Monthly Archives: January 1995

19950129 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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THE PURPOSE OF BRIGADA

to pull together the people, the resources, and the networks to complete the task of reaching a particular city and/or people group with the love of Jesus Christ.
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THE PLAN FOR BRIGADA

to form “conferences”, overseen by a moderator (insuring integrity and safety for those in creative access situations), that will allow for pooling information, prayer requests, possibilities, people, plans, projects. This will happen through the magic of the INTERNET and put the information right into your email ‘inbox’, thus relieving you of the need to go search for it ‘somewhere out there.’
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THE PEOPLE OF BRIGADA

Brigada is currently in the development stage. Among those who have been approached for input are John Robb and MARC, Viv Grigg and the Unevangelized Cities Track, Terry Riley and the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, John Gilbert and the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptists, Pete and Jonathan at CrossConnect, and many others. In fact, if you’ve got feedback, please send it to brigadaatbrigadadotorg  (brigadaatxcdotorg)   and we’ll build your ideas into the future! Who knows what God will do!?!
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ALBANIAN PRESIDENT PROPOSES PRIVATE RADIO AND TV STATIONS

Sali Berisha on 25 January proposed setting up private radio and TV channels to offer a broader and more impartial dissemination of information, Reuters reported the same day. Berisha said the present state-run radio and TV stations should be turned into public institutions partly subsidized by the state but not responsible to it. He added that this measure “will also influence the quality of the existing media.” Albanian Television has been broadcasting 16 hours a day via satellite since the beginning of 1995. The opposition claims that Albanian radio and TV are controlled by the ruling Democratic Party. Although current legislation does not permit private radio stations, several pirate stations are already broadcasting.
– Fabian Schmidt
(The above should not be republished without permission of OMRI.)
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30 DAYS OF FOCUSED PRAYER FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD

You are invited to join tens of thousands of Christians all over the world, for one month of prayer for the Muslim world, January 31 trough March 1, 1995. Each year the number of churches and believers participating in this prayer event grows. This prayer event coincides with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a month of prayer and fasting observed by all Muslims. You are not being asked to observe the Muslim fast, but to use this time to pray for the Muslim world. There are one billion Muslims today. Most have little if any Christian witness in their midst. Less than 1% of the global missions force is deployed among this 20% of the worlds population. There are many reasons for this great disparity, but prayer is the first step in turning barriers into opportunites. For more information, write DA Drachenberg 73053dot3137atcompuservedotcom  (73053dot3137atcompuservedotcom)  .
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GMI’S DMIS ENCOURAGES BRIGADA IDEA

(The following was just rec’d from David Nesmith DAVEatgmidotorg  (DAVEatgmidotorg)  , who staffs Global Mapping’s Directory of Mission Information Sources. The investment of energy represented in David’s reply is a tribute to how strongly he believes in the vision behind the mission of Brigada. I hear him saying that this project needs to go forward and that he is very much willing to work with us to make it happen. I hope you’ll join me in thanking God for David’s input… and pray with me that we can come up with concrete responses to the opportunities and challenges he signals. Doug)

In the vernacular of Madison Avenue, you have run it up the flagpole–I salute it. I think your time schedule is unrealistic, but go for it. …

We will work alongside whoever and whatever is involved in the product’s delivery. We will do all within our power to help move it along, within the limitations of our resources. (This is my heart response; I really don’t know what that means in specifics.) I cannot conceive of not working with it since it can help accomplish my own DMIS mission.

… Consideration could be given to posting the newsletters on on-line services such as CIN and even CompuServe. All back issues could be archived for late comers to download. The master file (wherever it is) could be accompanied by a search engine which would enable the user to choose to search for keywords and download pertinent portions rather than the whole thing.

Consideration could be given to producing it in geographic segments. The idea here is elastic but the principle is that individuals could focus on certain areas of high interest.

… Consideration could be given to designating certain people or organiza- tions as the focal point (or clearinghouse) for specific topics. There could be clearinghouses (or nodes) for topics like Islam, urban, shanty (or garbage dump) ministries, evangelism crusades, maritime ministries, people groups, India, community development, refugees; the list could go on and on. News items could be channeled through the nodes on their way to the final compiler, thereby minimizing the compiler’s burden. It would also produce a better product if an expert in that topic was responsible for it.

The research track coordinators of AD 2000 would have worthwhile input to the project.

This cannot be solely a Western product. It must have Two-Thirds World participation and input. It should be translated into other languages after the trial period works out the bugs and it becomes a going con- cern. This may present a content challenge but one which can be solved.

I must readily admit that I am prejudiced, subjective, and partisan with this idea. It will help to accomplish my DMIS purpose. I want to hitchhike on it and help make it work. DMIS is most willing and eager to serve as a node on the network and to otherwise cooperate in any way that will help it to accomplish its purpose.

I would support and work with it even if there was not a DMIS but my participation and outlook on it is understandably colored and molded because of it. …

Let us reject out of hand the notion that it won’t work. The resources and the technology are with us. The only preventive factor is the lack of our will and desire to make it happen. High-tech is handing us a golden opportunity. Let’s grab it!

I must temper my enthusiasm with the reality that says, “Is this God’s time for this?” That is an honest and legitimate question, but one which I feel can be misused to knock ideas whose time has come. Let’s ask it honestly, seeking His true leading.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

Gifts received in the last 12 months…

Note: If you’d prefer not to use an online payment service, you can also simply mail a check to: Team Expansion (Brigada), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. If you’d like a tax-deductible receipt, please mail your check and make your check payable to “Team Expansion.”

Still needed in 2009 = $17,150 – $598 = $16,552 to go!

166 “True Fans” (each giving $100 or more) to go!

2004 total = $9,384.79;
2005 total = $10,952.28;
2006 total = $15,096;
2007 total = $17,150;
2008 Total = $17,150

These funds go toward fuel for the Brigada missions fire, along with the costs of our website, secretarial help, and promoting missions. Each month, sponsors are given the opportunity to “renew.” Those who are unable to do so will then “scroll off” the end of this list. To become one of the 171 “True Fans” of Brigada, just send $100 via either of the links above (top left or top right)or mail a check for $100 to the address above. Now… to our sponsors:

01/25/2009 — WE GIVE THANKS… — … for a check from Insurance Services of America (ISA) for $63 as a result of insurance purchased by Wendy and Mary Lou. Thank you ladies… and thank you ISA. Find out more about the options they offer, which are many, at…

http://www.missionaryhealth.net/brigada.htm

In short, you’ll find just about every kind of medical, travel, life, and medical insurance imaginable, including special policies specifically for missionaries. What’s more, they make a special gift to Brigada in your name when you purchase coverage from them. So thank *you* for checking them out.

We’re grateful to a new Brigada participant from Plainfield, IN, for sending a gift of $10 to help tide Brigada over into the new year. Thanks for your partnership!!!

Thanks, too, for a $100 “True Fan” gift from Evangelism Resources. Learn more about Evangelism Resources at…

http://www.erinfo.org/

See the entry above about their work… and thanks to the leadership at Evangelism Resources for partnering with Brigada!

01/18/2009 — This past week, we received encouraging help in the form of $200 from Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, OK, with a note attached, “You are a constant source of great mission information!” Thank you Asbury!!! Another participant from Little Rock sent $25. We’re very grateful!!!

01/11/2009 — We’re grateful to the “True Fan” in Birmingham, AL who sent $100 this past week. He, in turn, was thankful for the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship (PFF) and Perspectives. Learn more about PFF at

http://www.pff.net/

and, of course, read about Perspectives at

http://www.perspectives.org/

We’re also grateful for a $100-gift from “a friend in Savannah who realizes the ever increasing value of partnership with Team Expansion and Brigada.” He added, “Thanks for all you’re doing and for the way you resource and motivate me. Have a great day!” Praise God.

01/04/2009 — WE OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE… — To the folks at Missionary Resources Connection, who became a “True Fan” of Brigada by sending $100 this past week! Thank you MRC!!! Also becoming new “True Fans” were friends in Fresno, Phoenix and Bosnia, both of whom sent $100. Another friend from Oklahoma City sent a $50 gift (also much-appreciated). We’re so very thankful to finish 2008 in the black (first time since we started in 1995) and begin 2009 with a positive balance! Additional gifts came from new friends from Greer, SC ($50), a veteran of 36 years ministry with Wycliffe ($50 as well), and a great friend from Partners Int’l — who gave $200, become *2* True Fans in one!! (See the item about them above.) So we are amazed, sobered, encouraged, and pumped! Thank you!!! This maxes out the matching giving from the international church in the Middle East (Thank you!) and also starts us out on a great footing for 2009. Once again, this is the first time in Brigada’s 14-year history that we’ve been able to meet our financial needs. May God be praised for the faithfulness for all His people!

[Note: Gifts given on this date were counted toward the 2008 total.]


In short, you’ll find just about every kind of medical, travel, life, and medical insurance imaginable, including special policies specifically for missionaries. What’s more, they make a special gift to Brigada in your name when you purchase coverage from them. So thank *you* for checking them out.

Thanks, too, for a $100 “True Fan” gift from Evangelism Resources. See the entry above about their work… and thanks to the leadership at Evangelism Resources for partnering with Brigada!

11/16/2008 — Thanks today to the member of the Pittsburgh Network for the Great Commission

http://www.pngc.org/

who sent in $25, with a note, “Can I recognize Doug Lucas for your faithfulness in sending us the Brigada Newsletter for many years?” This anonymous donor also gave thanks for the great worship at Zion Christian Church

http://www.zioncc.org/

and the fantastic outreach opportunities provided to him via Wycliffe Associates

http://www.wycliffeassociates.org/


11/09/2008 — Tonight we salute Mark in Nebraska, our newest “True Fan” of Brigada, having sent $100 this past week. Another True Fan this week: Corbie and the folks at Alaska Mission for Christ, who also sent $100. Click on “photos” there to see their slide show. Tim wrote a note that he was a True Fan “wannabe” :-), having sent $50. The truth is, we value any gift, regardless of size! Both of these guys can deduct this gift from their income tax. In fact, for those who send their gifts by check, we send out a tax-deductible receipt without you even having to request it. (Those giving through the online means get an email thank-you, and can request tax-deductibility if they desire it.)

The folks at LongviewNET, featured in last night’s Brigada, have already received interest and picked up new client work — so they sent an immediate gift of $20, saying, “Now we’re both blessed!” Don’t forget to check out their search engine service at:
http://www.longviewnet.com/

11/02/2008 — JOIN US IN GIVING THANKS FOR THESE PARTNERS
— Would you please help us praise God for…
*** A friend from Charlottesville, who gave $10 after stopping by

http://www.myspace.com/douglucasmusic
and downloading free MP3 music
tracks we’ve created for those who give.

*** Judi, serving in Ukraine, who observed her own birthday by throwing a birthday party, of sorts, for Brigada! In observance of her special day, she sent $100 and became a “True Fan” of Brigada. Judi — you’re amazing. Thanks!

*** Bill, raising the flag for the Azerbaijani. In their name, he sent $100 to Brigada so we could keep raising the flag for the unreached. Keep up the great work, Bill! For more on the Azerbaijani and how you can be involved in reaching them, log on at…

http://www.azerbaijanipartnership.org

*** Debbie, another “True Fan” of Brigada, is herself changing lives in Philippines. She sent $100 to underwrite lasting change around the world. Thanks Debbie!!!

*** Grant, serving with YWAM in Albania, who also is now a “True Fan” of Brigada, for the $100 gift!

*** Justin, the thinker who suggested the “True Fan of Brigada” concept, who himself sent $100 to put his own money where his email was. Thanks so much, Justin.

*** The anonymous missions pastor in Allentown, PA, who noted that he “has benefited from Brigada Today” for sending $50.

*** The anonymous Wycliffe Bible Translator who said he skipped 1 fast food meal a month for 3 years in an effort to save the money for Brigada. He send, just a few days ago, $180. Now *that* is a True Fan.

*** The folks at Creative Results Management

http://www.CreativeResultsManagement.com
for the $100 “True Fan” Gift to Brigada.

*** The anonymous recruiter with MAF who wrote this past week to say, “Hey Doug, Just sent a “true fan” donation. I’m a long time (since 1995) reader). I like Volleyballs. Merry Christmas.” Hilarious! Well thanks to you… and to the persistence you’ve shown to stay with us all these years. As you know, 1995 was the year we *began*!!! I remember well that it was an MAF volunteer who originally helped us ramp up the web-page version of these newsletters. In his honor (he is now deceased) and in Brian’s honor, would you have a moment to stop at the site for MAF, winner of the 2008 ‘Passion Award’, given by Servant Christian Community Foundation “for MAF’s outstanding commitment to furthering the Gospel.”

http://www.maf.org/

You can even request a free copy of “Jungle Pilot” there.


10/26/2008 — Recently, we received $50 from missionaries
in Ukraine (Thank you!) and $30 from a great friend in Loomis, CA (We
appreciate you!). A doctor and his wife from Dallas sent $100. They’re
focused on unreached nomadic people groups, praise the Lord. Please join
me in giving thanks that they decided to become “True Fans” of Brigada.
Thanks, too, for the $20 cash we received from workers in Germany. (We
don’t necessarily recommend sending cash in the post, but it’s nice to
know that it can still make it safe and sound.) Please pray for the
prayer letter they write regularly to raise interest in unreached people
groups worldwide. They also drew our attention to


http://en.etnopedia.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

which is a wiki. It’s a great example of a fantastic deployment for
the sake of the unreached. Got to hand it to those clever Germans. They
also drew attention to Justin Long’s perceptive observations on Orissa
at:
http://www.missionmanual.com/wiki/2008_Persecution_in_Orissa%2C_India

10/19/2008 — THANKS TO THOSE WHO PAY THE BILLS — Hello
Tigard, Oregon! Thanks for sending $25 to enable Brigada’s servers to
serve the world! We appreciate you!!! Thanks to Blessed Hope for sending
$20.16 — a direct result of those who use their quality
telecommunications services. Learn more about them at:


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

Thanks also to San Luis Rey, California ($100) and, most amazing of
all,

http://www.worldconnex.org/

which sent a large share of the “true fan” commitment. Shew!
Remarkable! Amazing. With grateful hearts. Please, please visit their
website. At their request, we aren’t saying exactly the size of the
gift. Just suffice to say they are a big “True Fan” of Brigada, to use
Justin Long’s term. Their staff wrote this past week to explain, “WorldconneX
believes Brigada is a key missions connector, and we generously support
your efforts.” More about them next week. But for now, thanks again!

10/5/2008 — Here’s $50 from a Pioneers guy headed to
Central Asia to help locals write and translate materials in their own
language. Praise the Lord! Thanks, too, for the Brigada participant who
gave $10 in exchange for the music we’re making available for all
Brigada readers. Grab it for free at:

http://www.myspace.com/douglucasmusic

What’s more, the Glory Story folks pitched in $100 for Brigada this
week! Whoa. Please visit their website at

http://theglorystory.com/

8/2008 — Thanks to the friend from Tulsa who gave $50
to Brigada recently. And hats off to the Brigada participants from way
up in Wisconsin and Alaska who each shared $100 respectively. We noted
that the donor from Wisconsin had a special burden for training up
mighty men of God. He had written, “According to David Murrow, only 39%
of people who show up in church anywhere in the world, are men. And the
men who show up are mostly just nice guys who sit still and be quiet.
Where are the mighty men?! My passion and project is to train them up.”
Learn more about his work at:

http://www.gibborim.org/

Sounds good to us here, brother! Thanks for your vision and action!

And hello Kansas… where another partner gave $100! This latter friend dared others to step up to the plate to match his $100. He wrote, “It is a small amount that will hopefully be put to good
use by God. Please put it towards the year-end total need you mentioned
in the latest digest. I am hopeful that many others will step up also to
contribute.” Thanks for setting the pace, Bill. Are there other
individuals and/or churches that would match his gift to get us closer
to our year-end need?

9/14/2008 — We’re giving thanks today for the participant
from Bishop, CA, who arranged with his bank to send $50 and is
considering setting a gift up on a monthly basis. May it be so! Thank
you Bishop, California!
9/7/2008 — THANKS FOR THOSE WHO EMPOWER US! — Thanks to
Talking Bibles Int’l (especially to Harvey) for the $25 gift to keep
Brigada going. Learn more about Talking Bibles Int’l at:

http://www.talkingbibles.org/

Maybe $25 wouldn’t matter that much to some. For us, this week, it
was the only gift that arrived.

8/31/2008 — This past week, a Team Expansion worker in
Northern Africa sent $100 for Brigada and its ministry. Team Expansion can
be found at


http://www.teamexpansion.org/

Another worker, this one from Interserve, sent $136.22. Interserve is on the
web at


http://www.interserveusa.org/

Yet another worker, this one serving in Alaska, wrote, “I have been reading
Brigada for quite a while now and it has been a wealth of information to me.
… Your information has made a huge difference in our mission up here in
Alaska. .. We need to give outside of ourselves. No recognition is
necessary; just accept my thanks for the work you are doing.” This worker
from Alaska sent $175. Sobering, humbling, & inspiring.

Another worker from Canada wrote, “I am involved with a variety of
missionary efforts related to music and worship in various countries and
have found your mailing to be unique and invaluable. May the Lord bless the
ongoing ministry and your move to Emerald Hills.” What an encouragement!
This worker sent $100.

Thank you to all — Thank you!!!!

8/17/2008 — HATS OFF TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO HELP —
Thanks to those who choose to give Brigada a boost! This past week,
GlobalAirtime.com got into the act again by sending a gift of $25. They
wrote, “We have had a lot of inquires regarding our Global SIM card product
since the article was featured in the recent Brigada Today. Several people
have already commented about what a blessing it has been to them. Thank you
again for allowing us to partner with Brigada and the wonderful work your
organization does for World Missions. We will send more donations as the
Lord blesses our business.” Amen! :-) Learn more about their money-saving
communication products at:

http://www.globalairtime.com/

Thanks, too, to Dental Training for Missions, featured above. They sent
$50. Learn more about them at:

http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com

Finally, thanks to the anonymous donor in Montreal who sent $25! We
appreciate you!

8/10/2008 — This week, we’re incredibly grateful to an
anonymous donor in Edmond, OK, for the $30 undergirding for Brigada. We also
appreciate First Evangelical Free, in Manchester, MO for the $50 they sent.
6/29/2008 — Thank the Lord for a $75 gift from “a fellow
kingdom worker in Taiwan that has often benefited from Brigada” (her quote,
not mine [blush]). Thank you Taiwan! Thanks, too, for the $100 gift from
another anonymous couple. The only thing I can tell you is that they are
very involved in prayer for unreached peoples. In every other way, they’ve
requested that we allow them to remain anonymous. But God knows — and we
pray he’ll bless you greatly!!!
6/22/2008 — Because of the way you have given, Brigada
can go forward. Just in hand — a check from Blessed Hope long distance for
$14.93. Learn more about their outstandingly competitive rates and customer
service by browsing to:

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

19950125 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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A PROPOSAL FOR BRIGADA

(Version 1.0) A Networking Tool for Discovering & Tracking the Information, People and Resources on behalf of The United Prayer Track of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, John Robb, the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, and Viv Grigg & the Least Evangelized Cities Track, AD2000

 NOTE: This is a proposal only. It is being distributed to a very small group of people to ascertain input and advice.

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THE BACKDROP

All around the world, Christians are rising up side by side to pray like never before that God would bring salvation to the ends of the earth. God is clearly bringing together a unique array of people, tools, groups and movements so that all might come to know Him.

One such movement of prayer is the United Prayer Track of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Composed of dozens of prayer networks in literally dozens of nations throughout the world, the Prayer Track has displayed an ongoing ability to creatively mobilize prayer for the unreached through the World. The “Praying through the Window” campaign held during October of 1993 brought together over 20 million Christians in 105 nations to pray for 62 nations in the 10/40 Window. Some 256 intercessory prayer teams prayed on- site in these nations. The result was probably the largest global prayer initiative in the church’s history.

During 1995, the United Prayer Track is asking Christians everywhere to pray for The 100 Gateway Cities during a follow-up campaign being referred to as “Praying through the Window II.” These 100 cities, scattered throughout 64 countries in the 10/40 Window, represent spiritual, political, and economic centers in their respective countries. Most are mega-cities with populations over 100 million and capitals of their respective countries or provinces. Represented also are the centers of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Sikhism, and Taoism — religions which dominate this unreached region and hinder the growth of Christianity. Over 30 million Christians world- wide are expected to participate in the prayer focus this coming October.

(Several tools are available to help groups, agencies, and churches mobilize their membership for prayer, including everything from a simple list of the cities to books and videos describing them in greater detail. For more information about the 100 Gateway Cities and Praying through the Window II, contact Beverly Pegues at 719-522-1040.)

Meanwhile, throughout the past decade, John Robb has been researching, traveling, and writing about the manner in which strategizing along ethno-linguistic lines can give clearer focus to evangelizing the unreached. John is Coordinator of AD2000 & Beyond’s Unreached People Track. His book, Focus: the Power of People-Group Thinking, has been used by Christians everywhere to clarify and model strategic outreach in mission. Most recently, John has found himself at the forefront of helping consolidate a carefully compiled list of the world’s most unevangelized people groups. By working through church leaders, John hopes to facilitate the on-going ‘adoption’ of portions of this list so that all may come to know Christ as Lord and Savior.

Bringing scientific and administrative genius to this purpose is the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Originally organized by top missions leaders at the US Center for World Missions in Pasadena, CA, the AAP Clearinghouse has as its sole goal the furthering of the world missions task by facilitating the creation and nurturing of strategic ‘adoptions’ of unreached peoples around the world. To accomplish this goal, the Clearinghouse has, down through the years, developed helpful films, books, unreached people profiles, and other resources and made them available to Christians throughout the globe.

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THE NEED

To help bring these streams into one easy flow for churches and agencies everywhere, we now propose the formation of a new networking tool to be known simply as, Brigada. In 1942, Stalin, then leader of what used to be the USSR, banished some 200,000 Crimean Tatars from their home on the Black Sea. They were not permitted to return to their homeland en masse until the early nineties, when the Soviet Union broke apart. Unfortunately, since their homes had been confiscated by others, the Crimean Tatars were forced to rebuild entire settlements during the cold winters of 1990 and 1991. While living in Crimea, we saw, at times, literally dozens of Crimean Tatar families working together in ‘brigadas’ (brigades), helping one another build homes in rapid fashion. They found, through experience, that working together produces synergy, i.e., the output is greater than the sum of the inputs. As Bill Taylor writes in Kingdom Partnerships, “… One draft horse can pull four tons. If you harnessed two draft horses together, they can pull twenty-two tons.” We need just this kind of ‘brigada‘ and just this kind of synergy!

As some have asked, will the momentum for The 100 Gateway Cities stop after October? Some say no and insist that God will empower Christians everywhere to take action and begin making a difference in these cities. Mark Wilson, one of the coordinators for “Praying through the Window II,” is interested in helping aid God’s people in the mobilization process. In a phone interview on January 10, Mark told of his hopes that the October prayer emphasis would become a launching pad for world outreach. “We want to make sure that October does not become an end in itself. We need some kind of vehicle that will allow the momentum to continue.”

For his part, John Robb is interested in all the help he can get in promoting the targeting of the list of the least evangelized unreached peoples that he and others are preparing. These opportunities need to be distributed by every means possible, especially during the coming months when the people groups that live within The 100 Gateway Cities can be receiving primary emphasis.

And what about the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse? Its challenge, as always, is to publish far and near the possibilities and potentials. The Clearinghouse can offer literally thousands of pages of research as well as a well- established membership of agencies and groups which desperately want to get the word out about the unfinished task. The most important priority is making sure those profiles are used by people who want to take action… and action is what Brigada would be all about.

Throughout the past decade, God has been quietly at work, convicting His church of this incomplete work. If He indeed does continue to raise up new movements of believers from nations around the world and if churches, groups of churches and agencies continue to rise up in their quest to make a difference in these cities and ethnolinguistic groups, how will they communicate with one another to avoid needless duplication? How will the “lessons learned” be shared with one another?

And suppose on opposite ends of the globe, there are Christians of varying colors who would be open to cooperate together in the common task of reaching a particular city or group for Christ. What process will serve to bring them together to work in concert? How will they come to know each other and to learn of one another’s respective gifts, skills, and available resources?

Global consultations, such as the one being planned in Korea in May, will make a tremendous impact on the creation of global partnerships and networks. Face to face meetings such as these are obviously the ideal for creating partnerships. But once the initial adoption and/or agreement is formed, how can that new network be fueled with additional resources of prayer, personnel, finances, ideas, and case studies? It goes without saying that none of us can afford to put together global conferences on a monthly basis. Not only would such conferences be expensive for the evangelical community, but in addition, to maximize effectiveness, these networks need specialized and focused on-going planning and evaluation for a specific strategy target city or group. What kind of catalyst can facilitate this on-going process?

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A POSSIBLE SOLUTION

On a monthly basis, thousands of additional individuals around the world are gaining access to what amounts to a global communications network, commonly referred to as the Internet. Through simple and low cost technology, computerized versions of letters and files can be virtually “mailed” to another site halfway around the globe for a mere fraction of the cost it would take to fax or air mail the same information. Further more, the information at the destination site is available within a few hours, in most cases, and in some cases, it is available almost instantly.

These electronic mail networks can also assist us with our problem of time zones. Believers in Korea can post messages during their normal work day, having been assured that those on the other side of the world will read those messages when they awake the next morning, at a time that is more convenient for them and their work schedules. Further more, if these news bits are polled together into a digest format newsletter, that same newsletter can be “broadcast” over the Internet to thousands of electronic mail addresses in practically the same amount of time it previously took to send one single fax.

The technology is available today, and thanks to the kind hearts at the “CrossConnect,” Project, it is available at a very reasonable cost.

What’s more, many of those without access to electronic mail (a diminishing number each month) at least have a fax machine at some business or office nearby. By creating relaying agents in key cities who will receive information via email then forward it to local fax numbers, we can wed new technology with ‘old’ technology and distribute news all the more widely.

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THE SUGGESTED FORMAT

We propose to create a series of “electronic newsletters,” available to anyone with an Internet connection (including those with compuserve, America Online, Delphi, etc.), and, via Relay Agents, to faxes. We would start with one simple newsletter, which would, as a minimum, carry news about mobilization for the 100 Gateway cities and the people groups that live in them. Those wishing to subscribe would simply send a subscription request to the CrossConnect main frame computer. In an automated process, the individual’s name and e-mail address would be added to the subscription list. At the same time, those with news or resources would mail them via e-mail to a compiler or editor who would create the digest mentioned above and send it to a very special password protected address at the CrossConnect system. The CrossConnect computer, acting as a “list server” would then automatically broadcast this newsletter to the subscription list.

Obviously, since some of the cities lie in restricted (or creative) access countries, the editor will need to be very sensitive to the kind of information allowed to go out through the newsletter. As a result, we propose special training and protocol for this role.

Once the momentum for the project grows, we anticipate the need for branching out into regional (geographic) newsletters and perhaps someday, a unique electronic newsletter for each of The 100 Gateway Cities and/or for each major block of unreached peoples. (Decisions regarding future expansion would best be left for the future, once we have an established user base.)

At the same time, some areas of interest will carry across several or many of the cities and their respective networks. For example, sometime in the future we might come to the point where we create a special newsletter specifically for those who are using a specific strategy, tool, or approach among a target groups or groups. This might include those who are using the Jesus Film, those who do Bible translation, those who operate medical clinics, and/or many other possibilities (again, depending on the user base). Thus, there probably be a need for “vertical partnership newsletters” (dealing with specific cities or groups) and “horizontal partnership newsletters” (dealing with approaches or tools).

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IMPLEMENTATION

Doug Lucas is willing to serve as a facilitator to launch and oversee the formation of the Brigada project (but would also welcome God leading someone else to take the initiative — we just want to see the project go forward). We would ask Pete Holzman and Jonathan Marsden to oversee the technology area. We propose that Doug would be accountable to a steering committee composed of John Robb, Mark Wilson, Pete Holzman (or Jonathan), Viv Grigg and Terry Reilly, with John serving as Chairman. Doug would submit progress report summaries on a mutually agreed upon basis, as John and the steering committee desires. Doug would seek volunteer or seconded staffing for all other necessary responsibilities, including:

  • editor compiler for each electronic newsletter
  • marketing/promotion coordinators
  • “help line” volunteers to help users answer questions regarding how to subscribe and/or unsubscribe, as well as answer other “user support” questions (to help keep the load off of Pete and the staff at CrossConnect)
  • “reporters” who will seek information items for each particular newsletter
  • “agency, church, and group contact personnel” who will, on a regular basis, submit items from sources they represent

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SUGGESTED TIME LINE

If God permits, we propose the following:

  • Plan submitted by January 25, 1995
  • Plan reviewed and approved, with any necessary changes by Feb. 1, 1995
  • Detailed technology design in place by February 7, 1995
  • Phase one (initial Gateway cities newsletter/list server) ready for action by Feb. 15, 1995
  • Pilot issue(s) for experimental use throughout March
  • Premier issue on April 2 after two weeks of evaluation
  • Other phases and growth as evaluation and technology permits

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REQUEST FOR INPUT

Responses to this proposal may be sent to: Doug Lucas DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)   …. For the project to succeed, many skilled volunteers with a heart for missions will be needed on a regular basis. Volunteers or suggestions for volunteers can also be sent to the address above.
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INPUT FROM PATRICK JOHNSTONE

The following was rec’d from Patrick Johnstone, author of Op. World We’d better take his messages to heart…….

Dear Doug,

Thank you for your proposal. I wish I had time to give a full evaluation of your proposal, but I am in the misdt of getting married – on Sat. and this will be followed by a honeymoon and I will be off the air for a month!

I have your letter, and also a copy sent to me by John Robb, and I also have Bob QWaymire’s rely to you.

The facts:

  1. A rising tide of interest in prayer for world evangelization globally. PTL.
  2. Dissemination of key prayer information is a major bottleneck – both in the mechanics of production and transmission of that information.
  3. To use electronic networks is a real option (of a number) We should develop a workable system, and maybe your proposal could lead to that.

The problems

  1. The number of glowing proposals for Christians getting together which fail is high – probably not far short of 100% from my limited experience. The eager beavers who are E-mail literate don’t realize how complex and time-consuming learning and operating the system actually is. Then the E-mail literates are rarely the missiologists, practitioners and front-liners who have the knowledge, but not the time, security systems, or computer familiarity to make it work.
  2. I receive one broadcast mailing of prayer requests from a brother serving in Belgium. He sends out a monthly list. I cannot use it – I don’t have the time to both read it and also incorporate those prayer requests into my prayer life, for they are not within my responsibility. I have to wipe it off my system after a glance. I do not see that any system that tries to collect, collate and disseminate info – even on the 100 Gateway Cities and 130 Gateway Peoples (for a start) can work. The burden on all will bring it rapidly to the point of overload.
  3. Security is still, for me, a jungle. Am I prepared to make the effort to have so many secure systems in operation. Who services and even copes with the multiplicity of passwords and software packages? Yet security is vital – especially on Internet.

Suggestions

  1. The multiplicity of Forums and Special Interest Groups on the various networks indicates that specialization is the ONLY way. This is not something that can later emerge – as you imply in your proposal, but should be part of the design from the beginning. My original concept for URPs was for a disseminated network of intercessor groups which are self-serving. No one center (AAPC, or whatever] can cope with all the info. I would see Brigada to be more effective as a network of networks. The key role would not be to collect or provide information, but information of networks that do provide this. To provide a monthly update of existing prayer/information networks and their E-mail addresses could be a vital service, and this service could also monitor the activeness of networks and ensure that momentum is maintained if one hub for the special interest group fails.
  2. Security would best be handled at the SIG level, and not from the co-ordinating center. You could not do this.
  3. The fewer people you need to service the system and the lower the cost of operation the more likely it is to succeed. I think your present plans are almost certain to founder on the lack of the right personnel and adequate finance.

May the Lord Jesus guide you!

In Him,
Patrick.

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INPUT FROM DAN SCRIBNER AT AD2000

Just rec’d this from Dan at AD2000 & Beyond’s Int’l Office in Colorado…

Dear Doug

Warmest greetings in the Lord. Brigida sounds like a wonderful plan. I hope AD2000 can contribute / assist in any way possible. At the moment we are up to our ears in aligators planning the GCOWE conference in May. We only have about a dozen staff here in the International Office.

Please keep me in the loop of communications regarding this and if there are any specific AD2000 related questions I certainly will try to give my input.

Warmly in Christ,
— Dan Scribner
Tel: (719)576-2000 AD2000 and Beyond Movement
Fax: (719)576-2685

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INPUT FROM JOHN SIEWERT AT MARC

Just rec’d this from John Siewert at MARC: Here are my thoughts on the items below:

Sounds like a good idea. It could certainly place vital information in the hands of those praying much quicker than conventional means.

However, if the communications need to be secure, electronic mail should not be used even though it is in almost all cases more secure than fax or regular mail, i.e., sensitive matters are best communicated on a person to person basis. An elaborate coding scheme could be set up for any of these means but that’s not too feasible on a mass basis.

My experience in serving as discussion leader for one month in the e-mail MISSION forum is that any e-mail-based undertaking takes more time than expected if responses are going to go back to those who ask questions, etc. Therefore Doug and the editor need to have some prime time set aside for this project.

.. John Siewert

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INPUT FROM BOB WAYMIRE

The following just arrived from Bob Waymire…

Dear Doug, et alia.

I hasten to reply to your message which I see arrived a few days ago (26th). I just got in from a conference and am out the door for a trip, so hasten to jot down some quick thoughts re your Brigada proposal. Generally, I believe additional and effective communication is needed in this subject area. Please draft up a model (or provide the first issure prior to release) of both the newsletter, and the telecommunication protocol and run it back past a few of us for review. That may prove as much or more helpful than the following. Hard and some sad experience tell this may be fruitful.

Brigada is: “A networking tool for discovering and tracking the information, people and resources on behalf of the United Prayer Track of the AD2000 Movement, John Robb of Unreached Peoples Track, the AAPCH, and VIV Grigg of Least Evangelized Cities Track.”

E-Mail

Need education and easy way to obtain needed addresses. Take the best of several different networks (Internet, Compuserve, America Online, Envoy, etc.) and come up with some that is very efficient and user friendly. I haven’t seen it yet, and I’ve been involved for over 30 years in telecommunication. I’ve had more promises of easy to use systems and procedures than you can imagine, and some from the people you are working with!!!!

Electronic Newsletter

Don’t assume too much in the beginning. Provide samples/models/tests–using the newsletter.

Send out 2 questionnaires–one with initial copy. One about 4 issues later–for fine-tuning and feedback after people get an opportunity to see what you are really publishing.

In addition to general education material, people are interested in status and information on specific cities, areas, peoples. Make sure there is something of particular interest in the same formand place in each edition….so busy readers can turn to their section of interest and find something. For example, a block statusing one or more cities/groups, or cities/groups in an area, etc….or a portion (reduced page) of a profile, that is informative but also let’s readers know what materials are available. A block/segment for prayer–etc.. A newsletter which is totally narrative with a couple of articles isn’t what is needed.

4 different readership levels:

  1. Hard core that will read everything, and are involved in the tracks/movements. Some may want to contribute materials, prayer requests, etc..
  2. Those being mobilized–churches, agencies, individuals who will use materials for specific activities and programs, both for guidance and updating.
  3. Laymen, some leaders, etc. that want to stay up on what’s going on in a general sense, and will look for their “interest corner” in each issue. May want reference library on some specific elements in the letter.
  4. Will receive, go into files, and may read something, and may scan to see if there is anything of interest. They want a good reference library of materials in a general sense.

Implementation

  • Steering Committee–is one of these people involved in the Prayer Network–officially?
  • There will be a need for info/data accumulation and storage (library). You’ll probably find you will need a dependable and qualified “info manager.” Perhaps that’s yourself.
  • Secunded persons may serve well, provided the F&R is well spelled out. This also applies to volunteers. As wonderful as volunteers can be, often you are at the mercy of their schedule. It’s best to spell the needs and expectations out–in writing. This saves a lot of problems later on. This written word is objective, and can minimize subjective confrontations.
  • You might want to contact Dr. Gene Davis in Tigard, Oregon regarding his and my experiences with the AAP Clearinghouse in and for India. He has some good procedures for recruiting UP support here in the US…and has it diagrammed out.

Time line

Since I didn’t receive this until Jan 26, and then couldn’t get to it until Jan.30, I realize this may be too late for any consideration, but may prove helpful somewhere along the line.

Philosophically and Strategically re the future.

Reading on through the “backdrop” I was prompted to put down the following regarding UP’s:

We will increasingly realize, upon reaching the point that most all of the people groups have heard and have responded to some degree with churches among them, that other huge portions of population not classified as part of “unreached peoples” but currently considered Christianized, will have to be re-reached/churched, because of a) there never really was a successful people group movement among them that continued, and b) new generations in formerly reached peoples are completely unreached/churched as regards a self-perpetuating church growth movement, and many have not even heard–even though the opportunity may have been or is there.

Also in the establishing of “beachheads” and initial churches among a people group we encounter and must conquer certain spiritual strongholds. However, as the “occupation” proceeds additional and numerous strongholds will be encountered and must be dealt with. So the theme is “always occupying” and “always growing” because we have never achieved a lasting victory this side of the end of the age. (Joshua would probably say, “We must invade and occupy (or possess) the land–that God has given us.”) All the new generations being born, make up new waves of the unconverted. They are born into new cultures that must first be understood in order to see penetration and contextualization. The past 30 years in the United States of America is a case in point. The “hippy”, “baby- boomers”, and “Jesus’ Movement” generation(s) present new challenges to older traditional strategies and methods of evangelism and church-planting and nurture. For the main part the Church is been ineffective in reaching them. The good medicine must be wrapped in a new, appropriate, palatable cover.

Summary: While new peoples and societies are being reached, old societies are producing unchurched generations.

The Grand Offensive

Unreached peoples and saturation church planting must be part of the same overall coordinated strategy. On the battle field (and we’re certainly involved in a battle in every field), the invasion and occupation strategies are all part of the same general strategy. Establishing the beachhead must be part of a larger strategy, or else it will soon revert to the enemy, or if it holds it will never accomplish the overall campaign objective of seeing the war won.

Well, Doug, you’ll have to determine the relative worth of all this. It’s done hurridly. I’m looking forward to meeting you at some point. Who are you with? Where do you live? What is your background? Where are you going? Why? All I have is an E-mail address.

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13) By default, we mention only first names. You’ll thank us later when you decide you want to cleanse the web of your full name. Also by default, we usually don’t publish email addresses of contributors. (They get archived on the Brigada site… and if we publish them, you’ll probably see an increase in spam anyway.) When we include email addresses — see #4 above.

14) We emphasize items with broad appeal (as opposed to a narrow focus or single people group). We do publish mission opportunities once and awhile, but usually only those aimed at a *group* rather than a job opportunity for just one highly focused individual. Our audience is close to 10,000… and we only publish up to 20 items per week… so we’re looking for items that interest the most people.

15) Sorry — we don’t publish appeals for support (at least 1/3 of our readers are missionaries, so we’d be preaching to the choir!).

16) Send your submissions to

In the subject line, please put: “Proposed Brigada Submission”.

17) Make sure you note any deadlines you’re working under… Most of the time we’re backed up two or three weeks on nondated items. Oops — we could be backed up quite a bit longer. :-( But part of that is due to not having a secretary or assistant. If we’re ever able to raise our full Brigada budget, we’ll be able to afford one… and then Brigadas will come out on time… So see? … chipping in a donation to Brigada will make a difference! :-)

18) Please don’t indent or center any lines in your item.

19) Please remove all formatting from the text; Keep it simple.

20) If you write in Microsoft Word, please turn off all “publisher” characters (like fancy quotes).

21) Keep security and sensitivity as a high priority — don’t compromise the identity of those you love.

22) If your name or email address doesn’t reveal your gender, please tell us if there’s any doubt, in case we refer to you later as a “he” or “she.”

23) We try to major in items relating to unreached peoples and/or the challenges of reaching them, along with helpful tools and resources to make it all work together.

24) We simply can’t include everything that is submitted; we reserve the right not to print it all. Much of our international audience is paying by the byte! Thanks!!!

25) Note that you can now collect instant feedback on your item. Just ask readers to click on the word, “Comment” below the item text. In this manner, there’s no need to wait for some kind of “compilation in two weeks,” as we used to have to do in the past.

Thank you for being a part of the Brigada family!

Note: We don’t charge any advertising fees for publishing your item in Brigada. However, if you’d like to pitch in toward the costs of even a part-time assistant, we’d do a much better job managing this publication. Thanks for understanding!

About Brigada…

Brigada is a web journal offering resources, strategy tips, tools & “hacks” to Great Commission Christians. It is edited by Doug Lucas, Team Expansion, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Here’s a very brief history:
Since January 25th, 1995, the weekly Brigada Today email journal has been informing Great Commission Christians about our great global quest: giving hope and help to those who need it most. During its initial 3 or 4 years, Brigada sought to create email discussion groups that would unify like-minded pilgrims in reaching specific pockets of people. Thankfully, now there are several specialist websites dedicated to that task. In more recent years, Brigada has honed in on what it always did best for Christians in God’s Great Cause:

  • Identify & promote helpful resources, conferences, websites, agencies, individuals, etc.
  • Analyze & capsulate in layman terms the current trends in global mission, along with their potential impact on the world of missions
  • Challenge & motivate evangelical Christians toward greater involvement in finishing the Task of global evangelism — to seek to inspire others to help in passing the baton of responsibility and initiative in world evangelism, to form a kind of “brigade” so that, shoulder to shoulder, we can finish the Task that Jesus assigned us in Matthew 28:19-20.

Today there are about 10,000 subscribers of our weekly publication who, together, make up the Brigada family of participants. May God grant all of us wisdom, insight, and energy to keep on sharing hope and help to those who need it most!

Here at our new “Web 2.0” site, we have, in a manner of speaking, re-created history, posting every past edition of Brigada Today via this blogging approach as if they had been written this way all along. The real truth is that the original versions of these Brigada Today editions were sent out as emails, then logged to the web in a completely different format. Beginning June 28, 2008, we recast them here in this new format, which includes multiple new tools such as all-site searching, date sorting, commenting, and much more.

Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

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