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20030824 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. URBANA 03
  2. BOOKS FOR THE WORLD BRINGS HOME THE CHAPTERS
  3. READ THIS IF YOU’RE NOT WORRYING
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  5. LIBERIA SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE PROFILE POSTED
  6. ADOPT A PEOPLE CONFERENCE
  7. OMF’S PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. TENTMAKER TRAINING GOES INTO HIGH GEAR!
  9. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. URBANA 03 — Urbana 03 is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s 20th Student Mission Convention. From Dec. 27 – 31, 2003, over 20,000 students, missionaries, and campus leaders will converge on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five days of seeking their place in God’s mission. The convention consists of general sessions that incorporate worship, theater, and missionary testimonies, as well as small groups, 300 seminar options, various special tracks, and more than 350 mission agency and seminary exhibits. Since the first Urbana in 1946, more than 200,000 people have heard the challenge to participate in God’s global mission. For more information about Urbana or to register, visit http://www.urbana.org . If you have questions, call (608) 274-7995 or email urbana03ativcfdotorg .

  2. BOOKS FOR THE WORLD BRINGS HOME THE CHAPTERS — CLC has initiated a project called “Books for the World”. By partnering with English, French, and Portuguese language publishers, CLC is able to offer a selection of quality Christian books at a fraction of the normal retail price – with the stipulation that the books are distributed only to people in the developing world. Want to know more? Contact Manager Lloyd Hodkinson at his warehouse in Chesterfield, England books4theworldataoldotcom

  3. FUND-RAISERS COACHES’ CLINIC — Double your effectiveness in raising funds ……Attend the next People Raising Coaches Clinic—- Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10-key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. Arm yourself with the tools for an effective fund raising ministry. If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference October 31-November 1! Register by October 1st and save $50. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

    or e-mail BillatPeopleRaisingdotcom


  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — Something has happened in your heart, you feel you have a call to missions involvement; now what do you do? The Missionary Training Camps present a wide range of spiritual and practical issues to help people prepare for missions work. Pastors, missions leaders, prayer warriors, those called to short term and career missions have attended the camps. One worker, now in the 10-40 window, said the camp jump started his missions call. For those desiring further help, mentorship and certification follow the camps. The Next Missionary Training Camp Is In Virginia From October 2-5, 2003. For details regurading training content, dates, places of other upcoming camps, see the Elijah Company web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call (757) 639-2906.

  5. LIBERIA SPIRITUAL LANDSCAPE PROFILE POSTED — Bruce just posted a profile on the spiritual situation in Liberia to the Operation Reveille web site: http://www.oprev.org/Liberia.htm

    The black and white downloadable Acrobat Reader version should photocopy very well and the color HTML version has links to Christian ministry agencies working in Liberia.


  6. ADOPT A PEOPLE CONFERENCE — The theme for the 2003 Adopt-a- People/People Partnerships Training Conference is “Making it Real.” It is a practical, “how to” conference focused on providing local churches and local church leaders the tools they need to develop and be actively involved in the AAP/PP ministry. The leadership team for this conference emerges from the U.S. Center for World Missions, CBF Global Missions, CBF Florida, Wycliffe, Mentoring Missions and local church missions leadership. To be held at College Park Baptist Church in Orlando Florida. For more information: http://www.adoptapeople.net

    To register, contact Tom togburnatcbfnetdotorg . The conference Fee is $50.00 per person.


  7. OMF’S PRAYER GROUP TRAINING PROGRAM — OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) is sponsoring a Prayer Group Training program on Saturday, November 1, 2003 at Peninsula Covenant Church (3560 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061). Check-in and refreshments begin at 8:30am. with the program running from 9am-12noon. Please RSVP by sending email with name, address, telephone, email and name of home church to ElaineTai at omfconferenceatyahoodotcom or call (650) 559-8088. Web site: http://www.us.omf.org/northwest . This program is offered free of charge to all attendees. Learn how you can change Asia through the power of prayer. Their goal is to have 6 or more vibrant prayer groups throughout the Bay Area, all led by competent and trained leaders. (If you’d like to subscribe to the OMF Bay Area Mission Update, a quarterly email newsletter, just send an email to omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (omf_bayarea-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   )

  8. TENTMAKER TRAINING GOES INTO HIGH GEAR! — Did you know that GLOBAL Opportunities tentmaker training programs have now been launched in Europe as well? Their first ever Light to the Nations course in Norway earlier this year had a record number of people in attendance. There is still room at their next LTN intensive tentmaking course in Pasadena California 15-19 October 2003. There is also a free half day tentmaking seminar in Toronto, Canada this Saturday the 27th of September. Go to their website for more info and to register. http://www.globalopps.org or email them at contactatglobaloppsdotorg

  9. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Joy Christian Academy in Cebu City, Philippines needs teachers for all levels at their K-6 MK school. Joy Christian Academy educates missionary and international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city. For more information contact Les Tilka at clfcebuatinamedotcom

20030608 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY
  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK
  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS
  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN
  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING
  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE?
  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS?
  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS 2ND QTR ARTICLES
  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORSHIPS ARE PROVIDING FOR PART-TIME SECRETARY — We’ve jokingly referred to the movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” because in it, the community pitches in to help Jimmy Stuart’s character pay off a bank shortage. In the process, he learns just how much the community appreciates him . . . and that makes for a great story-line. Well it still does. Thanks to the sponsorships that have come so far in 2003, we’ve been able to hire a part-time secretary (3 days/week). She will help us cover everything from subscription requests to answering mail & email. In time, we hope this will make Brigada Today a much more “on- time” vehicle for carrying news, resources, and information about God’s great global hope-giving enterprise. So thanks to all those who have been able to pitch in so far. Several have asked to remain anonymous. Only God will know about their gift. In other cases, we have the privilege and responsibility to say how much we appreciate their respective ministries and services. You would help us greatly if you took advantage of their book or class or business. To see the list, just log onto… http://www.brigada.org then click on the word “Sponsors” at the bottom of the page. Please let one or more of these partners know that you appreciate their participation in Brigada. By doing so, you’ll help us as well!

  2. CAN’T ATTEND VIDEOGRAHER CLASSES? AT LEAST BUY THE BOOK — It’s too bad we can’t all go to some course to help us learn how to really take advantage of video. Churches want to see our story. We know they’ll play the tapes on Sunday morning. Sending a 7-minute video home to supporters just makes good sense. But where do we begin? And how do we maximize the impact of those 7 minutes? Well now, thanks to Brigada sponsor John Walton, you can at least get the book, “Toolbox for Video Storytelling.” As far as I know, this is the one best source to help you learn to document your cross-cultural work via video in a top-notch manner. Please check out the book at John’s website, http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada so he’ll know you saw his sponsorship link here. John helps you think through your storyline (thinking stories, not topics), organize your ideas, and develop your script (using “modules”). Then he models video and photography tips while providing great examples on the accompanying CD inside the book’s back jacket cover. He addresses both the technical side of things (e.g., sound, lighting, and camera technique) as well as the artsy side (shooting a picture story, continuity, and organization). His material on editing is the best I’ve seen to get you up and running in record time. John claims that we helped him get the initial word out here, via Brigada. The truth is… the book speaks for itself. Get it — and you’ve got a virtual library of resources to get your video moving… both practically and emotionally. Thanks John, for the $50 sponsorship and the great production to help the worldwide hope-giving enterprise!

  3. MAILWASHER AND OTHER SPAM FILTERS — Whoa. Now *this* is a great find. Brigada participant Bob wrote recently with this note: “Mailwasher allows you to scan your emails before downloading, delete and bounce unwanted messages (as though your email account did not exist) and construct your own personal black and white lists.” For some reason, I was skeptical at first . . . until I found that a) Mailwasher is free, b) the ad is unobtrusive, c) it’s incredibly easy to use, d) it works with any email program, and e) it sends back a spoofed “email address is dead” message (the kind that ISPs generate automatically when you drop your subscription with them). What’s more, I was able to create a filter to watch the subject line for words like “viagra”, “porn”, and … increasing the size of certain body parts I’ll not mention here in Brigada Today. :-) Bottom line: this product is such an incredibly easy program to use, and the price is so right (free!), I can’t think of any reason why I *wouldn’t* want to use it. In fact, if it continues to be so helpful, I’m sure I’ll pay the author the $20 registration fee just to say thanks to him! :-) Try it; you’ll like it. http://www.mailwasher.net/ (Thanks Bob!!!) By the way, another Brigada participant, David, likes http://spamarrest.com/ There’s a charge, but David claims 97% success. Yet another David recommended http://popfile.sourceforge.net/ It’s free as well, and the concept sounds very interesting (works as a proxy server to add classification to your emails). One other reader, William, recommended http://www.lavasoftusa.com/ He said, ” does the same thing as “Spybot” but is free, and does not require (as Spybot does) one to buy or promise to buy in order to get the adware and spyware scrubbed off. Just download the free scrubber and run it.”

    All four of these products sound great. Let’s try ’em and boycott spam! (Thanks Davids! :-) Thanks William!)


  4. TEACHERS NEEDED IN KAZAKHSTAN — Tien Shan Educational Center of Almaty, Kazakhstan, an English language based school Grades 1-12 serving the missions community is in need of several key staff positions and the school year is about to begin! Last we heard, they still needed a Business Manager, JH & HS – Physical Education, Bible, Math, Science, & Language Arts, ESL Teacher, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher, 5th/6th Grade Teacher. For more information contact Gillian at <tienshanatpactecdotkz> . Their school year begins August 27th. Better contact them yesterday. :-) </tienshanatpactecdotkz>

  5. MEDICAL MISSIONS TRAINING — Elim Bible Institute is now accepting applications for this fall’s “Missions and International Community Health Program”. The two-year program provides training in the cultures and customs, the missionary life and in preventative and curative community health care focusing on developing countries. It is designed for those with no prior health training or for those such as nurses and EMTs who want practical primary care training. It includes an eight-week international internship with a health missionary. Transfer students are accepted directly into health training with one year of Bible School or its equivalent. For a program description visit their web site http://www.elim.edu email <admissionsatelimdotedu> or call 1-800-670-ELIM, International Students are WELCOME! Limited number of scholarships for those from developing countries. Call (585)582-1230. </admissionsatelimdotedu>

  6. NEED A STANDARD WALL OR DESK PHONE? — Norm <nklueveratmsndotcom> is offering to provide them. He’s got 40 standard wall/desk corded telephone sets to give out free. These are like new ITT phones (analog). Available for pickup or you pay shipping. For more information, contact Norm directly. Thanks for helping the Brigada family, Norm! </nklueveratmsndotcom>

  7. CARE ABOUT MUSLIMS? — FFM began over 50 years in North America as a prayer, information and literature service encouraging outreach among Muslims worldwide. A Prayer News Bulletin goes out three times a year, hard copy or e-mail, giving brief prayer requests from around the world, wherever individuals or ministries are witnessing among Muslims. In addition, there’s a 2,600-volume library and a small bookstore (tracts, books, videos, cds) with helpful information. Contact: <ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca> or go to http://www.ffmna.org </ffmdottorontoatsympaticodotca>

  8. OPERATION REVEILLE POSTS NEW ARTICLES — At http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm read how the most historically significant figure of the 20th Century was a not-so-famous linguist and missionary. Read about special operations to employ for spiritual warfare. Find out what Chinese Christians said about SARS, and how Christians are being treated in Iraq.

  9. BUSINESS LEADERS CONFERENCE — If you identify yourself as a kingdom business leader committed and called to serve through the tool of business you are invited to an intensive three day conference following the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)’s Planting the Kingdom through Business seminar. It will be held September 23-26 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. You will hear reports from the pioneering locations where new businesses are being planted, gain vision and opportunities to mentor and coach emerging business leaders, multiply God’s investment through developing and providing capital for new Kingdom businesses, meet likeminded people and build relationships with entrepreneurs and business owners from many nations. For more information log on at http://www.CEED-UofN.org or write to infoatceed-uofndotorg

20030601 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT OUR NEW SPONSORS
  2. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH PLAXO?
  3. LEARN ABOUT CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE
  4. NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR MISSIONARIES
  5. MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS COURSE
  6. FOLK RELIGION COURSE IN BUDAPEST
  7. HUMOR BREAK: FAVORITE *FIELD PERSONNEL* COUNTRY WESTERN TITLES
  8. TEACHERS NEEDED IN TIRANA, ALBANIA
  9. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 555; ADDS URBAN CENTERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT OUR NEW SPONSORS — See the new sponsors by clicking to: http://www.brigada.org then click on “Sponsors” at the bottom of the page. Enabling us this week are Wycliffe Bible Translators USA (specifically, their Church Mobilization group). Meet the Wycliffe folks at: http://www.wycliffe.org/ and Lingua House (specifically, Betty Sue Brewster, co-author of “Language Acquisition Made Practical — LAMP”, the book that sparked a language learning revolution. Get it at: http://www.instantweb.com/l/linguahouse/ Thanks for your partnership in getting us a Brigada Secretary. She starts August 18th! Yahoooooooo! :-) Our first paid employee! :-) (Note: USA givers desiring a tax-deductible receipt can make their gifts payable to “Team Expansion” and mail to: “Brigada”, c/o Team Expansion, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299 or just use the link at the Brigada website to give via PayPal. It’s fast, easy, and free! (And they don’t spam you with offers, either. :-) )

  2. WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH PLAXO? — This past week, I received a note from a Brigada participant in Africa: “Several of my friends … are starting to use PLAXO as their address book. What are your thoughts about using Plaxo – maybe you can respond in the next BRIGADA TODAY. …” Well the truth is, I’ve been getting more and more of these crazy Plaxo messages and I had just about begun to dismiss them as spam. Then I saw the PC Mag review at http://www.pcmag.com/print_article/0,3048,a=38903,00.asp , which, for its part, wasn’t really negative. However, I’ll have to admit, something about responding to all these Plaxo messages is troubling. I think part of it is… we’re just trusting the integrity of the software developers that none of our information is going to be shared. Call me paranoid — but knowing that it was written, in part, by the co-founder of Napster doesn’t raise it up any notches in my book. I mean… imagine your address book being managed by Napster? Maybe next thing you know, there will be some peer-to-peer database site with all our names and email addresses, made available for the right price to spammers somewhere. Think of how glad they’d be to get email addresses keyed to locations and tel. numbers. Yikes. Just what I need: More email to answer, more potential for exposure to spam, more automated Internet messages sucking up bandwidth. To see if others felt the same way, I did a quick search and, for instance, see this honest appraisal: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,949832,00.asp This columnist (Bill Machrone) finds the “pings” from Plaxo to be a pestering nuisance. I couldn’t agree more. Bottom line: To me, it’s a waste of time. Why does an email recipient need all my snail-mail address information and telephone numbers? And many of us don’t change email addresses that often. Mine’s been the same since 1995. So if there’s a “Plaxo [OFF]” switch somewhere in the Internet universe, count on me to turn it [OFF]. For now, I’ll be deleting all the Plaxospam messages. Too many other things to do besides take a risk for Napster-spammed-universe. That’s all I have to say about that.

  3. LEARN ABOUT CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE — Here’s a distance-learning course on Christian Microenterprise Development in the 2/3 World that starts August 18th. Although the registration deadline has passed, they might let you in, still, if you beg and plead. :-) Even if this course is full, the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, at Covenant College offers other 6-week modules via email for missionaries and church workers. This particular course assists current and future evangelical church leaders, missionaries, and community development workers to understand basic principles and practices in Microenterprise Development (MED) and Microfinance (MF) so that they can determine the appropriateness of MED and MF for their community of service in the 2/3 World. For more information go to http://www.chalmers.org, or email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu>. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  4. NEW WEBSITE BUILDER FOR MISSIONARIES — Have you seen http://www.storehousesoftware.com ? Susie recently pointed us to it. The software they sell (“Handshake”) allows one to design and create custom websites to keep supporters informed. So skip Frontpage, Dreamweaver, and HTML code altogether. Storehouse charges an up-front fee for the software, then collects a small “transaction fee” from on top of every donation. Your donors who give $100 might be charged 19 cents extra, for instance. Now 19 cents isn’t much. In fact, it’s half the cost of the stamp — if they mailed you the check! (Plus they save the cost of the check and the envelope! :-) ) Secure transactions are provided through PayPal and the software automatically handles posting text and pictures to your site. See the samples and demo at http://www.storehousesoftware.com . (Thanks Susie!)

  5. MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS COURSE — This “Ministry to Muslims” course is an overview of the origin, culture, fundamentals, and growth of Islam, with an emphasis on the present challenges facing the church, and how believers can practically reach Muslims today. Topics include The Fundamentals of Islam and Islamic Arguments, Biblical Responses to Islamic Arguments, Muslim Cultures and Lifestyles, Types of Muslims and Why They Behave the Way They Do, and How We Can Effectively Evangelize and Disciple Muslims. Practicums will be designed for those wishing to utilize what they’ve learned. … The International Department of Elim Fellowship is offering the class, which will be held on five consecutive Wednesday evenings at the campus of Elim Bible Institute in Lima, NY, from October 22 to November 19, 2003.

    For more information, call the Academic Office at Elim Bible Institute at (585) 582-2130, or send an email to: <academicdeanatelimdotedu>. </academicdeanatelimdotedu>


  6. FOLK RELIGION COURSE IN BUDAPEST — This course runs September 29 – October 3, 2003, and is taught by Dr. Phil Steyne. Enrich your ministry or work on an MA in theology or missiology through Columbia International University while living in Europe. Pre-course work is required, so sign up today. For additional information write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  7. HUMOR BREAK: FAVORITE *FIELD PERSONNEL* COUNTRY WESTERN TITLES — Okay, so maybe it’s time, once and awhile, to take a quick break for some humor. These titles are some of the most favorite Country Western tunes, according to Mark at: http://www.newwway.org/medianet/ (Thanks Mark! Great media newsletter, by the way!) Disclaimer: You have to be a Nashville fan to understand some of these. :-)

    All Alone with Thirteen Million Friends I Can’t Stop Loving Them If Hope Were Oil, They’d Be a Quart Low Take This Culture Shock and Love It God Bless Wherever We Are Right Now You’re Drivin’ Me Crazy and We Don’t Own a Car On the Plane Again A Country Boy Can Survive Statesiding Your Cheatin’ Heart Got the Statistics Report Wrong Again Stand By Your UPG (The Unreached People Group Blues) Mama Don’t Let Your MKs Grow Up to Be Cowboys Get Another Mosquito Net (This One’s Full) You’re the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly Air Conditioners I’ve Known and Loved Before My Salary’s Just a Bug on the Windshield of Life You Can Lose Weight (But I’ll Always Be Ugly) I’m Just a Nose Hair in the Body of Christ I’d Learn This Language If You’d Learn It First Tell Me a Story ‘Cause There Ain’t No TV Make the World Be A’Saved My Church is Under a Tree (But I Can’t Find the Forest) Your Tires Were Big, But That Rut was Deeper I’ll Fly Away If This Tuk-Tuk Won’t Slow Down


  8. TEACHERS NEEDED IN TIRANA, ALBANIA — The MK school in Tirana, Albania has an extreme shortage of teachers for the coming school year (starting in less than a month!). If no teachers can be found then some missionaries might be forced to return to their home countries. There are roughly 50-60 students in this school, all children of missionaries. All instruction is in English. If you are a K-9 teacher and would consider coming for a year, please check out http://www.gdqschool.org or e-mail at <gdqschoolaticcdotaldoteudotorg>. </gdqschoolaticcdotaldoteudotorg>

  9. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 555; ADDS URBAN CENTERS — PeopleTeams.org now has 557 missionary team webs to explore. These web sites are produced by teams of field personnel who are advocating for their people group. A new upgrade includes an option to search by Urban Centers. This change was made to facilitate workers who are approaching complex peoples in mega-cities such as Beijing, Istanbul and dozens more. PeopleTeams is in its third year, receives some 447,000+ hits per month from more than 16,000 unique users. PT provides a free hosting service to 327 missionary teams and links to 211 other webs. As a ministry of its own, PT has published 19 webs which are advocacy priorities where no missionary personnel presently serve. Check ’em out at: http://peopleteams.org.

20030525 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”
  2. IF WE BUILD A BRIGADA SECRETARY, SHE WILL COME
  3. IMAGINE LIFE WITH A HUMAN BRIGADA HELPER
  4. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS WORKSHOP IN CYPRUS IN OCTOBER
  5. VIRUS WRITERS GET DEVIOUS
  6. HOW DO WE BYPASS YAHOOGROUPS’ ADS?
  7. MAGAZINE DESIGN COURSE
  8. BECOME AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  9. YWAM DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” — :-) Remember that scene at the end, when Jimmy Stuart’s character is bolstered up by all those townspeople? He takes encouragement from the fact that so many from the community would pitch in to help out the “Savings and Loan.” Well guess what: this past week, I felt like “George”! What an incredible encouragement it was to receive 12 different “PayPal” gifts that added up to $575, plus a couple of other notes promising $300 more in the near future! And most all urged me to say more about our hopes of bringing on a secretary that could help us with getting these newsletters out on time. (My own time would continue to be volunteer.) So, by faith, she’s resigned her previous job and she’ll show up ready to roll on August 18th.
  2. Click here to help!


  3. IF WE BUILD A BRIGADA SECRETARY, SHE WILL COME — So then this Brigada participant named “Paul” writes, “Brigada has been a wonderful force in the kingdom for networking, which I’m sure you know. I’m afraid most of us missionaries are so used to getting things for free – – at least, free to us (somebody has to pay) that it takes a paradigm shift to think of supporting even something as helpful to us as Brigada is. When you said only $500 had come in :-( I was ashamed for all of us freeloaders! How about considering a fundraising drive once a year or so to try to raise the next year’s budget???? We need Brigada!!!!” [blush] [resolute sigh] So. Ahem. Here we go. [drum roll] What we need is $1300/month for 12 months. That’ll get Brigada a secretary. That’s it. U$S 15,600. Can we do it? So far, we have $1250.
  4. Click here to chip in.


  5. IMAGINE LIFE WITH A HUMAN BRIGADA HELPER — Imagine someone there, ready to help you with Brigada questions and subscription help. Imagine Brigada Todays on time!!! :-) This is where it all begins! Just log on at http://www.brigada.org and click on “Sponsor” at the bottom of the page. Donate $25 or $250 or $2500 — whatever amount you desire — from your church, your company, or your wallet. Donate once a year… or once a month (please let us know). You can even make the gift anonymous, if you’d prefer. (Please let us know how you’d like your name to appear on the sponsors’ page.) Use PayPal, or send a check according to the instructions at the bottom of that sponsorship page. And once more, to those who donated last week, thanks for your partnership! It’s a wonderful life! :-)

  6. MULTICULTURAL TEAMS WORKSHOP IN CYPRUS IN OCTOBER — If your mission is like the one for which I work, you’re probably seeing more and more nationalities in your teams. This factor has brought several questions out on the table, many of which we’re still addressing. Well if some of those questions are unanswered in your own work, now there’s help. Sign up for “The Dynamics of Multicultural Teams and Partnerships” workshop led by Dr. Lianne Roembke, who brings 28 years of experience and research to bear on helping teams relate and work well together. Author of “Building Credible Multicultural Teams,” she has designed this workshop for mission leaders, HR and Member Care staff and cross- cultural workers. It will be held in Limassol, Cyprus, October 23-28, 2003. As a new component this year Dr. Roembke is offering Step One for facilitator training of the M-C Teams Workshop. You won’t want to miss Cyprus in October! Reserve your place by sending a USD 100 or EU 90 check payable to “Scan InterAct (Cyprus) Limited”. Hotel (half-board, 3 stars near beach!) costs CYP 112 per person (USD 215 at present rate) payable on arrival. Email Kerry <kbuttramatpoboxdotcom> or call +357 25 822970 for more details. To register send your name, contact info and check to: (Mr) Kerry Buttram, PO Box 51939, CY3509 Limassol, Cyprus. </kbuttramatpoboxdotcom>

  7. VIRUS WRITERS GET DEVIOUS — Can you believe the advances the virus writers are making in being devious, derelict, and deadly? I mean, take this message I received this morning: “I would like to inform you about important information regarding your email address. This email address will be expiring. Please read attachment for details.” You open the 28K attachment, and — bang — you’re dead. … or rather… your laptop’s dead. Now by itself, this message would be unimaginative. But the tricky part about *this* message is that it comes from “adminatyourdomaindotcom”. So these virus writers are perusing the web with their “spider software”, finding companies that list a “Contact us” domain name, then they’ve harnessed this wonderfully ugly sub-routine that changes the email’s “From:” address to something that looks very familiar to you… something you think you can trust. So… boys and girls… let’s keep that antivirus software up to date, shall we? Don’t even *think* about operating on the Internet without the latest subscription to Norton or McAfee or whatever you use that you trust. It’s just an evil world out there. Yikes. Masquerading as our system administrator. What’ll they think of next! :-)

  8. HOW DO WE BYPASS YAHOOGROUPS’ ADS? — We get mail. Regularly. And one of the common inquiries we receive is… “How does Brigada Today manage to appear without the typical YahooGroups advertising?” You know… the x10 camera and the scantily-clad young lady? … or the palm-reader? Well here’s the mystery-solved. You see, ages ago, back when Brigada used to live on the “eGroups” server, we brokered a deal whereby we bought out the ads with a fairly nominal fee. Not long afterward, eGroups was swallowed up by YahooGroups and, for who knows what reason, some tech-guy (or some management-type) decided to honor the “grandfathered” deals. Since that time, to our knowledge, YahooGroups has never offered a similar “buy out”. But — thank God — they continue to honor ours, even though the only thing remaining of the former company is my old eGroups t-shirt. So… I’m not sure how that helps current group moderators. Some have said, “You must be living right!” :-) Others probably complain, because if they want to buy one of those little X10 cameras or get their palms read, they have to look elsewhere. :-) Oh well. They can deal with it, right? :-)

  9. MAGAZINE DESIGN COURSE — The Magazine Training Institute announces a Design for Magazines course to be offered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 2-6. The course is open to Christian magazine publishers, staff members, and freelance designers who work with Christian magazines. The course is subsidized, so tuition and room and board costs are minimal. For more information, write <infoatmagazinetrainingdotcom> or check MTI’s website at http://www.magazinetraining.com . MTI has been offering conferences and courses for Christian magazine staff members since 1989. </infoatmagazinetrainingdotcom>

  10. BECOME AN ENGLISH TEACHER — This one month course, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), gives the student excellent training in techniques for teaching English, techniques that are useful world-wide. It’s offered by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, September 2-26, 2003. For information and application forms, log on at http://www.ywampa.org , or email <ywampaatcomcastdotnet>. </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  11. YWAM DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, is offering a 5 month school for people aged 17 to 35 aspiring to learn more about the character and ways of God, how to hear God’s voice, and about God’s heart for the nations. A 3 month lecture phase is followed by a 2 month outreach, September 24, 2003 through March 3, 2004. For more information and application forms, click over to http://www.ywampa.org, or email <ywampaatcomcastdotnet>. </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

20030427 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION
  2. LOTS OF MISSIONARY STUFF ON ONE PAGE
  3. FREE EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP DOWNLOADS
  4. GOT USED CELL PHONES? WANT CASH?
  5. GRAPHIC/CARTOON ART NEEDED
  6. HAITI: MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED
  7. ASSYRIAN PORTRAIT OF JESUS
  8. THE BOOTHS: FOUNDERS OF THE SALVATION ARMY
  9. THANKS FOR JOINING PAYPAL
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts 3 July. Read more at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survive, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is required before taking this course. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

  2. LOTS OF MISSIONARY STUFF ON ONE PAGE — Check out “The Mission Station” at http://www.missionaries.org . Billed as a “Gateway to Conserative Christian Missions on the Internet”, it’s filled with links, tips, and more. Well done, John!

  3. FREE EVANGELISM AND DISCIPLESHIP DOWNLOADS — Global University, the online home of the well-known ICI study materials, has launched a new site to offer evangelism and discipleship resources in a growing number of languages online. Their goal is 100 languages. All these downloadable study materials are free. It is a dynamic database driven site which users can search for individual lessons or entire courses. For instance, a search on ‘marriage’ brings up the course title ‘Marriage and Home’ and also suggests individual lessons from other courses. Many courses can also be accessed in audio, video, or online interactive formats. Print courses are available in Portable Document File (PDF) format and have been formatted to print out on both A4 and North American letter-sized paper. Check it out at http://www.globalreach.org . (Thanks for the tip, Tony!)

  4. GOT USED CELL PHONES? WANT CASH? — Then you’re in luck. An organization called CellFund.com is helping groups turn the 30 million used cell phones in the US into funds for their organizations and projects. The process could work like this. Contact your US supporting churches and ask them to help you by taking up an offering through the collection of used cell phones. The donor gets a $50-$100 tax deduction for the phone. The church ships the phones to CellFund (no charge for shipping) and CellFund sends the church a check for $7 per phone that qualifies. The church then sends that to you as an offering. Over 600 churches and organizations are using CellFund to raise money for their cause. There are no sign up costs, no literature costs, and no shipping charges. CellFund pays them all. All the church would need to do is go to the CellFund website, register, and start collecting phones using all the scripts, posters, etc. that are provided on the website. The website is http://www.CellFund.com . For more information email <infoatcellfunddotcom>. </infoatcellfunddotcom>

  5. GRAPHIC/CARTOON ART NEEDED — Jan <> writes training manuals that help Christian workers in developing nations to minister more effectively in their area of service. Jan would love to have illustrations in her materials to enhance learning, but standard clipart packages don’t fit the bill. If you’re a hand at drawing simple cartoons or illustrations that can add to understanding of written material, and you’d like to be involved in a vital outreach that has a wide potential influence, contact Jan. Or, if you can’t be involved yourself but know somebody who can, Jan would love to hear from you. She says many thanks in advance.

  6. HAITI: MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED — The IMB needs volunteer Christian music teachers to lead a music training conference near Les Cayes, Haiti this summer. The dates (including travel days in and out of Haiti) are Aug 2-12, 2003. Choral directors, teachers of voice, piano, hand bells, guitar, music theory, music history and music composition are needed. The purpose of this camp is to train music leaders and potential music leaders for existing churches, new church starts, and for church planting. A major focus of the camp is on using music for evangelism and church planting. All students participate in composition of Chronological Bible Storying songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles.
  7. Interested? For more information contact: <dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet> or <dianahaitiatyahoodotcom> or contact the International Mission Board/SBC directly at 1-800-888-8657, in reference to Project Number: 64643 (Joyce Glover in the volunteers dept.) Information can be obtained at this website also: http://www.imb.org .</dianahaitiatyahoodotcom></dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet>


  8. ASSYRIAN PORTRAIT OF JESUS — Audio Scriptures International in California recently added the Assyrian language to its list of over sixty languages in which their “Portrait of Jesus” recording is available. ASI recently filled a request for 1,000 cassettes and CDs of this new recording in the Assyrian language. The “Portrait of Jesus” is a beautiful arrangement of selected passages from the gospels. In one hearing the listener is introduced to the essential truths from the life and ministry of Jesus. Testimonials tell of many coming to Christ through listening to this audio portrait in their own language. For more information check out ASI’s web site: http://www.audioscriptures.org. or call ASI at 1-800-318-7262. Ask for Peggy.

  9. THE BOOTHS: FOUNDERS OF THE SALVATION ARMY — “William And Catherine” by Trevor Yaxley uncovers the struggles and persecutions the Booths faced and inspires believers with the legacy one couple forged in fighting for the downtrodden. Ideal for students, Christian educators, and social activists within and outside the church, this highly readable biography will inspire and challenge mission workers of all ages. YWAM’s John Dawson says the book is “Gripping…God used it to rekindle my own devotion to evangelism and discipleship.” For more information and an excerpt, see http://www.bethanyhouse.com . To order: <ordersatbakerbooksdotcom> ; tel. in the USA or via Net2Phone 1- 800-877-2665 or (616) 676-9185; USA Fax: 1-800-398-3111 or (616) 676- 9573 </ordersatbakerbooksdotcom>

  10. THANKS FOR JOINING PAYPAL — Thanks to Charmaine for subscribing to PayPal. (You’ll see a PayPal banner at the top of our home page: http://www.brigada.org.) We hope it’ll make it easier for her to send money across the Internet. And we *know* it’ll take us one *sliver* closer to paying for a Brigada secretary. Thanks!

20030420 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SURVEY RESULTS: LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS
  2. BUSINESS FOR KINGDOM PURPOSES
  3. MINISTER TO HIV/AIDS PATIENTS IN CAMBODIA
  4. HOW DOES INSURANCE HANDLE SARS?
  5. TEACH IN TAIWAN THIS FALL
  6. GET CARTOONS
  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  8. MAPS AND EMBASSIES OF THE WORLD
  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN ROMANIA
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SURVEY RESULTS: LOWEST PHONE RATES ON INT’L CALLS — If you call internationally you will reportedly have a hard time finding anything cheaper. FROM ANY COUNTRY in the world use the callback services offered by United World Telecom http://www.phone-access.com/uwt/ Check out their new low rates, with no set fees whatsoever. You only pay for the calls you make. There’s online sign-up and billing and toll-free access from 30 countries. Or get your own US CallMe800 number that will be re-directed to you anywhere in the world. Calling from the USA? No problem. They’ve got some of the cheapest international rates. Check ’em out at: http://www.phone-access.com/png. There’s no need to switch your long distance provider and you even get a calling card that can be used from any telephone in the USA. Want more info? Write John <frydatphone-accessdotcom>. He’s already serving countless of missionaries around the world. </frydatphone-accessdotcom>

  2. BUSINESS FOR KINGDOM PURPOSES — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) and Creative Access Associates is bringing together an unusual combination of top entrepreneurs and business trainers for one dynamic three week seminar. Join Peter Tsukahira, Dwight Nordstrom, David Bussau and others experienced and skilled in Kingdom business planning, financing, managing, and training in China, Mongolia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the 10/40 Window. Participants will experience an intense learning environment, exposing them to the rigors and joys of starting and running a business as missions as well as receive hours of personal assistance from expert consultants on their individual call, business plan, and investment proposals. An optional track prepares students in setting up micro- enterprise programs. The seminar will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 8-26, 2003. Just log on at: http://www.CEED-UofN.org for information and applications or write <infoatceed-uofndotorg>. </infoatceed-uofndotorg>

  3. MINISTER TO HIV/AIDS PATIENTS IN CAMBODIA — Here’s a group looking for nurses and doctors to help with AIDS patients in Cambodia. The ministry in Phnom Pehn is an intense medically centered ministry where you will work with HIV/AIDS patients and minister to children orphaned because of this disease on a Buddhist Wat, as well as encourage long- term missionaries. You can begin immediately and work through the summer, but you must have a strong heart for the sick and be very flexible as there will be long hours and rugged conditions. Contact Sara at Mission to Unreached People by calling 1-888-847-6950 in the USA or via Net2phone, or call (206) 781-3151 or check them out at http://www.mup.org or email .

  4. HOW DOES INSURANCE HANDLE SARS? — When asked about SARS, one source (TTc) said the insurers were telling them, ” “SARS is considered a chronic condition (there being no administered treatment to cure …the body must cure itself as it is a virus). However, the TTc programme covers acute exacerbations of the condition, so if a member needs hospitalisation, we would look to cover this eventuality.” I guess the bottom line is: it’s a difficult condition to treat… with no clearcut solutions. Be careful. For more information about TTc and its solutions, log on at: http://www.talent-trust.com

  5. TEACH IN TAIWAN THIS FALL — Here’s a group needing teachers in Taiwan for the September ’03 school year to teach english reading, writing, listening and speaking, and/or ESP in both university and extension programs. You even get some responsibility to participate in curriculum development. As far as qualifications, you need an MA/MS degree, TESL/TEFL preferred, or experience in English Education. They include a salary, as well as benefits like health insurance, paid winter and summer vacation, etc. Contact Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples for more information. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. The Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  6. GET CARTOONS — Get cartoons and pictures for use by non profits as a resource for Bible schools, Sermons, Teaching, Sunday school, Christian education. Overheads and church newsletters or evangelism, there is a feedback page for you to find out how subscribers are using this resource. Or simply receive the pictures for blessing and enjoyment. It is intended one cartoon or picture to be ready each week, subscribers will be notified by email. To sign up or find out more about the pictures please visit the link at http://www.greeting-cards-4u.com/PictureWeekly/index.html . For specific questions email <petermillatpicturemakerdotfreeservedotcodotuk>. </petermillatpicturemakerdotfreeservedotcodotuk>

  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ) at The University of The Nations in Kona, Hawaii, will begin August 18, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go.This is a four week academic cirriculum with a two week practicum following immediatly. The exact schedule is from August 18, 2003 thru September 26, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

  8. MAPS AND EMBASSIES OF THE WORLD — Here’s a searchable database of maps of different countries, and all embassies in all countries. Maps: http://www.embassyworld.com/maps Embassies: http://www.embassyworld.com/ I’m *really* impressed with the maps page. It finds *tons* of links with certain lands. (Thanks loads, Tony!!!)

  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED IN ROMANIA — Friendship International is looking for English teachers to work at a childrens/youth camp this summer. Romanians love to learn English and this opens a great door to share the gospel! The English Language Institute in Caransebes, Romania expects around 200 students for this years camp, but doesn’t have enough teachers. There is NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, but you must be at least 17 years old. The scheduled camp dates (including travel) are from July 8-28. If you are interested in more information please go to their web site http://www.friendshipintl.org , or contact Missy at 1- 719-386-8808 or <frintataoldotcom>. </frintataoldotcom>

20030413 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT “MISLINKS”
  2. TIPS FOR THOSE DOING POWERPOINTS
  3. RADIO TRAINING FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS
  4. TRAVELING TO A SARS-INFECTED LAND? TRY THIS PURIFIER
  5. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS?
  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESOURCES ON THE WEB
  7. ACCESSIBLE EASYENGLISH – 19 STORIES FROM MARK’S GOSPEL
  8. CIU COURSE ON FOLK RELIGION IN BUDAPEST
  9. CLOUDBURST POETRY PUTS RHYME AT GOSPEL’S SERVICE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT “MISLINKS” — Get some good leads at: http://www.mislinks.org/ It’s maintained by Scott Moreau of Wheaton College and Mike O’Rear of Global Mapping, International — guys who know their stuff and want to share it with others out of the goodness of their hearts! Well done Scott and Mike!

  2. TIPS FOR THOSE DOING POWERPOINTS — And who *isn’t* these days! The good folks at InFocus have made their popular 15-Minute Guide to Winning Presentations available to Brigada Today participants absolutely FREE! Download your copy today — http://ecommerce.rsc03.net/servlet/website/ResponseForm?iklETWTZTW_aNtH g9hgJLiml . In the end, you should see an InFocus form to fill out for the free guide.) You can also visit the Presenters University http://www.presentersuniversity.com/ web site for tons of great presentation information including over 150 FREE PowerPoint templates and Presentation masters. (Note — if you don’t want to get new emails from them, unclick the “send me news” checkboxes.

  3. RADIO TRAINING FOR DEVELOPING NATIONS — Jan <jan2gedgeatyahoodotcom> wants to know what radio training is available for people in developing nations: nationals who work in missionary organizations or with small local stations. Please contact Jan if you provide training like this, and let her know what resources you have that people she knows might be able to use. Jan is happy to compile a list of your responses and let us all know what’s out there, so if you know of any help in this area of radio training, do get in touch with her. </jan2gedgeatyahoodotcom>

  4. TRAVELING TO A SARS-INFECTED LAND? TRY THIS PURIFIER — So says Eddie, with the U.S. Prayer Center. He says we should go to… http://www.nutriteam.com/as150B.htm and order something like the 150B (if it were still available) or whatever they’re selling in its place. (Thanks Eddie… and thanks to your doc for recommending it to all of us!)

  5. THINKING OF TEACHING OVERSEAS? — Want to find out if you have what it takes to teach overseas? Wycliffe Bible Translators is hosting a 5 day course called TOTAL Education (Taste Overseas Teaching And Literacy) which focuses on teaching missionary kids in a cross-cultural context, teaching literacy to nationals, and issues faced in living in different cultures. Daily devotions, interactive classes, ethnic dinners, videos, and challenging speakers will build meaningful relationships. All instructors have years of experience living and teaching overseas. The course will be held near Waxhaw, NC at Wycliffe’s JAARS center, June 22-27. The cost is $150, which includes food, a shared room, and course materials for the week. Check out: http://www.wycliffe.org/events/total_education/home.htm for more info, or write <ray_gonzalezatwycliffedotorg>. Class size is limited to 30, and the deadline for registration is like… today. So just tell them you only saw it in Brigada Today *today*… and maybe they’ll have mercy on you? </ray_gonzalezatwycliffedotorg>

  6. CROSS-CULTURAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY RESOURCES ON THE WEB — Intermin.org has just come out with “Growing a Great Marriage,” by Mike Constantine. Download the lessons to use in small groups for marriage enrichment or premarriage counseling. Also great for your marriage. Positive Parenting is a series of articles providing a sound biblical basis for parenting. Visit http://intermin.org from time to time to see additional resources as they become available. For additional information email <mhcatintermindotorg>. </mhcatintermindotorg>

  7. ACCESSIBLE EASYENGLISH – 19 STORIES FROM MARK’S GOSPEL — Get these new materials, designed for people with learning disabilities (but also used for new learners of English) from http://www.easyenglish.info . The level A (1200 word lexicon) version of Revelation, now through Advanced Checking is also newly on the same site. This site now averages over 1000 hits each day.

  8. CIU COURSE ON FOLK RELIGION IN BUDAPEST –- September 29 – October 3, 2003, Columbia International University is offering Folk Religion taught by Dr. Phil Steyne. If you are interested in earning a Master’s Degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, CIU is offering a degree program at reduced rates that may be completed by attending intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information. </ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

  9. CLOUDBURST POETRY PUTS RHYME AT GOSPEL’S SERVICE — For print media, time and space are critical. Many seekers are not moved by long arguments, and skimmers skip heavy treatments. Poetry is an excellent medium for tapping the nonchurched on the shoulder. With short poems of rhyme and meter that paint life with a positive spiritual brush, missionary author Randal uses a light touch with serious style. Intended especially for print publications, the email list is open to all. A weekly 7-14 line poem is published every Thursday. Anyone can subscribe by sending an email to <cloudburst-subscribeattopicadotcom>. For more information see http://www.cloudburstpoetry.com . </cloudburst-subscribeattopicadotcom>

20030406 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEARN TO START A BUSINESS FOR HIS SAKE
  2. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS INSURANCE
  3. LEARN ABOUT AFGHANISTAN
  4. MEDIASTRATEGY & CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN THE DEVELOPOING WORLD
  5. IDEAS ON HOW TO SHARE CHRIST
  6. LOOKING FOR CURRENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONARIES
  7. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. PREPARE TO TEACH
  9. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEARN TO START A BUSINESS FOR HIS SAKE — The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) and Creative Access Associates is bringing together an unusual combination of top entrepreneurs and business trainers for one dynamic three week seminar. Join Peter Tsukahira, Dwight Nordstrom, David Bussau and others experienced and skilled in Kingdom business planning, financing, managing, and training in China, Mongolia, Central Asia, the Middle East, and other parts of the 10/40 Window. Participants will experience an intense learning environment, exposing them to the rigors and joys of starting and running a business as missions as well as receive hours of personal assistance from expert consultants on their individual call, business plan, and investment proposals. An optional track prepares students in setting up micro-enterprise programs. The seminar will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 8-26, 2003. Log on at http://www.CEED-UofN.org for information and applications or write <infoatceed-uofndotorg> </infoatceed-uofndotorg>

  2. INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS INSURANCE — TTc serves overseas missionaries with an affordable range of medical and financial support services for global use. For more information, write <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit <http://www.talent-trust.com> . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  3. LEARN ABOUT AFGHANISTAN — “Learn-Afghanistan” is a daily email sent by strategicnetwork.org. It will give you a brief overview of an issue, city, province, people group, or event in Afghanistan and tips on how to pray. The information is completely public and may be reproduced in newsletters or church publications. If you’re interested in Afghanistan, you can submit short articles or prayer requests and we’ll look at publishing them to the group. To subscribe, send an email to: <learn-afghanistan-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (learn-afghanistan-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  >.

  4. MEDIASTRATEGY & CHRISTIAN WITNESS IN THE DEVELOPOING WORLD — Here’s a PDF book edited by Professor Dan Henrich, mediastrategy consultant and professor of communications at Liberty University. The book contains articles by mediastrategy personnel as well as case studies. This 315 page book is FREE and available as a PDF download from: http://www.mediastrategy.org (Thanks for the tip, Tony!!!)

  5. IDEAS ON HOW TO SHARE CHRIST — If you’re looking for additional ideas on how to share the message of Christ, the folks at “Sharing Christ” would like to send you a free catalog. Log on at: http://www.sharingchrist.net , or call 386-254-8188, or Fax 386-254- 8188, or email <schrist9atbellsouthdotnet>. </schrist9atbellsouthdotnet>

  6. LOOKING FOR CURRENT AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONARIES — If you know of any currently serving Af-Am crosscultural missionaries, your help is needed. Previous research was done on why there are so few such missionaries (see http://www.RMNI.org/dissertation ) A follow-up research project is locating those CURRENTLY serving. You can assist in 2 ways. First, you can send any name(s) and contact information, including email, of such missionaries to <jimatrmnidotorg> . Next, you can direct such missionaries to http://www.RMNI.org/research/index.htm where the survey can be completed online (a survey can also be emailed, etc). The research has the endorsement of COMINAD (Cooperative Missions Network of the African Dispersion). Data collection should be complete by 2004. You can call 423-822-1091 in the USA for more information. (Thanks for making your research available to us from the first project, Jim! We’ll look forward to hearing more from this second study!) </jimatrmnidotorg>

  7. MISSIONARY IN TRAINING PROGRAM — Mexican Medical Ministries will offer a cross-cultural immersion training experience called “Missionary in Training” (M.I.T.). This program is for leaders of short mission trips or those that are considering long-term service in a Spanish based country. Some of the training sessions will cover the following: “Using Health Fairs with the Local Church”; “What does it take to make it to the Mission field?” “Discovering and fulfilling the Call of God” “Using Mime on short term mission trips” “Learning Ballooning” The M.I.T. will take place in Baja, Mexico. The dates for the next M.I.T. will be June 4 – 11, 2003. For more information: 619-420-9750 or <caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom> or for information on Mexican Medical Ministries: http://www.mexicanmedical.com . </caravansatmexicanmedicaldotcom>

  8. PREPARE TO TEACH ENGLISH — It takes training to teach well. Prepare by attending a TESOL class. The Lebanon (PA) YWAM branch is offering a TESOL training program June 16-July 11. Completion certificate from Institute for Nations opens many doors to teach English. For information contact <ywampaatcomcastdotnet> or see the website at http://www.ywampa.org . </ywampaatcomcastdotnet>

  9. FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER — Now there is practical advice on fundraising each month through the FREE “People Raising” E-mail newsletter. Whether raising personal support or organizational funds, each newsletter is designed to help reduce the fear as well as dramatically reduce the time needed to raise funds. Advice comes from William Dillon, author of People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support, who has been raising funds for ministry for over 30 years. To begin receiving these valuable newsletters go to http://www.PeopleRaising.com and see the “subscribe” box in the lower left-hand corner, or simply e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

20030316 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS”
  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED
  3. MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED
  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE
  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM
  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER
  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES
  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA
  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CULTURE, CHRIST, & KINGDOM CONFERENCE FOR “FIRST NATIONS” — Catch a Richard Twiss’ CC&K Conference in Portland, Oregon on May 9-10, sponsored by Wiconi International and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Hear 3 dynamic First Nations Bible teachers: Terry LeBlanc/Mi’kmaq, Ray Aldred/Cree and Cheryl Barnetson/Carrier, plus Dr. Paul Metzger from Multnomah and Richard Twiss. Hear talks on how to develop a theology of culture, as well as on missiology, critical contextualization, defining syncretism, and much more. For more info, call 360-546-1867 or email <officeatwiconidotcom> or log on at http://www.wiconi.com/calendar/events.htm . </officeatwiconidotcom>

  2. NEW BOOK ON PRAYING FOR LEADERS RELEASED — The Pauline Hord Trust has just released a book (that might be of interest to the U.S. of Americans in the audience) called “Praying for the President”. It is a 365-day guide with Scripture and prayer to praying for the President of the United States. It could be used for anyone in international leadership. <http://www.prayingforthepresident.com> 30% off – Special price for Brigada readers of $10 plus shipping – email Faithe at <brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom> . </brigadaatprayingforthepresidentdotcom>

  3. MUSIC TEACHERS NEEDED — Ever use Brigada-Opportunities? Here’s an example of the kind of thing you might want to float there: “The IMB needs volunteer Christian music teachers to lead a music training conference near Les Cayes, Haiti this summer. The dates (including travel days in and out of Haiti) are Aug 2-12, 2003. Choral directors, teachers of voice, piano, handbells, guitar, music theory, music history and music composition are needed. The purpose of this camp is to train music leaders and potential music leaders for existing churches, new church starts, and for church planting. A major focus of the camp is on using music for evangelism and church planting. All students participate in composition of Chronological Bible Storying songs using indigenous Haitian musical styles. For more information contact: <dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet> or <dianahaitiatyahoodotcom> or contact the International Mission Board/SBC directly at 1-800-888-! 8657, in reference to Project Number: 64643 (Joyce Glover in the volunteers dept.) Information can be obtained at this website also: http://www.imb.org

    So how does one float this opportunity at Brigada-Opportunities? Start by sending a message to: <brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> Then email your opportunity to: <brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom>

    There are currently some 160 people listening there… either to a good option that “recruits” them to service, or to give input when someone brings up a great point. If you’re looking for an opportunity, subscribe today using the info. above. Send your opportunity today too! </brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom></brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom></dianahaitiatyahoodotcom></dianahaitiatskycastersdotnet>


  4. HOPE AFRICA UNIVERSITY WEBSITE — Hope Africa University, a newly founded liberal arts Christian university in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by the Free Methodist churches of east and central Africa (mentioned in Mission Frontiers, March-April 2003, “The New Evangelical Universities”) has a website http://www.hopeafricauniversity.org . For specific questions email <nijeweatcsdotcom> . </nijeweatcsdotcom>

  5. 2ND BI-ANNUAL “FIRST NATIONS” MISSIOLOGICAL SYMPOSIUM — The North American Institute of Indigenous Theological Studies is hosting its second First Nations Missiological Symposium, May 29-31, 2003 at the William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. PURPOSE: The symposium will seek to challenge and strengthen the various models of ministry and mission in Native North America as they relate to evangelism, discipleship, church planting, leadership development and other areas of Christian ministry. The event and the Institute brings together men and women of varied experiences and backgrounds from within the orthodox evangelical Christian community in a forum for biblical and theological reflection which roots in a Native North American world-view and perspective. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from many nationally respected Native and non- native theological leaders, as well as Native pastors. Register before May 20/03 and the cost is $125.00 (US), which includes meals. After May 20, the cost is $100.00 (US), with NO MEALS. For more information call Anita L. Kieth, NAIITS Administrator and registrar (204) 945-1152 or visit http://www.firstnationsmonday.com/NAIITS.htm .

  6. A UNIQUE PASTORS’ PRAYER E-NEWSLETTER — Here’s a newsletter that compiles reports from prayer networkers, city reachers, pastors and ministry leaders from across the globe. Their stories and strategies are available through a free subscription to the National Pastors’ Prayer Network. Not just for pastors, the NPPN e-casts several editions, including: City Connections, Global Networks Prayer Initiatives, Prayer Evangelism Resources, as well as Special Editions for quick breaking news.

    The NPPN website offers a directory of over 750 Pastors’ Prayer Groups (add yours at: http://www.nppn.org/ppg) as well as over 50 downloadable articles on prayer for local congregations and regional networks. Start your Free Subscription to the NPPN <http://www.nppn.org/subscribe.htm> For more info., contact Phil <updatesatnppndotorg>. </updatesatnppndotorg>


  7. SEEKING YOUR OPINION ABOUT MED. INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Here’s a study being done by Mark on missions insurance programs. He is wondering which options would be acceptable or preferable to you and your church:

    (1) That a mission agency provides health insurance as a group plan even though the costs might be higher than individual coverage for many missionaries?

    (2) That a mission agency work with the sending church to help individuals and families to find the best individual policy for themselves which will provide lower coverage for many but perhaps leave some without coverage?

    Respond to Mark <mskiatearthlinkdotnet> with a #1 or #2 and he’ll let us know the results in a week or two. Thanks! (Thanks Mark.) </mskiatearthlinkdotnet>


  8. GATEWAY TO CHINA — Here’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification offered for the first time in Edmond, Oklahoma, to our knowledge. Youth With A Mission (Kona, HI) is teaming up with Community Enhancement Network in Oklahoma to offer 4 weeks of intensive training, followed by 2 weeks practicum. Dates of the school are July 6 – August 15, 2003. Course cost is $600 for tuition and books. Food and Housing will be arranged on an individual basis at a minimal cost. Course graduates will be offered immediate field placement in north-central China. For further information email <choateclanatcsdotcom> or telephone (405) 399-4544 in Oklahoma. </choateclanatcsdotcom>

  9. COPING WITH WAR VIDEO CLIPS — Even though the war won’t take place on our own soil, almost everyone will be affected by it in one way or another. That’s why the staff of E-ssentials has produced two new video segments that are available for you to download FREE! E-ssentials is a ministry of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board. These two video clips will help your congregation get personally involved in this crisis by praying for our military and by sharing the peace of Jesus Christ with a world that knows no peace. In an effort to respond to current events in a timely manner, these videos will only be available by download from their website, http://www.essentials.tv , at no charge. These MPEG 1 video files are easily inserted into any PowerPoint presentation, and are also playable through many free software programs like Windows Media Player and QuickTime Player. If, for some reason this link does not work for you, the same information is also available at http://www.namb.net/essentials . (NAMB)

20021020 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION SHOW ON TV
  2. CROSS-CULTURAL LADIES… GET HELP FROM “PETER’S WIFE”
  3. 6-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING VIDEO/AUDIO KIT
  4. “CHEW” – CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE
  5. ISLAMIC STUDIES 2003
  6. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR RETURNING OR FURLOUGHING WORKERS
  7. NEW SERVICE: EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB
  8. TEACH ENGLISH IN SE ASIA
  9. HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF NEW APPEALS WILL COME FROM NIGERIA?!
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION SHOW ON TV — Beginning in February, FaithTV will begin airing a half-hour program all about missions. “MISSION: God at Work, Faith in Action” will feature videos showing God working through missionaries around the world. They are looking for videos to feature. If you have a video that is worthy of broadcast, please contact Dianne at <missionatfaithtelevisionnetworkdotcom>. FaithTV is trying to change the reputation of Christian Television … broadcasting documentaries and movies … sort of a discovery/movie channel from a Christian perspective. MISSION is their flagship show. Check them out at http://www.faithtelevisionnetwork.com . Click on MISSION. Finally, a program about what we do! This could change how the world views missionaries. </missionatfaithtelevisionnetworkdotcom>

  2. CROSS-CULTURAL LADIES… GET HELP FROM “PETER’S WIFE” — Here’s help and encouragement for women living and working cross culturally. To receive this free email newsletter, email <joinbatpeterswifedotorg>. PW is carefully worded to protect those in sensitive areas. The web site http://peterswife.org has been redesigned for speed and access. All previous newsletters are in the Archive for easy reference. The newest addition is a Forum that provides a place to exchange ideas and receive more immediate help. All are welcome. </joinbatpeterswifedotorg>

  3. 6-HOUR “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING VIDEO/AUDIO KIT — This 6-hour training program is designed to help reduce the fear as well as reduce the time needed to raise funds. These tools are based on the popular Moody Press book “People Raising” now in a 10th printing. Through December 15th the 6-hour People Raising video and audio kits are available at the reduced rate of 20% or more off. To order discounted 6-hour VIDEO kits, go to http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm?specialorder=V69879 Save $50 — now only $199.99! To order discounted 6-Hour AUDIO kits, go to http://www.peopleraising.com/purchase.cfm?specialorder=A4657 Save $20 – – now only $39.99! http://www.PeopleRaising.com/tools.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom> </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

  4. “CHEW” – CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY EXCHANGE — Are you interested in exchanging international short-term lodging? Please contact Mariposa at <singinheartataoldotcom> if you have exp., know of an org. that does this, or are interested in piloting/joining the Christians’ Hospitality Exchange for ministry Workers co-op (CHEW). You don’t have to be on a ministry venture at the time of stay. Hospitality could range from a spare bed only, to bed & breakfast. This all began because Mariposa and a friend (2 women) are seeking a place to stay in rural France from January 5 – 10, 2003. They were thinking, “Hey… we could exchange hospitality in a Los Angeles suburb for a different time.” Sounds like a great idea. They’ll assemble the directory, then we’ll publish it here in an autoresponder. It’s a great idea — and I’m surprised we haven’t done it before!!! </singinheartataoldotcom>

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

  6. HEALTH INSURANCE FOR RETURNING OR FURLOUGHING WORKERS -– Will your health insurance cover you during your furlough in the USA? Are you returning to the USA permanently and thus losing your non-USA health coverage? Here’s health insurance for both cases. The plans offer various deductibles and maximum coverage amounts. For information contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Visit http://www.gninsurance.com. </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

  7. NEW SERVICE: EMAIL GATEWAY TO THE WEB — A new free internet service has been developed specifically for those who have email access, but are not connected to the Internet and as a result cannot access the web directly. To use this service send a message to <getpageatemailwebdotus> with a URL in the subject line. The service will return the web page and all of its media components. These responses will display correctly in current versions of most email programs. More complete information on this service can be obtained by sending email to <infoatemailwebdotus>. </infoatemailwebdotus></getpageatemailwebdotus>

  8. TEACH ENGLISH IN SE ASIA — A Bible school in a closed country is looking for people who have a degree in bible or missions to come and teach English. They can facilitate both short-term 3-5 day seminars and also 6-12 month or longer arrangements. Please contact me for more details. Please inquire with us today at Mission to Unreached Peoples. Contact Jeff K. at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or check them out at http://www.mup.org. Their email address is <mupinfoatmupdotorg> </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

  9. HOW MANY HUNDREDS OF NEW APPEALS WILL COME FROM NIGERIA?! — Are you getting tired of all the appeals coming from Nigeria and sister nations? They all want your bank account information… eventually. If you don’t believe it’s getting rampant, take a look at: http://www.thespamletters.com and click on “Nigerian Scam Artists” in the left column. Sad. Here are 3 tips on how to handle them, and others like them: Delete, delete, delete.

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20021006 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE
  2. USE THIS FREE ONLINE PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPLICATION!
  3. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (THE BOOK)
  4. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  5. ARE YOU WORKING IN A “SENSITIVE” COUNTRY?
  6. ESL CHILDREN’S SERMONS WANTED
  7. INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATIONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
  8. GET YOUR TESOL TRAINING
  9. PERSPECTIVES ON-LINE
  10. EBAY BUYS PAYPAL, REFERRALS STILL WORK!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE — Ramadan has begun. Now you can observe the fast by praying for the Muslims that you have come to love. Just send an empty email to <pray-onat30-daysdotnet> or log on at http://www.30-days.net .

    30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus calls all Christians to pray for all Muslims during Ramadan, 06 November – 05 December 2002. </pray-onat30-daysdotnet>


  2. USE THIS FREE ONLINE PROJECT MANAGEMENT APPLICATION! — Looking for a free alternative to team project management? Look no further than iTeamwork.com. iTeamwork.com is a free, online, web-based team project management application that you use with your web browser. Once a project is created, users assign tasks to team members who are then solely responsible for that task. Each member can, in turn, convert the task to a sub-project to break it down to more detailed steps or for delegating to an extended team. An integral part to the system is email notification. Each team member as well as the project manager has great flexibility in controlling the flow of email. The team can receive a list of outstanding and upcoming tasks as often as daily. Project managers can receive notification of task completion as well as other task management duties. One Brigada user wrote, “Our team has been using this new free method for goal/project management for almost two months now and has really been impressed. As with all free things, it may not have everything, but it has surprisingly more features than you might expect for a freebie service. One great item is that you can have your upcoming Personal Ministry Plan items emailed to you one to seven days of the week. One bad draw however is that it is all online. So, it would work mainly for those who have always on/available internet access. Visit their site at http://www.iteamwork.com (Thanks for the treasure-trove find, Matt!!! Great discovery! I looked up their PC Magazine review and they received *very* positive marks. Can’t believe we hadn’t announced it here before now! Well done.)

  3. PEOPLE ON THE MOVE (THE BOOK) — With nearly 500 pages (including tons of footnotes and other reference documentation), _People on the Move_ is perhaps the definitive book on nomadic life and its impact on Christianity… as well as Christianity’s impact on nomads. Written by David Phillips, a well-traveled researcher with WEC, this $20 book will be your “best buy” to learn about those who travel — as a way of life. As for me, I immediately turned to the section on East Africa, since our mission is starting up a work among a nomadic people in that part of the world. I was surprised to see just how many other nomadic peoples make up that vast part of the world. You’ll find new treasures too. Order from: Gabriel Resources 129 Mobilization Drive PO Box 1047, Waynesboro, Georgia30830-2047, or call them toll-free in the USA at 8-MORE-BOOKS or email <salesatomlitdotomdotorg>. </salesatomlitdotomdotorg>

  4. MISSIONS TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Joy Christian Academy needs mission teachers and an administrator for their Elementary and Secondary levels in Cebu City, Philippines. Joy Christian Academy educates missionary and international children K-8 and, with plans to expand to high school, they’re a school “on the move.” All they need is additional staff. For more information contact Les Tilka at <clfcebuatinamedotcom>. </clfcebuatinamedotcom>

  5. ARE YOU WORKING IN A “SENSITIVE” COUNTRY? – Have you been diligent to observe a high level of security in all of your correspondence? If so, then you might be very surprised to find your name prominently listed as a “missionary” in that country on more than one web site! Do a web search using your full name (enclose it in quotes to limit the results). If that returns too many irrelevant hits, try including your current and past organizational affiliations in the search phrase. Depending on the sensitivity of your situation you might need to write to several webmasters asking them to remove your name from their site. Even though we might be sure that our motives are pure and noble, our host nation might misunderstand our intentions and consider us unwelcome, then act to prevent future stays in their land… or worse. A word to the wise… (Thanks to the user, who wanted to remain anonymous, for this admonition.)

  6. ESL CHILDREN’S SERMONS WANTED — Here’s a ministry looking for a website with online sermons suitable for children who speak English as a second language. The ministry would like expository sermons that go through a Bible passage (like Nicodemus), applying it to the child’s life. If you know of a source, please e-mail <titanicenglishatyahoodotcom>. We’ll ask for a report from them when they’ve gathered some options. Thanks! </titanicenglishatyahoodotcom>

  7. INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATIONS IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — IFCD is about to start up in South Asia. The 12-week lecture phase is designed to prepare you to minister in disadvantaged communities which desperately need the Good News in Word and Deed! Topics include Group Dynamics, Biblical Basis for Community Development ministry, Biblical World View and Development, the Church in Development, Basic Appropriate Technology and Primary Health Care, Income Generation and Economic Development, Cross-cultural issues… Field assignment and internship options post-lecture phase. Focus – South Asia and Afghanistan. Costs range from US$1200 to $250, depending on your citizenship (Western nations pay more). Pune, India, is the training location. You must have already completed U of Nations/YWAM Discipleship Training School or CDTS and you must have a heart for the poor and needy. Sessions begin on January 27th 2003. For more information, contact <comdevcentreatcompuservedotcom>. </comdevcentreatcompuservedotcom>

  8. GET YOUR TESOL TRAINING — Here’s a five week intensive TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course in the Southern Philippines. It will include a student teaching practicum among Muslim students at a local university. The course dates are April 7 to May 9 2003. The cost is only $500 U.S. which includes board, lodging, books and resources, teacher’s fees and registration. (You pay your own air fare). The cost for Philippine citizens is P15,000 (Pesos). The course will equip you as a certified TESOL teacher and a certificate will be awarded for the course. It combines the academic with the practical. For more information contact Melody Kuka at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  9. PERSPECTIVES ON-LINE — No Perspectives course in your area? Try Perspectives On-Line, a joint project between International Christian Ministries and the US Center for World Mission. The On-Line course can be taken for Certificate, BA and Graduate credit. The course meets the prerequisite for Perspectives Coordinator training. For more information go to: http://www.icm-international.org and then click on “Perspectives Course” and then on “Perspectives Online”. (You must be able to connect to the Internet to participate, of course).

  10. EBAY BUYS PAYPAL, REFERRALS STILL WORK! — Remember PayPal, the Internet payment service? In the past, there were times when users would complain about poor management. If you don’t believe that, just look at:
    http://www.paypalsucks.com . I just love passionate people. :-) As you’ll see there, some didn’t feel fairly treated. But many others … perhaps the majority … have used the service effectively. For example, I’ve been a PayPal user now for literally years and have yet to have a single problem with them. And now they’ve been bought by eBay, which should only help their management and customer orientation. They’ve added multiple currencies and are becoming more of an international service. You still have to have an email address… and to use the service effectively, you probably still should have a USA-based bank account… but if those are possibilities for you, PayPal might be just the thing for your Internet payment or exchange. At Team Expansion, we even use it for donors who would like to give gifts to us over the web. Without exception, all of those gifts have always come through. And now, they even offer a money market option for the money you keep on hand with them. As in every Internet service, I’d suggest you be conservative and wise. Don’t keep large sums of money in your PayPal account if that makes you feel uncomfortable. But with eBay now backing them, they’re not about to go away anytime soon. If you’d like to join PayPal, and if you have an email account, a verifiable bank account, and $250 to deposit to just kick off your PayPal account, they’ll give you $5 just for joining… (so your money will immediately become $255), and what’s more, they’ll give Brigada $5 for recommending you. It’s a great way to donate to Brigada without ever having to give up a single dime. (You can always just withdraw your $255 immediately after starting your account and your PayPal membership stays in force without any “minimum balance”.) Just click on the link below to get started. It’s relatively easy: https://www.paypal.com/affil/pal=TGEFAW4NF4XE4
    (By the way, you can also use this same link to make a donation to Brigada at this very moment, using any valid credit card.) Check out that currency conversion feature! Thanks for being a part of Brigada!

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20020804 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES
  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE
  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS
  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS
  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS”
  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP
  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM
  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PEOPLETEAMS TOPS 500 WEB SITES — PeopleTeams.org now has 502 Web sites on its service. Launched 18 months ago as a people group advocacy Web site, PeopleTeams has amazed everyone by its receptivity. There are 293 teams of missionaries who are actually hosted by PT. Each team produces their own Web site in a secure environment by using an account name and password provided by PT’s web managers. Another 209 Web sites have requested a link be listed. A new search feature was added this year. Visitors to PeopleTeams may now search within regions by country or by alphabetical listing. Another unique feature is the ever-growing “Toolbox” page listing dozens of advocacy-related resources. More than 8,000 unique users generate more than 300,000 hits every month. The most frequently visited Web sites are an international mix with increases in interaction based on individual team promotion. For instance, the Dong of China Web site was consistently #1 for months during an intensive prayer focus. Others, such as the Persian-Speaking World, came to the forefront after the war began in Afghanistan. PeopleTeams is hosted by a Great Commission Christian organization that remains anonymous in order to foster a teambuilding environment.

  2. EASYENGLISH LUKE — Wycliffe Associates UK have now put two versions of Luke’s Gospel onto their web site. The URL, http://www.easyenglish.info , is for free downloading, cultural adaptation, illustration and use. These are ideal for counselling after the Jesus Film. More info from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo>. </martinateasyenglishdotinfo>

  3. HOUSE CHURCH HAVENS — Here are some new links to check out regarding planting house churches (Thanks Grace!):

    House Churches as a Vital Part of Discipling the Nations – http://disciplethenations.org/index86.html#HC

    House Churches and Their Vital Roles in the Great Commission – locally and overseas – http://disciplethenations.org/CHCRNNLJunSept02.html#GCPerspectives

    Also, Canadian House Church Resource Network newsletter now online: http://DiscipleTheNations.org/index87.html and a lot more resources on house churches at: http://DiscipleTheNations.org – see CONTENTS and then under H


  4. RESOURCE SHEET FOR CHRISTIAN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS — For any missions minded individuals/leaders/missions/ministries, etc. that are interested in using the arts in the Great Commission, check out the following resource sheet Print it or just let them know about the web page. It includes enough information/resources/networking opportunities and ministry opportunities to last them a lifetime and it is always being developed further. http://disciplethenations.org/GCWACResourceSheet.html

  5. FREE COURSE: “MUSIC, THE ARTS/MEDIA AND MISSIONS” — This distance learning course (online) will soon be reality. The Great Commission Worship & Arts Center, with the aid of many other related ministries and individuals, is currently in the process of developing an online distance learning course for those interested in Music, the Arts/Media and Missions training. This course is for candidates, missionaries, missions leaders, Christian music/arts/media and missions educators, worship leaders, etc. – any Christian interested in the subject. At present there is not yet a team to help facilitate the learning by personal email mentoring. As a result, for the time being, it’s all available free! To see what’s ready to roll, go to: http://disciplethenations.org/DistanceLearning.html Course organizers hope to shore things up by November. Those with ideas can write <gracewatidmaildotcom>. This course is also to work along with a number of other resources currently being developed in conjunction with a number of different ministries, such a related PERPSECTIVES course on music, the arts and missions. </gracewatidmaildotcom>

  6. NEW ARTICLES ON DEVELOPING PRAISE AND WORSHIP — Need help developing your local praise team, either starting from scratch or taking them to the next level, both spiritually and musically? Reach Out Youth Solutions recently published a free global e-report, compiling successes around the world and giving practical suggestions that transcend culture. This collection of Web-based articles helps leaders choose the most effective styles for their local context, gives extensive wise counsel from others who lead worship, and suggests over 70 “Techniques and Taboos” on adding creative elements to worship. Start the global report at http://www.reach- out.org/article.asp?ai=154&ac=2&al=70 or view all 29 articles at http://www.reach-out.org/article.asp?al=70&ac=2 . To regularly receive this free report, contact Steve Miller at <smilleroatmindspringdotcom> . </smilleroatmindspringdotcom>

  7. FREE BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM — Rick Meyers has developed an extensive free Bible study program with various multilingual Bibles, commentaries, dictionaries, maps, etc., all extensively linked and with a “mouse over” feature that pops up referenced scriptures without having to jump to the reference to read it. Many other features such as bookmarks, highlighting, marking, enhanced browsing, and Quick Search will aid the Bible student in their discovery of Truth. see http://www.e-sword.net . (Thanks Dave!)

  8. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM — A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, will be offered in five locations this fall. Fall classes are beginning in McLean, VA; Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Lansing, MI; and Houston, TX. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to share with Muslims the life of Christ. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more, log on at http:/www.PerspectivesOnIslam.org or you may email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>. </infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>

  9. ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — …For one to two years to love and care for children. Teaching experience recommended but not required. B.A. in any discipline. Housing is provided with a month stipend to adequately cover food and laundry. If interested, please send your resume and short essay about your Christian journey from salvation to present, and why you would like to live and work in Thailand to Jeff at Mission to Unreached Peoples. 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg> Mission to Unreached Peoples website is http://www.mup.org </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

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20020714 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. NEW FREE E-BOOK ON CELL GROUP STRATEGY
  2. NEW BOOK BY FORMER HINDU ON SHARING CHRIST WITH HINDUS
  3. TEACH ENGLISH IN JERUSALEM
  4. GET TO THE CORE OF THE BIBLE… IN THE HOLY LAND
  5. DO-IT-YOURSELF LIST SERVING
  6. HOW DO YOU MOBILIZE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS?
  7. BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES AT YOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE?
  8. AFFORDABLE SECURE WEBMAIL
  9. RETREAT AND “R&R” RESOURCES
  10. TRAVELING? LOOK UP A CLC!
  11. MUSIC MISSIONS RESEARCH
  12. MORE EASYENGLISH PSALMS
  13. IT”S GOOD TO “GO”
  14. ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR SPAM
  15. POP-UP KILLER KILLED, FOR NOW
  16. LOOKING FOR A MISSIONS PASTOR?
  17. CLOSING STUFF

  1. NEW FREE E-BOOK ON CELL GROUP STRATEGY — Here’s a new e-book by Dr. Mikel Neumann, based on years of experience as a missionary, international seminar leader, and research. His experience in this vital area of ministry, recently gained him funding from the Billy Graham Center to study and write a separate book on home groups around the world. The e-book “Reaching Your City with Cell (Home) Groups” can be downloaded for FREE at http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada

  2. NEW BOOK BY FORMER HINDU ON SHARING CHRIST WITH HINDUS — Sharing Your Faith With a Hindu explains historical and contemporary Hindu customs, ritual practices, and intellectual obstacles to Christianity, and offers practical tips and tools on how to win Hindus to the Lord. The author, Madasamy Thirumalai, was raised a Hindu and became a believer in Jesus more than 20 years ago. He is a professor of world religions and an academic dean at Bethany College of Missions. For more information and an excerpt visit http://www.bethanyhouse.com . Special discounts are available for ministries who give away copies! Bethany House ships internationally as well. To order: <csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  >; tel. in the USA or via Net2phone 1-800-328-6109 or (952) 829-2079; USA FAX: 866-220-8376 or 952-829- 2503.

  3. TEACH ENGLISH IN JERUSALEM — Want to teach English in Jerusalem? You can! The dates are September 2 – 28, 2002. The cost is US $650.00 which includes tuition and textbooks. Accommodation excluding meals from 2nd to 28th September is just $150.00 per person. For further inquiries, special arrangements or considerations, write <TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  >.

  4. GET TO THE CORE OF THE BIBLE… IN THE HOLY LAND — Now you can study the “School of Biblical Studies Core Course (SBSCC)” in Jerusalem/Israel. It’s 3 months of focused Bible study that reveals the power of the Word of God to penetrate the heart, September 22nd – December 14th, 2002, in Jerusalem. Cost is US$ 2,295. For more information, log on at: http://www.sbscc.net Or write <sbsccatwindowministriesdotorg  (sbsccatwindowministriesdotorg)  >.

  5. DO-IT-YOURSELF LIST SERVING — Here’s a piece of software called Gammadyne Mailer that can be used to maintain email lists, e.g., send prayer updates with addresses from a newsletter list database. It does email merge, will update your existing database for email address errors, and even allows you to host discussion lists simply using your existing POP3 email box and connection to the web. Moderate technical skills are needed and, it’s apparently available only for those running Windows. Registration is US$130. For more information, see: http://www.gammadyne.com/mmail.htm or email: <gregwatgammadynedotcom  (gregwatgammadynedotcom)  > Granted… those with large lists would be overwhelmed by the number of emails coming in . . . and I suppose if you travel some (with your email shut down during your travel), this would not be a good solution.

  6. HOW DO YOU MOBILIZE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS? — Do you have information on Mobilizing/Exposure programs for universities? A professor at a Christian International University in South Korea would like information/leads on missions mobilization and/or exposure programs that have worked at other universities and/or churches. Because the university would like to start an extracurricular program to help mobilize and expose their international students to missions and they’re looking for ideas! Thanks! Please send replies to <joyceat123athotmaildotcom  (joyceat123athotmaildotcom)  >. She’ll compile a report for us to redistribute here on Brigada.

  7. BUILDING DIGITAL LIBRARIES AT YOUR CHRISTIAN COLLEGE? — Maybe you’ve heard about the efforts to build connected digital libraries. Maybe you’re doing it to support digital learning from your Christian college or university! :-) Maybe you can read it via 2.5 G cell phones (and later 3G cell phones). If you’re tackling this challenge… and if you’re interested in brainstorming about how subscriptions could be underwritten by western churches, write Ed <editoratadrisdotorg  (editoratadrisdotorg)  >. See his newsletter at http://www.adris.org . He’ll compile a brief report for a future Brigada Today.

  8. AFFORDABLE SECURE WEBMAIL — Global Resources for Computing, (GRC) just rolled out its new SSL (Secure) Webmail service, an anonymous Webmail service for organizations operating in areas where higher than standard level of security for email is required. This new service will offer SSL Based Webmail, POP3(secure) and IMAP (secure) services. Contact GRC at 909-795-3877 for more information or email <infoatgrcomputingdotnet  (infoatgrcomputingdotnet)  > or log on at http://www.grcomputing.net/webmail.html

  9. RETREAT AND “R&R” RESOURCES — Jolene is compiling a list of R&R/retreat locations especially geared toward those in ministry (artists’ retreats, prayer retreats, personal-solitude-time alone with God locations, vacation spots). If you know of an available guest room, church’s missionary house or retreat location that caters to missionaries or Christian artists, let her know at <jowilsonatiowatelecomdotnet  (jowilsonatiowatelecomdotnet)  > . She will compile the results for an auto responder as well as post them on the internet. Please include as much information as possible (name, type of location, length of stay, what they offer, cost, contact information and URL).

  10. TRAVELING? LOOK UP A CLC! — Are you traveling somewhere this summer on vacation? Look up a Christian Literature Center, pick up something you can hand out to the folks you meet along the way, then prayerfully use your vacation trip for more than a vacation! Wendy did it. Check out the website for one of the stores she visited in Italy… http://www.clcitaly.com/live/home.php (Thanks Wendy!)

  11. MUSIC MISSIONS RESEARCH — Phil is researching the use of music in missions since 1987
    (http://gardner-webb.edu/intra/pperrin/musicinmissions.htm). If you (1) have personal experience that can be included, (2) would like to be included on his website list, (3) have need for musician volunteers to be posted on the website, (4) would like to volunteer for music mission projects, or (5) have resources to add to the resource page or any other corrections or additions, e-mail him at <pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu  (pperrinatgardner-webbdotedu)  > . He’ll send us a brief summary report later.

  12. MORE EASYENGLISH PSALMS — Book four (Ps 90 to 106) is now available from Wycliffe Associates’ web site – http://www.easyenglish.info . Further information may be obtained from <martinateasyenglishdotinfo  (martinateasyenglishdotinfo)   >.

  13. IT”S GOOD TO “GO” – IT’S CRITICAL TO “GO PREPARED” — “GO Prepared” the “Essential” series is, according to the author, the only Short-Term videotape Training Series of it’s kind in the world today. These tapes are designed to complement the ministry of your local church or mission agency, and are a great training tool for the rookie as well as seasoned Short-Term missionaries. There are three tapes with two training sessions on each. Over three hours of valuable training by Internationally recognized Missions Leaders. Each session can be presented alone or be incorporated into your present training program. For more information contact Jim at <tcciattccidotorg  (tcciattccidotorg)  > or log on at http://www.tcci.org .

  14. ANOTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION FOR SPAM — Here’s another possible solution for getting rid of spam: http://www.w2knews.com/rd/rd.cfm?id=020715TP-iHateSpam At least one Brigada participant says it works for him! (Thanks Phil!)

  15. POP-UP KILLER KILLED, FOR NOW — Those who tried to obtain the pop- up killer highlighted in our July 5th edition (“TIRED OF POP-UP ADS?”) met with a sad message that the pop-up killer software had, itself, been killed! The author has currently given up on publishing his product. But he’s also suggesting that someone else might take over the development. If you’re interested, don’t give up too soon. Check back at: http://software.xfx.net/utilities/popupkiller/ to find out what happens in this defy-death thriller! :-) ‘Course, James wants to let people know Netscape’s new Mozilla (and Netscape) browser can do this without requiring third-party software. Just go to Edit > Preferences > Advanced > Scripts & Plugins and change to your heart’s content. He usually disallowed webpages from “opening of unrequested windows”, “open link in a new window”, “move or resize existing windows” and “raise or lower windows”. Also, you can restrict animation to just once by changing Edit > Preferences > Privacy & Security > Images. Sounds like a great feature! (Thanks James!)

  16. LOOKING FOR A MISSIONS PASTOR? — ACMC maintains a list of individuals seeking a missions pastor position and a list of U.S. churches seeking a missions pastor. To put your name or your church name on the list or to request a list send an email with appropriate contact information to <davidmaysatacmcdotorg  (davidmaysatacmcdotorg)  > .

20020210 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) SO WHAT’S UP WITH JOSHUA PROJECT II?
2) INEXPENSIVE PER-DAY HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS
3) PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING “BOOT CAMP”
4) RADIO PROGRAMMING FOR HEALTH PROMOTION
5) CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPESTZ
6) TEACH ENGLISH OVER THE INTERNET
7) WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE 10/40 WINDOW
8) HEADED TO KYRGYZSTAN? YOU NEED THIS
9) MORE EASY ENGLISH HELPS
10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) SO WHAT’S UP WITH JOSHUA PROJECT II? — Remember AD2000’s thrust to list the world’s least reached peoples, the Joshua Project 2000 list of unreached peoples? Remember how the JP2000 list spun out into its own under the banner of “Joshua Project II”? Well recently, their lease ran out, so to speak, and their future was, for a while, a bit uncertain. But thanks goes to World Help for adopting the people with the adoption list! World Help, an international ministry based in Forest, Virginia, has taken Joshua Project II into its fold. Joshua Project II is a continuation and expansion of the original Joshua Project initiative created by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. It is an effort to “highlight least-reached peoples through information sharing and networking.” World Help is actively involved in facilitating church-planting movements, leadership training and Bible distribution among the least-reached peoples. Three cheers for their vision, insight, and courage to take risks for the sake of the lost! World Help and Joshua Project II will soon release a comprehensive unreached / least-reached ethno-cultural list of all people groups, regardless of size. This list, planned for release in the spring of 2002, will help provide a Great Commission blueprint or roadmap, revealing the extent of the unfinished task of world evangelism.

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2) INEXPENSIVE PER-DAY HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS — For as little as $1.08 per day per team member you can have: $50,000 of health insurance coverage, medical evacuation, repatriation, $5,000 trip cancellation, $25,000 AD&D plus coverage for ambulance, emergency reunion, lost luggage, emergency dental etc. For information packet contact: <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com and http://www.missionaryinsurance.org .</jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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3) PERSONAL SUPPORT RAISING TRAINING “BOOT CAMP” — On August 14th and 15th ACMC and the Finishers Project are sponsoring a Personal Support Raising Boot Camp preceding their annual national conference at the downtown Atlanta Sheraton for any missionary or missions related personnel. If you or someone in your ministry or church: 1) Needs to raise their support, 2) Is trying to get to 100% budget or, 3) Has never been properly trained in support raising – this seminar is for you. The 24 hours of required pre-seminar preparation combined with the two days of intense in class training gives you the essential tools to get to your assignment quickly- and fully funded! This Boot Camp will be led by Steve Shadrach, founder of Student Mobilization and President of The BodyBuilders. He has been training Christian workers in support raising for the last 17 years. The first 40 to register will be guaranteed a spot. For more information and registration go to:

http://www.thebodybuilders.net. This seminar is recommended by: John Kyle-VP of EFMA, Scott Morton-VP of The Navigators, Ellis Goldstein of Campus Crusade, and Jim Killgore- President of ACMC. Contact person: <brianatthebodybuildersdotnet></brianatthebodybuildersdotnet>

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4) RADIO PROGRAMMING FOR HEALTH PROMOTION — Check out this training course in the use of radio programming for health promotion and social development in Perth, Western Australia, June 2002. Organizers will equip participants to use radio programming as a communication medium in health and social development. They’ve designed the course for anyone currently involved (or intending to be involved) in social development, health education and the allied health professions. The course will run from 5-28 June 2002, as organized by Health Communication Resources (HCR) and the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia. HCR coordinates health and community development training and radio programming for the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC). For information and registration go to

http://www.h-c-r.org or email <infoath-c-rdotorg>.</infoath-c-rdotorg>

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5) CIU GRAD COURSE IN BUDAPEST — If you are interested in earning a Masters degree in Europe or in supplementing your study and professional development with grad level courses, Columbia International University is offering a degree program that may be completed by attending 2-week intensive courses in Budapest and Germany. The next course, “Biblical Theology of Missions” is scheduled for May 6-17, 2002, in Budapest. Write <ciubudapestathotmaildotcom> for more information.</ciubudapestathotmaildotcom>

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6) TEACH ENGLISH OVER THE INTERNET — If I understand it correctly, the opportunity to do ESL (English as a Second Language) ministry via the Net is kind of unique, with both local and global implications. Check it out at…

http://www.CyberESL.org/messages/cybereslltr.html or send a blank email to <initial_inquiryatcyberesldotorg> and receive an auto responder within minutes. Sojourners Ministries, Inc. is the sponsor.</initial_inquiryatcyberesldotorg>

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7) WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE 10/40 WINDOW — Organizers of the fourth annual Women’s Summit On The 10/40 Window are gearing up for their conference for missions-minded women in leadership from the US and around the world, May 13 – May 17, 2002 at the Billy Graham Training Center’s The Cove conference center in Asheville, North Carolina USA. This conference will challenge you to pray for, encourage and connect with women working and living in the 10/40 Window. They’ll feature strategies on prayer and biblical worldview, evangelism and discipleship, microbusiness, education, medical outreach, and persecution and relief efforts. Call Cynthia Johnson, WIN conference project manager, for information on this conference at 719-522-1040 or register online at http://www.win1040.com .

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8) HEADED TO KYRGYZSTAN? YOU NEED THIS — If you’re headed to Kyrgyzstan… or somewhere close by, check out this new autoresponder to learn about cultural differences there. Or use this as a template to write about the differences in your own culture. To see it, just click to this location:

http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/kyrgyzstan.pdf

You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the document. Get it for free at:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

Thanks to Ian Kirby for raising the bar on sharing this kind of information!

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9) MORE EASY ENGLISH HELPS — Have you seen the resources at…

http://www.wycliffeassociates.org.uk/ee/tee.htm

Incredible. One of our own workers in mainland China recently discovered the page and later remarked to me what a treasure trove it is. Thanks to Wycliffe for making this material available online. We’ve heard rumors that if you are unable to access the web, you can write Martin & Jenny Lloyd <mlloyd3000ataoldotcom> and obtain information by email or CD. Great stuff. Thanks Martin. And thanks to the mainland China worker who brought it to our attention. What a great friend he’s been to me down through the past 13 years or so!</mlloyd3000ataoldotcom>

20010902 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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BE A PART OF THE JP2000 FOLLOW-UP

Joshua Project 2000 logo Want to participate in the follow-on work to Joshua Project 2000? Just click on over to http://www.joshuaproject.net/surveyintro.html. Joshua Project II welcomes survey participation by any ministry or organization working among one or more people groups. Users can download the survey cover letter and instructions and select from over 225 country survey forms in PDF format. This is still somewhat of a “paper-based” system as users must print off various reports, fill them in manually and return them to Joshua Project II via postal mail. JPII plans to upgrade this to a full on-line system where users can fill in survey forms directly on the web and submit batches of ministry activity updates electronically.
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“ASK A MISSIONARY FORUM” GROWS

WebWatch Ask A Missionary shares questions and answers on becoming a long-term missionary. In the last two years this free monthly email newsletter has grown from 400 to 1,600 readers. Browse http://www.askamissionary.com to subscribe, to post new questions and answers, and to read dozens of answers online. Six topics are discussed: Support-Raising, Selecting an agency, The Call, Tentmaking, Training, Singles/Families. In addition, each topic has a recommended list of books, tapes and websites. This can be an excellent follow-up for those who went on a short-term and are now interested in long-term missions. And agencies can get visitors to their websites since answers include the first name of the missionary and the agency website.
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USE THIS SITE TO PLAN YOUR CHILDREN’S BIBLE STUDY

Try browsing: www.childrensbiblestudy.com to get ideas for your next study. The artwork and “look and feel” is great for kids. Also check out: www.whowillstand.com for older teens, college-agers or young marrieds.
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EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

calendar The purpose of this year’s strategic conference is to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese from God’s Word to ‘Look Unto Jesus’ thus encouraging one another’s spiritual growth and faith. This conference is also dedicated to help equip those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA 92339. Sponsoring Organizations: International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, Navigators For more information go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 or e-mail ushqatjcfndotorg  (ushqatjcfndotorg)  .
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TEACH ENGLISH, SHARE THE GOSPEL, GET PAID

Vision International Alliance (VIA) is recruiting people to teach English for at least one year in Japan, South Korea and China. VIA provides all training and generous benefits. Teachers will work with local church leaders and have many opportunities to interact with students outside of the classroom. This is a wonderful opportunity for short-term missionaries and tentmakers. For an application and more information, look up http://www.viamission.org/teach or write to Lydia at ecbtatviamissiondotorg  (ecbtatviamissiondotorg)  .
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ARE YOU A TRAVELING MISSIONARY?

4x4 vehicle A&R Associates is a Christian business dedicated to serving the travel needs a missionaries traveling to international and domestic locations since 1996. They just installed self booking reservation system on their website. You can book your own international and domestic flights, car rentals, and hotels 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can also book flights back to the United States from foreign countries and from one foreign to other foreign countries. Click to http://ar-associates.freeyellow.com/travel.html or write to arassoc1atearthlinkdotnet  (arassoc1atearthlinkdotnet)   or tel. 805-739-0378, Fax 805-739-0689, 800-298-0198 Ask for Roland.
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HELP WANTED FOR MEDIA TYPES

movie camera Want to travel and learn? Media professionals are invited to travel to Asia for 2-4 weeks in 2002 to conduct workshops on web design, scriptwriting and/or video production depending on the country. Support of approximately $2,000-2,300 will be required. Contact Professor DanH Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom  (Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom)  .
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DON’T MISS AVIATION MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2001

calendar The dates are October 17 through 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a goal of bringing missions and aviation together by networking ministries, organizations, missionaries, etc. for the purpose of reaching the unreached. Alpha Aviation Missions Outreach Center is the host. A registration and exhibitor discount will be given to all subscribers of Brigada. For more info, see: http://www.alphaaviation.org or call Rod toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at Call toll free 866-GO-ALPHA or dial 918-438-7812 from anywhere or write him mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)  .
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10-40 WINDOW WORKERS!

10/40 window If you live and work in the 10-40 you may be interested to learn about OPEN Network, a network of workers serving in Creative Access Nations. The objective of OPEN is to help us share and learn from each other. Learn more at their website; www.OPENNetworkers.net
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DOCTORAL PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT

graduation cap “You have always wanted to earn a credible Doctorate but did not know how and from where. Your PRAYER is now answered. The learner-friendly doctoral programme is finally here: The International Council of Higher Education’s (ICHE) Doctor of Intercultural Studies (DIS)– upgradable to a Ph.D, is now offered through the Singpaore’s graduate School, Bethany School of Missions in an Asian and African cultural setting. The unique feature of this programme: flexible, self-paced, cutting-edge, and minimal residence requirements. There are more than 12 areas of major concentrations that you can work under the able guidance of senior experienced and highly qualified missions professors based on your interest and need of missionary work. This doctoral programme is open to specifically missions-minded pastors, missions leaders, missions executives, full- time missionaries, missionaries on furlough, and generally for other categories of Christian workers.” If you are intersted, you may apply to Registrar bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg  (bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg)   , Bethany School of Missions, PO Box 143, Singapore-911705 (Tel: 65- 348-5546; F: 65-348-5547). And/or the Programme coordinator winstonelliottatpacificdotnetdotsg  (winstonelliottatpacificdotnetdotsg)  .
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