Namibia

20070325 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY AIRSET.COM FOR COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION
  2. NEW BOOK GIVES INSIGHT INTO A MUSLIM-TO-CHRISTIAN CONVERSION
  3. EQUIP YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM TO RAISE THEIR FULL SUPPORT
  4. NOT TOO LATE TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY
  5. LOTS OF FEEDBACK ON INITIATIVE 360
  6. FOR THE MUSICALLY GIFTED
  7. WEST COAST HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  8. NEW BOOK ON SUPPORT-RAISING
  9. NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY?
  10. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  11. WOULD YOU CONSIDER SENDING A GIFT TO ENCOURAGE BRIGADA?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE COOL TOOLS FOR MISSIONARIES
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY AIRSET.COM FOR COLLABORATION/COMMUNICATION — Lately, a few of us have been trying out the collaborative site…

    http://www.airset.com

    Granted, it’s not a perfect world, and it’ll only work for you if web access is fairly cheap, but it’s got a lot going for it:
    *** It’s free (if your web time is “all-you-can-eat”). :-)
    *** It allows easy access to a file storage area. Use it to pool your team’s strategic planning and/or policy documents.
    *** You can log in via the secure (https:) gateway, which should especially appeal to those in sensitive lands. (on the far upper-right is a link titled “Secure”) What’s more, in talks with insiders at Airset, I learned that all user data is stored encrypted in their database so even in the unlikely event a hacker managed to breach their firewalls and dump their database they would only get encrypted files.
    *** Those in the USA with cell phones (e.g., mission agency-types) could especially profit from the sms distribution-list approach. They sell a mobile client for “smart-phones.” That would *really* be cool for those who live by their PDAs.
    *** The collaborative calendar would help those with trouble merging their personal life (kids’ soccer games) with work life (meetings).
    *** Sharing contacts should help those who previously were working only in separate flat file databases like Microsoft Outlook.
    *** Work groups should appreciate the ability to share tasks and other lists — and update them corporately via the web.

    So give it a try. No credit cards needed. Word for the wise: Be sure to check first before assuming that others will want to receive SMSes. Don’t make the same mistake I did — *ask* permission before entering cell phone numbers. AirSet will try to SMS them without you even knowing it.


  2. NEW BOOK GIVES INSIGHT INTO A MUSLIM-TO-CHRISTIAN CONVERSION — Torn between his desire to please his family and his belief in Christ, a Fulani youth has to make a choice. Does he understand the impact it will have on his relationships, his community, his future? Will he be able to hold on while others try to make him let go? Based on a true story, “Mamane’s Journey” gives a first-hand perspective on the value of Christian missions today. The pre-publishing price available until May 15 at

    http://www.masterdesign.org/eckert.html


  3. EQUIP YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM TO RAISE THEIR FULL SUPPORT — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years. Kingdom Come Training can help you to make raising support a joy-filled ministry that blesses the church and connects believers with a primary purpose for their existence, being the expression of Christ to the nations. KCT provides training with live, interactive video conferencing. If you have a group of six to eight participants, KCT will send a professional video conferencing unit that plugs into high speed internet. If you can’t join with a group, they will send you a laptop with professional webcam and video conferencing software so you can join with others in live, multipoint sessions that work as if you were all in the same room together. The training takes an hour and a half a day, four days a week for three weeks. The goal is to build confidence in communication and relational ministry skills that apply not only to raising support, but to all aspects of ministry. Give Jerry a call in the USA at (503) 314-7211 or log on at

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

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


  4. NOT TOO LATE TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY — 29 April is this year’s worldwide Internet Evangelism Day. The purpose is to demonstrate to Christians the big potential to use the Web for effective outreach. It’s probably too late for mission teams or churches to build special programs, but it’s a great time to sample what’s already out there. Use this as one possible starting point:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  5. LOTS OF FEEDBACK ON INITIATIVE 360 — I keep getting feedback regarding those “Backpage” items dealing with the dissolving of Initiative 360, Caleb Project, and ACMC. To be fair, several responses have underscored the time and prayer that the board invested in their decision-making process, much of which was behind closed doors, just as we imagined. I continue to emphasize with everyone how important it is to grant grace to leaders in the midst of difficult transitions. That applies both to staff leadership and board leadership.

  6. FOR THE MUSICALLY GIFTED — Now you can get a “Global Consultation on Music and Missions 2006 Audio DVD”, which includes all the spoken presentations plus Atilano Muradas in concert. You can purchase this disc by credit card at

    http://www.ethnodoxology.org/ordering.htm


  7. WEST COAST HEALTHCARE MISSIONS CONFERENCE — It’s happening August 3- 4, 2007, the 4th annual conference in Pasadena for those interested in healthcare, missions, or touching lives through medicine. Conference tracks include Clinical Practice, Urban Health, Student opportunities, International needs, Short-term Healthcare Missions, and Psychology. CME/CEU hours are offered. 25 outstanding faculty including Time Magazine Healthcare Man of the Year, Dr Peter Okaalet. Pre-conference (August 2) focuses on Restoring Wholeness to At-Risk Children. For more information:

    http://healthcaremissions.org

    or call: (626) 584-5339.


  8. NEW BOOK ON SUPPORT-RAISING — Dr. Paul Johnson, with over 20 years of experience in teaching and consulting missionaries, tells his own story of struggle. But that’s just the first chapter. He also explodes the myth of living by faith alone, and presents a Biblical basis for financing a Christian worker, a practical model, and practical ideas spinning off that model. The title of the book is “More Than Money, More Than Faith; Successfully Raising Missionary Support in the Twenty-first Century.” It is available through Amazon.com, at Barnes and Noble, and at the publisher’s own web site: Pleasant Word. At Amazon.com, type in the first three words of the book title in the search box. At Pleasant Word, go to “Book Store.” Paul Johnson’s e-mail address is: paulswro_johnson(at)wycliffe(dot)org. Paul can be reached at 1-800-362- 4253 – California time – business hours 8:30 to 4:30.

  9. NEED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY? — A good international health insurance plan for the career worker that excludes coverage in the USA and Canada is now available. Excluding coverage in the USA and Canada can reduce rates by as much as 33%. The plan can also exclude maternity coverage which reduces the rates another 30%. If you are working in or near a country that provides good health care, an insurance plan excluding coverage in the USA and Canada could provide substantial saving. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Or visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  10. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — This month is an exciting time as six Christian workers will be traveling to Nambia to visit the areas where the Forgooten Peoples live. Please remember to pray for them. Pray for their safety in travel. Most of all pray for the guidance and leading from the Lord, as they seek to target areas of possible work. Pray for the possibility of future work and planting of the seed of the Gospel in the homelands of the Nama/Damara, the Herero, the Mbalantu and the Namibian Coloured. Pray that hearts will be open to receive the Good News. Pray for God to call workers either as volunteer teams, short-term workers or long term missionaries to live and work with these unengaged peoples for prayer visit

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or contact

    forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net for more information.


  11. WOULD YOU CONSIDER SENDING A GIFT TO ENCOURAGE BRIGADA? — Would you consider setting the pace for others? Maybe if you send a gift of $50 to Brigada, others will follow. 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.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE COOL TOOLS FOR MISSIONARIES — #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep East, Party West, Gear up to sleep, Herd your kids) #2: Get your own mosquito tent (for malaria-infested areas) #3: Insist on AC adaptors that don’t require converters/transformers #4: Rent or buy a “worldphone”, satphone, and/or sat modem #5: Pack by checklist, pack light #6: Use roller bags #7: Bring a filtered water bottle

    Add to that list… #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down — Get in the habit of making good notes. The notebook has to be thin enough to stick in your shirt pocket or hip pocket, so you always have it with you. Do a section for finances. Write down every expense, make note of every currency exchange, including the commission and the exchange rate. Do another section for language learning. Jot down words you want to learn to say, words you can’t quite understand, whole text phrases you want to memorize, etc. Depending on the stage of your work, you might want other sections for interviews & cultural lessons, another for prayer requests & praises & devotional thoughts, another section for contacts & addresses & people with whom you’d like to follow up.

    #9: Use a moneybelt — Desperate people do desperate things. Until the entire world is completely satisfied with every basic human need, you and your belongings will stil be a target. Keep your credit cards & your cash in there.

    #10: Try a photographer’s vest — I realize this might or might not be your style. But at least consider it. Get breathable cotton, with 15 or more pockets. It becomes a walking, incognito extra carry-on. On one occasion recently, a cultural “insider” had said he could only take 2 people with him into a Muslim area. I volunteered to stay back and let two others go, but he insisted that I could too, in addition to the other 2 visitors, because he said, as he threw a glance at my vest, “He’ll look like a professional journalist anyway.” My camera fits in one pocket, while in others, I can insert a lightweight mini-tripod, a small flashlight, hand sanitizer, passport (in a protected, waterproof pocket), some artificial tears, and everything else you like to carry along. You should be able to find these online for $50, and in a large camera specialty store for $70. Obviously, the advantage of the latter is that you can try them on. Stick to khaki. The black vests seem a bit too paramilitary for my tastes.

    Watch next time for more cool tools for travel and missions.

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.

20061210 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS
  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO)
  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES
  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL?
  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK
  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL
  9. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND BY TEACHING ENGLISH
  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA
  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY!
  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PLEASE HELP ME THANK GOD FOR THESE PARTNERS — Whoa! Several Brigada participants have stepped in to make a *huge* difference in the last week. We dared you to step up to the plate. Praise God for the Missions Prof at Johnson Bible College, Brent, who gave $40 of his own money. Learn more about them at:

    http://www.jbc.edu

    Join us in thanking Russian Language Ministries, now known as Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures, who sent $100. See them at:

    http://www.russianlanguage.org

    One anonymous worker at StoryRunners gave $250!

    http://www.storyrunners.com/

    I wish so much you would visit their homepage and learn about this newest ministry of Campus Crusade to help reach Unreached People Groups of the world using oral strategies — storying. Most of those unreached groups, we’re told, are orally-based cultures.

    One donor gave $50 in honor of his Missions Pastor, Mark Struck, from Autumn Ridge Church, Rochester, MN. Mark, sounds like you’re loved! Another partner, an African Inland Missionary worker, gave $200! (Amazing) Other anonymous donors gave $20, $500, and $50. And the Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI, gave $500. (Makes we want to go visit there.) Another Michigan-ite gave $25 as a gift of love. Thank you all so very much.


  2. THE HOME STRETCH: CAN YOU HELP US BREAK EVEN? ($6600 TO GO) — We had $9244.74 last week. Today we have $11,054.74! Now here’s the challenge. How many folks will step up to the plate in these final 6 days of 2006 to give even $25 in honor of their missions minister… or $50 in honor of a missions-minded senior minister that they love and appreciate. We still need $6600 – in just two weeks. :-( Here’s the way our chart as of today, compared with what we were praying for:

    1 to give 1000 — (Nobody has taken this dare yet) 5 to give 500 — 3 down, 2 to go 8 to give 250 — 2 down, 6 to go 10 to give 100 — 6 down, 4 to go 20 to give 50 — 9 down, 11 to go 50 to give 25 — 7 down, 42 to go

    Remember, if you’ve no money to give, no worries. That’s the beauty of Brigada. Whereas other services might grind to a halt if you stopped paying the bill, Brigada just keeps on going… because others step in to help. What you have to ask yourself is this: Through Brigada, have you ever gotten a lead or a resource or a product that you appreciated? If so, now’s your chance to step up to the plate, say thanks to the Lord, and help somebody else who can’t afford to give. There are several ways to give. You can just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. We only have 2 editions after this one left in 2006. Lord willing, both the 22nd and the 29th will come out this week. We’ll have to average about $3300 per edition to reach our goal. Right now, that seems like the hardest thing in the world. If you could help, we’d so greatly appreciate it.


  3. PREDICT THE RISE AND FALL OF AIRFARES — That’s what Nick says you can do at:

    http://www.farecast.com

    Check it out! (Thanks Nick!)


  4. WHAT MAKES JOHN’S GOSPEL SPECIAL? — John the Apostle was a man who was very close to Jesus. His understanding of our Lord’s mission was deeper and more life-changing than that of the other apostles. In his account of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus he gives us unique details not found anywhere else. To find an excellent commentary on this book go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “What’s New?” and at the top of the list then choose “John tells the Good News about Jesus.” This is in EasyEnglish Level B, using a 2800 word vocabulary.


  5. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. The focus this time is new laws and regulations taking effect. Included are notes on tax- free contributions of IRA’s to non-profits, increased penalties for excess compensation to insiders, recapture of tax on contributions of non-cash property, new limit on contributions of clothing and household items, new recordkeeping requirements for nonprofits, increased penalties on overstated appraisals, new filing requirement for small organizations, and new inflation adjusted items for 2007 (including the standard mileage rate). What’s more, the author now informs us that a part of each paid subscription will go to Brigada. How ’bout that! :-) Check out more at

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email infoatnpchurchlawdotcom  (infoatnpchurchlawdotcom)  

    The author asked that we make sure we type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us?” field.


  6. SKYPE USERS SOMEWHAT AT RISK — Apparently the news about a worm being circulated via Skype was a bit overblown. Turns out it was only a *trojan*, meaning that Skype users do receive notice that someone is trying to upload a file (presumably an unsolicited file). Only users of Microsoft Windows XP are at risk. Read more at news.com by searching for the terms, “Skype worm”.

  7. DO YOU OR SOME MISSIONARY YOU KNOW NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? — Jeff suggests we check out

    http://www.talent-trust.com [edited]

    It is, according to Jeff, a Christian health-insurance organization with a lot on the ball.


  8. ANOTHER WAY TO SAY TESOL — Thanks to those who responded regarding our item about ESL, TESOL, etc. (Item #5, “YOU SAY “TOMAHTOE”, I SAY “TOMAYTOH” (DO YOU SAY TESOL OR ESL?),” from Nov. 17th edition of Brigada Today). I was particularly interested in Lydia’s response. She suggested dodging both — and using “EFL” (English as Foreign Language) instead. “The confusion when TESOL is used,” Lydia explained, “is if the teacher is TEACHING English to speakers of other languages or teaching HOW TO TEACH English to speakers of other languages. In my experience, TESOL is usually used for the second, as is shown when we offer TESOL seminars, where people learn how to teach English. And then ESL or EFL is used when they are then doing teaching. There is a lot of confusion though, and in my research I have seen that often they are used interchangeably, which tends to spread the confusion.” I propose that we try to adopt Lydia’s approach. To me it makes the most sense. TESOL, to me, should apply when we’re describing someone presenting a course on how to teach English, and “EFL” should apply to the practice of actually teaching the English. For what it’s worth… :-)

  9. BRING HOPE TO POST-TSUNAMI THAILAND BY TEACHING ENGLISH — Big doors are open now at Step Ahead Training Center (YWAM Relief & Development)in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. The horrible waves of Tsunami were followed by waves of God’s love that poured into this very unreached region. Yes, much has now improved, but many Tsunami survivors still want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market of Khao Lak, by building up their English skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Learn more at

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  10. THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA — “Three Years and Counting!” — God has been calling people all over the world to pray for the unengaged peoples of Namibia for more than 3 years now! Is God working among the Herero, Mbalantu, Nama/Damara and the Namibian Coloured peoples? Organizers of this prayer movement have responded with a resounding, “Yes!” However, there is still only a limited on-going evangelical presence among these four groups. So keep praying for God to give Christians in South Africa and Namibia a burden to take the Gospel message to those who haven’t heard. Pray for Godly wisdom for everyone involved in the effort. Adopt them for prayer yourself by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or

    write 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 .]


  11. MERRY CHRISTMAS BRIGADA FAMILY! — Thanks to Brigada participant, Ron Berrus, the Member Care guy at ABWE

    http://www.abwe.org/

    for writing this meditation — just this past week — and for sending it to us for use with the Brigada family:

    The Wonder of Christmas
    rsb

    The Almighty became an infant
    The Shepherd became a lamb
    The Judge took our sentence
    The Lord became a man
    The Invisible became visible
    The Eternal stepped into history
    To make us His own again
    Amazing beyond explanation
    Too marvelous for words
    That God could become man
    That God would become man
    That God did become man
    That God became man forever
    To make us His own again
    We owed a debt we could not pay
    He paid a debt He did not owe
    We spurned His word, His law, His love
    In spite of all He came to save
    Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us
    Taking our form, our sin, our cross
    To make us His own again
    We ran... He reached
    We sinned... He died
    We left... He came
    We fell... He lifted
    We rejected... He accepted
    We condemned... He forgave
    To make us His own again
    A window of time
    A door of hope
    An offer of opportunity
    To believe the promise
    To receive the Savior
    To bow the knee
    To be made His own again

  12. THE BACKPAGE: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE — During the wrap-up of our recent planning conference at the mission I serve, I showed clips from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart. Remember the scene where Jimmy Stewart’s character is about to leave to go travel the world, but elects to stay because he feels a debt to all the customers at the “Savings & Loan”? As I showed the clip, I challenged our staff to ask themselves how we could build all the more trust with our missionary family, with the donors that made the work possible, and with one another. I asked the group how we might increase others’ trust in us during 2007.

    What about your own organization or church? How ’bout putting on your thinking caps and asking some of those tough questions too. What principles… what foundational pieces do you feel your staff might be able to address during the coming year? What are the missing pieces that might help your constituency trust you more? Those fundamental truths might be more important than any task or to do item, yet we all seem to be so easily distracted by the tangible. The *intangible* stuff is so hard to embrace. In 2007, let’s do some embracing. :-) Merry Christmas 2006 – from all your Brigada family!

20061001 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SET UP SHOP FOR FREE AT MISSION-WORLD.COM
  2. TOP 10 LIST ABOUT FORWARDING AGENTS
  3. DO YOU USE A TREO? THEN GET GOOGLE MOBILE MAPS FOR FREE
  4. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS JULY 9-11
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. MORE FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “BONDING” (LANGUAGE-LEARNING & CULTURE)
  8. THE MBALANTU PEOPLE OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA IN AFRICA
  9. MISSING PIECE IN “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS”
  10. YOUR GIFTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: BE A BRIDGE
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MEMBER CARE REQUIRES ADMINISTRATION
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SET UP SHOP FOR FREE AT MISSION-WORLD.COM — It’s a great example of combining web technology with a very real need: Missionaries need financial backing. Donors would like to invest carefully. Now they can… at

    http://www.mission-world.com

    If you’re a mission or missionary, register today to get your free referral signpost on the web. The idea is sort of like applying eHarmony or YahooPersonals to the world of missions. If you’re a donor looking for a great cause, here’s a super place to shop.

    Take a look at the organizations that have already bought into the system and you’ll probably be surprised at how quickly it’s taken off. Use the “Organization” drop-down box and you’ll see that the list reads off like a directory from the latest global consultation on world evangelization. They’re definitely over the hump on the inertia curve. And the best part is … it’s free.

    The developers are doing this all as a labor of love, so it’s hard to offer any objective criticism. (In other words, I like they’re way of doing it better than my way of not doing it at all. :-) ) Still, in its present configuration, the site seems slanted toward listing missionaries as individuals. So a *team* of workers… or an organization with a *goal* to reach a certain unreached people… would have a hard time knowing exactly how to list. But still… the fill-in- the-blank boxes don’t actually force you into any specific pattern. So there really is flexibility once you understand the system. But that flexibility might also get the system into trouble as it grows (rapidly). For example, use the “Denomination” drop-down box and scroll down to “non-denominational”. You’ll see all the different ways that differing individuals have entered their data — which isn’t verified in any way, apparently.

    Still, these are bugs that we’re confident they’ll work out in time. The bigger questions lie with how the team will support itself long- term. Will they eventually ask for a listing fee? Either way, dive in now… because for today, it’s a free referral service — and get this, they don’t even ask for a percentage of your donations! :-) (Thanks to Robby, Bill, and all the rest of the team working on this project.)


  2. TOP 10 LIST ABOUT FORWARDING AGENTS –- Jason, a Team Expansion missionary serving in Italy, will be speaking to a group of forwarding agents who meet regularly for support and encouragement on the 24th of October. He is attempting to put together a list to share with and encourage this group of men and women who have a difficult and sometimes tedious role which includes checking the mail, receipting donations, running reports, paying bills, and communicating with supporters. The list is entitled, “Top 10 Ways you Know you Have a Good Forwarding Agent.” Could you help him by submitting your top reasons and write him at jcasey(at)teamexpansion(dot)org? Thanks! [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Note that you’ll have to write soon. His presentation is coming up quickly. He’ll be greatly appreciative. We’ll ask him to submit a report back to us here at Brigada.


  3. DO YOU USE A TREO? THEN GET GOOGLE MOBILE MAPS FOR FREE — For those in the USA and other Google-mapped countries, or if your furlough is coming up… or you have to speak at a church on the other side of the country next month.. either way… Our Creative Arts guy put me on to this last night…

    http://www.google.com/gmm/treo

    I have the Sprint Treo 700p… so it uses PowerVision and it downloads these maps lickety-split. You can find the closest florist with this application, along with turn-by-turn directions to wherever you want to go. And you can even switch into satellite view to check out the view of your own back yard. :-) Fun. Free. Fantastic.


  4. 5TH TENTMAKERS INT’L CONGRESS JULY 9-11 — Tentmakers International (TI) formerly TIE will hold it’s 5th Congress in Malaysia. This is open to anyone with an interest in tentmaking. From the 11th – 13th, the TI Consultation for TI associates and experienced tentmakers will be held in the same venue. To register, please contact:

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

    For more details, please go to the TI website:

    http://www.tentmakersinternational.info or

    http://www.tentmakernet.com


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

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

    for more info or call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. MORE FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — In 1954 a pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes. Little did he know that this would give birth to the _Step Up To Life_(tm) evangelistic booklet. Since that time the tract has been translated into 17 different languages and is used worldwide by many different denominations, organizations and everyday “Joe Christians.” _Step Up To Life_ may well be the only piece of gospel literature with evangelistic use of the Ten Commandments combined with the Lordship of Christ. More information, teaching materials, free downloads (several thematic English versions and multiple languages), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com Alternatively, e-mail

    sutlmail(at)aol(dot)com or phone 402 933 4095, or 402 359 1432, or snail mail Step Up To Life Ministries, Box 730, Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022-0730, USA. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If your target language is not available, there is a submission box for new languages.


  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “BONDING” (LANGUAGE-LEARNING & CULTURE) — You can still pick up the little book, “Bonding and the Missionary Task”. Just follow this link:

    http://www.instantweb.com/l/linguahouse/Stories.html#Bonding

    And you’ll find that the Brewsters’ work is still alive and well.


  8. THE MBALANTU PEOPLE OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA IN AFRICA — The question is, “Who reigns supreme?” For the Mbalantu people, human nature is constant. They believe in keeping cultural traditions as well as continuing their religious practices. Many of their beliefs and superstitions center around who they believe is their Supreme Being, Kalunga. They also use a tribal diviner, the onganga, for intervening with the spirits. Please pray for the Mbalantu people. Pray that they will come to know the one true Supreme God. Pray that they will hear and accept the true constant, the living Word, Jesus Christ. Pray that workers will come and share with these forgotten people, the Mbalantu. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  9. MISSING PIECE IN “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS” — Several observant readers noticed a missing chunk of text in the item, “6) WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS” (2006/09/22). I don’t really think the missing piece changed the meaning much. The real meaning still gets through — be careful what you post on the web, what you publish, what you show to large groups. Make sure your text/pictures don’t put anyone in the spotlight that would rather be low profile. Either way, please excuse the hiccup. Here was the original item as it was intended: This past week we heard from a brother who had just spent a week with local citizens in a sensitive country. They were training local believers for personal evangelism in hostile environments. Apparently, a recent short-termer had shot video, then published the clips, thereby exposing the decisions of several local nationals. That led to a decision that no team member, including the director, would any longer grant video taped interviews to anyone at all — even when you are one of the team partners as is my case. More than being disappointed in not getting video for a story that select others need to hear, I was really disturbed that some camera happy brother had carelessly put our team members here even more at risk than they already are. It would be even more disturbing if I were to discover that this individual were using those video clips for his own personal gain in support raising. You know the routine — personal publicity about how well connected one is with frontliners, etc. The Church in today’s world needs to care for the security of those who are out there doing the hard stuff, not parade them for all the world to know about. So please, watch what you do with those video clips. (Again, thanks to the anonymous brother who shared this testimony.)

  10. YOUR GIFTS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE: BE A BRIDGE — There’s no way we could quit this ministry when we receive gifts and encouraging notes like these… $60 from and a great note from a brother in Cedar Hill, TX, $200 and a great note from Plainfield, IL, $5 from a faithful supporter in Europe. Whoa… Thank you so much. These gifts help us with ministry costs (such as some help from a part-time secretary). Just as importantly though, they provide much-needed encouragement! Want to be that bridge for this coming week? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: MEMBER CARE REQUIRES ADMINISTRATION — Recently, our mission organization has been trying to replace a retiring Member Care Coordinator. It’s a tough spot to fill. Over the past few months, we’ve come face to face with the fact that Member Care involves a lot more than Rogerian psychology. We’re learning that today’s missionaries (and, truth be known, probably yesterday’s too) want & deserve:

    *** Help in the transitions of their lives (college-aged kids to the homeland, for example)
    *** Great tracking… ie., where in the world the workers are, when their birthdays occur, what’s their status, what do they need, how are their kids getting along, etc. — all that stuff needs to be tracked.
    *** Effective debriefing after emotional life experiences (because they probably don’t have the degree of Christian family over there that they would have back home)
    *** Assistance with important family decisions & needs — like where do they get homeschooling curriculum… and, just as importantly, how do they make the decision of whether or not to home school or use public schools or … gulp… boarding schools. These are tough decisions for families in the field.

    So you get the picture. It’s not an easy task. Basically, we need a bunch of super heroes to staff these member care positions. We’d better pray hard… because I think they’re pretty difficult to find. To make matters worse, some missions… like ours… function by faith gifts only. So these workers pretty much are responsible for raising the financial support equivalent to their salary, ministry, and travel requirements. Yikes. No wonder they’re tough to find! Pray with me please.

20060903 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360
  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT
  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET
  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES
  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN”
  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED
  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY?
  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME”
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEARD THE LATEST? CALEB PROJECT + ACMC = INITIATIVE360 — That’s right. Caleb Project is no more. ACMC a thing of the past. Save your books and conference brochures. They’re now collectors’ items. :-) Sell ’em on some eBay missions chat room somewhere. Make millions. Tithe to initiative360. That’s the new result. Greg + Brent equals “Take it Global”. That’s their website, in fact:

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    As a partnership of members, Initiative360 will walk alongside churches on their missional journey with life-changing products, services, curriculum, and real-time experiences. Sounds like a perfect marriage of two top-notch organizations. We look forward to hearing more.


  2. THE GLORY STORY PROJECT — Here’s a DVD that tells the story from Genesis to Revelation in animation. The whole Bible story in 10 minute chapters, is told in just under two hours. Two Covenants, two DVD’s, one story, The Glory Story. These guys sent me samples of this product and, honestly, it’s a cool idea that you could use with children *and* adults. Pull the snippets for upcoming messages on practically any topic in the Word. Interested? Watch the film trailers at The Glory Story website:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    They’ve also shared still pictures & text CD’s as well. With these, you tell the story personally. View all of the pictures at The Glory Story website.


  3. FREE SERVICES ABOUNDING ON THE NET — I’m kind of surprised by all the free services that are once again cropping up on the Internet. One of the columnists I read regularly was recently observing them: Mapquest, Google search, Google news, YouTube, Flickr, Putfile, Gmail, Skype, GTalk, jot, photobucket, … and the list goes on and on and on… How all these services sell enough ads to stay in business, I’ll never know. Maybe they don’t… in which case they end up getting bought out … or they start charging us someday, once we’re hooked. Either way, in the meantime, those of us who like a good deal should be able to find it out there online somewhere. Just be careful not to tie up a lot of your media without a backup. Someday we might try to access our stuff, only to find it’s vanished like a puff of smoke.

  4. INTERNET SEARCH WARNING TO WORKERS IN SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — [Thanks to the anonymous worker in an anonymous sensitive country who wrote, …] If you serve in a sensitive country, chances are you try to keep information about your work off the internet. So how would you know if some well-meaning church or organization is posting your newsletter on their website. Of course, you search the internet, right? WRONG! Every time you request info via a search engine you are again reminding that search engine that it needs to keep a history of whatever key words you are searching for. Even if you contact the offending website and get the original page deleted, the page lives on in the history of the search engine. You are in a catch 22 position. The more you do the searches, the more you are hurting yourself. Stop searching so that the history of these search engines will eventually “forget” you. Make sense? Don’t search!

  5. THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE: “WE WANT TO LEARN” — Amanda, a 24-year-old Christian woman lives in Grunau, Namibia. She is a single, unemployed Nama. Although she is a member of a Lutheran church, the church does not reach to unsaved people. Amanda wanted to start a Bible study in her home, but the church did not encourage it, and she had no materials. While two Christian workers visited her, they shared and discussed the principles of Pioneer Evangelism and left tracts and Bible portions from the book of John for her to use. They prayed for her mother, who had been a church leader. In the final stages of AIDS, the older woman is no longer welcome at the church. Please pray for Amanda to be strong in her faith. Pray that she will continue to have courage to reach out to the unsaved and ostracized. Pray that the members of this church will come to know the true meaning of grace, peace and mercy that comes with having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Pray for continued teaching so these forgotten people will come to know the truth of God’s Word. Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. PERSECUTED CHURCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT NETWORK ESTABLISHED — Responding to the serious, growing economic challenge for persecuted Christians, 16 leaders from 11 international organizations met recently in Atlanta to form the Persecuted Church Economic Development Network (PCEDN) to explore how the global church can assist fellow believers. In addition to discussing the status of the persecuted church, the group also agreed on broad definitions relating to micro-finance, sustainable small and large enterprise development, tentmaking and macro-economic conditions. Moreover, leaders identified critical roadblocks to economically helping the emerging, persecuted church. PCEDN Working Groups will address the need for sustainable economic develop models and standards for training and consulting with the emerging church. Plans are also underway for a PCEDN enewsletter and website. The next global meeting of the PCEDN will be held spring 2007 in Bangkok. For more information contact David,

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

    The working consultation was developed and facilitated by visionSynergy

    http://www.visionsynergy.net


  7. WHY DID YOUNG ISAIAH FEEL GUILTY? — He tells us he saw the Lord, he heard angels calling to one another, he realized that he himself was ‘unclean’ in the presence of a holy God. So what happened next? To find out, go to

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on “Choose a Bible book” and select Isaiah Unit 9 “The Problem of Guilt” by Raymond Brown is translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  8. GATHERING OF LATIN AMERICAN COMICS ARTISTS — COMIX35 is calling on all Christian cartoonists and comics artists from Central and South America to gather at this year’s combined Letra Viva Consulta and LITT- WORLD 2006 conference near Sao Paulo, Brazil from November 12 to 17. In addition to the opportunity for fellowship and discussion with other Christian comics producers, and to hear practical and inspirational talks by the LITT-WORLD speakers, attending artists will also meet many Christian writers, editors, and publishers.

    For information in Spanish on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06_spanish.htm

    Information in Portuguese on the LITT-WORLD 2006 event, go to

    http://www.littworld.org/LW06/lw06_bro_port.pdf

    To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st begins a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. To be added to the list of those who are taking part, or to receive the prayer guide, write:

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


  10. ONLY 3 MONTHS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA PAY ITS SECRETARY FOR 2006 — If you were considering helping Brigada during 2006 but haven’t yet, now would be a *reeeeeeeally* good time. Only 3 months remain. Want to help underwrite this weekly newsletter for thousands of overseas readers who don’t have access to checking accounts or credit cards? If you subscribe to another magazine, consider donating the cost of a subscription . . . or give double, so you can pay someone else’s share too. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “HURTING YOU IS LIKE HURTING ME” — With 3 school shootings in 5 days, the USA is reeling as it seeks to come to grips with violence played out against its most vulnerable citizens — it’s young people. Our mission happens to be engaged in purchasing some gazebos for use as prayer shelters . . . and we’re buying the kits from a company in Pennsylvania with several Amish employees. Yesterday morning, I picked up the phone and called to let them know that, “If someone hurts one of your children, it’s like they hurt one of mine.” The owner of the company took time to talk to me for 20′, I bet. He had gone to school as a child just a mile from the site of the most recent shooting, a one-room schoolhouse in rural PA. He transferred my call to a sales rep who was having a hard time . . . and before the day was done, they asked my permission to have one of their delivery guys call me. He was on the road in Maine… unable to process and debrief the shootings with his colleagues back in PA. In the middle of our phone call, he broke down and cried at the prospect that a random guy in Louisville would express identification with him and his neighbors of a different faith.

    All of the above led me to conclude that we probably need to be more intentional about *empathy*. I mean… think about Jesus’ life: much of it was built around the concept of empathy. He walked our dusty paths, ate our food, was tempted with the same transgressions — yet remained sinless. Gave his life… rose again… so that in turn, we could empathize with Him in his struggle and victory.

    So maybe it’s a key principle of the Christian faith . . .and one that we should/could employ on a daily basis. With whom can you empathize today? How can you express it? Simple words and prayers might be enough. They seemed to work for a bunch of builders in Pennsylvania. But you could also choose greeting cards, flowers, visits, cookies, emails, phone calls, … the list is endless. Let’s practice empathy and walk dusty roads with someone who needs a friend — today.

20060702 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONF: CDs/MP3s NOW AVAILABLE
  2. LINKING LITERACY AND ORAL COMMUNICATION
  3. SO BY NOW YOU MUST HAVE HEARD… CALEB PROJECT & ACMC WED
  4. CHECK OUT THE ALPHA TEST OF THE “MONITOR”
  5. THE RESULTS: WHICH CAMCORDER IS THE BEST?
  6. MORE ON LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING/CONNECTING TO THE ‘NET
  7. THE HERERO PEOPLE
  8. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANG. TRAINING THIS FALL/SPRING
  9. MINISTRYHOME.ORG
  10. FREE PAPERS ON RUSSIAN YOUTH MINISTRY
  11. SPECIAL ARTICLES ON DISCIPLESHIP
  12. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  13. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS”
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONF: CDs/MP3s NOW AVAILABLE — The 2006 COSIM conference, held June 12-14 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, Illinois, advanced the theology and practice of cross-cultural ministry partnerships. COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Speakers included: Dick Robinson: “Partnerships that transform our understanding of . . . mission, the gospel, and the world / Gary Edmonds: “From missions-TO . . . to missions-WITH” / “Faisal” — “Partnering with indigenous ministries for transformation: A non-Western perspective”. Dr. David Kasali’s address, “Will the African Church be ready?” was the high-point of the conference for many. Also, how-to workshops on: accountability — short-term mission trips for long-term transformation — assessing your cross-cultural partnerships — etc. Recordings of all sessions are now available as CD or MP3 download. Visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosimnet.org


  2. LINKING LITERACY AND ORAL COMMUNICATION — Nearly 4 billion people cannot read. But what about the millions who are learning to read but continue to read too poorly to understand? There is a very simple way to help turn poor, struggling readers into good readers. It is the Talking Bible in that reader’s own language. The advent of the talking Bible now offers a wonderful new way to help poor readers become good readers. A poor reader with a talking Bible can open the printed Bible and follow the text while listening to the narration of that text in audio. The new solid state, digital Talking Bible will make it easy to select the exact passage in the printed text. Talking Bibles International says it will have its revolutionary, new solid-state, digital Talking Bible available by summer’s end. An exciting new era is dawning. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact: info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  3. SO BY NOW YOU MUST HAVE HEARD… CALEB PROJECT & ACMC WED — It’s not too late to send a wedding gift (joking). But seriously, Caleb Project and ACMC are merging. See the details at…

    http://www.calebproject.org/main.php/about_us/looking_to_the_future

    See links there for more information. We’re all on the edge of our seats to see how this will shake out in practical details.


  4. CHECK OUT THE ALPHA TEST OF THE “MONITOR” — This is a database of events, trends, analysis, statistics, photographs, reports, etc. that Justin Long, Senior Editor of Momentum, is maintaining to use to build each issue of Momentum Magazine. It is now a web-based database. Each entry has a single brief comment and a link to the website where the article is found. I’m liking this page a *lot*. You can check it out at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/monitor.htm


  5. THE RESULTS: WHICH CAMCORDER IS THE BEST? — [drum roll] OK, thanks too all those who gave input on the question, “Which camcorder is the best?” We’ve combed through the input, and here are some over all themes. First, as Ed pointed out, this is a market that moves fast, so it’s important to figure out your needs based on work process, the user’s technical capabilities, local servicing available, etc. He urges users to see the reviews at web sites such as (in no particular order):

    http://reviews.cnet.com/Camcorders/

    http://www.camcorderinfo.com/ **** This one in particular is great

    http://www.dvspot.com

    http://www.consumersearch.com/www/photo_and_video/ click on camcorders

    http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/camcorders/

    http://www.videomaker.com

    http://www.amazon.com

    Second, don’t assume you have to spend $3000 to get something that works for you. Bob, one of our good friends at Good News Productions (gnpi.org), recently looked at camcorders with a view toward high image quality, manual functions (for aperture, shutter, focus, white balance), ease of use for novices, external audio input, firewire port (for connection to computers), cost, and manufacture track record. Using these as our guide, we chose the Panasonic PV GS500, a 3 CCD DV tape camcorder for around $800. Interestingly, Brad, another Brigada participant, settled on a similar model, the GS-250, as his favorite.

    Bob pointed out that there are multiple options out there in terms of video recording formats (tape, disk, hard drive) and each has its own pros and cons, requiring the smart shopper to consider how and where the camcorder will be used. Also, some features that one camera user insists on having would intimidate others, as in manual controls versus total automation. Image quality ranges from small, single CCD (the image capture device) to 3 CCD models, multiple digital video formats, wide screen, high definition, and a host of other considerations in how different camcorders record the image. The bottom line is truly that you have to pay more for higher quality, so at some point the buyer has to set a limit and choose a camcorder that fits within the budget. The good news is that competition among manufacturers keeps the costs reasonable and the features constantly evolving into better bang for your buck.


  6. MORE ON LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING/CONNECTING TO THE ‘NET — We continue to feel good about using MS Outlook and a secure email account, or at least a secure webmail provider. (Thanks for giving your two cents on this, Justin.) Another Brigada participant, Todd, recently pointed to evidence that maybe Hotmail.com wasn’t so “country neutral” as was originally thought. (For example, he has personally experienced regionally targeted ads which seem country aware.) Also, don’t forget about using a web interface like Hushmail,

    http://www.hushmail.com

    which offers encryption built-in from the server… and you can install an Outlook plug-in that let’s you access your Hushmail messages via Outlook, so you can compose offline and save online minutes (which is probably going to be important if you’re connecting via a remote dial-up). Finally, whatever you use, be sure to try it out in advance. The worst time to be experimenting is when you’re on the road already, under the gun. If at all possible, try out these connections in advance.


  7. THE HERERO PEOPLE — Find these people in central and eastern Namibia in Africa. In the traditional Herero village, the village head is the link between the living members and dead ancestors of the family. He is responsible for keeping the holy fire burning at the main hut of the village. This fire symbolizes continuous contact with the deceased ancestors. In the event the fire should go out, it is a slight or insult to the ancestors and endangers the spiritual security of the offender as well as the other members of the family. If the village head should die, the living link between the village and ancestors is dead. What results is tremendous grief and mourning for long periods of time, until a new head is established. Pray for the Herero people of Namibia, that they may come to know the true intercessor for all people, Jesus Christ. Pray that they come to know the One who will never die and that they will no longer feel the grief that comes with lostness! To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, click to…

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  8. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANG. TRAINING THIS FALL/SPRING — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you in the Russian language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for their 16 week fall course 2006 (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). Spring 2007 (Jan. 22 – May 11) US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. or click to

    http://www.russianlanguage.org

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


  9. MINISTRYHOME.ORG — The free online social network for ministry! MinistryHome allows you to promote your ministry, raise funds, build teams and network with like-minded individuals, all for free (Note that some packages are for sale there too… but the $15/mo. cost seems reasonable.) This has the potential to radically change the way missions teams are built and resourced. Joining the MinistryHome community only takes a few minutes. For more information, visit

    http://www.MinistryHome.org


  10. FREE PAPERS ON RUSSIAN YOUTH MINISTRY — Dr. Mark Harris has made available a set of seven papers based on the research he did a few years back among Russian young people. In addition, there are four papers to help you understand Russian Baptist churches, and a few other miscellaneous papers on ministry in Russia. These are free for the downloading at

    http://www.markharris.us


  11. SPECIAL ARTICLES ON DISCIPLESHIP — Here is a whole series of discipleship articles and training materials all available on the web! Some people think of discipleship only at its beginning stages. But that is only the start! The Flow maps out the progress of discipleship from the beginning right to the end: the beginner, the intermediate and the advanced. There are even articles on how this advanced stage connects to leadership training. Also please notice BFF’s special offer. Full-time Christian workers overseas, 4 from each country can get a free BFF CD 2.2 mailed to them. See the homepage for details. The CD has many of these materials in eBook form with lots of Powerpoints, maps and handouts. Printed material can be purchased. BFF has a liberal copy policy which enables a teacher to share the materials with the ones he serves. Learn more at

    http://www.foundationsforfreedom.net


  12. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — Thanks to the folks at Reignbridge for their gift of $50. Don’t miss their “Kids Praying for Kids” DVD… Learn more at:

    http://www.reignbridge.com

    Want to join them? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS” — You’ve probably seen the 1986 movie, “Hoosiers.” If not, it’s definitely worth the rental. Sites like ESPN and the American Film Institute frequently rave about it (#4 of the “Top 20 Sports Movies of All Time”, #13 on the list of the “100 Most Inspiring Films of All Time”). USA Today found it to be the best sports movie of all time. So over these next three weeks, I’d like to draw some lessons from my personal visit to the “hometown” of Hoosiers… the place where it actually happened. (You’ll actually get more out of these entries if you’ve seen the movie, so if you don’t mind, pick it up and review it again so the lessons will be fresh. Tune in next week, once you’ve done that, for more about my visit to Milan, Indiana, where the *real* Hoosiers story begins.

20060604 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE
  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS!
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB”
  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING
  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE
  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE
  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION
  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST…
  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development will conduct its next Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) on July 31 – August 5, 2006 at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru, Kenya, located outside of Nairobi. This training institute is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya along with Five Talents International. It is appropriate for anyone doing outreach or ministry among the poor in the Two-Thirds World – pastors, church planters, church members, ministry staff, missionaries, and relief and development workers. The institute provides training on practical, church-based strategies for ministering to the poor without creating dependency. Specific topics include how to implement a relief or development intervention for your community without doing harm, how to promote rotating and accumulating savings and credits associations, how to partner with microfinance institutions, and how to offer small business training to low-income entrepreneurs. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to attend the training. The cost for this CEDI is $550 USD and covers room, board and tuition. To register for the CEDI, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org and click on the Limuru, Kenya link located under the Christian Economic Development Institute heading.


  2. NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA OR GET INSURED FOR SHORT-TERM TRIPS! -– It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer short-term mission trips! PLUS, when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website, your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! (It’s working! See below.)


  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” 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

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


  4. HOW TO DO ONLINE RESEARCH: “WISE UP TO THE WEB” — Want some free tips on doing research on the web? Check out:

    http://www.vts.intute.ac.uk/detective


  5. FIND OUT WHERE THE FLIGHTS ARE… AND WHERE THEY’RE GOING — Just click on over to

    http://flightaware.com

    It contains a fantastic quiver of tools to track commercial and private flights. (Thanks to Mark and the Courier Journal for this tip.)


  6. COUNSELING AROUND THE KITCHEN TABLE — A new resource is available to help women working around the world as they counsel and help other women. Muriel Cook, a long-time missionary in Taiwan, and her daughter Shelly Cook Volkhardt, have just released Kitchen Table Counseling, a resource that takes the fear away from addressing difficult problems and empowers women to reach out to those around them. The book focuses on guidelines for kitchen table counselors and then provides help with specific issues. One of the most helpful pieces is the Topical Scriptural reference index that counselors can return to as they help others. Soon you’ll be able to visit

    http://www.kitchentablecounseling.com

    to interact with the authors, schedule speaking engagements and purchase the book.


  7. THE CENTRAL MEETING PLACE: THE MBALANTU PEOPLE — These people of northern Namibia in Southern Africa build Owambo homesteads, which are circular, near spirallic arrangements of homes. The labyrinthine passages may weave in and out to confuse a stranger or an evil spirit, but all they all lead to the central meeting place, the olupale. Continue to pray that the center of these homesteads will one day welcome the Holy Spirit into their presence and that all will come to know the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pray that there will be no need to confuse strangers as the Truth is heard. Continually lift up the Mbalantu, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or contacting those who are trying to reach them at lynchdp(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. WITH GREAT APPRECIATION . . . — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $10, with this note: “Thanks for all you do with Brigada! I wish I could send more, but I know every little bit helps. PS. I enjoyed the “mole” story!” Mark, that $10 meant more than you know! We’re running in the red this month, and $10 can mean a *lot*! Thanks! And thanks to Good Neighbor Insurance for the $183 they sent in recognition of folks like you who bought various kinds of insurance from them at:

    http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

    Thanks, too, to two different groups from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO), and several other individuals, who bought trip cancellation insurance from ISA, resulting in a special gift of $306.31 from them to Brigada !!!! Please … next trip you take, consider their policy at:

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

    Just think — the more secure you become, the more you help Brigada!


  9. IF YOU USE HOMEBUILDING TO BUILD HOPE AND OFFER CHRIST… — Here’s a like-minded organization that would love to learn from your experience. They’re heavily involved in doing exactly that — building hope and help for the homeless. For example, they’re building dozens of homes for those who lost everything in New Orleans. If you have experience or ideas, please drop them a note at… rebuildneworleans(at)crossroadsmissions(dot)com See their website at:

    http://www.crossroadsmissions.com

    Crossroads Missions is based in Louisville, KY. They are partners with Team Expansion and Brigada and will be moving soon to Emerald Hills. Learn more about Emerald Hills at…

    http://www.emeraldhills.info


  10. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAK TO THE HEAD MAN — Most of us have watched enough missionary movies to know the importance of checking in with the “head man” in a village, prior to trying to start any work there. The same principle applies in our daily jobs. And the funny thing is — in a weird sort of way — I believe it applies in both directions across the organizational chart. See if you agree.

    I serve as the president of an agency with just over 300 full-time missionary workers. It’s set up in such a way that I coach just 4 workers (heads of departments). They, in turn, lead sub-team leaders in their respective divisions. If a sub-team *member* on one of those sub- teams comes directly to me with an issue… say… regarding a sub-team leader, I have a choice: I can a) try to fix it by going to the department head that I coach, b) try to fix it by going directly to the sub-team leader, or c) briefly mentor the sub-team member on how to fix it solo. The correct answer? You probably already guessed: I believe it is “c”. I have to apply the “go to the head man” rule — in reverse. I have to mentor that worker on the importance of going one-on-one with the sub-team leader to work out the issue. Then I let the process take its course and trust the respective leader to work it out.

    Imagine… if I go to the department head (the one that I coach), he first of all feels a bit embarrassed and ashamed that I became involved in an issue in his department — one of which he probably wasn’t even aware. But what’s worse, he now has to go to his sub-team leader and explain that this issue came to the president’s desk. He has to ask all about it . . . and the wild thing is… maybe the sub-team leader didn’t even *know* about it. So now the sub-team leader is mad at the sub-team member and all this is in *addition* to the original presenting issue. By this time, perhaps the *process* has become bigger than the original issue. By now the problem is bigger than life because people have emailed and met and phoned and… well you get the picture.

    So I’m convinced, after having made more than my share of errors on this part of the game plan… I have to say to the sub-team member, “Have you discussed this issue with your sub-team leader?” If the answer is, “Well … no.,” then my answer has to be, “Well trust me — that’s where this needs to start. If, after sharing it with your sub- team leader, you feel you can’t work it out, then explain to your sub- team leader that you’d love a chance to talk it through with your department’s head, with the sub-team leader present. If you still can’t resolve things, ask them if we can all meet — the four of us. Until you’ve taken those steps, trust me … you don’t want me to barge in like gangbusters to try to fix this.” Does this process sound familiar? I have found that it functions equally as well in the workplace as it does in Matthew 18:15-17. True — the passage deals with sin. But in everyday management and problem-solving, I have found it to function well in teams. Next week… what to do if the problem is with someone in a different department or team.

20060402 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AN ANNUAL TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  2. MATERNITY COVERAGE FOR INT’L WORKERS (NO WAITING PERIOD)
  3. IN SEARCH OF EMERALD HILLS (RANKED 7TH ON GOOGLE??)
  4. NEED TO COMMUNICATE WHEN IN REMOTE AREAS?
  5. PROFESSIONAL COACHING AND COACH TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
  7. WANT TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON JUSTIN’S “MOMENTUM MAGAZINE”
  8. MUSLIM STUDIES INTENSIVE COURSES USA SUMMER 06
  9. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA
  10. SMALL NETWORK GOT YOU DOWN? WORK SOME MAGIC
  11. PARTNERS MAKE OUR WORLD GO ‘ROUND
  12. WOULD YOUR LOCAL CHURCH MAKE A ONECE-A-YEAR GIFT TO BRIGADA?
  13. THE BACK PAGE: EASTER BUNNIES, EGGS, BC/AD, AND JESUS
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AN ANNUAL TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Talking Bibles International continues to urge churches, both large and small, to observe a Talking Bible Sunday. This special Sunday does two things: 1) Helps people in our churches become aware that there are millions of Christians living in oral cultures who need Bibles in audio because they are non-readers. 2) That Sunday’s special offering helps supply the funds required to provide the thousands of Talking Bibles in needed languages. A Talking Bible Sunday kit, including a free Talking Bible, is available to encourage and assist churches that observe a Talking Bible Sunday. Visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

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


  2. MATERNITY COVERAGE FOR INT’L WORKERS (NO WAITING PERIOD) — Almost all international health insurance plans require a 12 month waiting period before maternity is covered. A new company is now offering coverage with the only requirement that the insured is not expecting as of the effective date of the policy. The plan covers one hundred percent of maternity costs. The rates on this policy are very reasonable and, depending on state residency, provides permanent coverage in the USA as well as overseas with no limitations. jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  3. IN SEARCH OF EMERALD HILLS (RANKED 7TH ON GOOGLE??) — Faithful readers will recall our item a few weeks back regarding what it was like to be listed so low in the rankings on Google. Those who searched for “Emerald Hills” at google.com inevitably found our new missions prayer & retreat center to be listed way down around URL #65 or even lower. (Item 14 in the Jan. 13 Brigada Today). Is my Google just teasing me now… or if you now go to google.com and type in “Emerald Hills”, does it now come up to the 7th-ranked item? Either way, stop by and check out the latest. See our plans to kick off a huge prayer & missions emphasis using prayer shelters (actually gazebos), tablet computers, and a prayer center. Find it by going to Google.com, searching for Emerald Hills, then looking about 7 items down to find emeraldhills.info in the list. (How does Google decide those page ranks anyway? :-) )

  4. NEED TO COMMUNICATE WHEN IN REMOTE AREAS? — Satellite phone technology allows you to make calls and send data (connect to the internet or send text messages) from anywhere in the world! Phones start off at $749 and range from $1 to 13 cents per minute. Learn more at

    http://www.daysatphones.com

    According to Aaron, each purchase that goes through him will provide Brigada with a $25 donation! Contact him at avorbau(at)daywireless(dot)com or 1-916-871-2447 or 1-800-503-3433 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 .] (How ’bout that! Thanks Aaron!)


  5. PROFESSIONAL COACHING AND COACH TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Tired of expensive conferences and training that produce too little lasting change in you and your ministry effectiveness? One-on-one coaching is individualized learning based on your agenda, your current situation, and your pace. Coaching works because it brings out your best – what God put in! Studies show that ongoing coaching produces 300% better results than training alone. Why? Because a coach supports you in learning new ways to learn – listening to your heart and the Holy Spirit – then take action to reshape your life around that learning. Coaching can be done by telephone or Skype from anywhere in the world. Go to:

    http://www.mcoaches.com

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


  6. GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — TESOL Training will be conducted on April 13-18, 2006 by Tony Mendoza of Jesus Is Supreme Global Outreach Society based in Hongkong. It is a U.S.-Accredited TESOL Certificate Training Program that will be held in Bacoor, Cavite near SM Bacoor. The course contents are 1) Nature, culture and context, 2) Essential language teaching theories, 3) Lesson planning, assessment and instructional material preparation, 4) Team and individual teaching activities, 5) CD-ROM tutorial training, 6) Tentmaking and Missions, 7) Observed teaching component. For more information email shemfamily(at)yahoo(dot)com or call or text (63)928-3416817.

  7. WANT TO GIVE FEEDBACK ON JUSTIN’S “MOMENTUM MAGAZINE” — The editor of Momentum Magazine is seeking feedback at:

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=704151947995

    It’s just 9 questions. If you visited Momentum, it would help him greatly.


  8. MUSLIM STUDIES INTENSIVE COURSES USA SUMMER 06 — For a comprehensive list of short intensive graduate level studies on Islam form various Christian institutions throughout the United States being offered this summer of 2006 visit

    http://www.oprev.org/Muslimstudies.htm

    or request the pdf page from beside(at)oprev.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES! THE COLOURED OF NAMIBIA — Recently, workers were at an extremely poor area located on the border of Namibia. One family lived under a tree and had a bed and some mattresses and a table. On first entering the village, the workers were told that they were not welcome to “nose” around. The man had been drinking and was very disagreeable at first. The men continued to talk with him and soon he asked the men to pray for him. He then became their “best friend” and followed them around, introducing them to others in the village. They had the chance to lead one young man to the Lord and gave him a Bible. Praise the Lord that He works in all circumstances! Pray that God will raise up Namibian men and women who can share Christ in these remote places where many are hungry to know Him. Continue to lift up the Namibian Coloured, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Namibian Coloured people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    for more information.


  10. SMALL NETWORK GOT YOU DOWN? WORK SOME MAGIC — Here’s one great little tool for those with small networks. Imagine… you set up your laptop, a desktop for the kids to use for schoolwork, and a PC for your wife to use to communicate with friends and family. So … in the old days, you’d just plug a printer into one PC and everybody should be able to print, right? Well those were the days. *These* days, there are so many firewalls, antivirus hurdles, spyware blocks, and malware buzz saws, we can’t even print when we *want* to any more!

    Enter “Network Magic” from

    http://www.purenetworks.com

    We don’t get any cuts or commissions from them. We’re just one beggar telling another where to find bread… and “Network Magic” is bread. Buy the “5 PC version” for your family of 4 and that guest missionary from across town that always comes over to use your broadband. It’ll set you back like $50 maybe… but hey… the ability to exchange files, *see* each others’ antivirus subscriptions, and *print*… Shew… How can one put a price on that!? :-) When it installs, you’ll be amazed. The fact that it *works* is kind of a small miracle, judging from the complexity of today’s setups. Tip: Before installing, collect the information on your router (user name and password). (You *did* change the user name and password on your router, right? If not, never fear. Network Magic helps you secure your wired or wireless network anyway. So don’t sweat it. Just get it.) There’s a free dumbed-down version to try first, if you don’t believe me. :-) (Have I ever lied to you? :-) )


  11. PARTNERS MAKE OUR WORLD GO ‘ROUND — Thanks to Blessed Hope Communications, for the $12.16 check that resulted from some of you using their primo phone services. Learn more at

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Thanks, too, to the anonymous family from Edmond, OK, who sent $30. They’re constantly lifting up the needs in Chiapas (Mexico). “You do good work!,” they wrote. “I share pertinent items with missionary friends from time to time to enhance their work. My husband and I particularly liked what you provided regarding churches’ views and missionaries’ wishes regarding mission. You got lots of good and interesting feedback from both sides of the equation. Please do things like that yearly!” [blush] :-)

    Also back again this past week were our faithful friends at Irving Bible Church. They send a gift at least once a year, this time for $100. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Find them at:

    http://www.irvingbible.org/

    Check out their “Bridges International” page at:

    http://www.irvingbible.org/index.php?id=154

    Thanks this past week for gifts from Mission Nannys for $100! Visit:

    http://missionnannys.org/

    They are *so* needing mature women to help around the world. Would you please give them a look and tell them you heard about them on Brigada? Here’s a chance to be some missionary kid’s grandmother or grandfather, while at the same time allowing the missionary to be all the more effective at the same time!


  12. WOULD YOUR LOCAL CHURCH MAKE A ONECE-A-YEAR GIFT TO BRIGADA? — You might be surprised. Just suggest your whole mission committee subscribe at their respective home email addresses, then ask the committee if they’d consider pitching in $30, once a year. They might sign up for one person to get a printed magazine subscription about missions… and that would just become *cold text* after it was read. This way, they *all* get Brigada for the same gift — and it’s just a gift. They *could* be getting it for free anyway. The money covers the cost of web space, some marketing expenses, and especially a secretary to help make time management and administration possible so Brigada can continue to come to your screen each weekend. Your church might surprise you. Plus they get their church mentioned, along with its website and its missions outreach… which helps promote it in your local city or county, in case there are folks searching for a vital, Great- Commission-committed congregation. Either way, click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  13. THE BACK PAGE: EASTER BUNNIES, EGGS, BC/AD, AND JESUS — As I write this Back Page editorial, the fine state of Kentucky is in the middle of considering whether or not they’ll rename “BC” and “AC” to Jesus- free wording. I forget the new abbreviations… but they basically make it unnecessary to know Latin — or the Christ child. Now I grant it to any government, state or federal, to perform revisionist history on their land. (It’s certainly been done before.) But something about this troubles me. I think it has something to do with the fact that… the more we think we know about diversity, the more we believe it necessary to separate ourselves from our history of faith. The funny thing is… when I visit Djibouti or Yemen on a Muslim holiday, I don’t hold it against the locals if they’re slaughtering a goat or spitting on the sidewalk. (Confession: I *do* sometimes have to dodge the spit; but I could be dodging worse.) So what baffles me is why any country believes that it’s not fashionable to be faithful… faithful to a legacy, faithful to a heritage, faithful to a path that proceeded.

    [Shaking my head.] The trouble is, none of my ponderings is likely to change anything. If I complain to my congressman, I’ll just look like a religious bigot. I mean… I admit it — I always get the “BC” confused with “Before Christ” anyway. :-) But, as we are asked to shed layer after layer of heritage in favor of bunnies, eggs, and BCE and CE (which stand for “Before the Common Era” and “Common Era” respectively), I just hope *somebody* can remember purpose, “first cause”, and “where do we go after we die”… because if we all become very secular, the afterlife is going to be a pretty fearful future.

    That’s all I’ve got to say about that. But as I go, may I just remind you to … be careful. It’s becoming a very (secularized) jungle out there. :-) Doug

20060312 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LATEST CREATE INTERNATIONAL DVD RELEASE
  2. OSCAR HOSTS 1000 AT VIRTUAL PARTY
  3. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK
  6. 25 FREE SECURE EMAIL ACCOUNTS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION
  7. WEB OUTREACH FOCUS DAY ON 7 MAY
  8. NEWS FROM CHINA
  9. EMERCY’S CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING
  10. AQUAPONICS TRAINING
  11. CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY SEMINAR
  12. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  13. LET THE PEOPLE PRAY: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. AMAZING PARTNERS
  15. OPPORTUNITIES AT METRO DELHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, INDIA
  16. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO THE LIFE OF A PEER OR BOSS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LATEST CREATE INTERNATIONAL DVD RELEASE — Two years in the making… you can now have your own audio visual tool to invigorate your missions mobilization and training efforts.

    http://www.createinternational.com/

    From Genesis to Revelation, God’s global purpose to reach all peoples unfolds in this power packed graphically dynamic presentation. The whole DVD (20 minutes) also includes 4 chapters (@5 minutes each) Biblical, Historical, Unreached People, and Involvement. Select which section you want to show for your teaching or mission promotions. It’s great for intercession times and even Sunday school classes at your local church.

    This new DVD can be used as a teaching tool for Perspectives courses, mission conferences, churches and schools. It serves as an inspirational visual masterpiece to unfold God’s blessing for every believer – to join Him in reaching all peoples and thus fulfill God’s global purpose.

    View a short sample video clip [mp4] of the Global Purpose:

    http://www.createinternational.com/videos.php?id=48

    To order the Global Purpose, please visit Create’s online store: http://www.createinternational.com/store (Thanks to Create Int’l for pitching in $100 toward Brigada’s 2006 budget. Please thank them with checking out this innovative product.)


  2. OSCAR HOSTS 1000 AT VIRTUAL PARTY — On 1st March 2006, OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, relaunched it’s website with a virtual party on the Internet.

    “We wanted an event that would potentially involve everyone who uses the OSCAR website, wherever they are,” says Mike Frith, OSCAR’s Founding Director. The re-launch also coincided with the organisation’s sixth birthday. Within the first few days of March 1st, the website was achieving over 1000 unique users per day and on the first day over 15,000 page views were reported. Mike continues “With our new website we are seeking to build an online community of people involved or interested in world mission. We want it to provide an interface for all those who wish to engage with the world for Christ’s sake, whether they are working overseas, supporting from home or just surfing for inspiration.”

    Party goers are able to play virtual hide & seek, virtual pass the parcel, and mingle with other virtual party goers during activities and discussions. Everyone is invited to join in the party which continues until the end of March at http://www.oscar.org.uk (Oscar has also pitched in $50 this past week toward Brigada’s 2006 expenses. Please support this new Brigada sponsor . . . and to the folks at Oscar, we say “Thanks!!!”)


  3. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? – As was mentioned before, there are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but now when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

    For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm . Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! We all benefit from your business and we thank you!


  4. GGING ABOUT 21ST CENTURY MISSIONS — Urbana.org has just launched a new blog called Missional Hands designed to interview personnel staff from various mission agencies about one question – What is the most important skill to be a missionary in the 21st Century? Jon Hirst, Director of Communications for HCJB World Radio is writing the blog and is providing interaction for those students looking for more input on these key questions. This is a great resource for people considering missions as it asks the hard questions and tries to provide straightforward answers. Visit: http://www.urbana.org/blogs/blog.main.hands.cfm

  5. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — With many requests for additional training, Elijah Company has scheduled an additional orientation from May 18-21, 2006. The four days provide steps, stamina and stature for missions. See http://www.elijahcompany.org for a description of the training and comments made by past participants. For additional information write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. Or call with any questions to 757- 226-3507.

  6. CORRECTION ON PASTORS RETREAT NETWORK — Sorry that the Pastors Retreat Network isn’t in the position to invite missionaries after all. However, you could pass the word to your local church ministry staff. (Feb. 17th Brigada Today, Item #8, “NEED A GETAWAY?”) (To all those who might have checked with them, please pardon any inconvenience. They were recommended to us for that purpose.) However, Chad went beyond the call of duty and scoped out a dozen other locations that *do* take missionaries, some free, some for a charge. Click here to see the list of missionary retreat locations. (Thanks Chad!)

  7. 25 FREE SECURE EMAIL ACCOUNTS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION — That’s right. Strategic Kingdom Building Ministries (SKBM) desires to offer the subscribers of Brigada Today, especially brothers and sisters in the field, free Secure E-Mail Accounts. This offer is limited to 25 accounts per ministry or organization. Because this is a public web site, they request an application of need be filled out by your organization’s leader. And because these accounts are secure, they ask also that the organization leader act as the point of contact to validate each account. The organization leader should provide the required information in accordance with the application format below.

    For further information and to set up the accounts, please contact Troy Fournier at troy_fournier(at)yahoo(dot)com. Just send Troy your organization’s name, mission, purpose of the accounts, website, full contact info, along with the Last name, first name, middle initial, and current e-mail address of all members requiring an account.


  8. WEB OUTREACH FOCUS DAY ON 7 MAY — The Internet Evangelism Day website is at http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com. The IE Day website contains many resources to help Christians understand and use the Internet to touch the world. It explains how to build a church website that can reach out into the community, or start an evangelistic blog. There is even a free evangelistic screensaver to download.

    The site also offers materials for a mission team, training institution or church to easily stage a ‘web awareness’ focus program on 7 May (or at any time they choose). These include a PowerPoint presentation, video clips, music, drama skits, posters, discussion papers, handouts and many other ideas. (Thanks Tony!)


  9. NEWS FROM CHINA — Are you interested in current events and news in China? There is a Yahoo Group that is dedicated to bringing you the latest, most relevant and most interesting English-language news items about China, including trends and events that affect the church in China. The purpose of this Yahoo Group is to provide timely information for fellow workers within China as well as Sinophiles around the world. For more details or to subscribe, check out the China News Group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/steves_china_news/

  10. EMERCY’S CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP TRAINING -— Emercy is hosting their second annual Missions Leadership Training Workshop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 7-8, 2006. This workshop is designed to help church leaders mobilize their church for missions. Topics include Church mobilization, short-term teams, and ACMC’s Missions Assessment Profile. To register, call Emercy from the US toll free at 877-875-4483 or internationally: 205-409-4197. You can also register online at http://www.emercy.org/training

  11. AQUAPONICS TRAINING — It is not too late to register for the Barrel Aquaponics Workshop and/or the Aquaponics Conference held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 27 & 28 and March 29 – 31. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. Course participants learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Come and enjoy a rich learning experience, fellowship with Believers of like interest and the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate of $30 for the Workshop, $60 for the Conference or $75 for both.

  12. CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY SEMINAR — Learn how to effectively minister in an international context by participating in short, informal summaries of proven research, strategic planning and biblical principles that have demonstrated real-world results in a variety of contexts. Worldview Research Group of Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, invites you to attend its fourth annual Cross-Cultural Ministry Seminar to be held 4-8 September 2006. Missionary Training International, just 15 minutes north of Colorado Springs, in beautiful Palmer Lake, Colorado will once again host the event. Topics include summaries on a worldview approach to ministry, primitive religions, chronological bible teaching and more. Seminar facilitators bring decades of experience, and feature Dr. David Hesselgrave, Dr. Tom Steffen, Bob Strauss, Mark Zook, George Walker and Greg Melendes. Whether heading to the field for the first time, or heading back soon for another term, you will definitely profit from this seminar. For more information regarding curriculum, on-line registration and accommodations, please go to http://www.wrg3.org USA callers can call toll-free at 1-866-750-9743. Others can dial +1-719-282-7891, or e-mail WRG at: info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are May 8 – June 2 and again June 19 – July 14, 2006. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  14. LET THE PEOPLE PRAY: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Almost 4 years ago, God called a young man to Namibia to begin researching the unengaged peoples of this country. Would there be any people groups who had not heard the Gospel message? Yes! During his 2-year assignment, God brought across his path those from the Herero, Mbalantu, Nama/Damara and Namibian Coloured people groups. They had little or no evangelical presence among them. You have been faithfully praying that these Forgotten Peoples will have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. There continues to be many barriers for evangelical work in Namibia. Pray that the Lord will send workers into His harvest field! Pray that God will raise up Namibian men and women who have a passion to share Christ. Continually lift up the Herero, an unengaged people, before the Lord. Encourage others to adopt the Herero people for prayer by visiting http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za

  15. AMAZING PARTNERS — Thanks to Dial-Abroad.com once again for their amazing partnership and great help to keep Brigada coming to your screen each week. If you’ve ever need to change phone services… or start a new service, I really hope you’ll consider them. Just browse to: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm This past week they sent $74 more. Please keep talkin’! :-) Want to join them in becoming and amazing partner? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  16. OPPORTUNITIES AT METRO DELHI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, INDIA — Metro Delhi Int’l School has tons of opportunities, including Middle School- Secondary School Teacher/Administrator, Secondary English-Language Arts Teacher, and many more. This is a Christian school that uses American Curriculum. They have students from 14 different countries, and they are in our 4th year. Log on at http://www.mdis.net for a free video or more information on the school email them at info(at)mdis(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  17. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO THE LIFE OF A PEER OR BOSS — Ever hear the term “whistleblower?” The term is usually used to describe a worker who turns in the boss or a whole company for something unethical or incompatible with principles of honesty, fairness, or other company values. How can you avoid the stigma (or the pink slip) handed to a whistleblower, while still speaking into the life of a boss or company? First, work to become a supportive insider rather than a fence-sitting cynic. Sometimes, whistleblowers are already alienated long before they get publicity for “turning someone in.” Let’s face it: those who have built up a relationship of trust can usually communicate one-on-one. They don’t have to resort to confrontational “stunts” to get their point across. (*Usually* — there are exceptions.)

    Second, remember that sometimes there are circumstances beyond the control of the boss or company… “Walk a mile in their moccasins” before you become a cynic. In other words, suppose you decide to confront your boss on the company’s lack of follow-through on a policy to recruit customer support personnel, only to find that the company has worked its tail off trying to *find* customer service personnel of the quality they are seeking. What we mean is — sometimes it’s easy to critique your boss or your team from your vantage point. Only as a trusted insider will you truly understand the long-term desires of your leadership.

    Third, try to figure out how you can become a part of the solution, rather than a part of the whistle. If your team is short on finances, ask if you can take a portion of your work-week to take a class on support-raising, with a view to helping shore up needed finances. If you feel your church is losing people out the “back door”, volunteer to take a few hours/week to visit new converts in an attempt to supplement the training they’re getting. You get the idea. Think like an insider… Don’t view yourself as a “victim”. You’re not stuck. Think as a belonger. Ask, “What problem is my boss facing and how can I become a part of the solution to his problem, so it will in turn help me do my job better too?”

    What if things go south? What if your best efforts are misunderstood? How do you handle it if your motives are misjudged? Tune in next week for the final “BackPage” in this series.

20050828 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TEACH ENGLISH TO REACH NATIONS
2. NEW BOOK EXPLORES LIVES OF EARLY JEWISH BELIEVERS IN JESUS
3. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES
4. RELEASING KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS TO IMPACT THE NATIONS
5. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA IN AFRICA
6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
7. WATER PURIFICATION INFO
8. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
9. DEBATE ON GOOGLEMAIL CONTINUES
10. TURBO-CHARGE BRIGADA
11. REFLECTIONS ON A HURRICANE AND RESULTING OFFERINGS
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. TEACH ENGLISH TO REACH NATIONS — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. YWAM/PA can train you to teach effectively in their TESOL course. The next course will be offered October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or email questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. NEW BOOK EXPLORES LIVES OF EARLY JEWISH BELIEVERS IN JESUS — Now is your chance to pre-order the much anticipated book, “We Have Found the Messiah, The Jewish Believers in Jesus of Antiquity,” based on Volume One of Dr. Oskar Skarsaune’s ground-breaking research on the history of Jewish believers in Jesus. Get a real sense of how the Jewish believers integrated with the rest of the Church, and learn how this work has potential to reestablish a sense of legitimacy for this group — both within the Church and the Jewish community — that has been owed it for generations. Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies is publishing this outstanding work as the December 2005 issue of the journal, Mishkan. Single copy price is US$19.00, with volume discounts available for 20 copies or more if ordered before October 15, 2005. Delivery in December. Call (630)668-3328 or email caspariusa(at)caspari(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES -— Here’s a web- based, 9-12 month, self paced school for leaders that is accepting applications 24/7/365. Faculty includes YWAM President, John Dawson, and other significant reconcilers from around the world. Mention Brigada when you register. You get world class training in reconciliation and, according to organizers, Brigada will be blessed as well. (This is a class you won’t want to miss! :-) ) Check it out http://www.gracebridge.org or contact fawn(at)reignbridge(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. RELEASING KINGDOM PROFESSIONALS TO IMPACT THE NATIONS — Again this year Carol Davis is hosting a conference to link professionals with global opportunities in their professional “domains” of business, health care, arts, education, technology, law-government and science. ** Along-side Consultations are for senior pastors to help churches identify, equip and release strategic professionals from their congregations; and for mission pastors and mobilizers to help them better mobilize this strategic work force. ** Each event is two days, and the three events overlap over three days (Oct 20-22nd) at Overlake Christian Church in Redmond (Seattle), WA. ** Discounted registration ends 9/14, so spread the word quickly! Visit http://intersectionconference.com or email information(at)intersectionconference(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. A NEW QUESTION: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA IN AFRICA — While on a research trip among the Nama/Damara, one believer encountered three young men. He asked them what they would do when they stand before God after they die. These young men had never heard such a question. They gave all their attention to hearing the Gospel. They eagerly prayed and asked Jesus to save them and be their Lord. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com
6. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Elijah Company conducts these four day consultations for up to thirty people presenting practical steps and important concepts. Topics include spiritual development, character issues, relationships, culture and steps to move forward. Participants may also receive personal words and prayer for encouragement and direction. Many have already received this valuable training and are on fields around the world. The next camps are Virginia, October 27-30, 2005; El Salvador November 2005; Guatemala, February 2006. For more information see their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. To subscribe to Elijah Company mentorship network sent a blank letter to elijahcompany- mentorshipnetwork-subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. WATER PURIFICATION INFO — Check out this site: http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~rael/uvtube/uvtubeproject.htm Learn to blend the technical with the available. (Thanks to the anonymous Brigada reader, F.H., for the link! :-) )
8. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join with others around the world on October 1st for the October 1st 2005 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. DEBATE ON GOOGLEMAIL CONTINUES — Many still view Google’s mail service as ideal, with privacy being, in their opinion, plenty good enough. One reader commented on the item in last week’s Brigada, “One of the sites listed was www.google-watch.org. Most of what I saw there was hate for the big corporations and micheal moore type of name calling and conspiracy theory stuff. They did have a few interesting points about info gathering but to be honest it really turned me off more than anything.” The important thing is to find tools and resources that look and feel secure enough for your context. Just make sure you know exactly how “exposed” you are. Frankly, just about *anything* is better than the unguarded Internet.
10. TURBO-CHARGE BRIGADA — Our 2005 total giving is actually pretty good. At $7,664.18, we’ve got a ways to go (to reach our goal of $16,576 for the year), but year before last, one single donor gave $9,000 in one fell swoop. Perhaps you couldn’t ever imagine doing that… but do you know someone who could? Remember, we *limit* donations to the $16,576. Any excess gifts are escrowed for the next year — and once we make our goal, we no longer mention the appeal in future Brigadas for the remainder of the year. We intentionally try to receive only the *exact* amount needed. These funds encourage Brigada by under girding costs like webspace, secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising and promotion to help get the message out about Brigada’s resources. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.
11. REFLECTIONS ON A HURRICANE AND RESULTING OFFERINGS — Maybe somebody living on Mars might have somehow escaped hearing about Katrina, but actually, I imagine Hurricane news would have traveled even there. Some of the best fund-raising for the hurricane has actually taken place at the hands of reporters for the major news networks, whose ratings probably skyrocket in times like these. Either way, viewers see the needs and are moved toward action, even before various aid organizations send appeals. Like many missions committees, the one I lead (at the local church I attend when I’m not traveling) stepped up to the plate, appealed for a matching gift grant from a great foundation, and 7 days later — bam — there was $70,000 ready to mobilize toward the two focal points we had chosen. And so, like many other participant/observers, I came away from the experience with a few conclusions:

*** The book of James (James 4:2b in the New Testament) is right: sometimes we don’t see great offerings because we just don’t ask. (Where would all these people have sent their money if our missions committee hadn’t given them the chance?)
*** Donors are moved by matching gift requests. The one I approached is geared toward the fellowship of churches that I attend. But you can find tons of similar organizations online at Google.com. A simple search on the terms, “grantmaking foundations,” yields half a million pages of results.
*** Donors like it when they know their money will make it to the scene of the tragedy. We made arrangements so 100% of ours would make it to the field. (literally zero overhead) A couple of our staff even accompanied the first wave of ministry implementation (paying their own way). Our response was incredible. Donors have heard about scams where previous collections have been misused and they’re eager for a simple solution that bypasses a “big business” approach.
*** Special offerings for tragedies don’t have to negatively impact regular weekly tithes. We emailed our congregation’s members in advance, to tell them a Hurricane relief offering would be collected at the close of the service. The regular offering was one of the best ever . . . and the hurricane relief offering was remarkable. The Lord and his people are very generous.
*** Unchurched people want to give too. One of our church’s members said she took the appeal to her business place. She intentionally approached non-Christians, several of whom were eager to take part. They explained that they had wanted to help but didn’t know whom to trust. This particular business owner came back with $1200 in 48 hours. Another friend of a friend wrote a head coach of an NFL franchise; lo and behold, the coach immediately offered to give $10,000! If our friend hadn’t approached him, would he have ever gotten around to making such a gift? No one knows.
*** Donors like action. Our entire project, from beginning to implementation, required no more than 10 days. We didn’t ask for pledges over time.
*** At the same time, donors like to know long-term care will be granted. We assured donors of our regard for this by finding room in our budget for long-term hurricane relief funding as a part of the general missions budget, which is funded by regular Sunday offerings. In this way, we hope our members will be further motivated to keep giving their missions dollars to the regular Sunday offering.
*** Empower your missions committee chairman to *act*. Funny… in this particular case, I had been appointed chairman the very week of the hurricane. The chairman of our board and the chairman of the elders gave me a mandate to get the church involved in Katrina relief. I took that to be a clear assignment and proceeded to act pretty decisively, but all the while (daily, in fact), I sent out regular emails of the steps I was taking. These emails went to leadership in all cases, and in some cases, we sent those emails to the entire church membership. In this way, they could see that their agent was taking steps… quick steps. My theory on this was that they would be forgiving of me if I moved forward, forsaking regular monthly missions committee meetings in favor of an action orientation for the here and now. Everything I’m hearing, after the fact, says it was the right thing to do. Act — but keep everyone informed. Don’t wait for a committee meeting. Find out your mandate, then jump in and make it happen. (Example: I applied for the grant the very morning after being appointed, writing as if I represented the church.) Disclaimer: I also set up a meeting one week in the future where I told the committee members I would review the steps I had taken and, as a committee, we would be able to look at the entire project at the 7-day milestone. So they all knew that meeting was coming.

Bottom line: When tragedy strikes, my theory is — people want leadership that takes quick and decisive action. During those first couple of weeks, they’ll be *very* forgiving if someone acts without getting all the normal permissions and approvals, as long as everything is done with good integrity and good ethics, naturally. The key is to understand the mandate, the extent of the expectation to *deliver*, and the “reasonable checkpoints” with the right decision-makers. The corollary of my theory? In catastrophic situations, group members have little toleration for indecision, slow implementation, and wasted time. (View the feeling toward FEMA and other gov’t reps in New Orleans.)

Hurricane Katrina may well turn out to be one of the worst natural disasters to ever strike USA soil. But the response of kind-hearted people from all over the world is helping make a difference today… and it can do so in future catastrophes too.

20050724 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FINAL 7 DAYS TO HELP DOUG WITH PH.D. DISSERTATION
2. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR
4. LAUSANNE PAPER ON POSTMODERN AND ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITIES
5. A CONFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART FOR AFRICA
6. A HARSH LIFE: THE NAMIBIAN COLOURED Of NAMIBIA
7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
8. INVITATION TO FREE E-MAIL ACCOUNT GMAIL
9. EMERCY’S SHORT TERM MISSIONS TOOLBOX IS NOW AVAILABLE
10. TEACH TO REACH
11. BACK PAGE: LIVING IN CHANGING AGENCIES, OR NOT
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. FINAL 7 DAYS TO HELP DOUG WITH PH.D. DISSERTATION — These are the final hours to help Doug with the dissertation project for his Ph.D. degree on followership. The questionnaire helps each individual determine his or her “style of followership” and the results are 100% confidential. “You have my word as your Brigada Today compiler since the very beginning, in 1995, that you won’t be added to any list. No one will call. No one will even email.” Remember that anyone working (or even volunteering in a major way) for a non-profit organization, mission, orphanage or church is eligible. If you aren’t sure you’re the right person to take the survey, please take it anyway. If you can convince 100 people to take it (from your mission or church), and get 50 of them to participate, we’ll be forever grateful. Staff persons in Christian schools, staff people in local churches, resident moms and dads in children’s homes, .. they’ll all be considered for the research. It takes just 5 minutes. This is the final opportunity being offered to Brigada Today participants. Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership After taking the survey, the research asks a few basic questions of your team leader or supervisor, again — in the strictest confidence. “Following this week, we’ll go to the university with the numbers and see if they’ll allow the project. We had set a goal to find 500 pairs of followers and their respective supervisors. We’re roughly halfway there.” :-( Final chance… please take those 5-minute surveys by August 17. Week after week for years, you’ve been reading Brigada. Here’s a chance to give something back — without having to spend a dime of your hard-earned cash. Your responses will be used exclusively as research data for this one project. Please help today. There is obviously no fee involved. This is homework. Are there 375 people out there (out of our 10,000 reachers) who would please pitch in? If so, thank you in advance. http://www.brigada.org/followership
2. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Receive training from the Chalmers Center on how to facilitate economic development among the poor. Here is what Robin and Mike McMahan, Mission to the World missionaries to Ecuador, said about the training they received from the Chalmers Center: “The [Chalmers Center training institute] revolutionized what we were doing. It gave us useful tools and allowed us to help people financially and spiritually without creating dependency. We would definitely recommend the [Chalmers Center training institute] for anyone who is working among the poor.” The Chalmers Center will offer the first two of the courses from the training institute in distance learning format this coming fall. The distance learning courses are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. They will help you understand the needs of the poor and how to determine the design of an intervention that is the appropriate program and strategy for Christian economic development in your context. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers web site at www.chalmers.org. Or, you can contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR — The Strategic Coordinator Seminar is about planning and implementing evangelism, business and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (13 November-2 December 2005) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. In the seminar you will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. If you want to see your church take a more active role in evangelizing your focus people through prayer, going and sending out missionaries; if you are a missionary who desires to see more prayer, people and finance on an international level directed towards your focus group, then this seminar is for you. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto: http://www.ywamperth.org.au Please note that the organizers have asked that you be sure to mention the fact that you read about it in Brigada. :-)
4. LAUSANNE PAPER ON POSTMODERN AND ALTERNATIVE SPIRITUALITIES — One of the more lengthy and significant Lausanne papers from the Oct. 2004 meeting in Thailand is now available. Lausanne Occasional Paper No. 45, “Religious and Non-Religious Spirituality in the Western World (“New Age”), is available in PDF format at http://community.gospelcom.net/lcwe/assets/LOP45_IG16.pdf or in booklet format. For information on ordering the 90 page booklet contact John Morehead at johnwmorehead(at)netzero(dot)net
5. A CONFERENCE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART FOR AFRICA — Gather in Longmont, CO Sept. 16 & 17, 2005 for the Best Hope for Africa Conference. This will be a time of prayer for the continent and networking with other native Africans and American workers. Pastor Andre Lottering of African Ministries Network will be the keynote speaker as the group seeks to catch God’s heart for His emerging church in Africa. For more on this free conference, contact Willy Rumenera at rumenera_willy(at)yahoo(dot)fr or Melody at VineLife Community Church at 303-449-3330 ext 101.
6. A HARSH LIFE: THE NAMIBIAN COLOURED Of NAMIBIA — J. is in his late 30’s. He lost his wife to sickness some time ago. He alone takes care of his six-year old son. J. is unemployed and lives in a town with only a couple of businesses. As he lay on his bed on the ground outside his tin shack, he listened to the Gospel. He chose to ask Jesus into his heart. Now there is hope in a harsh life. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Namibian Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com
7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — This training camp is by sponsored by Elijah Company from October 27-30 in Virginia. Many have already been trained and are now in overseas work. A special free conference call will be conducted August 11 at 8:30 PM est. The 45 minute conference will share about the training and other tips regarding preparation to go. A former trainee wrote “Missionary Training Camp has given me the steps I need to take to get to the field and the directions regarding how to take those steps.” Write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org for details of training or conference call. See their web at http://www.elijahcompany.org or call (757)226-3507.
8. INVITATION TO FREE E-MAIL ACCOUNT GMAIL — Frank, a Brigada subscriber from Frankfurt, Germany, invites other subscribers to the GMAIL e-mail service. This free mail service is part of the Google- Family, and comes with a huge free space of more than 2 GB, almost no ads – only low-key text ads at the side of the page. It offers a unique system of sorting, with labels instead of folders, that is very flexible and easy to use. The menu language can be chosen from about twenty main languages, including Russian, Chinese and many others. From his own experience, Frank can recommend GMAIL as a useful tool. (And by the way, in case you were wondering, he receives NO goodies from gmail for his recommendation). Please write to him at: frank(dot)e(dot)martin(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. EMERCY’S SHORT TERM MISSIONS TOOLBOX IS NOW AVAILABLE — Emercy is now offering the Toolbox on CD (Mac or PC) with a number of resources for short-term team leaders. The CD includes templates for team member applications, meeting outlines, member handbooks, fundraiser ideas, passport applications, stock photos, and clip art. This resource is helpful for short-term team leaders who are just getting started and don’t have the time to create everything from scratch. The CD also includes a comprehensive planning worksheet in Excel that allows you to calculate your trip expenses. You can purchase it for $19.95 from Emercy’s website at http://www.emercy.org or by calling 877-875-4483 (205-409-4197 for our international readers). You can also email info(at)emercy(dot)org
10. TEACH TO REACH — Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. We can train you to teach effectively in our TESOL course. Courses will be offered August 29 through September 23 and October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at www.ywampa.org or e- mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net.
11. BACK PAGE: LIVING IN CHANGING AGENCIES, OR NOT — In last week’s Brigada Today, we addressed the shifting sands of culture and time and pointed out how mission agencies seem to be shifting too (along with churches and the actual missionaries themselves). One reader commented on the fact that indeed… technology no only made the world smaller, but also seemed to build a higher level of expectation for accountability and perhaps even power in home offices of mission agencies around the globe. In the opinion of this particular Brigada participant, this immediate communicative ability enables area directors to become (or at least *want* to become :-) ) much more involved in decisions. At the same time, it seemed important to another reader to forge on despite some of the downsides of immediate communication. “The mission agency should be viewed as a valuable partner in the mission enterprise. Nothing is to be gained by being at odds with the agency, and just as a matter of fact, we are enjoined by Christ to love each other. That includes mission agencies in my book.”

So here are 5 tips for navigating the sea of change with your home office and agency.
*** 1) Determine what is the “main thing” you’re supposed to be doing, then do it well. Make the main thing the main thing. If you’re supposed to be raising up a new church, set up a plan to do that. As they say in soccer, take the shortest path to the goal. If, on the other hand, you’ve been hired to oversee a building or facility, don’t get sidetracked working on cars in the back lot. Keep the main thing the main thing. Your agency will notice your attention to the key objective and you’ll be loved for your loyalty to the purpose. Can you see how this simple concept overcomes technology, travel, and treasure.

*** 2) If you have areas of disagreement, gently speak about those with the person(s) influential enough to help you resolve those issues. But don’t talk with outsiders, don’t gossip, and don’t whine or grouse to peers. Change the things you can, then leave the rest to the Lord.

*** 3) If your agency is unable to change to meet your expectations, decide if those unresolved issues are big enough to merit resigning. If they aren’t, then let go of them and get on board. If they’re so big that you’re miserable and you can’t let go of them, then resign and move on. But don’t live your life in that in-between stage where you stay with an agency even though you’re miserable about it. Love it… or leave it. You’ll be happier either way you go… and your productivity will improve when you’re working for an organization you love.

*** 4) Somebody has to pay for services. Either your agency takes a slice of the support you raised, or they raise the support for you, then just hire you… but either way, somebody’s donating or sacrificing somewhere. Realize that those services have value. Be grateful for them when they’re helpful. If none of them are helpful, then rather than become bitter about it, go to step 3. :-) But either way, don’t sit around and complain about the “administrative overhead” cost — if at the same time you’re benefiting from it! Somebody has to pay somewhere.

*** 5) Figure out what are the key administrative and/or communicative expectations, then find a way to make them happen. Everyone will be happier. If your home office expects a weekly update from the field, budget 30′ on Monday morning, first thing, to write it. Turn off the phone, keep the office door closed, and churn it out. Putting it off… or worse yet… not doing it at all… sends a signal that you aren’t placing value on the expectation (or those expecting it). In the end, this translates to #3, again. Let’s face it: every day, no matter what job we hold, there’s paperwork. Nurses have more forms and reports in hospitals. I.T. workers even have more paperwork in information technology these days. So the way I see it, we just figure out what we have to do and make it happen… and quit complaining. Everybody will be happier.

So there are 5 tips. For what it’s worth. Because it’s a jungle out there… and your work brings life to those who need it.

20050424 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT SITE FOR STREAMED COMMERCIAL-FREE WORSHIP MUSIC
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
3. MEDIA & MISSIONS
4. CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS GATHERING
5. FRONT RANGE FINISHERS FORUM
6. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL WITH EMPHASIS ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
7. LEARN ABOUT CREATIVE STORYTELLING
8. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD
9. STAGNANT WATER: THE MBALANTU OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA
10. INTERNET VANDALS SHOW NO SIGN OF LETTING UP
11. HOW WOULD WE LIVE WITHOUT SPONSORS?
12. THE BACKPAGE: FIRE UP YOUR FINISH
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT SITE FOR STREAMED COMMERCIAL-FREE WORSHIP MUSIC — OK… this is it… This is the site I’ve been looking for. Have you ever needed some background music in your headphones to help mask that noisy street… or those chickens clucking outside your window? … or maybe for you it’s cubicle noise next to you… people on the phone or whatever… Here’s your God-send, no matter where you are in the world — if you can just get Internet connectivity, you can listen to: http://www.allworship.com Completely free, completely commercial-free, and yes… all worship. Try it. You’ll like it. (They do accept donations, by the way.) (Thanks, Thea, for the tip!)
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: US Senate Committee issues report detailing numerous tax law changes that would have a major impact on all charitable organizations. IRS once again has to define a “church.” Court rules that the Family Medical Leave Act does apply to churches and religious organizations. More guidelines from the IRS on who is an employee and who is an independent contractor. Courts rule on when ministers are mandatory reporters of child abuse, when churches can be liable for dismissing members, and the rights of religious organizations to dismiss employees. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Please let ’em know “Brigada” sent you by typing it in the “How did you hear about us” field. (By the way, there’s no kickback planned or promised here. :-) )
3. MEDIA & MISSIONS — Here’s a new website that offers missionaries the opportunity to share their ministry by video and pictures with supporters and churches – http://www.convergemissions.com. Converge Missions is a company that provides missionaries the opportunity to connect with friends, family, and supporters through the use of interactive media. The video content on this is delivered in flash video. This technology allows most internet users to view and interact with the streaming media in a video on-demand environment. Those that visit this site are given the opportunity to view any video at any time. The company is prepared to receive any kind of media to be edited and delivered online. The founder of this service organization is an MK who has a heart for integrating media and missions. This is a great way to allow supporters to get an eye witness view of your family and ministry. Give it a look.
4. CHRISTIANS IN GLOBAL BUSINESS GATHERING — More factories and IT centers around the world are extending God’s Kingdom in powerful ways. Business owners are seeking ways they can minister to their employees and communities around the world. EC Institute and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary have partnered together to present the Christians in Global Business Gathering on June 9-11. Please view the link below for a packet of information: http://www.topica.com/f/v.html?900055965.900031694
5. FRONT RANGE FINISHERS FORUM — The next Finishers Forum will be held in Colorado Springs, June 10-11. What IS the Finishers Forum, you ask? It is a “mini-Urbana-like” missions conference for post-college adults. It is a safe place to explore missions. It is a partnership of more than eighty North American missions agencies, including Great Europe Mission, HCJB World Radio, The Navigators, JESUS Film Project, OCI, etc. For more information visit http://www.finishers.org/events Individuals registering before May 30 receive a $15 early-bird registration discount.
6. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL WITH EMPHASIS ON UNREACHED PEOPLES — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ. Dates for DTS are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006. The schools include 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada. Topics taught include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. DTS includes 8 weeks in Southeast Asia/ North Africa doing mission work with long term missionaries among specific unreached people groups. Outreach activities include evangelism, prayer ministry, community projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
7. LEARN ABOUT CREATIVE STORYTELLING — Here’s a conference, June 21- 23rd, 2005, featuring Imago Media, which focuses on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. You will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and then share the heart of those stories through video. This is a hands-on-training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals, enabling both beginners or advanced workers. Learn more at: http://www.eyesoftheheart.org
8. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD — YWAM Turner Valleys School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intense inductive Bible school. Students in this school go through the Bible five times in nine months while learning effective study tools. This is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to study and apply God’s Scripture as a whole. SBS begins September 12, 2005. Please call 1-403-933-3755 for more information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. STAGNANT WATER: THE MBALANTU OF NORTHERN NAMIBIA — In the traditional lands of the Mbalantu people, there are many mysterious pools of water called “oshanas.” These are actually fed from the water table below and often times contain fish. Just like the fish in the Oshanas, the Mbalantu people are trapped in their world with little or no evangelical influences. The Mbalantu are fed by the trappings of the sin of this world. Pray for fishers of men to come and share Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. INTERNET VANDALS SHOW NO SIGN OF LETTING UP — eWeek reported recently that in the first quarter of 2005, Trend Micro documented about 7,600 worms and viruses propagating during the first quarter of 2005, an increase of 300% over 1st quarter 2004! Some of these were now spreading via IM. More than ever, we need good antivirus, antispam, antisyware, and a good firewall… a four-legged stool that has, in effect, become a more or less a required threshold for safe computing in the new Internet century.
11. HOW WOULD WE LIVE WITHOUT SPONSORS? — Well let’s put it this way: Our brigada-sponsored secretary wouldn’t. She is solely sponsored by the gifts from subscribers like you. :-) Nor would we be able to pay a bit of a share of our web-hosting fees, promote Brigada at conferences and conventions to new areas of growth and to new subscribers, nor travel to speak on Brigada and the importance of networking to finish the task. Our total budget for 2005 is $16,576. How many ministries have you ever heard of that have an annual budget of that size, ministering to 9,534 active members (as well as 2,626 bouncing ones :-) )? So far, we’ve already received $3,949.23 of that. When we make our goal, this item will vanish — and we’ll only make brief mention of any additional gifts that come in, which will then apply toward 2006 — if that glorious situation ever occurs. In the meantime,…

Thanks to anonymous couple who just decided to help, writing, ” Warm greetings. I just sent a $100 gift via PayPal to help with the Brigada costs. There is no need to acknowledge or mention the gift in any way. Every blessing in your ministry and service to many.” Whoa. Sobering. Thank you so much… and may others pick up your torch. Thanks to the other $100 giver and the $25 donor, again anonymously, from this past week. Whoa.

If you’d like to help Brigada, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
12. THE BACKPAGE: FIRE UP YOUR FINISH — Last week, we talked about “THE ART OF FINISHING” and the good feeling one gets after finishing something. Today we’re asking the question, “How?” Keep in mind that I’m a fellow-struggler here. But I *would* like to share some “lessons learned”… as long as you consider that they are shared from the perspective of “one beggar telling another where to buy bread.” These are working for me; see how they work for you:

*** For those really big projects, tackle sub-goals one at a time — With my dissertation, I stopped worrying about finishing the whole thing. I’m just trying to get to the next stage. Ch-ching. Three chapters done last week, sent off to the University; now I’m waiting on approval to forge on with the rest.

*** Make appointments with yourself — You’ve got to be ruthless. Realize that saying ‘yes’ to a new request means saying ‘no’ to those that have asked before. So you’re just trading burdens… unless you finish something.

*** Acquire the tools you need to get the job done — One of the tools that helped me was a little bibliography/reference computer program that uses the Internet to look up citations from the Library of Congress, then automatically formats them for my paper. For you, it might be a new power saw or even saving for a new laptop. If it helps you churn out the job, it’ll be worth it.

*** Intentionally delay gratification — In the middle of finishing my final drafts for the 3 chapters, my new laptop arrived from FedEx. I had already decided — I couldn’t open the laptop to even *look* at it until those pages were sealed, ready to send.

*** Map your progress and celebrate each difficult step — When I finished those three chapters, I paged the whole office and announced it over the intercom. I heard applause from every corner. What will *you* look forward to? Go out to eat. Take your spouse or best friend to the movies to celebrate! Hit the beach. Do *something*.

Now once you’ve finished your project or even a major sub-goal, how can you leverage that finish to move on to the next challenge? Come back next week to hear some answers.

In the meantime, be careful… ’cause it’s a jungle out there — for some of you, *literally*! :-)

20050403 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TENTMAKING COURSES – WHEN DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY
2. NEED TO POST PICTURES ON THE WEB? TRY THIS NEW SITE
3. TEACH SWEDISH, GERMAN, OR ENGLISH TO THAI TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
4. “STORIES FROM ACTS” IN EASYENGLISH (LEARNING DISABLED)
5. CAT & DOG THEOLOGY SEMINAR NOW ON DVD
6. INTERNET EVANGELISM – IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN APRIL
7. WAITING FOR THE GOOD NEWS: THE NAMA/DAMARA OF NAMIBIA
8. GET SYNERGY NEWSLETTER FREE
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA
10. CHURCH BUILDERS AS A VOLUNTEER MINISTRY?
11. NEED AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?? TRY THE AZERBAIJANI
12. URGENT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
13. THE BACK PAGE: “GET A LIFE!”
14. CLOSING STUFF

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1. TENTMAKING COURSES – WHEN DEMAND EXCEEDS SUPPLY — When people interested in tentmaker training start flying halfway around the world to get this 4.5 day training, the only solution is to add more courses. Easier said than done with limited resources of two small agencies working together called GLOBAL Opportunities and TENT of Norway. With a very short lead time, a new course has just been launched for Victoria BC Canada, and already it is more than half full. The TENTmaking course in Norway (in English) geared toward Europeans, but all are welcome, is taking place 4-8 May, 2005. The course in Victoria takes place 29 Jun – 3 July, 2005. Register soon, space is limited. For more info visit their websites http://www.tent.no/arrangement and http://www.globalopps.org Email Ari at arirocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org if you do not have web access. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. NEED TO POST PICTURES ON THE WEB? TRY THIS NEW SITE — Thanks to Scott for tipping us off to http://www.imageevent.com/ Scott writes, ” All you have to do to post the photos is to email them to the site and they will be posted in your ‘inbox’. From there you can create albums and you can directly email them to people or add them to a website. You can make hidden albums or password protected albums for those concerned with security. We’ve been using it for the past couple of weeks and we’ve been pleased. You can start using it for free and then if you want all the bells and whistles you just have to pay about $25 for a year which we did.” (Thanks for the tip, Scott!)
3. TEACH SWEDISH, GERMAN, OR ENGLISH TO THAI TSUNAMI SURVIVORS — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development (YWAM Relief & Development) is opening a Mult-faceted Training Center in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand as part of the Economic Development initiative of “We Love Thailand”, a united response of the love of God after the Tsunami.

If you’d like to serve by teaching your language to Tsunami survivors in Thailand contact : info(at)stepaheadmed(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

To learn more visit http://www.stepaheadmed.org and http://www.welovethailand.in.th
4. “STORIES FROM ACTS” IN EASYENGLISH (LEARNING DISABLED) — These may be downloaded from http://www.easyenglish.info Just click on AEE. See other Accessible EasyEnglish materials on this site too; together with commentaries and Bible texts for a wide range of readers. More information available from martin(at)easyenglish(dot)info
5. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] CAT & DOG THEOLOGY SEMINAR NOW ON DVD — ACMC/UnveilinGlory speakers have been presenting Cat & Dog Theology seminars around the world with amazing results. Many tell of being set free from self-centeredness to a new or renewed devotion to living for God’s glory and seeing that glory proclaimed among all peoples. Now individuals, families, youth groups, cell groups, Sunday School classes, and entire congregations can experience these same life-changing presentations on DVD! To learn more, read great testimonials, or purchase a set (at 60% discount!), contact Dave Imboden at: dave(at)acmcsouthwest(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. INTERNET EVANGELISM – IT’S ALL HAPPENING IN APRIL — This month sees three significant web evangelism initiatives, all of them keys to cross-cultural evangelism. The 21st Century web evangelism conference at Liberty University is being webcast, so you can watch all the sessions in the coming months, for a modest 20 US dollars: http://ie-21stcentury.com On 11 April, the next 12-week session of distance learning Cybermissions training starts. Cover a detailed and highly-praised curriculum from your own home: http://www.cybermissions.org/training And 24 April sees the first Internet Evangelism Day – an awareness day with downloadable resources (PowerPoint, drama, video clips etc) so that any church or mission group can build a customized program or seminar: http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com (Thanks Tony!)
7. WAITING FOR THE GOOD NEWS: THE NAMA/DAMARA OF NAMIBIA — This small town is made up of a guesthouse, general store and petrol station. It is 100k in any direction to the next settlement and at the intersection of two sand and gravel roads. Turning at this intersection, two believers saw several people sitting under a tree. Six of the seven Nama men and women were here visiting from another farm. The two believers asked if they could talk to them. They were all eager to talk! The believers shared the Gospel and all seven prayed to receive Christ as their personal Saviour! Right here, in the middle of nowhere, God had seven people together waiting for these believers to come and tell them about Jesus! Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call out missionaries for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. GET SYNERGY NEWSLETTER FREE — Signing up for Synergy Newsletter, the free missions newsletter, supplies you with a toolkit for mobilizing people in your church. Recent tools you can access now, include: “Short Term Team Follow up Kit”; “Mobilizing your church on behalf of the persecuted church”, a “Missionary Assessment and Preparation” tool; a way to “Map your church’s DNA”, and great ideas for “Choosing a Strategic Focus.” Subscribe to the FREE newsletter by visiting the DualReach web site http://wwww.dualreach.org or by writing bruce(at)dualreach(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL FLORIDA — The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed with an overseas internship in the 10/40 window. The purpose of the SOFM is to give students essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. Some of the topics: Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, The Power of Team Leadership, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Chronological Bible Presentation, History of Missions and much more. The next School starts in July 24thth. For more information contact Jose or Elizabeth at ywamjaxsofm(at)yahoo(dot)com or call (904) 221-5990 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. You can also check http://www.ywamjax.com
10. CHURCH BUILDERS AS A VOLUNTEER MINISTRY? — Here’s a Brigada participant compiling a list of church-building groups who donate (or partially donate) labor and/or materials for start-up ministries. If you’re one of those, please write Matt mjbenj777(at)netzero(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He’ll compile the list. We’ll ask him to send us the compilation and will report it later here… but you’re welcome to write him directly and ask him for a copy too. Thanks Matt… and good luck!
11. NEED AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP?? TRY THE AZERBAIJANI — The Azerbaijani Partnerships-N.American Forum will be held May 19-21st, 2005, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa OK. This growing network consists of agencies and a wide variety of church denominations. They exist to bring the gospel to Azerbaijanis worldwide, form indigenous churches, and provide a convening place for local and expatriate workers to come together in collaborative partnerships that will further those aims. This meeting will provide vital information for church’s or agency’s entry to ministry among the Azerbaijanis. Strategies, cultural information, reports from the field, and advances in the ministry will be shared at the meeting. Please contact Mary Ann, 918.392.1117 or masmith(at)asburytulsa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or register online at http:www.cefc.com/missions/azericonsultaton.html .
12. URGENT NEED FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS — Nations Light http:/www.nationslight.org is pulling together a short-term medical care trip for Sri Lanka, May 26-June 10, 2005, for 2 health care teams of 6-8 each to serve the continuing needs of the tsunami victims. Each team will have 2 dentists who will only remove painful teeth. Our teams will also dispense reading glasses. There is need of eye care specialists, pediatricians, dermatologists, internists, ER and family practice MDs. They already have 2 RNs committed and can use P.A.s and paramedics. They’ll be working in the Northeast Tamil areas. Since the disaster, there has been a cease fire in the civil war and these previously closed areas are open. Another team will do follow-up for those with spiritual questions. Team members may stay longer if they desire. For more information, contact Randy drpoe(at)mcsi(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call 541-673-3233(office)
13. THE BACK PAGE: “GET A LIFE!” — What do you do for a diversion? In our first year in cross-cultural missions, my wife and I took off for downtown each Wednesday afternoon. We visited a special library with English magazines, took in a movie, then went out for supper together. Nowadays, years later, among other things, I like soccer. In fact, in the 14’x27′ mini-arena the boys and I built downstairs (complete with netting, turf, dasherboards and goals!), I probably play 2 or 3 nights per week with the boys, plus I play in an adult “over-30” league as well (in a slightly bigger arena, needless to say).

But I also love trees and the outdoors. I know, … call me a tree- hugger… but it’s true. Last night I went out in the rain and planted 5 new seedlings Penny ordered for me. Something mystical about knowing I’m trying to take care of the earth God created.

Meanwhile, I’m learning to play soprano sax, reading about landscape architecture, wishing I had time to learn the names of all the constellations, learning to do CAD/CAM architectural drawings, selling unused stuff on eBay… and — a dozen other things on any given day.

These diversions give me great “fresh air” in between the day’s phone calls, emails, trips and meetings. I confess that half the time, I only sleep 4 hours or so at night, but that’s as much as anything due to the fact that I’m having too much fun reading the forums at ArborDay.com or reading about restoring natural prairies. (The other half, I catch up with 7 or 8 hours each night.) In summary – I’m having a ball in life… and I just dread having to close my eyes to go to sleep… because I keep thinking about all the fun things I could be doing next!

So what’s your diversion? What do you do for a sport, for exercise, or for a hobby? And can you think of at least a few things that pull you closer to family instead of taking you farther away?

My *hope* is that these types of diversions can keep us from “burning out.” Just talked to a former missionary today about that. After a number of years in a Southeast Asian land, he grew so burdened with his daily grind that he sunk into a kind of depression… and had to come back to the USA in a heap. Five years later, he’s still trying to fully recover. Needless to say, we want to try to avoid these kinds of returns whenever we can.

So… please… “get a life!” Find a hobby. Walk in the park with your kids. Start a weekly movie habit with your spouse or friends. Do *something* that involves a change of pace and fresh air. We’ll all be glad you did. You’ll last longer on the job, work harder while you’re at it, and have more fun every moment. And fun’s important… because it’s a jungle out there — so please take care.. and go have some fun! :-)

Doug

20050102 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. [DRUM ROLL] THE FINAL TALLY FOR 2004 (THANKS!)
2. MISSION NANNYS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO CARE FOR MISSIONARY KIDS
3. WHOA… UPDATED AND EXPANDED BETHANY PROFILES RELEASED
4. HELP: JOSHUA PROJECT INVITES INPUT ON NEW PROFILES
5. LEADER TRAINING STUDIES FOR CHURCH REPRODUCTION
6. MEMBER CARE IN THE CHINESE WORLD
7. SENDING IN AN ITEM FOR BRIGADA?
8. INSURANCE FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
9. GOT A HAMMER? VISIT THE INDIAN OCEAN
10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION (FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD)
11. AN OPEN HEART: THE MBALANTU of NAMIBIA
12. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK
13. D&D MISSIONARY HOMES
14. MISSIONARY-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM AT BEESON DIVINITY
15. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING CAMP
16. INTERNET EVANGELISM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
17. THE BACK PAGE: A “RIP IN THE TIME/SPACE CONTINUUM”
18. CLOSING STUFF

1. [DRUM ROLL] THE FINAL TALLY FOR 2004 (THANKS!) — In this first edition of the new year, we’re humbled once again by the special gifts of those who make it possible for us to keep Brigada on your screen and out the door on time. Prior to the secretarial help you’re providing, we sometimes ran 6 months behind. Bottom line: your help keeps us going! Sure we ran short, but at the same time, we made progress! There were a lot more gifts in 2004 than there were in 2003. And besides… the way we see it, $9300 worth of secretarial help is still a tremendous encouragement. And — we’re not running 6 months behind any more!!! :-)

Final gifts included anonymous donations of $100 from Manhattan, KS, $20 from an I.T. guy for 3 major Christian ministries, $5 from an overseas worker in Sweden, $50 from Concord, CA, who volunteers with SERVE (“Sending Experienced Retired Volunteers Everywhere”), working especially with professionals working with disabled children in a mission outreach, and $100 from the Director of Mission Nannys (Thanks Betty!). See their item below. Dial-Abroad sent $199 for November phone calls (Please keep talking!!! :-) ) The team at http://www.thebiblechannel.org the Bible Channel sent $25. “We pray for God’s blessings on your ministry and trust that God will meet all your needs.” Finally, thanks to the anonymous donor from Hungary who gave $25, the last gift of 2004. And so that ends a good year of sponsors for Brigada. The final tally for 2004, at the end of it all, was $9,384.79. It’s a great encouragement. Thanks to one and all. If you’d like to help kick off the 2005 year, please click on “Sponsor” in the top menu. Thanks!
2. MISSION NANNYS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO CARE FOR MISSIONARY KIDS — Mission Nannys, a Brigada sponsor, needs women 50 years of age or older to go overseas and help in domestic situations including homeschooling, child care, and just being extra hands for someone. To learn more, visit: http://www.MissionNannys.org (Thanks again, Betty!)
3. WHOA… UPDATED AND EXPANDED BETHANY PROFILES RELEASED — I’ve had the hardest time keeping this a secret. :-) Over the past few months, I’ve been watching this project grow… and just as it has taken on momentum, so has my heart jumped for joy! You see, in cooperation with the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and the Bethany World Prayer Center, Joshua Project has released updated and expanded versions of the original Bethany People Profiles at:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php

The original Bethany profiles have been matched with updated statistics. There are over 1,700 maps, 1,100 photos (several hundred of them are new), and 1,450 textual descriptions profiling unreached people groups. New non-Bethany profiles have also been added. The easiest place to start might actually be on the listing of people groups in a particular country. For example, see Turkmenistan:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/countries.php?rog3=TX

The columns on the far right show which people groups have a photo, map and text integrated with updated statistics. Any column can be sorted by clicking the column header. Clicking the people name on the far left will drill down to the specific profile. The Turkmen of Turkmenistan is a relatively complete profile with photo, map, text, statistics and links to other profiles and online audio. See:

http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php?rop3=110306&rog3=TX

Three cheers to Dan Scribner for the incredible late-night work this project has probably caused in his life. There’s no way this kind of thing can happen without somebody laying his life on the line. Only the Lord knows the number of hours Dan and his cohort(s) have struggled, getting this interface just right… collecting data… bartering with those who owned the rights… Tonight I give thanks for Dan’s work, as a form of worship to the one who deserves the labor Dan has offered up — may it be like a sweet-smelling sacrifice to the Savior of souls!
4. HELP: JOSHUA PROJECT INVITES INPUT ON NEW PROFILES — Joshua Project welcomes updated photos, maps, text and statistics. Have some great mission trip photos? Send them to Joshua Project at photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Done a Perspectives profile of a people group and want to share it? Send it to profiles(at)joshuaproject(dot)net.

Joshua Project is also looking for web surfers who would like to help collect additional photos, maps, text, stats or links to display on unreached peoples profiles. If interested please contact Joshua Project at info(at)joshuaproject(dot)net .
5. LEADER TRAINING STUDIES FOR CHURCH REPRODUCTION — These just- completed “Paul-Timothy” studies are for use by trainers with shepherds whom they coach for reproducing congregations and cells. Trainers use a provided “menu” to choose studies that fit trainees’ needs. Each topic has a shepherd’s lesson and a corresponding children’s lesson. Studies assume non-Christian, non-Western, non-Anglo background. Short studies can quickly be translated. They allow free download and free copying. Available as Word(r) documents and .PDF files, letter and A4 formats. Learn more at http://www.paul-timothy.net . If you require a CD-ROM disc, then write to gpatterson(at)paul-timothy(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. MEMBER CARE IN THE CHINESE WORLD — Catch the Asia Member Care Conference in Hong Kong Feb 16-19, 2005. This will be a great opportunity for counselors and member care people in Asia to network, learn, and exchange ideas. The keynote speakers will be Dr. Kelly O’Donnell and Mrs. Kathy Narramore. Topics including:
*** Member Care Update: The Flow of Care and the Flow of Flaws.
*** Best Practice Guidelines for Sending Organizations and Member Care Workers.
*** Field Counseling – Core Issues and Practical Tools.
*** Crisis and Contingency Management.
*** Practice of Pastoral Member Care
*** Cultivating a Caring Community The cost of the conference including lodging and food at the YMCA of Hong Kong is US$300. Register NOW with Scott Geisel at: ccg(at)attglobal(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SENDING IN AN ITEM FOR BRIGADA? — Please read the Submission Guidelines *first*. Some of the most-often missed components?
*** Please turn off publisher’s quotes before composing in Word
*** Hold your item to 8-10 lines (then give a website for more info)
*** Please use 3rd person (don’t say, “We” or “I”; say “They” or “She”)
*** Please *don’t* use classified ad language. We use sentences here.
*** We don’t open attached files — you’re wasting your time. :-)
*** In general, we don’t publish appeals for support. OK… so maybe we try to float one staff person (part-time secretary). But that’s it. :-) See the complete list of Submission Guidelines at: http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html
8. INSURANCE FOR SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS — Are you sending teams on short term trips this year? If you are, be sure to have them insured for medical expenses and medical evacuation! If you currently have a plan for them it is always good to make sure that you have the best plan for your needs. Insurance Services of America can “tailor-make” a plan to fit your teams’ needs. They can put together a proposal that you can use to compare with your current plan and they can include the benefits that you want and need for your people. Many times they have put together plans for organizations that cost less than a dollar per day per person! Not a bad deal, considering all of the coverage that is available. For details, a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
9. Learn more at http://www.missionaryhealth.com/ GOT A HAMMER? VISIT THE INDIAN OCEAN — In response to this major catastrophe, CNFA is looking for potential volunteers to the Indian Ocean region. As a Farmer to Farmer (FtF) implementer, they are searching for people who have experience with post-disaster reconstruction. However, candidates don’t necessarily have to have the typical FtF volunteer credentials. USAID is compiling a roster, and it appears that many people will be called to assist with the recovery from the tsunami. If anyone is interested in helping or knows anyone who is interested in helping, please share those names and contact information immediately by emailing dphillips(at)cnfa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By the way, the USAID might kick in financially for those willing and prepared to participate.
10. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION (FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD) –- Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University presents “Breakthrough Among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, March 14-17, 2005. Learn how to effectively share good news with the Muslim world from people who have ministered successfully there. Early bird discounts are available through 2/14/05. To request a brochure or to secure your registration, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims- usa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information, visit AFMA on the web at http://www.theafma.org.
11. AN OPEN HEART: THE MBALANTU of NAMIBIA — Jason is a young Mbalantu man beginning the life of adulthood. Two believers shared the Gospel with him outside his traditional village home. He prayed for Jesus to save him that day. Then he sincerely thanked them for coming and sharing the Word of God. Please pray for Jason to grow in Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK — It’s happening, but you won’t get the details on the news. In 2020 Vision find out how the Gospel is reaching people in some amazing places! Exciting breakthroughs in new harvest fields are highlighted, along with scriptural insights into God’s heart for the nations. Read about the Black Berbers, the Parmiri, and the Meo people and also that the percentage of born-again Christians is growing fastest in places like Cameroon, Aruba, and Togo! Written by Bill and Amy Stearns, 2020 Vision is an invaluable tool for God’s people, providing not only in-depth updates on missions today but also practical ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Ideal for adult Bible study groups focused on reaching the whole world for Christ. For more information, an excerpt, and the Table of Contents visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/2020vision. To order, e-mail orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Bethany House ships internationally as well.)
13. D&D MISSIONARY HOMES — Have you ever come across these guys, who have put together a center in the St. Florida so that missionaries on furlough can have a place to lay their heads? Check ’em out at 4020 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714-1133. tel. 727-522-0522, fax 727-522-0524. email ddmissionaryHomes(at)juno(dot)com, or better yet, see their site at http://www.ddmissionaryhomes.org (I’d hate to wind up in the crossfire of that little girl about to hurl the orange at http://www.ddmissionaryhomes.org/beach.htm “Run for your lives!” Yikes! :-) LOL
14. MISSIONARY-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM AT BEESON DIVINITY — Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced the inauguration of a missionary-in-residence program to begin with the 2005-06 academic year. In exchange for teaching two, two- or three-hour, semester-length courses and speaking in various campus forums, the individual chosen as missionary-in-residence will receive a stipend of $15,000, a four-month auto lease, plus auto insurance, valued at up to $5,000. What’s not to like about that! :-) You’ve gotta have 5 years in the field, and an earned doctorate is preferred but not required. Learn more — and apply — by writing to: global(at)samford(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and see more about the university at http://www.samford.edu/groups/global
15. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONS TRAINING CAMP – Here’s a four-day consultation from February 24-27 near Valentine, Virginia. The consultation introduces realities, necessities, models and methods. A close look is given to the personal profile of the missionary and developing relational abilities. The goal is to help provide a road map into missions involvement and motivation for the journey. Prayer is central to the training. Skills are also presented. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. The Elijah Company manifesto is posted on the newly edited web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org. You can get more information and applications by writing to info4(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or calling (757) 226-3507 in the USA.
16. INTERNET EVANGELISM FOR THE 21ST CENTURY — This conference will be held April 1-2nd at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. There will be workshops and well known speakers such as David Bruce of HollywoodJesus.com. Visit http://ie-21stCentury.com for more information.
17. THE BACK PAGE: A “RIP IN THE TIME/SPACE CONTINUUM” — Remember in Star Trek, when there would be a “rip in the time-space continuum”? What was that, anyway? I guess… it meant that there was such a disturbance that it threw all nature out of balance. I’ve been thinking about how big of a disturbance has been wrought by this terrible earthquake. Weird… the quake would have cause terrible devastation if it were to have hit in a major city. But it didn’t. It hit in the middle of the ocean — a seemingly innocuous place. Nevertheless, its repercussions were then meted out to practically anyone with real estate bordering the Indian Ocean!

In the same way, life often hands out a similar blow. The strike will take place in the form of the death of a loved one, or maybe a best friend’s chronic illness. But the impact of that upheaval will, in turn, send shock waves throughout the rest of our existence.

Tonight I pray that God would comfort the fallen, lift up the weak, and strengthen the feeble knees … not only of those that have been struck, not only of those who have lost loved ones… but also of those who are now sacrificing to serve the fallen. The onsite workers, the pray-ers, and the givers… and all those who have longed for help to come to the Indian Ocean shores. Thank you Lord, for being where most of us can’t. Amen.

PS. Don’t miss next week’s Brigada Today, when we begin gearing up to celebrate our 10-year birthday on Jan. 25!

20041128 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO COME UP WITH $9,000
  2. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
  3. MONGOLIA’S RADIO WIND
  4. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  5. HELP COMPILE A LIST OF UPCOMING MISSIONS CONFERENCES
  6. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  7. HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH
  8. LEARN MORE ON HOW TO FORM A MISSION AGENCY
  9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  10. SMALL PACKAGES: UNENGAGED OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA
  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLY TWO WEEKS LEFT TO COME UP WITH $9,000 — Rats. Only 2 weeks left to try to raise $9,000. It doesn’t look good. On the other hand, we rejoice that the $6,000+ has come in! That’s better than nothing! Still, if you can help with the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary, please speak up now! Just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $10 each. Paul & Teresa have trained more than fifty biblical storytellers in Asia. Now they share their insights in these professionally produced DVDs, “Telling God’s Stories,” and “Multiplying Storytellers.” Each 55 minutes long, these DVDs are chocked full of excellent tips on how to become an effective biblical storyteller and how to train others to tell God’s stories. Check it out at http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html or email storyteller(at)FinalApproach(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks to Paul for sending $50 to help our Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  3. MONGOLIA’S RADIO WIND — Mongolia’s Radio WIND FM has been publicly praised by the Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia. When giving his public address to the nation during Independence Day celebrations, the Speaker expressed his thanks to Radio WIND for consistently striving to uplift the people of Mongolia with its programming and other off-air activities. The high-ranking government official especially emphasized and supported the campaign WIND FM is promoting this year, the Nine Virtues of the Mongolian, which is based on Galatians 5:22. On the same day, WIND FM covered the National Prayer Day in which more than 1,000 believers gathered to pray for the nation. WIND FM is affiliated with the Far East Broadcasting Company and has been broadcasting in Mongolia since 2001. WIND has based its on-air programming with a health- promoting and community-oriented strategy, devised in collaboration with Health Communication Resources of Australia. To learn more about HCR, check out: http://www.h-c-r.org/ To Learn more about Radio Wind, see: http://www.febc.org/resources/article_32.html

  4. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12-week course from January 10 to April 1, 2005. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Details and application forms on website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. HELP COMPILE A LIST OF UPCOMING MISSIONS CONFERENCES — Carolyn is looking for “cutting edge” missions conferences in the USA in 2005 and 2006. Got any suggestions for her? If so, write her at cjones(at)westgatechapel(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Carolyn, please don’t forget to send us a summary report so we can all benefit from your findings. Thanks!)

  6. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS -– You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 14-16, 2005, at the Renaissance Hotel near the Orlando, FL, airport. Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. The conference will feature Dr. Tim Dearborn of World Vision, as well as three pre- conference training sessions (on the 13th-14th), including one qualifying your church for the Standards of Excellence in Short Term Missions. Email for information at info(at)nstmc(dot)org or log on (and even register/pay) at http://www.nstmc.org .

  7. HOW TO SHARE YOUR FAITH — Find out more about how to share your faith at: http://www.evangelize.com/ Billed as “a one-stop evangelism training website filled with information, articles and other important resources to turn the world upside down with the Gospel.” They offer a monthly e-newsletter and other resources. (Thanks Darla!)

  8. LEARN MORE ON HOW TO FORM A MISSION AGENCY — Thanks to Dan who worked hard to assemble a report on resource people that can help you put together a missionary agency. He wasn’t able to find a panoramic A- Z conference at this time. But the resources and experienced people can certainly help. (Thanks again Dan!) See his report at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/forming_agency.html

  9. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20-week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross- cultural ministry experience. Lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  10. SMALL PACKAGES: UNENGAGED OF NAMIBIA AND SOUTH AFRICA — As we remember and celebrate the greatest gift in the smallest package this Christmas, please pray for the small work among the unengaged peoples to grow into a mighty chorus of the redeemed worshipping Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the unengaged peoples: Herero, Nama-Damara, Mbalantu, Northern Cape Coloured and Namibian Coloured. To adopt a people group for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email

  11. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. January 17 to February 11, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20041024 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  2. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  3. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  4. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  5. SYNERGY NEWSLETTER
  6. ALERT YOUR CHURCH: WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE IN CALIFORNIA
  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  8. CATCH THE ZWEMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIMS
  9. LIES OF THE ENEMY: THE HERERO PEOPLE of NAMIBIA
  10. HIGH IMPACT WORKSHOP OUT OF AFRICA
  11. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  12. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  13. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
  14. MISSIONARY TECH TEAM WORKS
  15. NOT ALL MISSIONARIES USE A MACHETE
  16. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MINISTRY TO CUBA
  17. GOOGLE NOT THE ONLY OPTION
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Hats off to the anonymous donors that are helping making Brigada happen… $30 from 1 backer and $15 from another. In addition, we received the Sept. sponsorship from Dial- Abroad for $175! Learn more about their services by logging on at: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm Thank you for being a part of the Brigada family! You can join in to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary by logging on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California (ASI) is seeking volunteers in different parts of the country to help promote the Talking Bible Sunday Movement. ASI has a packet of useful information and other helps to enable volunteers who wish to share in churches in their area. The goal of the Talking Bible Sunday movement is that there be an annual Talking Bible Sunday in thousands of churches. Currently there are printed, translated New Testaments in over 1300 languages. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in partnership with World Mission in Michigan are committed to make these available as Talking Bibles for the millions of people in oral cultures who do not read. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)Org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  3. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses or live event training. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US, is offering distance learning courses beginning in January, 2005. For more information, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org

  4. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. January 17 to February 11, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org . E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. SYNERGY NEWSLETTER — This communiqué is a brand-new, missions mobilization ezine published on the Internet by DualReach. It features stories and ideas from churches who are successfully involving their people, particularly younger generations, in cross-cultural ministry. “Synergy Newsletter” also introduces readers to the resources of the expanding DualReach electronic resource centre, including ready-to-use tools that DualReach develops, and examples of best practice they collect from a wide array of dynamic missions churches. Upcoming topics will include helps for developing a great missions page on your church website, guidelines for adopting a strategic focus for greater global impact, and tips for effective budgeting and financial stewardship. Subscribe by visiting the DualReach website http://www.dualreach.org or writing bruce(at)dualreach(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  6. ALERT YOUR CHURCH: WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE IN CALIFORNIA — Wycliffe Bible Translators has a new, unique way to inspire and challenge churches for reaching the nations with God’s Word. They are coming to churches throughout California this Spring (February through May) with a professional live drama and cultural meal that portrays a story of Bible translation in the Philippines. They bring a team of twelve actors, stage crew and kitchen crew along with the stage, lights, sound, tables, dishes, philippino decor and even a portable kitchen to prepare the meal. They need a gymnasium-sized room for the performance. If you would like to work on scheduling an event in your church, give Brenda a call at (800) 269-2007, or e-mail her at brenda_long(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12-week course from January 10 to April 1, 2005. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Details and application forms on website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  8. CATCH THE ZWEMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIMS –In 2005 students from all over the world will gather to learn from qualified educators, as they develop and sharpen their skills in Muslim ministry. Make plans now to come to Zwemer at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. for intensive training (credit/audit) in Muslim studies. Visit http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies or http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies for full-course descriptions. Or contact Vanessa VMagnus(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or call 1-800-777-2227, x3327. Scholarship help is available but apply early. Winter Studies 2005 January 10-14 Church Planting Among Resistant Peoples (Zwemer faculty) January 17-21 Issues in Islam (Dr. Nabeel Jabbour) Summer Studies 2005 July 4-8 Introduction to Islam (Dr. Steve Johnson) July 11-15 Folk Islam (Dr. Dave Cashin) July 18-22 Approaches to Islam (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29) Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Tradition (Dr. Steven Masood)

  9. LIES OF THE ENEMY: THE HERERO PEOPLE of NAMIBIA — Under the cool shade of a tree the Gospel was presented to a small group of Hereros. After the presentation of the Gospel, one man said, “What you are telling me makes sense. Everyone keeps telling us that we must do this or that to go to heaven. And once we get to heaven, we might not stay there.” “You’re the first person to tell us what the Bible says and to let us see it for ourselves,” he added. He told them that Jehovah’s Witnesses where just there, but now they know the truth. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. HIGH IMPACT WORKSHOP OUT OF AFRICA — From research for a Masters in Missiology a workshop entitled We-are-the-Plan was recently developed in South Africa. The workshop introduces those characteristics which accelerate the missional impact of local Churches and emphasizes that the congregation that is different makes a difference. The presentation materials, methods and techniques which are used make this interactive workshop an exciting experience with awesome results. Launched globally in 2005. Interested local churches can contact the researcher directly at prochristo(at)kimnet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  11. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross- cultural ministry experience. The lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS –- Sign up now for the “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” (SYIS) workshop to be held February 28 to March 4, 2005 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C. This workshop, developed by Dr. Ken Williams, is offered internationally and has been greatly appreciated by intercultural workers around the world. ACTS Intercultural Ministry Centre and Gateway M T C have offered the workshop each year since February 2001 to missionaries from a variety of organizations. For more information contact Bev SYIS(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or check the web site http://www.gatewaytraining.org

  13. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Are you interested in learning to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables which can be used as an effective “Helps Ministry” or for many other purposes? If so, you will want to attend a practical course entitled, “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7-11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. It will also give an expanded overview of how it can be practically used to integrate all types of agricultural systems, bringing them into a natural balance and turning waste products into an asset. Each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small- scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. Note early discounts.

  14. MISSIONARY TECH TEAM WORKS — Here’s some user feedback on the Missionary Tech Team approach to getting a vehicle: ” We are … on furlough in the US for 8 months. We had to hit the ground running and didn’t want to mess with fixing up a donor car. So we rented a minivan from the folks at Tech Team. It’s $170/month plus $0.10/mile. Tech Team takes care of any repairs. In July the transmission of our Dodge Caravan went out. We stopped at a transmission shop, called Tech Team, and they gave their credit card info to the shop manager. The next day we were back on the road with a next transmission! We love Tech Team.” For more info., see tech’s website: http://www.missionarytechteam.org

  15. NOT ALL MISSIONARIES USE A MACHETE — Youth With A Mission in the Andean city of Merida, Venezuela are running a Discipleship Training School with a difference, that should attract young musos with a heart for missions. It is a 6 month, bi-lingual (Sp./Eng.) Musicians’ DTS. The school is designed to bring musicians, vocalists and sound engineers together to learn more of God’s ways and character as well as personal musicianship, then outreach to Central America and the Caribbean in groups, or bands. For more info., email Blake and Carmen at ladif(at)compuserve(dot)com.

  16. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MINISTRY TO CUBA — Interested in ministry to Cuba? Check out: http://www.misionmundial.org or contact ericp(at)misionmundial(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  17. GOOGLE NOT THE ONLY OPTION — Thanks to Allan who wrote, “Google may be the most popular search engine, but it’s not unique with its new desktop search tool. There are others, maybe just as good, or better. For some other options like Copernic and Lookout. Check out the possibilities reviewed here on Ziff Davis Net: http://tinyurl.com/5baqm (this “tinyURL” will keep the address from “wrapping”) Most of them are free, just like the google one. Unfortunately they generally work only with Internet Explorer, which is limiting for people who use the excellent (and free) Firefox or other browsers.” Thanks for the new info., Allan. Also, we should remind readers, when installing Google, you need not check the box to send information to Google for marketing purposes! In fact, we’d discourage it. Good luck and happy searching!
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