Mexico

1) The safest and most secure place in all of Mexico —

A recent US State Department official recently evaluated the Roca Blanca Spanish Language School to be in the safest and most secure area in all of Mexico, well-patrolled, virtually free from the drug and other violence issues that are plaguing Mexico’s border towns and some large cities. This is good news for serious language learners who want the element of cultural integration among Mexico’s indigenous without being exposed to unnecessary risk.

 

The Spanish school runs year round, has multicultural staff, students from many backgrounds and countries, and in a highly multicultural area. There are tons of opportunities to practice everything that you learn, especially since the Spanish school is located on a campus that also houses a Bible school, music school, vocational school, high school, and a medical clinic. Seasoned missionaries and Mexican coworkers complete the panorama. Come take advantage of all that we offer you as part of God’s plan for much fruit and fruit that remains!

 

Check it out! There is lots more information, and a google earth map to see exactly where we’re located, all at

 

http://rocablancaspanish.com

20060806 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE
  2. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK
  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA
  4. GLOBAL PASSION
  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS”
  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO
  7. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP
  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE
  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE — Global Mapping International’s newest resource, the CD-ROM edition of Paul Hattaway’s PEOPLES OF THE BUDDHIST WORLD, is packed with 238 people profiles, hundreds of beautiful color photos and *38 brand-new custom maps* which can also be used in personalized documents and ministry presentations! Text is hyperlinked to maps, tables and is fully- searchable in both Windows and Mac. Informative, easy to use and a visual treat, it will bless concerned Christians, missionaries, mission agencies working among Buddhists and ultimately Buddhist peoples themselves. Priced at US$24.95; quantity discounts are available. For more information about this resource and to order visit

    http://www.gmi.org/buddhist

    Now the cool thing is — I got to see s sneak-peak of one of these in advance and, I’ll have to admit, bar none… this might be the single best mobilization piece for evangelizing the Buddhist world in the history of the planet.

    Note: GMI had talked about trying to give $5 to Brigada for every order received during the 10 days following release of this item. However, their original deadline for this program (Sept. 2), is already passed, due to the fact that there were other items in the queue in front of them. No worries. It’s still a great resource so please order it anyway, for the sake of the Buddhist world! :-) (However, just in case, please type “Brigada” in the Comments box on the online checkout form. :-) ) Questions? Write to info(at)gmi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK — I figured I’d hear back from some friends. Remember the item, “THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK” (July 21st edition)? Thanks to all the lay people *and* the professionals who replied. The latter group included the lead researcher from JoshuaProject.net (Dan Scribner), the editor of Momentum Magazine (Justin Long), and even the author himself of Operation World and “The Church is Bigger than you Think” (Patrick Johnstone). (Can you believe these guys make time to read Brigada? I should send them ice cream cakes from their local Dairy Queens.) Anyway, the bottom line was — they showed convincing proof that the church has grown and is growing by leaps and bounds and that it would *not* be accurate to state, as the article in question had stated, that “3 out of 4 people have not heard the Gospel.” Some of our researcher friends wondered if the author might have misunderstood his secondary citations (there are no research citations given) or maybe he was referring to a special study with different criteria than that used by nearly all of the other researchers in the business — like, maybe he is only counting evangelical gospel presentations, as opposed to counting presentations by Catholics & Orthodox too. Either way, at the end of the day, most researchers seem to feel that at least half the world has been exposed to the gospel. However, some 6,000 people groups definitely have *not*, comprising about 2 billion people — so we still have our work cut out for us.

  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA — Is God calling you to serve in Asia? School of Frontier Mission — YWAM’s SoFM starts 12th April 2007. Read more at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm

    It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. You will be trained to 1) build relationships through language learning, 2) become an insider in the target community, 3) thrive emotionally, spiritually and physically in the mission frontiers, 4) be an effective teamworker and 5) find a place for long term service. They offer internships at various cities in Asia and among UPGs in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm

    This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS)

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GLOBAL PASSION — UK TOUR — Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), is the guest speaker at the upcoming Global Passion UK Tour. Having visited every sovereign nation on earth, Loren has gone into all the world with many seeing him as a hero to the nations. Between 4th – 15th Sept ‘onehundredhours’, with their faith, hope that rock ‘n’ roll, and Loren who has been there and done it and has the air miles, will bring their passion for the nations to seven locations in the UK and sound the call to be part of the new missions movement that is going to surge out of the UK. Admission is free with a ticket which can be booked online.

    For further information and locations visit:

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

    http://www.onehundredhours.com


  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS” — I shared in a recent “BackPage” about visiting with folks in Milan, Indiana, the *real* hometown for the movie “Hoosiers” (July 14th edition). Interesting… in one follow-up email (from Lisa), I learned about the “Hoosier Gym” in Knightstown, Indiana. It was the scene of one of the staged games in the film and, in contrast to the community of Milan, the town there has apparently worked very hard to preserve the gym and showcase it. I’ll have to stop over there on my next trip through that part of the country. (Thanks Lisa!) But the *real* lesson is… we *can* work hard at protecting a legacy, if we just make it a priority.

  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO — Here’s a work seeking a Christian ESL teacher for Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. They’ll even pay a monthly salary of $1,500 – $3,750. Low-cost accommodations are available there. Requirements include: Reformed or evangelical doctrinal convictions; willingness to work with evangelicals of various backgrounds; desire to reach Mexicans of all socioeconomic levels with the gospel; experience doing evangelism that involves both verbal witness and exemplary deeds (cf. Harvie Conn, Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace); strong interpersonal skills; strong teaching gifts; basic or better Spanish proficiency. Email C.V. to es(at)dryander(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. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP — We continue to watch with interest the changes in telephone connectivity around the world. For example, Neil recently told us about Webcalldirect, which is another clone of Voipcheap etc, run by the same company. Neil wrote, “Like Coca-Cola, they produce different, apparently competing products with different names and so end up with a larger market share. All the voipcheap clones do phone-to-phone options, also free, with a 3 euro-cent connection charge. They also work direct from a webpage on any computer, or can be accessed via the program itself. Webcalldirect just does not have the computer to computer option.” (Thanks Neil!) Watch for the day we’ll no longer by PBXes for offices but instead, we’ll just connect a bunch of IP Phones via some software info-center… yet all the IP-phones will cooperate together just like the old Panasonic (and other) PBXes of the past.

  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE — Want to send a gift to an organization that rejoices with a hoop and a holler at every single check that arrives? Pick Brigada. There aren’t that many checks, so every single one counts. :-) Support a mission where your financial gift can easily be 50% of the monthly income!!! And all the while, help speed Brigada on its way to thousands of workers around the world, many of which are nationals that could never afford to subscribe to a traditional magazine or printed medium. In return, Brigada will use the money to pay for its website, pay a part-time secretary to keep up with personal emails from 10,000 subscribers, and help with some simple marketing costs. Besides, it’s a tremendous encouragement when you partner to undergird this work. To make your gift that counts, just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING” — In the July 21st, 2006 edition of Brigada, in the BackPage editorial, we asked the question, “HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?” We received many answers from those who shared our pain. Many fellow workers spoke of the challenge of truly communicating and *activating* a church toward active prayer. Some talked about the multiple distractions our modern world offered, while others pondered the status of prayer in the new millennium.

    By far, it seems that email is the most often-used modern tool to foster greater prayer for world missions. But, according to some, it is precisely due to that very situation (its over-use) that email might be the least effective and ragged approach. Breakfast prayer meetings received much higher marks, as did home meetings around a 5′ DVD video prayer presentation. Some contributors reminded us not to fear start- ups with small numbers, citing haystack prayer meetings in history and home cell group prayer sessions in the Bible itself.

    Either way, it’s a tall order to actually try to involve a local church in prayer for missions. Brian, from Toronto, wrote, “I would expect it is the rare church that builds a church community that places mission at it’s core and driving passion for all ministry. For all congregational members to buy in to that consuming vision where supporting ministries and ancillary programs always support the key vision of world mission would require absolutely committed leadership with a clear world view that sees how marriage enrichment programs or basketball teams or ushering or building maintenance can support missions.

    Brian continued, “I see people getting excited about being married, or playing basketball, or sitting people in seats, or fixing lights – and who see no connection to world mission. Doug- should they see world mission behind or through their activities? Or are we asking that people care passionately about stuff that they don’t really care about.

    He added, “Case in point – I’m single, I don’t have kids, I’m happy to support the SS program and think it’s a great idea, but I’m not active in making it happen, and don’t *really* care about the graduation sunday in June. It’s good, but not my thing. Isn’t that the case with many people when they think about world mission?”

    Shew. Great points, Brian.

    Lisa gave a somewhat more optimistic view. She wrote, citing prayer mobilization guidepoints from the very organization of which I am a part, “We have missions moments once a month to share about various missions we support. Sunday school classes adopt different missionaries to pray for them and send care packages to them. We encourage visits to our missionaries to see their work firsthand and provide encouragement.

20060226 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
  2. OOPS – I MEAN FREECYCLE.ORG
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
  4. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS
  5. ARE CHRISTIANS REALLY ONE BIG FAMILY?
  6. NEW CHILDREN’S MISSIONS CURRICULUM
  7. FRENCH EVANGELICAL BOOKS
  8. WHY DO WE REPEAT THE NOTE ABOUT “PREVENTING SPAM?”
  9. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  10. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA…
  11. TRAINING IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY
  12. SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT THE NATIONS
  13. RESOURCES IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF MEXICO
  14. WOLOF CONNECTION 2006
  15. WOULD YOU TAKE A STAND TO HELP OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY?
  16. THE BACK PAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). You can call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there’s no contract necessary, nor any monthly, activation, or connection fees. Furthermore, there’s no need to switch carriers. Beyond that, get up to 470 free minutes on signup and lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

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

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. (In our own case, the agent has committed to send a gift to Brigada as a way of saying thanks for each new partner that signs up — so please… keep talkin’! (Thanks Judy!)


  2. OOPS – I MEAN FREECYCLE.ORG — Contrary to the vicious rumor (instigated by the “.com” in last week’s Brigada Today), the site is freecycle.org, not freecycle.com. [blush] We apologize for any inconvenience. Thanks to those who helped us make this correction.

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — The annual Short-Term Mission Leaders’ Conference will be held 20-22 April at Bethany College of Missions in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This national training event is designed for anyone in North America who is a church, school, or agency leader, and who is leading, training, organizing, or supervising Christian short-term mission trip efforts. More than one dozen speakers and national leaders will discuss such STM topics as: Partnership or Paternalism, Maximizing Media in Short-Term Mission, and more. The STMLC is one of three national short-term mission training conferences endorsed by the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. For more information, visit

    http://stemintl.org/training/stmlc

    or email stmlc(at)stemintl(dot)org, or call toll-free in the USA 877-STEM-646 or local 952-996-1385. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at

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

    This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is currently free to offset some of the initial costs. (Thanks to Judy, who has said she’ll send a gift as a thank-you for everyone that signs up from this Brigada referral.)


  5. ARE CHRISTIANS REALLY ONE BIG FAMILY? — The Bible says that’s how God sees us, but perhaps you feel doubtful? Then visit the EasyEnglish website at

    http://easyenglish.info

    to find out how God has united all Christians under the leadership of Christ. Click on “What’s New?” and choose “One Family in Christ.” Cynthia Green and Carol Betts have translated the book of Ephesians into really simple English and short sentences. (Level A 1200 word vocabulary)


  6. NEW CHILDREN’S MISSIONS CURRICULUM — Caleb Project’s newest curriculum, “Outside the Lines: Connecting Kids to God’s Global Purpose” is being tested at 14 locations around the U.S. and should be released early this summer. The 13 three-hour lessons, based on the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course, cover biblical, historic, and cultural themes written at different levels for children from kindergarten to eighth grade. Outside the Lines includes Bible lessons, prayer activities, crafts, skits, games, and simulations, all in printable PDF form, and two DVDs of videos, songs, slide-show presentations, and animation clips. Outside the Lines is a great way to help kids discover they don’t have to wait to grow up before they can make an important contribution. For more information and to receive notification when the curriculum is available, contact outsidethelines(at)cproject(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] To view sample pages and learn more visit

    http://www.calebproject.org/outsidethelines


  7. FRENCH EVANGELICAL BOOKS — Need 6000 French titles to choose from? The website is the catalogue. Discounts are available for mission organizations. The store is located in Quebec, Canada. You can even request a subscription to the Missions Newsletter (25K maximum) sent out about 4 times a year. Call toll-free from Canada & the USA 1-866- 337-7772; or tel. 450-678-7772 elsewhere, or log on at

    http://www.librairiepassages.com or email

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

    (Note that they apologize for the fact that they are not able to ship directly to Africa or Asia at this time, but perhaps a go-between could order the books ad ship them to you on your behalf?)


  8. WHY DO WE REPEAT THE NOTE ABOUT “PREVENTING SPAM?” — Have you noticed how many times we insert the phrase, ” [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]”? We repeat it because we’re told that many of our readers clip only just the one item, then forward it to members of their team, agency, or church. If we only post this explanation at the front of a Brigada Today edition, we fear it might be a tad more confusing for them if they receive the individual item without the benefit of the explanation. Please pardon any inconvenience.

  9. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — With many requests for additional training, the Elijah Company folks have scheduled an additional training from May 18-21, 2006. The four days provide steps, stamina and stature for those in or going into missions. For more information, log on at:

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    or write elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Or call with any questions to +1-757-226-3507.


  10. BEFORE YOU SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA… — Click on “submit” in the top line menu. The requests there might seem a bit daunting at first, but another way to get the big picture is just read a couple of editions to Brigada Today first, before you submit items. Notice our style: We don’t use “classified ad” language (skipping articles, etc.). We try to make the items *read*. And we *try* to keep them short (8-10 lines max, preferably). Please remember you’re writing for an international audience, and don’t use first person — “register for our conference,” etc. Above all, please check your spelling and grammar. Thanks!

  11. TRAINING IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY — For 25 years ACMI (Association of Christians Ministering among Internationals) has hosted a US/Canadian equipping conference for volunteers and staff involved in ministry among international students. ACMI’06 is June 1-3 at Eastern Nazarene College, Boston, MA. For a brochure, list of 50 workshops, and to register on-line see:

    http://www.acmi-network.org

    There’s an early registration discount until March 31st.


  12. SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT THE NATIONS — Hope Builders International, a missions advocacy ministry in Charlottesville, VA. is hosting a summer training session from June 19th to August 11th at their facility. Proven church planters and mission workers from ministries in Asia and the Middle East will attend. The program targets these areas: a) developing a deep relationship with Christ, b) learning methods of meeting under the Lord’s headship that enable the church to grow outside of traditional building related worship c) studying English at a level that makes them better servants of their ministries. HBI is seeking 5-10 Americans to join the program who have a heart to serve, are teachable and dream big. The age range is generally early twenties to early thirties. More information is available at theforge(at)hope-builders(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or by clicking on The Forge icon on HBI’s website:

    http://www.hope-builders.org


  13. RESOURCES IN INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF MEXICO — Millions of speakers of indigenous Mexican languages emigrate from their native areas seasonally or longer, often working in commercial agricultural areas or cities throughout Mexico and the US. Currently there are hundreds of thousands in the US. Contact Allan migration(at)dpmmcomimex(dot)com if you minister to such folks and want help finding out what Christian resources are available in their languages and how to acquire them. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Materials currently exist in about 250 languages and dialects. Check out http://dpmmcomimex.com/usmigration.htm for additional information.

  14. WOLOF CONNECTION 2006 — Are you interested in reaching the Wolof people of Senegal and The Gambia, one of the key people groups in West Africa? Would you like to connect with other leaders, churches and agencies who share your interest? Whether you are just considering becoming involved or are already involved in ministry among the Wolof, the Wolof Connection is for you. This is a growing group of leaders, churches and agencies who meet together annually in North America to consider how they can be more effective by working together than just through individual efforts to reach the Wolof. This year we will be meeting in the Seattle, Washington area for three days in April. Key African and expatriate leaders will be sharing in plenary sessions and leading workshops designed to enable all participants to work more effectively in collaboration with one another to demonstrate and communicate the love of Jesus. For more see

    http://wolofconnection.com

    Direct questions to Mark at mssnelling(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. WOULD YOU TAKE A STAND TO HELP OUR BRIGADA SECRETARY? — While on the road in Sudan, Uganda, and the U.K. these last couple of weeks, I’ve been reminded once again how grateful I am for our Brigada secretary, who has reviewed mail daily and forwarded only what was urgent, filing the rest for my return from Sudan. There’s no way I could have hoped to look at all the Brigada traffic daily. Her help is a great blessing. The founder of the Medical Missions Conference at Southeast Christian Church once told us that Brigada was critical to the establishment of what is now said to be the largest medical missions event in the world. If you or someone you know has benefited from Brigada, would you consider taking a stand to help us pay for her salary? Is there a foundation you could approach… or a good steward who is looking for a project to sponsor… If someone were willing to grant Brigada $15,931, we wouldn’t have to mention finances again until January 5th, 2007. (For that is the amount remaining that we must raise in 2006 to sponsor her salary.) What if you knew that your gift would enable 10,000 readers to pick up resources on a weekly basis – for free, throughout the remainder of 2006. And many of those readers are missions mobilizers in majority world nations, where giving is much more challenging. Sponsoring or even chipping in toward our expenses is a way of saying thanks on their behalf too. But remember, either way, we’ll still show up next week, just as we have for the past 11 years. click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  16. THE BACK PAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE — Sometimes, it’s because we’re cowards. But at other times, I’m convinced that it’s because we’re just not sure it’s justified. I’m talking about — how do we know whether or not to open our mouths when we observe something we think could be improved. You see, maybe we say to ourselves, “Hey, I’m a mere mortal too; who am I to get involved.” Or maybe we think, “This is such a minor deal.” We’re afraid if we mention something, it’ll become bigger than life. Or — here’s a big one — we aren’t really the person charged with giving feedback, either because we’re not on the chain of command or because we’ve observed something that ought to be covered by a father or mother figure… and we’re just a friend (maybe not a great friend, at that).

    You know, the more I think about all those premises, the more I’m convinced that they’re all kind of hogwash.

    The truth is… if we really care about someone and *trust* them, then a) we’ll *want* them to speak into our lives, and b) we’ll want to make an investment in theirs.

    So how do we make the most of these opportunities to give and receive input? That’ll be the subject of our next “Back Page” editorial. :-) Tune in next week. In the meantime, start noticing everything you’ve always wanted to say to someone else but just couldn’t get up the nerve! :-)

20060219 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  2. NEED FREE STUFF? TRY FREECYCLE
  3. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MK’S NEEDED
  4. PERSPECTIVES IS LOOKING FOR COMPUTER AND WEB DEVELOPMENT STAFF
  5. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LITERACY EVANGELISM
  6. CHINA RESOURCE PACK AVAILABLE FROM OMF
  7. REACHING CENTRAL MEXICO TRIBES
  8. HOSPITALITY HOMES
  9. MISSIONARY SURVEY FOR MEMBER/MISSIONARY CARE
  10. OF CHURCHES AND FLU PANDEMICS
  11. AIMS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY
  12. THE BACKPAGE: “GOD’S SPIRIT IS BLOWING A WIND OF UNITY”
  13. CLOSING STUFF

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

    http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com


  2. NEED FREE STUFF? TRY FREECYCLE — First it was a highly energetic gal in our office. :-) Now a Brigada reader from Virginia has written about it… Guess it’s time we mention it:

    http://www.freecycle.com

    I guess you’ll see announcements from the people who have stuff to give away… and if you need it for free, you simply ask for it. That’s it. Free stuff. Try it. Emily says you’ll like it. :-) Jim agrees. (Thanks, you too! :-) )


  3. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MK’S NEEDED — ServantCARE Ministry has recently been contacted by missionaries seeking help locating US college scholarships for their children. ServantCARE needs your help in compiling a list to make available on their website,

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    for missionaries to easily access via the web. Would you help them meet this need? Do you know of colleges? Please send the names, websites, and all pertinent related information to icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  4. PERSPECTIVES IS LOOKING FOR COMPUTER AND WEB DEVELOPMENT STAFF — The National Offices for the Perspectives Study Program recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to Fayetteville, AR. They are looking for a few folks with IT (MAC and PC) and web development experience to join their team as they prepare for the future of the Perspectives course both throughout the country and around the world. This would require putting together a personal support team, and at this point, they say that only US citizens need inquire. If you would like more information, call 479-587-1919 Ext. 102, or email David.Flynn(at)uscwm(dot)org

  5. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LITERACY EVANGELISM — Literacy & Evangelism International is holding a five-week training institute on literacy evangelism. Topics include: Basic Literacy, Developing Bible-content literacy materials in local languages, Literacy Evangelism and Discipleship, Teaching English as a Second Language , How to Conduct Tutor Training Workshops, How to run church-based literacy programs and other topics. If you are interested in this training and want to learn more about Literacy Evangelism, which is a blind spot in Christian missions, visit their website at

    http://www.literacyevangelism.org or e-mail generalatliteracyevangelismdotorg The dates of their International Literacy Training Institute are June 4 – July 8, 2006, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


  6. CHINA RESOURCE PACK AVAILABLE FROM OMF — OMF International has recently published a resource that covers “all things China.” The China Resource Pack includes a book, four videos, a 30-day prayer guide written by China expert Tony Lambert (author of China’s Christian Millions), brochures, PowerPoint presentations and a web site:

    http://www.chinasmillions.org

    The book and web site are each broken down into five main sections: History, Religion, Culture, People and Current Events. This could be a valuable resource for individuals, Sunday school classes, churches or missions organizations with an interest in China. Cost of the complete pack is $30 and is available at

    http://www.omfbooks.com

    For more information, email cberry(at)omf(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. REACHING CENTRAL MEXICO TRIBES — Since 1994 E-VAN ministries have lead mission teams and projects in the cities of Fresnillo and Zacatecas. They have also pioneered with MCE (Ministerio a Grupos Etnicos) to minister to the “unreached” Tepehuan and Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madres. Mission trip opportunities are available for church groups to the cities or the mountain tribes. Teams may participate in pubic evangelism in cities or villages, the Tribal Bible school construction, and children’s ministry. Partnership is desired for the drilling of a water well at the Tepehuan Tribal Bible school, and the building of a simple church building among the Huichol Indians. For more info, contact Tim

    http://www.E-van.org or email missions(at)E-van(dot)org or call Mexico Phone 01152-478-985-1054 or U.S.Phone 361-362-1423


  8. HOSPITALITY HOMES — ServantCARE Ministry offers hospitality homes (US and overseas locations) to those in ministry. They will be traveling in April to establish much needed new homes near interstates in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma (Oklahoma City needed badly). They would like your help in connecting them with those who have the gift of hospitality who would like to serve in this manner. All the information needed, and questions answered, is found on their website

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    under “Hospitality Homes” They also have posted on their website 25 pages of “Referral Links”, many supplied by Brigada, to which they would like to add any other ministries across the country that meet needs of those in ministry. Please contact them at icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  9. MISSIONARY SURVEY FOR MEMBER/MISSIONARY CARE — Brenda is working on her doctoral dissertation entitled “Training of Missionary Care Workers”. Missionaries, please complete the anonymous missionary survey on the Internet at weblink

    http://www.palmarium.co.za/mcsurvey

    It will take approximately 12 minutes of your time to complete this survey by merely clicking on your choices before 15 May 2006. This study is an endeavour to enhance the care of missionaries and to resultantly prevent missionary attrition. A safe survey is available for those in restricted areas in a Word file sent via email at request at purejoy(at)gmx(dot)ch [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors in the preceding email address, replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. OF CHURCHES AND FLU PANDEMICS — Here’s an M.D. that feels strongly that churches and mission agencies would be well advised to consider planning for an eventual flu pandemic, not out of fear but out of obedience to Christ’s command to love our neighbors. Specifically, how can churches and mission agencies operate, minister, and stay in touch with members. Explore issues of ethics and morality, such as the order of triage and the allocation of scarce resources. As church members are encouraged and equipped to dialogue with their neighbors with the purpose of forming small mutual assistance groups in Christ’s name, we might even witness unprecedented church growth. If you or your agency/church would like help — or would share your plan, email Tim:

    church_emergency_preparedness-owner(at)yahoogroups(dot)com or log on at

    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/church_emergency_preparedness/


  11. AIMS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY — For 20 years, Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has helped churches around the world complete the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. This year, AIMS will celebrate this important anniversary and cast a vision for the next era of ministry at a special celebration banquet. Church leaders, mission agencies, denominations, and individuals interested in learning more about AIMS or partnering with us in international mobilization are invited to join them at the Founders Inn and Conference in Virginia Beach on March 23 at 6:00 pm. Guest speakers include Dr. Howard Foltz, founder and CEO of AIMS, and Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of CBN. Cost is only $35 per person. For more information, call (757) 226-5850 or register online at

    http://www.aims.org/20thanniversary


  12. THE BACKPAGE: “GOD’S SPIRIT IS BLOWING A WIND OF UNITY” — Earlier this evening, I enjoyed the fellowship of some 20 other missionaries, church leaders, and missions committee members. Some were African, others were American, some were non-instrumental church of Christ, others were Christian Church, some were from the South, others from the North, some were sent ones, others were senders. In spite of all these differences, I was in awe at the atmosphere of harmony and unity that wove like a tapestry among us. One field worker summed it up to me in a one-on-one follow-up conversation: “God’s Spirit is blowing a wind of unity to all who will listen. I believe that those who refuse to accept it will be sidelined to a position outside the center of God’s will.” Whoa. Sobering. The cool thing was – this was the noninstrumental church of Christ guy. In former decades, his forefathers would probably have been convinced that I was sliding down the slippery slope to Hell. Now, he was citing statistics like … 70% of all non-instrumental church of Christ seminary students no longer make the instrument a test of fellowship, much less one of salvation.

    This is good news for guys in my position. (Who wants to be cast into Hell? :-) ) There are probably similar things happening in the stream of faith that you identify as your own. Here are some key factors we’ll have to consider: a) What are the absolutes for you and your congregation/agency? In other words, what is the core of the core for you — doctrinally? b) Will you write that down, knowing full well that the moment you do, you’ve “fenced out” certain others? Or will you leave it verbal only, so you have a chance to explain it? c) What projects can you and your “new neighbors” embrace, in order that you can immediately go to work together? You see, some experts in conflict resolution say that newly-united movements profit from immediately getting to work on a project. Think of it this way: In a war, the definition of an ally is “someone shooting at the same enemy at which I’m shooting.” Go to work. You’ll form alliances that solidify relationships . . . and once you’re in a relationship, it’s much easier to be unified. Very intriguing. What’s your project going to be?

20050508 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES
2. SUMMER SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
3. PLAY TENNIS FOR CHRIST
4. CONTINUING SAGA AGAINST SPAM
5. BE SURE DELIVERINGONTHEPROMISE.COM WORKS FOR YOU
6. MISSIONS NEWSLETTER FOR LEADERS IN TWO THIRDS WORLD
7. HOME WATER TESTER
8. TO EVERY TRIBE WITH JESUS
9. FREE CLIPPING SERVICE ON MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT
10. TEACH IN MEXICO, PLUS TRAIN IN MISSIONS
11. AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FANTASTIC SPONSORS
12. EASY WAY TO GIVE TO BRIGADA
13. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH YOUR PC IS REVEALING ON THE NET
14. ADD “COPY TO” TO YOUR “RIGHT-CLICK” CONTEXT MENU
15. THE BACKPAGE: FREE OF THE CLOCK
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES — Talking Bibles International has Scripture in audio in over 325 different languages. Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments are now available in 40 languages with more being processed. New Testaments in MP3 format are currently available from their website in 27 languages — Albanian, Arabic, Assyrian, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, English KJV, Farsi, Foochow, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Khmer, Malayalam, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Tamil, Telegu, Teochew, Urdu, Vietnamese. These are posted for listening and/or downloading for free. Talking Bibles International is encouraging overseas’ churches and ministries to download their materials for duplicating and distribution when shipping from the states is too costly or impractical. For more information log unto http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SUMMER SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS — Are you taking a team overseas this summer? If so make sure you have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “International Provider” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $1.51 per day for anyone regardless of age. If you have a group that has older individuals going this plan can’t be beat. Also, expenses incurred as a result of an act of terrorism are covered at no additional charge. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
3. PLAY TENNIS FOR CHRIST — A one week – two week or more…. tennis course for players and coaches with a Christian mission focus has been organized around the world: Southern France-July, New York City-August, Hong Kong-September to May, Australia-February, Sri Lanka-December

The coaches and players who attended were greatly used and also impacted themselves as they learned the tools to reach others thru sports and fellowship with others from another culture..

For additional information see http://www.tennisministry.com or http://www.tennisministry.com/Missionindex.html

You may attend this training either as an individual or you may bring a team with you.

Please contact them if you are interested in attending. A staff member will then contact you immediately with a reply.

By the way, Rev. Bob Kraft will be at the French Open/Wimbledon/US Open/Australian Open and if you would like to meet up with him, just email to <tmiattennisministrydotcom>
4. CONTINUING SAGA AGAINST SPAM — The item on spam struck a resonate chord. How do these spammers sleep at night. And how does the original canned meat (known originally as “Spam”) stay in business!? :-)

In our own organization (Team Expansion), we heard so much support for the war on spam that we’re moving the entire organization’s email accounts into onlymyemail.com. http://www.onlymyemail.com

It turns out to be about $1.25/address per month. Gulp. :-) But David, a Brigada participant laboring in the Amazon (the jungle — not the bookstore :-) ), spoke out for Spamarrest too. ” Spamarrest doesn’t let through more than one or two a month. The cost is $30.00 per year. It’s well worth it to have no hassles. http://www.spamarrest.com Select your weapon of choice. But either way, take up a weapon. Don’t sit back and let spam frustrate your inbox for a single day more.
5. BE SURE DELIVERINGONTHEPROMISE.COM WORKS FOR YOU — By the way, one reader wrote to remind us that deliveringonthepromise.com is not actually an insurance program per se. Readers considering using it should be sure they take note of its unique structure.
6. MISSIONS NEWSLETTER FOR LEADERS IN TWO THIRDS WORLD — A missions orientated monthly email newsletter (free) is now available for subscription from Beautiful Feet Task Force, providing sermon outlines on missions and evangelism as well as regular outreach ideas, quotes, stories and web resources. Aimed at providing missionaries, pastors and leaders in developing nations with a contact and referral point and a means of helping others in a similar position by providing feedback, many leaders from western countries are now enjoying the benefits too. Written and edited by Ps Howard Sands, International director of BFTF and 25 year veteran of Asian mission trips, it is brief, punchy and informative. To check it out or to subscribe, visit… http://beautifulfeettaskforce.injesus.com or email subscribe(at)beautifulfeettaskforce-subscribe(at)myinjesus.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. HOME WATER TESTER — Missionaries in doubt of local water quality might be interested to know about a new home water tester for only $17. It allows you to test the water at your location for lead, bacteria, nitrites, nitrates, chlorine, pesticides and pH. This might be handy when you move to a new location and are unsure of the water quality from the tap. Web site: http://www.watersafekits.com It’s also available at some grocery stores in the US.

For a professional lab test (US) go to: http://www.premierlaboratory.com The cost there is $230. You might also be able to get a local health department to check a water sample.

A comparison of the two (home testing kit and the pro lab) in Popular Mechanics (June 2005) shows that the home lab kit is accurate but not to the level of precision of the pro lab test. (Thanks Kerby!)
8. TO EVERY TRIBE WITH JESUS — Here’s a new book on tribal church planting. David Sitton, a 27 year veteran pioneer church planter among unreached tribal peoples writes about the basics of tribal evangelism, including chapters dealing with animism, ancestral spirits, witchcraft, religious syncretism and spiritual warfare in tribal contexts. This newly released book is being offered through June at the introductory price of $8.50 (plus $1.50 S/H). Order from Grace & Truth Books by calling 918-245-1500 or through David Sitton directly at 956-233-4353 or david(at)toeverytribe(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceeding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] While you’re at it, feel free to ask David about the tribal seminars he teaches.
9. FREE CLIPPING SERVICE ON MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT — The Caspari Center’s Media Review is an English-language synopsis of articles originally published in the various forms of Israeli press, including the Rabbinic. The articles, most of which are originally written in Hebrew, focus on Messianic Jews, the Hebrew Church and Christianity. They document contemporary topics and news — including how the Israeli people, religious leaders and their government perceive and respond to the Messianic movement. The service is charting trends, creating the only historical archive of its kind for the Messianic movement in Israel, and, through its digital format, providing the world with glimpses into the struggles and sacrifices faced by those who dare to take up the cross in Israel, as well as the progress being made. The Media Review serves as an invaluable research tool for Christian scholars and evangelists while providing insight for members of the secular world and other interested parties in business, government and academia. This service is provided free of charge via email. To subscribe, go to http://www.caspari.com and follow the link to the Media Review.
10. TEACH IN MEXICO, PLUS TRAIN IN MISSIONS — The Monterrey Institute of Technology High School in Toluca, Mexico is looking for teachers. The candidate must be a native English speaker and have a bachelor’s degree in any field. You would also assist a tentmaker, who is working at this private secular high school, in developing a missions program for Mexican churches to reach the unreached of the world. You can check out the school’s web page and contact Christian directly for further information: http://www.tol.itesm.mx or email cwamission(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FANTASTIC SPONSORS — This past week, we’re thanking the Lord for $50 from a new friend, and another $50 from a director at International Students, Inc. (ISI), who wrote, “Your publication is read by many of our staff and has been a significant source of encouragement and resources to our team across the country.” Another $50 came from a New Yorker who wrote, “Keep up the good work– faithful servants such as yourself are a great inspiration!” Finally, a new friend wrote, ” Thanks for the blessing that Brigada has been. I realized that I’ve been taking it for granted for 10 years! This is just the first of many gifts. Bless you guys.” Whoa. Not every day we get a $250 gift *and* a note like that in the same envelope! :-) (Thanks to the new friend from Colorado!)
12. EASY WAY TO GIVE TO BRIGADA — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
13. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH YOUR PC IS REVEALING ON THE NET — Curious as to how much your PC is telling the Internet world? Just visit: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 Steve Gibson and company will help you determine how secure you are. You can check file and port sharing, “common ports”, your first 1065 TCP ports, and more. The service is absolutely free. Those with firewalls and routers will probably fare the best.
14. ADD “COPY TO” TO YOUR “RIGHT-CLICK” CONTEXT MENU — In my Windows Explorer context menu, now when I right-click on a file or folder in Explorer, I have the option to copy or move it to another location — in one fell swoop. Here’s how you can add it too:

Start by launching RegEdit from the Start menu’s Run dialog. Navigate to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex \ContextMenuHandlers.

Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers entry and from the menu, select New | Key. Name the new key Copy To. Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and set its data to {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK, then right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers key and create another new key, naming this one Move To. Set the (Default) value for this one to {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK and close the Registry Editor.

(This great tip came from Sharon Klotz, via PC Magazine’s “User to User” column. See it online at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1813983,00.asp Thanks PC Mag!)
15. THE BACKPAGE: FREE OF THE CLOCK — We’ve been talking about “finishing”, i.e., completing what we start. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve brainstormed about ideas that help us keep our focus… and finish our tasks.

However, along with this “end-mindedness” comes a certain risk: that we’ll get caught up in being a kind of slave to the clock… or even a slave to our own task list. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to balance out the admonitions of the past couple of weeks:

*** Think in “slots” — Consider the “typical” 40-hour-a-week job. (Does anyone in ministry actually work one of those? :-) ) It would be five days a week, morning and afternoon each day. So if you think of the day as having 3 major 4-hour slots… 8-12, 1-5, and 6-10… then a 40-hour job would be equal to roughly 10 “slots” of 4 hrs. each. Now let’s make the transition to ministry. Suppose you work 4 evenings/week doing home Bible studies or Jesus Film presentations or whatever. Suppose those roughly take up the 6-10 timeframe. So by my way of thinking, you could consider taking the afternoon off to be with family or friends on those 4 days. You’re still covering 2 slots per day, you see.

On a broader scale, consider that the typical week has 21 slots in all (7 days X 3 slots/day). Make a gift of 2 extra slots per week to your ministry (just because we love God and our ministries, right?), and it’s like you work 6 days/week (so one day off per week). So now you just outline 12 slots per week… any days, any timeframes. Keep a simple record. Don’t cheat the ministry, but don’t cheat your family either.

*** Identify your most creative slots — My wife and boys usually hit the sack around 10pm on school nights. If I’ve been getting enough sleep, the 10pm – midnight mini-slot is great for me to catch up, especially if the day has been hectic. Nobody calls, nobody comes to the door, life is silent. :-) Maybe that won’t work for you. Maybe you’re a morning person. Just figure that out, then use it to tackle the projects that require you to be most creative.

*** Think marathon, not sprint — I’ve heard the guys say, “I’d rather burn out than rust out.” But you know, I keep thinking… I’d rather be around for 40 years of the highest performance possible… than to blow out like a bomb in one burst. So try to pace yourself in such a way that you stay fully engaged, but you’re fully enjoying life. What I’m trying to say is… we want you effective in ministry for the long haul, rather than just for a year or two.

To accomplish this, we need to find work we love, while at the same time completing some of the work we hate. Every job has its downside. Sure lifeguards get to swim in the pool… about 5 minutes every hour. :-) The rest of the time, they roast! There might be something about bathing suits going on … but a lot of their focus has to be on the little five year old who looks to be struggling in the 5′ section. Bottom line: Every day, do something you love to do. And every day, do something you hate to do. Stick around for the long haul. We need you.

*** When you’re on, be on; when you’re off, be off — None of this divided stuff. If you’re watching your kid play soccer, then for pete’s sake, cheer for him. Don’t sit there trying to write your organization’s new constitution and miss him scoring the goal. :-) And while you’re at work, be working. If you’re supposed to finish the article by 3, try to arrange it so you can work from 2-3, rather than watch the 5 preschoolers. (You’ll be short with them anyway, ’cause you’ll want to keep working on the article.)

*** Finally, consider the clock your friend — Think of your clock *and* your calendar as your pace-setter rather than your master. Yes, many of us live in time-oriented societies. But hey… sometimes time- oriented people get more done! :-) They show up on time, finish jobs on time, and frankly, are industrious. At the same time, people-oriented societies have much to teach us. So use the clock as a pace-setter, finish the work, then go *be* with people… talk to them, listen to them, be a friend, a spouse, a dad or a mom. *Be*.

‘Cause after all… it’s a jungle out there. We all face the wild every day. Let’s tame it together.

Doug</tmiattennisministrydotcom>

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