Software

20030518 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LIFE’S A BLUR
  2. HOW DO WE TRAIN THE TRAINERS!?
  3. YWAM DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  4. MK HOME PROVIDES UNDERSTANDING AND RESOURCES TO RETURNING MKs
  5. ESL TRAINING
  6. NEW SPANISH BIBLE SOFTWARE
  7. SPECIAL HEALTH INSURANCE RATES FOR SINGLE WOMEN
  8. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT
  9. WEB EVANGELISM TRAINING
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LIFE’S A BLUR — Is it just me, or is the pace picking up for you too? No, we didn’t die here at Brigada… but I’ll admit that life is a blur! :-) And, despite some passionate appeals for sponsorships to help cover the cost of a secretary, I believe our total sponsorship income for Brigada throughout the first 6 months of 2003 will total out to something just short of $500. So here’s the deal. If Brigada Today means something to you, please log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click on “Sponsor” at the bottom of the page. First please take a look at the kind-hearted souls who are trying to help us forge on … and then… please join them! The amount isn’t as crucial. Donate $25 or $250! From your church, your company, or your wallet. You can even make the gift anonymous, if you’d prefer. (Just send us an email with that instruction.) Use PayPal, or send a check according to the instructions at the bottom of that sponsorship page. We’ll certainly appreciate it… and crank out more missions resources all the more. Thanks for your partnership!

  2. HOW DO WE TRAIN THE TRAINERS!? — Mark href="markdotnaylorattwudotca"><markdotnaylorattwudotca></markdotnaylorattwudotca> <markdotnaylorattwudotca> has it right. He’s trying to figure out “how do we train the trainers?” In a recent email, he asked, “In establishing an experienced based cross- cultural training program for missionaries, the key factor is the enthusiasm and ability of the mentor to guide the process in the cross- cultural context. Are there resources: books, courses, websites, etc. which would be of help in training missionaries to be successful mentors of interning missionaries?” Do you see his point? To prepare a new generation of missionaries, how can we equip the *current* generation to be helpers? Mark will prepare a report for us once he’s finished editing your responses. Be sure and write him in the next two weeks so you can be a part of that report. We’ll make that report available here on Brigada. Thanks Mark! Very relevant question! </markdotnaylorattwudotca>

  3. YWAM DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Youth with a Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 5 month school for people aged 17 to 35 aspiring to learn more about the character and ways of God, how to hear God’s voice, and about God’s heart for the nations. A 3 month lecture phase is followed by a 2 month outreach. Dates are September 24, 2003 through March 3, 2004. For more information, e-mail href="%3Cywampaatcomcastdotnet%3E"><ywampaatcomcastdotnet></ywampaatcomcastdotnet> or see the website: http://www.ywampa.org.

  4. MK HOME PROVIDES UNDERSTANDING AND RESOURCES TO RETURNING MKs — MKSTAY, hosted by career missionaries Mark Tidwell and Dedria Davis- Tidwell, offers a home for high-school and college-aged MKs whose parents serve overseas. Mark and Dedria have years of experience in providing MKs and their families with understanding, care and resources to help MKs thrive and not just survive in America. At MKSTAY, MKs may stay from overnight to a few years and have access to personal transportation; educational, financial and career guidance; biblically- sound and missions-minded local churches; a network of Christian counselors; and experiential knowledge of life skills. Check them out at http://www.mkstay.org or email <infoatmktaydotorg> for more details on how to settle your MKs in a trustworthy and supportive living situation. </infoatmktaydotorg>

  5. ESL TRAINING — Improve your English by attending this three month immersion course at the Youth for a Mission facility in Lebanon, PA, USA. The next school is scheduled for September 29 through December 19, 2003. For more information, see the website: http://www.ywampa.org , or e-mail <ywampaatcomcastdotnet>. </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  6. NEW SPANISH BIBLE SOFTWARE — Here’s some new software for those needing the Bible in Spanish. Logos Bible Software Series X (Biblioteca De Estudio Biblico) with the Libronix search engine, is the most complete and affordable Spanish Bible software available! Includes 30 titles worth more than $600 dollars in equivalent print editions. See http://www.logos.com/prepub/products/default.asp?pid=56 for book list. This is the same search engine used in Series X collections, is user friendly and works much like the Internet. Simply enter a passage or topic and click “Go” to find Bibles, commentaries, topics, parallel bible versions etc. If you are interested in Bible software in English, check out the demo online at: http://www.Logos.com/demo . Compatible with Logos 2.0 and Logos Series X. Spanish books cannot be purchased individually. Requires Windows 98 and above, 128 Ram, 300 Pentium processor and 68 MG hard drive space. Call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 800-875- 6467 ext 2239 or 360-527-1700 ext 2239 for Pat or email <patatlogosdotcom>. </patatlogosdotcom>

  7. SPECIAL HEALTH INSURANCE RATES FOR SINGLE WOMEN –- International insurance companies have always made single women working overseas pay the same rates as married women. That has changed. Now several companies are offering discounted rates for single career women working outside the USA. This discount can save the single woman worker as much as 20-25 percent on annual health insurance premium. For information contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

  8. FREE SOFTWARE TO HELP RAISE SUPPORT — Keep track of all your ministry supporters using RDMA (Resource Development Ministry Application) version 2.1. Written for missionaries, this software helps you keep track of all basic information, communication, and financial transactions for each church or individual that helps support you. It also provides an easy way to print out mailing labels and reports. Go to http://rdma.truepath.com to find out more information and download it. For those who are already using version 2.0, you can easily run the upgrade and please also note the new web address. If you have any questions, feel free to email <aldotschaueratnetzerodotnet>. </aldotschaueratnetzerodotnet>

  9. WEB EVANGELISM TRAINING — Online Evangelism is a new discipline, and no formal training courses seem to exist for it yet, although plans do exist for future courses. If you are a training institute and interested in adding a Web Evangelism course to your current curriculum, or are a missionary or interested in taking a course, see: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/training.php

20030223 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES
  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED
  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM)
  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE?
  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM!
  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE
  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA
  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS?
  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE?
  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE
  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE
  13. ASIA PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS?
  15. ACCREDITED TESOL
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION HELP – FOR MISSIONARY AGENCIES — Mission Help is designed as a tool to help facilitate questions and responses from one missionary agency to many missionary agencies. Occasionally, one missionary agency will find a better way to do things that may be of some benefit to other mission organizations. To exchange ideas, subscribe to Mission Help and join in emailing questions and responses to members. You may also visit Mission Help’s website to see some of the resources available by going to http://missionhelp.injesus.com

  2. HUMAN RESOURCE AND MISSIONARY TRACKING PROGRAM NEEDED — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > is looking for a good program to track missionaries, their ministries, their vital information, their education, etc.? (HR stuff). If you’ve got a lead, please drop him a note… and he’ll report back here in a couple of weeks.

  3. ENGLISH FOR MISSIONARIES (EFM) — Here’s a seminar being offered from September 8 to December 5, 2003 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre near Vancouver, Canada. EFM is an intensive course designed to take advanced learners (IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 500) to university entrance level (IELTS 6 or TOEFL550). It is also meant for missionaries who need a higher level of English in order to work more effectively on a multi- national team. Each week twenty-one hours of instruction are given. The course fee is $2100 Canadian or approximately $1400 US. The fee includes tuition, room, board, textbooks, internet access and transportation to and from the airport. Health insurance, long distance phone calls and other personal expenses are not covered. The course is open to twelve students. For more information or applications write <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg> or log on at: http//www.gatewaytraining.org </infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg>

  4. CD-ROM RECRUITMENT: IS IT EFFECTIVE? — Brian <bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg  (bmastersatcaminternationaldotorg)  > would like to know the effectiveness of CD-Rom recruitment tools that many ministries use. Has anyone studied the return on investment for this medium? How many people joined or found out about the organization because of the CD? Is the CD the main tool or does it supplement other materials? What type of response is your organization receiving because of the CD? Are the people responding in their 20’s-30’s; 30’s-40’s; 40’s-50’s; etc.? How has it affected donations? Jot him a note… and he’ll report his findings back here in a couple of weeks.

  5. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND THE KURDS . . . BEFORE SADDAM! — Here’s a book resource for understanding the church’s approach over the centuries to the people of Kurdistan which includes Northern Iraq and Eastern Turkey. “Ethnic Realities And The Church: Lessons From Kurdistan, A History of Mission Work”, 1668-1990, by Robert I. Blincoe, 1998, 263 pp., is essential reading for those wishing to take the gospel to a post-Saddam Kurdistan. Ethnic Realities can be purchased from the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies, 1605 E. Elizabeth Street, Pasadena, CA, 91104 for $12.95 plus S & H. Website: http://www.prescms.org/pcms_resources.html or email <pcmsatpcusadotorg  (pcmsatpcusadotorg)  >.

  6. ANSWERING ISLAM CD-EDITON NOW AVAILABLE — Looking for a comprehensive resource on all things Islamic? Here is what you need: The CD edition of Answering Islam ( http://www.answering-islam.org ) gives you some 270 MB of resource material on understanding Muslims and Islam, evangelistic tracts designed for Muslims, articles defending the Christian faith against the attacks of Muslim polemics, answers to common and uncommon Muslim questions regarding the Bible and the position of Jesus Christ, more than a hundred testimonies of converts from Islam to Christ, an analysis of the political side of Islam and much more. It’s a vast library of some 5,000+ articles and classical out-of-print and hard-to- get books, mostly English, but includes material in eight languages (even a ninth in the first downloadable update to the CD). And the best: The CD comes with the permission to freely copy and distribute it (as long as that is done free of charge) plus regular free internet updates of the CD content as this is a fast growing site. Price: US-$ 15.00 plus shipping. Order the CD: http://www.answering-islam.org/ordercd.html For further questions, email (please manually remove the two _ characters before emailing)

  7. AVIATION MINISTRY IN CENTRAL ASIA — An aviation group dedicated to meeting the needs of believers (encouraging isolated folks, reaching many unreached groups via many organizations) as well as a blessing to the region (medical and food drops, ambulance flights) is starting in central Asia. Future plans include reaching all of the “-stans” with low-cost flights and cargo deliveries — stuff the commercial guys don’t handle. For less than the cost of an aviation engine in the West, they’ll be flying a freshly refurbished plane, as well as employing locals. If you’d like to fly for them — or pray for them — contact Robert at <robertsatvpn2000dotnet  (robertsatvpn2000dotnet)  >.

  8. WANT TO LEARN HOW TO RAISE FUNDS? — See if you can get a spot at “The Jesus Film Project Development Training Seminar”, to be held in San Clemente, from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 24, and 9:00 am until 3:30 pm on Friday. The new $50 registration fee must be received by March 31. If you are planning to attend, please make your check payable to The Jesus Film Project and send it to the attention of Marlene Leake, The Jesus Film Project, 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92673.

  9. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE? —- Do you hanker for the time when people worked with their hands and went to bed tired? Are you in need of a place that is so remote that visitors have to be flown in? How long has it been since you encountered a bear on the way to breakfast? Join the saints of SERVE to work on a retreat facility at Kako in far western Alaska. The time will be spend preparing for a summer of family camps by sawing and dressing wood, building out buildings, cleaning and repairing cabins and cooking for the workers. You will come away refreshed, strong and with a clear certainty that you have been doing the Lord’s work. Dates: May 20-June 5th. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom  (tlcatgatetekdotcom)  > or see the web site: http://www.serve-intl.org.

  10. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — The long awaited shipment of TapeTalk hand-wind players has arrived at Gospel Recordings. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples. For more information on the players and a full listing of the available languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom  (ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom)  >. In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free.

  11. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPE — The Norwegian tentmaking organisation Tent Ltd together with Global Opportunities is arranging the first Light to the Nations course in Norway. Light to the Nations is known as one of the best and most compact courses for anyone who wants to serve the Lord as a tentmaker. This course takes place in the beautiful city of Bergen on the Norwegian westcoast form April 30th till May 4th. The course-fee is USD 250, which includes several meals. Tent can organise private accommodation in Bergen. If you want to take part in this course you can contact Tent at <postattentdotno  (postattentdotno)  > or visit their website at http://www.tent.no You will also find information on the Global Opportunites website at http://www.globalopps.org/ltn .

  12. JAMA 2003 NEW AWAKENING CONFERENCE — Head to Atlanta, GA from July 1 – 5, 2003 for the JAMA 2003 New Awakening Conference! Plenary speakers include John Piper (Desiring God Ministries), Louie Giglio (Passion), Loren Cunningham (YWAM Founder), and Ken Davis. Worship led by Chris Tomlin and the David Crowder Band. Conference tracks include Missions, College Students, Professionals, International Students and Scholars, Family Ministry, Youth Leadership, and Intercessory Prayer. For more information, go to http://www.newawakening2003.com, or email <nationalatjamaglobaldotcom  (nationalatjamaglobaldotcom)  >.

  13. 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, Phillipines, 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 “Japanese/Mahayana Buddhism” (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. Request a pre-application form from Linda Moises <guestservicesataptsdotedu  (guestservicesataptsdotedu)  >.

  14. INTERESTED IN REACHING KAZAKHS? — Interested in knowing what is going on with this people group? May 1-3, 2003, Christian Fellowship Church of Evansville, IN will be hosting the 2003 Kazakh Consultation. Visit our website http://www.k-consult.org to access more information. Spaces are still available for table and ministry displays.

  15. ACCREDITED TESOL — Sea English Academy International provides accredited TESOL training courses around the world! The next TESOL course runs 16th June to 11th July 2003 in Brisbane, Australia. In the past few years Sea English Academy has trained over 500 English teachers now working in over 35 nations around the world. For applications and more information visit the website at http://www.seaenglishacademy.com or email <infoatseaenglishacademydotcom  (infoatseaenglishacademydotcom)  >.

20030209 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FINALLY! A PORNOGRAPHY FILTER THAT WORKS
  2. ORAL “STORYING” TOOLBOX NOW AVAILABLE
  3. FOR THOSE WHO WANT A FILTERED ISP
  4. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!
  5. DOUG’S WIFE TO HELP CLEAN UP THE MAILING LIST
  6. STRENGTHEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
  7. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE
  8. “CRISIS CONSULTING” OFFERS NEW 4-DAY SEMINAR
  9. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED
  10. RASCALS AT SPAMARREST
  11. SPACE SHUTTLE TRACT BRINGS COMFORT IN CRISIS
  12. BOOT CAMP FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING
  13. UPCOMING MISSION CONFERENCE
  14. TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE
  15. FRONTIER MISSIONS “SHORT COURSE” FOR ADVOCATES
  16. MINISTRY VIDEO PRODUCTION SEMINAR
  17. FREE CHRISTIAN WEBSITE CONTENT
  18. NO RISK PREVIEW FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAM LEADERS
  19. WOULD YOU GO IF GOD CALLED YOU TO THE MISSION FIELD?
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FINALLY! A PORNOGRAPHY FILTER THAT WORKS — Have you been searching for an Internet pornography filter, just to be on the safe side? Maybe you’re looking for something for the kids’ computer, or even your own. Maybe you have Windows XP and the ones you’ve tried haven’t been fully compatible? Your wait is over. Here’s a piece of software that will protect your entire browsing/email environment … and for a reasonable price. I’ve been trying it out — and I can tell you, there is no noticeable speed hit whatsoever. It’s a great program — and it *works*. Try it out yourself for 10 days for free!!! Just log on at: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955 What’s more, here’s a chance to protect yourself and your computer *plus* help Brigada! For everyone who clicks through the above link in the next two weeks, then buys “Everyware” there, the designers of the software will send a $5 sponsorship to Brigada!!! With 100% of this new funding, we’d like to hire a secretary to act as a Brigada Customer Service Rep. to make address changes and handle other Brigada-related issues with the Brigada family of participants. We already have a person in mind — and her name is Penny! [my wife!!! As soon as we can get her some money flowing in, she’s quitting her teaching job to do it.] So please… run, don’t walk, and set up your new Integrity Online account!!!) :-)
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. ORAL “STORYING” TOOLBOX NOW AVAILABLE — What a dynamite series of CD presentations, presented in a folksy “round table” discussion… in a professional yet informal way. Find out about world view and “orality”, see how oral learners take in information, and discover a great case study in presenting an approach for evangelism. Learn more at: http://www.fjseries.org . If you order before April 1st, you can get special start-up pricing. This set would be great to prepare cross-cultural workers in the art of “storying” — chronological story-telling. Use it in your mission’s pre-field orientation, pass the set around to your team members, or “check them out” like a library resource. They’re great!

  4. FOR THOSE WHO WANT A FILTERED ISP — As the nation’s leading filtered ISP, Integrity Online has been protecting tens of thousands of families since 1996. Their content management technology works to eliminate all obscene and inappropriate web material and unsolicited junk emails before they reach your computer. Utilizing artificial intelligence, this technology instantly analyzes over 800 different parameters of each web page, determining if the content is obscene or inappropriate. A special Integrity Online block page will appear each time someone in-advertently or intentionally tries to access an inappropriate site from your computer. Integrity Online account includes 5 fully filtered email addresses with a special feature allowing you to decide who can and can’t send you emails. The customizable filter on this service also sends all spam directly to a junk mail folder that is passcode protected. Also, if you have been thinking about getting your own website, Integrity Online will provide you with the web space to put your site online. For only $21.95 per month, you get filtered web access, 5 filtered email addresses, and personal web space from Integrity Online. This price is less than the basic service offered from most unfiltered service providers. To sign up, click on this link: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955 Here you can sign up online or call them toll free or via Net2phone for 1.866.449.1736 and they will answer your questions and sign you up. (What’s more, for everyone that signs up with them, they’ll sponsor Brigada to the tune of $25!!! Same as above, with 100% of this new funding, we’d like to hire a secretary to act as a Brigada Customer Service Rep. to make address changes and handle other Brigada-related issues with the Brigada family of participants. Our previous Customer Service Reps. recently informed us that they had been unable to help us for quite some time. They were volunteers… and have just run out of time. :-( So… can you help us make it possible for Penny to do this for our Brigada family? Please… run, don’t walk, and set up your new Integrity Online account!!!) :-)

  5. LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA! — WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. China wants trained native English Speakers. Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. Course is taught by qualified American instructors. The course is both academic and practical. A two-three week teaching practicum is part of the course giving you the experience and confidence you need to begin teaching immediately! The next course is scheduled for July 4 – August 15, 2003 in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China. Please note that emails are received and read in China. Please leave out any acronyms or references to organizations. For more info, log on at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)   or> <dvscottatgalacticommdotorg>. </dvscottatgalacticommdotorg>

  6. DOUG’S WIFE TO HELP CLEAN UP THE MAILING LIST — To get to the bottom of the 5,222 or so addresses that seem to be bouncing, Doug’s wife, Penny, is going to start cleaning up the place! :-) Seriously… over the next few weeks, Lord willing (if we can float it!), Penny will begin researching those addresses to determine whether or not they’re “dead” … or just temporarily out of order. Just as soon as we can get some money flowing in to replace her teacher’s salary, she’s going to dive into this full-tilt, and also be available to help Brigada participants with those pesky address changes. Finally… a staff person!!! Either way, we’re thrilled that you’ve helped grow the Brigada family by over 200 addresses in the past month alone! Thanks for spreading the word!!! If we can find just two more participants by next week, we’ll be up to 8,000 *good* addresses! Can you think of two people you can invite on the list? If so, just send them this message: “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! :-) They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for over 8 years! See their back-issues at: http:/www.brigada.org (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

  7. STRENGTHEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS — Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills is a 5-day workshop developed by International Training Partners Inc. and run by the AIM Centre at Trinity Western University and Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C. Dr. Laurel McAllister and her team of facilitators help to provide training in key areas of knowledge, godly attitudes and the skills needed for developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Training is very interactive, utilizing the most effective methods of adult learning. The course will run February 24 – 28, 2003 at Gateway MTC, with costs running $175.00 CDN. For information contact: <LaureldotMcAllisterattwodotca  (LaureldotMcAllisterattwodotca)  > or log on at: http://www.gatewaytraining.org

  8. LEARNING HOW TO LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE — L.A.C.E. (Language Acquisition for Cross-Cultural Effectiveness) is a 9 day intensive workshop designed to make your language learning task as efficient as possible. In this workshop you will discover effective language learning techniques, helpful methods to increase vocabulary, phonetics and pronunciation. This course, a part of the training for students at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C., is now open for others who would like to join the class for this module. The dates are March 17-22/ 24-27, 2003, with costs being $350.00CDN Room & Board $20.00/day CDN. For more information contact <infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg  (infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg)  > http//www.gatewaytraining.org

  9. “CRISIS CONSULTING” OFFERS NEW 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of May 5-8, 2003, Dallas, TX, at the SIL Center, CCI will offer this management-oriented course to provide participants with the fundamental knowledge, skills and abilities to provide a competent security and crisis management program for teams, leadership groups and executives who have responsibility for security of personnel, assets and programs on the field. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $450 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $400 for each additional registrant from same organization. For more information, call 805-642-2549, email <infoatcricondotorg  (infoatcricondotorg)  > or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2003training.htm. Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks.

  10. INDIA RESOURCES WEBSITE LAUNCHED — Doing ministry in North India? Need good quality Hindi language materials for Evangelism? Children’s Ministry? Discipleship? Etc.? Or other Indian languages? Wonder if someone has already translated that good book or video into Hindi or other Indian language? Then log onto http://www.indiaresources777.org Here you can find an extensive database of Christian resources available within India with a focus on Hindi language materials, although other Indian languages are also included. There are well over 700 resources already in our database and it is growing. Search by category, language and media type to find what you need. Useful website resources are also included. For details, contact <infoatindiaresources777dotorg  (infoatindiaresources777dotorg)  >.

  11. RASCALS AT SPAMARREST — Those rascals at SpamArrest. Not long ago, a few of our Brigada participants must have started using their service. We received an email from SpamArrest saying that if these participants were to keep their Brigada subscription going, we had to log on to the SpamArrest website and read this graphic image of a word, then type it into the blank. Well it sounded harmless enough, though I’ll admit — if even 1000 of our readers suddenly set up SpamArrest accounts, we’d never get anything else done! Well either way, like a completely trusting fool, I logged on at the SpamArrest site and dutifully typed in the word. Now, yesterday, I get spam from SpamArrest itself! I’m not joking. It’s one of the most ironic twists in marketing that I’ve ever seen. The very company purporting to stop spam *engaged* in it! I wrote them to complain, but I figure… all it might do is let them know my email address is “good”, so my address will be fired up to a higher level of trust, or something. Sure it had a link on it saying, “Click here to be removed from our marketing list”, but articles everywhere have told us *not* to click there, because sometimes that’s just a trick to discover which addresses are actually *good* (current, or at least spelled correctly). The bottom line: If a spam company is going to require mail senders to fill out a “graphical word” or something, they shouldn’t *market* those who innocently take part. Oh well, … once bitten… twice shy. Just remember — we’ll never be participating in anything SpamArrest sends out again. Rascals.

  12. SPACE SHUTTLE TRACT BRINGS COMFORT IN CRISIS — The American Tract Society has now published a new tract that deals with the recent space shuttle tragedy: “Lost: Space Shuttle Columbia.” ATS says, “Many are turning to God…and the awareness of faith is being played out in all the media. The nation is searching for answers about this tragedy. This is an opportunity to help people come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior.” Read these tracts online and order them to use as a Christian witness to your world. Order from the American Tract Society, PO Box 462008, Garland TX 75046-2008 or call toll free or via net2phone 1-800- 548-7228 or log on at http://www.atstracts.org or http://www.atsdirect.org or email <atsatatstractsdotorg  (atsatatstractsdotorg)  >.

  13. BOOT CAMP FOR PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING — Boot Camp is a practical and biblically based 2-day training seminar for new and veteran missionaries alike who need to learn how to raise their personal support or may need a new perspective on this critical area. There are two locations for 2003: (space for the seminars is limited) March 26- 27, Pasadena, CA and June 18-19, Atlanta, GA. For more information or to register, write <infoatthebodybuildersdotnet  (infoatthebodybuildersdotnet)  > or log on at: http://www.thebodybuilders.net or call: (501) 329-4881

  14. UPCOMING MISSION CONFERENCE — Check out the OMF 2003 Bay Area Mission Conference, “Blessing East Asia’s Muslims”, May 2-3, at the Peninsula Covenant Church (Redwood City, CA). For info, lot on at: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest or to register via email, write Elaine <omfconferenceatyahoodotcom  (omfconferenceatyahoodotcom)  > or call (650) 559-8088. Fees run $30 per Adult, but special Student/Senior rates are available. 2 plenary speakers and 7 workshops will enrich your understanding of how to bless Muslims living in East Asia and the Bay Area. Featured will be Dr. Kang San Tan, OMF Malaysia Home Director and Dr. Miriam Adeney, Author of “Daughters of Islam” (Building Bridges With Muslim Women – InterVarsity Press) along with a special “Win Our World” children’s mission program.

  15. TRAVEL/HEALTH ADVICE — Taking vaccines available easily prevents many of the illnesses missionaries may face whilst on mission away from home. Passport Health, a US based travel medicine clinic, with offices throughout the United States, stresses the importance of keeping all routine vaccines, like Tetanus/Diphtheria, up to date. Other vaccines, for e.g. yellow fever, may be required, depending on your specific destination & medical history. The most common ailment, however, still remains traveler’s diarrhea, as your digestive system struggles to come to terms with the new foods & water sources of your home away from home. The treatment of choice remains taking an antibiotic, anti- diarrheal & fluid replacement. When preparing for your trip, take time to visit your local travel clinic like Passport Health. They have a wealth of up to date information with regard to your destination, which will help keep you safe & healthy during your travels. Remember; don’t let your heart’s work be ruined by falling ill. For further information, see their website at http://www.passporthealthusa.com.

  16. FRONTIER MISSIONS “SHORT COURSE” FOR ADVOCATES — Here’s a YWAM course specifically for “strategy coordinators” (catalysts, who facilitate and mobilize to link people who have knowledge, resources, personnel and expertise to take advantage of ministry opportunities amongst a people group). It’s slated for Monday 1st June – Friday 1st August 2003. The location will be Bali, Indonesia. The cost will be £595 (UK pounds). Small grants are available for full time Christian volunteer workers. For more info or an application, contact Philippa <pnewisatovaldotcom  (pnewisatovaldotcom)  > or call +44 1582 463269 or fax: +44 1582 463305.

  17. MINISTRY VIDEO PRODUCTION SEMINAR — It’s happening May 9 and 10. This day and a half information-packed seminar will help you develop your stories into furlough or ministry videos for communicating more effectively with your constituency. Especially designed for missionaries and ministry workers, and filled with lots of how-to tips, the seminar is conducted by Village Avenue, the team behind the Toolbox for Video Storytelling; How to Write and Produce Your Missionary Video. Visit http://www.VillageAve.com for details, registration, and housing information or Email <JohnWatVillageAvedotcom  (JohnWatVillageAvedotcom)  > if you have questions.

  18. FREE CHRISTIAN WEBSITE CONTENT — Need some fun content to fill in the gaps on that mission or church website you’re preparing? Check out ElmCreek Community Church’s “Free Christian Content” pages. Get sayings, jokes, articles, Bible verses, inspirational stories, animated gifs, banners, photographs, news stories, and more. Some can be configured to automatically update — so you get lots of new content without too much work. For more info, lot on at: http://www.elmcreekchurch.org/Free_Christian_Content.htm or email <webmasteratelmcreekchurchdotorg  (webmasteratelmcreekchurchdotorg)  >. Thanks Elm Creek!

  19. NO RISK PREVIEW FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION TEAM LEADERS — You can preview the 6-Part “GO PREPARED! Essentials” Short-term Missions Video Training Series for 10 day personal review — with no obligation to purchase the set if you are not 100% convinced of its value. The 6 Teaching Sessions (approx. 30 minutes each) are:
    #1-Laying the Foundations;
    #2-Spiritual Preparation;
    #3-Building Your Team;
    #4-Cross- Cultural Training;
    #5-Ministry Without Dependency; and,
    #6-Re-Entry & Debriefing.
    If you decide to keep the “GO PREPARED! Essentials” set, the cost is just $99 + $6 S&H. If not, simply return the video set after your 10 day no risk preview. Send your order to: Bill Berry, Publisher-Into All The World Magazine, at <BBerry4215ataoldotcom  (BBerry4215ataoldotcom)  >. Offer valid in North America only.

  20. WOULD YOU GO IF GOD CALLED YOU TO THE MISSION FIELD? — ‘When God Comes Calling’ is a compelling new book by Mike Linville recounting the inspiring, true story of how God sent an ordinary Midwestern family of five to the mission field, a mere sixty miles from the radioactive wasteland known as Chernobyl. Despite KGB raids and mysterious phone taps, government harassment and eviction, they experienced God’s amazing power and intervention as He used them to build a Bible college in the former Soviet Union, and now what some say is the first pastoral counseling training institute in the former Soviet Union, under the auspices of International Faith Initiatives, Inc. Retailing at $12.99, Brigada readers may purchase at the discounted price of $10.50. Bulk/wholesale pricing is available. To order, email <orderatinternationalfaithdotorg  (orderatinternationalfaithdotorg)  >.

20030119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS
  2. POSTMISSION: WORLD MISSION BY A POSTMODERN GENERATION
  3. TOTAL IT UP
  4. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  5. TEACHING MATERIALS IN NAVAJO
  6. XXXCHURCH HAS FILTERING SOFTWARE
  7. CIU COURSE ON CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN BUDAPEST
  8. 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION ON URDU MINISTRIES DEVELOPMENT
  9. GET CERTIFIED IN TESOL
  10. CHECK OUT KENRADIO FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY
  11. SHORT-TERMERS NEED A DOC FOR A WEEK
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS — This past week, I gave out presentation notebooks packed with information about a creative access nation to a new team headed there, using material produced from that new tool we mentioned last week. (See “NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD” in last week’s edition of Brigada Today.) It was pretty impressive. Lots of people group profiles — one page each — CIA Factbook stuff, US State Dept. Background notes, maps, lists, … the works. And all of it was copyright-released. The teams really appreciated it… and with a simple bubble-jet printer, the new CD-ROM tool made it work great. The name of this tool? “Countries and Peoples of the World”, produced by ILS. It’s going to be released first right here on Brigada… and if you order during the special exclusive Brigada release period, you’ll get it for $20 less than anyone else in the world! Stay tuned for more release information. You’ll hear it first right here in Brigada Today.

  2. POSTMISSION: WORLD MISSION BY A POSTMODERN GENERATION — Just published, this book comes out of the Holy Island Roundtable, a 5-day 2001 gathering of GenXer leaders from mission agencies all over Europe, North America and New Zealand. With chapters written by several different Xer mission leaders, it looks at ways in which mission agencies need to change so that GenXers can thrive in their ministry (rather than the more common experiences of frustration and disillusion). It has sections on the GenX outlook, leadership of and by Xers, why postmodernity isn’t all bad, and how to develop generational harmony in mission teams. Available from Paternoster Publishing in the UK for £8.99 http://www.paternoster-publishing.com and coming soon to Gabriel Resources in the US for $15.99 http://www.gabriel-resources.com . ISBN 1-84227-165-2. Also check out the website at http://www.postmission.com or contact the editor Richard Tiplady <richardattipladydotorgdotuk  (richardattipladydotorgdotuk)  > .

  3. TOTAL IT UP — Have you heard about Total It Up!? Wycliffe Bible Translators has had people from around the world come to this 5-day action packed course that helps people determine if you have what it takes to be a Bible translator. The course gives an overview of Phonetics, Phonology, Grammar, Language Learning and Semantics/Translation plus great fellowship, ethnic meals, and field reports from real live Bible translators! All this and more for just $150. Come get your feet wet… try translation on for size… have a taste! After 5 spiritually and mentally challenging days, Total It Up, and decide for yourself! Experience, Participate, Total It Up! (Total is an acronym for: Taste Of Translation And Linguistics… pretty clever!) For a complete listing of Total It Up course locations and dates, as well as contact people, head on over to: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total

  4. 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.

    An upcoming workshop hosting by International Training Partners at the new facility of Mission Training International, will be held in Palmer Lake, CO March 2-7. Contact Paul at <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  > for information.

    Go to 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)  >.


  5. TEACHING MATERIALS IN NAVAJO — A worker with the Navajo in Arizona and New Mexico is trying to find Bible studies and other teaching materials available in Navajo (primarily for adults). If you have any suggestions where she might find some materials please email <matt_benjaminatsildotorg  (matt_benjaminatsildotorg)  >

  6. XXXCHURCH HAS FILTERING SOFTWARE — We mentioned a couple of issues ago about the XXXChurch site with info. on Internet pornography, but we *didn’t* mention that they have free filtering software similar to covenanteyes.com. One of our team leaders recently told me he was now requiring it for his whole team. See it at: http://www.xxxchurch.com/patrol/index.asp

  7. CIU COURSE ON CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN BUDAPEST -– On March 31-April 11, 2003, Columbia International University is offering Cultural Anthropology taught by Dr. David Cashin. If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, CIU is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom  (ciubudapestathotmaildotcom)  > for more information. 2003 courses include: Cultural Anthropology, March 31- April 11; Curriculum Development and Instruction, June 9 –13; Folk Religion, September 22-October 3.

  8. 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONSULTATION ON URDU MINISTRIES DEVELOPMENT — Asia Pacific Mission, Ltd. will be hosting the 2nd International Consultation on Urdu Ministries Development in Singapore from March 25 Tuesday – 28 Friday, 2003. This consultation is for all who are working in urban and rural communities among Urdu-speakers worldwide. This includes missionaries, strategy coordinators, pastors, tentmakers, evangelists, teachers, prophets, social workers, development personnel, and anybody who desires that Urdu-speakers go to Heaven. Consultation fees are US$150 which covers room, breakfasts and Airport Transfer. This cost does not include Airfare and other meals. For more info., contact Frank <SCANetatwritemedotcom  (SCANetatwritemedotcom)  > or phone (65)96824493 [mobile] for registration and donation details.

  9. GET CERTIFIED IN TESOL — Sea English Academy International offers TESOL certificate courses and English language courses. Located in a beautiful region of Australia, they also offer English language training courses to prepare non-English speaking missionaries. They run TESOL courses in February, April and June 2003. Study Tours and English language courses available all year round. For more info, write <seaenglishacademyatyahoodotcomdotau  (seaenglishacademyatyahoodotcomdotau)  >.

  10. CHECK OUT KENRADIO FOR THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY — Interested in technology? Check out http://www.kenradio.com for the latest! Get the newsletter and daily newscast — no matter where you are in the world! (Thanks for the tip, Ed!)

  11. SHORT-TERMERS NEED A DOC FOR A WEEK — A group of Lipscomb University pre-med students are headed out on a medical mission to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 13-21, 2003. There’s just one problem: they need a doctor or physician’s assistant to accompany them. If you could assist with this mission or know someone who could, contact Cheryl <cheryldotlindsayatlipscombdotedu  (cheryldotlindsayatlipscombdotedu)  >.
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