Mobilization

20030126 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR HEALTHCARE
  2. MISSIONS IRC TO MOBILIZE THE MASSES
  3. GET HELP ON ORGANIZING A HEALTH SERVICE
  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  5. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON
  6. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC
  7. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING
  8. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA TODAY?
  9. COPIES OF INTO ALL THE WORLD MAGAZINE — FREE, IF NEED BE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW GUIDEBOOK FOR HEALTHCARE — The 17,000 doctors of the Christian Medical Association recently released the second edition of the highly acclaimed Handbook of Medicine in Developing Countries by Dennis Palmer, DO and Catherine Wolf, MD, including a personal digital assistant version available for download. This handy spiral-bound resource helps health care workers and docs to diagnose and treat diseases they may have never seen before. To order, contact the CMA Resource Center at 888-231-2637 or online at http://www.cmdahome.org The cost is $29.95 + postage. A Palm download is also available for only $9.95 when you order the book or $19.95 when ordered alone. Discounts are available for orders in quantity.

  2. MISSIONS IRC TO MOBILIZE THE MASSES — Caleb Project http://www.calebproject.org recently surveyed web visitors regarding how they might want to respond to an on-line mobilization presentation. One common answer was that respondents wanted to be able to chat on- line with missions minded folks. Manning a #Jesus-Missions channel on one of the big IRC networks might work, but we wondered if Brigada readers had suggestions for chat environments where mobilizers could hang out? Send your ideas to <missions-ircatyahoogroupsdotcom>. If you want to read the ideas or discuss the issue, subscribe at <missions-irc-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. (Caleb Project’s John Hanna <jhannaatcprojectdotcom> is coordinating the discussion.) </jhannaatcprojectdotcom></missions-irc-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom></missions-ircatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  3. GET HELP ON ORGANIZING A HEALTH SERVICE — Here’s a workshop for Christian health professionals serving the poor, to be held at King College in Bristol Tennessee from May 12 – 23, 2003. It will discuss how to plan, develop, and implement a health service in partnership with the community. The leaders are Dr. Maurice King of the University of Leeds, UK, Dr. Dan Fountain, former medical missionary in the Congo, and Dr. Frank Baer, international health consultant. For information, write to <globalhealthatkingdotedu>, visit http://www.king.edu or call at 423-652-4157 </globalhealthatkingdotedu>

  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who want to learn to speak and understand the English language? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA beginning March 31, 2002 and ending June 20, 2003. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 plus a non-refundable $35 registration fee, and includes tuition, housing, meals, and materials. For more information or to register, contact <ywampaatcomcastdotnet> or visit http://www.ywampa.org. </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  5. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 13-15, 2003 in Appleton, WI. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_WI2003(4).pdf . To get more information on the material contact Ray <xctrainerataoldotcom> . To register, send an e-mail to Craig <cnissenattdsdotnet> . </cnissenattdsdotnet></xctrainerataoldotcom>

  6. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN THE PACIFIC — Registrations are still open for the 6th annual Short Term Mission Leaders Training Seminar hosted by COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training International. This year’s event will be held at the Ohana West Hotel in Waikiki Beach (Honolulu), Hawaii, March 20-22; cost is just $225 per person and an inexpensive lodging and meal package is available too. A field-proven, comprehensive, and highly detailed program will be given to all participants and researched during our time together. More than 1200 short-term leaders have been trained through this program over the past seven years. Contact Greg or Ray at <commitatjunodotcom> for registration information or access an application at http://www.commitministries.org. </commitatjunodotcom>

  7. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING — 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 7-25, 2003, 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. Earn a certificate for a little more than $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/903-4844 or contact <katherinedotpurgasonatdotbioladotedu> or visit http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </katherinedotpurgasonatdotbioladotedu>

  8. WANT TO SUBMIT AN ITEM TO BRIGADA TODAY? — Take a look at our Submission Guidelines at: http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html You can save us a ton of time if you write up your item in keeping with these simple guidelines. Thanks!!!

  9. COPIES OF INTO ALL THE WORLD MAGAZINE — FREE, IF NEED BE — Get all the copies of this important missions magazine that you can use. Two editions are available: the new 2003/4 edition–“Short-Term Missions Today”, and the 2002/3 edition–“The Great Commission Opportunities Handbook”. Both are 132 pages in length. (If you would like to see an extensive editorial outline of one or both editions, just go to http://www.aboutmissions.com for full details.) Copies are available as a special offer to Brigada Today readers for just $1/copy…or $0.50/copy….or FREE, plus modest S&H costs. To request all the copies you can use, please send an e-mail to Bill, the Publisher, . If your order is for 25+ copies, give a street address. Also, indicate “per copy” price as above. Note that this offer is valid for North American addresses only. If you’re outside the USA or Canada, we suggest you find a relay person to whom Bill can send the copies.

20021208 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIAL MOBILIZATION ISSUE
  2. MISSION MOBILIZATION & EDUCATION NETWORK
  3. MISSION MOBILIZERS WEB-HOME
  4. CASE STUDY IN WEB MOBILIZATION
  5. GREAT RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS MOBILIZATION MATERIALS
  6. NEED SOME CONTENT FOR YOUR NEXT MISSIONS CONFERENCE?
  7. GEORGE VERWER ROCKS
  8. CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE ARE HARD AT WORK
  9. GET IDEAS FROM GRACE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPECIAL MOBILIZATION ISSUE — Welcome to this special Brigada Today, with a special focus on missions mobilization, dedicated to a special long-time friend and contributor, Kenneth Wes <kennethwesataoldotcom>. (In fact, he contributed several of these resources below!) Ken does an amazing job assembling these kinds of lists. (We’ll call him “The List Man!”) We mention him up front here because he’s a great example of someone who takes Brigada Today resources, adds them together with a ton of his own, then redistributes them to just about everybody in the whole *world*. Tip of the hat to you Ken! </kennethwesataoldotcom>

  2. MISSION MOBILIZATION & EDUCATION NETWORK — Have you heard about the news about a new network of mission agencies, denominations and associations? Charter members are ACMC, the Association of Christian Schools International, Caleb Project, SIM, CB International, TEAM, Woman’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, World Concern and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The network serves to share missions mobilization vision, identify key resources, target gaps in missions education resourcing, and address options by which the gaps may be filled. Their initial project will be the launch of a website to reach these goals. The children’s division has already premiered at http://www.21stCenturyKidsConnect.org . Don’t see your organization listed above? Just contact the new director, Mark Sigmon, at <missionsatcornerstonedotedu> for further information. (Thanks Ken!) </missionsatcornerstonedotedu>

  3. MISSION MOBILIZERS WEB-HOME — Nate is another one of those guys who contributes and works his heart out for missions mobilization. He does a great job keeping the Brigada Missions Mobilizers going. Whew! What a faithful servant. See the database that has resulted from his work – and those who have stepped up to the plate to help him – at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm

  4. CASE STUDY IN WEB MOBILIZATION — Want to see a case study in how to develop a great mobilizer’s presence on the web? Check this site by Howard Culbertson, Professor of Missions at Southern Nazarene University: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert.fs Great stuff. (Thanks Ken!)

  5. GREAT RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS MOBILIZATION MATERIALS — Here’s a great resource for missions mobilization materials, originally featured in the Sept. 27th issue of Brigada Today. If you happen to live in the USA or know someone who does, it’s hard to beat them. Just call 1-8MORE- BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) or Fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. Ask for a catalogue. While you’re at it, check out the William Carey Library’s web presence at: http://www.gospelcom.net/wclbooks/ We’re *so* glad to see them full-steam on the web! </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  6. NEED SOME CONTENT FOR YOUR NEXT MISSIONS CONFERENCE? Consider Operation WorldView, a multimedia missions seminar customized for the unique mission vision of your church family, originally featured in Brigada Today March 8th, 2002. “Operation Worldview is the best medium I know to communicate God’s perspective on global missions. The entire presentation is filled with superb Biblical content and dynamic multimedia that is shared with great passion and enthusiasm. God clearly worked throughout the presentation, and our church will never be the same.” -Peter Simpson, Lay missions leader. For more information about Operation WorldView check out http://www.mission1.org or contact Werner Mischke at <werneratmission1dotorg>. </werneratmission1dotorg>

  7. GEORGE VERWER ROCKS — How long has it been since you stopped by to visit at: http://www.missionsmobilisation.com You probably need to see it again. This is George Verwer’s Acts 13 Breakthrough group. which includes many of George Verwer’s articles. It also has information on mission resources as well as links to other good mission sites. The group is also working on having the site available in other major languages apart from English. Make sure you visit the site.

  8. CHRISTIAN AND MISSIONARY ALLIANCE ARE HARD AT WORK — If you happen to be from the C&MA, then you know that your missions board is hard at it. Just check out: http://www.cmalliance.org/missions/omm.htm and you’ll see some great content and great packaging for missions mobilization conferences. Raising the bar for everybody else. :-)

  9. GET IDEAS FROM GRACE — It’s obvious from Grace’s page that she loves the color green :-). Check it out at: http://disciplethenations.org/index99.html Perhaps the best thing about green is that it signifies the word “go” (at least when it comes to stoplights) and there’s no doubt that that’s what Grace’s page is about — utilizing music and arts for missions mobilization. Great job Grace!

20020825 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS
  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM
  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA
  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS?
  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS
  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS
  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Did you know that Brigada Today has a sub-list dedicated to helping mission mobilizers? It’s true. The Brigada Mission Mobilizers E-zine posts a column each week with in-depth information about mobilization, including Q&A forums, reviews of mission resources, and articles on mission mobilization. There is also an optional weekly Newsbrief with world news from the perspective of missionaries. The Mission Mobilizers E- Zine is designed to compliment Brigada Today and does not duplicate content already sent out over Brigada Today. Subscribership to the Mission Mobilizers E-Zine has grown over the last seven years to over 2,200. If you are interested in subscribing, please fill out the application form at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/application.html .

  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM — The International Institute for Communication Excellence in Oxford, England is accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice to commence in April 2003. The program is designed for Christians working professionally in the media as journalists, communication officers in churches, NGO’s or mission agencies and practitioners in the Christian media. Organizers say the course provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop skills as a media practitioner, engage with the latest scholarship in communication studies and reflect theologically on media practice. The course can be taken full or part time and there are plans to offer it overseas. It is validated by the University of Wales. For a brochure simply write Dave <dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk> or check the Institute website at http://www.iice.org . </dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk>

  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA — By Hope Flinchbaugh, this is a novel about a young woman’s faith in the face of persecution. It is reportedly a powerful tool that can be used to mobilize prayer and workers on behalf of the church in China. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order, write <csatbethanyhousedotcom> or call 1-800-328-6109 toll-free or via net2phone or Fax 866-220-8376 / 952- 829-2503. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS? — Try Powermarks (free to try, $25 to keep). A bookmark manager, it stores them as a list, which sounds bad at first… but in practice, the search engine helps you find bookmarks (needle in a haystack style) *quickly*. It lets you assign key words to each bookmark — and also assigns some of its own based on the webpage itself. Check it out at http://www.kaylon.com . So far, I’ll have to admit — I love it! (Nothing in it for me, by the way. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS — A new international online publication, Sacred Tribes Journal, represents a fresh approach by Christian scholars and thinkers reaching out to groups society and the media label “cults.” Sacred Tribes will explore outreach to a variety of new religious movements and will feature a blending of the insights found from the best of academic scholarship and missiology, a blend often found in current missiological research, but often missing from traditional “counter-cult” perspectives. Sacred Tribes may be accessed with no subscription costs at http://www.sacredtribes.com or by emailing <moreheadatquiknetdotcom>. </moreheadatquiknetdotcom>

  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Asia Committee for the International Sports Coalition is hosting “The Asian Church and Sports in Kingdom Building” conference in Hong Kong from November 3-9, 2002. Look for plenary sessions, workshops and demonstrations on all facets of sports and recreation as an outreach and discipleship. Readers from Asia can contact Johnny <johnnyyiuathknetdotcom> . Others can contact Church Sports International <roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg> . Web site information available at http://www.ymca.org.hk/asc2002.htm . </roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg></johnnyyiuathknetdotcom>

  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS — Learn how to develop indigenous Christian songs at CIT in N. Carolina (Nov. 11-15). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Dr. Neil Coulter, ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS — The free memory tool “Wordfast” from http://www.champollion.net integrates into Microsoft Word and helps in translating repeating blocks of text. RWS Tools from http://www.translate.com also combines with Wordfast and Word to give html help. (Thanks to Tony, who first saw this in World Christian News newsletter, http://www.dci.org.uk/main/findout.htm )

20020505 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS
  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL
  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE
  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST
  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD?
  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE
  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS — OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, this month launches a new online forum specifically for local church mission mobilisers, secretaries and representatives in the UK, aimed at helping these individuals discuss their helps and hindrances and generally have a place where they can share their experience. Overseeing the group, in partnership with OSCAR, is Joy Piper, author of the book “Bringing the World to Your Church”. To access the forum, log on to http://www.oscar.org.uk , click on ‘Forum’ and then ‘Mission Mobilisers’.

  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL — In our ongoing saga of fixes for my wayward [Sony] modem that wouldn’t dial out in Ukraine, “Mr. O” in SE Asia suggested this (using Windows ME): Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double- click Dial-Up Networking. Click the icon for the connection you want to change. On the File menu, click Properties. Click Configure. Click the Options tab, and then select the Operator assisted or manual dial check box. Connect to a shared resource that uses this connection, or click the icon for this connection. When prompted, lift the receiver of your phone and dial the number. When you hear the tone from the computer, click Connect, and then hang up the phone. (You’ll have to translate it to your own operating system.) Thanks Mr. O!

  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE — AIBI Resources http://www.aibi.org provides Bible training resources including detailed Bible book outlines, Bible survey manuals, training diagrams and much more. Some of the current material is also available on the website in Spanish. One resource that has been kept somewhat secret is a CD version of the resources. To learn more about the CD version, take a look at: http://www.aibi.org/cdrequest.html . Volunteer translations teams are currently being developed to help make these valuable resources available in other languages as well. For more information on being a part of the translation teams, please see http://www.aibi.org/translation.html .

  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST — From July 22nd to August 2nd, Columbia International University will be offering an introductory course on the Techniques of Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Speaking, Listening, and Reading. This three semester hour graduate level course introduces students to communicative language teaching, lesson planning, and practical techniques for the classroom. The course may be taken as part of Columbia’s MA in TEFL or as a stand- alone introduction to English language teaching. For more information, please see Columbia’s Summer Studies website http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies/ , or contact Dr. Kay Herbert at <kherbertatciudotedu>. You can also call: 1-803-754-4100, ext. 3316, or toll-free in the U.S. or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800-777- 2227. </kherbertatciudotedu>

  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. of Louisiana has been bringing new ideas to portable sound systems for several years. The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self-contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. These are systems born out of missions for missions. Also check out the Power T12V which is also the number one system in schools and recreation departments in our home state of Louisiana. Contact them on line at http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD? — Could simple acts of humble repentance open the heart of the Arab world to the gospel? For actual case studies explore the site http://www.reconciliationwalk.org which recounts the 3 year journey of Christians retracing the route of the First Crusade. The Crusades were the last time that the Church of Jesus Christ sent representatives to the Middle East in any large numbers. The atrocities committed in the name of Christ by the Crusaders hardened the hearts of the Arab world to the gospel for over 900 years. See how humility expressed in brokenness is softening hearts to the love of God.

  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How To’s for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 17-22, 2002. Additional information can be found at http://www.med-amb.org/What_We%20_Do_TOT.htm OR <helenatmed-ambdotorg>. </helenatmed-ambdotorg>

  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE — Catch this course for hands- on practitioners reaching UPGs : 13 August to 6 September, 2002 (4 weeks) in Singapore, and the side-by-side Go4th National Missions Conference 7- 10 August, 2002. There’s a special package available for both programs US$1000.00 (airfare, board and lodge not inclusive). Closing date: 31 July,2002.Registration or enquiries to Frank at <scanetatwritemedotcom>. </scanetatwritemedotcom>

  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 19 September. Read more at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is required before taking this course. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING — My 12-year- old and I were talking recently and he came up with these ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life: 1. You can’t answer the question, “Where are you from?” 2. You read National Geographic and recognize someone. 3. You have a time zone map next to your telephone. 4. You consider a city 500 km away to be “very close”. 5. You watch nature documentaries, and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried. 6. You can cut grass with a machete, but can’t start a lawnmower. 7. You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel. 8. You read the international section before the comics. 9. You have friends from or in 29 different countries. 10. You sort your friends by continent. 11. Fitting 15 or more people into a car seems normal to you. 12. You refer to gravel roads as highways. 13. You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price. 14. You don’t think that two hours is a long sermon. 15. You marvel at the cleanliness of gas station bathrooms. 16. You think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you go into a foreign grocery store. 17. You think a “foreign school” conducts classes in English.

20010826 Brigada Today

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ANNOUNCING: THE 2001 OPERATION WORLD CD-ROM!

cd-rom You’ve heard about the new edition of Patrick Johnstone’s incredible Operation World… well, the CD-ROM version created by GMI gives you an incredible view of the data… electronically! It contains the full (English language) text, as well as all maps, charts, and tables from the book; the huge Operation World research database (the same database Patrick and Jason used to create Operation World); the latest country profile information from the World Factbook; and related Web links for every country. The CD is designed as a sophisticated Web site, and runs on both Windows and Mac. It is available at the incredibly low price of $17.99 (plus shipping and tax) from GMI. More information is available on the Web at http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm or contact Lorri infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 ext. 599 or by fax: 719-548-7459.
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THIS IS MORE THAN “YOUR FATHER’S OPERATION WORLD”!

I remember the very first Operation World I saw… way back in 1981 or so, I believe, and wow was I bowled over by the research and the care that Patrick Johnstone had invested in the data. Well guess what — that hasn’t changed a bit. Sure… maybe there’s more raw data in one of the big encyclopedic works on missions… but then… this one doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, either. And what’s more, I actually think there’s more practical material here than there is in the big books anyway.
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CARRY OPERATION WORLD WITHOUT THE PAPER

Now you don’t have to carry around the big Operation World book any more! Just leave the CD in your laptop and go! Until now, my “default” CD (the one I leave in my laptop most of the time) has been Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2002. Not so anymore. Now the Encarta CD will travel in the CD carrier pouch in my briefcase. The CD slot in my laptop will now carry Op. World. Hands down.
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HOW PRAY-ERS CAN USE OPERATION WORLD ON CD-ROM

Suppose you’re a dedicated pray-er. When you get up each morning, just hit “Start|Programs|Operation World 2001”. When the CD opens, it’ll already be focused on the prayer request data for the particular day you open it! Click on the Summary to get the big picture, or get close-ups of the Geography, Peoples, Economy, Politics, Religion, and Challenges for Prayer. We’re all familiar with the Op. World prayer approach… one country per day… but this CD makes it so much more useful — and lightweight! :-)
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IF YOU LIKE STATISTICS

You’re in luck. It’s loaded! As mentioned above, you get the same database files that Patrick and company used to make the book! I mean… it’s like having the international census information at your fingertips. Plus, I think they must have enclosed the entire CIA Factbook for each country too. So on your next trip to Michigan, take along a friend to drive . . . and you read CIA reference material for Portugal — or whatever.
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HOW MISSION MOBILIZERS CAN USE IT

It gets even more interesting if you’re a missions mobilizer. Get this — Patrick and the GMI folks have given you permission in advance to utilize these resources in your newsletter or website (within reason; you can’t charge more than actual cost of production… and it’s a limited use policy; read the details on the CD). Can you imagine? They’ve thrown the whole “let’s make as much money as we can” thing out the window and shared their years of labor with the world! I love it! So you’ve got maps and charts, big and small — plus links to the Operation World website!
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IT’S A THING THAT GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS!

Now the really interesting part. When GMI wrote the interface with the CD, they integrated the CD with the web site in an incredibly close fashion. (In fact, sometimes I forget which one I’m viewing!) And users can add links to the website interactively!!! (They point the user to the website in tons of places.) The authors also point the user to tons of other external sites too, including the site for the particular mission organization that is being described at the time. And using the web form, it’s really easy to send in errata.
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WHAT ABOUT SECURITY?

They’ve covered it. Rather than feature specifics, when talking about sensitive places, they use general principles and general examples rather than specific ones with known names or streets. And yet… every mission agency in the world must be listed in the directory.
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WHAT IF YOU WANT THE REAL PRINTED VERSION?

book No problem. You can even order it on the webpage for Operation World!!! Or get it at your local Christian bookstore. Otherwise, pick up a copy for $17.99 (672 pages, ISBN 1850783578) by calling (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-328-6109 or emailing csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  . (As always, Brigada cannot recommend sending credit card information via email. Fax it or mail it, use PayPal or a secure webpage, but never email your credit card numbers.)
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20010422 Brigada Today

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I saw this URL float by my inbox, but I didn’t give it much thought ’til my buddy actually used it to order a set of 250 free (free) business cards of his own! Well I’ve got a copy of his right here on my desk and . . . guess what! They look GREAT! Colorful, substantial, and . . . you actually lay them out over the web! They’re pretty snazzy. And you can’t beat the price (FREE! :-) ). Here’s the disclaimer. My buddy got one free dollar bill when I ordered my business cards from his referral . . . and . . . I guess Brigada would get one free dollar bill if a reader orders cards using the link below. The great part is… here’s a chance to order something free . . . and help Brigada. (The downside is… it’ll set you back $4.95 for the postage to send them to you. :-) ) So anyway… bottom line… if you need 250 business cards and you’ve got $5, you’re in luck . . . and Brigada is too! :-) :-)

http://service.bfast.com/bfast/click?bfmid=36985903&siteid=38374542&bfpage=homepage

Thanks in advance, if you’re one of the folks who needs cards! And hey… set up your free cards, get signed on so you can refer others, then those $1 referral bonuses will come your way as well! :-) And here’s the greatest part of all !!! International participants are more than welcome to order cards and participate in the referral program! Yahoooo! Yahoo Finally, life is good for international folks! :-) :-)

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ARISE, SHINE MOROCCO!

praying hands Today only about one in fifty thousand Moroccans is a believer and in fellowship. Yet after more than a century of missionary endeavor, many believe the time is ripe for breakthrough in Morocco. Expat workers and national believers in Morocco have announced plans for an international Year of Prayer for Morocco and its peoples (YOP4M) in 2002. A video resource, a “52 Weeks of Prayer” booklet, and other materials are being produced for distribution. Prayer requests and praise reports from all regions of Morocco will be sent to participants around the world throughout 2002. Short-term teams will be coordinated. A global network must now be established. If you can help with this need or are interested in YOP4M please contact the International Facilitators at YOP4Mathotmaildotcom  (YOP4Mathotmaildotcom)  . You are invited to play an important part in this effort.
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OPERATION WORLD 2001 BULK PURCHASE BY MAY 10TH!

book If you’d like to partner with the US Center on Operation World bulk purchases, you’d better act fast. The publishing company has given them a May 11th deadline. Operation World is coming out in the fall, and you can get in on bulk pre-publication pricing. The U.S. Center for World Mission is again offering Operation World at cost (or as close as they can get!) which should be $4.95 or less including shipping to you (sorry, U.S. addresses only). Last time we all got together and purchased 100,000 copies before the presses started rolling. If you are interested in 100 or more copies of Operation World 2001 for (about) $4.95 delivered to U.S. addresses, email to ow2001atuscwmdotorg  (ow2001atuscwmdotorg)   with your contact information (name, address, phone) and a quantity. You can also call 626-398-2328. They cannot go for fewer copies, so it would be a waste of Internet bandwidth to ask. :-) And just in case you were wondering, the book is not out yet, but should be sometime in September.
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RESERVE A WEBSITE IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCRIPT

WebWatch Thanks to Rod, who tipped us off on the fact that if we’d like to reserve a website domain name for use in a foreign language script, we can now do so at the following domain:

http://global.networksolutions.com/en_US/help/multi-lingual-learnmore.jhtml

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BREAD FROM BETHLEHEM

book Brigada subscriber and fellow missionary, John O’Malley, has written a devotional series on the book of Ruth. It is called “Bread from Bethlehem”. Each book contains more than one month of devotions. The series is written to encourage the heart of those who serve the Lord and enjoy taking a practical look at scripture. John will make the book is available to Brigada subscribers for a gift of $4.00 (US$) to his ministry. This offer represents 20% off of the regular price of 5.00. You must go to this special page http://www.omalleybooks.com/brigadaoffer.htm or email to Brigadaatomalleybooksdotcom  (Brigadaatomalleybooksdotcom)   to receive the discount. He accepts Paypal and credit cards.
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PAKISTAN IS WAITING FOR YOU

calendar The Shalom Church Ministry is going to host a Pastors’ Leadership Church growth Seminar in July and August. They’re expecting some 500 people to be present. For more info, contact Rev. Shahbaz anjuumatyahoodotcom  (anjuumatyahoodotcom)  . As always, be sure that Shalom’s doctrinal values are in line with your own before making any definite plans. (Brigada Today is not in the position to evaluate doctrinal positions of all those who contribute items.)
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A TOOLBOX FOR EVANGELISM

tools Have you ever needed a specific resource to share your faith and did not know where to find it? Visit The Evangelism Toolbox at http://www.evangelismtoolbox.com. Its creators specialize in trying to find just the right tool you’ll need for the culture you’re trying to reach!
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NEW BOOK ON MOBILIZING INTERCESSORS

book The U.S. Prayer Center’s Eddie Smith has just released a new book,”Intercessors: How to Understand and Unleash Them for God’s Glory.” C. Peter Wagner writes: “This is a one-of-a-kind book! Eddie Smith has helped me to understand intercessors and their ministry in a whole new way. This electrifying book will send positive shockwaves throughout the whole Body of Christ!” For more, send a “blank” email message to intercessorsatusprayercenterdotorg  (intercessorsatusprayercenterdotorg)  .
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WHAT TO DO WITH JOB OFFERS/REQUESTS

Brigada Logo We sometimes receive notices for job openings, many of which are in 10/40 window nations. In general, it’s difficult to publish all those, since this list is typically reserved for news that would hopefully impact larger numbers of users rather than one user at a time. For example, here’s a school for the children of Christian workers located in Ankara Turkey. By this fall, they need at least 3 more elementary teachers and at least 2 more junior high teachers (state certification required; experience preferred). They even provide enough stipend to cover housing. (Teachers need to raise the remainder of their support. For more info, write Rhonda kwiestatattglobaldotnet  (kwiestatattglobaldotnet)  .) But unfortunately, we just can’t make this newsletter into a “job line.” There are nearly 10,000 subscribers… and this notice would eventually impact just 5 of them. However, we have launched a service that can help in this and many other cases. It’s called “Brigada-Opportunities.” It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re searching for the right opportunity, just send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . And if you’ve got an opportunity, just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)  . (Those with opportunities don’t actually have to join — their email will float into the conference even though they’re not subscribed! That way, they get to place their notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the mail! When the volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). So… those with job options — please try Brigada-Opportunities! And if you’re searching, please subscribe there.
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GET THE “INSIDE SCOOP” ON MISSIONS AROUND THE WORLD!

Christian Aid invites you to subscribe to the Missions Insider Report, a free, weekly e-newsletter detailing the work and move of God among the nations through thousands of indigenous missionaries. Read reports from missionaries most of us never hear about, as they labor for our Lord and reap His harvest in some of the most difficult, obscure, and unreached nations. To subscribe to the free, Missions Insider Report, send a blank email to insider-subscribeatchristianaiddotorg  (insider-subscribeatchristianaiddotorg)  . Visit their website at http://www.christianaid.org or visit their XtremeMissions site at http://www.xtrememissions.org.
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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)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010415 Brigada Today

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SPECIAL NEWS ABSTRACTS ABOUT YOUR PART OF THE WORLD

Wycliffe Associates UK http://www.wycliffeassociates.com has been producing News Abstracts about World Regions for some years, and would now like to make these available to the broader missions community. If you’d like to receive these news items please send an email to the address below of the group(s) which interest you most. The news is sent out approximately every two weeks.

North & Cent America NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
South America NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Europe NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Africa NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Former Soviet Union NewsAbstracts-FSU-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-FSU-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
East & SE Asia NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Mid & South Asia NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Australia & Oceania NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Special Categories NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
World (All Zones) NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  
Health Bulletin NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  

(Thanks Wycliffe Associates!)

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EVANGELISTIC CDs

cd-rom CD-roms have big potential in evangelism, yet are not often used. This new page reviews several that are available, and includes resources for making CDs and PowerPoint presentations: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/cd-evangelism.html
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FOR THOSE OVERSEAS IN BUSINESS/SECULAR WORK…

What can be done for Jesus Christ while one is furthering national or business interests overseas? This month’s Operation Reveille Shofar feature article describes how to multiply ministry opportunities with low intensities of engagement. There’s also an area study of the Balkan Peninsula as well as news and testimonies about what God is doing overseas and how you can be involved. You may read the on-line version of the Operation Reveille Shofar at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm or request a hard copy from operationreveilleataltavistadotnet  (operationreveilleataltavistadotnet)  .
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RESEARCH ON REACHING POST-COMMUNIST YOUTH

If you are working with youth in Eastern Europe or Russia, you might benefit from reading the results of some research done among Russian young people, regarding their religious attitudes prior to hearing the gospel, their experience of “being evangelized” by Westerners, their own descriptions of their conversions, and their evaluations of Western evangelistic methods. Many of their comments are applicable to Westerners doing evangelism anywhere. You can freely download and use the papers, which are found on http://www.westernseminary.edu/mrg/dmiss/harris/ Or you could contact Mark at markatcmcdotryazandotru  (markatcmcdotryazandotru)  .
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THE “USE” MINISTRY

Unlimited Strategy Evangelism, in existence since 1977, has as its main focus, at this time, the assisting of Pastors and Church Leaders in areas of the world where they have not had the opportunity for formal training. This is accomplished through one or two week long seminars consisting of Bible study, equipping, workshops, problem solving, and Q & A sessions. USE has ministered through out the USA and into Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand. Currently, ministries are scheduled for Mexico (June) and Kenya (Sept). Check out http://www.members.aol.com/aranyas/use-tac.htm The Director, Charles Aranyas may be contacted at Aranyasataoldotcom  (Aranyasataoldotcom)  .
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MINORITIES OF CHINA HANDBOOK

book Paul Hattaway has recently completed what will certainly be the definitive introduction to China’s 400+ minorities, Operation China: Introducing all the Peoples of China. As you can infer from the title, this book is a prayer guide (Patrick Johnstone wrote the Foreword and will use much info from this book in the new edition of Operation World), introducing 1-2 minority groups per day to be prayed for. Hattaway, based on more than 10 years of research, packs this book with info on each minority: population, alternate names, location, religion, languages, status of evangelization, customs, and history. This book is a must for anyone desiring all the “nations” of China to know the Savior. (Thanks to the volunteer reviewer of this new book for Brigada Today — a strategic leadership trainer working in Mainland China since 1989, who wishes to remain anonymous.) (To buy your copy, contact infoatpiquantdotnet  (infoatpiquantdotnet)   or order from IVP, Norton Street, Nottingham NG7 3HR, UK – tel.+44 (0)1159 781054; retail price £320.00 / £35.00 – Piquant PalPacks: buy two copies and get the second one half-price!
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JUNE CONCERTS OF PRAYER FOR TURKEY

praying hands International Turkey Network would like to invite you and your church to participate in an “International Concert of Prayer for Turkey.” Its members are asking churches and individuals around the world to set aside some time during the weekend of June 1st – 3rd for a time of prayer focused on the nation of Turkey. We will be posting some suggested items for intercession and general formats that you might want to use. We will suggest a two-hour concert of prayer, but will also offer ideas for formatting a one-hour meeting and a 15-minute section of a worship service. If you have any questions, you can call Linda Pallone at 480-464-3995 or send her an email at GoYeN2ataoldotcom  (GoYeN2ataoldotcom)  . If you schedule a time of prayer let us know how approximately how many will be participating. We want the believers and workers in Turkey to be encouraged by knowing how many will be praying on their behalf. When you respond, we will send you further information.
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DENTAL SUPPLIES FREE FOR THE ASKING…

If your mission needs dental equipment and supplies, here’s an inside track! Chris Malott, the Logistics Director for Accu Bite Dental Supply, has many supply and equipment items that can be either donated or sold at or below wholesale cost (items that are scratched or dented). He can even pay freight costs within the USA. Give him a call at 517-655-5000 x333, or email cmalottataccubitedotcom  (cmalottataccubitedotcom)   (submitted by Rod, Mission Finder www.missionfinder.org )
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SIXTY THOUSAND REASONS TO GO – TODAY

Approximately 60,000 people die each day in the 10/40 window with most of them never having heard the Good News of Jesus. Now you can receive specific training to GO and do something about it at YWAM Jacksonville. YWAM Jax exists for the purpose of forming, equipping, sending, and supporting church plant teams to unreached people groups in the 10/40 window. They are FOCUSED on the unreached. Contact Mark at 904-994-2733 or Mark1615atCompuservedotcom  (Mark1615atCompuservedotcom)   or check them out on the web at http://www.ywamjax.com
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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!

20010225 Brigada Today

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DO US A FAVOR: ENTER THE DATES OF YOUR CONFERENCE

calendar Hey, could you do us a favor and jot down the dates of your upcoming conference or training course at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar Brigada participants are all the time asking for the dates of upcoming events. If we all just took a moment to post them, then we would be able to manage the tracking of these events much more easily. For an example of what I mean, check out Feb. 7-9, 2002 in the calendar there. You’ll see PACE-Lab 2002 entered, along with a web site for more info. Be sure to note the location of your event — along with the country in which it will occur. Remember — we have an international audience!
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A NEW (OLD) SLANT ON PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS

The International House of Prayer is a 24-hour/day, 7-day/week, inter-denominational prayer ministry located in the Kansas City area. It’s a great new concept based on an old model–the Tabernacle of David–with singers and musicians leading corporate intercession and worship 24-hours a day. They have particular sessions to pray for the Kingdom to come to the nations, cities, and college campuses of the world. They even have prayer training and a passion to send pray-ers to the nations. Write for information at infoatihopkcdotcom  (infoatihopkcdotcom)  , or check out more at http://www.ihopkc.com/new/ihop247.html. (Thanks Mark!)
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SEARCH BRIGADA ARCHIVES

Brigada Logo There are two ways to search past issues of Brigada Today. Without a doubt, the best way is to go to the Brigada web site: http://www.brigada.org Our amazingly consistent web-volunteer, Bob, has custom-designed a search engine there especially for Brigada Today. You can specify how many years back you want to search (all the way back to the beginning, if you like), as well as how exacting you want the search. What’s more, when you see the results, you’re looking at the item titles themselves, rather than the issue for that week. So when you click on an item that looks promising, Bob’s search engine takes you precisely to the item, even if it was originally at the very end of the issue in which it occurred. By the way, we’ve been running a couple of sister relationships along the way, and Bob’s listed helps for them as well — for Advance and the Web Evangelism Guide. Find it all by clicking on the “Search” line at the home page of Brigada.

So go ahead… give it a try. Click to: http://www.brigada.org/sbtas.html and search for “water filters”. You get 9 results, some of which go back as far as August ’98. If you drop the “s” and type in just “water filter”, the search engine finds an additional 5 items, 14 in all. Try it yourself with something you’d like to research. “TESL” finds a dozen items, “TESOL” finds 27. The term “Bush” is mentioned a whopping 75 times! :-) “Yahoo!” is there 7 times throughout the past few years. :-)

By the way, there is another way to search more recent issues. About the only time you’d want to use this alternative approach is when Bob hasn’t quite had a chance to post the most recent issue into the Brigada site. For example, you receive a particular issue of Brigada Today, then you delete it, then you wish you could get it back — about 5 minutes later. Odds are, Bob won’t be quite that fast (although he’s usually fairly quick! :-) ). In that case, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/messages At that site, the particular edition is available within about 30 seconds of posting time. Yahoo Groups has Brigada Editions going back to August of 2000. So you should be covered!

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DATE CHANGE ON TESOL SCHOOL IN CHINA

lighting the way Want to learn to teach English? Why not do it in China! Some 40 teachers will be needed at the SIAS University where a TESOL school will be held from June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province (dates changed from previous announcement). The school will provide you with the tools needed to Teach English and build relationships. Whether you are called to China, or other parts of the world, this professional course will prepare you. There are also opportunities to stay on and Teach English for the 2001-2001 academic year at SIAS University. For more information check out: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email TESOL2001athotmaildotcom  (TESOL2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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APOLOGIES TO JERRY RANKIN

lighting the way Oops… contrary to what we reported earlier, Dr. Jerry Rankin is at the helm of the IMB, not Avery Willis (see Feb. 16th edition of Brigada Today, “FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE” DEPT.“). Thanks to those who wrote with that correction. However — it was indeed Avery Willis who announced that the IMB was “opening up the store”, so to speak, at GCOWE ’95. Avery is, however, the Senior VP, not the actual point man.
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NEW ANIMATED BIBLE STUDY SITE FOR CHILDREN

WebWatch The vision behind Charles’ work is to include a dynamic, animated presentation of every major Bible character and theme in this new site http://www.childrensbiblestudy.com Looks to be a powerful tool to reach out to families all over the world. For more info, contact Charles cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom  (cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom)  .
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DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR PATTERSON CD

cd-rom Remember that the manufactured, revised edition of the George Patterson CD is now available for immediate shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, fax 503-517-1801, email bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . The price is US$29.95 plus shipping (volume discount available). While they can accept bank cards, they cannot do billing. [For Windows only.] Microsoft Windows
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ON-LINE REVEILLE SHOFAR IS MOBILIZATION TOOL

WebWatch The Jan/Feb 2001 edition of the Operation Reveille Shofar is posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm. This issue reports about work in northern Iraq, Japan, and the Ukraine as well as ways to study Islam, get map overlays, and help southern Sudan. The web version of the newsletter is cool because it is in color, and one can hyperlink to sites for the opportunities and resources mentioned. For more information on Operation Reveille, a ministry of Mission to Unreached Peoples, write Bruce operationreveilleataltavistadotnet  (operationreveilleataltavistadotnet)  .
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SURVEY REVEALS BEST TRAITS FOR TENTMAKERS

Here’s a great little study reported by Tim Parker tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg  (tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg)  , the Tentmaking Coordinator for Team Expansion. According to Tim, Don Hamilton (of TMQ Research) recently completed a survey among some 800 people who are serving or have served overseas in a tentmaking capacity. The study revealed that the most effective tentmakers…

  • had led an evangelistic bible study before going overseas.
  • went overseas mainly to share the gospel.
  • believed God called them to be tentmakers.
  • had experience in actively sharing their faith at home.
  • had strong relationships with their local home church.
  • recruited others to be tentmakers.

For further information on the survey, or for a copy of the full report ($10), Tim said we could write directly to Don Hamilton, TMQ Research, 312 Melcanyon Road, Duarte, CA 91010, 626-359-4048. (No email given.) Tim cited the info. with permission from the Canadian Tentmaker Network/Southern Ontario Tentmaker Seminar Workbook). Thanks Tim!

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MISSION ADVENTURE NOVELS?

WebWatch Here’s the latest in literature… a missions “ebook” adventure story. Check it out at: http://www.adventurebooksonline.com. In each AdventureBook novel, you will be exposed to new and informative insights about exotic cultures and places. The goal of these writings is to elevate the enjoyment level of readers to the point that you will learn things about important cultural and missiological truths without even realizing that they are being taught. (Note that we’re mentioning this site because of its cutting-edge approach to distributing missions information; we’re not necessarily endorsing the fact that the profit from the book goes to help a mission effort in the Philippines. As a general rule, we don’t publish fund-raising appeals. But we do highlight useful and innovative resources, practically all of which tend to result in someone making some small amount of money. Anyway… we thought this was a creative way to get the word out.)
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COFFEE SHOP: TRY AGAIN

lighting the way Some who visited The Coffee Shop following the recent announcement ran into a technical glitch. The problem has been fixed, and missionaries, former missionaries, and pre- missionaries are once again invited to join. The Coffee Shop is an email list service to discuss books, articles and ongoing topics related to life and ministry. To join, send a blank email to thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom  (thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or send questions to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  . For more information, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com.
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THE BACK PAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen Michael Jaffarian recently wrote us with a thoughtful evaluation, after having read the “Back Page” editorial from Feb. 16th (…Good Teams…). I remember meeting Michael on a bus once in Seoul, Korea — of all places. I’ve never forgotten his eye for detail, still apparent in this piece of transparent and honest evaluation:

“My interest perked up at something you wrote in Brigada Today. (So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. )

“Exactly. In our mission, CBI, we realized that we were keeping excellent statistics on finances, pretty good statistics on personnel, but not as good field statistics. In other words, we could report to our churches how much they were sending to us, but not much about what fruit was coming from all that, in concrete, specific terms. Our old field statistics system, of annually getting a count of churches, baptisms, etc., had sort of fallen into disrepair. For one thing, so much of what happens on the field is done by nationals, not by our missionaries. But there are ways to overcome that. So one of my major projects this year is to renew and upgrade that whole system for our mission. What to count, and why, and how.

“I spent a lot of time in January meeting with and talking to field leaders from many of our fields. Each is sooooooooo different from the next. I developed a lot of good, fresh ideas from that. I also spent some time going over our Mission Statement, our Purpose Statement, our Strategic Priorities, and etc., and on all these things asked, are there ways we can monitor this stuff? For most of it, there are. For example, we say that evangelization is a big priority for us as a mission. So I am going to ask every missionary, every year, how many people did you share the gospel with last year? (There are some complexities, definitions to that question, but still, I think I can make it workable). … I believe that just the asking of that question is going to increase the amount of evangelization we as a mission do every year. Similar with many other categories, in the life and work of the missionary, and field-by-field.

“I suspect a lot of missions could do a better job with this business of field statistics – gathering them, analyzing them, reporting them, and strategizing on the basis of things learned and opportunities revealed. The things we want to be doing as a mission, let’s quantify them if possible, and then learn. The point is not to make anybody look good or to make anybody look bad. The point is to give glory to God and serve him well.”

Thanks for your frank and honest sharing, Michael!

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