survey

5) This Map is Amazing (Every Church in Every Village in Thailand?)

This past week, a great friend of Brigada (Thanks Robby) introduced us to a great friend of Southeast Asia. Dwight went on to show us the set of maps found at…

 

globalharvestmap.com/

 

At the time, we didn’t quite realize what a celebrity we had on our Zoom video screen. Later, we noticed this article at Christianity Today…

 

www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/april/missions-data-thai-church-fjcca-reach-village.html

 

This guy has figured out a way to map every church in Thailand. And now, he’d like to take it to the entire region of Southeast Asia. He’s searching for networking agencies who will share data and partner to make this thing regional — instead of just Thai. Amazing concept. If you can help in a nation like Vietnam or Cambodia, just message him at:

 

infoatchurchcloudsolutionsdotcom  (infoatchurchcloudsolutionsdotcom)  

Volunteer at whatever level you like. Let’s see if we (he? : ) ) can roll this out on a regional basis. Thanks for your help.

8) Barna is At it Again: The State of the Bible 2019

These Barna guys. They just won’t stop raising pesky, troublesome topics that haunt us, and nag us, and wake us up to trends that are as disturbing as they are motivating. The latest? When they go meddling with our Bible-reading, now they’re writing about something personal. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. Compared with similar studies that they’ve done over the past 3 years, they found that in 2019, fewer Americans are disengaged with the Bible (which at first seems like a good thing), but at the same time, fewer US of Americans are Bible-centered. And Way fewer Americans *use* the Bible. And one of the spin-off issues is — they also found that when fewer Americans use the Bible, fewer people do anything about their beliefs — like, tell others or give offerings to agencies – like yours. So if we want to keep all these orgs and churches afloat (and, minor details like — help people get to Heaven and escape eternal fire?), we’d better find a way to get people back into the Bible. Eh?

 

www.barna.com/research/state-of-the-bible-2019/

6) Survey to Launch More Missionaries

launch missionariesA number of mobilizers and recruiters want to learn and then share how to more effectively launch people into long-term international missions. Are you a long-term missionary? Or do you know long-term missionaries you could forward this to with a personal note? The launch survey by MissionNext takes about ten minutes and is mostly multiple choice. At the end of the survey, you may remain anonymous or enter an email address to receive a link to the final summary. If you have any comments or questions, please click on “Comment” below or email
johnmcvayatgmaildotcom.
Please take the online survey and/or invite others to do so at the secure web site http://www.launchsurvey.org

1) Discipleship Tools for Buddhists

Survey-Small1Have you noticed the surveys about discipleship tools for Muslims

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YC5FCPH and Hindus

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y2P8BF8

from GNPI (Good News Productions, International)? This third and final survey is asking for your input to determine what discipleship resources have been helpful and what you need for your work with Buddhist background believers. Please share your experiences and suggestions by filling out the following 10-minute survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FXHMVPX

1) Discipleship Tools for Hindus

Survey-Small1What discipleship resources or tools have been helpful as you work with Hindu background believers? Do you need discipleship resources for new followers of Jesus? How does media fit into your strategy? What types of media are you using for discipleship?

GNPI (Good News Productions, International) works with media and technology to provide tools for evangelism and discipleship. They want to produce discipleship apps for former Hindus. Please share your experiences and suggestions by filling out the following 10-minute survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y2P8BF8

11) Help Laurie Research Attachment Style, Stress and Religious Coping

online-surveysHere’s your chance to help the world figure out your stress. :-) If you are a cross-cultural worker, are at least 18 years old, and have been working in a foreign country for at least 3 months, you are invited to participate in an online research survey. This research aims to learn how the areas of attachment style, stress perception, and religious coping affect you in your work overseas. The survey is anonymous and should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. At the end, you will be eligible to win one of 10 gift certificates to Amazon.com. To participate in this research, please click on the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ccworker

This link will be available until May 18, 2015.

8) Upcoming Resource for Married Missioners

marriage-2Survey participants are needed for data collection in the creation of a handbook specifically for married couples discerning, engaging in, and processing their shared missionary experience. The author of this developing guide is seeking married couples who have served in a ministerial position (pastor, volunteer, spouse of either, etc.) for 9 months or longer in a country outside of their own. Persons within each marriage are asked to take the survey individually. This survey will close on Tuesday, January 27th, so better act quickly! The link below will take you directly to the beginning of the questionnaire:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/married-couples

1) Millennials in Missions —

onlinesurveyThis year the Millennial Generation became adults ranging from 18 to 33 years of age. The Pew Research Center conducted three surveys during January and February, and it released the results in March as a report titled “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.” Here is a discussion of some of the more disturbing results, the implications of those results for missions, and suggestions for missionaries and mission agencies.

http://www.missionarycare.com/brochures/br_millennials.htm

(Thanks to GoInternational for sending help to Brigada in the form of encouragement, prayer and a $30 gift this past week.)

13) Missionaries in High Risk Areas

A north American mission agency is seeking to put together a position paper on placing missionaries in active war zones or high risk areas. This is a big topic, but they are looking for theological, missiological and practical issues to cover. If your organization has studied this area or has a paper relating to this they would like to see it. All submissions will be kept confidential. Please contact Marty at

7) Survey: How Many Actually Make It?

Brigada participant Matt is looking for the answer to this question: “What percentage of people who commit to being missionaries actually make it to the field?” AND “What are the top reasons people who have committed to be missionaries DON’T make it to the field?” Can you help him? Do you know of citations, resources, web pages, written dissertations, etc., that might help him?

20070225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE BECOMING MISSIONARIES
  2. CHURCH WEBSITE TOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO SYNDICATE
  3. KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGES AT MISSIOPEDIA
  4. “ETHNO-WORSHIP” IN THE MIDDLE EAST
  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY
  6. “WRECKED” EZINE LAUNCHED
  7. MAC USERS CAN ENCRYPT TOO
  8. WANTED: PRAYER COORDINATORS & MOBLIIZERS
  9. NEEDED: BIBLE STUDIES RESOURCES IN KREYOL AND ENGLISH
  10. EMPOWER BRIGADA
  11. THE BACK-PAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ONLINE SURVEY FOR THOSE BECOMING MISSIONARIES — Gateway Training Centre is conducting a questionnaire for anyone interested in becoming a missionary (including missionary candidates/appointees.) They invite you to answer 12 questions that will help them serve the training needs of new missionaries. Please pass this URL to anyone considering missionary service, either short-term or long-term.

    http://gatewaytraining.org/survey.html

    (Note, due to its internal limitations, this URL does not work for Internet Explorer version 7. All other versions should work fine.)


  2. CHURCH WEBSITE TOOL NOW AVAILABLE TO SYNDICATE — Internet Evangelism Day’s new self-assessment questionnaire can now be syndicated into any other website (or republished in print):

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/churchdesign-syndicate.php


  3. KEEP UP WITH THE CHANGES AT MISSIOPEDIA — Some have been following the development of the Missiopedia at Justin Long’s Momentum site. It’s an open-source Wiki-style encyclopedia describing global Christianity and Christian mission in particular. Now you can keep up with the changes there. Just join the moderated discussion e-group by sending an e-mail to Notify-missiopedia-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for new pages and recent changes. Point your RSS reader to:

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/wiki/Special:Newpages?feed=rss


  4. “ETHNO-WORSHIP” IN THE MIDDLE EAST — Passionate about worship? Ready to use your music ability and learn new skills? Want to connect music and missions – especially in places where Christ followers are restricted, persecuted, or unknown? Spend two unforgettable weeks on an “ethno-worship” trip with one of OM’s Heart Sounds International (HSI) teams going to the Middle East, June 5-19, 2007. The HSI team welcomes musicians, worship leaders, audio engineers, and videographers to do music research, as well as songwriting and field recording with a group of Middle Eastern believers. Go to

    http://www.heart-sounds.org

    or email frank(at)heart-sounds(dot)org. [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Come along with us!


  5. TEACH ENGLISH WITH CONFIDENCE AND INTEGRITY — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 9-27, 2007, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Non-credit tuition is only $525. (Credit is also available.) Dorm space is available. Visit

    http://www.biola.edu/sics/academics_tesol.cfm

    or contact kitty(dot)purgason(at)biola(dot)edu for an application. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. “WRECKED” EZINE LAUNCHED — In affiliation with Adventures in Missions, a grassroots e-magazine has been launched and is in its second month. “Wrecked” primarily serves to reach out to and profile the stories and thoughts of young adults who are searching for meaning and action in their faith. You can visit the project at

    http://www.wreckedfortheordinary.com


  7. MAC USERS CAN ENCRYPT TOO — Thanks to our encryption volunteer who reminds us that MAC users can mimic a lot of TrueCrypt’s offerings on a Mac without any additional software by using Apple’s Disk Utility to create a virtual volume that can be encrypted with very good (AES128) technology. If anyone is interested in knowing how to do this, our anonymous volunteer has provided step-by-step instructions. Just go read this item at

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/mac-encryption.html

    By the way, most Mac experts do not recommend using Apple’s built-in FileVault, as it encrypts everything in the user’s home folder, including large media files.


  8. WANTED: PRAYER COORDINATORS & MOBLIIZERS — Interested in networking with other prayer coordinators or prayer mobilizers in mission organizations? If so, let Betty know at prayer(at)teamexpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. NEEDED: BIBLE STUDIES RESOURCES IN KREYOL AND ENGLISH — Here’s a worker in Haiti serving all ages looking for bilingual sound Bible studies (English and “Kreyol”) especially for use with leadership training there. If you know where he can find something, write him asatalbot(at)juno(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or read more about his mission at

    http:// www.MissionsofLove.org


  10. EMPOWER BRIGADA — Our hats go off to The Chapel in St. Joseph, MI for their recent gift of $100 to Brigada to encourage us onward. And Blessed Hope is still at it with a gift of $50 due to InPhonic phone commissions for Oct. – Dec. 2006 (Thanks for subscribing to them, Daniel!). Thanks Blessed Hope! To learn more about their great service and low rates, visit:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  11. THE BACK-PAGE: MORE “COOL TOOLS” FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — We’ve been listing some fun and practical tools for cross-cultural ministry. These are items to which others have drawn attention as they’ve traveled with me abroad. Our first few tools dealt with jet lag and how to live with it — or perhaps even avoid it all together. But now let’s move on to some other “hacks” for the voyage:

    *** YOUR OWN MOSQUITO TENT (for malaria-infested areas) — Maybe this seems like overkill, but there’s something deeply secure about knowing that wherever you land to sleep, you’re covered. I recommend taking along something like the Epco Tropicscreen II. (Google it and the Campmor.com version will probably come up in the top 5 for about $70. Worth every penny of it. Completely enclosed.)

    *** AC ADAPTORS THAT DON’T REQUIRE CONVERTERS/TRANSFORMERS — Read the fine print on the AC Adaptor for your camcorder, laptop and/or digital camera. Odds are, if it’s less than 5 years old, you really don’t need an adaptor/transformer for it. (It’ll probably say something like 110- 240V.) Just get a “tip adaptor” to change the shape of the plug so it’ll properly plug in in your hotel room or host’s home.

    *** RENT OR BUY A “WORLDPHONE” FOR EMERGENCIES — If you need to stay connected, consider renting a cell phone and/or SIM card from the folks at Telestial.

    http://www.telestial.com/

    If you use a US-based cell network like I do (I like Sprint’s plans), you’ll have to pick up a cheap GSM phone on ebay. Ask Telestial for help. Then ask them for a SIM card that will connect to the cell network in your destination country. Odds are, the cost will be prohibitive for anything but emergencies or a daily 2′ check-in. But having the cell phone option will be a great sense of security.

    *** RENT A SATPHONE (for dangerous or “out back” areas) — If you’re unsure about relying on cell coverage for any reason, ask Telestial about them too. (See link above.) They might not be the cheapest, but they know their stuff. Again, the cost is prohibitive … unless you’re about to be kidnapped and you need to get a call out. Then the cost will be minimal. :-)

    *** RENT A SAT MODEM (when you absolutely have to have the Net) — If you’re not sure there will be good connectivity in your area and you simply *must* remain connected, consider a Thrane Sat Modem or its equivalent. Something like the Trane Explorer 500 (via the BGAN network) shouldn’t set you back more than $115/week. Granted, that’s too much for the typical instant messaging with your kids, perhaps. But if your office needs you to be in touch for a few emails each day, then it’s really not a terrible deal. You can connect at up to 128K via USB. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. For an example, visit:

    http://www.satellitephonestore.com

    although that’s just one of many vendors you could research.

    More cool tools next time around…

20060219 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  2. NEED FREE STUFF? TRY FREECYCLE
  3. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MK’S NEEDED
  4. PERSPECTIVES IS LOOKING FOR COMPUTER AND WEB DEVELOPMENT STAFF
  5. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LITERACY EVANGELISM
  6. CHINA RESOURCE PACK AVAILABLE FROM OMF
  7. REACHING CENTRAL MEXICO TRIBES
  8. HOSPITALITY HOMES
  9. MISSIONARY SURVEY FOR MEMBER/MISSIONARY CARE
  10. OF CHURCHES AND FLU PANDEMICS
  11. AIMS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY
  12. THE BACKPAGE: “GOD’S SPIRIT IS BLOWING A WIND OF UNITY”
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses offered monthly in Texas.

    http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com


  2. NEED FREE STUFF? TRY FREECYCLE — First it was a highly energetic gal in our office. :-) Now a Brigada reader from Virginia has written about it… Guess it’s time we mention it:

    http://www.freecycle.com

    I guess you’ll see announcements from the people who have stuff to give away… and if you need it for free, you simply ask for it. That’s it. Free stuff. Try it. Emily says you’ll like it. :-) Jim agrees. (Thanks, you too! :-) )


  3. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MK’S NEEDED — ServantCARE Ministry has recently been contacted by missionaries seeking help locating US college scholarships for their children. ServantCARE needs your help in compiling a list to make available on their website,

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    for missionaries to easily access via the web. Would you help them meet this need? Do you know of colleges? Please send the names, websites, and all pertinent related information to icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  4. PERSPECTIVES IS LOOKING FOR COMPUTER AND WEB DEVELOPMENT STAFF — The National Offices for the Perspectives Study Program recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to Fayetteville, AR. They are looking for a few folks with IT (MAC and PC) and web development experience to join their team as they prepare for the future of the Perspectives course both throughout the country and around the world. This would require putting together a personal support team, and at this point, they say that only US citizens need inquire. If you would like more information, call 479-587-1919 Ext. 102, or email David.Flynn(at)uscwm(dot)org

  5. TRAINING PROGRAM FOR LITERACY EVANGELISM — Literacy & Evangelism International is holding a five-week training institute on literacy evangelism. Topics include: Basic Literacy, Developing Bible-content literacy materials in local languages, Literacy Evangelism and Discipleship, Teaching English as a Second Language , How to Conduct Tutor Training Workshops, How to run church-based literacy programs and other topics. If you are interested in this training and want to learn more about Literacy Evangelism, which is a blind spot in Christian missions, visit their website at

    http://www.literacyevangelism.org or e-mail generalatliteracyevangelismdotorg The dates of their International Literacy Training Institute are June 4 – July 8, 2006, Tulsa, Oklahoma.


  6. CHINA RESOURCE PACK AVAILABLE FROM OMF — OMF International has recently published a resource that covers “all things China.” The China Resource Pack includes a book, four videos, a 30-day prayer guide written by China expert Tony Lambert (author of China’s Christian Millions), brochures, PowerPoint presentations and a web site:

    http://www.chinasmillions.org

    The book and web site are each broken down into five main sections: History, Religion, Culture, People and Current Events. This could be a valuable resource for individuals, Sunday school classes, churches or missions organizations with an interest in China. Cost of the complete pack is $30 and is available at

    http://www.omfbooks.com

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


  7. REACHING CENTRAL MEXICO TRIBES — Since 1994 E-VAN ministries have lead mission teams and projects in the cities of Fresnillo and Zacatecas. They have also pioneered with MCE (Ministerio a Grupos Etnicos) to minister to the “unreached” Tepehuan and Huichol Indians of the Sierra Madres. Mission trip opportunities are available for church groups to the cities or the mountain tribes. Teams may participate in pubic evangelism in cities or villages, the Tribal Bible school construction, and children’s ministry. Partnership is desired for the drilling of a water well at the Tepehuan Tribal Bible school, and the building of a simple church building among the Huichol Indians. For more info, contact Tim

    http://www.E-van.org or email missions(at)E-van(dot)org or call Mexico Phone 01152-478-985-1054 or U.S.Phone 361-362-1423


  8. HOSPITALITY HOMES — ServantCARE Ministry offers hospitality homes (US and overseas locations) to those in ministry. They will be traveling in April to establish much needed new homes near interstates in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma (Oklahoma City needed badly). They would like your help in connecting them with those who have the gift of hospitality who would like to serve in this manner. All the information needed, and questions answered, is found on their website

    http://www.servantcare.com/

    under “Hospitality Homes” They also have posted on their website 25 pages of “Referral Links”, many supplied by Brigada, to which they would like to add any other ministries across the country that meet needs of those in ministry. Please contact them at icare(at)servantcare(dot)com


  9. MISSIONARY SURVEY FOR MEMBER/MISSIONARY CARE — Brenda is working on her doctoral dissertation entitled “Training of Missionary Care Workers”. Missionaries, please complete the anonymous missionary survey on the Internet at weblink

    http://www.palmarium.co.za/mcsurvey

    It will take approximately 12 minutes of your time to complete this survey by merely clicking on your choices before 15 May 2006. This study is an endeavour to enhance the care of missionaries and to resultantly prevent missionary attrition. A safe survey is available for those in restricted areas in a Word file sent via email at request at purejoy(at)gmx(dot)ch [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors in the preceding email address, replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  10. OF CHURCHES AND FLU PANDEMICS — Here’s an M.D. that feels strongly that churches and mission agencies would be well advised to consider planning for an eventual flu pandemic, not out of fear but out of obedience to Christ’s command to love our neighbors. Specifically, how can churches and mission agencies operate, minister, and stay in touch with members. Explore issues of ethics and morality, such as the order of triage and the allocation of scarce resources. As church members are encouraged and equipped to dialogue with their neighbors with the purpose of forming small mutual assistance groups in Christ’s name, we might even witness unprecedented church growth. If you or your agency/church would like help — or would share your plan, email Tim:

    church_emergency_preparedness-owner(at)yahoogroups(dot)com or log on at

    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/church_emergency_preparedness/


  11. AIMS CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY — For 20 years, Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has helped churches around the world complete the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. This year, AIMS will celebrate this important anniversary and cast a vision for the next era of ministry at a special celebration banquet. Church leaders, mission agencies, denominations, and individuals interested in learning more about AIMS or partnering with us in international mobilization are invited to join them at the Founders Inn and Conference in Virginia Beach on March 23 at 6:00 pm. Guest speakers include Dr. Howard Foltz, founder and CEO of AIMS, and Pat Robertson, founder and chairman of CBN. Cost is only $35 per person. For more information, call (757) 226-5850 or register online at

    http://www.aims.org/20thanniversary


  12. THE BACKPAGE: “GOD’S SPIRIT IS BLOWING A WIND OF UNITY” — Earlier this evening, I enjoyed the fellowship of some 20 other missionaries, church leaders, and missions committee members. Some were African, others were American, some were non-instrumental church of Christ, others were Christian Church, some were from the South, others from the North, some were sent ones, others were senders. In spite of all these differences, I was in awe at the atmosphere of harmony and unity that wove like a tapestry among us. One field worker summed it up to me in a one-on-one follow-up conversation: “God’s Spirit is blowing a wind of unity to all who will listen. I believe that those who refuse to accept it will be sidelined to a position outside the center of God’s will.” Whoa. Sobering. The cool thing was – this was the noninstrumental church of Christ guy. In former decades, his forefathers would probably have been convinced that I was sliding down the slippery slope to Hell. Now, he was citing statistics like … 70% of all non-instrumental church of Christ seminary students no longer make the instrument a test of fellowship, much less one of salvation.

    This is good news for guys in my position. (Who wants to be cast into Hell? :-) ) There are probably similar things happening in the stream of faith that you identify as your own. Here are some key factors we’ll have to consider: a) What are the absolutes for you and your congregation/agency? In other words, what is the core of the core for you — doctrinally? b) Will you write that down, knowing full well that the moment you do, you’ve “fenced out” certain others? Or will you leave it verbal only, so you have a chance to explain it? c) What projects can you and your “new neighbors” embrace, in order that you can immediately go to work together? You see, some experts in conflict resolution say that newly-united movements profit from immediately getting to work on a project. Think of it this way: In a war, the definition of an ally is “someone shooting at the same enemy at which I’m shooting.” Go to work. You’ll form alliances that solidify relationships . . . and once you’re in a relationship, it’s much easier to be unified. Very intriguing. What’s your project going to be?

20050911 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING)
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD!
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL”
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU!
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY?
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. A CALL TO PRAYER FOR TUNISIA — There are more than 10 million people in the country of Tunisia, North Africa, with only about 300 following Jesus. This is a country rich in Christian history, but in real need of spiritual breakthrough today. Now you can join many others in praying for the Muslims of Tunisia. Caleb Project has produced a DVD on Tunisian Arabs, along with an accompanying Prayer Guide. The DVD shows the situation in Tunisia today, and includes a special interview with two leaders of the Christian Church in Tunisia. The Prayer Guide is a full-color booklet created to help Christians know how to strategically pray for Tunisian Arabs. The prices for these products are: $20 for the DVD; $2.50 for each Prayer Guide. For more information, or to place an order, please send an email to amanis(at)cproject(dot)com or call 303-459-5351. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] For more information on Caleb Project, log onto http://www.calebproject.org
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. They offer outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections and can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. Click to: http://www.global-airtime.com or contact Andy cytechnologies(at)earthlink(dot)net toll-free in the USA 888-683-0653. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. GO EQUIPPED (TENTMAKER TRAINING) — Here’s an organization that offers courses that are just 5 days long but contain an entire 2 week curriculum. Global Opportunities has increased their training programs in both numbers and locations. There is still time to register for the October 12-17, 2005 LTN Tentmaking Course in Pasadena CA at the US Center for World Mission. See them on the web at http://www.globalopps.org or write them an email at goequipped(at)globalopps(dot)org.
4. FOOTSTEPS MAGAZINE — Here’s a magazine for development workers around the world. TEARFund, UK’s evangelical NGO, produces this periodical with ideas for community development projects and support. It is particularly designed for a national Christian who may also be a second-language English speaker, and is equally useful to the mission community. Current and all back issues are available online in PDF format, and it is also available in printed form by post. http://tilz.tearfund.org/ (Thanks Tony!!!)
5. LET’S PRAYERFULLY LEARN ABOUT THE MUSLIM WORLD! — Perhaps you’ve already heard of the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus which coincides with the annual Muslim fasting month of Ramadan: Oct 5 to Nov 3, 2005. This annual international mobilization (since 1993) calls Christians everywhere to pray for, learn about, and reach out to the Muslim peoples of the world, so that they may at least have an opportunity to consider God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ, and that we may live peaceably and respectfully side-by-side. You can order the current prayer booklet from: http://www.ywam.org/prayer/30daysmuslim.html
6. ONLINE ENCOURAGEMENT GROUP FOR WOMEN MISSIONARIES — Are you a missionary woman on the field that could use some encouragement? “Oaks of Righteousness” Yahoo Group has been formed with you in mind. The members there hope you will find a safe place to walk this missionary journey with women on the same path, share life’s ups and downs, and prayer for one another. Just click on the following link http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness/ and then chose “join group.” For more information please contact the group moderator at latviagirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. WORD TO THE WISE ABOUT UB BULB PURIFICATION OF H20 — Mark wrote this past week with an important caution about using those bulbs to purify water. (See the 2005/09/02 BRIGADA TODAY). Apparently there are issues being considered when regular, stable electricity is a problem. Just a word to the wise . . . that other purification techniques might be more effective when your electricity isn’t as dependable. (Thanks Mark!)
8. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE “GMAIL” — We continue to receive lots of responses to our items on Google’s “Gmail”. Frankly, judging by the passion of some of our readers, there must be something to this Gmail craze. (I think I’m going to have to check it out myself! :-) ) Perhaps one of the more studied responses was that of Justin: “While it is true that it’s difficult to secure gmail, its not impossible. First off, once you have logged in to gmail.com, then you can go to https://mail.gmail.com/mail/ (just adding the “s” after http) and the server will preserve the secure link for all of your connections thereafter. Granted that initial blast through is unsecure. One way to deal with this is to login, then once you see the “Loading” immediately close the browser, then reopen and go to the secure link. Once you’ve logged in, its a long time before your logged out anyway.

“But the far easier way to secure mail is simply to download mail in Outlook or Outlook Express or some other email client. The way Google Mail is set up, this is completely secure, done over an SSL link (and not working any other way). Granted you don’t get the web-based features of google search, but the great thing is that you get google’s spam protection and the ease of your typical email client. And depending on what client you use, you can integrate something like MSN Search or Google Search on your desktop, and find emails that way.”

Thanks, too, to Bob, who referred us to a study paper on the topic, from a Christian computer conference a couple of years ago. Find the PDF of the paper at: http://tinyurl.com/cf2qf

(Thanks Justin and Bob — and thanks to all the others who have written in on this topic!)
9. TO THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SURVEY ON FOLLOWERSHIP: THANKS — Thanks once more to the 358 people who took part in the survey on followership, and to the 283 corresponding supervisors who came alongside to give comments on their respective team members. Last week I met with the Dean of my doctoral program and received the go ahead to begin the data analysis phase of the project. Again, this kind of project would have been impossible without the many great friends here at Brigada. These participants came from 192 different nonprofit organizations scattered literally all over the world. The survey instrument has been used previously on corporations in the public sector, but this is the first time its been employed to this extent among nonprofit mission agencies, humanitarian organizations, and churches. [Note: One interested reader recently wrote (postal mail) for more information about the project but neglected to enclose a return address. We’ll be happy to send more information it he or she will simply let us know where to send it.] Thanks again for your help and participation. Now to the number-crunching.
10. HAVE SOMEONE SEARCH THE WEB FOR YOU! — A site http://www.internetmissionsresearch.com was recently launched which proposes to do research for missionaries. This is in response to the growing amount of information on the web which is not searchable by ordinary search engines. This so called “deep web” contains up to 500 times as much information as the “surface” web. Primary documents, such as journal articles can often be found only by querying their respective databases one by one. It is hoped that providing a human powered search facility for missionaries will enable them to spend less time searching for and more time with quality materials. For more information see the website or contact Clarence at cbos(at)execulink(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] This is a volunteer service and “space” is limited, so please be patient if requesting a search.
11. RETREAT IN AFRICA — Check out http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com for a reportedly excellent opportunity to acquire shares in a 32000ha Game Reserve in Botswana… Churches, individuals or companies can buy shares in this untouched, untamed, malaria-free part of Africa (about 450km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa)… Since it is 100km from the nearest town… and has its own conference facilities… it makes for a wonderful retreat venue… church group break-away… or missionary resting place… For more information email jacques(dot)debruin(at)gmail(dot)com and ask Jacques any questions about the Reserve or go to http://www.limpopo-lipadi.com/contactus.asp and complete the form (tick “Jacques de Bruin” in the “Referred by” field as reference).
12. LOOKING FOR CONTACT INFORMATION ABOUT THAT CHINA OPPORTUNITY? — Oops. The original item didn’t contain the contact information (“GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING” in last week’s Brigada Today). For this and other issues that come up following the initial publication of a Brigada Today, you can always go to the web edition to see if the contact information (or other edit) has been added/edited there. We posted this contact within a few short hours of the initial emailing of last week’s issue. And in fact, for any current issue of Brigada, just click to: http://www.brigada.org and in the first paragraph of text, find a link or two to the current issue.
13. JOB OPENING AT INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CONCERN — International Christian Concern (ICC) has an opening for a Chief Operating Officer (COO). ICC is an international human rights org. in the Washington DC area that serves the persecuted church. They are looking for a detailed individual with international experience as well as previous management experience. The COO that can manage their headquarters staff, provide general leadership, and coordinate field operations. You can see more detail at the following URL, which “wraps” because it’s so long: http://www.persecution.org/newsite/jobopenings.php?PHPSESSID=e6d7a26e78 11171f37942d5cbe94bd86 If you have trouble reassembling this link, just click on this smaller link which we created for ICC at tinylink: http://tinyurl.com/9dbps They are asking that all applicants apply through the web. If you don’t have web access you can email your resume and cover letter to icc(at)persecution(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
14. WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELP AND SPONSORSHIPS — Thanks to the anonymous donor who gave $25, and to Dial-Abroad, which sponsored us with a $129 gift as a result of those who use Dial-Abroad’s service in July. (To learn more, visit: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and choose “Dial-Abroad”. In addition, thanks to Andy for sending $10 and his encouraging note, ” Thank you for your efforts in getting our website out to other Missionary organizations and Missionary families via your Brigada Today newsletter. We have gained several new customers because of this. May the Lord continue to bless you and your Missionary news organization.” Learn more about Andy’s company, C Y Technologies Inc, by clicking to: http://www.global-airtime.com or by dialing 888-683-0653 in the USA, toll-free. This weeks’s gifts put us over the $8000 mark for 2005, a tremendous victory and a great milestone on our way to the goal of $16,576. We’re almost halfway there. Would you be able to make it official by providing that last $300 to bring us to 50%? If so, just 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. 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. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

20050529 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. :-( WE STILL NEED 300 OR SO MORE SURVEY-TAKERS :-(
2. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS IN US AND CANADA
3. WELCOME, BRACKENHURST CENTER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION
4. SEEKING GLOBAL DIAL-UP SERVICE
5. NEW RESOURCE TO KEEP CHURCHES IN TUNE WITH MISSIONS
6. AIMS APPOINTS THREE NEW VPs
7. PEOPLE RAISING SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL
8. EVERYTHINGMISSIONS.COM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE FIELD
9. ADVENTURES WITH INTERACT MINISTRIES
10. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
11. WOULD YOU HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA?
12. PLEASE HELP WITH SURVEY
13. THE BACK PAGE: WHICH IS IT
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. :-( WE STILL NEED 300 OR SO MORE SURVEY-TAKERS :-( — Thanks to the 200 or so people what have logged on at:
http://brigada.org/followership/
where they’ve taken a 5-minute survey that will hopefully allow Doug to finish his dissertation. Trouble is, he needs about 300 more people… 500 in all. One reader wrote this past week, ” Hi, Doug! Can you use my Filipino staff for your dissertation? Most of them are professionals, they raise some of their own support & we are definitely an evangelical mission organization!” The answer? Most definitely. If you’d like to help… or if you know someone (or 300 someones) who can, send them to:
http://brigada.org/followership/
2. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS IN US AND CANADA — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will hold back-to-back Christian comics seminars in August 2005. Lifewerks will host the US event at Bible Baptist Church in Claymont, DE (greater Philadelphia metro area) on August 8-10. Concept Erya will host the Canadian event at The Baptist Church of Longueil in Longueil (Quebec) from August 12-14. These seminars are for Christian communicators who want training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. Sessions include Scripting, Storyboarding, and Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. For the US event please contact Lifewerks at KieffJ5(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Canadians may register for the Quebec event online at http://www.concepterya.com/coursbd.asp To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
3. WELCOME, BRACKENHURST CENTER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION — Reader Ed Brown reports that he and colleagues in Kenya have just formed this new organization to pursue ‘a God-centered response to environmental crises that brings glory to the Creator.’ The US base is in Madison, WI, and the organization has one project running in Kenya. Ed and colleagues hope to be a resource to fellow mission organizations while mobilizing the church toward a meaningful and effective, God glorifying response to environmental challenges. Resources for other ministries will eventually include seminars on such topics as appropriate responses to environmental problems, and using environmental outreach as entry strategies in limited access areas. Consultations are available now. Ed would love to hear from you! Check out their website: http://www.careofcreation.org or write to Ed at careofcreation(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. SEEKING GLOBAL DIAL-UP SERVICE — Has anyone a recommendation for a good, economical global internet dial-up service offering multiple connections in Africa and Asia. AT&T has cut back on international numbers. Barb is now using MaGlobe, which is charged by the minute ($8 hourly in Africa). I’ve used GRIC and Skype. Is there anything better? IPass? Others? Please reply to: barb(at)joshuaproject(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] We’ll ask her to assemble a report so we can present it hear at a later date.
5. NEW RESOURCE TO KEEP CHURCHES IN TUNE WITH MISSIONS — Are you looking for a resource that can not only keep missions in front of your church, but also encourages missions involvement? Mission Network News, a service of Cornerstone University, is now producing a monthly church bulletin insert subscription service. The annual subscription provides your church with the latest news from the field each month, plus opportunities to pray and physically help. These stories are taken right from their radio broadcast and are only days old by they time they’re delivered. Go to http://www.MNNonline.org/ and click on the bulletin insert to see a sample and subscribe.
6. AIMS APPOINTS THREE NEW VPs — Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) has added three new leaders for its global outreach team: Bill Fast, Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer; Donna Fast, Vice President of Financial Operations and Chief Financial Officer; and a new Vice President of International Ministry (omitted for security reasons). Learn more about AIMS at http://www.aims.org
7. PEOPLE RAISING SHORT TERM SUPPORT MANUAL — Now there is fundraising help for those going on short term missions trips through a specially designed 16-page People Raising support manual by William Dillon, author of “People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support.” This manual captures the nuts and bolts of People Raising and puts it in a way to be the most help to short termers. It is concise and offers 7 key steps that will walk anyone quickly through the support raising process. It is designed to reduce the fears many people have as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise the funds. To order multiple copies for your ministry go to http://www.peopleraising.com/tools.cfm#stm or e-mail [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. EVERYTHINGMISSIONS.COM: EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE FIELD — This place very well could become your missions outfitters and suppliers discount superstore. They handle short and long term missions supplies, resources and needs.

For more info contact Matt http://www.everythingmissions.com

matt(at)everythingmissions(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. ADVENTURES WITH INTERACT MINISTRIES –- Do you feel the “call of the wild,” or are you just feeling called to the Great White North? Then InterAct Ministries may be a perfect fit for you. InterAct plants churches along the North Pacific Crescent, which includes Western Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. They offer short terms trips (Impacts) every summer and have a wide variety of full-time positions available. Check out their website: http://www.interactministries.org For more information, email Shawn at shawn.strannigan(at)interactministries(dot)org .
10. THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS! — Thanks to COSIM (Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries) for their very kind $100 gift. Learn more about their 2005 conference at http://www.cosimnet.org Thanks, too, to the anonymous encouraging friend who sent $50 with a note attached: “Thank you for your faithful service to us all. No acknowledgement desired.” (glow) :-)
11. WOULD YOU HELP UNDERGIRD BRIGADA? — 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. These gifts help us cover costs like webspace, part-time secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. Our goal is to raise $16,576 for 2005 and so far, we’re up to $5,328.22.
12. PLEASE HELP WITH SURVEY — Will you take 5′ to help Doug finish his doctorate? It’s free! :-) Just click here to get started: http://brigada.org/followership/ Doug’s making progress. About 180 or so have completed the survey. He has set a goal to finish the entire project during the next 6 months. Please, please tackle a 5-minute survey so Doug can finish this degree! :-) Thanks!!!
13. THE BACK PAGE: WHICH IS IT — A “SIGN” OR A “SINKHOLE” — The mission with which I work, Team Expansion, has recently acquired 61 acres where we hope to build a prayer, retreat, and training center for missionaries and those who send them. In a couple of basins on the property, we have sinkholes. Think of these babies as ‘caves in formation.’ They may be interesting geologically… but they’re kind of a hassle practically. Our volunteers can be walking along through a patch of high weeds and suddenly just vanish. It’s definitely a negative motivator for recruiting new volunteers. (OK… I’m exaggerating just a bit… but only a bit.)

How are we supposed to view these sinkholes? Does it mean God didn’t intend for us to purchase this property? Unlikely… By God’s grace, the project went from start to finish — all 61 acres — 100% paid for in less than 16 months, all by means of a unique strategy that didn’t even require a capital funding campaign. (That’s the subject of another “Back Page”. :-) ) So it’s obvious to us that God has been “in it.” Besides… there are only 2 relatively small areas where they occur… and we’ve already started mitigating both areas with input from a geologist from the US Dept. of Natural Resources (using special forms of French drains). In short, we’re kind of glad they’re there. As I say — they’re kind of an interesting feature. (I say that even as we work to eliminate or lessen their impact on the basin where they occur. :-) )

So if they’re not a “sign” to turn back, what are they then? I look at them like a track runner looks at hurdles. They’re just something else we have to jump over (kind of literally! :-) ).

Sometimes it’s helpful to remember these sinkholes as we tackle other more “spiritual” projects. Having trouble entering a new country? Somebody at the conference table inevitably says, “I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.” Maybe. Maybe not. You see, what I’m trying to say is … I don’t believe each and every apparent difficulty is put there as a spiritual signpost to tell us to turn back.

So if you can’t buy the first storefront for your new church facility, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not supposed to buy a storefront. It just might mean you can’t by *that* one. Take Paul for instance. He certainly didn’t stop his missionary journeys when he ran into just any ole adversity. He was shipwrecked, stoned, and even nearly killed — but still felt the power of the Lord urging him forward. (II Cor. 11:23-27, 12:10) When Peter and John encountered arrests and other roadblocks, they actually took them as a kind of ‘dare’, praying to God for all the more boldness (Acts 4:29). Any more, I kind of *savor* the chance to “smile into the face of stress”. By that I mean… when I begin to become aware that stress is building in my life, I break out in this telltale confident grin. In fact, sometimes I think — we must *reeeally* be on to something now, if we’re encountering this kind of challenge. (Satan isn’t going to give up these territories without a fight, you know.)

So — signs or sinkholes — you decide (but only with a lot of prayer). In the meantime, smile into the face of stress. You’ll be glad you did… because it’s a jungle out there. :-) Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go search for those volunteers. I know they’re here somewhere. :-)

Doug

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