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20060820 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. TWO NEW RESOURCES CELEBRATING GLOBAL WORSHIP — “All the World is Singing: Glorifying God through the music of the nations” traces the amazing use of culturally-appropriate music in evangelism, church- planting, discipleship and worship. This Reader of 45 stories comes bundled with a CD-ROM illustrating the stories with audio, video, pictures, music scores and other media. For information see


    Also available is “Sounds of Global Worship II,” an audio CD of 22 songs from 16 regions from around the world. A colorful 28-page booklet serves as a listener’s guide to this tour of the global church at worship. Songs come from Asia, Africa, Middle East, Central Europe, Central America and South America. For more information, visit


    For more information on either one, write

    ffort2(at)aol(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] (Thanks to these folks for pitching in $50 toward the costs of operating Brigada! We appreciate you!)

  2. ADDITIONAL NEW SITE FOR READERS WITH INQUIRING MINDS — Recently we featured some online news sites, along with “pushed” email news that could inform and enlighten. Inquiring Brigada participants seemed in consensus on at least one overlooked & favorite site that rec’d a resounding vote of affirmation:


    (Thanks Jim, Joseph and others, for waving the banner for Fox News.)

  3. FREE DOWNLOADABLE MULTI-LINGUALTRACTS — Free downloadable tracts for ministry to Muslims, Eastern Orthodox and new believers in several languages are available at:


    The tracts are in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, French, Portuguese, Chechen, Tatar or Korean. Most tracts are in both PDF and Word formats, and print out ready to use or copy. The author, missionary Kerby, asks all who choose to translate any of these tracts into new languages to send the new translation in PDF and Word format to him at kerbyrials(at)aol(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] That way others can use them, too. (He would also like to know if you are using the tract(s), and any comments you might have.)

  4. “HAPPINESS METER” LEAVES READERS, WELL, UNHAPPY — Thanks to the readers who responded regarding the July 28th item, “6) CHECK OUT THE “HAPPINESS METER” FOR YOUR COUNTRY”. Our faithful Brigada participants found, accurately, that the resource mentioned was no longer available. We contacted the original source and learned that a new study will be posted in September, documenting new and more information about the study. In the meantime, the original source provided these related alternative links:



  5. WRITERS’ SERVICES — Everything from Manuscript Preparation to Ghostwriting is available at:


    The staff there is reported to have been named among the Top 1000 Christian Sites. They are thrilled to work with writers from all over the world. You can also write them directly…


    (And no, in case you’re wondering, we’ve never utilized their services for Brigada, although we’re sure they’d do a great job. :-) )

  6. DIGITAL TALKING BIBLES NOW IN AFRICA — Talking Bibles International is excited about the fact that for the first time ever, to their knowledge, digital Talking Bibles are available in Africa. 1,000 Talking Bibles are on their way to Malawi, Africa. Organizers from the Bible Society of Malawi were to have dedicated the first Chichewa First Audio Bible in the stadium in Blantyre, Malawi.

  7. MORE IDEAS ON PRAYER FOR MISSIONS IN THE LOCAL CHURCH — Users viewing the web edition of Brigada Today will find here some additional ideas on prayer for missions in the local church. Thanks much to those who took the time to contribute!!!

    Here are some extra ideas…

    Hi, Doug!

    About 8 years ago I heard an OMF missionary speak about the importance of starting a prayer team. I decided to do it & call them “prayer advocates.”
    In a newsletter originally & later when I speak, I ask people to sign up, mostly via email. I won’t add anyone to the prayer advocates list unless they ask. Some Sunday School teachers forward to their whole class. Lots of pastors use the list in their Wed. night prayer meetings. Some will even run it on their church weekly newsletters.
    I send a monthly list of 10 – 12 specific prayer requests with an “Answered Prayer” list at the end. Sometimes I send out one or two emergency requests also during a month. “Specific” is the key, I think. Then it’s easy to see when a prayer is answered & praise the Lord for it.
    From seeing 26,000 pray to receive Jesus when we began, we have now jumped to over 102,000 — & haven’t really added more staff. Only the power of God released thru prayer can account for this! We have seen so many miracles as our prayer advocates prayed!
    Some people only take time to pray right at their computers when the list comes out. Some print it & pray daily for one or two of the requests.
    I hope this is helpful! Feel free to ask questions…….

    The best ways I have seen for people to take on a commitment to pray
    for missions, missionaries
    and the lost people their church is seeking to reach are:
    1) start with existing prayer groups in the church. See if they’d be
    willing to adopt a part of the world your church is focused to reach.
    Ask them to make prayer for this country/missionaries and people group
    a regular part of their prayer focus when they meet
    2) Give this group the option (in the future and with training) to be
    a part of the actual ministry to this county. Once they have been
    there, they will pray with more information and more heart
    3) Also, you can make a focus on Prayer for part of the Missions Fair,
    Some ideas that can be effective:
    a) Have a Speaker focus on Prayer (say during a lunch, dinner or
    —form attendees into small groups to pray for the missionaries and
    mission targets that your church supports on the spot
    —Have the Speaker or Missions Chairman challenge people to find a
    way to continue to pray through their existing fellowship groups, Bible
    Study groups or Prayer groups
    b) Have an event in which each target country/people group is
    represented by a table with a Person representing the ministry,
    (oreferably a supporter of the ministry) and a letter or email and
    photos from the missionary on the field.
    —Prepare the Representative at the table to become a prayer group
    leader for that country.
    —Make prayer the immediate focus (modeling!) that will happen when
    others visit that table.
    —Have the Rep. invite those who visit the table and pray for the
    mission of focus to join a prayer group and become
    prayer supporters/prayer warriors for those missionaries.
    —Start with whomever says yes and build, promote, support, inform and
    train this beginning group. If prayer is fostered and the results of
    prayer are promoted to the congregation, more people will want to
    become part of the ministry through prayer.
    c) It usually takes one or two people committed to the missionaries on
    the field to invite others. So another dea is to find out from the
    missionaries whom in the church they have already as part of their
    support network and whom particularly are their prayer warriors. These
    people are your best bet to help expand the prayer network for your
    d) One last idea, get a few people praying for you in your role as
    Missions Chairman, praying for you, the Missions Committee and the
    Missions Fair and for the Missions Prayer Groups you want to form.

    I hope these ideas help foster more creative thinking on how to
    motivate prayer…

    Have people make a limited time commitment to a definable goal in
    groups of three or more (this prevents a couple from being a “group”
    all by themselves and losing some of the accountability factor).

    Say, they will pray for one hour every month for one year for (fill
    in the blank).

    If there is someone in your church who could compile mission prayer
    requests on a monthly (quarterly, etc.) basis, this is an excellent
    resource, and helps people start to pray. Of course, as you know
    there are also generic suggestions for missions prayer on the web and
    other places.

    You could also compile the prayer requests at your missions
    conference that will be used all year (six-months, whatever).

    Just a thought. Our mission team started some of these groups for
    our work years ago and they are still going strong. We compile the
    requests monthly and send them out.

    God bless you,
    Linda Karner
    in Japan with Mission to the World (PCA)

  8. RAISE YOUR FULL SUPPORT IN 8 TO 10 MONTHS — Raising support doesn’t have to be a terrifying ordeal and it doesn’t need to take two or three years to bring your support up to 100%. Jerry has spent much of his 41- year career with Wycliffe teaching missionaries that partnership development can be a joy-filled ministry that blesses the church with a greater vision. He has founded Kingdom Come Training, a ministry that can come to your location, live and interactive, via video conferencing and equip you with the skills and attitudes that are guaranteed to help you succeed. KCT will send you the equipment and the software you need. Give Jerry a call at (503) 314-7211.


    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 .]

  9. THE BACKPAGE: THE ABILITY TO IMPROVISE (PEYTON-STYLE) — Fans of American-style football will have no doubt heard of (if not watched) Peyton Manning and his incredible audible style. In yesterday’s game against Houston (43-24 in favor of Manning’s Indianapolis Colts), one could see Peyton at his best. My 17-year-old son and I watched with smiles on our faces as Manning threw 3 touchdown passes, broke a franchise record set by none other than John Unitas (2797 pass completions), and led his team to touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions. (And even then, the one time they didn’t score, they took the ball all the way to the endzone then the rusher unfortunately fumbled it in front of the goal line.) In fact, they didn’t have to punt until the 4th quarter.

    These fireworks would all be beautiful in and of themselves, but Manning makes it even more interesting by his unique improvisational style. You see, instead of calling his team together for a huddle, during which he maps out the plan and sketches the vision for the team, he repeatedly just motions for them to head back to the line of scrimmage. So… in a manner that seems almost comical at times, he stands there at the line of scrimmage, shouting out signals and instructions on the fly, once he’s analyzed the defense. Now granted, he’s practiced the team on his cadence and his calls. But nevertheless, I have to believe that some of these quick decisions are being made on the spur of the moment, based on the line-up that the defense is throwing his way. I laughed out loud as I would see receivers raising up from the line of scrimmage so they could hear the call… and time after time, successful pass after successful run, Manning’s madness shredded the defense, gained yardage, and ultimately brought victory. Which brings me to my point — 3 of them, in fact.

    a) Practice makes perfect: Experts of Manning’s game say he’s an incredible perfectionist. Apparently he’ll stop practice to go look at a tape of the play, then rearrange everything right there at the moment. The team puts up with his perfectionist tendencies, of course, because they know it results in precision… and professionalism… and purpose. So . . . in the world of missions . . . let’s practice. Let’s do our research, find out what works, then try to reproduce it ’til we get it right. Let’s reinstitute right training, require top performance in the classroom, and focus on mentoring and internships ’til our new guys (and old guys) get it right.

    b) Read the defense: Let’s get to know our enemy, Satan. And let’s understand the challenges thrown at us by alternative religions that would seek to subvert Christian causes. Let’s study their writings, learn the ups and downs of their philosophies and ways, and learn how and where they miss the mark. Let’s show incredible respect and sensitivity — while at the same time explaining the best that Christianity has to offer — then let our audience make the best choice. With the Holy Spirit as their guide, why do we fear?

    c) Let’s have fun: There’s no doubt about it… missions is hard work. (Even Manning gets sacked sometimes. But his line will do anything they can to try to protect him… and that’s hard work too.) But in the midst of it, you can see it in his eyes. In his heart of hearts, he’s just a big kid having fun. Let’s make missions fun again. Let’s enjoy every moment of every new phonetic sound in the new language we’re learning. Let’s see the connections that bring joy to our hearts. Let’s find good in the people with whom we serve. Let’s keep the moments light, make the fun days long, and have a great time making eternal differences in the lives of the people we’ve come to serve. Because after all, at the end of the day, victory will be oh so sweet. :-)


20060514 Brigada Today

In this issue…


  1. RETREATS FOR PROSPECTIVE MISSIONARIES — “The Journey Deepens” is a weekend retreat to help prospects explore what it is like to be a missionary, discover whether a missionary or sender role is God’s fit, and connect with mission agencies. These retreats are for college students, young professionals in their 20s and 30s, adults in their 40s and 50s, and high school seniors willing to explore becoming a missionary. Each retreat of 50 participants and 10 missionary mentors from multiple agencies is highly relational with extended worship, small group discussions, personal reflection and much prayer. Discussions include agencies guidance, finances, singles/families, etc. For those in south central USA a 2006 retreat will be Sep 29-Oct 1 in Davis, Oklahoma (between Dallas and Oklahoma City). For those in southeast USA a 2006 retreat will be Oct 20-22 in Atlanta, Georgia. Agencies may apply to send a mentor/recruiter as well as receive a free sponsored link on every webpage of The Journey Deepens web resources in exchange for reciprocal promotion. These retreats are presented by MissionsFocus Int’l and co-sponsored by ACMC, Caleb Project, Perspectives and the U.S. Center for World Mission. For more visit


  2. WIKITRAVEL IS A GREAT RESOURCE — Have you been there? Check out this resource, whose goal is a “free, complete, up-to-date and reliable guide” to worldwide travel:


    Yes, I recognize several of the pages are empty… and that, of those which are filled in, many are filled in by informal fellow-travelers. But just the same, my hunch is that this project will grow and grow . . . so let’s help make it happen in a healthy way.

  3. URBANA 06: YOU HAVE A CALLING — God has a place for you in his global plan. He has given you unique passions, skills and resources that can make a difference in his Kingdom. At Urbana 06 over 25,000 will gather to worship and hear how God is using his church to accomplish his purposes throughout the world. Will you be there? Learn about God’s love for people of every tribe, nation, and language, and how you can be a part of his global mission. Organizers look forward to seeing you on December 27, 2006 in St. Louis! For more information, visit


    You may also reach them by emailing info(at)urbana.Org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or calling 608-274-7995.

  4. “GREAT COMMISSION KIDS” PUBLICATION — GC Kids is a quarterly six- page publication for children ages 9 to 13 who have an interest in missions. It aims to encourage these children to become missionaries. GC Kids may also be used by children’s workers to educate children about missions. It is sent by postal mail. Multiple copies are easy and inexpensive to obtain. For a sample copy as a PDF file by email or to get samples by postal mail, send your request to elinor(dot)young(at)worldteam(dot)org. To subscribe to GC Kids, email leahy(dot)ken(at)comcast(dot)net, and put “subscribe GCK” in the subject line.

  5. PRAYER REQUEST FOR ARABIAN PENINSULA — Mert is a brother asking us to pray for Arabs: “Pray that the power system of Wahhabi leaders would crumble and that the people of Saudi Arabia would not feel controlled by these leaders. Pray that God would break down the stronghold of pride that binds Saudis to Islam.” He goes on to tell this story: “Salman is an Arab Muslim who began following Jesus along with his wife, just before she died of cancer about 16 months ago. Being with his mom in the hospital these past few days reopened the shallow wounds of his wife’s death. He has not grieved properly for either. He is a young single dad with tremendous responsibility and no time to stop and grieve. Pray that God would touch Salman’s heart deeply this week with comfort and peace. Pray too for his boys, aged 13 and 9, that God would heal their hurting hearts as well.

    “One of our workers learned tonight that local tradition mandates returning to the burial site on the third day after the death to make prayers for the deceased. Salman said he hated this tradition, because he said it just reopens the hurt. Could this be because there is no hope of resurrection for most Muslims who are buried in that cemetery! Pray for wisdom as several men and women in the country are involved in his life.”

  6. NEED HELP WRITING YOUR BOOK? — There’s a book inside you, and if you need help writing it, a new e-book, called “How to Write a Book,” can help. In seven easy-to-follow steps, writer’s coach Diana Scimone shares practical insights that will help you move your book from dream to reality. Her encouraging and motivational teaching style can help you finally write the book you’ve always dreamed of writing. Cost for the e-book is $14.95, and you can download it (as a pdf) at


  7. STRATEGY CO-ORDINATOR (SC) TRAINING — Sign up for this training from 07 to 31 August 2006 with Asia Pacific Mission Limited (APM) in partnership with the Singapore Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM). Learn the work of a Strategy Coordinator (SC) to focus on developing Church-planting Movements (CPM) among Unreached People Groups (UPG), Cities or Regions. It’s happening at the Global Training Centre, Singapore for US$600.00 per single person or married couple (plus your airfare, board and lodging). Sign up before 15 July, 2006 or you’ll pay a $50 late fee. For more info, write scanet(at)gmail(dot)com with subject: SCT06 or contact Frank (Mobile: +65-9682-4493; Fax: +65-625-777-29)

  8. HOW CAN WE SAY THANKS ENOUGH? — Hats off this week to the kind- hearted individuals who gave $25 and $10 respectively to empower Brigada to keep pumping out missions resources to your screen. Thanks, too, to Insurance Services of America for their gift of $30. The really cool part about this ISA gift is that it was based on two different short-term teams having purchased trip insurance for their journeys. One group, from Fairbanks, Alaska, had gone to the Philippines… and another, from Joplin, MO, had traveled to Jamaica. Because they used ISA and this link:


    they received a great deal on their trip insurance while helping Brigada too! (Thanks Carla and Lyle, for choosing ISA!)

    This past week, we were also humbled by the generosity of Covenant College and, in particular, its Chalmers Institute


    We were floored when they sent a $600 gift for Brigada. I’m telling you… if we had our way, we’d ask all 10,000 Brigada subscribers to register for “Foundations and Principles of Holistic Ministry”, offered in distance format on August 28 – September 22, 2006. But even if only 100 of us decide to check out a course at the link above, I’d be thrilled!

    Finally, Blessed Hope sent $16.45, based on long distance use by those who had signed up at this link:


    Once again, if you’re looking for long distance service anyway, you’ll get a great deal while helping Brigada if you travel to that link and switch your long distance to Blessed Hope. Thanks in advance!

  9. GCOMM REGISTRATION DEADLINE COMING JUNE 15 — The second Global Consultation on Music and Missions (GCoMM 2006), a worldwide gathering of hundreds of musicians, music missionaries, educators, worship pastors, and Christian leaders, will be held July 11-15 at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Exhibitor information is now available at


    as well as speaker information and a convenient online registration. The regular rates for North America attendees (as well as highly discounted student and overseas registration rates) are available only until June 15. After this date, late and walk-in registration rates will be available for an additional cost.

  10. KEEP BRIGADA COMING TO YOUR SCREEN: CHIP IN? — When you empower Brigada, you keep Brigada Today editions cranking out each week to people all over the world who perhaps can not, at this time, pay a subscription fee. We keep sending them Brigada Today on a weekly basis — and you have the opportunity to make that possible for them. Just click on “sponsor” 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. 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. In any case, thanks for considering Brigada in your estate giving, your monthly church missions fund, and/or your own personal giving for this calendar year.

  11. THE BACKPAGE: “24” FINALE — Previously on “24” (in our BackPage Editorials), we’ve discussed courage, patient wisdom, speaking the truth, freedom, accountability, a sense of urgency, and private pain. In this “season finale”… the final episode in our series of metaphors with “24”, let’s consider what happens when Miles erases the tape… or when the witness dies. Let’s talk about what Jack does when the bottom falls out of his world.

    If you’ve seen “24”, you know that Jack isn’t perfect. Many of us probably squirmed as he sat on that hospital bed, talking to Audrey, while Miles snuck in and erased the tape that would have served as evidence against President Logan. (If you haven’t been watching “24”, all you have to do is realize that, basically, Jack dropped his guard because he assumed everything was good.) I think one of the most encouraging lessons I’ve drawn from my analysis of the character of Jack Bauer is that, although he does express some disappointment, and, at times, even anger over a setback, he seems to immediately go back into fighting mode. In short — he never gives up. Bad guys get away. People he loves get kidnapped or killed. Witnesses vanish. Enemies resurface. And, at least on a couple of occasions, he’s even essentially been killed – then revived. (Someone joked that the only time we’ve ever seen him rest was during those moments when he was dead!) But regardless of the extent or nature of the setback, he just shifts into the next gear, trying to design a contingency plan. And, because it’s TV, most of the time, something eventually works in one form or another.

    I take a lot of encouragement from that model. I’m involved in several very difficult and trying negotiations at present. Some of them seem, at times, even overwhelming. When I begin to feel that cold wave of discouragement sweeping over me, I pray to the Father, take comfort in the fact that He is with me, and yes… I’ll admit it… I have even succumbed to the line of thought… “Jack wouldn’t quit.” Now I’m not suggesting we sell wristbands reading, “What would Jack Do?” :-) But just as Jesus drew parables from nature, I’m drawing parables from today’s world — and this parable of “24” has meaning to me . . . and I hope and trust it will to some of you as well. Missions is very hard work. Stephen Neill said that mission work is so hard, it’s a wonder anyone should have ever even attempted it. Whoa. Conclusion: when life is tough, remember — don’t quit just because someone erases your evidence tape. :-)

    So, with that we close our series on “24.” Besides… Jack’s on a slow boat to China and we have some time to ponder season 6 anyway. So… until next time, please take heart — and don’t give up. Even if the battle costs you your very life. Keep fighting. Never give in. Jack doesn’t.

20051002 Brigada Today

In this issue…


1. RESOURCE TO ENCOURAGE MISSIONARIES — A Bible study guide called, “Finding Strength for the Journey,” provides a tool for member care or personal encouragement. Add one to your Christmas care package. Author Janice Lemke drew from experiences as a missionary when writing this series of thirty studies that explores topics such as perseverance in hardship, dealing with depression, handling conflict, and benefit from trials. For Brigada readers, they’ve discounted the price to $5.00, plus shipping. There’s a bigger discount ($4.00 each) for orders of 20 or more. For more information contact cjlemke(at)cs(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. SINGAPORE SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MISSION — YWAM’s SoFM starts on the 2nd of March, 2006. Read more at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm.htm . It’s a three-month lecture phase plus nine-month field internship. The entire program helping you develop skills in 1) language acquisition, 2) cross-cultural, 3) frontier survival skills, 4) teamwork and also 5) find a place of long-term service. The Singapore SoFM offers its internship at 6 entry cities and among 5 unreached peoples in Indo China and East Asia. You can see cost information at http://www.ywam.org.sg/sofm_cost.htm This is a secondary school with YWAM. A Discipleship Training School (DTS) http://www.ywam.org.sg/dts.htm is required before taking this course. For more info, write sofm(at)ywam(dot)org(dot)sg [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. 1,500 PEOPLE GROUP PHOTOS NEEDED — COMIBAM (the Missions Cooperation of Ibero-America) and the Joshua Project are collaborating on a massive effort to compile 3,000 unreached people profiles in Spanish. They need your help with photos! You may submit your people group photos by visiting: http://www.joshuaproject.net/peopctry.php Use the drop-down lists to choose a country and then a people group in that country. Select the ‘Submit People Photo’ link which will walk you through the process of sending a photo. All photos submitted will be available to the Spanish project as well as the entire missions community. E-mail them at: photos(at)joshuaproject(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. COMICS COMPETITION BOOK AVAILABLE TO PUBLISHERS — If you are a Christian magazine or book publisher, you may be eligible to receive a FREE copy of COMIX35’s 2005 International Christian Comics Competition book. The book has been created as a “portfolio” of short comics for publishers worldwide and to showcase the contributing Christian comics artists as a resource. It is 148 pages and features 40+ short comics stories (1 to 4 pages) from 20 countries, with two 16-page color sections. Please mail your business card, a piece of promotional literature describing your publishing ministry, and a letter requesting your free copy to qualify. Others may order the books for US$ 25.00 each in the US, shipping & handling included, or US$ 30.00 when ordering from outside the US. Payment can be made by check or money order in US dollars. Please mark the outside of your envelope “Attn: 2005 Christian Comics Competition” and send to Randals Company LLC, 1021 Princeton NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 USA. (Currently we can only process free book requests and orders by postal mail.) Funds raised through books sales will be used for future ministry Competitions. To learn more about the work of COMIX35, visit their web site at http://www.comix35.org
5. LITERATURE AND WRITING WORKSHOP — SHARE Education Services http://www.shareeducation.com is providing a two day Literature and Writing workshop in Odessa: Nov 10-11 and Kiev: Nov 15-16. The first day will be a workshop for parents on teaching literature and composition to students in 6th-12th grade. This workshop will be especially helpful to parents who have their children in national schools and parents who are, or will be homeschooling their children (including video and on-line schooling). Day 2 will be a workshop for students (6th-12th grades) instructing them in various writing activities. In addition to the two day workshop SHARE will also be providing the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to students in grades 3-8. If you would like more information or you would like to register for this workshop, contact Sue Giblin sgiblin(at)share-ed-services(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. KNOW OF A DORMANT USA NONPROFIT? — The Finishers Project (Finishers.org), focused on Baby Boomers, now sees 1 to 3 new fulltime missionaries commit to serve with various North American mission agencies every week. Yet 40% of the Finishers missionwork seekers are below the age of 40! So Nelson, Nick, Bill and Amy are brewing a monstrous, neutral mobilization tracking and matching system called “MissionNext” for post-college – mid-career adults in the US and Canada. (Got advice? Ideas? Facilitators to second? Huge numbers of inquirers to track?) To speed the launch of this system, let them know if YOU know of a dormant U.S. 501(c)3 with some sort of Great Commission slant? Email NickNoll(at)n2c3(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. SOUTH PACIFIC MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTRE FIJI — Have you considered training for missionary service on an actual mission field? Studying, living, experiencing and ministering in a cross cultural situation is an excellent way to prepare for a life of missionary service. SPMTC is inviting a LIMITED number of international students to come and study in Fiji in 2006. You can find out more about SPMTC at: http://www.tiptopwebsite.com/spmtc Or contact Frank Grimsey, acting Dean of Students SPMTC, frgfiji(at)connect(dot)com(dot)fj [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. “COME AND SEE:” THE N. CAPE COLOURED OF NW SOUTH AFRICA — The Asian Christian worker was very excited as he began telling people about Jesus in the small community of Matjikloof in the Northern Cape. But, the Afrikaans-speaking people had difficulty understanding his language. He prayed, “God, what do I do?” Almost immediately, he began urging them, “Hello! Come and see!” They understood this and followed him to where another Christian worker was presenting the Gospel using a sketch board. Many people accepted Christ as their Saviour that day! Adopt the Northern Cape Coloured people for prayer or for more information contact http://www.forgottenpeoples.info or email swacsc(at)iafrica(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. WE APPRECIATE THOSE WHO PARTNER WITH US — Though we’re always glad to run items for any ministry or individual, we definitely appreciate those who partner with us to sponsor and undergird the work of Brigada for now and in the future. Thanks to the anonymous friend who sent $50 this past week. If you’d like to pitch in toward our future just click “sponsor” (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. Thanks for any support you can give.
10. THE BACK PAGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP OUR PLANET — We received a surprising number of positive responses to “The Back Page” editorial last edition (“Learning to love our planet”). In fact, no one wrote with a negative response. Perhaps there is near universal agreement that we ought to take better care of the environment God gave us. Where can you go to get ideas on how to do that? You can go to the “big sites” like http://www.epa.gov/ to get the big picture… or start with the small things like… http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/ppu/p2tips.html You can, like I did, fall more in love with the environment by caring more about trees and the outdoors… http://arborday.org/ and at similar sites. Either way, the trick is to start doing something. If everybody pitched in just a little bit, we would see a positive difference almost immediately. Read more about our planet at sites like




and more…

Little by little, start making a difference in the world’s future. OK… that’s all I have to say about that. :-) Doug

20050626 Brigada Today

In this issue…


1. LEARN HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE — Fuller Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies (Pasadena, CA) is offering the course MB530 “Language/Culture Learning and Mission” July 16 (Saturday) to July 29. This 4-unit (quarter system) practical course teaches language and culture learning skills, and includes field-work in one of the many ethnic communities in the Los Angeles area. For more information about the class, please see the course description on Fuller’s website http://www.fuller.edu/swm/ecds/053/MB530_Brewster_053.html or contact Dr. Betty Sue Brewster brewster(at)fuller(dot)edu [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] call 1-800- 235-2222 (USA toll-free) ext 3751, or 626-304-3751. You can enroll for audit or credit – for enrollment information call 1-800-AFULLER (USA Toll Free) or 1-626-584-5400.
2. LEGAL & TAX INFO FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS — The latest issue of the Nonprofit and Church Legal Trends Memorandum is now online. Here are some of the items covered: Federal minimum wage and overtime requirements do apply to churches and religious nonprofits but not to ministerial staff; IRS releases guidelines that can help nonprofit organizations with their employment taxes; principles of international charity have been developed by a working group of charitable organizations; churches, religious schools, and camps may be legally responsible for injuries resulting from failure to exercise adequate supervision of their programs and activities; IRS denies tax deduction for the educational expenses of obtaining an advanced degree. A part of each paid subscription goes to Brigada. Check out more at http://www.npchurchlaw.com or email info(at)npchurchlaw(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Make sure you type “Brigada” in the “How did you hear about us” field. Thanks!
3. LEARN TO PRODUCE MAPS FOR YOUR MINISTRY — Chris is hosting a workshop on the use of the Global Ministry Mapping System (GMMS) for ArcView in Cape Town, South Africa, rescheduled to 22-26 August 2005. Tony Caito from GMI Global Mapping International will be the trainer. / GMI normally asks that people indicate a strong intention to acquire and use the GMMS before they are invited to participate. GMI is committed to training and supporting people who are committed to doing mapping for church/mission work. http:www.gmi.org You must register by 21 July 2005. To find out more, send a blank email to: map-ct-subscribe(at)strategicnetwork(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
4. NEW PIROLO BOOK: DO YOU THINK GOD WANTS YOU TO BE A MISSIONARY? — Neal Pirolo has done it again! If you are in a Youth Group, a Short Term Team, or a High School or College Graduate, a Youth or Missions Leader, any part of the missions endeavor then you need Neal’s latest book, “I Think God Wants Me To Be A Missionary”.

This exciting story features four young people who believe God wants them to be a missionary. Join them as they deal with issues everyone considering going to the mission field should consider long before saying good-bye.

To find out about a special pre-publication offer and to place your order, visit ERI’s website at http://www.eri.org or call 858 292-7020.
5. WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN OR ARABIC FOR MINISTRY? — Studying at the Institute of Strategic Languages and Cultures (ISLC) (Formerly Russian Language Ministries) will give you a good head start in learning the needed language and culture. Their experienced staff is called by God to equip you with the language & cross-cultural skills you will need to be effective in ministry to Russian and Arabic speakers. Courses are tailored to your learning needs and offer an intensive and focused experience with, gradual effective immersion in the language, communicative learning methods & flexible duration for all programs. Their U.S. based courses are taught in an encouraging spiritual atmosphere with a focus on future ministry. They have classes forming for Fall (Aug. 29 – Dec. 16). In the USA, call toll Free: 1-800-799- 7976 or 1-803-333-9119 or see them on the web a: http://www.strategiclanguages.org or email them at RLMoffice(at)juno(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. TRANSFOMRING NATIONS COMMUNITY BY COMMUNITY — Are you interested in establishing a Community-Based Health Care Program which integrates the physical and the spiritual? Medical Ambassadors International’s Training of Trainers (TOT) introduces people to Community Health Evangelism (CHE).This strategy teaches concepts, gives vision and practical How Tos for implementing and managing CHE in your ministry. Training dates for USA:October 11-16, 2005. Additional information can be found at http://www.med-amb.org/What_We _Do_TOT.htm or Helen(at)med-amb(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. REACHING NOMADS & RURAL UNREACHED PEOPLES — 3 months of structured learning followed by 2 months of practical overseas application from Aug. 22- Jan. 31, 2005 is being offered by YWAM Western Frontiers (formerly Cowboys With a Mission) in Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park. Prerequisites are a high school diploma and a passion for Jesus. Check out http://www.WesternFrontiers.com or contact DTS(at)WesternFrontiers(dot)com
8. 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. They have outstanding rates to anywhere in the world with clean, quality connections. 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 at http://www.global-airtime.com
9. DO YOU WANT TO WRITE A BOOK? — “The Writer’s Workshop” is a free monthly e-letter designed to help you write your book and get it published. To subscribe, write to workshop(at)peapodpublishing(dot)com. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Type “subscribe” in the subject line, and include your name and country in the message box. E-letter editor Diana Scimone has helped numerous people write and publish their books. She’s author of “Adventures With PawPaw,” a series of children’s books about a little dog who travels to a different country in each book, introducing young children to other countries and cultures. A portion of book sales goes to PawPaw’s Pals, an international relief agency helping children in disaster and crisis situations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.adventureswithpawpaw.com and http://www.pawpawspals.org
10. THREE CHEERS FOR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS!– Thanks to the anonymous partners who pitched in $25, $35, $50, $100, $50, $50, and $100. One donor wrote, “It’s quite generous of you to let donors voice some preferred interest…but mine is just thanks. I read your newsletter to get a sense of the pulse of missions of folks personally living the Great Commission. … So keep me anonymous and let me say to YOU, thanks for all you do!” Whoa. Thank you out there! Another said, “I live in the Middle East and work with an org. I can’t mention here. I’m originally from Switzerland. I just want to support that this helpful snippets of information continues to go out. Let the people know that there are many more workers needed a) in the arab/muslim countries and b) among muslims in the west (France, GB, Africa, …)” In addition to the above gifts, DialAbroad sent commissions for April ($136) and May ($136). Thanks to anyone that has signed up for long distance as a result of this great phone service. The April Commission was $136 and May brought $132. For more on their ministry, click to: http://www.dial-abroad.org/brigada.htm and choose the long-distance service, “Dial-Abroad”.
11. TNX FOR YOUR HELP ON FOLLOWERSHIP: ABOUT 150 TO GO! — Great progress this past week on the dissertation research. I only need about 150 more completed sets of followers and their respective leaders. If you work for a church, mission or other non-profit, I’d sure appreciate your help. Would someone out there help me find just 150 more pairs? Just click to: https://brigada.org/followership First, click on the link for “Team Members and staff persons” and make sure you supply the info. on your team leader — totally secure. (No lists are being created from this data. It’s pure doctoral research.) We’ll report back the findings in Brigada Today. Thanks for your help.
12. SPONSOR OR DONATE TOWARD BRIGADA COSTS? — Would you consider helping with the costs of our webspace, some secretarial help, and a small amount of advertising? We’re thankful for the $6,107.36 that has come in so far toward our 2005 goal of $16,576 (about 36%). To chip in or make a substantial donation, just log on at https://brigada.org then 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. Thanks! 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: WHAT DO CHURCHES WANT? — Lately I’ve been wondering… what do local churches want back out of missions? Over the past 27 years in this business, I have detected a slight shift in motives among certain kinds of churches. For example, these days I seem to hear more about local churches wanting to have a role in visiting and advising their workers overseas. Maybe 25 years ago, some lay people hadn’t traveled as much, so they wouldn’t have presumed to be advisors. And maybe, with the advent of the “megachurch” (congregations of 1,000 or more members), there’s a greater sense of responsibility to give back something to the mission field — besides a monthly check. What’s more, over that same time period, several news stories have emerged which perhaps have given way to doubts about the use of funds designated for foreign outreach and nonprofit use. We hear a whole lot more of the stories about the certain humanitarian aid organizations refitting administrative offices with newer fax machines . . . and less about troubleshooting the urgent flood, earthquake, or fire in whose name the gift was donated. So, in response, perhaps local churches want to create a gentle accountability via their onsite visit. And beyond all this, the short-term missions movement, which began in earnest in the 70s and 80s, is now producing a generation of leaders who aren’t a bit shy about visiting the bush. Their passport is already full of stamps from multiple continents.

Meanwhile, many missionaries and humanitarian aid workers have perhaps been laboring under the false assumption that motives and methods have remained unchanged back home. So when leaders of the local church mention their upcoming visit, perhaps it strikes the on-site worker with a bit of surprise. He or she might be tempted to feel singled-out or put on the defensive. In reality, it’s perhaps a nationwide shift, or even a global one.

What’s your opinion? Want to register your thoughts? Jot a note to this email address: brigada-feedbackatgooglegroupsdotcom You won’t have to join the group or register in any way. Your feedback can even be anonymous, if you desire.

We probably need to delve deeper into this question of “what churches want”… because it’s a financial jungle out there. Doug

20010909 Brigada Today

In this issue….



praying hands A helpful aid in praying for all involved in the terrorist attack on the USA is the site “A Prayer Experience – Praying for Disasters using Photos” at http://www.ozemail.com.au/~sjhop/pe-intro.htm. To show your colors, check out http://www.christiancrafters.com/prayforAMERICA.html for craft ideas. Note, for Brigada Today‘s “Special Edition” regarding the Sept. 11th attack, you’ll actually need to look at the edition dated Aug. 24th. To see that edition, go to https://brigada.org/today/2001/bt20010824.shtml because we’re, well, … behind. (Apologies!)



syringe On line registration is available now for the sixth annual medical mission conference to be held November 2-3, 2001, in Louisville, Kentucky. Featured at the conference are two full days of lectures with over 80 workshops; 50-75 mission agencies and more than 1200 participants! There is something for everyone! From student to career professional; from short-term worker to career missionary; from domestic to international missionary — a workshop is available for every profession in the health care field. With so much information to disseminate, the best way to receive all of the details is to visit the web page: www.medicalmissions.com The plenary speakers are among the most well-known in medical missions: (including Paul Brand, Robert Foster, David Thompson, and David Stevens). Saturday is STUDENT DAY. Get continuing education credits, along with workshops in nursing, OT/PT, pharmacy, tech, health care for the poor, and community health care. This conference is designed for the individual who has never really participated in any medical mission service as well as for the career professional that has been on the field for thirty years. For more info, visit the conference website or ask a friend to visit then fill you in.


book Look no further: http://www.bethanyhouse.com/index.asp?inc=books&page=detail&book=1325 or call 800-328-6109 or email csatbethanyhousedotcom  (csatbethanyhousedotcom)  . If you haven’t already ordered the CD version, better hurry. GMI has told us that “within 12 hours of the Brigada Today hitting the electronic newsstands, we had received orders for hundreds of Operation World CD- ROMs!” They won’t last forever. Check ’em out at: http://www.gmi.org/products/owcd.htm or contact Lorri infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 ext. 599 or by fax: 719-548-7459.


An amazing turn of events is taking place in India. Anti-caste leaders, tired of living under the oppressive tenets of Hinduism, are persuading lower caste Hindus to renounce Hinduism. Ram Raj, one such leader, is encouraging oppressed Hindus to convert to a religion (such as Buddhism, Islam or Christianity) that will give them social, educational and vocational freedom. Raj is inviting millions of lower caste Hindus to a massive conversion rally that could trigger a religious sea-change in India, launching a tidal wave of Hindus out of Hinduism. For more information click http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=ed&edid=120


pencil writing on paperIf you need quick relief from writer’s block, log onto newWWay.org this month. There are tips you can use right now to help you write better for your mission advocacy materials like newsletters, brochures and websites. There’s even a handy tip sheet for taking better pictures. Plus, on newWway you can always find useful helps for missionaries that are surprisingly simple to use. The newWway.org site has many good things you need for communication media planning for evangelism and advocacy. There are even free downloads for your Palm Pilot, Word, etc too! This month download the book Spontaneous Expansion of the Church by Rolland Allen. Available in Palm, Word and Pdf formats. It’s all free and all made for and by missionaries! http://www.newWway.org


book It’s becoming a new missionary buzzword. Discover what it’s all about in the third book of Roland Muller’s trilogy on Muslim Evangelism. ‘Honor and Shame, Unlocking the Door’ is refreshingly original and controversial. But it’s not just for those working with Muslims. Muller’s material applies to most of the cultures in the 10/40 window, plus the cultures of many aboriginal people around the world. Available from: http://www.rmuller.com. If you don’t have web access, ask a friend to check it out there and send you details.


John reminded us this past week that, with all the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks, maybe now’s a great time to take another look at aiding international students. See http://www.isionline.org for ideas.


And what in the world does this have to do with missions? Well I’m not exactly sure, but surely someone can think up a way to use this kind of technology for a good global cause. :-) Check it out at http://www.kurzweilAI.net.

index finger pointing upHint: Her name is Ramona. Ask her about her parents. :-) Can’t you see her doing a benefit concert to raise money for an international feeding project or something? :-)



Bosacker Design has missions-focused, colorful gift cards presenting 24 unreached peoples from the 10-40 Window. The front of each 5″ x 7″ card has a high-quality pencil illustration of a person from that people-group, created by artist Julie Bosacker. These are some of the many illustrations featured in the YWAM Prayer Diary for the last 15 years. The back of the card presents the people’s name, country map and information about the people. Use these for prayer, education, encouragement, notes, Christmas cards, etc. These are available at http://www.bosackerdesign.com or by mail order. Enquire about brochures, wholesale rates and terms by emailing mailtoatbosackerdesigndotcom  (mailtoatbosackerdesigndotcom)  .


graduation cap Oral Roberts Univ. wrote recently, offering to supply the curriculum while you supply the instructors. Several joint diplomas and certificates are available. Contact Dr. Paul King, ORU Bible Institute Coordinator, at 918-495-7097 or e-mail at: pkingatorudotedu  (pkingatorudotedu)   Check out http://www.oru.edu/university/departments/ALSCweb/htmlpages/bip.htm


graduation cap PLANTS is a second-language acquisition training course which builds upon the principles developed in MTI’s PILAT Program. This two-week module is available October 14 – 26 2001 in Toronto and November 5-16, 2001, at the Center for Intercultural Training in Union Mills, North Carolina in conjunction with MissionPrep. PLANTS includes a toolbox of 25+ activities and techniques for learning languages and cultures. Participants are equipped to engage in their own learning styles, which PLANTS helps them discover. While student’s ears are trained to distinguish fine differences between sounds, their mouths will be prepared to make new sounds. Gain speech flexibility and a basic understanding of the structure of words, sentences, discourse and meaning, and of the social functions of language. To learn about the October course in Toronto, contact Robert Cousins 416-284-5645 micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or visit our web site at http://www.timcentre.com/missionPrep. For more information on the Nov. course in NC, contact CIT at citmailatcit-onlinedotorg  (citmailatcit-onlinedotorg)   or call 800-887-1786 or visit our website at www.cit-online.org.


graduation cap Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydro-ponics. These versatile systems are ideal for food production in almost geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, November 6 – 9. For a brochure, contact Aquaculture International at cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus  (cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus)   or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if you are a missionary. Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord.


graduation cap Global Opportunities is offering it’s “Light to the Nations” tentmaker training course on Oct. 17-21, 2001, AND a free one-day seminar Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. For information and registration go to: http://www.globalopps.org/ltn and http://www.globalopps.org/seminar Alternately you can call 626-398-2393 or email them infoatglobaloppsdotorg  (infoatglobaloppsdotorg)  .

note (Note: Global Opportunities partners with mission agencies and churches in co-hosting training courses or one-day seminars at your location. For information, please contact Executive Director, David English daveatglobaloppsdotorg  (daveatglobaloppsdotorg)  .)

If you can’t make one, take the other! Northshore Baptist Church in Bothell, WA, will offer a tentmaking seminar October 26th for mission pastors and lay leaders. Speakers include Ari Rocklin of Global Opportunities, Cliff Moon, Steve Richards, and some seventeen mission agencies that will be present to support the seminar. Tentmakers International Exchange and Mission To Unreached Peoples are the other hosts besides Northshore Baptist Church. For further information or for reservations contact tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)   or phone 206-781-3151.


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