mission news sites

2) Where Do You Get Cost-Of-Living Info?

Phil is looking for a good reference or source for a cost of living index to evaluate how he provides for various missionary partners in difference countries. Where do you go to configure base salary … and/or that additional increase or decrease depending upon the cost of living and experience of a missionary worker. Phil thanks those who participate, in advance, for their input and/or reference material. Please share your best resources below by clicking “Comment.”

3) Updated Missions Website

Missionary Journalist Ken has updated his extensive web site full of articles concerning what the Lord is doing around the world but primarily in Latin America. There are other articles, however, from Europe and Asia as well as pieces about children at risk, international English-speaking congregations, media and radio, missions, ministries, microenterprise ministries, multi-language churches, opinion articles and other topics. It’s a great resource for learning about Christian ministries. The new URL for this web site is:
http://www.missionaryjournalist.net/
For more information, write

20031207 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FAITHFUL SPONSORS…
  2. TEALBROOK WATER PURIFIERS FOR MISSONARIES AT REDUCED PRICES
  3. SAVE ON CERTAIN TITLES WHILE HELPING BRIGADA
  4. TRY APRESO
  5. HAVE YOU SENT CHRISTMAS CARDS YET?
  6. GRAD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES
  7. MISSION NEWS BYTES
  8. ANOTHER OPTION FOR PLAXO’D BRIGADIERS
  9. FREE BIBLE STUDIES TO HELP REACH OTHERS
  10. HOMESCHOOL WEBSITE FOR MISSIONARIES
  11. THE MWANI PEOPLE
  12. DOWNLOAD FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR CHURCH LEADERS
  13. TEACHING OPPORTUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES (K-9TH)
  14. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  15. PRESS RELEASES
  16. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  17. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
  18. IS PRIMARY EYE CARE INCLUDED IN YOUR MISSION PROGRAM?
  19. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT TO DO WITH THE FULLER RECOMMENDATIONS
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FAITHFUL SPONSORS… — That faithful monthly sponsor (who used the monthly link to set up a regular $10/month gift to our Brigada secretary fund, is at it again. (Thanks for the faithful sponsorship!) That brings our year-to-date total to $12,320, or about $3000 short of our full-year needs to help provide a Brigada secretary. If our prayers for you result in you inheriting some money, or if you’d just like to pitch in sacrificially — with $100 … $1000 … or whatever… — just go to

    http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html To send a check, make it out to “Team Expansion (Brigada secretary),” then send it to Team Expansion/Brigada, 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. We appreciate you!!!


  2. TEALBROOK WATER PURIFIERS FOR MISSONARIES AT REDUCED PRICES — TealBrook Supplies, a sponsor of Brigada, has been distributing water purification systems to the mission community since 1991. In the past year they have updated the resin they use to purify the water, improved some of the physical aspects of the units, and most importantly are lowering many of the prices for 2004. TealBrook would like to offer these new prices immediately to Brigada subscribers. Visit their web site at http://www.tealbrook.com/ to see all they have to offer. You will need to request the new price list by emailing them at infoattealbrookdotcom or calling them at 1-800- 222-6614 or internationally at 651-365-7714.

  3. SAVE ON CERTAIN TITLES WHILE HELPING BRIGADA — Bill Berry, of Into All the World Magazine, is offering on a “mix & match” basis, the following titles. Bill says they must be shipped to a US or Canadian organizational, school or church address. 1-9 total copies ordered, you get a 10% Discount. 10-19 copies total, you get a 20% Discount. 20+ copies total, you get the 30% Discount. Plus, modest S&H charges will be added to the invoice that will be enclosed in your shipment. Send an E-Mail to BBerry4215atAoldotCom. HERE ARE THE BOOKS: ** Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission ($20/copy), from STEM Press. ** Ministering Cross-Culturally ($13/copy, new & revised 2nd Edition), by Lingenfelter & Mayers. ** Teaching Cross-Culturally ($13/copy, brand-new title), by Sherwood & Judi Lingenfelter. ** Let the Nations Be Glad ($15/copy, new & revised 2nd Edition), by John Piper. ** The Short-Term Mission Workbook ($13/copy), by Tim Dearborn. ** Beyond Duty ($8/copy), by Tim Dearborn. ** Mack & Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Missions ($12/copy). ** The Essential Guide to Short-Term Mission Trips ($16/copy), by David Forward. ** Today’s All-Star Missions Churches ($12/copy), by Tom Telford. ** Missions in the 21st Century ($12/copy), by Tom Telford. ** Operation World: The 21st Century Edition ($18/copy), by Patrick Johnstone. ** The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning ($25/coy), by J. Daniel Hess. ** Getting Sent: A Relational Approach to Support Raising ($13), by Pete Sommer. Note that Bill is pledging to give 10% of the income from all orders to Brigada. So get these great discounts for yourself & support Brigada. Thanks… and thanks especially to Bill!

  4. TRY APRESO — I did, this past week. *Very* impressive. Get a trial copy at: http://www.anystream.com In a nutshell, it’s a software tool to help you merge PowerPoint charts with a video — then let you spin the result out to a CD, or host them on a web page. We tried it, at Team Expansion, to generate some training materials for our team leaders … and it’s *dynamite*! Very easy, too! Check it out! (By the way, they’re not sponsors. This is just “one beggar telling another beggar where to find breath.”)

  5. HAVE YOU SENT CHRISTMAS CARDS YET? — Read the following review of AmazingMail, and maybe you will decide to give this “amazing” service a try. It meets a genuine need for lots of missionaries and others living worldwide. AmazingMail lets you go online anywhere in the world and create high quality, full color, glossy postcards. These are real postcards that AmazingMail prints for you (in the USA with best printing technology) and sends by first class, US postal mail the next business day. The cost for everything, including postage, is less than $1 per postcard. Finally, you can create and send one card, or easily send cards to your entire mailing list. For more details, read the full review at http://www.globalcompassion.com/mail.htm (Thanks for the tip, Andy!)

  6. GRAD WORK IN THE PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University’s Master’s Degree in Social Science (emphasis in servant leadership) is in the Philippines May 31-June 11, 2004. They’ve slashed the cost to 1/3 of on-campus prices! The program is called “Operation Impact”. Classes offered this year are: Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Leader as an Agent of Change, Current Issues in Leadership, Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. For more information contact: Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph , tel. 632-658-3807.

  7. MISSION NEWS BYTES — News Bytes is a free monthly digest of short, world mission-related news items and resources compiled by Debbie Meroff of Operation Mobilization. An html version is posted on: http://www.om.org/newsbytes/ For an e-mail subscription send a subscribe message to newsbytes-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

  8. ANOTHER OPTION FOR PLAXO’D BRIGADIERS — One Brigada participant (thanks Justin!) recommends opting out of Plaxo at: https://www.plaxo.com/opt_out This step will reportedly “turn off” the flow of Plaxo invite messages to your email address. If it works, it’ll be a welcome step by the Plaxo “pingers”!

  9. FREE BIBLE STUDIES TO HELP REACH OTHERS — ChristianBibleStudies.com, from the editors of Christianity Today, offers dozens of ready-to-download Bible studies for personal or group use. To download the free samples today, simply visit: http://store.yahoo.com/biblestudies/freesamples.html

  10. HOMESCHOOL WEBSITE FOR MISSIONARIES — If you homeschool or are thinking about it, check out this new website geared toward missionaries and Christian workers overseas. There is lots of information, curriculum ideas, links, and articles. Check it out at: http://www.homeschoolingabroad.com Or e-mail krystiathomeschoolingabroaddotcom .

  11. THE MWANI PEOPLE — They live along the coast of northern Mozambique, Africa, and make their living from the sea. “Mwani” means “beach,” as that’s where most of them live. They’ve been Mus1ims for 1,100 years and are known as a people resistant to the Gospel – only about 8 of the 80,000 poeple are Christians. Missionaries from SIL, AIM and World Outreach have started working among them with little fruit so far. Would you like to get involved in adopting and/or praying for them? Contact Hendrik at e-mail <hendrikatnusadotcodotza> . (Remember that we can’t possibly personally visit each and every field so, as always, learn everything you can about this and other opportunities before “signing on”!) </hendrikatnusadotcodotza>

  12. DOWNLOAD FREE TRAINING FOR YOUR CHURCH LEADERS — BuildingChurchLeaders.com, from the editors of Leadership journal, can help build faithful and effective leaders in your church or ministry. Now you can download some free, easy-to-use training resources to use in your regularly-scheduled meetings. Get free samples here: http://store.yahoo.com/buildingchurchleaders/freesamples.html

  13. TEACHING OPPORTUNITY IN THE PHILIPPINES (K-9TH) — If you are a teacher or you know of a teacher who wants to serve the Lord as a missionary, there’s a great opportunity at Christian Academy of Baguio in the Philippines. CAB needs at least two new teachers for the next school year, which will begin in August, 2004. CAB is a small K-9 school serving missionaries from several nations who work in the Baguio area. Teaching is done in English using American curriculum. For more information, please contact Steve at slhongatmissionariesdotcom

  14. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you over age 30 and at a crossroads in your life? Are you looking for a new direction in ministry, or deeper intimacy with God, or a taste of cross cultural missions? Youth With A Mission of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA wants to invite you for three months of preparation and instruction followed by two months of ministry in Ukraine. The course begins April 18, 2004 and is open to adults aged 30 or more and to families with children. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet.

  15. PRESS RELEASES — You can get free publicity for your church or Christian organization from the secular press and broadcasting media – if you do it right. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/writing-pressreleases.php (Thanks Tony!)

  16. AQUAPONICS COURSE — What is aquaponics? It involves combining aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. These ecologically sound, highly productive systems are ideal for food production in almost any part of the world and can be used as a “helps ministry”. The course will be held March 8 – 12, 2004 at Camp Living Water in Bryson City, NC, USA. For more information, visit: http//www.aquacultureinternational.org or email: cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus . Lodging is FREE for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Register early since a limited number of rooms are available. Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.

  17. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Catch many practical ground-level development ideas for the non-western world from UK’s Christian NGO TearFund: http://www.tilz.info/frameset.asp (Thanks again Tony!)

  18. IS PRIMARY EYE CARE INCLUDED IN YOUR MISSION PROGRAM? — InFOCUS will train you and your mission team to provide affordable Primary Eye Care including eye glass distribution, to people in developing countries. Learn how to use the focometer, a hand-held instrument that measures visual refractive errors accurately. Primary Eye Care and Focometry workshops are held quarterly in Houston, Texas U.S.A. Next workshop is January 23-24, 2004. For more information visit http://www.infocusonline.org or send an email to infoatinfocusonlinedotorg

  19. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT TO DO WITH THE FULLER RECOMMENDATIONS — Okay… I give up. What are we supposed to do with the new recommendations floating around the Internet from Fuller Theological Seminary. To see what I mean, just go to your favorite search engine, put in “Fuller prohibit proselytizing” and read any of the hundreds of pages you see, commenting on the subject. (It’s fairly heated, I guess.) The way I get it, Seminary leadership is basically asking for a two-year moratorium on proselytizing the one faith from the other. On the surface, this seems like quite an about-face from the central focal point of Donald McGavran’s “School of World Missions”, which typically teaches entire degrees in how to share Christ’s hope with Muslims. If you’ve got the “inside scoop” on this topic, please drop me a line. I’m eager to learn more. When I do, Brigada readers will be the first to know.

20030907 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CD-ROM TOOL: FOUR PRIMARY GOALS
  2. BEST SOURCE YET FOR SPECIFIC, IN-DEPTH, INT’L EMAILED NEWS
  3. TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR USA FLIGHTS: SMALL PREMIUM, BIG PAYOUT
  4. FREE DOWNLOADS FOR STUDYING EVANGELISM OF RUSSIAN YOUTH
  5. IN THE MOOD TO STRIKE BACK AT SPAM
  6. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE
  7. “THANKS!” FROM A SATISFIED BRIGADA READER
  8. SO FAR: I’M SURVIVING WITHOUT RESPONDING TO PLAXO!
  9. LOOKING FOR A TRIP ON THE AMAZON?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CD-ROM TOOL: FOUR PRIMARY GOALS — Don’t forget… You only have a month remaining to get the special introductory pricing on the Brigada sponsoring project, the “Countries and Peoples of the World” CD-ROM. The stated aims of the project are:
    *** MOTIVATE individuals and churches to PRAY for the least reached countries and peoples of the world.
    *** ORIENT individuals and churches to ADOPT one or more of the least reached peoples of the world
    *** EQUIP individuals and churches to GO and work long term among one or more of the least reached peoples of the world.
    *** SEND and SUSTAIN individuals and church planting teams engaged in EVANGELIZING and DISCIPLING of the least reached peoples of the world through STRATEGIC ALLIANCES and PARTNERSHIPS. If you were thinking you’d just use the Bethany Unreached People Profiles on the web, better look again. They’ve recently been completely pulled. As far as we can tell, there’s no trace of them left anywhere on the web. That makes this *library* of unreached people profiles one of the best remaining sources for quality up-to-date information. (The Bethany profiles were mostly all compiled in 1996 anyway, so they were well over a half-decade old anyway! This CD is fresh as of this *month*!) Order at: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm Note they hope to begin shipping the product this weekend! We’re told that Brigada participants had ordered over 60 of these CDs within the first 4 hours of the initial Brigada announcement! Yahooo! :-)

  2. BEST SOURCE YET FOR SPECIFIC, IN-DEPTH, INT’L EMAILED NEWS — I think one of our staff here at Team Expansion (Martin) has discovered what just might be the best source yet for country-specific, in-depth news analysis. And guess what: It’s all absolutely free! Martin & Bob, both Field Coordinators for Team Expansion, recently shared with me their reliance on OSAC http://www.ds-osac.org/ You can browse OSAC’s news “live” on the web, sign up for country- specific emailed news links (which open web stories), and even place news “tickers” on your website — all for free! Compared to other offerings, this is like drinking news from a fire hydrant! Only in the new millennium could something like this be so ever-flowing and *free*!

  3. TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR USA FLIGHTS: SMALL PREMIUM, BIG PAYOUT — If you’re headed out for a flight right here in the USA, don’t forget to consider travel insurance before you fly. For practically pennies a day you can cover unexpected expenses for small stuff… and the catastrophic stuff. Adams & Associates International, a Brigada sponsor, has travel insurance plans for all kinds of domestic and foreign trips. For more information, call 800-922-8438 or visit http://www.aaintl.com

  4. FREE DOWNLOADS FOR STUDYING EVANGELISM OF RUSSIAN YOUTH — Several papers (which became part of a doctor of missiology dissertation) are free for the downloading and distributing through the following site: http://www.markharris.us The papers discuss the religious background of Russian young people who became believers, the way they describe being evangelized by Westerners, how they describe their conversion, and how they evaluate Western evangelism. They have much to say to us! The research is also useful for understanding youth in other post-communist countries. Mark, thanks for sharing your thoughts with the whole Brigada family!

  5. IN THE MOOD TO STRIKE BACK AT SPAM — More and more Brigada readers are in the mood to strike back at spam. Got Linux? Get SPAMBOUNCER, says Richard, from South East Asia Mission Teams. Learn more at: http://www.spambouncer.org

    According to Richard, “It is the best and most complete solution we have found to date. It catches way over 95% of the spam I get (600 to 1000 messages weekly on one 6 year old address).” Richard adds that one of the best parts is that spambouncer is free, courtesy its author and a fellow spam hater, Catherine A. Hampton. Thanks Catherine!

    Richard says SpamBouncer goes one step beyond MailWasher. It can be configured to automatically send a complaint to the ISP administrator. What’s more, it uses the IP address from which the spam originated, NOT the “From:” line. Sounds like a great plan. Can’t wait for the same thing for Windows users! Thanks for writing, Richard!

    Les, meanwhile, likes http://www.spamcop.net He reports that for $30/year, SpamCop reduces his unsolicited ads and other junk mail to a trickle… maybe “3 or 4 per week!” (I remember those days! About 3 years ago!) Thanks Les!


  6. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE — Tom, of O.M. Lit and Gabriel Resources, is looking for advice on purchasing a laptop and digital camera to be used in China. Got any brands he should lean towards or avoid? Any tips on power, software, etc.? E-mail him at worldlysaintathotmaildotcom  (worldlysaintathotmaildotcom)   . He’s agreed in advance to prepare a summary report for us. Thanks Tom!

  7. “THANKS!” FROM A SATISFIED BRIGADA READER — Thanks to Les, of DCI World Changers, who wrote recently to testify, “The website you launched for us is over two and a half million hits now…” You can check out his work at http://www.worldchristians.org/ Isn’t it hard to believe that anything could start here in a Brigada newsletter and eventually grow to reach 2.5 million visitors? Yikes. So thanks to all our sponsors for keeping us going!!!

  8. SO FAR: I’M SURVIVING WITHOUT RESPONDING TO PLAXO! — This has the makings of a new TV “reality show”! “I survived Plaxo!” Yup… so far, I have somehow managed to resist all urges. To date, I’ve never clicked on a single Plaxo ping! In fact, if you write me about Plaxo, odds are I’ll never see it anyway, because I now have a MailWasher filter set up that automatically filters anyone mentioning Plaxo in the subject or body. So if you’re planning on writing in its defense :-) (wasting your breath, by the way :-) ), better misspell it. Maybe … Plaque-so? :-) What an ironic twist. Plaque in the blood stops up blood veins; Plaque- so on the Internet stops up our bandwidth! It’s all starting to make sense! :-) (Okay… I’m joking, kind of. :-) ) I think for me it stills boils down to a resistance to anything that seeks to coerce me to participate in giving out my personal information to a large database over which I’ll never have absolute control. (I’d put them on the “Do not email me” government list, but some judge would probably just shoot it down anyway. :-) ) I don’t give my social security number to telemarketers… so why should I confirm anything to the Plaxo people? Who knows… If they sell the service someday, maybe the new owners won’t follow the same strict set of voluntary “privacy rules” that the Plaxo people have contrived. One Brigada participant wrote to assert that, hey… your information is already in there anyway… to which I have to respond — well then why are they bugging me if they already know about me! :-) That’s spam! He went on to say it isn’t a “worm”. Well neither are many of the other 100s of spam messages I get daily. Nope… I’m a survivor. Let’s print up some bumper stickers: “Never respond to machine that sounds like build-up on your teeth!” :-)

  9. LOOKING FOR A TRIP ON THE AMAZON? — Here’s one reader’s offer for work in the Brazilian Amazon and work in medical missions on a medical boat trip. The reported purpose: To share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with the river population. This group is working with some 40,000 river residents said to be without Jesus and medical attention. For more information, see http://evangemed.tripod.com/amazon2002/index.html Email wilsonbonfimatevangemedmaildotzzndotcom (As always, be sure to carry out your own thorough checking of each opportunity submitted to Brigada Today. We can’t possibly “screen” each item as to its history or current involvement.)

20020915 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SOURCE FOR THAT STORYING CD
  2. GREAT STARTER PAGE FOR NEWS
  3. MICHIGAN LIBRARY SITE BEATS ‘EM ALL
  4. CLEAN UP YOUR INTERNET EXPLORER “RIGHT-CLICK” MENU
  5. GET POWERBIBLE FOR FREE
  6. SAVE YOUR WEB PAGES, NOT JUST THE ADDRESSES
  7. FAMILY-ORIENTED SHORT-TERM TRIP
  8. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED
  9. TRAIN IN TESL & TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SOURCE FOR THAT STORYING CD — Looking for the source on the storying CD we mentioned last week? (Item #8, “BIBLICAL STORYING CD- ROM”) Sorry about that. It should have been included as: http://free-cdsoftware.com/SKU-BIBGRE?client=58158288

  2. GREAT STARTER PAGE FOR NEWS — Thanks to the anonymous tipster who pointed us to a new experimental news page… http://news.google.com/ It even beats CNN! It lists and compiles fast-breaking news as “old” as 5 minutes, simultaneously tracking hundreds of other news source web pages from all over the world! It’s a great “one-stop shop”!

  3. MICHIGAN LIBRARY SITE BEATS ‘EM ALL — But the page that beats ’em all for researchers has got to be Michigan’s new “eLibrary” site: http://www.mel.org Whew! They’ve set a new standard for “comprehensive”.

  4. CLEAN UP YOUR INTERNET EXPLORER “RIGHT-CLICK” MENU — Okay… so maybe this is just a hobby horse of mine, but I don’t like it when plug-ins and installers alter my desktop without my permission. That includes my browsers “right-click” context menu. Is yours littered lately? Just hit your “Start” button, click on “Run”, then type in “Regedit”, choose “File|Export” and make a backup of your registry, then navigate to this key (watch the wrapping line): HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt. Each subkey of this key represents one menu item on your right-click menu. Highlight the key you want to vanquish, then choose “Export” from the Registry menu and export it to a file of its own, just to be safe. Then delete the key. Easy! (Thanks to Neil Rubenking of _PC Magazine_’s staff, for the tip.)

  5. GET POWERBIBLE FOR FREE — Need some good Bible software? Rumor has it (now this is a rumor, mind you) that the publishers of PowerBible are willing to send you a copy for free, if you’ll just log on at… http://www.powerbible.com or email them at <bibleatmaildotcom>. When you write them, include your name, mailing address, field of service, mission sending agency, and that you heard of them through the Brigada newsletter. Maybe shipping might be your only charge. Contact them directly to find out. (Thanks Ken!) </bibleatmaildotcom>

  6. SAVE YOUR WEB PAGES, NOT JUST THE ADDRESSES — It can be expensive to download web pages and then have to download them again when you want to use the information. SurfSaver is a free program which saves web pages in user-defined folders as completely searchable files which can be shared with others. The free version works great and can be downloaded at http://www.surfsaver.com although a PRO version is available for $29.95. (Thanks Harold!) I’m partial to the Adobe Acrobat capability. For example, last night I saved an 850-page website to my hard-drive (in pdf format, retaining links to the web) in about 5 minutes via my cable modem. Then, when I went on the road, I took all 850 pages with me for reference or demonstration. For Adobe Acrobat, see your nearest COMPUSA or similar computer software subscriber, or order directly from Adobe at http://www.adobe.com .

  7. FAMILY-ORIENTED SHORT-TERM TRIP — Southern Nazarene University is organizing a family-oriented missions trip to Monterrey, Mexico over the New Year’s holiday (Dec. 27 to Jan. 3). Cost is just $489 US from McAllen, TX. It’s billed as a short-term “missions adventure for all ages.” Ministries will include church construction, Vacation Bible school type ministries and medical work. For more info log on at: http://snu.edu/mexico or e-mail <mexicoatsnudotedu>. </mexicoatsnudotedu>

  8. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED — CrossCampus International is looking for a few godly men and women to serve in East Asia as a semester missionary on various college and university campuses. The assignment will be to evangelize and disciple university students. For more info., contact CrossCampus International <cciatcrosscampusdotnet> or 817-861-1770 in the USA. All approved applicants will be responsible for 100% of the cost of the trip. For further information visit CCI’s website at http://www.crosscampus.net . </cciatcrosscampusdotnet>

  9. TRAIN IN TESL & TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — Learn to Teach English by taking a TESOL course in Shanghai China. The course is both academic and practical in content and will prepare you to be a professional teacher of English. The course has a two week practicum which gives you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the course. Come to China, take the course, learn the culture and stay and teach OR go to any other location in the world to teach. Course dates are Feb. 14-March 28, 2003 and July 4-August 15, 2003. Go to http://www.tesoltraining.com for more information on the school. Please note that emails are received in china and can be read!! Please think before you write.

20020901 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE UP-TO-DATE NEWS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
  2. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  3. CHILDREN AT RISK
  4. VISION TRIP FOR LEADERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
  5. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED
  6. MISSION CONFERENCE FOR ENTIRE FAMILY
  7. INTERNET BIBLE COLLEGE FOR ASIAN CHRISTIANS
  8. BIBLICAL STORYING CD-ROM’S
  9. TRAINING FOR ABORIGINAL MISSIONS WORK
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE UP-TO-DATE NEWS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS — This is one of those discoveries you’ll want to add to your “links” bar at the top of your browser. (Thanks loads to Tony for the tip!!!) Google has launched a news searching service. Although still in beta form, it pools over 4000 news source, ranking them for freshness, credibility and popularity. Because ordinary webpages don’t get into any search engine database very fast, this sort of ability to search for fresh news is highly useful. It may help mission personnel evaluate crisis situations quickly. http://news.google.com/news/ As I was compiling this issue of Brigada Today, for example, I quickly searched for news on Hurricane Lili. This new “news” engine gave me articles that were less than 2 hours old from VOA! Try it! Great find.

  2. MENTAL HEALTH AND MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The theme is “Organizational Dynamics in the World of Missions.” It will be on the ethos and organizational dynamics of mission agencies with special emphasis on how leadership styles, organizational communication, financial policies, and the missions culture impact our effectiveness in fulfilling the mandate to “go into all the world and make disciples.” Presenters will integrate the concepts of family systems theory, organizational and industrial psychology, human resource paradigms and other concepts with Scriptural principles to provide guidance for mission leaders and mental health professionals who work with them. This annual conference will be held November 21-24, 2002 at the Potawatomi Inn located in Indiana. Hurry — registration ends October 15, 2002. For more information call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, or register online at http://www.mti.org in the Workshops section.

  3. CHILDREN AT RISK — Do you know of cases where helping children has also helped to plant or expand the Church? Viva Network http://www.viva.org is starting a Forum around this issue and would love to learn where this has taken place, especially within the 10/40 window but not exclusively. For more information on this new Initiative please contact Natasha at <ncarrilloatvivadotorg>. </ncarrilloatvivadotorg>

  4. VISION TRIP FOR LEADERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY — World Servants, World Vision, and Through the Bible Publishers are teaming up to equip leaders in children’s ministry to mobilize the children they lead for missions. You are invited to apply for the Honduras Vision Trip coming February 20 – March 2, 2003. A $600 stipend is available to help reduce, but not eliminate, the cost of participation. If interested, please inquire quickly. For more information, contact <visiontripatthroughthebibledotcom>. You may read an article about the last Vision Trip at: http://www.discipleland.com/missions/honduras . You may view the Vision Trip brochure at: http://www.discipleland.com/missions/honduras/Brochure-s.pdf . </visiontripatthroughthebibledotcom>

  5. SEMESTER MISSIONARIES NEEDED — Two thousand international students from India, China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea and many other Asian and European nations are going to school at the University of Texas at Arlington. Many often ask questions about Christianity. CrossCampus International (CCI) is in need of two single Christian young men who are willing to give up their 2003 Spring Semester to tell these students about the love of Jesus Christ. The dates of this project are January 14, 2003 until the end of May 2003. You will also be given the option of serving overseas with one of CCI’s short-term summer teams at the end of the Spring Semester. The cost of this project is $2600 plus your insurance and transportation to and from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Housing is provided. (The applicant is responsible for 100% of the cost of the trip.) For further information visit CCI’s website at http://www.crosscampus.net or email <cciatcrosscampusdotnet>, or call 817-861-1770. </cciatcrosscampusdotnet>

  6. MISSION CONFERENCE FOR ENTIRE FAMILY — Here’s a missions conference in Budapest, January 8-12, 2003, billed as a great conference for a great price, designed for the entire family, where you don’t have to give presentations :-) . Moody Bible Institute is providing programming for children. The conference speakers include Dr. Joseph Stowell, Alistair Begg, Ravi Zacharias, Jerry Jenkins, Gary Chapman & Kathy Koch. Worship will be led by Graham Kendrick and guest musician will be Michael Card. To register for this conference, go to http://www.moodyconferences.com .

  7. INTERNET BIBLE COLLEGE FOR ASIAN CHRISTIANS — The Asian Internet Bible Institute (AIBI) seeks to provide free in-service bible and ministry training for Asian pastors, missionaries and lay leaders, especially those in remote areas. The Harvestime church-planting course has 21 modules and takes about two years. There are also 11 shorter courses on diverse topics, plus hundreds of articles, resources and downloads. All courses are free and are designed to be quickly downloaded even on slow connections in icafes. The URL is: http://www.eomtc.com/aibi/ or write <johnedateomtcdotcom>, the Australian who heads the program. (Remember to check first to make sure the doctrine and teaching will match that of your particular faith. Brigada Today can’t check out all these courses in advance to tell you which ones match your particular beliefs.) </johnedateomtcdotcom>

  8. BIBLICAL STORYING CD-ROM’S — Here’s a great “biblical storying” CD by a talented teller-actor, Robert Delafield. The price is right: FREE!! (They charge “shipping & handling” of $7.50 a disk, but will throw in a free one if you order four.) A NT and an OT CD is available. These videos could be a course in how to use gesture, voice and expression to tell the story. They are for anyone wanting to become a really great biblical storyteller. In stock now, but not sure for how long. For more information, log on to: http://free-cdsoftware.com/SKU-BIBGRE?client=58158288 .


  9. TRAINING FOR ABORIGINAL MISSIONS WORK — Wilcannia River of Life is hosting its annual Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar from the 27th November through to 1st December 2002. This Seminar teaches how to effectively minister to one of the hardest Cross Cultural groups in the world, Australian Aborigines. Guest Speakers include Dr. Max Wiltshire (20 years experience), Pastor Victor Minniecon, Pastor Scott Lamshed (Scott has been in the small river town of Wilcannia for almost 5 years and seen an amazing turnaround in the community). For further details log onto http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact <sklamshedatbigponddotcom>. </sklamshedatbigponddotcom>

20020127 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) RATS — AWAY ON OUR BIRTHDAY
2) SATELLITE LOCATOR CHIP IMPLANTS FOR YOUR MISSIONARY STAFF
3) DEVELOPMENT HELP
4) EVEN MORE EASY ENGLISH PSALMS!
5) TO KEEP YOU “IN THE KNOW” (NEWS SOURCES ON THE NET)
6) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD
7) PREPARE FOR TESL
8) CHILDREN IN CRISIS
9) COMPUTERS ON THE MISSION FIELD
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) RATS — AWAY ON OUR BIRTHDAY — Sorry to be out of the country on Brigada’s 7-year-old birthday. We started in January of 1995. To read any of the 364 Brigada Today back-issues, see:

www.brigada.org

Now… let’s catch up! :-)

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2) SATELLITE LOCATOR CHIP IMPLANTS FOR YOUR MISSIONARY STAFF — So… does your mission have a team in Colombia or some other location where kidnappings have occurred? Do you ever fear for their safety? Well maybe your fears will be lessened soon. Imagine an implantable GPS ID chip that could identify your missionary’s location to global GPS locators. Maybe it’s not as far away as you might imagine. Check out the article at:

http://www.wired.com/news/print/0,1294,50004,00.html

(Thanks Tim!!!)

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3) DEVELOPMENT HELP — For some years, UK’s evangelical NGO, Tearfund, has produced a valuable magazine called “Footsteps.” It is primarily for national Christians and development workers, with lots of helpful grass-roots ideas for health-care, agriculture and education. Now all issues are also online. Access it via the ‘NGO’ link on the Tearfund site

http://www.tearfund.org

or jump directly to the unframed section using:

http://footsteps. tearfund.net/english/contents/index.htm

(Thanks Tony!)

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4) EVEN MORE EASY ENGLISH PSALMS! — Wycliffe Associates UK have published Book 3 of their popular EasyEnglish Psalms (Ps 73 – 89) for pastors and leaders on their website –

http://www. easyenglishworld.com (or new web address

http://www.easyenglish.info ).

More details and CDs are available from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>.</martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

(Thanks Martin!)

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5) TO KEEP YOU “IN THE KNOW” (NEWS SOURCES ON THE NET) — Check out the Newslinks page of the Latin America Mission at

www.lam.org/news/latlinks.html. They give you options!

If you’d like a complete English-language newspaper, look no farther than

http://www.dallasnews.com/frontpage/express.PDF.

(sometimes it’s not posted ’til noon, Eastern time)

Also, at least for now, the Christian Science Monitor is making their total newspaper — 20-24 pages — available free for download and printing on their website at

http://www.csmonitor.com/.

Look for the “treeless” edition on the right side and click through. They are talking about charging for it, and indeed did for a while, but seem to be back to offering it for free.

To download either of these newspapers you have to have an adobe program on your computer. (Thanks Ken!!!)

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6) IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD — A Crossroads Discipleship Training School is being held at YWAM, Lebanon, PA. for families and singles April 22, to July 12, 2002. An 8 week outreach will follow the lecture phase. A CDTS is for men & women age 30 and older including families with children. This course offers you the opportunity to seek God’s will and be revitalized in your relationship to Him. For more information contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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7) PREPARE FOR TESL — Would you like to be better prepared to teach English? Mark your calendars — May 6 to May 31, 2002, a TESOL course is slated at YWAM, Lebanon, Pa. At the completion of the course a certificate from the Institute for Nations is presented which opens many doors to teach English. For more information, contact

<davidbbaumanatcsdotcom></davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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8) CHILDREN IN CRISIS — Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies (Netherlands) is offering a one week course 4 – 8 March 2002, including a guide to effective ministry among street children, child advocacy issues, children’s encounter with war and dealing with war related traumas, principles for intervention, and overview on ministry to sexually exploited children and dealing with care for the care givers. Lecturer is Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn, editor of four books and founder of Rainbows of Hope. Costs only 140 Euro including full board. Apply at

http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or write to

<short-coursesatcornerstone-mtcdotcom>.</short-coursesatcornerstone-mtcdotcom>

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9) COMPUTERS ON THE MISSION FIELD — A speaker for an upcoming Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association’s (NEMA) Field Missionary Convention (Feb 18 -23) is looking to share some of the practical and creative ways computers are being used on the mission field. If you have an interesting “Computers on the Field” experience you’d like to share please email Shawn at

<snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>. Results will be posted on the Missionary Tech Support website following the conference, </snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>

http://www.missionarytechsupport.com .

20020120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN SPAIN
2) FINISHERS FORUM
3) MISSIONARY CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 12-14, 2002
4) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
5) YOUTH: FORGOTTEN UNREACHED “FIELD”
6) EMS/IFMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
7) GREAT NEWS SITE
8) USE YOUR VOCATION TO REACH THE NATIONS
9) TAKE PART IN “PRAYWORLD 2002”
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN SPAIN — 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, in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact:

<infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>.</infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

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2) FINISHERS FORUM — A Finishers Forum will be held Friday night and Saturday till 5PM, February 15-16, 2002 in Indianapolis. This is an “Urbana”-like event to assist people in finding a significant second-career joining God in His passion for the nations. Adults of all ages are invited. It will make most sense for people who have had a career and raised or almost raised a family and are looking for more now or a few years in the future. The Finishers Project is a partnership of over 70 mission agencies more interested in people than money. To explore options uniquely suited for you at this event or online register at .

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3) MISSIONARY CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 12-14, 2002 — Living Word Missions (LWM) is inviting all missionaries both foreign and national working in the region of South West Europe (UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Andorra, Spain, & Portugal) to a Conference designed especially to address the special needs and challenges of that part of the world. Main speaker, Wolfgang Simson (author of Houses That Change The World and editor of the DAWN Friday Fax), will bring a fresh new way of looking at forgotten strategies and principles from the early church in what is coming to be known today as “the House Church movement”. Other internationally renowned speakers include Russ Tatro, founder and international director of LWM and the International Missionary Center, Tulsa, OK and Greg Jacob, Pastor of Amistad Cristiana in Madrid, Spain. The location for the conference is in Southern Spain in the town of Mollina, Sevilla. For more information and how to register contact the conference host and Regional Coordinator for LWM, Tom Cook: phone/fax (34) 95 415 6275 or e-mail: <cookatspaindottc> .</cookatspaindottc>

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4) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — A six-week TESOL course will be held June 14-July 27, 2002 in Shanghai. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Please be language sensitive when writing. Unsecured Internet site in China. For more information go to or write <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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5) YOUTH: FORGOTTEN UNREACHED “FIELD” — Youth around the world need Christians to share the Gospel with them. Well here’s your chance to make a difference. Ministry areas such as discipleship, friendship evangelism, teaching English, youth camps and weekend retreats are just a few areas you could get involved in. You would be working in cooperation with local churches and under the leadership of seasoned missionaries. Short and long-term opportunities are available. You will need to raise support for living and travel expenses. Please contact Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> to obtain more information. Their website is http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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6) EMS/IFMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE — The Evangelical Missiological Society will be holding its annual conference, October 4-5 in Orlando, Florida, with the Interdenominational Foreign Missions Association. Evangelical Ministries to New Religions has been asked to plan a track of presentations on mission to new religions. Want to submit ideas? Contact John at Watchman Fellowship for the details,

<jmoreheadatwatchmandotorg> or call (in the </jmoreheadatwatchmandotorg>USA or via Net2PHone)

(888)44-BIBLE.

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7) GREAT NEWS SITE — Looking for a great spot on the web to get news to compare to cnn.com? Judy suggests trying

http://www.washingtonpost.com

She’s right. It’s *full* of searchable news. Thanks Judy!

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8) USE YOUR VOCATION TO REACH THE NATIONS — Here are 2 free 1/2-day Tentmaking Seminars in the Chicago Area, Feb 9 and Feb 16. You’ll discover how to: Use your skills in missions; Integrate work and witness; Find a job overseas; Prepare to be effective. Register at

http://www.globalopps.org

Saturday 9am – 1pm (coffee from 8:30 am) Feb 9th at Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church or Feb 16th at Wheaton College, Armerding Hall. The seminars are presented by Global Opportunities.

<infoatglobaloppsdotorg> 626-398-2393</infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

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9) TAKE PART IN “PRAYWORLD 2002” — An International Prayer Council has designated the coming Lenten Season (Ash Wednesday, February 13, to Palm Sunday, March 24) as “PrayWORLD!02” – 40 DAYS OF GLOBAL PRAYER FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION OF CHRIST. A 40-day Prayer Calendar in English is available on internet

http://www.prayworld.org . Translations are expected soon in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Tagalog. Everyone worldwide is invited to translate and distribute the Calendar widely. A 64-page calendar booklet, “Seek God for the City,” can be ordered from

http://www.waymakers.org . Cost is $2.00 each, with significant quantity discounts.

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