Member Care

20041017 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAISE FOR PARTNERS
  2. REACH THE WORLD THROUGH THE MEDIA
  3. LOTS OF GREAT STORIES BY HARVEY
  4. MISSIONARY FAMILIES: SEND YOUR KIDS TO THE MKPLANET
  5. IN THE MARKET FOR A CAMCORDER THAT PUBLISHES DIRECTLY TO DVD?
  6. GOT IDEAS FOR YEAR-END CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DONORS?
  7. HEARING GOOD NEWS ABOUT SKYPE
  8. PASTORAL CARE FOR MISSIONARIES
  9. PROVIDE CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS
  10. LONGING TO ENJOY WIRELESS AS YOU TRAVEL?
  11. PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAISE FOR PARTNERS — They’re at it again. This past week, we received great help in the form of $50 from an anonymous worker in Thailand, $25 from Harvey Hoekstra (see book item below), $200 from Asbury United Methodist Church (with personal note of encouragement from their Director of Global Outreach), $50 from an anonymous friend in Iowa, and $50 from Julie and the folks at New Link Media (see item below). We’re extremely grateful that these partners brought us closer to covering the costs of our Brigada-sponsored Secretary, but we still have a ways to go. If you’d like to join this lone Alaskan, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. REACH THE WORLD THROUGH THE MEDIA — New Link Media is a full service professional media production company specializing in cross- cultural communication. They create videos, web sites and DVDs and have produced projects in more than thirty countries for mission agencies, churches, and humanitarian aid organizations. From media consulting, script writing, video shooting and editing as well as graphic design, web programming and DVD authoring they will work with you to create a powerful media message. New Link Media combines a wide range of experience with a heart for God and a desire to reach the world for Christ. Check out their web site http://www.newlinkmedia.com to learn more or e-mail andyatnewlinkmediadotcom. (Thanks to New Link for their “thank-you” gift of a $50 check!)

  3. LOTS OF GREAT STORIES BY HARVEY — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra who gave a $25 sponsorship to celebrate his new book, “Knotted Strings” to Talking Bibles, available for $19.95 by writing 710 W. 13th Ave., Escondido CA 92025 or calling 760-233-0674. Published by William Carey Library, this captivating personal account of the Hoekstras years in Africa and beyond is also available in Christian Bookstores. Thanks Harvey!

  4. MISSIONARY FAMILIES: SEND YOUR KIDS TO THE MKPLANET — mkPLANET is a growing community designed and run by current missionary kids (MKs) and adult missionary kids (AMKs) as an active community providing information, interaction, and support. It welcomes friends, family, service providers, and others as well. Check it out at: http://www.mkplanet.com/

  5. IN THE MARKET FOR A CAMCORDER THAT PUBLISHES DIRECTLY TO DVD? — Try the Sony DCR-DVD301 DVD Handycam, which records directly to 3-inch DVD- R/-RW discs, which play in most current home and PC DVD players. It has a huge 3.5-inch screen, reportedly quite bright in broad daylight. It sells on the street for about $700 or $800. However, if you plan on editing the video you’re capture, think again before buying this or any other camcorder that captures directly to DVD. For a full review, along with the rationale behind continuing to use DV tapes, see: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1681879,00.asp

  6. GOT IDEAS FOR YEAR-END CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR DONORS? — Larry’s willing to collect them, then compile the list and report back to us here at Brigada. Send him your best Christmas gift ideas for donors, along with the price, how to obtain it and if you have used it before, to Champoux7(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. HEARING GOOD NEWS ABOUT SKYPE — We keep hearing good news about Skype.com. This past week, it came unsolicited from Andrew: “I’ve started using a program/website which offers completely free local and/or international calls. If both parties have a computer with internet and a microphone (no other equipment necessary), you can make all the calls you want for free anywhere in the world. If the other person has no internet, then you can make calls to regular phones at greatly discounted prices.” The service is available at: http://www.skype.com Give it a whirl and let us know your experience.

  8. PASTORAL CARE FOR MISSIONARIES — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for several people to join its member care team in ministering to missionaries serving in Eastern Europe and Asia. For more information, check out http://www.mup.org, email Jeff JeffKatgatiwadotcom, or call (888) 847-6950 or (206) 781-3151.

  9. PROVIDE CARE FOR THIRD CULTURE KIDS — You can help equip kids to respond to God’s calling on their lives. Join Frontiers MK Advocate Team in Mesa, Arizona. Coordinate children’s and youth programs for pre-field training and re-entry. If you’re interested, contact Jeff at jeff(dot)sloan(at)gracetogo(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. LONGING TO ENJOY WIRELESS AS YOU TRAVEL? — Maybe you *can* take it with you. One option is the 3COM OfficeConnect Wireless 54MPBS 11G Travel Router. (see it at http://www.3com.com for $89.99 list). It’s about like carrying an extra pack of cards. Or go big with the Linksys WRT54G with dual true diversity antenna and a Wireless G Range Expander. I used the latter two items while camping at a college in Missouri last week. After teaching a missions class all day long, it was great to enjoy wireless Internet in my camper at night. Without the router and the range extender, the signal kept dropping out. Fortunately, I was prepared this time.

  11. PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY — If you get a moment, please lift up our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Her uncle died Tuesday, and on Wednesday, her father went into the hospital to ultimately receive a pacemaker. On Thursday her uncle was buried. Another uncle is likely to pass away any day and her son has just been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy. Not a good week, to say the least. Please lift her up with prayers for encouragement and wisdom.

20040801 Brigada Today

  1. OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEART… — Two more sponsors helped this past week: Greg Fritz, Director of Caleb Project, sent $50 of his own personal funds, adding thanks for the mobilization ministry of Brigada. To learn more about Caleb Project and the multitude of resources they make available to churches worldwide, visit them at: http://www.calebproject.org By the way, I recently ordered a set of videos from them. They shipped out the same day, the tape arrived exactly as promised, and I looked very efficient to the church where I was guest speaker. :-) Caleb Project will keep their word.

    Thanks, too, to the anonymous donor who sent $10 again this month. He’s been faithfully sending $10/month for some 9 months now! Want to join these donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then 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. 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! :-)


  2. TRY SKYPE AND ENJOY ENCRYPTED “VOICE OVER IP” — Thanks to Justin, who tipped us off to Skype on the very day we saw a news piece about it on CNN. For example, you can use Skype to call any phone # in Malaysia for $0.05euros (about $0.07 US – that’s 2 cents per minute). Call any of 22 Westernized countries for $0.02/minute. Call any Skype user for free, and have end-to-end encryption. According to Skype, “It’s VOIP, works over your computer, and has very good sound quality.” Click on at: http://www.skype.com (Thanks again, Justin!)

  3. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from January 10 until April 1, 2005. About 20 hours/week of classroom instruction, plus application opportunities during activity time, plus living in a community setting with native English speakers and others from around the world all contribute to provide a rich learning environment. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. NEW MISSIONARY CARE RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE — ERI is happy to announce that the long-awaited Spanish updated edition of “Serving As Senders” is now available. George Verwer’s comment on this book: “Estoy convencido que éste es uno de los libros misioneros de más impacto de esta década. Al paso que el pueblo de Dios responda a su mensaje, la obra de alcanzar a los no alcanzados avanzará en gran manera.” Details for ordering “Serviendo al enviar Obreros” may be obtained by emailing a request to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with].

  5. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE of NAMIBIA — In the desert town of Warm Bad (pronounced “Var-um Bot”), which means “hot springs,” the Water of Eternal Life is now flowing. Two families found salvation through Jesus. When asked, none could explain what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus. It was a question they had never heard before. Each family member was asked at different times and places, yet the answers were the same. None of them knew the true gospel. They were all grateful for finding their spiritual thirst forever satisfied in Jesus. 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, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. INTERNET EVANGELISM FORUM SEPTEMBER 14 AND 15 — Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, will be one of the keynote speakers at the September 14 and 15 meeting of the Internet Evangelism Coalition in Chicago, Illinois (US). Many other speakers and authors will weigh in. The Internet Evangelism Coalition meeting provide a forum for individuals, churches and organizations interested in sharing ideas and information on using the Internet for outreach. For registration information go to http://www.webevangelism.com or email iec(at)webevangelism(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. FREE INTRODUCTORY PAGE ABOUT WEB EVANGELISM — The Web has enormous unused potential for outreach. You can add this page to your own website using a single line of Javascript code, in order to encourage Christians to take up this challenge. It is also designed for re- publication in print media. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/outreach.php

  8. AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN AFRICA — Do you have a heart for the Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa? Join the Live School 2005 hosted by World Mission Centre in Pretoria, South Africa, where Focus Teams will be trained specifically to reach out to some of the 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. Their main focus will be to enhance the process of a self-sufficient, self- governing and self-propagating church in each of the remaining 100 Least Reached People groups of Southern Africa. The entire training process including outreach will be a year long so don’t miss this unique opportunity to be selected for this rare event! For more information write liveschoolsa(at)worldmissioncentre(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  9. FREE ONLINE CROSSWAY BIBLE GUIDE IN EASYENGLISH — Download in 7 sections Stephen Dray’s exciting guide to Matthew’s Gospel translated with the publisher’s permission into EasyEnglish level B. Find it at: http://www.easyenglish.info EasyEnglish is a department of Wycliffe Associates UK. More information may be obtained from martin(@)easyenglish(dot)info [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  10. QUALITY PUBLISHING FOR OBSCURE SCRIPTS/LANGUAGES — Okay, so here’s one of those hard-to-publish items about MAC computers, so I’ve pushed it way down here at the bottom so that only the faithful few will see it. (Joking! :-) ) Truth is, it’s a pretty good deal. :-) Jonathan Kew of the Summer Institute of Linguistics has released XeTeX (pronounced: zeetek), a powerful Unicode-enabled desktop publishing tool that produces quality PDF output for (theoretically) any language/script in the world. Use it on Macintosh with complex fonts like Arabic, Hebraic, Indic, etc. And get this: XeTeX is free! http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=xetex or email nrsi(at)sil(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Users prejudiced against Macintoshes have a second option: UltraXML on Microsoft Windows that displays complex scripts via OpenType fonts. It costs 2,400 British Pounds (about US$4,400) per license: http://www.webxsystems.com/UltraXML.htm or email sales(at)webxsystems(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Instead, why not buy some Macs with the money saved by getting XeTeX?? :-) )

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20040725 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLY HAVE $25? ADDED TOGETHER, IT WOULD DO THE TRICK!
  2. DIALING OVERSEAS? SAVE BUCKS; HELP BRIGADA
  3. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS
  4. 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON LANGUAGE LEARNING (ICLL5)
  5. HOW TO HANDLE TRAVEL WARNINGS
  6. HELP FOR AWANA CLUBS
  7. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  8. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  9. SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH UNITE
  10. GREAT TIP FOR WORD USERS: CALCULATE!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLY HAVE $25? ADDED TOGETHER, IT WOULD DO THE TRICK! — Thanks to the anonymous donor who sent $25 this past week. So, if you were feeling bad because you can’t give a larger gift, just realize… if everybody pitched in together, it would go a long way toward helping us provide for the Brigada-sponsored secretary. Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then 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. DIALING OVERSEAS? SAVE BUCKS; HELP BRIGADA — 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 And thanks to our friends at Dial-Abroad for the $162 they sent as a result of Brigada users’ calls on their network during the past month. I’m telling you… Dial-Aboard is a big help to covering the cost of the Brigada-sponsored secretary!

  3. BE DISCIPLED TO REACH THE NATIONS — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada is staging a Discipleship Training School (DTS) to grow your faith and equip you to reach the nations with the Gospel. It includes 3 months training with 2 months mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: September 15 / 04 to February 4 / 04 and March 23 / 05 to August 12 / 05. Prices: $ 3,200 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $ 3,500 CND (missions trip). To DTS grads, they also offer the School of Biblical Studies (SBS), a 9-month inductive study of each book of the Bible. Dates: September 13 /04 to July 1 /05. Price : $8100 CND. Contact: turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.ywamturnervlley.com

  4. 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”. Registration closes September 20. Register at http://www.mti.org/icll5 or get more information by writing info(at)mti(dot)org or call 800-896- 3710 or 719-487-0111. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. HOW TO HANDLE TRAVEL WARNINGS — Here’s a Missions Pastor in Phoenix named Jeff who is trying to find out how other churches and mission organizations deal with State Dept travel warnings such as “defer non- essential travel.” How do you deal with church leaders who fear putting short-term teams at risk and protect the church from lawsuits by families should a team member be injured or killed on a trip? Do you have ways to protect the church from the non-Christian relative who might want to sue the church if there was an incident? Email Jeff Jeff(at)fccstriving(dot)com. He’ll share the results with us here later.

  6. HELP FOR AWANA CLUBS — One or our greatest mission fields is children. Awana Clubs address this field and now there is help for those working in the local church in clubs: ARK – Awana Record Keeping software to keep track of information on the clubers, their awards, their progress, even inventory tracking of all the supplies. Software is available from Missionary TECH Team for $25 yearly support update service fee. For more information 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. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, PA, USA, will run from September 19 to October 15, 2004, and it will be offered again from October 24 to November 19, 2004. 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 .]

  8. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE — This year’s Mental Health and Missions conference will celebrate its 25th anniversary by capturing glimpses of the past, present and future. They will remember how God inspired mental health professionals to serve missions and how he has used the conference to aid that work, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This annual conference will be held November 18-21, 2004 at the Potawatomi Inn located in Indiana. Registration ends November 1, 2004. Register at http://www.mti.org/mhm For more information, write info(at)mti(dot)org or call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. SOUTH ASIAN YOUTH UNITE — SAGC 2004 is the first International gathering of South Asian Youth and Young Adult believers and Ministry Leaders from all over the world. It’s happening in Vancouver, Canada from August 4th – 8th 2004. The Convention theme is “Serving God’s Purposes in our Generation” Acts 13:36. For further information on Registration, Accommodation, Resource Personnel, Worship Bands and other details, please check the SAGC 2004 website at http://www.southasianconnection.com OR you may e-mail us at info(at)southasianconnection(dot)com. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. MORE GOOD NEWS ABOUT PANERA — Jeffrey wrote (after last week’s reference to Panera giving away free wireless broadband to its customers) to fill us in on the fact that they also give away leftover bread supplies to non-profits after closing time! Cool! So — here’s one beggar telling another where to find bread — Panera! :-)

  11. GREAT TIP FOR WORD USERS: CALCULATE! — Here’s a great tip for users of Microsoft Word. Open “Tools|Customize”, then click on the “Commands” tab. Scroll down in the left-hand side for the “Tools” menu heading, then highlight it. Now in the right-hand side, scroll down ’til you find “Tools Calculate”. Drag and drop that item to the top menu bar. You can right-click on it to “change button image” to a picture of a calculator, then right-click again to “default” style to get rid of the words. Now, next time you have a column of figures in a table, or several figures (one after another) in a line of text, highlight it, then click the calculate button, and see the result in the status bar. Better yet, do a ctrl-v “Edit-Paste” and you’ll see the total appear before your very eyes. It’s a great time-saver to have a first-class calculator in Word! Yahooo! :-)

20040321 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR SITE
  2. MED/MF TRAINING IN BANGKOK, THAILAND
  3. LEARN SUPPORT-RAISING FROM THE PROS
  4. GREAT SITE FOR “THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST”
  5. RESOURCES FOR NON-TECHIES
  6. HELP-WANTED AT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN INDIA
  7. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN FIJI (SEP 1-12, 2004)
  8. NO BATTERY-POWERED PROJECTORS
  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION
  10. YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT
  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
  12. FREE RESOURCE NEWSLETTER FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS
  13. TALKING BIBLES EXPAND SCOPE OF CARE-GIVERS
  14. CLOSING STUFF

Help undergird the Brigada-sponsored secretary. Donate so Brigada Today can continue to arrive in a timely and top-notch fashion!


  1. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR SITE — The Web Evangelism Guide (a copy of which is mirrored on the Brigada site) now offers the option to insert the contents of any of their pages into your own website. All you need is to copy/paste a line of Javascript code into your page code. There are over 100 pages to choose from, on many topics relating to mission, evangelism, communication and writing. Easy instructions for insertion are displayed at the end of every page. If you start at this page about the potential of Web, you can find every other page via the contents menu: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/world.php

  2. MED/MF TRAINING IN BANGKOK, THAILAND — Time is running out! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2. This training focuses on innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jim Gustafson from Tokyo Christian University. For information on this event or their email-based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email <cediatcovenantdotedu> </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  3. LEARN SUPPORT-RAISING FROM THE PROS — The Jesus Film Project development leadership team is offering a two-day seminar to share everything from development philosophy, strategy and structure, to direct marketing and new donor acquisition and tons more. It’s slated for April 7 & 8, and costs $150 per person for the workshop, materials, and lunch on Friday. It’s scheduled to take place in San Clemente, CA. For more information and full schedule materials, email amydotelliottatjesusfilmdotorg or call (949) 361-4549. Space is limited, so hurry!

  4. GREAT SITE FOR “THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST” –- Has anyone told you lately, “You should go see the Passion?” Check out http://www.bible.org for helpful supplies related to Mel Gibson’s movie the “THE PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST”. They have compiled the scripture references that relate to the scenes in the movie and they have selected from their 3500+ free bible studies those that relate to the film.
    ***While you are at the site Download their multimillion dollar NEW English translation (NETBible) for free and enjoy the over 60,000 translator notes that allow one to get inside the heads of the translators as they worked with the original languages or purchase it on CD or in fine leather from $29.95
    *** check out the satellite maps that are in the NETBible http://www.bible.org/docs/about/maps/index.htm
    *** see also the free translated studies they have at http://www.bible.org/foreign/foreigntoc.htm
    *** they are looking for translators that would like to translate any of there free studies into a language that would benefit you. http://www.bible.org/docs/about/translat.htm Contact passionmovieatbibledotorg for more information on any of the above.

  5. RESOURCES FOR NON-TECHIES — Interested in getting help for your computer network — software or hardware? Need tech support for your Christian agency’s Internet connection or firewall? Finally — an answer, and no need to mortgage the team in Taiwan! Just click here for one of Ken’s collection of great reference materials, this one focused on “Tech Help For Non-Techies”. (Thanks again, Ken!)

  6. HELP-WANTED AT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IN INDIA — A Christian school in the South of India would love to get Christian teachers who are native English speakers and who would come for at least a year to teach the children and to have an impact into their lives. The school is part of the Ywam ministry. Therefore DTS graduates are preferred. You will not be paid but will have to raise your own support, but you will get to know the warm and hospitable South Indian people For more information please write to: Ian Liu akcsatvsnldotnet

  7. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN FIJI (SEP 1-12, 2004) — Is God calling you to Fiji? The Transformational Partnership (Luis Palau Evangelistic Association, CitiReach International, Living Stones Foundation & Sentinel Group), by invitation of the Assembly of Christian Churches in Fiji and in association with government leaders in Fiji, is ready to see God transform entire communities and the nation through the power of Jesus Christ. Together with a vibrant network of organizations, Fiji will be host to: 100+ short-term mission teams from around the world (1,000-1,500 individuals), Luis Palau’s 2- day “Fiji Fest, City wide clean up projects, water projects, business seminars, Bible training courses and much more. Every strata of life will be impacted! God is at work and Fiji is ready! For more information about how to be a part of this large international outreach visit http://www.fiji2004.org or email randydotburtisatpalaudotorg

  8. NO BATTERY-POWERED PROJECTORS — Some time ago, someone asked for a battery-powered data/video projector. Allen and Betty compiled data on those responses and were thus far unable to find *any* leads. However, they did hear of some work in progress and would appreciate your prayers on the inventors’ behalf.

  9. ABSTINENCE EDUCATION — Check out http://www.eliprojects.org if you want field-tested educational materials or more information on abstinence and its use in missions & cross-cultural work, or simply write to vnurmiateliprojectsdotorg

  10. YOU CAN MAKE AN IMPACT — Educate young minds overseas! International Education Services (IES) a non-profit faith venture, is seeking the provision of teachers for Grades 3,4 and 5; Grade 6-8 English as well as K-8 ESL, Computer and Art. The school serves 52 families with about 90 students from 12 different countries. Serving at IES places you at the cutting edge of missions in the largest unreached nation in the 10/40 window. For a brief introduction to the school go to http://www.pcpies.com. For more information contact Sally at recruitatpcpiesdotcom

  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP — This is a reminder that the Registration Deadline for the Member Care in Crisis Situations and Debriefing Workshop is March 31. This workshop is sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators and will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26-May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Registration deadline is March 31. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg.

  12. FREE RESOURCE NEWSLETTER FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Here’s an IFES New Zealander who provides up to date resources, articles and research, books and sites to better equip you to mobilize college students for global mission (and to minister to them while they are on campus) Write the author, Mark markgattscfdotorgdotnz , if you would like to receive a copy. It’s sent to workers in New Zealand, Australia, England and the United States. Thanks Mark!

  13. TALKING BIBLES EXPAND SCOPE OF CARE-GIVERS — The Talking Bible is greatly enhancing Care-giving Ministries in local congregations. The Talking Bible is a marvelous bedside companion for one who is ill or hospitalized. It speaks God’s precious, comforting Word during those long hours when one needs it most. ASI is encouraging every local church to have one or more Talking Bibles for its care-giving ministry. Each Talking Bible has an entire New Testament sealed inside. They are beautiful, inexpensive and easy to use. Talking Bibles are available in English, Spanish and many other languages. Talking Bibles are available from Audio Scriptures International in California. Visit http://www.audioscriptures.org for more information. Or call ASI at 760-745-8105.

20040314 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS!
  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA)
  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT
  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE
  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS
  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES
  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS
  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE
  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION?
  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN
  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP?
  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS
  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY
  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP
  16. INTERESED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS?
  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE
  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS
  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION
  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS
  22. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks so much to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in making possible a Brigada-sponsored secretary! The Center is part of the Economic & Development Department at Covenant College, 706-419-1805. Thanks, too, for the anonymous donors who gave $100, $25 and $10 respectively, this past week. We appreciate you! If you’d like to donate to help underwrite the costs of the Brigada- sponsored secretary, just click “Sponsor” in the menu.

  2. REPORTEDLY CHEAPEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (FROM USA) — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country- to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (And thanks to these services for their desire to enable the Brigada- sponsored secretary!!)

  3. “EVERY TONGUE” COMBINES WELL WITH JOSHUA PROJECT — Have you noticed the way the folks at Joshua Project have meshed so perfectly with the folks from “EveryTongue.com”? Give it a look. For example, see http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=107987&rog3=IR Scroll down to the “Ministry Tools” section and look for the audio link. Find those audio samples at over 5,400 people groups so far! Great stuff. Well done Dan and the gang at Joshua Project… Well done EveryTongue.com. Way to work together!

  4. MISSION FINDER IMPROVES THEIR SEARCH ENGINE — This excellent missions resource site continues to expand and add features. The site is divided into useful categories of mission opportunities such as Short Term Missions, Medical Missions, Missions for Medical Students, Vocational Missions, Christian Orphanages, Native American Missions, TESOL opportunities, and more. There are also sections for Missionary Travel and Insurance for Missionaries, plus the newly expanded Resources page. Each category can be searched individually or by groups. Visit http://www.MissionFinder.org and see for yourself! (Thanks Rod!)

  5. NEW WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN TRAVELERS — Need travel info for your upcoming venture? Try Mission2go.com, which helps both new and seasoned international travelers deal effectively with the mechanics of travel including ticketing, passports, money, security etc. Additionally, there is much content geared specifically toward the Christian traveler including advice on researching organizations, spiritual preparation, and support raising. Additional areas of interest include a travel equipment Gear Guide, discussion Forum and opportunities for experienced travelers to share their knowledge by submitting stories and articles. Check them out at: http://www.mission2go.com

  6. OPERATION WORLDVIEW VIDEO SERIES — Mission ONE offers this new video curriculum based in part on the Perspectives Course, designed to introduce world missions to your church or small group. Designed for eight classes one hour or more in length, this series contains dynamic videos and film clips from around the world, along with beautifully designed digital slides to illustrate the rich teaching. Perfect for church-wide studies, Sunday School classes or small groups, Operation WorldView asks, “What is The Story above all stories, and what is your Destiny in the Story?” For more information, visit http://www.mission1.org

  7. COLLECT OLD CELL PHONES, RAISE FUNDS — Now here’s a fund-raiser that’s going to sound quite random. :-) You know those old cell phone sitting around in your junk drawers or boxes in the basement? Here’s a company that donates $1 (and up to $15) per phone, based on type and condition. So you can collect those old cell phones, ship them for free to the company’s site in L.A., then expect a donation 90 days later. For more information, see their site at: http://www.pledgeaphone.com I checked this to be sure it was for real and couldn’t find any bad news about it on the web. (Go to Google and type in “pledgeaphone scam” and it’ll return nothing… until this item gets indexed by Google, that is. :-) ) (Thanks for the tip, Steven!)

  8. LEVERAGE OUTREACH WITH “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” MOVIE — “Have you seen the Passion of Christ?” That’s one of the most often-asked questions these days, it seems. The movie has sparked conversation and controversy, and Christians around the world are using it to reach out into their communities. But where do these conversations lead? World Harvest Mission (WHM) has just released a new resource, Living in Light of the Gospel Story, to help you engage individuals interested in exploring the gospel story. The course explores six different topics to challenge participants to see how life can be different by living in light of: The Father’s Love, The Cross, A New Reputation, The King’s Forgiveness, Heaven, and The Kingdom. WHM has drawn from its church planting experience around the world to create in-depth studies that capture issues of the heart. Living in Light is highly approachable, affordable, and adaptable. Go online to learn more and place an order. Visit http://www.whm.org/about-news03-02-04.shtml or e-mail bookstoreatwhmdotorg to request more information.

  9. NEED SOMEONE TO TYPE YOUR DICTATION? — Try iDictate.com. (See http://www.idictate.com for full information.) There’s a free trial there… and after the trial, you’ll pay one cent per word, but maybe that’s a reasonable fee compared to hiring a secretary to do it? You’ll have to be the one to decide. As for Eddie Smith, member of the US Prayer Track and Director of the US Prayer Center in Houston, TX, it’s perfect. ” I can telephone and dictate passages for my books. Within mere minutes…or a few hours if it’s long…I receive a text email with it typed out! And no secretary to hire, manage, and insure!! What a world! By the way, a pastor can upload his taped sermon and get the same result.” By the way, Eddie has some pretty great websites of his own at http://www.usprayercenter.org and http://www.prayerbookstore.com (Thanks for the tip, Eddie! And no, I don’t think you saw it originally in Brigada… at least not that I recall! :-) )

  10. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH — MissionPrep-Toronto is offering a (TEFL- TESOL) May 10–June 4, 2004) Teaching English as a Foreign (Second/Other) Language program that will equip you for an exciting ministry whether at home or overseas. This intensive 4-week training program will provide you with a wealth of practical and proven procedures, resources and models for teaching the full range of required components: listening, speaking, reading and writing; pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, language use; etc. During weekly practicums you will observe successful programs within the rich multi- culturalism of Toronto as well as gain a minimum of 20 hours of teaching experience.

    For more information contact Priscilla Marr 905–640-1621 missionprepatglobaltalkdotca


  11. SUMMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIM STUDIES IN SPAIN –- Here’s a 4-day/40- hour interactive training course with a 1-week outreach to a Muslim Country in North Africa immediately following. “SIMS-Spain” is an intense training and outreach experience that prepares you to live the gospel in a way that invites Muslims to the Lord. The course will be held early July in Southern Spain. Crescent Project is co-sponsor of the event. Registration deadline is May 21. For more information and exact dates email sims-satinterumdotorg or visit their website at: http://www.interum.org

  12. NEED COMPUTER HELP? — Remember the guy, Jonathan, who needed help with his computers? Well Eduardo offered a solution. Try subscribing to iccm-tech. Just send a message to: iccm-tech-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom You’ll receive an automatic mailing with instructions on how to submit your question. You can always unsubscribe once you get an answer. Painless. (Thanks Eduardo!) In some cases, you might also be able to get help from the International Christian Technologist’s Association (ICTA) www.icta.net. If you’re in Australia, a Brigada participant named David runs an email list with a ton of volunteers waiting to resolve problems. Contact ithelp4missionsatcrosscapedotcomdotau They also have a new project, Sideros (see http://www.sideros.net which aims to set some standards for Christian IT Consultants helping missions, or running short term trips. However both groups have limited capacity, so they can only do so much. (Thanks David!) In addition, The International Conference on Computing in Mission (ICCM) has an email list on yahoogroups called iccm-tasks to share tasks which volunteers/students can be involved in. Email iccm-tasks-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom to join, either to offer help, or to list an IT project with which you need assistance. Of course, because you’re dealing with volunteers, you might have to wait your turn.

  13. EUROPEAN CONSULTATION FOR TENTMAKERS — All of the TIE and WEA representatives in each European Country and all other interested Tentmakers worldwide are invited to the TIE European Consultation to be held at the resort Hotel Rila 70 kilometers outside of Sophia, Bulgaria. The consultation will run from May 28 to 31. The fee of 165 euros include the registration, room and all meals. There is an extra fee of 30 euros for a single (non shared) room. Topics to be covered include: tentmaking and the internet, professional and business tentmakers, how we can all support and assist one another. For further details and a copy of the brochure, contact DWGGreenataoldotcom or see the website http://www.tentmakersnet.com

  14. ADDRESS CHILD ABUSE APPROPRIATELY — “Abuse: the Hidden Secret” is a six-video instructional series that provides methods to prevent child abuse, ways to spot abuse, and steps to take when allegations arise. Attorney Scott Ross, who has innumerable hours of research and experience as the lead person in dozens of child abuse cases, spearheaded the project for New Tribes Mission. It comes highly recommended by Frank Severn, President of IFMA and General Director of SEND International. You can see a preview and find out how to order the series online at: http://www.abusethehiddensecret.com Or email bookstore_hqatntmdotorg or call 800-321-5375. Might be particularly appropriate for house parents and boarding school parents working with MKs and others.

  15. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS WORKSHOP –- Here’s a reminder that the Member Care in Crisis Situations and Debriefing Workshop sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26 – May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg If you’re planning on attending this workshop, better act fast. The registration deadline is March 31.

  16. INTERESTED IN TEACHING ENGLISH OVERSEAS? — Youth With A Mission of Montana is offering another intensive, four-week course to train men and women desiring to teach English overseas. This course will run from July 26 through August 20, 2004 and is accredited. Application deadline is July 10. For further information visit their website at: http://www.ywammt.org or email tesolatywammtdotorg

  17. NEW NORTH INDIA CHRISTIAN TRAVEL SERVICE — For those with only 3-4 days in North India, the famous triangle of Deli, Agra (Taj Mahal), and Jaipur can provide a wonderful introduction to India’s culture and history. North India Christian Tourist Assistance now offers tours specifically focused covering these three great cities. From one-star to five-star, NICTA provides a range of services. Check their website at: http://www.geocities.com/nictaagra/visittajmahal.html

  18. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps EXPLORE is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts at the US Center to reach unreached people groups. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for June 2 – 5, 2004. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, please visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg .

  19. CORRECTION ON REPEAT FUNDING FOR MISSION TRIPS — In the compilation on repeat-funding for mission trips, our compiler included an item referring to the possibility that perhaps the person *going* on the short-term mission trip might receive a tax-deductible receipt for his or her contributions toward the trip itself. Thanks to Marianne for catching the fact that this would not be permissible, due to IRS regulations. (The person going is receiving a form of “goods or services” directly from the donation.)

  20. “MICROSOFT LICENSING FOR CHARITIES” QUESTION — Replies to the Brigada question concerning using USA-based non-profit licenses by overseas missionaries reveal that many missionaries just do it! However, those who have tried to determine what is a correct use still have questions. Some suggested using the licenses from the local Microsoft district; however, some districts don’t have licenses for non-profit organizations (Philippines, for example). There was only one response that comes from a person who has tried investigating this with MS representatives (thanks Mike!). Although, the agency Mike represents does not yet give licenses to their missionaries, Mike’s agency maintained that no one at Microsoft or the licensed broker definitively said “don’t do it”. Therefore, our compiler (Thanks Lester!) concluded that he believes it is fine for missionaries to take a U.S. bought computer with U.S. installed Charity MOLP software with them overseas. It is not OK to send licenses to a regional office somewhere comprised of foreign workers and/or machines. The best dividing line: missionaries must be employees of the organization and look to U.S. sources for Microsoft support. Thanks again Lester… and thanks to the great contribution by Mike!

  21. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR SHARES NEWS — Read about: + Using Soldiers as tentmakers + News about Afghan warlords + Muslim studies courses in 2004 + Spiritual landscape of Mauritania + News about Christians in Iraq + Helping Iraqi children through service personnel + World conference for military Christians in Korea These are the articles in the latest Reveille Shofar recently posted at www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . Keep in mind that, as always, this does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of all the beliefs expressed at the site.

20031214 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

20030330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR
  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY
  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP
  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS
  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES
  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS
  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR — Gateway Missionary Training Centre, Langley. B.C. in co-operation with Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, B.C. is offering a unique training opportunity. Students are able to earn 36 Bible credits through PLBC while also being equipped at Gateway for effective cross-cultural ministry. The course begins in September 2003. For more information check the web page http://www.gatewaytraining.org or write to <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>. </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY – – Since 1993, Healing for the Nations has helped missionaries from all over the world experience healing, restoration and a renewed intimacy with God. Each month a one week retreat consisting of chapels, teaching, small group work and one on one time with the staff is held in a conference facility on a mountain just north of Atlanta, Georgia. If time out for yourself is long overdue and you have a sense that there are some things in your life that need attention, call toll free in the USA at 800-483-2841 or 770-919-0140 (Internationally). You may also access their website at http://www.healingforthenations.org .

  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES — What would happen if you or your short-term team lost all of your baggage or passports and you could not perform your ministry? What if you needed to rebook your flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, or needed emergency cash? Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups with these and many other situations. They offer what they say is the ONLY individual and group short-term international health insurance plans that automatically include true 24-hour travel assistance. To get complete details, go to their web site at http://www.missionaryhealth.net , or email them at <isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom> or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America). If you don’t want to use the “missionary” site you may get the same information online at http://www.overseashealth.com . </isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom>

  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Mahayana Buddhism and Japanese Sects” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. If interested, request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu>. </guestservicesataptsdotedu>

  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS — This course is designed to teach the Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) method of presentation. CBS tells selected biblical stories in chronological order in an effort to bring people to genuine faith in Christ, mature discipleship, and fruitful Christian service. Storying is based entirely upon the Bible and is chosen because it is a primary communication vehicle of the target people. Stories are selected based upon the universal biblical truth to be communicated and upon identified barriers in the target people’s worldview. Storying is structured to give an “oral” Bible to individuals and to develop the competency to share it orally. Dates for this course, taught by Dr. Grant Lovejoy, are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info contact them at <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or 800.887.1786 or visit their website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are July 21-August 22, 2003. The cost is approximately 370 US dollars (could change without notice), 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is approximately P8000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES — The Magazine Training Institute announces two courses for Christian magazine publishing staff to be held in Ruminezevo, near Moscow. The Business of Magazine Publishing will be offered June 1-6, and Editing the Magazine will be held June 8- 13. The courses are subsidized by Western Christian publishers, so tuition and room and board costs are minimal. For more information, write <sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom> or check MTI’s website at http://www.magazinetraining.com . MTI has been offering conferences and courses for Christian magazine staff since 1989. </sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom>

  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS — SOON Ministries now have two free evangelistic papers available for the Fula people of West Africa. ‘BADAKE’ is produced in Fulfulde Adamaoua (Toucouleur) while ‘BOOYATAA’ is written in Pulaar-Fulakunda and Pulaar-Futa Toro (Toucouleur). It has glossaries to help speakers of each dialect understand the rest of the material. The dialects are sufficiently similar to Pulaar Futa that those speakers may also find it accessible. Samples are available to download in PDF format, and free copies can be posted to anyone who can use them, in any reasonable quantity: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/booyataa.php For more info, write <guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>. </guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>

  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA — Join YWAM Hakka Church Planting Ministries in a marathon Prayer Net during the rest of the month of May! Of the more than three million Hakkas who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. If you’d like to join the long-term church planting team – and hundreds of others from around the world – in this Prayer Net effort, check it out at… http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2003/howtopray.htm .

20030105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE?
  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE
  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS
  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED
  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS
  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY
  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK
  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD
  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS?
  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE? — Well that depends on whether or not you count the 5040 members whose addresses are currently bouncing. The moral of the story: be sure to unsubscribe from your old address before you unplug for good. Then subscribe anew from your new service once it’s up and running. There are currently about 7694 “active” or “good” addresses, meaning that we’ve seen over 12,000 different subscriber addresses down through the last few years. (Please remember: It’s easy to maintain your own address information. What’s more, there’s no way Brigada volunteers can hope to do it for you. There are just too many subscribers, too little time, too many changes. Thanks for understanding!) Would you do us a favor and help us increase our readership over these next 3 weeks? We don’t have funds for big marketing gimmicks, but we’d love to grow. If every active participant would find just one new subscriber, we could easily break back above the benchmark of 10,000 active addresses. Please help! Just suggest to your mission or church staff that they subscribe. It’s easy. All they have to do is write to <brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. By the way, we will never give your information to *anybody*. </brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE — Need good options for keeping your family … or *you* … honest on the web? (… so that you don’t get caught in the trap of looking at sites or pictures that you know you shouldn’t). One option: Check out http://www.covenanteyes.com These folks have designed software that automatically emails your accountability partners a list of the sites you’ve visited over the past month. The service will set you back about $7/month, but it’ll keep you honest. No extra cash for the moment? Try http://www.we-blocker.com The we-blocker people offer their software for free (donations suggested). They maintain both a central list of sites that are “off- limits”, as well as allow you to customize a list of “forbidden words”. Sites that contain these words are automatically blocked as well. You can over-ride those settings with a completely flexible set of conditional configurations. Great little program, little performance hits, big payoffs for your kids, family, and you. Tip: If you have trouble with this area, ask your spouse to type in the master password so you’ll enjoy filtered Internet browsing as well.

  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS — Have you ever wondered just how much of a help it is to hire househelp? Now you can get the lowdown without ever leaving your doorstep, by reading Beatrice Lawson’s book, “Househelps: Blessing or Curse?” Published by Africa Christian Press (Achimota, Ghana), this little booklet teaches you how to make the most of a househelper if you choose to hire one. Learn how to recruit, set up a contract, and head off potential pitfalls. To negotiate a price for your own organization or training program… or to get a copy for your own family, inquire about pricing directly with the publisher at <acpbooksatghanadotcom> . </acpbooksatghanadotcom>

  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED -– Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five-week intensive TESOL course taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2003. The cost is only $500 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, take in the 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic, March 21-22! Register by Feb 21st and save $50. Some claim this course has helped them raise funds in half the time. In addition, network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_mar2003.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — Gospel Recordings, a mission which produces evangelism tools in over 5,500 languages, will have a new supply of 20,000 TapeTalk hand-wind players by February 2003. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples.

    For more information on the players and the languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom> In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free. </ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom>


  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003 — The 6th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 07 to May 30, 2003, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. *Course 1 “Introduction to Islam”: Week 1 – Historical Background (Dr. Ken Ferguson); Week 2 – Contemporary Issues (Dr. Stuart Robinson); Week 3 – Folk Islam (Dr. Rick Love). *Course 2 “Apologetics in Muslim Contexts”: Week 4 – Answering Islamic Objections (Rev. Ezekiel Joshua); Week 5 – Bridging from Qur’anic Material (Rev. Harry Morin). *Course 3 “Approaches to Islam”: Week 6 – Practical Approach (Rev. Joseph Cumming); Week 7 – Women’s Issues in Islam (Dr. Miriam Adeney); Week 8 – Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall). *E-mail <aptsatagmddotorg> <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> *Telecom (63)(74) 422-6977. *Fax (63)(74) 442-7068. *Web: http://www.apts.edu/ Registration deadline: March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS — Church Planting Coaches http://cpcoaches.com has established a refuge on the Island of Malta. Part of the vision the Lord has given them is a “Bed and Breakfast” for church planters who need a break from the difficult pioneer fields in which they work. Available now is hospitality consisting of a beautifully appointed bedroom with private bath and outdoor patio nook, with additional beds available for groups larger than one or two. Room and board are provided on a suggested donation basis. Availability varies and booking priority is given to YWAM church planters, though they are happy to serve others too! The house is just minutes from beaches and Malta’s other attractions. http://visitmalta.com Imagine what a refreshment of body, mind, spirit, vision and purpose will come as you walk in the Apostle Paul’s footsteps on Malta. The host family are experienced church planters and trainers and are ready to provide as much coaching and counsel as the individual or team desires. They look forward to receiving your inquiries. Email: <cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>. </cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>

  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY — Get all 150 of Gordon Churchyard’s very popular Psalms, which are in EasyEnglish level A from http://www.easyenglish.info . More information on Wycliffe Associates (UK) and their EasyEnglish may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo> . </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE — Do you want to minister to the poor, but are not sure what to do next? If so, consider taking in the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. Apply now as space is limited. For more information, log on at http://www.chalmers.org or write <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can your organization best respond? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s expanded Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer- to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 28-May 3, 2003. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $140 room/board. Participation is limited. For information or reservations contact <member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>. </member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>

  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK -— “Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission (MISTM)” is a 250+ page book for any person with a leadership, teaching, receiving, or planning role in short-term mission. MISTM provides a solid framework for understanding, structuring, and planning short-term missions done right! Scheduled for release in March 2003. Order pre-press by January 31 for $14.99 with free shipping. After January 31, MISTM retails for $19.99 plus shipping. Order online or by phone from STEM Press http://www.STEMmin.org Toll-free 1-877-STEM-min, or 952-996-1385 For more information call or email <mistmbookatstemmindotorg> . </mistmbookatstemmindotorg>

  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD — Here’s Greg’s summary of the responses he received regarding how to transfer money to and from the mission field. (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”): “Put money in US bank account and have person use debit card or credit card in receiving country at an ATM or bank (7 mentions) This was clearly the cheapest and quickest. You just have to be careful who has access to the account and in a few places it can be hard to find an ATM or a bank that will advance local money against your card. Others suggested the old standby… Western Union (4 Mentions). Reliable but not cheap. Can be done on the web. Another response: Wire transfer to bank in receiving country (2 mentions), which is a bit costly and if the money gets lost (and they do) banks will not accept responsibility. Finally, one party mentioned actually hand-carrying the funds. So… no real surprises. Maybe we’ll see more developments on this in the next decade, but for now, it seems we’re stuck with these old standbys. (Thanks Greg!)

  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS? — Try Talent Trust Consultants (TTc). They are an international ministry serving Church and Missions workers with dedicated and affordable worldwide medical insurance. Established 12 years ago as an independent ministry serving alongside YWAM, TTc now supports more than 1,400 members and their families from over 260 missions and churches. A number of programmes are available, all of which can be uniquely tailored to suit your individually needs. Write to <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit http://www.talent-trust.com . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN — Aventura Asombrosa is a bi- lingual, Spanish/English, Bible study for children by Through The Bible Publishers. Children’s ministries that have a mix of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking kids will find this resource useful. It is also an easy-to-use tool for missions groups since English speaking missionaries have the English and Spanish text in the same book. My Awesome Adventure, the English-only version, has been recommended by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Check out http://www.DiscipleLand.com for more information and a FREE sample lesson. E-mail requests to <myehatdisciplelanddotcom> or call toll free in the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-284-0158 or call 970-484- 8483. </myehatdisciplelanddotcom>

20020407 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS?
  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK
  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE
  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA
  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY
  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA
  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE
  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED
  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE
  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP
  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE
  14. THE WAITING WORLD
  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH?
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS? — Check ’em out… solar powered, solid state, made by http://www.mymegavoice.net or write <infoatmymegavoicedotnet> in USA. They’re connected with <galcomatgalcomdotorg>, tel. 877-2-GALCOM. They also make fixed tuned solar radios and small broadcasters. Also, http://www.audioscriptures.org has a “talking bible.” </galcomatgalcomdotorg></infoatmymegavoicedotnet>

  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK — A Mormon church leader boasted that he “could throw a dart at a map of Nigeria,” go there, and literally have a church congregation “within a month.” Most new Mormons would be from other churches, fooled by the familiar language and music of Mormonism and unaware of its false teachings. Nigeria is one of the twelve African countries and more than 150 worldwide where Mormons are active. A free email one-page paper, published monthly since 1997 by Immanuel Bible Ch

  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE -– Want intense interaction with church planters? Are you wondering how the local church can be involved in church planting among unreached peoples? Antioch Network will be hosting the 2002 Annual Gathering of Churches on June 12-15 in Tempe, Arizona. The expanded format this year includes three pre-conference intensives as well as display tables for up to 20 invited people group networks. If you are interested in more information or to request a brochuhttp://www.antiochnetwork.org/Gathering .

  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY — Commit Ministries of Waianae, Hawaii, http://www.commitministries.org , is initiating a world wide program called “B-COP” which seeks to Break the Cycle Of Poverty in even the most distant people groups. Working only through accountable, objective missionaries and church leaders, B-COP will purchase items appropriate to the local culture, environment and laws of the country of origin. Examples include weaving, wood, ceramics, metal work, musical and househo

  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission Montana is ready to help you make an impact with the School of Missions & Evangelism (SOME). The program develops the student into a better communicator of gospel at home and cross-culturally. The SOME will inspire the Christian to live a lifestyle of evangelism, to prayerfully consider long-term missions, and to encourage the student in their own ministry development. This is a secondary school with Youth With A Mission. A Dihttp://www.ywammt.org .

  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY — Want to teach English in China (or anyplace in the world)? The TESOL certificate is becoming the standard criteria for a job teaching English which is a critical tool especially in limited access countries. Learn to teach English in a TESOL school offered in Shanghai, China starting July 5, 2002. Get a certificate upon successful completion of the course. Learn more at http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom> for more information. </tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA — Due to the overwhelming success of its STML seminars in Hawaii, COMMIT Ministries is now offering Short Term Leaders Training Seminars in the Mainland United States. Collectively through their partnership with ServantPrep Training International, they have trained nearly 1,000 team leaders over the past five years from mission organizations and churches in the United States. Now, they can come to you! If your mission organization or church is in the proceTraining is provided in as few as two days.

  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE – Get God’s Great Ambition, by Dave & Dan Davidson & George Verwer, with inspirational, revolutionary quotes. Or order The Cross And The Crescent by Phil Parshall, Street Boy, by Fletch Brown, and many many others. Gabriel Resources offers great discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Contact them for pricing or to order. Log on at http://www.gabriel-resources.com or write <ellenatomlitdotomdotorg> or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA or 706-554-1594 outside USA. </ellenatomlitdotomdotorg>

  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED — COMMIT Ministries provides quality, comprehensive, and sensitive Debriefing Services for your short-term ministry team in as little as one day! COMMIT utilizes a proven, Biblically-base 8 step approach to help each team member process what God was teaching in the field. COMMIT Ministries Travel provides lower cost airfares and will route you through European hub cities where one of our qualified debriefers will meet you for a day or two before the team goes home.

  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE – Get instant confirmation of coverage. Insurance Services of America, a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations, now has online applications available for group coverage. Visit them on the web at http://www.missionaryhealth.net and click on the link for group coverage. Coverage is available on their “Day Tripper” plan for as low as $1.08 per day! If you have questions email them <healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589. Insurance Services of America is not tied to just one company; they have several choices available, so they can shop for the missionary or mission agency! Individual coverage available as well as the group coverage. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>

  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP — JPII is alive and well. Some special announcements are in the makings in the very near future… but for now, hats off to World Help for “adopting” them!

  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydroponics. These versatile systems are ideal for food production in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 17-21. For a brochure, contact Aquaculture International at <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus> or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if youhttp//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord. </cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus>

  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE — The site map at the Brigada website is up and running again, after a brief hiatus. (Where did that word come from anyway… “hiatus”. I mean . . . think about it. Just say it several times. Hiatus… hiatus… hiatus. What a strange word. :-) ) Anyway… http://www.brigada.org It’s working again. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Greg!)

  14. THE WAITING WORLD — Youth With A Mission, Strategic Frontiers announces the completion of the second volume of “The Waiting World.” Volume #2 features prayer videos for 13 unreached peoples on one 75 min. VHS tape (either NTSC or PAL), showcasing their beliefs, the way they live, the needs of the missionaries working with them, and lists prayer points that will enable you or your group to pray more effectively for them. The video are available for a suggested donation of $49.95 US, including U

  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH? — Check out http://www.pathtogodsglory.org . The wild thing is… you can order it… or download the text right from the site and use it immediately (donations accepted). (Thanks for your unselfishness Joe!)

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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20020106 Brigada Today

Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY, USA
(See your subscription information at the end under “Closing Stuff”!)

In this issue…

1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA
2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC.
3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1
5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE
6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO?
7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING
8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON
10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE
12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES
14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS
15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES
16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS
17) CLOSING STUFF

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1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA — The “Intercessors for China 2002” prayer calendar is available at

http://www.prayforchina.com

or by calling 1-888-462-5481!

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2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC. — A Christian film and video library in Minnesota, USA is preparing to close its doors after nearly 30 years of ministry. One of the items it has to dispose of is 16mm film checker, cleaner and previewer. This is a free standing model. There are also cleaning and splicing supplies included. The checker is available free of charge but must be picked up in Minneapolis or you will need to arrange for shipping to you. For more information you can contact: Don Lundeen at gtf media resources, 701 Decatur – Ste. 110, Minneapolis, MN 55427, 763/545-5344, 763/545-5498 fax, <donatgtfmediadotcom></donatgtfmediadotcom>

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3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER — You can still order copies of “Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices From Around the World.” This new book is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations and member care workers are providing missionary care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from both the Newer Sending Countries (NSCs) and the Older Sending Countries (OSCs). It has 50 chapters, 576 pages, (a few surprises), and is presented in three parts: The Member Care Context (5 articles); Regional Issues and Insights (15 articles from Africa, Latin America, the Arabic World, Asia, and India); Providing and Developing Member Care (30 articles categorized according to the books transcultural model of member care). To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit

http://www.membercare.org

Retail price: $24.99; Until Jan. 10: 1-9 books: $15.00; 10-25 books: $12.00; 26-50 books: $11.00; 51-100 books: $10.00; 101+ books: $ 8.00. Prices exclude shipping. For ordering info: Kelly O’Donnell<102172dot170atcompuservedotcom>

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4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1 — If you’ve switched to Office XP, might as well make your way to:

www.office.microsoft.com/productupdates

for Service Pack 1. I didn’t notice a ton of differences, but there are supposed to be some security things handled.

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5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE — Do you struggle with using and understanding English? Help is available! The international mission, Operation Mobilisation, has a school in the UK aimed specifically at those wanting to learn or improve their English for Christian service and missionary work. They promote a friendly atmosphere and small classes. Each day starts with spiritual input. Courses run throughout the year. Minimum stay is 2 weeks. For info email

<englishatrhyldotomdotorg>.</englishatrhyldotomdotorg>

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6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO? — To Every Tribe Ministries is the church planting ministry of the Sitton family, but it shows what one family can do! They focus primarily on church planting among unreached tribes in Papua New Guinea and Mexico. However, they hope that their web site to become a valuable tribal missions resource for the entire Body of Christ. Check out the extensive tribal and general missions information they have put together at:

http://www.toeverytribe.com

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7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING — This two week seminar will help to equip the new missionary with knowledge, skills and attitudes in overcoming the formidable challenge of cross-cultural hurdles. Learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques. Study cross-cultural adaptation & communication, handling stress, Interpersonal relationships, spiritual warfare and much more. A highlight of MissionPrep training is exposure to other cultures through visits to ethnic centres such as “Little India”, “China Town” in the heart of Toronto. For more information contact Robert,

<micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

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8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE — The tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th have set off a whole series of global disruptions that are powerfully impacting how we do cross-cultural ministry. The Columbia Biblical Seminary Extension at Toccoa Falls College in NE Georgia, is concerned that God’s cross-cultural servants be uniquely equipped to respond effectively to the whole array of challenge and opportunity that are being presented. To that end, they have scheduled three of the world’s pre-eminent theologian-missiologists to come teach one week modular graduate courses in June 2002. June 3-7, Dr. Bill Larkin (Professor of Theology and Mission) will teach “Acts in Historical, Theological and Missiological Perspective”, June 10-14, Dr. Ken Mulholland (Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary) will lead “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” and June 17-21, Dr. Timothy Tennent (Associate Professor of World Missions and Director of Missions Programs Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) will lead “Biblical Contextualization”. For complete information call Lynette at 1-800-868-3257 Ext. 5423, outside the US call 011-706-886-7299 Ext. 5423, email them at: <gradstudiesattfcdotedu>, or visit the web site at </gradstudiesattfcdotedu>

http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/default.htm

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9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON — Here’s a very unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children preferred but all applicants will be considered, you just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost! Please inquire with us today! Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at

http://www.mup.org. Our email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg>.</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS — Here are transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The MATS “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost, while the New Field Units for NGO missions are built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. They’ve got 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 MATS International at Inc. 4444 National Road E Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email

<caratmatsdotorg>, web: mats.org.</caratmatsdotorg>

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11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE — Grab free content for webmasters. You can now incorporate over 30 pages of detailed resource material directly into your site – just by adding a few lines of code to one of your pages. The pages are completely integrated – they match the appearance of other pages on your site. The material helps Christians to understand the issues involved in effective online communication, and stresses the importance and potential of online cross-cultural evangelism. It also includes a customized poster for the webmaster’s own site.

http://www.web-evangelism.com/yourpage

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12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE — The Christian Economic Development Institute is upon us — May 20-31, 2002. If you are seeking a way to help the poor transform their lives, but don’t know how or where to start, this training is for you. Whether you serve on the foreign missions field or in the inner city in the US, their trainers will start you in the right direction. Faculty and facilitators are experienced practitioners who have served both overseas and in the US. The Institute is sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, in partnership with Food for the Hungry, World Relief and Christian Community Development Association and will be held on the campus of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia (USA). For full details and an application, see the Chalmers Center’s website:

http://www.chalmers.org.

Or, contact us at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 31 May 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. Their schedule for this year is: Week 1: 8-12 April Introduction to Islam – Dr. Tan Kim Sai; Week 2: 15-20 April Building Relationships with Muslim & Apologetics – Daoud Irasaneous; Week 3: 22-26 April – Narrative Approach to Reaching Muslims -Dr. Paul Parks; Week 4: 29 April-4 – Muslim Worldview and the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic Law – Sam Solomon; Week 5: 6-10 May – History of Missions to Muslims Sandra Chiew; Week 6: 13-17 May – Church Planting Among Muslims Roger Dixon; Week 7: 20-24 May Muslim Evangelism – Phil Parshall; Week 8: 27-31 May Christian Use of the Quran – Harry Morin. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. All applications need to be in by March 1.</seaiisatmaildotcom>

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14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS — What are the questions we fail to ask in multicultural teams? What are the identity issues of the workers unique to these teams? Are there extra stress factors? What role do the different forms of logic play? How does this play out in relationships? decision-making? leadership? And what about the things that trip us up so easily – retreats and relaxation? And the Achilles heel – finances and lifestyle? Are there advantages to working in multicultural teams?

What issues need to be attended to most in selection and training people for these teams? How can leadership prepare their workers for such teams? These and other related subjects will be handled in a workshop from 27-31 May 2002 offered by Lianne Roembke in Limassol, Cyprus. Dr. Roembke has been involved in training such teams for over 25 years and it was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. For more information see

http://www.memct.org or contact <timatmemctdotorg></timatmemctdotorg>

This workshop is offered in German in Korntal/Stuttgart by Seminare für Missionarische Fortbildung, 2.-6. September 2002. Contact <mboeddinghausataemdotde>.</mboeddinghausataemdotde>

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15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — With the tragic events of 9/11 it may be prudent to review your life insurance program and determine if your family will be financially provided for in the case of death. Adams & Associates International (sm) can arrange a 5-year level premium, level term life insurance policy for overseas missionaries through Lloyd’s, London. The initial application proposal is subject to medical underwriting and possibly rated for geographical location including current political and world events. Once the application proposal is approved, the terms agreed to by the applicant and a policy issued, the annual premium rates are level for the 5 year term. The policy is renewable if overseas service is maintained. The cost of international life insurance is now, more than ever, based on world events and location, which we all know, can change quickly and without notice. For complete information, contact Adams & Associates International (sm) at <aaiataaintldotcom> (if in a sensitive area, please type “Restricted” in the subject line) or call 1-800-922-8438 / (803)-758-1400.</aaiataaintldotcom>

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16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS — Today I’m wondering what you ask your prayer partners to pray for. Sometimes I hear missionaries poke fun at those who pray, “Lord bless the missionaries.” But in reality, don’t we have to accept some of the responsibility for our friends and loved ones not knowing how to pray? Some of our Team Expansion missionaries have long ago figured out that prayer covering can mean a *world* of difference. Others are still at the starting gate, wondering how to begin. How ’bout taking some of these idea-starter prayer requests and sending them to a select group of a dozen friends or so. Ask them to pray. Some will write back and say they will. Those could become your new prayer group! (These are written from “First person” point of view.)

When traveling…

*** That we will pass through customs and immigration lines without incident
*** That our planes will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
*** That we’ll make all our connections

Health and Safety

*** Protection from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous animals
*** Protection from all kinds of sickness
*** That we’ll find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise
*** That our food and water needs will be met by the Lord

Spiritual Watchcare

*** Good times of intimacy with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship
*** Protection from dark forces in spiritual realms
*** Protection from discouragement, fear, and doubt
*** That we’ll demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit

Teamwork

*** That our team will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts
*** That we can resist temptation toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride
*** That we’ll be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy.
*** That God will grant us wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that we’ll be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in this land.

Verses to Read as you Pray

*** Exodus 4:12; 33:14
*** Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
*** Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11
*** Zechariah 4:6
*** Acts 1:8, 4:29,30
*** Ephesians 3:16-20; 6:10-20

(* Portions of the above prayer requests adapted from original prayers by Gail Seiver, as featured in _World Christian_, Vol. 14, Number 4.)

By the way… if you get a chance… 4 of us from Team Expansion are heading into Central Asia tomorrow. We’d actually really appreciate your prayers for us as we travel.

20011216 Brigada Today

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1) PILAT COMES TO NORTH CAROLINA

From Feb. 18 to Mar. 1, learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques, train the ears to hear and prepare the mouth to reproduce sounds of other languages, learn to become pro-active in language learning and acquire a Language Learning Kit filled with resources to help master language learning. This PILAT (Program in Language Acquisition Techniques) course is offered by the Center for Intercultural Training in cooperation with Missionary Training International (MTI). To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1.800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org .</citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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2) A NEW BOOK ON INTERNATIOAL MISSIONARY CARE

Edited by Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, _Doing Member Care Well_ is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations are providing member care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from all over the world. It is being offered at a greatly reduced price until January 10, 2002. To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit http://www.membercare.org . For more information contact the editor at 102172dot170atcompuservedotcom .

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3) NEED FREE IMAGES FOR YOUR NEXT POWERPOINT?

Check out

http://www.goodsalt.com

The images there are updated frequently to reflect current events. Thanks for your work, Bill!

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4) BIBLE COURSE ON THE INTERNET

“BibleKeys” is a dynamic 5-week course for new believers available free on the Internet at http://www.biblekeysonline.com . It works interactively, encouraging students to study and memorize the Scriptures for themselves. Chinese and Hindi are to be added shortly. It’s also available in printed form. Find out more by emailing info at biblekeysonline dot com (replace the “at” with @ and the “dot” with “.” and remove the spaces).

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5) HELP US BIG-TIME WITH FORMATTING ITEMS

Every week, we spend *tons* of time reformatting items that well-meaning contributors send us in the wrong format. Some of these contain words that are incorrectly spelled, while others are just different than the normal way we prepare items. Rats. It could be *so* much easier if our contributing friends would simply take the time to work through our submission suggestions. Get a copy for yourself by sending an email to:

<brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>. It’s that simple. If everybody helped, this job would require tons less time. Thanks for understanding.</brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>

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6) FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE

Twenty-three practical, biblically-based articles important for missionaries are available for download. They may be copied freely for your missionaries, mission leaders, or use in your training programs. To access these, go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com and click “Handouts.” If have questions or would like to submit articles for this site, please contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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7) HOW ‘BOUT THAT SULFNBK.EXE “VIRUS”! :-)

Have you been “hit” by the sulfnbk.exe “virus” yet? This thing is sweeping the Internet so fast, we don’t even know what’s hitting us! Here’s the way it works. Someone emails you and says… “Whew… this is serious; check your Windows folder now to see if you’ve got the dreaded sulfnbk.exe file. Yikes! It’s a virus! Erase it immediately.” So we go off deleting files on our computers without even verifying the purpose of the file! Yikes. My buddy and I joked that we could send the same message, except tell people to erase “Win.exe” or “Explorer.exe”. Can’t you hear it? “This Explorer virus automatically begins searching your hard drive for credit card numbers. Once it finds them, it emails them to an anonymous email address in Amsterdam. Dreadful. Erase it now.” Gang… when will we learn. Practically *all* the warnings we get — 99% of them — are hoaxes. Do yourself a favor and send an email to <opcatbrigadadotorg> to learn how to spot them. And… for those hit by the sulfnbk.exe virus, good luck reading long file names. Because your deletion *is* the virus.</opcatbrigadadotorg>

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8) TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM IN THE PHILIPPINES

This is the fourth year that TESOL has been taught in this location in the Southern Philippines. This four week intensive TESOL course is taught by an experienced American instructor and includes teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group at a local university. The course dates are April 15th-May 11th, 2002. The cost is only $400 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P10,000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody at <kzkukaatmtsdotnet>.</kzkukaatmtsdotnet>

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9) …OR LEARN TESOL IN CHINA

WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. Demand will increase over the next several years. Get a head start! Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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10) …OR LEARN TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY

:-) This must be annual TESOL week. :-) YWAM, Lebanon, PA is once again offering TESOL May 6 to May 31, 2002. Cost $950USD plus a $35.00 registration fee. This intensive and highly academic course will give you the ability and self confidence to teach the fundamentals of conversational English plus give you a job skill that opens doors to hard to enter countries. For information, call 717-274-9010 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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11) SHORT- AND LONG- TERM OPTIONS AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES

Mission to Unreached Peoples has short- and long-term opportunities available to Japan, China, India, Russia, Poland and Turkey. The type of work in each country will vary depending on your giftings and the program. You will need to raise support to cover costs for airfare, food and lodging. Cost ranges from $1850-2950. Consider teaching English in China. All it takes is a bachelor’s degree in any field to be qualified to teach English. Those with teaching experience or a MA in TEFL or any English or Education field are especially needed. Many Chinese schools may provide room, board, salary, medical care and vacation allowance depending on your length of commitment. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples toll-free or via Net2Phone at 1-888-847-6950 or write to <mupinfoatmupdotorg> or click on http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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12) SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Biblically based, interactive workshops in relationship skills are available for anyone involved in missions. There are still openings in Colorado Springs February 25 to March 1, and in Southern California April 21-26. If you are interested in participating in one of these, or in any of the other SYIS workshops currently open in nine countries, go to the International Training Partners Web site at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com . For questions or to sponsor a workshop for your organization, contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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13) CORRECTION ON EMERGENCY PLANS GUY

If you tried to reach that emergency plans guy last week and your email bounced back, it’s because he inadvertently put an “org” on his email address (instead of .com). Guess he was trying to be more discrete. :-) Anyway.. let’s try this again… Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada. </briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>

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14) TRAIN AS A SHORT-TERM MINISTRY LEADER

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-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 in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information <commitatjunodotcom>.</commitatjunodotcom>

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15) FOR THOSE SHARING THE MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH TO JEWS

Check out resources at http://www.howardmorganministries.org , especially the evangelism seminar, “Everyone Can Evangelize.” It has three 90-minute tapes and an illustrated workbook.

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16) RESOURCES FOR SHARING CHRIST DAILY

If you’re looking for resources on how to share Christ as a daily part of your Christian life… including ideas that might apply *wherever* you live, check out:

http://www.sharechrist.org or contact Sharing Christ Ministries toll-free or via Net2Phone 1-800-467-0804 Pin #27, or email <scministries02ataoldotcom>.</scministries02ataoldotcom>

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17) CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL

This is scheduled for April 22, 2002, to July 12, 2002, followed by an 8 week outreach to Crimea Ukraine. Specifically designed for families and singles, this course offers men and women the opportunity to seek God’s will and be revitalized in their relationship to Him. Contact YWAM <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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18) REACH STREETCHILDREN AND CHILDREN IN NEED

The Rescue and Restore Training Course (Children In Need) will prepare you! This YWAM course is offered in Recife-Brasil, April 7- August 30, 2002. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and 2 months practical work. The course will be held in two languages: English and Portuguese. Some of the subjects that will be covered are: Family ministries – Working with adolescences – Planning Projects – Community development – Abortion – Stages of child development – Rehabilitation programs for street children. For more info, write <jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr> or visit </jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr>

http://www.recife.jocum.org.br .

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19) CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Looking for *just* the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she speaks one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Here’s a favorite Brigada feature on how to say “Merry Christmas”:

  • Afrikaans – ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
  • Albanian — Gezuar Krishtlindje
  • Arabic – I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
  • Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
  • Azeri – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
  • Basque – Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
  • Bengali – shuva boro din
  • Bohemian – Vesele Vanoce
  • Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
  • Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
  • Celtic – Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda=13=DF
  • Chinese –
  • (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
  • (Catonese) Sing Daan Faai Lohk
  • (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
  • Cornish – Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  • Cree – Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
  • Croatian – Sretan Bozic
  • Czech – Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  • Danish – Gladelig Jul
  • Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
  • English – Merry Christmas
  • Esperanto – Gajan Kristnaskon
  • Estonian – Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
  • Farsi – Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
  • Finnish – Hyvaa joulua
  • French – Joyeux Noel
  • Frisian – Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
  • German – Froehliche Weihnachten
  • Greek – Kala Christouyenna!
  • Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka
  • Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  • Hindi – Bada Din Mubarak Ho
  • Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
  • Icelandic – Gledileg Jol
  • Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal
  • Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit
  • Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie
  • Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  • Kala – Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
  • Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
  • Latvian – Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
  • Lettish – Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
  • Lithuanian – Linksmu Kaledu
  • Manx – Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
  • Maori – Meri Kirihimete
  • Marathi – Shub Naya Varsh
  • Navajo – Merry Keshmish
  • Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
  • Norwegian – God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
  • Pennsylvania German – En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
  • Papiamento – Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
  • Pig Latin – Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
  • Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
  • Portuguese – Feliz Natal
  • Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
  • Romanian – Craciun Fericit
  • Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi
  • Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
  • Samoan – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
  • Scottish – Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi!
  • Singhalese – Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
  • Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
  • Slovene – Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
  • Spanish – Feliz Navidad!
  • Swahili – Krismasi Njema!
  • Swedish – God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
  • Tagalog – Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
  • Tamil – Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
  • Thai – Sawat Dee Wan Kritsamas
  • Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Ukrainian – Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  • Urdu – Bara Din Mubarak Ho
  • Vietnamese – Chung Mung Giang Sinh
  • Waray – Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
  • Welsh – Nadolig Llawen
  • Zulu – Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

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“BOAS FESTAS”

“JOYEUX NOEL”

“VESELE VANOCE”

“MELE KALIKIMAKA”

“NODLAG SONA DHUIT”

“BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA”

“GOD JUL”

“BUON ANNO”

“FELIZ NATAL”

“FELIZ NAVIDAD”

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

“KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“VROLIJK KERSTFEEST”

“FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN”

“BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR”

“HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH”

“WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC”

“MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU”

“HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK”

“‘N PRETTIG KERSTMIS”

“ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA”

“Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM”

“NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR”

“FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON”

“S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO”

“GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM”

“EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC”

“KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“SELAMAT HARI NATAL – LAHNINGU NAJU METU”

“SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO”

“ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI”

“BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE “

“MERRY CHRISTMAS – – HAPPY NEW YEAR”

“ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN”

“FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR”

“PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE”

“BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL”

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ICTA AT WORK

ICTA logo Wherever you see something new, high tech, and missions oriented, it won’t be long before you learn that “ICTA”, headed up by Pete Holzmann, had some kind of input. Sure enough, they’re heavily involved in making inputs into the Joshua Project II operation. Dan Scribner wrote, ” ICTA has provided office space, office expenses and support assistance to the Joshua Project II effort for which we are most grateful.” Thanks Pete and the ICTA crew! Learn more about ICTA at: http://www.icta.net
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IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD

graduation cap A Crossroads Discipleship Training School is being offered at YWAM Lebanon, PA USA October 24, 2001, to January 11, 2002. An eight week outreach will follow the lecture phase. For more information and costs, contact YWAM 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA USA or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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LUKE’S GOSPEL LEXICON FOR FREE

Hats off to Wycliffe Associates Easy English department, which has just put Luke’s Gospel at both lexicon levels (1200 and 2800 words) onto their website: http://easyenglishWorld.com.
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TESOL COURSE

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA is again offering a four week TESOL course beginning September 23 and ending October 19, 2001. The cost: $950.00 USD plus a $35.00 registration fee. For information on curriculum or an application contact YWAM 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042 USA, or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY DE-BRIEFING QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CHURCHES

Former missionary Walter Sanchez has designed a questionnaire that home churches can use to interview and evaluate their missionaries when they return home. It is a useful tool to determine what type of care the missionary might need right away, and if further ministry should be recommended or delayed. What’s more… for the Brigada family, he’s agreed to make it available for free! To get your own peek at it, click on over to: http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/5645 And by the way, Walter has agreed in advance to let you adapt it for your own use. (Thanks Walter and crew!)
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REQUESTING INFO ON TRAINING TESL MENTORS/HOSTS

Sojourners Ministries is seeking training papers for its membership, both those who participate as Hospitality Partners and as English as a Second Language (ESL) mentors. The follow URL will help explain the project’s purpose, topics, and examples: http://www.sojourners.cc/emp/writingop.html If you have additional questions or would like to contribute training ideas/papers, please email David officeatsojournersdotcc  (officeatsojournersdotcc)  . He’s agreed to compile a full report for Brigada participants when he has compiled the input. (Thanks David!)
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COST-SAVER… COSTCO

When I was in Taiwan last January, our missionary team kept talking about how much they were appreciating CostCo. I didn’t know the whole of it. Apparently it has opened up an entirely new conduit for certain previously-unavailable items. Those in the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Korea have probably come to agree with those in Taiwan — it’s a great source for great stuff… and sometimes the price can be incredibly low. Twice this past week, their prices were literally half of the next-best local supplier (like Staples and Walmart). If you don’t happen to have one in your back yard, check their web store at: http://www.costco.com. You’ll be glad you did! (And guess what… no referral fees on that one! Just “one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread!” :-) )
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HAVE YOU SEARCHED AT OINGO?

If you’re ever looking for conceptual topics, you should. Oingo relies on “an extensive ontology of millions of words, meanings, and their conceptual relationships to other meanings in a semantic network that is constantly changing to reflect the currency of everyday language. Once a query is submitted, their interpretive algorithm parses it and the output is filtered to derive the optimal result.” Okay … I can listen to all that… but all I know is that if I put in the word “futbol”, I get sites from all over the globe, many of which don’t even mention the term that I filled into the blank . . . because Oingo not only searches for what I said, it searches for what I meant to say. Try it… you’ll like it!
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INTERNET CHAIN LETTERS ARE A WASTE OF TIME

OPC logo Ever wonder how to decide whether or not you should forward that latest chain letter about such-and-such a virus or so-and-so in prison? Check out Brigada’s “OPC Protocol” by sending a blank email to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)  . You’ll learn to look for tell-tale signs of fake tales… and you’ll learn 3 ingredients to watch for before you forward… a “verifiable origin, purpose and closure.” And for even more on the subject, check out all the sites listed as resources at the end of the OPC email you’ll get back in your inbox. (Those sites have been updated as of July 8, 2001.) Good luck… and enjoy the new bandwidth you’ll help us all retain! :-)
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010527 Brigada Today

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OXFORD PROGRAM IN MISSION AND DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE

graduation cap The Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (Oxford, England) is offering a one-year MA programme in “Mission and Development Practice” from September 2001 (8 months of taught courses in Oxford and 4 months writing a dissertation; part-time options available). Designed for development practitioners, missionaries, Christian leaders and NGO workers, the programme will equip participants to reflect on cutting edge issues in development practice from a Christian perspective, and to develop practical responses. For an application form or further information, please contact the MA Programme Director, OCMS, at impatocmsdotacdotuk  (impatocmsdotacdotuk)   or apply online at http://www.ocms.ac.uk/main/prospectus.shtml or log onto the OCMS Website: www.ocms.ac.uk. Apply by mail to OCMS, PO Box 70, Oxford, OX2 6HB, UK, or phone +44-1865-556071. (The programme is highly recommended for those engaged in development and holistic mission on the frontiers–contact long-time Brigada fan Dr. Len if you have questions: LBartatoxfreedotcom  (LBartatoxfreedotcom)  ). Deadline for applications: July 1, 2001.
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WANTED: RESOURCES ON WORKING WITH AN INTERPRETER

Do you have experience working with an interpreter in a teaching situation? Do you know of any resources that can help? Mike wants to know. Please contact him at mefastatamdgdotcomdotph  (mefastatamdgdotcomdotph)   or mefastatbigfootdotcom  (mefastatbigfootdotcom)  . We’ll try to publish any of his bigger findings here.
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THE BACKPAGE: WHAT’S IT LIKE TO FAIL?

glbooksc Those who are long-term readers of Brigada Today will perhaps remember one of my greatest failures (at least in my own eyes): trying for… and failing… my “C” soccer coaching license. (See “THE BACKPAGE: SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE?” from the July 30, 1999 issue, and “THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR&” from the July 9th, 1999, issue.) Perhaps you’ll remember my having observed that it is generally agreed that the “C” license is a fairly difficult license to obtain. The only way to get one, in fact, is to attend a 9-day clinic overseen by United States Soccer Federation national coaching staff, then pass a fairly difficult battery of written essays, oral & written exams, and on-the-field practical coaching evaluations with real teams. In the summer of 1999, I wrote in Brigada Today about how hard I had worked to try to pass the course… but then shared openly about how frustrating it was to be categorized as a failure. In other words, after all the time, energy and money invested, I failed the course.
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HOW TO HANDLE FAILURE

But in my reflection in Brigada Today, I also shared some ideas about how to handle failure. I suggested that we should first make sure that we really failed (an exchange of letters showed that I had indeed not succeeded), then, if the facts are undeniable, try to arrange for a 2nd chance, then try to prepare more effectively and, most of all, never, never quit.

soccer ball Well, last month I tried again.

I figured… hey… now I’ve been playing the game for 4 years in earnest, instead of just 2. And after all, those guys at that first clinic did seem kind of unfair. :-)

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“C” CLINIC, TAKE TWO

And so it was that I arrived in Nashville, TN, last month to invest yet another 9 days to try to upgrade my coaching license to a “C” level. Don’t ask me why I was doing it. I mean… it’s not like I’ll get a raise from the mission organization I lead. And since most of the coaches there were leading teams at high school or college level already, it wasn’t like it would have even been necessary, even if I coached for a living.

Still, I was haunted by having failed at my goal. And to me, that was reason enough.

Well this time, the instructors seemed much friendlier… but just as “tough.” They let us know in advance that not everyone would pass. Gulp. gulp Here we went again. But this time, I seemed somehow calmer… somehow a bit more self-assured… and maybe even, just a bit more prepared.

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THE “BIG GAME”

On the next-to-last day, however, when they chose two teams of 9 players each from among the 25 candidates (to take part in a “big game” that would, in effect, summarize everything we had been studying), I didn’t make the top 18. I was, obviously, disappointed, if not crushed. I wanted so much to play in that “big game.” Somehow I felt that if I could somehow do something… even something simple, it would show the instructors my passion and love for the game. With about 10 minutes left in the first half, I suddenly got my chance when one of the coaches (of Mexican descent) seemed too injured to go on. I was the first sub picked from the sideline. At least I wasn’t the last man chosen.
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RESTING IN THE ASSURING POWER OF GOD

That morning, I had knelt before God to ask, “Lord, it’s just a soccer game… but please… could you somehow help me do something right… something simple maybe… but something miraculous?” A few minutes later, I got my chance. We were down 1-0, when I saw a defender throwing the ball into the keeper. I knew the keeper wouldn’t be allowed to catch the ball (by new rules set in motion just 4 years ago). I rushed the keeper, arriving about the same time the ball arrived. He had to play the ball just as if he were another field player. At the very last moment, I somehow toe-poked the ball through his feet right into the path of one of my teammates. I had set up the tying goal. Everyone cheered. The Scottish forward who had tapped home the goal pointed directly to me as he ran back upfield and said, “That’s your goal, Douglas!” I was elated, to say the least.
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“HELP ME DO JUST ONE THING WELL”

Still, we were in only tied. But near the end of the second half, while running toward the opposing team’s goal, the ball basically dropped at my feet — not more than 6 yards from the goal itself! It was one of those rare moments in soccer where one’s life flashes before his eyes. :-) I knew that if I missed that goal, I would never forgive myself… nor would my teammates! The prayer flashed into my eyes. “Lord, please help me do something simple… something right… but something miraculous.” With one quick swing, the ball was in the net, past a gifted 25-year-old keeper that until last year played professionally in the English First Division. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had just scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the “big game”. God had answered my prayers. We won, 2-1. The toughest instructor walked me off the field saying, “Isn’t it something… the leading scorer wasn’t even supposed to be on the roster.” :-)
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A BURDEN LIFTED

One of my practical field sessions didn’t seem to go as well. The evaluator seemed to write forever. I thought for sure he had failed me. So I honestly didn’t know for sure until this past week, when the packet arrived from the USSF in Chicago. But when I saw the results, I knew that it could only be due to God’s deliverance: I had passed the test. I had reached my quest. Finally, after a long wait (=too long!), I finally had received my “C” coaching license.

In July, 1999, I had suggested “Never, never quit.” Now more than ever before I knew the importance of that advice. And thanks be to God’s determination working in me, victory was mine. I’ve already talked to at least one other coach who attended my clinic. He coaches a Christian High School soccer team in our area. And he didn’t pass. But for some reason, due to God’s nature, I did pass. I’m not a superior player, I don’t have outlandish skills, but … I guess… I didn’t give up.

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NEVER, NEVER, NEVER QUIT

Am I glad I stuck with it? Duh! Of course I am! It was one of those pieces of “unfinished business” in my life. Now, my shoulders seem so much lighter.

But in the end, I feel that my shoulders had very little to do with it. God is the true winner here… and I’m happy to give Him all the glory! Maybe more than anything else right now, that’s the most important part of this training! In the end, God was mighty and victorious in spite of the odds!!! :-)

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OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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