SYIS

6) Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills in Phoenix —

Are you ready to identify, learn and practice skills that will enhance your effectiveness and your enjoyment of the people God has placed in your life? This is your invitation and opportunity to register for Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS), a workshop entirely focused on improving your daily interactions. SYIS will be held May 1-6 at Frontiers’ headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona. Register by March 8 to take advantage of the early-bird discount price of $295. Details are available at

 

http://www.frontiersUSA.org/SYIS or write

 

MemberCareatfrontiersUSAdotorg

8) Want to Sharpen Your Interpersonal Skills Tomorrow (literally)?

If you live in or near Langley, British Columbia (or would like to travel there like… *today*… :-), you’re in luck. The course literally starts March 1st and lasts for one week. Learn more at

http://www.itpartners.org

It will be held at the Gateway Missionary Training Centre, Langley BC. The cost is $250.00 CDN or USD equivalent and includes lunch and materials. Some accommodations are available at Gateway. Questions?      Contact Melanie at 1-888-476-9376 or (604) 530-4283 or email

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8) Sharpen Your Interpersonal Skills

International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted by Barnabas International will be held near Birmingham, AL, October 5-10, 2008. Contact Dan at

for information. Go to

http://www.itpartners.org/

for details on all of the SYIS workshops with space available for more participants.

20060716 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK
  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT?
  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF)
  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE
  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER -— Emmaus Road International is pleased to announce the reprinting of two of their books: Prepare For Battle; Basic Training in Spiritual Warfare and The Reentry Team; Caring for Your Returning Missionaries. Through September 15th, they are offering a discounted pre-publication sale. You can read more about the books at

    http://www.eri.org/publications.html

    But you must send an e-mail to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org for details of this offer. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK — Just when we thought we were making progress… In 1974, the Lausanne Movement woke us up to “about half” the world being “hidden” from the gospel. Recent years have led us to believe that figure had shrunk to as little as 1/3 or even 1/4 of the world’s population being out of reach of the gospel. But from the looks of the top guy at Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Kevin Swanson, maybe we’re farther away from our goal than we thought. His article at…

    http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s06060084.htm

    states that “*three* out of four people alive on the earth today still have not heard the Gospel.” Rats. Back to the drawing board. (Thanks for pointing us to that URL, Matt!)


  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES — Check out the new web site for the World Christian Video Directory at

    http://www.worldchristianvideos.org

    It lists over 900 languages of Christian videos and resellers, organized by title, organization, language and country. It’s an attempt to list evangelistic, apologetic, discipleship and informational Christian videos in all the languages of the world. (Thanks Ken!)


  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will host another training October 12-15, 2006 at Living Waters Farm in Virginia. These four-day intensive exposures often illuminate the pathways for those desiring to be in missions. From the last training Robyn wrote: We are still processing the closest four days with Jesus ever! Meaning you discipled us so deeply according to the Word that we felt so close to Him, we truly were able to “hear”. Please do not wait too long to register. For more information and applications write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Learn more at: http://www.elijahcompany.org .

  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT? — Fernando wrote this past week about a new and different version of Voice over IP (VOIP) software he had just discovered. “Web Call Direct”

    http://webcalldirect.com

    has two features not found in similar services like VoipCheap or VoipFree; a) you can place a call between any two phones in the world. In other words, you first set the number of a land line accessible to you and then the number of the phone you’d like to call. The first one rings, you pick it up and then the second phone rings and the communication is established. The end result is a communication between regular phones without the computer. b) You can do all of this from a webpage using any computer in the world; no need to download any software. You can also call from your computer (if that is your preference) as with any other VOIP service (computer to computer or computer to phone). Fernando did encounter problems trying to use his credit card, though his PayPal account went through without a hitch. As with the other services mentioned previously in Brigada, US, Europe and a bunch of other countries are totally free. So if they can work out the possible credit card issues, this service will be one to watch. (Thanks Fernando!)


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

    A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will in Colorado Springs, Colorado October 8-13, 2006. Contact Robin Bower at rbower(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Go to

    http://www.itpartners.org

    for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring an SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org


  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF) — The 5th Francophone Africa Regional Consultation will take place in May 2007: CRAF Central Africa for central Africa countries will be held on 07-11 May 2007 in Bangui (CAR) and CRAF West Africa for West Africa countries will be held on 14-18 May 2007 in Lome (Togo). CRAF provides an opportunity for innovative leaders to come together to hear how God is at work across Francophone Africa, learn cutting-edge insights from one another, assess where each nation is at the unfinished task of the Great Commission, and engage the critical challenges facing the Church in Francophone Africa. To facilitate this process, two-thirds of the programme is devoted to group interaction. Each morning there will be a key address on Church Planting Movements.

    For more information, contact Mr. Younoussa Djao at ydjao.craf(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 .]


  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE — Roland Muller’s, “The Messenger, the Message, & the Community” examines three critical issues that the cross-cultural church-planter must face. Muller’s popular Honor & Shame, as well as Tools for Muslim Evangelism are included in this book, (revised editions) plus much more. There are over 300 study questions for those who want to interact with the material. This book is now available from

    http://rmuller.com

    Order now, as quantities are limited.


  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA? — Want to help make a way for Brigada to keep cranking out the door and onto missions radars worldwide? Just click on “sponsor” 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), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING? — Now that I’m a missions committee chairman in a local church, I’m perplexed with the question, “How do we *really* get people praying about missions, missionaries, and the lost people they’re trying to reach?” Fern Creek Christian Church, where my family attends when I’m not traveling, runs about 800 people in size. Having been at my post for less than a year, I’m still learning the ropes. We’re about to stage our first “Missions Fair”, but I can already sense that it’s going to be a tough challenge to get the rank and file of our church *truly* engaged with prayer and missions . . . and especially, with prayer the unreached peoples. Obviously, we have tons of videos, posters, books and other resources. But people are soooooo busy. They are so distracted. They are so already over-committed with their kids’ sports teams, 60-hour work weeks, and gas prices. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give them booklets, magnets, and lots of stories. We’ll introduce them to 20 or so missionaries that our church supports. They’ll walk through displays in our Fellowship Hall. But the real question remains, “Will their prayer lives be truly affected by what they experience?” That’s the key question. Think about it. I’ll let you know what happens in my situation. I’d love to hear more about yours. Send a message, if you have an idea, to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups.com

    (You don’t have to join the group. No one else will see your response. It’s just a holding tank for future responses.) Thanks for any advice! We’ll feature feedback in a future Brigada Today.

20060611 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING & CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET
  2. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE
  3. TERM LIFE INSURANCE
  4. PREPARE TO RAISE SUPPORT IN MUCH LESS TIME
  5. BIBLE STORYING RESOURCE WANTS TO HELP YOU!
  6. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL
  7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  8. FREE ONE YEAR SCHOOL OF PRAYER
  9. TEFL TEACHER TRAINING IN ISTANBUL
  10. WE GET HELP… WE BE THANKFUL
  11. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO CORRECT A PEER (OR NOT)
  12. CLOSING STUFF

    1. LATEST GUIDANCE ON TRAVELING & CONNECTING TO THE INTERNET — Those involved in outreach activities in foreign countries would be wise to us a HotMail account. While well known ISPs such as AOL have world wide accessibility, using them identifies a person with the nationality associated with that ISP. HotMail is country neutral and doesn’t draw attention. Use of an Internet card with HotMail is usually cheaper too.Most countries have AOL access and AOL has online storage. Messages can be read at a Internet cafe, replied to, and saved on AOL for later retrieval when you get back home.

      Here’s a pay-as-you-go service called Budget Dial Up:

      http://www.budgetdialup.com

      is a recommended when traveling. You purchase time in blocks and only pay for what you use. There are no monthly fees. They have a subsidiary for travelers called

      http://www.mytravelaccess.com

      Thanks to Stan, Mark, Fred, George, and Mike.


    1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT & MICROFINANCE — The Chalmers Center for Economic and Community Development will conduct its next Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) on July 31 – August 5, 2006 at the Jumuia Conference and Country Home in Limuru, Kenya, located outside of Nairobi. This training institute is sponsored by the Anglican Church of Kenya along with Five Talents International. It is appropriate for anyone doing outreach or ministry among the poor in the Two-Thirds World – pastors, church planters, church members, ministry staff, missionaries, and relief and development workers. The institute provides training on practical, church-based strategies for ministering to the poor without creating dependency. Specific topics include how to implement a relief or development intervention for your community without doing harm, how to promote rotating and accumulating savings and credits associations, how to partner with microfinance institutions, and how to offer small business training to low-income entrepreneurs. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to attend the training. The cost for this CEDI is $550 USD and covers room, board and tuition. For specific information about the courses taught and to register for the CEDI, visithttp://www.chalmers.org

      and click on the Limuru, Kenya link located under the Christian Economic Development Institute heading.


    1. TERM LIFE INSURANCE -– There are an increasing number of term life insurance options available for the international worker. If desired, coverage can be limited to AD&D (Accidental Death & Dismemberment) only. Amounts of coverage can be as low as $50,000 and up to and over $1,000,000. If purchased together with health insurance, term life coverage can be found for any country in the world. For term life quotes: name, age, overseas residence (country and city) and type of work are needed. For more information contactjeff(at)gninsurance(dot)com or call 480/813-9100. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit

      http://www.gninsurance.com


    1. PREPARE TO RAISE SUPPORT IN MUCH LESS TIME -– It doesn’t have to take years to raise your support for mission service. There are proven, transferable attitudes and skills that you can develop which will make support raising quicker, easier and much less terrifying. A new training option is now available through live, interactive video conferencing. You can receive, on loan, a high tech video conferencing unit which is easy to plug in and use. You need high speed internet access and a TV monitor. You meet live on line with an experienced trainer for five hours a week three weeks. It is low cost and it will equip you with the communication and relational skills you need to be successful in partnership development ministry for a lifetime.http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

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


    1. BIBLE STORYING RESOURCE WANTS TO HELP YOU! — Please tell story4all about your storying work, training or events and your ministry could receive a highlight on the story4all podcast, with events listed in the web site “Calendar”. story4all is here to help those who want to learn more about Bible storying, oral strategies, those who want to make disciples of oral learners, as well as to facilitate networking between agencies and individuals and vice versa. Check out the story4all web site and podcast, and contact story4all by visiting:http://story4all.com

      Have you heard the story4all podcast yet? Cut & paste this URL into your “podcatching” software to freely subscribe to the weekly show:

      feed://story4all.libsyn.com/rss


    1. GET PRE & MID FIELD RUSSIAN LANGUAGE TRAINING THIS FALL — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes now forming for our 16 week fall course (Aug. 28- Dec. 15). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119.RLMoffice(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 .]

      http://www.russianlanguage.org


    1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating effectively to one another and to the host people.A workshop hosted by Arab World Ministries will held near Sanary-sur- Mer, France September 10-15, 2006. Please contact Carrie Lyon at clyon(at)marnet(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

      Go to

      http://www.itpartners.org

      for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    1. FREE ONE YEAR SCHOOL OF PRAYER — There are keys to answered prayer. Best-selling authors, prayer leaders, and conference speakers, Eddie and Alice Smith, with the U.S. Prayer Center now offer their 52-Week School of Prayer online! Imagine receiving a unique lesson on prayer in your email inbox each week for an entire year! You’ll never need to leave home to attend a class or pay an enrollment fee. They will teach you how to have a fulfilling quiet time; to experience intimacy with God through prayer; to pray our family and friends to Christ; and more. Appropriate across denominational lines. Offer it to your friends, your church, or ministry. Be one of 100,000 the Smiths will mentor with this free course. Receive as a bonus for enrolling the amazing PDF report, “138 Ways to Mobilize Prayer.” Simply enter your first name and email address at:http://www.TeachMeToPray.com

    1. TEFL TEACHER TRAINING IN ISTANBUL — It’s slated for July 6 – 8. Here is an opportunity to learn how to teach English to non-native English speakers. Teaching techniques, language skill development and curriculum selection and options will be just some of the topics. The primary focus of the seminar will be Conversational English.

    2. WE GET HELP… WE BE THANKFUL — Thanks to the church in Tulsa, OK, which sent $125 along with a thank-you note for the “resources Brigada keeps on supplying.” Well we’ll be honest — your support helps us keep on supplying. God be praised! Thanks! Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, and outreach conferences all around the world? Just go tohttp://www.brigada.org

      and click on “sponsor” 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), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  1. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO APPROACH A PEER (OR NOT) — Last week we talked about the concept of approaching “the head man” in a tribe . . . or a company. Our basic premise was: go to the person in charge. But what if you have an issue with someone who is your peer… someone “across departmental lines” or someone in the team across town. You feel funny going to his/her team leader or boss because you’re afraid you’ll get him/her in trouble, right? Good answer. What’s more, the boss might not know you or accommodate your desire to discuss the matter. He or she might think you’re stepping out of line to bring up something that had nothing to do with your work area.So what if you observe shoddy or less-than-best performance on the part of the guy across the hall, who serves under a different boss? My own take is — it depends. If the team member has a reasonable team leader (one who is reasonably gifted in leadership), sometimes it might make more sense for you to report the troubling behavior or less-than-best performance. Speak directly to the person’s overseer. However, if the team member’s point-man is seemingly less understanding… or if you’ve had a hard time getting your point across to him or her (sometime before), then there are times where you’ll feel uncomfortable going to the team leader of the friend. In cases like these (where the team leader isn’t as present), you might decide to throw out the “head man” rule and approach the struggling brother or sister directly. Here are some important and easy tips to maximize your chance of success:

    *** Focus on one thing at a time, in a positive way, if possible: Refuse the temptation to bring up a laundry list. For example, if the I.T. guy can’t train, can’t program, can’t write instructions, and can’t show up to work on time, and, to make matters worse, if his boss is unreasonable as well, yes you might have to approach him directly, as a peer. But don’t make a list… or at least, don’t *show* him the list. Just decide on the highest priority item and approach him on that item first. In the previous case, maybe you begin by pulling him aside and asking him to help you understand a particular protocol or command. In the process, you coax him to train you in a friendlier fashion, then you tell him, “It really helped me when you described the solution in such-and-such a terms.” Make sure the guy knows you *appreciate* what he just did (the helpful training behavior). Truth be known, you’re mentoring him… but it’s perhaps team-member-specific-mentoring, in that he’ll probably interpert it as being the kind of behavior he ought to show *you* and you alone. That’ll be ok at first. At least it’ll help you do your job better.

    *** Go one-on-one: Trust us… If you go as a group, it’ll feel more embarrassing, more overwhelming, and bigger than life. Go one-on-one.

    *** Uplift the positive: Whenever possible, try to “catch her in the act of being good” rather than criticizing her errant behavior.

    *** Try to establish a relationship first, *then* correct: It’s a *ton* easier to take correction from a *friend* rather than someone at a distance. What’s more, we’ll *care* more when a friend gives us feedback. We seem to always be able to rationalize or justify when it’s someone about whom we have little invested interest.

    *** Whenever possible, use metaphors if appropriate: For some reason, people remember stories better. So if you can say it with an illustration, without it becoming hokey, do it.

    Using these 5 simple approaches, perhaps you can turn a lemon into lemonade: The person with troubling behavior just might become a close friend, believe it or not. And friends are good, … because it’s truly a jungle out there!

    Doug

20060212 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  2. CALEB PROJECT TO HOST THE CONNECTION CONFERENCE
  3. ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GCoMM 2006
  4. INTENSIVE CROSS-CULTURAL INTERNSHIP IN NORTH AFRICA
  5. CALIFORNIA WEB EVANGELISM CONFERENCE
  6. SECOND WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY
  7. ZWEMER
  8. NEED A GETAWAY?
  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION POSTPONED
  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHIP IN
  11. THE BACKPAGE: SNOOPY’S TIPS FOR SAYING THANKS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted by International TEAM will be held in Dubai, UAE April 22-27, 2006. Contact Bill Turner at desertspring(at)tapmail(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul plere(at)itpartners(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. CALEB PROJECT TO HOST THE CONNECTION CONFERENCE — More than 750 leaders representing more than 100 area churches are expected to tap into an array of workshops and exhibits at a state-wide missions conference called The Connection: God’s People Empowered to Reach Our Communities and the World, March 16-18, 2006, at Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver’s south suburb of Highlands Ranch. Urban and Hispanic ministries are a new focus this year, including worship led by the multi-ethnic Confluence Band. The non-denominational event is sponsored by a coalition of churches and international mission agencies. Speakers and mission consultants will offer 72 workshops in eight different tracks. This regional missions conference is designed to equip, empower, and release God’s people in their unique role and application of Acts 1:8.

    The plenary speakers for this conference are Fran Blomberg, adjunct professor of Intercultural Ministries, Denver Seminary, missions consultant, and Doctoral student at Western Seminary; Ted Travis, Pastor of Jubilee Community Church in Denver and president of Neighborhood Ministries; and Scott Wenig, Pastor of Aspen Grove Community Church and professor of Applied Theology at Denver Seminary. The eight equipping tracks will include: Urban Transformation, Church Mobilization, Children’s EXPO, Effective Short-term Missions, Your Next Steps in Missions, Encountering Muslims, Purpose-driven Business, and a track for Hispanic ministry.

    Conference details can be found at http://www.calebproject.org/connection


  3. ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS FOR GCoMM 2006 — Hundreds of musicians, music missionaries, educators, worship pastors, and Christian leaders from around the world will gather for the second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006), to be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. At GCoMM 2006, a superb team of plenary and seminar speakers will explore the cultural aspects of music and worship. Register for GCoMM 2006 before April 1 and receive an early-bird rate of $245, which includes 12 meals. The convenient online registration will also allow you to reserve your spot in Bethel University’s on-campus housing, obtainable on a “first come, first served” basis for $25/night. Discounted registration rates are also available for students and those coming from outside of North America. See all details and register now at

    http://www.gcommhome.org to take advantage of these select discounts. [GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.]


  4. INTENSIVE CROSS-CULTURAL INTERNSHIP IN NORTH AFRICA — Live with a Muslim family, study Arabic, and learn “how-to” study another culture May 20 – June 3 in North Africa. The program is led by a professor with 20 years of experience in the region, and is an excellent way to experience what it would be like to work long-term among Muslims. Participants include potential missionaries, current missionaries who want to improve their cross-cultural skills, and any who need a first- hand experience with Muslims in order to increase their effectiveness and missionary vision. The internship can be taken for academic credit or noncredit and is sponsored by The Zwemer Center for Muslim Studies, based at Columbia International University (CIU) in South Carolina. Registration deadline is April 1. For more information please email eurocourse(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . ]

  5. CALIFORNIA WEB EVANGELISM CONFERENCE — Don’t miss TechVangelism conference on technologies for communicating Christ cross-culturally, at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, California, 18 March 2006:

    http://techvangelism.org


  6. SECOND WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — Internet Evangelism Day this year will be 7 May 2006. The purpose of this focus day is to share with Christians the potential and strategies for effective online outreach. Any church or mission group can create a custom program using downloadable PowerPoint, video clips, dramas, music, handouts and posters from the site:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/index.php


  7. ZWEMER — What is currently taking place around the world as a result of cartoons about Muhammad suggests we in the West need to focus more on Muslims! This is the 10th Summer Institute in Islam, July 3-28, 2006 on the campus of Columbia International University in South Carolina. In the four, one-week courses, the focus in on understanding Islam, building healthy relationships with Muslims and training workers to effectively present the gospel. With over 35 hours of class instruction for each course, Zwemer’s distinctive over other similar programs is that it provides in-depth training for the Church’s greatest challenge in the 21st century. Material can be taken for credit or as a seminar (non-credit). Please go to http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies and follow the link to Zwemer. You can register on line or e-mail muslimstudies(at)ciu.edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also call 1-800-777-2227, Ext. 3325.

  8. NEED A GETAWAY? — If you can’t hit the entire Connection, at least take part in a getaway. See it at: http://www.pastorsretreatnetwork.org/ — free meals, room, and more… if you’ll rest and enjoy life in a laid back sort of way. Very interesting business model. :-) (Seriously – they want to take care of missionaries!)

  9. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION POSTPONED –- The Unreached Peoples Consultation, “Connections for Kingdom Advancement” scheduled for March 21-24 in Virginia Beach, VA, has been postponed. The Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) is planning to reschedule the consultation this October or November. An announcement will be released when the dates are solidified. For up-to-date information, visit the consultation website at http://www.upc2006.org or call AFMA at (757) 226-5850. (Thanks.)

  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHIP IN — This past week, we received these welcome gifts: $6.38 from Good Neighbor Insurance because someone signed up with them via Brigada,

    http://www.gninsurance.com/brigada.asp

    and $10.08 from Blessed Hope Communications for those who talked on the phone this past month! :-)

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    We also rec’d $18 from Insurance Services of America, where Mark Sneed is the VP, again, as a kind of “finder’s fee”.

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Thank you to these sponsors. Please remember them and the gracious way they’re helping Brigada.


  11. THE BACKPAGE: SNOOPY’S TIPS FOR SAYING THANKS — I remember a Charlie Brown comic that pictured Snoopy trying to make friends with the cat next door. Snoopy walks up to the cat with the “right paw of fellowship” extended . . . but covering his paw is a ball glove (with extra padding). It’s a comical commentary at curing cross-cultural conflict. But the trouble is — sometimes it’s a lot like real life. We reach out to others to say thanks but fail to appreciate the cultural differences.

    Let’s take, for instance, the missionary who gets behind on his or her reports. 2 months pass, 3 months, 4 months… and the next thing you know, a supporting church has to come knocking, with a question like, “Have I somehow been dropped off your mailing list?” :-) Well in this case, the churches that banked on regular reporting are now hearing nothing . . . and that *silence* becomes the distance-maker, pushing more and more *space* between the missionary and the donor.

    So how can we say thanks? I’m learning that it varies some. For one supporter, it truly might be just by sending the written report. For Team Expansion, that’s supposed to go out *monthly*. But for another one, it might be a phone call (upon receipt of an out-of-the-ordinary gift). For another, maybe it could mean attending the funeral of the donor’s close relative. Yet another might appreciate a handwritten thank-you note, “Just writing to tell you that we really appreciate you.”

    In today’s world, we sometimes get so busy with automation and mass production that we forget . . . personal is good. They had to sign the check. Let’s sign the card. So whether it’s with the pen or phone, or a voice or visit, let’s all work harder at saying thank you in a way that inspires greater and greater levels of trust and respect. I believe God will get more and more glory as we do that. And that’s a good thing… because it’s a jungle out there. We need Him.

20051106 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT?
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP!
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development provides distance learning courses on church- based, field-tested strategies that promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor. These courses are email-based guided readings with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments along with peer interaction. Three courses are offered. The first is scheduled for Jan. 2-27, 2006. It provides an understanding of the needs of the poor and lays the goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. The second gives an overview to Christian microenterprise development and microfinance. The third teaches the basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) as a ministry tool. To learn more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org . You can also contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 (US) or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM ONLINE — Caleb Project is pleased to announce EWI Online, the distance-learning version of Encountering the World of Islam. In 12 weeks, EWI Online provides a positive, balanced, and biblical perspective on God’s heart for Muslims and equips Christians to reach out to them in Jesus’ love. Students learn about Muhammad and the history of Islam, gain insight into today’s conflicts, discover the frustrations and desires of Muslims, and learn how to pray for and befriend them. EWI Online involves textbook readings, downloadable lectures, weekly online discussions, meeting a Muslim and visiting a local Islamic center, four quizzes, one paper and a Concert of Prayer. Students complete one lesson each week. Winter classes begin January 2! For more information, email info(at)encounteringislam(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or see http://www.encounteringislam.org
3. GRANTS AND LOAN DIRECTORY — The “American Grants and Loans Directory” is now available. This publication contains more than 1500 financial programs, subsidies, scholarship, grants and loans offered by the US federal government. It also includes over 700 financing programs available by foundations across the United States. The Canadian Subsidy Directory is also available for Canada. The CD version is $69.95 and the printed version is $149.95. To order, just call 450-224-9275 in Canada.
4. MAPPING FOR MISSION WORKSHOP — Catch some introductory training for the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) for ArcView, December 5-9, 2005 at Global Mapping International (Colorado Springs, CO). Learn how to implement the GMMS for your ministry. Tuition will be $300.00 for GMMS licensees & $500.00 for those who have not acquired the GMMS (Price includes printed materials and lunches/snacks). Multiple attendees from a single organization will each receive a $50.00 tuition discount. For more information, contact Tony tony(at)gmi(dot)org or call 1-800-569-6312. Remember to respond quickly. Space is limited to 10 participants. If you sign up by November 21st, you’ll guarantee your spot and save $25.00 off registration. (Note: The cost of lodging and meals other than lunch are not included in the tuition fees.) Visit http://www.gmi.org/gmms to find out more.
5. PEACE COLLEGE SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar.) Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th. This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(dot)org
6. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — This valuable workshop will be held February 27 to March 3, 2006 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. The Cost will be $190.00CDN which includes lunch and course materials. This course, developed by Dr. Ken Williams, is offered internationally and has been greatly appreciated by intercultural workers around the world. Gateway Missionary Training Centre has offered the workshop each year since February 2001 to missionaries from a variety of organizations. For more information contact info(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or call 604-530-4283 and ask for Beverly.
7. DO YOU FIND ENGLISH DIFFICULT? — Then go to http://www.easyenglish.info and click on ‘What’s new’. Now download ‘Stories from the Book of Genesis’. Helen Sealey has written these exciting stories in short sentences, using Accessible EasyEnglish (level A 1200 words in the lexicon). She has designed them especially for anyone who struggles to read English. The EasyEnglish Bible Dictionary is also available now, from the same website. This item explains over 800 Bible words in EasyEnglish.
8. WEB PUBLISHING, DATABASE PROGRAMMING FOR $10 US AN HOUR — Here’s a Christian-owned company that does Web & Flash Publishing/programming, Graphics Designing, Database Programming, Image Processing and Data Capturing (data capturing from faxes, books, magazines, forms), Admin Support, Data Entry, File conversion (from one file format to another). For more information, please contact Brian cbpdirect(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 .]
9. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP! — Thanks to Dial-Abroad for their sponsorship in response to Brigada readers signing up with their service. This past week, they sent $103.76… so if you ever need phone services, please consider them first. Just go to http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.
10. THE BACK PAGE: LESSONS FROM A SMALL AIRCRAFT FLIGHT — When I’m not writing Brigada material, I’m trying to do my best to lead a little missions agency called Team Expansion, with about 260 full-time workers in 36 countries. When our field workers experience a loss of a parent or child, we try to make sure someone from our “home office” attends the funeral with them. I’m guessing most other agencies do the same. Well one of those funerals was scheduled to happen today. The funeral was slated to take place in a small rural community in Central Illinois. Commercial flights just didn’t line up . . . so I was forced to plan to make the 9-hour drive (originating at a missions convention I was attending), leaving at 2am or so. Not an ideal situation… but doable. (We do what we have to do, right? :-) ) Well the truth is, my co-workers love me… so after I went to sleep at 9:30pm or so, they were like little elves, scurrying around arranging better options for me. :-) When my alarm went off at 1:30, I found a note under my door explaining that they had managed to secure a friend of the mission to fly me there in a private plane. What’s more, another staff person had volunteered to accompany me. I was instructed to go back to bed and sleep for another 4 hours. Instead of having to drive 9 hours one way, the pilot got me there and back in 5 hours round trip!

As I pondered the events of the day, I took away a few lessons from the whole process.

First, I’m convinced that scheduling the trip to the funeral was the right thing, even though it was hard. The truth is — sometimes we evaluate our courses of action based on how difficult we guess they’ll be. More and more I’m realizing that if I just focus on doing what’s right, lots of the infrastructure grows up after the decision is made.

Second, traveling by plane — “as the crow flies” — sure makes a lot more sense than driving along traditional roads. The metaphor is probably goes without saying: Let’s solve problems by tackling them “head-on.” Let’s don’t allow traditions to slow us down, regardless of how many times “we’ve done it that way before.”

Finally, I was thrilled at my team’s willingness to take initiative. Can you believe they changed my travel plans “while I was sleeping!” But one of the reasons they took that initiative, I think, was because they knew me well enough to know that I’ve empowered them to do more than just *talk*. They know they can take action and, within reason, make big changes — even changes that impact the president :-) — and life will go on. In fact, lots of times, it goes on better!

So … next time you think you have your travel plans set for the morrow, beware closing your eyes to go to sleep — if you’ve trained your team to dream, plan, and take action. You just might wake up to learn that the tables have turned… and the outcome just might be tons better than what you had originally hoped!

And that’s a good thing… because it’s truly a jungle out there.

Doug

20050717 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. NOW GET GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR HOME & OVERSEAS STAFF AS 1
2. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
3. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY
4. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS?
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT
12. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP)
13. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT?
14. CLOSING STUFF

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

A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held at Palmer Lake, Colorado near Colorado Springs October 9-14, 2005. Contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].
3. GO GLOBAL WITH GLOBAL MISSIOLOGY — Global Missiology http://www.globalmissiology.org is a quarterly publication with original research and contributions from researchers, practitioners and scholars of international representation with global perspectives. In this July issue under the theme Word and Deed, there is a new section “technology & culture” to cover the inter-phase & integration of technology with Christian life and mission outreach. Also, enjoy the new Chinese version in both “full script” and “simplified script” formats for GM readers. Just simply “click” the appropriate language choice to switch back & forth. In accordance to the missiological principle of indigenization, everything in the Chinese version is originally developed by Chinese missiologists; not translation from English. Lord willing, future plan includes GM in other languages such as French, Spanish, and Portuguese to network missiologists internationally to be inclusive and truly global. Send all inquiries to editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. EFFECTIVE PLANNING, TRAINING AND LEADING OF SHORT-TERM TEAMS -– This one-day seminar will be offered on Saturday, October 1 at Taylor Seminary, in Edmonton, Alberta through joint sponsorship of Taylor Seminary and Vanguard College. Early Bird registration (before Sept. 15) is only CAD$35.00 and includes lunch. To register call Renetta at 780-431-5246 or email Renetta(dot)geisler(at)taylor-edu(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. DENTAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONS — Learn a practical skill through which you can demonstrate the love of Christ in an effective way. In only 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand instruments. The needs are great. No injections or expensive equipment involved. Monthly courses in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or write dentaltrainingformissions(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 .]
6. INTERESTING PERSPECTIVE ON THE FUTURE OF AIRLINE INDUSTRY — Thanks to Brian for finding this interesting perspective on the future of airline ticketing, or the lack thereof: http://hasbrouck.org/blog/archives/000574.html Bottom line of this article: etickets and their fallout appear likely to unsettle the traditional world of connecting from one airline to another. Yikes. The jungle just got a little bit more complicated.
7. WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC SHORT-TERM MISSIONS? — Do you have teams or individuals doing short-term mission trips in the States this summer? If so make sure they have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “Trip Protector” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $24 for trips up to 30 days! This plan will also cover baggage and personal items that are lost, stolen or damaged!

For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.InsuranceForTrips.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(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 call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare. They have a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
8. GET THE LOWDOWN ON THE LATEST IN LATIN AMERICAN MISSIONS — The Second Latin Missionary Consultation will take place in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 19 to 23, 2005. The First Consultation was in Stavanger, Norway, on 2004, with a very good result. This will be a good opportunity for Latin missionaries serving overseas to share their ideas and fellowship with other missionaries. For more information visit the consultation website at http://www.missionarios.com
9. HOW DO CHINESE CHARACTERS REVEAL THE GOSPEL — Did you know that Chinese culture/characters contain evidence that the ancient Chinese descended from Noah and knew the Genesis history? Want to learn more and even share this with a Chinese friend? The Intercessors for China 2006 prayer calendar shares some of this evidence and its evangelistic potential in twelve beautifully illustrated monthly profiles and has 365 carefully researched prayer items for China’s cities and minorities. Why should you care about this in July? If you buy before August 1, you can take advantage of their “Two More for China” offer. You’ll get two copies of the 2006 calendar, “Chinese Characters Reveal the Gospel,” plus two copies of the current 2005 calendar, “Chinese Christian Women,” all for less than $15, including shipping. One for you and one to share: that’s two more praying for China! Callers in the US/Canada can dial toll-free 1-888-462-5481. Others can call 1-717-687- 8564. Email: order(at)prayforchina(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Calendars can be ordered after August 10 at the regular prices as posted at http://www.prayforchina.com
10. FOR SOME, DANCE UNLOCKS KEY TO CULTURE — The weekend of the 8-11 July 2005 was very exciting for all those who took part in the very first International Dance Weekend at All Nations Christian College in Ware, Herts. Organised in partnership with the Christian Dance Fellowship of Great Britain, participants and teachers came from all over the country and beyond, including Germany. Three main dance areas were studied from the Indian form of classical dance Bharatha Natyam to Oriental Egyptian dance and Bollywood. … For more information or details of opportunities to study the Arts and Culture, contact Jill Ford on arts(at)allnations(dot)ac(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 visit http://www.allnations.ac.uk
11. NG TO GHANA WEST AFRICA? — The North American Women’s Association, committed for over 35 years to helping women & children in Ghana, has compiled an extensive, resourceful insider’s database for Ghana at http://www.noworriesghana.com Laurie Korum, missionary nurse to Ghana for more than ten years, doesn’t promise to have all the answers but is willing to help field questions for those considering coming to Ghana. Her contact is Ghana_Laurie(at)hotmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. THANKS TO THOSE WHO ARE HELPING US HELP GET BRIGADA OUT — This past week, we appreciated a gift from Andy at Dial-Abroad for $105, representing the long-distance calling benefits some Brigada readers generated through using Dial-Abroad long distance. If you’re talking on the phone anyway, and you’re thinking about switching anyway, try Andy’s services by clicking here. Thanks Andy!

Would you like to help make Brigada happen next week and beyond? Your sponsorship or gift helps offset the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising. To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click here (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
13. HELP PUSH DOUG OVER THE EDGE (AND LEARN FOLLOWERSHIP) — I know, I know. You’re getting tired of hearing about Doug’s dissertation survey. But the truth is, we really do need some more takers… and this survey only takes 5 minutes. It’s anonymous — in that your input won’t be shared with anyone (especially not with your supervisor). :-) Likewise, the responses of your supervisor are kept secret too. Through these surveys, we’re learning lots about the relationship between followers and their bosses, and the perceptions of each about the other. We’ll publish the broad strokes here — and if all goes well, Doug will finish a Ph.D. out of the whole thing. We’ve had about 250 people participate, and about half that many bosses have completed their matching portion (which, unfortunately, is a necessary part of the project). Would you please consider passing this request to your mission or church staff? If you’re a member of a local church, would you ask your minister(s) to participate? (It’s free of course!) Anyone who has ever completed a Masters Degree or Ph.D. can identify. We just need a bunch of viewpoints… hundreds of them. (To be precise, we need at least 500 pairs of responses — followers and their bosses. :-( Still a ways.) If you’ve ever considered yourself to be Doug’s friend – – or not — now is the time to rally the troops. Just send your staff members to: http://www.brigada.org/followership The simple instructions are all there. I’m really not kidding… maybe this will only take 5′. Please give it a shot. (Any employee of any non-profit or church anywhere in the galaxy can participate.) Thank you, thank you, thank you. :-)
14. BACK PAGE: WHAT DOES THE AGENCY WANT OUT OF IT? — The final installment of our thinking about change in missions is centered on the agency. (For those who have been napping :-), we’ve asked “what does the church want” out of missions today, and what does the missionary want.) Again, it appears to me we’re living through a period of profound change. For example, today’s generation of students are asking completely different questions about their world and how to reach it. Neal Pirolo, author of “Serving as Senders”, wrote us this past week with this observation: “As aging mission agencies are being forced to relate with a younger generation in the Church, they must come to realize that there is a major, basic different point of view. The younger generations more and more want a greater and greater involvement in the decisions relating to the tasks to which they commit. Past generations ‘signed the check’ and said, ‘God bless you. Go do it.’ Today’s (and tomorrow’s) generations want to be a part of the strategizing, planning and execution of the task. (And they are more interested in task-related proposals than ‘career’ commitments.)” This can have a *major* effect on mission agency models, as you can imagine.

But other changes are happening across the board. Again, we see effects brought about by shifts in technology, missiology, cultural values, and even the shrinking nature of a planet perhaps more in tune with itself and its inhabitants.

Our Training Director at Team Expansion, Glen Gibson, handed me an article earlier this week that helped crystallize some of these changes and their impact on missions. In it, the director of CBInt’l, Hans Finzel, lamented that missions agencies ” are not changing fast enough or deep enough to meet the needs of today’s world.” He concludes, “What worked … in the 1980s and even 1990s does not apply today.” He’s observing changes like…
*** Leadership election to leadership selection
*** US-based launching to globalization
*** Country boundaries to people groups [OK Hans... maybe we started this shift back in 1974. :-) ]
*** From territorial divisions to functional teams of ministry
*** From rigid field structures to simplicity and mobility
*** From lifetime mission careers to the revolving door of short-term service
*** From command and control administration to decentralization and regionalization
*** From using the sending churches to serving our partner churches
*** From fee-based administration to funding for value added
*** From recruiting on the campus to mobilizing from the church
*** From classic, narrow ministry focus to 360-degree deployment. [See Hans's article in the July 2005 EMQ, p. 330.]

Whoa, if that’s not a bunch of major shifts, then I’m not sitting here at 3:18am compiling Brigada Today. Yikes… it’s enough to scare the wits out of the control freaks among us.

What do *you* think today’s mission agency is seeking out of the mission agency – church – missionary continuum? What are the motivations for agencies to move forward? Why do they keep trying to do what they’ve always done? What are the “itches” that they scratch? Why do we need them? What causes their eyes to glisten and their little hearts to warm with gladness? How do we avoid offending them (and do we care? :-) )? How will they best relate to individuals as missionaries and church leaders of today and tomorrow?

Those are the haunting questions that cry out for answers. (Is that melodramatic or *what*? :-) ) Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback will be assumed anonymous, though you’re welcome to leave your name and contact information if you desire. Look for information about these responses in next week’s Brigada Today. And until then, please be careful out there — it’s a jungle you know. Doug

20050703 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. DUALREACH RESOURCES PUTS ANSWERS IN YOUR CHURCH’S HANDS
3. LOOKING FOR FREE WORSHIP SOFTWARE?
4. PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES: THE “INVISIBLE PIECE” IN MISSIONS
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
6. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS
7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
8. DON’T MISS THE MUSIC AND MISSIONS EVENT OF 2006
9. POST YOUR PHOTOS HERE, EVEN VIA EMAIL
10. TEACH TO REACH
11. FREE DESIGN SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS MINISTRIES
12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO MISSIONARIES WANT?
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — How well do you understand the needs of the poor you serve? Distance learning courses on Christian economic development are available this fall from the Chalmers Centers at Covenant College. These courses are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. They feature interaction with other distance students. The courses will help you understand the needs of the poor and how to design the appropriate programs and strategies for Christian economic development in your context. To find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers web site at http://www.chalmers.org Or you can contact the Chalmers Center by phone at 706-419-1805 or by email at chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. DUALREACH RESOURCES PUTS ANSWERS IN YOUR CHURCH’S HANDS — If you haven’t already stopped by, don’t forget about DualReach resources, available at: http://wwww.dualreach.org You can sign up there for “Synergy Newsletter,” the free missions newsletter, which supplies you with a toolkit for mobilizing people in your church, along with other helpful resources. (Thanks for the helpful gift of $25 toward Brigada’s expenses! We appreciate you!)
3. LOOKING FOR FREE WORSHIP SOFTWARE? — Try OpenSong http://www.opensong.org It does projection and manages song lyrics and chords, including transposing. It has Windows and Mac editions, with Linux in the works. Cool! (Thanks Tex! :-) )
4. PARENTS OF MISSIONARIES: THE “INVISIBLE PIECE” IN MISSIONS — Parental disapproval keeps numerous young people off the mission field. Those who do go frequently leave behind parents who are supportive but hurting. Parents, missionaries, and recruits can contact the National Network of Parents of Missionaries (NNPOM) for understanding and help. Cheryl, a licensed clinical counselor, and Diane, a POM since 2002, connect POMs with others who understand their experience through NNPOM’s website, tip sheets, and quarterly newsletter. Regional NNPOM groups serve the greater Cincinnati, OH, and Yuma, AZ, areas. NNPOM also desires to help missions leaders who want to provide care for the parents of their missionaries. Missions departments and organizations may link to the NNPOM website. Check out http://POMnet.org or email information(at)POMnet(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Fall (Aug. 29 – Dec. 16). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Check ‘em out at: http://www.strategiclanguages.org or email RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com
6. TEACH ENGLISH AND REACH THE NATIONS –- Learn how to teach English as a second or foreign language at an intensive 4-wk training schooling at the YWAM base in Lakeside, Montana, U.S.A. Teaching English can open up opportunities to go into restricted nations. The school will run from July 25 – August 19. Those interested can find more information on the web at http://www.ywammt.org or e-mail schoolinfo(at)ywammt(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call 406.844.2221.
7. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. They’re also planning a workshop hosted by Christian Life Assembly School of Missions (PAOC) at a beautiful retreat facility in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, September 19-23, 2005. For info, contact Milann Davies at mdavies(at)christianlifeassembly(dot)com for information. Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org.
8. DON’T MISS THE MUSIC AND MISSIONS EVENT OF 2006 — Mark it on your calendar; there’s been an extra day added. The second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006) will take place July 11-15, 2006 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. At GCoMM 2006 you will have the opportunity to learn, fellowship, and worship with leaders in music and missions ministries from around the world. Plenary sessions, seminars, and panels will explore topics related to music and the arts, missions, and indigenous worship world-wide. Subscribe to the GCoMM informational updates listserv from the site at: http://www.gcommhome.org or by writing to info(at)gcommhome(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] [GCoMM 2006 is made possible in part through a Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.]
9. POST YOUR PHOTOS HERE, EVEN VIA EMAIL — Don’t forget that at http://www.imageevent.com you can post photos for family, supporters, and friends to view anytime. It’s easy to use and inexpensive. The service allows you to email the photos to the site regardless of size and it handles them. It also has a feature to password protect albums so that only people with the password can view them. This should be a valuable feature for those serving in sensitive areas. (Thanks Scott!)
10. TEACH TO REACH — Grab a TESOL course August 29 through September 23 or October 3 through October 28 at Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. Additional information and application forms can be found at http://www.ywampa.org or write ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. FREE DESIGN SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS MINISTRIES — Engineering Ministries International http://www.emiusa.org based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is a Christian ministry providing free engineering and architectural services to overseas ministries and churches who are serving the poorest of the poor and preaching the gospel of Christ. They send a team of fully qualified design professionals to the project location for 10-14 days to survey the project site, meet with your leadership, and prepare preliminary designs. Final designs are completed when they return home. All services provided are free to you – they ask for partnership for one airline ticket, and simple in-country lodging and transportation for their team. Since 1982, they’ve completed over 500 projects in 75 developing countries. They are also looking for volunteer professionals to join their project trips to fulfill critical team roles in engineering, architecture, surveying, structural design, water/wastewater, electrical, and more. For more information, call 719- 633-2078, or write info(at)emiusa(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. THE BACKPAGE: WHAT DO MISSIONARIES WANT? — In the last edition of Brigada Today, we posed the question, “what do churches want?” We explored the possibility that some congregations might have changed a bit over the past few decades in what they’re hoping to “get back” out of their mission support.

Likewise, it feels to me that today’s onsite workers are different too. Many still want deep teammate relationships, good solid direction and accountability, along with a *cause* into which they can pour their lives. I’m noticing… it doesn’t have to be a cause with global consequences. Many of today’s workers seem comfortable with pouring their lives into a relatively small group of people. Today’s new generation of missionaries don’t seem motivated primarily by the quest of big salaries. In fact, as long as their needs are met, big money seems more and more hollow to them.

A quarter of a century ago, workers would sometimes commit to a particular field sight unseen. Remember your missions history lessons? In William Carey’s time, it wasn’t uncommon that workers would pack extra clothes in their own coffins when they sailed to their newly embraced far-flung fields. Nowadays, I’m not sure some ever even *leave* our homelands. Because of the immediacy of instant messaging and cell phones (not to mention satellite phones), some are able to stay in close touch with relatives and friends back home (oh — and supporters too :-) ). As a result, they never experience a true “leave- taking” … nor the accompanying adaptation.

At the same time, some want more connectivity with home. Some are much more homesick than “E.T.” (“E.T. phone home.”) Many want to see their field in advance, before they commit. And *sooo* many are unwilling to make more than a one- or two-year commitment. Sometimes it feels as if this generation of workers is less prepared in Greek and exegesis, less knowledgeable in the history of missions and cultural anthropology, and less likely to *want* to learn any of those subjects. Instead, they seem to want to “dive in” much more quickly into deep-seated relationships and ministry. This can be both a positive and a negative, depending on the circumstances.

How ’bout you? What’s your opinion? Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback can even be anonymous, if you desire.

As was the case with the previous question, we probably need to delve deeper into “what missionaries want”… because many literally *are* working in a jungle out there. Doug

20050123 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD
2. OPERATION WORLD
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS
5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS
6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
7. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS”
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY?
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN?
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. WANTED: SOMEONE WITH CONTACTS IN FOOD WHOLESALE WORLD — Know anybody who can set this new team up with a bulk food wholesale and distribution network? You’d be a part of a “business as missions” approach that would create an alternative platform for Christian workers among Muslim peoples. The workers have found an excellent product that far exceeds its industry standards for the highest grade. Olive oil… their new company can supply it by the pallet in bottles small and large, plus 5 liter tins. If you can help, write to: oliveoil(at)nym(dot)hush(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. OPERATION WORLD — Secure a special price on this landmark book by Patrick Johnstone by ordering through WEC International. Get case lots of 20 for $100.00 plus postage sent to US addresses only. Contact http://www.wec-usa.org or phone 215-646-2322 ext 150. Ask for Dave.
3. VOICE OVER INTERNET — The ability to speak telephone-style to someone else in real-time over the Internet has been around for a while. This VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is certainly highly usable now. SKYPE is a program that is being highly praised; it is essentially an instant-messaging system with voice. Advantages: – it’s no-pay – it works well – it encrypts communications, so missions with staff in Creative Access nations are using it for safe aural communication – it will even access phones for people who do not have the program – it will do conference calls – though their stated limit is 5 persons, apparently there is a way of increasing this. http://www.skype.com/ (Thanks Tony, for this reminder about Skype.)
4. BLESS GOD’S CHILDREN WITH NEW BOOKS – You can put books into the hands of God’s children with Usborne Books Missions Projects. Mission supporters participate in a pledge-based project that encourages them to read the Bible and devotions together. Supporters can make donations towards the purchase of books for missionaries to give to children. Usborne Books matches the donation with up to 25% cash or 50% value of books. The books benefit schools, orphanages and churches. The fundraisers are perfect for short-term mission trips to English or Spanish-speaking countries. Learn more at http://www.BlessThemWithBooks.com or contact Beth(at)UsborneBooksEshop(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE BIBLE REFERENCE MATERIALS — Ever thought, “I wonder who is working on Bible Reference Materials for all those minority languages?” Michael does too. If you are, know anyone who is or are interested in it please email Michael. He can be reached at Working4eternity(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 .]
6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by Youth With A Mission will be held near Bangkok, Thailand March 14-18, 2005. Contact Lennie at lenniev(at)loxinfo(dot)co(dot)th for more information.

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(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. 2020 VISION: NEW BOOK ABOUT GOD’S WORLDWIDE WORK — It’s happening, but you won’t get the details on the news. In 2020 Vision find out how the Gospel is reaching people in some amazing places! Got my own copy in yesterday . . . and it’s *great*. Lots of really cool illustrations, many of which that will preach! Exciting breakthroughs in new harvest fields are highlighted, along with scriptural insights into God’s heart for the nations. Read about the Black Berbers, the Parmiri, and the Meo people and also that the percentage of born-again Christians is growing fastest in places like Cameroon, Aruba, and Togo! Written by Bill and Amy Stearns, 2020 Vision is an invaluable tool for God’s people, providing not only in-depth updates on missions today but also practical ways for individuals and churches to get involved. Ideal for adult Bible study groups focused on reaching the whole world for Christ. For more information, an excerpt, and the Table of Contents visit: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/2020vision. To order, e-mail orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com or call 1-800-877-2665 or (616) 675-9185 (Bethany House ships internationally as well).
8. CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS — CCB is a national leader in representing nonprofits with special pricing programs since 1991 and is proud to continue providing technology solutions and support at a discount from the industry’s leading vendors, helping nonprofits to carry out their mission more efficiently and affordably. In the US, call 1-800-342-4222 or visit us online at http://www.1computerbargains.com
9. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 50 participants and 5 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 15-17 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com
10. ANOTHER TAKE ON “ENCOUNTERING NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS” — In a previous edition of Brigada Today we included a link to a review of a chapter in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Approach. Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost & John Morehead II, eds. (Kregel, 2004; ISBN#: 0-8254-2893-9). This book has received overwhelmingly positive reviews in popular and missions sources, including _Christianity Today_ (where it is a finalist as a 2004 CT Book of the Year), Anvil and Evangelical Missions Quarterly. In the interests of balance, readers will benefit from the following review from Global Missiology:
http://www.globalmissiology.net/docs_pdf/reviews/hexam_encountering_new_religious_movements.pdf
11. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA WORK! — Where would we be without them?! I remember a time “pre-Brigada-sponsored secretary”, when we were six months behind schedule on releasing these editions. Needless to say, we’re very thankful for the consideration our readers and sponsors give for these ads and charitable gifts/partnerships. This past week, we received help from: AcquireWisdom.com – $157.10 in commissions for those who visited! Anonymous from Newport News, VA – $250 YWAM Lebanon, PA – $300. They included this note: “We know that your newsletter is widely read, because we get inquiries in response to our announcements in your newsletter.” They added, “Right now we have a student from Japan who heard about our ESL school from your announcement…” Praise the Lord… We’re here for the long haul!
12. WHAT’S NEXT FOR BRIGADA TODAY? — We’re here for the long haul. Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World, recently wrote, ” The sad demise of EMIS Pulse means that the role it played in sharing about evangelical missions news from around the world, leadership changes and forthcoming events and conferences is no longer happening in the same way. You do some of this, but are these areas which could be expanded?” We’re willing to serve that role. You can help by…
*** Getting the word out about Brigada. Please mention it to your missionaries, your staffs, your team members and friends, print it in your church bulletins, put it in your church newsletter, post it on your bulletin board, and more. Just point people to the website or ask them to send a simple message to: brigada-today-subscribe-yahoogroups.com
*** Sending in items of interest to missionaries, mission agency reps, church missions team members, and more. When submitting items, you can help by going to the website at http://www.brigada.org and clicking on “submission guidelines” in the top line menu.
*** Praying for Brigada’s future
*** And if you’re led by God, helping provide for our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Your mission or company could do a sponsorship for the publicity, then write off the entire amount as advertising. Or, you or your church could make a gift. Just mention if you need a receipt; be sure the check is made out to Team Expansion.
13. THE BACKPAGE: WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN? — (The following item originally ran in the Feb. 5th, 1999, edition of Brigada Today. We run it again this week in celebration of our 10th-year anniversary.)

I’m sure many would have called me crazy. :-) (In fact, that’s actually a pretty regular occurrence. :-) ) I had just flown in from Bosnia about 24 hours earlier. The temp. was 34 degrees F., just above freezing. A cold rain was gradually turning to snow and nightfall had crept in over Louisville’s western skies.

But I couldn’t wait to show up for soccer practice. By the time we got rolling, there were 8 of us there… 4 v 4 in the scrimmage. It was great. I intercepted three low goal kicks and converted 2 of them to goals! Took another great pass from Sergey and left-footed it just inside the left post for a 3rd score.

As we walked off the field after practice, I was trying to explain to Sergey the way I felt. After all, he’s 27 and I figured he had forgotten. “You’ve got to remember, Sergey, that this is all so fresh and new to me. I mean, I’ve only been practicing with you guys for 18 months. Every time I see you run a play, I’m filing it away in my head, trying to soak it all in. The excitement is beyond words. And Sergey,” I looked him in the eye, “maybe you remember what it was like in those first couple of years?? Maybe for you it was when you were 10 or 11 years old or whatever, when the game was still fresh and exciting?” He stopped dead in his tracks, looked deep into my eyes with the slightest smile, then spoke with a soft voice that still carried telltale signs of his Ukrainian roots. “Doug, it still is.”

Duh. Why else was he out there in the rain! The 8 of us probably came for 8 different reasons. But for Sergey and me, it’s pretty obvious. There’s something about the game. You can see it in our eyes when we’re putting the leather conditioner on our boots. You can sense it in the air when we’re stretching before practice. And you can *definitely* see it in that occasional “thumbs up” I get… or, like last Tuesday night, when our coach said one of his first encouraging words to me in 18 months. “See Doug, that all started with you. You stole that ball, passed it downfield quickly, and he scored, partly because of your hustle. Way to go!” I beamed. After practice, he tried to be his normal tough self. But it was too late. He had already let it slip. :-) …

What about your life? What’s going on in your marriage, or your relationship with your friends or parents or brothers or sisters? How are things at work… or on the language route… or in class? And more importantly, what’s going on in your relationship with the Father? If you’re a beginner, like I am in soccer, maybe it’s still fresh and new. But if you’re a long-termer, like Sergey, seems to me like you’ve got to figure out how to rekindle the romance… how to make it fresh again. Maybe it’ll take some extra effort. Or maybe you can remember the early days and say, like Sergey, “It still feels that way.” Whatever the case, I think that’s what the writer of Lamentations had in mind when he wrote, in Lamentations 3:21-25: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”

So this lesson I’ve learned and I hope I’ve learned it well: Next time you have the opportunity to show up for practice in a freezing rain, go early, and stay late. And find the freshness again. You’ll be glad you did.

20050116 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HAS IT REALLY BEEN 10 YEARS?
2. RUMORS OF BRIGADA’S DEATH WERE EXAGGERATED
3. DAN SCRIBNER SAID “THUMBS UP”
4. IT WILL TAKE TIME
5. PERHAPS THE MOST ENCOURAGING RESPONSE…
6. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY?
7. SO WHAT WAS THE FIRST TRUE BRIGADA “ITEM”?
8. WANT TO SHARE YOUR OWN BRIGADA EXPERIENCE?
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN FLORIDA
10. ANYBODY ABLE TO WORK WITH AOL?
11. MUSIC AND MISSIONS CD
12. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
13. TALKING BIBLE A GREAT PERSONAL AUDIOVISUAL
14. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD SO THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
15. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL FOCUSED ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
16. GIVE INPUT ON AN MK AND WIN BIG MONEY
17. SYIS IN TURKEY: SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
18. BOOK REVIEW NOT OPEN AND SHUT
19. FAVORITE “BACKPAGE” EDITORIALS
20. CLOSING STUFF

1. HAS IT REALLY BEEN 10 YEARS? — In just 4 days, it will be. The first feeble Brigada Today was actually sent between two people. Late on the evening of January 25th, 1995, I wrote Jonathan Marsden with some newly created gadgetry he had cooked up for me as a worker in a high-tech non-profit called “CrossConnect”. (Turned out that it was *really* non-profit, so CrossConnect was sold a few times and no longer exists as a separate entity. But Jonathan is still there… and occasionally I’ll drop him a note just to see if he still hears about Brigada stuff. So Jonathan, if you’re out there in India or who knows where, if you can see this, please hang with me here a moment.)

What did that first issue say? Well a number of things… some of which have long since gone by the wayside — nearly. One of the proposals was that we set up people-specific prayer/news email groups. I wrote, ” On a monthly basis, thousands of additional individuals around the world are gaining access to what amounts to a global communications network, commonly referred to as the Internet.” (Can you believe I had to kind of *define* it? :-) LOL ) … We propose to create a series of ‘electronic newsletters,’ available to anyone with an Internet connection (including those with Compuserve, America Online, Delphi, etc.)” Online services like Delphi faded in importance, but AOL, which eventually bought out rival Compuserve, has survived and thrived.

I went on to add, ” We would start with one simple newsletter, which would, as a minimum, carry news about mobilization for the 100 Gateway cities and the people groups that live in them.” That ‘simple newsletter’ has changed very little in format over the past 10 years. (I haven’t had time to think about it! :-) ) And that “simple newsletter” became, a very short time later, Brigada Today. And yes… it really has been 10 years and . . . whoa . . . there’s a Brigada Today to match every single Friday… all 520 of them… since January 25, 1995. Yikes. :-) See them all on the web for free at: www.brigada.org
2. RUMORS OF BRIGADA’S DEATH WERE EXAGGERATED — Several spoke out in favor of such a proposal. Well-known missions leaders like John Robb, Pete Holzmann, and many others wrote encouraging words. Some, like Patrick Johnstone, originator of Operation World, were just a tad more realistic, even though they agreed upon the need. ” I do not see that any system that tries to collect, collate and disseminate info – even on the 100 Gateway Cities and 130 Gateway Peoples (for a start) can work,” responded Patrick. “The burden on all will bring it rapidly to the point of overload.” Gulp. No wonder I’m tired. And what am I doing staying up ’til 2:30am at a people group consultation in the Mediterranean anyway??? :-) Some things haven’t changed. However, Patrick, if you’re reading — maybe it didn’t exactly *overload*. :-) He added, ” I think your present plans are almost certain to founder on the lack of the right personnel and adequate finance.” Oops. :-) Been a long time since I saw that line. Whoa. Maybe it’s hard to start things. But if it is, maybe it’s even harder to keep them going. Patrick should know. He’s labored tirelessly, day and night, to catalogue and chronicle the growth of the Lord’s church throughout the globe… and many have been inspired by his work, myself among them. Again, I hasten to add, I believe Patrick was only trying to improve on the project by being bluntly realistic. He also said, “To use electronic networks is a real option (of a number) We should develop a workable system, and maybe your proposal could lead to that.” To be fair, Patrick was slated to be married just a handful of days later. He was also planning his honeymoon that same night. What could I expect? :-) His mind was elsewhere. (Speaking with my best impersonation of his ever-so-proper British accent), I was quite fortunate to have gotten so thorough a look at all! :-)
3. DAN SCRIBNER SAID “THUMBS UP” — Whoa… I probably hadn’t taken another look at Dan Scribner’s response since that January of 1995. I’d forgotten he even replied. Ten years ago this week, he emailed back, ” Warmest greetings in the Lord. Brigida [sic :-) ] sounds like a wonderful plan. I hope AD2000 can contribute / assist in any way possible. At the moment we are up to our ears in alligators planning the GCOWE conference in May. We only have about a dozen staff here in the International Office. Please keep me in the loop of communications regarding this and if there are any specific AD2000 related questions I certainly will try to give my input.” Whoa. As you know, Dan went on to become one of 2 key players in making JoshuaProject.Net a reality today! And you know what? He’s still just as encouraging! :-)
4. IT WILL TAKE TIME — John Siewert worked for MARC, the Missions Advanced Research and Communication arm of World Vision. He wrote, in a prophetic tone, ” My experience in serving as discussion leader for one e-mail forum is that any e-mail-based undertaking takes more time than expected if responses are going to go back to those who ask questions, etc. Therefore Doug and the editor need to have some prime time set aside for this project.” Whoa. Was he ever right. (Yawn. I’m sleepy.) :-)
5. PERHAPS THE MOST ENCOURAGING RESPONSE… — But perhaps the most encouraging response of all (to the initial proposal) came from a Global Mapping employee named Dave Nesmith. ” In the vernacular of Madison Avenue, you have run it up the flagpole–I salute it.” He went on to add, ” Let us reject out of hand the notion that it won’t work. The resources and the technology are with us. The only preventive factor is the lack of our will and desire to make it happen. High-tech is handing us a golden opportunity. Let’s grab it!” Whoa. :-) Dave, wherever you are, thanks for the boost 10 years ago!
6. WANT TO MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY? — Then get training from real-world practitioners and colleagues to equip you to implement programs in your church or community that truly empower the poor. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College offers courses for both the 2/3 World and U.S. contexts. Come June 13 – June 18, 2005 to the Christian Economic Development Institute at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA USA. Chalmers’ partners include World Relief, Food for the Hungry International, and World Vision US. To register, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org
7. SO WHAT WAS THE FIRST TRUE BRIGADA “ITEM”? — Trivia… fun facts to know and tell… :-) Once you get past all the proposing and responding, the actual first true *item* was a note about Sali Berisha, then the leader in Albania, who on January 25th had proposed setting up private radio and TV channels to offer a broader and more impartial dissemination of information. We all know what *that* brought about! :- ) The second item had to do with a proposal of 30 days of prayer for the Muslim world (another proposal which has survived the decade). (Throughout the coming year, we’ll highlight each month “Ten Years Ago This Month in Brigada”. It’ll perhaps give us a chance to take a look back at from whence we’ve come… and sometimes might even clue us in on where we might be headed in the future.)
8. WANT TO SHARE YOUR OWN BRIGADA EXPERIENCE? — Do you have a favorite memory of Brigada? Would you want to take a moment to write about something you purchased, a service you used, or an opportunity you followed? Now you can. Just copy this URL into your browser window: (or, if you’re reading on the web, just click it)

http://distantland.typepad.com/brigada/

Here you’ll find a spot to leave a comment, recall a memory, even offer a testimony. Others in the Brigada family will be able to visit the page and celebrate what God did in your life — and maybe even give glory to God for what happened in your situation. Hey – 10-year-old birthdays don’t come that often! :-) OK… enough sappy stuff.. Let’s get to work! :-)
9. SCHOOL OF FRONTIERS MISSIONS IN FLORIDA — The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed with an overseas internship in the 10/40 window. The purpose of the SOFM is to give student’s essential principles and tools needed to start long-term effective church planting movements among unreached people groups. Some of the topics being studied are: Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, The Power of Team Leadership, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Chronological Bible Presentation, History of Missions and much more! School starts on April 17th. For more information contact Jose at myglobito(at)yahoo(dot)com or call (904)221-5990. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You can also check: http://www.ywamjax.com
10. ANYBODY ABLE TO WORK WITH AOL? — Does anyone know anything about the rumor that Brigada-Today is on a “blocked list” with AOL? If so, does anyone know the proper technique to be removed from that list? In contrast to spam (which is unsolicited), Brigada Today only goes out to those who subscribe to it. If we’re on that list, it’s a mistake. Maybe some subscribers don’t know how to remove themselves, but we never send Brigada unsolicited.
11. MUSIC AND MISSIONS CD — The first Global Consultation on Music and Missions was held in 2003. The multimedia CD-ROM of the Proceedings is now available. The CD-ROM has about 50 presentations, about 300 files total. Presenters, including John Piper, shared penetrating insights from around the world. If you are interested in the integration of music, missions and worship, you’ll be thrilled with the wealth of materials. One person said, “This was a phenomenal conference – probably the best conference I have ever attended.” Every missions organization should have one of these CD-ROMs as a reference. Though it is easily worth $40, it is available for only US $10. Write ethnodox1(at)netscape(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or see http://www.worldofworship.org/GCoMM/index.htm
12. 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 are offered monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(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 .]
13. TALKING BIBLE A GREAT PERSONAL AUDIOVISUAL — ASI in California says that the invention of the Talking Bible revolutionizes how one can now give non-readers access to God’s word in audio. A Talking Bible has an audio recording of an entire New Testament in a desired language sealed inside. It looks like a Bible but has a button to push rather than pages to turn… no longer any need for a cassette player and an album of individually labeled cassettes. The task suddenly becomes doable and affordable…that task is to take the work of the Bible translators, record them and make them available as Talking Bibles.

Half the world’s adult population cannot read. Among them are millions of non-reading Christians. They need God’s Word in audio format. ASI and others can now give them Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments speaking their languages. It seems unthinkable that the church/mission community would not do this.

ASI is appealing for churches to observe an annual Talking Bible Sunday. A Talking Bible Sunday will help church people become aware. The special offering will give them the opportunity to participate in this global effort …. an effort to give Bibleless non-readers Talking Bibles in their languages.

For more information visit ASI’s website http://www.audioscriptures.org. Or call ASI at 1- 800-318-7262 and ask for Dori. You’ll be glad you took the time to do this.
14. BE CHANGED BY THE WORD SO THAT YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers the 9 month School of Biblical Studies (SBS). Students in this school learn how to inductively study the Bible for themselves and are helped to prepare for the important goal of sharing God’s truth. The school begins in September 2005. Please call 1-403-933-3755 for more information or check out http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
15. DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL FOCUSED ON UNREACHED PEOPLES — YWAM Turner Valley Canada offers exciting Discipleship Training Schools (DTS)! Dates for DTS are March 23 – August 12, 2005 OR September 14th – February 10th 2006. The schools include 12 weeks of teaching and training in Canada. Some topics taught are: The Cross & Repentance, Bible Meditation, the 10/40 Window, Evangelism, Islamic/Buddhist Worldview and more. Turner Valley DTS also includes an 8 week mission trip to Southeast Asia or North Africa, working with SPECIFIC unreached people groups. North Americans can call toll free for information to 1-877-FOR-YWAM, Internationals please call 1-403-933-3754. Also check out the website at: http://www.ywamturnervalley.com
16. GIVE INPUT ON AN MK AND WIN BIG MONEY — Here’s a gal who is doing research with MKs and adult MKs at mkPLANET.com. If you are interested in helping out, check out http://www.mkplanet.com/community. Near the top/center of the page is a short message called “Join a research project giving MKs a voice!” That’ll have all the information about the study and the different ways to be involved. Everyone who signs up will automatically be entered for their draw to win one of two $20 US gift certificates to Amazon.com!
17. SYIS IN TURKEY: SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will be held near Istanbul, Turkey April 4-8, 2005. Contact Robin Bower at rbower(at)itpartners(dot)org [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.

Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org.
18. BOOK REVIEW NOT OPEN AND SHUT — In our item last week, “For Academicians: Reviewing Morehead’s “New Religious Mov’ts”, it’s plain to see we didn’t offer both sides. One responder suggested the inclusion of the following link to give equal time: http://www.globalmissiology.net/docs_pdf/reviews/hexam_encountering_new_religious_movements.pdf Our apologies if we overlooked anyone! Remember we don’t have the luxury of reading *all* the reports and texts mentioned each week. Consider the source.
19. FAVORITE “BACKPAGE” EDITORIALS — Whenever I travel and meet Brigada participants, it’s always amazing to me that they remember these BackPage Editorials. This month, in honor of our 10th birthday, we bring back some of our most oft-requested editorials… Sergey and “Does It Every ‘Just Happen'”, which first aired the 8th of May, 1998:

“DOES IT EVER “JUST HAPPEN???” — Those who know me well (and many who know me only marginally) know that I have a love for God, family, friends, and soccer. :-) (In spite of what some might think, that’s really the order I try to keep them in!) I only hope and pray that somehow we’ll have all four in Heaven. [grin] The first three have been around a while in my life, but the last love, soccer, is fairly new to me. Although I’m playing on a competitive team this year, I’m really just a beginner (I have a whole two years of playing experience in a poorly run recreational league previously). As you might have guessed, it’s not easy to find a competitive team for a 41-year-old. So I play in a league designed for age 20 and up. I’m very fortunate to practice alongside some very talented players. (Our coach took an under-23-year-old team to the national championships last year . . and won!) To land a spot on the team, I just explained how hard I was willing to work and how serious I was about learning. Lo and behold, the coach put me on the team! And when the center forward of our team suffered a broken leg earlier this season, all of a sudden, I found myself as a starter in his place… and this past Sunday, I played the entire game there! (We won 5-2, with only marginal help from me.)

I have several heroes . . . and most are about half my age. :-) One young man from Ukraine is incredible. I mean… when he was born, his mother probably delivered a soccer ball first, and then Sergey. The ball was probably tied to his ankle and. . . I don’t think he’s ever untied it since! I love practice times even more than games because I get to watch him and really study him in action. He’s constantly moving… constantly sizing up the play and constantly vigilant about how he can contribute most. And even though he’s a star (and deep down inside, he has to know it!), he still pushes the ball my way PLENTY of times in any given night.

Last Tuesday evening, at one point during our scrimmage, I chipped the ball to him and, frankly, placed it rather poorly. The ball arrived at chest-height and his back was to the goal with defenders all around. Not a great situation. But for Sergey, it was all automatic. He cushioned the ball down to his feet and instantly faked then back- heeled it with such force that it swished right through the defenders legs. Sergey scored a goal without even looking at the net… without even having to turn around to glance into the eyes of his opponents. Incredible.

As he turned and ran up the field, I turned with him and asked, “How in the world ….?” With a shrug of his shoulders he responded, “It just happened.” I was quick to reply… “It DIDN’T just happen. It took 27 YEARS of daily practice to make it happen!” (He’s 28 years old.)

Ever since that moment, I’ve been reflecting about my fledgling soccer career. I coach an under-14 team (my older son’s) and assist coaching an under-10 team (my younger son’s). I play on a competitive team and sometimes play “pick-up” soccer in between. But maybe I’ll never “catch up” with Sergey. There are too many hours… too many YEARS of his life filled with touches on the ball. However, I’m not exactly envious. Instead, I’m filled with admiration and actually inspired to keep going. I figure I’ve got nowhere to go but up! :-) Who knows… give me another 25 years and maybe I’ll be ready to play! :-)

My REAL job is to lead a mission agency — about 120 missionaries in a couple of dozen countries. Where I sit, I get to read reports literally from all over the world. Now, after last Thursday’s practice, whenever I hear a success story about a villager who has walked in from 50 kilometers away just so he can study the Bible… then take it back to his village and repeat it to dozens of others… I’ll think twice about whether or not it “just happened.” Someone had to sweat bullets on Bible college mid-terms, then raise financial support, leave family and friends to go to the field, learn a foreign language, and most of all be determined enough to not quit when the going got tough. Someone had to pray, trust the Lord for supernatural intervention, and follow His guidance. After all that, if someone walks in and listens, should we be so surprised? Sergey might say, “It just happened…”, but truth be known, it didn’t JUST happen. Someone MADE it happen.

We live in a world of quick fixes — quick food, quick microwaves, quick computers, quick everything … just about. But in the midst of it all, some things aren’t so quick. You can’t learn to play Sergey’s kind of soccer without a few years of daily practice with someone who knows what he’s doing. And you can’t learn a language overnight, either.

I admire Sergey… but my heart is filled with just as much admiration for a guy I know who has invested the last 5 years learning Mandarin. He’ll probably never get a trophy (at least not here on earth), never be named an “MVP” in front of a crowd of 30,000 cheering spectators, and I can predict with a fair amount of certainty that he’ll never make the kinds of salaries that today’s pro athletes take home, either. (At least not as long as I serve as president of his mission agency! :-) ) But can he ever speak Chinese. I mean… it rolls off his tongue. When he opens his mouth, everyone expects English to come out… but if there’s a Chinese person looking on, inevitably, their mouth drops open.. their eyes bug out… (I love seeing that reaction!). His Chinese didn’t “just happen.” He didn’t “just happen” to teach Greek to house church leaders last year. He didn’t “just happen” to train evangelists that ended up baptizing 18 people in just one recent month. It took YEARS… and it’ll take YEARS for many of us to learn language, learn effectiveness, learn the field.

So — should we give up? Not on your life. But we probably SHOULD start thinking about recruiting some additional players for the team. :-) If they have to wait for me to invest the next 25 years to reach Sergey’s level, well, . . . let’s just say I hope my bones will still hold me up on the field when I’m 66! :-)

God bless your day! Be careful out there… it’s a jungle!!! Doug Lucas” [end of quoted story (SPECIAL UPDATE AS OF 23 OF JAN, 2005: Sergey married a Japanese immigrant, moved an hour away and we’ve not heard much from him lately. But the guy learning Mandarin learned it. He’s now a sought-after teacher involved in training house church leaders all over mainland China. Team Expansion now has 250 full-time missionaries, instead of 120. My older son is now 18 and, due to proper humility on his part, he won’t let me tell you the details of the soccer scholarships he’s looking at for college. I’m now coaching my younger son’s high school team at the local Christian School. And next week I start a new season with an over-30 team, where I’ll be captain of the “Energy United” team. God be praised for the incremental gains, step by step… Never, never, never give up. Because, 10 years after the birth of Brigada, it’s *still* a jungle out there.)

20041024 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  2. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS
  3. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
  4. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  5. SYNERGY NEWSLETTER
  6. ALERT YOUR CHURCH: WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE IN CALIFORNIA
  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  8. CATCH THE ZWEMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIMS
  9. LIES OF THE ENEMY: THE HERERO PEOPLE of NAMIBIA
  10. HIGH IMPACT WORKSHOP OUT OF AFRICA
  11. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  12. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  13. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE
  14. MISSIONARY TECH TEAM WORKS
  15. NOT ALL MISSIONARIES USE A MACHETE
  16. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MINISTRY TO CUBA
  17. GOOGLE NOT THE ONLY OPTION
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Hats off to the anonymous donors that are helping making Brigada happen… $30 from 1 backer and $15 from another. In addition, we received the Sept. sponsorship from Dial- Abroad for $175! Learn more about their services by logging on at: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm Thank you for being a part of the Brigada family! You can join in to help underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary by logging on to: 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), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. 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.

  2. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAYS — Audio Scriptures International in California (ASI) is seeking volunteers in different parts of the country to help promote the Talking Bible Sunday Movement. ASI has a packet of useful information and other helps to enable volunteers who wish to share in churches in their area. The goal of the Talking Bible Sunday movement is that there be an annual Talking Bible Sunday in thousands of churches. Currently there are printed, translated New Testaments in over 1300 languages. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in partnership with World Mission in Michigan are committed to make these available as Talking Bibles for the millions of people in oral cultures who do not read. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)Org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  3. TRAINING IN CHRISTIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — Are you interested in learning church-based, field-tested strategies that equip you to promote financial self-sufficiency among the poor? If so, training that you need is available now via email-based distance courses or live event training. The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Relief and World Vision US, is offering distance learning courses beginning in January, 2005. For more information, email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or visit http://www.chalmers.org

  4. GO TO THE NATIONS… AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s a 4-week TESOL course in effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. January 17 to February 11, 2005. Details, application forms, and alternate dates listed in website at http://www.ywampa.org . E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [Replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. SYNERGY NEWSLETTER — This communiqué is a brand-new, missions mobilization ezine published on the Internet by DualReach. It features stories and ideas from churches who are successfully involving their people, particularly younger generations, in cross-cultural ministry. “Synergy Newsletter” also introduces readers to the resources of the expanding DualReach electronic resource centre, including ready-to-use tools that DualReach develops, and examples of best practice they collect from a wide array of dynamic missions churches. Upcoming topics will include helps for developing a great missions page on your church website, guidelines for adopting a strategic focus for greater global impact, and tips for effective budgeting and financial stewardship. Subscribe by visiting the DualReach website http://www.dualreach.org or writing bruce(at)dualreach(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  6. ALERT YOUR CHURCH: WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE IN CALIFORNIA — Wycliffe Bible Translators has a new, unique way to inspire and challenge churches for reaching the nations with God’s Word. They are coming to churches throughout California this Spring (February through May) with a professional live drama and cultural meal that portrays a story of Bible translation in the Philippines. They bring a team of twelve actors, stage crew and kitchen crew along with the stage, lights, sound, tables, dishes, philippino decor and even a portable kitchen to prepare the meal. They need a gymnasium-sized room for the performance. If you would like to work on scheduling an event in your church, give Brenda a call at (800) 269-2007, or e-mail her at brenda_long(at)Wycliffe(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. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12-week course from January 10 to April 1, 2005. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Details and application forms on website at http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  8. CATCH THE ZWEMER INSTITUTE ON MUSLIMS –In 2005 students from all over the world will gather to learn from qualified educators, as they develop and sharpen their skills in Muslim ministry. Make plans now to come to Zwemer at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. for intensive training (credit/audit) in Muslim studies. Visit http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies or http://www.ciu.edu/summerstudies for full-course descriptions. Or contact Vanessa VMagnus(at)ciu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or call 1-800-777-2227, x3327. Scholarship help is available but apply early. Winter Studies 2005 January 10-14 Church Planting Among Resistant Peoples (Zwemer faculty) January 17-21 Issues in Islam (Dr. Nabeel Jabbour) Summer Studies 2005 July 4-8 Introduction to Islam (Dr. Steve Johnson) July 11-15 Folk Islam (Dr. Dave Cashin) July 18-22 Approaches to Islam (Dr. Phil Parshall) July 25-29) Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Tradition (Dr. Steven Masood)

  9. LIES OF THE ENEMY: THE HERERO PEOPLE of NAMIBIA — Under the cool shade of a tree the Gospel was presented to a small group of Hereros. After the presentation of the Gospel, one man said, “What you are telling me makes sense. Everyone keeps telling us that we must do this or that to go to heaven. And once we get to heaven, we might not stay there.” “You’re the first person to tell us what the Bible says and to let us see it for ourselves,” he added. He told them that Jehovah’s Witnesses where just there, but now they know the truth. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. HIGH IMPACT WORKSHOP OUT OF AFRICA — From research for a Masters in Missiology a workshop entitled We-are-the-Plan was recently developed in South Africa. The workshop introduces those characteristics which accelerate the missional impact of local Churches and emphasizes that the congregation that is different makes a difference. The presentation materials, methods and techniques which are used make this interactive workshop an exciting experience with awesome results. Launched globally in 2005. Interested local churches can contact the researcher directly at prochristo(at)kimnet(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 .].

  11. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Are you looking for greater intimacy with God and a taste of cross-cultural missions? If you are age 30 or more, or a family with children, consider taking the Crossroads DTS at Youth With A Mission at Lebanon PA USA. This 20 week program includes 12 weeks of lectures, with speakers who focus on such topics as the father heart of God, how to hear God’s voice, intercession, spiritual warfare, and relationships. Students then have the option to minister in Ukraine for 8 weeks, a very practical cross- cultural ministry experience. The lecture phase is from March 21 to June 10, 2005 with outreach to Ukraine immediately following. Details and application forms are on website http://www.ywampa.org E-mail questions to ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS –- Sign up now for the “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” (SYIS) workshop to be held February 28 to March 4, 2005 at Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley, B.C. This workshop, developed by Dr. Ken Williams, is offered internationally and has been greatly appreciated by intercultural workers around the world. ACTS Intercultural Ministry Centre and Gateway M T C have offered the workshop each year since February 2001 to missionaries from a variety of organizations. For more information contact Bev SYIS(at)gatewaytraining(dot)org or check the web site http://www.gatewaytraining.org

  13. INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL SYSTEMS COURSE — Are you interested in learning to produce a constant supply fish and vegetables which can be used as an effective “Helps Ministry” or for many other purposes? If so, you will want to attend a practical course entitled, “Integrated Agricultural Systems” held at Camp Living Water, Bryson City, NC, March 7-11, 2005. Instruction will focus on “Aquaponics”, which is the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. It will also give an expanded overview of how it can be practically used to integrate all types of agricultural systems, bringing them into a natural balance and turning waste products into an asset. Each attendee will be given an opportunity to construct a highly productive, small- scale system from barrels, capable of producing fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org . Full-time missionaries can register at the student rate. Note early discounts.

  14. MISSIONARY TECH TEAM WORKS — Here’s some user feedback on the Missionary Tech Team approach to getting a vehicle: ” We are … on furlough in the US for 8 months. We had to hit the ground running and didn’t want to mess with fixing up a donor car. So we rented a minivan from the folks at Tech Team. It’s $170/month plus $0.10/mile. Tech Team takes care of any repairs. In July the transmission of our Dodge Caravan went out. We stopped at a transmission shop, called Tech Team, and they gave their credit card info to the shop manager. The next day we were back on the road with a next transmission! We love Tech Team.” For more info., see tech’s website: http://www.missionarytechteam.org

  15. NOT ALL MISSIONARIES USE A MACHETE — Youth With A Mission in the Andean city of Merida, Venezuela are running a Discipleship Training School with a difference, that should attract young musos with a heart for missions. It is a 6 month, bi-lingual (Sp./Eng.) Musicians’ DTS. The school is designed to bring musicians, vocalists and sound engineers together to learn more of God’s ways and character as well as personal musicianship, then outreach to Central America and the Caribbean in groups, or bands. For more info., email Blake and Carmen at ladif(at)compuserve(dot)com.

  16. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN MINISTRY TO CUBA — Interested in ministry to Cuba? Check out: http://www.misionmundial.org or contact ericp(at)misionmundial(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  17. GOOGLE NOT THE ONLY OPTION — Thanks to Allan who wrote, “Google may be the most popular search engine, but it’s not unique with its new desktop search tool. There are others, maybe just as good, or better. For some other options like Copernic and Lookout. Check out the possibilities reviewed here on Ziff Davis Net: http://tinyurl.com/5baqm (this “tinyURL” will keep the address from “wrapping”) Most of them are free, just like the google one. Unfortunately they generally work only with Internet Explorer, which is limiting for people who use the excellent (and free) Firefox or other browsers.” Thanks for the new info., Allan. Also, we should remind readers, when installing Google, you need not check the box to send information to Google for marketing purposes! In fact, we’d discourage it. Good luck and happy searching!

20040613 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR DAY!
  2. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING COMING TO GEORGIA
  3. MAKE YOUR CELL PHONE DOLLARS COUNT
  4. AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP ALREADY STARTED
  5. ONFOLIO: NEW WAY TO COLLECT YOUR WEB RESEARCH
  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  7. CHURCH GROWTH OR DECLINE? BOOK REVIEW
  8. TOOLS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH NOW AVAILABLE
  9. NEW DEVOTIONAL FOR REPEAT SHORT-TERMERS
  10. INSIDER SAYS IRAQ IS SAFER THAN IT LOOKS
  11. TRENDS & ISSUES IN 21ST CENTURY MISSION
  12. NEED INPUT ON GETTING WELL OR STAYING WELL?
  13. GREEK SAILING SCHOONER NEEDS COOK AND CREW
  14. SUMMER ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  15. SERVING OVERSEAS WITH BROADBAND? CATCH A MOVIE
  16. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE THIRD WORLD
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR DAY! — Yes, we’ll be honest… When it comes time to paying our Brigada-sponsored secretary, sponsors make our day! Thanks to Paul from Chicago for his $24 sponsorship this past week. We appreciate you Paul! Is there another Brigada participant who would pick up the torch from Paul for this coming week? If so, just click “sponsor“, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 11327 Jefferson Trace Blvd., Louisville, KY 40291. 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. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING COMING TO GEORGIA — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International, World Vision US and World Relief, is offering training in Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11. This training focuses on innovative, best practice economic development strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. Specific training is offered in Business Development Services, Promoting Church-centered Savings and Credit Associations and How to Partner Effectively with Large Providers. For information on this event or their email-based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDI(at)covenant(dot)edu [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MAKE YOUR CELL PHONE DOLLARS COUNT — Cellular contract ending soon? Or new to cellular and wonder where to start? Want access to all the major providers in your area? Now you can get a great plan *and* benefit Brigada with your sign up! With a wide variety of plans available nationwide (in most areas), you should be able to find what you are looking for through Blessed Hope Communications. Plus most plans have free phones, some have cash back and many have free accessories to boot. For every sign-up processed through Brigada’s link, Brigada will earn a $50 bonus ($20 with the prepaid plans) toward the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Let your cell dollars count! Visit http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada and click on the cellular graphic. (You might want to also check out the long distance rates in your area while you’re there).

  4. AGRICULTURAL WORKSHOP ALREADY STARTED — Just learned that Aquaculture International is conducting a comprehensive course in Integrated Agricultural Systems, throughout the remainder of this week in Bryson City, NC, USA. There are concurrent sessions for: Farmers, Missionaries, Vocational Agricultural Teachers and Youth. Each attendee constructs a small scale system from barrels, with which they will produce fish and a large variety of vegetables, greens & herbs. After the course, youth and others interested will have the opportunity to be involved in construction of integrated agricultural systems at fish farms in the area which will be used as training facilities for those interested in “helps ministries”. This is in preparation to serve on one of the many teams that Aquaculture International plans to send to construct facilities at orphanages throughout the world. There is no registration fee & inexpensive lodging is available. The theme of the course is “The Restoration of the Garden of Eden”. For more information, go to: http://www.aquacultureinternational.org .

  5. ONFOLIO: NEW WAY TO COLLECT YOUR WEB RESEARCH — Do you often find yourself having to go to the web to collect information on a particular unreached people group, country, or new product your agency/church is considering? Try Onfolio for your research needs. http://www.onfolio.com There’s even a free version available, but the paid version adds quite a bit on the information-sharing side. You can gather, organize, and sort all your links, quotes, websites, etc., then print, email, or file-share them with a friend. The program installs as a kind of add-in menu tool to Internet Explorer 5.5 or greater (like a Google Toolbar). Try it! You’ll like it.

  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A workshop hosted jointly by Alongside and Project Stephanas will be held near Grand Rapids, Michigan October 3-8, 2004. Contact Steve Maybee stevem(at)alongsidecares(dot)org for information. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Go to http://www.itpartners.org for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Paul plere at itpartners dot org

  7. CHURCH GROWTH OR DECLINE? BOOK REVIEW — Thanks to Tony for this great review of Growth By Accident, Death By Planning: How Not to Kill a Growing Congregation Bob Whitesel (Abingdon Press, ISBN 0-687-08325- 7). Those who have read Whitesel’s previous two books (A House Divided: Bridging the Generation Gaps in Your Church, and Staying Power: Why People Leave the Church Over Change and What You Can Do About It) will rejoice to hear of his new book published this month. There are very few people with his sort of ministry – a church doctor/consultant. Most of us see things happening, for good or bad, in the lives of our churches, and have no idea what is driving these events, or how to change them. Whitesel has the insight to see the causes, explain them clearly, and propose solutions. This latest book covers the issue of churches which grow, plateau, or decline. It is packed with common- sense spiritual wisdom and practical steps that churches can take. Only church leadership teams which have no interest in growing, don’t care if they decline, lose members or have generational gaps, should avoid buying Whitesel’s books.

  8. TOOLS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH NOW AVAILABLE — For those praying that God will initiate an English language outreach in their church, Don Edic announces the completion of the fourth edition: English Language Ministry Handbook for Christian Tutors. This is a guide for volunteer English tutors needing a brief orientation to this important outreach ministry. Also, English tutors who are currently using Literacy and Evangelism International’s standard textbook series, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD OF ENGLISH may now purchase separately the new Tutor’s Guide for Level One, “Let’s Get Started!” Don services those in an ESL ministry through Literacy & Evangelism International. For other ESL materials available for individuals and churches, contact Don at his new website: http://www.EnglishMinistry.com or email Edic4Lei(at)aol(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. or click to http://www.LiteracyEvangelism.org

  9. NEW DEVOTIONAL FOR REPEAT SHORT-TERMERS — Many have used “Fishers Of Men” (recently retitled “Coming Home”) as a 14 day reentry devotional (sequenced for Reentry Stress issues) with great success and feedback. If you and/or your team have already used the above, and are returning to your home culture for a 2nd or 3rd time, “Coming Home Again” is now available. New devotionals are helpful and the focused reentry questions really help returnee process the experience. Quite a few organizations are having Deeper Roots Publications do “customized” editions of “Coming Home” with their logo and personal messages. Either book is $5.95 each. USA shipping is $1.85 media mail each, overseas shipping is about $5.00 each for airmail or air packet. Other devotionals for individuals or team members (sequenced for the culture shock curve) also available. For more information, click to http://www.DeeperRoots.com or email DeeperRoots(at)aol(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] for discounts on larger orders.

  10. INSIDER SAYS IRAQ IS SAFER THAN IT LOOKS — Acorn is a mercy ministry working with local authorities developing services for disabled children in Kurdistan, which they consider a very safe area in Iraq. Did you know that Kirkuk, regularly in the news because of violent incidents, statistically seen, is safer than San Jose (same size, with a similar mix of people groups), which claims to be “the safest big city in America”?. As Iraq has the name of being extremely dangerous, Acorn has an acute need for skilled staff like managers, physiotherapists, special needs educators, etc. Check out their website for more vacancies and details http://www.acorn.nl or contact info(at)acorn(dot)nl [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  11. TRENDS & ISSUES IN 21ST CENTURY MISSION — Harvest Bible College is excited to offer this new course in its MA program – 20 – 24th Sept, 2004. This course is taught by experienced missiologists, Les Henson (PhD) & Ian Grant (PhD Cand) in Melbourne, Australia, and includes on- line and intensive components. This, and other courses in Intercultural Ministry can be taken either for: (1) professional development, or (2) academic credit toward an MA. For more information see the website – http://www.harvestbc.com.au or write mtaylor(at)harvestbc(dot)com(dot)au [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. NEED INPUT ON GETTING WELL OR STAYING WELL? — Try clicking over to Christian Wellness Association at http://www.ChristianWellness.org Their site is loaded with ideas that you might be able to contextualize for your particular target people group or culture.

  13. GREEK SAILING SCHOONER NEEDS COOK AND CREW — The Genevieve Challenge, a 90-foot sailing schooner based in eastern Greece, has an urgent need for a cook and a crewmember on board the boat for the remainder of the 2004 sailing season. Each will ideally have prior cooking or crewing experience (although not mandatory) and can be male or female or a couple. The boat’s manager, KingFisher Project (part of Torchbearers International) runs Christian sailaway weeks through the end of October 2004, with destinations being the Greek islands of the north Aegean. The current cook and crew have had to leave unexpectedly, thus the urgent need from 1 July 2004. KingFisher will provide food and accommodation aboard Genevieve Challenge and, if one stays for the whole season, $50 per month pocket money. Flights, train from the airport to the boat’s base in eastern Greece and back, insurance and personal expenses must be borne by the individual. Interested parties, even if they can’t stay for the whole of the season, should contact Theo or Marita at KingFisher Project by logging on at http://www.kingfisherproject.org or by phone +30 235 203 1876 or by emailing theodore(at)spark(dot)net(dot)gr [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  14. SUMMER ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — Here’s a school in Kazakhstan that needs English teachers immediately, or for the 2004/2005 school year. Specifically, they’re looking for 2 English teachers/conversational English partners for a 3 to 4 week teaching assignment in Astana, Kazakhstan to provide conversational training for two groups of 16 students. Housing, Food, and Curriculum are provided. If you are interested, please contact Kurt caopscenter(at)pactec(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]. They also need 2 English teachers for the fall 2004 and spring 2005 semesters in a similar program. They’ll provide training; the only prerequisite is that you must be a native speaker of English.

  15. SERVING OVERSEAS WITH BROADBAND? CATCH A MOVIE — Are you one of the growing number of folks serving cross-culturally, far from your homeland, with broadband Internet? Maybe you’d like to catch a movie now and then, but everything’s in the local language. Need an occasional getaway from the hustle and bustle? Try clicking to: http://www.movielink.com Where you can download a 500 meg movie file and watch it legally and easily (if you have broadband). Costs are low (e.g., $3 for a first-run movie). As always, maintain your vigilance regarding what you download. The Internet is loaded with trash… Be smart.

  16. TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR THE THIRD WORLD — The (secular) P3 Project site is packed with innovative ideas which could be helpful to any mission involved in development work: http://www.p3international.org/ (Thanks for the tip, Tony! You’re great!)

20040104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR
  2. OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS
  3. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES
  4. RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED
  5. WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES?
  6. NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES?
  7. MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES
  8. FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT?
  9. A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING
  10. VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  11. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE
  12. TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES
  13. CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE
  14. MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE
  15. NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE
  16. SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS)
  17. ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY?
  18. THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III?
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  • SPONSORS PAVE THE WAY FOR A NEW YEAR — Thanks to the sponsors that have paved the way into the new Brigada year! The anonymous sponsor that gives $10/month regularly, using the new “Subscribe” feature that he asked for, was back at it again this past week. (Thanks!) Thanks, too, to Info. & Learning Systems Int’l, producers of the “Countries & Peoples of the World” CD, who sent $461.25 more to express their appreciation for Brigada readers who have purchased the product. Yahooo! :-) And hats off to the anonymous couple in N. IN ($50!), the Irving Bible Church (also $50), the anonymous couple with Young Life Europe ($100)!!! We appreciate your help! Please consider joining these and others sponsors at: http://www.brigada.org/donate.html You’ll see one button for “Donate” (any amount, one-time), and another for “Subscribe” ($10/mo). These great sponsors help us get Brigada out the door and to your screen each weekend! (If you help the new Brigada Secretary, then she’ll help keep me on time. :-) Also, please remember, once we make our goal for the year [$16,021], we will no longer ask for sponsors.)

  • OPTIONS FOR SIMPLE MISSIONS DISPLAYS — Remember Mark, the guy that wanted to track down some options for creating simple missions displays? Well guess what: he followed through! To view his full report, click here. (Thanks Mark!)

  • RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore, discover and connect with how they could become a missionary in another culture. These weekends are for college students, professionals, and high school seniors who are willing to become a missionary but not sure if that is God’s will or how that could unfold. Each retreat of 100 participants and 10 experienced missionaries from multiple agencies is highly relationship with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include the missionary call, support-raising, singles/families, etc. The next retreat will be April 2-4, 2004 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). The Journey Deepens is presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Browse http://www.TheJourneyDeepens.com or email missionsfocusataskamissionarydotcom or phone 1-800-366-6641.

  • RESULTS OF THEIR DEMISE GREATLY EXAGERATED — It turns out that Interdev might not totally disappear after all. I heard this past week from a former Interdev Central Asia Team member that maybe she wouldn’t end up being a “former”! :-) She wrote, “The ministry will carry on, even though some formal office spaces have closed in USA, UK, and India. We still have offices—they’re just … in our homes, garages, or church corners. … The functions needed by Interdev Partnership Associates will inform the structure, and we will begin as a decentralized group, committed by covenant with one another, founded on our relationships, connected through a facilitation team! Rather than one central INTERDEV organization, INTERDEV Partnership Associates connects 16 Partnership Advisors, basing from 10 organizations, dispersed regionally across India, Indonesia, Africa, Philippines, USA, Canada, and UK!” Sounds great! Bravo to those forging on!

  • WHO ENCOURAGES MISSIONARIES? — Here’s a Brigada reader desperate to learn more about organizations and missions that minister and encourage missionaries around the world and in their home country. Would you write Felicia feliciabucatearthlinkdotnet with information on the group, what they do and offer, how long they have been ministering and any links that would prove helpful? She wrote, “Many churches and individuals are interested in ‘ministering to the ministers’, so they’d like to know who is already doing it and how well they are doing it. Individual organizations and groups within missions or any other ideas are welcome.”

  • NEED INFO ON UNREACHED PEOPLES? — Check out http://www.joshuaproject.net/index.php You can do all the following:
  • Get a complete picture of the unreached peoples and the unfinished task of the Great Commission.
  • View all people groups for any country.
  • View all countries for any specific people group.
  • View a people profile for any people group on the planet.
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Affinity Blocs and People Clusters
  • Download free of charge a complete MS Access application and data for viewing data from numerous perspectives.
  • Download Joshua Project data in various formats or an up-to-date Powerpoint presentation on the status of World Evangelization.
  • Find specific ministry tool availability by unique linking into other sites
  • Submit updates such as: your ministry activity commitments, statistical updates (they want to hear about the errors!), URLs of other people profiles and more.
  • See a global summary and interesting people group facts.
  • Try various unreached peoples queries
  • View Patrick Johnstone’s Church Planting Progress Indicator
  • Get answers to frequently asked questions such as “Why the jump from 1,600 to 6,300 unreached peoples?”, “Why are there so many different people group numbers in the mission community?” and “Where else on the web can I find unreached peoples data?”

    Get it all at Joshua Project.net!


  • MASTERS DEGREE IN PHILIPPINES — Azusa Pacific University offers a Masters in Social Science (with an emphasis in Servant Leadership) in the Philippines! The cost is 1/3 of on-campus prices. Fly to the Philippines and pay less for your flight and your courses than you would pay on campus for the same courses! 4 courses are taught each summer (June). For more information contact Melody kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph, Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City, 1154, Philippines. 632-658-3807

  • FLY IN THE MICROSOFT MISSIONARY-LICENSING OINTMENT? — A recent Brigada item recommended purchasing licenses for Microsoft software through http://www.1computerbargains.com They are one source for the open charity licenses from Microsoft. A contact from one mission agency, however, has stated that their licenses can be used in the home office but not by their missionaries serving around the world. (They cited a Microsoft policy says that a license cannot be used by affiliates outside of North American. See http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/programs/open/opencharity_faq.asp ) The same mission would love to know if Microsoft has indicated that missionaries working out from a USA office may use these licenses in spite of the policy wording. If you have info. on this, write Lester semdeanataiiasdotedu and he’ll report back to us in 2 weeks. (Thanks Lester!)

  • A RESOURCE FOR MENTORING — Most leaders want to mentor others but often don’t know where to begin. “Mentoring thru Intentional Relationships,” by Phillip Jeske, is a model that is designed to help someone intentionally mentor others. This 12 chapter, 250-page manual (printed or as PDF) is not only has an introduction to mentoring but also a tool with which to walk through key personal and leadership issues with someone else. Partnerships are also possible to translate the materials into other languages (currently English & German). For more info check out http://www.icmeurope.org/mentor.html or contact International Christian Ministries ICMcanadaatcsdotcom

  • VANCOUVER MISSIONS CONFERENCE — Catch it Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2004, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Hundreds of agencies and tens of thousands of participants take part in the weekend. For more info check out http://www.mfest.bc.ca

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE NAMA/DAMARA PEOPLE — These unreached people can be found in central and southern Namibia in Africa. Among them is a young Nama mother who welcomed a presentation of the Gospel. She indicated a desire to have a personal relationship with Jesus. However, while surrounded by older Nama ladies who were unwilling to pray to receive Christ, she put off the decision. As she held her baby she explained that she is an unwed mother living with the father. In her mind she needs to “clean up” her life before accepting Christ. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Nama/Damara, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Nama/Damara people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • TESOL TRAINING IN THE PHILIPPINES — If you feel the Lord calling you into missions and would like to use TESOL as a tool, check out these two intensive classes of five weeks each this spring. April 19- May 21 is in Manila, and April 12 to May 14 is in Davao with a practicum to an unreached people group. For more information and applications contact Melody at kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph or Box 1415 Quezon City 1154, Philippines, tel. 632-658-3807.

  • CLOSEUP ON THE UNREACHED: THE HERERO PEOPLE — Among this African group (in central and eastern Namibia) is a 50-year-old man who has lived in the small village of Okatjoruu, Namibia all his life was open to hearing the Gospel. He follows the tribal religion of the Herero in ancestor worship. When asked about going to heaven when he dies, he said that the “ancestors will keep” him. He resisted accepting Christ. He said that he was too old to change and preferred to go the same way as his ancestors in death – wherever that is. Pray for the Lord to build prayer support for the Herero, an unengaged people group. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please visit http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacscatiafricadotcom

  • MISSION INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for kingdom-minded people aged 18-30 who are interested in experiencing life on the mission field while being supervised by a long-term missionary. Placements are available in Eastern Europe and Asia, and last 3-9 months. Check out http://www.mup.org or email Pete PeteEatgatiwadotcom, or call(888) 895-4657 or (509) 483-4792

  • NEW DISCIPLESHIP GUIDE — Winkie Pratney & Trevor Yaxley have teamed up their years of experience in evangelism and discipleship to produce “Ultimate Core”, an in-depth approach to discipleship designed for teens and twenty-somethings who want to experience and radiate the core of heart commitment to Christ. Covering topics from purity to spiritual gifts and evangelism, this is a great life manual for missions training centers. You’ll find more information and an excerpt at http://www.bethanyhouse.com To order, write ordersatbakerbooksdotcom or call 1-800-877-2665 or dial (616) 676-9185.

  • SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS (SYIS) — Catch this workshop in Toronto, March 22-26, 2004. It’s designed especially for missionaries and those in the local church who relate to missionaries on Home Assignments. This interactive workshop will increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills in relating to others. A 216-page work book is provided covering such topics as: Loving Listening; Confronting effectively, Building Trust; Helping others Grieve Well; Managing Stress and much more. For more information contact Robert at missionprepatsympaticodotca

  • ARE YOU CATCHING THE INTEREST IN ORALITY? — It’s swelling. For example, in about a week or so, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary In Fort Worth, TX, will host the “2004 Consultation on Orality, Literacy & the Oral Bible.” It’s very significant here that this conference is being co-sponsored, so to speak, by Wycliffe, Campus Crusade, YWAM, and the Int’l Mission Board. (In sheer numbers, those 4 organizations probably represent the geocenter of evangelical mission outreach.) As I interviewed personnel from the Jesus Film and Wycliffe this past week, I couldn’t help but take note of the fact that interest in the Oral Bible is at an all-time high. See this page… http://www.oralbible.com/ for more information. The idea is that many of the world’s remaining unreached peoples value *oral* tradition, as much or more than written. As a result, these organizations (and now a dozen others, as well) are setting bold goals to produce and utilize recorded *stories*. (They’re using the IMB’s term: “Chronological Bible Storying.”) Watch this trend… and the growing interest in addressing it. For example, the 4- way partnership above has now embraced a common strategy and sending approach, as can be seen at http://www.bibleless.org/involved/epic.html

  • THE BACKPAGE: LAUSANNE III? — Will it become Lausanne III? Only time will tell. You’ll probably recall the now-famous missions conference held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. There, Ralph Winter announced his outlandish suspicion that there were *thousands* of groups of people “hidden” from the gospel. Out of that consultation came a movement of people that later came to bear the name of the consultation’s venue: The Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization. I was just a junior in high school, so I didn’t make that one. But I definitely enjoyed Lausanne II in Manila, in 1989. At that conference, Ed Dayton made sure every participant understood our changing world, the complexities of reaching out to urban masses, and the hazards of modernity. Now I’m wondering how this fall’s conference in Thailand will shape up. Billed not as “Lausanne III”, but rather as 30 smaller conferences running simultaneously, I’m curious about how things will play out. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/chartdia.htm for a timeline chart of the “big picture” of Lausanne’s various meetings. See http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/issues.htm for a breakdown of the 30 issues. And http://www.gospelcom.net/lcwe/2004/brochure.pdf is a summary brochure. On behalf of Brigada, I’m supposed to participate in Issue #6, “Those who have never heard the name of Jesus.” Would you begin praying today for this conference, slated for Sept. 29 – Oct. 5, 2004 (in Thailand)? Let’s ask God to act in this way:
    *** To reawaken His global forces to bold new steps for those who remain untold
    *** To speak in a resounding way through veteran leaders, so that younger generation leaders will gain a clearer sense of purpose
    *** To stoke the fires of passion for today’s churches and agencies, so the fire of world evangelism won’t die down until we completely finish the task of world evangelism! Thanks!!! Doug
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