20050904 Brigada Today

In this issue…


1. VOIP PHONE SERVICE OPTION — Check out http://www.lingo.com for a good VOIP phone service. For around $20 you can make unlimited calls to the US, Canada, and Western Europe- from where ever you are in the world. They even give you US phone number in the area code of your choice. This is a great way for your friends, family and supporters ‘back home’ to contact you. One catch is that you must have high-speed internet service. If you use the name of this particular Brigada participant as a reference, both he and you will get a $25 credit!! All new subscribers receive one free month also. From Mexico City, he effectively uses the service. Remember, for the $25 credit to work, new subscribers must enter his email klmyers(at)theriver(dot)com as a reference. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Be sure and enter the email address in the traditional format rather than the Brigada “anti-spam” format. Thanks!)
2. FINAL ANSWER: GOOGLEMAIL NOT SECURE — Based on definitive proof from Brian, of UWM, we have concluded that Gmail is definitely not a secure format for workers in sensitive access countries. Apparently, only the log-in is a secure link. Once logged in, looking at email, we’re now told that this all-important stage is completely open and in the clear, to anyone that has access to the web. (This would make Gmail pretty much like sending a postcard.) Word to the wise: Get Hushmail at: http://www.hushmail.com
3. NEW CONFERENCE CALL SERVICE — Tired of waiting forever on conference calls? Here’s a free conference call service that benefits the kingdom. It is found at http://www.greatercalling.org It’s pretty amazing. Dave Butts is a prayer mobilizer from western Indiana. He writes, “We’re using it for prayer calls, conference calls, and long distance teaching. It uses the freeconference calls technology and as a matter of fact, contract with that company to do this as a non-profit benefiting ministry. Hope this is helpful.” Give ’em a try! (Thanks Dave!)
4. WORLD CHRISTIANS THROUGH BUSINESS CONFERENCE — Here’s a conference for anyone interested in Business as Mission or Business as Ministry. This conference will explore the marketplace missions movement, consider models for business as missions, examine principals of great commission companies, and relay practical applications where God is clearly at work through businesses and business people across the globe. Leading authors and missiologists will be the featured speakers at this event. The second conference in 2005 will be hosted at Mariners Church in Irvine, CA on Saturday, 10/22/2005. Learn more at http://www.WorldChristiansThroughBusiness.org
5. BILINGUAL MISSIONS AND MINISTRY DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — The German youth ministry StEP International has a few more openings for their ten-month residential training school in Pirmasens, Germany starting November 5th. The school will be bilingual, in both German and English languages. Blending both local church and missions focuses, the school will include ministry training, life skills training – including English and German language, and introductory missions training. Three months of outreach is planned, including Poland, Germany, and seven weeks in Suriname. For more info, visit the website at: http://www.step-international.de/ or email Joe & Shelli Sellars at office(at)step-international(dot)de. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. GET YOUR HOPE TAJIKISTAN PRAYER GUIDES TODAY!! — Looking for more prayer resources for your church or small group? Desiring to reach the world through prayer? Passionate about what is happening among the unreached of Central Asia? Then join the growing number of grassroots prayer warriors who are currently interceding for the people of Tajikistan. Printed and electronic prayer guides are available on the Hope Tajikistan website: http://www.hopetajikistan.com or by emailing PrayerGuides(at)HopeTajikistan(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

Hope Tajikistan 2005 is a grassroots prayer mobilization effort burning with the passion to see new intercessors raised up for the people of Tajikistan.
7. REACH MORMONS IN UTAH! — You are invited to be trained by a loving staff at Utah Partnerships for Christ http://www.upfc.org to reach Mormons with the love of Jesus Christ. There are 60,000 Mormon missionaries around the world. Are you ready to reach them when they come to your door? Contact Russ, Director of UPFC, at (801)645-7433 to learn more about how you can speak the truth in love to Mormons. They have =conducted mission trips to Utah since 2000, and have worked with groups ages 13 on up. For more info, contact them at: info(at)upfc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. GREAT COMMISSION COMPANY OPPORTUNITIES IN BEIJING – A well established Great Commission Company in China, is currently seeking a Finance Manager and a Human Resources Manager (could the same person). The goal of this GC company is to establish one new GC company in China per year, seeing people’s lives changed long term. They do a combination of consulting work for companies coming to China and management of their own manufacturing companies in China (currently have four manufacturing operations and two other types of GC companies). This company has 15 years of experience in China and has started or helped start over 20 companies during this time. This is a great place to gain insight and contribute towards BAM in China.
9. For more information, write graeme(at)priusa(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] THESE CONTRIBUTORS PAVED THE WAY… — Thanks to these courageous donors who paved the way for this Brigada Today to come onto your screen: an anonymous worker in Taiwan gave $67, another reader anonymously gave $25, and a former missionary to Papua New Guinea anonymously gave $100. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. If you *do* know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: GLAD TO SEE LAUSANNE STILL TICKING — As a global missions movement, we need Lausanne to be strong. If you’ve forgotten who Lausanne is, get reminded at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12892 Read the now-famous Lausanne Covenant at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12891 and see a review of their global gatherings at: http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=12736 Anyway, I’m glad to see them “still ticking”. Check out their new “world pulse” newsletter at: http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/ I say, bravo to those who have survived the hype of the turn of the millennium, stayed consistent in the trenches, and remained motivated to move forward. Bravo. Keep up the good work.

20041107 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. THE YEAR IS SLIPPING BY — Thanks much to the anonymous donor in Colorado who gave $25 to help undergird the ministry of our Sec’y here. And here’s $10 from the good friend who pioneered the concept of “subscribing* to Brigada as a way of partnering with us to pay her salary. (To learn more, http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.

  2. TALKING BIBLE MAKES A DIFFERENCE — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California tells of many ways the Talking Bible is making a difference. The Talking Bible has an entire New Testament sealed inside in a growing number of languages. Poor readers become good readers when they read their New Testaments and listen to their Talking Bible simultaneously. People learning to speak the English language become more fluent when they listen repeatedly to the NIV Talking Bible. These are just a few of the many reasons why Audio Scriptures International (ASI) and its partner World Mission (WM) have as their goal “A Talking Bible Sunday in Every Church” to help provide “A Talking Bible in Every Language for Every Person Who Cannot Read.” For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org, or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)org, or call 1-800 318 7262 and ask for Dori.

  3. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR — Get practical training 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. Email-based distance learning courses begin in January, 2005 and a live training event is scheduled for June, 2005. 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

  4. ACTIVE TENTMAKER CONFERENCE IN SE ASIA — Here’s a get-together for tentmakers, February 6-11, 2005 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for fellowship, encouragement, and learning from each other. It’s open to all tentmakers. The conference is taking place in conjunction with the ITAG Worldwide conference and includes child care and a program for teens, so bring the family. Rooms are reasonable. Registration before Dec. 31 is only US$125.00. You can register on the internet at http://www.gati.info/TntRegister.php (Note the capital letters) This fee includes material, coffee breaks, and opening and closing banquets. For further information and a brochure contact: ari.rocklin(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Also see www.tentmakernet.com

  5. SUMMER CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY — Interested in Turkey? Join a church planting team to help with an on-going church planting project there. The dates are two weeks in June of 2005. The cost is $55 per day (plus air fare). This is a real cross-cultural church planning opportunity among Turkish Muslim business people and students, not a tourist trip. It is ideal for anyone interested in church planting or ministry to Muslims. For more information contact Jim jimromaineatcableonedotnet

  6. AIDS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CHURCH —- AIDS is now the greatest problem in the world, according Former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. It will certainly affect every aspect of missionary work in many countries. But it also affords some of the greatest opportunities for demonstrating the Kingdom of God that the Church has had in all of history! Here’s a week-long biblically based training that promises to equip you to mobilize people to fight AIDS and care for those affected by it, whether in your own church, in your city, on your short-term mission trip, or in your career as a missionary. Training will take place in Goshen, Indiana, USA, December 13-17, 2004. For more information go to http://www.hopeinview.org/train/workshop.pdf or e-mail training(at)hopeinview(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. MIXED REPORTS FROM SKYPE USERS — We’re getting mixed reports from those trying out Skype, the voice-over-IP phone/Internet solution. One Brigada participant named Dennis has informed us that he has tried Skype.com and continually gets disconnected during conversations. He has since been using AOL Instant Messenger. He says that the communication on AIM is consistent and much clearer. Both programs do about the same, but he recommends AIM. Still others have given glowing reports on Skype. Tom, another Brigada participant, wrote, ” This program is excellent. We’ve been using it now for a few months and it keeps on amazing us that we can get such excellent reception without any lagtime anywhere in the world and it’s free! I would highly recommend this to anyone.” Maybe it’s the broadband that makes the difference? http://www.skype.com

  8. FOR THOSE LIVING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS — “Missionaries on Alert” is a 2-volume, wire-bound instructional manual subtitled “A Security Awareness Training Manual for Living in Threat Environments.” It is written from a Biblical perspective as a basic security awareness training manual for missionaries. Book One tells a fictitious story of two men in separate hostage situations and how they acted, interacted and reacted. Book Two gives an assessment of what the characters of Book One did rightly and what they did wrongly. The cost of the set is either US $42.00 or CDN $54.00 including shipping and handling; make checks payable to Copy ‘n’ Print with the designation “Missionaries on Alert” and mail to the address below. The books are printed and bound on an “on demand” basis so please allow a 4-6 week delivery. For a graphic of the book, go to http://www.copynprint.com/moa/ To order, write: Copy ‘n’ Print, Box 4566, Three Hills, AB TOM 2NO, Canada or e-mail john(at)copynprint(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 fax: 403-443-2120 or phone 403-443-7041.

  9. ANNOUNCING HOPE TAJIKISTAN 2005 — 2005 is slated to be an International Year of Prayer for the country of Tajikistan. The Tajik Partnership has begun a grassroots movement to see 10,000 intercessors raised up to pray for Tajikistan. Located in Central Asia, this Muslim country has many spiritual strongholds, and needs the focused prayers of Christians worldwide for spiritual breakthrough! Fear, Hopelessness, Islam, Superstition, and a Thirst for Money and Power keep people from the Truth of Jesus Christ. If you are interested in praying with or helping this movement write to HopeTajikistan(at)yahoo(dot)com or check out the website at http://www.HopeTajikistan.com

  10. NEW INTERNATIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS — Short-term coverage for mission teams is now available with some new benefits from Insurance Services of America. They have added terrorism coverage, coverage for complications of pregnancy and a hospital indemnity benefit that pays the missionary $100 per day that they are in the hospital. All of the new benefits come without a rate increase, so they are still able to insure your people for as little as $1.00 per day! For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.missionaryhealth.net , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(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 call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America). Insurance Services of America is a Christian organization that specializes in helping missionaries and mission organizations find affordable healthcare.

  11. COMPUTER SUPPORT MINISTRY FOR MISSION — InTime Ministries are a new IT mission support team. They need more volunteer IT people to help overseas mission teams, and train and help on projects etc. Typical trip 3 days to 3 weeks. http://intime-international.org/ (Thanks to Tony for this item and the one immediately below!)

  12. MISSIONS/BIBLE COLLEGES PLAN TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY — The April 2005 new focus day on web evangelism is being taken up not only by churches. Mission and training agencies also plan to adapt the downloadable materials to their own needs. http://www.InternetEvangelismDay.com

20010204 Brigada Today

In this issue….



movie camera According to the Joshua Project 2000 all peoples on the unreached peoples list are represented within a dozen or so affinity blocs. This new video covers 12 affinity blocs and pictures the state of world evangelization at the end of the year 2000. A joint effort of the following agencies, AD 2000 and Beyond, Caleb Project, China Source, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, International Mission Board-SBC, IRRTV-Finland, Jan Karnis, Productions, Operation Mobilization, Presbyterian Church-USA and Procla-Media Productions this new resource covers the 12 affinity blocs in 5-6 minute segments. The peoples covered are: Arab World, Cushitic Peoples, Eurasian Peoples, Indo-Iranians of SW Asia, Indo-Iranians of South Asia, Jewish Peoples, Malay Peoples, Sinitic Peoples, Sub-Saharan Africa, Thai/Dai Peoples, Tibetan Peoples and Turkic Peoples. The cost is $19.95 plus shipping and tax if applicable. (20 % discount to any ministry). NTSC copies can be ordered from OM Literature at 800-733- 5907 or 770-554-5827. PAL copies can be ordered from OM USA at 800- 899-0432 or e-mail randyatusadotomdotorg  (randyatusadotomdotorg)  .


Have you heard about the new “Harvest Information System” (HIS) being birthed as a follow-up to AD2000 & Beyond’s data on unreached peoples? As it turns out, the HIS “Registry of Peoples” (ROP) list may well be one of the most complete lists of the world’s peoples publicly available. The People/Country table presently contains 16,391 records. By contrast, the new edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia contains 12,582 entries. As the HIS Peoples list has been built, the attempt has been made to err on the side of inclusiveness, not wanting any peoples to be inadvertently omitted. Stay tuned to future editions of Brigada Today for further developments on this project.


calendar “Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills” will be offered April 22 – 27, 2001, for missionaries and church personnel in Idyllwild, CA. This interactive workshop is designed to increase your knowledge, attitudes and skills as you relate to family, co-workers, and those in other cultures. Topics covered include: Biblical Foundations, Loving Listening, Managing Conflicts Well, Building Trust, Managing Stress, Managing Grief, Being an Encourager. Tahquitz Pines Conference Center is the location. Register by March 22 for early fees – total in single room is $422 or shared room $352. If flying, Ontario airport is closest. Map and other details will be given after registration. Visit Mission Training International’s web site for details http://www.mti.org (see under “Workshops”) or contact them at Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or tel. toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687.


graduation capBeginning this fall/winter, CIU is opening a Budapest Extension Center (BEC) as an extension of their graduate school in cooperation with Pioneers for those seeking to work on an accredited MA or MDiv with:

  • intensive one/two week modular courses up to 3 times each school year
  • up to 50% of non-residential course work in Budapest
  • a minimum of 50% of residential courses to be completed at CBS in Korntal, Germany or CIU in Columbia, South Carolina
  • significant tuition savings

This will be graduate level education taught by visiting professors from CIU for nationals and expats in Europe and the former Soviet Union. For more information, write ciu-budatpioneersdotorg  (ciu-budatpioneersdotorg)  .



graduation cap Teach in China! A TESOL training school will be held at SIAS University in XinZheng City of Henan Province, China from June 1-July 14, 2001. The school is geared to train English teachers for placement at SIAS University or other Chinese Universities or for service almost anywhere in the world. The students will learn to live in China, love the people, eat their food, and speak some of their language. For more information, visit the corresponding site on the web at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .


Would you be interested in teaching English for 3-4 months in this needy post-Soviet country which is trying to rebuild its economy? You can also study Persian, Tajik or Russian language, and this short-term work will be set up by an ex-pat who’s been through the experience and understands the needs of a newcomer. Semesters run Feb-May and Sept-Dec (it’s not too late for this semester!). Accommodation and food provided. Salary $25-50 per month, depending on the number of hours taught. No qualifications required (only some patience and cultural flexibility), but experience of teaching English preferable, since you will have to design your own teaching program. Write to dhj-genatinamedotcom  (dhj-genatinamedotcom)   or phone +992 372 336715.


calendar The theme of the 4th TIE Congress has evolved to the TIE Asian Regional Conference. The congress starts March 18th thru the 22nd. The various staff of TIE will be facilitating the workshops. The registration fee of $240 includes transportation from the airport, meals and lodging at the Lumban Caliraya Re-Creation Center. For more information contact Ken tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)   or Joy pmamdatpacificdotnstdotph  (pma%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Emdatpacificdotnstdotph)  .


calendar This year’s “TIE” congress is to take place in Manila, March 18 to 22 at the Caliraya Re-Creation Center south of the city. This is for practicing tentmakers and will concentrate on Asian operations, of training, the Information Technology Center at the Asia Center for World Missions and Business operations. There is a $25 non-refundable registration fee and a full board conference cost of $240. For more information contact Joy at pmamdatpacificdotnetdotph  (pma%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Emdatpacificdotnetdotph)   or tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)  .


Would you be willing to share your experiences so that other church planters can learn from you? According to its authors, this twenty-minute survey will help to identify the common characteristics of a successful church plant. If you’re interested, just send an email to lestonatxsinetdotcodotza  (lestonatxsinetdotcodotza)   and he will gladly forward the survey to you. Thank you for your assistance!

note Note: Brigada does not endorse this survey; we haven’t seen it.



A “Surfers For Mission” team in Noosa Australia are committed to using surfing as a strategy for reaching the unreached. Targeting 10/40 window nations like Indonesia where the ‘mega unreached’ coincide with a prolific surfing industry this team hopes to harness the adventurous spirit of surfers for the unfinished task. Their next training school starts March 18th in Noosa. For more info contact Merv ywamnoosaatbigfootdotcom  (ywamnoosaatbigfootdotcom)   or visit http://www.sfmi.net.


A survey studying the effectiveness of Cyber Evangelism as part of a bible college course is being undertaken by Mick in the UK. If anyone is involved with cyber- evangelism, of whatever kind (web based, chat room, e-mail etc), then it would be a great help if you could complete a web-based questionnaire on the topic. The URL is: http://www.mleggett.uklinux.net/weq (the last letter is a lower case Q for questionnaire). The deadline for completions is 28th February, and the results will be posted back to the web in June/July 2001. Any participants will be emailed when the results are available. Further information is available from ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg  (ieqhelpatmission-itdotorg)  .


books and pen So far, in our series on how to good teams become great teams, we’ve covered these four key components:

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

Last week, after presenting the “gifted team members” item, we received an email from a prospective missionary who wrote:

“Sure, I know that I should wait until next week and see what you are going to offer as the ‘other issues’, but I can’t wait. I found what you wrote this week to be a little discouraging. I mean, I’m not all that gifted. I have my strengths, and I think God can use them somewhere, but I don’t come close to the kind of giftedness you describe. So, I don’t think I would qualify as a member of a great team… Maybe I should just stay home? Just for argument’s sake, of course. I love what you write, and getting Brigada each week! Keep it up!”

I replied… “I hear you, brother. Just remember… Suppose our “game” was basketball. The greatness of Michael Jordan would make us all want to stay home. I’m not suggesting that we hold out only for the ideal. But what I am saying is that as we not be satisfied with slouchy performance on something like, say, a skill issue… take language for instance. One of our workers is currently leaving for a field saying, “I can get by with the language level I already have.” I’m saying he should go to language school for six months first. Because I want him to shine. So… whatever it is you’re called to do, I’m saying become as skilled in it as you can. Work as hard at it as you can possibly work. Make sense? Did you know that, as a freshman, Michael Jordan didn’t make the cut on his high school basketball team? Needless to say, he practiced that entire year — probably harder than any senior did in the entire high school. By the way, as a sophomore, he made it. :-)

More on “great teams” next week.


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