Talking Bible

7) New low-cost, solar Talking Bible

The new solar TB is engineered to serve in the most severe conditions in the global mission field. It charges in less than four hours of direct sunlight and plays for two hours when fully charged. Its high-quality speaker is loud enough for 200 people to hear the message. Talking Bibles International is asking $35.00 for single units and $30.00 or less for quantities of 12 or more. For orders of 1,000 the price is radically reduced. For more information and to see photos of the new solar TB check out

http://www.talkingbibles.org

You can also call 1-800-318-7262 or email

infoattalkingbiblesdotorg

 

2) Talking Bibles Int’l’s New Website

You will want to visittalking bibles

This new website is easy to use. Learn everything you want to know about the Talking Bible. Enjoy the testimonials and pictures. Read Harvey’s blogs.  Go to “Listen” for free Bible listening. Don’t miss listening to Harvey’s book, “Honey, We’re Going to Africa!”  Check it out to be informed, inspired and blessed. For more info., email

talking_bible_email

 

(Thanks to TalkingBibles.org for sponsoring Brigada with a $20 gift this past week!)

5) Use Audio Bibles in Your TESL Lessons

Harvey, veteran retired missionary Bible translator is recommending that TESL folks incorporate using English language audio Bibles in their programs. To learn more about how a combination of a printed English language New Testament and an audio New Testament with the same text enables one to learn English and to speak it fluently more quickly go to his blogsite:

http://audiobibles2.blogspot.com/

or go directly to

http://www.talkingbibles.org/

20060101 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER
  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE
  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE!
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA
  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS
  7. FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA
  10. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA
  11. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM
  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS
  13. CENTER FOR TESOL
  14. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD!
  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN
  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
  17. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TALKING BIBLE PROJECTS FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS THIS SUMMER –- Talking Bibles International is urging DVBS leaders to engage their students in learning more about families with children living in oral cultures who need Talking Bibles because they do not read. TBI has a packet of information that makes it easy and fun for DVBS leaders to stimulate and involve the children. The packet includes an attractive short video showing how the Talking Bible works and the important difference it makes for those who do not read. Children get excited and are happy to be able to give a Talking Bible in a needed language to someone who cannot read. For more information visit:

    http://www.talkingbibles.org and/or

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

    or Contact info(at)talkingibles(dot)org or call 1-760-745-8150. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. END OF THE SPEAR: THE MOVIE — The End Of The Spear (the movie) comes out Jan. 20th. All over the country, groups are watching premierings at local churches this week. Visit:

    http://www.endofthespear.com

    for more on the movie. (The website is very cool, by the way. :-) ) Seems to be very powerful. A savage killer from a remote Amazon tribe becomes grandfather to the grandchildren of the North American man he killed. End of the Spear is a dramatic feature film based on the true story of the documentary film Beyond the Gates. The movie is rated PG- 13. This is an opportunity for all believers to reach out to others in their workplace and neighborhood by taking in this stirring movie with a story of redemption. See resources to help you use this movie as out reach at

    http://www.daretomakecontact.com

    (Hope you like it Corban! Thanks Herb.)


  3. LAST CALL FOR DALLAS TENTMAKING COURSE! — Global Opportunities for tentmakers invites you to attend their Light to the Nations tentmaking course in Dallas Texas February 22-26, 2006. If you want to investigate tentmaking and business as mission or if you are a tentmaker in between jobs, consider attending this one of a kind course. Course material is specifically designed for working and doing ministry in closed countries. Speakers include David English executive director of GO, Steinar Opheim director of TENT Norway, Ari Rocklin international director of GO and guest speakers. They cram a two week curriculum into 4.5 days of intense and fast paced training. If you can not attend this one, there are two upcoming courses in Bergen Norway and BC Canada in 2006. Registration deadline for the Dallas course is January 31, 2006 which can be done directly at the GO website.

    http://www.globalopps.org

    or email Ari at ari(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 .]


  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Boot Camp for Personal Support Raising is an intense two day training seminar to help Christian workers get to their ministry assignment quickly and fully funded. The participants prepare extensively and the seminar leader helps them to apply the tools and principles they learned during their preparation, whether they are just starting out or are a veterans. Learn more at

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

    Upcoming Boot Camps include: Jan 12-13 (Indianapolis, IN), Feb 13-14 (Colorado Springs, CO), March 8-9 (Nashville, TN), May ? (Seattle, WA), May 8-9 (Ft. Meyer’s, FL).


  5. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA — The COMIX35 ministry will hold their first 2006 Christian comics seminar in Sydney, Australia on May 29-31. The seminar is for any Christian communicator (editor, publisher, writer, artist) wishing to learn about the production and use of comics-style literature for evangelism and discipleship. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. Seminar topics include Identifying Your Audience, Plotting & Scripting, Storyboarding & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, and Cultural/Communication/Evangelism Strategy Considerations. The scheduled teachers include Graham Wade and Nate Butler. To apply, or for more information, contact Graham Wade at grawade(at)ihug(dot)com(dot)au [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Since 1996 COMIX35 has held 30 training events around the world, for over 750 attendees representing 49 countries. To learn more about the COMIX35 training ministry, visit their web site at

    http://www.comix35.org


  6. INTERESTING AND RELEVANT EZINE FOR MOBILIZERS — Missions Catalyst (from our friends at Caleb Project) is a weekly ezine designed to inspire and equip Christians worldwide to be a voice for strategic ministry. If you’re a mobilizer and don’t know everything already, Missions Catalyst is for you. Original and reprinted content covers missions news, resources, and fresh ideas to facilitate mobilizers. Subscribe by January 10 to receive the Practical Mobilization article advocating youth missions projects among domestic unreached peoples. For more information and a free subscription, go to:

    http://tinyurl.com/ar8ac

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


  7. FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES — missionary411.com is a new website that offers missionaries a free web-managed web site to keep their partners up on what they are doing as a missionary. Creating your own web site is free of charge, though donations to defray server and usage costs are welcome. The site offers a variety of features; a personal web address, anonymity if serving in a sensitive area, unlimited news updates and prayer requests, picture uploading and total management of the web site with no knowledge of html. To find out more information about this ministry, or to sign up for your own account, go to:

    http://www.missionary411.com


  8. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, and retirees. They have everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. For more information, log on at

    http://www.mats.org

    or call (765)965-7777 or fax (765)962-4645 or email car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. MIM SEEKS WOMEN TO CARE FOR ABANDONED BABIES IN NORTH AFRICA — MIM is seeking English or Spanish speaking Christian women to care for abandoned babies in a small city among mountain tribal peoples in North Africa. French and/or Arabic is useful but not required. For more info, contact MIMUSA(at)telefonica(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Misión Integral Mediterranea (MIM) busca mujeres cristianas de lengua española o inglés para cuidar bebés abandonados – en una ciudad pequeñaa del Nórte De África con tribus de las montañas. El frances y el árabe son utiles, pero no indispensibles. Escriba: MIMUSA(arroba)telefonica(punto)net

  10. GREAT INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC CALLING RATES FROM USA — Thanks to Judy for sending $15 recently from her TEL3Advantage long distance service account. She wanted Brigada Today readers to know that they can get great calling rates while helping Brigada — for domestic (starting at 1.9 cents/min to continental US and Canada) and international calls (200 countries for less than 10 cents/min …UK 3 cents, France 3 cents, Russia/Moscow 2.5 cents, Israel 3.2 cents, Colombia/SA 4.2 cents, South Africa 9 cents). Call from any touchtone phone including cell. Prepaid service. No contracts. No monthly, activation, or connection fees. No need to switch carriers. Up to 470 FREE minutes on signup. Lots of convenience features. For more info go to:

    http://www.tel3advantage.com/?agentnumber=837371

    An agent affiliate program with good income potential is also available at no cost to sign up. Based on sign-ups, she says she’ll send additional sponsorships to Brigada Today. So — please, everybody, call someone! :-)


  11. SLIDE SHOW ON CONFLICT IN ISLAM – Operation Reveille has produced a 12 minute slide show detailing the nature and implications of conflict between modernist and fundamentalist Muslims by comparing and contrasting the conflict with differences between liberal and evangelical Christians. You may view a low quality QuickTime version of the show at

    http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov

    Higher quality versions in PowerPoint, AVI, ShockWave, Keynote, MPeg, or QuickTime format may be requested on CD-rom or as e-mail attachments from bside(at)oprev(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. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — February 1-3, 2006, The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

    http://grts.cornerstone.edu/resources/glc/

    or e-mail glc(at)cornerstone(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  13. CENTER FOR TESOL — Asia’s Center for TESOL in connection with the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines will be holding its annual TESOL training in Manila Philippines. The 5-week course will run from April 10 until May 13, 2006. The course is 120 hours of instruction, complimented by a 20-hour practicum and observation component. Air conditioned dorm room facilities and meals are available. Class size is limited to 20 students. Non-native English speakers must pass an English Language proficiency test or hold a authentic TOEFL score of 550+. Please inquire to actesol(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph or see their web page

    http://www.actesol.com


  14. USE MEDIA FOR GOOD! — Here’s a site:

    http://www.mediastrategy.org

    that has general mediastrategy resources on a variety of media types (Thanks to the tip from an anonymous tipster who preferred his name not be mentioned.)


  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN — This conference happens Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, 9:30-3:30, Central Michigan University, at His House Christian Fellowship Church. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. For more information contact Rodney: yuen_rj(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 .]

  16. FRIENDS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — Thanks to the folks at TelligenceTech for sending a gift of $15 in honor of Brigada readers who purchased at: http://Lintel.US/brigada/ You’ll recall that this open software disk — available to the rest of the world at: http://www. TelligenceTech.com at a higher price — is a basket full of goodies that could make you more productive in spite of the low low cost to assemble them. Also rec’d this week was a check for $100 from a couple of American teachers in China who wrote, “We’ve been using bits and pieces and links from Brigada from almost your beginnings in 1995.” Whoa. Sobering. Based on the date on the check… and since it came all the way from China, I’ve added it into the 2005 tally. But get this — a $750 check from an anonymous couple in Indiana. “Thank you for all you are doing to further the kingdom.” Gulp. Whoa. Thank you!!! Add in a $20 check from PA and the total from this past week tallies to $885! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! To all who shared sacrificially in 2005, we’re very grateful! Shew. Now we roll the numbers over to zero and begin 2006.
  17. If you’d like to kick it off… be the very first to give in 2006… just click on sponsor above.


  18. THE BACK PAGE: HOW ‘BOUT THOSE LONGHORNS — I came in last Wednesday night from church and joined my son in time to catch the 2nd half of the University of Southern California vs. Texas in the Rose Bowl game. Frankly, we had a blast watching it. Those who follow [American] college football know that USC has remained undefeated for nearly the last *3* years. (I believe their last loss was like their 2003 season opener!) So, with 2 season championships already under their belt — and having forgotten what it feels like to lose — USC faced off against Texas, with just about everyone assuming they would walk away with the trophy. Just about everyone except for a certain Texas quarterback named Vince Young.

    Now Young had his doubters. In the first place, to quote one of the announcers, “he just doesn’t throw right.” [sic] :-) I’m telling you. His passing form looks … like … something out of a 6th-grade sand lot football failure. But somehow… it works. Columnist Ivan Maisel (ESPN) wrote, shortly after the game, “Young ran for 200 yards and threw for 267, completing 30-of-40 passes with a motion that still makes NFL scouts reach for their Rolaids. But even the pickiest of scouts knows how to read a scoreboard.” :-) (Read the whole story today at:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/index

    But it’s really his running game that is so bizarre. As he’s running and scrambling, the typical viewer thinks, “Oops.. he’s gonna get sacked.” Well he never does. (He went the whole night without one sack — meaning, they could never catch him and tackle him behind the line of scrimmage to force lost yardage.) Maisel observed, “He makes it sound simple, he makes it look simple, and to him, it probably is simple.” But to all of the mortals on our planet, what he does seems next to impossible.

    Time after time, when one would think that it’s over, Vince Young would slide through some unseen seam and — next thing you know, he’d be scoring. And when he scored the winning touchdown of the game it was almost surreal. The camera caught his eyes after the run, as if he were scanning to see if some official would rule against it. It was as if you could see those little wheels turning in his head, “Did that count? Did I really just do that? Did we just beat USC?” He must have felt that way because — it truly looked so easy for him. The truth is, nobody even *touched* him as he jogged into the end zone… with just 19 seconds to go, against a defense that hadn’t been beaten in about 3 years! Who *does* that? Vince Young does.

    As I was mulling over the game in my mind, I thought to myself, you know… I know some workers who probably look like that now and then in their jobs. We use unorthodox means, we do things in weird ways, but in the end, we get the job done sometimes… and come away with big outcomes for the Lord. I think . . . Vince Young actually teaches us a strong lesson about grace. I heard the coach talk about Young’s freshman year — which wasn’t nearly as successful. He explained that the coaching staff was trying to force Young to use proper form . . . and nothing was working. Last year, to be honest, they finally “gave up” on him and let him try it his own way. Last night was the culmination of grace. And boy did he model it. Boy did it work.

    So … next time somebody doubts your form, don’t be so hard on yourself. Ask (or pray) for some patience. Don’t become so frustrated. Just take it easy, one step at a time. (Granted, if you don’t get the job done, you might need the coaching. Be glad for it.) But if you’re completing your objectives on time, effectively, maybe you need to pull out a video of the Rose Bowl, just to give ’em something to think about. At the very least, they might give you a chance. And sometimes, like Vince Young, a chance is all you’ll need. I pray you can find a mission to work with like the one that employees me. It seems to specialize in granting grace, extending options, giving another chance. Oh yes… there are those times of tough love. But the truth is… if one is trying hard to follow . . . and if he/she is making a difference, Team Expansion, for its part, seems to see a “Vince-Young- future” in those of us lucky enough to work here. That’s the Team Expansion paradigm. I hope your agency or organization is similar. Because there are enough frustrations as it is. (If they’re not, I’ll join you in praying that they’ll *become* so.) Either way, take heart. Pray. Run. Don’t give up. Your Rose Bowl is coming. :-)

    Doug

20051023 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES
3. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST?
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE?
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM”
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. SCHOLARSHIP FOR DEGREE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., recently established a scholarship for its undergraduate major in community development. The scholarship, valued at $9,000 will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. Other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 will also be available for qualified community development candidates. Students can apply by submitting a scholarship application available from the Covenant web site at

http://www.covenant.edu

The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005. The Community Development major combines a liberal arts education with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical foundation. It equips students to be an agent of Christian transformation within poor communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. For information about the major or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site, call the Admissions Office at 706-820-2398 or 888-451-2683, or send email to admissions(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. PUTTING ALREADY TRANSLATED SCRIPTURES INTO TALKING BIBLES — As a result of modern technology, every translated New Testament, can now be made available in audio form for non-readers in less than ninety days. It can be done for only a very small fraction of the cost of translating and printing it. By putting already translated Scriptures into Talking Bibles, one can reach twice as many people with God’s Word for less than 5% of the initial cost of translating it. To learn more visit

http://www.talkingbibles.org

and

http://www.audioscriptures.org

or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(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. RESOURCES FOR REACHING SIKHS — You can find current prayer requests and personal experiences with reaching Sikhs by going to

http://www.imb.org/compassionNet/PeopleGroups.asp

and scrolling down to “Jat Sikhs of India.” People profiles on Sikhs are available by going to

http://www.joshuaproject.netpeopctry.php

and selecting country “India” and people “Jat, Sikh” or “Khatri, Sikh.” Also, you can purchase a prayer guide or video on Sikhs by going to

http://www.calebproject.org/store

then use the search button in the upper right-hand corner to search for Sikhs. You’ll see “Sikhs, India Unreached People Group Booklet” and “Sikhs of the Punjab Video – India, 2002.” To learn more about how you can witness to Sikhs, go to

http://www4truth.net/

and click on “World Religions” and then click on “Sikhism.” Or contact Gurmeet & Nitu by emailing: gurmeet(at)pqsa(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. NEED A WORSHIP SONG OF PERSEVERANCE AND TRUST? — Is someone you know going through deep trials? Are you? Do you need a worship song that declares your willingness to follow the Lord no matter what come your way? “I Will Trust Him” was born in the suffering of ministry and will encourage your soul. Visit

http://www.tonguetied.org/IWillTrustHim

to download the words, lead sheet and MP3. In addition, consider using it for your fellowship or church. No web? Email chap(at)tonguetied(dot)org asking for the song pdf. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. WANT COMPUTER THEFT PROTECTION ANYWHERE? — Worried about computer theft? Every time a PC PhoneHome or MacPhoneHome-protected computer makes an Internet connection, it sends a stealth email message containing its exact location to a pre-determined email address of the user’s choice and to Brigadoon Software. If your computer goes missing, make a police report and contact Brigadoon. They do the rest. Your missing computer is returned to you with the help of their recovery agents, local police services and global ISPs. A single copy of PC PhoneHome and MacPhoneHome retail for a one time cost of $29.95 USD. No additional charges.

http://www.brigadoonsoftware.com
6. SECURITY ALERTS FOR MISSIONARIES — You can have security alerts that are relevant to missionaries emailed to you. They cover natural disasters, political unrest, persecution outbreaks, epidemics, terrorist threats and activities. Currently, Christian Missionary Alert consists of a team of four moderator specialists who glean updated information from their own resources and security networks. When you join you can choose to have messages come to your inbox or opt to read them on-line. To join, simply send blank message to: cmalert-subscribe(at)yahoogroups(dot)com
7. ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD — Did you know you can use a Bible Import Tool to download versions of the Bible such as (NKJV & NIV) which are not available at the eSword website. It’s available at:

http://www.dnspad.com/engine/index.php

(Click on “e-Sword Editors, Templates & Tools” and find the import tool in the list.) Note: When you run the program it may tell you that there is a newer version available for download.
8. LEARN ENGLISH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA — The Christian English Programme (CEPA) can help you improve your English and ability to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Ministry skills. Through formal lessons with experienced TESOL teachers, immersion in the Australian culture through arranged Homestay, electives and excursions. The teaching centre is located in the heart of the central business distinct of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Fees are very reasonable CEPA is an outreach of the Flinders Street Baptist Church, Adelaide in association with SIM Australia. The next course will be held 5 July to 25 August 2006. Enroll early to save your spot. For further information contact johnaukim(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 .]
9. VOLUNTEER, TEACH IN TSUNAMI-AFFECTED AREAS OF THAILAND — There are a number of projects currently requiring English teachers in the Pang Nga region of Thailand. Volunteers should ideally be able commit for a minimum of 3 months and be confident in planning and delivering lessons to groups of adults and/or children. Get involved via either of the two programs listed below in the next 2 items.
10. STEP AHEAD TRAINING CENTRE — This is a training centre for adults and children who have been impacted by the Tsunami. Step Ahead currently run a number of courses, including Hospitality and General English classes. To find out more about the centre please check out the website:

http://www.freewebs.com/stepaheadtrainingcentre
11. NAM KEM BURMESE SCHOOL — This is a school that is being set up by an Organisation called Habitat to educate the many Burmese children that live in the Nam Kem area (impacted by the Tsunami). The school is looking for English teachers to teach English at the school, which will initially just be for children between the ages of 6 and 12. For more information email: helenmorris7(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 .]
12. CONFERENCE PLANNED: “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” — The 2006 COSIM conference has been scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is, “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. The conference, which is COSIM’s tenth annual, has this vision: Help participants understand how the practice of cross-cultural partnerships between ministries in the West and those in the developing world can bring biblical transformation, individually and corporately, to all the partners involved. Details about registration and costs are forthcoming. To learn more, download a one-page fact sheet at:

http://www.cosimtnet.org

Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
13. CATCH GREATER VISION IN MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Get a clue. Read it at…

http://www.momentum-mag.org

Justin Long is Senior Editor. It’s a free periodical to help believers passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least-reached 27% of our world.
14. YOU CAN HELP BRIGADA WITH ANY AMOUNT OF DONATION — Thanks to those who chip in to grow Brigada into the future. Want to help? 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.
15. THE BACKPAGE: FORGE ON, ONE LINE AT A TIME — Do you ever look at your to do list and wonder how you’ll ever actually finish it? Maybe it even feels a bit overwhelming because there are so many items, you’re convinced it’s just not possible? If you ever feel stuck in this situation, don’t feel alone. Either Churchill, Edison or Oswald Sanders said, “The world is run by tired people.” (The quote has been attributed to them all. Truth is — everybody’s so sleepy, they can’t remember who said it! :-) ) The idea is to make incremental progress. You don’t actually *have* to finish the list. But when you chip away at it and make progress, at least you’re “in route” to finishing it. If your list is too big, train yourself to take about 10 top priority items and list them in a separate location. Focus on those 10 for today. (Few of us can actually finish more than 10 things in any given day anyway.) The trick is to make sure you’re grabbing the right 10 for the day! No matter what, forge on.

Doug

20050925 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT
5. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN?
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY
14. WE GET HELP FROM…
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. DISTANCE LEARNING ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College is now taking registration for its winter and spring 2006 distance learning courses (January – May). These courses provide training on how to facilitate Christian community economic development in poor communities and are email-based with instructor feedback on weekly written assignments. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. The strategies and programs taught are practical, church- centered, and community-based, and they do not require large operating budgets. The Chalmers Center courses will help you understand the needs of the poor, the design of an intervention that is appropriate for Christian economic development in your context, and how to use economic development as a means of outreach. Three courses are offered – The first 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 find out more about these courses or to register, visit the Chalmers Center web site at http://www.chalmers.org and click on “Email Distance Learning Courses” then “Learn more” or call 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. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a deal that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. Outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. Can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at their website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world. See it all at

http://www.global-airtime.com

(And thanks for the partnership gift of $10, Send Global!)
3. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR UN-INSURED SHORT-TERM WORKERS ON GULF COAST — A plan offering $50,000 / $250,000 of medical coverage for American and Canadian hurricane relief workers is available online at http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . Scroll down the site to “Trip Protection” and click on “Buy This Plan Online” to get a quote. The premium comes in at around $1.00 a day. For more information contact jeff(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. Or visit http://www.gninsurance.com
4. VOLUNTEER REPS WANTED FOR TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY MOVEMENT — Talking Bibles International (TBI) is seeking Volunteer Representatives nationwide. TBI trains these volunteer reps how to contact local churches and how to help churches in their area observe a Talking Bible Sunday. Millions of Christians living in oral cultures need Talking Bibles because they cannot read a printed Bible. The goal of this movement is a Talking Bible Sunday in every church to help provide a Talking Bible in every language for every person who cannot read. To learn more visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or email harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
5. NEW KATRINA BOOKLET BY CAMPUS CRUSADE OFFERS HOPE TO SURVIVORS — Campus Crusade has produced an evangelistic mini-magazine for hurricane survivors, offering hope, understanding, and Good News. You can read it online in full at: http://KatrinaHigherGround.com and also order copies of the printed version there. It’s tastefully done and definitely seeks to help them understand the “whys” of human tragedy while introducing them to the author of human history.
6. DRAW THE E-SWORD — How much would you pay for an interactive Bible study program that offered the King James Version, Strongs, and your pick of several add-on resources in various languages which all work together interactively? What if you could add on dictionaries, word studies and lexicons, commentaries, maps, and even classic works on Church & Hebrew history, etc. What if I were to tell you you could have it all for free!? Well now you can. The name of the program is E-Sword and the provider is Equipping Ministries Foundation in Franklin, TN. Check it out at http://www.e-Sword.Net (Thanks for the tip, Dennis!) With dozens of different translations, seems like it has just about everything but New Int’l Version. If you can live without the NIV, you’ve found a goldmine. But either way, there’s great value there.
7. MISSIONS MOBILIZATION LITERATURE IN ITALIAN? — Here’s a Brigada participant looking for missions mobilization literature or missions news in Italian. They’re willing to include magazines, newsletters, literature, Internet News, etc. If you know of some, write Maurice mauricea(at)coscom(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. MISSION CONFERENCE IN ATLANTA — Register now for an exciting fall mission conference, “From Everywhere to Everyone: The New Global Mission”, October 20-22, 2005 in Atlanta. There’s a Georgia Pre- conference networking event Oct. 19-20. Read more at… http://www.globalmissionconference2005.com/ or call 800-720-4PFF for more information.
9. THE ESSENCE OF LIFE AS HIGH-TECH, LEAST-REACHED — Justin Long’s written a good summary at http://www.lausanneworldpulse.com/10_05/long.php See the contrast and witness several penetrating questions. By the way, you can also see Justin’s bi-monthly magazine on missions momentum at: http://www.momentum-mag.org
10. MISSION DISCUSSION FORUMS — For more than 15 years there have been mission and missiology discussion forums on the FamilyNet BBS network, that have linked people interested in missions worldwide. There have now been changes in these forums and the organizers welcome old and new users to join. See: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/philtheo.htm Or e-mail Steve Hayes at hayesstw(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 .]
11. GREAT DEAL ON CRITICAL SOFTWARE — Tom found a great deal on a whole batch of software to protect your PC. You can get Norton Systemworks 2005 and Norton Antispam 2005 in a retail bundle for $79.99 and after 2 mail-in rebates your cost will be $4.99. It’s the best deal he’s found this fall. You have to buy it at CompUSA today and mail in the rebate forms by tomorrow, Oct. 8th, to get the rebates. See the ad he found here or just start at COMPUSA http://www.compusa.com and search for the product. (Great find, Tom! Thanks for sharing it!)
12. LEARN TO PLANT CHURCHES IN JAPAN — There is still time to register for the Japan 2005 CPI Conference, November 8-11 near Mount Fuji and Tokyo. This is the largest church planting conference in Japan each year dedicated to gospel-centered renewal and church planting multiplication. This year there will be 7 learning tracks on church planting and renewal coupled with 9 focused intensive electives on vital signs for healthy churches. The leaders have asked that if you cannot come, could you please pray for this national event. Information is at the CPI website http://www.jcpi.Net.
13. GLORY TO GOD GAMES GIVES ALTERNATIVE TO MONOPOLY — Have you seen Glory to God Games at: http://www.Mission316.com It’s worth a look. I’m serious. Check out games like “Salvation Challenge” and “Jesus loves kids”. View the video intro. See if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face when the guy tells you that if you land on such-and-such a square, you’ll have to give $100,000 to missions. :-)
14. WE GET HELP FROM… — Several folks have endeavored to help produce Brigada Today by providing sponsorships or donations. This past week, we received $100 from folks who described themselves as “appreciative subscribers.” Well now we’re appreciate for *them*! These funds encourage Brigada by under girding costs like webspace, secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising and promotion to help get the message out about Brigada’s resources. If you were subscribing to a monthly magazine, you might be charged $18 per year or more. For that, you’d get 12 issues, one per month, with lots of slick pages that were at least 50% covered by ads for things you didn’t want. By contrast, Brigada Today gives you *weekly* news, with timely and critical items, a free website with every single issue archived all the way back to January 1995, and guess what — you don’t even have to opt out of the bathing suit issue!!! Take a stand today to support a future with Brigada Today by clicking on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. Thanks for any support you can give.
15. THE BACK PAGE: LEARNING TO LOVE OUR PLANET — By God’s grace (and with the help of a few streetsmart advisors), our organization has picked up 61 beautifully-wooded acres on the edge of greater metro Louisville, Kentucky. When we first acquired this land, I’ll admit that I was thinking mostly about new office space for our overcrowded staff. Well that’s still on my mind today as we move into the phase where we hope to build a new home office and retreat center. But I’m kind of pleasantly surprised at some other added discoveries along the way. First, I’ve come away with a greater appreciation for our planet. The city of Louisville enforces tons of codes and restrictions, some of which seem silly and over-regulated at first glance. But as we’ve been moving through each phase of the infrastructural development, I’ll have to admit that I’ve come to appreciate the wisdom for some of the practices at which I had earlier scoffed. When I saw black smoke from a burn barrel on our property, I’ll admit I was a bit disgusted at the pollution we were introducing into Louisville’s already troubled sky. (Thus the burning restrictions.) When I saw garbage in the ravines on our property, I began to see the wisdom behind the “no dumping” rules. Once I saw the silt that washes off of newly excavated ground, I realized the importance of silt fence around construction sites. The list goes on and on. I think it’s unfortunate that many of today’s “best practices” are misunderstood as being the domain of tree-huggers and New Age “mother earth” worshippers. (It’s always a shame when the good of many get labeled as the monopoly of a few.) The truth is I’m just starting to understand how caring for all of the creation on our planet goes hand in hand with caring for all of the created ones on our planet. And once we start caring about things like conservation and “green practices”, it’s very easy to make the transition to care about the integrity and well-being of forgotten peoples in faraway lands.

So call me a tree-hugger if you’d like. Yes I’ll admit that the thread about our property, at arborday.org, is now the most-viewed and most- replied thread in the history of the Arbor Day movement. And — guilty as charged — we are even enforcing the burn permit regulation on our 61 acres. But in the end, if organizations like the BBC have noticed the need to care about creation: http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/state_planet/ why is it sometimes hard for those of us who claim to love the creator? (By the way, if you’d like to see pictures of our land and some of the approaches we’re taking to keep it “green” :-), log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on “Emerald Hills” in the top menu. Check out the photo galleries and maybe you’ll see why I’m learning to love the land.

20050710 Brigada Today

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In this issue…

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY?
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS?
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3
6. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN?
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN
11. CLOSING STUFF

1. BIBLE TRANSLATORS AND THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE — The advent of the Talking Bible dramatically increases the value of the work done by the Bible translators. By spending just one percent more than what it cost to translate a New Testament in the first place, one can now make that dedicated, sacrificial, costly translation effort available in audio as a Talking Bible for the larger numbers of people who cannot read. It is a possibility we could not have dreamed of less than five years ago. For more information visit: http://www.talkingbibles.org or contact harvey(at)talkingbibles(dot)org
2. CAN’T DECIDE WHICH ANTI-SPYWARE TOOL TO BUY? — Take PC Magazine’s word for it. Their latest editor’s choice is Spyware Doctor 3.2, available for $29.95 at http://www.pctools.com In their benchmark “real-world” tests, Spyware Doctor outperformed other offerings from all the “big guns” like Symantec, Microsoft, Spy Sweeper, Lavasoft, and more. (And by the way, we get no sponsorship from PCTools.com. Just one beggar telling another where to buy bread. But if they ask where you heard about it, feel free to tell them Brigada.org. Maybe they’ll decide to pitch something in after 30 of us buy it! :-) )
3. NEED A SPOT TO STORE & SHARE YOUR PHOTOS? — Claudia recommends http://www.photobucket.com (Thanks Claudia!) The free version allows for 25 meg of disk space (about 12 or 13 photos at the 5 megapixel rate) and 1500 meg. of bandwidth, with a limitation of 250K as the maximum size for any image you post. But for just $25 per year, you’ll get 1 gig of photo display space, and unlimited throughput. On this latter plan, maximum image size is bumped up to 1 meg. — still about 1/2 the size of a 5 megapixel image. Check it out!
4. “WOMEN OF THE HARVEST” MAGAZINE NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site. _NOW FREE, ONLINE — If price was a factor before, it’s not any more. Now you can get “Women of the Harvest” free, online, by clicking to: http://www.womenoftheharvest.com This classy new online magazine is designed to encourage you to persevere in cross-cultural service. You can attend “WOTH” retreats, get weekly bible studies, and pick up other helpful resources — all at the site.
5. PEOPLE RAISING 6-HOUR TRAINING NOW ON CD & MP3 — Need to raise personal support or funds for your organization? People Raising has just released the People Raising 6-hour award winning audio curriculum on CD and in downloadable MP3 formats. Discover firsthand how the People Raising system can help you raise the needed funds in record time while reducing the fears commonly associated with asking for support. The Audio kit includes: 5 CD’s by author and fundraising expert, Bill Dillon, 72 page Study Guide, The People Raising book and handy Presentation Reminder card. People Raising is providing a special introductory offer through 8/10/2005. To get more information and take advantage of this unique fund raising 6-hour training program go online http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm or contact Bill(at)PeopleRaising(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. TRANS SCAN: FIND OUT IF TRANSLATION IS FOR YOU — There are about 2600 people groups in the world today that don’t have God’s Word in their heart language. Could God be calling you to serve as part of a Bible translation team? “Trans Scan” has the answers! Check out…

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/home.htm

For more info, contact Wade Wade_Remer(at)wycliffe(dot)org about the August, 20 event at Wycliffe Center in Tucson AZ. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. AMAZING BOOK OFFER — “Godsize Stories from Around the World” will bless and inspire you. You can be reading it minutes from now. For less than the price of a lunch at McDonalds you’ll receive the e-book and *two bonuses*. You’ll also receive the complete audio-book, and The e- Book Librarian software to manage e-books on your computer. You can download them or order them on CDs. Listen to the foreword by Eddie Smith at http://tinyurl.com/aroeh Check out this offer at: http://www.godsize.com Or email: carl(at)godsize(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. CHRISTIANS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING INT’L CONFERENCE — From January 23-25, 2006, on the campus of Payap University in Chiangmai, Thailand, this interorganizational teachers’ conference will provide a faith-friendly venue for academic interaction and professional development, as well as for networking and fellowship. Proposals for presentations, workshops, resource room, and poster sessions are now being received. For more information on the conference see http://www.cetesol.org For inquiries, or to send a proposal, e-mail Brad bbaurain(at)elic(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. THANKS FOR THE HELP! WOULD YOU CHIP IN? — Thanks to Harvey Hoekstra, of TalkingBibles.com, for the $25 gift to help Brigada step into the next week! We’re grateful for this help and encouragement. This brings to $6,810.36 our sponsorship total for 2005. You might recall that our goal for 2005 is $16,576, meaning we’re just over 4/10ths of the way to the total. Unfortunately, we’re just over halfway through 2005. To make our goal, someone will have to chip in a bit more over the coming weeks or months. Please pray that God will raise up partners to make this gift (these gifts) possible. Thanks! Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? 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.
10. THE BACKPAGE: THE RESULTS ARE IN — I’ve enjoyed reading some reader feedback to the last couple of “BackPages”… addressing the issue of “What churches want” out of the church-missionary relationship and, on the other side of the coin, “What missionaries want”. You can read the feedback for yourself at: http://www.brigada.org/articles/what_they_want.html Over all, there seemed to be agreement, at least in principle, that times have changed (duh… :-) ) in the missions arena. Technology, travel, and cultural norms have all made an impact. You’ll have to be the one to decide if we’re better- or worse-off than we were before. Maybe our seemed to land more on the “better-off” side when it comes to gratitude for technology and the connectivity it brings. But if that’s the case, the majority seemed to land a bit on the downside regarding changes in the local church. That having been said, the responses were all over the spectrum.

So allow me to sum up, if I may — at least my own opinion: We live in a rapidly-changing world, where our motivations, our “church culture”, and the “tools of the missionary trade” are seemingly transforming right before our very eyes. As a result, churches, individuals and also agencies would be well-advised to look carefully at how these and other “change factors” are affecting their work now and how they might have a bearing in the future. Only then will we be adequately prepared to walk the jungle of missions in future generations.

Doug

20050508 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES
2. SUMMER SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS
3. PLAY TENNIS FOR CHRIST
4. CONTINUING SAGA AGAINST SPAM
5. BE SURE DELIVERINGONTHEPROMISE.COM WORKS FOR YOU
6. MISSIONS NEWSLETTER FOR LEADERS IN TWO THIRDS WORLD
7. HOME WATER TESTER
8. TO EVERY TRIBE WITH JESUS
9. FREE CLIPPING SERVICE ON MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT
10. TEACH IN MEXICO, PLUS TRAIN IN MISSIONS
11. AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FANTASTIC SPONSORS
12. EASY WAY TO GIVE TO BRIGADA
13. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH YOUR PC IS REVEALING ON THE NET
14. ADD “COPY TO” TO YOUR “RIGHT-CLICK” CONTEXT MENU
15. THE BACKPAGE: FREE OF THE CLOCK
16. CLOSING STUFF

1. TALKING BIBLES INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES — Talking Bibles International has Scripture in audio in over 325 different languages. Talking Bibles with entire New Testaments are now available in 40 languages with more being processed. New Testaments in MP3 format are currently available from their website in 27 languages — Albanian, Arabic, Assyrian, Bengali, Cantonese, Czech, English KJV, Farsi, Foochow, Haitian, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Khmer, Malayalam, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Tamil, Telegu, Teochew, Urdu, Vietnamese. These are posted for listening and/or downloading for free. Talking Bibles International is encouraging overseas’ churches and ministries to download their materials for duplicating and distribution when shipping from the states is too costly or impractical. For more information log unto http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact info(at)talkingbibles(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. SUMMER SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS — Are you taking a team overseas this summer? If so make sure you have adequate medical and evacuation coverage! You may want to check out the “International Provider” plan from Insurance Services of America. This plan covers medical expenses and medical evacuation with a rate as low as $1.51 per day for anyone regardless of age. If you have a group that has older individuals going this plan can’t be beat. Also, expenses incurred as a result of an act of terrorism are covered at no additional charge. For details, a free quote and to apply for coverage go to http://www.MissionaryHealth.com , email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)com, [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.
3. PLAY TENNIS FOR CHRIST — A one week – two week or more…. tennis course for players and coaches with a Christian mission focus has been organized around the world: Southern France-July, New York City-August, Hong Kong-September to May, Australia-February, Sri Lanka-December

The coaches and players who attended were greatly used and also impacted themselves as they learned the tools to reach others thru sports and fellowship with others from another culture..

For additional information see http://www.tennisministry.com or http://www.tennisministry.com/Missionindex.html

You may attend this training either as an individual or you may bring a team with you.

Please contact them if you are interested in attending. A staff member will then contact you immediately with a reply.

By the way, Rev. Bob Kraft will be at the French Open/Wimbledon/US Open/Australian Open and if you would like to meet up with him, just email to <tmiattennisministrydotcom>
4. CONTINUING SAGA AGAINST SPAM — The item on spam struck a resonate chord. How do these spammers sleep at night. And how does the original canned meat (known originally as “Spam”) stay in business!? :-)

In our own organization (Team Expansion), we heard so much support for the war on spam that we’re moving the entire organization’s email accounts into onlymyemail.com. http://www.onlymyemail.com

It turns out to be about $1.25/address per month. Gulp. :-) But David, a Brigada participant laboring in the Amazon (the jungle — not the bookstore :-) ), spoke out for Spamarrest too. ” Spamarrest doesn’t let through more than one or two a month. The cost is $30.00 per year. It’s well worth it to have no hassles. http://www.spamarrest.com Select your weapon of choice. But either way, take up a weapon. Don’t sit back and let spam frustrate your inbox for a single day more.
5. BE SURE DELIVERINGONTHEPROMISE.COM WORKS FOR YOU — By the way, one reader wrote to remind us that deliveringonthepromise.com is not actually an insurance program per se. Readers considering using it should be sure they take note of its unique structure.
6. MISSIONS NEWSLETTER FOR LEADERS IN TWO THIRDS WORLD — A missions orientated monthly email newsletter (free) is now available for subscription from Beautiful Feet Task Force, providing sermon outlines on missions and evangelism as well as regular outreach ideas, quotes, stories and web resources. Aimed at providing missionaries, pastors and leaders in developing nations with a contact and referral point and a means of helping others in a similar position by providing feedback, many leaders from western countries are now enjoying the benefits too. Written and edited by Ps Howard Sands, International director of BFTF and 25 year veteran of Asian mission trips, it is brief, punchy and informative. To check it out or to subscribe, visit… http://beautifulfeettaskforce.injesus.com or email subscribe(at)beautifulfeettaskforce-subscribe(at)myinjesus.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. HOME WATER TESTER — Missionaries in doubt of local water quality might be interested to know about a new home water tester for only $17. It allows you to test the water at your location for lead, bacteria, nitrites, nitrates, chlorine, pesticides and pH. This might be handy when you move to a new location and are unsure of the water quality from the tap. Web site: http://www.watersafekits.com It’s also available at some grocery stores in the US.

For a professional lab test (US) go to: http://www.premierlaboratory.com The cost there is $230. You might also be able to get a local health department to check a water sample.

A comparison of the two (home testing kit and the pro lab) in Popular Mechanics (June 2005) shows that the home lab kit is accurate but not to the level of precision of the pro lab test. (Thanks Kerby!)
8. TO EVERY TRIBE WITH JESUS — Here’s a new book on tribal church planting. David Sitton, a 27 year veteran pioneer church planter among unreached tribal peoples writes about the basics of tribal evangelism, including chapters dealing with animism, ancestral spirits, witchcraft, religious syncretism and spiritual warfare in tribal contexts. This newly released book is being offered through June at the introductory price of $8.50 (plus $1.50 S/H). Order from Grace & Truth Books by calling 918-245-1500 or through David Sitton directly at 956-233-4353 or david(at)toeverytribe(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceeding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] While you’re at it, feel free to ask David about the tribal seminars he teaches.
9. FREE CLIPPING SERVICE ON MESSIANIC JEWISH MOVEMENT — The Caspari Center’s Media Review is an English-language synopsis of articles originally published in the various forms of Israeli press, including the Rabbinic. The articles, most of which are originally written in Hebrew, focus on Messianic Jews, the Hebrew Church and Christianity. They document contemporary topics and news — including how the Israeli people, religious leaders and their government perceive and respond to the Messianic movement. The service is charting trends, creating the only historical archive of its kind for the Messianic movement in Israel, and, through its digital format, providing the world with glimpses into the struggles and sacrifices faced by those who dare to take up the cross in Israel, as well as the progress being made. The Media Review serves as an invaluable research tool for Christian scholars and evangelists while providing insight for members of the secular world and other interested parties in business, government and academia. This service is provided free of charge via email. To subscribe, go to http://www.caspari.com and follow the link to the Media Review.
10. TEACH IN MEXICO, PLUS TRAIN IN MISSIONS — The Monterrey Institute of Technology High School in Toluca, Mexico is looking for teachers. The candidate must be a native English speaker and have a bachelor’s degree in any field. You would also assist a tentmaker, who is working at this private secular high school, in developing a missions program for Mexican churches to reach the unreached of the world. You can check out the school’s web page and contact Christian directly for further information: http://www.tol.itesm.mx or email cwamission(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
11. AMAZING, REMARKABLE, FANTASTIC SPONSORS — This past week, we’re thanking the Lord for $50 from a new friend, and another $50 from a director at International Students, Inc. (ISI), who wrote, “Your publication is read by many of our staff and has been a significant source of encouragement and resources to our team across the country.” Another $50 came from a New Yorker who wrote, “Keep up the good work– faithful servants such as yourself are a great inspiration!” Finally, a new friend wrote, ” Thanks for the blessing that Brigada has been. I realized that I’ve been taking it for granted for 10 years! This is just the first of many gifts. Bless you guys.” Whoa. Not every day we get a $250 gift *and* a note like that in the same envelope! :-) (Thanks to the new friend from Colorado!)
12. EASY WAY TO GIVE TO BRIGADA — If you’d like to help make Brigada a reality for next week and beyond, just log on at http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous.
13. FIND OUT JUST HOW MUCH YOUR PC IS REVEALING ON THE NET — Curious as to how much your PC is telling the Internet world? Just visit: https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 Steve Gibson and company will help you determine how secure you are. You can check file and port sharing, “common ports”, your first 1065 TCP ports, and more. The service is absolutely free. Those with firewalls and routers will probably fare the best.
14. ADD “COPY TO” TO YOUR “RIGHT-CLICK” CONTEXT MENU — In my Windows Explorer context menu, now when I right-click on a file or folder in Explorer, I have the option to copy or move it to another location — in one fell swoop. Here’s how you can add it too:

Start by launching RegEdit from the Start menu’s Run dialog. Navigate to the key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex \ContextMenuHandlers.

Right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers entry and from the menu, select New | Key. Name the new key Copy To. Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and set its data to {C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK, then right-click on the ContextMenuHandlers key and create another new key, naming this one Move To. Set the (Default) value for this one to {C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}. Click on OK and close the Registry Editor.

(This great tip came from Sharon Klotz, via PC Magazine’s “User to User” column. See it online at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1813983,00.asp Thanks PC Mag!)
15. THE BACKPAGE: FREE OF THE CLOCK — We’ve been talking about “finishing”, i.e., completing what we start. For the past couple of weeks, we’ve brainstormed about ideas that help us keep our focus… and finish our tasks.

However, along with this “end-mindedness” comes a certain risk: that we’ll get caught up in being a kind of slave to the clock… or even a slave to our own task list. So, with that in mind, here are some tips to balance out the admonitions of the past couple of weeks:

*** Think in “slots” — Consider the “typical” 40-hour-a-week job. (Does anyone in ministry actually work one of those? :-) ) It would be five days a week, morning and afternoon each day. So if you think of the day as having 3 major 4-hour slots… 8-12, 1-5, and 6-10… then a 40-hour job would be equal to roughly 10 “slots” of 4 hrs. each. Now let’s make the transition to ministry. Suppose you work 4 evenings/week doing home Bible studies or Jesus Film presentations or whatever. Suppose those roughly take up the 6-10 timeframe. So by my way of thinking, you could consider taking the afternoon off to be with family or friends on those 4 days. You’re still covering 2 slots per day, you see.

On a broader scale, consider that the typical week has 21 slots in all (7 days X 3 slots/day). Make a gift of 2 extra slots per week to your ministry (just because we love God and our ministries, right?), and it’s like you work 6 days/week (so one day off per week). So now you just outline 12 slots per week… any days, any timeframes. Keep a simple record. Don’t cheat the ministry, but don’t cheat your family either.

*** Identify your most creative slots — My wife and boys usually hit the sack around 10pm on school nights. If I’ve been getting enough sleep, the 10pm – midnight mini-slot is great for me to catch up, especially if the day has been hectic. Nobody calls, nobody comes to the door, life is silent. :-) Maybe that won’t work for you. Maybe you’re a morning person. Just figure that out, then use it to tackle the projects that require you to be most creative.

*** Think marathon, not sprint — I’ve heard the guys say, “I’d rather burn out than rust out.” But you know, I keep thinking… I’d rather be around for 40 years of the highest performance possible… than to blow out like a bomb in one burst. So try to pace yourself in such a way that you stay fully engaged, but you’re fully enjoying life. What I’m trying to say is… we want you effective in ministry for the long haul, rather than just for a year or two.

To accomplish this, we need to find work we love, while at the same time completing some of the work we hate. Every job has its downside. Sure lifeguards get to swim in the pool… about 5 minutes every hour. :-) The rest of the time, they roast! There might be something about bathing suits going on … but a lot of their focus has to be on the little five year old who looks to be struggling in the 5′ section. Bottom line: Every day, do something you love to do. And every day, do something you hate to do. Stick around for the long haul. We need you.

*** When you’re on, be on; when you’re off, be off — None of this divided stuff. If you’re watching your kid play soccer, then for pete’s sake, cheer for him. Don’t sit there trying to write your organization’s new constitution and miss him scoring the goal. :-) And while you’re at work, be working. If you’re supposed to finish the article by 3, try to arrange it so you can work from 2-3, rather than watch the 5 preschoolers. (You’ll be short with them anyway, ’cause you’ll want to keep working on the article.)

*** Finally, consider the clock your friend — Think of your clock *and* your calendar as your pace-setter rather than your master. Yes, many of us live in time-oriented societies. But hey… sometimes time- oriented people get more done! :-) They show up on time, finish jobs on time, and frankly, are industrious. At the same time, people-oriented societies have much to teach us. So use the clock as a pace-setter, finish the work, then go *be* with people… talk to them, listen to them, be a friend, a spouse, a dad or a mom. *Be*.

‘Cause after all… it’s a jungle out there. We all face the wild every day. Let’s tame it together.

Doug</tmiattennisministrydotcom>

20050417 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
2. TALKING BIBLES – BECAUSE THEY NEED TO HEAR
3. MISSIONARIES GET FREE BLOG SITES…
4. MISSIONS PHOTOGRAPHERS: BE SEEN HERE!
5. MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING
6. GET INTERNET-BASED COUNSELING AND MORE
7. WHERE DO MISSIONS PASTORS FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES?
8. ONLINE CLASSROOM FOR STUDENTS OF ISLAM
9. HANDBOOK FOR HELPERS IN EMERGENCIES
10. PC MAG TOP 100 WEBSITES
11. DAVID HACKETT JOINS VISIONSYNERGY
12. URGENT NEED FOR TEACHERS IN THE PHILIPPINES
13. AMAZING FRIENDS HELP BRIGADA STAY AFLOAT
14. THE BACK PAGE: THE ART OF FINISHING
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. TRAINING IN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center’s fourth annual Christian Economic Development Institute (CEDI) will be held at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA, June 13 – June 18, 2005. During CEDI, you will learn how to facilitate economic and spiritual transformation in low-income and disadvantaged communities. This training equips you with practical, church-centered, and field-tested economic development strategies and programs. These strategies and programs help the poor to become financially self-sufficient through their own work, while at the same time provide you with opportunity for outreach and evangelism. Training focuses on microenterprise development, savings-led microfinance programs, rotating savings and credit associations, providing small business training to low-income entrepreneurs, and developing partnerships with large microfinance institutions. If you are unable to attend the June CEDI, consider receiving training through their email- based distance learning classes. To learn more, visit their web site at http://www.chalmers.org You can also call them at 706-419-1805 or email 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. TALKING BIBLES – BECAUSE THEY NEED TO HEAR — Now you can learn more about the efforts of Talking Bibles International and its partner, World Mission. Just visit http://www.talkingbibles.org and click on the link at the far right, ‘See the Talking Bible in Action – watch the video’. Regardless of where you are in the world, you’ll be able to watch this ministry at work, providing entire New Testaments inside the Talking Bibles.
3. MISSIONARIES GET FREE BLOG SITES… — at http://www.solidhope.com You can choose from several templates, privacy settings, and more. Check it out!
4. MISSIONS PHOTOGRAPHERS: BE SEEN HERE! — Now there’s a great gathering place for Christian mission photographers to get the word out about their gifts and skills. Just log on at http://www.photomission.com and you’ll see what we mean. Doesn’t matter what country you’re from or how much your camera cost. If you’ve got talent — show it here! Get noticed! (You can even sell some of your missions photos.)
5. MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING — Now you can take in a complete course on Islam in Boulder, Colorado taught by an international, multi ethnic team from Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, and the USA from Muslim, Jewish and Christian backgrounds. The schedule looks like this:

June 6-10 Inside Islam, history, theology, Muhammad. June 13-17 Quran, Hadith, Sharia, Fundamentalism. June 20-24 Folk Islam, breaking strongholds. June 27-July 1, Culture, Church planting, Discipleship.

An evangelism workshop featuring case studies form different fields is offered daily. Introduction to Arabic language, daily. HIS-TIME combines the academic with the practical. The facility is close to the beautiful rocky mountains allowing for weekend recreational activities. Call 303-442-3333 or visit http://www.histime.org or email main(at)horizonsinternational(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. GET INTERNET-BASED COUNSELING AND MORE — Missionary Outreach Support Services (MOSS) is an organization under the leadership of the Regent University Doctor of Psychology program. MOSS seeks to serve Christian Missionaries and their families, both at home and abroad, by providing internet-based consulting and psycho-educational services. Psychological trainees provide the services under the supervision of licensed psychologists and in the context of a Christian worldview. The services are offered at a reduced rate to provide missionaries with quality care that they can afford to use while serving on the mission field. For more information: http://www.missionaryoutreach.net
7. WHERE DO MISSIONS PASTORS FIND OUT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES? — We know about sites that let missionaries know about open doors and unreached peoples. But where do missions pastors find news about open doors for *their* skills? If you have resources or know where these folks find out about open missions pastor opportunities, write Mark about it: MarkStephensatadelphiadotnet He’ll share the final report with the rest of us. Thanks Mark!
8. ONLINE CLASSROOM FOR STUDENTS OF ISLAM — To help propel missions education into the 21st century, Caleb Project recently debuted an on- line classroom designed to augment the Encountering the World of Islam (EWI) course. The http://www.encounteringislam.org on-line classroom features additional relevant readings, extensive course resources, and an electronic forum where students can wrestle with the ideas of the course. As the Muslim world continues to headline global news through peace efforts, wars, and natural disasters, Caleb Project’s Encountering the World of Islam course has grown. The course is designed to help Christians understand Islam and prepare to interact in loving and authentic ways with Muslims. In addition to providing resources and readings, the on-line classroom facilitates these purposes by providing a secure forum for student interaction. EWI students can post thoughts and questions about the course, learn from each other, and pursue community after the course. The EWI on-line classroom is a prototype for additional on-line education efforts. Plans are underway for on-line supplements for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and Perspectives Exposure courses as well as Crossing Cultures, an eye-opening weekend workshop that will expose churches to the needs of ethnic communities in their neighborhoods.
9. HANDBOOK FOR HELPERS IN EMERGENCIES — Here’s a new handbook on debriefing, very relevant for the member care and mission community. “Working Through Trauma – Supporting Staff Responding to Emergencies” This handbook was written for People In Aid by Dr Debbie Lovell-Hawker, Clinical Psychologist at Oxford University and mission/aid consultant. The focus is how to cope with aid-sector trauma, and it includes specific reference to the Asian tsunami and practical tools. Costs: £7.50 members, £10 non-members. Contact: info(at)peopleinaid(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
10. PC MAG TOP 100 WEBSITES – Now you can download the whole list of top 100 websites. (Actually, there are 3 versions… so close to *300* site.) Just go to: http://go.pcmag.com/top100websites then click on the last half of the sentence, “Get our downloadable favorites file!” Then click on check plus “Download Now: Top100installable.zip”. Extract this file, then follow the instructions to add these sites to your presence on the web. This should jump-start your web-link library, … if you’re into that sort of thing. :-)
11. DAVID HACKETT JOINS VISIONSYNERGY — VisionSynergy announced this past week that David Hackett is joining its staff as associate director beginning May 1st. Based in Edmonds, Wash., VisionSynergy is a networking strategy ministry dedicated to helping churches and mission organizations around the world collaborate and network to maximize their potential impact for the global Church. “We are thrilled that Dave will bring his skills to the work of helping the local/global Church work together in Kingdom collaboration,” says Phill Butler, director of visionSynergy. … See http://www.visionsynergy.net or write dhackett(at)visionsynergy(dot)net for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
12. URGENT NEED FOR TEACHERS IN THE PHILIPPINES — Joy Christian Academy, a small K-8 grade MK school based in Cebu City, Philippines is in desperate need for teachers for the 2005-2006 school year. Staffing levels are critical and the need is urgent. Teachers need to raise support but a single teacher could live comfortably on $1,200 / month. For any information or leads please contact Les jca(at)missionphilippines(dot)org
13. AMAZING FRIENDS HELP BRIGADA STAY AFLOAT — Thanks to the amazing friends who are helping us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen! This past week, hats off to the folks at Bellevue Baptist Church in Arlington, TN, who pitched $50 into the mix for the cost of Brigada’s website, our Brigada-sponsored secretary, and more. Thanks Bellvue!

Thanks, too, to the anonymous missionary in Africa who wishes to let other photographers (pro or amateur) know about the online Photomission.com community.” We appreciate you Photomission.com!

And finally, thanks to Visual Impact Design for their gift of $25. Their newest project is SolidHope.com, where missionaries can find a free blogging site in a Christian blogging environment. Thanks Linda and all at Visual Impact!

Would you like to chip in to help make Brigada’s ministry possible? If so, just click here.
14. THE BACK PAGE: THE ART OF FINISHING — What’s the difference between “finishing” and the alternative? In soccer, sometimes it’s inches. The striker unleashes a rocket of a shot that misses by just inches and the whole stadium erupts in a sorrowful sign of regret.

In life, it’s the same.

The farmer who never quite finishes cleaning out the barn. The engineer who, in the end, never quite delivers the architectural drawings he promised to do for his local church. They finally give up and hire a “real” architect.

Are you in one of those situations? Always intending to finish writing that correspondence course… never quite time. You know you have to turn in information for your W-2, but you’re 3 months late and now you’re in trouble with Financial Director at the “home office.”

Well if you’re one of those statistics, take heart, for hope lies just around the corner. No matter how far behind you are, you can always wake up and make up your mind that today is a fresh start.

Last week, ladies and gentlemen, [drum roll] I finally finished the next stage of my doctoral dissertation. I can’t even remember how many years I’ve been meaning to complete these chapters. I’d start and restart, but something always took precedence. Then came March 2005. “Click.” Something turned on inside of me. And now, the past is the past… and the future is the future!

Is it a good feeling? Well — Duh! :-) As I sealed carefully written 100 pages or so and slipped them into the FedEx drop box, I was thinking, “Sure they’ll tell me everything I did wrong… but who cares! :-) I’m making progress now.”

How do we manage to get “off the mark” and churn through a project like this? Stay tuned for 5 tips next week. In the meantime, be careful out there. It’s a jungle that wants to suck in all your projects so you never complete them. :-)

Doug

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.)

20041212 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING: $2000 GIVEN TO BRIGADA IN ONE WEEK!
  2. “THE TRAVEL DOCTOR” WILL MEET YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS
  3. INTERNATIONAL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR “COUNTRY SPECIFIC” TEAMS
  4. RELY ON LIFE SKILLS TO FINE-TUNE RELATIONSHIPS
  5. FIVE MORE DAYS FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING
  6. AD 2005 – THE YEAR OF THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY
  7. SUPPORT BRIGADA WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF THIS MISSIONS DVD
  8. LEARN HOW TO DRAW THE SEARCH ENGINES TO YOUR SITE
  9. GET YOUR MISSIONS PAGE INTO THE DIRECTORY
  10. BECOME A GROUPER AND GET FREE ENCRYPTED FILE SHARING AND MORE
  11. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES
  12. WEBSITE REVIVAL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES
  14. FRONTIER MISSIONS FOCUSED DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING!
  15. MISSIONARY UPDATE IS NOW ONLINE
  16. WORD TRAINER (WT) … A HANDY TOOL
  17. WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES(UK) EASYENGLISH GENESIS COMMENTARY READY
  18. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES (CIU)
  19. HELP ASSEMBLE A REPORT ON TOP-NOTCH CONFERENCES
  20. PROFESSIONALS IN MISSION
  21. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
  22. ISSUES IN ISLAM (CIU)
  23. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INCREDIBLE OUTPOURING: $2000 GIVEN TO BRIGADA IN ONE WEEK! — What a week it has been! As you know, we’re trying to wrap up our 2004 year in the black so our Brigada-sponsored secretary can be paid. These gifts and her work make it possible for us to keep Brigada going out the door ontime and full of resources for you. Many recall what it was like prior to bringing her on board. We were sometimes as much as 6 months behind. Now, thanks to her work, we are always at least within 1 week of the published date. (And that’s with her working just 3 days/week.) Thanks this past week to workers in Russia who sent $40, our good friends at the Chalmers Center who sent $200, and the ICE folks who sent $50 along with this note: “We so appreciate your ministry! Like so many Christian organizations that rely on you for networking, the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) is behind you 100%. May God bless you all the more in 2005 as you help so many participate in the spread of Christ’s kingdom!” We received a grand total of $568 from a “story-teller,” a tentmaker mobilizer with Global Opportunities, workers in Alaska, PA, the UK, Arizona, from a fellow missionary, from Denver, Texas, Panama. Want to help with the 2004 cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary? This is absolutely your last chance. 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. 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. Your gift can still be considered as part of the 2004 giving year as long as you postmark it by Dec. 27. So far, 2004 gifts total up $8,575.79 out of a total budgeted $16,140. What will happen if we run short? Well something will have to give. We’ll try our best make sure she’s paid, but it will have to come from somewhere. Please pray with us during this final week that God would empower a partner or several partners to step forward to make up the missing $7,500.

  2. “THE TRAVEL DOCTOR” WILL MEET YOUR TRAVEL NEEDS — We get support from The Travel Doctor, Grandville, MI, an organization dedicated to the health care of missionaries and other expatriates. Find them on the web at http://www.travdoc.com and http://www.pregnanttraveler.com Their services aren’t free, but the charges are fair and square and the knowledge can’t be beat anywhere. Trust them for your travel questions. (Thanks to the Travel Doctor for a $1000 sponsorship, the largest so far in 2004! They wrote, “Our accountant tells us that by giving to most charitable organizations, we can deduct 10% of our donation as a ‘charitable donation’, whereas by donating to Brigada, we can deduct 100% of it as ‘advertising costs.’ ” Yahooo! :-)

  3. INTERNATIONAL GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE FOR “COUNTRY SPECIFIC” TEAMS – Often it is difficult to get all workers in an agency on-board for group health insurance. But some insurance companies will provide group insurance for all workers in a specific country. If your agency is not able to provide an agency-wide group medical plan, it may be that you can provide a field-wide group plan. For more information on how to set up “country-specific group health coverage” contact: jeff(at)gninsurance(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 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com (Thanks to “Good Neighbor” for $100!!!)

  4. RELY ON LIFE SKILLS TO FINE-TUNE RELATIONSHIPS — Life Skills International exists to reach out to individuals who want to break free from behavior that can cause strained, broken or abusive relationships. They teach skills to promote growth as each person learns the reasons for behaviors without placing guilt or blame. “Fine-tuning” for any marriage occurs in gender-separate classes, as each person becomes a healthier adult and better parent. Life Skills Centers in the United States can be located by calling (303)340-0598 or log on at http://lifeskillsintl.org/ (Thanks for the $100 sponsorship gift!)

  5. FIVE MORE DAYS FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING — They’re continue their discount through the end of the year—“Toolbox For Video Storytelling” is 15% off through December! Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, and a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks for their partnership gift of $25!)

  6. AD 2005 – THE YEAR OF THE TALKING BIBLE SUNDAY — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California in partnership with World Mission in Michigan is appealing to thousands of churches to participate in the Talking Bible Sunday Movement! They are asking congregations to designate one Sunday in AD 2005 as their church’s “Talking Bible Sunday.” Each church’s “Talking Bible Sunday” special offering will enable ASI to provide Talking Bibles in needed languages to Bibleless people who need Bibles but cannot read. Among Bibleless people are millions of Christians, many of whom are new believers, who cannot read. To enable them to learn God’s Word by listening, they urgently need Talking Bibles in their languages. ASI is asking people to pray that God will lead thousands of churches to observe a “Talking Bible Sunday” in this new year, AD 2005. For details and to learn more, visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or call ASI and ask for Dori at 1-800-318-7262 (Thanks to the Hoekstras for the gift of $30!)

  7. SUPPORT BRIGADA WITH YOUR PURCHASE OF THIS MISSIONS DVD — International trainer and consultant, Paul Borthwick, speaks on the “Role of the West and Rest: Where do Western Churches and Missions Agencies Fit Within the Context of Global Christianity.” This 4-hour DVD will help you to help your church become more mission minded. http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada 35% of your purchase price is given to support the work of Brigada.

  8. LEARN HOW TO DRAW THE SEARCH ENGINES TO YOUR SITE — Check out Aaron’s site and his “SEO Book” http://www.seobook.com/ Find out how to pull people into your missions site. (Thanks, Aaron, for the $25 sponsorship.)

  9. GET YOUR MISSIONS PAGE INTO THE DIRECTORY — Stop by the Web Atlas http://www.webatlas.org/ This is a Directory-oriented search page. (And thanks to Rachel for her support of $25.)

  10. BECOME A GROUPER AND GET FREE ENCRYPTED FILE SHARING AND MORE — That’s right. Check ’em out at http://www.grouper.com You can chat in groups, IM with individuals, share large files at will, all peer-to-peer without circulating the files through 3rd parties. The install file plugs into your computer and creates a secure tunnel all the way to the computer of your buddies. Use it with a whole team in a sensitive area. It’s free during beta… and the publishers have sworn that there will always be a “basic” service level that’s free or ad- supported. Someday, there will probably be a small fee for the more advanced services. Become a grouper!

  11. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES — Attend an important class at CIU, January 10-14, 2005. How do you plant churches in a Muslim society? Explore major issues involved in pioneer church planting among unreached people groups and develop principles for establishing and nurturing biblically rooted churches in Muslim settings. In addition, vital aspects of apostleship, ecclesiology, evangelism, discipling, eldership, accountability and team life will be explored in their New Testament dimensions, with application to current field realities, and with an eye toward church planting movements. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from an authority who has written a book on the subject!
  12. It’s not to late to register for these winterim classes! Register online at http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies. Questions? Contact Vanessa at 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 (803) 754-4100 ext. 3327.


  13. WEBSITE REVIVAL –-Are you a Christian web designer or developer? Website Revival offers developer licenses to their content management system. E-mail: andy(at)websiterevival(dot)org or visit them http://www.websiterevival.org USA callers can dial toll-free (others can call via Net2phone) 1-866- 385-4129 x316. Local calls 401-861-3300 x316

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF RECONCILIATION STUDIES -— This is a web- based, 9-12 month, self paced school for leaders that is now accepting applications 24/7. The faculty includes YWAM President, John Dawson and other significant reconcilers from around the world. For those registering and mentioning Brigada, the school will tithe to Brigada a portion of the registration fee. So you get world class training in reconciliation and Brigada gets a blessing as well. Check it out http://www.gracebridge.org or contact fawn(at)reignbridge(dot)com (Thanks Joey and Fawn!)

  15. FRONTIER MISSIONS FOCUSED DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING! — Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Turner Valley, Canada is running Discipleship Training School (DTS) to grow your faith and help you to participate in reaching the nations. The focus is on unreached peoples in Southeast Asia and North Africa. DTS includes 3 months of training and a 2 month mission trip. Here are the upcoming dates: March 23, 2005 – August 12, 2005, and September 14, 2005 – February 10, 2006. Prices: $ 3200 CND (tuition and accommodation) plus $ 1750 + airfare CND (missions trip). Please send an email for further information: turnervalley(at)ywam(dot)ca Or visit the website: http://www.ywamturnervlley.com

  16. MISSIONARY UPDATE IS NOW ONLINE — This sites hopes to be a total resource site for Missionaries. They’re still in the building mode. But they plan is that Christian Missionaries receive a free web site to which they can keep their family and church updated from their mission field. There isn’t even a charge for the design of the site! Also on the site is one of the Most extensive Missionary Forums online, a chat room, messages, and many other resources are being added daily. The site address is http://www.missionaryupdate.com or email them at mailatmissionaryupdatedotcom

  17. WORD TRAINER (WT) … A HANDY TOOL — Catch this handy tool for studying a foreign language by learning new words from user-created dictionaries (you can make as many as you need). E.g. download a small sample dictionary containing about 800 most frequently used English words along with their semicolon-separated Russian equivalents (variants of translation can be separated from each other with commas). You can also create such dictionaries in any language provided that you have the corresponding localization on your PDA so that you can read special characters and input answers correctly. The dictionary can in be written in unicode. Check it out at http://www.freewareppc.com/educational/wt.shtml

  18. WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES(UK) EASYENGLISH GENESIS COMMENTARY READY — Get this level B commentary, together with translated text, in four sections, and Deuteronomy at EasyEnglish level A from http://easyenglish.info . More information on EasyEnglish may be obtained from martinateasyenglishdotinfo .

  19. CHURCH PLANTING AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES (CIU) — Catch this class January 10-14, 2005. How do you plant churches in a Muslim society? Explore major issues involved in pioneer church planting among unreached people groups and develop principles for establishing and nurturing biblically rooted churches in Muslim settings. In addition, vital aspects of apostleship, ecclesiology, evangelism, discipling, eldership, accountability and team life will be explored in their New Testament dimensions, with application to current field realities, and with an eye toward church planting movements. http://www.ciu.edu/

  20. HELP ASSEMBLE A REPORT ON TOP-NOTCH CONFERENCES — If you know of a top-notch, cutting edge missionary conference in the USA in 2005 or 2006, please drop a note to Carolyn cjones(at)westgatechapel(dot)com When she’s assembled the report, we’ll feature it here in Brigada.

  21. PROFESSIONALS IN MISSION -– Here’s the Interserve USA Bay Area Conference, a gathering for individuals wanting to learn more about “tentmaking” in the “10/40 Window” and how you can use your professional skills in mission service. Speakers include Interserve USA’s Executive Director, Douglas Van Bronkhorst and Interserve workers serving in Central Asia. Join them on Saturday February 5, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Berkeley, CA. Lunch will be provided. There is no registration fee for this event. Please contact Jamie westcoast(at)ludlow(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 626.252.5648 for more details.

  22. 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. These folks offer courses 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 .]

  23. ISSUES IN ISLAM (CIU) — January 17-21, 2005 — What is behind the anger and agenda of the militant Islam and what should our response be? This course looks carefully at the war waging for the minds and hearts of Muslims and at the roots of Islamic fundamentalism and the reasons for growing Muslim radicalization.

    It’s not to late to register for these winterim classes! Register online at http://www.ciu.edu/winterstudies. Questions? Contact Vanessa at 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 (803) 754-4100 ext. 3327.

20041107 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE YEAR IS SLIPPING BY
  2. TALKING BIBLE MAKES A DIFFERENCE
  3. PROMOTE FINANCIAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AMONG THE POOR
  4. ACTIVE TENTMAKER CONFERENCE IN SE ASIA
  5. SUMMER CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY
  6. AIDS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CHURCH
  7. MIXED REPORTS FROM SKYPE USERS
  8. FOR THOSE LIVING IN THREAT ENVIRONMENTS
  9. ANNOUNCING HOPE TAJIKISTAN 2005
  10. NEW INTERNATIONAL HEALTH BENEFITS
  11. COMPUTER SUPPORT MINISTRY FOR MISSION
  12. MISSIONS/BIBLE COLLEGES PLAN TO USE INTERNET EVANGELISM DAY
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  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

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), 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. 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!

20040924 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND!
  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER
  3. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE
  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS
  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET)
  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE
  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY
  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER!
  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND! — Thanks this past week to Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX, for their sponsorship gift of $75 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Please visit them on the web at http://www.irvingbible.org/ and if you’re at all ever in the Irving area, please stop by their worship services! Hats off also to the husband/wife team working in Andes Mountains training leaders and overseeing a Bible translation (who sent $100), to the anonymous workers in Western Europe ($25), the one from Eastern Europe too ($100), the gracious reader from Brazil ($5), and another dear friend ($100). We are very grateful. Another participant used the “subscribe” feature to send his regular $10 subscription. What a guy! :-) And hats off to Tom, the Director of MATS, who sent $100 with this note, “Brigada always gets us in touch with those we desire to serve the most: missionaries. You are a blessing; thanks for what you allow GOD to do with your life.” Learn more about them at: http://www.mats.org Thanks, too, to the brother in Seattle who wrote, “Thank you and the Brigada team for your work in serving our Lord with your skills and helping us network with others in similar ministries.” ($100) This and the “Toolbox” gift below, brings us to a total of $5,315.02 collected so far in 2004, nearly a third of the way to our secretary’s hopeful annual salary of $16,140. Unfortunately, only 3 months remain to make up the other two-thirds. If you can help, click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER — Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, available to Brigada readers at 15% off during the month of October. And a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks to author John Walton for the $25 gift this past week!)

  3. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is offering a free Talking Bible to churches observing a Talking Bible Sunday. ASI wants every church in America to have a Talking Bible of its own. Not only will people who are shut in, hospitalized, vision impaired, or unable to read for some other reason use this Bible – but the entire church will be reminded of the millions of people in the world who have never been able to read God’s Word for themselves – people who need Talking Bibles. Call ASI at 1-800-318-7262 and ask for Dori 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 .] and learn how a church can receive its FREE Talking Bible and observe a Talking Bible Sunday.

  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS — “Tell of His Glory Among the Nations” covers many classic Scriptures passages and themes about world missions, and is ideal for those who want to study the biblical basis for world missions and share it with others. Thirteen lessons are well suited for one Sunday School quarter. Great for adults or youth, small groups or individual study. One page per lesson. Easy to photocopy. http://www.mission1.org

  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT — Several organizations that work with Palestinians have put together a Ramadan prayer guide focusing on Palestinians. The daily selection includes stories about real people and places where Palestinians live. Although the emphasis is during Ramadan, the guide includes information about Christians as well as Muslims. This is a world-wide project and the guide is available in pdf format in Afrikans, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Spanish and Swedish. To receive a copy electronically write to: plstnteam(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 .]. Specify what language you’d like and that you heard about the project through Brigada.

  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET) — To make an informed decision, check out http://www.broadbandreports.com/gbu and read the recent individual reviews. There are other options out there for VOIP that are on par with Vonage. Lingo, another provider, includes several European countries in its $20 unlimited plan and offers Asia and International plans. You can even choose a phone number from other countries. Its referral program gives each party $25 – (So maybe use this as a fundraiser for your mission work?). 2 months of personal experience says that despite mixed reviews Lingo works great! (By the way, if you mention Mike’s name and email address [mikeyatmbmsinternationaldotorg], he’ll send the $25 to Brigada if you tell him you heard about it here. He’ll encourage the other party to send a portion too. Thanks Mike!)

  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE — If you ever find yourself in the position of having to transfer a large file to someone else… maybe larger than you can or should send by email… try http://s2.yousendit.com/ This free service acts as a go-between file-server. Looks like their long-term business plan is to depend on ads, but their privacy policy promises not to spam you. If you’re afraid you’ll be targeted, secure a temporary address for you or your recipient. (Thanks to John for the tip!)

  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — An international focus day on web outreach is scheduled for April 2005. The purpose is to equip churches, missions and other Christian groups to use the Web for effective evangelism. There are many ways that you can help this exciting vision to fruition: http://ied.gospelcom.net/helping.php

  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER! — If you haven’t updated your installation of Windows lately (since Sept. 21, 2004), better head on over. Just click to: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Be sure you install all critical updates. There’s a new threat possible within JPG (picture) files. This is one of the most common files on the web, as well as with digital cameras. If you’d like to read more about the threat, see: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-028.mspx Note that no virus has yet been detected “in the wild.” This is only a threat. But now that the threat is verified, viruses are likely to follow. (Thanks for the tip, Jon! Good catch!)

  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS — Here’s a Brigada reader that has offered to supply gift vouchers with Safari Chalets which you can send to any of your friends/family/prayer partners/financial supporters as a year-end thank you gift. It is reportedly a seven-day-free-accommodation-for-two gift voucher, worth up to $900 US, at any one of Safari Chalet’s Private Game Reserves in South Africa, available during October 2004 to December 2005. It is recommended to book your week for 2005 by December 2004, to make sure you get the week of your choice. Your complimentary gift voucher number is BRIGADATODAY. You will need it when you collect the gift by simply completing the on-line Safari Survey at http://www.safarichalets.com/Survey or email Jacques with the voucher number at info(at)safarichalets(dot)nl [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Detail of the Kololo and Moholoholo Game Reserves and the when, what, where, meal and travel costs, will follow immediately after you completed the survey. (Please keep in mind that we have not personally had the opportunity to experience this opportunity, so as is the case in every new situation, we’ll appreciate hearing back from those who try it!)

20040912 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP!
  2. HOW TO RESPOND TO BOTHERSOME POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS
  3. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS GO! CONFERENCE NOV. 1-5, 2004
  4. CLASP TORONTO
  5. PLANTS (PILAT)TORONTO
  6. VERY CHEAP – PRACTICALLY FREE! – INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS
  7. GET INTO THE GROOVE.NET
  8. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY
  9. VOLUNTEER WITH TALKING BIBLES
  10. EARN YOUR ED.D. ONLINE
  11. DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE
  12. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED ANYWHERE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE HELP! — Whoa… We continue to be humbled by those who choose to help us. At the same time, we’d really love to challenge new subscribers and supporters to step up to the plate. Last week’s included: Blessed Hope $17.82 visit An anonymous donor in North Carolina ($30) RKW in Malaysia ($30 given, “to encourage others living in my region to support Brigada.” He added, “May our Heaven Father continue to bless you and all at your end for the helpful service you are providing to our Lord’s work around the globe. Maranatha!”
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  3. HOW TO RESPOND TO BOTHERSOME POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS — Got a pesky pop-up or a picture of one? Try closing the window by pressing Alt-F4 (Close Window). It’s probably easier than using the ctrl-alt- delete we recommended last week! Thanks to those who suggested this easier approach! There were plenty who also recommended a browser like Mozilla Firefox or a pop-up blocker like Google, or Windows XP Service Pack 2. Still others suggested yet another software choice: Norton Internet Security. But remember, my problem last week was that I had a *picture* of a pop-up. Google was catching all my “real” pop-ups. Still, thanks for all the user feedback!

  4. YWAM FRONTIER MISSIONS GO! CONFERENCE NOV. 1-5, 2004 — John Dawson, Loren Cunnignham, Fred Markert & Reona Peterson Joly are plenary speakers. Attend for 4 days of “real worship, real relationship and real mission” at Estes Park, CO. YWAM alumni, supporters, associates and future missionaries are welcome. Costs begin at $200 (includes conference, lodging & meals). Register at http://www.GO-conference.com . Questions GO-conference(at)att(dot)net or AimBarstad(at)aol(dot)com.

  5. CLASP TORONTO — Scheduled for October 17-29, 2004, this two week course integrates the elements of COPE and PLANTS programs with a unique approach to culture adjustments through language learning. Exciting simulations, personal interviews, phonetic training, language learning projects and field experience provide preparation for effective intercultural ministry. For Christian workers serving cross- culturally for more than one year. For more information, click to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  6. PLANTS (PILAT)TORONTO — Planned for November 14-26, 2004, this ten- day program helps you identify your own personal learning style, understanding your strengths and weakness, overcome fear and inhibitions, as well as design a plan that both fits you and your situation. From the rich resources of Toronto they can arrange for you to actually begin the language learning process on site in your own target language. You will leave equipped with more than enough natural and easily implemented language learning activities, projects, techniques, skills and strategies. For more Information contact : 905- 640-1621 Email > info(at)missionprep(dot)ca [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Register on-line at http://www.missionprep.ca

  7. VERY CHEAP – PRACTICALLY FREE! – INTERNATIONAL PHONE CALLS — VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology has grown up. If you have highspeed internet access and would like to make virtually free phone calls to the U.S. or Canada, and cheap ones to anywhere else, then give Vonage a try. With Vonage, you choose a phone number in the U.S. area code of your choice and receive a small VOIP box (about the size of a highspeed modem) that you connect to your highspeed modem. You then connect any phone to the VOIP box. It’s that simple. It is already being used in countries like Brazil and Belgium and, in theory, should work anywhere in the world that has highspeed internet access. So, suppose most of your friends and family – the ones most likely to call you – live in the St. Petersburg, FL, area. You sign up for a Vonage plan and request a number in the 727 area code. Then your friends pick up their phones, dial a normal seven-digit number, and the phone rings at your house in Timbuktu (assuming you have highspeed internet access in Timbuktu). Plus you can make unlimited phone calls to them and anywhere else in the USA and Canada for $29.95 per month. Calls to anywhere else in the world are VERY cheap and the quality is outstanding. If you want to learn more, contact Jason at jason(at)ccibrasil(dot)org(dot)br [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .], or at his Vonage number, which is 1-727-490-3314. With his referral, you will get your first month free. Please be sure to tell him you heard about it on Brigada.

  8. GET INTO THE GROOVE.NET — Thanks to Justin for the tip about Groove.net. I’ve been trying it out over the past 10 days and, I’ll have to admit, it’s rather impressive. It’s a free download for personal use, although it’s somewhat limited in personal mode. The basic client is $69. According to Justin, it’s being used by a number of non-profits in Afghanistan and Iraq. It allows file-sharing, threaded discussions, online group editing of documents, chat, project management, shared calendars, shared contact database – and all of this is end-to-end encrypted. Justin wrote, “It’s a public company so there’s no question about who owns it. I use it myself, and I think it’s great.” So I’ve been trying it since seeing his recommendation and, sure enough, it offers quite a lot. In fact, as a part of the management of web links, one can even surf *with* another Internet user — *and* it’ll seem like you’re using a VPN the whole time. Pretty groovy! (Thanks again, Justin!)

  9. CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN MEXICO CITY — The COMIX35/ROX35 ministry will hold their third Christian comics seminar in Mexico in March 2005. It will be hosted again by Misión Latinoamerica de México (MILAMEX) and Revista Prisma. The seminar is aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. The 3-day course includes sessions on Scripting, Storyboarding, and Visual Storytelling. Attendees do not need to be illustrators. The course will be taught in English and Spanish, with translation. Space is limited so please contact MILAMEX as soon as possible at ccmprisma(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 .] Yours truly, may send emails in either Spanish or English. In Mexico you may telephone MILAMEX at 55 5659-6930. To learn more about the COMIX35/ROX35 training ministry, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org

  10. VOLUNTEER WITH TALKING BIBLES — There is presently a tremendous need for new personnel to become involved in the world-wide audio Scripture movement. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is appealing to missionary-sending organizations to recruit and assign new short-term or long-term missionaries to work with them in producing and distributing TALKING BIBLES. ASI is prepared to teach both new and experienced missionaries how to use the Backpack Recording Studio to record translated Scriptures and turn them into TALKING BIBLES for non-readers around the world. For more information visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact them via asi(AT)audioscripures(dot)org

  11. EARN YOUR ED.D. ONLINE — The Graduate School of Bethel University is answering a burgeoning demand for advanced degrees taught and applied within a framework of Christian values. The school offers a growing choice of master’s, certificate, and licensure programs, including a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration. Most of the program is completed online and requires approximately four years to complete. To learn more, go to http://gs.bethel.edu/doctorate/education/, email d- morrow(at)bethel(dot)edu, or call 800.255.8706. ext. 8000. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. DESPERATE FOR HIS PRESENCE — Desperate For His Presence combines a passionate call to intimacy with the King with God’s desire to have his presence fill our cities. From Rhonda Hughey, who has more than a decade of experience in citywide ministry and the international prayer movement. More information at http://www.bethanyhouse.com/desperatepresence. TO ORDER: orders(at)bakerbooks(dot)com / 1-800-877-2665 / (616) 676- 9185

  13. TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED ANYWHERE — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Thanks to Dial-Abroad.org for their help in sponsoring our Brigada Secretary!)

20040905 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO ARE HELPING MAKE ENDS MEET
  2. AVERT OUTLANDISH LONG DISTANCE
  3. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  4. INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL SERVICE
  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  6. COMPUTER VANDALS ARE GETTING EVEN MORE CLEVER
  7. CREATE TALKING BIBLES
  8. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA
  9. TAKE PART IN “30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS 2004”
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOD BLESS THOSE WHO ARE HELPING MAKE ENDS MEET — We pray God’s richest blessings on those who are helping us provide for our Brigada- sponsored secretary. Missionary Training Service sent $30. We appreciate you! To learn more about their services, visit http://www.missionarytraining.org

    Thanks, too, to Jeff & Gloria Gulleson, of Good Neighbor Insurance http://www.gninsurance.com for their tremendous help… a $100 gift! Yahooo! Check out their insurance offerings for overseas *and* home-based workers, and please tell them you heard about them on Brigada! And thanks to the anonymous giver who gave $50 this past week!

  2. Want to join the above donors in making possible a real secretary for Brigada? Just click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.


  3. AVERT OUTLANDISH LONG DISTANCE — A guy in our office just got hit with a $510 phone bill after calling his girlfriend, a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia. We’d better do our homework before calling. His call was 100 minutes. That’s all it took to size-down their engagement ring. Learn how missionaries can save on international phone calls at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Sign up for long distance and they’ll also help Brigada cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary.)

  4. SHORT-TERM LEADER’S TRAINING IN HAWAII — Making plans for Spring yet? It’s not too early to sign up for the ServantPrep Short Term Mission Leader’s training April 7 – 9, 2005 in Honolulu, HI. This is a comprehensive, interactive session designed to teach any cross-cultural team leader how to prepare, lead, and debrief team members effectively so that short term experiences will result in long term passion and commitment to reach the nations. Download a brochure with all the cost and travel details at http://www.commitministries.org/STML_HI2005.pdf To get more information on the material contact Ray xctrainer(at)aol(dot)com . To register, send an e-mail to Greg at ucommit(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 .]

  5. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA is offering a 12 week course from January 10 until April 1, 2005. About 20 hours/week of classroom instruction, plus application opportunities, plus immersion in an international community with native-English speakers and others from around the world all contribute to a rich learning environment. Tuition of $2250 includes food and housing. See http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampa(at)comcast(dot)net. [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  6. INTENSIVE TRAINING FOR CROSS-CULTURAL SERVICE — Their four-day intensive seminar provides the steps, stature and stamina for cross- culture work. Experienced field workers provide valuable teaching on a wide array of subjects which have helped people on all levels of preparedness to go, stay and succeed in God¹s call. The next training will be in Virginia from October 28-31, 2004. For details write to info(at)elijahcompany(dot)org. To apply to the mentorship network write to elijahcompany-mentorshipnetwork- subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org. Check out their web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org .

  7. 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. October 24 to November 19, 2004. 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 .].

  8. COMPUTER VANDALS ARE GETTING EVEN MORE CLEVER — Have you noticed how computer vandals are making it tougher and tougher on us? I remember a time… maybe as recently as 1 year ago… when I would tell my kids, “If, while browsing, you see a pop-up with option buttons like, ‘OK’ or ‘No thanks’, never click those buttons because they could actually install an “adware program” or even initiate a malicious script on your PC.” I would suggest, “Instead, close those pop-ups by clicking on the red ‘X’ in the upper right-hand corner of the box.” Well nowadays, I can no longer suggest that… because pop-up designers have become even more clever, designing boxes where even the red ‘X’ can now initiate program material that you didn’t desire. So how *do* you get rid of pop-up boxes for which you didn’t ask? My kids and I only know of one way: In Windows XP, press “ctrl-alt-delete”, then click on the “Task Manager”, click the “Applications” tab, scroll through the list of applications until you find the Internet Explorer application with the offensive “box”, click once on it, then choose “End Task” for that window. That’s now the only way to safely exit from a pop-up without giving some rascal a chance to take over your machine. If you regularly give your kids ideas on how to escape from harmful situations at school or on the street, teach them this safe computing practice too.

  9. CREATE TALKING BIBLES — There is presently a tremendous need for new personnel to become involved in the world-wide audio Scripture movement. Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is appealing to missionary-sending organizations to recruit and assign new short-term or long-term missionaries to work with them in producing and distributing Talking Bibles. ASI is prepared to teach both new and experienced missionaries how to use the Backpack Recording Studio to record translated Scriptures and turn them into TALKING BIBLES for non- readers around the world. For more information visit ASI’s website, http://www.audioscriptures.org or contact them via asi(at)audioscripures(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. THE ZHUANG OF SOUTHERN CHINA — October 1st will begin a month long prayer emphasis for the over 17 million unreached Zhuang of Southern China. They are the largest people group in the world without a Bible in their own language. Each month on the first is a time of prayer and fasting on behalf of Zhuang, but in the month of October each year there is a special emphasis. This year there is a new, full color prayer guide “31 Days for the Zhuang” available. Please join us on October 1st for the October 1st 2004 Day Of Prayer for the Zhuang. To be added to the list of those who will take part, or to receive the new prayer guide, please write: zhuang(at)pobox(dot)com.

  11. TAKE PART IN “30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS 2004” — Here’s an annual prayer guide and worldwide prayer focus on the Muslim world during Ramadan. This year it is from October 15 to November 13. There are both adult and “Just for Kids” printed guides in 42 languages. See the website for list. For the free daily email guide – subscribe at: 30- days-subscribeatarchedotc-serverdotnet For general enquiries, write 30-days(at)xodigo(dot)com Their international site with facts, figures, resources, testimonies and much more: http://www.30-days.net Español: 30 días de oración por el Mundo Musulmán: http://www.30-days.net/es/
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