stats

12) Interesting Lense on Your Neighborhood

If you live in the USA (or would just like to check out a neighborhood in the USA), fill out the form at…

http://www.instagis.com/

then click to…

http://www.instagis.com/infographics

and fill in your address. It will, among other things, tell you the average income/year for your entire state, then tell you the average income for those living within 1 mile of your address. VERY interesting to plan community outreaches. (Thanks Caleb!)

6) What’s Your Favorite Geo-Political Science stats page? —

There are several. For example, you could try…

http://www.globalissues.org

for starters. See especially their page on global poverty at…

http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats#fact2

Of course, that site is actually a compilation site, so if you want truly original citations, then take a queue from my son, who recommended, instead, that we try, for info on health indicators,

http://www.who.int/research/en/

For leading economic indicators (certain parts require a subscription but everything you’d be interested in should be accessible):

http://www.imf.org/external/data.htm

For generic indicators —

http://data.un.org/

And the mecca for everyone interested in quantitative indicators of economic development:

http://data.worldbank.org/

Hope these get you started. Got a favorite link like these? If so, just add it as a comment below. Thanks!

3) New Report on Evangelicals in the U.S. and Canada

The study consists of both a large PowerPoint Presentation and a pdf article. This study includes: 1) Percentage of Evangelicals in each U.S. state; 2) Evangelical Church to Population ratio in each U.S. state; 3) A sampling of some U.S. counties with an evangelical population of less than or equal to 10% AND the evangelical church to population ratio in each of those counties; 4) A list of U.S. metro areas with less than 10% evangelical population; 5) A specific list of U.S. metro areas with less than 3% evangelical population; and 6) The number of evangelical churches and the evangelical church to population ratios in selected Canadian metro areas. The report and presentation may be found at:

http://bit.ly/7Skb9V

or from the blog

http://www.jdpayne.org

Or go there directly by clicking here:

http://www.northamericanmissions.org/files/From%2035000%20to%2015000%20Feet%20%20Evangelical%20Statistics%20in%20the%20US%20and%20Canada.pdf

Note that this latter link will “wrap”. If you have any trouble at all, just go to brigada.org and find this item.

1) Can We Create a List of Stats on the Muslim World?

If your church is like mine, we’ve been involved in praying for the Muslim world throughout the past 30 days. Let’s create a listing of statistics, and links to other webpages full of statistics, for the Muslim world. For example, where can we find a list of the 60-65 nations where Islam is the dominant religion? Is there a webpage which gives firm figures on the number of Muslims in each country of the world? What are the other questions you would have about the Muslim world? What stats would you like to see? Find answers to these questions — and/or supply some of the answers yourself — at the following webpage:

Just click “Comment” under the text of that page and you’ll add your own thoughts to the list that everyone else is reading. Thank you!

Well you Test our Stat Reporter?


We’re serious. We’re now using Google Analytics and, though it’s involved, would you help us test our new software for measuring web visits? While you’re there, check out all the new features Brigada has to offer… and, if God so leads, consider sharing some funding so that Brigada can keep going out. As you know, our budget for 2008 is $17,150. So far, we have about $3720. These funds go for secretarial help, costs of the website, missions mobilization, and even a share of the new building where Brigada will be based (on Team Expansion’s new site, Emerald Hills). Would you help? See the pushbuttons at the right-hand top of the home page… or use the PayPal link if you prefer. Either way, you can also click on the “Donate” page in the link at the top of the webpage

http://www.brigada.org/1995/01/contribute.html

You can choose to use PayPal or any major credit card (to do the latter, when it asks for your PayPal account, just erase the user name and password, then, at the bottom of the page, where it says “Use any major credit card”, just click there and fill it out like a normal form at any other payment web form. On the other hand, if you want to use PayPal, just fill in the info for your account. Or if you prefer, just send an old-fashioned check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

1) Apologies to Neil Diamond: They’re comin’ to Brigada!

From Manila to Minneapolis to Mooresville to Moscow, from Smyrna to Sofia to San Luis Rey to Salisbury, from Pretoria to Paoli to Pristina to Perth, from Xochitepec to San-Ch’Ung to Tbilisi to Lahore to Kampala to Abidjan to Oaxaca to Nairobi to Geneva, and yes, contrary to what Billy Crystal would have us think, don’t forget Paris. They come from all over the world… from 41 countries in just 5 days time, to visit Brigada online. Join them… at the new…

http://www.brigada.org/

20060409 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW
  2. MISSIONS TODAY, BY THE NUMBERS
  3. YWAM DTS CREDIT TRANSFERS
  4. NEW MISSION TRIP RESOURCE AVAILABLE
  5. INDIA SUBCONTINENT TESOL OPPORTUNITIES
  6. LAUSANNE WORLD PULSE
  7. NEW BIBLE GAME: “WEEKLY BIBLE WORDOKU”
  8. JUST WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED: A MISSIONS *CRUISE*!
  9. CONNECT WITH THE GLOBAL CHURCH
  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24”
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW — The 2006 COSIM conference is scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Speakers include: Gary Edmonds: “From Missions-TO . . . to Missions-WITH” / “Faisal” — “Partnering with indigenous ministries for transformation: A non-Western perspective” / David Kasali: “Will the African Church be ready?” Gloria Landge: “Equipping Christian women in the majority world for their vital role in community transformation” / Dick Robinson: “Partnerships that transform our understanding of . . . mission, the gospel, and the world.” Also: how-to workshops on local church involvement, accountability, assessing your cross-cultural partnerships, etc. Visit the COSIM web site and download the fact sheet-registration form at:

    http://www.cosimnet.org . Or write to

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


  2. MISSIONS TODAY, BY THE NUMBERS — Bill and Amy Stearns have studied the numbers and this is what they’ve come up with: –35,000: Total American missionaries (down from 65,000 in 1988) –99%: Those committing to mission service who never make it. –7: The usual years it takes for a wannabe missionary to actually go. –50%: Those missionaries who return before the end of their first term. –40,000: The missionary candidates stymied from going because they can’t raise financial support.

    There’s a lot wrong with this picture. So, Bill and Amy and others are cranking with MissionNext and The Finishers Project–seeing an average of 2 new mid-career missionaries placed with sending agency partners every week now. Something’s going right! Learn more from Bill & Amy at:

    http://www.BillAndAmyStearns.info


  3. YWAM DTS CREDIT TRANSFERS — Gretchen would like to compile a list of US accredited colleges and/or universities which have accepted some or all University of the Nations (UofN) credits associated with completing a YWAM DTS. If you have had credits successfully transferred, please e-mail Gretchen

    billandgretchen(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding e-mail address, please replace (at with @ and (dot) with.] She needs to know the name of the US college or university, when you attended, how many credits were accepted, and the dates and location of the YWAM DTS attended. (She’ll report back to us later.)


  4. NEW MISSION TRIP RESOURCE AVAILABLE –- “TRIP STUFF: Stuff you need to know about Doing Mission Trips in Your Church” is a collection of 230 useful documents developed or used by local churches. It includes samples, forms, guidelines, procedures, policies, tips and hints— everything from Application Forms to Standards of Excellence. TRIP STUFF is available on CD in Microsoft Word for $24. Send a check for $24 (in U.S. funds) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112. Request TRIP STUFF and include your postal address. See more details and the contents at

    http://www.davidmays.org/


  5. INDIA SUBCONTINENT TESOL OPPORTUNITIES — Volunteers are needed to teach English at a national teacher training school and to national teachers of English. Other opportunities include teaching within a national public and private school system at multiple levels. It requires English as your first language, a Bachelor degree and teaching English as a second language certificate. Enter ASAP. For more details contact director(at)devcorps(dot)org [As a means if preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  6. LAUSANNE WORLD PULSE — This monthly magazine is now available free online, and you can sign up for email notification of new issues. The April issue includes a major focus on web evangelism.

    http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com


  7. NEW BIBLE GAME: “WEEKLY BIBLE WORDOKU” — Each week, Cyberspace Ministry issues a new Wordoku, a fascinating Bible puzzle that you can receive by email. Find out more at

    http://www.tagnet.org/cyberspace/eng-word.html

    or email cybermin7(at)yahoo(dot)com


  8. JUST WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED: A MISSIONS *CRUISE*! — Discover the World of Possibilities on a Cruise Aug 18 – 24! Wycliffe is hosting a cruise to Discover opportunities all over the World. The time promises to be fun, rewarding, challenging, and spiritually revitalizing. Speakers who have worked all over the globe will share experiences and teach sessions throughout the six days. There will also be a children’s program covering different world cultures, crafts, and customs from different language groups. There will be fun activities for the whole family in addition to those offered by the cruiseline. There will also be opportunities for individuals across all ranges of giftings and trainings from IT, to Translation, to Management to consider. Wycliffe invites you to discover the possibilities with other believers. The cruise registration deadline is May 29.

    Graduate Credits for Teachers may be earned while taking ICO (International Children’s Education Orientation) on board the cruise ship Inspiration. For more information and to register contact mts travel at

    http://www.mtstravel.com/tours/ctourWTMK06.html

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


  9. CONNECT WITH THE GLOBAL CHURCH — The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) now produces a new monthly E-Newsletter. The WEA is a global network of 127 national alliances representing 420 million evangelical Christians. One of the goals of WEA is to keep evangelical Christians around the world connected, informed and resourced. If you want to keep up to date from a global perspective, go online

    http://worldevangelical.net/newsletter

    and view a sample copy of this bulletin and sign up to receive it every month. This month you can receive a free download of A Study Guide – Working Your Way to the Nations: A Guide to Effective Tentmaking. The general WEA website can be found at

    http://www.worldevangelicalalliance.com


  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM “24” — OK… I admit it. I’m really enjoying “24” (the TV show). Hope you can view it where you live. I was slow to board the band wagon. What are we — in the 5th season, right? And I just started watching about 5 episodes ago. So… there are all these reflections on previous people that just lose me out… so what I’m having to do is gradually go back and watch the show from the very beginning! (I just finished season 2! :-) )

    Now… I’ll be honest… I turn my head during a lot of the really violent stuff and I can’t *stand* to watch any of the torture or threats against Kim. Yuck. I’m just not a big fan of violence. So why in the *world*, you say, am I watching 24?

    Good question. :-)

    Part of my admiration is based on the character of Jack Bauer. Another part is based on the character of David Palmer (the President — at least up until the end of season 2 that I just finished :-) ). And a third is all the “lessons learned” from the corruption in so many other people on the show.

    So what lessons am I drawing for missions? :-) Here’s one: I’m noticing that Jack is a man of action. (Duh. :-) ) He doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He doesn’t sit around and complain when one approach didn’t work. His mind clicks into gear to plan another… and he just keeps on struggling.

    But in just the same way that Jack is constantly saying, “I’m runnin’ outa time!” :-), I admire the patience and wisdom of President Palmer. (I know… I’m back in the dark ages of Season 2 still.) His willingness to wait . . . and wait . . . and wait on Jack to deliver evidence… is a testimony to a leader that has the endurance beyond the norm.

    Contrast all that integrity with the all the others… the double-no- good-for-nothing politicians who always seem to be hankering for oil money in the Caspian Sea or whatever… and all of a sudden, it pretty much sums up the tension between good and evil.

    Now for those of us working in missions, there are *lots* of applications. Let’s be like-minded to the “never-shy-away-from-a- challenge” mentality. Let’s be action-oriented, yet have the patience of Palmer when it’s necessary. Let’s speak the truth, weigh our choices against the best wisdom we can find, and for goodness sakes, let’s go save somebody’s life today — spiritually or otherwise.

    More lessons from 24 next week.

    Shew. My heart’s pounding already.

    Doug

20040523 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE
  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH
  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE
  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS?
  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK
  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE
  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC
  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION
  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OUR PARTNERS KEEP US GOING — Thanks to the anonymous donors who gave $50, $49 and $20 each this past week. We’ve *almost* reached the $3000 mark. Trouble is, by the end of 2004, we need to somehow come up with $16,000. By the end of June, we’ll be halfway through the year. Is there any way you could help us reach $8000 during the next month? Whoa … that would take a *lot* of Brigada readers chipping in together. Can you help? Our Brigada secretary would sure appreciate it! Just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, 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 by anonymous. Thanks! Your partnership keeps us going! Team Expansion takes out nothing for administration. 100% of your gift goes to Brigada. Thanks for anything you can do.

  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training is designed for missionaries, churches, or ministries working in the countries of the Two-Thirds World. By the end of the training, you will be equipped to effectively implement strategies in the areas of microenterprise development, microfinance or business development. See http:\\www.chalmers.org for details about email based distance learning, DVD/Video courses, costs and schedule, email CEDI at covenant.edu (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). (And thanks to the Chalmers Center for their partnership in undergirding the costs of the Brigada Secretary!)

  3. FREE POPULATION TICKER FOR YOUR SITE — Thanks to Tony, who has generated for Brigada this free ticker with world population, numbers reached and unreached, using the code explained here: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/populationtickerlink.php We’ve tried this and implemented it on the Brigada home page at: http://www.brigada.org See it (last line on the page) for an example.

  4. OPERATION WORLD COMING IN SPANISH — … BUT they need to get the orders high enough to keep the price at or about $6.00 each. They are about half way there! IF you can use at least 16 copies of this great resource, in Spanish, email to: greg.parsons at uscwm.org (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). By the way, our friends at the USCWM are not making any money on this, and Greg is volunteering his (and his staff) time! Why not ship some from your church or ministry to all missionaries or pastors throughout Latin America?

  5. NEW ANTI-MALARIAL INDEED SHOWS PROMISE — Thanks to H.V., serving in Mozambique, who jotted us an update this past week: “About your entry ‘NEW DRUG TO COMBAT MALARIA?’, the drug is made from the Chinese Artemeter plant. Its malaria-combatting properties have been known to the Chinese for thousands of years. The herb is available in tablet and injection form. It is a treatment, not a prophylaxis. Some of the “trade names” for the tablets are “Artemax”, “Artesunate” and “Coartim”. We are missionaries in Mozambique, and I, along with my wife and our two children, have used it to treat myself for malaria. It is much more effective than any other anti-malarial drug available. It has to be used in conjunction with Doxycyclene to combat secondary infection, and of course lots of pain pills!” Again, thanks for the update. This sounds like the most promising treatment yet for malaria.

  6. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS? — Want to find out if you have what it takes to teach overseas? Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting a 5 day course called TOTAL Education (Taste Overseas Teaching And Literacy) which focusses on teaching missionary kids in a cross- cultural context, teaching literacy to nationals, and issues faced in living in different cultures. The dates are July 11-16. Daily devotions, interactive classes, ethnic dinners, videos, and challenging speakers will build meaningful relationships. All instructors have years of experience living and teaching overseas. The course will be held at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, NC. The cost is $200, which includes food, a shared room, and course materials for the week. Check out: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total_education/home.htm for more info, or write ray_gonzalez at wycliffe.org (please replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Class size is limited to 30.

  7. TURN YOUR PC INTO A TELEVISION STUDIO & BROADCASTING NETWORK — Our friend Eddie Smith is always finding new ways of communication. Now he has an affordable international Internet Television Broadcasting system and an online Video Recording Studio. It does require a webcam and mic, but there’s nothing to download. Find an example plus details: http://tinyurl.com/28f6u (By the way, we’ve converted the long URL to a shorter one at http://www.tinyurl.com so we wouldn’t have to worry about the URL breaking up over two lines in the email. Here was his original link.)

    Eddie also invites you to his “talking website” http://www.usprayercenter.org and his webstore http://www.prayerbookstore.com.


  8. MAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION MORE EFFECTIVE — Fuller Theological Seminary will be offering two one-week courses this summer focusing on leading churches and other Christian organizations. From June 21-25, Understanding Organizational Dynamics, will provide insight on how organizations work and give students a chance to analyze their own organizational contexts according to current theory. On June 28-July 2, Change Dynamics, will look at how leaders can be “change agents” and give new perspectives on how to effectively guide an organization through small and large transitions. For more information on these courses, check Fuller’s website at http://www.fuller.edu/registrar/schedule/display_quarter.asp or contact their advising office at sis-masters5 at dept.fuller.edu (replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces).

  9. VIRUS-PROTECTION FOR THE MAC — Remember Apple? Remember MACs? :-) Jonathan wrote this past week to fill me in on the latest virus- protection options for MAC users. “Norton and Macafee both have no frills Mac anti-virus S/W available for under US$10 if you shop and both can be updated (or even purchased with a credit card) via the internet as needed. Users of Mac OS-X can of course explore the Unix world of security S/W which reportedly allows free and truly bomb-proof possibilities. But… Virex and Interferon were both pretty good free options for the Mac, though of course neither has been updated in 7-8 years. … (Though using such obsolete anti-virus S/W for Windows would be suicidal, on the Mac, it may be OK.)” He added a bit of caution for those who use Windows/Microsoft programs on the MAC :-), and also threw in, “Keep up the good work. You are a channel of blessing to the servants of God!” God be praised for good friends. :-)

  10. TRENDS & ISSUES IN EVANGELISM AND MOBILIZATION – Columbia International University is offering a course in Budapest – October 12- 14, 2004 – Dr. Roy King. There are 3 ways to take this course and 3 prices: (1) for professional development, (2) for CEU’s, or (3) for academic credit toward an MA or Mdiv. For more information write ciubudapest at hotmail.com (replace the at with @ and remove the spaces). Register by September 10, 2004.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: HARD DRIVE CASE CLOSED — Well yesterday we received the final slightly-devastating word: Nobody can help us with our ill- fated hard drive. We first tried a local friend, then the folks at DTI (dtidata.com) then the expensive guys (ontrack.com), but alas, no one could recover a speck of data from our bad hard drive. Did I learn a lesson? I hope so. I now have a $279 200-gig external hard drive backing up my entire laptop every night. Let’s hope that’ll do the trick if this ever happens again. I’m convinced: Using a machine with moving parts is like playing Russian roulette. Eventually, the bullet is going to spin around and take its toll. The only reason I mention this again is a) the bad news I rec’d yesterday, and b) the stats I read last week which pointed to the fact that over half of all computer users have never backed up their data. (Gulp. My last partial backup was end of Feb. and I thought *I* was bad! :-) ) Get a Maxtor One-touch or *something* … and back up your stuff today. End of soapbox, for now. :-)

20031228 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL!
  2. OVER THE TOP!
  3. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004!
  4. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES
  5. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND
  6. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE
  7. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”?
  8. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO
  9. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL
  10. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION
  11. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND
  12. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK
  13. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII
  14. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!)
  15. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER”
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEWS FLASH: WE REACHED OUR 2003 SPONSORSHIP GOAL! — Can you believe it? And the donors even said some really things! “Thanks for the 9+ years I’ve been reading Brigada Today. Glad for another chance to help out.” Larry the head of BrigadaTechSupport, a group that attempts to provide free technical support to missionaries all over the world. We appreciate his sponsorship of $120!!! Email them at BrigadaTechSupportatBrigadadotorg about appliances, electrical problems, and really, just about anything technical! “Thank you so much for all of the good work you do to contact and inform missionaries of the many services available to them. Two years ago, you placed word about Mission Nannys on your weekly sheet and combined with our new brochure, webside ( http://www.missionnannys.org ) and God’s direction, we sent out 14 women volunteers last year to help 14 missionary families. Truly a remarkable thing! Up until 2000, which was 10 years of ministry, we had sent out 22 women. In 2002 we sent 12 and in 2003, 14. Thank you for your help in publicizing the mission activity. Enclosed is a check for $100 to help you with the financial costs of the secretary!” Betty Sullins, Dir., Mission Nannys. ($100 sponsorship enclosed!)

  2. OVER THE TOP! — And finally — are you ready for this? — Thanks to the anonymous donor who PayPal’d $3000 to help us go “over the top” on the amount remaining at the end of 2003! Yahooo! I’m humbled, sobered, challenged, excited, thankful, overwhelmed — all at once! :-) Our total for 2003 was $15,600… an incredible work from some very determined people, working under God’s empowerment!

    One of our readers asked, “so… now that you have a secretary, does she help you with things besides Brigada?” You bet she does! We stretch her all we can. But in the final analysis, we have understood from these sponsors that a critical part of her work is to help us keep Brigada Today on time and out the door for the roughly 10,000 or so weekly readers, and others who see the information archived at the website. Thanks to her input, we’ve managed not only to catch up, but also to *keep* up… on Brigada Today, as well as our work mobilizing and resourcing many missionaries around the globe among unreached peoples. Thank you for your help in this critical task!

  3. Want to help us with a jump start on 2004? Sponsor our Secretary.


  4. CLIPMATE SPONSORS, OTHERS, START US OUT IN 2004! — Thanks to some great friends, as well as the 11 people who have ordered Clipmate so far, we’re scheduled to receive a total of $83 soon from Clipmate’s publisher (due to the 11 offers for Clipmate so far), we’re already well on our way to starting our secretary in 2004. She won’t receive any kind of raise, per se, although we do hope to make available the Kentucky state-recommended cost-of-living increase of 2.7%. That means our goal for 2004 will be $16,021.

  5. MORE FREE PASTORAL TRAINING STUDIES — George Patterson and an international team are editing free, short, biblical, illustrated, translatable, training studies (in US-letter and A4 formats). These are suitable for mentoring new leaders of new congregations and cells in church planting movements. Each study has a lesson for group leaders and a lesson for children’s workers; many also have lessons for deacons and advanced learners. New studies are being added every week. Preview and download them from http://www.paul-timothy.net

  6. PRAY FOR MISSIONARY “R&R” PROGRAM IN THAILAND — Please lift up the anonymous donor who gave the $8,000. He and his wife are currently in Thailand, establishing a missionary R&R program (counseling, physician care, dentist, etc) so that missionaries and their families can have a break in a 5-star resort for one week with their kids and receive all the services for which they typically travel back to the west. Please pray for wisdom and direction in negotiating contracts for accommodations and programs. And once again, please thank the Lord for the generosity and selflessness of this family.

  7. NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION PRICING ON MICROSOFT SOFTWARE — Consistent Computer Bargains is the sole outlet selling Microsoft software to charities and non-profits at greatly reduced prices. Churches and mission organizations and missionaries qualify. Brigada reader Dave says it’s a great service! Check this out: A license for full install version of Windows Office Professional 2003, just $69 plus $30 for the media — far below the list price. Fine print: Initial order must be any combination of 5 or more MS licenses, and CCB must have a copy of your organization’s 501(c)(3) form (from the IRS) and State Tax Exempt Form in their files. Hint: Buy one license for MS Office and four throw-away licenses (at $4 each) for Windows Server. See http://www.1computerbargains.com (Thanks to Dave, and to others that have suggested this step in the past! I know it’s a real help each year in our own mission agency office!)

  8. BATTERY-OPERATED VIDEO PLAYER FOR “JESUS FILM”? — Outreach International has an awesome compact video equipment set available for showing the Jesus Film. It’s especially designed for remote areas and unreached peoples. The airtight, waterproof case is a must when facing dusty roads or monsoon rains! It has traveled by outrigger canoe, been strapped to a horse, and dragged behind a water buffalo to reach remote villages! The 80-lb. suitcase contains a complete sound and video projection system, including 8mm Jesus videos in appropriate languages and other Gospel videos when available. There is also a 29-lb. generator to power the system. Outreach International donates the labor to assemble the sets, and travels to field locations to train local ministers to use the video equipment effectively. They provide these sets at cost or as a gift to those ministering in remote areas. For more info write Bill <billatoutreachinternationaldotorg> or check out http://www.outreachinternational.org or call 970-249-0306 in the USA. </billatoutreachinternationaldotorg>

  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES IN MINDANAO — A cooperative multi-national effort for placing church planting teams among the unreached people groups of Mindanao is being developed by several U.S. local churches in cooperation with Filipino mission groups. Due to the sensitive nature of this area, new paradigms of church planting strategies will need to be developed. Is your church currently ministering in this part of the world? Interested in knowing more? Please contact tokyocarterathotmaildotcom . (Also, feel free to register your intent at the Joshua Project site: http://www.joshuaproject.net/ . If everyone did, we’d be a lot more savvy regarding questions like this one!)

  10. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN TAMPA, FL — It’s not too late to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training February 12 – 14, 2004 in Tampa, FL. Learn how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that your short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. But, you must register soon! Download a brochure with all the details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_FL2004.pdf . To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainerataoldotcom To Register, get a brochure, or ask questions about the seminar and location, contact Jamie babbsloveflorida.aol.com

  11. GRAPHICS FOR MOBILIZATION — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/ for prayer mobilization documentaries and evangelistic films for unreached people groups. Their website describes the ministry of Create International and helps visitors do research on unreached people groups. They also make their audio visual resources available for purchase online. They produce a photoCD of very useful images for missions publications.

  12. INDIGITECH BREAKS GRAPHIC GROUND — Check out this site: http://www.createinternational.com/CIWebsite/indigitech/index.html for help in communicating the gospel message to peoples who have little or no access to it. Indigitech is a combination of ‘indigenous’, ‘digital’, and ‘technology’ — reflecting their desire to make use of indigenous arts and symbol systems as well as 21st century technology. It is their desire that Indigitech be a bridge between the fieldworkers and contextual resources which are now available.

  13. FREE CLASSIC E-BOOK — “Serve Him With Mirth” by Leslie Flynn, asks if humor is a forgotten area of Christian ministry. It is one of a handful on this subject published in the past 50 years, and it remains the only book which covers all aspects in detail. For example, the cultural and linguistic gap between us and the books of the Old and New Testaments can prevent us from understanding the frequent use of irony, whimsy, word-play and puns. We expect no humor, so we see none. This is tragic. Learn more at http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mirth.php (Thanks Tony!)

  14. TESOL SCHOOL @ UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII — Teaching English opens many doors to places in the world. The TESOL training given at The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii will equip you to teach & credential you by awarding a Certificate of Course Completion. A letter is also supplied that explains the curriculum & course of study. This is a four week academic curriculum immediately followed by a two week practicum conducted on the Campus. The school begins on Feburary 16, 2004 & ends March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  15. MORE DICTIONARIES FOR MORE LANGUAGES (STATS TOO!) — Check out: http://www.yourdictionary.com/ It has all sorts of info put online by linguists. For those that are interested in a particular language and would like to know where to go to find more language resources in obscure languages or major ones, this should be your first stop. There are 6,800 known languages spoken in the 191 countries of the world. 2,261 have writing systems (the others are only spoken) and about 260 are represented by on-line dictionaries. New languages and dictionaries are constantly being added to yourDictionary.com; as a result, they reportedly have the widest and deepest set of dictionaries, grammars, and other language resources on the web: http://www.yourdictionary.com/languages.html Here you will find grammars and language courses for over 100 languages on line, on CD ROM, and in books. (Thanks Mert! mertakaateverybodydotorg)

  16. THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM “SPIRIT ROVER” — As we were putting the finishing touches on this edition of “Brigada Today”, Nasa’s “Spirit Rover” touched down on Mars and promptly sent its telltale tones, thereby signalling a successful landing. It was an exciting event, watching the members of the Mars Exploration Rover team react to Spirit’s landing on Mars. I immediately went upstairs to tell Caleb, our 14-year-old, about the landing. “How long did it take, Dad?” “Well, the mission has been in planning for years, but the flight itself took about seven months,” I answered. “Whoa. Seven Months. Planning for years,” Caleb pondered. He looked me straight in the eye: “Can you imagine going to work every day for years, hoping for something that you won’t be able to see, wishing that it would come true, then finally hearing that it happened?” (Picture at left courtesy NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory website.*)

    He was right. Day in, day out, for *years*, these guys had been coming into their offices, creating software, hardware, and ideas… hoping against hopes for this night. And here it was! No *wonder* they were happy.

    As I returned to my desk, downstairs, I couldn’t get it out of my mind… We too long for that day, when we can finally leap into the air and say, “Yesss!!! I didn’t labor in vain!” We long to see members of the tribe we’re seeking to reach, dressed in white robes, glorifying God on that Final Day.

    Well here’s my take on this: If NASA can focus for some 16 years on a single mission to Mars, we should be able to stay riveted to making sure the message of hope gets to long-forgotten unreached peoples! In NASA’s case, they’re hoping to garner 3 months of science experiments from a red planet. In our case, we’re trying to change an eternity for millions. Get the picture?

    No wonder we’re waiting with expectation.

    So… as you close out the books for 2003, just remember one thing: Think NASA. Think how long they have to plan, how carefully they have to calculate, … how many scenarios they have to imagine. And then multiply the task by an eternity. No *wonder* it’s hard reaching your tribe or group. So hey… don’t be too hard on yourself. And if you lose one project, try another. If something goes haywire, figure out a new solution… or start over. The end result will be worth it. In fact, you’ll hear a *whole* lot more than a few tones from a spaceship.

    (*For more information about The Spirit Rover and its exploration of Mars, log on at http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html For more information on reaching tribes for Christ, read the Bible. :-) )

20031221 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. YAHOO! SPONSORS!
  2. IF YOU USE CLIPBOARD, TRY CLIPMATE; HELP BRIGADA
  3. COULD DIALPAD HELP YOU CALL HOME?
  4. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EVANGELICALS GROWING?
  5. TRY THESE PAGES FOR FLAGS, MAPS, AND MORE!
  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL
  7. “CALLING IT A CRUSADE ISN’T HELPFUL”
  8. BATTERY POWERED PROJECTOR SOUGHT
  9. NEED SPANISH MATERIALS?
  10. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  11. NEED INEXPENSIVE MINISTRY MATERIAL OR EQUIPMENT?
  12. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA
  13. HOW TO PROJECT JESUS FILM WITH LEAST HASSLE
  14. THE BACKPAGE: 2003 IN REVIEW
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. YAY! SPONSORS! — Thanks loads for the anonymous sponsor who gave $100 this past week. In addition, Dial-Abroad sent $60 for November’s phone use via Andy Gray. So those phone calls are working well! Keep dialing long distance!!! The total use for Brigada talkers via his service in November was $599.45. (So he “rounded up” and gave a $60 sponsorship gift! Thanks!!!)

  2. IF YOU USE CLIPBOARD, TRY CLIPMATE; HELP BRIGADA — Since 1994, we’ve been using a little utility called “Clipmate” to help us prepare each edition of Brigada Today. Now, the author of Clipmate has offered to give Brigada 1/3 of the proceeds from any sale he sees come in as a result of this ministry. You can try the program for free — for 30 days — then decide for yourself. Like I say, we’ve been using this program for 9 years and we depend on it *daily*. For $25, it’s the best deal on the planet… and $8.33 will go to Brigada to help us try to make our goal for 2003 to underwrite the cost of our new Brigada secretary. So… let’s see… we’re just $2820 short of reaching her salary goal for 2003… so if only 338 people would buy Clipmate by Dec. 31st, we’d make it!!! Lacking that, if even 338 would go to our website and use PayPal to send $8.33 directly to us — that works too! But by buying Clipmate, you get a utility that you can use *daily*. Give it a try. See the details on how we use it by going to: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/Clipmate.html or just click on the Clipmate link at the top of the front page of brigada.org Thanks for giving it a look … and thanks for making it possible for us to keep Brigada on-time and on your screen! Want to learn still more? Read the personal letter to Doug from the author of Clipmate: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/Clipmate_story.html

  3. COULD DIALPAD HELP YOU CALL HOME? — If you haven’t heard about DialPad, then maybe you’ll want to take a listen! If you’re overseas, it might be better than the connection you get by phone! :-) http://www.dialpad.com Check it out. It might give you free long distance to the USA from anywhere in the world. Also, if you’re going to sign up, sign up by going to sending email to Russell if caopscenteratpactecdotnet He’s promised to support Brigada with 5% of his income, once he starts to turn a profit.

  4. DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT THE EVANGELICALS GROWING? — Guess what: it wasn’t a joke! :-) According to the Religion Journal evangelicals have now grown to include some 400 million people in 123 countries, with the fastest growth now coming from Latin America and Asia. In fact, according to the article, evangelicals in Kazakhstan have increased from 40 to 12,000 in 12 years. Whoa. Similar things have happened in Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Ukraine — and yes, even in Algeria! Pray for Indonesia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where Islamic extremists are trying to take over the country. Again, according to the article, Hindus, Buddhists and animists aren’t too far behind. See the entire source at: http://www.religionjournal.com/showbrief.asp?id=749

  5. TRY THESE PAGES FOR FLAGS, MAPS, AND MORE! — Thanks to Brigada participant, “Mert”, for referring us to these two websites, with city populations, basic political maps, and even flags from around the world:
    http://www.citypopulation.de/
    http://www.world-gazetteer.com/home.htm
    http://www.flags.net
    http://flagspot.net/flags/
    (Thanks Mert!)

  6. MISSIONARY MENTORSHIP CONFERENCE CALL – Elijah Company Missionary Mentorship’s third FREE missionary mentorship conference call is scheduled for January 8, 2004, 8:30 est. These monthly calls allow seasoned missionaries to impart needed practical advice for all those planning on missions involvement. This month the call will focus on building a support team. For call number, access code and content outline write to mentorshipatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906. See website http://www.elijahcompany.org for other services.

  7. “CALLING IT A CRUSADE ISN’T HELPFUL” — Thanks to the reader (name withheld for sensitivity’s sake), who wrote us about last week’s item, “13) THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE”. He reasoned, “Here in [our land] we’ve had perhaps more exposure to this vision than Christian circles in the West. I very much doubt that the leaders would be pleased with the label ‘crusade’. That is a word we’re trying to ‘ban’ as much as possible, sandwiched as we are between two neighbors [less positive about that term].” Thanks for the feedback! We’ll hope that the campaign’s organizers can hear your heart!

  8. BATTERY POWERED PROJECTOR SOUGHT — Normally the _Jesus film_ is projected using a 16mm projector, powered by a small generator. But when you add the projector, gas container, generator, film reels, screen, and etc., you have accumulated well into the hundreds of pounds. Some missionaries would like to find someone to help locate or invent a battery powered, inexpensive (video) projector in order to project the Jesus film in remote village settings where carrying a 16mm projector and an electric generator is unduly burdensome. If you have a lead, email Allen PierceinEGatjunodotcom

  9. NEED SPANISH MATERIALS? — Equipping the Saints offers Spanish books, Bibles, videos, curricula and tracts. Discount pricing up to 85% on some items is available. A 32-page Spanish resource list is on the ETS web site. Check out http://www.etsusa.org In the USA call 1-540-234-6222 or email etsatricadotnet for more information.

  10. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — The next Elijah Company training camp is scheduled for February 5-8, 2004 in Virginia. These intensive times have helped solidify and energize individual missionary calls. For information regarding the camps see their website at http://www.elijahcompany.org or call (757) 639-2906 or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg

  11. NEED INEXPENSIVE MINISTRY MATERIAL OR EQUIPMENT? — Since 1991, Equipping the Saints has served evangelical Christian ministries worldwide by providing information and inexpensive new and used ministry materials and equipment. Equipping the Saints can help your school, church, medical clinic, orphanage or camp with a wide variety of new or used items, at a fraction of what these would cost on the open market. Check the ETS web site at http://www.etsusa.org You may also email etsatricadotnet or call in the USA 1-540-234-6222 for more information.

  12. TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA — And be paid for it. A university in China near Fuzhou, is offering around 5000 RMB a month to a holder of a master or doctoral degree level instructor who will teach Oral – Aural and Business writing in English this spring semester Feb. 9 – July 7, 2004. Free accommodations. A R/T air ticket will be given with a year contract. For more information contact Rod at rodpa1atearthlinkdotnet

  13. HOW TO PROJECT JESUS FILM WITH LEAST HASSLE — Normally the Jesus film is projected using a 16mm projector, powered by a small generator. But when you add the projector, gas container, generator, film reels, screen, and etc., you have accumulated well into the hundreds of pounds. Allen would love to find someone to help locating or inventing a battery powered, inexpensive (video) projector in order to project the Jesus film in remote village settings where carrying a 16mm projector and an electric generator is unduly burdensome. Anyone know of how he might get started — or if there is one already? If so, please write to Allen at PierceinEGatjunodotcom . He’ll let us know whatever he can come up with. Thanks!

  14. THE BACKPAGE: 2003 IN REVIEW — This evening I took a few minutes (several, actually :-) ) to page back through all the Brigada Today’s of 2003 (1 for each Friday in 2003). As I did, I saw some trends… so [drum roll], here are Doug’s “Picks & Pans, Tops & Trends” for 2003:
    *** EASIEST SERVICE TO HATE — After being bombarded by “Plaxo-pings”, we concluded that the only good Plaxo message was one which didn’t happen.
    *** MOST OPINIONATED ITEMS OF THE YEAR — Hands down… got to be those recovering “BackPage editorials”. I mean… What’s up with a guy that rants and raves so much about an online service called Plaxo? :-)
    *** TOUGHEST TRADITION TO DIE — After Netscape users complained they ate up characters, we broke an 8-year tradition and stopped enclosing email addresses in pointy braces. <> :-)
    *** BIGGEST LOSS OF THE YEAR — We mourned the loss of Interdev. :-( Time will tell how God will replace them. For now, I’m clueless.
    *** MOST OUTSTANDING NON-MICROSOFT FILE FORMAT — Without a doubt: the PDF file, which really came into its own in 2003.
    *** BIGGEST STORY THAT WASN’T? — Probably the urban legend that Fuller Theological Seminary was turning Muslim. (Dec. 19th issue, “Here’s the skinny”) :-) The rumors of its conversion were greatly exaggerated. :-)
    *** MOST EFFECTIVE BAD TOOL OF THE YEAR? — Who would have imagined a Minnesota teen could accomplish so much with so little. You guessed it: the winner of this award? Worms and trojans, which ate some of our Brigada family members for lunch. They… *we* … all learned to be skeptical.
    *** WORST OMEN FOR THE INTERNET — You probably thought I was going to say viruses. Not so. The worst omen is: spam.
    *** MOST UNDERRATED MISSIONS TRAINING — Here’s some training you can really sink your teeth into: Dental Training for missions http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com All dentist jokes aside… :-) … we believe this training holds tons of potential for zillions of fields, in spite of the fact that it’s woefully under-promoted.
    *** BEST NEW MISSIONS SUPPORTER: SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION — During 2003, it became all the more obvious that early & active retirees were fulfilling an all-the-more valuable role around the globe, thanks, in no small way to efforts like the “Finishers Conferences” http://www.finishers.org/events
    *** MOST OUTSTANDING DEATH THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN — Thank to the Lord, due in no small way to the faithfulness of some of its original staff, the Joshua Project research not only lives, it’s becoming more and more useful all the time! http://www.joshuaproject.net/
    *** MOST EXPENSIVE INFORMATION NOW MADE AVAILABLE FOR FREE — We would have to hand that award to the World Christian Database online: http://www.worldchristiandatabase.org Originally published in the form of the World Christian Encyclopedia, this information set us back a couple of hundred bucks. Today, you can get it… and so much more… for free.
    *** BEST REDISCOVERY OF THE YEAR — Has to be the Bethany Prayer Profiles, which we originally thought had been sucked into the vacuum of space, but were really resurrected at http://www.ksafe.com/profiles/home.html
    *** “BEST CD TOOL OF THE YEAR” — That honor goes to the “Countries and Peoples of the World” CD, first reported in a Brigada exclusive on Jan 17th, promised in March, released on Aug. 8th. We dedicated an entire issue to this awesome tool. http://www.ywam.org/books/countries_and_peoples.htm
    *** BEST-MADE TOTEM POLE OF THE YEAR — Fortunately for networking’s sake, peopleteams.org continued to grow. To a great extent, they enliven much of what Brigada’s email conferences always wanted to be. Three cheers for peopleteams!
    *** MOST VALUABLE NEW STAFF ADDED? — That’s easy. She was the *only* new staff added! :-) During 2003, after establishing a regular habit of falling behind week after week for the past couple of years, we finally gave up and asked for help. The Brigada family responded by pitching in to help us afford a part-time Brigada secretary. The result? We caught back up the month after she started and we haven’t missed a weekend since! Yahooo! Three cheers for sponsors and kind-hearted people! :-) *Four* cheers for our Brigada Secretary!!! :-)
    *** MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS OF 2003 — The gifts ranged from $10 all the way up to a one-time gift of $5000! We’re talking about Brigada sponsors, of course! The total, as of today, is $12,780… just $2820 short of our goal of $15,600 for the Brigada Secretary. Only $2820 to go! What a success story! Just a few hundred Clipmate purchases and we’re a big success. Goodness. Even if we run short, it’s still a huge success!!!

    *** SO FROM ALL OUR BRIGADA STAFF (both of us! :-) ) to ALL OF YOU, have a blessed, safe, and Happy New Year!!! Doug

20030202 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL
  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10
  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO
  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY
  5. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES
  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS?
  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS?
  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST
  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD
  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003
  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL?
  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS?
  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW
  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST
  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’
  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT
  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR?
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ORGANIZERS CONTINUE TO FINE-TUNE NEW TOOL — Organizers continue to fine-tune the “new tool” we mentioned in “NEW TOOL PRODUCES PRESENTATION NOTEBOOKS” (Jan 17 and Jan. 24th Brigada Today). They want to have 1000 copies of the CD dubbed by March 1st so they’ll be able to ship immediately. Stay tuned to Brigada Today to learn more about the product, as well as how to get special Brigada Pricing during it’s introduction to the Brigada audience. The most recent addition to the CD? They’ve now added every digital copy of a *very* well known missiology magazine. You’re going to like this one! :-)

  2. NEW SUBSCRIBERS: 200 NEW PARTICIPANTS SINCE JAN. 10 — Thanks to all those who continue to promote Brigada Today among their constituencies, members, family and friends. Remember, it’s incredibly easy to sign up. Just send a blank email to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotorg Thanks! In case anyone asks, since January 25, 1995, not a single email address or identity has been divulged to any outsider. What’s more, we pledge to never sell your address at any point in the future! We’re now up to 13,007 total subscribers (with about 5,000 addresses bouncing on any given week).

  3. MISSIONS FRIENDS: STAY AT A LOVELY CABIN IN COLORADO — Here’s a Brigada friend and business missionary making a luxury cabin on his ranch available again this year for missionaries and pastors and their kind. He does have a suggested small maintenance donation, but even it goes into the ministry. A former B&B, it was described as “Elegance and the Wild West.” For the author, philosopher, meditator, recluse, or the very poor, he offers a hand-hewn “survival cabin” in a very quiet place away from it all at no charge…UNelegance and the Really Wild West.” Inquire of <johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz> or <carolynatglobal-ddotbiz>. </carolynatglobal-ddotbiz></johnwayneatglobal-ddotbiz>

  4. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will be leading another Christian comics seminar in Mexico on March 21-23, 9:30am to 6:00pm, hosted by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX). This is their only comics training scheduled for the Americas in 2003. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. An average course includes such sessions as Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, and Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The instructors will be internationally known cartoonist Nate Butler and Mexican illustrator Eric Olarte, with Canadian cartoonist Todd Byers as a teaching assistant. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at <ccmprismaataoldotcom>. You may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org or email them <comix35atcomix35dotorg>. </comix35atcomix35dotorg></ccmprismaataoldotcom>

  5. 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. A workshop hosted by The Evangelical Free Church Mission will be held near Minneapolis, Minnesota April 13-18, 2003. Contact Gene <gfvandenboschatefcadotorg> for information. Or, if you prefer, log on at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>. </itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></gfvandenboschatefcadotorg>

  6. TESOL TRAINING FOR THIRD-WORLD MISSIONARIES — Does anyone have any experience of providing TESOL training for missionaries who have English as a second or third language themselves? If so, the workers at a Melanesian Centre for World Missions in Papua New Guinea would like to know. They pledge to collate it for anyone interested. Write to <mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>. </mscmatcltcdotacdotpg>

  7. CATS, DOGS, & MISSIONS? — Does ‘Meology rather than Theology’ cloud your mission vision? ACMC’s (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) Bob Sjogren & Dr. Gerald Robison base their new book Cat & Dog Theology on a simple joke about the differences between a cat and a dog. This joke shows us the difference between “us living for God,” versus “God living for us!”, pointing us to our call to see God’s heart for all nations from Genesis to Revelation. Cat & Dog Theology retails for $9.99, but Brigada readers can get a discounted price of $7.99, or if you prefer, contact them for bulk or wholesale pricing. If you want special Brigada pricing, refer to quote BRI03 when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706-554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  8. CURIOUS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND NON-PROFITS? — Now you can get the “skinny” by heading on over to N-TEN’s recent survey report, “Nonprofits, NTAPs, and Information Technology,” prepared by Paul-Brien McInerney. Check out the 2-page Executive Summary or the complete 18- page report at http://www.nten.org/reports . (Thanks Ed!)

  9. OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSIONS IN THE WEST AND FOR THE REST — Finishers Project is hosting a Regional Finishers Forum in the Phoenix Area, Arizona March 7-8. Combined conferences by ACMC/Finishers Project are slated for San Diego, Feb 28-Mar 1; Pasadena (LA Area) March 28-29; and in Northern California (Sacramento) April 4-5. These are safe places to explore options and opportunties for you and your church in missions. Do not live in the West? You can have your own mission conference on line at http://www.finishers.org to receive a shopping cart of organizations that can use you with your unique set of interests and skills as an individual or couple. Not on the web? Email officeatfinishersdotorg for brochures.

  10. JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE CD — Order your copy today of this 53 lesson, book by book overview of the entire Bible, written by George Hammett, missionary to Africa. These lessons were originally designed as Sunday School material, but can easily be adapted for use with a discipleship program, or a group Bible study. Each lesson contains an introduction, detailed outline, and discussion questions at the end. The lessons are in .pdf format, and there is also a free copy of Acrobat Reader contained on the cd. To order visit http://www.baptist-books.com or send an e-mail to <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>. The price is $10, plus shipping and handling. </bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>

  11. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a great skill with which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in a practical way. Get enough training in seven days to bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas, USA. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or e-mail <dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>. </dentistryformissionsatattdotnet>

  12. THE KAZAKH CONSULTATION 2003 — The Kazakh Consultation 2003 will be hosted by Christian Fellowship Church, Evansville, Indiana this year. The dates are May 1 – May 3, 2003. Visit the website at http://www.k-consult.org to register and/or request information. If you are interested in hosting a table with your ministry and/or related book and tape display space is still available. Every effort will be made to accommodate you.

  13. WANT CONTENT FILTERING AT THE ENTERPRISE LEVEL? — Look no further than GRC at: http://www.grcomputing.net/netsweeper.html They might just have everything you need.

  14. KNOW OF A VIDEO DESIGNED TO WIN MUSLIMS? — If so, an organization in Germany would like to find out about it. Email them at: <106370dot3020atcompuservedotcom>. (If you’re concerned about security, forward your information to someone in the clear and have them relay it on to the Germany email address.) The ultimate goal for this quest is to create apologetic videos that scratch an itch where one doesn’t exist, so this German group is trying to get an idea of what exists so far. Thanks!

  15. MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER CONTINUES TO GROW — Capacity crowds met at Canada Place on January 31 – February 2nd. A 3-day estimated aggregate of 35,000 attended the 6 plenary sessions, 6 youth rallies, the 98 seminars, and visited the 230 mission exhibits. Featured speakers were Tony Campolo, Judy Mbugua, Ron Pearce, Ross Hastings and Rick Love. Web site: http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  16. DOCTORS & HEALTHCARE PROS: HELP WIN TEENS TO CHRIST — Impact teenagers internationally. Speak on a topic related to your profession at student assemblies in four public and private high schools a day for one week in a Latin American city. Spanish language would be an asset, but interpreters will be provided. Some media materials are available for speakers. Sample topics include Teens at Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Be Aware of Abuse; The Value of Life (cloning, abortion, euthenasia, etc.); Drug Abuse; Teen Anger Management; etc. A hispanic youth evangelist will make a moral, ethical and spiritual application after you speak. On average 340 students respond to surrender their lives to Christ in four days and are counseled by the local host church. Proclaim International, Inc. is conservative in doctrine and relationships, and has offered this service to high schools and local host churches for five years. If you’re interested, contact John via tel. (561) 394-9808 or email <proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom> or log on at: http://www.borderstone.com/proclaim . </proclaimhisgloryatjunodotcom>

  17. LOOKING AT THE ‘DAUGHTERS OF ISHMAEL’ — Lifting the Veil, the newest book by Dr. Phil Parshall & Julie Parshall has just been released by Gabriel Publishing. Having worked and lived in Muslim Bangladesh & the Philippines for the past 4 decades, Phil & Julie understand the issues, heartaches, and dangers facing Muslim women today. They bring a sensitive perspective to this thoughtful, sobering book that examines the controversy of female circumcision and proof of virginity, the heartache of arranged marriages, divorce, polygamy, ands the status of women living in a male-dominated world. This book will not provide you with easy answers, but will prompt you to begin praying for these “daughters of Ishmael” and give you sensitive awareness to life beyond the veil. Lifting the Veil retails for $12.99. Brigada readers get a 20% discounted price $10.39, just by asking for it. Or, ask for bulk or wholesale pricing. Just tell them “Quote BRI03” when ordering. To order call toll-free 1-866-732-6657 (USA & Canada), 706- 554-1594 (Overseas), fax 706-554-7444 or email <orderatomlitdotomdotorg>. </orderatomlitdotomdotorg>

  18. ETHNIC WORKER’S SUMMIT — For those of you who want to reach the many immigrants in the US, a national worker’s conference will take place May 1-3 at Minneapolis/St Paul, MN. For conference details see: http://www.ethnic-america.net/ .

  19. WANT TO SERVE GOD AND YOUR NEIGHBOR? -– “Serve” needs you to present opportunities for short and long term missions to churches with the recruitment of volunteers as the goal. The short term missions include evangelism, construction, maintenance, food service and much more. Work in your home state or country serving as Serve’s voice where you can do the most good—in familiar territory. This year is the 10th anniversary of sending volunteers, teams and individuals, to countries in Central and South America, Africa, and Alaska, USA. The focus is on retired persons but all ages have gone on these projects from high schoolers through grandparents. Experienced team leaders to help as you get started. Contact Tom <tlcatgatetekdotcom> or log on at http://www.serve-intl.org . </tlcatgatetekdotcom>

20030119 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20030105 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE?
  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE
  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS
  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED
  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL
  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS
  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY
  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK
  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD
  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS?
  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HOW MANY BRIGADA READERS ARE THERE? — Well that depends on whether or not you count the 5040 members whose addresses are currently bouncing. The moral of the story: be sure to unsubscribe from your old address before you unplug for good. Then subscribe anew from your new service once it’s up and running. There are currently about 7694 “active” or “good” addresses, meaning that we’ve seen over 12,000 different subscriber addresses down through the last few years. (Please remember: It’s easy to maintain your own address information. What’s more, there’s no way Brigada volunteers can hope to do it for you. There are just too many subscribers, too little time, too many changes. Thanks for understanding!) Would you do us a favor and help us increase our readership over these next 3 weeks? We don’t have funds for big marketing gimmicks, but we’d love to grow. If every active participant would find just one new subscriber, we could easily break back above the benchmark of 10,000 active addresses. Please help! Just suggest to your mission or church staff that they subscribe. It’s easy. All they have to do is write to <brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. By the way, we will never give your information to *anybody*. </brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

  2. OPTIONS FOR FILTERING YOUR INTERNET EXPERIENCE — Need good options for keeping your family … or *you* … honest on the web? (… so that you don’t get caught in the trap of looking at sites or pictures that you know you shouldn’t). One option: Check out http://www.covenanteyes.com These folks have designed software that automatically emails your accountability partners a list of the sites you’ve visited over the past month. The service will set you back about $7/month, but it’ll keep you honest. No extra cash for the moment? Try http://www.we-blocker.com The we-blocker people offer their software for free (donations suggested). They maintain both a central list of sites that are “off- limits”, as well as allow you to customize a list of “forbidden words”. Sites that contain these words are automatically blocked as well. You can over-ride those settings with a completely flexible set of conditional configurations. Great little program, little performance hits, big payoffs for your kids, family, and you. Tip: If you have trouble with this area, ask your spouse to type in the master password so you’ll enjoy filtered Internet browsing as well.

  3. BOOK ON HOUSEHELPERS — Have you ever wondered just how much of a help it is to hire househelp? Now you can get the lowdown without ever leaving your doorstep, by reading Beatrice Lawson’s book, “Househelps: Blessing or Curse?” Published by Africa Christian Press (Achimota, Ghana), this little booklet teaches you how to make the most of a househelper if you choose to hire one. Learn how to recruit, set up a contract, and head off potential pitfalls. To negotiate a price for your own organization or training program… or to get a copy for your own family, inquire about pricing directly with the publisher at <acpbooksatghanadotcom> . </acpbooksatghanadotcom>

  4. TESOL TRAINING & PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED -– Asia’s Center for TESOL has a five-week intensive TESOL course taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2003. The cost is only $500 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph> or Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  5. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — If you are searching for funds and personal support, take in the 2-day People Raising Coaches Clinic, March 21-22! Register by Feb 21st and save $50. Some claim this course has helped them raise funds in half the time. In addition, network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_mar2003.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  6. UNIQUE PLAYER HELPS ILLITERATES TO HEAR THE GOSPEL — Gospel Recordings, a mission which produces evangelism tools in over 5,500 languages, will have a new supply of 20,000 TapeTalk hand-wind players by February 2003. These unique cassette players do not need batteries or external electricity in order to play. They can be supplied along with cassettes containing gospel messages in over 5,500 languages and dialects. The players can be sent to your missionary, or used in your Sunday School class to help children pray for Unreached Peoples.

    For more information on the players and the languages, check out the Gospel Recordings web site at http://www.gospelrecordings.com or email <ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom> In the USA, you can call 1-888-44-GRUSA toll free. </ordersatgospelrecordingsdotcom>


  7. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003 — The 6th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 07 to May 30, 2003, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. *Course 1 “Introduction to Islam”: Week 1 – Historical Background (Dr. Ken Ferguson); Week 2 – Contemporary Issues (Dr. Stuart Robinson); Week 3 – Folk Islam (Dr. Rick Love). *Course 2 “Apologetics in Muslim Contexts”: Week 4 – Answering Islamic Objections (Rev. Ezekiel Joshua); Week 5 – Bridging from Qur’anic Material (Rev. Harry Morin). *Course 3 “Approaches to Islam”: Week 6 – Practical Approach (Rev. Joseph Cumming); Week 7 – Women’s Issues in Islam (Dr. Miriam Adeney); Week 8 – Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall). *E-mail <aptsatagmddotorg> <michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg> *Telecom (63)(74) 422-6977. *Fax (63)(74) 442-7068. *Web: http://www.apts.edu/ Registration deadline: March 01, 2003. </michaeldotlangfordatagmddotorg></aptsatagmddotorg>

  8. RESTORATION FOR CHURCH PLANTERS — Church Planting Coaches http://cpcoaches.com has established a refuge on the Island of Malta. Part of the vision the Lord has given them is a “Bed and Breakfast” for church planters who need a break from the difficult pioneer fields in which they work. Available now is hospitality consisting of a beautifully appointed bedroom with private bath and outdoor patio nook, with additional beds available for groups larger than one or two. Room and board are provided on a suggested donation basis. Availability varies and booking priority is given to YWAM church planters, though they are happy to serve others too! The house is just minutes from beaches and Malta’s other attractions. http://visitmalta.com Imagine what a refreshment of body, mind, spirit, vision and purpose will come as you walk in the Apostle Paul’s footsteps on Malta. The host family are experienced church planters and trainers and are ready to provide as much coaching and counsel as the individual or team desires. They look forward to receiving your inquiries. Email: <cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>. </cpcoachesatcpcoachesdotcom>

  9. ALL 150 EASYENGLISH PSALMS ARE NOW READY — Get all 150 of Gordon Churchyard’s very popular Psalms, which are in EasyEnglish level A from http://www.easyenglish.info . More information on Wycliffe Associates (UK) and their EasyEnglish may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo> . </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  10. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE — Do you want to minister to the poor, but are not sure what to do next? If so, consider taking in the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. Apply now as space is limited. For more information, log on at http://www.chalmers.org or write <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  11. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can your organization best respond? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s expanded Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer- to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 28-May 3, 2003. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $140 room/board. Participation is limited. For information or reservations contact <member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>. </member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg>

  12. NEW SHORT-TERM MISSION BOOK -— “Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission (MISTM)” is a 250+ page book for any person with a leadership, teaching, receiving, or planning role in short-term mission. MISTM provides a solid framework for understanding, structuring, and planning short-term missions done right! Scheduled for release in March 2003. Order pre-press by January 31 for $14.99 with free shipping. After January 31, MISTM retails for $19.99 plus shipping. Order online or by phone from STEM Press http://www.STEMmin.org Toll-free 1-877-STEM-min, or 952-996-1385 For more information call or email <mistmbookatstemmindotorg> . </mistmbookatstemmindotorg>

  13. HOW TO TRANSFER MONEY TO & FROM THE FIELD — Here’s Greg’s summary of the responses he received regarding how to transfer money to and from the mission field. (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”): “Put money in US bank account and have person use debit card or credit card in receiving country at an ATM or bank (7 mentions) This was clearly the cheapest and quickest. You just have to be careful who has access to the account and in a few places it can be hard to find an ATM or a bank that will advance local money against your card. Others suggested the old standby… Western Union (4 Mentions). Reliable but not cheap. Can be done on the web. Another response: Wire transfer to bank in receiving country (2 mentions), which is a bit costly and if the money gets lost (and they do) banks will not accept responsibility. Finally, one party mentioned actually hand-carrying the funds. So… no real surprises. Maybe we’ll see more developments on this in the next decade, but for now, it seems we’re stuck with these old standbys. (Thanks Greg!)

  14. NEED INSURANCE FOR SHORT- OR LONG-TERMS OVERSEAS? — Try Talent Trust Consultants (TTc). They are an international ministry serving Church and Missions workers with dedicated and affordable worldwide medical insurance. Established 12 years ago as an independent ministry serving alongside YWAM, TTc now supports more than 1,400 members and their families from over 260 missions and churches. A number of programmes are available, all of which can be uniquely tailored to suit your individually needs. Write to <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit http://www.talent-trust.com . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  15. BI-LINGUAL RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN — Aventura Asombrosa is a bi- lingual, Spanish/English, Bible study for children by Through The Bible Publishers. Children’s ministries that have a mix of Spanish-speaking and English-speaking kids will find this resource useful. It is also an easy-to-use tool for missions groups since English speaking missionaries have the English and Spanish text in the same book. My Awesome Adventure, the English-only version, has been recommended by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Check out http://www.DiscipleLand.com for more information and a FREE sample lesson. E-mail requests to <myehatdisciplelanddotcom> or call toll free in the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-284-0158 or call 970-484- 8483. </myehatdisciplelanddotcom>

20010826 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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ANNOUNCING: THE 2001 OPERATION WORLD CD-ROM!

cd-rom You’ve heard about the new edition of Patrick Johnstone’s incredible Operation World… well, the CD-ROM version created by GMI gives you an incredible view of the data… electronically! It contains the full (English language) text, as well as all maps, charts, and tables from the book; the huge Operation World research database (the same database Patrick and Jason used to create Operation World); the latest country profile information from the World Factbook; and related Web links for every country. The CD is designed as a sophisticated Web site, and runs on both Windows and Mac. It is available at the incredibly low price of $17.99 (plus shipping and tax) from GMI. More information is available on the Web at http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm or contact Lorri infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 ext. 599 or by fax: 719-548-7459.
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THIS IS MORE THAN “YOUR FATHER’S OPERATION WORLD”!

I remember the very first Operation World I saw… way back in 1981 or so, I believe, and wow was I bowled over by the research and the care that Patrick Johnstone had invested in the data. Well guess what — that hasn’t changed a bit. Sure… maybe there’s more raw data in one of the big encyclopedic works on missions… but then… this one doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, either. And what’s more, I actually think there’s more practical material here than there is in the big books anyway.
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CARRY OPERATION WORLD WITHOUT THE PAPER

Now you don’t have to carry around the big Operation World book any more! Just leave the CD in your laptop and go! Until now, my “default” CD (the one I leave in my laptop most of the time) has been Microsoft Encarta Reference Library 2002. Not so anymore. Now the Encarta CD will travel in the CD carrier pouch in my briefcase. The CD slot in my laptop will now carry Op. World. Hands down.
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HOW PRAY-ERS CAN USE OPERATION WORLD ON CD-ROM

Suppose you’re a dedicated pray-er. When you get up each morning, just hit “Start|Programs|Operation World 2001”. When the CD opens, it’ll already be focused on the prayer request data for the particular day you open it! Click on the Summary to get the big picture, or get close-ups of the Geography, Peoples, Economy, Politics, Religion, and Challenges for Prayer. We’re all familiar with the Op. World prayer approach… one country per day… but this CD makes it so much more useful — and lightweight! :-)
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IF YOU LIKE STATISTICS

You’re in luck. It’s loaded! As mentioned above, you get the same database files that Patrick and company used to make the book! I mean… it’s like having the international census information at your fingertips. Plus, I think they must have enclosed the entire CIA Factbook for each country too. So on your next trip to Michigan, take along a friend to drive . . . and you read CIA reference material for Portugal — or whatever.
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HOW MISSION MOBILIZERS CAN USE IT

It gets even more interesting if you’re a missions mobilizer. Get this — Patrick and the GMI folks have given you permission in advance to utilize these resources in your newsletter or website (within reason; you can’t charge more than actual cost of production… and it’s a limited use policy; read the details on the CD). Can you imagine? They’ve thrown the whole “let’s make as much money as we can” thing out the window and shared their years of labor with the world! I love it! So you’ve got maps and charts, big and small — plus links to the Operation World website!
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IT’S A THING THAT GROWS AND GROWS AND GROWS!

Now the really interesting part. When GMI wrote the interface with the CD, they integrated the CD with the web site in an incredibly close fashion. (In fact, sometimes I forget which one I’m viewing!) And users can add links to the website interactively!!! (They point the user to the website in tons of places.) The authors also point the user to tons of other external sites too, including the site for the particular mission organization that is being described at the time. And using the web form, it’s really easy to send in errata.
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WHAT ABOUT SECURITY?

They’ve covered it. Rather than feature specifics, when talking about sensitive places, they use general principles and general examples rather than specific ones with known names or streets. And yet… every mission agency in the world must be listed in the directory.
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WHAT IF YOU WANT THE REAL PRINTED VERSION?

book No problem. You can even order it on the webpage for Operation World!!! Or get it at your local Christian bookstore. Otherwise, pick up a copy for $17.99 (672 pages, ISBN 1850783578) by calling (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-328-6109 or emailing csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  . (As always, Brigada cannot recommend sending credit card information via email. Fax it or mail it, use PayPal or a secure webpage, but never email your credit card numbers.)
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