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20060924 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GO EQUIPPED TENTMAKING COURSE IN OSLO NORWAY
  2. IN SEARCH OF WEBSITE HOSTS FOR TUNISIAN ARABIC MEDIA CONTENT
  3. HOW DO YOU TYPE IN ALL THOSE SPANISH CHARACTERS?
  4. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ACROSS BORDERS
  5. THE LATEST DVD FROM CREATE INTERNATIONAL
  6. HELP THEM FIND THE MASTER COPY OF THE HAO XIAOXI VIDEO
  7. JOIN YWAM’S 48-HOUR DISASTER RELIEF RESPONSE HOTLINE
  8. IN PRAISE OF THOSE STANDING IN THE GAP
  9. THE BACKPAGE: MK RESOURCE LIST YOU’LL WANT TO SEE
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GO EQUIPPED TENTMAKING COURSE IN OSLO NORWAY — Global Opportunities and TENT Norway have joined forces to put together intensive, focused courses for those wanting to investigate tentmaking. Yet another new course will be launched this November 16-19, open for everyone as all the teaching is in English. This course is identical to the ones being run annually in Fort Myers FLA in the winter, Bergen Norway in the spring (at the TENT headquarters) and in Victoria BC Canada in the summer. You will hear from international speakers with tentmaking experience: Gerson Celeti from Italy, Ari Rocklin from Canada and Steinar Opheim from Norway. For more information and to register for the Oslo course, browse to

    http://www.tent.no/arrangement

    or write steinar(dot)opheim(at)tent(dot)no [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].


  2. IN SEARCH OF WEBSITE HOSTS FOR TUNISIAN ARABIC MEDIA CONTENT — Some audio recordings of Tunisian dialect Arabic scriptures and worship music have been recorded. Now the question is, how can it be made available for the first time to 10 million Tunisians? If you know of a ministry (maybe especially one that focuses on media and Arabs…?) that would post this content online, please email details to:

    tunisia(at)nym(dot)hush(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. HOW DO YOU TYPE IN ALL THOSE SPANISH CHARACTERS? — Take a tip from one of the Spanish-speaking Team Expansion workers documented here:

    http://bushnells.teamexpansion.org/Misc/KeyboardLayout.htm

    He says once you’ve shifted to this approach, you’ll never go back. (Thanks Chris!!!)


  4. RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT ACROSS BORDERS — Streams in the Desert delivers relief and development to the unreached through cyberspace, utilizing a network of dispatches. A dispatch is an individual, team, family, YWAM base, or ministry on location in any part of the world where there is a relief and development need. Streams’ dispatches focus primarily on community-based development, in particular to disabled or handicapped children, involving the child’s family and eventually the neighborhood and surrounding community. Dispatches are primarily linked through Streams’ e-mail group, which facilitates the transfer of external resources with needs in the dispatch’s location. Dispatches are also coordinated with field mediators in a particular region. As of April 2006 there were 24 countries with dispatches. Streams also contribute to relief and development through training. Streams in the Desert is an expanding ministry with expanding staff needs, in particular in the areas of personnel/registrar, administration, mobilization, accounting/bookkeeping, and communication. The door is wide open for dispatches (YWAM or non-YWAM) staff, and outreach teams to join in its strategic ministry of relief and development. For more information, contact or write the Streams Center, Email: streams7(at)juno(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 log on at…

    http://www.streams7.multiply.com


  5. THE LATEST DVD FROM CREATE INTERNATIONAL — Hot off the presses is the New Contextual Gathering Showreel. This DVD features 5 examples of how home fellowships can be contextualised to reach the target audience. Now subtitled in English, this resource includes 3-5 minutes preview clips from our Kurdish, Turkish, Urdu, Indonesian and Hindi full length productions. Find this powerful example at:

    http://www.createinternational.com


  6. HELP THEM FIND THE MASTER COPY OF THE HAO XIAOXI VIDEO — This evangelistic Mandarin video is having a *huge* impact among villagers and animists in China, but no one’s been able to dub it into minority languages because no one knows who produced this video and thus there’s no way to get hold of the original master audio and video tracks. Rumor has it that this video was produced in Korea. If you have any info on who has produced this video, please write

    taihaole(at)pobox(dot)com and let us know. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. JOIN YWAM’S 48-HOUR DISASTER RELIEF RESPONSE HOTLINE — Disaster strikes. News reaches YWAM Kuala Lumpur. E-mails are fired out, phone calls made, meetings arranged. Within 24 hours YWAM recruits are mobilized from nearby bases. 24 hours after that they are on-site. Sound impossible? That’s the vision of the Disaster and Relief Office for Southeast Asia and Australia. Volunteers may come from any ministry in the world, must be available to reach a disaster stricken area once called, and must have the heart first of a servant. Medical training, construction work, and counseling skills are a plus. E-mail Elisha Tan at the Disaster and Relief Office for Southeast Asia and Australia at

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


  8. IN PRAISE OF THOSE STANDING IN THE GAP — Do you think these gifts encourage us here at Brigada? You bet they do. I can’t tell you how motivating it is. (Witness that I’m here at midnight doing this Brigada.) These people and groups stood in the gap this past week:

    GMI – $25 in honor of those who bought the Buddhist World CD. See their website at

    http://www.gmi.org

    In addition, $101.79 from Dial-abroad as a means of saying thanks for several players who went with dial-abroad.com (in July & August) [Please keep talking!] And $11.29 from Blessed Hope (Accxx communications) to say thanks for those who used their long distance service in June. Sign up at:

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

    Insurance Services of America stood good on their offer to share from insurance policies you bought for short-term mission trip travel by sending $ 115.92 (Please keep insuring! :-) ). Learn about their great policies at

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

    Hats off, too, to the Peninsula Bible Church in Cupertino for sending $150. Please… if you’re searching for a church home with a missions heart, consider them. Learn more at

    http://www.pbcc.org/

    What’s more, we received great and encouraging gifts in these amounts from anonymous helpers: $200, $100, $25, $50, $50, $50, $26, $25, $25, $10 and $100 from the President of initiative 360. One anonymous donor wrote, “I know Brigada has served many Navigator missionaries including me. Thanks for your service to the Body.” Another wrote, “Keep up the excellent work.” Thank you so much for the encouragement.

    Want to be that motivation for this coming week? Just 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.


  9. THE BACKPAGE: MK RESOURCE LIST YOU’LL WANT TO SEE — I’ve saved this item for the “Back Page” editorial in this rare case for a couple of reasons. First, because it’s probably one of the best compilations we’ve ever seen at Brigada — in 11 long years, a new edition every week, and this one takes the cake. It’s neat, it’s thorough, it’s comprehensive, and yet it’s still easy to digest. What’s more, it’s free and available.

    But we saved it for another reason: because to us, it typifies the spirit of Brigada. Just imagine… an organization (Team Expansion) hires on a new worker as MK Coordinator. How does she get started? She volunteers to serve as the compiler of a resource listing of MK information. She puts her plea in Brigada and dozens of willing contributors send her mongo reference lists of information. Heather has to cull through it all, take out the duplicates, organize it, then return the completed listing back to Brigada.

    Now the payback: Think of the resource she has in her hands. She knows it backward and forward (because she wrote it) and she can instantly use it in her daily work. But unselfishly, she instantly makes it available to an entire *wave* of people in the same vocation. So *everybody* comes out the winner.

    Shouldn’t that be merely an example of what we *all* do for our various roles and specialties? But make no mistake: it takes work, follow- through, and volunteerism. With those 3 ingredients, this system is a lay-down. And Heather had them all, in abundance.

    So — here’s the fruit of her labor… and of everyone working together on Brigada. Thanks to those who contributed:

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

    So… hats off to you Heather… and all those who pitched in ideas. Bravo!

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.

20060716 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER
  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK
  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES
  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP
  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT?
  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF)
  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE
  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EMMAUS ROAD PRE-PUBLICATION OFFER -— Emmaus Road International is pleased to announce the reprinting of two of their books: Prepare For Battle; Basic Training in Spiritual Warfare and The Reentry Team; Caring for Your Returning Missionaries. Through September 15th, they are offering a discounted pre-publication sale. You can read more about the books at

    http://www.eri.org/publications.html

    But you must send an e-mail to Emmaus_Road(at)eri(dot)org for details of this offer. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  2. THE UNREACHED: THE CHURCH MAY BE SMALLER THAN YOU THINK — Just when we thought we were making progress… In 1974, the Lausanne Movement woke us up to “about half” the world being “hidden” from the gospel. Recent years have led us to believe that figure had shrunk to as little as 1/3 or even 1/4 of the world’s population being out of reach of the gospel. But from the looks of the top guy at Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), Kevin Swanson, maybe we’re farther away from our goal than we thought. His article at…

    http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/s06060084.htm

    states that “*three* out of four people alive on the earth today still have not heard the Gospel.” Rats. Back to the drawing board. (Thanks for pointing us to that URL, Matt!)


  3. VIDEOS IN 900 LANGUAGES — Check out the new web site for the World Christian Video Directory at

    http://www.worldchristianvideos.org

    It lists over 900 languages of Christian videos and resellers, organized by title, organization, language and country. It’s an attempt to list evangelistic, apologetic, discipleship and informational Christian videos in all the languages of the world. (Thanks Ken!)


  4. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMP — Elijah Company will host another training October 12-15, 2006 at Living Waters Farm in Virginia. These four-day intensive exposures often illuminate the pathways for those desiring to be in missions. From the last training Robyn wrote: We are still processing the closest four days with Jesus ever! Meaning you discipled us so deeply according to the Word that we felt so close to Him, we truly were able to “hear”. Please do not wait too long to register. For more information and applications write to elijah(at)elijahcompany(dot)org or call 757-226-3507. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Learn more at: http://www.elijahcompany.org .

  5. NEW VOICE OVER IP SERVICE: TRY IT, LIKE IT? — Fernando wrote this past week about a new and different version of Voice over IP (VOIP) software he had just discovered. “Web Call Direct”

    http://webcalldirect.com

    has two features not found in similar services like VoipCheap or VoipFree; a) you can place a call between any two phones in the world. In other words, you first set the number of a land line accessible to you and then the number of the phone you’d like to call. The first one rings, you pick it up and then the second phone rings and the communication is established. The end result is a communication between regular phones without the computer. b) You can do all of this from a webpage using any computer in the world; no need to download any software. You can also call from your computer (if that is your preference) as with any other VOIP service (computer to computer or computer to phone). Fernando did encounter problems trying to use his credit card, though his PayPal account went through without a hitch. As with the other services mentioned previously in Brigada, US, Europe and a bunch of other countries are totally free. So if they can work out the possible credit card issues, this service will be one to watch. (Thanks Fernando!)


  6. SHARPEN YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS — International Training Partners offers Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops in different parts of the world. These five-day, highly interactive workshops focus on biblical application of skills in relating to one another and to the host people.

    A workshop hosted by International Training Partners will in Colorado Springs, Colorado October 8-13, 2006. Contact Robin Bower at rbower(at)itpartners(dot)org for information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    Go to

    http://www.itpartners.org

    for details on all of the workshops and information on ITP. If your mission is interested in sponsoring an SYIS workshop, contact Paul Lere at plere(at)itpartners(dot)org


  7. FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN CONFERENCES IN THE WORKS (CRAF) — The 5th Francophone Africa Regional Consultation will take place in May 2007: CRAF Central Africa for central Africa countries will be held on 07-11 May 2007 in Bangui (CAR) and CRAF West Africa for West Africa countries will be held on 14-18 May 2007 in Lome (Togo). CRAF provides an opportunity for innovative leaders to come together to hear how God is at work across Francophone Africa, learn cutting-edge insights from one another, assess where each nation is at the unfinished task of the Great Commission, and engage the critical challenges facing the Church in Francophone Africa. To facilitate this process, two-thirds of the programme is devoted to group interaction. Each morning there will be a key address on Church Planting Movements.

    For more information, contact Mr. Younoussa Djao at ydjao.craf(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 .]


  8. NEW CHURCH-PLANTING RESOURCE — Roland Muller’s, “The Messenger, the Message, & the Community” examines three critical issues that the cross-cultural church-planter must face. Muller’s popular Honor & Shame, as well as Tools for Muslim Evangelism are included in this book, (revised editions) plus much more. There are over 300 study questions for those who want to interact with the material. This book is now available from

    http://rmuller.com

    Order now, as quantities are limited.


  9. WILL YOU HELP “SEND” BRIGADA? — Want to help make a way for Brigada to keep cranking out the door and onto missions radars worldwide? Just 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.

  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE *REALLY* GET PEOPLE PRAYING? — Now that I’m a missions committee chairman in a local church, I’m perplexed with the question, “How do we *really* get people praying about missions, missionaries, and the lost people they’re trying to reach?” Fern Creek Christian Church, where my family attends when I’m not traveling, runs about 800 people in size. Having been at my post for less than a year, I’m still learning the ropes. We’re about to stage our first “Missions Fair”, but I can already sense that it’s going to be a tough challenge to get the rank and file of our church *truly* engaged with prayer and missions . . . and especially, with prayer the unreached peoples. Obviously, we have tons of videos, posters, books and other resources. But people are soooooo busy. They are so distracted. They are so already over-committed with their kids’ sports teams, 60-hour work weeks, and gas prices. Over the next few weeks, we’ll give them booklets, magnets, and lots of stories. We’ll introduce them to 20 or so missionaries that our church supports. They’ll walk through displays in our Fellowship Hall. But the real question remains, “Will their prayer lives be truly affected by what they experience?” That’s the key question. Think about it. I’ll let you know what happens in my situation. I’d love to hear more about yours. Send a message, if you have an idea, to:

    brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups.com

    (You don’t have to join the group. No one else will see your response. It’s just a holding tank for future responses.) Thanks for any advice! We’ll feature feedback in a future Brigada Today.

20060618 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA
  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES
  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN
  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING
  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP
  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  7. BEST CAMCORDER
  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED?
  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL
  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS
  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS…
  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD
  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD
  14. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOOGLE FROM YOUR CELL PHONE OR PDA — Lately I’ve been trying out Google’s SMS service. It works through text messaging from your cell phone. First things first — make sure you won’t be charged per SMS. (Many accounts now have unlimited SMSes.) Then just send whatever query you would have typed in at Google.com — only text message it to this number: 46645. Your results will come back momentarily. Grab a movie timetable, a phone listing, an address, convert currency, … the results are practically endless. Best of all, it’s totally free (if SMSes are free on your cell account). Learn more at:

    http://www.google.com/sms


  2. CHECK OUT YOUR PRIORITIES — I know you’ve probably tried out the Steven Covey stuff before, but every once and awhile, I find that it’s helpful to review it. Now, they have so many helps online, it’s pretty much a new day for their stuff anyway. Start at… http://www.FranklinCovey.com then download the application (try it out for free for a month). Then walk through the library… http://www.franklincovey.com/fc/library_and_resources Get in the habit of using the application so you’ll be forced to think in terms of “mission”, roles, and goals again. After the 30 days, figure out your own system again using whatever tools you wish, but with renewed appreciation for the “top-down” planning approach.

  3. 24 MISSIONS LESSONS FOR CHILDREN — Backpack Missions is an easy, exciting, and effective strategy for teaching Great Commission principles to children in any church. Backpack Missions is comprised of simple mission object lessons presented by a world trekking backpacker character, “Backpack Andy” [or personalize with your own name] who teaches a missions lesson using objects taken from his backpack. Backpack Missions is drop-in mission education and awareness covering international and North American missions. Some Southern Baptist-specific elements can be easily adapted to your own affiliation. Provided free by the North American Mission Board online at http://namb.net/backpack

  4. CYBERMISSIONS TRAINING — The next series of distance learning courses for using the web and IT for evangelism are set for July- September: Cybermissions 101 (Theory) – Monday July 17th 2006 Cybermissions 102 (Practice) – Monday September 18th 2006 Cybermissions 103 (Internet Cafes) – Monday September 18th 2006

    http://www.cybermissions.org/training/


  5. WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT HELP — LongviewNET http://www.longviewnet.com provides web site development and management services for ministries, missionaries, small businesses and organizations. The folks behind LongviewNET are themselves missionaries who use proceeds from LongviewNET to help underwrite their own personal ministry support as a tent-making effort to serve others for the cause of Christ. LongviewNET is a full-service solution provider: web sites, domain names, blogs, hosting and more. Mention Brigada when you enter into an agreement for web site development and management with LongviewNET and 20% of your agreement amount will go directly to Brigada!

  6. REPORT ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE — Wondering which donor management software packages came to light in our recent survey? John, at The Mission Station, wrote, “There were a total of 15 respondents. Some use(d) more than one package. No one package had more than two users. There were a total of 5 respondents using HomeGrown packages (including MS Access/Excel) on both DOS and Windows platforms. The package currently in use with 2 users was TntMPD for Windows. The packages that had a single user were Logos, Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, NewViews, Church Missions, Blackbaud’s Raisers Edge, Quick Books – Non-Profit, and Quick Books – Standard. All the single packages also ran on Windows platforms of some form.

    There were 4 respondents who indicated that they were presently evaluating Quick Books – Non-Proft, but had not come to any conclusions yet. Overall, the homegrown applications were not well viewed, yet had some customized features that were missed with other “out-of-the-box” packages. The applications that received favorable recommendations were Fundraiser Software, Donor Manager, DonorQuest, ChurchMissions, Raisers Edge, and TntMPD. Finally, the cost of these packages ranges from FREE to over $3000.00 USD.” John will make sure all of these are incorporated into his Missions Database for all to access at: http://www.missionaries.org


  7. BEST CAMCORDER — Got an opinion about which camcorder gives the best value for the money . . . quality, versatility, compactness, still and video in one. What do you think? Just send your note to: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com There’s no need to join the egroup. It’ll accept your email without being a part. Later, we’ll sum up the responses there and report back in Brigada.

  8. ADVOCACY NEEDED? — Brendan would like some feedback on the viability of establishing a new missions advocacy ministry to promote small, lesser known international missions ministries. Is there a need for this type of ministry and/or are there others out there already doing this on a general (i.e. inter/non-denominational) basis? Please send your thoughts to Brendan advocate(at)pobox(dot)com

  9. VOICE OVER IP STILL A GOOD DEAL — For those willing to experiment with Voice Over IP, Oliver says the frontier is still a good deal. He’s been exploring it for almost a year… He concludes that free calls are more limited now — about 300 min/week and the 10 free EUR are valid for 120 days. He suggests using them on destinations which aren’t free. He also advises that the country lists change without notice, so beware. He says these sites all basically list different deals for the same country:

    http://www.netappel.fr/fr/index.

    html http://www.voipbuster.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipcheap.co.uk/en/download.html

    http://www.sparvoip.de/de/customerservices.html

    http://www.internetcalls.com/en/index.html

    http://www.voipdiscount.com/en/index.html

    http://www.webcalldirect.com/en/index.php

    http://www.poivy.com

    (Thanks Oliver!)


  10. DETERMINED TO EVANGELIZE TO STUDENTS — The Student Christian Organisation (A Malawian locally based interdenominational organisation – SCOM) has seen a tremendous membership growth over the years. Focused to preach the gospel to secondary/high school students, it was established in 1962. Started with only a few members, now membership has grown to thousands and while conferences were held by few individuals now attendance is in hundreds. The organisation has now managed to establish a weekly devotional email called ‘FEED THE FLOCK’ to all interested subscribers. To subscribe send a blank email to feedtheflock_admin(at)christianemailservice(dot)com with subscribe as the subject. You can also access through the web at

    http://trinityzone.org/scomministry/devotions.html . To learn more about the background and the activities of SCOM visit

    http://www.surrender.nl/scom


  11. THANKS TO OUR FAITHFUL DONORS… — We’re grateful to DialAbroad… http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm for sending $71 this past week to boost our work. Again, if you’ve thought about changing phone services, or if you have to move and pick a carrier anyway, please consider Dial-Abroad as a prime option. They’ll give you the best deal . . . and help Brigada too.

  12. YOUR HELP MAKES BRIGADA GO AROUND THE WORLD — Want to help Brigada spread the news about missions resources, unreached peoples, outreach conferences, and the latest trends in missions all around the world? Just go to

    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.


  13. IDENTIFY THE SPECTRUM, THEN CHOOSE YOUR SPREAD — Have you noticed how broad the spectrum is getting when it comes to local churches and missions outreach? For missionaries, the landscape has gotten pretty complex lately. Some churches have gotten to the point that they no longer will support “independent” (individual) missionaries. They want all their missionaries to be affiliated with an organization that will help them stay on task and accountable, financially and otherwise. Meanwhile, there are still other churches who almost resent the role of an agency. (They are, in effect, gradually becoming their own agency.) In between is a complex continuum of all the blended mixtures.

    So what’s a missionary to do? Well for what it’s worth, here’s my take: First, when approaching any new situation, you have to use the same principles that you were taught to use when you crossed into another culture. Second, my own opinion is — it’s not our role to try to *change* the church to fit our own opinions (in the same manner that it wasn’t our role to change the culture to fit our expectations). The key is to have a relevant message . . . a relevant *mode* for each context. Once you become irrelevant, you’ve lost touch with that portion of the spectrum. (So get relevant.)

    Next week, we’ll address the spectrum faced by Brigada participants working in local churches. Shew. They face a jungle too. We all do. So be careful out there.

20060423 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY
  2. DISTANCE LEARNING AT THE CHALMERS CENTER
  3. WORLDMAPPER: THIS IS ONE SITE YOU HAVE TO VISIT
  4. WORLDMAPPER: SEE THE GLOBE IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT
  5. WORLDMAPPER: USE THE TOOLS, EXPLORE, LEARN
  6. SUMMERTIME! HELP BRIGADA! SHORT-TERMERS, GET INSURANCE
  7. LEARN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE
  8. FREE CHURCH PLANTERS TRAINING CD-ROM
  9. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW
  10. FULLER DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON WEB EVANGELISM
  11. BE A PART OF GOD’S WELCOMING COMMITTEE
  12. SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR THOSE WORKING WITH CHILDREN
  13. FREE ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL MISSIONS JOURNAL
  14. RESOURCES FOR WORK AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES
  15. VIDEO BLOGING FOR JESUS
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT A US FOUNDATION FOCUSED ON GLOBAL MISSIONS
  17. OPPORTUNTIES AT WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL, BAHAMAS
  18. GO TO SCHOOL IN GHANA
  19. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND A SENSE OF URGENCY
  20. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MINISTER TO THE POOR WITHOUT CREATING DEPENDENCY — Learn how through the “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry” course from the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (Covenant College) offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. The “Foundations” course is designed for anyone doing ministry and community outreach among the poor – pastors, church planters, ministry leaders and lay staff, and missionaries. To learn more or to register, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org

    call 706-419-1805 (U.S.), or email chalmers(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] When registering, use Reference Identifier EN-BRN- 04/06.


  2. DISTANCE LEARNING AT THE CHALMERS CENTER — These distance learning options (like the one above) are appropriate for individuals as well as for teams who minister together. In the case of the topic above, the course lays the foundation for understanding appropriate goals and strategies for Christian economic development in low-income communities. Topics covered are: Understanding poverty, when to do relief and when to do development, harm that can come from inappropriately doing relief or development, the response of the local church to poverty, and how to integrate Biblical principles into development programs. This course is a guided-reading program with weekly written assignments and peer-to-peer interaction with the other course participants. Because it is e-mail based, slow dial-up speed from a remote location will not limit participation. Prior financial or economic experience is not required to participate. Group discounts and Two-Thirds World discounts are available. See the site above for more information.

  3. WORLDMAPPER: THIS IS ONE SITE YOU HAVE TO VISIT — The University of Sheffield and Mark Newman (at the University of Michigan) have pulled off a *major* coup. How in the world they were able to come up with such a cool tool I’ll never know. And how they can do it for free is beyond me. In the old days, this would have cost $29 as a book to sit on your coffee table. It would have been read by a few thousand people, grown obsolete quickly, and been fairly useless in a short number of years. By contrast, remember the name, “Worldmapper”. I wish I’d been able to pull it off. I’d have no trouble raising funds for our secretary *or* some publicity.

  4. WORLDMAPPER: SEE THE GLOBE IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT — I’ve seen a few static books like this before. So it’s not necessarily a *new* idea. They’re called cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. They’re beautiful, colorful and expensive. I can’t paste them into a Powerpoint very easily, nor can we replicate them very adequately — or legally. But in the space of about 1 hour — the time it takes for Brigada Today to make its rounds to 10,000 people around the globe, we can *all* see the globe in a whole new light at worldmapper.org. That’s the site. So although it’s not a new idea, these guys have just implemented it better. Have a look:

    http://www.worldmapper.org


  5. WORLDMAPPER: USE THE TOOLS, EXPLORE, LEARN — Basically, Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. The creators hope to continue to add data throughout 2006. My hunch is, they’ll continue for a long time to come. Click on the thumbnail labeled, “Land Area”, to see a fairly traditional world map. Look at the PDF poster at the bottom of the linked page. Print it for free at your office or in your home. (Proper copyright data is conveniently posted at the bottom in small print.) You can also choose to view Excel data (either smallish or generous), which you can save on your own hard drive, all free of charge. You can even read technical notes about the data. But the cool parts are yet to come. On the “Total Population” map, the territories are resized based on *people* instead of land mass. Again, all the data is provided below. Want to paste a graphic into your Powerpoint? You’re in luck. Right-click on the map, choose “Save Picture as…”, save the PNG file on your drive, then in Powerpoint (or whatever you use for presentations), just “insert|picture file” and paste it in. Done. If you’re using the material to teach a class, “fair use” might be all you need to use that graphic. If you’re using the material for any other reason… say… a profit motive, write to info(at)worldmapper(dot)org and see what you can negotiate. Again, the authors promise in advance that non-profit use will usually be granted.

    With each map there’s a cool block of explanatory text at the right. Very cool. Tells the story in a nutshell. Sometimes the text is *very* cool. On the poster, it’s nice enough to use as a *placemat* at your next missions banquet. Write for permission, then find some generous businessman with a color printer and a laminator. Bam. You’re in business. Today there are 56 maps. Someday there will be 500. Mark my words: this site is a happening place. :-)

    So who can connect with them to get evangelical Christianity mapped. :-) Don’t forget — you heard about it on Brigada.


  6. SUMMERTIME! HELP BRIGADA! SHORT-TERMERS, GET INSURANCE –- As you get ready for short-term mission trips this summer don’t forget to get travel medical, evacuation and trip insurance! 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! (Yay! :-) ) 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!


  7. LEARN MICROFINANCE AND MICROENTERPRISE — The Chalmers Center also offers a second distance course (in addition to the one noted above) and a self-study course on microfinance and microenterprise development services and interventions and a third distance course on basic principles of Savings and Credit Associations (SCAs) and how SCAs can be used as a ministry tool. For more information, visit

    http://www.chalmers.org


  8. FREE CHURCH PLANTERS TRAINING CD-ROM — George Patterson’s interactive novel, “Come, Let Us Disciple the Nations”, is now available as a free download. It will track your learning in 20 skill areas while you choose options for a congregation that reproduces in its own community, in a nearby culture, in a distant land and in a hostile one. The .zip file contains 25 megabytes of programme, text, pictures and sounds.

    http://www.paul-timothy.net/dn/

    Or write to the author at GPatterson(at)cvi2(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] The story consists of actual events known to the author that occurred in various church-planting efforts around the globe.


  9. “PARTNERSHIPS THAT TRANSFORM” CONFERENCE: REGISTER NOW — The 2006 COSIM conference is scheduled for June 12-14, 2006 at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. The theme is “Partnerships that Transform: Here and There.” COSIM stands for Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries. Tons of quality speakers and workshops focus on local church involvement, accountability, assessing your cross-cultural partnerships, etc. Visit the COSIM web site and download the fact sheet-registration form at:

    http://www.cosimnet.org

    Or write to werner(at)mission1(dot)org.


  10. FULLER DISTANCE-LEARNING COURSE ON WEB EVANGELISM — Course MP 537 is a pioneering 10-week distance-learning course on web evangelism starting 19 June:

    http://ied.gospelcom.net/links?=fullercourse

    In order to register for this course, students must first be admitted to a short non-degree or certificate program at Fuller Theological Seminary:

    http://www.fuller.edu/admiss/applications/applications.asp

    They then request registration for the MP537 course after 19 May:

    http://fulleronline.org/D2index.real?area=193

    (Thanks Tony!)


  11. BE A PART OF GOD’S WELCOMING COMMITTEE — “Welcome to My House: God’s Invitation to Ethnic America” is the theme of the 6th annual Ethnic Workers’ Summit, sponsored by the Ethnic America Network. The summit is a gathering of people from all over the USA and Canada who are ministering to Ethnic America or are wanting to get started in reaching their international immigrant neighbors. The event begins Thursday, April 27, at 6:45 pm and continues to 9:00 pm Saturday, April 29 at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 2997 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084 (an eastern suburb of Atlanta). Registration for the entire event is $110 for a single person, $170 for a couple, and $60 for a student. Day rates are also available. The three evening plenary sessions at 6:45 pm are free and open to the public. Visit

    http://www.atl06.org

    or write info(at)atl06(dot)org or phone 1-770-936-5217 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 .]


  12. SPECIALIZED TRAINING FOR THOSE WORKING WITH CHILDREN — May 15-19 2006 “Offering Healing and Hope for Children in Crisis” is a course developed by Phyllis Kilbourn, author of several books and founder of Rainbows of Hope. This specialized training will be offered at Gateway Missionary Training Centre, May 15-19, 2006. This course has been developed in order to better equip people who will be working with Children in Crisis. It is the first of a series and deals with general trauma issues including the impact of trauma on children and foundational principles for intervention planning to restore healing and hope to these children. The final section also deals with care of the caregiver. These principles are applicable in any cultural contex. The cost is $150.00, plus Room and Board for $20.00 a day if needed. For more information contact: Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Canada via their site:

    http://www.gatewaytraining.org


  13. FREE ON-LINE PROFESSIONAL MISSIONS JOURNAL — Global Missiology

    http://www.GlobalMissiology.org

    is a free quarterly professional on-line missiological journal that features contributions from a host of today’s top thinkers and practitioners. The April English edition is now available featuring articles on “Pentecost and Missions” among other topics. The journal also features complete archives of previously published editions. There is also a Chinese edition that contains original articles from Chinese missiologists in simplified and full scripts. Global Missiology is launching a French edition and is accepting original articles for that version by queries to editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] From the April issue on, readers of the English edition of GM can start receiving free downloads of out-of-print book titles by well known missiologists (e.g. Dr. Yamamori – Executive Director of Lausanne Congress of World Evangelism). To begin receiving an e-mail notice with a link to Global Missiology when new issues appear, send an e-mail message to editor(at)globalmissiology(dot)org and write “subscribe” in the subject heading. The GM editor will reply to your message with an acknowledgment of your request.


  14. RESOURCES FOR WORK AMONG UNREACHED PEOPLES — George Verwer of Operation Mobilization is recommending a new 94 page directory with information on where to obtain key resources for frontier missions world-wide – help with church planting, technical assistance, healthcare, travel advice, training, tentmaking, development, medical supplies, children’s education while abroad, etc. etc.. “Ian Benson is on the cutting edge of mission mobilization and his Resources for Missionary Work is a very useful and valuable tool in the great task that so many of us are involved in.” Cost GB £2.75 or US$5 plus postage. To order, visit

    http://www.missionarytraining.org/resource.htm

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


  15. VIDEO BLOGING FOR JESUS — Makoto and Delaina Miyazaki in northern Japan have just begun a new ministry of Video Bloging. Entertaining, funny and informative, this sure beats the average newsletter! Every Thursday a new edition of Truthwork.com’s Internet Christian News. Check it out and learn what kind of potential video blogging has for sharing Jesus with the target audience of your new home country. Learn what it takes to get this kind of work off the ground. For more information visit

    http://www.truthwork.com

    or email to: truthworkjapan(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. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT A US FOUNDATION FOCUSED ON GLOBAL MISSIONS -– First Fruit, Inc.

    http://www.firstfruit.org

    which is a private foundation that provides grants to Christian ministries and NGOs in the developing world, is seeking a Program Administrator. This individual will be a core member of the programming team, and will have myriad administrative and research responsibilities. The right candidate will be an engaging Christian with a passion for international missions, who would bring a set of administrative and analytical skills and gifts to the position. For more information, please contact Lori lori(at)firstfruit(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  17. OPPORTUNTIES AT WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL, BAHAMAS — Windermere High School has these teaching opportunities for 2006 – 2007: History– Caribbean and World (10-12) and Geography (10), Spanish (7-12) with general subjects, and Computer (7-12) with networking and general repair, or with general subjects. These are full time positions at a Christian school with an enrollment of 70 students. For more information, log on to their web site at

    http://www.windermerehigh.org

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


  18. GO TO SCHOOL IN GHANA — American International School, Accra Ghana, is an exciting new NICS school. Check out

    http://www.nics.org

    Applications are now being accepted for students grade K-8. They’re also accepting applications for teachers. School year 2006-2007 has a limited enrollment for its “soft start” so don’t delay. Contact CharleneBerry(at)nics(dot)org or call +233-277-549905 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 .]


  19. THE BACKPAGE: “24” AND A SENSE OF URGENCY — As you know, I’ve been catching up on back-episodes of “24”, the hit TV show from FOX. (Again, the violent parts aren’t pretty sights. I fast forward through those.) But for some reason, I keep gaining insights that seem applicable to my work in missions. Previously, we’ve talked about courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom and accountability. Today, I’d like us to focus on urgency.

    In some ways, “24” and urgency are *synonymous*. Jack Bauer is a federal agent working for a special branch of Homeland Security called “Counter-Terrorist Unit” or “CTU.” You can already guess that most of the plots are pressure-cooked efforts to keep some shopping mall from being attacked by bioterrorists, or to prevent some wacko from setting off a nuclear bomb over downtown LA. Obviously, time is of the essence. Jack yells at the top of his lungs to bad guy after bad guy, “I’m runnin’ outa time!”

    Today, while watching an episode from season three, however, that message of urgency hit me harder than it had before. Here’s this CTU agent tasked with preventing a nerve gas canister from blowing up in front of a giant hotel ventilation system fan. He approaches it gingerly, fan blades still turning, and time just seemed to freeze for me. I found myself nearly trembling as I said in a whisper, “Stop the fan! Turn off the system before it blows!” And suddenly, — pssst! Like that… the canister squirts nerve gas in his face and 1000 hotel guests are exposed to a deadly virus. :-(

    Later as I reflected on that moment with my 16-year-old (who watched the show with the rest of the family for a full 3 years before I started), I realized how relevant it is to all our work. We all face obstacles… spinning blades of confusion, misunderstanding, interpersonal conflict, and more. Sometimes we *creep* toward finding a solution. Sometimes it blows up right in our faces. Meanwhile, the spiritual dilemma of Satan and his dominance over so many lands… it just gets more and more perplexing by the day. Watching that moment of “24” made me think — we can see bioterrorism so clearly. We can easily see how time is of the essence. Don’t waste a moment. Yet we sometimes seem to piddle at frontier missions. I’ve heard from my good friend, Dan Scribner, at joshuaproject.net, that the percentage of funds spent on frontier missions is just 1/2 of one cent per year, when compared to the over all missions giving of all our local churches. If we were to invest only 1/2 of once percent in terrorism-prevention, …. well you can guess the results we’d get. :-(

    So gang, let’s declare this an official emergency. 15,900 people groups, 6700 of which remain essentially unreached. 2 billion people (30% of the world’s population) with virtually no exposure to the gospel. Maybe there will be a day when we can relax. Maybe a day will come when we can pause. Now is not that day. Now is a moment to mobilize. Now is a moment to get *serious* about finishing the task of world evangelism. Let’s plan as if we have another century. But let’s *work* as if we have, fittingly, just 24 hours.

    Doug

20060305 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION
  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE
  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?”
  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS
  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK
  8. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE
  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS]
  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS?
  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memo is online. Some items: the U.S. Department of the Treasury updates its anti-terrorist financing guidelines applicable to nonprofit organizations, common fundraising mistakes, designation of funds by donors should be honored, update on liability associated with 15 passenger vans, the enforceability of written pledges, why consider registering a service mark, trademark, or copyright, including employee benefits in Christian mediation and arbitration agreements, the importance of asking pre-employment questions in the right order. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field.

  2. CROSS-CULTURAL & BIBLE PREPARATION — Check out

    http://www.cit-online.org for the new program schedule which includes multiple cross-cultural prep modules per year and several different program packages for the whole family. Summer Bible Intensives are available as well. Join the many CIT alumni who repeatedly say that “CIT is the best kept secret! I couldn’t have made it on the field without it!” The CIT campus is located in the foothills of the beautiful Blueridge Mountains of North Carolina. Contact them at 800.887.1786 or citmail(at)cit-online(dot)org 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 .]


  3. MISSIONARY TRAVEL SERVICE — Contact

    http://joangoddard.charter.net

    for fare quotes for international missionary travel. Joan has 18 years experience arranging travel for missionaries, individuals or groups, worldwide. She began her work in missionary travel as Travel Manager for the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists, held by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in July 1986 in Amsterdam NL, arranging travel for 8000+ participants to attend the meeting.


  4. “WHERE IS LOVE?” — Wondering about Oliver Twist’s question, “Where is love?” Then you might like to know that God’s answer can be found in the Bible. Visit the EasyEnglish website at:

    http://www.easyenglish.info

    If you click on “What’s New?” you can find “A Wonderful Song about Love”. This is Mark Kirkpatrick’s EasyEnglish version of the Song of Solomon and he has added helpful comments on each chapter. And that’s not all! Mark has prepared a second version – “How to love God with all your Heart” with more helpful comments by Keith Simons. Both versions are in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 word vocabulary).


  5. MISSIONS VIDEO CLIPS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD –- Bluefish TV has produced several short video clips that focus on missions. Currently there are nine clips available at their website including the stories of Gracia Burnham’s kidnapping in the Philippines, Don Richardson’s Peace Child, a family serving in Croatia, a couple preparing to leave for India and others. The clips are available for download and are helpful in conveying the emotions and thoughts of real missionaries serving around the world. For questions or feedback, email brian(at)bluefishtv(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    http://www.bluefishtv.com/DownloadableVideos-Search.aspx?Topic=1013


  6. UK MISSION STAFF NEEDS — HCJB-UK is the British arm of HCJB World Radio, an international Christian radio and healthcare ministry. HCJB- UK is looking for the following staff in the UK: 1. Programme Manager to develop and oversee radio production. 2. Marketing Manager, to co- ordinate publicity and presence at events. 3. Funding co-ordinator. 4. Prayer co-ordinator. 5. Administrator of Audipot, the online library of Christian audio. 6. Personnel manager. 7. IT Support Engineer. HCJB-UK does not pay salaries but relies on volunteers, with a Christian commitment. Please contact HCJB-UK at vacancies(at)hcjb(dot)org(com)uk [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. NEW MISSION PARTNERSHIP “HOW-TO” BOOK — Phill Butler’s new book, Well Connected, addresses the theory, the theology and the practice of networking, which helps mission organizations and churches realize Jesus’ vision that “they may all be one so that the world will know you have sent me.” Order the book at 20% discount at http://www.connectedbook.net (case-lots of 32 books qualify for discount). See more on networking at http://www.powerofconnecting.net For info, write info(at)powerofconnecting(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  8. MISSIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHURCH CONFERENCE — Leading an International Church is like trying to stack marbles! Each member has a mind of their own. They are different sizes, shapes, weights and colors. They come from all around the world. They have different, viable and valuable traditions, preferences, expectations and theological backgrounds. Where did you learn to stack your marbles? Our network will help you get going and stay focused on the task. The Missional International Church Network (MICN) models and teaches how international churches can dynamically engage in God’s transformational work. The third MICN Conference will be 24-28 April 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. Speakers are all experienced international church leaders. Register before April 3, 2006, so hurry! For information contact: conference(at)micn(dot)org or on the web at: http://www.micn.org

  9. THANKS FOR LIGHTING THE TORCH [APPRECIATE THE GIFTS] — Hats off to those who have sent donations to Brigada during the past month. They include: $100 from Create Int’l, YWAM, “Thanks for your many years of service to mission agencies like ours. You have been a blessing to so many and it is our privilege to contribute to this wonderful ministry.”

    $25 from a top staffer at Audio Scripture Ministries http://www.asmToday.org , “We appreciate your informative ministry.”

    $25 from a missionary with ABWE, “Keep up the great work!” $20 from Global Airtime http://www.globalairtime.com . “Thanks for continuing to provide valuable resource information to the Christian missionary community.” $50 from Oscar – http://www.oscar.org.uk $25, $5, and $10 from anonymous friends of Brigada. $500 from a cross-cultural worker, “I do missionary work in Cuba and Central America. I’ve seen your faithfulness over years, and just wanted to do my part.”

    Want to join these and others in making a way for Brigada? Just 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.


  10. WHAT SHIPPER DO YOU USE THESE DAYS? — Got a favorite shipper you use (to handle your international moves)? If so, just send a note, with the contact information, to brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com We’ll gather up all the responses, then present a summary report next edition. Note that you don’t have to join this particular group in order to send the message to it — and your message will be read only by me. It won’t be broadcast to any list. Thanks again for any feedback you might have on the best shipping company.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: SPEAKING INTO SOMEONE’S LIFE — HOW DO WE DO IT? — Last week we introduced the question of how do we best speak into someone’s life. In other words, how do we make the most of these opportunities to give and receive input? Obviously, the first step we’ve got to implement is prayer. We have to ask the Lord to enable us to speak the truth in love. The second step — and this is oh so important — is that I believe we have to approach the person one on one if at all possible. Matthew 18 teaches us the principle when it discusses approaching someone taken in a sin . . . but the same principle, in my opinion, applies to *any* occasion in which we’re broaching on a difficult topic, especially one that might cause the person some degree of shame or embarrassment. So, let’s say during a missions banquet, you observe a fellow missions committee member talking down to a visiting missionary national, while seemingly being enamored with a missions professor from a nearby college. I can’t tell you exactly how to approach the person the *right* way, but I *can* tell you that it *won’t* work as well if you bring it up right there at the supper table in conversation that others can hear. The fellow missions committee member will likely become defensive, at best, and perhaps, at worst, completely offensive in denying what might very well be the truth.

    So… let’s say you’ve prayed, and you’ve pulled the person aside in a quiet corner of the atrium after the banquet. *Now* what do we do? Well that depends on your relationship with the person. If you’re the chairman of the committee, you have a bit more resources at your disposal. You could, for example, simply explain, “On my watch as Chairman, we’re not going to conduct our missions business this way.” Some people might call it “pulling rank.” But it can actually be very effective at stopping the visible forms of the behavior — at least for the time being. Have we internalized long-term change? Have we helped another human being shape behavior for the good? Maybe… or maybe not. But we at least address the problem and end what might be offensive or even deceitful behavior.

    Are there other ways? And… what if we aren’t the chairman? or what if we’re actually trying to *address* the chairman? More about that next week.

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

20051120 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY?
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION
9. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT — Covenant College, a Christian college located in Lookout Mountain, GA, U.S., offers an undergraduate major in community development. The major equips students with the theory and practice of community development among the poor from a biblical world-view. It prepares students to be agents of Christian transformation within low-income communities, working in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, and the public sector. The major offers three areas of specialization: Economic Development, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Child and Family Development. A highlight of the major is its research internship in which students live and work for three-to-six months in a poor community under the auspices of a host church or ministry. Students can apply by submitting an application found on the Covenant web site, http://www.covenant.edu. A $9,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman and renewed for three years. For qualified community development candidates who are not awarded this scholarship, other merit- and financial-need-based awards ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 are also available. Students can apply for the scholarship by submitting a separate scholarship application found on the financial aid section of the Covenant web site. The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2005, so better apply today! For questions about Covenant College, the community development major, or the scholarship, visit the Covenant web site or contact the Admissions Office by phone at 706-820-2398 (U.S.) or by email at admissions(at)covenant(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. GET A COPY OF “WHERE THERE IS NO DOCTOR” WITHOUT KILLING A TREE — Here is a free down load of the popular Missionary Emergency health Book Called; “Where There is No Doctor”. (Thanks Andy!) http://www.healthwrights.org/books/WTINDonline.htm
3. FREE ONLINE VIEWING FOR THESE EVANGELISTIC FILMS — For many years, Create International has been looking for more ways to make their multi-lingual evangelistic films available to unreached people groups around the world. Recently, a wonderful brother agreed to put all of these presentations into streaming video format on the Internet. Now you can view all of their evangelistic films produced for thirty different people groups in high quality fast streaming video. They will also make the URLs of these movies available to anyone who wants to put them on their own websites or used them in cyber cafe evangelism. Here are the movies and their URLs:

A Changed Life (Gan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=c6eaaa7f-8ea5-4605-b5ae-b893d42faa3b

A Changed Life (Mandarin)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=2faeff2f-0294-4d34-9bb3-40c1bb08a887

A Greater Love (Myanmar)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=70d5050d-4067-4468-a8c1-9867285422d4

Ahmad’s Dream (Malay)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=268e3447-93bc-4d9c-9330-a886ec9c6341

Building a Family of Love (Mongolian)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=185d34c3-46d0-457d-81fa-92b14061ba08

Debt of Honor (Madurese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=331d09d7-64fd-437e-97d9-f933b2510409

Help From Heaven (Balinese)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=deb8c16b-62f0-4698-a5b3-bbd95204b334

New Life (Awadhi)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=5839e83b-2774-4d80-b281-e23622fcf842

The Burning Heart (Bengali)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=46cf2f31-18c9-438a-847b-06aabab61d8e

The Light of Revelation (Hui)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d65ced37-91be-49d9-83df-a3c5b161a2fd

The Return of Singkorn (Isaan)
http://skn5x.rmxpres.com/skn5x/viewer/?peid=d50bad14-0eb9-43b0-ba25-473729551c36
4. CHECK OUT THIS ONLINE SCHOOL — Here’s an option for educating your kids overseas. The Potters School is http://www.pottersschool.org They offer home schooling over the internet with the availability of audio and video communication. Most communication is by e-mail. The school comes highly recommended, with friends of friends listed among the faculty. (Thanks Chris!)
5. INTERNATIONAL TERM LIFE INSURANCE – Are you having a hard time finding term life coverage while serving overseas? If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They offer a unique life insurance plan that is not available from traditional life insurance companies. While many companies automatically reject applications of those that intend to leave the United States, ISA has partnered with the oldest and largest financial institution in the World to create a term life plan that is specifically designed to overcome the challenges of living abroad. Their plan has options of 1 to 10 year terms with face amounts up to $4.5 Million.

Coverage details, rates and the online application may be obtained online at http://www.missionaryhealth.net . You may also 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 and life insurance needs. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health and life insurance coverage.
6. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. Classes forming for Spring (Jan. 23 – May 12). US toll Free: 1-800-799-7976 or 1-803-333-9119. Write RLMoffice(at)juno(dot)com or browse to http://www.strategiclanguages.org
7. THIS WEDNESDAY, GET FREE ANTISPAMWARE — That’s right… Thanks to an educational campaign, sponsored by TechSoup.org and Mailshell, you can pick up something for nothing. The campaign began in November and culminates on December 14 and 15, this Wed/Thurs, when nonprofits and public libraries can order free anti-spam software donated by Mailshell. For more information, browse to: http://www.stopspamtoday.org/stop_spam_fd.html (Note: This is not an endorsement of Mailshell software. Several reviewers currently indicate that the service has significant downtime, so … what’s the phrase… “Caveat emptor”: “Let the buyer beware.” (Thanks Chris!)
8. ATTEND A SEMINAR ON CONTEXTUALIZATION — The 2006 Peace College seminar will be held on the 11th through the 29th of August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This represents a slight change from the announcement made at the 2005 seminar. Please plan to arrive on the 10th and to stay at least through the end of the day on the 29th.

This year’s topic will be contextualization. Look for a detailed reading list by the end of November along with details on venue and costs. If you have any questions, please direct them to peacecollege(at)swissmail(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. VIDEO CLIPS FOR MISSION CHALLENGE — If your role includes motivating or recruiting people for evangelism and mission, Tony suggests that you check out the range of downloadable clips available here:
http://the-task-virals.blogspot.com/ (maybe the 1st link is dead here?)
http://viral-life.blogspot.com/ (Thanks Tony)
10. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO PITCH IN — Thanks for those who pitch in to help motivate us and carry the expenses of our secretary here at Brigada/Team Expansion. Recent gifts include anonymous donors (1 at $5, 2 at $25 each, and a Wycliffe missionary at $45), $20 from the organizers of http://www.witnessJesus.org where you can post your testimony and impact others… and $20 from the folks at Send Global airtime http://www.global-airtime.com where you can get quality international calls on cell and landline phones for a fraction of the normal cost, and also $40 from the folks at: http://www.fullfaith.com/missions/paul.html where they teach people how to use storytelling for missions outreach. (Check out their DVDs there and please let them know you heard about them on Brigada!) Finally, we were humbled and astonished at a check from friends at New Mission Systems http://newmissionsystems.org/ for $1,000.00, representing the largest donation received thus far in 2005 and the 2nd largest ever in the history of Brigada. When asked why some of the organization’s members chipped in at this level, the reply came back, “Because we find that we have used items from Brigada over and over again and we here at NMS wanted to give something back to those who were giving to us.” Whoa. Now here’s the deal — I know they aren’t rich there. But they gave sacrificially. May God bring growth to them beyond all that they ask or imagine… That’s my prayer in Christ’s name and for His glory, Amen.
11. YOU CAN HELP MAKE UP THE SHORTFALL — This brings to $9,691.28 our gifts during 2005, which now represents well over half of our goal of $16,576. What happens if we run short? Team Expansion tries to make up the difference… but you can help by utilizing these last couple of weeks of 2005 to make the best donation you can muster. Maybe you can only pitch in $5. But maybe you can give $1,000 or more. Either way, we’re very grateful. 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.
12. THE BACKPAGE: GETTING JAZZED OVER A DISCARDED LEAF-BLOWER — A couple of weeks ago, I found what looked like a perfectly good Toro leaf blower in a garbage barrel on our property. It looked nearly brand new, but a quick check confirmed what I had suspected: it wouldn’t blow even one leaf, let alone a yard full. In fact, it wouldn’t even start. However, I’ve always been partial to Toro (even if this one was a reject; actually, it was a “Toro 51591 Super Blower/Vacuum”; click here to see it at the Toro website :-) ), so I have to admit — I threw it in the back of my truck and headed home. Tonight I saw the lonely machine sitting there on my workbench. Honestly, it reminded me of that jack-in-the-box on the Rudolph claymation show… You know… the one on the “Island of Misfit Toys.” It was a cast-off… Slated for destruction. Whoa. Only my hands had saved it from the clutches of Mr. Garbage-Truck-Man.

So, I did what every good Toro-lover does this time of year: picked up a screwdriver and started disassembling. About 7 minutes later, my heart leaped for joy. I discovered a fairly simple problem with a safety interlock mechanism inside the machine, designed to prevent operation when the tool was partially cracked open. I grabbed a piece of plate metal from my nuts-and-bolts collection, carefully fitted it in just the right channel, clamped everything back together and — whoosh… Away flew the screwdriver like the down of a thistle! Score one for The Garbage Patrol. :-) One Toro leaf blower salvaged.

Now I ask you: Why do I get so jazzed over rescuing a discarded leaf- blower, aside from the fact that I’m a big fan of Toro? :-) Well it’s hard to describe: There’s something about repairing something that was on the ropes… something about resurrecting a life that others had considered long gone. This leaf blower will always be special to me now… tons more significant than if I’d bought it today at Sears for $29.95 in the Christmas sail. (Did I mention it blows at 215 mph? :-) )

For some reason, I feel the same way about people. There’s a fine line between a “tough love” approach and the “cut-throat” response. That fine line, in my opinion, is the responsibility to weigh out the intent of the worker. If the worker is obviously thumbing his nose at expectations, then after a documented set of warnings, he or she should be let go — I’m convinced. However, if the worker evidences sincere and determined efforts to succeed, I personally believe we should extend some grace, some creative coaching, and see if we can’t salvage a life.

Now my 16-year-old son saw something different in the leaf blower. He thought it could stand for a Christian-waiting-to-happen… blocked only by some piece of faulty behavior, perhaps easily altered by a caring friend or an accepting family.

Either way, the outcome is the same: less junk in the landfill, fewer blisters from raking, and lots of 215 mile-per-hour miracles. And did I mention it’s a Toro? :-)

20050807 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. THANK YOU — FOLLOWERSHIP STUDY MARCHES ON
2. FREE SECURE E-MAIL — WITH A CATCH
3. WEB EVANGELISM NEWS
4. SEARCHING FOR THE BEST EVANGELISTIC VIDEOS
5. THE GLOBAL HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT
6. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER UPDATE
7. PLAXO STILL BRINGING PLAQUE TO THE ‘NET
8. WANTED: TWO ENGLISH TEACHERS FOR INDONESIA
9. SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS ARE AN ENCOURAGEMENT
10. ONE OF THE CHEAPEST SPAM-FILTERS OF ALL
11. HELP WRITE THE NEXT “BACKPAGE EDITORIAL”
12. CLOSING STUFF

1. THANK YOU — FOLLOWERSHIP STUDY MARCHES ON — Thanks for your help with the study on followership! At last count, exactly 358 followers had invested the time to complete the survey I’m conducting for the dissertation project that I hope will lead to my Ph.D. The coursework is done. All that remains is this paper. In addition, 248 leaders had stopped by to give feedback on their respective team members. It’s true that we were originally hoping for 500 participants. Tomorrow, I’ll call the Dean at my university and ask her if she’ll allow me to conclude the survey portion of my research. I’m very grateful for all of those who took part. As promised, I’ll keep the information completely confidential and private. Thanks for trusting me with your thoughts and feedback on followership! Once the study is complete, I’ll be sure to post a summary here in Brigada. (By the way, for the purposes of appealing to new followers to take the survey, we’re done. However, the site is still up and running, especially for those team leaders who haven’t finished their feedback on team members. See it at: http://www.brigada.org/followership
2. FREE SECURE E-MAIL — WITH A CATCH — If you’re on a budget and want free, secure e-mail, a long-time subscriber to Brigada in Asia has had a good experience after several months of testing:

http://web.de

The price is right, but it comes with a catch: the site is in German.

Benefits: (1) Free, (2) Uses SSL technology for both POP3 and browser security, (3) can be configured for POP3 — so Eudora or Outlook or whatever your e-mail program can fetch your e-mail and you can read and reply off-line.

Challenges: (1) The web site is in German, (2) POP3 setup for e-mail is a bit more challenging than “fill in the blank.” There’s a different server for incoming than outgoing. Once you wade thru the challenges, settings don’t change. It might be worth the challenges.

If you need help with the German, and really want free, secure e-mail, this site is a very easy-to-use online English-German dictionary.

http://dict.leo.org

You can click back and forth for any words you don’t know. (Thanks Robert! It’s a great find!)
3. WEB EVANGELISM NEWS — There is a one-day Internet Evangelism Conference in Paraguay on 20 August. DVDs can be ordered for all the sessions of the Liberty University IE conference last April. And the Internet Evangelism Coalition conference is scheduled for 14-15 September in Chicago:

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

The IE Day site also offers a detailed page of content about how to build a church website that will reach out into the community, which you can insert directly into your own website:

http://ied.gospelcom.net/church-growth.php

The 2006 Internet Evangelism Day is scheduled for 7 May:

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

(Thanks Tony!)
4. SEARCHING FOR THE BEST EVANGELISTIC VIDEOS — Ken is at it again. This time he’s searching for the best evangelistic videos around, along with the places to buy them. Got some ideas? Just write him ken(at)tractministry(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] He’ll send you the final compiled list and also post the list at

http://www.Christianvideos.org

(Thanks Ken!)
5. THE GLOBAL HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT — In his new book “The Global House Church Movement”, house church historian and practitioner Rad Zdero reports on one of the amazing things God is up to today. He includes stories of spiritual pioneers through the ages who braved opposition from secular and religious authorities to step out and do something new for God. He also includes practical and strategic steps in starting your own network of house churches. To order “The Global House Church Movement”: call 1-706-554-1594 (outside the USA), call 1- 800-MISSION (inside the USA), email gabriel(at)WCLbooks(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 log on to

http://www.WCLbooks.com

for secure online orders.
6. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER UPDATE — Remember Ikobo, the fund transfer service we mentioned last year? One reader recently signed up and tried to get the $10 referral fee for Brigada. Using iKobo’s live online chat customer service, the Brigada reader was told they no longer support an “affiliate” program, so no donation for Brigada.

iKobo does, however, still allow people to send and receive money in over 170 countries with lower fees than Western Union. You provide funds by transferring money into your iKobo account from your bank account or a VISA card, electronically. If the person is already an iKobo user, the transfer is *instant*. If they’re not already an iKobo member, iKobo assigns them an account and sends them a VISA ATM card, at iKobo’s expense.

Current fees to “Send Money” are US$3 for up to US$60 and $5.00 + 3% for amounts over US$60. The recipient’s VISA ATM card may be used to withdraw the transferred funds from a VISA ATM (for a US$1.99 fee) or use the funds at merchants who accept VISA cards (no fee). Check out:

https://www.ikobo.com/

(Thanks Heather!)
7. PLAXO STILL BRINGING PLAQUE TO THE ‘NET — If you ask me, Plaxo and its peers are none the better over the past year, still causing tons of extra traffic on the already spam-laden Internet. If you haven’t already been hit by one of these Plaxo-appeals, it’s basically an online service to which the user freely exposes his entire Outlook address book. (What are they thinking?) In exchange for this breach of privacy, Plaxo writes everyone on the list to make sure the address is still active. Talk about a waste of time — and bandwidth. My theory is, when you need to write me, just write me. If the email bounces, then you’ll know! Duh. Anyway, for whatever reason, scillions of users have succumbed to this scam, which could be sold off at any time, for a profit I’m sure, and the new owner could simply change the privacy agreement and begin spewing out endless spam to every “confirmed” email address in the Plaxo universe. For this reason, I *never* answer them and I have spam filters configured so I don’t even see them. Call it a hobby horse if you like, but at least I’m in good company. For a sample, read this critical review by a professor in Australia, read this 2004 review, “Very Black ‘Little Black Books'”, in a study of what the author calls ‘privacy-invasive technologies’. This guy is a professor at Australian National University, where he teaches in the Engineering and Information Technology department.

http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/DV/ContactPITs.html#PIA
8. TWO ENGLISH TEACHERS — [EDITED]
9. SPONSORSHIPS AND DONATIONS ARE AN ENCOURAGEMENT — I’ll be honest. It really does mean a lot when people pitch into spur us on here. We use the gifts to offset the cost of secretarial help, webspace, advertising, and more. This past week, we’re grateful to Blessed Hope Long Distance for their $8.82 sponsorship in view of May phone calls from those who have signed up to use their service. (Learn more about them at:

http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada

We’re also grateful to 2 other friends who each gave $25 anonymously. We appreciate you! 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.
10. ONE OF THE CHEAPEST SPAM-FILTERS OF ALL — Need a spam filter but can’t afford the $30 or more per year? Just open a Google Group at:

http://www.googlegroups.com

Make yourself the only member and be careful to design the group as…
*** No public website
*** Moderated
*** Anyone can post Give anyone the address. You don’t have to be careful about this one. The GoogleGroups interface is so fast, it’ll make it a cinch to click all the “delete” radio buttons. In the case of *real* email, just click “post” and the group will email your *real* address a copy of the original email. The only downside is, unlike corporate versions (like Spam Interceptor), this service has no “black list” . . . and it won’t “learn” your likes and dislikes. But price is right and the idea is fun to implement.
11. HELP WRITE THE NEXT “BACKPAGE EDITORIAL” — In next edition’s “Backpage” editorial, we’ll be discussing retreats for spiritual renewal. Our goal is to provide something very tangible, practical, and specific for those who would like to get away for a one- or two-day personal retreat. (Even Jesus went to a mountain, alone, to pray.) If you have ideas or specific resources that might help others, please jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By default, we won’t publish your address. If you’d like folks to see it, however, please mention that in the item and we’ll do our best. Thanks!

20041114 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS
  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT
  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN
  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  5. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX
  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC
  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT
  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION
  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE
  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY
  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS?
  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO”
  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS)
  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP
  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU
  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS
  19. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSOR CREDITS BRIGADA TODAY FOR SALE OF 150 VIDEOS — Thanks for the wonderfully encouraging note from the Director of Sub-Sahara Africa for Good News Productions, who wrote, “I’ve personally enjoyed Brigada over the years … Your ezine recently mentioned two of the recent GNPI productions… As a result of that mention in Brigada, nearly 150 copies combined were sold! We, the GNPI team, just want to say thanks and express our appreciation for the faithful work all of you do to make Brigada a premier communication tool.” [whoa :-) ] To add some punch to his note, the producer sent $50 “as a small token of appreciation”. (Learn more about them at gnpi.org) Thanks, too, for the $50 gift from Cafe’ 1040, http://www.cafe1040.com , tapping the potential of globally-minded college students for Christ. Enclosed was an encouraging note, “I have just returned from North Africa and have loved your newsletter… It is very helpful and encouraging to those of us on the field. Blessings to you and your staff.” [glow :-) ] Thanks to Bruce and Retta Renich who served at the Christian Leaders’ Training College in Papua New Guinea, who sent $50 with this note: “Glad to help with your ministry. I would not like to be without it. We were missionaries in Papua New Guinea and hope to return after completion of studies.” We appreciate you! They added in a P.S., “And I know it is still a long way to the total for the secretary, but miracles have happened before!!” Finally, thanks to the anonymous readers who sent $30 and $20 respectively, with one writing a note, ” Thanks so much for your continued dedication and service to the Lord. He has used, does use, and will use your ministry as a source of blessing to outreachers in Christ everywhere.”

  2. YWAM DONOR CHALLENGES OTHER YWAMMERS TO MATCH GIFT — Here’s a YWAM worker in Holland who sent $40, challenging all other YWAM missionaries worldwide to match his gift to Brigada. How ’bout it, YWAMmers: Any takers?

  3. ACTION INT’L OFFERS MANUAL FOR RESTORING STREET CHILDREN — Thanks to the anonymous family from Action Int’l Ministries who sent $50 to help cover the cost of our Brigada-sponsored secretary. See their site at: http://www.actionintl.org/ where you’ll see News from the Field (PDFs), Photo Galleries, Action Point Magazine, and the free manual for ministry to street children, “Restoring Children of the Streets” as a download.

  4. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to see a breakthrough among Muslims around the world? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University presents “Breakthrough among Muslims,” an unreached peoples consultation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, March 14- 17, 2005. Learn how to effectively evangelize the Muslim world from people who have ministered successfully there. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to develop effective strategies and network with other churches, agencies, and interested individuals who all have a passion to reach Muslims for Jesus Christ! To request a brochure, call AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or send an email to afma(at)aims-usa(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. TRACT EXPLAINS PROTESTANTS TO EASTERN ORTHODOX — Missionaries in Eastern Europe know that it is often an uphill battle to convince locals that protestants are really Christian! The tract, “Protestants: Who are they?” explains the essential unity of the three branches of Christianity while noting where protestants differ on infant baptism, icons, the apocrypha, etc. It concludes with a salvation prayer. The English version is at: http://hometown.aol.com/kerbyrials/page1.html The Russian version is at: http://orthodoxlight.narod.ru/ Ukrainian and Georgian versions are also available. Write author Kerby Rials at: kerbyrials(at)aol(dot)com The Russian version has been printed and is sold for 7 cents each by Global University. Email: mail(at)globalcenter(dot)ru [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] http://www.globalcenter.ru

  6. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Join a two- or four-week ministry to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of July. This is an opportunity to join an experienced ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, show the Jesus Film, work with local churches and visit businessmen’s clubs and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. For more information contact Jim at Zwemer Institute, Tel/Fax (662) 843-2191 or email jimromaine(at)cableone(dot)net. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. BEWARE LEAVING SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON YOUR PC — Here’s a Brigada participant, Neil, who warned us to be careful leaving sensitive information on our PC’s. He said Word encryption was ok, and Excel could even encrypt just 1 column of cells, but he also pointed out that we could try a password manager, which really does make life easier and safer – such as Password Keychain from http://www.nfxtech.com/products_passwordkeychain.htm (Thanks Neil!) Brigada participant, Jon, wrote to point out that Google Desktop might actually help you do a great “audit” of your system and its ability to give away personal information. He said, ” If Google can find it, someone else can too!! :-)”

  8. CHECK OUT MP3RAT — Are you the type who loves to create and collect MP3 songs from your CDs and digital music? While you’re browsing at Kaylon’s website (to see “Powermarks”, mentioned below), check out “MP3Rat” http://www.kaylon.com/mp3rat/index.html Seems to make life so much easier for digital music lovers!

  9. ANOTHER FREE ANTIVIRUS OPTION — Thanks to Stephen, who wrote about another free antivirus option this past week: “I switched to a German based free antivirus software available from http://www.free-av.com AntVir’s drawback is that each antivirus upgrade downloads 6 program files which can take a while to download on a 56kbps connection.” Still, it looks like a great option, Stephen, especially for the price! Thanks! (And yes… I still love playing soccer. Getting together as pickup game tomorrow afternoon, in fact! :-) )

  10. SPANISH MINI-PERSPECTIVES BIBLE-STUDY NOW AVAILABLE — Here’s a Spanish Bible-study (kind of like Perspectives), called “Path to God’s Glory.” Published in English several years ago, it has been distributed and studied around the world. Now, a Spanish version of both the study and leader’s guide are available online at http://www.southeastchristian.org/missions_ptgg_sp.cfm?doc_id=956 The English version is available at http://www.pathtogodsglory.org If you have questions, comments or are interested in a bound hardcopy of the study or guide, write info(at)pathtogodsglory(dot)org

  11. STUDY ISLAM IN GERMANY — English speakers can now fulfill most requirements for a MA degree (Muslim Studies) without relocating to N. America! The rest can be done through short courses at the Columbia International University campus, Columbia, South Carolina, or by IDL (Independent Distance Learning). Folk Islam – Dr. Warren Larson (May 30-June 10, 2005) Women in Islam – Dr. Elsie A. Maxwell (May 30-June 10, 2005) Multicultural Teams – Dr. Lianne Roembke (June 13-24, 2005) Approaches to Islam – Dr. Andreas Maurer (June 13-24, 2005) Tuition is approximately $500 per 3 semester hours. Auditors are welcome for less, and all kinds of plans are available for food and housing. The campus is centrally located in Europe near Stuttgart, Germany. For more information email ccrouse(at)aem(dot)de [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .].

  12. TROUBLE KEEPING TRACK OF YOUR BOOKMARKS? — In my own browsing, I’ve also appreciated Powermarks from Kaylon Technologies http://www.powermarks.com/ This is a great utility to help you find bookmarks or “favorite places” on the web, and as an added benefit, you can also use it to save passwords for other things too.

  13. SHARE WHAT YOU KNOW AT “GEO” — Global Economic Outreach partners skilled volunteers with field missionaries seeking expertise by email or telephone. Their emphasis is on development. GEO recently launched HOTLINKS, an online content management system for sharing documents and web links. Benefit from the knowledge, experience, and ministry of others by visiting http://www.teamgeo.org/links.php Submit relevant content to mail(at)teamgeo(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 use the online contact form.

  14. CHECK OUT GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — Browse the new articles at http://www.GlobalMissiology.net. The latest issue’s theme is Ethnic Ministry and Missions. You’ll find: * 5 Feature Articles by thoughtful writers around the globe * New perspectives on ethnic ministry contemplating its manifestations in research and practice * Enjoyable and informative reviews of cutting-edge missiology books some of which have recently been released.

  15. MUSIC MINISTRY DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR (MMDS) — Mark your calendars now for the Music Ministry Development Seminar, February 21 – April 1, 2005. It’s a six-week seminar focusing on songwriting, digital recording, music business, missions, band arranging, growing in ministry communication, presented by Musicians For Missions International – a ministry of Youth With A Mission. Learn more at http://www.MusiciansForMissions.com or MMDSeminar(at)cs(dot)com

  16. MAC READERS HAVE OTHER OPTIONS FOR VOICE-OVER-IP — If your readers have a Mac (or are considering it), the Mac’s iChat system is wonderful. According to Dave, it is standard in all current and recent (2000 + newer) machines, running OSX and features voice over IP as well as full live video as well.

  17. IF YOU TEACH, THE CIA IS LOOKING FOR YOU — :-) Christian International Academy(CIA) is seeking elementary teachers (2nd Grade Teachers in particular) If you are interested in working among the unreached, take note of their location. If you love children and love to teach, this could be just the opportunity for you. They are sharing hope and love with others in the Muslim nation of Guinea, Africa. The dates are August 4, 2005 – June 1, 2006. Write CIA(at)TeachusMission(dot)org

  18. THANKSGIVING GREETINGS — In the USA and many other lands, it’s Thanksgiving today. It happens to be one of my most favorite holidays of the year. It’s somehow escaped most of the “Hallmarketing” :-) and has its origin in something identifiable, instead of in alleged pagan rituals or witches’ covens burning goats under some bridge in an inner city. Nobody has to buy gifts, so there’s no chance big store at the mall will make a dime off of it. About the only people who make a profit are the turkey breeders, who probably do as much business this week as in the other 51 weeks combined. :-) Sure there are dishes to wash afterward, but you don’t have to bag up mangled wrapping paper (and nobody is sticking bows on your head or throwing wrapping paper balls in your face). Surprisingly, there’s very little music — except for that one song that, instead of gives thanks, gathers everyone together “to ask the Lord’s blessing.” Best of all, there’s no hangover (hangover = having to take down all the decorations), no cavities (like you get from eating all that chocolate from trick-or-treating or hollow Easter bunnies), and no credit card bill to pay off in 25 days or less.

    All kidding aside, though, maybe Thanksgiving is *the* most religious holiday we have left. My theory is — people actually really do still think about praying and giving thanks. And that’s cool.

    Let’s not be the exception.

    Let’s circle the globe this Thursday with a ring of thanksgiving prayers that will gladden the heart of God. Happy Thanksgiving, Doug

20040924 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND!
  2. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER
  3. RESOURCES TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE
  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS
  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT
  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET)
  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE
  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY
  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER!
  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS
  12. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SPONSORS MAKE OUR (SECRETARY’S) WORLD GO ROUND! — Thanks this past week to Irving Bible Church, Irving, TX, for their sponsorship gift of $75 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary. Please visit them on the web at http://www.irvingbible.org/ and if you’re at all ever in the Irving area, please stop by their worship services! Hats off also to the husband/wife team working in Andes Mountains training leaders and overseeing a Bible translation (who sent $100), to the anonymous workers in Western Europe ($25), the one from Eastern Europe too ($100), the gracious reader from Brazil ($5), and another dear friend ($100). We are very grateful. Another participant used the “subscribe” feature to send his regular $10 subscription. What a guy! :-) And hats off to Tom, the Director of MATS, who sent $100 with this note, “Brigada always gets us in touch with those we desire to serve the most: missionaries. You are a blessing; thanks for what you allow GOD to do with your life.” Learn more about them at: http://www.mats.org Thanks, too, to the brother in Seattle who wrote, “Thank you and the Brigada team for your work in serving our Lord with your skills and helping us network with others in similar ministries.” ($100) This and the “Toolbox” gift below, brings us to a total of $5,315.02 collected so far in 2004, nearly a third of the way to our secretary’s hopeful annual salary of $16,140. Unfortunately, only 3 months remain to make up the other two-thirds. If you can help, click “sponsor” in the top menu, 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. “TOOLBOX FOR VIDEO STORYTELLING” 15% OFF THROUGH OCTOBER — Here’s a great book on how to write and produce your missionary video, available to Brigada readers at 15% off during the month of October. And a portion of your purchase price still goes to support our Brigada secretary. So please visit http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada and read the order instruction on that page. The book is a great resource to help you communicate a video story — great for missionaries and ministry workers, too. (Thanks to author John Walton for the $25 gift this past week!)

  3. RESOURCES 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 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 cjlemke(at)cs(dot)com [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. FREE TALKING BIBLE — Audio Scriptures International (ASI) in California is offering a free Talking Bible to churches observing a Talking Bible Sunday. ASI wants every church in America to have a Talking Bible of its own. Not only will people who are shut in, hospitalized, vision impaired, or unable to read for some other reason use this Bible – but the entire church will be reminded of the millions of people in the world who have never been able to read God’s Word for themselves – people who need Talking Bibles. Call ASI at 1-800-318-7262 and ask for Dori or e-mail asi(at)audioscriptures(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] and learn how a church can receive its FREE Talking Bible and observe a Talking Bible Sunday.

  5. FREE NEW BIBLE STUDY ON WORLD MISSIONS — “Tell of His Glory Among the Nations” covers many classic Scriptures passages and themes about world missions, and is ideal for those who want to study the biblical basis for world missions and share it with others. Thirteen lessons are well suited for one Sunday School quarter. Great for adults or youth, small groups or individual study. One page per lesson. Easy to photocopy. http://www.mission1.org

  6. PALESTINIAN PRAYER PROJECT — Several organizations that work with Palestinians have put together a Ramadan prayer guide focusing on Palestinians. The daily selection includes stories about real people and places where Palestinians live. Although the emphasis is during Ramadan, the guide includes information about Christians as well as Muslims. This is a world-wide project and the guide is available in pdf format in Afrikans, Dutch, English, German, Korean, Spanish and Swedish. To receive a copy electronically write to: plstnteam(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 .]. Specify what language you’d like and that you heard about the project through Brigada.

  7. LEARN MORE ABOUT “VOICE OVER IP” (FREE PHONE OVER THE NET) — To make an informed decision, check out http://www.broadbandreports.com/gbu and read the recent individual reviews. There are other options out there for VOIP that are on par with Vonage. Lingo, another provider, includes several European countries in its $20 unlimited plan and offers Asia and International plans. You can even choose a phone number from other countries. Its referral program gives each party $25 – (So maybe use this as a fundraiser for your mission work?). 2 months of personal experience says that despite mixed reviews Lingo works great! (By the way, if you mention Mike’s name and email address [mikeyatmbmsinternationaldotorg], he’ll send the $25 to Brigada if you tell him you heard about it here. He’ll encourage the other party to send a portion too. Thanks Mike!)

  8. GOTTA SEND LARGE FILES? TRY THIS FREE SITE — If you ever find yourself in the position of having to transfer a large file to someone else… maybe larger than you can or should send by email… try http://s2.yousendit.com/ This free service acts as a go-between file-server. Looks like their long-term business plan is to depend on ads, but their privacy policy promises not to spam you. If you’re afraid you’ll be targeted, secure a temporary address for you or your recipient. (Thanks to John for the tip!)

  9. WORLDWIDE INTERNET EVANGELISM FOCUS DAY — An international focus day on web outreach is scheduled for April 2005. The purpose is to equip churches, missions and other Christian groups to use the Web for effective evangelism. There are many ways that you can help this exciting vision to fruition: http://ied.gospelcom.net/helping.php

  10. HAVEN’T DONE MICROSOFT WINDOWS UPDATE LATELY? BETTER! — If you haven’t updated your installation of Windows lately (since Sept. 21, 2004), better head on over. Just click to: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Be sure you install all critical updates. There’s a new threat possible within JPG (picture) files. This is one of the most common files on the web, as well as with digital cameras. If you’d like to read more about the threat, see: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS04-028.mspx Note that no virus has yet been detected “in the wild.” This is only a threat. But now that the threat is verified, viruses are likely to follow. (Thanks for the tip, Jon! Good catch!)

  11. A YEAR-END GIFT TO SEND TO YOUR FINANCIAL AND PRAYER PARTNERS — Here’s a Brigada reader that has offered to supply gift vouchers with Safari Chalets which you can send to any of your friends/family/prayer partners/financial supporters as a year-end thank you gift. It is reportedly a seven-day-free-accommodation-for-two gift voucher, worth up to $900 US, at any one of Safari Chalet’s Private Game Reserves in South Africa, available during October 2004 to December 2005. It is recommended to book your week for 2005 by December 2004, to make sure you get the week of your choice. Your complimentary gift voucher number is BRIGADATODAY. You will need it when you collect the gift by simply completing the on-line Safari Survey at http://www.safarichalets.com/Survey or email Jacques with the voucher number at info(at)safarichalets(dot)nl [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Detail of the Kololo and Moholoholo Game Reserves and the when, what, where, meal and travel costs, will follow immediately after you completed the survey. (Please keep in mind that we have not personally had the opportunity to experience this opportunity, so as is the case in every new situation, we’ll appreciate hearing back from those who try it!)

20040822 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. TRY THESE INDUSTRIAL-USE GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS AND TIPS!
  2. NEED A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK AT YOUR MINISTRY? TRY THIS ONE
  3. ONE-DAY COURSE ON ISLAM
  4. GLOBAL (“GO”) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENTMAKERS TURNS 20!
  5. INTERNET SERVICE WITH BUILT-IN VIRUS, SPAM, AND FILTERING
  6. SEPTEMBER IS “PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES” MONTH
  7. IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING DEPT. OF STATE ENGLISH INFO
  8. GET YOUR US TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO ANY PHONE IN THE WORLD
  9. MAKE GREAT DIGITAL VIDEOS
  10. FOUR MONTHS TO GO, $12 THOUSAND TO RAISE
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. TRY THESE INDUSTRIAL-USE GOOGLE SEARCH TRICKS AND TIPS! — Are you a Google-search-maniac? Become all the more-so by trying these tips:
    *** Put your exact text in quotes and Google will only show you pages where that exact phrase appears
    *** To see a list of pages that link to the one you’re examining, type the word “link:” then your URL, like, “link:www.brigada.org”
    *** To convert one kind of measure to another, just type in the natural language, like this, “100 degrees F. in C.” or “5 gallons in liters”. Experiment.
    *** Watch the “Did you mean” phrase below your search title, in case you misspelled a word ( You type “Brigadaa” and Google returns, “Did you mean brigada?”, and you click on that phrase and Brigada.org is the first listing out of 382,000 pages where the word brigada occurs.)
    *** Looking for a phone number? Try typing in “rphonebook:” followed the name, city, and state abbreviation for a great phone listing. Then go throw away your white pages — or recycle them to be friendlier to the environment. :-) Try the same using “bphonebook:” for a business listing.
    *** Forget your calculator? Never fear. Just use Google. In the Google prompt, type in your functions like this, “16 + (25 * (15 / 3))” and you’ll see 141 as the Google-given result. So… how will Casio stay in business?? :-)
    *** Searching for a particular story for which you know the title? Use the “intitle:” tool. Type “intitle:” followed by the title in quotes. Try, intitle:”Make digital videos worth watching” to see copies of the article we mention in Item 9 below.
    *** Get a great listing of all the Google tools and services at: http://www.google.com/options/index.html which include indexed paper catalogs, product listings from online stores, shopping tools, and even indices of millions of messages on Usenet discussion groups.

  2. NEED A VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK AT YOUR MINISTRY? TRY THIS ONE — Just click on over to http://www.findnot.com Yes, it’ll cost a little bit (less than your Internet Service Provider charges), but then the I.T. guy at your office won’t have to set up and maintain a flawless VPN for your ministry and you’ll enjoy completely anonymous messages and web-searching regardless of where you live on the planet. So… live in a land that suppresses information about Christianity, yet log onto “findnot” then use your newly-encrypted channel to order Bibles and have them shipped to a friend in the land next-door, then go pick them up the following week. Send and receive email without encryption and without worry that someone is “sniffing” your connection. (But, as always, remember to encrypt your local hard drive in case your laptop is seized. We highly recommended IBM Thinkpads because of built-in IBM Client Services encryption.) Check ’em out — and no, we don’t get any kind of “kickback”. Just one beggar telling another where to find bread. (Thanks to our friend in N. Africa for referring us to this service. Believe me, he’ll prefer we leave him unnamed, but he’ll read this via his “findnot” VPN connection :-) .)

  3. ONE-DAY COURSE ON ISLAM — Crescent Project’s Sharing the Hope seminars provide a one-day introduction to Islam, Muslim cultures, and ministry skills designed to provide accurate information about Muslims and equip Christians with biblical attitudes and methods for evangelism so they can confidently and sensitively share their faith with Muslim friends. Upcoming seminars include Owosso MI on Sept. 11, 2004, Muncie IN on Sept. 25, 2004, Portland OR on Oct. 9, 2004 and McAllen TX on Oct. 23, 2004. For more information go to http://www.crescentproject.org/sharingthehope.cfm

  4. GLOBAL (“GO”) OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENTMAKERS TURNS 20! — To celebrate their anniversary, they have lined up more training events this fall than ever before. Do you want to investigate tentmaking? Thinking of going as a tentmaker but need more training and encouragement? Let “GO” help you get equipped at their Light to the Nations tentmaker training course 13-17 October at the US Center for World Mission Pasadena CA, or at a half day seminar in Victoria BC, Toronto ON & Delta BC (close to the WA border). According to a recent survey, a large percentage of today’s tentmakers lack ministry skills. Don’t become a part of that statistic. For more info and to register for any of these events visit their website http://www.globalopps.org or email them at training(at)globalopps(dot)org [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  5. INTERNET SERVICE WITH BUILT-IN VIRUS, SPAM, AND FILTERING — Check out American Family Online, http://www.afo.net/ or call 888-817-9314 or 850-897-8200 if interested in getting an internet service which filters for viruses, spam, and indecency. The filtering is done *before* it gets to you so that you do not need spam and porno blockers on your computer (an antivirus system on your computer is still necessary). Finding a local call-up number should be no problem. The cost is around $20, slightly cheaper than AOL and other standard services. According to one Brigada participant, “David”, the service performs well and tech support is good.

  6. SEPTEMBER IS “PRAY FOR THE PHILIPPINES” MONTH -– Sponsored by the missionaries of the International Mission Board’s Pacific Rim Region, the goal is to facilitate fervent prayer from Christians around the world on behalf of Filipinos. The ardent desire is that these prayers will result in a massive outpouring of God’s Spirit upon these great people. Pray that many Filipinos will come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, commit themselves to Bible study and discipleship and carry the Gospel message throughout the Philippines, Asia and around the world. Request more information by contacting Judy Harvey pray4philippines(at)imb(dot)org(dot)ph or Ann Lovell at annlovell1965(at)yahoo(dot)com (Ann can mail you materials for your church within the USA). Christian Light Foundation also has some specific prayer requests they would like to share with you: clfphils(at)pldtdsl(dot)net [replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  7. IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING DEPT. OF STATE ENGLISH INFO — In last week’s Brigada Today, if you had trouble finding information on the Dept. of State’s “English Language Officer” program, try: http://www.careers.state.gov/specialist/jobs/print/ad_elo.html (The extra “L” on the end of HTML makes a big difference. :-) Sorry for passing through that incorrect link without checking it first. We sometimes compose “on the road” and don’t always get to check links. Like today I’m composing in the back of a truck, out of touch with the Internet. :-( Fortunately, when we include an error, we hear plenty about it from dedicated readers! :-) So we’ll always pass along these corrections in the next issue.)

  8. GET YOUR US TOLL-FREE NUMBER FORWARDED TO ANY PHONE IN THE WORLD — Get a US toll free number forwarded to any phone in the world with no setup fee and low international rates. Go to http://www.brigada.org/phone.html (Disclaimer: This service then sponsors Brigada as a thank-you for being featured here — but they’re good enough to feature anyway. :-) )

  9. MAKE GREAT DIGITAL VIDEOS — This article on making great digital videos can help you take your movies to the next level: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1206386,00.asp (Copy the above URL to your browser’s “Address:” box.)

  10. FOUR MONTHS TO GO, $12 THOUSAND TO RAISE — As you know, Brigada is a free service. But last year, after running behind for months, we launched out in faith to hire a Brigada Secretary. Within *weeks* we were totally caught-up and have remained so ever since. Now, we have just four months remaining in 2004 to raise the balance of her salary for the year. Certainly it’s exciting that nearly $4000 has come in so far… but with only 4 months remaining, we’re wondering if there might possibly be 48 churches out there that could each manage a special one- time gift of $250 to help us over the hump? If so, we’ll be done and we won’t request a dime more throughout the remainder of the year. What do you think? Would your church consider? Would you be willing to ask them? If the Lord blesses you with a “yes” answer, just log on to: http://www.brigada.org then click “sponsor” in the top menu, 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. And thank you for helping us get Brigada out the door and onto your screen each week!

20040425 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-HELPERS
  2. GET REPORTEDLY BEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (HELP BRIGADA)
  3. SETTING UP A BACKUP DEVICE? GREAT TIPS FROM FELLOW STRUGGLERS
  4. AEGEAN SEA: SCHOONER-BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING
  5. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION
  6. MISSIONS VIDEO SERIES LOOKS GREAT!
  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY
  8. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM
  9. TRAINING OF TRAINERS II & III (TOT II & III)
  10. MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE
  11. FAITH ACADEMY WISHING FOR FAITHFUL SUPERINTENDENT
  12. CLOSING STUFF

SPECIAL SPONSOR NOTE: PRACTICAL TRAINING TO HELP THE POOR TO HELP THEMSELVES — Time is running out! The Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, in partnership with Food for the Hungry International and World Relief, is offering training in Bangkok, Thailand on May 24 – June 2, 2004 and at Lookout Mountain, GA USA from August 2 – 11, 2004. This training focuses on innovative, best practice microenterprise development and microfinance strategies and methodologies that can be used in holistic, Christ-centered programs. For information on these events or our email based distance learning visit http//www.chalmers.org or email CEDIatcovenantdotedu.


  1. ENCOURAGEMENT FROM FELLOW-HELPERS — Thanks to those who stepped up to the plate to say they’d like to help Brigada keep cranking out resources and news! Anonymous donors gave $50 and $25 respectively this past week. The latter wrote, “Thank you for your passion for this ministry.” Thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve, and thanks to these two partners for undergirding our efforts with action. If you’d like to PayPal a sponsorship of any amount, just log on at: http://www.brigada.org and click “sponsor” in the top menu, or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks! 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. Thanks!

  2. GET REPORTEDLY BEST COUNTRY-TO-COUNTRY RATES (HELP BRIGADA) — Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm by clicking on “Dial-Abroad.org”. We’re getting great feedback on folks, and believe it or not, there were enough Brigada participants to try them and use them during March that it produced a Dial-Abroad sponsorship of $128 toward our Brigada-sponsored secretary! So if you’re dialing anyway, please try to use Dial-Abroad!

  3. SETTING UP A BACKUP DEVICE? GREAT TIPS FROM FELLOW STRUGGLERS — Thanks to Scott, who wrote us about backup hard drives we recently mentioned, “One hint, make sure you get a USB hard disk case that does not need an external power adapter. This is one less item you have to plug in. Mine draws the power through the USB so in case of a power failure, it can still run off the notebook’s battery power, an important feature hear in [our restricted access country]…. Great idea! Called today to check… and the one I had on order wasn’t! I’ll try to change it. Thanks also to Ivan, who wrote, “Systems crash frequently too, requiring days of reinstalling new programmes. I suggest you install DriveImage, and regularly backup your whole drive. … The other major tip is to set up user accounts. Enable a guest account for visitors, with only a few basics enabled, and something personal for yourself. … And make sure you set up a password for your personal account. I knew someone who could not load – a child had been in and set a new password.” Yikes – sad scenario! :-) Thanks Scott and Ivan!

  4. AEGEAN SEA: SCHOONER-BASED CHRISTIAN TRAINING — Marine Reach, YWAM’s ship ministry, has announced Bluewater Discipleship Training School, its first ever sailing DTS. Beginning 1 April 2005, eleven students will join staff and crew aboard the 90-foot schooner Genevieve Challenge for the DTS lecture phase. The boat will cover 1300 nautical miles of the Aegean Sea in three months, with planned stops at Corinth, Ephesus, Philippi and other historic places. International speakers will join the boat en route and there will also be free time for the students to explore and relax. Following the return to the boat’s base in eastern Greece, the three-month land-based outreach phase begins in locations yet to be decided. Bluewater DTS finishes on 6 October 2005. You can get full details including the application form at http://www.marinereach.com/dts_bluewater or by email to bluewaterdts at marinereach.com (Please replace the “at” with @ and remove spaces).

  5. STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN SHORT-TERM MISSION — A group of U.S. mission agencies and short-term practitioners have developed nationally-derived Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE) at http://STMstandards.org The seven standards were developed on the heels of similar codes in the UK and Canada. The need for such standards is growing as each year more than one million U.S. volunteers are sent out as short-term missionaries. Churches, agencies and schools can use these standards as a training and assessment tool and can choose to adopt the standards as a way of demonstrating a commitment to excellence in their outreaches. Membership brings professionally structured guidance for achieving goals and an impressive network of organizations offering opportunities for resource sharing, improved training, minimized risk, and mentoring. Members of the steering committee come from Campus Crusade for Christ, YWAM, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Reign Ministries, Teenmania, STEM Int’l, Adventures in Missions, Perimeter Church (Atlanta), Taylor University, Northwestern College and many other groups.

  6. MISSIONS VIDEO SERIES LOOKS GREAT! — Previously, we mentioned the “Operation WorldView Video Series.” I just got my own copy and … whoa… I can’t remember anything like this in years! It’s like a video curriculum, based in part on the Perspectives Course — to introduce world missions to your church or small group. Designed for eight classes one hour or more in length, this series contains dynamic videos and film clips from around the world, along with beautifully designed digital slides to illustrate the rich teaching. It seems perfect for church-wide studies, Sunday School classes or small groups. If your church would like to introduce a Sunday night elective, a special study for your missions committee, a missions class for a week of church camp, … tons of other options.. visit http://www.mission1.org

  7. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS . . . COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’ Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE). This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA: September 14-19, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or by emailing Helenatmed-ambdotorg

  8. EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS AT THE USCWM — If you ever thought of working “behind-the-scenes” in missions mobilization, training, strategy or services, then perhaps EXPLORE is for you. Designed for people who wish to learn more about the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, this 4-day seminar covers the history, impact and mission of the USCWM, with a focus on how you might use your gifts here to reach unreached people groups out there. The USCWM is the organization behind such ministries like the Perspectives On The World Christian Movement Course, Mission Frontiers Magazine, the Global Prayer Digest, and World Christian Foundations Study Program. The next EXPLORE Seminar is scheduled for June 2 – 5, 2004. Registration deadline is May 14th. Space is limited, so register early. For more information, visit the USCWM website http://www.uscwm.org , or email DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg .

  9. TRAINING OF TRAINERS II & III (TOT II & III) — Medical Ambassadors International provides a seconded training for those who have completed TOT I. TOT II & III concentrates on how to teach adults to evaluate and manage a project and multiply its impact into other areas/communities in your ministry. Spiritually, it concentrates on follow-up and discipleship. As in TOT I, the emphasis is on the practical How Tos of carrying this out. It builds on and uses the LePSAS approach. Attending TOT I is a prerequisite to this course. Dates for USA: June 15-20, 2004. Additional information can be found at http://www.medicalambassadors.org/Training_Dates.htm or by emailing Helenatmed-ambdotorg

  10. MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE — Mission to Unreached Peoples is looking for several people with business backgrounds for financial, administrative, and human resources positions. Most of the openings are for placement in Asia, one is US based. Minimum BS degree required. Check out http://www.mup.org email Jeff JeffKatgatiwadotcom or call (888) 847-6950 or (206) 781-3151.

  11. FAITH ACADEMY WISHING FOR FAITHFUL SUPERINTENDENT — Faith Academy, a school for the kids of Missionary parents in Manila (enrolment 600) is looking for a Superintendent beginning school year 2005-2006. Suitable applicants should submit a resume and letter of interest to the Chairman of the Board at search at faith.edu.ph (please replace the “at” with @ and remove the spaces). Details of the school can be found on their website: http://faith.edu.ph

20040208 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS
  2. NEW SPONSORS!
  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS
  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA
  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE
  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS
  7. MORE ON BACKING UP
  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA)
  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH
  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION
  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)
  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES
  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS
  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS
  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY
  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. VIDEO TOOLBOX HELPS YOU PREPARE GREAT VIDEOS — This is the season for many church missions conferences and the Toolbox For Videostorytelling can make a great gift from your church to your missionary. Check it out at http://www.VillageAve.com And thanks to the author, John Walton, for making a $35 donation to Brigada because of recent purchasers of the Toolbox! Yahooo! :-)

  2. NEW SPONSORS! — Hats off to the repeat anonymous sponsor who used the “PayPal Subscribe” sponsorship button at http://www.brigada.org/donate.html to donate $10 this past month to help with the expenses of our Brigada secretary and to keep Brigada going regularly out the door each week. Thanks, too, for the $50 from the “Arctic North of Sweden!” Way to go *Europe*!!! We appreciate you!

  3. IKOBO FUND TRANSFER BEATS WESTERN UNION, OTHERS — If you ask me, this new iKobo service easily beats out Western Union. We asked for volunteers to try it out (a couple of weeks ago) and 3 brave souls stepped up to the plate. They’re loving it! You provide funds by transferring money into your iKobo account from your bank account, electronically. Sound like PayPal? There’s more. Once the money is there, you can “Send Money” to anyone in the world! If the person is already an iKobo user, the transfer is *instant*. If they’re not already an iKobo member, iKobo assigns them an account and sends them an ATM card, at iKobo’s expense. The great thing is — once the person has the ATM card, you can transfer money at will, anytime, night or day. Rather than paying hefty wire transfer fees, the user only has to pay a $2 or so ATM fee. Plus, unlike wires, the transfer is *instant*, and teller has to view the transferred funds.

    Click here for more information, or to get started:

    https://www.ikobo.com/ref.cgi?r=LD017707US

    (or cut and paste the URL above into your web-browser). Note: Believe it or not, iKobo is also offering to send $10/new member to help us sponsor a Brigada secretary — if you use the above link to get started. We’ve already received two of the sponsorships from our trial users new registrations. So it’s working already! What’s more, we’ve both sent *and* received money using the service, all without a hitch.

    So how is it different from PayPal? First, you can use this service to transfer funds to a national preacher or missionary, even if he or she has no web access or bank account. Second, it gives you an ATM card rather than an online prompt. Finally, some recipients don’t want to have “register” at some new online service, just to receive funds. So either way, it’s a great option.


  4. TIME RUNNING OUT ON OFFER TO BUY BOOK / HELP BRIGADA — We’ve had a good response to the offer from Mark Kelly, editor of the “Advance!” prayer newsletter, to donate up to $5 US to Brigada for each purchase of his new book, “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt!” This new e-book explains why Christians are powerless to stop the world’s slide into moral chaos and tyranny. The e-book is delivered via web download. Preview “Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt” at http://kainospress.com/pbrd.html After you purchase it online, send an e-mail to brigada- familyatkainospressdotcom and tell him you want a check cut for your friends at Brigada. This offer expires March 1, so there’s still time to profit from this new book and support Brigada in the process!

  5. THE ADVENT OF THE TALKING BIBLE – The audio Scripture movement made a great step forward with the advent of The Talking Bible. The Talking Bible contains a complete audio New Testament in a sealed unit that has the appearance of a regular Bible. Talking Bibles are already available in many different languages. New ones will be produced in hundreds of other languages as resources are made available. Audio Scriptures International, Adopt-A-Village and World Mission, a non-denominational mission-support organization, are working in cooperation with national Bible Societies to produce and provide Talking Bibles in many of the world’s languages. ASI reports that requests from Africa for Talking Bibles are increasing dramatically. Churches and missions are being challenged to get involved. For more information visit http://www.audioscriptures.org.

  6. LEARN MORE ABOUT MEDIA IN MISSIONS — Would you like to catch the latest on media in missions? Stop by http://newWway.org This month’s cover story focus is on “The Passion”, written with missionaries in mind. Although written mainly for Southern Baptist IMB folk, it’s still full of great resources and training bits.

  7. MORE ON BACKING UP — We’ve received quite a lot of feedback on our piece on backing up our computer files (a couple of weeks ago). One participant said he’d personally been hit by tragedy without a recent backup. Now he uses an external hard drive which connects via USB port. He also uses PGP to encrypt the data in case it’s stolen. (Thanks Scott!)

  8. HARVEST NORTH AFRICA (HNA) — Focused on the nations of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania, HNA is a new international prayer movement now getting underway for launch in 2005. Harvest North Africa will be working closely with believers and prayer networks throughout the region to produce an array of high quality media that can be utilized by churches and ministries to raise up a tidal wave of new intercessors. HNA is now seeking volunteers to help with mobilization, promotion, translation, regional coordination, distribution, video production, website design and maintenance, and other areas. If you can help with any of these areas, please contact HNA at: moreinfoatharvestnadotorg or visit the HNA website at

    http://www.harvestna.org


  9. TIPS FOR DOING PRESS RELEASES FOR YOUR CHURCH — Interested in learning more about how to use press releases as free publicity? Check out:

    http://www.sacklunch.net/churchpr/index.html

    for extensive tips and ideas. (Thanks Brad!)


  10. VISION 2004: A STUDENT CONFERENCE ON WORLD EVANGELIZATION — Vision Student Conferences has a theme of encouraging students and leaders to become actively involved in God’s missionary plan for the nations. Visit the website at:

    http://www.visionconference.org

    This conference is a one day event geared towards students, primarily from Senior & Junior High, and will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. Many youth groups are using this event as part of their training for summer short term trips. Check-out the website for information on the schedule, available breakout sessions, information about the speaker and worship team. There are opportunities for missions organizations and schools to set-up displays at the conference, call 717-509-6245 for information.


  11. MASTERS DEGREE IN LEADERSHIP/ADMIN (FROM THE PACIFIC!)– Have you been thinking about getting your master’s in leadership/administration? Azusa Pacific University holds 4 classes every summer in the Philippines for their Master’s in Social Science with an emphasis in leadership studies. The fees are 1/3 of on-campus prices! You get to do the reading and papers during the year, after the courses. The courses this year are May 31-June 11, right after Faith Academy gets out. They will be held in Quezon City, Teacher’s Village, at the SEND International Office board room. For more information contact Melody Kuka, tel 658-3807 in Quezon City, kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph .

  12. LITERATURE IN MANY LANGUAGES — No Frontiers in UK now have an online ordering system for tracts, books, gospels and bibles.

    http://www.nofrontiers.org

    (Thanks Tony!)


  13. NEW DISCUSSION LIST FOR MISSION AGENCY WEBMASTERS — There is a new two-way email discussion list for webmasters: ‘Mishmash’. The list enables webmasters and mission promotion teams to discuss: – technical issues and problems in HTML and other scripting – achieving an effective graphical style and easy site navigation – broader issues of communication: how can we effectively communicate with an online target audience in order to enthuse and mobilize them for world mission So often, in the mission and web world, webmasters or small advocacy teams are working in relative isolation, and cannot easily interact with others in their field. Often, too, the wheel is repeatedly re-invented; or inadequate second-class wheels are used because no-one knows how, or where, a better wheel might be obtained! Sign up at the webpage:

    http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/mishmash.php

    Mishmash is a joint venture between Web Evangelism Guide and Cybermissions.org .


  14. IF YOU’RE INTO CHRISTIAN COMICS — You’ll be interested in checking out

    http://www.tracts.com/NPFCardinal.html

    for information on “The Cardinal,” a movie based on a Christian comic book hero. There’s even a viewable trailer.


  15. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Registration is still open for training aquaponics, which involves combining aquaculture and hydroponics for mutual benefit. These ecologically sound, highly productive systems are ideal for food production in almost any part of the world and can be used as a “helps ministry”. The course will be held March 8 – 12, 2004 at Camp Living Water in Bryson City, NC, USA. For more information, visit:

    http//www.aquacultureinternational.org

    or email: cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus . There are still a few FREE rooms for full time missionaries and registration is at student rate ($75). Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.


  16. INTERNATIONAL CHURCH MINISTRY — What is the missionary potential of the hundreds of international churches (IC’s) scattered around the world? How are IC’s launching out to upper and middle class nationals in world-class cities? After two years Dan has completed his research project (he’s now Dr. Dan). A synopsis of his project can be found at

    http://www.geocities.com/revdanbow2004

    You can also contact him about articles he has written on the subject of IC’s serving as launching pads for mission to indigenous peoples, by writing revdanbowatjunodotcom . Thanks Dan!


  17. 3TH ANNUAL EYE CARE FOR ALL WHO CARE CONFERENCE — May 7-8, 2004. A conference in Houston, Texas that will show you how to add primary eye care and eyeglasses to your international missions outreach. You do not need to be a doctor to attend. For more information call Toll Free 1- 866-398-7525 or register on-line at

    http://www.infocusonline.org

20031214 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS!
  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL
  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS
  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO
  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE
  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS
  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY
  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP
  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP
  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM
  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE
  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD
  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS
  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES
  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. THANKS TO THE ANONYMOUS DONORS! — Thanks so much to the family serving in Asia who sent $200 this past month, yet insisted on remaining anonymous. Obviously, the Lord knows who you are. As for the remainder of the hopeful salary for our Brigada Secretary ($15,600), we are just 10 days and $2980 short of finishing the entire year-long budget for our new Brigada Secretary. Bottom line: If you could possibly make a final push in your church, missions committee, mobilization group, or family budget, it would sure be great. If it’s a check, you could send it to: Team Expansion/Brigada, 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. If it’s to be made via credit card, jump on our Sponsors page at: http://www.brigada.org/sponsor.html to give via some kind of card. By the way, that anonymous sponsor in Asia wrote, ” I’ve been a member of the Brigada list since the first few months you existed if memory serves me right. … Somewhere in a stack of several hundred floppies I probably have a text archive of the first few messages. Brigada has been a tremendous blessing to me and I have referred hundreds of fellow workers to it as an excellent source of info. I wish I could calculate all the savings and value I have received from the resources you’ve helped us locate over the past years.” Whoa. Thanks for the encouragement, brother! May God bless you mightily in your work and family!

  2. GOTTA’ TRAVEL IN JAN? TRY KINGDOM TRAVEL — If you have to travel internationally in January anyway, please try Kingdom Travel (otherwise known as CV Travel). They’ve pledged to contribute $20 *per ticket* for those who, during January, book travel at already-great-low-rates. Learn more at: http://www.kingdomcompany.com (Thanks, too, Donald, for the $100 donation to help us through 2003!)

  3. NEW RESOURCE FOR CHRISTIANS RELATING TO MUSLIMS — Dawson Media has released a short, easy-to-read book offering Christians a crash course on how to relate to Muslim friends, neighbors, and coworkers. “A Muslim’s Heart” was written by Dr. Ed Hoskins, a physician who has spent more than 25 years relating to Muslims in the U.S. and Middle East. Hoskins focuses on the similarities of the two faiths rather than the differences, and offers specific instruction on how to use the Qur’an and Muslim traditions as a bridge to talk about Christ. “A Muslim’s Heart” is ideal for anyone considering short-term missions to a Muslim country or for U.S. churches wanting to reach out to Muslims in their communities. To reach Dawson Media, a ministry of The Navigators, call toll-free (888) 547-9635 in the U.S. or (719) 594-2100 elsewhere, or fax them at (719) 594-2553. Visit their web site at http://www.dawsonmedia.com (international orders must be placed by phone or fax).

  4. NOT YOUR TYPICAL MISSIONS VIDEO — The Yali Story is an award- winning documentary released by Vision Video, great for small groups, college class and Mission Festivals. It’s about a stone-age tribe in Papua that has been transformed by the Gospel … from cannibals to people who walk in faith, hope and love. It will excite people about missions. The tape includes a roundtable discussion, “Lessons from The Yali Story” which will ignite discussion regarding church planting and contextualization. You can link to http://www.worldteam.org and click on “The Yali Story.”

  5. DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS FOR FREE — Thanks to Brigada participant “Ed” for his tip about the free discipleship materials at… http://www.discipleship.info

  6. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION — Have you answered the call to reach the unreached? AFMA in partnership with AIMS, CBN, and Regent University will hold an Unreached Peoples Consultation entitled “Transformations” March 15-18, 2004 at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Learn how to create functional strategies for unreached people groups and plan short-term trips that will have a long-term impact from ministry professionals working in China, East Africa, Ethiopia, India, and Indonesia. Register by March 1st and pay only $149. After March 1st, the registration fee will be $169. For more information or to request a brochure, call AIMS at (757) 226-5850 or e- mail aimsataims-usadotorg or log on at… http://www.aims.org

  7. MARCH 22ND ISSUE YIELDS RESULTS — Remember that March 22nd item entitled, ” NEW TRIBES MISSION’S FIRM FOUNDATIONS VIA RADIO?” I didn’t think so. Neither did I. :-) But Mark did. He’s the guy that asked for the input about “Firm Foundations.” Turns out he found that FEBC New Zealand have already turned Firm Foundations into 104 radio scripts and produced them in Asian English (in the Philippines). He has since secured permission from NTM to use their material and work with Janice Reid who wrote the original radio scripts. It now appears that he’ll help launch a Firm Foundations Radio project in Africa, working in Johannesburg with World Mission Communications in Africa and Radio Training Services in Asia (Cambodia) – where Janice is now working. In the process he may also be introducing training for Interactive Radio Instruction, to help develop use of radio in Africa for education and discipleship. Pretty cool. If you’re interested in learning more, write him mdtayloratmwebdotcodotza . And when you talk to him, thank him for keeping his word about updating us after he conducted the research! :-)

  8. HERE’S THE SKINNY ON FULLER SEMINARY — Thanks to all those who responded about Fuller Theological Seminary’s project with Muslim leaders. Thanks to your info., we were able to do everthing from read the actual press releases all the way to dialogue directly with the public relations person at Fuller. Turns out that, as is the case with many rumors, the “legend” had become larger than life. True: Fuller is launching a study on the impact of recent events, along with that nature of the conflict between Islam and Christianity. And … true: for the purposes of the study, the parcticipants (all very high level in each respective faith) have covenanted together not to seek out conversion during the project. However, it is important to understand that the position being taken by Fuller is a very specific one, aimed at all situations relating to the *project*. As for the rest of Fuller’s teachings in the School of Church Growth, they remain intact… and those profs. continue to teach those disciplines. It’s only this specific dialogue that is affected. Again, thanks for the input! For more information, see the article at: http://www.fuller.edu/alumni_ae/E-News/2003-12/conflict_resolution.asp

  9. AGENCY PLACING LATIN AMERICANS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD — Vision Euro- Africa (VEA) is a missionary agency with a heart for mobilizing the Latin American Church for missions amongst Muslims. VEA’s general director, Omar Selther (pseudonym), was one of the first full-time missionaries to be sent from Mexico 13 years ago. Since then he and his family have been focused on reaching North Africans for Christ. Three years ago he took over the directorship of VEA, which is committed to getting mature, well-trained Latino workers in the Muslim world. For those interested in learning more, please visit their website http://www.visioneuroafrica.com or email veaatvisioneuroafricadotcom

  10. MEMBER CARE IN CRISIS SITUATIONS AND DEBRIEFING WORKSHOP — What constitutes a “crisis situation?” How should your organization respond? How can you use “Peer Responders” to care for people in crisis? These and other questions will be the topics of this year’s Member Care in Crisis Situations Workshop, sponsored by the Member Care department of Wycliffe International. The workshop will include peer-to-peer debriefing training and practice and would be valuable for administrators, member care personnel, or church mission committee personnel. The six-day workshop will be held in Dallas, Texas, USA, April 26-May 1, 2004. Costs of the workshop include a $100 registration fee and approximately $145 room/board. Participation is limited. For information contact member_care_intlatwycliffedotorg

  11. MEDICAL MISSIONS CONSULTATION EMAIL GROUP — A medical missionary in Papua New Guinea has started an email group for missionary doctors who have difficult cases that they want to consult with other doctors about. He’s hoping that a wide spectrum of physicians will join. This may include both active and retired missionaries, and non-missionary physicians in a variety of specialties who are sympathetic to the cause of missions, and who are willing to offer consultation and advice. To join, send a blank email to MedMissCons-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom . You will get an email enquiry from the moderator asking for a brief introduction, but all interested physicians will be placed in the group. For more information, you can contact Andy andybennettatreachonedotcom .

  12. NEW REALITY SERIES AS EVANGELISM — You may be interested in checking out a new reality series on TBN starring Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort, teaching and demonstrating personal evangelism techniques and how to answer the 100 most common objections unbelievers have to the Christian faith. The series is already airing on Saturdays at 12:30 pm. Starting Jan. 5th they will begin showing it a second time on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. I haven’t seen it, nor has Andrew himself. But based on past similar programs, it should be good. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Andrew!)

    The project already has a cool and tech-laden web site at http://www.wayofthemaster.com


  13. THE CHINESE CHRISTIAN CRUSADE — Check out the new article entitled, The Chinese Christian Crusade at: http://www.backtojerusalem.com/

  14. SALES PEOPLE WANTED IN EVERY COUNTRY OF THE WORLD — Commit Ministries & Integrated Pest Management Tech, Inc. have joined forces through their “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty” program. IPMT has developed about two dozen cutting edge pest control products for improving health, and is now seeking men and women as independent representatives worldwide. A laptop computer connected to the World Wide Web and a reasonably priced sales kit are required for the perfect opportunity to own your own business. Contact Art Simpson artatworldpestcontroldotcom or check out http://www.worldpestcontrol.com which is just beginning.

  15. MISSION OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS — Wesley International School is a school for MK’s and other expats located near several major unreached people groups in East Java, Indonesia. Several mission organizations have teams in the area. For the 2004/05 school year, WIS is seeking an elementary teacher, a high school biology teacher and an ESL teacher. If you or someone you know is interested, contact WIS via email principalatwesleyinterschooldotorg or see their website at … http://www.wesleyinterschool.org

  16. MORE FREE IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES — Over 7000 pages of FREE commentary on all 66 books of the Bible are available from http://www.soniclight.com . They represent 20 years of work by Dr. Tom Constable of Dallas Seminary and are intended to help anyone better understand God’s Word. Another entry for “best-kept secrets of the Internet” is http://www.e-sword.net .

  17. A STORY OF HOPE: EFFECTIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING — Be better equipped to learn the language and culture in which you serve. This virtual tutor, a set of three instructional DVD’s, will guide language learners of all expertise levels. Complete with interactive resources, “Effective Language Learning: A Story of Hope” was designed for the international worker with limited access to effective language learning resources. Follow the dramatized story of a young couple as they learn the language and culture overseas so that they may personally engage the community around them. Your Price: $60.00 Order. Request the order from IMB, SBC — http://resources.imb.org/index.cfm/fa/prod/ProdID/1086.htm

  18. FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL — Did you ever wonder, “I wonder who might have invented the ‘smileyface’ :-) that is so popular now on instant messaging and emails?” Check it out at: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/sefSmiley.htm and the original message: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~sef/Orig-Smiley.htm and http://research.microsoft.com/~mbj/smiley/smiley.html See the “real” press coverage at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/sci_tech/newsid_2257000/2257532.stm

20031123 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL!
  2. TRAGEDY AND CHALLENGE OF THE WORLD’S STREET CHILDREN
  3. THANKS TO DIAL-ABROAD AND NEW BRIGADA SIGN-UPS!
  4. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  5. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAINING
  6. WAR, TERRORISM INSURANCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  8. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  9. JAPAN TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE
  10. ESL INSTRUCTION
  11. ONE OPTION FOR INT’L DIALING WITHOUT THE DOLLARS
  12. CASE STUDY IN REACHING THE UNREACHED: WORKING POOR OF BANGKOK
  13. ESL TEACHERS MINISTRY SKILLS SURVEY
  14. TURKEY: VISIT THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  15. BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER “TENTMAKER”
  16. HERE’S A HANDY RESPONSE TO PLAXO “PINGS”
  17. NEW TRANSFORMATION VIDEO RELEASED
  18. TESOL SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII
  19. GLOBAL COURSEWORK BY AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
  20. THE BACKPAGE: WHEN YOU SURF, BE A SKEPTIC
  21. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL! — In ONLY 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand tools. The needs are great. No injections or costly equipment are needed. Classes are held monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com Email dentaltrainingformissionsatattdotnet

  2. TRAGEDY AND CHALLENGE OF THE WORLD’S STREET CHILDREN — There are up to 160 million children living on the streets of the world. The excellent book “Street Children” by Andy Butcher, written in 1996, has been updated by Andy and reprinted in 2003 by Gabriel Publishers. Action International Ministries has purchased 100 copies of this $10 book and will send it to anyone considering ministering the gospel and compassionate care to these children of the streets. Send your email request for a copy of “Street Children” to d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet

  3. THANKS TO DIAL-ABROAD AND NEW BRIGADA SIGN-UPS! — Can you believe it? The Dial-Abroad long distance folks tell me that Brigada clients used about $400 worth of long distance during November. So they say they’re mailing a check to help with the new Brigada Secretary — equal to $40! That’s incredible! So if you’re considering changing long distance anyway, or if you’d like a great deal on international dialing, check it out at: http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  4. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — This Thanksgiving weekend, we’re giving thanks for, among others, Gateway Missionary Training Center in Langley, B.C. (Canada). It’s a unique community that focuses on equipping the whole person for service in another country or culture. The program is structured to lead a trainee through a process that will enable him/her to face the very real challenges of cross-cultural work. Experienced staff members offer mentoring, guidance and counsel all along the way. Trainees move from the context of a caring learning community, to an active cross-cultural experience and then back again to Gateway where they are debriefed in order to promote the greatest growth and understanding. Most trainees will be “field ready” when they complete the course. Those who need extra time or preparation will be well aware of the areas they need to work on. Gateway staff monitors the entire process and assists the candidate to chart a course for successful service. (Thanks for your partnership gift, Gateway!!!) Thanks, too, to the anonymous Asian participant who gave $50 this past week — to help enable the Brigada secretary, so we can keep Brigada Today up and running and on time!

  5. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAINING — Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. plans to open three of it’s specialized courses to interested people from outside of the school. Church Planting: (January 19 – 22, 2004) This course will be led by a team of experienced missionary church planters. The intent is to familiarize students with the challenge of communicating the gospel cross-culturally, and equipping them with the tools to bring together new believers and nurture them into a viable church using a well thought-out strategy. Cost*: $150.00 CDN Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS): Feb 23-26, 2004 — Laurel McAllister and her team will lead this weeklong experience in the development of key knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for the growth and maintenance of healthy relationships. Cost*: $175.00 CDN Language Acquisition for Cross-Cultural Effectiveness (LACE): March 15 – 25, 2004 — This 10 day course will be taught by Peter Pikkert. It is designed to equip the expatriate to learn her/his host country’s language and engage positively with its culture. It is designed for non-specialists learning a language that has already been reduced to writing. Cost*: $350.00CDN * Pricing does not include room and board. Arrangements can be made to stay at Gateway MTC for $20.00/day room and board as long as space is available. For more details check out the web site at http//www.gatewaytraining.org or contact the registrar at infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg or call Beverly at 604-530-4283.

  6. WAR, TERRORISM INSURANCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Finally! A simple online application that provides $50,000 or $100,000 coverage for Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Permanent and Total Disability, including coverage for losses resulting from most acts of war and terrorism anywhere in the world. This plan is underwritten by Lloyds of London and can be taken out for periods as short as one month. For information about war and terrorism insurance, contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100, toll-free in USA: 866/636- 9100 or visit http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com

  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — This training is a good step for people meandering (turning, winding, zigzagging) in their missions call. Come and make a strait course to what God has called you to do. It gives enlightenment. Missions to many is like a dark room, when lights are turned on, even momentarily, a whole new destiny is possible. An experienced missionary, from a notable agency once attended and said, “I wish we had gone through this before we went to the field.” The next camp is in Virginia from February 5-8, 2004. For more information on training content, dates, places of other upcoming camps, see the Elijah Company web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call 757-639-2906.

  8. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS –- You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 16-18, 2003, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. Dr. Isaac Canales of Latin American Bible Institute is the plenary speaker. You can email infoatnstmcdotorg for information just log on at: http://www.nstmc.org This year you can also register online via credit card!!

  9. JAPAN TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE — All the Priscilla’s and Aquila’s (Acts 18:2-4) working or studying in Japan are invited to attend a conference January 3-5, 2004 in Japan’s Izu Peninsula (between Nagoya and Tokyo). The conference will focus on ‘Equipping the Saints’ through worship, Bible study and fellowship with emphasis on clarification of tentmaker ministry vision, opportunities and issues as well as practical equipping in witness and ministry skills and approaches. Complete information can be found at http://www.hereshope.com/tentmakers or by emailing Shelly: sdotrdotpitmanatjapandotemaildotnedotjp.

  10. ESL INSTRUCTION — Learn conversational English by attending a twelve week course at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, beginning April 4, 2004. Study with fellow students from around the world. Live with classmates and national English speakers in a community setting that offers spiritual richness, a taste of American culture, and immersion in the English language. For information and application forms, log on at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  11. ONE OPTION FOR INT’L DIALING WITHOUT THE DOLLARS — Want to dial for fewer dollars? Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at http://www.brigada.org/phone.html

  12. CASE STUDY IN REACHING THE UNREACHED: WORKING POOR OF BANGKOK — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development integrates cutting edge “Covey” personal development training into their weekly meetings in the slum communities of Bangkok. Further, they explore the life of Joseph as a model of proactivity, then, go on to study Maxwell’s “21 Indisputable Laws of Leadership”. This unorthodox ministry approach accepts the slum-dwelling poor as business partners, and sets out to help them achieve comprehensive transformation in their lives, families, and communities. Step Ahead goes to the market everyday in the love of God, to empower those who make their living doing everything from sewing dresses, and roasting chicken, to making noodle soup. To learn more, check out the website. http://www.stepaheadmed.org

  13. ESL TEACHERS MINISTRY SKILLS SURVEY — Global Opportunities for tentmakers has posted an online survey for new and current Christian ESL teachers on their website. The survey results will be used to design a workshop specifically for ESL teachers’ ministry skills. You can fill out this short 5 question survey in a minute or two. Just log on at http://www.globalopps.org/eslsurvey.htm or if you prefer receiving the survey via email request one by emailing: eslsurveyatglobaloppsdotorg

  14. TURKEY: VISIT THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — If you would like to use the new book by Dr. Andrew Jackson’s that we mentioned recently, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” you’re in luck! Steve, who lives in Turkey can make the arrangements for your prayer journey. Check out his website at http://www.galatialtd.com His email is galatialtdatpoboxdotcom You can call for further info at 1-860-546-0547.

  15. BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER “TENTMAKER” — Teaching English opens many doors for ministry throughout the world, but it takes more than speaking the language to be a good English teacher. The TESOL training at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, will equip you to teach, and the certificate you receive will open doors to employment and/or ministry in many lands. The four week class begins January 18, 2004, and again March 7, 2004. For information and application forms, see website http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  16. HERE’S A HANDY RESPONSE TO PLAXO “PINGS” — Here’s a handy response to all those nasty Plaxo “pings” you might be getting (from folks who, in a well-meaning way, signed up for Plaxo and now everyone in their address book is getting spammed by the company because of it). This particular response was sent to me recently by the Communications Director of one of the largest organizations fielding overseas missionaries. In fact — it’s probably the biggest of them all. Anyway, here’s what he sends out: “Dear ___________, Let me encourage you not to use Plaxo. In addition, notice the email address that maintains your update. It is not to your account, but the account you established with Plaxo: addrupdate-[??youraccountnumber???atmxdotplaxodotcom. Our organization’s techs have looked at the PLAXO contact list updating service and have advised that you do not accept this request nor install this service on your computer as it may pose security risks for you. One potential hazard is making your entire contact list open to Plaxo for exploitation. Napster’s original founder, Sean Parker, launched Plaxo in November 2002 with $1.8 million. If you agree to download the free service, it will send an update message to everyone in your Outlook contact list in priority order based on usage. Embedded within that email request for updating contacts is an invitation (read “spam”) to sign up for the service and replicate the process on that person’s contact list. This works like a virus because it keeps replicating itself. Unless you download Plaxo yourself, you’ll keep getting hit with individual requests. For an organization like ours, this means so many Plaxo messages arrive that it slows the whole system. So if you have Plaxo, you “stay in sync” by opening up your email contact list. Losers like me get dozens of requests for updates and a serious PR problem if I ignore one. Our I.T. guy says he won’t do anything with the information that is pouring into his databases, but it is growing exponentially–some fear a “big brother” future with Plaxo controlling all the inter-related contacts. For more: See http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,56322,00.html or another source is http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,940255,00.asp?kc=PCNKT0209KTX1K010 0360.” (Note that those last two URLs will probably ‘wrap’, so you’ll have to reassemble them manually.)” [snip snip — end of Plaxo’d form letter]

    Thanks to this brother, willing to share, but probably wishing to remain anonymous for now on this issue. If you’re a Plaxo user, just remember — it’s not something we’d wish on *anyone*. If you’re a friend of a Plaxo user, getting “pinged” by Plaxo emails, remember that if you’d like to bow out, you cannot simply click “reply” to a Plaxo inquiry. You’ll have to manually compose a note from “scratch” to the person causing the ping, then paste in the above note into that email. If you just hit reply, it goes out to a wasted Plaxo address that doesn’t get read by anyone. :-( The whole thing might end up being illegal anyway, because it’s junk mail that we didn’t solicit – so I’m thinking it won’t fly under the new spam bill anyway.


  17. NEW TRANSFORMATION VIDEO RELEASED — “The Quickening,” is now available! 50+ million people, in 25 different languages have seen a Transformation Video! Eddie and Alice Smith, U.S. Prayer Center, say, “This message of hope stirs an appetite for God’s presence and offers expanded teaching on key definitions, core principles, and common obstacles related to community transformation.” Save $3, Order: https://www.prayerbookstore.com/store/default.asp?action=detail&strSku= 10100&intCatID=4&lastaction=display [note that this URL will wrap, so you’ll have to assemble it manually] or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-569-4825 (or 713-466-4009; usprayercenteratcsdotcom)

  18. TESOL SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII — Teaching English opens many doors to places in the world. You may know the language, but it takes preparation to be a good English teacher. The TESOL training given at The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii will equip you to teach & credential you by awarding a Certificate of Course Completion. A letter is also supplied that explains the curriculum & course of study. This is a four week academic curriculum immediately followed by a two week practicum conducted on the Campus. The school begins on February 16, 2004 & ends March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  19. GLOBAL COURSEWORK BY AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY — We featured Operation Impact in an earlier edition, but did you know Operation Impact was a global organization? APU puts on classes all over the world. One Brigada participant (“Brian”) has been enrolled for two years in Ecuador and he loves it. In fact, to do it justice, you might as well see their global classroom — listed at the website http://www.apu.edu/educabs/graduate/highered/operationimpact/ To see the list of locations, click on “Schedule”. (Thanks Brian!)

  20. THE BACKPAGE: WHEN YOU SURF, BE A SKEPTIC — I keep wondering how long it’ll take all of us to become more skeptical when we’re accessing the Internet. I mean… how many scams have to nab us before we realize that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Nobody from West Africa is going to transfer $26 million into your bank account. Few, if any, young ladies really want to say, “I love you”, when they’ve never even met you. :-) Even if one did, what’s the likelihood she would be your type?!? :-) Bill Gates hasn’t arranged to make a donation to your mission if you forward somebody’s message. (Even if he cared, how would he even know?) It’s a shame we have to point it out, but the truth is, this is the Wild Wild West — the open Frontier! The Internet is the Pony Express — and we’re living in the middle of “Gold-Digger’s Gulch”. So… a word to the wise: Be a skeptic. *Doubt* the web page. *Doubt* the email. *Doubt* the rumor before you forward it to everyone in your address book. You owe it to yourself, your supporters, and your friends to protect their privacy and their peace. When will we ever learn? :-)
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