In this issue….
Thanks to sponsors like TealBrook, Brigada
can move forward with no charge to participants! At ‘TealBrook Supplies’ Mike & Deb have been working with mission agencies and individual missionaries for ten years providing resources to make living and traveling internationally safer and easier. Specializing in safe drinking water by means of the PentaPure line of water purifiers, they also offer first aid kits from Adventure Medical Kits, water bottles by Platypus along with many other useful items. Check out their online catalog at http://www.tealbrook.com
or email them at email@example.com
. They’ll be glad to help! Their address is 1095 Kirkwood Dr, Eagan, MN 55123, or use Net2Phone by dialing 800-222-6614 [ or call 615-365-7714], or write firstname.lastname@example.org
. Thanks Mike and Deb for their partnership!
INTERNET SERVICE AND $40 IN YOUR POCKET
If you’re thinking about switching Internet service providers anyway, try Earthlink. They’re now one of the “big 3” Internet Service Providers and they have zillions
of dial-up nodes in cities throughout the USA PLUS they also have a 1- 800- dial-up. In the USA or via Net2Phone, just call 800-EARTHLINK between now and June 30, 2000, and sign-up for a new EarthLink account. Tell them you’re calling because of the $40 referral promotion and if you like, give them our Earthlink referring email address: . If you prepay the first month’s service with a credit card, you’ll then get $40 credit, $10/month beginning the following month and following ’til you’ve been given $40 in free cash!
Just so you know, you get a $40 credit for signing up . . . and our Brigada
account gets $40 credit too! But hey… we’ve been a paying Netcom customer since 1995, long before they offered $40 cash for it!
TRENDS IN ADVOCACY MEDIA RESEARCH REPORT
newWway.org is a surprisingly simple free resource for communication strategy planning in media saturated environments. Recently, newWway.org conducted Internet research that has revealed some important trends in advocacy media among missionary teams. Log on to their site at http://www.newWway.org
and save the “Internet Research Survey” to share with your team. This month you’ll also find an article about the “New Communication Environment” of media saturated fields and an interesting article by Professional Trend Tracker Cassidy Dale on the “Postmodern Mindset”. MediaNet has posted a new article “Media Accelerating Church Planting Movements.” You can also learn how to adopt the “Strategic Communicator’s Mentality”.
MISSION PREP IN TORONTO
There are still some openings for Summer training programs in Toronto. You can take in the Language Acquisition Workshop, scheduled for 18-30 June. Not only will you learn effective Language techniques — but you’ll also get hands on experience with nationals from your designated culture and your kids will have a full missions program too! You can also catch Cross-Cultural Training for effective ministry overseas, 4-19 July. This course is designed specifically for missionaries going overseas for more than one year. For more information and detailed curriculum overview check out the MissionPrep Web page, http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep
or call Robert in Toronto at 416-284-5645 email@example.com
SAFE COMPUTING TIP
Last week we discussed ways to disable the preview pane in Outlook. But if you’d like to take it one step farther, George recommends disabling Windows Scripting Host (WSH), which he says isn’t needed by most individual computer enthusiasts. Just open My Computer, then open Control Panel, then open Add/Remove Programs. Then click on the “Windows Setup” tab. This gets you to Windows features that you can either add or remove. Highlight “Accessories”, then click on the Details button. Scroll down the list of features, uncheck “Windows Scripting Host” Click OK to save changes, and close out each dialogue window. With Windows Scripting Host uninstalled, those silly “Trojan horse virus programs” won’t be able to run Visual Basic Scripts. Thanks George!
FREE BIBLE SOFTWARE
Don’t forget about the Ephesians 4 group, on the web at http://www.freebiblesoftware.com/
. We highlighted them last Dec. 31st, but they deserve mentioning again. Tons of free works, along with at least one version of the Bible and Logos viewing software — all for free! Thanks for the reminder, Sharon!
FREE FLASH CARD & QUIZ SOFTWARE
There’s no catch. Check it out at http://www.pcmag.com/utilities
. Search for “FlashQuiz” and you’ll be glad you did. It’s a simple program that does one thing well — give multiple-choice tests or drill users in a format similar to a “flash card” style learning games. You can set overall time limits for the quiz, as well as time limits for individual questions. You can even decrease the score for a question if the individual takes longer to answer! Each quiz can contain up to 512 questions and questions can be presented in random order. The files and answers are encrypted — just to keep everyone honest.
So if you’re in the market for simple testing software, you won’t beat this price!
APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS
Imagine having access to all the information needed to build a solar food dryer, start a fish farm, build a bamboo printing press, dig a well, harness biogass for energy, build a fuel efficient stove or do thousands of other projects. The AT Library gives you that access! Already in use in over 130 countries, the AT Library consists of 1050 of the most useful and relevant books on village-level do-it-yourself technologies–all on CD- ROM or Microfiche. In the space it takes to store a single book you can have an entire library. Subjects covered by the AT Library include: agriculture tools and techniques, health care, water supply systems, workshop tools and equipment, solar/wind/water/biogas power, small industry and management, forestry, disaster relief, transportation… classics like… Where There is no Doctor
, the Foxfire
series, and the entire Better Farming
Series. The cost of the entire CD-ROM library with its 1050 books is $495 (less than 50 cents a book). For more information on the AT Library contact Village Earth at http://www.villageearth.org/ATLibrary/
or in the USA or via Net2Phone call toll free 800-648-8043 or dial 970-491-5754.
“PETER’S WIFE” IS BACK AND IS EVEN BETTER
From a newsletter sent once a month by “snail mail” to a weekly email and web site, encouragement and help for missionary wives is still the focus, on the web at http://www.peterswife.homestead.com
. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each week a new topic will be announced. Members send their responses which become part of the article written for the next week. Responses are then archived on the web site for everyone to read at their leisure.
CALLING ALL YOUNG LEADERS
Are you passionate in your pursuit of God above all else? Are you humbled by the fact that God is using you in a special way as a young leader? Do you have a vision for the next century that consumes all that you are? Young leaders from around the globe will be converging on Jerusalem at Celebrate Messiah 2000 – December 27, 2000 – January 2, 2001. The Celebrate Messiah Young Leaders gathering will give you the opportunity to connect with the new generation of Christian leaders in the land of your Biblical ancestors. Be a part of the Global Internet Dialog beginning this month and play a part in helping to shape the Young Leaders Manifesto that will be presented to the 3000 conferees and mission leaders that will be present in Jerusalem. For more information contact JHeaverne@isionline.org
TRANSFORMATIONS VIDEO VIA YWAM
If you’re looking to purchase one of those “Transformation” videos (mentioned in the June 4th edition), you might want it in English. Check out http://www.ywam.org/books/vid_transf.html
for the English copy at a substantial discount! Remember, I haven’t seen this, so you’ll have to evaluate it for yourself. Frankly, some readers thought it was monumental while others found it somewhat sensational. Be sure to preview it.
INTRO TO BUDDHISM
The Cross & Lotus: An Introduction to Buddhism and the Christian Mission will be offered from July 15-July 21 at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. This one-week intensive will expose you to the historic lessons drawn from Nestorian, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, and contemporary mission efforts as they are interwoven with an excellent overview of Buddhism as it is practiced throughout the world. Lectures, audiovisual presentations and actual visits to Buddhist temples and museums will give you a well-rounded educational experience. For more info. check out http://sonrise.faithweb.com
or write JSNarnia@aol.com
WEB-WATCH: BUDDHIST CENTER
Sonrise Center for Buddhist Studies welcomes you to its new website at http://sonrise.faithweb.com
which puts valuable training tools & resources for ministry to Buddhists at your fingertips. Access to vital maps, charts, testimonies, and short vignettes on historic missionaries to the Buddhist world are just the beginning of a virtual library of vital helps for you to reach out to your Buddhist neighbor with the Gospel.
FREE SOFTWARE FOR TRACKING MINISTRY PARTNERS
New software helps missionaries keep track of financial and prayer partners. The best part is…it’s free! All names and addresses entered can be linked to a word processor for mail merges. The software is called RDMA (Resource Development Ministry Application) and will only work on Windows 95 or 98 systems. Point your web browser to http://www.angelfire.com/wi2/missions/
to download it. Any questions, send email to Al.Schauer@Netzero.Net
. Thanks Al!
TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to email@example.com.
TO UNSUBSCRIBE — Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Subject and text are ignored.)
IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at email@example.com. Yahooooo for volunteers!!!
COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write firstname.lastname@example.org>.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.
DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!”
For subscription questions or problems, write email@example.com.
SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucas@teamexpansion.org.
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.
PLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!
WARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.
BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:
Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServant@brigada.org
Brigada Customer Service Manager: email@example.com
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucas@teamexpansion.org
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
- But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!