will be placed in the group. For more information, you can contact Andy andybennettatreachonedotcom .

  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM — You may be interested in checking out a new reality series on TBN starring Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, teaching and demonstrating personal evangelism techniques and how to answer the 100 most common objections unbelievers have to the Christian faith. The series is already airing on Saturdays at 12:30 pm. Starting Jan. 5th they will begin showing it a second time on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. I haven’t seen it, nor has Andrew himself. But based on past similar programs, it should be good. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Andrew!)

    The project already has a cool and tech-laden web site at http://www.wayofthemaster.com


  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE — Check out the new article entitled, The Chinese Christian Crusade at: http://www.backtojerusalem.com/

  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD — Commit Ministries & Integrated Pest Management Tech, Inc. have joined forces through their “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” program. IPMT has developed about two dozen cutting edge pest control products for improving health, and is now seeking men and women as independent representatives worldwide. A laptop computer connected to the World Wide Web and a reasonably priced sales kit are required for the perfect opportunity to own your own business. Contact Art Simpson artatworldpestcontroldotcom or check out http://www.worldpestcontrol.com which is just beginning.

  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS — Wesley International School is a school for MK’s and other expats located near several major unreached people groups in East Java, Indonesia. Several mission organizations have teams in the area. For the 2004/05 school year, WIS is seeking an elementary teacher, a high school biology teacher and an ESL teacher. If you or someone you know is interested, contact WIS via email principalatwesleyinterschooldotorg or see their website at … http://www.wesleyinterschool.org

  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES — Over 7000 pages of FREE commentary on all 66 books of the Bible are available from http://www.soniclight.com . They represent 20 years of work by Dr. Tom Constable of Dallas Seminary and are intended to help anyone better understand God’s Word. Another entry for “best-kept secrets of the Internet” is http://www.e-sword.net .

  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING — Be better equipped to learn the language and culture in which you serve. This virtual tutor, a set of three instructional DVD’s, will guide language learners of all expertise levels. Complete with interactive resources, “Effective Language Learning: A Story of Hope” was designed for the international worker with limited access to effective language learning resources. Follow the dramatized story of a young couple as they learn the language and culture overseas so that they may personally engage the community around them. Your Price: $60.00 Order. Request the order from IMB, SBC — http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prod/ProdID/1086.htm

  18. FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL — Did you ever wonder, “I wonder who might have invented the ‘smileyface’ :-) that is so popular now on instant messaging and emails?” Check it out at: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/sefSmiley.htm and the original message: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/Orig-Smiley.htm and http://research.microsoft.com/~mbj/smiley/smiley.html See the “real” press coverage at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/sci_tech/newsid_2257000/2257532.stm
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