Monthly Archives: June 1995

19950625 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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IF YOU CAN FIND FOUR MORE FRIENDS TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

… we’ll cross that 500 mark!!! That’s right, as of this moment, there are 496 subscribers to the “top level” of Brigada. In honor of what will be an historic event (our 500th subscriber), we’ve decided that the lucky person (“Mr. or Ms. 500”) will receive his/her subscription to Brigada absolutely free. (Of course, so did the other 499! ) For information on how to sign up those missing four participants, see the end of this mailing.
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CHALLENGE YOUR AUDIENCES WITH “THE CHALLENGE…”

If you attended GCOWE, then you probably haven’t forgotten the effective 11-minute video presentation entitled, The Challenge of Our Unfinished Task. Now you can order the very same video that you and others viewed in Seoul! Available from WorldChristian News&Books for $14.95 (including US postage!), this video won’t let you down. If you’re given two chances to preach, say, morning and evening, in the church you’re visiting this Sunday, show them Light the Window during one service and The Challenge… during the other. For more information or to order, email Paul Filidis at wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or write P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936.
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CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Thanks to Sherm Pemberton, missions prof. at Pacific Chr. College, for bringing us up to date on a new service that apparently will soon be available only from your Sabre-equipped travel agent. Thanks to the folks at Kroll Associates, MCI and Sabre, you’ll be able to get a “safety report” on traveling to any one of some 250 cities around the globe via the Sabre computer system. Here’s the best part — the report is evidently updated on a daily basis!!! Included will be general safety suggestions; information about currency, transportation and weather; emergency numbers; details about customs; and updates on special conditions and events. Evidently, after the six month premier of this service, the providers might renegotiate to send the service over other lines (e.g., online services???), but for now, as mentioned above, you’ll need a Sabre-equipped travel agent on this one. (Once again, thanks Sherman!)
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STILL TRAVELING, IN SPITE OF THE WARNINGS? GET THIS CALLING CARD

We’re still wondering in disbelief. Thanks to Jeff Pike for filling us in on a special calling card that’s apparently free! Here’s the note from Jeff: “Hey travelers! [Want a] free Calling Card with no surcharge and a flat rate of 17.5 cents per minute? Money Magazine, July 1995 issue, pronounced it the “best buy now” in calling cards. NO SURCHARGE. (AT&T, Sprint and MCI all add a hefty 80 cent surcharge on each call) [This] card is absolutely free. [Plus…] no monthly minimum, and no credit card billing or surety. This is a stand-alone card–no need to change your long-distance carrier. Just get billed for what you use at the flat rate of 17.5 cents per minute (state to state). Competitive International rates also. Provided by LDDS, the 4th largest long distance company in the US and backed by 24-hour Customer Service, 7 days a week. For a simple and quick flyer with enrollment form, please send a self-addressed and stamped RETURN ENVELOPE to: Discount Calling Card, 7540 SW Miner Way, Portland, OR 97225.” Thanks to Jeff for this note. Readers, please fill us in after you’ve been billed for a month or two. Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it!? Guess that’s why Jeff is “going places”!!!
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UPDATE ON “GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST APPROACHES THE CENTURY CLUB!”

In the June 16 edition of Brigada Today, we reported that the GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST was about to join the “century club” with over 100 subscribers. We’re happy to add that the GPD crossed that mark and now has 107 subscribers. To make it 108 — and get a daily prayer reminder for some unreached group — send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest
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“FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL”

And what’s more, during June (talk about “clockwork”), exactly 30 “daily readings” were emailed to those 100 or so participants for a total of some 3180 messages!!! That makes the GPD the “busiest” conference on Brigada! The “next busiest” is this “top level” conference, with weekly messages sent to around 500 subscribers – – resulting in about 200 messages less by the end of the month: 2970. (Thanks to Jonathan Marsden of CrossConnect for programming our statistics report.)
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MODERATOR SECURED FOR BRIGADA-CITIES

25 of you are still waiting for your Brigada-Cities conference to take wing! But God has answered our prayers! On June 2, we asked (in the Brigada Today) for prayer that someone would moderate this conference on behalf of the AD2000 & Beyond Cities Track to build further momentum and help network those who have a heart for the city. Thanks to those who prayed! Mark Shelly, the coordinator for Lincoln Christian College’s new urban study center in Chicago, has prayerfully volunteered to fill this important role. He’s finishing his doctoral dissertation at the moment, but hopes to begin this task just in time for the 100 Gateway Cities prayer campaign in October. And what better place for the base!!! He’s just down the street from Ray and across town from tons of other urban consultants. For now, though, We’ll let Mark go back to his books … but will look forward to his partnership to begin in just three short months! Thanks Mark! (Yahoo, Viv! We’re finally in business! ) Now — if we can just see a similar answer for Brigada-Peoples!!!
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BIG NEWS! AD2000 & BEYOND CONDUCTS SURVEY

Here’s the biggest news since May 25th. AD2000 & Beyond (more specifically, Luis Bush) is busy surveying GCOWE participants to put together a plan that would allow the production of prayer profiles and strategy helps for reaching the least evangelized groups remaining in the world. Currently being referred to as “The On-Site Peoples Research Project”, the background rationale is stated like this: “In order to pray effectively and to launch strategic mission efforts to the approximately 2500 significant least evangelized peoples of the world, we must have accurate data and assessment. This will provide the information needed for the production and update of the prayer profiles required for churches and for the October 1997 global AD 2000 prayer initiative [on the least reached peoples of the world]. It will also create an awareness resulting in a new wave of mission effort both by On-Site Peoples Research Project participants as well as supporting churches and missions.” [Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] [We’re not in any way excited about this, naturally.] The resulting purpose statement? “The purpose of the On-Site Peoples Research Project is to gather information for intercession and church planting efforts. Teams will visit each of the approximately 2500 significant least evangelized peoples composed of both national and expatriate workers. The results of these visits will be compiled. …[Information and profiles will be gathered to ensure that there is a prayer profile for each of these groups by April 30,1997.” Here are the action steps currently in the hopper:

  1. Clean-up of the list of significantly large least evangelized peoples.
  2. Development of the questionnaires with consultation of primary users.
  3. Recruitment of participating organizations and consultative committee.
  4. Resource development for the project.
  5. Letter written to national and regional coordinators requesting their involvement.
  6. Preparation of a training manual for the on-site research project participants.
  7. Assignment of peoples, countries and regions in consultations.
  8. Visits to the significantly large least evangelized peoples by teams.
  9. Update of computer information on these peoples.
  10. Production of updated prayer profiles.
  11. Distribution of prayer profiles.
  12. Production of profiles for local church adopt-a-people program, for mission’s agency and country-wide church planting efforts.
  13. Convene consultations for mission agency leaders to present challenge and profiles for local church adopt-a-people program, for mission’s agency and country-wide church planting efforts.”

Here’s how you can help today: Pray that God will empower this new effort. Pray that He will allow the participants to overcome all the efforts that Satan has invested in past attempts to gather this information. Ask God for victory in a battle that has been years in the making. Pray that participants will not rest until step 14… [and beyond] is completed. Ask God for harmony among the varying opinions and approaches that we as human beings seem to naturally bring to the table every time we join a new project. [soapbox mode on] Truthfully, if you ask me, this is one battle that Satan has been winning… up ’til now. So, prayer warriors, please take me seriously. If we’re to be ready for an earnest effort to muster volunteers to adopt the least reached peoples during October, ’97, this is the plan we’ll need to start today! Please pray. [soapbox mode off]

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following two words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada

There are now nearly 40 different ” conferences”meeting as a part of the Brigada family of networks. (Note that you get to choose which one to join, based on your interests. To see a full list of the choices, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the word
conferences

in the text of the message.) This Brigada Today is the one place (the “top level”) where all participants meet, share ideas and swap resources.

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Have a great day!!! BRIGADA TODAY — 30 of June, 1995
In just six months, the final decade in the millennium will be 50% completed. Whew… I hope he tarries until Dec. 31, 2000! We’ve got a lot of work to do yet.

19950618 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL

When we say “top level”, we mean the “foyer” where all Brigada’s networks converge with the Brigada Today (the simple conference you get when you say, “subscribe brigada”). There are now nearly 40 different “conferences” meeting as a part of the Brigada family of networks. (Note that you get to choose which one to join, based on your interests. To see a full list of the choices, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the word
conferences

This Brigada Today is the one place where all participants can find out about new developments and resources for reaching the portion of the world that still remains outside the touch of Christ’s compassion as demonstrated through human hands. The fast-growing participation here is a reflection of the way people can and need to come together — to share ideas, advice and helps. If you’re new, welcome to Brigada! If you’ve been on board since March 21st, our official opening day, thanks for your continued participation! We’ve now reached a total of 478 participants in this particular conference… and there are even more who are working at other levels of the Brigada network that haven’t yet subscribed to this “top level”! God has blessed! Thanks for your support. If you know if someone who might be interested in this effort, please forward to them this issue of Brigada Today!

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CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT

Note that contrary to what was reported last week, “Pete Holzmann’s “Globe” project was not the popular PC Globe program, but rather an earlier GMI project called “Globe” that was never widely distributed. (Ed. Note: Okay, so maybe I exaggerated! ) He also wants to clarify that he’s never earned lots of money, but rather has “given up” opportunities to do so in order to serve the Body.” (Additional Ed. Note: Thanks, Pete, for your honesty! We’re still indebted to you for your contribution to CrossConnect and everything else you touch!)

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“BRIGADA-PROJECTS-DFWMOBILIZERS” BRINGS SPECIAL PRAYER CENTER TO LIGHT

On the Brigada-projects-dfwmobilizers conference recently, Bob Skiles shared news about the new Dallas-Fort Worth Prayer Fasting Center, an intentional attempt to promote strategic prayer for world evangelism, personal renewal, and worldwide revival. As we understand it, the Center serves as a kind of retreat house, specifically set aside for prayer and fasting. In fact, if you’re passing through the Dallas area, you could elect to stay at the Center in lieu of an expensive hotel! We interviewed Bob briefly to learn more about the Center and its purposes:

BT: Bob, this is an exciting idea. Could you tell us again why this center has been launched?

Bob: For the body of Christ to seek, and pray that Lord of the harvest will send labors into the fields, send revival to America and the world.

BT: What do you hope to accomplish?

Bob: To pray, seek the Lord and fast to see the nations come to Christ as well as the U.S.

BT: Is it open to anyone?

Bob: Yes!

BT: What are the charges for using it?

Bob: None, but a freewill offering is appreciated.

BT: What challenge would you issue to others regarding prayer and fasting?

Bob: Seek Him while He yet may be found. Let’s press through the crowd like the woman with the issue of blood! We have confidence to enter boldly! Let’s go for it!

BT: Where is it located — and how can we make reservations, Bob?

Bob: At 1829 W. Shady Grove Road, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050 call Gayle Watkins for reserving a room for overnight prayer — 214-790-0800.

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10/40 WINDOW FOR KIDS… OF ALL AGES!

This past week, we were able to preview those videos (mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today) explaining the 10/40 Window. Wow! Great stuff! You can instantly see that these videos were planned and executed by people who know kids. They are fast-paced, use simple narration, with lots of music. They carefully illustrate the needs of the least reached peoples in the world and give specific ways of praying for them. Especially strong is the emphasis on prayer-walking — “praying to God as you go for a walk!” Kids watching these videos will not soon forget all the faces and places. Use them in your camp or VBS! Not mentioned last week is the email address of the authors/distributors, Joey and Fawn Parish: jparishatjetlinkdotnet  (jparishatjetlinkdotnet)   — or call them at (805) 650-3511. Cost is $11 or $14 each, depending on your choice of shipping methods.

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TO CONTACT CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS FROM OVERSEAS

Thanks to our overseas readers who reminded us of the uselessness of toll-free numbers overseas! (Forgive me!) To contact CCB for those great computer bargains, you can call them at CCB is 414-886-4222.

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“HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE” DEPARTMENT

Thanks to Tim Van Dyke and Steve Welsh, the two New Tribes missionaries kidnapped by leftist guerrillas in Colombia, January, 1994, who this past week gave their very lives having served God to the utmost. We’ve heard at least a couple of versions of their final chapters on this planet. Associated Press Wire Services reported that their bodies were found buried near Medina, Colombia, some 55 miles east of Bogota. Another source, however, reported that they were gunned down during a skirmish between government troops and the guerrillas themselves. However their lives ended, it was a tragedy for those who are left behind to mourn the loss. Pray for Tim’s wife, Lorraine, and their four children, Tim (15), Tracey (14), Katrina (12, and Jackie (10). Steve’s wife is Sandy and the 3 kids are: Scott (21), Shannon (20), and Shad (19). But all of us are inspired by their vision, service, and patriotism to the Kingdom of all kingdoms. We’ll all look forward to meeting them personally ‘up there’. Thanks to Speed the Need and MissionNet for relaying news on Tim and Steve. (Speed the Need, an emailed prayer request line, headed by David Hatch is at speedatnetnetdotnet while MissionNet can be reached by sending email to Majordomoaticlnet93doticlnetdotorg, with text subscribe MissionNet as the only message. Both lists usually generate a significant number of INTERNET messages per week.)

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TO NEW SUBSCRIBERS

NEED HELP??? — GET HELP-DETAILED — If you’re new to Brigada and need a bit of a jump-start, retrieve the 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 can always use your feedback, so your input is warmly welcomed! 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  (hubatxcdotorg)   (for Compuserve users, that’s INTERNET:hubatxcdotorg) with only the following line in the body of the text:
get brigada help-detailed

If you’d like the quick-start, then type only this line instead…
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 whatever you like there! 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 brigada

to hubatxcdotorgdot  (hubatxcdotorg)   If you’re working in a different conference, other than the top-level Brigada, just substitute its full name in place of the word “brigada” above. Good luck!!! And please remember — these and all other commands go to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   not to Brigada or DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

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PROMISEKEEPERS MEET THIS WEEKEND IN INDY

All over the country, men are coming together to pray, worship and ask God for revival in hearts of Christians everywhere. This weekend, 60,000 men will pack the RCA Dome — a “sell-out” crowd! Ask God to fuel these revived hearts with a passion that won’t rest until men and women everywhere hear His message.

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UPDATE ON ENVISION ’96

Plans are coming together for the kick-off event for Envision ’96, a missions mobilization convention for Christian churches and churches of Christ, scheduled for Lexington, KY, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. Envision 96’s leaders are pulling together a special luncheon in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 17th, next month. Their goal is to bring together leaders from 200 congregations with hopes of challenging each of them to consider adopting a particular unreached people group or city. So far, some 127 congregations have confirmed reservations, with a current total of just over 500 leaders scheduled to be present! Pray that God will fill the remaining ranks. Then ask him to speak mightily to the group of men and women on that day. Envision 96’s leaders, the “Input Group”, meet regularly on a private, unadvertised Brigada conference, to share the latest data and developments. Pray that God will give them wisdom as they and others meet face to face as a group for the first time ever during the week of the 17th. They’ll wrap up the week with an all-day marathon planning meeting on Friday the 21st, at the Ramada Inn in downtown Indy. Pray that they’ll be able to pull together the resources and logistical support to manage the convention itself in Lexington, on Oct. 31, 1996, where they hope 18,500 leaders from the Christian churches and churches of Christ will come together to celebrate what God will have done through the project during these coming 15 months. Pray for Caleb Project, which has committed heavily to seek God for the resources to assist in carrying out the initial planning and strategy consulting. Ask God to bless the participating mission agencies and consultants, who hope to foster all the more continuity in the projects. These agencies, churches, and individuals invite your cooperative prayers as they seek God’s face for heavy support during the coming 15 years as they try to fulfill their dreams of helping make possible “a church for every people, the gospel for every person” by the year 2000. (Note: Envision ’96’s organizers are asking participating churches to muster a passion that will not rest until a vibrant and multiplying church movement is planted among the adopted group or in the adopted city.) Also, please pray that the Executive Committee will have the information and data they need to give good advice to churches seeking to adopt people groups. So far, the group remains confused about which groups should be considered reached and which should not be on the list of prospective groups for adoptions. We need good information, researchers — Envision ’96’s leaders wish it could be reported consistently!!!!

The team of leaders for this event have put together a Brigada conference, brigada-projects-envision96, where occasional news items are released to subscribers. If you’d like to find out more about this event, perhaps with a view of learning and applying concepts to your own group or denomination — or giving advice and input to the planners of Envision ’96, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following (one) line in the body of the text:
subscribe brigada-projects-envision96

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following two words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada

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19950611 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html

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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL — 457!

Currently we are 457 in the “top level”! If you’re new to Brigada, check out the Brigada www homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html
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HAVE YOU SEEN AIMS’ “100 GATEWAY CITIES” WWW PAGE?

If you’ve got a WWW browser (and if you’re 100% INTERNET, or a compuserver or an aol-er or prodigy-er you do), visit AIMS’ answer to “Praying through the Window II” http://www.regent.edu/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html You’ll be glad you did! At this point, the AIMS webmasters have finished phase I, which consisted basically of transferring the book (Praying through the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window) to the web. But we can now see how that, with such a framework already in place, the AIMS staff could now arrange for links to information, resources, and networking for each of the cities. This is the kind of platform we’ve needed for interacting about the cities before, during and after the October prayer emphasis. Thanks to the visionaries at AIMS (e.g., Lawrence Shrank at Lawrschatbeacondotregentdotedu  (Lawrschatbeacondotregentdotedu)  ) for the energy, time and money invested into this project!!! Now, let’s pray we can move forward together into the next phase and that God will continue to bless!
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ICCM ’95 NOW HISTORY

They came from near and far, some even flying in from international destinations specifically for the conference. They invested long hours in praying, planning, and preparing for the future. They discussed mapping, tracking, and following world evangelism globally. “They” are the people of The International Conference on Computing and Missions, held this past weekend in Upland, IN, at Taylor University. In one session, a futurist described the culture of the web. Back to back with that, a CPA would be found describing auditing procedures (you guessed it — from Capin Crouse, LLP). In one breath, they’d be trying to describe how to recruit volunteers for your latest computer project, while just down the stairs, a dozen ICCMers would be walking the web itself in the Taylor University computer lab. Got an impossible project you hope to pull off in the year 2001? Don’t be surprised if, this past weekend, they were trying to piece together the technology that will make it possible! For example, one speaker recounted the fact that years ago, a group of ICCMers began dreaming up the idea of a Christian cooperation that would make possible interactive email conferences and distribution lists via the INTERNET. Out of that all night brainstorming session came CrossConnect… and as we’ve said before, it’s CrossConnect that makes possible the Brigada conferences. (For more information on that, see the “
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CROSSCONNECT READY TO CONNECT YOU WITH THE WORLD

Perhaps it’s true… that most people are still waiting for tomorrow’s “information superhighway.” And maybe they’re right… that others are already accelerating down their individual roads. Unfortunately, many of those roads are full of potholes and some Christian ministries are having a difficult time finding each other … and whatever else is “out there” in “cyberspace.” Enter “CrossConnect.” CrossConnect is a actually a small network of professionals who have joined together to provide valuable services such as email conferencing, forwarding and consulting. At ICCM, they also announced that they are immediately offering sites for worldwide web homepages, as well as the consulting to create them. Obviously, technology doesn’t always come without a price. But thanks to visionaries from the past, most of the necessary equipment is already in place… and thanks to the courtesy of Morning Star Technologies (see blip below), links to the INTERNET are being provided to CrossConnect at virtually no charge… for the time being. So really the only cost is the consulting time for the professionals who make possible CrossConnect’s services. Fortunately for us (and possibly fortunately for them too, if you have a very long look at retirement plans that just might be out of this world), those professionals have been willing to take serious salary cuts to make their skills available to Christian communities. Take Pete Holzmann, for instance. At ICCM, we learned that Pete actually helped write the mapping program that all of us used in the late 80s, “PCGlobe”. He was then hired by Strategic Mapping, which makes the mapping program of the 90s! He’s given up six-figure salaries so that he can help connect your agency, church or organization with the world… and in the process, as a part of the CrossConnect staff, he’s helping make possible Brigada!!! (If you haven’t considered it before, you might consider it now more than ever…. become a CrossConnect “member”. You’ll be joining an ever-expanding community of Christians and you’ll be helping extend Brigada’s future. CrossConnect asks for a donation of $52 per year in exchange for providing a members directory, a monthly newsletter (Connections, scheduled to start next month), public and private conferences on the topic of your choice, networking opportunities galore, your own “xc.org” address (to simplify having to remember long strings of numbers or complex initials), a collection of experts to help solve your computer networking questions, and more. For more information, write to Cathleenatxcdotorg  (Cathleenatxcdotorg)   and speak to Cathleen Sward, charged with “Member services” and the “help desk”. (Note that neither Doug Lucas nor any other Brigada moderator receives any direct financial help from CrossConnect, but all of us in the Brigada network are profiting from their vision and their service, every time we send or receive a Brigada conference message.)
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GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST APPROACHES THE CENTURY CLUB!

Only 3 Brigada conferences have exceeded 100 members so far — the top level Brigada (carrying this weekly Brigada Today update, 457 members), Brigada-orgs-teamex (which carries distribution for Team Expansion’s HeartBeat Online to the mission’s members and friends, 124 members), and the news channel created especially for GCOWE in Seoul (brigada-pubs-gcowenews, 151 members). But another list is just about to break the 100 mark. As of yesterday afternoon, the US Center’s Global Prayer Digest, published by Frontier Fellowship, stood at 97 subscriptions! If you would like to boost them “over the top” (while receiving a daily reminder to pray for an unreached people group somewhere in the world), simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following (one) line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

Best of all, Frontier Fellowship is sharing this significant prayer tool at no cost! Join me in thanking the Lord for the Kingdom perspective that they are modeling!!! Ask Him to bless them richly many times over!

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WANT “THE ULTIMATE BIBLE”?

Then you probably need a CD-ROM. For just $68, Simila Soft (800-991-3004 or SimilaSoftathalcyondotcom) will provide you with the ability to compare different Bible versions, words, topics, and commentaries from 25 reference books and Bibles. There’s a version for Windows, MAC and DOS.
(Source: Pulse, June 9 — to subscribe to Pulse, call 708-653-2158 or fax 708-653-0520. Note that they do not have email at this time. When you subscribe, put in a word for it, won’t you? We need Brigada-pubs-pulse on-line now!
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WELCOME “THE PRAYER COMMAND POST!”

She’s one of southern California’s sharpest leaders in the prayer movement. If you say, “Lynn, would you pray for me?”… she takes you seriously and stops you there in the street and prays for you!!! She is Lynn Heatly of the Prayer Command Post prayercntnataoldotcom  (prayercntnataoldotcom)   or Fax: 909-395-9130 or, if you want, old-fashioned telephone requires her to be there when you call but gives you a chance to hear her cheery voice: 909-395-8990). Lynn is now fully plugged into Brigada-prayer-mobilizers, which by the way, a conference which has recently grown to well over 30 members! Her Prayer Command Post is a model for prayer warriors worldwide. From her office, she networks with needs and opportunities around the world. To her, prayer is a serious ministry. With her help and the help of others, we hope it will grow all the more significantly for all of us!
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WANT TO SAVE UP TO 90% ON COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE?

Try them. We were ready to pay over $400 for a 2nd copy of Pagemaker and this source had it for $249. . . if it’s going to a non-profit org. In fact, you can order Windows ’95 from them right now… for about half of what it will cost on the open market in August! (It’ll street price for $65 or so and they have it for $25.) Call CCB (Consistent Computer Bargains — Hey, don’t look at me! I didn’t think up their name! I’m just telling you their prices are good! ) at 800-342-4222 or fax 414-886-1940. But first call a couple of other places and get the best price. That way you’ll know how much you will have saved when you call CCB!
pre-formatted IBM 1.4 meg diskettes for 40 cents each ($19.95)?
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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following two words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada

19950605 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html

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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL — 443!

Currently we are 443 in the “top level”! Check out the Brigada www homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html
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NEW CONFERENCE MARRIES RESEARCH AND URBAN CONCERN

Moderated by Jack Dennison of Dawn Ministries, Brigada-Cities-Research is an e-mail activated conference network made up of interested Christians, churches and agencies seeking to conduct and gather necessary research for cities to develop a workable strategy to disciple the city for Christ. This conference will allow the various networking individuals and partners to report, request information and resources, share ideas, offer up prayer requests for research projects, and encourage additional partnerships.” To join Brigada-Cities-Research, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-cities-research

That’s all there is to it. May God use this new tool for the furtherance of His message to the people of the world’s cities!

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ARCHIVES AVAILABLE

Thanks to the Billy Graham Center for making its archives available to the world via the INTERNET. According to the Center, “Collections include oral history interviews, papers of individuals, records of organizations (including foreign mission boards) and materials from congresses and conferences. Guides to some of the Archives’ most heavily used collections are now available on Wheaton College’s Gopher. These include collections with information about American evangelism and missionary programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia as well as collections on the Evangelical movement in the United States. Most of the materials in Archives are from the twentieth century.” To use Wheaton’s gopher (if your INTERNET connection allows direct access to gopherspace) simply travel to gopher.wheaton.edu and start exploring! Once one enters the Wheaton Gopher, select “Wheaton College Information” from the menu, then “Wheaton College Manuscript Repositories” from the next menu, then “Billy Graham Center Archives” from the next menu. Then go to the interlibrary loan submenu. Questions? Write the center using email address: bgcarcatdaviddotwheatondotedu  (bgcarcatdaviddotwheatondotedu)   or send old-fashioned paper mail to:

Billy Graham Center Archives
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187
USA
Tel. (708) 752-5910

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NEW RESOURCES ON 10/40 WINDOW, ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS!

Thanks to Joey and Fawn Parish, for volunteering their time to help distribute a new pair of videos designed to acquaint adults, youth, children with the 10/40 Window. “Concerts of Prayer Ventura County, has produced 2, six minute video’s on the 10/40 Window that are being used across America by many different missions agencies and denominations. There is the 10/40 Window for Kids, and the 10/40 Window for Adults. … They are $11 each (slow boat to China mailing) or $14 each priority mail.”

In addition, Joey and Fawn have just completed Prayerwalking For Kids, a six-minute video, based on Steve Hawthorne’s book. Narrated by kids, it teaches children how to pray for a target city.

Questions??? Contact Joey and Fawn Parish, 6673 Sora Street, Ventura, California, 93003; Tel. (805) 650-3511.

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WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME BRIGADA?

This was one of the most common questions at the GCOWE meeting in Seoul. Actually, one can retrieve the following file any day of the year by sending using these commands in a message to the hub at hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (subject ignored):
get brigada why-the-name-"brigada".txt

Brigada (Bree-GAH-dah) — “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 what they called, in Russian, ‘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!”
Doug Lucas, Brigada

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UP WITH ICCMers

All day today in Upland, IN, at Taylor University, computer experts gathered to brainstorm, discuss and plan for the future. Topics ranged from “What is African Missions Resource Center,” to “Back to the Future 2000 (Management needs in the 21st century and how to get there”. The International Conference on Computing and Missions carries on through June 13. To catch the last day, call Kim Johnson at 317-998-5153 or email her at KimJohnsonattaylorudotedu  (KimJohnsonattaylorudotedu)   and explain when you’d like to arrive. Beginning on Monday at 3:20, the computer consultants there will be throwing themselves into planning and envisioning what Brigada could become over the coming years.

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Want to learn more about Brigada? Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the letter:
get brigada help-detailed

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