Security

4) Guidelines for Security on Social Networking Sites

reachglobalThanks much to ReachGlobal, who shared with us their guidelines for social networking sites. The author, their Dir. of Special Initiatives, was kind enough to grant us permission to publish it here as a seed for further thoughts on how to relate to Facebook. Thanks for your work, your unselfishness, and your willingness to help all of us grapple with these issues, Lindsay!

http://www.brigada.org/guidelines-for-social-networking

8) Ten Facebook Preferences to Change for More FB Security

facebook.gifAre you a Facebooker? If so, you’ll probably want to scan…

http://www.allfacebook.com/2009/02/facebook-privacy/

The author suggests 10 preferences that are significant for personal security. (I’d tell you who gave us this item, but then we’d be compromising his security. :-) ) Along with this, our informant suggested that we might want to advise folks *not* to use their primary email address as the Facebook point of contact. What’s your take? How secure are you? Please drop in a comment below, anonymous if you please, to let us know your own take on social networking sites like Facebook. Let’s build on our June 14th item and comments, found at:

http://www.brigada.org/2009/06/14_2274

Tell us what you think by leaving a comment there (at the June 14th item) or below.

8) How Would Your Church Or Mission Handle A Critical Incident?

An Illinois pastor was shot and killed, and two parishioners injured after an unknown gunman opened fire during Sunday services at the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill ON March 9th.

Read more at …
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,506820,00.html

Our heart goes out to them over their loss. Is your church ready for such an incident? Where do we get training to prepare for this kind of stuff? How do we make sure it isn’t so easy to repeat it? If you have a favorite resource for offering training, security for such incidents, or awareness coaching (or if you yourself offer such training), please pass the word by clicking on “Comment…” below and sharing your lead.

4) Learn How To Manage Crises And Field Security

CCI is offering two training seminars in April to assist those in the missions community with security and training needs. One, their Crisis Management Seminar, takes place April 23-25. It’s a three-day program that instructs on risk assessment, current threats and trends, policies, contingency planning and crisis management; it includes the EZRA risk assessment instruments. The other is a Field Security Seminar, April 27-29. It’s a three-day program that instructs on target hardening, profile management, disrupting the terrorism and attack cycles, managing violent encounters, convoys, checkpoints/ambushes and dealing with landmines, UXO and IEDs. These seminars will be held at the JAARS campus in Waxhaw, North Carolina. To register or get more information, please visit

http://www.cricon.org/

Got a comment on crisis seminars or other such resources? Click on Comment after this item on the web at…

1) Email Collaboration Solution Found!

Looking for a secure, collaborative email solution for your organization, ministry, or team? Remember the missionaries that asked for recommendations (see the 2008/09/2 edition:

http://www.brigada.org/2008/09/2-email-solution-needed.html

They ended up choosing a solution called Email Center Pro

http://www.emailcenterpro.com/

This solution is…
*** Secure (https encryption)
*** Allows collaboration among multiple user accounts
*** Has a template system to help them quickly answer repetitive questions
*** Helps with accountability by showing what has been assigned to whom
*** Has had super-fast customer service (that’s even tweaked a few things at the server level for their specific needs!)

And the best news is that Email Center Pro has created special pricing for non-profits (yay!) and is giving Brigada a gift for every new user this article generates! How big? 50% of first month’s payment and 15% of the user’s contract for *life*! Wow, that would be $13 every month for Premium accounts!

All you need to do to ensure your discount and generate the gift for Brigada is to sign up at this page:

http://www.emailcenterpro.com/pricing.php

and enter one of the following promotional codes when you for an account level:

BrigadaBasic
BrigadaStandard
BrigadaPremium

That’s it! From there, they take care of everything. (Thanks for any help that this generates for Brigada. If it does, we’ll show any and all donations here.)

4) Headed To A Sensitive Place? Check For Security Vulnerabilities

One of the best spots for checking your computer for vulnerabilities is Steve Gibson’s “Gibson Research Corporation.” It’s even better, in my opinion, than the designers of anti-virus/firewall software… because it’s totally unbiased and not self-serving. Start at:

http://www.grc.com/

Follow the prompts to “ShieldsUp!”. (Note: You can look up in the upper left at the landing page there… hover over “Services”, then click on “ShieldsUp!” Read, then click “Proceed.” At the ShieldsUp page, click on “Filesharing.” The outcome you want is, ” All attempts to get any information from your computer have FAILED.” That’s the answer you want to see. Anything less is unacceptable.

Next, start the whole process over (you won’t be able to click “Back”. This time click on “Common Ports.” The answer you want this time is, “Your system has achieved a perfect ‘TruStealth’ rating.” Anything less is unacceptable. If you don’t see these two messages, go shop for a better firewall.

Next click on “All Service Ports.” The answer you want here is ” Your system has achieved a perfect ‘TruStealth” rating.'”

Hats off to Steve Gibson for giving us these kinds of tools.

6) Do You Work In Hard, Unreceptive Places?

If so, consider enrolling in the International School of Reconciliation Studies, a self paced, web-based, school for leaders. In association with the International Reconciliation Coalition, an organization founded by John Dawson, President of Youth With A Mission, The International School of Reconciliation speaks of reconciliation between God and Self, the Biblical Basis of Reconciliation, and best practices of reconciliation around the world. Scholars and practitioners from around the world are your teachers. Enrollment is open the month of January, for more information go to

http://www.gracebridge.org/

Limited financial scholarships are available.

2) ‘Safe Travel Solutions’ For Missions Teams

Overseas missions travel is becoming increasingly more dangerous. Just yesterday, a personal friend of mine watched as thieves duct-taped the mouth of his wife in his own home. A handful of thieves took whatever they wanted, then drove off in the missionary’s car. Traveler kidnappings, illegal detentions, carjackings, and home invasions increased 300 percent just in 2005-06, says personal security specialist David Dose, founder of Fort Sherman Academy, where faith-based audiences have been receiving hostage survival and anti-terrorism training since 2003. Now the highly effective Fort Sherman training is available in a two-DVD curriculum called “Safe Travel Solutions.” Topics include Protective Measures, Surveillance, Surviving Hostage Situations, Minimizing Sexual Assault, and Dealing with Demands for Information. For more information, visit

http://www.safetravelsolutions.org

Fort Sherman was kind enough to send an evaluation copy. We recently sent representatives from our organization out to Fort Sherman for personal training and my conclusion is – if you can’t get to Fort Sherman personally, get this DVD before you travel.

12) The Backpage: Trouble In Vpn-City

I just returned tonight from a trip to the Middle East, primarily in a country that filters Internet access through a national proxy. None of the hotel rooms (that I stayed in) had in-room Internet… so it was Internet cafes for me in each stop. You’ve heard us say before on Brigada — the only way to safely access POP3 email at an Internet café is to shield your communication in a secure software tunnel referred to as a virtual private network (VPN). There *are* solutions for encrypted email (like Hushmail), but none of them allow you to use a simple POP3 box with a client like Outlook. For example, I *was* able to access my Hushmail account, but … it’s just not as quick and easy. Plus, it’s not very dependable off-line (I’ve had annoying glitches keeping the Outlook IMAP3 plug-in to stay in the running with Hushmail.) So… for convenient POP3 email *and* for secure web-browsing to the site of your choice, you really need a VPN in any country which would misunderstand your good intentions… or anytime you’re exchanging information about sensitive finances.

In the old days, a VPN might have raised your profile; not so any more. Every business man that passes financial information uses (or ought to use) a VPN. You usually wouldn’t have to carry around a hardware device to run a VPN. Many “software” versions are available, usually by running a “client-side” application on your laptop — which, in turn, talks to a VPN “server-side” mother-ship application, either on your own server back in your homeland, or, alternatively, via a server maintained by the company from which you buy or rent the VPN service. Some companies will offer a VPN for free (usually with other, more powerful services sold for pay), while other charge a nominal fee per month.

One thing I noticed was that it seemed there was no consistent result with the VPN that we hand out to our workers going to sensitive fields. We use Cisco and we oversee the “dashboard” for this VPN ourselves, so it’s really easy to maintain. But, not in this particular land. For example, at the first Internet café I visited on the opening day of this trip, every time I logged on to the VPN, the connectivity to the Internet would vanish. (Have you encountered something similar to that in other instances? If so, please click on “comment” below this item and give your testimony — completely anonymously if you desire.) That night, I tried Wytopia, HotSpotVPN, PublicVPN, and a handful of other VPN suppliers. *Hushmail* worked (without the VPN), but, as for my POP3 mail, I left empty-handed that night. I wasn’t willing to download it into the open. Now later in the week, I went back to that same café and tried again — and this time it worked! (Have you experienced that too?) I wondered later… if I had rebooted, would it have reset some routine that allowed it to connect? Either way, let’s start a list below of our favorite vendors for VPNs, along with anything to beat the problems. Here are the issues we seem to be battling, in the “real-world testing” department:

*** Some internet cafes seem to have blocked the port that the VPN uses?
*** It seems inconsistent; it’ll work sometimes and not work other times.
*** The VPN would sometimes just drop… like… if the wireless radio in the coffee shop had a hiccup, the secure-conduit would drop. (Sometimes when I’d try to launch it again, it wouldn’t have exited cleanly, so I’d have to reboot first. Hassle. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mind all the hassles in the world, if they help us do this stuff securely. I’m just wondering if there’s a better way out there.)

Maybe we’ll find an obvious lay-down best VPN in the world? :-) Or maybe a satellite solution has leap-frogged the old technology and now we don’t even need internet cafes anymore?

2) Is Cell Phone Security Even Worse Than We Thought?

Here’s a question from a field worker who writes, “Our mission team is located in a ‘police state.’ We know the police listen to our phone calls regularly. We also know they can use triangulation to locate us. We’re fine with that stuff. :-) But now we’re facing a couple of new concerns:

“*** REMOTELY EAVESDROPPING WHEN WE’RE NOT ON THE PHONE — The microphones in cell phones are now being turned on remotely to allow eavesdropping on their owners anytime (even when you’re not making a call). We’ve figured out how to overcome this problem… but we kind of hate to always have the batteries out of our cell phones. :-) [By the way, if you think this worker has been watching too many episodes of “24”, just do an Internet search for the term, “FBI taps cell phone mic as eavesdropping tool.”]

“*** REMOTELY ACCESSING CONTENTS OF YOUR PHONE — We’re hearing (from some pretty tech-smart guys) that it’s easy to remotely hack into the contents of our phone, getting full access to our pics, calendars, docs, task lists, etc. The implications are huge. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

“To the degree all of this ‘just depends’ upon what model of phone a person uses we would be extremely grateful for information about which models are suceptible and which aren’t. Also, we’re re-evaluating our team’s technology security protocol. Can anyone share cellphone security guidelines they’ve adopted?”

Well, that’s a lot… but if you’ll just click on the link below, then click on “Comment”, you could write to your heart’s content, even anonymously.

8) Skip Skype?

We continue to follow the stories about the alleged compromise of Skype as a secure means of communication. See, for example,

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/02/surveillance-of-skyp.html

Note that if one were to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to log onto Skype in the USA, one might theoretically be able to assume a greater degree of privacy since it is presumably only the *overseas* Skype nodes that are compromised (through the sale of Skype technology to overseas governments). By logging onto Skype via USA nodes, we would bypass monitoring equipment totally. Your thoughts? Just click “Comment” below. (Thanks for your input on this Bill!)

20070715 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DOWNLOAD GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE
  2. MEDEXS HOT SPOTS KEEPS YOU UP TO SPEED ON TROUBLED AREAS
  3. CHRISTIAN TRAVEL AGENT
  4. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DOWNLOAD GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST TO YOUR MOBILE PHONE — Get the Global Prayer Digest prayer guide for your mobile phone at

    http://fourteenfloor.com/downloads

    A java enabled mobile phone is required to install this prayer guide and the contents are taken from

    http://global-prayer-digest.org

    By the way — cool stat from the “Did you know…” Department — the Global Prayer Digest was first served up to the Internet via the Brigada family of email conferences, all the way back in 1995.


  2. MEDEXS HOT SPOTS KEEPS YOU UP TO SPEED ON TROUBLED AREAS — Stay updated with real-time information on emerging political and security situations around the globe with MEDEX HOT SPOTS. View today’s report at

    http://www.medexassist.com/hotspots/default.html

    You can receive a daily report via email here. It’s important to know how the international political scene can affect your travelers and their mission. More information about protecting your travelers is available from www.medexassist.com.


  3. CHRISTIAN TRAVEL AGENT — Here’s an agent who specializes in out of States travel. Carole will help you with all your travel needs, including air travel within a foreign country. Unlike most other agents, Carole only charges $10.00 per ticket. She handles the travel arrangements for many missions teams and organizations. Carole does real well on domestic flights also. It is not likely that you will find lower prices anywhere! Contact our Sister at: ABC Christian Cruises and Travel, 2020 Harlem Blvd, Rockford, IL 61103, Fax: 815 377-4200,

    http://www.goabctravel.com

    or e-mail goabc(at)goabctravel(dot)com

20070624 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET A POPULAR EVANGELISTIC VCD FOR CHINA FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP
  2. WHAT’S THE “BEST RESOURCE” FOR A MISSIONS MINISTRY TO STUDY?
  3. TOP FIVE ARTICLES ON PRESENTING YOUR WORK
  4. MEDEX HOT SPOTS
  5. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
  6. CASE STUDIES AND LEARNING TOOLS FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
  7. SIBERIAN RAIL ADVENTURE BOOK
  8. NEXUS: THE WORLD HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT READER
  9. CAN YOU HELP THIS RESEARCHER OF MISSIONS WORK DONE BY WOMEN?
  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SPUR US ON
  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: REFLECT, REPENT AND REBOOT
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET A POPULAR EVANGELISTIC VCD FOR CHINA FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP — There is a popular evangelistic VCD in China called “Hao Xiaoxi” (Good News) and nobody really knows who created it or where it came from. The VCD is in Mandarin Chinese. Recently, a worker had the soundtrack completely redone without the Mandarin narration and speaking parts, and is now dropping in the language of the minority group with which he works. He has a feeling there are a lot of folks out there working in China among minority groups who would benefit greatly from this “wordless soundtrack”. If this interests you, please send an email to his secure address: taihaole(at)pobox(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He will try to get you the soundtrack on DVD. (Hats off to this servant-hearted worker!)

  2. WHAT’S THE “BEST RESOURCE” FOR A MISSIONS MINISTRY TO STUDY? — Steve is a great friend of mine and a missions minister in Columbus, Ohio. He’s on the hunt for the one best book (besides the Bible) or video for a missions ministry to read/study together. Let’s come up with the best list we can . . . and get the word out to all those who have similar interests. Post your best answer at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=23

    Thanks!


  3. TOP FIVE ARTICLES ON PRESENTING YOUR WORK — Digital Web Magazine recently featured “top five articles” on giving great presentations. They sum up the best of the best principles, as well as what to avoid. To see the link, click to

    http://www.brigada.org

    Click on the link to this Brigada Today, then scroll down to this item and click the link that will be here:

    http://www.digital-web.com/news/2007/02/top_five_articles_for_presenters/

    We aren’t featuring the link in this email because it’s long and would wrap … and going to brigada.org is way cooler than clicking on a “tinyurl” link that you can’t really see.


  4. MEDEX HOT SPOTS — Thanks to Team Expansion’s Global Security Coordinator, “Jim”, for giving us this tip —

    http://www.medexassist.com/hotspots/default.html

    It’s a list of political and security hot spots around the world. They update the page often, as needed.


  5. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Getting ready to visit Russia? “Peterburgers” is a humorously-piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself and your loved ones to true and funny adventures in Russia’s cultural capital told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Bill bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more. Bite down on “Peterburgers”!

  6. CASE STUDIES AND LEARNING TOOLS FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE — The folks at City Gate

    http://www.CityGate.org

    (formally SEN) have updated their website. They’ve posted lots of interesting articles and tools for working in Central Europe. You can also contact them for more info at news(at)CityGate.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. SIBERIAN RAIL ADVENTURE BOOK — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping, true story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Order by contacting Bill bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more. Climb aboard!

  8. NEXUS: THE WORLD HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT READER — In this new book edited by Rad Zdero (author of “The Global House Church Movement”), a team of almost 40 house church movement leaders and academics from around the world have written over 60 provocative articles designed to inform, inspire, and invite you to start your own network of multiplying house churches no matter where you live. This book reports on some of the amazing things God is up to today through saturation house church planting, as well as providing biblical insights, historical lessons, and practical strategies. (Paperback – 528 pages – 62 chapters). To order call 1-706-554-1594 (outside the USA), call 1- 800-MISSION (inside the USA), go to

    http://www(dot)missionbooks(dot)org

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


  9. CAN YOU HELP THIS RESEARCHER OF MISSIONS WORK DONE BY WOMEN? — Here’s a researcher looking to find the number of women currently involved in missions worldwide and training opportunities for women desiring to join the mission field. She writes, “My goal is to determine if there is a worldwide need for more women in missions and if there are sufficient training programs for women who are interested in dedicating themselves to God work in the mission field.” If you can help, post a comment at: http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=24

    If you’d rather correspond directly with her personally, about something you can’t say openly on the web, write Elaine at Elaineschrank(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 .]


  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SPUR US ON — We are so grateful for those who take initiative to encourage us with a financial gift to help with our expenses and spur us on toward the future. We invest the money in webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. This past week, we rec’d a $180 gift from a very active worker with an interest in Asia. We praise God for his efforts. We also rec’d $20 from an anonymous staff member of Studio TEN Ministries. Dial-abroad pitched in another $38.70. To take advantage of their great low rates for long distance, click to:

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


  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Want to help? Just click to:

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

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: REFLECT, REPENT AND REBOOT — I saw an email cross my screen last week with a signature, “Reflect, Repent, and Reboot.” I chuckled to myself, then later thought… You know, that’s actually a pretty cool concept. The “ctrl-alt-delete” three-key combination is widely-known in the IBM-compatible PC world. MAC users usually insist that they don’t have to reboot as often :-) , but they still have the capability by clicking on the Apple button then hitting “Restart.” The metaphor is pretty interesting. In computing, one usually reboots because “something’s just not quite right.” The operating system is slowing down, or halted completely because of an error or a system crash. Sometimes the whole thing just freezes up — with no explanation.

    Life is like that. We trip up, commit an error, and suddenly confront the fact that we’ve sinned. There seems to be no way out — and then we remember the magic of starting over. We “reflect, repent and reboot.” Suddenly, life is good. We’re back in the groove. There’s a lilt in our step. We feel light-shouldered again. Romans 8:1 reads, ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Sigh. Thank goodness we can start over. Hit control-alt-delete in your life, today. (Thanks to the anonymous correspondent who included that in his/her signature!)

20070408 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON BIBLE SOFTWARE
  2. MEMBER CARE AND UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: THE WEB SITE
  3. VOLUNTEER WITH OR UTILIZE “MISSION NANNYS”
  4. MISSION TRIP SECURITY
  5. COSIM: VISION IN CROSS-CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS
  6. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS
  7. SPECIAL: THE LATEST WEA-MISSION COMMISSION BOOK
  8. COMPOSE FOR MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
  9. TEACH ENGLISH, GERMAN OR SWEDISH IN THAILAND
  10. OPPORTUNITIES FOR INT’L SCHOOLING IN ACCRA, GHANA
  11. ASK YOUR CHURCH TO SUPPORT BRIGADA’S 10-YEAR+ TRACK RECORD
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  • SPECIAL DISCOUNT ON BIBLE SOFTWARE — Logos Bible Software is offering a special discount for Brigada Today subscribers. Logos is the best Bible software I’ve personally ever used. Now you can purchase the world’s best Bible software at 25% off the retail price! Logos Bible Software puts hundreds of searchable, interlinked Bibles and biblical reference works right at your fingertips. You’ll not only be able to dig deeper into the Bible but you’ll be able to take your entire digital library wherever you go. Missionaries and traveling pastors rave about the way Logos has improved their time in the Word. These aren’t just electronic books that you can read on a computer, Logos provides a user- friendly, interactive search engine that guides you through word studies and passage exegesis – and it’s all accomplished with just a few clicks of your mouse! It integrates well when you add additional commentaries, study aids, and indices. Imagine the way we used to have to carry around study Bibles. To learn more go to

    http://www.Logos.com/brigada

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


  • MEMBER CARE AND UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: THE WEB SITE — This web site is one of the resources offered by Ethne-Member Care (part of the Ethne to Ethne Movement.) The web site offers materials to support the mission and member care community in its work among unreached people groups. There are web links to many core resources (e.g., member care materials in Chinese and Spanish, trauma management, support for humanitarian workers); tools/checklists to help you in your work; and important articles on member care history, future directions, and suggestions for senders. Another special feature of the web site is the archives of the Member Care Update. This Update is free, sent monthly/electronically, and includes news and resources to further equip people with member care responsibility. It is edited by a group of senior, international consultants in the member care field. Recent issues have included a Self-Care inventory, Marriage Potential tool, Coaching article, Rationale for Taking Risks article, Travel Medicine update, and Support Team overview.

    http://www.ethne.net/membercare


  • VOLUNTEER WITH OR UTILIZE “MISSION NANNYS” (sic) — In a recent item on “Missions Nannys” (Mar. 23, 2007 Brigada: “4) NEED A NANNY?”), we recommended them, but the contributor had provided the incorrect URL. Here’s their correct website:

    http://www.MissionNannys.org


  • MISSION TRIP SECURITY — If some of your people on a mission trip have a major accident, get arrested, or are abducted, do you know what to do first, whom to contact, how and when to inform families, how to respond to a political or ransom demand, and what the courts might expect of you? On May 10, 2007 the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA) is sponsoring a 90-minute Tele-class (or Webinar) entitled “Ready or Not? What Your Church or Mission needs to Know about Crisis Management & Security for Short-term Teams.” Bob Klamser, Executive Director or Crisis Consulting International, a non-profit missions support agency that provides security training, consulting and emergency services to the missions community. The seminar is free for EFMA members and $35 per person for others. To participate, all you need is broad band access for your computer and a telephone. To see details and enroll on-line go to

    http://efma.gospelcom.net/getinvolved_learning.php

    or contact David Mays at davidmays(at)efmamissions(dot)org


  • COSIM: VISION IN CROSS-CULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS — The next annual COSIM conference is scheduled for June 11-13, 2007 at the Wheaton Bible Church, Wheaton, IL. The theme is “Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: From frustration to joy in cross-cultural partnerships.” The featured plenary speakers and facilitators are Sherwood Lingenfelter, Provost, Fuller Seminary; Paul R. Gupta, President, Hindustan Bible Institute, Chennai, India; and John Watters, Executive Director, Wycliffe International. This will be a highly interactive conference to facilitate practical training, creative dialog, case study analysis, and strategic thinking. For more information, visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosim.info

    Or write to Werner werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  • ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS — Do you struggle to get out your ministry support letter? Could you use a little punch in its wording and format? Writer’s Edge International is a Christian business created just for you! They specialize in writing and creating prayer and ministry update letters which are attractive and enjoyable to read. Writer’s Edge takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well-written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Contact them before May 15th, and receive $5.00 off your next purchase! Ph: (858) 413-5120 in the USA or browse to

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com

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


  • SPECIAL: THE LATEST WEA-MISSION COMMISSION BOOK — The WEA Mission Commission is releasing its newest book in the Globalization of Mission series: “Worth Keeping: Global Perspectives on Best Practice in Missionary Retention.” It is written and edited by WEA-MC folks: Rob Hay, Valerie Lim, Detlef Blöcher, Jaap Ketelaar and Sarah Hay,

    The very special pre-print deal is a 52% discount offer through May 31, 2007 for this book only, which in part follows, but goes far beyond, the global research presented in “Too Valuable to Lose: Examining the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition.” “Worth Keeping” is the product of years of work by the Mission Commission task force called ReMAP II, which was charged with the job of carrying out the attrition follow-up research but going far beyond into the areas of retention and best practices. The book presents the outcome of that 20 nation study, crafted and led by a team of international researchers and global cadre of associates. The 36 chapters and 58 case studies from around the world make the book unique. It will be released on May 31, 2007 as a 7″ x 10″ with 448 pages, soft cover, perfect bound. The retail price is US$24.99. Special pre-publication 52% discount offer: US$11.99 !!! It is being published by: WEA Mission Commission & William. Carey Library To order, go to the pre-pub sale webpage:

    http://www.missionbooks.org/worthkeeping/


  • COMPOSE FOR MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Justin Long, Editor of the online magazine, Momentum, invites you to consider submitting articles for upcoming issues …
    *** 2007-05 — Business as Mission — In this and all areas, he’s specifically hoping for non-Western writers as well as Western sources. Better contact him on this one to see if he can still use your material. :-)

    *** 2007-07 — Western Asia (which includes the Asian portion of what we typically call “Middle East”–e.g. Israel and east, as well as Turkey and the -stans of Central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan).

    *** 2007-09 — Eastern Africa, with an especial emphasis on Sudan and Ethiopia.

    He can send you writer’s guidelines. Learn more at: http://www.momentum-mag.org


  • TEACH ENGLISH, GERMAN OR SWEDISH IN THAILAND — The worst hit place in Thailand during the 2004 Tsunami, Khao Lak is now recovering beautifully. Today tsunami survivors want to improve their employment opportunities in the recovering hospitality market, by building up their language skills. That desire opens the door of relationship and your chance to show God’s amazing love. Travel there this summer for 2 months or more to the Step Ahead Training Center (YWAM Relief & Development) in beautiful Phang Nga, Southern Thailand. You’ll have Aircon housing with cable TV, and a $200 monthly stipend. For more info., contact: quinley(at)stepaheadmed(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or see

    http://www.stepaheadmed.org


  • OPPORTUNITIES FOR INT’L SCHOOLING IN ACCRA, GHANA — American International School (AIS) in Accra, Ghana is nearing completion of its first year with 60 students. AIS is a Network of International Christian Schools (NICS) school. AIS is now taking applications for the 2007/08 school year. Enrollment will be limited to 120 students preschool-12th grade so, don’t delay. Check out

    http://aisaccra.org/

    If you are interested in teaching at AIS or other NICS schools check out

    http://www.nics.org/


  • ASK YOUR CHURCH TO SUPPORT BRIGADA’S 10-YEAR+ TRACK RECORD — When you send your gift via PayPal or check, we’ll gladly mention your church (or you or your group). But more importantly, you’ll be helping undergird a ministry that has come to you faithfully with an edition for every week since January 1995. Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  • THE BACKPAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR TRAVEL & MISSIONS — In previous issues, we’ve listed these tools:

    #1: Beat jet lag (Sleep E., Party W., Gear up to sleep, Herd your kids)
    #2: Get your own mosquito tent (for malaria-infested areas)
    #3: Insist on AC adaptors that don’t require converters/transformers
    #4: Rent or buy a “worldphone”, satphone, and/or sat modem
    #5: Pack by checklist, pack light
    #6: Use roller bags
    #7: Bring a filtered water bottle
    #8: Carry a thin notebook & a pen, write everything down
    #9: Use a money belt
    #10: Try a photographer’s vest
    #11: Stay healthy, but don’t become O.C.
    #12: Find a camera/kit you can truly *carry*, then *use* it

    With this edition, we add the following

    #13: Pack modularly — When I was a scout as a 7th grader, they taught us to pack “a sack of sacks.” Today, that advice still applies — for missionaries and short-term missions travelers too. This is a great use for those plastic grocery bags from your neighborhood grocery. Socks all in one sack, underwear in another, shirts in another, etc. Double-bag the electronics gear (in a clear bag if you can), soccer cleats in another, soccer ball in another, shin guards & air pump in another, a couple of “kits” or soccer outfits in another, you get the idea. Some say to pack your underwear on top, but I figure the terrorists have all heard that advice by now anyway, so forget it. :-) Send as many liquids as possible through your checked bag. For those liquids you have to carry on, don’t forget to have them ready in a clear zip-lock bag, and send them through the x-ray machine separately.

    #14: Get hold of a good pair of passive noise-reducing earphones — These will do you double-duty. Not only can you use them with your mp3 player or laptop, but also, most airlines have switched to the same “stereo mini-plug” size for their in-air entertainment and movies sound tracks. So rather than use their cheapies, you can reduce the ambient jet noise (and crying kids, bless their hearts :-) ) by at least 10 dB, while getting better fidelity at the same time.

    More cool tools next time.

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