transportation

6) How Can You Keep Track of all your Trip Arrangements?

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http://www.tripit.com

List your airfare, housing info., rental car, and more… and let TripIt do the heavy lifting for you to keep everything streamlined and on the same page — all for free. You can always do TripIt Pro for $69/year, regardless of whether you’re in or out of the USA. The ‘pro’ version adds text messaging if any of your flights change, info about open seats, freq. flyer point tracking, and trip information-sharing with your inner circle of friends and colleagues. But the free version is fun to try too. For example, when you get a booking confirmation, just forward it to the tripit email address, and magically, Tripit builds itinerary info on your next trip. Pretty cool, actually.

5) Ministry Transportation Solutions

MATS International has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

http://www.mats.org/ or email

To comment on this item, simply click “Comment” below.

How do you Ship Goods to the Field?

That’s what David would like to know. We originally reported on this topic in the Nov. 28, 1999 edition of Brigada Today. Uhmmm… So I think it’s time we refreshed it. :-) Please, if you have a moment, click online to the address below and share your favorite shipping recommendation. Whether you’ve got a favorite packing tip… or just a website URL, please spread the news.

20070311 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. BIBLE PICTURE GALLERY
  2. YOUR SOURCE FOR AQUAPONICS TRAINING
  3. TRAVEL & PRAY FOR THE WORLD, FROM YOUR KEYBOARD!
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
  6. FREE WRITING AND EDITING SERVICES
  7. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN MISSIONS TO NORTH AMERICA?
  8. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MOVE MONEY TO/FROM THE FIELD?
  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN HERE!
  10. YOUR INVESTMENT IN BRIGADA GOES A LONG WAY TO KEEP US GOING
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. BIBLE PICTURE GALLERY — Glory to God (International) have nearly 2,000 beautiful illustrations, that tell the whole Bible story from Genesis to Revelation. The producers let me see some of these products as they were under development and, frankly, they’re incredible. These images are now available for download from their website for missionary and church use.

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

    The cost of the download using PayPal is only US $2.99. The main use for the pictures is PowerPoint presentations to assist in telling the Bible story. Also up to 7 pictures from each set can be used in Christian publications with an acknowledgement. Learn more at:

    http://www.TheGloryStory.com

    For information on translation projects contact:

    Aleshia(at)Mission316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    While at The Glory Story website you may want to visit Glory Stories, which are over 30 MP3 files of inspiring testimonies from people like Glady’s Alwood, Richard Wurmbrand, Madame Sheikh, Jackie Pullinger etc.


  2. YOUR SOURCE FOR AQUAPONICS TRAINING — Want to learn more about how to combine aquaculture and hydroponics in a naturally balanced system? Find out how to build and operate small-scale systems. Top it off with total integration of fish-vegetable production facilities. See it all at

    http://www.aquacultureinternational.org


  3. TRAVEL & PRAY FOR THE WORLD, FROM YOUR KEYBOARD! — Want to brush up on geography and pray at the same time? Go to

    http://www.24-7prayer.com

    It’s fun! (Thanks to Betty, the Prayer Coordinator at Team Expansion, for sharing this tip!)


  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS International has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. Cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

    http://www.mats.org or email

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


  5. THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA — Pray for a work to begin among the unengaged peoples of Namibia. Pray that the Namibian Coloured, the Nama/Damara, the Herero and the Mbalantu will one day hear of the Good News and Jesus’ Great Sacrifice. Pray for the Lord to build up prayer support for these forgotten people. Pray that God will burden the hearts of many to share the gospel message with each of these unengaged people groups. Adopt the Nama/Damara, Mbalantu, Herero and Namibian Coloured for prayer by logging on at

    http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or

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


  6. FREE WRITING AND EDITING SERVICES — Gerry T. Galacio of Metro Manila, Philippines, offers free writing and editing services (articles in American English whether for web or print) for individuals, groups, churches or ministries involved in world missions in the 10-40 Window. He has been a lawyer since 1995 and provides free legal information through his website

    http://www.familymatters.org.ph

    Interested individuals and groups may contact him at gtgalacio(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. ARE YOU INVOLVED IN MISSIONS TO NORTH AMERICA? — Then try visiting:

    http://www.northamericanmissions.org


  8. LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MOVE MONEY TO/FROM THE FIELD? — Try MannaCard. It’s a method of moving money and information to/from the mission field. They claim they can significantly reduce the expense & wait involved for wires, checks or cash. Try them out at:

    http://www.mannacard.com


  9. THANKS TO THOSE WHO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN HERE! — Our hat goes off to the people who make our work go smoothly here. This past week, we received $100 from an anonymous donor in Ontario. Thanks for undergirding Brigada! We’re also grateful to Insurance Services of America for $27.39 as a thank-you for the fact that travelers such as Richard, Jonathan, and Miriam bought travel interruption insurance from them. Learn more about ISA at…

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    We’re also thankful again for Blessed Hope Communications who gave a portion of their Brigada-related long-distance sales — $9.02 this past month. If you need long-distance services, please consider…

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada


  10. YOUR INVESTMENT IN BRIGADA GOES A LONG WAY TO KEEP US GOING — Join others in undergirding Brigada. Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.

20070304 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?
  2. UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL
  3. OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY
  4. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING
  5. HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH
  6. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007!
  7. MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON
  8. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE
  9. HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE
  10. THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD?
  11. ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED
  12. WE OWE THANKS TO…
  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360”
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOING ON A MISSION TRIP? NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA? – As was mentioned before, there are a lot of companies that offer international health, evacuation and travel insurance, but now when you purchase insurance from Insurance Services of America on Brigada’s website your purchase will help to support Brigada’s work with the missionary community! Coverage is available for any international need – short-term trips, career missionaries, trip cancellation, short-term teams and term life insurance. For coverage details, rates and the online applications of the Brigada sponsored plans, go to

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Insurance Services of America has agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada! ISA writes, “[Through Brigada], We all benefit from your business and we thank you!”


  2. UNREACHED PEOPLES QUERYING TOOL — Have you ever wanted to look at unreached people group data using your own criteria? For example, suppose you were interested in “Buddhist people groups in the 10/40 Window that are larger than 1,000,000 in population and unreached?” or “Muslim people groups in South and East Africa with a complete Bible but are unreached” Well now you can. Joshua Project has developed a webpage that allows users to select their own criteria and then finds the list of peoples matching that criteria. See:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/filter.php

    Totals are at the bottom of the listing. To give an idea of some of the kinds of listings you can produce, there are a number of pre-made queries available at:

    http://www.joshuaproject.net/filtermade.php

    Joshua Project welcomes suggestions for improving this tool. It’s dynamite!


  3. OSCAR LAUNCHES NEW BLOGGING FACILITY — OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched a new section of its website for mission bloggers. The facility pulls together the blogs of a number of people involved in mission around the world and makes them available through one website. As OSCAR generally serves those in mission who are from or to the UK (or pass through the UK), they’re inviting anyone who blogs and fits this criteria to submit their blog to their new facility. It’s an exciting development for OSCAR and they hope that it will provide UK mission supporters and those thinking about working in mission with a day to day insight into the lives of those ‘at the cutting edge’ around the world. This is ‘Reality Internet’ serving the purposes of world mission and helping to build the Kingdom. See OSCAR’s new blogging facility at

    http://www.oscar.org.uk/oscaractive/blogs

    You can also email OSCAR via

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


  4. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS: CSAI TRAINING — Wycliffe Bible Translators International and MCI (Member Care International) will join forces to offer the 2007 Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, June 18 – 22, 2007 in Dallas, Texas. The first half of the workshop will deal with a variety of topics, including: What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How can we expect people to respond in times of personal or group crisis? What populations are most vulnerable? How can we respond as an organization? How can we use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? The second half of the workshop will focus on debriefing skills for “peer level” debriefing. Participants should plan to attend the entire workshop, 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. A registration fee of $125.00 is due upon registration. Room and board fees for the workshop are $150.00/person, due upon arrival.

    CSAI Certification Training: June 23, 2007, following MCCS workshop: The CernySmith Adjustment Index (CSAI) is designed to evaluate and enhance cross-cultural adjustment for international personnel and their family members. On Saturday, June 23 both Basic and Advanced CSAI certification training will be offered. Fee: $65.00 in conjunction with MCCS, $125.00 if taken on its own. An additional day of housing can be added for $18.00/person.

    For information or reservations contact Wycliffe International Member Care at: member_care_intl(at)Wycliffe(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. HELP DAN FIND CAR INSURANCE DURING FURLOUGH — Here’s a Brigada participant, Dan, who asks, “Anyone know any of a short-term car insurance policy that could be purchased for a missionary while on furlough? Those who have lived outside of the US for years have trouble getting car insurance while visiting; either that, or the prices are way out of reach. Is it possible to get a policy that would not apply to a specific vehicle, but whichever vehicle a missionary happens to be driving while on furlough?” If you have an answer to Dan’s questions, log on to this web address:

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

    Click “edit this page” and write some simple text, just like writing an email. The moment you hit “save”, everybody will be able to see your suggestions.


  6. GET PERSPECTIVES IN 2007! — Is your church interested in embracing God’s missionary heart? Do you need continuing education credit for missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer. The Perspectives course covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. Check out

    http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

    for more information and to sign up, or email info(at)icm-intl(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. MUCH OF CALEB PROJECT & ACMC (I360) LIVE ON — I’m sure by now you’ve caught the press releases from Pioneers, which, by faith, has kindly volunteered to welcome many of the former staff of what used to be Caleb Project and/or ACMC. To learn more, read…

    http://www.takeitglobal.org/

    In addition to the many who moved to Pioneers, a few went to Frontiers, a couple to GEM, 4-5 moved to OMF, and others are still seeking God. Please say another prayer for any who might still be struggling. Among the many comments from former Caleb Project staffers came this note: “Doug, thank you so much for your passion for reaching the unreached, for the years of partnership that Brigada and Caleb Project have shared, and for helping the audience that we love and want to serve come to grips with these sad events. God is Sovereign. He wins in the end. His ways are not our ways. He is the healer, provider, and the Rock on which we all stand. He will accomplish his purposes even without Initiative360 still standing. Thanks for all of your continued prayers for the staff across the US and world who are still reeling and finding next steps. Your prayers are a blessing to each one of us!” See the “BackPage” editorial for more on this.


  8. EQUIP YOUR MISSION TO BETTER PROTECT KIDS FROM CHILD ABUSE — In Sept. 2006, leaders from 12 mission organizations met together to candidly examine the issue of child abuse in missions and as a result formed an intermission Child Safety Network. The next Child Safety Meeting is scheduled for May 8-10 in Orlando, Florida and is open to new organizations. The seminar is for leaders of mission agencies and faith- based NGOs and for those with this area of responsibility within their agency. For more information and to register, please go to The Child Safety and Abuse Response Networking Workshop website at:

    http//intre.org/event/info.php?site=36

    Please complete the seminar registation form within the next week. Email further questions to

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


  9. HELP DESIGN A THEOLOGICAL ENGLISH COURSE — Jandre is a missionary living in Madagascar. She teaches English at a seminary, among other things. She writes, “The students only have two hours per week for English. As you can think, this is not nearly enough! And therefore I am looking for ways to maximise this time!” She wrote, looking for someone, “a clever person, who can help design a Theological English course!” If you’d like to brainstorm with her about this, just click to:

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

    Suggest existing courses, recommend outlines and “gotta’ have it” ideas. When you click edit, then give input, then “save”, others will see your suggestions immediately. Thank you!!!


  10. THE PERFECT MISSION FIELD? — If one were going to design the perfect mission field, here is what it might look like, according to one Brigada participant:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/webmissionfield.php

    (Thanks Tony!)


  11. ESL CERTIFIED TEACHER NEEDED — Immediately… for Aizwal, Mizoram India. This is a government-funded program that runs until mid-December and is renewable. Housing, in-country travel, and a $300 per month salary are provided. The ESL students are college level. A single male or a married couple is preferred. The ideal target entry date would be mid-April with mid-May being the absolute final deadline. For more details please email: rb735731167(at)cablespeed(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] You may also call toll-free (888) 248-5902 for U.S. subscribers or use (517) 347-7121 if you are outside the U.S.

  12. WE OWE THANKS TO… — Insurance Services of America (ISA) for a $17.30 gift that resulted from a person buying a travelers’ insurance policy. Hey… let’s just talk turkey here: if every Brigada Today participant merely bought travel interruption insurance from ISA, the truth is, just that alone would probably take care of the small amount of funds we need to break even. Learn more about ISA’s plans at:

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

    Thanks, too, to Clowns4Him

    http://www.clowns4him.com/

    for recently sharing $100, with this comment: “We appreciate Brigada and the diversity of information that is delivered online to us.” God be praisedc.

    Join others in spurring Brigada on to good works? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. (Team Expansion is a 501(c)3 incorporation so for USA citizens, your checks made out to Team Expansion are tax-deductible.) As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. And thank you in advance for helping.


  13. THE BACKPAGE: MORE “LESSONS LEARNED” FROM “I360” — As glad as I am for the partial solution above (Thanks again Pioneers), I still hurt for the collapse of the original dream for merging two really great organizations (Caleb Project & ACMC), each with a 25-year+ legacy. In recent exchanges with one of the first staff “recruits” of what used to be Caleb Project, she shared, “We so appreciate your care for us as people who are seeking to follow God with our whole hearts (we want to be like our buddy, Caleb) amidst this unbelievable situation. Please keep praying for those of us who are struggling through the days of grief, anger, unbearable sadness and loss. … Thanks, Doug, for your concern. It means more than you can know.” She had a great attitude about the whole thing. But I’m afraid everybody else is just going to ignore “the elephant in the middle of the room”… so I’m going to stick my foot in my mouth one last time on this situation, from what I’ve been able to absorb. Keep in mind… my purpose isn’t to judge the past, but to try to learn from the past so we can look toward the future. With that in mind, here are some final “lessons learned” from the Initiative 360 closure:

    *** Lesson #1: “Don’t shoot the messenger” — It is my understanding that the board abruptly released the CEO of Initiative 360 because finances had taken a tragic, though gradual, dive. My humble suggestion to all board members everywhere is this: Yes, call your organization’s CEO into accountability. But communicate to him clearly what you expect and call upon him/her to dream up options when the organization is going through stress. Make sure he has a clear benchmark as to what is the threshold with which you’re comfortable. (Tell him or her clearly what you want; then expect him or her to deliver.) And please… give him/her some time to try to deliver what is requested.

    *** Lesson #2: “Before pulling the trigger, know your target” — I’ve been told that the decision to dissolve Initiative 360 was suggested, approved, and implemented all within about 60 days. May I humbly suggest that it is a sobering move to bury an organization with a 25-year history. Could I ask that if you’re ever tempted to do that, would you please write some key leaders; maybe do a couple of last-ditch fund- raiser campaign letters? Maybe put out some press releases about the financial crisis… or at least ask staff people for input… you know… focus group style?

    *** Lesson #3: “Seek board longevity” — It is my understanding that the Initiative 360 board consisted of several new members and that those members were fairly outspoken about the need to dissolve. Either way, whether that is true or not, it just seems advisable to seek to recruit at least a *few* board members who will stay the course. By some miracle, some of our board members for Team Expansion (the organization I lead) have stayed with us for literally more than 20 years *plus*. They have such an investment in the organization, it is unthinkable to me that they would so quickly kill it. So, again, with deep humility, I would suggest that we seek some longevity… some sober ownership of the organization’s ethos and mandate.

    I wonder if we could spin the clock back 5 months, then put those 3 lessons in place, maybe we’d be looking at a new chance for a couple of organizations with very rich histories. It’s worth pondering.

    Doug

20060917 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. FREE MISSION CHALLENGE VIDEO
  2. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE
  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUAL TRACTS
  4. A CONFERENCE FOR THE PRAYING, MISSIONARY CHURCH
  5. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
  6. WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS
  7. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS
  8. COSIM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES
  9. ANOTHER OVERSEAS PHONE SERVICE
  10. BONDING IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL
  11. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  12. SERVE IN BENIN
  13. ARE YOU A BRIGADA LURKER?
  14. THE BACKPAGE: GRACE IS OUR TEACHER
  15. CLOSING STUFF

  1. FREE MISSION CHALLENGE VIDEO — PhotoMission offers a free 5-minute downloadable video ‘Every Knee Shall Bow’. With worldwide pictures, appropriate Bible verses and music, but no voice-over, it offers an ideal keynote introduction to the urgency of the mission mandate, which can be used in any mission-advocacy or church meeting. The video is available in a range of resolutions, and PhotoMission is happy for it to be redistributed on, for example, mission promotion CDs and DVDs.

    http://photomission.jkpphoto.com/eksb.htm

    Those who would prefer a different musical background could run a different audio track but still give credit to the original producer for the video content. (Thanks, Tony, for the tip on this resource!)


  2. NEW!! MEMBER CARE RESOURCES IN CHINESE — Check out

    http://www.chinamembercare.com

    Several materials are now available in Chinese to help support Chinese Christian workers. They are free and on-line. Collectively, they are called “Running to Win — Resources for Chinese Workers.” The materials include 16 key articles, five case studies (with audio files), and two books (Thriving in Another Culture, and Through Desert Sands — an account of Chinese workers in Africa). Each article has a short introduction to orient the readers about its relevance to Chinese contexts. Audio files for all the chapters have been finished and will be uploaded soon. Currently all the materials, except the Chinese audios, are in both Chinese and English. (Thanks to the anonymous worker who labored long to develop these.)


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

    http://www.stepuptolife.com

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


  4. A CONFERENCE FOR THE PRAYING, MISSIONARY CHURCH — Please join us at the “Seek Him to Save Them” conference at Grace Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, October 26-28, 2006. Pastors John Piper, Jim Cymbala, and Daniel Henderson are the featured speakers. Through seeking the Lord in united prayer and leading your congregation into the harvest fields, your church can experience a renewed vision for Him and for taking His glory to the ends of the earth! This conference is being held in conjunction with Grace Church’s annual Missions Festival. For more information or to register, visit

    http://www.strategicrenewal.com

    or send an e-mail to Lori Lane info(at)strategicrenewal(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  5. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN INDIA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS — Here’s an opportunity to travel to Central and North India to capture stories of God’s work in India among the unreached. This two month trip will include visiting our various Bible Colleges, Mercy Homes, and field missionaries – getting professional job experience in various fields. If you are interested in experiencing native missions first hand while using your skills for the kingdom, please contact the Media Director: Stephen Ernst sernst(at)rimi(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call +1-847-856-9321 or browse to

    http://www.rimi.org

    to learn more about Reaching Indians Ministries Int’l.


  6. WATCH WHAT YOU DO WITH THOSE VIDEO CLIPS — This past week we heard from a brother who had just spent a week with local citizens in a sensitive country. They were training local believers for personal evangelism in hostile environments. Apparently, a That led to a decision that no team member, including the director, would any longer grant video taped interviews to anyone at all — even when you are one of the team partners as is my case. More than being disappointed in not getting video for a story that select others need to hear, I was really disturbed that some camera happy brother had carelessly put our team members here even more at risk than they already are. It would be even more disturbing if I were to discover that this individual were using those video clips for his own personal gain in support raising. You know the routine — personal publicity about how well connected one is with frontliners, etc. The Church in today’s world needs to care for the security of those who are out there doing the hard stuff, not parade them for all the world to know about. So please, watch what you do with those video clips. (Thanks to the anonymous brother who shared this testimony.)

  7. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM TEAMS — “The Next Mile” is a collaborative effort of over 30 mission agencies and organizations who believe that a successful short-term mission experience is one that brings about a long-term commitment to God’s purpose in the lives of those participating. Their collective purpose: to address the “black hole” of short-term missions by providing resources for effective follow-through.

    Phase one of The Next Mile includes curriculum for short-term teams that places special emphasis on the follow-up for team members. For example, the Mile Post devotional contains 52 self-paced devotionals designed to encourage returning team members to stretch their experience into a life changing milestone. For more information, USA callers can contact The Next Mile toll free while others can call via Net2Phone at 800-533-5822. Visit on the web at

    http://www.thenextmile.org

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


  8. COSIM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIGENOUS MINISTRIES — The next annual COSIM conference is scheduled for June 11-13, 2007 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, IL. The theme is “Breaking Tradition to Accomplish Vision: From frustration to joy in cross-cultural partnerships.” The featured plenary speakers and facilitators are Sherwood Lingenfelter. Paul Gupta, and John Watters. This will be a highly interactive conference to facilitate practical training, creative dialog, case study analysis, and strategic thinking – to equip and encourage Christian leaders engaged in cross-cultural ministry partnerships. For more information, visit the COSIM web site:

    http://www.cosim.info


  9. ANOTHER OVERSEAS PHONE SERVICE — Check out

    http://www.enjoyprepaid.com

    There are 4 different plans available, so you can scale your plan to your specific pattern of use. Costs per minute for United Kingdom range from 12 cents/min. down to *two* cents/min. Other countries are similar. You’ll call a local number then use a PIN — or a toll-free number (for a bit more) when you travel. You can designate your home phone as “pinless.” (Thanks David!)


  10. BONDING IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL — Thanks to those who gave feedback on bonding (as popularized by the Brewsters’ little blue book, “Bonding and the Missionary Task.” It’s plain to see that bonding is still alive and well, and that, though it can introduce hardship, it can also greatly bless. It also seemed that, confirming my hunch, it’s being applied in a very spotty way. There was a clear consensus, though, that it’s worth the effort — when implemented with reason.

  11. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS Ministry has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. They’ve provided cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. Get new or used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! There sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at

    http://www.mats.org

    or email car(at)mats(dot)org or call toll free 888-776-7211 in the USA or 765-965-7777.


  12. SERVE IN BENIN — Short-term mission opportunities are available for those wishing to minister to the interior and unreached people of Benin Republic. Serve 3-6 months distributing evangelistic materials, tracts, reading glasses, Bibles and discussion with the villagers. There is no salary for the services but feeding, accommodation and materials for evangelism will be given. Those interested should email

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

    http://pcm.ministryhome.org

    (Remember to check out each ministry for yourself before you seek to serve there.)


  13. ARE YOU A BRIGADA LURKER? — We welcome lurkers… those who participate in this ministry by reviewing Brigada Todays, then occasionally using a resource or two here and there, or even passing something on to a teammate or friend. After all, that’s why we go to all this trouble. But we also are very *grateful* for those who undergird this work with an occasional gift. Whether you’re a missions rep. in a local church or a missionary overseas or a college prof — either way, we’re glad you’re hear. If you would spur along our work, we’d be ever-so-grateful. The moment we make our 2006 budget, we’ll not mention money again for the remainder of the year. For more information, visit:

    http://www.brigada.org

    and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or if you prefer, send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.


  14. THE BACKPAGE: GRACE IS OUR TEACHER — Lately, I’ve been pondering the concept that grace is our *teacher*. It beckons us to walk a pure life because, when given freely, we then serve Him out of *gratitude* rather than because of rules. Galatians 3:24 says the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ . . . but once we come to understand the life of faith, then *grace* becomes our schoolmaster to teach us to be like Jesus himself. Discovering this little point is both freeing and sobering all at the same time. While we celebrate the fact that, in the end, we know we can count on Heaven for eternity (only through the blood of Christ), we are *broken* when we realize that we have abused the freedoms that God gave us, taking them much too far for our own good. So in the end, living life is like constantly walking in that trust… but at the same time, constantly being sorry for the times we’ve abused it. Romans 12:1-2 reads, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” No wonder Paul would break into praise in the middle of his writings. He was so touched by God’s love. Let’s face it — without that love, we’re toast. Thank God for Grace.

20060101 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

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


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

    http://www.endofthespear.com

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

    http://www.daretomakecontact.com

    (Hope you like it Corban! Thanks Herb.)


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

    http://www.globalopps.org

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


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

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

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


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

    http://www.comix35.org


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

    http://tinyurl.com/ar8ac

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


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

    http://www.missionary411.com


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

    http://www.mats.org

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

    Higher quality versions in PowerPoint, AVI, ShockWave, Keynote, MPeg, or QuickTime format may be requested on CD-rom or as e-mail attachments from bside(at)oprev(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  12. SYMPOSIUM: THE CHANGING FACE OF MISSIONS — February 1-3, 2006, The Global Learning Center at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) is hosting its first annual Symposium to interact and discuss the growing numbers of missionaries being sent out by the Southern Church. The Symposium is free and is located at GRTS in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

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

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


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

    http://www.actesol.com


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

    http://www.mediastrategy.org

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


  15. RETHINKING HINDU MINISTRY GATHERING IN MICHIGAN — This conference happens Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, 9:30-3:30, Central Michigan University, at His House Christian Fellowship Church. The consultation will present various stimulating perspectives on service for Christ among Hindus. For more information contact Rodney: yuen_rj(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Doug

20051225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM
  2. NO HTML REQUIRED, FREE WEB SITES FOR MISSIONARIES
  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE
  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN
  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES!
  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED)
  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEEDD TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD OF ISLAM — This course, formerly known as Perspectives on the World of Islam, is coming to San Diego, California, January 26, 2006 – April 20, 2006. For more information about the classes see http://www.EncounteringIslam.org To sign up or to get answers write ewiofsdatyahoodotcom or call Ben (619) 583-0950 in the USA.

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

  3. FREE CONTENT FOR YOUR WEBSITE — Internet Evangelism Day offers a resource page of tips about how to make church websites evangelistic. This content can, in turn, be inserted into any other website, just by copying a few lines of code. The process is now far simpler than that offered previously, and will enable you to create a new page in seconds. http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-site-tips.php

  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, and retirees. They have everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. For more information, log on at http://www.mats.org or call (765)965-7777 or fax (765)962-4645 or email car(at)mats(dot)org

  5. TAKE IN AN ALL-AFRICA CONFERENCE — Tentmakers International Exchange is organizing on August 16th-19th 2007 the “All Africa Conference.” The theme is: The Way to African Nations. The venue will be the Grand Seminar Saint-Augustine, Samaya, Bamako, Mali, West Africa. This conference is designed to develop tentmaker strategies of mission in Africa, and to train lay people to share their faith in the context of their professions/trades. For more information, contact Tiowa partnerspmgm(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Main speakers include Dr Derek Christensen, (TIE International Director) and many others. Reserve your spot with a deposit of just 5 euros if you reserve in 2006. (Four days full board will cost just 35 euros.) If possible, reserve through your national TIE contact person.

  6. ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY WOMEN — Need a place to “connect” with other missionary women? “Oaks of Righteousness” group exists to provide a place of support and fellowship for women in missions. Drop a note to the moderator at latviagirl1(at)yahoo(dot)com or apply at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oaks_of_righteousness [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. GOT BROADBAND? GET GREAT RATES! — VoIP service is now available using a small adapter unit on cable or DSL connections with unlimited calling to US and Canada for $19.95 per month (and very low international rates). Check out details at http://www.voipnetadvantage.com/?agentnumber=837371 This service can be used to call from international locations as long as they have compatible cable or DSL connections, and a US or Canadian address for credit card billing and shipping of the phone connection adapter unit. There is a one time setup and shipping charge of $46.90 for this service, but the first month of calling to US and Canada is free to offset some of the initial costs. (Thanks again to Judy for offering to help sponsor Brigada if folks sign up for this service.)

  8. TO GOD BE THE GLORY (THE NORTHERN CAPE COLOURED) — In early 2004, you began praying for the Northern Cape Coloured, an unengaged people. You prayed that men, women and children would have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. You also prayed for the Lord to send Christian workers who would live among these people, demonstrating the love of Christ in their daily lives. God has answered your prayers! Now there are eight missionaries working and living in the Northern Cape (of Northwest South Africa) and who are part of the Northern Cape Evangelism Team. Let us praise God and thank Him for answering these prayers! Praise God that the Northern Cape Coloured are no longer an unengaged people! Enter 2006 with expectancy as God’s Word is proclaimed throughout the Northern Cape! Contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or the new email sf_swac(at)altonet(dot)co(dot)za to find out more about Forgotten Peoples.

  9. SHORT-TERMERS NEED TO REACH OUT TO HURRICANE STAN SURVIVORS — Two months after the storm, most of the relief agencies have gone home for the holidays never to return to Guatemala. Porch de Salomon (see http://www.porchdesalomon.org ) has shifted its focus to relief work and house-building and is recruiting teams for the 2006 calendar year. If you would be interested in helping the thousands of homeless and hungry storm victims in the Atitlan Basin, the hardest hit area of Guatemala, drop Bill a line at bill(at)porchdesalomon.org They can use medical,/dental, construction, evangelical, youth, and Bible School teams of 12 to 20 members. For some photos of the destruction see: http://www.pananight.com/tormenta_stan_Album.html Also check out the newsletters on their website above for examples of the work their teams have been doing.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HAPPY NEW YEAR! — As we all begin this new year, I can’t help but wonder — what new habits will we all form. I have this friend and co-worker … His name is Eric… and recently he’s *reeeally* been into this mode of forming good habits. For example, every morning for the past 22 mornings, he’s gotten up early to re- write (remember ink pens?) his entire year’s goals, one line at a time. (OK… so he only writes the broad strokes, but still, it’s a whole page of stuff.) He says it’s really helping him keep his long-range goals in mind.

    So how ’bout you. What habits are you going to form in 2006? Whatever they are, let’s all try to live each moment for the Lord. And may God bless us every one.

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20050918 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
3. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
4. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP?
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? If so, try contacting Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough. Check out some of their plans online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net, email them at health(at)missionaryhealth(dot)net, [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480- 821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs.
2. WORLD’S LARGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference (GMHC) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Nov. 11-12, at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., USA. In conjunction with the conference and for the first time, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization will host the North American Consultation on the Role of the Church in the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, Nov. 10. The committee hopes to draw prominent North American church pastors and Christian leaders to speak out on the AIDS Pandemic and to urge churches to get involved. USAID is sponsoring 16 international participants to attend the Nov. 10 event. For information or registration for the consultation or GMHC, see http://www.medicalmissions.com or e-mail rebeccab(at)churchcentral(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS provides vehicle solutions through many God ordained sources for Christian Ministry persons, pastors, missionaries, staff persons, para-church, retirees. You can get everything from new and used bicycles to semi-tractors. :-) http://www.mats.org or email car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. FIND AND FULFILL YOUR MISSION NEEDS — Preswan Enterprises was recently founded for the purpose of finding and fulfilling needs throughout the world. Currently, Jerry (the export manager) is looking particularly at new/used farm equipment in his home area. Once he finds a need, he then seeks to locate a supplier of the product needed, facilitate the purchase of the product, and arrange for shipment. While he lives in Southeast Michigan (where some car manufacturing HQs are located), you may contact him with requests for any products, and he will work to find a supplier and means of shipment to supply your needs. Try him: jerry(at)firstcomp(dot)biz
5. UNLIMITED INT’L PHONE SERVICE TO THE US: $5.95 MONTHLY — TalkDaddy is now offering VOIP phone service from anywhere to the US for $5.95 per month plus and $49.95 startup. To subscribe to this service, you must have broadband internet. After you connect a TalkDaddy module to your internet, you plug a normal USA touch tone phone into the module. When you pick up the receiver, you will have a US dial tone which allows you to call any number in the 48 contiguous United States. Alaska and Hawaii are available for an additional fee.

People can also call you from anywhere in the world. They will dial into an automated system in the 479 area code here in the US and enter your three digit extension code when prompted. A few seconds later, your phone will ring. You can read more about the service at http://www.TalkDaddy.com and you can also subscribe online.

TalkDaddy is owned and operated by Christians serving in the marketplace in Northwest Arkansas. You can contact TalkDaddy at help(at)talkdaddy(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or by phone at 479.443.7878.
6. JUST 7 WEEKS ‘TIL STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING — It’s happening in Perth, Western Australia. If you haven’t already gotten your application in for the training, there is still time and some spaces are available. The teaching approach is very practical and hands-on, not just theory but practice at doing the business of being an SC. Also, you will be looking at the commonalities of church planting movements, how to set things in motion so that if God sovereignly moved, a church planting movement could happen. You’ll put together a profile of your focus city or people, look at how to foster partnerships and create a master plan of how you will get the gospel to your city or people in the most relevant way. You’ll look at strategies that worked for others and some that didn’t fare so well. Just a reminder, the dates are: 13 November to 2 December. At this stage, there are no plans to repeat the course. So now is your chance! Download an application at: http://www.ywamperth.org.au/events/index.asp?tag=sc or email info(at)ywamperth(dot)org(dot)au and ask for one to be emailed to you as an attached file. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT IN FL — Youth With A Mission in Jacksonville Florida is hosting this internationally respected 15-week study program developed by the U.S. Center for World Mission. Featuring an experienced speaker each week, you will cover topics such as the Biblical perspective on mission, the spread of Christianity in history, mission strategies, and the mission task remaining. Classes start on January 8, 2006. Call 904-221-5990 or email at perspectivesjax(at)yahoo(dot)com for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. HELP FOR THOSE RAISING FUNDS — Here are a few articles on how to write effective fundraising letters. You’ll find dozens more at http://www.FundraisingLetters.org (Note: Although these URLs will break or “wrap” into 2 lines in the email version of Brigada Today, you can jump to the online version and use these as hotlinks there. Just go to brigada.org if these links don’t work in your email client.)

Eleven Reasons Donors Stop Responding To Fundraising Letter Appeals http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/eleven-reasons-donors-stop-responding-to-fundraising-letter-appeals/

How To Create Irresistible Fundraising Letter Envelopes http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/how-to-create-irresistible-fundraising-letter-envelopes/

Where To Look For Creative Fundraising Letter Ideas http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/where-to-look-for-creative-fundraising-letter-ideas/

51 Ways to Say Thank-you in a Fundraising Letter http://www.fundraisingletters.org/index.php/51-ways-to-say-thank-you-in-a-fundraising-letter-2/

(Thanks Alan Sharpe, President of Sharpe Copy Inc., London, England.)
9. ARE YOU A KINGDOM-MINDED GEEK LOOKING FOR A GREAT MINISTRY OPP? — The National Offices for the Perspectives Study Program recently relocated from Pasadena, CA to Fayetteville, AR (yes, Arkansas in the Ozarks!). They are looking for a few folks with IT experience (MAC and PC) to join their team as they prepare for the future of the Perspectives course both throughout the country and around the world. This would require putting together a personal support team, and at this point only US citizens need inquire. If you would like more information, call Dave at 479-587-1919 Ext. 709, or email David.Flynn(at)uscwm(dot)org .
10. GOOGLE-MAIL HAS ITS ADVANTAGES — Here’s a great article summing up Gmail and its potential (Thanks Nick!): http://wifi.google.com/faq.html
11. SOOOOOOOOOO THANKFUL — We’re grateful for those who spur us on here at Brigada Today. This past week, that included Dial-Abroad, who sent $129.30, which represented a sponsorship based on those who used long distance during August. Thanks Andy! To learn more about Dial- Abroad, go to: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html and click on the Dial-Abroad icon there.
To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. If you do know of someone who might help with these expenses, please feel free to relay this update to them. And thanks for any support you can give.

20041003 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP?
  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE
  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS
  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS
  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE
  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY
  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC!
  8. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING
  9. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS
  10. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS
  11. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE
  12. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WOULD YOU, YOUR CHURCH OR YOUR BUSINESS CONSIDER A SPONSORSHIP? — If you or your church would consider even a small sponsorship of $30 or more, we’d be *so* much farther along toward our goal of paying our Brigada-sponsored secretary. If you can help, just click “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. CREATIVE CHRISTIAN AUDIO ON-LINE — Audiopot is an initiative of HCJB- UK. It’s an on-line library containing over 900 audio items relating to the Christian faith, including award-winning material from the UK’s top Christian radio production groups. All this is available free of charge. Designed to challenge a non-Christian audience, the items are short (rarely longer than 3 minutes), creative and thought provoking. If you can use the audio in a church, a classroom or on the radio you can register for free at http://www.audiopot.org or by writing potstirrerataudiopotdotorg .

  3. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR WHEELS — Looking to borrow, rent or buy a vehicle for your church or ministry? Thanks to Ken for recommending: http://www.missionarytechteam.org/Vehicles/index.htm Let us know if you like their services!

  4. ONLINE HEALTHCARE FOR OVERSEAS WORKERS — Medeserve is a UK based charity which offers people working overseas with a charity or church access to trained family doctors for advice and reassurance via the internet. When working or living overseas travel medical insurance will cover the cost of treatment or repatriation in the event of an emergency. However, there may be times when you would like advice or reassurance and in remote areas such a doctor may be unavailable or communication is difficult. In certain circumstances it is also possible for the doctors to obtain advice from a network of specialists. For further details about medeserve, our services and to meet the doctors please see http://www.medeserve.org

  5. CATCH THE BIGGEST MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE — The Global Missions Health Conference is the largest Medical Missions Conference in the World held in Louisville, KY at Southeast Christian Church at 920 Blankenbaker Pwy on November 11-13. The HIV/AIDS Preconference is on Thursday, with the Main Sessions and workshops on the 12th and 13th. Joni Eareckson Tada is the Friday evening keynote speaker. Go to http://www.medicalmissions.com for more information or call 502-253- 8000.

  6. RESOURCES FOR SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MINISTRY — Are you looking for a source where you can learn more about those practicing Pentecostal and/or charismatic approaches to faith? The Pneuma Foundation is dedicated to leading Christians to a greater knowledge of God’s Word and encouraging discussion on the person and gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Foundation’s quarterly journal and website provide articles, book reviews, and Bible studies all focusing on the Spirit and his work in the church, in the world, and in believers’ lives. You are invited to visit the web site at http://www.pneumafoundation.org

  7. GET YOUR GRAD DEGREE IN THE PACIFIC! — Master’s courses are being taught in the Philippines by Azusa Pacific University. The dates are: May 30-June 10. The cost is 50-75% less than on campus fees. Courses this year are: Designing Learning Experiences, Creative/Collaborative Leadership, Foundations of Personal Leadership Development, Leading Across Cultures. This is one of the best leadership training programs in the world! For more information please contact Melody Kuka. kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com(dot)ph
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  9. PRAY FOR DENMARK: TODAY’S POSTING — Take a look at “Pray for Denmark” website: http://www.prayfordenmark.com See a great example of what you could do for your ministry.

  10. MISSION TRIPS FOR FILIPINAS –[edited for security on 9th of March, 2011]

  11. GET EXPOSED TO MISSIONS — It’s coming up fast! On Nov. 4-8, climb on board the Mission Exposure Trip & Field Immersion of Bible Colleges/Seminary Students, mission institutions and mission minded Christians targeting the Buddhist Culture, Bangkok Thailand. This trip includes seminar on: a)The Gospel & Culture b)The Missionary Challenge in Thailand c)Missions Education in the Local Church d) Strategy in Evangelism & Church Planting in Urban Buddhist Context. e) Reflection, Integration, Evaluation. Other Activities: Ministry Links among Filipino Missionaries & Thai Churches then familiarizing Bangkok. Resource Persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano; Dr. Richard Herring, Rev. Vernie Compas, Dr. Daniel Saengwichai, Thai Ministers in Thailand, Filipino Ministers in Thailand. The project is Coordinated & Facilitated: by Vernie Compas, iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. GET BACK TO YOUR ORIGINAL PURPOSE — Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren has been translated into Arabic. For information on how you can purchase the Arabic version for your ministry please contact Phil at the address below. Also, if you want to use or plan to use Purpose Driven Life in English in Africa, the ministry version is available in many Africa countries or through the PD Africa office (not for use in the US or for resale, only for use for ministry or 40 Days of Purpose in Africa). Again contact Phil Walker at: pwalker(at)purposedriven(dot)com .
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  14. SHORT-TERM TRIPS WAITING FOR YOUR INVOLVEMENT — Dec. 2-6, take part in a Mission Exposure Trip to Bangkok for Philippine Pastors. This trip includes Seminar with the Thai pastors and Filipino pastors/missionaries in Thailand, partnership, ministry opportunity among churches. Resource persons will include Dr. Rodrigo Tano, Rev. Vernie Compas, Thai ministers, Filipino Ministers/missionaries in Bangkok. If you have any queries on the above mission trip schedules and itineraries, please call the numbers below or email FILNET at iccm(at)edsamail(dot)com.ph . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

20040919 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS FOR THE BOOST!
  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS
  3. MAKE INT’L CALLS? BET THESE GUYS BEAT YOUR CURRENT CARRIRER
  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  5. QUALITY TRAINING FOR MID-TERM MISSIONARIES
  6. FIELD MISSIONARY COLLEGE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS?
  7. MORE IDEAS ON RESPONDING TO POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS
  8. TRAINING IN CYBERMISSIONS
  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN PRATTVILLE ALABAMA
  10. PRAYFORDENMARK.COM WEB SITE LAUNCHED
  11. WANT “IN” ON THE GOOGLE “GMAIL” BETA TEST?
  12. ENGLISH SPEAKERS/ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED
  13. TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM!
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS FOR THE BOOST! — Thanks to the tribal missionary in Thailand who wrote, this past week, “You are a blessing to us. Thanks for your vision and for sticking with it.” They enclosed $100 with their note of encouragement, to help us underwrite the cost of the Brigada secretary. Dial-Abroad sent money from August phone users: $156 more toward our secretary! This brings us to a total of $4,675.02 collected so far in 2004. Whoa we’ve got a ways to go: The Brigada secretary is being paid $16,140 for the year’s work. Can anyone else out there help us make this happen in the last 3 months of the year? If so, just log on to: “sponsor“, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift by anonymous.

  2. SAFE DRINKING WATER FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS -– One of our sponsors, TealBrook Supplies, offers a portable water purification system that is excellent for relief situations, operating on gravity and making the water microbiologically safe. Following Hurricane Mitch these were used extensively to bring safe drinking water to the victims, often via the local church creating a direct connection of the church to the hurting. If you’re involved in relief efforts contact TealBrook by visiting their website at http://www.tealbrook.com or emailing them at info(at)tealbrook(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. MAKE INT’L CALLS? BET THESE GUYS BEAT YOUR CURRENT CARRIRER — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html [Truth in partnership: These two services support our Brigada-sponsored secretary.]

  4. MINISTRY TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — MATS Ministry has been: providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. They try to provide cars, trucks, vans, buses, bicycles, motorcycles, for domestic, field, retired, furlough, personal use. New or Used, most any brand, model, make, most any place! Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email car(at)mats(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  5. QUALITY TRAINING FOR MID-TERM MISSIONARIES — Mid-term missions is a fast growing segment of the missions endeavor and includes those serving cross-culturally for three months to three years. They need more training than the two-week short-termer, but not as much the career missionary. DELTA Ministries International has developed an intensive, four-day training specifically for the mid-term missionary. The next training will be held in New York City, October 14-17, 2004. You can receive further information by writing to info(at)deltaministries(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or calling 503-669-8048, or see the web at http://www.deltaministries.com/midterm_training.htm

  6. FIELD MISSIONARY COLLEGE EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS? — Is anyone aware of university graduate education (distance) grants/scholarships/major discounts/free tuition/etc. for field missionaries? Catalin (popa(at)euro316(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] ) would like to know. Send options to Catalin and he’ll report back to us in a couple of weeks so that everyone can see the list. Thanks Catalin!

  7. MORE IDEAS ON RESPONDING TO POP-UPS AND FALSE SCREENS — No matter *what* kind of browser you use, in Windows, you should be able to right-click then hit “close” on the browser’s tab in your status bar. (Thanks Mark!) But Mary gets the award for the *easiest* method of forcing a window closed: ctrl-W! How’d I miss that before? Thanks Mary!

    Two different Peters plus a Scott wrote with a different approach. They all suggested changing to Mozilla web browser, http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/ Scott went on to point out that The Office of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) recently recommended switching from IE to Firefox because of its enhanced security features. Read their recommendations at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6746-2004Jun25.html

    Christopher recommended the Enigma browser http://www.suttondesigns.com/ He said it works with Internet Explorer, but gives multiple tabs, instead of multiple IE windows. It has a built in pop-up filter, inline ad filter, and site filter (on user’s request) and, according to Christopher, it really makes Internet browsing much easier.

    By all means, if you’re in the Windows environment, we assume you’re already running Google’s toolbar (which includes the pop-up blocker) or the new pop-up blocker in Windows Service Pack 2.


  8. TRAINING IN CYBERMISSIONS — http://www.cybermissions.org/training/ A 12-week online course in Cybermissions and Internet Evangelism, covers theology and strategy of Internet ministry, online communication, online community, suitable unreached people groups for Internet outreach, online demographics, reaching post-moderns online, reaching major world religions online, developing bridge sites, and much more. The course starts September 20th but you can enroll until the 30th. Just go to the website above to enroll. The cost is $35 donation for Western students, free for students from developing nations. Run by John Edmiston from the Asian Internet Bible Institute and Tony Whittaker of the Web Evangelism Guide. Email: johned(at)aibi(dot)ph [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN PRATTVILLE ALABAMA — Global Opportunities is offering a FREE half-day seminar (9 am to 1 pm) Saturday, Oct 2, at East Memorial Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama. The church is located at 435 Sheila Boulevard, Prattville, Alabama 36066. See their website for directions: http://www.eastmemorial.org This Seminar will help you understand how you can reach the world as a non-traditional missionary, using your vocation to reach the nations! For further information on this FREE seminar and to REGISTER go to: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar For additional information, please contact Charles at: charles(at)globalopps(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  10. PRAYFORDENMARK.COM WEB SITE LAUNCHED — A new Web site, called Pray for Denmark… http://www.prayfordenmark.com has recently been launched to promote prayer by North Americans of Danish descent for the revival of the Christian church in their Danish homeland. The creators hope it will spark similar sites for other countries/homelands.

  11. WANT “IN” ON THE GOOGLE “GMAIL” BETA TEST? — Another Brigada reader has offered his help. Just write frank.e.martin(at)gmail(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  12. ENGLISH SPEAKERS/ENGLISH TEACHERS NEEDED — They’re needed in Kazakhstan for Fall 2004, Spring 2005, or Summer 2005. If you are a native English speaker and can teach conversational English, please check the website at http://tinyurl.com/kz1v or http://tinyurl.com/469s5 This is a great opportunity to serve with local Kazakhstani teachers and build new friends. You may email Kurt at caopscenter(at)pactec(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  13. TENTMAKING COURSE STILL HAS ROOM! — The GLOBAL Opportunities “Light to the Nations” course still has space available. Enjoy four and a half days of focused teaching on all things tentmaking, stories from experienced tentmakers and time just spent connecting with others of like mind – all in a wonderful setting at the US Center for World Missions in Pasadena California. October 13-17, 2004. To register, click to: http://www.globalopps.org/ltn

20030713 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS
  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY
  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER
  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS!
  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK?
  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA
  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS — Mission Innovators is an intensive 4-day course in creative missiological thinking “guaranteed to change the way you understand and engage in mission work.” This session’s trainers include William R. O’Brien, Daniel Carro, Bob Sjogren, Lillie Brock (creator of the “Change Cycle,”) John Upton, Earlene Jessee, Jerry Jones, and Christopher Richardson. The course will begin on October 17- 18, 2003 and continue on February 27-28, 2004. It will take place at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is limited to 30 participants. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2003. Tuition of $499 includes materials, refreshments, lunch, and dinner on all 4 days of the course. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of participants. Full information and a downloadable brochure are available online at http://www.vbmb.org/innovators.htm To register, or for more information, contact Christopher Richardson at chrisratvbmbdotorg .

  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA — You’re invited to Oasis 2003, Indianapolis, IN on October 23-25. Your church can have a wonderful role in introducing Muslims to a relationship with the Savior. Oasis ’03 is designed specifically to help churches like yours get involved. Sponsored by Crescent Project, Arab World Ministries, Caleb Project and Pioneers. For more information contact infoatoasisamericadotorg or phone Crescent Project at (888)446-5457 or see the website at http://www.oasisamerica.org

  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY — The North American Conference on Turkey set for November 5-7, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona. Turkish church and worker leaders will be present. Organizers are planning tracks for those new to the work in Turkey and for those with long-term strategic involvement. For more information write or The International Turkey Network: mailatitnetdotorg or call (in the USA) 480-464-3983.

  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Contact them about a package price ideal for missionaries and outdoor evangelists. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email scipoweratbayoudotcom . You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1- 318-396-7221.

  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER — Missions by Modem International is a Faith Based Organization providing resources for free help & distribution to those with AIDS. They distribute resources to anyone, anywhere, as God provides funding. For more information, see http://www.mbmiaids.ole.net . Once on the site, click on the document, 1_Welcome_to_MBMI_HIV-AIDS.rtf You can call them in the USA at 248-545- 7340. For more information contact Archie aidsatmbmintldotorg

  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministry? Check out MATS. They obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg

  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK? — Action International Ministries has an immediate need for a business administrator to serve in Manila, Philippines. This position is open immediately for someone who loves the Lord, loves people, is skilled in administration, and is willing to trust the Lord for their support. To see a job description and learn more about this position, check our website: http://www.actionph.org or email Mary Ann at maryannatactionintldotorg

  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — The sudden upsurge in successful emailed “worms” has caused some web-savvy columnists to prophesy that email will eventually be rendered completely worthless. Another contributor to its demise, according to these doom-sayers, is spam. I’ll have to admit, it’s getting completely ridiculous. I log on and there will be 60 new messages, 45 of which are either viruses or spam. Here’s Doug’s “words to the wise” about all that: Don’t post your email address on the web; don’t give it out in chat rooms or news groups. Use Symantec Antivirus and make sure it’s kept up to date (like, within 24 hours). Upgrade to Windows XP and turn on the “fire wall” feature … or use a router, even if you only connect via dial- up. (Previously, you always thought your email address was safe because you have dynamic IP assignment with your ISP. Not so any more. Get a firewall.) Never, never, never, never click on an attachment — if you can at all avoid it. Send all your documents via PDF files so nobody can fool with them. If someone tells you they got an email from you and it was virus-laden, don’t assume you’re infected. Some viruses and worms now “harvest” email addresses, then plug them into the “From:” box, then send them smartly to email addresses associated with the harvested address. Devious. And one more thing — ditch that letter offering to give you 24 million dollars if you hand over your bank account number. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. :-)

  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA — New Way Missions will hold UnConference 2003 in Richmond, Virginia, October 10-12. What’s an “Un” Conference? It’s like none other you’ve ever seen. No famous names. No long lectures. Just a lot of good, interactive learning about short-term missions from folks who’ve “been there, done that” and want to help you avoid lots of pitfalls Here’s a way for you to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about short-term missions and more. Speakers will cover the basic and practical aspects of fielding and screening a team as well as equip you with creative, cross-cultural ministry ideas. Want to know more? Call New Way Missions at (804) 798- 6730 or send them an email mllairdatearthlinkdotnet or check out their web site http://www.newwaymissions.org Save the dates and join them. Bring a friend too! Registration closes September 25.

  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP — Sponsored by Interaction International, 17-19 November 2003, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this workshop will help caregivers & personnel directors with a sending agency, pastors to people in ministry, school counselors & chaplains, and laypersons desiring to work with MKs. Designed to provide practical ideas, skills, strategies and resources to enhance your efforts, the seminar will help MK caregivers to sharpen their skills, enhance their program, clarify their goals and set new priorities in providing crucially needed services to children and parents. For further information about the seminar or to register contact Andrea Riedner (719) 599-8889 or officeattckinteractdotnet and she will promptly respond. They are nearing capacity; as of the last we heard, they only had 8 more registration slots open!

20030706 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS
  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY
  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER
  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS!
  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK?
  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA
  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS — Mission Innovators is an intensive 4-day course in creative missiological thinking “guaranteed to change the way you understand and engage in mission work.” This session’s trainers include William R. O’Brien, Daniel Carro, Bob Sjogren, Lillie Brock (creator of the “Change Cycle,”) John Upton, Earlene Jessee, Jerry Jones, and Christopher Richardson. The course will begin on October 17- 18, 2003 and continue on February 27-28, 2004. It will take place at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is limited to 30 participants. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2003. Tuition of $499 includes materials, refreshments, lunch, and dinner on all 4 days of the course. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of participants. Full information and a downloadable brochure are available online at http://www.vbmb.org/innovators.htm To register, or for more information, contact Christopher Richardson at chrisratvbmbdotorg .

  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA — You’re invited to Oasis 2003, Indianapolis, IN on October 23-25. Your church can have a wonderful role in introducing Muslims to a relationship with the Savior. Oasis ’03 is designed specifically to help churches like yours get involved. Sponsored by Crescent Project, Arab World Ministries, Caleb Project and Pioneers. For more information contact infoatoasisamericadotorg or phone Crescent Project at (888)446-5457 or see the website at http://www.oasisamerica.org

  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY — The North American Conference on Turkey set for November 5-7, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona. Turkish church and worker leaders will be present. Organizers are planning tracks for those new to the work in Turkey and for those with long-term strategic involvement. For more information write or The International Turkey Network: mailatitnetdotorg or call (in the USA) 480-464-3983.

  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Contact them about a package price ideal for missionaries and outdoor evangelists. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email scipoweratbayoudotcom . You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1- 318-396-7221.

  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER — Missions by Modem International is a Faith Based Organization providing resources for free help & distribution to those with AIDS. They distribute resources to anyone, anywhere, as God provides funding. For more information, see http://www.mbmiaids.ole.net . Once on the site, click on the document, 1_Welcome_to_MBMI_HIV-AIDS.rtf You can call them in the USA at 248-545- 7340. For more information contact Archie aidsatmbmintldotorg

  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministry? Check out MATS. They obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg

  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK? — Action International Ministries has an immediate need for a business administrator to serve in Manila, Philippines. This position is open immediately for someone who loves the Lord, loves people, is skilled in administration, and is willing to trust the Lord for their support. To see a job description and learn more about this position, check our website: http://www.actionph.org or email Mary Ann at maryannatactionintldotorg

  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — The sudden upsurge in successful emailed “worms” has caused some web-savvy columnists to prophesy that email will eventually be rendered completely worthless. Another contributor to its demise, according to these doom-sayers, is spam. I’ll have to admit, it’s getting completely ridiculous. I log on and there will be 60 new messages, 45 of which are either viruses or spam. Here’s Doug’s “words to the wise” about all that: Don’t post your email address on the web; don’t give it out in chat rooms or news groups. Use Symantec Antivirus and make sure it’s kept up to date (like, within 24 hours). Upgrade to Windows XP and turn on the “fire wall” feature … or use a router, even if you only connect via dial- up. (Previously, you always thought your email address was safe because you have dynamic IP assignment with your ISP. Not so any more. Get a firewall.) Never, never, never, never click on an attachment — if you can at all avoid it. Send all your documents via PDF files so nobody can fool with them. If someone tells you they got an email from you and it was virus-laden, don’t assume you’re infected. Some viruses and worms now “harvest” email addresses, then plug them into the “From:” box, then send them smartly to email addresses associated with the harvested address. Devious. And one more thing — ditch that letter offering to give you 24 million dollars if you hand over your bank account number. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. :-)

  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA — New Way Missions will hold UnConference 2003 in Richmond, Virginia, October 10-12. What’s an “Un” Conference? It’s like none other you’ve ever seen. No famous names. No long lectures. Just a lot of good, interactive learning about short-term missions from folks who’ve “been there, done that” and want to help you avoid lots of pitfalls Here’s a way for you to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about short-term missions and more. Speakers will cover the basic and practical aspects of fielding and screening a team as well as equip you with creative, cross-cultural ministry ideas. Want to know more? Call New Way Missions at (804) 798- 6730 or send them an email mllairdatearthlinkdotnet or check out their web site http://www.newwaymissions.org Save the dates and join them. Bring a friend too! Registration closes September 25.

  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP — Sponsored by Interaction International, 17-19 November 2003, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this workshop will help caregivers & personnel directors with a sending agency, pastors to people in ministry, school counselors & chaplains, and laypersons desiring to work with MKs. Designed to provide practical ideas, skills, strategies and resources to enhance your efforts, the seminar will help MK caregivers to sharpen their skills, enhance their program, clarify their goals and set new priorities in providing crucially needed services to children and parents. For further information about the seminar or to register contact Andrea Riedner (719) 599-8889 or officeattckinteractdotnet and she will promptly respond. They are nearing capacity; as of the last we heard, they only had 8 more registration slots open!

20021124 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
  2. MORE DRAMA
  3. TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA
  4. VEHICLES FOR MISSIONS & MINISTRIES
  5. TESOL TRAINING
  6. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA
  7. NEED A MOTIVATING SPEAKER?
  8. SEMINAR FOR REACHING THE POOR
  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION (SoFM)
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS –- You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 17-19, 2003, at the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles airport. Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. Dr. Roberta Hestenes of World Vision is the plenary speaker. You can email for information at <infoatnstmcdotorg> or you can find all information and application forms at the following web site: http://www.nstmc.org . </infoatnstmcdotorg>

  2. MORE DRAMA — Here’s a unique drama resource (in addition to those listed in Brigada Today’s 2002/11/08 edition): http://www.christianmusicals.com . This website currently has five original Christian musicals available – words, and CD backing tracks. All of them have been written by Wayne Wright, a New Zealander, and performed many times by Source Theatre, a NZ based Christian, ‘amateur/professional’ theatre group. Some are designed for youth audiences, and are evangelistic. Email the author directly at <wayneatsourcedotcodotnz> . Source Theatre members are open to invitations to bring the show to your part of the world. For more information, or to get copies of the music CD of “The Reason Why”, and the latest version of the booklet, e-mail <tonyplewsatcompuservedotcom> . </tonyplewsatcompuservedotcom></wayneatsourcedotcodotnz>

  3. TESOL IN PENNSYLVANIA — The next TESOL Course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the YWAM base in Lebanon, PA Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English and open doors to limited access nations. The cost is $950, which includes tuition, books, room, and board.

  4. VEHICLES FOR MISSIONS & MINISTRIES — Get transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. Here’s a ministry whose sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. Their “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. They also have new field units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. They handle most major manufacturers, new and used cars, SUV’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and buses. They are MATS International, tel. 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email <caratmatsdotorg>, web http://www.mats.org . </caratmatsdotorg>

  5. TESOL TRAINING — Catch it in Auckland, New Zealand, 3 – 28 March, 2003. This intensive four week English language teacher training course is accredited with YWAM’s University of the Nations and will be held at the YWAM Campus in Auckland. The cost is $USD 680. For application or information contact TESOL Registrar, YWAM, PO Box 43120, Auckland 1730. phone 09 255 1410, email <tesolatywamdotorgdotnz>. </tesolatywamdotorgdotnz>

  6. LEARN ENGLISH IN THE USA — Do you know people who are called to missions but need to speak English to fulfill that calling? An ESL class will be offered in Lebanon, PA beginning March 31, 2002 and ending June 20, 2003 for those who want to learn to speak and understand the English language. The necessary aspects of English grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation will be taught to enable the student to acquire communicative competence. Cost is $2250 with a non- refundable $35 registration fee. For more information or to register contact <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

  7. NEED A MOTIVATING SPEAKER? — Here’s a fellow who is reportedly a motivating and inspiring speaker, who has shared his dramatic journey of overcoming and redemption throughout north America, who has presented in schools, churches, retreats, outreaches, youth rallies, conferences and community events. He also speaks to the reality facing modern day youth and their families. “…an incredible message…a powerful testimony”. Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family. Try Serge LeClerc, http://www.sergetalks.com or email <sergetalksathotmaildotcom>. </sergetalksathotmaildotcom>

  8. SEMINAR FOR REACHING THE POOR — Here’s a seminar that can help you understand and launch church-centered savings and credit associations and tons more for the poor across the planet. Take it all in at the second annual Christian Economic Development Institute running from May 19-30, 2003, and sponsored by the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA (10 minutes from Chattanooga, TN). Recognized by many as the leading expert on urban missions, Dr. Ray Bakke, Executive Director of Urban International Associates, is the keynote speaker. This training opportunity will give you the tools you need to minister effectively to the poor in Christ’s name. For more information, visit http://www.chalmers.org , or e-mail <cediatcovenantdotedu>, or call 706.419.1805. </cediatcovenantdotedu>

  9. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION (SoFM) — Read more about this cross-cultural training at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg . Beginning the 3rd of July, it’s a three- month lecture phase plus nine-month mentored field internship, all aimed at helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural ministry, 3) frontier survival, 4) teamwork and 5) finding a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples in East and Southeast Asia. You can see cost and schedule information at http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/schedule/#10 . This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://ywam.antioch.com.sg/dts/ is a prerequisite. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

20020929 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE
  2. LEARN TO HELP THE POOR
  3. HIMALAYAN FOCUS SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS
  4. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  5. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS
  6. SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII
  8. MISSIONS SUPPORT SERVICES
  9. NEW OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEW YEAR
  10. SHORT-TERM MISSION HOW-TO RESOURCES
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR MUSLIMS YOU LOVE — Interested in praying for Muslims during the upcoming 30-day fast period? Unfortunately, their email list is no more. They’ve lost *everybody*. If you’d like to be their friend and hear more about their work, write an empty email to <pray-onat30-daysdotnet> or go directly to their NEW secure site at http://www.30-days.net .

    Remember, the old list, 30-daysatlsdotpmbxdotnet, no longer exists.

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


  2. LEARN TO HELP THE POOR — Learn how to help the poor through a distance learning course on Christian Microenterprise Development. The course runs Jan. 13-March 7, 2003, with application deadline being Nov. 1 for students overseas, Nov. 30 for students in the US. The cost is $250, which includes all materials. The course leader is Dr. Russell Mask, experienced practitioner and Assistant Professor of Community Development at Covenant College. For more information see http://www.chalmers.org , email <chalmersatcovenantdotedu> or call 706- 419-1805. </chalmersatcovenantdotedu>

  3. HIMALAYAN FOCUS SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS — Have a heart for the lost of the Himalaya? Join Youth With A Mission Cimarron for an intense time of equipping to reach the Himalayan nations; Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, N.India, & NE Pakistan. Cross cultural mission skills & effective tools for reaching Hindu, Buddhist, & Muslim peoples of the world’s rooftop will be imparted. The course will involve a 3-month lecture phase in western Colorado, starting January 2003. This will be followed by a two year placement in the Himalayan region, or serving as support staff to those on the field. A YWAM DTS or CDTS is prerequisite. For more info on this strategic event, contact YWAM at <sofmatywamcimarrondotorg> or via http://www.ywamcimarron.org/SOFM.html . </sofmatywamcimarrondotorg>

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

  5. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS — … for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. The “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. The New Field Units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. All the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for ministry. For more information, contact MATS International, Inc. 4444 National Road E, Richmond, Indiana 47374, phone 888.776.7211 or 765.965.7777 fax 765.962.9966, email caratmatsdotorg, or visit their web page at http://web www.mats.org .

  6. SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSIONS IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — YWAM Jacksonville is offering a School of Frontier Missions starting January 12th. The SOFM is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by field opportunities to apply what you have learned. The purpose of the SOFM is to give students the most essential principles and tools needed to start long- term church planting movements among unreached people groups. Here are some of the topics in the school: Ethnography, Spiritual Warfare for the Frontiers, Principles of church planting among unreached peoples groups, Anthropological Insights for Missionaries, Principles of Language Acquisition, Team Dynamics and Leadership, Chronological Bible Presentation, Biblical Principles for Missions, History of Missions and more! The School of Frontier Missions (SOFM) begins January 12, 2003. A successful completion of a DTS is required. For more information check out http://www.ywamjax.com or call José at 904-221-5990 (EST) or write him at <myglobitoatyahoodotcom>. </myglobitoatyahoodotcom>

  7. TESOL SCHOOL IN HAWAII — The next TESOL Course in Kona (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held at the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii, beginning Feb. 17, 2003. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you may be led to go. This is a four-week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following immediately. The exact schedule is from Feb. 17th to Mar. 28th, 2003. For more information & application forms contact <admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>. </admissionsatuofnkonadotedu>

  8. MISSIONS SUPPORT SERVICES — Here’s an international ministry serving Church/Missions workers carrying out the Great Commission with an affordable range of worldwide medical and financial support services. Established 11 years ago, TTc serves more than 1,400 members in over 100 countries with flexible programmes that can be tailored to best suit your individual needs. a) The International Programme – long term medical insurance b) The Outreach Programme – medical insurance for up to 6 months at a time c) The Providence Programme – a flexible savings/retirement plan If you would like an information package, please write to: <saraattalent-trustdotcom> or visit… . </saraattalent-trustdotcom>

  9. NEW OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEW YEAR — Let English open doors to limited access nations. A TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be offered Jan. 13 – Feb. 7, 2003 in Lebanon, PA. The cost is $950, which includes tuition, room and board. For more information contact davidbbaumanatcsdotcom.

  10. SHORT-TERM MISSION HOW-TO RESOURCES — STEM Int¹l wants to help you and your group do short-term missions right! STEM sells short-term mission books and resources at a large discount. Learn everything you need to know to do your mission right. Resources include Mack and Leeann’s Guide to Short-Term Missions; Vacations With A Purpose; The Essential Guide to the Short-Term Mission Trip; and other popular how- to publications.

    View the resources: Online at http://www.STEMmin.org/aboutSTEM/resources.shtml . Or request a catalogue by email at <officeatstemmindotorg> or call toll-free 1-877-STEM-min or outside US 952-996-1385. </officeatstemmindotorg>

20020414 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PATTERSON CP TRAINING CD-ROM NOW DOWNLOADABLE
  2. POST 9-11 ENCOURAGEMENT
  3. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS
  4. TRANSPORT TO THE RESCUE
  5. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS
  6. RESOURCES ON INTERNATIONALIZING WESTERN MISSIONS
  7. CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES WEBSITE
  8. WANTED: TESOL TEACHERS
  9. PRE-TEST YOUR NEW LAPTOP
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PATTERSON CP TRAINING CD-ROM NOW DOWNLOADABLE — Scores of Brigada readers have asked how they can download the George Patterson “Train and Multiply” materials off the web! If you’d like to do that… or for secure Internet payment with bank cards, just go to: http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada or write to <supportatacquirewisdomdotcom>. Or call toll-free from the USA 1-888-601-3973. From elsewhere, 011-1-360-521-8447. </supportatacquirewisdomdotcom>

  2. POST 9-11 ENCOURAGEMENT — Dan Iverson, a missionary in Chiba, Japan, wrote a very encouraging article regarding the events of Sept. 11 and the “larger perspective” of reaching Afghanistan. Several missionaries (and senders!) have commented on what an encouragement this was. You can reach the article at the web link below or by emailing: <missionschipatmindspringdotcom>.

    First clip and paste this link into your browser’s URL box: http://www.christianity.com then paste these letters behind the above link. /CC/article/0,,PTID23682|CHID125043|CIID872842,00 .html </missionschipatmindspringdotcom>


  3. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS — You know you should spend more time on cross-cultural training, but the planning and logistics of your short-term mission trips are taking all your time and it’s almost summer. Give a 12 lesson Bible Study guide to each member, assign the lessons and debrief some of the lessons together in small groups. You’ll be amazed at how well they can get on track with the help of this book, Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart. God’s word can be used to effectively buihttp://www.CampfireResources.com or email Miriam <answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>. </answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>

  4. TRANSPORT TO THE RESCUE — Now you can find transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. New Field Units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. All the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Our sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for

  5. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS — Check out these five days of intensive, high quality training for people interested in tentmaking. Understand tentmaking and get equipped to be effective. Topics include: Importance of tentmaking today, Biblical basis of tentmaking, Culture shock & how to deal with it, the international job market, Effective, sensitive evangelism, Leading investigative Bible studies, Bonding with the people, Spiritual warfare and disciplines, Church planting, Home church relationship, Hea

    There are two courses offered in 2002: May 15-19 in Cary, NC October 16-20 in Pasadena, CA

    Register at http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/index.htm Presented by Global Opportunities. <infoatglobaloppsdotorg> tel: +1-626-398-2393 </infoatglobaloppsdotorg>


  6. RESOURCES ON INTERNATIONALIZING WESTERN MISSIONS — Marty is looking to put together a list of available resources on internationalizing western mission agencies. He is looking for resources that deal with resourcing, governing, planning/strategizing and organizing of missions beyond being only a western sending agency to one that incorporates missions and/or missionaries from around the world. If your mission has “internationalized” or is thinking about doing so, or you have done work in thisMarty <mdshawatworlddotcbidotorg>. Items submitted will be reviewed and compiled and made available through Brigada in the near future. </mdshawatworlddotcbidotorg>

  7. CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES WEBSITE — Here’s a site that attempts to help people find opportunities to serve abandoned or orphaned children, from infants to teens, in Christian child care facilities around the world. This may be the only website that lists nearly 150 such Christian facilities, with links and other contact information. Visit http://ChristianOrphanages.org and see for yourself. You can use the search engine to take you directly to countries or types of ministry in which you may be interested, or take advantage of the “Ask Us” service to obtain personalized assistance.

    Many of these orphanages or homes accept volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including child care, medical and dental services, construction, administration, and teaching. You can learn more from <webmasteratmfinderdotorg>. </webmasteratmfinderdotorg>


  8. WANTED: TESOL TEACHERS — Are you looking for an overseas, cultural experience where you can serve the Lord short term or long term? The Asia Center for TESOL will be opening this year in the Philippines. The purpose of this center is to train nationals with the skills to teach English for the purpose of Evangelism. They need TESL teacher-trainers. All teachers need be self-supporting volunteers so that the students can afford a nominal fee to take the course. For more information contact Sam or

  9. PRE-TEST YOUR NEW LAPTOP — Yikes. I just got ambushed by the “new laptop syndrome.” Picked up a new Sony laptop just prior to the overseas trip I’ve just completed. Unfortunately, after I got it overseas, it wouldn’t pulse-dial. Now I’m back in the states — but I’ll have to call the Sony tech support people to find out what’s up. Either I’ve got an uncooperative modem… or Sony has ditched the pulse dialing protocol! (I tried manually putting the “P” in the dialing sequence.) The moral of the
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