photos

6) Where Online Does One Find Images of Arabic Faces?

One of our Brigada participants wrote this past week to tell us he is creating a photo collage of Arabic faces to be used at his church’s outreach display. He wrote, “Pictures that I have found online at the usual places like iStock are just OK. Any suggestions for other places to look?” How would you answer? (Just click “Comment” following the web version of this item.)

3) Mission Trip Photos

missiontripphotosTime to look through those photos of all the wonderful people that you got to meet and serve this summer on your short-term mission trip and select the best one to enter in the “Captured In HIS Image” photo contest. Go to

http://www.MyMissionTrip.com

 

for details and to submit photos. This is a contest sponsored by the people that run

http://www.MissionTripInsurance.com

and it is one way they give back to those who have been serving on short-term mission trips. The first place winner will receive $750 to go towards another mission trip! There are also mission trip scholarship prizes for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers. Photo submissions start on Sept. 16th and run through the 30th with voting taking place Oct 1st – 15th and the winners announced on Oct 16th. Submit photos online at

http://www.MyMissionTrip.com

If you have questions call 1-800-576-2674 (719-428-4503) or email
marksneedatmissiontripinsurancedotcom

7) Need Quality Video & Photographs?

… of minority people groups and general lifestyle in SE Asia? Check out the growing portfolio of media resources for SE Asian based missions at

http://www.istockphoto.com/oneclearvision

This material is available at very reasonable royalty free rates. Purchasing it will not only enhance your next video, power point or brochure, but it will also help fund the work of Acts Multimedia in providing affordable custom services for missions. For more info send them an email

19) Find a Camera/Kit

Find a camera you can carry, then *use* it. Making the choice — now that’s the tricky part. For example, I was hauled into the back of a swat truck once in Uruguay because, unbeknownst to me, policemen were making a drug bust in the market I was photographing. I think they concluded I was working for some magazine or something because the camera I was using had one of those long telephoto lenses on the front. It was too high profile. My suggestion is – carry a camera that’s comfortable and practical for you, but beware of equipment that raises your profile unnecessarily. Right now, I’m using a Canon PowerShot G7. It’s one of those unique cameras that has essentially all the settings of a single-lense reflex, without the look of one; in fact, it carries reasonably well in my jacket or vest pocket, completely out of sight. But it’s probably too much camera if you’re not the type to study the owner’s manual. Again, the secret is to find something that works well. Read reviews online. When you notice that a friend or co-worker is producing great results, ask her what she uses, then see if that would work for you. And once you find something you like, stick with it — and *use* it. That means you’ll probably a little tripod to stick in your backpack or vest pocket. It’s the only way you’ll get shots with *you* in them (using the self-timer). My carry tripod is so light, I barely know it’s in one of my right vest pockets. It’s probably just 6″ long, but it’s generally all I need to capture a shot of a luncheon meeting or a time-exposure of a church building at night. I sacrifice a bit by carrying a rather powerful external flash. Those built-in on-board flashes are great if you’re only taking snapshots up to 11′ away. To capture all those new believers at 10pm, you’ll need something stronger. Get a flash attachment with a head that you can pivot upwards to “bounce” the flash off the ceiling so it illuminates the entire room. That’s the way to get a really pleasing picture at night without all the glare in your subject’s eyes.

5) Try Irfanview: A New Way To Convert Email Addresses To The Web

Perhaps you’ve noticed the new way we’re converting email addresses for use in Brigada’s website. We first tried an online conversion program, but because several users feared that it was somehow going to keep track of the email addresses (and spam them), we switched to a new approach where we use a piece of software running locally. That software, a free program, is something you can download and use as well. It serves as a graphical viewer — and a great one at that. The name of the program is Irfanview. Find it at:

http://www.irfanview.com/

Note that its publishers claim that IrFanView is one of the most popular file viewers in the world. Imagine that … and it’s free (for non-profit use). Anyway, for our own use here, at the advice of a reader, we just copy the email address to the clipboard, paste it into IrfanView, then immediately post the resulting graphic to the respective web page by using any FTP software. (If you don’t know what that is, maybe better get some help first.) By changing email addresses to a *picture*, instead of text, we’re leaving spammers out to lunch, yet you can still copy down the address for your resulting email.

Looking For A Way To Tag Your Photos?

This is an ongoing challenge… how to deal with all these digital media we make today. Working with pictures can be so time-consuming — tagging, captioning, cleaning up the image, posting on a website, sharing the site with others, Yikes…. What are we thinking? :-) Sounds like we need some really good tools. Try…

http://www.itagsoftware.com/

It just might be one of the best photo-tagging programs on the net, especially when we consider that it’s a) free, b) fast and easy, and c) totally compatible with other software (that costs hundreds of dollars more). Beyond that, it’s *effective*, too. (I’m still using Photo-Mechanic.. but it’s not free. Find it at…

http://www.camerabits.com/

It’s a bit faster, perhaps, especially once you get the work flow down pat. Perhaps you have another option? Just click on “Comments” below and add your suggestion.

20070218 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SHARPCAST
  2. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ADOBE LIGHTROOM
  3. INSIGHT INTO ISLAM IN THE NORTH AFRICAN SETTING
  4. GET BY “ON THE CHEAP” WITH TRUECRYPT
  5. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  6. SEARCHING FOR EFL MATERIALS FOR AFRICAN CONTEXT
  7. CLARIFICATION ON SECURITY OF SKYPE-OUT CALLS
  8. THE CALL FOR TWO BIBLE SUNDAYS ANNUALLY
  9. EXAMPLES OF INNOVATION IN MISSION
  10. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  11. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR THE ROAD
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SHARPCAST — In a word, *lots*. Find Sharpcast at…

    http://www.sharpcast.com

    It’s probably best described as an all-encompassing (though somewhat “lightweight”) digital photo archival, sharing, and even editing solution. The first step is to download and install the application on your own PC. (There’s no spyware or adware associated with Sharpcast.) Use this free application to import and clean up photos you’ve captured or scanned. Of course, you might still need more traditional editing software like Photoshop if you plan to do any “heavy lifting.” But if you’re just straightening, lightening, or resizing, Sharpcast can do it all. (Use the “Export” feature to resize.) But the really cool part begins when you realize that the Sharpcast people are *cloning* your photos over to a web-based application as well. There are no limits on space, no limits on resolution, and no limits on time. That’s right — Sharpcast is making a commitment that they’ll stay in business for you there, for free, forever. So how do they intend to make money? By upselling you on additional goods and services, like making prints and enlargements of your photos.

    There are other services that let you store photos online. But I think you’ll appreciate the ease with which you can sweep your media into your desktop-installed application, knowing that it’s working in the background to backup everything on your own Sharpcast website. What’s more, you get to decide on an album-by-album basis how broadly you’ll share the material. So you could make non-sensitive photos totally public then use the site as the web-server for all of your digital media. At the push of a button (“Download your photo”), Sharpcast will give you web addresses on a photo-by-photo basis. These URLs are direct and ad-free. In this way, you can make even available photos at different resolution levels for your readers, supporters, and partners. Create a gallery of “web-res” versions for use with email and the web; Create another gallery of “laser-print-res” versions in case your supporters or friends want to print copies on their home printers; and create a final “high-res” version in case family members back home want to print enlargements on photo paper. The good thing is — they’re all free. If you’re working in a sensitive environment, just set up your sharing database so you open up the album only to particular users, restricted by password. The photos aren’t “encrypted”, but nor will they be searched by indexing “spiders”. So they won’t be seen through Google images.

    All in all, Sharpcast is a great service, especially for the price — absolutely free. Just remember you heard about it on Brigada. :-)


  2. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ADOBE LIGHTROOM –- Only that it just might be the best lightweight, easiest-to-use Windows-compatible photo-editing program around. If your digital camera happens to be like mine (incapable of producing “RAW” format photos), Lightroom is truly a lifesaver. From now on, artists the world over can feel comfortable with a JPG-only digital cameras. What’s more, Lightroom will help you organize, catalogue and tag your digital photos, too. One has to wonder if this program won’t replace Photoshop Elements as one of the best lightweight digital photo-editing packages around. For more information, visit:

    http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshoplightroom/


  3. INSIGHT INTO ISLAM IN THE NORTH AFRICAN SETTING — What a difference Jesus will make! Um Daoud, with her years of living and working among Muslims, has once again given us a realistic picture of life for Muslim women. This time, in “Things I Never Told My Mother,” she illustrates the life of thousands who live in more secular Muslim countries and the struggle they face between Western influences on their societies and what little they know of Islam. Things I Never Told My Mother can be found through online book distributors. (Xulon Press, Jan 2007. ISBN: 1602660107. Paperback, 332 pages). For comments or questions you can contact Um Daoud at UmDaoud2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. GET BY “ON THE CHEAP” WITH TRUECRYPT — Looking for an economic solution to the whole portable encryption question? Look no further. Get TrueCrypt on a 1GB flashdrive from

    http://www.meritline.com

    for $12 including shipping. Almost “cheap as free,” this comprehensive solution will help you cover email for the time being too.

    http://meritline.com/1gb-pqi-mr-flash-u172-usb-2-silver.html

    (Thanks Raul!)


  5. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING — The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two-day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Their goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Check out their website for more details at http://www.thebodybuilders.net or email

    info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates:

    Colorado Springs, CO – March 26-27th Jacksonville, FL – April 27-27th Bellflower, CA – June 4-5th Register online today.


  6. SEARCHING FOR EFL MATERIALS FOR AFRICAN CONTEXT — A team of teachers doing evangelistic EFL classes is looking for curriculum that is culturally appropriate for Africa (not ones which use the Bible to teach English). Is there anything out there? Please send your responses to

    dclouser(at)gmail.com

    We’ll ask Deb’ to send us a summary job later.


  7. CLARIFICATION ON SECURITY OF SKYPE-OUT CALLS — Earlier, we mentioned that we had understood that “Skype-out” calls were not secure. This was due, in part, to the fact that we noted that the “padlock” icon was not visible on these types of calls. But thanks to a point-in-the-right- direction from our good friend, Justin, we’ve now learned that even Skype-out calls are secure until the point at which they tie into the PSTN (regular telephone or mobile phone) number/phone number. This clarification came directly from the FAQ materials at the Skype website. So to clarify, Skype-out calls *are* encrypted until they are transformed into normal telephone copper.

  8. THE CALL FOR TWO BIBLE SUNDAYS ANNUALLY — Annual Talking Bible Sundays are now possible in thousands of churches so that God’s people can become aware and involved. A Talking Bible Sunday helps God’s people become aware that millions of Christians living in oral cultures do not read. They come to recognize that Talking Bibles in the hearer’s own language are the exciting new possibility in this digital, microchip era. Hence the call from Talking Bibles International for churches to observe two Bible Sundays annually – the well known Gideon Bible Sunday and the newer Talking Bible Sunday. For more information visit

    http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact

    info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org


  9. EXAMPLES OF INNOVATION IN MISSION — Are you looking for inspiration in your ministry? Jim Reapsome (retired editor of EMQ) and Jon Hirst (Director of Communications at HCJB Global) have just launched a book that showcases the innovations of thirteen mission practitioners. Whether you want to learn about how TEAM launched e-learning, how Olive Technologies integrates business as mission, and how Link Care and YWAM are re-imagining member care in the developing world, these quick case studies provide a great workshop to help you innovate within your ministry context. Read more about the book at

    http://www.authenticbooks.com/search/isbn/1932805761

    and

    http://www.innovationinmission.com


  10. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Thanks to recent Brigada donors which included $21.20 from Blessed Hope, a Christian owned US long distance service with cheap rates for people living in the USA. Get 4.9 cents per minute interstate rates with no monthly or hidden fees. If you are paying higher rates, then visit this site.

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    and $25 from Magazine Training Int’l, equipping Christian magazine publishers for effective ministry in East-Central Europe, Asia and around the world. Learn more about their work at:

    http://www.magazinetraining.com

    Can you join them in spurring Brigada on to good works? Just visit:

    http://www.brigada.org

    and 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.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR THE ROAD — In the past couple of editions of Brigada Today, we’ve listed some tools to help you leverage your travel for greater effectiveness (or at least more fun). So far, we’ve listed…
    *** #1: “Determine to beat jet lag”
    *** #2: “Sleep East, Party West”
    *** #3: “Gear up to sleep” (Eye screen, Ear plugs, Travel pillow, an extra blanket, empty seats, bad movies eastbound, floss & brush, and even your favorite house slippers)

    Today we cover Tool #4: Herding *kids* while traveling. Truly, this is a heartbeat item, as is evidenced by the email I recently received from a faithful Brigada participant from Taiwan, who wrote, ” In my experience… when a small child has jet lag… EVERYONE has jet lag… no matter how much I *believe* that my kids aren’t awake at 3AM and want to go to the park and play… it doesn’t seem to make them sleepy at all.” LOL Well said, Scott. So how can we help kids make the most of their time in the air and/or on the road with us? Well books could be written, for sure, but we’ll just list 5 principles to get the juices stirring…

    ****** a) Keep ’em busy — As anyone who travels can tell you, you have to plan ahead so you’ll have appropriate activities, interesting games, familiar (but replaceable) toys and, best of all, cool snacks. Use your imagination. Think like a kid. Ask for their input before you ever leave to go there.

    ****** b) [For infants and toddlers], Take along a stroller — Even though it will seem like a hassle, a stroller will help you in several key ways. First, it’s “home base” for all your stuff. Second, it’s a home base for the *munchkin*. Third, it’s a protected “security zone”. And finally, it’s a roving sleeper-car. You probably get the point on all those.

    ****** c) [For infants], Get them an airline bed — Again, this takes advanced planning. Some airlines still let you use the portable beds that fasten to the wall of the bulkhead. Several others have apparently ceased that practice. But in its place, they’ve come up with other strategies. Call around. Find a kid-friendly airline that flies where you fly. If worse comes to worse, pay the 10% extra ticket price to book a *seat* for your infant, and just drag along a cheap car seat that you pick up at a yard sale. See “b” above.

    ****** d) Recruit a partner to help you care for the kids — On a recent trip to the Balkans, while accompanying a young couple headed to one of Team Expansion’s mission fields, I took a turn caring for their 8-month- old baby so they could get at least *some* sleep through the night. I walked laps around the plane. I rocked her, bounced her, and otherwise entertained her for at least a *while* so the family could snooze. Find someone who will go along and do the same for you — and more.

    ****** e) Finally, remember the power of some potent cough medicine. [grin] If your child has a cold or congestion, it’s especially important… and that cough medicine just might be the ticket to put them to sleep for hours. I’m not saying drug ’em and forget about ’em. But at the same time, if the medicine is appropriate, and if it happens to make them drowsy, *use* it. [grin]

    Next edition, more cool travel tools for the road, including the story of “the rat I recently killed” while traveling.

20070114 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AUDIO SCRIPTURES LINKED TO LISTENING PROGRAMS
  2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  3. MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS
  4. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE
  5. GET YOUR FREE IMAGE
  6. CREATE YOUR NEWSLETTERS FOR FREE
  7. “TAKE MY LIFE” (MISSIONS CONFERENCE)
  8. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA…
  9. MOMENTUM FEATURES WEST AFRICA
  10. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  11. FLORIDA WELCOMES YOU FOR TENTMAKER TRAINING!
  12. WE’RE SO THANKFUL…
  13. WOULD YOU PROVIDE FUEL FOR THE FIRE HERE?
  14. THE BACK PAGE: FINDING YOUR “M&Ms”
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AUDIO SCRIPTURES LINKED TO LISTENING PROGRAMS –- Talking Bibles International is committed to record any translated New Testament intended to facilitate daily Bible listening programs. Daily Bible listening in homes and villages with which a local evangelist or pastor interacts helps believers grow strong in their faith and attracts new people who want to hear. The new digital Talking Bible listening device with an audio recording of a translated New Testament inside, now makes an adopt-a-village type daily Bible listening doable anywhere in the world. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org

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


  2. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this study guide on topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. One missionary writes, “I have been able to relate to it more than any ‘stateside’ Bible study.” For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MORE MISSIONS DRAMAS — 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_WSWatwycliffedotorg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. (Note: This is a correction from the originally cited email address that went out in the Brigada email.)


  5. FUND RAISING CONFERENCE — Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by February 9th and save $50. The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference March 9-10. 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. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. It applies to 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 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 .]


  6. GET YOUR FREE IMAGE — Have you visited the folks at GoodSalt to pick up your new free image for this month? :-)

    http://www.goodsalt.com/freeimages.php

    I grabbed that one and promptly turned it into a powerpoint I had to churn out the same day. Pretty practical. They give away one per month, obviously with hopes you’ll eventually decide to buy one or two. Check it out.


  7. CREATE YOUR NEWSLETTERS FOR FREE — Our Creative Arts guy (Nick) is trying out this site during its beta, just for fun. Keep an eye on it. It just might go places to help you “Create Newsletters, Print to PDF, Print to a Printer, or Email them for free with Drag and Drop.”

    http://letterpop.com/


  8. “TAKE MY LIFE” (MISSIONS CONFERENCE) — This is a two-day conference that challenges college students and twentysomethings to let their lives be used for their King’s glory among the nations. Pete Grieg, author of Red Moon Rising and founder of the 24-7 Prayer Movement, is the main speaker. 30 workshops are being offered to equip participants for ministry. The event starts 7:30pm, Friday, February 2nd, at Southwestern College, in Phoenix, AZ. Student groups are now organizing overnight prayer. Main sessions resume at 9:30am, Saturday, Feb. 3. Register at

    http://takemylife.org

    for $20/person or email jeremy(at)takemylife(dot)org with further questions. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS TO BRIGADA… — Please remember to…
    *** Turn off “fancy characters” in Word (Tools|Autocorrect in the “Autoformat” tab). Some of our audience still reads in simple text.
    *** Keep your item to 8-10 lines in length. (That way, *you* decide what’s important)
    *** Please avoid “classified ad language”. Make it like a real conversation instead of like you’re selling a used car.
    *** Remember we have an int’l audience. Communicate to the *world*, not just to your own homeland.
    *** Give a web URL and an email address for follow-up.
    *** Write in 3rd person. Say “They” instead of “We”. Learn even more at:

    http://www.brigada.org/submissions.html


  10. MOMENTUM FEATURES WEST AFRICA — Justin Long’s magazine, “Momentum”, has just posted for January/February. Catch it at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org

    Included are articles involving mobile member care, coaching workers, Africans on mission, as well as updates on all the normal stuff and more. (Great job, Justin.)


  11. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING — The BodyBuilders “Personal Support Raising Boot Camp” is a two-day intense training for first-time support raisers and under-funded veterans. Their goal: Getting you to 100% in 100 days! Check out their website for more details at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net or email

    info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates include Fayetteville, AR – Feb 1-2nd, Colorado Springs, CO – March 26-27th, Jacksonville, FL – April 26-27th, Bellflower, CA – June 4-5th. Register online today.


  12. FLORIDA WELCOMES YOU FOR TENTMAKER TRAINING! — GLOBAL Opportunities is running its first annual tentmaking course in Fort Myers FLA and you need to register soon to reserve your spot. If you are considering going overseas with your profession or running a Kingdom business, you need to take this training. It is fairly simple to find a job or to start a business but you will need specific ministry skills for the hard places. Check out their course outline at their website and you will see that it has been designed with purpose and from the experience of hundreds who have gone out there and increasingly left behind house churches. If the Florida course dates do not fit, there are many others coming up.

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email Ari at 321(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. WE’RE SO THANKFUL… — Thanks to the anonymous donors who gave $25, $10, $10, and $100 to spur on Brigada to good works. Gulp. What an awesome and sobering responsibility it is to be in this work. Thanks once again.

  14. WOULD YOU PROVIDE FUEL FOR THE FIRE HERE? — 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.

  15. THE BACK PAGE: FINDING YOUR “M&Ms” — For me it’s
    *** Shooting (just qualified for “Distinguished Expert” in handgun)
    *** Stargazing (I love my 8″ SCT)
    *** Soccer (I coach a local high school varsity team)
    *** Playing for the worship band at my local church (keyboard, piano, and today, bass guitar) and finally..
    *** “M&Ms” (I have dispensers on my desk at the office, at home, & in my truck). Whenever I feel myself needing a lift — Oxygen pills, as I used to call them with my kids — I’ll take 2 M&Ms and forge on.

    How ’bout you? What’s your M&M — by that I mean some kind of diversion that can lift your spirits, provide a release from work-aholism, and add some spice to your life. It might be your family, going out to eat, hiking, running, bike riding, puzzles, video games, even Risk! :-) Whatever it is, enjoy it in moderation and my hunch is you’ll be a happier camper. What’s more, you’ll probably work harder I the remaining hours too.

    So reach for the M&Ms this week… and have some fun. Make it a great week!

    Doug

20061224 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

    http://www.gninsurance.com

    or contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call toll-free in USA 866/636-9100 or (480)813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Note that these guys have been a great friend of Brigada.)


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

    “Hi Doug,

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

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

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

    Warmly in Christ, Dan Scribner

    [glow]

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

    By the way, find the JP site at:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/

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

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


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

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

    and $20 from an anonymous representative from Kingdom Come Training

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    Can you or someone you know jump in on these last gifts? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax- deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.


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

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

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


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

    http://www.morningview.org

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

    http://www.globalopps.org

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


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

    http://EncounteringIslam.org .

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


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

    http://www.tinyurl.com/ueg8c

    for more information or contact john.quam(at)msn(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. FREE BIBLE STUDY HELPS ON THE WEB — We mentioned previously that there were all kinds of new Bible study resources on the web. Dave reminded us not to overlook this one…

    http://www.studylight.org/

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


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

    http://www.careofcreation.org/


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

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

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

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

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

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

    http://www.youtube.com/SIMinternational


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

    How to access it? Visit

    http://www.christianimagelibrary.com

    (Thanks Bob!)


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

    http://babelfish.altavista.com/

    (Thanks Greg!)


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

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


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

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

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


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

    http:// www.SongsfromtheWord.com

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


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

    http://www.accountable2you.com


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

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

    http://www.messiahstory.org .

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

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


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

    MeetMeInBeijing(at)yahoo(dot)com

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


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

    or browse to

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

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


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

    http://www.elijahcompany.org

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    Doug

20051030 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS?
3. MISSION NETWORK NEWS
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES?
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER — Are you interested in Cross Cultural Missions Training? Wilcannia River of Life is hosting an Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar/Convention in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia from November 22nd-27th inclusive. Training in all aspects of ministry, especially amongst the Australian Aboriginies. For further information, log on to: http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact Pastor Scott Lamshed wilcanniariveroflife(at)bigpond(dot)com
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS? — No worries. It’s easy to fix. Just take note of which one arrives first. (The originating address will either be YahooGroups or Googlegroups.) Unsubscribe from the *slower* service by using the unsubscribe information in the “Closing stuff” below. You shouldn’t have to see 2 of those come in each month. These dual Brigadas resulted from our switch over to GoogleGroups, which helped dozens, if not *hundreds* of Brigada subscribers start seeing Brigada again. (For some reason, it seems that YahooGroups sometimes *loses* or stops sending to certain addresses.) The loose end is — pick the service you want to lose [the 2nd email you receive?], then follow the instructions in the “closing stuff” below to unsubscribe. Thanks!
3. MISSIONS NETWORK NEWS — Mission Network News is now available in four languages. MNN is a mission news service. Their goal is to share headline news with a twist. They always answer the question, “How is God using this to draw people to Himself?” MNN wants to get people out of the pew and involved in Great Commission outreach. While MNN is on the air on more than 900 radio stations in 31 countries in English, Romanian and Russian, they also have a website where the radio broadcast scripts are translated into Romanian, Russian and now Spanish. These translations will allow even more Christians to be encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and more involved in outreach. It helps Christians stay plugged in to missions so they can pray more effectively, give to key ministries and go on mission trips either short term or full time. If you’d like to see a sample of MNN’s translations go to http://www.MNNonline.org/translations
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER –Every culture has its philosophers and thinkers. On a research trip to the Mbalantu people (Of Northern Namibia In Africa), two believers encountered a man named P. He would not listen to the Gospel. He bombarded them with questions and opposition to their presence. Pray that the Lord would open P.’s eyes to the truth and save him. His influence could be used to bring many Mbalantu to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is now online. Some items: How much private benefit can you have before your organization is no longer exempt? Non-clergy employees of religious organizations can sue for civil rights violations. Religious school can fire a teacher for advocating abortion. Supreme Court ruling might lead to more eminent domain land grabs of tax-exempt organizations. Volunteer Protection Acts are not a complete shield from liability. INS improperly denied a religious organization’s application for a religious worker visa. Some ministry expenses must be allocated to non-taxable housing allowance so are not 100% deductible. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at: http://www.cosimtnet.org. Or write to werner(at)mission1(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. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES? — I’m still partial to Snapfish: http://www.snapfish.com It’s easy, it’s free, and USA viewers can order copies of the pictures with all the ease in the world — at the low-low price of $12 cents each when you have them shipped from the site. There are no editing controls, but you could edit before you upload. What’s more, if you live in the U.S., you can do a one-hour service with your neighborhood Walgreens and pick them up locally. There are plenty of other services out there (most of them charge a small fee), but to me, none surpass the smooth ease of use that Snapfish provides. Since it was recently acquired by Hewlett-Packard, it seems destined to continue its legacy and move forward into the future with promise. And if you don’t live in the USA, you can still enjoy a great picture-posting site.
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous new partner who send the gift of $30 to help us stay at this. This donor gave similarly last year. We appreciate those who undergird our expenses and thus propel Brigada forward into the future. Want to be a part of those who invest in the future? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs” — Lately I’ve been enjoying the movie, _Sahara_. The plot’s interesting (though far out), the characters make it a fun ride, and the comedy/timing is, at times, hilarious. But maybe what attracted me most to the movie is the great relationship between the star and his right-hand man (Dirk and Al). For some reason, it feels like the “Lone Ranger & Tonto” duos have become all too few and far between these days. Dirk & Al recover it. How ’bout you? Got a chance to create that “Bonny & Clyde” partnership with someone? If so, don’t pass it up. Work on it today… and enjoy the camaraderie. Want to see a fun example? Rent “Sahara” and use it as a key part of your next team meeting or luncheon. Note the way the actors have different gifts, different styles of thinking. Remember the place where Al says “I just wondered when we’re going to modify our decision- making paradigm”? I laugh and laugh . . . because that *soooo* typifies the struggle with some people (maybe a visionary leader like Dirk) when they try to march forward in spite of the fact that the team doesn’t have all the information, is short on resources, and is, in fact, kind of clueless as to how to really accomplish the mission. When the team member (“Al”) questions the direction, Dirk responds, “Seems like it’s working pretty well for us so far.” Love it.

20051002 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT?
7. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Add one to your Christmas care package. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)Com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts on the 2nd of March, 2006. Read more at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm . 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 survival skills, 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 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 .]
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED — COMIBAM (the Missions Cooperation of Ibero-America) and the Joshua Project are collaborating on a massive effort to compile 3,000 unreached people profiles in Spanish. They need your help with photos! You may submit your people group photos by visiting: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php Use the drop-down lists to choose a country and then a people group in that country. Select the ‘Submit People Photo’ link which will walk you through the process of sending a photo. All photos submitted will be available to the Spanish project as well as the entire missions community. E-mail them at: photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS — If you are a Christian magazine or book publisher, you may be eligible to receive a FREE copy of COMIX35’s 2005 International Christian Comics Competition book. The book has been created as a “portfolio” of short comics for publishers worldwide and to showcase the contributing Christian comics artists as a resource. It is 148 pages and features 40+ short comics stories (1 to 4 pages) from 20 countries, with two 16-page color sections. Please mail your business card, a piece of promotional literature describing your publishing ministry, and a letter requesting your free copy to qualify. Others may order the books for US$ 25.00 each in the US, shipping & handling included, or US$ 30.00 when ordering from outside the US. Payment can be made by check or money order in US dollars. Please mark the outside of your envelope “Attn: 2005 Christian Comics Competition” and send to Randals Company LLC, 1021 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA. (Currently we can only process free book requests and orders by postal mail.) Funds raised through books sales will be used for future ministry Competitions. To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP — SHARE Education Services http://www.shareeducation.com is providing a two day Literature and Writing workshop in Odessa: Nov 10-11 and Kiev: Nov 15-16. The first day will be a workshop for parents on teaching literature and composition to students in 6th-12th grade. This workshop will be especially helpful to parents who have their children in national schools and parents who are, or will be homeschooling their children (including video and on-line schooling). Day 2 will be a workshop for students (6th-12th grades) instructing them in various writing activities. In addition to the two day workshop SHARE will also be providing the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to students in grades 3-8. If you would like more information or you would like to register for this workshop, contact Sue Giblin sgiblin(at)share-ed-services(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT? — The Finishers Project (Finishers.org), focused on Baby Boomers, now sees 1 to 3 new fulltime missionaries commit to serve with various North American mission agencies every week. Yet 40% of the Finishers missionwork seekers are below the age of 40! So Nelson, Nick, Bill and Amy are brewing a monstrous, neutral mobilization tracking and matching system called “MissionNext” for post-college – mid-career adults in the US and Canada. (Got advice? Ideas? Facilitators to second? Huge numbers of inquirers to track?) To speed the launch of this system, let them know if YOU know of a dormant U.S. 501(c)3 with some sort of Great Commission slant? Email NickNoll(at)n2c3(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. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI — Have you considered training for missionary service on an actual mission field? Studying, living, experiencing and ministering in a cross cultural situation is an excellent way to prepare for a life of missionary service. SPMTC is inviting a LIMITED number of international students to come and study in Fiji in 2006. You can find out more about SPMTC at: http://www.tiptopwebsite.com/spmtc Or contact Frank Grimsey, acting Dean of Students SPMTC, frgfiji(at)connect(dot)com(dot)fj [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — The Asian Christian worker was very excited as he began telling people about Jesus in the small community of Matjikloof in the Northern Cape. But, the Afrikaans-speaking people had difficulty understanding his language. He prayed, “God, what do I do?” Almost immediately, he began urging them, “Hello! Come and see!” They understood this and followed him to where another Christian worker was presenting the Gospel using a sketch board. Many people accepted Christ as their Saviour that day! Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer or for more information contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US — Though we’re always glad to run items for any ministry or individual, we definitely appreciate those who partner with us to sponsor and undergird the work of Brigada for now and in the future. Thanks to the anonymous friend who sent $50 this past week. If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “sponsor” (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. Thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET — We received a surprising number of positive responses to “The Back Page” editorial last edition (“Learning to love our planet”). In fact, no one wrote with a negative response. Perhaps there is near universal agreement that we ought to take better care of the environment God gave us. Where can you go to get ideas on how to do that? You can go to the “big sites” like http://www.epa.gov/ to get the big picture… or start with the small things like… http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2tips.html You can, like I did, fall more in love with the environment by caring more about trees and the outdoors… http://arborday.org/ and at similar sites. Either way, the trick is to start doing something. If everybody pitched in just a little bit, we would see a positive difference almost immediately. Read more about our planet at sites like

http://nationalgeographic.com

http://discoverychannel.com

http://www.doi.gov/greening/sustain/

and more…

Little by little, start making a difference in the world’s future. OK… that’s all I have to say about that. :-) Doug

20050710 Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY?
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS?
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN?
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE — The advent of the Talking Bible dramatically increases the value of the work done by the Bible translators. By spending just one percent more than what it cost to translate a New Testament in the first place, one can now make that dedicated, sacrificial, costly translation effort available in audio as a Talking Bible for the larger numbers of people who cannot read. It is a possibility we could not have dreamed of less than five years ago. For more information visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY? — Take PC Magazine’s word for it. Their latest editor’s choice is Spyware Doctor 3.2, available for $29.95 at http://www.pctools.com In their benchmark “real-world” tests, Spyware Doctor outperformed other offerings from all the “big guns” like Symantec, Microsoft, Spy Sweeper, Lavasoft, and more. (And by the way, we get no sponsorship from PCTools.com. Just one beggar telling another where to buy bread. But if they ask where you heard about it, feel free to tell them Brigada.org. Maybe they’ll decide to pitch something in after 30 of us buy it! :-) )
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS? — Claudia recommends http://www.photobucket.com (Thanks Claudia!) The free version allows for 25 meg of disk space (about 12 or 13 photos at the 5 megapixel rate) and 1500 meg. of bandwidth, with a limitation of 250K as the maximum size for any image you post. But for just $25 per year, you’ll get 1 gig of photo display space, and unlimited throughput. On this latter plan, maximum image size is bumped up to 1 meg. — still about 1/2 the size of a 5 megapixel image. Check it out!
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site. _NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site.
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3 — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has just released the People Raising 6-hour award winning audio curriculum on CD and in downloadable MP3 formats. Discover firsthand how the People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for support. The Audio kit includes: 5 CD’s by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon, 72 page Study Guide, The People Raising book and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing a special introductory offer through 8/10/2005. To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or contact 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 .]
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU — There are about 2600 people groups in the world today that don’t have God’s Word in their heart language. Could God be calling you to serve as part of a Bible translation team? “Trans Scan” has the answers! Check out…

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/home.htm

For more info, contact Wade Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org about the August, 20 event at Wycliffe Center in Tucson AZ. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER — “Godsize Stories from Around the World” will bless and inspire you. You can be reading it minutes from now. For less than the price of a lunch at McDonalds you’ll receive the e-book and *two bonuses*. You’ll also receive the complete audio-book, and The e- Book Librarian software to manage e-books on your computer. You can download them or order them on CDs. Listen to the foreword by Eddie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/aroeh Check out this offer at: http://www.godsize.com Or email: carl(at)godsize(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE — From January 23-25, 2006, on the campus of Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand, this interorganizational teachers’ conference will provide a faith-friendly venue for academic interaction and professional development, as well as for networking and fellowship. Proposals for presentations, workshops, resource room, and poster sessions are now being received. For more information on the conference see http://www.cetesol.org For inquiries, or to send a proposal, e-mail Brad bbaurain(at)elic(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN? — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra, of TalkingBibles.com, for the $25 gift to help Brigada step into the next week! We’re grateful for this help and encouragement. This brings to $6,810.36 our sponsorship total for 2005. You might recall that our goal for 2005 is $16,576, meaning we’re just over 4/10ths of the way to the total. Unfortunately, we’re just over halfway through 2005. To make our goal, someone will have to chip in a bit more over the coming weeks or months. Please pray that God will raise up partners to make this gift (these gifts) possible. Thanks! Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN — I’ve enjoyed reading some reader feedback to the last couple of “BackPages”… addressing the issue of “What churches want” out of the church-missionary relationship and, on the other side of the coin, “What missionaries want”. You can read the feedback for yourself at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/what_they_want.html Over all, there seemed to be agreement, at least in principle, that times have changed (duh… :-) ) in the missions arena. Technology, travel, and cultural norms have all made an impact. You’ll have to be the one to decide if we’re better- or worse-off than we were before. Maybe our seemed to land more on the “better-off” side when it comes to gratitude for technology and the connectivity it brings. But if that’s the case, the majority seemed to land a bit on the downside regarding changes in the local church. That having been said, the responses were all over the spectrum.

So allow me to sum up, if I may — at least my own opinion: We live in a rapidly-changing world, where our motivations, our “church culture”, and the “tools of the missionary trade” are seemingly transforming right before our very eyes. As a result, churches, individuals and also agencies would be well-advised to look carefully at how these and other “change factors” are affecting their work now and how they might have a bearing in the future. Only then will we be adequately prepared to walk the jungle of missions in future generations.

Doug

20050703 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. DUALREACH RESOURCES PUTS ANSWERS IN YOUR CHURCH’S HANDS
3. LOOKING FOR FREE WORSHIP SOFTWARE?
4. PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES: THE “INVISIBLE PIECE” IN MISSIONS
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
6. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS
7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
8. DON’T MISS THE MUSIC AND MISSIONS EVENT OF 2006
9. POST YOUR PHOTOS HERE, EVEN VIA EMAIL
10. TEACH TO REACH
11. FREE DESIGN SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS MINISTRIES
12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO MISSIONARIES WANT?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — How well do you understand the needs of the poor you serve? Distance learning courses on Christian economic development are available this fall from the Chalmers Centers at Covenant College. These courses are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. They feature interaction with other distance students. The courses will help you understand the needs of the poor and how to design the appropriate programs and strategies for Christian economic development in your context. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers web site at http://www.chalmers.org Or you can contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. DUALREACH RESOURCES PUTS ANSWERS IN YOUR CHURCH’S HANDS — If you haven’t already stopped by, don’t forget about DualReach resources, available at: http://wwww.dualreach.org You can sign up there for “Synergy Newsletter,” the free missions newsletter, which supplies you with a toolkit for mobilizing people in your church, along with other helpful resources. (Thanks for the helpful gift of $25 toward Brigada’s expenses! We appreciate you!)
3. LOOKING FOR FREE WORSHIP SOFTWARE? — Try OpenSong http://www.opensong.org It does projection and manages song lyrics and chords, including transposing. It has Windows and Mac editions, with Linux in the works. Cool! (Thanks Tex! :-) )
4. PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES: THE “INVISIBLE PIECE” IN MISSIONS — Parental disapproval keeps numerous young people off the mission field. Those who do go frequently leave behind parents who are supportive but hurting. Parents, missionaries, and recruits can contact the National Network of Parents of Missionaries (NNPOM) for understanding and help. Cheryl, a licensed clinical counselor, and Diane, a POM since 2002, connect POMs with others who understand their experience through NNPOM’s website, tip sheets, and quarterly newsletter. Regional NNPOM groups serve the greater Cincinnati, OH, and Yuma, AZ, areas. NNPOM also desires to help missions leaders who want to provide care for the parents of their missionaries. Missions departments and organizations may link to the NNPOM website. Check out http://POMnet.org or email information(at)POMnet(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Fall (Aug. 29 – Dec. 16). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Check ’em out at: http://www.strategiclanguages.org or email RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com
6. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS –- Learn how to teach English as a second or foreign language at an intensive 4-wk training schooling at the YWAM base in Lakeside, Montana, U.S.A. Teaching English can open up opportunities to go into restricted nations. The school will run from July 25 – August 19. Those interested can find more information on the web at http://www.ywammt.org or e-mail schoolinfo(at)ywammt(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 406.844.2221.
7. 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. They’re also planning a workshop hosted by Christian Life Assembly School of Missions (PAOC) at a beautiful retreat facility in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, September 19-23, 2005. For info, contact Milann Davies at mdavies(at)christianlifeassembly(dot)com for information. Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org.
8. DON’T MISS THE MUSIC AND MISSIONS EVENT OF 2006 — Mark it on your calendar; there’s been an extra day added. The second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006) will take place July 11-15, 2006 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. At GCoMM 2006 you will have the opportunity to learn, fellowship, and worship with leaders in music and missions ministries from around the world. Plenary sessions, seminars, and panels will explore topics related to music and the arts, missions, and indigenous worship world-wide. Subscribe to the GCoMM informational updates listserv from the site at: http://www.gcommhome.org or by writing to info(at)gcommhome(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] [GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.]
9. POST YOUR PHOTOS HERE, EVEN VIA EMAIL — Don’t forget that at http://www.imageevent.com you can post photos for family, supporters, and friends to view anytime. It’s easy to use and inexpensive. The service allows you to email the photos to the site regardless of size and it handles them. It also has a feature to password protect albums so that only people with the password can view them. This should be a valuable feature for those serving in sensitive areas. (Thanks Scott!)
10. TEACH TO REACH — Grab a TESOL course August 29 through September 23 or October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or write 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 .]
11. FREE DESIGN SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS MINISTRIES — Engineering Ministries International http://www.emiusa.org based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a Christian ministry providing free engineering and architectural services to overseas ministries and churches who are serving the poorest of the poor and preaching the gospel of Christ. They send a team of fully qualified design professionals to the project location for 10-14 days to survey the project site, meet with your leadership, and prepare preliminary designs. Final designs are completed when they return home. All services provided are free to you – they ask for partnership for one airline ticket, and simple in-country lodging and transportation for their team. Since 1982, they’ve completed over 500 projects in 75 developing countries. They are also looking for volunteer professionals to join their project trips to fulfill critical team roles in engineering, architecture, surveying, structural design, water/wastewater, electrical, and more. For more information, call 719- 633-2078, or write info(at)emiusa(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. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO MISSIONARIES WANT? — In the last edition of Brigada Today, we posed the question, “what do churches want?” We explored the possibility that some congregations might have changed a bit over the past few decades in what they’re hoping to “get back” out of their mission support.

Likewise, it feels to me that today’s onsite workers are different too. Many still want deep teammate relationships, good solid direction and accountability, along with a *cause* into which they can pour their lives. I’m noticing… it doesn’t have to be a cause with global consequences. Many of today’s workers seem comfortable with pouring their lives into a relatively small group of people. Today’s new generation of missionaries don’t seem motivated primarily by the quest of big salaries. In fact, as long as their needs are met, big money seems more and more hollow to them.

A quarter of a century ago, workers would sometimes commit to a particular field sight unseen. Remember your missions history lessons? In William Carey’s time, it wasn’t uncommon that workers would pack extra clothes in their own coffins when they sailed to their newly embraced far-flung fields. Nowadays, I’m not sure some ever even *leave* our homelands. Because of the immediacy of instant messaging and cell phones (not to mention satellite phones), some are able to stay in close touch with relatives and friends back home (oh — and supporters too :-) ). As a result, they never experience a true “leave- taking” … nor the accompanying adaptation.

At the same time, some want more connectivity with home. Some are much more homesick than “E.T.” (“E.T. phone home.”) Many want to see their field in advance, before they commit. And *sooo* many are unwilling to make more than a one- or two-year commitment. Sometimes it feels as if this generation of workers is less prepared in Greek and exegesis, less knowledgeable in the history of missions and cultural anthropology, and less likely to *want* to learn any of those subjects. Instead, they seem to want to “dive in” much more quickly into deep-seated relationships and ministry. This can be both a positive and a negative, depending on the circumstances.

How ’bout you? What’s your opinion? Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback can even be anonymous, if you desire.

As was the case with the previous question, we probably need to delve deeper into “what missionaries want”… because many literally *are* working in a jungle out there. Doug

20050417 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. TALKING BIBLES – BECAUSE THEY NEED TO HEAR
3. MISSIONARIES GET FREE BLOG SITES…
4. MISSIONS PHOTOGRAPHERS: BE SEEN HERE!
5. MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING
6. GET INTERNET-BASED COUNSELING AND MORE
7. WHERE DO MISSIONS PASTORS FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES?
8. ONLINE CLASSROOM FOR STUDENTS OF ISLAM
9. HANDBOOK FOR HELPERS IN EMERGENCIES
10. PC MAG TOP 100 WEBSITES
11. DAVID HACKETT JOINS VISIONSYNERGY
12. URGENT NEED FOR TEACHERS IN THE PHILIPPINES
13. AMAZING FRIENDS HELP BRIGADA STAY AFLOAT
14. THE BACK PAGE: THE ART OF FINISHING
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center’s fourth annual Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) will be held at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, June 13 – June 18, 2005. During CEDI, you will learn how to facilitate economic and spiritual transformation in low-income and disadvantaged communities. This training equips you with practical, church-centered, and field-tested economic development strategies and programs. These strategies and programs help the poor to become financially self-sufficient through their own work, while at the same time provide you with opportunity for outreach and evangelism. Training focuses on microenterprise development, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, and developing partnerships with large microfinance institutions. If you are unable to attend the June CEDI, consider receiving training through their email- based distance learning classes. To learn more, visit their web site at http://www.chalmers.org You can also call them at 706-419-1805 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 .]
2. TALKING BIBLES – BECAUSE THEY NEED TO HEAR — Now you can learn more about the efforts of Talking Bibles International and its partner, World Mission. Just visit http://www.talkingbibles.org and click on the link at the far right, ‘See the Talking Bible in Action – watch the video’. Regardless of where you are in the world, you’ll be able to watch this ministry at work, providing entire New Testaments inside the Talking Bibles.
3. MISSIONARIES GET FREE BLOG SITES… — at http://www.solidhope.com You can choose from several templates, privacy settings, and more. Check it out!
4. MISSIONS PHOTOGRAPHERS: BE SEEN HERE! — Now there’s a great gathering place for Christian mission photographers to get the word out about their gifts and skills. Just log on at http://www.photomission.com and you’ll see what we mean. Doesn’t matter what country you’re from or how much your camera cost. If you’ve got talent — show it here! Get noticed! (You can even sell some of your missions photos.)
5. MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING — Now you can take in a complete course on Islam in Boulder, Colorado taught by an international, multi ethnic team from Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, and the USA from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgrounds. The schedule looks like this:

June 6-10 Inside Islam, history, theology, Muhammad. June 13-17 Quran, Hadith, Sharia, Fundamentalism. June 20-24 Folk Islam, breaking strongholds. June 27-July 1, Culture, Church planting, Discipleship.

An evangelism workshop featuring case studies form different fields is offered daily. Introduction to Arabic language, daily. HIS-TIME combines the academic with the practical. The facility is close to the beautiful rocky mountains allowing for weekend recreational activities. Call 303-442-3333 or visit http://www.histime.org or email main(at)horizonsinternational(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. GET INTERNET-BASED COUNSELING AND MORE — Missionary Outreach Support Services (MOSS) is an organization under the leadership of the Regent University Doctor of Psychology program. MOSS seeks to serve Christian Missionaries and their families, both at home and abroad, by providing internet-based consulting and psycho-educational services. Psychological trainees provide the services under the supervision of licensed psychologists and in the context of a Christian worldview. The services are offered at a reduced rate to provide missionaries with quality care that they can afford to use while serving on the mission field. For more information: http://www.missionaryoutreach.net
7. WHERE DO MISSIONS PASTORS FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES? — We know about sites that let missionaries know about open doors and unreached peoples. But where do missions pastors find news about open doors for *their* skills? If you have resources or know where these folks find out about open missions pastor opportunities, write Mark about it: MarkStephensatadelphiadotnet He’ll share the final report with the rest of us. Thanks Mark!
8. ONLINE CLASSROOM FOR STUDENTS OF ISLAM — To help propel missions education into the 21st century, Caleb Project recently debuted an on- line classroom designed to augment the Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) course. The http://www.encounteringislam.org on-line classroom features additional relevant readings, extensive course resources, and an electronic forum where students can wrestle with the ideas of the course. As the Muslim world continues to headline global news through peace efforts, wars, and natural disasters, Caleb Project’s Encountering the World of Islam course has grown. The course is designed to help Christians understand Islam and prepare to interact in loving and authentic ways with Muslims. In addition to providing resources and readings, the on-line classroom facilitates these purposes by providing a secure forum for student interaction. EWI students can post thoughts and questions about the course, learn from each other, and pursue community after the course. The EWI on-line classroom is a prototype for additional on-line education efforts. Plans are underway for on-line supplements for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and Perspectives Exposure courses as well as Crossing Cultures, an eye-opening weekend workshop that will expose churches to the needs of ethnic communities in their neighborhoods.
9. HANDBOOK FOR HELPERS IN EMERGENCIES — Here’s a new handbook on debriefing, very relevant for the member care and mission community. “Working Through Trauma – Supporting Staff Responding to Emergencies” This handbook was written for People In Aid by Dr Debbie Lovell-Hawker, Clinical Psychologist at Oxford University and mission/aid consultant. The focus is how to cope with aid-sector trauma, and it includes specific reference to the Asian tsunami and practical tools. Costs: £7.50 members, £10 non-members. Contact: info(at)peopleinaid(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. PC MAG TOP 100 WEBSITES – Now you can download the whole list of top 100 websites. (Actually, there are 3 versions… so close to *300* site.) Just go to: http://go.pcmag.com/top100websites then click on the last half of the sentence, “Get our downloadable favorites file!” Then click on check plus “Download Now: Top100installable.zip”. Extract this file, then follow the instructions to add these sites to your presence on the web. This should jump-start your web-link library, … if you’re into that sort of thing. :-)
11. DAVID HACKETT JOINS VISIONSYNERGY — VisionSynergy announced this past week that David Hackett is joining its staff as associate director beginning May 1st. Based in Edmonds, Wash., VisionSynergy is a networking strategy ministry dedicated to helping churches and mission organizations around the world collaborate and network to maximize their potential impact for the global Church. “We are thrilled that Dave will bring his skills to the work of helping the local/global Church work together in Kingdom collaboration,” says Phill Butler, director of visionSynergy. … See http://www.visionsynergy.net or write dhackett(at)visionsynergy(dot)net for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. URGENT NEED FOR TEACHERS IN THE PHILIPPINES — Joy Christian Academy, a small K-8 grade MK school based in Cebu City, Philippines is in desperate need for teachers for the 2005-2006 school year. Staffing levels are critical and the need is urgent. Teachers need to raise support but a single teacher could live comfortably on $1,200 / month. For any information or leads please contact Les jca(at)missionphilippines(dot)org
13. AMAZING FRIENDS HELP BRIGADA STAY AFLOAT — Thanks to the amazing friends who are helping us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen! This past week, hats off to the folks at Bellevue Baptist Church in Arlington, TN, who pitched $50 into the mix for the cost of Brigada’s website, our Brigada-sponsored secretary, and more. Thanks Bellvue!

Thanks, too, to the anonymous missionary in Africa who wishes to let other photographers (pro or amateur) know about the online Photomission.com community.” We appreciate you Photomission.com!

And finally, thanks to Visual Impact Design for their gift of $25. Their newest project is SolidHope.com, where missionaries can find a free blogging site in a Christian blogging environment. Thanks Linda and all at Visual Impact!

Would you like to chip in to help make Brigada’s ministry possible? If so, just click here.
14. THE BACK PAGE: THE ART OF FINISHING — What’s the difference between “finishing” and the alternative? In soccer, sometimes it’s inches. The striker unleashes a rocket of a shot that misses by just inches and the whole stadium erupts in a sorrowful sign of regret.

In life, it’s the same.

The farmer who never quite finishes cleaning out the barn. The engineer who, in the end, never quite delivers the architectural drawings he promised to do for his local church. They finally give up and hire a “real” architect.

Are you in one of those situations? Always intending to finish writing that correspondence course… never quite time. You know you have to turn in information for your W-2, but you’re 3 months late and now you’re in trouble with Financial Director at the “home office.”

Well if you’re one of those statistics, take heart, for hope lies just around the corner. No matter how far behind you are, you can always wake up and make up your mind that today is a fresh start.

Last week, ladies and gentlemen, [drum roll] I finally finished the next stage of my doctoral dissertation. I can’t even remember how many years I’ve been meaning to complete these chapters. I’d start and restart, but something always took precedence. Then came March 2005. “Click.” Something turned on inside of me. And now, the past is the past… and the future is the future!

Is it a good feeling? Well — Duh! :-) As I sealed carefully written 100 pages or so and slipped them into the FedEx drop box, I was thinking, “Sure they’ll tell me everything I did wrong… but who cares! :-) I’m making progress now.”

How do we manage to get “off the mark” and churn through a project like this? Stay tuned for 5 tips next week. In the meantime, be careful out there. It’s a jungle that wants to suck in all your projects so you never complete them. :-)

Doug

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