TESL

7) Go To The Nations…As An English Teacher

Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques and YWAM-PAcertification, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The course dates are July 13-August 7, September 7 – October 2, October 19 – November 13. Get a certificate upon completion that opens door around the world. Find details, application forms, on

http://www.ywampa.org. E-mail to

ywam-PA-email

6) Teach Int’l School in Southern Thailand

Khao Lak International School opens in September, 2009 promising students an excellent standard of English education, and teachers a package better than many TESOL programs in Thailand, plus subsidized housing, an amazing opportunity to serve in this rather unreached place, and other fringe benefits just as clear as the Andaman Sea.

If you want to join, making a difference in Thai and International children’s lives, send an introduction letter and resume by email today to Kim at:

1) Hope Esl Software: Free English Teaching Cdrom Presenting The Bible

This high quality CDrom is being used creatively around the globe in many mission contexts. Students develop their English skills while comprehending a dramatic presentation of God’s redemptive story in 12 chapters from creation through Jesus Christ. This CDrom utilizes beautiful images and audio while ALSO including the full film of The Hope (see

http://www.thehopeproject.com/

This resource is brilliant for short-term teams, classes and 1 to 1 tutoring opportunities. Additionally, it can be copied and distributed without charge making it a cheap and practical gift wherever English is in demand. In a spirit of partnership the new version of this resource is being distributed FREE to missionaries and national Christian workers around the globe (donations for postage is appreciated).

http://www.roofbreakers.org/

or email

3) TESOL: Go to the Nations…as an English Teacher

Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques and certification, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are now – May 1, May 4 – May 29, September 7 – October 2, October 19 – November 13. Get a certificate upon completion that opens door around the world. More information and/or an application can be found online at:

http://www.ywampa.org/

or email

or phone: 717.274.9010.

5) Efl Workbooks For Christian Studies

These workbooks provide contextualized passages for students involved in biblical studies who want to improve their proficiency in reading English. Vocabulary Building for Biblical Studies is an intermediate level workbook of 15 contextualized chapters centering on biblical and Christian themes. Each unit includes a passage of 1000 words and exercises that aid the students in understanding and expanding their vocabulary. Men and Women in the History of the Church is a pre-intermediate reader. Each unit begins with pre-reading questions and a biography of approximately 650 words. This is followed by exercises on reading comprehension and vocabulary building, and ends with discussion questions. The workbooks are available as a download, to print and photocopy for personal or class use, but may not be reproduced for profit. The website is:

http://www.geocities.com/stapletonlyn/homepage

Comments or questions can be sent to Lynn at

8) EFL (TESL) Workbooks For Christian Studies

These workbooks provide contextualized passages for students involved in biblical studies who want to improve their proficiency in reading English. Vocabulary Building for Biblical Studies is an intermediate level workbook of 15 contextualized chapters centering on biblical and Christian themes. Each unit includes a passage of 1000 words and exercises that aid the students in understanding and expanding their vocabulary. Men and Women in the History of the Church is a pre-intermediate reader. Each unit begins with pre-reading questions and a biography of approximately 650 words. This is followed by exercises on reading comprehension and vocabulary building, and ends with discussion questions. The workbooks are available as a download, to print and photocopy for personal or class use, but may not be reproduced for profit. The website is:

http://geocities.com/stapletonlyn/homepage

4) Evangelistic English Freeware

The extremely popular website

http://www.freeenglishnow.com/

is currently downloading at the rate of 900G per month. You can add a free version of this English course to your own website to increase both your website traffic and your ministry. Look at the introduction at

http://www.handheldenglish.com/selq_example/

You can download the American accent course directly from

http://www.handheldenglish.com/selq/freeenglishshorta.iso (321M)

and the British accent supplement from

http://www.handheldenglish.com/selq/freeenglishshortb.iso (283M)

Look at this English course as it is posted on another website at

http://www.handheldenglish.com/selq/index.html

What would it look like on your website?

Questions? You can also write

Comments? Add them below:

5) Use Audio Bibles in Your TESL Lessons

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

http://audiobibles2.blogspot.com/

or go directly to

http://www.talkingbibles.org/

7) Free Online Tutoring In Writing And Conversational English

English for Asians and Africans
http://www.e4aa.org/
now provides free online tutoring in conversational English and in writing (essays, articles in journalism, letters and reports). It also provides hundreds of links to free interactive exercises and resources on the eight parts of speech, writing, spelling, listening, vocabulary, speaking, pronunciation, idioms, reading, dictionaries, encyclopedias, translators, diagnostic tests, online newspapers and Internet radio stations from around the world. It can be used by missionaries and others whose ministries include teaching English. There are hotspot links to Gospel websites in the title graphics of each page. As soon as there are volunteers, this website will also offer free online tutoring in various areas like mathematics, engineering, natural and physical sciences, accounting, computer programming, etc. For more information, contact

Learn TESL in Palawan

Asia’s Center for TESOL will be conducting another 5-week intensive TESOL teacher training program on the Island of Palawan in the Philippines from August 4 to Sept 6, 08. This course is accredited by Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids Mi. USA. The course is 140 hours and includes a 20 hour teaching practicum. Course fees are $375 for Expats and P8000 for Philipinos, or $200 for other developing nations citizens. Browse
http://www.actesol.com/
or Jurene at

jureneb(at)

actesol(dot)com for more information. (Replace “at” with @, “dot” with ., then reassemble the email address onto one line.)

Go To The Nations… As An English Teacher

Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission in Lebanon PA USA. School dates are July 13-August 8, August 17-September 12, September 21-October 17, 2008. You’ll receive a certificate upon completion. Find details and the application form at

E-mail questions to ywampa

(at)comcast(dot)net (replace (at) with @, (dot) with ., and reassemble onto one line.)

ONE WEEK TO FIND SOMEONE TO RUN AN ENGLISH CENTER IN KABUL

Yikes. One organization I know suddenly finds itself in a bit of a bind. We have just one week to find a pair of guys or gals — or a married couple — to run a first-rate English center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Can you help? If so, drop me an email with subject: “TESL Kabul” at:

info(at)

TeamExpansion(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.] Note: This is a faith job. In other words, the center cannot afford to pay salaries.

Hellllllllpppppppppppppp! :-)

20070701 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THE DIGITAL TALKING BIBLE AND TESOL PROGRAMS
  2. NEED A BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR MINISTRY?
  3. GET FREE LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES
  4. NEW BOOK HELPS REACH THE TERMINALLY ILL
  5. CATCH ALL THE UPDATES AT MOMENTUM MAGAZINE
  6. CLOSE-UP ON THE HERERO PEOPLE
  7. BIBLE READING SYSTEM IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
  8. CALLED OVERSEAS? CALLED TO WORK IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SETTING?
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ENCOURAGE
  10. PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY RE: CRISES
  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GUEST HOUSE OPTIONS IN EUROPE — Missionaries in Islamic North Africa are seeking information about guest houses in Europe where their colleagues can do visa renewal trips and get a little rest at the same time. If you have a line on a missionary or other kind of guest house, please click the “comment” button below the item at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=25


  2. THE DIGITAL TALKING BIBLE AND TESOL PROGRAMS — Talking Bibles International believes that its new, solid-state digital Talking Bible is a tool of choice to be incorporated in TESOL programs. The new, digital Talking Bible’s easy to use, instant search and find features open up this exciting new possibility. Talking Bibles International is encouraging TESOL folks to experiment with incorporating the combined use of the digital Talking Bible and an inexpensive paperback New Testament in their English language learning programs. The thesis is that at the appropriate learning level, if a student listens to a Talking Bible speaking the English language narration of the New Testament (NIV) while, at the same time, reading along and reading aloud from the printed copy of the New Testament that student will become fluent in English more rapidly than otherwise. Talking Bibles International says it will dramatically reduce the price of its digital Talking Bible for a TESOL pilot project in which some participate and some do not to prove whether its thesis is demonstrable or not. If someone planning a TESOL project would like to consider this possibility, you are invited to contact: info(at)talkingbibles(dot)org or call 1-800- 318-7262. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. NEED A BREAKTHROUGH IN YOUR MINISTRY? — Here’s a new on-field, on- the-job training option for missionaries seeking to upgrade their capacity for learning and ministry. The Breakthrough! research manual helps you choose a crucial concern in your ministry and dig into it in a structured way, talking to people in your everyday ministry situation. Practical insights and worksheets help keep you on track. Integrated prayer points keep the process God-centered. Breakthrough! is particularly helpful for those with a difficult or recurring ministry problem, a new challenge, or responsibility for project planning. By taking the ten Breakthrough! steps you’ll be better at listening to God and discovering new insights, greatly increasing your chances of seeing His breakthrough in your ministry. The cost of Breakthrough! is $21.95. Learn more about and order your copy of Breakthrough! today at

    http://www.gmi.org/breakthrough

    or call 1-800-569-6312.


  4. GET FREE LANGUAGE LEARNING RESOURCES — Check out…

    http://www.fsi-language-courses.net/

    This site has free-complete audio & text (pdf) materials for Arabic, Turkish and many other languages (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, etc). According to Manny, the material was developed by the US government (tax dollars) for diplomats and are in the public domain. He says other organizations (Barron’s Audio-Forum, etc) update them, use CDs, and charge $200-$700 for the same material. Manny adds that sometimes, they have no updates but just give you a nice package. (Thanks Manny!)


  5. NEW BOOK HELPS REACH THE TERMINALLY ILL — Author Melody Rossi saw God work in the hearts of three close family members who died within a span of 28 months. When she had nearly given up hope that they might believe, she was amazed to find their hearts softened to the gospel message. If your unsaved friend or family member is facing death, May I Walk You Home? can help you share Christ in loving, natural ways. For more information, visit

    http://www.bethanyhouse.com/mayIwalkyouhome

    For orders, email orders(at)bakerpublishinggroup(dot)com or call 1-866-241-6733 / 616-676-9185. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  6. CATCH ALL THE UPDATES AT MOMENTUM MAGAZINE — Been to

    http://www.momentum-mag.org/

    lately? Justin has been busy as a bee.


  7. CLOSE-UP ON THE HERERO PEOPLE — “Christian Radio?” The HERERO People of Namibia: What does it mean to have an evangelical presence? While visiting through Hereroland recently, we asked our guide/interpreter if the people we were meeting had any evangelical presence. He said that they have a radio station which sometimes broadcasts Christian programmes. Later that day, while eating our lunch, we heard a radio programme on the station to which he had referred earlier. As he interpreted for us, the announcer was offering petitions to the ancestors and asking for blessings from the ancestors. Our hearts were broken as we realized the desperate need among the Herero people who are receiving a very mixed and biased message. They are a religious people, but they do not have a relationship with the Lord. But the saddest thought, was that most have not even heard the true life-giving Gospel. Pray for the Herero people and that the Lord will draw workers to this area. Ask others to pray for the Herero. To adopt the Herero people for prayer or for more information, please contact

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info

    or forgottenpeoples(at)telkomsa(dot)net for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  8. BIBLE READING SYSTEM IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES — The one-year online Bible reading plan is now completed in English, French, Spanish, German as well as Russian that lets you compare the chapters you are reading with other languages, including Hebrew and Greek.

    You will have your own — * My Daily Prayer Guide * Scripture Memory Program * My Journal – use daily or occasionally * The Love of God – blank sample for one’s own writings * Sermons – 20 sample sermons in English and Russian * Biblical Learning Center – 10 semesters of distance education …plus links to — * God’s Plan For My Life * Read the Bible in One Year * all 5 Gigabytes of materials on the Agape-Biblia website

    You can download this “combo” system free for Windows, Mac or Linux at

    http://www.agape-biblia.org/GetAll-E.htm

    For questions, please write to agape.biblia(at)gmail(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  9. CALLED OVERSEAS? CALLED TO WORK IN A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL SETTING? — Logos International School in Phnom Penh Cambodia is a growing ministry to locals and international students. They are currently looking for a great administrator, a librarian, a K-12 music teacher, and a middle school/high school science/math teacher. Drop an email to principal Dan at heindanny(at)gmail(dot)com if you are interested. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO ENCOURAGE — We are so grateful for those who take initiative to encourage us with a financial gift to help with our expenses and spur us on toward the future. We are supported missionaries, serving with Team Expansion, based in Louisville, KY. We appreciate the funding for our ministry, which also includes, for Brigada, expenses in webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. This past week, we rec’d a $25 from a booster in Arkansas. (Thanks!)

  11. PARTICIPATE IN A SURVEY RE: CRISES — Here’s a request from a missions researcher, hoping to learn more about crises experienced by those in ministry. He and his colleagues hope to use the information to help organizations and churches better prepare their ministers & missionaries. Here is the link to the survey:

    http://www.eiu.edu/~cats/robinsonMillsSurvey/survey.php

    Anyone who has served in any type of international or home missions work (fulltime or part-time) can take the survey. You have until Nov. 1st to do so.


  12. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Want to help? Just click to:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card. Or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER — I’m convinced. This morning, my home church did a special “missions fair” and, as a part of the program, we asked the church to embrace the “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus”. The church let me have the main Sunday morning sermon slot to make the proposal. By the end of the morning, in a church of 700, we saw 445 booklets ordered for the Sept. – Oct. 12 thrust.

    It gives me pause, frankly.

    If our church is representative of countless other congregations across the land, then there is tremendous untapped potential . . . church members waiting in the wings, willing to lift up just such a cause to the Father of Lights. Sigh. I know I stand on the shoulders of giants, many that have gone before me, asking others to pray. But I can’t help but think . . . surely we can do more to urge prayer for unreached peoples (more than we’re doing right now).

    Ours is only one duck in a very big pond, but here were some of the characteristics of our approach:

    *** We sought permission from our church leadership in advance — Because I’m an elder in the congregation, I guess you could say we found an insider to make the proposal. But the truth is, the elders were extremely supportive of any project like this that involved prayer for the lost. We really didn’t need me… We just needed *someone* passionate for this project. After gaining permission…

    *** We found an affordable, workable plan — Purchased in bulk, the guidebooks for “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” are about $2. Similar books are available for kids. See the entire selection at:

    http://www.30daysprayer.com/muslim/default.htm

    And find other promotional graphic samples at

    http://www.30-days.net/shop/download.htm

    It’s an easy-in, easy-out way to get people involved. One page per day, 30 days … *anyone* can do that. We told our members that a $2 donation was “appreciated but not required.” 445 said yes.

    *** We built “30 Days” into a comprehensive strategy — We made it purposeful. Our Missions Committee explained that after “30 Days”, we would come back with another 30 day prayer emphasis on a specific land, yet to be confirmed. After *that*, we’d come back with one more prayer emphasis during a trip to visit that land, to search out opportunities. Then we’d return to make a proposal to the Missions Committee, who would then make a proposal to the elders of our church. The people in the pew apparently embraced the idea. It just might be the most popular church mobilization project in our congregation’s history… even more so than “40 Days of Purpose.”

    *** We established a strong foundation for the program — The church allowed me the entire Sunday morning sermon time to make the proposal. I was able to speak from the perspective of scriptural imperative, current need, and potentials for response. In short, it gave us enough time to build a case. And the case seems to have been successful.

    Which again leads me to my conclusion — It just feels as if we could and should be doing a whole lot more grass roots prayer mobilization on a church-by-church basis than what we’re doing now.

    [Would you like to comment on this Back-page editorial? Have an opinion? Want to share a story from your own congregation’s experience? Just click to:

    Thanks for pitching in!

20070603 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LET PROJECT MEDSEND EMPOWER YOUR MEDICAL DEGREE
  2. THE GLORY STORY
  3. GUESS WHO STOPPED BY THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEARNING LANGUAGE
  4. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT!
  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER
  6. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH
  8. MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS ONLINE
  9. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH IN BISHKEK SEEKS PASTOR
  10. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THEIR ENCOURAGING GIFTS
  11. EMPOWER YOUR GIVING WITH A VOICE TO THE NATIONS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE THERE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LET PROJECT MEDSEND EMPOWER YOUR MEDICAL DEGREE — Project MedSend serves career medical missionaries by enabling them to get to their fields of service by removing the greatest barrier that causes delay: educational loans. See

    http://www.medsend.org

    for information and links to over 70 mission boards with a MedSend connection.


  2. THE GLORY STORY — When Glory to God (International) launched their online gallery of pictures, to equip missionaries to tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. They received an overwhelming response of mail, some of which called them “White supremacists” and “Nazi’s” A spokesman for The Glory Story said: “Whilst these comments were unnecessary they were valid to a degree, due to the fair skin colour of a lot of the Bible characters.” The artists at The Glory Story, have spent the last 8 weeks making the skin colour of the Bible characters more culturally relevant for missionaries. Check out the whole of the Bible in pictures on this link.

    http://theglorystory.com/html/glory_picture_gallery.htm

    or email Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com


  3. GUESS WHO STOPPED BY THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEARNING LANGUAGE — Remember the worker in North Africa who wrote to ask what phrases one should learn first? Several have stopped by to give lots of good input. And this past week, guess who commented on the LAMP/LEARN approach? :-) The co-author of the book itself! Betty Sue Brewster, always the linguist with her now-deceased spokesperson-husband, Tom Brewster, weighed in with a humble but helpful comment. See it and lots more at the Brigada Brigade discussion:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=8


  4. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT AND ACTUALLY ENJOY IT! — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal. Kingdom Come Training can equip you. They do it with live, interactive video conferencing. They will send you a laptop with professional videoconferencing software. You will join other missionaries in a multipoint session. All you need is a high speed internet connection. No travel costs! Your fee can be covered through a sponsorship project. The goal is to build confidence in communication and relational ministry skills that apply not only to raising support, but to all aspects of ministry. Learn more at

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. GO TO THE NATIONS…AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER — Here’s an exciting and intensive 4-week TESOL course equipping you with effective English teaching techniques, sponsored by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The dates are September 10-October 5 and again October 15-November 9, 2007. Get a certificate upon completion. Find details, application forms, and alternate dates listed on

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  6. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS — In 1954 a pastor preached a sermon entitled, “Steps Leading to Salvation” and distributed his notes. Little did he know that this would give birth to the _Step Up To Life_(tm) evangelistic booklet. Since that time the tract has been translated into 17 different languages and is used worldwide by many different denominations, organizations and everyday “Joe Christians.” More information, teaching materials, free downloads (several thematic English versions and multiple languages), and interactive versions are all available at

    http://www.stepuptolife.com

    Alternatively, e-mail sutlmail(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. LEARN CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH — Do you know of someone who wants to improve in English? Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA is offering a 12-week course from September 17 to December 7, 2007. Classroom teaching plus immersion in an English-speaking international community contribute to a rich learning environment. Get details and application forms on the website at

    http://www.ywampa.org

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


  8. MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS ONLINE — Imagine completing your college degree on the mission field in Asia, while your professors are in Mississippi. That’s now possible, thanks to Belhaven College’s (Jackson, Miss., USA) Virtual Online Education Program. Belhaven’s program is unique among higher education distance learning courses because students also participate in a once-a-week, live, online, two hour webcam class with professors and other students. The Belhaven Virtual Online Program offers a Bachelor of Science in Management and an Associate of Arts. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 classes. For more information, go to

    http://www.belhaven.edu

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


  9. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH IN BISHKEK SEEKS PASTOR — Looking for an opportunity to serve? The International Church in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan serving the expatriate English-speaking community in the capital city seeks a pastor starting Summer, 2008. Previous pastoral experience is required, and previous experience in an international environment is desired. Every Sunday at least 6 countries are represented with theological backgrounds across a wide spectrum. The congregation runs the gamut from baby-Christians to Christian workers. Also included are diplomats, businessmen, tourists and athletes (it’s a rough crowd…). Russian or Kyrgyz language helpful, not required. Contact Robert

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


  10. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THEIR ENCOURAGING GIFTS — We have to thank our Dial-Abroad long distance users, whose long-distance phone conversations enabled Dial-Abroad to send us $213.16 as sponsorship for the last 4 months phone use. Thanks guys! If you have to purchase a long distance service from somebody anyway, why not use Dial-Abroad and recycle free money to Brigada! Just click to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm

    Another anonymous user just sent $180 as encouragement toward the work. Whoa. Thanks! Would you like to empower Brigada to keep on sharing resources and helps for missions, missionaries and those who send? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  11. EMPOWER YOUR GIVING WITH A VOICE TO THE NATIONS — Your gift, whether $25, $250, or $2500, helps Brigada happen. All we need for 2007 is: We already have $3385.25. So only $13,764.75 to go, then we’ll stop mentioning money for the entire remainder of the year. Buy out this item with your sponsorship or donation. Local churches can make special one- time gifts. Just click “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

  12. THE BACKPAGE: ALWAYS REMEMBER WHY YOU’RE THERE — In the mission organization I lead, most of our workers are USA-sent, but we do have a growing batch of awesome peers that have been sent out from other cultures in other nations. Recently, one of those internationally-sent workers — one sent from Zimbabwe — told us about the day someone asked her grandmother, “What was the greatest thing that ever happened in your life?” Her grandmother apparently responded without hesitation, “Simple. That would be the day someone brought Jesus to my people, the Batonga.”

    We live in a day and age when many have attempted, sometimes successfully, to make missionaries look like the bad guys. It seems that negative propaganda is everywhere, spewing out in newspapers, in blogs, and especially on the silver screen. But in the midst of it all, always remember why you’re there: Despite all our cultural norms about inclusivity, diversity, and “they’ll be happier if we just leave them alone,” Jesus’ words still echo into 2007, “Make disciples of all nations.” Maybe it’s not culturally popular. Maybe it doesn’t sound very vogue. Maybe it’s not very easy. But the marching orders still stand. Somehow in this great global adventure that we call life, God, who authored it all, has decided that the highest priority is that He should get glory. We don’t have to understand it. We only need to honor it. And that same God has concluded that He will gain even more glory when members of every people, every race, every color… can all surround His throne and show Him honor. Our 20th-century minds don’t have to understand it. Because He’s creator, we just need to respect it. Ultimately, it appears that people are a lot happier following Him anyway. So always remember — it’s not always about being socially acceptable. It’s about always being eternally unflappable. We’re in this, because He *said* to be in it. And at the end of the day (the very *long* day that we call creation), that’s really all that will matter — His Word.

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