orality

9) 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.gme.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4

(Thanks, Graeme, for finding these again! :-) )

11) The BackPage: The Power of a Story

Have you been noticing lately just how much attention *storytelling* is receiving? We’ve always known that Jesus enjoyed teaching through stories or parables. As a kid, we found that stories were the stuff we remembered, not lectures. So in some ways, “storying” isn’t new at all. But think about it — there have probably been more resources aimed at Bible storytelling over the past 25 years than there had been in the 18 centuries prior.

Why this rebirth? Why the new emphasis on the old-fashioned medium? Do you think storying is a fad that will enjoy a cycle of renewal, then ebb and flow, like a fad? … or do you think this awakening is here to stay? Are you utilizing storytelling in your own ministry? Have you personally seen its effectiveness? If so, please tell a story or two about your stories! (I’m serious.) Also, if you have a favorite resource (web page, book, organization, etc.), please list it below. Just click on “Comment”. Help others get a head start on this approach that perhaps took a while for you to grasp. Mention a couple of general principles that you would encourage others to follow. It’s free… and totally anonymous to participate. Just click “Comment”, below.

GET TRAINING IN BIBLE STORY-TELLING

Grab this training in Bible story-telling, referred to as “Bridges I Training in Orality” with Scriptures In Use, on Thursday, July 24 at Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN. Sessions run from 8-5, generally. The cost, including lunches, is $75. See the church’s website at:

http://www.nsider.org

Write for more info at: aruff

(at)nsider(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

LEARN ORALITY

Get “Bridges I” (Training in Orality) with the group, “Scriptures In Use”, July 24-26, at Northside Christian Church, New Albany, IN (outskirts of Louisville, KY). The cost for all 20 hours of training is just $75.

20070204 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW MISSIONS AWARENESS TOOLS
  2. GO ONLINE, DOWNLOAD, LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
  3. VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS
  4. BUILDING A MISSIOPEDIA
  5. MISSIONARY VIDEO CHANNELS
  6. TWO ACMC CONFERENCES GOING FORWARD AS PLANNED
  7. CORRECTED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS”
  8. AND *MORE* DRAMAS
  9. TRAINING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
  10. RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN TEACHERS
  11. LAUNCHING A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT AMONG AN ORAL CULTURE?
  12. DO YOU PLACE OVERSEAS CALLS FROM YOUR USA-BASED CELL PHONE?
  13. HELP ALAN GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
  14. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS
  15. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  16. ONLINE MAGAZINE CORRECTION
  17. INDEBTED TO PARTNERS
  18. KEEP BRIGADA PUMPING
  19. THE BACKPAGE: MANY MOURN, SOME MOBILIZE CALEB PROJECT/ACMC
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW MISSIONS AWARENESS TOOLS — Good News Productions, International has two new missions awareness tools to get youth excited about missions. The first is an exciting new children’s program called GNPI Kids Live that will work in conjunction with any VBS program. It is a five-part digital DVD presentation of missions from a kid’s perspective. It is fashioned after a talk show in which the presenter is a puppet character named Rocky Surface. … To preview this material, go to

    http://www.gnpi.org/kidslive

    The second tool is a movie called All Things New. It is being marketed as a fundraising tool for youth to raise funds for missions trips or Christ In Youth conferences, while also raising funds for Good News Productions, International and Christians’ Haven (The ministry in the Philippines on which the movie is based.). As Matt Proctor, President of Ozark Christian College, put it, “This movie will call viewers to risky obedience and the need to put hands and feet on their compassion.” To view the trailer and get other information on this film, go to

    http://www.allthingsnewmovie.com

    You can also get more information on these tools by calling 800-457- 4674 and asking for Amber.


  2. GO ONLINE, DOWNLOAD, LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE — If you have a broadband connection and a computer, you have access to a world of foreign language instruction — for free. And if you have an MP3 audio player, you can even carry lessons around with you to listen on the bus, in the car or anywhere else you listen to music. All kinds of language lessons are available in free “podcasts” (which are like radio programs you download from the Internet.) In his Chicago Tribune column “On Language” this week, Nathan Bierma lists the web sites for learning a major foreign language with the best quality, free language podcasts he could find. It is available at:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/chi-0701230287jan24,1,5624467.story

    If that URL is too long, you can access the same web page with this link:

    http://tinyurl.com/2kz323

    Nathan includes resources to learn Mandarin Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Latin and English as a Second Language. (Thanks to the anonymous friend who tipped us off to this item!)


  3. VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOPS — High school youth around the world have a chance to learn the video production process from start to finish, creating programs with powerful Christian content in the process. Good News Productions, International is leading this innovative program called Media Challenge as a way to engage techno- savvy youth around the world in the process of reaching their peers using the tools of the media. The goal is to challenge Christian youth to speak out about issues of faith and practice, using the specific cultural context in which they live as the background for their programs. The workshops offer more than technical training; significant time is devoted to script development and writing to assure the content is on target and effective. For 2007, two USA based workshops will be held; one on the campus of St. Louis Christian College (July 1-7) and a second at Cincinnati Christian University (July 8-14). Two international workshops are scheduled; one in Zakosciele, Poland (July 22–August 4) and another in Chiang Mai, Thailand (June 17-23). Information about the USA workshops, including the curriculum and application process, can be found online at

    http://mediachallenge.org

    Information about the International workshops can be obtained by writing to director(at)mediachallenge(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Churches and missionaries who would like to host and/or sponsor an international workshop are also encouraged to contact the director, Bob Sartoris, at the address above. If you’d like to be involved in the workshops this summer, better hurry. There’s an end-of-March deadline coming up quickly.


  4. BUILDING A MISSIOPEDIA — It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since the 2nd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia was published. What’s the next generation of mission dictionaries, encyclopedias and atlases? Is it possible to do for mission reference works what Wikipedia did for human knowledge? Will we know unless we try? Justin Long has launched an experimental Missiopedia at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/index.php

    If you have something you think should go in an encyclopedia about missions – an article about a country, a people group, a province, a city, a denomination, a ministry, or what have you – then now is the time for you to step up to the plate and participate.


  5. MISSIONARY VIDEO CHANNELS — Recently Justin Long asked if anyone was doing missionary videocasting on YouTube or Google Video. Justin got a few responses and, in order to make it manageable, he’s added a relevant page on the new Missiopedia wiki that he is developing (which might be blank so far, but let’s grow it). Anyone can add to the list by clicking to the page and clicking ‘edit’ at the top. See it (and the whole Missiopedia) online at

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/index.php/Missionary_Videocasting


  6. TWO ACMC CONFERENCES GOING FORWARD AS PLANNED — Here are at least two conferences on March 15-17 in Delaware and Detroit that are still going forward as planned. Perhaps they represent historic “last conferences” of ACMC. Though the conferences will not be, for legal reasons, under the banner of Initiative360, the content, speakers and resources will be the same as listed in the brochures. (Note that the Austin, TX conference on March 3 was cancelled.) Organizers reported that after last week’s Brigada, “People began calling in like crazy,” asking for information. For info on the Detroit Conference go to

    http://www.davidmays.org

    For the Delaware Conference, see the brochure at

    http://www.gracextensions.org/files/ACMCWilmingtonDE07.pdf

    or call 800-959-3523 (Tom Telford) or 410-561-8424 xt 210 (Joe Steinitz).


  7. CORRECTED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS” — [We recently featured an item “MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS” (Jan. 19th edition), but apparently the contact information was faulty. Here’s the item again, but the contact person has now provided us with a working email address.] As a follow-up to the BACKPAGE in the Brigada Today of January 5, Wycliffe Bible Translators also offers a series of 20 mission-themed skits called “World Class Missions Dramas” written by Blackie Blackwell and Amy Jung, edited by Ron Binder. These were specifically written to accompany Perspectives on the World Christian Movement lessons, so they are short, don’t need elaborate preparation in terms of set or props, and are dialogue-driven like a readers’ theater. They are available as an email attachment, on CD, or hard copy from Wycliffe Southwest in Temecula, CA. Contact Media Resources by phone at 951-719-1105 or email: media_resources_wsw(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. AND *MORE* DRAMAS — Get even more ideas for dramas over at…

    http://www.dramashare.com/

    where organizers seek to cater to those involved in missions and outreach and have many non-verbal dramas among the 1600+ scripts in their database.


  9. TRAINING IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY — Want to do some serious study to be equipped to help others utilize their heart music? Attend the graduate- level courses in Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) in Dallas, Texas. Three courses will be offered this summer: Applied Ethnomusicology (June 11-22), Field of Ethnomusicology/Anthropology of Music (June 25-July 13), and Analysis of Non-Western Music (July 19 – August 15). Learn more about them at:

    http://www.gial.edu/courses/ethnomusicology.htm

    or e-mail ethnomusicology(at)sil(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN TEACHERS — You can find materials to help Christian teachers, including parents, relate everything they teach to God and the Bible at

    http://www.transformingteachers.org

    Check out the Visual Valet, online articles, and downloads. The site has links to Christian teacher and school organizations around the world. If an organization you know about is not listed, please send suggestions to hklassen(at)janzteam(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  11. LAUNCHING A CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT AMONG AN ORAL CULTURE? — Scriptures In Use

    http://www.siutraining.org

    is holding two workshops this spring that you should consider. March 30-31 will be an Orality Awareness Workshop at Word of Grace Church, Mesa., AZ that starts at 7 p.m. Friday night and ends by 3 p.m. Saturday. They’re asking $25 for lunch and materials. Contact briannah(at)wordofgrace(dot)org to register On May 10-12 “Communications Bridges to Oral Cultures” will be offered at First Christian Church, Phoenix, AZ. Sessions will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The class is designed for CPM Coaches and trainers. $75 for lunches, breaks and materials. Cindy(at)fccphx(dot)com to register. For more information on SIU and the training — jimbowman(at)siutraining(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. DO YOU PLACE OVERSEAS CALLS FROM YOUR USA-BASED CELL PHONE? — If so, check out Nickel Talk, if you haven’t already.

    http://www.nickeltalk.com/

    It’s pretty straight-forward — 5 cents per minute, with no connect fees, on all mobile calls to Europe, Latin America, Asia & Australia. No monthly fees, no prepayment, no contracts, no phone cards, no pins, and keep your existing service. What could be simpler? (Note that we’re not referring this to earn some kind of sponsorship or affiliate bonus. This is just one beggar telling another beggar where to get bread.


  13. HELP ALAN GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Got a video or a recorded testimony on the persecuted church? Alan is a Missions Minister from Indiana who would like to get the word out. If you have a resource or a referral, click on over to…

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Persecution#Get_the_Word_Out

    Let’s build a great list of interview footage, stats, worksheets, hand- outs, websites, … anything and everything that will help him get the word out about the persecuted church. [What’s the use in duplicating Justin’s great wiki! :-) Let’s ride the wave! ]


  14. UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS — OM Ship’s new vessel, the Logos Hope, is close to being ready for full-time service bringing knowledge, help and hope to the people of the world. They are looking for volunteers, who can join them for two weeks or more, to complete the last projects required to get the ship out of the shipyard. Volunteers are asked to cover their travel, health and insurance expenses but food and lodging after arrival are provided.

    For more information about this opportunity, please visit:

    http://www.omships.org/go=2

    or you can contact OM Ships at info(at)omships(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  15. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas.

    http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com

    or email dentaltrainingformissions(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 .]


  16. ONLINE MAGAZINE CORRECTION — Catch INTERLIT Magazine, which helps those publishing Christian literature in the non-western world, at:

    http://ccmipartners.org

    In the Feb. 12th edition, the contributor’s original submission had left out a strategic “n”. Please pardon any inconvenience. (Thanks Tim!)


  17. INDEBTED TO PARTNERS — Thanks to those who make Brigada happen through their prayers and financial partnership. This past week, Good News Productions stoked the fire with a $100 gift. Learn more about their ministry of media development and distribution at:

    http://gnpi.org/

    Insurance Services of America added fuel by sending sponsorship gifts in the name of Jason and Jon, who each had purchased insurance with them. So ISA promptly sent $20.95 in their name. It’s that simple. Purchase an insurance policy or trip interruption insurance with ISA and they’ll immediately help Brigada. Learn more at:

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

    Note that you must use this link or *tell* them in order for the sponsorship to happen. Thanks!


  18. KEEP BRIGADA PUMPING — Want to help Brigada pump out weekly editions to mobilizers, church members and mission professionals around the world? 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.

  19. THE BACKPAGE: MANY MOURN, SOME MOBILIZE CALEB PROJECT/ACMC — This past week, I felt as if I were standing in a visitation line at a funeral home. Countless fellow-strugglers identified with last edition’s “BackPage” item about the passing of Caleb Project and CMC (and the associated “Initiative 360″ merger). One Brigada participant from San Jose, CA, wrote ” I, too, was stunned when I went to the i360 site and found that message. … I was especially concerned about them personally. … Let’s keep praying and pushing–can’t let the Devil have a good day!” A reader from Plano, TX, shared, “I read today’s issue of Brigada quickly when I saw the subject line. I was an advocate for ACMC since I can remember attending a conference in the 1970’s. Initially, individual members received a copy of every publication they created. … Why is it a surprise to you that ACMC had trouble making ends meet when it takes an entire year for you to raise $17K per year for Brigada? You are reaching how many people via email regularly? I will attempt to restrain myself from my soap box speech. Everyone thinks that ‘someone else’ will support the ___ ministry. (And, I’m guilty of this also.) Thank you for your continued faithfulness to the Lord, and your efforts to help keep the global Christian community updated with Brigada.” This friend’s note reminded me how vulnerable… how fragile our respective ministries all are. We all need to constantly work hard to keep them fueled. Gulp.

    Another participant from Oregon wrote, “I so appreciated your ‘eulogy’ about ACMC/Caleb Project. I went to my first ACMC conference in the early 90’s. That’s where I first learned about missions, the Perspectives class, met great people like Paul Borthwick and David Mays, and where I learned my first steps in ‘doing missions’. … I began using Caleb Project materials at about the same time. I was able to use them as a resource for our children’s pastor to teach missions to kids. They have been a great resource on unreached peoples materials. … All I learned from ACMC … I’m still using and always will. I remember doing conferences in my area and having people remark over and over how they didn’t know ACMC had such a great network of resources and people. … I too don’t understand what took place, even from the folks that were a part of it but God’s still in control.” Well said. One Caleb Project staffer wrote, “I just want to express my appreciation for the letter in Brigada yesterday. This has been a very difficult time for all of us, made more difficult by frustration and confusion and the speed with which things happened. … Thanks for the note Doug. I appreciate your heart. Thanks for speaking plainly and passionately. We do hope others can learn from our experience.” David Mays, a long-time ACMC consultant wrote, ” Thanks much Doug. You are a great encourager.” He has filed his own take on the ill-fated merger at

    http://www.davidmays.org/i360.html

    (I asked for and received permission from him to share the URL.)

    Throughout these and many other notes, there was one common theme — a flood of memories of all the great services these two incredible organizations had provided down through the years. Another theme: trying to make sense out of their passing. So far, there were few answers.

    However, all is not lost. Bravo to organizations like Pioneers and Team Expansion who are doing their best to provide options for former staff from both agencies. Pioneers, in particular, is trying to create a semi-autonomous working unit that would pick up employees and dreamers from both networks. Watch future Brigada Todays for more news as these and other developments unfold. And above all, keep praying for these precious — and hurting — souls.

20061224 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE
  2. WE GET MAIL
  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT)
  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE?
  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST
  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL)
  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU
  8. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA
  9. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB
  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS?
  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE
  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES?
  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH
  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS?
  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM
  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES
  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY
  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS
  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008?
  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE
  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY
  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE
  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS)
  25. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH & LIFE INSURANCE -– Most of the major international health insurance companies that insure overseas workers are holding their present insurance rates until at least March 1. The annual rate increase is between 8-10%. To save money on insurance premiums, you might want to purchase insurance now with an effective date prior to March 1. Most companies will allow you one month’s coverage in the USA prior to leaving the USA. Thus if you need insurance to become effective on March 24th you can ask for a Feb. 24th effective date and thus get coverage in place before the annual international health insurance rate increase. For more information visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    or contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call toll-free in USA 866/636-9100 or (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 .] (Note that these guys have been a great friend of Brigada.)


  2. WE GET MAIL — Even the joshua project staff reads & uses Brigada. Thanks to the point man at the Joshua Project 2000 website for writing this past week…

    “Hi Doug,

    Warmest greetings. Just wanted to share with you about how Brigada is such a great tool and having an impact in ways you might not know of.

    A gentleman called the Joshua Project office a couple minutes ago wanting council on how to start ministry among an unreached people group. He was a young, single guy pretty much ready to go anywhere but need some direction on getting started, best practices, etc. I thought to myself, “What can I send this guy to help him?” Then the lights went on and I suddenly occurred to me that you had mentioned Garrison’s book on CPM [Church-Planting Movements] in the last Brigada issue. I found the link in Brigada and sent it to this guy. I am sure he is probably downloading the book right now.

    Thanks so much for the great ministry of Brigada. You are having a significant impact in many unseen ways.

    Warmly in Christ, Dan Scribner

    [glow]

    Thanks for the encouragement, Dan. Every time we send out an edition of Brigada in the middle of the night, it’s always so quiet . . . and I wonder if actually … does anybody *get* this stuff, let alone *read* it! Then we hear back an encouraging email like that… and life is good. :-)

    By the way, find the JP site at:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/

    It’s only our favorite site for all unreached people data in the world. There, you’ll find facts like this one: ” The four largest Least-Reached people groups are the Japanese of Japan, the Shaikh of Bangladesh, the Shaikh of India, and the Brahman of India.”

    We also received a note from an on-field missionary, ” I’ve enjoyed reading Brigada, and I’m glad I could help in a small way. The information you include is always interesting and a great way to connect missionaries serving around the world, and I hope you are able to continue providing it for years to come! I will pray that the rest of the money you need comes in!” (Thanks Catherine!)


  3. SOMEBODY OUT THERE LOVES US! (BRIGADA GIVING REPORT) — What an amazing week for Brigada finances. We truly feel like Jimmy Stewart — it’s a “Wonderful Life!” This past week, we received $50 from Jack Straus, who compiles the material for

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com (Thanks Jack!!!)

    and $20 from an anonymous representative from Kingdom Come Training

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com/ (Thanks you all!)

    and $300 from Steve in Virginia, who wrote, “down to the wire for ’06, that every UPG may hear in ’07!” Thanks Steve!

    and $100 from an anonymous donor who wrote, “Through years of being a lay leader on a church missions team, to going on staff as the missions pastor, and now a missionary representative raising my own support, Brigada has been my most helpful resource and continues to provide me with the latest information I need to serve in missions. Since way back in the first year of Brigada, I’ve been a fan!” (Praise the Lord, Dennis!)

    and $50 from an anonymous member of YWAM-England. (We love YWAMmers. Thanks!)

    Plus… $50 from Glenn, who fills the Maxwell Intercultural Chair at Prairie Bible Institute in Three Hills, AB Canada. He is also on the Management Team of CrossTraining, a new missionary training program in Calgary Alberta and Toronto Ontario. (Thanks Glenn!)

    Plus, on top of all that, a bundle of other anonymous donations that, all together, totaled $1190 — and all that came in during the past 7 days, for a grand total of $13,244.74 for the year! Frankly, it’s amazing. We’re so thankful. Even as we celebrate, we are aware we are still in the red for 2006. Our previously stated need was $16,650 for the year. But we thank the Lord for the progress that was made. 2006 has already been a record-breaking year for Brigada support & sponsorship.


  4. CAN YOU HELP US SWIM THE LAST MILE: — If you would be so kind, would you try your local church missions committee or a foundation? Perhaps someone will even ask you if you know of a good cause. Or is there a chance that some intended to give and just didn’t get time? (We can still apply it toward 2006 tax deductions.) Perhaps your church would have $500, $100, or even $25 remaining in a contingency fund that wasn’t allocated during 2006. Once again, we won’t take more than our stated needs for 2006, but we are allocating to 2006 any funds that come in during the next 10 days. If we *should* by some miracle go over the stated need, we’ll simply apply those funds toward the 2007 budget. Here’s what we’re looking for to finish the task:

    1 to give 1000 — 0 down, 1 to go
    5 to give 500 — 4 down, 1 to go
    8 to give 250 — 3 down, 5 to go
    10 to give 100 — 10 completed! Finished!
    20 to give 50 — 20 completed! Finished!
    50 to give 25 — 23 down, 27 to go

    Can you or someone you know jump in on these last gifts? 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.


  5. FREE OUTSTANDING PRAYER RESOURCE/SOURCE LIST — Betty did a *super* job compiling resources and sources on prayer. See it by going here:

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/prayer.pdf

    Betty, thank you, and thanks to all those who wrote to you to give you ideas. This is truly another great example of how the Brigada movement can work out well for everyone involved.


  6. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR (MONTGOMERY, AL) — Use your vocation to reach the nations. Discover how to use your skills in missions, integrate work and witness. Catch it on Saturday, January 27, 2007, 9am-1pm. at Morningview Baptist Church

    http://www.morningview.org

    Call 334-272-2304 for more info. Pre-register at

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email jonathanoue(at)yahoo(dot)com with any questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Presented by Global Opportunities.


  7. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM COMING TO YOU — Another Encountering the World of Islam course is being held in San Diego, California: January 11th – March 29th. If you or friends are at all interested in understanding more about Islam or knowing how to be more effective in reaching Muslims, whether it is across the world or in your own neighborhood, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. The course is patterned after the Perspectives course and is becoming more and more popular as Christians are seeing how difficult it is to win and disciple people from Muslim backgrounds. This course will REALLY HELP YOU! More information about the course and other locations can be found at

    http://EncounteringIslam.org .

    For information on the class in San Diego call Becky at (619) 582-7222, ext. 260, or write beckybriggs(at)cabc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. THE UNREACHED IN NORTH AMERICA — Four major resource networks who connect with overseas partnerships (China Source, Impact Indonesia, Antioch Network, International Turkey Network) have called for a consultation to be held in the Minneapolis area February 7th through the 9th of 2007. They are asking leaders and key participants in UPG networks and partnership work to come together to see if they can be more effective by working together rather than separately. The key question they are asking is, “Can we do a better job by sharing with each other and if the answer is yes, how do we do this?” To learn more, just go to

    http://www.tinyurl.com/ueg8c

    for more information or contact john.quam(at)msn(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. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB — We mentioned previously that there were all kinds of new Bible study resources on the web. Dave reminded us not to overlook this one…

    http://www.studylight.org/

    Truth is, Dave happens to have “personally talked to the person who started it. He has a wonderful attitude about wanting to provide Bible study helps for people.” (Thanks Dave!)


  10. PASSIONATE ABOUT BOTH THE ENVIRONMENT AND MISSIONS? — Ed Brown, a leader in the creation-care movement, will convince you that missions and environmental stewardship go together. He will be doing a workshop at Urbana and he has a new book out, “Our Father’s World: Mobilizing the Church to Care for Creation.” The book is full of practical suggestions for bringing concern for the environment together with the evangelical mission of the church. You can find links to Ed’s blog and get a discount on his book at:

    http://www.careofcreation.org/


  11. LIST YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL IN OUR UPCOMING GUIDE — Justin Long, Editor of Momentum Magazine, noted in a recent e-mail to the Lausanne Younger Leader Gathering’s forum that SIM USA has set up a YouTube channel. He wrote Brigada, “This is the first I have heard of any agency doing this. Are other agencies or individual mobilizers using YouTube, Google Video, or other channels to publish videos specifically for missions, mission mobilization, mission education, etc.?” If so, he’d be interested in hearing from these and publishing a list of channels in Momentum (as well as making the list available to Brigada readers and others, obviously for free!). Write JustinLong(at)gmail.com with the subject line “Missions Video Channel” and I’ll compile a list. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Here are 3 samples: Andy Caldwell is producing a few short video updates from Urbana called “Nudge TV.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9siUn9WoL8

    Watch for 1-2 more updates posted on SIM USA’s YouTube channel here:

    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=SIMUSA

    SIM International has a channel for sharing SIM videos/films through YouTube here:

    http://www.youtube.com/SIMinternational


  12. NEED GRAPHIC ARTS / IMAGES? — Have you tried Christian Image Library? This is an on-line library of images (contrary to earlier reports, most of these actually cost a small fee) that you can use in your handouts and PowerPoint presentations for class lessons. It contains over 34,000 photos and maps to enhance your sermons, lessons, studies, and presentations.

    How to access it? Visit

    http://www.christianimagelibrary.com

    (Thanks Bob!)


  13. [IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION,] DON’T FORGET THE FISH — We’ve highlighted it before, but it’s worth a reminder, don’t forget the fish. Like many, Greg has found it to be one of the most effective translator web-engines:

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/

    (Thanks Greg!)


  14. SYMPOSIUM ON COUNTING SHEEP: HOW DO WE MEASURE EFFECTIVENESS? — It’s happening January 24-27, 2007. The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its annual Symposium to explore the issue of how to measure “success” and effectiveness in the ever-changing world of mission. An interactive Leadership Roundtable is just $15 and held January 24-25 and a free workshop exploring the effectiveness of short-term missions will be held on Saturday, January 27. All events are held at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

    http:// grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/symposium


  15. GOT A PHOTO? SHARE IT WITH MOMENTUM — The next issue of Momentum will focus on West Africa and will contain a survey of the people group clusters found within that region. To add to the survey, Editor Justin Long is looking for high resolution (print ready) photographs of a bunch of peoples/clusters. He is particularly looking for photographs that can reproduce well in roughly 2″ square thumbnail photographs. Here’s a list of the people groups:

    Adamawa-ubangi: the Mauye of Nigeria; Hassaniya Arabs, particularly the Moors of Maure; The Atlantic cluster, particularly the Temne of Sierra leone and/or the Serere-Sine of Senegal; The Atlantic-Jola cluster, primarily the Jola (found mainly in Senegal); the Wolof; The Benue cluster, including: ibibio, Tiv, Ebira, Anaang; The Chadic cluster, incl: Angas, Kamwe, Sura; The Kanuri-Saharan: Yerwa, Manga; the Fulani Guinean: Akan, Baule, Ewe, Fon, Edo, Brong; Gur: Mossi, Senufo, Dagaaba Hausa; Igbo; Ijaw; Kru: Basse; Malinke: Maninke, Mandinka; Malinke- Bambara: Bambara; Malinke-Jula: Jula; Mande: Mende, Dan; Nupe Songhai: Zerma of Niger; Soninke; Susu; Tuareg; Yoruba

    Obviously, the Momentum editor will credit you (along with the original source, if you’re not that source). Just write to editoratmomentum-magdotorg with details.


  16. SCRIPTURE-BASED RESOURCES — Here’s a resource for missionaries, worship leaders, churches, small groups and individuals. Free-lance writer, songwriter and photographer Cheryl Rogers would like to make available her growing collection of original Scripture songs, Bible columns and artwork. Visit her website at

    http:// www.SongsfromtheWord.com

    You’ll find music, text, artwork and more. Check it out.


  17. FREE INTERNET ACCOUNTABILITY — Accountable2You Internet Partner is a free Internet accountability software promoting openness and transparency between members and accountability partners. Seeking to enhance integrity, trustworthiness and purity as members use the software is the goal! Find it at…

    http://www.accountable2you.com


  18. LEARN HOW TO RETELL THE STORY OF JESUS — In November 2006, all the parts of the six-year development of the Story of the Messiah came together. Sine Ministries released the combination of the seven plus hour audio program and the 350-page book that is richly illustrated with a unique collection of artwork. “The Story of the Messiah” is unique in the way that the events from the four Gospels are woven into one story. The dialogue between the old man (Maxus) and his eleven- year-old friend made it possible to provide helpful information. This helpful background information enhances the story for the listener and reader without confusing the events in the Gospels.

    Complete information as well as a free study guide and audio samples are available on the special website that has been designed:

    http://www.messiahstory.org .

    Perhaps the greatest benefit of the story is to permit the reader to come to know Jesus Christ better – the man the Bible affirms is Savior of the world and coming King. For more information from Sine Ministries write

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


  19. SERVING AT THE OLYMPICS IN BEIJING 2008? — Are you or your ministry serving during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing? If not, would you like to? Here’s a gal who is compiling a list of those serving. She hopes to be in-country by then, serving with an organization that is not currently planning on doing anything for this big event. She would be interested in learning of any ministries that are planning on doing service, outreach, etc. Write her at…

    MeetMeInBeijing(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Be sure to include in your email any specifics about how tightly you want to secure any of your contact information. If you’re *really* worried about your information getting out there… just tell her she can’t republish it — she can only pass it to contacts that she has secured one-v-one. She’ll come up with a report that we can publish here on Brigada.


  20. INTERNATIONAL MISSION MEDICAL INSURANCE — Whether you are looking for short-term, long-term, individual or group mission medical insurance, feel free to email Community Insurance Agency at missionary(at)ciainsagency(dot)com

    or browse to

    http://www.visitorsinsurance.com/missionary_travel_plans.php

    or call 800-344-9540 x15 in the USA, or 847-897-5120 everywhere else.


  21. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will present another training at Living Waters Farm, Virginia from January 25-28, 2007. The four days is an intensive exposure dealing with a wide variety of essential needs. An alumni said, “Missionary Training Camp jump- started my missions career.” See their web site at

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    for a more complete description of the training. For additional information and applications write to

    elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507 in the USA.


  22. RETHINKING FORUM FOR HINDU MINISTRY — The 5th Annual North American Consultation for folks with an interest in contextual Hindu ministry will take place from June 22-25, 2007 in Portland, Oregon. This will also be the inaugural gathering of the Hindu Student Friendship Network for those involved in campus ministry. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  23. THE HINDU-CHRISTIAN INTERFACE -– From May 10 – 12, 2007 in Pasadena, CA, this three-day training will give an analysis of the gospel of Christ in the Hindu world from historical, comparative religious, sociological and theological perspectives. For a complete brochure, email info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  24. ANOTHER CHANCE FOR YOUR “WISH FOR 2007” (PLEASE RE-SEND? OOPS) — Didn’t get a chance to send your “wish for 2007”? You’re in luck! Because of an error in configuration, the server didn’t retain any of the wishes! Lest you think your wishes won’t be granted, we’ve been granted a reprieve! Did you happen to save a copy of the email you sent? If so, would you mind terribly if we asked you to send it again? (Please forgive any inconvenience! But hey… what do you expect… we don’t have quite enough yet to pay our secretary the full amount of her part-time salary! :-) ) If you didn’t get a chance this past week, here’s your opportunity! Remember, you can be personal (“I want to lose 25 pounds”), spiritual (“I *will* pray 10′ per day”), or practical (“I will be on time to work throughout 2007”). You can attach your name, or make it anonymous. You can even be romantic, as long as you are sensitive (“By the end of the year, Gladys will agree to marry me” :-) [We reserve the right to edit these; we do have under-age participants in our mix. :-) ] ). (But at the same time, mum’s the word: your secret is safe with me. We won’t give out *any* of your identities! Have you ever read our “PRIVACY INFORMATION” in “CLOSING STUFF” below? :-) ) So send ’em my way. Please type “WISH-FOR-2007” exactly as suggested (hyphenated, all upper case). If there are just 10 or so wishes, we’ll publish them right here in-text. If there are more than 10, we’ll link to a PDF and your 2007 wish will forever be stamped in 2007 history! Give us a view to your life… It’ll be fun to see where everyone is headed. Please limit your text to no more than 8-10 lines max… like a typical Brigada Today item. (ok… tease me all you want. I’m thick- skinned. *Some* go over 10 lines. I know. :-) ) So have at it. Please send your item to:

    WISH-FOR-2007(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] No need to copy me at my DLucas address. :-) (And yes… this time the address really works. I tested it *twice*!)

    In order for them to be granted :-) , all wishes have to be in no later than noon this Friday, January 5th. This will be the first issue of 2007… so don’t be late. Send your “wish-for-2007” today! :-)

    Doug

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.

20060611 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING & CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE
  3. TERM LIFE INSURANCE
  4. PREPARE TO RAISE SUPPORT IN MUCH LESS TIME
  5. BIBLE STORYING RESOURCE WANTS TO HELP YOU!
  6. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL
  7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  8. FREE ONE YEAR SCHOOL OF PRAYER
  9. TEFL TEACHER TRAINING IN ISTANBUL
  10. WE GET HELP… WE BE THANKFUL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO CORRECT A PEER (OR NOT)
  12. CLOSING STUFF

    1. LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING & CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET — Those involved in outreach activities in foreign countries would be wise to us a HotMail account. While well known ISPs such as AOL have world wide accessibility, using them identifies a person with the nationality associated with that ISP. HotMail is country neutral and doesn’t draw attention. Use of an Internet card with HotMail is usually cheaper too.Most countries have AOL access and AOL has online storage. Messages can be read at a Internet cafe, replied to, and saved on AOL for later retrieval when you get back home.

      Here’s a pay-as-you-go service called Budget Dial Up:

      http://www.budgetdialup.com

      is a recommended when traveling. You purchase time in blocks and only pay for what you use. There are no monthly fees. They have a subsidiary for travelers called

      http://www.mytravelaccess.com

      Thanks to Stan, Mark, Fred, George, and Mike.


    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. For specific information about the courses taught and to register for the CEDI, visithttp://www.chalmers.org

      and click on the Limuru, Kenya link located under the Christian Economic Development Institute heading.


    1. TERM LIFE INSURANCE -– There are an increasing number of term life insurance options available for the international worker. If desired, coverage can be limited to AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) only. Amounts of coverage can be as low as $50,000 and up to and over $1,000,000. If purchased together with health insurance, term life coverage can be found for any country in the world. For term life quotes: name, age, overseas residence (country and city) and type of work are needed. For more information contactjeff(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


    1. PREPARE TO RAISE SUPPORT IN MUCH LESS TIME -– It doesn’t have to take years to raise your support for mission service. There are proven, transferable attitudes and skills that you can develop which will make support raising quicker, easier and much less terrifying. A new training option is now available through live, interactive video conferencing. You can receive, on loan, a high tech video conferencing unit which is easy to plug in and use. You need high speed internet access and a TV monitor. You meet live on line with an experienced trainer for five hours a week three weeks. It is low cost and it will equip you with the communication and relational skills you need to be successful in partnership development ministry for a lifetime.http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

      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 .]


    1. BIBLE STORYING RESOURCE WANTS TO HELP YOU! — Please tell story4all about your storying work, training or events and your ministry could receive a highlight on the story4all podcast, with events listed in the web site “Calendar”. story4all is here to help those who want to learn more about Bible storying, oral strategies, those who want to make disciples of oral learners, as well as to facilitate networking between agencies and individuals and vice versa. Check out the story4all web site and podcast, and contact story4all by visiting:http://story4all.com

      Have you heard the story4all podcast yet? Cut & paste this URL into your “podcatching” software to freely subscribe to the weekly show:

      feed://story4all.libsyn.com/rss


    1. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL — 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 with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. 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 our 16 week fall course (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119.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 .]

      http://www.russianlanguage.org


    1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating effectively to one another and to the host people.A workshop hosted by Arab World Ministries will held near Sanary-sur- Mer, France September 10-15, 2006. Please contact Carrie Lyon at clyon(at)marnet(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

      Go to

      http://www.itpartners.org

      for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    1. FREE ONE YEAR SCHOOL OF PRAYER — There are keys to answered prayer. Best-selling authors, prayer leaders, and conference speakers, Eddie and Alice Smith, with the U.S. Prayer Center now offer their 52-Week School of Prayer online! Imagine receiving a unique lesson on prayer in your email inbox each week for an entire year! You’ll never need to leave home to attend a class or pay an enrollment fee. They will teach you how to have a fulfilling quiet time; to experience intimacy with God through prayer; to pray our family and friends to Christ; and more. Appropriate across denominational lines. Offer it to your friends, your church, or ministry. Be one of 100,000 the Smiths will mentor with this free course. Receive as a bonus for enrolling the amazing PDF report, “138 Ways to Mobilize Prayer.” Simply enter your first name and email address at:http://www.TeachMeToPray.com

    1. TEFL TEACHER TRAINING IN ISTANBUL — It’s slated for July 6 – 8. Here is an opportunity to learn how to teach English to non-native English speakers. Teaching techniques, language skill development and curriculum selection and options will be just some of the topics. The primary focus of the seminar will be Conversational English.

    2. WE GET HELP… WE BE THANKFUL — Thanks to the church in Tulsa, OK, which sent $125 along with a thank-you note for the “resources Brigada keeps on supplying.” Well we’ll be honest — your support helps us keep on supplying. God be praised! Thanks! Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? Just go tohttp://www.brigada.org

      and 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.


  1. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO APPROACH A PEER (OR NOT) — Last week we talked about the concept of approaching “the head man” in a tribe . . . or a company. Our basic premise was: go to the person in charge. But what if you have an issue with someone who is your peer… someone “across departmental lines” or someone in the team across town. You feel funny going to his/her team leader or boss because you’re afraid you’ll get him/her in trouble, right? Good answer. What’s more, the boss might not know you or accommodate your desire to discuss the matter. He or she might think you’re stepping out of line to bring up something that had nothing to do with your work area.So what if you observe shoddy or less-than-best performance on the part of the guy across the hall, who serves under a different boss? My own take is — it depends. If the team member has a reasonable team leader (one who is reasonably gifted in leadership), sometimes it might make more sense for you to report the troubling behavior or less-than-best performance. Speak directly to the person’s overseer. However, if the team member’s point-man is seemingly less understanding… or if you’ve had a hard time getting your point across to him or her (sometime before), then there are times where you’ll feel uncomfortable going to the team leader of the friend. In cases like these (where the team leader isn’t as present), you might decide to throw out the “head man” rule and approach the struggling brother or sister directly. Here are some important and easy tips to maximize your chance of success:

    *** Focus on one thing at a time, in a positive way, if possible: Refuse the temptation to bring up a laundry list. For example, if the I.T. guy can’t train, can’t program, can’t write instructions, and can’t show up to work on time, and, to make matters worse, if his boss is unreasonable as well, yes you might have to approach him directly, as a peer. But don’t make a list… or at least, don’t *show* him the list. Just decide on the highest priority item and approach him on that item first. In the previous case, maybe you begin by pulling him aside and asking him to help you understand a particular protocol or command. In the process, you coax him to train you in a friendlier fashion, then you tell him, “It really helped me when you described the solution in such-and-such a terms.” Make sure the guy knows you *appreciate* what he just did (the helpful training behavior). Truth be known, you’re mentoring him… but it’s perhaps team-member-specific-mentoring, in that he’ll probably interpert it as being the kind of behavior he ought to show *you* and you alone. That’ll be ok at first. At least it’ll help you do your job better.

    *** Go one-on-one: Trust us… If you go as a group, it’ll feel more embarrassing, more overwhelming, and bigger than life. Go one-on-one.

    *** Uplift the positive: Whenever possible, try to “catch her in the act of being good” rather than criticizing her errant behavior.

    *** Try to establish a relationship first, *then* correct: It’s a *ton* easier to take correction from a *friend* rather than someone at a distance. What’s more, we’ll *care* more when a friend gives us feedback. We seem to always be able to rationalize or justify when it’s someone about whom we have little invested interest.

    *** Whenever possible, use metaphors if appropriate: For some reason, people remember stories better. So if you can say it with an illustration, without it becoming hokey, do it.

    Using these 5 simple approaches, perhaps you can turn a lemon into lemonade: The person with troubling behavior just might become a close friend, believe it or not. And friends are good, … because it’s truly a jungle out there!

    Doug

20060528 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-LABORERS
  2. MEDIA SUPPORT FOR MISSIONARIES
  3. FREE CALLS OVER VOIP
  4. DISK DRIVE RESURRECTION SERVICE NEEDED
  5. PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER BUTTON
  6. FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS IN 3190 LANGUAGES
  7. NEED A RESOURCE TO MENTOR OTHERS?
  8. MENTORING WORKSHOP
  9. NEW RESOURCE ON BIBLE STORYING AMONG ORAL LEARNERS!
  10. THANKSGIVING FOR PARTNERS
  11. THE BACKPAGE: GREAT TEAMS MAKE GOOD TEAMS LOOK BAD
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-LABORERS — Every so often, we receive a note of encouragement that reads something like, “How do you do it? How do you keep those Brigada editions coming each week, after all these years?” I’ll be honest. Sometimes schedules go ballistic. This past week, I took a week of vacation to lead a new soccer clinic here in Louisville, Kentucky. The week was wacko. In the back of my mind, I find myself thinking, “How/When will I get time to assemble another Brigada?” And then it comes: a gift from someone like Andy at Dial Abroad ($74.18 this time). And I realize that in this special case, his gift is based on people who have signed up their long distance with him so that, in turn, he will help Brigada keep going. (Thanks Andy!) If long distance is a commodity item for you, would you consider switching to Dial Abroad? Maybe you have a cell phone these days and make almost no long distance calls. That’s still ok. Even if it’s only an occasional call, you still could switch over to Andy for the few times in the future when you *will* need it. His rate is probably better and I *know* the accompanying Brigada gift is appreciated. Learn more at:

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


  2. MEDIA SUPPORT FOR MISSIONARIES — MullinsMedia has been providing media support to missions and missionaries since 2001. Recognizing that a well-designed and regularly updated website is the best communication tool available today, they specialize in providing low-cost, easy-edit web spaces to missionaries (hosting, training and maintenance included). MullinsMedia also travels worldwide to produce documentary- style DVDs that mission organizations use to tell their story. Visit

    http://www.mullinsmedia.com

    and click on “links” to see some of the sites they have developed. Special Offer: For each site built for a Brigada subscriber, MullinsMedia will make a $20 donation to support the great work of Brigada!


  3. FREE CALLS OVER VOIP — Call free to over 40 destinations. No catch, no setup fee, no special equipment needed, just a microphone -and headphones if possible – and your computer with broadband connection. (Dialup is possible too, but quality can be low.) Open an account with €10 and calls to landlines in over 40 destinations are free, and very low-rate calls to others. The same company operates under two names – with a few different free countries on each, so check each out before deciding which to go with.

    http://www.voipbuster.com/

    http://www.voipcheap.com/


  4. DISK DRIVE RESURRECTION SERVICE NEEDED — Here’s a Brigada participant named Mic from Operation Mobilization (OM) reporting that a disk drive on his office computer died that supposedly contained only “back-up data”, when in fact, it had some important files that were not stored anywhere else. He says his friendly technician took the drive out and put it another system and tried to read it but it just “clicks” and fails to read. He’s checked with some data recovery specialist who can take the “platter” out of this drive and install it in another drive and copy the data onto CDs – the cost? ($1200 – $2500 depending upon size, GULP!). He’s wondering if anyone knows of another way. Mic, all I can tell you is that, having suffered the same malady about 2 years ago, I paid to have an analysis done from my laptop drive, only to be told, in the end, that the data were unreadable anyway. So the sidebar comment for the rest of our Brigada family is — we have to learn to back up these drives. After my own failure, which temporarily set me back *months*, I purchased a Maxtor “one-touch” external hard drive and, I’m happy to tell you, having been a fellow-struggler, I now back up my entire hard drive every night. (‘Course, if my house burns down, I’m still out of luck if both units are stored in the same fire! :-( ) But enough of the prevention — can anyone help Mic with a cure? I don’t think there are any out there, but if you have an idea, write him directly at: mister_mic_323(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Mic, if you come up with a solution, please drop us a line reporting how it worked. Best of luck. Now, suggestion: go order your external back-up for the next time.

  5. PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER BUTTON — PrayerGuard.net working with the Joshua Project has come up with a cool way to mobilize prayer for the 6,900 Unreached People Groups listed under the Ethne to Ethne prayer movement. The UPG Prayer Button displays a different people group every hour, and when clicked, takes you to a 3 Minute on-line prayer session for that group. The goal is to pray through all 6,900 people groups over the next 10 months, as part of the Ethne prayer focus. By pasting a few lines of code into your website, you can mobilize prayer for thousands of Unreached People Groups. How cool is that? See it in action, and get the code for this button at:

    http://prayerguard.net/upg

    I did this prayer and it’s really well done. Hats off to those who are making it possible.


  6. FREE MP3 DOWNLOADS IN 3190 LANGUAGES — Global Recordings Network (Gospel Recordings) has placed 4326 evangelistic audio programs in 3190 languages and dialects on their web site. These can be downloaded free in MP3 format. Audio Cassettes and CD’s can also be obtained in many more languages through this site. Go to

    http://globalrecordings.net/

    Look for “RESOURCES” on the sidebar and click on “Language List” or “Country List”. You can also order cassettes or CD’s in 5,500 speechforms by emailing the following address: orderdept(at)Globalrecordings(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. NEED A RESOURCE TO MENTOR OTHERS? — Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships by Phillip Jeske is a 250 page (8.5×11) manual to help you walk with someone in a mentoring relationship. Since it was first introduced to Brigada readers, it is now being used by missionaries, pastors, and Christian leaders around the world. While there are books about mentoring, this resource provides you with a tool to actually do it. The 12 Chapters cover issues relating to personal growth and leadership development, designed to guide someone through one-on-one discussions and small groups, so that they may most effectively make a contribution for the Kingdom. It is available as pdf file on CD ($12USD) or in printed form ($29USD) and can be purchased using PayPal or major credit card through the webpage:

    http://www.icmcanada.org or by writing icmcanada(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 .] The Introduction can be downloaded for free from the Website. It is also available as pdf in German & Russian and later this year French and Spanish.


  8. MENTORING WORKSHOP — The author of the resource, Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships, is now available to present a workshop on mentoring. This workshop has been shared with groups such as the Campus Crusade staff in Germany, Church Planters Academy in Canada, and Russian Assemblies in Moscow. The author has years of missions and leadership experience with a focus on mentoring others. If you are a missions leader or pastor and see the need for mentoring but perhaps don’t know where to start in your church or missions organization, this workshop might just be the answer. To inquire regarding available bookings or for further information write: icmcanada(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 .] or through

    http://www.icmcanada.org


  9. NEW RESOURCE ON BIBLE STORYING AMONG ORAL LEARNERS! — Check out the story4all podcast and website! “story4all” produces a free weekly 20 minute program of stories, discussion and interviews from the field about how Bible storytelling is changing nations and aiding church planting movements to occur in places once termed “hard”. 4 billion people in our world are oral learners (those who can’t, won’t or don’t read) and they need to hear the Gospel that is proclaimed. story4all is a weekly podcast (Internet show) and web site with resources to help you ­ whether you are working in remote fields, are in training or training others to go, or, whether you just know there’s more to sharing God’s Story. Explore and find more details at:

    http://story4all.com or send your questions to:

    story(at)story4all(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. THANKSGIVING FOR PARTNERS — Our hats go off to those who make our work possible, for example, the Fellowship of Believers in Sarasota, FL, who pitched in $30 this past week. Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? 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: GREAT TEAMS MAKE GOOD TEAMS LOOK BAD — Well if you’ve been monitoring World Cup news, you know that most commentators are saying some pretty hideous things about the USA’s opening game against Czech Republic. I heard one observer say the USA looked “flat”. That was probably the nicest way of saying it. Another said we looked “awful”, and others have used even dicier terms.

    But I’d just like to point out . . . Czech Republic is a great soccer team. Sometimes it’s important to see things in perspective. If we had been playing against a lesser side, maybe we would have come out on the field with more confidence, charisma, creativity, and success . . . and maybe our same tactics would have turned out to be more effective.

    The same thing happens in missions. The team in Latin America reports amazing success. Hundreds of baptisms, a dozen new church plants, and lots of great stories. Meanwhile the team in North Africa works for 30 years with only 2 converts. Before long, some church in Georgia is rethinking their support so they’ll get better “return on the investment” (ROI) of missions dollars. It’s beyond Receptivity/Resistance ratios. Sometimes it can’t even be charted in any tangible sense.

    So what do we do? Do we pull those workers home? … or transfer them to a different field? I don’t think so . . . any more than we would want our National Team to quit the World Cup. We keep on competing… adjusting our strategy wherever necessary, subbing players in and out to keep them fresh, and investing in better training & evaluation. But in the end, we realize — we can’t ask Landon Donovan to do better than his best. And if McBride doesn’t get the ball, there’s not a whole lot he can do. Likewise, in the world of missions, my take is — we keep investing energy in playing on tough turf. We don’t quit, just because the opponent is strong.

    I told my sons this morning, “I’m not so sure I would have said the things that Bruce Arena said. The critical question is — did these players give it their all.” If they did, I’m not sure *any* of us should be so quick to pass judgment.

    Unfortunately, their next game will be against Italy. Likewise, Italy will be a tough challenge too. Let’s hope the USA guys will put forth a better outing, but if they don’t, I’ll still be backing them just the same. Because hey… it’s not easy going up against tougher sides.

20060521 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIALIZED MINISTRIES FOR SPECIAL TASKS
  2. CATCH TESOL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US
  4. PROFESSIONAL COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT
  5. PARTNERSHIP TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS
  6. ANOTHER WAY TO GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
  7. CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2006
  8. MISSION COMMISSION LEADERSHIP TO CHANGE AT CONFERENCE
  9. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS
  10. TESOL TRAINING IN EUROPE!
  11. INVEST IN BRIGADA’S FUTURE
  12. WHERE DO YOU TURN TO FIND MISSIONS PASTOR OPPORTUNITIES?
  13. THE BACKPAGE: TODAY I SHOT A MOLE
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPECIALIZED MINISTRIES FOR SPECIAL TASKS — God raises up unique ministries for special tasks in Christ’s mission. Talking Bibles International trains and equips people from other churches and missions to help them provide Talking Bibles for non-readers and the blind. If you or your ministry could use help from a Talkingn Bibles representative, perhaps to shape strategy or plan outreach, visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or write 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. CATCH TESOL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA — Now you can study TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Chiang Rai, Thailand, October 2-27, 2006 . This TESOL is a four-week course to teach people how to teach English as a second/foreign language. This course is registered with the University of the Nations, Kona, the international training body of Youth With A Mission and is accredited through Sea English Academy International in Australia and carries with it an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV. Upon successful completion of this course, the TESOL graduate will be qualified to teach ESL or EFL in almost every country in the world. The class size is limited so early inquiries are recommended. Application and reference forms will be sent via email. Contact chiangraitesol(at)gmail(dot)com for further information or 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 .]

  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US — Get great calling rates for domestic (starting at 1.9cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10cents/min …UK 3cents, France 3cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5cents, Israel 3.2cents, Colombia/SA 4.2cents, South Africa 9cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. Prepaid service. No contracts. No monthly, activation, or connection fees. No need to switch carriers. Up to 470 FREE minutes on signup. Lots of convenience features. For more info go to: http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. (By the way, thanks to Judy and her crew for the recent sponsorship $14 gift to Brigada based on those of you that had signed up for long distance with her. It’s a great system. Have at it!)

  4. PROFESSIONAL COACHING TRAINING TO MULTIPLY YOUR IMPACT — Don’t tell people what to do, help them to think better! Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Introducing the 65-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. A first of it’s kind, this program is for leaders who wish to gain coaching skills and take on a part-time or full-time coaching role in their ministry. The “beta” course will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand October 30 – November 3, 2006. For complete details go to: http://www.mcoaches.com or e-mail for an alternative web site with little Christian language keith(at)asiacoaches(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. PARTNERSHIP TRAINING THAT REALLY WORKS — If you are called to faith ministry and terrified of raising support, this training can work for you. It gives you the thorough communication training, coaching and relational skill development that will equip you for a lifetime of ministry. The secret for results is two-way, live, interactive video conferencing that builds skill and confidence over a three week period. They send you the video conferencing unit which is easy to plug in and use. You meet on line for two or three hours a week and work on practical assignments in between sessions. All you need is high speed internet and a TV monitor. It is low cost (especially if you can get four to six people together) and results are guaranteed. Check out the website:

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    Or send an e-mail:

    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 .]


  6. ANOTHER WAY TO GEAR UP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH — Can’t wait ’til October? Thailand not in your travel plans? Try TESOL Training in Hong Kong, July 18-21, 2006 by Tony Mendoza of Jesus Is Supreme Global Outreach Society. It is a program of Project Light International, a U.S.-Accredited TESOL Certificate Training Program from that will be held at Shepherd’s Heart Family Christian Church, Longos, Bacoor, Cavite (just right after the Las Pinas and Bacoor Boundary at Coastal Road). 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. There will also be TESOL Trainers Training Course during the afternoon sessions. For more information email shemfamily(at)yahoo(dot)com or call or text Carol at (63)928-3416817. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. CHRISTIAN DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2006 — From September 22-26, 2006 about ten international speakers will meet about 140 participants to discuss development issues from a Christian perspective. Main topics include “The role of local Christians in Community Development (Focus on HIV/AIDS and Reconciliation)” and “Linking Relief and Development”. Keynote addresses, practical workshops, and tracks are offered to help participants in aspects of their work and life. More information at http://wwww.ccd-network.net While there, pick up a CD of the last conference containing all speeches (mp3, ppt) and lots of additional material for just $20. See the content at

    http://www.ccd-network.net

    Send your request to ccd(at)awm-korntal(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]”


  8. MISSION COMMISSION LEADERSHIP TO CHANGE AT CONFERENCE — South Africa will mark a leadership transition during the Mission Commission’s 10th International Convocation, June 18-24. At this global consultation for mutual encouragement, common work and greater understanding of the mission enterprise around the globe, participants examine global issues and challenges, plan their joint work and strategies, and foster the in-depth relationships without which the MC could not function. This will be a special conference, because after twenty years at the helm of the MC, Dr. William (Bill) Taylor will hand over the direction of the MC to Dr. Bertil Ekstrom. Learn more at http://www.wearesources.org

  9. GREAT CALLING RATES FOR BROADBAND USERS — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at http://www.voipnetadvantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is currently free to offset some of the initial costs. A portion of every new subscription will allow Judy to pitch in on Brigada costs here… so please … let’s all get talking! :-)

  10. TESOL TRAINING IN EUROPE! — YWAM Latvia is running a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification course this summer! So if neither Thailand nor Hong Kong will work, maybe Latvia will do it. They’ll cover topics such as basic theories and methods of teaching English, intercultural communication for teachers, classroom management, how to work with different learning styles, testing, principles of language acquisition, as well as the how to use English as a ministry tool. The certificate you will receive at the end is an internationally recognized TESOL certificate and will be accredited through the University of the Nations. It will be a 4-week course with an optional 5th week of English camp/outreach at the end. It will be held at the YWAM base in Valdemarpils, Latvia, and will run from July 23 – August 18 (or to the 23rd for camp). The cost is only $995 which includes all teaching, room & board and materials. (To stay for camp will be an extra $100.) For more information, contact Lydia at tesol(at)ywamlatvia(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and/or find more info at http://www.ywamlatvia.com

  11. INVEST IN BRIGADA’S FUTURE — Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? 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.

  12. WHERE DO YOU TURN TO FIND MISSIONS PASTOR OPPORTUNITIES? — Mark’s wondering where you go for Missions pastors’ openings. He’s visited ChurchStaffing.com but sees almost nothing from churches looking for a missions pastor or director or outreach pastor or director. Now he’s wondering if there’s a better option somewhere. Is there a site that is more focused on finding missions personnel? If you have an option, write Mark mark_simpson53(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. THE BACKPAGE: TODAY I SHOT A MOLE — That’s right. I’m a murderer. :-) Last week my wife complained that a mole was tearing up our front yard. Those new runways were for him, I’m sure, shopping aisles for all sorts of snacks. But for her, they were ugly cracks in the new lawn we had just re-seeded last fall. And her flower bed was nearly vaporized by the little guy. I felt sorry for Penny, but didn’t know how much good I’d do. I scattered the obligatory white grubworm poison — instant death to the mole’s favorite party menu items. No dice. He still kept nosing around our yard, in search of other tidbits. Next I scattered some castor-oil-type powder, guaranteed to annoy him. I guess the stuff is supposed to taste, to him, about like onions do to me. Sadly enough, our unwelcome guest seemed all the more determined to haunt our front hard like a devious ghost from a bad science fiction movie.

    Today it was time for desperate measures.

    As I returned the ladder to the garage after mounting a wall hanging for her, I saw the sod had been pushed a little farther than it had been earlier in the morning. Quietly, I just stood there watching the grass, frozen in my tracks. Sure enough, in a few moments, the ground started quivering. I was witnessing “mole at work” in real-time. This was an amazing moment… surreal… almost religious in nature. :-) Ever so gently, I laid down the ladder and retreated to the basement for my Ruger .22 Mark III Hunter handgun, complete with standard fiber- optic sights. Yes we live in a subdivision, and yes today was a holiday with *lots* of neighbors of all ages outside…. and yes I held the gun pointed at the ground, kind of like a federal agent stalking a mole at CTU. (Remember, I’ve just finished watching 5 seasons worth of “24” in 5 weeks. :-)) I paused just long enough to try to imagine where his head might be. (Well you didn’t think I was going to aim for his knee did you? I was trying to *stop* him, not interrogate him.)

    That’s when it happened. As the shot rang out, I pictured every housewife (and househusband, for that matter) within a 10-block radius calling 911 with a report of a madman stalking something in the sod. The good news was, the kill was swift. All it took was 1 round and, I suppose you could say the little critter then had quite a headache. I parted the sod with a shovel I had retrieved from the garage. There he was. (Right through his skull. And he would have made such a nice mount, otherwise. :-) ) Well, you can guess my glee when my wife proclaimed me her hero… and my 16-year-old added that I was, “Cooler than ever.” Later, as I buried the little guy in strip of woods behind our backyard, I wondered what one says at a graveside service for a mole. Surely there are certain prescribed words expected at all such events. And in fact, as I pondered the moment, I began to draw some hard-earned lessons from the day’s events — some of which just might apply to missionaries, as they enter new cultures. Let’s see…

    *** First, find a way to bring value: If, when we enter someone else’s yard, we only focus on our own interests, some host, somewhere, is bound to eventually become annoyed by *something* we break or abuse. We’ve got to bring something of value if we expect to survive in life. Leave the world better than you found it. In the mole’s case, some might argue he brings air to the roots. My wife thinks otherwise when the mower chokes on his runways and mine shafts, spewing out dirt in all directions. So — lesson learned… find a way to bring some value to your host country’s lives. Keep your nose clean.

    *** Observe, like the bunny: Of all things… my wife *feeds* the bunny rabbits. They’re somehow cool and furry. Meanwhile, she hires hit men for the moles. These dirty guys are like… in their own world. But the bunnies sit there quietly, across the yard, taking everything in — learning about their environment, carefully aware of their surroundings. So observe; listen; inquire. Be a bunny.

    *** Finally, don’t dare be caught sneaking around: Part of the reason my wife was so quick to take out a contract on this guy was because he was nameless, faceless, invisible — yet troublesome. So make friends. Establish relationships. It was ok for E.T. to be an alien, but it won’t work for you. It sure didn’t for this mole. You’ve got to forge *friendship* with your new world. And not just with anybody. Find the people in charge. (In this case, my wife. :-) ) Engage. Build bridges, not tunnels. You’ll be glad you did.

    With the graveside service complete, I turned the last spade of dirt and headed for the house. Supper tasted extra good tonight. I was a hero. Order was restored… for everyone but the mole, that is. Now it was time for debriefing. Sigh. Oops. Forgot to clean the gun. Gotta run.

20060507 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
  2. GET TOP-FLIGHT TRAINING ON ISLAM
  3. WAYFARING.COM: COOL SITE, GREAT PRICE (FREE), NEAT MAPS
  4. NATIONAL MISSIONS CALENDAR (USA)
  5. FINALLY: THE SKINNY ON GOOGLE’S RANKING STRATEGIES
  6. MORE SITES FOR WEB EVANGELISM
  7. GET READY, GET SET, GO CROSS-CULTURALLY
  8. CHURCH-BASED TEAMS ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
  9. CATCH STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING IN SINGAPORE
  10. OPPORTUNITIES AT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICES
  11. WANT TO UNDERGIRD BRIGADA?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: 3 CHEERS FOR MISSIONARY MOTHERS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling. Two great DVD workshops for only $24.95. Paul & Teresa have trained more than 100 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 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, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Hats off to these folks for pitching in $25 toward the Brigada cause! Now we hope you’ll order the DVDs, if for no other reason, just to tell them thanks for being a great Brigada participant! :-) )


  2. GET TOP-FLIGHT TRAINING ON ISLAM — At CIU, catch July 3-7, Introduction to Islam (Johnson); July 10-14, Approaches to Islam (Parshall); July 17-21, Folk Islam (Larson); July 24-28, Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Masood) Distance Education: Introduction to Islam (Larson); and/or Women in Islam (Stacey) by calling 803-754- 4100 or by logging on at

    http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies/

    (Many thanks to the folks at Zwemer for helping offset Brigada’s costs to the tune of $100! Thank you, thank you, thank you!)


  3. WAYFARING.COM: COOL SITE, GREAT PRICE (FREE), NEAT MAPS — I’ve been trying out

    http://www.wayfaring.com

    Though I’m still looking for some shortcuts to save me some keystrokes and waiting time, I’m loving the way in which I can set up accurate maps to represent trips and field assignments. I’ve found I can always export the final product by printing it as a PDF (using Adobe Acrobat or whatever solution you’ve cooked up to process PDFs). I can indicate prayer points for various locations around the globe, or zero in on a particular country. Granted… sometimes it seems more difficult than it should be to pinpoint various overseas locations, but, for the price (free!), I can’t think of a better value in real-time mapping. Go ahead. Try it out. Use it on your next prayer journey to leave with home-based prayer partners. (Don’t forget you heard about this great resource on Brigada.)


  4. NATIONAL MISSIONS CALENDAR (USA) — As a way to serve mission agencies and churches, Paraclete has developed a website called the “National Missions Calendar (USA).” The purpose is to provide a free location where missions-related events in the United States can be posted by any ministry group and thereby easily accessible to other churches and organizations. The URL is

    http://www.paraclete.net/web/WelcomeMissionsCalendar.htm

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


  5. FINALLY: THE SKINNY ON GOOGLE’S RANKING STRATEGIES — Thanks to Brigada participant, Bob, I finally feel I have a better handle on how Google ranks pages. Let’s use this reduced-weight URL for the email version:

    http://tinyurl.com/4zl8q

    But I’ll try to remember to expand out the web version to the “real” link in case you want to look at it there.

    Someone recently asked why we’d want a higher ranking with Google. Call me foolish, but I guess I just want to make it easier for people to find us. For example, we hope by Christmas that we’ll be officially locating the Brigada office at Emerald Hills, in Louisville, KY:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    If someone forgets that we’re “.info”, but searches for us on Google, I’m a *whole* lot more comfortable if they find us on their first search screen than if we’re buried several screens deep.


  6. MORE SITES FOR WEB EVANGELISM — Looking for tips on developing an evangelistic web outreach? Try these:

    http://bridgesites.org

    The Bridge Site Strategy is explained. You can use your hobbies & interests to “bridge” into the world of one who does not know the Lord. Opportunities are also to join a “Bridge Site Team” to develop an evangelistic website centered on one of your favorite interests.

    http://webevangelist.blogspot.com

    “Adventures of a Web Evangelist” by Scott Reese, on how the Internet can be used strategically for world missions.

    http://internetminister.org

    A good place to go to learn about Internet Evangelism. (Thanks, Scott, for these suggestions!)

    As always, you can learn tons just by going to the Brigada site…

    http://www.brigada.org

    Just click on “Evangelism” in the top line menu. (By the way, if you do a Google search on the word, “Evangelism”, the Brigada article comes up 9th in the rankings. If you check it out, please do us the favor of clicking the Google link so it continues to affirm the relevancy of the material there, largely gathered by our good friend and partner, Tony. (Thanks Tony!)


  7. GET READY, GET SET, GO CROSS-CULTURALLY — The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) provides a complete, cross-cultural training program in 9-10 weeks that includes culture prep, language acquisition, and team and relationships skills. A shorter program is also available that includes culture prep and language acquisition. Training is available for the entire family during the spring, summer, and fall terms and can be taken as a complete package or in individual modules. Bible Intensives are offered during the summer months. A Debrief and Reentry module is also offered twice annually. For more information, call 800.887.1786 or visit

    http://www.cit-online.org .


  8. NOW GET THE BIBLE ON A TALKING CHIP — Thanks to Ken for bringing our attention to:

    http://solarpoweredbible.com/

    Basically, it’s a small bible that fits in the palm of your hand and now speaks all the books of the Bible, old and new Testament, in a real human voice. You can jump from book to book, and chapter to chapter with the press of a button. You can also jump ahead or back in 15 second intervals. It’s easy to use and the batteries are built into the unit. It can be powered by the sun or a light bulb or charged from a 9 volt DC adapter (not included). Fully charged batteries will allow the unit to play for approximately 10 hours. You can listen to the human voice reading the bible through the Bible’s excellent speaker, or through ear phones (included). The unit measures 4 1/4 by 2 1/2 by 7/8 inch. This would be great for the visually impaired or for your next road trip.

    In spite of costs as high as $110 at other sites, Ken found it at:

    http://www.kingdom.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=SOLBIB

    for just $40 with accessories at

    http://www.kingdom.com/category.aspx?categoryID=602

    Quite a deal. Good find, Ken!


  9. CHURCH-BASED TEAMS ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION — Catch this on May 22 from 2-4 pm at Westminster Chapel in Bellevue Washington following the Pastors Luncheon in preparation for Mission Fest Seattle. As a neutral missions organization, Paraclete

    http://www.paraclete.net

    is hosting a series of Round Table Discussions on timely missions topics in order to facilitate communication, understanding and kingdom- cooperation. The church-based team strategy is a growing method for doing missions. Fostering a climate, in which the church-based team is more widely understood and where past challenges and best practices can be learned and shared, would be a kingdom win for all interested in global disciple-making. RSVP to pastorsluncheon(at)comcast(dot)net For further information contact Don don(at)paraclete(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. CATCH STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING IN SINGAPORE — Take in this meeting from 07 to 31 August 2006 with Asia Pacific Mission Limited (APM) in partnership with the Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM). Learn the work of a Strategy Coordinator (SC) to focus on Unreached People Groups, Cities or Regions. It’s happening at the Global Training Centre, Singapore for US$600.00 per single person or married couple (plus your airfare, board and lodging). Sign up before 15 JULY, 2006 or you’ll pay a $50 late fee. For more info, write scanet(at)gmail(dot)com with subject: SCT06 or contact Frank (Mobile: +65-9682-4493; Fax: +65-625-777-29)

  11. OPPORTUNITIES AT INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICES — Here’s a spot in Istanbul, where you can serve the missionary community in the following positions for 2006-7: Middle School (6-8) Math teacher, Middle School (6-8) Science teacher, High School (9-12) Math Teacher, Secondary Principal (6-12), Computer Technician/Computer Curriculum Development, and School Librarian. IES, a K-12 International School, has an enrollment of over 150 students, and although staff members are responsible for raising their own financial support, furnished housing and local transportation is provided. For more information, check out their website at

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


  12. WANT TO UNDERGIRD BRIGADA? — When you empower Brigada, you keep Brigada Today editions cranking out each week to people all over the world who perhaps can not, at this time, pay a subscription fee. We keep sending them Brigada Today on a weekly basis — and you have the opportunity to make that possible for 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: 3 CHEERS FOR MISSIONARY MOTHERS — We lay aside our series on “24” to focus this “BackPage Editorial” on mothers of missionaries and mothers of missionary kids. On this weekend in the USA, Sunday is “Mother’s Day”, a time to remember and say thanks to those who gave us birth. While shopping for a card recently for my wife, the mother of our children, I couldn’t help but notice how many cards seemed aimed at sons and husbands with guilty consciences. “I know we don’t talk much any more…” began one card. Another said, “Perhaps I don’t tell you very often, but I truly do love you.” After seeing entire *rows* of this kind of card, I began to piece together a trend: Hallmark thinks we’re scoundrels, guys. How do we break this mold of “being a guy”, i.e., forgetting holidays, birthdays, and other special events in the lives of those we love, and all the while, ignoring the “regular maintenance” that would kindle a close and warm relationship. Well I, for one, am not about to dismiss their market research casually. How do we turn it around? Here’s a handy 3-point response. Note we’re working under the assumption that your mother (and/or the mother of your kids) is still alive; if she isn’t, you have our deep sympathy. In that case, please just help us convey these thoughts to others:

    *** Communicate: Here me well — Write, Email, or call your mother once a week, if she’s still alive. Use a calendar, Day-timer, Outlook, or some other device if you must. Schedule it in advance. Treat it as an appointment much the same as you would any other fixture in your work or home life.

    *** Mentor: If you’ve got kids, teach them to do the same. Remind them of the importance of recognizing their mother, especially on those special days like birthdays, Christmas, and Mother’s Day (if applicable where you live). Talk about why you set the pace, then walk the talk.

    *** Be faithful regardless: Maybe your mother has written you off (or so it would seem). Perhaps she just isn’t very good at communication. No matter. Follow through with resolve anyway. As far as it concerns you, keep extending an open hand to her regardless of whether or not she reciprocates. The truth is, she probably extended a hand to you when you couldn’t, or wouldn’t reciprocate anyway.

    Many of us have just heard Mother’s Day messages with inspiring mandates to start making a difference with our mothers. Now, let’s put them into action. Because, for the moms of this world, it’s a real jungle out there.

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

20051204 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GREAT SOURCE FOR INSURANCE
2. PICK UP A BASKET OF OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE, READY TO DEPLOY
3. DON’T JUMP TO STAR IN FILMS
4. PORTABLE APPS SUITE: A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR THUMB DRIVES
5. NATIONAL ANTHEMS FOR YOUR COUNTRY
6. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA
7. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES
8. WANT TO LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ON THE WEB?
9. EMPOWER BRIGADA FOR 2005 WHILE YOU STILL CAN
10. THE BACKPAGE: TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. GREAT SOURCE FOR INSURANCE — More and more companies have entered the international health insurance market. Here’s one that can now provide quotes on 8 different international health insurance plans for career workers offered by 6 different international companies. Premiums usually increase in the first quarter of the year between late January and early March. If you intend to get insurance, it would be best to apply now. For comparison of quotes from several companies 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. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
2. PICK UP A BASKET OF OPEN-SOURCE SOFTWARE, READY TO DEPLOY — Sure you might be able to find all this stuff on the open Internet. But for this price (a special deal for Brigada members), you could sure save a lot of time by going to: http://Lintel.US/brigada/ The provider writes, “Over the past few months I have put together a collection of open source software for Windows on a single CD. The design of the CD is similar to (and based on) theopencd.org, except mine is a much larger collection. My business partner and I typically sell it for $40 (we have sold it for as high as $60). We’d like to clear inventory and would like to make a special offer to Brigada readers.” (Disclaimer: The provider is saying that for every CD sold, he’ll make a $1 donation to Brigada as a way of saying thank-you. So … for $14, you get all that stuff *plus* send $1 to your favorite missions resource magazine! What’s not to like about that! :-) ) The games alone are worth that: Sokoban, Battle of Wesnoth, FlightGear, GNU Chess, FreeCiv, TuxType, TuxType. :-) OK… you can do work with this CD too. You also get, OpenOffice.org, AbiWord, PDFCreator, Gantt Project, and Open Workbench, among many others. Shipping and handling is just $2.50. That should tell you that the provider isn’t trying to make a bunch of profit. (By the way, in case you’d like to see what the rest of the [non-Brigada] world pays, go to: TelligenceTech.com and you’ll see they have to pay $44.45 for the very same applications. :-) Thanks Peter.)
3. DON’T JUMP TO STAR IN FILMS — If you saw the recent note seeking cross-cultural workers to star in a feature film (“FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE”, Nov. 18th Brigada today), think twice — or even three times — before agreeing to anything. At least one Brigada reader feels discretion is the better part of valor… that such films, with good intent or otherwise, raise the level of awareness for non- Christian audiences as well. Accordingly, these films might end up inciting criticism or even violence toward those choosing to star in them. “Hollywood emporium” — or, “let the movie star beware.” :-) Just a word to the wise. Remember that just because the producers of a movie send in the request to feature an item in Brigada Today, it doesn’t mean we know their pedigree. See “DISCLAIMER” in the “CLOSING STUFF”. And remember, fame isn’t eternal fame if, in fleeting, it takes others down with you. (Thanks Mark.)
4. PORTABLE APPS SUITE: A CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE FOR THUMB DRIVES — Have you seen Portable Apps Suite, at: http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/portable_apps_suite/ Read more about it at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1849710,00.asp (scroll down ’til you see their mention). This option would give you an anonymous presence on a thumb drive *plus* a great price — free! You get Portable Firefox (web browser), Portable Thunderbird (email client), Portable OpenOffice.org (office suite), Portable AbiWord (word processor), Portable NVU (web editor), Portable Sunbird (calendar & task list), Portable FileZilla (FTP client), Portable Gaim (instant messenger) and it will all fit on a 256Mb USB thumbdrive. Team up this application/hardware with a Gmail account (with a SSL connection to your email) and you’ve got a truly anonymous set-up for next to nothing. The only cost is the cost of the key at your closest computer hardware vendor. (Thanks Paul!)
5. NATIONAL ANTHEMS FOR YOUR COUNTRY — Grab midi music, words, and historical background to the anthems of most countries in the world: http://david.national-anthems.net/ (Thanks Tony!)
6. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA — From June 16 – 18, 2006 the Rethinking Forum will sponsor its 4th annual conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This Atlanta area gathering will commence at 1 pm on Friday and conclude at 5 pm on Sunday. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(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. ORAL BIBLE RESOURCES — Here’s the perfect way to get started with biblical storytelling: two great DVD workshops. 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. Only $24.95 for the set of two. Check it out at http://doiop.com/storyteller 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 .].
8. WANT TO LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES ON THE WEB? — Try browsing to: http://rightnow.org Looks like they’re onto something big there. Lots of opportunities already on file. More coming almost daily. Jump on board. Help get the word out. Let’s ride this wave! :-)
9. EMPOWER BRIGADA FOR 2005 WHILE YOU STILL CAN — Time’s a wastin’! Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and 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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: TELL THE CHRISTMAS STORY — I love hearing from our various workers around the world around this time of the year. Many… especially those working in sensitive lands… have abundant opportunities to tell about the Christmas story during December. Maybe they’re teaching English as a second language… or just helping out at a high school or college. Maybe they lead a conversation club or a “Let’s Start Talking” group. Whatever the location, the outcome is the same: When some individuals hear the Christmas story for the first time, something clicks inside. The God-sized hole that was created in all of us yearns to be filled with His love.

So go ahead… make their day. Tell the Christmas story to a friend, regardless of what continent you call home. You’ll be glad you did — and so will they!

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