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20041114 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS
  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT
  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX
  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC
  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT
  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION
  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE
  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY
  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS?
  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO”
  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS)
  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP
  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU
  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS — Thanks for the wonderfully encouraging note from the Director of Sub-Sahara Africa for Good News Productions, who wrote, “I’ve personally enjoyed Brigada over the years … Your ezine recently mentioned two of the recent GNPI productions… As a result of that mention in Brigada, nearly 150 copies combined were sold! We, the GNPI team, just want to say thanks and express our appreciation for the faithful work all of you do to make Brigada a premier communication tool.” [whoa :-) ] To add some punch to his note, the producer sent $50 “as a small token of appreciation”. (Learn more about them at gnpi.org) Thanks, too, for the $50 gift from Cafe’ 1040, http://www.cafe1040.com , tapping the potential of globally-minded college students for Christ. Enclosed was an encouraging note, “I have just returned from North Africa and have loved your newsletter… It is very helpful and encouraging to those of us on the field. Blessings to you and your staff.” [glow :-) ] Thanks to Bruce and Retta Renich who served at the Christian Leaders’ Training College in Papua New Guinea, who sent $50 with this note: “Glad to help with your ministry. I would not like to be without it. We were missionaries in Papua New Guinea and hope to return after completion of studies.” We appreciate you! They added in a P.S., “And I know it is still a long way to the total for the secretary, but miracles have happened before!!” Finally, thanks to the anonymous readers who sent $30 and $20 respectively, with one writing a note, ” Thanks so much for your continued dedication and service to the Lord. He has used, does use, and will use your ministry as a source of blessing to outreachers in Christ everywhere.”

  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT — Here’s a YWAM worker in Holland who sent $40, challenging all other YWAM missionaries worldwide to match his gift to Brigada. How ’bout it, YWAMmers: Any takers?

  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN — Thanks to the anonymous family from Action Int’l Ministries who sent $50 to help cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. See their site at: http://www.actionintl.org/ where you’ll see News from the Field (PDFs), Photo Galleries, Action Point Magazine, and the free manual for ministry to street children, “Restoring Children of the Streets” as a download.

  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University presents “Breakthrough among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, March 14- 17, 2005. Learn how to effectively evangelize the Muslim world from people who have ministered successfully there. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to develop effective strategies and network with other churches, agencies, and interested individuals who all have a passion to reach Muslims for Jesus Christ! To request a brochure, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims-usa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX — Missionaries in Eastern Europe know that it is often an uphill battle to convince locals that protestants are really Christian! The tract, “Protestants: Who are they?” explains the essential unity of the three branches of Christianity while noting where protestants differ on infant baptism, icons, the apocrypha, etc. It concludes with a salvation prayer. The English version is at: http://hometown.aol.com/kerbyrials/page1.html The Russian version is at: http://orthodoxlight.narod.ru/ Ukrainian and Georgian versions are also available. Write author Kerby Rials at: kerbyrials(at)aol(dot)com The Russian version has been printed and is sold for 7 cents each by Global University. Email: mail(at)globalcenter(dot)ru [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.globalcenter.ru

  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Join a two- or four-week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity to join an experienced ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, show the Jesus Film, work with local churches and visit businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. For more information contact Jim at Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaine(at)cableone(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC — Here’s a Brigada participant, Neil, who warned us to be careful leaving sensitive information on our PC’s. He said Word encryption was ok, and Excel could even encrypt just 1 column of cells, but he also pointed out that we could try a password manager, which really does make life easier and safer – such as Password Keychain from http://www.nfxtech.com/products_passwordkeychain.htm (Thanks Neil!) Brigada participant, Jon, wrote to point out that Google Desktop might actually help you do a great “audit” of your system and its ability to give away personal information. He said, ” If Google can find it, someone else can too!! :-)”

  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT — Are you the type who loves to create and collect MP3 songs from your CDs and digital music? While you’re browsing at Kaylon’s website (to see “Powermarks”, mentioned below), check out “MP3Rat” http://www.kaylon.com/mp3rat/index.html Seems to make life so much easier for digital music lovers!

  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION — Thanks to Stephen, who wrote about another free antivirus option this past week: “I switched to a German based free antivirus software available from http://www.free-av.com AntVir’s drawback is that each antivirus upgrade downloads 6 program files which can take a while to download on a 56kbps connection.” Still, it looks like a great option, Stephen, especially for the price! Thanks! (And yes… I still love playing soccer. Getting together as pickup game tomorrow afternoon, in fact! :-) )

  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE — Here’s a Spanish Bible-study (kind of like Perspectives), called “Path to God’s Glory.” Published in English several years ago, it has been distributed and studied around the world. Now, a Spanish version of both the study and leader’s guide are available online at http://www.southeastchristian.org/missions_ptgg_sp.cfm?doc_id=956 The English version is available at http://www.pathtogodsglory.org If you have questions, comments or are interested in a bound hardcopy of the study or guide, write info(at)pathtogodsglory(dot)org

  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY — English speakers can now fulfill most requirements for a MA degree (Muslim Studies) without relocating to N. America! The rest can be done through short courses at the Columbia International University campus, Columbia, South Carolina, or by IDL (Independent Distance Learning). Folk Islam – Dr. Warren Larson (May 30-June 10, 2005) Women in Islam – Dr. Elsie A. Maxwell (May 30-June 10, 2005) Multicultural Teams – Dr. Lianne Roembke (June 13-24, 2005) Approaches to Islam – Dr. Andreas Maurer (June 13-24, 2005) Tuition is approximately $500 per 3 semester hours. Auditors are welcome for less, and all kinds of plans are available for food and housing. The campus is centrally located in Europe near Stuttgart, Germany. For more information email ccrouse(at)aem(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS? — In my own browsing, I’ve also appreciated Powermarks from Kaylon Technologies http://www.powermarks.com/ This is a great utility to help you find bookmarks or “favorite places” on the web, and as an added benefit, you can also use it to save passwords for other things too.

  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO” — Global Economic Outreach partners skilled volunteers with field missionaries seeking expertise by email or telephone. Their emphasis is on development. GEO recently launched HOTLINKS, an online content management system for sharing documents and web links. Benefit from the knowledge, experience, and ministry of others by visiting http://www.teamgeo.org/links.php Submit relevant content to mail(at)teamgeo(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or use the online contact form.

  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — Browse the new articles at http://www.GlobalMissiology.net. The latest issue’s theme is Ethnic Ministry and Missions. You’ll find: * 5 Feature Articles by thoughtful writers around the globe * New perspectives on ethnic ministry contemplating its manifestations in research and practice * Enjoyable and informative reviews of cutting-edge missiology books some of which have recently been released.

  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS) — Mark your calendars now for the Music Ministry Development Seminar, February 21 – April 1, 2005. It’s a six-week seminar focusing on songwriting, digital recording, music business, missions, band arranging, growing in ministry communication, presented by Musicians For Missions International – a ministry of Youth With A Mission. Learn more at http://www.MusiciansForMissions.com or MMDSeminar(at)cs(dot)com

  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP — If your readers have a Mac (or are considering it), the Mac’s iChat system is wonderful. According to Dave, it is standard in all current and recent (2000 + newer) machines, running OSX and features voice over IP as well as full live video as well.

  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU — :-) Christian International Academy(CIA) is seeking elementary teachers (2nd Grade Teachers in particular) If you are interested in working among the unreached, take note of their location. If you love children and love to teach, this could be just the opportunity for you. They are sharing hope and love with others in the Muslim nation of Guinea, Africa. The dates are August 4, 2005 – June 1, 2006. Write CIA(at)TeachusMission(dot)org

  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS — In the USA and many other lands, it’s Thanksgiving today. It happens to be one of my most favorite holidays of the year. It’s somehow escaped most of the “Hallmarketing” :-) and has its origin in something identifiable, instead of in alleged pagan rituals or witches’ covens burning goats under some bridge in an inner city. Nobody has to buy gifts, so there’s no chance big store at the mall will make a dime off of it. About the only people who make a profit are the turkey breeders, who probably do as much business this week as in the other 51 weeks combined. :-) Sure there are dishes to wash afterward, but you don’t have to bag up mangled wrapping paper (and nobody is sticking bows on your head or throwing wrapping paper balls in your face). Surprisingly, there’s very little music — except for that one song that, instead of gives thanks, gathers everyone together “to ask the Lord’s blessing.” Best of all, there’s no hangover (hangover = having to take down all the decorations), no cavities (like you get from eating all that chocolate from trick-or-treating or hollow Easter bunnies), and no credit card bill to pay off in 25 days or less.

    All kidding aside, though, maybe Thanksgiving is *the* most religious holiday we have left. My theory is — people actually really do still think about praying and giving thanks. And that’s cool.

    Let’s not be the exception.

    Let’s circle the globe this Thursday with a ring of thanksgiving prayers that will gladden the heart of God. Happy Thanksgiving, Doug

20031123 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL!
  2. TRAGEDY AND CHALLENGE OF THE WORLD’S STREET CHILDREN
  3. THANKS TO DIAL-ABROAD AND NEW BRIGADA SIGN-UPS!
  4. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  5. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAINING
  6. WAR, TERRORISM INSURANCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  8. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  9. JAPAN TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE
  10. ESL INSTRUCTION
  11. ONE OPTION FOR INT’L DIALING WITHOUT THE DOLLARS
  12. CASE STUDY IN REACHING THE UNREACHED: WORKING POOR OF BANGKOK
  13. ESL TEACHERS MINISTRY SKILLS SURVEY
  14. TURKEY: VISIT THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  15. BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER “TENTMAKER”
  16. HERE’S A HANDY RESPONSE TO PLAXO “PINGS”
  17. NEW TRANSFORMATION VIDEO RELEASED
  18. TESOL SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII
  19. GLOBAL COURSEWORK BY AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
  20. THE BACKPAGE: WHEN YOU SURF, BE A SKEPTIC
  21. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL! — In ONLY 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand tools. The needs are great. No injections or costly equipment are needed. Classes are held monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com Email dentaltrainingformissionsatattdotnet

  2. TRAGEDY AND CHALLENGE OF THE WORLD’S STREET CHILDREN — There are up to 160 million children living on the streets of the world. The excellent book “Street Children” by Andy Butcher, written in 1996, has been updated by Andy and reprinted in 2003 by Gabriel Publishers. Action International Ministries has purchased 100 copies of this $10 book and will send it to anyone considering ministering the gospel and compassionate care to these children of the streets. Send your email request for a copy of “Street Children” to d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet

  3. THANKS TO DIAL-ABROAD AND NEW BRIGADA SIGN-UPS! — Can you believe it? The Dial-Abroad long distance folks tell me that Brigada clients used about $400 worth of long distance during November. So they say they’re mailing a check to help with the new Brigada Secretary — equal to $40! That’s incredible! So if you’re considering changing long distance anyway, or if you’d like a great deal on international dialing, check it out at: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  4. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — This Thanksgiving weekend, we’re giving thanks for, among others, Gateway Missionary Training Center in Langley, B.C. (Canada). It’s a unique community that focuses on equipping the whole person for service in another country or culture. The program is structured to lead a trainee through a process that will enable him/her to face the very real challenges of cross-cultural work. Experienced staff members offer mentoring, guidance and counsel all along the way. Trainees move from the context of a caring learning community, to an active cross-cultural experience and then back again to Gateway where they are debriefed in order to promote the greatest growth and understanding. Most trainees will be “field ready” when they complete the course. Those who need extra time or preparation will be well aware of the areas they need to work on. Gateway staff monitors the entire process and assists the candidate to chart a course for successful service. (Thanks for your partnership gift, Gateway!!!) Thanks, too, to the anonymous Asian participant who gave $50 this past week — to help enable the Brigada secretary, so we can keep Brigada Today up and running and on time!

  5. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAINING — Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. plans to open three of it’s specialized courses to interested people from outside of the school. Church Planting: (January 19 – 22, 2004) This course will be led by a team of experienced missionary church planters. The intent is to familiarize students with the challenge of communicating the gospel cross-culturally, and equipping them with the tools to bring together new believers and nurture them into a viable church using a well thought-out strategy. Cost*: $150.00 CDN Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS): Feb 23-26, 2004 — Laurel McAllister and her team will lead this weeklong experience in the development of key knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for the growth and maintenance of healthy relationships. Cost*: $175.00 CDN Language Acquisition for Cross-Cultural Effectiveness (LACE): March 15 – 25, 2004 — This 10 day course will be taught by Peter Pikkert. It is designed to equip the expatriate to learn her/his host country’s language and engage positively with its culture. It is designed for non-specialists learning a language that has already been reduced to writing. Cost*: $350.00CDN * Pricing does not include room and board. Arrangements can be made to stay at Gateway MTC for $20.00/day room and board as long as space is available. For more details check out the web site at http//www.gatewaytraining.org or contact the registrar at infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg or call Beverly at 604-530-4283.

  6. WAR, TERRORISM INSURANCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Finally! A simple online application that provides $50,000 or $100,000 coverage for Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Permanent and Total Disability, including coverage for losses resulting from most acts of war and terrorism anywhere in the world. This plan is underwritten by Lloyds of London and can be taken out for periods as short as one month. For information about war and terrorism insurance, contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100, toll-free in USA: 866/636- 9100 or visit http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com

  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — This training is a good step for people meandering (turning, winding, zigzagging) in their missions call. Come and make a strait course to what God has called you to do. It gives enlightenment. Missions to many is like a dark room, when lights are turned on, even momentarily, a whole new destiny is possible. An experienced missionary, from a notable agency once attended and said, “I wish we had gone through this before we went to the field.” The next camp is in Virginia from February 5-8, 2004. For more information on training content, dates, places of other upcoming camps, see the Elijah Company web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call 757-639-2906.

  8. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS –- You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 16-18, 2003, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. Dr. Isaac Canales of Latin American Bible Institute is the plenary speaker. You can email infoatnstmcdotorg for information just log on at: http://www.nstmc.org This year you can also register online via credit card!!

  9. JAPAN TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE — All the Priscilla’s and Aquila’s (Acts 18:2-4) working or studying in Japan are invited to attend a conference January 3-5, 2004 in Japan’s Izu Peninsula (between Nagoya and Tokyo). The conference will focus on ‘Equipping the Saints’ through worship, Bible study and fellowship with emphasis on clarification of tentmaker ministry vision, opportunities and issues as well as practical equipping in witness and ministry skills and approaches. Complete information can be found at http://www.hereshope.com/tentmakers or by emailing Shelly: sdotrdotpitmanatjapandotemaildotnedotjp.

  10. ESL INSTRUCTION — Learn conversational English by attending a twelve week course at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, beginning April 4, 2004. Study with fellow students from around the world. Live with classmates and national English speakers in a community setting that offers spiritual richness, a taste of American culture, and immersion in the English language. For information and application forms, log on at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  11. ONE OPTION FOR INT’L DIALING WITHOUT THE DOLLARS — Want to dial for fewer dollars? Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  12. CASE STUDY IN REACHING THE UNREACHED: WORKING POOR OF BANGKOK — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development integrates cutting edge “Covey” personal development training into their weekly meetings in the slum communities of Bangkok. Further, they explore the life of Joseph as a model of proactivity, then, go on to study Maxwell’s “21 Indisputable Laws of Leadership”. This unorthodox ministry approach accepts the slum-dwelling poor as business partners, and sets out to help them achieve comprehensive transformation in their lives, families, and communities. Step Ahead goes to the market everyday in the love of God, to empower those who make their living doing everything from sewing dresses, and roasting chicken, to making noodle soup. To learn more, check out the website. http://www.stepaheadmed.org

  13. ESL TEACHERS MINISTRY SKILLS SURVEY — Global Opportunities for tentmakers has posted an online survey for new and current Christian ESL teachers on their website. The survey results will be used to design a workshop specifically for ESL teachers’ ministry skills. You can fill out this short 5 question survey in a minute or two. Just log on at http://www.globalopps.org/eslsurvey.htm or if you prefer receiving the survey via email request one by emailing: eslsurveyatglobaloppsdotorg

  14. TURKEY: VISIT THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — If you would like to use the new book by Dr. Andrew Jackson’s that we mentioned recently, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” you’re in luck! Steve, who lives in Turkey can make the arrangements for your prayer journey. Check out his website at http://www.galatialtd.com His email is galatialtdatpoboxdotcom You can call for further info at 1-860-546-0547.

  15. BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER “TENTMAKER” — Teaching English opens many doors for ministry throughout the world, but it takes more than speaking the language to be a good English teacher. The TESOL training at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, will equip you to teach, and the certificate you receive will open doors to employment and/or ministry in many lands. The four week class begins January 18, 2004, and again March 7, 2004. For information and application forms, see website http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  16. HERE’S A HANDY RESPONSE TO PLAXO “PINGS” — Here’s a handy response to all those nasty Plaxo “pings” you might be getting (from folks who, in a well-meaning way, signed up for Plaxo and now everyone in their address book is getting spammed by the company because of it). This particular response was sent to me recently by the Communications Director of one of the largest organizations fielding overseas missionaries. In fact — it’s probably the biggest of them all. Anyway, here’s what he sends out: “Dear ___________, Let me encourage you not to use Plaxo. In addition, notice the email address that maintains your update. It is not to your account, but the account you established with Plaxo: addrupdate-[??youraccountnumber???atmxdotplaxodotcom. Our organization’s techs have looked at the PLAXO contact list updating service and have advised that you do not accept this request nor install this service on your computer as it may pose security risks for you. One potential hazard is making your entire contact list open to Plaxo for exploitation. Napster’s original founder, Sean Parker, launched Plaxo in November 2002 with $1.8 million. If you agree to download the free service, it will send an update message to everyone in your Outlook contact list in priority order based on usage. Embedded within that email request for updating contacts is an invitation (read “spam”) to sign up for the service and replicate the process on that person’s contact list. This works like a virus because it keeps replicating itself. Unless you download Plaxo yourself, you’ll keep getting hit with individual requests. For an organization like ours, this means so many Plaxo messages arrive that it slows the whole system. So if you have Plaxo, you “stay in sync” by opening up your email contact list. Losers like me get dozens of requests for updates and a serious PR problem if I ignore one. Our I.T. guy says he won’t do anything with the information that is pouring into his databases, but it is growing exponentially–some fear a “big brother” future with Plaxo controlling all the inter-related contacts. For more: See http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,56322,00.html or another source is http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,940255,00.asp?kc=PCNKT0209KTX1K010 0360.” (Note that those last two URLs will probably ‘wrap’, so you’ll have to reassemble them manually.)” [snip snip — end of Plaxo’d form letter]

    Thanks to this brother, willing to share, but probably wishing to remain anonymous for now on this issue. If you’re a Plaxo user, just remember — it’s not something we’d wish on *anyone*. If you’re a friend of a Plaxo user, getting “pinged” by Plaxo emails, remember that if you’d like to bow out, you cannot simply click “reply” to a Plaxo inquiry. You’ll have to manually compose a note from “scratch” to the person causing the ping, then paste in the above note into that email. If you just hit reply, it goes out to a wasted Plaxo address that doesn’t get read by anyone. :-( The whole thing might end up being illegal anyway, because it’s junk mail that we didn’t solicit – so I’m thinking it won’t fly under the new spam bill anyway.


  17. NEW TRANSFORMATION VIDEO RELEASED — “The Quickening,” is now available! 50+ million people, in 25 different languages have seen a Transformation Video! Eddie and Alice Smith, U.S. Prayer Center, say, “This message of hope stirs an appetite for God’s presence and offers expanded teaching on key definitions, core principles, and common obstacles related to community transformation.” Save $3, Order: https://www.prayerbookstore.com/store/default.asp?action=detail&strSku= 10100&intCatID=4&lastaction=display [note that this URL will wrap, so you’ll have to assemble it manually] or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-569-4825 (or 713-466-4009; usprayercenteratcsdotcom)

  18. TESOL SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII — Teaching English opens many doors to places in the world. You may know the language, but it takes preparation to be a good English teacher. 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 February 16, 2004 & ends March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  19. GLOBAL COURSEWORK BY AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY — We featured Operation Impact in an earlier edition, but did you know Operation Impact was a global organization? APU puts on classes all over the world. One Brigada participant (“Brian”) has been enrolled for two years in Ecuador and he loves it. In fact, to do it justice, you might as well see their global classroom — listed at the website http://www.apu.edu/educabs/graduate/highered/operationimpact/ To see the list of locations, click on “Schedule”. (Thanks Brian!)

  20. THE BACKPAGE: WHEN YOU SURF, BE A SKEPTIC — I keep wondering how long it’ll take all of us to become more skeptical when we’re accessing the Internet. I mean… how many scams have to nab us before we realize that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Nobody from West Africa is going to transfer $26 million into your bank account. Few, if any, young ladies really want to say, “I love you”, when they’ve never even met you. :-) Even if one did, what’s the likelihood she would be your type?!? :-) Bill Gates hasn’t arranged to make a donation to your mission if you forward somebody’s message. (Even if he cared, how would he even know?) It’s a shame we have to point it out, but the truth is, this is the Wild Wild West — the open Frontier! The Internet is the Pony Express — and we’re living in the middle of “Gold-Digger’s Gulch”. So… a word to the wise: Be a skeptic. *Doubt* the web page. *Doubt* the email. *Doubt* the rumor before you forward it to everyone in your address book. You owe it to yourself, your supporters, and your friends to protect their privacy and their peace. When will we ever learn? :-)

20030928 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Andrew Steele
    adminaticmcdotorg

20021103 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. DRAMA ANYONE?
  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
  3. NEW “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINE
  4. SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE IN IRAQ
  5. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  6. WORLD CONVENTION STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE
  7. ENTERTAINING STOCKING STUFFER BOOKS
  8. RESCUE AND RESTORING STREETCHILDREN (BRASIL)
  9. PRACTICAL MISSIONS HELP FOR YOUR CHURCH
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. DRAMA ANYONE? — Here are some of the world’s best collections of quality Christian drama materials. Ask for their catalogs!
    * Baker’s Plays (http://www.bakersplays.com) Costs a small royalty fee to produce them. Includes plays and how-to books.
    * Contemporary Drama Service (http://www.contemporaryd rama.com) Publishers of plays, interpretive movement, clowning, multi-media and also how-to books. They offer “play kits” which have scripts, director instructions and royalty fees all for one price.
    * Creative Resource Group (http://www.churchideas.com) Newest & freshest scripts–plays divided by subject. Plays are real-to-life situations from two minutes to full-length. Also includes resources for doing creative arts in worship.
    * Lillenas Publishing Company (http://www.lillenas.com) Extensive drama catalogue of those in this list. They handle books of plays, single plays and many are royalty-free. Includes some how-to books.
    * LifeWay Christian Resources (http://www.lifeway.com) Books on dramas, monologues and other helpful resources in church drama. Their “National Drama Service” offers a quarterly book of scripts for all occasions. Convention Press also publishes, “The Complete Guide to Church Play Production.” It is considered “the book” for church drama directors–includes choosing a play to closing the production and striking the set.
    * CrossPoint Scripts (http://www.crosspointscripts.com) Quarterly drama ministry newsletter with many good scripts for all occasions and fun four to six minutes on average. Each of the scripts has a director’s notes sidebar, along with musical suggestions to accompany the script during production.
    (Source: Thanks to Mark, of newWway newsletter, for sharing these resources assembled by Tom Smoot, Western Recorder 11/12/02, p. 8.)

  2. CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE — Here’s a chance to hear Dr. Ray Bakke (Exec. Dir. of Urban International Associates) at 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). Learn to minister effectively among the poor urban areas. Apply now as space is limited. Learn more at http://www.chalmers.org , or e-mail <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call (706)419-1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  3. NEW “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINE — The brand-new, 2003/4 Edition of Into All the World Magazine is now available. This issue has a special feature (80 pages out of the 132 page issue) on “Short-Term Missions Today.” (You can go to http://www.aboutmissions.com to see a complete editorial outline of the 28 important articles.)

    Copies are available for just $2/copy for the first 20 copies ordered, and just $1/copy for all copies over twenty. Plus modest S&H charges. An invoice will be enclosed with your shipment. Request all the copies you can use. Send an e-mail to Bill Berry, Publisher, at <intomorecopiesataoldotcom  (intomorecopiesataoldotcom)  >.


  4. SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE IN IRAQ — Check out http://www.oprev.org/Iraq.htm . (An Acrobat Reader pdf file version is downloadable from that site.) Editor Bruce Sidebotham has done a great job assembling some very challenging information on this needy land.

  5. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, has their next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. It’s a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  >.

  6. WORLD CONVENTION STREAMING VIDEO AVAILABLE — The family of churches known as Christian Churches, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Churches of Christ grew out of an early 19th Century movement with origins in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Today there are congregations related to this Christian World Communion in more than 165 countries. Every four years a World Convention is held in a different part of the world. The next will be July 28-August 1, 2004 in Brighton, England, UK. Information is available for any interested parties at http://www.worldconvention.org Ed Dodds

  7. ENTERTAINING STOCKING STUFFER BOOKS — Want to stuff someone’s stockings with a funny missions book? Try “Siberian Shivers”, a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Russia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene, whether or not they are headed for cold climates. Or ask for “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure,” the story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. You’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish! Combine good humor with cultural insights. Order either one for $8 each by writing to <sleepydickatbigfootdotcom  (sleepydickatbigfootdotcom)  >.

  8. RESCUE AND RESTORING STREETCHILDREN (BRASIL) — A Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need) is being staged by Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations, in Camaragibe-Recife, Brazil (April 7th – June 27th). It consists of 3 months of theoretical teaching and then 2 months practical. Held in both English and Portuguese, it will cover the Biblical basis, inner healing, working with adolescents, discipline, planning and tons more. The goal is to train Christians, giving them tools for more effective work among families in need, while simultaneously helping the work in Recife. For more info write <jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr> or log on (in Portuguese) at: http://www.recife.jocum.org.br </jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr>
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  10. PRACTICAL MISSIONS HELP FOR YOUR CHURCH — “Stuff You Need to Know about Doing Missions in Your Church” is a 90-page encyclopedia-on- diskette of one-page lists, outlines, forms, and resources covering everything from Bible Verses on Missions to Missions Pastor Job Descriptions. A second volume which includes entirely different information, “More Stuff You Need to Know,” is also available. To see sample pages, go to http://www.davidmays.org , click on “book notes” and scroll down. To purchase either diskette, send $12 in U.S. funds (includes shipping and handling) to ACMC, Box 221, Brownsburg, IN 46112, USA. Request “Stuff” or “More Stuff” and include your shipping address.

20011216 Brigada Today

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1) PILAT COMES TO NORTH CAROLINA

From Feb. 18 to Mar. 1, learn inside secrets of language learning, master effective language learning techniques, train the ears to hear and prepare the mouth to reproduce sounds of other languages, learn to become pro-active in language learning and acquire a Language Learning Kit filled with resources to help master language learning. This PILAT (Program in Language Acquisition Techniques) course is offered by the Center for Intercultural Training in cooperation with Missionary Training International (MTI). To register or for more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1.800.887.1786 or visit our website at http://www.cit-online.org .</citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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2) A NEW BOOK ON INTERNATIOAL MISSIONARY CARE

Edited by Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, _Doing Member Care Well_ is a compilation of articles and updates on how different organizations are providing member care around the world. Over 60 authors contributed to the book, from all over the world. It is being offered at a greatly reduced price until January 10, 2002. To see the cover, endorsements, contents, and the introduction, visit http://www.membercare.org . For more information contact the editor at 102172dot170atcompuservedotcom .

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3) NEED FREE IMAGES FOR YOUR NEXT POWERPOINT?

Check out

http://www.goodsalt.com

The images there are updated frequently to reflect current events. Thanks for your work, Bill!

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4) BIBLE COURSE ON THE INTERNET

“BibleKeys” is a dynamic 5-week course for new believers available free on the Internet at http://www.biblekeysonline.com . It works interactively, encouraging students to study and memorize the Scriptures for themselves. Chinese and Hindi are to be added shortly. It’s also available in printed form. Find out more by emailing info at biblekeysonline dot com (replace the “at” with @ and the “dot” with “.” and remove the spaces).

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5) HELP US BIG-TIME WITH FORMATTING ITEMS

Every week, we spend *tons* of time reformatting items that well-meaning contributors send us in the wrong format. Some of these contain words that are incorrectly spelled, while others are just different than the normal way we prepare items. Rats. It could be *so* much easier if our contributing friends would simply take the time to work through our submission suggestions. Get a copy for yourself by sending an email to:

<brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>. It’s that simple. If everybody helped, this job would require tons less time. Thanks for understanding.</brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotorg>

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6) FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE

Twenty-three practical, biblically-based articles important for missionaries are available for download. They may be copied freely for your missionaries, mission leaders, or use in your training programs. To access these, go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com and click “Handouts.” If have questions or would like to submit articles for this site, please contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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7) HOW ‘BOUT THAT SULFNBK.EXE “VIRUS”! :-)

Have you been “hit” by the sulfnbk.exe “virus” yet? This thing is sweeping the Internet so fast, we don’t even know what’s hitting us! Here’s the way it works. Someone emails you and says… “Whew… this is serious; check your Windows folder now to see if you’ve got the dreaded sulfnbk.exe file. Yikes! It’s a virus! Erase it immediately.” So we go off deleting files on our computers without even verifying the purpose of the file! Yikes. My buddy and I joked that we could send the same message, except tell people to erase “Win.exe” or “Explorer.exe”. Can’t you hear it? “This Explorer virus automatically begins searching your hard drive for credit card numbers. Once it finds them, it emails them to an anonymous email address in Amsterdam. Dreadful. Erase it now.” Gang… when will we learn. Practically *all* the warnings we get — 99% of them — are hoaxes. Do yourself a favor and send an email to <opcatbrigadadotorg> to learn how to spot them. And… for those hit by the sulfnbk.exe virus, good luck reading long file names. Because your deletion *is* the virus.</opcatbrigadadotorg>

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8) TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM IN THE PHILIPPINES

This is the fourth year that TESOL has been taught in this location in the Southern Philippines. This four week intensive TESOL course is taught by an experienced American instructor and includes teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group at a local university. The course dates are April 15th-May 11th, 2002. The cost is only $400 US dollars, including board, lodging, 5 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P10,000. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody at <kzkukaatmtsdotnet>.</kzkukaatmtsdotnet>

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9) …OR LEARN TESOL IN CHINA

WTO and the 2008 Beijing Olympics have heightened the existing desire of the Chinese people to learn English. Demand will increase over the next several years. Get a head start! Take your TESOL in China and stay to teach or go somewhere else in the world to teach. http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom>.</tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

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10) …OR LEARN TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH COUNTRY

:-) This must be annual TESOL week. :-) YWAM, Lebanon, PA is once again offering TESOL May 6 to May 31, 2002. Cost $950USD plus a $35.00 registration fee. This intensive and highly academic course will give you the ability and self confidence to teach the fundamentals of conversational English plus give you a job skill that opens doors to hard to enter countries. For information, call 717-274-9010 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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11) SHORT- AND LONG- TERM OPTIONS AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES

Mission to Unreached Peoples has short- and long-term opportunities available to Japan, China, India, Russia, Poland and Turkey. The type of work in each country will vary depending on your giftings and the program. You will need to raise support to cover costs for airfare, food and lodging. Cost ranges from $1850-2950. Consider teaching English in China. All it takes is a bachelor’s degree in any field to be qualified to teach English. Those with teaching experience or a MA in TEFL or any English or Education field are especially needed. Many Chinese schools may provide room, board, salary, medical care and vacation allowance depending on your length of commitment. For more information, call Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples toll-free or via Net2Phone at 1-888-847-6950 or write to <mupinfoatmupdotorg> or click on http://www.mup.org .</mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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12) SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Biblically based, interactive workshops in relationship skills are available for anyone involved in missions. There are still openings in Colorado Springs February 25 to March 1, and in Southern California April 21-26. If you are interested in participating in one of these, or in any of the other SYIS workshops currently open in nine countries, go to the International Training Partners Web site at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com . For questions or to sponsor a workshop for your organization, contact <itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet></itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet>

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13) CORRECTION ON EMERGENCY PLANS GUY

If you tried to reach that emergency plans guy last week and your email bounced back, it’s because he inadvertently put an “org” on his email address (instead of .com). Guess he was trying to be more discrete. :-) Anyway.. let’s try this again… Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada. </briansatdeltaministriesdotcom>

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14) TRAIN AS A SHORT-TERM MINISTRY LEADER

There is still time to register for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre-field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information <commitatjunodotcom>.</commitatjunodotcom>

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15) FOR THOSE SHARING THE MESSAGE OF THE MESSIAH TO JEWS

Check out resources at http://www.howardmorganministries.org , especially the evangelism seminar, “Everyone Can Evangelize.” It has three 90-minute tapes and an illustrated workbook.

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16) RESOURCES FOR SHARING CHRIST DAILY

If you’re looking for resources on how to share Christ as a daily part of your Christian life… including ideas that might apply *wherever* you live, check out:

http://www.sharechrist.org or contact Sharing Christ Ministries toll-free or via Net2Phone 1-800-467-0804 Pin #27, or email <scministries02ataoldotcom>.</scministries02ataoldotcom>

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17) CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL

This is scheduled for April 22, 2002, to July 12, 2002, followed by an 8 week outreach to Crimea Ukraine. Specifically designed for families and singles, this course offers men and women the opportunity to seek God’s will and be revitalized in their relationship to Him. Contact YWAM <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>.</davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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18) REACH STREETCHILDREN AND CHILDREN IN NEED

The Rescue and Restore Training Course (Children In Need) will prepare you! This YWAM course is offered in Recife-Brasil, April 7- August 30, 2002. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and 2 months practical work. The course will be held in two languages: English and Portuguese. Some of the subjects that will be covered are: Family ministries – Working with adolescences – Planning Projects – Community development – Abortion – Stages of child development – Rehabilitation programs for street children. For more info, write <jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr> or visit </jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr>

http://www.recife.jocum.org.br .

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19) CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Looking for *just* the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she speaks one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Here’s a favorite Brigada feature on how to say “Merry Christmas”:

  • Afrikaans – ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
  • Albanian — Gezuar Krishtlindje
  • Arabic – I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
  • Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
  • Azeri – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
  • Basque – Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
  • Bengali – shuva boro din
  • Bohemian – Vesele Vanoce
  • Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
  • Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
  • Celtic – Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda=13=DF
  • Chinese –
  • (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
  • (Catonese) Sing Daan Faai Lohk
  • (Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
  • Cornish – Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
  • Cree – Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
  • Croatian – Sretan Bozic
  • Czech – Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
  • Danish – Gladelig Jul
  • Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
  • English – Merry Christmas
  • Esperanto – Gajan Kristnaskon
  • Estonian – Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
  • Farsi – Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
  • Finnish – Hyvaa joulua
  • French – Joyeux Noel
  • Frisian – Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
  • German – Froehliche Weihnachten
  • Greek – Kala Christouyenna!
  • Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka
  • Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
  • Hindi – Bada Din Mubarak Ho
  • Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
  • Icelandic – Gledileg Jol
  • Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal
  • Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
  • Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit
  • Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie
  • Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
  • Kala – Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
  • Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
  • Latvian – Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
  • Lettish – Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
  • Lithuanian – Linksmu Kaledu
  • Manx – Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
  • Maori – Meri Kirihimete
  • Marathi – Shub Naya Varsh
  • Navajo – Merry Keshmish
  • Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
  • Norwegian – God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
  • Pennsylvania German – En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
  • Papiamento – Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
  • Pig Latin – Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
  • Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
  • Portuguese – Feliz Natal
  • Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
  • Romanian – Craciun Fericit
  • Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi
  • Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
  • Samoan – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
  • Scottish – Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
  • Serbian – Hristos se rodi!
  • Singhalese – Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
  • Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
  • Slovene – Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
  • Spanish – Feliz Navidad!
  • Swahili – Krismasi Njema!
  • Swedish – God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
  • Tagalog – Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
  • Tamil – Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
  • Thai – Sawat Dee Wan Kritsamas
  • Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
  • Ukrainian – Srozhdestvom Kristovym
  • Urdu – Bara Din Mubarak Ho
  • Vietnamese – Chung Mung Giang Sinh
  • Waray – Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
  • Welsh – Nadolig Llawen
  • Zulu – Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

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“BOAS FESTAS”

“JOYEUX NOEL”

“VESELE VANOCE”

“MELE KALIKIMAKA”

“NODLAG SONA DHUIT”

“BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA”

“GOD JUL”

“BUON ANNO”

“FELIZ NATAL”

“FELIZ NAVIDAD”

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”

“KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“VROLIJK KERSTFEEST”

“FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN”

“BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR”

“HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH”

“WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC”

“MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU”

“HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK”

“‘N PRETTIG KERSTMIS”

“ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA”

“Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM”

“NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR”

“FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON”

“S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO”

“GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM”

“EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC”

“KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA”

“SELAMAT HARI NATAL – LAHNINGU NAJU METU”

“SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO”

“ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI”

“BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE “

“MERRY CHRISTMAS – – HAPPY NEW YEAR”

“ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN”

“FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR”

“PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE”

“BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL”

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20010325 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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“WHOA!” – THIS IS A KEEPER – “PEOPLESFILE CD-ROM”

CD romGlobal Mapping (GMI) has done it again, with this great new resource for ministry to unreached peoples. They’ve integrated the latest and best information from the leading global missions databases, along with maps of thousands of people groups, to produce this “factbook and atlas of the world’s peoples and languages from a mission perspective.” As soon as I opened a copy of “Peoplesfile”, the first thing I did was search for information on a particular unreached people group our mission is currently trying to research. Lo and behold, they not only had it listed but also plotted! Here was a beautiful full color map with a polygon showing exactly where the [somewhat obscure] people group lived! We had searched tons of sites on the Internet and weeded through page after page in libraries… but nothing could have been so quick and easy as this beautiful little CD. If I were to have had this information in 1984, I could have saved weeks. Granted, now it’s 2001 — but this CD will still save me hours. I’ll be honest — if your work includes any research or mobilization for unreached people groups, it would seem this program should be on your “top ten must-have list.” It should be shipping by mid-April, and is priced at under $40, with bulk quantity discounts available. Read all about it at http://www.gmi.org/products/peoplesfile.htm or contact GMI infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599.
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“HOUSE CHURCH” NEWSLETTER

letter and ligntening bolt Now you can receive a free quarterly email newsletter on house churches with particular interest to Canadians (but others may be interested as well). It’s produced by the Canadian House Church Resource Network, on the web at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/housechurches.htm You can subscribe by sending your request and why you would like to receive the newsletter, to chcrnathotmaildotcom  (chcrnathotmaildotcom)  . Or you can find most of what will be included in the email version on the internet at: www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index87.html
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WHERE DOES YOUR MK GET FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS?

John sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom  (sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom)   is trying to find all scholarships, resources and/or funds available for MKs. Since not all missionary families are able to live close to appropriate schools, it would seem that options for schooling are often very limited … and prohibitively expensive (even for elementary school students). Any suggestions, information or ideas are welcome. John will gather all this information and make it available to everybody interested.
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JOIN IN PRAYER FOR THE HAKKAS OF TAIWAN

praying hands This May the YWAM Hakka church planting team, in co-operation with intercessors from around the world, will sponsor their fourth month-long Hakka Prayer Net. Their desire is to raise up at least 1500 faith-filled intercessors who will pray at least 15 minutes every day during the month of May for this unreached people group. Sign up and find out more on the web at: http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2001/signup.htm Spread the news! Of the nearly three million Hakka Chinese who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. For more information about this prayer project please write hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg  (hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg)  .
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ONE DAY TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN VANCOUVER BC

calendar The Finnish Bethel Church of Vancouver BC and Global Opportunities are hosting a free one- day tentmaking seminar on Saturday May 5, 2001. Learn more on the web at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar or contact AJ at ajatglobaloppsdotorg  (ajatglobaloppsdotorg)  . (If you would like to attend/host one of these seminars in your area, write AJ.)
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap A “Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need),” offered by Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations, is slated for Camaragibe (Recife), Brazil, June 03- October 27. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 2 months practical in Recife. For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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WEST AFRICA REGIONAL CONSULTATION – “CRAF 2002”

calendar The next West Africa Regional Consultation will take place May 05-12, 2002 and will continue to help to focus the attention of the Church on the needs of frontier church planting among unreached people groups in West Africa. Just as in Dakar and Bassam (sites of previous consultations), organizers hope to provide a forum where key mission leaders can meet, interact and make plans for more effective evangelism among West Africa’s least reached people groups. For more information, write Younoussa YDjaoatcompuservedotcom  (YDjaoatcompuservedotcom)  .
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MISSIONS COMPUTING CONFERENCE (ICCM)

calendar The 11th annual International Conference on Computing and Mission is scheduled for June 8-12, 2001 at the JAARS headquarters in Waxhaw, North Carolina. ICCM provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone seriously interested in the use of information technology in international missions to learn and network with others. Get more info. on the web at: http://www.iccm.org or write to infoaticcmdotorg  (infoaticcmdotorg)  .
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BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

movie camera The new Video Cross-Cultural Training series, “Bridges of Understanding”, is now available through Mission Training International. It is composed of eight video sessions conducted by experts in cross-cultural training and was produced with the format of being video-driven without the need of an experienced facilitator. Though not designed to give one a complete understanding of cross-cultural skills, it should at least serve as an introduction or bridge into another culture. To order call 800-896-3710 in the USA or via Net2Phone or 719-594-0687 from anywhere. Otherwise, write Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or look on the web at: http://www.mti.org.
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WHERE DOES ONE FIND INFO. ON CONFERENCE CENTER OPTIONS?

That’s what Ian idevilliersatvivadotorg  (idevilliersatvivadotorg)   would like to know. For example, he needs a spot for 150 or so participants from South and South-East Asia in 2002 for a conference focusing on ‘children at risk’. So where does he get info. on affordable hotel sites with lots of break-out rooms in a country with visa availability for other Asian nationalities and an international airport? If you know of directories or web sites or whatever, drop Ian a line and he’ll assemble a report for everyone to grab here on Brigada.
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STOPPED IN FOR WEB-PRAYER

Finally, maybe there’s a good reason for this “instant messaging” stuff! :-) Last Thursday night I stopped by the chat room over at: http://www.strategicnetwork.org for a “live” prayer session on Nepal. It was indeed encouraging to “hear” so many people lifting up needs in this one nation… and the same thing has happened recently for Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia. I’ll admit… there was something stimulating about knowing all these folks were praying from somewhere in the world… and they do it every Thursday night. I think this concept is about to explode sky-high. And … while you’re visiting their chat room, check out the growth in groups at Strategic Networks. They’ve been busy!
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WHO WANTS TO BE A MISSIONARY?

Ever fancied a go at “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or the opportunity to prove you’re not “The Weakest Link?” OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched it’s very own “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” quiz online. Designed to test your knowledge as a world Christian and potential missionary, the quiz comprises of 15 multiple choice questions on various topics like geography, religion and the history of mission. Anyone achieving a score of 10 or more will be entered in the bi- monthly “High Scorers” prize draw. Confident? Why not give it a try and see how globally-minded you really are? Go to http://www.oscar.org.uk and click on the “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” link or, if you only have email access, send an email to infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)   with “GET QUIZ” in the subject line.
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CHRISTIAN CHURCH/CHURCH OF CHRIST “ALL-AFRICA” SEMINAR

calendar On October 15-19, 2001, Dr. Leroy Lawson of Hope International University will be the featured speaker at the All Africa Missionary Seminar of the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches (other interested missionaries welcome). The Seminar will be held just outside Cape Town. Ron Butler, veteran missionary, will lead a workshop on “Spiritual Warfare”. For more info, ask Alice fishbackatyebodotcodotza  (fishbackatyebodotcodotza)  .
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THE BACK PAGE: SIX YEARS OF BRIGADA

books and pen That’s right… this issue marks the sixth year anniversary of Brigada Today. Though there were some initial “email conversations” among a handful of individuals as early as January 25th, 1995, we actually “went public” on March 21, 1995. It’s a simple story, really. In November 1994, I was asked to serve as the president of a missions mobilization event that was to take place a couple of years later in Lexington, Kentucky. To prepare for the event, my colleagues and I began to try to find information about unreached peoples. We were aghast that it was still so hard to find good information. To make matters worse, we found it nearly impossible to effectively create or nurture networks among those trying to reach common nations of people. I remembered that a tech from a group called “CrossConnect”, based in Colorado Springs, had helped me send a binary file over the Internet to one of our mission staff in Ukraine. His email address had a funny “xc.org” domain. :-) Boy was I in for a ride. :-) For whatever it was worth, when we began to wonder whether or not the Internet could offer a set of tools for collaboration, I dug out that tech’s name and gave him a call. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. The Internet was something like the “Wild wild West!” And the web was so new, few of us guessed its potential. Over the next few months, that tech — Jonathan Marsden — became one of my closest friends, even though we had never even personally met! He pretty much single-handedly gave us the nuts and bolts and the technical vision for launching a family of interconnected networks via the Internet. When there were no tools for interacting, he would write them. When we had a need for doing something new, he would create. It was truly a time I’ll never forget. Our subscriber base, which started at 2 — Jonathan and I — soon grew to 50 and then, following GCOWE ’95 in Seoul, to 100 and . . . finally thousands. Some of you… many of you… have been with us ever since. There have been Brigada boosters — those who helped us grow the idea. I think of encouragement from people like Luis Bush who gave us a real forum with AD2000’s GCOWE conference. Greg Fritz, of Caleb Project, personally flew at his own expense to several of the initial “launches” for Brigada and the related “PACE Project” meetings. We have received tons of moral support from friends like Eric Derry and Chris Bushnell and many others who actually read this stuff. Amazing. :-) And the mission for which I work (the one which actually pays me! :-)), Team Expansion, has given me lots of latitude to use free time to follow this star. Many other people have helped make the dream a reality down through the years. Revis Ann Massey, an early “tech support” volunteer, answered tons of help questions in a labor of love. Later… and still through the present, Don and Judy Pratt have stood strong in her legacy of offering real live human answers when needed — helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

Many have asked… where’d you get the funny name? :-) Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino (who knows what other languages)! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message — like the old-fashioned bucket-brigades for putting out fires or like my Crimean Tatar friends in Ukraine when they’re passing gravel to build a new house together, helping one another. We needed a name for the service and… it just seemed like something unique and appropriate.

Well, back to the story, as time passed, there were the inevitable changes. CrossConnect was a brilliant idea but no one knew for sure how to pay for it. What’s more, the “free-wheeling” (pun intended) style of the Internet just made it that much harder for CrossConnect leaders like Pete Holzmann to make ends meet — seemingly everyone wanted a free ride. So in the end, the entire department was sold off to MAF (the airplane people) in Redlands, California. By this time, Brigada had spawned literally dozens of “sub-groups”. There were tons of people-specific conferences, along with role-specialized groups. I suppose they were the true precursors to the “YahooGroups” of today. Though there was no real “web interface”, no one really cared. We didn’t have time to use the web anyway… and few of us had fast connectivity anyway. The web seemed, well, overkill for what we needed — at first. For those who wanted to use it as an archive of past issues, God raised up Bob Mayhew — an amazing volunteer staff-person who is still churning with us today. He’s the single-handed reason that you can go to www.brigada.org and look at all six years of back- issues… and even search them instantly.

The high-tech leaders and the financial numbers-crunchers at MAF’s headquarters were truly caring people. I remember, for example, one week that they flew me out to Redlands to speak in chapel there for the MAF staff. They just wanted to build the relationship all the more. I got to meet with Jonathan and all the others. It was a great celebration… 10,000 subscribers… dozens of functioning sub-groups. We seemed to be flying high. But soon the question was rearing its ugly head again … how do we pay for this technical hardware-heavy, software-laden, connectivity-based cooperating!? MAF finally had to make a tough decision — to start charging either by the byte, or by the message, or by the group, or something. And when they switched over to a fancy new software (remember Lyris?) that was intended to provide new bells and whistles for sub-conference operators, for some reason, many were confused and seemingly left in the cold. As I look back, I don’t think the subconferences every recovered from that shock.

Meanwhile, the web was hot with advertisement-based features at spots like eGroups.com. The very week MAF determined that it had to switch to a fee-based approach, for better or worse, we moved Brigada to eGroups, where we could operate for free. Many sub-group subscribers moved with us. Many found other homes at spots like topica.com. And some probably just disbanded. In the end, with AD2000 hoopla seemingly cooling down and the reality of day-by-day operations setting in, some of the sub- group euphoria just didn’t make the transition. “Brigada” largely settled down to a weekly issue of Brigada Today. [yawn] yawning face [just kidding] :-)

But since those days, StrategicNetwork.org started up… (see item #11 above) and don’t forget www.peopleteams.org (check it out if you haven’t been there lately). These networks filled a real need… and probably did it all the more efficiently using their web interfaces. And since they were run by professionals who were doing it for a living, the staff there had more time — than a Brigada approach, run totally by volunteers, who actually made their living as full-time missionary-types, doing all this Internet stuff on the side as a kind of overgrown hobby. And for those with web access, they probably resonate better than the tools we used to try to pull together in the old CrossConnect days, when a “friendly face” like John Hanna (Caleb Project) had to try to actually manually answer every inquiry personally at the “People Group Consultant” service (remember the “PGC” email on August 25th 1995? If so, you’re showing your “Brigada age”! :-) ).

So today, when people ask, “Where are all the subconferences I’ve heard about on Brigada?”, I just smile to myself and remember the “good ole’ days.” They were filled with high-flying, adrenalin-pumping, marathon all-nighters. They’ll always mean a lot to those who took part in them.

But as always, the real “proof of the pudding” for Brigada (or any other service trying to lift up the needs of the unreached… and the tools for reaching them) isn’t really based in the tool itself… but rather in the act of reaching them. And everywhere we go these days, we see churches and agencies working together to complete the task of world evangelization. As long as that’s happening with gusto, the Brigada dream will still be alive.

But, I must close. We’ve got another six years of Back page editorials to think up. :-) Thanks for being a part of Brigada. I truly hope it’s the best free service you’ve ever bought into. :-) As a final “hoorah” for our sixth-year birthday party, here are three lessons out of many that I’ve learned since those wintery fateful days in January of ’95:

  • RESOURCES — Many Brigada readers seem to like hearing about new resources… maps (remember those 100 Gateway Cities maps from August ’95?), videos, CDs, and even books. Maybe promoting these resources has become one of the key roles of Brigada.

  • RELATIONSHIPS — In the end, it’s not the maps or videos or even the hoopla. It’s the relationships we establish that will last… and those are Brigada-strong.

  • RESOLVE — Many have asked how we’ve managed to keep at it. Though nearly every issue of Brigada Today is “late” :-), we have for better or worse (you be the judge) always gutted it out. In six years time, through thick and thin, sometimes from Africa, Asia, South America, or wherever we happened to be in the world, … we’ve always managed to email you a message… six years times 52 weeks/year… yikes gulp… now there’s a scary thought. 25,733 paragraphs, 85,340 lines, 723,191 words, for a total of 5 megabytes of just verbiage (no pictures)… makes me tired just thinking about it. And speaking of tired, it’s 4:36am. Time to hit the sack.

Oh… did I mention… a lot of Brigada readers like … brevity. Oops. :-)
Yours always,
Doug

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010304 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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MAKING THE SWITCH TO YAHOOGROUPS

Brigada Logo It’s actually quite painless. Just get in the habit of placing the word “yahoo” wherever you would have typed “e” in egroups. There’s no hyphen. So to find the Brigada Today site on yahoogroups, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today There’s a custom facility to transfer your old “egroups” membership to “yahoogroups”. However, we’re guessing most Brigada Today participants probably never visited the website for egroups.com, and thus, probably never actually had an ID/password. So you can pretty much start from scratch at yahoogroups.com. The service won’t let you subscribe twice from the same email address. However, if you’re still receiving Brigada Today from a previous (and still working) email address, it is possible to receive two copies. The trick is — unsubscribe from the old service first. See the first few lines of this email for instructions.
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HOW DO YOU USE CHRONOLIGICAL BIBLE STORYING IN AN URBAN SETTING?

Bible That’s what Rich untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet  (untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet)   would like to know. He’s looking for a chance to dialogue with others who have used or are currently using Chronological Bible Storying among low-income urban residents. His team of church planters is working in the barrios of Caracas, Venezuela, with a target group numbering more than 3 million (check out http://www.Caracaspoor.net). Because of issues of orality and literacy, the more conventional methods of evangelism have not worked well. Contact Rich with your experiences, things that worked and didn’t work, best ideas, sources, and links and he’ll make us a file that we’ll later release here in Brigada Today.
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LOOKING FOR A DIGITAL CAMCORDER?

movie camera Try the Sony DCR-PC110, a brand new unit from Sony that combines a digital video camera (using the new standard, Mini-DV tapes) with a digital still camera — at just over 1 megapixel level. For web sites and most printing jobs, you’ll see little or no “jaggies”. (Higher end printing requires up to 3 or 4 megapixel stills.) The price? $1499 Though that might sound like a lot, this same technology used to cost double or triple that. To find that price, go to a site like http://www.thedigitalbuyer.com Their product ID for the Sony unit is “SNYDCRPC110”.

caution Here’s an important update!
What we didn’t know was that this is simply a DBA (“doing business as”) renaming of a company with really bad reviews… known better as “The Digital Dog”. A tech from the US Center wrote today to supply us with this web page URL: http://www.resellerratings.com/comview.cgi?TheDigitalBuyer That page has some pretty sorry descriptions of their customer service. Mike (from the US Center) recommended instead that we look at these vendors: http://www.profeel.com and http://www.bhphotovideo.com I know we’ve ordered from the BH Photo folks before. As Mike acknowledged, the price will be a bit higher, but at least you’ll get your product in a timely fashion!

Sorry for any inconvenience!

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HOW TO FIND A “MAN OF PEACE”

Hats off to Tony for referring us to the IMB article about locating a “man of peace” — someone to introduce you to the mainstream of the people group with which you’re working. Great stuff. http://www.imb.org/learn/news/story.asp?id=537
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WANT TRAINING AS A MISSIONARY PILOT?

Find out more about it at Missionary Aviation Exploration. This is a two-week program provided by Alpha Aviation designed for prospective students that feel they may have a call to missions aviation, but aren’t sure. Experience firsthand actual training in the pilot and mechanic programs. Participate in a 5- day mission trip. Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or 918-438-7812 or write him at mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)   or click on: http://www.alphaaviation.org
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ADDITIONAL SOURCES FOR HIGHER BIBLICAL LEARNING ON THE INTERNET

WebWatch If you’re looking for more options for studying the Bible (either for you or the new believers on your field), check out these options from Stan:

http://www.internetbiblecollege.com
http://www.isom.org
http://www.viu.com

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DON’T MISS AVIATION MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2001

The dates are October 17 through 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a goal of bringing missions and aviation together by networking ministries, organizations, missionaries, etc for the purpose of reaching the unreached. Alpha Aviation Mission Outreach Center is the host. A registration and exhibitor discount will be given to all subscribers of Brigada. For more info, see: http://www.alphaaviation.org or call Rod toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or dial 918-438-7812 from anywhere or write him mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)  .
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GLOBAL CELEBRATION FOR WOMEN

The Global Celebration for Women is a worldwide effort to unite the lives and hearts of Christian women in every region, nation, and community in Houston, TX from September 19- 21, 2001. Global Celebration hopes to gather 40,000 women from all over the world for this unprecedented event. Learn more at : http://www.globalcelebration.org or call Jill in the USA or via Net2Phone at 888-725-3707 or call 719-528-8728 or Email jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg  (jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg)  .
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EMMAUS ROAD INTERNATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY SEMINAR TOUR

calendar Neal and Yvonne Pirolo will be embarking on an 8-week seminar/meeting tour beginning in early April. The seminars on cross-cultural ministry and support include topics from the books “Serving as Senders” and “The Reentry Team.” To find out more regarding seminar locations, topics and contact information, check out http://www.eri.org/seminar_schedule.htm or email ERI emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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FOCUSED STRATEGIES

calendar Are your mission efforts coordinated, and focused on the unreached? Attend the Focused Strategies Conference, sponsored by Caleb Project, Antioch Network and Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 2-3, 2001 at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Speakers include Jon Hardin, Shane Bennett, John Rowell and Lincoln Murdoch. For more information & registration contact Mrs. Kris Nelson in the USA or via Net2Phone at 800-269-2007 or 503-652-1662 between 8AM & 4:30PM PST or E-mail kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg  (kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg)   or click on: http://www.wycliffe.org/NWRO/FSC.htm.
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BUILDING CREDIBLE MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

calendar The Middle East Member Care Team will host Dr. Lianne Roembke for a 5 day seminar May 7-11, 2001, in Limassol, Cyprus, aimed at addressing the problems and joys inherent in forming, training, and leading a Multicultural Team. This seminar, specially designed for Member Care providers, personnel directors, regional leaders, and team leaders, will examine many of the issues of “globalization” in the team structure including: communication, identity, stress and burnout, decision-making, leadership, recreation, finances, and lifestyle. More far reaching topics will include discussions of the advantages of working in Multicultural Teams, selection and training of team members, and how leadership can prepare their workers for a Multicultural Team experience. Included in the seminar will be a special workshop on Burnout conducted by Dr. James Roembke of Westview Psychological Services (USA). For further information see http://www.memct.org/programs.php3 or contact timatmemctdotorg  (timatmemctdotorg)  .
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ALTERNATE “HOUSES” BOOK SOURCE

The English edition of “Houses That Change The World” by Wolfgang Simson, mentioned in the 23 Feb 2001 edition of Brigada Today, is discount-priced and available in North America through Gabriel Resources, a division of O.M. Literature. Call 8-MORE BOOKS, or e-mail orderatomlitdotomdotorg  (orderatomlitdotomdotorg)  . Be sure to request a copy of “Mission World”, their new catalog of missions-related books at discount prices.
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PETER’S WIFE IS BETTER THAN EVER

Help and encouragement for missionary wives and moms comes as a free email newsletter and new, improved web site. “Peter’s Wife” newsletter is carefully written to protect our sisters in sensitive areas. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: pw-subscribeattopicadotcom  (pw-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or see http://home.earthlink.net/~peterswife/ The website has a full archive of previously sent newsletters and a growing page of Favorite Links to web sites of interest to missionary wives. For more information email peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet  (peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Whether you’re planning an international trip or communicating with friends and family overseas, Ethnicharvest.org’s Travel Tools can help. You’ll find a World Clock with current time and date in any country, Currency Exchange Calculator, and links to international weather reports. There are even links to travel agencies who promise discounts for mission-related travel. It’s all at http://www.ethnicharvest.org/links/travel.htm.
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WHEATON 2001

calendar Billed as a “20th Anniversary, National International Student Ministry Conference”, this conference is sponsored by ACMI (The Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals). Conference dates are May 31 – June 3; location is Wheaton campus, Wheaton IL. For more information, visit the website http://www.gateman.com/acmi/acmi2001.html or contact jcolbertatcoindotorg  (jcolbertatcoindotorg)  . And thanks to Ed for posting these dates on the Brigada calendar at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar
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GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN EUROPE

graduation cap We mentioned before that Biola University and Greater Europe Mission have formed an educational partnership that will allow missionaries in and near Europe to receive quality education, training, and mentoring while they are engaged in their field ministries. As we mentioned, two degree programs will be offered, the MA degree in Intercultural Studies and the Doctor of Missiology degree. Classes will be offered each year in January and May near Kandern, Germany. Well now they have the dates set and are ready to roll. The dates for the first classes are January 16-23, 2002. Students who study in Germany receive an automatic 1/3 tuition reduction. For additional information, please contact Steve SBeckatGemissiondotcom  (SBeckatGemissiondotcom)  . Applications can be obtained from Shari shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu  (shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu)  .
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap The Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need) is part of Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations . The course is presently being offered in Camaragibe, Brazil (April 8- June 30). It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 3 months practical here in Recife (July 9- September 28, Graduating September 29). For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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MINISTERING IN AN ORTHODOX COUNTRY?

WebWatch Those ministering to persons from a Russian or Eastern Orthodox background might want to check out: http://www.orthodoxlight.homestead.com The new site, in Russian and English, features a short tract targeted to persons from an Orthodox background. Also included are links to other web sites related to ministry to the Orthodox, and several other articles giving in-depth Biblical responses to the same questions. Questions? Email: orthlightataoldotcom  (orthlightataoldotcom)  
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DIRECTORY OF SPANISH EXTENSION EDUCATION OPTIONS

“Apoyo-Bolivia” is a ministry dedicated to supporting Bolivian Christian leaders. In an attempt to meet a common request for information, Apoyo is developing a directory of post high school education options offered either through extension or over the internet – in the areas of theology, counseling, business, missions and pedagogy — in Spanish. If you are aware of any such education options, please communicate those directly to APOYOatbodotnet  (APOYOatbodotnet)  . Eldon will send us a copy to post here in an autoresponder.
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