Prayer

20021229 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20021117 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEARN TESL IN CHINA
  2. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES!
  3. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
  4. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD
  5. LIFE TIME MISSION OPPORTUNITIES AT HOME AND ABROAD
  6. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  7. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA (PTAP)
  8. SEND YOUR FRIEND TO AN UNFORGETTABLE WEBSITE :-)
  9. LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINAR FOR NEW MISSIONARIES
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEARN TESL IN CHINA — Learn to Teach English by taking a TESOL course in Shanghai China. The course is both academic and practical in content and will prepare you to be a professional teacher of English. The course has a two week practicum which gives you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the course. The practicum is critical to any TESOL course. Course dates are Feb. 14-March 28, 2003 and July 4-August 15, 2003. Go to http://www.tesoltraining.com for more information on the school. Please note that emails are received in china and can be read by anyone!!!! Please THINK before you write. The application deadline for February TESOL School/Shanghai, China will be January 1, 2003. The application, reference letters and application fee are due by January 1, 2003.

  2. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES! — Learn a great skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. Dental decay and gingivitis are the most common diseases in the world. Millions suffer needlessly. In just seven intense days, Dentistry For Missions can train and equip you to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Cost: $975 (Includes lodging, books, $300 kit). Courses offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentistryformissions.com or e-mail: <dentistryformissionsatworldnetdotattdotnet>. </dentistryformissionsatworldnetdotattdotnet>

  3. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES — Thanks to Tina, who passed along a great resource for Medical Missions. Dr. Dan Fountain, one of the leading voices in medical missions, is involved with King College and providing some great courses. In January he is offering one on Short Term Medical Missions. Check out this link: www.king.edu/academics/PSCM/cghc/workshops.htm Now, medical professionals and other students will have the opportunity to attend one- to four-week workshops organized by King College and conducted by the top experts in the field of global and community health care.

  4. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD — “GO World”, the journal of tentmaking published by Global Opportunities is now available as a free pdf download. The subscription only hardcopy circulation is 5900 and growing. Each issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and is sure to stimulate your missions thinking. Log on at… http://www.globalopps.org

  5. LIFE TIME MISSION OPPORTUNITIES AT HOME AND ABROAD — John wrote this past week to exhort us to try to lift up *lifetime* missions commitments, as opposed to short-terms only. He wrote, “When Isaiah saw the Lord ‘high and lifted up’ (Isaiah 6) he saw the eternal King, holy, righteous and glorious and he was devastated by this wonderful/scary spectacle. He was able to hear and respond to the clear word from God “Whom shall I send? And Who will go for Us?” Isaiah didn’t say “I will have to pray about it.” He didn’t ask “Where?” or “To whom” He didn’t ask “For how long?” He didn’t ask “How much will I get paid?” or “How much support will I have to raise?” Isaiah responded “Here am I! Send me.” God said “Go and tell this people.” Isaiah let God take over every aspect of his life. A true salvation experience, after hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, doesn’t come from a response of: ‘It sounds like a good idea, I will give it a try and see how it works out.’ A conviction of sin comes from an encounter with the same God who confronted Isaiah, giving the same helpless, Hell-bound feeling. Repentance of sin brings forgiveness and forgiveness opens you to the opportunity to hear the same (continuing) word from God “Whom shall I send? And Who will go for Us?” What are YOU going to say? God wants YOUR LIFE and He knows how to look after it better than you do!!” Thanks for your thoughts, John <cwmbcattelusdotnet>! </cwmbcattelusdotnet>

  6. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii beginning Feb. 17th, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two-week practicum which gives you the opportunity to put into practice what you have learned in the course. The exact schedule is from Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadoted>. </admissionsatuofnkonadoted>

  7. PRAYING THROUGH THE ARABIAN PENINSULA (PTAP) — Believers and churches in the Arabian Peninsula are calling on believers and churches around the world to pray for at least one (1) year, especially in 2003, for this region. In order to learn more about this year, you may read the Dec. 6, 2002 “World Pulse” issue, visit http://www.pray-ap.info , or email <ptapatsrgincdotorg> . Translations of the PTAP booklet are underway in more than 10 languages, bookmarks, kid’s prayer kits, and videos are also available in some languages. The time has come to pray passionately and persistently for the Arabian Peninsula until there are church-planting movements all across the region. If you wish to subscribe to the weekly prayer updates on the web, you may sign on at http://lists.everybody.org/listinfo/ptap via email . To receive them via email, send a message to <ptap-requestatlistsdoteverybodydotorg> with the subject “subscribe”. After you confirm your subscription, keep the welcome message since it contains the password you need to unsubscribe and protect & manage your account. </ptap-requestatlistsdoteverybodydotorg></ptapatsrgincdotorg>

  8. SEND YOUR FRIEND TO AN UNFORGETTABLE WEBSITE :-) — Check out this site… customized for your friend. Put in your friend’s name like this: http://brigada.today.youaremyfriend.com/ Change out “brigada” for your friend’s first name… and “today” for your friend’s last name. Check it out! (Thanks for the tip, Eric! :-) And… you’re my friend too, buddy. :-)

  9. LANGUAGE AND CULTURE SEMINAR FOR NEW MISSIONARIES — Catch it February 9-21, in Toronto, Canada, it’s being hosted by Missionprep. Drawing from the rich cultural resources of Toronto, this seminar will prepare you for the challenges of cross-cultural ministry. Gear up with natural and easily-implemented language and cultural learning activities. The projects, techniques, skills and strategies for language and cultural learning will give you a head start in planning for your cross-cultural assignment. For more information contact Robert <missionprepatsympaticodotca> or http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep </missionprepatsympaticodotca>

20021006 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE
  2. USE THIS FREE ONLINE PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPLICATION!
  3. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (THE BOOK)
  4. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  5. ARE YOU WORKING IN A “SENSITIVE” COUNTRY?
  6. ESL CHILDREN’S SERMONS WANTED
  7. INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATIONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  8. GET YOUR TESOL TRAINING
  9. PERSPECTIVES ON-LINE
  10. EBAY BUYS PAYPAL, REFERRALS STILL WORK!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE — Ramadan has begun. Now you can observe the fast by praying for the Muslims that you have come to love. Just send an empty email to <pray-onat30-daysdotnet> or log on at http://www.30-days.net .

    30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus calls all Christians to pray for all Muslims during Ramadan, 06 November – 05 December 2002. </pray-onat30-daysdotnet>


  2. USE THIS FREE ONLINE PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPLICATION! — Looking for a free alternative to team project management? Look no further than iTeamwork.com. iTeamwork.com is a free, online, web-based team project management application that you use with your web browser. Once a project is created, users assign tasks to team members who are then solely responsible for that task. Each member can, in turn, convert the task to a sub-project to break it down to more detailed steps or for delegating to an extended team. An integral part to the system is email notification. Each team member as well as the project manager has great flexibility in controlling the flow of email. The team can receive a list of outstanding and upcoming tasks as often as daily. Project managers can receive notification of task completion as well as other task management duties. One Brigada user wrote, “Our team has been using this new free method for goal/project management for almost two months now and has really been impressed. As with all free things, it may not have everything, but it has surprisingly more features than you might expect for a freebie service. One great item is that you can have your upcoming Personal Ministry Plan items emailed to you one to seven days of the week. One bad draw however is that it is all online. So, it would work mainly for those who have always on/available internet access. Visit their site at http://www.iteamwork.com (Thanks for the treasure-trove find, Matt!!! Great discovery! I looked up their PC Magazine review and they received *very* positive marks. Can’t believe we hadn’t announced it here before now! Well done.)

  3. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (THE BOOK) — With nearly 500 pages (including tons of footnotes and other reference documentation), _People on the Move_ is perhaps the definitive book on nomadic life and its impact on Christianity… as well as Christianity’s impact on nomads. Written by David Phillips, a well-traveled researcher with WEC, this $20 book will be your “best buy” to learn about those who travel — as a way of life. As for me, I immediately turned to the section on East Africa, since our mission is starting up a work among a nomadic people in that part of the world. I was surprised to see just how many other nomadic peoples make up that vast part of the world. You’ll find new treasures too. Order from: Gabriel Resources 129 Mobilization Drive PO Box 1047, Waynesboro, Georgia30830-2047, or call them toll-free in the USA at 8-MORE-BOOKS or email <salesatomlitdotomdotorg>. </salesatomlitdotomdotorg>

  4. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Joy Christian Academy needs mission teachers and an administrator for their Elementary and Secondary levels in Cebu City, Philippines. Joy Christian Academy educates missionary and international children K-8 and, with plans to expand to high school, they’re a school “on the move.” All they need is additional staff. For more information contact Les Tilka at <clfcebuatinamedotcom>. </clfcebuatinamedotcom>

  5. ARE YOU WORKING IN A “SENSITIVE” COUNTRY? – Have you been diligent to observe a high level of security in all of your correspondence? If so, then you might be very surprised to find your name prominently listed as a “missionary” in that country on more than one web site! Do a web search using your full name (enclose it in quotes to limit the results). If that returns too many irrelevant hits, try including your current and past organizational affiliations in the search phrase. Depending on the sensitivity of your situation you might need to write to several webmasters asking them to remove your name from their site. Even though we might be sure that our motives are pure and noble, our host nation might misunderstand our intentions and consider us unwelcome, then act to prevent future stays in their land… or worse. A word to the wise… (Thanks to the user, who wanted to remain anonymous, for this admonition.)

  6. ESL CHILDREN’S SERMONS WANTED — Here’s a ministry looking for a website with online sermons suitable for children who speak English as a second language. The ministry would like expository sermons that go through a Bible passage (like Nicodemus), applying it to the child’s life. If you know of a source, please e-mail <titanicenglishatyahoodotcom>. We’ll ask for a report from them when they’ve gathered some options. Thanks! </titanicenglishatyahoodotcom>

  7. INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATIONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — IFCD is about to start up in South Asia. The 12-week lecture phase is designed to prepare you to minister in disadvantaged communities which desperately need the Good News in Word and Deed! Topics include Group Dynamics, Biblical Basis for Community Development ministry, Biblical World View and Development, the Church in Development, Basic Appropriate Technology and Primary Health Care, Income Generation and Economic Development, Cross-cultural issues… Field assignment and internship options post-lecture phase. Focus – South Asia and Afghanistan. Costs range from US$1200 to $250, depending on your citizenship (Western nations pay more). Pune, India, is the training location. You must have already completed U of Nations/YWAM Discipleship Training School or CDTS and you must have a heart for the poor and needy. Sessions begin on January 27th 2003. For more information, contact <comdevcentreatcompuservedotcom>. </comdevcentreatcompuservedotcom>

  8. GET YOUR TESOL TRAINING — Here’s a five week intensive TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course in the Southern Philippines. It will include a student teaching practicum among Muslim students at a local university. The course dates are April 7 to May 9 2003. The cost is only $500 U.S. which includes board, lodging, books and resources, teacher’s fees and registration. (You pay your own air fare). The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 (Pesos). The course will equip you as a certified TESOL teacher and a certificate will be awarded for the course. It combines the academic with the practical. For more information contact Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  9. PERSPECTIVES ON-LINE — No Perspectives course in your area? Try Perspectives On-Line, a joint project between International Christian Ministries and the US Center for World Mission. The On-Line course can be taken for Certificate, BA and Graduate credit. The course meets the prerequisite for Perspectives Coordinator training. For more information go to: http://www.icm-international.org and then click on “Perspectives Course” and then on “Perspectives Online”. (You must be able to connect to the Internet to participate, of course).

  10. EBAY BUYS PAYPAL, REFERRALS STILL WORK! — Remember PayPal, the Internet payment service? In the past, there were times when users would complain about poor management. If you don’t believe that, just look at:
    http://www.paypalsucks.com . I just love passionate people. :-) As you’ll see there, some didn’t feel fairly treated. But many others … perhaps the majority … have used the service effectively. For example, I’ve been a PayPal user now for literally years and have yet to have a single problem with them. And now they’ve been bought by eBay, which should only help their management and customer orientation. They’ve added multiple currencies and are becoming more of an international service. You still have to have an email address… and to use the service effectively, you probably still should have a USA-based bank account… but if those are possibilities for you, PayPal might be just the thing for your Internet payment or exchange. At Team Expansion, we even use it for donors who would like to give gifts to us over the web. Without exception, all of those gifts have always come through. And now, they even offer a money market option for the money you keep on hand with them. As in every Internet service, I’d suggest you be conservative and wise. Don’t keep large sums of money in your PayPal account if that makes you feel uncomfortable. But with eBay now backing them, they’re not about to go away anytime soon. If you’d like to join PayPal, and if you have an email account, a verifiable bank account, and $250 to deposit to just kick off your PayPal account, they’ll give you $5 just for joining… (so your money will immediately become $255), and what’s more, they’ll give Brigada $5 for recommending you. It’s a great way to donate to Brigada without ever having to give up a single dime. (You can always just withdraw your $255 immediately after starting your account and your PayPal membership stays in force without any “minimum balance”.) Just click on the link below to get started. It’s relatively easy: https://www.paypal.com/affil/pal=TGEFAW4NF4XE4
    (By the way, you can also use this same link to make a donation to Brigada at this very moment, using any valid credit card.) Check out that currency conversion feature! Thanks for being a part of Brigada!

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20020929 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE
  2. LEARN TO HELP THE POOR
  3. HIMALAYAN FOCUS SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS
  4. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  5. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  6. SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  8. MISSIONS SUPPORT SERVICES
  9. NEW OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEW YEAR
  10. SHORT-TERM MISSION HOW-TO RESOURCES
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE — Interested in praying for Muslims during the upcoming 30-day fast period? Unfortunately, their email list is no more. They’ve lost *everybody*. If you’d like to be their friend and hear more about their work, write an empty email to <pray-onat30-daysdotnet> or go directly to their NEW secure site at http://www.30-days.net .

    Remember, the old list, 30-daysatlsdotpmbxdotnet, no longer exists.

    30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus calls all Christians to pray for all Muslims during Ramadan, 06 November – 05 December 2002. </pray-onat30-daysdotnet>


  2. LEARN TO HELP THE POOR — Learn how to help the poor through a distance learning course on Christian Microenterprise Development. The course runs Jan. 13-March 7, 2003, with application deadline being Nov. 1 for students overseas, Nov. 30 for students in the US. The cost is $250, which includes all materials. The course leader is Dr. Russell Mask, experienced practitioner and Assistant Professor of Community Development at Covenant College. For more information see http://www.chalmers.org , email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or call 706- 419-1805. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  3. HIMALAYAN FOCUS SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS — Have a heart for the lost of the Himalaya? Join Youth With A Mission Cimarron for an intense time of equipping to reach the Himalayan nations; Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, N.India, & NE Pakistan. Cross cultural mission skills & effective tools for reaching Hindu, Buddhist, & Muslim peoples of the world’s rooftop will be imparted. The course will involve a 3-month lecture phase in western Colorado, starting January 2003. This will be followed by a two year placement in the Himalayan region, or serving as support staff to those on the field. A YWAM DTS or CDTS is prerequisite. For more info on this strategic event, contact YWAM at <sofmatywamcimarrondotorg> or via http://www.ywamcimarron.org/SOFM.html . </sofmatywamcimarrondotorg>

  4. 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 Bible 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>. </cjlemkeatcsdotcom>

  5. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — … for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. The New Field Units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. All the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. For more information, contact MATS International, Inc. 4444 National Road E, Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email caratmatsdotorg, or visit their web page at http://web www.mats.org .

  6. SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — YWAM Jacksonville is offering a School of Frontier Missions starting January 12th. The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by field opportunities to apply what you have learned. The purpose of the SOFM is to give students the most essential principles and tools needed to start long- term church planting movements among unreached people groups. Here are some of the topics in the school: Ethnography, Spiritual Warfare for the Frontiers, Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Principles of Language Acquisition, Team Dynamics and Leadership, Chronological Bible Presentation, Biblical Principles for Missions, History of Missions and more! The School of Frontier Missions (SOFM) begins January 12, 2003. A successful completion of a DTS is required. For more information check out http://www.ywamjax.com or call José at 904-221-5990 (EST) or write him at <myglobitoatyahoodotcom>. </myglobitoatyahoodotcom>

  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The next TESOL Course in Kona (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 17, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go. This is a four-week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

  8. MISSIONS SUPPORT SERVICES — Here’s an international ministry serving Church/Missions workers carrying out the Great Commission with an affordable range of worldwide medical and financial support services. Established 11 years ago, TTc serves more than 1,400 members in over 100 countries with flexible programmes that can be tailored to best suit your individual needs. a) The International Programme – long term medical insurance b) The Outreach Programme – medical insurance for up to 6 months at a time c) The Providence Programme – a flexible savings/retirement plan If you would like an information package, please write to: <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit… . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  9. NEW OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEW YEAR — Let English open doors to limited access nations. A TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be offered Jan. 13 – Feb. 7, 2003 in Lebanon, PA. The cost is $950, which includes tuition, room and board. For more information contact davidbbaumanatcsdotcom.

  10. SHORT-TERM MISSION HOW-TO RESOURCES — STEM Int¹l wants to help you and your group do short-term missions right! STEM sells short-term mission books and resources at a large discount. Learn everything you need to know to do your mission right. Resources include Mack and Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Missions; Vacations With A Purpose; The Essential Guide to the Short-Term Mission Trip; and other popular how- to publications.

    View the resources: Online at http://www.STEMmin.org/aboutSTEM/resources.shtml . Or request a catalogue by email at <officeatstemmindotorg> or call toll-free 1-877-STEM-min or outside US 952-996-1385. </officeatstemmindotorg>

20020908 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  2. FINALLY… A SUREFIRE WAY TO UNINSTALL
  3. PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
  4. GET ALL OF PERSPECTIVES IN UNDER A MONTH, IN AMSTERDAM
  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  6. CIU COURSE ON ISLAM IN BUDAPEST
  7. HOW DO ADULTS ACTUALLY LEARN ANYTHING?
  8. SERVESAINTS GETTING GREAT REVIEWS
  9. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII– The next University of the Nations TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 17, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go. This is a four-week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

  2. FINALLY… A SUREFIRE WAY TO UNINSTALL — Tired of trying out software, only to find you can’t uninstall it after you try it? Get PC Mag’s new “Unclean 2” for free! Just log onto http://www.pcmag.com/utilities . It runs under virtually all versions of Windows, provides full and clear access to all available uninstall information from the Registry, and even lets you delete those pesky no- longer-valid uninstall entries in the “Add/Remove Programs” applet. In my opinion, that *alone* qualifies this utility for use! :-) And the price is right! :-) Free!

  3. PRAY FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — The World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission invites every Christian around the world to join them in the International day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). According to organizers, more than 200 million brothers and sisters in Christ today lack full religious freedom simply because they confess Jesus Christ as Lord. On 10 and 17 November, they’re staging a joint day to come alongside them in prayer. Check it out at http://www.idop.org beginning today.

  4. GET ALL OF PERSPECTIVES IN UNDER A MONTH, IN AMSTERDAM — Caleb Project Europe will host Perspectives classes in Amsterdam in January and June of 2003. The courses will feature the same great content we’ve come to know and love from Perspectives, plus students will spend time most afternoons on the streets of Amsterdam connecting with Turks and Moroccans living there. This could be a great chance to take Perspectives, or take it again, and get a good introduction to church planting among Muslims. For more information, email Shane at <discoveryteamsatcprojectdotcom> or go to http://www.calebproject.org/CPE/cpeShortTerm.asp . </discoveryteamsatcprojectdotcom>

  5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Now you can learn a practical skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ and open the hearts of unreached peoples to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dental disease is the most common disease in the world. In just two weeks, Dentistry For Missions can introduce you to approaches that will help you bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Two-week courses are being offered each month. http://www.dentistryformissions.com or e-mail <dentistryformissionsatworldnetdotattdotnet>. </dentistryformissionsatworldnetdotattdotnet>

  6. CIU COURSE ON ISLAM IN BUDAPEST — January 13 – 20, 2003, Columbia International University is offering this course taught by Dr. Ray Tallman. If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, CIU is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. 2003 courses include: Intro to Islam, January 13-20; Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. HOW DO ADULTS ACTUALLY LEARN ANYTHING? — Your answer affects how you teach. The Web Evangelism Guide has a new page on the subject:

    http://web-evangelism.com/resources/learning.php


  8. SERVESAINTS GETTING GREAT REVIEWS — We’re hearing great things back from ServeSaints new website at http://www.servesaints.com/ . A worker in Brazil wrote us this past week to say, “…great, free service where missionaries (and others in full or part-time ministry) can quickly and easily create their own homepages, which can then be easily updated with newsletters, needs, praise items and prayer requests. … I was extremely pleased with the site that I was able to create within an hour or so – I’m now using it as my main homepage.”

  9. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Practical, scriptural, relational, effective, intensive. A good jump start for those called to missions work in unreached nations. Important also for church missions leaders to understand missionary preparation and sustenance. Conducted by a team of experienced missionaries encompassing more than eighty countries. The next camps are at the Triple R Ranch, Chesapeake, Virginia. Nov 14-17, 2002; Jan 30-Feb 3, 2003. Limit 100 people. Cost $200 includes food and lodging. See web site www.elijahcompany.org , write <infoatelijahcompanydotorg>, call (757) 474-2054. </infoatelijahcompanydotorg>

20020811 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS SPONSOR!
  2. HELP CHILDREN PRAY FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW
  3. SEVENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE
  4. CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE TRANSLATION
  5. SERVESAINTS LAUNCHES WEB SITE
  6. ENGLISH SCRIPTURE EDITIONS FOR MUSLIMS INQUIRY
  7. TRAIN TO TEACH ENGLISH
  8. SHORT-TERMERS TRAINING SEMINAR
  9. LAUSANNE TO HOST 2004 FORUM
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS SPONSOR! — Thanks to the anonymous sponsor for making a $125 donation to Brigada! Your generosity and unselfish vision will go a long way toward helping us deliver Brigada Today to a weekly readership of roughly ten thousand missions-oriented participants! May God bless you richly!!! (To take part in sponsoring Brigada Today at $25, $100, or $500 levels, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org and click the “PayPal” sponsorship link at the bottom of the page.)

  2. HELP CHILDREN PRAY FOR THE 10/40 WINDOW — Go to http://www.calebproject.org/winkid6.pdf to download the children’s translation of Praying Through the Window 6: Women and “The Girl Child”. The calendar has been especially rewritten to make it child friendly for easy use. Plan to use it for October or any 31 day period!

  3. SEVENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL MISSIONS HEALTH CONFERENCE — This conference is for anyone interested in medical missions, either in the United States or abroad. Over 1500-2000 attendees are expected to hear speakers like: Ted Yamamori, Pres. Emeritus of Food for the Hungry; Evvy Campbell, Prof. at Wheaton College; Art Jones, Founder of Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Ill.; Phil Fischer, Prof. at Mayo Clinic; and David Thompson, career surgeon in Bongolo, Gabon, who will lecture on the professional and spiritual requirements for future medical missionaries both in the United States and overseas. Information on registration and free housing, if needed, can be found at http://www.medicalmissions.com or by contacting Julie Snipp <jsnippatseccdotorg  (jsnippatseccdotorg)  > . 65 speakers will present 70 workshops on all areas of health care. All workshops are listed on the web site. Continuing educational credit is available for physicians, dentists, nurses and pharmacists. Over 85 different missions organizations will be vying for your attention as they share their unique and diverse services and opportunities. Come join hundreds of other fellow professionals from all disciplines of health care and learn about opportunities in caring for the disadvantaged both at home and abroad. This weekend will be a priceless experience that will leave you forever changed!

  4. CHURCH MULTIPLICATION GUIDE TRANSLATION — George Patterson’s widely-read Guide is now available to be translated into non-English languages, royalty free. You can look over the instructions and download a revised original for non-American translators from <http://currah.info/www/cmg/> Any questions? Write to George at <GPattersonatCVImaildotnet  (GPattersonatCVImaildotnet)  >

  5. SERVESAINTS LAUNCHES WEB SITE — In an effort to improve communication for all Christians everywhere and empower them to better serve one another, ServeSaints has launched its web site http://www.servesaints.com/ . ServeSaints believes it is a great privilege to be able to give our time, talents, and money to support the work of God in the world. ServeSaints hopes that together we may find joy in giving and have the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints for the Glory to God.

  6. ENGLISH SCRIPTURE EDITIONS FOR MUSLIMS INQUIRY — A Christian Researcher in Africa asks: Do you know about any special scripture editions in ENGLISH which are published especially for Muslims? (We asked a while back … but didn’t specify English.) Bibles, New Testaments, Scripture portions? These should be currently available. What is your opinion about these? What is the Muslim’s reaction? Who supplies them? He will compile a report out of the responses. He is currently aware of: 1) “The Holy Gospel – Study Edition” NT, 2001 by UBS, Asia Pacific Region, Brisbane Australia, ISBN 0958641447 using the text of the Good News Bible, with special introduction, parallel notes and glossary. 2) “Holy Injil”, Gospel of Matthew, by IBS, using the New International Readers Version adapted to Muslim vocabulary. Please respond to <researchatsimdotorgdotza  (researchatsimdotorgdotza)  >.

  7. TRAIN TO TEACH ENGLISH — Plan now to take advantage of a new opportunity in the new year. A TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course will be offered Jan. 13 through Feb. 7, 2003 at the YWAM base in Lebanon, PA. The cost for tuition, room and board is a bargain at $950. For more information or an application contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  >.

  8. SHORT-TERMERS TRAINING SEMINAR — Now is a good time to make your plans to attend the 6th annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by ServantPrep International, COMMIT Ministries, and Gateway Mission Training Center, March 20-22, 2003 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre-field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. Since 1997, more than 650 short-term mission leaders from churches and agencies have completed this program and have had very positive results. You can too. The seminar will be held at the Ohana Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $225 which includes materials and tuition. A Meal and 3 day lodging package is just $199. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. Low cost airfares are available too. Contact Greg <commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)  > for registration materials or more information by e-mail or download an STML registration form at the website http://www.commitministries.org

  9. LAUSANNE TO HOST 2004 FORUM — The biennial meeting of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (LCWE) held at Belhaven College (Jackson, Mississippi) gave the final approval of plans for a 2004 Forum for World Evangelization in Southeast Asia starting 29 September and ending 5 October of that year. Mrs. Robyn Claydon, chair of the program committee, says that the 2004 Forum must not be understood as a “Lausanne III.” “It is rather 24 smaller conferences running simultaneously,” she says. For more information, contact <KaredotMelhusatMediehogskolendotno  (KaredotMelhusatMediehogskolendotno)  >.

20020721 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A RETREAT CENTER?
  2. ANOTHER POP-UP EXTERMINATOR
  3. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  4. WANTED: A BUSINESS PLAN
  5. ARABIC RESOURCES NEEDED
  6. FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING HOUSE CHURCHES…
  7. LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS AND FRIENDS
  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE
  9. PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW 6
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A RETREAT CENTER? — Thanks to the hard work of Jolene, now you’ve got a great list from which to work! Get her list by sending a note to: <retreat-centersatbrigadadotorg> This list of Christian Retreat Centers includes everything from a “prophet’s room” in someone’s home to a luxury resort… from quiet time alone with no interruptions to professional counseling to a full day’s activities… from a percentage off normal fees to partially subsidized to suggested donation to the ministry to completely free of charge … The focus of these centers varies from crisis counseling to solitude, worship and prayer to spiritual revitalization. This same information is also available on the Internet at the Resource Center of the International Worship & Arts Network, where additions and corrections will be made as new information is acquired. See it at: http://www.worship-arts-network.com/OCretreatcenters.html Thanks for your hard work Jolene! </retreat-centersatbrigadadotorg>

  2. ANOTHER POP-UP EXTERMINATOR — Even though Pop-Up Killer has been killed (see the July 21 issue), there’s another pop-up killer that comes recommended by Tim and it’s also free. It’s called Pop-Up Stopper. It also has the advantage of being able to launch a window that would ordinarily be quashed by using some simple key strokes while clicking. It also comes in enhanced shareware versions. Find out more at: http://www.panicware.com/popupstopper.html

  3. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps “EXPLORE” is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts here to reach unreached people groups out there. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for September 25 – 28, 2002. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, please visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email <daviddotflynnatuscwmdotorg> . </daviddotflynnatuscwmdotorg>

  4. WANTED: A BUSINESS PLAN — Here’s a Brigada participant named Roland who would like to know if there are any successful business plans that have been developed which would provide support by and for ministry at the local level. He wrote, “There are passionate and capable indigenous leaders who are often consumed by economic struggle. Traditionally, the solution has been to raise support in America and then ship a portion of that money overseas. This system also has a tendency to develop an unhealthy dependence on stateside resources or force those in ministry to become full-time fundraisers themselves.” If you’re got a suggested plan for Roland to add to his compilation, send it on: <rolanddotheckatattdotnet>. Once he has a collection, we’ll share it with everyone here at Brigada. </rolanddotheckatattdotnet>

  5. ARABIC RESOURCES NEEDED — Workers in the 10/40 are putting together a “virtual library” of Arabic language resources (Bibles, Bible Studies, Books, etc.). This will allow Arab believers to access materials wherever they are via the Internet or CDROM. If you have or know of any resources that could be used in this “virtual library”, please, contact . If you have resources in *print*, please drop a note to <researchatsimdotorgdotza> . Once these directories are compiled, we’ll make them directory available in a sensitive way. </researchatsimdotorgdotza>

  6. FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN ESTABLISHING HOUSE CHURCHES… — You’ve *got* to see this list of ideas and resources: http://disciplethenations.org/index86.html#HC Whew! What a great collection! (Thanks Grace!!!)

  7. LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS AND FRIENDS — Here’s a course that the author says will help you “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. In addition, you’ll be able to network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. Get it all at a 2-day conference October 11- 12! Register by September 12th and save $50. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE — Here’s an intensive training institute in Hinduism slated for November 11-15, 2002 at the new facilities of Mission Training International at Palmer Lake, Colorado. If you are a missionary candidate, tent maker, or short-term missionary to the Hindu world, this training will assist you in understanding the Hindu worldview and effectively communicate the Gospel to the Hindus. Led by Natun Bhattacharya, himself from a Hindu Priest family and an experienced cross-cultural trainer, the training will also include facilitators from a variety of backgrounds (missionaries and Indian Pastors), with expertise in Hinduism. This is a unique training opportunity for those interested in working with people from Hindu faith. For more information call 800-896-3710 or 719-487-0111, write to Mission Training International at PO Box 1220, Palmer Lake, CO 80133, or email <infoatmtidotorg>. Be sure to check out the web site at http://www.mti.org. </infoatmtidotorg>

  9. PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW 6 — This year’s “Praying Through the Window 6” initiative focuses on the needs of Women and daughters in the 10/40 Window. Some 40 million intercessors participate in this thrust annually. To receive a prayer guide or more information log on at: http://www.win1040.com Daily radio profiles are being sent by Window International Network to radio stations across the U.S. to be aired daily in the month of October 2002 and beyond. If you are interested in an interview, contact <julieross6atyahoodotcom> for details. </julieross6atyahoodotcom>

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20020609 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MORE OPTIONS FOR EGROUPS
  2. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS
  3. THANKS TO NEWEST SPONSOR, EMERCY
  4. CHURCH WEBSITES
  5. CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS TOOLBOX
  6. NEW BOOK: “IN THE IMAGE OF GOD…”
  7. MINI-CD: “WHO IS HE?”
  8. WORK ALONGSIDE A JAPANESE
  9. NEW COMPUTER MANUALS FOR MISSIONARIES
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MORE OPTIONS FOR EGROUPS — This week, there are even more options for those wishing to opt out of YahooGroups (maybe because you’re tired of seeing that wireless webcam ad with the girl in the police officer’s get-up?). Try using http://mojo.skazat.com . Mojo mail is a free PERL program that you install at your own web- server host. I thought it would be a hassle . . . and honestly, it wasn’t exactly *easy*. I went out and bought a PERL book for $20 so I could learn some of the code. It was my first exposure to it. I got through about half the book . . . then tackled it . . . and it maybe took me 4 hours to figure it out and get it working. There’s no charge for non-profit groups. (Thanks to Tim for the suggestion!) I’m still in “testing” mode. So far, for example, I’ve only figured out how to trigger email broadcasts via a web-mail interface (as opposed to sending an email to a trigger address). But hey… that’s a minor inconvenience. I have a feeling that once I’ve confirmed it all, *many* of our Team Expansion missionaries will want to shift to this approach. And it’s all free!

    Another option, especially if you don’t have a web-host… or you don’t want to learn any PERL… use the Network for Strategic Missions at http://www.strategicnetwork.org . They’re now hosting over 100 groups with a grand total of 15,000 subscribers, free of charge, with no advertising at all.


  2. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS — Here’s a lighthearted, fast paced seven-and-a-half-minute video narrated by kids for kids, ages 4-9, encouraging kids to fast and pray for other nations. The heart of the video is Isaiah 58’s emphasis on the poor and needy, and having a heart for justice. Many non-essential food items and approaches are suggested in a light touch, kid-friendly way.

    You can order Prayer and Fasting for Kids, postage paid for $14.00 (US) on line at http://www.reignbridge.org using Paypal or you can write Joey and Fawn Parish, 540 W. Highland Drive, Camarillo, California USA 93010 or email <joeyatgracebridgedotorg>. Don’t forget to tell them you heard about it on Brigada! </joeyatgracebridgedotorg>


  3. THANKS TO NEWEST SPONSOR, EMERCY — Thanks to Joshua, of Emercy International, providing missionary resources via http://www.missionaryresources.org . Write <joshatmcsnetworkdotorg> for more information, or see the website. Also, note his sponsorship has been posted at http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html . Thanks Joshua!!! </joshatmcsnetworkdotorg>

  4. CHURCH WEBSITES — There are more church sites than any other sort of Christian page. They have great potential for evangelism – but only if they are designed with this in mind. A detailed resource page sets out a range of strategies that are working successfully for many churches: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/church-pages.php

    And it is possible to directly insert this content into your own website, just by copying a line of javascript onto one of your pages: http://www.web-evangelism.com/resources/churchpage-insert.php


  5. CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS TOOLBOX — The Evangelism toolbox CD-ROM, produced by the WorldLinc Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, contains, according to Campus Crusade, more evangelistic materials in more languages and from more organizations than any other known tool. In book form the contents on this disc would take more space than the Encyclopedia Britannica! It also contains material that is not available on evangelismtoolbox.com. All the materials on the CD can be printed, which makes it especially useful for sharing Christ with internationals stateside or for leaving with nationals when you or groups from your church go on overseas projects. It’s available for a donation of $2.95 from http://www.campuscrusade.com/Outreach_Strategies/etoolbox.htm . Quantity discounts are available for donors by contacting Janice Wells, WorldLINC, 100 Lake Hart Dr., MC 18-00, Orlando, FL 32832. Or you may call (407) 854-1361 (EST). (Thanks for the tip, Elaine!)

  6. NEW BOOK: “IN THE IMAGE OF GOD…” — This colorful book is about translation: God’s creativity translated in color, texture, form and daily life. Made in God’s image, people of all cultures and languages reflect something of His likeness. This wonderful book, filled with the paintings and drawings of 52 people, is available for only $11.95. To order, or for more information, please contact Wycliffle Bible Translators at <patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg> or call toll-free 1-800- 992-5433, ext 3778 (407-852-3600 locally). Thank you. </patty_perkinsatwycliffedotorg>

  7. MINI-CD: “WHO IS HE?” — From WorldLINC, here’s a novel and brand new evangelistic tool (a mini-CD) the size of a business card! It’s called “Who is He?” and there’s no Christian jargon on the package. In a clear, interactive presentation (in 20 languages, by the way), it explains the gospel message. Moreover, interested seekers may contact a Christian Webmaster who speaks their language if they have web access. You can obtain one or more mini CDs for $2.75 each. Orders can be made online at http://www.campuscrusade.com/Outreach_Strategies/whoishe.htm . Quantity discounts are available for donors by contacting Janice Wells, WorldLINC, 100 Lake Hart Dr., MC 18-00, Orlando, FL 32832 or by calling 407-854-1361. (Thanks again Elaine!)

  8. WORK ALONGSIDE A JAPANESE — Here’s a very unique opportunity to work alongside an English-speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would reportedly have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children are preferred but all applicants will be considered. Inquire with Mission to Unreached People, via Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or on the web at http://www.mup.org . Their email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  9. NEW COMPUTER MANUALS FOR MISSIONARIES — The newly revised PC Seminar and Workshop for Missionaries Manuals have been posted and are ready for direct free download from http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/manual/index.html . Written by missionaries for missionaries, they cover everything from packing to field repairs. The manual now comes in two flavors: Windows ME/98/95 and Windows XP/2000. Be sure to check out the rest of the MissionaryTechSupport.com website for downloads and helpful troubleshooting. If you’d like to submit a tip or story about computers on the mission field send a note to Shawn at <snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>. </snsparrishatmissionarytechsupportdotcom>

20020602 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WERE YOU ONE OF THE 100 ORDERS FOR WORLDVUE?
  2. SEVENTY-TWO HOURS
  3. NEED A TENTMAKING PROFESSION?
  4. A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR
  5. LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES, IN TORONTO
  6. FUNDING FOR NON-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN THE USA
  7. INSTANT CONFIRMATION OF SHORT-TERM INSURANCE COVERAGE
  8. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS
  9. PBASE: A GREAT PLACE TO SHOW YOUR PICS
  10. ALTERNATIVES TO “X10 VIDEO” YAHOO! GROUPS
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WERE YOU ONE OF THE 100 ORDERS FOR WORLDVUE? — GMI tells us that within the 24 hours following the Brigada announcement, over 100 Brigada participants placed orders via fax, or email, or phone. Whew! Somebody’s wanting to do some big-time missions mobilization! :-) If you were one of those who placed an order, you already know that WorldVue is a Great Commission Map Collection containing over 500 maps and graphs in popular digital graphics formats. All the missions themes from GMI’s overhead transparency sets are included, plus political maps of each country and region. View them on screen, print them, or copy and paste them into your electronic documents. No royalty fees are required to use the images for most Christian ministry purposes. For Windows and Mac, WorldVue sells for $39.95, but for Brigada Today subscribers we have negotiated the special price of *$29.95* (plus shipping and tax) for orders placed for just 3 additional days… (through June 22 only). To order, go to http://www.gmi.org/brigada or contact Lorri at <infoatgmidotorg> or phone 719-531- 3599. </infoatgmidotorg>

  2. SEVENTY-TWO HOURS — That’s how long you’ve got. So… once again… if you want tons of maps and charts that you can turn around and paste into your Powerpoints, take up to 71 hours to decide — then in the last hour remaining, order WorldVue. There’s so much stuff on this CD that I’d venture a guess that you’d *have* to find at least one map you can use in your next PowerPoint… or … like I said last week… ask them for your money back. They’ll be glad to refund it. I think. ‘Course, I didn’t exactly *ask* them, but I bet they would. Probably. :-)

  3. NEED A TENTMAKING PROFESSION? — Try this one. Tell <garyatglobal-ddotbiz> about your interest and qualifications/vision. He’ll either coach you — and/or give you an idea to get you started. His best-selling idea lately? 3D imagery for ID, phone, bank cards. Sound far out? Probably. But try him. Maybe you’ll be selling 3D stuff 6 months from now and you’ll be able to give a tithe back to Brigada as a sponsor! :-) </garyatglobal-ddotbiz>

  4. A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR — Have you tried PayPal yet? Many are using it to effortlessly transfer money over the Internet. There have been times when the volume of users has forced PayPal to upgrade its services… but they seem to always catch up. Lately, we’ve noticed great speed on all transactions. PayPal lets users send and receive money online. PayPal charges the money to your credit card or bank account. It’s faster, safer and easier than mailing a check. Plus, assuming you qualify, as soon as you sign up and complete the bonus requirements, PayPal will automatically add $5 to your balance! What’s more, if you sign up using the link below, PayPal will also donate $5 in cash to Brigada! If you decide not to use PayPal, just transfer the $5 to your bank account and walk away at any time. No strings attached. Click on this link to sign up and see for yourself: https://www.paypal.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org Remember… last we heard… residents of some countries were still having trouble qualifying. We hope yours is on “the approved list”.

  5. LANGUAGE TRAINING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES, IN TORONTO – Slated for June 16-28, this ten day seminar helps you to identify your own learning style, understand your strengths and weakness in language learning. You will leave equipped with more than enough natural and easily implemented learning activities, projects, techniques, skills & strategies. There are still a few places open for new participants. Contact Robert <missionprepatsympaticodotca> or call 416-284-5645 for more information. </missionprepatsympaticodotca>

  6. FUNDING FOR NON-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN THE USA — Do you have a national colleague or counterpart . . . maybe one that you’re training . . . that you’d love to send to the USA for further training? (Maybe your mission organization doesn’t even permit that . . . or maybe it does.) Either way, are there specific sources to which you’d send these kinds of candidates? If you’d feel comfortable sharing those, we have a compiler willing to gather the information, then make it available later to those in similar situations. Specifically, we’re looking for information about scholarships, grants, work opportunities or anything similar. Please send any tips to <handsfeet81athotmaildotcom>. She’ll assemble the information and forward it to us here at Brigada Today. for later publishing. </handsfeet81athotmaildotcom>

  7. INSTANT CONFIRMATION OF SHORT-TERM INSURANCE COVERAGE — Have you waited until the last minute to get health insurance for your team? Insurance Services of America, a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations, now has online applications available for group coverage. Visit them on the web at http://www.missionaryhealth.net and click on the link for group coverage. Coverage is available on their “Day Tripper” plan for as low as $1.08 per day! If you have questions email them <healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 in the USA or via Net2Phone. Insurance Services of America is not tied to just one company; they have several choices available, so they can shop FOR the missionary or mission agency. Individual coverage available as well as the group coverage. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>

  8. PRAYER & FASTING FOR KIDS — A lighthearted, fast paced seven and a half minute video narrated by kids for kids, ages 4-9, encourages kids to fast and pray for other nations. The heart of the video is Isaiah 58’s emphasis on the poor and needy, and having a heart for justice. Many non-essential food items and approaches are suggested in a light touch, kid friendly way. You can order Prayer and Fasting for Kids, postage paid for $14.00 (US) by writing Joey and Fawn Parish, 540 W. Highland Drive, Camarillo, California USA 93010 or email <joeyatgracebridgedotorg>. Please let them know you heard about it in Brigada Today! They sometimes send a gift to cover our expenses here! </joeyatgracebridgedotorg>

  9. PBASE: A GREAT PLACE TO SHOW YOUR PICS — So have you ever visited PBase? For now, it’s a free place to host your pix. Maybe they’ll charge someday . . . but for now, they function by donation. Fast. Simple. Smooth. Free.

  10. ALTERNATIVES TO “X10 VIDEO” YAHOO! GROUPS — Searching for an alternative list-serve? Tired of the infamous “x10 wireless webcam ads” on Yahoo!Groups? Here are at least 3 options. For one, try InJesus.com. They offer a free service, and while there are still ads at least they are for Christian products and materials. PLUS if anyone in the group orders a product advertised, the group owner gets 10% of the price. Not bad. For more information, check out http://www.injesus.com . (Thanks for the testimony, Niel!) Peter suggested http://hundred-acre-woods.com/lists/index.html . Pay them $10/month and say goodbye to ads forever. Another option: Peter overcame the ads by placing a small jpeg picture (any picture) at the start of the message. He wrote, “If I sent out just an attached picture on it’s own the ad would appear, but placing a small jpeg in the message somehow eliminated the ads.” Worth a try! (Thanks for the tip Peter!)

20020203 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) RAISE MORE MONEY FOR MINISTRY IN HALF THE TIME!
2) CATCH ALL THE LATEST INFO ON DISTANCE LEARNING
3) IN FACT, ALL BRIGADA AUTORESPONDERS ARE AUTORESPONDING AGAIN!
4) PDA TO PRAY
5) 4th TIE CONGRESS
6) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
7) CHURCH PLANTING MATERIALS NEEDED
8) REACHING THE UNREACHED WITH THE GOSPEL
9) GREAT FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE
10) WEB-WATCH: REACH THE NATIONS
11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) RAISE MORE MONEY FOR MINISTRY IN HALF THE TIME! — 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 success. If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference! For more information or to register on-line go to

http://www.PeopleRaising.com/conf_info.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>.

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2) CATCH ALL THE LATEST INFO ON DISTANCE LEARNING — Just send a note to: distance-learningatbrigadadotorg and a 26K file will be emailed to your doorstep. Thanks to Justin for keeping his word! He’s prepared this material in answer to the Dec. 14th request, “Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web- based preferred). Does it exist?” Thanks Justin!

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3) IN FACT, ALL BRIGADA AUTORESPONDERS ARE AUTORESPONDING AGAIN! — Okay… so it’s been a couple of months… but honest… I wasn’t just sitting around goofing off. :-) Tonight I finally got down to it and figured out how to activate all our autoresponders again. So now you can order up any of the following files by simply clicking on it then, if your email client is configured correctly, just hit “send” and the associated file will be emailed back to your inbox. For example, to get a copy of “9-11-tracts”, send an email to this address (click on the address):

9-11-tractsatbrigadadotorg

Here are the some of the files we currently have in the autoresponder library (click on the file name to send an email that’ll automatically retrieve the file):
blind-resources (24K — to help you reach the blind)
brigada-submissions (3K — how to submit items for publication)
children (81K — how to best help the children of the world)
christmas-greetings (5K — Merry Christmas in over 100 languages)
conflict-resolution (27K — how to manage conflict, make peace)
cults-resources (46K — to learn about cults)
deafministry (5K — to help those who cannot hear)
distance-learning (26K — learning resources for new recruits)
email_traveling_tips (14K — travel and stay connected)
evaluating-missions (22K — accountability and missions)
file-list (3K — this file list)
family-missions (6K — resources for helping families in missions)
free-online (18K — free or nearly free Internet services)
housechurches (17 — how to start them)
indigenousmusic (5K — resources to help best bring it about)
brigada-info (2K — this file list, and instructions on how to use it)
interpersonal-skills (3K — learn them!)
jesus-films (3K — info. on how to apply for free copies of Jesus Film)
kosovoresources (43K — resources on how to help Kosovar Albanians)
leadership (7K — resources to learn how to do it)
missionary-care (5K — resources for those pastoring missionaries)
muslim-outreach (58K — understanding how to share hope with them)
muslim-training (15K — where can you receive live training)
opc (3K — read this before sending any forwarded emails!)
packing (36K — the best cartons, routes, routines, etc.)
puppets (70K — how to start a ministry with them)
satphones (7K — resources and tips)
stripreturns (3K — macro for Microsoft Word; removes carriage returns)
tentmaking (2K — links to learn more about it)
teaching-missions-to-kids (99K — Resources for mobilizing children)
tesl (13K — programs to learn how to do it)
tesl_resources (41K — curriculum, guides and other helps)
top20upgs (11K — 20 high priority unreached groups as of early 1999)
transition (12K — transfer your mailing list from xc.org to yahoogroups)
travel (19K — saving money on airfare for international travel)
turkish-resources (11K — Turkish Christian resource directory)
unreached-directory (149K — ministries who provide info on unreached)
untargeted (12K — the least targeted groups as of Aug. 1999)
videos-english (145K — Great Christian videos/sources in English)
videos-spanish (61K — Great Christian videos/sources in Spanish)

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4) PDA TO PRAY — Does anyone know of a PDA (Palm Pilot, Pocket PC… a hand held computer) program which helps a person pray for unreached people groups? YWAM publishes a yearly calendar prayer journal that lists unreached people groups to pray for on a daily basis. If you are aware of a way to keep track of and pray for unreached people groups on one’s hand-held computer, please email the information to Wayne at <wdecostaatfoursquaredotorg>. We’ll ask Wayne to let us know how his study comes out. (Okay Wayne?)

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5) 4th TIE CONGRESS — This one has the theme of “A New Workforce for Mission” a program of active tentmakers will cover the following subjects: Christian Witness without Confrontation, Tentmaking Among Muslims, Tentmaking Among the Chinese, Tentmaking Among Hindus, Tentmaking Through Relief and Development, and The Future of Tentmaking. The Congress starts at 2pm on 20 May and ends up at noon on 24 May. For further information contact: <tieatgatidotwadotcom> or <mijohnnyatyahoodotcom>. Yes, the supporting members of TIE receive a discount on the registration fee.

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6) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. 2002 dates are June 3 – July 28 and the cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please visit their website at

http://www.acts13.tv or write <>.

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7) CHURCH PLANTING MATERIALS NEEDED — The Barnabas Ministry in Poland is looking for materials that would help them launch a national church planting movement. Do you know of any web sites, ministries or resources on the practical aspects of starting a new church? Please share it with them and us! What they want is the experienced planters sharing the details of how to give vision, train, send, start, oversee and support financially new plants. They will be organizing seminars and will also need experienced speakers to teach and answer tough questions. Also they can arrange short or long term mission trips with the goal of establishing new churches. If you can help, send Jerry an e-mail at <jerryatbarnabadotanddotpl>.

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8) REACHING THE UNREACHED WITH THE GOSPEL — The world is changing fast. New technologies and new mindsets require different and creative means to reach the unreached. In Youth With A Mission, a new kind of missionary is taking advantage of these trends. Strategy Coordinators. Study at the Y.W.A.M. Frontier Missions: Strategy Coordinators Short Course 2002, Monday 10th June To Friday 12th July 2002 in Nakuru, Kenya. For more information/application form, contact: <bsloanatovaldotcom> Tel. + 44 1582 463629 Fax+ 44 1582 463305.

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9) GREAT FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE — This tool has 34 Bibles (13 in languages other than English – including Hebrew and Greek), 7 commentaries, 9 dictionaries, Atlas, charts, and 18 other books helpful for the study of God’s word. All for free! The program is a hefty download at almost 20 megs, but with a gift of $15 or more you can get all the resources currently available on CD. One useful feature is the KJV+ version: put your mouse over Strong’s number (superscripted after each word) and the Greek or Hebrew word appears with its definition as a tooltip! Go to

http://www.e-sword.net

or write Rick Meyers at Equipping Ministries Foundation, 5902 Parham Road, Franklin, TN, 37064.

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10) WEB-WATCH: REACH THE NATIONS — The site,
http://www.reachthenations.org became officially active as of 2/3/02. This site contains missions resources, research related material, contact information, internship opportunity information, and a photo gallery of portraits of unreached people groups (photos are not to be used without permission). The group is currently in the process of choosing a publisher for its catalog of artistic photographs of tribal groups. Reports will be published on the site as the network of investigators compiles research information regarding specific unreached people groups. This site is expected to be a hub for ethnologic information as it relates to missions. This organizations approach to “network investigation” and information sharing is helping to fill a need for practical and academic information in support of reaching the unreached for Christ. Applications for the NCMO internship program are currently being accepted. The director of New Covenant Missions Organization can be contacted for comments at (860) 250-4792.</bsloanatovaldotcom></jerryatbarnabadotanddotpl></mijohnnyatyahoodotcom></tieatgatidotwadotcom></wdecostaatfoursquaredotorg></billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

20020120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN SPAIN
2) FINISHERS FORUM
3) MISSIONARY CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 12-14, 2002
4) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
5) YOUTH: FORGOTTEN UNREACHED “FIELD”
6) EMS/IFMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
7) GREAT NEWS SITE
8) USE YOUR VOCATION TO REACH THE NATIONS
9) TAKE PART IN “PRAYWORLD 2002”
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN SPAIN — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) invites entrepreneurs, pioneering business teams, and creative field workers to a premier seminar on “Kingdom business creation in Muslim and frontier locations.” The CEED Middle East Team combines business expertise with decades of experience in the Middle East and North Africa. Join top entrepreneurs, business consultants, and adventurous and dedicated nationals in an intense and interactive three week seminar designed to teach biblical foundations of business, and equip you with the practical tools and skills necessary to successfully launch or join a business with kingdom goals, in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact:

<infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>.</infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

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2) FINISHERS FORUM — A Finishers Forum will be held Friday night and Saturday till 5PM, February 15-16, 2002 in Indianapolis. This is an “Urbana”-like event to assist people in finding a significant second-career joining God in His passion for the nations. Adults of all ages are invited. It will make most sense for people who have had a career and raised or almost raised a family and are looking for more now or a few years in the future. The Finishers Project is a partnership of over 70 mission agencies more interested in people than money. To explore options uniquely suited for you at this event or online register at .

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3) MISSIONARY CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 12-14, 2002 — Living Word Missions (LWM) is inviting all missionaries both foreign and national working in the region of South West Europe (UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Andorra, Spain, & Portugal) to a Conference designed especially to address the special needs and challenges of that part of the world. Main speaker, Wolfgang Simson (author of Houses That Change The World and editor of the DAWN Friday Fax), will bring a fresh new way of looking at forgotten strategies and principles from the early church in what is coming to be known today as “the House Church movement”. Other internationally renowned speakers include Russ Tatro, founder and international director of LWM and the International Missionary Center, Tulsa, OK and Greg Jacob, Pastor of Amistad Cristiana in Madrid, Spain. The location for the conference is in Southern Spain in the town of Mollina, Sevilla. For more information and how to register contact the conference host and Regional Coordinator for LWM, Tom Cook: phone/fax (34) 95 415 6275 or e-mail: <cookatspaindottc> .</cookatspaindottc>

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4) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — A six-week TESOL course will be held June 14-July 27, 2002 in Shanghai. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Please be language sensitive when writing. Unsecured Internet site in China. For more information go to or write <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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5) YOUTH: FORGOTTEN UNREACHED “FIELD” — Youth around the world need Christians to share the Gospel with them. Well here’s your chance to make a difference. Ministry areas such as discipleship, friendship evangelism, teaching English, youth camps and weekend retreats are just a few areas you could get involved in. You would be working in cooperation with local churches and under the leadership of seasoned missionaries. Short and long-term opportunities are available. You will need to raise support for living and travel expenses. Please contact Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> to obtain more information. Their website is http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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6) EMS/IFMA NATIONAL CONFERENCE — The Evangelical Missiological Society will be holding its annual conference, October 4-5 in Orlando, Florida, with the Interdenominational Foreign Missions Association. Evangelical Ministries to New Religions has been asked to plan a track of presentations on mission to new religions. Want to submit ideas? Contact John at Watchman Fellowship for the details,

<jmoreheadatwatchmandotorg> or call (in the </jmoreheadatwatchmandotorg>USA or via Net2PHone)

(888)44-BIBLE.

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7) GREAT NEWS SITE — Looking for a great spot on the web to get news to compare to cnn.com? Judy suggests trying

http://www.washingtonpost.com

She’s right. It’s *full* of searchable news. Thanks Judy!

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8) USE YOUR VOCATION TO REACH THE NATIONS — Here are 2 free 1/2-day Tentmaking Seminars in the Chicago Area, Feb 9 and Feb 16. You’ll discover how to: Use your skills in missions; Integrate work and witness; Find a job overseas; Prepare to be effective. Register at

http://www.globalopps.org

Saturday 9am – 1pm (coffee from 8:30 am) Feb 9th at Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church or Feb 16th at Wheaton College, Armerding Hall. The seminars are presented by Global Opportunities.

<infoatglobaloppsdotorg> 626-398-2393</infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

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9) TAKE PART IN “PRAYWORLD 2002” — An International Prayer Council has designated the coming Lenten Season (Ash Wednesday, February 13, to Palm Sunday, March 24) as “PrayWORLD!02” – 40 DAYS OF GLOBAL PRAYER FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION OF CHRIST. A 40-day Prayer Calendar in English is available on internet

http://www.prayworld.org . Translations are expected soon in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and Tagalog. Everyone worldwide is invited to translate and distribute the Calendar widely. A 64-page calendar booklet, “Seek God for the City,” can be ordered from

http://www.waymakers.org . Cost is $2.00 each, with significant quantity discounts.

20020106 Brigada Today

Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY, USA
(See your subscription information at the end under “Closing Stuff”!)

In this issue…

1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA
2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC.
3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1
5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE
6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO?
7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING
8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE
9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON
10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE
12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE
13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES
14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS
15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES
16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS
17) CLOSING STUFF

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1) PRAYER CALENDAR FOR CHINA — The “Intercessors for China 2002” prayer calendar is available at

http://www.prayforchina.com

or by calling 1-888-462-5481!

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2) FREE FILM CHECKER, ETC. — A Christian film and video library in Minnesota, USA is preparing to close its doors after nearly 30 years of ministry. One of the items it has to dispose of is 16mm film checker, cleaner and previewer. This is a free standing model. There are also cleaning and splicing supplies included. The checker is available free of charge but must be picked up in Minneapolis or you will need to arrange for shipping to you. For more information you can contact: Don Lundeen at gtf media resources, 701 Decatur – Ste. 110, Minneapolis, MN 55427, 763/545-5344, 763/545-5498 fax, <donatgtfmediadotcom></donatgtfmediadotcom>

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3) LAST CHANCE FOR “MEMBER CARE” PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER — You can still order copies of “Doing Member Care Well: Perspectives and Practices From Around the World.” This new book is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations and member care workers are providing missionary care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from both the Newer Sending Countries (NSCs) and the Older Sending Countries (OSCs). It has 50 chapters, 576 pages, (a few surprises), and is presented in three parts: The Member Care Context (5 articles); Regional Issues and Insights (15 articles from Africa, Latin America, the Arabic World, Asia, and India); Providing and Developing Member Care (30 articles categorized according to the books transcultural model of member care). To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit

http://www.membercare.org

Retail price: $24.99; Until Jan. 10: 1-9 books: $15.00; 10-25 books: $12.00; 26-50 books: $11.00; 51-100 books: $10.00; 101+ books: $ 8.00. Prices exclude shipping. For ordering info: Kelly O’Donnell<102172dot170atcompuservedotcom>

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4) OFFICE XP USERS CAN GET SERVICE PACK 1 — If you’ve switched to Office XP, might as well make your way to:

www.office.microsoft.com/productupdates

for Service Pack 1. I didn’t notice a ton of differences, but there are supposed to be some security things handled.

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5) LEARN ENGLISH FOR CHRISTIAN SERVICE — Do you struggle with using and understanding English? Help is available! The international mission, Operation Mobilisation, has a school in the UK aimed specifically at those wanting to learn or improve their English for Christian service and missionary work. They promote a friendly atmosphere and small classes. Each day starts with spiritual input. Courses run throughout the year. Minimum stay is 2 weeks. For info email

<englishatrhyldotomdotorg>.</englishatrhyldotomdotorg>

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6) WEB-WATCH: WHAT CAN ONE COUPLE DO? — To Every Tribe Ministries is the church planting ministry of the Sitton family, but it shows what one family can do! They focus primarily on church planting among unreached tribes in Papua New Guinea and Mexico. However, they hope that their web site to become a valuable tribal missions resource for the entire Body of Christ. Check out the extensive tribal and general missions information they have put together at:

http://www.toeverytribe.com

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7) MISSIONARY LANGUAGE AND CULTURE TRAINING — This two week seminar will help to equip the new missionary with knowledge, skills and attitudes in overcoming the formidable challenge of cross-cultural hurdles. Learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques. Study cross-cultural adaptation & communication, handling stress, Interpersonal relationships, spiritual warfare and much more. A highlight of MissionPrep training is exposure to other cultures through visits to ethnic centres such as “Little India”, “China Town” in the heart of Toronto. For more information contact Robert,

<micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>

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8) INTERCULTURAL STUDIES INSTITUTE — The tragic terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th have set off a whole series of global disruptions that are powerfully impacting how we do cross-cultural ministry. The Columbia Biblical Seminary Extension at Toccoa Falls College in NE Georgia, is concerned that God’s cross-cultural servants be uniquely equipped to respond effectively to the whole array of challenge and opportunity that are being presented. To that end, they have scheduled three of the world’s pre-eminent theologian-missiologists to come teach one week modular graduate courses in June 2002. June 3-7, Dr. Bill Larkin (Professor of Theology and Mission) will teach “Acts in Historical, Theological and Missiological Perspective”, June 10-14, Dr. Ken Mulholland (Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary) will lead “Issues in Missions for the 21st Century” and June 17-21, Dr. Timothy Tennent (Associate Professor of World Missions and Director of Missions Programs Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) will lead “Biblical Contextualization”. For complete information call Lynette at 1-800-868-3257 Ext. 5423, outside the US call 011-706-886-7299 Ext. 5423, email them at: <gradstudiesattfcdotedu>, or visit the web site at </gradstudiesattfcdotedu>

http://www.toccoafalls.edu/graduate/default.htm

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9) WORK BESIDE A JAPANESE-SPEAKING PERSON — Here’s a very unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children preferred but all applicants will be considered, you just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost! Please inquire with us today! Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at

http://www.mup.org. Our email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg>.</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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10) GET TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS — Here are transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The MATS “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost, while the New Field Units for NGO missions are built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. They’ve got all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Find MATS International at Inc. 4444 National Road E Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email

<caratmatsdotorg>, web: mats.org.</caratmatsdotorg>

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11) WEB EVANGELISM RESOURCE — Grab free content for webmasters. You can now incorporate over 30 pages of detailed resource material directly into your site – just by adding a few lines of code to one of your pages. The pages are completely integrated – they match the appearance of other pages on your site. The material helps Christians to understand the issues involved in effective online communication, and stresses the importance and potential of online cross-cultural evangelism. It also includes a customized poster for the webmaster’s own site.

http://www.web-evangelism.com/yourpage

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12) ECONOMIC INSTITUTE — The Christian Economic Development Institute is upon us — May 20-31, 2002. If you are seeking a way to help the poor transform their lives, but don’t know how or where to start, this training is for you. Whether you serve on the foreign missions field or in the inner city in the US, their trainers will start you in the right direction. Faculty and facilitators are experienced practitioners who have served both overseas and in the US. The Institute is sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, in partnership with Food for the Hungry, World Relief and Christian Community Development Association and will be held on the campus of Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia (USA). For full details and an application, see the Chalmers Center’s website:

http://www.chalmers.org.

Or, contact us at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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13) UPDATE ON SOUTH EAST ASIA INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 31 May 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. Their schedule for this year is: Week 1: 8-12 April Introduction to Islam – Dr. Tan Kim Sai; Week 2: 15-20 April Building Relationships with Muslim & Apologetics – Daoud Irasaneous; Week 3: 22-26 April – Narrative Approach to Reaching Muslims -Dr. Paul Parks; Week 4: 29 April-4 – Muslim Worldview and the Qur’an, Hadith and Islamic Law – Sam Solomon; Week 5: 6-10 May – History of Missions to Muslims Sandra Chiew; Week 6: 13-17 May – Church Planting Among Muslims Roger Dixon; Week 7: 20-24 May Muslim Evangelism – Phil Parshall; Week 8: 27-31 May Christian Use of the Quran – Harry Morin. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. All applications need to be in by March 1.</seaiisatmaildotcom>

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14) A NEW REALITY: MULTICULTURAL TEAMS — What are the questions we fail to ask in multicultural teams? What are the identity issues of the workers unique to these teams? Are there extra stress factors? What role do the different forms of logic play? How does this play out in relationships? decision-making? leadership? And what about the things that trip us up so easily – retreats and relaxation? And the Achilles heel – finances and lifestyle? Are there advantages to working in multicultural teams?

What issues need to be attended to most in selection and training people for these teams? How can leadership prepare their workers for such teams? These and other related subjects will be handled in a workshop from 27-31 May 2002 offered by Lianne Roembke in Limassol, Cyprus. Dr. Roembke has been involved in training such teams for over 25 years and it was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. For more information see

http://www.memct.org or contact <timatmemctdotorg></timatmemctdotorg>

This workshop is offered in German in Korntal/Stuttgart by Seminare für Missionarische Fortbildung, 2.-6. September 2002. Contact <mboeddinghausataemdotde>.</mboeddinghausataemdotde>

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15) LIFE INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — With the tragic events of 9/11 it may be prudent to review your life insurance program and determine if your family will be financially provided for in the case of death. Adams & Associates International (sm) can arrange a 5-year level premium, level term life insurance policy for overseas missionaries through Lloyd’s, London. The initial application proposal is subject to medical underwriting and possibly rated for geographical location including current political and world events. Once the application proposal is approved, the terms agreed to by the applicant and a policy issued, the annual premium rates are level for the 5 year term. The policy is renewable if overseas service is maintained. The cost of international life insurance is now, more than ever, based on world events and location, which we all know, can change quickly and without notice. For complete information, contact Adams & Associates International (sm) at <aaiataaintldotcom> (if in a sensitive area, please type “Restricted” in the subject line) or call 1-800-922-8438 / (803)-758-1400.</aaiataaintldotcom>

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16) THE BACKPAGE: PARTNERING MOST WITH PRAYER PARTNERS — Today I’m wondering what you ask your prayer partners to pray for. Sometimes I hear missionaries poke fun at those who pray, “Lord bless the missionaries.” But in reality, don’t we have to accept some of the responsibility for our friends and loved ones not knowing how to pray? Some of our Team Expansion missionaries have long ago figured out that prayer covering can mean a *world* of difference. Others are still at the starting gate, wondering how to begin. How ’bout taking some of these idea-starter prayer requests and sending them to a select group of a dozen friends or so. Ask them to pray. Some will write back and say they will. Those could become your new prayer group! (These are written from “First person” point of view.)

When traveling…

*** That we will pass through customs and immigration lines without incident
*** That our planes will not encounter mechanical problems or trouble from terrorists
*** That we’ll make all our connections

Health and Safety

*** Protection from accidents, crime, natural disasters, terrorists, and dangerous animals
*** Protection from all kinds of sickness
*** That we’ll find time for proper sleep, rest, and exercise
*** That our food and water needs will be met by the Lord

Spiritual Watchcare

*** Good times of intimacy with Jesus in Bible, prayer and worship
*** Protection from dark forces in spiritual realms
*** Protection from discouragement, fear, and doubt
*** That we’ll demonstrate purity, humility, boldness, wisdom, patience, love for people, teachable spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit

Teamwork

*** That our team will experience and express unity, love, good communication, patience, and spiritual gifts
*** That we can resist temptation toward jealousy, envy, bitterness, and pride
*** That we’ll be granted grace for cultural adjustments, dealing with jet lag, being away from family and friends and lack of privacy.
*** That God will grant us wisdom to design and implement effective efforts that will make a long-term difference here . . . and that we’ll be able to establish and maintain a solid friendships with government officials and other leaders in this land.

Verses to Read as you Pray

*** Exodus 4:12; 33:14
*** Psalms 4:8, 19:14, 121:1-8
*** Isaiah 40:29-31; 55:10-11
*** Zechariah 4:6
*** Acts 1:8, 4:29,30
*** Ephesians 3:16-20; 6:10-20

(* Portions of the above prayer requests adapted from original prayers by Gail Seiver, as featured in _World Christian_, Vol. 14, Number 4.)

By the way… if you get a chance… 4 of us from Team Expansion are heading into Central Asia tomorrow. We’d actually really appreciate your prayers for us as we travel.

20011111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) HOW TO INCREASE PRAYER SUPPORT?

2) OPTIONS FOR TRAINING YOUR SHEPHERDS?

3) HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS?

4) GLOBAL YOUTH MINISTRY REPORT

5) A CASE STUDY IN PARTNERSHIPS

6) CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AT A DISTANCE

7) EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS

8) NEW EMAIL LIST FOR UK MISSION STAFF

9) WANT TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A PARTICULAR WEBSITE CHANGES?

10) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

11) GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD

12) CLOSING STUFF

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1) HOW TO INCREASE PRAYER SUPPORT? — Most cross-cultural workers agree that their number one need is a high level of prayer support. However, transforming that need into a consistent reality is often an ongoing challenge. If you have a method or idea that has worked well for you or your organization, Kerry would love to hear about it. Possibly you know a website with some creative ideas. Send your best ideas to <khawkinsatteamexpansiondotorg>. In a couple of weeks, he’ll share his findings with us and we’ll publish the results here as an auto-responder. Thanks Kerry! </khawkinsatteamexpansiondotorg>

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2) OPTIONS FOR TRAINING YOUR SHEPHERDS? — The International School of Ministry offers a 159 hour International Curriculum for the training of shepherds. In cooperation with Vision University of California, they offer not only their own diploma, but an Associates of Biblical Studies to all registered students. The International Curriculum is available in over 50 languages on VHS, VCD, Audio Cassette and via internet. Some of the contributors are Jack Hayford, Reinhard Bonnke, Dick Eastman, A. L. Gill, LaMar Boschman, etc.

It is the work of Pastor Berin Gilfillan who traveled with Reinhard Bonnke for more than three years. In those travels he saw the mass conversion of 100s of thousands and he also saw how small was the available body of Christ to absorb such huge numbers of new believers. There are presently over 3000 schools operating around the world. Only 300 of them are the United States. One of the newest is in Corpus Christi (Body of Christ), TX. ISOM is part of Good Shepherd Ministries Intl. P.O. Box 368, Los Alamitos, CA 90720-0368, USA, 800.901.8175 or 001-562.594.9123 or fax 001-562.594.6143. Their website is http://www.isom.org . Their email address is infoatisomdotorg.

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3) HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS? — Suppose you knew someone who wanted to find… “The Mystics” (originally used by Campus Crusade), “The Lie”, and “He Restoreth My Soul” — three films from the past. Is there a web-search tool that can help? A Brigada participant wants to know . . . and the answer might be useful for many. Drop us a line if you’ve got a solution and we’ll publish the answer for all. Thanks!

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4) GLOBAL YOUTH MINISTRY REPORT — Doing youth ministry outside the USA or training youth workers globally? A new free service, “The Global Youth Ministry Report” sends out an e-mail to find out what’s working globally in such areas as “Training Student Leadership,” “Reaching Lost Youth,” or “Developing Indigenous Worship for Youth.” Then, a writer compiles this global wisdom and e-mails back a free report. In this way, youth workers glean ideas from practitioners in various cultures that may well work in their own setting. Finally, each report will be archived at http://www.reach-out.org in the “ARTICLES” section (Whew! What a great site!) so that further input from readers can add to this global I.Q. of youth ministry. Interested in this free wisdom exchange? E-mail Steve, in cooperation with Reach Out Youth Solutions, at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

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5) A CASE STUDY IN PARTNERSHIPS — Nepal, the only official Hindu kingdom in the world, was closed to the outside world until the 1950’s when the king opened the country for development and education. The 1990 democratic revolution further opened the doors to the gospel. Reportedly, for the first time in Nepal history, the Nepal government has turned over a district government hospital to a community based non governmental organization (NGO). The organization, ‘Human Development and Community Services’ (HDCS), is a Nepali Christian NGO. HDCS is partnering with MMD, a European medical mission that will send equipment and medical personnel. Future Nepal government – Nepali Christians relationships will depend upon positive results. There will be much attention on HDCS. More information can be obtained about HDCS, the Lamjung District Community Hospital Project and opportunities for service by logging on to the HDCS website: http://www.hdcsnepal.org .

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6) CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AT A DISTANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (USA) is offering an email-based distance course that trains missionaries and Christian Development workers in basic principles and practice of microenterprise development and microfinance for poor people in the Two-Thirds World. The 8 week course is taught by staff of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College (USA) and has weekly readings, short written assignments, and interaction with other learners in the course from around the world. More advanced MED-Microfinance distance courses are available following completion of this introductory course. Course Dates: January 14 – March 8, 2002; Registration Deadline: December 7, 2001; Course Fee: $250 (which includes tuition/registration, course CD, readings and texts). Contact Person: Mrs. Cathy Dreger <cdregeratcovenantdotedu> Phone: 706-419-1805; Website: http://www.chalmers.org </cdregeratcovenantdotedu>

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7) EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is taking nominations for EuroTrain 2002 – an innovative training experience for North American young leaders! EuroTrain (for leaders age 16-22) is a completely unique experience…and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. During July 2002, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry skills, getting a grasp of their destiny, gaining a heart for unreached peoples around the world, and creating a plan for long-term personal and leadership growth. Get the details and nominate a young leader (or request to be nominated) at http://www.ExperiencingLeadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership at <eurotrainattopflightdotorg> or 817-568-2711. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

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8) NEW EMAIL LIST FOR UK MISSION STAFF – Global Connections (formerly Evangelical Missionary Alliance) in UK has started an email support list. It is to assist and encourage UK-based mission staff to use Information Communication Technology (ICT) including the Internet for all aspects of mission support and also for evangelism. A conference is proposed for Spring 2002. To subscribe, send a blank email to

<gc-ict-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> or visit http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/GC-ICT </gc-ict-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

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9) WANT TO BE NOTIFIED WHEN A PARTICULAR WEBSITE CHANGES? — Try using http://www.web2mail.com . You can even register to have the web information itself sent to your email address! (Thanks Keith!)

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10) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE — Learn tips on how to become a student of culture and how to enter and figure out ministry. In this 3-week course, students will gain both the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in a cross-cultural context. This class, taught at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina by international trainer Dr. Richard Lewis will be held from Jan. 14-Feb. 1, 2001. To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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11) GREAT COMMISSION TOOLBOX CD — Wycliffe Canada has crammed tons of mission education material onto one delightful little CD. You get all 30 lessons from the three bulky Bright Ideas! notebooks, plus an extra 24 lessons from Wycliffe UK. PDF lets you print them out and teach a lesson to Preschoolers, Grades 1-6, or Teens through Adults. They’ve also included interactive games in Shockwave and several videos in Mpeg format. The new “I Say Old Chap” video is smart, funny and appeals to younger audiences. Canadian residents may contact <mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca> to order the Great Commission Toolbox CD for $15 Canadian plus GST and shipping–a real deal! Or order from the Wycliffe Canada web page: http://www.wycliffe.ca/store/soft.html#toolbox . US residents and others can order for $7.95 US plus shipping and handling at these addresses: e-mail Dennis Cable at <dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg> or ask for extension 3778 at 1-800-WY! CLIFFE (800-992-5433) or 1-407-852-3600. </dennis_cableatwycliffedotorg></mediaresources_canadaatwycliffedotca>

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20011104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”)

3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA

5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE

6) WEBWATCH

7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS

8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW”

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED — Interested in learning more about what really happened on Nov. 4th in India? (Had you rec’d the email asking for prayer for all those lower caste folks searching for a new religion?) Read all about it:

http://www.aiccindia.org/

Thanks to Rick Wood of the US Center for the tip on this article. The summary? Well… not as many as the press releases promised… but still… some positive outcomes.

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2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”) — How can you pray effectively for the Muslim world? How can you join some 20 million other Christians doing so? Simple! Pray during Ramadan, 17 November – 16 December 2001. The 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus guides are short, daily, and full of information and prayer items. This 10th anniversary edition is especially relevant to the needs of today. To subscribe to the email edition, just send any email to <30-days-onatlsdotpmbxdotnet> or use the simple secure server at http://www.pmbx.net/subscribe.html . Thanks Ron!

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3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 1 June 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. The purpose of SEAIIS will be to provide and in-depth academic Islamic program each year in the region. It will operate in a city in southern Thailand located one hour north of the Malaysian border and is facilitated by a working committee whose members are from the region of South East Asia and who represent many organizations. The instructors this year will include Sam Solomon, Phil Parshall and many others. There will also be instructors from the region to “localize” the subject matter whenever possible. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. </seaiisatmaildotcom>

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4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA — 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 8-26, 2002, 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. Earn a certificate for around $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/944-0351 x 5694 or contact <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu> or visit www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

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5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE – Want to reach those in SE Asia? Mission to Unreached People is looking for Teacher Trainers with a Masters degree (preferable). For more info., contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or on the web at http://www.mup.org or write <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

And as always, look for more of these kinds of opportunities by joining Brigada-opportunities. It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to

<brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. </brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

That will make you a member of the email conference, where you will be able to sit back and receive occasional announcements about mission needs.

And if you’ve got an opportunity, please subscribe to publish your job option or ministry need, even if you only stay on the conference temporarily. Just join per the above instructions, then once you’ve heard that you’re subscribed (probably about 2 minutes later), email a note to <brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>. You’ll be placing your notice in front of many who are searching for opportunities like yours! When the prospective volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). So go for it! I hope your need will be met *today*! (Apologies to those who try to list job opportunities for specific roles; we just can’t possibly publish all of them.) </brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>

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6) WEBWATCH — Looking for ideas for your agency’s webpage? Check out

http://www.gfa.org . Notice how many things the visitor can do with one click. Look at the clear site navigation, using the bar at the left-hand side. Notice how many different kinds of readers are served… those wanting to sponsor a national, those looking for news, there’s a free book offer, you can read past articles, find out what’s new, even sign up for free web mail! I think the GFA site significantly raises the bar for mission web pages. Great work GFA!!!

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7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS — An excellent source of news about world current affairs (secular and religious) is available from Wycliffe Associates (UK) News Abstracting Service, which provides twice-monthly e-mail news digests to subscribers via Yahoo! To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to one or more of the following:

NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 01)

NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 02)

NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 03)

NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 04)

NewsAbstracts-CIS-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 05)

NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 06)

NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 07)

NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 08)

NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 09)

NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zones 1-9;ZIP file)

NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 11)

To see a description of, for example, the Africa e-mail list, go

to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsAbstracts-Africa . If you

are a member of the list, you will be recognized. If not, you’ll probably have to join first. Great stuff. thanks Alan!

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8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001 — This conference is for Japanese Christians and those ministering to them: to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese, and for those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA 92339. Sponsoring Organizations include International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and Navigators. For more information e-mail <ushqatjcfndotorg> or go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 . (By the way, if you don’t want to install Japanese, just hit cancel if your browser asks.) </ushqatjcfndotorg>

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9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW” — Have you seen the service at:

http://toolbox.airsecurity.com/ . What a great site. You can quickly click to news sources, US government resources (some of which might be helpful regardless of where you live in the world), travel tools, and even some cool software to keep you “in the know”. Check it out! (Thanks to the Brigada participant who contributed this site… and asked to remain anonymous.)

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20011021 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT

2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE

4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO

5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI

6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE

7) FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER

8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR

9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES

10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT — HCF would like you to be part of the Intercessor’s database in Zambia who will be praying for people in the Healthcare field (Nurses, Doctors and all paramedics and their patients) for salvation. A database for intercessors is being developed. For details contact the Chairman, Kedrick <kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm> or <hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom> or ring the Chairman on Cell: 260-96-788463. </hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom></kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm>

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2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST — Make plans now to come to Budapest for a time of instruction, practical training, and spiritual renewal within the context of genuine Christian fellowship. Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. If you are looking to further your education (earn an MA without leaving Europe!), gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk, come to Budapest. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7-18, 2002 and perhaps there’s still time for you to get in on that class… however… if you’re interested, you’d better inquire *immediately*. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail <jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>. </jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>

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3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE — In the light of recent tragic events insure your domestic and/or international trip against everything from luggage that never arrives to planes that never leave. Coverage is for trip cancellation, interruption, delay, lost baggage, medical evacuation, flight accident, medical, 24hour AD&D coverage. Apply online at http://www.onlinetripinsurance.com . For international health insurance contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO – Efforts are well underway to launch Arise Shine Morocco (ASM), an International Year of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples in 2002. Volunteer coordinators and translators are still needed. A website is now up and running in five languages. Full-color English-language brochures are available for mass distribution. A nearly hour-long ASM Resource Video containing seven short videos about Morocco and its peoples including one for children has been produced in both NTSC and PAL formats. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is now available. Bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information or to order materials please go to the ASM website at:

http://www.interum.org/ASM or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

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5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI — The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages )will be held at the University of the Nations – Kona beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

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6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE — Living in Europe and no time to travel to the US for continued education? Here’s your chance to get 1 Course in 2 Weeks for 3 Credit Hours. Here’s a Graduate level two-week intensive course on “World Church Growth” taught in English!

Where: German Branch of Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions at Korntal (near Stuttgart, Germany)

When: January 7 – 18, 2002

What: MIS 6080 World Church Growth with Dr. Craig Ott (Dean at Korntal, 18 years experience as a cross-cultural church planter)

Cost: EUR375 for the three semester hour course; Room and Board: EUR124 per week. For further information contact Mrs. Carmen Crouse <ccrouseataemdotde>. </ccrouseataemdotde>

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7) FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fundraising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. 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 William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. To begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com/email.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

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8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR — Registrations are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. A special 3 night and meal package is available at a cost of $199 (double occupancy) and low cost airfare is available through COMMIT Ministries Travel. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information by e-mail: <commitatjunodotcom>. </commitatjunodotcom>

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9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — Global Mission Medical Insurance SM is designed for individuals or families not covered by an international group medical plan. Coverage is worldwide for non-US. Citizens and for U.S. Citizens serving outside the USA (excepting furlough periods). GMMI SM includes a (US) $5,000,000 lifetime maximum with a full range of benefits and deductible choices. Also, group medical insurance is available for as few as 2 units through Mission Plus (MP+). To obtain additional information, please send an email message to Adams & Associates International SM at <aaiataaintldotcom>. Adams & Associates International SM is an independent insurance agency specializing in missionary insurance, exclusively since 1980. </aaiataaintldotcom>

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10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS — Is your organization like ours? We see press releases about how important it is to do emergency response planning… so then we draw something up… but then years pass without its use… and everything gets out of date. If the events of Sept. 11th have taught us anything, they’ve taught us to be prepared for disasters beyond our imagination. No one in the FAA or FBI imagined the evil that could be carried out against the civilized world… until they saw it unfolding on their own office televisions. I guess… it’s time we dusted off those emergency response procedure instruction manuals again, eh? For us in Team Expansion, we’re going back to basics with simple stuff. We’ve had written instructions for all our teams now for 15 years… but few have actually implemented them. We don’t have fingerprint cards… or even data cards completed on every worker yet. But we’re about to re-start with new energy. My hunch is… there are many others feeling the same burden these days. May God grant us all mercy as we cautiously proceed forward.

20010916 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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PEOPLETEAMS KEEPS ON GROWING

People Teams PeopleTeams now has 402 total websites! 220 websites are actually hosted by PT, 162 sites are links and 20 sites were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a presence. They are averaging about 280,000 to 310,000 hits every month. Here’s a list of their top ten (busiest) websites for August 2001. http://www.peopleteams.org

Path to Directory Hits Visitor Sessions
1 Miao 8,880 1,171
2 Biwap 5,456 841
3 Palestinians 8,049 816
4 Yarsi 3,153 777
5 Batangas 14,080 715
6 mixteco 6,724 713
7 Ukrainians 6,120 651
8 Czestochowa 7,880 629
9 Extremaduran 9,471 590
10 Scots 5,795 549

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“LÁMPARA” FOR THEIR FEET

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and Spain is the European country with the fewest number of evangelical believers. Now, an evangelistic web page has been launched at http://www.lamparaes.com with the theme “Practical Wisdom” targeting the unchurched in Spain. “Lámpara Es” is the Spanish translation of the opening phrase of Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a LAMP unto my feet…” Gregg infoatlamparaesdotcom  (infoatlamparaesdotcom)   describes the site as “pre-evangelistic” and is part of the larger strategy of the Spanish organization “Evangelismo En Accion”, which has a 27-year history of church planting in Spain. EEA’s home page http://www.evangelismoenaccion.com is in Spanish and English.
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FREE EMAIL THAT SUPPORTS MISSIONS IN ASIA

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DISCOUNTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UPGRADES TO LOGOS SERIES X

Logos Research Systems, Inc. is currently offering discounts on their new line of software to registered users. This software (Series X) is a brand new product, not just a simple update. Take your entire library with you on CD-ROMs that don’t weigh a thing, that don’t mold and mildew, and are completely portable. The top of the line package New Scholar’s Library Series X has over 230 titles in it representing about a $5,000.00 library for pennies on the dollar. For more info. visit: http://www.logos.com/products/ldls/upgradeletter.asp or call 800-875-6467 / 360-679-6575 or email salesatlogosdotcom  (salesatlogosdotcom)  .
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INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED TESOL TRAINING

graduation cap International Training Network, based in Bournemouth, England is Europe’s only Christian TEFL/TESOL training centre working with on of the two internationally recognized examining boards, Trinity College London. The course lasts for five weeks and is very intensive. There are seven courses each year in the UK. Over 800 Christians have been through this training and many are now serving all around the world. Over 25% have come to the UK from other nations to get this training. Teaching English is the greatest mission opportunity that exists. This qualification opens up the world for service. For more information contact lenatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk  (lenatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk)   or visit www.internationaltraining.net Tel: +44 (0)1202 789089
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GET YOUR GUIDE TO THE HEART OF GOD

book “Until The Whole World knows” is an informal but surprisingly intense 8 week guided interactive journey that explores the missionary heart of God. The author’s goal is to mobilize a generation to live missionary in purpose and strategic in placement wherever the Lord of the harvest plants them: in the marketplace, in the home, and around the world. Details, ordering information, and reviews from field tests are available at http://www.onewholeworld.com/resources.php or by emailing the author directly at aliciaatonewholeworlddotcom  (aliciaatonewholeworlddotcom)  . Graphically, the book will capture your attention and engage your heart and mind. 120 pages, perfect bound. $12.00 USD on-line.
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LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS

Last year at Fuller Seminary, a relatively small group of missions leaders helped us all to be more precise and, well, Christian in our communications. This is not “bleeding hearts” stuff to be ignored. Do these words look familiar: “target,” “conquer,” “army,” “crusade,” “mobilize,” “beachhead,” “advance,” “enemy,” and “battle?” Given the events of the past month and watching world leaders try and stumble, it seems timely to resurrect such reminders. Here are some of their conclusions:

  1. Metaphors are potent in shaping thought and compelling action. “Warfare” metaphors and terminology have been misused in Christian mission communications.
  2. People are responding to the call to glorify God among the nations, follow Christ into servanthood and sacrifice, and lift up the downtrodden to a life of great purpose and meaning. These are themes around which we need to develop metaphors to summon God’s people to God’s mission.
  3. The new dynamics of globalization and instant global electronic information technologies are rapidly changing the context of our communication. The world will read or hear whatever we say. The group closed by summarizing, “We desire to honor God and glorify Him as we engage in communicating His love to the peoples of the earth. Where reflection on our words has revealed less than Christlike attitudes or circumstances where we have unintentionally hurt others, we are eager to repent, apologize, and do better.”

We’ll try to follow their recommendations here — and suggest others do also.

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WEBWATCH: HAVE A LOOK AT “POWER TO CHANGE”

WebWatch If you have access to the web, have a look at http://www.powertochange.com. And if someone you know (near or far) still haven’t accepted him, maybe this page will speak in a way your friend has never heard. Great testimonies. Great website. (Thanks Wes!)
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PRAYER FOR MISSIONS

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