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20040822 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY THESE INDUSTRIAL-USE GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS AND TIPS!
  2. NEED A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK AT YOUR MINISTRY? TRY THIS ONE
  3. ONE-DAY COURSE ON ISLAM
  4. GLOBAL (“GO”) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENTMAKERS TURNS 20!
  5. INTERNET SERVICE WITH BUILT-IN VIRUS, SPAM, AND FILTERING
  6. SEPTEMBER IS “PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES” MONTH
  7. IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING DEPT. OF STATE ENGLISH INFO
  8. GET YOUR US TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO ANY PHONE IN THE WORLD
  9. MAKE GREAT DIGITAL VIDEOS
  10. FOUR MONTHS TO GO, $12 THOUSAND TO RAISE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY THESE INDUSTRIAL-USE GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS AND TIPS! — Are you a Google-search-maniac? Become all the more-so by trying these tips:
    *** Put your exact text in quotes and Google will only show you pages where that exact phrase appears
    *** To see a list of pages that link to the one you’re examining, type the word “link:” then your URL, like, “link:www.brigada.org”
    *** To convert one kind of measure to another, just type in the natural language, like this, “100 degrees F. in C.” or “5 gallons in liters”. Experiment.
    *** Watch the “Did you mean” phrase below your search title, in case you misspelled a word ( You type “Brigadaa” and Google returns, “Did you mean brigada?”, and you click on that phrase and Brigada.org is the first listing out of 382,000 pages where the word brigada occurs.)
    *** Looking for a phone number? Try typing in “rphonebook:” followed the name, city, and state abbreviation for a great phone listing. Then go throw away your white pages — or recycle them to be friendlier to the environment. :-) Try the same using “bphonebook:” for a business listing.
    *** Forget your calculator? Never fear. Just use Google. In the Google prompt, type in your functions like this, “16 + (25 * (15 / 3))” and you’ll see 141 as the Google-given result. So… how will Casio stay in business?? :-)
    *** Searching for a particular story for which you know the title? Use the “intitle:” tool. Type “intitle:” followed by the title in quotes. Try, intitle:”Make digital videos worth watching” to see copies of the article we mention in Item 9 below.
    *** Get a great listing of all the Google tools and services at: http://www.google.com/options/index.html which include indexed paper catalogs, product listings from online stores, shopping tools, and even indices of millions of messages on Usenet discussion groups.

  2. NEED A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK AT YOUR MINISTRY? TRY THIS ONE — Just click on over to http://www.findnot.com Yes, it’ll cost a little bit (less than your Internet Service Provider charges), but then the I.T. guy at your office won’t have to set up and maintain a flawless VPN for your ministry and you’ll enjoy completely anonymous messages and web-searching regardless of where you live on the planet. So… live in a land that suppresses information about Christianity, yet log onto “findnot” then use your newly-encrypted channel to order Bibles and have them shipped to a friend in the land next-door, then go pick them up the following week. Send and receive email without encryption and without worry that someone is “sniffing” your connection. (But, as always, remember to encrypt your local hard drive in case your laptop is seized. We highly recommended IBM Thinkpads because of built-in IBM Client Services encryption.) Check ’em out — and no, we don’t get any kind of “kickback”. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread. (Thanks to our friend in N. Africa for referring us to this service. Believe me, he’ll prefer we leave him unnamed, but he’ll read this via his “findnot” VPN connection :-) .)

  3. ONE-DAY COURSE ON ISLAM — Crescent Project’s Sharing the Hope seminars provide a one-day introduction to Islam, Muslim cultures, and ministry skills designed to provide accurate information about Muslims and equip Christians with biblical attitudes and methods for evangelism so they can confidently and sensitively share their faith with Muslim friends. Upcoming seminars include Owosso MI on Sept. 11, 2004, Muncie IN on Sept. 25, 2004, Portland OR on Oct. 9, 2004 and McAllen TX on Oct. 23, 2004. For more information go to http://www.crescentproject.org/sharingthehope.cfm

  4. GLOBAL (“GO”) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENTMAKERS TURNS 20! — To celebrate their anniversary, they have lined up more training events this fall than ever before. Do you want to investigate tentmaking? Thinking of going as a tentmaker but need more training and encouragement? Let “GO” help you get equipped at their Light to the Nations tentmaker training course 13-17 October at the US Center for World Mission Pasadena CA, or at a half day seminar in Victoria BC, Toronto ON & Delta BC (close to the WA border). According to a recent survey, a large percentage of today’s tentmakers lack ministry skills. Don’t become a part of that statistic. For more info and to register for any of these events visit their website http://www.globalopps.org or email them at training(at)globalopps(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. INTERNET SERVICE WITH BUILT-IN VIRUS, SPAM, AND FILTERING — Check out American Family Online, http://www.afo.net/ or call 888-817-9314 or 850-897-8200 if interested in getting an internet service which filters for viruses, spam, and indecency. The filtering is done *before* it gets to you so that you do not need spam and porno blockers on your computer (an antivirus system on your computer is still necessary). Finding a local call-up number should be no problem. The cost is around $20, slightly cheaper than AOL and other standard services. According to one Brigada participant, “David”, the service performs well and tech support is good.

  6. SEPTEMBER IS “PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES” MONTH -– Sponsored by the missionaries of the International Mission Board’s Pacific Rim Region, the goal is to facilitate fervent prayer from Christians around the world on behalf of Filipinos. The ardent desire is that these prayers will result in a massive outpouring of God’s Spirit upon these great people. Pray that many Filipinos will come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, commit themselves to Bible study and discipleship and carry the Gospel message throughout the Philippines, Asia and around the world. Request more information by contacting Judy Harvey pray4philippines(at)imb(dot)org(dot)ph or Ann Lovell at annlovell1965(at)yahoo(dot)com (Ann can mail you materials for your church within the USA). Christian Light Foundation also has some specific prayer requests they would like to share with you: clfphils(at)pldtdsl(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING DEPT. OF STATE ENGLISH INFO — In last week’s Brigada Today, if you had trouble finding information on the Dept. of State’s “English Language Officer” program, try: http://www.careers.state.gov/specialist/jobs/print/ad_elo.html (The extra “L” on the end of HTML makes a big difference. :-) Sorry for passing through that incorrect link without checking it first. We sometimes compose “on the road” and don’t always get to check links. Like today I’m composing in the back of a truck, out of touch with the Internet. :-( Fortunately, when we include an error, we hear plenty about it from dedicated readers! :-) So we’ll always pass along these corrections in the next issue.)

  8. GET YOUR US TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO ANY PHONE IN THE WORLD — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Disclaimer: This service then sponsors Brigada as a thank-you for being featured here — but they’re good enough to feature anyway. :-) )

  9. MAKE GREAT DIGITAL VIDEOS — This article on making great digital videos can help you take your movies to the next level: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1206386,00.asp (Copy the above URL to your browser’s “Address:” box.)

  10. FOUR MONTHS TO GO, $12 THOUSAND TO RAISE — As you know, Brigada is a free service. But last year, after running behind for months, we launched out in faith to hire a Brigada Secretary. Within *weeks* we were totally caught-up and have remained so ever since. Now, we have just four months remaining in 2004 to raise the balance of her salary for the year. Certainly it’s exciting that nearly $4000 has come in so far… but with only 4 months remaining, we’re wondering if there might possibly be 48 churches out there that could each manage a special one- time gift of $250 to help us over the hump? If so, we’ll be done and we won’t request a dime more throughout the remainder of the year. What do you think? Would your church consider? Would you be willing to ask them? If the Lord blesses you with a “yes” answer, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, 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 by anonymous. And thank you for helping us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen each week!

20040815 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE!
  2. ASI SHARES SCRIPTURE IN 300 LANGUAGES
  3. NEED A DIGITAL PHOTO SERVICE?
  4. COOL INTERACTIVE MAP OF ISRAEL FOR FREE
  5. RESOURCE FILE FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO LOVE MUSLIMS
  6. INTERCESSORS ARISE INTERNATIONAL
  7. HELP I.D. PERSONS OF PEACE
  8. VIRUS AND SPAM-FIGHTING E-MAIL CLIENT
  9. THE DEPT. OF STATE IS RECRUITING ENGLISH LANGUAGE OFFICERS
  10. NEW RESOURCE FOR REACHING MUSLIMS FOR CHRIST
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE OUR WORK POSSIBLE! — Thanks tons to Covenant College (who gave $100 this past week), Harvey Hoekstra (who sent $25), and Int’l Students, Inc. (ISI) ($50 donation, on the web at http://www.isionline.org/new/ ) . We *really* appreciate you! Thanks for helping make possible the Brigada Secretary! Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, 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 by anonymous.

  2. ASI SHARES SCRIPTURE IN 300 LANGUAGES — Audio Scriptures International in California’s Resource Center has Scripture in audio in over 300 different languages. Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments are now available in 20 languages with more being processed. New Testaments on CD in MP3 format are currently available from ASI in 17 languages. ASI is encouraging overseas churches and ministries to download via the Internet their materials for duplicating and use in their ministries when shipping from the states is too costly or impractical. For more information log unto http://www.audioscriptures.org

  3. NEED A DIGITAL PHOTO SERVICE? — Try http://www.SnapfishPCmag.com where you can get 25 free digital camera prints (normally 19 cents each, every day), free online unlimited photo sharing and unlimited storage, *and/or* your first 2 rolls of film developed free. (This offer is good through June 30, 2005.) Satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. Their catch phrase: “Snapfish: Bringing people and pictures together.” Try it!

  4. COOL INTERACTIVE MAP OF ISRAEL FOR FREE — Systematics Ltd. now provides an interactive online map of Israel in both Hebrew and English at no charge. Click on over to: http://www.emap.co.il/eng_index.asp The map can identify street addresses, institutions, services and other point of interest and also mark a route between two points, offering the choice of the quickest and shortest route. The map also provides the option not to include routes passing within the “Autonomy Area” or not to include roads with the “Autonomy Area” that have the status of being “restricted roads”.

  5. RESOURCE FILE FOR THOSE REACHING OUT TO LOVE MUSLIMS — If you’re interested in Muslims, you’ll most likely also be interested in this file of questions, answers, and issues generated via responses to the question in the July 16th issue, Item #6: HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY. Check out the original item at: http://www.brigada.org/today/2004/20040716.html#6 Check out the *answers* at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/resources_for_muslims.pdf Note that this is a PDF file. You’ll need Adobe’s free PDF reader to be able to open this file. Get it, if you don’t already have it, at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html (Thanks Claudia!)

  6. INTERCESSORS ARISE INTERNATIONAL — This weekly e-mail network is for intercessors and missionaries worldwide who are interested in global intercession for the end-times harvest. It is designed to train, encourage, motivate, inform, and release individuals and prayer groups in intercession. In each letter, a topic relevant to prayer and intercession is selected to train, inspire and motivate missionaries and intercessors to a higher level of personal and group prayer for world, national and city intercession. Membership is free. To subscribe to Intercessors Arise International, send a blank letter to: intercessorsarise-international(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. HELP I.D. PERSONS OF PEACE — There is a significant gap in the literature on how to find “people of peace.” (Luke 10) What is your experience locating people of peace? Peaceman has agreed to compile the results, which we hope to compile and get back to Brigada Today by November. Express your thoughts to the strategies that seem to work, and provide an opportunity for us all to learn. Write peaceit(at)xs4all(dot)nl who will compile a collection for us. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Thanks!

  8. VIRUS AND SPAM-FIGHTING E-MAIL CLIENT — White Beach Studios, USA has released a new POP3 e-mail client that gives users the ability to fight virus-ridden spam and unwanted content on their desktop. Cabana is a special e-mail client that allows users to preview their e-mail before they download, expediting the mail-checking process by consuming fewer bytes. The customizable filter will block spam, reveal attachments (including viruses/malicious code), and any words or phrases designated by the user as objectionable will be replaced with “XxXxXx.” More information can be found on Java.com at: http://www.java.com/en/lifestyle/messaging/cabana.jsp and at Cabana’s home page: http://cabana.whitebeachstudios.com or by e-mail: infoatwhitebeachstudiosdotcom (Thanks Abe!)

  9. THE DEPT. OF STATE IS RECRUITING ENGLISH LANGUAGE OFFICERS — Currently, the U.S. Department of State is accepting applications for Foreign Service English Language Officers. ELOs are responsible for all Department of State-sponsored English teaching activities overseas or, if assigned in Washington DC, design, develop and administer English language programs. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2004. Those who are hired should find many opportunities of ministry on the mission field through such English Programs. For further information visit this site: http://www.careers.state.gov/specialist/jobs/print/ad_elo.htm

  10. NEW RESOURCE FOR REACHING MUSLIMS FOR CHRIST -– Lust Under the Veil is a new fiction work by writer Um Daoud, who has lived and worked among Muslims for over 15 years. The story is about a young woman named Emira, who is looking for a way of escape from the secluded life she leads as the only daughter of a Muslim sheik. Freedom does come but not in the way that Emira planned. While the book can be an enlightening read for the Christian audience, it is also an effective tool for reaching Muslim readers as well. Lust Under the Veil by Um Daoud is available in English through Amazon.com, XulonPress.com, and other online distributors. ISBN: 1-591606-54-3. Paperback; 352 pages. For questions or comments, contact Um Daoud at UmDaoud2004(at)yahoo(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

20040711 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS
  2. REMEMBER TO EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB
  3. ONLINE TRAINING DATABASE
  4. INTERCESSORS ARISE
  5. THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT IS GAINING MOMENTUM
  6. HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY
  7. ATTEND FORESIGHT 2004 SEPT 23-25 IN VA. BEACH
  8. WHAT IS THE X-SPECTRUM?
  9. CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT CONFERENCE IN JAPAN
  10. PERTH? NEVER MIND!
  11. FOR THOSE LIVING AND MINISTERING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS
  12. MISSIONARY/HUMANITARIAN SCREENING & SELECTION
  13. GET I.T. TO THE FIELD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WE LOVE OUR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous readers who chipped in $50 and $20 respectively this past month! Because of their gifts, we are one step closer to funding the Brigada Secretary for 2004! As a result of his gift, we are now 21% of the way there! Yesss! If my math is correct, we’d need to average about $500/week for the rest of the year in order to cover the costs of our one part-time secretary. Yikes. That puts things in perspective. If your church or group could “adopt” a week to help us make ends meet, we’d be forever grateful!

  2. REMEMBER TO EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB — A couple of Brigada participants wrote about a website we quoted in last week’s _Brigada Today_. Remember to “eat the corn, leave the cob.” If the reference to a particular website doesn’t express a positive outlook on Christianity or is somehow filled with untruths, please let us know. Otherwise, use the parts that make sense, and drop the parts that don’t.

  3. ONLINE TRAINING DATABASE — The World Evangelical Alliance Missions Commission, working with Trainers of Pastors International Coalition, the Refugee Hightway Partnership and the Missionary Training Service, are putting together an online database of all pastoral, theological and missionary training courses worldwide. Detailed programming is now underway and they hope that this global resource will be ready at the beginning of 2005. All providers of courses world-wide should be able to enter details of their training, and this information will be searchable in all main languages. Please pray for the team working on this as they need God’s help. This project is part of the Global Share System in which information about refugee work and other mission resources should also be available in online. (Thanks Ian!)

  4. INTERCESSORS ARISE — This weekly e-mail network is for intercessors and missionaries worldwide who are interested in global intercession for the end-times harvest. It is designed to train, encourage, motivate, inform and release individuals, prayer groups and churches in global intercession. In each letter, a topic relevant to prayer and intercession is selected to train, inspire and motivate missionaries and intercessors to a higher level of personal and group prayer for world, national and city intercession. Membership is free. To subscribe to Intercessors Arise International, write: intercessorsarise-international-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg See http//www.intercessorsarise.org for more on training and resources.

  5. THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT IS GAINING MOMENTUM — Churches observing the annual Talking Bible Sunday help provide Talking Bibles for people with an oral culture who cannot read. There are over 1 billion people who do not read. Among them are millions of new believers who also cannot read. They need God’s Word in audio to learn by listening. The Talking Bible has become the listening device of choice to accomplish this. The Talking Bible Sunday enables whole congregations to become aware and get involved. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) has a short video and a packet of material to make it easy for any church to observe its Talking Bible Sunday. ASI offers a FREE Talking Bible to each participating congregation to demonstrate on its special Sunday and then to keep for use in its own care-giving ministry. Visit ASI’s website: http://www.audioscriptures.org or call them at 760 233 0674 for additional information.

  6. HOW TO ANSWER CONFUSION BETWEEN ISLAM/CHRISTIANITY — Here’s a couple that recently attended a talk asserting that “Muslims revere prophet Jesus and would die for him.” and “Muslims consider the Bible to be a sacred source.” Got suggestions for them on understanding these and other questions about the confusion between Christianity and Islam? Got a favorite resource? Just send it to stayton(at)gvtc(dot)com and she’ll compile the responses then report back to us. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. ATTEND FORESIGHT 2004 SEPT 23-25 IN VA. BEACH — How can world missions “lead from the future” rather than the past? Jay Gary, a lead developer of Perspectives (1980-1986) is hosting a national conference on “strategic foresight” this Sept 23-25 at Regent University, with Brian McLaren, Richard Slaughter and Jennifer Jarratt. Discover new paradigms and tools for redesigning ministry for the 21st century. And attend Jay’s “Future Proof Your Ministry” workshop as a pre-conference event. Register by July 30th for $150 and save 25% off walk in rates. Email jay(at)christianfutures(dot)com for invitation [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] , or visit: http://www.regent.edu/acad/sls/conferences/foresight/

  8. WHAT IS THE X-SPECTRUM? — It’s a way of defining the contextualization position of any Christian website or other medium. Based on the church-planting spectrum of C1-C6, it defines websites etc on a scale from X1 to X6: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/x-spectrum.php (Thanks Tony!)

  9. CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENT CONFERENCE IN JAPAN — Each year the CPI Conference is historically the largest conference dedicated to church planting in Japan. Each year Japanese and missionary leaders from all over Japan and from nearly 100 different denominations and agencies gather to consider how to see fulfilled the dream of multiple gospel- driven church planting movements. This year’s conference will be held November 9-12 in Hakone a famous resort area near Tokyo and Mt. Fuji. The program includes Dr. Paul Hiebert from Trinity Seminary, Dr. Steve Childers from the US Center for Church Planting, Bill Smith from International Mission Board, and Stu Batstone from World Harvest Mission. Besides the main sessions there will be five training tracks, over a dozen affinity groups, and over 30 electives. The conference is sponsored by the Church Planting Institute (CPI) which is a part of the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association. For more information see the website: http://www.jcpi.net or email: JEMA(at)JEMA(dot)ORG [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks John!)

  10. PERTH? NEVER MIND! — If you could not attend Create International’s week of Web Evangelism seminars in Perth recently, the summary handouts are available in DOC format as a 152k zipped file. Access this download, and many other ideas for training: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/training.php (Thanks Tony!)

  11. FOR THOSE LIVING AND MINISTERING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS — Written as a basic security awareness training manual and written for missionaries who live in various kinds threat environments, “Missionaries on Alert” is a 2-volume, wire-bound instruction manual subtitled “A Security Awareness Training Manual for Living in Threat Environments.” It is authored by Dr. Trevor A. Douglas, missionary in the Philippines. In 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch, 133-page, full-color, comic book format, Book One tells the fictitious story of two men in separate hostage situations and how they acted, interacted and reacted–what they did wrong and what they did right. Book Two, in 8 ½ x 11 inch, 516-page, black-and-white format, is the teaching manual giving a Biblical basis for assessing what the characters of Book One did right and what they did wrong. The cost of the set is either US $40.00 or CDN $52.00 including shipping and handling; make checks payable to Copy ‘n Print with designation “Missionaries on Alert” and mail to Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada. The books are printed and bound on an “on demand” basis so a 4-6 week delivery period should to be allowed. For a graphic, go to

    http://www.copynprint.com/moa/ To order, contact by e-mail: john(at)copynprint(dot)com or

    fax: 403-443-2120, or write: Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada , or phone 403-443-7041


  12. MISSIONARY/HUMANITARIAN SCREENING & SELECTION — Can we tell who will likely be successful and healthy on the field? Beyond Borders is gathering information on effective tools, processes and research regarding screening and selecting candidates for missions and humanitarian work. Of particular interest are evaluatory instruments (questionnaires, surveys, simulations, etc.) that are used for screening. Also of interest is research and articles that identify indicators of future missionary or humanitarian success (or health) on the field. Email your responses and suggestions to Christian Muntean at: research(at)beyond-borders(dot)com

  13. GET I.T. TO THE FIELD — Would you like a team of computer technicians to come to your next on-field missionary conference and fix missionaries’ computers? Here’s a group of mission technology support agencies that have discovered a good way to involve IT folk in short term mission trips and really bless the missionaries they serve, by fixing their computers. They are currently trying to identify conferences that we can help, especially those in Asia/Pacific and Central & South America. If you know of a suitable conference then please let them know about it, including the contact details of the organisers. Email david(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au for Asia/Pacific and shawn(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com for the rest of the globe! [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.sideros.net/

20040704 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. MORE DONOR MANGER FREEWARE
  4. SET FREE IN JESUS: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  5. TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT(S) NEEDED IN JAPAN
  6. CATCH A FAMILY CAMP IN MONTANA
  7. WHAT DO WE TELL A PASTOR TO STUDY?
  8. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION
  9. NEW NETWORK FOR CHURCH PRAYER LEADERS
  10. WORLDVIEW RESOURCE GROUP CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR
  11. LEARN BY READING THE OTHER VIEWPOINT
  12. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  13. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  14. AFFORDABLE WEBSITE DESIGN FOR MISSIONARIES, TEAMS AND AGENCIES
  15. WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT STORYING
  16. SOUTH ASIAN GLOBAL CONVENTION (SAGC 2004)

  1. 1) THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Hats off this week to the Brigada participant who sent the $10 “subscription payment” to help provide for the Brigada secretary. Some can give $100, and some, like the donor last fall, might be able to give $5000. If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, 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 by anonymous.

  2. TRAINING IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — How can you start working in poor communities in economic development? Start with the introductory course and progress to hands on implementation through distance learning. The next email based course starts August 30, 2004. Or there is still time to register for the live training event August 2 – 11. Courses are available for working with the poor in the 2/3 world and in the U.S. See http://www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu for more information. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MORE DONOR MANGER FREEWARE – Donor Manager FREEware written by a veteran missionary specifically for the mission community is available for checking out at http://donormanager.com The author, john(at)donormanager(dot)com, actively maintains and supports the program. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He is ready to integrate new ideas for application to the mission community. User friendly features include importing of monthly emailed reports from most major accounting systems used by sending agencies, one click batch email addressing to the entire donor base, high level filtering, linking of churches to donors, maps, pictures to individual donors, one click analysis of budget goals against pledges and much more. Automated notices of new updates keep the international users informed of easy downloads of the latest developments.

  4. SET FREE IN JESUS: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — Siela is a 59 year old woman who shows the effects of a hard life. You can see it on her face. She admitted that she had only recently been released from jail. She gladly accepted the gospel and prayed for Jesus to be the Lord of her life. Now she has hope. Pray for Siela to be built up in Christ. Pray for he daughter, Sonja, who was also recently released from jail and was not ready to give her life to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT(S) NEEDED IN JAPAN — Steve & Karen, who work with another couple in an English-teaching evangelistic mission in Japan, are planning to go to America for three to six months starting in September, and are looking for replacements to handle their English teaching responsibilities during that time. They would like a married couple, or one or two single women, to fill this position. A salary and furnished housing is provided, but the replacements will be responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Japan. No experience is necessary – just a heart for God’s work. If you are interested, please contact them directly by e-mail at ingle(at)kisnet(dot)or(dot)jp . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. CATCH A FAMILY CAMP IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission will be hosting a family camp in beautiful western Montana on Flathead Lake just hour from Glacier National Park! July 18 – 24. The camp theme is “Building a Winning Family Team”! Together children, teens, and parents will experience team-building techniques while discovering his/her own unique strengths. The camp consists of interactive, multi-generational activities in helping you build a family of faith. Opportunity will be available for recreation, an evening out for couples and a special closing banquet. Space is limited. Email Halliburton(at)ywammt(dot)org Phone 406 844 3883 or 844 2221 or log on at http://www.familyforjesus.com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. WHAT DO WE TELL A PASTOR TO STUDY? — Here’s a pastor with a growing burden for missions. He’s looking for: 1. I good world map for the wall of my study–The best one that you would choose. 2. Besides Brigada :-) –What mags or ezines does he want to be reading? 3. What book does he need to read to get the scoop on missions today? 4. What authors should he be reading? 5. What conferences does he need to attend. Send your answers to CThomp5201(at)aol(dot)com and he’s agreed to assemble a report that we’ll then make available to all Brigada readers. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION –- Columbia Biblical Seminary is offering a seminar/ course in Budapest – October 12-14, 2004 – with Dr. Roy King. There are 3 ways to take this course and 3 prices: (1) for professional development, (2) for CEU’s, or (3) for academic credit toward an MA or Mdiv. For more information write ciubudapest(at)hotmail(dot)com . [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. NEW NETWORK FOR CHURCH PRAYER LEADERS — The Church Prayer Leaders Network is unique in its dedication to serving, resourcing and connecting the men and women who mobilize prayer in local congregations. Small and large. City or rural. Membership includes: a subscription to Pray! magazine; Prayer Leader Online, a monthly E- Letter; 30% discounts on Pray! materials; 20% CPLN Conference discounts; plus access to the password protected section of the website. That section catalogs: Prayer Formats, Prayer Guides and how to use them in the church, Prayer Articles, Prayer Networks, Denominational Prayer Leaders Resources, Church Prayer Leaders Ideas, Publishing Company Corner. To learn more, log on at: http://www.prayerleader.com Access to the password protected section of the website is available for $40.00 a year ($52 a year outside U.S.). You can also call 800-366-7788 or send a check to: CPLN Membership, PO Box 35002, Colorado Springs, CO 80935.

  10. WORLDVIEW RESOURCE GROUP CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR — WRG provides training in cross-cultural church planting methodologies based on a worldview approach to ministry. A seminar is scheduled for August 23-27, 2004 in Palmer Lake, CO. Seminar facilitators include: Dr. Tom Steffen, Dr. David Hesselgrave, Mark Zook (Ee-Taow video), George Walker (co-founder of WRG), and Bob Kennell (Executive Committee member of New Tribes Mission). Topics are: narrative as a missiological methodology, worldview analysis, the chronological approach, pre- evangelism, and the developing church. See details at http://www.wrg3.org or email at info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. LEARN BY READING THE OTHER VIEWPOINT — Here’s a page from a group who adamantly oppose missionaries in India. It provides interesting insight. http://www.kentaxrecords.com/iaca/index.php You can find many more details by clicking options on the left side of the page, including links, which will show you many other organizations opposed to missionaries. (Thanks to Mark, who describes himself as “a big Brigada fan for many years”!!! And yes, that *did* get his item printed more quickly than most. :-) )

  12. RESOURCES 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 [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  13. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Southeast Christian Church is hosting The Global Missions Health Conference on Nov. 11 (HIV/AIDS preconference) and November 12, 13 (main sessions). The conference is dedicated to motivating, training and equipping all health care servants in America and internationally. Although it is geared for healthcare professionals, everyone is welcome. World famous Joni Eareckson Tada will be the main session speaker. Please go to http://www.medicalmissions.org or http://www.southeastchristian.org for more information.

  14. AFFORDABLE WEBSITE DESIGN FOR MISSIONARIES, TEAMS AND AGENCIES — Camomile Media Works provides affordable websites, graphic design, print media and other creative media solutions specifically for those in Christian Missions Ministry. http://www.camomiles.net

  15. WHERE TO LEARN ABOUT STORYING — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for seminars or training courses in the USA on Chronological Bible Storying, and working with Muslim Women. The particularly interesting dates are Oct, Nov, Dec 2004 and Jan, Feb, and Mar 2005. If anyone knows of training in these areas of interest during this timeframe, write Mary D global467(at)earthlink(dot)net . She’s agreed to compile a schedule that we can post here in Brigada.

  16. SOUTH ASIAN GLOBAL CONVENTION (SAGC 2004) — SAGC 2004 is a historic event. Catch this first International gathering of South Asian Youth and Young Adult believers and Ministry Leaders from all over the world. For those who have not registered, this is an urgent reminder to Register for the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) to be held in Vancouver, Canada from August 4th – 8th 2004. The Convention theme is “Serving God’s Purposes in our Generation”, Acts 13:36. For further information on Registration, Accommodation, Resource Personnel, Worship Bands and other details, please check the SAGC 2004 website (and even register online) at http://www.southasianconnection.com OR you may e-mail info(at)southasianconnection(dot)com. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20040404 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EMAIL DISTANCE LEARNING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  2. GET FREE ‘PRO’ SOFTWARE
  3. FOOT-OPERATED WOOD LATHE
  4. HOSPITALITY BOOK: CUP OF COLD WATER
  5. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  6. NEW BOOK RELEASE: THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF PRAYER
  7. “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”
  8. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” E-MAIL NEWSLETTER
  9. TENTMAKING COURSE FOR EUROPEANS IN BERGEN NORWAY
  10. UNRESTRICTED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE
  11. BRAZILIAN MEDICAL/DENTAL FELLOWSHIP CONGRESS
  12. FUNDING MINISTRY PROJECTS
  13. STM LEADERS TRAINING
  14. STM LEADERS TRAINING – NEW DATES, NEW PLACES, LOWER PRICES!
  15. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING IN EUROPE
  16. 40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR (YWAM) AFRICA
  17. VOLUME 3 OF “STUFF” NOW AVAILABLE
  18. SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MISSIONS
  19. WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS? THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EMAIL DISTANCE LEARNING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Do you minister to the poor in the U.S. or in the 2/3 World? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses. Learn innovative, holistic economic development strategies and methodologies to help the poor and build the local church. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, Mission to North America, World Relief, and the Christian Community Development Association, is offering the first course in both our U.S. and 2/3 World /Transitional Economies learning tracks “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” June 7 – June 25. Or you can attend our live training events in May in Bangkok, Thailand or in August in Lookout Mountain, GA, USA. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org/ or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu (And again, thanks to the Chalmers Center for their $100 partnership to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada-sponsored secretary!)

  2. GET FREE ‘PRO’ SOFTWARE — If you’re not ready to switch over to Linux, but still don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for Microsoft Office and other MS programs, and then try visiting http://www.openoffice995.com/ and http://www.software995.com/You’ll find a very functional Office package, as well as numerous other programs (including .pdf conversion, a backup program, etc.) Here’s the deal, in their own words: “Professional quality software at affordable prices All of our products are available as FREE downloads. The free versions are fully functional, not a trial and do not expire. The free versions display sponsor pages, which may be disabled at any time by purchasing a key. None of our products contain spyware. Purchasing also entitles users to technical support by email (24 hour response). Keys for any particular product are available from that product’s web site. In addition, we offer the Software995 Toolset key. This is a single key covering nine of our products (with the exception of OpenOffice995), available at 29.95 for individuals, or special volume discounts. The “sponsor pages” of the free versions are very unobtrusive. Your browser will open up, but if you’re not online, there will be nothing to display, and you can use the fully functional program without any problems.

  3. FOOT-OPERATED WOOD LATHE — A small UK engineering company with a Christian director produces a foot-operated wood lathe. It is appropriate for occupational therapy/orthopedic rehab departments in the west, but is also very useful in the non-western world for small craft applications because no electricity is needed. The company is also interested in licensing local production of the lathe in non- western countries. For more information, see… http://www.acres-willington.co.uk/(Thanks Tony! You’re great!)

  4. HOSPITALITY BOOK: CUP OF COLD WATER — Here’s a practical book on hospitality written for YWAM, mission groups and the church. Contact Debbie Rottier at cupofcoldwateratywammtdotorg or at 501 Blacktail Rd, Lakeside, MT, USA 59922. View pages at http:www.ywamconnect.com/sites/Rottier

  5. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE — With a theme of “The Great Commission and 21st Century Asia”, this conference is slated for April 30-May 1, 2004 at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. There will be four plenary sessions, 13 workshops, and tons more. For more info, contact Elaine Tai at omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or (650) 559-8088. or browse: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest The early registration discount date is April 20.

  6. NEW BOOK RELEASE: THE INTERNATIONAL IMPACT OF PRAYER — With more than 60 true stories from many nations, by Wentworth Pike, this new book includes stories of now-born-again Colombian inmates, President George W. Bush, an Alaskan bush pilot’s SOS to God, an evangelical Arab pastor in Bethlehem, Russian-Jewish refugees in Germany, Gracia Burnham, Todd Beamer, a radio pastor to fellow Khmu tribesmen in Laos, a farm boy in Canada, and many more. Order by credit card: $17.99 (US), Pleasant Word (division of WinePress Publishing), toll-free in N. America: 1-877-421-7323. Others call 1-306-802-9758. Or see more at: http://www.pleasantword.com/

  7. “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST” — Everybody’s saying, “You *have* to go see this film!” But are you wondering what your Muslim friends will think about it? The folks from ABC (Association for Biblical Christianity) have written a short tract explaining the death of Christ in a culturally appropriate and challenging way. It fits on a two sided A4 page and can be downloaded free of charge from their website: http://www.christianityexplained.net.tc/ Alternatively e-mail their administrator at AAbrahamatbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk and he will gladly send you a formatted Microsoft publisher version of it.

  8. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fund raising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E- mail newsletter — and 6300 people have reportedly joined! Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from Bill Dillon, author of the popular Moody Press book People Raising: a Practical Guide to Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. This newsletter is short, extremely practical, and easy to apply. It is a valuable tool to pass on to your staff and friends. To view a sample and to begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom></billatPEOPLERAISINGdotCOM>

  9. TENTMAKING COURSE FOR EUROPEANS IN BERGEN NORWAY — TENT of Norway is running a 4 day intensive tentmaking course in English starting at 18:00 on the 19th of May to 14:00 on the 23rd of May. This intensive course will inform & equip those who are thinking of going as tentmakers. Last year they had 30 people in attendance from UK, Finland and of course Norway. This year’s course is limited to 30 due to space restrictions. Registration before April 20, 2004 is only 1550 NOK, about 180 EUR (850 NOK for students) which includes course fee, course handbook, two meals and housing with local believers. Email Steinar Opheim for more details – steinardotopheimattentdotno For more information and course outline go to http://www.tent.no/ and click on Arrangement bar on bottom of page.


  10. UNRESTRICTED GLOBAL HEALTHCARE — After more than eight years of searching for ways to provide truly global coverage, TTc has now launched the Omega Program, which is a private medical insurance that provides coverage for either an expatriate or a home country based missionary (or church worker) that gives full worldwide protection …and at wonderfully cost-effective rates, right through into retirement. In other words, the new program will give full worldwide protection at marvelously cost effective rates no matter where a member lives or serves. If you would like further information, please write saraattalent-trustdotcom or visit http://www.talent-trust.com/

  11. BRAZILIAN MEDICAL/DENTAL FELLOWSHIP CONGRESS — From the 14 – 16 of May 2004, it’ll feature “Health A missionary challenge in the 21st century Speakers”, with Dave Stevens, Executive Director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, and Dr Bill Herkelrath, dean of graduate psychology department at Northwest College. Email them at evangemedatevangemeddotorg or evangemedatmetodista-riodotorgdotbr . The venue is First Baptist Church in São José dos Campos- Brazil SP. http://evangemed.tripod.com/brazilhealthcarechristiancongress/index.htm l Also posted in our international site http://www.icmda.net/conf.htm

  12. FUNDING MINISTRY PROJECTS — Dr. Viggo Sogaard, Professor of Communication at Fuller Theological Seminary will be offering a two week intensive course from May 10-21 (3-6pm) on raising funds for your ministry project. The course helps with the development of fundraising strategies for missionaries, Christian organizations, and mission agencies. In the process, the student will acquire a biblical and missiological understanding of fundraising and stewardship, so the course will provide basic insights and skills for developing fund- raising strategies, preparation of material, and writing funding proposals. Check out the course description at http://www.fuller.edu/swm/ecds/042/MD523_Sogaard_042.htmlStudents must be admitted to Fuller Seminary prior to enrolling in the class. For more info, contact (800)A-FULLER or http://www.fuller.edu

  13. STM LEADERS TRAINING – NEW DATES, NEW PLACES, LOWER PRICES! — The highly acclaimed 3-day ServantPrep Seminar (for Short-term Mission Leaders & Trainers) was developed by Mission Training International and will be held at 2 more locations yet this Spring. The response from many church leaders and the training directors of 45 agencies has been overwhelming. Experiential, Interactive, Comprehensive, focusing on substantive issues not just logistics and impressive stories. Honolulu – April 22-24 [contact Greg Crawford ucommitatjunodotcom or 808-668-8481], Walnut Creek, CA – June 3-5 [contact Ray Howard servantprepataoldotcom or 800-474-2129]. Registration & Tuition $170.

  14. PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING IN EUROPE — The BodyBuilders will be sponsoring a Europe based Personal Support Raising Boot Camp in Berlin, Germany, May 14-15, 2004. For details on cost and registration see: http://www.thebodybuilders.net/ or e-mail/call: infoatthebodybuildersdotnet 501-329-4881.

  15. 40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR (YWAM) AFRICA — Youth With a Mission (YWAM) is organizing a 40-days-of-prayer for Africa. Between 1 April and 10 May thousands of people in and outside of Africa are bringing the continent’s needs before God. John Kisamwa, the Africa Field Director says, “It has become increasingly obvious to me that Africa needs prayer. Africa and her people are faced with many challenges: the AIDS pandemic, malaria, poverty, starvation, wars and conflicts, and the situation in the cities of Africa”. A Prayer Brochure is available, highlighting a different topic every day. For anyone who wants to know more or wants to be involved, see: http://www.ywamsca.com/ You can contact us through: infoatywam-africomdotorg

  16. VOLUME 3 OF “STUFF” NOW AVAILABLE — “Still More Stuff you need to know about Doing Missions in Your Church” is a book-on-diskette (in Word 2000) of one-page lists, handouts, outlines, and summaries of things church leaders ask about doing missions. Mobilizers and mission organization personnel, as well as church leaders, find these “bottom line” summaries handy and practical. Diskettes of individual volumes are available for $12 each (including shipping). All three volumes plus a cumulative index are also available on CD ($26, including shipping). Send a check (in U.S. Funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Specify volume 1, 2, or 3 or the 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

  17. SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL MUSIC IN MISSIONS — Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations is holding its first School of Classical Music in Missions in Kiev, Ukraine from July 5 – Dec 15, 2004. Classically trained Christians (intermediate level) with a desire to use their talents in missions can improve their skills further and connect with like minded people for missions preparation, rehearsals, and various outreach concerts during the school. There is also opportunity to help develop the Symphony of Nations full-time after the school. For info http://www.theson.org/ or email Joyce at TheSON.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces.)

  18. WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS?: THE HERERO PEOPLE OF NAMIBIA — Ten members of a Herero family prayed to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior! Afterwards the head of the household explained that it has been two years since a Christian has been in their town. The Christians that did come did not tell them how to be saved. They did not tell them the importance of reading the Bible or worshipping the Lord. Now they know and a house church is started. Pray for the Lord to send workers to this ripe harvest. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To learn more about the Herero and other peoples, visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info/or email swacsc at iafrica.com (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces).

20040328 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE (THANKS TO MT. SCOTT!)
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. NEW PRAYER-SHARING WEBSITE
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING
  5. STRATEGIC FRONTIERS TRAINING IN NASHVILLE
  6. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  7. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN HAWAII
  8. CAN SHORT-TERM WORKERS DEDUCT GIFTS FOR THEIR OWN TRIP EXPENSES?
  9. OPEN SOURCE: SUREFIRE WAY TO BEAT SOFTWARE LICENSING
  10. NEED VIDEO PROJECTORS?
  11. NEW COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY NEWSLETTER
  12. NEED MANUAL TYPEWRITERS?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE (THANKS TO MT. SCOTT!) — This past week, we received a donation (to help cover the costs of the Brigada- sponsored secretary) from the Mt. Scott Church of God in Portland, Oregon. See their website at: http://www.mtscottchog.org What a great encouragement it was to see the way the church is using Brigada. What follows is their own (completely unsolicited) note: “Our Global Ministries Action Team has approved sending via check, $250 from our missions budget to help with funding the Brigada Secretary for 2004. Our church’s missions efforts have been greatly enhanced through the resources that Brigada has brought to our attention since sometime in 1995 when John Robb was here and told us about this new ‘E source’ based on some Russian term or some such. Anyway, thanks Doug for all that you do for missions world wide especially through Brigada. Glad we could help. We really have gained from Brigada.”

    As I was thinking about their gift, which put us over the $2000 mark, by the way, I realized — maybe there are other churches that could pitch in like this. It would only take 56 churches, giving $250 each, to complete the $16,021 our Brigada-sponsored secretary needs for 2004. Interestingly, Dennis (the much-appreciated Brigada participant who requested that his committee consider the gift) added, “The cool thing is that I brought the proposal before our missions team and was asking for $200 but they said make it $250 and we’ll do it. I argued and argued for my proposal but finally gave in.” :-) We appreciate you Dennis! And thanks loads to the committee! If you happen to live in the Portland area and you don’t already have a home church, and if you’d love to throw your hat into the ring with a church that has a global vision, I hope you’ll consider Mt. Scott, 10603 SE Henderson St. Portland, OR 97266 (Tel:503.771.1195). And if nothing else, please join me in praying for them right now, giving thanks, and asking God to bless their leadership, their focus, and their growth.


  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (a 2004 Brigada sponsor!), in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand, May 24 – June 2, 2004 and at Lookout Mountain, GA, USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training is designed for missionaries, churches, or ministries working in the countries of the Two-Thirds World or in Transitional Economies. By the end of the training, you will be equipped to effectively implement strategies in the areas of microenterprise development or microfinance. Courses offered for both beginners and seasoned practitioners. A limited number of tuition scholarships are available. See http://www.chalmers.org for details about email-based distance learning, DVD/Video courses. For costs and schedule email CEDI at covenant.edu (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  3. NEW PRAYER-SHARING WEBSITE — If you have something you need prayer for, here’s a new site: visit http://www.prayforthis.com and post your prayer request. You can pray for others who have posted and submit brief comments of encouragement. (The site was created by Justin Long. Way to go Justin! By the way, when we asked Justin what language he used to create this, his answer was “PHP”, his favorite.)

  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH: TESOL TRAINING — Receive training and practice in order to become an effective teacher, and earn a TESOL certificate to open doors of opportunity. Attend this four-week training course at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The next class begins May 2, 2004. See their website http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or contact YWAM Lebanon, PA ywampa at comcast.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  5. STRATEGIC FRONTIERS TRAINING IN NASHVILLE — YWAM-Nashville is offering a School of Strategic Missions to be held on its campus in September 2004. Experienced missionaries will train you in cross- cultural communication, ethnographic research, church planting, community development and more! Then join teams in China, Morocco, Sudan, Turkey and beyond on a six-month field assignment leading to placement among a targeted people group. The only prerequisite is successful completion of any YWAM Discipleship Training School. For more information, visit http://www.ywamnashville.org or email ywamregistrar at ywamnashville.org or phone 615-696-3096 ext. 3055. (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  6. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. This 20 week program includes weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, relationships, and more. It also includes weeks of outreach ministry in Ukraine, providing practical cross cultural ministry experience. School begins June 20, 2004. See the website http://www.ywampa.org for details and application forms, or e-mail ywampa at comcast.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  7. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN HAWAII — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training April 22 – 24, 2004 in Honolulu, HI. This is a comprehensive, interactive session designed to teach any cross-cultural team leader how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But…. you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the cost and travel details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_HI2004.pdf To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainer at aol.com . To register, send an e-mail to Greg at ucommit at juno.com (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email addresses, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  8. CAN SHORT-TERM WORKERS DEDUCT GIFTS FOR THEIR OWN TRIP EXPENSES? — Sounds dubious at first, doesn’t it. We recently featured an item on this topic (March 19th issue) and it has generated numerous replies. Evidently, the jury’s still out. Some “accounting types” said the donation *was* tax-deductible if it is turned over to the non-profit organization with no strings attached. Some took the opposing view. Our suggestion: Consult your CPA or tax-advisor before banking on it. Either way, you could definitely deduct the donation as “expenses while performing charitable activities.” (Thanks “FM”!)

  9. OPEN SOURCE: SUREFIRE WAY TO BEAT SOFTWARE LICENSING — We recently featured an item on software licensing. After seeing the item, Brigada participant “Scott” wrote to remind us that Open Source software is a surefire way to escape most licensing fees. For more on that topic, read his thoughts at: http://www.hknet.com/~light/swaysum.html Thanks Scott!

  10. NEED VIDEO PROJECTORS? — Equipping The Saints has supplied over 500 to ministries worldwide. Prices are dropping and quality is improving. Call ETS at 540-234-6222 or send email questions to: ets at rica.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

  11. NEW COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY NEWSLETTER — Enjoy up-to-date articles on media and communication strategy, orality and literacy, and events affecting our world today. Take advantage of free downloads on evangelism and church planting strategies, as well as on developing effective communication and media strategies. Participate in discussion groups and network through the numerous links listed. Subscribe to the Communication Strategy Network electronic newsletter by logging on to http://www.communication-strategy.net To subscribe, click on “newsletter” and sign-up.

  12. NEED MANUAL TYPEWRITERS? — Equipping the Saints has hundreds available, ready to ship anywhere in the world. Call ETS at 540-234- 6222 or email your questions to ets at rica.net (As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace the “at” with an “@” sign and remove the spaces. Thanks.)

20040118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE GREAT SUPPORTERS…
  2. TALKING BIBLES TESTIMONY BOOK, ONLINE FREE!
  3. DYNAMIC MISSION: POWERFUL MISSION SOFTWARE
  4. HOW TO GET THAT FREE FAMILY MAGAZINE FOR YOUR MK
  5. TESOL OPPORTUNITY IN THAILAND
  6. “WOW” STORIES NEEDED FOR CATCH THE VISION “2020”
  7. NEED FRENCH MATERIALS?
  8. EVANGELICAL PURCHASING SERVICE
  9. INTERESTED IN MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
  10. FEEDBACK ON SKYPE.COM CALL SERVICE; OPTIONS
  11. CRISIS & TRAUMA WORKSHOP
  12. TV SHOW ABOUT MISSIONS ON DISH NETWORK
  13. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON
  14. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING
  15. TEE ON RADIO?
  16. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  17. NEED 16MM PROJECTORS?
  18. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE
  19. PRAYER “SPAM”
  20. VOLUNTEERS (E.G., IN EAST AFRICA)
  21. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE GREAT SUPPORTERS… — We’re so thankful, today, for Family Circus Children’s Ministries, which sent a $100 gift for our Brigada-sponsored secretary, thereby enabling us to continue to get Brigada Today out the door on time! Thanks, too, to audioscriptures.org, which sent $50. (See their item next.)

    Your organization or church could be next. See… http://www.brigada.org/donate.html for complete instructions. Thanks again!


  2. TALKING BIBLES TESTIMONY BOOK, ONLINE FREE! — “From Knotted Strings to Talking Bibles,” Harvey Hoekstra’s latest book, published by William Carey Library is now available on line at http://www.audioscriptures.org The most common reader response is, “I just couldn’t put it down…” Full of anecdotes and photos, this book reads like a novel. Some have said that chapter eight on “Customs and Concepts” alone is worth the price of the book. This is the captivating personal account of a pioneer missionary family’s years in Africa and beyond. “It’s a thrilling story of an adventure in life and an adventure in changing mission that sets the Gospel free among illiterate peoples around the globe,” says the Rev. Harold Kurtz former head of the Presbyterian Mission Fellowship. “Here is an amazingly vivid and marvelously detailed account of mission that captivates you as if you and I were there too,” by Dr. Charles Van Engen, Fuller Theological Seminary. “From Knotted Strings to Talking Bibles” is a book every new missionary contemplating engaging in pioneer evangelism in remote places crossing cultural and linguistic barriers should read. Available on line: http://www.audioscriptures.org for $19.95. All proceeds go to support Audio Scripture International’s Talking Bible Projects.

  3. DYNAMIC MISSION: POWERFUL MISSION SOFTWARE — Tired of managing folders and spreadsheets instead of your mission? Dynamic Mission software helps you efficiently send service teams all over the world. In 2003, Mission to the World used it to send out 6800+ volunteers. It handles projects, teams, staff, finances, travel, work assignments, inventory and more. Built by professionals over the last six years. “We couldn’t manage all the details and paperwork of projects and teams without Dynamic Mission.” — Carol G., MTW Save tons of time using a tool already tailored for the short-term missions environment. Use intuitive screens instead of forcing your process through a generic project tool. Refocus your energy on your mission by purchasing Dynamic Mission today. Try it free at http://www.DynamicMission.com Become a sales affiliate and earn 20% at http://www.DynamicMission.com/ap or email salesatDynamicMissiondotcom or call in the USA 770.978.8468.

  4. HOW TO GET THAT FREE FAMILY MAGAZINE FOR YOUR MK — Several people had difficulties with the Focus on the Family website mentioned in last week’s issue, in relationship to the free magazine offer. Focus on the Family says that you can subscribe through the internet site, but it seems as though no one is having any luck. Therefore, Melissa (the original contributor of the item) called them and they said to send the 1) full name of the child 2) the age and birthdate of the child 3) the full address 4) and the magazine requested either through post mail to their address listed on the website or to serviceatfotfdotorg, and they will be able to process the request. Make sure that you mention that are a missionary asking for a complimentary subscription. You could even tell them you heard about it in Brigada at Brigada.org! :-) I doubt they’ve ever heard of us. (Thanks Melissa!)

  5. TESOL OPPORTUNITY IN THAILAND — Cornerstone Workplace English (C.W.E.) is a legitimate profit making English language school company that employs professionally trained and experienced ESOL teachers to train the staff of Thai business in Chiang Mai North Thailand. The aim of the company is to bypass the “missionary label” and engage the Thai marketplace with the gospel. The company is looking for properly trained ESOL teachers who are believers with a heart for reaching Thais. The long term goal of the company is to see small groups of Thai believers planted within the Thai workplace and to generate a people group movement in a contextualized way. Applicants need to be socially very capable, flexible and willing to bend with an Asian culture, and a strong follower of Jesus with a heart for outreach. Applicants need to speak English with a “western” accent. Contracts available for 6 to 12 months. Visas and work permits available. Contact Stuart cweatloxinfodotcodotth for an information pack.

  6. “WOW” STORIES NEEDED FOR CATCH THE VISION “2020” — The couple who wrote the golden-oldie mission book/Bible study Catch the Vision 2000 is back in the U.S. for a year of R&R (Rest and Riting?). If you know of recent “wow” accounts of mission breakthroughs, contact Bill & Amy CatchTheVision2020atyahoodotcom They know how to handle security issues as they track down the factual details of striking stories for a new, improved Catch the Vision 2020!

  7. NEED FRENCH MATERIALS? — Equipping the Saints offers French Thompson Chain Reference Bibles and French ministry books at up to 90% discount. A resource list is available on the ETS web site. Check out http://www.etsusa.org In the USA call 1-540-234-6222 or email etsatricadotnet for more information.

  8. EVANGELICAL PURCHASING SERVICE — Thanks, Ken, for the tip about Evangelical Purchasing Service, (EPS), tel in the USA 800-445-6791 or write epscrcataoldotcom or log on at http://www.epurchasingservice.com/

  9. INTERESTED IN MINISTRY AMONG INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS? — Check out the International Student Ministry Conference May 28-30. International student ministry (ISM) is growing in North America, Europe, and many other countries. ISM will be one of the issue groups for the Lausanne 2004 Forum. Last year leaders of ISM from 12 countries attended the annual equipping conference of ACMI (Association of Christian Ministries to Internationals). ACMI ’04 will have 40 workshops, plenary sessions and special interest groups related to ministry among International students, May 28-30, at Wheaton College, near Chicago, Illinois, USA. There will be a concurrent conference for Christian international students. For brochures and details, go to http://www.acmi-network.org or email acmiofficeatgatemandotcom

  10. FEEDBACK ON SKYPE.COM CALL SERVICE; OPTIONS — We got quite a bit of feedback on that Skype.com peer-to-peer calling service. Bottom line: Be wary of any peer-to-peer service. Since your computer becomes a kind of server for someone else, there’s a certain degree of risk that you’ll be hacked. Course, Andrew wrote with what seemed like a better option, Free World DialUp. http://fwd.pulver.com He added, “FWD currently offers the ability to make outgoing calls to toll free numbers AND incoming numbers (no fee payable for allocation of the number) so someone on a regular phone can call your VoIP number. FWD also offers a voice conferencing service. The advantage of services such as FWD is they are based on the agreed standard known as SIP whereas Skype currently uses its own non-standard protocols.” (Thanks to all – and especially to Andrews — for responding!)

  11. CRISIS & TRAUMA WORKSHOP — Presented by Dr. H. Norman Wright, Wycliffe Counseling Ministries is sponsoring this workshop for missionary personnel, member care workers, counselors, ministers and lay counselors. The workshop will be held on May 14 & 15, 2004 at the Wycliffe US Headquarters in Orlando, Florida. For more information or a Workshop brochure contact Mary Maggio at Wycliffe Counseling Ministries (972) 708-7315 or e-mail Mary_Maggioatsildotorg

  12. TV SHOW ABOUT MISSIONS ON DISH NETWORK — The new weekly television program, MISSION, begins airing on the Dish satellite network, Friday nights at 9pm Eastern Time starting February 6. Co-hosted by Steve Saint, son of martyred missionary Nate Saint, the program features stories about mission work around the world. Stories from AIM, Pioneers, SIM, SEND and World Team as well as mission stories of the Saint family. Friday nights at 9ET on the Dish network – channel 9701, Angel One. Get more information at http://www.faithtelevisionnetwork.com (click on MISSION).

  13. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN APPLETON — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 12-14, 2004 in Tampa, FL. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_FL2004.pdf To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainerataoldotcom . To Register or ask questions, send an e-mail to Jamie babbslovefloridaataoldotcom

  14. DON’T GO TEACH ENGLISH WITHOUT TRAINING — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 12-30, 2004, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $505. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kittydotpurgasonatbioladotedu for an application.

  15. TEE ON RADIO? — A group of missions in Cambodia are interested to learn if anybody has TEE lessons as radio scripts. If you know of somebody who does, please contact Janice jreidatrtsinternationaldotorg (If you’d like a copy of the results, be sure to tell her.)

  16. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA, USA. The three month lecture phase begins April 18, 2004. It includes topics such as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, prayer and intercession, evangelism and missions, and spiritual warfare. The following two month outreach to Ukraine provides practical experience in cross cultural ministry. See their website at http://www.ywampa.org or email ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  17. NEED 16MM PROJECTORS? — Equipping the Saints offers good used 16MM film projectors at $125-150. These are Eiki SSL or SL units and are in good working order. Check out http://www.etsusa.org In the USA call 1- 540-234-6222 or email etsatricadotnet for more information.

  18. OMF BAY AREA MISSION CONFERENCE – Catch “The Great Commission and 21st Century Asia”, April 30-May 1, 2004 at Peninsula Covenant Church in Redwood City, CA. There will be four plenary sessions, 13 workshops, children’s program and fellowship with visiting missionaries. Featured speakers include OMF’s General Director Dr. David Harley and Professional Service China’s Field Director Dr. Rudolph Mak. For registration, contact Elaine Tai omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or (650) 559- 8088. Or log on at http://www.us.omf.org/northwest

  19. PRAYER “SPAM” — It’s really a shame that, once I’ve seen my 200th prayer request email in a single day, sent to me without request, those prayer request emails begin to *feel* a lot like *spam*, especially when I’m traveling, collecting messages via my cell phone. On the one hand, I feel *guilty*, because when would a prayer request ever become a piece of spam. On the other hand, they meet the definition, in that they’re a) unsolicited, b) clogging up my channel so I can’t get my work done as effectively, and c) ultimately undesirable, since I already have 240 missionaries to pray for in the mission with which I work! So — warning: Before adding someone to a prayer request list, even though your motives are noble and admirable, better ask first. If they don’t answer, don’t add them. Because, I’m just adding *all* those prayer request email addresses to my “blocked list” in my Norton AntiSpam. So… unfortunately, if those folks ever want to send an item to Brigada Today, I won’t even know they wrote me. :-(

  20. VOLUNTEERS (E.G., IN EAST AFRICA) — Occasionally we get email from volunteers ready to serve in a particular place. How do we get that word out. Obviously, we can’t promote them all. Say a gal wants to serve in the Kenya/Uganda area this summer. She’s a missionary with experience working with orphans and street children in that area looking for information on opportunities and the state of affairs in that area. So … you could write Tammy tammymariedonahueatyahoodotcom but… how do we help the other *thousand*? I think one of the best models is Brigada Opportunities. But for it to work well, reps from the various missions have to be *listening*. Then when willing workers want to see options, they’ll just join and drop their interest inquiry to the group. To learn more, write: brigada-opportunities-subscribeatTeamExpansiondotorg You can unsubscribe at any time. There are nearly 200 mission leaders waiting online right now, to help you.

20031228 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL!
  2. OVER THE TOP!
  3. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004!
  4. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES
  5. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND
  6. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE
  7. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”?
  8. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO
  9. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL
  10. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION
  11. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND
  12. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK
  13. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII
  14. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!)
  15. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER”
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL! — Can you believe it? And the donors even said some really things! “Thanks for the 9+ years I’ve been reading Brigada Today. Glad for another chance to help out.” Larry the head of BrigadaTechSupport, a group that attempts to provide free technical support to missionaries all over the world. We appreciate his sponsorship of $120!!! Email them at BrigadaTechSupportatBrigadadotorg about appliances, electrical problems, and really, just about anything technical! “Thank you so much for all of the good work you do to contact and inform missionaries of the many services available to them. Two years ago, you placed word about Mission Nannys on your weekly sheet and combined with our new brochure, webside ( http://www.missionnannys.org ) and God’s direction, we sent out 14 women volunteers last year to help 14 missionary families. Truly a remarkable thing! Up until 2000, which was 10 years of ministry, we had sent out 22 women. In 2002 we sent 12 and in 2003, 14. Thank you for your help in publicizing the mission activity. Enclosed is a check for $100 to help you with the financial costs of the secretary!” Betty Sullins, Dir., Mission Nannys. ($100 sponsorship enclosed!)

  2. OVER THE TOP! — And finally — are you ready for this? — Thanks to the anonymous donor who PayPal’d $3000 to help us go “over the top” on the amount remaining at the end of 2003! Yahooo! I’m humbled, sobered, challenged, excited, thankful, overwhelmed — all at once! :-) Our total for 2003 was $15,600… an incredible work from some very determined people, working under God’s empowerment!

    One of our readers asked, “so… now that you have a secretary, does she help you with things besides Brigada?” You bet she does! We stretch her all we can. But in the final analysis, we have understood from these sponsors that a critical part of her work is to help us keep Brigada Today on time and out the door for the roughly 10,000 or so weekly readers, and others who see the information archived at the website. Thanks to her input, we’ve managed not only to catch up, but also to *keep* up… on Brigada Today, as well as our work mobilizing and resourcing many missionaries around the globe among unreached peoples. Thank you for your help in this critical task!

  3. Want to help us with a jump start on 2004? Sponsor our Secretary.


  4. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004! — Thanks to some great friends, as well as the 11 people who have ordered Clipmate so far, we’re scheduled to receive a total of $83 soon from Clipmate’s publisher (due to the 11 offers for Clipmate so far), we’re already well on our way to starting our secretary in 2004. She won’t receive any kind of raise, per se, although we do hope to make available the Kentucky state-recommended cost-of-living increase of 2.7%. That means our goal for 2004 will be $16,021.

  5. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES — George Patterson and an international team are editing free, short, biblical, illustrated, translatable, training studies (in US-letter and A4 formats). These are suitable for mentoring new leaders of new congregations and cells in church planting movements. Each study has a lesson for group leaders and a lesson for children’s workers; many also have lessons for deacons and advanced learners. New studies are being added every week. Preview and download them from http://www.paul-timothy.net

  6. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND — Please lift up the anonymous donor who gave the $8,000. He and his wife are currently in Thailand, establishing a missionary R&R program (counseling, physician care, dentist, etc) so that missionaries and their families can have a break in a 5-star resort for one week with their kids and receive all the services for which they typically travel back to the west. Please pray for wisdom and direction in negotiating contracts for accommodations and programs. And once again, please thank the Lord for the generosity and selflessness of this family.

  7. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE — Consistent Computer Bargains is the sole outlet selling Microsoft software to charities and non-profits at greatly reduced prices. Churches and mission organizations and missionaries qualify. Brigada reader Dave says it’s a great service! Check this out: A license for full install version of Windows Office Professional 2003, just $69 plus $30 for the media — far below the list price. Fine print: Initial order must be any combination of 5 or more MS licenses, and CCB must have a copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) form (from the IRS) and State Tax Exempt Form in their files. Hint: Buy one license for MS Office and four throw-away licenses (at $4 each) for Windows Server. See http://www.1computerbargains.com (Thanks to Dave, and to others that have suggested this step in the past! I know it’s a real help each year in our own mission agency office!)

  8. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”? — Outreach International has an awesome compact video equipment set available for showing the Jesus Film. It’s especially designed for remote areas and unreached peoples. The airtight, waterproof case is a must when facing dusty roads or monsoon rains! It has traveled by outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 80-lb. suitcase contains a complete sound and video projection system, including 8mm Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29-lb. generator to power the system. Outreach International donates the labor to assemble the sets, and travels to field locations to train local ministers to use the video equipment effectively. They provide these sets at cost or as a gift to those ministering in remote areas. For more info write Bill <billatoutreachinternationaldotorg> or check out http://www.outreachinternational.org or call 970-249-0306 in the USA. </billatoutreachinternationaldotorg>

  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO — A cooperative multi-national effort for placing church planting teams among the unreached people groups of Mindanao is being developed by several U.S. local churches in cooperation with Filipino mission groups. Due to the sensitive nature of this area, new paradigms of church planting strategies will need to be developed. Is your church currently ministering in this part of the world? Interested in knowing more? Please contact tokyocarterathotmaildotcom . (Also, feel free to register your intent at the Joshua Project site: http://www.joshuaproject.net/ . If everyone did, we’d be a lot more savvy regarding questions like this one!)

  10. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 12 – 14, 2004 in Tampa, FL. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_FL2004.pdf . To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainerataoldotcom To Register, get a brochure, or ask questions about the seminar and location, contact Jamie babbsloveflorida.aol.com

  11. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/ for prayer mobilization documentaries and evangelistic films for unreached people groups. Their website describes the ministry of Create International and helps visitors do research on unreached people groups. They also make their audio visual resources available for purchase online. They produce a photoCD of very useful images for missions publications.

  12. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/indigitech/index.html for help in communicating the gospel message to peoples who have little or no access to it. Indigitech is a combination of ‘indigenous’, ‘digital’, and ‘technology’ — reflecting their desire to make use of indigenous arts and symbol systems as well as 21st century technology. It is their desire that Indigitech be a bridge between the fieldworkers and contextual resources which are now available.

  13. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK — “Serve Him With Mirth” by Leslie Flynn, asks if humor is a forgotten area of Christian ministry. It is one of a handful on this subject published in the past 50 years, and it remains the only book which covers all aspects in detail. For example, the cultural and linguistic gap between us and the books of the Old and New Testaments can prevent us from understanding the frequent use of irony, whimsy, word-play and puns. We expect no humor, so we see none. This is tragic. Learn more at http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mirth.php (Thanks Tony!)

  14. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII — Teaching English opens many doors to places in the world. The TESOL training given at The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii will equip you to teach & credential you by awarding a Certificate of Course Completion. A letter is also supplied that explains the curriculum & course of study. This is a four week academic curriculum immediately followed by a two week practicum conducted on the Campus. The school begins on Feburary 16, 2004 & ends March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  15. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!) — Check out: http://www.yourdictionary.com/ It has all sorts of info put online by linguists. For those that are interested in a particular language and would like to know where to go to find more language resources in obscure languages or major ones, this should be your first stop. There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 191 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 260 are represented by on-line dictionaries. New languages and dictionaries are constantly being added to yourDictionary.com; as a result, they reportedly have the widest and deepest set of dictionaries, grammars, and other language resources on the web: http://www.yourdictionary.com/languages.html Here you will find grammars and language courses for over 100 languages on line, on CD ROM, and in books. (Thanks Mert! mertakaateverybodydotorg)

  16. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER” — As we were putting the finishing touches on this edition of “Brigada Today”, Nasa’s “Spirit Rover” touched down on Mars and promptly sent its telltale tones, thereby signalling a successful landing. It was an exciting event, watching the members of the Mars Exploration Rover team react to Spirit’s landing on Mars. I immediately went upstairs to tell Caleb, our 14-year-old, about the landing. “How long did it take, Dad?” “Well, the mission has been in planning for years, but the flight itself took about seven months,” I answered. “Whoa. Seven Months. Planning for years,” Caleb pondered. He looked me straight in the eye: “Can you imagine going to work every day for years, hoping for something that you won’t be able to see, wishing that it would come true, then finally hearing that it happened?” (Picture at left courtesy NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.*)

    He was right. Day in, day out, for *years*, these guys had been coming into their offices, creating software, hardware, and ideas… hoping against hopes for this night. And here it was! No *wonder* they were happy.

    As I returned to my desk, downstairs, I couldn’t get it out of my mind… We too long for that day, when we can finally leap into the air and say, “Yesss!!! I didn’t labor in vain!” We long to see members of the tribe we’re seeking to reach, dressed in white robes, glorifying God on that Final Day.

    Well here’s my take on this: If NASA can focus for some 16 years on a single mission to Mars, we should be able to stay riveted to making sure the message of hope gets to long-forgotten unreached peoples! In NASA’s case, they’re hoping to garner 3 months of science experiments from a red planet. In our case, we’re trying to change an eternity for millions. Get the picture?

    No wonder we’re waiting with expectation.

    So… as you close out the books for 2003, just remember one thing: Think NASA. Think how long they have to plan, how carefully they have to calculate, … how many scenarios they have to imagine. And then multiply the task by an eternity. No *wonder* it’s hard reaching your tribe or group. So hey… don’t be too hard on yourself. And if you lose one project, try another. If something goes haywire, figure out a new solution… or start over. The end result will be worth it. In fact, you’ll hear a *whole* lot more than a few tones from a spaceship.

    (*For more information about The Spirit Rover and its exploration of Mars, log on at http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html For more information on reaching tribes for Christ, read the Bible. :-) )

20031012 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AMAZING SPONSORS EDGE CLOSER TO FULLY PAID SECRETARY
  2. GET CHRISTIAN-BACKED LONG DISTANCE, PAY 4.9 CENTS/MIN
  3. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER
  4. PUBLIC SPEAKING TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM
  6. LATEST ON THE WAR AGAINST SPAM
  7. VOLUNTEER MUSIC MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY
  8. “PARADIGMS OF THE FUTURE” REMIXED
  9. IN SEARCH OF MISSING BETHANY PROFILES
  10. MISSIONS GATHERINGS IN EUROPE?
  11. BRIGADA READERS FIND HOPE AT HEALING FOR THE NATIONS
  12. ENCOURAGING DEVOTIONAL FOR MISSIONARY TEACHERS
  13. UNLIMITED CALLS TO THE USA FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  14. HOW CAN YOU SPOT A “PRAYER SPAMMER?”
  15. LAST CHANCE TO BUY THE CD-ROM TOOL
  16. SAVE ON INT’L CALLS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AMAZING SPONSORS EDGE CLOSER TO FULLY PAID SECRETARY — I continue to be amazed at these outlandishly encouraging sponsors. Recently, R.G. wrote, ” I have been reading Brigada since 1997 or so and always find great stuff. Thanks for your ministry from another Wycliffe mobilizer!” Along with his message, he sent via PayPal…. $100! Yahooo! Thanks also to Wilcannia River of Life for their partnership gift of $50. See them in the next item!

  2. GET CHRISTIAN-BACKED LONG DISTANCE, PAY 4.9 CENTS/MIN — If you’re located in the USA, now you can get Christian-owned and -operated long distance for just 4.9 cents/minute, and a portion of every minute you’re talking to your Aunt Lorraine will be given to Brigada! Blessed Hope Long Distance has set up a page at: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/ Specifically for Brigada participants! Give it a try… and it will cost you nothing to help Brigada obtain enough funding for a Secretary! Thanks for your help!

  3. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER — Are you interested in Cross Cultural Missions Training? Wilcannia River of Life is hosting an Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar/Convention in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia from November 26th-30th inclusive. Training in all aspects of ministry, especially amongst the Australian Aboriginies. For further information, log on to: http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact Pastor Scott Lamshed wilcanniariveroflifeatbigponddotcom (Thanks for your partnership with Brigada!!!)

  4. PUBLIC SPEAKING TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Now you can get “Sharing the Bread of Life”, by Wentworth Pike (ACTION International). It’s a practical guide of how to organize, outline, and communicate God’s Word clearly and effectively. This book is intended for those who are inexperienced in public speaking and is excellent to equip new missions recruits who may be called on to speak anytime, anywhere! Get it from Gabriel Resources, which, by the way, offers discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554-1594.

  5. PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM — Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) is offering training for prayer groups on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Peninsula Covenant Church – 3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061. Check-in and refreshments begin at 8:30am. Register today by sending email with name, address, telephone, email and name of home church to Julie omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or telephone (925) 459- 0734. For more information, see http://www.us.omf.org/northwest
    By the way, this program is offered free of charge to all attendees. Learn how you can change Asia through the power of prayer. Their prayer is to have 6 or more vibrant prayer groups throughout the Bay Area. You can subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update (quarterly email newsletter) by sending an email to omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

  6. LATEST ON THE WAR AGAINST SPAM — Yikes. These Linux people are churning out the options. Check out SpamAssassin . “T.C.” says it’s worth a look… and superior to SpamBouncer. And… did I tell you I’ve voluntarily stopped using the “bounce” feature in MailWasher? After receiving several emails criticizing its deceitful nature, I decided I’d better bow out of it. I still use MailWasher to filter and flag spam, then delete it at the press of a button, but I configured the program to *not* send back the bounce-a-grams to the spammers. For one thing, folks told me it was a white lie. But what’s more, others pointed out that the reply addresses were almost *always* contrived. So the only people suffering from my combative mortar “return fire” were the ISPs being targeted by spammers themselves — by listing them in their “From:” boxes.

  7. VOLUNTEER MUSIC MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY — Volunteer Christian musicians are needed to help lead a music leadership training camp for one week in Les Cayes, Haiti. The camp is used to train music leaders for churches, new church starts, and for evangelism and church planting. The focus of the camp is composition of Chronological Bible Story-songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles. For more information, please write to: dawndotgoodwinatcbregiondotcom or may call directly to Haiti: (011-509-245-5988) This is sponsored by the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention. The dates of this opportunity are July 31-August 10, 2004.

  8. “PARADIGMS OF THE FUTURE” REMIXED — We’ve gotten some negative feedback on our listing of “Paradigms Of The Future” (Item #6 in the 9/19 edition), on the web at http://www.christianfutures.com Thanks to “Joseph”, in Japan, who did some major reading on the site and discovered sections which talk of “no hell and all creeds and beliefs can work together for the God of Gods.” Thanks for the feedback, Joseph… and you raise a good point. We do our best to try to watch out for off-the-wall stuff… but please always remember to check these things out for yourself. See the “DISCLAIMER” section in the “Closing Stuff” below. That having been said, we’ll try, whenever possible to catch this kind of thing and give you a heads up. Just always remember that some are going to get through the gate. In this case, we knew the contributor and his reputation… so we assumed it was all okay. Lesson learned.

  9. IN SEARCH OF MISSING BETHANY PROFILES — We’re still trying to find out what happened to all the Bethany Unreached People Profiles. Dan Scribner recently wrote to us about it. He’s the former research guy for AD2000 & Beyond… and current stats guy for JoshuaProject.net. His findings? “The base URL was changed from www.bethany.com to www.bethanynorth.com The rest of the URL seemed to the be same except in a few cases of the cluster peoples. Just two weeks ago this was true. I redid all the Joshua Project profiles to point to the new URLs. … However, when I tried today, www.bethanynorth.com was a deadend / 404. Not sure what the deal is. Will let you know if I find differently.” Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find any further word on this dead-end trail. :-(

  10. MISSIONS GATHERINGS IN EUROPE? — IIbET (Iberoamerican Institute for Cross Cultural Studies, http://www.iibet.org) is interested in knowing of the Missions Gatherings and Events around Europe, particularly those who are focused on the Muslim world. Also, a list is being put together of all the Hispanic (Spanish speaking) churches in Europe. If you can help with either one of these areas, please write Dan Johnson djohnsonIVatmyrealboxdotcom . (Dan, please let us know what you find and we’ll post it here in Brigada.)

  11. BRIGADA READERS FIND HOPE AT HEALING FOR THE NATIONS — For eleven years, Healing for the Nations Intensive Retreats have been a source of healing and hope for people from all over the world. Recently, some Brigada subscribers responded to the HFN ad placed in Brigada Today and made the journey to Atlanta to attend the one week retreat held monthly at a beautiful place called Red Top Mountain north of the city. As one of those missionaries put it, “My only regret is that I didn’t do the retreat about ten years ago”. If the wear and tear of ministry and/or life in general has taken it’s toll and you need a safe place to find hope again, check them out at http:www.healingforthenations.org You may also call them at the following: 1 800 483 2841 (in the US) or 770 919 0140.

  12. ENCOURAGING DEVOTIONAL FOR MISSIONARY TEACHERS — Regain your passion and enjoyment for teaching with “Apples of Gold for Teachers”, a perfect book for any instructor–K thru 12. Each of the 50 meditations includes practical time-tested ideas for the classroom teacher. Nice gift book as well. Author Vicki Caruana spent many years in the classroom and is the founder of Teachers for Prayer. More information and an excerpt at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, write ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone, or call +1(616) 676-9185.

  13. UNLIMITED CALLS TO THE USA FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Get it for only $20 per month. Great international rates too. Even better, all your friends in the US city of your choice can call you for free. Or friends from anywhere in the USA can call you overseas for the price of a US call. To good to be true? What is the catch? You have to have a broad band internet connection and a router with an extra LAN port. The setup is easy and the voice quality is very good. Read more at http://www.packet8.net You can save an extra $20 USD off your one-time activation fee if you use the coupon code “od-irc” when you register (Activation fee is only $9.95 with “od-irc” coupon code). There is also a thirty day free trial. Check the site for details. Or call toll free at 1-(888) 898- 8733 or outside the USA at 1(408) 727-1885 or email tech-supportatpacket8dotnet (Note that this is not from a Brigada sponsor, nor have we tried this service personally, but we feature items from all contributors, regardless. Just wanted you to know that we aren’t into any full-out advertising mode here. Brigada is still Brigada.)

  14. HOW CAN YOU SPOT A “PRAYER SPAMMER?” — This is a great question. Fred, a Brigada participant, wrote recently to ask about this. He had received several messages that ended something like… “Send this prayer request to 10 people.. to show them you love them, if you are not ashamed of Jesus,” or something similar. I’m not sure how to respond to this kind of message. I already receive a hundred or more prayer/mission reports per month. You probably receive more than your share too. My suggestion: Give people the honest option, before just assuming that you should add to their mix. Even if a really spiritual guy prays a full hour a day, there’s still an eventual *limit* to how many things for which he or she can pray. So give ’em a break… and ask before you assume they’ll want to be on your list.

  15. LAST CHANCE TO BUY THE CD-ROM TOOL — Don’t forget… You only have a until the end of October to get the special introductory pricing on the “Countries and Peoples of the World” CD-ROM, a Brigada sponsor. The stated aims of the project are:
    *** MOTIVATE individuals and churches to PRAY for the least reached countries and peoples of the world.
    *** ORIENT individuals and churches to ADOPT one or more of the least reached peoples of the world
    *** EQUIP individuals and churches to GO and work long term among one or more of the least reached peoples of the world.
    *** SEND and SUSTAIN individuals and church planting teams engaged in EVANGELIZING and DISCIPLING of the least reached peoples of the world through STRATEGIC ALLIANCES and PARTNERSHIPS. This *library* of unreached people profiles, country profiles, and missions info. is one of the best sources for quality, up-to-date, motivational information. Get it at: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  16. SAVE ON INT’L CALLS — Learn how other missionaries save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Disclaimer: :-) Thanks to UTW for promising to give a gift to Brigada in the name of each and every new signer at that page! At last update, 10 Brigada readers had signed up! Thanks for giving it a try!)

20031005 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. YOU’VE GOT SPONSORS!
  2. THANKS TO STUDIO TEN AND OTHER PARTNERS
  3. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  4. CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF RESOURCE LINKS FOR MISSIONS!
  5. WILL THE CHINESE CHURCH COMPLETE THE GREAT COMMISSION?
  6. ESL INSTRUCTION
  7. SHORT TERM MISSION LEADERS SEMINAR
  8. NEED OUTSTANDING ETHNOGRAPHIC OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIAL?
  9. ORAL BIBLE NETWORK WORKSHOP PLANNED
  10. INNER MONGOLIAN ONLINE BIBLE
  11. CHECK OUT OUR GUIDELINES FOR EMAILED PRAYER LETTERS
  12. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  13. TONS OF RESOURCES TO MOBILIZE YOUR LOCAL CHURCH
  14. MISSIONS SONGS SEARCH
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. YOU’VE GOT SPONSORS! — Are you wondering why in the *world* are we “on time” with Brigada Today? Two big reasons: First, with the new Brigada Secretary you’ve helped us acquire, we’re finally getting the to do list chopped down to something more manageable!!! Yahooo! But there’s a second reason: After the way everybody has pitched in, we’d feel *guilty* if we *didn’t* deliver on time! :-) :-) :-) So… Here’s a great big thank-you to all Brigada sponsors, from the whole Brigada family!!! Recently, we received this note from the director of Gospel Recordings in Singapore: ” I always appreciate receiving Brigada and wonder what happens if it does not exist anymore? It provides me many useful info for networking and resources. Thanks to you and your team for the effort. I am sure many are blessed. D.L.” Well David, thank you for your encouragement and concern. I’m here to put your fears at rest. We’re definitely here to stay… and being galvanized and energized by a host of helpers who have kicked us in gear to get this ministry up and running on-time!!! :-)
  2. Click here to sponsor Brigada Today!


  3. THANKS TO STUDIO TEN AND OTHER PARTNERS — Dan, from Studio TEN Ministries wrote today, “We are taking Jesus at his word from Matt. 24:14, recording the Gospel as a “Testimony to Every Nation” beginning with the languages of the unreached in the “closed” nations of S. Asia. We are following up the good news with Church planting among the same people groups, and we operate 2 children’s homes for children who have been rescued from dangerous situations. We want to thank Brigada for keeping us informed for these many years! Bless you as the Father meets every financial need to see this work continue! Your partner in building the Kingdom, Dan.” (Thanks for the $75 sponsorship!) Another Young Life Europe partner sent $100, a church-planter from Spain sent another $100, and two different Wycliffe workers from totally different locations sent in a total of $125. See the other anonymous sponsors at: http://www.brigada.org by clicking on “Sponsor” in the top line menu. And get this: One Brigada participant asked us to set up a “Subscribe” button there… so he could sponsor Brigada for $10 per month!!! Here’s an individual who is a member of Wycliffe Bible translators, who writes, “I have subscribed to Brigada for a number of years and it is still one of my favorite emails to receive, what with all the missions encouragement, information and helpful hints. So I decided to donate $5 a month (the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal) for the cause of the Brigada secretary. I’ll do it via PayPal. If just 250 Brigada subscribers did the same, she (and therefore Doug) would be free to serve you better and still feed their kids an occasional burger too!” So now… that button is there for *anybody* to use! It works via PayPal and one can discontinue whenever. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Disclaimer: :-) Thanks to UTW for promising to give a gift to Brigada in the name of each and every new signer at that page!)

  5. CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF RESOURCE LINKS FOR MISSIONS! — Chris (Young Life Europe… a sponsor of Brigada, by the way!) has assembled a *wonderful* page of links for his staff…. and the whole Brigada family. Thanks for sharing with us, Chris! Check out his work at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/web-based_resources.html Those reading this Brigada Today on the web can just click on the link!

  6. WILL THE CHINESE CHURCH COMPLETE THE GREAT COMMISSION? — Here’s a new book, _Back to Jerusalem_, by Paul Hattaway (Author of Operation China). Napoleon once said “When China is moved it will change the face of the globe.” According to the author, today those words are becoming a reality through the powerful spiritual vision of the Chinese church to send 100,000 missionaries across China’s borders to complete the Great Commission, even in this generation! Hear Brother Yun, Peter Xu Yongze, and Enoch Wang — three Chinese house church leaders who between them have spent more than 40 years in prison for their faith — explain the history and present-day reality of the “Back to Jerusalem movement.” Gabriel Resources, the book’s distributor, offers discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554-1594.

  7. ESL INSTRUCTION — Improve your English listening and conversation skills by attending this three month language immersion course at the YWAM facility in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The next school is scheduled for April 4 through June 25, 2004. The organizers urge interested parties to apply now, since it takes more time to obtain a visa these days. For more information, see their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail them at ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  8. SHORT TERM MISSION LEADERS SEMINAR — COMMIT Ministries is offering two, high quality, low-cost, 3-day seminars; one in Tampa Florida in the Winter (February 5-7, 2004), and another in Honolulu Hawaii, April 22-24, 2004. This joint training effort with Gateway Mission Training Center is in its 8th year and continues to offer a comprehensive, cutting-edge, intensive seminar to prepare Christians to lead short term ministry teams worldwide. Each participant will acquire everything necessary to develop or augment a thorough short term ministry program for their respective church or mission agency and gain the skills/knowledge necessary to effectively lead short-term ministry teams. For registration information, contact COMMIT Ministries infoatcommitministriesdotorg or visit their website at http://www.commitministries.org

  9. NEED OUTSTANDING ETHNOGRAPHIC OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIAL? — Try the Yale “Human Relations Area Files” (“HRAF” at Yale U). These anthropological databases are ideal for research and teaching, especially for those researching either individual societies or conducting cross-cultural studies on particular subjects. And thanks to Jason (Brigada participant in Brazil), who has a contact at Yale named Christiane, we have an October password to try out the database! (Thanks Jason!) Just click to: http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/e/ehrafe eHRAF Archaeology: and type in the username: hraf then password: ho=&epow then press “login” after you type in username and password

    For ideas on how to use this info, click on over to: http://www.yale.edu/hraf/teachingehraf.html. There are exercises, group presentations, short student papers, class syllabi, and lab and library assignments. Subject areas currently include general anthropology and archaeology, research and methods, and medical anthropology.

    If you want to sign up long-term or need more info. on costs or entry, contact christianedotcunnaratyaledotedu directly.


  10. ORAL BIBLE NETWORK WORKSHOP PLANNED — Mark your calendars for January 20-22, 2004 for the Oral Bible Network Workshop to be held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Details are being shaped, but this is *the* event with tracks being planned for those new to storying and for those familiar with storying. More than one dozen Great Commission Christian organizations are sponsoring this “summit”! Look for updates on http://www.oralbible.com

  11. INNER MONGOLIAN ONLINE BIBLE — After Genesis (1991), the book of Psalms (1995), now the whole New Testament has been translated into Inner Mongolism vertical script as used by almost 6 Million Mongolians and Mongolian people groups in north China. 10,000 copies have been printed in August and an online Internet version is on its way http://www.mongolbible.com The online version is currently being programmed (a bit difficult due to the vertical script) and will hopefully be online before the month is out. Also, a PDF version of the 1156 pages book is in the making. For more details, email to muvatmongolbibledotcom

    The work took 14 years and since 1989 the number of Inner Mongolian believers grew considerably. Due to the sensitive location, the MUV team does not publish personal names.


  12. CHECK OUT OUR GUIDELINES FOR EMAILED PRAYER LETTERS — If you send out an emailed newsletter or prayer letter, you’ll want to check out Jonathan Kanner’s new compilation of “lessons learned”, by clicking over to: http://www.brigada.org/articles/e-prayer_letters.html Those reading this newsletter on the web can just click here! Jonathan does a great job of giving a ton of suggestions as to form, style, purpose, tips, and more! What a great service to our whole Brigada community!

  13. 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 cjlemkeatcsdotcom

  14. TONS OF RESOURCES TO MOBILIZE YOUR LOCAL CHURCH — Thanks loads to Amy, from Southern Indiana, who appealed to Brigada Today participants to share their top resources for church mobilization. She got help from other Brigada participants. The entire resource library is now listed at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/church_mobilization.html If you’re reading this edition of Brigada on the web, just click! (Thanks again Amy!)

  15. MISSIONS SONGS SEARCH — We are hoping to compile songs about missions (old & new) and since no one person can know all the missions related songs out there, we turn to Brigada readers. You know, that song you heard sometime ago and it made you think of either going to missions or just affirmed your calling. We’ve setup a webpage that will keep getting updated as long as submissions are coming in http://www.tentmakernet.com/songlist or send an email to songlistattentmakernetdotcom

20030921 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

20030824 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. URBANA 03
  2. BOOKS FOR THE WORLD BRINGS HOME THE CHAPTERS
  3. READ THIS IF YOU’RE NOT WORRYING
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  5. LIBERIA SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE PROFILE POSTED
  6. ADOPT A PEOPLE CONFERENCE
  7. OMF’S PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. TENTMAKER TRAINING GOES INTO HIGH GEAR!
  9. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. URBANA 03 — Urbana 03 is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s 20th Student Mission Convention. From Dec. 27 – 31, 2003, over 20,000 students, missionaries, and campus leaders will converge on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five days of seeking their place in God’s mission. The convention consists of general sessions that incorporate worship, theater, and missionary testimonies, as well as small groups, 300 seminar options, various special tracks, and more than 350 mission agency and seminary exhibits. Since the first Urbana in 1946, more than 200,000 people have heard the challenge to participate in God’s global mission. For more information about Urbana or to register, visit http://www.urbana.org . If you have questions, call (608) 274-7995 or email urbana03ativcfdotorg .

  2. BOOKS FOR THE WORLD BRINGS HOME THE CHAPTERS — CLC has initiated a project called “Books for the World”. By partnering with English, French, and Portuguese language publishers, CLC is able to offer a selection of quality Christian books at a fraction of the normal retail price – with the stipulation that the books are distributed only to people in the developing world. Want to know more? Contact Manager Lloyd Hodkinson at his warehouse in Chesterfield, England books4theworldataoldotcom

  3. FUND-RAISERS COACHES’ CLINIC — Double your effectiveness in raising funds ……Attend the next People Raising Coaches Clinic—- Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10-key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. Arm yourself with the tools for an effective fund raising ministry. If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference October 31-November 1! Register by October 1st and save $50. For more information or to register on-line go to

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

    or e-mail BillatPeopleRaisingdotcom


  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Something has happened in your heart, you feel you have a call to missions involvement; now what do you do? The Missionary Training Camps present a wide range of spiritual and practical issues to help people prepare for missions work. Pastors, missions leaders, prayer warriors, those called to short term and career missions have attended the camps. One worker, now in the 10-40 window, said the camp jump started his missions call. For those desiring further help, mentorship and certification follow the camps. The Next Missionary Training Camp Is In Virginia From October 2-5, 2003. For details regurading training content, dates, places of other upcoming camps, see the Elijah Company web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  5. LIBERIA SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE PROFILE POSTED — Bruce just posted a profile on the spiritual situation in Liberia to the Operation Reveille web site: http://www.oprev.org/Liberia.htm

    The black and white downloadable Acrobat Reader version should photocopy very well and the color HTML version has links to Christian ministry agencies working in Liberia.


  6. ADOPT A PEOPLE CONFERENCE — The theme for the 2003 Adopt-a- People/People Partnerships Training Conference is “Making it Real.” It is a practical, “how to” conference focused on providing local churches and local church leaders the tools they need to develop and be actively involved in the AAP/PP ministry. The leadership team for this conference emerges from the U.S. Center for World Missions, CBF Global Missions, CBF Florida, Wycliffe, Mentoring Missions and local church missions leadership. To be held at College Park Baptist Church in Orlando Florida. For more information: http://www.adoptapeople.net

    To register, contact Tom togburnatcbfnetdotorg . The conference Fee is $50.00 per person.


  7. OMF’S PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM — OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) is sponsoring a Prayer Group Training program on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061). Check-in and refreshments begin at 8:30am. with the program running from 9am-12noon. Please RSVP by sending email with name, address, telephone, email and name of home church to ElaineTai at omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or call (650) 559-8088. Web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest . This program is offered free of charge to all attendees. Learn how you can change Asia through the power of prayer. Their goal is to have 6 or more vibrant prayer groups throughout the Bay Area, all led by competent and trained leaders. (If you’d like to subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update, a quarterly email newsletter, just send an email to omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   )

  8. TENTMAKER TRAINING GOES INTO HIGH GEAR! — Did you know that GLOBAL Opportunities tentmaker training programs have now been launched in Europe as well? Their first ever Light to the Nations course in Norway earlier this year had a record number of people in attendance. There is still room at their next LTN intensive tentmaking course in Pasadena California 15-19 October 2003. There is also a free half day tentmaking seminar in Toronto, Canada this Saturday the 27th of September. Go to their website for more info and to register. http://www.globalopps.org or email them at contactatglobaloppsdotorg

  9. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Joy Christian Academy in Cebu City, Philippines needs teachers for all levels at their K-6 MK school. Joy Christian Academy educates missionary and international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city. For more information contact Les Tilka at clfcebuatinamedotcom

20030720 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THOSE PARTNERING WITH US!
  2. PEOPLE GROUP WEBSITE
  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP LEADERSHIP MANUALS
  4. 10,000 PRAYERS FOR NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED!
  5. TOOLBOX FOR PRODUCING MISSIONS VIDEOS
  6. GET A SCRIPTURE-ADDRESS WHILE YOU RAISE FUNDS
  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  8. NEED DATA COMM OR VOICE COMM INTO DIFFICULT AREAS?
  9. OPERATION IMPACT: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THOSE PARTNERING WITH US! — Thanks *tons* to those partnering with us as sponsors. Included this week are Charmaine (who sent $40 via PayPal) and Eric (writing from Sweden, having sent $25, commented, “Doug, … I rejoice in the Lord for all that Brigada has meant to me over the years. I can’t remember when I first subscribed, but its been a good while. I may be like many an ole missionary who reads them, or more accurately, scans them, gleans from them and thanks God for your labor to put it together! Please know that you have ministered to me through your labor many times and more than once I found more than information, I found motivation! God Bless YOU and the team, e” — Thanks Eric!). These anonymous partners aren’t giving to promote the sale of a product. They just believe in the Brigada “Cause”. They’ve been added to our sponsors page at: http://www.brigada.org then click on “Sponsors” Thanks to your gifts and our new secretary, we’re catching up on a back-log of Brigada Today editions that were way too far delayed. Thanks for your patience!!!

  2. PEOPLE GROUP WEBSITE — Search more than 11,000 people groups by name, country, religion, language or status of evangelisation. You can download a list of all the world’s people groups as well as related tables and charts. http://www.peoplegroups.org (Thanks Tony!)

  3. SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP LEADERSHIP MANUALS — Innovative Mission Opportunities’ http://www.imoi.org mission is to share Jesus with those people groups that have never heard His name or the truth about Him. Innovative staff leads two week trips into the 10/40 Window. Innovative is wanting to write a manual for team leaders. Do any readers know of any manuals out there Innovative may be able to obtain for ideas and assistance? Innovative has a basic outline of what to include in their manual but thought they might get some other ideas and suggestions from other manuals/organizations. Members of the staff have read about short-term trip leading training on Brigada. Please contact rpickensatimoidotorg with any questions. Once they complete their team leader manual, we’ll ask Innovative to make copies available here on Brigada.

  4. 10,000 PRAYERS FOR NORTH KOREA LAUNCHED! — NK Missions (The World Center for North Korea Missions) is calling people worldwide to join together in urgent prayer for North Korea. As part of NK AWAKE, an International Prayer and Mobilization Campaign, NK Missions is boldly calling for 10,000 prayers to be posted online for North Korea. May these prayers stir others to pray and may they be used to open the doors of North Korea. visit http://www.nkmissions.com/prayers/

  5. TOOLBOX FOR PRODUCING MISSIONS VIDEOS — Here’s a virtual toolbox to help you produce your next mission video, thanks to Brigada sponsor John Walton. Entitled “Toolbox for Video Storytelling,” it’s the one best source to help you learn to document your cross-cultural work via video in a top-notch manner. Please check out the book at John’s website, http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada so he’ll know you saw his sponsorship link here. John helps you think through your storyline (thinking stories, not topics), organize your ideas, and develop your script (using “modules”). Then he models video and photography tips while providing great examples on the accompanying CD inside the book’s back jacket cover. He addresses both the technical side of things (e.g., sound, lighting, and camera technique) as well as the artsy side (shooting a picture story, continuity, and organization). By the way, John, the author, just sent a sponsorship payment of $110 for our new Brigada secretary! He wrote, ” 22 books ordered, through the end of August, $110 to Brigada. That’s 2 more than I hoped would sell.” So… John… thanks for the sponsorship… and Brigada audience, thanks for ordering John’s book! :-)

  6. GET A SCRIPTURE-ADDRESS WHILE YOU RAISE FUNDS — Need to raise funds? Want to showcase the Word? Check out.. http://www.scripturemail.com/Index_02.lasso They fix you up with a scripture verse email address (addresses start at $9/year), then when you generate other scripture mail, you raise new support for your venture. We aren’t promoting it as a fund-raise for Brigada, but maybe you would want to choose to do so for your own ministry funding. (Thanks Mark!)

  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Something has happened in your heart, you feel you have a call to missions involvement; now what do you do? The Missionary Training Camps present a wide range of spiritual and practical issues to help people prepare for missions work. Pastors, missions leaders, prayer warriors, those called to short term and career missions have attended the camps. One worker, now in the 10-40 window, said the camp jump started his missions call. For those desiring further help, mentorship and certification follow the camps. The next missionary training camp is in Virginia, October 2-5, 2003. For details regarding training content, dates, places of other upcoming camps, see the Elijah Company web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  8. NEED DATA COMM OR VOICE COMM INTO DIFFICULT AREAS? — Try GRC. They’ve already got folks consulting in Iraq with government agencies. See them at http://www.grcomputing.net

  9. OPERATION IMPACT: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE — Azusa Pacific University’s Master’s Degree in Social Science with an emphasis on Servant Leadership is being offered in the Philippines every summer in the month of June. The program can be completed in 3-8 years, depending on each student’s time available. This is an administrative degree tailored to most leadership positions, both in the secular field as well as the Christian field. During summer 2004, organizers plan to offer: Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Leader as an Agent of Change, Current Issues in Leadership, Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. For more information contact: Melody Kuka kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph   (kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph)  

20030330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR
  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY
  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES
  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP
  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS
  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES
  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS
  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PREPARE FOR THE MISSION FIELD IN ONE YEAR — Gateway Missionary Training Centre, Langley. B.C. in co-operation with Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, B.C. is offering a unique training opportunity. Students are able to earn 36 Bible credits through PLBC while also being equipped at Gateway for effective cross-cultural ministry. The course begins in September 2003. For more information check the web page http://www.gatewaytraining.org or write to <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>. </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  2. HEALING AND WHOLENESS FOR THE MISSIONARY – – Since 1993, Healing for the Nations has helped missionaries from all over the world experience healing, restoration and a renewed intimacy with God. Each month a one week retreat consisting of chapels, teaching, small group work and one on one time with the staff is held in a conference facility on a mountain just north of Atlanta, Georgia. If time out for yourself is long overdue and you have a sense that there are some things in your life that need attention, call toll free in the USA at 800-483-2841 or 770-919-0140 (Internationally). You may also access their website at http://www.healingforthenations.org .

  3. 24-HOUR TRAVEL ASSISTANCE SERVICES — What would happen if you or your short-term team lost all of your baggage or passports and you could not perform your ministry? What if you needed to rebook your flights, hotel reservations or ground transportation, or needed emergency cash? Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups with these and many other situations. They offer what they say is the ONLY individual and group short-term international health insurance plans that automatically include true 24-hour travel assistance. To get complete details, go to their web site at http://www.missionaryhealth.net , or email them at <isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom> or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America). If you don’t want to use the “missionary” site you may get the same information online at http://www.overseashealth.com . </isahealthatisadotphxcoxmaildotcom>

  4. BUDDHIST WORKSHOP — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, June 2-July 25. Course 1 June 2-13 “Introduction to Buddhism” (Dave Oleson, Northwest College); Course 2 June 16-June 27 “Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Christian Responses to Tibetan Buddhism” (Hugh Kemp, Dean of Studies at the Manuwatu Centre of the Bible College of New Zealand); Course 3 June 30-July 11 “Mahayana Buddhism and Japanese Sects” (Mark Dominey, missionary to Japan with OMF); Course 4 “Church Planting Among Buddhist Peoples” (Alex Smith, Minister-At-Large to the Buddhist World, OMF). Courses can be taken for graduate credit with APTS. If interested, request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu>. </guestservicesataptsdotedu>

  5. CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING CLASS — This course is designed to teach the Chronological Bible Storying (CBS) method of presentation. CBS tells selected biblical stories in chronological order in an effort to bring people to genuine faith in Christ, mature discipleship, and fruitful Christian service. Storying is based entirely upon the Bible and is chosen because it is a primary communication vehicle of the target people. Stories are selected based upon the universal biblical truth to be communicated and upon identified barriers in the target people’s worldview. Storying is structured to give an “oral” Bible to individuals and to develop the competency to share it orally. Dates for this course, taught by Dr. Grant Lovejoy, are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info contact them at <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or 800.887.1786 or visit their website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are July 21-August 22, 2003. The cost is approximately 370 US dollars (could change without notice), 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is approximately P8000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  7. MAGAZINE PUBLISHING COURSES — The Magazine Training Institute announces two courses for Christian magazine publishing staff to be held in Ruminezevo, near Moscow. The Business of Magazine Publishing will be offered June 1-6, and Editing the Magazine will be held June 8- 13. The courses are subsidized by Western Christian publishers, so tuition and room and board costs are minimal. For more information, write <sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom> or check MTI’s website at http://www.magazinetraining.com . MTI has been offering conferences and courses for Christian magazine staff since 1989. </sharonmumperatcompuservedotcom>

  8. LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS — SOON Ministries now have two free evangelistic papers available for the Fula people of West Africa. ‘BADAKE’ is produced in Fulfulde Adamaoua (Toucouleur) while ‘BOOYATAA’ is written in Pulaar-Fulakunda and Pulaar-Futa Toro (Toucouleur). It has glossaries to help speakers of each dialect understand the rest of the material. The dialects are sufficiently similar to Pulaar Futa that those speakers may also find it accessible. Samples are available to download in PDF format, and free copies can be posted to anyone who can use them, in any reasonable quantity: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/booyataa.php For more info, write <guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>. </guideatweb-evangelismdotcom>

  9. PRAY FOR THE HAKKA — Join YWAM Hakka Church Planting Ministries in a marathon Prayer Net during the rest of the month of May! Of the more than three million Hakkas who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. If you’d like to join the long-term church planting team – and hundreds of others from around the world – in this Prayer Net effort, check it out at… http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2003/howtopray.htm .

20030316 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS”
  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED
  3. MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED
  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE
  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM
  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER
  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA
  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS” — Catch a Richard Twiss’ CC&K Conference in Portland, Oregon on May 9-10, sponsored by Wiconi International and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Hear 3 dynamic First Nations Bible teachers: Terry LeBlanc/Mi’kmaq, Ray Aldred/Cree and Cheryl Barnetson/Carrier, plus Dr. Paul Metzger from Multnomah and Richard Twiss. Hear talks on how to develop a theology of culture, as well as on missiology, critical contextualization, defining syncretism, and much more. For more info, call 360-546-1867 or email <officeatwiconidotcom> or log on at http://www.wiconi.com/calendar/events.htm . </officeatwiconidotcom>

  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED — The Pauline Hord Trust has just released a book (that might be of interest to the U.S. of Americans in the audience) called “Praying for the President”. It is a 365-day guide with Scripture and prayer to praying for the President of the United States. It could be used for anyone in international leadership. <http://www.prayingforthepresident.com> 30% off – Special price for Brigada readers of $10 plus shipping – email Faithe at <brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom> . </brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom>

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

    So how does one float this opportunity at Brigada-Opportunities? Start by sending a message to: <brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> Then email your opportunity to: <brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom>

    There are currently some 160 people listening there… either to a good option that “recruits” them to service, or to give input when someone brings up a great point. If you’re looking for an opportunity, subscribe today using the info. above. Send your opportunity today too! </brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom></brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom></dianahaitiatyahoodotcom></dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet>


  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE — Hope Africa University, a newly founded liberal arts Christian university in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by the Free Methodist churches of east and central Africa (mentioned in Mission Frontiers, March-April 2003, “The New Evangelical Universities”) has a website http://www.hopeafricauniversity.org . For specific questions email <nijeweatcsdotcom> . </nijeweatcsdotcom>

  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM — The North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies is hosting its second First Nations Missiological Symposium, May 29-31, 2003 at the William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. PURPOSE: The symposium will seek to challenge and strengthen the various models of ministry and mission in Native North America as they relate to evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development and other areas of Christian ministry. The event and the Institute brings together men and women of varied experiences and backgrounds from within the orthodox evangelical Christian community in a forum for biblical and theological reflection which roots in a Native North American world-view and perspective. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from many nationally respected Native and non- native theological leaders, as well as Native pastors. Register before May 20/03 and the cost is $125.00 (US), which includes meals. After May 20, the cost is $100.00 (US), with NO MEALS. For more information call Anita L. Kieth, NAIITS Administrator and registrar (204) 945-1152 or visit http://www.firstnationsmonday.com/NAIITS.htm .

  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER — Here’s a newsletter that compiles reports from prayer networkers, city reachers, pastors and ministry leaders from across the globe. Their stories and strategies are available through a free subscription to the National Pastors’ Prayer Network. Not just for pastors, the NPPN e-casts several editions, including: City Connections, Global Networks Prayer Initiatives, Prayer Evangelism Resources, as well as Special Editions for quick breaking news.

    The NPPN website offers a directory of over 750 Pastors’ Prayer Groups (add yours at: http://www.nppn.org/ppg) as well as over 50 downloadable articles on prayer for local congregations and regional networks. Start your Free Subscription to the NPPN <http://www.nppn.org/subscribe.htm> For more info., contact Phil <updatesatnppndotorg>. </updatesatnppndotorg>


  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a study being done by Mark on missions insurance programs. He is wondering which options would be acceptable or preferable to you and your church:

    (1) That a mission agency provides health insurance as a group plan even though the costs might be higher than individual coverage for many missionaries?

    (2) That a mission agency work with the sending church to help individuals and families to find the best individual policy for themselves which will provide lower coverage for many but perhaps leave some without coverage?

    Respond to Mark <mskiatearthlinkdotnet> with a #1 or #2 and he’ll let us know the results in a week or two. Thanks! (Thanks Mark.) </mskiatearthlinkdotnet>


  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA — Here’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification offered for the first time in Edmond, Oklahoma, to our knowledge. Youth With A Mission (Kona, HI) is teaming up with Community Enhancement Network in Oklahoma to offer 4 weeks of intensive training, followed by 2 weeks practicum. Dates of the school are July 6 – August 15, 2003. Course cost is $600 for tuition and books. Food and Housing will be arranged on an individual basis at a minimal cost. Course graduates will be offered immediate field placement in north-central China. For further information email <choateclanatcsdotcom> or telephone (405) 399-4544 in Oklahoma. </choateclanatcsdotcom>

  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS — Even though the war won’t take place on our own soil, almost everyone will be affected by it in one way or another. That’s why the staff of E-ssentials has produced two new video segments that are available for you to download FREE! E-ssentials is a ministry of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board. These two video clips will help your congregation get personally involved in this crisis by praying for our military and by sharing the peace of Jesus Christ with a world that knows no peace. In an effort to respond to current events in a timely manner, these videos will only be available by download from their website, http://www.essentials.tv , at no charge. These MPEG 1 video files are easily inserted into any PowerPoint presentation, and are also playable through many free software programs like Windows Media Player and QuickTime Player. If, for some reason this link does not work for you, the same information is also available at http://www.namb.net/essentials . (NAMB)

20030302 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS!
  2. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA
  3. WE GET MAIL…
  4. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW
  5. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA
  6. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  7. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH
  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE
  9. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  10. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  11. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS
  12. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS! — Thanks so much for our three Brigada Sponsors so far in 2003. These folks are helping us lay the groundwork for hiring a Brigada Secretary someday! We invite you to check out their respective gifts, skills, organizations, and/or passions. This week, add Nate and Mark at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html Want to become a Brigada Sponsor? We’ve got a ways to go! So just use PayPal or some other means to send your check (the amount of your choosing), then send in a note about the passion or organization you’d like promoted in Brigada Today. (By the way, so far 4 people have bought Integrity Online or its software by clicking through a Brigada link. That’s going to help too! Check Integrity Online out at: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA — COMIX35/ROX35 will be holding a 1-day introductory seminar on Writing and Drawing Comics at the Russian Baptist Center in Moscow on Saturday, April 5, 2003. All writers and artists are welcome. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist/writer Nate Butler and local cartoonists Igor Kolgarev and Sasha Galkin. The course will be taught in English and Russian, with translation. Seating will be limited. Please contact Igor Kolgarev for more information, either by telephone: 358-15-11 (in Russian only) or by email at <kolgaratmaildotru  (kolgaratmaildotru)  >. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <COMIX35atcomix35dotorg  (COMIX35atcomix35dotorg)  >.

  4. WE GET MAIL… — Listen to this satisfied Brigada Today participant: “Thank you ever so much for accepting my submission for The Soul Winner’s Devotional. Because of your willingness to further the Kingdom of God, I have received more than 100 new subscribers (with I’m sure more coming)! I am now able to encourage missionaries and brothers and sisters in Christ from almost every continent of the world! Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.” J.M.

  5. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW — Here’s a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course to be offered through Youth With a Mission of Montana. The intensive 4-week course will be offered from July 27 thru August 23, 2003. Cost including books, tuition, and room & board is US $1,000. They will also connect you with full-time missionaries overseas for possible teaching positions. To download an application go to: http://www.ywammt.org or if you have questions, please email <tesolatywammtdotorg  (tesolatywammtdotorg)  >.

  6. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA — Emercy and Palmas de Mamre are partnering this summer to offer their 4th annual Missionary Training School. The school dates are June 3rd – August 3rd and the cost is $550, which covers everything except airfare. Students at the school will learn how to teach, preach, perform drama and mime, coordinate children’s ministry, administer medical treatment, and more. Additional information on the school is available at http://www.missionarytraining.net . If you wish to apply, please visit the website to download an application or call toll free from the US at 877-875-4483. International callers may call 205-657-5674 or e-mail <trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet  (trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet)  >.

  7. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydro-ponics. These versatile systems are ideal for “helps ministries” in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 16-20. For more information, contact Aquaculture International <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus  (cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus)  > or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if you are a missionary. Website: http//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.

  8. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH — If you enjoy sharing your faith with others and helping people find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then Internet Pastors.com needs you. Over the Easter season the Gospel is going to be shared to over 10 million people. No experience necessary! They train everyone. For more information check out the Internet Pastors.com website at http://www.internetpastors.com/ipastors/html/static/join_team.html or email Pastor Todd <discussatinternetpastorsdotcom  (discussatinternetpastorsdotcom)  > by 3/10/2003.

  9. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE — The Hinduism Training Institute is designed to equip missionaries, campus workers and others with a vision for the Hindu world. The five day institute include such sessions as Understanding the Hindu Worldview, Strategies for effectively communicating the Gospel, Nurturing and discipleship of Hindu Believers,Contextualization of the Gospel for the Hindus and Finding resources on Hinduism. The Institute is offered at the premises of Mission Training International, Palmer Lake, Colorado, three times this year: May 4-9, August 24-29 and Sept 7-12..For further information log on to http://www.sitaronline.org or call MTI at 1 800 896-3710 or reach Natun <Natun1219atmsndotcom  (Natun1219atmsndotcom)  > or tel. 719 963-3573.

  10. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Join short-term teams who are serving long-term missionaries working among unreached people groups in restricted-access nations of the 10/40 Window. Central Asia, the Silk Road, Turkey, & N. Africa are ready to be impacted by your on-site prayers and practical help. The earliest application deadline is March 21, 2003. Email <shareatpaulbunyandotnet> or visit http://www.stemmin.org/share.shtml . </shareatpaulbunyandotnet>

  11. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long course at CIT in N. Carolina (May 19-23). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Paul Neeley, ethnomusicology consultant for numerous mission agencies and schools. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See <http://www.citi.org> or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  12. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS –- Now there is a web site for pregnant travelers and expatriates. Remember the people who were doing research a couple of years ago on pregnant expatriates? That data is still being collated and prepared for publication. But meanwhile, they have opened a website devoted entirely to the subject of pregnancy and living/working/traveling overseas. It is The Pregnant Traveler at http://www.pregnanttraveler.com. (Note the American spelling; “traveler: has only one: “l”.) There’s tons of free advice, a forum to express your opinions, medical data for your doctor to browse, and they even (for a fee) will do personal consultation regarding your pregnancy. If you can’t access them via the Internet, their e-mail is <pregnantattravdocdotcom  (pregnantattravdocdotcom)  >.

  13. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY — The Camps are a jump start for those called to missions whether short term or career. The tools offered are also helpful for senders, including church missions leaders, helping them to understand how to help those who are going. Topics cover a range of pertinent issues, alerting an individual of what they will need, be and do. The end result is a solid plan for pursuing the call and motivation for the same. Applications are now being accepted for the next three camps. The places and dates are: Virginia, April 3-6, 2003. Pennsylvania, April 24-27, 2003. Spain May 30-June 12, 2003. For more information write <infoatelijahcompanydotorg  (infoatelijahcompanydotorg)  > or call (757) 639-2906. Also see their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org.
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