subscribe

10) Subscription help: “Can I Send you a List to Subscribe?

This past week, a mission agency executive wrote to ask, “Can I send you a list of 85 of our workers for you to mass subscribe?” Unfortunately, our protocol is that each recipient of Brigada needs to sign himself or herself up individually. We are not allowed to “force add” anyone, by protocol. In fact, in the entire history of Brigada, we’ve never force-added ANYONE. But there’s nothing stopping this mission exec from signing his staff up, I guess at our guest registration service at …

http://www.brigada.org

in the upperrighthand side of the page. Just enter an email address then hit “subscribe.”

4) GoogleGroups Appears to have Changed Subscribe Command

googlegroupsIn the old days, you could use a hyphen… but apparently now, to subscribe to Google groups, you have to use a *plus* sign. So from now on, to subscribe to Brigada, it has to look like this:

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Please make a note of it. :-)

20051030 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS?
3. MISSION NETWORK NEWS
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES?
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. CROSS CULTURAL MISSIONS TRAINING IN DOWN UNDER — Are you interested in Cross Cultural Missions Training? Wilcannia River of Life is hosting an Effective Aboriginal Ministry Seminar/Convention in Wilcannia, NSW, Australia from November 22nd-27th inclusive. Training in all aspects of ministry, especially amongst the Australian Aboriginies. For further information, log on to: http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com or contact Pastor Scott Lamshed wilcanniariveroflife(at)bigpond(dot)com
2. ARE YOU GETTING 2 BRIGADAS? — No worries. It’s easy to fix. Just take note of which one arrives first. (The originating address will either be YahooGroups or Googlegroups.) Unsubscribe from the *slower* service by using the unsubscribe information in the “Closing stuff” below. You shouldn’t have to see 2 of those come in each month. These dual Brigadas resulted from our switch over to GoogleGroups, which helped dozens, if not *hundreds* of Brigada subscribers start seeing Brigada again. (For some reason, it seems that YahooGroups sometimes *loses* or stops sending to certain addresses.) The loose end is — pick the service you want to lose [the 2nd email you receive?], then follow the instructions in the “closing stuff” below to unsubscribe. Thanks!
3. MISSIONS NETWORK NEWS — Mission Network News is now available in four languages. MNN is a mission news service. Their goal is to share headline news with a twist. They always answer the question, “How is God using this to draw people to Himself?” MNN wants to get people out of the pew and involved in Great Commission outreach. While MNN is on the air on more than 900 radio stations in 31 countries in English, Romanian and Russian, they also have a website where the radio broadcast scripts are translated into Romanian, Russian and now Spanish. These translations will allow even more Christians to be encouraged to get out of their comfort zone and more involved in outreach. It helps Christians stay plugged in to missions so they can pray more effectively, give to key ministries and go on mission trips either short term or full time. If you’d like to see a sample of MNN’s translations go to http://www.MNNonline.org/translations
4. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE COMING TO THAILAND — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. RESISTANT PHILOSOPHER –Every culture has its philosophers and thinkers. On a research trip to the Mbalantu people (Of Northern Namibia In Africa), two believers encountered a man named P. He would not listen to the Gospel. He bombarded them with questions and opposition to their presence. Pray that the Lord would open P.’s eyes to the truth and save him. His influence could be used to bring many Mbalantu to Jesus. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support and call missionaries for the Mbalantu, an unengaged people. To adopt the Mbalantu people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is now online. Some items: How much private benefit can you have before your organization is no longer exempt? Non-clergy employees of religious organizations can sue for civil rights violations. Religious school can fire a teacher for advocating abortion. Supreme Court ruling might lead to more eminent domain land grabs of tax-exempt organizations. Volunteer Protection Acts are not a complete shield from liability. INS improperly denied a religious organization’s application for a religious worker visa. Some ministry expenses must be allocated to non-taxable housing allowance so are not 100% deductible. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.
7. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at: http://www.cosimtnet.org. Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO POST YOUR PICTURES? — I’m still partial to Snapfish: http://www.snapfish.com It’s easy, it’s free, and USA viewers can order copies of the pictures with all the ease in the world — at the low-low price of $12 cents each when you have them shipped from the site. There are no editing controls, but you could edit before you upload. What’s more, if you live in the U.S., you can do a one-hour service with your neighborhood Walgreens and pick them up locally. There are plenty of other services out there (most of them charge a small fee), but to me, none surpass the smooth ease of use that Snapfish provides. Since it was recently acquired by Hewlett-Packard, it seems destined to continue its legacy and move forward into the future with promise. And if you don’t live in the USA, you can still enjoy a great picture-posting site.
9. COMPUTER ASSISTANCE — A small team will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand January 20-30 with the aim of providing computer assistance to workers visiting the city for conferences being held in the area. Arrangements are in place to help a couple of conferences, although the team could handle 1 or 2 more. Conference coordinators should contact David at ithelp(at)crosscape(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PRAISE THE LORD FOR PARTNERS — Thanks to the anonymous new partner who send the gift of $30 to help us stay at this. This donor gave similarly last year. We appreciate those who undergird our expenses and thus propel Brigada forward into the future. Want to be a part of those who invest in the future? Just click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
11. THE BACK PAGE: LONGING TO SEE MORE “DIRK & ALs” — Lately I’ve been enjoying the movie, _Sahara_. The plot’s interesting (though far out), the characters make it a fun ride, and the comedy/timing is, at times, hilarious. But maybe what attracted me most to the movie is the great relationship between the star and his right-hand man (Dirk and Al). For some reason, it feels like the “Lone Ranger & Tonto” duos have become all too few and far between these days. Dirk & Al recover it. How ’bout you? Got a chance to create that “Bonny & Clyde” partnership with someone? If so, don’t pass it up. Work on it today… and enjoy the camaraderie. Want to see a fun example? Rent “Sahara” and use it as a key part of your next team meeting or luncheon. Note the way the actors have different gifts, different styles of thinking. Remember the place where Al says “I just wondered when we’re going to modify our decision- making paradigm”? I laugh and laugh . . . because that *soooo* typifies the struggle with some people (maybe a visionary leader like Dirk) when they try to march forward in spite of the fact that the team doesn’t have all the information, is short on resources, and is, in fact, kind of clueless as to how to really accomplish the mission. When the team member (“Al”) questions the direction, Dirk responds, “Seems like it’s working pretty well for us so far.” Love it.

20050515 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GOT 5 MINUTES TO MEASURE YOUR FOLLOWERSHIP STYLE?
2. NOW YOU HAVE A CHOICE: YAHOOGROUPS *OR* GOOGLEGROUPS
3. A FLASH DRIVE COMPLETE WITH BROWSER AND SECURITY
4. SPAM PREVENTION STILL NO EASY TASK
5. TIP US: WHAT’S THE BEST DATA PROJECTOR ON THE MARKET?
6. TESOL COURSE IN THAILAND
7. SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
8. GET STARTED IN MISSIONS: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
9. AUTOMATIC SLIDESHOWS IN MS POWERPOINT 2000
10. INTERNET EVANGELISM VIA DVD
11. STILL LOOKING FOR A GREAT FIREWALL?
12. CATCH GLOBAL PASSION
13. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD
14. THANKS TO OUR SPONORS, PARTNERS, HELPERS, FRIENDS!
15. WOULD YOU JOIN THOSE CHIPPING IN TOWARD OUR EXPENSES?
16. THE BACK PAGE: A CHALLENGE FOR ONE IS A GAME FOR ANOTHER
17. CLOSING STUFF

1. GOT 5 MINUTES TO MEASURE YOUR FOLLOWERSHIP STYLE? — The good news is… day before yesterday, my university gave me the green light to proceed with my dissertation questionnaire. The bad news is… Now I have to find 500+ people to *take* it. It’s actually pretty simple. Takes about 5 minutes to finish. I need to find full-time workers in a non-profit mission agency, church or humanitarian organization. It doesn’t matter whether you’re based in the field or in the home office, nor does it matter what role you’re in. If you’re a non-profit or church worker, *and* if you have a supervisor with an email address, you would be an answered prayer for me. Everything’s confidential. We don’t report anything back to anyone else. The results are going to be used *only* to advance our understanding of “followership” and will not be used in any sort of personal sense whatsoever. The first 500 workers will be *greatly* appreciated!!! Thanks a bunch. Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/
2. NOW YOU HAVE A CHOICE: YAHOOGROUPS *OR* GOOGLEGROUPS — This past week, we considered switching the Brigada Today mailing list from YahooGroups over to GoogleGroups. We even initiated the command to paste in the mailing list… but, to their credit, the GoogleGroups tech staff intercepted the upload, assuming I was a spammer, and switched the command from “add these addresses” to “invite these addresses.” Thus the confusion some of you reported — my having said “no action necessary”, immediately followed by GoogleGroups saying, “click here if you want to accept.” Confusing, eh? :-) Sorry about that. However, I admire their conservative views on spammers… and in fact, that was half the original reason for the proposed cutover. It seems like YahooGroups is taking a bum wrap these days because of the (perhaps) few who are abusing the service. (Ain’t it always so!)

Anyway, by this evening, some 1611 faithful readers had said, “yes” to the new server. And 9563 on were still hanging on at YahooGroups. In fact, several readers wrote begging, “Please don’t switch us over!” Well … it’s all the same to me. So instead of dropping YahooGroups, what we’ve decided to do is offer *both* channels. It’ll be exactly the same text sent through both services at approximately the same exact minute. So… you’re welcome to keep both for a while and see which delivers the best response rate. Either way, there’ll be no more sending of invitations. If you’d like to switch to GoogleGroups version of Brigada Today, just send message to brigada-today-subscribeatgooglegroupsdotcom Please remember, either way, we won’t be subscribing or unsubscribing anyone manually. Everything’s automatic. (Except for those who have sponsored or contributed. We’ll always offer human help to them. Just remind us of your sponsorship within the past 12 months, when and if you ever have to ask for help.

So — again, bottom line — now there are *three* great channels for reading Brigada Today: the web, YahooGroups, and now GoogleGroups.

(Note: Just because you answered my announcement with the word “accept”, it doesn’t mean you subscribed to GoogleGroups. You would have needed to answer the original GoogleGroups invitation with a reply.)
3. A FLASH DRIVE COMPLETE WITH BROWSER AND SECURITY — See it at… http://www.stealthsurfer.biz/index.html It’s StealthSurfer II and it offers comprehensive protection of personal information, credit card numbers, and financial transactions from online snoops. Tiny enough to carry on a keychain, and bundled with its own high-speed browser, the USB 2.0 flash drive plugs into the USB port of a computer and allows users to surf the Web with total privacy. This would be handy for a worker in a sensitive-access land, especially if he or she had to use public internet cafes.
4. SPAM PREVENTION STILL NO EASY TASK — One user wrote to point out that spam filtering still was no easy task. Getting all those pesky settings hooked up correctly can be a daunting task. The long and short of it: Choose a service that will help you with configuration. We’ve been hooking up our organization with OnlyMyEmail.com. We don’t get a kickback from them… but, as “one beggar telling another where to get bread,” they’ve been very responsive to hooking up our organization’s 160 or so email users in a corporate account. Visit http://www.onlymyemail.com for full information on corporate or individual settings. It’s not free… but it *did* win the PC Magazine Editor’s Choice for spam filtering… and they *do* answer their emails. :-)
5. TIP US: WHAT’S THE BEST DATA PROJECTOR ON THE MARKET? — Here’s a Christian worker whose name is *also* Doug (like mine), with email address tank87(at)net66(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], who would like to know if we have any new recommendations for reasonably priced LCD projectors that are fairly rugged and replacement bulb cost is on the lower end. When he says rugged, he means something that can withstand vibration, dust, humidity, etc. Please write him if you have an idea or a spec sheet for something you like!
6. TESOL COURSE IN THAILAND — Learn to teach English in a non-English speaking country. This four-week intensive course is registered with the University of the Nations (YWAM) and with SEA English Academy, Australia. The course will be held in Chiang Rai Thailand and runs from October 3 through October 29, 2005. The Practicum includes teaching English to Asian university students. For more information or to submit questions, please email: Chiangraitesol(at)gmail(dot)com Address your emails to Julie.
7. SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS — Gospel Literature Outreach run one or two week teams throughout Europe and are expanding into Africa. These teams give the opportunity to work alongside a resident missionary team for one to two weeks and are primarily evangelistic in nature with Bible teaching for the team as well. For further information go to http://www.glo-europe.org or contact admin(at)glo-europe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. GET STARTED IN MISSIONS: DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers DTS for you to grow in relationship with Christ and obedience to Mark 16:15. Dates are September 14th, 2005 – February 10th, 2006 OR mid March 2006- mid August 2006. The school includes 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada and 8 weeks of mission work in South East Asia or North Africa. Topics during training include: Character of God, Sin & the Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, Frontier Missions, Relationships, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. Mission work is done among unreached people groups who need the Gospel. Outreach activities may involve helping long term workers, evangelism, prayer ministry, community development projects, children’s ministry and more. Please call 1-403-933-3754 for information or email to turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Or…. check out the website: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
9. AUTOMATIC SLIDESHOWS IN MS POWERPOINT 2000 — So often at the end of a conference or retreat it is a neat conclusion to show a quick slideshow of the pictures taken on a digital camera during the event. If you have ever tried to create a simple slideshow from photographs in MS PowerPoint 2000 you know how frustrating it can be. Each slide must be manually created followed by the insertion of a photograph followed by the re-sizing and centering of the picture — it can take 2-3 minutes per slide! Yes, there are some ways to make all these steps simpler, but there’s also a way to have it all done automatically. You can simply choose which photographs/graphics you want included and have a slideshow automatically created with the pictures in various options (full screen, within margins, 2 per slide, 4 per slide, etc.). Amazingly M$ offers this “Photo Album Add-in Program” free! [Thanks for the tip, Peter!] (Note, the following URL will “wrap”. You’ll have to copy and paste it into your browser and “reassemble” it…

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID =55d2 4b47-c828-4141-a8de-9a459c63db1a

Or use this tinyURL http://tinyurl.com/9yomg (a shortcut, created at www.tinyurl.com)
10. INTERNET EVANGELISM VIA DVD — A three DVD set is now available of 19 of the workshops presented at the recent Internet Evangelism for the 21st Century Conference held at Liberty University. Cost is only $27.95 with S& H in the USA and $34.95 overseas. See the DVD Ordering Page for a list of workshops included on the set and ordering instructions at http://ie-21stcentury.com.
11. STILL LOOKING FOR A GREAT FIREWALL? — One user, Nick, wrote to recommend: http://smoothwall.org/ It’s a firewall at the right price — free. Nick’s brother-in-law, a computer programmer, had recommended it as being easy to set up… and free to boot! Haven’t tried it ourselves here.. but thanks for the tip, Nick!
12. CATCH GLOBAL PASSION — Global Passion 3 is a two day conference that will reveal the biblical basis for global change, showing us God’s unfolding plan which He is using to transform the world in which we live. Find a way to energise, equip and empower yourself through understanding life priorities, prayer and cultural understanding. It takes place in Liverpool, UK on 10th & 11th June, £35 for both days. For further information contact globalpassion(at)ywamliverpool(dot)co(dot)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or check out… http://www.ywamliverpool.co.uk
13. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD — YWAM Turner Valley Canada’s School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is an intense inductive Bible school. Students in this school go through the Bible five times in nine months while using effective study tools. This is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to study and apply God’s Scripture as a whole. SBS begins September 12th, 2005 and concludes June 30th, 3006. Please call 1-403- 933-3755 for information or email turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. THANKS TO OUR SPONORS, PARTNERS, HELPERS, FRIENDS! — We get *sooo* much encouragement from our sponsors, among whom this week are… an anonymous “David” ($25), an anonymous “Peter” ($100), and an anonymous hosting firm ($25). (We’ll try to get the hosting service to at least give us a domain… so if you need a hosting service, you could consider jumping on board a Brigada sponsor. If you’ve got to choose one anyway, might as well pick one that helped the cause, all things being equal, right? :-) ) Thanks again to these givers!
15. WOULD YOU JOIN THOSE CHIPPING IN TOWARD OUR EXPENSES? — Our goal for 2005 is $16,576, which includes webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. That’s it. Not a penny more. If anything else would come in, we’ll apply it in advance toward 2006. As of today, we stand at: $5,023.22… not quite 1/3 if the way there. It’ll take a special gift of $2,000 or so just to catch up with May. Maybe somebody out there is equipped to do that… but otherwise, it’ll take 20 gifts of $100? Either way, if you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
16. THE BACK PAGE: A CHALLENGE FOR ONE IS A GAME FOR ANOTHER — I’ll never forget one night in 1991 when my family and I stayed in an old basic hotel in Kiev, USSR. (Yes, it was still called the USSR at the time.) We had been working in southern Ukraine and this was one of the only fun getaway trips we could squeeze in. Travel services were still *very* basic (maybe we were the only foreigners in the whole city that night? — ok… maybe it wasn’t quite *that* bad :-)). The particular room we had was so hot and muggy that there were *dozens* of mosquitoes… maybe *hundreds*. Finally, our 4-year-old even got into the act. He would swat with a rolled up magazine using both hands. Splat! (We left quite an impression on the walls that evening.) About an hour later, when the dust had settled, I *think* we finally emerged victorious, he and I. The “Mrs.” was impressed, thanking us for an effective hunting expedition, relieving everybody of dozens of potential bites through the night. To me, it had been a hassle… ridding the room of these interlopers that were about to suck blood from us life and limb. That’s when the 4-year-old chimed in with his characteristic stutter, long since outgrown, and that killer grin: “H- h-h-hey… L-Let’s remember this g-g-game: Killing b-b-b-bugs.” :-) To him, it had been a *game*! Like a 1991-version of something one would do on a Nintendo (sometime later). Splat, splat, splat! :-)

I guess that night I learned a valuable lesson: The degree of “hassle” in a particular activity is tied directly to one’s perspective. The more one can posture it as “fun”, the better off one will be. So… next time we have to do something difficult, let’s re-draw it in our minds. Let’s see if we can reposition it as a kind of game… like Chris did… “killin’ bugs”. :-) Either way, watch out for those bugs – ’cause it’s a jungle out there! :-)

Doug

20040718 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GREAT SPONSORS MAKE FOR INFORMATIVE BRIGADA TODAYS
  2. BRIGADA BY RSS?
  3. NEED COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY CALLING?
  4. USE MS Office? CUSTOMIZE YOUR FAVORITES
  5. VISITED YOUR LOCAL PANERA BREAD STORE LATELY?
  6. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING IN SINGAPORE
  7. MESHING AN OUTREACH WEBSITE WITH A LOCAL OUTREACH TEAM
  8. AFFORDABLE SHORT-TERM GROUP COVERAGE
  9. WHO IS JAY?
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GREAT SPONSORS MAKE FOR INFORMATIVE BRIGADA TODAYS — Thanks much to our sponsors, who help us get Brigada out the door and on your screen, chalked full of “all the news that’s fit to email!” By helping sponsor our Brigada secretary, you can enable thousands of Brigada participants to hear the latest, whether it’s about your own ministry or that of another global servant or clearinghouse. It’s easy to sponsor Brigada. Just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. BRIGADA BY RSS? — One Brigada participant recently wrote that perhaps we should consider distributing Brigada by RSS. (The initials apparently originally stood for “Really Simple Syndication.”) For now, we’ll probably just stick with email and web, but if a volunteer wanted to set up an RSS feed for the Brigada info, we’d be glad to publish the instructions on how to receive it. Thanks for the idea, Joel!

  3. NEED COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY CALLING? — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html You’ll see on the “Sponsors” page how your gifts are adding up to help sponsor the Brigada secretary!

  4. USE MS Office? CUSTOMIZE YOUR FAVORITES — Brigada’s kind of an eclectic mix of things, don’t you think? :-) I mean… one minutes we’ll be talking about unreached peoples, then we’ll suddenly present an item on backing up. It’s just been part of our history, you know? Well here’s a cool item that deserved a hearing. Do you use Microsoft Word? (Seems like just about everyone does these days.) Do you notice yourself going “File|Open” then clicking through a hierarchy of folders these days, trying to click through to the folder you want? Well why not add that favorite folder to the “My Places” list on the left side of the “file|open” dialogue box! In Office XP, it’s easy. While in the “File|Open” dialogue box of any Office application, highlight the folder you want to put on the “My Places” bar, click on “Tools” in the toolbar at the top of the dialog, and choose “Add to ‘My Places'” from the drop-down menu. You can also choose “Small icons” to add even more shortcuts there. For information on how to accomplish the same thing in other versions of Office, click to: http://www.pcmag.com/usertouser (Thanks to PC Magazine for featuring this great little time-saver.)

  5. VISITED YOUR LOCAL PANERA BREAD STORE LATELY? — Whoever imagined working on one’s doctoral dissertation from the local Panera Bread store? But now it’s possible — with Panera Bread Stores making Wireless Internet access available to their customers for free. These and hundreds of other hot-spots are cropping up all over the world. Pick up an 83-cent bagel, and belly on up to the bar! :-) Log on to your favorite website for free… use your webmail interface to send and receive messages (but don’t plan on using an outside SMTP server; apparently they’ve blocked access to that to prevent spammers from using their services). You can stay for 1 hour… or 6… or as long as you like. All this for 83 cents… What’s not to like about that? No Panera Bread Store in your village? Just stand by. It won’t be long ’til *some* enterprising entrepreneur figures out how to make money at a café near you. In a study by the Yankee Group (July 2003), hot spots were found to be multiplying at an astounding rate — like by a factor of 24 times as many hot spots over the next 5 years. So keep that wireless card handy and save up your pennies for that bagel.

  6. STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING IN SINGAPORE — Asia Pacific Mission, together with Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM), is conducting a month-long full-time training course for Strategy Co- ordinators in missions. The course deals with research, planning and strategising and developing a Master-plan to nurture Church-planting Movements (CPM) among UPGs. For more information, contact Frank Teo of APM SCANet(at)writeme(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. Include your Name, Birthdate, Passport No, Date/Place of Issue and Expiry Date for a Letter of Invitation for this training.

  7. MESHING AN OUTREACH WEBSITE WITH A LOCAL OUTREACH TEAM — The Web can be used to multiply the effectiveness of an on-the-spot outreach team. Here’s an outline of a strategy that could be highly effective: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/locality-teams.php

  8. AFFORDABLE SHORT-TERM GROUP COVERAGE — Are you taking a team overseas sometime soon? If so make sure you have adequate medical and evacuation coverage. You might want to check out the “International Provider” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan features a low daily rate for medical and medical evacuation. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.Com , email them healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom , or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare.

  9. WHO IS JAY? — He or she is the typical unchurched person, in the West or beyond. What do the Jays of this world think about? What are their needs. Get inside Jay’s head here: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/notchristian.php

20030112 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE
  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION
  4. ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA 2003
  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS
  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD
  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS
  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES
  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET
  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS
  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM?
  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST?
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD — This past week, I had a chance to preview a terrific little tool soon to be made public. With a focus on seeking adoption for every remaining unreached people group, this mission-encyclopedia CD can only be described as one of a kind! It has unique one-page profiles on every country and every people. I know that might sound like “old hat”, but these are beautiful *and* telling. What’s more, get this: the designers have obtained complete copyright releases for the whole CD full of data. If you were to buy a complete set of “Culture-grams”, they might set you back $100. Or you could get the map set in “Facts On File”… and the maps alone would run about $149. (This tool has *beautiful* maps… with full color vector graphics that print out in *stunning* detail at *whatever* size you need. If you bought “Background Notes”, they’d be $59… but no one has them on digital form, and if they did, you wouldn’t have copyright release to copy and paste them into your documents and brochures. If you managed to get digital copies of the CIA World Factbooks, they’d be at least $69 – $79… but get this… *All* those resources and *more* are included on this CD. And these profiles are clear and concise one-page summaries with 59 indicators. And would you believe there are 17,000 of them? I’m not kidding! If they were a penny a profile, that alone would be $170. Imagine your church’s next missions banquet. Just take the list of countries where your church is working, then print out country profiles (or people group profiles) for each of those focus areas. Have someone laminate them and — presto — full-color take-home memento placemats that serve as a permanent prayer reminder. Got a missions prayer night service coming up? Just print out the relevant profiles and you’ll instantly have a snappy hand-out. Or simply copy and paste a copy of the relevant country map into your new missions brochure — a map for each missionary, showing where he/she is laboring! And these are *all* released for reprinting. At times, that’s been the frustration with other profiles — copyright protection. These are “deliverables”!!!

    Here’s the amazing part. The creators of this resource are *talking* about offering it first through Brigada, for a $20-off price of $49. After two or six or 10 weeks, it’ll go on sale for the rest of the evangelical world… at $69. When will it become available? Probably about two months from now. Start saving your pennies. Your agency or church will want at least one copy of this tool!


  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE — If you have a furlough coming up… or you travel and recruit missionaries at colleges, or you have any other reason to put tons of miles on your vehicle in the USA, and you’d like to hang on to it for a while, then you might want to consider purchasing an extended warranty for it. These “service contracts” turn out to be a good deal if the transmission fails or the engine blows while the warranty is in force. We recently conducted a study of about 100 different companies offering these warranties. Based on feedback from many participants and many reviewers, such as http://autowarrantyreviews.org , we concluded that the best warranties currently came from http://www.warrantygold.com . They consistently offered the lowest prices for the best coverage, yet still came away with the best marks for customer service, quick claim handling, and solid appreciation from clients. What’s more, they’re willing to cut deals for missionaries and mission agency staff. They can sell warranties on new or used vehicles, at practically any mileage level. To get a quote for your vehicle, check out: http://www.warrantygold.com . Get the best quote you can, then call them at 888-580-9889, ext. 4765 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). That should put you in touch with Shane. Tell Shane you’re being referred by Doug Lucas of Brigada/Team Expansion and he should be able to give you the best price, plus maybe get you an additional $50 discount from the sales manager, Bob Henfey (ext. 4749). You should see my stack of research notes… and …. no doubt about it, the best deal *and* the best warranty came from these guys. If you don’t believe it, just check out that http://autowarrantyreviews.org site. That site consistently lists Warranty Gold as the #1 warranty in the country. Check ’em out.

  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION — Check out GMU’s new website: http://www.GMU.org They used Computech Business Solutions as their host: http://www.ctbsonline.com and they’re now high on a unique web site content management tool called Site Commander. Check ’em out!

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

  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS — Modeled after the pattern of Luke 10:1-2, 2003, this will be Mission to Unreached Peoples’ third year of the Luke 10 Program. Going out two by two, Luke 10 is an internship program where students can experience and minister in different countries for 3-10 months, beginning in August, 2003. Countries of travel include China, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, India and many others. Learn about missions, then use your individual gifts to minister and share the Gospel to the Unreached. To learn more, contact Beth at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  > Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org .

  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD — “GO World”, the journal of tentmaking published by Global Opportunities is now available as a free pdf download. The subscription-only hardcopy circulation is 5900 and growing. Each issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and is sure to stimulate your missions thinking. Log on at… http://www.globalopps.org (Thanks Tim!)

  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS — Remember our original request for funds-transfer tactics? (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”) Brian came up with one additional idea this past week. His idea reminds me a lot of the technique used by many Somalis throughout the world (or so I hear). Just find someone trustworthy in the US (college student, pastor, etc.) who still has family in the target country. In the USA, the donor gives funds to that person, and the family back in the target country “gives” me money, by passing it along to the intended recipient in the destination land. Brian writes, “We’ve used this to help the family get some of their finances out of the home country (especially Christian families).”

  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES — Here’s a skit to illustrate the entire Church’s role in Jesus’ campaign to bring the nations to worship at His throne: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/two_armies.php (Thanks Mike!)

  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET — Thanks to Brigada participant, Mike <mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom  (mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom)  >, who wrote this past week to say, “In Romans 10:14-15 beautiful feet are the answer to “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” They propel the body of Christ, carrying the Good News to those who have never heard. Those who send are the beautiful feet, the glorious underpinnings of Jesus’ Church’s mission to enable some from every nation to call on Him. Clearly it is not a foot, but the mouth, which preaches. But the Holy Spirit sings that the feet are beautiful. Let those who God has made the feet that send those who are the hands and heads rejoice that He calls them beautiful.” Read more about Mike’s line of thought at: http://www.everypeople.net/?whichPage=green/beautiful_feet.php

  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS — Are you curious to see how a Muslim presents Islam to prospective converts? Check out this website: http://www.journeytoislam.com/ Get your “Flash” plug-in primed on your web browser! This is an elaborate site!

  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Does anyone know where you can get term life insurance for missionaries? If anyone has any suggestions, send them to <jkbatpoboxdotcom  (jkbatpoboxdotcom)  > and she will compile a list for a future issue of Brigada Today.

  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM? — Big news. Who isn’t. Yikes… My 13-year-old gets 35 – 40 unsolicited commercial emails/day. I can’t even imagine how many *you* get. You can take a look at: http://www.junkbusters.com/ or if you operate an ISP, check out… http://www.brightmail.com/ for anti-spam software. And if the spam is pornography, and it’s got you hooked, try doing some reading at sites like: http://www.xxxchurch.com (Thanks Robert!) for help on that. Either way, this is a problem we’re going to be dealing with for a long time to come… unless somebody gets busy and invents a magic wand! :-)

  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST? — This week we hit 12,809 subscribers. ‘Course, at any one time, something like 5000 of those addresses are “bouncing” … and many are “bad for good,” if you know what I mean. But we still had a net gain over last week. (So if you invited others to participate, Thanks!!! Hats off to you!!!) Would you do us a favor? Since we have no marketing budget (for the most part, we don’t have *any* budget; just check out our “sponsors” page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html. So… since we don’t have a marketing budget, can we hire you as a volunteer? Would you invite your personal mailing list to subscribe? Just send them a note like this:

    “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for something like 8 years! See their back- issues at: http:/www.brigada.org (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

    ‘Course, you could write up your own item too… but it would sure be great to get our numbers up a bit by next week, when we cross our official 8-year anniversary. Thanks for your help!!! Doug

20010128 Brigada Today

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HOW MANY SUBSCRIBERS THESE DAYS?

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

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

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

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

Checks made to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.)

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MINISTRY LIBRARY

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

Log onto the brand new Strategy Network website just uploaded on http://www.newWway.org for 100 free radio scripts suitable for North Africa and Middle Eastern Teams. The series called “The Way of Righteousness: The Stories and Message of God’s Prophets According to the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel” may be something your team would want to translate into your target language. The scripts are at http://www.newwway.org. Once you’re there, paste this additional text into the URL address box in your browser (in other words, add this onto the end of the http://www.newwway.org address:
/strategy_network/storying_resources/sub8/index.html
(If we listed the entire link, it would line-wrap and that always results in a ton of emails saying the link is bad. It’s not bad… but it does require “assembly” since it’s so long.) (Thanks Chris!)
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ROSETTA STONE RELEASES ARABIC LEVEL 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Cry of the Heart is offering a host of evangelism information, including training in evangelism techniques and testimonies, as well as missions information. They are offering the opportunity for anyone that has a ministry related to evangelism or missions. If you would like to be considered in this project, just fill out the on-line form at http://members.tripod.com/heart_cry/forms/ For more information, see The Cry of the Heart http://www.heart-cry.com or write Diana ldydsthatyahoodotcom  (ldydsthatyahoodotcom)  .
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NEED TO RAISE FUNDS? PLAY GOLF!

I’m serious. If you don’t believe me, just browse: http://www.mindspring.com/~gfgs or write Dan dklkkkckatmsndotcom  (dklkkkckatmsndotcom)  . He’ll help you get set up for all kinds of ministry!
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MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Take a week-long course at CITI in N. Carolina, April 16-20. The focus is on empowering a community to create culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. For course information visit http://www.citi.org and for examples of the approach taught see http://www.worship-arts-network.com/eth-music-articles-list.html.
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THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION VIA PILOT COURSE FROM GERMANY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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