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20060730 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    For more information on either one, write

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


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

    http://www.chalmers.org/

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

    She’ll report back in a couple of weeks.


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

    http://www.chalmers.org/

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

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

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


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

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


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

    http://mission-world.com

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

    http://blog.myspace.com/99002175

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

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


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

    http://www.npchurchlaw.com

    for the issue.


  13. SPEED BRIGADA ON ITS WAY — Want to help make Brigada possible for those in other lands? Now you can pitch in on their behalf by clicking on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

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

    http://www.calsoccer.net

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

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

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

    Tuesday night is our next game. When is yours?

    Doug

20060625 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF
  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY*
  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE
  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS
  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED
  6. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES?
  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS
  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS
  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE?
  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS
  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-(
  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JULY/AUGUST MOMENTUM MAGAZINE ON THE SHELF — Grab the free July/August issue of Momentum Magazine at:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607.pdf (High resolution version, 56 pages, 11MB) or

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/200607/200607-small.pdf (Low resolution version, 56 pages, 1.8MB)

    Momentum Magazine is edited by Justin Long. I really like the direction Justin is going with his work. To me, he has taken statistics to a new level. Somehow he has transformed mere numbers and math into feelings and people. There are hundreds of little paragraphs I want to memorize or shout from a mountain top or a church pulpit. In short, his work is inspirational, if not sometimes a bit depressing. Sometimes it takes a bit of depression to get us off square one… or square zero. So … in summary, I say bravo to Justin and his efforts to make Momentum Magazine into a rallying cry for masses of new world Christians and the new wave of missionaries they will send. Momentum Magazine is one of the few bright spots in missions mobilization today. It should be required reading for every Brigada subscriber. Do I agree with all his theology? Nope. But do I agree with his ache for the world’s least reached? But of course. And so will you.


  2. GET INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS *TODAY* — In April 2006, the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board released the pilot version of the North American People Groups Database project,

    http://www.peoplegroups.info

    at the Ethnic America Summit in Atlanta. The website contains 2000 Census data for language spoken at home, country of birth, and ancestry by city, county, and zip code. Additionally, local pilot research in the Atlanta area provided over 30 people groups in the Chinese, Arab, and Mexican communities alone. Many other functionalities exist on the website as well, including: an online discussion forum for North American people group workers, a resource request form, and a toolbox for those wishing to begin people group research in their area. The website is still in the pilot phase but improvements will be made in the months ahead. Get registered today to benefit from all this online database has to offer!


  3. THE EVANGELICAL TRAINING DATABASE –-

    http://www.trainforChrist.org

    Training organizations that are members of an evangelical alliance or similar association can now register their courses on the international Evangelical Training Database. This is free and courses are then searchable world-wide through English and Spanish interfaces. The Missionary Training Service, sponsor of the project, is liaising with member bodies of the International Commission for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE) and the Trainers of Pastors International Coalition (TOPIC) and similar associations. They hope it will become a world-wide resource for anyone needing training. Geoff Tunnicliffe, leader of the World Evangelical Alliance kindly said, “We certainly want to find ways of seamlessly integrating this into our WEA web presence”. Dr Chris Wright, Director of the Langham Partnership International (John Stott Ministries), and chairman of the Lausanne Theology Working Group, is also supporting the project. Translations into other languages are being planned.


  4. THREE NEW CHURCH PLANTING BOOKS — Church Planting Coaches, a ministry of YWAM Frontier Missions, has just published several new books to help you and your workers to start brand new church planting movements on the frontiers. Stop on by their two internet stores to find out more. Two titles: The Compendium of Church Planting Knowledge and Multiplying Churches Student Notes are available at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/cpcoaches

    These books are not-for-profit and priced at the CafePress base price. Another new title, Keys To Church Planting Movements by Kevin Sutter has just been released at:

    http://www.cafepress.com/stephanas

    This books presents simple, New Testament principles for planting churches cross-culturally. Through attractive cartoons, that can be used in any language, follow Stephanas, a first-century cross-cultural worker, and his apostolic team as they multiply simple churches among the unreached. Learn how to turn the world upside down! Major credit cards accepted.


  5. OPERATION REVEILLE WEB SITE UPDATED — Articles include Insights for Persuading Muslims and Post-Moderns, News on Situations in Iran and Afghanistan and on Religious Changes in Africa, A List of Recommended Books on Islam, and more at

    http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm

    You may request a pdf, html, or hard copy from bside(at)oprev(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. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOSES? — Was he a stern dictator, the angry judge of a rebellious nation? The Bible calls him ‘the servant of the Lord’ and says that ‘the Lord knew him face to face.’ To discover his true character go to:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Click on Exodus, then choose Unit 2: Moses – the problem of feeling inadequate, by Raymond Brown. This interesting study of a great man has been translated into EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary) by Mary Read.


  7. LITERATURE FOR FULANIS — Free papers for the Fulani of West Africa are available from SOON Ministries in several dialects, and also in downloadable PDF files from the website. In addition, the team will be glad to partner with other groups in producing additional dialect versions.

    http://www.soon.org.uk/fulani/free-papers.php

    (Thanks Tony!!!)


  8. KIDS PRAYING FOR KIDS — A DVD compilation of three, six minute videos of Prayerwalking for Kids, The 10/40 Window for Kids, Prayer and Fasting for Kids, and a special bonus track of The 10/40 Window for Adults. This mini-movie library is a great resource for Sunday Schools, Children’s Church, Homeschoolers, and grandparents who want prayer passionate grand-kids. You can order it from Joey and Fawn at…

    http://www.reignbridge.com

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


  9. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. There is a full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available in several languages. The price is US $1 per book for one to fifty copies, after 50 copies it is sixty cents a copy and the postage charge to mail them. Please join others on October 1st for the October 1st 2006 Day Of Prayer For The Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. PLANNING A WEBSITE? — Before you start, there are two key questions to ask, and a detailed profile of your potential visitors to develop. Use Internet Evangelism Day’s printable worksheet to help you.

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/starting.php

    (Again, many thanks, Tony!)


  11. GRATEFUL FOR OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous donors who, this past week, gave $10, $10, $25, $25, and $50 to help speed along our work with Brigada. Thanks also to Blessings Int’l in Tulsa, OK, who just sent $100. Does your church operate a medical clinic? Blessings International has pharmaceuticals, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and medical supplies available for use in non-profit clinics at reduced costs. Check them out at:

    http://www.blessing.org

    Thanks to those who have switched their long distance service to Accxx via Blessed Hope. Their conversations yielded a gift of $12.89 to Brigada this past month. Our family is one of those that have switched and I can honestly tell you… the long distance works great! :-) If you’ve ever thought about switching from huge companies who will never miss you if you left, try stopping by the page at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We’re also grateful to short-term teams from College Heights Christian Church (Joplin, MO) and Highline Christian Church (Seattle, WA) who chose ISA as their insurer during their trip. Because of ISA’s commitment to tithe all of the sales which say, “I heard about you on Brigada,” they sent $145.46 this past week! May God bless these short- term teams and make it so these policies are not needed. That way ISA won’t have to pay out any benefits, making them happy; the teams won’t experience any loss, thereby making *them* happy; yet Brigada will have still benefited making *Brigada* happy! :-) Everybody wins! :-) Check out ISA at:

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


  12. 1/2 THROUGH THE YEAR, 1/4 THROUGH OUR FINANCIAL GOALS :-( — There are some readers out there with a little extra means. The good news is… those with a little extra can make it possible for *all* to connect with Brigada, simply by saying, “I’ll help.” Maybe you can only spare a $50 gift, once a year. But see… those $50 gifts would add up. As it stands now, we’re 50% through the year with only 25% of the funds for which we had been praying. Would you be able to help fix that problem? If so, just go to

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: IS EVERYBODY THIS BUSY? — Recently, I had to jot down some of my roles for a brief introduction I was writing and, frankly, it was kind of startling. Is everybody attempting to pull off this kind of schedule? (May I just think out loud here for a sec’?) Maybe it’s a symptom of being too interested in lots of different investments of time. I’m a husband to a great wife and a dad to two incredible sons, a son to my aging mother, an elder in my local church, where I play piano and keyboard with the worship team while serving as Chairman of the Missions Committee. I enjoy trying to stay fairly in tune with developments in technology, communications, computing, photography, and a dozen other interests.

    In addition, I’m a high school varsity boys soccer coach for a large Christian school nearby. So I invest about 3 hours, 5 nights a week in these 18 boys (and their respective families). By the way, just for fun, you can see their progress this coming season at:

    http://www.calsoccer.net

    [Yes, in case you were wondering, one of my sons is an 11th-grader at that same school and yes, he did make varsity this year (for the first time though). :-) ]

    On the side, I’m president of a missions agency called Team Expansion. (You can learn more about their work at:

    http://www.teamexpansion.org

    They keep me hopping… with 300 missionaries in 37 countries.

    To make life even more interesting, I’m having to help quite a bit with launching their new retreat center — learn more at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    I’m *soooo* close to being done with my Ph.D. dissertation. Just a couple of chapters, actually. But alas, so much of that has gone on hold with Emerald Hills.

    And then there’s Brigada. Eventually, I always manage to catch up… one issue a week for 11 years. Yikes. :-) Brigada participants are so patient, too. Sometimes I get 3 weeks behind . . . yet the kind words and encouraging testimonies give me hope that somewhere, somehow, this information is helpful to someone.

    On top of all that, I’m interested in people’s lives. So last night I drove 40 minutes to go hear one of our workers do a presentation on Afghanistan at a local church camp. Today I’ll drive 30 minutes to pray with the wife of one of our trainers before her surgery. This weekend I’ll drive 5 hours to speak in a local church that’s helping our ministry.

    Shew.

    Are we busy yet? :-)

    So this morning I was just thinking… Is this just my own life… or is this happening to everyone? It’s not that I’m unhappy or feel stressed. The truth is… I’m having a blast in life. I’m happy and eventually, I usually catch up on enough sleep to get by. So why am I writing about this? I guess I’m just wanting to make sure we all examine our respective lives… that we take our pulse to be sure that we still care very deeply about unreached peoples. That we’ll still live our lives, even with all these different involvements, in such a way that they’ll hear the message. That we’ll still dedicate ourselves to trying to reach them. That we still won’t quit ’til they’ve had a chance to hear.

    Are we good on all that?

    Thanks for listening in on my thinking.

    Doug

20060611 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

      http://www.budgetdialup.com

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

      http://www.mytravelaccess.com

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


    1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development will conduct its next Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) on July 31 – August 5, 2006 at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru, Kenya, located outside of Nairobi. This training institute is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya along with Five Talents International. It is appropriate for anyone doing outreach or ministry among the poor in the Two-Thirds World – pastors, church planters, church members, ministry staff, missionaries, and relief and development workers. The institute provides training on practical, church-based strategies for ministering to the poor without creating dependency. Specific topics include how to implement a relief or development intervention for your community without doing harm, how to promote rotating and accumulating savings and credits associations, how to partner with microfinance institutions, and how to offer small business training to low-income entrepreneurs. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to attend the training. The cost for this CEDI is $550 USD and covers room, board and tuition. For specific information about the courses taught and to register for the CEDI, visithttp://www.chalmers.org

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


    1. TERM LIFE INSURANCE -– There are an increasing number of term life insurance options available for the international worker. If desired, coverage can be limited to AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) only. Amounts of coverage can be as low as $50,000 and up to and over $1,000,000. If purchased together with health insurance, term life coverage can be found for any country in the world. For term life quotes: name, age, overseas residence (country and city) and type of work are needed. For more information contactjeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

      http://www.gninsurance.com


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

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


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

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

      feed://story4all.libsyn.com/rss


    1. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for our 16 week fall course (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119.RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

      http://www.russianlanguage.org


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

      Go to

      http://www.itpartners.org

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


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

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

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

      and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Doug

20060528 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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


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

    http://www.mullinsmedia.com

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


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

    http://www.voipbuster.com/

    http://www.voipcheap.com/


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

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

    http://prayerguard.net/upg

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


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

    http://globalrecordings.net/

    Look for “RESOURCES” on the sidebar and click on “Language List” or “Country List”. You can also order cassettes or CD’s in 5,500 speechforms by emailing the following address: orderdept(at)Globalrecordings(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


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

    http://www.icmcanada.org or by writing icmcanada(at)cs(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The Introduction can be downloaded for free from the Website. It is also available as pdf in German & Russian and later this year French and Spanish.


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

    http://www.icmcanada.org


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

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

    story(at)story4all(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. THANKSGIVING FOR PARTNERS — Our hats go off to those who make our work possible, for example, the Fellowship of Believers in Sarasota, FL, who pitched in $30 this past week. Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: GREAT TEAMS MAKE GOOD TEAMS LOOK BAD — Well if you’ve been monitoring World Cup news, you know that most commentators are saying some pretty hideous things about the USA’s opening game against Czech Republic. I heard one observer say the USA looked “flat”. That was probably the nicest way of saying it. Another said we looked “awful”, and others have used even dicier terms.

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

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

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

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

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

20060514 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  2. WIKITRAVEL IS A GREAT RESOURCE
  3. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING
  4. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION
  5. PRAYER REQUEST FOR ARABIAN PENINSULA
  6. NEED HELP WRITING YOUR BOOK?
  7. STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING
  8. HOW CAN WE SAY THANKS ENOUGH?
  9. GCOMM REGISTRATION DEADLINE COMING JUNE 15
  10. KEEP BRIGADA COMING TO YOUR SCREEN: CHIP IN?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: “24” FINALE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionary mentors from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include agencies guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. For those in south central USA a 2006 retreat will be Sep 29-Oct 1 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). For those in southeast USA a 2006 retreat will be Oct 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Agencies may apply to send a mentor/recruiter as well as receive a free sponsored link on every webpage of The Journey Deepens web resources in exchange for reciprocal promotion. These retreats are presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. For more visit

    http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com/retreats.asp


  2. WIKITRAVEL IS A GREAT RESOURCE — Have you been there? Check out this resource, whose goal is a “free, complete, up-to-date and reliable guide” to worldwide travel:

    http://wikitravel.org

    Yes, I recognize several of the pages are empty… and that, of those which are filled in, many are filled in by informal fellow-travelers. But just the same, my hunch is that this project will grow and grow . . . so let’s help make it happen in a healthy way.


  3. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING — God has a place for you in his global plan. He has given you unique passions, skills and resources that can make a difference in his Kingdom. At Urbana 06 over 25,000 will gather to worship and hear how God is using his church to accomplish his purposes throughout the world. Will you be there? Learn about God’s love for people of every tribe, nation, and language, and how you can be a part of his global mission. Organizers look forward to seeing you on December 27, 2006 in St. Louis! For more information, visit

    http://www.urbana.org

    You may also reach them by emailing info(at)urbana.Org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or calling 608-274-7995.


  4. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION — GC Kids is a quarterly six- page publication for children ages 9 to 13 who have an interest in missions. It aims to encourage these children to become missionaries. GC Kids may also be used by children’s workers to educate children about missions. It is sent by postal mail. Multiple copies are easy and inexpensive to obtain. For a sample copy as a PDF file by email or to get samples by postal mail, send your request to elinor(dot)young(at)worldteam(dot)org. To subscribe to GC Kids, email leahy(dot)ken(at)comcast(dot)net, and put “subscribe GCK” in the subject line.

  5. PRAYER REQUEST FOR ARABIAN PENINSULA — Mert is a brother asking us to pray for Arabs: “Pray that the power system of Wahhabi leaders would crumble and that the people of Saudi Arabia would not feel controlled by these leaders. Pray that God would break down the stronghold of pride that binds Saudis to Islam.” He goes on to tell this story: “Salman is an Arab Muslim who began following Jesus along with his wife, just before she died of cancer about 16 months ago. Being with his mom in the hospital these past few days reopened the shallow wounds of his wife’s death. He has not grieved properly for either. He is a young single dad with tremendous responsibility and no time to stop and grieve. Pray that God would touch Salman’s heart deeply this week with comfort and peace. Pray too for his boys, aged 13 and 9, that God would heal their hurting hearts as well.

    “One of our workers learned tonight that local tradition mandates returning to the burial site on the third day after the death to make prayers for the deceased. Salman said he hated this tradition, because he said it just reopens the hurt. Could this be because there is no hope of resurrection for most Muslims who are buried in that cemetery! Pray for wisdom as several men and women in the country are involved in his life.”


  6. NEED HELP WRITING YOUR BOOK? — There’s a book inside you, and if you need help writing it, a new e-book, called “How to Write a Book,” can help. In seven easy-to-follow steps, writer’s coach Diana Scimone shares practical insights that will help you move your book from dream to reality. Her encouraging and motivational teaching style can help you finally write the book you’ve always dreamed of writing. Cost for the e-book is $14.95, and you can download it (as a pdf) at

    http://www.peapodpublishing.com


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

  8. HOW CAN WE SAY THANKS ENOUGH? — Hats off this week to the kind- hearted individuals who gave $25 and $10 respectively to empower Brigada to keep pumping out missions resources to your screen. Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America for their gift of $30. The really cool part about this ISA gift is that it was based on two different short-term teams having purchased trip insurance for their journeys. One group, from Fairbanks, Alaska, had gone to the Philippines… and another, from Joplin, MO, had traveled to Jamaica. Because they used ISA and this link:

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

    they received a great deal on their trip insurance while helping Brigada too! (Thanks Carla and Lyle, for choosing ISA!)

    This past week, we were also humbled by the generosity of Covenant College and, in particular, its Chalmers Institute

    http://www.chalmers.org

    We were floored when they sent a $600 gift for Brigada. I’m telling you… if we had our way, we’d ask all 10,000 Brigada subscribers to register for “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry”, offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. But even if only 100 of us decide to check out a course at the link above, I’d be thrilled!

    Finally, Blessed Hope sent $16.45, based on long distance use by those who had signed up at this link:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Once again, if you’re looking for long distance service anyway, you’ll get a great deal while helping Brigada if you travel to that link and switch your long distance to Blessed Hope. Thanks in advance!


  9. GCOMM REGISTRATION DEADLINE COMING JUNE 15 — The second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006), a worldwide gathering of hundreds of musicians, music missionaries, educators, worship pastors, and Christian leaders, will be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Exhibitor information is now available at

    http://www.gcommhome.org

    as well as speaker information and a convenient online registration. The regular rates for North America attendees (as well as highly discounted student and overseas registration rates) are available only until June 15. After this date, late and walk-in registration rates will be available for an additional cost.


  10. KEEP BRIGADA COMING TO YOUR SCREEN: CHIP IN? — When you empower Brigada, you keep Brigada Today editions cranking out each week to people all over the world who perhaps can not, at this time, pay a subscription fee. We keep sending them Brigada Today on a weekly basis — and you have the opportunity to make that possible for them. Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “24” FINALE — Previously on “24” (in our BackPage Editorials), we’ve discussed courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom, accountability, a sense of urgency, and private pain. In this “season finale”… the final episode in our series of metaphors with “24”, let’s consider what happens when Miles erases the tape… or when the witness dies. Let’s talk about what Jack does when the bottom falls out of his world.

    If you’ve seen “24”, you know that Jack isn’t perfect. Many of us probably squirmed as he sat on that hospital bed, talking to Audrey, while Miles snuck in and erased the tape that would have served as evidence against President Logan. (If you haven’t been watching “24”, all you have to do is realize that, basically, Jack dropped his guard because he assumed everything was good.) I think one of the most encouraging lessons I’ve drawn from my analysis of the character of Jack Bauer is that, although he does express some disappointment, and, at times, even anger over a setback, he seems to immediately go back into fighting mode. In short — he never gives up. Bad guys get away. People he loves get kidnapped or killed. Witnesses vanish. Enemies resurface. And, at least on a couple of occasions, he’s even essentially been killed – then revived. (Someone joked that the only time we’ve ever seen him rest was during those moments when he was dead!) But regardless of the extent or nature of the setback, he just shifts into the next gear, trying to design a contingency plan. And, because it’s TV, most of the time, something eventually works in one form or another.

    I take a lot of encouragement from that model. I’m involved in several very difficult and trying negotiations at present. Some of them seem, at times, even overwhelming. When I begin to feel that cold wave of discouragement sweeping over me, I pray to the Father, take comfort in the fact that He is with me, and yes… I’ll admit it… I have even succumbed to the line of thought… “Jack wouldn’t quit.” Now I’m not suggesting we sell wristbands reading, “What would Jack Do?” :-) But just as Jesus drew parables from nature, I’m drawing parables from today’s world — and this parable of “24” has meaning to me . . . and I hope and trust it will to some of you as well. Missions is very hard work. Stephen Neill said that mission work is so hard, it’s a wonder anyone should have ever even attempted it. Whoa. Conclusion: when life is tough, remember — don’t quit just because someone erases your evidence tape. :-)

    So, with that we close our series on “24.” Besides… Jack’s on a slow boat to China and we have some time to ponder season 6 anyway. So… until next time, please take heart — and don’t give up. Even if the battle costs you your very life. Keep fighting. Never give in. Jack doesn’t.

20060430 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA
  2. WHEN WILL WE UNDERSTAND GOOGLE? (“RANKINGS” UPDATED)
  3. A GOD OF COINCIDENCE?: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  4. FREE CHRISTIAN MUSIC CASSETTES?
  5. YEAR-LONG PRAYER & HARVEST INITIATIVE TO UNREACHED PEOPLES
  6. LOOKING FOR A MK/TCK RETREAT ON THE EAST COAST?
  7. GENESIS – THE SEED-BED OF THE BIBLE?
  8. AIMS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
  9. INDIAN POWERVISION TV
  10. BOOK HIGHLIGHTING MINISTRY IN INDIA
  11. OPPORTUNITIES AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF GUATEMALA
  12. OPTIONS IN GHANA
  13. WE GET MAIL
  14. THANKS TO OUR EMPOWERING PARTNERS
  15. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND PRIVATE PAIN
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN ATLANTA — From June 16 – 18, 2006 the Rethinking Forum will sponsor its 4th annual conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This Atlanta area gathering will commence at 1 pm on Friday and conclude at 5 pm on Sunday. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. WHEN WILL WE UNDERSTAND GOOGLE? (“RANKINGS” UPDATED) — In our ongoing quest to understand how Google ranks mission pages, check it out again… Go to

    http://www.google.com

    and type in (without quotation marks) “emerald hills”. It *looks* like our Emerald Hills Prayer, Retreat, and Learning Center has now climbed up to #6 in the rankings, out of some 4 million pages, supposedly. How does that happen? If you don’t mind, after you search, would you consider clicking on the Emerald Hills link in the search results and taking a look at the front page of the new campus where Brigada will be based? (Click on “FAQs” in the top-line menu to see an FAQ entry about Brigada being based there.) Could it be that Google somehow can track those click-throughs after all? Someone asked why we even care about rankings on Google. I guess it’s a minor thing really… Just that… if anyone wants to find Brigada’s future base (maybe by this Christmas), and if they’ve only heard of “Emerald Hills”, it’ll be *lots* easier to find if it pops up as #6 rather than as the one- thousandth page down the list. Thanks for whatever part your click- throughs have played in helping raise our profile??? I’ll never understand it. :-)


  3. A GOD OF COINCIDENCE?: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — The place was central and southern Namibia in Africa. Three members of a survey team came upon a group of tough looking men in Karasburg. They were prisoners from the nearby jail. As they began to explain the gospel to the men, they were stopped by the guards who said it was time for the men to go back to their cells. The men were given tracts. The families who were visiting with the men asked the three to tell them the gospel. Sadly, several of them spoke a language which none of the three could speak. The Lord had provided the answer! A Christian man who was visiting a prisoner could speak that language as well as their language. They then presented the gospel. When asked if any of them would like to ask Jesus in their heart, all twelve raised their hands! Adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer by visiting

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

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


  4. FREE CHRISTIAN MUSIC CASSETTES? — Compu-Books (software developer and publisher of ‘Church Missions’ software) has a collection of 100+ Christian music cassette tapes they would like to donate to a missions based organization that could distribute these tapes to their missionaries.

    Many are Hosanna worship tapes, other worship music collections and contemporary Christian artists. Some of the tapes are brand new and unopened, all English, all Christian. If your organization could use these tapes, please contact

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


  5. YEAR-LONG PRAYER & HARVEST INITIATIVE TO UNREACHED PEOPLES — The recent Ethne06 gathering in SE Asia of 350+ UPG-focused individuals, churches, and ministries launched an unprecedented year-long prayer and harvest initiative to begin immediately following the Global Day of Prayer, Pentecost Sunday, June 4. Beginning with Least-Reached of the South Pacific in June and moving east to west, Ethne links prayer with outreaches to the least-reached for the 90 days during and immediately following the month of prayer (see map at

    http://www.ethne.net/HeLPS/Overview

    Ethne’s newest Volume 1 dvd with resources and video testimonies is NOW available and permission is given to duplicate and distribute.


  6. LOOKING FOR A MK/TCK RETREAT ON THE EAST COAST? -– Missionary Resources Connection is hosting a retreat for Missionary Kids (MK’s) and Third Culture Kids (TCK’s) this upcoming August 7-15, 2006. The retreat is geared towards those who are making the transition between high school and college, or those within the same stage of life. The cost for the retreat is $350/person and includes lodging & food at a beautiful retreat in Gaston, SC (located 30 minutes from downtown Columbia). Registration and deposit of $50 is due by June 1, 2006. For more information, visit MRC’s weblink:

    http://www.mresourcesconnection.org/seminars_and_retreats.htm

    and click on “MK Re-entry” or call at (803)254-3313 or email

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


  7. GENESIS – THE SEED-BED OF THE BIBLE? — Now the book of Genesis is available in easy English at:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    Download Genesis from the list of Bible books. In fact, you will find a wide selection of files to help you enjoy this exciting collection of biographies. Choose from Alun Owen’s translations in Level B EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) with a commentary or Christine Muir’s version in Level A (1200 word vocabulary) with short, helpful notes on the text. There are also items at Level AEE (Accessible EasyEnglish) using very simple words in short sentences. These are excellent for anyone who finds standard English too difficult.


  8. AIMS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has introduced a new website at

    http://www.aims.org

    Learn about strategic, new epicenters focus and the latest news about how God is using the AIMS ministry around the world. Download free informational brochures, bulletin inserts to help your congregation pray for the unreached, and tips on planning your next missions conference, or shop for missions books, videos, and other resources in their online bookstore. Plus, find out how you can get involved through short-term missions trips, upcoming conferences, and even strategic prayer.


  9. INDIAN POWERVISION TV — Powervision TV is a multilingual Satellite TV Channel, launched from New Delhi, India to reach unreached people in India with the gospel. This TV Channel needs high quality, excellent Christian TV Program such as Sermon, Musical Show, Films, Dramas, Cartoons and Skit in English or Hindi. Powervision TV prefers any Program aiming to reach Kids and youngsters with the Gospel in attractive format. The mode of the Channel is DVCAM/DV Tapes (PAL). If you’ve got some programming, write kcjohnpowervision(at)yahoo(dot)com or log onto

    http://www.kcjohn.org


  10. BOOK HIGHLIGHTING MINISTRY IN INDIA — Want to read an exciting true story of 31 years of Ministry in India caring for leprosy sufferers, widows, orphans and the disabled? It is an account of real persecution, including one martyrdom, prison experiences, economic standards lower than those of the people served but above all, real Victory for Christ. You may read all about it in “FAITH+ACTION=MIRACLE”, published by LULU.com and available at the following website

    http://www.lulu.com/higges


  11. OPPORTUNITIES AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF GUATEMALA — CAG, which serves the missionary community of Guatemala, has the following positions available for 2006-7: Elementary Classroom Teacher, Girls PE (K-12), Guidance Counselor, Secondary English Teacher, Secondary Social Studies, Computer Instruction, Computer Systems Coordinator, and Development Director. CAG has an enrollment of over 200 students, and although staff members are responsible for raising their own financial support, a monthly stipend of $150 is provided. For more information, log on to their website at

    http://www.christacadguate.org

    or email the school at cagrecruit(at)christacadguate(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. OPTIONS IN GHANA — American International School, Accra Ghana, is an exciting new NICS school. Check out

    http://www.nics.org or

    http://www.aisaccra.org Applications are now being accepted for students grade pre-K-12. Also accepting applications for teachers. School year 2006-2007 has a limited enrollment for its “soft start” so don’t delay. Contact

    CharleneBerry(at)nics(dot)org or call +233-277-549905 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 .]


  13. WE GET MAIL — Thanks to those that have written in with encouragement about the “24” series in the “BackPage” editorials. One gentleman wrote, “I’ve been reading your newsletter for over 10 years I think. We were in China and needed something in regard to retired persons serving in the field and was given your site. We have been reading ever since…. Tonight I read your latest and the article on “24” really excited me, especially your use of the underlying urgency. … I am also pleased that the writers make a sharp distinction between right and wrong and how that impacts the events in the show. Good job, keep up the good work. God bless.” (Thanks brother!) Another friend wrote, “24 — Another good one! I love it. Just one suggestion. In keeping with the 24 motif it really should begin with “Previously on 24 …” :-) Keep up the good work and plugging the need for getting the message out to those who have never had a chance to hear!” Thanks Bob. We’ll take your advice! :-) Shawn wrote, “Wow, thanks for the 24 analogy. I had to quit watching it for a whole season — I was so caught up in the show I found myself praying for the characters! But now we are watching again, and I, too, am encouraged spiritually by the show. Mainly by Jack’s passion and courage and willingness to do whatever it takes to complete his mission, regardless of personal expense. I’m often convicted by my own passivity after an episode. Thanks!” Shew — praying for the characters… now *that’s* dedication. :-) Love it.

  14. THANKS TO OUR EMPOWERING PARTNERS — Tonight we’re grateful to Blessed Hope for sharing $10.70 from those who have talked on their phone service. Please, … if you need a long distance service anyway, consider using Blessed Hope at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America, who sent $16.38 based on sales of insurance policies too! If you need coverage, short- or long- term, please consider using them by clicking to this link:

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

    You can get term life, medical, even trip cancellation insurance… They have it *all*.

    Thanks, too, for the anonymous friend who sent $25 this past week.


  15. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND PRIVATE PAIN — Previously on “24” (in our BackPage Editorials), we’ve discussed courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom, accountability, and a sense of urgency. Today I’d like for us to focus on “private pain.” In the final episode of season 3 (originally aired May 25, 2004), as federal agent Jack Bauer completes 24 straight hours of some of the most hectic and demanding moments of his career, he climbs into his SUV, throws his keys on the dash, and pretty much collapses with the emotion of the day. The truth is, in the privacy of the moment, he weeps, sobs, and pounds his steering wheel. Everything that has happened… all the tough choices, some of which cost his peers their very lives… it all came crashing down at once. He shares his feelings with no one else. Nevertheless, in his own way, he is doing his own “debriefing.” The walkie-talkie then crackles with a request to return to headquarters and help interrogate another bad guy. After a moment of thought — just a moment — he gathers himself, answers that he’s on his way, and starts his truck. Except for a brief off-season breaks :-), his job is never done.

    After watching the scene and taking in “the private pain”, the thought occurred to me that we all have probably known missionaries experiencing something similar. In fact, some of us have sat in that very seat, experiencing that same private pain in one form or another.

    One thing’s for sure: we don’t all grieve in the same way. I remember a chaplain walking up to me after my father passed away. I was alone with him at the time. It was late at night. Both my brothers and my mom had already gone home. It’s true I felt the weight of the situation on my shoulders. But I didn’t cry. I didn’t even let on that I was troubled. I kept trying to make sure the doctors and nurses were doing everything they could do to help him. It was my first time to be with a living soul as he passed from life to death. The chaplain soon approached me and said, “Son, you can’t keep holding this in. Let it out. Go ahead and cry.” What he failed to understand is that not all of us process pain the same way. My advice to all the debriefers and counselors of the world is to realize that not *everyone* needs to cry or air their pain publicly in order to process it. Some of us handle it like Jack did, grieving privately. Some even handle it like I did at my father’s death, focusing on the practical rather than on the emotion itself. There’s probably no one effective way to handle heavy emotions. The important thing is that we must know ourselves well enough to predict with a bit of certainty which methods are effective and which are ineffective. Maybe nobody else will ever know for sure.

    Can we spot those who are *not* handling private pain effectively? Sometimes. They hide it in alcohol or overwork. They take drugs, or become super-irritable at their spouse or children. They over- or under-eat. Any time we notice these or other radical changes of behavior following painful experiences in a friend’s life, let’s gently approach him or her. Some of us don’t know how to handle private pain. When those times come, let’s hope we can be there for those we love. So look around you. Be aware. Let’s bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

20060326 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONSULTATION ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE ONLINE
  2. TAKE CHRISTIAN VIDEO GAMES TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH YOU
  3. TRACK THE AVIAN FLU
  4. BRING THE FACES OF THE 10/40 INTO YOUR CHURCH FOR PRAYER!
  5. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS
  6. 21 DAYS OF BREAKTHROUGH FOR NORTH KOREA
  7. FREE PROJECTORS
  8. SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING
  9. LOVING LAS VEGAS
  10. WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: UNSOLICITED ATTACHMENTS ARE OBSOLETE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONSULTATION ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE ONLINE — The Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM) is offering an amazing palette of choices at its July 11-15 event. Registrants will select from over 50 seminars, panels, plenary sessions, and media presentations. Experienced leaders from more than 20 organizations will present seminars within the following tracks: Foundations, Media and Related Arts, Contextualization and Case Studies, Methodology, and Overcoming Obstacles. Break-out sessions organized by geographical area and interest group will provide networking opportunities for participants. Check out the speaker information and seminar abstracts online at

    http://www.gcommhome.org

    Register online today!


  2. TAKE CHRISTIAN VIDEO GAMES TO THE MISSION FIELD WITH YOU — Now you *can* take it with you: Breakthrough Gaming has released its third video game title: Zippy the Circle. For the PC platform, Zippy the Circle is a 3D, adventure game with 13 exciting levels, each with a different style of play. The player takes the role of Zippy the Circle who must save his sister Tina from Jagged, who has taken over his home island. Zippy learns that even though bad things happen, God is still good! Zippy the Circle is available at:

    http://www.zippythecircle.com

    and has a MSRP of $9.95.


  3. TRACK THE AVIAN FLU — Through Google Earth it is possible track the spread of the Avian flu outbreak across the world. The information is easily downloaded. Organizations that go one step further and make placemarks for their missionaries and works will be easily be able to track the vulnerability. (Thanks Wayne!)

    http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2006/03/enhanced_avian.html

    http://declanbutler.info/Flumaps1/avianflu.html


  4. BRING THE FACES OF THE 10/40 INTO YOUR CHURCH FOR PRAYER! — Volume 3 of “The Waiting World” unreached people group prayer series can help your church or small group pray more effectively for the lost of the 10/40 Window. Thirteen five-minute prayer videos are featured on this volume and offer a mixture of Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim peoples. Special features on this volume are the Iraqi’s, as well as a general Arab video. Produced by YWAM Strategic Frontiers, the suggested donation for a DVD of Volume 3 is $29.95 (USD), plus shipping. Order all three volumes on DVD for a suggested donation of $69.95, plus shipping. E-mail Mike at klausmeierm(at)ywamsf(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS — Take a 4 week training course and learn how to teach English at the YWAM base in Lakeside, Montana USA. The course runs from July 24th – August 18th. For more information go to

    http://www.ywammt.org

    or email schoolinfo(at)ywammt(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]You can also call 406.844.2221.


  6. 21 DAYS OF BREAKTHROUGH FOR NORTH KOREA — God’s been moving, promising, and doing a new thing for His work inside North Korea. NK Missions invites you to join them in praying into North Korea during the 21 Days of Breakthrough for North Korea. (April 3-23) Log on at

    http://www.nkmissions.com/

    to download prayer videos each day from 4/3-23 to pray together.


  7. FREE PROJECTORS — Equipping the Saints will provide slide and 16MM movie projectors free to ministries for the price of shipping (or pick them up at our warehouse!). Over 100 of each are available; some may need repair. Contact Equipping the Saints at

    http://www.etsusa.org

    email at etsusaatricadotnet or call at 540-234-6222.


  8. 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!

    Upcoming Boot Camp dates: Seattle, Washington – April 17-18th Atlanta, Georgia – May 11-12th Austin, Texas – June 8-9th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 17-18th Register online today.

    Learn more at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

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


  9. LOVING LAS VEGAS — Mixed in with thousands of tourists exploring Las Vegas every summer, you will notice groups of high school students joining hands in prayer inside casinos, feeding the homeless, and talking about Jesus Christ to locals and tourists all over the city. Braving high temperatures, a blazing sun and the wild party atmosphere of Las Vegas, they stand firm on one unchanging truth: God loves the people of Sin City! In order to host these students, several adults are needed to serve as summer staff for Youth With A Mission – Las Vegas from June 24 – August 12. If you would like to have a blast this summer sharing Jesus Christ to a lost city, call or e-mail Renee at 702-658- 5450 or reneeb(at)ywamlasvegas(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. WHAT WOULD YOU SPEND ON JUST ONE MEAL OUT? — $10/plate, including tip, for a family of four? So how ’bout this: Consider “eating in” just one night a year instead, and send the difference to Brigada. $35 would go a long way if even 100 courageous partners took that stand. Just write in the memo line (or in the PayPal comment line), “eating in” :-) Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: UNSOLICITED ATTACHMENTS ARE OBSOLETE — I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the whole idea of sending unsolicited attachments is obsolete, broken, and just plain wrong. They’re dead. They should be outlawed. They’re no longer useful. They’re old- fashioned technology that no longer works. This past week, I’ve been visiting one of our newest teams, a five-person team in New Orleans, seconded to a great partner of ours called CrossRoads Missions. They’re working out of a fantastic center with a lot going for it… except they don’t have electricity or Internet yet. (In spite of that fact, they’ll host 4,000 volunteers by Sept. 1st! If you’d like to learn more, just browse to: http://www.crossroadsmissions.com ) So, without electricity and without Internet, it was pretty much like being in a third-world country, at least when it came to connecting to the Internet. I connected via my cell phone at the racing 192K downstream and about half that upstream. (Even so, that’s a ton faster than connecting via a satphone from Sudan, something I had to do just a few short weeks ago.)

    So perhaps you can understand my frustration when friends will unknowingly attach 1 megabyte snapshots of mooing cows, complete with audio. And then there are *enemies* (or vandals) who attach viruses, trojans, and/or worms or other kinds of malware — without asking my permission. The mooing cow can be 25K or 2.5 meg, depending on whether or not it’s compressed, and/or whether or not they compress it first. Sure I can sit there and look at the email on my pop3 server first, manually deleting the emails that look suspect. But remember that I’m sometimes using up valuable satellite minutes.

    Turns out some of my friends agree. Here’s an email just in from Africa, for instance: “… Now living in Africa, I have greater appreciation for the pleas I had often heard from residents in Africa requesting that the missions community reduce the size of emails, use less graphics on websites, do not send unsolicited attachments, and do not require web use. Internet and phone service here is very slow and expensive. In South Africa, for example, I have ‘unlimited’ web access. However, the phone company charges me by the second to use the phone line even for a local number. When traveling in other African countries it can be even worse. I once paid $5 to load the weekly update to my anti-virus software. Obviously, I am not keen to be online for unsubscribing to something I did not request. Thanks for hearing the perspective from another continent!” (Thanks for lending me a sympathetic ear, Barb!)

    So here’s my request: Whenever you’re tempted to send an attached file to a list of people that haven’t requested it, post it, instead, to a website or FTP site, then send a reference to the URL, so the recipient is in the driver’s seat to decide yes or no on downloading the file. (Notice even in this step, please don’t encode the URL to a hot-link word like “click here”. Go ahead and give your recipient the full name of the URL, so he or she has the option of copying and pasting the URL directly into a web browser. This approach insures you’re really going where you think you’re going.) Maybe it’s a soapbox, but in this day of digital-picture-bloat, it’s the only way we’re going to keep our sanity. Oh.. and please be careful out there: It’s a jungle out there (and jungles sometimes have narrow Internet pipes).

20051127 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
2. “STUFF VOLUME IV” NOW AVAILABLE
3. GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS 2006
4. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
5. SPECIAL PRAYER WEEK FOR UNREACHED DEJING ZHUANG OF CHINA
6. ANOTHER OPTION (BETTER?) FOR ANONYMOUS INTERNET WORK
7. THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA
8. BRIGADA BY THE NUMBERS
9. WANT TO HELP LIGHT A FIRE FOR BRIGADA?
10. THE BACKPAGE: “SYSTEMS” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company’s next Missionary Training Camp is February 23-26, 2006. During those four days, they’ll share crucial highlights for missionary preparation and sending. See their web site http://www.elijahcompany.org for what others have said, their manifesto, course content and more. For applications write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507.
2. “STUFF VOLUME IV” NOW AVAILABLE — “Stuff IV – Yet More Stuff you need to know about Doing Mission in Your Church” is the fourth volume of an encyclopedia of all the things you wanted to know about doing missions but didn’t know where to find. It is a compilation of one-page concepts, lists, outlines, forms, samples, and resources covering everything from Becoming a World Christian to Missions Web Sites. “Stuff” is available only on CD in Microsoft Word. A CD of all four volumes with cumulative index is available for $26 each (including shipping). Send a check (in U.S. Funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Specify the “Stuff CD” and provide your postal address. See portions of the first two volumes and the cumulative index at http://www.davidmays.org/Resources/resmays.html
3. GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS 2006 — The Global Consultation on Music and Missions will be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Celebrate what God is doing world- wide while learning about music and missions from such recognized experts as I-to Loh, Roberta King, Ronald Man, Mary Oyer, Steven Fry, John Witvliet, and others. Choose from over 30 informative breakout sessions on topics such as syncretism, promoting unity in blended cultural contexts both at home and abroad, and other facets of using culturally relevant music to reach and encourage others with the good news. GCoMM attendees from sponsoring organizations will be eligible for a 10 percent discount on the registration fee. Subscribe to receive free email GCoMM updates at http://www.gcommhome.org . For more information or details on how your church or organization can become a sponsor, write 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.
4. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Come join a two-, four-, or six-week ministry team to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey June 15th to July 20th 2006. This is an opportunity to join an experienced/ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, work with local churches and visit and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is to work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. This is an ideal opportunity for a church group or for individual interested in getting started in Muslim ministry. For more information contact Doug dougnann(at)compuserve(dot)com or (509) 302-0027. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. SPECIAL PRAYER WEEK FOR UNREACHED DEJING ZHUANG OF CHINA — Though they are part of a Gateway people group and receptive to the gospel, the Bible-less, unevangelized 1.1 million Zhuang in the Dejing dialect area continue to be greatly overlooked. If you’d like to bless the Dejing Zhuang with one of the most significant Christmas gifts possible, then join this prayer effort by e-mailing dejingzhuang(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] If you write “Send printable 2 page guide” in the Subject box they’ll email you a printable 1 page(front and back) PDF file with the prayer requests for all 7 days. If you write “Send me e-mails December 17-24” in the Subject box they’ll e-mail you one short prayer entry with a picture each day for seven consecutive days beginning December 17.
6. ANOTHER OPTION (BETTER?) FOR ANONYMOUS INTERNET WORK — Thanks to Paul in France for suggesting an alternative option for anonymous emails and browsing: Portable Apps Suite. This download allows you to carry all your standard applications on a USB thumbdrive, iPod, portable hard drive or any other portable media. It contains a portable web browser, email client, web editor, office suite, word processor, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client and FTP client… all in one package, all preconfigured to work portably and be easy to back up. Find it at: http://johnhaller.com/jh/useful_stuff/portable_apps_suite/

Paul has tested it himself and the performance is certainly acceptable. A very good link that discusses this topic: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1849710,00.asp. There you will also find link to encryption tools for USB drives and other security tools.
7. THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — Christian workers arrived in the small, desert village just on the border of Namibia and South Africa. If it is possible, this village was even poorer than the previous ones visited that week. One family lived in the shelter of a tree and everyone carried water from community taps. But even in this harsh climate, God is working. The Gospel was presented and a young man found new life in Jesus Christ! He was given a Bible and encouraged to grow in his newfound faith. The Christian workers pray that the next time they visit this village many others will want to know how they can have a new life in this desert. Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer. Contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or the new 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 .]
8. BRIGADA BY THE NUMBERS —
*** Total number of editions of Brigada Today since starting: 568, including this one
*** Total pages of text written so far this year: 251
*** Total subscription cost charged to all users since beginning: 0
9. WANT TO HELP LIGHT A FIRE FOR BRIGADA? — You can do it with $25 or $250 or $2500. Just go to “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: “SYSTEMS” CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE — If you’re like I am, “systems” can make a huge difference in your life. When I say “system” I mean that you’ve worked out a particular way of doing things and you do it that way every time, or you’ve decided to keep a particular thing in a particular place and now you always know where it is. Here are a few examples of “systems” that I’ve had to work out so I don’t drive myself crazy:

a) In the briefcase I use for my laptop, I have a little pouch in which I carry a “clicker” (radio-controlled rather than infra-red) to advance Powerpoint slides. I keep it there year-round, even though I actually only do an average of 2 or 3 presentations per month. But I noticed time and time again that I’d be up in front of people before I realized I had forgotten to pack my clicker. Now, even if I’ve already started the presentation, I can easily continue the generic intro. while I fish the pouch out of this particular pocket — and never break eye contact with the audience. So I have a system to keep me in business.

b) I try to get rid of all those little message slips or other notes that can accumulate from phone messages or reminders. I just transfer them to my to do list — in one place — along with all the associated phone numbers or other data. (I keep my to do list on my Treo cell phone/PDA, but a paper Day-timer or other calendar/journal would work the same way.) That way my life is all on one list, ready for action when I have the time.

c) I save up and purchase an 2 extra AC adaptors for my laptop, so I have 3 in all. I keep one plugged in at the office, one plugged in at home, and one packed all the time in my briefcase. In this way, I never have to pack up AC adaptors — ever. When I arrive at home or the office, I just plug in . . . and when I’m on the road, I feel relieved that I didn’t have to remember to pack it up before leaving home or the office.

These are 3 examples of simple systems. Maybe to you they seem rather elementary. If so, you probably have your life broken down into systems already. But for the rest of us, we could probably all use some work developing these approaches or routines. Start by identifying something that bugs you… something you forget, or something that seems jumbled or garbled. Then “think outside the box” to try to figure out a solution so you can handle it the same way each time you approach it. Take whatever steps necessary to build that system, then start with the next challenge.

In this way, life gets simpler as each day goes by . . . and less stressful. And less stress is good, because there are enough real reasons to be stressed beyond those that we could resolve more simply anyway. Beside… dealing with life by “systems” can cause us to feel like we’re in control . . . like we have impacted our reality, rather than becoming a victim of it.

So good luck. Go build a system and then celebrate the small stuff. :-)

20051113 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. FREE RESOURCES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
2. BE ANONYMOUS ON THE WEB
3. “BORN IS THE KING!” (UNIQUE CHRISTMAS STATIONERY)
4. INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA 2005
5. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS)
6. TEACHERS NEEDED IN RURAL NEPAL
7. FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE
8. IMPACT THOUSANDS OF LIVES FOR CHRIST IN ORLANDO, FL!!
9. WHAT A GREAT WEEK FOR BRIGADA!
10. MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT
11. THE BACKPAGE: “LORD, TEACH ME ABOUT THE ECONOMY”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. FREE RESOURCES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — COSIM has a web site offering resources for churches and ministries engaging in, or beginning to engage in, cross-cultural ministry partnerships. New there is a downloadable paper from Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta: “What the Global Church Wants the West to Know About Partnership” plus eleven more free document resources in the Resource Center — from evaluating partnerships — to guidelines for submitting a project proposal — to partnership agreements — to short-term missions training manual. Also find information there about the 2006 COSIM Conference, June 12-14 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” Go to: http://cosimnet.org/
2. BE ANONYMOUS ON THE WEB — StealthSurfer II is now available, and comes bundled with Anonymizer and RoboForm. It’s Password protected, with IP masking (through Anonymizer). You get secure user ID/password management with RoboForm. ALL files, including history and cookies, get cached on a flash drive that comes as a system in kit-form. It uses USB v2.0 for fast and easy access. It’s plug and play, so there’s no installation required. Available in capacities of 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB, starting at $99.29. If you purchase a StealthSurfer product, you also get a free, secure StealthSurfer.com email account. For more information visit http://www.stealthsurfer.biz
3. “BORN IS THE KING!” (UNIQUE CHRISTMAS STATIONERY) — Use this uniquely designed stationery to remind everyone you know of the true meaning of Christmas. Packages of 50 sheets of letterhead or 50 matching envelopes are available for $5.00 each through the Caspari Center office by calling 630-668-3328 or emailing caspariusa(at)caspari(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also view a sample and order the stationery through their web site at http://www.caspari.com Shipping is only available within the U.S. and at an additional cost.
4. INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA 2005 — NK Missions, the World Network for North Korea Missions, is mobilizing 100 prayer meetings for North Korea in homes around the world during Dec. 4-11, the International Week of Prayer for North Korea. You may sign up for a leader’s kit online at http://www.nkmissions.com They actually were hoping to get you signed up by November 23, but maybe you can still talk them out of a kit. Cost is $10, but scholarships are available for those in developing countries.
5. TEACH (ENGLISH) TO REACH (THE NATIONS) — “Teach to Reach” Nations are crying out for English teachers. You can reach them with the gospel as you teach English. Now you can take TESOL training February 6 through March 3 and March 13 through April 7, 2006 at Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail 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 .]
6. TEACHERS NEEDED IN RURAL NEPAL – Become a blessing in rural Nepal. There is a vital need for two teachers, one elementary and one secondary, to teach a fairly small group of children. One elementary and one secondary teacher are needed. For more information please email sunilpjohn(at)aol(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. FILM SEEKS MISSIONARY FOR LEAD ROLE — Are you on a mission? Here are some award-winning documentary filmmakers looking for articulate, passionate young Christians who are actively taking the Gospel to the world. You will be a major character in a feature film as you journey from your hometown to foreign countries doing God’s will. If interested, please send a headshot or photograph with a short description of your personal vision and reasons for taking up the mission to: lisakhsu(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Please note: You must already have a mission planned. Your trip will not be funded. Shooting begins in February 2006. http://www.revolutiontheory.com
8. IMPACT THOUSANDS OF LIVES FOR CHRIST IN ORLANDO, FL!! — Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Luis Palau Association to bring individuals and teams to Orlando, FL to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. The first hand will be the week leading up to the Orlando Festival (Operation Compassion). Teams will be involved in practical displays of Jesus’ love including saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes, random acts of kindness and Habitat for Humanity. The second hand will be the gospel proclamation given by Dr. Luis Palau. Involvement needed for the two days of the Orlando Festival include humanitarian projects, children’s area, setup and takedown for the festival, counselors and prayer teams. The dates are March 25 – April 3, 2006. To learn more, email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.deltaministries.com/ or call 1-800-533-5822 in the USA or call +1-1800-533-5822.
9. WHAT A GREAT WEEK FOR BRIGADA! — We heard several encouraging words… $15.52 from Blessed Hope Communication (when you sign up to use their long distance service, they make an offering to Brigada in relation to your minutes “on the air”… so — please reach out and touch someone! :-) To learn more, just click to: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada We also received $200 from Asbury United Methodist Church (Thank you!!!), and from anonymous partners, we received gifts of $5, $20, and $25. This latter gift was from an anonymous missionary working with Greater Europe Mission. To these new partners of Brigada, we appreciate you!!!
10. MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT — Don’t forget that with Brigada, the tiniest gift means so very much. 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 BACKPAGE: “LORD, TEACH ME ABOUT THE ECONOMY” — I continue to be in awe of those who understand big business. I have a lawyer friend who understands Washington, history, Wall Street… you know the type. Me? I’m mystified by it all. The preaching minister at our church told me that cumulative spending on world evangelism for 2004 was $1.7 billion. He also said sales figures for Sony Playstations were exactly the same: $1.7 billion. We’ve all heard illustrations like that. I’m sure you have a favorite one about dog food or pet supplies. The point is — how does all this economy of scale work? And does it at all relate to World Evangelism?

On the one hand, I’m thinking the Lord can do whatever He wants to do, with or without the USA fiscal budget, Sony, or the country of San Marino. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills… All he has to do is sell a few head and your next mission project is totally covered.

On the other hand, it *is* sobering how much we spend on small stuff. And it’s telling how much our *supporters* have spent on small stuff… stuff that really won’t matter.

So here’s the thought for the day: Today, let’s all contemplate for a minute about the fact that, when we appeal for someone to give toward our upcoming mission project, we know deep down inside we’re asking them to give toward something that will *matter*… something that will *last*. If we’re convinced of that, then why are we so sheepish asking for money. Next time we have doubts about asking for funds, let’s all remember that if they don’t give toward the particular mission work in which we’re engaging, they’ll probably just use it to buy video games anyway. :-) And that, my friends, … that tiny change in our way of thinking… that can make all the difference.

20050911 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING)
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD!
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL”
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU!
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY?
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA — There are more than 10 million people in the country of Tunisia, North Africa, with only about 300 following Jesus. This is a country rich in Christian history, but in real need of spiritual breakthrough today. Now you can join many others in praying for the Muslims of Tunisia. Caleb Project has produced a DVD on Tunisian Arabs, along with an accompanying Prayer Guide. The DVD shows the situation in Tunisia today, and includes a special interview with two leaders of the Christian Church in Tunisia. The Prayer Guide is a full-color booklet created to help Christians know how to strategically pray for Tunisian Arabs. The prices for these products are: $20 for the DVD; $2.50 for each Prayer Guide. For more information, or to place an order, please send an email to amanis(at)cproject(dot)com or call 303-459-5351. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information on Caleb Project, log onto http://www.calebproject.org
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. They offer outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections and can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. Click to: http://www.global-airtime.com or contact Andy cytechnologies(at)earthlink(dot)net toll-free in the USA 888-683-0653. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING) — Here’s an organization that offers courses that are just 5 days long but contain an entire 2 week curriculum. Global Opportunities has increased their training programs in both numbers and locations. There is still time to register for the October 12-17, 2005 LTN Tentmaking Course in Pasadena CA at the US Center for World Mission. See them on the web at http://www.globalopps.org or write them an email at goequipped(at)globalopps(dot)org.
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Here’s a magazine for development workers around the world. TEARFund, UK’s evangelical NGO, produces this periodical with ideas for community development projects and support. It is particularly designed for a national Christian who may also be a second-language English speaker, and is equally useful to the mission community. Current and all back issues are available online in PDF format, and it is also available in printed form by post. http://tilz.tearfund.org/ (Thanks Tony!!!)
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD! — Perhaps you’ve already heard of the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus which coincides with the annual Muslim fasting month of Ramadan: Oct 5 to Nov 3, 2005. This annual international mobilization (since 1993) calls Christians everywhere to pray for, learn about, and reach out to the Muslim peoples of the world, so that they may at least have an opportunity to consider God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ, and that we may live peaceably and respectfully side-by-side. You can order the current prayer booklet from: http://www.ywam.org/prayer/30daysmuslim.html
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES — Are you a missionary woman on the field that could use some encouragement? “Oaks of Righteousness” Yahoo Group has been formed with you in mind. The members there hope you will find a safe place to walk this missionary journey with women on the same path, share life’s ups and downs, and prayer for one another. Just click on the following link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness/ and then chose “join group.” For more information please contact the group moderator at latviagirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20 — Mark wrote this past week with an important caution about using those bulbs to purify water. (See the 2005/09/02 BRIGADA TODAY). Apparently there are issues being considered when regular, stable electricity is a problem. Just a word to the wise . . . that other purification techniques might be more effective when your electricity isn’t as dependable. (Thanks Mark!)
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL” — We continue to receive lots of responses to our items on Google’s “Gmail”. Frankly, judging by the passion of some of our readers, there must be something to this Gmail craze. (I think I’m going to have to check it out myself! :-) ) Perhaps one of the more studied responses was that of Justin: “While it is true that it’s difficult to secure gmail, its not impossible. First off, once you have logged in to gmail.com, then you can go to https://mail.gmail.com/mail/ (just adding the “s” after http) and the server will preserve the secure link for all of your connections thereafter. Granted that initial blast through is unsecure. One way to deal with this is to login, then once you see the “Loading” immediately close the browser, then reopen and go to the secure link. Once you’ve logged in, its a long time before your logged out anyway.

“But the far easier way to secure mail is simply to download mail in Outlook or Outlook Express or some other email client. The way Google Mail is set up, this is completely secure, done over an SSL link (and not working any other way). Granted you don’t get the web-based features of google search, but the great thing is that you get google’s spam protection and the ease of your typical email client. And depending on what client you use, you can integrate something like MSN Search or Google Search on your desktop, and find emails that way.”

Thanks, too, to Bob, who referred us to a study paper on the topic, from a Christian computer conference a couple of years ago. Find the PDF of the paper at: http://tinyurl.com/cf2qf

(Thanks Justin and Bob — and thanks to all the others who have written in on this topic!)
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS — Thanks once more to the 358 people who took part in the survey on followership, and to the 283 corresponding supervisors who came alongside to give comments on their respective team members. Last week I met with the Dean of my doctoral program and received the go ahead to begin the data analysis phase of the project. Again, this kind of project would have been impossible without the many great friends here at Brigada. These participants came from 192 different nonprofit organizations scattered literally all over the world. The survey instrument has been used previously on corporations in the public sector, but this is the first time its been employed to this extent among nonprofit mission agencies, humanitarian organizations, and churches. [Note: One interested reader recently wrote (postal mail) for more information about the project but neglected to enclose a return address. We’ll be happy to send more information it he or she will simply let us know where to send it.] Thanks again for your help and participation. Now to the number-crunching.
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU! — A site http://www.internetmissionsresearch.com was recently launched which proposes to do research for missionaries. This is in response to the growing amount of information on the web which is not searchable by ordinary search engines. This so called “deep web” contains up to 500 times as much information as the “surface” web. Primary documents, such as journal articles can often be found only by querying their respective databases one by one. It is hoped that providing a human powered search facility for missionaries will enable them to spend less time searching for and more time with quality materials. For more information see the website or contact Clarence at cbos(at)execulink(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This is a volunteer service and “space” is limited, so please be patient if requesting a search.
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA — Check out http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com for a reportedly excellent opportunity to acquire shares in a 32000ha Game Reserve in Botswana… Churches, individuals or companies can buy shares in this untouched, untamed, malaria-free part of Africa (about 450km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa)… Since it is 100km from the nearest town… and has its own conference facilities… it makes for a wonderful retreat venue… church group break-away… or missionary resting place… For more information email jacques(dot)debruin(at)gmail(dot)com and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve or go to http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com/contactus.asp and complete the form (tick “Jacques de Bruin” in the “Referred by” field as reference).
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY? — Oops. The original item didn’t contain the contact information (“GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING” in last week’s Brigada Today). For this and other issues that come up following the initial publication of a Brigada Today, you can always go to the web edition to see if the contact information (or other edit) has been added/edited there. We posted this contact within a few short hours of the initial emailing of last week’s issue. And in fact, for any current issue of Brigada, just click to: http://www.brigada.org and in the first paragraph of text, find a link or two to the current issue.
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN — International Christian Concern (ICC) has an opening for a Chief Operating Officer (COO). ICC is an international human rights org. in the Washington DC area that serves the persecuted church. They are looking for a detailed individual with international experience as well as previous management experience. The COO that can manage their headquarters staff, provide general leadership, and coordinate field operations. You can see more detail at the following URL, which “wraps” because it’s so long: http://www.persecution.org/newsite/jobopenings.php?PHPSESSID=e6d7a26e78 11171f37942d5cbe94bd86 If you have trouble reassembling this link, just click on this smaller link which we created for ICC at tinylink: http://tinyurl.com/9dbps They are asking that all applicants apply through the web. If you don’t have web access you can email your resume and cover letter to icc(at)persecution(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $25, and to Dial-Abroad, which sponsored us with a $129 gift as a result of those who use Dial-Abroad’s service in July. (To learn more, visit: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and choose “Dial-Abroad”. In addition, thanks to Andy for sending $10 and his encouraging note, ” Thank you for your efforts in getting our website out to other Missionary organizations and Missionary families via your Brigada Today newsletter. We have gained several new customers because of this. May the Lord continue to bless you and your Missionary news organization.” Learn more about Andy’s company, C Y Technologies Inc, by clicking to: http://www.global-airtime.com or by dialing 888-683-0653 in the USA, toll-free. This weeks’s gifts put us over the $8000 mark for 2005, a tremendous victory and a great milestone on our way to the goal of $16,576. We’re almost halfway there. Would you be able to make it official by providing that last $300 to bring us to 50%? If so, 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

20050904 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. VOIP PHONE SERVICE OPTION
2. FINAL ANSWER: GOOGLEMAIL NOT SECURE
3. NEW CONFERENCE CALL SERVICE
4. WORLD CHRISTIANS THROUGH BUSINESS CONFERENCE
5. BILINGUAL MISSIONS AND MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
6. GET YOUR HOPE TAJIKISTAN PRAYER GUIDES TODAY!!
7. REACH MORMONS IN UTAH!
8. GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING
9. THESE CONTRIBUTORS PAVED THE WAY…
10. THE BACK PAGE: GLAD TO SEE LAUSANNE STILL TICKING
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. VOIP PHONE SERVICE OPTION — Check out http://www.lingo.com for a good VOIP phone service. For around $20 you can make unlimited calls to the US, Canada, and Western Europe- from where ever you are in the world. They even give you US phone number in the area code of your choice. This is a great way for your friends, family and supporters ‘back home’ to contact you. One catch is that you must have high-speed internet service. If you use the name of this particular Brigada participant as a reference, both he and you will get a $25 credit!! All new subscribers receive one free month also. From Mexico City, he effectively uses the service. Remember, for the $25 credit to work, new subscribers must enter his email klmyers(at)theriver(dot)com as a reference. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Be sure and enter the email address in the traditional format rather than the Brigada “anti-spam” format. Thanks!)
2. FINAL ANSWER: GOOGLEMAIL NOT SECURE — Based on definitive proof from Brian, of UWM, we have concluded that Gmail is definitely not a secure format for workers in sensitive access countries. Apparently, only the log-in is a secure link. Once logged in, looking at email, we’re now told that this all-important stage is completely open and in the clear, to anyone that has access to the web. (This would make Gmail pretty much like sending a postcard.) Word to the wise: Get Hushmail at: http://www.hushmail.com
3. NEW CONFERENCE CALL SERVICE — Tired of waiting forever on conference calls? Here’s a free conference call service that benefits the kingdom. It is found at http://www.greatercalling.org It’s pretty amazing. Dave Butts is a prayer mobilizer from western Indiana. He writes, “We’re using it for prayer calls, conference calls, and long distance teaching. It uses the freeconference calls technology and as a matter of fact, contract with that company to do this as a non-profit benefiting ministry. Hope this is helpful.” Give ’em a try! (Thanks Dave!)
4. WORLD CHRISTIANS THROUGH BUSINESS CONFERENCE — Here’s a conference for anyone interested in Business as Mission or Business as Ministry. This conference will explore the marketplace missions movement, consider models for business as missions, examine principals of great commission companies, and relay practical applications where God is clearly at work through businesses and business people across the globe. Leading authors and missiologists will be the featured speakers at this event. The second conference in 2005 will be hosted at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA on Saturday, 10/22/2005. Learn more at http://www.WorldChristiansThroughBusiness.org
5. BILINGUAL MISSIONS AND MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — The German youth ministry StEP International has a few more openings for their ten-month residential training school in Pirmasens, Germany starting November 5th. The school will be bilingual, in both German and English languages. Blending both local church and missions focuses, the school will include ministry training, life skills training – including English and German language, and introductory missions training. Three months of outreach is planned, including Poland, Germany, and seven weeks in Suriname. For more info, visit the website at: http://www.step-international.de/ or email Joe & Shelli Sellars at office(at)step-international(dot)de. [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 HOPE TAJIKISTAN PRAYER GUIDES TODAY!! — Looking for more prayer resources for your church or small group? Desiring to reach the world through prayer? Passionate about what is happening among the unreached of Central Asia? Then join the growing number of grassroots prayer warriors who are currently interceding for the people of Tajikistan. Printed and electronic prayer guides are available on the Hope Tajikistan website: http://www.hopetajikistan.com or by emailing PrayerGuides(at)HopeTajikistan(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Hope Tajikistan 2005 is a grassroots prayer mobilization effort burning with the passion to see new intercessors raised up for the people of Tajikistan.
7. REACH MORMONS IN UTAH! — You are invited to be trained by a loving staff at Utah Partnerships for Christ http://www.upfc.org to reach Mormons with the love of Jesus Christ. There are 60,000 Mormon missionaries around the world. Are you ready to reach them when they come to your door? Contact Russ, Director of UPFC, at (801)645-7433 to learn more about how you can speak the truth in love to Mormons. They have =conducted mission trips to Utah since 2000, and have worked with groups ages 13 on up. For more info, contact them at: info(at)upfc(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. GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING – A well established Great Commission Company in China, is currently seeking a Finance Manager and a Human Resources Manager (could the same person). The goal of this GC company is to establish one new GC company in China per year, seeing people’s lives changed long term. They do a combination of consulting work for companies coming to China and management of their own manufacturing companies in China (currently have four manufacturing operations and two other types of GC companies). This company has 15 years of experience in China and has started or helped start over 20 companies during this time. This is a great place to gain insight and contribute towards BAM in China.
9. For more information, write graeme(at)priusa(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] THESE CONTRIBUTORS PAVED THE WAY… — Thanks to these courageous donors who paved the way for this Brigada Today to come onto your screen: an anonymous worker in Taiwan gave $67, another reader anonymously gave $25, and a former missionary to Papua New Guinea anonymously gave $100. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: GLAD TO SEE LAUSANNE STILL TICKING — As a global missions movement, we need Lausanne to be strong. If you’ve forgotten who Lausanne is, get reminded at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12892 Read the now-famous Lausanne Covenant at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12891 and see a review of their global gatherings at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12736 Anyway, I’m glad to see them “still ticking”. Check out their new “world pulse” newsletter at: http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/ I say, bravo to those who have survived the hype of the turn of the millennium, stayed consistent in the trenches, and remained motivated to move forward. Bravo. Keep up the good work.
Doug

20050821 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE OFFERS MOMENTUM
2. COOL TOOL: ONLINE PARALLEL BIBLE
3. LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THAT CONSULTATION IN TURKEY?
4. WANT TO GET UPDATED RISK INFORMATION FROM THE STATE DEPT?
5. INSTEAD OF IKOBO, TRY CASH2WORLD.COM
6. STILL USING THE VPN, “FINDNOT?” IF SO, HEED THIS
7. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
8. NEW WEB SITE ON PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLES OF SAUDI ARABIA
9. MOBILE PHONE OUTREACH
10. GMAIL DEBATE CONTINUES
11. AMAZING ENCOURAGEMENT
12. BACKPAGE: PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE OFFERS MOMENTUM — Its compiler hopes to help believers passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least- reached 27% of our world. Read it this month at: http://www.momentum-mag.org
2. COOL TOOL: ONLINE PARALLEL BIBLE — Check out this online parallel Bible: http://bible.cc/ Imagine how far we’ve come in the past 10 years, compared to the previous *50* years!
3. LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THAT CONSULTATION IN TURKEY? — Try this email address instead: GlobalConsult(at)itnet(dot)org (See last week’s Brigada, Item #2)
4. WANT TO GET UPDATED RISK INFORMATION FROM THE STATE DEPT? — Just go to: http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=DOSTRAVEL&H=LISTS.STATE.GOV to set up automatic emails of the most crucial information.
5. INSTEAD OF IKOBO, TRY CASH2WORLD.COM — This new service allows you to send funds directly to a person via courier and the fees they charge are reasonable, according to Brigada user, “Scott.” (Thanks Scott!)
6. STILL USING THE VPN, “FINDNOT?” IF SO, HEED THIS — Just in case you’re still able to access FindNot, beware Brigada user “Andy” says they charge your card again without notice, if they have the card on file. That’s not a totally bad thing, unless you didn’t want them to do so. (Thanks Andy!)
7. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. It’s reported to have outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections and can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at our website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world.

http://www.global-airtime.com
8. NEW WEB SITE ON PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLES OF SAUDI ARABIA — Here’s a new web site focusing on the prayer needs of Muslims in Saudi Arabia. http://shaketheheavens.org This site focuses on mapping out the history of the main cities in Saudi and any other factors which may be of interest to those wishing to pray in an informed manner over Saudi. Feedback / contributions to the current content are welcome. Please send email to: feedbackatshaketheheavensdotorg
9. MOBILE PHONE OUTREACH — There are many countries, even in the 10-40 Window, where mobile phone ownership is very high. Although many groups are offering such things as devotionals by text message, these are primarily for believers. One major potential would be the passing-on of very short video or cartoon clips which had a gentle evangelistic message. Another might be the secular strategy detailed in this London Times article: http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,2040-10315- 1750622,00.html (If the above link wraps to a second line, don’t forget to reassemble it.) If you know of anyone doing creative evangelism through mobile devices, the Web Evangelism Guide wants to know! Please write to: guide [at] web-evangelism [dot] com
10. GMAIL DEBATE CONTINUES — Recently, we mentioned that we were considering GMAIL to be a fairly good approach for secure email. Several Brigada participants wrote “pro” or “con” viewpoints. Bottom line: It has great spam filtering and appears to offer certain features compatible with secure communications. Several mentioned that since it includes the “s”, i.e., https, it’s as secure as downloading banking informational. On the other hand, one user wrote, “Maybe, kinda secure. The segment that is secure is only the google -account-holder part of the trip. The rest is up in the air for anyone to grab, even if you are emailing to another supposedly secure site.” So that secure address would be: https://mail.google.com/mail/ (Thanks Peter!) On the other hand, other users wrote that the user should beware, based on sites like: http://www.google-watch.org http://www.ericschmidt.com/ (the personal site of the leader) http://www.firstadopter.com/fa/archives/001169.html
11. AMAZING ENCOURAGEMENT — Thanks for the amazing encouragement offered by the individual sending $200 of sponsorship funds: “I have benefited so much from reading your newsletter the last few years. My wife and I are going to … [a Muslim country] to serve a group of missionaries for a couple of weeks and to spend time to pray and think as we consider joining them … for more permanent service. Please pray for us, that we would know God’s will for us (and do it). Thank you again for serving us through your efforts as you serve our Lord.”
12. BACKPAGE: PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS — Here are some resources for Personal Spiritual Retreats PERSONAL RETREAT RESOURCES — We learned much about personal retreat resources. Here’s a summary: — Get “A Day of Prayer and Vision”, a CD offered by The Evangelical Alliance. Write info(at)teamworld(dot)org for more information. Sorry we don’t have pricing or order information — so be sensitive when you write. (Thanks for the tip, Glen!) — http://www.ywamaxiom.com — Idea: “Silent Retreats.” ‘Lydia’ writes, “I have attended one of these, led by the base leader, Jeff … and it was amazing. To learn more, go to “events.” (Thanks Lydia!) — Click here to read “Mike’s Personal Prayer & Planning Retreat” worksheet. Mike writes of it, ” This is a series of questions organized around 7 relational arenas in our lives that my wife and I get away and go through once or twice a year. It has been very helpful to us and has been an excellent discipleship tool when we have taken others through it with us.” (Thanks Mike!) — http://www.womenoftheharvest.com then click on “Resources”, then click “Rest and Relaxation” and/or “Counseling and Care Centers”. — http://rancho.across2u.com — Site discusses “Rancho de la Paz”, located in Riverside County, California, with seven guest rooms where missionaries (and ministers) can have a time of spiritual renewal.

(German’s) personal retreat — Peter, a German Brigada reader, wrote, “Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down. It’s not always the same of course. Mostly it’s a battle to really get quiet before the Lord – but it’s a great help to have this day once in while. Often I have some points where I need to spend some time asking Jesus, needing orientation, facing problems, having to decide important things. But sometimes (as last Saturday) it’s Him to tell me to let all things fall and just get into His arms, listening to Him (like Mary), waiting for Him to speak. Many times I like to praise the Lord with singing and playing guitar. He even gave me a new song once (I’m not a musician and had trouble writing it down, but it was first of all just for me). Sometimes reading Psalms aloud helps me to get away from all the things that distract me and to fill my spirit with His Word. (For those praying in tongues, that helps a lot.) Sometimes I read a good book, while talking/listening to Jesus in-between.”

Place: I like a quiet place where I’m alone (sometimes not easy to find). I go to monasteries, public gardens. Some I know go to the desert or to the forest. You can go up to a mountain like Jesus. Some like walking while listening / praying. Others (like me), like to sit in a place, having a notebook around to write down what Jesus tells me.

In addition: I would recommend the book “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster / Harper & Row Publ. – it’s available in German, too (which is what I read).” (Thanks Peter!) — Here’s a directory of retreat centers — http://www.worship-arts-network.com/OCretreatcenters.html (Thanks Jolene!0 — www.wisdomcrossing.com/whatiswc.php — Check out the world’s largest collection of free bible studies. — http://www.mhbcmi.org/listen/index.php — Download the mp3 of Tim Keel’s Aug. 7, 2005 sermon. (Thanks for the tip, Shane!) — Visit Praise Mountain, just west of Colorado Springs, tel. (719) 748- 3719. — Go to the Brigada website and click here to download the expanded outline about personal spiritual retreats, with additional “how to” information.

Personal Prayer & Planning Retreat “Personal Prayer & Planning Retreat”

I. Preparation

A. BRING: Bible, paper, pencil, eraser

B. BRING: One copy of The Bondage Breaker

1. With your spouse, pray through the “Steps to Freedom” (Chapter 12 in The Bondage Breaker, Neil Anderson, Harvest House Publishers)

C. Unhindered Prayer and Premeditated Submission

1. Confess sins, repent, make restitution, and reconcile relationships to clean and open, before you start. (Mt 5:23-24; 1Pet 3:7)

2. Decide before God speaks to you, that you agree with Him, and that you will obey Him.

D. Listen and respond to God regarding these seven relational areas of your life:

1. God, what do You think about my marriage? Family? Extended family? Church? Ministry? Mission? Discipleship?

2. Act by making a schedule and budget that accurately reflects your commitments.

II. Marriage

A. Spiritual Leadership (BRING: Spiritual Leadership study)

1. Servant

a. What spiritual needs can I be asking God to meet in my wife, children, others?

b. How can I help them using God’s Word?

c. How could I demonstrate sacrificial service for my wife? Children?

d. When you are ready to act on her answer, ask your wife this question: What one area of my life could I grow in at this time?

(1) Don’t ask this question if you are not prepared to act, to grow, to change.

2. Shepherd

a. In what areas do my wife and children need protection? How can I make them feel more secure?

b. In what areas could I more clearly communicate to them the direction God gives me?

3. Steward

a. What are my gifts, talents, resources? My wife’s? My children’s?

b. How can they best be used to build up the Body of Christ?

c. What effects did they have last year?

d. How can I reproduce those gifts, talents, resources in another? How can my wife? How can my children?

B. Spiritual Submission

1. Supportive

a. What can I pray, say, or do to demonstrate my support for my husband’s leadership?

2. Sensitive

a. What needs of his can I pray for or meet that would help him lead us?

b. When you are ready to act on his answer, ask your husband this question: What one area of my life could I grow in at this time?

(1) Don’t ask this question if you are not prepared to act, to grow, to change.

3. Suggestive

a. Is he inviting my suggestions in any way?

b. When he does, what would I suggest, and how might I make suggestions, that would help him lead us?

III. Children

A. Loving

1. How can I better express love to each of my children at this time in their life?

2. What makes each of my children feel loved by me at this time in their life?

B. Teaching

1. What are the next lessons each of my children need to learn about God? Relationships? Themselves?

2. What are the questions each of my children is asking me?

C. Blessing

1. What can I pray, say, and do to bless each of my children?

2. What makes each of my children feel valued by me?

IV. Extended Family

A. Parents

1. How can I honor my parents?

2. How can I improve my relationship with them?

3. What would be their next step closer to God?

B. Siblings

1. How can I improve my relationship with my brother? Sister?

2. What would be their next step closer to God?

C. Read Changes that Heal, Henry Cloud

D. Boundary Questions for Stressful Relationships

1. Am I trying to take responsibility for someone else’s commitments?

2. Am I trying to make someone else responsible for my commitments?

3. Is someone else trying to take responsibility for my commitments?

4. Is someone else trying to make me responsible for their commitments?

5. How can I more clearly define, express, and, if necessary, enforce more healthy boundaries of responsibility and commitment?

V. Church

A. Commitments

1. What invitations to serve our local church have I received?

2. To what ministry will we commit ourselves this year in our local church?

VI. Ministry

A. Passion (Ps 37:4)

1. What do you want to do more than anything else for the Body of Christ?

2. What thrills your heart, blesses your soul, challenges your mind, charges your body, and fulfills your dreams?

B. Gifts (Rom 12; Eph 4; 1Cor 12-14; 1Pet 4)

1. What gifts have been affirmed in me by others?

2. What invitations have been extended to me to use my gifts? Locally? Regionally? Globally?

C. Fruit (Jn 15)

1. What effects have my gifts had in the Body of Christ in the past? Last year?

VII. Mission (BRING: Mission Statement)

A. Legacy

1. If you died today, for what will your children, church, friends, neighbors, patients, remember you?

2. How would you want to be remembered?

B. Statement

1. Update and upgrade your mission statement.

C. Process

1. What needs to happen this year to keep you on track?

2. What needs to happen in five years to keep you on track?

VIII. Discipleship

A. Investment in the Only Two Things that Last Forever

1. God’s Word (2Tim 3:16-17)

a. Describe your current integration of God’s Word into your life?

b. What did you learn about God last year?

c. What questions do you have for God this year?

2. People (Mt 22:35-40; Mt 28:16-20)

a. Describe your current strategy for making disciples?

b. With whom will you apply this strategy this year?

c. Whom have you invited to invest significantly in you?

B. Returns (Jn 15:1-11)

1. What effect has God’s Word had on your life this last year?

2. What fruit would you like to see increase this year?

3. Is there pruning that needs to happen so more good fruit can grow and last? Where?

C. Reproduction

1. How are the people in whom you have invested reproducing their faith?

2. Do you see any increase in fruitfulness?

3. Do you see good fruit that is lasting over the years?

IX. Schedule (BRING: Last year’s planner, weekly schedule, and blank weekly & 18 mon planners)

A. Prioritize

1. List your proposed activities in order of priority.

B. Prune

1. Starting at the top of the list, fill your schedule.

2. After you fill your schedule, cut off the bottom 10% time takers so you have time to be a Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37) and to be quiet (1Th 4:11).

C. Percentages

1. Whom does your schedule show you love? You spend time proportionately with whom or what you love.

2. Could you lead someone closer to Christ with your schedule?

X. Budget (BRING: Last year’s Income & Expense sheet for work and home)

A. Prioritize

1. List your proposed financial goals in order of priority?

B. Prune

1. Determine your income.

2. Starting at the top of your priority list, dispense your income?

3. When you run out of money, stop spending.

4. Adjust your budget to fit your income.

5. Adjust your lifestyle to fit your budget.

C. Percentages

1. Decide on a percentage or amount of God’s money you believe He wants you to invest in His Kingdom.

a. Decide on a percentage or amount of God’s money you believe He wants you to invest in His local church where you serve.

2. Decide on a percentage or amount of God’s money you believe He wants you to save.

3. How can we be the best and most faithful stewards with the rest of His money? (Mt 25:14-30; Lk 20:11-27)

4. What does your budget say you believe? These numbers tell you what you believe.

5. Could you lead someone closer to Christ with your budget? Income/Expense Sheet?

6. —————–

Things To Bring:

A pocket sized notebook & pen so you can

jot down any thoughts that could be from the Lord,

no matter when/where they occur

Small CD player & praise/worship CDs

Pocket NT/Ps/Prov so you’re never away from the Word

Index cards with items you want to pray or talk to the Lord about;

good for using on walks

Notebook/Journal with plenty of pens/pencils

List of questions / issues to talk to the Lord about

Good walking shoes

Mack’s ear plugs (in case the place isn’t as quiet as you planned)

A favorite devotional book or hymnal / songbook

One extra set of clothes in case the weather’s warmer or colder than planned,

whichever’s more likely in your location

Things To Do

Have people specially praying for you (and your family, if you have one) while you’re away

Pray thru different sections of Ps. 119 during the day

Try praying thru sections of Scripture such as Mt. 5-7 and/or Jn. 14-16

or Revelation Chs. 2 & 3 to see if the Lord has words for you

Take a couple of walks during the day, and expect to meet God

(Thanks to Bruce from Connecticut)

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There are a few things that I do to make my retreat times productive and focused. I keep a specific journal that I only record retreat times in. Then, at the beginning of my retreat, I reread past entries to remind me of how far the Lord has brought me.

I recommend Intimacy with the Almighty by Chuck Swindoll to jumpstart a person’s desire for a retreat time. As a prayer help, I often bring pictures or a collage of what I am praying for to help me to focus.

Also, taking a walk/hike, or some other form of exercise for awhile before you sit down to focus helps to clear your mind and relax your body, especially if you are going to be sitting for an extended period of time. I try to take most of my retreats in rural areas or state parks or other natural and more isolated areas. It is a lot easier to get away from distractions and focus my thoughts on God.

Finally, I find it very helpful to set goals for my time: specific concerns to think and pray about, specific Scriptures to read, etc. and then just relax and let the Holy Spirit guide my thoughts and prayers.

(Thanks Rebecca !!!)

20050330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA!
10. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING)
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE
21. SPONSORS ROCK!
22. CLOSING STUFF

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID — The new Seth Barnes book, “The Art of Listening Prayer,” seems to fill a real void, creating a theology of *communicating* with God (including listening) as opposed to merely giving God a list of grievances or requests. “Create a conversation with God – Focus, repent, Ask, and Listen.” If new recruits find out about this book, choosing a field might become tons easier. In the end, the name says it all… it’s an art available at: http://www.adventures.org Seth Barnes is the founder of Adventures in Missions, which is set on mobilizing new missionaries and other radical disciples. To get your copy, browse at: http://adventures.org (and by the way, thanks for the help with the sponsorship gift, Adventures!!)
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN — On April 1st Audio Scriptures International and its sister organization, Adopt-A-Village, merged to become Talking Bibles International. This change will allow them to serve the non-reading community from a larger platform, more effectively and efficiently. The goal and focus of the ministry will remain the same, namely, to reach non-readers with the Word of God in a format they can understand and relate to, namely, the Talking Bible in their own languages. Talking Bibles International’s goal and desire is to place 100,000 Talking Bibles into non-reading homes in India over the next 5 years. During this same period Talking Bibles International’s partner, World Mission, will be pursuing a similar goal in Africa … 100,000 Talking Bibles in ten African languages. Talking Bibles International will continue serving as an audio Scripture resource center for churches, individuals and ministries in the USA. It will continue recording New Testaments in more languages, reaching homes with the Bible in audio through its extensive website … providing Talking Bibles in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe. For more information 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 .] or visit http://www.talkingbibles.org
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT — Interested in that film that might win a few Muslims? The earlier link was gone. http://www.crescentproject.org/sahara_faq.cfm Works. The URL reported for this movie in a previous edition seemed to have issues. Sorry about that.
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 Cosim Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER — This Joint Gathering will be September 12-15, 2005 in Denver. The theme will be: Synergistic Kingdom Advance Among the Least and the Lost Participating groups include the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM), Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO), the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) and Churches Together. The gathering will seek to encourage deeper evangelical engagement with a range of issues. The hope is to approach these issues from both a hands-on process that will enable networking between organizations and allow leaders to clarify the core issues that face the body of Christ in its global mission. Participating mission and church leaders, strategists, and field practitioners will seek to take seriously issues like: Dealing with the AIDS crisis together, Rebuilding in Asia after the tsunami, Becoming a “Christian” in a post-Christian World, …. and more. Support/service organizations are encouraged to exhibit at the event. Watch for more information at http://www.efmamissions.org or call: 770-457-6677
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS — The item we featured on compressing photos generated a ton of user feedback. Seems like we’ve hit a chord with which several Brigada participants have struggled. “Jim” pointed out that Word has a Picture toolbar (View|Toolbars|Pictures) with an icon for “Compress Pictures”. Just click it and apply it to all pictures in document, then change the resolution to either web/screen or print. (Thanks Jim!) Peter, from Australia, added, “A word of warning: if you have already saved the document before compressing, save it as a new file (SAVE AS ..) after compression. If you just save to the same file it can actually make the file LARGER, for some reason.” Another liked WordPerfect, which in two clicks, any WP file converts to PDF. Just select File >> Publish to >> PDF. Easy! (Thanks Claudia). Several others pointed out that not all the products we mentioned were totally free. So be sure to read their descriptions fully before buying. Jim, along with Peter, added, “This dpi conversion feature is not listed in the advertised FREE Pic2Pic; nor in the Pic2Pic Plus $15 version; but only in the top-of-the-line Pic2Pic Pro $30. Feels like bait-and-switch from free Brigada advertising.” Oops. Well I can honestly assure you, Jim… we used a review to write that item — we’ve not had the time to play with the program personally. If only the $30 version has the capability, then Google’s Picasa is the better option (again, free). Either way, we don’t work for Pic2Pic nor do we receive any commission or kick-back from them. We were just “one beggar telling another where to find bread.” If your pictures are in Word, the above click tool seems like the easiest option! If you’d like to try yet another free option, “Peter” recommended: http://users.pandora.be/david.de.groot/progs/PIXresizer.zip
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY — From May 6-8, 2005 the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a weekend conference on the Hindu- Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This New York City area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org for full details or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA! — Which generation can send the most new missionaries? In the USA, believers in the post- World War II “Baby Boomer” generation are primed to move into a second career in missions. (The Finishers Project has placed nearly 800 new fulltime missionaries with other agencies in the past six years, 40% of whom are already fully funded.) But Finishers gets so many Gen-Xers posting profiles that it’s time for… MissionNext in Omaha Nebraska May 6-7! Missionaries, check out http://www.MissionNext.org and send your unsuspecting constituents to Omaha. They’ll soon be joining you! Go to the website, visit http://www.Finishers.org or email Bill and Amy at William(at)Finishers(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. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW — This new edition of the acclaimed Operation WorldView Video Series is an ideal stepping-stone to the Perspectives course. It features introductory comments from Steven Hawthorne for the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic components, plus promotional videos for the Perspectives course from Caleb Project in lesson 8. Featuring compelling mission videos and powerful lessons based on classics such as “The Story of His Glory” and “The Kingdom Strikes Back” — Operation WorldView is perfect for small groups and local churches wanting to explore profound truths in Scripture, history and culture — to motivate greater involvement in world missions. For more information, visit the Mission ONE web site: http://www.mission1.org/opwv_psp.html
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP — HGM is a training and sending agency dedicated to making disciples among the remaining peoples of the earth that have yet to receive the Gospel. HGM’s ultimate aim is to plant living, self-reproducing churches in these cultures through a missionary witness centered on the living, biblical Jesus and free of unnecessary Western influences. To accomplish this, HGM has instituted five months of intense and very relevant training for long-term missionary church-planting—Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT — John Zumwalt reveals the fiery heart of the pioneer missionary in this explosive call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. Zumwalt takes a hard look at history and Scripture to discover God’s purposes for his saints in every age. A radical reminder of truth central to the life of the Christian yet continually set aside by the Church at large. A powerful antidote to the deadly self-absorption of western Christianity. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 COSIM Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING) — A prayer card company founded by former missionaries and owned and run by MKs (missionary kids) is introducing a new support-raising tool for mission teams – Individualized Team PrayerCards. Team Cards were created specifically for short-term mission teams and they allow individuals within teams to customize cards for personal use while giving team leaders the ability to maintain a professional and cohesive look for the teams’ materials. Team members will receive cards with both a photo of the team as well as their individual photo in as little as one week’s time. Text on the cards can include both the team and individual contact information, and thanks to group rates, individual costs remain low.

For more information about Team PrayerCards, visit http://www.creativeplus.com/teamcards or call 1-800-347-2848 (US/Canada) or 1-704-843-5040 (International).
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL — If you’ve ever needed to send a large file (up to 1GB) to someone, but had problems sending it through email, here’s a solution. YouSendIt is a service that allows you to choose who you want to send a file to (an email address or multiple email addresses), select a file to send (you can send photos, audio, documents or anything else – your file will be stored by YouSendIt), and simply click on Send. YouSendIt will automatically email your recipient a link to your file stored on their server. Your file will be deleted after seven days. http://www.yousendit.com (Thanks Faithe!!! We’ve got to make sure we keep you. :-) )
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE — Have you been thinking you needed to get your master’s degree? Azusa Pacific University from California teaches four courses each summer in the Philippines. The program is in leadership. The cost is 1/2 to 1/4 on campus prices (depending on nationality)! Contact Melody Kuka for more information kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The courses this summer are: May 3-June 4 Creative/Collaborative Leadership, and Designing Learning Experiences. June 6-10: Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, and Leading Across Cultures.
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA — Thrive Africa, based in Harrismith, South Africa, focuses on developing emerging leaders. They run a year-long missions immersion program called 24/7 for young adults who are interested in full-time missionary work. Interns in 24/7 serve alongside career missionaries and are involved in all aspects of Thrive Africa’s ministry. 24/7 runs January through December and is currently accepting applications for the 2006 program. For more information check out http://www.thriveafrica.org or email internship(at)thriveafrica(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE — The World Evangelical Alliance is calling North American Church and Ministry leaders to meet with senior WEA leaders from every major region of the globe. During this event, you will meet WEA’s senior regional leaders and International Council members; meet with executives from WEA’s commissions engaged in Religious Liberty, Missions, Women’s Concerns, Youth, and Theology; engage leaders from affiliates working with children at risk, HIV/AIDS, poverty, refugees, and saturation church planting. You will also hear an exclusive first hand report on the tsunami relief efforts by Godfrey Yogarajah, a Sri Lankan who heads up the Evangelical Fellowship of Asia, and is heavily involved in coordinating efforts in his own country. To register for this event please go to their website: http://worldevangelical.org/ call (425) 778-5513. email: infoatworldevangelicaldotorg
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS –- Enjoy life-changing Biblical Study Tours to the Holy Lands of Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey. Read an Integrated Gospel with color photos and gain understanding through Biblical Theological Books. Contact Glory Quest Books and Tours at: P.O. Box 1207, Citrus Heights, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1- 866-274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail Glory Quest at Contact(at)GloryQuests(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For further information, please check out Glory Quest’s web site at: http://www.GloryQuests.com
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE — This one-of-a kind training seminar is designed to equip and challenge individuals to be effective missions advocates. Participants will learn from seasoned advocates and leave with concrete objectives on how to develop an advocacy strategy for their church, denomination, and network. This training is May 6 and 7 in Denver, Colorado and the cost is $65 per person. Register online at http://www.calebproject.org/store or email advocacy(at)cproject(dot)com for more information. The deadline for registration is April 30.
21. SPONSORS ROCK! — Thanks for the $100 donation from an anonymous WEC missionary, and the $180 from ” an anonymous couple in China,” who wrote, “Thank you for the continued blessing of Brigada!” Dial-Abroad also sent their monthly sponsorship to Brigada based on participants using their service at paypal. For more on their ministry, click “donate” and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.

20050313 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY?
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT!
14. FESTIVAL DC
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR”
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
18. AMAZING SPONSORS!
19. CLOSING STUFF

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Their Two- Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA) — Most international plans cannot provide on-going health insurance coverage for a person that returns to the USA with a chronic illness. Now an American company is offering international health insurance for individuals that also guarantees continuous coverage in the USA. The plan also provides an HSA option, copays and no waiting period for maternity. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY? — Yes it’s true! If you are looking for international health coverage at a reasonable price be sure to check out the International Citizens Series Economy Plan from Insurance Services of America. A quick glance at the rates will show you that a 25 year old male can get health insurance for an entire year for as low as $380! Rates vary by age and gender, but they are all very affordable! This plan provides excellent coverage underwritten by the oldest and largest insurer in the world. Also, at no extra charge, you will get 15 travel assistance benefits with help provided by a live operator 24 hours a day! You may get complete details at http://www.missinonaryhealth.net or for a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. (Thanks to Mark and Insurance Services for their help with Brigada’s operating expenses!)
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in Southern California for two days in April to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. HURRY – the deadline for registering is March 31, 2005. For more information write: asm(at)interum(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR — Learn exciting strategies that have been used by missionaries and national Christians working in both rural and urban contexts as well as countries closed to the gospel. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from June 13-18. Learn about microfinance and microenterprise development strategies that are appropriate for churches and missionaries and grounded in a Christ-centered message. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — This intense, interactive short-term mission training conference seeks to empower church, school, and agency leaders in Christian short-term mission. Training topics include STM Basics 101; A Host Receivers’ Perspective of STM Teams; Effective Planning, Training, and Leading of STMs; A Prayer Walking Strategy for Your STM; Our Response to the Poor; Understanding Cultural Mannerisms; Reentry, Debriefing, and Follow-up; Risk Assessment; and much more. For information and registration, visit http://www.STEMmin.org or e-mail dbromley(at)STEMmin(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Planning an overseas summer missions experience? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries in mind. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping). Bite down on “Peterburgers”!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM — Those geeks over at Missionary Tech Support have just added a new online forum to help you with your computer questions and challenges. http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/forum Of course you can still email for tech support help(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com or schedule a “Remote Geek” session. Tech support is always free to the missions community. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com.
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. May 9 – June 3, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates are listed in at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES — Culture shock can hit your funny bone! Siberian Shivers is a great preparation for summer missionaries to any culture. Bill uses humor to tell true stories with cross cultural lessons for missionaries to cap each adventure. Whether you’re headed for Siberia or someplace toasty, get ready with Siberian Shivers! Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). It’s never been cooler.
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP — Got any idea where to find good resources to present the gospel to a Vietnamese, or disciple them? David grsin(at)singnet(dot)com(dot)sg would like to know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT! — The Great Siberian Rail Adventure is all about finding humor, spiritual encouragement, and cultural insight traveling in the middle of nowhere. Journeying this summer overseas or know someone who is? Get ready for your adventure with this funny book. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper at dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
14. FESTIVAL DC — The dates are Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 05. Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. For the week leading up to the DC Festival, teams will be involved in saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher Sarjent at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533- 5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: 001-503-669-8048 or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Website:

http://www.deltaministries.com
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR” — This is your opportunity to pray for Myanmar: http://www.p4mm.com The site is initiated by Myanmar Partnership, a group of about 20 Christian organizations with a focus on Myanmar. This website has prayer requests for every day of the month. Subscribe for email updates at the website.
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS — The Mbalantu People of northern Namibia: I. lives in a traditional Mbalantu home which is several small, round huts surrounded by a tree limb fence. He welcomed three believers sharing the Gospel with him one afternoon. He repeated his gratefulness and showed a great desire to learn. However, he never grasped what it means to be saved. It was a prime example of the task of missions to clearly communicate the Gospel. 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 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 .]
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). There will be programs for: Children (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and Adults (3 Plenary Speakers, 60 Seminars and 85 Missions Displays!). A special track of seminars will be offered for Missions Pastors, Spanish Speakers, and Children’s Workers. All Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders are invited to attend a special Friday luncheon to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the world-wide missions movement, plan now to attend April 29th to May 1st. And why not sign up to volunteer for a couple of hours? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
18. AMAZING SPONSORS! — Hats off to the 3 anonymous sponsors for sending $10, $15, and $25 respectively (Thanks!), and to Dial-Abroad for sending $142 as a portion of the long distance usage fees from January! Please keep talking! :-) If you need a long distance program, or if you’d just like to help Brigada, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then 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. Thanks! 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.

20050220 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
2. NEED A WEBSITE? SERVING HIM? THIS COMPANY PLEDGES IT FOR FREE
3. INTEGRATED AGRICUTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
4. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS TRIP FOR FAMILIES
5. NEW CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY
6. FOR TESL FOLKS, FIND OUT WHICH WORDS ARE IN USE
7. ALSO FOR TESL-ERS, RADIO IN 8 LANGUAGES
8. BOOT CAMPS FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING
9. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
10. MISSION-CHALLENGE MUSIC
11. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING HELP
12. INTERESTED IN A YEMEN PRAYER GUIDE?
13. FESTIVAL DC
14. HELP GET BRIGADA OUT THE DOOR
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — It’s not too late to get in on the unreached peoples consultation scheduled for March 14-17, staged by AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN and Regent University, entitled “Breakthrough Among Muslims” at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn from speakers who have ministered successfully in the Muslim world and develop strategies on how you can be involved. This is your last chance to register for this important consultation. For a complete schedule and speaker biographies, visit AFMA on the web at http://www.theafma.org. To request a brochure or to secure your registration, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims-usa(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. NEED A WEBSITE? SERVING HIM? THIS COMPANY PLEDGES IT FOR FREE — Bill is a website developer and hoster who makes it his ministry to offer free website development, design and hosting for “those serving Him”. He says he provides “information architecture, graphic design, and internet technology consulting”. Check him out at: http://www.setlinc.com/ (As is the case with many offers published in Brigada, we don’t have a personal relationship, nor any experience with SetLinc. But that doesn’t stop us from passing along the opportunity for you to check out.)
3. INTEGRATED AGRICUTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Now’s the final chance to register for the “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7 -11. It will be a great time of learning and fellowship with those who are interested in an effective helps ministry of combining fish and vegetable production. As a learning tool, each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small-scale system from barrels. For more information , visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org .
4. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS TRIP FOR FAMILIES — Youth With A Mission Orlando, FL is offering an international mission trip for families. This short 2 week outreach to Panama is designed with families in mind. Toddlers to teenagers will have worship, creative prayer for the nations, family times, and learn how share in God’s work along side their parents and even grandparents. Light construction, children’s ministry, and performing arts will highlight ministry times. Outreach is July 24 to August 6 and applications are due April 25. Includes a day at an Orlando theme park. Go to http://www.ywamorlando.org/kingskids.htm or email: kingskids(at)ywamorlando(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] for more information or call 407-273-1667.
5. NEW CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY — Wycliffe Bible Translators and DiscipleLand (Through the Bible Publishers) teamed up to produce a new 12-week curriculum “My Volcano Adventure, Discovering the Bible’s Power”. In child-friendly terms, with an edge-of-your-seat adventure on the volcanic Philippine island of Mindanao, students learn weighty lessons like these: the Bible’s authority (inspiration, canonization, inerrancy); the Bible’s Message (OT Survey, NT Survey, how to navigate book/chapter/verse); the Bible’s Purpose (personal transformation, people from all nations will worship the Lord, the remaining Bible translation task). Every fourth page of the colorful student book (ages 6-9, or 9-12) covers modern-day processes, and challenges, of Bible translation. Every Leader’s Guide comes with a free CD from Wycliffe crammed full of audio, video, flash animation, photos, printable pdf supplements, and more. This study can be used for Sunday School, Home School, Christian School, and more. Browse http://www.DiscipleLand.com/va , phone 800.284.0158 or 970.484.8483, or as a last resort e-mail Mark at myeh(at)discipleland(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. FOR TESL FOLKS, FIND OUT WHICH WORDS ARE IN USE — Thanks to Larry for bring to our attention … http://www.wordspy.com/ a secular website that lists and defines new words that are now in use in the USA.
7. ALSO FOR TESL-ERS, RADIO IN 8 LANGUAGES — Larry also pitched in info. on an internet Christian radio station available in 8 languages– http//:www.bbnradio.org (Thanks Larry!)
8. BOOT CAMPS FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING — The Boot Camp for Personal Support Raising is an intense two day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. The participants prepare extensively and the seminar leader helps them to apply the tools and principles they learned during their preparation. Whether you are just starting out or are a veteran, God can use a Boot Camp to change your perspective and approach in this critical area where so many stumble and fall with doubts, fears, and questions. Check out their upcoming camps in all parts of the USA by logging on at… http://www.TheBodyBuilders.net
9. 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 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 [Please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. MISSION-CHALLENGE MUSIC — If you need good songs for your mission advocacy meetings, and think that 19th century missionary hymns have long since had their day, see what is available on the Internet Evangelism Day site – downloadable MP3s, lyrics, and sheet music. The page also links to free online evangelism-challenge drama scripts. http://ied.gospelcom.net/music.php (Thanks Tony!!!)
11. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIP PLANNING HELP — Pastor Kevin at Southway Community Church has developed an online planning tool for short term mission trips. MissionTripTools.com helps churches plan short term mission trips with experienced advice, free planning tools, links to information sources and suppliers, and products developed to prepare teams. http://www.missiontriptools.com or email kevin(at)missiontriptools(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. INTERESTED IN A YEMEN PRAYER GUIDE? — It’s not available yet, but Caleb Project is preparing to publish a prayer guide for the peoples of Yemen. As much as possible they are trying to get purchase commitments up-front and by March 15. This will allow them to offer the prayer guides at just US$1 a copy, plus shipping. The booklets should be available by June 1, 2005. Know anyone who might be interested in pre- ordering 25, 50, 100 copies or more? A sample prayer guide is online at http://www.calebproject.org/userfiles/sikhpg.pdf For more information or to place a pre-publication order write to Marti at info(at)cproject(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. FESTIVAL DC — From Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, ’05, Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to do saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more info email: ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or log on at http://www.deltaministries.com
14. HELP GET BRIGADA OUT THE DOOR — If so, 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. Thanks! 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.

20041226 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR RELIEF EFFORTS
  2. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS; COULD YOU HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE?
  3. WE APPRECIATE CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS MINISTRY
  4. BLESSED HOPE CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH GREAT PHONE SERVICE
  5. GREAT RATE ON OVERSEAS CALLS
  6. BIBLE SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONARIES
  7. WEBSITE REVIVAL
  8. FINALLY AN END-TIMES BOOK THAT STIRS MISSION’S VISION
  9. INTERCESSORS UK
  10. THE BACK PAGE: PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS/FAMILIES OF THE TSUNAMI
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR RELIEF EFFORTS -– TealBrook Supplies, a regular Brigada sponsor, offers a portable water purification system that is excellent for relief situations, operating on gravity, making the water microbiologically safe. With the tragic news of the earthquake and resulting disaster from the tsunami there is currently a need for safe drinking water and that need will be growing. If you’re involved in relief efforts contact TealBrook by visiting their website at http://www.tealbrook.com or emailing them at info(at)tealbrook(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks again for the faithful help, Mike and Deb!)

  2. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS; COULD YOU HELP MAKE THE DIFFERENCE? — Thanks to Impact Ministries http://www.impactministries.ca/ for their sponsorship gift of $80 today! They have needs of their own, but wrote, “As I was praying about “our” need, the Lord spoke to me about first helping you with “your” need. In reality…it is all “His” work. :) Being located in north central Guatemala, it is wonderful to have a link via Brigada to what is happening in the rest of the world. Thank you for being a blessing and encouragement! Les Peters, Impact Ministries Canada, Ministerios Impacto Guatemala.” (Thanks again, Les!) Would you like to join Les in one last push? So we can make our 2004 goal of being able to pay our Brigada-sponsored secretary? If so, 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. Thanks! 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. We’ll keep the website updated throughout the week… Just go to the Brigada site to see if we’ve reached the goal… and we’ll count any gift sent this week as if it came in during 2004. Starting next Friday, Jan. 7th, we’ll begin a new year. To celebrate a great year (though we’re a long ways yet from our goal of $16,140, still, $9000 or so from our readers is a great year!), we’ll go into “minimal mode” about sponsors for the first month. But at the same time, by faith, we’ll try to commit to another year with our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Gulp. :-) By the way, remember in 2003, we had one single gift of $9000, so subtracting that one special gift, we actually *increased* donations/sponsorships in 2004. Again — a big thank-you to all those who helped!

  3. WE APPRECIATE CHRISTIANS IN CRISIS MINISTRY — If you get a chance, stop by the website at… www.christiansincrisis.org An anonymous friend there just sent $25 for our end-of-the-year push. Thanks!

  4. BLESSED HOPE CAN HOOK YOU UP WITH GREAT PHONE SERVICE — Cellular contract ending soon? Or new to cellular and wonder where to start? Want access to all the major providers in your area? Now you can get a great plan *and* benefit Brigada with your sign up! With a wide variety of plans available nationwide (in most areas), you should be able to find what you are looking for through Blessed Hope Communications. Plus most plans have FREE phones, some have cash BACK and many have FREE accessories to boot. For every sign-up processed through Brigada’s link, Brigada will earn a $50 bonus ($20 with the prepaid plans). Let your cell dollars COUNT! Visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada and click on the cellular graphic. (You might want to also check out the long distance rates in your area while you’re there).

  5. GREAT RATE ON OVERSEAS CALLS — Save on overseas phone calls and help support Brigada – go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html for more information.

  6. BIBLE SOFTWARE FOR MISSIONARIES — Overseas missionaries can get excellent Bible software that works in 25 languages for only $10, shipping included. Most of the program is also available for download for free. One of our readers, a missionary by the name of Kerby, has been using Online Bible (OLB) for years and recommends it. OLB includes Strong’s Concordance, Thompson Chain Reference, 22 English versions of the Bible and many other languages. The program also can display two or more language versions of the Bible at the same time, which you can display on an overhead or video projector. This makes life easier for missionaries still learning a foreign language, and helps the listeners as well. Mac, DOS, Windows and Palm Pilot versions are available. Go to: http://www.onlinebible.net (Thanks Kerby!)

  7. WEBSITE REVIVAL — “Website Revival” pulls together Christian web developers passionate about serving churches and ministries in communicating the glorious Gospel of God’s grace effectively on the web! Website Revival has a special program that allows its church clients to offer discounted sites to the ministries they sponsor. Are you a Christian web designer or developer? Website Revival offers developer licenses to their content management system. E-mail Eric eric(at)newfangled(dot)com for more info. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit them at:

    http://www.websiterevival.org

    USA callers can dial toll-free (others can call via Net2phone) 1-866- 385-4129 x316. Local calls 401-861-3300 x316.


  8. FINALLY AN END-TIMES BOOK THAT STIRS MISSION’S VISION -– Trying to stir up vision for the unreached? Check out

    http://www.finalclash.com

    In a scholarly, but engaging book, missionary to Muslims, Robert Livingston, excites readers about the Great Commission. Using clear Bible texts, he connects Christ’s coming with the Great Commission’s completion. He bluntly exposes radical Islam, but encourages the gospel in response. Order online, or in the USA, call 1-877-421-7323. For deep discounts, missionaries or individuals buying in bulk should e-mail the author directly at bob(at)finalclash(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. INTERCESSORS UK — They’re aiming to cover the UK with strategic prayer. Intercessors UK is a newly launched web site with the aim of encouraging born-again believers from all denominations to intercede for the UK. They use a special prayer schedule strategy to cover the week with prayer, 24 hours, 7 days a week. They pray about issues such as Church unity, the media and Islam. The site can be found at http://www.intercessuk.org or email Ian at this address if you’d like any further information: facilitator(at)intercessuk(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. THE BACK PAGE: PRAY FOR THE VICTIMS & FAMILIES OF THE TSUNAMI — As you celebrate the new year tonight and this weekend, please remember to lift up all those who have lost loved ones… either literally or through painful death.. and ask God to speed aid and organization to the doom and confusion along those shores hit by the neutron bomb-like waves. May God bring peace to this troubled seashore. Let’s lift them up together…
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