women

10) Retreats for Global Women (Sent from North America)

thriveThrive Ministry offers refreshing four-day retreats for North American women who serve cross-culturally. The retreats provide a safe place for global workers to be themselves and share their unique challenges outside of their churches and agencies. Retreats are hosted at conference centers and hotels to provide an environment for physical, spiritual, and emotional renewal. Each retreat features self-care options, fellowship with 50+ other women working cross-culturally, worship, Bible teaching, laughter, and deeper connections in discussion groups. The cost to global women is $125 registration fee and transportation to and from the retreat. Retreat organizers take care of the rest. For more information visit

http://www.thriveministry.org

Check out the resources available to global women at

http://www.thriveconnection.com

Upcoming retreat locations include Peru, Colorado and Italy.

7) “Women in China Mission: History and Impact”

Hudson-Taylor-FB-Optimized-Made-For-MoreHere’s a Hudson Taylor Legacy Series Seminar (Celebrating 150 years of God’s Faithfulness). This OMF International seminar will be held at the Vancouver Chinese Evangelical Free Church, 3295 East Broadway, Vancouver, BC on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 (7:30 – 9:00 pm). For more information, contact
cadotbcdotrmcatomfmaildotcom or check out

http://www.omf.ca

12) Thrive Retreat in Phuket for Cross-Cultural Women

retreat-sponsorThrive is hosting an Asia retreat at the Centara Karon Resort Phuket in Phuket, Thailand for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged February 15-18 or 19-22, 2015. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $720. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.

http://thriveministry.org/retreats/2015/thailand/

The retreat will include many opportunities for self-care (including complementary pedicures, haircuts, massages, and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups.

6) Thrive Retreat in Tanzania for Cross-Cultural Women

thriveThrive is hosting a special get-away at the Seascape Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged October 19-22 or 23-26, 2014. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $720. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125.00 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.

http://thriveministry.org/retreats/2014/africa

The retreat will include many opportunities for self care (including complementary haircuts, massages, pedicures and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups.

12) Women’s Bible Café Connects You to the World —

women studyLooking for a chance to connect with other women like you who want to study the Word together from around the world? Check out…

http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/

Check out the “prayer wall,” stop by the bookstore, find a special speaker, and do online Bible studies today. They also do book reviews, a book of the month, and a whole lot more. Hope it can help you connect with the world. (Thanks for the tip, Tina!)

2) Thrive Retreat in Snowmass, Colorado for Cross-Cultural Women —

retreat-sponsorThrive is hosting a special get-away at The Stonebridge Inn located in beautiful Snowmass, Colorado for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. You are invited to come and be refreshed, renewed and encouraged July 15-18, 2014. The value of your retreat experience is approximately $720. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of US $125.00 and any travel expenses to and from the Retreat.

http://thriveministry.org/retreats/2014/colorado/

The retreat will include many opportunities for self-care (including complementary haircuts, massages, pedicures and more), fellowship with women working cross-culturally, worship and praise, encouragement through the teaching of the Word (all in English) and connecting with new friends in discussion groups.

7) “Half the Sky:” New Hope for Women in the Global South

I mentioned this mission agency CEO retreat I attended. One of our guys introduced us to “Half the Sky,” a documentary about women in the third world. It presents 6 different segments, each with a different USA actress who meets women from different parts of the world. Learn more at….

http://www.halftheskymovement.org/

It’s produced by Nicholas Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since November 2001. He’s not a Christian, but it’s clear that some of the people he interviews ARE. Fascinating stuff.

(Thanks Doug!)

2) We Know More about Member Care for Women??? —

Is it true? Do we really know more about missionary care for women than we do for men? That was the conclusion of Gary Reed, a a Licensed Professional Counselor with Ministry Care who serves Team Expansion workers worldwide. In an open letter to those 340 workers around the globe, Gary explained that we know more about what women need to “fill up” on member care. Resources like these…

 

http://www.comebeforewinter.org/renewals/

 

https://www.womenoftheharvest.com/home.asp

 

http://singlevisioninternational.com/index.html

 

are famous for helping the female global worker. But are there similar programs for men? If so, please click to the link below to find this item on the web, then click “Comment” to add your favorite resources… please. Thanks for your help. All your male friends will appreciate it.

:-)

20071007 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA
  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE
  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE
  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED
  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY
  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS?
  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY
  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE
  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS
  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES
  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN
  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PRAY FOR NORTH AFRICA — At least one worker there believes that “a major breakthrough is in the offing in the next year or so.” At the same time, he grants that “there are going to be believers suffering to the point of shedding blood at some point in the near-ish future, and some of them might even be westerners.” If this happens, pray that their blood will be the seed of both new and stronger growth in this region where the percentage of adherents to Chr1st is regularly less than 0.3%. Pray that our brother there would remain humble when the harvest comes in. Pray that all glory would go to the Lord of the universe.

  2. MINISTRY MANAGER SOFTWARE — Here’s a free software package available to help missionaries manage communication with their donor base. Features include contact management, budget goals, contribution analysis, and advanced reporting. Download your free copy today at

    http://www.sunergeosystems.com/product_info.php


  3. MEDICAL PRE-CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST CHRISTIAN IN LOUISVILLE — This year’s Global Missions Health Conference, Nov. 8-10 at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., will open with a pre-conference on “Empowering the Indigenous Church,” Nov.8. Steve Saint will begin the discussion during the pre-conference. The main conference will continue this dialogue through workshops and more speakers. Last year’s focus on holistic mission stirred discussion around the role of the broader Christian community in raising up disciples, equipping them, and then disengaging. More fruitful discussion time is planned this year as conference presenters and participants take a look at indigenous churches and the way cross-cultural outreach efforts impact them.

    https://www.medicalmissions.com/


  4. HOW TO PROTECT EMAIL ADDRESES FROM BEING HARVESTED — It’s an ever- growing problem. Thanks to Brigada participant, Dave, who asked this past week, is it still safe — even with our typical “@ to ‘at'” approach. As a result of his questions, we did some reading. Like… at this site:

    http://nadeausoftware.com

    We went to this article: (paste this line after the above line)

    /articles/2007/05/effective_methods_protect_email_addresses_spammers

    As you can see, there are very few safe options these days. As a result of this study, we’re changing our approach effective *immediately*. From this edition onward, we’ll start placing email addresses, when they’re necessary, on separate lines. Web-posted information continues to be a better bet. Thanks for your patience as we wrestle with spam. Sometimes, the actions of a few ruin the fun for all. :-(


  5. NEW BOOK ON MONGOLIAN CPM STORY — “There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub: Birth of a Mongolian Church Planting Movement” by Brian Hogan, is the story of the church planting team that started a movement in Erdenet, Mongolia that continues to this very day. This is the full account of the case study made famous in the Perspectives Reader. Humorous and heart-wrenching, readers will experience the joy and the cost of being part of the transformation of a nation. The author is making an introductory offer for Brigada readers. Buy before the end of October and receive an additional $2.00 OFF. Simply put in the coupon code: “Brigada1007” in your shopping cart purchase at

    http://asteroideabooks.com/page4.html

    For special orders contact info@

    AsteroideaBooks.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble them on one line.]


  6. IS THERE A VEDIC BRIDGE TRACK FOR BUDDHISTS? — That’s what Brigada Brigade commenter, John, would like to know. See his question at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=31#comments

    And, if you know the answer, respond to him in the next comment please.


  7. SCREAMS IN THE DESERT: FOR WOMEN IN CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY — “Screams in the Desert” is an invitation to participate in one woman’s cross-cultural journey and the lessons she learns along the way. Sue Eenigenburg’s poignant and humorous accounts of life overseas provide insight into issues that many women encounter in the mission field. Join Sue for trips to the zoo, bouts of illness, landmine fields, miscommunications, and other everyday experiences of life in a foreign country. Providing women with examples to learn by, scripture to meditate on, and space to write about personal experiences, Screams in the Desert offers hope and humor to women working cross-culturally.

    During this prepublication offer from William Carey Library, the books are $8.00 individually and $6.00 per 100 books. After November 1, regular prices will be in effect.

    You can order the books through Send the Light at their website. Click on new titles and then pre-publication sales to find the book:

    http://www.missionbooks.org/


  8. WANTED: “BEST PRACTICES” FOR SHORT-TERM HEALTHCARE — An interdisciplinary multi-denominational group is now forming to develop best practices in short-term healthcare mission work. They welcome input from those who send and receive healthcare and medical short-term missionaries. Their goal is to create a set of Best Practices (Goals and Recommendations) which are Biblically guided, evidence based, consistent with ethical standards and common-sense experience. For more info, e- mail Peter Yorgin at

    pyorgin@

    yahoo.com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


  9. ENHANCE YOUR SUPPORT LETTERS — Do you struggle to get out your ministry support letter? Could you use a little punch in its wording and format? Writer’s Edge International is a Christian business created just for you! They specialize in writing and creating prayer and ministry update letters which are attractive and enjoyable to read. With ministry responsibilities, and all that keeps you constantly moving, it is difficult to have the time to sit down and write that powerful letter you need to bring the money in. Writer’s Edge takes your letters, stories, or ideas and turns them into well-polished update letters that your supporters will enjoy reading. Your donors deserve to read a well- written and aesthetically pleasing letter, and Writer’s Edge would like to help you with that. Contact them now for 25% off your first letter! Ph: (760) 300-3690. Visit:

    http://www.writersedgeinternational.com


  10. A NO-COST OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIRED MISSIONARIES — Veteran missionaries, do you remember how alone you felt when you were out there and no one seemed to understand? Do you still long for a part of the work on the field? Nation to Nation is launching a ministry to support those who are now experiencing what you have already gone through. Experienced missionaries have much wisdom to share and encouragement to give those who request help. This can be done via email. Please send for more information to Karen@

    here4u.com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please reassemble the address onto one line.]


  11. MAKE BRIGADA HAPPEN — That’s what you do every time you give $50… or $500 … or $15. Just click on “Donate” .

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


  12. THE BACKPAGE: THE TROUBLE WITH CHANGE — Have you ever noticed that, in general, we like the familiar? I thought about that this past week when the online music service, “Urge” did an ‘Urge-merge’ with the online service, Rhapsody. Urge was kind of “built-in” to Windows Vista. It was easy — just ‘turn it on.’ Suddenly, a million titles were yours for the clicking. I play keyboard for our church worship team… so I went for it. It was awesome. They’d give me a list of songs and I’d come home to see if Urge had them. The folks at Urge always did. Until this past weekend. An email had informed me earlier that Urge and Rhapsody were “teaming up.” (Smelled like a buy-out to me, though.) But this past weekend, the hammer dropped. Urge closed. I was being force-fed into Rhapsody’s subscriber list. I called customer support and was suddenly talking to “Bob” in India. (Have you ever met an Asian Indian with a name like “Bob”?) I promptly cancelled the account, partly because of principle. I didn’t like the fact that they didn’t give me a choice. But there was another factor: Rhapsody just didn’t work as well. The Urge plug-in was a 7 meg add-on to Windows Media Player. By contrast, Rhapsody’s software wanted to add over 50 megs to my already crowded hard drive. I balked. Instead of the urge to merge, I felt the balk to walk.

    Which brings me to my point. When we can see that change is on the horizon, here’s Doug’s top-seven ways to soften the blow. Try them out on your next big shift and see what happens.

    *** 1 – If there are ‘victims’ of the change, give them whatever choices you can. Let them be part of the decision. Don’t force them into Rhapsody.

    *** 2 – Explain the true reason behind the change. “Rhapsody has paid us well for this buyout. You’ll profit too. Here’s why.”

    *** 3 – Be personal. Don’t keep your ‘victims’ at arm’s length. “We know this is not going to be easy. That’s why we’ve set up a help line in case you have questions.”

    *** 4 – Try to list tangible benefits of the change. Rhapsody might have argued, “We know you’ll lose hard drive space, but you’ll gain features. Here are 10 things you can do with the new software that you couldn’t do with the old.”

    *** 5 – If possible, *ease* them through the change. For example, Urge might have explained, “Stay with Rhapsody for 3 months before you have to pay a cent. Try it out. If you don’t like it, you can always quite later.”

    *** 6 – Ask several different spokespeople to communicate the change. It would have helped to have heard from the president of Urge. “The reason we’re shutting service down is…”. The top-dog at Rhapsody could have chimed in too.

    *** 7 – Realize that your constituency is always one touch away from disenfranchisement. I liked Urge. I bragged about it. But when it closed, I bolted. I didn’t just blindly follow the crowd to the next big thing. Online music services became a commodity item to me, because I no longer had any owner loyalty. Urge, if they wanted to keep me, probably needed to do a bit more homework.

    What would help *you* in the midst of change? How could *your* employer, agency or church make it easier for you when something has to transition? Got an opinion? Write a comment below. Get it off your chest. Just click to:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=43

    Click on “Comment” below the post and fill us in on your ideas.

20070624 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GET A POPULAR EVANGELISTIC VCD FOR CHINA FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP
  2. WHAT’S THE “BEST RESOURCE” FOR A MISSIONS MINISTRY TO STUDY?
  3. TOP FIVE ARTICLES ON PRESENTING YOUR WORK
  4. MEDEX HOT SPOTS
  5. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
  6. CASE STUDIES AND LEARNING TOOLS FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
  7. SIBERIAN RAIL ADVENTURE BOOK
  8. NEXUS: THE WORLD HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT READER
  9. CAN YOU HELP THIS RESEARCHER OF MISSIONS WORK DONE BY WOMEN?
  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SPUR US ON
  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE
  12. THE BACKPAGE: REFLECT, REPENT AND REBOOT
  13. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GET A POPULAR EVANGELISTIC VCD FOR CHINA FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP — There is a popular evangelistic VCD in China called “Hao Xiaoxi” (Good News) and nobody really knows who created it or where it came from. The VCD is in Mandarin Chinese. Recently, a worker had the soundtrack completely redone without the Mandarin narration and speaking parts, and is now dropping in the language of the minority group with which he works. He has a feeling there are a lot of folks out there working in China among minority groups who would benefit greatly from this “wordless soundtrack”. If this interests you, please send an email to his secure address: taihaole(at)pobox(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 will try to get you the soundtrack on DVD. (Hats off to this servant-hearted worker!)

  2. WHAT’S THE “BEST RESOURCE” FOR A MISSIONS MINISTRY TO STUDY? — Steve is a great friend of mine and a missions minister in Columbus, Ohio. He’s on the hunt for the one best book (besides the Bible) or video for a missions ministry to read/study together. Let’s come up with the best list we can . . . and get the word out to all those who have similar interests. Post your best answer at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=23

    Thanks!


  3. TOP FIVE ARTICLES ON PRESENTING YOUR WORK — Digital Web Magazine recently featured “top five articles” on giving great presentations. They sum up the best of the best principles, as well as what to avoid. To see the link, click to

    http://www.brigada.org

    Click on the link to this Brigada Today, then scroll down to this item and click the link that will be here:

    http://www.digital-web.com/news/2007/02/top_five_articles_for_presenters/

    We aren’t featuring the link in this email because it’s long and would wrap … and going to brigada.org is way cooler than clicking on a “tinyurl” link that you can’t really see.


  4. MEDEX HOT SPOTS — Thanks to Team Expansion’s Global Security Coordinator, “Jim”, for giving us this tip —

    http://www.medexassist.com/hotspots/default.html

    It’s a list of political and security hot spots around the world. They update the page often, as needed.


  5. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Getting ready to visit Russia? “Peterburgers” is a humorously-piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself and your loved ones to true and funny adventures in Russia’s cultural capital told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Bill bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more. Bite down on “Peterburgers”!

  6. CASE STUDIES AND LEARNING TOOLS FROM CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE — The folks at City Gate

    http://www.CityGate.org

    (formally SEN) have updated their website. They’ve posted lots of interesting articles and tools for working in Central Europe. You can also contact them for more info at news(at)CityGate.org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


  7. SIBERIAN RAIL ADVENTURE BOOK — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping, true story of the Harris family’s journey by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Order by contacting Bill bill(at)billandrobinharris(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping) or $8.00 per copy when you order two or more. Climb aboard!

  8. NEXUS: THE WORLD HOUSE CHURCH MOVEMENT READER — In this new book edited by Rad Zdero (author of “The Global House Church Movement”), a team of almost 40 house church movement leaders and academics from around the world have written over 60 provocative articles designed to inform, inspire, and invite you to start your own network of multiplying house churches no matter where you live. This book reports on some of the amazing things God is up to today through saturation house church planting, as well as providing biblical insights, historical lessons, and practical strategies. (Paperback – 528 pages – 62 chapters). To order call 1-706-554-1594 (outside the USA), call 1- 800-MISSION (inside the USA), go to

    http://www(dot)missionbooks(dot)org

    or send email to STL(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 .]


  9. CAN YOU HELP THIS RESEARCHER OF MISSIONS WORK DONE BY WOMEN? — Here’s a researcher looking to find the number of women currently involved in missions worldwide and training opportunities for women desiring to join the mission field. She writes, “My goal is to determine if there is a worldwide need for more women in missions and if there are sufficient training programs for women who are interested in dedicating themselves to God work in the mission field.” If you can help, post a comment at: http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=24

    If you’d rather correspond directly with her personally, about something you can’t say openly on the web, write Elaine at Elaineschrank(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 .]


  10. THANKS TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SPUR US ON — We are so grateful for those who take initiative to encourage us with a financial gift to help with our expenses and spur us on toward the future. We invest the money in webhosting, some small marketing projects, secretarial costs, as well as projects for world evangelism. Nothing is wasted. This past week, we rec’d a $180 gift from a very active worker with an interest in Asia. We praise God for his efforts. We also rec’d $20 from an anonymous staff member of Studio TEN Ministries. Dial-abroad pitched in another $38.70. To take advantage of their great low rates for long distance, click to:

    http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm


  11. JOIN THOSE WHO MAKE BRIGADA POSSIBLE — Want to help? Just click to:

    http://www.brigada.org/donate.html

    You can pull the money from your PayPal account or from any major credit card.


  12. THE BACKPAGE: REFLECT, REPENT AND REBOOT — I saw an email cross my screen last week with a signature, “Reflect, Repent, and Reboot.” I chuckled to myself, then later thought… You know, that’s actually a pretty cool concept. The “ctrl-alt-delete” three-key combination is widely-known in the IBM-compatible PC world. MAC users usually insist that they don’t have to reboot as often :-) , but they still have the capability by clicking on the Apple button then hitting “Restart.” The metaphor is pretty interesting. In computing, one usually reboots because “something’s just not quite right.” The operating system is slowing down, or halted completely because of an error or a system crash. Sometimes the whole thing just freezes up — with no explanation.

    Life is like that. We trip up, commit an error, and suddenly confront the fact that we’ve sinned. There seems to be no way out — and then we remember the magic of starting over. We “reflect, repent and reboot.” Suddenly, life is good. We’re back in the groove. There’s a lilt in our step. We feel light-shouldered again. Romans 8:1 reads, ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Sigh. Thank goodness we can start over. Hit control-alt-delete in your life, today. (Thanks to the anonymous correspondent who included that in his/her signature!)

20060115 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING?
  2. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND
  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES
  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL?
  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT
  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST
  9. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING
  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST
  11. REENTRY SCHOCK
  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM
  13. COPE WITH IT
  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR?
  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP
  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA
  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL?
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. WANT HELP DELIVERING TRAINING? — Ever had someone say, “You’re good at that, you should train”? More and more Christian workers find themselves called on to share their skills with others. The International Communication Training Institute has announced plans for two more of its Training of Trainers workshops. These courses have previously been held in Europe, Africa and Latin America and offer you the opportunity to improve your training and teaching skills so you can not only to train more effectively, but also assess and revise your own training methods. Bookings are being taken for a two week course in Accra, Ghana (20-31 March 2006) and a six day course in Leeds, UK (15- 20 May 2006). For full details including cost and online booking visit: http://www.icti.org.uk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=41 or contact Andrew or Iris by Email at icti(at)icmc(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  2. CONFLICT IN ISLAM SHOW NOW HAS SOUND — The revised 12:50 minute show includes narration and a music score. Here are the URLs for downloads with the respective file sizes. http://www.oprev.org/Intel/QuickTimeVersion.ZIP (10.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/Intel/MPegVersion.ZIP (5.9 meg) http://www.oprev.org/3rdQtr05/ConflictInIslamWeb.mov (2.8 meg) The silent unrevised PowerPoint version is at http://www.oprev.org/Intel/PowerPointVersion.ZIP (3 meg) This show by Operation Reveille details 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 request the presentation on DVD 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 .]

  3. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty 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 [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  4. SIXTH WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE — This September 11-17, 2006 the sixth WCGIP will be hosted by the tribal people of the Philippines in Davao City on the Island of Mindanao. These are remarkable times of teaching, worship, fellowship and networking as Indigenous believers gather together from around the world. Since 1996 they have been hosted by the Maori in New Zealand, Aborigines in Australia, Hawaiians in Hawaii, First Nations in North America, and Saami in Sweden. Richard Twiss is one or the founding members from North American. He extends an invitation to any and all (not exclusive of non-Native-tribal people) to attend this great time of celebration as the cultural gifts of music, dance, ritual and protocol are shared with one another as well as networking to extend the work of “mission from the margins” back to the church in the West. For more information call Wiconi International in the U.S. at 360-546- 1867 or visit the website at http://www.wcgip.org

  5. GMAIL NOT SO ENCRYPTED AFTER ALL? — Thanks to David for discovering this past week (by analyzing port traffic on his computer) that *attachments* fly through Gmail unencrypted, regardless of how one logs on at the Google Mail website. Your best bet, perhaps: Lot on to it using POP3 access. Or, if you need real privacy in the country where you’re working, avoid the whole question by using a mail service like http://www.Hushmail.com. Remember to secure your local hard drive using something like PGP or equivalent — or buy one of the new laptops (like the Thinkpads) with built-in fingerprint sign-on and encryption-on-the-chip built in.

  6. FEEDBACK ON GOOGLE EXPERIEMENT — We received some good feedback on the Google experiment relating to the new website, http://www.emeraldhills.info (Jan 13th edition, “14) THE BACKPAGE — CHASING GOOGLE: TRY THIS EXPERIMENT”. You’ll recall that this site shares news and information about the new missions center where Brigada will be based, hopefully about a year from now.) One Brigada participant pointed out that Google uses very sophisticated routines that aren’t so quickly affected. Another reader referred us to an alternative search engine, http://www.dogpile.com (note that that’s “dogpile” and not “dougpile” :-) ) which, when we put in two simple words, “Emerald Hills” (without quotes) a ranking of 14 out of 88 top searches. Don’t ask me how the programmers at dogpile.com could read my mind and know that I wanted the retreat center and not the golf course or town in California. But bless their hearts for programming the search engine in this way.

  7. N. AM. INSTITUTE OF INDIGENOUS THEOLOGICAL STUDIES — This institute will convene its fourth, “First Nations Missiological Symposium,” June 22nd – 24th, 2006 at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Organizers have invited submissions of papers. Tite Ti-nou, Darrell Whiteman, Douglas Hayward, Miriam Adeney, as well as key North American Native men and women have been past presenters. This is a time to learn, rethink and dialogue with others about the changing focus of missions from a Western ecclesiological focus, to a broader global focus with its emerging reorientation of missions from south to north and east to west. Papers should focus around the theme “Historical Efforts to Contextualize the Gospel: Perspectives and Practices,” in particular, as it applies to the North American Native context. For more information contact Richard at Wiconi International at 360-546- 1867.

  8. MARRIAGE & SINGLES RETREAT FOR MISSIONARIES IN AFR/MIDDLE EAST — Tumaini Counseling Centre of Nairobi, Kenya announces their annual coast retreats for missionaries which will held at the Voyager Hotel just north of Mombasa, Kenya from April 9-13, 2006. The retreat is open to missionaries of all mission agencies. The marriage and singles retreats will share some of their sessions together. The morning sessions will include talks, small groups, private talk times for couples, and break out sessions and additional worship for singles. Afternoons and evenings are free for relaxation and vacation at the all inclusive coast hotel location. Organized childcare is provided during the morning sessions. Initial registration is due by February 10; 50% deposit is due by Feb 20; and balance due March 15. To receive an Email registration form and further information contact Tumaini Counseling Centre at tumaini.ac(at)aimint(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  9. CHECK OUT YOUR ANTISPYWARE SOFTWARE BEFORE INSTALLING — How do you know that a particular antispyware software is legitimate? Nick wrote this past week to say, “Be on the lookout for another new supposed anti-spyware program. This one is called PestTrap and it’s a clone of SpySheriff. SpySheriff was one of the top 10 rogue anti-spyware apps of 2005, coming in at number 2. You can see a screenshot of the PestTrap website at SunbeltBLOG and a screenshot of the app itself, along with the false positives in the scan results here. You’ll see that SpySheriff, SpyTrooper, SpyDemolisher, SpywareNo! and Spyware-Stop are almost identical. Check out the full article with links to pictures here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Spyware/ So… good idea number 349: By major name-brand antispyware applications like Norton/Symantec, PC Tools, etc. Your mom was right all along: “Don’t get in the car wit a stranger.” :-)

  10. WOMEN OF THE HARVEST — Women of the Harvest is a ministry of support and encouragement for women serving cross-culturally. Visit http://www.womenoftheharvest.com for current international retreat information and all their free online publications, including a bi- monthly electronic publication (an OnlineMagazine), a Bible study (The Weekly Word Study), and a quarterly e-newsletter that is distributed to parents of people who live overseas (Harvest Legacy).

  11. REENTRY SCHOCK — Study about “Re-Entry Transition and Life-long Care (Re-Entry)” from March 12-16, 2006 in Toronto. Missionaries returning from overseas often experience “Reverse Culture Shock” upon re-entry into their home culture. To assist missionaries in navigating the deep waters of re-entry transition in a healthy way, MissionPrep, in collaboration with other skilled facilitators, offers this four day re-entry workshop. Re-TLC seeks to provide support and encouragement to the entire family. A children’s program will provide age appropriate activities which will assist every member of the family to process and explore the sensitive issues of transitioning into you’re their new culture. Please contact info(at)missionprep(dot)ca for more information or visit http://www.missionprep.ca to register on-line.

  12. BLOGGING FOR EVANGELISM — Almost all Christian blogs are written for other Christians. But it is possible to reach non-Christians with blogs, if you use the right strategy. And anyone can do blogging – no technical knowledge is needed at all. http://ied.gospelcom.net/blogging.php

  13. COPE WITH IT — MissionPrep is planning a “Cultural Orientation for Personal Endurance & Enjoyment (COPE) seminar” in Toronto, Feb 12-24, 2006. It’s designed for Christian workers intending to serve for more than one year overseas. This intensive two-week program equips missionaries to live the paradox of the enjoyment/endurance challenge of the cross-cultural experience. Spiritual, personal, language, interpersonal and cultural aspects of the missionary experience are taught through a unique combination of experiential and formal instruction. To register on-line or more information go to: http://www.missionprep.ca

  14. HOW DO YOU LEND TO THE POOR? — Check out The TentMaker Project! The TentMaker Project is a model of micro-enterprise development in Africa which works through the local church. It provides an efficient way for Christians to help the poor without creating dependence, alleviates poverty to answer family needs, ministers mercy through the church, and equips impoverished Christians and churches for Gospel ministry. For more information about this project and to watch a video interview with a pastor in Uganda, go to http://www.TentMakerProject.org or email Nate at nathan.wilson(at)att(dot)net . [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

  15. M.A. IN ORG. LEADERSHIP — Take your Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, while living in the Philippines. Start with classes May 29-June 9 in Quezon City. Two courses are taught each week, for a total of 4 courses in one summer. You complete the reading and coursework during the year. One can also can take on-line courses, transfer in courses, and self-study courses if you want to accelerate your program. Check it out online at http://www.apu.edu Look for the Operation Impact Program. This summer’s courses are: 1. Servant Leadership 2. Mentoring and Developing Leaders for the Future 3. Understanding Vocation in a Changing World 4. Organizational Behavior and Development. Prices are 1/2 of on- campus prices for U.S. Citizens, and 1/4 U.S. prices for the rest of the world. Contact Melody Kuka at kzkuka(at)i-manila(dot)com.ph for more information, or email graduatecenter(at)apudot)edu

  16. THANKS TO INSURANCE SERVICES OF AMERICA — Thanks to Mark Sneed and the folks at Insurance Services of America, who have just reported they’ve already insured their first customer as a result of the item in last week’s item, “1) NEED INSURANCE? WANT TO HELP BRIGADA?” So Mark wrote yesterday, “Hi Doug, I just wanted to let you know that we got our first case through Brigada! The premium was $180, so that’s $18 to Brigada! Not a lot, but it’s a start! I look forward to many more!” (Whoa. Mentioning items in Brigada gets results!) So once again, if you’ve considered changing insurance or opening up a new life, health, or any other policy, check them out at: http://www.brigada.org/referrals/recommended_services.html Thanks for being concerned for your health costs and Brigada too! :-) Want to join ISA in helping underwrite the next issue of Brigada? Just go to http://www.brigada.org and click on “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.

  17. THE BACKPAGE: CAN THE INTERNET BE A LENSE TO THE SOUL? — It’s funny, isn’t it, that early software authors and personal computer manufacturers thought PCs (and MACs too) would be all about productivity and utility. And that’s the way it looked at first, too. Back in the early 80’s, I was an early user of those original spreadsheets, word processors, and database applications. They fueled the first wave of computers. But no one imagined what would fuel this next wave. Now it’s practically impossible to imagine that the PC revolution was fueled by a spreadsheet program called Visicalc. My 16- year-old has studied everything from falconry to the correct way to hold a pistol for target-shooting, all on the Internet. The truth is, the PC isn’t really so much of a “*personal* computer” any more, at least according to the early intent of the word “personal.” Instead, it’s a node to a great cloud of users that are all working (and playing) on line simultaneously — virtually.

    You see, any more, it doesn’t have to be all about spreadsheets, data, bits and bytes. Here’s an example. Just as he and his family were poised to leave for Southeast Asia as new missionary recruits with our mission org., Mark Trotter learned last Monday that he has malignant brain cancer. His family gave up a successful dental practice to prepare for the mission field. Now, with his departure imminent, he and his wife, Lyla, learned Monday that the fast-growing tumors in his head are inoperable, incurable, and, barring a miracle from God, will inevitably take his life. Within a few hours of hearing about this calamity, our mission created a page on our website where friends and family can “virtually pray” for him. (Please log on at: http://www.teamexpansion.org then click on “Caring for Mark” in the right-hand “main menu.” Check out the responses of others. Leave a short prayer yourself. You don’t have to register or sign in. But imagine how a word of encouragement from a dozen or two Brigada readers would help his wife and 10 children [yes, you read correctly; 10 children] make it through the surgery Tuesday (designed, we’re told, to aid his quality of life, but not save his life).]

    Now here’s my point: See how the “personal computer” begins to become *personal* in ways that original creators never imagined. One could say that the machine has become bigger than its creators, in fact. The truth is, the machine *enables* personal ministry to Lyla Trotter and her children… and to Mark as well. Previously, how would we have gotten this news out. There are 10,000 people who read Brigada every week. How could we have asked 10,000 people to pray for Mark Trotter on Tuesday. It would have been impossible. Maybe at times like these, the *personal* computer finally becomes … *really*… ***personal***.

20060101 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

    http://www.audioscriptures.org

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


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

    http://www.endofthespear.com

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

    http://www.daretomakecontact.com

    (Hope you like it Corban! Thanks Herb.)


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

    http://www.globalopps.org

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


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

    http://www.thebodybuilders.net

    or info(at)thebodybuilders(dot)net

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


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

    http://www.comix35.org


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

    http://tinyurl.com/ar8ac

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


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

    http://www.missionary411.com


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

    http://www.mats.org

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

    http://www.actesol.com


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

    http://www.mediastrategy.org

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Doug

20051225 Brigada Today

In this issue…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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