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20011209 Brigada Today

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OPERATION CHINA CD-ROM IS A HIT

GMI has just finished the CD-ROM version of Paul Hattaway’s incredible Operation China. This beautiful daily prayer guide for all the unreached peoples of China features nearly 500 people profiles with maps, along with 700 color photographs, the full content of the 700-page book, all word-searchable. The CD runs on both Mac and Windows and is priced at $29.95. But we’ve negotiated an exclusive pre-publication special offer for Brigada Today readers good through December 31, 2001 from GMI and Piquant. GMI’s special Brigada price of $19.95 plus $5 shipping/handling is available via the Web at www.gmi.org/brigada or by sending email to Lorri <infoatgmidotorg>. Europeans can send orders to Piquant <infoatpiquantdotnet> to get the special Brigada price of £12.95, plus £2.95 shipping/handling in the UK and £4.95 in the rest of Europe. For more information, see www.gmi.org/operationchina.htm or contact GMI at <infoatgmidotorg>; telephone 719-531-3599; or fax: 719-548-7459.</infoatgmidotorg></infoatpiquantdotnet></infoatgmidotorg>

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PAYPAL CAN BE FRUSTRATING

In last week’s _Brigada Today_, we asked for feedback on PayPal (Item 1, “CAUTION: RUMBLES ABOUT PAYPAL”). We received about 10 responses — not many, from nearly 10,000 readers. One reader responded, “I run a small business in the US, and use Paypal regularly. I send/receive well over $50,000 per month, and am VERY happy with the system. It’s quite reliable, and I’ve had little or no problems.” But do read http://www.paypalwarning.com/ for the kind of thing that can happen. One email said that the PayPal VeriSign certificate expired in July 2001. That’s probably not a positive thing. :-) Losses ranged, for some, up into the thousands of dollars. One Brigada participant responded in what was probably a very fair assessment: “I’ve had several complaints with paypal, but I also have had great success. Their response is slow, but they DO respond eventually. And they’ve resolved every issue I’ve had to my satisfaction. I get about 20-30 transactions per day, and have been very happy with it.. Just like credit card systems, there are problems.. But Paypal does a pretty good job of resolving the majority of them.” One thing is for sure — several users reminded us that it’s crazy to try to use PayPal from an overseas location where they don’t do business. (They lock up your account the moment they find out where you’re located.) The bottom line of the whole study is probably this: Keep your PayPal balance low, use PayPal only from areas where they have a presence, and be watchful of every transaction. And … I guess to be on the safe side, if you have any other possible way to do the business you have to do, consider it again. It does indeed appear that Paypal is beginning to show some cracks. Rats. Why is it that the really cool ideas that are also cheap end up being short-lived. What does that tell us about “cheap”? :-) (Thanks to those who responded!)

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DISTANCE LEARNING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES

Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web-based preferred). Does it exist? If so, Justin <jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg> would like to know. He’s part of a traveling team to recruit and train missionaries and he’d love to have the latest to pass along to others. He’ll also compile a report that we can make available as an auto-responder here at Brigada. Thanks!</jaicheleatteamexpansiondotorg>

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CHURCH PLANTING OPPORTUNITY IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Idea Ministries is forming a team to help with an on going project in the Middle East. The dates are May 29 to July 10 2002. The cost $1200 per person (plus airfare). Academic credit is available for students. This is a real cross-cultural opportunity — not a tourist option. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at Tel. (616) 698-8393, email <ideaminatideaministriesdotorg> or Dr. Jim Romaine at Tel. (803) 781-1126, email <jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet>.</jimromaineatearthlinkdotnet></ideaminatideaministriesdotorg>

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SCRIPTURE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

Catch this workshop for Local Ethnic Christian Musicians & Poets from the Greater Vancouver/Lower Mainland, BC (Canada) region in early Feb. 2002. The application deadline is January 20, 2002. For more info contact <gcwacathotmaildotcom> or check out http://www.skybusiness.com/rield/index93.html </gcwacathotmaildotcom>

The event is sponsored by the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center –

http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew

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FREE BIBLE COURSES LEADING TO CERTIFICATES

Grace Notes now has available verse by verse courses in Ruth, Titus, Ephesians, Hosea, And Mark. Other courses are Doctrine (Bible topics), History, and Foundations (the basics of Bible study). The course materials are delivered to you by email. To see course descriptions, and to register, go to the Grace Notes web site at http://64.226.87.51/, or send an email to Warren Doud <wdoudatbgadotcom>.</wdoudatbgadotcom>

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INFO ON “…SPRING BREAK EXPERIENCE (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”

Apologies to those looking for contact information on Item 5 last week, “WHERE ARE YOU GOING SPRING BREAK? (LINGUISTICS COURSE)”. Unfortunately, we clipped it by mistake! Sorry about that. The Spring Break experience is March 11-15 in Tucson. Browse to

http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Total/home.htm for more information. To register contact <larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)826-6028 or <wade_remeratwycliffedotorg>, tel. (520)825-6078.</wade_remeratwycliffedotorg></larry_harrisatwycliffedotorg>

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VIRUSES EVERYWHERE

I’m getting, on average, 10 virus-laden emails per *day* now. It’s definitely a new day for email. I know you don’t need me to tell you this, but get Norton Antivirus 2002. It updates its own data files automatically, every time you’re on line. The day that gone.scr came out, it not only updated virus data files, it installed new filtering process software on my machine and asked me to reboot… all automatically, without me thinking about it. It not only spots viruses and worms coming *in*, but it also keeps them from going *out*. In other words, even if a Melissa-type virus-trojan-worm *does* sneak by, when it starts to send emails to everyone in your address book, Norton intercepts and stops the behavior. So it nips the *spreading* in the bud. This one simple $30 purchase would, single-handedly, make the Internet an incredibly safer place. Get it at your local computer store or at http://www.symantec.com . You don’t need the bigger “System Works”… just the Antivirus software will do. Watch carefully for all the little checkboxes if you use their site. You probably don’t need any mailings whatsoever… nor do you need any additional products to do the job.

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NETWORK SOLUTIONS FORGETS

Tony at <tonyatsoondotorgdotuk> wrote this past week, “If you have a domain registered with Network Solutions, it is reported that allegedly they have not been always sending reminders to domain holders to request renewal payments. Result – lost domain. And there is a po*n company which buys up non-renewed domains of any sort, if they think there will be plenty of inbound links. Go to: </tonyatsoondotorgdotuk>

http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois

and check your renewal date and make a note of it. And note that there are many cheaper domain registrars, and it is easy to transfer to them. (But choose one that others recommend to you as reliable.) And if you have a domain you no longer want, don’t let it lapse, try selling it or passing it on.” (Great input, Tony!) I like www.aitdomains.com .

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS NEEDED

Brian works with a short-term sending missions agency and is looking for resources or even already written Emergency Response Plans. If you already have one — or resources for them — email them to Brian <briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>. He has agreed to compile a report and make it available to all Brigada readers in the future, via an autoresponder here on Brigada.</briansatdeltaministriesdotorg>

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REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE IN JAPAN

Work with a Japanese Church in Hiroshima! Here’s a unique opportunity to work alongside an English speaking Japanese pastor to reach the Japanese for Christ. You would have significant involvement in ministry activities including worship, preaching, and outreach activities. The church is established and has had prior missionary involvement. Married couples with children are preferred but all applicants will be considered. You just have to have a passion for the Japanese lost. Inquire with Mission to Unreached People. Contact Jeff toll-free or via Net2Phone at 888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or click to http://www.mup.org or email <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  >.

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ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies, April 08 to May 31, 2002, on the mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. *Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”: Wk 1- The Religion of Islam (Dale Fagerland); Wk 2- Peoples of Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas); Wk 3- Folk Islam (Dr. Bill Musk). *Course 2: “Approaches to Islam”: Wk 4- Theological Approach (Dr. Ida Glaser); Wk 5- Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall); Wk 6- Practical Approach (TBA). *Course 3: “Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts”: Wk 7- Ministry to Muslim Women (Donna Smith); Wk 8- [Pastoral] Counseling in Ministry to Muslims (Faouzi Arzouni). Brochure available: E-mail <aptsatxcdotorg>. Or call (63)(74) 422-6977. On the Web: http://www.apts.edu . Registration deadline: March 01, 2002.</aptsatxcdotorg>

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Interested in finding ways to better connect to the global partnership movement? Interdev is offering a partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders seeking a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships. The training has been garnered by Interdev in over 16 years of practical hands-on experience, including facilitating the exploration, formation and on-going effective operation of over 70 currently operating partnerships and over 90 currently developing partnerships around the world.

“Kingdom Connections” will be held in Grand Rapids, MI Feb.10-13, 2002. It is being sponsored by Interdev with Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the Interdenominational Fellowship of Mission Agencies (IFMA), Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC), and World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). For registration information, contact <interdev-usatxcdotorg>. Space is limited, so early application is crucial. For those interested in International Kingdom Connection training, please e-mail <trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk>.</trainingatinterdevdotorgdotuk></interdev-usatxcdotorg>

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NEW HELP FOR MISSIONARY LEADERS

Roland Muller’s new book, _Missionary Leadership by Motivation and Communication_ addresses many of the leadership issues that arise when leading teams of volunteer Christian workers drawn from a variety of cultures and denominations. It includes many practical concepts and a wealth of resources, along with original cartoons by Jon Clime. Get it at http://www.rmuller.com .

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TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII

The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  >.

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THE BACK PAGE: RESPONSIBLE EMAILING

Lately, I’ve been noticing that, with the increased volume of email that seemingly everyone is getting these days, I’m more and more appreciating those who can be lovingly concise. :-) So here’s a Christmas wish list — that we would get rid of these 4 “most unwanted” email characteristics:

*** Attachments: In short, lose them. Those which end in .pif, .scr, .vbs, and .exe can ruin our hard drives. And Office extensions can contain macro viruses. If you *do* have to send an attachment, it’s polite to write first to ask permission to send it. And the recipient should have antivirus software.

*** Forwards: We never had to deal with this before the email generation, because nobody wanted to go pay for photocopies. Now it’s too easy to just keep hitting forward after forward after forward, and well-meaning friends leave all those carbon-copied addresses attached. Yikes. When will we learn to in-quote only what is needed. Honestly, I know *many* people who now don’t even download forwarded emails from their POP3 server.

*** Hoaxes: Just when I think we’re starting to be able to recognize hoaxes, another round starts up. Get the Brigada “OPC” protocol so you can spot hoaxes and similar unwarranted emails.

*** Real virus-propagation: I just don’t get it. After Melissa and everything else that has come before and after, why in the world are we still clicking on those attachments!!!??? :-) And when we *do*, why don’t we have antivirus programs with up-to-date virus data definitions. Because then, all our friends have to deal with receiving the brunt of our sloppy computing. Yikes. If these issues were spilling out in the streets, the world would be a very ugly place. As it is, it’s just the information highway that’s getting clogged with wasted virus-worm-spam. If you *must* use Outlook, go to Microsoft’s site and download the fix. Turn off Windows Scripting Host. Engage macro protection in Office. Get Norton. Please. :-)

*** Subscribe/Unsubscribe requests: If you’re part of an automated email list (like Brigada Today), try to be a responsible list member. That means keeping track of how to subscribe and unsubscribe. Some ejournals even include reminders on how to do that… in every issue. Yet literally dozens of subscribers try to prevail upon list-compilers to do their housecleaning for them… to change addresses, or to unsubscribe. Many even become angry when they won’t help. So please… it’s the most basic of all Internet functions. Learn to use the unsubscribe commands of the lists to which you subscribe. Your editors & compilers will love you for it! :-)

Thanks to any and all who can help rid the world of these email problems! :-)

20011118 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) DON’T GIVE UP ON JOSHUA PROJECT II

2) MORE ABOUT THAT NOV. 4TH RALLY IN INDIA

3) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

4) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

5) CORRESPONDENCE GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE COUNTRIES

6) A PLACE TO START TO FIND FILMS

7) STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK

8) THE TALKING BIBLE FOR NON-READERS

9) THE BACKPAGE: HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR THANKSGIVING VACATION?

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) DON’T GIVE UP ON JOSHUA PROJECT II — If you thought they had disappeared, think again. Don’t give up on Joshua Project II. True — their funding is in question . . . but their website is alive and well…

http://www.joshuaproject.net

And they don’t appear to be at *all* ready to give up. :-) Keep up the good work Dan and company!!!

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2) MORE ABOUT THAT NOV. 4TH RALLY IN INDIA — Thanks to Justin, who pointed us to all the more information on the Dalits, that group in India who was reportedly considering converting in mass to Christianity:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&page=search&fto=1739

There are 16 articles, including internal Indian Christian leadership commentary on the event, as well as articles published “before” and “after”. And Justin promised there’d be more to come. (Thanks Justin!)

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3) LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE — Join YWAM Montana for a TESOL course that will certify you through the Australian Qualifications Board as well as give you accreditation through the University of the Nations, Hawaii. The course runs from January 7, 2002 through February 1, 2002. The course instructor is Kim Greig from Australia. Kim has been involved in teaching English since 1994 and has led TESOL courses in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Jordan and Singapore. For information write to Julie Smude, TESOL Coordinator at <tesolatywammtdotorg> or download an application at </tesolatywammtdotorg>

http://www.ywammt.org . You may apply for this course through December 14, 2001.

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4) DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE — Here’s a three-week intensive course designed to teach missionaries how to become students of the culture to which they will go plus give them the practical and theoretical tools needed for strategic ministry in that cross-cultural context. The course moves beyond principles to skill development as the student learns how to discover the structure and organization necessary for successful ministry that already exist within the target culture and then to adapt their plans to these existing systems. The course is taught by Dr. Richard Lewis at the Center for Intercultural Training in NC from Jan. 14-Feb. 1, 2002. For more info email <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or in the USA or via Net2Phone call 800.887.1786 or browse to http://www.cit-online.org . </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

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5) CORRESPONDENCE GUIDELINES FOR SENSITIVE COUNTRIES — Does anyone have a brief list of guidelines to follow when corresponding (email or snail mail) with missionaries in closed/restricted access countries? Lifewater International is looking for suggestions to share with their volunteers and would appreciate tips and or suggestions from organizations and people in the field who have already worked this out. Please contact Trudy at <trudyatlifewaterdotorg> if you can help. Check out http://www.lifewater.org . We’ll ask Lifewater to send us a summary when completed. Thanks. </trudyatlifewaterdotorg>

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6) A PLACE TO START TO FIND FILMS — Okay… So even though http://www.ChristianSpotlight.com

isn’t *exactly* what we were looking for to find old Christian films, at least it’s a start. (See Item #3, “HOW DOES ONE LOCATE EXISTING GOSPEL FILMS?” in the Nov. 16th issue of Brigada Today.) They have reviews of numerous Christian and secular films, both recent and older, with a constantly expanding listing. The site organizers have many contacts in the Christian film industry (and have personally been involved as an organization in Christian film since the 1950s), so you could also drop them an email c/o <spotlightatedendotorg> to explore unanswerables. (Thanks Tim, for your ministry and service!!) You could also search: </spotlightatedendotorg>

http://www.gospelvideos.com

http://www.Christianvideos.org

There you’ll find a search engine feature for video titles. Also try http://www.gospeldirect.com . Thanks Ken!

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7) STUFF YOUR STOCKINGS WITH A FUNNY MISSIONS BOOK — “Siberian Shivers” is a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Siberia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene–whether or not they are headed for cold climes. Here is an entertaining way to get a real eye opener to culture shock issues sure to be faced in any culture. Order Siberian Shivers in time for Christmas! You can read the first story “Uaz Adventure” for free by going to:

http://www.geocities.com/HarrisesInRussia/sibshivers.htm

or order immediately by writing to: <>. Don’t miss the Christmas special: $10 for your first copy; $8 for the second up to infinity! It’s never been cooler.

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8) THE TALKING BIBLE FOR NON-READERS — Folks at Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in Escondido, California are praising God for their success in creating what they dub the world’s first “Talking Bible.” The Talking Bible is the brainchild of ASI’s President, Mark Hoekstra. This patented listening device looks like a Bible, is the size of a Gideon Bible and costs about what people pay for a printed Bible. The Talking Bible has an entire, translated New Testament in a desired language sealed inside. Combining high tech sound programs in the computer with the low tech of the analog cassette makes this revolutionary listening device possible. The first four thousand Talking Bibles have been manufactured in India. The first languages are Tamil and Telegu and are being used in the Adopt-A-Village Bible listening program there. Twenty thousand units are also being manufactured in China. In their enthusiasm for the Talking Bible, ASI is saying that, as a starter, all printed translations of the New Testament should be made available in audio for non-readers as Talking Bibles. They are saying that the ease with which Talking Bibles can be produced and their relatively low cost puts such a goal within reach. ASI is saying that it seems unthinkable that this would not be done when one considers the enormous cost and effort required to translate a New Testament into another language. Dr. Harvey Hoekstra, founder of ASI says, “The advent of the Talking Bible makes doable what was once only a distant dream. The Talking Bible will give non-readers the same opportunity to HEAR God’s Word by listening as anyone has who reads!” For more information check out ASI’s website: http://www.audioscriptures.org or email: <asi-caatxcdotorg>. </asi-caatxcdotorg>

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9) THE BACKPAGE: HOW DID YOU SPEND YOUR THANKSGIVING VACATION? —

[Note: Doug sent the following letter to all Team Expansion workers

on Thanksgiving Day. Here, we’ve changed only the verb tense to

reflect the fact that it’s now history.]

Though Thanksgiving Day is largely celebrated only by those of us from the USA, my impression is that much of the rest of the world at least identifies with it in principle. The idea is simple — to pause at least on Thanksgiving Day, as a nation, to give thanks for the way God has brought us all through hard times. Here in Louisville, Thanksgiving Day struck a very special chord in America’s heart. In the morning paper, one editorial spoke about “the New Normalcy”, referring to a newfound set of values this holiday season. Instead of focusing on glitter, gold, and glitz… the nation’s families were zeroing in on things that maybe matter more… like family, friends, and the value of life itself.

It is said that on that first Thanksgiving Day, a native American named Squanto helped newly-arrived Pilgrims make it through the season. The year was 1621 and Pilgrims were having a pretty tough time making a go of it in this new land. Squanto stepped in, acting as an interpreter, helping piece together a treaty between the Pilgrim settlers and Chief Massasoit. Interestingly enough, historians now tell us that Squanto had been kidnapped by Capt. Thomas Hunt in 1615, lived in England, and returned (1619) to North America with Capt. Thomas Dermer. So within a short space of only 4 years, Squanto had somehow managed to transform the feeling of hurt and betrayal (being kidnapped by one of these new European interlopers) into an unselfish life-risking effort that involved helping the very people who had previously sought to take advantage of him. He taught them to plant, fish, and love the land they had come to pillage. Little did he know that an even sadder fate awaited him in the wings. Just a short time later, while acting as a guide and interpreter on William Bradford’s expedition around Cape Cod, he contracted smallpox and died. In the end, he had paid the ultimate price to assist these pilgrims from another land.

I can think of several lessons after hearing such an awesome story of self-sacrifice. From one perspective, I think of you. You’re a modern-day Squanto. You’re out there putting yourself in harm’s way, leaving friends and family (often most obvious on a day like today), in hopes of helping pilgrims from other lands find new honor in values that they’d never before imagined. We know, from personal experience, that those values are worth living for. In fact, probably we’d be willing to give our very lives for those values. I think about the 8 Christian foreign aid workers recently released from Taliban captors. One of our own team members here in Louisville at Team Expansion knew several of them personally and even stayed over night with one of them on a recent visit to Central Asia. Now *those* 8 Squantos had something to celebrate this Thanksgiving Day, eh?

But I can also think of another perspective. There are those modern-day cross-cultural Squantos that many of us have experienced… those blessed souls who have helped us find local markets and renew our paperwork in the downtown offices. They’ve taught us local language and introduced us to their friends, who in turn have helped us accomplish more than we could have ever hoped to do by ourselves. They’ve paved the way for us … even though at times it has meant suffering for them. They’ve sometimes had to put their own personal career plans on hold. And what about the dozen or so Afghans arrested for helping those 8 Shelter Now aid workers in Kabul? They nearly lost their lives. (Today we give thanks that the latest news is that every single one has found freedom today, thanks largely to the incredible efforts of our men and women in uniform… combined with Northern Alliance freedom fighters.) Down through the years, I’ve given thanks for Squanto-like friends… I remember “Never” and “Amilcar & Charro” in Uruguay, …. “Tanya”, “Vlad”, and “Costia” in Kherson, …. and many many more… all the way up through even the last 24 hours, when a new Squanto is helping us get started in Afghanistan at this very moment.

Finally, there is the most obvious and life-changing Squanto of all — Jesus Christ. He, too, came to our assistance as we tried to learn to navigate the waters of this new land. He taught us a “New Normalcy”… new values, new truth, and a new love . . . .to find new life. Is there any higher purpose? Can you think of any higher values? Can you ever imagine any higher reason to live? The funny thing is that, like Squanto, helping pilgrims ended up costing him his very life. For Squanto, though, it was a tragic ending. But in Jesus’ case, it was an incredibly ironic *beginning*. Satan thought he was doing the ultimate evil terrorist act. What a surprise it must have been … an incredibly shocking surprise… when Jesus raised from the dead. Satan’s work will never be the same. His powers on this planet were forever altered … forever weakened… and in the end, forever destroyed.

The events of September 11th have, for our nation . . . and indeed for a world-full of people with civilized motives . . . galvanized our thoughts and values. If before, we were even tempted to yearn for glitter, gold, and glitz, people *everywhere* now see that it’s all going to perish in the end. It might be later… but it could also be much sooner than anyone thought. Our understanding of our own vulnerability is forever changed. Sales of Bibles and Christian books have skyrocketed. Publishers can’t even keep up. Meanwhile, bicycle manufacturers are backlogged this Christmas with inventories they can’t even imagine. Though terrorists meant this ugly deed for evil, it has instead brought about a) their own undoing, b) our own value-renewal, and c) a near-global awakening in spiritual things.

So… we have a lot to be thankful for. There is no greater love than that of a man willing to lay down his life for his friends. Squanto knew it. His name became a legend. Jesus knew it. In one final act of love, he changed eternal destinies. And today, in my prayers for you and all of those in our global family, I’m going to thank God for our modern-day Squantos… people like you… this very Thanksgiving Day!

Be careful out there. Helping those modern-day pilgrims is risky business… a bit like a jungle!

Doug

PS. Ironically, as I was proof-reading this note on Thanksgiving Day, the Radio City Rockettes came through Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Talk about glitter, gold, and glitz. Okay… so maybe some things never change. :-) Back to reality. :-)

20011104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”)

3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA

5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE

6) WEBWATCH

7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS

8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW”

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED — Interested in learning more about what really happened on Nov. 4th in India? (Had you rec’d the email asking for prayer for all those lower caste folks searching for a new religion?) Read all about it:

http://www.aiccindia.org/

Thanks to Rick Wood of the US Center for the tip on this article. The summary? Well… not as many as the press releases promised… but still… some positive outcomes.

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2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”) — How can you pray effectively for the Muslim world? How can you join some 20 million other Christians doing so? Simple! Pray during Ramadan, 17 November – 16 December 2001. The 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus guides are short, daily, and full of information and prayer items. This 10th anniversary edition is especially relevant to the needs of today. To subscribe to the email edition, just send any email to <30-days-onatlsdotpmbxdotnet> or use the simple secure server at http://www.pmbx.net/subscribe.html . Thanks Ron!

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3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 1 June 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. The purpose of SEAIIS will be to provide and in-depth academic Islamic program each year in the region. It will operate in a city in southern Thailand located one hour north of the Malaysian border and is facilitated by a working committee whose members are from the region of South East Asia and who represent many organizations. The instructors this year will include Sam Solomon, Phil Parshall and many others. There will also be instructors from the region to “localize” the subject matter whenever possible. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. </seaiisatmaildotcom>

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4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 8-26, 2002, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Earn a certificate for around $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/944-0351 x 5694 or contact <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu> or visit www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

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5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE – Want to reach those in SE Asia? Mission to Unreached People is looking for Teacher Trainers with a Masters degree (preferable). For more info., contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or on the web at http://www.mup.org or write <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

And as always, look for more of these kinds of opportunities by joining Brigada-opportunities. It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to

<brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. </brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

That will make you a member of the email conference, where you will be able to sit back and receive occasional announcements about mission needs.

And if you’ve got an opportunity, please subscribe to publish your job option or ministry need, even if you only stay on the conference temporarily. Just join per the above instructions, then once you’ve heard that you’re subscribed (probably about 2 minutes later), email a note to <brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>. You’ll be placing your notice in front of many who are searching for opportunities like yours! When the prospective volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). So go for it! I hope your need will be met *today*! (Apologies to those who try to list job opportunities for specific roles; we just can’t possibly publish all of them.) </brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>

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6) WEBWATCH — Looking for ideas for your agency’s webpage? Check out

http://www.gfa.org . Notice how many things the visitor can do with one click. Look at the clear site navigation, using the bar at the left-hand side. Notice how many different kinds of readers are served… those wanting to sponsor a national, those looking for news, there’s a free book offer, you can read past articles, find out what’s new, even sign up for free web mail! I think the GFA site significantly raises the bar for mission web pages. Great work GFA!!!

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7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS — An excellent source of news about world current affairs (secular and religious) is available from Wycliffe Associates (UK) News Abstracting Service, which provides twice-monthly e-mail news digests to subscribers via Yahoo! To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to one or more of the following:

NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 01)

NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 02)

NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 03)

NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 04)

NewsAbstracts-CIS-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 05)

NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 06)

NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 07)

NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 08)

NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 09)

NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zones 1-9;ZIP file)

NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 11)

To see a description of, for example, the Africa e-mail list, go

to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsAbstracts-Africa . If you

are a member of the list, you will be recognized. If not, you’ll probably have to join first. Great stuff. thanks Alan!

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8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001 — This conference is for Japanese Christians and those ministering to them: to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese, and for 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 include International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and Navigators. For more information e-mail <ushqatjcfndotorg> or go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 . (By the way, if you don’t want to install Japanese, just hit cancel if your browser asks.) </ushqatjcfndotorg>

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9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW” — Have you seen the service at:

http://toolbox.airsecurity.com/ . What a great site. You can quickly click to news sources, US government resources (some of which might be helpful regardless of where you live in the world), travel tools, and even some cool software to keep you “in the know”. Check it out! (Thanks to the Brigada participant who contributed this site… and asked to remain anonymous.)

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20011028 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES

2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE

3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA.

4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS

5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS

6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS

7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN

8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT

9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES — The author of “Today’s All-Star Mission Churches”/Strategies To Help Your Church get Into the Game, would like to offer his book to all Brigada subscribers for $7.50 postage paid (sorry… USA only). Just mail a check payable to UWM to Tom Telford, PO Box 50400, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. I just passed along a copy of this to our church mobilization group in Team Expansion and I’ll have to admit, it’s chocked *full* of ideas. There’s enough in there to keep your church (or your mobilization team) busy for months to come… and help you become more proactive all at the same time. (Those outside the USA might consider asking a friend in the US to order the book then relay it overseas.) Thanks much Tom!!!

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2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE — Have you visited:

http://www.marcpublications.com/

lately??? Whew! What a re-make. And they’re now shipping free to all USA addresses (reasonable rates to those outside the USA too). Plus you can get past MARC newsletters and search big-time through everything on their site. So if you need a book or publication about relief and development… or anything else in categories from “Anthropology” to “Women” (that’s *almost* A to Z :-) ) give it a try.

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3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA. — If you’re quick on your heels and/or if you’re desperate for TESL training, it’s not too late to get in on TESOL at YWAM, Lebanon (Pennsylvania). They’re offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information contact YWAM 717-274-90910 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS — Designed specifically to appeal to children, parents, and educators, the new book, “Window On The World”, is an in-depth look at countries, cultures and people-groups around the world. It’s got great pictures… and would work well as a devotional guide. Order at your nearest Christian bookstore or through Bethany House Publishers by calling 1-800-328-6109 or e-mailing <csatbethanyhousedotcom>. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

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5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS — Ralph Winter has written, “The most powerful and significant story of mission is not that of one who becomes a missionary,” writes Ralph Winter, founder of the U. S. Center for World Mission, “but of someone who founds a new structure for mission that throws almost a thousand missionaries into the most needy corners of the earth. That is not common at all. We want reasons…” Now, Pioneers founder Ted Fletcher will give you reasons. His new book, When God Comes Calling, can be ordered by calling 407-382-6000 or by sending $7.95 plus shipping and handling to PIONEERS, 12343 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32827 USA. U.S. shipping is $2/book, but please contact PIONEERS at <infoatpioneersdotorg> for international shipping rates. </infoatpioneersdotorg>

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6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS — The third Nomads Consultation will be held January 7-11, 2002, in Pasadena, California, co-sponsored by Institute for Nomadic Ministry of the U.S. Center for World Missions, The International Journal for Frontier Mission, and Interdev. This event seeks to look at strategies, networking and a whole lot more. For more information and registration, go to: http://uscwm.org/thegathering or contact Malcolm <nomadatsierrateldotcom> or Brian <brianoconnellatxcdotorg>. </brianoconnellatxcdotorg></nomadatsierrateldotcom>

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7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN — With all the recent events in Afghanistan, there’s a lot of interest in how to help the *people* there. Here’s a tangible way to learn more. An NGO working with Afghan refugees recently produced a 12 minute video featuring the plight of Afghan women. Entitled, “Tears For Afghanistan”, this video was featured at the Global Conference for Women in Dallas recently, and is being made available to interested parties. If you would like to order a copy for your church or prayer group, or would like to make a gift of the video to someone you know who needs to get a better understanding of what women there are going through, you may email <afghanwomenataoldotcom> . The suggested donation for the video is $5.00 US, plus $2.00 US for postage in the US. It is available on VHS in NTSC and PAL. </afghanwomenataoldotcom>

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8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT — Want to learn more on crisis management? Check out the 7 articles at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=642

and the 6 items on Security at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=643

Thanks Justin!

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9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth, June 3 – July 28, 2002. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please email

<>.

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10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL — Females have *always* wanted to know more about how to handle the mail. :-) Well now there’s hope. Fresh from the postal service in the USA, here are some helpful tips. We share them knowing full well that some will say we’re overreacting… because after all, only a *handful* of letters have been determined to have been contaminated with anthrax in recent days in the USA. But hey… some of this stuff is probably common sense for all of us… because it’s a new day. So maybe… it’s not a bad idea to at least take notice. For example, maybe we’re all going to have to start looking at the return address. If the letter is at all lopsided or lumpy in appearance, don’t be so quick to tear it open. Be suspicious. What else should make you suspicious?

*** It’s hand-addressed and has no return address or bears one that you can’t read

*** It’s sealed with excessive amounts of tape

*** It’s marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal” or “confidential”.

*** It has excessive postage.

Now I’m not suggesting we become paranoid… but postal workers are advising all of us… worldwide… to begin realizing that … hey… the mail *can* contain stuff that *shouldn’t* “go through.” So what do we do in those cases? Here are some precautions:

*** Don’t handle it if you suspect at all that it might be contaminated

*** Don’t shake it, bump it, or sniff it

*** Wash your hands thoroughly

*** Notify your local law enforcement authorities.

20011021 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT

2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE

4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO

5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI

6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE

7) FREE “PEOPLE RAISING” FUNDRAISING E-MAIL NEWSLETTER

8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR

9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES

10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) YOUR PRAYERS FOR ZAMBIA SOUGHT — HCF would like you to be part of the Intercessor’s database in Zambia who will be praying for people in the Healthcare field (Nurses, Doctors and all paramedics and their patients) for salvation. A database for intercessors is being developed. For details contact the Chairman, Kedrick <kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm> or <hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom> or ring the Chairman on Cell: 260-96-788463. </hcfzambiaatyahoodotcom></kedsikaonaatzamteldotzm>

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2) GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST — Make plans now to come to Budapest for a time of instruction, practical training, and spiritual renewal within the context of genuine Christian fellowship. Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. If you are looking to further your education (earn an MA without leaving Europe!), gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk, come to Budapest. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7-18, 2002 and perhaps there’s still time for you to get in on that class… however… if you’re interested, you’d better inquire *immediately*. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail <jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>. </jkmitchellatcompuservedotcom>

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3) TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE — In the light of recent tragic events insure your domestic and/or international trip against everything from luggage that never arrives to planes that never leave. Coverage is for trip cancellation, interruption, delay, lost baggage, medical evacuation, flight accident, medical, 24hour AD&D coverage. Apply online at http://www.onlinetripinsurance.com . For international health insurance contact <jeffatgninsurancedotcom> or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com . </jeffatgninsurancedotcom>

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4) ARISE SHINE MOROCCO – Efforts are well underway to launch Arise Shine Morocco (ASM), an International Year of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples in 2002. Volunteer coordinators and translators are still needed. A website is now up and running in five languages. Full-color English-language brochures are available for mass distribution. A nearly hour-long ASM Resource Video containing seven short videos about Morocco and its peoples including one for children has been produced in both NTSC and PAL formats. The 64-page “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide is now available. Bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information or to order materials please go to the ASM website at:

http://www.interum.org/ASM or email ASM at: <asmatinterumdotorg> . </asmatinterumdotorg>

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5) TESOL SCHOOL U. OF N. KONA, HI — The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages )will be held at the University of the Nations – Kona beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

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6) THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE — Living in Europe and no time to travel to the US for continued education? Here’s your chance to get 1 Course in 2 Weeks for 3 Credit Hours. Here’s a Graduate level two-week intensive course on “World Church Growth” taught in English!

Where: German Branch of Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions at Korntal (near Stuttgart, Germany)

When: January 7 – 18, 2002

What: MIS 6080 World Church Growth with Dr. Craig Ott (Dean at Korntal, 18 years experience as a cross-cultural church planter)

Cost: EUR375 for the three semester hour course; Room and Board: EUR124 per week. For further information contact Mrs. Carmen Crouse <ccrouseataemdotde>. </ccrouseataemdotde>

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7) 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/email.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>. </billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

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8) SHORT-TERM MINISTRY SEMINAR — Registrations are now being accepted for the 5th Annual Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by COMMIT Ministries and Gateway Mission Training Center, April 25-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii. This is a 3-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting-edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. The seminar will be held in the Penthouse at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; cost is only $199 which includes materials and tuition. Other short-term ministry resources will be made available including an on-site interactive training tool that has been tested and proven in the field as well as a privately published team leaders debriefing manual. A special 3 night and meal package is available at a cost of $199 (double occupancy) and low cost airfare is available through COMMIT Ministries Travel. Contact Greg or Ray for registration materials or more information by e-mail: <commitatjunodotcom>. </commitatjunodotcom>

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9) MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONARIES — Global Mission Medical Insurance SM is designed for individuals or families not covered by an international group medical plan. Coverage is worldwide for non-US. Citizens and for U.S. Citizens serving outside the USA (excepting furlough periods). GMMI SM includes a (US) $5,000,000 lifetime maximum with a full range of benefits and deductible choices. Also, group medical insurance is available for as few as 2 units through Mission Plus (MP+). To obtain additional information, please send an email message to Adams & Associates International SM at <aaiataaintldotcom>. Adams & Associates International SM is an independent insurance agency specializing in missionary insurance, exclusively since 1980. </aaiataaintldotcom>

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10) THE BACK PAGE: EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS — Is your organization like ours? We see press releases about how important it is to do emergency response planning… so then we draw something up… but then years pass without its use… and everything gets out of date. If the events of Sept. 11th have taught us anything, they’ve taught us to be prepared for disasters beyond our imagination. No one in the FAA or FBI imagined the evil that could be carried out against the civilized world… until they saw it unfolding on their own office televisions. I guess… it’s time we dusted off those emergency response procedure instruction manuals again, eh? For us in Team Expansion, we’re going back to basics with simple stuff. We’ve had written instructions for all our teams now for 15 years… but few have actually implemented them. We don’t have fingerprint cards… or even data cards completed on every worker yet. But we’re about to re-start with new energy. My hunch is… there are many others feeling the same burden these days. May God grant us all mercy as we cautiously proceed forward.

20011007 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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GUIDEBOOK TO THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

book Short-term mission trips are just that–short-term. So instead of spending most of their time on the field trying to figure things out, if participants go prepared, they can be free to focus on their ministry. Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled is a good resource for preparing short-termers. Filled with practical tips and down-to-earth biblical wisdom, this 100-page workbook is an in-depth discipleship tool preparing participants’ hearts and attitudes for the experience ahead of them. Reasonably priced at $8.00, Guidebook to the Road Less Traveled may be the resource you’ve been looking for. For more information look at http://www.wycliffe.org/short-term/guidebook/home.htm or call Kyle at 407-852-3660, or email kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg  (kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg)  .
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FREE CARTOONS AND PICTURES

comic bear Now you can receive regular free cartoons and pictures, ideal for overheads, teaching, sermons and evangelism. For more information, contact Peter at the following email address or sign up for Pictures With A Message list (click petermillatlineonedotnet  (petermillatlineonedotnet)   type SUBSCRIBE in the subject bar and send). All free cartoons and pictures are black and white line art, and are sent as small email attachments to reduce download time. The organizer tries to send out one cartoon or picture per week. Click to http://picturemaker.safeshopper.com for archives.
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GRADUATE SEMINARY TRAINING IN BUDAPEST

graduation cap Columbia International University, invites you to its new graduate-level educational extension site in Budapest, Hungary. You can further your education, earn an MA, gain ministry skills, and develop your spiritual walk — all without leaving Europe. In just 2 weeks, you’ll earn 3 semester credits toward a master’s degree. The initial intensive class will be held January 7- 18, 2002. Dr. Doug McConnell, the international director of Pioneers International, will be teaching “Foundations of Leadership”. For more information and an application e-mail jmitchellatpioneersdotcom  (jmitchellatpioneersdotcom)  . There is limited space available, so early application is encouraged. If possible, apply by November 1.
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UPDATE ON HUMANITARIAN WORKERS IN AFGHANISTAN

Several have asked about the Shelter Now folks in Afghanistan. Apparently, their lawyer visited Kabul yesterday, but was not able to see the judge, or even speak with him. A man with the protocol department reportedly told the lawyer that everyone in the court was busy, and now not concerned with the case. In addition, these 8 friends have also been moved to a different location, described more “like a dungeon”. If you haven’t already prayed for these folks, now would be a good time.
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WANT MORE INFO ON MILITARY COMPARISONS?

If your interest was whetted by the piece on using military terminology “LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS“, you can read the whole report at: http://globalmission.org/canada/ (Thanks Geoff!)
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SPECIAL PREPUBLICATION OFFER FOR BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS

book Eddie and Alice Smith have written a new 206 page, 12-lesson, interactive book for individual or group study entitled: “Drawing Closer To God’s Heart”. This practical, non-religious guide to understanding prayer can be used by anyone regardless of where they are on their journey of faith. The release date is October 15th. Brigada subscribers save $3 by placing your order before November 15th. For information or to order, visit: http://usprayercenter.org/DCSpecial.html or call 713-466-4009.
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TESOL COURSE

graduation cap YWAM, Lebanon is offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information call 717-274-90910 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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WORLD CHRISTIAN ISSUE ON TENTMAKING

The latest issue of World Christian addresses tentmaking and its role in the missions spectrum is now available. Dave English from Global Opportunities describes how the Apostle Paul’s strategy is essential for missions in the 21st century. Teri McCarthy from International Institute for Christian Studies issues a call for academic tentmakers and shares her experience as a teacher in Russia. Brigada members can subscribe for $12US ($19.95 to international addresses) by emailing winpress7ataoldotcom  (winpress7ataoldotcom)   with their address to be billed or pay by credit card by calling 888-524-5070 or 708-524-5070.
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MISSION TO MUSLIMS IN MOSQUE DESPITE CURRENT CRISIS

How do they do that? The answer is ‘Through Meetings for Better Understanding.’ (MBU) And it works! The pioneer of the method, a Egyptian Christian, says that several Muslims have become Christians through those gatherings. They can take place alternatively in a mosque, church, or a small group. A day after the bombs started falling on Afghanistan a previously planned MBU on the subject of war took place peacefully in a mosque in the UK. A Muslim and a Christian leader spoke for 30 minutes each on what their books say regarding the subject. This was followed by 30 minutes question time. MBU’s are not debates where each others faiths are publicly attacked. Neither are they dialogues with the goal to compromise the message. Each side simply presents its view on theological and social topics. Of course, the Christians have a tremendous advantage because the word of God is sharper than a two edged sword…(Heb. 4:12) In the time of fellowship that follows relationships are built and so the witness goes on and on. For more information and practical help on how to set up those meetings in your area contact administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk  (administratoratbiblicalchristianitydotfreeservedotcodotuk)  . Their web site, http://www.biblicalchristianity.freeserve.co.uk offers helpful articles on explaining the Gospel to Muslims and those of other faiths.

20010916 Brigada Today

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PEOPLETEAMS KEEPS ON GROWING

People Teams PeopleTeams now has 402 total websites! 220 websites are actually hosted by PT, 162 sites are links and 20 sites were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a presence. They are averaging about 280,000 to 310,000 hits every month. Here’s a list of their top ten (busiest) websites for August 2001. http://www.peopleteams.org

Path to Directory Hits Visitor Sessions
1 Miao 8,880 1,171
2 Biwap 5,456 841
3 Palestinians 8,049 816
4 Yarsi 3,153 777
5 Batangas 14,080 715
6 mixteco 6,724 713
7 Ukrainians 6,120 651
8 Czestochowa 7,880 629
9 Extremaduran 9,471 590
10 Scots 5,795 549

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“LÁMPARA” FOR THEIR FEET

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and Spain is the European country with the fewest number of evangelical believers. Now, an evangelistic web page has been launched at http://www.lamparaes.com with the theme “Practical Wisdom” targeting the unchurched in Spain. “Lámpara Es” is the Spanish translation of the opening phrase of Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a LAMP unto my feet…” Gregg infoatlamparaesdotcom  (infoatlamparaesdotcom)   describes the site as “pre-evangelistic” and is part of the larger strategy of the Spanish organization “Evangelismo En Accion”, which has a 27-year history of church planting in Spain. EEA’s home page http://www.evangelismoenaccion.com is in Spanish and English.
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FREE EMAIL THAT SUPPORTS MISSIONS IN ASIA

letter and ligntening bolt Gospel for Asia is pleased to announce it’s free online email account! This service is similar to Hotmail and provides key features such as email forwarding, pop email check, spam filters and more. By signing up for your youatmygfadotorg  (youatmygfadotorg)   email account, you will help spread the word about what God is doing in Asia through the ministry of Gospel for Asia. To sign up, simply log onto http://webmail.mygfa.org and click on the “new user signup” near the top of page. For more information, please contact GFA’s Web Staff webservantatgfadotorg  (webservantatgfadotorg)   or call 800-WIN-ASIA and ask for the web department.
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DISCOUNTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR UPGRADES TO LOGOS SERIES X

Logos Research Systems, Inc. is currently offering discounts on their new line of software to registered users. This software (Series X) is a brand new product, not just a simple update. Take your entire library with you on CD-ROMs that don’t weigh a thing, that don’t mold and mildew, and are completely portable. The top of the line package New Scholar’s Library Series X has over 230 titles in it representing about a $5,000.00 library for pennies on the dollar. For more info. visit: http://www.logos.com/products/ldls/upgradeletter.asp or call 800-875-6467 / 360-679-6575 or email salesatlogosdotcom  (salesatlogosdotcom)  .
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INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED TESOL TRAINING

graduation cap International Training Network, based in Bournemouth, England is Europe’s only Christian TEFL/TESOL training centre working with on of the two internationally recognized examining boards, Trinity College London. The course lasts for five weeks and is very intensive. There are seven courses each year in the UK. Over 800 Christians have been through this training and many are now serving all around the world. Over 25% have come to the UK from other nations to get this training. Teaching English is the greatest mission opportunity that exists. This qualification opens up the world for service. For more information contact lenatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk  (lenatinternational-training-networkdotorgdotuk)   or visit www.internationaltraining.net Tel: +44 (0)1202 789089
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GET YOUR GUIDE TO THE HEART OF GOD

book “Until The Whole World knows” is an informal but surprisingly intense 8 week guided interactive journey that explores the missionary heart of God. The author’s goal is to mobilize a generation to live missionary in purpose and strategic in placement wherever the Lord of the harvest plants them: in the marketplace, in the home, and around the world. Details, ordering information, and reviews from field tests are available at http://www.onewholeworld.com/resources.php or by emailing the author directly at aliciaatonewholeworlddotcom  (aliciaatonewholeworlddotcom)  . Graphically, the book will capture your attention and engage your heart and mind. 120 pages, perfect bound. $12.00 USD on-line.
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LET’S WATCH OUR METAPHORS

Last year at Fuller Seminary, a relatively small group of missions leaders helped us all to be more precise and, well, Christian in our communications. This is not “bleeding hearts” stuff to be ignored. Do these words look familiar: “target,” “conquer,” “army,” “crusade,” “mobilize,” “beachhead,” “advance,” “enemy,” and “battle?” Given the events of the past month and watching world leaders try and stumble, it seems timely to resurrect such reminders. Here are some of their conclusions:

  1. Metaphors are potent in shaping thought and compelling action. “Warfare” metaphors and terminology have been misused in Christian mission communications.
  2. People are responding to the call to glorify God among the nations, follow Christ into servanthood and sacrifice, and lift up the downtrodden to a life of great purpose and meaning. These are themes around which we need to develop metaphors to summon God’s people to God’s mission.
  3. The new dynamics of globalization and instant global electronic information technologies are rapidly changing the context of our communication. The world will read or hear whatever we say. The group closed by summarizing, “We desire to honor God and glorify Him as we engage in communicating His love to the peoples of the earth. Where reflection on our words has revealed less than Christlike attitudes or circumstances where we have unintentionally hurt others, we are eager to repent, apologize, and do better.”

We’ll try to follow their recommendations here — and suggest others do also.

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WEBWATCH: HAVE A LOOK AT “POWER TO CHANGE”

WebWatch If you have access to the web, have a look at http://www.powertochange.com. And if someone you know (near or far) still haven’t accepted him, maybe this page will speak in a way your friend has never heard. Great testimonies. Great website. (Thanks Wes!)
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PRAYER FOR MISSIONS

letter and ligntening bolt If you would like to receive a weekly prayer email with 4-5 current mission prayer requests, send a message to Mert mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)   with “subscribe prayer-poem” in the subject line or in the content. List members are the source of the prayer requests, so missionary newsletters from those serving among unreached and underevangelized peoples are welcome. Each email also includes a recent poem or parable written by the editor of the list or by someone who has submitted a good poem. Archives of the list may be found at http://lists.everybody.org/archives/public/prayer-poem/.
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20010805 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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SIXTH ANNUAL MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE

calendar Online registration is available now for the sixth annual medical mission conference to be held November 2-3, 2001, in Louisville, Kentucky. Featured at the conference are two full days of lectures with over 80 workshops; 50-75 mission agencies and more than 1200 participants! There is something for everyone! From student to career professional; from short-term worker to career missionary; from domestic to international missionary — a workshop is available for every profession in the health care field. With so much information to disseminate, the best way to receive all of the details is to visit the web page: http://www.medicalmissions.com
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SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

graduation cap Twenty of these biblically- based workshops for anyone involved in missions now have openings. These five-day interactive workshops will be held in CO, CA, NC, and FL, as well as in Burkina Faso, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Japan, Mexico, Niger, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. If you are interested in participating in one of these, go to the International Training Partners Web site at http://www.RelationshipSkills.com. There you will find a description of the workshop, dates, locations, sponsoring organizations, and persons to contact. New workshops are added to the list regularly. For questions or to sponsor a workshop for your organization, contact Dr. Ken Williams at itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  
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DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING

graduation cap A Crossroads Discipleship Training School is offered at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA. USA October 25, 2001 to January 11, 2002 with an 8 week outreach immediately following. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,595.00 USD plus a $35.00 registration fee, $50.00 per couple. The outreach has an additional cost of approximately $2,000.00 USD per person. For more information contact: Youth With A Mission,1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153 0r 717-274-9010. e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  
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ORDER “SEND ME!”

book Now you can order Send Me! Your Journey to the Nations, by Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor, for half-price in case lots of 38 copies for just $4.00/copy + UPS Shipping Charges ($7.16 to $20.75 per case to USA addresses). That’s a 50% Discount off the normal single copy price is $8/copy!! Your cost per case lot of 38 is just $152!! They can ship within 24 hours of the receipt of your order by return e- mail. Order as many case lots as you wish. Prices will never be better. There is no need to send payment now. An invoice will be mailed to you.
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CHRISTIAN MICRO-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

An MBA candidate wishes for respondents to a survey to help complete the degree’s requirements. The eventual purpose is to help third world peoples to help themselves, especially those who lose their jobs after becoming a Christian. Please request the survey by emailing: directcreationsathotmaildotcom  (directcreationsathotmaildotcom)  . “Thank you, in advance!”, from Michael Barbee 219-769-8147
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JOURNAL OF ASIAN MISSION

book This is a joint effort of 8 evangelical seminaries in the Philippines, all of them are part of Asia Graduate School of Theology (a consortium of the seminaries offering post- graduate programs). Launched three years ago, this publication has becomes a premier mission journal published in Asia in English. This academic journal provides a forum for those who are working toward the evangelization of Asia. The full texts are found at www.apts.edu/jam, and it is free of charge, although the subscription rates for printed copies are moderate: P200 (Philippines); US$10.00 (Asia excluding Australia and New Zealand); and US$15.00 (elsewhere). Sample copies can be requested from the editor’s office: Wonsuk Ma, P.O. Box 377, Baguio City 2600, Philippines, or email wonsukmaatinamedotcom  (wonsukmaatinamedotcom)  .
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TESOL PLUS TAYLOR MADE!

A TESOL course is offered at Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, PA USA, September 24, 2001 to October 19, 2001. This intensive and highly academic course qualifies the graduate to teach English as a second language to most countries of the world. In addition to a certificate, a graduate receives:

  • The ability and self confidence to teach the fundamentals of conversational English
  • A job skill that opens doors too hard to enter countries
  • A way to reach people with whom you are already working
  • A way to meet real needs of Internationals

If you feel this skill would enhance your effectiveness on the mission field or at home, please contact: youth With A Mission, 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042. USA. Phone: 717-272-3153 or 717-274-9010. or email davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .

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MARY POPPINS, WHERE ARE YOU?

Are you (or do you know) a mature, Christian woman who would like to volunteer to be a “nanny” for a stressed out and overly busy mission family? Many such families need some help with their kids and other domestic chores. Anywhere from six weeks to a year or even more would be a great blessing. A ministry named “Mission Nannys” has appeared to help fill that need. Mission Nannys matches requests from missionaries for domestic help and nannies with those women who would like to help. More at http://MissionNannys.org, or email Betty at bettyatmissionnannysdotorg  (bettyatmissionnannysdotorg)  .
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LOOKING FOR A GREAT WAY TO SHARE YOUR PICTURES ONLINE?

Try clicking over to… http://www.clubphoto.com Its creators have brought together seemingly the best collection of tools — for computers and palmtops — for seemingly the greatest price: free! That’s right. . . you can upload your images and view them on the web for free. Invite others to view them too, we understand. Membership is free, apparently, though you’ll sure be tempted to buy all the special items for sale with your pictures pasted on them! (Mugs, shirts, etc.) This would be a great way for on-field workers to share photos with folks back home . . . yet they wouldn’t have to put together a whole website. Check it out!
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010708 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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TESOL IN THE MIDDLE EAST

graduation cap A TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training program will be held in Jerusalem this September. This one-month training course could give you the tools you need for TESL worldwide. When: September 3th – 28th, 2001, Where: Jerusalem, Israel, For more information contact Porter TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  
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MISSIONS MARRIAGES

WebWatch Former missionaries with Marriage Ministries International, Bill and Carol O’Hara have developed a website Missions And Marriages aimed at encouraging the marriage relationship of missionaries.Topics include dealing with financial pressure, having to “look good”, the pressure to produce results, being open and transparent with nationals, being accountable to someone, and forgiveness issues. They’re also willing to send you a free copy of their booklet “Eyes of Faith”, available in English and Spanish (whiles supplies last). Check out their site at http://www.missionsandmarriages.org/ or email them at infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg  (infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg)   And by the way, your suggestions are welcome!
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MISSIONARIES TOUGH IT OUT

WebWatch Missionaries face unique pressures in their marriage. Former missionaries with Marriage Ministries International, Bill and Carol O’Hara have developed a website Missions And Marriages aimed at encouraging the marriage relationship of missionaries.Topics include dealing with financial pressure, having to “look good”, the pressure to produce results, being open and transparent with nationals, being accountable to someone, and forgiveness issues. They’re also willing to send you a free copy of their booklet “Eyes of Faith”, available in English and Spanish (whiles supplies last). Check out their site at http://www.missionsandmarriages.org/ or email them at infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg  (infoatmissionsandmarriagesdotorg)   And by the way, your suggestions are welcome!
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LAUSANNE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCHERS CONFERENCE

calendar Christian researchers from many countries and denominations are planning to gather in Chiang Mai, Thailand, September 4-8, 2001. The Third Lausanne International Researchers Conference will focus on the application of research for strengthening the church and for better strategic planning by church leaders. For more information contact: Christian Research Association, Vision Building, 4 Footscray Road, Eltham, London SE9 2TZ, United Kingdom e-mail adminatchristian-researchdotorgdotuk  (adminatchristian-researchdotorgdotuk)  , website http://www.christian-research.org.uk.
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RECEIVE MISSION NEWS FAST . . . WHEN IT HAPPENS!

Download the new “Macedonian Call Interactive” and have fresh, up-to-date mission news and screensaver photos delivered directly to your personal computer for free! The next time you log on to the Internet and a report matching your specified interests is available, you will notify you with a flashing icon at the bottom of your screen! Simply click on the icon and view the report . . . hot off the press! Visit the Macedonian Call Interactive download site http://proxy.christianaid.org/mci/ and begin the installation process.
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A DTS FOR SINGLES & FAMILIES

graduation cap Have you wanted to go to a Discipleship Training School with your family, but were not able to find a place where there was room and a program you desired? YWAM, Lebanon, PA is the place for you. School begins October 25, 2001 to January 11, 2002. An 8 week outreach follows the lecture phase. For costs of singles and families, contact YWAM, 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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TEE RESOURCE CENTRE

“TEE” stands for… Theological Education by Extension. Based at All Nations Christian College, their main aim is to collect and maintain a database of information about TEE providers and TEE courses worldwide. They can be a source for researchers, and facilitate an exchange of ideas for people setting up or modifying such courses. No need to “re-invent the wheel”! They currently have information on some 100 TEE providers and over 1,000 courses listed. If you can help enlarge the database, or would like more information about TEE courses (be specific) please email for further details on teeatallnationsdotacdotuk  (teeatallnationsdotacdotuk)  .
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FIND A [BRIGADA] OPPORTUNITY… LIKE TEACHING IN CHINA

Brigada Logo Got a missions opportunity? Want one? Have we got the spot for you! And best of all… it’s free! For example, suppose you’re like David and Vicky and you need 8 English Teachers in China. Here’s what I’ll tell them: Just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesatyahoogroupsdotcom)  . You don’t even have to join. Your email will automatically float into the conference even though you’re not subscribed! That way, you get to place your notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the options! When the prospective applicant hits reply to ask for information, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). Those who want to see these opportunities need only send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)  . Then sit back and read the mail… and maybe see your future! :-) Oh… and by the way, if you’re interested in teaching in China, no experience needed, September 1, 2001-June 30, 2001 (with full airfare reimbursed for 9 month commitment, medical, room, meals, internet, holidays and travel bonus, plus a stipend of the equivalent of $200 USD per month) see the webpage at www.sias.net.cn. To learn more about this and other options, have a look at Brigada-Opportunities!
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MIDDLE EAST CEED SEMINAR

graduation cap A three-week CEED seminar is being planned for November 2001 in Israel! The goal of the CEED Seminar is to equip persons who are called to serve through the vehicle of business.

For More Information: Web: http://www.ceed-middleeast.org
E-Mail: infoatceed-middleeastdotorg  (infoatceed-middleeastdotorg)  

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ARISE SHINE MOROCCO

Efforts are well underway to launch Arise Shine Morocco (ASM), an International Year of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples in 2002. Volunteer coordinators and translators are still needed. A website is now up and running. Full-color English-language brochures are available for mass distribution. A nearly hour-long ASM Resource Video containing seven short videos about Morocco and its peoples including one for children has been produced in both NTSC and PAL formats. A “52 Weeks of Prayer for Morocco and Its Peoples” prayer guide will be published this fall. Bulk orders should be placed as soon as possible. For more information or to order materials please go to the ASM website at: http://www.interum.org/ASM or email ASM at: ASMatinterumdotorg  (ASMatinterumdotorg)  .
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TRACKIN’ THE TREK

www.urbana.org is Trackin’ the Trek. The Global Urban Trek is an InterVarsity Christian Fellowship sponsored urban mission to various megacities around the world. Students are applying their fields of study to urban transformation as they share the Gospel with the poorest of the poor and consider a lifelong calling to urban ministry. Several times a week, from June 1 through the end of July, urbana.org is providing up-to-date student journal entries, photos, prayer requests, and articles. Viewers can see life in the garbage heaps of Manila, the slums of Nairobi, and the streets of Cairo through the eyes of students. They can learn about labor practices in Calcutta, micro-enterprise development in Bangkok, and ministry to street kids in Mexico City. Log on to http://www.urbana.org/feat.trek.cfm to Track The Trek.
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HONDURAS VISION TRIP FOR LEADERS IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

A team of North American leaders in children’s ministry will journey to Honduras in February of 2002. You might be one of them! The purpose of the vision trip is to ignite or refresh children’s ministry leaders’ vision for the world and equip them to impart that vision to others, especially the kids they lead. Honduras has been identified as the location for the vision trip because of pronounced needs of children and families in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. If you are interested in knowing more about Christian education and service in a cross-cultural context, please send an email to VisionTripatThroughtheBibledotcom  (VisionTripatThroughtheBibledotcom)  . Details of this ministry opportunity will then be sent to you by the end of July. This vision trip is being sponsored by World Concern, World Servants, Through the Bible Publishers, and Restoration Evangelical Church in Honduras. Please inquire or forward this announcement to leaders in children’s ministry that you know.
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EASY SECURE COMMUNICATIONS FOR MISSIONARIES

The FusionPage product makes it easy for anyone to have a great way to communicate, keep supporters up-to-date, and have a private web presence. The FusionPage integrated solution features: Public Web Page Presence, Secure Encrypted Web 2 Web Email, Secure Intranet and Private Web Page, Built-in HTML Editor to build pages, FusionPage Store/E Commerce and donation, News and announcements, Interactive Calendaring, Photograph Galleries, Streaming Video and Audio, Maps area, Virtual File Cabinet (store files or documents for quick access), Discussion Forums and collaborative group interaction, Collaborative interactive mail for projects, all encrypted. Get more information here https://fusionpage.net/?refid=scottringo.com
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WYCLIFFE’S CHURCH TRIPS

Many churches are looking for a way to expand their ministry beyond their doorstep, their community, even their country. On a Vision trip with Wycliffe, a group from a church can reach people around the world with the hope of God’s Word. Each trip is an in-depth cultural experience including visits with local churches and believers, ministry opportunities such as Scripture distribution or assisting translators at work, and a short orientation to linguistics, local culture and overseas living. Participants’ worldview will be changed as they play a part in providing God’s Word to those without it. For more information look at, http://www.wycliffe.org/visiontrips/ ,call 407-852-3600 or e-mail kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg  (kyle_fairclothatwycliffedotorg)  .
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MINISTRY IN THE RUSSIAN-SPEAKING WORLD…

Robert and his daughter, Heidi, recently graduated from Russian Language Ministries housed at Columbia International University in the sunny palmetto state. They attended partially on the recommendation from an earlier edition of Brigada Today! He writes that “they have 50/50 balance of native speakers and American teachers: the first group so you speak correctly, and the second so you can understand how to speak correctly! There is an excellent cultural component to the training.” He served for two years in the former Soviet Union actively studying language, and because the folks at R.L.M. understand how English-speakers think, they were able to surpass all he learned in the first six weeks. He writes, “Russian grammar is incredibly complex, and the folks at R.L.M. make it accessible. I can return to the Russian-speaking world with both linguistic and cultural confidence that I didn’t have before.” Hail the good folks at R.L.M. at 800-799-7976 or 803-333-9119 or rlmofficeatjunodotcom  (rlmofficeatjunodotcom)   or on the web at: http://www.russianlanguage.org. Before going to Russia, go to R.L.M.!!
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010701 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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ICTA AT WORK

ICTA logo Wherever you see something new, high tech, and missions oriented, it won’t be long before you learn that “ICTA”, headed up by Pete Holzmann, had some kind of input. Sure enough, they’re heavily involved in making inputs into the Joshua Project II operation. Dan Scribner wrote, ” ICTA has provided office space, office expenses and support assistance to the Joshua Project II effort for which we are most grateful.” Thanks Pete and the ICTA crew! Learn more about ICTA at: http://www.icta.net
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IMPACT YOUR WORLD FOR GOD

graduation cap A Crossroads Discipleship Training School is being offered at YWAM Lebanon, PA USA October 24, 2001, to January 11, 2002. An eight week outreach will follow the lecture phase. For more information and costs, contact YWAM 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA USA or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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LUKE’S GOSPEL LEXICON FOR FREE

Hats off to Wycliffe Associates Easy English department, which has just put Luke’s Gospel at both lexicon levels (1200 and 2800 words) onto their website: http://easyenglishWorld.com.
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TESOL COURSE

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA is again offering a four week TESOL course beginning September 23 and ending October 19, 2001. The cost: $950.00 USD plus a $35.00 registration fee. For information on curriculum or an application contact YWAM 1275 Birch Rd, Lebanon, PA 17042 USA, or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY DE-BRIEFING QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CHURCHES

Former missionary Walter Sanchez has designed a questionnaire that home churches can use to interview and evaluate their missionaries when they return home. It is a useful tool to determine what type of care the missionary might need right away, and if further ministry should be recommended or delayed. What’s more… for the Brigada family, he’s agreed to make it available for free! To get your own peek at it, click on over to: http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/5645 And by the way, Walter has agreed in advance to let you adapt it for your own use. (Thanks Walter and crew!)
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REQUESTING INFO ON TRAINING TESL MENTORS/HOSTS

Sojourners Ministries is seeking training papers for its membership, both those who participate as Hospitality Partners and as English as a Second Language (ESL) mentors. The follow URL will help explain the project’s purpose, topics, and examples: http://www.sojourners.cc/emp/writingop.html If you have additional questions or would like to contribute training ideas/papers, please email David officeatsojournersdotcc  (officeatsojournersdotcc)  . He’s agreed to compile a full report for Brigada participants when he has compiled the input. (Thanks David!)
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COST-SAVER… COSTCO

When I was in Taiwan last January, our missionary team kept talking about how much they were appreciating CostCo. I didn’t know the whole of it. Apparently it has opened up an entirely new conduit for certain previously-unavailable items. Those in the UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Korea have probably come to agree with those in Taiwan — it’s a great source for great stuff… and sometimes the price can be incredibly low. Twice this past week, their prices were literally half of the next-best local supplier (like Staples and Walmart). If you don’t happen to have one in your back yard, check their web store at: http://www.costco.com. You’ll be glad you did! (And guess what… no referral fees on that one! Just “one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread!” :-) )
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HAVE YOU SEARCHED AT OINGO?

If you’re ever looking for conceptual topics, you should. Oingo relies on “an extensive ontology of millions of words, meanings, and their conceptual relationships to other meanings in a semantic network that is constantly changing to reflect the currency of everyday language. Once a query is submitted, their interpretive algorithm parses it and the output is filtered to derive the optimal result.” Okay … I can listen to all that… but all I know is that if I put in the word “futbol”, I get sites from all over the globe, many of which don’t even mention the term that I filled into the blank . . . because Oingo not only searches for what I said, it searches for what I meant to say. Try it… you’ll like it!
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INTERNET CHAIN LETTERS ARE A WASTE OF TIME

OPC logo Ever wonder how to decide whether or not you should forward that latest chain letter about such-and-such a virus or so-and-so in prison? Check out Brigada’s “OPC Protocol” by sending a blank email to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)  . You’ll learn to look for tell-tale signs of fake tales… and you’ll learn 3 ingredients to watch for before you forward… a “verifiable origin, purpose and closure.” And for even more on the subject, check out all the sites listed as resources at the end of the OPC email you’ll get back in your inbox. (Those sites have been updated as of July 8, 2001.) Good luck… and enjoy the new bandwidth you’ll help us all retain! :-)
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010610 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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GLOBAL EVANGELISM TRAINING

graduation cap A two-month full-time missions school will be conducted from July 9th-August 31st in Hampton, Virginia. USA. It’s not too late to get involved! The sixteen courses include Cross- Cultural Communications & Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your mission call both around the block and around the world. Part-time students are welcome. For more information phone Greg Baust at Global Ministry Teams on 757-868-1268/9 or e-mail him gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)  .
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TO MOTIVATE ADULTS TOWARD MISSIONS

Brigada autoresponder Joseph has done his job. Among the resources you’ll see in his long report are items from the US Center, Caleb Project, John Piper, Next Step Resources, Paul Borthwick, Henry Blackaby, and many others. Get the full report by sending an email to: motivate-adultsatbrigadadotorg  (motivate-adultsatbrigadadotorg)  . Thanks Joseph!
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A 2ND LANGUAGE IN HAWAII

graduation cap Check out the TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of the Nations (Kona, Hawaii) beginning Feb. 18, 2002. This is a four-week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 18th to Mar. 29th, 2002. For more information & applications contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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“LIVE THE CALL!” (GLOBAL WORSHIP MOVEMENT)

calendar Livethecall.com and New Life Christian Fellowship of Chesapeake, VA are partnering together July 19-21 to create a platform for a global worship movement designed to ignite a passion in believers to change the world. Eric Watt, executive director of The Network for Strategic Missions, will teach on the revolutionary lifestyle of walking intimately with God, and worship leaders will lead delegates into God’s presence using various worship expressions: art, dance, instruments, intercession, video, etc. A 24- hour intercession room and worship art gallery will fuel the worship. For more info email blakeatlivethecalldotcom  (blakeatlivethecalldotcom)   or click here: http://www.livethecall.com/index.html?a=waevents&aa=waevents If you’ve got a broadband connection to the web, it’s worth checking out the site just to watch the streaming video! Whoa. It rocks!
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SAHARAWI PEOPLE PRAYER GUIDE HOT OFF THE PRESS!

praying hands The 30-day prayer guide (English or Spanish edition) is in a (professionally-printed) format that can be used by churches to educate their congregation on this needy people group from Western Sahara OR for a particular prayer emphasis of one month. Limited quantities of the guide are available by request from siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom  (siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom)  . Please send an ordinary mailing address with your request. OR the guide can be downloaded from the brand new web site in .pdf format (English or Spanish): http://saharawi.strategicnetwork.org.

note (Notice there is no ‘www’ in the URL!!). To access the guide and other “Documents” on the site you will need to fill out a brief form (for security reasons).

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LEARN CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT ON THE WEB

graduation cap Topics include: Understanding the MED Movement Microfinance Principles and Practices Implementing Church-centered, and other issues in Christian Microenterprise Development (CMED). For complete information see the Chalmers Center’s website http://www.chalmers.org, or e-mail chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  . Applications can be downloaded from the website and must be submitted by July 13.
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TESL RESOURCES UPDATED

Brigada autoresponder Have you downloaded a fresh copy of the TESL Resources autoresponder lately? Check out the new additions as of tonight by sending a blank email to tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotorg  (tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotorg)  .

(Note the use of the underscore character as a word separator.)

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CREATE CHURCH WEBSITES EASILY

WebWatch Relatively few churches have websites. Perhaps some people are put off by the technicalities involved. But there is an easy alternative – pre-designed template church sites which are edited using a normal browser webpage. The Web Evangelism Bulletin has published a review of these church site systems. Church pages can be used for evangelism, if carefully designed for this purpose. To obtain a free copy by email autoresponder, send a blank email to: web-evangelism-getdot35atlistsdotgospelcomdotnet  (web-evangelism-getdot35atlistsdotgospelcomdotnet)  .
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SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

graduation cap International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people. A few of the upcoming workshops are: June 24-28 in Taiwan; June 25-29 in Minneapolis; July 9-13 in Nigeria; August 27-31 in Ivory Coast; September 2-7 in Puebla, Mexico. Go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring a SYIS workshop, contact Ken at itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet  (itpartnersatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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INSURE YOUR PERSONAL PROPERTY

When serving overseas, insuring your personal property is as important as homeowners insurance is in the USA. Adams & Associates International offers a Missionary Personal Insurance Plan to cover personal property and household effects. This coverage includes All Risk insurance for damage to your property for such perils as fire, windstorm, vandalism, and theft with Full Replacement Valuation (subject only to the $500.00 deductible). Also available is Personal Liability and Personal Accident. Adams & Associates International has many years of experience in handling personal insurance matters, having served the missionary community, exclusively since 1980. Contact Adams & Associates by email at aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)   or visit their web-site at www.aaintl.com.
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PEOPLETEAMS UPDATE

People Teams PeopleTeams.org is pleased to announce that more than 375 missionary teams can be located by dropping the “www” and entering a simpler address: http://peopleteams.org. PT is averaging nearly a quarter of a million hits every month and greatly appreciates the support from the missionary community. The toolbox section has really ballooned as a number of missions groups have been linked up. PT is the service that offers free website hosting for teams of missionaries who are focusing evangelistic efforts upon a people group, a population segment or city. And now it’s easier to access than ever! (Email them at peopleteamsathotmaildotcom  (peopleteamsathotmaildotcom)  ).
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010401 Brigada Today

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FREE NEWSLETTER on HOUSE CHURCHES AVAILABLE

Of particular interest to Canadians but others may be interested as well (it is being produced by the Canadian House Church Resource Network – readable at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/housechurches.htm. You can subscribe by sending your request and why you would like to receive the newsletter, to chcrnathotmaildotcom  (chcrnathotmaildotcom)  . Or you can find most of what will be included in the email version on the Internet at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index87.html
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STUDY ABOUT MUSLIMS BY EXTENSION!

graduation cap For one-time only (April- June/01), take a “20/20” discount of 20% off tuition and selected materials for two, 3 sem. hr. extension courses: Introduction to Islam and Women in Islam. These courses are designed for independent learning anywhere; help pre-service and in-service workers understand culture, tradition and strategies for reaching Muslims; credits apply toward MA and MDiv (Muslim Studies) at CIU or transferable to other schools. For more Information, write extoffatciudotedu  (extoffatciudotedu)   or visit http://www.ciuextension.com or tel: 800-777-2227; 803-754-4100, ext. 3710; fax: 803-754-9119.
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GET THE LATEST AD2000 PRESS RELEASE

AD2000The AD2000 office sent to us last week a kind of “press release” that you can now download for free. It explains the “shut down” of their Colorado office . . . as well as “where do we go from here.” Just send a message to ad2000atbrigadadotorg  (ad2000atbrigadadotorg)   and you’ll receive the 7K file in your inbox within minutes.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP ON AN UNREACHED FRONTIER

graduation cap The Elijah Company, Inc. will conduct another Missionary Training Camp from June 1-11, 2001 in the Spanish Campo de Gibraltar. The Camps are designed to give practical, scriptural, and experiential training toward a missions career among unreached peoples. Call 757-474-2054 #1 for information, or write to TrumptCallataoldotcom  (TrumptCallataoldotcom)  . ECI web page is http://www.elijahcompany.org.
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DON’T FORGET TO PRAY FOR OPERATION WORLD

praying hands Don’t forget to lift up Patrick Johnstone and staff as they put the finishing touches on Operation World, the prayer guide to challenge all prayer guides. (See “OPEN LETTER FROM OPERATION WORLD AUTHOR“, in the March 23rd 2001 Brigada Today.)

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BRIGADA EVANGELISM RESOURCE IN OTHER LANGUAGES

Brigada Logo The Web Evangelism Guide is also available in other languages:

The English version comes with a twice-monthly newsletter about online evangelism, Christian communication strategy and webmaster tips. The French and German versions have two-way discussion email lists.

If you want to help 2nd-language speakers to your website, see the options available at the English version. It is possible to offer your visitors the ECTACO multilingual dictionary: http://www.ectaco.com/ It is also possible to add a one-click translator for French, German, Italian and Spanish to your webpages with a few lines of code: http://www.wordreference.com/forWebsites.htm

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MUSLIM STUDIES INSTITUTE IN COLUMBIA

graduation cap During the time of July 9- August 3, some 6 Intensive courses offered during two, 2-week sessions (scholarships available for courses by credit) in Columbia, SC, but deadline is May 1. Introduction to Islam; Folk Islam; Muslim Evangelism –July 9-20 Apologetics for Muslim Ministry; Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions; Islam in N. America–July 23-August 3, 2001. For more information, write muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)  ; or visit http://www.ciu.edu/muslimstudies tel: 800-777-2227; 803-754-4100, ext. 3325; fax: 803-786-4209.
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TOTAL IT UP!

graduation cap TOTAL (Taste Of Translation And Linguistics) is a 5- day course that returns to the Portland, Oregon, office of Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 21-25, 2001. Introductory classes in phonetics, phonology, grammar, language & culture learning, and translation & semantics, are all taught by experienced linguists and translators from around the world. Try it on for size, total it up, and see if Bible translation might be a good fit for your unique gifts, interests and talents! Hear field reports, videos, personal testimonies, prayer, devotions and group living build meaningful relationships between staff & students. Tuition, materials, housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and delicious ethnic dinners) are all provided for $100. Scholarships are available. Phone … Lee Higdon at 503-652-1662, toll free 800-269-2007, or e-mail Jim Stair at jim_stairatwycliffedotorg  (jim_stairatwycliffedotorg)  . Or visit http://www.wycliffe.org/nwro.
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NEED PRAYER CARDS?

Feel free to do a one-time visit to their New And Improved Website! It’s all new and better than ever! Their newly designed site is clearer and easier to use, featuring security to allow on-line ordering, digital uploads, and answers to questions frequently asked as customers plan and design their cards. Check it out and let them know what you think. Visit them online: http://www.creativeplus.com or call toll free in the USA, 800-347-2848, for more info.
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WEB-WATCH: LIVING IMPACT

WebWatch Living Impact is an international non- denominational evangelical mission targeting the 10/40 window for church planting. Their strategy to help fulfil the Great Commission in the 21st century is unique. Check them out at: http://www.livingimpact.org for more information.
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ACHIEVE PROFESSIONAL LOOKING MEDIA YOURSELF!

Look at what newWway.org just uploaded: more practical media tips that you can share with your team! Three great articles by Butch, a Media Strategist in W. Europe. “Do I need a Website?”; “Take Better Pictures!” and “Better PowerPoint Presentations’. All three make your communication a surprisingly simple joy. Great links for more in-depth study too! Log onto http://www.newWway.org to read them all.
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KIDS AROUND THE WORLD MISSION

movie camera It’s called “Families of Japan”(Part of “Families of the World” series) a 30 minute video with 2 15-minute programs for ages 5-10. They now have 12 videos from different countries and are working on 4 more (they’ve been waiting for clearance into Vietnam!). These are not “Christian” videos but do a wonderful job of letting the viewer see into the daily lives and families of children around the world. Each video highlights the life of 2 children – generally one city child and one from the country. Check at your public library or call 800-765-5885 for more information (Master Communications) or visit: http://www.ardenmedia.com/order_blank.html
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CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK AVAILABLE NOW

book The world of micro enterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. If this is how you are feeling, then this handbook is for you. Co-authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. Using original research as well as the current literature, this handbook sheds light on the wide array of issues and challenges associated with the implementation of Christian MED strategies. Readers are introduced to the foundational theory behind microfinance for poor people and are introduced to the principles of best practice emerging from Christian MED programs around the world. This pre-publication edition is available in limited quantities for the price of $10 plus shipping and handling. Last call for pre-publication editions – very limited numbers left. Contact the Chalmers Center at chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  , or call 706-419-1805 (USA).
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA OR ELSEWHERE!

graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. 45 teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Please be language sensitive when writing. Unsecured Internet site in China. For more information go to http://www.tesoltraining.com or write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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SPECIAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKERS

International workers, organizations are looking for insurance for the following: Career Coverage that starts 6 months before leaving home country, reduced rates for single women, coverage for pre-existing conditions, 6-12 months of furlough coverage. Get short term individual plans for as little as $34 a month and a short-term team plans for $1.08 a day. Also, they have med-evac plans, trip protection plans, and term life plans. For more info contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom  (jeffatgninsurancedotcom)   or call 480-813-9100. Check out http://www.gninsurance.com.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010225 Brigada Today

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DO US A FAVOR: ENTER THE DATES OF YOUR CONFERENCE

calendar Hey, could you do us a favor and jot down the dates of your upcoming conference or training course at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar Brigada participants are all the time asking for the dates of upcoming events. If we all just took a moment to post them, then we would be able to manage the tracking of these events much more easily. For an example of what I mean, check out Feb. 7-9, 2002 in the calendar there. You’ll see PACE-Lab 2002 entered, along with a web site for more info. Be sure to note the location of your event — along with the country in which it will occur. Remember — we have an international audience!
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A NEW (OLD) SLANT ON PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS

The International House of Prayer is a 24-hour/day, 7-day/week, inter-denominational prayer ministry located in the Kansas City area. It’s a great new concept based on an old model–the Tabernacle of David–with singers and musicians leading corporate intercession and worship 24-hours a day. They have particular sessions to pray for the Kingdom to come to the nations, cities, and college campuses of the world. They even have prayer training and a passion to send pray-ers to the nations. Write for information at infoatihopkcdotcom  (infoatihopkcdotcom)  , or check out more at http://www.ihopkc.com/new/ihop247.html. (Thanks Mark!)
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SEARCH BRIGADA ARCHIVES

Brigada Logo There are two ways to search past issues of Brigada Today. Without a doubt, the best way is to go to the Brigada web site: http://www.brigada.org Our amazingly consistent web-volunteer, Bob, has custom-designed a search engine there especially for Brigada Today. You can specify how many years back you want to search (all the way back to the beginning, if you like), as well as how exacting you want the search. What’s more, when you see the results, you’re looking at the item titles themselves, rather than the issue for that week. So when you click on an item that looks promising, Bob’s search engine takes you precisely to the item, even if it was originally at the very end of the issue in which it occurred. By the way, we’ve been running a couple of sister relationships along the way, and Bob’s listed helps for them as well — for Advance and the Web Evangelism Guide. Find it all by clicking on the “Search” line at the home page of Brigada.

So go ahead… give it a try. Click to: http://www.brigada.org/sbtas.html and search for “water filters”. You get 9 results, some of which go back as far as August ’98. If you drop the “s” and type in just “water filter”, the search engine finds an additional 5 items, 14 in all. Try it yourself with something you’d like to research. “TESL” finds a dozen items, “TESOL” finds 27. The term “Bush” is mentioned a whopping 75 times! :-) “Yahoo!” is there 7 times throughout the past few years. :-)

By the way, there is another way to search more recent issues. About the only time you’d want to use this alternative approach is when Bob hasn’t quite had a chance to post the most recent issue into the Brigada site. For example, you receive a particular issue of Brigada Today, then you delete it, then you wish you could get it back — about 5 minutes later. Odds are, Bob won’t be quite that fast (although he’s usually fairly quick! :-) ). In that case, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/messages At that site, the particular edition is available within about 30 seconds of posting time. Yahoo Groups has Brigada Editions going back to August of 2000. So you should be covered!

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DATE CHANGE ON TESOL SCHOOL IN CHINA

lighting the way Want to learn to teach English? Why not do it in China! Some 40 teachers will be needed at the SIAS University where a TESOL school will be held from June 18-July 27, 2001 in Henan Province (dates changed from previous announcement). The school will provide you with the tools needed to Teach English and build relationships. Whether you are called to China, or other parts of the world, this professional course will prepare you. There are also opportunities to stay on and Teach English for the 2001-2001 academic year at SIAS University. For more information check out: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email TESOL2001athotmaildotcom  (TESOL2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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APOLOGIES TO JERRY RANKIN

lighting the way Oops… contrary to what we reported earlier, Dr. Jerry Rankin is at the helm of the IMB, not Avery Willis (see Feb. 16th edition of Brigada Today, “FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE” DEPT.“). Thanks to those who wrote with that correction. However — it was indeed Avery Willis who announced that the IMB was “opening up the store”, so to speak, at GCOWE ’95. Avery is, however, the Senior VP, not the actual point man.
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NEW ANIMATED BIBLE STUDY SITE FOR CHILDREN

WebWatch The vision behind Charles’ work is to include a dynamic, animated presentation of every major Bible character and theme in this new site http://www.childrensbiblestudy.com Looks to be a powerful tool to reach out to families all over the world. For more info, contact Charles cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom  (cvalentineatnetlifestylesdotcom)  .
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DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR PATTERSON CD

cd-rom Remember that the manufactured, revised edition of the George Patterson CD is now available for immediate shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, fax 503-517-1801, email bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . The price is US$29.95 plus shipping (volume discount available). While they can accept bank cards, they cannot do billing. [For Windows only.] Microsoft Windows
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ON-LINE REVEILLE SHOFAR IS MOBILIZATION TOOL

WebWatch The Jan/Feb 2001 edition of the Operation Reveille Shofar is posted at http://www.oprev.org/Shofar.htm. This issue reports about work in northern Iraq, Japan, and the Ukraine as well as ways to study Islam, get map overlays, and help southern Sudan. The web version of the newsletter is cool because it is in color, and one can hyperlink to sites for the opportunities and resources mentioned. For more information on Operation Reveille, a ministry of Mission to Unreached Peoples, write Bruce operationreveilleataltavistadotnet  (operationreveilleataltavistadotnet)  .
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SURVEY REVEALS BEST TRAITS FOR TENTMAKERS

Here’s a great little study reported by Tim Parker tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg  (tparkeratteamexpansiondotorg)  , the Tentmaking Coordinator for Team Expansion. According to Tim, Don Hamilton (of TMQ Research) recently completed a survey among some 800 people who are serving or have served overseas in a tentmaking capacity. The study revealed that the most effective tentmakers…

  • had led an evangelistic bible study before going overseas.
  • went overseas mainly to share the gospel.
  • believed God called them to be tentmakers.
  • had experience in actively sharing their faith at home.
  • had strong relationships with their local home church.
  • recruited others to be tentmakers.

For further information on the survey, or for a copy of the full report ($10), Tim said we could write directly to Don Hamilton, TMQ Research, 312 Melcanyon Road, Duarte, CA 91010, 626-359-4048. (No email given.) Tim cited the info. with permission from the Canadian Tentmaker Network/Southern Ontario Tentmaker Seminar Workbook). Thanks Tim!

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MISSION ADVENTURE NOVELS?

WebWatch Here’s the latest in literature… a missions “ebook” adventure story. Check it out at: http://www.adventurebooksonline.com. In each AdventureBook novel, you will be exposed to new and informative insights about exotic cultures and places. The goal of these writings is to elevate the enjoyment level of readers to the point that you will learn things about important cultural and missiological truths without even realizing that they are being taught. (Note that we’re mentioning this site because of its cutting-edge approach to distributing missions information; we’re not necessarily endorsing the fact that the profit from the book goes to help a mission effort in the Philippines. As a general rule, we don’t publish fund-raising appeals. But we do highlight useful and innovative resources, practically all of which tend to result in someone making some small amount of money. Anyway… we thought this was a creative way to get the word out.)
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COFFEE SHOP: TRY AGAIN

lighting the way Some who visited The Coffee Shop following the recent announcement ran into a technical glitch. The problem has been fixed, and missionaries, former missionaries, and pre- missionaries are once again invited to join. The Coffee Shop is an email list service to discuss books, articles and ongoing topics related to life and ministry. To join, send a blank email to thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom  (thecoffeeshop-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or send questions to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  . For more information, go to http://www.globalcompassion.com.
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THE BACK PAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen Michael Jaffarian recently wrote us with a thoughtful evaluation, after having read the “Back Page” editorial from Feb. 16th (…Good Teams…). I remember meeting Michael on a bus once in Seoul, Korea — of all places. I’ve never forgotten his eye for detail, still apparent in this piece of transparent and honest evaluation:

“My interest perked up at something you wrote in Brigada Today. (So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. )

“Exactly. In our mission, CBI, we realized that we were keeping excellent statistics on finances, pretty good statistics on personnel, but not as good field statistics. In other words, we could report to our churches how much they were sending to us, but not much about what fruit was coming from all that, in concrete, specific terms. Our old field statistics system, of annually getting a count of churches, baptisms, etc., had sort of fallen into disrepair. For one thing, so much of what happens on the field is done by nationals, not by our missionaries. But there are ways to overcome that. So one of my major projects this year is to renew and upgrade that whole system for our mission. What to count, and why, and how.

“I spent a lot of time in January meeting with and talking to field leaders from many of our fields. Each is sooooooooo different from the next. I developed a lot of good, fresh ideas from that. I also spent some time going over our Mission Statement, our Purpose Statement, our Strategic Priorities, and etc., and on all these things asked, are there ways we can monitor this stuff? For most of it, there are. For example, we say that evangelization is a big priority for us as a mission. So I am going to ask every missionary, every year, how many people did you share the gospel with last year? (There are some complexities, definitions to that question, but still, I think I can make it workable). … I believe that just the asking of that question is going to increase the amount of evangelization we as a mission do every year. Similar with many other categories, in the life and work of the missionary, and field-by-field.

“I suspect a lot of missions could do a better job with this business of field statistics – gathering them, analyzing them, reporting them, and strategizing on the basis of things learned and opportunities revealed. The things we want to be doing as a mission, let’s quantify them if possible, and then learn. The point is not to make anybody look good or to make anybody look bad. The point is to give glory to God and serve him well.”

Thanks for your frank and honest sharing, Michael!

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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010218 Brigada Today

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GET YOUR MOSQUITO NETTING FROM TEALBROOK

TealBrook Supplies, one of Brigada‘s sponsors, has just added a line of mosquito netting. To celebrate the new addition to the family, TealBrook will give Brigada subscribers a special 10% discount off the purchase price of the nets PLUS donate an additional 10% to the Brigada Newsletter. This introductory discount offer will be honored through 5/31/01. To view the mosquito nets and other products like the popular PentaPure water purification systems visit http://www.tealbrook.com and be sure to mention Brigada when ordering!
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OFF THE PRESS: HOUSE CHURCHES CHANGE THE WORLD

Ralph Neighbour wrote “A monumental and marvelous piece of work! It is going to be a very important contribution to the present situation faced by the church.” Order your copy (US$ 14.95 plus s&h; quantity discounts available) now at email 100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom  (100337dot2106atcompuservedotcom)   or Fax +49-7745-919531 and could have a sneak preview at http://www.dawn.ch. Other language versions that already are available: German, Dutch, Urdu, Singhala and Chinese (only e.book version). In process: Spanish, Portuguese, Tamil, Arabic, Norwegian, Telegu, Croatian, Italian, Afrikaans, Indonesian, Swedish and Russian.
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BIG DIRECTORY OF YWAM SHORT TERM OUTREACHES

WebWatch Mission Finder Ministries has again come in with a first! – they’ve compiled the web’s only comprehensive list of YWAM short term trips, originating in the US and Canada. There are trips all over the world, many to unreached people groups, and are for youth groups, families, and individuals, for many purposes including construction, VBS, medical, prayer walks, food kitchens, bicycle evangelism, performing arts, etc. Check out this first-ever undertaking at http://www.mfinder.org/ywam.html.
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LET THE US POST OFFICE DO YOUR US MAILINGS

Every so often, someone asks if there’s a way to pump out mass mailings to addresses in the USA, from some point of origination outside the USA. We’ve reported on various ways… but now there’s perhaps an even more direct alternative. Check out the US Postal Service’s offerings on the web at: http://www.usps.gov/mailingonline/ There’s a price for preparation, but it didn’t look outrageous, considering it’s the US Post Office! :-)
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THE NET’S LARGEST DIRECTORY OF CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES

WebWatch Lot’s of compassionate people want to serve the abandoned, orphaned, and otherwise uncared-for children of the world, but hardly know where to start. Our good friends at Mission Finder Ministries have done it again – assembled a great list of Christian orphanages world wide. For those interested in exploring where you might volunteer, short or long term, this is a good place to start. Take a look: http://www.mfinder.org/orphanages.htm.
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NEED AN ONLINE BIBLE SCHOOL? YOU GOT IT

WebWatch Just trot on over to: http://www.hispeople.com His People Online Bible School looks to be a great resource for Christian teaching, whether you’re in Saudi, Siberia, or Seymour.
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PRAY WORLD! 2001 IN PROGRESS

praying hands Billed as a “Millennial Gift to Jesus Christ”, the “Pray World! 2001” emphasis began February 28 and continues through April 8. The focus is prayer and fasting during 40 days of Lent for fulfillment of the Great Commission of Christ. Check it out at: http://www.prayworld.org/
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DO YOU HAVE MUSLIM NEIGHBORS?

The Center for Ministry to Muslims would like to help you bridge the cultural gap and reach out to them with God’s love. Check out material at: http://www.CMMequip.org or contact CMM 76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom  (76243dot2762atcompuservedotcom)  . For more comprehensive training, catch their two courses — Introduction to Islam and A Narrative Approach for Communicating with Muslims — from July 23 through August 3.
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SE ASIAN CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAININGS

calendar ROX35 COMIX will be holding two comics trainings in Southeast Asia in 2001. The first will be a 2- day training (May 18-19) at the CSI offices in Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA. For more information email: mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh  (mickeyatbigponddotcomdotkh)  . The second will be a 3-day training (May 22-24) held at the Vista Pacific building in Chiang Mai, THAILAND. For more information email: silexatbigfootdotcom  (silexatbigfootdotcom)  . These seminars are aimed at Christian writers or artists and other literature ministers who need training in the specifics of creating and using comics for evangelism and discipleship. Both courses will include sessions on Writing & Scripting, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Editing/Art Directing, “Guerilla Marketing” Ideas, Cultural Considerations, Comics & Communication, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. The teachers at both events will be cartoonist Nate Butler and missionary Len Cowan. You can learn more about the ROX35 COMIX training ministry at this web site http://www.rox35.org or by emailing ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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MIDDLE EAST TESOL

graduation cap Need TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training? Get it in Jerusalem, September 3th – 28th. For more information contact Porter TESOLatwmmedotorg  (TESOLatwmmedotorg)  .
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TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010128 Brigada Today

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HOW MANY SUBSCRIBERS THESE DAYS?

Brigada Logo When EGroups transitioned to Yahoo groups, the code-writers polished up the servers and tightened up the reporting a bit. Turns out we have somewhere above 9,000 subscribers… but not quite 10,000. That’s okay. Nobody gets paid per subscriber. :-)
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DOES EGROUPS (YAHOO) PAY BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Nope. Originally, they talked about it… back at the beginning. Seems like we got 3 checks, each averaging around $25…. spread out over the first 12 months. By that time, they had become convinced that their model would never work… and that was the end of that. Now we pay about $60/year to make sure there aren’t any of those crusty “ad trailers” on the ends of these emails. So… [yawn] nobody’s getting rich from Egroups… that’s for sure. :-)
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DOES BRIGADA RECEIVE ADVERTISING DOLLARS FROM RESOURCE PROVIDERS?

Brigada Logo About 2 or 3 times/year, some enterprising business will say, “Do you guys accept sponsorship dollars?” (The answer is always a resounding “Yes!” :-) ) We place their information prominently on the web site: http://www.brigada.org and feature them in a big headline in the next couple of issues. But we never “charge” the people who list resources in Brigada Today. If someone decides to donate, they give from the heart. Then we pay bills. Like for instance, this past Christmas, we sent nice gift certificates from Circuit City to our web volunteer and customer service volunteers. (In case anyone ever asks you, there’s a “Donate” button at the website that allows folks to give by check or credit card, if they can join PayPal, or, if anyone ever receives an inheritance :-), our address is:

Brigada Today
c/o Team Expansion
3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

Checks made to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.)

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR MINISTRY LIBRARY

Brigada autoresponder Remember Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)  , a missionary church planter, who wanted to classify his personal library? Guess what: He kept his word. If you’d like to see his 46K summary of elegant, sophisticated and simple classification systems to track books, audios, videos, etc., just send an email to library-systemsatbrigadadotorg  (library-systemsatbrigadadotorg)  . Within minutes, you’ll receive an auto-responder full of great brainstorms. And thanks to all those who responded! Some of these library systems are terrific! Great job Mark!
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FREE RADIO SCRIPTS FOR CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE STORYING, NOW ONLINE

Log onto the brand new Strategy Network website just uploaded on http://www.newWway.org for 100 free radio scripts suitable for North Africa and Middle Eastern Teams. The series called “The Way of Righteousness: The Stories and Message of God’s Prophets According to the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel” may be something your team would want to translate into your target language. The scripts are at http://www.newwway.org. Once you’re there, paste this additional text into the URL address box in your browser (in other words, add this onto the end of the http://www.newwway.org address:
/strategy_network/storying_resources/sub8/index.html
(If we listed the entire link, it would line-wrap and that always results in a ton of emails saying the link is bad. It’s not bad… but it does require “assembly” since it’s so long.) (Thanks Chris!)
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ROSETTA STONE RELEASES ARABIC LEVEL 2

cd-rom Finally the Rosetta Stone language CD-Rom, Arabic Level 2, that many of you have been waiting for has been completed. If you or someone you know is learning Arabic, this is the program for you. Level 1 is also available for those that are just beginning to learn Arabic. There are 24 different languages available through Mission Training International at an exclusive price for missionaries of $99, plus shipping per level. To order call 800- 896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or write Mission Training International Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and visit http://www.mti.org.
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PEERS ENCOURAGE MISSIONS COMMITMENTS

A new on-line community is ready to serve the English-speaking evangelical missions community: http://www.myglobalimpact.com. This dynamic web site creates small groups (2 – 7 people) of peers with similar missions interests. These virtual groups serve to encourage and help people along their journey discovering God’s will. If you have made a missions commitment and want to connect with others like you, register now at http://www.myglobalimpact.com. You’ll be able to read and post on a variety of subjects, join on-line discussions, or use the real-time chat system, or you can use plain old e-mail. If you are a speaker, pastor, or agency rep who gives missions challenges, see www.myglobalimpact.com/affilaiates.htm to learn how to use www.myglobalimpact.com to help those you challenge follow through on their commitments. Myglobalimpact.com is a free and ad-free service of Caleb Project, http://www.calebproject.org.
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PEOPLETEAMS.ORG LIKE THE DURACELL BUNNY (KEEPS ON GROWING)

People Teams Like that Duracell bunny featured around the world in battery ads… that “keeps on going and going,” PeopleTeams.org (PT) now has 330 websites. Actually, 167 websites are actually hosted by PT; 148 sites are links and 15 were created by PT staff for priority unreached peoples or cities without a msy presence. In addition, there are links to 33 missions resources and 85 missionary-sending agencies. On their birthday, PT had 160,000+ hits for the month. The Miao website was #1 with more than 7,000 hits from 650 unique visitors and the Palestinians were #2 (626 unique visitors). http://www.peopleteams.org
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LINGUALINKS LIBRARY AVAILABLE ON CD-ROM THROUGH MTI

cd-rom The LinguaLinks Library has 8 Bookshelves with over 97 on-line books for you. The Bookshelves include material concerning Anthropology, Language Learning, Linguistics, Literacy, Sociolinguistics, Consulting, Scripture Use, and Translation. Also included are Cookbooks, Where There is No Doctor or Dentist, and Solar Electricity. It is compiled by Wycliffe Bible Translators and available through Mission Training International. A sensitive version is available for those in sensitive countries. The cost is $75 plus shipping. To order call 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687, or email Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   and browse: http://www.mti.org.
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AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO PERSEVERE

book A new book, Five Loaves and Two Bowls of Borscht, gives church planters (and anyone else involved in ministry) a picture of what God can do with our meager offerings. Using a touch of humor, author Janice Lemke relates lessons learned through struggles on the mission field and shows how God worked in spite of those difficulties to start a successful church planting movement in Ukraine. For ordering information, write cjlemkeatcsdotcom  (cjlemkeatcsdotcom)  .
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STUDY TESOL IN CHINA

graduation cap China needs 250,000 English Teachers for next year! A TESOL course will be held, June 1-July 14, 2001 at a university in Henan Province, China, with hopes of training English teachers to help fill this need. The school will prepare you to teach English almost anywhere in the world! For more information, visit: http://www.tesoltraining.com or email tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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COLUMBIA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OFFERS A DEGREE IN ISLAM

graduation cap Earn a graduate degree with core courses on Islam by studying during the regular academic year, Summer Studies, Winterim (January) and by Extension. Summer Studies 2001 again offers two, 2-week sessions: Session I, July 9-20: Introduction to Islam (Steve Johnson), Folk Islam (David Cashin), Muslim Evangelism (Phil Parshall). Session II, July 23- August 3: Apologetics for Muslim Ministry (John Gilchrist), Qur’an and Muslim Traditions (Sam Soloman), Islam in North America (Carl Ellis). Each 3 s.h. course for credit is $897; audit is $150. Room and board is $175 per week. For more information, write Warren muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or call 800-777-2227 x3325 (803-754-4100). Web: http://www.ciu.edu/programs/sem_ma_muslim.htm
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SUMMER MINISTRY/TRAINING IN TURKEY

graduation cap METS 2001 Middle East Training Session is slated for May 23th – July 4th in Turkey with experienced local workers. There will be ministry opportunities with English speaking Turkish university students, local workers, and at summer camps for Turkish children. Also included: practical and academic studies in Bible, Islamics, history, culture, and conversational Turkish. College credit is available upon request. Cost is U$S 1195 plus airfare and personal spending money. If interested, contact IDEA Ministries ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)   before March 15th.
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HELP THE CRY OF THE HEART

The Cry of the Heart is offering a host of evangelism information, including training in evangelism techniques and testimonies, as well as missions information. They are offering the opportunity for anyone that has a ministry related to evangelism or missions. If you would like to be considered in this project, just fill out the on-line form at http://members.tripod.com/heart_cry/forms/ For more information, see The Cry of the Heart http://www.heart-cry.com or write Diana ldydsthatyahoodotcom  (ldydsthatyahoodotcom)  .
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NEED TO RAISE FUNDS? PLAY GOLF!

I’m serious. If you don’t believe me, just browse: http://www.mindspring.com/~gfgs or write Dan dklkkkckatmsndotcom  (dklkkkckatmsndotcom)  . He’ll help you get set up for all kinds of ministry!
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MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Take a week-long course at CITI in N. Carolina, April 16-20. The focus is on empowering a community to create culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. For course information visit http://www.citi.org and for examples of the approach taught see http://www.worship-arts-network.com/eth-music-articles-list.html.
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THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION VIA PILOT COURSE FROM GERMANY

graduation cap In anticipation of offering a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Columbia International University (CIU), Dr. Robert W. Ferris will lead theological educators in a week of intense instruction and interaction at CIU’s Korntal campus. Dr. Ferris will focus on “Theological Foundations for Educational Practice” (ITE 7320) from June 5-9, 2001 (to be taught in English). Credits earned in this course will be applicable toward current M.A. and M.Div. degrees or toward any future programs. Tuition will be DM 705,00 for students taking the course as part of their Master of Arts or Master of Divinity programs. An announcement regarding doctoral program entrance standards, program requirements, and costs will be made during the ITE course in June. For further information please contact cbsinfoataemdotde  (cbsinfoataemdotde)  .
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YOU PLAY TENNIS?

Here’s a group called Tennis Ambassador Christian Ministry that links tennis players, fans, coaches, and playing professionals in 79 nations. A free twice a month newsletter is sent out to members with interesting viewpoints from around the world. In 2001, TACM will begin to financially support orphans in developing countries. Check out http://www.tennisministry.com. Email Bob infoattennisministrydotcom  (infoattennisministrydotcom)   for more info.
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GREAT SLANT ON PRAYER JOURNEYS

praying hands Here’s a church in Cincinnati, Ohio (Clovernook Christian) that has taken a slightly different tack on prayer journeys. They’re asking participants to make a commitment to pray after the prayer journey, on a regular basis, for a minimum of six or twelve months. Great idea! Seems like we should all be implementing that!
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THE BACKPAGE: MORE ON HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and penLast week we wrote that good teams become great teams when they have these three starter components:

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

This week we expand the list with 1 more item. Again, most of this stuff is just common sense, but I’ll admit that it comes from having watched 20 years worth of teams in formation. Good teams become great teams when they have…

d. Gifted team members — You thought I’d forget this, didn’t you. But it’s true. As much as we’d like to think that story-book champions come from dreams and passion, the truth is that most championships are won by teams with athletes who are incredibly talented. Look at the way a guy like Pele can seemingly lift a nation to international fame. Born to poor parents, here’s a guy who learned to play soccer by wrapping up his brother’s underwear into little balls! Later, he’d practice with grapefruits and oranges. But all you have to do is watch him chest a ball down to his feet, then shoot it first touch — and then you appreciate the fact that this guy has more natural ability in his big toe than most of us do in our whole bodies! You’re heard the phrase that “winning is 80% motivation.” I believe it. But that other 20% can sure make a difference sometimes. So on our mission teams, we need people who can really share Christ effectively. We need sharp leaders with grace-filled pastoral care gifts. We don’t just want average language guys. We want incredible language speakers. The kind where the words roll off his or her tongue.

I love listening to one guy in our mission who has an IQ off the scoreboard. I’m convinced he could have done anything he set his mind to. I found him (okay… so maybe God found him :-) ) on the campus of a Midwestern Bible College about 10 or 12 years ago. I had gone to the Academic Dean and asked, “Would you write down the name of your best preacher, your most gifted learner, and the most promising student in the college.” He said, “That’s easy — it’s one guy, with all three titles.” The next morning I ate breakfast with that fellow. Probably one of the best breakfasts I ever had… and I don’t even remember what I ate! :-) But that one morning changed our lives… both of our lives! He joined our organization and we’ve never been the same since. His Chinese is so good, nationals have told me it sounds like he was native born. Sometimes they close their eyes and they forget that he’s not Chinese. Once I dared him to be ready for the fall of “the bamboo curtain”… to train Chinese leaders all the more into the very best leaders they can be. Thing is… he isn’t waiting for any curtains to fall. With God’s power, he and his beautiful wife are walking right through them.

Now… when are they going to get around to inventing DNA cloning for humans. Who needs extra sheep! :-)

Seriously — how do we find those kind of guys? Seems to me that today’s missions enterprise depends on us finding the Simon Peters and Andrews (and the guy in the Midwestern college) and all the others who will make a difference. Then we’ll have great teams. Then we’ll see the harvest God promised. Then we’ll see churches pop up like mushrooms around the earth.

Give me a team full of gifted team members and I’ll show you a great team — as long as some other issues are in place. More about those next week. :-)

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT EMAIL ENCRYPTION

letter and ligntening bolt… but were afraid to ask . . . is now available online by joining a special email conference headed by Caleb Project’s John Hanna (of the old “Brigada- connections” days; also, remember “Global Glimpse”? :-) ). To join, just send a blank email to: missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (missions-crypto-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . We’ll give John a heads up on the possibility that many will join this group. It’s a hot topic. And… yes… he’ll take into consideration that not everyone joining would be friendly to the cause.
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CHRISTIAN MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT HANDBOOK

book The world of microenterprise development (MED) can be bewildering. There are so many terms, so many organizations, and so many concepts to learn. Frankly, it is all rather overwhelming. Where can a person turn to sort it all out? If this is how you are feeling, then this handbook is for you. Co- authored by David Bussau, the “father” of Christian MED, and Dr. Russell Mask, International Microenterprise Coordinator for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, this book is designed to help churches, missionaries, and Christian NGOs understand the basics of MED in the Two-Thirds World. Pre-publication editions are available in limited quantity from the Chalmers Center. The cost is $10, plus shipping and handling. To order your copy, send a message to the Chalmers Center at: chalmersatcovenantdotedu  (chalmersatcovenantdotedu)  .
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COURSES ON ISLAM OFFERED IN THE SUMMER OF 2001

graduation cap Fuller School of World Mission is offering a great set of courses on Islam, this summer. You can take the course for grad credit for $800 and audit is considerably cheaper. Check out these offerings:

  • June 11-15: Muslim Evangelism, Phil Parshall
  • June 18-29, Women in Islam, Evelyne Reisacher
  • July 2-6: (no class on the 4th), Islam in North America, Steve Johnson
  • July 9-13: Church Planting in Muslim Contexts, Greg Livingstone.

For more information, write Laura swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu  (swm-acadprogdiratdeptdotfullerdotedu)  .

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TEACH YOUR AUDIENCE TO LOVE MUSLIMS

movie camera The dynamic attitude-altering video series, “The Real Story: A Christian’s Guide To The Arab World”, is composed of six 20 minute segments, making it ideal for use in adult Christian Ed classes, mission study groups, as a follow up to Perspectives, or even orienting short-termers entering a Muslim context. Includes a 40 page Study Guide summarizing each segment and providing questions for discussion. Cost: $40 Retail, available to Brigada readers at a 30% discount! Contact: MEM-USA ADatmem-usadotorg  (ADatmem-usadotorg)  .
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EASY-ENGLISH NEW TESTAMENT

Bible SOON Gospel Literature has the copyright to a very easy-English New Testament. It can be viewed online at http://bible.gospelcom.net (version ‘WE’). SOON does not distribute it commercially, but prints it primarily for use in its own ministry. Its leaders are willing to collaborate with any ministry which wishes to use part or all of the text for scripture distribution, or as part of any other material. They are also considering the addition of a brief overview of the Old Testament to future issues. Can anyone recommend existing short material which explains God’s dealings with man in the Old Testament, and is designed for a (non-Western) reader who knows nothing of the Bible? If so, write Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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BIBLE BASED ESL CURRICULA

graduation cap EFCM International Network has two Bible-based ESL curricula: Adventures in English and Exploring English. During the past year the I-NET staff has rewritten the reading lessons for these two series to make them much more active, requiring more student participation and involvement. Also, there are now reading lessons for beginning and advanced readers. International Network also has developed an 8-lesson ESL Adventures in Business curriculum. If you want to get a sample lesson of the Adventures series or the Exploring series, contact Don 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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EMERGING LEADERS SUMMIT

calendar There is a global grassroots movement of young emerging leaders passionate in their devotion to Jesus, fervent in worship and radical in their commitment to see the whole world know Christ. On March 21-24, 2001, these leaders — from the US and throughout the 10/40 Window — will gather at the Christian Aid Training Base in Charlottesville, Virginia to seek God’s direction and network with others who are leading evangelistic initiatives among the unreached peoples of the world. For information about registration, the summit agenda, goals of the Emerging Leadership Network, and other relevant topics visit http://el.strategicnetwork.org or contact the summit coordinator via email to thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (thesummitatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  .
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COMICS WITH AN ATTITUDE

Almost any issue or idea can be turned into a story, which can then be made into a comic. This book gives practical advice on how to target and produce comics. It’s free to third World readers, and is also available online: http://global.finland.fi/comics For Christian training in the use of cartooning and comics, Rox35 Media is the place to go: http://www.ROX35Media.org
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WHAT’S GONE WRONG WITH THE HARVEST?

WebWatch Two thousand years ago Jesus gave the Great Commission. Today, many remain unreached. Log onto http://www.newWway.org and read the classic work on communication strategy by James F Engel. Also see newWway.org’s new look and browse the content, there’s about four times more material than before, and more is being added every week!
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WEB-WATCH: CONTEXTUALIZED WORSHIP

WebWatch Those Canadians just keep churning out the great missions stuff. Check out the Great Commission Worship & Arts Center (Canadian based) at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index9.html

Another Canadian site, the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus, can be found at: http://www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index62.html

While you’re at it, check out the International Worship & Arts Network at: http://www.worship-arts-network.com

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HOUSE CHURCH NETWORK: GET CONNECTED

If you’re looking for house church resources or relationships, check into the Canadian House Church Resource Network at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/Housechurches.htm
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DON’T FORGET FEBRUARY’S FULANI PRAYER EMPHASIS

praying hands Remember that February is a special month of prayer and fasting for the Unreached Fulani people of the World! There are 26 million Fulani in West Africa. The prayer guide is available in English and in French! Find out more at http://www.africamissions.com/fulbe.htm or write Dave 100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom  (100373dot2473atcompuservedotcom)  .
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TESOL COURSE IN CHINA!

graduation cap It’s six weeks long, starting June 1, 2001. Teachers use proven results. The only entry requirement is that you speak English. Learn more at: http://www.tesoltraining.com or write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  . Please be sensitive to possible Chinese listeners when writing this address.
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NEED A TOSHIBA COMPUTER?

laptop computer DSR, Inc, has specialized in providing Toshiba portable computers to missionaries overseas since 1986. Its techs have lots of experience with delivery, 220 volts, plug ends, etc., and they operate one of 27 major Premier-level repair shop in the USA. They provide “one-business-day” turn around on tech support emails. For info write Steve ssmithatdsr-incdotcom  (ssmithatdsr-incdotcom)   or go to http://www.dsr-inc.com
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DO YOU KNOW A GOOD, SIMPLE LIBRARY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM?

Mark luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet  (luvhaitiatbellsouthdotnet)   is a missionary church planter, and is wanting to classify his personal library. He’s not fond of the Dewey system or the Library of Congress classification scheme. Do you know of a simple & helpful classification system to suggest to him (preferably one that will work for books, audios, videos, etc.)? Extensive Internet searching has proven nearly fruitless. PLEASE NOTE: He is not desiring help in managing or cataloging a book collection (much software of that nature is available), but rather a system to use for numbering or classifying items. Please e-mail Mark with your suggestions, and he will let us all know if an answer is found.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW GOOD TEAMS BECOME GREAT TEAMS

books and pen There’s a lot of talk these days about working in teams. Those blessed with the opportunity to serve on great teams are quick to tell you that they love their job. But how do those teams become great? I’m becoming more and more convinced that good teams don’t become great teams by accident. It’s an intentional process . . . and it involves dozens of variables. Gleaned from 20 years of experience watching our own mission teams grow around the globe, here’s the beginning of a short list on some ideas for turning good teams into great teams.

Great teams have…

  1. A clear sense of purpose — Nothing can ‘deep six’ a team faster than floundering in the swamp of wondering why they exist. Write your purpose down. Frame it. Talk about it. Re-read it regularly. Make sure new team members understand it before they even seek membership.

  2. Motivated team members — Okay. This one’s obvious. But think about the difference it makes to just put a basketball great like Michael Jordan onto a court. I’ve been reading a book about Jordan (“For the Love of the Game” — highly recommended for sports fans) and it’s impossible to miss his passion for the sport. Apparently most professional b’ball players in the NBA have provisions which restrict their play during the off-season. Team owners don’t want their prize players getting injured and hurting their winnings the following season. When Jordan came to the Chicago Bulls in 1984, he evidently lobbied long and hard until he achieved what few other players have negotiated: a “Love Of The Game Clause”. Basically Jordan said he loved basketball so much that he couldn’t imagine walking through a summer without it. Bravo for him. It’s about time we respect people because they have a passion for something rather than because they got rich off of it. Likewise, we need missionaries who can’t wait to get up in the morning. They might not really enjoy language learning drills, but their passion for Christ and their devotion to the Lord compel them to study. In short, they need “Love of the Lord Clauses”. … and maybe “Love of the People Clauses” too!

  3. Determination — My 14-year-old son loves soccer. So do dozens of other boys his age. But, if I may say so, something seems to separate him from other boys, especially in the final half of a match. While other players seem to grow more and more weary, especially if they’re behind on the scoreboard, Chris seems to almost play harder as each minute passes. He just won’t quit. He can be 3 goals down… but he just won’t stop trying to come out on top.

These last few days I’ve been meeting with our two full-time teams in Taiwan. The team leader I’m with on this particular day readily admits that he and his wife worked here for 7 years without a single response. Talk about 7 years of famine. Imagine… 7 years without a single success story to write home about. But they didn’t give up. By the 10th year there were a handful . . . and now in the 15 year a church is rising up. Over 100 believers celebrate on Sunday mornings… and cell groups are being birthed all over this bustling city. It’s harvest time.

Good teams rarely become great teams… but when they do, they seldom reach greatness without a clear sense of purpose, motivated team members, and determination. My challenge to all of us is to seek after those attributes in the teams upon which we labor. [more next week]

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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