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20041010 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DEEPEST GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. BEAT HIGH PHONE RATES
  3. WHOA — GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL IS A GREAT “FIND”
  4. IF YOU MINISTER TO CHINESE, YOU’LL WANT THIS VIDEO
  5. PROMOTING PRAYER? GRAB THIS $10 DVD
  6. FOLLOW-UP ON INSTALLING WINDOWS SERVICE-PACK 2
  7. HIGH RECEPTIVITY: THE NAMA/DAMARA of NAMIBIA
  8. FREE MISSIONS BIBLE STUDIES
  9. FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
  10. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATED
  11. DOING SOME RESEARCH ON THE UNREACHED? TRY THESE SITES
  12. NEED A DATA PROJECTOR? ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR SHORT LIST
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DEEPEST GRATITUDE GOES OUT TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks to the anonymous Alaskan who pitched in $25 this past week! We’re greatly appreciative of your willingness to partner with us to cover the costs of our Brigada-sponsored Secretary. If you’d like to join this lone Alaskan, 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. 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.

  2. BEAT HIGH PHONE RATES — Are you in a place with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to-country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html . (Disclaimer: Both of these phone service providers tithe back a portion of their proceeds to help underwrite our Brigada-sponsored Secretary.)

  3. WHOA — GOOGLE DESKTOP SEARCH TOOL IS A GREAT “FIND” — I can’t overstate what a great job the folks at Google have done on their new desktop searching tool. (It’s available free by clicking to: http://desktop.google.com/ These are the same folks who bring you the search capability on the web (that has practically become synonymous with finding treasure troves of information). Now they have brought you lightning-fast searching for your own hard drive. I’ve thought for some time that the Windows- provided search tool takes so long . . . it’s almost worthless. Google has changed all that. The earth has shifted. Now I’m *often* using it to find a lost item in my archives. We’re grateful to those great Google programmers (and for Matt in Italy, who first called our attention to the fact that the Google folks had released this tool)!

  4. IF YOU MINISTER TO CHINESE, YOU’LL WANT THIS VIDEO — That’s all there is to it. It’s a fantastic resource which promises incredible effectiveness among Chinese-speaking peoples. We’re kicking off a new work among a Chinese group now in North Africa now and we just ordered a copy to use there. The feedback on this film has been outlandish. It’s a “must-have” for ministry to any Chinese, anywhere, anytime. Get it at Good News Productions in Joplin, MO: http://www.cart32.com/estore/template/thumbnails.php?id=010587&cid=20 (Learn more about Good News at: http://www.gnpi.org

  5. PROMOTING PRAYER? GRAB THIS $10 DVD — We just wrapped up participation at a first-rate missions convention which featured some outstanding, short, pithy videos promoting prayer (about 3′ each). I believe this series of six videos will be on sale throughout the end of November for just $10, after which, the word on the street is — the price will double. Believe me… you’ll want these for either price. Pick one up today at: http://www.cart32.com/estore/template/thumbnails.php?id=010587&cid=7

  6. FOLLOW-UP ON INSTALLING WINDOWS SERVICE-PACK 2 — Thanks to the reader who pointed out that Windows XP users on a dial-up connection should probably not try to download the new Windows XP Service Pack 2. It is huge, and will take many hours to download. Microsoft will send a free CD containing SP2 with no shipping charges anywhere in the world (a gift from Bill Gates!). Just go to: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/ default.mspx to order the free CD in any language. (Again, thanks to the Brigada participant for the reminder!)

  7. HIGH RECEPTIVITY: THE NAMA/DAMARA of NAMIBIA — In two days a couple of believers traveled to three towns in the Nama/Damara territory. After hearing the Gospel, 11 of the 12 Damara people made professions of faith. Pray that evangelical Christians will hear the Lord’s call to evangelize and disciple the Nama/Damara. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, 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 .]

  8. FREE MISSIONS BIBLE STUDIES — “Missions – An Adventure In Faith” consists of 14 bible studies on missions from both Old and New Testaments using a character study approach (e.g. “Power Encounters” examines incidents from the life of Elijah). It covers many of the concepts in the Short World Missions Course. (Note that it is written from a charismatic renewal theological perspective.) Supplementary material includes missions statistics, a “World Missions Update” PowerPoint and a missions glossary. It comes in PDF format, available for free from: http://aibi.gospelcom.net/ebooks/missions/index.html or send an email to johned(at)aibi(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE — Now you no longer have an excuse. Every Brigada subscriber needs some form of antivirus. If you’ve held off because of the $30/year Norton/Symantec wants, click on over to: http://www.avast.com They have a free antivirus program. Learn more at: http://www.avast.com/eng/free_virus_protectio.html (Thanks to Scott in Taiwan for this tip.)

  10. OPERATION REVEILLE UPDATED — The Third Quarter Operation Reveille Shofar for 2004 is now posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm The recent articles address: + Public Prayer in Jesus’ Name + Religious Discrimination in Malaysia + Lessons From the 1994 Holocaust in Rwanda + Media and Short Term Ministry Opportunities in the Mid East Feel free to check it out for yourself.

  11. DOING SOME RESEARCH ON THE UNREACHED? TRY THESE SITES — One of the best is: http://www.worldchristiandatabase.org/wcd/ (Thanks to Tim in Memphis for reminding us of this site) and it’s *always* a great idea to go to: http://www.joshuaproject.net/ Dan Scribner and the gang there do an amazing job of telling us about the needs among the “final frontier” of unreached peoples. And don’t forget you can still obtain all the “Bethany Unreached People Profiles” at: http://www.ksafe.com/profiles/home.html These and other resources are also available at the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse site at: http://www.adoptapeople.org/

  12. NEED A DATA PROJECTOR? ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR SHORT LIST — If you’re considering purchasing a data projector in the near future, here’s one I’m watching. The Epson PowerLite 740c lists a bright output equal to 2500 ANSI lumens. (For comparison, the one I’ve been using these last 2 years puts out about 1100 lumens and that’s really been ok for all but the brightest sanctuaries.) This new offering has wireless capabilities 802.11g uploads, and photo-display capability directly from digital cameras or via USB memory or external hard drives. Price-wise, it’s within expected range: $2900. Disclaimer: I can’t think of any. Epson unfortunately doesn’t send us a dime for this recommendation. It’s just a case of one beggar telling another where to find *light*.
  13. Ask a dealer near you about it . . . or search for the best price at google.

20041003 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP?
  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE
  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS
  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS
  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY
  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC!
  8. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING
  9. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS
  10. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS
  11. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE
  12. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP? — If you or your church would consider even a small sponsorship of $30 or more, we’d be *so* much farther along toward our goal of paying our Brigada-sponsored secretary. If you can help, 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 by anonymous.

  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE — Audiopot is an initiative of HCJB- UK. It’s an on-line library containing over 900 audio items relating to the Christian faith, including award-winning material from the UK’s top Christian radio production groups. All this is available free of charge. Designed to challenge a non-Christian audience, the items are short (rarely longer than 3 minutes), creative and thought provoking. If you can use the audio in a church, a classroom or on the radio you can register for free at http://www.audiopot.org or by writing potstirrerataudiopotdotorg .

  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS — Looking to borrow, rent or buy a vehicle for your church or ministry? Thanks to Ken for recommending: http://www.missionarytechteam.org/Vehicles/index.htm Let us know if you like their services!

  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS — Medeserve is a UK based charity which offers people working overseas with a charity or church access to trained family doctors for advice and reassurance via the internet. When working or living overseas travel medical insurance will cover the cost of treatment or repatriation in the event of an emergency. However, there may be times when you would like advice or reassurance and in remote areas such a doctor may be unavailable or communication is difficult. In certain circumstances it is also possible for the doctors to obtain advice from a network of specialists. For further details about medeserve, our services and to meet the doctors please see http://www.medeserve.org

  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference is the largest Medical Missions Conference in the World held in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church at 920 Blankenbaker Pwy on November 11-13. The HIV/AIDS Preconference is on Thursday, with the Main Sessions and workshops on the 12th and 13th. Joni Eareckson Tada is the Friday evening keynote speaker. Go to http://www.medicalmissions.com for more information or call 502-253- 8000.

  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY — Are you looking for a source where you can learn more about those practicing Pentecostal and/or charismatic approaches to faith? The Pneuma Foundation is dedicated to leading Christians to a greater knowledge of God’s Word and encouraging discussion on the person and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Foundation’s quarterly journal and website provide articles, book reviews, and Bible studies all focusing on the Spirit and his work in the church, in the world, and in believers’ lives. You are invited to visit the web site at http://www.pneumafoundation.org

  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC! — Master’s courses are being taught in the Philippines by Azusa Pacific University. The dates are: May 30-June 10. The cost is 50-75% less than on campus fees. Courses this year are: Designing Learning Experiences, Creative/Collaborative Leadership, Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, Leading Across Cultures. This is one of the best leadership training programs in the world! For more information please contact Melody Kuka. kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph
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  9. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING — Take a look at “Pray for Denmark” website: http://www.prayfordenmark.com See a great example of what you could do for your ministry.

  10. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS –[edited for security on 9th of March, 2011]

  11. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS — It’s coming up fast! On Nov. 4-8, climb on board the Mission Exposure Trip & Field Immersion of Bible Colleges/Seminary Students, mission institutions and mission minded Christians targeting the Buddhist Culture, Bangkok Thailand. This trip includes seminar on: a)The Gospel & Culture b)The Missionary Challenge in Thailand c)Missions Education in the Local Church d) Strategy in Evangelism & Church Planting in Urban Buddhist Context. e) Reflection, Integration, Evaluation. Other Activities: Ministry Links among Filipino Missionaries & Thai Churches then familiarizing Bangkok. Resource Persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano; Dr. Richard Herring, Rev. Vernie Compas, Dr. Daniel Saengwichai, Thai Ministers in Thailand, Filipino Ministers in Thailand. The project is Coordinated & Facilitated: by Vernie Compas, iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE — Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren has been translated into Arabic. For information on how you can purchase the Arabic version for your ministry please contact Phil at the address below. Also, if you want to use or plan to use Purpose Driven Life in English in Africa, the ministry version is available in many Africa countries or through the PD Africa office (not for use in the US or for resale, only for use for ministry or 40 Days of Purpose in Africa). Again contact Phil Walker at: pwalker(at)purposedriven(dot)com .
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  14. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT — Dec. 2-6, take part in a Mission Exposure Trip to Bangkok for Philippine Pastors. This trip includes Seminar with the Thai pastors and Filipino pastors/missionaries in Thailand, partnership, ministry opportunity among churches. Resource persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano, Rev. Vernie Compas, Thai ministers, Filipino Ministers/missionaries in Bangkok. If you have any queries on the above mission trip schedules and itineraries, please call the numbers below or email FILNET at iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20040808 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE APPRECIATE SPONSORS AND PARTNERS!
  2. GREAT NEW EXCEL SUMMARY OF MISSIONS CONFERENCES, BOOKS, ETC.
  3. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING (CBS) RESOURCES
  4. WHY DO FEW MISSIONS USE THE WEB FOR OUTREACH?
  5. SHORT FILM AWARDS FOR DIGITAL EVANGELISM CLIPS
  6. DONOR TRACKING SOFTWARE
  7. CROSS AND CRESCENT CONFERENCE
  8. PAYPAL PROPOSES SETTLEMENT TO USERS
  9. TRY MAKING A FULL IMAGE OF YOUR HARD DRIVE
  10. MUSIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  11. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE APPRECIATE SPONSORS AND PARTNERS! — “I love Brigada. It has helped me connect many times. Thanks so much, All for Him,” from an Anonymous Brigada participant in Alabama, USA. Thanks for the encouraging words *and* the $50 gift to help us underwrite the cost of a Brigada-sponsored secretary! Read more of this donor’s testimony about Brigada by reading this issue on the web and clicking here. ” I really appreciate your site. I find it very useful and have used your links quite a bit,” from missionaries in SW Alaska, who sent $25 toward our secretary here. Thanks! Another great friend added another $25 and here’s a great note from a worker in South Africa in regard to our item on software for the MAC. You’ll recall the free program we mentioned and the way it performed pretty much the same function as the $4400 alternative. “Bob” wrote, “HUGE GRIN. Thanks, Doug — I (and my Mac PowerBook) enjoyed the chuckle and will enjoy the $4,400.00 savings.” Hope Bob and all our Brigada participants can enjoy that and more in future issues of Brigada Today! Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just use some of the money you saved on one of our items! :-) Go here to give via PayPal or 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 by anonymous. Remember, your gifts and sponsorships are the only way we can pay our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Also, remember that once we reach our goal for the year, we’ll no longer seek partnership gifts or donations. So if you’d love to get rid of these ads at the beginning of each issue, give generously and enjoy the rest of 2004 ad-free! :-) By the way, we still have a ways to go. So far, our friends have given $3,818.20 and somewhere we have to find $16,140 for our secretary’s salary. Can you help us reach that goal in the next 4 1/2 months?

  2. GREAT NEW EXCEL SUMMARY OF MISSIONS CONFERENCES, BOOKS, ETC. — Catch Chip’s new summary of the latest and greatest websites, books, resources, and conferences you need to attend in order to stay up on missions. Thanks to Karen, his secretary, for the great job she did organizing the material. Get it by right-clicking here, then choose “Save target as…” and save the file on your hard drive. It’s a virus-free Excel spreadsheet with several worksheet tabs at the bottom. Thanks again Chip – and thanks to all who responded to him! That’s the magic of Brigada!

  3. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING (CBS) RESOURCES — Interested in CBS? So was Jaime … and the Brigada family chipped in with replies. Check out these sites and partners:

    http://EpicPartners.org

    http://www.siutraining.org/training

    http://www.oralbible.com

    http://www.peopleteams.org/miao/storying1.htm

    http://www.newwway.org/articles/10steps.htm

    http://disciplethenations.org/index75.html

    http://www.wycliffe.org/Epic/home.htm

    http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prod/ProdID/1140.htm

    http://wayuu.welcome2cbf.org/default_files/page0007.htm

    http://chronologicalbiblestorying.com

    http://FJseries.org

    Paul(at)FinalApproach(dot)net – training events

    (Thanks for a great job, Jaime!)


  4. WHY DO FEW MISSIONS USE THE WEB FOR OUTREACH? — Although almost every mission agency has a website, these are usually publicity pages aimed at the respective Christian constituency and potential supporters. Very few actually use the Web for outright evangelism. This article analyzes possible reasons for this strange situation, and suggests a way forward: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mission-agencies.php

    And to advocate the Web as a good medium for evangelism, there is a free 1300-word article available for reprint in print media, or to syndicate into any website by Javascript insert.

    http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/outreach.php


  5. HORT FILM AWARDS FOR DIGITAL EVANGELISM CLIPS — If you enjoy producing digital movies, then there is a new opportunity for you. Submissions for the 2005 Short Film Awards have begun. Send your digital film (up to 3 minutes) in one of four categories: Plan of Salvation, Faith, Hope or Love. Multiple entries are welcome. Numerous great prizes, and finalists will be voted upon by visitors to the site. There is no cost; entry fees are covered by a sponsorship by eMediaLINK. Deadline for submission is December 1, 2004, so don’t delay. Get more information:

    http://www.lifeway.com/emedialink


  6. DONOR TRACKING SOFTWARE — Why do donor tracking software packages cost thousands of dollars? We don’t know either! CMS, Contribution Management System is reasonably priced and support won’t break the bank. Features include: track donations, keep an unlimited number of list designations, utilize CASS Certification information, profit from flexible reports, export data and make your own reports. We look to the users of our software for ideas to improve the software. How important is it to have software do what you need it to do and at a reasonable price? For more information visit our web site:

    http://www.missionarytechteam.org/Software/index.htm

    or email JWood(at)techteam(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The web page has additional contact information.


  7. CROSS AND CRESCENT CONFERENCE — This conference is held throughout the world and is taught by leading scholars from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The purpose of the conference is to train Christians to understand Islam, relate to their Muslim neighbors, and share the Gospel biblically and contextually with them. It will be held at College Church (Wheaton, IL) in Commons Hall on Friday, October 8, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To receive a brochure and registration information, go to

    http://www.college-church.org/media/img/media13-329.pdf

    or e-mail missions(at)college-church(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. PAYPAL PROPOSES SETTLEMENT TO USERS — If you opened a PayPal account between October 1999 and January 2004, you may be entitled to a payment from a class action settlement. To know if you qualify for a settlement log onto the following site:

    http://www.settlement4onlinepayments.com/faq.php3

    Or you can email Class Counsel at: paypalsettlement(at)settlement4onlinepayments(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Or you may contact the Claims Administrator at the following address: Claims Administrator, In re PayPal Litigation, PO Box 9000 #6248, Merrick, NY 11566-9000 USA. (Many thanks to the user who proposed this approach.!)


  9. TRY MAKING A FULL IMAGE OF YOUR HARD DRIVE — Thanks to Scott, a pactec guy, who reminded us that we can use R-Drive software (about $45) to make a mirror image of your drive, complete with your program installations and patches. Check it out!

  10. MUSIC VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — Christian music volunteers are needed to teach in a summer music institute in Haiti July 23-August 2, 2005. This one week institute is held each summer to provide music training for Haitian music leaders and potential music leaders for churches and for church planting. The camp is focused on composition of Bible story songs in Haitian Creole using indigenous Haitian musical styles. These songs are used with Chronological Bible Storying in evangelism and church planting throughout Haiti. For more information write:

    dianahaiti(at)skycasters(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information about this camp go to:

    http://www.geocities.com/dianayiti/index.html

    To view information about the Chronological Bible Story Songs Project go to:

    http://www.geocities.com/dianahaiti/MusicMissionsinHaiti.html


  11. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING — This training presents a wide range of issues for anyone going or sending. Special emphasis is on the spiritual and relational aspects of cross culture team work. Trainers are experienced long-term workers from various contexts. The next training camp will be in Virginia from October 28-31, 2004. For a more detailed description write to

    info(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    As an alternative, see the web site at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

20040627 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIAL ABROAD AND HELP BRIGADA, OR BECOME A DIRECT SPONSOR
  2. FREE SOFTWARE TO TRACK DONOR INFORMATION
  3. NEW MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE
  4. MEDICAL SEMINARS GIVING PRACTICAL HELP TO MISSION CANDIDATES
  5. NEW PRICING ON OPERATION WORLD
  6. TSI TO HOST ELECTRICITY SEMINAR FOR MISSIONS
  7. EXPERIENCE CHURCH PLANTING
  8. LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING BIBLES
  9. TESOL OPENS DOORS TO THE NATIONS
  10. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  11. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE: TOTAL IT UP
  12. KNOW OF ANY ARABIC WEBSITES THAT EXPLAIN THE KING OF KINGS?
  13. FREE PRINTING EQUIPMENT FOR A CHRISTIAN ORG
  14. LEARN TO TRAIN ENGLISH TEACHERS
  15. CORRECTED URL ON CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  16. MORE TIPS FOR BACKUPS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIAL ABROAD AND HELP BRIGADA, OR BECOME A DIRECT SPONSOR — When we first heard about Dial-Abroad, I’ll admit – we were skeptical. But this past week, they sent a donation based on Brigada participants’ May telephone bills. Get this – it was $135! If you have to use the phone anyway, you might as well get a great rate and help Brigada pay its part-time secretary! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html If you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-) Thanks, too, to Laura, a missionary with ABWE, for sending $15 to sponsor Brigada… like a magazine subscription! (Thanks Laura!) If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! 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 by anonymous.

  2. FREE SOFTWARE TO TRACK DONOR INFORMATION — Can you believe it? A free program to help you track information about your donors and contacts. Check it out at: http://www.sunergeosystems.com/MMBetaReg.asp Thanks to Sunergeo Systems for making the program available to Brigada participants at no charge! Remember – you heard about it on Brigada!

  3. NEW MISSIONS DVD AVAILABLE — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  4. MEDICAL SEMINARS GIVING PRACTICAL HELP TO MISSION CANDIDATES — Mercy Ships offers Medical Seminars in East Texas for medical professionals who would like to get into missions but need help making the jump to the mission field. They offer 4 one-week seminars each year (“Navigating Medical Missions”)and 1 four-week seminar a year (“Preparation for Medical Missions”). They give continuing education units to nurses. Call (903) 939 7628 in Texas, USA, or log on at: http://www.mercyships.org

  5. NEW PRICING ON OPERATION WORLD — We are still years away from a new edition of Operation World, but you can get your copy of the current edition at knock-down prices from William Carey Library. SO…spread the vision, go to: http://WCLbooks.com or call 1-800-MISSION to order. IF you get 60 copies, you can even get them for less than $5.00 each! (One copy is $8.95, 3 or more is $6.50 each, 60 or more in case lots of 20 is $4.75 each. All prices are PLUS shipping and handling.)

  6. TSI TO HOST ELECTRICITY SEMINAR FOR MISSIONS — Tech Serve International (TSI) seeks to help missionaries and mission organizations worldwide in three areas: Electricity, Telecommunications, and Construction. This fall they’re hosting a seminar entitled “World Missions Seminar Electricity 101.” For more information, log on at http://www.techserve.org (Thanks for the tip, Ken!)

  7. EXPERIENCE CHURCH PLANTING — Here’s a different approach in learning how to church plant. All Nations Training Center (ANTC) runs a “Church Planting Experience” (CPx) in which seasoned church planters, experienced on four continents, walk side by side with student learners to plant churches in several people groups in Kansas City, Missouri. Participants will start to learn a new language, be resourced, mentored and coached on how to learn and disciple cross-culturally through storytelling and plant church planting churches. CPx runs from September 7th this year for 7 months in the USA and then 2 months overseas. For more details, including course handbook and application form, visit the ANTC web site at: http://www.allnationstraining.com/planting or write to Carrie crowe(at)metroallnations(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. LEARN MORE ABOUT TALKING BIBLES — Audio Scriptures International has talking Bibles. Check ’em out at http://www.audioscriptures.org or to call ASI +760-745-8105.

  9. TESOL OPENS DOORS TO THE NATIONS — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course from September 19 to October 15, 2004, at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. See the website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or e-mail your questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. TRANSFORMING 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: September 14-19, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or email Helen(AT)med-amb(DOT)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE: TOTAL IT UP — A “Taste of Translation & Linguistics” is back by popular demand. This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics, phonology, grammar, translation/semantics, and language learning. Field reports, videos, and personal testimonies each night round out the experience. Learn in a relaxed setting with experienced translators from different countries and language projects. Devotions, and worship build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing, meals (breakfast, lunch & supper) are provided. The cost is $200.00 and the dates are August 15-20, 04 in Idyllwild, California. Please contact Vicki vicki_weber(at)wycliffe(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (909)719-1105. Visit the Wycliffe web site for other courses outside California. http://www.wycliffe.org Select “happenings”, “Total It Up”.

  12. KNOW OF ANY ARABIC WEBSITES THAT EXPLAIN THE KING OF KINGS? — Here’s a guy in need of an Arabic website explaining Christianity (in a culturally sensitive way) to Muslims. He would love it if he could also see the English version to be able to communicate better on what they are reading with those to whom he refers it. Got any leads for him? If so, email Chris christopher.lay(at)teenmania(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. FREE PRINTING EQUIPMENT FOR A CHRISTIAN ORG — Here are 4 printing presses, a process camera, 2 folders, misc. darkroom equipment all free to a Christian organization. The equipment in located in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Contact danleinbaughatcmfidotorg for more information.

  14. LEARN TO TRAIN ENGLISH TEACHERS — The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii is beginning a new 6 week TESOL course beginning August 2 and ending September 23. Their course consists of an intensive 4 week lecture phase with a 2 week practicum within our own Cross-Cultural ESL school. For more info, log on at http://www.uofn.org You may also call (808) 326-4433 for more information or (808) 326-4400 Ext 4172. You may also contact Randall Randall_Cavanaughathotmaildotcom

  15. CORRECTED URL ON CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hands-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesoftheheart.org worth visiting just to see the great front page animations

  16. MORE TIPS FOR BACKUPS — Perhaps you recall that I my laptop’s hard drive went completely dead on April 17th. Try as they might, nobody could recover data for me. Now I back up every night, and even use a portable USB “flash” drive for smaller backups, at times, during the day. Several have contributed tips for backing up, and here are a few additional thoughts from an I.T. guy named “Jonathan”:

    a. Keep one backup off site at all times – if you use re-writable media, this means having at least two (three is better so you can keep the third on site at all times for convenience).

    b. Floppies are still good for backing up a limited number of small files.

    c. CD-R’s are great – cheap, convenient and especially reliable. Unfortunately, they are not re-writable but they are cheap enough for most people to throw away once a week or so. Break it (wear goggles or wrap it in cloth!) or melt it thoroughly (in good ventilation) first if it has sensitive data. It takes many CD’s to back up a half-filled modern hard drive, but with good back-up software you can do incremental back-ups that only store the data that has changed since the last back-up in a particular series, so only the first back-up in a series takes a long time and many disks. CD-RW’s are bad since they don’t always work well except in the drive that created them, even when precautions are taken.

    d. Recordable DVD of various types are starting to look good for long term reliability, and they are getting cheaper, though there are possible compatibility issues. Though movies on DVD are pervasive enough that the drives will be around for awhile, not all DVD self- recording systems are inter-compatible. 1 DVD = 5 CD’s

    e. Magnetic media of any kind loses data eventually. Some types of tape reliably last decades some disks only years. Most will last decades to centuries if stored properly, but may have a data error on a file or two after a long time.

    f. Anything exotic or trendy is a bad bet since a new drive may not be available next year after your office burns down. Never buy the “best” or the “latest”. Buy the one that everyone else uses.

    g. Avoid consumer grade Iomega products like Zip, Jazz etc. I really mean it on this. Use professional grade stuff if you use magnetic tapes or disks, but remember that blank media may be special order only and costly.

    h. External hard drives are good – probably the best if you do big backups and want to keep re-writing the same media over and over. Remember – you must buy at least two in order to always have one off- site from the computer! Buy only USB or Firewire – nothing fancy or exotic that may not catch on and be around next year.

    i. Flash memory such as the “film” from digital cameras can be good for small backups – buy a good brand and one that is commonly used for many types of device. Be careful – the flash card for my digital camera is now unavailable and can only be used in the camera even though it was “the only kind” five years ago. The readers for these are so cheap that you can afford to buy a spare to put away for the future if you are paranoid (only paranoids REALLY back up all their files, right?).”

    (Thanks Jonathan!)

20040606 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE?
  6. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  7. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED
  9. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR
  10. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS
  11. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT
  12. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — If you’ve been vacationing on Mars for the last 9 years, perhaps you’ve missed the fact that we have some great sponsors and friends that are helping us underwrite the cost of a Brigada-sponsored secretary! :-) This past week, we received $20 from a missions pastor in Southern California (Thanks brother!). We appreciate you! We also rec’d $30 more from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. *And* $100 from Seneca Creek Community Church in Germantown, MD. God bless you!!! Are there other churches that can step up to the plate to match Seneca Creek’s faith and vision? We’ll apply the funds toward our Brigada secretary so we can keep these Brigada Todays going out the door on time! Just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! 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 by anonymous.

  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — Missionary Resources of Columbia offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254-3313, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or via the web: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant, Rich Benson, is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For further information, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit our web page: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE? — Have you discovered a wholesale source for vaccinations and malaria medicine for your short term mission trips? Southway Church has a doctor who could prescribe and a nurse who could administer the vaccinations, etc., but they don’t know where to go to purchase the medicine wholesale. Pastor Kevin will share with the rest of the Brigada family whatever information you send him at pastor at southway dot org
  6. (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces).


  7. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — While handing out a few gospel tracts, a couple of believers were asked to explain them. Jennifer, a 53-year-old Coloured woman, admitted to never attending a church, yet she seemed desperate to hear the gospel. Over the distractions of her drunken older sister, Jennifer intently listened in hope. She accepted the Lord that day. She thanked the believers over and over for coming to share the Good News. She said, “For the first time, now my heart feels good.” Pray for Jennifer to be built up in Christ. 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 (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  8. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM — People Raising has just released its 6-hour fund raising training program on DVD. Now you have the opportunity to get the best of People Raising on DVD. This is a great tool to navigate easily through the 12 People Raising steps. With an expanded menu it makes it easier in learning and coaching others in this challenging area of fund raising. Now with a click of a button you can access specific training for some of the toughest fund raising issues. This has been a proven tool in reducing the fear and time it takes to raise needed funds and will streamline your learning and coaching To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#dvd or contact Bill at PeopleRaising dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  9. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED — David Garrison’s new book _Church Planting Movements, how God is redeeming a lost world_ has just been published by WIGTake Resources. Includes more than two dozen profiles of Church Planting Movements, 8 regional maps, more than twenty charts and graphs, an extensive Biblical index, glossary, an extensive list of suggested readings, and three practical appendices featuring the most productive Church Planting Movement methodologies being used today. How to use this book: -Practical guide to the latest Church Planting Movement best practices. -Team resource to Church Planting Movement principles at work around the world. – Education tool for your home church, your supporting churches, prayer network, team members, volunteers, and Great Commission partners. The book retails for $18.95 and can be obtained by calling toll-free phone: (888) 795-4434 or direct (806) 795-4434. Toll-free fax: (888) 795-4451; Other fax: (806) 795-4471 or email: customerservice at lanforceinc dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces).

  10. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR — The time is drawing near for the 2004 Web Evangelism Seminar in Perth, Australia. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to gain skills and new relationships for Internet evangelism ministry. The Web Evangelism Seminar is a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, building cross-cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. You and your students will learn how to harness the power of the Internet to share the Gospel with the world’s unreached and to mobilize the church to reach the world. All are invited to attend! You can find out more about the seminar at our webpage, just click here: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

    You can also download an application at http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/pdffiles/webevapp.pdf and get more details about curriculum and speakers. It also has a cool coloured flyer that you can download and print off for advertisement or just go ahead and email our registrar department to start processing you or your team’s participation at registrar at ywamperth dot org dot au (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces). Seminar dates: June 28th – July 3rd, 2004 Costs: AU$180.00. (accommodation if needed – AU$70)


  11. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS — “Health Advice For Overseas Travelers” by Dr. Jon Askew and “Tips On Understanding International Insurance” by Jeff Gulleson are now available on reconfigured Good Neighbor Insurance website. Also, check out a one page overview of international health plans including coverage for career and short-term workers, team, med-evac, war and terrorism, trip cancellation, furlough, large and small group, settling back into the USA, coverage prior to leaving the USA, and internationals in the USA. For information contact: jeff at gninsurance dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com

  12. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT — ArabBible is a powerful and innovative software tool, designed to help English-speaking missionaries interactively learn the Classical Arabic of the New Testament. Delivered on CD-ROM, there are more than 50,000 definitions so far, with complete grammatical explanations of every single word in the Gospels! Just click on a word, and you’ll find a wealth of information – not just a dictionary entry for that word, but contextual meaning and thorough grammatical help as well (something that even the best dictionary can never provide). A handy Back Translation helps the user to readily see the structure of the literal Arabic, and can immediately take the mystery out of a particular verse. A Smart-Search Concordance provides a much more comprehensive and revealing search than a typical word-search function, and the Root Analyzer will help you discover, learn and retain entire word families. Another exciting feature of ArabBible is its ability to recite the verse out loud, as read by a native Arabic speaker. You can even slow the speaker’s voice down by 25%, thanks to some high-tech software used in the development of ArabBible! ArabBible can also recite an entire chapter back to you for review. Check out our website at http://www.ArabBible.com and order it online today, or email contact at ArabBible dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) for more details.

  13. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA? — Thanks to Brad, who reminded us this past week of the importance of backing up to some kind of removable media. If the external hard drive sits by the laptop and they both burn up in a house fire, we’d better have something stored offsite! :-) You can use external drives, as long as you store one offsite or at a different location. Today, 80GB drives start in the $130 range, although prices climb with storage capacity. Brad recommended some form of removable media, like 1.4MB floppy disks, high-capacity disk formats like the Zip drive and or the new Rev Drive, which holds 35 gigs on a small cartridge. (These Rev drives might actually be the best choice of all on the current market.) You can also use CD-ROM and DVD drives. CDs have enough space for about 600MB of data; DVDs can hold more than 4GB. Both are economical solutions for backing up large amounts of data for easy storage off-site, as long as you’re there to swap disks. Finally, you do Web-based applications like TOP PRODUCER 7i. You can lease space on remote servers for a subscription fee that starts at as little as $9.95 per month for 500MB of storage. Providers include Xdrive, Connected Corp., and My Docs Online. Finally, you can use simple email. Just attach a file to an e-mail message, and send it to yourself. Then you can open and save the attachment on another computer or store it online on the server of a Web-based e-mail account like Yahoo! Mail. But before you count on a Web-based e-mail service as your principal source of backup, find out how much storage capacity you are allowed and how often the service purges old messages.

20040523 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE
  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH
  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE
  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS?
  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK
  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE
  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC
  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION
  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING — Thanks to the anonymous donors who gave $50, $49 and $20 each this past week. We’ve *almost* reached the $3000 mark. Trouble is, by the end of 2004, we need to somehow come up with $16,000. By the end of June, we’ll be halfway through the year. Is there any way you could help us reach $8000 during the next month? Whoa … that would take a *lot* of Brigada readers chipping in together. Can you help? Our Brigada secretary would sure appreciate it! Just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! 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 by anonymous. Thanks! Your partnership keeps us going! Team Expansion takes out nothing for administration. 100% of your gift goes to Brigada. Thanks for anything you can do.

  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training is designed for missionaries, churches, or ministries working in the countries of the Two-Thirds World. By the end of the training, you will be equipped to effectively implement strategies in the areas of microenterprise development, microfinance or business development. See http:\\www.chalmers.org for details about email based distance learning, DVD/Video courses, costs and schedule, email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). (And thanks to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in undergirding the costs of the Brigada Secretary!)

  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE — Thanks to Tony, who has generated for Brigada this free ticker with world population, numbers reached and unreached, using the code explained here: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/populationtickerlink.php We’ve tried this and implemented it on the Brigada home page at: http://www.brigada.org See it (last line on the page) for an example.

  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH — … BUT they need to get the orders high enough to keep the price at or about $6.00 each. They are about half way there! IF you can use at least 16 copies of this great resource, in Spanish, email to: greg.parsons at uscwm.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). By the way, our friends at the USCWM are not making any money on this, and Greg is volunteering his (and his staff) time! Why not ship some from your church or ministry to all missionaries or pastors throughout Latin America?

  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE — Thanks to H.V., serving in Mozambique, who jotted us an update this past week: “About your entry ‘NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?’, the drug is made from the Chinese Artemeter plant. Its malaria-combatting properties have been known to the Chinese for thousands of years. The herb is available in tablet and injection form. It is a treatment, not a prophylaxis. Some of the “trade names” for the tablets are “Artemax”, “Artesunate” and “Coartim”. We are missionaries in Mozambique, and I, along with my wife and our two children, have used it to treat myself for malaria. It is much more effective than any other anti-malarial drug available. It has to be used in conjunction with Doxycyclene to combat secondary infection, and of course lots of pain pills!” Again, thanks for the update. This sounds like the most promising treatment yet for malaria.

  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS? — Want to find out if you have what it takes to teach overseas? Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting a 5 day course called TOTAL Education (Taste Overseas Teaching And Literacy) which focusses on teaching missionary kids in a cross- cultural context, teaching literacy to nationals, and issues faced in living in different cultures. The dates are July 11-16. Daily devotions, interactive classes, ethnic dinners, videos, and challenging speakers will build meaningful relationships. All instructors have years of experience living and teaching overseas. The course will be held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC. The cost is $200, which includes food, a shared room, and course materials for the week. Check out: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total_education/home.htm for more info, or write ray_gonzalez at wycliffe.org (please replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Class size is limited to 30.

  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK — Our friend Eddie Smith is always finding new ways of communication. Now he has an affordable international Internet Television Broadcasting system and an online Video Recording Studio. It does require a webcam and mic, but there’s nothing to download. Find an example plus details: http://tinyurl.com/28f6u (By the way, we’ve converted the long URL to a shorter one at http://www.tinyurl.com so we wouldn’t have to worry about the URL breaking up over two lines in the email. Here was his original link.)

    Eddie also invites you to his “talking website” http://www.usprayercenter.org and his webstore http://www.prayerbookstore.com.


  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE — Fuller Theological Seminary will be offering two one-week courses this summer focusing on leading churches and other Christian organizations. From June 21-25, Understanding Organizational Dynamics, will provide insight on how organizations work and give students a chance to analyze their own organizational contexts according to current theory. On June 28-July 2, Change Dynamics, will look at how leaders can be “change agents” and give new perspectives on how to effectively guide an organization through small and large transitions. For more information on these courses, check Fuller’s website at http://www.fuller.edu/registrar/schedule/display_quarter.asp or contact their advising office at sis-masters5 at dept.fuller.edu (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces).

  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC — Remember Apple? Remember MACs? :-) Jonathan wrote this past week to fill me in on the latest virus- protection options for MAC users. “Norton and Macafee both have no frills Mac anti-virus S/W available for under US$10 if you shop and both can be updated (or even purchased with a credit card) via the internet as needed. Users of Mac OS-X can of course explore the Unix world of security S/W which reportedly allows free and truly bomb-proof possibilities. But… Virex and Interferon were both pretty good free options for the Mac, though of course neither has been updated in 7-8 years. … (Though using such obsolete anti-virus S/W for Windows would be suicidal, on the Mac, it may be OK.)” He added a bit of caution for those who use Windows/Microsoft programs on the MAC :-), and also threw in, “Keep up the good work. You are a channel of blessing to the servants of God!” God be praised for good friends. :-)

  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION – Columbia International University is offering a course in Budapest – October 12- 14, 2004 – Dr. Roy King. There are 3 ways to take this course and 3 prices: (1) for professional development, (2) for CEU’s, or (3) for academic credit toward an MA or Mdiv. For more information write ciubudapest at hotmail.com (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). Register by September 10, 2004.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED — Well yesterday we received the final slightly-devastating word: Nobody can help us with our ill- fated hard drive. We first tried a local friend, then the folks at DTI (dtidata.com) then the expensive guys (ontrack.com), but alas, no one could recover a speck of data from our bad hard drive. Did I learn a lesson? I hope so. I now have a $279 200-gig external hard drive backing up my entire laptop every night. Let’s hope that’ll do the trick if this ever happens again. I’m convinced: Using a machine with moving parts is like playing Russian roulette. Eventually, the bullet is going to spin around and take its toll. The only reason I mention this again is a) the bad news I rec’d yesterday, and b) the stats I read last week which pointed to the fact that over half of all computer users have never backed up their data. (Gulp. My last partial backup was end of Feb. and I thought *I* was bad! :-) ) Get a Maxtor One-touch or *something* … and back up your stuff today. End of soapbox, for now. :-)

20040509 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES
  4. WE GET MAIL
  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT
  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST
  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?
  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC
  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED!
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5)
  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE
  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS
  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL”
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS — We’re so grateful to those who are undergirding the work of our secretary, thus making is possible to keep Brigada going out the door each week. This week, we’re particularly thankful for the anonymous worker laboring in the Arctic north of Europe! He wrote, along with his $50 sponsorship, “Spring is almost here! God bless you and all who labor to encourage and inform us in the fields that are white to Harvest!” Bless you brother! Another brother wrote (and sent $10), ” I appreciate your hard work and often benefit from articles in your newsletter. Please do not publish my name, Thanks.” Thanks also to Blessed Hope Long Distance, who sent their Feb. sponsorship check for $14.60. God bless those using Blessed Hope for their calls, along with Blessed Hope itself.

  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING — Do you minister to the poor in the U.S. or in the 2/3 world? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses or a live event. Learn best practice, holistic economic development strategies and methodologies to help the poor and build the local church. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision is offering the first course in both our U.S. and 2/3 World /Transitional Economies learning tracks via email from June 7 > -> June 25. Or you can attend our live training events in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 > -> June 2 or Lookout Mountain, GA, USA August 2 – 11. For more information, visit <http://www.chalmers.org> or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURES INTERNATIONAL: FACILITATING OTHER MINISTRIES — ASI’s president, Mark Hoekstra, is inviting visitors to download ASI’s masters from its web site and duplicate them freely, particularly where CDs would normally have been impossible. ASI has master cassettes and CD’s of the translated Scriptures in some 350 languages, including more than 150 entire New Testaments. To learn more, log on at http://www.audioscriptures.org Be sure to check out its beautiful “Portrait of Jesus” and “God’s Powerful Savior” recordings. (Thanks for the sponsorship that ASI recently provided to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary!)

  4. WE GET MAIL — Thanks to those who wrote to encourage us on after our sleep-keyboarding apparently allowed an unwanted email through the moderator gatway. ” Dear brother: We are very trankful for the information we receive from you. Unfortunately, viruses are part of our daily struggle with internet. So enjoy God´s grace in spite of the complaints.” God bless you! Carlos and Liliana, Patagonia, Argentina. (Thank *you*, Carlos and Liliana, for taking time to write and encourage! )

    Hello from Kuala Lumpur! Just want to say “thanks” for all you’re doing to inform us practitioners of what’s going on around the world. Don’t worry about the spoofed email. My anti-virus software caught it. And I fully identify with keyboard sleeping! Be blessed and graced! Todd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (We’re grateful for the understanding and grace, Todd!)

    And from Bob in Germany, “I just want to say, it’s not your fault, even if it came to me from your machine! You didn’t generate this virus. I suppose these things happen – like getting flu from someone else! We have to live with this stuff nowadays, but the benefit of email much outweighs the irritation of viruses and worms etc. God bless, Bob” Thanks for your encouraging heart, Bob, but we do take these spoofed emails very seriously. Thanks for understanding that we didn’t design it though.

    And from an anonymous reader, “I must commend your tireless effort in furnishing us with powerful information. God bless you real good.”


  5. NEED ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE? NO FUNDS? TRY F-PROT — If you need a good antivirus package but have zero funds for it, try F-Prot at: http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/dos/ Their DOS version is free (and has been for like 10 years!) and is said to be quite effective.

  6. HEALTHCARE COURSE IN AUGUST — Fuller Theological Seminary will be bringing in healthcare professionals from throughout the world to host the 2004 Healthcare Missions Conference, Aug. 20-21. The conference, entitled “Calling the Church to a Healing Ministry,” will have over 30 speakers from a variety of disciplines. Conference organizers hope it will inspire a diverse group of healthcare professionals, pastors, and missionaries within the church to work cooperatively to bring God’s healing to the “least of these” (Matthew 25), equip Christians who are interested in physical, emotional and spiritual healing with practical tools to implement personal and church-based healthcare responses, as well as to network, to be informed of opportunities to serve and to become aware of relevant programs. Prior to the conference, Peter Yorgin, M.D. and Doug McConnell, PhD will be offering a one week intensive course on Healthcare in Missions. If you would like to register for the course, prior to the conference, and are not presently a student at Fuller, contact our admissions office at (800)AFULLER or http://www.fuller.edu. For more information on the conference go to: http://www.fuller.edu/cll/ce/healthcaremissions.asp.

  7. NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA? — Thanks to our good friend Marty, from New York, who sent us the heads-up about artemisinin (pronounced are- TEM-is-in-in), a new drug reputed to be quiet effective when used against Malaria. If this drug is indeed shown to be successful, it will perhaps be the most welcome treatment for 50 years! For more information, read the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/10/health/10MALA.html (but only if you’re subscribed to the New York Times; Thanks Marty!). See the reprint at the Dehai, Eritrea, Online site: http://dehai.org/archives/dehai_news_archive/0200.html if you’re not signed up to read the NY Times.

  8. MEDICAL SHIP IN SOUTH PACIFIC — Marine Reach, the maritime arm of Youth With a Mission is now operating a small medical ship in the South Pacific. Stationed in Fiji the vessel, equipped with an operating theatre, visits the nations outer islands with dental and optical teams. Over the last year nearly 11,000 patients were treated. Marine reach is now running a special Discipleship Training School in Fiji where the students complete a three month lectures phase in Lautoka (Fiji) then spend 6 – 12 weeks on board the M/V Pacific Link severing as part of, or along side, the ship’s medical teams. The dates are 02 August – 16 December 04. For more information log on at http://www.marinereach.com or write dtsatmarinereachdotcom (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  9. MK SCHOOL DIRECTOR WANTED! — The Academia Cristiana Internacional de Caracas (ACIC) is seeking an interim director for the 2004-2005 academic year. This is a K-12 school providing quality Christian Education in English for missionary and international students in Caracas, Venezuela. ACSI accredited. For information please contact Rocky by email at aciccs at cantv.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Receive training and practice in effective techniques for teaching English to non-English speakers. Prepare for cross-cultural ministry opportunities by becoming an excellent teacher. Earn a TESOL certificate to open doors for ministry in many lands. The next four-week TESOL class is scheduled to begin June 13, 2004, at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or direct questions to ywampa “at” comcast.net. (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  11. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5) — If you want to stay abreast of the cutting-edge issues in language and culture learning or are charged with the responsibility to keep your organization’s personnel pressing on toward communicative competence in language and culture, then the 5TH International Congress On Language Learning (ICLL5) is for you! The Congress is hosted by Mission Training International (MTI) and will be held October 11-15, 2004 in Colorado Springs, CO. The theme is “The Right Help at the Right Level”. Register at http://www.mti.org/icll5.htm or or call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111 or write info at mti.org (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  12. CONCERNED CHRISTIANS FOR AFGHANISTAN: 2ND CONFERENCE — This year’s two-day conference will be a premier networking event for local churches, concerned Christians, field workers, missions advocates, and Christian NGOs and professional organizations interested in ministry among Afghans. The conference is to be held at Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, Tennessee on August 13 and 14. Advanced registration is required to attend the conference. You may register by visiting the website where you will find the registration form. http://www.ccafghan.org For any additional questions or information, call Steve 901-260-5712 or email stevem at germantownbaptist.org (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace the “at” with an @ and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  13. CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS –- Check out http://www.preparacionymovilizacion.ws where George Paterson’s six P & M manuals are available for free download on the web. The “Preparation & Mobilization” manuals (P & M, for short) are superb, culturally suitable, Spanish pastoral training materials written by George Patterson. Good use of graphics, Q & A’s and practical homework. 120-150 pages each. Set of six and ideal for Spanish pastors. Thanks, George and Galen!!

  14. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A “MASHED NAIL” — Rats. Last week I shut my 3rd (ring) finger in the door of my truck. How can something so tiny cause so much pain? The morning after, I had to carry around a cup of ice water just go get my breath! You know, life is like that, too. The tiniest piece of a problem can sometimes dominate our thinking so much. One tiny piece that gets trashed can upset the applecart and make everything look bad.

    So maybe I need to keep my fingernail in context. After all, it’s just a nail. Life is good. I’m healthy, except for this rascal nail on my right hand. But hey — it’s nothing life-threatening, actually. I need to “get a grip”, … “buck up”… “dry it up, Doug!” :-) “Quit your whining…” “Be a man!” :-) Seriously… it’s just a nail.

    And … maybe we need to keep things in perspective next time something goes wrong at the church, the studio, or the bookstore. If it’s something that will grow back… if it’s something you can fix.. let’s just forge on. The Lord will help us… and we’ll get through it. If it’s small stuff, then it’s just small stuff. More on the big stuff some other time. But today, let’s forge on… Satan wants to make us think that the small stuff is bigger than life. Forge on. Doug

20040229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS
  2. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY
  3. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  6. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS
  7. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS
  8. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION
  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS
  10. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM
  11. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH
  12. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR
  13. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS
  14. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS
  15. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE
  16. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  17. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW TO SAVE ON INTERNATIONAL CALLS — Learn how other missionaries save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html
  2. A portion of your long distance bill will help keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen! The phone company will be “in your corner,” helping you be all the more effective at an all-the-more-reasonable price!


  3. HOW TO HELP SPONSOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY — Maybe your church could pitch in… or your organization, if you’ve ever benefited from any item in Brigada? Your partnership gift of $10, $100, or $1000 or more would help sponsor our Brigada secretary for 2004. So far, we have $1673.60 toward the total needed for 2004, which is $16,021 — to completely underwrite the cost of all administrative help for Brigada. (Doug’s compiling is donated free. Brigada participants are asked only to help by covering the cost of his secretary at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html Choose to make a one-time gift, or use the “subscribe” button to be reminded each month of a smaller gift of $10, for instance. Your call. Thanks for your partnership to keep Brigada going out the door and onto your screen!!!

  4. NEW WEBSITE HAS GOOD NEWS AUDIO LINKS FOR 1,000 PEOPLE GROUPS — We are good at using the web to TALK ABOUT people groups. Now a new website has been launched with the goal of TALKING TO members of every language group on earth. Visit and link to this great new site: http://www.EveryTongue.com – EveryTongue Good News Recordings – Over 1000 links to on-line Good News recordings to which you can click and listen. 72% of the world can find Good News at this site in a language they can understand. On this site, you will also find a list of hundreds of recordings that are on cassette but not yet on the web. If you can help get these languages onto the Internet, go to the site and volunteer. Take a look at the site’s focus country of the month where Good News web pages are being made for every people group in one country — a great model that could be done for any country. The makers of this site have met members of very obscure people groups via the Internet and believe they can get Good News to members of almost every language group on earth.

  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — This is your last chance to register for “Transformations,” an Unreached Peoples Consultation sponsored by AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear how you can reach the thousands of people who die every day without ever hearing the name of Jesus Christ. The cost is only $169. Register today by calling AIMS at (757) 226-5850. You may also e-mail aimsataimsdotusa-org or log on at http://www.aims.org

  6. SHORT TERM MISSIONS RESOURCES ON THE WEB — http://www.stmnetwork.ca is a website devoted to equipping people for short term missions. Over 1 million North Americans will be part of a short-term missions trip this year. If you are looking for resources, a trip database or general STM help check out http://www.stmnetwork.ca North American callers can dial toll-free: 1-866-999-1STM. International callers can dial (403)813-5765.

  7. MK SCHOOL IN ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN IS RECRUITING TEACHERS — Tien Shan Educational Center (TESC) is receiving applications for the upcoming school year beginning August 26, 2004. TESC – K – grade 12 is an English speaking school, meeting the needs of missionary children from nine countries. Presently they are seeking staff for the following positions: Primary teachers for Grades 1-6; Secondary Science teacher (JH Science and HS Chemistry & Physics); Secondary Math teacher (Algebra 1 & 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus); Secondary Language Arts teacher (HS English); Primary & Secondary School Physical Education teacher. For more information or an application please write Craig tienshanatpactecdotkz or Joahna tssecondaryatpactecdotkz

  8. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS COURSES AND WORKSHOPS — These are offered by the author of “Building Credible Multicultural Teams,” Dr. Lianne Roembke, and have been significant in charting or correcting the course of many teams, leaders and members. The following workshops and accredited courses (*) are being offered in 2004 (facilitator training available): Fuller School of Intercultural Studies – Pasadena, CA* – August 2-13 contact: sis-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu Columbia Int’l Univ – Korntal, Germany* June 28 – July 9 (in German) contact: CCrouseataemdotde Workshop in Korntal, Germany (in German) – Dec. 13-17 contact: smfataemdotde Inquiries on Facilitator Training: LRoembkeataoldotcom  (LRoembkeataoldotcom)  
    http://hometown.aol.de/LRoembke/homepage/weiterbildung.html

  9. DETAILED MISSION OPPORTUNITY INFORMATION — You likely know a few people who are considering going on a summer mission, or longer. A great resource to refer them to is http://www.ShortTermMissions.com. The website offers *complete details* on 1,000 one week to three year opportunities from 50 organizations. Quickly find a match with a search by country, length, date, and keyword. Note: Most of the opportunities are with US mission agencies.

  10. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPING WORLD BELIEVERS — Equipping Leaders Internationally is pleased to announce the launch of an abstinence education materials Internet website at http://www.eliprojects.org. The target audience for this website is youth workers, church leaders, and parents in the developing world, who have few printed resources, but want field-tested educational materials which will address sexuality and other areas of potential risk for youth. Now these materials will be available to them through this “virtual library” free of charge. More materials which are written by and for the developing world, as well as additional materials from premier organizations in the developed world, will continually be added. For more information or to submit materials please contact vnurtmiateliprojectsdotorg.

  11. MORE OPTIONS TO FILTER SPAM — We continue to battle spam, don’t we. With some PC experts beginning to talk about email being “broken”, we’d *better* get to work fixing it! :-) Have you noticed two good solutions sound nearly alike?
    http://about.mailblocks.com/ and
    http://www.mail-block.com/ They appear to be unrelated, but very similar products and both are said to be working great. I use Norton Antispam right now, but kind of regret buying it, when I compare to these two solutions. Don’t sit around deleting 100 emails a day, most of which are trying to sell you on enlarging certain things and energizing others. Get a good antispam solution and start feeling some relief from the stress! :-) (Thanks to all who give input on these kinds of things, like Scot, Sheryl & Corrie!)

  12. USE “THE PASSION OF CHRIST” AS A MEANS OF OUTREACH — We recently reported a dearth of resources for cross-cultural outreach relative to the movie, “The Passion of The Christ.” Well thanks to “Wes” who pointed us to these…
    http://www.TheLife.com – for use with non-Christians
    http://www.sharethelife.com – full of ideas for Christians to use So there *are* some resources out there! In fact, thanks to Ken who recently compiled a whole *listing* of such links for us!
    http://www.christianvideos.org/passion_of_Christ.html

  13. TRAINING FOR OUTREACH TO DEVELOPING POOR — Do you minister to the poor in the developing world? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses. Learn the basics of microfinance and microenterprise development as tools to help the poor and build the local church. Certification is offered for those who complete these courses, their live training and a ministry plan. See
    http://www.chalmers.org for details about the courses, costs and schedule.

  14. COMPILED: INFO ON FUND-RAISING FOR “REPEAT” SHORT-TERMERS — Remember out guy, Kevin, who was going to compile information on repeating short-termers? Well he did! (Thanks Kevin!) Here’s his expanded report:

    + Fund raising for “Repeater short term mission trips”
    – The question asked was, “HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them?”
    – The following responses are given without attribution because I didn’t ask for permission to use names. None of the following ideas are mine, I only edited and arranged them.
    Kevin Paszalek Southway
    Community Church
    Houston, Texas USA
    pastor at southway.org (replace the word “at” with the @ sign and remove the space on either side)

    + Cost cutting
    – Have you considered having fewer trips per year, but each trip be longer duration? I’m sure a majority of the cost is airfares.

    + Participants pay some proportion
    – If a person wants to go on a Short Term Mission trip he (or she) must be approved by the missionary committee and is responsible to pay 25% of his (or her) cost for the trip. The STM person making the trip will receive a tax deductible receipt for this portion of the money contributed as well the other donors If a person wants to take a second STM trip, no matter if it is to the same country or to another country, the person is now responsible to pay 50% of his costs. If a person wants to go on a third trip he must pay 75% of the costs himself. If a person takes 4 or more trips he will be responsible for paying his own expenses and donations from others is neither encouraged nor discouraged, however, the person is not allowed to “solicit” funds through the church.

    + Fund raising events
    – I do a Thai Chicken Curry Lunch right after church at other churches in the area as a fund raiser. I split the money raised with them to support their youth missions. I can talk about the mission I’m doing, give a door prize, and support their youth missions program at the same time. I give private small group Thai cooking lessons-this is my best fund raiser aside from straight donations. So far I’m netting about $250.00 on each class (about 6 hours of time), plus there are a lot of happy people eating Thai food. They aren’t even “church” people…they come from the health club, friends, the beauty salon, etc. to take the class.

    + Don’t do yearly trips with the same people to the same location.
    – Go somewhere else. I know that a mission agency opened up into Africa, from being exclusively central American focussed, since a donor wanted to give to the type of work, (microenterprise) but wanted to influence Africa) Who’s to turn [down] $250,000? Off to Africa they went.
    – 2. Get new people on board. Bring in fresh blood, and their new donor team. You expand the number of committed people to your particular overseas ministry. Fund the team as a team rather than as individuals, so that the pot for all pays for everyone.
    – My suggestion is to consider not doing several repeat trips a year but maybe only one and look for other opportunities.
    – Google “donor fatigue”

    + Add new people to the team
    – Our church does have one trip that we have done three consecutive years and it has worked very well by adding and dropping people but always having a few that are repeats to form a core.


  15. EXPLORING YOUR MISSIONS OPTIONS — Are you sensing God’s call to commit your life to cross-cultural missions, but you have more questions than answers? TEAM’s “Explore” Workshop may be just what you need! “Explore” is a three-day opportunity to gather good data on your spiritual life, life experience, education, health, values, and calling. It concludes with a personalized debrief in which you set personal goals. They also create a personalized written report for you and your church. Experienced missionaries guide the sessions, and most workshops are sponsored by local churches. Find out more and check the schedule for your area by calling 1-800-343-3144 (North America) or checking at
    http://www.teamworld.org.

  16. ONLINE EASYENGLISH BIBLE PORTIONS FOR LEARNING DISABLED PEOPLE — Download freely 10 Biblical items (Psalms & Gospels; prayers from the Bible and Drama scripts) in their growing and popular Accessible EasyEnglish series. Just click on ‘AEE’ on their home page http://www.easyenglish.info Many people also use these materials for beginners learning English. More details of AEE and our other products from Martin Lloyd at martinateasyenglishdotinfo

  17. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL – On March 18 at 8:30 PM EST Elijah Company will have a unique conference drawing principles from the life and work of Amy Carmichael, one of the greatest missionaries of the 20th century. Her soldierly commitment and unwavering faith has set the course for many in missions. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. To get to know other Elijah Company services see http://www.elijahcompany.org

  18. THE BACK PAGE: EXECUTE THE LONG PROJECTS TOO — I’m really enjoying the opportunity to work on my doctoral dissertation these days. I’m trying to invest each Tuesday and Thursday toward that end, but I’ll confess it’s often difficult to put aside the urgent for the important. Someone needs a report on this or that, deadlines calling, phones ringing, people visiting… And in the thick of the battle, sometimes I put off the really big stuff, partly because it’s more rewarding to finish something smaller.

    But have you noticed that many of the most rewarding things in life come only after a zillion substeps… incremental improvements or subgoals on the way toward completing a major project. Imagine trying to build a nuclear submarine, the Washington Monument, or even learn to play the soprano saxophone (something else I’m attempting these days in my “spare” after-work time). It happens because we take tons of little “baby steps” (watch an edited version of “What About Bob” for a good laugh on that :-) ).

    So what about your work? How do you manage to accomplish the really long-term objectives? Here’s a suggestion that’s as obvious as the nose on your face: break it up in bitesized chunks. For my dissertation, that means, “I’ll try to get 5 more pages done today.” (If I get 2 between emails or phone calls, then sobeit; at least it’s forward motion!) For the sax, it’s even simpler: 30 minutes, 3 times a week. That’s about all I can usually eek out. But hey… why do we humans get in such a hurry, anyway? :-)

    How ’bout your projects? What do you have that’s really big … that you can break up into chunks… and just view it “one line at a time?” I bet once you did, you’d find it energizing to know you’re making progress again. And hey… one line at a time is okay. Just “enjoy the journey, as much as you would the destination,” and suddenly, that big project isn’t as bad as it once was, right?

20040208 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS
  2. NEW SPONSORS!
  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS
  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA
  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS
  7. MORE ON BACKING UP
  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA)
  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH
  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION
  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)
  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES
  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS
  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS
  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY
  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS — This is the season for many church missions conferences and the Toolbox For Videostorytelling can make a great gift from your church to your missionary. Check it out at http://www.VillageAve.com And thanks to the author, John Walton, for making a $35 donation to Brigada because of recent purchasers of the Toolbox! Yahooo! :-)

  2. NEW SPONSORS! — Hats off to the repeat anonymous sponsor who used the “PayPal Subscribe” sponsorship button at http://www.brigada.org/donate.html to donate $10 this past month to help with the expenses of our Brigada secretary and to keep Brigada going regularly out the door each week. Thanks, too, for the $50 from the “Arctic North of Sweden!” Way to go *Europe*!!! We appreciate you!

  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS — If you ask me, this new iKobo service easily beats out Western Union. We asked for volunteers to try it out (a couple of weeks ago) and 3 brave souls stepped up to the plate. They’re loving it! You provide funds by transferring money into your iKobo account from your bank account, electronically. Sound like PayPal? There’s more. Once the money is there, you can “Send Money” to anyone in the world! If the person is already an iKobo user, the transfer is *instant*. If they’re not already an iKobo member, iKobo assigns them an account and sends them an ATM card, at iKobo’s expense. The great thing is — once the person has the ATM card, you can transfer money at will, anytime, night or day. Rather than paying hefty wire transfer fees, the user only has to pay a $2 or so ATM fee. Plus, unlike wires, the transfer is *instant*, and teller has to view the transferred funds.

    Click here for more information, or to get started:

    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

    (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). Note: Believe it or not, iKobo is also offering to send $10/new member to help us sponsor a Brigada secretary — if you use the above link to get started. We’ve already received two of the sponsorships from our trial users new registrations. So it’s working already! What’s more, we’ve both sent *and* received money using the service, all without a hitch.

    So how is it different from PayPal? First, you can use this service to transfer funds to a national preacher or missionary, even if he or she has no web access or bank account. Second, it gives you an ATM card rather than an online prompt. Finally, some recipients don’t want to have “register” at some new online service, just to receive funds. So either way, it’s a great option.


  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA — We’ve had a good response to the offer from Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, to donate up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase of his new book, “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt!” This new e-book explains why Christians are powerless to stop the world’s slide into moral chaos and tyranny. The e-book is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. This offer expires March 1, so there’s still time to profit from this new book and support Brigada in the process!

  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE – The audio Scripture movement made a great step forward with the advent of The Talking Bible. The Talking Bible contains a complete audio New Testament in a sealed unit that has the appearance of a regular Bible. Talking Bibles are already available in many different languages. New ones will be produced in hundreds of other languages as resources are made available. Audio Scriptures International, Adopt-A-Village and World Mission, a non-denominational mission-support organization, are working in cooperation with national Bible Societies to produce and provide Talking Bibles in many of the world’s languages. ASI reports that requests from Africa for Talking Bibles are increasing dramatically. Churches and missions are being challenged to get involved. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org.

  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS — Would you like to catch the latest on media in missions? Stop by http://newWway.org This month’s cover story focus is on “The Passion”, written with missionaries in mind. Although written mainly for Southern Baptist IMB folk, it’s still full of great resources and training bits.

  7. MORE ON BACKING UP — We’ve received quite a lot of feedback on our piece on backing up our computer files (a couple of weeks ago). One participant said he’d personally been hit by tragedy without a recent backup. Now he uses an external hard drive which connects via USB port. He also uses PGP to encrypt the data in case it’s stolen. (Thanks Scott!)

  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA) — Focused on the nations of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, HNA is a new international prayer movement now getting underway for launch in 2005. Harvest North Africa will be working closely with believers and prayer networks throughout the region to produce an array of high quality media that can be utilized by churches and ministries to raise up a tidal wave of new intercessors. HNA is now seeking volunteers to help with mobilization, promotion, translation, regional coordination, distribution, video production, website design and maintenance, and other areas. If you can help with any of these areas, please contact HNA at: moreinfoatharvestnadotorg or visit the HNA website at

    http://www.harvestna.org


  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH — Interested in learning more about how to use press releases as free publicity? Check out:

    http://www.sacklunch.net/churchpr/index.html

    for extensive tips and ideas. (Thanks Brad!)


  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION — Vision Student Conferences has a theme of encouraging students and leaders to become actively involved in God’s missionary plan for the nations. Visit the website at:

    http://www.visionconference.org

    This conference is a one day event geared towards students, primarily from Senior & Junior High, and will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. Many youth groups are using this event as part of their training for summer short term trips. Check-out the website for information on the schedule, available breakout sessions, information about the speaker and worship team. There are opportunities for missions organizations and schools to set-up displays at the conference, call 717-509-6245 for information.


  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)– Have you been thinking about getting your master’s in leadership/administration? Azusa Pacific University holds 4 classes every summer in the Philippines for their Master’s in Social Science with an emphasis in leadership studies. The fees are 1/3 of on-campus prices! You get to do the reading and papers during the year, after the courses. The courses this year are May 31-June 11, right after Faith Academy gets out. They will be held in Quezon City, Teacher’s Village, at the SEND International Office board room. For more information contact Melody Kuka, tel 658-3807 in Quezon City, kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph .

  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES — No Frontiers in UK now have an online ordering system for tracts, books, gospels and bibles.

    http://www.nofrontiers.org

    (Thanks Tony!)


  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS — There is a new two-way email discussion list for webmasters: ‘Mishmash’. The list enables webmasters and mission promotion teams to discuss: – technical issues and problems in HTML and other scripting – achieving an effective graphical style and easy site navigation – broader issues of communication: how can we effectively communicate with an online target audience in order to enthuse and mobilize them for world mission So often, in the mission and web world, webmasters or small advocacy teams are working in relative isolation, and cannot easily interact with others in their field. Often, too, the wheel is repeatedly re-invented; or inadequate second-class wheels are used because no-one knows how, or where, a better wheel might be obtained! Sign up at the webpage:

    http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mishmash.php

    Mishmash is a joint venture between Web Evangelism Guide and Cybermissions.org .


  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS — You’ll be interested in checking out

    http://www.tracts.com/NPFCardinal.html

    for information on “The Cardinal,” a movie based on a Christian comic book hero. There’s even a viewable trailer.


  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Registration is still open for training aquaponics, which involves combining aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. These ecologically sound, highly productive systems are ideal for food production in almost any part of the world and can be used as a “helps ministry”. The course will be held March 8 – 12, 2004 at Camp Living Water in Bryson City, NC, USA. For more information, visit:

    http//www.aquacultureinternational.org

    or email: cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus . There are still a few FREE rooms for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.


  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY — What is the missionary potential of the hundreds of international churches (IC’s) scattered around the world? How are IC’s launching out to upper and middle class nationals in world-class cities? After two years Dan has completed his research project (he’s now Dr. Dan). A synopsis of his project can be found at

    http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004

    You can also contact him about articles he has written on the subject of IC’s serving as launching pads for mission to indigenous peoples, by writing revdanbowatjunodotcom . Thanks Dan!


  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE — May 7-8, 2004. A conference in Houston, Texas that will show you how to add primary eye care and eyeglasses to your international missions outreach. You do not need to be a doctor to attend. For more information call Toll Free 1- 866-398-7525 or register on-line at

    http://www.infocusonline.org

20030406 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEARN TO START A BUSINESS FOR HIS SAKE
  2. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS INSURANCE
  3. LEARN ABOUT AFGHANISTAN
  4. MEDIASTRATEGY & CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN THE DEVELOPOING WORLD
  5. IDEAS ON HOW TO SHARE CHRIST
  6. LOOKING FOR CURRENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONARIES
  7. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. PREPARE TO TEACH
  9. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEARN TO START A BUSINESS FOR HIS SAKE — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) and Creative Access Associates is bringing together an unusual combination of top entrepreneurs and business trainers for one dynamic three week seminar. Join Peter Tsukahira, Dwight Nordstrom, David Bussau and others experienced and skilled in Kingdom business planning, financing, managing, and training in China, Mongolia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the 10/40 Window. Participants will experience an intense learning environment, exposing them to the rigors and joys of starting and running a business as missions as well as receive hours of personal assistance from expert consultants on their individual call, business plan, and investment proposals. An optional track prepares students in setting up micro-enterprise programs. The seminar will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 8-26, 2003. Log on at http://www.CEED-UofN.org for information and applications or write <infoatceed-uofndotorg> </infoatceed-uofndotorg>

  2. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS INSURANCE — TTc serves overseas missionaries with an affordable range of medical and financial support services for global use. For more information, write <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit <http://www.talent-trust.com> . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  3. LEARN ABOUT AFGHANISTAN — “Learn-Afghanistan” is a daily email sent by strategicnetwork.org. It will give you a brief overview of an issue, city, province, people group, or event in Afghanistan and tips on how to pray. The information is completely public and may be reproduced in newsletters or church publications. If you’re interested in Afghanistan, you can submit short articles or prayer requests and we’ll look at publishing them to the group. To subscribe, send an email to: <learn-afghanistan-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (learn-afghanistan-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  >.

  4. MEDIASTRATEGY & CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN THE DEVELOPOING WORLD — Here’s a PDF book edited by Professor Dan Henrich, mediastrategy consultant and professor of communications at Liberty University. The book contains articles by mediastrategy personnel as well as case studies. This 315 page book is FREE and available as a PDF download from: http://www.mediastrategy.org (Thanks for the tip, Tony!!!)

  5. IDEAS ON HOW TO SHARE CHRIST — If you’re looking for additional ideas on how to share the message of Christ, the folks at “Sharing Christ” would like to send you a free catalog. Log on at: http://www.sharingchrist.net , or call 386-254-8188, or Fax 386-254- 8188, or email <schrist9atbellsouthdotnet>. </schrist9atbellsouthdotnet>

  6. LOOKING FOR CURRENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONARIES — If you know of any currently serving Af-Am crosscultural missionaries, your help is needed. Previous research was done on why there are so few such missionaries (see http://www.RMNI.org/dissertation ) A follow-up research project is locating those CURRENTLY serving. You can assist in 2 ways. First, you can send any name(s) and contact information, including email, of such missionaries to <jimatrmnidotorg> . Next, you can direct such missionaries to http://www.RMNI.org/research/index.htm where the survey can be completed online (a survey can also be emailed, etc). The research has the endorsement of COMINAD (Cooperative Missions Network of the African Dispersion). Data collection should be complete by 2004. You can call 423-822-1091 in the USA for more information. (Thanks for making your research available to us from the first project, Jim! We’ll look forward to hearing more from this second study!) </jimatrmnidotorg>

  7. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM — Mexican Medical Ministries will offer a cross-cultural immersion training experience called “Missionary in Training” (M.I.T.). This program is for leaders of short mission trips or those that are considering long-term service in a Spanish based country. Some of the training sessions will cover the following: “Using Health Fairs with the Local Church”; “What does it take to make it to the Mission field?” “Discovering and fulfilling the Call of God” “Using Mime on short term mission trips” “Learning Ballooning” The M.I.T. will take place in Baja, Mexico. The dates for the next M.I.T. will be June 4 – 11, 2003. For more information: 619-420-9750 or <caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom> or for information on Mexican Medical Ministries: http://www.mexicanmedical.com . </caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom>

  8. PREPARE TO TEACH ENGLISH — It takes training to teach well. Prepare by attending a TESOL class. The Lebanon (PA) YWAM branch is offering a TESOL training program June 16-July 11. Completion certificate from Institute for Nations opens many doors to teach English. For information contact <ywampaatcomcastdotnet> or see the website at http://www.ywampa.org . </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  9. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fundraising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. To begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com and see the “subscribe” box in the lower left-hand corner, or simply e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

20020825 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS
  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM
  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA
  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS?
  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS
  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS
  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Did you know that Brigada Today has a sub-list dedicated to helping mission mobilizers? It’s true. The Brigada Mission Mobilizers E-zine posts a column each week with in-depth information about mobilization, including Q&A forums, reviews of mission resources, and articles on mission mobilization. There is also an optional weekly Newsbrief with world news from the perspective of missionaries. The Mission Mobilizers E- Zine is designed to compliment Brigada Today and does not duplicate content already sent out over Brigada Today. Subscribership to the Mission Mobilizers E-Zine has grown over the last seven years to over 2,200. If you are interested in subscribing, please fill out the application form at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/application.html .

  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM — The International Institute for Communication Excellence in Oxford, England is accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice to commence in April 2003. The program is designed for Christians working professionally in the media as journalists, communication officers in churches, NGO’s or mission agencies and practitioners in the Christian media. Organizers say the course provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop skills as a media practitioner, engage with the latest scholarship in communication studies and reflect theologically on media practice. The course can be taken full or part time and there are plans to offer it overseas. It is validated by the University of Wales. For a brochure simply write Dave <dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk> or check the Institute website at http://www.iice.org . </dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk>

  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA — By Hope Flinchbaugh, this is a novel about a young woman’s faith in the face of persecution. It is reportedly a powerful tool that can be used to mobilize prayer and workers on behalf of the church in China. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order, write <csatbethanyhousedotcom> or call 1-800-328-6109 toll-free or via net2phone or Fax 866-220-8376 / 952- 829-2503. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS? — Try Powermarks (free to try, $25 to keep). A bookmark manager, it stores them as a list, which sounds bad at first… but in practice, the search engine helps you find bookmarks (needle in a haystack style) *quickly*. It lets you assign key words to each bookmark — and also assigns some of its own based on the webpage itself. Check it out at http://www.kaylon.com . So far, I’ll have to admit — I love it! (Nothing in it for me, by the way. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS — A new international online publication, Sacred Tribes Journal, represents a fresh approach by Christian scholars and thinkers reaching out to groups society and the media label “cults.” Sacred Tribes will explore outreach to a variety of new religious movements and will feature a blending of the insights found from the best of academic scholarship and missiology, a blend often found in current missiological research, but often missing from traditional “counter-cult” perspectives. Sacred Tribes may be accessed with no subscription costs at http://www.sacredtribes.com or by emailing <moreheadatquiknetdotcom>. </moreheadatquiknetdotcom>

  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Asia Committee for the International Sports Coalition is hosting “The Asian Church and Sports in Kingdom Building” conference in Hong Kong from November 3-9, 2002. Look for plenary sessions, workshops and demonstrations on all facets of sports and recreation as an outreach and discipleship. Readers from Asia can contact Johnny <johnnyyiuathknetdotcom> . Others can contact Church Sports International <roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg> . Web site information available at http://www.ymca.org.hk/asc2002.htm . </roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg></johnnyyiuathknetdotcom>

  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS — Learn how to develop indigenous Christian songs at CIT in N. Carolina (Nov. 11-15). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Dr. Neil Coulter, ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS — The free memory tool “Wordfast” from http://www.champollion.net integrates into Microsoft Word and helps in translating repeating blocks of text. RWS Tools from http://www.translate.com also combines with Wordfast and Word to give html help. (Thanks to Tony, who first saw this in World Christian News newsletter, http://www.dci.org.uk/main/findout.htm )

20020804 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES
  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE
  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS
  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS”
  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP
  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM
  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES — PeopleTeams.org now has 502 Web sites on its service. Launched 18 months ago as a people group advocacy Web site, PeopleTeams has amazed everyone by its receptivity. There are 293 teams of missionaries who are actually hosted by PT. Each team produces their own Web site in a secure environment by using an account name and password provided by PT’s web managers. Another 209 Web sites have requested a link be listed. A new search feature was added this year. Visitors to PeopleTeams may now search within regions by country or by alphabetical listing. Another unique feature is the ever-growing “Toolbox” page listing dozens of advocacy-related resources. More than 8,000 unique users generate more than 300,000 hits every month. The most frequently visited Web sites are an international mix with increases in interaction based on individual team promotion. For instance, the Dong of China Web site was consistently #1 for months during an intensive prayer focus. Others, such as the Persian-Speaking World, came to the forefront after the war began in Afghanistan. PeopleTeams is hosted by a Great Commission Christian organization that remains anonymous in order to foster a teambuilding environment.

  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE — Wycliffe Associates UK have now put two versions of Luke’s Gospel onto their web site. The URL, http://www.easyenglish.info , is for free downloading, cultural adaptation, illustration and use. These are ideal for counselling after the Jesus Film. More info from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>. </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS — Here are some new links to check out regarding planting house churches (Thanks Grace!):

    House Churches as a Vital Part of Discipling the Nations – http://disciplethenations.org/index86.html#HC

    House Churches and Their Vital Roles in the Great Commission – locally and overseas – http://disciplethenations.org/CHCRNNLJunSept02.html#GCPerspectives

    Also, Canadian House Church Resource Network newsletter now online: http://DiscipleTheNations.org/index87.html and a lot more resources on house churches at: http://DiscipleTheNations.org – see CONTENTS and then under H


  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS — For any missions minded individuals/leaders/missions/ministries, etc. that are interested in using the arts in the Great Commission, check out the following resource sheet Print it or just let them know about the web page. It includes enough information/resources/networking opportunities and ministry opportunities to last them a lifetime and it is always being developed further. http://disciplethenations.org/GCWACResourceSheet.html

  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS” — This distance learning course (online) will soon be reality. The Great Commission Worship & Arts Center, with the aid of many other related ministries and individuals, is currently in the process of developing an online distance learning course for those interested in Music, the Arts/Media and Missions training. This course is for candidates, missionaries, missions leaders, Christian music/arts/media and missions educators, worship leaders, etc. – any Christian interested in the subject. At present there is not yet a team to help facilitate the learning by personal email mentoring. As a result, for the time being, it’s all available free! To see what’s ready to roll, go to: http://disciplethenations.org/DistanceLearning.html Course organizers hope to shore things up by November. Those with ideas can write <gracewatidmaildotcom>. This course is also to work along with a number of other resources currently being developed in conjunction with a number of different ministries, such a related PERPSECTIVES course on music, the arts and missions. </gracewatidmaildotcom>

  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP — Need help developing your local praise team, either starting from scratch or taking them to the next level, both spiritually and musically? Reach Out Youth Solutions recently published a free global e-report, compiling successes around the world and giving practical suggestions that transcend culture. This collection of Web-based articles helps leaders choose the most effective styles for their local context, gives extensive wise counsel from others who lead worship, and suggests over 70 “Techniques and Taboos” on adding creative elements to worship. Start the global report at http://www.reach- out.org/article.asp?ai=154&ac=2&al=70 or view all 29 articles at http://www.reach-out.org/article.asp?al=70&ac=2 . To regularly receive this free report, contact Steve Miller at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM — Rick Meyers has developed an extensive free Bible study program with various multilingual Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, maps, etc., all extensively linked and with a “mouse over” feature that pops up referenced scriptures without having to jump to the reference to read it. Many other features such as bookmarks, highlighting, marking, enhanced browsing, and Quick Search will aid the Bible student in their discovery of Truth. see http://www.e-sword.net . (Thanks Dave!)

  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM — A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, will be offered in five locations this fall. Fall classes are beginning in McLean, VA; Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Lansing, MI; and Houston, TX. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to share with Muslims the life of Christ. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more, log on at http:/www.PerspectivesOnIslam.org or you may email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>. </infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>

  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — …For one to two years to love and care for children. Teaching experience recommended but not required. B.A. in any discipline. Housing is provided with a month stipend to adequately cover food and laundry. If interested, please send your resume and short essay about your Christian journey from salvation to present, and why you would like to live and work in Thailand to Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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20020428 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOT MY COPY OF THE VIDEO TOOLBOX
  2. REACHING THE WORLD IN JAPAN
  3. SCRIPTURERESOURCES.COM
  4. TEACHING IT SKILLS AS OUTREACH
  5. LOOKING FOR PRACTICAL HANDS-ON MISSION TRAINING?
  6. UPCOMING: 10 DAYS FOR HOLLAND
  7. USE YOUR SKILLS IN MEDIA TO REACH THE UNREACHED
  8. AUDIO COPIES OF THE BIBLE
  9. LEARN MISSIONS IN SOUTHERN GERMANY
  10. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE IN PULAAR
  11. CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING
  12. HOW MANY NIGERIANS DOES IT TAKE TO SCAM THE INTERNET?
  13. ANOTHER FIX FOR LAPTOPS THAT WON’T DIAL
  14. GET TRAINING IN LEADING SHORT-TERMERS
  15. MANY THANKS TO MISSION TO UNREACHED PEOPLES (MUP)
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOT MY COPY OF THE VIDEO TOOLBOX — I finally got a peak at the “Toolbox for Video Storytelling” (a 268 page book with accompanying example CD-ROM). Written by missionaries, for missionaries, it takes you through the steps necessary to effectively tell your story, through a short video, to almost any audience. The authors take readers through organizational topics such as “Tell me the new new story,” “Starting before the beginning,” “Thinking stories, not topics,” and “What’s a good story?” (It’s about time one of these books dealt with something more than just the technical topics!) But that’s just the beginning! You’re also led through organizing your ideas, developing your script (including story-boarding and scriptwriting), developing a shot list, preproduction tips, camera technique, and sound and lighting. What’s more, there’s an entire section on editing, copyrights, and music. The accompanying case studies are chalked full of ideas. Great “101-201” course. It is available from Mission Media Productions, Inc for $35.00, including U.S. shipping, but only until May 15th. (After that, a publisher price increase will force suppliers to up the asking bid.) To get yours, contact Bob <mmpiatmissionmediadotorg> or visit http://www.missionmedia.org/book.html . </mmpiatmissionmediadotorg>

  2. REACHING THE WORLD IN JAPAN — CrossCampus International is now accepting applications for a short-term mission project in Japan. The dates are June 20 – July 3, 2002. This project will focus on doing evangelism and discipleship with university students in Yokohama and Tokyo, as well as, sharing the gospel of Christ around the Fifa World Cup Competition. World Cup organizers expect over 300,000 people from all over the world to visit Japan in June for the World Cup. For more information about this project and other opportunities to reach university students, see the CCI website at http://www.crosscampus.net or write Steve at <ceoatcrosscampusdotnet> or call from within the USA at 817-861-1770 or from outside the USA at 001-817-861-1770. </ceoatcrosscampusdotnet>

  3. SCRIPTURERESOURCES.COM — They provide Christian websites with a free Bible Resource search tool. It allows users to search for Bible resources from around the world without leaving the site they are on. The coding is available for any webmaster to paste onto a webpage. ScriptureResources.com is sponsored by the Forum of Bible Agencies, made up of key Bible translation and distribution organizations that work around the world: http://www.scriptureresources.com/about.asp (Thanks Tony!)

  4. TEACHING IT SKILLS AS OUTREACH — For many years, teaching English has been a major ‘way in’ to evangelism in many cultures – such that a majority of the Christians in Japan first heard the Gospel through English classes. Now, teaching IT and web skills is gaining the same significance and presents a major opportunity for mission agencies: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/teach-it.php (Thanks again Tony!)

  5. LOOKING FOR PRACTICAL HANDS-ON MISSION TRAINING? — Get the skills and experience you need you need in The Timothy Project. The Timothy Project is a field based, hands-on internship developed *by* missionaries *for* missionaries. Since 1996 the Timothy Project has offered effective, cutting-edge mission training. Located in Peten, Guatemala, Central America, the Timothy Project provides training in communication skills, partner/donor relations, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, ministry planning and deployment, budget and itineration planning, principles of language learning, stewardship, medical, and tons of mission ministry outreach. Training and mentoring is by career missionary trainers living on the foreign field.

    The Timothy Project offers two 10-week training programs and one 8-week summer session each year. Each session is limited to 12 people. The next available training session is August 23 – Nov 2, 2002.

    If you’re looking for a track to the mission field, needing to refresh your ministry skills or would like a real-life missionary experience before making a long-term commitment check out the Timothy Project web site at http://www.timothyproject.org or e-mail at <trainingattimothyprojectdotorg> or call 904-398-6559, extension 31. </trainingattimothyprojectdotorg>


  6. UPCOMING: 10 DAYS FOR HOLLAND — The Dutch prayer movement launched a worldwide prayer initiative to cover the Netherlands in prayer. From 9 to 18 May, from Ascension Day to Pentecost, Christians, prayer groups and prayer movements worldwide are called to united prayer and fasting for a spiritual change in the Netherlands. The God-given vision is to kick-start ‘prayer altars’ (places of prayer where Christians covenant with God for the land) in all 500 cities and communities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands are known worldwide for their ‘progressive’ social agenda. In the last eight years the Dutch social- liberal government legalized the practice of euthanasia, the use of soft drugs and xtc, prostitution and gay marriage. With the upcoming elections on 15 May many people are calling for integrity and straightforwardness in leadership. The 10 days will be a crucial time for the Netherlands, and her moral influence in the world. If the Spirit of God moves you to pray for the Netherlands, then join in and mobilize others to pray as well. Sign up at http://www.10dagenvoornederland.nl . Information and resources are available in English. A special feature on the website is that visitors can follow the prayer mobilisation real-time, specified by continent and nation.

  7. USE YOUR SKILLS IN MEDIA TO REACH THE UNREACHED–Create International is a frontier media ministry of Youth With A Mission which focuses on reaching unreached people groups with the Gospel message by producing evangelistic and prayer media tools. They could use individuals who have skills in the area of photography, script writing, videography, video editing or graphic design as they travel to remote lands producing culturally appropriate evangelistic films and Video People Profiles (prayer/documentaries). If you would like more information about this cutting edge ministry please feel free to contact them at either their Australian or USA office.

    Create International, P.O. Box 6075, E. Perth, WA, 6892, Australia. From outside of Australia call 61-8-9328-5321 or email them at <calvinatcreateinternationaldotcom>.

    Create International, Ohio Production Office, 10228 SR 53 N., Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351, U.S.A., From the USA call 1-419-294-5248, or email them at <darynsandyatcreateinternationaldotcom>. Find out more by visiting their website at: http://www.createinternational.com . </darynsandyatcreateinternationaldotcom></calvinatcreateinternationaldotcom>


  8. AUDIO COPIES OF THE BIBLE — Check out http://www.audiotreasure.com, which offers free MP3s of the Bible for download in a variety of languages (including English, Hindi, Tagalog, Urdu, Slovak, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese). You can download them and burn CDs or you can order them from audiotreasure.com. (Thanks for the great content as always, “Network-news”. To subscribe, write to: <network-news-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg>) </network-news-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg>

  9. LEARN MISSIONS IN SOUTHERN GERMANY — Train in Folk Religion (June 10-21), Leadership Development (September 16-20), or Multicultural Teams (January 13-24, 2003). Travel to Southern Germany for any one (or all!) of these courses. The German branch campus of Columbia International University at Korntal (near Stuttgart) offers graduate level courses at an incredibly affordable tuition rate (each course = 3 semester hours – € 125,00 per credit, full room and board starting at €124,00 per week). For further information please contact Carmen Crouse at <ccrouseataemdotde>. </ccrouseataemdotde>

  10. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE IN PULAAR — SOON Ministries have launched a new free evangelistic paper BOOYATAA in the Pulaar language of West Africa. Written in Roman script, it is accessible for Fula/Peul/Fulbe peoples who speak Pulaar (or even Fulfulde). If you have contact with any of these peoples, please write for free copies. A Pulaar language- helper is needed for ongoing development of the paper. (SOON’s other free papers, in easy-English, Franco-phone French, African Portoguese, Swahili, and German for German learners remain available too.) Write <adminatsoondotorgdotuk>. </adminatsoondotorgdotuk>

  11. CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING — Get it July 29-August 2, 2002, from CIT. This course will give missionaries a viable cross- cultural model for the development of youth ministry national leadership and local church strategies in their fields of service. Taught by Randy Smith of Youth Ministry International, the course will also assist pastors, youth pastors and lay youth workers with a Biblical model for contemporary youth ministry here in the U.S. and will address how thy can transfer this strategy to a cross-cultural setting through short-term missions partnerships with national churches. For more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or visit the website at http://www.cit-online.org. </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  12. HOW MANY NIGERIANS DOES IT TAKE TO SCAM THE INTERNET? — The answer? Thousands! Can you believe how this one scan has become so pervasive? I mean… can’t someone be a little more creative and say they’re writing from Benin or Togo? Here’s one guy who decided he would try to turn the tables: http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/ He gives specific instructions on how to deal with these guys, if you’re so inclined. Yikes. Why not Guinea?

  13. ANOTHER FIX FOR LAPTOPS THAT WON’T DIAL — I had no idea there were so many others that had experienced similar dialing difficulties overseas. “Jonathan” has an even simpler fix: just carry a small portable phone an accompanying cord splitter. “Dial the number manually, then activate the modem with a null dial string and when it picks up the line, hang up the phone. This phone can also be very useful for troubleshooting, especially if you find one with a mic mute switch so you can listen in while the modem is communicating.” (Elegantly simple, Jonathan! Thanks!)

  14. GET TRAINING IN LEADING SHORT-TERMERS — There is still time to register for the Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by ServantPrep International and Gateway Mission Training Center, May 16-19 in Denver, Colorado. This is a 4-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting- edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre- field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. The seminar will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Denver; cost is only $225 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Ray <servantprepataoldotcom>. </servantprepataoldotcom>

  15. MANY THANKS TO MISSION TO UNREACHED PEOPLES (MUP) — What an incredibly helpful tool! Each week, we create Brigada Today as a Word document, send it out in email format, then port it over to the web for the brigada.org site. Previously, the process of porting to the web took no less than 30 – 60 minutes (including inserting bookmarks, table of contents, etc.) and sometimes longer. Now, thanks to a *most* kind web servant at MUP, it takes about 15 seconds! Sadly enough, our now- deceased partner, Bob Mayhew, had authored such a tool for his own personal use, but the “magic” of his code disappeared with his passing out in California. Now, thanks to the anonymous but greatly appreciated servant at Mission to Unreached Peoples (Thanks MUP!!!), we’ll save no less than a week’s worth of work-time, all hours combined, each and every year from now on. Please join me today in asking God to greatly bless Mission to Unreached Peoples, along with its humble and sacrificial staff! The immediate benefit? This issue of Brigada Today is already live on the web at http://www.brigada.org

20020303 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) NEED ANONYMOUS WEBMAIL?
2) UK INTERNET AND MISSION CONFERENCE
3) INT’L CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS
4) NEED TRIBAL MEDICINE TRAINING?
5) MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS PUBLICATION
6) GRACE NOTES HAS MOVED
7) NEW MULTI-MEDIA MINI-MISSIONS COURSE
8) WEBWATCH
9) TRAIN IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE
10) SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN SOUTH ASIA
11) STATS NEEDED: % GOING TO THE UNREACHED
12) ENGLISH CURRICULUM
13) GET SOME WHEELS!
14) “CAN I HAVE A WITNESS?”
15) MISSIONARY TRAINING SET OFFER
16) LOVE GOD AND SPEAK ENGLISH WELL?
17) SEAFARERS A FORGOTTEN UNREACHED PEOPLE
18) NEW SITE TO INTRODUCE MUSLIMS TO ISA
19) CLOSING STUFF

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1) NEED ANONYMOUS WEBMAIL? — Now you can get it . . . and the staff people are folks you can trust. The leadership at Global Resources for Computing (GRC) actually hails from MAF’s old “xc.org” legacy. Down through the past few years, these are the same guys that have consistently tried to fuel information technology for global missions. Now working under the banner of GRC, they’ve set up a SSL (Secure) Webmail service to beat the band. It’s anonymous — meaning that you could use it for sensitive messages, where higher standards of security are required. This new service will offer SSL Based Webmail, POP3 and IMAP services. The service is due to roll out April 20th, 2002. Currently GRC is accepting applications for Beta Testers to test the new service in field type use. There is no charge for the beta testers to use the service during the beta testing period (Mar 12 – Apr 18th). If you or your organization is interested in Beta Testing this new service, please contact GRC at (909) 795-3877 or FAX (909) 795-0327 or email <infoatgrcomputingdotnet>. This offer is open to individuals and organizations involved in non-profit humanitarian organizations, or faith based ministries. GRC will be offering the service on a monthly subscription basis. The fees will be affordable for individuals and there will be price breaks for multiple addresses or corporate users. Read more at http://www.grcomputing.net</infoatgrcomputingdotnet>

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2) UK INTERNET AND MISSION CONFERENCE — Global Connections (formerly the UK Evangelical Missionary Alliance) is organizing a one day conference, Tues. May 7th, for anyone in the UK interested in the use of Information and Communication Technology by mission agencies and others involved in mission work. It is aimed at both technical and non-technical folk. Sessions will feature using the Internet in evangelism, public relations, and information sharing. The conference will be held at The Wycliffe Centre, near High Wycombe, Bucks, UK, from 10am – 4pm, and costs £25 per person. Further details and booking information can be found at

http://www.globalconnections.co.uk/groups_details.asp?ID=30

or from <infoatglobalconnectionsdotcodotuk  (infoatglobalconnectionsdotcodotuk)  >.

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3) INT’L CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING PUBLICATIONS — The International Congress on Language Learning has produced a book and a CD-Rom of the materials presented at the Congress. Both are edited by Lonna Dickerson and available through Mission Training International. The book, “Helping Learners Develop Second Language Proficiency,” is from the Second and Third International Language Congresses on Language Learning and offers practical help for those who work with language and culture learners. The cost is $24.00. The CD-Rom, “Proceedings from the International Congress on Language Learning,” contains papers from the First, Second and Third International Congresses on Language Learning and costs $14.00. To order call toll-free or via Net2Phone to 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, write to Mission Training International at PO Box 1220, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, or email <resourcesatmtidotorg>. Be sure to check out the web site at </resourcesatmtidotorg>

http://www.mti.org .

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4) NEED TRIBAL MEDICINE TRAINING? — One participant in Brigada Peoples (Thanks Judy!) recommends these sites:

Medical Ambassadors International <infoatmed-ambdotorg>, </infoatmed-ambdotorg>

http://www.med-amb.org

or

Lifewater International <infoatlifewaterdotorg>, </infoatlifewaterdotorg>

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5) MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS PUBLICATION — The Compendium of Presentations from the 1998 & 1999 Mental Health & Missions Annual Conferences, edited by John Powell and Dave Wickstrom is available through Mission Training International. The themes of the two conferences are Preventative Approaches to Mental Health in Missions and Integrating the Spiritual and Psychological in Mental Health Services to Missionaries. The Compendium costs $12.00. To order call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, write to Mission Training International at PO Box 1220, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, or email <resourcesatmtidotorg> and also at http://www.mti.org .</resourcesatmtidotorg>

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6) GRACE NOTES HAS MOVED — For those looking for Great Commission Worship & Arts Center (GCWAC) and the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus (EW&AF), the web site has moved to http://DiscipleTheNations.org .

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7) NEW MULTI-MEDIA MINI-MISSIONS COURSE — Mission ONE leaders say their new multi-media course is like a Perspectives all rolled up in a dynamic, live 6-hour seminar. It’s purpose is to help mobilize local churches in North America for missions — and serve the unique vision of the local church family at which it is presented. They bill it as being “Perfect for mission conferences, Operation WorldView covers the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic aspects of global missions.” Check out the Mission ONE web site:

http://www.mission1.org or write to Werner <werneratmission1dotorg> and ask for the e-mail brochure.</werneratmission1dotorg>

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8) WEBWATCH — I continue to be amazed at

http://www.worldchristians.org . Take a look sometime. For example, check out the pages in Cebuano. 109!!! Have you ever seen 109 pages in Cebuano before? (Have you ever seen *any* pages in Cebuano before? :-) ) These people are raising the bar for great web-missions outreach and training. They also have Moore, Russian, Hindi, Telegu, Portugues, Spanish, Romanian and Indonesian, and even 25 pages so far in Chinese! Way to go Les.

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9) TRAIN IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE — Lifewater International (on the web at:

http://www.lifewater.org )

will be holding “Participatory Hygiene Education Training” seminars in April and July 2002. The seminars are specifically designed to give short-term Christian workers an alternative to traditional missions trips focused on curative medical clinics. Short-term overseas medical clinics typically focus on western style curative care without addressing the root causes of disease. Participatory Hygiene Education involves people in the local community in the process of determining their health problems, how to prevent them and how to train others in the process. Based on Medical Ambassadors International Community Health Evangelism program, Lifewater’s hygiene training program integrates scriptural and physical principles to address the cycle of disease and death related to water, sanitation and hygiene practices. For more information or for a registration packet, contact Trudy at Lifewater. 1-888-543-3426 or 1-805-772-0600 or email <trudyatlifewaterdotorg>. The April class will be held in California and the July class will be held in Texas. Registration deadline for the April class is </trudyatlifewaterdotorg>April 1, 2002.

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10) SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN SOUTH ASIA — Do you have a heart for the unreached in South Asia? The YWAM Frontier Missions Centre of South Asia is hosting it’s next School of Frontier Missions from July 1, 2002 – September 20, 2002. This school is addressing the challenge of reaching the 4,500+ unreached people groups in South Asia by training and equipping people to join teams. In this school you will learn practical skills and attitudes necessary to effectively see a church plant movement among an unreached people group. Course topics are taught by experienced South Asian and international speakers. A two year internship working among an unreached people group will follow the 12-week classroom phase. For more information or to receive an application, email <loveupgsatpqsadotnet> or <phulpakhruatpqsadotnet>.</phulpakhruatpqsadotnet></loveupgsatpqsadotnet>

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11) STATS NEEDED: % GOING TO THE UNREACHED — One of Caleb Project’s hallmarks has been the “World-View Demonstration,” a skit which uses volunteers to illustrate demographics such as world religions, level of gospel-reachedness, and missionary sending. Nate Wilson is helping with a revision of this demonstration to update the statistics from the time the skit was developed twenty years ago, and is looking for current documentation which could substantiate (or update) the statistic of one out of ten missionaries going to the unreached part of the world. Can you help him find up-to-date documentation on what percentage of foreign missionaries are sent to unreached parts of the world? Send Nate an email if you have information for him: <nwilsonatcprojectdotcom>, and yes, Nate will get back with us when he has his answer!</nwilsonatcprojectdotcom>

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12) ENGLISH CURRICULUM — Many of you have heard of and used the EFCM International Network ESL curriculum Adventures In English in your outreach programs. This Bible-based curriculum has been used in many countries by missionaries and national host churches. They have now cleaned up the 12 English lessons so that they can be used in creative access countries. International Network also has a non-Bible reading book for intermediate and advanced readers. The book, called Pathfinders, contains 12 short biographies of American who changed the way we live. Each reading lesson also includes related questions and activities. Send an e-mail to Don <donatoecatcsdotcom> for more information. Ask for the Adventures in English curriculum, the Clean Adventures book or Pathfinders.</donatoecatcsdotcom>

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13) GET SOME WHEELS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministries? Check out MATS’ Furlough Rental Program, which provides rental cars at cost. They also obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at

http://www.mats.org or email <caratmatsdotorg>.</caratmatsdotorg>

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14) “CAN I HAVE A WITNESS?” — Gaylan is looking for a book similar to “Death of a Guru” or “I Dared to Call Him Father”, except detailing a testimony of someone’s conversion to Christianity from Buddhism. He needs it for a World Religions college level course. Any leads? If so, email <gkmatnwcdotedu> and be sure to ask him to let you know if he finds one.</gkmatnwcdotedu>

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15) MISSIONARY TRAINING SET OFFER — Nine booklets in the Missionary Training Service series are now available for US$45 (normal price US$58). Ralph Winter, founder of the US Center for World Mission says, “Here is a set of materials designed specifically for missionary training. Many people study in schools that are not primarily designed for this purpose and do not get as concentrated and as strategic an exposure as is offered in this program.” Included: 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. To order or for more info, contact Ian Benson <coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg> or see the web at:</coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg>

http://www.missionarytraining.org .

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16) LOVE GOD AND SPEAK ENGLISH WELL? — Learn to teach English for mission by obtaining accredited Trinity TESOL cert, with 5 weeks training at Europe’s only Christian teacher training centre for TESOL cert. The course starts 8th April. Other courses start: June 17th; Aug 5th; Sep 30th; and Nov 11th. Learn more at

http://www.internationaltraining.net

Tel. UK: 01202 789089 outside UK (0044) 1202 789089 or write

<johnatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk>.</johnatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk>

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17) SEAFARERS A FORGOTTEN UNREACHED PEOPLE — As far as we know, the first book ever about reaching seafarers for Christ is now available in German language. The title is: “Seeleute – ein vergessenes Volk?!” (“Seafarers a forgotten people”). The book tells about the many many opportunities to share Christ with seafarers who are away from home for 9 months and more. It also tells about the wonderful ways to reach the unreached. This book is presently translated into English and will be on the English market by Jan. next year. The German edition can be ordered by writing <bestellserviceatcmf-verlagdotde> or logging on at</bestellserviceatcmf-verlagdotde>

http://www.cmf-verlag.de .

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18) NEW SITE TO INTRODUCE MUSLIMS TO ISA — IsaalMasih.net is a new Website designed specifically for explaining Isa al Masih’s (Jesus Christ’s) message of peace and salvation to seeking Muslims worldwide. A cooperation of various groups and ministries, IsaalMasih.net provides information about the following: Dreams & Visions of Jesus happening today (including stories), general information about Jesus and His message to all, information about the Holy Scriptures, the Way to Paradise, evidences from Biblical Archaeology and Creation Science, and more…

Plans are underway to begin translations in Arabic, Indonesian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and more. Volunteer Christian translators, ministry workers who can supply content for the site, and email-based counselors are needed. For more information, email <mailatIsaalMasihdotnet  (mailatIsaalMasihdotnet)  >.

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20020113 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) ‘WORSHIP & ARTS IN MISSIONS’ WORKSHOP
2) DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY MEDIA TRAINING
3) INSTANT E-CARDS FOR CHRISTIANS AND MISSIONARIES
4) FANTASTIC “MISSIONS” CD
5) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD
6) REPLACEMENT FOR INFOBEAT?
7) APOLOGY FOR “DAMASCUS” QUIP
8) WORLD CHRISTIANITY 1970-2000
9) TENTMAKER INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 4TH CONGRESS
10) THE BACKPAGE: DOING INTERNET BY SATPHONE
11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) ‘WORSHIP & ARTS IN MISSIONS’ WORKSHOP — Register now for WAM! II, a 3-week workshop designed to equip worship and arts leaders for ministry to the nations. Worship leaders or team members and Christian artists of all mediums are invited to register for the WAM! II Workshop being held 16 July TO 7 August, 2002. The vision of WAM! is to see a godly, gifted, trained worship-arts facilitator on every church planting team in Europe and beyond! Based in Budapest Hungary, Week 1 sees students prepare for ministry. During week 2, students serve at the SOZO Music & Arts Festival. Week 3 students evangelize through music and the arts in Hungary, Romania and Bosnia. For registration details, costs and scholarship information, email <wfninfoatyahoodotcom> or visit this site: www.worshipfromthenations.org or

http://www.kegy.hu/virtual/wfn .

WAM! is sponsored by Worship From the Nations; a ministry of PIONEERS.

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2) DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY MEDIA TRAINING — The International Communication Training Institute and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies have released details of a 3-day conference for anyone concerned with the training and development of media professionals working within the framework of their Christian faith. Sessions include: Developments in Francophone Africa; Distance Learning and Media; Leadership Development; Religious Authority and Cyber Islamic Responses to September 11; Media in Christian Witness – exploring the development of reflective practice and Christian apologetics in the media. The event will be hosted at OCMS, Oxford, UK, 4-6 March, 2002.

Get further details from ICTI <adminaticmcdotorg> or http://www.icmc.org/icti/ .

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3) INSTANT E-CARDS FOR CHRISTIANS AND MISSIONARIES –- Want to send stunning photos matched with encouraging scriptures by email directly to recipients’ in-boxes? (Tip: Just first make sure they don’t mind receiving attachments.) These e-Cards are “instant” because they do NOT have to be picked up at a website. Best of all, you’ll find designs made just for missionaries to communicate with the people back home (and vice versa). To send an Instant e-Card, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com .

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4) FANTASTIC “MISSIONS” CD — Missions Pastors and Missionaries! Finally a Missions CD for your upcoming Missions Conference or behind your missions video. This “Answer The Call” CD, with eight original songs, contains music with a strong missions message. From the upbeat “world-tribe” feel of the first track to the introspective message of the last, this album will inspire you to ‘Answer the Call’ and take the message of Jesus to a lost and dying world. This CD makes for easy listening in the car or at home, but is equally well suited for use in the church setting. Need more convincing? Listen to a portion of the songs at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/sonm .

You can purchase this CD at www.cdbaby.com for $15 or for $12 by contacting Tom Barnard at 903-297-2424 or <barnardatairmaildotnet>. Their web page is

http://www.roseheightslongview.org/resource.htm .

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5) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD — Prepare to be sent to people groups and nations Come to Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA where a Crossroads Discipleship Training School for singles and families will be held April 22 – July 12,2002. Write Youth With A Mission, 1275 Birch Rd. Lebanon, PA 17042, or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom> .

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6) REPLACEMENT FOR INFOBEAT? — Dennis says he’s finally found a good replacement for InfoBeat:

Check it out — for 6 months at no charge.

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7) APOLOGY FOR “DAMASCUS” QUIP — Oops! I’ll admit it! I shouldn’t have been so flippant with the quote about Paul’s trip to Damascus (“the best thing since the light on the Road to Damascus” in the item on the Alpha Course, “1) ALPHA COURSE OFFERS PROMISING HELP FOR DISCIPLERS”, Jan. 4th Brigada Today). Apologies if anyone was offended. What I really meant to say was that the results enjoyed by those implementing the Alpha Course are so stellar, they’ll seem . . . nearly miraculous!

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8) WORLD CHRISTIANITY 1970-2000 — This book is now available from William Carey Library Publishers. The author, Dr. Winston Crawley, seeks to continue the overview and analysis of current progress in world Christianity contained in Dr. Ralph Winter’s work Twenty-Five Unbelievable Years: 1945-1969 and Kenneth Scott Latourette’s A History of the Expansion of Christianity. This summary of recent world Christian history provides a great backdrop for believers to face the new millennium with hope, determination and an expectation of seeing God work in the world in even greater ways. For orders, pricing and shipping information, contact Gabriel Resources at <gabrielatomlitdotomdotorg>, toll free in the USA 1-866-732-6657, or from outside the USA 706-554-1594, fax 706-554-7444. Check out other WCL titles at http://www.wclbooks.com .

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9) TENTMAKER INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE 4TH CONGRESS — Make plans now to attend the 4th TIE Congress that will be held on the resort island of Cheju, near Seoul, Korea on May 20 – 24. For more information contact Johnny Chun at <mijohnnyatyahoodotcom>.

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10) THE BACKPAGE: DOING INTERNET BY SATPHONE — As I compose this edition of _Brigada Today_, I’m on a plane home from serving in a war-torn nation in Central Asia for nearly 2 weeks. In this particular nation, there are probably a total of 150 working phones for a population of *millions* of people. That’s one of the reasons why I took a satphone to connect with my office and family. The most effective deal I found for voice *and* data was through InTouch. Write the rep. at <daiatintouchusadotcom> and tell him you heard about it from Doug Lucas and maybe he’ll knock off just a *few* dollars for you. If you’re headed to Europe, Africa, the Middle East or South/Central Asia (in other words, about all the 10/40 Windwow), ask to rent the Thuraya model. Trouble is, it’ll be pricey… something like $100/week or more. But in judging the alternative (no way to call for help if bandits are approaching from the North, South, East *and* West). With the Thuraya, I connected first time nearly every time, at 19.2K to the Internet. I took along an Iridium satphone and typically connected at *much* lower data speeds for it. Maybe 2 or 3 K — like nearly stone age! :-) But if your work is taking you somewhere other than the Thuraya coverage (see the coverage footprint at www.thuraya.com) maybe you’ll have to give more thought to the Iridium – which works anywhere on the world. Either way, per-minute rates are indeed steep…. somehthing like $2/minute, though we won’t know for sure ’til they’re bliled on my credit card. You can also buy the Thuraya in the Dubai airport duty-free, but the only packages they sell is the “Airport pacakge” with prepaid sim cards, a real hassle in that you have to always buy new cards. That’s why Dai Rees is such a good deal then… because he sells the subsriptions on a month-by-month basis. Try him… You just might like it! (By the way… I get no benefit of any kind by promoting him. In fact, I had to pay the normal full price like anyone else. I’m just “one beggar telling another where to get bread.”

</daiatintouchusadotcom></mijohnnyatyahoodotcom></gabrielatomlitdotomdotorg></davidbbaumanatcsdotcom></barnardatairmaildotnet></adminaticmcdotorg></wfninfoatyahoodotcom>

20011223 Brigada Today

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1) FEEDBACK ON CHRISTMAS GREETINGS/”12 DAYS”

Thanks to all those who gave feedback to improve the multi-language holiday greetings that appeared in last week’s _Brigada Today_. Next year’s greetings will presumably be better because of it. We’ve also updated the web version of the item at:

http://www.brigada.org/today/2001/bt20011221.shtml

A couple of participants found fault with the “12 Days of Christmas” story, pointing to sites like:

http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/twelvedaysofchristmas.htm

(Thanks Doug and John!). My “take” is that even if the origin of the story isn’t very well-supported, it’s still a fun way to view the “12 Days.” Doug and John are probably right though. You wouldn’t want to bet your farm on its truthfulness. As a result, we won’t feature it again and it’s been removed from the web version.

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2) NET-ROAMER

If you are a serious road e-warrior and need internet access, Net- roamer offers the iPass Network of more than 14,000 local call access numbers in 150 countries. Your first half-hour is FREE. Your email address will not change and you keep your regular Internet Service Provider. User-friendly software for Laptops and most PDA’s including Macs. With Net-roamer you surf, send and receive email exactly as you would when at home or office. Click on http://www.net-roamer.com .

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3) OKAY, OKAY… AN ANSWER FOR “SULFNBK” SUFFERERS

Okay.. okay… sorry if we seemed insensitive and unkind last week to those having been fooled by the Sulfnbk “un-virus” (in which unknowing users were tricked into erasing one of their actual Windows files by some vandal virus-writing maniac). If you need to restore your file, go to the fix on this page and everything will be all better:

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/sulf.html

(Thanks Joel and others… Sorry Michelle. Once again, my apologies. I suppose I was only reacting negatively because I’ve been getting so many of these un-virus-laden emails in at work, in an already over-zealous schedule.)

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4) IF YOUR MISSION TRAVEL BUDGET IS FALTERING…

Check out videoconferencing. ViaVideo has the midpriced Polycom ViewStation unit for $4000 or a low-end camera for $595 that you can hold in your hand. It even comes with magical software which actually works well, if you have a fast Internet connection.

http://www.polycom.com/products/viavideo.html

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5) OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE

The conference is coming, “The Heart of China” April 26-27, 2002, at Peninsula Covenant Church (Redwood City, CA). Annual bay area mission mobilization conference featuring 4 plenary speakers and 11 workshops. Web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest Cost $25/person ($20 if registered by April 19). Group rates are available. For registration info, contact Julie Hamiter (925) 459-0734 or <omfregisteratyahoodotcom  (omfregisteratyahoodotcom)  >.

Plenary Speakers:

  • 1. Dr. Eugene Choi, Med. Services Int’l (MSI)

  • 2. Dr. Neil Thompson, OMF US National Director,

  • 3. Elizabeth Lowe, China Program

  • 4. Rev. Doug Vavrosky, OMF Coordinator for Chinese Ethnic Ministries

Subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update (quarterly email notice): omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

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6) HURRY! LAST CHANCE TO TRY STAR OFFICE FOR FREE

If Microsoft has priced itself too far outside your budget… or if you’d simply like to prove to yourself that they’re not the only player in the software industry, try:

www.sun.com/software/star/staroffice/6.0beta/get.html

It’s free! Better hurry though. The beta program ends on Dec. 31st!

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7) HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE FREQUENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER

If you travel outside the USA 3-4 times a year you can save money and also avoid filling out repeat health applications for each trip. For $210 a year you can get $1,000,000 in coverage, medical evacuation, $25,000 AD&D, emergency dental, emergency reunion, repatriation of mortal remains, trip cancellation coverage etc. For information contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org.</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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8) FOR A GOOD DEAL ON A DATA PROJECTOR

Try these sources:

www.projectorpeople.com — where you can finally get a 5-pounder, with 1024×768 resolution, and 1000 lumens of brightness (which I personally believe should be the minimum acceptable threshold) for $2795 while supplies last — the Toshiba TLP-B2.

If two extra pounds won’t bother your back, save even more at…
www.warehouse.com — click on “hardware” then “projectors” to view the latest… including an Epson 50c with 1000 lumens, 6.8 pounds, 800×600, for $1999.95.

www.avmarketplace.com — which is featuring an 800×600 res. unit by Mitsubishi (the SA51), also at 1000 lumens, weighing in at 7.5 pounds, for just $1699.

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9) CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN BACKS BRIGADA

What a tremendous encouragement it is to see Central Pres. Church (in Baltimore, MD) back Brigada with a $250 sponsorship gift for the new year! Would you do us a favor and, in your prayers, would you just pause even for a *moment* and ask God to bless them dearly throughout 2002? Thank you so much. Doug

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10) FOR A DEDICATED VIDEO-EDITING SOLUTION, AT A GREAT PRICE

Try Applied Magic’s ScreenPlay for less than $4000. Check it out at:

http://www.applied-magic.com

Running on a PowerPC chip, it does real-time nonlinear editing with an incredibly easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface. This is a dedicated system… so you don’t have to piece together PC components or worry about operating system incompatibilities. Write <sbeanataxxisincdotcom> at Axxis in Louisville for a good price. (You might mention you heard about him from brigada.org, though he’s never heard of us.)</sbeanataxxisincdotcom>

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11) FIND OUT WHAT’S EATING YOUR HARD DRIVE (FOR FREE)

Have you been wondering where all your space went? Find out at:
www.pcmag.com/utilities

Search for DiskPie 2 and download a free solution you can use for life!

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12) DON’T FORGET: “EAT THE CORN AND LEAVE THE COB”

As you read and discover various resources in Brigada Today, be sure to verify that those sources are in agreement with your own beliefs, principles and practice. For example, if, while studying a course that you see featured in Brigada Today, you see references to a doctrine that you don’t believe in, we recommend that you simply ignore it. As we mention weekly in the “Closing Stuff” featured at the end of each Brigada Today, there’s no way we can personally screen each and every course or item featured here. Besides, if we did, you’d probably get a pretty narrow view of the tools and courses out there — namely, my own. :-) Though I personally believe I’m always right, sometimes my friends (and enemies) remind me otherwise. :-) So please, as my college history teacher from Kentucky used to tell me, remember, “Eat the corn, leave the cob.” :-)

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13) HEALTH COVERAGE FOR THE FREQUENT INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER

If you travel outside the USA 3-4 times a year you can save money and also avoid filling out repeat health applications for each trip. For $210 a year you can get $1,000,000 in coverage, medical evacuation, $25,000 AD&D, emergency dental, emergency reunion, repatriation of mortal remains, trip cancellation coverage etc. For information contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org.</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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14) THE BACKPAGE: YOU *DO* MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Last weekend, I was trying to gear up my mind for a trip I have to make soon to a certain Central Asian nation torn by war and strife. I was lamenting the fact that I felt oh-so-small when compared to the awesome needs in that faraway land. Hospitals with no medicines, electric companies idle for lack of fuel, government offices with no workers, illiteracy at 95%, 1 out of 5 infants perishing for lack of food, ongoing violence, decades of misery, prophets of doom… the list is endless.

In the face of all that, it was my wife, Penny, who spoke magical words, surprising me, as she so often does. Though she’s deeply conservative and outwardly shy, she has a way of capturing one’s attention when she chooses to speak up. “Just remember the story of the starfish,” she said. “Starfish… starfish… How’s that go again?” I knew I had heard the well-worn story before… but seeing the chance to hear her repeat it somehow gave me hope.

“You know. The old man is walking along the beach and sees the little boy throwing something back into the sea? He gets closer and closer and realizes there are hundreds of starfish littering the beach, stranded by high tide. Then he realizes… the little boy is approaching them, one by one, picking them up and hurling them back into the ocean. And remember… the old man says, ‘Little boy, this beach is miles and miles long, and there are hundreds… maybe thousands of starfish.”

I was remembering now. But I hung on her every word.

“Remember, the man says, ‘Do you really think you can make a difference with a problem as big as this one?’ And then the little boy picks up another one, studies it for a moment, then, without looking at the man, throws it back into the sea, saying to the man, ‘Well mister, I reckon it makes a difference to this one.'”

Suddenly I noticed my eyes were just a bit more moist than they had been before. I put my spoon back in my oatmeal and thought for a moment. She was right. I had been looking only at the big problem… failing to remember that… Jesus didn’t call us to minister to the masses. He called us to reach out to men and women who would in turn reach out to others. Maybe we can’t change a whole nation but if we change just one family of open hearts, then … well I reckon it’ll make a difference to them.

So as you ponder the new year and consider what kind of impact you can make today and throughout 2002, invest your life as effectively as you can… but realize that in the end, all we can ask is that God would empower us to change even one family . . . and if we can do that… we’ll make a difference.

May God bless us every one.

Doug

PS. Just the same, would you pray that God will guide me as I try to figure out how our organization can make an impact in that war-torn land? Lord willing, four of us from Team Expansion will travel there within the next two weeks. I’ll have to admit… it seems premature to me. But God has used a good friend and colleague (Tim) to open the doors. I dare not tell him no at this critical time in this new nation’s life. Please pray that God will now go before us and smooth the pathway. Thank you.

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