Sponsor

WANT TO BE ONE OF THOSE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS?

If so, just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. If you want to use a credit card (and not PayPal), then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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.

IVE TOWARD BRIGADA, GET FREE MP3 MUSIC RECORDED BY DOUG

[blush] It’s true. When you make a gift to Brigada, beginning effective today, [for whatever it’s worth :-) ], you’ll receive a link to download free mp3 songs recorded by Doug Lucas, founder and editor of Brigada Today. Each of the songs is being recorded using Steinburg CuBase 4.1 on an IBM Thinkpad laptop, connected to a Yamaha S90 ES piano/synthesizer via an mLAN firewire network. Some songs feature as many as 20 unique tracks, including soprano sax, flute, cello, horns and more, all played with greater realism by means of a BC3 breath controller into the back of the S90 ES connecting through a special acoustic PLG 150-VL plug-in card. All you have to do is see the item below to give today — and make sure you include an email link when you give so we’ll know where to send the link. All the tracks are free… and we’ll post a new song at the site every week… so it’s the gift that keeps on giving… like joining a fig-of-the-week club! :-) :-) What’s not to like about that?

MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT THE WHOLESALE LEVEL

When you help Brigada, your missions sponsorship empowers church missions committees, agency personnel, *and* overseas workers the world over. Our budget is small — $17,150 for the whole year. And in the case of Brigada, you know about every penny that came in … and you also know that we won’t take a penny more than our budget throughout the entire year of 2008. One giver called recently to offer to give $1000. Wild to think that it would only take 16 of those to *finish* things for 2008. (That giver had trouble with PayPal, so his gift was never recorded. Just don’t forget.. you don’t even have to use PayPal. Just look for the link at the bottom of the page, “Use your major credit card” and click right past PayPal. Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. (By the way, if you’re that gentleman and need help, please don’t hesitate to call back for more help. The gift hasn’t arrived just yet. :-) ) Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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.

HOW TO MAKE OUR DAY

One gentleman called our office day before yesterday, letting us know that he hoped to give $1000 through the PayPal link at the Brigada site. He mentioned that he’d rather use a credit card rather than his PayPal account. Please note that it’s easy to do so. Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page, then when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. (By the way, if you’re that gentleman and need help, please don’t hesitate to call back for more help. The gift hasn’t arrived just yet. :-) ) Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned 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.

WOULD YOU BE THE MINUTE MAN?

During the early days of the American colonies, there were these “Minute men”… People that could be called at a moment’s notice, ready to defend their new colony. Well — now’s your chance to become one of those… because we’re calling for your involvement. Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

WOULD YOU BE THE DIFFERENCE-MAKER?

Because Brigada Today’s budget is so small compared to other entities (the whole year’s budget is just $17,150… which is a fraction of what most mission works need per year), one person, one group, one company, or one church could really make a huge difference. Would you? Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

WANT TO PROVIDE FUEL FOR OUR FIRE?

Maybe ask your church or group if they’d like to pitch in? Or, if you’re unable to — maybe because you live in a nation where funds aren’t as available — would you join us in praying that someone else who *can* make a gift, *will*. Thanks! Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page:

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

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

WHAT IF WE FINISHED THE BUDGET FOR 2008 EARLY?

You already know the answer to that question. Once we reach our budgeted needs of $17,150 for 2008, we don’t mention finances again for the rest of the year! What would it be like if some generous soul(s) stepped forward to help us make that budget *early* in 2008. Want to help today? Just click on the “Sponsor/Donate” page:

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

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

20071230 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SCOTT’S “BEST READS OF 2007”
  2. FLORIDA TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM
  3. TAKING THIS SURVEY WILL HELP MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  4. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE
  5. TAKE PART IN GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER SYMPOSIUM
  6. GET READY, GET SET, THEN GO
  7. HOSPITALITY CENTER ADDS MINI RV PARK
  8. ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR RAISING SUPPORT
  9. FUTURE MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIPS
  10. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE TO FEATURE “STORYING”
  11. WE FEEL SOOOOOOO LOVED AND APPRECIATED!!! :-)
  12. FOUR FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE?
  13. THE BACKPAGE: THE DARKER THE SKY, THE BRIGHTER THE GALAXY

    1. SCOTT’S “BEST READS OF 2007” — Back again by popular request is Scott Shaum, of Barnabas, Int’l, with his “Best reads” of the year.

      See his “Best reads” article at:

      http://www.brigada.org/articles/best-reads-2007.html

      Learn more about the organization with which Scott serves at

      http://www.barnabas.org

      or email him directly

      Barnabas International sshaum(at)barnabas(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line]


    2. FLORIDA TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM — Did you know that GLOBAL Opportunities is celebrating its 10th year in running intensive, hi- impact tentmaking courses? Read on their website what course alumni have to say and then register for the next course in Florida, Feb 20-24 2008. Many say that no tentmaker should leave without this training, and if you are between tentmaking jobs, you should go and refresh your vision by attending. Focused on the core principles and skills for being effective, this course is designed for those considering tentmaking (using profession as mission), those wanting to promote tentmaking, and mission leaders wanting to build a tentmaking component into their agency. Every year, hundreds go overseas as ESL teachers, but how many are equipped to share their faith? If you are considering business as mission, the course provides the key ministry principles you need to be effective. Check out their course outline of 30 plus sessions at

      http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/LTN2008.htm

      You can also contact Dave directly at 239.243.0881 or email him at david(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.] GO will donate $5.00 to Brigada for each student that registers from this ad… so if we could just raise up 400 people for this course, we’d be *set*!!! Please go! :-)


    3. TAKING THIS SURVEY WILL HELP MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — A UK based ministry called Aid for Trade wants to develop on-line training for microenterprise development. They have put together a brief on-line survey to try to discover the needs for this type of assistance among people on the field. It takes between 12 and 15 minutes to fill out. If you have an interest in Business as Mission and few minutes to help out, please go to:

      http://www.internationalsurveys.info/aidfortrade

      to fill out the survey in a secure on-line environment. By the way, they’ll even provide a summary of the results to us here in a future Brigada. Also, if you know of other resource people in this area, they’d appreciate you connecting them with those “in the know” in this arena.


    1. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE — In Sept. 2006, leaders from 12 mission organizations met together to explore ways to work together on best practice standards in child safety and abuse response. The result was an intermission Child Safety Network. A second meeting was held in May 2007 involving leaders from 22 organizations. The third Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for February 13-15, 2008 in Rockville (suburb of Richmond), Virginia and is open to new organizations as well as those already involved. The seminar is for leaders of mission agencies and faith-based NGOs and for those with this area of responsibility within their agency. For more information and to register, see The Child Safety and Abuse Response Networking Workshop website at:

      http://intre.org/event/info.php?site=46

      The deadline to register is January 23, 2008. Email further questions to child-safety_intl(at)sil(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address back onto one line.]


    2. TAKE PART IN GLOBAL LEARNING CENTER SYMPOSIUM — The annual Global Learning Center Symposium, hosted by Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is February 6-8, 2008. This year’s theme is “21 in 21: 20-somethings and 21st Century Mission.” Through a variety of events, they’ll be exploring what it looks like to engage the emerging generation in global mission. Dr. Bill Taylor of the World Evangelical Alliance will be a plenary speaker as well as some 20-somethings themselves. Check out:

      http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/symposium

      or e-mail

      glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.]


    3. GET READY, GET SET, THEN GO — The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) provides a complete, cross-cultural training program in 9-10 weeks that includes culture prep, language acquisition, and team and relationships skills. A shorter program is also available that includes culture prep and language acquisition. Training is available for the entire family during this upcoming spring term (begins February 13). Bible Intensives are offered during the summer months. A Debrief and Reentry module is also offered twice annually. For more information, call 800.887.1786 in the USA or visit

      http://www.cit-online.org


    1. HOSPITALITY center — closed

    2. ANOTHER RESOURCE FOR RAISING SUPPORT — As the first wave of missionaries came through Kingdom Come Training partnership development courses in 2007; they became increasingly aware of the need to give ongoing assistance to people raising support for ministry. For 2008 they’ve announced the Support Assist Team. The “Team” consists of KCT and those who take the training via live, interactive multipoint videoconferencing. KCT provides the training plus ongoing encouragement, coaching, consulting and practical support. The rest of the team stays in touch, reports progress, shares prayer needs and reports back on what works what doesn’t. Everyone celebrates when someone reaches 100% support. It all gets coordinated through e-mail and the KCT website. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211. jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line] or browse to

      http://www.kingdomcometraining.com


    3. FUTURE MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIPS — During the next 60 days, discussion groups will be meeting at 16 locations across the USA both to learn about and critique the idea of pre-candidate fellowships before introducing them broadly in the USA (the concept has been tested and developed in Korea since 2001). To learn more about this ministry concept see the website:

      http://www.seeoursite.org/pcf/

      There you’ll find the list of cities hosting these discussion groups. If you would like to participate in one of the discussion groups please write to: pcfquestions(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 . then reassemble the address onto one line.]


    4. MOMENTUM MAGAZINE TO FEATURE “STORYING” — The January/February 2008 issue of Momentum will focus on Orality. Justin is looking for… – resources for teaching orality – dates for workshops, conferences, etc. – statistics related to orality – articles surveying orality ministries in particular regions – a chronology of the development of orality ministry – frequently asked questions you have encountered – short (1-2 page) case studies written in a popularized style

      If you can help with those or other possible ideas,

      editor(at)momentum-mag(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]


    5. WE FEEL SOOOOOOO LOVED AND APPRECIATED!!! :-) — Thanks to these visionary friends that have, through their partnership, propelled Brigada Today into 2008:

      $100 from a new friend in Tallahassee $25 from the good people at Florida Personal Injury Law

      http://www.fortheinjured.com/

      $100 from a friend in Menlo Park, CA $100 from Perspectives Atlanta, GA $50 from long-time subscriber Diana, author of Adventures With PawPaw children’s books designed to introduce children to other countries and cultures, on the web at:

      http://www.adventureswithpawpaw.com

      $100 from Mission Mobilisers International Inc. in Australia

      http://www.mobilise.org.au

      $25 from Reignbridge, featuring Fawn’s book “Power of Honor” $25 from a great friend in the UK $250 from a Sunnyville, CA couple. Shew. How can we say thanks enough? $50 from Women of the Harvest. Please check them out at…

      http://www.womenoftheharvest.com

      (Whoa… great website. Pubs, retreats, resources, well-organized, sharp! Clean… Even if you’re not a woman, check it out to learn from it! :-) )

      $25 from Mission Indep. Bap. Church in Chicago. $25 from a faithful friend in Colorado Springs $300 from Youth With a Mission, Lebanon, PA… Whoa. Praise God. $50 from new friends in Massachusetts $100 from a faithful friend in Sweden $500 from great new friends in the UK! Woooo-hoooo! :-) $200 from Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino, CA! Amazing. $50 from Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, Birmingham, AL $25 from Somerset, KY $25 from West Chester, PA $35 from Ukraine $100 from a member of the Board of Missions, Cumberland Pres. Church. $100 from Mission Nannys; take a look at their growth…

      http://www.missionnannys.org

      Up to 2001, only 22 volunteers had been sent out. Since then, the number has jumped to 90 with 14 going out last year alone. (They’re looking for more women volunteers 18-75 willing to go in 2008, by the way. Families need domestic assistance, homeschooling help, etc. for 3-6 months. Check the web or email bettysullins(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.]

      To all these folks and to all those who pray for Brigada, thank you for a *fantastic* last week! Only 4 more days to go for 2007 gifts. (Recall that we’re counting for 2007 gifts that come in through Jan. 10th.)


    6. FOUR FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE? — Whoa… So, with the $2360 that has come in since last edition, we stand at (drum roll) $13,918.90 for the year, just $3231.10 away from reaching the budget we had published in January, 2007! So … if you were holding out on writing that $3000 check, just to see who else gave… :-) now would be a great time to give. :-) Or… even if you only had in mind a PayPal donation of $25. It would *still* be a great time. We’re also just $1177.10 away from matching last year’s finish. Who would have believed it!!!

      For those who mail in checks, we’re waiting until Jan. 10th… (because one could have written out a check on Dec. 31st, mailed it, and we might not see it for a few days). So … to be fair… we’ll count PayPal gifts toward 2007 needs all the way up through Jan. 10, 2008. As a result, all is not lost! :-) Even though we’re only standing at $11,558.90, we still have time to try to make our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. To pull this off, we only need exactly 50 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Just *one* courageous soul would need to give $1000, 3 more would need to give $250, 14 more for $50, and 32 more gifts of $25 in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here’s the summary chart to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

      1 more gift of $1000 3 more gifts of $250 14 more gifts of $50 32 more gifts of $25

      Gulp. The final yard. Would you pray with us that everyone who *can* *will* step forward? Thanks. By the way, if you decide to send a check on the 10th, just date it Dec. 31st, then drop us an email to let us know it’s coming. No need to express mail it or anything. Anything arriving, unannounced, after the 10th, will be treated toward 2008’s ministry needs. Thanks again for the amazing energy boost!

      Just click on “Donate“. You can make a gift from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, you can 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.


  1. THE BACKPAGE: THE DARKER THE SKY, THE BRIGHTER THE GALAXY — I recently had the chance to drive to the top of a very tall & remote mountain (13,796 feet above sea level). I was amazed by the views it afforded, especially at night, when it grew very dark. And I do mean *dark*. (Since we were hours from the nearest city, it was a case of *extreme* darkness.) Stars were everywhere. I wrote in my journal, “I don’t deserve to behold this majesty. It’s so quiet up here, except for the stars… and they seem to be *singing* glory to their creator!” No matter which direction I looked, I could see deep space objects with the naked eye. And when I looked at any given point in the sky with my binocular, I would see *dozens* of galaxies, clusters, and nebulae in seemingly every field of view. What impressed me most was how *clear* these objects were. You see, when it comes to astronomy, the darker the sky, the more visible the dimmest glows.

    I’ve noticed a similar phenomenon with missionaries. For example, in times of great financial need or hardship, the smallest gift can appear as a very bright spot in an otherwise very dark month. So please don’t ever forget — your gift of prayer and finances can be *the* difference- maker in inspiring your favorite worker to keep shining brightly in areas of bleak spiritual darkness. Thank you for your support & sacrifice for those working around the world. Thank you for making their work possible through your partnership and vision.

    To those serving internationally, there is one more meaning that occurred to me. Sometimes it is in the midst of hardship that we come to experience the glow of God’s love & care most prominently? Yes, you’ve left family, friends, and grandparents. So in the midst of this darkness, we pray that God can cause a glow in your heart like you’ve never felt before… as long as you’re looking for him and giving him *place*. Give God place in your own heart. Search for him. He’ll glow for you again too.

20071223 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHINESE BIBLES: BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT
  2. THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS; COULD YOU SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT BRIGADA?
  3. ANOTHER CALLING CARD TO TRY
  4. NEED A GREAT PRESENTATION? HAVE YOU TRIED PRO SHOW GOLD?
  5. COMIN’ UP ON 13 YEARS OF BRIGADA
  6. HAVE A GLORIOUS NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!!!
  7. THANK THE LORD FOR THESE GIFTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT
  8. TEN FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE?
  9. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHINESE BIBLES: BETTER THAN WE THOUGHT — According to a couple of very connected Brigada participants, Amity Press is doing even better than we thought at getting Bibles into the hands of Chinese. Without going into a lot of detail, suffice it to say that it sounds like they’re being very intentional and effective at making that connection. God be praised.

  2. THANKS FOR THE PRAYERS; COULD YOU SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT BRIGADA? — One Brigada participant wrote that he is not able to make any kind of gift at this time, but he *did* commit to pray for Brigada. Obviously, that would be most excellent. As we turn the corner into 2008, would you also consider trying to find 10 new Brigada subscribers? Just ask them to send an email to:

    brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom)  

    Here’s a block of sample text:

    “Hello. Interested in getting a free email (once a week) highlighting missions resources, opportunities, and helps? I’ve found Brigada Today to be helpful… and so have 11,000 others. It’s easy to get hooked up. Just send a blank email to: brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom That’s all there is to it. The rest is automatic. And just so you know, they never send out anything else to that address, nor is it sold or made available to anyone else. Just FYI, in case you’re interested!”

    Thanks for helping us get the word out!


  3. ANOTHER CALLING CARD TO TRY — Brigada participant, Charles, wrote this past week to recommend SpeedyPin.

    http:\\www.SpeedyPin.com

    “The card permits calls to Myanmar for 21 cents per minute with one minute rounding and no weekly fees. Most cards in this price range use three minute rounding with weekly charges until the minutes are used up. SpeedyPin has a great feature whereby they will (optionally, of course) automatically recharge the minutes on the card when they fall below a preset limit – say $5.00 worth, or whatever. This is a great time saver for us. We have been using this site for months with absolutely no problems.” (Thanks for the tip, Charles!)


  4. NEED A GREAT PRESENTATION? HAVE YOU TRIED PRO SHOW GOLD? — One of our team leaders in North Africa put me on to this new product. It’s kinda like a cross between Powerpoint, Adobe Premier, and Microsoft MovieMaker. Just import your MP3 sound track, then drag in your photos, then assemble your slide show and … bam… your presentation is ready to make its way out on the stage! Pro Show “Gold” will probably work for just about everyone; but if you need to produce AVI files, you’ll need Producer. Prices are reasonable, quality is excellent, and the payoff is big-time. Highly recommended.

    www.photodex.com/products/


  5. COMIN’ UP ON 13 YEARS OF BRIGADA — Can you believe it? Brigada will be a teenager? On Jan. 25th, we’ll celebrate 13 years of weekly updates. Well, maybe not always *weekly*, but at least one for each week. :-) Remember you can read every single one (shew; I’m sure that’s your favorite night-time reading, right? :-) ) by simply logging on at…

    http://www.brigada.org

    Click on ‘back issues’ and you can sort through by date… or click “Search” to type in a word or two from the item; just make sure the radio button is clicked to search Brigada domain only (as opposed to searching the entire web).


  6. HAVE A GLORIOUS NEW YEAR CELEBRATION!!! — From Brigada to you, we wish you the very best new year celebration ever! Let’s make 2008 the best year ever for global missions!

  7. THANK THE LORD FOR THESE GIFTS OF ENCOURAGEMENT — Just arrived are gifts from anonymous givers in … St. Louis, MO — $100 and Bellflower, CA — $25

    “Lord, please bless these encouragers for undergirding the work of Brigada!


  8. TEN FINAL DAYS FOR 2007 GIFTS TO ARRIVE: WILL YOURS BE ONE? — For those who mail in checks, we’ll need to allow about ten days for gifts to arrive… (because one could write out a check on Dec. 31st, mail it, and we might not see it for a few days). So … to be fair… we’ll count PayPal gifts toward 2007 needs all the way up through Jan. 10, 2008. As a result, all is not lost! :-) Even though we’re only standing at $11,558.90, we still have time to try to make our 2007 budget needs of $17,150. To pull this off, we’d need 74 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Just *one* courageous soul would need to give $1000 and 2 would have to pray in $500 each, in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here are the gifts we still need to raise in order to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

    1 (of 1) more gift of $1000

    2 (of 5) more gifts of $500

    8 (of 10) more gifts of $250

    0 (of 13) more gifts of $100

    13 (of 28) more gifts of $50

    49 (of 70) more gifts of $25

    The total for 2006 was $15,096. To match 2006 giving, we still need to come up with at least $3,537.10 in these next 10 days. Gulp. Would you pray with us that everyone who *can* *will* step forward? Thanks.

    You can make a gift from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, you can 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.


  9. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? — If you don’t mind sharing, please fill us in. Just go to:

    Click on “Comment” in the lines right below the item.

    What are mine? OK… I’ll get us started. In 2008, I resolve to…

    *** Help our organization make the move to our new campus in 2008. (See our progress at:

    http://www.emeraldhills.info

    *** Finish the corrections to my doctoral dissertation. (I received the feedback from my committee and it’s a good news-bad news kinda’ thing. Not a cakewalk but then, they didn’t tell me to start over, either. I’d love to finish my Ph.D. during 2008.)

    *** Become a better vision-caster, leader, father, husband, and friend.

    Those are 3 from my own list. Now it’s your turn. Let’s hear them! :-)

20071216 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CORRECT DATES FOR FORUM ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI
  2. SOURCE FOR FREE CHRISTIAN AUDIO BOOKS
  3. ARE YOU CATCHING THE GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE BRIGADA BRIGADE?
  4. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2008!
  5. FREE SPAM BLOCKER
  6. PHONE CARDS/SERVICES ON THE CHEAP
  7. VIDEO SESSIONS OF WEB MINISTRY CONFERENCE
  8. THAT NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK…
  9. FURTHER READING ON CHINESE BIBLE PRINTING
  10. NEW BOOK UNWRAPS LATIN AMERICA
  11. CENTRAL ASIAN SCHOOL SEEKS STAFF
  12. WE’RE THANKFUL! GOD BE PRAISED!
  13. WOULD YOU BE ONE OF THE 76 PARTNERS STILL NEEDED IN 2007?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE STORY OF LETUNIN AND NGOTO

  1. CORRECT DATES FOR FORUM ON UNREACHED AZERBAIJANI — Earlier, we mentioned a North American Azerbaijani Network that is hosting a forum on gateway Azerbaijani people of Azerbaijan and Iran. The correct dates for the forum are Apr. 24-26 (not 24-28 as previously announced). The location is Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information email azpartnership(at)galacticomm

    (dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]


  2. SOURCE FOR FREE CHRISTIAN AUDIO BOOKS — Classic Christian books by writers including E.M Bounds, G.K Chesterton (and, Brigada participant, Charliy recently noted, “even a few who don’t use initials” :-) ) are available as audio book downloads for free. Start the year with “The Practice of the Presence of God” in your iPod by going to

    http://freechristianaudiobooks.com/

    (Thanks for the tip, Charliy! Cool name, too.)


  3. ARE YOU CATCHING THE GREAT DIALOGUE ON THE BRIGADA BRIGADE? — If not, tune in by browsing to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/

    for the latest input on topics and questions such as polygamy, how to determine one’s calling, civil disobedience, moral behavior resources, and more! There have been some excellent pieces there. It’s truly a tribute to the high caliber of readership we have for Brigada Today. Thanks for participating!


  4. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2008! — Do you need missions education credit before you can begin your missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer as it covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. Check out

    http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

    for more information and to sign up, or email info(at)icmusa

    (dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]


  5. FREE SPAM BLOCKER — Thanks much to Brigada participant, Lloyd, who tipped us off to mail-filter.com. Lloyd, for his part, is an emergency manager for a city. And we *really* appreciate him referring us to mail- filter which, according to Lloyd, is not only free but also very effective. Check it out at…

    http://www.mail-filter.com/

    Lloyd says one can set up multiple accounts, and that the offending spam can be viewed on the web. Good find, Lloyd!


  6. PHONE CARDS/SERVICES ON THE CHEAP — Lloyd also referred us to

    http://cheap2talk.us/

    and

    http://kc5fm.pushline.com/

    where, he said, “visitors can obtain low cost calling cards and other communications products. Brigada readers who wish to have their commissions refunded may contact the vendor through either web site or email the author at kc5fm(dot)brigada(at)mail-filter

    (dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address on one line.]


  7. VIDEO SESSIONS OF WEB MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Seven of the web evangelism seminars from the September 07 Web Ministry Conference are now online (using an innovative system which displays the PowerPoint or screen content that the participants saw, as well as the speaker): http://www.webevangelism.com/index.php?id=100

    with some additional sessions available in audio only:

    http://www.internetministryconference.org/blog/

    Of particular interest to the mission world is the video session ‘The Edges of Cyberspace’ which looks at the huge potential of digital evangelism for the non-western world in the coming few years. With the ‘Next Billion’ web users coming online very soon (mainly in the 10-40 Window), and 3.3 billion people already using mobile devices, now is the time for mission agencies to look again at how they can use the Web, video and audio, mobile devices, and Internet Cafes:

    http://ong9d.rmxpres.com/Accordent/data/Edmiston/msh.html

    (Thanks Tony!)


  8. THAT NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK… — We mentioned earlier a new missions textbook that teaches a proper perspective on Muslims. The authors are actually not “Charles Gailey and Charles Gailey” (oops! sleep- keyboarding! [blush]). We should have said that “Discovering Missions” is by Charles Gailey and Howard Culbertson, who was mentioned later in the item. As mentioned previously, the book is available at discount prices on such sites as Amazon.com. (Thanks to Andy for catching our mix-up all the way from Papua New Guinea; and to Bob, who regularly offices in the cubicle next to me! :-) )

  9. FURTHER READING ON CHINESE BIBLE PRINTING — Interested in further follow-up on that mention we made of printing Bibles in China? Brigada participant Andrew pointed us to a BBC article:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7150613.stm

    Another Brigada participant, Martin, reflected on a Chinese pastor he had visited just a few months ago. Apparently the Chinese government itself has given him money to build what will become “China’s largest church (holding 8000 inc 2500 Bible College students).” Martin has seen with his own eyes the foundations of the perimeter wall. It happens that this pastor and his team have produced all the Bible documents on

    http://www.easybibles.com/

    Martin mused, “I don’t yet fully understand the intentions of Beijing or the leaders of this work. I await guidance and pray a lot.” Let’s join him.


  10. NEW BOOK UNWRAPS LATIN AMERICA — “From Rio to the Rio Grande: Challenges and Opportunities in Latin America,” is a book by Kenneth D. MacHarg. It’s $16.25 and is available by calling toll free 1(800)247- 6553 in the USA or from Amazon.com as well as through local bookstores. Readers tell us that it does a good job at revealing the way Latins tick.

  11. CENTRAL ASIAN SCHOOL SEEKS STAFF — Kazakhstan International School is a non-profit school that seeks to train up the next generations of leaders for Central Asia. The school is a “secular” school but the staff are strong, Spirit-filled believers who regularly work with students whose families come from 32 countries, many of them Muslim. They are looking for short and long term Christian teachers to share their lives with these young people and their families. Learn more at

    http://www.kisnet.org/


  12. WE’RE THANKFUL! GOD BE PRAISED! — Praise the Lord for these partners who have stepped up to the plate to help us connect the dots in 2007:

    $50 from a brother in Tulsa, OK, helping launch the Network of Azerbaijani Partnerships. This is a network of partnerships in several countries that work among and advocate for the 40 million unreached Azerbaijani people predominately in Azerbaijan, Iran, and Iraq, but also in smaller numbers in other countries in Central Asia, plus the UK and the US. Please take a moment right now to lift up the Azerbaijani people and this consortium of partnerships. Give praise that they’re hooking up and ask God to bless those who are trying to pull them all together.

    $50 from a partner in Minnesota $100 with love from some anonymous YWAMers who work in Vietnam; “God bless you richly for all you do on behalf of the unreached!”

    $25 from a partner in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

    $25 from Washington Injury Lawyers, http://www.washingtoninjury.com/ and

    $25 from Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers, http://www.beltlawfirm.com/ (Please give thanks tonight for these attorneys who are setting about to use their gifts & skills for God’s glory!)

    $216 from a worker in StoryRunners, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ using oral methods to reach Unreached People Groups. They wrote, “Thanks so much for your ongoing ministry to the missions community! I read your Brigada regularly and have benefited from it greatly! May the Lord meet ALL your needs and keep the Brigada flame bright!” Please pause tonight to lift up this innovative form of gospel outreach.

    $25 from a family headed soon to Zambia. They wrote, “I’ve been a Sr. pastor for the last 13 years here in Illinois; my wife and I are departing on Jan 10 to serve with Action International Ministries in Lusaka, Zambia. I will be involved in pastoral leadership development and my wife will be involved with pastor’s wives and children’s ministries. If the Lord would keep us in good health we hope to spend the next ten years serving the church in Africa. We are both 56. Your weekly email has proved helpful on several occasions as we have been preparing for missions. In fact, it is the only subscription email that I am keeping as we make the move. Thank you for your service to us.” Whoa. Sobering and encouraging. Please lift them up tonight.

    $25 from a worker at Global Mapping in Colorado

    $50 from a friend in Perry Hall, MD

    $100 from a new friend in Texas

    $50 from Honey Brook, PA

    $50 from Columbia, SC

    $25 from Orlando, FL

    $100 from an individual at CAL Berkeley

    We’re so thankful for these dear friends and partners. Thank you Lord!


  13. WOULD YOU BE ONE OF THE 76 PARTNERS STILL NEEDED IN 2007? — Now you can give directly from your bank account, without having to go through PayPal or a credit card. Just log on to

    http://www.teamexpansion.org/

    Click on “Resources” then “Donate” and follow the instructions. Be sure to note that the gift is for Brigada.

    Now we only need 76 more people, groups, or churches to step up to the plate. Unfortunately, only 2 more days remain in 2007. Would you be one of those 76??? If you *can’t* give, would you be willing to ask someone who might – or at least pray for someone else to step out? We still need just *one* courageous soul to give $1000 and 2 to give $500, in order to meet our 2007 needs. Here are the gifts we still need to raise in order to meet those 2007 ministry needs:

    1 (of 1) more gift of $1000

    2 (of 5) more gifts of $500

    8 (of 10) more gifts of $250

    0 (of 13) more gifts of $100

    15 (of 28) more gifts of $50

    50 (of 70) more gifts of $25

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


  14. THE BACKPAGE: THE STORY OF LETUNIN AND NGOTO — Yesterday we received this note from Dorothea, who served in East Africa. She wrote, “We had to fix lots of flat tires in the desert. On one such stop we came upon an extraordinary Samburu couple, Letunin and Ngoto. While my husband Jim changed the tire and our three children played in the sand, Letunin told us this of his life story.

    Letunin and Ngoto lived far out in a desert village and understood only a few portions of Scripture that had been translated into a related language. They had become followers of Christ and were extremely happy to be married to another person who shared deep faith in Christ. Among other life lessons, they had learned of the Apostle Paul’s instructions on marriage in I Corinthians 7, telling each man and woman to have his/her own husband. (“Let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.”) So, as a young married couple they had vowed to follow God’s Word in this area. Letunin would not take a second wife, though most of his friends had multiple wives as soon as they could afford to feed them.

    The village people regularly laughed at this long-married couple and reminded them that because Ngoto was barren she was obviously cursed by God. It seemed obvious that Letunin should take a second wife. The women told Ngoto, “If you really loved your husband you would INSIST he take a second wife so you will have someone to take care of your camels and goats when both of you are old.” Ngoto always replied that God had the power to give them a child. The women laughed out loud at Ngoto’s non- traditional notions.

    The elders called Letunan foolish and kept urging him to take a second wife. They called Ngoto “useless.” But Letunan always answered from God’s Word, saying that each man should have his own wife (singular) and each woman her own husband (singular). The couple became the laughingstock of the entire village and amongst the larger people group.

    One morning God turned the tables. Laughter erupted from Letunan and Ngoto’s house, drawing crowds of villagers. Perhaps the couple had gone insane from years of being childless? No. Letunan came out and announced, “Ngoto is pregnant. God has the power to answer prayer. Trust Him. He can do the impossible!”

    They named the child the Samburu word for “Laughter.” It reminded them of all the years people had laughed at them, and of their belief in God’s Word. It also reminded them of the joyous laughter God brought into their lives that day.

    If you ever get the opportunity to visit this small East African village, you will find a growing Samburu church, with many Christians trying to obey what they understand of God’s Word. Many began following Christ because of Letunan and Ngoto. God used this one couple and their adherence to His Word to start a God-honoring group of Christ-followers out in the desert.

    Letunan and Ngoto stand as examples to me and to you. Follow God’s Word against all odds. He always has the power to turn situations around to bring glory to Himself.

    I have also wondered about the latter half of that chapter, which talks about remaining in the state you are when you become a follower of Christ. Could this apply to polygamy, too? Good question for Bible scholars.”

    Hats off to Dorothea for sharing this very poignant example of how difficult it is to implement life-change when gospel confronts culture. Her comments gave me further pause not only on the question of polygamy and how to handle the gospel impacting a culture. But her note also reminded me of the collective experience of the entire Brigada family. I’m so thankful for all the people who make up our collective consciousness and I give thanks to Go for the group-think that can occur when we process these questions together.

    “God, please bless Letunin and Ngoto and the rest of their congregation tonight. Please meet their needs, keep them from sickness, and give them wisdom as they try to sort out your will in every single area of their faith-walk with you. Guide them and keep them close to you. In Jesus’ name we all pray, Amen.”

    Amen.

20070923 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CUTTING HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS
  2. ATTEND REGIONAL MOBILIZATION MEETINGS (SAMPLE IN PITTSBURGH)
  3. FREE WEBSITE OFFERS HELPFUL RESOURCES
  4. PRE-FIELD TRAINING IN ASIA FOR ASIA MINISTRY
  5. THE ‘EASY’ TANZANIAN LANGUAGES TEAM NOW HAVE THEIR OWN WEBSITE
  6. OMF BC EVENTS IN OCTOBER
  7. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY “ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY” EDITION
  8. THE COMING REVOLUTION
  9. OMF REACHING CHINA
  10. WHAT’S THE RATIO OF YOUTH WORKERS TO YOUTH IN THE FIELD?
  11. HATS-OFF TO BRIGADA SPONSORS
  12. WOULD YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER A ONE-TIME GIFT TO SPUR ON BRIGADA?
  13. THE BACK PAGE: EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER

  1. CUTTING HEALTH INSURANCE COSTS — Cutting health insurance costs for home base staff and overseas workers is always challenging. One solution might be to consider a Self-Funded plan. Now groups as small as 11 employees can get self-funded (StopLoss) quotes. One key advantage of a self-funded plan is that you keep more of your health insurance premium in your organization. For more information contact jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

    http://www.gninsurance.com


  2. ATTEND REGIONAL MOBILIZATION MEETINGS (SAMPLE IN PITTSBURGH) — Are you located in the Pittsburgh area? Here’s a sampling of a couple of major missionary mobilization meetings you can attend. Wouldn’t it be cool of there were more of these kinds of meetings all around the world? As for Pittsburgh, “The Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission” Breakfast meeting is about to cover “Native American Awareness.” The’ll also interview a Cuban Pastor, all on Saturday, Oct.13,2007, 8:30- 10:30am at West Ridge Community Church.

    http://www.wrccc.org

    or call 724-695-7500 RSVP to slonchka(at)comcast(dot)net

    You can also catch “Praise & Prayer over Pittsburgh”, 7:00pm, Oct.13, 2007 at West End Overlook Park. Special Guests include Richard Twiss and Darrell Fields, & Michael Duncan Project, Prayer led by Pittsburgh area Pastors. A coordinated effort by the Pittsburgh Prayer Network

    http://www.prayforpittsburgh.org and the Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission

    http://www.pngc.org (website under construction)

    (Truth in publicizing notice: Hats off to this network for sending in a check to support Brigada! That just makes me doubly want to ask that you’ll be there! :-) )


  3. FREE WEBSITE OFFERS HELPFUL RESOURCES — Looking for info on leadership and leadership training. Check out…

    http://www.teal.org.uk/index.htm

    The best part? It’s all free.


  4. PRE-FIELD TRAINING IN ASIA FOR ASIA MINISTRY — For anyone planning to minister in Asia, an excellent nine-week program is conducted once a year in Malaysia. The Malaysian Cross-Cultural Mission School (MCMS) will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur, beginning January 7 and continuing through March 16, 2008. It is an intensive program that covers the practical challenges of cross-cultural ministry. MCMS faculty includes missionaries and mission leaders from many parts of the world who are involved in the real life of a missionary. This is no “Ivory Tower” theoretical pastime; it’s the real thing! For more details, talk with Peter, the director. E-mail:

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


  5. THE ‘EASY’ TANZANIAN LANGUAGES TEAM NOW HAVE THEIR OWN WEBSITE — This site is

    http://easytanzanianbibles.googlepages.com/home

    and it is totally Tanzanian as regards authorship, checking, field- testing, copyright and ownership. The leader is Revd Samuel Mpanilehi at smpanilehi(at)gmail(dot)com , who works in close fellowship with

    http://www.easyBibles.com

    where over twenty such projects are developing.


  6. OMF BC EVENTS IN OCTOBER — OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) in B.C. invites you to the following events: 1. Saturday, October 13 (1:30 – 6:00 pm ending with a Chinese supper), Heart for Asia Conference in Victoria, 2. Friday night, October 19, from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, OMF together with Fujian Evangelical Church (FEC) present Youth and Missions. 3. Saturday, October 20, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Heart for Asia Conference to be held at Peace Mennonite Church (PMC). The theme for the events is: Passion for the Impossible – Reaching the Neglected Frontiers. For more info, including themes and speakers, email:

    pacificregion(at)shawlink(dot)ca or call 604.278.1208.


  7. GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY “ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY” EDITION — Global Missiology is a free quarterly online publication with original research and contributions from practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. The third quarter English language issue is focused on the subject of “Islam and Christianity” and has just been made available. Chinese and French editions are also available with articles that are not translations of the English, but rather original contributions from specialists working in those language contexts. All versions can be found at

    http://www.globalmissiology.org

    as well as a complete searchable archive of more than 4 years worth of articles. email editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. THE COMING REVOLUTION — Because, according to at least one author, Status Quo Missions Won’t Finish The Job. Check out this new book just released by R. Mark Baxter. After some stories and shocking statistics, Mark shares reasons for the present state of missions, the potential that exists to see the Great Commission fulfilled, and ways to personally get involved. More information on The Coming Revolution is available at

    http://shop.blessthenations.com

    Also, you can email Mark at missionsconsultants(at)yahoo(dot)com


  9. OMF REACHING CHINA — International has been reaching East Asia with the gospel since Hudson Taylor founded the organization as China Inland Mission in 1865. If you would like to get involved in a work that includes more than 1,500 workers from 20 countries with a focus on more than 400 unreached people groups throughout East Asia, visit

    http://www.omf.org/us


  10. WHAT’S THE RATIO OF YOUTH WORKERS TO YOUTH IN THE FIELD? — Would anyone happen to know about how many young people there are in any cross-cultural settings? … and how many Christian workers are serving primarily for their benefit? In other words, what’s the ratio of youth workers per youth? Got an idea to post? Just navigate to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=37

    And click “Comment” below the item. Thanks!


  11. HATS-OFF TO BRIGADA SPONSORS — Thanks to the West Ridge Christian Church

    http://www.wrccc.org

    for their innovative and encouraging support of regional missions mobilization meetings. May God bless their $100 gift to Brigada. We appreciate you! Thanks, too, for the anonymous donors who gave $100 and $25 this past week, along with the prayer coordinator who gave $25. Thanks, too, to Blessed Hope who gave $15.47 in sponsorship gifts. Learn more about their great phone plans at

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Thanks to the Kingdom Come Training worker who gave $20. May God bless their training outreach for His glory.

    Finally, may God bless the radio ministry workers who just sent $100. We’re so thankful for their love for you, for your work around the world, and for getting the message out via radio.


  12. WOULD YOUR CHURCH CONSIDER A ONE-TIME GIFT TO SPUR ON BRIGADA? — Here’s how: Just click on the “Donate” page. You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major 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.

  13. THE BACK PAGE: EXPLORE, DREAM, DISCOVER — This past weekend, I was fortunate to have the privilege of leading a couple of sessions for some adult children of missionaries (MKs). One referred to a quote by Mark Twain about sails. I looked it up when I got home. Twain was reported to have said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” It’s important to note that no one can find the source of this quote, so it’s likely that Mark Twain never actually said it. Regardless of who said it, it got me thinking.

    And in the process of thinking about it, I came across something that Twain *did* actually say, in “Innocents Abroad”: “What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not see before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea-an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone over before. To be the first–that is the idea. To do something, say something, see something, before anybody else–these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with other pleasures are tame and commonplace, other ecstasies cheap and trivial. Lifetimes of ecstasy crowded into a single moment.”

    When it comes to mobilizing missionaries, we haven’t talked much about discovery and adventure — even though much of evangelistic missionary work involves it. I think it’s because we’re afraid we’ll breed only missionary-tourists. But there is a sense in which the pioneer spirit is not only preferred, but actually *required* by some missionary opportunities. Some call it an “apostolic gift.” Call it what you want, but when Paul forged on through shipwrecks & stoning, the truth is, he was pioneering. When he believed so strongly in the Cause that he traveled on foot throughout the known world of his day, he was pioneering. Paul’s musing about going where no man has gone before (Romans 15:20) is enough to cause me to believe Twain was on the right track. We probably need to talk some about adventure, dreaming, thinking big. We need some big thinkers today. Thinkers that will dream, then *do*. After all, Twain also is reported to have said, “There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.” That’s all I’ve got to say about that.

    Doug

20050807 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. THANK YOU — FOLLOWERSHIP STUDY MARCHES ON
2. FREE SECURE E-MAIL — WITH A CATCH
3. WEB EVANGELISM NEWS
4. SEARCHING FOR THE BEST EVANGELISTIC VIDEOS
5. THE GLOBAL HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT
6. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER UPDATE
7. PLAXO STILL BRINGING PLAQUE TO THE ‘NET
8. WANTED: TWO ENGLISH TEACHERS FOR INDONESIA
9. SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS ARE AN ENCOURAGEMENT
10. ONE OF THE CHEAPEST SPAM-FILTERS OF ALL
11. HELP WRITE THE NEXT “BACKPAGE EDITORIAL”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. THANK YOU — FOLLOWERSHIP STUDY MARCHES ON — Thanks for your help with the study on followership! At last count, exactly 358 followers had invested the time to complete the survey I’m conducting for the dissertation project that I hope will lead to my Ph.D. The coursework is done. All that remains is this paper. In addition, 248 leaders had stopped by to give feedback on their respective team members. It’s true that we were originally hoping for 500 participants. Tomorrow, I’ll call the Dean at my university and ask her if she’ll allow me to conclude the survey portion of my research. I’m very grateful for all of those who took part. As promised, I’ll keep the information completely confidential and private. Thanks for trusting me with your thoughts and feedback on followership! Once the study is complete, I’ll be sure to post a summary here in Brigada. (By the way, for the purposes of appealing to new followers to take the survey, we’re done. However, the site is still up and running, especially for those team leaders who haven’t finished their feedback on team members. See it at: http://www.brigada.org/followership
2. FREE SECURE E-MAIL — WITH A CATCH — If you’re on a budget and want free, secure e-mail, a long-time subscriber to Brigada in Asia has had a good experience after several months of testing:

http://web.de

The price is right, but it comes with a catch: the site is in German.

Benefits: (1) Free, (2) Uses SSL technology for both POP3 and browser security, (3) can be configured for POP3 — so Eudora or Outlook or whatever your e-mail program can fetch your e-mail and you can read and reply off-line.

Challenges: (1) The web site is in German, (2) POP3 setup for e-mail is a bit more challenging than “fill in the blank.” There’s a different server for incoming than outgoing. Once you wade thru the challenges, settings don’t change. It might be worth the challenges.

If you need help with the German, and really want free, secure e-mail, this site is a very easy-to-use online English-German dictionary.

http://dict.leo.org

You can click back and forth for any words you don’t know. (Thanks Robert! It’s a great find!)
3. WEB EVANGELISM NEWS — There is a one-day Internet Evangelism Conference in Paraguay on 20 August. DVDs can be ordered for all the sessions of the Liberty University IE conference last April. And the Internet Evangelism Coalition conference is scheduled for 14-15 September in Chicago:

http://ied.gospelcom.net/events.php

The IE Day site also offers a detailed page of content about how to build a church website that will reach out into the community, which you can insert directly into your own website:

http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-growth.php

The 2006 Internet Evangelism Day is scheduled for 7 May:

http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php

(Thanks Tony!)
4. SEARCHING FOR THE BEST EVANGELISTIC VIDEOS — Ken is at it again. This time he’s searching for the best evangelistic videos around, along with the places to buy them. Got some ideas? Just write him ken(at)tractministry(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’ll send you the final compiled list and also post the list at

http://www.Christianvideos.org

(Thanks Ken!)
5. THE GLOBAL HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT — In his new book “The Global House Church Movement”, house church historian and practitioner Rad Zdero reports on one of the amazing things God is up to today. He includes stories of spiritual pioneers through the ages who braved opposition from secular and religious authorities to step out and do something new for God. He also includes practical and strategic steps in starting your own network of house churches. To order “The Global House Church Movement”: call 1-706-554-1594 (outside the USA), call 1- 800-MISSION (inside the USA), email gabriel(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 .] or log on to

http://www.WCLbooks.com

for secure online orders.
6. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER UPDATE — Remember Ikobo, the fund transfer service we mentioned last year? One reader recently signed up and tried to get the $10 referral fee for Brigada. Using iKobo’s live online chat customer service, the Brigada reader was told they no longer support an “affiliate” program, so no donation for Brigada.

iKobo does, however, still allow people to send and receive money in over 170 countries with lower fees than Western Union. You provide funds by transferring money into your iKobo account from your bank account or a VISA card, electronically. If the person is already an iKobo user, the transfer is *instant*. If they’re not already an iKobo member, iKobo assigns them an account and sends them a VISA ATM card, at iKobo’s expense.

Current fees to “Send Money” are US$3 for up to US$60 and $5.00 + 3% for amounts over US$60. The recipient’s VISA ATM card may be used to withdraw the transferred funds from a VISA ATM (for a US$1.99 fee) or use the funds at merchants who accept VISA cards (no fee). Check out:

https://www.ikobo.com/

(Thanks Heather!)
7. PLAXO STILL BRINGING PLAQUE TO THE ‘NET — If you ask me, Plaxo and its peers are none the better over the past year, still causing tons of extra traffic on the already spam-laden Internet. If you haven’t already been hit by one of these Plaxo-appeals, it’s basically an online service to which the user freely exposes his entire Outlook address book. (What are they thinking?) In exchange for this breach of privacy, Plaxo writes everyone on the list to make sure the address is still active. Talk about a waste of time — and bandwidth. My theory is, when you need to write me, just write me. If the email bounces, then you’ll know! Duh. Anyway, for whatever reason, scillions of users have succumbed to this scam, which could be sold off at any time, for a profit I’m sure, and the new owner could simply change the privacy agreement and begin spewing out endless spam to every “confirmed” email address in the Plaxo universe. For this reason, I *never* answer them and I have spam filters configured so I don’t even see them. Call it a hobby horse if you like, but at least I’m in good company. For a sample, read this critical review by a professor in Australia, read this 2004 review, “Very Black ‘Little Black Books'”, in a study of what the author calls ‘privacy-invasive technologies’. This guy is a professor at Australian National University, where he teaches in the Engineering and Information Technology department.

http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/DV/ContactPITs.html#PIA
8. TWO ENGLISH TEACHERS — [EDITED]
9. SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS ARE AN ENCOURAGEMENT — I’ll be honest. It really does mean a lot when people pitch into spur us on here. We use the gifts to offset the cost of secretarial help, webspace, advertising, and more. This past week, we’re grateful to Blessed Hope Long Distance for their $8.82 sponsorship in view of May phone calls from those who have signed up to use their service. (Learn more about them at:

http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

We’re also grateful to 2 other friends who each gave $25 anonymously. We appreciate you! To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. 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.
10. ONE OF THE CHEAPEST SPAM-FILTERS OF ALL — Need a spam filter but can’t afford the $30 or more per year? Just open a Google Group at:

http://www.googlegroups.com

Make yourself the only member and be careful to design the group as…
*** No public website
*** Moderated
*** Anyone can post Give anyone the address. You don’t have to be careful about this one. The GoogleGroups interface is so fast, it’ll make it a cinch to click all the “delete” radio buttons. In the case of *real* email, just click “post” and the group will email your *real* address a copy of the original email. The only downside is, unlike corporate versions (like Spam Interceptor), this service has no “black list” . . . and it won’t “learn” your likes and dislikes. But price is right and the idea is fun to implement.
11. HELP WRITE THE NEXT “BACKPAGE EDITORIAL” — In next edition’s “Backpage” editorial, we’ll be discussing retreats for spiritual renewal. Our goal is to provide something very tangible, practical, and specific for those who would like to get away for a one- or two-day personal retreat. (Even Jesus went to a mountain, alone, to pray.) If you have ideas or specific resources that might help others, please jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By default, we won’t publish your address. If you’d like folks to see it, however, please mention that in the item and we’ll do our best. Thanks!

20050619 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
2. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT JOHN STOTT LEADING LAUSANNE?
3. MISSIONARY TRAINING BOOKLETS: GET A WHOLE SET!
4. NEW CHILDREN/YOUTH BIBLE
5. IN HER HEART: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF SOUTH AFRICA
6. MEDIA TRAINING ON OFFER
7. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES’ 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
8. GLOBAL DIAL-UP OPTIONS
9. WE COULDN’T MAKE IT WITHOUT SPONSORS
10. LOOKING FOR SOUND HELP FOR YOUR LAPTOP PPT PRESENTATIONS?
11. GOT 5′ TO HELP WITH DOUG’S DOCTORATE?
12. HOW DOES YOUR MISSION DEAL WITH RETENTION?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: Federal minimum wage and overtime requirements do apply to churches and religious nonprofits but not to ministerial staff; IRS releases guidelines that can help nonprofit organizations with their employment taxes; principles of international charity have been developed by a working group of charitable organizations; churches, religious schools, and camps may be legally responsible for injuries resulting from failure to exercise adequate supervision of their programs and activities; IRS denies tax deduction for the educational expenses of obtaining an advanced degree. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field. (Thanks to “Legal Trends” for the $10 sponsorship sent this past week!)
2. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT JOHN STOTT LEADING LAUSANNE? — Sounds like the beginning of a one-liner… but it’s true. Read the whole press release about John Stott becoming the honorary chairman of the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization at… http://www.lausanne.org/Brix?pageID=15189 If anyone can help the LCWE rally us together, it’s he. Go John Stott!
3. MISSIONARY TRAINING BOOKLETS: GET A WHOLE SET! — Now you can get nine booklets in the current Missionary Training Service series for US$45 (normal price US$58). They’re Also available at much lower prices for the developing world. Includedare The Missionary Training Guide, Unreached Peoples of the World, The Missionary Team, How to make Disciples in Other Cultures, How to Learn Another Language, The Effective Sending Church, Tentmaking Missionaries, Evangelizing Muslims, Evangelizing Hindus and Buddhists. Order them individually for US$6.50. To order, or for more information, please contact MTS Book Department – Mrs Pauline Jones paulinemjones(at)tiscali(dot)co(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or http://www.missionarytraining.org
4. NEW CHILDREN/YOUTH BIBLE — PlanetWord Bible has arrived, and talk about Perspective! The techno-driven design is based on the GPS system (global positioning system). It starts with the big picture, just like using a real GPS device. Each book introduction explains how God worked in this book of the Bible to make His name known. Then PlanetWord zooms in closer with short biographical sidebars showing how God used men, women and children throughout history, from all over the planet, to carry His name to all nations. These messengers, from many ethnicities, qualify as true role models, well-worth emulating! Thirty-two colorful pages offer maps, facts and tidbits about the eight major world religions. Sidebars focus even closer on accounts of student messengers acting through a variety of agencies, or on their own. Prayer sidebars help focus on God’s plan for each life and for unreached people groups. Other sidebars include samples of Mark 1;1-4 in scripts from around the world and country data where that language is spoken, along with 365 key verses from Genesis to Revelation revealing God’s overall plan and purpose. Written for children and youth, but challenging for adults, too. Ask for PlanetWord Bible (NKJV) in your local Christian bookstore (paperback or hardback) or browse http://www.thomasnelson.com, call 1-800-251-4000 or (615) 902-1288, or as a last resort email Jeremy: JJohnson(at)ThomasNelson (dot) com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. IN HER HEART: THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED OF SOUTH AFRICA — K. is an older lady who has been living life in the dark. She has always understood Christianity to be a religion which you join. It took a long time to explain the difference and the truth of the gospel. After the Lord opened her eyes, she prayed for Jesus to come into her heart. She was asked, “Where is Jesus?” With a smile she quickly responded, “He is in my heart, because I asked Him.” 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
6. MEDIA TRAINING ON OFFER — The Media Training Alliance is an association of Christian Media professionals and academics who are offering their services to assist and train believers in developing countries to start and manage media projects, including radio and television. The MTA wants to get in contact with people looking for assistance with training and can use the service. If you are interested, or know anybody who might be, please get in touch with them. The MTA website is at: http://www.icti.org.uk/mta/ You can also email mta(at)icmc(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. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES’ 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY –- On July 4th, 2005, HGM will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a day of activities, including outdoor games, barbecue, evening service featuring Dr. Ralph Winter as special speaker (6:30pm) and a concert by Echoing Clarey (8pm). This anniversary coincides with the start of the 10th class of Beautiful Feet Boot Camp, HGM’s long-term missionary training program. Everyone is welcome to come and join the celebration! Location: Heart of God Ministries’ Oakhill Campus 3720 S. Hiwassee Rd. Choctaw, OK 73020 Any questions, call: 405.737.9446 See these sites for more information: http://www.heartofgod.com/ http://echoingclarey.com/
8. GLOBAL DIAL-UP OPTIONS — Thanks to Joshua Project networking specialist, Barbara Bills, who recently placed an item here in Brigada asking for input about how to connect to the Internet when traveling globally. She received input from several sources. Her report is featured on the web as a link in this very item. Click here for the report. (Thanks Barabara!! Good job!)
9. WE COULDN’T MAKE IT WITHOUT SPONSORS — We’re so thankful for the encouragement provided by those who help us provide for Brigada’s expenses, including webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. This past week, we received help via a $50 gift from a family in Hyattsville, MD with a specialty in TESL. Another sponsorship of came in the form of a $100 gift from a Perspectives alum. And thanks to “Legal Trends” for their $10 sponsorship! (See their item above.) We appreciate this help . . . and we hope for more to complete our 2005 goal of $16,576.
10. LOOKING FOR SOUND HELP FOR YOUR LAPTOP PPT PRESENTATIONS? — You can always try Interlink’s “GoSpeak” set. They’re based on NXT flat- panel speakers and are just a tad bigger than a notebook PC itself. They offer enough voice amplification for a few dozen people but probably aren’t as suitable for music, since their frequency response is only about 100 – 10,000 khz — not very broad for a set that will set you back $325, actually. But they’re light, compact, and handy. Your call. Learn more at: http://www.interlinkelectronics.com
11. GOT 5′ TO HELP WITH DOUG’S DOCTORATE? — That’s all it’ll take. Just click to: http://www.brigada.org/followership Click on the link for “Team Members and staff persons” and make sure you supply the info. on your team leader. Remember – no lists are being created from this data. It’s pure doctoral research. Read the privacy statement for more information. Doug’s still only about halfway there. All it would take is some good-sized mission with a few hundred team members. If the whole mission decided to participate, lock, stock, and barrel, he’d be done with all his surveying and could tackle the writing of the last few chapters of his dissertation — and be *done* with it!!! If you and/or your mission could help, please consider jumping on board. The topic is followership. We’ll report back the findings in Brigada Today. It’ll be *sooo* interesting. :-) LOL But seriously, please help if you can. It’s a no-cost way to do a good turn for Doug. :-) Remember – to be counted, you have to talk your team leader into participating too. So it’s a two-way street. Thanks for your help.
12. HOW DOES YOUR MISSION DEAL WITH RETENTION? — These past couple of days, my wife and I have been registering our 18-year-old at a university in Nashville, TN. The experience gave me a valuable cross- check on how much energy today’s learning institutions invest in *keeping* the students they have “on the hook.” The university had recruited about 20 students to help with the weekend. They blended lots of marketing with tons of get-to-know-you stuff and just lots of good will. By the end of the weekend, I’d venture a guess that both parents and prospective students were not only better informed, but probably more *likely* to stay in the hopper as incoming freshmen there this fall.

The whole thing gave me pause about how we treat new believers, new team members on our mission teams, and new recruits in our agencies.

When your agency hears about a new recruit — either through one of those inquiry forms or from a phone call or web inquiry — do you invest energy in follow-up? I’m convinced that until we fire up the person-to-person phone calls, emails, and face-to-face visits, we won’t have done enough for the cause of recruitment. Bottom line: Getting serious about recruiting new workers will mean getting serious about investing resources in communication with them.

And how ’bout your mission team itself. When the new guy arrives on the field, do you assign a “big brother” or a “big sister” to the new worker or family? Do you have a systematic orientation to your field, along with checkpoints to be sure to avert poor adaptation? Has your field taken the time to write down information that will be handy for new workers. I’m not suggesting we baby new arrivals… but, at the same time, let’s don’t ignore their special needs.

Finally, and most importantly, how do you handle young believers in your field. Do you seek out ways to bring them together in care groups that will create camaraderie, fellowship, and energy for them to follow the Way? Even in sensitive-access lands (maybe *especially* there), do we think carefully enough about how important it is to knit them into the tapestry of “group-ness”?

These are only the beginning of the tough questions we must all face if we’re going to mimic the university in Nashville. I’m convinced we can do more… and when we learn to do more in these areas, we’ll *keep* more precious co-workers . . . and we’ll accomplish more for the Kingdom.

Because it’s a jungle out there. So be careful. Doug

20050330 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA!
10. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING)
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE
21. SPONSORS ROCK!
22. CLOSING STUFF

1. “ART OF LISTENING PRAYER” FILLS KEY VOID — The new Seth Barnes book, “The Art of Listening Prayer,” seems to fill a real void, creating a theology of *communicating* with God (including listening) as opposed to merely giving God a list of grievances or requests. “Create a conversation with God – Focus, repent, Ask, and Listen.” If new recruits find out about this book, choosing a field might become tons easier. In the end, the name says it all… it’s an art available at: http://www.adventures.org Seth Barnes is the founder of Adventures in Missions, which is set on mobilizing new missionaries and other radical disciples. To get your copy, browse at: http://adventures.org (and by the way, thanks for the help with the sponsorship gift, Adventures!!)
2. AUDIO SCRIPTURES IS MERGING WITH FRANKLIN — On April 1st Audio Scriptures International and its sister organization, Adopt-A-Village, merged to become Talking Bibles International. This change will allow them to serve the non-reading community from a larger platform, more effectively and efficiently. The goal and focus of the ministry will remain the same, namely, to reach non-readers with the Word of God in a format they can understand and relate to, namely, the Talking Bible in their own languages. Talking Bibles International’s goal and desire is to place 100,000 Talking Bibles into non-reading homes in India over the next 5 years. During this same period Talking Bibles International’s partner, World Mission, will be pursuing a similar goal in Africa … 100,000 Talking Bibles in ten African languages. Talking Bibles International will continue serving as an audio Scripture resource center for churches, individuals and ministries in the USA. It will continue recording New Testaments in more languages, reaching homes with the Bible in audio through its extensive website … providing Talking Bibles in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia and Europe. For more information contact info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.talkingbibles.org
3. CORRECTED URL ON CRESCENTPROJECT — Interested in that film that might win a few Muslims? The earlier link was gone. http://www.crescentproject.org/sahara_faq.cfm Works. The URL reported for this movie in a previous edition seemed to have issues. Sorry about that.
4. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 Cosim Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
5. MISSION/CHURCH/RELIEF LEADERS GET TOGETHER — This Joint Gathering will be September 12-15, 2005 in Denver. The theme will be: Synergistic Kingdom Advance Among the Least and the Lost Participating groups include the Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM), Association of Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO), the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) and Churches Together. The gathering will seek to encourage deeper evangelical engagement with a range of issues. The hope is to approach these issues from both a hands-on process that will enable networking between organizations and allow leaders to clarify the core issues that face the body of Christ in its global mission. Participating mission and church leaders, strategists, and field practitioners will seek to take seriously issues like: Dealing with the AIDS crisis together, Rebuilding in Asia after the tsunami, Becoming a “Christian” in a post-Christian World, …. and more. Support/service organizations are encouraged to exhibit at the event. Watch for more information at http://www.efmamissions.org or call: 770-457-6677
6. MORE ON COMPRESSING PHOTOS — The item we featured on compressing photos generated a ton of user feedback. Seems like we’ve hit a chord with which several Brigada participants have struggled. “Jim” pointed out that Word has a Picture toolbar (View|Toolbars|Pictures) with an icon for “Compress Pictures”. Just click it and apply it to all pictures in document, then change the resolution to either web/screen or print. (Thanks Jim!) Peter, from Australia, added, “A word of warning: if you have already saved the document before compressing, save it as a new file (SAVE AS ..) after compression. If you just save to the same file it can actually make the file LARGER, for some reason.” Another liked WordPerfect, which in two clicks, any WP file converts to PDF. Just select File >> Publish to >> PDF. Easy! (Thanks Claudia). Several others pointed out that not all the products we mentioned were totally free. So be sure to read their descriptions fully before buying. Jim, along with Peter, added, “This dpi conversion feature is not listed in the advertised FREE Pic2Pic; nor in the Pic2Pic Plus $15 version; but only in the top-of-the-line Pic2Pic Pro $30. Feels like bait-and-switch from free Brigada advertising.” Oops. Well I can honestly assure you, Jim… we used a review to write that item — we’ve not had the time to play with the program personally. If only the $30 version has the capability, then Google’s Picasa is the better option (again, free). Either way, we don’t work for Pic2Pic nor do we receive any commission or kick-back from them. We were just “one beggar telling another where to find bread.” If your pictures are in Word, the above click tool seems like the easiest option! If you’d like to try yet another free option, “Peter” recommended: http://users.pandora.be/david.de.groot/progs/PIXresizer.zip
7. HINDU MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY — From May 6-8, 2005 the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a weekend conference on the Hindu- Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. Although scholarly resource people will be present the focus will be on practical service. This New York City area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact info(at)rethinkingforum(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org for full details or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
9. MISSIONNEXT MAY 6-7: BOOMERS/XERS IN…NEBRASKA! — Which generation can send the most new missionaries? In the USA, believers in the post- World War II “Baby Boomer” generation are primed to move into a second career in missions. (The Finishers Project has placed nearly 800 new fulltime missionaries with other agencies in the past six years, 40% of whom are already fully funded.) But Finishers gets so many Gen-Xers posting profiles that it’s time for… MissionNext in Omaha Nebraska May 6-7! Missionaries, check out http://www.MissionNext.org and send your unsuspecting constituents to Omaha. They’ll soon be joining you! Go to the website, visit http://www.Finishers.org or email Bill and Amy at William(at)Finishers(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PERSPECTIVES FAMILY EDITION, OPERATION WORLDVIEW — This new edition of the acclaimed Operation WorldView Video Series is an ideal stepping-stone to the Perspectives course. It features introductory comments from Steven Hawthorne for the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic components, plus promotional videos for the Perspectives course from Caleb Project in lesson 8. Featuring compelling mission videos and powerful lessons based on classics such as “The Story of His Glory” and “The Kingdom Strikes Back” — Operation WorldView is perfect for small groups and local churches wanting to explore profound truths in Scripture, history and culture — to motivate greater involvement in world missions. For more information, visit the Mission ONE web site: http://www.mission1.org/opwv_psp.html
11. HEART OF GOD MINISTRIES AND BEAUTIFUL FEET BOOT CAMP — HGM is a training and sending agency dedicated to making disciples among the remaining peoples of the earth that have yet to receive the Gospel. HGM’s ultimate aim is to plant living, self-reproducing churches in these cultures through a missionary witness centered on the living, biblical Jesus and free of unnecessary Western influences. To accomplish this, HGM has instituted five months of intense and very relevant training for long-term missionary church-planting—Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
12. PASSION FOR THE HEART OF GOD BY JOHN ZUMWALT — John Zumwalt reveals the fiery heart of the pioneer missionary in this explosive call to take the Gospel to those who have never heard. Zumwalt takes a hard look at history and Scripture to discover God’s purposes for his saints in every age. A radical reminder of truth central to the life of the Christian yet continually set aside by the Church at large. A powerful antidote to the deadly self-absorption of western Christianity. For more information, check out their website at http://www.heartofgod.com
13. CONFERENCE ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The 2005 COSIM Conference will be held on June 20-22, 2005 in Orlando, Florida. The theme is “Pursuing Healthy Partnerships in a Changing World.” COSIM (which stands for Coalition on the Support for Indigenous Ministries) is a fellowship of evangelical organizations with a common interest in the support and strengthening of developing-world ministries. Plenary speakers at this year’s conference are Dr. Paul R. (Bobby) Gupta of Hindustan Bible Institute, Michele Rickett of Sisters In Service, Bob Schindler of Mission ONE, and Tom Telford of ACMC / United World Mission. Who should attend? Anyone and everyone, Western and non- Western, who wants to improve their understanding and practice of cross-cultural partnerships. For more information visit the COSIM web site: http://www.cosimnet.org
14. CREATIVE PLUS INTRODUCES TEAM PRAYERCARDS (TEAM FUNDRAISING) — A prayer card company founded by former missionaries and owned and run by MKs (missionary kids) is introducing a new support-raising tool for mission teams – Individualized Team PrayerCards. Team Cards were created specifically for short-term mission teams and they allow individuals within teams to customize cards for personal use while giving team leaders the ability to maintain a professional and cohesive look for the teams’ materials. Team members will receive cards with both a photo of the team as well as their individual photo in as little as one week’s time. Text on the cards can include both the team and individual contact information, and thanks to group rates, individual costs remain low.

For more information about Team PrayerCards, visit http://www.creativeplus.com/teamcards or call 1-800-347-2848 (US/Canada) or 1-704-843-5040 (International).
15. SENDING LARGE FILES VIA EMAIL — If you’ve ever needed to send a large file (up to 1GB) to someone, but had problems sending it through email, here’s a solution. YouSendIt is a service that allows you to choose who you want to send a file to (an email address or multiple email addresses), select a file to send (you can send photos, audio, documents or anything else – your file will be stored by YouSendIt), and simply click on Send. YouSendIt will automatically email your recipient a link to your file stored on their server. Your file will be deleted after seven days. http://www.yousendit.com (Thanks Faithe!!! We’ve got to make sure we keep you. :-) )
16. GET YOUR MASTER’S DEGREE — Have you been thinking you needed to get your master’s degree? Azusa Pacific University from California teaches four courses each summer in the Philippines. The program is in leadership. The cost is 1/2 to 1/4 on campus prices (depending on nationality)! Contact Melody Kuka for more information kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The courses this summer are: May 3-June 4 Creative/Collaborative Leadership, and Designing Learning Experiences. June 6-10: Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, and Leading Across Cultures.
17. MISSIONS IMMERSION PROGRAM IN SOUTH AFRICA — Thrive Africa, based in Harrismith, South Africa, focuses on developing emerging leaders. They run a year-long missions immersion program called 24/7 for young adults who are interested in full-time missionary work. Interns in 24/7 serve alongside career missionaries and are involved in all aspects of Thrive Africa’s ministry. 24/7 runs January through December and is currently accepting applications for the 2006 program. For more information check out http://www.thriveafrica.org or email internship(at)thriveafrica(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
18. WORLD EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE CONFERENCE — The World Evangelical Alliance is calling North American Church and Ministry leaders to meet with senior WEA leaders from every major region of the globe. During this event, you will meet WEA’s senior regional leaders and International Council members; meet with executives from WEA’s commissions engaged in Religious Liberty, Missions, Women’s Concerns, Youth, and Theology; engage leaders from affiliates working with children at risk, HIV/AIDS, poverty, refugees, and saturation church planting. You will also hear an exclusive first hand report on the tsunami relief efforts by Godfrey Yogarajah, a Sri Lankan who heads up the Evangelical Fellowship of Asia, and is heavily involved in coordinating efforts in his own country. To register for this event please go to their website: http://worldevangelical.org/ call (425) 778-5513. email: infoatworldevangelicaldotorg
19. GLORY QUEST BOOKS AND TOURS –- Enjoy life-changing Biblical Study Tours to the Holy Lands of Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey. Read an Integrated Gospel with color photos and gain understanding through Biblical Theological Books. Contact Glory Quest Books and Tours at: P.O. Box 1207, Citrus Heights, CA; USA callers can dial toll-free 1- 866-274-4826; others can call 1-916-924-1919. Also, you can e-mail Glory Quest at Contact(at)GloryQuests(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For further information, please check out Glory Quest’s web site at: http://www.GloryQuests.com
20. INFLUENCE AS AN ADVOCATE — This one-of-a kind training seminar is designed to equip and challenge individuals to be effective missions advocates. Participants will learn from seasoned advocates and leave with concrete objectives on how to develop an advocacy strategy for their church, denomination, and network. This training is May 6 and 7 in Denver, Colorado and the cost is $65 per person. Register online at http://www.calebproject.org/store or email advocacy(at)cproject(dot)com for more information. The deadline for registration is April 30.
21. SPONSORS ROCK! — Thanks for the $100 donation from an anonymous WEC missionary, and the $180 from ” an anonymous couple in China,” who wrote, “Thank you for the continued blessing of Brigada!” Dial-Abroad also sent their monthly sponsorship to Brigada based on participants using their service at paypal. For more on their ministry, click “donate” and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.

20050313 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY?
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE
7. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT!
14. FESTIVAL DC
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR”
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE
18. AMAZING SPONSORS!
19. CLOSING STUFF

1. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? Get training from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College from June 13 – June 18, 2005 in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Their Two- Thirds World/ Track focuses on providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, and microfinance institution partnership. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
2. INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN CONTINUOUS (IN THE USA) — Most international plans cannot provide on-going health insurance coverage for a person that returns to the USA with a chronic illness. Now an American company is offering international health insurance for individuals that also guarantees continuous coverage in the USA. The plan also provides an HSA option, copays and no waiting period for maternity. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS MISSIONARY? — Yes it’s true! If you are looking for international health coverage at a reasonable price be sure to check out the International Citizens Series Economy Plan from Insurance Services of America. A quick glance at the rates will show you that a 25 year old male can get health insurance for an entire year for as low as $380! Rates vary by age and gender, but they are all very affordable! This plan provides excellent coverage underwritten by the oldest and largest insurer in the world. Also, at no extra charge, you will get 15 travel assistance benefits with help provided by a live operator 24 hours a day! You may get complete details at http://www.missinonaryhealth.net or for a free quote and to discuss your needs, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. (Thanks to Mark and Insurance Services for their help with Brigada’s operating expenses!)
4. MOROCCO SUMMIT — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? 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? Have a vision and looking for folks to partner with you in the work? 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. HURRY – the deadline for registering is March 31, 2005. For more information write: asm(at)interum(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR MINISTERING TO THE POOR — Learn exciting strategies that have been used by missionaries and national Christians working in both rural and urban contexts as well as countries closed to the gospel. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from June 13-18. Learn about microfinance and microenterprise development strategies that are appropriate for churches and missionaries and grounded in a Christ-centered message. For information on this event or their email based distance learning, visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. 2005 SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ CONFERENCE — This intense, interactive short-term mission training conference seeks to empower church, school, and agency leaders in Christian short-term mission. Training topics include STM Basics 101; A Host Receivers’ Perspective of STM Teams; Effective Planning, Training, and Leading of STMs; A Prayer Walking Strategy for Your STM; Our Response to the Poor; Understanding Cultural Mannerisms; Reentry, Debriefing, and Follow-up; Risk Assessment; and much more. For information and registration, visit http://www.STEMmin.org or e-mail dbromley(at)STEMmin(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. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Planning an overseas summer missions experience? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries in mind. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [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). Bite down on “Peterburgers”!
8. NEW MISSIONARY TECH SUPPORT FORUM — Those geeks over at Missionary Tech Support have just added a new online forum to help you with your computer questions and challenges. http://www.missionarytechsupport.com/forum Of course you can still email for tech support help(at)missionarytechsupport(dot)com or schedule a “Remote Geek” session. Tech support is always free to the missions community. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
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. 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. May 9 – June 3, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates are listed in at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
11. FUN PREPARATION FOR SUMMER MISSIONARIES — Culture shock can hit your funny bone! Siberian Shivers is a great preparation for summer missionaries to any culture. Bill uses humor to tell true stories with cross cultural lessons for missionaries to cap each adventure. Whether you’re headed for Siberia or someplace toasty, get ready with Siberian Shivers! Order by contacting Dick Sleeper dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). It’s never been cooler.
12. VIETNAMESE FISHERMEN’S FELLOWSHIP — Got any idea where to find good resources to present the gospel to a Vietnamese, or disciple them? David grsin(at)singnet(dot)com(dot)sg would like to know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CROSS CULTURAL TRAVEL CAN BE A HOOT! — The Great Siberian Rail Adventure is all about finding humor, spiritual encouragement, and cultural insight traveling in the middle of nowhere. Journeying this summer overseas or know someone who is? Get ready for your adventure with this funny book. Order by contacting Dick Sleeper at dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
14. FESTIVAL DC — The dates are Oct. 3 to Oct. 10, 05. Delta Ministries International is partnering with the Louis Palau Association to bring teams to Washington DC to serve in various venues demonstrating the love of God in a “two-handed” Gospel approach. For the week leading up to the DC Festival, teams will be involved in saturation evangelism, prayer walking, restoring homes with Habitat for Humanity, medical needs and random acts of kindness. The two days of the DC Festival will include humanitarian needs, medical screening, sports areas, children’s games, Christian music, presentation of the gospel of Christ and much more. The registration deadline is June 2005. For more information or to find out how you can be involved, please contact Asher Sarjent at DELTA Ministries International, PO Box 30029, Portland, OR 97294 USA; U.S.A. callers can dial toll-free: 1-800-533- 5822; Out of U.S.A. callers dial: 001-503-669-8048 or email ashers(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Website:

http://www.deltaministries.com
15. “A PRAYER A DAY FOR MYANMAR” — This is your opportunity to pray for Myanmar: http://www.p4mm.com The site is initiated by Myanmar Partnership, a group of about 20 Christian organizations with a focus on Myanmar. This website has prayer requests for every day of the month. Subscribe for email updates at the website.
16. COMMUNICATION BARRIERS — The Mbalantu People of northern Namibia: I. lives in a traditional Mbalantu home which is several small, round huts surrounded by a tree limb fence. He welcomed three believers sharing the Gospel with him one afternoon. He repeated his gratefulness and showed a great desire to learn. However, he never grasped what it means to be saved. It was a prime example of the task of missions to clearly communicate the Gospel. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
17. SO. CALIFORNIA MISSIONSFEST CONFERENCE — MissionsFest, a FREE family missions conference is coming to the Ontario Convention Center April 29 to May 1st (Friday – Sunday). There will be programs for: Children (ages 3 to 11), a Saturday Youth Rally, and Adults (3 Plenary Speakers, 60 Seminars and 85 Missions Displays!). A special track of seminars will be offered for Missions Pastors, Spanish Speakers, and Children’s Workers. All Pastors, Church and Mission Leaders are invited to attend a special Friday luncheon to hear Pastor Ed Smith, Board member of the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. Pre-purchased tickets are required for this luncheon and the Youth Rally (call 909-394-1263). Volunteers are needed for set up, hosting, ushering and supervising children. If you want to be a part of the world-wide missions movement, plan now to attend April 29th to May 1st. And why not sign up to volunteer for a couple of hours? Visit http://www.mfestsocal.org or e-mail info(at)mfestsocal(dot)org for further details, or call (909) 394-1263. No registration is required for this FREE family missions conference.
18. AMAZING SPONSORS! — Hats off to the 3 anonymous sponsors for sending $10, $15, and $25 respectively (Thanks!), and to Dial-Abroad for sending $142 as a portion of the long distance usage fees from January! Please keep talking! :-) If you need a long distance program, or if you’d just like to help Brigada, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), 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 be anonymous.

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