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20030921 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS ARE GREAT!
  2. LEARN TO RAISE FUNDS FROM THE JESUS FILM PEOPLE
  3. HANDLING SPAM: IS MAILWASHER “DECEITFUL?”
  4. GOT HIGH PHONE RATES? GET LOW ONES
  5. MORE ON PDFS: HOW TO CONVERT YOUR DOCS
  6. PRAYING GOD’S WORD, THEN SAYING YOU CARE
  7. PIONEERS OFFERS CAMPGROUND NEAR DISNEY
  8. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR POSTED
  9. LIBRARY OF “INSURANCE TOPICS” FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS ARE GREAT! — Don’t forget to check out our recent sponsors at: www.brigada.org by clicking on the word “sponsors” at the top or bottom of the page. There you’ll see partnerships by Global Outreach Ministries, the author of _Toolbox for Video Storytelling_, and even an anonymous Wycliffe Bible translator, who wrote from overseas, “I have subscribed to Brigada for a number of years and it is still one of my favorite emails to receive, what with all the missions encouragement, information and helpful hints. So I decided to donate $5 a month (the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal) for the cause of the Brigada secretary. I’ll do it via PayPal. If just 250 Brigada subscribers did the same, she (and therefore Doug) would be free to serve you better and still feed their kids an occasional burger too!?” :-) We also received Brigada Secretary help from the Faith in Action Network, Ed Kearn, on behalf of ACMI (the Association of Christians Ministering Among Internationals), the Andover Church of Christ, Andover, OH (They’ve been a supporting church all the way back to our time in South America in the early 80s!) Now they’re stepping up to the plate all the more significantly! And don’t forget Wilcannia River of Life! Thanks one and all!!!

  2. LEARN TO RAISE FUNDS FROM THE JESUS FILM PEOPLE — Want to learn to raise funds at the feet of people who have successfully done it? The JESUS Film Project knows the stress that comes from raising money to meet impossible fund-raising goals. In an effort to serve and encourage others, our JESUS Film Project development leadership team is offering a two-day seminar to share what we have learned over the past 18+ years. They will cover The JESUS Film Project’s:
    *** Development Philosophy, Strategy and Structure
    *** Direct Marketing and New Donor Acquisition
    *** Major Donor Cultivation and Presentations
    *** Major Donor Events
    *** Office Representative Programs
    *** Foundation and Church Efforts October 13-14, 2003 is slated as the training dates. There will be a charge of $100 per person for the workshop, materials, and a special luncheon on Friday. The seminar will be held at The JESUS Film Project office in San Clemente, CA with the first day running from 1:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13th. The second day will be on Tuesday, October 14th from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For info write amydotelliottatjesusfilmdotorg or call (949)361-4549 to register. Your registration to ensure you have a seat and materials will be confirmed once they have received your payment to The JESUS Film Project at 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92673. Registration deadline is October 3, 2003 and will close after they have 50 confirmed registrations.

  3. HANDLING SPAM: IS MAILWASHER “DECEITFUL?” — Mark wrote recently to ask if Christians should ethically use products such as MailWasher, since they can send out the familiar “bounce-a-grams”, as if they had been generated directly from your ISP, saying that your email address couldn’t be reached. (This is supposed to trigger a response with spammers who will then drop your address from their spamming list.) To me, it’s the same as when we might tell the UPS guy “package refused”, because we don’t want to be billed for something we didn’t order. Likewise, we didn’t request the spam. We’re not lying about our email account; we’re refusing the package we didn’t order. :-) Granted, there’s another issue: does it work? I’m not sure the spammers ever really “unplug” our addresses, just because their emails bounce. But in my case, does it make me feel better? Indubitably. I no longer feel like a victim. At least now I feel I have recourse. :-) (I also use Brightmail in conjunction with the Earthlink account I maintain as my primary email box. Not sure how many spam mails it catches; maybe 100 per day? Still… over 100 per day get through its gate. :-(

  4. GOT HIGH PHONE RATES? GET LOW ONES — Are you living in a land with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to-country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html . [Disclaimer: This phone service has promised to donate to Brigada when people sign up for new accounts. Before we featured them, however, we compared their rates to lots of other phone companies and — guess what: they really are great prices! So… unashamedly, we can feature them … because we would have done so genuinely and honestly anyway!]

  5. MORE ON PDFS: HOW TO CONVERT YOUR DOCS — Perhaps you’ll recall our item in the August 15th issue, entitled, “PDF FORMAT MAKES SENSE”. We got lots of positive feedback on that item. ‘Course, the Apple computer guys, like Dennis & Danny, had to write and brag about their MACs, which convert PDFs as a matter of course. Rascals. How was I supposed to know that Steve Jobs would get it right? :-) Still, somehow it’s tough for me to go with any computer that has fruit for a logo, much less one with a pre-bitten bite out of it. Tony had a good idea: “The free replacement suite for Microsoft Office released by Sun Microsystems, called OpenOffice, includes the ability to read .doc files and write .pdf files.” Before it was over, we had heard from dozens of happy “OpenOffice” users, including Peter and several others. Get your free copy for keeps at: http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/1.1.0/ With this product, creating PDFs is… well… almost as easy as doing it on a MAC! :-) There are other options. Don’t forget to have a look at the recent review of PDF-makers in PC Magazine: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1190601,00.asp There’s an online PDF write/convert service One reader, Galen, prefers PDF995, which is reviewed there. You can get PDF995 for $10 at: http://www.pdf995.com/ And don’t forget, as Bob from Kenya points out, if you use Linux, get the Samba server at: http://www.linux-mag.com/2003-01/guru_01.html which will help you create PDFs at will. Either way, we *love* PDFs because a) they’re more memory efficient, b) the support included graphics more efficiently, and c) they can’t be edited… so your thoughts will remain your thoughts and they can’t impose viruses on receivers.

  6. PRAYING GOD’S WORD, THEN SAYING YOU CARE — Here’s a new twist on the ecard scene, Pray-it Say-it cards. This feature of Prayercentral.net helps you personalize God’s promises to the needs of those you pray for. You type in a name, choose a topic and they provide personalized scriptures and a sample prayer to cover that need. Then you can choose from some of the coolest images around and create an ecard to tell them you have prayed for them.

    You can even send out a card to your intercession group inviting them to join you in prayer for a special need. You’ll have to decide if your missionary will look upon this as a good thing or not. Most users today receive about all the unsolicited mail they want… and more! So you might have to identify here that it’s relative to you personally or whatever. Either way, check it out at: http://www.prayitsayit.net

    Wayne at Prayercentral.net has prayed for our Brigada subscribers, you can view your card at: http://prayitsayit.net/view.php/dfb0cc9b2e971e1e The great thing about these cards is you don’t have to receive any emails. The URL alone will do it. (Thanks Wayne!)


  7. PIONEERS OFFERS CAMPGROUND NEAR DISNEY — Pioneers, a mission agency focused on church planting among the unreached, owns and operates a KOA campground on the same campus as their US Headquarters building. If your church or organization is looking for a Florida camping experience, please consider this 355-acre pristine, lake front campground. There is large recreation hall for meetings and other get togethers as well as kitchen facilities. For more information visit http://www.orlandokoa.com, email whippoorwillkoaatpiorldotcom or call 1- 800-562-3969. Your patronage helps us serve our missionaries better!

  8. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR POSTED — Read how Islamicists are fighting Armageddon, how Time Magazine treated “tentmaking,” how terrorists are motivated in the Philippines, how Shari’a affects Christians in a province of Indonesia, and how Liberia is spiritually situated in Operation Reveille’s latest publication at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . Contact Bruce, the director of Operation Reveille, at bsideatoprevdotorg if you need an e-mailed version.

  9. LIBRARY OF “INSURANCE TOPICS” FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS – – If you are struggling to understand international insurance and want some quick answers, go to http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com/newlib.asp . Over 60 topics regarding international insurance are explained in the library. There you will find answers concerning deductibles; co-insurance; HIPAA; choosing and managing international health, life, liability, medical and political evacuation insurance; terrorism insurance; etc. For information about the library and/or various international insurance plans, contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100, toll-free in USA: 866/636-9100 or visit http://www.gninsurance.com/solutions

20030831 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. USA TRAVEL BEING OVERLOOKED
  2. NEED GREAT INT’L PHONE RATES?
  3. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE
  4. STILL TRYING TO DE-SPAM YOUR INBOX?
  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  6. LINKS FOR MISSIONARIES AT “MISSIONFINDER”
  7. DOES YOUR MISSION WORK NEED HEALTH CARE WORKERS?
  8. DO YOU NEED A NANNY?
  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOR E-ZINES, LESS IS MORE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. USA TRAVEL BEING OVERLOOKED — Many missionaries are called to service right here in North America. Missionaries travel for as little as two weeks and have a permanent health insurance policy already in place to facilitate any medical needs while in North America. Adams & Associates International has a travel insurance plan for trips in the USA & Canada for under $1.00 per day. Coverage includes accident medical benefits to help offset co-insurance and deductible costs that permanent medical insurance doesn¹t cover. It also includes an Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Paralysis benefit. For more information, call 800-922-8438 or visit http://www.aaintl.com . (And thanks, Adams & Associates, for the sponsorship gift!)

  2. NEED GREAT INT’L PHONE RATES? — Sorry we left out the referral information in the previous Brigada Today. Need great rates? Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country- to-country phone rates in the industry. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html [Thanks to the Japanese missionary who is a key agent with this service. He’s committed to making a sponsorship gift to Brigada for each and every sign-up through the above web-page. We’ll keep you apprised if and when we receive any sponsorships through this avenue. We’re trying all kinds of options. If you have to make int’l phone calls anyway, and if this service has better rates and great customer service, would you consider giving it a try to help us underwrite the cost of the new Brigada secretary? Thanks for considering…. Doug]

  3. COMPUTER BUYING ADVICE — Tom (of OM Lit) is looking for advice on purchasing a laptop and digital camera to be used in China. Brands to lean towards and to avoid? Tips on power, software, etc.? E-mail him at <worldlysaintathotmaildotcom>. Tom we’ll count on a full report — in English, if you please! :-) </worldlysaintathotmaildotcom>

  4. STILL TRYING TO DE-SPAM YOUR INBOX? — One user recommended switching to Yahoo Mail’s “This is Spam” feature. In addition, when ordering or requesting items or information online which request an email address, he recommended the use of Spamgourmet. After signing up for this service at http://www.spamgourmet.com you may make up amount-limited email addresses which expire. Thus, if your address is sold or passed along, it will have no connection with you, and will be “eaten” by the Spam Gourmet. Thanks Bill!

  5. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the 10/40, check out the conference, November 9- 14. The “Revolution” conference is an interdenominational, inter- organizational missions conference. Groups such as New Tribes Missions, Red Sea Team International, Pioneers, Frontiers, YWAM, Operation Mobilization, Calvary International, Wycliffe, and many more will be represented for this “10/40-focused” event. The goal is to get the word out about the needs in the 10/40 Window and to provide a place for those working there to meet and share their experiences. There will be speakers, workshops, booths, and time just to fellowship with those who share a similar heart. The conference will be held in Talladega, Alabama. For cost, registration form and other information check out http://www.revolution1040.com If you would like more information, contact Jose at 904-221-0114 or email Therevolutionconferenceatyahoodotcom

  6. LINKS FOR MISSIONARIES AT “MISSIONFINDER” — Our friends over at MissionFinder.org continue to expand the usefulness of their web site. There is now a page, “Resources for Christian Missionaries” that is a collection of many useful links, such as where to find special items and equipment useful in missions work, transfer money, find housing for retreats and furloughs, get dental care, sources for solar cooking, water purification devices, and so forth. Visit them at http://www.missionfinder.org/resources.html or email webmasteratmissionfinderdotorg

  7. DOES YOUR MISSION WORK NEED HEALTH CARE WORKERS? — MissionFinder.org posts some currently-available Christian health care workers who are seeking mission opportunities to serve. Most seek short term volunteer positions, although some are interested in long term possibilities. Skills vary from pre-med students hoping to become acquainted with medical missions, to seasoned medical doctors and specialists. You may find pharmacists, osteopaths, dentists, and a variety of skills available (the list is updated regularly). Visit http://www.missionfinder.org/Volunteers.html or email webmasteratmissionfinderdotorg

  8. DO YOU NEED A NANNY? — MissionNannys recruits mature Christian women to serve missionary families who sometimes have special needs with the care and/or education of their children. These volunteers expect to pay their own transportation and may be able to help with the cost of their room and board. Duration of service can be from a few weeks to a few months, depending upon the situation and the availability of volunteers. You’ll find more information on their web site (and also list yourself as a potential nanny) at http://www.MissionNannys.org or you can write bettyatmissionnannysdotorg

  9. THE BACKPAGE: FOR E-ZINES, LESS IS MORE — We get mail… and some of it is very encouraging. For example, we recently rec’d this note from Jonathan: “Thank you a thousand times for the way you construct Brigada Today. I wish everyone else doing ministry through e-mail had as much restraint and common sense. I get so many prayer letters that run dozens of KB for twenty lines of content and all that so it can contain one line of light green bold italic text that’s almost illegible anyway.” :-) I can empathize with Jonathan… Thus our format for Brigada Today. So here’s a tip… for whatever it’s worth… from nearly 9 years of e-zine production experience: less is more. Lose the HTML formatting. Sure. I like leaf backgrounds as much as the next guy, but when I’m connecting via my cell-phone, those backgrounds are a real hassle. The truth is, when you send simple text, those viewing through browser-oriented email clients won’t curse you for it. You’ll just look… “lean”. Those using text-based email-clients will *love* you for it. You’ll look *smart*. :-) Trust me… Less is more.

20030817 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE SPONSOR/PARTNERS
  2. INSTITUTE TO OFFER STARTUP COURSE
  3. HELPS FOR MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  4. GET TRAINED IN HELPING THOSE WHO ARE INDRUSTRIOUS
  5. INTERACTIVE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE
  6. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
  7. GET LOW LONG DISTANCE FROM USA TO ELSEWHERE
  8. “LAST DAYS” IS SEARCHING FOR HOUSE PARENTS
  9. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE SPONSOR/PARTNERS — We continue to be bowled over by some terrific sponsors… Cathy Dreger, at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, Covenant College, Lookout Mt., GA, 30750, cdregeratcovenantdotedu , $30; and then there’s $20 from Joan Goddard, Travel Consultant with Wilcox World Travel And Tours, jgoddardatwilcoxtraveldotcom, 800-438-5828, ext. 343; plus an anonymous partnership gifts of $225. These gifts bring us closer to being able to imagine ongoing help to underwrite the cost of our already-in-action secretary. I’m seeing parts of my “to do list” I haven’t seen for months… and we’re getting caught up on Brigada Todays! Thank you for your partnership and love!!!!

  2. INSTITUTE TO OFFER STARTUP COURSE — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. There are now three delivery mechanisms to get you the training you need. Choose the delivery mechanism that works best for you: Live training events (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11), Email based, distance learning classes; and Video-DVD courses. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or telephone 706-419-1805

  3. HELPS FOR MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this book is for you. _Christian Microenterprise Development: an Introduction_, is now on sale now for $10, plus shipping and handling. Co-authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. For more information, email chalmersatcovenantdotedu, or for an online presence, see http://www.chalmers.org or phone 706-419-1805 for more information.

  4. GET TRAINED IN HELPING THOSE WHO ARE INDRUSTRIOUS — Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development is just a mouse-click away! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College now offers Christian Economic Development Institute training three ways: 1) E-mail based distance learning courses 2) Video-DVD courses and 3) Live, on- site training. Join distance learning students the world over in this innovative approach to mercy ministry training. “Principles and Practices of Christian Microenterprise Development in the 2/3 World”: Module 1: “Foundations”-starts Jan 5, 2004, and module 2: “The Microfinance/Microenterprise Development Landscape” starts Jan 26, 2004. To reserve your spot today, contact 706-419-1805, <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or visit http://www.chalmers.org </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  5. INTERACTIVE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE — World Wide Home School, a free membership resource for homeschooling families, provides a secure, interactive portal with a variety of resources, courses and community opportunities. Their members are able to create their own online courses, discussion groups, fellowship groups, Bible studies, Co-ops and chats with the easy to use template available. Visit http://www.worldwidehomeschool.com to see how you might benefit as a homeschooler, or by using this technology to keep in touch with your families, friends and supporters. The folks at World Wide are also interested in having missionaries lead Bible Studies, discussion groups and host special events like online question and answer sessions. They encourage you to contact David Johns by email wwhsatdicosodotcom or phone at 610-937-0992.

  6. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a great skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. In just ten days, get the training to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com e-mail: dentistryformissionsatattdotnet

  7. GET LOW LONG DISTANCE FROM USA TO ELSEWHERE — Here’s a great deal on international phone rates. Just go to the UWT connection-page. If you sign up, UWT will give a small sponsorship gift to Brigada.

  8. “LAST DAYS” IS SEARCHING FOR HOUSE PARENTS — A married couple without children is needed to live in Reynosa, Mexico and serve as house parents to four of the children at the Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home affiliated with Calvary Commission and Last Days Ministry. A one year commitment is required. More information may be obtained at

    http://www.calvarycommission.org or via joefaussatcalvarycommissiondotorg


  9. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — David agrees with me that everyone needs a firewall. But David recommends that better than the XP Firewall: Use “Zone Alarm.” There is a free version at http://www.zonealarm.com . David says Zone Alarm Pro is worth the cost of the software.

20030810 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PDF FORMAT MAKES SENSE
  2. FOR THE WILD AT HEART
  3. MICAH PERSONNAL SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONS
  4. POINTY BRACES ARE DEAD; A GREAT TECH CONSULTANT
  5. CHEAP INTERNATIONAL CALLS FROM THE US
  6. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS WORKSHOP IN CYPRUS IN OCTOBER
  7. PROMOTING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
  8. IN THE MARKET FOR A DIGITAL MISSIONARY CAMERA?
  9. FREE NEW TESTAMENTS IN SERBIAN
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PDF FORMAT MAKES SENSE — With the possibility of Word viruses, the bloated Word file size, and Word’s “jumpy” graphics, I wonder why we don’t see more file exchange in “PDF” format. Originally an Adobe specification, the file format is public access, allows for graphics, can’t be “virus-laden”, is uneditable (so your work won’t be swiped or tampered with as easily), and can be figured with table of contents and indexed search base. The only thing I can conclude is the fact that the Adobe marketing engine isn’t screaming as loud as the one from Bill’s place (Bill Gates, that is). As for me, I’m a PDF-guy. I have no doubt… if Microsoft and Adobe were to have been better friends, Word would have had a “Save as PDF” file configurator. But I’m confident that somewhere back in time, the two of them (Microsoft and Adobe) became bitter enemies (the subject of another editorial) and … as is often the case, the whole user base suffers because leaders couldn’t work out their differences. If my comments aren’t enough to convince you, see the 40-second Adobe PDF video commercial at:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/acro_ad.html

    So what can you do? Pick up an add-on product to churn out the PDF files. To see the market, read PC Magazine’s review, “PDFing Cheap” at:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1190601,00.asp

    :-) Any of the tools listed in that review will do. I happen to use the one from Adobe themselves – Adobe Acrobat Standard.

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatstd/main.html

    After you prepare your document in Word or Excel or Powerpoint or whatever, you just “print it” to the Adobe Acrobat PDF Writer printer driver. It asks for a proposed pdf filename and, well, the rest is automatic. It’s great. Check it at, but feel free to play with the others listed in the review above. If they were to have been available previously, I would have probably gone with one of them.

    By the way, almost everyone installs a PDF reader today… to get forms from the IRS or an application from your local mission organization. If you don’t yet have the free PDF *reader* installed, get it at:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html


  2. FOR THE WILD AT HEART — Need a place to heal? Trying to get away from the rat race? Doing a personal spiritual retreat? A grad from John Eldredge’s advanced training is conducting “Mini-boot camps” with all the wild trappings for missionaries on his ranch near Colorado Springs. He’ll work with random individuals on select dates or teams from near and far. Check it out at http://www.myransomedheart.com/windmillranch by clicking on the “For the Wild at Heart” navigation button.

  3. MICAH PERSONNAL SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONS — Missionary TECH Team announces the release of MICAH: Missionary Information Catalog and History. With over 33 years of technical assistance, Missionary TECH Team has created this software package to track the type of personnel information unique to missions that commercial software does not address. MICAH offers flexibility. Included are the following features: capability to enter and track categories of people, contact information, unlimited addresses, comprehensive family phone numbers, and financial information. MICAH software is configurable to designated needs and provides extra space for notes. It has email and web page connection, cross platform, and client-specified security. For more information see http://www.techteam.org or contact Missionary TECH Team, 25 FRJ Dr., Longview, TX 75602, James Wood Mgr. Computer Services, jwoodattechteamdotorg . (Note: As this Brigada Today went to the ‘Net, this website wasn’t functioning, but we suspect that it is a momentary lapse. No need to alert us if it stays dead. :-) )

  4. POINTY BRACES ARE DEAD; A GREAT TECH CONSULTANT — Please remember, if you’re preparing items for consideration in Brigada Today, pointy braces are . :-) We’re no longer enclosing email addresses in them because certain email clients were reading them as hidden text web addresses. Interesting: To make a final decision about this major change, we looked up Jonathan Marsden, an old friend of Brigada Today. (When we started in January, 1995, there were two subscribers: Jonathan, and me. So when we sent out the very first Brigada Today, Jonathan was the only one to receive it.) I think he’s been involved in Internet technology for as long as bread has been sliced. :-) If your organization ever needs some extra IT consulting help, look to him at JonathanatXCdotOrg , without the pointy braces. :-) (Last I heard, he did Christian consulting for like half-price… but that was still $100/hour. I haven’t checked lately; nor was this a sponsored comment. :-) )

  5. CHEAP INTERNATIONAL CALLS FROM THE US — For cheap calls from the US to all over the world (and in the US also), use OneSuite http://www.onesuite.com They have a 1-800 number for access and local access numbers in many areas. You can call China for 2.4 cents/minute! No monthly fees, no connection charges and only $10 pre-payment required (not $25 or more like other cards). The connection to China is usually very, very clear and not much if any delay. To start an account, go to their website or call their customer service number 866-417-8483 (sorry, I don’t have a non-toll free number). You can also e-mail them at supportatOneSuitedotcom . (The user who contributed this item (S.M.) asked that we use “SuiteTreat number 029J58250” which will get him/her 20 free minutes.)

  6. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS WORKSHOP IN CYPRUS IN OCTOBER — It’s not too late to sign up for “The Dynamics of Multicultural Teams and Partnerships” workshop led by Dr. Lianne Roembke, who brings 28 years of experience and research to bear on helping teams relate and work well together. Author of Building Credible Multicultural Teams, she has designed this workshop for mission leaders, HR and Member Care staff and cross-cultural workers. It will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, October 23-28, 2003. As a new component this year Dr. Roembke is offering Step One for facilitator training of the M-C Teams Workshop. You won’t want to miss Cyprus in October! Reserve your place by sending a USD 100 or EU 90 check payable to “Scan InterAct (Cyprus) Limited”. Hotel (half-board, near beach!) costs CYP 112 per person (USD 215 at present rate) payable on arrival. Email Kerry kbuttramatpoboxdotcom or call +357 25 822970 for more details. To register send your name, contact info and check to: (Mr) Kerry Buttram, PO Box 51939, CY3509 Limassol, Cyprus. Please confirm by email or phone.

  7. PROMOTING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY — Have you checked out LAM’s book, “Kingdom Business, The Ministry of Promoting Economic Activity”, by David R. Befus? The book explains how the development of productive economic activity contributes to the growth of the church and to a presentation of a holistic Gospel. Available in either English or Spanish, the cost is $6 plus $2 postage in the U.S., actual postage cost outside of the U.S. For information, check http://www.lam.org and click on bookstore, or write to LAM at Box 527900, Miami, FL 33152 USA

  8. IN THE MARKET FOR A DIGITAL MISSIONARY CAMERA? — Now’s a great time to buy. When, previously, have we ever been able to buy such a high- quality 5-megapixel camera so cheaply!? Check out the Pentax Optio 550, reviewed at: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/pentaxoptio550/ You can find it on the web or locally at a “street price” of $440 or so. These level cameras were $1000 just 2 years ago. Welcome to the new digital era! :-)

  9. FREE NEW TESTAMENTS IN SERBIAN — Here’s an organization based in Argentina, with a publishing house in Switzerland, with free New Testaments in SERBIAN language. (Hey… I don’t design ’em; I just report ’em! Personally, I think it’s *great*! :-) ). Anyway, these guys have these New Testaments read for use, begging for those who can get them into the hands of willing readers — who speak Serbian, of course. If you can use them, write Juan publicristianasatciudaddotcomdotar .

20030608 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY
  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK
  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS
  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN
  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING
  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE?
  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS?
  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS 2ND QTR ARTICLES
  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY — We’ve jokingly referred to the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” because in it, the community pitches in to help Jimmy Stuart’s character pay off a bank shortage. In the process, he learns just how much the community appreciates him . . . and that makes for a great story-line. Well it still does. Thanks to the sponsorships that have come so far in 2003, we’ve been able to hire a part-time secretary (3 days/week). She will help us cover everything from subscription requests to answering mail & email. In time, we hope this will make Brigada Today a much more “on- time” vehicle for carrying news, resources, and information about God’s great global hope-giving enterprise. So thanks to all those who have been able to pitch in so far. Several have asked to remain anonymous. Only God will know about their gift. In other cases, we have the privilege and responsibility to say how much we appreciate their respective ministries and services. You would help us greatly if you took advantage of their book or class or business. To see the list, just log onto… http://www.brigada.org then click on the word “Sponsors” at the bottom of the page. Please let one or more of these partners know that you appreciate their participation in Brigada. By doing so, you’ll help us as well!

  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK — It’s too bad we can’t all go to some course to help us learn how to really take advantage of video. Churches want to see our story. We know they’ll play the tapes on Sunday morning. Sending a 7-minute video home to supporters just makes good sense. But where do we begin? And how do we maximize the impact of those 7 minutes? Well now, thanks to Brigada sponsor John Walton, you can at least get the book, “Toolbox for Video Storytelling.” As far as I know, this is the one best source to help you learn to document your cross-cultural work via video in a top-notch manner. Please check out the book at John’s website, http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada so he’ll know you saw his sponsorship link here. John helps you think through your storyline (thinking stories, not topics), organize your ideas, and develop your script (using “modules”). Then he models video and photography tips while providing great examples on the accompanying CD inside the book’s back jacket cover. He addresses both the technical side of things (e.g., sound, lighting, and camera technique) as well as the artsy side (shooting a picture story, continuity, and organization). His material on editing is the best I’ve seen to get you up and running in record time. John claims that we helped him get the initial word out here, via Brigada. The truth is… the book speaks for itself. Get it — and you’ve got a virtual library of resources to get your video moving… both practically and emotionally. Thanks John, for the $50 sponsorship and the great production to help the worldwide hope-giving enterprise!

  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS — Whoa. Now *this* is a great find. Brigada participant Bob wrote recently with this note: “Mailwasher allows you to scan your emails before downloading, delete and bounce unwanted messages (as though your email account did not exist) and construct your own personal black and white lists.” For some reason, I was skeptical at first . . . until I found that a) Mailwasher is free, b) the ad is unobtrusive, c) it’s incredibly easy to use, d) it works with any email program, and e) it sends back a spoofed “email address is dead” message (the kind that ISPs generate automatically when you drop your subscription with them). What’s more, I was able to create a filter to watch the subject line for words like “viagra”, “porn”, and … increasing the size of certain body parts I’ll not mention here in Brigada Today. :-) Bottom line: this product is such an incredibly easy program to use, and the price is so right (free!), I can’t think of any reason why I *wouldn’t* want to use it. In fact, if it continues to be so helpful, I’m sure I’ll pay the author the $20 registration fee just to say thanks to him! :-) Try it; you’ll like it. http://www.mailwasher.net/ (Thanks Bob!!!) By the way, another Brigada participant, David, likes http://spamarrest.com/ There’s a charge, but David claims 97% success. Yet another David recommended http://popfile.sourceforge.net/ It’s free as well, and the concept sounds very interesting (works as a proxy server to add classification to your emails). One other reader, William, recommended http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ He said, ” does the same thing as “Spybot” but is free, and does not require (as Spybot does) one to buy or promise to buy in order to get the adware and spyware scrubbed off. Just download the free scrubber and run it.”

    All four of these products sound great. Let’s try ’em and boycott spam! (Thanks Davids! :-) Thanks William!)


  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN — Tien Shan Educational Center of Almaty, Kazakhstan, an English language based school Grades 1-12 serving the missions community is in need of several key staff positions and the school year is about to begin! Last we heard, they still needed a Business Manager, JH & HS – Physical Education, Bible, Math, Science, & Language Arts, ESL Teacher, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher, 5th/6th Grade Teacher. For more information contact Gillian at <tienshanatpactecdotkz> . Their school year begins August 27th. Better contact them yesterday. :-) </tienshanatpactecdotkz>

  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING — Elim Bible Institute is now accepting applications for this fall’s “Missions and International Community Health Program”. The two-year program provides training in the cultures and customs, the missionary life and in preventative and curative community health care focusing on developing countries. It is designed for those with no prior health training or for those such as nurses and EMTs who want practical primary care training. It includes an eight-week international internship with a health missionary. Transfer students are accepted directly into health training with one year of Bible School or its equivalent. For a program description visit their web site http://www.elim.edu email <admissionsatelimdotedu> or call 1-800-670-ELIM, International Students are WELCOME! Limited number of scholarships for those from developing countries. Call (585)582-1230. </admissionsatelimdotedu>

  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE? — Norm <nklueveratmsndotcom> is offering to provide them. He’s got 40 standard wall/desk corded telephone sets to give out free. These are like new ITT phones (analog). Available for pickup or you pay shipping. For more information, contact Norm directly. Thanks for helping the Brigada family, Norm! </nklueveratmsndotcom>

  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS? — FFM began over 50 years in North America as a prayer, information and literature service encouraging outreach among Muslims worldwide. A Prayer News Bulletin goes out three times a year, hard copy or e-mail, giving brief prayer requests from around the world, wherever individuals or ministries are witnessing among Muslims. In addition, there’s a 2,600-volume library and a small bookstore (tracts, books, videos, cds) with helpful information. Contact: <ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca> or go to http://www.ffmna.org </ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca>

  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS NEW ARTICLES — At http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm read how the most historically significant figure of the 20th Century was a not-so-famous linguist and missionary. Read about special operations to employ for spiritual warfare. Find out what Chinese Christians said about SARS, and how Christians are being treated in Iraq.

  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE — If you identify yourself as a kingdom business leader committed and called to serve through the tool of business you are invited to an intensive three day conference following the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)’s Planting the Kingdom through Business seminar. It will be held September 23-26 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You will hear reports from the pioneering locations where new businesses are being planted, gain vision and opportunities to mentor and coach emerging business leaders, multiply God’s investment through developing and providing capital for new Kingdom businesses, meet likeminded people and build relationships with entrepreneurs and business owners from many nations. For more information log on at http://www.CEED-UofN.org or write to infoatceed-uofndotorg

20030427 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
  2. LOTS OF MISSIONARY STUFF ON ONE PAGE
  3. FREE EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP DOWNLOADS
  4. GOT USED CELL PHONES? WANT CASH?
  5. GRAPHIC/CARTOON ART NEEDED
  6. HAITI: MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED
  7. ASSYRIAN PORTRAIT OF JESUS
  8. THE BOOTHS: FOUNDERS OF THE SALVATION ARMY
  9. THANKS FOR JOINING PAYPAL
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 3 July. Read more at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is required before taking this course. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

  2. LOTS OF MISSIONARY STUFF ON ONE PAGE — Check out “The Mission Station” at http://www.missionaries.org . Billed as a “Gateway to Conserative Christian Missions on the Internet”, it’s filled with links, tips, and more. Well done, John!

  3. FREE EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP DOWNLOADS — Global University, the online home of the well-known ICI study materials, has launched a new site to offer evangelism and discipleship resources in a growing number of languages online. Their goal is 100 languages. All these downloadable study materials are free. It is a dynamic database driven site which users can search for individual lessons or entire courses. For instance, a search on ‘marriage’ brings up the course title ‘Marriage and Home’ and also suggests individual lessons from other courses. Many courses can also be accessed in audio, video, or online interactive formats. Print courses are available in Portable Document File (PDF) format and have been formatted to print out on both A4 and North American letter-sized paper. Check it out at http://www.globalreach.org . (Thanks for the tip, Tony!)

  4. GOT USED CELL PHONES? WANT CASH? — Then you’re in luck. An organization called CellFund.com is helping groups turn the 30 million used cell phones in the US into funds for their organizations and projects. The process could work like this. Contact your US supporting churches and ask them to help you by taking up an offering through the collection of used cell phones. The donor gets a $50-$100 tax deduction for the phone. The church ships the phones to CellFund (no charge for shipping) and CellFund sends the church a check for $7 per phone that qualifies. The church then sends that to you as an offering. Over 600 churches and organizations are using CellFund to raise money for their cause. There are no sign up costs, no literature costs, and no shipping charges. CellFund pays them all. All the church would need to do is go to the CellFund website, register, and start collecting phones using all the scripts, posters, etc. that are provided on the website. The website is http://www.CellFund.com . For more information email <infoatcellfunddotcom>. </infoatcellfunddotcom>

  5. GRAPHIC/CARTOON ART NEEDED — Jan <> writes training manuals that help Christian workers in developing nations to minister more effectively in their area of service. Jan would love to have illustrations in her materials to enhance learning, but standard clipart packages don’t fit the bill. If you’re a hand at drawing simple cartoons or illustrations that can add to understanding of written material, and you’d like to be involved in a vital outreach that has a wide potential influence, contact Jan. Or, if you can’t be involved yourself but know somebody who can, Jan would love to hear from you. She says many thanks in advance.

  6. HAITI: MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED — The IMB needs volunteer Christian music teachers to lead a music training conference near Les Cayes, Haiti this summer. The dates (including travel days in and out of Haiti) are Aug 2-12, 2003. Choral directors, teachers of voice, piano, hand bells, guitar, music theory, music history and music composition are needed. The purpose of this camp is to train music leaders and potential music leaders for existing churches, new church starts, and for church planting. A major focus of the camp is on using music for evangelism and church planting. All students participate in composition of Chronological Bible Storying songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles.
  7. Interested? For more information contact: <dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet> or <dianahaitiatyahoodotcom> or contact the International Mission Board/SBC directly at 1-800-888-8657, in reference to Project Number: 64643 (Joyce Glover in the volunteers dept.) Information can be obtained at this website also: http://www.imb.org .</dianahaitiatyahoodotcom></dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet>


  8. ASSYRIAN PORTRAIT OF JESUS — Audio Scriptures International in California recently added the Assyrian language to its list of over sixty languages in which their “Portrait of Jesus” recording is available. ASI recently filled a request for 1,000 cassettes and CDs of this new recording in the Assyrian language. The “Portrait of Jesus” is a beautiful arrangement of selected passages from the gospels. In one hearing the listener is introduced to the essential truths from the life and ministry of Jesus. Testimonials tell of many coming to Christ through listening to this audio portrait in their own language. For more information check out ASI’s web site: http://www.audioscriptures.org. or call ASI at 1-800-318-7262. Ask for Peggy.

  9. THE BOOTHS: FOUNDERS OF THE SALVATION ARMY — “William And Catherine” by Trevor Yaxley uncovers the struggles and persecutions the Booths faced and inspires believers with the legacy one couple forged in fighting for the downtrodden. Ideal for students, Christian educators, and social activists within and outside the church, this highly readable biography will inspire and challenge mission workers of all ages. YWAM’s John Dawson says the book is “Gripping…God used it to rekindle my own devotion to evangelism and discipleship.” For more information and an excerpt, see http://www.bethanyhouse.com . To order: <ordersatbakerbooksdotcom> ; tel. in the USA or via Net2Phone 1- 800-877-2665 or (616) 676-9185; USA Fax: 1-800-398-3111 or (616) 676- 9573 </ordersatbakerbooksdotcom>

  10. THANKS FOR JOINING PAYPAL — Thanks to Charmaine for subscribing to PayPal. (You’ll see a PayPal banner at the top of our home page: http://www.brigada.org.) We hope it’ll make it easier for her to send money across the Internet. And we *know* it’ll take us one *sliver* closer to paying for a Brigada secretary. Thanks!

20030420 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SURVEY RESULTS: LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS
  2. BUSINESS FOR KINGDOM PURPOSES
  3. MINISTER TO HIV/AIDS PATIENTS IN CAMBODIA
  4. HOW DOES INSURANCE HANDLE SARS?
  5. TEACH IN TAIWAN THIS FALL
  6. GET CARTOONS
  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  8. MAPS AND EMBASSIES OF THE WORLD
  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN ROMANIA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SURVEY RESULTS: LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS — If you call internationally you will reportedly have a hard time finding anything cheaper. FROM ANY COUNTRY in the world use the callback services offered by United World Telecom http://www.phone-access.com/uwt/ Check out their new low rates, with no set fees whatsoever. You only pay for the calls you make. There’s online sign-up and billing and toll-free access from 30 countries. Or get your own US CallMe800 number that will be re-directed to you anywhere in the world. Calling from the USA? No problem. They’ve got some of the cheapest international rates. Check ’em out at: http://www.phone-access.com/png. There’s no need to switch your long distance provider and you even get a calling card that can be used from any telephone in the USA. Want more info? Write John <frydatphone-accessdotcom>. He’s already serving countless of missionaries around the world. </frydatphone-accessdotcom>

  2. BUSINESS FOR KINGDOM PURPOSES — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) and Creative Access Associates is bringing together an unusual combination of top entrepreneurs and business trainers for one dynamic three week seminar. Join Peter Tsukahira, Dwight Nordstrom, David Bussau and others experienced and skilled in Kingdom business planning, financing, managing, and training in China, Mongolia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the 10/40 Window. Participants will experience an intense learning environment, exposing them to the rigors and joys of starting and running a business as missions as well as receive hours of personal assistance from expert consultants on their individual call, business plan, and investment proposals. An optional track prepares students in setting up micro- enterprise programs. The seminar will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 8-26, 2003. Just log on at: http://www.CEED-UofN.org for information and applications or write <infoatceed-uofndotorg>. </infoatceed-uofndotorg>

  3. MINISTER TO HIV/AIDS PATIENTS IN CAMBODIA — Here’s a group looking for nurses and doctors to help with AIDS patients in Cambodia. The ministry in Phnom Pehn is an intense medically centered ministry where you will work with HIV/AIDS patients and minister to children orphaned because of this disease on a Buddhist Wat, as well as encourage long- term missionaries. You can begin immediately and work through the summer, but you must have a strong heart for the sick and be very flexible as there will be long hours and rugged conditions. Contact Sara at Mission to Unreached People by calling 1-888-847-6950 in the USA or via Net2phone, or call (206) 781-3151 or check them out at http://www.mup.org or email .

  4. HOW DOES INSURANCE HANDLE SARS? — When asked about SARS, one source (TTc) said the insurers were telling them, ” “SARS is considered a chronic condition (there being no administered treatment to cure …the body must cure itself as it is a virus). However, the TTc programme covers acute exacerbations of the condition, so if a member needs hospitalisation, we would look to cover this eventuality.” I guess the bottom line is: it’s a difficult condition to treat… with no clearcut solutions. Be careful. For more information about TTc and its solutions, log on at: http://www.talent-trust.com

  5. TEACH IN TAIWAN THIS FALL — Here’s a group needing teachers in Taiwan for the September ’03 school year to teach english reading, writing, listening and speaking, and/or ESP in both university and extension programs. You even get some responsibility to participate in curriculum development. As far as qualifications, you need an MA/MS degree, TESL/TEFL preferred, or experience in English Education. They include a salary, as well as benefits like health insurance, paid winter and summer vacation, etc. Contact Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples for more information. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. The Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  6. GET CARTOONS — Get cartoons and pictures for use by non profits as a resource for Bible schools, Sermons, Teaching, Sunday school, Christian education. Overheads and church newsletters or evangelism, there is a feedback page for you to find out how subscribers are using this resource. Or simply receive the pictures for blessing and enjoyment. It is intended one cartoon or picture to be ready each week, subscribers will be notified by email. To sign up or find out more about the pictures please visit the link at http://www.greeting-cards-4u.com/PictureWeekly/index.html . For specific questions email <petermillatpicturemakerdotfreeservedotcodotuk>. </petermillatpicturemakerdotfreeservedotcodotuk>

  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ) at The University of The Nations in Kona, Hawaii, will begin August 18, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go.This is a four week academic cirriculum with a two week practicum following immediatly. The exact schedule is from August 18, 2003 thru September 26, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

  8. MAPS AND EMBASSIES OF THE WORLD — Here’s a searchable database of maps of different countries, and all embassies in all countries. Maps: http://www.embassyworld.com/maps Embassies: http://www.embassyworld.com/ I’m *really* impressed with the maps page. It finds *tons* of links with certain lands. (Thanks loads, Tony!!!)

  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN ROMANIA — Friendship International is looking for English teachers to work at a childrens/youth camp this summer. Romanians love to learn English and this opens a great door to share the gospel! The English Language Institute in Caransebes, Romania expects around 200 students for this years camp, but doesn’t have enough teachers. There is NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, but you must be at least 17 years old. The scheduled camp dates (including travel) are from July 8-28. If you are interested in more information please go to their web site http://www.friendshipintl.org , or contact Missy at 1- 719-386-8808 or <frintataoldotcom>. </frintataoldotcom>

20021229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. A TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  2. HELP WANTED: EDITOR/EVANGELIST FOR ONLINE MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION GEAR STORE DEFUNCT
  4. VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE
  5. AFGHANISTAN PRAYER VIDEO IN TWO VERSIONS WITH PRAYER BLITZ
  6. BE PART OF A SHORT-TERM MEDICAL MISSIONS TEAM
  7. WORLD PRAYER CENTER OFFERS SITE
  8. TESOL TRAINING/PRACTICUM AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP
  9. XBRL INTERNATIONAL’S MISSION
  10. KEEP IN TOUCH FROM ANYWHERE!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. A TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International in California is offering a Free Copy of its revolutionary, new, patented Talking Bible in Spanish or English to the first 100 churches responding to this announcement in Brigada Today. The only condition attached to this offer is that the church must commit to demonstrate the Talking Bible during the worship service on its designated Talking Bible Sunday followed by a special offering to help provide Talking Bibles for those who cannot read. ASI’s free offer is intended to jump start a larger movement dubbed “The Talking Bible Sunday Movement.” ASI believes the time is right to launch a movement similar to the Gideons who give millions of printed Bibles to readers. A similar, parallel movement is needed now to provide Talking Bibles for nonreaders. Churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday” will help ASI’s Talking Bible Project provide Talking Bibles with the translated Scriptures in audio in languages needed for the millions who cannot read. A church requesting a Bible or wanting more information should call ASI at 760- 745-8105.

  2. HELP WANTED: EDITOR/EVANGELIST FOR ONLINE MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS — Interested in winning Muslims to Christ? IsaalMasih.Net is a ministry of the Christian Answers Network, a non-denominational, faith-mission mega-site receiving over 1.3 million hits daily. Many missionaries spend a lifetime waiting for the kind of response that this site gathers on a regular basis! Their multilingual ministry to Muslims was created in early 2002 as a unique approach to sharing the truth about Jesus and the Gospel using terminology and a context that Muslims are most comfortable with–sensitive to their culture. This effective ministry regularly attracts seekers with an interest in Jesus and the Bible. If you’d like more information, please e-mail <mailatisaalmasihdotnet  (mailatisaalmasihdotnet)  >. Or visit http://IsaalMasih.Net to chat live with the current coordinator.

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION GEAR STORE DEFUNCT — Best we can tell, the short-term “mission store” reported on in last week’s Brigada Today is now defunct. The toll-free number no longer functions… and the website is no longer up and running. We apologize for any inconvenience. (We composed last week’s issue while helping with a retreat in the mountains of Tennessee and therefore couldn’t check to make sure all sites were current. Again — our apologies!)

  4. VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE — Adams & Associates International offers several medical plans for volunteers traveling outside their country of citizenship for short and intermediate term mission service. For those on short term projects just ask for Volunteer Travel Insurance, which is designed for those who will not cancel their major medical insurance stateside. For longer periods of travel, when a domestic medical plan would not provide coverage, then ask for PLP Travel Medical Insurance. On-line enrollment is available, but they prefer to counsel each client first to best determine their respective needs. Contact Adams & Associates International at 1-800-922-8438 or by email at <aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  >. They’ve asked that you add “Brigada” to the subject line when sending an email message so they’ll know how you heard about them.

  5. AFGHANISTAN PRAYER VIDEO IN TWO VERSIONS WITH PRAYER BLITZ — This is a professional production, the first in the Carey Taylor Tool Box series emphasizing the importance of prayer for selected people groups. One version includes a creative emphasis on spiritual warfare, the other is more traditional. The one minute prayer blitz, suitable for youth groups, is included on the video and is also available in RealMedia format for free. Available in VHS, PAL, DVD, and VCD. Go to http://www.spearbooks.com to learn more and order online or email <infoatspearbooksdotcom  (infoatspearbooksdotcom)  >.

  6. BE PART OF A SHORT-TERM MEDICAL MISSIONS TEAM — Project Compassion announces its 2003 trip schedule. Project Compassion has provided short-term medical missions trips for over 10 years. By partnering with missionaries, local churches, and health officials, Project Compassion conducts evangelical medical clinics throughout the world. Several churches have been planted as a direct result of these outreaches. Medical skills or not, you can be a part of evangelism with a short- term medical team. Check out http://www.ProjectCompassion.org for trip locations and details. You can also e- mail <infoatProjectCompassiondotorg  (infoatProjectCompassiondotorg)  >.

  7. WORLD PRAYER CENTER OFFERS SITE — According to my good friend Dan, there is now a way to have your most urgent prayer requests remembered by thousands of people around the world at the speed of light. Whenever you have a need, post your request to this service anytime of the day or night, 365 days a year, and it will be prayed for immediately, not hours or days later. According to Dan, a team of concerned Christians all around the world is waiting right now to pray for your needs, or to welcome you to join their team to pray for others. It is all very high- tech, operated in real-time on the Internet. Dan says you’ll have to see it to believe it, so check it out now. Go to: http://www.worldprayerteam.org By the way, the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, operates the site. Dan insists that there is never a fee and that all names are kept confidential.

  8. TESOL TRAINING/PRACTICUM AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP -– Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2002. The cost is only $500 US dollars, this includes board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph  (kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph)  > or telephone her in Quezon City, Philippines 632-658-3807.

  9. XBRL INTERNATIONAL’S MISSION — “Transforming Business Reporting” took on new urgency and importance in 2002. High profile financial abuses in the United States and elsewhere brought unprecedented international focus on accounting practices and the need for greater transparency in financial reporting. The XBRL International consortium represents over 170 organizations around the world committed to transparency and the efficient transfer of information. In that spirit, see the XBRL web site at http://www.xbrl.org . In particular, if you’re into those sort of discussions, see the white papers at: http://www.xbrl.org/resourcecenter/whitepapers.asp?sid=21 (Thanks Ed!)

  10. KEEP IN TOUCH FROM ANYWHERE! — Purchase a refurbished Motorola 9500 Iridium satellite phone for $535. This is the phone that has almost complete global coverage, even the middle of the ocean! This phone is being replaced by the 9505 which is a bit smaller and sells for $1,500. Missionaries or missions-minded churches pay a small monthly charge and pay by the minute for usage. Or, save money by buying a package of minutes and pay no monthly fee. Send out your next overseas team with a sat phone. Only a few left at this price. Contact Chandra Birdwell at 512-260-2899, or <chandradotbirdwellatgitsatdotcom  (chandradotbirdwellatgitsatdotcom)  >. To get that price, tell her that Eddie <usprayercenteratcsdotcom  (usprayercenteratcsdotcom)  > suggested that you call. (Thanks Eddie!)

20020519 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. An upcoming workshop hosted by Campus Crusade For Christ will be held in Orlando, FL, June 5-11. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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

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

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

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

20020505 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS
  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL
  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE
  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST
  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD?
  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE
  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OSCAR LAUNCHES FORUM FOR MISSION MOBILISERS — OSCAR, the UK Information Service for World Mission, this month launches a new online forum specifically for local church mission mobilisers, secretaries and representatives in the UK, aimed at helping these individuals discuss their helps and hindrances and generally have a place where they can share their experience. Overseeing the group, in partnership with OSCAR, is Joy Piper, author of the book “Bringing the World to Your Church”. To access the forum, log on to http://www.oscar.org.uk , click on ‘Forum’ and then ‘Mission Mobilisers’.

  2. YET ANOTHER WAY TO CONNECT WHEN YOUR MODEM WON’T DIAL — In our ongoing saga of fixes for my wayward [Sony] modem that wouldn’t dial out in Ukraine, “Mr. O” in SE Asia suggested this (using Windows ME): Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double- click Dial-Up Networking. Click the icon for the connection you want to change. On the File menu, click Properties. Click Configure. Click the Options tab, and then select the Operator assisted or manual dial check box. Connect to a shared resource that uses this connection, or click the icon for this connection. When prompted, lift the receiver of your phone and dial the number. When you hear the tone from the computer, click Connect, and then hang up the phone. (You’ll have to translate it to your own operating system.) Thanks Mr. O!

  3. FREE BIBLE TRAINING RESOURCES ONLINE — AIBI Resources http://www.aibi.org provides Bible training resources including detailed Bible book outlines, Bible survey manuals, training diagrams and much more. Some of the current material is also available on the website in Spanish. One resource that has been kept somewhat secret is a CD version of the resources. To learn more about the CD version, take a look at: http://www.aibi.org/cdrequest.html . Volunteer translations teams are currently being developed to help make these valuable resources available in other languages as well. For more information on being a part of the translation teams, please see http://www.aibi.org/translation.html .

  4. TEFL COURSE IN THE SOUTHEAST — From July 22nd to August 2nd, Columbia International University will be offering an introductory course on the Techniques of Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Speaking, Listening, and Reading. This three semester hour graduate level course introduces students to communicative language teaching, lesson planning, and practical techniques for the classroom. The course may be taken as part of Columbia’s MA in TEFL or as a stand- alone introduction to English language teaching. For more information, please see Columbia’s Summer Studies website http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies/ , or contact Dr. Kay Herbert at <kherbertatciudotedu>. You can also call: 1-803-754-4100, ext. 3316, or toll-free in the U.S. or via Net2Phone from elsewhere at 1-800-777- 2227. </kherbertatciudotedu>

  5. SCI BUILDS SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. of Louisiana has been bringing new ideas to portable sound systems for several years. The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self-contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. These are systems born out of missions for missions. Also check out the Power T12V which is also the number one system in schools and recreation departments in our home state of Louisiana. Contact them on line at http://www.scipower.net or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  6. IS HUMILITY THE KEY TO THE ARAB WORLD? — Could simple acts of humble repentance open the heart of the Arab world to the gospel? For actual case studies explore the site http://www.reconciliationwalk.org which recounts the 3 year journey of Christians retracing the route of the First Crusade. The Crusades were the last time that the Church of Jesus Christ sent representatives to the Middle East in any large numbers. The atrocities committed in the name of Christ by the Crusaders hardened the hearts of the Arab world to the gospel for over 900 years. See how humility expressed in brokenness is softening hearts to the love of God.

  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How To’s for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 17-22, 2002. Additional information can be found at http://www.med-amb.org/What_We%20_Do_TOT.htm OR <helenatmed-ambdotorg>. </helenatmed-ambdotorg>

  8. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING COURSE — Catch this course for hands- on practitioners reaching UPGs : 13 August to 6 September, 2002 (4 weeks) in Singapore, and the side-by-side Go4th National Missions Conference 7- 10 August, 2002. There’s a special package available for both programs US$1000.00 (airfare, board and lodge not inclusive). Closing date: 31 July,2002.Registration or enquiries to Frank at <scanetatwritemedotcom>. </scanetatwritemedotcom>

  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 19 September. Read more at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is required before taking this course. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

  10. THE BACK PAGE: SO HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE ADAPTING — My 12-year- old and I were talking recently and he came up with these ways that a missionary can know if they’re truly adapting to missionary life: 1. You can’t answer the question, “Where are you from?” 2. You read National Geographic and recognize someone. 3. You have a time zone map next to your telephone. 4. You consider a city 500 km away to be “very close”. 5. You watch nature documentaries, and think about how good that animal would taste if it were fried. 6. You can cut grass with a machete, but can’t start a lawnmower. 7. You speak with authority on the subject of airline travel. 8. You read the international section before the comics. 9. You have friends from or in 29 different countries. 10. You sort your friends by continent. 11. Fitting 15 or more people into a car seems normal to you. 12. You refer to gravel roads as highways. 13. You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price. 14. You don’t think that two hours is a long sermon. 15. You marvel at the cleanliness of gas station bathrooms. 16. You think you’ve died and gone to heaven when you go into a foreign grocery store. 17. You think a “foreign school” conducts classes in English.

20020317 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SUMMER INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES
  2. GET TESOL IN PA
  3. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
  4. CHECK OUT THESE SITES FOR HELP ON CHURCH-PLANTING
  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  6. SERVE IN TURKEY/ISTANBUL THIS SUMMER
  7. NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO?
  8. NEW UNLIMITED WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE
  9. COACH AND PLAY BASKETBALL IN CHINA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SUMMER INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES — Want to attend the Summer Institute with the most storied profs. in Islam? Gotta’ write <76361dot3344atcompuservedotcom>. July 8th – Aug. 9th, week by week, it’s the best there is for training in reaching out to Muslims.

  2. GET TESOL IN PA — YWAM, Lebanon (PA) is offering another four-week TESOL course June 17 to July 12. An optional two week outreach to Ukraine is available at additional cost. For information, e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  3. INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS — CIT is offering a course on health, wellness, and prevention of disease. Attendees will gain an understanding of typical diseases encountered on an international level as well as their appropriate treatments. Teaching methods include lecture, slides, demonstrations, hands-on individualized practice sessions, and case studies. A primary focus will be given throughout the program on how to appropriately communicate the knowledge and skills cross-culturally in o

  4. CHECK OUT THESE SITES FOR HELP ON CHURCH-PLANTING — Are you trying to launch a church-planting movement? Thanks to Jerry for keeping his word. We now have these new resources: The Bible league: www.BibleLeague.org YWAM Church Planting Coaches: http://cpcoaches.pngusa.net/ Train and Multiply: http://www.trainandmultiply.com email: pwrattelusdotnet “Church Growth” at Southern Nazarene University: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert.fs/chgrowth.htm ” Christian Associates: www.christianassociates.org World Team: http://www.churchplanting.net. The Alliance for Saturation Church Planting offering the Omega Course at http://www.alliancescp.org/html/omegacourse.html “Church Planting Movements,” (available on-line, produced by the International Mission Board), www.imb.org/GlobalVision/NewDirections Prepare: http://www.prepareint.org or write <prepareintathotmaildotcom> Church Planting Resources: http://www.missionresources.com/churchplanting.html http://genesis.acu.edu/cplant/resources.html http://www.fcpt.org http://www.nextchurch.org http://members.optushome.com.au/churchplanting www.plantingministries.org UIM International: www.uim.org Antioch Network: www.antiochnetwork.org Global Missions Fellowship: www.gmf.org (Thanks Jerry!) </prepareintathotmaildotcom>

  5. 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.

    Two of the upcoming workshops are: Idyllwild, CA, April 21-26, 2002 and Colorado Springs, Co September 22-27, 2002. Contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet> for information.

    Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>


  6. SERVE IN TURKEY/ISTANBUL THIS SUMMER — Are you wondering whether or not God might be leading you into cross-cultural work? Would you like an experience to really see how you would do immersed in an unreached Muslim people group? Mission to Unreached Peoples summer has 3-week and 6-week opportunities in Istanbul and Turkey designed especially for you to explore the possibilities and see what God is already doing, and how you might plug into His work. Dates: June 27-July 17. ($2500) East Coast De

  7. NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO? — Anyone ever done New Tribes Mission’s “Firm Foundations” via radio? If so, Mark <marktayloratxcdotorg> would love to know. His goal is to end up to end up with 50 English scripts and 50 scripts in specialized English. He’ll share in a future Brigada regarding any scripts that he develops. </marktayloratxcdotorg>

  8. NEW UNLIMITED WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE — With EDUTalk Voice Communicator you can TALK to anyone in the WORLD without any time LIMITS! EduTalk offers High Quality Unlimited Worldwide Voice communications, Group Conferencing with up to 50 participants, Private “One on One” conversations, & Private or Group Text Messaging. It has “Push Technology” for Sharing Educational & Web Materials, Presentations, Photos, etc. It’s a wonderful cost effective alternative to traditional long distance to communic

  9. COACH AND PLAY BASKETBALL IN CHINA — Get involved in an outreach to unreached minority people in rural villages. Bring your hops and heart and minister to people at a Basketball Camp this summer. This camp starts on July 15th and runs for two weeks. It’s not too late to apply! Cost is about $2600 based on length of stay. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples, 1-888-847-6950 or log on at http://www.mup.org/SummerOpp.htm .
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