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20010701 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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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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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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!

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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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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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