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Brigada Today

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2008/04/11 -- Brigada Today
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, KY
(See your subscription information at the end under "Closing Stuff.")
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In this issue...
1) OPEN LETTER TO BIBLE COLLEGES RE: ONLINE EVANGELISM
2) NEW DVD FOR OUTREACH TO ATHLETES
3) GET STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING
4) THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA
5) CHINA: UNREST RAISES FEARS OF EXECUTION OF CHRISTIAN
6) FIND WHAT YOU NEED AND SHARE WHAT YOU'VE FOUND
7) THE STATE OF THE GOSPEL DVD
8) RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIANS LIVING INTERCULTURALLY
9) THANKS FOR THOSE WHO HOLD BRIGADA'S ROPES
10) BECOME A STRATEGIC PARTNER WITH BRIGADA
11) THE BACKPAGE: WHO SAID VOLUNTEERISM IS DEAD?
12) CLOSING STUFF
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1) OPEN LETTER TO BIBLE COLLEGES RE: ONLINE EVANGELISM -- Internet
Evangelism Day would love to see more bible colleges teaching online
evangelism as a module or full course. Their Open Letter encourages
colleges to consider this:

http://ied.gospelco m.net/bible- college.php (Thanks Tony!)

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2) NEW DVD FOR OUTREACH TO ATHLETES -- Athletes in Action, the sports
ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, has just released their newest
evangelistic DVD, "Struggle and Triumph," which has been designed for
use by individuals, churches, para-church ministries, and missionaries
around the world for outreach. This 26 minute film features the stories
and testimonies of 6 int'l Olympic athletes and comes in 36 languages on
a single DVD. To view a trailer of the film as well as to read the
stories of these athletes, browse to:

http://www.struggle andtriumph. com/

or call 1-888-244-9159 / 1-937-352-1000. As AIA's heart is to help
resource the body with this film leading up to the Summer Olympics in
Beijing (8/8/08), they would like to extend to a special ministry price
of $2 per DVD for orders of 100 or more to those who are interested in
using for outreach and distribution by contacting Shawn directly.
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3) GET STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING -- It's not too late to register
for a 4-week Strategy Coordinator Training in Singapore from 1-25 July,
brought to you by Asia Pacific Mission (APM) together with Singapore
Centre for Evangelism and Missions (SCEM). The cost is US$600 per single
person or married couple. Accommodations can be arranged on request.
This year, all SC trainees will be registered for the Go4th National
Missions Conference. The course deals with People Group Research,
Network, Outreach, Platform, and Church-Planting Movement (CPM)
Development and writing a Master Plan to reach an Unreached People
Group/Region/ City. Included in this training is a workshop/seminar on
Partnership Development. Furthermore, those who successfully complete
this training are awarded 10 credits from Bethany International
University (Singapore). For more info: Contact Frank
strategycoordinator

(at)gmail(dot) com with Subject: SCT '08. [As a means of preventing spam
for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace
(at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]
Better act fast though. The registration deadline is 31 May.
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4) THE UNENGAGED PEOPLES OF NAMIBIA -- There is a local association of
Baptist churches in the United States that is sending a representative
to pray and investigate the possibility of sending people and resources
on a regular basis to spread the Gospel among one or two of the
unengaged peoples of Namibia. Pray that the Lord will direct the
specific peoples and places for this association to work among. Pray
for the Nama/Damara, the Herero, the Coloured of Namibia and the
Mbalantu. To adopt one of these people groups for prayer or for more
information, visit

http://www.forgotte npeoples. info or email

forgottenpeoples

(at)telkomsa( dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our
contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at)
with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address back onto one line.]
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5) CHINA: UNREST RAISES FEARS OF EXECUTION OF CHRISTIAN -- The Compass
Direct News is reporting that as China deals with the fallout of
protests in Tibet and alleged protests in neighboring Xinjiang province,
the family of a Uyghur Christian fears he may be sentenced to death this
month after officials accused him of endangering national security.
Friends said a verdict is expected any time. Track this issue with
Compass Direct and don't forget to pray:

http://www.compassd irect.org

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6) FIND WHAT YOU NEED AND SHARE WHAT YOU'VE FOUND -- Need some ideas for
your next sermon, Sunday School lesson or communion meditation? Download
whatever you need at

http://www.thechris tianwarehouse. com

Have you already written some Christian material and wish that others
could have access to it? Upload your sermons, lessons, and more.
Membership is free to this brand new site. With your help they will soon
have thousands of helpful articles, devotions, sermons, lessons and much
more.
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7) THE STATE OF THE GOSPEL DVD -- Now you can get the DVD of Operation
World author Jason Mandryk's striking presentation, "The State of the
Gospel", given at the 2006 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in
Malaysia. The DVD includes the 35-minute video of Jason's live
presentation, the audio version, his PowerPoint presentation, and the
related Momentum magazine article. Get the DVD for $2.95 plus shipping
from Global Mapping International: http://www.gmi. org/gospel Contact GMI
at

info

(at)gmi(dot) org 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 . then reassemble the address back onto one
line.]
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8) RESOURCES FOR CHRISTIANS LIVING INTERCULTURALLY -- The Link Between:
Connecting Christians Living Between Cultures is a networking blog which
provides resources for Christians living interculturally through
marriage, adoption, career, or missions. Find hundreds of cross-
cultural resources and connections to other Christians living 'between
cultures'. Jody, the author, is also looking to build connections with
others in similar situations. Contact her to share your resources
through her blog at

http://thelinkbetwe en.wordpress. com

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9) THANKS FOR THOSE WHO HOLD BRIGADA'S ROPES -- You're willingness to
lower us into the goldmine of missions information is much appreciated!
Thanks to the friend who gave $10 from North Carolina, and another who
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Brigada on to a friend, teammate, or missionary. You have the potential
to become our best marketing partners, simply by serving as "one beggar
telling another where to find bread." Thank you!!!
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11) THE BACKPAGE: WHO SAID VOLUNTEERISM IS DEAD? -- Not I, that's for
sure. I read with interest the item on the US Peace Corps at
Northwestern University's website:

http://news. medill.northwest ern.edu/washingt on/news.aspx? id=65843

Check it out... Stats say the first decade of the 21st century is on
track for having the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers since the
decade following JFK's original speech to the University of Michigan,
launching the whole idea. Applications struggled in the '70s and '80s,
but are now roaring in like a new tide of interest in all things cross-
cultural.

What have we, churches and mission agencies of our modern day, to say
about the fact that Peace Corps applications can, in many cases, leave
our own programs in the dust? No longer can we hide behind accusations
that "today's generation cares little for others," or "the current crop
of young people are concerned only with video games." If our numbers
aren't rising in step with the Peace Corps, perhaps it's time we take an
honest look at what we're saying... How we're recruiting. I remember
hearing that, at one point, the Peace Corps was struggling for new
prospects. They tried exotic recruiting techniques, ... "Come see the
world," etc. No dice. In desperation, they began just telling it like it
is. "This will be the hardest thing you've ever done." Call it "reality-
shock recruiting." Phone networks jammed. Some 30,000 recruits per
*month* began filling out applications.

Maybe today's new generation isn't as "me-oriented" as some would have
us believe. Maybe they've paid attention to images of "9/11", Hurricane
Katrina, and the war in Iraq. Maybe they're ready to answer the call
after all. Added to this, maybe their future employers are giving
preference to potential hires that have cross-cultural experience.

Could this next decade become the biggest decade for mission recruits
since the 1960s? How will *your* church or mission help make that
happen?

Comments about this "BackPage" editorial? Just go to:

http://brigada. org/brigade/ ?p=71

then click on "Comment" under the item. Mark it up. Talk it through.
Give your two cents. Either way, let's make it happen.

Doug
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2008/04/11 -- Brigada Today
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