Turkey

6) We Just Read "God’s Hostage" (Andrew Brunson); Couldn’t Stop

We couldn’t put it down. Once we began reading, it drew us in and we couldn’t stop. There are indeed some reality checks. Andrew openly reveals the challenges of living in a Turkish prison. We also fully capture his transparency as he dealt with the reality of questions about his faith. Why would God allow him to be captured and held like this? Why wasn’t God there to insure a quick release? If you’d like to catch all this and more, pick up God’s Hostage for a discount at…

 

www.worldchristian.com/product-details?id=143085

 

9) Discover the Discover App — Now on iPhone in Turkish!

The Discover App is a free Discovery Bible Study (DBS) app for Android and iPhone in English, Arabic, Somali, Dari, Pashto and Indonesian — and now with Turkish too, on both platforms! It is ideal for running DBS groups and making disciples who make disciples – even if you don’t speak the language of the people you are reaching. Try it today on your phone.

 

discoverapp.org

 

When you search your marketplace for the app, be sure to call it “Discover Bible” — and the author will be “books.”

 

6) International Turkey Network Conference

Now you can understand the changing ministry environment in Turkey. Plan now to attend the International Turkey Network Conference, February 20-22, 2013 (Early registration discounts before January 15). For more information on registration, schedule, map, a downloadable printable brochure that can be mailed or handed out etc.

http://www.RegOnline.com/ITNC13

Also, here is a direct link to the brochure that can be downloaded, printed, distributed and/or mailed.

https://www.regonline.com/custImages/246780/ITN_Conference_BROCHURE.pdf

More information or questions, email

mailatitnetdotorg

6) Bless The Next Generation Of Believers In Turkey

turkey

They’re the world’s largest unreached people group. That’s what the “English Bible Club” (EBC) of Istanbul has been doing since 2005. EBC, a Christian school program for the children of persecuted converts, is looking urgently for 3 teachers for the 2009-2010 school year, ready to come by the end of August. Teachers need to be fluent in English, among other things, and be willing to spend a year of full time ministry in Turkey, having raised their own support ($800/month; free lodging in a Turkish Christian home). Get more info by emailing

english_bible_club_istanbul_email

4) The Malatya Film: Chronicle Of A Martyr

Necati Aydin, Ugur Yuksel and Tilmann Geske were tied down, tortured and killed April 18, 2007 in Malatya, Turkey, for their testimonies that Jesus Christ is Lord. Two young filmmakers from Texas set out to capture the surrounding events that continue to shake the foundation of a nation less than 0.1% Christian. The result is a full length documentary film, Malatya.

You can watch the trailer now online there. Check out

http://www.malatyafilm.com/

The film was internationally released as this Brigada goes to press, on or around the 2-year anniversary date of the killings. Organizers are trying to mobilize churches and groups all over the world to show the film. Check the website for more information about how the airings are going.

4) Strategic Connections For A New Day In Turkey

It’s not too late to register for the International Turkey Network’s 2008 American Conference, November 13-15, in Mesa, Arizona. Join with several hundred long-term partners working in Turkey. GUESTS include a Turkish evangelist currently on trial for Bible distribution, a Turkish pastor and a veteran worker responsible for multiple successful church plants.
Hear about and connect with an international intercessory movement, learn from experienced church leaders, network with ministries involved in Turkey, and even adopt a province for strategic engagement and partnership with believers in Turkey. Learn more at

http://www.regonline.com/nac08

or email

20071111 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES
  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA
  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT
  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL?
  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS
  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES
  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS!
  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T?
  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES?
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. HEALTH INSURANCE RATE INCREASES — Is your organization experiencing health insurance rate increases? Do you want to help support Brigada?

    If so, be sure to contact Insurance Services of America. They are a Christian organization that specializes in helping individuals and groups find affordable health insurance options. They can put together a “tailor-made” plan to fit your group’s needs. Their group plan allows for takeover of existing claims & conditions and will provide your people with quality medical insurance worldwide – and they won’t charge you more when your people are in the US on furlough!

    Check out some of their plans online at

    http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada

    OR email them at brigada(at)missionaryhealth

    (dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line] or call them at 1-800-647-4589 (1-480-821-9052 outside of North America) and ask for Mark. ISA has a wide range of plans for missionaries, mission groups and churches, so be sure to contact them to see how they can “shop around” for you to help you save money on your health insurance needs. Plus they have agreed to help support Brigada from sales that are made on this link, so when you purchase on this site you will be helping to support Brigada and you will be protecting yourself and your ministry from financial loss!


  2. VIDEO SERVICES IN SE ASIA — Serving in SE Asia or supporting workers there? Need a documentary piece to take back on furlough, an update of your building project, a documentary of the aid your organization is providing? Acts Multimedia has recently launched a full plan/shoot/edit/package service for missionaries, supporting churches or organizations. Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand their focus is providing services throughout SE Asia. For more information view their video here

    http://actsmultimedia.vox.com/

    or send them an email multimedia(at)actsco

    (dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.]


  3. VIDEO RESOURCES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING — Check out Wing Clips. They offer a digital download service of feature film clips for pastors and teachers. They have a premium service ($14.95/mo) and a free service. Check them out.

  4. LEARN TO RAISE SUPPORT — Here’s a comment from a recent participant in the Kingdom Come Training course in missionary partnership development: “…The course allowed us the opportunity to craft our ministry presentation under expert guidance. But more importantly, it helped us anchor our efforts in Biblical principles with proven results.” All you need is high speed internet. KCT will send you the webcam equipped laptop with professional video conferencing software and you join a live, interactive course with two other locations. Give Jerry a call at (503)314-7211 or browse

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

    or email jerry(at)kingdomcometraining

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


  5. COULD “HONOR” OPEN UP CULTURES TO THE GOSPEL? — After 5 years of being out of print, “The Power of Honor,” by Fawn Parish, is back! Conversations Press will give a $1.00 for every book ordered by Brigada readers. If you order before Christmas, they’ll offer a discount, but better act immediately. You may go to

    http://www.powerofhonor.com to order

    or email fawn(at)reignbridge

    (dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.] If you think of it, please mention Brigada.


  6. BRINGING ATTENTION TO THE DIMILI KURDS — Tim is working on his Masters Thesis which is taking the form of a website focused on the unreached Dimili Kurds of Turkey. The website will focus on directing prayer for this people group as well as mobilization. He is seeking any information related to work being done with them (feel free to withhold sensitive information, but regardless, all sensitive information will of course be kept confidential), progress of any bible translation etc or a recommendation of resources that would be helpful in his research. Once the website is completed he will send the Brigada family a link so we can all pray together for this people group. He can be contacted with information or questions at dimilikurds(at)allpeoples

    (dot)info [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . and reassemble the address onto one line.]


  7. LOOKING FOR MORAL BEHAVIOR RESOURCES — Here’s a Brigada participant that is charged with teaching behavioral expectations to her organization’s new candidates. The resources her group has for helping new members understand these behavior parameters are seriously out of date. Before they start a major project they would like to know if any of your groups have some materials that would be instructional, using updated technology and Bible based. If you have any resources that can be shared or know of materials available please log on and share all you can at:

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=49


  8. THANKS TO THE DIFFERENCE-MAKERS! — This past week, we rec’d $15.13 from Blessed Hope in the name of those using their phone services during June & July; See

    http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada/

    for ideas on how to lower your bill! $50 from an anonymous long-term participant in Budapest, Hungary $50 from a partner on the East Coast $100 from a great friend in Sweden $300 from YWAM in Lebanon, PA Thank you to these partners and those hooking up with them! This, added to last edition’s total of 8,452.77, brings our 2007 total to $8,967.90. This is still quite a ways from our goal of $17,150. Gifts in 2006 added up to $15,096. :-( Is there anyone out there that could step up to the plate with a larger one-time gift from an inheritance or some other fund? If you could even get us *closer* to the ball park, we’d greatly appreciate it.


  9. WOULD YOU MAKE A GIFT WHEN OTHERS CAN’T? — Some live in circumstances that essentially do not permit them to give to help make Brigada tick. Would you be able to give something on their behalf? If so, just click on the “Donate” page. We’ve made progress, but still need the following gifts to meet our needs…

    1 of 1 1000 (1 gift of $1000)
    3 of 5 500 (3 more gifts of $500)
    9 of 250 2500 (9 more gifts of $250)
    10 of 13 100 (11 more gifts of $100)
    23 of 27 50 (26 more gifts of $50)
    60 of 70 25 (60 more gifts of $25)

    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.


  10. THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THESE 2 SCRIPTURES? — My boys asked me a pretty tough question today. Frankly, I need your input. They pointed to Paul’s admonition in Romans 13:1, stating that “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. … He who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted…” Add to that I Pet. 2:13: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”

    They then asked how to reconcile that passage with a nation’s willingness to intervene when another government was committing genocide, whether in the Balkans, with Hitler, or in Darfur. They felt pretty strongly that Hitler had to be stopped. So they couldn’t understand (or ‘explain away’) the verse in Romans 13:1. Can you help me explain these verses to them? If so, please log on at…

    http://brigada.org/brigade/?p=50

    Click on the “Comment” line below the item to give your view. Hopefully, we can find the answers. Thanks.18

20070211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED
  2. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED
  3. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS
  4. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE
  5. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL
  6. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY?
  7. GET PERSPECTIVES IN A YEAR!
  8. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW
  9. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN?
  10. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP
  11. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS
  12. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD
  13. CLOSING STUFF

    1. WANT GOOD WEB-VIDEO-CONFERENCE CALLS? TRY SIGHTSPEED — I know, I know. Everybody and his brother are doing Skype. But if you’re looking for high-quality *video*, I think SightSpeed has them beat:

      http://www.sightspeed.com

      So if it works on your machine, and you want real-time web-cam- conferences on the cheap, grab it.


    1. REMEMBER SKYPE “OUT” IS NOT ENCRYPTED — We’re all pretty casual about what we say on Skype these days. We’ve come to depend on its built-in encryption. That’s all well and good . . . unless we’re using Skype-out (or Skype-in, for that matter), where Skype bridges with a “plain-old telephone service”. In *those* cases, just keep in mind that the packets you’re sending are completely open to anyone at any bus stop along the Internet — meaning that your conversation won’t be all that private, actually. In order to use Skype’s encryption, it has to be Skype to Skype. (And even then, remember that Skype has sold much of its technology to mainland China — so there are no guarantees if that’s where you live.)

    1. RESOURCE FOR EDUCATING CHILDREN OVERSEAS –- Fitted Pieces (667 pages, 2nd printing), published by SHARE Education Services, is a comprehensive collection of articles from more than 50 recognized experts in the field of educating children in a cultural context outside their passport country. Topics include evaluating education options, planning, choosing curriculum, second language issues, testing, and TCK challenges. It is designed for those using any education system–national school, home schooling, on-line, and other options. The book cost is $25, but it’s also available on CD for $15. Volume discounts are available. To order, see

      http://www.ShareEducation.org

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


    1. POOL YOUR CONTACTS FOR MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING WORLDWIDE — [edited]

    1. CHURCH MOBILIZATION TOOL – DualReach has developed the Design Your Impact Workshop, a five-hour seminar that enables church leaders to discover their congregation’s key characteristics and resources (their DNA) and identify a strategic missions focus that can unleash powerful, new global dynamic from their church. Workshops are led by trained individuals with extensive teaching resources: 7 video clips of model churches, 2 animation clips, PowerPoint®, Facilitator’s Manual and Participant’s Notebook. The next training date to become a Workshop facilitator is Thursday, April 12, in San Juan Capistrano, CA (south of Los Angeles). Learn more at…

      http://www.dualreach.org/missions/resources/index.shtml

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


    1. LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT SUMMER TURKEY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITY? — Come join a team anytime between June 12-July 9, 2007 for the Istanbul Community Outreach. This is a great opportunity to: Join an experienced/ministry team (working with Campus Crusade), use conversational English as a tool to meet needs and make new friends, develop lasting friendships with professionals, students and business people, and share your faith through tea times, home visits, social activities and final boat trip. Optional 7 churches bible tour. Recruit, bring and lead your own group if you wish. This is an ideal opportunity for first timers or alumni, individuals or church groups. For more information contact Doug at dougnann(at)gmail(dot)com or 303 776 3273. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]

    1. GET PERSPECTIVES IN A YEAR! — Is your church interested in embracing God’s missionary heart? Do you need continuing education credit for missionary service? The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course may be your answer. The Perspectives course covers the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic basis for missions. ICM (International Christian Ministries) offers the course on-line for certificate, undergraduate, or graduate credit. You can take up to a year to complete the course. Check out

      http://www.icmusa.org/perspectives.php

      for more information and to sign up or email info(at)icm-intl(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


    1. START LEARNING YOUR DESTINATION LANGUAGE NOW — Back in the early 80s, I had the privilege of studying language learning skills under Tom & Betty Sue Brewster, the authors of the well-known language learning approach known as “LAMP”. Tom used to preach to us, “Listen, listen, listen. Listen to the language a *lot*!” I asked once if it was a mistake to start learning the language *before* departing for the destination. Tom clarified that not only is it not a mistake, it’s actually *helpful* to begin your listening & practicing *now*, so long as you don’t let it stress you out. He emphasized not to worry about production; just listen, listen, listen. So — want to get started?

      http://www.byki.com

      Just hop on over to “Before you know it” — byki.com. Pick a language and get started. (And thanks to Betty, Team Expansion’s Director of Prayer & Operations, for the tip!)


    1. EASTER! – DID IT REALLY HAPPEN? — If you have some doubts about the Easter story, Jesus coming back to life again, try reading the last chapter of Matthew’s gospel in EasyEnglish. It is magnificent! Go to

      http://www.easyenglish.info

      Click on Bible Books, then choose ‘Matthew’s Good News’ and scroll to chapter 28.


    1. THANKS FOR THE PARTNERSHIP — Thanks to the pair of Team Expansion missionaries in Bosnia who sent $100 for Brigada. Feel the love! They affirmed an encouragement that keeps us writing. The Balkans have spoken! What about your region of the world? Can you match their encouragement?

    1. SPUR ON BRIGADA TO GOOD WORKS — Want to spur us on? Just click on “Sponsor/Donate” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a 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.

  1. THE BACKPAGE: TOOLS FOR THE ROAD — A couple of editions ago, we started a series known as “Tools for the Road.” Because of special circumstances, we delayed in continuing it — until now. Recall that our first “Tool for the road” had to do with what is commonly called jet lag. We called it, “Determine to beat jet lag”, urging you to “make up your mind that you’re not going to experience it.” I received some [well-deserved] razzing from some of my friends who have traveled internationally since then. They told me it because a running joke during the trip to say, “Remember — Doug says we’re not tired.” :-) But the truth is, that really is the first step. That having been said, here are the next couple of tools, also helpful to beat jet lag and general travel fatigue:

    *** Tool #2 — “Sleep East, Party West”: Memorize it. Then traveling transoceanic on those 8-hour (and sometimes 16-hour) flights, if you’re headed eastbound (e.g., from the USA to Europe), get to sleep as quickly as you can. Flights tend to depart around 6pm. Settle in, eat, then hit the sack. Remember, it really doesn’t matter if you sleep or not. The truth is, it’s kind of irrelevant whether or not you really sleep. The trick is to convince your body that you *did*. That’s why it’s always entertaining to me when people say, “I just can’t sleep on planes.” You don’t really *have* to; just *pretend* you are. (Besides, even if you’re just laying there, relaxing, it’s still restful. You’ve got the whole jet engine thing going on, the dark plane cabin, … just pretend. :-) ) Experts (like me :-) ) say that just laying completely still is at least *somewhat* helpful for your well-being anyway.

    Keep in mind, your eyes have to be closed. See Tool #3.

    *** Tool #3 — “Gear up to sleep”: My own philosophy is — no sleeping pills. I have this theory that you need to be in charge of tricking your body. If you turn that power over to a drug, you’ve given up control. Besides, what if an emergency occurs and you need to be at your best. (For example, what if someone tries to hijack the plane? Have you ever seen Jack Bauer take sleeping pills? :-) ) But you *do* need a tool kit. Don’t wait ’til the night before. Here’s what you’ll need:
    ****** Eye screen — I know, they look kind of hokey. But you need one of those sleep visors that all the elderly people wear. Swallow the pride and pick one up at a travel or luggage store. You’ll be glad you did.
    ****** Ear plugs — I love kids. I just like them to be silent while I sleep… or pretend to. :-) Read the instructions. Have someone teach you how to insert them. There’s a trick to “rolling” them, pulling up on your ear with the opposite hand (from behind your head), then holding them in place while they expand.
    ****** Travel pillow — Choose the skrunchie kind that just compresses like a goose-down sleeping bag, or use the inflatable “u-shaped” pillow like I do. Either way, choose *something*. Airlines provide a flimsy excuse. I don’t like ’em. Just not quite enough meat there for my purposes. Today’s newest jets have moving “ears” that you can swivel out on your head rest. Those are helpful. But again, you need to convince your body that you’ve gone to sleep. For that to happen, get a real pillow.
    ****** Nab an extra blanket — If you can, grab an unused blanket from a nearby unoccuppied seat. If the plane turns cold, you’ll need it for some uncovered area of your freezing body.
    ****** Maneuver for empty seats — If you’re the type that needs to be horizontal, try to scout out a location with an empty adjacent seat so you can sprawl. As for me, I’ve trained myself to sleep in one reclined seat. It’s almost more trouble than it’s worth, to me, to try to lay down across the 3, 4 or 5 “middle” seats in a big jet. But I *do* try to get an aisle (so I’m not a victim to someone else’s sleeping patterns). For me, it just feels less constricted. Regardless, find something that works for you.
    ****** Pray for bad movies eastbound — You think I’m joking. :-) But the principle is, ignore the media. Oh… maybe you can catch part or all of a movie while eating. (What’s better than dinner and a movie at 35,000 feet? :-) ) But as soon as chow-time is over, lose the remote.
    ****** Floss & Brush — I’m not kidding. Remember, the trick is — convince your body that you’ve slept. That means going through your whole before-bedtime routine. And finally, …
    ****** Put on your favorite house slippers — I’m not kidding. Bring your favorite pair of comfy, cozy slippers from home. Last thing, before you go to sleep, rest those tired dogs. Take off those wing-tips or heels; take off your dress socks. Put on a pair of comfy athletic socks (or whatever you like), your favorite slippers, and snooze!

    More tools next time, when we consider herding *kids* while traveling.

20060709 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE
  2. MORE ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE
  3. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06
  4. POST GRADUATE COURSE IN CHRISTIAN MANAGEMENT
  5. A NEW SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF RAISING SUPPORT
  6. INTERNATIONAL TURKEY NETWORK’S N. AM. CONFERENCE 2006
  7. HEART FOR ASIA – VICTORIA, B.C.
  8. OPTIONS IN GHANA
  9. THANKS FOR SPURRING US ON TO GOOD WORKS
  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS”
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. SUPPORT RAISING CONFERENCE — Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by August 15th and save $50.The People Raising conference is designed to Double your effectiveness in raising individual or organizational funds. Attend the People Raising basic conference September 15-16. You’ll learn to implement 10 key habits for success while networking with other Christian leaders. Spouses receive a $100 discount. For more information or to register on-line go to

    http://www.peopleraising.com/conferences.cfm

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


  2. MORE ON DONOR MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE — In addition to what was previously mentioned, Ed suggests two additional products, both of which have a long track record of successful service:

    a) Denari Online fundraising management software has actually been on the market for quite a while. It uses a simple Macintosh or Windows web browser front end. It has awesome features and a high-end price tag which varies according to the precise package purchased. Features range from simple donor reports to enabling credit card donations, electronic fund transfers and more. See

    http://www.denarisoft.com/products/denarionline.shtml

    b) A simpler and less expensive solution that might be more appropriate for some organizations is FileMaker Pro (now at version 8.5). In addition to being a very user-friendly database tool, FileMaker has many “vertical market” extensions available for it, such as for non- profit organizations to manage volunteer data, donor info, grants and funding, mailing lists, create and manage surveys, etc. FileMaker has won many awards, such as PC World, PC Magazine, Macworld, Government Computer News, etc. FileMaker is a user-friendly, world class tool that is just as at home in a Mac OS X system as it is in Windows. Ed holds that FileMaker doesn’t require a high level of expensive tech support to run it, yet there is a large network of tech support available for specialized programming needs. Link to reviews at:

    http://www.filemaker.com/company/newsroom/news/product_reviews.html


  3. MOROCCO SUMMIT ’06 — Interested in reaching Morocco with the Gospel? Want to learn what others are doing there? Arise Shine Morocco invites missionaries, mission agency or church representatives to Tampa Bay, Florida for two days in November 2006. Workers with decades in Morocco will share from their experiences and speak on reaching Muslims within the Moroccan context. Panel and small group discussions will address specific issues and opportunities. The overall thrust will be to unify, inform, inspire, encourage, equip and empower participants for effective ministry in Morocco. Save $$$ by registering before September 15. For more information or to register, go to:

    http://www.ariseshinemorocco.org

    Click on “English” then on “Summit Info”.


  4. POST GRADUATE COURSE IN CHRISTIAN MANAGEMENT — Now, for the first time in India, obtain a M. A. in Christian Management from Martin Luther University, Shillong, Meghalaya in association with Christian Institute of Management (CIM), Chennai. You’ll need an undergrad degree plus 5 years of experience. It lasts for five semesters (2 1/2 years) and begins by the end of August 2006. Apply early. For more information log on to

    http://www.christianmanagement.net/ma/index.html


  5. A NEW SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF RAISING SUPPORT -– Raising support can be made into an exciting and enjoyable ministry. Here’s low-cost, individualized training offered over live, interactive video conferencing. You get the video conferencing unit on loan and you meet online with a skilled trainer for six hours a week for three weeks. Unlike in a weekend seminar, you have the time to actually build the skills that lead to success. It works great, and is cheaper, for groups of four to eight people, but is effective for couples and singles as well.

    http://www.kingdomcometraining.com

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


  6. INTERNATIONAL TURKEY NETWORK’S N. AM. CONFERENCE 2006 — Who should come? Those with an interest in or call to partner with God’s work in Turkey, representatives from churches that have made Turkey a special focus, prospective cross-cultural workers to Turkey, anyone seeking to get involved with Turkey, former workers who want to stay involved and informed, organizations and agencies with work in Turkey. Information about and representatives from many of the organizations involved in Turkey will be available. This year’s conference will be held November 15-17 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. For a copy of the conference brochure, please contact mail(at)itnet(dot)org

  7. HEART FOR ASIA – VICTORIA, B.C. — Listen to a couple who has worked with the Muslims of East Asia. Empty-nesters – hear what they did with two years of their lives in the Mekong Region. How can you continue to be involved in missions when you have to be home (in North America). Take in the OMF International (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) Heart for Asia Conference at the Chinese Pentecostal Church (2215 Dowler Place) in Victoria, B.C. on September 9, 2006. Registration starts at 1:30 pm. Conference is from 2:00 – 6:00 pm, ending with a fellowship Chinese dinner ($8.00). For more information, go to

    http://www.ca.omf.org/pacificregion


  8. OPTIONS IN GHANA — American International School #1 Jungle Road, East Legon Accra Ghana, is an exciting new NICS school. Check out

    http://www.nics.org or http://www.aisaccra.org

    They’re now accepting applications for students grade pre-K-11, as well as applications for teachers. The 2006-2007 school year has a limited enrollment for its “soft start” so don’t delay. Contact CharleneBerry(at)nics(dot)org or call +233-277-549905 for more information. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]


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  10. THE BACKPAGE: LEARNING FROM THE HOMETOWN OF “HOOSIERS” — I enjoy pulling lessons from modern-day stories to which Brigada participants will relate. (To me, it’s kind of Jesus-like to tell parables.) Last week I mentioned “Hoosiers,” a 1986 movie starring Gene Hackman which profiled a small-town basketball team from a high school in Indiana. Most people have heard that the movie is based on real history but perhaps fewer have checked out the real story. Being a Hoosier myself, originally, (“Hoosier” is the name used to describe natives from the state of Indiana) I’ve always been interested in the movie. The other night, as I drove across southeastern Indiana on a Saturday evening, I had to take a detour because a bridge was out. As I made my way down the two-lane highways on which the signs sent me, I passed one that said, without much fanfare, “Milan 3 miles”, complete with an arrow to the left. I couldn’t pass it up — because I remembered that “Hoosiers” is actually about the real small-town of Milan, population: about 1000. (Back in the 1950s, there were even fewer.) Driving into this small Indiana farming community took me back home again. (I’m from *Freetown*, Indiana. :-) ) Seeing no signs of the movie — or any other fanfare — I pulled over at the Milan Sports Bar & Grill to play Columbo. Seemed like the right place to begin on a Saturday night. Sure enough, Milan was the place, but they were hard-pressed to figure out where to send me to learn the story behind the movie. Yes, a small antique store had posted some memorabilia, but it was closed. No one could think of anything else. My heart sank just a bit. Here was a town that had played host to one of the greatest sports stories of all time and … they were sending me to a closed antique store.

    After verifying that the store was closed, I began “man-on-the-street” interviews. Shew. Again, I was pretty let-down. One young man knew the story, but he hadn’t seen the movie. He pointed to the water tower, which still sported the words, “1954 State Champs”. But he admitted he hadn’t seen the movie. Another said it might be a great story for a basketball player. A boy installing subwoofers in his car sent me to the Dairy Queen, where, at least, they had posted a picture and a newspaper article on the wall. But the people in the DQ looked at me strangely as I tried to learn more about the “real story.” One of them finally suggested I go to the Jay-C store to buy a copy of the DVD. I shrugged and said ok… but when I got to the grocery store, no one could find even a single copy of “Hoosiers”. (They had plenty of other random movies; just none that told about what just might be the greatest thing in recent history that’s ever happened in their town.) One girl at the cash register smiled apologetically, explaining that she had graduated from Milan High, but again, she admitted that she hadn’t actually watched the movie.

    That’s when I realized… Milan had forgotten a piece of its identity. As I drove on eastward, I pondered what I had just experienced, fearful that the same thing happens in our own lives. Sometimes, we forget who we are. We forget the stories of the people that founded our mission organizations, our companies, and our congregations. Little by little, we move on . . . and the great lessons of the past — like… little schools can win over much bigger rivals if they just train, work hard, and believe in themselves… those lessons become cobwebs in some dark cave of our consciences.

    So here are my 3 “lessons learned” from a Milan sunset: a) Figure out who you are. What’s unique about you, your church, or your mission. In the case of Milan, they lived one of the greatest sports stories of all time. Yet, today, some of their residents hardly understand how it applies to them personally… or to their futures. b) Write it down. Create some kind of signposts that won’t let you forget about it. In Milan’s case, one has to wonder if they couldn’t come up with just a *tad* more of an exhibit or a bulletin board or *something*… (It might actually bring some business to their Jay-C store! :-) ) c) Celebrate it. Be glad for your history. Learn from past mistakes. Move on, yes, but move on with the knowledge that your past can help you make a better future.

    So … next time you’re driving through southeastern Indiana, by all means stop at Milan. But bring your own DVD. And if you stop for ice cream, be prepared for stares if you lean over to read the faded newspaper clippings on the wall. Oh — and … let’s do better with our own stories.

    That’s all I’ve go to say about that. :-)

20050821 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE OFFERS MOMENTUM
2. COOL TOOL: ONLINE PARALLEL BIBLE
3. LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THAT CONSULTATION IN TURKEY?
4. WANT TO GET UPDATED RISK INFORMATION FROM THE STATE DEPT?
5. INSTEAD OF IKOBO, TRY CASH2WORLD.COM
6. STILL USING THE VPN, “FINDNOT?” IF SO, HEED THIS
7. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME
8. NEW WEB SITE ON PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLES OF SAUDI ARABIA
9. MOBILE PHONE OUTREACH
10. GMAIL DEBATE CONTINUES
11. AMAZING ENCOURAGEMENT
12. BACKPAGE: PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS
13. CLOSING STUFF

1. NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE OFFERS MOMENTUM — Its compiler hopes to help believers passionately, quickly, and effectively reach the least- reached 27% of our world. Read it this month at: http://www.momentum-mag.org
2. COOL TOOL: ONLINE PARALLEL BIBLE — Check out this online parallel Bible: http://bible.cc/ Imagine how far we’ve come in the past 10 years, compared to the previous *50* years!
3. LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON THAT CONSULTATION IN TURKEY? — Try this email address instead: GlobalConsult(at)itnet(dot)org (See last week’s Brigada, Item #2)
4. WANT TO GET UPDATED RISK INFORMATION FROM THE STATE DEPT? — Just go to: http://www.lsoft.com/scripts/wl.exe?SL1=DOSTRAVEL&H=LISTS.STATE.GOV to set up automatic emails of the most crucial information.
5. INSTEAD OF IKOBO, TRY CASH2WORLD.COM — This new service allows you to send funds directly to a person via courier and the fees they charge are reasonable, according to Brigada user, “Scott.” (Thanks Scott!)
6. STILL USING THE VPN, “FINDNOT?” IF SO, HEED THIS — Just in case you’re still able to access FindNot, beware Brigada user “Andy” says they charge your card again without notice, if they have the card on file. That’s not a totally bad thing, unless you didn’t want them to do so. (Thanks Andy!)
7. SEND GLOBAL INTERNATIONAL AIRTIME — Here’s a service that allows missionary families here in the U.S. to keep in touch with their loved ones serving on the foreign mission field. It’s reported to have outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections and can be used with any cellular or land line phone. Find out more and read other missionary testimonials at our website. You can even try it out for free! Look up rates to anywhere in the world.

http://www.global-airtime.com
8. NEW WEB SITE ON PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLES OF SAUDI ARABIA — Here’s a new web site focusing on the prayer needs of Muslims in Saudi Arabia. http://shaketheheavens.org This site focuses on mapping out the history of the main cities in Saudi and any other factors which may be of interest to those wishing to pray in an informed manner over Saudi. Feedback / contributions to the current content are welcome. Please send email to: feedbackatshaketheheavensdotorg
9. MOBILE PHONE OUTREACH — There are many countries, even in the 10-40 Window, where mobile phone ownership is very high. Although many groups are offering such things as devotionals by text message, these are primarily for believers. One major potential would be the passing-on of very short video or cartoon clips which had a gentle evangelistic message. Another might be the secular strategy detailed in this London Times article: http://travel.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,2040-10315- 1750622,00.html (If the above link wraps to a second line, don’t forget to reassemble it.) If you know of anyone doing creative evangelism through mobile devices, the Web Evangelism Guide wants to know! Please write to: guide [at] web-evangelism [dot] com
10. GMAIL DEBATE CONTINUES — Recently, we mentioned that we were considering GMAIL to be a fairly good approach for secure email. Several Brigada participants wrote “pro” or “con” viewpoints. Bottom line: It has great spam filtering and appears to offer certain features compatible with secure communications. Several mentioned that since it includes the “s”, i.e., https, it’s as secure as downloading banking informational. On the other hand, one user wrote, “Maybe, kinda secure. The segment that is secure is only the google -account-holder part of the trip. The rest is up in the air for anyone to grab, even if you are emailing to another supposedly secure site.” So that secure address would be: https://mail.google.com/mail/ (Thanks Peter!) On the other hand, other users wrote that the user should beware, based on sites like: http://www.google-watch.org http://www.ericschmidt.com/ (the personal site of the leader) http://www.firstadopter.com/fa/archives/001169.html
11. AMAZING ENCOURAGEMENT — Thanks for the amazing encouragement offered by the individual sending $200 of sponsorship funds: “I have benefited so much from reading your newsletter the last few years. My wife and I are going to … [a Muslim country] to serve a group of missionaries for a couple of weeks and to spend time to pray and think as we consider joining them … for more permanent service. Please pray for us, that we would know God’s will for us (and do it). Thank you again for serving us through your efforts as you serve our Lord.”
12. BACKPAGE: PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREATS — Here are some resources for Personal Spiritual Retreats PERSONAL RETREAT RESOURCES — We learned much about personal retreat resources. Here’s a summary: — Get “A Day of Prayer and Vision”, a CD offered by The Evangelical Alliance. Write info(at)teamworld(dot)org for more information. Sorry we don’t have pricing or order information — so be sensitive when you write. (Thanks for the tip, Glen!) — http://www.ywamaxiom.com — Idea: “Silent Retreats.” ‘Lydia’ writes, “I have attended one of these, led by the base leader, Jeff … and it was amazing. To learn more, go to “events.” (Thanks Lydia!) — Click here to read “Mike’s Personal Prayer & Planning Retreat” worksheet. Mike writes of it, ” This is a series of questions organized around 7 relational arenas in our lives that my wife and I get away and go through once or twice a year. It has been very helpful to us and has been an excellent discipleship tool when we have taken others through it with us.” (Thanks Mike!) — http://www.womenoftheharvest.com then click on “Resources”, then click “Rest and Relaxation” and/or “Counseling and Care Centers”. — http://rancho.across2u.com — Site discusses “Rancho de la Paz”, located in Riverside County, California, with seven guest rooms where missionaries (and ministers) can have a time of spiritual renewal.

(German’s) personal retreat — Peter, a German Brigada reader, wrote, “Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down. It’s not always the same of course. Mostly it’s a battle to really get quiet before the Lord – but it’s a great help to have this day once in while. Often I have some points where I need to spend some time asking Jesus, needing orientation, facing problems, having to decide important things. But sometimes (as last Saturday) it’s Him to tell me to let all things fall and just get into His arms, listening to Him (like Mary), waiting for Him to speak. Many times I like to praise the Lord with singing and playing guitar. He even gave me a new song once (I’m not a musician and had trouble writing it down, but it was first of all just for me). Sometimes reading Psalms aloud helps me to get away from all the things that distract me and to fill my spirit with His Word. (For those praying in tongues, that helps a lot.) Sometimes I read a good book, while talking/listening to Jesus in-between.”

Place: I like a quiet place where I’m alone (sometimes not easy to find). I go to monasteries, public gardens. Some I know go to the desert or to the forest. You can go up to a mountain like Jesus. Some like walking while listening / praying. Others (like me), like to sit in a place, having a notebook around to write down what Jesus tells me.

In addition: I would recommend the book “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard Foster / Harper & Row Publ. – it’s available in German, too (which is what I read).” (Thanks Peter!) — Here’s a directory of retreat centers — http://www.worship-arts-network.com/OCretreatcenters.html (Thanks Jolene!0 — www.wisdomcrossing.com/whatiswc.php — Check out the world’s largest collection of free bible studies. — http://www.mhbcmi.org/listen/index.php — Download the mp3 of Tim Keel’s Aug. 7, 2005 sermon. (Thanks for the tip, Shane!) — Visit Praise Mountain, just west of Colorado Springs, tel. (719) 748- 3719. — Go to the Brigada website and click here to download the expanded outline about personal spiritual retreats, with additional “how to” information.

Personal Prayer & Planning Retreat “Personal Prayer & Planning Retreat”

I. Preparation

A. BRING: Bible, paper, pencil, eraser

B. BRING: One copy of The Bondage Breaker

1. With your spouse, pray through the “Steps to Freedom” (Chapter 12 in The Bondage Breaker, Neil Anderson, Harvest House Publishers)

C. Unhindered Prayer and Premeditated Submission

1. Confess sins, repent, make restitution, and reconcile relationships to clean and open, before you start. (Mt 5:23-24; 1Pet 3:7)

2. Decide before God speaks to you, that you agree with Him, and that you will obey Him.

D. Listen and respond to God regarding these seven relational areas of your life:

1. God, what do You think about my marriage? Family? Extended family? Church? Ministry? Mission? Discipleship?

2. Act by making a schedule and budget that accurately reflects your commitments.

II. Marriage

A. Spiritual Leadership (BRING: Spiritual Leadership study)

1. Servant

a. What spiritual needs can I be asking God to meet in my wife, children, others?

b. How can I help them using God’s Word?

c. How could I demonstrate sacrificial service for my wife? Children?

d. When you are ready to act on her answer, ask your wife this question: What one area of my life could I grow in at this time?

(1) Don’t ask this question if you are not prepared to act, to grow, to change.

2. Shepherd

a. In what areas do my wife and children need protection? How can I make them feel more secure?

b. In what areas could I more clearly communicate to them the direction God gives me?

3. Steward

a. What are my gifts, talents, resources? My wife’s? My children’s?

b. How can they best be used to build up the Body of Christ?

c. What effects did they have last year?

d. How can I reproduce those gifts, talents, resources in another? How can my wife? How can my children?

B. Spiritual Submission

1. Supportive

a. What can I pray, say, or do to demonstrate my support for my husband’s leadership?

2. Sensitive

a. What needs of his can I pray for or meet that would help him lead us?

b. When you are ready to act on his answer, ask your husband this question: What one area of my life could I grow in at this time?

(1) Don’t ask this question if you are not prepared to act, to grow, to change.

3. Suggestive

a. Is he inviting my suggestions in any way?

b. When he does, what would I suggest, and how might I make suggestions, that would help him lead us?

III. Children

A. Loving

1. How can I better express love to each of my children at this time in their life?

2. What makes each of my children feel loved by me at this time in their life?

B. Teaching

1. What are the next lessons each of my children need to learn about God? Relationships? Themselves?

2. What are the questions each of my children is asking me?

C. Blessing

1. What can I pray, say, and do to bless each of my children?

2. What makes each of my children feel valued by me?

IV. Extended Family

A. Parents

1. How can I honor my parents?

2. How can I improve my relationship with them?

3. What would be their next step closer to God?

B. Siblings

1. How can I improve my relationship with my brother? Sister?

2. What would be their next step closer to God?

C. Read Changes that Heal, Henry Cloud

D. Boundary Questions for Stressful Relationships

1. Am I trying to take responsibility for someone else’s commitments?

2. Am I trying to make someone else responsible for my commitments?

3. Is someone else trying to take responsibility for my commitments?

4. Is someone else trying to make me responsible for their commitments?

5. How can I more clearly define, express, and, if necessary, enforce more healthy boundaries of responsibility and commitment?

V. Church

A. Commitments

1. What invitations to serve our local church have I received?

2. To what ministry will we commit ourselves this year in our local church?

VI. Ministry

A. Passion (Ps 37:4)

1. What do you want to do more than anything else for the Body of Christ?

2. What thrills your heart, blesses your soul, challenges your mind, charges your body, and fulfills your dreams?

B. Gifts (Rom 12; Eph 4; 1Cor 12-14; 1Pet 4)

1. What gifts have been affirmed in me by others?

2. What invitations have been extended to me to use my gifts? Locally? Regionally? Globally?

C. Fruit (Jn 15)

1. What effects have my gifts had in the Body of Christ in the past? Last year?

VII. Mission (BRING: Mission Statement)

A. Legacy

1. If you died today, for what will your children, church, friends, neighbors, patients, remember you?

2. How would you want to be remembered?

B. Statement

1. Update and upgrade your mission statement.

C. Process

1. What needs to happen this year to keep you on track?

2. What needs to happen in five years to keep you on track?

VIII. Discipleship

A. Investment in the Only Two Things that Last Forever

1. God’s Word (2Tim 3:16-17)

a. Describe your current integration of God’s Word into your life?

b. What did you learn about God last year?

c. What questions do you have for God this year?

2. People (Mt 22:35-40; Mt 28:16-20)

a. Describe your current strategy for making disciples?

b. With whom will you apply this strategy this year?

c. Whom have you invited to invest significantly in you?

B. Returns (Jn 15:1-11)

1. What effect has God’s Word had on your life this last year?

2. What fruit would you like to see increase this year?

3. Is there pruning that needs to happen so more good fruit can grow and last? Where?

C. Reproduction

1. How are the people in whom you have invested reproducing their faith?

2. Do you see any increase in fruitfulness?

3. Do you see good fruit that is lasting over the years?

IX. Schedule (BRING: Last year’s planner, weekly schedule, and blank weekly & 18 mon planners)

A. Prioritize

1. List your proposed activities in order of priority.

B. Prune

1. Starting at the top of the list, fill your schedule.

2. After you fill your schedule, cut off the bottom 10% time takers so you have time to be a Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37) and to be quiet (1Th 4:11).

C. Percentages

1. Whom does your schedule show you love? You spend time proportionately with whom or what you love.

2. Could you lead someone closer to Christ with your schedule?

X. Budget (BRING: Last year’s Income & Expense sheet for work and home)

A. Prioritize

1. List your proposed financial goals in order of priority?

B. Prune

1. Determine your income.

2. Starting at the top of your priority list, dispense your income?

3. When you run out of money, stop spending.

4. Adjust your budget to fit your income.

5. Adjust your lifestyle to fit your budget.

C. Percentages

1. Decide on a percentage or amount of God’s money you believe He wants you to invest in His Kingdom.

a. Decide on a percentage or amount of God’s money you believe He wants you to invest in His local church where you serve.

2. Decide on a percentage or amount of God’s money you believe He wants you to save.

3. How can we be the best and most faithful stewards with the rest of His money? (Mt 25:14-30; Lk 20:11-27)

4. What does your budget say you believe? These numbers tell you what you believe.

5. Could you lead someone closer to Christ with your budget? Income/Expense Sheet?

6. —————–

Things To Bring:

A pocket sized notebook & pen so you can

jot down any thoughts that could be from the Lord,

no matter when/where they occur

Small CD player & praise/worship CDs

Pocket NT/Ps/Prov so you’re never away from the Word

Index cards with items you want to pray or talk to the Lord about;

good for using on walks

Notebook/Journal with plenty of pens/pencils

List of questions / issues to talk to the Lord about

Good walking shoes

Mack’s ear plugs (in case the place isn’t as quiet as you planned)

A favorite devotional book or hymnal / songbook

One extra set of clothes in case the weather’s warmer or colder than planned,

whichever’s more likely in your location

Things To Do

Have people specially praying for you (and your family, if you have one) while you’re away

Pray thru different sections of Ps. 119 during the day

Try praying thru sections of Scripture such as Mt. 5-7 and/or Jn. 14-16

or Revelation Chs. 2 & 3 to see if the Lord has words for you

Take a couple of walks during the day, and expect to meet God

(Thanks to Bruce from Connecticut)

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There are a few things that I do to make my retreat times productive and focused. I keep a specific journal that I only record retreat times in. Then, at the beginning of my retreat, I reread past entries to remind me of how far the Lord has brought me.

I recommend Intimacy with the Almighty by Chuck Swindoll to jumpstart a person’s desire for a retreat time. As a prayer help, I often bring pictures or a collage of what I am praying for to help me to focus.

Also, taking a walk/hike, or some other form of exercise for awhile before you sit down to focus helps to clear your mind and relax your body, especially if you are going to be sitting for an extended period of time. I try to take most of my retreats in rural areas or state parks or other natural and more isolated areas. It is a lot easier to get away from distractions and focus my thoughts on God.

Finally, I find it very helpful to set goals for my time: specific concerns to think and pray about, specific Scriptures to read, etc. and then just relax and let the Holy Spirit guide my thoughts and prayers.

(Thanks Rebecca !!!)

20050814 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. GOOGLE RELEASES “TALK” PRODUCT
2. CONSULTATION ON TURKEY
3. TRANSITION RESOURCE FOR MISSIONARIES
4. WAY-COOL WITNESSING TOOL FOR KIDS
5. MAYBE GOOGLE’S GMAIL IS KIND OF SECURE?
6. SHARE YOUR PAIN
7. PEOPLE RAISING CONFERENCE
8. IS EVANGELISM A FORM OF RELIGIOUS BIAS?
9. SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITY IN SRI LANKA
10. TESOL COURSE IN SE ASIA
11. MUSICAL CONCERT TEAM TO MAINLAND CHINA
12. ENCOURAGERS, PARTNERS, ENABLERS, FRIENDS
13. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO COMBAT HURRICANE KATRINA
14. CLOSING STUFF

1. GOOGLE RELEASES “TALK” PRODUCT — Well the ‘talk of the town’ this past week was Google’s new product, “Google Talk”. It seems like everything Google touches turns to gold and Google Talk will likely follow suit. This free product allows you to email, IM, or “talk” via the microphone attached to your PC. You can use it with the neighbor across the street, or your missionary across the globe. To Google, it’s all the same. Try it today at: http://www.google.com/talk/ (Thanks for the first heads-up on this, Nick! :-) ) Note: You’ll need a Gmail account. Here’s another user offering free invites (Thanks Tina!) urbainti(at)msu(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
2. CONSULTATION ON TURKEY — It’s happening November 8-12, 2005 in Turkey, an every two- to three-year gathering of national leaders, ex- patriot workers and non-resident partners to consider critical and strategic partnership issues related to the work in Turkey. For more information or an Application to Attend (English, Turkish, Korean, Spanish versions available) write: GlobalConsult(at)intet(dot)org . Registration August 1-September 26.
3. TRANSITION RESOURCE FOR MISSIONARIES — “Leave Right/Enter Right” is a CD for those just starting their international assignment, or experienced sojourners relocating or repatriating back to their passport culture. Hosted by the late Dr. David Pollock, viewers are guided through one of the essential steps to successfully prepare for transition to their new destination. Here’s the best part of this new product: The CD is self-guided for individual, family or small team use. Complete with a 25-minute video, ideas for use and printable worksheets, anyone around world can have personal access to this very valuable resource! Order your copy ($25 US plus shipping) by calling 719-531-6181 or emailing office(at)interactionintl(dot)org Or visit http://www.interactionintl.org
4. WAY-COOL WITNESSING TOOL FOR KIDS — If you want a way-cool witnessing tool for your kids, or your church’s Harvest Festival as an alternative to Halloween’s ghoulish paint this October, check out the free wordless book-type temporary tattoos here. Mine lasted for nearly 2 weeks and I got to explain it to lots of people:

http://www.kidzplace.org/site/c.chJKJXOAJlH/b.475797/k.BE1A/Special_Pro motions.htm If you have trouble copying and pasting this long URL, just use this shorter “tinyurl” we produced at www.tinurl.com

http://tinyurl.com/amnq9 (Thanks Dorothea!)
5. MAYBE GOOGLE’S GMAIL IS KIND OF SECURE? — Because it uses POP3 with SSL security, maybe Google’s Gmail would do for semi-secure email. That was the thought this past week from Garry, a Brigada participant from Australia. Do you agree? He wrote, “Their web-based access is not secure, but it seems that POP3 access (for programs such as Outlook) uses this security. Some purists may not like the idea google automatically searches your email content for key words so that they may tailor sidebar advertisements to you, but nevertheless the magic word is “free”. To try it out, you may like to take up the previous offer from a subscriber for a free referral to get started. In summary: Google Gmail = Free SSL POP3 access, Free non-SSL Web-based access.”
6. SHARE YOUR PAIN — Okay, maybe it was just an “obstacle.” But how did God pull you through a very difficult problem as you pursued a ministry in missions? Nelson at The Finishers Project is working on a new book. The working subtitle is “Passages That Don’t Preach” since the book emphasizes those embarrassing verses about surrendering all, about the total Lordship of Christ, about not taking the easy way, about suffering. Your difficult experience might benefit thousands of others seeking a role in missions. Submit your story ideas at
http://www.Finishers.org/book
7. PEOPLE RAISING CONFERENCE — Attend the People Raising conference October 14-15. Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. Implement ten key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders. Arm yourself with tools needed for effective fund raising. You can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference. Ask for the $100 spouse discount. Tap into the more then 35 years of experience Bill Dillon brings to fund raising. Register by September 14th and receive the early bird special pricing. For more information or to register on-line go to http://www.peopleraising.com/conf_bas_oct2005.cfm or e-mail Bill(AT)PeopleRaising(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. IS EVANGELISM A FORM OF RELIGIOUS BIAS? — Some would answer yes. Jay Gary, who bills himself as a Christian “futurist”, wrote to us this past week, “As a futurist I’ve been tracking the future of evangelism in American public life, whether in the workplace, school or government. Three years ago most of my scan hits related evangelism with religious freedom. Now they frame evangelism as religious bias.” Read more from Jay on this topic at:

http://www.christianfutures.com/religious_bias.shtml
9. SHORT TERM OPPORTUNITY IN SRI LANKA — COMMIT Ministries is currently recruiting another short term ministry team to serve the needs of the Sri Lanka church in the aftermath of last year’s killer tsunami. They are looking for caring people of various skills and even unskilled folk to help construct an orphan home, medical clinic, church, and a large number of private homes in a very needy area just south of Batticaloa. The cost is $2885.00 per person and includes RT airfare from a US hub city, most meals, ground transportation, hotel and camp style lodging, materials related to the project, and debriefing in Bangkok. Trip dates are February 23 to March 9, 2006. For more information and to register for the team, please contact COMMIT Ministries at commit(at)pixi(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or consult their web site at http://www.commitministries.com If your church or mission organization would care to form their own team at some other time, please contact COMMIT about this right away. This project truly needs your help!
10. TESOL COURSE IN SE ASIA — YWAM and SEA English Academy are offering a TESOL course in Chiang Rai Thailand from October 3 through October 28. This is a four-week intensive course which includes a built-in practicum. Those who successfully complete the course will be equipped to go into the nations as an EFL/ESL instructor which opens doors in many otherwise closed nations. For information and/or an application, email chiangraitesol(at)gmail(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Come and join an exciting team of pioneer-minded people and get ready to have opportunities to teach all over the world. Visit the following websites: http://www.ywamthai.org or: http://www.seaenglishacademy.com
11. MUSICAL CONCERT TEAM TO MAINLAND CHINA — COMMIT Ministries is currently recruiting another short term ministry team to present concerts to public schools and churches in Mainland China. This is an invitation for praise bands, folk artists, professional recording artists, non professional types, soloists, dancers, puppeteers, celebrity impersonators, etc, to offer their collective gift of the arts as part of a cultural exchange. The Chinese government has provided this invitation to COMMIT Ministries yet again because of the successful concert tour earlier this year. The cost is $2685.00 per person and includes RT airfare from a US hub city, most meals, ground and air transportation in China, hotel lodging, and debriefing costs in Guangzhou. Trip dates are October 10-24 2005 and another trip is planned for March 29 to April 11, 2006. For more information and to register for the team, please contact COMMIT Ministries at commit(at)pixi(dot)com or consult their web site at http://www.commitministries.com
12. ENCOURAGERS, PARTNERS, ENABLERS, FRIENDS — That’s what our sponsors and supporters mean to Brigada! Since we last reported, we’ve rec’d $115 from Wilcannia River of Life church in New South Wales, Australia. http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com Wilcannia is Advancing Aboriginal Australia through the Gospel of Christ. In addition, an anonymous missionary with GEM, who does TEFL outreach throughout Europe, sent $100! A worker in Switzerland sent $50, with this note: “I and countless others are blessed by your meticulous research and networking. Continue your excellent work.” Whoa. [blush] Again, thanks for the encouragement. We also rec’d $25 with a “Thank you from an anonymous Wycliffe member who especially likes any news about children and missions!” Another worker sent $100, saying, “I’ve been reading Brigada for a while and thought I finally ought to send you something as a small expression of my appreciation. Thanks for your work!” Whoa. One additional Brigada participant wrote, “My only daughter is a Missionary to South Africa. I cannot tell you how many times, Brigada came through with just the right information just at the right time. The LORD truly uses your ministry. Thank you. God bless you.” She enclosed a gift of $50, as did another anonymous giver whose gift meant so much. That brings our 2005 total giving to $7,464.18, still quite a bit short of our goal of $16,576 for the year. These funds encourage Brigada by undergirding costs like webspace, secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising and promotion to help get the message out about Brigada’s resources. How many other ministries do you know of with an annual budget of under $20,000? Do they involve 10,000+ people like Brigada? Want to turbo-charge Brigada this week? To chip in or make a substantial donation, just click “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.
13. THE BACKPAGE: HOW TO COMBAT HURRICANE KATRINA — What goes through your mind when a portion of the world experiences pain? As I write this Brigada Today, I’m watching news coverage of Hurricane Katrina as it strikes the Gulf of Mexico shoreline here in the USA. I can almost *feel* the devastation in my bones. My heart goes out to those who are hurting — as well as those who are about to hurt. I’m thankful for the advance notice that allowed 1 million to flee the coast, but my heart goes out to the 1/3 million that couldn’t, for one reason or another.

But what a powerful force we have in the form of prayer. Wherever you live, whatever your situation, you can lift up an area like the Gulf and, for example, pray for those who didn’t have a chance to leave because they didn’t have anywhere to go… nor the funds to pay for hotels or travel. Give thanks for that advance notice given to residents and pray for those still reeling from events like the tsunami in the Indian Ocean where little communication was possible in advance. Ask the Lord to prepare the disaster relief organizations and personnel. Gather your church or small group and go to the throne room of Heaven for strategic intersession on behalf of those who otherwise might lose businesses, homes, precious belongings, and maybe even their very lives. Read more about prayer and its effects, prerequisites, and possibilities at pages like… http://en.bibleinfo.com/topics/topic.html?id=223 [Note: Next issue’s “BackPage” will be focused on helping you plan a personal spiritual retreat. Our goal is to provide something very tangible, practical, and specific for those who would like to get away for a one- or two-day personal retreat. (Even Jesus went to a mountain, alone, to pray.) If you have ideas or specific resources that might help others, please jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedback(at)googlegroups(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] By default, we won’t publish your address. If you’d like folks to see it, however, please mention that in the item and we’ll do our best. Thanks!]

20031123 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL!
  2. TRAGEDY AND CHALLENGE OF THE WORLD’S STREET CHILDREN
  3. THANKS TO DIAL-ABROAD AND NEW BRIGADA SIGN-UPS!
  4. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!
  5. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAINING
  6. WAR, TERRORISM INSURANCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD
  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS
  8. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS
  9. JAPAN TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE
  10. ESL INSTRUCTION
  11. ONE OPTION FOR INT’L DIALING WITHOUT THE DOLLARS
  12. CASE STUDY IN REACHING THE UNREACHED: WORKING POOR OF BANGKOK
  13. ESL TEACHERS MINISTRY SKILLS SURVEY
  14. TURKEY: VISIT THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  15. BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER “TENTMAKER”
  16. HERE’S A HANDY RESPONSE TO PLAXO “PINGS”
  17. NEW TRANSFORMATION VIDEO RELEASED
  18. TESOL SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII
  19. GLOBAL COURSEWORK BY AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
  20. THE BACKPAGE: WHEN YOU SURF, BE A SKEPTIC
  21. CLOSING STUFF

  1. OPEN DOORS FOR THE GOSPEL! — In ONLY 2 weeks you can learn to fill and clean teeth with hand tools. The needs are great. No injections or costly equipment are needed. Classes are held monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com Email dentaltrainingformissionsatattdotnet

  2. TRAGEDY AND CHALLENGE OF THE WORLD’S STREET CHILDREN — There are up to 160 million children living on the streets of the world. The excellent book “Street Children” by Andy Butcher, written in 1996, has been updated by Andy and reprinted in 2003 by Gabriel Publishers. Action International Ministries has purchased 100 copies of this $10 book and will send it to anyone considering ministering the gospel and compassionate care to these children of the streets. Send your email request for a copy of “Street Children” to d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet

  3. THANKS TO DIAL-ABROAD AND NEW BRIGADA SIGN-UPS! — Can you believe it? The Dial-Abroad long distance folks tell me that Brigada clients used about $400 worth of long distance during November. So they say they’re mailing a check to help with the new Brigada Secretary — equal to $40! That’s incredible! So if you’re considering changing long distance anyway, or if you’d like a great deal on international dialing, check it out at: https://brigada.org/phone.html

  4. THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS! — This Thanksgiving weekend, we’re giving thanks for, among others, Gateway Missionary Training Center in Langley, B.C. (Canada). It’s a unique community that focuses on equipping the whole person for service in another country or culture. The program is structured to lead a trainee through a process that will enable him/her to face the very real challenges of cross-cultural work. Experienced staff members offer mentoring, guidance and counsel all along the way. Trainees move from the context of a caring learning community, to an active cross-cultural experience and then back again to Gateway where they are debriefed in order to promote the greatest growth and understanding. Most trainees will be “field ready” when they complete the course. Those who need extra time or preparation will be well aware of the areas they need to work on. Gateway staff monitors the entire process and assists the candidate to chart a course for successful service. (Thanks for your partnership gift, Gateway!!!) Thanks, too, to the anonymous Asian participant who gave $50 this past week — to help enable the Brigada secretary, so we can keep Brigada Today up and running and on time!

  5. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TRAINING — Gateway Missionary Training Centre in Langley B.C. plans to open three of it’s specialized courses to interested people from outside of the school. Church Planting: (January 19 – 22, 2004) This course will be led by a team of experienced missionary church planters. The intent is to familiarize students with the challenge of communicating the gospel cross-culturally, and equipping them with the tools to bring together new believers and nurture them into a viable church using a well thought-out strategy. Cost*: $150.00 CDN Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS): Feb 23-26, 2004 — Laurel McAllister and her team will lead this weeklong experience in the development of key knowledge, attitudes and skills needed for the growth and maintenance of healthy relationships. Cost*: $175.00 CDN Language Acquisition for Cross-Cultural Effectiveness (LACE): March 15 – 25, 2004 — This 10 day course will be taught by Peter Pikkert. It is designed to equip the expatriate to learn her/his host country’s language and engage positively with its culture. It is designed for non-specialists learning a language that has already been reduced to writing. Cost*: $350.00CDN * Pricing does not include room and board. Arrangements can be made to stay at Gateway MTC for $20.00/day room and board as long as space is available. For more details check out the web site at http//www.gatewaytraining.org or contact the registrar at infoatgatewaytrainingdotorg or call Beverly at 604-530-4283.

  6. WAR, TERRORISM INSURANCE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD — Finally! A simple online application that provides $50,000 or $100,000 coverage for Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Permanent and Total Disability, including coverage for losses resulting from most acts of war and terrorism anywhere in the world. This plan is underwritten by Lloyds of London and can be taken out for periods as short as one month. For information about war and terrorism insurance, contact jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100, toll-free in USA: 866/636- 9100 or visit http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com

  7. MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS — This training is a good step for people meandering (turning, winding, zigzagging) in their missions call. Come and make a strait course to what God has called you to do. It gives enlightenment. Missions to many is like a dark room, when lights are turned on, even momentarily, a whole new destiny is possible. An experienced missionary, from a notable agency once attended and said, “I wish we had gone through this before we went to the field.” The next camp is in Virginia from February 5-8, 2004. For more information on training content, dates, places of other upcoming camps, see the Elijah Company web site at http://www.elijahcompany.org or write to infoatelijahcompanydotorg or call 757-639-2906.

  8. TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS –- You are invited to send your short term mission leaders or potential leaders to the National Short Term Missions Conference held on January 16-18, 2003, at the Renaissance Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Thirty-five workshops and several more extensive seminars are available. Dr. Isaac Canales of Latin American Bible Institute is the plenary speaker. You can email infoatnstmcdotorg for information just log on at: http://www.nstmc.org This year you can also register online via credit card!!

  9. JAPAN TENTMAKERS CONFERENCE — All the Priscilla’s and Aquila’s (Acts 18:2-4) working or studying in Japan are invited to attend a conference January 3-5, 2004 in Japan’s Izu Peninsula (between Nagoya and Tokyo). The conference will focus on ‘Equipping the Saints’ through worship, Bible study and fellowship with emphasis on clarification of tentmaker ministry vision, opportunities and issues as well as practical equipping in witness and ministry skills and approaches. Complete information can be found at http://www.hereshope.com/tentmakers or by emailing Shelly: sdotrdotpitmanatjapandotemaildotnedotjp.

  10. ESL INSTRUCTION — Learn conversational English by attending a twelve week course at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, beginning April 4, 2004. Study with fellow students from around the world. Live with classmates and national English speakers in a community setting that offers spiritual richness, a taste of American culture, and immersion in the English language. For information and application forms, log on at http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  11. ONE OPTION FOR INT’L DIALING WITHOUT THE DOLLARS — Want to dial for fewer dollars? Try an international calling service that reportedly has the cheapest country-to-country phone rates. Learn more at https://brigada.org/phone.html

  12. CASE STUDY IN REACHING THE UNREACHED: WORKING POOR OF BANGKOK — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development integrates cutting edge “Covey” personal development training into their weekly meetings in the slum communities of Bangkok. Further, they explore the life of Joseph as a model of proactivity, then, go on to study Maxwell’s “21 Indisputable Laws of Leadership”. This unorthodox ministry approach accepts the slum-dwelling poor as business partners, and sets out to help them achieve comprehensive transformation in their lives, families, and communities. Step Ahead goes to the market everyday in the love of God, to empower those who make their living doing everything from sewing dresses, and roasting chicken, to making noodle soup. To learn more, check out the website. http://www.stepaheadmed.org

  13. ESL TEACHERS MINISTRY SKILLS SURVEY — Global Opportunities for tentmakers has posted an online survey for new and current Christian ESL teachers on their website. The survey results will be used to design a workshop specifically for ESL teachers’ ministry skills. You can fill out this short 5 question survey in a minute or two. Just log on at http://www.globalopps.org/eslsurvey.htm or if you prefer receiving the survey via email request one by emailing: eslsurveyatglobaloppsdotorg

  14. TURKEY: VISIT THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — If you would like to use the new book by Dr. Andrew Jackson’s that we mentioned recently, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” you’re in luck! Steve, who lives in Turkey can make the arrangements for your prayer journey. Check out his website at http://www.galatialtd.com His email is galatialtdatpoboxdotcom You can call for further info at 1-860-546-0547.

  15. BE AN ENGLISH TEACHER “TENTMAKER” — Teaching English opens many doors for ministry throughout the world, but it takes more than speaking the language to be a good English teacher. The TESOL training at Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, will equip you to teach, and the certificate you receive will open doors to employment and/or ministry in many lands. The four week class begins January 18, 2004, and again March 7, 2004. For information and application forms, see website http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail to ywampaatcomcastdotnet

  16. HERE’S A HANDY RESPONSE TO PLAXO “PINGS” — Here’s a handy response to all those nasty Plaxo “pings” you might be getting (from folks who, in a well-meaning way, signed up for Plaxo and now everyone in their address book is getting spammed by the company because of it). This particular response was sent to me recently by the Communications Director of one of the largest organizations fielding overseas missionaries. In fact — it’s probably the biggest of them all. Anyway, here’s what he sends out: “Dear ___________, Let me encourage you not to use Plaxo. In addition, notice the email address that maintains your update. It is not to your account, but the account you established with Plaxo: addrupdate-[??youraccountnumber???atmxdotplaxodotcom. Our organization’s techs have looked at the PLAXO contact list updating service and have advised that you do not accept this request nor install this service on your computer as it may pose security risks for you. One potential hazard is making your entire contact list open to Plaxo for exploitation. Napster’s original founder, Sean Parker, launched Plaxo in November 2002 with $1.8 million. If you agree to download the free service, it will send an update message to everyone in your Outlook contact list in priority order based on usage. Embedded within that email request for updating contacts is an invitation (read “spam”) to sign up for the service and replicate the process on that person’s contact list. This works like a virus because it keeps replicating itself. Unless you download Plaxo yourself, you’ll keep getting hit with individual requests. For an organization like ours, this means so many Plaxo messages arrive that it slows the whole system. So if you have Plaxo, you “stay in sync” by opening up your email contact list. Losers like me get dozens of requests for updates and a serious PR problem if I ignore one. Our I.T. guy says he won’t do anything with the information that is pouring into his databases, but it is growing exponentially–some fear a “big brother” future with Plaxo controlling all the inter-related contacts. For more: See http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,56322,00.html or another source is http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,940255,00.asp?kc=PCNKT0209KTX1K010 0360.” (Note that those last two URLs will probably ‘wrap’, so you’ll have to reassemble them manually.)” [snip snip — end of Plaxo’d form letter]

    Thanks to this brother, willing to share, but probably wishing to remain anonymous for now on this issue. If you’re a Plaxo user, just remember — it’s not something we’d wish on *anyone*. If you’re a friend of a Plaxo user, getting “pinged” by Plaxo emails, remember that if you’d like to bow out, you cannot simply click “reply” to a Plaxo inquiry. You’ll have to manually compose a note from “scratch” to the person causing the ping, then paste in the above note into that email. If you just hit reply, it goes out to a wasted Plaxo address that doesn’t get read by anyone. :-( The whole thing might end up being illegal anyway, because it’s junk mail that we didn’t solicit – so I’m thinking it won’t fly under the new spam bill anyway.


  17. NEW TRANSFORMATION VIDEO RELEASED — “The Quickening,” is now available! 50+ million people, in 25 different languages have seen a Transformation Video! Eddie and Alice Smith, U.S. Prayer Center, say, “This message of hope stirs an appetite for God’s presence and offers expanded teaching on key definitions, core principles, and common obstacles related to community transformation.” Save $3, Order: https://www.prayerbookstore.com/store/default.asp?action=detail&strSku= 10100&intCatID=4&lastaction=display [note that this URL will wrap, so you’ll have to assemble it manually] or call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800-569-4825 (or 713-466-4009; usprayercenteratcsdotcom)

  18. TESOL SCHOOL AT UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS, HAWAII — Teaching English opens many doors to places in the world. You may know the language, but it takes preparation to be a good English teacher. The TESOL training given at The University of the Nations in Kona Hawaii will equip you to teach & credential you by awarding a Certificate of Course Completion. A letter is also supplied that explains the curriculum & course of study. This is a four week academic curriculum immediately followed by a two week practicum conducted on the Campus. The school begins on February 16, 2004 & ends March 26, 2004. For more information & application forms contact admissionsatuofnkonadotedu

  19. GLOBAL COURSEWORK BY AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY — We featured Operation Impact in an earlier edition, but did you know Operation Impact was a global organization? APU puts on classes all over the world. One Brigada participant (“Brian”) has been enrolled for two years in Ecuador and he loves it. In fact, to do it justice, you might as well see their global classroom — listed at the website http://www.apu.edu/educabs/graduate/highered/operationimpact/ To see the list of locations, click on “Schedule”. (Thanks Brian!)

  20. THE BACKPAGE: WHEN YOU SURF, BE A SKEPTIC — I keep wondering how long it’ll take all of us to become more skeptical when we’re accessing the Internet. I mean… how many scams have to nab us before we realize that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Nobody from West Africa is going to transfer $26 million into your bank account. Few, if any, young ladies really want to say, “I love you”, when they’ve never even met you. :-) Even if one did, what’s the likelihood she would be your type?!? :-) Bill Gates hasn’t arranged to make a donation to your mission if you forward somebody’s message. (Even if he cared, how would he even know?) It’s a shame we have to point it out, but the truth is, this is the Wild Wild West — the open Frontier! The Internet is the Pony Express — and we’re living in the middle of “Gold-Digger’s Gulch”. So… a word to the wise: Be a skeptic. *Doubt* the web page. *Doubt* the email. *Doubt* the rumor before you forward it to everyone in your address book. You owe it to yourself, your supporters, and your friends to protect their privacy and their peace. When will we ever learn? :-)

20031026 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY
  2. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK
  3. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE
  4. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM
  5. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES
  6. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS
  7. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM
  8. FOLDING DISPLAYS?
  9. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET
  10. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR
  11. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT
  12. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL
  13. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY
  14. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE
  15. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE
  16. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA
  17. THE MAN FROM GADARA
  18. CLOSING STUFF

  1. COMPLETELY FLOORED BY YOUR GENEROSITY — I want to be perfectly honest: I am completely humbled… even *floored* by your generosity, compassion and love! This past week brought us *significantly* closer to our goal of paying for a Brigada Secretary — to help us stay “up to date” and “in the air” for the long haul, churning out resources and mobilization ideas in Brigada Today. One anonymous donor gave [drum roll please] $5000. (That’s five *thousand* dollars.) He had nothing to sell, declined to feature his own work, and even declined a receipt for a tax deduction! I *will* tell you that he is indeed involved in Christian outreach, but his mission work takes place in a sensitive land. Perhaps you can identify… he wanted to help, but didn’t do it for any personal reward. It was totally an unselfish act, to try to help us get the word out regularly. He wrote, “Thank you for your faithfulness in serving the missions community through Brigada. … I have sent a $5,000.00 contribution toward your secretary. I clearly remember the days when I wished I had one and didn’t have the resources. Please keep this anonymous. Our mission is much better performed when only God knows who we are. You have been faithful to God and God is always faithful to you. We are simply thankful to bring this cup of cool water to your door.” Whoa. That’s quite a swig! :-) I’ll admit, when I first read the note, I figured it was one of those Internet scams. Then seconds later, I saw the PayPal notice that $5000 had been deposited in our PayPal account. Suddenly, weekly Brigada Todays started passing through my mind, … all the way back to January of 1995. Suddenly I realized there really *are* some people out there reading this stuff, and maybe some who are actually *using* it.
  2. Click here to sponsor Brigada


  3. OTHER SPONSORS THIS PAST WEEK — John Walton writes, “Here’s $25 with thanks to the 5 Brigada readers who bought a copy of The Toolbox for Video Storytelling during the month of October. John keeps his word. Don’t forget, if you need a good book on producing videos for your church or mission — John is making good on his promise to donate $5 for each copy sold. Learn more at: http://www.VillageAve.com/Brigada Thanks, too, to our new friends at Wilcannia, NSW, Australia, who minister to Australian Aborigines. We appreciate their sponsorship of $25! They have seen in the last 6 years 39% of their town turn to Christ. Learn more at http://www.wilcanniariveroflife.com Thanks to these new Brigada sponsors!

  4. BLESSED HOPE LONG DISTANCE GIVES *MONTHLY* HOPE — Now you can help create a *monthly* income for the Brigada secretary and save money at the same time! Through a partnership with Blessed Hope Long Distance, Brigada will begin earning a significant commission each and every month on all the long distance bills of those who subscribe to long distance service through this link: http://www.lowermyphonebill.com/brigada 200 new customers would provide about $200 extra dollars each and every month. 1000 customers might just about pay for the secretary! This is a great domestic plan and the state-to-state rate (in the contiguous U.S.) is 4.9 cents/minute with 6-second billing, NO fees and NO minimums. You can find your instate rate and international rates at the website. Blessed Hope is a Christian-owned company so you’ll also know your dollars are not going to fund what some feel are ungodly and anti- family causes of larger secular long distance providers. Our agents for this program, Neil & Darla Sautter, are the missions-minded parents of five who are building their Blessed Hope business as a way of becoming self-supporting so they themselves can return to overseas ministry in the future. Neil would like to be a TESOL teacher in China, Japan or Spain, should the Lord so lead. (Thanks Blessed Hope!)

  5. NATIONAL MISSIONARY TRAINING FORUM — Here’s a course that… I’ll have to admit… looks *great*. “Outstanding Practices in Mission Training” is the theme for the Forum from January 15-17, 2004, in Richmond, VA , at the IMB’s Missionary Learning Center. NMTF is a gathering of mission trainers from agencies, church, and schools (over 140 people from 60 organizations attended in 2003). There will be 14 workshops profiling “outstanding practices.” Participants will interact with practitioners, learning together how to make mission training more effective. There are three “pre-Forum” sessions so that trainers can get training, including: Church Planting Movements (Training for Trainers), Leadership Encounter with Jesus, and Situational Leadership II. To learn more as well as register, go to: http://www.icelonline.com/NMTF2004.html

  6. CONTACTING MISSIONARIES — Do you want to find missionaries for missions promotion only to be blocked by missions agencies concerned about security? PeopleTeams.org has 576 teams of missionaries online. In fact, PeopleTeams.org boasts of having every missionary team Web site in the world. These are not individual missionary family Webs, but instead, you’ll find online the way that missionaries *prefer* to be contacted. That way you can dialog with the personnel who are working in some very difficult places, not just the easy-to-reach field personnel. PeopleTeams.org is a mixture of many different agencies, too. Individual Web sites are frequently a coalition of many cooperating missions groups that pool their efforts to present the material you see online. You can send emails or letters to teams who will be happy to see that you receive a reply in a timely manner.

  7. RETHINKING BIBLICAL WITNESS AMONG HINDUS — From January 2-4, 2004, the Rethinking Forum is sponsoring a conference on the Hindu-Christian interface from the perspective of the Rethinking Movement in Indian church history. Friday will focus on the work and witness of individuals past and present while Saturday will be a seminar on practical perspectives and concerns in ministry. The Chicago area conference will close by lunch on Sunday following a worship service. For more information contact Jamie infoatrethinkingforumdotcom

  8. FINISHERS CANADA FORUM — The first forum of Finishers Canada is being held Saturday November 22nd at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Speakers include Nelson Annan, Dave Toycen and Dave Mannings. Participants may choose between 5 seminars during the day. Further information, costs and registration information are available from finishersatiatwdotca (or 519-763-6147). They’re also working on a website at http://wwwfinisherscanada.ca though at press time it still returned a “The page cannot be displayed” error.

  9. FOLDING DISPLAYS? — I’m in the thick of trying to purchase a folding display. I must confess, I sometimes go through phases where I ask myself, where did we ever come up with this display thing, anyway? I mean… on the one hand, it seems like few church members actually really *look* at these things up close. Yet a decently designed portable “lit” display seems inevitably to cost hundreds of dollars. Either way, it seems like part of the “missions fair” culture is to ask us to all come with “nimlocks-in-hand”. Yikes. I’ve scouted some sites, but if you have some good ones … or if you know of the “best price” for a Skyline or a “ShowStyle” or whatever, Mark mark_simpson53athotmaildotcom is willing to take down the URL then assemble a report for us. (Thanks Mark! We appreciate your help. And to those with suggested sources, no need to copy me. Mark will compile the list. Thanks again!)

  10. GLOBALMISSIOLOGY.NET — After years of planning & preparation, www.globalmissiology.net – a new quarterly electronic journal is now being launched. The organizers there would like us to spread the word, especially to those who can’t afford subscribing to traditional missiological journal but have internet access.

  11. CRISIS CONSULTING INT’L OFFERS 4-DAY SEMINAR — During the dates of Jan. 26-29, 2004, at the Wycliffe Mobilization Center in Orlando, FL, CCI will offer its Crisis Management Seminar. Training will be provided in the following core areas: Evacuation Management, The Terrorism Threat, Contingency Planning, Policies, Leadership in Emergencies, Strategic Risk Forecasting, Tactical Risk Assessment, and Crisis Management Teams. Registration cost: $495 for the 1st registrant from an organization; $450 for each additional registrant from same organization (includes all meals). For more information, call 805-642- 2549, or email infoatcricondotorg or go to http://www.CriCon.org/2004training.htm Please let them know you heard about it on Brigada. Thanks!

  12. DOZENS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE BIBLES NOW IN LOGOS FORMAT — Users of Logos Bible Software can now get dozens of foreign language Bibles for use with their Logos Bible Software Series X libraries. Arabic, Albanian, Maori, Esperanto, Czech, Serbian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and many more are now available. For a complete list visit: http://www.logos.com/ebooks/groups/ebooks/bibles Call toll-free from the USA 800-875-6467 or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 360-527-1700 or email your questions to infoatlogosdotcom

  13. YWAM CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL — Youth With A Mission in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA, is offering a 5-month school for adults who are at a crossroads in life, and who are seeking increased intimacy with God, deeper understanding of his character and his ways, a new direction in ministry, or an avenue into cross-cultural missions. They’ll host a lecture phase for 3 months followed by 2 months of overseas short-term mission experience. It all starts April 18, 2004 and is designed for adults age 30 or more and families with children. For more info, see http://www.ywampa.org or e-mail ywampaatcomcastdotnet for more information.

  14. INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TEACHING OPPORTUNITY — Metro Delhi International School, New Delhi, India, needs teachers for all levels at their K-7 Christian school. MDIS educates international children. It is a great opportunity to serve in this large metropolitan city in North India. For more information contact Paula Mowry at paulamowatsifydotcom

  15. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCE — For those interested in reaching the unreached peoples of the 10/40, check out this conference, November 9- 14. The “Revolution” conference is an interdenominational, inter- organizational missions conference. Groups such as New Tribes Missions, Red Sea Team International, Frontiers, YWAM, Operation Mobilization, Calvary International, Wycliffe, the US Center for World Missions and many more will be represented for this “10/40-focused” event. The goal is to get the word out about the needs in the 10/40 Window and to provide a place for those working there to meet and share their experiences. There will be speakers, workshops, booths, and time just to fellowship with those who share a similar heart. The conference will be held in Talladega, Alabama. For cost, registration form and other information check out http://www.revolution1040.com If you would like more information, contact Jose at 904-221-0114 or email Therevolutionconferenceatyahoodotcom

  16. TURKEY: THE LOST LAND OF THE BIBLE — Dr. Andrew Jackson’s new book, “The Lost Land of the Bible: A Christian Travel and Prayer Guide Through the Ancient Biblical Land of Turkey,” is now available (180 pages). It is the only comprehensive Christian travel and prayer guide available on Turkey. It provides you with up-to-date information for strategic prayer, as well as twelve travel itineraries through Turkey’s eighty-one provinces (including the number of Turkish Christians, churches, and resident workers in each province). It is one of a kind. There is no other book like it. Purchase this book and accompanying wall map from the International Turkey Network by e-mailing mailatitnetdotorg (book cost is $9.50 plus postage). (Note that for security’s sake, the *identities* or locations of these brothers and sisters is not provided.)

  17. STUDY ISLAM IN ASIA — The 7th annual Institute Of Islamic Studies will convene April 05 to May 28, 2004, at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines. Earn up to 9 graduate credits. Enroll by full program; course; or, “module” [1 week or more]. Get an Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam & Power Encounter, Learn about Contemporary Issues In Islam, Christian Ministry in Muslim Contexts, Ministry in Urban Contexts (with Dr. Robert Douglas!), Ministry to Muslim Women, Church Planting in Muslim Contexts. Study Approaches to Islam, including Theological Approaches, Contextual Approach (with Dr. Phil Parshall!), and more. For more information, write iisataptsdotedu or call (63)(74) 422-6977 or fax (63)(74) 442-7068. Or see the website for more details, including exact dates. http://www.apts.edu/ The registration deadline is March 01, 2004.

  18. CHILDREN’S HOME NEEDING WORKERS — The Josiah and Bethany Children’s Home in Reynosa, Mexico is in need of a married couple without children to live with and love four children in a three bedroom apartment at the home. With the original vision stemming from Keith Green, it was named for his two children who died with him in the airplane crash in 1982. Interested applicants can contact Calvary Commission. Call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone from elsewhere 1-800.835-4673 or 903-882-5501 or email missionsatcalvarycommissiondotorg. Or see their site at: http://www.calvarycommission.org

  19. THE MAN FROM GADARA — This book tells the true story of Abdalla, a Muslim student from the historical city of Gadara, where long ago Jesus cast demons into swine. Abdalla finds Jesus and attempts to minister among his own people. But can Abdalla’s new faith survive in this tough environment? Discover how God uses this young man to start planting churches in the heart of the Muslim world. Thrill to the stories of lives that have been transformed by the power of the Gospel. This book offers Christians hope and understanding of how God is planting his church among Muslims. In doing so, he is using people like the Man from Gadara. Special Introductory Offer: $8.00 plus S&H. Paypal or cheque. http://rmuller.com or email: ordersatcanbooksdotcom

20030713 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS
  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY
  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER
  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS!
  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK?
  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA
  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS — Mission Innovators is an intensive 4-day course in creative missiological thinking “guaranteed to change the way you understand and engage in mission work.” This session’s trainers include William R. O’Brien, Daniel Carro, Bob Sjogren, Lillie Brock (creator of the “Change Cycle,”) John Upton, Earlene Jessee, Jerry Jones, and Christopher Richardson. The course will begin on October 17- 18, 2003 and continue on February 27-28, 2004. It will take place at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is limited to 30 participants. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2003. Tuition of $499 includes materials, refreshments, lunch, and dinner on all 4 days of the course. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of participants. Full information and a downloadable brochure are available online at http://www.vbmb.org/innovators.htm To register, or for more information, contact Christopher Richardson at chrisratvbmbdotorg .

  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA — You’re invited to Oasis 2003, Indianapolis, IN on October 23-25. Your church can have a wonderful role in introducing Muslims to a relationship with the Savior. Oasis ’03 is designed specifically to help churches like yours get involved. Sponsored by Crescent Project, Arab World Ministries, Caleb Project and Pioneers. For more information contact infoatoasisamericadotorg or phone Crescent Project at (888)446-5457 or see the website at http://www.oasisamerica.org

  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY — The North American Conference on Turkey set for November 5-7, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona. Turkish church and worker leaders will be present. Organizers are planning tracks for those new to the work in Turkey and for those with long-term strategic involvement. For more information write or The International Turkey Network: mailatitnetdotorg or call (in the USA) 480-464-3983.

  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Contact them about a package price ideal for missionaries and outdoor evangelists. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email scipoweratbayoudotcom . You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1- 318-396-7221.

  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER — Missions by Modem International is a Faith Based Organization providing resources for free help & distribution to those with AIDS. They distribute resources to anyone, anywhere, as God provides funding. For more information, see http://www.mbmiaids.ole.net . Once on the site, click on the document, 1_Welcome_to_MBMI_HIV-AIDS.rtf You can call them in the USA at 248-545- 7340. For more information contact Archie aidsatmbmintldotorg

  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministry? Check out MATS. They obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg

  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK? — Action International Ministries has an immediate need for a business administrator to serve in Manila, Philippines. This position is open immediately for someone who loves the Lord, loves people, is skilled in administration, and is willing to trust the Lord for their support. To see a job description and learn more about this position, check our website: http://www.actionph.org or email Mary Ann at maryannatactionintldotorg

  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — The sudden upsurge in successful emailed “worms” has caused some web-savvy columnists to prophesy that email will eventually be rendered completely worthless. Another contributor to its demise, according to these doom-sayers, is spam. I’ll have to admit, it’s getting completely ridiculous. I log on and there will be 60 new messages, 45 of which are either viruses or spam. Here’s Doug’s “words to the wise” about all that: Don’t post your email address on the web; don’t give it out in chat rooms or news groups. Use Symantec Antivirus and make sure it’s kept up to date (like, within 24 hours). Upgrade to Windows XP and turn on the “fire wall” feature … or use a router, even if you only connect via dial- up. (Previously, you always thought your email address was safe because you have dynamic IP assignment with your ISP. Not so any more. Get a firewall.) Never, never, never, never click on an attachment — if you can at all avoid it. Send all your documents via PDF files so nobody can fool with them. If someone tells you they got an email from you and it was virus-laden, don’t assume you’re infected. Some viruses and worms now “harvest” email addresses, then plug them into the “From:” box, then send them smartly to email addresses associated with the harvested address. Devious. And one more thing — ditch that letter offering to give you 24 million dollars if you hand over your bank account number. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. :-)

  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA — New Way Missions will hold UnConference 2003 in Richmond, Virginia, October 10-12. What’s an “Un” Conference? It’s like none other you’ve ever seen. No famous names. No long lectures. Just a lot of good, interactive learning about short-term missions from folks who’ve “been there, done that” and want to help you avoid lots of pitfalls Here’s a way for you to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about short-term missions and more. Speakers will cover the basic and practical aspects of fielding and screening a team as well as equip you with creative, cross-cultural ministry ideas. Want to know more? Call New Way Missions at (804) 798- 6730 or send them an email mllairdatearthlinkdotnet or check out their web site http://www.newwaymissions.org Save the dates and join them. Bring a friend too! Registration closes September 25.

  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP — Sponsored by Interaction International, 17-19 November 2003, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this workshop will help caregivers & personnel directors with a sending agency, pastors to people in ministry, school counselors & chaplains, and laypersons desiring to work with MKs. Designed to provide practical ideas, skills, strategies and resources to enhance your efforts, the seminar will help MK caregivers to sharpen their skills, enhance their program, clarify their goals and set new priorities in providing crucially needed services to children and parents. For further information about the seminar or to register contact Andrea Riedner (719) 599-8889 or officeattckinteractdotnet and she will promptly respond. They are nearing capacity; as of the last we heard, they only had 8 more registration slots open!

20030706 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS
  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA
  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY
  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES
  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER
  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS!
  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK?
  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL?
  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA
  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP
  11. CLOSING STUFF

  1. MISSION INNOVATORS — Mission Innovators is an intensive 4-day course in creative missiological thinking “guaranteed to change the way you understand and engage in mission work.” This session’s trainers include William R. O’Brien, Daniel Carro, Bob Sjogren, Lillie Brock (creator of the “Change Cycle,”) John Upton, Earlene Jessee, Jerry Jones, and Christopher Richardson. The course will begin on October 17- 18, 2003 and continue on February 27-28, 2004. It will take place at the Virginia Baptist Resource Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is limited to 30 participants. The deadline for registration is October 1, 2003. Tuition of $499 includes materials, refreshments, lunch, and dinner on all 4 days of the course. Lodging and transportation are the responsibility of participants. Full information and a downloadable brochure are available online at http://www.vbmb.org/innovators.htm To register, or for more information, contact Christopher Richardson at chrisratvbmbdotorg .

  2. CONFERENCE FOR CHURCHES REACHING MUSLIMS IN AMERICA — You’re invited to Oasis 2003, Indianapolis, IN on October 23-25. Your church can have a wonderful role in introducing Muslims to a relationship with the Savior. Oasis ’03 is designed specifically to help churches like yours get involved. Sponsored by Crescent Project, Arab World Ministries, Caleb Project and Pioneers. For more information contact infoatoasisamericadotorg or phone Crescent Project at (888)446-5457 or see the website at http://www.oasisamerica.org

  3. CONFERENCE ON WORK IN TURKEY — The North American Conference on Turkey set for November 5-7, 2003 in Mesa, Arizona. Turkish church and worker leaders will be present. Organizers are planning tracks for those new to the work in Turkey and for those with long-term strategic involvement. For more information write or The International Turkey Network: mailatitnetdotorg or call (in the USA) 480-464-3983.

  4. SOUND SYSTEMS DESIGNED FOR EVANGELISTS/MISSIONARIES -– Sound Communications Inc. (SCI) of Louisiana builds portable sound systems for those “on the go.” The Communicator is the latest model that brings a unique “All Weather” capability to a very versatile, durable, self- contained, over the shoulder type system that offers mobility as well as quality sound. Contact them about a package price ideal for missionaries and outdoor evangelists. Also check out the Power T12V which is reportedly the number one system in schools and recreation departments in the state of Louisiana. Check details, pricing and endorsements at: http://www.scipower.net or via email scipoweratbayoudotcom . You can call toll-free from the USA or via Net2Phone 1-866-846-4036. Their office phone in the USA is 1- 318-396-7221.

  5. AIDS/HIV RELATED MINISTRIES HAVE A NEW PARTNER — Missions by Modem International is a Faith Based Organization providing resources for free help & distribution to those with AIDS. They distribute resources to anyone, anywhere, as God provides funding. For more information, see http://www.mbmiaids.ole.net . Once on the site, click on the document, 1_Welcome_to_MBMI_HIV-AIDS.rtf You can call them in the USA at 248-545- 7340. For more information contact Archie aidsatmbmintldotorg

  6. TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS! — Need a transportation solution for your Christian ministry? Check out MATS. They obtain new field units for mission agencies built for the respective country, insured, and delivered to port. They can acquire all the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Their sole objective is to save you money when your need is a vehicle for ministry. Find them on the web at http://www.mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg

  7. DO YOU LOVE MISSIONS AND ADMINISTRATIVE WORK? — Action International Ministries has an immediate need for a business administrator to serve in Manila, Philippines. This position is open immediately for someone who loves the Lord, loves people, is skilled in administration, and is willing to trust the Lord for their support. To see a job description and learn more about this position, check our website: http://www.actionph.org or email Mary Ann at maryannatactionintldotorg

  8. CAN YOU BELIEVE ALL THE WORMS IN OUR EMAIL? — The sudden upsurge in successful emailed “worms” has caused some web-savvy columnists to prophesy that email will eventually be rendered completely worthless. Another contributor to its demise, according to these doom-sayers, is spam. I’ll have to admit, it’s getting completely ridiculous. I log on and there will be 60 new messages, 45 of which are either viruses or spam. Here’s Doug’s “words to the wise” about all that: Don’t post your email address on the web; don’t give it out in chat rooms or news groups. Use Symantec Antivirus and make sure it’s kept up to date (like, within 24 hours). Upgrade to Windows XP and turn on the “fire wall” feature … or use a router, even if you only connect via dial- up. (Previously, you always thought your email address was safe because you have dynamic IP assignment with your ISP. Not so any more. Get a firewall.) Never, never, never, never click on an attachment — if you can at all avoid it. Send all your documents via PDF files so nobody can fool with them. If someone tells you they got an email from you and it was virus-laden, don’t assume you’re infected. Some viruses and worms now “harvest” email addresses, then plug them into the “From:” box, then send them smartly to email addresses associated with the harvested address. Devious. And one more thing — ditch that letter offering to give you 24 million dollars if you hand over your bank account number. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. :-)

  9. UNCONFERENCE COMING IN OCTOBER TO VIRGINIA — New Way Missions will hold UnConference 2003 in Richmond, Virginia, October 10-12. What’s an “Un” Conference? It’s like none other you’ve ever seen. No famous names. No long lectures. Just a lot of good, interactive learning about short-term missions from folks who’ve “been there, done that” and want to help you avoid lots of pitfalls Here’s a way for you to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about short-term missions and more. Speakers will cover the basic and practical aspects of fielding and screening a team as well as equip you with creative, cross-cultural ministry ideas. Want to know more? Call New Way Missions at (804) 798- 6730 or send them an email mllairdatearthlinkdotnet or check out their web site http://www.newwaymissions.org Save the dates and join them. Bring a friend too! Registration closes September 25.

  10. MK CAREGIVER TRAINING WORKSHOP — Sponsored by Interaction International, 17-19 November 2003, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this workshop will help caregivers & personnel directors with a sending agency, pastors to people in ministry, school counselors & chaplains, and laypersons desiring to work with MKs. Designed to provide practical ideas, skills, strategies and resources to enhance your efforts, the seminar will help MK caregivers to sharpen their skills, enhance their program, clarify their goals and set new priorities in providing crucially needed services to children and parents. For further information about the seminar or to register contact Andrea Riedner (719) 599-8889 or officeattckinteractdotnet and she will promptly respond. They are nearing capacity; as of the last we heard, they only had 8 more registration slots open!
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