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20071118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING?
  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)?
  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE
  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR
  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE…
  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN
  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA
  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP?
  12. THE BACKPAGE: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IS THERE AN ONLINE RESOURCE TO DISCERN ONE’S CALLING? — That’s what Andy would like to know. He’s a leader at Wycliffe and he’d love to help people discover what is God’s will for their lives more effectively with some online tool. “Have you ever run across an assessment tool to help a person especially a young person determine what God’s call on his life may be? I have experienced something like this in a work book like “Jesus on Leadership,” but I was wondering if there was something on line that could do much the same thing?” Can you advise him of any options? If so, please drop by at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=52

    and leave a “Comment.” Thanks!


  2. WHO WILL TRY THIS CELL PHONE OPTION (FOR INT’L TRAVEL)? — If you’re willing to be a bleeding-edge beta-tester, we’d love to hear your take on the new int’l travel cell sim chip at

    http://www.maxroam.com

    We commented on it earlier. Rates aren’t *quite* as good as predicted (prior to the formal launch of the company), but some of them are actually quite close. It happens I recently bought into another system (go-sim), so I’m not well-positioned to test this one. If you’re willing, please jot a note to that effect at

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=51

    Once you’ve formed an impression, please stop back and tell your experience. Check back at this site later to see the comments that have come in. Thanks to anyone willing to try it!!! (And thanks to Steve for keeping this at the forefront of our attention.)


  3. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — It’s slated for February 7-10, 2008 at Living Waters Farm, Virginia. Invest in four days of focused examination of seven areas critical for becoming one sent from a local church. The days are a balance of hearing principles and receiving impartation from others who have years of experience. For a full description of the training see

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

    To personally communicate with an Elijah Company representative write to training(at)elijahcompany

    (dot)org or call (757) 226-3507 or (757) 287-4604. [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 back onto one line.]


  4. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who are called to missions but need to speak English to fulfill that calling? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA, USA beginning March 2, 2008 and ending May 23, 2008 for those who want to learn to speak and understand the English language. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 with a non-refundable $35 registration fee. For more information or to register contact ywampa(at)comcast

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


  5. 2008 POST-CHRISTENDOM SPIRITUALITIES CONFERENCE — Practitioners and scholars working in the field of new religious movements are invited to submit a title and 250-word abstract along with a curriculum vita for consideration in the Post-Christendom Spiritualities conference to be held at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 16-19 October 2008. Special consideration will be given to papers addressing the academic study of new religious movements as well as the praxis of engaging these movements. Papers for the conference might include, but are not limited to, subjects such as Goddess spirituality and the theology of God, Inter-religious apologetics in post-modernity, and the work of the Spirit in mission and New Spiritualities Papers should reflect the ideas expressed in the Lausanne Occasional Paper no. 45 found at

    http://www.lausanne.org/documents/2004forum/LOP45_IG16.pdf

    Please submit a title, abstract and CV to mcooper(at)tiu

    (dot)org by 31 December 2007 [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 back onto one line.] If accepted, a paper must be submitted by 15 August 2008 in order for solicitations of responses from critical respondents.


  6. INTRODUCING PRAYER TOOLBAR — Finally, there is a tool for churches to encourage people to pray, worship, serve and connect with God beyond the Sunday service. Prayer Toolbar (TM) enables churches to publish messages that display in people’s web browser anytime they go online. If your church uses bulletins, web sites, email or podcasts to spread the God’s Word, than you owe it to yourself to investigate this new technology to connect people to God through you. What it can do for your church is huge. What it can do for His people is eternal. Visit

    http://www.prayertoolbar.com/

    to see a FREE, online demonstration. There’s never been anything like it.


  7. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, PA, USA. The school dates are March 9-April 4, 2008 and April 20 – May 16, 2008 and it’s a certificate program. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on our website at

    http://www.ywampa.org

    Email questions to ywampa(at)comcast

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


  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA, PLEASE… — Please don’t use “classified ad language.” It’s not really our style. Also, please remember to speak in 3rd person; otherwise our readers will become confused as to which person is speaking. In fact, please check out the short list of suggestions by clicking on “submit” at

    http://www.brigada.org

    Thanks! Your investment in some of these tiny differences would help us a great deal in preparing future editions of Brigada Today – on time.


  9. A LESS EXPENSIVE VPN — If you’re a one-up VPN user (i.e., you don’t need a dashboard for your entire organization), try

    http://www.witopia.net

    It’s about $40/year and several Brigada participants, including Wade and Tony, have found it to be very effective.


  10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE YOU’VE MADE IN BRIGADA — We *so* appreciate our dear brother in Sweden who came back in 2007 to give $100, and another anonymous couple out East sent $50. On top of that, YWAM in Lebanon, PA bowled us over with a $300 gift! Sobered, encouraged, and motivated… Thank you! Another anonymous sister sent $100. A brother in Texas sent $25, joined by another brother who also sent $25 from the mountains of Northern Thailand and yet another from here in Kentucky (also $25). A missions committee member from Davao sent $50 with a very encouraging note. Workers from Oscar in UK also sent $50 and a couple working in Brazil sent $25. Another mobilizer from the great state of Texas sent $100. We give praise to God for this partnership and help!

  11. PROGRESS… BUT COULD YOU HELP US BRIDGE THE GAP? — The gifts above, added to last edition’s total of $8,967.90, brings our 2007 total to $9817.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150 and still quite shy of the $15,096 that came in in 2006. We would *so* love it if we could see some major catch-uppage happen here in the final week. Would you be willing to help make that happen at your church, group, family, or in your own bank account? If God has enabled you to make even a small gift, would you be willing to give it on behalf of someone who, for now, can’t? If so, thanks!!! Just click on the “Donate“.

    As we say above, we’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 more gift of $1000
    3 of 5 more gifts of $500
    8 of 250 more gifts of $250
    7 of 13 more gifts of $100
    20 of 27 more gifts of $50
    56 of 70 more gifts of $25

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: ONE MAN’S REFLECTIONS OF CHRISTMAS — As I write this ‘back page’, it’s Christmas evening. (Yes, I know the edition is dated earlier than that; we’re *trying* to catch up by the end of the year. Pray for us! :-) ) I’m listening to Napster Christmas music in my earbuds, my wife and two sons are fast asleep and I’m redeeming these tranquil moments to reflect on the essence of family. Fresh in my mind is Steve Farrar’s book, “Point Man: How a Man Can Lead his Family.” (See

    http://www.stevefarrar.com/

    for more info on Dr. Farrar.) It always seems to me that families try a little harder to “get together” at Christmas. I saw both my brothers. We spent Christmas Eve with my wife’s family. And today I drove up to see my mom, who now lives alone in the family farmhouse where I was raised. On the one hand, my wife and I are enjoying having our college-aged son home for the holidays, while at the same time, our thoughts fast-forward to summer time, when our other son ships out to begin training as a soldier. We leave day after tomorrow for a week-long family vacation.

    Perhaps, as you read these words, you’re serving overseas. But I bet you’ve Skyped (or wish you had) with a relative too, sometime during these past couple of days. So you can at least identify. We make a special effort to focus on the family this time of year. And I’m wondering — what if we could somehow manage to keep that focus throughout the entire year. Maybe we can’t take a family vacation every month… but we could probably at least do the Skype call, you know? I *try* to motor up to see my mom at least once a month, but there are certainly times that I miss. Someone recently admitted to me that we really don’t know for sure that Jesus was born on — or even around — December 25th. So although Christmas holiday is a great excuse, it really isn’t rooted to December. So as we turn the corner toward the New Year, why not join me in a resolution to “focus on the family” all the more in ’08. If you’re single, call a parent, sibling, or family friend. If we’re lucky enough to still have parents or others alive in your life, let’s seize the moment. Let’s make *every* month like Christmas in ’08. Let’s rebuild broken relationships and strengthen others. Let’s save up and budget for the gifts we wish we’d been courageous enough to give this Christmas. And let’s love like it’s going outa’ style. Let’s make 2008 the year we show family (and the world) a model that Jesus would have loved. After all, he made sure his mother was squared away, even as he hung on the cross. So moms, wives, and kids of the world, get ready — ’cause here we come! :-)

    (Want to comment on this ‘back page’ editorial? Just log on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=53

    and click “comments” in the summary line. Thanks!)

20071021 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  2. GET YOUR OWN MISSIONARY WEBSITE
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM
  4. AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP
  5. GREAT CHRISTMAS/END OF YEAR GIFT FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS
  6. LOOKING FOR AN ITEM IN A PAST BRIGADA?
  7. GAIN NEW INSIGHT: TAKE THIS ONLINE PROFILER
  8. E-TICKETING THROUGH GLOBAL TRAVEL TRENDS (GTTRENDS)
  9. UNREACHED AND LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES FORUM
  10. GRAND CENTRAL: YOUR FREE PHONE NUMBER FROM GOOGLE
  11. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  12. INVITE A SPECIAL SPEAKER: ROCCO BADENHORST
  13. READ BILL DILLON’S FUND-RAISING BLOG
  14. SINCE WE LAST REPORTED…
  15. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, GIVE FOR A GLOBAL CITIZEN WHO CAN’T
  16. THE BACKPAGE: THE NIGHT BEFORE A BIG TRIP

  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The next class of the Chalmers Center’s “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” email-based distance learning course is scheduled for Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008. This course gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. (The course will be offered again in Sept. 2008.)

    The course is available to those who have taken the prerequisite course, “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” The “Foundations” course helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities within the Two- Thirds World. (It will actually benefit anyone preparing for Christian outreach and ministry among the poor, whether they plan to implement an economic development strategy or not.) This class will be offered on Feb. 4 – 29, 2008 and on April 28 – May 23, 2008, and either class offering can be taken as the prerequisite for the Sept. 2008 “Principles” class. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

    Because these courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 10/07.


  2. GET YOUR OWN MISSIONARY WEBSITE — 411 Ministries is offering a new, upgraded service that allows any missionary to bring up their own website within 15-30 minutes without knowing any web programming. Get a free Basic website plus a donation-based Premium website. You can include your personal and family information as well as information about your sending organization. In addition, you can post pictures, prayer requests, news updates, your current support status and needs, and you or your family’s biography. Their management interface includes an easy-to-use button-driven toolbar to add formatting to all your information. Some 180 missionaries have already found a home there. For more information, go to:

    http://www.411ministries.com

    or, contact noel(at)

    411ministries(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 reassemble the address elements on one line.]


  3. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers an email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering the issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations throughout the world as well as to locations in the U.S./Canada. The training is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    The next class is scheduled for March 10 – March 28, 2008. Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material.

    Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 10/07.


  4. AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP — If you want to develop skills in the emerging technology of fish and vegetable production in a naturally balanced system, attend an upcoming Aquaponics Workshop. Learn the techniques of inexpensively constructing and managing these highly productive systems which are adaptable to all types of environments and proving to be an effective outreach ministry. Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. For more information or to register, visit:

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


  5. GREAT CHRISTMAS/END OF YEAR GIFT FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS — Here’s a new book, One God One Message, written for Muslims, skeptics and seekers. A newly printed, thinner, attractive edition seeks to clear up the confusion that prevents Muslims from taking the Bible seriously using real-life illustrations and more than a thousand verses from Scripture. Available for $10 a copy from GoodSeed International:

    http://www.goodseed.com/store/us/products/resources/ogom.aspx

    Translations are underway in French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Swahili and German.


  6. LOOKING FOR AN ITEM IN A PAST BRIGADA? — Just use our on-site search capability, powered by Google. Just click on “Search” in the menu at the top of this page. Enter a word or two from the item that you remember and watch it flash before your eyes.

  7. GAIN NEW INSIGHT: TAKE THIS ONLINE PROFILER — Just browse to

    http:// www.cflex.org

    It’s a free online test that helps you analyze your ministry in a whole new objective light. Check it out. (Thanks Rick!)


  8. E-TICKETING THROUGH GLOBAL TRAVEL TRENDS (GTTRENDS) — Organizers of GT Trends invite you to book global travel through their site, claiming cheaper fares and easy access. You can also become a business partner with GTTrends by investing US$ 299.00 to become an Associate Travel Agent, creating the potential for a stream of income from the customers you attract. For more information, email streams7(at)

    juno (dot) com or benjo_lee(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 . and reassemble the email addresses onto one line.]


  9. UNREACHED AND LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES FORUM — Don’t forget, it happens this week, Nov. 27-29, 2007, at the Irving Bible Church, Irving TX. The goal? To increase and multiply the focus and engagement with Unreached Peoples. In this forum key ministries, churches, agencies, and others from or within North America will meet to interactively: a) Explore the big picture & current realities b) Cross-pollinate c) Engage in strategic conversations around the challenges and issues that emerge. d) Connect to a growing group of partners, models, resources and new ideas e) Intercede and hear from God f) Both give input and receive. Get more info at

    http://www.snipr.com/naupn2

    or email johnq(at)

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


  10. GRAND CENTRAL: YOUR FREE PHONE NUMBER FROM GOOGLE — Have you ever wanted to have one number that followed you wherever you went? Have you needed an US number when you lived overseas? Dou you need a number in a different area code? Google has launched a new service called GrandCentral. Check it out at

    http://www.grandcentral.com

    It allows you to sign up for a local phone number that forwards to several other phone numbers. It works with landlines, mobile phones, voicemail, and other systems. It is in beta and is free. But for now, users primarily can just *reserve* a number… unless you can find a current Grandcentral user to “invite” you. (Thanks Jonathan!)


  11. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — Order soon in time for the Holy-days! In 1954 a pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes. Little did he know that this would give birth to the _Step Up To Life_(tm) evangelistic booklet. Since that time the tract has been translated into 17 different languages and is used worldwide by many different denominations, organizations and everyday “Joe Christians.” More information, teaching materials, free downloads (multiple languages available), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com


  12. INVITE A SPECIAL SPEAKER: ROCCO BADENHORST — Looking for a speaker for an upcoming missions conference? Rocco Badenthorst is reputed to be such a speaker, having been invited to Brazil for the past three years by invitation at one their key conferences. Many listeners have experienced transformed as a result of his talks. Read more at:

    http://www.integrityministries.org/christianspeaker.htm

    Call him at (309)828-5057 in the USA or rtb4him(at) gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble it onto one line.]


  13. READ BILL DILLON’S FUND-RAISING BLOG — Now you can get even more practical advice from Bill Dillon, President of People Raising. Learn from his more than 35 years of fund raising experience. Whether raising individual support or organizational support, this resource could be invaluable. Also take a look at the award-winning 6-hour fund raising training program available in DVD/CD/Video/MP3.For more information go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/blog/

    or email Bill(at) PeopleRaising(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 reassemble the address on one line.]


  14. SINCE WE LAST REPORTED… — Our good friends at Dial-Abroad sent $60.95 in thanks for those who learned about their services via Brigada. Thanks! To try Dial-Abroad’s revolutionary phone services (at a great price), just click to:

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

    In addition, an Oregonian sent $20, joined by a resident of Kentucky who sent $25. And a new friend from the great state of Pennsylvania sent $300!

    This brings to $6,222.87 the total gifts for 2007. We publish our budget needs in the first month of the year. The 2007 budget is $17,150 for *everything*. So… sorry to say… we have quite a bit of ground to cover in the next 6 weeks. Is there *any* way you, your church, or organization could pitch in? Match the giver from Oregon, Kentucky, or Pennsylvania? We would be so grateful. When giving reaches $17,150, we’ll stop receiving money for 2007 and stop mentioning finances in Brigada Today. You have our word on it.


  15. UNDERGIRD BRIGADA, GIVE FOR A GLOBAL CITIZEN WHO CAN’T — Notice, you received this edition of Brigada for no charge. We’re a step-out-on- faith initiative. Would you consider giving an offering so that our 2007 needs are met *before* the end of the year? If so, just click “Donate“. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

  16. THE BACKPAGE: THE NIGHT BEFORE A BIG TRIP — What do you do on the eve of a big trip overseas? (It’s such an evening for me tonight.)

    Do your kids ask you to help them list an item on eBay? :-) My suggestion is — do it. The gesture will take you 30′ and possibly force you to stay up a half-hour longer at the end of the day, but the price will be worth it. Besides… maybe it’ll make you sleep better on the overnight flight. So in general… invest in a high quality time activity for any family member that will receive it. You’ll be glad you did.

    Do you clean out your inbox? I try to, if at all possible. My outbound flight might take me out of commission for as long as 18-24 hours. So if possible, I like to be caught up so things don’t look any worse than they already are! :-)

    Do you look ahead not only at the time you’ll be gone but also at the 7 days immediately after your return? Check out any deadlines or due dates for that next week so you can be working on things during your trip, if need be.

    Do you make arrangements for communicating with your loved ones at crucial junctures? (e.g., arrival at an int’l port of destination, or connecting in a sensitive land) It’s extra work to arrange for cell phones, faxes, or email hook-ups. But it just seems the extra work pays off not only for the ones you love, but also for the ones making your trip possible (donors).

    Finally, do you gather up all your research and notes about your trip? Get your eTicket numbers, reservation numbers, confirmation numbers, etc., and put them all in a file folder in your *carry-on*. If they’re checked, you might never see them again.

    Think ahead before your trip. The time you invest on the front end can pay mongo dividends on the other side.

    Doug

  17. Want to comment on this “BackPage?” Just click here to see it at the Brigada “Brigade” site, where you can add comments.

20071014 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
  2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH
  3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD
  4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS
  5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE
  6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
  7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE
  8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING
  10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM
  11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG
  12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS
  14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT

  1. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — First time in Europe! A unique training for mission leaders integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. Introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. The first European program will be held in Hungary, January 7-11, 2008. Other 2008 courses in Tokyo, Seattle and Singapore. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

    for details. Or emailhelp(at)

    creativeresultsmanagement(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 reassemble the address on one line.] (Thanks to Core Coaching for their $75 gift.)


  2. STRATEGIC COORDINATOR TRAINING IN PERTH — Plan and implement evangelism and church planting strategies among your favorite unreached people group, population segment, or mega-city. Go to:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au/life/?events

    for more information and to download an application. Or contact the registrar: info(at)

    ywamperth.org

    [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.] (And thanks to YWAM Perth for pitching in $20 to help undergird Brigada!)


  3. HELP MISSIONARIES PRESENTLY SERVING ON THE FIELD — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please inquire with Karen(at)

    here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


  4. CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS — If you are a Christian university or college student, ISV FaithWorks is looking for you! International Student Volunteers has spent the last 25 years sending literally thousands of students on volunteer adventures on six continents. Now, ISV FaithWorks

    http://www.isvfaithworks.com

    is utilizing their proven infrastructure to provide the mission adventure of a lifetime to Thailand and the Dominican Republic. Experience two weeks of mission work, followed by two weeks of adventure tour (whitewater rafting, rock climbing, river tubing, scuba, etc.) in the country of your choice. They are all about mission, adventure and discipleship! Use the website above or call 519-841-0006 in the USA


  5. STILL USE VHS TAPES? THIS ORG WILL SEND YOU 300 BLANKS FOR FREE — Are you still using vhs tapes? Master Provisions has 300 blanks that they would love to donate and will ship at their own expense just as a courtesy to some missionary or organization that is still utilizing vhs media. First, check to see if they’re already claimed by logging on at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=44

    If you see no signs of them being claimed, drop Roger a note at clothesman(at)

    juno.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the email addresses that we’ve split over two lines.]


  6. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader”. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada100” in your shopping cart purchase at

    http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

    For special orders contact info(at)

    AsteroideaBooks(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 reassemble the email address on one line.]


  7. MOBILE PHONE THAT WORKS WORLDWIDE — Hats off to frequent Brigada contributor, Tony, for telling us, “The future is here, no enormous ‘roaming’ charges to use a phone in different countries.” See the following link:

    http://pacrimmedia.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/a-cellphone-without-borders/


  8. SECURE VPN FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Need a secure VPN solution that can be used virtually everywhere you can get on the Internet? Consider Secure Connect from PCFSoftware Solutions. With almost a decade of supporting remote workers in sensitive areas, PCFSoftware Solutions understands the need for Internet security. Built on OpenVPN, Secure Connect offers secure VPN solutions to users of Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, with setup as simple as an install, and entering a username and password (for the Windows environment). Subscriptions for individuals and organizations are available. Secure Connect meets the needs of Christian workers in sensitive areas. Learn more at:

    http://www.pcfss.com/secure-connect

    (Note: I’ve personally interviewed the providers of this VPN and they do indeed check out as legitimate. By the way, we’ve rec’d no compensation to list them.)


  9. GET COACHING SKILLS TRAINING — Pick up a certificate at Core Coaching Skills and, in the process, pick up a number of really helpful competencies.

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com

    (By the way, thanks for the recent thank-you note and $75 sponsorship to Brigada! It’s obvious that Brigada readers know a good skills class when they see it… and those readers are now gearing up effectively with Keith’s team.)


  10. FREE EBOOK ON INTERNET EVANGELISM — A free ebook reader based on the Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century Conference is available by going to

    http://ie-21stCentury.com

    This 300 page PDF file includes all the edited and transcribed workshops presented at the 2005 conference at Liberty University. The site also includes links to the free video workshops themselves and directions on how to order the DVDs for your library. The 21 workshops are by the top names in internet evangelism.


  11. NEW INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION BLOG — Here’s a new blog by educator and media strategy consultant Dan Henrich. Called a “Blog about Innovation”

    http://interactiveconf.wordpress.com/

    it is a compilation of articles and links that address the convergence of media in the word and strategies to use media more effectively.


  12. SEIZE THE MOMENT… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here is a 4-week TESOL course that will equip you with the skills to effectively teach English as a Second Language (ESL). It will be held January 7 – February 1, 2008 at Youth With A Mission in Fairbanks, Alaska. A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course. For more information see their website:

    http://www.alaska.net/~ywam

    or e-mail tesolinalaska(at)

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


  13. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS — We’re extremely grateful to Insurance Services of America for their recent donations of $78.40, $23.10, and $63.63 to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Thanks, too, to the travelers who used their services — Esther, Irene, Jay, Rena, Rie, Geraldn, Bruce, Ann, Tyler, Savannah, Logan, Donna, Daniel, Yvonne, Ted, … and especially Heather, who, in turn, booked Donna, Chris, Mike, Amber, Aubri, Alicia, David ,Kathryn, Michael. Want to join them in booking quality insurance on your next trip — travel interruption, trip cancellation, medical evacuation, and much more? Just go to:

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


  14. SPONSOR BRIGADA; HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN’T AFFORD IT — We send Brigada free… then ask questions later. How can we do business that way? Only if churches, missionaries and individuals like you pitch in to help us keep Brigada going out the door. Just click “Donate“.
    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

20070916 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS!
  2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  3. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
  4. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA
  5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS
  6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE
  7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES
  8. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP
  9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!”
  10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR
  11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION
  12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA
  13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA
  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON”

  1. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP BRIGADA & AND GET INSURANCE FOR TRIPS! — It’s not too late to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance for summer and fall short-term mission trips! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance.

    For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss! (Thanks Insurance Services!)


  2. REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2007 GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — Southeast Christian Church hosts the 12th annual Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10, in Louisville, Ky. Speakers this year include: Steve Saint, Dr. Peter Okaalet of MAP International, Yvette Maher of Focus on the Family, and Dr. David Stevens, of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. The theme for the GMHC this year is “Empowering the Indigenous Church.” From clinical practice and community health, to preparation and equipping for cross-cultural outreach, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and technical innovations, breakout sessions offer a variety of learning and networking opportunities. The GMHC is the largest medical missions conference of its kind. Register at:

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/

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


  3. COACHING TRAINING FOR CHURCH MULTIPLICATION — Transformational leadership requires new ways of communicating with those you work with. Coaching skills are essential. Creative Results Management is now introducing the 60-hour Core Coaching Skills Certificate Program. It’s a unique training for missionaries integrating Biblical values, professional coaching skills, and cross-cultural ministry. They have programs in 2008 in Hungary, Tokyo, Seattle & Singapore. Go to

    http://www.creativeresultsmanagement.com/courses/coaching01.htm

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


  4. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA — The new prayer guide (2007) for Praying Through the Arabian Peninsula (PTAP) is now available – PTAP: Peoples and Topics prayer guide. It is the result of the contribution of people working in the Arabian Peninsula to help you pray and stay informed about the great things that God is doing! Find it at:

    http://www.pray-ap.info/download.htm

    Look under ptap 3 to download high or low resolution versions. Feel free to make copies for yourself and others or order the booklet by writing to PTAP(at)srginc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also use this address to sign up to receive weekly praise reports, prayer requests, and testimonies of how God is at work in the Arabian Peninsula.


  5. OSLO NORWAY IS CALLING FUTURE TENTMAKERS — TENT Norway & GLOBAL Opportunities are expanding their annual tentmaking course reach by adding Oslo to the roster. The GUS center is ideally located just outside of Oslo in a forested area. Students are housed in cozy cabins on the grounds and all meals are included in the course fee. TENT reports that this will be the largest tentmaking course yet, with some 40 students already registered, but there is still room for a few more. These courses attract future and current tentmakers from all across Europe and beyond, making the time together a very rich experience for all. If you feel a nudge to attend, contact Steinar Opheim or register on the TENT website.

    http://www.tent.no or email steinar.opheim(at)tent(dot)no

    Course dates are October 11-14, 2007. The complete course is schedule on their website.


  6. ACMC CONTINUES TO SERVE — Thanks to your prayers and encouragement, the ACMC ministry is alive and well! ACMC is about Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment. Please help everyone know the ACMC website is open. Conferences are scheduled in November in Baltimore, MD and Easton, MA. Online registration and downloadable conference brochures are available on the new website. Contact ACMC for more information via info(at)acmc(dot)org or by phone in the US at 1-800-755-7284 or outside the US at 1-407-382-6000. Watch for future website updates including various mission articles filled with tips and information.

    http://www.acmc.org

    Thanks from everyone at ACMC, Caleb Resources, and The Encounters Group for the prayers and encouragement to their ministries.


  7. KIEV & MOSCOW MISSIONARY FAMILY CONFERENCES – Share Education Services will be sponsoring a Parenting/Education Conference soon in Kiev (October 19-20) and in Moscow (October 26-27). Author Dr. Kathy Koch will be the primary presenter. Dr. Kathy’s positive and energetic style will encourage and equip you as parents to be a blessing to your TCKs. Sample topics are: -Helping your child to be fulfilled and successful in all of life. This involves understanding their 5 basic needs, and how they can be met in healthy ways. -Learn how to detect in your child which of the 8 intelligences (i.e. word smart, nature smart, self smart) they are strong in and how you can strengthen and develop the other intelligences. Also understand what negative behaviors may by rooted in their intelligence strengths. -How to adapt your home school curriculum to your child’s multiple intelligences -Giving your child fabulous feedback: The art of complimenting and correcting your child -Teaching your child friendship skills For more info browse

    http://www.shareeducation.org

    or write to lmilks(at)shareeducation(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. CALEB RESOURCES & THE ENCOUNTERS GROUP — The former Initiative 360 / Caleb Project webstore is online and offering full service again. The teams in Littleton are working hard to add staff and continue to produce the materials that you love and need for your mobilization efforts. Stop by and see the newly reorganized website at

    http://www.takeitglobal.org

    with links to the webstore where you can purchase mobilization resources produced by ACMC and Caleb Resources. You can even sign up for an Encountering the World of Islam course in your area!

    http://www.encounteringislam.org/

    For more info email info(at)takeitglobal(dot)org or info(at)encounteringislam(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By phone in the USA call 877.522.8718 or from outside the USA call 1.303.459.5400


  9. “YOU ARE NOT MY DAUGHTER!” — Recently on a visit to Windhoek, Namibia, a city to the south of Hereroland, two missionaries met T. and her husband, R. T. grew up in the U.K. and she and her parents are well educated. While in High School, her family returned to Namibia. All went well until she decided to marry R. She and R. are Christians. R.’s parents and friends could not understand why she wasn’t marrying a Herero man and why she wanted to be a Christian. Her parents wanted a traditional Herero wedding, usually lasting 2 to 3 days. She agreed to this, but then afterwards the couple also had a Christian wedding. Her parents were not happy. They were talking with the ancestors about her and eventually were so upset they her father declared she was not his daughter. Now, T. and R. have a child and her parents love the child, but she knows that controversy will eventually begin because she will be raising her daughter in a Christian home. Please pray for T. and R. Pray that they have strength and faith to continue to raise their daughter in the way that the Lord would have them raise her. Pray for other Christian Hereros that also have this challenge in their lives. Pray that they will also be a good witness to their families and friends. Pray that the Lord uses them to draw others to Himself. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, e-mail forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net

  10. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN CHINA FOR 1 YEAR — Hailida International Kindergarten has openings for 15 teachers in three major provinces: Wuhan, Shenzhen, and Shanghi. Hailida accepts applications throughout the year filling positions on an ongoing basis. Teachers will teach age 2-6 year old children stories and songs using visual art tools, movement and media technology. As always, be sure to check out Hailida’s expectations. Hailida will provide room and food and pay a monthly salary USD $1,000 net and pay personal income tax for teachers. For further questions or an application check out the websites:

    http://www.hailida.com.cn

    http://www.gracegardenchristianpreschool.com

    or contact Judy, Phone in the USA: +1-480-598-5600, or email gracegardenaz(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  11. HELP A NEW MISSIONARY UNDERSTAND CONTEXTUALIZATION — John is compiling resources on contextualization. He has three questions to which he would love to know your answer, all related to definition and meaning of the term. See them and answer them in a “comment” at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=35


  12. WE GET JAZZED WHEN YOU HELP BRIGADA — Honest. When we received the $25 gift from a Wycliffe worker, we were overjoyed. On top of that, enough of you talked on the phone in July and August that Dial-Abroad could send $105.38 in sponsored commissions! Thanks for talking! If you’d like to set up a similar account, just browse to:

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

    Use that site to set up your phone bill, buy travel phone cards, and help Brigada all at the same time.

    Join us in thanking God for the prayer coordinator who sacrificially gave $25 more dollars to Brigada. Her gift will help us push the gospel message forward — and provide resources for others doing the same. And what about the good folks at the church in Joplin, MO that used ISA to purchase their trip cancellation insurance? $162.24! We’re so thankful. To purchase your trip insurance at below market rates and help Brigada too, just click to:

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

    Finally, we’re so thankful for the Brigada participant who wrote, “Hi guys. I’ve just been sitting here reading all the ‘catch-up’ issues of Brigada. What a wealth of information and opportunities. … I am always encouraged… I am an ex-YWAMer… My heart is divided between being a ‘goer’ and a ‘mobilizer.’ So as you can see, Brigada is the perfect vehicle for me to keep a foot in both areas. … I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into keeping all of us informed. What you do *does* make a difference. … I pray God will supply your needs to continue this ministry.” Whoa. Sobering and encouraging… Thanks for the booster shot of $100!!!


  13. GOT ENCOURAGEMENT? TOSS SOME IN TO HELP BRIGADA — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page.

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.


  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE “M->T-P-A PHENOMENON” — The letters stand for “More Tries, More Problems, More Accomplishments.” Have you ever observed it? Sure… if you take more shots in a soccer game (more tries), odds are stacked in your favor that you’ll score more goals eventually (more accomplishments). But you’ll most likely miss more often too (more problems). And have you noticed that the more stuff you add to your life, the exponentially more complicated it gets? In other words, if you already serve on the Missions Committee of your church, and you accept a spot on the worship team, your life isn’t just *twice* as busy. It feels *three* times as complex! Because now, when the worship team guy wants you to practice after Wed. eve. service, you already have Missions Committee. So he’s just a *little* let down that you can’t be present — and now you have to practice some *other* time to make up for missing! M->T-P-A

    Or maybe your mission agency convinces you to help launch a new field. You have to learn a slightly different language, which, for a while, seems to get in the way of the *current* language you’ve just learned, but in the end, enables you to help launch a new work among a new unreached people group. M->T-P-A

    Have you observed the M->T-P-A phenomenon in your own life? Has it sometimes created additional stress? If so, how do you cope? Is it worth it? How do you sort all this out for your own life? Is it helpful to think of M->TPA? (If so, we just made it up. If not, we’re not sure where we first heard of the term. :-) ) Answer by clicking on “Comment” at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=36

20070819 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE
  2. USING MOBILE DEVICES FOR OUTREACH
  3. MISSIONAL ENTERPRISE BLOG
  4. NEW SOUTH ASIA FOCUSED KIDS MATERIALS AND WEB SITE
  5. HAVE YOU EVER USED A RESOURCE ON BRIGADA?
  6. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HINDU EVANGELISM RESOURCE — A new witnessing tool is now available for sharing Christ with Hindus. The Vedic Bridge is a contextual Gospel tract ready for you to download and print in PDF format. The Vedic Bridge tracts are free to download and distribute. To get there, click to: http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31

    Find the link (which was too long to include in this enewsletter; it wrapped to the next line) and click on it there to bounce to the correct page. The Vedic Bridge is also available by contacting information(at)go2southasia(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    This print ready tract is designed for tri-fold to print at your church or home computer. The tract is designed to make witnessing to Hindus simple for Christians who do not have a background in understanding Hinduism.


  2. USING MOBILE DEVICES FOR OUTREACH — With 80% of the world’s population in an area with mobile coverage, and 2 billion cell-phone users, there is serious potential for evangelism and discipleship using mobile devices, both in technically advanced and developing nations. Internet Evangelism Day has produced a page on using mobile devices:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/mobile-outreach.php


  3. MISSIONAL ENTERPRISE BLOG — Mike, who is a church planter in Glasgow Scotland, has developed a blog about ‘missional enterprises’ (sometimes know as kingdom businesses, tent-making, etc.). He is hoping for an ongoing conversation about business as a means to reaching the developed nations and living out a theology of work. Many resources exist for those looking to reach the underdeveloped or closed access nations but what about the Western World? It’s a place to share his own journey, network, resource other for the same purpose, encourage one another, spur creative missional enterprises and chew over theology. Check it out at

    http://missionalenterprise.wordpress.com/


  4. NEW SOUTH ASIA FOCUSED KIDS MATERIALS AND WEB SITE — The South Asia Region of the International Mission Board would like to introduce you to The Caravan. Raj, Hati, Sindi, Googly and Bangles are the core members. The Caravan is a group of cartoon characters whose goal it is to teach others about the places and peoples of South Asia.

    Each character represents Christians from different cultural and religious backgrounds found throughout the region. Through the Caravan’s stories, activities and other resources, they aim to tell about the life of believers in South Asia and the vast lostness that also abounds in the region.

    The Caravan has just premiered on the web at

    http://www.go2southasia.org

    The Caravan site has many great resources for parents and teachers to use to teach kids about missions in South Asia. It also has many fun games and stories for kids. The authors will continue to add new stories and materials each month, so visit regularly. For questions, email them at TheCaravan(at)wigtake(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. HAVE YOU EVER USED A RESOURCE ON BRIGADA? — If so, would you consider a gift of encouragement? Click on the “Donate” page.
    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

20070211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED
  2. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED
  3. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS
  4. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE
  5. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
  6. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY?
  7. GET PERSPECTIVES IN A YEAR!
  8. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW
  9. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN?
  10. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  11. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD
  13. CLOSING STUFF

    1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED — I know, I know. Everybody and his brother are doing Skype. But if you’re looking for high-quality *video*, I think SightSpeed has them beat:

      http://www.sightspeed.com

      So if it works on your machine, and you want real-time web-cam- conferences on the cheap, grab it.


    1. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED — We’re all pretty casual about what we say on Skype these days. We’ve come to depend on its built-in encryption. That’s all well and good . . . unless we’re using Skype-out (or Skype-in, for that matter), where Skype bridges with a “plain-old telephone service”. In *those* cases, just keep in mind that the packets you’re sending are completely open to anyone at any bus stop along the Internet — meaning that your conversation won’t be all that private, actually. In order to use Skype’s encryption, it has to be Skype to Skype. (And even then, remember that Skype has sold much of its technology to mainland China — so there are no guarantees if that’s where you live.)

    1. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS –- Fitted Pieces (667 pages, 2nd printing), published by SHARE Education Services, is a comprehensive collection of articles from more than 50 recognized experts in the field of educating children in a cultural context outside their passport country. Topics include evaluating education options, planning, choosing curriculum, second language issues, testing, and TCK challenges. It is designed for those using any education system–national school, home schooling, on-line, and other options. The book cost is $25, but it’s also available on CD for $15. Volume discounts are available. To order, see

      http://www.ShareEducation.org

      or write fittedpieces(at)shareeducation(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. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE — [edited]

    1. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL – DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop, a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources: 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint®, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. The next training date to become a Workshop facilitator is Thursday, April 12, in San Juan Capistrano, CA (south of Los Angeles). Learn more at…

      http://www.dualreach.org/missions/resources/index.shtml

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


    1. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY? — Come join a team anytime between June 12-July 9, 2007 for the Istanbul Community Outreach. This is a great opportunity to: Join an experienced/ministry team (working with Campus Crusade), use conversational English as a tool to meet needs and make new friends, develop lasting friendships with professionals, students and business people, and share your faith through tea times, home visits, social activities and final boat trip. Optional 7 churches bible tour. Recruit, bring and lead your own group if you wish. This is an ideal opportunity for first timers or alumni, individuals or church groups. For more information contact Doug at dougnann(at)gmail(dot)com or 303 776 3273. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    1. GET PERSPECTIVES IN A YEAR! — Is your church interested in embracing God’s missionary heart? Do you need continuing education credit for missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer. The Perspectives course covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. You can take up to a year to complete the course. Check out

      http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

      for more information and to sign up or email info(at)icm-intl(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    1. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW — Back in the early 80s, I had the privilege of studying language learning skills under Tom & Betty Sue Brewster, the authors of the well-known language learning approach known as “LAMP”. Tom used to preach to us, “Listen, listen, listen. Listen to the language a *lot*!” I asked once if it was a mistake to start learning the language *before* departing for the destination. Tom clarified that not only is it not a mistake, it’s actually *helpful* to begin your listening & practicing *now*, so long as you don’t let it stress you out. He emphasized not to worry about production; just listen, listen, listen. So — want to get started?

      http://www.byki.com

      Just hop on over to “Before you know it” — byki.com. Pick a language and get started. (And thanks to Betty, Team Expansion’s Director of Prayer & Operations, for the tip!)


    1. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN? — If you have some doubts about the Easter story, Jesus coming back to life again, try reading the last chapter of Matthew’s gospel in EasyEnglish. It is magnificent! Go to

      http://www.easyenglish.info

      Click on Bible Books, then choose ‘Matthew’s Good News’ and scroll to chapter 28.


    1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Thanks to the pair of Team Expansion missionaries in Bosnia who sent $100 for Brigada. Feel the love! They affirmed an encouragement that keeps us writing. The Balkans have spoken! What about your region of the world? Can you match their encouragement?

    1. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS — Want to spur us on? 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.

  1. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD — A couple of editions ago, we started a series known as “Tools for the Road.” Because of special circumstances, we delayed in continuing it — until now. Recall that our first “Tool for the road” had to do with what is commonly called jet lag. We called it, “Determine to beat jet lag”, urging you to “make up your mind that you’re not going to experience it.” I received some [well-deserved] razzing from some of my friends who have traveled internationally since then. They told me it because a running joke during the trip to say, “Remember — Doug says we’re not tired.” :-) But the truth is, that really is the first step. That having been said, here are the next couple of tools, also helpful to beat jet lag and general travel fatigue:

    *** Tool #2 — “Sleep East, Party West”: Memorize it. Then traveling transoceanic on those 8-hour (and sometimes 16-hour) flights, if you’re headed eastbound (e.g., from the USA to Europe), get to sleep as quickly as you can. Flights tend to depart around 6pm. Settle in, eat, then hit the sack. Remember, it really doesn’t matter if you sleep or not. The truth is, it’s kind of irrelevant whether or not you really sleep. The trick is to convince your body that you *did*. That’s why it’s always entertaining to me when people say, “I just can’t sleep on planes.” You don’t really *have* to; just *pretend* you are. (Besides, even if you’re just laying there, relaxing, it’s still restful. You’ve got the whole jet engine thing going on, the dark plane cabin, … just pretend. :-) ) Experts (like me :-) ) say that just laying completely still is at least *somewhat* helpful for your well-being anyway.

    Keep in mind, your eyes have to be closed. See Tool #3.

    *** Tool #3 — “Gear up to sleep”: My own philosophy is — no sleeping pills. I have this theory that you need to be in charge of tricking your body. If you turn that power over to a drug, you’ve given up control. Besides, what if an emergency occurs and you need to be at your best. (For example, what if someone tries to hijack the plane? Have you ever seen Jack Bauer take sleeping pills? :-) ) But you *do* need a tool kit. Don’t wait ’til the night before. Here’s what you’ll need:
    ****** Eye screen — I know, they look kind of hokey. But you need one of those sleep visors that all the elderly people wear. Swallow the pride and pick one up at a travel or luggage store. You’ll be glad you did.
    ****** Ear plugs — I love kids. I just like them to be silent while I sleep… or pretend to. :-) Read the instructions. Have someone teach you how to insert them. There’s a trick to “rolling” them, pulling up on your ear with the opposite hand (from behind your head), then holding them in place while they expand.
    ****** Travel pillow — Choose the skrunchie kind that just compresses like a goose-down sleeping bag, or use the inflatable “u-shaped” pillow like I do. Either way, choose *something*. Airlines provide a flimsy excuse. I don’t like ’em. Just not quite enough meat there for my purposes. Today’s newest jets have moving “ears” that you can swivel out on your head rest. Those are helpful. But again, you need to convince your body that you’ve gone to sleep. For that to happen, get a real pillow.
    ****** Nab an extra blanket — If you can, grab an unused blanket from a nearby unoccuppied seat. If the plane turns cold, you’ll need it for some uncovered area of your freezing body.
    ****** Maneuver for empty seats — If you’re the type that needs to be horizontal, try to scout out a location with an empty adjacent seat so you can sprawl. As for me, I’ve trained myself to sleep in one reclined seat. It’s almost more trouble than it’s worth, to me, to try to lay down across the 3, 4 or 5 “middle” seats in a big jet. But I *do* try to get an aisle (so I’m not a victim to someone else’s sleeping patterns). For me, it just feels less constricted. Regardless, find something that works for you.
    ****** Pray for bad movies eastbound — You think I’m joking. :-) But the principle is, ignore the media. Oh… maybe you can catch part or all of a movie while eating. (What’s better than dinner and a movie at 35,000 feet? :-) ) But as soon as chow-time is over, lose the remote.
    ****** Floss & Brush — I’m not kidding. Remember, the trick is — convince your body that you’ve slept. That means going through your whole before-bedtime routine. And finally, …
    ****** Put on your favorite house slippers — I’m not kidding. Bring your favorite pair of comfy, cozy slippers from home. Last thing, before you go to sleep, rest those tired dogs. Take off those wing-tips or heels; take off your dress socks. Put on a pair of comfy athletic socks (or whatever you like), your favorite slippers, and snooze!

    More tools next time, when we consider herding *kids* while traveling.

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.

20061126 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS
  3. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US
  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE
  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS?
  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT
  7. CASPARI STATIONERY
  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI
  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T
  10. THE BACKPAGE: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” distance course from the Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development at Covenant College. The January 8 – February 2, 2007 offering of the course is now full and the Chalmers Center is taking registration for the May 7 – June 1, 2007 course offering.

    The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. It is appropriate for an individual as well as for a team who ministers together. The course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: An understanding of poverty and its causes, a relational framework for addressing poverty, principles for doing relief work appropriately, needs-based and asset-based approaches to holistic community development, implications for short-term teams, impact of world view on poverty and development, and integration of biblical messages into development programs.

    This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and a Two-Thirds World discount are available.

    For those ministering to the poor in the Two-Thirds World, the Chalmers Center also offers a distance course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. The microfinance and microenterprise course is also available in self-study format.

    To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    or call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 11/06. (Thanks to the Chalmers Center for all the great times you’ve pitched in to help Brigada move forward! God bless you all!)


  2. NEW BOOK TELLS TESTIMONY OF BUSINESSMAN TURNING TO MISSIONS — As you read Roger Babik’s ‘A Call Against the Will,’ you’ll be entertained, inspired and challenged. How can so many funny things happen to one family? (How can one family cause so many funny things to happen?) Get ready for a roller coaster ride of faith in action, joy in service, and miles of miracles. This is Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” brought to *life*! Learn how a career businessman does the trading-spaces thing by casting aside his secure management job of 17 years to launch a highly-successful Christian non-profit organization. It’s worth the read just to witness this family’s battle with (and victory over) a life-threatening illness. You’ll want to hurry up and finish it so you can loan it to your best friend.

    See the cover at

    http://www.masterprovisions.org/ by clicking on “Click here to see the cover.” The cost is $12.95 (includes post office shipping) and payment should be made to Master Provisions, 12236 Hutton Drive, Walton, KY 41094. Don’t forget to include your mailing address. Visa and MasterCard transactions will be accepted. Purchase 5 books and the 6th book is free. (For every book purchased, Master Provisions is planning to donate nearly $2.00 per book over to Brigada. Please be sure to tell them you heard about it on Brigada.) It can be ordered through Master Provisions by contacting roger(at)masterprovisions(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. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES from US — Here’s a way to 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). You can call from any touchtone phone including cell. They have prepaid service, no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers plus you get up to 470 free minutes on signup. They have 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.


  4. NEED A WORD TRANSLATED? TRY THIS SITE — The site is

    http://www.wordreference.com

    It features one-word dictionary meanings in Spanish, French, and Italian, as well as a cool verb conjugator built right in. (Thanks Jason.)


  5. LOOKING FOR WEB-BASED BIBLE STUDY TOOLS? — Bob found these (featuring “NextBible” helps & tools:

    http://next.bible.org/

    Stable Release Version:

    http://net.bible.org/home.php

    (Thanks Bob — and thanks to the IMB for sharing you!)


  6. HOW TO KNOW A GOOD FORWARDING AGENT — Hats off to Jason Casey, another compiler with a cause. As a Team Expansion missionary in Europe, he volunteered to compile a few “top 10 lists” on how to know when you have a good forwarding agent (i.e., the person handling your funds while you’re serving as a missionary overseas with certain organizations). See his list at

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/forwarding-agents

    Thanks Jason!


  7. CASPARI STATIONERY — It’s that time of year again! As you celebrate the birth of the Jewish Messiah this Christmas, share the true meaning of the holiday with family and friends by using unique, high quality stationery designed by the Caspari Center for Biblical and Jewish Studies. (Proceeds help support Caspari’s work with Israel’s Jewish believers in Jesus.) Letterhead and envelopes are sold separately for just $5 each in packages of 50 through their online store

    http://www.caspari.com/store

    Or call the Caspari U.S. office at (+1) 630.668.3328. Churches and organizations wishing to order a quantity for resale will receive a bulk discount. Contact the Caspari U.S. office by phone or by email at CaspariUSA(at)caspari(dot)com for details. (Price does not include shipping.)


  8. MISSION TECHNOLOGY WIKI — Here is a wiki use within the mission IT community. The Mission Tech Wiki at

    http://www.missiontech.info/

    aims to capture knowledge about the use of technology in mission. The wiki is run by members of the ICCM community

    http://www.iccm.org/

    There is a great article on what to buy as a laptop for workers – just search for ‘laptop’. Feel free to update the wiki if you see something missing, or wrong. (Thanks ICCM!)


  9. HOW WOULD WE DO IT WITHOUT YOU? WE PROBABLY WOULDN’T — Because your gifts are such an encouragement. Thanks for keeping the Brigada fires burning! Thanks to an anonymous donor “who appreciates your newsletter. ($50 gift). And to another who wrote, “Thanks for many years of faithfully preparing and sending out Brigada to us as missionaries. It’s been a blessing every time! Merry Christmas!!: $10” [What a great idea — a Christmas gift to keep Brigada going!] Another anonymous donor sent $25… and Judy sent $8 from Tel3 signups (Thanks Judy! and thanks to those who talk on Tel3!). For more info, go to

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    Want to join the foundation builders? 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.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: ALL FOR A STYROFOAM PEANUT — This past week, I sold my previous telescope on eBay, bought a more powerful telescope (also on eBay — great deal, by the way), and was almost all ready to go observing when I noticed, inside the enclosed portion of the Schmidt- Cassegrain optics, a single styrofoam peanut. When the eBay vendor sent me the scope, he packed it up with tons of styrofoam peanuts — and one of them had made it into the inside optics because he left the cap off the back of the scope.

    I posted a message on an astronomy forum, asking what to do. I even posted a picture of the optics and the styrofoam peanut. After a brief explanation of the details, the answer came back, “Take the front lense/corrector off.” Yikes, that sounded difficult.

    But even so, tonight I did it. It was like having to do surgery without the undergrad, let alone the residency.

    Nevertheless, I finished it. (I’ll let you know for sure how I did next time we have a clear night.)

    Now the funny thing is… 150+ people have come to that forum thread to read about what happened. Can you imagine? 150+ people have double- clicked to read about one single styrofoam peanut! :-)

    So the thought occurred: how is it that the tiniest thing can cause such a great stir? James 2. A giant ship turns on a rudder. Control a large horse with a tiny bit. Tiny bacteria can cause Amoebic Dysentery The smallest cancer cell can spell torture for patients. And the smallest mispronunciation can change a Bible term to a word that we wouldn’t have ever wanted to say at all!

    One thing’s for sure: to be really good at something, we have to learn to do the small things *well*. Eat right, study the Word, Pray to God, exercise incrementally, etc., etc., etc. And if we do all things right, it won’t be just styrofoam peanuts. It’ll be the difference between success — and failure.

    So this week, let’s focus on the big picture stuff… *and* let’s remember to work equally hard on the small stuff… the “styrofoam peanuts.”

    By the way, I got the scope apart, removed the peanut, and got it back together! It’s like surgery is done! Now the folks on the forum are cheering me on for finishing it. Where’s your own ministry? What styrofoam peanut can you remove? What piece can you improve on and get a substantial increase in your own productivity? *That* is the question that haunts us all. That’s the question for you tonight.

    Doug

20060917 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE MISSION CHALLENGE VIDEO
  2. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE
  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  4. A CONFERENCE FOR THE PRAYING, MISSIONARY CHURCH
  5. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
  6. WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS
  7. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS
  8. COSIM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
  9. ANOTHER OVERSEAS PHONE SERVICE
  10. BONDING IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL
  11. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  12. SERVE IN BENIN
  13. ARE YOU A BRIGADA LURKER?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: GRACE IS OUR TEACHER
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE MISSION CHALLENGE VIDEO — PhotoMission offers a free 5-minute downloadable video ‘Every Knee Shall Bow’. With worldwide pictures, appropriate Bible verses and music, but no voice-over, it offers an ideal keynote introduction to the urgency of the mission mandate, which can be used in any mission-advocacy or church meeting. The video is available in a range of resolutions, and PhotoMission is happy for it to be redistributed on, for example, mission promotion CDs and DVDs.

    http://photomission.jkpphoto.com/eksb.htm

    Those who would prefer a different musical background could run a different audio track but still give credit to the original producer for the video content. (Thanks, Tony, for the tip on this resource!)


  2. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE — Check out

    http://www.chinamembercare.com

    Several materials are now available in Chinese to help support Chinese Christian workers. They are free and on-line. Collectively, they are called “Running to Win — Resources for Chinese Workers.” The materials include 16 key articles, five case studies (with audio files), and two books (Thriving in Another Culture, and Through Desert Sands — an account of Chinese workers in Africa). Each article has a short introduction to orient the readers about its relevance to Chinese contexts. Audio files for all the chapters have been finished and will be uploaded soon. Currently all the materials, except the Chinese audios, are in both Chinese and English. (Thanks to the anonymous worker who labored long to develop these.)


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

    http://www.stepuptolife.com

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


  4. A CONFERENCE FOR THE PRAYING, MISSIONARY CHURCH — Please join us at the “Seek Him to Save Them” conference at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, October 26-28, 2006. Pastors John Piper, Jim Cymbala, and Daniel Henderson are the featured speakers. Through seeking the Lord in united prayer and leading your congregation into the harvest fields, your church can experience a renewed vision for Him and for taking His glory to the ends of the earth! This conference is being held in conjunction with Grace Church’s annual Missions Festival. For more information or to register, visit

    http://www.strategicrenewal.com

    or send an e-mail to Lori Lane info(at)strategicrenewal(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. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS — Here’s an opportunity to travel to Central and North India to capture stories of God’s work in India among the unreached. This two month trip will include visiting our various Bible Colleges, Mercy Homes, and field missionaries – getting professional job experience in various fields. If you are interested in experiencing native missions first hand while using your skills for the kingdom, please contact the Media Director: Stephen Ernst sernst(at)rimi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call +1-847-856-9321 or browse to

    http://www.rimi.org

    to learn more about Reaching Indians Ministries Int’l.


  6. WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS — This past week we heard from a brother who had just spent a week with local citizens in a sensitive country. They were training local believers for personal evangelism in hostile environments. Apparently, a That led to a decision that no team member, including the director, would any longer grant video taped interviews to anyone at all — even when you are one of the team partners as is my case. More than being disappointed in not getting video for a story that select others need to hear, I was really disturbed that some camera happy brother had carelessly put our team members here even more at risk than they already are. It would be even more disturbing if I were to discover that this individual were using those video clips for his own personal gain in support raising. You know the routine — personal publicity about how well connected one is with frontliners, etc. The Church in today’s world needs to care for the security of those who are out there doing the hard stuff, not parade them for all the world to know about. So please, watch what you do with those video clips. (Thanks to the anonymous brother who shared this testimony.)

  7. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS — “The Next Mile” is a collaborative effort of over 30 mission agencies and organizations who believe that a successful short-term mission experience is one that brings about a long-term commitment to God’s purpose in the lives of those participating. Their collective purpose: to address the “black hole” of short-term missions by providing resources for effective follow-through.

    Phase one of The Next Mile includes curriculum for short-term teams that places special emphasis on the follow-up for team members. For example, the Mile Post devotional contains 52 self-paced devotionals designed to encourage returning team members to stretch their experience into a life changing milestone. For more information, USA callers can contact The Next Mile toll free while others can call via Net2Phone at 800-533-5822. Visit on the web at

    http://www.thenextmile.org

    or email info(at)thenextmile(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. COSIM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The next annual COSIM conference is scheduled for June 11-13, 2007 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, IL. The theme is “Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: From frustration to joy in cross-cultural partnerships.” The featured plenary speakers and facilitators are Sherwood Lingenfelter. Paul Gupta, and John Watters. This will be a highly interactive conference to facilitate practical training, creative dialog, case study analysis, and strategic thinking – to equip and encourage Christian leaders engaged in cross-cultural ministry partnerships. For more information, visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosim.info


  9. ANOTHER OVERSEAS PHONE SERVICE — Check out

    http://www.enjoyprepaid.com

    There are 4 different plans available, so you can scale your plan to your specific pattern of use. Costs per minute for United Kingdom range from 12 cents/min. down to *two* cents/min. Other countries are similar. You’ll call a local number then use a PIN — or a toll-free number (for a bit more) when you travel. You can designate your home phone as “pinless.” (Thanks David!)


  10. BONDING IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL — Thanks to those who gave feedback on bonding (as popularized by the Brewsters’ little blue book, “Bonding and the Missionary Task.” It’s plain to see that bonding is still alive and well, and that, though it can introduce hardship, it can also greatly bless. It also seemed that, confirming my hunch, it’s being applied in a very spotty way. There was a clear consensus, though, that it’s worth the effort — when implemented with reason.

  11. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS Ministry has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. They’ve provided cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. Get new or used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! There sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

    http://www.mats.org

    or email car(at)mats(dot)org or call toll free 888-776-7211 in the USA or 765-965-7777.


  12. SERVE IN BENIN — Short-term mission opportunities are available for those wishing to minister to the interior and unreached people of Benin Republic. Serve 3-6 months distributing evangelistic materials, tracts, reading glasses, Bibles and discussion with the villagers. There is no salary for the services but feeding, accommodation and materials for evangelism will be given. Those interested should email

    pcminternational(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 .] or browse to

    http://pcm.ministryhome.org

    (Remember to check out each ministry for yourself before you seek to serve there.)


  13. ARE YOU A BRIGADA LURKER? — We welcome lurkers… those who participate in this ministry by reviewing Brigada Todays, then occasionally using a resource or two here and there, or even passing something on to a teammate or friend. After all, that’s why we go to all this trouble. But we also are very *grateful* for those who undergird this work with an occasional gift. Whether you’re a missions rep. in a local church or a missionary overseas or a college prof — either way, we’re glad you’re hear. If you would spur along our work, we’d be ever-so-grateful. The moment we make our 2006 budget, we’ll not mention money again for the remainder of the year. For more information, visit:

    http://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.


  14. THE BACKPAGE: GRACE IS OUR TEACHER — Lately, I’ve been pondering the concept that grace is our *teacher*. It beckons us to walk a pure life because, when given freely, we then serve Him out of *gratitude* rather than because of rules. Galatians 3:24 says the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ . . . but once we come to understand the life of faith, then *grace* becomes our schoolmaster to teach us to be like Jesus himself. Discovering this little point is both freeing and sobering all at the same time. While we celebrate the fact that, in the end, we know we can count on Heaven for eternity (only through the blood of Christ), we are *broken* when we realize that we have abused the freedoms that God gave us, taking them much too far for our own good. So in the end, living life is like constantly walking in that trust… but at the same time, constantly being sorry for the times we’ve abused it. Romans 12:1-2 reads, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” No wonder Paul would break into praise in the middle of his writings. He was so touched by God’s love. Let’s face it — without that love, we’re toast. Thank God for Grace.

20060827 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US
  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER
  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA
  4. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES
  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA
  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS
  8. BREAKING BARRIERS
  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY
  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT INT’L AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM US — Now you can 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) from the USA. Call from any touchtone phone including cell. It’s a prepaid service, so there are no contracts, no monthly, activation, or connection fees, no need to switch carriers. Plus, you can get up to 470 free minutes on signup and get 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. Brigada hasn’t joined, But Judy has — and she’s giving to Brigada a tithe of all that she makes on that agent number. So — talk away, and help Brigada at the same time! :-) ) (Judy, thanks for your recent $10 gift!)


  2. GREAT TESTIMONY FROM A PRAYING FIELD WORKER — We asked recently how to get rank and file Christians to pray, in sending nations. One responded from a Muslim land, “I’m … a first-term missy. Here’s my short prayer story: Bought “Operation: World” (by Patrick Johnstone) in 8/93 after being rebuked as part of a campus ministry staff group of 60 who, among us, only had 2 copies of Op World. Evidently, we weren’t praying for world missions very much, concluded our European director. But it sat on my shelf 4 months, being overwhelmingly large and with small type. Then came a Christmas conference at which an inspiring speaker told about the prayerfulness of Koreans with all their legendary prayer fasts, early mornings, etc. So I covenanted with the Lord to pray 2 minutes a day out of Operation World in 1994, without fail. Maybe I missed 5 or 6 days that year, but I always doubled up the next day. Key Principle: Start small enough to be faithful. Pray the Spirit gets people hooked.

    2 minutes/day in Op World hardly scratches the surface, but it got me hooked. 10 minutes/day in 1995. 1 hour/day in 1996. In 1997 I started using other prayer materials. After getting married it decreased to 30 minutes/day for world missions, where it remains today.” So there you have it… the power of prayer on a daily manageable basis. Want Operation: World for yourself? Get it here on cd:

    http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm


  3. TRAIN AS A STRATEGIC COORDINATOR IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Strategic Coordinator Training is about planning and implementing evangelism and church planting among your favourite segment of society. It’s an intense 3-week seminar (19th February to 9th March 2007) led by veteran missionaries experienced at implementing people- and city-transforming strategies. You will create a working plan for the evangelization of your focus population; be it gothic youth in London, indigenous peoples of Australia, an unreached people group in Africa or a mega-city in Asia. Contact the Registrar: info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au or telephone +61 8 9328 5321 or fax +61 8 9328 1324 or log onto:

    http://www.ywamperth.org.au (They’d like to know if you read about it in Brigada, by the way. :-) )


  4. 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 .]


  5. GET THE SKINNY ON CANADIAN SUBSIDIES — The Canadian subsidy Directory is now available. It contains more than 3100 listings of grants and loans offered by both the federal, provincial governments, foundations and associations. Find a wealth of information that could help you start a business, improve existent activities, set up a business plan, finance personal projects, studies and research or obtain assistance from experts in various fields of interest. The American Grants and Loans Directory is also available for the United States. Get the CD version for $69.95 and the printed version: $149.95. To order call: +1-819-322-7533.

  6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST LEGAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE USA — Interested in nonprofit and church law in the USA. Don’t miss the latest issue of the “Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum.” Just browse to:

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    Take a look at the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for this year. Discover your obligation to report bylaw changes. Learn more about deducting unreimbursed travel expenses, and a whole lot more. As usual, the summary is free . . . and you can always subscribe for deeper explanations.


  7. SEEKING OTHERS UTILIZING NATIONAL TRANSLATORS — Roger Doriot is involved in training Mother Tongue Translators and facilitating several new Bible translation projects in Papua, Indonesia (formerly Irian Jaya). He is very interested in contacting others involved in this area (to share ideas) and others interested in praying for this area. He says: “The Lord is doing some GREAT things in Papua (and world-wide) using national translators to translate back into their own languages!” Write to: rogerdoriot(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 .]

  8. BREAKING BARRIERS — The International School of Reconciliation Studies invites you to spend 3 memorable days with international reconcilers and praying servants as they talk story, laugh, listen, ponder and humble their way deeper into God’s heart, October 16-18 in Rostrevor, North Ireland. For details go to

    http://www.reignbridge.com/?page=ire-res

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


  9. BE A PIONEER; HELP BRIGADA CHART NEW TERRITORY — Want to help Brigada Today carve out new resources and share them with the circled wagons of Brigada? To make your gift that counts, 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.

  10. THE BACK PAGE: BONDING AND THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE — Remember Tom & Betty Sue Brewster’s little blue booklet on bonding? Do missionaries still do that today? I don’t hear a lot about it . . . and in the hustle and bustle of every day life, I wonder if we’ve lost a bit of that tradition. My wife and I utilized the Brewsters’ “sink-or-swim” method, first for 2 weeks in Chile, then again for a month in Uruguay. It was one of those “best-of-times, worst-of-times” experiences, where our Uruguayan family loved us and sheltered us, while at the same time added a dimension of stress to our lives at a time when we probably already had enough. Nevertheless, for whatever reason (be it bonding or otherwise) we became “best friends” with Uruguayan culture and the language “stuck” in my throat. To this day, for reasons that only God knows for sure, when I speak Spanish, people still ask me if my parents or I am from the Southern Cone [of South America].

    But that was the early 80s. And this is now. How ’bout the rookies of ’06. Are you still moving in with a local family in your destination country of calling? If so, write a quick paragraph about it to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com

    You don’t have to join the group… You’ll receive no reply… (and no chance of spam). There’s only one member there — me. I’ll share a summary report later here in Brigada.

20060806 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE
  2. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK
  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA
  4. GLOBAL PASSION
  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS”
  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO
  7. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP
  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE
  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. IMPACT THE BUDDHIST WORLD WITH THIS AMAZING RESOURCE — Global Mapping International’s newest resource, the CD-ROM edition of Paul Hattaway’s PEOPLES OF THE BUDDHIST WORLD, is packed with 238 people profiles, hundreds of beautiful color photos and *38 brand-new custom maps* which can also be used in personalized documents and ministry presentations! Text is hyperlinked to maps, tables and is fully- searchable in both Windows and Mac. Informative, easy to use and a visual treat, it will bless concerned Christians, missionaries, mission agencies working among Buddhists and ultimately Buddhist peoples themselves. Priced at US$24.95; quantity discounts are available. For more information about this resource and to order visit

    http://www.gmi.org/buddhist

    Now the cool thing is — I got to see s sneak-peak of one of these in advance and, I’ll have to admit, bar none… this might be the single best mobilization piece for evangelizing the Buddhist world in the history of the planet.

    Note: GMI had talked about trying to give $5 to Brigada for every order received during the 10 days following release of this item. However, their original deadline for this program (Sept. 2), is already passed, due to the fact that there were other items in the queue in front of them. No worries. It’s still a great resource so please order it anyway, for the sake of the Buddhist world! :-) (However, just in case, please type “Brigada” in the Comments box on the online checkout form. :-) ) Questions? Write to info(at)gmi(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. MAYBE THE CHURCH *ISN’T* SMALLER THAN WE THINK — I figured I’d hear back from some friends. Remember the item, “THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK” (July 21st edition)? Thanks to all the lay people *and* the professionals who replied. The latter group included the lead researcher from JoshuaProject.net (Dan Scribner), the editor of Momentum Magazine (Justin Long), and even the author himself of Operation World and “The Church is Bigger than you Think” (Patrick Johnstone). (Can you believe these guys make time to read Brigada? I should send them ice cream cakes from their local Dairy Queens.) Anyway, the bottom line was — they showed convincing proof that the church has grown and is growing by leaps and bounds and that it would *not* be accurate to state, as the article in question had stated, that “3 out of 4 people have not heard the Gospel.” Some of our researcher friends wondered if the author might have misunderstood his secondary citations (there are no research citations given) or maybe he was referring to a special study with different criteria than that used by nearly all of the other researchers in the business — like, maybe he is only counting evangelical gospel presentations, as opposed to counting presentations by Catholics & Orthodox too. Either way, at the end of the day, most researchers seem to feel that at least half the world has been exposed to the gospel. However, some 6,000 people groups definitely have *not*, comprising about 2 billion people — so we still have our work cut out for us.

  3. SINGAPORE: GATEWAY TO ASIA — Is God calling you to serve in Asia? School of Frontier Mission — YWAM’s SoFM starts 12th April 2007. Read more at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm

    It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. You will be trained to 1) build relationships through language learning, 2) become an insider in the target community, 3) thrive emotionally, spiritually and physically in the mission frontiers, 4) be an effective teamworker and 5) find a place for long term service. They offer internships at various cities in Asia and among UPGs in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm

    This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS)

    http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  4. GLOBAL PASSION — UK TOUR — Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With A Mission (YWAM), is the guest speaker at the upcoming Global Passion UK Tour. Having visited every sovereign nation on earth, Loren has gone into all the world with many seeing him as a hero to the nations. Between 4th – 15th Sept ‘onehundredhours’, with their faith, hope that rock ‘n’ roll, and Loren who has been there and done it and has the air miles, will bring their passion for the nations to seven locations in the UK and sound the call to be part of the new missions movement that is going to surge out of the UK. Admission is free with a ticket which can be booked online.

    For further information and locations visit:

    http://www.globalpassion.co.uk or email lorentour(at)ywamliverpool(dot)co(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    http://www.onehundredhours.com


  5. MORE ON “HOOSIERS” — I shared in a recent “BackPage” about visiting with folks in Milan, Indiana, the *real* hometown for the movie “Hoosiers” (July 14th edition). Interesting… in one follow-up email (from Lisa), I learned about the “Hoosier Gym” in Knightstown, Indiana. It was the scene of one of the staged games in the film and, in contrast to the community of Milan, the town there has apparently worked very hard to preserve the gym and showcase it. I’ll have to stop over there on my next trip through that part of the country. (Thanks Lisa!) But the *real* lesson is… we *can* work hard at protecting a legacy, if we just make it a priority.

  6. ESL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY IN MEXICO — Here’s a work seeking a Christian ESL teacher for Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. They’ll even pay a monthly salary of $1,500 – $3,750. Low-cost accommodations are available there. Requirements include: Reformed or evangelical doctrinal convictions; willingness to work with evangelicals of various backgrounds; desire to reach Mexicans of all socioeconomic levels with the gospel; experience doing evangelism that involves both verbal witness and exemplary deeds (cf. Harvie Conn, Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace); strong interpersonal skills; strong teaching gifts; basic or better Spanish proficiency. Email C.V. to es(at)dryander(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. MORE ON VOICE OVER IP — We continue to watch with interest the changes in telephone connectivity around the world. For example, Neil recently told us about Webcalldirect, which is another clone of Voipcheap etc, run by the same company. Neil wrote, “Like Coca-Cola, they produce different, apparently competing products with different names and so end up with a larger market share. All the voipcheap clones do phone-to-phone options, also free, with a 3 euro-cent connection charge. They also work direct from a webpage on any computer, or can be accessed via the program itself. Webcalldirect just does not have the computer to computer option.” (Thanks Neil!) Watch for the day we’ll no longer by PBXes for offices but instead, we’ll just connect a bunch of IP Phones via some software info-center… yet all the IP-phones will cooperate together just like the old Panasonic (and other) PBXes of the past.

  8. GIVE BRIGADA REASON TO CELEBRATE — Want to send a gift to an organization that rejoices with a hoop and a holler at every single check that arrives? Pick Brigada. There aren’t that many checks, so every single one counts. :-) Support a mission where your financial gift can easily be 50% of the monthly income!!! And all the while, help speed Brigada on its way to thousands of workers around the world, many of which are nationals that could never afford to subscribe to a traditional magazine or printed medium. In return, Brigada will use the money to pay for its website, pay a part-time secretary to keep up with personal emails from 10,000 subscribers, and help with some simple marketing costs. Besides, it’s a tremendous encouragement when you partner to undergird this work. To make your gift that counts, 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.

  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOLLOW-UP “GET PEOPLE PRAYING” — In the July 21st, 2006 edition of Brigada, in the BackPage editorial, we asked the question, “HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?” We received many answers from those who shared our pain. Many fellow workers spoke of the challenge of truly communicating and *activating* a church toward active prayer. Some talked about the multiple distractions our modern world offered, while others pondered the status of prayer in the new millennium.

    By far, it seems that email is the most often-used modern tool to foster greater prayer for world missions. But, according to some, it is precisely due to that very situation (its over-use) that email might be the least effective and ragged approach. Breakfast prayer meetings received much higher marks, as did home meetings around a 5′ DVD video prayer presentation. Some contributors reminded us not to fear start- ups with small numbers, citing haystack prayer meetings in history and home cell group prayer sessions in the Bible itself.

    Either way, it’s a tall order to actually try to involve a local church in prayer for missions. Brian, from Toronto, wrote, “I would expect it is the rare church that builds a church community that places mission at it’s core and driving passion for all ministry. For all congregational members to buy in to that consuming vision where supporting ministries and ancillary programs always support the key vision of world mission would require absolutely committed leadership with a clear world view that sees how marriage enrichment programs or basketball teams or ushering or building maintenance can support missions.

    Brian continued, “I see people getting excited about being married, or playing basketball, or sitting people in seats, or fixing lights – and who see no connection to world mission. Doug- should they see world mission behind or through their activities? Or are we asking that people care passionately about stuff that they don’t really care about.

    He added, “Case in point – I’m single, I don’t have kids, I’m happy to support the SS program and think it’s a great idea, but I’m not active in making it happen, and don’t *really* care about the graduation sunday in June. It’s good, but not my thing. Isn’t that the case with many people when they think about world mission?”

    Shew. Great points, Brian.

    Lisa gave a somewhat more optimistic view. She wrote, citing prayer mobilization guidepoints from the very organization of which I am a part, “We have missions moments once a month to share about various missions we support. Sunday school classes adopt different missionaries to pray for them and send care packages to them. We encourage visits to our missionaries to see their work firsthand and provide encouragement.

20060730 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW MAP IS REALLY COOL
  2. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP
  3. SENIOR DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  4. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA, PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FINANCIAL LOSS!
  5. HOW SHOULD AN “MK MEMBER CARE” PERSON BEGIN?
  6. TRAINING COORD. POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  7. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  8. MISSIONARIES: FREE HELP FINDING NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT
  9. SUPPORT-RAISING CONFERENCE
  10. NEED TO DIAL ABROAD? CHECK OUT DIALABROAD
  11. FREE CROSS BOOKMARKS TO MISSIONARIES
  12. CHECK OUT THE LATEST ON NONPROFIT LAW
  13. SPEED BRIGADA ON ITS WAY
  14. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU HANDLE LOSS?
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW MAP IS REALLY COOL — Our office is getting tons of positive feedback on a new map we have on display in our auditorium. It’s “The Global Status of Evangelical Christianity Map” and it’s now available online at:

    http://www.campuscrusade.com/Jesus_Film/global_status_map.htm

    When it comes to communicating unreached peoples and providing a global perspective on the current status of world evangelization, it rivals some of the best maps you’ve ever seen. It has a kind of satellite-at- night look to it . . . very high on the “cool factor”. The greatest part is — they’re even going to make a gift to Brigada, if you tell them you learned about it here. What’s more, they’re selling them very close to cost. If you order 10 or more you receive even a greater discount. Feel free to relay this Brigada to them.


  2. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP — “All the World is Singing: Glorifying God through the music of the nations” traces the amazing use of culturally-appropriate music in evangelism, church- planting, discipleship and worship. This Reader of 45 stories comes bundled with a CD-ROM illustrating the stories with audio, video, pictures, music scores and other media. For information see

    http://www.worldofworship.org/alltheworld/

    Also available is “Sounds of Global Worship II,” an audio CD of 22 songs from 16 regions from around the world. A colorful 28-page booklet serves as a listener’s guide to this tour of the global church at worship. Songs come from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central Europe, Central America and South America. For more information, visit

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    For more information on either one, write

    ffort2(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks to these folks for pitching in $50 toward the costs of operating Brigada! We appreciate you!)


  3. SENIOR DIRECTOR POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development

    http://www.chalmers.org/

    a research and educational initiative of Covenant College, seeks to equip churches, missionaries, Christian ministries, and college students to declare the Kingdom of God in word and in deed by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation in the context of poor communities around the globe. The Senior Director reports to the Director and is the primary person responsible for managing the Chalmers Center’s human and financial resources in order to maximize the Chalmers Center’s impact.

    [Web-only excerpt: Responsibilities Include: overseeing the design and implementation of a strategic operations plan to achieve the Center’s short- and long-range objectives; hiring and managing all international and domestic personnel; designing and implementing the budget; directly managing approximately six staff members. Qualifications: master’s degree in management, international development, or related field; minimum two years experience in international relief and development work; three years experience with supervision and financial management; outstanding organizational skills and ability to attend to details; ability to listen well and to work in a team-oriented fashion; ability to travel to Third World for several weeks at a time; excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated vision, initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision; discretion, judgment, and ability to deal with confidential matters. Committed to Jesus Christ and the missions of the Chalmers Center and Covenant College and to growing increasingly familiar with their distinctives. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.]

    Send resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to Director of Human Resources, Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750; 706-820-1560 or email employment(at)covenant(dot)edu – [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (postal address available in the web edition).


  4. HELP SUPPORT BRIGADA, PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FINANCIAL LOSS! -– Did you know that a medical evacuation from a foreign country can cost over $100,000 to get a sick or injured person back to the US? What if you could get insurance for a couple dollars a day (or less) that would protect you from having to pay that type of expense yourself? And what if you could help Brigada at the same time? Well, through a partnership between Brigada and Insurance Services of America it is now possible to do so! When you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

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

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from catastrophic financial loss!(Thanks to ISA for the great help already given through this program thus far.)


  5. HOW SHOULD AN “MK MEMBER CARE” PERSON BEGIN? — Suppose you were asked to advise a new MK Member Care Rep. at your favorite missionary sending organization. How would you suggest getting started? Which books or websites would you recommend? What conferences would be essential? Which organizations or services would you cite? Well — consider yourself asked! Heather, charged with starting such a ministry at Team Expansion, will receive info then assemble it for us to reprint here as a feature in a couple of weeks. Do you have info for her? By sharing it, you’ll be helping the whole evangelical missions world. Just email Heather at…

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

    She’ll report back in a couple of weeks.


  6. TRAINING COORD. POSITION OPEN AT THE CHALMERS CENTER – The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development

    http://www.chalmers.org/

    is seeking a Training Coordinator, who reports to the Senior Director and is the primary person responsible for the development and effective dissemination of the Center’s training products and services.

    [Web-only excerpt: Responsibilities include: developing, managing, and staffing a multi-track, global training program with multiple delivery mechanisms on four continents; overseeing the writing and contextualization of training materials incorporating biblical worldview messages into technical curricula; designing and implementing a strategy for recruiting, developing, and supporting a global fraternity of volunteer trainers. Requirements include: minimum of a master’s degree in adult education or related field; three years experience in adult education in the Two-Thirds World; outstanding skills and demonstrated competency as a trainer; ability to think, train, and write from a biblical worldview perspective; excellent organizational skills and ability to attend to details; ability to listen well and to work in a team-oriented fashion; ability to travel to the Two-Thirds World for two to three weeks at a time; superior written and oral communication skills; demonstrated vision, initiative and ability to work independently with minimal supervision; committed to Jesus Christ and the missions of the Chalmers Center and Covenant College and to growing increasingly familiar with their distinctives. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a comprehensive benefits package. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.]

    Send resume and a testimony of Christian faith and experience to Director of Human Resources, Covenant College, 14049 Scenic Highway, Lookout Mountain, Georgia 30750; tel. 706-820-1560 or email employment(at)covenant(dot)edu to check it out [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].


  7. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide, “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join the world on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write:

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


  8. MISSIONARIES: FREE HELP FINDING NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT — “Mission: World” is a new web site to support an upcoming campaign to engage large numbers of U.S. Christians in “Sending” missionaries (starting with regular financial support and growing from there). In preparation for this campaign, they are recruiting missionaries to be “findable” by potential supporters. (They have special provisions for the security of missionaries working in creative access situations.) The unique approach of this site is to provide potential Senders with a database covering the full range of evangelical missionary activity, searchable by location, ministry focus, organization, sending church and denomination. Each registered missionary must have a U.S. based contact (advocate) who is willing to take and screen inquiries about the missionary. This site is privately funded, and there is no cost for this service. There is presently no provision for registration by email. But those of you with web access should register at

    http://mission-world.com

    so you can be found by interested supporters. For a one-page overview visit

    http://mission-world.com/regsamplepdfs/mission-world_one_page_faqs.pdf


  9. SUPPORT-RAISING CONFERENCE — Tap into more then 35 years of experience by learning from Bill Dillon as he shares fund raising ideas. The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference September 15-16. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement 10 key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. This conference is essential for those raising personal support, coaching others or raising organizational funds. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

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


  10. NEED TO DIAL ABROAD? CHECK OUT DIALABROAD — Thanks to the folks at Dialabroad.com for the $143.27 they sent this past week to say thanks for the phone calls you made in May and June. If you need phone service anyway, and if it’s all the same for you, try using …

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

    You’ll get a great rate and help Brigada at the same time.


  11. FREE CROSS BOOKMARKS TO MISSIONARIES — Crosses for Christ is a new mission project which is a network of crocheters around the world making beautiful white cross bookmarks. These bookmarks are given free to any mission project regardless of denomination. Currently, Crosses for Christ is working on sending 200 crosses to an orphanage in Liberia, 200 crosses to a Leprosy Hospital in Havana, Cuba and another 300 to a mission in the Philippines. Missionaries from any country are welcome to go to the blog at

    http://blog.myspace.com/99002175

    to get an update on the mission and submit information to request crosses for their mission. Email

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


  12. CHECK OUT THE LATEST ON NONPROFIT LAW — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Click the link or go to

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue.


  13. SPEED BRIGADA ON ITS WAY — Want to help make Brigada possible for those in other lands? Now you can pitch in on their behalf by clicking 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.

  14. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU HANDLE LOSS? — I moonlight as a soccer coach for a local Christian high school, the Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL). (See our soccer website at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    This past week, we participated in a tournament in Bloomington, Indiana. It was a great experience. 44 teams, big buses, vendors, the works. For our tournament opener, we were paired with a team that has a real dynasty for soccer in Indiana. They went all the way to the “final four” in the state last year, losing to the championship team by 1 goal. Shew… their speed of play was outlandish. It didn’t matter what they attempted to do, they did it “like killin’ snakes!” Everything was so fast — the thinking, the passing, and … yes… the shooting. :-) So when the final whistle blew, and the score was 12-0 (our loss), maybe you’ll think our team was bummed out. But the funny thing was — just the opposite was true. Several players came off the field saying, “Coach that was the best game we’ve ever played.” “Coach, I loved that. Can we learn to play like that?!” “Coach Lucas, that was a blast!” Why were most of our players able to view that game as an education, rather than a thrashing? I think maybe part of it was due to the position I had taken with them before, during and immediately after the game. Yes I had told them we’d like to win that game, but I had also told them how much I was looking forward to us experiencing a very high level of play. I had prepared them in advance (as much as I could) for the differences they’d see. During the game, I consistently praised them for the good things they were doing right, but I also tried to point out the great things the opponents were doing. I tried to help them *admire* the opponents instead of resent them.

    In missions, my hunch is, we’re all going to experience failure now and then. In fact, sometimes the failure could seem devastating. I’m wondering how we can learn to appreciate the lessons we can learn in the midst of failure… to treat failure like a rubix cube… to twist it and turn it and look at it objectively. How can we learn to treat failure as a *process* rather than an event. We can wallow in it… or we can see it from different perspectives and interrupt it at any time with new behaviors. Sometimes those behaviors will actually be modeled directly after the lessons we learn from mistakes and let-downs.

    Your mission, if you should decide to accept it, is to be mentally ready to learn from failure, then apply those lessons learned to the next game in life.

    Tuesday night is our next game. When is yours?

    Doug

20060716 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK
  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT?
  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF)
  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE
  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER -— Emmaus Road International is pleased to announce the reprinting of two of their books: Prepare For Battle; Basic Training in Spiritual Warfare and The Reentry Team; Caring for Your Returning Missionaries. Through September 15th, they are offering a discounted pre-publication sale. You can read more about the books at

    http://www.eri.org/publications.html

    But you must send an e-mail to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org for details of this offer. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK — Just when we thought we were making progress… In 1974, the Lausanne Movement woke us up to “about half” the world being “hidden” from the gospel. Recent years have led us to believe that figure had shrunk to as little as 1/3 or even 1/4 of the world’s population being out of reach of the gospel. But from the looks of the top guy at Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Kevin Swanson, maybe we’re farther away from our goal than we thought. His article at…

    http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s06060084.htm

    states that “*three* out of four people alive on the earth today still have not heard the Gospel.” Rats. Back to the drawing board. (Thanks for pointing us to that URL, Matt!)


  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES — Check out the new web site for the World Christian Video Directory at

    http://www.worldchristianvideos.org

    It lists over 900 languages of Christian videos and resellers, organized by title, organization, language and country. It’s an attempt to list evangelistic, apologetic, discipleship and informational Christian videos in all the languages of the world. (Thanks Ken!)


  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will host another training October 12-15, 2006 at Living Waters Farm in Virginia. These four-day intensive exposures often illuminate the pathways for those desiring to be in missions. From the last training Robyn wrote: We are still processing the closest four days with Jesus ever! Meaning you discipled us so deeply according to the Word that we felt so close to Him, we truly were able to “hear”. Please do not wait too long to register. For more information and applications write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Learn more at: http://www.elijahcompany.org .

  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT? — Fernando wrote this past week about a new and different version of Voice over IP (VOIP) software he had just discovered. “Web Call Direct”

    http://webcalldirect.com

    has two features not found in similar services like VoipCheap or VoipFree; a) you can place a call between any two phones in the world. In other words, you first set the number of a land line accessible to you and then the number of the phone you’d like to call. The first one rings, you pick it up and then the second phone rings and the communication is established. The end result is a communication between regular phones without the computer. b) You can do all of this from a webpage using any computer in the world; no need to download any software. You can also call from your computer (if that is your preference) as with any other VOIP service (computer to computer or computer to phone). Fernando did encounter problems trying to use his credit card, though his PayPal account went through without a hitch. As with the other services mentioned previously in Brigada, US, Europe and a bunch of other countries are totally free. So if they can work out the possible credit card issues, this service will be one to watch. (Thanks Fernando!)


  6. 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.

    A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will in Colorado Springs, Colorado October 8-13, 2006. Contact Robin Bower at rbower(at)itpartners(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 an SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org


  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF) — The 5th Francophone Africa Regional Consultation will take place in May 2007: CRAF Central Africa for central Africa countries will be held on 07-11 May 2007 in Bangui (CAR) and CRAF West Africa for West Africa countries will be held on 14-18 May 2007 in Lome (Togo). CRAF provides an opportunity for innovative leaders to come together to hear how God is at work across Francophone Africa, learn cutting-edge insights from one another, assess where each nation is at the unfinished task of the Great Commission, and engage the critical challenges facing the Church in Francophone Africa. To facilitate this process, two-thirds of the programme is devoted to group interaction. Each morning there will be a key address on Church Planting Movements.

    For more information, contact Mr. Younoussa Djao at ydjao.craf(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE — Roland Muller’s, “The Messenger, the Message, & the Community” examines three critical issues that the cross-cultural church-planter must face. Muller’s popular Honor & Shame, as well as Tools for Muslim Evangelism are included in this book, (revised editions) plus much more. There are over 300 study questions for those who want to interact with the material. This book is now available from

    http://rmuller.com

    Order now, as quantities are limited.


  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA? — Want to help make a way for Brigada to keep cranking out the door and onto missions radars worldwide? 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.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING? — Now that I’m a missions committee chairman in a local church, I’m perplexed with the question, “How do we *really* get people praying about missions, missionaries, and the lost people they’re trying to reach?” Fern Creek Christian Church, where my family attends when I’m not traveling, runs about 800 people in size. Having been at my post for less than a year, I’m still learning the ropes. We’re about to stage our first “Missions Fair”, but I can already sense that it’s going to be a tough challenge to get the rank and file of our church *truly* engaged with prayer and missions . . . and especially, with prayer the unreached peoples. Obviously, we have tons of videos, posters, books and other resources. But people are soooooo busy. They are so distracted. They are so already over-committed with their kids’ sports teams, 60-hour work weeks, and gas prices. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give them booklets, magnets, and lots of stories. We’ll introduce them to 20 or so missionaries that our church supports. They’ll walk through displays in our Fellowship Hall. But the real question remains, “Will their prayer lives be truly affected by what they experience?” That’s the key question. Think about it. I’ll let you know what happens in my situation. I’d love to hear more about yours. Send a message, if you have an idea, to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups.com

    (You don’t have to join the group. No one else will see your response. It’s just a holding tank for future responses.) Thanks for any advice! We’ll feature feedback in a future Brigada Today.

20060618 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA
  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES
  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING
  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP
  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  7. BEST CAMCORDER
  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED?
  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL
  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS
  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS…
  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD
  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA — Lately I’ve been trying out Google’s SMS service. It works through text messaging from your cell phone. First things first — make sure you won’t be charged per SMS. (Many accounts now have unlimited SMSes.) Then just send whatever query you would have typed in at Google.com — only text message it to this number: 46645. Your results will come back momentarily. Grab a movie timetable, a phone listing, an address, convert currency, … the results are practically endless. Best of all, it’s totally free (if SMSes are free on your cell account). Learn more at:

    http://www.google.com/sms


  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES — I know you’ve probably tried out the Steven Covey stuff before, but every once and awhile, I find that it’s helpful to review it. Now, they have so many helps online, it’s pretty much a new day for their stuff anyway. Start at… http://www.FranklinCovey.com then download the application (try it out for free for a month). Then walk through the library… http://www.franklincovey.com/fc/library_and_resources Get in the habit of using the application so you’ll be forced to think in terms of “mission”, roles, and goals again. After the 30 days, figure out your own system again using whatever tools you wish, but with renewed appreciation for the “top-down” planning approach.

  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN — Backpack Missions is an easy, exciting, and effective strategy for teaching Great Commission principles to children in any church. Backpack Missions is comprised of simple mission object lessons presented by a world trekking backpacker character, “Backpack Andy” [or personalize with your own name] who teaches a missions lesson using objects taken from his backpack. Backpack Missions is drop-in mission education and awareness covering international and North American missions. Some Southern Baptist-specific elements can be easily adapted to your own affiliation. Provided free by the North American Mission Board online at http://namb.net/backpack

  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING — The next series of distance learning courses for using the web and IT for evangelism are set for July- September: Cybermissions 101 (Theory) – Monday July 17th 2006 Cybermissions 102 (Practice) – Monday September 18th 2006 Cybermissions 103 (Internet Cafes) – Monday September 18th 2006

    http://www.cybermissions.org/training/


  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP — LongviewNET http://www.longviewnet.com provides web site development and management services for ministries, missionaries, small businesses and organizations. The folks behind LongviewNET are themselves missionaries who use proceeds from LongviewNET to help underwrite their own personal ministry support as a tent-making effort to serve others for the cause of Christ. LongviewNET is a full-service solution provider: web sites, domain names, blogs, hosting and more. Mention Brigada when you enter into an agreement for web site development and management with LongviewNET and 20% of your agreement amount will go directly to Brigada!

  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE — Wondering which donor management software packages came to light in our recent survey? John, at The Mission Station, wrote, “There were a total of 15 respondents. Some use(d) more than one package. No one package had more than two users. There were a total of 5 respondents using HomeGrown packages (including MS Access/Excel) on both DOS and Windows platforms. The package currently in use with 2 users was TntMPD for Windows. The packages that had a single user were Logos, Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, NewViews, Church Missions, Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge, Quick Books – Non-Profit, and Quick Books – Standard. All the single packages also ran on Windows platforms of some form.

    There were 4 respondents who indicated that they were presently evaluating Quick Books – Non-Proft, but had not come to any conclusions yet. Overall, the homegrown applications were not well viewed, yet had some customized features that were missed with other “out-of-the-box” packages. The applications that received favorable recommendations were Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, ChurchMissions, Raisers Edge, and TntMPD. Finally, the cost of these packages ranges from FREE to over $3000.00 USD.” John will make sure all of these are incorporated into his Missions Database for all to access at: http://www.missionaries.org


  7. BEST CAMCORDER — Got an opinion about which camcorder gives the best value for the money . . . quality, versatility, compactness, still and video in one. What do you think? Just send your note to: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com There’s no need to join the egroup. It’ll accept your email without being a part. Later, we’ll sum up the responses there and report back in Brigada.

  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED? — Brendan would like some feedback on the viability of establishing a new missions advocacy ministry to promote small, lesser known international missions ministries. Is there a need for this type of ministry and/or are there others out there already doing this on a general (i.e. inter/non-denominational) basis? Please send your thoughts to Brendan advocate(at)pobox(dot)com

  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL — For those willing to experiment with Voice Over IP, Oliver says the frontier is still a good deal. He’s been exploring it for almost a year… He concludes that free calls are more limited now — about 300 min/week and the 10 free EUR are valid for 120 days. He suggests using them on destinations which aren’t free. He also advises that the country lists change without notice, so beware. He says these sites all basically list different deals for the same country:

    http://www.netappel.fr/fr/index.

    html http://www.voipbuster.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipcheap.co.uk/en/download.html

    http://www.sparvoip.de/de/customerservices.html

    http://www.internetcalls.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipdiscount.com/en/index.html

    http://www.webcalldirect.com/en/index.php

    http://www.poivy.com

    (Thanks Oliver!)


  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS — The Student Christian Organisation (A Malawian locally based interdenominational organisation – SCOM) has seen a tremendous membership growth over the years. Focused to preach the gospel to secondary/high school students, it was established in 1962. Started with only a few members, now membership has grown to thousands and while conferences were held by few individuals now attendance is in hundreds. The organisation has now managed to establish a weekly devotional email called ‘FEED THE FLOCK’ to all interested subscribers. To subscribe send a blank email to feedtheflock_admin(at)christianemailservice(dot)com with subscribe as the subject. You can also access through the web at

    http://trinityzone.org/scomministry/devotions.html . To learn more about the background and the activities of SCOM visit

    http://www.surrender.nl/scom


  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS… — We’re grateful to DialAbroad… http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm for sending $71 this past week to boost our work. Again, if you’ve thought about changing phone services, or if you have to move and pick a carrier anyway, please consider Dial-Abroad as a prime option. They’ll give you the best deal . . . and help Brigada too.

  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD — Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, outreach conferences, and the latest trends in missions all around the world? Just go to

    http://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.


  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD — Have you noticed how broad the spectrum is getting when it comes to local churches and missions outreach? For missionaries, the landscape has gotten pretty complex lately. Some churches have gotten to the point that they no longer will support “independent” (individual) missionaries. They want all their missionaries to be affiliated with an organization that will help them stay on task and accountable, financially and otherwise. Meanwhile, there are still other churches who almost resent the role of an agency. (They are, in effect, gradually becoming their own agency.) In between is a complex continuum of all the blended mixtures.

    So what’s a missionary to do? Well for what it’s worth, here’s my take: First, when approaching any new situation, you have to use the same principles that you were taught to use when you crossed into another culture. Second, my own opinion is — it’s not our role to try to *change* the church to fit our own opinions (in the same manner that it wasn’t our role to change the culture to fit our expectations). The key is to have a relevant message . . . a relevant *mode* for each context. Once you become irrelevant, you’ve lost touch with that portion of the spectrum. (So get relevant.)

    Next week, we’ll address the spectrum faced by Brigada participants working in local churches. Shew. They face a jungle too. We all do. So be careful out there.

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