Middle East

12) Need Help Figuring out Tensions in N. Africa and the Middle East?

tensionWe thought Dana Ford and Jim Sciutto of CNN did a great job summing things up succinctly in their informative article at…

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/08/world/meast/mideast-region-in-flames/index.html?hpt=hp_t5

This might be a helpful background piece if you encounter friends and donors who expect you to know about all things global, even though world politics aren’t your specialty. Just email them the link or a PDF print-out of this article.

1) Learn Islam and the Middle East Online from Carl Medearis

Carl Medearis is one of the biggest names in Islamic studies. Imagine studying personally with him via special online courses. Now you can, via William Jessup University in Sacramento, CA? There are six courses all focused on the Middle East (although one is an “Intro to Islam” course which would be broader than the Middle East). Check it out

http://www.jessup.edu/sps/program/modern-middle-east-studies/

And enjoy learning from a famous dude. :-)

10) From A Church In A Muslim Land: "Match Our Gift To Brigada"

Here’s a forward-thinking church in a Muslim land that would like to challenge Brigada participants to ‘think bigger.’ They’re willing to match, dollar-for-dollar, any gift… up to $2054. In other words, if you send in a $100 check before Dec. 31st, they’ll match it with another $100… so your giving will actually be *doubled*. If you ever wanted to make your giving count, now’s your chance. So… hats off to the visionary congregation… and may God bless them *mightily*!!! And hats off to you if you decide to take advantage of their offer. But better act fast: only 4 days remain by Dec. 31st. You can see the genius of their plan: If enough “true fans” match their gift, we would *totally* meet Brigada’s budget needs for 2008!!! Only $4021.75 left to go… so from here on out, everything is doubled!

So — want to double your money? Just click one of the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link on the upper left if you prefer. Remember, even with the PayPal links, you don’t have join PayPal to give through it. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.

20070225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE BECOMING MISSIONARIES
  2. CHURCH WEBSITE TOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO SYNDICATE
  3. KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGES AT MISSIOPEDIA
  4. “ETHNO-WORSHIP” IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. “WRECKED” EZINE LAUNCHED
  7. MAC USERS CAN ENCRYPT TOO
  8. WANTED: PRAYER COORDINATORS & MOBLIIZERS
  9. NEEDED: BIBLE STUDIES RESOURCES IN KREYOL AND ENGLISH
  10. EMPOWER BRIGADA
  11. THE BACK-PAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE BECOMING MISSIONARIES — Gateway Training Centre is conducting a questionnaire for anyone interested in becoming a missionary (including missionary candidates/appointees.) They invite you to answer 12 questions that will help them serve the training needs of new missionaries. Please pass this URL to anyone considering missionary service, either short-term or long-term.

    http://gatewaytraining.org/survey.html

    (Note, due to its internal limitations, this URL does not work for Internet Explorer version 7. All other versions should work fine.)


  2. CHURCH WEBSITE TOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO SYNDICATE — Internet Evangelism Day’s new self-assessment questionnaire can now be syndicated into any other website (or republished in print):

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/churchdesign-syndicate.php


  3. KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGES AT MISSIOPEDIA — Some have been following the development of the Missiopedia at Justin Long’s Momentum site. It’s an open-source Wiki-style encyclopedia describing global Christianity and Christian mission in particular. Now you can keep up with the changes there. Just join the moderated discussion e-group by sending an e-mail to Notify-missiopedia-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for new pages and recent changes. Point your RSS reader to:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Special:Newpages?feed=rss


  4. “ETHNO-WORSHIP” IN THE MIDDLE EAST — Passionate about worship? Ready to use your music ability and learn new skills? Want to connect music and missions – especially in places where Christ followers are restricted, persecuted, or unknown? Spend two unforgettable weeks on an “ethno-worship” trip with one of OM’s Heart Sounds International (HSI) teams going to the Middle East, June 5-19, 2007. The HSI team welcomes musicians, worship leaders, audio engineers, and videographers to do music research, as well as songwriting and field recording with a group of Middle Eastern believers. Go to

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    or email frank(at)heart-sounds(dot)org. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Come along with us!


  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. (Credit is also available.) Dorm space is available. Visit

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. “WRECKED” EZINE LAUNCHED — In affiliation with Adventures in Missions, a grassroots e-magazine has been launched and is in its second month. “Wrecked” primarily serves to reach out to and profile the stories and thoughts of young adults who are searching for meaning and action in their faith. You can visit the project at

    http://www.wreckedfortheordinary.com


  7. MAC USERS CAN ENCRYPT TOO — Thanks to our encryption volunteer who reminds us that MAC users can mimic a lot of TrueCrypt’s offerings on a Mac without any additional software by using Apple’s Disk Utility to create a virtual volume that can be encrypted with very good (AES128) technology. If anyone is interested in knowing how to do this, our anonymous volunteer has provided step-by-step instructions. Just go read this item at

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/mac-encryption.html

    By the way, most Mac experts do not recommend using Apple’s built-in FileVault, as it encrypts everything in the user’s home folder, including large media files.


  8. WANTED: PRAYER COORDINATORS & MOBLIIZERS — Interested in networking with other prayer coordinators or prayer mobilizers in mission organizations? If so, let Betty know at prayer(at)teamexpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. NEEDED: BIBLE STUDIES RESOURCES IN KREYOL AND ENGLISH — Here’s a worker in Haiti serving all ages looking for bilingual sound Bible studies (English and “Kreyol”) especially for use with leadership training there. If you know where he can find something, write him asatalbot(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or read more about his mission at

    http:// www.MissionsofLove.org


  10. EMPOWER BRIGADA — Our hats go off to The Chapel in St. Joseph, MI for their recent gift of $100 to Brigada to encourage us onward. And Blessed Hope is still at it with a gift of $50 due to InPhonic phone commissions for Oct. – Dec. 2006 (Thanks for subscribing to them, Daniel!). Thanks Blessed Hope! To learn more about their great service and low rates, visit:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) 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. And thank you in advance for helping.


  11. THE BACK-PAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — We’ve been listing some fun and practical tools for cross-cultural ministry. These are items to which others have drawn attention as they’ve traveled with me abroad. Our first few tools dealt with jet lag and how to live with it — or perhaps even avoid it all together. But now let’s move on to some other “hacks” for the voyage:

    *** YOUR OWN MOSQUITO TENT (for malaria-infested areas) — Maybe this seems like overkill, but there’s something deeply secure about knowing that wherever you land to sleep, you’re covered. I recommend taking along something like the Epco Tropicscreen II. (Google it and the Campmor.com version will probably come up in the top 5 for about $70. Worth every penny of it. Completely enclosed.)

    *** AC ADAPTORS THAT DON’T REQUIRE CONVERTERS/TRANSFORMERS — Read the fine print on the AC Adaptor for your camcorder, laptop and/or digital camera. Odds are, if it’s less than 5 years old, you really don’t need an adaptor/transformer for it. (It’ll probably say something like 110- 240V.) Just get a “tip adaptor” to change the shape of the plug so it’ll properly plug in in your hotel room or host’s home.

    *** RENT OR BUY A “WORLDPHONE” FOR EMERGENCIES — If you need to stay connected, consider renting a cell phone and/or SIM card from the folks at Telestial.

    http://www.telestial.com/

    If you use a US-based cell network like I do (I like Sprint’s plans), you’ll have to pick up a cheap GSM phone on ebay. Ask Telestial for help. Then ask them for a SIM card that will connect to the cell network in your destination country. Odds are, the cost will be prohibitive for anything but emergencies or a daily 2′ check-in. But having the cell phone option will be a great sense of security.

    *** RENT A SATPHONE (for dangerous or “out back” areas) — If you’re unsure about relying on cell coverage for any reason, ask Telestial about them too. (See link above.) They might not be the cheapest, but they know their stuff. Again, the cost is prohibitive … unless you’re about to be kidnapped and you need to get a call out. Then the cost will be minimal. :-)

    *** RENT A SAT MODEM (when you absolutely have to have the Net) — If you’re not sure there will be good connectivity in your area and you simply *must* remain connected, consider a Thrane Sat Modem or its equivalent. Something like the Trane Explorer 500 (via the BGAN network) shouldn’t set you back more than $115/week. Granted, that’s too much for the typical instant messaging with your kids, perhaps. But if your office needs you to be in touch for a few emails each day, then it’s really not a terrible deal. You can connect at up to 128K via USB. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. For an example, visit:

    http://www.satellitephonestore.com

    although that’s just one of many vendors you could research.

    More cool tools next time around…

20061203 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA?
  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE
  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS
  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA
  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007
  7. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE
  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE
  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH
  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT
  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — This Christmas season, we here at Brigada Today are very thankful for our partners, those who are spurring us on to good works and keeping Brigada Today headed out the door. This past week, anonymous donors gave $25, $25, and $30. That $30 gift was from a worker in Russia who wrote, “We appreciate your service to the ‘Work’.” Another gave $100, and still another gave $500. That $500 gift came from the Dir. of “Commission to Every Nation,” who wrote, “You have been a source of great information over the years and we appreciate it very much. … I continue to recommend you to anyone looking for data and ideas pertaining to missions. Rich blessings to the entire team!” To learn more about Commission to Every Nation, browse to:

    http://www.cten.org

    In addition, Dial-abroad sent their Sept. and Oct. sponsorship, in view of those who “dialed abroad” during those months (thank you for talking!), a total of $93.75. If you’d like to learn more about their great deals for telecommunicating, just browse to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Via PayPal, donors gave $50, $10, $25, $100, $100, $25, $25, $100, $100 and $10. All together, those gifts add up to $1198.75!!! To all of these helpers, we say a giant hats-off thank you!


  2. WILL YOU STAND IN THE GAP FOR BRIGADA? — A couple of editions ago, we dared Brigada Today participants to pray, in these last couple of weeks of 2006, that we could enlist a corps of Brigada underwriters to finish the course? We had $8045.99 toward our 2006 budget of $16,650 — so now we have $9244.74. Here’s the way it looks in the number of gifts we prayed for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 1 down, 4 to go 8 to give 250 — (Nobody has stepped up to the $250 plate yet) 10 to give 100 — 4 down, 6 to go 20 to give 50 — 3 down, 17 to go 50 to give 25 — 3 down, 46 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can 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. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) 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. We only have 3 editions after this one left in 2006. Yikes. We’ll have to average about $2500 per edition to reach our goal. Thanks for your prayers on this behalf!


  3. BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS SPIKE MOMENTUM MAGAZINE WEBSITE — The editor of Momentum Magazine wrote last week, a few hours after Brigada Today highlighted their new issue, ” Never let it be said people don’t read Brigada. In one day, some 600 people downloaded the State of Global Evangelization presentation! I’m impressed with the concern of Brigada readers for the unreached, and for the willingness of Brigada to consistently highlight them. I hope many more people will follow the Brigada model and be a voice for the voiceless.” Our response back to Justin, “May the Lord receive any of the praise… and may I just receive a challenge that only 600 downloaded that item.” Let’s keep ringing the bell until every last person on the planet has a valid opportunity to hear.

  4. COST-FREE RENEWAL RETREATS FOR GLOBAL WORKERS — Barnabas International announces that 7 six-day renewal retreats for global workers will be held in Michigan beginning in May, 2007. The focus is personal spiritual assessment in a low-key format, leaving loads of time open to participants. The retreats take place on a private 1400 acre family estate. They take adults only, 16 participants per retreat. 7 homes, fully equipped, on 1.5 miles of quiet and beautiful Lake Huron beach front. To learn more and register, visit

    www.barnabas.org/elimretreats

    or email for information to hstewart5(at)juno(dot)com The best part is — if I understand correctly — the retreats are free.


  5. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE SEEKS INPUT ON AFRICA — As we mentioned previously, the November/December issue of Momentum is online, featuring an in-depth presentation on the State of the Gospel developed by Jason Mandryk (editor, Operation World) and Justin Long (Assoc. Ed. of World Christian Encyclopedia). Find it here:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org

    The next issue – possibly the next several issues – will be focused on the unreached peoples of Africa. (After that they plan to tackle Asia, Europe, etc. in turn).

    If your ministry is focused on Africa (or some sub-region thereof), they would love to hear about it. In particular, they are looking for significant initiatives to highlight and for article submissions. Justin wrote us this past week, “Depending upon response we may either focus on the continent as a whole, or divide it into subregions (in which case the first will probably be West Africa). We look forward to e-mails from Brigada participants.” So send your stories and ideas to: editor(at)momentum-mag(dot)org


  6. FORUM ON AZERBAIJANI PEOPLE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL, 2007 — The North American Azerbaijani Network will host a forum on the Azerbaijani people April 18-21, 2007 in Chicago. The Azerbaijani people are 40 million strong, live predominately in Azerbaijan and Iran, are Muslim, with only 0.03% Christian. This forum will provide vital information for anyone interested in learning more about these gateway people. Opportunities will exist to (1) gain a better understanding of these people’s spiritual importance in the Middle Eastern, Turkic, Russian, and Arabic worlds, (2) hear of work efforts directly from those who have experience there, (3) interact with national and foreign workers, and (4) learn what opportunities exist to participate in sharing hope and help among these dear people. If interested, please send an email to azpartnership(at)galacticomm(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. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, your loved ones will love this funny book! Order by contacting Bill Harris at: <>. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  8. LEGAL NEWS YOU CAN USE — Good news: The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Just go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue. You’ll find info on new laws, regulations, and inflation adjustments which have recently taken effect or will on January 1, 2007, including the Pension Protection Act of 2006, the standard mileage rate, and the Exempt Organizations Implementing Guidelines for 2007. (Thanks to Jack, a long-time friend, for making the simplified level available to Brigada participants!)


  9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself and your loved ones to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. They’ll love this! Order by contacting Bill Harris bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more.

  10. SUPPORT-RAISING TRAINING BREAKTHROUGH –- Now you can receive effective, low cost training to raise your support in the convenience your own home. Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100 percent. You can build the relational and communication skills that make raising your support a joy-filled ministry that blesses individuals and churches with greater vision for fulfilling their primary purpose for existence: being the expression of Christ to the nations. Jerry, at Kingdom Come Training, will send you a laptop and a webcam that is ready to plug and play. You will join a multipoint workshop with a small group of other missionaries. It works as if you are all together in the same room. You will need high speed internet access. The training goes for an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. KCT guarantees results. Single point training is available to groups of six to eight people at an even lower per-person cost. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211. jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


  11. NEW BOOK ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST OFFERS EDUCATION & ENTERTAINMENT — _Mondays in the Middle East: The Lighter Side of Arabian Nights_ by David A. Cross is a newly-published book by an American Midwesterner living in the Middle East. His short glimpses of ordinary life will educate and entertain while giving you a perspective you won’t find anywhere else making it ideal for cross-cultural training. As Russ Lunak, Professor Emeritus at Northwestern College, says in the book’s foreword, “By illustration from his experiences, Cross offers the reader effective coping mechanisms using laughter more readily than lecture.” _Mondays in the Middle East_ is available at online and local bookstores. (Bookstores may order from Spring Arbor Distributors and/or Ingram Book Company). Paperback ISBN 1-60034-652-9; hardcover ISBN 1- 60034-653-7

  12. THE BACKPAGE: AIMING FOR ONE THING, HITTING ANOTHER — How do goals work for you? Our team just spent a week reviewing 2006 and planning for 2007. We’ve been doing this sort of thing for years… but for some reason, this particular year it seemed to go exceptionally well. I’m not sure why, exactly. For what it’s worth, here’s the format we followed:

    *** Day 1, 9-noon: Report on how we did meeting last year’s goals. We gave 2′ to each team member (there are 35 or 40 of us in Int’l Services), plus reported some on departmental goals. Basically, we asked each team member to tell two significant goals he/she accomplished from the previous year’s Field Ministry Plan, then one significant goal that went undone. While the team member talked, we all listened *plus* we jotted a brief one- or two-line note to the person, listing one trait that regularly helped our team fulfill its objectives. (We collected and distributed those at the end, so as not to distract too much during the session.) I gave a frank yet hopeful talk, with a Powerpoint presentation, detailing some of the areas where we seemed to need some extra attention. I gave the group four “dares” (4 general principles that seemed critical to our effectiveness in 2007). I asked them to try to apply the dares in each of their respective sub-team planning sessions. We ended the meeting with lunch and we were done by 1pm.

    *** Days 2-7: Each sub-team conducted its own planning according to its own unique characteristics, setting its own schedule, meeting off-site or on-, short- or longer-term meetings, … it was totally flexible. (In each case, I had met with the respective department heads in Leadership Team meetings, to seek their input on how to structure things, but next year, we want to expand that dimension.) As the week progressed, members keyed their goals into a wiki (a web-based notebook of sorts) that everyone could see. Some of us changed our goals, once we saw the direction or pace others were taking.

    *** Day 8, 9-3pm: On this wrap-up day, we all met together again to share the results of the process. Department heads shared the big picture and, in many cases, individual team members broadened the base by explaining unique roles they hoped to play. Mid-way through the process, we ate a scrumptious lunch together. We ended the day with a full hour of prayer for our goals and for 2007. We especially asked that God would get any glory for what happens.

    *** Day 9, 5:15pm: We staged our annual Christmas dinner and party, played games, played music, sang, and just enjoyed the positive energy that had flowed out of the week.

    It seemed that, without exception, everyone gained perspective on what he or she contributed to 2006 . . . and we hope that, similarly, each team member has gained a sense of vision as to where we’re going in 2007. May God give each of us clear vision.

20061105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS
  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA
  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING
  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  5. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER
  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE
  8. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE
  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY
  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE BIBLE AND WEBBASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS — Bible.org

    http://www.bible.org

    is the home with over 3000 bible study articles, where you can download the NETBible with its over 60,000 footnotes. They’ve just announced the NeXtBible, a web based bible study tool set at

    http://www.nextbible.org

    These tools allow one to search the NET Bible and search dictionaries, view theGreek and Hebrew and see the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Cross-References for each verse. You can compare the NET Bible with other modern translations in “verse view”. They are working to provide access to these tools for free to any Christian web site. If you are interested email Brigada(at)bible(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. CARRY GARRISON’S CHURCH-PLANTING BOOK ON YOUR PDA — Thanks to Bob, of the IMB, who tipped us off that we can carry a PDA version of the Garrison’s Church Planting Movements Booklet, as well as some additional missions resources, at

    http://www.newwway.org/cafe.htm

    Both the PDF and a Word doc version of the CPM Booklet are available here:

    http://www.newwway.org/cpm/Book.htm

    (Thanks Bob!)


  3. STUDY RUSSIAN THIS WINTER/SPRING — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff tailors each course to your learning needs in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Visit them at their Urbana booth (1203) if you are at the Urbana Conference. They’re now forming classes for their 16-week Spring course (Jan. 22- May 11). Browse to

    http://www.strategiclanguages.org

    or call US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. or email RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GEAR UP AT ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two-week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2007. April 2-13: “Models of Hope for Church Planting in Buddhist Context”- April 16-27: “Communicating Christ in Folk Buddhist Cultures” April 30-May 11: “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”- May 13-24: “Missiology in the Buddhist World” Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. Request an application form from Alan by emailing alan(dot)johnson(at)agmd(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. STUDY RELIEF & DEVELOPMENT THEN SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST — The first School Of Relief & Development (SWORD) will run in Jordan and Dubai in March 2008. A 2-year Field Assignment will follow, which will be spearheaded by the Olympic Outreach in Beijing July 2008. Teams will then disperse back to the Middle East and into their respective target countries. A team will remain in China. Would you be interested in this? For more info, browse to

    http://www.streams.mysite or email

    streams7(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA NEEDS DESIGNER — PTAP needs a graphics designer who will help put together prayer materials (booklet, brochure, etc) for a third year of Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP). Since first starting, this imitative has seen churches planted in the five additional countries of the Arabian Peninsula. Just send a church reference and something indicating your training/experience in the field to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If you’d like to receive a weekly update highlighting similar PTAP needs, send a blank email to PTAP-requestatlistsdoteverybodydotorg with the subject “subscribe”.

  7. PRAY FOR THE HERERO PEOPLE — This people of central and eastern Namibia (in Africa) have all the right answers, but no relationship. In Otjomeburndja lives H. H. is a traditional Herero, dressed in a traditional, Victorian-style dress. She is also the typical example of empty Christianized tradition. She even has an “original, Martin Luther Bible.” She knows all the right answers, but sadly she can never remember a time when she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. As the Herero translator says, “she knows the right answers, but like most Herero, she does not express having a relationship with Jesus.” Like many, she sees no need for Jesus, because she feels she is a Christian. Pray for H. Pray for the Herero people, an unreached people. Pray that workers will be led to the Herero homeland to share the Good News with these people. Pray for God to continue building prayer support for the Herero people. To adopt the Herero people for prayer for more information, please visit the website

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or email us at forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. MINISTRY COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Don’t tell people what to do, help them to think better! Servant leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. “Coaching skills are essential. The 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program is the first of its kind. This professional program is for leaders who wish to gain coaching skills and take on a part-time or full-time coaching role in their ministry. The next course will be held in Singapore Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2007. For details go to:

    http://www.mcoaches.com

    or e-mail for an alternative web site with little Christian language keith(at)asiacoaches(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ENCOURAGE — Thanks to the anonymous user from Centennial, CO who gave $50 to help launch Brigada into a new week! And thanks to the other anonymous user from the UAE who gave $100! We appreciate you!

  10. STAND UP FOR BRIGADA TODAY’S FUTURE: DONATE TODAY — Want to get on board and pass some fuel for the missions fire at Brigada? (We’d be eternally grateful!) 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. (Nobody has ever put Brigada in their will to date, as far as we know. But we keep saying that because we think it would be cool if it ever happened. After all, you’ll be gone anyway. Will anyone notice getting 1% less of your estate if you prescribe that 1% to go to Brigada? :-) )

  11. THE BACK PAGE: WIKI APPLICATIONS ARE HERE TO STAY — Have you visited

    http://www.wikipedia.org

    yet? If not, I bet you will soon. Billing itself as “the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit,” wikipedia.org is only one of hundreds of new wiki applications springing up around the web. In all cases, the focus is simple. “Wiki” means “quick” in Hawaiian. It’s basically just a website that enables users to easily edit and update shared content. Well the whole process got a lot more interested just a couple of weeks ago when Google purchased wiki software maker “JotSpot.” What’s more, Microsoft is incorporating wiki-like features in Office 2007, and IBM is building a similar wiki product in a feature they’re preparing for 2007.

    So why are they so popular? They promote transparency in both reading and authoring. In addition, users get to pitch in together – and the outcome is something the whole organization can then enjoy.

    So how will wikis affect you and your mission or church? How ’bout setting up a wiki to explain your organization’s protocols? Or ask your training guys to start a wiki on “getting from here to there.” Maybe you could do a wiki on a major training component… like … learning a particular language or cross-cultural principles. You *might* even find a wiki that already exists… and maybe you could use it right out of the box!

    Either way, it’s a concept that’s here to stay. Check out some of the “free” software to run a wiki on your own web server. Examine:

    http://www.mediawiki.org

    http://www.twiki.org

    http://www.tikiwiki.org

    There are commercial products too… but why not check these free ones first, to find out if they’ll do the job.

    Next thing you know, we’ll be promoting dozens of wikis right here in Brigada! :-)

20040307 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS ENABLE US: “PROOF BEYOND A DOUBT” BOOK
  2. TRAIN YOUR MINISTRY TO HELP THE POOR
  3. PERSONNEL WANTED / MISSION OPPORTUNITIES WEB SWITCHBOARD
  4. TESL TRAINING IN TORONTO
  5. CHRISTIAN MUSIC FOR MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM-BACKGROUND BELIEVERS
  6. TIME FOR A CHANGE: THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA
  7. JESUS LOVES MUSLIMS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
  8. GET A MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILLA
  9. GOOD BOOK ABOUT IRAQ, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST
  10. PRINCIPAL/TEACHERS NEEDED AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIKE THE MOON, GOD IS THERE THROUGH THE NIGHT
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS ENABLE US: “PROOF BEYOND A DOUBT” BOOK — Thanks to Mark Kelly of Kainos Press for sending $65 as a way of saying thanks to Brigada readers that ordered his book, Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt! (And thanks to the 13 Brigada readers who purchased it!) As you know, gifts like these enable a Brigada-sponsored secretary, which, in turn, helps us get Brigada out the door and on your screen each week! Thanks Mark!

  2. TRAIN YOUR MINISTRY TO HELP THE POOR — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. Reserve your place now at a live training event (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11). Sign up now for a May 12, E-mail based, distance learning class. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or phone 706-419-1805. (And thanks *tons* to the Institute for the $30 check to help us with the costs of the Brigada-sponsored secretary! Woo-hoo! :-))

  3. PERSONNEL WANTED / MISSION OPPORTUNITIES WEB SWITCHBOARD — So let’s say we’ve got a school in Indonesia, which would normally like to enter an item like the one below (Item #15). Will GlobalMission.org serve to find workers and a suitable opportunity match? I would say so! See http://www.globalmission.org/ for full details. In the “Tools” section, click on “World Mission Directory” to look up a mission organization in what the site claims is “The world’s largest interactive online mission agency directory.” Also in “Tools,” click on “Mission Wanted” to let others know of your willingness to serve. Click on “Short Term Mission Projects” or “Long Term Service Opportunities” to discover options for service, either short- or long-term respectively. If you’re an organization that would like to *list* those, click on http://globalmission.org/tools/member/login.htm If you’re new to the page, you can open a new account, which will then give you all *kinds* of options for posting/editing opportunities. Although the folks there are referring to this as a kind of beta format, it seems to me that it’s already working great! So unless someone has a better approach, I’m suggesting we close out the almost- idle Brigada-opportunities email group in favor of this site. Let us know if you have feedback.

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

    For more information contact Priscilla missionprepatglobaltalkdotca or call 905 -640-1621.


  5. CHRISTIAN MUSIC FOR MUSLIMS AND MUSLIM-BACKGROUND BELIEVERS — A Christian radio station for Muslims and Muslim-background believers is seeking indigenous Christian music (in any language) used by Muslim- background Christians around the world. He is willing to promote the albums and those who produce them but is unable to pay royalties for playing the music. If you have any such musical resources or know how to obtain them, please contact: afghanjohnatearthlinkdotnet or mail them (with any usage restrictions) to: John Marion P.O. Box 34 Centreville, VA 20122 USA. English translations of the songs are welcome as are other content suggestions, interviewees knowledgeable about Islam, and studio equipment.

  6. TIME FOR A CHANGE: THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA — After hearing the Gospel presented, a young Herero mother prayed to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She told them, “I’ll have to change my church, I will lose many friends and things will be different around here.” The Christians who led her to the Lord told her that they were not telling her to change to another church. She responded, “It is time for a change around here.” The Holy Spirit had worked in her life to desire to follow Jesus at any cost. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To learn more about the Herero people and others visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  7. JESUS LOVES MUSLIMS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. — Join a growing network of Christians in the Washington, D.C. area active or interested in sharing Christ with Muslims. Novices are welcome, and so are veteran missionaries with extensive experience to share. For more information, visit: http://www.jesuslovesmuslims.com

  8. GET A MASTERS DEGREE IN MANILLA — Now is the time to start registering for Azusa Pacific’s masters program in Social Science (emphasis in servant leadership). The dates are May 31-June 11. The venue is Manila Philippines. It is cheaper to fly there and take the courses than to take them on campus! The cost is $375/course (plus books and site fees) which is 1/3 the cost of on-campus prices! This year’s courses are: (week one) Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Current Issues in Leadership, (week two) Leader as an Agent of Change, and Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or call 658-3807

  9. GOOD BOOK ABOUT IRAQ, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST — “What’s Next? God, Israel, and the Future of Iraq” by Charles Dyer (Moody Press) just released last month, is an excellent overview of the complex history of the Middle East and gives a sound Biblical perspective on the future. It is fairly easy reading and does not get too technical but leaves the reader with a good understanding of the current problems between Palestinians and Israel and how Iraq figures into the equation. You can get the book online through Book Heaven at http://www.baptist-books.com or by calling 610-965-4700. (Thanks to Tim of the Lehigh Valley Baptist Church, for this tip!)

  10. PRINCIPAL/TEACHERS NEEDED AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL — Wesley Int’l School (WIS) in strategic (UPG loaded) East Java, Indonesia has a K-12 program. They’re located on a 3-year-old beautiful highland campus, with approx. 100 students from diverse countries & are currently pursuing WASC & ACSI accreditation. If you qualify as a principal, you would assist the current principal during 2004-2005 school year, with a view to serving as the principal beginning in the 2005-2006 school year. They’re also seeking secondary History, English teachers, an elementary & a ESL teacher. Check WIS out at: http://www.wesleyinterschool.org/ Contact Dave: DaudRataoldotcom .

    So obviously, we can’t possibly list every single opportunity like this. So where would a school go for this kind of thing… if it wanted to find teachers for Indonesia, for instance? And where would teachers go to find a match for their skills? See item #1 above for one option.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: LIKE THE MOON, GOD IS THERE THROUGH THE NIGHT — Is God there, even while you’re sleeping? You bet He is. We know that in our *heads*, but my wife, Penny, recently learned it in her *heart*.

    A few weeks back, she went into the doctor with severe chest pains. The results of some follow-up tests led both the radiologist *and* Penny’s doctor to the same conclusion: Penny had contracted Emphysema! (By the way, she’s never smoked; nor have I. But though we thought this diagnosis was strange, the doctors seemed so sure, offering stats about non-smokers developing this fatal illness too, in as many as 5-10% of all cases.) During the next couple of weeks of further testing, Penny never wavered in her faith in the sovereignty of God… that He was in control. At the same time, there is no cure for Emphysema, and it normally ends in taking the life of its victim. Those were realities that she had to face, during those days.

    But she remembers waking one morning in particular, very early, while it was still dark. Immediately, she noticed up in the skylight window the giant full moon, shining brightly. To her, it was a kind of affirmation that God had been there all through the night. She took it as a symbol of his ever-present Lordship, beaming into her life. She paused to thank Him for the fact that even while we’re asleep, He’s already at work preparing our tomorrow.

    Paul wrote, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)

    Perhaps you’ve already heard “the rest of the story.” A lung specialist concluded after additional tests that she does not have Emphysema. Instead, the chest x-rays were “overexposed!” We were overjoyed, and we counted it as answered prayer. However, this Friday (March 13), Penny sees a heart specialist about the original symptom: chest pains. We’d greatly appreciate your prayers, that God would grant the doctor wisdom and insight on her condition. Thank you for your concern and prayer during the past month! It means a lot… because it really is a jungle out there!

20020310 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE
  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002
  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR
  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP
  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS
  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES
  8. FAITH TO FAITH
  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL
  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES
  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS
  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE — Would you and your pals like to invest a summer reaching unreached peoples, but your parents and pastor have said no to most countries in the world, at least for awhile? How about lending a shoulder to a new church planting effort among Muslims in Western Europe? Caleb Project Europe is launching both Research and Discovery Teams this summer. They run May 29 to August 17 for Research Teams and July 1 to August 3 for the Discovery Teams. Applications are duhttp://www.calebproject.org/CPE/cpeSummer.asp

  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002 — Come get fired up about discipling kids deeper in the Word of God so they understand God’s heart for the world. From Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13, sample from 50 different workshops presented at Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus. Ohio. Find the latest top-notch curriculum, creative crafts and add-on resources including giving project ideas and free catalogs. Also, on Saturday, April 13, from 8am – 12:15pm, children from Kindergarten to 6http://www.calebproject.org/ChildrensExpoRegister.asp or contact Jill <kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>, toll free 888-345-6276 or outside the USA 303-730-4170. </kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>

  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR — “Dispossessed” is a missions endeavor helping urban squatters in destitute poverty to share their stories, stories of need as well as healing in Christ. The project, which can be found at http://www.landtenure.com , is a great way to share with others what God is doing in our world’s cities. They’re seeking ministry partners who have an interest in urban missions, development, and praying for our urban centers. For more information, contact Mark <exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom> or call (608) 273-3171. </exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom>

  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP — Are you wondering whether or not God might be leading you into cross-cultural work? Would you like an experience to really see how you would do immersed in an unreached Muslim people group? Mission to Unreached Peoples summer has a 3 week and 6 week opportunities in Istanbul and Turkey designed especially for you to explore the possibilities and see what God is already doing, and how you might plug into His work. Please contact Jeff <mupinfoatmupdotorg> at Mihttp://www.mup.org/SummerOpp.htm for other summer opportunities. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) invites entrepreneurs, pioneering business teams, and creative field workers to a premier seminar on: Kingdom business creation in Muslim and frontier locations The CEED Middle East Team combines business expertise with decades of experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Join top entrepreneurs, business consultants, and adventurous and dedicated nationals in an intense and interactive three week seminar designed to teach biblical foundations of business, and equip you with the practical tools and skills necessary to successfully launch or join a business with kingdom goals. The seminar will take place in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact <infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>. </infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is still accepting nominations to fill the last open spaces for EuroTrain 2002 – an innovative training experience for North American young leaders! EuroTrain (for leaders age 16-22) is a completely unique experience… and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. During July 2002, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry shttp://www.ExperiencingLeadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership <eurotrainattopflightdotorg> or 817-568-2711. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for three English Bible Study series for 3 kinds of ESL students (from university, middle school, and elementary school). The students may or may not be Christian and are Korean. He’ll use any Bible Study using simple English with comprehension & discussion questions. Also, looking for English lessons using the Bible as a basis. These ESL lessons should teach students how to communicate in English but use the Bible as a basis (su

  8. FAITH TO FAITH – Face to Face Brothers and Sisters in Jesus You can now See and talk with a Christian friend across the city or a missionary on the other side of the world. Right on your own computer screen! You can even have a group video conference with 3 or 4 or more people at once. Meet new Christian friends from around the globe every day in our Christian video chat rooms. For personal use, church groups, prayer networks, para-church organizations, denominational leaders, and as a way to fe

  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL — Take Essentials of TESOL at Biola University (in southern California), July 8-26, 2002 for intensive, practical, and enjoyable training in how to teach English as a second or foreign language. The course includes a strong emphasis on being a Christian teacher among the unreached. There is also a practice teaching component. The certificate program costs $505 (with room and board for an additional $515). Check out http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm . For further information or an application, e-mail <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>. </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS — A new journal is devoted to the multifaceted music and worship of God’s people around the world. “EthnoDoxology” is a key resource for people interested in cross-cultural Christian music communication, and indigenous worship (rural and urban). It is geared towards teachers, missionaries, students, libraries, national church leaders, and mission organizations. Articles in the first issue include “What is Christian in Music?”, a detailed case study of a Scriphttp://members.aol.com/ethnodox or write <ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>. </ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES — Educational debt will not prevent you from serving the Lord without delay. Project MedSend will enable you to serve where you are called in a timely way. See http://www.medsend.org .

  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS – Now being offered by Grace Notes as a course leading to a certificate, this study deals verse-by-verse with each of the 433 verses of Romans. There are two ways to register: (1) at the Grace Notes web site: http://64.226.87.51 ; or (2) send an email to Warren Doud, <wdoudatbgadotcom>. There is no charge for Grace Notes courses. Remember to make your own decisions about doctrine. In other words, Brigada can’t be sure that Warren’s doctrines and yours would always be in agreem</wdoudatbgadotcom>

  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE — Lexington Baptist Church of Lexington, SC, USA has an immediate opening in its missionary house. The house has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and is fully furnished. The missionary pays all long distance charges; the church pays all other utilities. If interested, please contact Todd <gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg> or call in the US (803) 359-4146. </gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg>

20010708 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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TESOL IN THE MIDDLE EAST

graduation cap A TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training program will be held in Jerusalem this September. This one-month training course could give you the tools you need for TESL worldwide. When: September 3th – 28th, 2001, Where: Jerusalem, Israel, For more information contact Porter TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  
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MISSIONS MARRIAGES

WebWatch Former missionaries with Marriage Ministries International, Bill and Carol O’Hara have developed a website Missions And Marriages aimed at encouraging the marriage relationship of missionaries.Topics include dealing with financial pressure, having to “look good”, the pressure to produce results, being open and transparent with nationals, being accountable to someone, and forgiveness issues. They’re also willing to send you a free copy of their booklet “Eyes of Faith”, available in English and Spanish (whiles supplies last). Check out their site at http://www.missionsandmarriages.org/ or email them at infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg  (infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg)   And by the way, your suggestions are welcome!
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MISSIONARIES TOUGH IT OUT

WebWatch Missionaries face unique pressures in their marriage. Former missionaries with Marriage Ministries International, Bill and Carol O’Hara have developed a website Missions And Marriages aimed at encouraging the marriage relationship of missionaries.Topics include dealing with financial pressure, having to “look good”, the pressure to produce results, being open and transparent with nationals, being accountable to someone, and forgiveness issues. They’re also willing to send you a free copy of their booklet “Eyes of Faith”, available in English and Spanish (whiles supplies last). Check out their site at http://www.missionsandmarriages.org/ or email them at infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg  (infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg)   And by the way, your suggestions are welcome!
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LAUSANNE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHERS CONFERENCE

calendar Christian researchers from many countries and denominations are planning to gather in Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 4-8, 2001. The Third Lausanne International Researchers Conference will focus on the application of research for strengthening the church and for better strategic planning by church leaders. For more information contact: Christian Research Association, Vision Building, 4 Footscray Road, Eltham, London SE9 2TZ, United Kingdom e-mail adminatchristian-researchdotorgdotuk  (adminatchristian-researchdotorgdotuk)  , website http://www.christian-research.org.uk.
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RECEIVE MISSION NEWS FAST . . . WHEN IT HAPPENS!

Download the new “Macedonian Call Interactive” and have fresh, up-to-date mission news and screensaver photos delivered directly to your personal computer for free! The next time you log on to the Internet and a report matching your specified interests is available, you will notify you with a flashing icon at the bottom of your screen! Simply click on the icon and view the report . . . hot off the press! Visit the Macedonian Call Interactive download site http://proxy.christianaid.org/mci/ and begin the installation process.
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A DTS FOR SINGLES & FAMILIES

graduation cap Have you wanted to go to a Discipleship Training School with your family, but were not able to find a place where there was room and a program you desired? YWAM, Lebanon, PA is the place for you. School begins October 25, 2001 to January 11, 2002. An 8 week outreach follows the lecture phase. For costs of singles and families, contact YWAM, 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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TEE RESOURCE CENTRE

“TEE” stands for… Theological Education by Extension. Based at All Nations Christian College, their main aim is to collect and maintain a database of information about TEE providers and TEE courses worldwide. They can be a source for researchers, and facilitate an exchange of ideas for people setting up or modifying such courses. No need to “re-invent the wheel”! They currently have information on some 100 TEE providers and over 1,000 courses listed. If you can help enlarge the database, or would like more information about TEE courses (be specific) please email for further details on teeatallnationsdotacdotuk  (teeatallnationsdotacdotuk)  .
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FIND A [BRIGADA] OPPORTUNITY… LIKE TEACHING IN CHINA

Brigada Logo Got a missions opportunity? Want one? Have we got the spot for you! And best of all… it’s free! For example, suppose you’re like David and Vicky and you need 8 English Teachers in China. Here’s what I’ll tell them: Just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom)  . You don’t even have to join. Your email will automatically float into the conference even though you’re not subscribed! That way, you get to place your notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the options! When the prospective applicant hits reply to ask for information, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). Those who want to see these opportunities need only send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  . Then sit back and read the mail… and maybe see your future! :-) Oh… and by the way, if you’re interested in teaching in China, no experience needed, September 1, 2001-June 30, 2001 (with full airfare reimbursed for 9 month commitment, medical, room, meals, internet, holidays and travel bonus, plus a stipend of the equivalent of $200 USD per month) see the webpage at www.sias.net.cn. To learn more about this and other options, have a look at Brigada-Opportunities!
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MIDDLE EAST CEED SEMINAR

graduation cap A three-week CEED seminar is being planned for November 2001 in Israel! The goal of the CEED Seminar is to equip persons who are called to serve through the vehicle of business.

For More Information: Web: http://www.ceed-middleeast.org
E-Mail: infoatceed-middleeastdotorg  (infoatceed-middleeastdotorg)  

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ARISE SHINE MOROCCO

Efforts are well underway to launch Arise Shine Morocco (ASM), an International Year of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples in 2002. Volunteer coordinators and translators are still needed. A website is now up and running. Full-color English-language brochures are available for mass distribution. A nearly hour-long ASM Resource Video containing seven short videos about Morocco and its peoples including one for children has been produced in both NTSC and PAL formats. A “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide will be published this fall. Bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information or to order materials please go to the ASM website at: http://www.interum.org/ASM or email ASM at: ASMatinterumdotorg  (ASMatinterumdotorg)  .
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TRACKIN’ THE TREK

www.urbana.org is Trackin’ the Trek. The Global Urban Trek is an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sponsored urban mission to various megacities around the world. Students are applying their fields of study to urban transformation as they share the Gospel with the poorest of the poor and consider a lifelong calling to urban ministry. Several times a week, from June 1 through the end of July, urbana.org is providing up-to-date student journal entries, photos, prayer requests, and articles. Viewers can see life in the garbage heaps of Manila, the slums of Nairobi, and the streets of Cairo through the eyes of students. They can learn about labor practices in Calcutta, micro-enterprise development in Bangkok, and ministry to street kids in Mexico City. Log on to http://www.urbana.org/feat.trek.cfm to Track The Trek.
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HONDURAS VISION TRIP FOR LEADERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

A team of North American leaders in children’s ministry will journey to Honduras in February of 2002. You might be one of them! The purpose of the vision trip is to ignite or refresh children’s ministry leaders’ vision for the world and equip them to impart that vision to others, especially the kids they lead. Honduras has been identified as the location for the vision trip because of pronounced needs of children and families in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. If you are interested in knowing more about Christian education and service in a cross-cultural context, please send an email to VisionTripatThroughtheBibledotcom  (VisionTripatThroughtheBibledotcom)  . Details of this ministry opportunity will then be sent to you by the end of July. This vision trip is being sponsored by World Concern, World Servants, Through the Bible Publishers, and Restoration Evangelical Church in Honduras. Please inquire or forward this announcement to leaders in children’s ministry that you know.
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The FusionPage product makes it easy for anyone to have a great way to communicate, keep supporters up-to-date, and have a private web presence. The FusionPage integrated solution features: Public Web Page Presence, Secure Encrypted Web 2 Web Email, Secure Intranet and Private Web Page, Built-in HTML Editor to build pages, FusionPage Store/E Commerce and donation, News and announcements, Interactive Calendaring, Photograph Galleries, Streaming Video and Audio, Maps area, Virtual File Cabinet (store files or documents for quick access), Discussion Forums and collaborative group interaction, Collaborative interactive mail for projects, all encrypted. Get more information here https://fusionpage.net/?refid=scottringo.com
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WYCLIFFE’S CHURCH TRIPS

Many churches are looking for a way to expand their ministry beyond their doorstep, their community, even their country. On a Vision trip with Wycliffe, a group from a church can reach people around the world with the hope of God’s Word. Each trip is an in-depth cultural experience including visits with local churches and believers, ministry opportunities such as Scripture distribution or assisting translators at work, and a short orientation to linguistics, local culture and overseas living. Participants’ worldview will be changed as they play a part in providing God’s Word to those without it. For more information look at, http://www.wycliffe.org/visiontrips/ ,call 407-852-3600 or e-mail kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg  (kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg)  .
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MINISTRY IN THE RUSSIAN-SPEAKING WORLD…

Robert and his daughter, Heidi, recently graduated from Russian Language Ministries housed at Columbia International University in the sunny palmetto state. They attended partially on the recommendation from an earlier edition of Brigada Today! He writes that “they have 50/50 balance of native speakers and American teachers: the first group so you speak correctly, and the second so you can understand how to speak correctly! There is an excellent cultural component to the training.” He served for two years in the former Soviet Union actively studying language, and because the folks at R.L.M. understand how English-speakers think, they were able to surpass all he learned in the first six weeks. He writes, “Russian grammar is incredibly complex, and the folks at R.L.M. make it accessible. I can return to the Russian-speaking world with both linguistic and cultural confidence that I didn’t have before.” Hail the good folks at R.L.M. at 800-799-7976 or 803-333-9119 or rlmofficeatjunodotcom  (rlmofficeatjunodotcom)   or on the web at: http://www.russianlanguage.org. Before going to Russia, go to R.L.M.!!
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010218 Brigada Today

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GET YOUR MOSQUITO NETTING FROM TEALBROOK

TealBrook Supplies, one of Brigada‘s sponsors, has just added a line of mosquito netting. To celebrate the new addition to the family, TealBrook will give Brigada subscribers a special 10% discount off the purchase price of the nets PLUS donate an additional 10% to the Brigada Newsletter. This introductory discount offer will be honored through 5/31/01. To view the mosquito nets and other products like the popular PentaPure water purification systems visit http://www.tealbrook.com and be sure to mention Brigada when ordering!
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OFF THE PRESS: HOUSE CHURCHES CHANGE THE WORLD

Ralph Neighbour wrote “A monumental and marvelous piece of work! It is going to be a very important contribution to the present situation faced by the church.” Order your copy (US$ 14.95 plus s&h; quantity discounts available) now at email 100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom  (100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom)   or Fax +49-7745-919531 and could have a sneak preview at http://www.dawn.ch. Other language versions that already are available: German, Dutch, Urdu, Singhala and Chinese (only e.book version). In process: Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, Arabic, Norwegian, Telegu, Croatian, Italian, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Swedish and Russian.
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BIG DIRECTORY OF YWAM SHORT TERM OUTREACHES

WebWatch Mission Finder Ministries has again come in with a first! – they’ve compiled the web’s only comprehensive list of YWAM short term trips, originating in the US and Canada. There are trips all over the world, many to unreached people groups, and are for youth groups, families, and individuals, for many purposes including construction, VBS, medical, prayer walks, food kitchens, bicycle evangelism, performing arts, etc. Check out this first-ever undertaking at http://www.mfinder.org/ywam.html.
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LET THE US POST OFFICE DO YOUR US MAILINGS

Every so often, someone asks if there’s a way to pump out mass mailings to addresses in the USA, from some point of origination outside the USA. We’ve reported on various ways… but now there’s perhaps an even more direct alternative. Check out the US Postal Service’s offerings on the web at: http://www.usps.gov/mailingonline/ There’s a price for preparation, but it didn’t look outrageous, considering it’s the US Post Office! :-)
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THE NET’S LARGEST DIRECTORY OF CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES

WebWatch Lot’s of compassionate people want to serve the abandoned, orphaned, and otherwise uncared-for children of the world, but hardly know where to start. Our good friends at Mission Finder Ministries have done it again – assembled a great list of Christian orphanages world wide. For those interested in exploring where you might volunteer, short or long term, this is a good place to start. Take a look: http://www.mfinder.org/orphanages.htm.
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NEED AN ONLINE BIBLE SCHOOL? YOU GOT IT

WebWatch Just trot on over to: http://www.hispeople.com His People Online Bible School looks to be a great resource for Christian teaching, whether you’re in Saudi, Siberia, or Seymour.
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PRAY WORLD! 2001 IN PROGRESS

praying hands Billed as a “Millennial Gift to Jesus Christ”, the “Pray World! 2001” emphasis began February 28 and continues through April 8. The focus is prayer and fasting during 40 days of Lent for fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ. Check it out at: http://www.prayworld.org/
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DO YOU HAVE MUSLIM NEIGHBORS?

The Center for Ministry to Muslims would like to help you bridge the cultural gap and reach out to them with God’s love. Check out material at: http://www.CMMequip.org or contact CMM 76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom  (76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom)  . For more comprehensive training, catch their two courses — Introduction to Islam and A Narrative Approach for Communicating with Muslims — from July 23 through August 3.
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SE ASIAN CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS

calendar ROX35 COMIX will be holding two comics trainings in Southeast Asia in 2001. The first will be a 2- day training (May 18-19) at the CSI offices in Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA. For more information email: mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh  (mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh)  . The second will be a 3-day training (May 22-24) held at the Vista Pacific building in Chiang Mai, THAILAND. For more information email: silexatbigfootdotcom  (silexatbigfootdotcom)  . These seminars are aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating and using comics for evangelism and discipleship. Both courses will include sessions on Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, “Guerilla Marketing” Ideas, Cultural Considerations, Comics & Communication, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. The teachers at both events will be cartoonist Nate Butler and missionary Len Cowan. You can learn more about the ROX35 COMIX training ministry at this web site http://www.rox35.org or by emailing ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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MIDDLE EAST TESOL

graduation cap Need TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training? Get it in Jerusalem, September 3th – 28th. For more information contact Porter TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  .
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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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