Monthly Archives: May 1995

19950528 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL — 433!

Currently we are 433 in the “top level”! Check out the Brigada www homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html
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TAKE A LOOK AT THE GCOWE WORLDWIDE WEB PAGE

I believe we gave the wrong URL for the GCOWE page last week. It should be
http://www.AD2000.org/gcowe95/gcowe95.html
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THANKS TO THE FAITHFUL MARK-UPPERS!

Thanks, on behalf of all the users on the web, to those faithful friends of GCOWE who labored long and hard into the twilight hours so that people all over the world could read www pages and other updates re: GCOWE. It was literally a thankless job. As you read the first class www pages there, you’ll not see any claims for fame. Nope. No glory-seekers. Only the legacy of faithful servants, willing to use their skills for the Lord and the global expansion of his kingdom. At one point, last time I checked, the GCOWE worldwide web page was being “hit” hundreds of times per day (one day, over 700 times) . . . and this morning I speak on behalf of all those hundreds of people to say thanks. Here’s only one representative individual who appreciated that kind of dedication…. [we’ll make it anonymous, because it’s representative….]

Seoul is a long and expensive journey from the UK and your view was so helpful. I didn’t even have to work those 15 hour days to catch up on the conclusions! The electronic dissemination of the gcowe material has been one of the most useful applications of that medium I’ve come across.

This particular individual is headed to a missions training college soon — but currently works in telecommunications. May God be praised that he took time to read and pick up on the AD2000 & Beyond mission vision.

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WATCH FOR THE NEW BRIGADA-CITIES-RESEARCH CONFERENCE

It’s just around the corner — the 37th Brigada conference!!! Brigada-Cities-Research will provide a place for researchers to come together with saturation evangelism specialists who will be able to join with mobilizers who can talk with prayer warriors who will be able to swap comments with those who love the city! By next week this time, this “think tank” should be up and running!
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HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES?

We have!!! In fact, we’re ordering 200 of them for a special mobilization event this July! You can get them from several sources… Probably the most well known is the

Christian Information Network,
11025 State Hwy. 83,
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
(Tel. 719-522-1040).

But you can also order from Caleb Project (303-730-4170 in Colorado). If ordering from CIN, send a check for the amount of $8.95 and make sure you note clearly that you want PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES. (They have other books that cost the same amount.) If ordering from Caleb, ask them for the pricing information based on the volume you’re ordering. This book, written by Pete Wagner, Stephen Peters, and Mark Wilson, will “walk you through the window!” As you probably have already heard, the “window” refers to an area between the 10th and 40th latitudes stretching from N. Africa east through Asia. Most of the world’s Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists live there, perhaps making up as much as 95% of the unevangelized world! In addition, 84% of the world’s poor are there as well. Praying… takes you one city at a time, one page at a time, across the entire 10/40 Window and is complete with maps, illustrations, and accompanying articles. We’re using it with a mobilization project that we hope will involve 200 congregations in adopting these 100 cities — and/or other people groups/cities, taking long-term responsibility for helping plant a church in each location. Praying… is great for personal or group use. At the luncheon we’re organizing for July, we’ll be seating the (hopefully) 1000 people in groups of 10 at each of 100 tables. Each table will be named according to one of the 100 Gateway Cities and there will be two books available per table for use during a special 9-minute mini-Concert of Prayer to be led by Dave Butts ( href="Dave2000ADataoldotcom%29.">Dave2000ADataoldotcom). Join me in praying that these and other events will help us prepare not only for the emphasis in October, but also for the months that follow! And if you get a chance, please pray for our Envision ’96 Mobilizers’ Luncheon, scheduled for July 17th. Thanks!

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF GCOWE….

How will we keep track of the results??? We hope Brigada will contribute, even a tiny bit. For example, pray that we’ll have “champions for the cities” who will take on the responsibility of starting up a new conference for each of the 100 Gateway Cities. Are you scheduled to take a prayer journey to one of the 100 GWCs this October? Know someone who is? Would you like to help by moderating a new conference to get together the minds, hearts and prayers for that location? If so, reply to this message as to which city’s conference you’d consider coordinating. We’ll send instructions on how to get started. Some technical knowledge of email would be helpful — but if you’ve got a desire to learn and a strong motivation, you can do it regardless of your level of expertise coming in. Most importantly — you’ll need staying power to keep at it through October… and probably an hour or so per week minimum to volunteer your time. Thanks for considering this ministry — which could bring together focused prayer and participation from all over the world through Brigada!

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19950521 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Now with over 400 Participants!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY

They came together from all over the world — 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization — and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose — to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won’t be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered??? Among them will be …

  1. Reconciliation — Japanese with Koreans, Arabs with Jews, Russian Orthodox with evangelicals, denominations with other denominations.
  2. 10/40 Window — From the sermons and presentations to the planning and even the singing… we won’t forget the imaginary rectangle stretching from ten to forty degrees North of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia, where the greatest concentration of unevangelized people reside.
  3. Int’l participation — Not only were two-thirds of the participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia, but the majority of the consultation’s funding came from those nations as well. Western missionaries took notes as African, Asian and Latin American leaders presented their successful methodology. They had become full partners in the task.
  4. Prayer — At the great evangelical consultations (Lausanne I, Lausanne II in Manila, etc.), prayer has always been an ingredient. But some — even the “old-timers” — said they couldn’t remember a time when prayer permeated every component so thoroughly. Who can forget the Cities Track closing, where Viv Grigg organized separate, targeted prayer for each region being reported on? Who will ever forget the Concert of Prayer during the plenary? Prayer in the hallways, prayer in the national meetings, prayer here, prayer there…… prayer as a major weapon or tool in our confrontation with the enemy. It was clear that prayer had finally “arrived” — and was seen as a superior “weapon” in the international worker’s tool box, along with less powerful tactical strategies or scientific church growth approaches.
  5. Networking — Some said that the most valuable times came not during a main plenary session, or even the tracks, but rather in the hallways, over the dining tables, and on the buses, where international workers from around the world met up with mutually helpful contributors from continents around the globe.
  6. Promise — From all the media accounts and reports from the International Office, you’d think this would be the consultation to end all consultations! Well it just might be! As strategies are completed and partnerships gel, God just might raise up international forces that would reach parts of our world that have never been reached before.

In the end, however, what was GCOWE 95 not about? From all appearances, it was not about a global plan. Perhaps it was never meant to be. At one point in the conference, I wrote, “Today, I’ve been sensing a special burden for the fact that there are only four days left of this conference. I’m only one participant — but as for this participant, I was very concerned about the fact that to me, it seemed we hadn’t been told exactly what part we were all supposed to play in this giant tapestry that is supposed to be called, the AD2000 & Beyond movement. In other words, how will we honestly pull it off…. the goal of “A Church for Every People, and the Gospel for Every Person by the year 2000.” I was feeling that there was no “global master plan.” I was feeling as if it was being left to chance. I was asking myself, “Can it be done by Dec. 31, 2000?” I was answering, “Unless someone spells out a strategy in the next four days, I’m not sure there would be any earthly means. It would be totally in God’s hands.” Then it occurred to me, maybe that’s exactly what the leaders of this conference want us to realize. They’re hoping we’ll take this goal and apply it to our own network, be it country-wide, region-wide, or wider. They’re hoping we’ll carry it to our ‘track’ — be it “Saturation Evangelism”, “Denominational Leaders”, or whatever. As a result, it feels…. less “organized.” (OM Director George Verwer says “Where two or three are gathered together, there you have a mess!”) It feels kind of as if we’re leaving something to chance. On the other hand, the AD2000 & Beyond movement’s leaders are probably asking themselves, “How can we presume to forge a global plan among so many varying participants?” And you know what? They’re probably right. Even if they tried… it probably would never work. Maybe the world is too complex to divide up into a mosaic of people groups and expect various parts to “claim” various segments of the tapestry. Maybe it won’t feel as tidy — but maybe it’s for the best. ……… And, after all is said and done, maybe they’re thinking that we toss out the bold goal that would be impossible through man’s efforts — then we all go to our knees knowing that it all depends on God. If God accomplishes it, we will celebrate. But even if He doesn’t, we will still have formed a church that looks more like his prayer in John 17. And maybe that, in and of itself, is worth all the energy invested!”

Want to read GCOWE plenary addresses, journal articles and more? Point your worldwide web browser to http://www.ad2000.org/gcowe95 and you can get it all!

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT MAF’S ADVANCES IN GLOBAL COMMUNICATION?

During one of those long bus rides in Seoul, we met with MAF communications guru Jon Lewis. Wow! They’ve put together an integrated plan that includes three levels. First, they want to help establish global communication networks worldwide. That means intentionally finding international Christian workers who will learn about email, computing and networking. They’re leaving nothing to chance — the training, the equipping, and the dreaming! Second, they’re building on the CrossConnect foundation that can provide the fabric for global partnerships. Third, they’re putting together the local possibilities to connect to the worldwide computing population. How? By launching computer networks in areas where no wire has gone before, using all kinds of equipment, from simple low-tech Radio Shack transceivers, to VHF and HF radios, to satellite store and relay technology. Note that this last possibility is similar to amateur radio’s “HamNet” — except MAF is launching networks where communication won’t be limited to amateur (hobby) discussions. Bottom line??? Perhaps by mid-summer, you’ll be able to send a fax from anywhere in the Tanzanian bush, using a simple $1000 handheld transceiver for less than $1 per page!!! This would be cellular technology to pieces!!! Thanks to the visionaries at MAF for dreaming and doing!!!

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19950514 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Now with 381 Participants!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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NEW CONFERENCES

Join us in welcoming Brigada-Russia and Brigada-projects-louisianamobilizers to the Brigada family of communication networks. The new Russia conference will create an interface to facilitate the reaching of the unreached in Russia. It will allow the various networking of individuals and partners to report, share ideas and pertinent news, offer up prayer requests, and encourage additional partnerships. Eventually, Dale Brugler, who serves as moderator, hopes to spawn sub-conferences that would focus on specific cities and people groups within Russia. The louisianamobilizers will seek to mobilize Christians and Churches in Louisiana for Frontier Missions. This conference will allow the various networking individuals to share ideas on how to help others in Louisiana catch the “Missions Vision” as well as promote regional conferences, missions workshops, seminars, etc. Reports on what your churches, missions committees and agencies are doing are encouraged. Thanks to Nathan Martin for his partnership in this new venture!!!
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DID YOU CATCH THIS ON THE GROWTH IN MOZAMBIQUE?

Following the long civil war, there is great openness for Christianity in Mozambique. The guards and all 700 prisoners in a jail in the capital, Maputo, watched the film in complete silence. At the end, as usual, the team asked all those who were interested in following Jesus to stand up. The response: all 700 prisoners and all the guards! According to the leader of the Jesus Film Project, the international norm is that 10% respond, but of the approximately 21,000 who have seen the film in its first presentations since being translated into the Makhua language spoken in Mozambique, 40% have responded. Source: Update 2/95 Campus Crusade, USA.

Subject: Revival continues to sweep US campuses

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CAMPUS REVIVAL CONTINUES

This note is from National and International Religion Report (4/17/95). The powerful, national revival that began in Brownwood, Texas, continues to jolt American college campuses. Thousands more students as well as some faculty and administrators have participated in public confession, restitution, and reconciliation. “In 25 years of teaching I’ve never seen anything like this,” reported church historian John Woodbridge, a Trinity Evangelical Divinity School professor, remarked. “It is a wonderful work of the Spirit of God.”
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TWO WAYS TO KEEP UP ON GCOWE ’95

To receive a daily report on GCOWE ’95, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-gcowenews.

So far, well over 80 people have subscribed to this GCOWE “news channel” on Brigada — even though it’s only a week old!!! For those with access to the Worldwide Web, point your browsers to http://www.ad2000.org/gcowe95/gcowe95.htm to read the actual text from the addresses being delivered here, along with other interesting items. The Brigada channel is more of a personal perspective from Doug Lucas; the www pages are compiled by actual AD2000 staff and a group of volunteers who have been willing to work very hard to help make the information available internationally.

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CORRECTION TO THE FRIDAY GCOWE/BRIGADA REPORT

Thanks to Larry Boggan, who reports that the Mission Frontiers current subscription list has now topped 110,000! We erroneously reported 45,000 last week. Apologies!
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PRAYER JOURNEY MANUAL READY FOR USE

Looking for help in organizing your prayer journey (to pray “on site with insight”)? Get Prayer Journeys: a Leader’s How-to Manual from Caleb Project. If you believe that God desires to use you and your church to welcome His kingdom advance throughout the world, you probably already know that prayer journeys are one way to do just that.

A prayer journey will invigorate your faith, deepen your love, and inspire your hope. Never again will the world look the same. You will know that you are a part of something so grand, so historical, so biblical, that normal things will never look the same. Come and join the triumphal procession! For more information, or to order a copy, contact John Hanna at ghannaatcprojectdotcom  (ghannaatcprojectdotcom)   or write 10 W Dry Creek, Littleton, CO 80120. (Tel. 303/730-4170, Fax: 303/730-4177) Thanks for the excellent work, Caleb Project!

19950507 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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NETWORKING QUESTS FOR MOROCCO AND ESTONIA

This past week, we rec’d a note from Allen Page brudatesslinkdotcom  (brudatesslinkdotcom)   asking that we put word out for the “hutterian brethren”, who are searching for an email contact in Morocco. If you have information or would like to check out this quest, write to brudatwebbscodotesslinkdotcom  (brudatwebbscodotesslinkdotcom)  . Note: As in all cases regarding Muslim countries, please be sensitive to the kinds of messages you send to believers in Islamic areas. Some email hubs — and sysops — are wide open to scanning for key words in subject lines and text. Yet another user is apparently looking for contacts in Estonia — “Norie L. Roeder” 73611dot1555atcompuservedotcom  (73611dot1555atcompuservedotcom)  . These were evidently broadcast on “MissionNet” by Ron Smith.
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THE YEAR 2000 HAS MEANING FOR OTHERS BEYOND LUIS BUSH!

Did you happen to catch the LA Times on May 2? (What? You don’t read the Times each day? :-) ) Check out page E1. The material is copyrighted, so we won’t republish it here, but you can probably locate a copy at your public library. Briefly stated, the article describes all kinds of “end of the millennium” celebrations that will occur, including comments and plans by Jack Hayford, Robert Schuller, and even the Pope himself. For those of us in missions circles, we can only hope that this era of celebration would help draw attention and momentum to the plans and prayers we’re laying before the Lord. Interestingly enough, a large section of the article consists of quotes and comments from author Jay Gary. The LA Times quotes Gary as saying, “‘No one would let their grandmother’s 100th birthday go by without a tremendous celebration,’ says author Jay Gary. ‘So we shouldn’t let the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus pass without giving him a magnificent tribute.'” Of Jay, the paper reports, “Gary, 40, a Colorado consultant who refers to himself as ‘the Millennium Doctor,’ is top cheerleader for a turn-of-the-century Christmas spectacular. He has written a book (“The Star of 2000″), cranked out press releases and created an Internet forum to promote the idea.” As a matter of fact, the author of the Times article seems fairly positive toward Jay’s book. He writes, “Gary’s book offers a multitude of suggestions: religious pilgrimages (Rome, for example, is reportedly expecting an extra 10 million visitors in 2000), Jesus video parties (watching Franco Zefirelli’s six-hour epic “Jesus of Nazareth” with friends at home), walking in a worldwide March for Jesus (this May 27 and continuing each year until 2000), attending plays such as “Godspell” or “Jesus Christ Superstar,” or making a special donation to charity. Even a small act is meaningful, he says, quoting an ancient proverb, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” And what about his own plans for Christmas, 2000? On that point, the Millennium Doctor remains surprisingly uncertain: ‘My calendar is still open.'”

Most interesting to Brigada followers will be the fact that Jay often frequents Brigada conferences himself — href="jgaryatrainbowdotrmiidotcom%21">jgaryatrainbowdotrmiidotcom! Congratulations Jay! Great to have a “famous person” on board the Brigada network! :-)

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KURDS COMING TO CHRIST, BUT MAYBE NOT AS FAST AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED!

Thanks [again] to Bob Skiles, who sent word last week that “over 100 Kurds had recently come to Christ in one of the greatest “people movements” of our day.” This week, Bob gave a slight correction to his comments, mentioning that he has now learned that these 100 comments had apparently come over a more extended period of time throughout the past few years. So we can still rejoice that God’s word is spreading, and pray that this is a prophetic error??? :-)
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BRIGADA-PEOPLES-ARAB PARTICIPANT SUGGESTS MIDDLE EAST NEWS SOURCE

So what goes on in all those conferences below Brigada’s “top level”? At the least, resource sharing! Take Bill Kelley’s comments this past week, for example. “If you are looking for a email news service that focuses on the Middle East, I’d suggest MSA news. Subscribe to MSANews-requestatmagnusdotacsdotohio-statedotedu  (MSANews-requestatmagnusdotacsdotohio-statedotedu)  . One word of warning: This list produces an awful lot information. Does anybody else have a favorite news source?” Bill is a CrossConnect member at BillKelleyatXCdotorg  (BillKelleyatXCdotorg)  . Keep up the good work, Bill!
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BRIGADA-PUBS-GCOWENEWS OFF AND RUNNING

Never have so many bytes been broadcast so quickly!!! If GCOWE 95 does nothing else, it will at least produce lots of text!!! :-) The Brigada-Pubs-GcoweNews channel is up and running. Many Brigada participants sleuthed it out this past week before it was even officially announced and have already subscribed and begun receiving material!!! Throughout the next couple of weeks, Brigada will go “on site” at the Global Consultation on World Evangelization with interviews, reports and chronicles of the biggest and most global Christian event of the decade… and maybe in history. If you can’t travel to Seoul, but want lots of email reports in your in-basket, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-gcowenews

You’ll begin receiving near-daily reports immediately. When you do subscribe, you will already have missed several mailings. If you’d like to catch up on everything in one fell swoop, send email (again) to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada-pubs-gcowenews.9505

This command will send you the archive record of all of the conference’s mailings in one shot.

Here are some of items already posted… so you can get a sense of GCOWE without having to endure jet lag!

  • gcowe-intro.bush – An article by Luis Bush describing what GCOWE hopes to accomplish
  • intro-for-gcowe-delegates.950512 – Text taken directly from the Introduction section of the GCOWE Participants’ Notebook
  • gcowe-sched.950512 – Daily schedule for GCOWE delegates, from the beginning to the end of the consultation
  • natl-plans.950512 – GCOWE notebook text describing the purpose and format for meetings based around plans for each nation in attendance
  • partnership.950512 – Excellent section of GCOWE notebook dealing with the development of partnerships. Get this one if you don’t get any other.

Make sure you observe “case” on these files (i.e., don’t use upper case when the file name is given in lower case).

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INTERESTED IN ENCRYPTION?

The Brigada-Projects-Security conference continues to brainstorm regarding communication in and out of sensitive areas. Recently, Speed the Need operator, David Hatch speedatnetnetdotnet  (speedatnetnetdotnet)  , found a great FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file on the WorldWide Web. To view it, point your browser at:
http://www2.infoseek.com/Titles?qt=encryption+faq

Remember that Compuserve users now have 3 hours per month on the www included in their base monthly rate (when using Version 1.4).

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ATTENTION GCOWE DELEGATES AND THEIR FRIENDS/FAMILY

Wanting to send email to a delegate at GCOWE? Pete Holzmann, who is in Seoul working frantically to lay the groundwork for the conference, informs us that the mailbox, gcowe-messageatxcdotorg  (gcowe-messageatxcdotorg)   can be used for this purpose. Users should make sure they put the person’s name at the top of the form. Volunteers in Seoul will print the message, then post it on the message board. Those expecting to receive emailed messages should check the board daily.

In addition, Pete has issued the following contact phone numbers, just set up as of last night! Message center: fax number 82-2-570-7729; Message center telephone #: 82-2-570-7720,7721,7722.

Pete also adds, that telephone line adapters are available locally for about $4) each.

And MOST importantly — Pete writes, “If anyone has not told us their travel plans (flights, dates, times), send it in NOW. We can’t pick you up otherwise. AND, if you are booked for a hotel room and don’t show, YOU WILL BE BILLED FOR IT. Hotels are holding out huge piles of rooms for GCOWE delegates; no-shows are responsible for their own rooms.

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NEW CONFERENCES

Watch for special announcements for several new conferences to be added in the next few days. Already launched is a new conference called brigada-orgs-uscwm-budelpeople that tracks developments and opportunities in India as chronicled by US Center for World Mission. For a current list of other Brigada conferences, complete with a one-line description of each, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
conferences
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LOOK AT THE WWW & SEE HOW WE’LL SUBSCRIBE TO CONFERENCES IN THE FUTURE

If you’ve got access to the worldwide web, point your browser to this experimental page: http://www.xc.org/Brigada/howtofor.html This is a cooperative experiment between Brigada and CrossConnect’s Jonathan Marsden. In short, using a WorldWide Web page form, you’ll be able to subscribe to any conference you choose and automatically start receiving updates in your inbasket. No more commands to remember — and no more sending messages to the ‘hub’. We hope this will answer one of the primary areas in which Brigada users experience difficulty. Watch in the future for the full activation of this new approach. Thanks to Jonathan Marsden for his cooperation on this venture — for the benefit of all CrossConnect conferences!

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