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20031109 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. JUST UNDER $4000 TO GO FOR 2003 SPONSORSHIPS
  2. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES REACHING UPGS
  3. USER FROM CHAD AGREES: PLAXO TO THE MAXO IS WILL TAXO
  4. STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK
  5. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS
  6. OPERATION IMPACT: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE
  7. FREE DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE DEVELOPMENT SOFTWARE
  8. THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCLILIATION STUDIES
  9. GROW YOUR CHURCH GOD’S WAY
  10. INTERDEV CALLS IT A DAY
  11. GLOBAL PASSION 2
  12. THE BACK PAGE: MISSIONS IN A CONNECTED WORLD
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. JUST UNDER $4000 TO GO FOR 2003 SPONSORSHIPS — Can you believe it? We are over 3/4 of the way there. Would you consider clicking over to: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html to register your partnership with Brigada Today. All proceeds go to pay for a Brigada Secretary. Sponsors get preferential fast-track listings in Brigada Today, links on the Sponsors page, real “human” help with subscribing, plus — once we reach our goal, we won’t have to mention the need for sponsors again for the entire year! :-) So please check with your church, group, or agency, or just jump in with both feet as an individual to pitch in $50, $100, or $1000 toward the accomplishment of our mutual goal, thereby helping Brigada Today continue on schedule. Thanks for your partnership!!!

  2. INTERNATIONAL CHURCHES REACHING UPGS — Can international churches serve as more than places of fellowship? They sure can! The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can reach three focus groups: 1) expats; 2) English-speaking locals; and 3) UPGs. Several churches have begun creative indigenous UPG ministry in the limited access countries in which they are located. The first MICN Conference will be 8-11 March 2004 in Jakarta, Indonesia. For information contact: conferenceatmicndotorg or on the web at: http://www.micn.org

  3. USER FROM CHAD AGREES: PLAXO TO THE MAXO IS WILL TAXO — Here’s a Brigada reader from Chad: “Just wanted to say a big *Thank you* for the paragraph about why you opt out of Plaxo – I quote it in reply to every Plaxo ping I get, and a few people have written back to say that have reconsidered and uninstalled it. Note: If you’re going to do this, make sure you don’t just hit the reply button, cuz that just goes back to Plaxo, send it to their personal address!” Well said! (We’ll leave your name unmentioned for sensitivity’s sake, but thanks for your input! We couldn’t agree more!)

  4. STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK — “Siberian Shivers” is a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Siberia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene, whether or not they are headed for cold climates. So get a real eye opener to culture shock issues. Order Siberian Shivers in time for Christmas! You can read the first story “Uaz Adventure” for free by going to http://www.geocities.com/HarrisesInRussia/sibshivers.htm or order immediately by writing dickatsleeperdotus . Cost is $7 for your first copy; $6 for the second up to infinity!

  5. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, order by writing dickatsleeperdotus. $7 for your first copy; $6 for the second up to infinity. Climb aboard!

  6. OPERATION IMPACT: MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE — Azusa Pacific’s Operation Impact was apparently a life-changing experience for one Brigada participant: “The program was challenging and extremely useful in helping me to focus my vision and develop the program of ministry that I was involved in,” wrote SK. “The assignments and projects were designed to help me in my current ministry, to help me make my program even better.” Azusa Pacific University stages Master’s Degree classes in Social Science in the Philippines every June. Cost is 1/3 of on- campus prices! The upcoming session is May 31-June 11, 2004, at which time they plan to offer: Ethics in a Changing Organizational Environment, Leader as an Agent of Change, Current Issues in Leadership, Group Dynamics and Conflict Management. For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or call 632-658-3807.

  7. FREE DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSE DEVELOPMENT SOFTWARE — A software developer (turned missionary) has developed Windows-based Distance Education Course Development software for the typical user. This *free* software will: * let you or indigenous Christians develop courses using the 10 *free* “Clip-lib” pop-up scripts he’s written to use with a *free* HTML editor, * provide for dialup Internet access only when the student sends and receives emails from other students or the instructor, or * allow the student to study online using his own PC’s email program to save his course work, using the *free* JavaScripts, or * work completely online using any PC – at an Internet cafe, library, using the same courseware, just switching to different *free* JavaScripts, etc. You can try it online and download it from: http://agape-biblia.org/index01.htm [then click on “Lesson Template S”]. (Thanks Robert!)

  8. THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCLILIATION STUDIES — In association with John Dawson’s International Reconciliation Coalition, registration is now open for the new web-based, self-paced, 9 month, school for leaders, the International School of Reconciliation Studies. Comprised of a world-class gathering of scholars and storytellers, this school seeks to multiply creative, Biblically-anchored, multi-cultural reconcilers throughout the world. The journey begins January 7th, 2004. To discover more go to http://www.reignbridge.com/?page=school or write schoolsatgracebridgedotorg

  9. GROW YOUR CHURCH GOD’S WAY — Sharing Christ Ministries is seeking to equip Christians to live and share the victorious Christian Life. For a limited time, as a part of the National 40 Days of Purpose, take advantage of time tested, Bible based curriculum and tools. You’ll receive a complete system and over-all strategy to equip Christians to grow and share Christ as a way of life. Contact Sharing Christ Ministries with complete contact information for your church ministry for your free information packet. All responses received within 30 days will receive a special bonus. http://www.sharingchrist.net or email ministryatsharingchristdotnet

  10. INTERDEV CALLS IT A DAY — Guess you’ve heard about Interdev. You’ll recall that they were the high-flying partnership-developing agency in the 80s. Then AD2000 & Beyond helped propel them into *tons* of additional partnership conferences in the 90s. The press release included this paragraph: “Arriving on the missions scene twenty years ago with an innovative strategy for collaborative ministry, Interdev has brought together over 500 partner agencies and churches, and has invested time, energy and resources in almost 300 partnerships working to birth the Church among the world’s least reached peoples. Thanking God for these remarkable years of facilitating the birth of the partnership movement, the Board has recognized that the ‘idea’ has outgrown the need for the organization.” I have to wonder how much the economic down-turn contributed to this unfortunate end.

  11. GLOBAL PASSION 2 –- Loren Cunningham, the founder of Youth With a Mission, will join other speakers at Global Passion 2 ‘It’s For You’. The 2-day conference aims to energize, equip and empower delegates with God’s passion for His world. Global Passion 2 is being held in Liverpool, UK on 20th – 21st Feb 2004. For more information, see: http://www.ywamliverpool.co.uk or email globalpassionatywamliverpooldotcodotuk

  12. THE BACK PAGE: MISSIONS IN A CONNECTED WORLD — This past weekend, our mission organization called together our team leaders from around the world. They came from every continent, representing the majority of our 53 projects in 35 countries. Many of these men and women have been “at it” for 15 or more years. But some are starting literally in the next 90 days. What were the hot topics that seemed to resonate most?
    *** How do we start a church-planting movement that will multiply?
    *** How can we “start from scratch” in a new field?
    *** How can we maintain security in sensitive, creative-access lands?
    *** How would we handle a crisis, should it develop among one of our team members? As I listened to these team leaders brainstorm, share stories, and give testimonies with one another, the thought occurred to me… Just think how much more “connected” our missions world is these days, compared to William Carey’s era. Several of these team leaders send Instant Messages to their families while they’re away from home. For some, I wonder if they ever really sense that they’ve parted at all. It’s quite a contrast from William Carey packing his clothes in his coffin. More than anything else, the weekend reaffirmed to me the value of gathering together representatives of each team, who will then carry back encouragement, resources, and new ideas to their respective teammates. I give praise to the Lord that He permits us to work as a part of the over all family of God, and in concert with like-minded believers who help carry the load. May God bless your own ministry as you seek to reach the people to whom you are called.

20031026 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY
  2. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK
  3. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE
  4. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM
  5. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES
  6. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS
  7. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM
  8. FOLDING DISPLAYS?
  9. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  10. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR
  11. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT
  12. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  14. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  15. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  16. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA
  17. THE MAN FROM GADARA
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY — I want to be perfectly honest: I am completely humbled… even *floored* by your generosity, compassion and love! This past week brought us *significantly* closer to our goal of paying for a Brigada Secretary — to help us stay “up to date” and “in the air” for the long haul, churning out resources and mobilization ideas in Brigada Today. One anonymous donor gave [drum roll please] $5000. (That’s five *thousand* dollars.) He had nothing to sell, declined to feature his own work, and even declined a receipt for a tax deduction! I *will* tell you that he is indeed involved in Christian outreach, but his mission work takes place in a sensitive land. Perhaps you can identify… he wanted to help, but didn’t do it for any personal reward. It was totally an unselfish act, to try to help us get the word out regularly. He wrote, “Thank you for your faithfulness in serving the missions community through Brigada. … I have sent a $5,000.00 contribution toward your secretary. I clearly remember the days when I wished I had one and didn’t have the resources. Please keep this anonymous. Our mission is much better performed when only God knows who we are. You have been faithful to God and God is always faithful to you. We are simply thankful to bring this cup of cool water to your door.” Whoa. That’s quite a swig! :-) I’ll admit, when I first read the note, I figured it was one of those Internet scams. Then seconds later, I saw the PayPal notice that $5000 had been deposited in our PayPal account. Suddenly, weekly Brigada Todays started passing through my mind, … all the way back to January of 1995. Suddenly I realized there really *are* some people out there reading this stuff, and maybe some who are actually *using* it.
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  3. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK — John Walton writes, “Here’s $25 with thanks to the 5 Brigada readers who bought a copy of The Toolbox for Video Storytelling during the month of October. John keeps his word. Don’t forget, if you need a good book on producing videos for your church or mission — John is making good on his promise to donate $5 for each copy sold. Learn more at: http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada Thanks, too, to our new friends at Wilcannia, NSW, Australia, who minister to Australian Aborigines. We appreciate their sponsorship of $25! They have seen in the last 6 years 39% of their town turn to Christ. Learn more at http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com Thanks to these new Brigada sponsors!

  4. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE — Now you can help create a *monthly* income for the Brigada secretary and save money at the same time! Through a partnership with Blessed Hope Long Distance, Brigada will begin earning a significant commission each and every month on all the long distance bills of those who subscribe to long distance service through this link: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada 200 new customers would provide about $200 extra dollars each and every month. 1000 customers might just about pay for the secretary! This is a great domestic plan and the state-to-state rate (in the contiguous U.S.) is 4.9 cents/minute with 6-second billing, NO fees and NO minimums. You can find your instate rate and international rates at the website. Blessed Hope is a Christian-owned company so you’ll also know your dollars are not going to fund what some feel are ungodly and anti- family causes of larger secular long distance providers. Our agents for this program, Neil & Darla Sautter, are the missions-minded parents of five who are building their Blessed Hope business as a way of becoming self-supporting so they themselves can return to overseas ministry in the future. Neil would like to be a TESOL teacher in China, Japan or Spain, should the Lord so lead. (Thanks Blessed Hope!)

  5. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM — Here’s a course that… I’ll have to admit… looks *great*. “Outstanding Practices in Mission Training” is the theme for the Forum from January 15-17, 2004, in Richmond, VA , at the IMB’s Missionary Learning Center. NMTF is a gathering of mission trainers from agencies, church, and schools (over 140 people from 60 organizations attended in 2003). There will be 14 workshops profiling “outstanding practices.” Participants will interact with practitioners, learning together how to make mission training more effective. There are three “pre-Forum” sessions so that trainers can get training, including: Church Planting Movements (Training for Trainers), Leadership Encounter with Jesus, and Situational Leadership II. To learn more as well as register, go to: http://www.icelonline.com/NMTF2004.html

  6. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES — Do you want to find missionaries for missions promotion only to be blocked by missions agencies concerned about security? PeopleTeams.org has 576 teams of missionaries online. In fact, PeopleTeams.org boasts of having every missionary team Web site in the world. These are not individual missionary family Webs, but instead, you’ll find online the way that missionaries *prefer* to be contacted. That way you can dialog with the personnel who are working in some very difficult places, not just the easy-to-reach field personnel. PeopleTeams.org is a mixture of many different agencies, too. Individual Web sites are frequently a coalition of many cooperating missions groups that pool their efforts to present the material you see online. You can send emails or letters to teams who will be happy to see that you receive a reply in a timely manner.

  7. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS — From January 2-4, 2004, the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. Friday will focus on the work and witness of individuals past and present while Saturday will be a seminar on practical perspectives and concerns in ministry. The Chicago area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact Jamie infoatrethinkingforumdotcom

  8. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM — The first forum of Finishers Canada is being held Saturday November 22nd at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Speakers include Nelson Annan, Dave Toycen and Dave Mannings. Participants may choose between 5 seminars during the day. Further information, costs and registration information are available from finishersatiatwdotca (or 519-763-6147). They’re also working on a website at http://wwwfinisherscanada.ca though at press time it still returned a “The page cannot be displayed” error.

  9. FOLDING DISPLAYS? — I’m in the thick of trying to purchase a folding display. I must confess, I sometimes go through phases where I ask myself, where did we ever come up with this display thing, anyway? I mean… on the one hand, it seems like few church members actually really *look* at these things up close. Yet a decently designed portable “lit” display seems inevitably to cost hundreds of dollars. Either way, it seems like part of the “missions fair” culture is to ask us to all come with “nimlocks-in-hand”. Yikes. I’ve scouted some sites, but if you have some good ones … or if you know of the “best price” for a Skyline or a “ShowStyle” or whatever, Mark mark_simpson53athotmaildotcom is willing to take down the URL then assemble a report for us. (Thanks Mark! We appreciate your help. And to those with suggested sources, no need to copy me. Mark will compile the list. Thanks again!)

  10. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — After years of planning & preparation, www.globalmissiology.net – a new quarterly electronic journal is now being launched. The organizers there would like us to spread the word, especially to those who can’t afford subscribing to traditional missiological journal but have internet access.

  11. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of Jan. 26-29, 2004, at the Wycliffe Mobilization Center in Orlando, FL, CCI will offer its Crisis Management Seminar. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $495 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $450 for each additional registrant from same organization (includes all meals). For more information, call 805-642- 2549, or email infoatcricondotorg or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2004training.htm Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks!

  12. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT — Users of Logos Bible Software can now get dozens of foreign language Bibles for use with their Logos Bible Software Series X libraries. Arabic, Albanian, Maori, Esperanto, Czech, Serbian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and many more are now available. For a complete list visit: http://www.logos.com/ebooks/groups/ebooks/bibles Call toll-free from the USA 800-875-6467 or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 360-527-1700 or email your questions to infoatlogosdotcom

  13. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, is offering a 5-month school for adults who are at a crossroads in life, and who are seeking increased intimacy with God, deeper understanding of his character and his ways, a new direction in ministry, or an avenue into cross-cultural missions. They’ll host a lecture phase for 3 months followed by 2 months of overseas short-term mission experience. It all starts April 18, 2004 and is designed for adults age 30 or more and families with children. For more info, see http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampaatcomcastdotnet for more information.

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Metro Delhi International School, New Delhi, India, needs teachers for all levels at their K-7 Christian school. MDIS educates international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city in North India. For more information contact Paula Mowry at paulamowatsifydotcom

  15. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the 10/40, check out this conference, November 9- 14. The “Revolution” conference is an interdenominational, inter- organizational missions conference. Groups such as New Tribes Missions, Red Sea Team International, Frontiers, YWAM, Operation Mobilization, Calvary International, Wycliffe, the US Center for World Missions and many more will be represented for this “10/40-focused” event. The goal is to get the word out about the needs in the 10/40 Window and to provide a place for those working there to meet and share their experiences. There will be speakers, workshops, booths, and time just to fellowship with those who share a similar heart. The conference will be held in Talladega, Alabama. For cost, registration form and other information check out http://www.revolution1040.com If you would like more information, contact Jose at 904-221-0114 or email Therevolutionconferenceatyahoodotcom

  16. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — Dr. Andrew Jackson’s new book, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” is now available (180 pages). It is the only comprehensive Christian travel and prayer guide available on Turkey. It provides you with up-to-date information for strategic prayer, as well as twelve travel itineraries through Turkey’s eighty-one provinces (including the number of Turkish Christians, churches, and resident workers in each province). It is one of a kind. There is no other book like it. Purchase this book and accompanying wall map from the International Turkey Network by e-mailing mailatitnetdotorg (book cost is $9.50 plus postage). (Note that for security’s sake, the *identities* or locations of these brothers and sisters is not provided.)

  17. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA — The 7th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 05 to May 28, 2004, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. Enroll by full program; course; or, “module” [1 week or more]. Get an Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam & Power Encounter, Learn about Contemporary Issues In Islam, Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts, Ministry in Urban Contexts (with Dr. Robert Douglas!), Ministry to Muslim Women, Church Planting in Muslim Contexts. Study Approaches to Islam, including Theological Approaches, Contextual Approach (with Dr. Phil Parshall!), and more. For more information, write iisataptsdotedu or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or fax (63)(74) 442-7068. Or see the website for more details, including exact dates. http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2004.

  18. CHILDREN’S HOME NEEDING WORKERS — The Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home in Reynosa, Mexico is in need of a married couple without children to live with and love four children in a three bedroom apartment at the home. With the original vision stemming from Keith Green, it was named for his two children who died with him in the airplane crash in 1982. Interested applicants can contact Calvary Commission. Call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800.835-4673 or 903-882-5501 or email missionsatcalvarycommissiondotorg. Or see their site at: http://www.calvarycommission.org

  19. THE MAN FROM GADARA — This book tells the true story of Abdalla, a Muslim student from the historical city of Gadara, where long ago Jesus cast demons into swine. Abdalla finds Jesus and attempts to minister among his own people. But can Abdalla’s new faith survive in this tough environment? Discover how God uses this young man to start planting churches in the heart of the Muslim world. Thrill to the stories of lives that have been transformed by the power of the Gospel. This book offers Christians hope and understanding of how God is planting his church among Muslims. In doing so, he is using people like the Man from Gadara. Special Introductory Offer: $8.00 plus S&H. Paypal or cheque. http://rmuller.com or email: ordersatcanbooksdotcom

20031012 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. AMAZING SPONSORS EDGE CLOSER TO FULLY PAID SECRETARY
  2. GET CHRISTIAN-BACKED LONG DISTANCE, PAY 4.9 CENTS/MIN
  3. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER
  4. PUBLIC SPEAKING TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM
  6. LATEST ON THE WAR AGAINST SPAM
  7. VOLUNTEER MUSIC MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY
  8. “PARADIGMS OF THE FUTURE” REMIXED
  9. IN SEARCH OF MISSING BETHANY PROFILES
  10. MISSIONS GATHERINGS IN EUROPE?
  11. BRIGADA READERS FIND HOPE AT HEALING FOR THE NATIONS
  12. ENCOURAGING DEVOTIONAL FOR MISSIONARY TEACHERS
  13. UNLIMITED CALLS TO THE USA FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  14. HOW CAN YOU SPOT A “PRAYER SPAMMER?”
  15. LAST CHANCE TO BUY THE CD-ROM TOOL
  16. SAVE ON INT’L CALLS
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. AMAZING SPONSORS EDGE CLOSER TO FULLY PAID SECRETARY — I continue to be amazed at these outlandishly encouraging sponsors. Recently, R.G. wrote, ” I have been reading Brigada since 1997 or so and always find great stuff. Thanks for your ministry from another Wycliffe mobilizer!” Along with his message, he sent via PayPal…. $100! Yahooo! Thanks also to Wilcannia River of Life for their partnership gift of $50. See them in the next item!

  2. GET CHRISTIAN-BACKED LONG DISTANCE, PAY 4.9 CENTS/MIN — If you’re located in the USA, now you can get Christian-owned and -operated long distance for just 4.9 cents/minute, and a portion of every minute you’re talking to your Aunt Lorraine will be given to Brigada! Blessed Hope Long Distance has set up a page at: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/ Specifically for Brigada participants! Give it a try… and it will cost you nothing to help Brigada obtain enough funding for a Secretary! Thanks for your help!

  3. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER — Are you interested in Cross Cultural Missions Training? Wilcannia River of Life is hosting an Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar/Convention in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia from November 26th-30th inclusive. Training in all aspects of ministry, especially amongst the Australian Aboriginies. For further information, log on to: http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact Pastor Scott Lamshed wilcanniariveroflifeatbigponddotcom (Thanks for your partnership with Brigada!!!)

  4. PUBLIC SPEAKING TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Now you can get “Sharing the Bread of Life”, by Wentworth Pike (ACTION International). It’s a practical guide of how to organize, outline, and communicate God’s Word clearly and effectively. This book is intended for those who are inexperienced in public speaking and is excellent to equip new missions recruits who may be called on to speak anytime, anywhere! Get it from Gabriel Resources, which, by the way, offers discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554-1594.

  5. PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM — Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) is offering training for prayer groups on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Peninsula Covenant Church – 3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061. Check-in and refreshments begin at 8:30am. Register today by sending email with name, address, telephone, email and name of home church to Julie omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or telephone (925) 459- 0734. For more information, see http://www.us.omf.org/northwest
    By the way, this program is offered free of charge to all attendees. Learn how you can change Asia through the power of prayer. Their prayer is to have 6 or more vibrant prayer groups throughout the Bay Area. You can subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update (quarterly email newsletter) by sending an email to omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom

  6. LATEST ON THE WAR AGAINST SPAM — Yikes. These Linux people are churning out the options. Check out SpamAssassin . “T.C.” says it’s worth a look… and superior to SpamBouncer. And… did I tell you I’ve voluntarily stopped using the “bounce” feature in MailWasher? After receiving several emails criticizing its deceitful nature, I decided I’d better bow out of it. I still use MailWasher to filter and flag spam, then delete it at the press of a button, but I configured the program to *not* send back the bounce-a-grams to the spammers. For one thing, folks told me it was a white lie. But what’s more, others pointed out that the reply addresses were almost *always* contrived. So the only people suffering from my combative mortar “return fire” were the ISPs being targeted by spammers themselves — by listing them in their “From:” boxes.

  7. VOLUNTEER MUSIC MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY — Volunteer Christian musicians are needed to help lead a music leadership training camp for one week in Les Cayes, Haiti. The camp is used to train music leaders for churches, new church starts, and for evangelism and church planting. The focus of the camp is composition of Chronological Bible Story-songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles. For more information, please write to: dawndotgoodwinatcbregiondotcom or may call directly to Haiti: (011-509-245-5988) This is sponsored by the International Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention. The dates of this opportunity are July 31-August 10, 2004.

  8. “PARADIGMS OF THE FUTURE” REMIXED — We’ve gotten some negative feedback on our listing of “Paradigms Of The Future” (Item #6 in the 9/19 edition), on the web at http://www.christianfutures.com Thanks to “Joseph”, in Japan, who did some major reading on the site and discovered sections which talk of “no hell and all creeds and beliefs can work together for the God of Gods.” Thanks for the feedback, Joseph… and you raise a good point. We do our best to try to watch out for off-the-wall stuff… but please always remember to check these things out for yourself. See the “DISCLAIMER” section in the “Closing Stuff” below. That having been said, we’ll try, whenever possible to catch this kind of thing and give you a heads up. Just always remember that some are going to get through the gate. In this case, we knew the contributor and his reputation… so we assumed it was all okay. Lesson learned.

  9. IN SEARCH OF MISSING BETHANY PROFILES — We’re still trying to find out what happened to all the Bethany Unreached People Profiles. Dan Scribner recently wrote to us about it. He’s the former research guy for AD2000 & Beyond… and current stats guy for JoshuaProject.net. His findings? “The base URL was changed from www.bethany.com to www.bethanynorth.com The rest of the URL seemed to the be same except in a few cases of the cluster peoples. Just two weeks ago this was true. I redid all the Joshua Project profiles to point to the new URLs. … However, when I tried today, www.bethanynorth.com was a deadend / 404. Not sure what the deal is. Will let you know if I find differently.” Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to find any further word on this dead-end trail. :-(

  10. MISSIONS GATHERINGS IN EUROPE? — IIbET (Iberoamerican Institute for Cross Cultural Studies, http://www.iibet.org) is interested in knowing of the Missions Gatherings and Events around Europe, particularly those who are focused on the Muslim world. Also, a list is being put together of all the Hispanic (Spanish speaking) churches in Europe. If you can help with either one of these areas, please write Dan Johnson djohnsonIVatmyrealboxdotcom . (Dan, please let us know what you find and we’ll post it here in Brigada.)

  11. BRIGADA READERS FIND HOPE AT HEALING FOR THE NATIONS — For eleven years, Healing for the Nations Intensive Retreats have been a source of healing and hope for people from all over the world. Recently, some Brigada subscribers responded to the HFN ad placed in Brigada Today and made the journey to Atlanta to attend the one week retreat held monthly at a beautiful place called Red Top Mountain north of the city. As one of those missionaries put it, “My only regret is that I didn’t do the retreat about ten years ago”. If the wear and tear of ministry and/or life in general has taken it’s toll and you need a safe place to find hope again, check them out at http:www.healingforthenations.org You may also call them at the following: 1 800 483 2841 (in the US) or 770 919 0140.

  12. ENCOURAGING DEVOTIONAL FOR MISSIONARY TEACHERS — Regain your passion and enjoyment for teaching with “Apples of Gold for Teachers”, a perfect book for any instructor–K thru 12. Each of the 50 meditations includes practical time-tested ideas for the classroom teacher. Nice gift book as well. Author Vicki Caruana spent many years in the classroom and is the founder of Teachers for Prayer. More information and an excerpt at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, write ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone, or call +1(616) 676-9185.

  13. UNLIMITED CALLS TO THE USA FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Get it for only $20 per month. Great international rates too. Even better, all your friends in the US city of your choice can call you for free. Or friends from anywhere in the USA can call you overseas for the price of a US call. To good to be true? What is the catch? You have to have a broad band internet connection and a router with an extra LAN port. The setup is easy and the voice quality is very good. Read more at http://www.packet8.net You can save an extra $20 USD off your one-time activation fee if you use the coupon code “od-irc” when you register (Activation fee is only $9.95 with “od-irc” coupon code). There is also a thirty day free trial. Check the site for details. Or call toll free at 1-(888) 898- 8733 or outside the USA at 1(408) 727-1885 or email tech-supportatpacket8dotnet (Note that this is not from a Brigada sponsor, nor have we tried this service personally, but we feature items from all contributors, regardless. Just wanted you to know that we aren’t into any full-out advertising mode here. Brigada is still Brigada.)

  14. HOW CAN YOU SPOT A “PRAYER SPAMMER?” — This is a great question. Fred, a Brigada participant, wrote recently to ask about this. He had received several messages that ended something like… “Send this prayer request to 10 people.. to show them you love them, if you are not ashamed of Jesus,” or something similar. I’m not sure how to respond to this kind of message. I already receive a hundred or more prayer/mission reports per month. You probably receive more than your share too. My suggestion: Give people the honest option, before just assuming that you should add to their mix. Even if a really spiritual guy prays a full hour a day, there’s still an eventual *limit* to how many things for which he or she can pray. So give ’em a break… and ask before you assume they’ll want to be on your list.

  15. LAST CHANCE TO BUY THE CD-ROM TOOL — Don’t forget… You only have a until the end of October to get the special introductory pricing on the “Countries and Peoples of the World” CD-ROM, a Brigada sponsor. The stated aims of the project are:
    *** MOTIVATE individuals and churches to PRAY for the least reached countries and peoples of the world.
    *** ORIENT individuals and churches to ADOPT one or more of the least reached peoples of the world
    *** EQUIP individuals and churches to GO and work long term among one or more of the least reached peoples of the world.
    *** SEND and SUSTAIN individuals and church planting teams engaged in EVANGELIZING and DISCIPLING of the least reached peoples of the world through STRATEGIC ALLIANCES and PARTNERSHIPS. This *library* of unreached people profiles, country profiles, and missions info. is one of the best sources for quality, up-to-date, motivational information. Get it at: http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm

  16. SAVE ON INT’L CALLS — Learn how other missionaries save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Disclaimer: :-) Thanks to UTW for promising to give a gift to Brigada in the name of each and every new signer at that page! At last update, 10 Brigada readers had signed up! Thanks for giving it a try!)

20031005 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. YOU’VE GOT SPONSORS!
  2. THANKS TO STUDIO TEN AND OTHER PARTNERS
  3. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER
  4. CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF RESOURCE LINKS FOR MISSIONS!
  5. WILL THE CHINESE CHURCH COMPLETE THE GREAT COMMISSION?
  6. ESL INSTRUCTION
  7. SHORT TERM MISSION LEADERS SEMINAR
  8. NEED OUTSTANDING ETHNOGRAPHIC OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIAL?
  9. ORAL BIBLE NETWORK WORKSHOP PLANNED
  10. INNER MONGOLIAN ONLINE BIBLE
  11. CHECK OUT OUR GUIDELINES FOR EMAILED PRAYER LETTERS
  12. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  13. TONS OF RESOURCES TO MOBILIZE YOUR LOCAL CHURCH
  14. MISSIONS SONGS SEARCH
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. YOU’VE GOT SPONSORS! — Are you wondering why in the *world* are we “on time” with Brigada Today? Two big reasons: First, with the new Brigada Secretary you’ve helped us acquire, we’re finally getting the to do list chopped down to something more manageable!!! Yahooo! But there’s a second reason: After the way everybody has pitched in, we’d feel *guilty* if we *didn’t* deliver on time! :-) :-) :-) So… Here’s a great big thank-you to all Brigada sponsors, from the whole Brigada family!!! Recently, we received this note from the director of Gospel Recordings in Singapore: ” I always appreciate receiving Brigada and wonder what happens if it does not exist anymore? It provides me many useful info for networking and resources. Thanks to you and your team for the effort. I am sure many are blessed. D.L.” Well David, thank you for your encouragement and concern. I’m here to put your fears at rest. We’re definitely here to stay… and being galvanized and energized by a host of helpers who have kicked us in gear to get this ministry up and running on-time!!! :-)
  2. Click here to sponsor Brigada Today!


  3. THANKS TO STUDIO TEN AND OTHER PARTNERS — Dan, from Studio TEN Ministries wrote today, “We are taking Jesus at his word from Matt. 24:14, recording the Gospel as a “Testimony to Every Nation” beginning with the languages of the unreached in the “closed” nations of S. Asia. We are following up the good news with Church planting among the same people groups, and we operate 2 children’s homes for children who have been rescued from dangerous situations. We want to thank Brigada for keeping us informed for these many years! Bless you as the Father meets every financial need to see this work continue! Your partner in building the Kingdom, Dan.” (Thanks for the $75 sponsorship!) Another Young Life Europe partner sent $100, a church-planter from Spain sent another $100, and two different Wycliffe workers from totally different locations sent in a total of $125. See the other anonymous sponsors at: http://www.brigada.org by clicking on “Sponsor” in the top line menu. And get this: One Brigada participant asked us to set up a “Subscribe” button there… so he could sponsor Brigada for $10 per month!!! Here’s an individual who is a member of Wycliffe Bible translators, who writes, “I have subscribed to Brigada for a number of years and it is still one of my favorite emails to receive, what with all the missions encouragement, information and helpful hints. So I decided to donate $5 a month (the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal) for the cause of the Brigada secretary. I’ll do it via PayPal. If just 250 Brigada subscribers did the same, she (and therefore Doug) would be free to serve you better and still feed their kids an occasional burger too!” So now… that button is there for *anybody* to use! It works via PayPal and one can discontinue whenever. Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. GET YOUR OWN TOLL-FREE NUMBER — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Disclaimer: :-) Thanks to UTW for promising to give a gift to Brigada in the name of each and every new signer at that page!)

  5. CHECK OUT THIS LIST OF RESOURCE LINKS FOR MISSIONS! — Chris (Young Life Europe… a sponsor of Brigada, by the way!) has assembled a *wonderful* page of links for his staff…. and the whole Brigada family. Thanks for sharing with us, Chris! Check out his work at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/web-based_resources.html Those reading this Brigada Today on the web can just click on the link!

  6. WILL THE CHINESE CHURCH COMPLETE THE GREAT COMMISSION? — Here’s a new book, _Back to Jerusalem_, by Paul Hattaway (Author of Operation China). Napoleon once said “When China is moved it will change the face of the globe.” According to the author, today those words are becoming a reality through the powerful spiritual vision of the Chinese church to send 100,000 missionaries across China’s borders to complete the Great Commission, even in this generation! Hear Brother Yun, Peter Xu Yongze, and Enoch Wang — three Chinese house church leaders who between them have spent more than 40 years in prison for their faith — explain the history and present-day reality of the “Back to Jerusalem movement.” Gabriel Resources, the book’s distributor, offers discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554-1594.

  7. ESL INSTRUCTION — Improve your English listening and conversation skills by attending this three month language immersion course at the YWAM facility in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The next school is scheduled for April 4 through June 25, 2004. The organizers urge interested parties to apply now, since it takes more time to obtain a visa these days. For more information, see their website at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail them at ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  8. SHORT TERM MISSION LEADERS SEMINAR — COMMIT Ministries is offering two, high quality, low-cost, 3-day seminars; one in Tampa Florida in the Winter (February 5-7, 2004), and another in Honolulu Hawaii, April 22-24, 2004. This joint training effort with Gateway Mission Training Center is in its 8th year and continues to offer a comprehensive, cutting-edge, intensive seminar to prepare Christians to lead short term ministry teams worldwide. Each participant will acquire everything necessary to develop or augment a thorough short term ministry program for their respective church or mission agency and gain the skills/knowledge necessary to effectively lead short-term ministry teams. For registration information, contact COMMIT Ministries infoatcommitministriesdotorg or visit their website at http://www.commitministries.org

  9. NEED OUTSTANDING ETHNOGRAPHIC OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL MATERIAL? — Try the Yale “Human Relations Area Files” (“HRAF” at Yale U). These anthropological databases are ideal for research and teaching, especially for those researching either individual societies or conducting cross-cultural studies on particular subjects. And thanks to Jason (Brigada participant in Brazil), who has a contact at Yale named Christiane, we have an October password to try out the database! (Thanks Jason!) Just click to: http://ets.umdl.umich.edu/e/ehrafe eHRAF Archaeology: and type in the username: hraf then password: ho=&epow then press “login” after you type in username and password

    For ideas on how to use this info, click on over to: http://www.yale.edu/hraf/teachingehraf.html. There are exercises, group presentations, short student papers, class syllabi, and lab and library assignments. Subject areas currently include general anthropology and archaeology, research and methods, and medical anthropology.

    If you want to sign up long-term or need more info. on costs or entry, contact christianedotcunnaratyaledotedu directly.


  10. ORAL BIBLE NETWORK WORKSHOP PLANNED — Mark your calendars for January 20-22, 2004 for the Oral Bible Network Workshop to be held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Details are being shaped, but this is *the* event with tracks being planned for those new to storying and for those familiar with storying. More than one dozen Great Commission Christian organizations are sponsoring this “summit”! Look for updates on http://www.oralbible.com

  11. INNER MONGOLIAN ONLINE BIBLE — After Genesis (1991), the book of Psalms (1995), now the whole New Testament has been translated into Inner Mongolism vertical script as used by almost 6 Million Mongolians and Mongolian people groups in north China. 10,000 copies have been printed in August and an online Internet version is on its way http://www.mongolbible.com The online version is currently being programmed (a bit difficult due to the vertical script) and will hopefully be online before the month is out. Also, a PDF version of the 1156 pages book is in the making. For more details, email to muvatmongolbibledotcom

    The work took 14 years and since 1989 the number of Inner Mongolian believers grew considerably. Due to the sensitive location, the MUV team does not publish personal names.


  12. CHECK OUT OUR GUIDELINES FOR EMAILED PRAYER LETTERS — If you send out an emailed newsletter or prayer letter, you’ll want to check out Jonathan Kanner’s new compilation of “lessons learned”, by clicking over to: http://www.brigada.org/articles/e-prayer_letters.html Those reading this newsletter on the web can just click here! Jonathan does a great job of giving a ton of suggestions as to form, style, purpose, tips, and more! What a great service to our whole Brigada community!

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

  14. TONS OF RESOURCES TO MOBILIZE YOUR LOCAL CHURCH — Thanks loads to Amy, from Southern Indiana, who appealed to Brigada Today participants to share their top resources for church mobilization. She got help from other Brigada participants. The entire resource library is now listed at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/church_mobilization.html If you’re reading this edition of Brigada on the web, just click! (Thanks again Amy!)

  15. MISSIONS SONGS SEARCH — We are hoping to compile songs about missions (old & new) and since no one person can know all the missions related songs out there, we turn to Brigada readers. You know, that song you heard sometime ago and it made you think of either going to missions or just affirmed your calling. We’ve setup a webpage that will keep getting updated as long as submissions are coming in http://www.tentmakernet.com/songlist or send an email to songlistattentmakernetdotcom

20030928 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
  2. SAVE ON YOUR PHONE RATES / HELP BRIGADA
  3. THE LOCAL CHURCH: A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY
  4. HURRY! 2 ONLINE COURSES FREE / FREE “E-BIBLES”
  5. MISSION TEAM SEEKS SCHOOL TEACHERS
  6. YOUNG PEOPLE IDENTIFY OBSTACLES TO MISSIONS
  7. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
  8. THE WORLD OF STREET CHILDREN & HOW TO RESPOND
  9. A FINISHERS FORUM
  10. HOSPITALITY FOR THOSE WHO SERVE
  11. FINISHERS PROJECT
  12. TESOL SCHOOL: PREPARE TO TEACH ENGLISH
  13. ESL-JOBS.COM
  14. SPECIAL REPORT ON PHONE & VIDEO CONFERENCING Special web-only feature!
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE! — Can you believe it? Caught up … after *months* of trailing badly behind! Thanks to the wonderful sponsors who have not only provided funds to hire a Brigada Secretary, but have also provided a strong intangible incentive: “These folks *care*!” We appreciate the anonymous sponsor who sent $30, saying, “Thank you for your good work!”, as well as the other very encouraging partners who wrote, “Hi Doug. I’ve been enjoying the Brigada updates for several years now. It’s great help in keeping up with missions events and topics. I’m now serving with a church planting team in Spain and it’s even more important to stay connected. You are doing a great job and I am happy to be able to contribute to your Secretary Fund!” (Enclosed: Check for $100) Honestly, we dedicate this issue of Brigada Today to those two sponsors because in a very real sense, they are the reason we’re caught up today!
  2. For more information on sponsors, click here.


  3. SAVE ON YOUR PHONE RATES / HELP BRIGADA — Save on overseas phone calls and help support Brigada – go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html for more information.

  4. THE LOCAL CHURCH: A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY — Member Care Southern Africa has recently published a 127-page book, entitled “Member Care for Missionaries – A Practical Guide for Senders,” written by Marina Prins and Braam Willemse. The book serves as a practical resource to equip senders in the comprehensive care of their missionaries. Subjects such as the Biblical basis for member care, what the missionary experiences on the field, the support team within the local church, and re-entry care are some of the topics covered in the book’s three sections. A short chapter on attrition is also included. The book is based on thorough research, practical experience from the presentation of workshops in local churches, as well as the practical field experience of both authors who served as missionaries in Malawi. The book is available in both English and Afrikaans and comes with strong endorsements from Marjory Foyle and Kelly O’Donnell. The price is US$12.00 per copy (excluding postage). For further detail contact Member Care Southern Africa at mcsaatxsinetdotcodotza . To order a copy, go to their web site at http://home.wol.co.za/~20141204

  5. HURRY! 2 ONLINE COURSES FREE / FREE “E-BIBLES” — Study the “School of Mission” and the “Practical Ministries” courses while online (connected to our servers), or download them and study offline, then dial-up to your Internet service provider (ISP) to connect with your whole class, your discussion group, your instructor or the registrar by email. The 13-week introductory semester has already begun, and ends December 24. To try out the courses, just login as “guest” and password is “password” at these links: http://www.agape-biblia.org/index02.htm – School of Mission http://www.agape-biblia.org/index04.htm – Practical Ministries Then click on “Introduction” on the left side, and you’ll see how to enroll. After taking the 3-month introductory semester, you can continue studying with “Agape-Biblia” four more semesters for a certificate, or open your own online “School of Mission” and “Practical Ministries” website with the free software. (The same courses are also available in Russian.) Also available are FREE electronic Bibles in Russian (3Mb with notes and commentary), Hebrew-Greek, English, Spanish, German and French (1.5Mb each) with more to come! Each Bible works independently, or links to any of the other Bibles to compare chapters. For the above courses you will need the English Bible: http://www.agape-biblia.org/Biblia02.htm

  6. MISSION TEAM SEEKS SCHOOL TEACHERS — A mission team serving among the Watchi people in southeastern Togo, West Africa is seeking one or two school teachers to work with the team’s eight elementary age children. The team provides a three-room school, with American home school curriculum and computers, a furnished house, a vehicle, and partial salary. A teacher is needed beginning in January 2004. Commitments should be for one or more school semesters. An education degree and knowledge of French are helpful, but not essential. Learn more about the team and the position at http://www.watchiharvest.com Email the school principal at togodudeatyahoodotcom

  7. YOUNG PEOPLE IDENTIFY OBSTACLES TO MISSIONS — Here’s a new book release, “Scaling the Wall”, by Kathy Hicks of OM USA. At the Urbana 2001 Missions conference hundreds of college students were posed the question, “What is keeping more people from becoming involved in the great commission?” Their fears were written on a large wall and later collected, compiled and categorized. Fears such as loss of friends, loss of money, disapproval of parents, inadequate experience surfaced as common obstacles to be overcome. In this brand-new book, missionaries, from many organizations and from around the world who have experienced these same fears, share their personal stories of how God overcame and met their needs in ways they could have never expected. The distributor, Gabriel Resources, offers discounts on books to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554-1594.

  8. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL – DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop — a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources. They include 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. Upcoming training dates: Oct. 15/San Juan Capistrano, CA (south of LA); Dec. 2/Orlando, FL; Jan. 14/San Juan Capistrano, CA; and Jan. 29/Vancouver, BC. Details at: http://www.dualreach.org/resources/ or email infoatdualreachdotorg

  9. THE WORLD OF STREET CHILDREN & HOW TO RESPOND — Here’s another new release entitled, “Street Children,” by Andy Butcher. In it, he documents an estimated 100 million Children spend their days on City Streets around the world, 10 million of these are totally on their own, uncared for and unprotected. He cites 4611 children and adolescents that were executed in Brazil between 1988 and 1990. These frightening statistics are just a snapshot of the plight of street children in the world today. The result of extensive research, this book combines hard statistics with individual stories to challenge our indifference and awaken our conscience. Andy Butcher’s newly updated book compares the situation facing Street Children today with that epitomized in the Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Frighteningly, he concludes that if we look at a global perspective, little progress has been made. Gabriel Resources offers discounts on books to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Email orderatomlitdotomdotorg or call 1- 8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA & Canada or 706-554- 1594.

  10. A FINISHERS FORUM — Catch this event slated for Charlotte, NC October 24-25, focused on those willing to serve the Lord in the missions enterprise, home or abroad, short-term or as a second career. This is a powerful time to consider how to spend the rest of your life. It for those post-college through post-career. For details and registration see http://www.finishers.org/events/

  11. HOSPITALITY FOR THOSE WHO SERVE — ServantCARE http://www.servantcare.com is a ministry that cares for those who serve, and they’ve been establishing “Hospitality Homes” around the world for those who serve while they travel, whether for ministry, or on furlough. To date they have “Hospitality Homes” in 16 states and 11 countries, but need more, especially in the United States. The goal is to have five locations in the N., S., E., W., and Central part of each state. They would like more volunteers to serve as a B & B, or to do exchanges. Please let Christian friends know of this opportunity to serve. For information contact Anita at apatservantcaredotcom . They also have a home in S.E. Alabama that serves as a retreat center for individuals or couples in need of rest and refreshing.

  12. FINISHERS PROJECT — “Finishers” has added an interesting new feature to its website. Each partner mission agency is able to post five of its top needs so you can easily find a specific compelling assignment that fits you. About half of the top needs are in North America. Each entry contains facts and a summary description. There are several ways to sort the list. See http://www.finishers.org/start/topneeds.php

  13. TESOL SCHOOL: PREPARE TO TEACH ENGLISH — Teaching English opens many doors to ministry throughout the world, but it takes some training to teach English well. Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA has scheduled the next TESOL school for January 18 to February 13, 2004. For information, see the website: http://www.ywampa.org, or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet .

  14. ESL-JOBS.COM — This is a new website to mobilize Christians to take real jobs teaching English as a second language in Asia. These are now being filled by secularists and Mormons. These are first of all ministry positions, but they also offer income. Finishers Project partner organizations are placing applicants with real employers. There are many partial support and missionary assignments as well. Successful applicants must speak English as a first language and have a college degree. Help mobilize our own to represent Jesus in these spiritually needy countries. Visit http://www.esl-jobs.com and commend it to your friends, especially those in their 20s and empty-nesters.

  15. SPECIAL REPORT ON PHONE & VIDEO CONFERENCING — Here’s the special report on phone and video conferencing from Andrew Steele, a Senior Assoc. with International Christian Media Commission in the UK. Thanks Andrew!
  16. First of all for video conferences (and quite often audio only links) everyone involved needs a broadband connection. Although most services claim to work on 56k dial-up modems our experience was distorted sound and vision unless a broadband link was present. Sometimes audio worked OK but video without broadband was never successful.

    The most effective package that we discovered in our searches is iVisit. This comes in a free version and a slightly more functioned subscription based version. Both provide audio and video streams plus the usual text chat service. The subscription version (US$25 per year) adds the option to create private meeting rooms). iVisit connections seem to work well until organisational firewalls come into effect. Theoretically they shouldn’t hamper the service but somehow we kept running into issues when firewalls were in the loop. http://www.ivisit.info

    University College London provides a set of conferencing tools that are full of promise but need some technical assistance to set up. So, we haven’t been able to test the software yet. So if anyone wih the skills wants to volunteer to help us get the package up and running we’d be keen to speak. http://www-mice.cs.ucl.ac.uk/multimedia/software/

    MSN Messenger and Microsoft’s NetMeeting software are both useful tools provided you only want to conduct a two way conversation with video and audio. In fact for two way work our experience was that these packages were more intuitive to use than other packages. http://messenger.msn.com

    For lectures and presentations we found a combination of either Real Server or Windows Media Server for the presentation and a simple text chat using MSN Messenger (or one of the other messenger programs) worked well. Real Server (now called Helix Server) and Windows Media Server require an arrangement with an ISP willing to host the server software but both come in a free version that served our needs adequately for small groups. http://www.realnetworks.com/products/server/
    http://www.robertwisbey.com/how_to_web_cam_wme.html

    We also found a few commercial providers whose rates were prohibitive for regular use.

    We are still convinced that we can find a combination of tools that will do what we need but are resigned to the fact that, so far at least, those part of the world without broadband Internet will be limited in their ability to link up. That means we’re sticking with our tried and trusted methods of connection so that all our contacts can participate regardless of where they are and only use the ip based technologies when we are sure that everyone can link up.

    Andrew Steele
    adminaticmcdotorg

20030921 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS ARE GREAT!
  2. LEARN TO RAISE FUNDS FROM THE JESUS FILM PEOPLE
  3. HANDLING SPAM: IS MAILWASHER “DECEITFUL?”
  4. GOT HIGH PHONE RATES? GET LOW ONES
  5. MORE ON PDFS: HOW TO CONVERT YOUR DOCS
  6. PRAYING GOD’S WORD, THEN SAYING YOU CARE
  7. PIONEERS OFFERS CAMPGROUND NEAR DISNEY
  8. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR POSTED
  9. LIBRARY OF “INSURANCE TOPICS” FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS ARE GREAT! — Don’t forget to check out our recent sponsors at: www.brigada.org by clicking on the word “sponsors” at the top or bottom of the page. There you’ll see partnerships by Global Outreach Ministries, the author of _Toolbox for Video Storytelling_, and even an anonymous Wycliffe Bible translator, who wrote from overseas, “I have subscribed to Brigada for a number of years and it is still one of my favorite emails to receive, what with all the missions encouragement, information and helpful hints. So I decided to donate $5 a month (the price of a McDonald’s Value Meal) for the cause of the Brigada secretary. I’ll do it via PayPal. If just 250 Brigada subscribers did the same, she (and therefore Doug) would be free to serve you better and still feed their kids an occasional burger too!?” :-) We also received Brigada Secretary help from the Faith in Action Network, Ed Kearn, on behalf of ACMI (the Association of Christians Ministering Among Internationals), the Andover Church of Christ, Andover, OH (They’ve been a supporting church all the way back to our time in South America in the early 80s!) Now they’re stepping up to the plate all the more significantly! And don’t forget Wilcannia River of Life! Thanks one and all!!!

  2. LEARN TO RAISE FUNDS FROM THE JESUS FILM PEOPLE — Want to learn to raise funds at the feet of people who have successfully done it? The JESUS Film Project knows the stress that comes from raising money to meet impossible fund-raising goals. In an effort to serve and encourage others, our JESUS Film Project development leadership team is offering a two-day seminar to share what we have learned over the past 18+ years. They will cover The JESUS Film Project’s:
    *** Development Philosophy, Strategy and Structure
    *** Direct Marketing and New Donor Acquisition
    *** Major Donor Cultivation and Presentations
    *** Major Donor Events
    *** Office Representative Programs
    *** Foundation and Church Efforts October 13-14, 2003 is slated as the training dates. There will be a charge of $100 per person for the workshop, materials, and a special luncheon on Friday. The seminar will be held at The JESUS Film Project office in San Clemente, CA with the first day running from 1:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 13th. The second day will be on Tuesday, October 14th from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For info write amydotelliottatjesusfilmdotorg or call (949)361-4549 to register. Your registration to ensure you have a seat and materials will be confirmed once they have received your payment to The JESUS Film Project at 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 300, San Clemente, CA 92673. Registration deadline is October 3, 2003 and will close after they have 50 confirmed registrations.

  3. HANDLING SPAM: IS MAILWASHER “DECEITFUL?” — Mark wrote recently to ask if Christians should ethically use products such as MailWasher, since they can send out the familiar “bounce-a-grams”, as if they had been generated directly from your ISP, saying that your email address couldn’t be reached. (This is supposed to trigger a response with spammers who will then drop your address from their spamming list.) To me, it’s the same as when we might tell the UPS guy “package refused”, because we don’t want to be billed for something we didn’t order. Likewise, we didn’t request the spam. We’re not lying about our email account; we’re refusing the package we didn’t order. :-) Granted, there’s another issue: does it work? I’m not sure the spammers ever really “unplug” our addresses, just because their emails bounce. But in my case, does it make me feel better? Indubitably. I no longer feel like a victim. At least now I feel I have recourse. :-) (I also use Brightmail in conjunction with the Earthlink account I maintain as my primary email box. Not sure how many spam mails it catches; maybe 100 per day? Still… over 100 per day get through its gate. :-(

  4. GOT HIGH PHONE RATES? GET LOW ONES — Are you living in a land with high international phone rates? For the cheapest rates for many country-to-country calls worldwide, go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html . [Disclaimer: This phone service has promised to donate to Brigada when people sign up for new accounts. Before we featured them, however, we compared their rates to lots of other phone companies and — guess what: they really are great prices! So… unashamedly, we can feature them … because we would have done so genuinely and honestly anyway!]

  5. MORE ON PDFS: HOW TO CONVERT YOUR DOCS — Perhaps you’ll recall our item in the August 15th issue, entitled, “PDF FORMAT MAKES SENSE”. We got lots of positive feedback on that item. ‘Course, the Apple computer guys, like Dennis & Danny, had to write and brag about their MACs, which convert PDFs as a matter of course. Rascals. How was I supposed to know that Steve Jobs would get it right? :-) Still, somehow it’s tough for me to go with any computer that has fruit for a logo, much less one with a pre-bitten bite out of it. Tony had a good idea: “The free replacement suite for Microsoft Office released by Sun Microsystems, called OpenOffice, includes the ability to read .doc files and write .pdf files.” Before it was over, we had heard from dozens of happy “OpenOffice” users, including Peter and several others. Get your free copy for keeps at: http://www.openoffice.org/dev_docs/source/1.1.0/ With this product, creating PDFs is… well… almost as easy as doing it on a MAC! :-) There are other options. Don’t forget to have a look at the recent review of PDF-makers in PC Magazine: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,1190601,00.asp There’s an online PDF write/convert service One reader, Galen, prefers PDF995, which is reviewed there. You can get PDF995 for $10 at: http://www.pdf995.com/ And don’t forget, as Bob from Kenya points out, if you use Linux, get the Samba server at: http://www.linux-mag.com/2003-01/guru_01.html which will help you create PDFs at will. Either way, we *love* PDFs because a) they’re more memory efficient, b) the support included graphics more efficiently, and c) they can’t be edited… so your thoughts will remain your thoughts and they can’t impose viruses on receivers.

  6. PRAYING GOD’S WORD, THEN SAYING YOU CARE — Here’s a new twist on the ecard scene, Pray-it Say-it cards. This feature of Prayercentral.net helps you personalize God’s promises to the needs of those you pray for. You type in a name, choose a topic and they provide personalized scriptures and a sample prayer to cover that need. Then you can choose from some of the coolest images around and create an ecard to tell them you have prayed for them.

    You can even send out a card to your intercession group inviting them to join you in prayer for a special need. You’ll have to decide if your missionary will look upon this as a good thing or not. Most users today receive about all the unsolicited mail they want… and more! So you might have to identify here that it’s relative to you personally or whatever. Either way, check it out at: http://www.prayitsayit.net

    Wayne at Prayercentral.net has prayed for our Brigada subscribers, you can view your card at: http://prayitsayit.net/view.php/dfb0cc9b2e971e1e The great thing about these cards is you don’t have to receive any emails. The URL alone will do it. (Thanks Wayne!)


  7. PIONEERS OFFERS CAMPGROUND NEAR DISNEY — Pioneers, a mission agency focused on church planting among the unreached, owns and operates a KOA campground on the same campus as their US Headquarters building. If your church or organization is looking for a Florida camping experience, please consider this 355-acre pristine, lake front campground. There is large recreation hall for meetings and other get togethers as well as kitchen facilities. For more information visit http://www.orlandokoa.com, email whippoorwillkoaatpiorldotcom or call 1- 800-562-3969. Your patronage helps us serve our missionaries better!

  8. LATEST REVEILLE SHOFAR POSTED — Read how Islamicists are fighting Armageddon, how Time Magazine treated “tentmaking,” how terrorists are motivated in the Philippines, how Shari’a affects Christians in a province of Indonesia, and how Liberia is spiritually situated in Operation Reveille’s latest publication at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm . Contact Bruce, the director of Operation Reveille, at bsideatoprevdotorg if you need an e-mailed version.

  9. LIBRARY OF “INSURANCE TOPICS” FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS – – If you are struggling to understand international insurance and want some quick answers, go to http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com/newlib.asp . Over 60 topics regarding international insurance are explained in the library. There you will find answers concerning deductibles; co-insurance; HIPAA; choosing and managing international health, life, liability, medical and political evacuation insurance; terrorism insurance; etc. For information about the library and/or various international insurance plans, contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100, toll-free in USA: 866/636-9100 or visit http://www.gninsurance.com/solutions

20030817 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE SPONSOR/PARTNERS
  2. INSTITUTE TO OFFER STARTUP COURSE
  3. HELPS FOR MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
  4. GET TRAINED IN HELPING THOSE WHO ARE INDRUSTRIOUS
  5. INTERACTIVE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE
  6. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
  7. GET LOW LONG DISTANCE FROM USA TO ELSEWHERE
  8. “LAST DAYS” IS SEARCHING FOR HOUSE PARENTS
  9. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE SPONSOR/PARTNERS — We continue to be bowled over by some terrific sponsors… Cathy Dreger, at the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, Covenant College, Lookout Mt., GA, 30750, cdregeratcovenantdotedu , $30; and then there’s $20 from Joan Goddard, Travel Consultant with Wilcox World Travel And Tours, jgoddardatwilcoxtraveldotcom, 800-438-5828, ext. 343; plus an anonymous partnership gifts of $225. These gifts bring us closer to being able to imagine ongoing help to underwrite the cost of our already-in-action secretary. I’m seeing parts of my “to do list” I haven’t seen for months… and we’re getting caught up on Brigada Todays! Thank you for your partnership and love!!!!

  2. INSTITUTE TO OFFER STARTUP COURSE — The Christian Economic Development Institute offers practical, hands-on training to equip your church or ministry to help the poor to help themselves through their own work. There are no prerequisites for participation in the training. No experience is necessary! They train missionaries and church leaders the world over to implement strategies that communicate Christ’s love in both word & deed. There are now three delivery mechanisms to get you the training you need. Choose the delivery mechanism that works best for you: Live training events (Bangkok, Thailand, May 24-June 2 and at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, August 2-11), Email based, distance learning classes; and Video-DVD courses. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org or email chalmersatcovenantdotedu or telephone 706-419-1805

  3. HELPS FOR MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this book is for you. _Christian Microenterprise Development: an Introduction_, is now on sale now for $10, plus shipping and handling. Co-authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. For more information, email chalmersatcovenantdotedu, or for an online presence, see http://www.chalmers.org or phone 706-419-1805 for more information.

  4. GET TRAINED IN HELPING THOSE WHO ARE INDRUSTRIOUS — Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development is just a mouse-click away! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College now offers Christian Economic Development Institute training three ways: 1) E-mail based distance learning courses 2) Video-DVD courses and 3) Live, on- site training. Join distance learning students the world over in this innovative approach to mercy ministry training. “Principles and Practices of Christian Microenterprise Development in the 2/3 World”: Module 1: “Foundations”-starts Jan 5, 2004, and module 2: “The Microfinance/Microenterprise Development Landscape” starts Jan 26, 2004. To reserve your spot today, contact 706-419-1805, <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or visit http://www.chalmers.org </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  5. INTERACTIVE HOMESCHOOL RESOURCE — World Wide Home School, a free membership resource for homeschooling families, provides a secure, interactive portal with a variety of resources, courses and community opportunities. Their members are able to create their own online courses, discussion groups, fellowship groups, Bible studies, Co-ops and chats with the easy to use template available. Visit http://www.worldwidehomeschool.com to see how you might benefit as a homeschooler, or by using this technology to keep in touch with your families, friends and supporters. The folks at World Wide are also interested in having missionaries lead Bible Studies, discussion groups and host special events like online question and answer sessions. They encourage you to contact David Johns by email wwhsatdicosodotcom or phone at 610-937-0992.

  6. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a great skill in which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. In just ten days, get the training to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com e-mail: dentistryformissionsatattdotnet

  7. GET LOW LONG DISTANCE FROM USA TO ELSEWHERE — Here’s a great deal on international phone rates. Just go to the UWT connection-page. If you sign up, UWT will give a small sponsorship gift to Brigada.

  8. “LAST DAYS” IS SEARCHING FOR HOUSE PARENTS — A married couple without children is needed to live in Reynosa, Mexico and serve as house parents to four of the children at the Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home affiliated with Calvary Commission and Last Days Ministry. A one year commitment is required. More information may be obtained at

    http://www.calvarycommission.org or via joefaussatcalvarycommissiondotorg


  9. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — David agrees with me that everyone needs a firewall. But David recommends that better than the XP Firewall: Use “Zone Alarm.” There is a free version at http://www.zonealarm.com . David says Zone Alarm Pro is worth the cost of the software.

20030622 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  2. ESL INSTRUCTION
  3. MORE SPAM CONTROL
  4. NEW FEATURES ON WEB EVANGELISM GUIDE
  5. SPANISH VIDEO ON MOROCCO
  6. CHEAP CALLS TO CHINA
  7. CANADIAN TENTMAKER NETWORK WEBSITE GETS NEW LOOK
  8. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  9. NETWORKING FOR MISSION
  10. ORIENTATION NOTES ON INDIA
  11. WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN MAGAZINES
  12. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
  13. NEW WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVES AVAILABLE
  14. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE OFFER BY SOON MINISTRIES
  15. CHECK OUT THIS FREE SUPPORT-RAISING SOFTWARE
  16. NEED SATELLITE CONNECTIVITY WITH THE WORLD?
  17. TRUST FUND FOR SCHOLARSHIPS
  18. CHRISTIAN FUTURES AND STRATEGIC FORESIGHT
  19. FIND A TEAM!
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE A DIFFERENCE — Thanks again to those who have partnered with us to help Brigada become more current. All sponsorship money will go *directly* toward helping us pay for a new part-time secretary! She started Monday and — *already* she’s made a difference! She’s returning phone calls, emails, messages, and letters, some of which have gone unanswered for longer than I’m willing to publicly admit. :-) Thank you so much for your help! As a result, you’re seeing a catch-up on Brigada Todays… already! Today we’re thankful for an anonymous donation from a prof. at Wartburg Theological Seminary http://www.wartburgseminary.edu in Dubuque, IA. Please take special note of their Masters program in Theology, Development, and Evangelism. See other sponsors by clicking to: http://www.brigada.org then clicking on “Sponsors” in the link at the bottom of the page.

  2. ESL INSTRUCTION — Here’s an ESL (English as a Second Language) course, three months in length, taught via immersion at the YWAM base in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The next school is scheduled for September 29 through December 19, 2003. For more information, see website: http://www.ywampa.org, or email <ywampaatcomcastdotnet>. </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  3. MORE SPAM CONTROL — Thanks to Arne for yet another spam controller program: http://www.spampal.org/ Looks very versatile, and it’s free, like MailWasher. And then there’s the product produced by a Caleb Project staffer friend of mine who is a closet-programmer. John Hanna at Caleb Project has spent his spare time over the last year creating an amazing anti-spam tool. It’s custom designed from the ground up to be the perfect anti-spam tool for small to medium-sized organizations. It’s already being used on more than 100 servers (w2k, *nix, os/x, even os2) on three continents and is blocking more than 30,000 spams (and about 200 viruses) per day. If your organization hasn’t solved the spam problem yet, send your IT guy/gal to http://assp.sf.net — it’s not only a great solution, it’s free.

  4. NEW FEATURES ON WEB EVANGELISM GUIDE — Now you’ve got the ability to seamlessly insert any page from the Guide into another site, on a range of evangelism, communication and writing issues. A few lines of insert code are included at the end of every page: by copy/pasting these into another webpage, the main content of that Guide page will be instantly called up in the user’s page. (The text of all pages is also free to reproduce in any printed medium.) – a set of study questions about each page is available for individual study, group discussion, or as part of any academic study course. http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html Great job, Tony!

  5. SPANISH VIDEO ON MOROCCO — Arise Shine Morocco (ASM) announces a long-delayed Spanish-language version of its resource video is now available. Approximately 30 minutes in total length, it includes several short videos about Morocco and the Berber peoples. For those who will use them for mobilization purposes, complimentary copies may be obtained from ASM by emailing <asmatinterumdotorg>. Extensive information and various resources about Morocco continue to be available in Spanish and many other languages through the ASM website: http://www.interum.org/ASM </asmatinterumdotorg>

  6. CHEAP CALLS TO CHINA — For those needing to call China from the USA, It’s only 6.5 cents/minute using a rechargeable phone card. Get 10% off by entering promotion code “PROINC” when prompted. https://www.pincity.com/signup_step1.asp?accountType=proinc For calls within the USA, AT&T has a 3.9 cent calling card with no restrictions, no fees, no minimum charges-obtainable at any SAM’s Wholesale club. (Thanks Kurt <aefcenterathotmaildotcom>.) </aefcenterathotmaildotcom>

  7. CANADIAN TENTMAKER NETWORK WEBSITE GETS NEW LOOK — Did you know that 1.5 million Canadians work abroad? How many of them could be potential tentmakers? CTN’s website has been updated and will get regular attention from now on. They’re asking your help in getting the word out to all Canadians. When you visit, don’t forget to leave a virtual footprint in their CTN Public Forum, eh? :-) Note that there is an upcoming tentmaking seminar in Toronto Ontario on Saturday September 27, 2003. Visit them at http://www.tentmaking.org or email <infoattentmakingdotorg> </infoattentmakingdotorg>

  8. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

    An workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held at Palmer Lake, Colorado near Colorado Springs September 7-11, 2003. Contact Paul <plereatearthlinkdotnet> for information.

    Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul. </plereatearthlinkdotnet>


  9. NETWORKING FOR MISSION — The Web can be used for networking in a remarkable way. Read how a web-savvy missionary used the Internet before his arrival, to make his ministry much more effective: “Before I arrived in [Asian country] as a missionary, I went online to the city I was sent to. It is a mixed Christian-Muslim regional center in a very remote part of the country.) I then read the daily paper online, emailed the mayor and local officials, joined a local discussion group, got informed and made friends. When I arrived, a number of people whom I had met online invited me out to dinner and my ministry started as soon as I arrived. I also managed to join the email group of the then Vice-President (now President) and made a few constructive comments – so when I had problems with my visa, I just sent an email and it was soon fixed! I reckon that I saved between six months to two years of ministry time by making a wide range of high-level friends before I arrived and “starting fast and well-informed”. Sure, only 1% of people there were online, but that 1% were the leaders and they boosted my ministry so it became effective. Church-planters can use the Internet to network their way to success.”
  10. (Thanks Tony!)


  11. ORIENTATION NOTES ON INDIA — “Laura” has been living and working in south India for four years. When she came she had no orientation to the culture or terminology differences in India English. After a season of learning the hard way, she has compiled a 10 page document of the most commonly misunderstood culture and vocabulary differences. This is designed to help short-term visitors or newcomers to India. It is by no means thorough, but she will gladly make it available to anyone who requests it by emailing <abrahamjosephathotmaildotcom>. </abrahamjosephathotmaildotcom>

  12. WEBSITE FOR CHRISTIAN MAGAZINES — Check the Magazine Training Institute’s website at http://www.magazinetraining.com for hundreds of pages of resources and valuable information for Christian magazine publishers. The site includes a directory of Christian magazines in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, a calendar of conferences, training events, published materials and courses available from a variety of sources, and nearly 100 pages of downloadable sample materials related to magazine editing, circulation, advertising, design, and management. The Magazine Training Institute is a mullt-faceted program which seeks to deploy a variety of publishing training resources in order to strengthen Christian magazine publishing around the world.

  13. BETWEEN TWO WORLDS — Being part of two worlds and two cultures isn’t easy. Cristina Larson grew up in Brazil, and even though her parents are American, she feels Brazilian. It’s Jason Erickson who is American. Or is he? His mother was born in Korea. This novel for young teens by LeAnne Hardy, explores individuality and conformity in the context of the third-culture kid experience. The author’s own two daughters, who were born in Brazil, grew up in Mozambique and went to boarding school in Kenya, have given her insights into the struggles of missionary kids caught between worlds. “Between Two Worlds” is available for $6.99 from Kregel Publications at http://www.kregel.com or by emailing <kregelbooksatkregeldotcom>. </kregelbooksatkregeldotcom>

  14. NEW WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVES AVAILABLE — YWAM Publishing is offering a great new tool in the Perspectives Movement arsenal: the new 12-week curriculum “Worldwide Perspectives: Biblical, Historical, Strategic and Cultural Dimensions of God’s Plan for the Nations”, edited by Meg Crossman. Both classic Perspectives material (taken from the Missions Master’s degree at Fuller) as well as new insights and options are refreshingly presented in an accessible approach that can well serve local churches and their Kingdom professionals. New maps, graphics, charts, and many pictures and sidebars engage the reader and highlight the material. It can be ordered by calling 1-800-922-2143 or 480-838- 5350, via email <megcrossmanatcoxdotnet>, or on the web at http://www.ywampublishing.com (type “Worldwide Perspectives” in the Search window). Substantial discount rates are available for Perspectives Coordinators. (Thanks for the tip, Mike!) </megcrossmanatcoxdotnet>

  15. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE OFFER BY SOON MINISTRIES — This team has spare capacity for mailing out their evangelistic paper in easy-English to individuals anywhere in the world. If any radio station or correspondence course ministry has address lists for contacts who would benefit from receiving the paper, SOON is happy to send to them. The paper can also be sent in any reasonable quantity to any Christian worker or TEFL teacher wishing to use them. Other language papers also available: African French, African Portuguese, Swahili, and a range of Fula/Fulani dialects. The team urgently needs several Fula/Fulani people (of any religion) living in the West as by-phone language helpers for article checking. http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/free-papers.php The team is also seeking old telephone directories in order to do direct mail outreach to new contacts. Help is needed in obtaining directories: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/phonebook.php

  16. CHECK OUT THIS FREE SUPPORT-RAISING SOFTWARE — Built around a mailing list, the program will help the missionary keep track of names and addresses of individual partners and churches, a history of donations Important dates in the partner’s lives (birthdays, anniversaries), a history of contacts and personal touches with the ministry partner, and notes about the partner, their family, occupation, etc. You’ll also be able to store profile information about the donor, print out mailing labels & envelopes, and do merges to most popular software. It’ll print out reports about ministry partners, contributions, etc. You can even attach a picture to a supporters file so you will never forget the donor’s face! Check it out at http://www.donormanager.com/

  17. NEED SATELLITE CONNECTIVITY WITH THE WORLD? — You’re in luck. The folks at Global Resources for Computing (GRC) http://www.grcomputing.net/ have made quite a name for themselves setting up sat systems in Iraq. Check ’em out! They’ll treat you right! :-)

  18. TRUST FUND FOR SCHOLARSHIPS — Below are two different links to the same program that might be of interest, for those interested in government service, academia or in the marketplace, not for missionaries and only for US citizens. NSEP was established by the National Security Education Act of 1991, which created a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury to provide resources for scholarships, fellowships and grants. It is guided by a mission that seeks to lead in development of the national capacity to educate U.S. citizens, understand foreign cultures, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness, and enhance international cooperation and security. http://www.ndu.edu/nsep/ http://www.iie.org/Template.cfm?&Template=/programs/nsep/default.htm

  19. CHRISTIAN FUTURES AND STRATEGIC FORESIGHT — Here’s another “Christian Futures” consultation, Friday and Saturday Sept. 26-27, in Virginia Beach, this time focused on foresight and organizational development. This roundtable is hosted by Regent University’s graduate Leadership Studies program. A full cohort of professional futurists are joining in, including Tom & Christine Sine, Bob Dale, Peter Bishop, Jay Gary, and Andy Hines. Registration is just $79.00 — a real deal; housing is separate. They are looking at how faith can develop an organization’s “strategic foresight,” beyond routine strategic planning. See the news release on this unique gathering at: http://www.wnrf.org/cms/regent2003.shtml Thanks Jay!

  20. FIND A TEAM! — Looking to personalize your overseas involvement? A great online resource presents more than 560 websites published by teams of field workers. PeopleTeams.org is three years old and gets more than 1,600 unique visitors EVERY DAY (453,000 hits per month). Explore the world by region, by country name, by city name or by people group name. Teams place their prayer requests online, an overview of their work and stories that will amaze you! A toolbox is also built into the website to help visitors. PT is not affiliated with any single group in order to facilitate networking. Educators, mobilizers, pastors and missions committees will really appreciate this site! http://PeopleTeams.org

20030608 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY
  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK
  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS
  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN
  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING
  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE?
  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS?
  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS 2ND QTR ARTICLES
  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY — We’ve jokingly referred to the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” because in it, the community pitches in to help Jimmy Stuart’s character pay off a bank shortage. In the process, he learns just how much the community appreciates him . . . and that makes for a great story-line. Well it still does. Thanks to the sponsorships that have come so far in 2003, we’ve been able to hire a part-time secretary (3 days/week). She will help us cover everything from subscription requests to answering mail & email. In time, we hope this will make Brigada Today a much more “on- time” vehicle for carrying news, resources, and information about God’s great global hope-giving enterprise. So thanks to all those who have been able to pitch in so far. Several have asked to remain anonymous. Only God will know about their gift. In other cases, we have the privilege and responsibility to say how much we appreciate their respective ministries and services. You would help us greatly if you took advantage of their book or class or business. To see the list, just log onto… http://www.brigada.org then click on the word “Sponsors” at the bottom of the page. Please let one or more of these partners know that you appreciate their participation in Brigada. By doing so, you’ll help us as well!

  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK — It’s too bad we can’t all go to some course to help us learn how to really take advantage of video. Churches want to see our story. We know they’ll play the tapes on Sunday morning. Sending a 7-minute video home to supporters just makes good sense. But where do we begin? And how do we maximize the impact of those 7 minutes? Well now, thanks to Brigada sponsor John Walton, you can at least get the book, “Toolbox for Video Storytelling.” As far as I know, this is the one best source to help you learn to document your cross-cultural work via video in a top-notch manner. Please check out the book at John’s website, http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada so he’ll know you saw his sponsorship link here. John helps you think through your storyline (thinking stories, not topics), organize your ideas, and develop your script (using “modules”). Then he models video and photography tips while providing great examples on the accompanying CD inside the book’s back jacket cover. He addresses both the technical side of things (e.g., sound, lighting, and camera technique) as well as the artsy side (shooting a picture story, continuity, and organization). His material on editing is the best I’ve seen to get you up and running in record time. John claims that we helped him get the initial word out here, via Brigada. The truth is… the book speaks for itself. Get it — and you’ve got a virtual library of resources to get your video moving… both practically and emotionally. Thanks John, for the $50 sponsorship and the great production to help the worldwide hope-giving enterprise!

  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS — Whoa. Now *this* is a great find. Brigada participant Bob wrote recently with this note: “Mailwasher allows you to scan your emails before downloading, delete and bounce unwanted messages (as though your email account did not exist) and construct your own personal black and white lists.” For some reason, I was skeptical at first . . . until I found that a) Mailwasher is free, b) the ad is unobtrusive, c) it’s incredibly easy to use, d) it works with any email program, and e) it sends back a spoofed “email address is dead” message (the kind that ISPs generate automatically when you drop your subscription with them). What’s more, I was able to create a filter to watch the subject line for words like “viagra”, “porn”, and … increasing the size of certain body parts I’ll not mention here in Brigada Today. :-) Bottom line: this product is such an incredibly easy program to use, and the price is so right (free!), I can’t think of any reason why I *wouldn’t* want to use it. In fact, if it continues to be so helpful, I’m sure I’ll pay the author the $20 registration fee just to say thanks to him! :-) Try it; you’ll like it. http://www.mailwasher.net/ (Thanks Bob!!!) By the way, another Brigada participant, David, likes http://spamarrest.com/ There’s a charge, but David claims 97% success. Yet another David recommended http://popfile.sourceforge.net/ It’s free as well, and the concept sounds very interesting (works as a proxy server to add classification to your emails). One other reader, William, recommended http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ He said, ” does the same thing as “Spybot” but is free, and does not require (as Spybot does) one to buy or promise to buy in order to get the adware and spyware scrubbed off. Just download the free scrubber and run it.”

    All four of these products sound great. Let’s try ’em and boycott spam! (Thanks Davids! :-) Thanks William!)


  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN — Tien Shan Educational Center of Almaty, Kazakhstan, an English language based school Grades 1-12 serving the missions community is in need of several key staff positions and the school year is about to begin! Last we heard, they still needed a Business Manager, JH & HS – Physical Education, Bible, Math, Science, & Language Arts, ESL Teacher, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher, 5th/6th Grade Teacher. For more information contact Gillian at <tienshanatpactecdotkz> . Their school year begins August 27th. Better contact them yesterday. :-) </tienshanatpactecdotkz>

  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING — Elim Bible Institute is now accepting applications for this fall’s “Missions and International Community Health Program”. The two-year program provides training in the cultures and customs, the missionary life and in preventative and curative community health care focusing on developing countries. It is designed for those with no prior health training or for those such as nurses and EMTs who want practical primary care training. It includes an eight-week international internship with a health missionary. Transfer students are accepted directly into health training with one year of Bible School or its equivalent. For a program description visit their web site http://www.elim.edu email <admissionsatelimdotedu> or call 1-800-670-ELIM, International Students are WELCOME! Limited number of scholarships for those from developing countries. Call (585)582-1230. </admissionsatelimdotedu>

  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE? — Norm <nklueveratmsndotcom> is offering to provide them. He’s got 40 standard wall/desk corded telephone sets to give out free. These are like new ITT phones (analog). Available for pickup or you pay shipping. For more information, contact Norm directly. Thanks for helping the Brigada family, Norm! </nklueveratmsndotcom>

  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS? — FFM began over 50 years in North America as a prayer, information and literature service encouraging outreach among Muslims worldwide. A Prayer News Bulletin goes out three times a year, hard copy or e-mail, giving brief prayer requests from around the world, wherever individuals or ministries are witnessing among Muslims. In addition, there’s a 2,600-volume library and a small bookstore (tracts, books, videos, cds) with helpful information. Contact: <ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca> or go to http://www.ffmna.org </ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca>

  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS NEW ARTICLES — At http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm read how the most historically significant figure of the 20th Century was a not-so-famous linguist and missionary. Read about special operations to employ for spiritual warfare. Find out what Chinese Christians said about SARS, and how Christians are being treated in Iraq.

  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE — If you identify yourself as a kingdom business leader committed and called to serve through the tool of business you are invited to an intensive three day conference following the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)’s Planting the Kingdom through Business seminar. It will be held September 23-26 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You will hear reports from the pioneering locations where new businesses are being planted, gain vision and opportunities to mentor and coach emerging business leaders, multiply God’s investment through developing and providing capital for new Kingdom businesses, meet likeminded people and build relationships with entrepreneurs and business owners from many nations. For more information log on at http://www.CEED-UofN.org or write to infoatceed-uofndotorg

20030601 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT OUR NEW SPONSORS
  2. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH PLAXO?
  3. LEARN ABOUT CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE
  4. NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS COURSE
  6. FOLK RELIGION COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  7. HUMOR BREAK: FAVORITE *FIELD PERSONNEL* COUNTRY WESTERN TITLES
  8. TEACHERS NEEDED IN TIRANA, ALBANIA
  9. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 555; ADDS URBAN CENTERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT OUR NEW SPONSORS — See the new sponsors by clicking to: http://www.brigada.org then click on “Sponsors” at the bottom of the page. Enabling us this week are Wycliffe Bible Translators USA (specifically, their Church Mobilization group). Meet the Wycliffe folks at: http://www.wycliffe.org/ and Lingua House (specifically, Betty Sue Brewster, co-author of “Language Acquisition Made Practical — LAMP”, the book that sparked a language learning revolution. Get it at: http://www.instantweb.com/l/linguahouse/ Thanks for your partnership in getting us a Brigada Secretary. She starts August 18th! Yahoooooooo! :-) Our first paid employee! :-) (Note: USA givers desiring a tax-deductible receipt can make their gifts payable to “Team Expansion” and mail to: “Brigada”, c/o Team Expansion, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299 or just use the link at the Brigada website to give via PayPal. It’s fast, easy, and free! (And they don’t spam you with offers, either. :-) )

  2. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH PLAXO? — This past week, I received a note from a Brigada participant in Africa: “Several of my friends … are starting to use PLAXO as their address book. What are your thoughts about using Plaxo – maybe you can respond in the next BRIGADA TODAY. …” Well the truth is, I’ve been getting more and more of these crazy Plaxo messages and I had just about begun to dismiss them as spam. Then I saw the PC Mag review at http://www.pcmag.com/print_article/0,3048,a=38903,00.asp , which, for its part, wasn’t really negative. However, I’ll have to admit, something about responding to all these Plaxo messages is troubling. I think part of it is… we’re just trusting the integrity of the software developers that none of our information is going to be shared. Call me paranoid — but knowing that it was written, in part, by the co-founder of Napster doesn’t raise it up any notches in my book. I mean… imagine your address book being managed by Napster? Maybe next thing you know, there will be some peer-to-peer database site with all our names and email addresses, made available for the right price to spammers somewhere. Think of how glad they’d be to get email addresses keyed to locations and tel. numbers. Yikes. Just what I need: More email to answer, more potential for exposure to spam, more automated Internet messages sucking up bandwidth. To see if others felt the same way, I did a quick search and, for instance, see this honest appraisal: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,949832,00.asp This columnist (Bill Machrone) finds the “pings” from Plaxo to be a pestering nuisance. I couldn’t agree more. Bottom line: To me, it’s a waste of time. Why does an email recipient need all my snail-mail address information and telephone numbers? And many of us don’t change email addresses that often. Mine’s been the same since 1995. So if there’s a “Plaxo [OFF]” switch somewhere in the Internet universe, count on me to turn it [OFF]. For now, I’ll be deleting all the Plaxospam messages. Too many other things to do besides take a risk for Napster-spammed-universe. That’s all I have to say about that.

  3. LEARN ABOUT CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE — Here’s a distance-learning course on Christian Microenterprise Development in the 2/3 World that starts August 18th. Although the registration deadline has passed, they might let you in, still, if you beg and plead. :-) Even if this course is full, the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, at Covenant College offers other 6-week modules via email for missionaries and church workers. This particular course assists current and future evangelical church leaders, missionaries, and community development workers to understand basic principles and practices in Microenterprise Development (MED) and Microfinance (MF) so that they can determine the appropriateness of MED and MF for their community of service in the 2/3 World. For more information go to http://www.chalmers.org, or email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  4. NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR MISSIONARIES — Have you seen http://www.storehousesoftware.com ? Susie recently pointed us to it. The software they sell (“Handshake”) allows one to design and create custom websites to keep supporters informed. So skip Frontpage, Dreamweaver, and HTML code altogether. Storehouse charges an up-front fee for the software, then collects a small “transaction fee” from on top of every donation. Your donors who give $100 might be charged 19 cents extra, for instance. Now 19 cents isn’t much. In fact, it’s half the cost of the stamp — if they mailed you the check! (Plus they save the cost of the check and the envelope! :-) ) Secure transactions are provided through PayPal and the software automatically handles posting text and pictures to your site. See the samples and demo at http://www.storehousesoftware.com . (Thanks Susie!)

  5. MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS COURSE — This “Ministry to Muslims” course is an overview of the origin, culture, fundamentals, and growth of Islam, with an emphasis on the present challenges facing the church, and how believers can practically reach Muslims today. Topics include The Fundamentals of Islam and Islamic Arguments, Biblical Responses to Islamic Arguments, Muslim Cultures and Lifestyles, Types of Muslims and Why They Behave the Way They Do, and How We Can Effectively Evangelize and Disciple Muslims. Practicums will be designed for those wishing to utilize what they’ve learned. … The International Department of Elim Fellowship is offering the class, which will be held on five consecutive Wednesday evenings at the campus of Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY, from October 22 to November 19, 2003.

    For more information, call the Academic Office at Elim Bible Institute at (585) 582-2130, or send an email to: <academicdeanatelimdotedu>. </academicdeanatelimdotedu>


  6. FOLK RELIGION COURSE IN BUDAPEST — This course runs September 29 – October 3, 2003, and is taught by Dr. Phil Steyne. Enrich your ministry or work on an MA in theology or missiology through Columbia International University while living in Europe. Pre-course work is required, so sign up today. For additional information write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. HUMOR BREAK: FAVORITE *FIELD PERSONNEL* COUNTRY WESTERN TITLES — Okay, so maybe it’s time, once and awhile, to take a quick break for some humor. These titles are some of the most favorite Country Western tunes, according to Mark at: http://www.newwway.org/medianet/ (Thanks Mark! Great media newsletter, by the way!) Disclaimer: You have to be a Nashville fan to understand some of these. :-)

    All Alone with Thirteen Million Friends I Can’t Stop Loving Them If Hope Were Oil, They’d Be a Quart Low Take This Culture Shock and Love It God Bless Wherever We Are Right Now You’re Drivin’ Me Crazy and We Don’t Own a Car On the Plane Again A Country Boy Can Survive Statesiding Your Cheatin’ Heart Got the Statistics Report Wrong Again Stand By Your UPG (The Unreached People Group Blues) Mama Don’t Let Your MKs Grow Up to Be Cowboys Get Another Mosquito Net (This One’s Full) You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly Air Conditioners I’ve Known and Loved Before My Salary’s Just a Bug on the Windshield of Life You Can Lose Weight (But I’ll Always Be Ugly) I’m Just a Nose Hair in the Body of Christ I’d Learn This Language If You’d Learn It First Tell Me a Story ‘Cause There Ain’t No TV Make the World Be A’Saved My Church is Under a Tree (But I Can’t Find the Forest) Your Tires Were Big, But That Rut was Deeper I’ll Fly Away If This Tuk-Tuk Won’t Slow Down


  8. TEACHERS NEEDED IN TIRANA, ALBANIA — The MK school in Tirana, Albania has an extreme shortage of teachers for the coming school year (starting in less than a month!). If no teachers can be found then some missionaries might be forced to return to their home countries. There are roughly 50-60 students in this school, all children of missionaries. All instruction is in English. If you are a K-9 teacher and would consider coming for a year, please check out http://www.gdqschool.org or e-mail at <gdqschoolaticcdotaldoteudotorg>. </gdqschoolaticcdotaldoteudotorg>

  9. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 555; ADDS URBAN CENTERS — PeopleTeams.org now has 557 missionary team webs to explore. These web sites are produced by teams of field personnel who are advocating for their people group. A new upgrade includes an option to search by Urban Centers. This change was made to facilitate workers who are approaching complex peoples in mega-cities such as Beijing, Istanbul and dozens more. PeopleTeams is in its third year, receives some 447,000+ hits per month from more than 16,000 unique users. PT provides a free hosting service to 327 missionary teams and links to 211 other webs. As a ministry of its own, PT has published 19 webs which are advocacy priorities where no missionary personnel presently serve. Check ’em out at: http://peopleteams.org.

20030504 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW SPONSOR: TEALBROOK
  2. ARE YOU RECEIVING TONS OF UNSOLICITED EMAILS?
  3. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES
  4. U.S. WEST COAST HOSPITALITY HOME OPENS
  5. CASE STUDY FOR POLAND
  6. E-SWORD
  7. UNHINDERED 2003: AN EVENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MISSIONS
  8. COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ISLAM COURSE
  9. TESOL INSTRUCTION
  10. CLOSING STUFF

    1. NEW SPONSOR: TEALBROOK — Need a piece of camping gear? Please give Tealbrook a try: http://www.tealbrook.com . They cater to the needs of missionaries living in wilderness situations, with water purfiers, packs, and tons of other supplies. Thanks to Tealbrook for their sponsorship for Brigada!

    1. ARE YOU RECEIVING TONS OF UNSOLICITED EMAILS? — Often referred to as “spam”, these advertisements and scams are on the rise. In fact, they’re deluging anybody and everbody that uses the Internet. Spammers (those who specialize in sending out thousands of unsolicited email ads on a daily basis) harvest your email address from websites, web-forums, or by buying address lists from other vendors. So if you put your email address on the form at your local hardware store, the next thing you know, you’re getting weekly email updates from a fix-it-yourself magazine… and a few weeks after that, from a pornographic website. It’s insane — and out of control. As for spam in the USA, congress is up in arms and committed to coming up with legislation to address it. Only God knows if they’ll be successful. Some studies show that spam now makes up 40% of the email most users receive. (It’s lots higher than that with me.) If you want to try to address spam on a smaller scale basis, try these options — courtesy “Dan the man” (our Information Technology guy at Team Expansion): For Outlook users: http://www.cloudmark.com markets Spamnet; about 95% effective. Only works with Full Outlook (not Express). http://www.Mailblocks.com – this is Dan’s favorite. 100% effective. a penny a day. However it uses IMAP rather than POP3 so it is tricky to use with some programs. Available for Outlook / Outlook Express / and Eudora, if you can configure it correctly. http://www.Mailshell.com. 10 cents a day, about 90% effective. For POP3 only clients. Some Internet Service Providers hook up their users to spam control for no extra charge. For example, Earthlink provides a form of Brightmail. I’ve been using Earthlink since 1995 and I’ll have to say, their spam control catches hundreds of spam messages to me per day… but dozens still get through. No solution is 100% effective. Rats. :-)

    1. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES — Learn a practical skill with which you can demonstrate the love of Christ and open the hearts of unreached peoples to the gospel. Dental disease is the most common disease in the world. Millions suffer for lack of available or affordable dental services. In just 9 days, Dental Training For Missions can train and equip you to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Let us not love in word only, but also in deed… I John 3:18 http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com E-mail: <dentaltrainingformissionsatattdotnet>

    1. U.S. WEST COAST HOSPITALITY HOME Closes —

    1. CASE STUDY FOR POLAND — A web evangelism team in Poland is using an integrated portfolio of websites with some very effective strategies. This case study presents many ideas which could be adapted for other languages and countries: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/poland.php

    1. E-SWORD — Layman Rick Myers has developed an online *free* Bible download service of 40 translations in 14 languages including Chinese, Russian and Ukrainian. More than 800,000 Bibles have been downloaded since it launched in 2001. The King James Version is included with Strong’s reference numbers which key the text to dictionary references showing the underlying Hebrew and Greek words. It includes a built-in word processor to import text, add notes, highlight key passages and print. Again, all this is free. Mr. Myers lives off of donations. http://www.e-sword.net/ (ABP) Thanks for the tip, Mark!

    1. UNHINDERED 2003: AN EVENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN MISSIONS — Unhindered 2003 is a special event coming up in Frisco, Colorado, with still barely enough time for you to learn more. If you are a young adult interested in world evangelization, pray about coming to Colorado on June 25-29 for a time of networking, sharing new ideas, and worshiping the Lord Jesus Christ. Floyd McClung, George Miley, and others will be sharing their hearts for the local church’s involvement in this great task before the body of Christ. For more info check out the website at http://www.unhindered2003.com or email at <infoatunhindered2003dotcom> .

    1. COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ISLAM COURSE — CIU offers courses in Islam (credit/audit) for field worker candidates, workers on home leave, professional tentmakers in a Muslim country, pastors in an area where there is a growing number of Muslims, and students sensing God’s call to work with Muslims. SUMMER, 2003: Introduction to Islam (Johnson) July 7-11; Folk Islam (Cashin) July 14-18; Approaches to Islam (Joseph C.) July 21-25; Women in Islam (Maxwell) July 28-Aug. 1 EXTENSION: Introduction to Islam (Larson); Women in Islam (Stacey) For more information, Ph. 1-800-777-2227 Ext. 3327 E-Mail: <rbrasheratciudotedu> Registration Online for Summer: http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies .

  1. TESOL INSTRUCTION — Catch a TESOL class starting this week and running through July 11 at the YWAM base in Lebanon PA. Proper training in HOW to teach English prepares graduates to do an excellent job where ever they go. For information, see website http://www.ywampa.org, or email at <ywampaatcomcastdotnet>.

20030302 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS!
  2. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA
  3. WE GET MAIL…
  4. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW
  5. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA
  6. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  7. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH
  8. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE
  9. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  10. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
  11. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS
  12. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY

  1. CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA SPONSORS! — Thanks so much for our three Brigada Sponsors so far in 2003. These folks are helping us lay the groundwork for hiring a Brigada Secretary someday! We invite you to check out their respective gifts, skills, organizations, and/or passions. This week, add Nate and Mark at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html Want to become a Brigada Sponsor? We’ve got a ways to go! So just use PayPal or some other means to send your check (the amount of your choosing), then send in a note about the passion or organization you’d like promoted in Brigada Today. (By the way, so far 4 people have bought Integrity Online or its software by clicking through a Brigada link. That’s going to help too! Check Integrity Online out at: http://www.integrity.com/index.php?siteid=19955
  2. [Note: As of Dec., 2003, only six people had subscribed to Integrity Online. As of that date, that still wasn’t even enough to produce the first sponsorship check. :-( Not a very fruitful way to fund a Brigada secretary, unfortunately.]


  3. CHRISTIAN COMICS SEMINAR IN RUSSIA — COMIX35/ROX35 will be holding a 1-day introductory seminar on Writing and Drawing Comics at the Russian Baptist Center in Moscow on Saturday, April 5, 2003. All writers and artists are welcome. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist/writer Nate Butler and local cartoonists Igor Kolgarev and Sasha Galkin. The course will be taught in English and Russian, with translation. Seating will be limited. Please contact Igor Kolgarev for more information, either by telephone: 358-15-11 (in Russian only) or by email at <kolgaratmaildotru  (kolgaratmaildotru)  >. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <COMIX35atcomix35dotorg  (COMIX35atcomix35dotorg)  >.

  4. WE GET MAIL… — Listen to this satisfied Brigada Today participant: “Thank you ever so much for accepting my submission for The Soul Winner’s Devotional. Because of your willingness to further the Kingdom of God, I have received more than 100 new subscribers (with I’m sure more coming)! I am now able to encourage missionaries and brothers and sisters in Christ from almost every continent of the world! Thank you again and may God continue to bless you and your ministry.” J.M.

  5. CATCH YOUR TESOL COURSE NOW — Here’s a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course to be offered through Youth With a Mission of Montana. The intensive 4-week course will be offered from July 27 thru August 23, 2003. Cost including books, tuition, and room & board is US $1,000. They will also connect you with full-time missionaries overseas for possible teaching positions. To download an application go to: http://www.ywammt.org or if you have questions, please email <tesolatywammtdotorg  (tesolatywammtdotorg)  >.

  6. SUMMER MISSIONARY TRAINING SCHOOL IN COSTA RICA — Emercy and Palmas de Mamre are partnering this summer to offer their 4th annual Missionary Training School. The school dates are June 3rd – August 3rd and the cost is $550, which covers everything except airfare. Students at the school will learn how to teach, preach, perform drama and mime, coordinate children’s ministry, administer medical treatment, and more. Additional information on the school is available at http://www.missionarytraining.net . If you wish to apply, please visit the website to download an application or call toll free from the US at 877-875-4483. International callers may call 205-657-5674 or e-mail <trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet  (trainingatmissionarytrainingdotnet)  >.

  7. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydro-ponics. These versatile systems are ideal for “helps ministries” in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 16-20. For more information, contact Aquaculture International <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus  (cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus)  > or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if you are a missionary. Website: http//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.

  8. INTERNET EVANGELISTS NEEDED FOR WORLDWIDE INTERNET OUTREACH — If you enjoy sharing your faith with others and helping people find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then Internet Pastors.com needs you. Over the Easter season the Gospel is going to be shared to over 10 million people. No experience necessary! They train everyone. For more information check out the Internet Pastors.com website at http://www.internetpastors.com/ipastors/html/static/join_team.html or email Pastor Todd <discussatinternetpastorsdotcom  (discussatinternetpastorsdotcom)  > by 3/10/2003.

  9. HINDUISM TRAINING INSTITUTE — The Hinduism Training Institute is designed to equip missionaries, campus workers and others with a vision for the Hindu world. The five day institute include such sessions as Understanding the Hindu Worldview, Strategies for effectively communicating the Gospel, Nurturing and discipleship of Hindu Believers,Contextualization of the Gospel for the Hindus and Finding resources on Hinduism. The Institute is offered at the premises of Mission Training International, Palmer Lake, Colorado, three times this year: May 4-9, August 24-29 and Sept 7-12..For further information log on to http://www.sitaronline.org or call MTI at 1 800 896-3710 or reach Natun <Natun1219atmsndotcom  (Natun1219atmsndotcom)  > or tel. 719 963-3573.

  10. PRAYER JOURNEY OR TEACH YOUR SKILL AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Join short-term teams who are serving long-term missionaries working among unreached people groups in restricted-access nations of the 10/40 Window. Central Asia, the Silk Road, Turkey, & N. Africa are ready to be impacted by your on-site prayers and practical help. The earliest application deadline is March 21, 2003. Email <shareatpaulbunyandotnet> or visit http://www.stemmin.org/share.shtml . </shareatpaulbunyandotnet>

  11. MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS — Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long course at CIT in N. Carolina (May 19-23). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course, taught by Paul Neeley, ethnomusicology consultant for numerous mission agencies and schools. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See <http://www.citi.org> or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  12. WEB SITE FOR PREGNANT TRAVELERS –- Now there is a web site for pregnant travelers and expatriates. Remember the people who were doing research a couple of years ago on pregnant expatriates? That data is still being collated and prepared for publication. But meanwhile, they have opened a website devoted entirely to the subject of pregnancy and living/working/traveling overseas. It is The Pregnant Traveler at http://www.pregnanttraveler.com. (Note the American spelling; “traveler: has only one: “l”.) There’s tons of free advice, a forum to express your opinions, medical data for your doctor to browse, and they even (for a fee) will do personal consultation regarding your pregnancy. If you can’t access them via the Internet, their e-mail is <pregnantattravdocdotcom  (pregnantattravdocdotcom)  >.

  13. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS WITH ELIJAH COMPANY — The Camps are a jump start for those called to missions whether short term or career. The tools offered are also helpful for senders, including church missions leaders, helping them to understand how to help those who are going. Topics cover a range of pertinent issues, alerting an individual of what they will need, be and do. The end result is a solid plan for pursuing the call and motivation for the same. Applications are now being accepted for the next three camps. The places and dates are: Virginia, April 3-6, 2003. Pennsylvania, April 24-27, 2003. Spain May 30-June 12, 2003. For more information write <infoatelijahcompanydotorg  (infoatelijahcompanydotorg)  > or call (757) 639-2906. Also see their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org.

Our Sponsors…

The following partners have worked out a regular arrangement with Brigada to give on a regular basis. We highly recommend them to you as being among the best in their respective fields. We humbly ask that you utilize their services whenever possible… and we are grateful for their vision and partnership here at Brigada! Want to join them? Just click “Donate” at the top of this page.

Insurancewww.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm
Mark and his friends at Missionary Health (Insurance Services of America) can set you up with international health, life and/or travel insurance needs for both short-term as well as long-term stays. If you’re a missionary . . . or if you know one . . . Mark can probably save you — and him/her — some money. Meanwhile, you’ll be helping Brigada too!

Insurancewww.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp
Jeff and Doug at Good Neighbor Insurance can get quotes from eight different international health insurance companies for international health and life insurance, short-term, long-term and short-term team mission trips. Get group insurance quotes for small and large groups, plans for non-Americans coming to the USA and Americans living in most USA states.

Communications Dial-Abroad.orgwww.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm
Dial-Abroad.org is run by a missionary family and offers a worldwide, international phone service with the cheapest country-to-country international long distance rates I’ve seen. If you are living overseas or call people living abroad then visit this site.

CommunicationsBlessed Hope Communicationswww.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada
Blessed Hope is a Christian owned US long distance service with cheap rates for people living in the USA. Get 4.9 cents per minute interstate rates with no monthly or hidden fees. If you are paying higher rates, then visit this site.


CollaborationCentral Desktop
http://www.centraldesktop.com/l?sr=af_2185213gn5wkcvybdhy9
Central Desktop provides a great batch of services for the team or organization wanting to collaborate on goal-setting, milestone-tracking, group-calendaring, and joint task-listing. This is the service that Brigada & Team Expansion use throughout the year. Give them a try. Even if all you do is register for a free trial, Brigada still gets a $2 gift for your efforts — and it really is truly the service Team Expansion & Brigada are using at this time. Also get web-conferencing and voice conferencing for 10 people, built into the service!

Communications – Global Airtime – http://www.GlobalAirtime.com

This is a great service for anyone wanting to keep in touch while traveling abroad. They provide a Global SIM card that can be used with any GSM Tri or Quad band phone to travel just about anywhere in the world. You will save as much as 90% or more on cellular calls while traveling abroad. BEST OF ALL they will assign you a local U.S. number to take with you so that friends and family here in the U.S. can easily keep in touch with you without making an International Long Distance call. Find out more by visiting their website
www.GlobalAirtime.com

TravelMission Travelhttp://www.missiontravel.org/ — Christian owned and operated travel agency exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, MissionTravel.org focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from MissionTravel.org owners. Also email


or call 1-888-849-8850 in the USA.

Books — William Carey Library – http://www.missionbooks.org/ — This book source, which has been publishing missions books since the 1960s, seems to keep the best books of all. All the hard-to-find stuff as well as the hot-off-the-presses stuff… it’s mostly all right here.

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