I enjoyed reading comments on the item, “The BackPage: Muslims are Coming to Isa,” Available at…
For example, a worker named Mike reported, “Yes, we are seeing a tremendous growth in areas that I have visited. Much of the fruit is coming from Internet and Satellite as it becomes easier for Muslims to find the Word there. It seems that the church is lacking in reaching them, but through electronic media, the Word is getting out.” Another worker added, “We have been working in the M world for almost 30 years. We are seeing some movements but truly it is a drop in the bucket… The field is white unto harvest and the workers are way too few. We need to been imparting vision that the job is far from over and hands are needed in M countries to bring the harvest in.” Still another worker reinforced, “Christians (in the West and elsewhere) need to mobilize – and do much more than merely ‘pray.’ We need to go – even in very difficult places, and support financially, and give substantial moral and spiritual support to those who do go.” We ESPECIALLY loved Greg L’s comments (those working among Muslims will immediately recognize the name “Greg L” without any further fanfare), “It’s too soon to celebrate, and too soon to quit. We need to keep asking ‘what will be left behind?’ How many identifiable fellowships of MBBs are reproducing… a hit on the internet is hardly ‘regeneration.’ Still, it’s a lot more than before 1975, so let’s keep believing.” (Thanks to ALL participants here at Brigada for dialoguing about this question and others. We appreciate your willingness to share your experience and opinion!)
In our May 19th edition, we carried a BackPage editorial about “Characteristics of Learning Leaders” found here…
In that item, we honed in on a piece in the International Orality Network (ION) Newsletter in which author and lecturer, J.O. Terry. The piece raised comments from several Brigada readers, including Terry himself. It’s worth a look to review their exchange. This topic, along with the principles it raised, deserves more attention in the future and we’re grateful for Dr. Terry’s input. Learn more about his work at…
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I’ve been telling co-workers and friends for some time now that I believe email is, essentially, broken. It might be the best we have for 2013, but there are just too many problems with it, in my opinion. Experts disagree about how much of our email content is spam and viruses. The folks at SecureList have been reporting about 2/3 of it is trash.
But Symantec has reported percentages as high as 90%, all of which means that, unless you have some great spamware and spyware installed on your system, at least 6 out of every 10 messages you receive will turn out to be junk mail or, worse yet, email DESIGNED to harm or take advantage of you.
But there’s more. Because it’s so easy to send email to everybody in your address book, email is also too cheap. As a result, most of us get too much of it. For some, this is dozens too many messages. For others, it’s HUNDREDS too many.
But beyond that, every email message looks the same in your inbox. In other words, at a glance, each message SEEMS to carry equal weight. This means that too many of us use our inbox as our task list, when, in reality, there might be a ton of more important items to tackle. But unless we zero our inbox, we feel like a failure. In addition, most email (especially POP3) is completely “open” and unencrypted. Sure we can still send a postcard, but we’ve been able to send sealed letters for centuries, even in the USA, a relatively new nation. And if someone opens our sealed letter, it’s fairly evident. By contrast, with email, we have no clue how many spying eyes have made copies of it. On top of that, the message from the guy in China who is trying to talk you out of your bank account credentials (so he can steal you blind) looks more or less equal in weight to the message from your best friend asking if he could talk with you about the pressures he’s facing at work — and both of those are in the same long stack as the message purporting to be your bank, or the prospective donor asking a question about your website, or your spouse asking you to call home because there’s an emergency with your child. Sure you can design “rules” and special flags when messages come from certain people, but another problem with email is — the sender’s address is completely uncertified. It’s so easy to spoof someone else’s address, it’s hilarious. Even I can do it — and I’m in no way an I.T. specialist.
Bottom line, it’s a broken medium.
This past week, having heard me express this hobby horse for some time, a friend (named Tim) pointed me to this article…
The problem, of course, is that email is so ubiquitous it will be tough to change the system any time soon. One of the great hopes I have for the future are these encrypted intranets and private collaborative suites. In the team with which I serve, we now use Podio. I can tell you that a Podio inbox message carries a TON more weight than the 100 random spam offerings in my email inbox, even though, there are probably some very important messages in my email inbox too. Why? Because if there’s a message in my Podio inbox, I know it’s from a verified insider who is depending on me for an answer. It’s more than just my JOB to answer, it’s also my JOY — because these folks are my friends.
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In this edition:
1) Missionary Member Care: An Introduction: Free Download
2) Call for Providers of pre-field training and orientation
3) Christian Guesthouse and Meeting Place in Thailand
4) What’s your Best Home School Curriculum Review site?
5) A Candle in the Window Giveaway: Summer 2013
6) Art of Story Seminar in Paris on July 30
7) Curious About The Costs of Sending Missionaries? Try this Tool
8) Learn to Use Your Mobile Phone and Table for the Kingdom
9) Read the Gordon-Conwell Report on 50 years of Global Change
10) Want to Learn More about the Palestinian Situatin?
11) Revisiting your Favorite Constituent Management Software
12) Any New News Sites?
13) We’re Grateful for…
14) The BackPage: Is Radical (the Book) Radicalizing (followers)?
15) Closing Stuff
The 17 chapters of this 160-page e-book give an overview of member care for those interested in providing it or in receiving it. Though it is written for missionaries, it is also appropriate for use in an introductory university course in member care because it contains hundreds of links to primary sources of information. The book is available to download free of charge as .doc, .pdf, or .zip files for your computer and as .mobi or .epub files for your Kindle or Nook. You can’t beat the price. Find it at…
Let’s review/refresh our list of those who provide generic pre-field training to missionaries heading overseas — and let’s add any training agencies outside the USA, if they exist. We’re not talking about specific training (in TESL, or Bible translation, or church-planting or CHE or agency-specific candidate schools), but rather, generalized training in how to understand yourself, how to cross cultures, and how to learn another language.
The granddaddy of them all (longest in business) might be Missionary Training International. Learn more about them at…
Located near Colorado Springs, they have a great training site (foothills of Pikes Peak and the Rockies), an experienced staff, a strong set of “customers” (meaning you’ll have great interaction with classmates and possibly form lifelong friends). On the flipside, they’re often booked (filled) far in advance and some might say they’re rates are rather strong.
Close behind them would be the Center for Intercultural Training, on the web at…
They’re situated in Union Mills, North Carolina (between Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina). In their favor is the fact that they work closely with MTI (in fact, some MTI instructors have guest-taught often at CIT), so their training is similarly taught with experience and depth. Some have said their training is seemingly more biblically-centered (but that’s probably a subjective call?). They might be a shade less expensive, and they also might have a few more openings more often. Balancing these pluses might be the fact that, well, it just seems they’ve never quite been able to get past the fact that people are always comparing them to MTI! People who attend CIT generally seem to come away with a positive report; people who decide to attend MTI instead sometimes report that they feel better-trained. ???
In Joplin, MO, you’ll find a third option, Train International. Find them on the web at…
In their favor is the fact that they are quite a bit less expensive, with even more availability, generally, than CIT. For many in the “middle” of the USA, it might cost less to travel and stay there. And don’t underestimate the adjunct faculty. Many are incredible people with tons of experience and lots of heart. However, realize that they have very few FULL-time trainers. Nearly 100% of their trainers do something else for a living and help at Train when they can, if that matters to you. Also, the class size might not be as large (meaning you might not have quite the multitude of new lifelong friends). However, remember that — because class size is smaller, you just might receive more personal attention, too.
Are there others? If so, please click “Comment” below the web version of this item. Please ESPECIALLY highlight international training locations.
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Got a favorite? Obviously, you can learn much at sites like…
But I have to believe you probably have your own favorite(s). Would you mind sharing one in a comment following the web version of this item? (If our anti-spam software fails to display your comment because you listed more than one site in your response, just be patient. We’ll catch it within 24-48 hours max — and over-ride the spam filter. Or, alternatively, you could just share your one best favorite site. Your choice.) Thanks in advance for any help you can give.