Legal

2) Know any good Christian Lawyers?

Save all the jokes. Our attorney friends have heard them all. Anyway, what we’re looking for in this case are practices and/or attorneys who specialize in international law. Please don’t post individual email addresses or phone numbers. (These attorneys are already busy enough without having to handle a new load of spam.) Rather, please list, simply, websites of practices, along with last names of any particular attorneys that have become specialists (if there are any). This item was spawned by workers in Asia that are trying to set up a business as part of a USA-based business. They didn’t know how taxes work between the 2 countries. They pondered, “Surely we do not pay taxes on both sides. Do you know anyone that could and would be interested in helping us make good decisions and to understand the international laws that we have to play by?” Thanks in advance for any referrals you can make. Once again, please remember not to post individual email addresses.

20070527 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.chalmers.org

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


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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.chalmers.org

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.nonprofitchurchlaw.org

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

    Just make sure you’ve tapped in tonight.

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

20070401 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW DVDS FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIMS
  2. CITYWIDE MISSION NETWORKING
  3. FREE TENTMAKING QUARTERLY JOURNAL
  4. CHECK OUT NONPROFIT/CHURCH LAW
  5. WHAT IN BAGHDAD IS WORTH DYING FOR?
  6. LOOKING FOR OLD RECORDED MESSAGES
  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  8. THE SWORD (RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT [R&D] TRAINING)
  9. THESE PARTNERS HAVE ENCOURAGED BRIGADA
  10. WILL YOUR CHURCH/GROUP/STATE/COUNTRY JOIN THE BUCKET BRIGADE?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  • NEW DVDS FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO MUSLIMS — There are 2 new DVDs out there that should be of interest to people working with Muslim audiences: “More Than Dreams” and “Escape From Darkness”. “Dreams…”

    http://www.morethandreams.org

    highlights the true stories of five different MBBs (Muslim Background Believers) from different parts of the Muslim world who came to become followers of Christ after having dreams of Jesus. The quality is top- notch and is produced in the original language (with English subtitles) of those telling their stories (in docudrama re-enactment). “Escape…”

    http://www.EscapeFromDarkness.org

    is the amazing testimony of Daniel Shayesteh, a former radical Muslim who was heavily involved in the Iranian fundamentalist revolution and was once committed to exterminating Jews, Christians, and other “infidels.” (Thanks Tim!!!)


  • CITYWIDE MISSION NETWORKING — Manned by three former Initiative360 staff, GO Connect is identifying mission activity and networking within America’s largest metro cities (over 240). To find your state and city go to:

    http://www.goconnect.org/content/view/1140/180/

    If God is stirring your heart to pray for mission networking & mobilization to either begin or move forward in your city, or you are sensing His leading to help birth a citywide network, email Go Connect at: networking(at)goconnect(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • FREE TENTMAKING QUARTERLY JOURNAL — Did you know that Global Opportunities publishes a free tentmaking journal called GO World? Eight pages of informative, challenging and thought provoking articles on the essence of tentmaking. To keep costs down, it is available only as a pdf via email or by downloading the current issue from their website. To subscribe simply visit their website

    http://www.globalopps.org/goworld/index.htm


  • CHECK OUT NONPROFIT/CHURCH LAW — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Just go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue. In this issue, catch info on small and medium nonprofit organizations, guidelines on per diem expense reimbursements, and more.


  • WHAT IN BAGHDAD IS WORTH DYING FOR? — When Mahmood, an educated young Sunni Muslim shopkeeper in Baghdad, reads a secret New Testament, amazing dreams and a curiosity about Jesus follow. But threats from his frightened wife and angry father build as relatives are beaten by religious fanatics. Mahmood must choose between pursuing his own peace or honoring his family and cultural traditions. His choice may surprise you! The new book, “Baghdad Believer”, shares the exciting adventure of one Iraqi’s struggle with new choices between truth and culture, self and family, risk and security. This first-person story paints a picture of the daily life of a Sunni Muslim living in Baghdad. The internal worlds of Muslims – the worlds of honor & shame, anger & fear – are the keys to understanding why Iraq is such a violent place, and always has been. But, this story gives hope that reconciliation and peace with God and with family can and does happen. This is the hope that readers will experience – that few Iraqis are always violent and that most Iraqis seek a better life where there is peace and trust. For additional information, see:

    http://www.JNealson.com


  • LOOKING FOR OLD RECORDED MESSAGES — Tom is looking for old recorded messages from missionaries and missions leaders in any format, especially on audiotape. Because the cassette is dying out as an audio recording medium, many of these recordings are in storage, probably to be disposed of one day and never heard again. (This would also apply to reel-to-reel recordings as well). If you or your mission organization has old audio recordings that need a new home, e-mail him at worldlysaint(at)myway(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  • MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Catch it June 20-24. Elijah Company is dedicated to the mentorship of workers for global harvest. Each year three training times are offered at Living Waters Farm in Virginia. Highlights include personal relationships, culture, spiritual strongholds, disciplines, partner team building, developing a prayer base, and evangelism. The instructors share the realities from personal life experience. The camps lay the groundwork for ongoing mentorship. See their web site for an outline of content, manifesto, testimonials and applications.

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    or call (757) 226-3507 or email elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • THE SWORD (RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT [R&D] TRAINING) — Take the SWORD (Strategic Seminar-Workshops in Relief & Development). The lecture phase begins April 4, 2008 and the field assignment begins June 30, 2008. The whole period of 12-week lecture is available, as well as weekly modules. The Field Assignment, which is optional, is spearheaded by the Beijing Olympic Outreach. Pre-requisites: God’s heart in you for R&D to reach the nations for Christ. DISCOUNTS: Tuition for the 12-week lecture phase would be US$3,500. (which covers the Beijing Olympic Outreach). Anyone who would register on or before May 15th 2007 with 50% of the tuition paid will have a 10% discount; full tuition paid on or before April 30th 2007 will have 15% discount on their tuition. Contact for registration:

    streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • THESE PARTNERS HAVE ENCOURAGED BRIGADA — Thanks to these volunteers who, with their encouraging gifts, have added fuel to our fire: A former ACMC member sent $50 this past week. Thanks!!! Our prayers are with your new role. A resident from Arizona sent *another* $50 just yesterday. We are *sooo* thankful!!! This helps us along on our financial need for 2007 of $17,150 for secretarial help as well as building partnerships to further the Brigada vision of mission organizations and churches working hand-in-hand worldwide. So far in 2007, we have $1276.86.

  • WILL YOUR CHURCH/GROUP/STATE/COUNTRY JOIN THE BUCKET BRIGADE? — So, based on the item immediately above, we only have $15,873.14 to go! The really amazing thing is — there are some people on this planet that could just write that out in one check. The gift is totally tax- deductible in the USA when the check is made out to Team Expansion, our “mother ship.” However, until someone like that steps forward, we have to do it bucket-brigade style. Will you pass the bucket from your church, mission, state, or country? When you send your gift via PayPal or check, we’ll gladly mention your state, country, organization, or church and you’ll be “passing the bucket” in the brigade. 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.

  • THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS — In previous issues, we’ve listed these tools:

    #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep E., Party W., Gear up to sleep, Herd your kids)

    #2: Get your own mosquito tent (for malaria-infested areas)

    #3: Insist on AC adaptors that don’t require converters/transformers

    #4: Rent or buy a “worldphone”, satphone, and/or sat modem

    #5: Pack by checklist, pack light

    #6: Use roller bags

    #7: Bring a filtered water bottle

    #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down

    #9: Use a money belt

    #10: Try a photographer’s vest

    Today, we suggest you add to that list… #11: Stay healthy, but don’t become O.C. — I always tell my kids, “If you want Ferrari performance, you better power up your engine with high octane fuel.” How do you power up your own personal engine? You decide, but I’ll tell you what works for me. No matter where I am in the world, I make sure I have breakfast food with me. I never miss. Maybe it’s a granola bar from home and a banana from the local market. Or maybe it’s a bowl of some kind of bran cereal with “a box of milk.” Either way, I think it’s the most important meal of the day. If I miss breakfast, however, I roll with the flow and just pick up when I can. No worries. In general, when traveling, I like to avoid any food that hasn’t been peeled, washed in a safe way, and/or cooked. That means most leafy salads are off-limits for me. They just trap too many impurities in the crevices of all those leaves. In fact, I stay away from any foods with crevices. I also avoid sauces and dressings that might have picked up impurities from setting out too long. I carry a very small bottle of hand sanitizer with me to “wash up” before handling any foods with my hands or before I touch my eyes. I make sure I know how much sleep I need — then I get it as best I can. Know yourself and your limitations, then stick to them. You’ll do no good for anyone else in the world if you get amoebic dysentery. At the same time, I try not to become obsessive-compulsive (O.C.) about the whole thing. After all, we are in God’s service, we are in the work of making disciples of all nations, so he’s promised he’ll be *with* us. What safer place on earth can one imagine? :-)

    #12: Find a camera/kit you can truly *carry*, then *use* it — I was hauled into the back of a swat truck once in Uruguay because, unbeknownst to me, policemen were making a drug bust in the market I was photographing. I think they concluded I was working for some magazine or something because the camera I was using had one of those long telephoto lenses on the front. It was too high profile. My suggestion is – carry a camera that’s comfortable and practical for you, but beware of equipment that raises your profile unnecessarily. Right now, I’m using a Canon PowerShot G7. It’s one of those unique cameras that has essentially all the settings of a single-lense reflex, without the look of one; in fact, it carries reasonably well in my jacket or vest pocket, completely out of sight. But it’s probably too much camera if you’re not the type to study the owner’s manual. Again, the secret is to find something that works well. Read reviews online. When you notice that a friend or co- worker is producing great results, ask her what she uses, then see if that would work for you. And once you find something you like, stick with it — and *use* it. That means you’ll probably a little tripod to stick in your backpack or vest pocket. It’s the only way you’ll get shots with *you* in them (using the self-timer). My carry tripod is so light, I barely know it’s in one of my right vest pockets. It’s probably just 6″ long, but it’s generally all I need to capture a shot of a luncheon meeting or a time-exposure of a church building at night. I sacrifice a bit by carrying a rather powerful external flash. Those built-in on-board flashes are great if you’re only taking snapshots up to 11′ away. To capture all those new believers at 10pm, you’ll need something stronger. Get a flash attachment with a head that you can pivot upwards to “bounce” the flash off the ceiling so it illuminates the entire room. That’s the way to get a really pleasing picture at night without all the glare in your subject’s eyes.

    Catch more “cool tools” for mission and travel, next edition

20070121 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

    http://www.truecrypt.org

    (Thanks Raul!)


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

    http://www.tulsaworkshop.org/exhibits

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


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

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

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


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

    http://missionalapologetics.com

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


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

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

    http://ccmiparters.org

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

    http://tilz.tearfund.org/

    (Thanks Tony!!!!)


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

    http://www.COREmembercare.blogspot.com


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

    http://www.stemintl.org/training

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


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

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

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


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

    http://www.goodsearch.com

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

20061210 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS
  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO)
  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES
  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL?
  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK
  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL
  9. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND BY TEACHING ENGLISH
  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA
  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY!
  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS — Whoa! Several Brigada participants have stepped in to make a *huge* difference in the last week. We dared you to step up to the plate. Praise God for the Missions Prof at Johnson Bible College, Brent, who gave $40 of his own money. Learn more about them at:

    http://www.jbc.edu

    Join us in thanking Russian Language Ministries, now known as Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, who sent $100. See them at:

    http://www.russianlanguage.org

    One anonymous worker at StoryRunners gave $250!

    http://www.storyrunners.com/

    I wish so much you would visit their homepage and learn about this newest ministry of Campus Crusade to help reach Unreached People Groups of the world using oral strategies — storying. Most of those unreached groups, we’re told, are orally-based cultures.

    One donor gave $50 in honor of his Missions Pastor, Mark Struck, from Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, MN. Mark, sounds like you’re loved! Another partner, an African Inland Missionary worker, gave $200! (Amazing) Other anonymous donors gave $20, $500, and $50. And the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI, gave $500. (Makes we want to go visit there.) Another Michigan-ite gave $25 as a gift of love. Thank you all so very much.


  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO) — We had $9244.74 last week. Today we have $11,054.74! Now here’s the challenge. How many folks will step up to the plate in these final 6 days of 2006 to give even $25 in honor of their missions minister… or $50 in honor of a missions-minded senior minister that they love and appreciate. We still need $6600 – in just two weeks. :-( Here’s the way our chart as of today, compared with what we were praying for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 3 down, 2 to go 8 to give 250 — 2 down, 6 to go 10 to give 100 — 6 down, 4 to go 20 to give 50 — 9 down, 11 to go 50 to give 25 — 7 down, 42 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can 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. (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. We only have 2 editions after this one left in 2006. Lord willing, both the 22nd and the 29th will come out this week. We’ll have to average about $3300 per edition to reach our goal. Right now, that seems like the hardest thing in the world. If you could help, we’d so greatly appreciate it.


  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES — That’s what Nick says you can do at:

    http://www.farecast.com

    Check it out! (Thanks Nick!)


  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL? — John the Apostle was a man who was very close to Jesus. His understanding of our Lord’s mission was deeper and more life-changing than that of the other apostles. In his account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus he gives us unique details not found anywhere else. To find an excellent commentary on this book go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and at the top of the list then choose “John tells the Good News about Jesus.” This is in EasyEnglish Level B, using a 2800 word vocabulary.


  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. The focus this time is new laws and regulations taking effect. Included are notes on tax- free contributions of IRA’s to non-profits, increased penalties for excess compensation to insiders, recapture of tax on contributions of non-cash property, new limit on contributions of clothing and household items, new recordkeeping requirements for nonprofits, increased penalties on overstated appraisals, new filing requirement for small organizations, and new inflation adjusted items for 2007 (including the standard mileage rate). What’s more, the author now informs us that a part of each paid subscription will go to Brigada. How ’bout that! :-) Check out more at

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email infoatnpchurchlawdotcom  (infoatnpchurchlawdotcom)  

    The author asked that we make sure we type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us?” field.


  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK — Apparently the news about a worm being circulated via Skype was a bit overblown. Turns out it was only a *trojan*, meaning that Skype users do receive notice that someone is trying to upload a file (presumably an unsolicited file). Only users of Microsoft Windows XP are at risk. Read more at news.com by searching for the terms, “Skype worm”.

  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? — Jeff suggests we check out

    http://www.talent-trust.com [edited]

    It is, according to Jeff, a Christian health-insurance organization with a lot on the ball.


  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL — Thanks to those who responded regarding our item about ESL, TESOL, etc. (Item #5, “YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?),” from Nov. 17th edition of Brigada Today). I was particularly interested in Lydia’s response. She suggested dodging both — and using “EFL” (English as Foreign Language) instead. “The confusion when TESOL is used,” Lydia explained, “is if the teacher is TEACHING English to speakers of other languages or teaching HOW TO TEACH English to speakers of other languages. In my experience, TESOL is usually used for the second, as is shown when we offer TESOL seminars, where people learn how to teach English. And then ESL or EFL is used when they are then doing teaching. There is a lot of confusion though, and in my research I have seen that often they are used interchangeably, which tends to spread the confusion.” I propose that we try to adopt Lydia’s approach. To me it makes the most sense. TESOL, to me, should apply when we’re describing someone presenting a course on how to teach English, and “EFL” should apply to the practice of actually teaching the English. For what it’s worth… :-)

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

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA — “Three Years and Counting!” — God has been calling people all over the world to pray for the unengaged peoples of Namibia for more than 3 years now! Is God working among the Herero, Mbalantu, Nama/Damara and the Namibian Coloured peoples? Organizers of this prayer movement have responded with a resounding, “Yes!” However, there is still only a limited on-going evangelical presence among these four groups. So keep praying for God to give Christians in South Africa and Namibia a burden to take the Gospel message to those who haven’t heard. Pray for Godly wisdom for everyone involved in the effort. Adopt them for prayer yourself by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or

    write 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 .]


  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY! — Thanks to Brigada participant, Ron Berrus, the Member Care guy at ABWE

    http://www.abwe.org/

    for writing this meditation — just this past week — and for sending it to us for use with the Brigada family:

    The Wonder of Christmas
    rsb

    The Almighty became an infant
    The Shepherd became a lamb
    The Judge took our sentence
    The Lord became a man
    The Invisible became visible
    The Eternal stepped into history
    To make us His own again
    Amazing beyond explanation
    Too marvelous for words
    That God could become man
    That God would become man
    That God did become man
    That God became man forever
    To make us His own again
    We owed a debt we could not pay
    He paid a debt He did not owe
    We spurned His word, His law, His love
    In spite of all He came to save
    Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us
    Taking our form, our sin, our cross
    To make us His own again
    We ran... He reached
    We sinned... He died
    We left... He came
    We fell... He lifted
    We rejected... He accepted
    We condemned... He forgave
    To make us His own again
    A window of time
    A door of hope
    An offer of opportunity
    To believe the promise
    To receive the Savior
    To bow the knee
    To be made His own again

  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE — During the wrap-up of our recent planning conference at the mission I serve, I showed clips from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. Remember the scene where Jimmy Stewart’s character is about to leave to go travel the world, but elects to stay because he feels a debt to all the customers at the “Savings & Loan”? As I showed the clip, I challenged our staff to ask themselves how we could build all the more trust with our missionary family, with the donors that made the work possible, and with one another. I asked the group how we might increase others’ trust in us during 2007.

    What about your own organization or church? How ’bout putting on your thinking caps and asking some of those tough questions too. What principles… what foundational pieces do you feel your staff might be able to address during the coming year? What are the missing pieces that might help your constituency trust you more? Those fundamental truths might be more important than any task or to do item, yet we all seem to be so easily distracted by the tangible. The *intangible* stuff is so hard to embrace. In 2007, let’s do some embracing. :-) Merry Christmas 2006 – from all your Brigada family!

20061203 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA?
  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE
  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS
  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA
  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007
  7. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE
  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE
  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH
  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT
  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — This Christmas season, we here at Brigada Today are very thankful for our partners, those who are spurring us on to good works and keeping Brigada Today headed out the door. This past week, anonymous donors gave $25, $25, and $30. That $30 gift was from a worker in Russia who wrote, “We appreciate your service to the ‘Work’.” Another gave $100, and still another gave $500. That $500 gift came from the Dir. of “Commission to Every Nation,” who wrote, “You have been a source of great information over the years and we appreciate it very much. … I continue to recommend you to anyone looking for data and ideas pertaining to missions. Rich blessings to the entire team!” To learn more about Commission to Every Nation, browse to:

    http://www.cten.org

    In addition, Dial-abroad sent their Sept. and Oct. sponsorship, in view of those who “dialed abroad” during those months (thank you for talking!), a total of $93.75. If you’d like to learn more about their great deals for telecommunicating, just browse to:

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

    Via PayPal, donors gave $50, $10, $25, $100, $100, $25, $25, $100, $100 and $10. All together, those gifts add up to $1198.75!!! To all of these helpers, we say a giant hats-off thank you!


  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA? — A couple of editions ago, we dared Brigada Today participants to pray, in these last couple of weeks of 2006, that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course? We had $8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650 — so now we have $9244.74. Here’s the way it looks in the number of gifts we prayed for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 1 down, 4 to go 8 to give 250 — (Nobody has stepped up to the $250 plate yet) 10 to give 100 — 4 down, 6 to go 20 to give 50 — 3 down, 17 to go 50 to give 25 — 3 down, 46 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can 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. (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. We only have 3 editions after this one left in 2006. Yikes. We’ll have to average about $2500 per edition to reach our goal. Thanks for your prayers on this behalf!


  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE — The editor of Momentum Magazine wrote last week, a few hours after Brigada Today highlighted their new issue, ” Never let it be said people don’t read Brigada. In one day, some 600 people downloaded the State of Global Evangelization presentation! I’m impressed with the concern of Brigada readers for the unreached, and for the willingness of Brigada to consistently highlight them. I hope many more people will follow the Brigada model and be a voice for the voiceless.” Our response back to Justin, “May the Lord receive any of the praise… and may I just receive a challenge that only 600 downloaded that item.” Let’s keep ringing the bell until every last person on the planet has a valid opportunity to hear.

  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS — Barnabas International announces that 7 six-day renewal retreats for global workers will be held in Michigan beginning in May, 2007. The focus is personal spiritual assessment in a low-key format, leaving loads of time open to participants. The retreats take place on a private 1400 acre family estate. They take adults only, 16 participants per retreat. 7 homes, fully equipped, on 1.5 miles of quiet and beautiful Lake Huron beach front. To learn more and register, visit

    www.barnabas.org/elimretreats

    or email for information to hstewart5(at)juno(dot)com The best part is — if I understand correctly — the retreats are free.


  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA — As we mentioned previously, the November/December issue of Momentum is online, featuring an in-depth presentation on the State of the Gospel developed by Jason Mandryk (editor, Operation World) and Justin Long (Assoc. Ed. of World Christian Encyclopedia). Find it here:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org

    The next issue – possibly the next several issues – will be focused on the unreached peoples of Africa. (After that they plan to tackle Asia, Europe, etc. in turn).

    If your ministry is focused on Africa (or some sub-region thereof), they would love to hear about it. In particular, they are looking for significant initiatives to highlight and for article submissions. Justin wrote us this past week, “Depending upon response we may either focus on the continent as a whole, or divide it into subregions (in which case the first will probably be West Africa). We look forward to e-mails from Brigada participants.” So send your stories and ideas to: editor(at)momentum-mag(dot)org


  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007 — The North American Azerbaijani Network will host a forum on the Azerbaijani people April 18-21, 2007 in Chicago. The Azerbaijani people are 40 million strong, live predominately in Azerbaijan and Iran, are Muslim, with only 0.03% Christian. This forum will provide vital information for anyone interested in learning more about these gateway people. Opportunities will exist to (1) gain a better understanding of these people’s spiritual importance in the Middle Eastern, Turkic, Russian, and Arabic worlds, (2) hear of work efforts directly from those who have experience there, (3) interact with national and foreign workers, and (4) learn what opportunities exist to participate in sharing hope and help among these dear people. If interested, please send an email to azpartnership(at)galacticomm(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, your loved ones will love this funny book! Order by contacting Bill Harris at: <>. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE — Good news: The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Just go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue. You’ll find info on new laws, regulations, and inflation adjustments which have recently taken effect or will on January 1, 2007, including the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the standard mileage rate, and the Exempt Organizations Implementing Guidelines for 2007. (Thanks to Jack, a long-time friend, for making the simplified level available to Brigada participants!)


  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself and your loved ones to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. They’ll love this! Order by contacting Bill Harris bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH –- Now you can receive effective, low cost training to raise your support in the convenience your own home. Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100 percent. You can build the relational and communication skills that make raising your support a joy-filled ministry that blesses individuals and churches with greater vision for fulfilling their primary purpose for existence: being the expression of Christ to the nations. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, will send you a laptop and a webcam that is ready to plug and play. You will join a multipoint workshop with a small group of other missionaries. It works as if you are all together in the same room. You will need high speed internet access. The training goes for an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. KCT guarantees results. Single point training is available to groups of six to eight people at an even lower per-person cost. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211. jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT — _Mondays in the Middle East: The Lighter Side of Arabian Nights_ by David A. Cross is a newly-published book by an American Midwesterner living in the Middle East. His short glimpses of ordinary life will educate and entertain while giving you a perspective you won’t find anywhere else making it ideal for cross-cultural training. As Russ Lunak, Professor Emeritus at Northwestern College, says in the book’s foreword, “By illustration from his experiences, Cross offers the reader effective coping mechanisms using laughter more readily than lecture.” _Mondays in the Middle East_ is available at online and local bookstores. (Bookstores may order from Spring Arbor Distributors and/or Ingram Book Company). Paperback ISBN 1-60034-652-9; hardcover ISBN 1- 60034-653-7

  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER — How do goals work for you? Our team just spent a week reviewing 2006 and planning for 2007. We’ve been doing this sort of thing for years… but for some reason, this particular year it seemed to go exceptionally well. I’m not sure why, exactly. For what it’s worth, here’s the format we followed:

    *** Day 1, 9-noon: Report on how we did meeting last year’s goals. We gave 2′ to each team member (there are 35 or 40 of us in Int’l Services), plus reported some on departmental goals. Basically, we asked each team member to tell two significant goals he/she accomplished from the previous year’s Field Ministry Plan, then one significant goal that went undone. While the team member talked, we all listened *plus* we jotted a brief one- or two-line note to the person, listing one trait that regularly helped our team fulfill its objectives. (We collected and distributed those at the end, so as not to distract too much during the session.) I gave a frank yet hopeful talk, with a Powerpoint presentation, detailing some of the areas where we seemed to need some extra attention. I gave the group four “dares” (4 general principles that seemed critical to our effectiveness in 2007). I asked them to try to apply the dares in each of their respective sub-team planning sessions. We ended the meeting with lunch and we were done by 1pm.

    *** Days 2-7: Each sub-team conducted its own planning according to its own unique characteristics, setting its own schedule, meeting off-site or on-, short- or longer-term meetings, … it was totally flexible. (In each case, I had met with the respective department heads in Leadership Team meetings, to seek their input on how to structure things, but next year, we want to expand that dimension.) As the week progressed, members keyed their goals into a wiki (a web-based notebook of sorts) that everyone could see. Some of us changed our goals, once we saw the direction or pace others were taking.

    *** Day 8, 9-3pm: On this wrap-up day, we all met together again to share the results of the process. Department heads shared the big picture and, in many cases, individual team members broadened the base by explaining unique roles they hoped to play. Mid-way through the process, we ate a scrumptious lunch together. We ended the day with a full hour of prayer for our goals and for 2007. We especially asked that God would get any glory for what happens.

    *** Day 9, 5:15pm: We staged our annual Christmas dinner and party, played games, played music, sang, and just enjoyed the positive energy that had flowed out of the week.

    It seemed that, without exception, everyone gained perspective on what he or she contributed to 2006 . . . and we hope that, similarly, each team member has gained a sense of vision as to where we’re going in 2007. May God give each of us clear vision.

20061015 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET
  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY?
  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES?
  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS
  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE
  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES
  7. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE?
  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS
  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL
  10. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS
  11. THE BACKPAGE: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THE LATEST ON CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS BOOKLET — Our Taiwan team recently gathered for a strategy summit in which they reviewed Garrison’s book on church planting movements. You can still get it at:

    www.dawnministries.org/downloads/download_files/CPM%20Booklet.pdf

    (I cut off the “http://” because this link was about to wrap and I didn’t want to go to tinyurl.)

    You can also now find a book by Garrison on the same topic at:

    http://www.churchplantingmovements.com/

    (Thanks for reviewing these with me Scott!)


  2. WHY RAISE PERSONAL SUPPORT FOR MINISTRY? — According to Kingdom Come Training, “Raising support isn’t primarily about your need for monthly support. God has obligated himself to meet your need. It is primarily about the church’s need to connect with its primary purpose for existence: to be the expression of Christ to the nations. No one inspires mission vision better than the missionary raising support. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, can equip you with the attitudes, skills and confidence you need to raise your full support in eight to ten months.” He can come to your location, live and interactive, via video conferencing. KCT will send you the equipment and the software you need. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211.

    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 .]

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  3. HOW DO WE SHARE CONFERENCE CALENDAR DATES? — Phill would like to poll Brigada participants to find out if there’s a good website or other resource that publicizes conference calendars and dates for other national and int’l events in the broader evangelical world. Seems like someone would have come up with an approach. If you have a suggestion, send it to: bsunderland(at)visionsynergy(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Phill, please let us know your outcome so we can all jump on board. :-)


  4. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR MISSIONS — Here’s a tip to remember from Brigada participant, Mary: “One of the best ways to get people to pray is when they know the missionaries personally. My church has an annual missions conference week. Our missionaries come home and give reports, have small dinners in host homes and spend personal time with our church members. Each of the missionaries are part of our church and are considered our family. We keep in touch with them throughout the year and we support them both in prayer and finances.”

  5. SEARCHABLE CD CHINESE BIBLE — Check out the Digital Bible society

    http://www.digitalbiblesociety.org/

    They are a small ministry that has created a searchable CD Chinese Bible (reportedly easy to email) that they give away for free. The CD format allows it to be copied and hidden very easily. They are developing a new upgraded version 4 and it will be out soon. They are also looking for Arabic language help in doing the same project in Arabic. Their work is highly rated and very practical. (Thanks to the anonymous brother for sending this tip.)


  6. FREE MISSIONARY WEBSITES — Fast and easy, no HTML required. missionary411.com is a site designed to allow missionaries to create a free missionary website in just minutes. Users can upload pictures, updates, plans, location, prayer requests, financial needs and more. Once your free personal missionary website is set up, simply send sponsors your customized web address. This is a great way to communicate with your supporters, church, family and friends. The service is free and easy-to-use (no HTML required). For more information, go to:

    http://www.missionary411.com

    or contact Noel at noel(at)411ministries(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. HAVE YOU SEEN MISSION MAKER MAGAZINE? — I loved the article, “Two of my Kids I Like a Lot. One, Not so Much,” by Shane Bennett (of Caleb Project — which is now i360…. takeitglobal.org). It was funny, yet penetrating… and I wish it was available elsewhere on the web… but for now, I think you’ll just have to get a printed copy of the magazine, which you can request at:

    http://missionmakermagazine.org/coverage


  8. GRAD STUDENT SEEKS ANSWERS TO 501(C)3 START-UPS — As a grad student soon to complete his masters degree in ministry leadership, faithful Brigada reader Mike is required to submit a 75-page paper on the subject of how to start a fruitful and sustainable 501c3 missions ministry. He is seeking Christian leaders who have the aforementioned experience to respond to the questions below via email; the responses will serve as part of the qualitative research of the paper. So, how about it? Care to help out a colleague in missions ministry? Send responses asap to the following questions to: mike(at)internationalfaith(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    What are a couple of the most common mistakes made in starting new missions ministries? What can be done to help foster ministry sustainability over the long haul? Describe the most rewarding part of starting a ministry that you have experienced? Looking back, what would you do differently if you could start all over? How is your knowledge of and relationship with God different than before you started your first ministry? (Mike, if you get some feedback, please send us an executive summary of your outcomes.)


  9. A NEW CHRISTIAN ENGINEERING SCHOOL — Here’s a new school that’s already accepting applications for the inaugural class starting in the fall of 2007. Enrollment is limited. It’s part of California Baptist University (“A University committed to the great commission!”)

    http://www.calbaptist.edu

    Check the site for details. Large academic scholarships are available. Home schoolers and missionary kids are most welcome. Foreign students are not required to have a minimum TOEFL score because ESL training is available. Send questions to:

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


  10. WE GET SO MUCH ENCOURAGEMENT FROM DONORS/SPONSORS — Thanks to the anonymous givers who gave $20, $180, and $100 this past week. Here’s the truth: Many weekends, when it seems so hard to find time to keep Brigada going, these sponsors and donors make *soooo* much difference. Thank you! If you’d like to be a part of that encouragement, 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: TIME TO “GET TIRED”; AVOID WOTS — Today I’m getting tired. Why? To avoid “WOTS.” Truth is, my previous Bridgestones managed about 70,000 miles before the slipping and sliding started becoming just a bit too noticeable.

    The funny thing about tires… the wear kind of sneaks up on you, doesn’t it. There’s no warning light… no buzzer… and probably nobody in your house reminds you. *Maybe* the guy changing your oil says something… but that’s only if you happen to have someone who thinks outside his own box. So the truth is… you can actually let the situation become pretty dangerous without even knowing it.

    The same thing happens in mission work. We grow lax about monitoring security and the next thing you know, we’re casual. We walk the same routine at the same time everyday, creating a very soft target for a hardened criminal. But beyond security concerns (which are many), maybe we lose our edge by not staying current on the best practices in church planting, discipleship, or even language learning & cross-cultural communications.

    Who reminds us about tire wear? The same people who remind us about mission wear. In other words, unless a missions agency rep or a local church missions minister should happen to advise us, we pretty much have to kick our own tires. And if we wait ’til we start to slip, it just might be too late.

    So what can you do to avoid worn-out-tire-syndrome (WOTS) :-) ? Here are some tips:
    *** Find ways to stay current, regardless of where you live. Subscribe to some basic world news source, as well as a couple of info-sources related to your job. (Like Brigada! :-) ) Be sure to skim or read them regularly. It takes proactive and intentional *work* to do so.
    *** Set a weekly checkpoint in your life where you take time to analyze your to do list and the upcoming week. Do some pondering. Be creative and introspective. Steven Covey helped raise a broader awareness on this, and Frankin-Covey has continued in his legacy. Some like Monday morning… others point to Sunday evening… you decide what works for you. With my truck, for instance, I try to check out the tires every time I buy gas. It’s just a practical stopping point along an otherwise very hectic roadway. Find a checkpoint in your life too.
    *** Ask for coaching. Take advantage of visitors, phone calls, and communiqués of all kinds. Pick their brains. Express a posture of teachability. Check your theories by polling others, whenever you can.
    *** Seek out teammates who believe and think differently. This is counter to our own ego. We normally try to hang with those who affirm us by believing and practicing the ideas we hold dear. It takes *work* to affirm others when they disagree and to let them know that you *value* their contrary theories and beliefs. But I’m convinced when you do so, you become a stronger human being.
    *** Finally, ask God for wisdom. Maybe James 1:5 is talking mostly about wisdom in trials . . . but the principle can apply in other areas as well. Ask God to give you insight. Let’s shoot straight — God’s wisdom would obviously be the most valuable input of all.

    So… let’s walk around our vehicles and kick those tires. And let’s avoid WOTS. :-)

20060827 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US
  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER
  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA
  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES
  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA
  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS
  8. BREAKING BARRIERS
  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY
  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US — Now you can get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents) from the USA. Call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there are no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers. Plus, you can get up to 470 free minutes on signup and get lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    (An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. Brigada hasn’t joined, But Judy has — and she’s giving to Brigada a tithe of all that she makes on that agent number. So — talk away, and help Brigada at the same time! :-) ) (Judy, thanks for your recent $10 gift!)


  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER — We asked recently how to get rank and file Christians to pray, in sending nations. One responded from a Muslim land, “I’m … a first-term missy. Here’s my short prayer story: Bought “Operation: World” (by Patrick Johnstone) in 8/93 after being rebuked as part of a campus ministry staff group of 60 who, among us, only had 2 copies of Op World. Evidently, we weren’t praying for world missions very much, concluded our European director. But it sat on my shelf 4 months, being overwhelmingly large and with small type. Then came a Christmas conference at which an inspiring speaker told about the prayerfulness of Koreans with all their legendary prayer fasts, early mornings, etc. So I covenanted with the Lord to pray 2 minutes a day out of Operation World in 1994, without fail. Maybe I missed 5 or 6 days that year, but I always doubled up the next day. Key Principle: Start small enough to be faithful. Pray the Spirit gets people hooked.

    2 minutes/day in Op World hardly scratches the surface, but it got me hooked. 10 minutes/day in 1995. 1 hour/day in 1996. In 1997 I started using other prayer materials. After getting married it decreased to 30 minutes/day for world missions, where it remains today.” So there you have it… the power of prayer on a daily manageable basis. Want Operation: World for yourself? Get it here on cd:

    http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm


  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Strategic Coordinator Training is about planning and implementing evangelism and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (19th February to 9th March 2007) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. You will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au (They’d like to know if you read about it in Brigada, by the way. :-) )


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

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


  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES — The Canadian subsidy Directory is now available. It contains more than 3100 listings of grants and loans offered by both the federal, provincial governments, foundations and associations. Find a wealth of information that could help you start a business, improve existent activities, set up a business plan, finance personal projects, studies and research or obtain assistance from experts in various fields of interest. The American Grants and Loans Directory is also available for the United States. Get the CD version for $69.95 and the printed version: $149.95. To order call: +1-819-322-7533.

  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA — Interested in nonprofit and church law in the USA. Don’t miss the latest issue of the “Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum.” Just browse to:

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    Take a look at the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for this year. Discover your obligation to report bylaw changes. Learn more about deducting unreimbursed travel expenses, and a whole lot more. As usual, the summary is free . . . and you can always subscribe for deeper explanations.


  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS — Roger Doriot is involved in training Mother Tongue Translators and facilitating several new Bible translation projects in Papua, Indonesia (formerly Irian Jaya). He is very interested in contacting others involved in this area (to share ideas) and others interested in praying for this area. He says: “The Lord is doing some GREAT things in Papua (and world-wide) using national translators to translate back into their own languages!” Write to: rogerdoriot(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 .]

  8. BREAKING BARRIERS — The International School of Reconciliation Studies invites you to spend 3 memorable days with international reconcilers and praying servants as they talk story, laugh, listen, ponder and humble their way deeper into God’s heart, October 16-18 in Rostrevor, North Ireland. For details go to

    http://www.reignbridge.com/?page=ire-res

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


  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY — Want to help Brigada Today carve out new resources and share them with the circled wagons of Brigada? To make your gift that counts, 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.

  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE — Remember Tom & Betty Sue Brewster’s little blue booklet on bonding? Do missionaries still do that today? I don’t hear a lot about it . . . and in the hustle and bustle of every day life, I wonder if we’ve lost a bit of that tradition. My wife and I utilized the Brewsters’ “sink-or-swim” method, first for 2 weeks in Chile, then again for a month in Uruguay. It was one of those “best-of-times, worst-of-times” experiences, where our Uruguayan family loved us and sheltered us, while at the same time added a dimension of stress to our lives at a time when we probably already had enough. Nevertheless, for whatever reason (be it bonding or otherwise) we became “best friends” with Uruguayan culture and the language “stuck” in my throat. To this day, for reasons that only God knows for sure, when I speak Spanish, people still ask me if my parents or I am from the Southern Cone [of South America].

    But that was the early 80s. And this is now. How ’bout the rookies of ’06. Are you still moving in with a local family in your destination country of calling? If so, write a quick paragraph about it to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com

    You don’t have to join the group… You’ll receive no reply… (and no chance of spam). There’s only one member there — me. I’ll share a summary report later here in Brigada.

20060730 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW MAP IS REALLY COOL
  2. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP
  3. SENIOR DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  4. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA, PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FINANCIAL LOSS!
  5. HOW SHOULD AN “MK MEMBER CARE” PERSON BEGIN?
  6. TRAINING COORD. POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  7. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  8. MISSIONARIES: FREE HELP FINDING NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT
  9. SUPPORT-RAISING CONFERENCE
  10. NEED TO DIAL ABROAD? CHECK OUT DIALABROAD
  11. FREE CROSS BOOKMARKS TO MISSIONARIES
  12. CHECK OUT THE LATEST ON NONPROFIT LAW
  13. SPEED BRIGADA ON ITS WAY
  14. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU HANDLE LOSS?
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW MAP IS REALLY COOL — Our office is getting tons of positive feedback on a new map we have on display in our auditorium. It’s “The Global Status of Evangelical Christianity Map” and it’s now available online at:

    http://www.campuscrusade.com/Jesus_Film/global_status_map.htm

    When it comes to communicating unreached peoples and providing a global perspective on the current status of world evangelization, it rivals some of the best maps you’ve ever seen. It has a kind of satellite-at- night look to it . . . very high on the “cool factor”. The greatest part is — they’re even going to make a gift to Brigada, if you tell them you learned about it here. What’s more, they’re selling them very close to cost. If you order 10 or more you receive even a greater discount. Feel free to relay this Brigada to them.


  2. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP — “All the World is Singing: Glorifying God through the music of the nations” traces the amazing use of culturally-appropriate music in evangelism, church- planting, discipleship and worship. This Reader of 45 stories comes bundled with a CD-ROM illustrating the stories with audio, video, pictures, music scores and other media. For information see

    http://www.worldofworship.org/alltheworld/

    Also available is “Sounds of Global Worship II,” an audio CD of 22 songs from 16 regions from around the world. A colorful 28-page booklet serves as a listener’s guide to this tour of the global church at worship. Songs come from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central Europe, Central America and South America. For more information, visit

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    For more information on either one, write

    ffort2(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 .] (Thanks to these folks for pitching in $50 toward the costs of operating Brigada! We appreciate you!)


  3. SENIOR DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development

    http://www.chalmers.org/

    a research and educational initiative of Covenant College, seeks to equip churches, missionaries, Christian ministries, and college students 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 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.

    [Web-only excerpt: Responsibilities Include: overseeing the design and implementation of a strategic operations plan to achieve the Center’s short- and long-range objectives; hiring and managing all international and domestic personnel; designing and implementing the budget; directly managing approximately six staff members. Qualifications: master’s degree in management, international development, or related field; minimum two years experience in international relief and development work; three years experience with supervision and financial management; outstanding organizational skills and ability to attend to details; ability to listen well and to work in a team-oriented fashion; ability to travel to Third World for several weeks at a time; excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated vision, initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision; discretion, judgment, and ability to deal with confidential matters. Committed to Jesus Christ and the missions of the Chalmers Center and Covenant College and to growing increasingly familiar with their distinctives. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.]

    Send 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 or email 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 .] (postal address available in the web edition).


  4. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA, PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FINANCIAL LOSS! -– Did you know that a medical evacuation from a foreign country can cost over $100,000 to get a sick or injured person back to the US? What if you could get insurance for a couple dollars a day (or less) that would protect you from having to pay that type of expense yourself? And what if you could help Brigada at the same time? Well, through a partnership between Brigada and Insurance Services of America it is now possible to do so! When you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from catastrophic financial loss!(Thanks to ISA for the great help already given through this program thus far.)


  5. HOW SHOULD AN “MK MEMBER CARE” PERSON BEGIN? — Suppose you were asked to advise a new MK Member Care Rep. at your favorite missionary sending organization. How would you suggest getting started? Which books or websites would you recommend? What conferences would be essential? Which organizations or services would you cite? Well — consider yourself asked! Heather, charged with starting such a ministry at Team Expansion, will receive info then assemble it for us to reprint here as a feature in a couple of weeks. Do you have info for her? By sharing it, you’ll be helping the whole evangelical missions world. Just email Heather at…

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

    She’ll report back in a couple of weeks.


  6. TRAINING COORD. POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER – The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development

    http://www.chalmers.org/

    is seeking a Training Coordinator, who reports to the Senior Director and is the primary person responsible for the development and effective dissemination of the Center’s training products and services.

    [Web-only excerpt: Responsibilities include: developing, managing, and staffing a multi-track, global training program with multiple delivery mechanisms on four continents; overseeing the writing and contextualization of training materials incorporating biblical worldview messages into technical curricula; designing and implementing a strategy for recruiting, developing, and supporting a global fraternity of volunteer trainers. Requirements include: minimum of a master’s degree in adult education or related field; three years experience in adult education in the Two-Thirds World; outstanding skills and demonstrated competency as a trainer; ability to think, train, and write from a biblical worldview perspective; excellent organizational skills and ability to attend to details; ability to listen well and to work in a team-oriented fashion; ability to travel to the Two-Thirds World for two to three weeks at a time; superior written and oral communication skills; demonstrated vision, initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision; committed to Jesus Christ and the missions of the Chalmers Center and Covenant College and to growing increasingly familiar with their distinctives. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.]

    Send resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to Director of Human Resources, Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750; tel. 706-820-1560 or email employment(at)covenant(dot)edu to check it out [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].


  7. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide, “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join the world on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write:

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


  8. MISSIONARIES: FREE HELP FINDING NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT — “Mission: World” is a new web site to support an upcoming campaign to engage large numbers of U.S. Christians in “Sending” missionaries (starting with regular financial support and growing from there). In preparation for this campaign, they are recruiting missionaries to be “findable” by potential supporters. (They have special provisions for the security of missionaries working in creative access situations.) The unique approach of this site is to provide potential Senders with a database covering the full range of evangelical missionary activity, searchable by location, ministry focus, organization, sending church and denomination. Each registered missionary must have a U.S. based contact (advocate) who is willing to take and screen inquiries about the missionary. This site is privately funded, and there is no cost for this service. There is presently no provision for registration by email. But those of you with web access should register at

    http://mission-world.com

    so you can be found by interested supporters. For a one-page overview visit

    http://mission-world.com/regsamplepdfs/mission-world_one_page_faqs.pdf


  9. SUPPORT-RAISING CONFERENCE — Tap into more then 35 years of experience by learning from Bill Dillon as he shares fund raising ideas. The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference September 15-16. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement 10 key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. This conference is essential for those raising personal support, coaching others or raising organizational funds. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

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


  10. NEED TO DIAL ABROAD? CHECK OUT DIALABROAD — Thanks to the folks at Dialabroad.com for the $143.27 they sent this past week to say thanks for the phone calls you made in May and June. If you need phone service anyway, and if it’s all the same for you, try using …

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

    You’ll get a great rate and help Brigada at the same time.


  11. FREE CROSS BOOKMARKS TO MISSIONARIES — Crosses for Christ is a new mission project which is a network of crocheters around the world making beautiful white cross bookmarks. These bookmarks are given free to any mission project regardless of denomination. Currently, Crosses for Christ is working on sending 200 crosses to an orphanage in Liberia, 200 crosses to a Leprosy Hospital in Havana, Cuba and another 300 to a mission in the Philippines. Missionaries from any country are welcome to go to the blog at

    http://blog.myspace.com/99002175

    to get an update on the mission and submit information to request crosses for their mission. Email

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


  12. CHECK OUT THE LATEST ON NONPROFIT LAW — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Click the link or go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue.


  13. SPEED BRIGADA ON ITS WAY — Want to help make Brigada possible for those in other lands? Now you can pitch in on their behalf by clicking 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.

  14. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU HANDLE LOSS? — I moonlight as a soccer coach for a local Christian high school, the Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL). (See our soccer website at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    This past week, we participated in a tournament in Bloomington, Indiana. It was a great experience. 44 teams, big buses, vendors, the works. For our tournament opener, we were paired with a team that has a real dynasty for soccer in Indiana. They went all the way to the “final four” in the state last year, losing to the championship team by 1 goal. Shew… their speed of play was outlandish. It didn’t matter what they attempted to do, they did it “like killin’ snakes!” Everything was so fast — the thinking, the passing, and … yes… the shooting. :-) So when the final whistle blew, and the score was 12-0 (our loss), maybe you’ll think our team was bummed out. But the funny thing was — just the opposite was true. Several players came off the field saying, “Coach that was the best game we’ve ever played.” “Coach, I loved that. Can we learn to play like that?!” “Coach Lucas, that was a blast!” Why were most of our players able to view that game as an education, rather than a thrashing? I think maybe part of it was due to the position I had taken with them before, during and immediately after the game. Yes I had told them we’d like to win that game, but I had also told them how much I was looking forward to us experiencing a very high level of play. I had prepared them in advance (as much as I could) for the differences they’d see. During the game, I consistently praised them for the good things they were doing right, but I also tried to point out the great things the opponents were doing. I tried to help them *admire* the opponents instead of resent them.

    In missions, my hunch is, we’re all going to experience failure now and then. In fact, sometimes the failure could seem devastating. I’m wondering how we can learn to appreciate the lessons we can learn in the midst of failure… to treat failure like a rubix cube… to twist it and turn it and look at it objectively. How can we learn to treat failure as a *process* rather than an event. We can wallow in it… or we can see it from different perspectives and interrupt it at any time with new behaviors. Sometimes those behaviors will actually be modeled directly after the lessons we learn from mistakes and let-downs.

    Your mission, if you should decide to accept it, is to be mentally ready to learn from failure, then apply those lessons learned to the next game in life.

    Tuesday night is our next game. When is yours?

    Doug

20060305 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION
  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE
  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?”
  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS
  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK
  8. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS]
  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. Some items: the U.S. Department of the Treasury updates its anti-terrorist financing guidelines applicable to nonprofit organizations, common fundraising mistakes, designation of funds by donors should be honored, update on liability associated with 15 passenger vans, the enforceability of written pledges, why consider registering a service mark, trademark, or copyright, including employee benefits in Christian mediation and arbitration agreements, the importance of asking pre-employment questions in the right order. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.

  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION — Check out

    http://www.cit-online.org for the new program schedule which includes multiple cross-cultural prep modules per year and several different program packages for the whole family. Summer Bible Intensives are available as well. Join the many CIT alumni who repeatedly say that “CIT is the best kept secret! I couldn’t have made it on the field without it!” The CIT campus is located in the foothills of the beautiful Blueridge Mountains of North Carolina. Contact them at 800.887.1786 or citmail(at)cit-online(dot)org 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 .]


  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE — Contact

    http://joangoddard.charter.net

    for fare quotes for international missionary travel. Joan has 18 years experience arranging travel for missionaries, individuals or groups, worldwide. She began her work in missionary travel as Travel Manager for the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, held by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in July 1986 in Amsterdam NL, arranging travel for 8000+ participants to attend the meeting.


  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?” — Wondering about Oliver Twist’s question, “Where is love?” Then you might like to know that God’s answer can be found in the Bible. Visit the EasyEnglish website at:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    If you click on “What’s New?” you can find “A Wonderful Song about Love”. This is Mark Kirkpatrick’s EasyEnglish version of the Song of Solomon and he has added helpful comments on each chapter. And that’s not all! Mark has prepared a second version – “How to love God with all your Heart” with more helpful comments by Keith Simons. Both versions are in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary).


  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD –- Bluefish TV has produced several short video clips that focus on missions. Currently there are nine clips available at their website including the stories of Gracia Burnham’s kidnapping in the Philippines, Don Richardson’s Peace Child, a family serving in Croatia, a couple preparing to leave for India and others. The clips are available for download and are helpful in conveying the emotions and thoughts of real missionaries serving around the world. For questions or feedback, email brian(at)bluefishtv(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    http://www.bluefishtv.com/DownloadableVideos-Search.aspx?Topic=1013


  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS — HCJB-UK is the British arm of HCJB World Radio, an international Christian radio and healthcare ministry. HCJB- UK is looking for the following staff in the UK: 1. Programme Manager to develop and oversee radio production. 2. Marketing Manager, to co- ordinate publicity and presence at events. 3. Funding co-ordinator. 4. Prayer co-ordinator. 5. Administrator of Audipot, the online library of Christian audio. 6. Personnel manager. 7. IT Support Engineer. HCJB-UK does not pay salaries but relies on volunteers, with a Christian commitment. Please contact HCJB-UK at vacancies(at)hcjb(dot)org(com)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK — Phill Butler’s new book, Well Connected, addresses the theory, the theology and the practice of networking, which helps mission organizations and churches realize Jesus’ vision that “they may all be one so that the world will know you have sent me.” Order the book at 20% discount at http://www.connectedbook.net (case-lots of 32 books qualify for discount). See more on networking at http://www.powerofconnecting.net For info, write info(at)powerofconnecting(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE — Leading an International Church is like trying to stack marbles! Each member has a mind of their own. They are different sizes, shapes, weights and colors. They come from all around the world. They have different, viable and valuable traditions, preferences, expectations and theological backgrounds. Where did you learn to stack your marbles? Our network will help you get going and stay focused on the task. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The third MICN Conference will be 24-28 April 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. Register before April 3, 2006, so hurry! For information contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org or on the web at: http://www.micn.org

  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS] — Hats off to those who have sent donations to Brigada during the past month. They include: $100 from Create Int’l, YWAM, “Thanks for your many years of service to mission agencies like ours. You have been a blessing to so many and it is our privilege to contribute to this wonderful ministry.”

    $25 from a top staffer at Audio Scripture Ministries http://www.asmToday.org , “We appreciate your informative ministry.”

    $25 from a missionary with ABWE, “Keep up the great work!” $20 from Global Airtime http://www.globalairtime.com . “Thanks for continuing to provide valuable resource information to the Christian missionary community.” $50 from Oscar – http://www.oscar.org.uk $25, $5, and $10 from anonymous friends of Brigada. $500 from a cross-cultural worker, “I do missionary work in Cuba and Central America. I’ve seen your faithfulness over years, and just wanted to do my part.”

    Want to join these and others in making a way for Brigada? 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.


  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS? — Got a favorite shipper you use (to handle your international moves)? If so, just send a note, with the contact information, to brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com We’ll gather up all the responses, then present a summary report next edition. Note that you don’t have to join this particular group in order to send the message to it — and your message will be read only by me. It won’t be broadcast to any list. Thanks again for any feedback you might have on the best shipping company.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE — HOW DO WE DO IT? — Last week we introduced the question of how do we best speak into someone’s life. In other words, how do we make the most of these opportunities to give and receive input? Obviously, the first step we’ve got to implement is prayer. We have to ask the Lord to enable us to speak the truth in love. The second step — and this is oh so important — is that I believe we have to approach the person one on one if at all possible. Matthew 18 teaches us the principle when it discusses approaching someone taken in a sin . . . but the same principle, in my opinion, applies to *any* occasion in which we’re broaching on a difficult topic, especially one that might cause the person some degree of shame or embarrassment. So, let’s say during a missions banquet, you observe a fellow missions committee member talking down to a visiting missionary national, while seemingly being enamored with a missions professor from a nearby college. I can’t tell you exactly how to approach the person the *right* way, but I *can* tell you that it *won’t* work as well if you bring it up right there at the supper table in conversation that others can hear. The fellow missions committee member will likely become defensive, at best, and perhaps, at worst, completely offensive in denying what might very well be the truth.

    So… let’s say you’ve prayed, and you’ve pulled the person aside in a quiet corner of the atrium after the banquet. *Now* what do we do? Well that depends on your relationship with the person. If you’re the chairman of the committee, you have a bit more resources at your disposal. You could, for example, simply explain, “On my watch as Chairman, we’re not going to conduct our missions business this way.” Some people might call it “pulling rank.” But it can actually be very effective at stopping the visible forms of the behavior — at least for the time being. Have we internalized long-term change? Have we helped another human being shape behavior for the good? Maybe… or maybe not. But we at least address the problem and end what might be offensive or even deceitful behavior.

    Are there other ways? And… what if we aren’t the chairman? or what if we’re actually trying to *address* the chairman? More about that next week.

20051211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING
6. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY
8. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY
9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD — Keep your family healthy at home or abroad with clean drinking water. 911 Water provides discounts for missionaries on the best portable water filtration units in the world. Dip water out of a stream, puddle, or any fresh water source and filter out bad tastes and odors, bacteria, harmful chemicals, and more. No electricity or water pressure necessary. Comes with self sterilizing and re-cleanable filters. Order online at http://www.911water.com , or call 877-702-4433 in the US, or 1-205-453- 0471 from overseas. Call or email nicknoll(at)911water(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] to ask about a discount for missionaries and mission agencies. Larger discounts on bulk orders. Also, 911 Water is searching for international dealers and distributors. Up to 50% of global health problems are related to contaminated drinking water. These filtration units can save lives. If you or someone you know is looking for a business platform or a way to be a blessing, email the same address.
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Join a two, four, or six week ministry team to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey June 15th to July 20th 2006. This is an opportunity to join an experienced/ ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, work with local churches and visit and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is to work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. This is an ideal opportunity for a church group or for individual interested in getting started in Muslim ministry. For more information contact Doug dougnann(at)compuserve(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 (509)302-0027.
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL — For those who followed up on the item, ” ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD”: http://www.brigada.org/today/2005/20051028.html#7 maybe it’s not so great after all. Turns out that it might be a breach of the conditions of use of websites from which it gets the texts. Our apologies to the publishers who work hard and deserve the meager royalties they receive. A better approach might be to grab the ESV or some other version that is “open” and not copyrighted. When we published these instructions, we didn’t realize that this approach was tantamount to skipping copyright… never a good idea.
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING — Come to think of it — is it legal for a church to make multiple copies of its worship song music for the different members of its worship band? When I play piano or keyboard for the local church I attend when I’m in town, I constantly feel funny about looking at photocopied music, especially when it has the copyright warning at the bottom of each page. Wouldn’t the worship minister have to own literally a songbook for each band member in order to legally photocopy that material? I’m no expert . . . but it makes me feel sheepish to even use it. If you have information on that, would you please drop a note to: copy-music(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS — Change lives before, during and after a Short-Term Mission utilizing The Next Mile follow-through resource. The heartbeat of The Next Mile is built around the spiritual pilgrimage concept. Most publications for short-term ministry revolve around how to prepare for and how to do the ministry. When it comes to keeping the flame alive in people’s lives post- ministry, there are only paragraphs or chapters here and there. While there are some tools available that focus on “debriefing,” there is little done after the ministry. Capitalizing on the experience of more than 30 recognized mission leaders, The Next Mile resource offers practical tools to enable leaders to plan, conduct and follow-through with Short-Term Mission trips for long-term impact. For more information about The Next Mile resource, visit http://www.thenextmile.org or email info(at)thenextmile(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY — Here’s a free seminar scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, co-sponsored by Interserve USA and the host Calvary Bible Church, Kalamazoo, MI. Seminars and workshops throughout the day will feature Rev. Douglas Van Bronkhorst, Interserve Executive Director and six other professionals now serving the needs of the underserved in explaining how professional skills and talents can be used for God’s Glory cross culturally. There is no cost. Registration and details can be obtained by writing gplatte(at)ludlow(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. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY — Since 1983, World Mission Associates has specialized in how to avoid or overcome dependency in mission- established churches and organizations. Dependency is an unhealthy reliance on foreign resources or personnel. To learn more about how to develop healthy indigenous churches that rely on God to open up local resources in response to His people’s prayers, look at the website http://www.wmausa.org or contact wmausa(at)msn(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. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping).
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE — The fifth RJC Conference will take place February 17-19. This year there will be five different tracks or emphases. 1) “Foundations” for those wanting basic information about ministering to Japanese. 2) “Leadership” which helps leaders in specific programs for Japanese. Then there will be three tracks in Japanese. One will be a symposium for Japanese pastors working to better minister to returnees. One will be for Christians to become effective witnesses, and the last will be for Japanese seekers. There will also be a Pre-Conference strategy discussion meetings on February 16 and 17, concerning how to reach the 500,000 Japanese who are temporarily in North America. For more details please see http://www.rjcconference.org/. Or contact Don Wright at don_wright(at)comcast(dot)net
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to make your connections to the missions field more effective? On March 21-24, the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) presents “Connections for Kingdom Advancement” at Regent University in Virginia Beach. This consultation will give you the opportunity to network with other agencies working around the world and create strategies that will enhance your missions efforts. You’ll expand your missions vision and network with others who share your passion. For more information, contact AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or visit the consultation website at http://www.upc2006.org
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of a missionary family moving by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” humorously celebrates a slice of life on the mission field. This Christmas, give the gift of adventure. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005 — Thanks to the anonymous donors in Pasadena, CA, who just sent $50. Want to join them in helping Brigada cover the cost of a part-time secretary… or just do a good turn to help them with some basic advertising costs? Well if you’d like your gift to count toward their drive in 2005, better hurry. Just 2 weeks to go. It’s easy. Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. If you send a check, you’ll automatically receive a tax-deductible receipt. If you send your gift via PayPal, please specify in the comment blank on the donor form that you’d like a PDF receipt that you can print on your own printer at home. FYI… So far in 2005, Brigada has rec’d $9,741.28 out of a goal of $16,576. :-( So… over $6000 left to go in 2 weeks. Gulp. What happens if we don’t raise it all? Well eventually, Team Expansion or somebody has to make it up. They’d love it if our readers would pitch in and help. Maybe you could ask your church or group to pitch in? Maybe someone you know is making out a will, or would like to do something as a memorial gift or make a gift in memory of someone? Or maybe there’s a foundation that might contribute? Whatever the case, please consider saying a good word for Brigada in these next 2 weeks. Thank you in advance.
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS — The Dec. 18th, 1998 Brigada Today included about 33 ways to say “Merry Christmas” (or some similar greeting) in languages from all over the world. Today, seven years later, the web gives us amazing resources. For example, check out: http://www.flw.com/merry.htm — which gives *350* ways to say Merry Christmas *and* provides detailed information about each group. Granted, you might have to turn down your speakers (to avoid hearing the incessant hokey midi music). What’s more, let’s pray that the wacko cursors don’t cause you to curse. But other than that, there’s some great information there.

http://users.aol.com/WSCaswell/message.htm — Bill Caswell takes aim at the same goal — hundreds of ways.

http://silentnight.web.za/translate/index.htm — Jako Olivier takes a different approach by displaying the words of “Silent Night” in over 100 languages. In cases where more than one dialect occurs in one location (like Afrikaans and Albanian), he even presents both versions.

http://www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm — one-ups us by purporting to play *audio* of some of those greetings in the original languages.

http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/holidays.htm — goes even one step farther by providing links to *dozens*… maybe hundreds of other sites which give literally *books* full of information about the famous holiday. (And for those worried about exclusivity, you can even pick up your info. on Hanakkah and Kwanzaa there.) :-)

Either way, one thing’s for sure. This Christmas thing is more than a passing fancy. It’s captured a couple of billion hearts… who, in turn, want to share everything they can with the other four billion!

20051030 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS?
3. MISSION NETWORK NEWS
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES?
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER — Are you interested in Cross Cultural Missions Training? Wilcannia River of Life is hosting an Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar/Convention in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia from November 22nd-27th inclusive. Training in all aspects of ministry, especially amongst the Australian Aboriginies. For further information, log on to: http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact Pastor Scott Lamshed wilcanniariveroflife(at)bigpond(dot)com
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS? — No worries. It’s easy to fix. Just take note of which one arrives first. (The originating address will either be YahooGroups or Googlegroups.) Unsubscribe from the *slower* service by using the unsubscribe information in the “Closing stuff” below. You shouldn’t have to see 2 of those come in each month. These dual Brigadas resulted from our switch over to GoogleGroups, which helped dozens, if not *hundreds* of Brigada subscribers start seeing Brigada again. (For some reason, it seems that YahooGroups sometimes *loses* or stops sending to certain addresses.) The loose end is — pick the service you want to lose [the 2nd email you receive?], then follow the instructions in the “closing stuff” below to unsubscribe. Thanks!
3. MISSIONS NETWORK NEWS — Mission Network News is now available in four languages. MNN is a mission news service. Their goal is to share headline news with a twist. They always answer the question, “How is God using this to draw people to Himself?” MNN wants to get people out of the pew and involved in Great Commission outreach. While MNN is on the air on more than 900 radio stations in 31 countries in English, Romanian and Russian, they also have a website where the radio broadcast scripts are translated into Romanian, Russian and now Spanish. These translations will allow even more Christians to be encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and more involved in outreach. It helps Christians stay plugged in to missions so they can pray more effectively, give to key ministries and go on mission trips either short term or full time. If you’d like to see a sample of MNN’s translations go to http://www.MNNonline.org/translations
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER –Every culture has its philosophers and thinkers. On a research trip to the Mbalantu people (Of Northern Namibia In Africa), two believers encountered a man named P. He would not listen to the Gospel. He bombarded them with questions and opposition to their presence. Pray that the Lord would open P.’s eyes to the truth and save him. His influence could be used to bring many Mbalantu to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is now online. Some items: How much private benefit can you have before your organization is no longer exempt? Non-clergy employees of religious organizations can sue for civil rights violations. Religious school can fire a teacher for advocating abortion. Supreme Court ruling might lead to more eminent domain land grabs of tax-exempt organizations. Volunteer Protection Acts are not a complete shield from liability. INS improperly denied a religious organization’s application for a religious worker visa. Some ministry expenses must be allocated to non-taxable housing allowance so are not 100% deductible. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at: http://www.cosimtnet.org. Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES? — I’m still partial to Snapfish: http://www.snapfish.com It’s easy, it’s free, and USA viewers can order copies of the pictures with all the ease in the world — at the low-low price of $12 cents each when you have them shipped from the site. There are no editing controls, but you could edit before you upload. What’s more, if you live in the U.S., you can do a one-hour service with your neighborhood Walgreens and pick them up locally. There are plenty of other services out there (most of them charge a small fee), but to me, none surpass the smooth ease of use that Snapfish provides. Since it was recently acquired by Hewlett-Packard, it seems destined to continue its legacy and move forward into the future with promise. And if you don’t live in the USA, you can still enjoy a great picture-posting site.
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous new partner who send the gift of $30 to help us stay at this. This donor gave similarly last year. We appreciate those who undergird our expenses and thus propel Brigada forward into the future. Want to be a part of those who invest in the future? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs” — Lately I’ve been enjoying the movie, _Sahara_. The plot’s interesting (though far out), the characters make it a fun ride, and the comedy/timing is, at times, hilarious. But maybe what attracted me most to the movie is the great relationship between the star and his right-hand man (Dirk and Al). For some reason, it feels like the “Lone Ranger & Tonto” duos have become all too few and far between these days. Dirk & Al recover it. How ’bout you? Got a chance to create that “Bonny & Clyde” partnership with someone? If so, don’t pass it up. Work on it today… and enjoy the camaraderie. Want to see a fun example? Rent “Sahara” and use it as a key part of your next team meeting or luncheon. Note the way the actors have different gifts, different styles of thinking. Remember the place where Al says “I just wondered when we’re going to modify our decision- making paradigm”? I laugh and laugh . . . because that *soooo* typifies the struggle with some people (maybe a visionary leader like Dirk) when they try to march forward in spite of the fact that the team doesn’t have all the information, is short on resources, and is, in fact, kind of clueless as to how to really accomplish the mission. When the team member (“Al”) questions the direction, Dirk responds, “Seems like it’s working pretty well for us so far.” Love it.

20051002 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT?
7. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Add one to your Christmas care package. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)Com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts on the 2nd of March, 2006. Read more at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survival skills, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED — COMIBAM (the Missions Cooperation of Ibero-America) and the Joshua Project are collaborating on a massive effort to compile 3,000 unreached people profiles in Spanish. They need your help with photos! You may submit your people group photos by visiting: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php Use the drop-down lists to choose a country and then a people group in that country. Select the ‘Submit People Photo’ link which will walk you through the process of sending a photo. All photos submitted will be available to the Spanish project as well as the entire missions community. E-mail them at: photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS — If you are a Christian magazine or book publisher, you may be eligible to receive a FREE copy of COMIX35’s 2005 International Christian Comics Competition book. The book has been created as a “portfolio” of short comics for publishers worldwide and to showcase the contributing Christian comics artists as a resource. It is 148 pages and features 40+ short comics stories (1 to 4 pages) from 20 countries, with two 16-page color sections. Please mail your business card, a piece of promotional literature describing your publishing ministry, and a letter requesting your free copy to qualify. Others may order the books for US$ 25.00 each in the US, shipping & handling included, or US$ 30.00 when ordering from outside the US. Payment can be made by check or money order in US dollars. Please mark the outside of your envelope “Attn: 2005 Christian Comics Competition” and send to Randals Company LLC, 1021 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA. (Currently we can only process free book requests and orders by postal mail.) Funds raised through books sales will be used for future ministry Competitions. To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP — SHARE Education Services http://www.shareeducation.com is providing a two day Literature and Writing workshop in Odessa: Nov 10-11 and Kiev: Nov 15-16. The first day will be a workshop for parents on teaching literature and composition to students in 6th-12th grade. This workshop will be especially helpful to parents who have their children in national schools and parents who are, or will be homeschooling their children (including video and on-line schooling). Day 2 will be a workshop for students (6th-12th grades) instructing them in various writing activities. In addition to the two day workshop SHARE will also be providing the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to students in grades 3-8. If you would like more information or you would like to register for this workshop, contact Sue Giblin sgiblin(at)share-ed-services(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT? — The Finishers Project (Finishers.org), focused on Baby Boomers, now sees 1 to 3 new fulltime missionaries commit to serve with various North American mission agencies every week. Yet 40% of the Finishers missionwork seekers are below the age of 40! So Nelson, Nick, Bill and Amy are brewing a monstrous, neutral mobilization tracking and matching system called “MissionNext” for post-college – mid-career adults in the US and Canada. (Got advice? Ideas? Facilitators to second? Huge numbers of inquirers to track?) To speed the launch of this system, let them know if YOU know of a dormant U.S. 501(c)3 with some sort of Great Commission slant? Email NickNoll(at)n2c3(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. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI — Have you considered training for missionary service on an actual mission field? Studying, living, experiencing and ministering in a cross cultural situation is an excellent way to prepare for a life of missionary service. SPMTC is inviting a LIMITED number of international students to come and study in Fiji in 2006. You can find out more about SPMTC at: http://www.tiptopwebsite.com/spmtc Or contact Frank Grimsey, acting Dean of Students SPMTC, frgfiji(at)connect(dot)com(dot)fj [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — The Asian Christian worker was very excited as he began telling people about Jesus in the small community of Matjikloof in the Northern Cape. But, the Afrikaans-speaking people had difficulty understanding his language. He prayed, “God, what do I do?” Almost immediately, he began urging them, “Hello! Come and see!” They understood this and followed him to where another Christian worker was presenting the Gospel using a sketch board. Many people accepted Christ as their Saviour that day! Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer or for more information contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(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 .]
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US — Though we’re always glad to run items for any ministry or individual, we definitely appreciate those who partner with us to sponsor and undergird the work of Brigada for now and in the future. Thanks to the anonymous friend who sent $50 this past week. If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “sponsor” (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. Thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET — We received a surprising number of positive responses to “The Back Page” editorial last edition (“Learning to love our planet”). In fact, no one wrote with a negative response. Perhaps there is near universal agreement that we ought to take better care of the environment God gave us. Where can you go to get ideas on how to do that? You can go to the “big sites” like http://www.epa.gov/ to get the big picture… or start with the small things like… http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2tips.html You can, like I did, fall more in love with the environment by caring more about trees and the outdoors… http://arborday.org/ and at similar sites. Either way, the trick is to start doing something. If everybody pitched in just a little bit, we would see a positive difference almost immediately. Read more about our planet at sites like

http://nationalgeographic.com

http://discoverychannel.com

http://www.doi.gov/greening/sustain/

and more…

Little by little, start making a difference in the world’s future. OK… that’s all I have to say about that. :-) Doug

20050626 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
3. LEARN TO PRODUCE MAPS FOR YOUR MINISTRY
4. NEW PIROLO BOOK: DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY?
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
6. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
7. REACHING NOMADS & RURAL UNREACHED PEOPLES
8. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
9. DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK?
10. THREE CHEERS FOR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!
11. TNX FOR YOUR HELP ON FOLLOWERSHIP: ABOUT 150 TO GO!
12. SPONSOR OR DONATE TOWARD BRIGADA COSTS?
13. THE BACKPAGE:
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE — Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (Pasadena, CA) is offering the course MB530 “Language/Culture Learning and Mission” July 16 (Saturday) to July 29. This 4-unit (quarter system) practical course teaches language and culture learning skills, and includes field-work in one of the many ethnic communities in the Los Angeles area. For more information about the class, please see the course description on Fuller’s website http://www.fuller.edu/swm/ecds/053/MB530_Brewster_053.html or contact Dr. Betty Sue Brewster brewster(at)fuller(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] call 1-800- 235-2222 (USA toll-free) ext 3751, or 626-304-3751. You can enroll for audit or credit – for enrollment information call 1-800-AFULLER (USA Toll Free) or 1-626-584-5400.
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: Federal minimum wage and overtime requirements do apply to churches and religious nonprofits but not to ministerial staff; IRS releases guidelines that can help nonprofit organizations with their employment taxes; principles of international charity have been developed by a working group of charitable organizations; churches, religious schools, and camps may be legally responsible for injuries resulting from failure to exercise adequate supervision of their programs and activities; IRS denies tax deduction for the educational expenses of obtaining an advanced degree. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field. Thanks!
3. LEARN TO PRODUCE MAPS FOR YOUR MINISTRY — Chris is hosting a workshop on the use of the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) for ArcView in Cape Town, South Africa, rescheduled to 22-26 August 2005. Tony Caito from GMI Global Mapping International will be the trainer. / GMI normally asks that people indicate a strong intention to acquire and use the GMMS before they are invited to participate. GMI is committed to training and supporting people who are committed to doing mapping for church/mission work. http:www.gmi.org You must register by 21 July 2005. To find out more, send a blank email to: map-ct-subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(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. NEW PIROLO BOOK: DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY? — Neal Pirolo has done it again! If you are in a Youth Group, a Short Term Team, or a High School or College Graduate, a Youth or Missions Leader, any part of the missions endeavor then you need Neal’s latest book, “I Think God Wants Me To Be A Missionary”.

This exciting story features four young people who believe God wants them to be a missionary. Join them as they deal with issues everyone considering going to the mission field should consider long before saying good-bye.

To find out about a special pre-publication offer and to place your order, visit ERI’s website at http://www.eri.org or call 858 292-7020.
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — 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 and Arabic speakers. 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. They have classes forming for Fall (Aug. 29 – Dec. 16). In the USA, call toll Free: 1-800-799- 7976 or 1-803-333-9119 or see them on the web a: http://www.strategiclanguages.org or email them at RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA:October 11-16, 2005. Additional information can be found at http://www.med-amb.org/What_We _Do_TOT.htm or Helen(at)med-amb(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. REACHING NOMADS & RURAL UNREACHED PEOPLES — 3 months of structured learning followed by 2 months of practical overseas application from Aug. 22- Jan. 31, 2005 is being offered by YWAM Western Frontiers (formerly Cowboys With a Mission) in Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park. Prerequisites are a high school diploma and a passion for Jesus. Check out http://www.WesternFrontiers.com or contact DTS(at)WesternFrontiers(dot)com
8. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. They have outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. Can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at our website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world at http://www.global-airtime.com
9. DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK? — “The Writer’s Workshop” is a free monthly e-letter designed to help you write your book and get it published. To subscribe, write to workshop(at)peapodpublishing(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Type “subscribe” in the subject line, and include your name and country in the message box. E-letter editor Diana Scimone has helped numerous people write and publish their books. She’s author of “Adventures With PawPaw,” a series of children’s books about a little dog who travels to a different country in each book, introducing young children to other countries and cultures. A portion of book sales goes to PawPaw’s Pals, an international relief agency helping children in disaster and crisis situations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.adventureswithpawpaw.com and http://www.pawpawspals.org
10. THREE CHEERS FOR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!– Thanks to the anonymous partners who pitched in $25, $35, $50, $100, $50, $50, and $100. One donor wrote, “It’s quite generous of you to let donors voice some preferred interest…but mine is just thanks. I read your newsletter to get a sense of the pulse of missions of folks personally living the Great Commission. … So keep me anonymous and let me say to YOU, thanks for all you do!” Whoa. Thank you out there! Another said, “I live in the Middle East and work with an org. I can’t mention here. I’m originally from Switzerland. I just want to support that this helpful snippets of information continues to go out. Let the people know that there are many more workers needed a) in the arab/muslim countries and b) among muslims in the west (France, GB, Africa, …)” In addition to the above gifts, DialAbroad sent commissions for April ($136) and May ($136). Thanks to anyone that has signed up for long distance as a result of this great phone service. The April Commission was $136 and May brought $132. For more on their ministry, click to: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.
11. TNX FOR YOUR HELP ON FOLLOWERSHIP: ABOUT 150 TO GO! — Great progress this past week on the dissertation research. I only need about 150 more completed sets of followers and their respective leaders. If you work for a church, mission or other non-profit, I’d sure appreciate your help. Would someone out there help me find just 150 more pairs? Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership First, click on the link for “Team Members and staff persons” and make sure you supply the info. on your team leader — totally secure. (No lists are being created from this data. It’s pure doctoral research.) We’ll report back the findings in Brigada Today. Thanks for your help.
12. SPONSOR OR DONATE TOWARD BRIGADA COSTS? — Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? We’re thankful for the $6,107.36 that has come in so far toward our 2005 goal of $16,576 (about 36%). To chip in or make a substantial donation, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO CHURCHES WANT? — Lately I’ve been wondering… what do local churches want back out of missions? Over the past 27 years in this business, I have detected a slight shift in motives among certain kinds of churches. For example, these days I seem to hear more about local churches wanting to have a role in visiting and advising their workers overseas. Maybe 25 years ago, some lay people hadn’t traveled as much, so they wouldn’t have presumed to be advisors. And maybe, with the advent of the “megachurch” (congregations of 1,000 or more members), there’s a greater sense of responsibility to give back something to the mission field — besides a monthly check. What’s more, over that same time period, several news stories have emerged which perhaps have given way to doubts about the use of funds designated for foreign outreach and nonprofit use. We hear a whole lot more of the stories about the certain humanitarian aid organizations refitting administrative offices with newer fax machines . . . and less about troubleshooting the urgent flood, earthquake, or fire in whose name the gift was donated. So, in response, perhaps local churches want to create a gentle accountability via their onsite visit. And beyond all this, the short-term missions movement, which began in earnest in the 70s and 80s, is now producing a generation of leaders who aren’t a bit shy about visiting the bush. Their passport is already full of stamps from multiple continents.

Meanwhile, many missionaries and humanitarian aid workers have perhaps been laboring under the false assumption that motives and methods have remained unchanged back home. So when leaders of the local church mention their upcoming visit, perhaps it strikes the on-site worker with a bit of surprise. He or she might be tempted to feel singled-out or put on the defensive. In reality, it’s perhaps a nationwide shift, or even a global one.

What’s your opinion? 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 can even be anonymous, if you desire.

We probably need to delve deeper into this question of “what churches want”… because it’s a financial jungle out there. Doug

20050619 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
2. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT JOHN STOTT LEADING LAUSANNE?
3. MISSIONARY TRAINING BOOKLETS: GET A WHOLE SET!
4. NEW CHILDREN/YOUTH BIBLE
5. IN HER HEART: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF SOUTH AFRICA
6. MEDIA TRAINING ON OFFER
7. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES’ 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
8. GLOBAL DIAL-UP OPTIONS
9. WE COULDN’T MAKE IT WITHOUT SPONSORS
10. LOOKING FOR SOUND HELP FOR YOUR LAPTOP PPT PRESENTATIONS?
11. GOT 5′ TO HELP WITH DOUG’S DOCTORATE?
12. HOW DOES YOUR MISSION DEAL WITH RETENTION?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: Federal minimum wage and overtime requirements do apply to churches and religious nonprofits but not to ministerial staff; IRS releases guidelines that can help nonprofit organizations with their employment taxes; principles of international charity have been developed by a working group of charitable organizations; churches, religious schools, and camps may be legally responsible for injuries resulting from failure to exercise adequate supervision of their programs and activities; IRS denies tax deduction for the educational expenses of obtaining an advanced degree. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field. (Thanks to “Legal Trends” for the $10 sponsorship sent this past week!)
2. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT JOHN STOTT LEADING LAUSANNE? — Sounds like the beginning of a one-liner… but it’s true. Read the whole press release about John Stott becoming the honorary chairman of the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization at… http://www.lausanne.org/Brix?pageID=15189 If anyone can help the LCWE rally us together, it’s he. Go John Stott!
3. MISSIONARY TRAINING BOOKLETS: GET A WHOLE SET! — Now you can get nine booklets in the current Missionary Training Service series for US$45 (normal price US$58). They’re Also available at much lower prices for the developing world. Includedare The Missionary Training Guide, Unreached Peoples of the World, The Missionary Team, How to make Disciples in Other Cultures, How to Learn Another Language, The Effective Sending Church, Tentmaking Missionaries, Evangelizing Muslims, Evangelizing Hindus and Buddhists. Order them individually for US$6.50. To order, or for more information, please contact MTS Book Department – Mrs Pauline Jones paulinemjones(at)tiscali(dot)co(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 http://www.missionarytraining.org
4. NEW CHILDREN/YOUTH BIBLE — PlanetWord Bible has arrived, and talk about Perspective! The techno-driven design is based on the GPS system (global positioning system). It starts with the big picture, just like using a real GPS device. Each book introduction explains how God worked in this book of the Bible to make His name known. Then PlanetWord zooms in closer with short biographical sidebars showing how God used men, women and children throughout history, from all over the planet, to carry His name to all nations. These messengers, from many ethnicities, qualify as true role models, well-worth emulating! Thirty-two colorful pages offer maps, facts and tidbits about the eight major world religions. Sidebars focus even closer on accounts of student messengers acting through a variety of agencies, or on their own. Prayer sidebars help focus on God’s plan for each life and for unreached people groups. Other sidebars include samples of Mark 1;1-4 in scripts from around the world and country data where that language is spoken, along with 365 key verses from Genesis to Revelation revealing God’s overall plan and purpose. Written for children and youth, but challenging for adults, too. Ask for PlanetWord Bible (NKJV) in your local Christian bookstore (paperback or hardback) or browse http://www.thomasnelson.com, call 1-800-251-4000 or (615) 902-1288, or as a last resort email Jeremy: JJohnson(at)ThomasNelson (dot) com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. IN HER HEART: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF SOUTH AFRICA — K. is an older lady who has been living life in the dark. She has always understood Christianity to be a religion which you join. It took a long time to explain the difference and the truth of the gospel. After the Lord opened her eyes, she prayed for Jesus to come into her heart. She was asked, “Where is Jesus?” With a smile she quickly responded, “He is in my heart, because I asked Him.” Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com
6. MEDIA TRAINING ON OFFER — The Media Training Alliance is an association of Christian Media professionals and academics who are offering their services to assist and train believers in developing countries to start and manage media projects, including radio and television. The MTA wants to get in contact with people looking for assistance with training and can use the service. If you are interested, or know anybody who might be, please get in touch with them. The MTA website is at: http://www.icti.org.uk/mta/ You can also email mta(at)icmc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES’ 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY –- On July 4th, 2005, HGM will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a day of activities, including outdoor games, barbecue, evening service featuring Dr. Ralph Winter as special speaker (6:30pm) and a concert by Echoing Clarey (8pm). This anniversary coincides with the start of the 10th class of Beautiful Feet Boot Camp, HGM’s long-term missionary training program. Everyone is welcome to come and join the celebration! Location: Heart of God Ministries’ Oakhill Campus 3720 S. Hiwassee Rd. Choctaw, OK 73020 Any questions, call: 405.737.9446 See these sites for more information: http://www.heartofgod.com/ http://echoingclarey.com/
8. GLOBAL DIAL-UP OPTIONS — Thanks to Joshua Project networking specialist, Barbara Bills, who recently placed an item here in Brigada asking for input about how to connect to the Internet when traveling globally. She received input from several sources. Her report is featured on the web as a link in this very item. Click here for the report. (Thanks Barabara!! Good job!)
9. WE COULDN’T MAKE IT WITHOUT SPONSORS — We’re so thankful for the encouragement provided by those who help us provide for Brigada’s expenses, including webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. This past week, we received help via a $50 gift from a family in Hyattsville, MD with a specialty in TESL. Another sponsorship of came in the form of a $100 gift from a Perspectives alum. And thanks to “Legal Trends” for their $10 sponsorship! (See their item above.) We appreciate this help . . . and we hope for more to complete our 2005 goal of $16,576.
10. LOOKING FOR SOUND HELP FOR YOUR LAPTOP PPT PRESENTATIONS? — You can always try Interlink’s “GoSpeak” set. They’re based on NXT flat- panel speakers and are just a tad bigger than a notebook PC itself. They offer enough voice amplification for a few dozen people but probably aren’t as suitable for music, since their frequency response is only about 100 – 10,000 khz — not very broad for a set that will set you back $325, actually. But they’re light, compact, and handy. Your call. Learn more at: http://www.interlinkelectronics.com
11. GOT 5′ TO HELP WITH DOUG’S DOCTORATE? — That’s all it’ll take. Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership Click on the link for “Team Members and staff persons” and make sure you supply the info. on your team leader. Remember – no lists are being created from this data. It’s pure doctoral research. Read the privacy statement for more information. Doug’s still only about halfway there. All it would take is some good-sized mission with a few hundred team members. If the whole mission decided to participate, lock, stock, and barrel, he’d be done with all his surveying and could tackle the writing of the last few chapters of his dissertation — and be *done* with it!!! If you and/or your mission could help, please consider jumping on board. The topic is followership. We’ll report back the findings in Brigada Today. It’ll be *sooo* interesting. :-) LOL But seriously, please help if you can. It’s a no-cost way to do a good turn for Doug. :-) Remember – to be counted, you have to talk your team leader into participating too. So it’s a two-way street. Thanks for your help.
12. HOW DOES YOUR MISSION DEAL WITH RETENTION? — These past couple of days, my wife and I have been registering our 18-year-old at a university in Nashville, TN. The experience gave me a valuable cross- check on how much energy today’s learning institutions invest in *keeping* the students they have “on the hook.” The university had recruited about 20 students to help with the weekend. They blended lots of marketing with tons of get-to-know-you stuff and just lots of good will. By the end of the weekend, I’d venture a guess that both parents and prospective students were not only better informed, but probably more *likely* to stay in the hopper as incoming freshmen there this fall.

The whole thing gave me pause about how we treat new believers, new team members on our mission teams, and new recruits in our agencies.

When your agency hears about a new recruit — either through one of those inquiry forms or from a phone call or web inquiry — do you invest energy in follow-up? I’m convinced that until we fire up the person-to-person phone calls, emails, and face-to-face visits, we won’t have done enough for the cause of recruitment. Bottom line: Getting serious about recruiting new workers will mean getting serious about investing resources in communication with them.

And how ’bout your mission team itself. When the new guy arrives on the field, do you assign a “big brother” or a “big sister” to the new worker or family? Do you have a systematic orientation to your field, along with checkpoints to be sure to avert poor adaptation? Has your field taken the time to write down information that will be handy for new workers. I’m not suggesting we baby new arrivals… but, at the same time, let’s don’t ignore their special needs.

Finally, and most importantly, how do you handle young believers in your field. Do you seek out ways to bring them together in care groups that will create camaraderie, fellowship, and energy for them to follow the Way? Even in sensitive-access lands (maybe *especially* there), do we think carefully enough about how important it is to knit them into the tapestry of “group-ness”?

These are only the beginning of the tough questions we must all face if we’re going to mimic the university in Nashville. I’m convinced we can do more… and when we learn to do more in these areas, we’ll *keep* more precious co-workers . . . and we’ll accomplish more for the Kingdom.

Because it’s a jungle out there. So be careful. Doug

20050424 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT SITE FOR STREAMED COMMERCIAL-FREE WORSHIP MUSIC
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
3. MEDIA & MISSIONS
4. CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS GATHERING
5. FRONT RANGE FINISHERS FORUM
6. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL WITH EMPHASIS ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
7. LEARN ABOUT CREATIVE STORYTELLING
8. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD
9. STAGNANT WATER: THE MBALANTU OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA
10. INTERNET VANDALS SHOW NO SIGN OF LETTING UP
11. HOW WOULD WE LIVE WITHOUT SPONSORS?
12. THE BACKPAGE: FIRE UP YOUR FINISH
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT SITE FOR STREAMED COMMERCIAL-FREE WORSHIP MUSIC — OK… this is it… This is the site I’ve been looking for. Have you ever needed some background music in your headphones to help mask that noisy street… or those chickens clucking outside your window? … or maybe for you it’s cubicle noise next to you… people on the phone or whatever… Here’s your God-send, no matter where you are in the world — if you can just get Internet connectivity, you can listen to: http://www.allworship.com Completely free, completely commercial-free, and yes… all worship. Try it. You’ll like it. (They do accept donations, by the way.) (Thanks, Thea, for the tip!)
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: US Senate Committee issues report detailing numerous tax law changes that would have a major impact on all charitable organizations. IRS once again has to define a “church.” Court rules that the Family Medical Leave Act does apply to churches and religious organizations. More guidelines from the IRS on who is an employee and who is an independent contractor. Courts rule on when ministers are mandatory reporters of child abuse, when churches can be liable for dismissing members, and the rights of religious organizations to dismiss employees. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Please let ’em know “Brigada” sent you by typing it in the “How did you hear about us” field. (By the way, there’s no kickback planned or promised here. :-) )
3. MEDIA & MISSIONS — Here’s a new website that offers missionaries the opportunity to share their ministry by video and pictures with supporters and churches – http://www.convergemissions.com. Converge Missions is a company that provides missionaries the opportunity to connect with friends, family, and supporters through the use of interactive media. The video content on this is delivered in flash video. This technology allows most internet users to view and interact with the streaming media in a video on-demand environment. Those that visit this site are given the opportunity to view any video at any time. The company is prepared to receive any kind of media to be edited and delivered online. The founder of this service organization is an MK who has a heart for integrating media and missions. This is a great way to allow supporters to get an eye witness view of your family and ministry. Give it a look.
4. CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS GATHERING — More factories and IT centers around the world are extending God’s Kingdom in powerful ways. Business owners are seeking ways they can minister to their employees and communities around the world. EC Institute and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary have partnered together to present the Christians in Global Business Gathering on June 9-11. Please view the link below for a packet of information: http://www.topica.com/f/v.html?900055965.900031694
5. FRONT RANGE FINISHERS FORUM — The next Finishers Forum will be held in Colorado Springs, June 10-11. What IS the Finishers Forum, you ask? It is a “mini-Urbana-like” missions conference for post-college adults. It is a safe place to explore missions. It is a partnership of more than eighty North American missions agencies, including Great Europe Mission, HCJB World Radio, The Navigators, JESUS Film Project, OCI, etc. For more information visit http://www.finishers.org/events Individuals registering before May 30 receive a $15 early-bird registration discount.
6. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL WITH EMPHASIS ON UNREACHED PEOPLES — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ. Dates for DTS are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006. The schools include 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada. Topics taught include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. DTS includes 8 weeks in Southeast Asia/ North Africa doing mission work with long term missionaries among specific unreached people groups. Outreach activities include evangelism, prayer ministry, community projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
7. LEARN ABOUT CREATIVE STORYTELLING — Here’s a conference, June 21- 23rd, 2005, featuring Imago Media, which focuses on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. You will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and then share the heart of those stories through video. This is a hands-on-training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals, enabling both beginners or advanced workers. Learn more at: http://www.eyesoftheheart.org
8. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD — YWAM Turner Valleys School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intense inductive Bible school. Students in this school go through the Bible five times in nine months while learning effective study tools. This is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to study and apply God’s Scripture as a whole. SBS begins September 12, 2005. Please call 1-403-933-3755 for more information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. STAGNANT WATER: THE MBALANTU OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA — In the traditional lands of the Mbalantu people, there are many mysterious pools of water called “oshanas.” These are actually fed from the water table below and often times contain fish. Just like the fish in the Oshanas, the Mbalantu people are trapped in their world with little or no evangelical influences. The Mbalantu are fed by the trappings of the sin of this world. Pray for fishers of men to come and share Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(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 .]
10. INTERNET VANDALS SHOW NO SIGN OF LETTING UP — eWeek reported recently that in the first quarter of 2005, Trend Micro documented about 7,600 worms and viruses propagating during the first quarter of 2005, an increase of 300% over 1st quarter 2004! Some of these were now spreading via IM. More than ever, we need good antivirus, antispam, antisyware, and a good firewall… a four-legged stool that has, in effect, become a more or less a required threshold for safe computing in the new Internet century.
11. HOW WOULD WE LIVE WITHOUT SPONSORS? — Well let’s put it this way: Our brigada-sponsored secretary wouldn’t. She is solely sponsored by the gifts from subscribers like you. :-) Nor would we be able to pay a bit of a share of our web-hosting fees, promote Brigada at conferences and conventions to new areas of growth and to new subscribers, nor travel to speak on Brigada and the importance of networking to finish the task. Our total budget for 2005 is $16,576. How many ministries have you ever heard of that have an annual budget of that size, ministering to 9,534 active members (as well as 2,626 bouncing ones :-) )? So far, we’ve already received $3,949.23 of that. When we make our goal, this item will vanish — and we’ll only make brief mention of any additional gifts that come in, which will then apply toward 2006 — if that glorious situation ever occurs. In the meantime,…

Thanks to anonymous couple who just decided to help, writing, ” Warm greetings. I just sent a $100 gift via PayPal to help with the Brigada costs. There is no need to acknowledge or mention the gift in any way. Every blessing in your ministry and service to many.” Whoa. Sobering. Thank you so much… and may others pick up your torch. Thanks to the other $100 giver and the $25 donor, again anonymously, from this past week. Whoa.

If you’d like to help Brigada, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
12. THE BACKPAGE: FIRE UP YOUR FINISH — Last week, we talked about “THE ART OF FINISHING” and the good feeling one gets after finishing something. Today we’re asking the question, “How?” Keep in mind that I’m a fellow-struggler here. But I *would* like to share some “lessons learned”… as long as you consider that they are shared from the perspective of “one beggar telling another where to buy bread.” These are working for me; see how they work for you:

*** For those really big projects, tackle sub-goals one at a time — With my dissertation, I stopped worrying about finishing the whole thing. I’m just trying to get to the next stage. Ch-ching. Three chapters done last week, sent off to the University; now I’m waiting on approval to forge on with the rest.

*** Make appointments with yourself — You’ve got to be ruthless. Realize that saying ‘yes’ to a new request means saying ‘no’ to those that have asked before. So you’re just trading burdens… unless you finish something.

*** Acquire the tools you need to get the job done — One of the tools that helped me was a little bibliography/reference computer program that uses the Internet to look up citations from the Library of Congress, then automatically formats them for my paper. For you, it might be a new power saw or even saving for a new laptop. If it helps you churn out the job, it’ll be worth it.

*** Intentionally delay gratification — In the middle of finishing my final drafts for the 3 chapters, my new laptop arrived from FedEx. I had already decided — I couldn’t open the laptop to even *look* at it until those pages were sealed, ready to send.

*** Map your progress and celebrate each difficult step — When I finished those three chapters, I paged the whole office and announced it over the intercom. I heard applause from every corner. What will *you* look forward to? Go out to eat. Take your spouse or best friend to the movies to celebrate! Hit the beach. Do *something*.

Now once you’ve finished your project or even a major sub-goal, how can you leverage that finish to move on to the next challenge? Come back next week to hear some answers.

In the meantime, be careful… ’cause it’s a jungle out there — for some of you, *literally*! :-)

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