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20050123 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD
2. OPERATION WORLD
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS
5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS
6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
7. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS”
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY?
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN?
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD — Know anybody who can set this new team up with a bulk food wholesale and distribution network? You’d be a part of a “business as missions” approach that would create an alternative platform for Christian workers among Muslim peoples. The workers have found an excellent product that far exceeds its industry standards for the highest grade. Olive oil… their new company can supply it by the pallet in bottles small and large, plus 5 liter tins. If you can help, write to: oliveoil(at)nym(dot)hush(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. OPERATION WORLD — Secure a special price on this landmark book by Patrick Johnstone by ordering through WEC International. Get case lots of 20 for $100.00 plus postage sent to US addresses only. Contact http://www.wec-usa.org or phone 215-646-2322 ext 150. Ask for Dave.
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET — The ability to speak telephone-style to someone else in real-time over the Internet has been around for a while. This VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is certainly highly usable now. SKYPE is a program that is being highly praised; it is essentially an instant-messaging system with voice. Advantages: – it’s no-pay – it works well – it encrypts communications, so missions with staff in Creative Access nations are using it for safe aural communication – it will even access phones for people who do not have the program – it will do conference calls – though their stated limit is 5 persons, apparently there is a way of increasing this. http://www.skype.com/ (Thanks Tony, for this reminder about Skype.)
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS – You can put books into the hands of God’s children with Usborne Books Missions Projects. Mission supporters participate in a pledge-based project that encourages them to read the Bible and devotions together. Supporters can make donations towards the purchase of books for missionaries to give to children. Usborne Books matches the donation with up to 25% cash or 50% value of books. The books benefit schools, orphanages and churches. The fundraisers are perfect for short-term mission trips to English or Spanish-speaking countries. Learn more at http://www.BlessThemWithBooks.com or contact Beth(at)UsborneBooksEshop(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS — Ever thought, “I wonder who is working on Bible Reference Materials for all those minority languages?” Michael does too. If you are, know anyone who is or are interested in it please email Michael. He can be reached at Working4eternity(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by Youth With A Mission will be held near Bangkok, Thailand March 14-18, 2005. Contact Lennie at lenniev(at)loxinfo(dot)co(dot)th for more information.

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK — It’s happening, but you won’t get the details on the news. In 2020 Vision find out how the Gospel is reaching people in some amazing places! Got my own copy in yesterday . . . and it’s *great*. Lots of really cool illustrations, many of which that will preach! Exciting breakthroughs in new harvest fields are highlighted, along with scriptural insights into God’s heart for the nations. Read about the Black Berbers, the Parmiri, and the Meo people and also that the percentage of born-again Christians is growing fastest in places like Cameroon, Aruba, and Togo! Written by Bill and Amy Stearns, 2020 Vision is an invaluable tool for God’s people, providing not only in-depth updates on missions today but also practical ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Ideal for adult Bible study groups focused on reaching the whole world for Christ. For more information, an excerpt, and the Table of Contents visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/2020vision. To order, e-mail orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Bethany House ships internationally as well).
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS — CCB is a national leader in representing nonprofits with special pricing programs since 1991 and is proud to continue providing technology solutions and support at a discount from the industry’s leading vendors, helping nonprofits to carry out their mission more efficiently and affordably. In the US, call 1-800-342-4222 or visit us online at http://www.1computerbargains.com
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS” — In a previous edition of Brigada Today we included a link to a review of a chapter in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Approach. Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost & John Morehead II, eds. (Kregel, 2004; ISBN#: 0-8254-2893-9). This book has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in popular and missions sources, including _Christianity Today_ (where it is a finalist as a 2004 CT Book of the Year), Anvil and Evangelical Missions Quarterly. In the interests of balance, readers will benefit from the following review from Global Missiology:
http://www.globalmissiology.net/docs_pdf/reviews/hexam_encountering_new_religious_movements.pdf
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK! — Where would we be without them?! I remember a time “pre-Brigada-sponsored secretary”, when we were six months behind schedule on releasing these editions. Needless to say, we’re very thankful for the consideration our readers and sponsors give for these ads and charitable gifts/partnerships. This past week, we received help from: AcquireWisdom.com – $157.10 in commissions for those who visited! Anonymous from Newport News, VA – $250 YWAM Lebanon, PA – $300. They included this note: “We know that your newsletter is widely read, because we get inquiries in response to our announcements in your newsletter.” They added, “Right now we have a student from Japan who heard about our ESL school from your announcement…” Praise the Lord… We’re here for the long haul!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY? — We’re here for the long haul. Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World, recently wrote, ” The sad demise of EMIS Pulse means that the role it played in sharing about evangelical missions news from around the world, leadership changes and forthcoming events and conferences is no longer happening in the same way. You do some of this, but are these areas which could be expanded?” We’re willing to serve that role. You can help by…
*** Getting the word out about Brigada. Please mention it to your missionaries, your staffs, your team members and friends, print it in your church bulletins, put it in your church newsletter, post it on your bulletin board, and more. Just point people to the website or ask them to send a simple message to: brigada-today-subscribe-yahoogroups.com
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13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN? — (The following item originally ran in the Feb. 5th, 1999, edition of Brigada Today. We run it again this week in celebration of our 10th-year anniversary.)

I’m sure many would have called me crazy. :-) (In fact, that’s actually a pretty regular occurrence. :-) ) I had just flown in from Bosnia about 24 hours earlier. The temp. was 34 degrees F., just above freezing. A cold rain was gradually turning to snow and nightfall had crept in over Louisville’s western skies.

But I couldn’t wait to show up for soccer practice. By the time we got rolling, there were 8 of us there… 4 v 4 in the scrimmage. It was great. I intercepted three low goal kicks and converted 2 of them to goals! Took another great pass from Sergey and left-footed it just inside the left post for a 3rd score.

As we walked off the field after practice, I was trying to explain to Sergey the way I felt. After all, he’s 27 and I figured he had forgotten. “You’ve got to remember, Sergey, that this is all so fresh and new to me. I mean, I’ve only been practicing with you guys for 18 months. Every time I see you run a play, I’m filing it away in my head, trying to soak it all in. The excitement is beyond words. And Sergey,” I looked him in the eye, “maybe you remember what it was like in those first couple of years?? Maybe for you it was when you were 10 or 11 years old or whatever, when the game was still fresh and exciting?” He stopped dead in his tracks, looked deep into my eyes with the slightest smile, then spoke with a soft voice that still carried telltale signs of his Ukrainian roots. “Doug, it still is.”

Duh. Why else was he out there in the rain! The 8 of us probably came for 8 different reasons. But for Sergey and me, it’s pretty obvious. There’s something about the game. You can see it in our eyes when we’re putting the leather conditioner on our boots. You can sense it in the air when we’re stretching before practice. And you can *definitely* see it in that occasional “thumbs up” I get… or, like last Tuesday night, when our coach said one of his first encouraging words to me in 18 months. “See Doug, that all started with you. You stole that ball, passed it downfield quickly, and he scored, partly because of your hustle. Way to go!” I beamed. After practice, he tried to be his normal tough self. But it was too late. He had already let it slip. :-) …

What about your life? What’s going on in your marriage, or your relationship with your friends or parents or brothers or sisters? How are things at work… or on the language route… or in class? And more importantly, what’s going on in your relationship with the Father? If you’re a beginner, like I am in soccer, maybe it’s still fresh and new. But if you’re a long-termer, like Sergey, seems to me like you’ve got to figure out how to rekindle the romance… how to make it fresh again. Maybe it’ll take some extra effort. Or maybe you can remember the early days and say, like Sergey, “It still feels that way.” Whatever the case, I think that’s what the writer of Lamentations had in mind when he wrote, in Lamentations 3:21-25: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”

So this lesson I’ve learned and I hope I’ve learned it well: Next time you have the opportunity to show up for practice in a freezing rain, go early, and stay late. And find the freshness again. You’ll be glad you did.

20050109 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DONORS HELP US CRANK OUT BRIGADA
2. NEED A NEW CELL PHONE? TRY BLESSED HOPE
3. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING
4. LOOKING FOR A SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES?
5. MOROCCO SUMMIT
6. GOT TESOL?
7. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
8. CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR
9. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
10. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL JACKSONVILLE, FL
11. FOR ACADEMICIANS: REVIEWING MOREHEAD’S “NEW RELIGIOUS MOV’TS”
12. THE BACK PAGE: THREE CHEERS FOR THE BACKSTAGE WORKERS

1. DONORS HELP US CRANK OUT BRIGADA — Cool! Here’s $120 from Family Circus Ministry, $46 from an anonymous donor who gave via Missionary Training Service (MTS). Learn more about their work at http://www.missionarytraining.org In addition, $25 from an anonymous donor in Fort Collins, CO, and $5 from a Christian worker in Sweden. May God bless each of these!!!
2. NEED A NEW CELL PHONE? TRY BLESSED HOPE — If you’re in need of a new cellular plan, don’t forget to check out the plans by Blessed Hope Communications (a Brigada sponsor). You can get service through most major providers; plus free phones, free accessories and even cash back are part of most plans. For every new order activated through Blessed Hope, Brigada receives a $40 sponsorship. (Whoa!) Please visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada for more details and to configure a plan that works for you.
3. ELIJAH COMPANY MISSIONARY TRAINING — Here’s a four day preparation consultation from February 24-27 near Valentine, Virginia. The consultation introduces realities, necessities, models and methods. A close look is given to the personal profile of the missionary and developing relational abilities. The goal is to help provide a road map into missions involvement and motivation for the journey. Prayer is central to the training. Skills are also presented. Furloughing missionaries and missions leaders have also found this time to be of great value for resolving difficult issues. The Elijah Company manifesto is posted on the newly edited web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org . You can get more information and applications by writing to info4(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. The Elijah Company office phone (757) 226-3507.
4. LOOKING FOR A SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES? — Try the interagency retreats hosted by MET in the Czech Republic and South Africa. They bring together an excellent seasoned staff will daily facilitate times of Biblical meditation, prayer, teaching and worship song. Every afternoon MET offers personal relaxation time with the option of benefiting from one to one debriefing and / or counseling. Attend 21 – 28 April 2005 in Czech Republic or 20 – 27 October 2005 in South Africa. For registration or more info, write OfficeMET(at)aol(dot)com . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The deadline for application is: Czech Republic – 31 January 2005 ; South Africa 31 July 2005. Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served, basis.
5. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Want to learn what others are doing in Morocco? Looking for tips on how to begin ministry there, what to do, or how to do it better? Whether you are just considering an outreach or are already ministering in North Africa, the Morocco Summit is for you. Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, interested individuals, mission agency and church representatives to meet together in Southern California for two days in April to learn from one another and to explore together what has been done in the past and what might be done in the future. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and teach on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. Discounted early registration is available until February 15. For more information write: asm(at)interum(dot)org
6. GOT TESOL? — 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 11-29, 2005, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $515. Dorm space is available for early applicants. Visit http:www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm for more info and call 562/903-4844 or contact kitty[dot]purgason[at]biola[dot]edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross- cultural ministry experience. Lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CROSS-CULTURAL CHURCH PLANTING SEMINAR — Worldview Resource Group (WRG) is conducting a cross-cultural church planting seminar August 29 – September 2, 2005 at the Mission Training International center in Palmer Lake, Colorado, USA. The seminar provides training in cross- cultural church planting methodologies based on a worldview approach to ministry. Facilitators include: Dr. David Hesselgrave; Dr. Tom Steffen; George Walker, co-founder of WRG; and Mark Zook, featured in the Ee- Taow video. For online information about the curriculum, costs, and logistics go to http://www.wrg3.org You can register online. USA callers can dial toll- free 1-866-750-WRG3 (9743). Also, you can email WRG at info(at)wrg3(dot)org. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. February 28 to March 25, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN BEAUTIFUL JACKSONVILLE, FL — The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed with an overseas internship in the 10/40 window. The purpose of the SOFM is to give student’s essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. Some of the topics we will be studying are: Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, The Power of Team Leadership, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Chronological Bible Presentation, History of Missions and much more! Scholl starts in April 17th. For more information contact Jose at myglobito(at)yahoo(dot)com or call (904) 221-5990. You can also check
http://www.ywamjax.com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. FOR ACADEMICIANS: REVIEWING MOREHEAD’S “NEW RELIGIOUS MOV’TS” — If you’re the seminary type, you might enjoy a good heady review of John Morehead’s article which appeared in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Approach. Eds. Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost & John Morehead II (Kregel, 2004; ISBN#: 0-8254-2893-9). Mr. Morehead’s article is titled “Where Do We Go From Here?: Transforming Evangelical Responses to New Religions.” The review is by Jeff Downs. Find it at: http://www.rctr.org/transformingreview.htm
12. THE BACK PAGE: THREE CHEERS FOR THE BACKSTAGE WORKERS — Sometimes the hardest workers get the least glory. Do you know the type? Take Bill Morrison, for instance. He’s been a full-time self-funded volunteer for the last five years at JoshuaProject.Net. http://www.joshuaproject.net He’s the “other member” of the Joshua Project “team”. (Truth is, there are only two of them. Dan Scribner is the more well-known, and it’s Dan we normally highlight, but Dan will be the first to tell you that Bill is the one who faithfully and meticulously manages all Joshua Project data, statistics and computer application. Dan’ll go on to point out that Bill is the one who “disassembled” the Bethany profiles into the photo, map and text elements and carefully cataloged each element so we could build the new web profiles. Dan would add that after getting permissions, Bill is the one who spent weeks carefully going through Paul Hattaway’s new Buddhist World people profile book incorporating all the relevant data into the Joshua Project database (this new Buddhist info should be on the Joshua Project website by the time you get around to reading this). Bill is the one who made 150 language maps one-by-one for an Indian researcher. And that is only the beginning. Dan would say, without Bill there is no Joshua Project.

He is the kind of behind-the-scenes servant that would never want us to mention him. Dan Scribner tells folks that Bill “will have a very heavy crown in heaven and a front-row seat.” And you know what? You probably know one too. In Dan’s office, they go by the name of Bill. In my own, they answer to names like Penny, Melanie, Wayne, Julie, Bob, Aaron and others. How ’bout finding one of them in your world today — and say thanks.

Because this is a “Back Page” about the “back stage”, the workers we all know but say so little about. In fact, for all of you today, we give thanks to the Father of Lights, who illuminates the caverns of our minds so we can clearly see through the empty space in our heads to the beauty of the jewels in yours! To all those backstage workers, we give thanks and praise to God!

20040620 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY!
  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS!
  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE”
  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL
  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ
  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — Thanks to the worker in Sweden who gave $25 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary this past week. He wrote, “It’s mid-summer here in Sweden and during this holiday time, we give thanks to God for you all there at Brigada. God bless you all and thanks for your labor of love.” Thanks, too, to the Chalmers Center of Covenant College, for their gift of $200! Whoa. Finally, our friends at Dial-Abroad sent for April totaling $164. The more I hear from them, the more I feel the need to say thanks to those who placed their phone service with Dial-Abroad!!! Check them out at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html Please! And if you’re using the service, please keep talking! :-)

    If you’d like to step up to the plate this coming week to help us underwrite the cost of our Brigada secretary and keep getting Brigada out the door each week, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.


  2. STILL LOOKING FOR AN ANTI-SPAM SOLUTION? HERE’S ONE TO TRY! — Here’s one anti-spam service that has written in offering to underwrite the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Naturally, if this service can work for you, we’d love it. Visit them at: http://www.mail-block.com/brigada Sign up anytime within 30 days of visiting and they’ll donate a straight 20% of all proceeds to Brigada! If you have good luck with this service, please let us know so we can spread the word about it here in Brigada. Thanks for anyone willing to give it a try! By the way, if you’re also needing a good Internet Service Provider, they have a flat-rate (unlimited minutes) plan for $9.95/mo. (They call it the “Silver plan”.) As far as I’ve been able to tell, that’s probably the cheapest flat-rate cost of any. *Half* the price of Earthlink or AOL. Once again, they’ll give a gift to Brigada ($6 one-time gift) for everyone who signs up. For more information, check ’em out at https://www.695online.com/brigada (If you’d rather not sign up, you could always just send the $6 gift! :-) )

  3. RATS! MOVIELINK SITE ONLY GOOD IN THE USA — We heard back from several readers about the fact that the Movielink site only works in the USA. Sorry about that! We’ll eventually learn of other options and when we do, you’ll be the first to know!

  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH TO OTHERS! — On October 4-29, 2004, Youth With a Mission (at their “National Centre” (P.O. Box 43 120, Mangere, Auckland, New Zealand Att: TESOL Ph: 64-9- 255-1410 Fax: 64-9- 256 1323) will present A Trinity Certificate course offered in association with Edenz Colleges. The course is designed to give the necessary skills to teach Speakers of Other Languages. Edenz is the NZQA Registered Training Provider (est. 15 yrs.) Accommodation will be provided at the Youth With a Mission Campus in South Auckland. For more information email tesol(at)ywamauckland(dot)org (dot) nz [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. (Thanks J.!)

  5. FEEDBACK ON “ARAB BIBLE SOFTWARE” — We received several notes about the Arab Bible software. One gentleman, who works with Muslims himself, wrote, “It’s probably worth mentioning that the “Arab Bible” software has taken the liberties of changing “Allah” to “al-Ilah”. Linguistically, I understand their point, but the net effect is to render yet *another* translation in a world of where soon the translation schemes might outnumber the believers. Some readers may not care, but this is an issue for many of us and IMHO it seriously impedes my ability benefit from the software because if I take on yet another “version” I’m going appear even less credible to my Muslim friends.”

  6. PLAN NOW FOR THE ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES — If you are interested in special training for ministering to people influenced by Buddhist worldviews, the Asia Pacific Institute of Buddhist Studies is offering 4 two week modules at the campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio, Philippines, April 4-May 27, 2005. Catch “Introduction to Buddhism and the History of Christian Mission to Buddhists”, “Contextualizing the Gospel for Buddhist Peoples”, “Church Planting in Buddhist Contexts”, or “Ministry to Tibetan Buddhists”. You can even get graduate credit. Request a pre- application form from Linda guestservices(at)apts(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  7. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  8. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant Rich Benson is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For father information, E-mail MRC info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  9. MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254- 3313, E-mail info(at)mresourcescolumbia(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  10. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES GET MISSIONAL — Facilitators from the one year-old Missional International Church Network (MICN) announced the 2nd MICN Conference to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) March 2-6, 2005. For more information on the Missional International Church Network and the 2005 MICN Conference visit http://www.micn.org

  11. OPERATION REVEILLE FEATURES OUTREACH TOOLS FOR IRAQ — Among the items featured in this month’s Operation Reveille are: * 3 Reasons Why a Good Testimony by Service Christians is Imperative * Spiritual Profile on Pakistan * Eternal Perspective on Abu Ghraib Prisoner Treatment * A University Prof’s Perspective on Rising Non-Western Christianity * The Ambitions of Chinese Missionaries * Church/State Developments in India * Outreach Tools for Iraq * Reception of the Gibson Passion Film in the Mid-East * Opportunity to Help Iraqi Kids and Military Christian Fellowships These articles are newly posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm (Thanks for your work, Bruce!)

  12. CATCH THIS CONFERENCE ON TELLING YOUR STORY — It’s coming up soon — July 6-9th, and it will focus on how to share the passion and vision of your ministry through story. The first two days of the conference you will learn how to see the stories in your ministry and how to write about those stories effectively. You will learn to share more than just information but share the heart of your ministry. You may continue for an additional two days and get hand-on video training with video coaches who are cutting edge professionals in their field. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced you can benefit from these second two days. Learn more at http://www.eyesofthetheart.org

20040606 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA
  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS
  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT
  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE?
  6. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA
  7. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED
  9. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR
  10. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS
  11. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT
  12. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS — If you’ve been vacationing on Mars for the last 9 years, perhaps you’ve missed the fact that we have some great sponsors and friends that are helping us underwrite the cost of a Brigada-sponsored secretary! :-) This past week, we received $20 from a missions pastor in Southern California (Thanks brother!). We appreciate you! We also rec’d $30 more from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. *And* $100 from Seneca Creek Community Church in Germantown, MD. God bless you!!! Are there other churches that can step up to the plate to match Seneca Creek’s faith and vision? We’ll apply the funds toward our Brigada secretary so we can keep these Brigada Todays going out the door on time! Just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. INTRODUCING MISSIONARY RESOURCES OF COLUMBIA — Missionary Resources of Columbia offers ongoing activities and resources for missionaries living or visiting in the Southeastern U.S. MRC sponsors and directs MK/TCK Re-entry Retreats, Missionary R&R Retreats, SYIS seminars, Bible studies for Missionary Women, and specific programs for Families in Transition and Parents of Missionaries at their Columbia, SC headquarters and other regional sites. For information on any of the many MRC opportunities or to find out how you might be part of the MRC team, contact them at (803) 254-3313, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or via the web: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  3. MK/TCK RE-ENTRY RETREATS — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding two MK/TCK retreats for high school graduates and/or college students. These retreats will provide insight, activities, and seminars aimed at transitioning into life in the United States. There will be a variety of opportunities for social and spiritual interaction led by capable staff who have had years of experience relating to MKs and TCKs. The retreats will be held at Look-Up Lodge in upstate South Carolina, dates August 9-16, 2004 and August 18-25, 2004. Total cost is $275. E-mail MRC at info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit the MRC web page at http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  4. MISSIONARY R & R RETREAT — Missionary Resources of Columbia is holding a retreat for adult missionaries as a time to reflect on their experiences on the mission field. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on refreshment and restoration during their time together. MRC Missionary Training and Transitions Consultant, Rich Benson, is the coordinator for this retreat, which will be held August 18-22, 2004 at Quiet Waters on Lake Norman in North Carolina. For further information, e-mail info at mresourcescolumbia dot org (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces), or visit our web page: http://www.mresourcescolumbia.org

  5. WHOLESALE SOURCE FOR VACCINATIONS AND MEDICINE? — Have you discovered a wholesale source for vaccinations and malaria medicine for your short term mission trips? Southway Church has a doctor who could prescribe and a nurse who could administer the vaccinations, etc., but they don’t know where to go to purchase the medicine wholesale. Pastor Kevin will share with the rest of the Brigada family whatever information you send him at pastor at southway dot org
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  7. A NEW HEART: THE N. CAPE COLOURED of SOUTH AFRICA — While handing out a few gospel tracts, a couple of believers were asked to explain them. Jennifer, a 53-year-old Coloured woman, admitted to never attending a church, yet she seemed desperate to hear the gospel. Over the distractions of her drunken older sister, Jennifer intently listened in hope. She accepted the Lord that day. She thanked the believers over and over for coming to share the Good News. She said, “For the first time, now my heart feels good.” Pray for Jennifer to be built up in Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Northern Cape Coloureds, an unengaged people group. To adopt them for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc at iafrica dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  8. 6-HOUR DVD FUND RAISING TRAINING PROGRAM — People Raising has just released its 6-hour fund raising training program on DVD. Now you have the opportunity to get the best of People Raising on DVD. This is a great tool to navigate easily through the 12 People Raising steps. With an expanded menu it makes it easier in learning and coaching others in this challenging area of fund raising. Now with a click of a button you can access specific training for some of the toughest fund raising issues. This has been a proven tool in reducing the fear and time it takes to raise needed funds and will streamline your learning and coaching To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#dvd or contact Bill at PeopleRaising dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces)

  9. NEW CPM BOOK RELEASED — David Garrison’s new book _Church Planting Movements, how God is redeeming a lost world_ has just been published by WIGTake Resources. Includes more than two dozen profiles of Church Planting Movements, 8 regional maps, more than twenty charts and graphs, an extensive Biblical index, glossary, an extensive list of suggested readings, and three practical appendices featuring the most productive Church Planting Movement methodologies being used today. How to use this book: -Practical guide to the latest Church Planting Movement best practices. -Team resource to Church Planting Movement principles at work around the world. – Education tool for your home church, your supporting churches, prayer network, team members, volunteers, and Great Commission partners. The book retails for $18.95 and can be obtained by calling toll-free phone: (888) 795-4434 or direct (806) 795-4434. Toll-free fax: (888) 795-4451; Other fax: (806) 795-4471 or email: customerservice at lanforceinc dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces).

  10. WEB EVANGELISM SEMINAR — The time is drawing near for the 2004 Web Evangelism Seminar in Perth, Australia. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to gain skills and new relationships for Internet evangelism ministry. The Web Evangelism Seminar is a one week intensive lecture and workshop covering topics such as, building cross-cultural evangelistic websites, chatroom evangelism techniques, working with search engines and directories, email forums, believer blogs, creating cyberspace discipleship communities, and much more. You and your students will learn how to harness the power of the Internet to share the Gospel with the world’s unreached and to mobilize the church to reach the world. All are invited to attend! You can find out more about the seminar at our webpage, just click here: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/subDir/Webev.html

    You can also download an application at http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/pdffiles/webevapp.pdf and get more details about curriculum and speakers. It also has a cool coloured flyer that you can download and print off for advertisement or just go ahead and email our registrar department to start processing you or your team’s participation at registrar at ywamperth dot org dot au (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces). Seminar dates: June 28th – July 3rd, 2004 Costs: AU$180.00. (accommodation if needed – AU$70)


  11. NEW HEALTH AND INSURANCE INFO FOR TRAVELERS — “Health Advice For Overseas Travelers” by Dr. Jon Askew and “Tips On Understanding International Insurance” by Jeff Gulleson are now available on reconfigured Good Neighbor Insurance website. Also, check out a one page overview of international health plans including coverage for career and short-term workers, team, med-evac, war and terrorism, trip cancellation, furlough, large and small group, settling back into the USA, coverage prior to leaving the USA, and internationals in the USA. For information contact: jeff at gninsurance dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com

  12. LEARN THE ARABIC NEW TESTAMENT — ArabBible is a powerful and innovative software tool, designed to help English-speaking missionaries interactively learn the Classical Arabic of the New Testament. Delivered on CD-ROM, there are more than 50,000 definitions so far, with complete grammatical explanations of every single word in the Gospels! Just click on a word, and you’ll find a wealth of information – not just a dictionary entry for that word, but contextual meaning and thorough grammatical help as well (something that even the best dictionary can never provide). A handy Back Translation helps the user to readily see the structure of the literal Arabic, and can immediately take the mystery out of a particular verse. A Smart-Search Concordance provides a much more comprehensive and revealing search than a typical word-search function, and the Root Analyzer will help you discover, learn and retain entire word families. Another exciting feature of ArabBible is its ability to recite the verse out loud, as read by a native Arabic speaker. You can even slow the speaker’s voice down by 25%, thanks to some high-tech software used in the development of ArabBible! ArabBible can also recite an entire chapter back to you for review. Check out our website at http://www.ArabBible.com and order it online today, or email contact at ArabBible dot com (replace “at” with @ and “dot” with . and remove the spaces) for more details.

  13. BACKUP TO REMOVEABLE MEDIA? — Thanks to Brad, who reminded us this past week of the importance of backing up to some kind of removable media. If the external hard drive sits by the laptop and they both burn up in a house fire, we’d better have something stored offsite! :-) You can use external drives, as long as you store one offsite or at a different location. Today, 80GB drives start in the $130 range, although prices climb with storage capacity. Brad recommended some form of removable media, like 1.4MB floppy disks, high-capacity disk formats like the Zip drive and or the new Rev Drive, which holds 35 gigs on a small cartridge. (These Rev drives might actually be the best choice of all on the current market.) You can also use CD-ROM and DVD drives. CDs have enough space for about 600MB of data; DVDs can hold more than 4GB. Both are economical solutions for backing up large amounts of data for easy storage off-site, as long as you’re there to swap disks. Finally, you do Web-based applications like TOP PRODUCER 7i. You can lease space on remote servers for a subscription fee that starts at as little as $9.95 per month for 500MB of storage. Providers include Xdrive, Connected Corp., and My Docs Online. Finally, you can use simple email. Just attach a file to an e-mail message, and send it to yourself. Then you can open and save the attachment on another computer or store it online on the server of a Web-based e-mail account like Yahoo! Mail. But before you count on a Web-based e-mail service as your principal source of backup, find out how much storage capacity you are allowed and how often the service purges old messages.

20040222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS
  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS
  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE
  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION
  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE
  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR
  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO
  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES
  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE?
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates — and Help Brigada! Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html We just received a sponsorship payment of $71.35 from these folks… and it’s a direct result of Brigada readers using this service for their long distance needs. So contrary to some of the other deals about which you might have heard, this one is actually producing results — and it doesn’t cost you anything extra to use them. In fact, you might actually *save* money on your long distance! Thanks for your partnership!

  2. BIBLE STUDY SERIES FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAMS — “Time Out” is the title of a series of specialized Bible study materials available for short-term mission groups to use both before and during their time overseas. A copy of all 15 studies is available for a one-time payment of £25 (around U$S45). You can then use them as many times as you like. The ‘Time Out’ studies are now available to purchase and download online so you can access them instantly from wherever you are. A sample study is even provided for free! The notes are available in pdf format or rtf format so that you can adapt them and customize them as you wish. All Tony asks is that you attribute them to him somewhere in what is produced! To sample, purchase and download the ‘Time Out’ studies, see http://www.oscar.org.uk/timeout.htm

  3. IDAHO WILDERNESS RETREAT FOR CHRISTIAN WORKERS — Allison Ranch is a private retreat on the Salmon River in Idaho wilderness for full-time Christian workers. Guests arrive at the Ranch by chartered plane to be greeted by hosts in charge of any needs including all meals in the main lodge. Hiking, fishing, swimming or sunning on the sandy beaches are a few amenities to be enjoyed. Elk and deer graze on a mountain meadow outside each cabin. All the comforts of home are available without the intrusion of the outside world. All of this is made available at cost to the Foundation, short of a $200 deposit. Our website is http://www.replace.com/allison Contact Judy at 208-377-3005 for more information.

  4. YOUR DESTINY, YOUR CHOICE WEBSITE — Prayer Australia has recently launched a new website – a seeker-friendly, cartoon gospel presentation. This unique website is designed for non-Christians, so that Christians can either email their non-Christian friends or give them a business card to inform them of the web site. Check out http://www.yourdestinyyourchoice.org Prayer Australia would also like to produce the website in other languages. This would allow the gospel presentation in people’s native language to be emailed all around the world. If you would like to have the website in your language or any further information, email prayeraustraliaatydycdotorg

  5. IKOBO VISA CARD IS A GREAT SOLUTION — We continue to be impressed with the iKobo ATM/Visa card service. Among other things, you can give someone a Visa card even when they couldn’t normally qualify. And if you use this link to sign up, iKobo donates $10 to Brigada for our Brigada Secretary: https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

  6. GREAT COMMISSION SEARCH ENGINE — Here’s a search engine with a missions slant: http://www.christianmissions.net Find mission stories on your town (thanks for the tip, Guy!), search for that hard-to-find organization, or just browse to enlarge your worldview! It’s the “Google of Christian Missions!”

  7. GET HANDS-ON HELP ON HELPING THE POOR — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. Reserve your place now at a live training event (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11). Sign up now for a May 12, E-mail based, distance learning class. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or phone 706- 419-1805.

  8. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR AT MISSIONFEST TORONTO — Canadian Tentmaker Network and GLOBAL Opportunities are excited to announce a first ever full tentmaking seminar at a MissionFest Saturday, March 13th at Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd.

    Feel free to take in one or all four sessions of this fast paced informative seminar. Hear seminars on “Why tentmaking?,” “How to find a job in the international job market,” “Workplace Evangelism,” “Your steps to getting there and being effective in ministry.” For more information and to register, please visit their website at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar

    Both GO and CTN are also looking for former tentmakers to volunteer their services as part of a virtual team. Your skills could be used to mentor new tentmakers, run seminars, speak at events and to help get the word out on today’s tentmaking missions. Contact them at connectatglobaloppsdotorg or infoattentmakingdotorg


  9. HOW DO WE CONNECT WORKERS/OPPORTUNITIES — We continue to wonder how in the world we connect opportunities and workers. For example, here’s a guy named Jonathan in Fiji who is seeking help with computer problems in a small Bible College computer lab. Now … surely *somewhere* in the world, there are some tech-types that would love a great excuse to visit Fiji once a year. :-) The machines are 7-year-old Macintoshes running mainly MS Word. They have very few problems but when problems come, local troubleshooting help is very limited and web access and phone support quite expensive. Is there a MS Word expert out there who could consult by e-mail and research solutions for problems a few times per year – and maybe visit to get a face-to-face relationship going.. and do hands-on training, as needed? If so, please e-mail to jonathanatkannerdotcom . And the bigger question is… where does a guy like Jonathan go to find workers for this need? We *do* have the Brigada-opportunities group. But maybe it’s fast-becoming obsolete. Ideas?

  10. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemkeatcsdotcom

  11. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic April 30-May 1! Register by April 1st and save $50. 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. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_apr2004.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  12. LOOKING FOR A DAILY RATE FOR HEALTH INSURANCE? — Have you wanted to get insurance for a short-term mission trip, but hated having to pay for extra days that you are not out of the country? If so, Insurance Services of America has a solution! They now have short-term coverage for individuals, on a daily basis with rates as low as $1.13 per day! Coverage is easy to obtain. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at <healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom>

20040104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR
  2. OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS
  3. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  4. RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED
  5. WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES?
  6. NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES?
  7. MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES
  8. FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT?
  9. A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING
  10. VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  11. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  12. TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES
  13. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
  15. NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE
  16. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
  17. ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY?
  18. THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III?
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  • SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR — Thanks to the sponsors that have paved the way into the new Brigada year! The anonymous sponsor that gives $10/month regularly, using the new “Subscribe” feature that he asked for, was back at it again this past week. (Thanks!) Thanks, too, to Info. & Learning Systems Int’l, producers of the “Countries & Peoples of the World” CD, who sent $461.25 more to express their appreciation for Brigada readers who have purchased the product. Yahooo! :-) And hats off to the anonymous couple in N. IN ($50!), the Irving Bible Church (also $50), the anonymous couple with Young Life Europe ($100)!!! We appreciate your help! Please consider joining these and others sponsors at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html You’ll see one button for “Donate” (any amount, one-time), and another for “Subscribe” ($10/mo). These great sponsors help us get Brigada out the door and to your screen each weekend! (If you help the new Brigada Secretary, then she’ll help keep me on time. :-) Also, please remember, once we make our goal for the year [$16,021], we will no longer ask for sponsors.)

  • OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS — Remember Mark, the guy that wanted to track down some options for creating simple missions displays? Well guess what: he followed through! To view his full report, click here. (Thanks Mark!)

  • RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 100 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relationship with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 2-4, 2004 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com or email missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom or phone 1-800-366-6641.

  • RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED — It turns out that Interdev might not totally disappear after all. I heard this past week from a former Interdev Central Asia Team member that maybe she wouldn’t end up being a “former”! :-) She wrote, “The ministry will carry on, even though some formal office spaces have closed in USA, UK, and India. We still have offices—they’re just … in our homes, garages, or church corners. … The functions needed by Interdev Partnership Associates will inform the structure, and we will begin as a decentralized group, committed by covenant with one another, founded on our relationships, connected through a facilitation team! Rather than one central INTERDEV organization, INTERDEV Partnership Associates connects 16 Partnership Advisors, basing from 10 organizations, dispersed regionally across India, Indonesia, Africa, Philippines, USA, Canada, and UK!” Sounds great! Bravo to those forging on!

  • WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES? — Here’s a Brigada reader desperate to learn more about organizations and missions that minister and encourage missionaries around the world and in their home country. Would you write Felicia feliciabucatearthlinkdotnet with information on the group, what they do and offer, how long they have been ministering and any links that would prove helpful? She wrote, “Many churches and individuals are interested in ‘ministering to the ministers’, so they’d like to know who is already doing it and how well they are doing it. Individual organizations and groups within missions or any other ideas are welcome.”

  • NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES? — Check out http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php You can do all the following:
  • Get a complete picture of the unreached peoples and the unfinished task of the Great Commission.
  • View all people groups for any country.
  • View all countries for any specific people group.
  • View a people profile for any people group on the planet.
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Affinity Blocs and People Clusters
  • Download free of charge a complete MS Access application and data for viewing data from numerous perspectives.
  • Download Joshua Project data in various formats or an up-to-date Powerpoint presentation on the status of World Evangelization.
  • Find specific ministry tool availability by unique linking into other sites
  • Submit updates such as: your ministry activity commitments, statistical updates (they want to hear about the errors!), URLs of other people profiles and more.
  • See a global summary and interesting people group facts.
  • Try various unreached peoples queries
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Church Planting Progress Indicator
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions such as “Why the jump from 1,600 to 6,300 unreached peoples?”, “Why are there so many different people group numbers in the mission community?” and “Where else on the web can I find unreached peoples data?”

    Get it all at Joshua Project.net!


  • MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University offers a Masters in Social Science (with an emphasis in Servant Leadership) in the Philippines! The cost is 1/3 of on-campus prices. Fly to the Philippines and pay less for your flight and your courses than you would pay on campus for the same courses! 4 courses are taught each summer (June). For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph, Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City, 1154, Philippines. 632-658-3807

  • FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT? — A recent Brigada item recommended purchasing licenses for Microsoft software through http://www.1computerbargains.com They are one source for the open charity licenses from Microsoft. A contact from one mission agency, however, has stated that their licenses can be used in the home office but not by their missionaries serving around the world. (They cited a Microsoft policy says that a license cannot be used by affiliates outside of North American. See http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/open/opencharity_faq.asp ) The same mission would love to know if Microsoft has indicated that missionaries working out from a USA office may use these licenses in spite of the policy wording. If you have info. on this, write Lester semdeanataiiasdotedu and he’ll report back to us in 2 weeks. (Thanks Lester!)

  • A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING — Most leaders want to mentor others but often don’t know where to begin. “Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships,” by Phillip Jeske, is a model that is designed to help someone intentionally mentor others. This 12 chapter, 250-page manual (printed or as PDF) is not only has an introduction to mentoring but also a tool with which to walk through key personal and leadership issues with someone else. Partnerships are also possible to translate the materials into other languages (currently English & German). For more info check out http://www.icmeurope.org/mentor.html or contact International Christian Ministries ICMcanadaatcsdotcom

  • VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Catch it Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2004, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Hundreds of agencies and tens of thousands of participants take part in the weekend. For more info check out http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — These unreached people can be found in central and southern Namibia in Africa. Among them is a young Nama mother who welcomed a presentation of the Gospel. She indicated a desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus. However, while surrounded by older Nama ladies who were unwilling to pray to receive Christ, she put off the decision. As she held her baby she explained that she is an unwed mother living with the father. In her mind she needs to “clean up” her life before accepting Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES — If you feel the Lord calling you into missions and would like to use TESOL as a tool, check out these two intensive classes of five weeks each this spring. April 19- May 21 is in Manila, and April 12 to May 14 is in Davao with a practicum to an unreached people group. For more information and applications contact Melody at kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or Box 1415 Quezon City 1154, Philippines, tel. 632-658-3807.

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Among this African group (in central and eastern Namibia) is a 50-year-old man who has lived in the small village of Okatjoruu, Namibia all his life was open to hearing the Gospel. He follows the tribal religion of the Herero in ancestor worship. When asked about going to heaven when he dies, he said that the “ancestors will keep” him. He resisted accepting Christ. He said that he was too old to change and preferred to go the same way as his ancestors in death – wherever that is. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for kingdom-minded people aged 18-30 who are interested in experiencing life on the mission field while being supervised by a long-term missionary. Placements are available in Eastern Europe and Asia, and last 3-9 months. Check out http://www.mup.org or email Pete PeteEatgatiwadotcom, or call(888) 895-4657 or (509) 483-4792

  • NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE — Winkie Pratney & Trevor Yaxley have teamed up their years of experience in evangelism and discipleship to produce “Ultimate Core”, an in-depth approach to discipleship designed for teens and twenty-somethings who want to experience and radiate the core of heart commitment to Christ. Covering topics from purity to spiritual gifts and evangelism, this is a great life manual for missions training centers. You’ll find more information and an excerpt at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, write ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 or dial (616) 676-9185.

  • SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — Catch this workshop in Toronto, March 22-26, 2004. It’s designed especially for missionaries and those in the local church who relate to missionaries on Home Assignments. This interactive workshop will increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216-page work book is provided covering such topics as: Loving Listening; Confronting effectively, Building Trust; Helping others Grieve Well; Managing Stress and much more. For more information contact Robert at missionprepatsympaticodotca

  • ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY? — It’s swelling. For example, in about a week or so, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary In Fort Worth, TX, will host the “2004 Consultation on Orality, Literacy & the Oral Bible.” It’s very significant here that this conference is being co-sponsored, so to speak, by Wycliffe, Campus Crusade, YWAM, and the Int’l Mission Board. (In sheer numbers, those 4 organizations probably represent the geocenter of evangelical mission outreach.) As I interviewed personnel from the Jesus Film and Wycliffe this past week, I couldn’t help but take note of the fact that interest in the Oral Bible is at an all-time high. See this page… http://www.oralbible.com/ for more information. The idea is that many of the world’s remaining unreached peoples value *oral* tradition, as much or more than written. As a result, these organizations (and now a dozen others, as well) are setting bold goals to produce and utilize recorded *stories*. (They’re using the IMB’s term: “Chronological Bible Storying.”) Watch this trend… and the growing interest in addressing it. For example, the 4- way partnership above has now embraced a common strategy and sending approach, as can be seen at http://www.bibleless.org/involved/epic.html

  • THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III? — Will it become Lausanne III? Only time will tell. You’ll probably recall the now-famous missions conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. There, Ralph Winter announced his outlandish suspicion that there were *thousands* of groups of people “hidden” from the gospel. Out of that consultation came a movement of people that later came to bear the name of the consultation’s venue: The Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization. I was just a junior in high school, so I didn’t make that one. But I definitely enjoyed Lausanne II in Manila, in 1989. At that conference, Ed Dayton made sure every participant understood our changing world, the complexities of reaching out to urban masses, and the hazards of modernity. Now I’m wondering how this fall’s conference in Thailand will shape up. Billed not as “Lausanne III”, but rather as 30 smaller conferences running simultaneously, I’m curious about how things will play out. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/chartdia.htm for a timeline chart of the “big picture” of Lausanne’s various meetings. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/issues.htm for a breakdown of the 30 issues. And http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/brochure.pdf is a summary brochure. On behalf of Brigada, I’m supposed to participate in Issue #6, “Those who have never heard the name of Jesus.” Would you begin praying today for this conference, slated for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2004 (in Thailand)? Let’s ask God to act in this way:
    *** To reawaken His global forces to bold new steps for those who remain untold
    *** To speak in a resounding way through veteran leaders, so that younger generation leaders will gain a clearer sense of purpose
    *** To stoke the fires of passion for today’s churches and agencies, so the fire of world evangelism won’t die down until we completely finish the task of world evangelism! Thanks!!! Doug

20030330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20030309 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE
  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK
  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS
  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT
  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS
  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION
  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM?
  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES
  10. UNHINDERED 2003
  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY?
  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN
  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES
  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS
  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FOUR-WEEK CROSS-CULTURAL PREPAREDNESS INTENSIVE — Designed to equip the missionary with the skills necessary for effective and enduring cross-cultural ministry, this course covers Becoming a student of culture (research required); Entering and beginning a cross-cultural ministry; Discovering existing social structure—systems of relationships and processes; Developing ministry plans based on cultural understanding; Transition process; Culture shock; Realistic expectations; Marriage/single/family preparedness; TCK identity and issues; Practical mechanics of getting to the field; Development of appropriate interpersonal skills, including listening skills, building trust, problem solving, coping with crisis and suffering; Conflict and confrontation skills; and Dynamics of effective teams and team leaders. Dates for the course are May 28-June 20, 2003 at the Center for Intercultural Training campus in North Carolina. For more info email <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or log on at http://www.cit-online.org. </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  2. TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California is praising God for the growing number of churches observing a “Talking Bible Sunday.” Visually impaired people love these Talking Bibles when reading has become difficult. In USA Talking Bibles are available in English, NIV and KJV and in Spanish. The cost of the Talking Bible is $49.95. (includes shipping). Readers are invited to contact ASI’s Talking Bible Project at 1-800-318-7252.

  3. CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY NETWORK — Thanks to Christian innkeepers, more than 400 bed and breakfast inns now provide rooms and suites for pastors and missionaries at substantially reduced rates. These inns are located in all 50 states, Canada, England, Honduras, Nicaragua, Thailand and the US Virgin Islands. Each inn offers a minimum of 25% discount to full-time Christian workers. Many innkeepers offer substantially greater discounts. These innkeepers, members of the newly-formed Christian Hospitality Network, recognize the challenges of full-time Christian service and seek to be an encouragement. They invite you to visit their website at: http://www.christianhospitalitynetwork.org .

  4. CIRCUIT RIDERS — This is an invitation to join the mailing list of the international Circuit Riders, a movement of professional and volunteer non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental (NGO) technology assistance providers. A Circuit Rider is someone who provides technology assistance to the nonprofit sector. The help a Rider gives varies from helping to set up a local area network (LAN) to coaching an Executive Director to advocate for technology funding to the board. Part technology cheerleader, evangelist and skilled technologist, Riders come in many forms. In some cases foundations fund several Riders to service their grantees. Riders sometimes are housed within existing technology support provider organizations. Many Riders operate as independent consultants and in some cases a community of nonprofits might pool resources and hire a Rider. The circuit riding community grew out of the U.S. progressive social change and environmental movements, as well as other technology assistance efforts. The Riders hold an annual conference, The Round-Up, and also currently engage in a strategic planning process to determine some coordinated future actions. If the above sounds like the work you do, they’d love you to join. Information on subscribing to their mailing list is at: http://npogroups.org/lists/info/riders

  5. GETAWAY WILDERNESS RETREAT — The “near-wilderness” cabin in the Pike National Forest, 30 minutes from Colorado Springs, is ten minute’s hike from the ranch house of Windmill Meadow Ranch. Originally a family project as a fort for the grandsons, this hand-hewn log cabin is in a beautiful, very quiet section of the property away from lights and any civilized noised except for the occasional over-flying airplane. Ambition got the better of grandpa who’s turned it to a getaway perfect for the pastor, missionary or worker (including couples) who needs to write, reflect, get in touch or just (really !) get away. It’s the hike-in, rustic, dirt-floor, self-support version of the “Elegance and the Wild West” B&B cabin for missionaries on the ranch. No charge, thanks to the courtesy of the owner, <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>. </johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  6. APOLOGIES TO NETSCAPERS — Our apologies to those using Netscape. We understand there are formatting problems for Netscape users at our website. We’ll be studying the issues and seeking solutions.

  7. A FREE EZINE ON MISSIONS RESEARCH AND INFORMATION — Jaffarian’s Missions Research Ezine is a monthly publication by Michael Jaffarian, who is an Associate Research Editor for the World Christian Encyclopedia, a contributor to Operation World, and the Research Coordinator for CBInternational. It includes facts and quotes, informal book reviews, corrections of misinformation, and a few things (like informal film reviews) just for fun. Missions mobilizers, scholars, and executives often ask Michael questions about missions statistics, information, and ideas, and some of his better answers show up in this ezine. The most recent issue includes his article, “So is the American Missions Movement Growing or Not?” To subscribe, simply write <michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet> and ask to be put on “the ezine list”. </michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet>

  8. THE BEST LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM? — A worldwide media ministry with a strong missions emphasis is looking for proven leadership development materials or curricula that can be used successfully among diverse groups and cultures. Many such programs authored in North America lack cross-cultural understanding and/or application. This ministry needs something that will resonate with people from European, Asian, Caribbean, and Latin American backgrounds, among others. If you know of and can recommend titles of resources, materials or curricula that fit the bill, let Mark know at <markbatbacktothebibledotorg> . We’ll ask Mark to report back to us once he’s done. </markbatbacktothebibledotorg>

  9. VIDEO PRODUCTION SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a ten-year veteran of television production offering services to help missionaries generate awareness and raise funds through the use of video and multimedia. He’s got experience in Spain, North Africa, and Honduras working for missionaries, and a complete DV camera package with editing and a desire to honor God with exceptional productions. Contact Rodney, MullMan Pictures, 770.385.7085 (USA) or <ironmullataoldotcom>. </ironmullataoldotcom>

  10. UNHINDERED 2003 — Antioch Network is sponsoring “Unhindered 2003” this June 25-29 in Frisco, Colorado. This event is specifically aimed at bringing together young adults from around the world who have a common passion of seeing the world evangelized, and churches planted among the unreached peoples and cities of the world. This is not a conference for the lukewarm or the faint-hearted, but for those desiring God’s very best in their lives. Prayerfully consider joining us this summer in the Colorado Rockies for this special event. For more information, including registration information, check out the website http://www.unhindered2003.com or write <infoatunhindered2003dotcom>. </infoatunhindered2003dotcom>

  11. STOPPED BY “WORLDCHRISTIANS.ORG” SITE LATELY? — The site’s director wrote this past week, “Interestingly for every 1 e-mail contact and hit we have from the English speaking world we have at least 25 from the Spanish speaking world, and the Francophone world which we have just begun to serve is already at almost the same level of interest as the English speaking world. Most of the French speaking interest is from African nations and sadly not from Europe which is our least fruitful area, especially our own United Kingdom.” Telling, to say the least. He added, “As you were the original launch vehicle of our World Christian news and training pages three years ago, you’ll be interested to know we just passed 2,000,000 hits this week! Well done, World Christians!

  12. WEB TRICKS, BY DAN — Thanks to Dan, who sent in this note… ” For example, if you wanted to know all the other sites that link to the Brigada site, go to www.google.com . Type in the search box “link:www.brigada.org” (without the quotes). Click search. For the Brigada site it shows that there are about 403 hits. Some of the hits are on the Brigada site itself so have to be discounted, but it lets you see who has linked to your site. Can be done for any site by changing the URL in the Google search box. Another trick that saves lots of typing in IE is just entering “google” or “cnn” or “usatoday” in the IE address / URL box. Pressing Ctrl+Enter adds the “http://www.” at the beginning and the “.com” a the end and takes you to the appropriate site. I have not found a combination that does this for .org or .net addresses.” Thanks Dan!

  13. LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES — Are there large-scale microenterprise development providers in your area, but you don’t know how to work with them? Is there a benefit for the people you minister to if you could learn how to do this? Following is just one of the courses we are offering in May 2003: Partnering with Large-Scale Microenterprise Development Providers: Many churches and missionaries are located in regions in which there are large-scale, microenterprise development programs operated by Christian and secular agencies. The presence of such organizations provides the potential for effective partnership. However, such partnership does not happen automatically and is often inhibited by lack of mutual respect and understanding between the partners. This course is designed to help churches and missionaries in the Two-Thirds World to understand large-scale providers in order to foster more effective partnerships.

    Enter the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. This training opportunity will give you the tools you need to minister effectively to the poor in Christ’s name. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.chalmers.org, e-mail us at <cediatcovenantdotcom>, or call us at 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotcom>


  14. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINARS — Global Opportunities tentmaking seminars are attracting record numbers of people. GO and find out why, at their next seminars in Knoxville TN, Minneapolis MN, Sidney BC Canada and their first ever tentmaking course in Europe. Check their website for additional seminars and courses as well as a wealth of resources on tentmaking including free download of the tentmaking journal GO World. GO reports that up to 30% of those attending their seminars and courses first find out about them from Brigada! http://www.globalopps.org/ or email Ari at <infoatglobaloppsdotorg>. </infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

  15. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM –- Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five week intensive TESOL course in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines taught by experienced American instructors and includes a teaching practicum. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2002. The cost is only $370 US dollars, this includes 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P8,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Sam or Melody at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

20030202 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL
  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10
  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO
  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY
  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES
  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS?
  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS?
  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST
  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD
  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003
  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL?
  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS?
  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW
  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST
  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’
  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT
  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR?
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL — Organizers continue to fine-tune the “new tool” we mentioned in “NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS” (Jan 17 and Jan. 24th Brigada Today). They want to have 1000 copies of the CD dubbed by March 1st so they’ll be able to ship immediately. Stay tuned to Brigada Today to learn more about the product, as well as how to get special Brigada Pricing during it’s introduction to the Brigada audience. The most recent addition to the CD? They’ve now added every digital copy of a *very* well known missiology magazine. You’re going to like this one! :-)

  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10 — Thanks to all those who continue to promote Brigada Today among their constituencies, members, family and friends. Remember, it’s incredibly easy to sign up. Just send a blank email to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotorg Thanks! In case anyone asks, since January 25, 1995, not a single email address or identity has been divulged to any outsider. What’s more, we pledge to never sell your address at any point in the future! We’re now up to 13,007 total subscribers (with about 5,000 addresses bouncing on any given week).

  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO — Here’s a Brigada friend and business missionary making a luxury cabin on his ranch available again this year for missionaries and pastors and their kind. He does have a suggested small maintenance donation, but even it goes into the ministry. A former B&B, it was described as “Elegance and the Wild West.” For the author, philosopher, meditator, recluse, or the very poor, he offers a hand-hewn “survival cabin” in a very quiet place away from it all at no charge…UNelegance and the Really Wild West.” Inquire of <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz> or <carolynatglobal-ddotbiz>. </carolynatglobal-ddotbiz></johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will be leading another Christian comics seminar in Mexico on March 21-23, 9:30am to 6:00pm, hosted by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX). This is their only comics training scheduled for the Americas in 2003. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. An average course includes such sessions as Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, and Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist Nate Butler and Mexican illustrator Eric Olarte, with Canadian cartoonist Todd Byers as a teaching assistant. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at <ccmprismaataoldotcom>. You may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <comix35atcomix35dotorg>. </comix35atcomix35dotorg></ccmprismaataoldotcom>

  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted by The Evangelical Free Church Mission will be held near Minneapolis, Minnesota April 13-18, 2003. Contact Gene <gfvandenboschatefcadotorg> for information. Or, if you prefer, log on at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></gfvandenboschatefcadotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES — Does anyone have any experience of providing TESOL training for missionaries who have English as a second or third language themselves? If so, the workers at a Melanesian Centre for World Missions in Papua New Guinea would like to know. They pledge to collate it for anyone interested. Write to <mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>. </mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>

  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS? — Does ‘Meology rather than Theology’ cloud your mission vision? ACMC’s (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) Bob Sjogren & Dr. Gerald Robison base their new book Cat & Dog Theology on a simple joke about the differences between a cat and a dog. This joke shows us the difference between “us living for God,” versus “God living for us!”, pointing us to our call to see God’s heart for all nations from Genesis to Revelation. Cat & Dog Theology retails for $9.99, but Brigada readers can get a discounted price of $7.99, or if you prefer, contact them for bulk or wholesale pricing. If you want special Brigada pricing, refer to quote BRI03 when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706-554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS? — Now you can get the “skinny” by heading on over to N-TEN’s recent survey report, “Nonprofits, NTAPs, and Information Technology,” prepared by Paul-Brien McInerney. Check out the 2-page Executive Summary or the complete 18- page report at http://www.nten.org/reports . (Thanks Ed!)

  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST — Finishers Project is hosting a Regional Finishers Forum in the Phoenix Area, Arizona March 7-8. Combined conferences by ACMC/Finishers Project are slated for San Diego, Feb 28-Mar 1; Pasadena (LA Area) March 28-29; and in Northern California (Sacramento) April 4-5. These are safe places to explore options and opportunties for you and your church in missions. Do not live in the West? You can have your own mission conference on line at http://www.finishers.org to receive a shopping cart of organizations that can use you with your unique set of interests and skills as an individual or couple. Not on the web? Email officeatfinishersdotorg for brochures.

  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD — Order your copy today of this 53 lesson, book by book overview of the entire Bible, written by George Hammett, missionary to Africa. These lessons were originally designed as Sunday School material, but can easily be adapted for use with a discipleship program, or a group Bible study. Each lesson contains an introduction, detailed outline, and discussion questions at the end. The lessons are in .pdf format, and there is also a free copy of Acrobat Reader contained on the cd. To order visit http://www.baptist-books.com or send an e-mail to <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>. The price is $10, plus shipping and handling. </bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>

  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a great skill with which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. Get enough training in seven days to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or e-mail <dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>. </dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>

  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003 — The Kazakh Consultation 2003 will be hosted by Christian Fellowship Church, Evansville, Indiana this year. The dates are May 1 – May 3, 2003. Visit the website at http://www.k-consult.org to register and/or request information. If you are interested in hosting a table with your ministry and/or related book and tape display space is still available. Every effort will be made to accommodate you.

  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL? — Look no further than GRC at: http://www.grcomputing.net/netsweeper.html They might just have everything you need.

  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS? — If so, an organization in Germany would like to find out about it. Email them at: <106370dot3020atcompuservedotcom>. (If you’re concerned about security, forward your information to someone in the clear and have them relay it on to the Germany email address.) The ultimate goal for this quest is to create apologetic videos that scratch an itch where one doesn’t exist, so this German group is trying to get an idea of what exists so far. Thanks!

  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW — Capacity crowds met at Canada Place on January 31 – February 2nd. A 3-day estimated aggregate of 35,000 attended the 6 plenary sessions, 6 youth rallies, the 98 seminars, and visited the 230 mission exhibits. Featured speakers were Tony Campolo, Judy Mbugua, Ron Pearce, Ross Hastings and Rick Love. Web site: http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST — Impact teenagers internationally. Speak on a topic related to your profession at student assemblies in four public and private high schools a day for one week in a Latin American city. Spanish language would be an asset, but interpreters will be provided. Some media materials are available for speakers. Sample topics include Teens at Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Be Aware of Abuse; The Value of Life (cloning, abortion, euthenasia, etc.); Drug Abuse; Teen Anger Management; etc. A hispanic youth evangelist will make a moral, ethical and spiritual application after you speak. On average 340 students respond to surrender their lives to Christ in four days and are counseled by the local host church. Proclaim International, Inc. is conservative in doctrine and relationships, and has offered this service to high schools and local host churches for five years. If you’re interested, contact John via tel. (561) 394-9808 or email <proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom> or log on at: http://www.borderstone.com/proclaim . </proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom>

  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’ — Lifting the Veil, the newest book by Dr. Phil Parshall & Julie Parshall has just been released by Gabriel Publishing. Having worked and lived in Muslim Bangladesh & the Philippines for the past 4 decades, Phil & Julie understand the issues, heartaches, and dangers facing Muslim women today. They bring a sensitive perspective to this thoughtful, sobering book that examines the controversy of female circumcision and proof of virginity, the heartache of arranged marriages, divorce, polygamy, ands the status of women living in a male-dominated world. This book will not provide you with easy answers, but will prompt you to begin praying for these “daughters of Ishmael” and give you sensitive awareness to life beyond the veil. Lifting the Veil retails for $12.99. Brigada readers get a 20% discounted price $10.39, just by asking for it. Or, ask for bulk or wholesale pricing. Just tell them “Quote BRI03” when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706- 554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT — For those of you who want to reach the many immigrants in the US, a national worker’s conference will take place May 1-3 at Minneapolis/St Paul, MN. For conference details see: http://www.ethnic-america.net/ .

  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR? -– “Serve” needs you to present opportunities for short and long term missions to churches with the recruitment of volunteers as the goal. The short term missions include evangelism, construction, maintenance, food service and much more. Work in your home state or country serving as Serve’s voice where you can do the most good—in familiar territory. This year is the 10th anniversary of sending volunteers, teams and individuals, to countries in Central and South America, Africa, and Alaska, USA. The focus is on retired persons but all ages have gone on these projects from high schoolers through grandparents. Experienced team leaders to help as you get started. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom> or log on at http://www.serve-intl.org . </tlcatgatetekdotcom>

20021110 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE MOST POPULAR EMAIL SCAM OF ALL TIME?
  2. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS AND ITS LONG-TERM IMPACT
  3. “INTO ALL THE WORLD” READY FOR SHIPPING TO ALL THE WORLD
  4. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS
  5. SEEDBED: PROMOTING AND NURTURING INNOVATION IN MISSION
  6. COURSES IN ISLAM
  7. CATCH A VISION FOR TRANSLATION
  8. GLOBAL MISSIONS 2003 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
  9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THE MOST POPULAR EMAIL SCAM OF ALL TIME? — Perhaps now the most pervasive email scam of all time, the “Can-I-transfer-a-million-into- your-account?” email campaign continues. It has seemingly gotten the attention of just about everybody, including the Federal Government of Nigeria itself. Check out the Central Bank of Nigeria’s recommendations at: http://nopa.net/Useful_Information/419/cbn.html. Perhaps they say it best: “If it sounds too good to be true then it is [probably] not true.” :-) Search Google for the quote “Nigeria Scam” and you’ll see hundreds and hundreds of pages trying to warn us all. Yet dutifully, the scam artists around the world (certainly not only in Nigeria) continue to pump out the emails, giving Nigeria a bad name along the way. We apologize, on behalf of the whole Internet community, for calling this scam the “Nigeria scam alert”. Please forgive us — Brother Udemba and others who might have been insulted for our “catch- all phrase” of “Nigerian scam alert.” It’s a disservice to all the good people of a wonderful African nation. This is not the first time that someone’s good reputation suffered because of the dirty deeds of an unwholesome few. The Snopes urban legends site has a great list of resources to help put an end to it all. See it at: http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/nigeria.htm

  2. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS AND ITS LONG-TERM IMPACT — Short term missions has the potential to change lives, churches and nations. The ServantPrep Seminar was developed by Mission Training International to prepare STM leaders as life-changing team trainers. This 3-day program develops the skills needed to understand the spiritual, personal, relational and cultural challenges and opportunities of STM experience. For more information on this intense, experiential, Scripture-packed seminar, read the article “Train That Team Well” in the current Short- Term Missions Today or contact Ray at <servantprepataoldotcom> or Greg at <commitatjunodotcom> about seminars currently scheduled for Juarez, MX (1/8-12/03); Appleton, WI (2/13-15/03) or Honolulu (3/20-22/03) or to host one for your community. </commitatjunodotcom></servantprepataoldotcom>

  3. “INTO ALL THE WORLD” READY FOR SHIPPING TO ALL THE WORLD — The brand-new, 2003/4 Edition of “Into All the World Magazine” is now available. This issue has a special feature (80 pages out of the 132 page issue) on “Short-Term Missions Today.” (You can go to http://www.aboutmissions.com to see a complete editorial outline of the 28 important articles.) Copies are available for just $2/copy for the first 20 copies ordered, and just $1/copy (plus modest S&H charges) for all copies over twenty. An invoice will be enclosed with your shipment. Request all the copies you can use. Send an e-mail to Bill Berry, Publisher, at <intomorecopiesataoldotcom>. </intomorecopiesataoldotcom>

  4. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE FOR THE FULAS — SOON Ministries’ new evangelistic paper in the Pulaar language of West Africa is now available in PDF format, as well as free by post. The members of team are seeking additional language helpers and also anyone who might wish to adapt the material into other Fula dialects: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/booyataa.php

  5. SEEDBED: PROMOTING AND NURTURING INNOVATION IN MISSION — Seedbed has been set up to assist missionaries and mission agencies respond effectively to the extraordinary challenges facing Christian mission in our times. Many consider that the time is right to be more proactive in seeking out and encouraging creative new forms of mission that God is raising up across the world, and Seedbed is an attempt to turn this desire into reality. Visit the Seedbed website to find out more: http://www.seedbed.info or contact the Seedbed Coordinator <peteratseedbeddotinfo>. </peteratseedbeddotinfo>

  6. COURSES IN ISLAM — Columbia International University offers courses in Islam for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in a Muslim country, pastors in an area where there is a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work with Muslims: WINTERIM: Church Planting Among Resistant Peoples (Bailey), Jan. 6-17, 2003. SUMMER, 2003: Introduction to Islam (Johnson), July 7-11; Folk Islam (Cashin), July 14-18; Approaches to Islam (Joseph C.), July 21-25; Women in Islam (Maxwell), July 28-Aug. 1. EXTENSION: Introduction to Islam (Larson) and Women in Islam (Stacey) For more information, telephone (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 1-800-777-2227 Ext. 3325 or email <muslimstudiesatciudoteduu>. You can also apply on line http://www.ciu.edu . </muslimstudiesatciudoteduu>

  7. CATCH A VISION FOR TRANSLATION — This spring break, “total” it up in Tucson AZ, March 10-14, at the “Taste Of Translation And Linguistics” (“TOTAL”). This five-day course includes introductory classes on phonetics and phonology, grammar, language and culture learning, translation and semantics, as well as field reports, videos, and personal testimonies. Learn in a relaxed, informal setting with experienced SIL translators from many different countries and language projects. Devotions, prayer time and group living build meaningful relationships between staff and students. Housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and tasty ethnic dinners) are provided. Cost is $125 per person. Scholarships are available. For more info, write <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>. </wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>

  8. GLOBAL MISSIONS 2003 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE — Global Missions Fellowship (GMF), an evangelical ministry of church planting through saturation evangelism of communities worldwide, is holding its biannual International Conference in the Dallas area January 23-25, 2003. The Conference features speakers like Dr. James Draper, President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, the publishing agency of the Southern Baptist Convention. The conference worship times will be led by talented worship leaders, such as the nationally known Chris Machen, with more than two dozen unique workshops grouped into six ministry tracks, so that attendees can adapt their conference experience to their individual ministry needs. The conference will be held at the Harvey Hotel near Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Thursday through Saturday, January 23-25, 2003. Registrations are being taken online now at GMF’s website — http://www.gmf.org For more info, visit the site or call toll-free in the US or on Net2Phone, 1-800-5-I-CAN-GO.

  9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a long-term missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 100 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relationship with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. A number of these are being planned across the U.S. with the first being Feb. 28 – March 2 near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com or email <missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom>. </missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom>

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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20020714 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW FREE E-BOOK ON CELL GROUP STRATEGY
  2. NEW BOOK BY FORMER HINDU ON SHARING CHRIST WITH HINDUS
  3. TEACH ENGLISH IN JERUSALEM
  4. GET TO THE CORE OF THE BIBLE… IN THE HOLY LAND
  5. DO-IT-YOURSELF LIST SERVING
  6. HOW DO YOU MOBILIZE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS?
  7. BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES AT YOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE?
  8. AFFORDABLE SECURE WEBMAIL
  9. RETREAT AND “R&R” RESOURCES
  10. TRAVELING? LOOK UP A CLC!
  11. MUSIC MISSIONS RESEARCH
  12. MORE EASYENGLISH PSALMS
  13. IT”S GOOD TO “GO”
  14. ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR SPAM
  15. POP-UP KILLER KILLED, FOR NOW
  16. LOOKING FOR A MISSIONS PASTOR?
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW FREE E-BOOK ON CELL GROUP STRATEGY — Here’s a new e-book by Dr. Mikel Neumann, based on years of experience as a missionary, international seminar leader, and research. His experience in this vital area of ministry, recently gained him funding from the Billy Graham Center to study and write a separate book on home groups around the world. The e-book “Reaching Your City with Cell (Home) Groups” can be downloaded for FREE at http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  2. NEW BOOK BY FORMER HINDU ON SHARING CHRIST WITH HINDUS — Sharing Your Faith With a Hindu explains historical and contemporary Hindu customs, ritual practices, and intellectual obstacles to Christianity, and offers practical tips and tools on how to win Hindus to the Lord. The author, Madasamy Thirumalai, was raised a Hindu and became a believer in Jesus more than 20 years ago. He is a professor of world religions and an academic dean at Bethany College of Missions. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Special discounts are available for ministries who give away copies! Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order: <csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  >; tel. in the USA or via Net2phone 1-800-328-6109 or (952) 829-2079; USA FAX: 866-220-8376 or 952-829- 2503.

  3. TEACH ENGLISH IN JERUSALEM — Want to teach English in Jerusalem? You can! The dates are September 2 – 28, 2002. The cost is US $650.00 which includes tuition and textbooks. Accommodation excluding meals from 2nd to 28th September is just $150.00 per person. For further inquiries, special arrangements or considerations, write <TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  >.

  4. GET TO THE CORE OF THE BIBLE… IN THE HOLY LAND — Now you can study the “School of Biblical Studies Core Course (SBSCC)” in Jerusalem/Israel. It’s 3 months of focused Bible study that reveals the power of the Word of God to penetrate the heart, September 22nd – December 14th, 2002, in Jerusalem. Cost is US$ 2,295. For more information, log on at: http://www.sbscc.net Or write <sbsccatwindowministriesdotorg  (sbsccatwindowministriesdotorg)  >.

  5. DO-IT-YOURSELF LIST SERVING — Here’s a piece of software called Gammadyne Mailer that can be used to maintain email lists, e.g., send prayer updates with addresses from a newsletter list database. It does email merge, will update your existing database for email address errors, and even allows you to host discussion lists simply using your existing POP3 email box and connection to the web. Moderate technical skills are needed and, it’s apparently available only for those running Windows. Registration is US$130. For more information, see: http://www.gammadyne.com/mmail.htm or email: <gregwatgammadynedotcom  (gregwatgammadynedotcom)  > Granted… those with large lists would be overwhelmed by the number of emails coming in . . . and I suppose if you travel some (with your email shut down during your travel), this would not be a good solution.

  6. HOW DO YOU MOBILIZE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS? — Do you have information on Mobilizing/Exposure programs for universities? A professor at a Christian International University in South Korea would like information/leads on missions mobilization and/or exposure programs that have worked at other universities and/or churches. Because the university would like to start an extracurricular program to help mobilize and expose their international students to missions and they’re looking for ideas! Thanks! Please send replies to <joyceat123athotmaildotcom  (joyceat123athotmaildotcom)  >. She’ll compile a report for us to redistribute here on Brigada.

  7. BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES AT YOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE? — Maybe you’ve heard about the efforts to build connected digital libraries. Maybe you’re doing it to support digital learning from your Christian college or university! :-) Maybe you can read it via 2.5 G cell phones (and later 3G cell phones). If you’re tackling this challenge… and if you’re interested in brainstorming about how subscriptions could be underwritten by western churches, write Ed <editoratadrisdotorg  (editoratadrisdotorg)  >. See his newsletter at http://www.adris.org . He’ll compile a brief report for a future Brigada Today.

  8. AFFORDABLE SECURE WEBMAIL — Global Resources for Computing, (GRC) just rolled out its new SSL (Secure) Webmail service, an anonymous Webmail service for organizations operating in areas where higher than standard level of security for email is required. This new service will offer SSL Based Webmail, POP3(secure) and IMAP (secure) services. Contact GRC at 909-795-3877 for more information or email <infoatgrcomputingdotnet  (infoatgrcomputingdotnet)  > or log on at http://www.grcomputing.net/webmail.html

  9. RETREAT AND “R&R” RESOURCES — Jolene is compiling a list of R&R/retreat locations especially geared toward those in ministry (artists’ retreats, prayer retreats, personal-solitude-time alone with God locations, vacation spots). If you know of an available guest room, church’s missionary house or retreat location that caters to missionaries or Christian artists, let her know at <jowilsonatiowatelecomdotnet  (jowilsonatiowatelecomdotnet)  > . She will compile the results for an auto responder as well as post them on the internet. Please include as much information as possible (name, type of location, length of stay, what they offer, cost, contact information and URL).

  10. TRAVELING? LOOK UP A CLC! — Are you traveling somewhere this summer on vacation? Look up a Christian Literature Center, pick up something you can hand out to the folks you meet along the way, then prayerfully use your vacation trip for more than a vacation! Wendy did it. Check out the website for one of the stores she visited in Italy… http://www.clcitaly.com/live/home.php (Thanks Wendy!)

  11. MUSIC MISSIONS RESEARCH — Phil is researching the use of music in missions since 1987
    (http://gardner-webb.edu/intra/pperrin/musicinmissions.htm). If you (1) have personal experience that can be included, (2) would like to be included on his website list, (3) have need for musician volunteers to be posted on the website, (4) would like to volunteer for music mission projects, or (5) have resources to add to the resource page or any other corrections or additions, e-mail him at <pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu  (pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu)  > . He’ll send us a brief summary report later.

  12. MORE EASYENGLISH PSALMS — Book four (Ps 90 to 106) is now available from Wycliffe Associates’ web site – http://www.easyenglish.info . Further information may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo  (martinateasyenglishdotinfo)   >.

  13. IT”S GOOD TO “GO” – IT’S CRITICAL TO “GO PREPARED” — “GO Prepared” the “Essential” series is, according to the author, the only Short-Term videotape Training Series of it’s kind in the world today. These tapes are designed to complement the ministry of your local church or mission agency, and are a great training tool for the rookie as well as seasoned Short-Term missionaries. There are three tapes with two training sessions on each. Over three hours of valuable training by Internationally recognized Missions Leaders. Each session can be presented alone or be incorporated into your present training program. For more information contact Jim at <tcciattccidotorg  (tcciattccidotorg)  > or log on at http://www.tcci.org .

  14. ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR SPAM — Here’s another possible solution for getting rid of spam: http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020715TP-iHateSpam At least one Brigada participant says it works for him! (Thanks Phil!)

  15. POP-UP KILLER KILLED, FOR NOW — Those who tried to obtain the pop- up killer highlighted in our July 5th edition (“TIRED OF POP-UP ADS?”) met with a sad message that the pop-up killer software had, itself, been killed! The author has currently given up on publishing his product. But he’s also suggesting that someone else might take over the development. If you’re interested, don’t give up too soon. Check back at: http://software.xfx.net/utilities/popupkiller/ to find out what happens in this defy-death thriller! :-) ‘Course, James wants to let people know Netscape’s new Mozilla (and Netscape) browser can do this without requiring third-party software. Just go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Scripts & Plugins and change to your heart’s content. He usually disallowed webpages from “opening of unrequested windows”, “open link in a new window”, “move or resize existing windows” and “raise or lower windows”. Also, you can restrict animation to just once by changing Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Images. Sounds like a great feature! (Thanks James!)

  16. LOOKING FOR A MISSIONS PASTOR? — ACMC maintains a list of individuals seeking a missions pastor position and a list of U.S. churches seeking a missions pastor. To put your name or your church name on the list or to request a list send an email with appropriate contact information to <davidmaysatacmcdotorg  (davidmaysatacmcdotorg)  > .

20020623 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEED A TENTMAKING BUSINESS COACH?
  2. NEED A R&R STAY IN THE USA?
  3. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  4. CHINESE AUDIO BIBLE CD-ROM
  5. PLPSM TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE
  6. ELIMINATE POP-UP ADS
  7. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO PEOPLE IN BUDDHIST CONTEXTS
  8. NEW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (FREE!)
  9. ANOTHER OPTION FOR LIST-SERVES
  10. HOW TO BECOME A STUDENT OF CULTURE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEED A TENTMAKING BUSINESS COACH? — Global Dimensions is launching a business-as-missions model to serve missionaries and nationals in ministry leadership. It fits creative access, income, and “legitimate presence” needs. Owned and personally guided by an experienced pro committed to “marketplacing the Gospel,” Global Dimensions even has a “business-coaching-by-incubation-team” available. There are positions open for sales representative in each major (some minor) countries for a newly launched 3D imagery for security, phone, and bank cards. Tell <garyatglobal-ddotbiz> about your interest and qualifications/vision. </garyatglobal-ddotbiz>

  2. NEED A R&R STAY IN THE USA? — Here’s a business/rancher/missionary couple with a luxury cabin available on their ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Designed for ministry and missionary types needing a short getaway, they limit it for families with a maximum of two children. They request a very modest cost. For more information or reservations, write <carolynatoperatorservicesdotcom>. </carolynatoperatorservicesdotcom>

  3. CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course in Budapset, “Cross-Cultural Communication,” is scheduled for August 26 through September 6, 2002. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. 2003 Courses: Intro to Islam, January 6-17; Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  4. CHINESE AUDIO BIBLE CD-ROM — The Chinese Ministry at Lutheran Hour Ministries has just completed the “Chinese Audio Bible CD-ROM” which contains the standard Mandarin reading of the whole Bible in Chinese. The CD-ROM can be played on computers with browser software or MP3 compatible players. The table of contents will be displayed automatically when the CD is loaded so that readers can choose any book to listen to. To request a free copy, please visit the following link: http://www.luthasia.net/china/cbible.html or email your name and address to: <asianminatlhmintdotorg>. </asianminatlhmintdotorg>

  5. PLPSM TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE — Adams & Associates International (SM) has just released a new travel medical insurance plan called Partner Link Plan (PLP sm). This international travel medical plan offers coverage for short to intermediate term travelers (renewable for up to 3 years). Also, there is coverage for non-US citizens traveling outside of their country of citizenship. Emergency medical evacuation, repatriation or emergency reunion is not subject to any pre-existing condition exclusions and there is limited benefit provisions for the sudden recurrence of a pre-existing condition. Coverage is available for individuals or groups of 5 or more and on-line enrollment is available for individuals needing immediate coverage. For additional information, please contact Adams & Associates International at <aaiataaintldotcom> or visit their web-site at . A&AI has served the missionary community, exclusively since 1980. </aaiataaintldotcom>

  6. ELIMINATE POP-UP ADS — Want to get rid of pop-up ads all together? Just log on to: http://www.analogx.com/contents/download/network/pow.htm (Thanks David!)

  7. PREPARE FOR MINISTRY TO PEOPLE IN BUDDHIST CONTEXTS — The Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines is holding its first annual Institute of Buddhist Studies October 28-December 6, 2002. Two 3 week modules will be offered this year. One module serves as an introduction to Buddhism and the history of the Christian mission to Buddhists. The second, taught by Alex Smith, veteran missionary to Thailand and OMF Northwest Regional Director, focuses on contextualizing the Gospel message for people with Buddhist backgrounds. Both undergraduate or graduate credit are available through APTS. For a pre-application form and more details email <alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg> or APTS at <aptsatagmddotorg>; or you can call Alan in the USA at 425-277-9931 or APTS in the Philippines at 63-74-442-2779. </aptsatagmddotorg></alandotjohnsonatagmddotorg>

  8. NEW ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE (FREE!) — Want to get free antivirus software for free? Just log on at http://www.grisoft.com and follow the directions!

  9. ANOTHER OPTION FOR LIST-SERVES — Another option for those wanting to send group emails is to register for a site with Christian Web Host at: http://www.christianwebhost.com . For $19.00 per year and $8.95 (US dollars) per month any Christian individual or organization can get a website, web hosting, and list- serve and much more! Thanks to the Brigada reader who highly recommended them!

  10. HOW TO BECOME A STUDENT OF CULTURE — Here’s a three-week intensive designed to teach the missionary how to become a student of the culture to which he/she will be going, with the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in that cross-cultural context. The course moves beyond principles to skill development as the student learns how to discover the structure and organization necessary for successful ministry that already exist within the target culture and then to adapt their plans to these existing systems. The course is taught by Dr. Richard Lewis at the Center for Intercultural Training in NC from August 5-23, 2002. For more info contact <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or toll-free in the USA, 800.887.1786 or visit http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

20020310 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE
  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002
  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR
  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP
  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST
  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS
  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES
  8. FAITH TO FAITH
  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL
  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES
  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS
  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONNECT WITH UPG’S IN WESTERN EUROPE — Would you and your pals like to invest a summer reaching unreached peoples, but your parents and pastor have said no to most countries in the world, at least for awhile? How about lending a shoulder to a new church planting effort among Muslims in Western Europe? Caleb Project Europe is launching both Research and Discovery Teams this summer. They run May 29 to August 17 for Research Teams and July 1 to August 3 for the Discovery Teams. Applications are duhttp://www.calebproject.org/CPE/cpeSummer.asp

  2. INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S EXPO 2002 — Come get fired up about discipling kids deeper in the Word of God so they understand God’s heart for the world. From Thursday, April 11, through Saturday, April 13, sample from 50 different workshops presented at Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus. Ohio. Find the latest top-notch curriculum, creative crafts and add-on resources including giving project ideas and free catalogs. Also, on Saturday, April 13, from 8am – 12:15pm, children from Kindergarten to 6http://www.calebproject.org/ChildrensExpoRegister.asp or contact Jill <kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>, toll free 888-345-6276 or outside the USA 303-730-4170. </kidsmobilizationatcprojectdotcom>

  3. USING NARRATIVE IN MISSIONS: VOICES OF THE URBAN POOR — “Dispossessed” is a missions endeavor helping urban squatters in destitute poverty to share their stories, stories of need as well as healing in Christ. The project, which can be found at http://www.landtenure.com , is a great way to share with others what God is doing in our world’s cities. They’re seeking ministry partners who have an interest in urban missions, development, and praying for our urban centers. For more information, contact Mark <exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom> or call (608) 273-3171. </exlibrismarkatyahoodotcom>

  4. EXPERIENCE AN UNREACHED MUSLIM GROUP — Are you wondering whether or not God might be leading you into cross-cultural work? Would you like an experience to really see how you would do immersed in an unreached Muslim people group? Mission to Unreached Peoples summer has a 3 week and 6 week opportunities in Istanbul and Turkey designed especially for you to explore the possibilities and see what God is already doing, and how you might plug into His work. Please contact Jeff <mupinfoatmupdotorg> at Mihttp://www.mup.org/SummerOpp.htm for other summer opportunities. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  5. VISIT THE MIDDLE EAST — 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. The seminar will take place in Spain, April 1-20. For more information contact <infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>. </infoatceed-middleeastdotorg>

  6. EUROTRAIN: AN INNOVATIVE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG LEADERS — Top Flight Leadership is still accepting nominations to fill the last open spaces 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 shttp://www.ExperiencingLeadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership <eurotrainattopflightdotorg> or 817-568-2711. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

  7. LOOKING FOR BIBLE STUDIES — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for three English Bible Study series for 3 kinds of ESL students (from university, middle school, and elementary school). The students may or may not be Christian and are Korean. He’ll use any Bible Study using simple English with comprehension & discussion questions. Also, looking for English lessons using the Bible as a basis. These ESL lessons should teach students how to communicate in English but use the Bible as a basis (su

  8. FAITH TO FAITH – Face to Face Brothers and Sisters in Jesus You can now See and talk with a Christian friend across the city or a missionary on the other side of the world. Right on your own computer screen! You can even have a group video conference with 3 or 4 or more people at once. Meet new Christian friends from around the globe every day in our Christian video chat rooms. For personal use, church groups, prayer networks, para-church organizations, denominational leaders, and as a way to fe

  9. TRAINING IN TESOL/TEFL/TESL — Take Essentials of TESOL at Biola University (in southern California), July 8-26, 2002 for intensive, practical, and enjoyable training in how to teach English as a second or foreign language. The course includes a strong emphasis on being a Christian teacher among the unreached. There is also a practice teaching component. The certificate program costs $505 (with room and board for an additional $515). Check out http://www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm . For further information or an application, e-mail <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>. </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

  10. NEW JOURNAL ON MUSIC AND MISSIONS — A new journal is devoted to the multifaceted music and worship of God’s people around the world. “EthnoDoxology” is a key resource for people interested in cross-cultural Christian music communication, and indigenous worship (rural and urban). It is geared towards teachers, missionaries, students, libraries, national church leaders, and mission organizations. Articles in the first issue include “What is Christian in Music?”, a detailed case study of a Scriphttp://members.aol.com/ethnodox or write <ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>. </ethnodox1atnetscapedotnet>

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONARIES — Educational debt will not prevent you from serving the Lord without delay. Project MedSend will enable you to serve where you are called in a timely way. See http://www.medsend.org .

  12. EXPOSITION OF ROMANS – Now being offered by Grace Notes as a course leading to a certificate, this study deals verse-by-verse with each of the 433 verses of Romans. There are two ways to register: (1) at the Grace Notes web site: http://64.226.87.51 ; or (2) send an email to Warren Doud, <wdoudatbgadotcom>. There is no charge for Grace Notes courses. Remember to make your own decisions about doctrine. In other words, Brigada can’t be sure that Warren’s doctrines and yours would always be in agreem</wdoudatbgadotcom>

  13. MISSIONARY HOUSE AVAILABLE — Lexington Baptist Church of Lexington, SC, USA has an immediate opening in its missionary house. The house has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and is fully furnished. The missionary pays all long distance charges; the church pays all other utilities. If interested, please contact Todd <gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg> or call in the US (803) 359-4146. </gmcatlexingtonbaptistdotorg>

20020217 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) WANT INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS?
2) THE BEST OF MISSIONS-CRYPTOGRAPHY
3) TRAIN TO LEAD SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
4) TOOL UP TO HELP WITH ECONOMIC START-UPS
5) LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO TEACH ENGLISH?
6) OPTIONS FOR OUTREACH
7) SHARE YOUR WISDOM FOR FURLOUGH “DE-STRESSING”
8) COMMUNICATING BY DRAMA
9) LIGHT TO THE NATIONS
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) WANT INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS? — Check out the JPII download files and PDF peoples by country at…

http://www.joshuaproject.net/datacomplete.html

The Joshua Project II data are all on the web and have been recently refreshed. Thanks to Dan Scribner and the whole JPII team!… and to World Help for adopting them!

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2) THE BEST OF MISSIONS-CRYPTOGRAPHY — Here it is… everything you’ve always wanted to learn about missions cryptography but were afraid to ask. A while back, some loyal and faithful Brigada participants got together to discuss encryption and other related topics . . . and they just kept on meeting! Well here’s a compilation of a “best-of the dialog” over the last year+. Folks on the list have ok’d it for public distribution. Thanks to John Hanna for putting it together for us here! To get a copy, just send a message to <missions-cryptoatbrigadadotorg>. Be aware that the file is 136K.</missions-cryptoatbrigadadotorg>

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3) TRAIN TO LEAD SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS — There is still time to register 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. 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 350 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 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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4) TOOL UP TO HELP WITH ECONOMIC START-UPS — The Christian Economic Development Institute is coming, May 20-31, 2002. Be sure to register before April 8th for the lowest rate. 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. 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 the Chalmers Center at <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>.</chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

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5) LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO TEACH ENGLISH? — Look no further. The Church of the Brethren needs volunteer English teachers in the Dominican Republic. Any baptized, committed Christian can apply. For more information, please contact Dan <dmcfadden_gbatbrethrendotorg> or call </dmcfadden_gbatbrethrendotorg>

1-800-323-8039 or 1-847-742-5100.

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6) OPTIONS FOR OUTREACH — Want to reach out to orphans in China and Russia? Go short- or long-term. Help with children’s ministry, train childcare workers, be a physical or occupational therapist, or a special education teacher. Keep in mind, you’ll need to raise your own support. If interested, contact Jeff <mupinfoatmupdotorg> at Mission to Unreached Peoples to learn more about these opportunities. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151. Also see…</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

http://www.mup.org .

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7) SHARE YOUR WISDOM FOR FURLOUGH “DE-STRESSING” — Visiting family, friends, and supporters is a blessing and a “stressing” for young families. Young children don’t always remember life before the field and the constant moving, visiting, and being “on stage” is difficult – especially for those short 1-3 month furloughs. Can you share your wisdom and practical experience? Phil & his wife have two boys [age 4-6] and they need to reduce the anticipated stress of traveling and being in people’s homes. What are your good ways to make less obtrusive housing arrangements, saving money, scheduling visits & reports and connecting with people? How do you insure quality time with family and friends who have busy lives and maybe haven’t seen you in a long time? Send your responses to <philatlookforwarddotorg> and he’ll compile them and make them available in a few weeks. (Thanks Phil!)</philatlookforwarddotorg>

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8) COMMUNICATING BY DRAMA — The folks at ‘Dramashare’ are in the final stages of an exciting project, writing a manual on the use of non-verbal dramatic ministry in cross-cultural circumstances. This manual, “3C – Cross-Cultural Creativity” will cover what short-term missions teams need to understand about this type of outreach, preparation for the ministry, training required. They will also have many non-verbal scripts included in the manual.

They are looking for input from those who have experience in cross-cultural ministry, also from those looking for this kind of guidance, what specific information are you looking for? The more input they receive the greater the potential that the 3C program will have the greatest impact on your needs. Write to: contactusatdramasharedotorg .

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9) LIGHT TO THE NATIONS — Here are five days of intensive, high quality training for people interested in tentmaking. Understand tentmaking and get equipped to be effective. Topics include: Importance of tentmaking today, Biblical basis of tentmaking, Culture shock & how to deal with it, The international job market, Effective, sensitive evangelism, Leading investigative Bible studies, Bonding with the people, Spiritual warfare and disciplines, Church planting, Home church relationship, Healthy team relationships, Preparing for effectiveness, and Practical issues. You can choose from two courses in 2002: May 15-19 in Cary, NC October 16-20 in Pasadena, CA. Register at

http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/index.htm

Presented by Global Opportunities. <infoatglobaloppsdotorg> 626-398-2393.</infoatglobaloppsdotorg>

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