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This is a horrific, but appropriate time to remind mission leaders and missionaries that if you don’t manage the crisis, it will manage you. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel here. Many missionaries and missions have contributed to a fairly large amount of crisis management information that is available free for missionaries to use to develop their own crisis plans. Information is available that relates to kidnapping, car bombs, record keeping, evacuation, Rapid Kidnap, home security, a generic security manual and more. Contact Rich – or He’ll verify that you are who you say you are, then send you some free crisis consulting materials. Now… I’ve told him he might get… literally… hundreds of requests… but hey… the guy has survived car bombs, kidnapping, and tons more. So what’s a flooded email inbox among friends! :-) He says he’ll do it for the Brigada family! Yahooo!Yahoo :-)


graduation cap The MA in Communication offered by the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies has recently been revalidated and OCMS are now accepting applications for the MA in Communication Practice. Printed copies of the course brochure are available on request from the course manager, Geoff Morgan The brochure may also be downloaded from the ICTI web site or the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies website.


book “Big Book” Stress Management is a new book by chr. author and counselor, Eva-Maria Woodruff. Originally written as a doctoral thesis, it is now available in book form. It seeks to warn “Family Members” about the deceptive and dangerous pseudo-scientific practices used in counseling, medicine (especially cancer treatment and pain management), business and education. It then offers sound “Big Book” alternatives compatible with true scientific findings. You may order it from any bookstore that has an account with Spring Arbor distributors or e-mail the author at To open a new account with Spring Arbor (in case your area has no bookstore) you may call 800-937-0152. They require no minimum purchase.


lighting the way In the 2001/08/31 BRIGADA TODAY we said: “Patrick and the GMI folks have given you permission in advance to utilize these resources in your newsletter or website”. Those who followed our advice to “read the details on the CD” will have noticed that except for brief quotations, the permissions granted in advance are only for printed materials. Sorry about that!!!


WebWatch Michael Jaffarian, who researched most of the web links for the Operation World Book and CD- ROM, has provided his full research database (including star ratings and abstracts not included in the book or CD-ROM) for inclusion on the Operation World web site. These expanded listings may be reached from:

or using the “For updated links, see . . .” links at the bottom of the Internet Links pages on the OW CD-ROM. From any country web site update page, click “Web Sites” on the Table of Contents to see the World and subject-related sites.



WebWatch The new web site update pages have a form where you can suggest new web sites. Afghanistan, for example, has only one entry currently. Please add your favorite web sites for countries, regions, or topics of interest to you.


Here’s the chance you’ve been dreaming about! :-) Mike, an “Aussie”, is doing a survey from “down under”, and he’d love to get your input. Here are the questions:
  • What is your role in missions?
  • How important for you is internet security in missions?
  • What security measures do you take in getting information to your counterparts around the world?
  • What ways do you protect the sending and receiving of information?
  • How do you handle emails with those in secure countries/regions?
  • What and/or is your biggest security threat?
  • In what ways has your security been breached in the past?
  • How did you deal with that breech?
  • How is publicity of your organization done using the Internet? i.e. in regard to websites or other.
  • Are you concerned with the names of domains and/or email addresses associated with your organization?
  • Any other comments you have about internet security and missions.

If we participate, he’ll report about the outcome of the survey here on Brigada! Just email your response to: To qualify, make sure you email the response within 7 days of receiving this Brigada Today! Thanks!



musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long course at CIT in N. Carolina (Oct. 29-Nov. 2, also end of April 2002). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See or write for information.
noteSorry the notice is short… but we’re hoping that if you can’t make the 10/29 class, maybe you can shoot for the April version!


A Christian initiative to assist in promoting mission advocacy networking worldwide, is offering “network domains” for almost every country in the world. For example “” or “” For inquiries on country availability and price email

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