20011125 Brigada Today

In this issue….



This past week saw the passing of a great couple for Christ, Bob & Patti Mayhew, both 52 years old. Bob had previously served as a professor at the University of California’s Riverside campus, where he was responsible for PC support for Academic Computing in the Computing & Communications department. Over the years, Bob had developed some *great* tools in Perl that gradually helped him transfer hundreds and hundreds of pages of Brigada issues into HTML language for the web. Patti was quite an artist in her own right. (The logo used for Brigada Today at was her creation.) Their tragic deaths this past week, within minutes of one another, signals a great loss for the entire Brigada family. Here was a duo who worked without pay since August 18, 1995 (ever since Brigada participant Paul Lay had recommended them to the job — Thanks Paul)! Here was a married couple totally sold out to missions. Bob had entertained long-term visions of serving some Islamic community in a future era of his life. On behalf of the entire Brigada family, we’ve sent flowers to the memorial service taking place on this very day, Nov. 30th, at a church in Riverside, CA. On an enclosed card, we wrote a message thanking Bob & Patti’s 2 surviving (adult) children for their parents’ incredible and selfless service record, signed by the “Nearly 10,000 members of the Brigada online family.”


In honor of Bob & Patti, Team Expansion has set up a special trust — the Mayhew Memorial Fund — with the proceeds to be used to specifically underwrite the expenses of the Brigada website and email network. (Team Expansion is a non-profit, 501(c)3 incorporation, so for those in the USA, contributions are tax-deductible.) At Bob’s request, we had always kept it a secret that Bob had funded most of Brigada’s expenses since about 1998. He never wanted any attention. In fact, in most cases, he refused to even publicize or even mention his own name on the website. So it seems somehow fitting that a gift in his name would continue the legacy for which he invested so much of himself, his time, and his treasure. Contributions in Bob & Patti’s name can be sent to: Mayhew Memorial Fund, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Please make the check payable to Team Expansion and write “Mayhew Memorial Fund” in the memo line. A tax-deductible receipt will be sent to USA donors and all others will be sent a thank-you note via email (please don’t forget to provide yours). Those wishing to use the web can go to and click on the “Donate” link at the bottom of the page to make a donation using a credit card or from a PayPal account. (If for some reason the Brigada site drops out during this transitional period, you could also use the “Donate” link at: , on the righthand side of the page.)
Please be sure to mention in the “Special Instructions” box that the gift is for the Mayhew Memorial Fund. In addition, please make a note regarding how you’d like your name to be shown on the sponsors page. If you’d like the gift to be anonymous, just mark it as such. Note that it might take us a while to figure out Bob’s system to update everything. Thanks for your patience as we get it going again. Thanks in advance to any who feel led to contribute.


So, if I can speak candidly for a moment, it’s kind of strange today for me to visit . Really, truth be known, that’s Bob’s site, not Brigada’s. It’s hard for me to put into words what I feel as I click there… the way the web pages still obediently pop up, one after another, running silently, just as if Bob is somehow in the background, serving them personally. To me, it’s almost haunting. It probably sounds corny, but I can’t help but think of some kind of old mystery movie, where the wheel of an old ship has been tied, with the sails set so the bow heads into the wind. The helmsman is missing, having deserted his post for the time being. But the ship sails on into the dark. Those hundreds and hundreds of files, representing hundreds and hundreds of late nights, stand today as his legacy. May God bless his grown daughter, son-in-law, and son. May He raise up others like Bob & Patti for the challenges of tomorrow… and may Bob’s name ever be remembered as synonymous with selfless servanthood and extreme endurance.

Our tribute today isn’t just to Bob & Patti, it’s to all those like the Mayhews, who serve daily in silent ministry for the good of the Kingdom, in hopes that unreached peoples everywhere can one day know Christ as King! To all those servants, we offer thanks . . . and hopes for God’s richest blessings. …



And I’m one of them. Believe it or not, there are some who are receiving literally 10 infected emails per day these days (i.e., over the past week). Most are due to incredibly virulent forms of w32dotbadtransdotbatmmdothtml . Read the full security alert on this one at: (click on the “Security Alert” for the badtrans virus). How does one avoid getting badtrans? You guessed it: Don’t click on the file attachment, make sure your virus definitions are up to date, and finally, make sure you’ve disabled Outlook’s tendency to automatically execute macros and visual basic scripts. The trojan worm attachment will typically have file names that look like:
CARD.Doc.pif or NEWS_DOC.mp3.scr. But the virus (or more properly, the worm) randomly chooses these file names from a list including names like “PICS, IMAGES, README, New_Napster_Site, NEWS_DOC, HAMSTER, YOU_ARE_FAT!, SEARCHURL, SETUP, CARD, ME_NUDE, Sorry_about_yesterday, S3MSONG, DOCS, HUMOR, and FUN.” The trick is… the final extension for the entire file name will *always* end in “pif” or “scr”. For the benefit of all your friends on the Net, *please* make sure your virus definitions are up to date and don’t click on any attachments ending in those extensions. Thanks!


Have you heard of the ministry “Let’s Start Talking”? It’s a very specific form of TESL… Check it out at: or call +1-817-684-7LST or write <lstatlstdotorg>


Over the years, many of us have come to appreciate “Powertoys”, a collection of helpful (but officially unsupported) programs from the hands of Microsoft employees to wring the most out of the Windows operating system. Now, if you’ve upgraded to Windows XP, there’s a new set of powertoys to help. Check ’em out at:


Don in Colorado Springs is doing some research for a project dealing with creative strategic use of finances for kingdom work. If you know of any great examples of how people are defying the cultural norm of spending their resources on themselves and freeing up those finances for missions, please pass them along! Of particular interest would be people who have learned to live off 50% or less of their income, channeling the other 50% or more towards unreached peoples, OR people who have strategically invested for the express purpose of using the extra income for missions. In one example, two families decided to live together in a large house, sharing expenses, and freeing up thousands per year which they channeled towards the kingdom. If you know of other examples, please pass them to Don at <niemyerataoldotcom>. Once his report is completed he’ll send it in and we’ll make it available for all of us via an autoresponder.


Operation Mobilization is offering US residents a Life Direction Weekend where participants look at their gifts and talents and how they can use them. The weekends help give clarity and vision about how individuals fit into the bigger picture of God’s plan. Plus, through a personality profile and gifts study, participants will better understand who God made them to be.


Honest and eye-opening, OUT OF MORMONISM takes readers where few will ever see–behind the doors of the Mormon church and into the lives of a family seeking to leave. Part apologetic and part autobiography, the book begins with an explanation of how author Judy Robertson and her family were drawn into Mormonism, how they were constantly lived a life that never quite measured up even though they were “temple-worthy Mormons,” and how they finally found their freedom. OUT OF MORMONISM also compares Mormon beliefs with biblical truths. A great resource for those participating in the Salt Lake City Olympic Outreach in February 2002. Plus you can now get special rates for ministries! For orders: 1-800-328-6109 (int’l: 1-952-829-2500) or email <csatbethanyhousedotcom> More information at .


Don McCurry has recently completed a new book on ministry to Muslims, _Healing the Broken Family of Abraham: New Life for Muslims_. It explores the roots of Islam through the family of Abraham, historical and cultural aspects of Islam, and effective ministry help. The book is available by contacting +1-800-447-4147 or +1-719-597-0609 or look for it at . The retail price is $15.00 plus shipping.


This online bookstore has a niche for missions books, mission biographies, Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (best price on web), Patch the Pirate story/song adventures for children, and many other books and gifts. (They accept credit cards and PayPal and ship anywhere in the world.) (Now through Dec 4th, use coupon code “4SALE” and save $4 on shipping.) The site is or email <bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>.</bookheavenatlvbaptistdotorg>



MissionPrep (Toronto, Canada) has a course coming on February 10,2002. For a detailed overview of this and other seminars email Robert <micanadaatinterlogdotcom> or call him in Canada at 416-284-5645.</micanadaatinterlogdotcom>



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Here’s a site that makes the web worth it for kids. Check out . See the animations galore and the dozens of free games and puzzles.



A semester-long course patterned after Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, is now being offered in seven cities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Columbia, SC; Houston, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh, NC; Washington DC. Classes begin in January (Registration deadline for January classes are in mid-January.) or March 2002, depending on location. The course seeks to give a working knowledge of the Islamic faith and an understanding of how to reach Muslims with the Christian message. To find out specifics on class times, locations and more please visit our website at or email <infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg> .</infoatperspectivesonislamdotorg>



The 2nd edition of the Path to God’s Glory “mini-Perspectives” Bible-study is now available on-line! You can check it out at . This study highlights the main points of the Perspectives material and has been used in over 40 countries to mobilize Christians to join God in His plan to bless all nations. This study can be used as either a 4 or 8-week study with individuals, small groups, Sunday school classes, short term and missions training teams. For more information contact the study’s author, Joe, at <infoatpathtogodsglorydotorg>.</infoatpathtogodsglorydotorg>



The World Center for North Korea Missions is releasing their long-awaited Investigative Report. This 10-part series features written testimonies as well as audio and video of North Korean refugees and mission workers. Receive the report by email by visiting or for more info email <wnetworkatnkmissionsdotcom>.</wnetworkatnkmissionsdotcom>



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20010211 Brigada Today

In this issue….



These IMB people continue to surprise me. I think it all started in Seoul, Korea, when Avery Willis stood up during a session at the AD2000 conference (GCOWE 95). His promise went something like this: “We’re opening up the store!” :-) Maybe you thought he was joking. :-) Now that he’s the top man at the Southern Baptist’s International Mission Board, he’s standing true to his word. Check out the resource below — well worth the download time! Hat’s off to author David Garrison, too. Though he’s copyrighted it (so you can’t ethically print copies and sell them), he’s also made it free for the globe to use. You’ve gotta’ love a guy like that since it stands to reason that several downloads might have possibly been paying customers at the bookstands. Bravo to Mr. Garrison for his unselfish spirit… and here’s hoping that it comes back to him many-fold over in the Kingdom to come!


Funny how I had just told our Personnel guy at the Team Expansion office, “We’ve got to find some more training materials for teaching our new missionaries to plant churches.” The next thing you know, I learn about this 892K Word file, accompanied by a 2.38 Meg PowerPoint teaching presentation that goes with the booklet, and a 318K bonus Powerpoint on “POUCH churches”. So now, tomorrow morning, I’ll say to our Personnel guy, “Chris, thanks to the unselfishness of Avery Willis and David Garrison, we’re ready to rumble! Find them all at:


As if the Garrison resource wasn’t already enough, two great articles on the subject of ministry that is sensitive to postmodernism by Ross Rhode are available on newWway this month: “Practical Considerations for Postmodern Sensitive Churches” and “The Gospel and Postmodernism”. Also, part of knowing how to communicate to a target population is knowing in what position the message should be presented. What is Positioning? find out the answer at


virus Do you sometimes receive text files in “RTF” format? (Hint: If you don’t know what RTF format is, then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.) If so, trot on over to this link and install the virus fix: Can you believe it? Not even RTF files are safe anymore (’til you install that link.) What will these vicious virus-laden vandals think of next?


PACE logo Are you on the edge of your seat wondering how the “PACE” concept is working out, nearly five years after it was first introduced at Envision ’96 (a missions mobilization conference held in Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 1st – 3rd, 1996)? Do you lie awake at night, tossing and turning, constantly asking yourself questions like, “I wonder if there are any churches actually using the PACE paradigm…” Are you curious as to what the acronym “PACE” even stands for (Hint: Pray, Activate, Commit, Enlist). Fret no more! Now you can order an 11-minute promotional video aimed at helping you remember those three nights in 1996 and how they are impacting the future of missions today. And now, for no extra charge, dubbed onto the same video, see an extra 11-minute video containing footage from last week’s “PACE-Lab” in Louisville, Kentucky. So together, these 22 minutes of fast-paced, music-filled images will encourage your soul and broaden your hopes. (Okay… so maybe they won’t do all that, but at least they’ll fill you in on some positive points of using the PACE approach.) To order, send a check for $15 to Team Expansion (attn: PACE video), 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299 or use PayPal to send payment to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  . You can also to the Team Expansion website at, click on “Resources”, then click on the PayPal icon to transfer the $15 instantly and safely using your credit card or bank account. Just add a note to infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)   that gives your shipping address.


Have you found yourself wishing for a great color map, but unable to lay your hands on one? Now you can! Check out these geographic gold mines, all with free mapping features: – slanted toward N. Am. and Eur. – worldwide street maps, driving directions in ten languages, yellow-page listings to print – slow response at times, banner ads, cluttered screens, world atlas, worldwide road maps, topo. maps, airport locations, white & yellow pages, U.S. traffic reports – maps and charts; enter a town or place name and state, get nautical charts, topo. maps, aeronautical charts, sat. photos



cd-rom After weeks of manufacturing delays, Enable! Media is pleased to announce to those who inquired about George Patterson’s e-textbook on CD-ROM, that the manufactured edition is now available and shipping from Carriage House Bookstore, 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland OR 97215 USA, local telephone 503-517-1850, toll-free 800-547-4546, fax 503-517-1801, e-mail bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu  (bkstoreatwesternseminarydotedu)  . Sorry, they cannot accept credit orders at this time. [For Windows only.]


That’s what Kerryn skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   would like to know. She’s hunting for training materials for children’s workers in low-resource areas where children’s ministry is starting from scratch. Send her your best ideas, sources, and links and she’ll make us a file that we’ll later release here in Brigada Today. Good luck Kerryn!


calendar The deadline for the $60 registration fee for the Ethnic Workers’ Summit (April 19-21 at BIOLA University, sponsored by the Mission America Ethnic America Network) is the end of February. After that the registration fee is $75 (registration for couples is $100 and does not increase). Get more info on the Summit at


WebWatch At Heartland MissionsFest, Global Economic Outreach announced the introduction of GEO Online. GEO Online is a collection of online forums where missionaries and other community development workers can exchange information and post questions on a wide variety of topics. It is also a place where professionals, craftsmen, and hobbyists can answer questions from their own experience. Imagine participating in forums like, “Agriculture, Arts, Community, Construction, Cottage Industry Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, Finance, General Administrative issues, Health, Marketing, Missionary Issues, Political Science, Recreation, Small Business, Technology, Transportation, and Import/Export. Plus… I really like this interface! What’s more, regular use of GEO Online helps build the searchable knowledge base. Visit GEO Online at Direct questions, suggestions and feedback to mailatteamgeodotorg  (mailatteamgeodotorg)  .


Global Action is committed to proclaim the kingdom of God in word and deed around the world, and serve the church by empowering, training, motivating and mobilizing its people, so that they become full-devoted followers of Christ. Global Action has five strategic areas. These are: Evangelism and Outreach, Training and Motivation, Compassion, Children and Youth, and Multiplication. Check them out at: Global Action also offers short-term mission trips to those who want to serve in a holistic ministry around the world. They offer trips all year long and have a unique opportunity for Christians that are 55 years and older to experience missions. For more info, call Jill in the USA at 888-725-3707, or Email jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg  (jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg)  .


letter and ligntening bolt The Coffee Shop is a new email list service for Christian missionaries to discuss and apply books related to cross-cultural mission and ministry. Each monthly issue includes Reader Raves, Discussion Threads, and Short Book Reviews. It’s a great way for missionaries worldwide to communicate and learn together. Joining is easy. Go to for more information, or send an email to thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom  (thecoffeeshopatglobalcompassiondotcom)  .


graduation cap Prairie Bible College and Graduate School (Three Hills, Alberta, Canada) sponsors an annual Ethnomusicology Institute for five weeks during May and June. The program is designed to provide a basic theoretical foundation in applied ethnomusicology for missionaries and musicians preparing for cross-cultural ministry. Courses may be taken for undergraduate (PBC) or graduate (PGS) credit. These courses will be offered this year:

  1. THEOLOGY & PRACTICE OF WORSHIP (3 credit hours; May 7-11)
  2. MUSIC IN WORLD CULTURES (3 credit hours: May 14-18)
  3. INTRODUCTION TO ETHNOMUSICOLOGY (3 credit hours: May 22-June 8)
  4. ETHNOMUSICOLOGY FIELD METHODS (3 credit hours: May 22-June 8)

For information on the program, costs, and application procedures, check out: Email VernondotCharteratpbidotabdotca  (VernondotCharteratpbidotabdotca)   or phone 011-1-403-443-5511, ext. 3394.



cd-rom World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) is releasing WEF The Theological Resource Library on CD ROM. This CD ROM is completely searchable and is rich in material for missions, evangelism, discipleship, church history and theology. If you purchase all the material the CD contains in print it would cost you over $1000. WEF is offering this CD at a special price for BRIGADA TODAY subscribers. The CD normally sells for $49.95 but if you tell WEF you saw it in BRIGADA TODAY the cost is only $35.95. The complete run of the WEF Theological Commission journal Evangelical Review of Theology 1977-2000 is on the CD. The journal contains articles from a global perspective covering a wide range of topics in missions and current theological issues such as homosexuality, ethics, salvation, and theological education. The acclaimed, “A Contemporary Evangelical Perspective on Roman Catholicism” both in English and Spanish is included. The resource library contains Bibles, ASV and KJV, in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic and Chinese. Historic Creeds and Confessions, History of Christianity, eight vol. set by Schaff, sermons by Wesley and Whitefield and WEF publications are also on the CD. The cost for the WEF Theological Resource Library is only $35.95 plus $3, domestic, or $5, international, for shipping and handling. For ordering or to obtain a complete list of contents contact WEF at 630-668-0440 or email Philip Philckenyonataoldotcom  (Philckenyonataoldotcom)  . WEF will accept Visa and Master Charge. Volume discounts are also available.


books and pen So far, in our series on how to good teams become great teams, we’ve covered these four key components:

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

This past week, Pete Holzmann wrote to say that God had been teaching him a ton lately — and most recently, he had appreciated the principles in a book, “Topgrading.” It’s apparently all about choosing, and coaching, the best players for your work team. Though it’s not written from a Christian perspective, necessarily, Pete felt that, if extended into our paradigm, it would offer great help on some 50 different areas of competency. According to Pete, “One of the most valuable little tools it provides is a division of those 50 areas into three categories:

  • Weaknesses easily fixed (through education, etc)
  • Weaknesses NOT easily fixed, but doable with significant effort
  • Weaknesses very difficult if not impossible to fix (without the Lord’s intervention)


  • How to choose the right people (easily fixed)
  • How to be more personable (hard to fix but doable)
  • How to be more intelligent (uhhh… that’s a toughie!)

Sounds intriguing. (It’s Topgrading, by Bradford Smart, Copyright 2000 Prentice Hall Press. 403 pages.)

Okay… so we’re ready to expand the list. [drum roll snare drum] From my perspective, another key principle to turn good teams into great teams involves appropriate leadership.

e. Great teams have great leaders — If you don’t believe this, just study some of the great coaches of the world. I think of Anson Dorrance of the University of North Carolina’s women’s soccer program. Here’s a coach that has dominated a sport. Probably no other coach in the history of the universe has so effectively captured repeating titles in any other sport in existence. How is it that other great soccer players can assemble great talent, yet come away with mediocre winnings? There’s some kind of chemistry present when a great leader steps onto the field with a good team.

So what does Anson do? For one thing, he measures everything. His logic is… unless he follows it, no one will focus on improving it. So he has his team members compete in speed races, shoot-outs, and just about every possible soccer skill imaginable. For those of us who work in missions, maybe one parallel would be that we simply meet regularly with our team members to assess how they’re doing.

In our own mission, we recently began a top-to-bottom process of asking team leaders to meet with team members on a monthly basis, to focus not only on “job performance” (as cold as that sounds), but also on spiritual walk, relationships, and a dozen other factors. It’s taken us a while to implement it, but almost without exception, all the teams which have begun the process are reporting amazing feedback. One team leader in Asia wrote that although it’s “frightful territory” to enter into these “checkpoint” sessions, they indeed are promoting better communication, healthier relationships, and better conflict management.

And for good teams to become great teams, all those factors have to be in place.

Brigada autoresponder Want to get a list of the entire discussion so far regarding turning good teams into great teams? Just send an email to great_teamsatbrigadadotorg  (great_teamsatbrigadadotorg)   and you’ll receive the assembled text back in your inbox in minutes. And… be careful out there. It’s a jungle. :-)


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