Monthly Archives: August 1995

19950827 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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CLOSE-UP ON BRIGADA-PEOPLES

Wondering what those 100+ people are talking about on the Brigada-Peoples conference? Lots!

a) When a church or agency wants to announce an adoption (regardless of whether it happened yesterday or in 1990!), they do it on Brigada-Peoples. Immediately, a mysterious character called “the friendly face” (you’ll have to try it to learn more; I hate to spoil the mystery! :-) ) swoops down out of nowhere, confirms the data, then posts it on the People Group Consultant (PGC) so that others may know of your interest.

b) When a church or agency wants more information about a particular people group (especially when they came away empty-handed on the PGC [though we hope that in the future, that won’t be happening very often]), they ask on Brigada-Peoples and 20 volunteers swoop down out of nowhere and say, “My 2nd cousin attended a funeral once and met this lady whose dog was trimmed by a man who worked with this one church that adopted that group — stand by and I’ll get the info….” You think I’m kidding. (Well… maybe I am a little bit…) But they really do try to find connections there. They try to put you in touch with someone who can get you info. on the group you’re wanting to reach. Like recently, when someone asked for info. on the Brahui in Pakistan. I had to chuckle. “What are the odds ….!??!!” Well into the conference walks Randy Roberts randyratlfadotcom  (randyratlfadotcom)  with a complete description and an invitation to network with several other churches he knew of which had adopted the … Brahui! “They are some of the poorest people in Pakistan, they are in greatest concentration in northern Baluchistan and just had a large portion of the New Testament translated into their language this year,” he says. Yikes. I hadn’t even heard of these folks, let alone prayed for them. Guess that’s why we’ve got Brigada-Peoples.

c) When a church or agency wants to share a testimony of how prayer works or how the particular church or agency went about getting started, they do it on Brigada-Peoples. For example, this story was recently relayed by Brigada-Peoples moderator, Dave Dougherty DDoughertyatXCdotOrg  (DDoughertyatXCdotOrg)  : “This week some of our missionaries from all over East Asia were in Denver for our Home Assignment Institute. I heard a story which really encouraged me and I want to pass it along to you. This couple had been working among the Lantan people of Southeast Asia. They had met much resistance to their efforts to establish relationships and develop friendships in the Lantan village where they lived. Now Steve picks up the story:

“In December 1994, we returned to our home after a two month absence in which our first child was born. Lantan people immediately began coming to our house on a daily basis, looking for work, seeking help with medical problems and asking for help in getting off opium. Villagers began coming from several different villages, some walking as much as six hours to reach our home.

“Through many contacts came informal opportunities to tell people about Jesus–a name they had never heard before. One opium addict had heard from a visitor that Jesus was greater than all the spirits. Upon arriving at our house he asked, ‘Can Jesus help me quit smoking opium?’

God has begun to focus our personal ministry and opportunities after an extremely difficult and dry period of work among these people.”

What made the difference in December 1994? Steve continues his story, “Then this year, in February, we learned that back in October 1994 a church in Minnesota had “adopted” the Lantan people and began praying for their evangelization. Prayer makes a real difference. Keep praying for the Lantan.”

Adopting people groups makes a difference. Prayer makes a real difference.

David Dougherty OMF International

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So there you have it. Now — to join Brigada-Peoples, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with only the following line in the body of the message text:
subscribe brigada-peoples

That’s it. Get involved. Maybe you don’t have time to read every message. So… few of us do. But scan the subject line… and glance at the message and see if you can help someday. If you can’t, hit the big “D” key and (to quote one of Brigada’s tech friends, Bob Sutterfield) send it to the “bit bucket!” :-) At least you tried. And even though you might be getting 100+ email messages per day, taking 5 seconds to pray for the “Sulung” people or whoever …. well, isn’t that what being a world Christian is all about? So if somebody comes on board and you can’t help, at least take a second and pray.

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FROM THE “GOTTA GET THERE” DEPARTMENT

Before you can actually tell someone about Christ, ya gotta get there! And David Householder davidhousholderatxcdotorg  (davidhousholderatxcdotorg)  says he knows someone who can help. Evidently, Debbie Mortell does bunches of trips for some of the largest missions in the world…. like OM, for example. Evidently saves ’em big bucks. (Course, we don’t know anyone who wants to save big bucks, now, do we.) Try her at Tyrone Travel, 1-800-682-2122. She’s a Brigada subscriber and, hey — we gotta support the home team! :-) Can you email her? Does a jet have wings? Of course you can! 75113dot1476atcompuservedotcom  (75113dot1476atcompuservedotcom)  or fax her the old-fashioned way, with slick paper and all, at Fax 770-487-4089. You can even write her snail-mail at 135 Commerce Dr., PO Box 370, Tyrone, GA 30290. Either way, give her a try and tell her you heard about her on Brigada. Maybe she’ll send you a free fruit basket on your next cruise! :-)
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WE’RE NOT RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN

Thanks to those who gave input on Russian language opportunities by subscribing to Brigada-Russia and throwing out the ideas. However, the sparse answers confirm our suspicions that we’re way behind on giving on-site workers the language training opportunities they need!
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SO YA WANNA BE IN THE FUNNY PAPERS, EH?

Well here’s your chance.. to write them, not actually be in them, that is. Nate Butler NateButlerataoldotcom  (NateButlerataoldotcom)   wrote our WebMaster, Bob Mayhew, via the Brigada WorldWide Web page to tell him about a unique conference coming up in the Philippines in January. It’s the First International Christian Comic Book Training Conference. “A group of professional comic book writers and artists (from the U.S., Philippines, and Colombia) will be teaching missionaries, Christian workers, and others how to create, produce, and market comic books to impact their cultures with the Gospel message,” says Nate. Email Nate and ask for the free brochure or see them on the www at: http://www.xc.org/icmc/catalyst/vol12/comics.htm

And you thought funny papers were only for kids!

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NO SERMONS?

Not a single taker has responded on our appeal last week for a five-week sermon series for October. Guess that means no one else is planning on preaching one??? See the “ONLY 36 SHOPPING DAYS ‘TIL OCTOBER” note last week… or just send your ideas to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  and by doing so, help a lot of others!
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WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT “HOPE FOR EUROPE”?

The 10/40 Window isn’t the only place where networks are forming these days. Check out Hope for Europe, which is “…helping Christians in Europe convey the contemporary and eternal hope of the Gospel.” HFE is an initiative of the European Round Table, co-sponsored by the European Evangelical Alliance and the Lausanne Europe Committee, interfacing globally with the AD2000 & Beyond movement, Lausanne International and the World Evangelical Fellowship. The main office is in Vienna, Austria. “We are in the process of developing a WWW home page,” says Ron Kernahan, Hope For Europe Communications Track Director. For more information, email Ron at 100612dot1353atCompuservedotcom  (100612dot1353atCompuservedotcom)   and help Hope.
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WANT A LIST OF BRIGADA CONFERENCES?

Easy. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the text of the message:
conferences

… and in five minutes or less, you’ll receive a message back in your inbasket listing all the Brigada forums currently at work. To join one (you must join one at a time — that way you can focus on your major interest area), just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with only the following line in the body of the message text:
subscribe [conference]

… where [conference] is replaced by the exact name of the discussion group you’d like to join. Keep in mind that some groups are private (so you might get a kind word explaining it’s ‘by invitation only’) and others are screened (so you might be asked for references, for example, in a conference on a restricted access country).

As an alternative, if you have access to the worldwide web, just visit the Brigada homepage and click on the list of Brigada conferences. It’s easy to join directly from the web page by following the instructions on-screen. Just fill in the email form with the line above.

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PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT WHRRRRRRS ON!

Thanks for the feedback on the People Group Consultant (PGC). We’re listening! (To use the PGC, send an email message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with only the following lines in the body of the message (if, for example, you’re searching for data on the Khalka Mongol people group):
search Khalka Mongol

The hub computer will email you the results within a few minutes… usually less than five. For other people groups, obviously, replace the words Khalka Mongol with the name of the group you’re researching.

For EASIER ACCESS, use the WORLDWIDE WEB INTERFACE [If you have full access to the worldwide web (Compuserve, America Online, Netcom, etc.)]. Either start at the Brigada Homepage: http://www.xc.org/Brigada/brigada.html then click on “Reaching the Least Reached Peoples”, then on “People Group Consultant” or, alternatively, just point your browser to: http://www.xc.org/pgc.html

Fill in the blank with the name of the people group then hit search. In a few seconds, you’ll see your results!)

Jonathan’s already hard at work fine-tuning interface suggestions and by the looks of his test form, it appears he’s been very successful at answering requests! For example, several users requested the ability to search for people groups by country — done! The test page can already do it! Others asked for the ability to search by language. Done! Again, this is still in beta — but it already works. Still others wanted to search by Ethnologue entry, ISPD code, and/or ROPAL code (What do these guys do?? Sit around and read the Ethnologue on cruise ships with tickets bought from Tyrone Travel, or what!). Whatever they are — ROPAL codes and all– it’s pretty much on its way out the door … in beta. (Isn’t “ROPAL” a funny-sounding word? Go ahead. Wherever you are…. at your desk, in the library, at home on the couch.. just say it out loud a few times in a row…. Your spouse will understand. No one will laugh… very hard… just say it kind of “chicken like” — “ROPAL, — ROPAL, — ROPAL… Now isn’t that a funny word?) (Actually, it’s a very helpful code that enables linguist to distinguish between various language groups. By assigning one key index code to each different group, translator-types can figure out how much work there is left to do. Honestly, it’s a helpful term. Sure sounds funny though. :-) )

So hang in there while we fine tune this baby. There are improvements in the wings. The beta page will probably become the working page any day now. (Just pray that Jonathan doesn’t get carpal-tunnel syndrome! :-) ) In the meantime, go back and try the worldwide web page again. Just fixing the “upper case/lower case” significance will help some users. (Now you don’t have to capitalize the capitals to capitalize on the info. My 2nd grade teacher sure passed over me when it came time to teach me the difference between those spellings! :-) )

And once again, we owe a HU-U-U-U-U-U-U-U-GE debt of gratitude to John Gilbert and the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Church for making his Integrated Strategic Planning Database (ISPD) available to the public. Hey, at $15 for the 5-disk set, you could always just order it then use the disks for extra blanks in your office!!! (I’m kidding, but the ridiculously low price illustrates the FMB’s and John’s commitment to making this incredible data available to the whole world! Plus, remember that they gave it away free to GCOWE delegates from majority world countries. If you’d like to order a copy to install on your own computer, write John at 753-8054atMCIMAILdotCOM  (753-8054atMCIMAILdotCOM)  or, if you’d rather save his time (so he can do more research and less email :-) ) simply go ahead an send a check for $15 to:
Global Research
PO Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230

Don’t miss the fact that you can now click on John’s definitions from within the PGC results. Just look for the “sbc status” box, where you’ll see a classification such as “World A” (which originally stood for “Access denied” but has come to be somewhat synonymous for the 10/40 Window — even though it can be more broadly applied to the least reached peoples who are being denied access who live outside the 10/40 window; actually, John, that wasn’t such a bad idea, you know? :-) ), “Unreached”, or “Unevangelized”. Click on the word and you’ll be taken to the Definitions file. John hopes to update the ISPD data each April.

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WHERE DOES JUSTIN FIND THESE GREAT RESOURCES?

Check out this URL: gopher://gate1.zedat.fu-berlin.de/00/mongolei/mongfaq.unx

Just plug it into your address line on your www browser (“browser” — now that word makes me think of a dog you’d put out front to protect your house!) and hit enter. This frequently asked question file (who are they kidding! Did anyone think up these questions about Mongolia before they thought up the answers??? :-) ) tells you everything you ever wanted to know about emailing your favorite Mongolian pen-pal… and a whole lot more. Honestly, I wish this kind of page were done for every country in the world. Thanks, Justin Long. (Now then, Jonathan, how do we fix it so users find this URL when they search for people groups in Mongolia from within the PGC? Can you work that magic too?) (To find out the answers to this week’s “‘Seek ’em Jonathan’ Challenge”, give him until Sept. 7, then go look for the people group known as.. say… the Khalka Mongol. Check to see if he’s figured out how to automatically return the URL above… and whether or not you can click to it! “Seek ’em Jonathan!”)

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WHAT’S THE JOSHUA PROJECT?

According to AD2000 & Beyond’s Media and Communication Director, it’s AD2000 & Beyond’s new initiative to provide prayer profiles and other data on the 2000 Least Evangelized Peoples by the year 2000. This past week, David wrote, “Things here at the AD2000 and Beyond office in Colorado Springs have been humming as many have worked long hours on the foundation of “Joshua Project” which has at its core the revised list that was published at GCOWE ’95. Praise God that Marv Bowers will be able to provide the merged list for Brigada Peoples. (I did my test search on the Qashqai of Iran [on the PGC] and got some data back. Wonderful!) It is now a good time for Mary Ann Stone the Joshua Project AD2000 Coordinator to join this conference [Brigada-Peoples] so I will subscribe her.” David gave endorsements from John Robb (Coord. of the AD2000 & Beyond’s Unreached Peoples Track), Patrick Johnstone (Author of Operation World and Chairman of AD2000 & Beyond’s Unreached Peoples Track), and Todd Johnson (of David Barrett’s office and ISFM), all of which seemed to support the list of 2000 people groups that AD2000 & Beyond is zeroing in on.

So what happened to the extra 500 (from the “2500 list” that was circulated at GCOWE)? Good question. Maybe those mission networks have been really busy and have polished off 500 groups since May? NOT. Truthfully, there were several discrepancies in the list. But that’s the way lists work. There will never be a perfect list. As Pete Holzmann quipped, “We’re shooting at a moving target!” And we’re using more than one kind of gun, too, I might add. It has taken these months since Seoul for Luis Bush and others to bring various participants to consensus as to which goals to shoot for. I say bravo that the participants didn’t give up. They hung in there until they reached agreement… and that agreement finally seems to be unified. Bravo. We’ll see the “2000 list” (Watch for the new watchword… we’re already seeing it… “The List – Two Thousand Peoples by the Year 2000”) published by November… maybe earlier.

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WHAT’S AFTER OCTOBER? PLENTY, ACCORDING TO BILL AND AMY

Can you stop by and visit us in Cincinnati on October 21? If so, take in Bill and Amy Stearns’ “What’s After October?” seminar at Faith Bible Church, 1-5pm. Registration is $10 (including a free book, Run With the Vision!). “With the momentum of Praying Through the Window II and the October 21st evening Concerts of Prayer,… with Faith Bible’s promo and our own, it should be a fun time of equipping dozens of churches with how to get mobilized! Anyone else doing one? If so, we’d be glad to send/fax the brochure, outline and share the handouts, etc., that we’ll be using.” For more information, contact Bill and Amy Stearns at stearnsatusadotnet  (stearnsatusadotnet)  . (Thanks to Nate NateWilsonatXCdotOrg  (NateWilsonatXCdotOrg)   for the forward!) Subscribe to Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers for announcements like this on a regular basis. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with only the following line in the body of the text:
subscribe Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers
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FREE WEEKEND IN NEW ENGLAND!

(Actually, that was just to get your attention, … but…) We’re searching for a church or individuals from Massachusetts or New England who are active this October in the Praying Through the Window II campaign for the 100 Gateway Cities. A big-time magazine there wants to do a story on you. For more information, contact Mark Wilson at href="markdotwilsonatcbndotorg.">markdotwilsonatcbndotorg. Please kid him about wanting the free weekend in New England. :-)
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WANT MORE IDEAS FOR OCTOBER’S 100 GWC PRAYER CAMPAIGN?

Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada great-oct-ideas-from-meg

to get Meg Crossman’s great mobilization ideas that originally came over the Brigada-orgs-missionsmobilizers conference. Meg’s response was originally prompted, I believe, from a request from Caleb Project’s Director, Greg Fritz, hoping to garner more ideas for October prayer mobilization.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

In 1992 researchers reported no more than 50 indigenous Christians among the 7.6 million inhabitants of Azerbaijan. However, today, according to an English missionary in Ganja/Azerbaijan, a church has been founded there which is now attended by 800 people each week. It is not unusual for 50 people to be saved each week through this church and recently almost 300 people were baptized in the Caspian Sea.
Source: DAWN Friday Fax, 30.95 (19. Aug. ’95) (c) DAWN Europe (Used by permission)

John Hanna
Caleb Project (Littleton, CO, USA)

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OKAY — SO MAYBE YOU CAN RENT FOR $500 IN CAIRO

Thanks to a friend (who we’ll call Amahd) who says you can so rent for $500 in Cairo — instead of the $1200 reported in Brigada Today, 18 of August. ($500… $1200… at least we were close! :-) ) Our friend, Amahd surmised correctly, we believe, that those Pulse figures came from diplomatic sources. So the bottom line is, Amahd, next time you visit Cairo, you can hopefully stay with your favorite diplomat there and have a whole lot nicer pad that the one you rented! :-)

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Have a great week!

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

  • Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
  • ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
  • Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
  • Web Art: Patti Mayhew, c/o mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
  • Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, CrossConnect jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
  • Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
  • and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19950820 Brigada today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Now with over 820 Participants!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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In this issue….

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BURNING QUESTIONS

A bunch of us have been scratching our heads, wondering how in the world one part of Christendom might get word to the other parts about a need among a particular people group or city. As for me personally, I’m a relative newcomer.

Because of a project I was asked to coordinate (called Envision ’96), I started asking such questions just this past February. “Where do the least reached people live? How can we find out which groups have no proponents — i.e., people trying to reach them? And in cases where at least one church or agency has taken responsibility to reach them, how can we get a phone number or email address to get more information?”

So, after lots of interviewing, faxing, and questions to people all across the world, Brigada was born. That has been our driving question. How in the world can we find answers to these and other questions. Out of it, well over 800 people have rallied together to form dozens of email conferences targeting various peoples, cities, projects, and issues.

But we still couldn’t find the answer to a simple question: Who in the world cares about reaching the Yemeni? And what of the Sulung?
It was impossible — until this morning. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OUR QUEST!

What we were all dreaming of was a way we could simply plug the name of a people group or city into some huge machine somewhere and “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!” — out would come the people group location, language, population, Ethnologue reference material (that’s a big reference book about languages by the people who write them down for us: Wycliffe :-)), . . . virtually all kinds of data… and (the most important part) pointers to resource people and contacts who might be able to tell us more! Real live people who knew about the Sulung and the Yemeni . . . or whatever group or city for which we were burdened. Specifically, we wanted to be able to get phone numbers for people who had the inside scoop, so that, once they were sure I was who I said I was, they could tell us how much help they needed there and more importantly, what kind of help would be appropriate.
Those were our questions… until this morning.!!!!!!
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THE PROBLEMS

The problem was that we don’t by nature work together. We live in different houses which are located in different towns which are organized in different counties which make up different states or provinces which form different countries which are separated into different continents by the oceans of water and culture which divide us. Besides, we were always scared of security concerns. And additionally, what kind of technology would allow for the design of such a machine, let alone the construction of it!
Well those were our problems… until this morning. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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BUT STARTING THIS MORNING, THINGS ARE DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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“… WHRRRR… SSSS… GRRRR… THUMP, THUMP, THUMP, THUMP!”

Sometimes dreams do become reality! Guess what. You got it. You’ve got the little box that goes “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!” You think I’m kidding. But I’m not! Guess what else. If you got this Brigada Today by email or the WorldWide Web, you can use the little box that goes “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!” all by yourself, the same way you got these paragraphs!!! Don’t ask me why God is using the INTERNET to finally answer our questions… maybe it’s the vision of the people who started CrossConnect (the agency that laid the foundation to make possible Brigada — and PGC, by the way!). Maybe it’s MAF (the people who are paying the bills at CrossConnect :-); Ahem! Let’s not forget them! [Sublimital message — gently whispering in what sounds like the breeze outside your window: Join CrossConnect! Join CrossConnect! Send them your $52 for a one-year subscription. Join CrossConnect! For more information, contact Cathleenatxcdotorg  (Cathleenatxcdotorg)  .] :-) They don’t pay me; I’m a volunteer working with Brigada. So I’m just a customer. But they’ve sure made some dreams come to reality for many of us!). Maybe it’s all of us working together… or maybe God just wants a job to be done and He’s ready to use us if we’re willing to be used. After all, didn’t he use a donkey in the Old Testament to try to talk some sense into a mixed-up profit . . . er, I mean PROPHET??? If he can use a donkey, maybe He can even use the 800+ people who have joined together to form Brigada! Maybe He can use you! Maybe previously, it would have been nearly impossible to find the answers.
But that was before this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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THE PRICE!

Want to hear the best part? The price has been paid. (Not only for our sins on the cross, but also . . . ) Here’s how much it’s going to cost you for every single access to the little box that goes “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!”:

That’s right. Zilch. Zero. 0. Nada! The number that takes its shape from the top of the toilet bowl! No hay que pagar nisiquiera un peso! (We’re talkin’ a deal here folks.) But that’s not because it’s been free to develop it. The truth is, it has taken years for people to have obtained the data, built the vision, acquired the technology, and learned the skill to bring this little box to reality. Well, starting this morning, it’s here. Welcome to the PGC.

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INTRODUCING… THE PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT (PGC)

Let me tell you all you have to do. If you have email, you send a simple message to (you guessed it! :-) ) hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  (hey — this hub thing is no fool, is it!). Compuserve users — they’re different — will have to spell the address as INTERNET:hubatxcdotorg but either way, just put this in the text/body of the message:

search yemeni

or

search sulung

or

search whatever people group you can think of.

Simple. Nothin’ to it. In five minutes or less, log back on and get your email. “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!” There in your inbasket it will be. I’m serious folks. Just try it. I dare you. Think up a people group and I betcha’ it’ll already know the answer!!! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on Christmas and Easter, the PGC will be there to help.

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IT GETS EASIER!

Got access to the worldwide web? (In other words, know anyone with Compuserve, or America Online, or Prodigy, or Netcom, or nearly every other INTERNET carrier in the business?) It’s even easier. Point your browser to the Brigada homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html

I’ve set up my Netscape browser so that Brigada is the default page that comes up every time I log onto the worldwide web. Where else would I want to go? :-)

Scroll the page down a bit and click on the line entitled, “Reaching the Least Reached Peoples.” In a moment, you’ll see a page with various resources listed and at the top, beside a graphic of little globe, you’ll see the line, “People Group Consultant.” Just click it.

In a split second you’ll be there: ( The direct address is actually http://www.xc.org/pgc.htmlif you want to skip the Brigada stuff. Hey. It won’t hurt my feelings either way. I get paid the same no matter what. That’s right. “Zilch. Zero. 0. Nada! The number that takes its shape from the top of the toilet bowl! :-) )

It’s the People Group Consultant, alias the “PGC.” Read the disclaimer (at least the first time), then scroll down and fill in the blank with the name of some people group. (Maybe someday you’ll be able to use a city name, or a country, or other stuff. For now, just use the people group.) Go ahead. Try it! Humor me. Listen to the “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!” and in 5, 10, or 15 seconds (depending on how fast your modem is — with 28.8 it’s about 2 seconds; with 14.4 it can take longer… up to 10 or 12), out’ll come your answer. Just like in the movies!!! Can you tell I’m excited about this or what. Put in the Sulung. Then try the Yemeni. Then try one you heard about years ago. They’re all there.

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NOW COMES THE HARD PART

Reaching them! There are well over 10,000 groups already programmed in, thanks mainly to the kindness of

a) John Gilbert and the Global Research division of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board, who plans to update these data — The Integrated Strategic Planning Database — on a yearly basis each April.
and
b) Jonathan Marsden. Jonathan works for CrossConnect. He’s the genius that makes the box go “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!” I think in a former life he was named Edison or Bell or something. For now though, he just stays up all hours of the night making dreams turn into reality. From all of us, thanks Jonathan.

Within the next few days, there will be even more data available. Just last night, the Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse made a firm decision to contribute their data. Yowza! This is what their work is all about. Their new Director, Keith Butler, has made a clear-cut decision to back the PGC all the way. Others are scrambling to try to link in data from PIN, Wycliffe (Thanks Ron!), the Urban Leadership Foundation (then you’ll be able to put any one of several thousand cities into the blank!!! — thanks Viv and Leland!), and many more. The AD2000 & Beyond “adoptions” will be plugged in as they occur (Thanks Luis and Pete!).

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SAFE AND SOUND

In every case, the integrity of the data will be preserved. We will never be listing information that might put anyone at risk. For example, if you ask for information about some group in the Middle East, PGC’s email pointers and/or phone numbers will refer you to information people but not on-site teams. (By the way, it will then be up to the contact person to decide how much and what type of information to release at what time and to whom. Everyone gets to broker their own private info. at the level they prefer. They can always join CrossConnect and get a forwarding email address so they can use the address info-on-Iraqatxcdotorg or whatever. Then, when they get mail, they decide what to do with it and how open they want to be.)
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

It took some marketing rep. for Microsoft to dream up the ad campaign, “Where do you want to go today? (TM)” But that’s the question, folks. Where do you want to go? Now you’ll have the data. The hard part is reaching them. Can’t wait for next week. Where do you want to go? Now you can make informed decisions. You know what else? The eventual goal is that you’ll be able to fill in forms and actually add the information yourself and even make future changes to your own record! This is 1995 gang.
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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Tell the PGC about your church’s “adoption” or your agency’s intentions to reach…. _______ (fill in the blank). Specifically, when you enter the query form, the fourth bullet down from the top, click on “Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse.” If you’ve configured your browser correctly, up will pop a form letter to fill out. Write them a short paragraph. Not 30 seconds ago, I sent a paragraph saying that our organization, Team Expansion, has adopted the Muslim Crimean Tatars on the Crimean Peninsula of Ukraine. I gave our contact person’s name, his phone, fax, addresses (both snail mail and email :-) ), and said thanks. That’s it! The staff and volunteers at the AAPC will then take care of making sure your data is properly entered in the PGC. It’ll be viewable before you know it. Only when we take time to enter our intentions will the PGC really start paying off. Until then, it’s just a lot of “… whrrrr… ssss… grrrr… thump, thump, thump, THUMP!” :-)
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HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR MAP TODAY?

Remember, you’ve only got about 3 more hours to order your quantity of 100 poster-sized maps of the 10/40 Window at the $3.95 price from GMI. Call them at 1-800-569-6312 or, from outside the USA, fax to 719-548-7459.

Remember these are prepaid orders only. (Yikes! I just remembered I haven’t phoned in our order! [Doug pauses to phone Harold Britton……] I’m back. Harold said, “You know Doug, what we want here at GMI more than anything else is for people to gather all over the world and pray for these cities and nations like never before.” Amen Harold.)

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WE’RE TAKING A POLL

WHERE’S THE BEST SCHOOL TO LEARN RUSSIAN? — Send your answer to Brigada-Russia. We’ve got lots of folks over there in the former USSR that still haven’t learned the language. C’mon gang. Let’s get serious about trying to help these folks learn the heart language of the people with which they’re working!
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SO WHERE WILL THE PRAYER PROFILES COME FROM FOR AD2000 & BEYOND?

Many will come from Bethany Church, thanks to the five staff people they’ve assigned to the project!!! Wow….. Where do we find more churches with that kind of vision!!!
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ONLY 36 SHOPPING DAYS ‘TIL OCTOBER

Preachers, we got a phone call yesterday from a minister in Indiana who wants to preach a 5-Sunday sermon series on missions, with special emphasis on the least reached people in places like the 10/40 Window. Give us your best shot. Join the contest. Winner gets an extra jewel in his Heavenly crown. Give us your best 5-Sunday sermon series and I’ll relay it to the minister in Indiana and make it available to everyone else. Please submit entries in email form only please, if at all possible. Faxed and hard copies accepted only if the content justifies me taking time to scan it in. :-) DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  or fax to 513-244-8430. Due by Sept. 1, please. Employees of Brigada and their families are not eligible to participate. (Wait a minute! Brigada doesn’t have any employees!) :-)
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NEW ETHNIC OUTREACH CONFERENCE HOPING TO SPAWN GREATER EFFECTIVENESS

Thanks to David Householder for championing the cause of reaching the internationals who live next door! David writes, “Brigada-us-ethnics is a brand new discussion forum where all of us who are involved in some way with ministry to immigrant ethnic peoples in North America can share demographic discoveries, resource materials, prayer support, and mutual encouragement for the task of reaching the peoples of the world within the borders of the USA and Canada.” Write David Householder via Davidhousholderatxcdotorg  (Davidhousholderatxcdotorg)  and/or join the conference by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with only the following line in the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-us-ethnics
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

Here’s the Global Glimpse for you to put in your church bulletin or newsletter:

A young man from the Vietnamese “Tai Dang” tribe was sent to jail unfairly and met pastor Ai who was in jail for his faith. The young man became a Christian, was released, and went to a local Bible School which requires students to share their faith with five people. A month later the young man called pastor Ai, asking him to send a trained pastor to baptize the new converts. Astonished, Ai asked why he should send a pastor to baptize 5 converts. The reply: “Pastor Ai, I have not won 5 people but 5 villages – 753 people.”

Source: DAWN Friday Fax 28.95

John Hanna, Caleb Project

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FROM THE “LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION” DEPARTMENT

Ya know, I always thought that if a person was highly technical, highly skilled, highly process oriented, then they would probably be pretty scared about bulging growth. Not so with Jonathan Marsden, who manages the technical end of CrossConnect and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about how he felt about Brigada growing past the 800 mark, I was surprised to hear him say he wasn’t satisfied. “I won’t be happy until we have 10,000 people on board, with hundreds of conferences about least reached people groups and cities all over the world.” Wow. When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-)

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Have a great week!

BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY… — … the following team of regular volunteers:

  • Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
  • ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
  • Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
  • Web Art: Patti Mayhew, c/o mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
  • Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, CrossConnect jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
  • Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
  • and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19950813 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Now with over 780 Participants!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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BEEN LOOKING FOR A STUDY BIBLE ON-LINE? NOW’S A GOOD TIME TO BUY!

To celebrate the release of Logos 2.0, Stepping Stone Software is offering the complete inventory of Logos Bible study products for 33% off. I bought mine direct from Logos, some time ago, for complete list. Yikes. Get this. I paid $120 for mine and could have gotten it from Chad at Stepping Stone for $84!!! … in CD form! What’s more, Version 2.0 adds a lot more. (If you’re viewing this Brigada Today via the Worldwide web, click Stepping Stone to see the full bulletin on this special offer. If you’re looking at a piece of email in your in-basket, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the text of the message body:
get brigada software-logos

For further information, write to Chad at chpatixdotnetcomdotcom  (chpatixdotnetcomdotcom)   or look at Logos’ home page at http://islander.whidbey.net/~logos/ — and don’t forget to tell them you saw it in Brigada Today. Who knows… they might throw in a free mousepad or something. (That’s a joke :-) .)

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WHA’ D’YA MEAN 3479 MESSAGES!????

After last week’s item on Brigada- Peoples (“GET A PIECE OF THE ACTION ON BRIGADA-PEOPLES”), at least one person wondered how anyone could filter through 3479 messages in one week! (Okay, we’ll admit it… that would be a lot of email!) Sorry for any confusion. That’s 72 participants who received 48 different email messages (48 x 72) in one 7-day period for a total conference traffic report of some 3479 pieces of mail. To make things clearer in the future, if we refer to conference traffic again, we’ll refer to the number of unique messages rather than pieces of mail.
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GET YOUR VIDEOS . . . FROM DOWN UNDER

Looking for a series of videos to feature some unique “least reached” peoples? Check out Create International’s “Video People Profiles.” Calvin can send you tapes on Tibetan Buddhists, the Zhuang people of China, the Manchu, the Aceh, the Sundanese, the Deccanis, the Kashmiris, the Urdu Muslims, the Malays, and many more. But you get the idea. Each video is US$20 plus $5 for postage and handling… sent via air mail from ‘down under’. (If you’re viewing this Brigada Today via Worldwide Web, click Create to see annotated descriptions of each of the above videos and more. If you’re looking at email, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message text:
get brigada videos-create

For further information, write to Create at ConkeyCreateatXCdotOrg  (ConkeyCreateatXCdotOrg)   and please tell them you saw it in Brigada Today.

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THIS WEEK’S “QUOTE FROM THE CONFERENCES”

… picked up from Brigada participant Scott Harris, who commented in one conference, “It is an encouragement to be globally linked for the advance of the Kingdom!” We heartily agree Scott!
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LOCAL CHURCH TO HELP WITH PRAYER PROFILES

Thanks to the visionaries at Bethany World Prayer Center, who have agreed to help with producing long- awaited prayer profiles on the 2500 least evangelized groups of the world. (If you’re viewing on Worldwide Web, click Bethany for the full quote. Otherwise, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the following line:
get brigada church-bethany

Thanks to the AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office for the update!

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ANTIOCH NETWORK HOLDS ANNUAL GATHERING

What do you get when you pull together 100 church leaders from 38 different congregations? An Antioch Network Annual Gathering, that’s what. During their annual meetings, the Antioch Network hopes to foster greater partnership and networking, learning from one another — daring one another to do greater and greater good works! Eventually, the Antioch Network would like to see relational church networks targeting each of 100 different strategic peoples worldwide. Click Antioch to read the entire message from leader George Miley, or send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the following line:
get brigada church-antioch

Write 74552dot2423atcompuservedotcom  (74552dot2423atcompuservedotcom)   for more information.

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THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE

Christians in Bosnia are uniting for prayer. Aug. 18-23 local believers and church leaders will meet in Mostar with representatives from World Vision, the US Center for World Mission, and the Christian Information Network to seek God’s intervention and bring reconciliation in this war-torn region. Afterward, these prayer emissaries will travel to the Muslim refugee camps near Tuzla, for prayer and to encourage local Christians reaching out to the refugees. (Thanks to Global Glimpse contributor John Hanna, of Caleb Project, who caught this note in a letter from Missions Frontiers Editor, Rick Wood, 8/13/95, US Center for World Missions.)
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WANT TO TEACH AT A MISSION SCHOOL FOR PAY IN A WARM CLIMATE??? :-)


Love 5th graders? Licensed to teach? Member of the Christian churches or churches of Christ? Write Jaffet at 75533dot2572atcompuservedotcom  (75533dot2572atcompuservedotcom)   to ask for more information on this opportunity at a mission school in Puerto Rico.
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“ILUMINA LA VENTANA” AHORA EN ESPANOL

Ahora, CBN esta puede mandarle “Light the Window” en Espanol! “Ilumina La Ventana” esta totalmente “dubbed” en el idioma del cielo. (Espero que ellos que no hablan Espanol no puedan comprender lo que dije yo, por que estoy seguro que ellos probablemente piensan que el idioma de ellos es el idioma de los cielos! Pero nosotros sabemos otra cosa, cierto? De todos modos…) Simplemente hay que mandar un poco dinero (US$4 plus shipping) a CBN. Se puede contactar markdotwilsonatcbndotorg  (markdotwilsonatcbndotorg)   por informacion. Pero hay que tener prisa. !!!Ya que es el mes de octubre!!! :-) To see this information, as originally written by Mark, in English, click CBN. Otherwise, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada videos-cbn
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MAPS, MAPS, MAPS

WE’VE GOT MAPS — Remember a long time ago (last week), when we were trying to raise up some map possibilities for the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window??? Well Global Mapping has heard our cry (and the cry of several Brigada readers who want them) and has come up with a few possibilities. If they get lots of orders (on the order of hundreds or thousands), their prices drop accordingly. If Bill Dickson has to sit there all night with coffee in his mug, watching them come out of the plotter one at a time because you and I didn’t order but two or three dozen, we have to pay the following prices:

Gateway Cities Wall Map 20″x30″, Full Color $19.95
Above wall map, fully laminated $29.95
Full-Color Gateway Cities Overhead trans. $6.95
Full-Color Gateway Cities 8 1/2″x11″ Map $6.95
Black & White Gateway Cities 8 1/2″x11 Map $6.95
10/40 Window Overhead Transparency Map Set $34.95
“Pray through the Window II” Package $74.95

(each of the above with lamination on wall map free)

To see the actual order form for more information, click GMI or send email to (yawn) hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the text:
get brigada maps-gmi

Write infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   for more info. Appropriate name there.

new [See Updated pricing information at end of this Brigada Today!]

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APARTMENT FOR RENT

According to Pulse Magazine, you can rent a simple 2 -bedroom apartment in the following cities for the following prices:

Sydney $1100 Cairo $1200
Buenos Aires $1500 Paris $2150
NY $2300 London $2950
Moscow $5000 Shanghai $6300
Tokyo $7100 Hong Kong $7200

Didn’t know you had it so good, right? (Yikes. Just who do these landlords think they are, anyway???) Now we know what all these missionaries do with their money. They pay for apartments! The nerve! If you’re not receiving Pulse [only the best little missions news magazine there is], odds are, they probably won’t let you through the pearly gates. Fax them at 708-653- 0520 and tell them you heard about it in Brigada Today… and while you’re at it, send them one of those free America OnLine email disks, okay? :-) (Jim — read my lips — email!) :-)

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WANT A FREE WORLDWIDE WEB HOMEPAGE?

(Aaaaahhhh. Now this one caught your eye, didn’t it!?) :-) Contact MediaMgmtataoldotcom  (MediaMgmtataoldotcom)   and tell them you heard about it in Brigada Today. They’ve got this new land of “Goshen” that will give you your homepage for free… and then I think someday they’ll start charging for “Extended WWW Services” and that’s how they’ll pay the electric bill. In the meantime, it’s a great deal. Let us know your URL, when you get it.
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SO HOW MANY PRAYER TEAMS ARE HEADED OUT IN OCTOBER?

As most of you know, one of the features of Praying Through the Window II is to send prayer teams to the actual 10/40 Window to pray in the 100 Gateway Cities. (This is not to imply that God hears prayers better when you pray on site, but rather, that you probably pray more effectively and more informedly onsite, among other things.) We asked Bev Pegues, who is co-coordinating the 100 Gateway Cities project and were amazed at the response. “At this time, we have approximately 500 teams consisting of 2 to 7 people each, traveling to the Gateway cities in October.” That should do it all right! Let’s stop a moment and pray for these ambassadors, asking God to raise within them a passion for the Window that won’t quit, in spite of visa difficulties , amoebas, and whatever else Satan will throw their way! Then let’s determine to join with them to pray to the Lord of the Harvest!!!!
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READ ABOUT ONE MINISTER’S APPROACH TO PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW II

If you’re reading this Brigada Today on Worldwide Web, click Florence to read about Tommy Baker, Associate Minister at First Church of Christ, Florence, Kentucky. (Otherwise, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the text:
get brigada church-florence

Among other things, Tommy is recruiting an “adoption” from within his church for each of the 100 Gateway Cities. He’s on the ball. You’ll get practical application from this article.

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THANKS TO THE “ANSWER-MAN”

Now and then, we all are asked a question that we can’t answer… and that’s when you need to know about “The Answer-man”. Dave Nesmith popped in this past week on Brigada-Peoples and showed why he, probably more than anyone else in the industry, deserves this title. Someone had asked for information on someplace far away and… sorry to say, there had been precious little response. Up walked David to the plate, knocking a home run with email addresses and contact persons galore. If you’re stumped about anything missions oriented — “Where do I find out about opportunities in southern South Pole?” (well, nearly anything) — write Dave at Daveatgmidotorg  (Daveatgmidotorg)  . You’ll be glad you did. And so will he. His job is to serve the missions community in this way at the DMIS, in affiliation with Global Mapping. So… thanks GMI and thanks DMIS and thanks Dave!
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BRIGADA WORLDWIDE WEB PAGE IS “A WHOLE NEW WORLD”

Some scientists say its inconceivable that God could have created the world in seven days. But judging from the pace that Brigada volunteer Bob Mayhew and wife, Patti, have kept in transforming the Brigada web site, maybe God did use 24 hour periods!!! :-) Bob and Patti have worked night and day cleaning up and refreshing the Brigada www pages. Among the changes they’ve instituted, in their new roles as Brigada Web Master and Artist, are:

  • New artwork and cleaner appearance throughout (Patti’s the artist of the family . . ., and, needless to say, we think Bob has “good taste”!) :-)
  • Updated the Brigada Today backissues
  • Added a section to list the 100 Gateway Cities
  • Added a section on Praying Through the Window II
  • Added a “Links to other web sites on the 10/40 Window” section
  • Updated the “Conferences” page and added a column listing the number of participants in each conference
  • …and many, many more refreshing changes.

Those of us volunteering as Brigada staff have been praying for some time that God would bring an HTML code specialist to the table for Brigada’s future, but we had no idea He would bring someone as dedicated as Bob Mayhew .
Professionally, he is a computer consultant at the University of California’s Riverside campus, where he is responsible for PC support for Academic Computing in the Computing & Communications department. He’s been working a PC helpdesk for 13 years! As far as HTML goes (the code language for www pages), he began teaching himself 4 weeks ago! (From the Understatement Department: Bob must be a fast learner!) Bob heard about Brigada from Paul Lay, who works with MAF (the “parent company” for CrossConnect; CrossConnect acts as host for all Brigada conferences and worldwide web pages). Paul and Bob attend the same church in California and Paul mentioned Brigada during a recent meeting there. When asked about his spiritual walk, Bob replied, “I would like to say it has been a constantly growing experience, but like most of us my walk with the Lord has had its ups and downs. This is an up time for me. The Lord has been teaching me a lot recently.” From the looks of his worldwide web work, one of the things the Lord is teaching Bob is HTML!!! :-) We salute you, Bob Mayhew, and thank you and Patti for your sacrificial service on behalf of the hundreds of believers who want to see the least reached peoples come to Jesus! Visit Bob’s world (the Brigada homepage) by pointing your www browser to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html

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FAMOUS QUOTES DEPARTMENT

So “Q” has transferred the entire Enterprise crew to a “Robin Hood” adventure game, right? Picard is face to face with the Sheriff of Nottingham, in a sword fight until death. The Sheriff chokes out, “I’ll have you know that I’m the greatest swordsman in all of Nottingham!” [Clank! Clank! Clank!] So Picard replies, with that winsome smile, “There’s something you should know…” The Sheriff asks, “And what might that be?” Picard: “I’m not from Nottingham!” Needless to say, the Sheriff, shall we say, ‘got the point’. What does this have to do with world evangelism? Ummm … er…. Well you see, Satan wants us to think we’re overpowered, you know? He wants us to see ourselves as outwitted, because he’s the ruler of this present darkness. But our reply needs to be firm and clear: “We’re not from this Kingdom.” Now then. See? It did relate. :-)

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Have a great week!

BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY… — … the following team of regular volunteers:

  • Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
  • ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
  • Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
  • Web Art: Patti Mayhew, c/o mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
  • Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, CrossConnect jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
  • Compiler: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
  • and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

18 of August, 1995

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SPECIAL EDITION — BRIGADA TODAY “EXTRA”
Hey!!! Someone out there listened… and has already ordered!!! (Of course , it doesn’t hurt matters when ACMC decides to send them out to all new members and all existing member churches!!! ) The price of the GMI 100 Gateway Cities maps have just gone way down, thanks to overwhelming interest on the part of the people!!!! Now, you can have a full color 20″x30′ map of the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window for just $3.95 (in quantities of 100 or more). Single orders are $9.95. Lamination prices remain the same (added $10). All orders must be prepaid. This is literally 1/2 the price we stated just 8 hours ago… (Hey — maybe if we wait through the weekend they’ll be paying us to take them home!!! ) (Not likely.) And for orders of 100 or more, it’s less than 20% of the price mentioned in this morning’s Brigada Today.

So what’s the difference? I’ll tell you what it is. It’s God’s people working together… that’s what it is.

So call, write, email, fax, or drive on up to Colorado and get those maps, folks. (But don’t call me — I just brag about ’em. I don’t sell ’em!) :-)

Global Mapping International
7899 Lexington Drive, Suite 200A
Colorado Springs, CO 80920 USA
PHONE 1-800-569-6312, +1-719-548-7459 OR FAX +1-719-548-7459

Email: infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)  

19950806 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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AT “PRESSTIME”

As of August 11, there were ….

  • 72 participants in Brigada-peoples,
  • 185 reading brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest,
  • 110 reading brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers,
  • a whopping 157 in brigada-peoples-kazakh (gets the “Most Improved” award!),
  • 142 reading the HBO in brigada-orgs-teamex
  • 730 participants at the top level of Brigada!!!!

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GREENBRIER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP TO OFFER CALENDAR FOR KIDS

Bonnie, of Greenbrier Chr. Fellowship church, clued us in this week on a new prayer calendar for kids that her church is making available. “The format is similar to the adult calendar [for Praying Through the Window II], with some notable exceptions,” Bonnie noted. “The kids will be praying for one city per day instead of three or four. The type is larger, includes a pronunciation guide for the city right next to the name, and includes one prayer request for each city. We’ve included more pictures, including some of kids, which were all done by Mary Filidis who created the art for the adult calendar. The introductory section includes a very brief description of the non-Christian religions included on the calendar and references to other helpful materials, most of which you included in your VBS info — video by the Parishes, Light the Window video, etc.” To get Greenbrier’s kids’ calendar for the 100 Gateway Cities, contact the church sec’y, Rebecca , at Greenbrier Christian Fellowship, 1101 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Phone: (804) 547-7777; Fax: (804) 547-5096. Greenbrier is allowing the samples to be copied freely. And get this… copies — both the sample on lime green and the one on white suitable for photocopying — are provided by Greenbrier at no charge!!! Bravo Greenbrier! Thanks for setting the pace! (If you have questions that Bonnie might be able to answer, email her at bonniedotkyleatcbndotorg  (bonniedotkyleatcbndotorg)   but all actual orders should be placed with Rebecca.)
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URBAN MINISTRY LEADERS OFFER BOOK AND WEB SITE

To get info. on the recent meeting in Atlanta of over two dozen urban ministry leaders, see the book they’ve published at their new web site, …

http://www.interaccess.com/users/telchar/theocity.htm

The book, Theology of the City: From Dream to Reality, is totally free. (Thanks to Steve Ujvarosy at Telchar Systems in Chicago for this tip. You can write Steve for more info. at telcharatinteraccessdotcom  (telcharatinteraccessdotcom)   or go see the book for yourself!)

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GET A PIECE OF THE ACTION ON BRIGADA-PEOPLES

Brigada-Peoples continues to grow, both in subscribers (now up to 72!) and in messaging (There were 3479 individual messages exchanged on the forum this week — an average of 7 per day, read by every subscriber). Not only is it growing in subscriber base, but also in purpose. Jonathan Marsden has agreed to pull together a starter database using PH technology that will add significant capabilities to the CrossConnect conferencing system. Users will be able to send a message such as “search people yemeni” or “search city montevideo” and thereby get email addresses and other pertinent information on those who have agreed to target or “adopt” the Yemeni and Montevideo. In addition, one will be able to specify whether he/she wants the adoption registry for that people or the prayer profile, or both. For the first time in history (at least as far as we know), you’ll have a one-stop source for adoption information and global outreach “pointers” for learning potential opportunities and networkers. To join the discussion in process, send an e-mail message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with this line as the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples
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COMPUSERVE CORRECTIONS

Thanks to Justin Long, who voiced the opinion, “Remember, Doug, that although CIS is the largest worldwide (which works out well for missionary types) AOL is still the largest in the United States. And has a MUCH better WWW reader, too!” Truth is, we received several responses after the special Compuserve update, lifting the qualities of one service or another. I’m afraid I didn’t make our purpose clear. There are about 609 Compuserve users in all the 40 Brigada conferences combined. Our purpose was to let those users know that, within a matter of a few weeks, Brigada was going to be a whole lot better deal for them! It will, on Sept. 10, be free, just like it’s been to AOL users all along! (As long as you don’t dilly dally around on line, that is. Five hours is five hours!
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NORTH KOREAN BIBLE DISTRIBUTION

Thanks to John Hanna who submitted the following “Global Glimpse” this week…. “All of NORTH Korea’s school children may soon be studying the Bible. Assist Ministries of Garden Grove, California, reports that a “Bible as Literature” program is being considered which would put New Testaments in Korean and English in the hands of every school-aged child. Dr. Dale Kietzman also acknowledged that Kim Il Sung was inquiring seriously about Christianity before his death.
(Source: Letter from Rick Wood, 8/4/95, US Center for World Missions.) . . .
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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SEARCHING FOR A MAP OF THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES

Thanks to the help of friends on Brigada, we found one! Loren Muehlius at GMI can send you a 8 1/2 X 11 in either color overhead, color paper, or b&w. Cost is $7 plus $2 shipping. He can also provide 20″x27″ poster size for $35 (hey — it’s full color!) or $45 laminated (plus $5 shipping). Color-coding shows world religions. Nice. Contact Loren Muehlius at 1-719-531-3595 or write him at lorenatgmidotorg  (lorenatgmidotorg)   or fax him at 1-719-548-7459 or mail him at GMI, 7899 Lexington Dr., Suite 200-A, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA.
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LOOKING FOR ADOPTION PAPERS???? THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER!

If you’ve been wondering who adopted who… (or is that who adopted whom or whom adopted whom??? I missed that grammar lesson! ), you’re in luck. Soon, Brigada -Peoples will provide, in conjunction with a host of other organizations, agencies and churches, a worldwide web search engine to look up which group remains untargeted — and we assume, therefore, high priority. You’ll also be able to look up contact information for people groups that have already been adopted, making it possible for churches and agencies to broaden and enlarge their project network and share resources and tools. We’re finally going to be in this thing together! Look for instructions and addresses in the very near future. (The page is already being tested on the www!) For those with email-only access (many in the majority world), Jonathan’s cooking up a parallel approach using email commands. You know what those are, don’t you. (Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the words…. ) It’s a comin’!!! Once this project is launched, we’ll need an all out assault to try to get all the currently targeted people groups “registered”. Pretty soon, as the dust settles, we’ll know which groups we’ve overlooked in mobilization!
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RUMOR HAS IT….

that Keith Butler has accepted leadership of the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse! Congratulations Keith! (This was announced on Brigada-Peoples. To subscribe, … aaahhhh… you already know how.)
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MISSIONS FEST, CANADIAN STYLE

And they say people in Texas do things big! Have you heard about Missions Fest, Vancouver!???? It’s set for Jan. 26-28 , 1996 at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Center. Get this: 300000 people! !! (Okay… so I accidentally added one extra zero to get your attention. But only one!!! And that’s still a lot! This is probably the largest conference of its type in all North America!) Richard Dodding is coordinator (member of Brigada-peoples-kazakh). “The theme is “Who Is My Neighbour? Refugees & the Christian Response”, reported Richard. “Speakers include Tony Campolo, Carl Lawrence, Roland Syens, etc. There will be about 240 exhibits, 90 seminars, 6 plenary sessions, youth rallies of 2,000 youth and children’s programs.” To write Richard: Missions Fest, 7200 Cariboo Road, Burnaby, BC V3N 4A7 Canada. Tel. 604-524-9944, Fax. 604-524-4690. Email: <doddingatfreenetdotvancouverdotbcdotca> </doddingatfreenetdotvancouverdotbcdotca>

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