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20070311 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. BIBLE PICTURE GALLERY
  2. YOUR SOURCE FOR AQUAPONICS TRAINING
  3. TRAVEL & PRAY FOR THE WORLD, FROM YOUR KEYBOARD!
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  6. FREE WRITING AND EDITING SERVICES
  7. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN MISSIONS TO NORTH AMERICA?
  8. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MOVE MONEY TO/FROM THE FIELD?
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN HERE!
  10. YOUR INVESTMENT IN BRIGADA GOES A LONG WAY TO KEEP US GOING
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. BIBLE PICTURE GALLERY — Glory to God (International) have nearly 2,000 beautiful illustrations, that tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. The producers let me see some of these products as they were under development and, frankly, they’re incredible. These images are now available for download from their website for missionary and church use.

    http://theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    The cost of the download using PayPal is only US $2.99. The main use for the pictures is PowerPoint presentations to assist in telling the Bible story. Also up to 7 pictures from each set can be used in Christian publications with an acknowledgement. Learn more at:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    For information on translation projects contact:

    Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    While at The Glory Story website you may want to visit Glory Stories, which are over 30 MP3 files of inspiring testimonies from people like Glady’s Alwood, Richard Wurmbrand, Madame Sheikh, Jackie Pullinger etc.


  2. YOUR SOURCE FOR AQUAPONICS TRAINING — Want to learn more about how to combine aquaculture and hydroponics in a naturally balanced system? Find out how to build and operate small-scale systems. Top it off with total integration of fish-vegetable production facilities. See it all at

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


  3. TRAVEL & PRAY FOR THE WORLD, FROM YOUR KEYBOARD! — Want to brush up on geography and pray at the same time? Go to

    http://www.24-7prayer.com

    It’s fun! (Thanks to Betty, the Prayer Coordinator at Team Expansion, for sharing this tip!)


  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS International has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

    http://www.mats.org or email

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


  5. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — Pray for a work to begin among the unengaged peoples of Namibia. Pray that the Namibian Coloured, the Nama/Damara, the Herero and the Mbalantu will one day hear of the Good News and Jesus’ Great Sacrifice. Pray for the Lord to build up prayer support for these forgotten people. Pray that God will burden the hearts of many to share the gospel message with each of these unengaged people groups. Adopt the Nama/Damara, Mbalantu, Herero and Namibian Coloured for prayer by logging on at

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or

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


  6. FREE WRITING AND EDITING SERVICES — Gerry T. Galacio of Metro Manila, Philippines, offers free writing and editing services (articles in American English whether for web or print) for individuals, groups, churches or ministries involved in world missions in the 10-40 Window. He has been a lawyer since 1995 and provides free legal information through his website

    http://www.familymatters.org.ph

    Interested individuals and groups may contact him at gtgalacio(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN MISSIONS TO NORTH AMERICA? — Then try visiting:

    http://www.northamericanmissions.org


  8. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MOVE MONEY TO/FROM THE FIELD? — Try MannaCard. It’s a method of moving money and information to/from the mission field. They claim they can significantly reduce the expense & wait involved for wires, checks or cash. Try them out at:

    http://www.mannacard.com


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN HERE! — Our hat goes off to the people who make our work go smoothly here. This past week, we received $100 from an anonymous donor in Ontario. Thanks for undergirding Brigada! We’re also grateful to Insurance Services of America for $27.39 as a thank-you for the fact that travelers such as Richard, Jonathan, and Miriam bought travel interruption insurance from them. Learn more about ISA at…

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    We’re also thankful again for Blessed Hope Communications who gave a portion of their Brigada-related long-distance sales — $9.02 this past month. If you need long-distance services, please consider…

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada


  10. YOUR INVESTMENT IN BRIGADA GOES A LONG WAY TO KEEP US GOING — Join others in undergirding Brigada. Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

20040222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS
  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE
  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION
  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE
  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR
  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO
  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES
  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates — and Help Brigada! Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html We just received a sponsorship payment of $71.35 from these folks… and it’s a direct result of Brigada readers using this service for their long distance needs. So contrary to some of the other deals about which you might have heard, this one is actually producing results — and it doesn’t cost you anything extra to use them. In fact, you might actually *save* money on your long distance! Thanks for your partnership!

  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS — “Time Out” is the title of a series of specialized Bible study materials available for short-term mission groups to use both before and during their time overseas. A copy of all 15 studies is available for a one-time payment of £25 (around U$S45). You can then use them as many times as you like. The ‘Time Out’ studies are now available to purchase and download online so you can access them instantly from wherever you are. A sample study is even provided for free! The notes are available in pdf format or rtf format so that you can adapt them and customize them as you wish. All Tony asks is that you attribute them to him somewhere in what is produced! To sample, purchase and download the ‘Time Out’ studies, see http://www.oscar.org.uk/timeout.htm

  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Allison Ranch is a private retreat on the Salmon River in Idaho wilderness for full-time Christian workers. Guests arrive at the Ranch by chartered plane to be greeted by hosts in charge of any needs including all meals in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming or sunning on the sandy beaches are a few amenities to be enjoyed. Elk and deer graze on a mountain meadow outside each cabin. All the comforts of home are available without the intrusion of the outside world. All of this is made available at cost to the Foundation, short of a $200 deposit. Our website is http://www.replace.com/allison Contact Judy at 208-377-3005 for more information.

  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE — Prayer Australia has recently launched a new website – a seeker-friendly, cartoon gospel presentation. This unique website is designed for non-Christians, so that Christians can either email their non-Christian friends or give them a business card to inform them of the web site. Check out http://www.yourdestinyyourchoice.org Prayer Australia would also like to produce the website in other languages. This would allow the gospel presentation in people’s native language to be emailed all around the world. If you would like to have the website in your language or any further information, email prayeraustraliaatydycdotorg

  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION — We continue to be impressed with the iKobo ATM/Visa card service. Among other things, you can give someone a Visa card even when they couldn’t normally qualify. And if you use this link to sign up, iKobo donates $10 to Brigada for our Brigada Secretary: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE — Here’s a search engine with a missions slant: http://www.christianmissions.net Find mission stories on your town (thanks for the tip, Guy!), search for that hard-to-find organization, or just browse to enlarge your worldview! It’s the “Google of Christian Missions!”

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

  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO — Canadian Tentmaker Network and GLOBAL Opportunities are excited to announce a first ever full tentmaking seminar at a MissionFest Saturday, March 13th at Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

    Feel free to take in one or all four sessions of this fast paced informative seminar. Hear seminars on “Why tentmaking?,” “How to find a job in the international job market,” “Workplace Evangelism,” “Your steps to getting there and being effective in ministry.” For more information and to register, please visit their website at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    Both GO and CTN are also looking for former tentmakers to volunteer their services as part of a virtual team. Your skills could be used to mentor new tentmakers, run seminars, speak at events and to help get the word out on today’s tentmaking missions. Contact them at connectatglobaloppsdotorg or infoattentmakingdotorg


  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES — We continue to wonder how in the world we connect opportunities and workers. For example, here’s a guy named Jonathan in Fiji who is seeking help with computer problems in a small Bible College computer lab. Now … surely *somewhere* in the world, there are some tech-types that would love a great excuse to visit Fiji once a year. :-) The machines are 7-year-old Macintoshes running mainly MS Word. They have very few problems but when problems come, local troubleshooting help is very limited and web access and phone support quite expensive. Is there a MS Word expert out there who could consult by e-mail and research solutions for problems a few times per year – and maybe visit to get a face-to-face relationship going.. and do hands-on training, as needed? If so, please e-mail to jonathanatkannerdotcom . And the bigger question is… where does a guy like Jonathan go to find workers for this need? We *do* have the Brigada-opportunities group. But maybe it’s fast-becoming obsolete. Ideas?

  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemkeatcsdotcom

  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic April 30-May 1! Register by April 1st and save $50. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10- key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_apr2004.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE? — Have you wanted to get insurance for a short-term mission trip, but hated having to pay for extra days that you are not out of the country? If so, Insurance Services of America has a solution! They now have short-term coverage for individuals, on a daily basis with rates as low as $1.13 per day! Coverage is easy to obtain. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at <healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>

20040215 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE?
  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD
  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR!
  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION
  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS?
  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE
  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY
  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS
  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA)
  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM
  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004
  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A GOOD LONG DISTANCE SERVICE? — Check out our recommended services at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Not only are they good deals, they also have agreed to sponsor Brigada’s secretary if you use their service! Thanks for giving them a look!

  2. NOW IKOBO CAN TRANSFER YOUR FUNDS DIRECTLY TO A VISA CARD — This iKobo service just keeps adding features. They’ve now upgraded all those ATM cards to ATM/Visa cards! So here’s your chance to give someone a Visa card that couldn’t normally afford one, or even open a bank account! Check ’em out at: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US They also make a gift to Brigada of $10 for every new member who signs on and verifies. We’ve used their services several times now, without a hitch… and just this past week, received a $20 direct payment from a new anonymous sponsor — via the iKobo card! (All you have to do is tell iKobo you’d like to transfer money to account # LD017707US. Thanks for giving iKobo a try!

  3. THANKS TO THE SPONSOR! — Thanks to the anonymous home-schooling mom who gave $10 this past week to help sponsor our Brigada secretary! We appreciate you and your encouragement that Brigada has even helped a home-schooler! (If you’d like to help sponsor our Brigada sec’y, see: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  4. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY RELEASES NEW EDITION — Check out the latest edition of Global Missiology at http://www.globalmissiology.net/ The online version is especially helpful for those unable to subscribe to the printed copy. You’ll find articles like, ” The Contributions Of Cultural Anthropology To Missiology,” by Norman Allison and “Spiritual Warfare And Worldview,” by Paul Hiebert.

  5. HOW DO YOU FUND REPEAT TRIPS? — Southway Community Church now has several small short term mission teams (Music development and TEFL) that minister out of country several times each per year. Because these teams involve the same people each time and therefore the same donors, they are finding that the funding tends to drop off. Does your church have this kind of repeat mission trip? How do you fund them? Email your suggestions and experiences to Southway’s pastor, Kevin Paszalek, at pastoratsouthwaydotorg and he will compile the results and share them with all of us. Thanks for any input you can offer, and Kevin, we look forward to your summary!

  6. WYCLIFFE OFFERS INTRO COURSE — It’s a “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”) back by popular demand! This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time, will build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. The cost is $150, and the dates are March 14 to 19, in Tucson, AZ. Check it out at: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm or contact Wade wade_remeratwycliffedotorg at +1-520-825-6078.

  7. PASSION FILM OPPORTUNITY — Outside the USA, it seems there is very little awareness of, or planning for, the imminent release of Mel Gibson’s film ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Yet this movie would seem to provide an incredible opportunity for the worldwide church. If so, there is an urgent need for immediate mobilization. For ideas, see: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/passion

  8. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — These missionary camps offer great encouragement and lots of specifics. Upcoming camps are April 1-4 in Iowa and June 1-10 in Spain. For more details of training content, dates, places of upcoming camps, see the web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  9. EQUIPPING FOR THE HARVEST SEMINARS — These are happening in Australia, March-April 2004. They consist of three-day training programs, challenging the Church to take the gospel where it has never been proclaimed and helping local churches to obey the Great Commission. They’ll be held in Brisbane, 25 -27 March and in Melbourne, 31 March to 2 April 2004, and will be led by Dr Howard Foltz of Regent University, USA., founder & president of AIMS. (Accelerating International Mission Strategies) To register, email mobiliseatozemaildotcomdotau You’ll receive a color brochure with full information. Costs start at $70 (students) and $80 (Early bird). Sessions over the three days will include Biblical Basis of Missions, The State of the World, A Mobilized Church, Adopting a People Group, Faith Promise Giving, Church Planting Movements, Biblical Partnerships in mission, Networking Methods and Reliance v Dependency. For more information, see: http://www.mobilise.org.au

  10. LOOK AT THE NATIONS (BUY BOOK & HELP BRIGADA) — “Look At The Nations” is a collection of over 50 photographs of the peoples of the world by R. Keith Lindsey, founder and president of the Acts 13 Initiative http://www.acts13.tv Hard-bound with a dust jacket, this book is a perfect gift to remind your family and friends of God’s global purpose. $5 of the purchase price will be donated to Brigada when you purchase using the PayPal option on the Initiative’s website. For more information and to purchase (and support Brigada!) log onto http://www.acts13.tv/Resources.html For more information, email resourcesatacts13dottv

  11. SEMINAR ON WEB EVANGELISM — Here’s a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, designing and building cross- cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories to increase traffic, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. This seminar is co-sponsored by YWAM Perth and Create International. The dates are June 28th – July 3rd, 2004, and the location is YWAM Perth, Western Australia. You can register by writing registraratywamperthdotorgdotau For more Information, email webevatcreateinternationaldotcom or visit http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

  12. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 2004 — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will hold an eight-week Missions Internship Program from May 30 to July 25, 2004. Developed for young adults ages 18 – 25, the program encourages the participant to explore God’s call on their life through ministry skill development. For more information, click to http://www.acts13.tv/ministry.html or email infoatacts13dottv

  13. NORTH AMERICAN CONSULTATION FOR THE ZHUANG PEOPLE OF CHINA — The Zhuang, China’s largest minority people group, with a population of over 17 million, are unreached with only 1/2% being Christian, but they are currently very responsive to the gospel. Want to learn more about how you or your church could get involved? Check out the North American Zhuang Consultation, this spring in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The consultation will include introductions to the Zhuang culture and religions beliefs, testimonies from Zhuang who have become believers, current reports from field workers, suggestions from ESL trainers, and sharing from churches already involved in direct ministry. To receive more details and an invitation to this meeting, email Fran Zhuangatpoboxdotcom

20040208 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS
  2. NEW SPONSORS!
  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS
  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA
  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS
  7. MORE ON BACKING UP
  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA)
  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH
  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION
  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)
  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES
  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS
  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS
  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY
  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS — This is the season for many church missions conferences and the Toolbox For Videostorytelling can make a great gift from your church to your missionary. Check it out at http://www.VillageAve.com And thanks to the author, John Walton, for making a $35 donation to Brigada because of recent purchasers of the Toolbox! Yahooo! :-)

  2. NEW SPONSORS! — Hats off to the repeat anonymous sponsor who used the “PayPal Subscribe” sponsorship button at http://www.brigada.org/donate.html to donate $10 this past month to help with the expenses of our Brigada secretary and to keep Brigada going regularly out the door each week. Thanks, too, for the $50 from the “Arctic North of Sweden!” Way to go *Europe*!!! We appreciate you!

  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS — If you ask me, this new iKobo service easily beats out Western Union. We asked for volunteers to try it out (a couple of weeks ago) and 3 brave souls stepped up to the plate. They’re loving it! You provide funds by transferring money into your iKobo account from your bank account, electronically. Sound like PayPal? There’s more. Once the money is there, you can “Send Money” to anyone in the world! If the person is already an iKobo user, the transfer is *instant*. If they’re not already an iKobo member, iKobo assigns them an account and sends them an ATM card, at iKobo’s expense. The great thing is — once the person has the ATM card, you can transfer money at will, anytime, night or day. Rather than paying hefty wire transfer fees, the user only has to pay a $2 or so ATM fee. Plus, unlike wires, the transfer is *instant*, and teller has to view the transferred funds.

    Click here for more information, or to get started:

    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

    (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). Note: Believe it or not, iKobo is also offering to send $10/new member to help us sponsor a Brigada secretary — if you use the above link to get started. We’ve already received two of the sponsorships from our trial users new registrations. So it’s working already! What’s more, we’ve both sent *and* received money using the service, all without a hitch.

    So how is it different from PayPal? First, you can use this service to transfer funds to a national preacher or missionary, even if he or she has no web access or bank account. Second, it gives you an ATM card rather than an online prompt. Finally, some recipients don’t want to have “register” at some new online service, just to receive funds. So either way, it’s a great option.


  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA — We’ve had a good response to the offer from Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, to donate up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase of his new book, “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt!” This new e-book explains why Christians are powerless to stop the world’s slide into moral chaos and tyranny. The e-book is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. This offer expires March 1, so there’s still time to profit from this new book and support Brigada in the process!

  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE – The audio Scripture movement made a great step forward with the advent of The Talking Bible. The Talking Bible contains a complete audio New Testament in a sealed unit that has the appearance of a regular Bible. Talking Bibles are already available in many different languages. New ones will be produced in hundreds of other languages as resources are made available. Audio Scriptures International, Adopt-A-Village and World Mission, a non-denominational mission-support organization, are working in cooperation with national Bible Societies to produce and provide Talking Bibles in many of the world’s languages. ASI reports that requests from Africa for Talking Bibles are increasing dramatically. Churches and missions are being challenged to get involved. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org.

  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS — Would you like to catch the latest on media in missions? Stop by http://newWway.org This month’s cover story focus is on “The Passion”, written with missionaries in mind. Although written mainly for Southern Baptist IMB folk, it’s still full of great resources and training bits.

  7. MORE ON BACKING UP — We’ve received quite a lot of feedback on our piece on backing up our computer files (a couple of weeks ago). One participant said he’d personally been hit by tragedy without a recent backup. Now he uses an external hard drive which connects via USB port. He also uses PGP to encrypt the data in case it’s stolen. (Thanks Scott!)

  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA) — Focused on the nations of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, HNA is a new international prayer movement now getting underway for launch in 2005. Harvest North Africa will be working closely with believers and prayer networks throughout the region to produce an array of high quality media that can be utilized by churches and ministries to raise up a tidal wave of new intercessors. HNA is now seeking volunteers to help with mobilization, promotion, translation, regional coordination, distribution, video production, website design and maintenance, and other areas. If you can help with any of these areas, please contact HNA at: moreinfoatharvestnadotorg or visit the HNA website at

    http://www.harvestna.org


  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH — Interested in learning more about how to use press releases as free publicity? Check out:

    http://www.sacklunch.net/churchpr/index.html

    for extensive tips and ideas. (Thanks Brad!)


  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION — Vision Student Conferences has a theme of encouraging students and leaders to become actively involved in God’s missionary plan for the nations. Visit the website at:

    http://www.visionconference.org

    This conference is a one day event geared towards students, primarily from Senior & Junior High, and will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. Many youth groups are using this event as part of their training for summer short term trips. Check-out the website for information on the schedule, available breakout sessions, information about the speaker and worship team. There are opportunities for missions organizations and schools to set-up displays at the conference, call 717-509-6245 for information.


  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)– Have you been thinking about getting your master’s in leadership/administration? Azusa Pacific University holds 4 classes every summer in the Philippines for their Master’s in Social Science with an emphasis in leadership studies. The fees are 1/3 of on-campus prices! You get to do the reading and papers during the year, after the courses. The courses this year are May 31-June 11, right after Faith Academy gets out. They will be held in Quezon City, Teacher’s Village, at the SEND International Office board room. For more information contact Melody Kuka, tel 658-3807 in Quezon City, kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph .

  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES — No Frontiers in UK now have an online ordering system for tracts, books, gospels and bibles.

    http://www.nofrontiers.org

    (Thanks Tony!)


  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS — There is a new two-way email discussion list for webmasters: ‘Mishmash’. The list enables webmasters and mission promotion teams to discuss: – technical issues and problems in HTML and other scripting – achieving an effective graphical style and easy site navigation – broader issues of communication: how can we effectively communicate with an online target audience in order to enthuse and mobilize them for world mission So often, in the mission and web world, webmasters or small advocacy teams are working in relative isolation, and cannot easily interact with others in their field. Often, too, the wheel is repeatedly re-invented; or inadequate second-class wheels are used because no-one knows how, or where, a better wheel might be obtained! Sign up at the webpage:

    http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mishmash.php

    Mishmash is a joint venture between Web Evangelism Guide and Cybermissions.org .


  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS — You’ll be interested in checking out

    http://www.tracts.com/NPFCardinal.html

    for information on “The Cardinal,” a movie based on a Christian comic book hero. There’s even a viewable trailer.


  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Registration is still open for training aquaponics, which 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 . There are still a few FREE rooms for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.


  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY — What is the missionary potential of the hundreds of international churches (IC’s) scattered around the world? How are IC’s launching out to upper and middle class nationals in world-class cities? After two years Dan has completed his research project (he’s now Dr. Dan). A synopsis of his project can be found at

    http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004

    You can also contact him about articles he has written on the subject of IC’s serving as launching pads for mission to indigenous peoples, by writing revdanbowatjunodotcom . Thanks Dan!


  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE — May 7-8, 2004. A conference in Houston, Texas that will show you how to add primary eye care and eyeglasses to your international missions outreach. You do not need to be a doctor to attend. For more information call Toll Free 1- 866-398-7525 or register on-line at

    http://www.infocusonline.org

20040201 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON?
  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO
  3. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING
  4. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA
  6. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE
  7. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  8. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE
  9. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
  10. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  11. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT DO THESE THREE PEOPLE HAVE IN COMMON? — What does a Lakota/Sioux rodeo cowgirl, a doctoral student in Poland, and a ship director in Fiji have in common? All three are part of the 130 leaders, from 13 nations enrolled in the International School of Reconciliation Studies, a web-based, self-paced nine month school for leaders, associated with John Dawson’s International Reconciliation Coalition. Comprised of a world class faculty of scholars and storytellers, this school is designed to multiply creative, Biblically anchored, multi- cultural reconcilers throughout the world. Live in a nation without reliable internet access? The school is now available on compact disc. Applications are being accepted now for the next class which begins April 15. Check it out at ..\..\brigada.html or write schoolsatgracebridgedotorg Hats off to the folks at GraceBridge (Joey and Fawn) for their $45 sponsorship of Brigada, to help us pay a Brigada secretary! Would you consider sponsoring too? If so, click to: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

  2. THANKS TO THOSE TRYING IKOBO — Thanks, too, to the two volunteers trying out iKobo, the Western Union-like cash transfer organization. It will hopefully help them transfer cash sums across time zones and national barriers.
  3. Try them… and help Brigada… at:
    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US


  4. CLICK TO LEARN ABOUT CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING — Admit it. It’s the craze now. If you don’t learn it, you won’t be able to “keep up” with the latest talks at big gatherings. Learn more at: http://newwway.org/articles/10steps.htm (And … thanks for access to the info., Mark!)

  5. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES DESIGNED FOR MISSIONARIES — Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies under Cal DeWitt started the Christian Environmental Stewardship movement and now has a network of 59 participating Christian colleges throughout North America. They are offering courses for agricultural and development workers such as ‘Tropical Agriculture and Missions’, ‘Ecological Agriculture’ and ‘Global Development and Sustainability’. Courses are offered in May (5/14-6/3); and in two summer terms(6/5-7/9 & 7/17-8/16). You can take them at three North American sites (Michigan, Washington, Florida) and two overseas locations (India & Kenya), and you can get credit through any of the 59 participating colleges. See http:www.ausable.org or call 1-800-315-2836 (North America) or +1-231-587-8686 or write to missioncoursesatausabledotorg

  6. YOUR VIEW OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN YOUR AREA — There are a lot of hints that environmental problems (degradation of agricultural land, changes in rainfall patterns) are much more severe than, say, 15 years ago. Is this your experience? Ed Brown, COO at Au Sable Institute, would like to get a feel for this problem from the ‘front lines’. If you have been working or have lived in a developing country long enough to observe such changes (or the lack thereof!), would you drop Ed a line at ebrown53717ataoldotcom Responses will be useful in helping Au Sable create appropriate courses and training materials for missionaries and development workers in environmentally degraded areas. (In a couple of weeks, we’ll look forward to a summary from Ed.)

  7. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING CONFERENCE — On March 30, 2004, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, in Long Beach, CA, USA plan to attend the first conference to bring together Christians who teach ESL/EFL from many agencies, training institutions, and schools. Sponsored by Christian Educators in TESOL (see http://www.cetesol.org ) and held the day before the national TESOL convention ( see http://www.tesol.org ), this conference will have plenaries, concurrent sessions, poster sessions on best classroom practices, discussion groups, and exhibits. Topics include English camps, materials, ESL in seminaries, church- based ESL, teaching internationally, culture & Christianity, non-native speakers, mentoring volunteers, curriculum design, agency standards, and much more. The cost is $15 before 2/27, $20 before 3/20, and $25 on site. For a registration packet, please e-mail kittydotpurgasonatbioladotedu.

  8. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Teaching English is a wonderful “tentmaking” tool. This four week training course will enhance your teaching skills, which will enhance your ministry. Your TESOL certificate will open many doors of opportunity. Next class begins March 7, 2004. See website at http://www.ywampa.org for details, or contact YWAM Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet.

  9. LEARN ABOUT THE HERERO PEOPLE — A missionary and translator approached an 80 year old man in a village. During the introductions they discovered that the man is an uncle to the translator. The man shared that as he grew older and learned more about God he could clearly see his need for Jesus. He was overjoyed that they were there to tell him about Jesus. Pray for the Lord to use born again Hereros to reach their extensive families. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  10. UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA — There are several people groups, like the Herero, Nama/Damara and Mbalantu, who have little to no evangelical witness. As they face the struggles of life and the ravages of AIDS, who will tell them about Jesus? Who will pray for them? Who will care? Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for these unengaged peoples. To adopt a people group for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom.

  11. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12 week class, from April 4 to June 25, 2004. Full time classroom work in practical English reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Live in community with national English speakers as well as others from around the world. Tuition is $2250 USD, which includes food and housing costs. See website at http://www.ywampa.org or contact YWAM Lebanon PA USA at ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  12. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Take in a two or four week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity join an experienced/ ministry team making friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, doing evangelism, showing the Jesus Film, working with local churches and visiting businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. For more information contact Dr. Jim Romaine, Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaineatcableonedotnet.

20040125 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS!
  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS
  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA
  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR
  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  7. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE
  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
  10. BACKING UP?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DIAL-ABROAD REALLY WORKS! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for the $72 donation to cover last month’s phone use. If you have to make int’l long distance calls anyway, please sign up with Dial-Abroad so you can a) save money and b) help Brigada! See their stuff at: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

  2. NEED TO SEND CASH? WE NEED SOME BRAVE EXPERIMENTERS — Have you tried out Ikobo? Somebody needs to. Evidently, it’s kind of like Western Union, except the recipient of your cash gets an Ikobo cash card that looks sort of like a credit card. There are tons of banks involved. But we need some “taste-testers” to check this service out. Sending cash is free through February. After that, they promise rates that are less than Western Union. Would somebody try them out? Click here: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). If you’re already sending cash somewhere else in the world, this should at least save you money through February. Send $200 for free — anywhere in the world. They have Verisign and “Trust-E” approval… so it seems legitimate. Please let us know what you learn. Thanks! (Note: If this works, there is a referring bonus available for recruiting new Ikobo users.. $10/new referral, so if possible, please click through the above link and you’ll likely be helping us sponsor a Brigada secretary. Keep in mind: this is a new service that we’re trying out.)

  3. APOLOGETICS BOOK SPARKS PLAN TO HELP BRIGADA — Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, has a new book out and he’s offering up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase by a member of the Brigada family (depending on the quantity of purchasers). “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” shows how only Christians can stop the world’s slide into moral chaos, anarchy and tyranny — but they actually are part of the problem! The book comes to you in a great new e-book format — that means it is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. Don’t delay — this offer expires March 1!

  4. FREE WEB-BASED TIME CALCULATOR — Just select the cities/time zones that your key colleagues are working in. Bookmark the results page. Voilá, a Personal World Clock just for you. No need to look at everyone’s time zones, you’ll immediately see the time zones that matter most to you. http://www.timeanddate.com

    The service is free. And here’s a bonus: It includes a cool meeting planner that helps sort out time zones if you need to make a conference call to different cities around the world. http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/meeting.html


  5. MISSIONS CANDIDATE TRAINING AT SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY — Interested in knowing how to become a missionary with the Church of the Nazarene? Attend the free “Global Candidate Orientation” seminar at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany Oklahoma on Thursday March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, email hculbertatsnudotedu

  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL — Catch the next conference call… February 12, 2004, 8:30 PM est. The calls are 55 minutes long. This is a free service. Hosts and guests have a broad range of experience in missions. These monthly calls allow seasoned missionaries to impart needed practical advice for all those planning on missions involvement. This month the call will focus on personal preparation for missions. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. See website http://www.elijahcompany.org for other services.

  7. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Don’t just hear about what others are doing around the world. Discover what YOU can do to reach the unreached. AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University will hold an Unreached Peoples Consultation entitled “Transformations,” March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Register early and save money — $149 for registrations received by March 1st. After March 1st, the registration fee will be $169. For more information or to request a brochure, call AIMS at (757) 226-5850 or e-mail aimsataims-usadotorg or log on at http://www.aims.org.

  8. COMMUNITIES ARE BEING TRANSFORMED WORLDWIDE — Jump in on the next Foundations in Community Development school (FCD) in beautiful northwestern Montana and learn more on how to bring about God’s intentions in a community. It all takes place March 29 – June 18, 2004 followed by an overseas outreach. For more info, write FCDatywammtdotorg Phone: 406 844 2645 or 2221 USA/Canada 1 800 658 6815 (Can/USA) http://www.ywammt.org

  9. NEW SCHOOL SLATED FOR GUINEA: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED — An Elementary Christian Boarding School is opening up in September 2004. They are looking for godly men and women who would volunteer to serve for 10 months of their time to raise future leaders of the unreached peoples in Guinea. First, they will experience the rural village life and minister to the Muslim population. Second, they will concentrate on discipling 12 children. Third, they will be joining the pioneer mission work. The dates are August – June, 2004 Please send your resume to TMAmericaatTeachusMissiondotOrg.

  10. BACKING UP? — So… stop and think… if your PC fried today (or was stolen, or was in a fire, or you forgot/lost your briefcase in the rest room while traveling), what information would you have to recreate? Then why not back it up? Nowadays, backing up is a ton easier than in the old days. Maybe you already have access to a network and can simply copy your files to the other PC. (Maybe somebody already backs up all or part of those files as a part of his or her work responsibilities anyway.) Or, use a CD-burner to back up just the highest-priority information. If nothing else, at least pick up one of those USB memory cache gizmos and backup the absolute minimum 128 meg that you’d value the most (your Quickbooks or Quicken files, for instance?). The events of Sept. 11th should have taught us how vulnerable we all are. Let’s don’t be caught off-guard, if we can at all avoid it. Back up your data today … or tonight.

20031102 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. BRIGADA READERS STEP UP TO THE PLATE
  2. INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF ETHNODOXOLOGISTS
  3. NEED A GREAT INTERNATIONAL CALLING PLAN?
  4. THREE BRIGADA SPONSORS SUBSCRIBE TO BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE
  5. CORRECTION ON GETTING THE “DICTIONARY”
  6. SEND A GOSPEL GREETING
  7. TRAVEL SITES OFFER VARYING DEGREES OF SERVICE
  8. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  9. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING
  10. BIHAR, INDIA UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS CONFERENCE
  11. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WIVES/MOMS WORKING CROSS-CULTURALLY
  12. THE HERERO PEOPLE
  13. SPECIAL PRICING FOR PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR VIDEO
  14. FREE DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS
  15. CHECK OUT THIS RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS NEWS AND GIFTS
  16. NEW BOOK ON MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS
  17. BEWARE SWIFTPAY.*
  18. THE BACK PAGE
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  1. BRIGADA READERS STEP UP TO THE PLATE — Thanks to Information & Learning Systems International for their gift of $1350, based on what must have been some 280 CDs they sold to Brigada readers during the special “pre-release-to-Brigada” month of October. Remember, although the Countries and Peoples of the World CD is no longer being offered exclusively to the Brigada family at a specially discounted price, it’s still a great tool for researching unreached peoples. See it at:

    http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

    Thanks also to another “Kingdom business bent on making a difference in missions” who threw in an additional $50 this past week, and yet another sponsor for $50, the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) a new organization for those seeking to encourage the use of the creative arts in worship, worldwide. They are only two months old but check them out at http://www.worldofworship.org See their item below (#2). In addition, the brother who thought up the “subscribe” tool sent his second monthly gift of $10. He inspired the new “subscribe” button at:

    http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html

    which reminds you once a month to give a $10 sponsorship. If you’d like to join him in pitching in $10 per month, just use the PayPal “Subscribe” button at the top of the Sponsors page to register your intent. This brings our total for the year to $11,875! Our new Brigada secretary makes $15,600/year… so less than $4000 to go!


  2. INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF ETHNODOXOLOGISTS — This Association for Global Christian Worship group provides unique networking opportunities and a platform for Christian ethnomusicologists and others involved in worship and the arts world-wide to voice their mission, research, and concerns. ICE offers a web-based forum for members, a free one-year subscription to EthnoDoxology (the only published ethnomusicology journal with a focus on contextualized Christian music ministries), and an Ethnomusicology Consulting Network. ICE is offering discounted prices for partnership until Nov. 15, 2003. There are several categories of partnership, including an inexpensive partnership category of “International Associate” for non-native English speakers. Check out http://www.worldofworship.org or write to informationatworldofworshipdotorg for more information on this unique organization. (Thanks to ICE for their sponsorship of our new Brigada secretary!)

  3. NEED A GREAT INTERNATIONAL CALLING PLAN? — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates in the business. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (By the way, Andy, our contact at this service, says that so far, 30 Brigada readers have signed on! Yahooo! He’s estimating that his first sponsorship check to us will come in December [for November use] and will be somewhere around $100! So … if you’re one of the Brigada users that have signed on, please talk away! Remember, every minute you talk to someone overseas, you’re going to be helping Brigada!!! :-) )

  4. THREE BRIGADA SPONSORS SUBSCRIBE TO BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE — This past week, three Brigada participants moved their long distance service over to Blessed Hope. By doing so, they’re creating what we hope will be a monthly fountain of help for our new Brigada Secretary. See:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Granted, with long distance bills being what they are these days, maybe Brigada will only receive $1/month per subscriber, but if a couple of *hundred* Brigada readers signed up, that’s $200/month! Besides, if you live in the USA, it’s a great plan — state-to-state is just 4.9 cents/minute with 6-second billing, NO fees and NO minimums. You can find your instate rate and international rates at the website.


  5. CORRECTION ON GETTING THE “DICTIONARY” — Still trying to get that dictionary we told you about a couple of weeks ago (item 10, DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGICAL TERMS IN SIMPLIFIED ENGLISH, in the Oct. 24 Brigada Today)? As it turns out, here’s one book *not* available at Amazon.com. The Dictionary of Theological Terms in Simplified English ($14.95) and Student Workbook ($9.95) are only available at http://www.emisdirect.com or by calling 630/752-7156, or e-mailing emisatwheatondotedu The books are published and sold by EMIS- the Evangelism and Missions Information Service, publishing department of the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, IL. Again, sorry for making the assumption that Amazon.com had everything! Please forgive any inconvenience.

  6. SEND A GOSPEL GREETING — Thanks to the Brigada participant who tipped us off to http://www.gospelgreeting.com/ Looks like they have a great Christian greeting card thing going — for evangelism, encouragement, and more. (Great find, Nathan!)

  7. TRAVEL SITES OFFER VARYING DEGREES OF SERVICE — Traveling somewhere? Make your *living* by traveling? :-) If so, check out these travel sites on the web:
    http://www.frommers.com If you have time to check out only one site, go to this one. They offer everything from maps, discounts, tips, and news. They recently won PC Magazine’s pick for best travel site.
    http://www.lonelyplanet.com with reviews, advice, advisories
    http://tripadvisor.com: research, links, articles, reviews,
    http://www.concierge.com complete with [largely inactive] message boards and more
    http://www.epinions.com with lots of travel research & reviews
    http://www.fodors.com with brochures, great links, promising future

  8. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — This group of central and southern Namibia in Africa – closely related to the Bushman, having a similar Khosian language, light skin and small frame – continue to carry on much of their reliance on stock farming, crafts, tribal traditions and a multitude of superstitions. Even though there is outward evidence of the 1840’s Rhenish Missionary work – identification with Christianity and women even wearing Victorian traditional dress – most show no understanding of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They are a forgotten people. To partner with the IMB in adopting the Nama/Damara People or for more information, check out their site on peopleteams.org: http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  9. 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 12-30, 2004, 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 less than $1500 (tuition, room and board, materials). Call 562/903-4844 or contact kittydotpurgasonatdotbioladotedu or visit http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm

  10. BIHAR, INDIA UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS CONFERENCE — The Friends of Bihar are hosting a Strategy Coordinators conference in Houston, Texas December 1-5, 2003. Strategy Coordinators are individuals who adopt a single unreached people and focus their all of their efforts and resources towards seeing a Church planting movement launched among their specific people group. This training prepares individuals to partner with other believers around the world to be a part of reaching an unreached people group for Christ. The conference has as its goals to 1) Teach the principles of Strategy Coordination, 2) Coordinate efforts and strategies for Church planting, 3) Build a Network of Churches, Pastors, and Lay people committed to the evangelization of Bihar, India, 4) Focus on Unreached peoples in Bihar and take definitive steps towards their evangelization. For more information, contact Chad friendsofbiharatcsdotcom or you can visit http://www.friendsofbihar.org

  11. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WIVES/MOMS WORKING CROSS-CULTURALLY — Peter’s Wife has added “PW Community” to its website. Check out the new community to see their current topic and add your comments. Log on at http://peterswife.org/nucleus2.0/index.php To receive their monthly email newsletter, email: joinbatpeterswifedotorg

  12. THE HERERO PEOPLE — This group of central and eastern Namibia in Africa – a pastoral cattle breeding nation, popularly known for the women wearing long Victorian gowns introduced by German missionaries in the 1800s – maintain strong tribal traditions. These Bantu-speaking people subsist on herding for meat and milk. Unique for southern Africa, each Herero identity is defined through specific fraternal and maternal family beliefs or property. Today they combine Christian dogma with ancestor worship and magical ceremonies. They are a forgotten people. To team up with the IMB in adopting the Herero People or for more information, please visit their peopleteams.org site at http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  13. SPECIAL PRICING FOR PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR VIDEO — People Raising is offering special pricing through November 30th on its 6-hour premiere video Kit. It is valued at $299.99 now available at $199.99. This 6-hour training program is designed to help reduce the fear as well as reduce the time needed to raise funds. These tools are based on the popular Moody Press book People Raising now in a 10th printing. George Verwer says, “I believe this is one of the most important and practical books in the history of world missions.” The Premier Video Edition includes: 4 90 min. videotapes, 4 90 min. audiotapes, a 72-page Study Guide, a Facilitator’s Guide, a Presentation Reminder Card, and a copy of People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support. To take advantage of this special pricing go to the following link and enter special discount code V69879 http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or email BillatPeopleRaisingdotcom .

  14. FREE DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS — Get some in English, Spanish, Burmese, Bulgarian, Chinese, Finnish, French (France), French (Congo), Japanese, Kikuyo, Korean, Lingala, Paite, Russian, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, or Tenyidie. Jerry Reed, Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Seminary in Chicago, recently finished an updated version of the Discipleship Web Site that is hosted on the NPU server and linked to it from www.discipleship.info or from http://www.discipulado.info This new version now contains 18 language versions of the Discipleship Encounters (version 3.5) as well as Jump Start and other resources for evangelism and discipling. They can be downloaded in three different formats: Microsoft Word, PDF, and/or HTML at no charge. The Covenant Resource Center (1-800-IDEA) carries the paper copies of the English, Spanish, and Korean. For those who do not like to wait for downloads, the whole web site is available on a CD from Jerry Reed jreedatnorthparkdotedu The CD costs $5.00, and the check should be made out to Jerry Reed.

  15. CHECK OUT THIS RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS NEWS AND GIFTS — World Pulse brings you what the secular news doesn’t. Learn how global events affect the church around the world, read about unique ministries, delve deeper into God’s heart for the nations. This season, treat your family, your friends and your colleagues to these special subscription offers (until 12/31/03) to World Pulse: Six months (10 issues) of worldpulseonline.com for only $7.95, regularly $14.95 for one year. OR six months of World Pulse in print for only $9.95, regularly $20.95 for one year for new subscribers. An ideal gift for missionaries, overseas workers, pastors, students or anyone who’d like to expand their view of God’s work around the world. Check it out at http://www.worldpulseonline.com e-mail infoatworldpulseonlinedotcom or call this US number: (630)752-7156.

  16. NEW BOOK ON MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS — Here’s a new book by Kregel Publications titled “Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Evangelical Approach.” This book’s contributors, including noted missiologist David Hesselgrave, propose that the most effective way to reach new religions is to view them missiologically as different people groups and to approach them with a cross-cultural mindset instead of following more traditional methods that merely confront biblical heresies and doctrinal aberrations. The book’s international contributors include sections on biblical and historical considerations, methodology, and practical contextualization ideas for reaching Latter-day Saints, New Spirituality, Wicca, Mother Goddess, Satanism adherents and others. Order the book at Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/j47k or learn more by contacting one of the editors at JMoreheadatwatchmandotorg

  17. BEWARE SWIFTPAY.* — So… what’s up with the Swiftpay scams? They send you an email saying someone has donated $950 to you. All you have to do is create an account at Swiftpay.us: or swiftpayatusadotcom. The next thing you know, they ask for your bank info., so they can transfer the money into your account. The *next* thing you know, your account is being hit for some small amount. You decide not to fight it… and they make thousands of dollars. Read more at:
    http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/32301.html
    http://www.thelocalbbb.org/alerts/alerts.html?newsid=212&newstype=1
    The internet has created more scam opportunities than any other creation in history. Yikes.

  18. THE BACK PAGE — This past week, I was scanning some articles on the state of computing. The author was writing about the search for “the True Right Way” to do something. (The author was Peter Coffee of _eWeek_. You can scan his whole article, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, at:
    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1362954,00.asp
    ) His focus was that the “True Right Way” is “dangerously seductive to those who enjoy the technical exercise.” I pondered that concept as I tried to apply it to our own “industry.” It just occurred to me that it would be possible to get so hung up on trying to do things perfectly… that, in our stymied state, we might never do much at all. Peter Coffee went on to make his point. “The Good Enough Way” can be more than sufficient, he argued, especially when cost and time are critical factors. I’ll have to admit: sometimes it’s tempting to wait ’til we get “all of our ducks in a row.” That’s all well and good… unless we miss a limited opportunity while waiting for the stars to line up perfectly. Doing mission well probably means a combination of searching for excellence with all the passion and precision we can muster, while bolderdashedly trudging through the tall weeds when we sometimes won’t be able to see exactly where our next step will land. That’s part of what Proverbs 16:3 means to me: “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” And just a few verses later, in Prov. 16:9, the writer adds, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” May we always commit to working as effectively and as efficiently as possible. But may we never become obsessed with finding only “the True Right Way”, when the “Good Enough Way” will allow more souls to come in contact with the message of Christ.

20030112 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE
  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION
  4. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS
  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD
  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS
  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES
  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET
  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS
  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM?
  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD — This past week, I had a chance to preview a terrific little tool soon to be made public. With a focus on seeking adoption for every remaining unreached people group, this mission-encyclopedia CD can only be described as one of a kind! It has unique one-page profiles on every country and every people. I know that might sound like “old hat”, but these are beautiful *and* telling. What’s more, get this: the designers have obtained complete copyright releases for the whole CD full of data. If you were to buy a complete set of “Culture-grams”, they might set you back $100. Or you could get the map set in “Facts On File”… and the maps alone would run about $149. (This tool has *beautiful* maps… with full color vector graphics that print out in *stunning* detail at *whatever* size you need. If you bought “Background Notes”, they’d be $59… but no one has them on digital form, and if they did, you wouldn’t have copyright release to copy and paste them into your documents and brochures. If you managed to get digital copies of the CIA World Factbooks, they’d be at least $69 – $79… but get this… *All* those resources and *more* are included on this CD. And these profiles are clear and concise one-page summaries with 59 indicators. And would you believe there are 17,000 of them? I’m not kidding! If they were a penny a profile, that alone would be $170. Imagine your church’s next missions banquet. Just take the list of countries where your church is working, then print out country profiles (or people group profiles) for each of those focus areas. Have someone laminate them and — presto — full-color take-home memento placemats that serve as a permanent prayer reminder. Got a missions prayer night service coming up? Just print out the relevant profiles and you’ll instantly have a snappy hand-out. Or simply copy and paste a copy of the relevant country map into your new missions brochure — a map for each missionary, showing where he/she is laboring! And these are *all* released for reprinting. At times, that’s been the frustration with other profiles — copyright protection. These are “deliverables”!!!

    Here’s the amazing part. The creators of this resource are *talking* about offering it first through Brigada, for a $20-off price of $49. After two or six or 10 weeks, it’ll go on sale for the rest of the evangelical world… at $69. When will it become available? Probably about two months from now. Start saving your pennies. Your agency or church will want at least one copy of this tool!


  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE — If you have a furlough coming up… or you travel and recruit missionaries at colleges, or you have any other reason to put tons of miles on your vehicle in the USA, and you’d like to hang on to it for a while, then you might want to consider purchasing an extended warranty for it. These “service contracts” turn out to be a good deal if the transmission fails or the engine blows while the warranty is in force. We recently conducted a study of about 100 different companies offering these warranties. Based on feedback from many participants and many reviewers, such as http://autowarrantyreviews.org , we concluded that the best warranties currently came from http://www.warrantygold.com . They consistently offered the lowest prices for the best coverage, yet still came away with the best marks for customer service, quick claim handling, and solid appreciation from clients. What’s more, they’re willing to cut deals for missionaries and mission agency staff. They can sell warranties on new or used vehicles, at practically any mileage level. To get a quote for your vehicle, check out: http://www.warrantygold.com . Get the best quote you can, then call them at 888-580-9889, ext. 4765 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). That should put you in touch with Shane. Tell Shane you’re being referred by Doug Lucas of Brigada/Team Expansion and he should be able to give you the best price, plus maybe get you an additional $50 discount from the sales manager, Bob Henfey (ext. 4749). You should see my stack of research notes… and …. no doubt about it, the best deal *and* the best warranty came from these guys. If you don’t believe it, just check out that http://autowarrantyreviews.org site. That site consistently lists Warranty Gold as the #1 warranty in the country. Check ’em out.

  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION — Check out GMU’s new website: http://www.GMU.org They used Computech Business Solutions as their host: http://www.ctbsonline.com and they’re now high on a unique web site content management tool called Site Commander. Check ’em out!

  4. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003 — The 6th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 07 to May 30, 2003, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. Take these classes: *Course 1 “Introduction to Islam”: Week 1 – Historical Background (Dr. Ken Ferguson); Week 2 – Contemporary Issues (Dr. Stuart Robinson); Week 3 – Folk Islam (Dr. Rick Love). *Course 2 “Apologetics in Muslim Contexts”: Week 4 – Answering Islamic Objections (Rev. Ezekiel Joshua); Week 5 – Bridging from Qur’anic Material (Rev. Harry Morin). *Course 3 “Approaches to Islam”: Week 6 – Practical Approach (Rev. Joseph Cumming); Week 7 – Women’s Issues in Islam (Dr. Miriam Adeney); Week 8 – Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall). *E-mail <aptsatagmddotorg  (aptsatagmddotorg)  > or <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or Fax (63)(74) 442-7068 or log on at http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg>

  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS — Modeled after the pattern of Luke 10:1-2, 2003, this will be Mission to Unreached Peoples’ third year of the Luke 10 Program. Going out two by two, Luke 10 is an internship program where students can experience and minister in different countries for 3-10 months, beginning in August, 2003. Countries of travel include China, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, India and many others. Learn about missions, then use your individual gifts to minister and share the Gospel to the Unreached. To learn more, contact Beth at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  > Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org .

  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD — “GO World”, the journal of tentmaking published by Global Opportunities is now available as a free pdf download. The subscription-only hardcopy circulation is 5900 and growing. Each issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and is sure to stimulate your missions thinking. Log on at… http://www.globalopps.org (Thanks Tim!)

  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS — Remember our original request for funds-transfer tactics? (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”) Brian came up with one additional idea this past week. His idea reminds me a lot of the technique used by many Somalis throughout the world (or so I hear). Just find someone trustworthy in the US (college student, pastor, etc.) who still has family in the target country. In the USA, the donor gives funds to that person, and the family back in the target country “gives” me money, by passing it along to the intended recipient in the destination land. Brian writes, “We’ve used this to help the family get some of their finances out of the home country (especially Christian families).”

  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES — Here’s a skit to illustrate the entire Church’s role in Jesus’ campaign to bring the nations to worship at His throne: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/two_armies.php (Thanks Mike!)

  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET — Thanks to Brigada participant, Mike <mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom  (mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom)  >, who wrote this past week to say, “In Romans 10:14-15 beautiful feet are the answer to “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” They propel the body of Christ, carrying the Good News to those who have never heard. Those who send are the beautiful feet, the glorious underpinnings of Jesus’ Church’s mission to enable some from every nation to call on Him. Clearly it is not a foot, but the mouth, which preaches. But the Holy Spirit sings that the feet are beautiful. Let those who God has made the feet that send those who are the hands and heads rejoice that He calls them beautiful.” Read more about Mike’s line of thought at: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/beautiful_feet.php

  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS — Are you curious to see how a Muslim presents Islam to prospective converts? Check out this website: http://www.journeytoislam.com/ Get your “Flash” plug-in primed on your web browser! This is an elaborate site!

  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Does anyone know where you can get term life insurance for missionaries? If anyone has any suggestions, send them to <jkbatpoboxdotcom  (jkbatpoboxdotcom)  > and she will compile a list for a future issue of Brigada Today.

  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM? — Big news. Who isn’t. Yikes… My 13-year-old gets 35 – 40 unsolicited commercial emails/day. I can’t even imagine how many *you* get. You can take a look at: http://www.junkbusters.com/ or if you operate an ISP, check out… http://www.brightmail.com/ for anti-spam software. And if the spam is pornography, and it’s got you hooked, try doing some reading at sites like: http://www.xxxchurch.com (Thanks Robert!) for help on that. Either way, this is a problem we’re going to be dealing with for a long time to come… unless somebody gets busy and invents a magic wand! :-)

  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST? — This week we hit 12,809 subscribers. ‘Course, at any one time, something like 5000 of those addresses are “bouncing” … and many are “bad for good,” if you know what I mean. But we still had a net gain over last week. (So if you invited others to participate, Thanks!!! Hats off to you!!!) Would you do us a favor? Since we have no marketing budget (for the most part, we don’t have *any* budget; just check out our “sponsors” page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html. So… since we don’t have a marketing budget, can we hire you as a volunteer? Would you invite your personal mailing list to subscribe? Just send them a note like this:

    “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for something like 8 years! See their back- issues at: http:/www.brigada.org (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

    ‘Course, you could write up your own item too… but it would sure be great to get our numbers up a bit by next week, when we cross our official 8-year anniversary. Thanks for your help!!! Doug

20030105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE?
  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE
  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS
  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED
  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS
  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY
  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK
  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD
  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS?
  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE? — Well that depends on whether or not you count the 5040 members whose addresses are currently bouncing. The moral of the story: be sure to unsubscribe from your old address before you unplug for good. Then subscribe anew from your new service once it’s up and running. There are currently about 7694 “active” or “good” addresses, meaning that we’ve seen over 12,000 different subscriber addresses down through the last few years. (Please remember: It’s easy to maintain your own address information. What’s more, there’s no way Brigada volunteers can hope to do it for you. There are just too many subscribers, too little time, too many changes. Thanks for understanding!) Would you do us a favor and help us increase our readership over these next 3 weeks? We don’t have funds for big marketing gimmicks, but we’d love to grow. If every active participant would find just one new subscriber, we could easily break back above the benchmark of 10,000 active addresses. Please help! Just suggest to your mission or church staff that they subscribe. It’s easy. All they have to do is write to <brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. By the way, we will never give your information to *anybody*. </brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE — Need good options for keeping your family … or *you* … honest on the web? (… so that you don’t get caught in the trap of looking at sites or pictures that you know you shouldn’t). One option: Check out http://www.covenanteyes.com These folks have designed software that automatically emails your accountability partners a list of the sites you’ve visited over the past month. The service will set you back about $7/month, but it’ll keep you honest. No extra cash for the moment? Try http://www.we-blocker.com The we-blocker people offer their software for free (donations suggested). They maintain both a central list of sites that are “off- limits”, as well as allow you to customize a list of “forbidden words”. Sites that contain these words are automatically blocked as well. You can over-ride those settings with a completely flexible set of conditional configurations. Great little program, little performance hits, big payoffs for your kids, family, and you. Tip: If you have trouble with this area, ask your spouse to type in the master password so you’ll enjoy filtered Internet browsing as well.

  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS — Have you ever wondered just how much of a help it is to hire househelp? Now you can get the lowdown without ever leaving your doorstep, by reading Beatrice Lawson’s book, “Househelps: Blessing or Curse?” Published by Africa Christian Press (Achimota, Ghana), this little booklet teaches you how to make the most of a househelper if you choose to hire one. Learn how to recruit, set up a contract, and head off potential pitfalls. To negotiate a price for your own organization or training program… or to get a copy for your own family, inquire about pricing directly with the publisher at <acpbooksatghanadotcom> . </acpbooksatghanadotcom>

  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED -– Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five-week intensive TESOL course taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2003. The cost is only $500 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, take in the 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic, March 21-22! Register by Feb 21st and save $50. Some claim this course has helped them raise funds in half the time. In addition, network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_mar2003.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — Gospel Recordings, a mission which produces evangelism tools in over 5,500 languages, will have a new supply of 20,000 TapeTalk hand-wind players by February 2003. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples.

    For more information on the players and the languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom> In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free. </ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom>


  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003 — The 6th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 07 to May 30, 2003, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. *Course 1 “Introduction to Islam”: Week 1 – Historical Background (Dr. Ken Ferguson); Week 2 – Contemporary Issues (Dr. Stuart Robinson); Week 3 – Folk Islam (Dr. Rick Love). *Course 2 “Apologetics in Muslim Contexts”: Week 4 – Answering Islamic Objections (Rev. Ezekiel Joshua); Week 5 – Bridging from Qur’anic Material (Rev. Harry Morin). *Course 3 “Approaches to Islam”: Week 6 – Practical Approach (Rev. Joseph Cumming); Week 7 – Women’s Issues in Islam (Dr. Miriam Adeney); Week 8 – Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall). *E-mail <aptsatagmddotorg> <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> *Telecom (63)(74) 422-6977. *Fax (63)(74) 442-7068. *Web: http://www.apts.edu/ Registration deadline: March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS — Church Planting Coaches http://cpcoaches.com has established a refuge on the Island of Malta. Part of the vision the Lord has given them is a “Bed and Breakfast” for church planters who need a break from the difficult pioneer fields in which they work. Available now is hospitality consisting of a beautifully appointed bedroom with private bath and outdoor patio nook, with additional beds available for groups larger than one or two. Room and board are provided on a suggested donation basis. Availability varies and booking priority is given to YWAM church planters, though they are happy to serve others too! The house is just minutes from beaches and Malta’s other attractions. http://visitmalta.com Imagine what a refreshment of body, mind, spirit, vision and purpose will come as you walk in the Apostle Paul’s footsteps on Malta. The host family are experienced church planters and trainers and are ready to provide as much coaching and counsel as the individual or team desires. They look forward to receiving your inquiries. Email: <cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>. </cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>

  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY — Get all 150 of Gordon Churchyard’s very popular Psalms, which are in EasyEnglish level A from http://www.easyenglish.info . More information on Wycliffe Associates (UK) and their EasyEnglish may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo> . </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE — Do you want to minister to the poor, but are not sure what to do next? If so, consider taking in the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. Apply now as space is limited. For more information, log on at http://www.chalmers.org or write <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can your organization best respond? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s expanded Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer- to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 28-May 3, 2003. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $140 room/board. Participation is limited. For information or reservations contact <member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>. </member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>

  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK -— “Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission (MISTM)” is a 250+ page book for any person with a leadership, teaching, receiving, or planning role in short-term mission. MISTM provides a solid framework for understanding, structuring, and planning short-term missions done right! Scheduled for release in March 2003. Order pre-press by January 31 for $14.99 with free shipping. After January 31, MISTM retails for $19.99 plus shipping. Order online or by phone from STEM Press http://www.STEMmin.org Toll-free 1-877-STEM-min, or 952-996-1385 For more information call or email <mistmbookatstemmindotorg> . </mistmbookatstemmindotorg>

  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD — Here’s Greg’s summary of the responses he received regarding how to transfer money to and from the mission field. (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”): “Put money in US bank account and have person use debit card or credit card in receiving country at an ATM or bank (7 mentions) This was clearly the cheapest and quickest. You just have to be careful who has access to the account and in a few places it can be hard to find an ATM or a bank that will advance local money against your card. Others suggested the old standby… Western Union (4 Mentions). Reliable but not cheap. Can be done on the web. Another response: Wire transfer to bank in receiving country (2 mentions), which is a bit costly and if the money gets lost (and they do) banks will not accept responsibility. Finally, one party mentioned actually hand-carrying the funds. So… no real surprises. Maybe we’ll see more developments on this in the next decade, but for now, it seems we’re stuck with these old standbys. (Thanks Greg!)

  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS? — Try Talent Trust Consultants (TTc). They are an international ministry serving Church and Missions workers with dedicated and affordable worldwide medical insurance. Established 12 years ago as an independent ministry serving alongside YWAM, TTc now supports more than 1,400 members and their families from over 260 missions and churches. A number of programmes are available, all of which can be uniquely tailored to suit your individually needs. Write to <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit http://www.talent-trust.com . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN — Aventura Asombrosa is a bi- lingual, Spanish/English, Bible study for children by Through The Bible Publishers. Children’s ministries that have a mix of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking kids will find this resource useful. It is also an easy-to-use tool for missions groups since English speaking missionaries have the English and Spanish text in the same book. My Awesome Adventure, the English-only version, has been recommended by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Check out http://www.DiscipleLand.com for more information and a FREE sample lesson. E-mail requests to <myehatdisciplelanddotcom> or call toll free in the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-284-0158 or call 970-484- 8483. </myehatdisciplelanddotcom>

20021222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EUROTRAIN: INNOVATIVE YOUNG LEADER TRAINING
  2. MICROFINANCE AS MISSION IN THAILAND
  3. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  4. HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?
  5. SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
  6. SEARCH IN OTHER LANGUAGES
  7. YOUR SOURCE FOR BIBLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES
  8. ANOTHER IDEA TO KEEP YOUR PC VIRUS-FREE
  9. URGENTLY NEEDED – EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE MISSION
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EUROTRAIN: INNOVATIVE YOUNG LEADER TRAINING — Top Flight Leadership is taking nominations for EuroTrain 2003. EuroTrain (for leaders age 15-25) is a completely unique experience, and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. In July 2003, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry skills, getting a grasp of their destiny, building key relationships, and creating a plan for long-term personal and leadership growth. Get the details and nominate a young leader (or request to be nominated) at http://www.experiencingleadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership at <eurotrainattopflightdotorg>, 877-9-LEADER, or 817-447-1100. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

  2. MICROFINANCE AS MISSION IN THAILAND — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development in Bangkok goes to the market everyday, in the love of God. They’re seeking to amalgamate microenterprise development, and mentoring, with personal and business development training in an integrated service among the poor of Thailand. They serve in the slums of Bangkok daily, to empower and love those who make their living doing everything from sewing dresses, and roasting chicken, to making noodle soup. Step Ahead’s innovative member training module, draws from Stephen Covey’s best-seller, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and explores the life of Joseph as a model of proactivity. This unorthodox ministry approach accepts the slum-dwelling poor as business partners, and sets out to help them achieve comprehensive transformation in their lives, families, and communities. To learn more, check out the web site. http://www.stepaheadmed.org

  3. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college- aged youth, June 2 – July 26, 2003. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost, $2,000 US, includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information and to apply, please check them out online at http://www.acts13.tv .

  4. HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS? — International Christian Ministries works in a number of countries in Africa but needs to know the safest and cheapest way to get money to countries like Nigeria on a regular basis. Pay Pal does not work there! Got ideas? Send them to Greg <kenya96ataoldotcom> or call him at 661-832-9740 in the USA. He’ll prepare a summary report of all the possibilities for a future issue of Brigada Today. </kenya96ataoldotcom>

  5. SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE — Usually short-term insurance excludes coverage for pre-existing conditions. Now a company is providing limited pre-ex coverage for medical care received outside the USA and Canada. Also included: $100,000 medical evacuation, hospital room and board, intensive care, outpatient medical, emergency dental, trip interruption, AD&D, and lost luggage coverage. Five deductible options. One can apply (and also renew monthly) via web at http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . For information contact: jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636- 9100. For other options and more info., also http://www.gninsurance.com.

  6. SEARCH IN OTHER LANGUAGES — Did you ever notice that Google searches in other languages? Just click on ‘Advanced Search’ and select a language from the pull-down window on the ‘Language’ line reading ‘Return pages written in’ (Also, selecting ‘Language Tools’ instead of Advanced Search allows you to limit the pages returned to those located in a specified country. (Thanks for the reminder, Chuck!)

  7. YOUR SOURCE FOR BIBLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES — If you ever find yourself searching for Bibles or Jesus videos in another language, check out Multi-Language Media Inc, PO Box 301, Ephrata PA 17522 (tel. 717-738-0582). Visit their website at: http://www.multilanguage.com .

  8. ANOTHER IDEA TO KEEP YOUR PC VIRUS-FREE — I sure heard it this past week. A ton of MAC users wrote to say, “Hey… we *never* see any viruses.” :-) (See item #8, “SIMPLE SECURITY STEPS”, from the Dec. 6th Brigada Today.) By the way, if you’re a missionary having trouble finding parts for your MAC, try http://www.ibookparts.com They support all Apple laptops, and do pretty steep discounting for missionaries needing support. What’s more, they ship worldwide, and can supply parts (such as LCD’s, Hard drives, and CDROM/CDRW drives) for most laptops.

  9. URGENTLY NEEDED – EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE MISSION — Seedbed is a network of missionaries and missiologists who are actively promoting and nurturing the development on new models of mission for the 21st Century. They are very keen to make contact with people of all nationalities who are attempting innovative missionary projects so as to locate examples of effective innovation that can be held up as models for other mission workers who are looking for creative ideas. They also want to locate mission theorists who are researching emerging models of mission. If you are involved in innovative mission, or are doing research in a related field, please contact Seedbed at http://www.seedbed.info or email the Seedbed Coordinator Peter Stephenson <peteratseedbeddotinfo> </peteratseedbeddotinfo>

20021201 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO SECURE YOUR EMAIL? GET PGP
  2. OPERATION REVEILLE READY FOR VIEWING
  3. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST HISTORICAL RESOURCES ONLINE
  4. 2003 KIDS AROUND THE WORLD CALENDAR
  5. ALTERNATIVE FOR MONEY TRANSFER
  6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  7. TOP 10 WAYS TO INVOLVE ONE’S SELF IN MISSIONS
  8. SIMPLE SECURITY STEPS
  9. NEW BOOKS ON HOUSE HELPERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO SECURE YOUR EMAIL? GET PGP — If you’re interested in securing your email you can use pgp, available at: http://www.pgp.com . Also, feel free to add another layer of protection by using http://www.hushmail.com , which can encrypt your mail one step further.

  2. OPERATION REVEILLE READY FOR VIEWING — The Fourth Quarter 2002 *Reveille Shofar* is now posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . It addresses the following:
    *** What does history teach us about the War on Terrorism?
    *** What is really happening in Nigeria and the Ivory Coast?
    *** What is the spiritual situation in Iraq?
    *** Why did terrorists bomb a night club in Bali?

  3. DISCIPLES OF CHRIST HISTORICAL RESOURCES ONLINE — The entire Disciples Historical Society Resources library catalog is now up and running, as of May. It contains records of entire books and pamphlets. Check it out at: http://voyager.dishistsoc.org (Hope it’s up and running by the time you get this. If not already, please check back.) Thanks Sara!

  4. 2003 KIDS AROUND THE WORLD CALENDAR — This beautiful wall hanging calendar is full of photographs and short narratives about kids throughout the world. Each month, religious holidays celebrated by the people where these kids live are highlighted and contrasted in a mini- Bible study or devotional so you and your children can learn to pray more effectively for them. US$7.50 each (price breaks for ordering 10 or more, or 50 or more). To order, call 303-730-4170 or purchase online at http://www.calebproject.org/2003Cal.asp .

  5. ALTERNATIVE FOR MONEY TRANSFER — There are a number of money transfer sites on the internet. PayPal is the largest, but some people have had issues with them. CitiBank has an online money transfer service called c2it, and some Brigada members are liking what they find there. There are limits to how much money you can transfer ($500/day and $1000/4 days), but transfers between American based accounts (bank accounts or credit card accounts) are without fee. Transfers to international locations, including currency exchange, are a flat $10.00. They’re on the web at http://www.c2it.com . Contact them toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800/200-3881. They accept collect international calls 24/7 at 904/954-7222. For security reasons, they do not transact any business by email. (Thanks David!)

  6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will conduct another camp from January 30 – February 2, 2003 in North Carolina. In this intensive training, a staff of experienced missionaries present issues and steps dealing with character, spiritual warfare, relationships, faith, and direction. A person leaves with impartation to fervently pursue a missions call, either short term or long. Church missions leaders benefit by learning what people need to go through to prepare and how they could best assist. Three other 2003 camps include Pennsylvania, Virginia and southern Spain. For information, contact Elijah Company <infoatelijahcompanydotorg>, or call (757) 474-2054. See the web page at http://www.elijahcompany.org/html/training.html . </infoatelijahcompanydotorg>

  7. TOP 10 WAYS TO INVOLVE ONE’S SELF IN MISSIONS — Here are 10 ways to involve yourself in missions. We’ll list the website…

    Caleb Project Mobilization Resources http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/caleb.html

    Fingertip Mobilizer Resource for Missions http://www.globalmission.org/fingertip.htm

    Heirs of a Haystack http://www.kipertek.com/forerunner/forerunner/X0596_Heirs_of_a_Haystack .html [note: watch word-wrapping]

    Missions Education and Mobilization Network http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm

    Missions Mobilization Cartoons/Art http://www.calebproject.org/toons.htm

    Mobilising Second Career Missionaries – article http://www.om.org/relay/stories/1-98secondgen.html

    Motivations for Missions http://www.calebproject.org/motivat.htm

    Recruiting: Mobilization of Students http://www.acu.edu/academics/missions/jam/mobstud.htm

    Top 10 Bible Studies on Missions http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm

    Order something from Gabriel Resources: http://www.gabriel-resources.com/index2.php3


  8. SIMPLE SECURITY STEPS — Are you running scared because of all the virus horror stories these days? Here are a few simple measures that could keep you and your PC more secure:
    *** Run an antivirus program & keep it up to date
    *** Run Windows Update
    *** Run a firewall
    *** Use nonobvious passwords
    *** Back up your files regularly
    *** Enable the security features you already have
    *** Know your programs
    *** Visit www.pcmag.com/securitywatch

  9. NEW BOOKS ON HOUSE HELPERS — Did you, while you were overseas (or still are?), consider your house helper a blessing or a curse? Now you can read a book about it! “House helps: Blessing or Curse?”, by Beatrice Lawson (’98), presents the straight truth about someone who can make or break your ministry. Chapters focus on recruiting helpers, helping your house helper adjust to new living conditions, and relating to the fellowship. Order it straight from the publisher by contacting <acpbooksatghanadotcom>. </acpbooksatghanadotcom>
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