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20030209 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FINALLY! A PORNOGRAPHY FILTER THAT WORKS
  2. ORAL “STORYING” TOOLBOX NOW AVAILABLE
  3. FOR THOSE WHO WANT A FILTERED ISP
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!
  5. DOUG’S WIFE TO HELP CLEAN UP THE MAILING LIST
  6. STRENGTHEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
  7. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
  8. “CRISIS CONSULTING” OFFERS NEW 4-DAY SEMINAR
  9. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED
  10. RASCALS AT SPAMARREST
  11. SPACE SHUTTLE TRACT BRINGS COMFORT IN CRISIS
  12. BOOT CAMP FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING
  13. UPCOMING MISSION CONFERENCE
  14. TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE
  15. FRONTIER MISSIONS “SHORT COURSE” FOR ADVOCATES
  16. MINISTRY VIDEO PRODUCTION SEMINAR
  17. FREE CHRISTIAN WEBSITE CONTENT
  18. NO RISK PREVIEW FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAM LEADERS
  19. WOULD YOU GO IF GOD CALLED YOU TO THE MISSION FIELD?
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FINALLY! A PORNOGRAPHY FILTER THAT WORKS — Have you been searching for an Internet pornography filter, just to be on the safe side? Maybe you’re looking for something for the kids’ computer, or even your own. Maybe you have Windows XP and the ones you’ve tried haven’t been fully compatible? Your wait is over. Here’s a piece of software that will protect your entire browsing/email environment … and for a reasonable price. I’ve been trying it out — and I can tell you, there is no noticeable speed hit whatsoever. It’s a great program — and it *works*. Try it out yourself for 10 days for free!!! Just log on at: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955 What’s more, here’s a chance to protect yourself and your computer *plus* help Brigada! For everyone who clicks through the above link in the next two weeks, then buys “Everyware” there, the designers of the software will send a $5 sponsorship to Brigada!!! With 100% of this new funding, we’d like to hire a secretary to act as a Brigada Customer Service Rep. to make address changes and handle other Brigada-related issues with the Brigada family of participants. We already have a person in mind — and her name is Penny! [my wife!!! As soon as we can get her some money flowing in, she’s quitting her teaching job to do it.] So please… run, don’t walk, and set up your new Integrity Online account!!!) :-)
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. ORAL “STORYING” TOOLBOX NOW AVAILABLE — What a dynamite series of CD presentations, presented in a folksy “round table” discussion… in a professional yet informal way. Find out about world view and “orality”, see how oral learners take in information, and discover a great case study in presenting an approach for evangelism. Learn more at: http://www.fjseries.org . If you order before April 1st, you can get special start-up pricing. This set would be great to prepare cross-cultural workers in the art of “storying” — chronological story-telling. Use it in your mission’s pre-field orientation, pass the set around to your team members, or “check them out” like a library resource. They’re great!

  4. FOR THOSE WHO WANT A FILTERED ISP — As the nation’s leading filtered ISP, Integrity Online has been protecting tens of thousands of families since 1996. Their content management technology works to eliminate all obscene and inappropriate web material and unsolicited junk emails before they reach your computer. Utilizing artificial intelligence, this technology instantly analyzes over 800 different parameters of each web page, determining if the content is obscene or inappropriate. A special Integrity Online block page will appear each time someone in-advertently or intentionally tries to access an inappropriate site from your computer. Integrity Online account includes 5 fully filtered email addresses with a special feature allowing you to decide who can and can’t send you emails. The customizable filter on this service also sends all spam directly to a junk mail folder that is passcode protected. Also, if you have been thinking about getting your own website, Integrity Online will provide you with the web space to put your site online. For only $21.95 per month, you get filtered web access, 5 filtered email addresses, and personal web space from Integrity Online. This price is less than the basic service offered from most unfiltered service providers. To sign up, click on this link: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955 Here you can sign up online or call them toll free or via Net2phone for 1.866.449.1736 and they will answer your questions and sign you up. (What’s more, for everyone that signs up with them, they’ll sponsor Brigada to the tune of $25!!! Same as above, with 100% of this new funding, we’d like to hire a secretary to act as a Brigada Customer Service Rep. to make address changes and handle other Brigada-related issues with the Brigada family of participants. Our previous Customer Service Reps. recently informed us that they had been unable to help us for quite some time. They were volunteers… and have just run out of time. :-( So… can you help us make it possible for Penny to do this for our Brigada family? Please… run, don’t walk, and set up your new Integrity Online account!!!) :-)

  5. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA! — WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. China wants trained native English Speakers. Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. Course is taught by qualified American instructors. The course is both academic and practical. A two-three week teaching practicum is part of the course giving you the experience and confidence you need to begin teaching immediately! The next course is scheduled for July 4 – August 15, 2003 in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China. Please note that emails are received and read in China. Please leave out any acronyms or references to organizations. For more info, log on at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)   or> <dvscottatgalacticommdotorg>. </dvscottatgalacticommdotorg>

  6. DOUG’S WIFE TO HELP CLEAN UP THE MAILING LIST — To get to the bottom of the 5,222 or so addresses that seem to be bouncing, Doug’s wife, Penny, is going to start cleaning up the place! :-) Seriously… over the next few weeks, Lord willing (if we can float it!), Penny will begin researching those addresses to determine whether or not they’re “dead” … or just temporarily out of order. Just as soon as we can get some money flowing in to replace her teacher’s salary, she’s going to dive into this full-tilt, and also be available to help Brigada participants with those pesky address changes. Finally… a staff person!!! Either way, we’re thrilled that you’ve helped grow the Brigada family by over 200 addresses in the past month alone! Thanks for spreading the word!!! If we can find just two more participants by next week, we’ll be up to 8,000 *good* addresses! Can you think of two people you can invite on the list? If so, just send them this message: “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! :-) They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for over 8 years! See their back-issues at: http:/www.brigada.org (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

  7. STRENGTHEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS — Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills is a 5-day workshop developed by International Training Partners Inc. and run by the AIM Centre at Trinity Western University and Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C. Dr. Laurel McAllister and her team of facilitators help to provide training in key areas of knowledge, godly attitudes and the skills needed for developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Training is very interactive, utilizing the most effective methods of adult learning. The course will run February 24 – 28, 2003 at Gateway MTC, with costs running $175.00 CDN. For information contact: <LaureldotMcAllisterattwodotca  (LaureldotMcAllisterattwodotca)  > or log on at: http://www.gatewaytraining.org

  8. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE — L.A.C.E. (Language Acquisition for Cross-Cultural Effectiveness) is a 9 day intensive workshop designed to make your language learning task as efficient as possible. In this workshop you will discover effective language learning techniques, helpful methods to increase vocabulary, phonetics and pronunciation. This course, a part of the training for students at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C., is now open for others who would like to join the class for this module. The dates are March 17-22/ 24-27, 2003, with costs being $350.00CDN Room & Board $20.00/day CDN. For more information contact <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg  (infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg)  > http//www.gatewaytraining.org

  9. “CRISIS CONSULTING” OFFERS NEW 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of May 5-8, 2003, Dallas, TX, at the SIL Center, CCI will offer this management-oriented course to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities to provide a competent security and crisis management program for teams, leadership groups and executives who have responsibility for security of personnel, assets and programs on the field. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $450 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $400 for each additional registrant from same organization. For more information, call 805-642-2549, email <infoatcricondotorg  (infoatcricondotorg)  > or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2003training.htm. Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks.

  10. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED — Doing ministry in North India? Need good quality Hindi language materials for Evangelism? Children’s Ministry? Discipleship? Etc.? Or other Indian languages? Wonder if someone has already translated that good book or video into Hindi or other Indian language? Then log onto http://www.indiaresources777.org Here you can find an extensive database of Christian resources available within India with a focus on Hindi language materials, although other Indian languages are also included. There are well over 700 resources already in our database and it is growing. Search by category, language and media type to find what you need. Useful website resources are also included. For details, contact <infoatindiaresources777dotorg  (infoatindiaresources777dotorg)  >.

  11. RASCALS AT SPAMARREST — Those rascals at SpamArrest. Not long ago, a few of our Brigada participants must have started using their service. We received an email from SpamArrest saying that if these participants were to keep their Brigada subscription going, we had to log on to the SpamArrest website and read this graphic image of a word, then type it into the blank. Well it sounded harmless enough, though I’ll admit — if even 1000 of our readers suddenly set up SpamArrest accounts, we’d never get anything else done! Well either way, like a completely trusting fool, I logged on at the SpamArrest site and dutifully typed in the word. Now, yesterday, I get spam from SpamArrest itself! I’m not joking. It’s one of the most ironic twists in marketing that I’ve ever seen. The very company purporting to stop spam *engaged* in it! I wrote them to complain, but I figure… all it might do is let them know my email address is “good”, so my address will be fired up to a higher level of trust, or something. Sure it had a link on it saying, “Click here to be removed from our marketing list”, but articles everywhere have told us *not* to click there, because sometimes that’s just a trick to discover which addresses are actually *good* (current, or at least spelled correctly). The bottom line: If a spam company is going to require mail senders to fill out a “graphical word” or something, they shouldn’t *market* those who innocently take part. Oh well, … once bitten… twice shy. Just remember — we’ll never be participating in anything SpamArrest sends out again. Rascals.

  12. SPACE SHUTTLE TRACT BRINGS COMFORT IN CRISIS — The American Tract Society has now published a new tract that deals with the recent space shuttle tragedy: “Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia.” ATS says, “Many are turning to God…and the awareness of faith is being played out in all the media. The nation is searching for answers about this tragedy. This is an opportunity to help people come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.” Read these tracts online and order them to use as a Christian witness to your world. Order from the American Tract Society, PO Box 462008, Garland TX 75046-2008 or call toll free or via net2phone 1-800- 548-7228 or log on at http://www.atstracts.org or http://www.atsdirect.org or email <atsatatstractsdotorg  (atsatatstractsdotorg)  >.

  13. BOOT CAMP FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING — Boot Camp is a practical and biblically based 2-day training seminar for new and veteran missionaries alike who need to learn how to raise their personal support or may need a new perspective on this critical area. There are two locations for 2003: (space for the seminars is limited) March 26- 27, Pasadena, CA and June 18-19, Atlanta, GA. For more information or to register, write <infoatthebodybuildersdotnet  (infoatthebodybuildersdotnet)  > or log on at: http://www.thebodybuilders.net or call: (501) 329-4881

  14. UPCOMING MISSION CONFERENCE — Check out the OMF 2003 Bay Area Mission Conference, “Blessing East Asia’s Muslims”, May 2-3, at the Peninsula Covenant Church (Redwood City, CA). For info, lot on at: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest or to register via email, write Elaine <omfconferenceatyahoodotcom  (omfconferenceatyahoodotcom)  > or call (650) 559-8088. Fees run $30 per Adult, but special Student/Senior rates are available. 2 plenary speakers and 7 workshops will enrich your understanding of how to bless Muslims living in East Asia and the Bay Area. Featured will be Dr. Kang San Tan, OMF Malaysia Home Director and Dr. Miriam Adeney, Author of “Daughters of Islam” (Building Bridges With Muslim Women – InterVarsity Press) along with a special “Win Our World” children’s mission program.

  15. TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE — Taking vaccines available easily prevents many of the illnesses missionaries may face whilst on mission away from home. Passport Health, a US based travel medicine clinic, with offices throughout the United States, stresses the importance of keeping all routine vaccines, like Tetanus/Diphtheria, up to date. Other vaccines, for e.g. yellow fever, may be required, depending on your specific destination & medical history. The most common ailment, however, still remains traveler’s diarrhea, as your digestive system struggles to come to terms with the new foods & water sources of your home away from home. The treatment of choice remains taking an antibiotic, anti- diarrheal & fluid replacement. When preparing for your trip, take time to visit your local travel clinic like Passport Health. They have a wealth of up to date information with regard to your destination, which will help keep you safe & healthy during your travels. Remember; don’t let your heart’s work be ruined by falling ill. For further information, see their website at http://www.passporthealthusa.com.

  16. FRONTIER MISSIONS “SHORT COURSE” FOR ADVOCATES — Here’s a YWAM course specifically for “strategy coordinators” (catalysts, who facilitate and mobilize to link people who have knowledge, resources, personnel and expertise to take advantage of ministry opportunities amongst a people group). It’s slated for Monday 1st June – Friday 1st August 2003. The location will be Bali, Indonesia. The cost will be £595 (UK pounds). Small grants are available for full time Christian volunteer workers. For more info or an application, contact Philippa <pnewisatovaldotcom  (pnewisatovaldotcom)  > or call +44 1582 463269 or fax: +44 1582 463305.

  17. MINISTRY VIDEO PRODUCTION SEMINAR — It’s happening May 9 and 10. This day and a half information-packed seminar will help you develop your stories into furlough or ministry videos for communicating more effectively with your constituency. Especially designed for missionaries and ministry workers, and filled with lots of how-to tips, the seminar is conducted by Village Avenue, the team behind the Toolbox for Video Storytelling; How to Write and Produce Your Missionary Video. Visit http://www.VillageAve.com for details, registration, and housing information or Email <JohnWatVillageAvedotcom  (JohnWatVillageAvedotcom)  > if you have questions.

  18. FREE CHRISTIAN WEBSITE CONTENT — Need some fun content to fill in the gaps on that mission or church website you’re preparing? Check out ElmCreek Community Church’s “Free Christian Content” pages. Get sayings, jokes, articles, Bible verses, inspirational stories, animated gifs, banners, photographs, news stories, and more. Some can be configured to automatically update — so you get lots of new content without too much work. For more info, lot on at: http://www.elmcreekchurch.org/Free_Christian_Content.htm or email <webmasteratelmcreekchurchdotorg  (webmasteratelmcreekchurchdotorg)  >. Thanks Elm Creek!

  19. NO RISK PREVIEW FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAM LEADERS — You can preview the 6-Part “GO PREPARED! Essentials” Short-term Missions Video Training Series for 10 day personal review — with no obligation to purchase the set if you are not 100% convinced of its value. The 6 Teaching Sessions (approx. 30 minutes each) are:
    #1-Laying the Foundations;
    #2-Spiritual Preparation;
    #3-Building Your Team;
    #4-Cross- Cultural Training;
    #5-Ministry Without Dependency; and,
    #6-Re-Entry & Debriefing.
    If you decide to keep the “GO PREPARED! Essentials” set, the cost is just $99 + $6 S&H. If not, simply return the video set after your 10 day no risk preview. Send your order to: Bill Berry, Publisher-Into All The World Magazine, at <BBerry4215ataoldotcom  (BBerry4215ataoldotcom)  >. Offer valid in North America only.

  20. WOULD YOU GO IF GOD CALLED YOU TO THE MISSION FIELD? — ‘When God Comes Calling’ is a compelling new book by Mike Linville recounting the inspiring, true story of how God sent an ordinary Midwestern family of five to the mission field, a mere sixty miles from the radioactive wasteland known as Chernobyl. Despite KGB raids and mysterious phone taps, government harassment and eviction, they experienced God’s amazing power and intervention as He used them to build a Bible college in the former Soviet Union, and now what some say is the first pastoral counseling training institute in the former Soviet Union, under the auspices of International Faith Initiatives, Inc. Retailing at $12.99, Brigada readers may purchase at the discounted price of $10.50. Bulk/wholesale pricing is available. To order, email <orderatinternationalfaithdotorg  (orderatinternationalfaithdotorg)  >.

20030105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20020915 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20020901 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

20020728 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  2. “POW!” THOSE POP-UP ADS
  3. MUSIC IN MISSIONS SUMMARY
  4. WE KNEW IT FIRST!
  5. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS – SPECIALIZED TRAINING
  6. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT
  7. BIBLICAL STORYING CD-ROM’S
  8. KEY CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  9. LIFE INSURANCE THAT COVERS TERRORISM AND ACTS OF WAR
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — From Oct 7-11, 2002 in Toronto, Canada, sharpen *your* interpersonal skills in a course sponsored by MissionPrep/TIM Centre. This workshop for missionaries is taught by Ken Williams’ International Training Partners and is intended for mission personnel wanting to increase their knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216 page workbook is provided, in which each topic includes key articles, a Bible study, a self-assessment, and opportunities for growth. The Facilitator is Matthew Neigh. For more information email <micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call Robert 416-606-9757. </micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

  2. “POW!” THOSE POP-UP ADS — Here is another simple utility that is available to get rid of those annoying popup ads. Run POW! while browsing on the net and it will automatically close those nasty popups that keep appearing. http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm

  3. MUSIC IN MISSIONS SUMMARY — Our compiler, Phil, heard from almost 20 people from all over the world concerning his inquiry about the use of music in missions. … Phil’s address is <pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu> and his website is http://gardner-webb.edu/intra/pperrin/musicinmissions.htm </pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu>

  4. WE KNEW IT FIRST! — The Evangelical Christian Publishers’ Association has recognized what missions groups have always known – Operation World is one of the best books around! The ECPA awarded both Operation World and the family edition “Window on the World” with the Gold Medallion Award for Excellence on July 13 in Anaheim, California. This indicates clearly that people are becoming increasingly missions- minded and are recognizing the value of intercession for the nations!

    Gabriel Resources offers missions discounts on both books, OW CD-Roms, maps & prayer calendars. Email Ellen Graf <ellenatomlitdotomdotorg> or call 1-866-732-6657 (toll-free, USA) / 706-554-1594 to order and for more information. </ellenatomlitdotomdotorg>


  5. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS – SPECIALIZED TRAINING — The “GO Prepared” specialized video training series known as the “Skills” has recently been released and is already proving to be practical and inspirational. Six new videos dealing with Construction, Medical, Fundraising, Recruitment, Evangelism, and how short-term missions trips impact the life of a church are now available. If you need assistance in any if these areas please contact Jim at <tcciattccidotorg> or visit his website </tcciattccidotorg>

  6. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT — (Here’s some software that was originally featured in the 7/12 Brigada Today, but unfortunately, the site below was down for one week just after the original release.) Keep track of all your ministry supporters using the RDMA (Resource Development Ministry Application) version 2.0. Written for missionaries, this software helps you keep track of all basic information, communication, and financial transactions for each church or individual that helps support you. According to the author, it also provides an easy way to print out mailing labels for selected groups. Go to http://members.truepath.com/rdma to find out more information and download it. If you have any questions, feel free to email <aldotschaueratnetzerodotnet>. </aldotschaueratnetzerodotnet>

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

  8. KEY CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — Last year the Japan Church Planting Institute Conference was the largest church planting conference in the history of Japan. Organizers are pulling out the stops again this year, inviting everyone to join in the networking and envisioning for ministry. The conference speaker list includes several key leaders from North America including Dr. Steve Childers (US Center for Church Planting), Dr. Paul Hiebert, Dr. Dan Morgan, Dr. Guy Saffold, Dr. Terry Gyger and Dr. J. Allen Thompson plus six key Japanese speakers. There are 8 separate training tracks, over 40 electives on ministry in Japan, a ladies luncheon, and children’s ministry. This is a bilingual conference in Japanese and English, November 12-15 (Tue-Fri), 2002. Fuji Hakone Land – in the National Park near the ocean and Mt. Fuji. For more information see the CPI website: http://www.jcpi.Net or contact John at <jmehnatcompuservedotcom>. </jmehnatcompuservedotcom>

  9. LIFE INSURANCE THAT COVERS TERRORISM AND ACTS OF WAR — Recent news indicates that Christian schools, churches, hospitals are being targeted by terrorists. A new product, “High Limit Accident Insurance” has optional coverage for acts of terrorism and war. This plan also includes options for flight, common carrier, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains coverage along with permanent total disability insurance. For a hard-copy information packet contact, write <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com, or the “.org” or “.info” extensions. </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

20020519 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS
  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS?
  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD
  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA
  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG
  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS
  8. REACH THE UNREACHED
  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED
  10. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE
  12. YWAM DTS IN PA
  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM)
  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. REPORTEDLY THE LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS — United World Telecom http://www.phone-access.com/uwt/ reportedly offers some of the lowest phone rates around. They specialize in low rates to Africa, South American and Asia. You can reportedly use the service in callback form from any country in the world, from any phone in North America using UWT’s toll free number, and can even get your own US “follow me” toll free number to give to friends and family. All calls to this private toll free number will be automatically re-directed to your phone number of choice anywhere in the world. Very convenient and great to give to supporters, friends and family — especially since it can be used by travelers! There are no sign-up fees, no monthly minimum fees. You ONLY pay for the calls you make, and there’s even online sign up and online billing. The quality is excellent and the cost of calls are the same regardless of direction (Japan to USA is 10 CPM – USA to Japan is also 10 CPM). To learn more about Callback, how it works and how to sign up online visit: http://www.phone-access.com/uwt or write uwtatphone-accessdotcom with any questions that you might have.

  2. HOW’D BRIGADA TODAY GET RID OF THE YAHOOGROUPS ADS? — That seems to be one of the most popular questions asked these days. Here’s the scoop: Back when we were distributing Brigada Today via eGroups, the eGroups people offered a special whereby you could pay a fee to “buy out” the ads. Next thing you know, Yahoo purchased eGroups and the whole thing became YahooGroups. Since that time, I haven’t been able to verify that YahooGroups offers the same deal — but they *did* apparently “grandfather” us in without ads, to honor the previous deal that eGroups had sold. So — the bottom line: I don’t know of any way that new YahooGroups moderators can get rid of those pesky ads on current groups. They can be fairly . . . risque’, eh? Have you seen the one with the scantily clad lady and that bothersome wireless Internet video camera? Yikes. I asked my son, who in the world would want to buy a wireless Internet video camera anyway, and then we saw an ad in the local newspaper about how that little gizmo had become one of the most popular-selling items on the Net. Great. And our groups just keep boosting it along. :-) Anyway… sorry I can’t be of more help! Maybe some Brigada participant has figured them out!

  3. ALONG THE INDIAN ROAD — Catch a Seminar in Hindu Awareness on Saturday 29 June 2002 in Greater Vancouver, Canada the U.S. Centre for World Mission (Institute of Hindu Studies Division), sponsored by the Dusty Sandals Society. Learn about Hinduism & Contextualization – A Critique; Christ Movements in the Hindu World; Expressing Worship of Christ in Hindu Contexts; Challenges to Contextualization. Through HL Richard, Vern Middleton, David Manuel. For more info, log on at: http://www.rethinkingforum.com or write <dustysandalsatshawdotca> or call 604.277.7233 (that must be a Canadian number). </dustysandalsatshawdotca>

  4. TESOL IN LEBANON, PA — Here’s a TESOL course, June 17 to July 12, 2002, with an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine. Another course is slated for September 23 – October 18, 2002. For info, write <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  5. DIAL-ABROAD.ORG -– Here’s a service helps missionaries and other expatriates living abroad stay in touch by providing options and recommendations for international long distance phone calls. Organizers there have reportedly saved users lots of money both on home assignment and on the field. Check it out at: http://www.dial-abroad.org (Note that by using one of these services, you’ll be helping referrer Andy and his ministry in Japan, GlobalCompassion.com .)

  6. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course in Budapest, “Cross-Cultural Communication” is scheduled for August 26 through September 6, 2002. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. DRAMA & MISSIONS — Want to use your love of drama to call harvesters into cross-cultural missions? Wycliffe’s new Dinner Theatre, set in the Philippines, needs all kinds of personnel: actors (Filipino- looking actors especially needed), backstage manager, technician, house manager and kitchen manager. Travel the Western USA and parts of the South with room and board provided. They’re just now making decisions on casting, through the end of June. Fall Tour is Sept-Nov, with Spring Tour being Feb-May. Contact Mark Eaton for details: <mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>, 800-269-2007, 503-652-1662, http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Theater/TheaterNW2.htm . </mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg>

  8. REACH THE UNREACHED — Learn to be a more powerful communicator for Christ by signing up for “Communication and the Biblical View of Man” (COM 301), Nov. 18, 2002 through Feb. 7, 2003 in sunny Hawaii, USA. Contact Jean Hartley at 73410dot2407atcompuservedotcom or fax 808-326-4446. They offer assistance to eligible students from developing nations. Visit Youth With a Mission’s University of the Nations website for a course application http://www.uofnkona.edu .

  9. INFO ON FILTERED ISP’S NEEDED — With all the garbage floating around on the internet and with many reports of Christians falling prey to the lure of pornography, now may be a good time to switch to a family-friendly Internet Service Provider (ISP). Chuck is looking for a filtered ISP (one that prevents access to pornographic sites) that provides good service at a low cost. Can you suggest one that can be accessed from most overseas locations? Send information on your favorite with details such as customer service, connection reliability, etc. to Chuck at <winindiaataoldotcom>. Chuck will report back on his findings later. </winindiaataoldotcom>

  10. 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 to one another and to the host people. An upcoming workshop hosted by Campus Crusade For Christ will be held in Orlando, FL, June 5-11. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

  11. BIBLE STORYING CONFERENCE — Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will host an Advanced CBS Conference on Jan. 10-13, 2003 in Fort Worth. This conference is for people who have (1) done a worldview study of a people group, (2) prepared a story list for the group, and (3) storied with the group. The format of the conference will give ample time for participants to share what they have done in storying, how it has worked, what problems have arisen, and how they have dealt with them. Participants will learn about the latest materials that have been developed, how storying is being used in leadership development and theological education, and continuing research into orality and communication. … For the benefit of people wanting to get started in using storying, Southwestern will also be hosting an Introduction to Chronological Bible Storying workshop Jan. 13-17, 2003. For more info. write <asratswbtsdotedu> or call 817-923-1921, ext. 2440. </asratswbtsdotedu>

  12. YWAM DTS IN PA — Catch the YWAM DTS in Lebanon, PA., a five month course broken into two parts. 1st part-3 months of teaching, topics ranging from the character of God to a life style of repentance. 2nd part-2 month outreach to Cambodia. The school begins October 21, 2002, and ends March 7, 2003. For information e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  13. ARISE SHINE MOROCCO (ASM) – The Year of Prayer is well underway with participants in 50+ nations. ASM is still seeking churches, groups, and intercessors to join the fray. Email prayer bulletins are sent out twice per month. Short-term outreach teams are forming. An English-language video with seven short programs about Morocco including one for children is available in both NTSC and PAL formats. Spanish and Portuguese versions are now in process. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is available in English, French, German, Dutch and Korean print versions. The “52 Weeks” text is also available for downloading from the ASM website in these same languages plus Spanish, Afrikaans, Chinese and soon in Portuguese. The prayer guide is purposely undated so that it may be used to begin a year of prayer at any time. For more information please go to the website at: or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

  14. ATTENTION: PARENTS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOLERS — Do you want your son or daughter to have an intellectually resilient Christian worldview coupled with a heart for the nations that will survive college? Are you a missionary wondering how to transition your son or daughter into American college life? If so, then INSIGHT might be for you. The US Center for World Mission is now preparing to run its second year of the INSIGHT program (Intensive Study of Integrated Global History and Theology) on its Pasadena campus, beginning in the fall 2002. Referred to by Dr. Ralph Winter as a “30 year idea”, INSIGHT is designed as a one-year freshman level study program that provides 30 units of general education transferable credit through Northwestern College. INSIGHT prepares students for their college years by giving them a globally aware, mission-minded, big picture, biblically-based foundation. See the web site at http://www.uscwm.org/insight or email <insightatuscwmdotorg> or call 626-398-2104 for more information. </insightatuscwmdotorg>

20010304 Brigada Today

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MAKING THE SWITCH TO YAHOOGROUPS

Brigada Logo It’s actually quite painless. Just get in the habit of placing the word “yahoo” wherever you would have typed “e” in egroups. There’s no hyphen. So to find the Brigada Today site on yahoogroups, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today There’s a custom facility to transfer your old “egroups” membership to “yahoogroups”. However, we’re guessing most Brigada Today participants probably never visited the website for egroups.com, and thus, probably never actually had an ID/password. So you can pretty much start from scratch at yahoogroups.com. The service won’t let you subscribe twice from the same email address. However, if you’re still receiving Brigada Today from a previous (and still working) email address, it is possible to receive two copies. The trick is — unsubscribe from the old service first. See the first few lines of this email for instructions.
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HOW DO YOU USE CHRONOLIGICAL BIBLE STORYING IN AN URBAN SETTING?

Bible That’s what Rich untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet  (untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet)   would like to know. He’s looking for a chance to dialogue with others who have used or are currently using Chronological Bible Storying among low-income urban residents. His team of church planters is working in the barrios of Caracas, Venezuela, with a target group numbering more than 3 million (check out http://www.Caracaspoor.net). Because of issues of orality and literacy, the more conventional methods of evangelism have not worked well. Contact Rich with your experiences, things that worked and didn’t work, best ideas, sources, and links and he’ll make us a file that we’ll later release here in Brigada Today.
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LOOKING FOR A DIGITAL CAMCORDER?

movie camera Try the Sony DCR-PC110, a brand new unit from Sony that combines a digital video camera (using the new standard, Mini-DV tapes) with a digital still camera — at just over 1 megapixel level. For web sites and most printing jobs, you’ll see little or no “jaggies”. (Higher end printing requires up to 3 or 4 megapixel stills.) The price? $1499 Though that might sound like a lot, this same technology used to cost double or triple that. To find that price, go to a site like http://www.thedigitalbuyer.com Their product ID for the Sony unit is “SNYDCRPC110”.

caution Here’s an important update!
What we didn’t know was that this is simply a DBA (“doing business as”) renaming of a company with really bad reviews… known better as “The Digital Dog”. A tech from the US Center wrote today to supply us with this web page URL: http://www.resellerratings.com/comview.cgi?TheDigitalBuyer That page has some pretty sorry descriptions of their customer service. Mike (from the US Center) recommended instead that we look at these vendors: http://www.profeel.com and http://www.bhphotovideo.com I know we’ve ordered from the BH Photo folks before. As Mike acknowledged, the price will be a bit higher, but at least you’ll get your product in a timely fashion!

Sorry for any inconvenience!

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HOW TO FIND A “MAN OF PEACE”

Hats off to Tony for referring us to the IMB article about locating a “man of peace” — someone to introduce you to the mainstream of the people group with which you’re working. Great stuff. http://www.imb.org/learn/news/story.asp?id=537
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WANT TRAINING AS A MISSIONARY PILOT?

Find out more about it at Missionary Aviation Exploration. This is a two-week program provided by Alpha Aviation designed for prospective students that feel they may have a call to missions aviation, but aren’t sure. Experience firsthand actual training in the pilot and mechanic programs. Participate in a 5- day mission trip. Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or 918-438-7812 or write him at mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)   or click on: http://www.alphaaviation.org
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ADDITIONAL SOURCES FOR HIGHER BIBLICAL LEARNING ON THE INTERNET

WebWatch If you’re looking for more options for studying the Bible (either for you or the new believers on your field), check out these options from Stan:

http://www.internetbiblecollege.com
http://www.isom.org
http://www.viu.com

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DON’T MISS AVIATION MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2001

The dates are October 17 through 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a goal of bringing missions and aviation together by networking ministries, organizations, missionaries, etc for the purpose of reaching the unreached. Alpha Aviation Mission Outreach Center is the host. A registration and exhibitor discount will be given to all subscribers of Brigada. For more info, see: http://www.alphaaviation.org or call Rod toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or dial 918-438-7812 from anywhere or write him mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)  .
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GLOBAL CELEBRATION FOR WOMEN

The Global Celebration for Women is a worldwide effort to unite the lives and hearts of Christian women in every region, nation, and community in Houston, TX from September 19- 21, 2001. Global Celebration hopes to gather 40,000 women from all over the world for this unprecedented event. Learn more at : http://www.globalcelebration.org or call Jill in the USA or via Net2Phone at 888-725-3707 or call 719-528-8728 or Email jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg  (jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg)  .
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EMMAUS ROAD INTERNATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY SEMINAR TOUR

calendar Neal and Yvonne Pirolo will be embarking on an 8-week seminar/meeting tour beginning in early April. The seminars on cross-cultural ministry and support include topics from the books “Serving as Senders” and “The Reentry Team.” To find out more regarding seminar locations, topics and contact information, check out http://www.eri.org/seminar_schedule.htm or email ERI emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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FOCUSED STRATEGIES

calendar Are your mission efforts coordinated, and focused on the unreached? Attend the Focused Strategies Conference, sponsored by Caleb Project, Antioch Network and Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 2-3, 2001 at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Speakers include Jon Hardin, Shane Bennett, John Rowell and Lincoln Murdoch. For more information & registration contact Mrs. Kris Nelson in the USA or via Net2Phone at 800-269-2007 or 503-652-1662 between 8AM & 4:30PM PST or E-mail kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg  (kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg)   or click on: http://www.wycliffe.org/NWRO/FSC.htm.
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BUILDING CREDIBLE MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

calendar The Middle East Member Care Team will host Dr. Lianne Roembke for a 5 day seminar May 7-11, 2001, in Limassol, Cyprus, aimed at addressing the problems and joys inherent in forming, training, and leading a Multicultural Team. This seminar, specially designed for Member Care providers, personnel directors, regional leaders, and team leaders, will examine many of the issues of “globalization” in the team structure including: communication, identity, stress and burnout, decision-making, leadership, recreation, finances, and lifestyle. More far reaching topics will include discussions of the advantages of working in Multicultural Teams, selection and training of team members, and how leadership can prepare their workers for a Multicultural Team experience. Included in the seminar will be a special workshop on Burnout conducted by Dr. James Roembke of Westview Psychological Services (USA). For further information see http://www.memct.org/programs.php3 or contact timatmemctdotorg  (timatmemctdotorg)  .
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ALTERNATE “HOUSES” BOOK SOURCE

The English edition of “Houses That Change The World” by Wolfgang Simson, mentioned in the 23 Feb 2001 edition of Brigada Today, is discount-priced and available in North America through Gabriel Resources, a division of O.M. Literature. Call 8-MORE BOOKS, or e-mail orderatomlitdotomdotorg  (orderatomlitdotomdotorg)  . Be sure to request a copy of “Mission World”, their new catalog of missions-related books at discount prices.
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PETER’S WIFE IS BETTER THAN EVER

Help and encouragement for missionary wives and moms comes as a free email newsletter and new, improved web site. “Peter’s Wife” newsletter is carefully written to protect our sisters in sensitive areas. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: pw-subscribeattopicadotcom  (pw-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or see http://home.earthlink.net/~peterswife/ The website has a full archive of previously sent newsletters and a growing page of Favorite Links to web sites of interest to missionary wives. For more information email peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet  (peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Whether you’re planning an international trip or communicating with friends and family overseas, Ethnicharvest.org’s Travel Tools can help. You’ll find a World Clock with current time and date in any country, Currency Exchange Calculator, and links to international weather reports. There are even links to travel agencies who promise discounts for mission-related travel. It’s all at http://www.ethnicharvest.org/links/travel.htm.
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WHEATON 2001

calendar Billed as a “20th Anniversary, National International Student Ministry Conference”, this conference is sponsored by ACMI (The Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals). Conference dates are May 31 – June 3; location is Wheaton campus, Wheaton IL. For more information, visit the website http://www.gateman.com/acmi/acmi2001.html or contact jcolbertatcoindotorg  (jcolbertatcoindotorg)  . And thanks to Ed for posting these dates on the Brigada calendar at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar
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GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN EUROPE

graduation cap We mentioned before that Biola University and Greater Europe Mission have formed an educational partnership that will allow missionaries in and near Europe to receive quality education, training, and mentoring while they are engaged in their field ministries. As we mentioned, two degree programs will be offered, the MA degree in Intercultural Studies and the Doctor of Missiology degree. Classes will be offered each year in January and May near Kandern, Germany. Well now they have the dates set and are ready to roll. The dates for the first classes are January 16-23, 2002. Students who study in Germany receive an automatic 1/3 tuition reduction. For additional information, please contact Steve SBeckatGemissiondotcom  (SBeckatGemissiondotcom)  . Applications can be obtained from Shari shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu  (shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu)  .
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap The Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need) is part of Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations . The course is presently being offered in Camaragibe, Brazil (April 8- June 30). It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 3 months practical here in Recife (July 9- September 28, Graduating September 29). For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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MINISTERING IN AN ORTHODOX COUNTRY?

WebWatch Those ministering to persons from a Russian or Eastern Orthodox background might want to check out: http://www.orthodoxlight.homestead.com The new site, in Russian and English, features a short tract targeted to persons from an Orthodox background. Also included are links to other web sites related to ministry to the Orthodox, and several other articles giving in-depth Biblical responses to the same questions. Questions? Email: orthlightataoldotcom  (orthlightataoldotcom)  
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DIRECTORY OF SPANISH EXTENSION EDUCATION OPTIONS

“Apoyo-Bolivia” is a ministry dedicated to supporting Bolivian Christian leaders. In an attempt to meet a common request for information, Apoyo is developing a directory of post high school education options offered either through extension or over the internet – in the areas of theology, counseling, business, missions and pedagogy — in Spanish. If you are aware of any such education options, please communicate those directly to APOYOatbodotnet  (APOYOatbodotnet)  . Eldon will send us a copy to post here in an autoresponder.
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