20070909 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. TRAINING ON MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT — The Chalmers Center for Economic Development offers low-cost email-based distance learning courses on how to minister to the poor without creating dependency. This training “helps the church to help the poor help themselves.” A course called “Principles and Practices of Christian Microfinance and Microenterprise Development” gives you an overview to microenterprise development and microfinance and orients you to the selection and design of a holistic intervention appropriate for your ministry context. Cost of this seven-week course is $199 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The course will be offered on Jan. 7 – Feb. 22, 2008.

    The prerequisite course is called “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry.” It helps you understand appropriate goals and strategies for conducting Christian development in poor communities. Cost of this four-week course is $75 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The next offering is scheduled for Oct. 22 – Nov. 16, 2007. It also will be offered on February 4 – February 29, 2008.

    Because the courses are email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 8-10 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 09/07.

  2. MISSIONTRAVEL.ORG OFFERS DISCOUNT AIRFARE FOR MISSIONS — Christian owned and operated online travel business exists to save missions time and money through discounted international airfare. Supporting missionaries, churches and mission organizations, focuses on the Great Commission and helps those serving around the world. Dedicated to supporting global missions, qualifying groups of 10 or more may also be eligible to receive contributions from owners. Pass the word. Visit and share

    or call 1-888-849-8850 in the USA or email quote(at)missiontravel(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  3. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL — DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop, a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources: 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint®, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. The next training date to become a Workshop facilitator is Friday, November 12, in Brentwood, CA (East of San Francisco). Learn more at…

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

  4. YOUR BEST SOURCES FOR RENTING VEHICLES? — Got a favorite source for renting that car or van overseas? This request might sound “off the wall”, but one Brigada participant just asked how he might discover this sort of thing. So, for example, if you know of a good “chain” or website, or even a particular favorite *local* vehicle rental agency somewhere in the world, list it at the link below, then click on “Add Comment”:

  5. CALLING ALL USA-BASED CHRISTIAN WORKERS: TALK TO THE IRS — The IRS has just released a significant redesign of Form 990 – Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax. They are proposing that it take effect in the 2008 tax year. Part of this Form would be a new Schedule F – Statement of Activities Outside the United States. This would ask for specific disclosure of the countries where a nonprofit organization has activities. Organizations would be required to list the number of bank accounts and offices in those countries, the number of employees located in each country, the activities conducted in each country, and the total expenditures in each country. Disclosure of this sort of information could easily compromise the safety and security of missionaries working in some countries. Under this proposed form, what they do and where they work will have to be disclosed to the public. Because of the significant issues raised by this new form, a tax attorney in Dallas, TX, has created a special issue of his “Legal Memos” newsletter that he is making available free to anyone who would like a copy. It explains some of the major proposals in the new Form 990, the consequences of public disclosure of Schedule F, and what action you can take to help keep those disclosures private. To get a copy, just go to the Nonprofit and Church Law Ministries website at

    to download a copy of the Special Issue: IRS Releases Major Redesign of Form 990.

  6. 24/7 PRAYER MISSIONS TRAINING — Elijah Company will join with as many as 300 local believers in the south of Spain in an area called Campo de Gibraltar to conduct a second 24/7 House of Prayer. This is a strategic area sandwiched between Europe and North Africa. An International School of Prayer will be conducted along with a Missionary Training Camp. The objectives of this event are to seek the Lord for this strategic area and mentor others into a stronger missions/prayer focus. Participants can come for any duration. For details see


    or call (757) 226-3507 or email elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. SHORT-TERM MISSIONS WITHOUT LONG-TERM HARM — In addition to its distance learning courses on economic development, the Chalmers Center also offers an email-based distance learning course on the issues surrounding short-term missions (less than one month) in the context of the socio-economic poor. This course presents frameworks for considering these issues so that the benefits of missions projects are maximized and potential harm is minimized. It is designed for those involved in short-term missions to locations in the U.S./Canada and throughout the world. The training is appropriate for: 1) sending churches and denominations, 2) host churches and missionaries, 3) missions project leaders, and 4) missions team members.

    Cost of this three-week course is $55 (USD) plus the cost of separately ordered course material. The November offering of this course is full. The next available offering is scheduled for March 10 – March 28, 2008.

    Because the course is email-based, slow dial-up speed will not limit participation. Also note that you may spend 6-8 hours per week on course work.

    To learn more, including information about a discount for Two-Thirds World participants, or to register, visit

    or call 1-706-419-1805. When registering, use Reference Identifier BRN- 09/07.

  8. WHERE WOULD YOU TURN FOR ADDING SUBTITLES — Suppose you had to add Czech subtitles to a multimedia presentation. How would you start? Whom would you contact? If you know of someone, just click to

    And click on “Add Comment” to list your favorite resource.

  9. SO THANKFUL FOR GIFTS — We’re humbled and encouraged by the gifts we receive from new friends of Brigada. This past week, we received $25 from They wrote, ” Thank you for leading the way to equip believers serving in the missions community. We are happy to help in this way as you advance His kingdom. God bless, owners.” If you don’t mind, please give them a try in the near future, if at all possible. Thanks!

  10. HELP US HELP YOU — Want to undergird Brigada? It’s easy. Send any amount to help us reach our goal. Just click on the “Donate” page:

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

  11. THE BACKPAGE: JOIN 30 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD — In the July 6th edition of Brigada Today, we mentioned the “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” (“THE BACKPAGE: MORE FOR THE SAKE OF PRAYER”). This year, the USA supplier completely sold out, then ordered 10,000 extra copies, then sold completely out of those too. Our own church distributed well over 400 of these to church members who were, for the first time, lifting up the needs and futures of Muslims worldwide.

    Is it a good sign that tens of thousands of us are praying for our Muslim friends and neighbors worldwide? You bet. To me, it’s a great indicator that there’s a strong interest in helping Muslims come in contact with the power of Jesus Christ in a positive way.

    Is it too late for you and your church to get involved? Not at all! Here are some additional resources from the web:

    Click around the page, select a date, click on a video, show a map, (the “download a PDF” link didn’t work for me on the 13th or 14th). Basically, even without the book, you can still pray from the same text.

    See the “sights and sounds” at:

    Hear the call to prayer, … and see the “What is Ramadan?” video.

    See the page at:

    which is offering free resources there throughout the month, including a PDF download of the children’s booklet in several languages. See the calendar at:

    which lets you click on one day at a time and really see the regional organization.

    Using these online resources, booklet or not, you can keep pace with life-changing, world-impacting prayer.

20070304 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  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

    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:

    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:

    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

    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:

    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

    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…

    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:


    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:

    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:

    (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:

    Thanks, too, to Clowns4Him

    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.


20030112 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. NEW TOOL HIGHLIGHTS COUNTRIES AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD — This past week, I had a chance to preview a terrific little tool soon to be made public. With a focus on seeking adoption for every remaining unreached people group, this mission-encyclopedia CD can only be described as one of a kind! It has unique one-page profiles on every country and every people. I know that might sound like “old hat”, but these are beautiful *and* telling. What’s more, get this: the designers have obtained complete copyright releases for the whole CD full of data. If you were to buy a complete set of “Culture-grams”, they might set you back $100. Or you could get the map set in “Facts On File”… and the maps alone would run about $149. (This tool has *beautiful* maps… with full color vector graphics that print out in *stunning* detail at *whatever* size you need. If you bought “Background Notes”, they’d be $59… but no one has them on digital form, and if they did, you wouldn’t have copyright release to copy and paste them into your documents and brochures. If you managed to get digital copies of the CIA World Factbooks, they’d be at least $69 – $79… but get this… *All* those resources and *more* are included on this CD. And these profiles are clear and concise one-page summaries with 59 indicators. And would you believe there are 17,000 of them? I’m not kidding! If they were a penny a profile, that alone would be $170. Imagine your church’s next missions banquet. Just take the list of countries where your church is working, then print out country profiles (or people group profiles) for each of those focus areas. Have someone laminate them and — presto — full-color take-home memento placemats that serve as a permanent prayer reminder. Got a missions prayer night service coming up? Just print out the relevant profiles and you’ll instantly have a snappy hand-out. Or simply copy and paste a copy of the relevant country map into your new missions brochure — a map for each missionary, showing where he/she is laboring! And these are *all* released for reprinting. At times, that’s been the frustration with other profiles — copyright protection. These are “deliverables”!!!

    Here’s the amazing part. The creators of this resource are *talking* about offering it first through Brigada, for a $20-off price of $49. After two or six or 10 weeks, it’ll go on sale for the rest of the evangelical world… at $69. When will it become available? Probably about two months from now. Start saving your pennies. Your agency or church will want at least one copy of this tool!

  2. THE BEST SERVICE CONTRACT/WARRANTY FOR YOUR VEHICLE — If you have a furlough coming up… or you travel and recruit missionaries at colleges, or you have any other reason to put tons of miles on your vehicle in the USA, and you’d like to hang on to it for a while, then you might want to consider purchasing an extended warranty for it. These “service contracts” turn out to be a good deal if the transmission fails or the engine blows while the warranty is in force. We recently conducted a study of about 100 different companies offering these warranties. Based on feedback from many participants and many reviewers, such as , we concluded that the best warranties currently came from . They consistently offered the lowest prices for the best coverage, yet still came away with the best marks for customer service, quick claim handling, and solid appreciation from clients. What’s more, they’re willing to cut deals for missionaries and mission agency staff. They can sell warranties on new or used vehicles, at practically any mileage level. To get a quote for your vehicle, check out: . Get the best quote you can, then call them at 888-580-9889, ext. 4765 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). That should put you in touch with Shane. Tell Shane you’re being referred by Doug Lucas of Brigada/Team Expansion and he should be able to give you the best price, plus maybe get you an additional $50 discount from the sales manager, Bob Henfey (ext. 4749). You should see my stack of research notes… and …. no doubt about it, the best deal *and* the best warranty came from these guys. If you don’t believe it, just check out that site. That site consistently lists Warranty Gold as the #1 warranty in the country. Check ’em out.

  3. WEB-WATCH: GOSPEL MISSIONARY UNION — Check out GMU’s new website: They used Computech Business Solutions as their host: and they’re now high on a unique web site content management tool called Site Commander. Check ’em out!

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

  5. MORE TIME THAN JUST A COUPLE WEEKS OVERSEAS — Modeled after the pattern of Luke 10:1-2, 2003, this will be Mission to Unreached Peoples’ third year of the Luke 10 Program. Going out two by two, Luke 10 is an internship program where students can experience and minister in different countries for 3-10 months, beginning in August, 2003. Countries of travel include China, Turkey, Thailand, Nepal, India and many others. Learn about missions, then use your individual gifts to minister and share the Gospel to the Unreached. To learn more, contact Beth at Mission to Unreached Peoples, at 1-888-847-6950 or 206-781-3151 or by email at <mupinfoatmupdotorg  (mupinfoatmupdotorg)  > Mission to Unreached Peoples website is .

  6. FREE TENTMAKING JOURNAL DOWNLOAD — “GO World”, the journal of tentmaking published by Global Opportunities is now available as a free pdf download. The subscription-only hardcopy circulation is 5900 and growing. Each issue contains tentmaker stories, articles on tentmaking and missions, a country profile, and is sure to stimulate your missions thinking. Log on at… (Thanks Tim!)

  7. ONE MORE IDEA FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS — Remember our original request for funds-transfer tactics? (Item 4 in the Dec. 27th, ’02, Brigada Today, entitled, “HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?”) Brian came up with one additional idea this past week. His idea reminds me a lot of the technique used by many Somalis throughout the world (or so I hear). Just find someone trustworthy in the US (college student, pastor, etc.) who still has family in the target country. In the USA, the donor gives funds to that person, and the family back in the target country “gives” me money, by passing it along to the intended recipient in the destination land. Brian writes, “We’ve used this to help the family get some of their finances out of the home country (especially Christian families).”

  8. FULLY-DEVELOPED SKIT: A TALE OF TWO ARMIES — Here’s a skit to illustrate the entire Church’s role in Jesus’ campaign to bring the nations to worship at His throne: (Thanks Mike!)

  9. BEAUTIFUL FEET — Thanks to Brigada participant, Mike <mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom  (mikedotgreenatsaesolveddotcom)  >, who wrote this past week to say, “In Romans 10:14-15 beautiful feet are the answer to “And how can they preach unless they are sent?” They propel the body of Christ, carrying the Good News to those who have never heard. Those who send are the beautiful feet, the glorious underpinnings of Jesus’ Church’s mission to enable some from every nation to call on Him. Clearly it is not a foot, but the mouth, which preaches. But the Holy Spirit sings that the feet are beautiful. Let those who God has made the feet that send those who are the hands and heads rejoice that He calls them beautiful.” Read more about Mike’s line of thought at:

  10. READ HOW MUSLIMS INTRODUCE ISLAM TO OTHERS — Are you curious to see how a Muslim presents Islam to prospective converts? Check out this website: Get your “Flash” plug-in primed on your web browser! This is an elaborate site!

  11. LIFE INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES — Does anyone know where you can get term life insurance for missionaries? If anyone has any suggestions, send them to <jkbatpoboxdotcom  (jkbatpoboxdotcom)  > and she will compile a list for a future issue of Brigada Today.

  12. IN THE MOOD TO GET RID OF SPAM? — Big news. Who isn’t. Yikes… My 13-year-old gets 35 – 40 unsolicited commercial emails/day. I can’t even imagine how many *you* get. You can take a look at: or if you operate an ISP, check out… for anti-spam software. And if the spam is pornography, and it’s got you hooked, try doing some reading at sites like: (Thanks Robert!) for help on that. Either way, this is a problem we’re going to be dealing with for a long time to come… unless somebody gets busy and invents a magic wand! :-)

  13. WOULD YOU HELP US ADD TO THE SUBSCRIBER LIST? — This week we hit 12,809 subscribers. ‘Course, at any one time, something like 5000 of those addresses are “bouncing” … and many are “bad for good,” if you know what I mean. But we still had a net gain over last week. (So if you invited others to participate, Thanks!!! Hats off to you!!!) Would you do us a favor? Since we have no marketing budget (for the most part, we don’t have *any* budget; just check out our “sponsors” page at: So… since we don’t have a marketing budget, can we hire you as a volunteer? Would you invite your personal mailing list to subscribe? Just send them a note like this:

    “Hey… have you ever heard of Brigada Today? Each weekend, it comes to my inbox filled with tons of resources, ideas, and mobilization news about Missions and unreached peoples — and helps for the people involved in making missions happen. Try it! Just send a note to: brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom)   And … by the way… your address is secret with them. They pay YahooGroups so there are no ads in the email… and they never release your address to *anybody*, even at gunpoint! They’ve been sending these newsletters out weekly for something like 8 years! See their back- issues at: http:/ (click on “Index of back issues”) Check it out!”

    ‘Course, you could write up your own item too… but it would sure be great to get our numbers up a bit by next week, when we cross our official 8-year anniversary. Thanks for your help!!! Doug

20021124 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  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: . </infoatnstmcdotorg>

  2. MORE DRAMA — Here’s a unique drama resource (in addition to those listed in Brigada Today’s 2002/11/08 edition): . 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 . </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, 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 , 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 . 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 . This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a prerequisite. For more info, write <apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>. </apocal59atpacificdotnetdotsg>

20010923 Brigada Today

In this issue….



Curious about what happened to all the AD2000 & Beyond unreached people data? Wonder no more. The legacy lives on . . . in the form of Joshua Project II. They continue to refine their already-completed comprehensive ethno-cultural list of all the world’s peoples. Check it out (viewing and download) at: Now, during the next few months, they want to attach various Church Planting progress indicators to that list e.g. % Evangelicals, % Adherents and several others such as Operation World Progress Indicators, status of various ministries tools of Bible Translation progress, Christian Radio Broadcasting, Audio Recordings and Jesus Film.

Then they’ll try to establish criteria to identify the least reached (possibly something like less than 2% Evangelical) and then publish a global comprehensive least reached list. Next they’ll tackle what might be the most important phase — to begin promoting the comprehensive least-reached peoples list and gathering ministry commitments for networking purposes. They’ll also expand the JPII website to be interactive to allow queries such as: “Show me the ten largest groups without a Jesus Film that are considered unreached? Show me all groups in the 10/40 Window that are below 5% Christian and have audio recordings available. Show me the 20 top most adoptable” peoples.”

Let’s all pray that God will bless their work. They are the “Nehemiahs” trudging through the city in the dark, hoping to gain for us a more accurate picture of the walls that most need rebuilding.



letter and ligntening bolt Email-based global news? Until recently, Infobeat provided an excellent email news service, but they recently changed their format and their range of content. Do you have any suggestions on a comprehensive, free (or inexpensive) email news service providing global coverage that does NOT require web access to read the articles? Send your comments to David davidgatcydotnet  (davidgatcydotnet)   including the URL to contact the news service. A summary report will be made available after a couple of weeks here on Brigada. (Thanks David!!! What a great idea. I feel your pain. My buddies and I went to’s email news. It’s still no replacement for the old InfoBeat.)


book The “annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook” is 132-pages long, brings you 34 excellent articles, and 11 Important “Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts”. It carries DOUBLE the editorial content of the current edition. And, included are two Special Sections: “Working with Children in Crisis,” and “Short-Term Missions: 2002.” The cost for a single-copy is $5.00 (includes S&H). Multiple copies are available for just $2.00 each, plus our modest “out-of-pocket” S&H charges. But for Brigada subscribers, Bill will do this: Order 15 or more copies and he’ll include a free copy of the new 21st Century Edition of Operation World (just published this fall; 798-pages; $18 cover price). (Order 25 and get 2 free copies, order 50 or more and get 5 free copies. To order a supply of the 2002 Edition send an e-mail to intomorecopiesataoldotcom  (intomorecopiesataoldotcom)   indicating the number of copies you wish to receive. An invoice will be sent with the shipment to US and Canadian addresses. All overseas orders must send payment in advance to Bill Berry, Publisher, Into All The World, PO Box 40519, Pasadena, CA 91114, tel: 626-798-8582, fax: 626-798-2712.


calendar It’s still not too late to make arrangements to attend the JEMA Church Planting Institute (CPI). Registrations for this year’s conference November 6-9 in Kawaguchi-ko near Mt. Fuji are ahead of record attendances in previous years (260+). Participants will have to choose from among 4 training tracks, over 20 electives and dozens of regional groups. Registration remains open until October 23rd. For registration and information contact the JEMA office 03-3295-1949 jemaatjemadotorg  (jemaatjemadotorg)  , the CPI web site or John JMehnatCompuservedotcom  (JMehnatCompuservedotcom)  .


Bible The Visualized Bible Series is a 78-volume series of flash card Bible-teaching lessons. Each volume contains four lessons and sixteen large, colorful illustrations (10″ x 14″) bound into the book. Each volume teaches one Bible doctrine or topic (i.e.: Faith, Prayer, Repentance, Forgiveness, The Nature of Man, etc.). The entire series is available in English from Bible Visuals International, PO Box 153, Akron, PA 17501-0153. BVI’s web site: BVI’s email karenewatbiblevisualsdotorg  (karenewatbiblevisualsdotorg)  . The three volumes on the Crucifixion and Resurrection are printed in Arabic and are available from either Bible Visuals International or Clarion Publishing House, PO Box 165740, Beirut, Lebanon. Clarion’s email is Clarionatcyberiadotnetdotlb  (Clarionatcyberiadotnetdotlb)  . Inquire about costs and missionary discounts. There’s a free catalog available from BVI.


graduation cap An International Training Institute on Literacy and Evangelism will be held in Tulsa/USA from June 9 to July 12, 2002. This five week course prepares persons to start church-based outreach in literacy ministry by using Bible-content materials. For more information (cost etc.), email ort4leiatjunodotcom  (ort4leiatjunodotcom)   or write Literacy and Evangelism Int’l 1800 S. Jackson Ave. Tulsa, OK 74107 or visit LEI’s Website at:


MATS supplies vehicles for those in Christian Ministries. Their sole purpose is to save ministry dollars spent on transportation needs. For furloughs, they have the “Rentals at Cost” program, and they also offer insurance and delivery. Or buy new or used from them as well! In addition, they have great prices on new field units for NGOs, shipping most brands most anywhere. Learn more by writing caratmatsdotorg  (caratmatsdotorg)   or see or write MATS International, Inc. 4444 National Road E, Richmond, IN 47374. Phone toll-free 888-776-7211 or 765-965-7777 fax 765-962-9966


Unlimited Strategy Evangelism (“USE”) conducted a seminar for Pastors and Church Leaders in Nakuru, Kenya Sept. 11 – 16, 2001. It stressed Laity ministry, discipleship, and edifying the Body of Christ plus emphasizing teaching the Truth of God’s Word. The Sunday after the seminar concluded, the host church canceled their Sunday evening service and went into the community to put into practice what they had learned. As a result sixteen individuals became Believers. Plans are being formulated for additional seminars in Kenya. For more information contact Aranyasataoldotcom  (Aranyasataoldotcom)  . Or visit


graduation cap The following GET mission training schools are scheduled for 2002: One-month full time intensive from February 4th – March 5th in Irvine, California. Two-month summer full- time school from July 8th – September 3rd in Hampton, Virginia USA. Courses being taught include Cross-Cultural Communications; Church Planting; Urban Missions; Animism; Missions Strategy; Cultural Anthropology; Servant Evangelism and World Religions. Come and learn from experienced missionaries and leaders how to fulfill your cross- cultural call both around the block and around the world. Part-time are students welcome. Evening classes are available. For more details contact Greg gregbaustathotmaildotcom  (gregbaustathotmaildotcom)   at Global Ministry Teams or call 757-868-1268 or check out

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