Monthly Archives: February 1995

19950226 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled by DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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NAVIGATION MAP

Two Brigada conferences — the top level “Brigada” and “Brigada-Albania-Durres” continued to expand with 26%+ growth this week, bringing their conference size to 58 and 14 respectively. Others came alive with first real activity. For example, if you’d like to subscribe to The Global Prayer Digest Online (which has come alive this week — thanks to Elise at the US Center!!!), the conference name is brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest. (Tack @xc.org onto the end of any conference name to get the conference address.) So, e.g., to subscribe to The Global Prayer Digest, just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the message
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

For more information on this process, see “NEW CONFERENCES BRING NEW GROWING EDGES” below
OR check out the list here on our Web server: List of Current Brigada Conferences

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IDEA DEPARTMENT

Why not forward a copy of this update to a friend who might be interested in Brigada! Also, you could start a special subdirectory on your PC called c:\brigada and in it, start a file called “BrigToda.doc” or something similar. Each week, when this message comes in, just call up the file and add the current week’s message onto the end of BrigToda and you’ll always have the latest information on Brigada and know exactly where to find it! Want to start by calling in the previous “Brigada Today” issues? They’re archived in the Brigada file area. (Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the sole line,
filelist brigada

and in a few minutes, you’ll receive in your ‘in-box’ a list of all the files stored in this area. You can then send email back to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the line,
get brigada brigada-today.950224

substituting in the name of the file that represents the issue date you’re looking for
OR check out the list here on our Web server: Issues of Brigada Today

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NEW CONFERENCES BRING NEW GROWING EDGES

During the past week, seven new conferences were created, though as of this morning, we are still waiting on CrossConnect to complete the associated “hub logistics”. (Note: Creating a new conference consists of two steps: [1] the set of commands that designs the framework and [2] the code that allows the conference to function on the hub. The first step is relatively easy. The Brigada Coordinator performs those commands and it normally takes no more than 30 minutes. The last step requires actual coding by CrossConnect staff people and normally delays the ‘birth’ of the conference by about 2 days. Under particularly heavy work loads however [as in this past week, when CrossConnect staff people were involved in helping launch a new server at MAF headquarters], the delay can be longer.) We’re hoping that the following conferences will be ready for use by next Tuesday or Wednesday:

  • brigada-colombia-bogota — featuring updates and prayer requests from field workers such as Mark Dempsey regarding new church planting in this city of 8 million people where the number of evangelicals is below 2%. Requested by field workers.
  • brigada-ecuador-guayaquil — where the number of evangelicals is, again, below 2%. Requested by field workers.
  • brigada-peoples-arab — to begin general brainstorming and dialogue regarding how to speed along appropriate care and concern to this, the remaining largest block of unreached people. Requested by Bill Kelley on behalf of many others.
  • brigada-peoples-latam — to provide a forum for discussing missions resources and outreach ideas to the remaining nonChristians in Latin America. Requested [repeatedly] by field workers.
  • brigada-prayer-requests — specifically for the posting of special prayer requests. Note that this will allow the prayer-mobilizers conference to focus on networking and mobilization ideas for congregations and movements. Requested by Dave Butts.
  • brigada-projects-brigada — to provide a forum for Brigada volunteers (conference “Moderators”, “Reporters”, “Consultants”) to exchange ideas, report problems, ask questions, and encourage one another. This will be the “Op Center” for the Brigada network. Requested, among others, by our CrossConnect staffer, Jonathan Marsden.
  • brigada-projects-cells — To allow those who are applying the cell group church planting approach to dialogue and exchange ideas on a more personal level than that allowed by other cell church mailing lists.

These new groups will bring the total number of Brigada conferences to 20 in all! Once these conferences are launched, you’ll see them in the list when you send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the following text in the message body:
conferences

OR check out the list here on our Web server: List of Current Brigada Conferences

In addition, if you’re slated to be Moderator for one of these conferences, you’ll receive email confirming your ‘subscription’, along with the standard “welcome message” for that new conference. So be patient! CrossConnect will come through!

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BRIGADA-ALBANIA-DURRES

This conference is set to come alive this week, with input from Albania Field Coordinator, Eric Derry, fresh back from crisscrossing Albania on a strategy/planning trip with on-site personnel. You can write Eric at EricDerryatxcdotorg  (EricDerryatxcdotorg)  
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A SAMPLER OF BRIGADA NETWORKING

Having consultants like World Vision’s John Robb online in Brigada can multiply our resources exponentially. As MARC’s Unreached Peoples Researcher, John tries to act as a catalyst for forming relationships that can be beneficial across the board to many in God’s kingdom. For example, this past week, noting Bill Kelley’s interest in Arabic peoples here on Brigada, John sent a note to Bill and Doug Lucas about a certain George Livingston who was trying to facilitate the formation of a network of churches that could launch a project for Turkic people. We contacted George and found him very eager to work together with the Brigada concept. His organization, Global Consulting Group, is at work full-time to draw attention to 10/40 Window opportunities and networking to reach them. George is at Compuserve 73124,2120. Thanks John Robb!
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ARLIEN, PORTRAIT OF A PRAYER WARRIOR

Out of the blue this past week, we received a call from a Mrs. Arlien Spring. Turns out that she is the Coordinator of the Mission Frontiers Vision Network. Several years ago, she began making the 100-mile drive to the US Center to do volunteer work there and has become a permanent part of the US Center staff. Someone had faxed her a copy of the ‘vision’ paper on Brigada that we circulated early on. Little did anyone know that she had been praying for the development of Brigada ever since. Why did she call? She wanted to know the name of Doug’s wife and sons because she felt that he would be attacked, along with those who were close to him, specifically because of the potential that Brigada held for reaching unreached people and cities! Right there on the phone, she started reading from Psalm 78, encouraging us to have “Faith, Obedience and Dependence on God”. She said that in the past, when God’s people didn’t trust Him to work out the future, little would happen. But during the times that they were fully dependent on him, amazing things took place. Her encouragement was to fully depend on God — then she broke right into prayer for Brigada. Our sense was, with this lady praying for Brigada like this, what might God do???!!! Thanks Arlien! [She’s getting an email connection specifically to keep in touch with Brigada’s growth so she can pray all the more effectively for the work of God around the world!]
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FILE OF THE WEEK

If you’re in a meeting with someone and they happen to mention, “Oh yes — I’ve been meaning to get a copy of those 100 Gateway Cities [which are the target of prayer for the October ’95 “Praying through the Window” prayer Campaign]. Are they available online anywhere?” Look no further. Tell them to send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the following lines in the text typed into the body of the message, exactly as they appear below (Compuserve users will need to send to INTERNET:hubatxcdotorg, of course). The last line gets a help file with more information:

subscribe brigada
get brigada 100-gateway-cities.txt
get brigada help-detailed

That’s all there is to it. The list of 100 Gateway Cities will come right into the email in-basket!

OR check out the list here on our Web server: List of 100 Gateway Cities

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NEXT WEEK — A review of “Light the Window”, the new video on the 100 Gateway Cities!

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19950219 Brigada Today

BRIGADA TODAY -- 24 of Feb., 1995

Compiled by DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg

IN THIS ISSUE....

"PLEASE =DO= HIT THAT REPLY BUTTON... -- ... if you'd like to send a message to the folks in your conference. Last week's item, "Please don't hit that reply button," gave at least a couple of participants the mistaken impression that if you reply to a Brigada message in a particular conference, your reply will be sent to Brigada participants throughout =all= conferences. NOT! Each conference stands by itself. If you've subscribed to one, you've not subscribed to all. So if you're a part of the brigada-prayer-mobilizers conference and receive a message from that conference, when you reply, it will go only to the members of =that specific conference=.

NAVIGATION MAP -- Here's a look at what' been established during our month of 'beta-testing'. Remember that you can determine the name of any conference by starting at the top and left and working over. For example, if you'd like to subscribe to _MF_ Online, the conference name is brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers. Tack @xc.org on any conference name to get the conference address. Then, e.g., to subscribe to _MF_, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with the message
"subscribe brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers". Following each conference in parenthesis is the number of participants as of today, Feb. 24. Obviously, this is for reference only and need not be included in any command or message.

CONFERENCE (#PARTICIPANTS)

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Brigada (46)

|-albania-durres (11)

|-argentina-laplata (12)

|-orgs-missionmobilizers (15)

|-teamex (79)

|-peoples-kazakh (3)

|-peoples-latam (to be added this week)

|-prayer-mobilizers (9)

|-projects-brigada (to be added this week)

|-lex96 (10)

|-security (3)

|-pubs-globalprayerdigest (5)

|-missionfrontiers (4)

|-ukraine-kharkov (3)

|-uruguay-montevideo (17)

CROSSCONNECT SENSITIVE TO USER FEEDBACK -- We're finding the folks at CrossConnect to be very sensitive to user input. For example, a couple of new Brigada participants 'replied' to the 'Welcome message' for their conference, thus unknowingly replying to the 'hub' computer, sending a ton of 'command lines' for the computer to go berserk over! CrossConnect listened and responded with new code that automatically sends such unknowing replies to the conference "owner" (the person in charge of overseeing that conference). Thanks Jonathan!

BRIGADA-ALBANIA-DURRES -- At last night's meeting in Louisville, the Northeast Chr. Ch. formalized its relationship with Team Expansion in adopting Durres, Albania, for the purposes of helping plant a new indigenous church planting movement there. The church has contacted David Foglebach in Detroit, a specialist with Muslims there. They will be working with David and Eric Derry to put together a 'first step' project with Albanians in Detroit this summer. This is an open conference in which anyone may participate.

BRIGADA-PEOPLES-KAZAKH -- The December issue of _The Kazakh Partnership_ has been placed in the file area of this conference. The Kazakhs are up and running!

BRIGADA-ORGS-MISSIONMOBILIZERS -- What was only an idea in Jeff Pike's head last week is reality today! Jeff Pike's entire AD2000 committee is now subscribed and ready to roll. Jeff and the others in his AD2000 & Beyond Track are committed to helping mobilize a new wave of missions 'movers and shakers' throughout the globe! Welcome to Brigada!

KHARKOV AND MONTEVIDEO CONFERENCES READY FOR ACTION -- Previously, when Larry Griffin or John Bliffen wanted to send news regarding the outreach in Montevideo, they would send their message via Compuserve to a "group" setting in their WinCim address book. But that meant that every time someone new wanted to be added to their list, they had to make sure to remind each other to update address books manually -- NOT a good use of a missionary's time. But that's a =great= use for computers! From now on, the brigada-uruguay-montevideo conference list will maintain the mailings =for= them, totally automatically. Would-be subscribers can just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with "subscribe brigada-uruguay-montevideo" in the body of the message, while Larry and John go make disciples! :-)

YOUR INPUT NEEDED -- Next week, we're planning on announcing Brigada publicly. If you have suggestions or comments regarding how or in what way Brigada should expand, send them to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. Thanks!

CITIES AND PEOPLES -- Over the next few months, and especially following the Global Consultation on World Evangelization and "Praying Through the Window II" this fall, God will be raising up networks of churches, agencies and individuals to form new outreaches to the unevangelized peoples and cities of the world. When that happens, it is our prayer that Brigada will be ready to serve as a piece of the communications puzzle for this vast international array of workers, resources and information. Remember that we're hoping that Kingdom citizens from many majority world countries will be on board, serving side by side with us. Many of them -- =MANY= of them have access to the INTERNET now. Brigada permits them to integrate information and ideas regardless of the specific type of email or INTERNET hook-up they have. It will take =work= . . . but the pay off is increased mobilization and synergy worldwide. We're hoping that for each newly adopted city or people, we can add a corresponding email network on Brigada to provide a forum for that group to share news and brainstorms. This will also provide opportunities for involvement for many workers who otherwise might have stayed in the fringes. Stay-at-home moms, retired persons, and college student-volunteers can collect and distribute information that =everyone= can use. Adopt-a-People Profiles that were once hiding out in filing cabinets can be posted for =anyone= to access =immediately=, at very little cost to the Clearinghouse or the user. With a simple 'send' to one address, conference leaders can communicate with participants all over the world. Pray that God will bless this new vehicle and its future.

NEW CONFERENCES TO BE ADDED -- After receiving requests from several missionaries in Latin America, Brigada will be adding a conference this week specifically allowing for networking and sharing of resources among missionaries in Central and South America. In addition, we'll be adding a new brigada-projects-brigada conference that focuses on the development, staffing and future of the Brigada concept itself!

FILE OF THE WEEK -- Curious about where the name, "Brigada", originated? Download the file that has the answer. It's a great way to learn how to 'get'! Just prepare a new entry in your emailer's address book entitled "Brigada Hub". The address should be

hubatxcdotorg (Compuserve users should use INTERNET:hubatxcdotorg). Then send a message to that address with the following text in the message body:

get brigada why-the-name-"brigada".txt

You can use this command in any conference on Brigada. Once again, the format is:

get

Try it... and find out why we're Brigada! Remember to match the exact case on file names! (In most cases, files will be posted in lower case.)

February 24, 1995

19950212 Brigada Today

BRIGADA TODAY -- 18 of Feb., 1995

Compiled by DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg

IN THIS ISSUE....

PLEASE DON'T HIT THAT REPLY BUTTON

BETA MONTH RAPIDLY DRAWING TO A CLOSE

BRIGADA-ALBANIA-DURRES -- Northeast Chr. Ch. Adopts Durres

BRIGADA-PROJECTS-LEX96 -- 20,000 in Lexington???

BRIGADA-ORGS-TEAMEX -- 85 Participants Already!

OTHER CONFERENCES READY TO ROLL! -- Peoples and Pubs

BRIGADA-PRAYER-MOBILIZERS SUBJECT OF A DREAM! -- You gotta' read this!

HELLO NEW FILES, HELLO NEW SUBSCRIBERS -- Working side by side...

BIG THANKS TO JONATHAN MARSDEN AT CROSSCONNECT -- The "INTERNET Wiz'"

NEED HELP? -- "Get" it when you want it!

PLEASE DON'T HIT THAT REPLY BUTTON... -- ... until you're sure you want to send a message to people all over the world! Throughout the network of Brigada conferences, if you 'reply' to a Brigada mailing, remember that your message =bounces= to every subscriber! If that's what you want, it can be great. But if you actually wanted to send an individual, personal note, it can be very embarrassing!!! :-) A word to the wise....

BETA MONTH RAPIDLY DRAWING TO A CLOSE -- Just ten days until we begin announcing Brigada publicly (March 1). Yet even though Feb. is a 'test month', some are already beginning to make good use of Brigada's networking capability...

BRIGADA-ALBANIA-DURRES -- (12 participants) The Northeast Chr. Ch. in Louisville, KY, came "on-line" today in the person of Lisa Middleton, the new Missions Secretary for the church (MiddletonLataoldotcom). Lisa will be coordinating communication to and from the Missions Team, chaired by Randy Gordon. The church has invested the past 3 months in prayer and preparation for "adopting" Durres, the second largest city in Albania. This Thursday, they sign the 'adoption papers'!!! :-) When they brought Lisa on board, they included Brigada as a major piece of her job description. Already today, she's busy shuffling messages and decisions back and forth between on-site workers in Durres and the Missions Team. The church wants to build a strong prayer ministry in preparation for their next phase of development, a short-term thrust in Detroit to work with ethnic Albanians that will hopefully result in a new Albanian outreach there.

BRIGADA-PROJECTS-LEX96 -- (9 participants) Planners and implementers are continuing an on-going discussion in this conference area to prepare for a giant missions mobilization campaign that will hopefully result in some 20,000 believers gathering in Lexington, KY, on Oct. 31, 1996. Their goal??? To help make sure there is "A Church for Every People" by Dec. 31, AD2000. The next 18 months will be key if the project is to succeed and the participants of this conference are determined to seek God's heart in making it happen.

BRIGADA-ORGS-TEAMEX -- (85 participants) This conference by far has the most participants, having moved its weekly HeartBeat On-Line news update to Brigada just 10 days ago. Each Thursday morning, all participants receive an update edited by Team Expansion's International Services office in Cincinnati, OH, then bounced via Brigada to missionaries and supporters throughout 11 countries, serving among some 16 people groups.

OTHER CONFERENCES READY TO ROLL! -- Through the next few days, several other conferences hope to fire up on-line, and with structures and practice sessions already in place, all the lights are green!

BRIGADA-ARGENTINA-LAPLATA (12 participants) heard from one of the on-site workers today. BRIGADA-PEOPLES-KAZAKH (formerly BRIGADA-CENTASIA-KAZAKH -- please make a note of the name change), BRIGADA-URUGUAY-MONTEVIDEO, and BRIGADA-PUBS-MISSIONFRONTIERS are all experimenting with first 'posts'. BRIGADA-PUBS-GLOBALPRAYERDIGEST is already functioning, though on a practice basis. Still, you can 'get' Friday's reading from the Global Prayer Digest (17 of Feb.) by joining and 'get'ing GPD.950217. (Note the upper case on GPD. On file names and commands, case =is= significant. We're currently evaluating the use of upper CASE ... in this case.)

BRIGADA-PRAYER-MOBILIZERS SUBJECT OF A DREAM! -- (7 participants) Lynn Heatley takes her prayers seriously. That's why not more than a month ago, when she woke up in the middle of the night with a 'start', she wrote down her feelings right then and there. She had dreamed of a greater involvement in prayer than ever before. And that's saying a lot for a young woman who is about to invest in office space in Chino, CA, specifically for the purpose of networking and mobilizing more prayer for worldwide Christian outreach. We met Lynn last December and were impressed with her vision. That's why we sent her a fax regarding Brigada last week, hoping she'd give input as to how we could inspire and motivate all the more prayer involvement throughout the land. But we hadn't heard about the dream. You see, in the dream, there was one word that kept coming back to her. "And when I woke up," Lynn said on the phone earlier this week, "I had that one word on my mind." The word? [Twilight Zone music in background] .... "Brigada," says Lynn. The Brigada networks had already been buzzing for a full week before the call. Hmmmmm........ See Lynn soon on the BRIGADA-PRAYER-MOBILIZERS conference. And if you haven't stopped by for the "muslim-prayer-guide", get it today. It's not too late to begin the 30-day prayer emphasis being sponsored by agencies and churches throughout the globe. The electronic version is ready for 'get'ing.

HELLO NEW FILES, HELLO NEW SUBSCRIBERS -- There are now 38 participants in the 'top level', "network of networks" BRIGADA conference (=this= one). This conference will be used for general updates and announcements that seem to relate to the over all network as a whole. 17 files have been posted, featuring everything from testimonies about the possibilities for Brigada (by the likes of individuals with names like Robb, Rowland, Pemberton and Stearns!) to a complete chart of the 100 Gateway Cities (for "Praying through the Window II" this October). You can get an annotated member directory, a brief explanation of why we proposed the name 'Brigada', pick off the original 'Brigada White Paper', and even 'get' a special tool that let's you send binary files via Brigada's text based email system!!! (uuexe521.bat, 52K, documentation included; note that both the sender and receiver will need this batch file.) New subscribers include Bible translators (like Dr. Rondal Smith of PBT and Ron Rowland of SIL), more overseas missionaries (like Dr. Doug Priest of Massai missions fame, now based in Singapore with Christian Missionary Fellowship, published by William Carey AND Viv Grigg with AD2000's Cities Resource Network), researchers (like John Gilbert, Southern Baptist Global Research Coord.), professors (like Dr. Eddie Elliston, Assistant Dean at Fuller's SWM, and Steve Burris, Distance Learning Coord.) and missions strategists/facilitators (like Dave Nesmith of Global Mapping's DMIS, and Elise Christol, who provides tech. support for the Research and Development arm of the US Center)! And there are more! (Just send a "who brigada" message to the hubatxcdotorg computer address for a full list.) But keep in mind that the real "roll-up-your-sleeves" work won't be occurring on this 'top' level (Brigada). It'll be occurring in the new "cities" section that Viv Grigg will be helping get under way, or among participants of Jeff Pike's new "AD2000 Mobilizing New Missionaries Network USA" due to be launched next week, or in Dave Butts' and Lynn Heatley's Prayer Mobilizers' conference, or in any one of the new "peoples" areas (like the Kazakh conference that John Robb recommended). If Brigada is to really be effective, we'll have to =make= it work. It won't happen automatically! So thanks to all who have jumped on board... It seems like we're ready to see some networking like never before. Korea here we come!!!

BIG THANKS TO JONATHAN MARSDEN AT CROSSCONNECT -- We continue to be baffled by the many skills and energies of Jonathan Marsden, who has served as our primary support specialist at CrossConnect in Colorado. (Although the Brigada hub is actually located in Columbus, OH, Jonathan and the CrossConnect staff 'telecommute' each day from the Rockies! You'd never know it by how fast he delivers tech support for this venture!!!) Without the help of JM at XC, we'd never have been able to get this far... and we'd shudder at trying to face the coming week of new start-ups! Join me tonight in praying for Jonathan's 4-year-old son, David, who is still recovering from a 104 degree fever he dealt with yesterday. And while you're at it, please thank the Lord for Jonathan's friendship and partnership in this new venture.

NEED HELP? -- "Get" the brand new file, "help-detailed" if you'd like a 4-page explanation, complete with a 10-point outline to handling the commands and structure of Brigada. The file is ready for use, but still "under construction," so input is welcome! If you want the 'quick start' version, just get the subset, "help". For those still getting used to the Brigada approach to 'get'ing files, send a message to hubatxcdotorg (for Compuserve users, that's INTERNET:hubatxcdotorg) that has the following line in the body of the text:

get brigada help-detailed

If you'd like the quick-start, just use...

get brigada help

The subject line is irrelevant and will be ignored. (Compuserve users have to fill it in, though, because the Cserve software requires it; you can use dots... or dashes--- or whatever you like! Again, it's ignored by the hub computer.) Remember that 'get'ing files is automated and requires =very= exact syntax, spelling and case. To see a file listing in your favorite area, send...

filelist

to the hub computer. Good luck!!!

18 of Feb., 1995

19950205 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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SECURITY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Received the following from G. R. (email address ommitted for security), who serves with Frontiers. My question to him was whether or not we could set up something like the brigada-albania-durres conference for a Muslim field and not risk compromising security. You can see that he actually seems to favor emailed stuff over and above fax, phone, or air mail! I’ve written him back for the encryption routine of his choice. Picked up a resource tonight judging the relative merits of various encryption programs and hope to test a few here in the next couple of weeks. Here’s GR’s reply:

Doug,
Your question about security and safety is a broad one and I am not sure what you are after.

If you are looking for heavy duty personal safety, terrorist threat, etc., Contingency Preparation Consultants, (805) 647-4329 are tops as far as I know. They do workshops, training, put out literature and maintain a good bibliography.

If you are talking mail into limited access areas, plain envelopes, no postage meter use and have someone who is security conscious read before mailing. Words that show a group or organization at work, talk politics, talk evangelism, church planting, etc. (changing the national religion or ways), use “Christian vocabulary”, ask how many were saved etc., discuss organizational news or church news regading the addressee are out.

Do not mail religious material or items unless asked. Ask people in the field what security rules they want you to follow. Phone and fax are similar to mail. E-mail is similar but can be encripted and with passwording, compression, etc. is relatively safe. Hope this helps, GR

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MARC’S JOHN ROBB GIVES GREEN LIGHT FOR BRIGADA

We recently wrote John Robb to ask these questions: “[Doug’s original note to John]


As you might recall, our original time line called for going “public” on April 2nd. At this point, I’m feeling we might be able to better that milepost, aren’t you? Maybe we can shoot for March 1st now to open the conference up broadly? That’ll give us still another month to work out the kinks and get some flow going. We picked up the Argentina conference today. That’s La Plata, the city that Pete Wagner and company visited over the past few years. We also heard back from the Kazakh Partnership Letter editor and they’re going to try to scan in their newsletter to produce ascii text. If we can pull it off, that’ll give us the Kazakh start that we need. I believe we’re at the point that we can go to the Crimean Tatar group now…. Still, don’t let me rush us if you feel we ought to hold back some more … I have a tendency to want to move fast on this kind of thing…. :-) Thanks again for your help!
Doug


John Robb just replied, “Doug, You are the best one to decide the time. If you have enough feedback and are satisfied that you have all the bases covered, then go ahead. Perhaps a pilot version, more scaled down could be launched first to see how it works and to get the bugs out of it.
-John
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BASED ON JOHN ROBB’S INPUT, A BRIGADA “PILOT” VERSION LAUNCHED

Based on John Robb’s input, we’ll be immediately launching a kind of “pilot version” of Brigada, with plans for a full implementation some 60-90 days from now.
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SUB-CONFERENCES READY FOR ACTION!

You can request a list of active conferences by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (without the braces) with a one-line message: conferences

In about 2 minutes, you’ll receive a reply from the hub with all conferences listed. You can then subscribe to any of the other lists using the same approach. Send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   and write in the body (not subject) of the message:

subscribe brigada-albania-durres
subscribe brigada-projects-lex96
subscribe brigada-orgs-teamex
end

The “end” is optional but recommended, esp. in the cases of services that put a ‘signature file’ on the end of your message.

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ARGENTINA PRAYER NETWORK UPDATE

The APNU (La Plata) is soon to come on board Brigada…. Watch closely for announcements about brigada-argentina-laplata, which should be added within the next couple of days. The email updates that have been going out solely via Compuserve will now be broadcast from the CrossConnect server, and allow all the more dialogue and exchange afterward!
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ISLAMIC PRAYER FOCUS STARTS TODAY

Contact World Christian News for more copies…. 719-380-0505.
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LEX96 CONFERENCE READY SOON!

Check the lex96 conference tomorrow for an update on today’s focus groups in Lexington. If you haven’t subscribed, you can do so and still catch the next posting.
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ALBANIA NEWS

Check the durres conference tomorrow for an update on the Northeast Chr. Ch. and its ‘next steps’ regarding the adoption of the second largest city in Albania. Feel free to subscribe.
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HEARTBEAT ONLINE COMES ONLINE

Check the teamex (Team Expansion) conference for the HeartBeat On-line on Thursday. Those who have subscribed will automatically be dropped from the weekly direct mailings.
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“WHERE DO I POST AN ITEM???”

Post an item as high in the chain as you feel it has relevance. If it’s “durres-specific”, by all means, use that conference. If it’s general for all to see, post it here to the Brigada general conference. But please do not post in more than one location. You can mention a ‘teaser’ or tickler to draw attention to action on a sub-conference. Currently, “Brigada” is the only conference that is moderated, meaning that your posts are viewed first, then approved and posted publicly. All others at this point post immediately directly from your screen.
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