4) What Do You Hear About the One World Futbol?

You’ve probably heard about…

It’s a soccerball that is reportedly ‘nearly indestructible,’ designed especially for refugee communities and other poor segments of society that normally wouldn’t be able to afford or otherwise purchase their own soccer balls. The company suggests a “buy one give one” strategy. Has anyone in our Brigada family used these balls? Do they work as advertised and can you offer any kind of testimony? If so, please click “comment” under the online version of this item.

8) Special Close-up on Soccer-related Ministries –

What’s better than the beautiful game? It is beautiful message of salvation in Jesus Christ. Here is a list of places to help you share the gospel using a soccer ball or international football. Some ministries and organizations have developed a multi colored soccer ball to share the gospel. An evangelistic message is usually given using the five colors of the soccer ball. For example, the black on the soccer ball represents sin, and white after our sins have been forgiven. There is also information on a dvd called “The Prize” which shares the gospel using Christian testimonies of famous soccer players. Find all this at…

(Thanks to Brian for contributing this material!)

5) Evangelistic Tool for Ministry

j316The J316 soccer ball is being used by all different groups throughout the world with great effect to the glory of God. The J316 soccer ball comes in three sizes and is available in the USA and soon will be available in South Africa as well. This creative ministry tool is a great way to open up conversations about the Gospel amongst all age groups on and off the soccer field. Please check out the new website at…

20050508 Brigada Today

In this issue…


1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES — Talking Bibles International has Scripture in audio in over 325 different languages. Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments are now available in 40 languages with more being processed. New Testaments in MP3 format are currently available from their website in 27 languages — Albanian, Arabic, Assyrian, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, English KJV, Farsi, Foochow, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Khmer, Malayalam, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Tamil, Telegu, Teochew, Urdu, Vietnamese. These are posted for listening and/or downloading for free. Talking Bibles International is encouraging overseas’ churches and ministries to download their materials for duplicating and distribution when shipping from the states is too costly or impractical. For more information log unto or contact info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. SUMMER SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS — Are you taking a team overseas this summer? If so make sure you have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “International Provider” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $1.51 per day for anyone regardless of age. If you have a group that has older individuals going this plan can’t be beat. Also, expenses incurred as a result of an act of terrorism are covered at no additional charge. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
3. PLAY TENNIS FOR CHRIST — A one week – two week or more…. tennis course for players and coaches with a Christian mission focus has been organized around the world: Southern France-July, New York City-August, Hong Kong-September to May, Australia-February, Sri Lanka-December

The coaches and players who attended were greatly used and also impacted themselves as they learned the tools to reach others thru sports and fellowship with others from another culture..

For additional information see or

You may attend this training either as an individual or you may bring a team with you.

Please contact them if you are interested in attending. A staff member will then contact you immediately with a reply.

By the way, Rev. Bob Kraft will be at the French Open/Wimbledon/US Open/Australian Open and if you would like to meet up with him, just email to <tmiattennisministrydotcom>
4. CONTINUING SAGA AGAINST SPAM — The item on spam struck a resonate chord. How do these spammers sleep at night. And how does the original canned meat (known originally as “Spam”) stay in business!? :-)

In our own organization (Team Expansion), we heard so much support for the war on spam that we’re moving the entire organization’s email accounts into

It turns out to be about $1.25/address per month. Gulp. :-) But David, a Brigada participant laboring in the Amazon (the jungle — not the bookstore :-) ), spoke out for Spamarrest too. ” Spamarrest doesn’t let through more than one or two a month. The cost is $30.00 per year. It’s well worth it to have no hassles. Select your weapon of choice. But either way, take up a weapon. Don’t sit back and let spam frustrate your inbox for a single day more.
5. BE SURE DELIVERINGONTHEPROMISE.COM WORKS FOR YOU — By the way, one reader wrote to remind us that is not actually an insurance program per se. Readers considering using it should be sure they take note of its unique structure.
6. MISSIONS NEWSLETTER FOR LEADERS IN TWO THIRDS WORLD — A missions orientated monthly email newsletter (free) is now available for subscription from Beautiful Feet Task Force, providing sermon outlines on missions and evangelism as well as regular outreach ideas, quotes, stories and web resources. Aimed at providing missionaries, pastors and leaders in developing nations with a contact and referral point and a means of helping others in a similar position by providing feedback, many leaders from western countries are now enjoying the benefits too. Written and edited by Ps Howard Sands, International director of BFTF and 25 year veteran of Asian mission trips, it is brief, punchy and informative. To check it out or to subscribe, visit… or email subscribe(at)beautifulfeettaskforce-subscribe(at) [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. HOME WATER TESTER — Missionaries in doubt of local water quality might be interested to know about a new home water tester for only $17. It allows you to test the water at your location for lead, bacteria, nitrites, nitrates, chlorine, pesticides and pH. This might be handy when you move to a new location and are unsure of the water quality from the tap. Web site: It’s also available at some grocery stores in the US.

For a professional lab test (US) go to: The cost there is $230. You might also be able to get a local health department to check a water sample.

A comparison of the two (home testing kit and the pro lab) in Popular Mechanics (June 2005) shows that the home lab kit is accurate but not to the level of precision of the pro lab test. (Thanks Kerby!)
8. TO EVERY TRIBE WITH JESUS — Here’s a new book on tribal church planting. David Sitton, a 27 year veteran pioneer church planter among unreached tribal peoples writes about the basics of tribal evangelism, including chapters dealing with animism, ancestral spirits, witchcraft, religious syncretism and spiritual warfare in tribal contexts. This newly released book is being offered through June at the introductory price of $8.50 (plus $1.50 S/H). Order from Grace & Truth Books by calling 918-245-1500 or through David Sitton directly at 956-233-4353 or david(at)toeverytribe(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceeding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] While you’re at it, feel free to ask David about the tribal seminars he teaches.
9. FREE CLIPPING SERVICE ON MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT — The Caspari Center’s Media Review is an English-language synopsis of articles originally published in the various forms of Israeli press, including the Rabbinic. The articles, most of which are originally written in Hebrew, focus on Messianic Jews, the Hebrew Church and Christianity. They document contemporary topics and news — including how the Israeli people, religious leaders and their government perceive and respond to the Messianic movement. The service is charting trends, creating the only historical archive of its kind for the Messianic movement in Israel, and, through its digital format, providing the world with glimpses into the struggles and sacrifices faced by those who dare to take up the cross in Israel, as well as the progress being made. The Media Review serves as an invaluable research tool for Christian scholars and evangelists while providing insight for members of the secular world and other interested parties in business, government and academia. This service is provided free of charge via email. To subscribe, go to and follow the link to the Media Review.
10. TEACH IN MEXICO, PLUS TRAIN IN MISSIONS — The Monterrey Institute of Technology High School in Toluca, Mexico is looking for teachers. The candidate must be a native English speaker and have a bachelor’s degree in any field. You would also assist a tentmaker, who is working at this private secular high school, in developing a missions program for Mexican churches to reach the unreached of the world. You can check out the school’s web page and contact Christian directly for further information: or email cwamission(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FANTASTIC SPONSORS — This past week, we’re thanking the Lord for $50 from a new friend, and another $50 from a director at International Students, Inc. (ISI), who wrote, “Your publication is read by many of our staff and has been a significant source of encouragement and resources to our team across the country.” Another $50 came from a New Yorker who wrote, “Keep up the good work– faithful servants such as yourself are a great inspiration!” Finally, a new friend wrote, ” Thanks for the blessing that Brigada has been. I realized that I’ve been taking it for granted for 10 years! This is just the first of many gifts. Bless you guys.” Whoa. Not every day we get a $250 gift *and* a note like that in the same envelope! :-) (Thanks to the new friend from Colorado!)
12. EASY WAY TO GIVE TO BRIGADA — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
13. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH YOUR PC IS REVEALING ON THE NET — Curious as to how much your PC is telling the Internet world? Just visit: Steve Gibson and company will help you determine how secure you are. You can check file and port sharing, “common ports”, your first 1065 TCP ports, and more. The service is absolutely free. Those with firewalls and routers will probably fare the best.
14. ADD “COPY TO” TO YOUR “RIGHT-CLICK” CONTEXT MENU — In my Windows Explorer context menu, now when I right-click on a file or folder in Explorer, I have the option to copy or move it to another location — in one fell swoop. Here’s how you can add it too:

Start by launching RegEdit from the Start menu’s Run dialog. Navigate to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex \ContextMenuHandlers.

Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers entry and from the menu, select New | Key. Name the new key Copy To. Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and set its data to {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK, then right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers key and create another new key, naming this one Move To. Set the (Default) value for this one to {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK and close the Registry Editor.

(This great tip came from Sharon Klotz, via PC Magazine’s “User to User” column. See it online at:,1759,1813983,00.asp Thanks PC Mag!)
15. THE BACKPAGE: FREE OF THE CLOCK — We’ve been talking about “finishing”, i.e., completing what we start. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve brainstormed about ideas that help us keep our focus… and finish our tasks.

However, along with this “end-mindedness” comes a certain risk: that we’ll get caught up in being a kind of slave to the clock… or even a slave to our own task list. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to balance out the admonitions of the past couple of weeks:

*** Think in “slots” — Consider the “typical” 40-hour-a-week job. (Does anyone in ministry actually work one of those? :-) ) It would be five days a week, morning and afternoon each day. So if you think of the day as having 3 major 4-hour slots… 8-12, 1-5, and 6-10… then a 40-hour job would be equal to roughly 10 “slots” of 4 hrs. each. Now let’s make the transition to ministry. Suppose you work 4 evenings/week doing home Bible studies or Jesus Film presentations or whatever. Suppose those roughly take up the 6-10 timeframe. So by my way of thinking, you could consider taking the afternoon off to be with family or friends on those 4 days. You’re still covering 2 slots per day, you see.

On a broader scale, consider that the typical week has 21 slots in all (7 days X 3 slots/day). Make a gift of 2 extra slots per week to your ministry (just because we love God and our ministries, right?), and it’s like you work 6 days/week (so one day off per week). So now you just outline 12 slots per week… any days, any timeframes. Keep a simple record. Don’t cheat the ministry, but don’t cheat your family either.

*** Identify your most creative slots — My wife and boys usually hit the sack around 10pm on school nights. If I’ve been getting enough sleep, the 10pm – midnight mini-slot is great for me to catch up, especially if the day has been hectic. Nobody calls, nobody comes to the door, life is silent. :-) Maybe that won’t work for you. Maybe you’re a morning person. Just figure that out, then use it to tackle the projects that require you to be most creative.

*** Think marathon, not sprint — I’ve heard the guys say, “I’d rather burn out than rust out.” But you know, I keep thinking… I’d rather be around for 40 years of the highest performance possible… than to blow out like a bomb in one burst. So try to pace yourself in such a way that you stay fully engaged, but you’re fully enjoying life. What I’m trying to say is… we want you effective in ministry for the long haul, rather than just for a year or two.

To accomplish this, we need to find work we love, while at the same time completing some of the work we hate. Every job has its downside. Sure lifeguards get to swim in the pool… about 5 minutes every hour. :-) The rest of the time, they roast! There might be something about bathing suits going on … but a lot of their focus has to be on the little five year old who looks to be struggling in the 5′ section. Bottom line: Every day, do something you love to do. And every day, do something you hate to do. Stick around for the long haul. We need you.

*** When you’re on, be on; when you’re off, be off — None of this divided stuff. If you’re watching your kid play soccer, then for pete’s sake, cheer for him. Don’t sit there trying to write your organization’s new constitution and miss him scoring the goal. :-) And while you’re at work, be working. If you’re supposed to finish the article by 3, try to arrange it so you can work from 2-3, rather than watch the 5 preschoolers. (You’ll be short with them anyway, ’cause you’ll want to keep working on the article.)

*** Finally, consider the clock your friend — Think of your clock *and* your calendar as your pace-setter rather than your master. Yes, many of us live in time-oriented societies. But hey… sometimes time- oriented people get more done! :-) They show up on time, finish jobs on time, and frankly, are industrious. At the same time, people-oriented societies have much to teach us. So use the clock as a pace-setter, finish the work, then go *be* with people… talk to them, listen to them, be a friend, a spouse, a dad or a mom. *Be*.

‘Cause after all… it’s a jungle out there. We all face the wild every day. Let’s tame it together.


20020825 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. “DAUGHTER” EMAIL LIST FOR MISSION MOBILIZERS — Did you know that Brigada Today has a sub-list dedicated to helping mission mobilizers? It’s true. The Brigada Mission Mobilizers E-zine posts a column each week with in-depth information about mobilization, including Q&A forums, reviews of mission resources, and articles on mission mobilization. There is also an optional weekly Newsbrief with world news from the perspective of missionaries. The Mission Mobilizers E- Zine is designed to compliment Brigada Today and does not duplicate content already sent out over Brigada Today. Subscribership to the Mission Mobilizers E-Zine has grown over the last seven years to over 2,200. If you are interested in subscribing, please fill out the application form at .

  2. ADVANCED STUDY IN MEDIA FOR MISSION AND EVANGELISM — The International Institute for Communication Excellence in Oxford, England is accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice to commence in April 2003. The program is designed for Christians working professionally in the media as journalists, communication officers in churches, NGO’s or mission agencies and practitioners in the Christian media. Organizers say the course provides an unrivalled opportunity to develop skills as a media practitioner, engage with the latest scholarship in communication studies and reflect theologically on media practice. The course can be taken full or part time and there are plans to offer it overseas. It is validated by the University of Wales. For a brochure simply write Dave <dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk> or check the Institute website at . </dadamsatocmsdotacdotuk>

  3. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: or via email <scipoweratbayoudotcom>. You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1-318-396-7221. </scipoweratbayoudotcom>

  4. NEW BOOK ABOUT PERSECUTION IN CHINA — By Hope Flinchbaugh, this is a novel about a young woman’s faith in the face of persecution. It is reportedly a powerful tool that can be used to mobilize prayer and workers on behalf of the church in China. For more information and an excerpt visit . Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order, write <csatbethanyhousedotcom> or call 1-800-328-6109 toll-free or via net2phone or Fax 866-220-8376 / 952- 829-2503. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

  5. HAVING TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BROWSER’S BOOKMARKS? — Try Powermarks (free to try, $25 to keep). A bookmark manager, it stores them as a list, which sounds bad at first… but in practice, the search engine helps you find bookmarks (needle in a haystack style) *quickly*. It lets you assign key words to each bookmark — and also assigns some of its own based on the webpage itself. Check it out at . So far, I’ll have to admit — I love it! (Nothing in it for me, by the way. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread.)

  6. MISSION TO NEW RELIGIONS — A new international online publication, Sacred Tribes Journal, represents a fresh approach by Christian scholars and thinkers reaching out to groups society and the media label “cults.” Sacred Tribes will explore outreach to a variety of new religious movements and will feature a blending of the insights found from the best of academic scholarship and missiology, a blend often found in current missiological research, but often missing from traditional “counter-cult” perspectives. Sacred Tribes may be accessed with no subscription costs at or by emailing <moreheadatquiknetdotcom>. </moreheadatquiknetdotcom>

  7. ASIAN SPORTS MINISTRY CONFERENCE — Asia Committee for the International Sports Coalition is hosting “The Asian Church and Sports in Kingdom Building” conference in Hong Kong from November 3-9, 2002. Look for plenary sessions, workshops and demonstrations on all facets of sports and recreation as an outreach and discipleship. Readers from Asia can contact Johnny <johnnyyiuathknetdotcom> . Others can contact Church Sports International <roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg> . Web site information available at . </roswaldatchurchsportsdotorg></johnnyyiuathknetdotcom>

  8. AUTHENTIC MUSIC FOR AUTHENTIC BELIEVERS — Learn how to develop indigenous Christian songs at CIT in N. Carolina (Nov. 11-15). 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 Dr. Neil Coulter, ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See or write <paulneeleyatjunodotcom> for information. </paulneeleyatjunodotcom>

  9. TRANSLATION TOOLS — The free memory tool “Wordfast” from integrates into Microsoft Word and helps in translating repeating blocks of text. RWS Tools from also combines with Wordfast and Word to give html help. (Thanks to Tony, who first saw this in World Christian News newsletter, )

20010128 Brigada Today

In this issue….



Brigada Logo When EGroups transitioned to Yahoo groups, the code-writers polished up the servers and tightened up the reporting a bit. Turns out we have somewhere above 9,000 subscribers… but not quite 10,000. That’s okay. Nobody gets paid per subscriber. :-)


Brigada Logo Nope. Originally, they talked about it… back at the beginning. Seems like we got 3 checks, each averaging around $25…. spread out over the first 12 months. By that time, they had become convinced that their model would never work… and that was the end of that. Now we pay about $60/year to make sure there aren’t any of those crusty “ad trailers” on the ends of these emails. So… [yawn] nobody’s getting rich from Egroups… that’s for sure. :-)


Brigada Logo About 2 or 3 times/year, some enterprising business will say, “Do you guys accept sponsorship dollars?” (The answer is always a resounding “Yes!” :-) ) We place their information prominently on the web site: and feature them in a big headline in the next couple of issues. But we never “charge” the people who list resources in Brigada Today. If someone decides to donate, they give from the heart. Then we pay bills. Like for instance, this past Christmas, we sent nice gift certificates from Circuit City to our web volunteer and customer service volunteers. (In case anyone ever asks you, there’s a “Donate” button at the website that allows folks to give by check or credit card, if they can join PayPal, or, if anyone ever receives an inheritance :-), our address is:

Brigada Today
c/o Team Expansion
3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

Checks made to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.)



Brigada autoresponder Remember Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)  , a missionary church planter, who wanted to classify his personal library? Guess what: He kept his word. If you’d like to see his 46K summary of elegant, sophisticated and simple classification systems to track books, audios, videos, etc., just send an email to library-systemsatbrigadadotorg  (library-systemsatbrigadadotorg)  . Within minutes, you’ll receive an auto-responder full of great brainstorms. And thanks to all those who responded! Some of these library systems are terrific! Great job Mark!


Log onto the brand new Strategy Network website just uploaded on for 100 free radio scripts suitable for North Africa and Middle Eastern Teams. The series called “The Way of Righteousness: The Stories and Message of God’s Prophets According to the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel” may be something your team would want to translate into your target language. The scripts are at Once you’re there, paste this additional text into the URL address box in your browser (in other words, add this onto the end of the address:
(If we listed the entire link, it would line-wrap and that always results in a ton of emails saying the link is bad. It’s not bad… but it does require “assembly” since it’s so long.) (Thanks Chris!)


cd-rom Finally the Rosetta Stone language CD-Rom, Arabic Level 2, that many of you have been waiting for has been completed. If you or someone you know is learning Arabic, this is the program for you. Level 1 is also available for those that are just beginning to learn Arabic. There are 24 different languages available through Mission Training International at an exclusive price for missionaries of $99, plus shipping per level. To order call 800- 896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or write Mission Training International Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and visit


A new on-line community is ready to serve the English-speaking evangelical missions community: This dynamic web site creates small groups (2 – 7 people) of peers with similar missions interests. These virtual groups serve to encourage and help people along their journey discovering God’s will. If you have made a missions commitment and want to connect with others like you, register now at You’ll be able to read and post on a variety of subjects, join on-line discussions, or use the real-time chat system, or you can use plain old e-mail. If you are a speaker, pastor, or agency rep who gives missions challenges, see to learn how to use to help those you challenge follow through on their commitments. is a free and ad-free service of Caleb Project,


People Teams Like that Duracell bunny featured around the world in battery ads… that “keeps on going and going,” (PT) now has 330 websites. Actually, 167 websites are actually hosted by PT; 148 sites are links and 15 were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a msy presence. In addition, there are links to 33 missions resources and 85 missionary-sending agencies. On their birthday, PT had 160,000+ hits for the month. The Miao website was #1 with more than 7,000 hits from 650 unique visitors and the Palestinians were #2 (626 unique visitors).


cd-rom The LinguaLinks Library has 8 Bookshelves with over 97 on-line books for you. The Bookshelves include material concerning Anthropology, Language Learning, Linguistics, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Consulting, Scripture Use, and Translation. Also included are Cookbooks, Where There is No Doctor or Dentist, and Solar Electricity. It is compiled by Wycliffe Bible Translators and available through Mission Training International. A sensitive version is available for those in sensitive countries. The cost is $75 plus shipping. To order call 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or email Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and browse:


book A new book, Five Loaves and Two Bowls of Borscht, gives church planters (and anyone else involved in ministry) a picture of what God can do with our meager offerings. Using a touch of humor, author Janice Lemke relates lessons learned through struggles on the mission field and shows how God worked in spite of those difficulties to start a successful church planting movement in Ukraine. For ordering information, write cjlemkeatcsdotcom  (cjlemkeatcsdotcom)  .


graduation cap China needs 250,000 English Teachers for next year! A TESOL course will be held, June 1-July 14, 2001 at a university in Henan Province, China, with hopes of training English teachers to help fill this need. The school will prepare you to teach English almost anywhere in the world! For more information, visit: or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .


graduation cap Earn a graduate degree with core courses on Islam by studying during the regular academic year, Summer Studies, Winterim (January) and by Extension. Summer Studies 2001 again offers two, 2-week sessions: Session I, July 9-20: Introduction to Islam (Steve Johnson), Folk Islam (David Cashin), Muslim Evangelism (Phil Parshall). Session II, July 23- August 3: Apologetics for Muslim Ministry (John Gilchrist), Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Sam Soloman), Islam in North America (Carl Ellis). Each 3 s.h. course for credit is $897; audit is $150. Room and board is $175 per week. For more information, write Warren muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or call 800-777-2227 x3325 (803-754-4100). Web:


graduation cap METS 2001 Middle East Training Session is slated for May 23th – July 4th in Turkey with experienced local workers. There will be ministry opportunities with English speaking Turkish university students, local workers, and at summer camps for Turkish children. Also included: practical and academic studies in Bible, Islamics, history, culture, and conversational Turkish. College credit is available upon request. Cost is U$S 1195 plus airfare and personal spending money. If interested, contact IDEA Ministries ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)   before March 15th.


The Cry of the Heart is offering a host of evangelism information, including training in evangelism techniques and testimonies, as well as missions information. They are offering the opportunity for anyone that has a ministry related to evangelism or missions. If you would like to be considered in this project, just fill out the on-line form at For more information, see The Cry of the Heart or write Diana ldydsthatyahoodotcom  (ldydsthatyahoodotcom)  .


I’m serious. If you don’t believe me, just browse: or write Dan dklkkkckatmsndotcom  (dklkkkckatmsndotcom)  . He’ll help you get set up for all kinds of ministry!


musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Take a week-long course at CITI in N. Carolina, April 16-20. The focus is on empowering a community to create 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. For course information visit and for examples of the approach taught see


graduation cap In anticipation of offering a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Columbia International University (CIU), Dr. Robert W. Ferris will lead theological educators in a week of intense instruction and interaction at CIU’s Korntal campus. Dr. Ferris will focus on “Theological Foundations for Educational Practice” (ITE 7320) from June 5-9, 2001 (to be taught in English). Credits earned in this course will be applicable toward current M.A. and M.Div. degrees or toward any future programs. Tuition will be DM 705,00 for students taking the course as part of their Master of Arts or Master of Divinity programs. An announcement regarding doctoral program entrance standards, program requirements, and costs will be made during the ITE course in June. For further information please contact cbsinfoataemdotde  (cbsinfoataemdotde)  .


Here’s a group called Tennis Ambassador Christian Ministry that links tennis players, fans, coaches, and playing professionals in 79 nations. A free twice a month newsletter is sent out to members with interesting viewpoints from around the world. In 2001, TACM will begin to financially support orphans in developing countries. Check out Email Bob infoattennisministrydotcom  (infoattennisministrydotcom)   for more info.


praying hands Here’s a church in Cincinnati, Ohio (Clovernook Christian) that has taken a slightly different tack on prayer journeys. They’re asking participants to make a commitment to pray after the prayer journey, on a regular basis, for a minimum of six or twelve months. Great idea! Seems like we should all be implementing that!


books and penLast week we wrote that good teams become great teams when they have these three starter components:

  1. A clear sense of purpose
  2. Motivated team members
  3. Determination

This week we expand the list with 1 more item. Again, most of this stuff is just common sense, but I’ll admit that it comes from having watched 20 years worth of teams in formation. Good teams become great teams when they have…

d. Gifted team members — You thought I’d forget this, didn’t you. But it’s true. As much as we’d like to think that story-book champions come from dreams and passion, the truth is that most championships are won by teams with athletes who are incredibly talented. Look at the way a guy like Pele can seemingly lift a nation to international fame. Born to poor parents, here’s a guy who learned to play soccer by wrapping up his brother’s underwear into little balls! Later, he’d practice with grapefruits and oranges. But all you have to do is watch him chest a ball down to his feet, then shoot it first touch — and then you appreciate the fact that this guy has more natural ability in his big toe than most of us do in our whole bodies! You’re heard the phrase that “winning is 80% motivation.” I believe it. But that other 20% can sure make a difference sometimes. So on our mission teams, we need people who can really share Christ effectively. We need sharp leaders with grace-filled pastoral care gifts. We don’t just want average language guys. We want incredible language speakers. The kind where the words roll off his or her tongue.

I love listening to one guy in our mission who has an IQ off the scoreboard. I’m convinced he could have done anything he set his mind to. I found him (okay… so maybe God found him :-) ) on the campus of a Midwestern Bible College about 10 or 12 years ago. I had gone to the Academic Dean and asked, “Would you write down the name of your best preacher, your most gifted learner, and the most promising student in the college.” He said, “That’s easy — it’s one guy, with all three titles.” The next morning I ate breakfast with that fellow. Probably one of the best breakfasts I ever had… and I don’t even remember what I ate! :-) But that one morning changed our lives… both of our lives! He joined our organization and we’ve never been the same since. His Chinese is so good, nationals have told me it sounds like he was native born. Sometimes they close their eyes and they forget that he’s not Chinese. Once I dared him to be ready for the fall of “the bamboo curtain”… to train Chinese leaders all the more into the very best leaders they can be. Thing is… he isn’t waiting for any curtains to fall. With God’s power, he and his beautiful wife are walking right through them.

Now… when are they going to get around to inventing DNA cloning for humans. Who needs extra sheep! :-)

Seriously — how do we find those kind of guys? Seems to me that today’s missions enterprise depends on us finding the Simon Peters and Andrews (and the guy in the Midwestern college) and all the others who will make a difference. Then we’ll have great teams. Then we’ll see the harvest God promised. Then we’ll see churches pop up like mushrooms around the earth.

Give me a team full of gifted team members and I’ll show you a great team — as long as some other issues are in place. More about those next week. :-)


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