Member Care

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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20010527 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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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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