In this issue….
- SOMETHING MISSING THIS WEEK: THE AD TRAILER
- PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIGADA “READER SURVEY” TODAY! (PRIZES!)
- THE WORLD OF ISLAM CD-ROM
- FREE BIBLES FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
- GET A TASTE OF TRANSLATION AND LINGUISTICS
- ARE FOREIGN MISSIONARIES BEING DRIVEN OUT OF RUSSIA?
- MISSION TO NORTH KOREA IS POSSIBLE
- PAYPAL IS HITTING THE MARK
- FREE STUFF FOR EDITORS
- IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR HINDUS AND SIKHS
- CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MISSIONARY NURSES
- TRAVEL PORTALS
- GREAT SEARCH SITES
- WIRELESS PORTALS
- NEW BIBLE COURSE FROM GRACE NOTES
- THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM A STARVING COOK
- CLOSING STUFF
SOMETHING MISSING THIS WEEK: THE AD TRAILER
PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIGADA “READER SURVEY” TODAY! (PRIZES!)
The results will be valuable for us – but only if we can get most of you agree to complete a five-minute questionnaire. So, please do me a favor by letting Jim at Campbell Research know you are willing to help. Just send a message (no text necessary) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sweeten the pot , six lucky participants will be chosen at random to each receive a prize: a brand new “Sport” water purifier for you or the missionary of your choice, courtesy of TealBrook email email@example.com or on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com (a $30 value! Thanks Mike and Deb!). Results from the survey will be made available to everyone in future editions of Brigada Today.
For the privacy minded, Jim and Campbell Research have committed to absolute confidentiality — your email address won’t be used for any purpose other than this survey. Jim is doing this out of the goodness of his heart, and because he doesn’t mind having the opportunity to let 10,000 missions-oriented people know that Campbell Research specializes in designing, conducting and analyzing research for Christian ministries, including missions organizations. After all, if we want recruits, donors and unreached peoples to listen to us, it’s nice to think about listening to them also. And surveys are a terrific tool for listening to large groups of people. Who knows, you might hear something important!
To find out more about surveying your constituents, write Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.campbellresearch.com. But do so only after sending a message to email@example.com agreeing to take the survey. Thanks!
THE WORLD OF ISLAM CD-ROM
FREE BIBLES FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
GET A TASTE OF TRANSLATION AND LINGUISTICS
ARE FOREIGN MISSIONARIES BEING DRIVEN OUT OF RUSSIA?
MISSION TO NORTH KOREA IS POSSIBLE
PAYPAL IS HITTING THE MARK
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FREE STUFF FOR EDITORS
IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR HINDUS AND SIKHS
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MISSIONARY NURSES
bestfares.com : have to join for $59 for full access, but great site
biztravel.com : somewhat focused on business traveler;
expedia.com : great upgrade recently; simple building your trip
travelscape.com : well organized; linked to expedia
travelocity.com : linked to Sabre, the travel agent reservation system
trip.com : wide selection; comparison shop with links to airline sites
cheapseats.org : this is a wash; extensive registration; hardly worth it
cheaptickets.com : slow, clunky, . . .but cheapest int’l fares
lowestfare.com : airline ticket consolidator; best deals at last minute
priceline.com : these folks you already know about
frommers.com : like the travel guide books by the same name
concierge.com : mapping, destination information (from Fodors), links
fodors.com : same as the popular guidebooks
iexplore.com : aimed at adventure sites
www.lonelyplanet.com : like the books by the same name; rugged traveler
timeout.com : info. about events in 33 cities; 20-something crowd
(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)
GREAT SEARCH SITES
about.com : expert human guides compile links and info.
altavista.com : directory of categories; related to babelfish
askjeeves.com : GREAT site for asking plain English questions about all!
brittanica.com : search the Internet or the whole Encyclopaedia
copernic.com : get a free utility program that searches 12 engines
directhit.com : specializes in returning the most relevant short lists
excite.com : popular, full-service, owns webcrawler.com
magellan.excite.com : concept-based search site
alltheweb.com : claims to have indexed more pages; impressively fast
go.com : search portal using categories, advanced features; metasearch
google.com : goes extra mile, ranks pages, shows search words in context
hotbot.com : owned by Lycos; more advanced search features; fine-tune it
lycos.com : full-service search portal; slightly awkward
metacrawler.com : collect results from a dozen search engines at once
northernlight.com : in addition to normal, one can pay for deeper search
profusion.com : up-and-coming metasearch portal
savvysearch.com : results from 11 different engines
snap.com : owned by NBC Internet; TV ads; personalizable
yahoo.com : full-service portal that pioneered organization by category
(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)
avantgo.com : 350 Internet channels for Palm and Windows CE
air.go.com : customize for your unit; use translators and more
go2online.com : address and locator service, info. provider
mobile.msn.com : lately, one of the best
omnisky.com : The broadest available content — for a price
www.oraclemobile.com : customizable portal with tons of options
shadowpack.com : download the new web-clipping application; great portal
speedia.com : free news, finance, weather, stock lists, etc.
wolfetech.com : only available for Motorola or RIM pagers; fee involved
yahoo.com : use your yahoo email account wirelessly; categories
yodlee.com : one password to access all your online accounts; timesaver
NEW BIBLE COURSE FROM GRACE NOTES
(Note that Brigada Today doesn’t ever “endorse” any particular doctrine or ‘flavor’ of teaching — so you’ll have to decide for yourself which parts of these kinds of courses fit with your own understanding of scripture — “eat the corn and leave the cob.” )
THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM A STARVING COOK
I’ve been thinking about the old adage about cooks who work so hard that they end up starving. At Team Expansion, we have a Pastoral Care specialist who reminds us regularly just how important it is that our missionaries get quality input while on the field. But in spite of Donna’s best efforts — with all the cooperation we can muster — the truth is that we occasionally still see burnout, fatigue, or worse yet, even moral failure and complete crumbling of missionaries’ spiritual foundations.
How can this be? How can these noble professionals leave house and home, family and friends — then end up themselves as a casualty on the highway to Heaven. They sometimes set out with the highest intentions and end up with the lowest inclinations. They witness to countless souls, starving spiritually and/or physically, then end up starving themselves — physically or spiritually.
What can we do about “starving cooks syndrome?” One idea is to designate a “Donna” in your own mission family — someone who will constantly monitor (and wave the flag for) “member care.” That representative could attend the “Pastor to Missionaries” conference in December (to be held at the JAARS Center, Waxhaw NC — read all about it at http://www.barnabas.org/f-ptm.html ). Check out the links at http://www.missionarycare.org/links.html for even more ideas.
But maybe the simplest act of kindness we can do is just to look around us. Those of us working at those meals saw that Peggy was giving of her whole self . . . and we probably urged her to eat something at one point or another that day. But . . . those in leadership probably need to take greater steps than simple words. We probably need to urge and take action to prevent “starving cooks syndrome”. We can’t afford hungry soldiers. It’s just not acceptable in the army in which we all serve.
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