Monthly Archives: October 1995

19951029 Brigada Today

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JOSHUA PROJECT PREMIERS!!!

This past week, we asked the Director of Communications to tell us about the AD2000 & Beyond effort being dubbed, “Joshua Project 2000” and the associated “Launch” scheduled for the end of this month. Just yesterday, he sent this Brigada exclusive:
[The following article is by Media and Communications Director for the AD2000 & Beyond Movement based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Thanks for taking time to write, David!]

“The cat is finally out of the bag. The AD2000 and Beyond Movement introduces Joshua Project 2000, an inter-agency, inter-denominational, inter-church, step by step plan to see at a minimum, a pioneer church planting movement within every ethno-linguistic people of over 10,000 individuals by December 31, 2000. A 55 page Joshua Project 2000 handbook has been written that is now available in the November-December Mission Frontiers Bulletin. You can receive MF electronically here on Brigada or you can request a copy from the AD2000 and Beyond International Office for the cost of postage. (E-mail Lauriatad2000dotorg  (Lauriatad2000dotorg)   or call (719) 576-2000.) This handbook contains the priority list of 1,685 least reached peoples that Joshua Project 2000 seeks to produce prayer profiles for, facilitate church adoptions for, send prayer teams to during the October 1997 Praying Through the Window III and ultimately see a church planting movement among these peoples by the year 2000. Joshua Project 2000 is the outworkings of GCOWE ’95 and is the implementation strategy toward the greater goal of a church for every people and the Gospel for every person by AD2000.”

“Pray for the Joshua Project 2000 “Launch” meetings to be held the last week of this month in Colorado Springs where AD2000 and Beyond core leadership has been invited to come together to see how the AD2000 tracks/networks and the national initiatives can all take their share of Joshua Project 2000. Currently 210 AD2000 leaders will be attending from 83 different countries. Won’t it be great to see Koreans networking with Brazilians to assure that a church planting movement is established among the 850,000 Qashqai nomads of Iran, where there in not one known believer, no Scripture translation, no Christian radio, nor even a Gospel tract. Joshua Project 2000 mobilization conferences are being scheduled in 1997 in Hawaii, Brazil and South Africa which Brigada readers might want to attend. More details later.”

As David shared above, the priority list of peoples is about to be released at the “Launch”, near the end of this month. However, because you’re “in the know” and you are a Brigada participant, you can get it today!!! Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (you guessed that part, right?) with only the following 2 lines in the body of the message text:
get brigada joshua-list-a
get brigada joshua-list-b

You’ll receive 2 ascii files (about 40k or 13 pages each, depending on the font you assign of course) in what’s called “comma delimited” format. If you simply open them in your word processor, you’ll be able to read them just fine. But if you’ve got any popular spreadsheet or database, such as Excel or dBase, you’ll be able to import or load them as is and see the data organized by fields. Naturally, you should append them to see the big picture, since list-a includes countries which begin with the letters a-k, with the remainder appearing in list-b. Included are fields for country, people group name, population, number of Christians, language, and population in the homeland country. Thanks to Luis Bush and Dan Scribner of AD2000 & Beyond as well as Matt Benjamin and Ron Rowland (PIN) for their help in arranging this unique “sneak peak” for Brigada readers.

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WANNA’ CHANGE A CITY???

Get Viv Grigg’s new book! His fourth and completely updated 120 page spiral-bound Transforming Cities: An Urban Leadership Guide, Viv Grigg, Ed., is now available. It has been developed as a comprehensive manual for city leadership teams through AD2000 cities consultations with several hundred leaders over the past four years. Included are in-city processes, such as prayer movements, building a city leadership team, events and networks, city strategy congresses, AD2000 City Network info, adopt-a-city materials, models of global networks and in-city processes etc. If you want to change a city, order it. An essential tool for anyone seeking to give leadership to a city. Available from

Urban Leadership
127 N. Madison Ave
Pasadena, CA91101

or

83/2 Glendale Rd
Glen Eden, Auckland
New Zealand

for $20 for the cost of the book, postage & handling and taxes.

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GIVE RAMADAN NEW MEANING! – 30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS

From January 21 to Feb 19, 1996, Muslims around the world will be holding their annual fasting month known as Ramadan. Now you can participate in a worldwide movement that seeks to help followers of Christ pray for, learn about, and reach out to the Muslim peoples of the world, so that they may come to know God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ. This third annual international mobilization is an excellent follow-up to the “Praying Through the Window II” project during the past month of October. Want materials? They’re ready to order. You can get a newly-edited 50-page illustrated Prayer Guide booklet (with a full-color cover, available both in adult and children’s versions) as well as a special Video on the Islamic world (approx. 10 minutes, revised and available in Nov., again, available in both an adult and children’s version). Last year during this same period, a quarter million Muslim Prayer Guides were in use around the world. You can get a reproducible flyer by contacting WORLDCHRISTIAN NEWS at wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or by writing old-fashioned letters to

PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs, CO 80936
USA.
Tel: 1(719) 442-6409

And get this, if you want to judge the book by its cover (I didn’t think you were allowed to do that!) they’ve even got a web page at http://www.ywam.org/icn.html And guess what Canadians! They’ve even remember you! Canadian residents, please contact:

30 Days Prayer Focus
PO Box 30024
Westbank, BC V4T 2G7
Canada.

Quebec residents will have to use the Canadian address . . . at least for now. :-)

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HELP US GROW

Some will recall Jonathan Marsden (the technical wizard behind the hardware and software that makes Brigada possible) saying previously that he wouldn’t consider Brigada to have “arrived” until we had 10,000 participants. This past week he reminded us, as we crossed the 1280 barrier, that we were “1/8th the way to my 10000 target :-) :-) “. Maybe if we reach 10,000 users he’ll do something out of the ordinary like, . . . take a day off??? :-) Want to help? You know what to do! Share this Brigada Today with someone else! Thanks for making it possible for us to avoid advertising costs . . . and keep this a free service! :-)
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CMDNet: BRIGADA DOWN UNDER

One of the latest conferences to be set up under the Brigada banner is the New Zealand-based CMDNet (the facilitating “organisation” (NZ spelling :-) ) is the entre for ission irection). According to Bob Hall, CMDNet’s moderator, the purpose of the conference is “to facilitate networking and the spread of relevant missions information among those in New Zealand (and hopefully in due course Australia and the South Pacific) who are interested in or involved in cross-cultural missions.” Members of CMDNet will be encouraged:

  1. to share information on mission resources they have found to be useful;
  2. raise mission-related questions and share answers or responses to those questions;
  3. share testimonies or news items that relate to world missions; and
  4. download files from CMDNet and make use of the information.

Any readers of Brigada Today in New Zealand, Australia or the South Pacific who think this might be of interest are encouraged to check it out. The subscription list stands at 25 already (and includes a couple of Americans!) To “join up” simply send an internet message to HubatXcdotOrg  (HubatXcdotOrg)   with the text:
subscribe brigada-orgs-cmdnet

Thanks to moderator BobHallatXcdotOrg  (BobHallatXcdotOrg)   for the vision and leadership!!!

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FOR ALL YOU RICE LOVERS (WHO ALSO READ BIBLES)

Jubilee Tech International has recently announced the release of the popular Logos Bible Software in Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Each Asian version has the same full range of features contained in English Logos products and can be used to generate Scripture portions and sermon outlines, as well as for foreign language and TESOL training. For more information concerning these valuable mission resources contact Mark Bowers at mbowers000ataoldotcom  (mbowers000ataoldotcom)   Asia Networking & Resource Services, Tel/Fax: 610-918-9393. By the way, you have to make the rice yourself. :-)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE: CHINA REVIVAL

“The fire of the gospel is burning in this village, and following heavy persecution, every single person has become a Christian.” “Now, when we go on the street, people drop everything to take part. Many shout while we preach ‘We have never heard of such good news. Why didn’t anyone tell us before?’ They forget everything and listen for hours.” “In Xinyang district, the number of believers increased from 1,000 to 10,000 in one month.” … We have far too few Bibles and are too weak to train all the new believers”
Source: DAWN Europa Friday Fax, 39-95
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

Thanks to Justin Long JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)   for his regular contributions to Brigada-Peoples. He recently began sharing news about a “People of the Week” (that’s a group, not that magazine!) For example, this past week he shared: “Let’s pray for the Hunanese of China. They have nearly 43 million people, but less than 2% Christian. They don’t have a Jesus film in their own language, although the Jesus film is available in Mandarin which many of the Hunanese speak. Most don’t belong to any particular religion. There are several denominations and mission agencies working among them. They are precious in the Lord’s sight!” Want to see more? Join Brigada-Peoples by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line as the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples
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NOVEMBER ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL

Thanks again to Mark Kelly for a job well done on the November Advance! You can get the Advance by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada advance.9511

In this month’s issue, you’ll find:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE— Dramatic gospel advances in India’s Andhra Pradesh state, Meghalaya state and at Varanasi. Cambodian churches multiply 30-fold in five years. Buddhist advances in Mongolia. Government resistance to the gospel in Uzbekistan. “Cracks in the wall of Islam.”
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — 18 believers murdered in Egypt. Extremist Muslims blew up a publishing house in Bangladesh. Anti-Christian bias in U.S. immigration, trade offices. Muslim extremists on trial for death of Pakistani Christian. Pastor, assistant murdered in Chiapas, Mexico.
SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS –Algerian elections Nov. 16. Priests, lay worker murdered in Burundi. Indonesian city bans church bells, hymn singing. Religious prostitution in India.
REJOICE! — God protects expatriates who serve him in dangerous places. Miraculous healing of Muslim village leader opens door for gospel.
PROFILES

NETWORKING — Fund established for release of 11 believers charged with illegally proselytizing Hindus. “World Press Review” article details horrors of China’s “dying rooms.” Resources for missions networking, intercession. New book shares 12 stories from World A Christian leaders.
FRONT LINES — God’s army does not often assault the gates of hell because it has been attacked and conquered on its own ground. The church will never rise up in victory until believers choose to honor God with their minds.

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AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR TAXES WERE HIGH!!!

This past week, in the Brigada-peoples-kazakh conference, the moderator there shared a note he had recently picked up pointing out that a new tax in Kazakhstan was now forcing expatriates to pay a full 40% of their income to the Kazakh government! For more information, join by …. you know what to do… send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples-kazakh

And next time you have to send in that tax payment, remember our friends serving in Central Asia!!!

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Have a great week!

TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with only the following message:
subscribe brigada

TO UNSUBSCRIBE (At least will you admit that our subscription prices are the lowest in town??? [free!]), send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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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!

19951022 Brigada Today

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(Praying today for Hanoi, Vientiane, and Phnom Penh)

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ANDOVER CH. OF CHRIST GIVES “PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW” NEW MEANING

It was dairy farmer Donnie Knowles who thought it up… but everybody got involved. Mid-way through their month of “Praying Through the Window”, the Andover Church of Christ (kind of near Cleveland, Ohio) took time during Sunday morning worship to feature a real “window” up on the platform, with the panes covered with brown paper. As members described the impact that prayer could have on the world, the paper was peeled away, one pane at a time, to reveal views ‘through the window’ of color maps of various countries and regions of the [real] 10/40 Window. They’ve kept the huge set of window panes on stage all month just to remind the members to lift up the needs of the least reached. These kinds of props and visual clues can be really helpful in creating an image that will stick in the minds of a church membership. Way to go Andover!

By the way, devices like these don’t have to be real expensive, either! Jokingly, I asked if Donnie’s cows minded the increased draft through their barn and, to my surprise, he replied, “No, we took these windows out of a barn that’s empty for now.” So, keep your eyes open for a local dairy farmer if you want to feature the 10/40 Window in your own church. If you find a willing and imaginative volunteer, maybe it won’t be such a “pain” to create your next enduring image! :-) So let’s get moo-ving!

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PLAN NOW FOR YOUR PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES RECEPTION

Remember Tommy Baker at Florence? He’s the guy that recruited 100 people in his church of 1000 in northern Kentucky to each pray for a different Gateway City throughout the entire month of October (as well as for the normal featured cities for each respective day). (You can download his earlier story by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the line
get brigadachurch-florence

Many have followed his plan and introduced similar approaches in their own congregations. Well stay tuned! His creativity is at it again. He’s putting together a reception for Sunday evening, Nov. 5, to which he’s inviting all those “prayer adoptors” and others who have shown interest in the project. They’ll have some refreshments, recount stories and answered prayer for the 100 Gateway Cities, then highlight some of the most desperate situations within the ‘window’. In correlation with the proposed timeline for Envision ’96, Tommy hopes that this army of prayer warriors can help the church in its selection of a prospective target area for a new PACE Project (where a particular church takes responsibility for putting together a relational network to plant a new congregation in a least reached city or people group). If you’ve got a moment right now, would you pray for Tommy and his Nov. 5th reception? Ask God to help those 100 people move their congregation toward action and initiative in a desperate area of the world.

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URUGUAYANS PRAY “THROUGH THE WINDOW”

Thanks to Larry Griffin, who reported that tonight the church in Montevideo will be on its knees! “Please be in prayer for an all-night prayer vigil that is being planned for this coming Friday evening [Oct. 27] from 10:00 p.m. til 6:00 a.m. We will be focusing on the needs of the 100 Gateway Cities in the 10/40 Window, educating the congregation on the needs, and lifting up our prayers in a concentrated effort to wage spiritual battle against the barriers limiting the evangelization of these cities. The members of the congregation have been participating all this month in the “Pray Through The Window II” campaign focusing on the 100 Gateway Cities. Please pray that this interest in the World Wide Mission of the church will continue to grow, and will be a positive influence on the spiritual life of the congregation.” For more information, subscribe to brigada-uruguay-montevideo by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message text:
brigada-uruguay-montevideo
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Y PARA ELLOS QUE HABLAN ESPANOL, …

La semana pasada, recibimos una carta de Ann Krebs 76423dot2675atcompuservedotcom  (76423dot2675atcompuservedotcom)  . Ella pidio’ noticias en espanol acerca de iglesias en la obra de alcanzar varias partes del mundo con la esperanza de Jesus. Dijo que este tipo de informacion serviria para mobilizar otras iglesias en la obra del Senor. Si tu quisieras leer noticias similares, sugiero que mandes un “email” a hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   con solamente estas palabras en la carta:
subscribe brigada-peoples-latam
subscribe brigada-argentina-laplata
subscribe brigada-ecuador-guayaquil
subscribe brigada-uruguay-montevideo

En esta manera, por lo menos, vas a escuchar noticias regularmente de algunos paises donde se habla espanol. Y si tengas noticias (en espanol o en ingles), favor de mandarlas a brigada-peoples-latamatxcdotorg con la esperanza que Ann y muchos mas van a orar por ti! (Okay Ann?)

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LOOKING FOR A FOLLOW-UP TO “PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW”? STAY TUNED

Next week, we’ll carry news about a worldwide prayer emphasis for January-February that coincides with the Muslim month of Ramadan. Don’t miss this chance to express your friendship, love, and concern for Muslims around the world!
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KNOW ANY GOOD INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA?

If so, please send them directly to John McAdams 76026dot3134atcompuservedotcom  (76026dot3134atcompuservedotcom)  .
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“PRAY TODAY” FOR WINDOWS

Think about it. It’s a natural! You run Windows on your computer — why shouldn’t it remind you to pray for peoples who live in the 10/40 Window… and all around the world, in fact. That’s exactly what “Pray Today” does. Bob Hall SOCI136atcantvadotcanterburydotacdotnz  (SOCI136atcantvadotcanterburydotacdotnz)   , who serves as National Coordinator of the Centre for Mission Direction in New Zealand, tipped us off to this little program (that you put in your Windows “start up” folder). Thereafter, every time you boot Windows, you get information on a new Bible-less people (name, number, religion, status of Christian work and Scripture translation). You guessed it… developed by Wycliffe Associates (in England, no less; those English are always coming up with something clever! :-) ). For more info., contact your Wycliffe national office or Bob. By the way, they didn’t put in an ad for Wycliffe anywhere in the box. Seems as if they wanted to focus our minds on the need rather than the banner. Cool.
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INTERESTED IN KAZKAHSTAN? COME TO SAN DIEGO!

At least come during Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 for “Kazakhstan ’95”! 500 Kazakh government and business leaders are supposed to be present, along with U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher and the mayor of San Diego. The conference focuses on business opportunities in Oil, Gas, Minerals, and Agriculture. Of course, you can focus on other stuff as well. :-) Write Eric Frost ericdotfrostatsdsudotedu  (ericdotfrostatsdsudotedu)   for more information or call the conference organizer at (800)564-4220 for a brochure. And thanks to Al Chong for the tip to Eric!
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SO HOW MANY PEOPLE GROUPS IS IT?

One Brigada reader recently wrote, “It seems like about a year ago there were ll,000 unreached people groups remaining on earth. How about letting us know at least every six months how many unreached have been reached, and how many are still remaining? I’m sure we would all get a thrill out of knowing this!” Rest assured that, for the most part, there are just as many “people groups” as there have always been. The difference is in the way we describe them. One major shift came about a year ago, when the majority of researchers finally agreed on the concept of using ethnolinguistic definitions rather than socio-economic distinctions. “Shazam…” All of a sudden, thousands of people groups were lumped together, many for the first time since 1974. (Makes for a great quote in your monthly mission report! :-) “I’m happy to report that while last month, there were 16,750 unreached people groups and, thanks to … [ahem] many factors, today that number is a mere 1,685 groups! Please send your check to….” :-) ) The truth is, we’re afraid that the progress implied by shrinking unreached people group “counts” might be oversimplifying the task a bit. In reality, it seems that the task has been redefined… but, in many cases, the work remains just as challenging. For example, simply by dropping groups with fewer than 10,000 in number, it might look like we’ve grown closer to our goal of making sure every group has opportunities to hear, but that depends on your perspective. (If you happen to be a part of a group numbering 10,000 people or less, it might still feel pretty lonely out there.) On the other hand, let’s admit that if a mighty people group nearby happens to hear and respond, let’s hope they themselves would take responsibility for reaching a smaller group next door.

Now… back to the original question, it seems that more and more researchers are finally coming closer to agreeing that there are less than 2000 ethnolinguistic groups (if you only count those numbering 10,000 or more in population) with little or no opportunity to hear the gospel. Of course, getting to them won’t be an easy task… So we’d better keep praying. Within the next 24 months, it looks like we’ll finally have a more accurate means of tracking the progress of mobilizing new church planting movements for at least those 2000 or so groups, thanks to the momentum being provided by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. So … stay tuned. Your wish is about to be granted… depending on how you define it. :-)

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PRAYER FOR THE SIKH

I know, I know. I said I wouldn’t bring up this “sikh” pronunciation thing again. But this week David Greenlee wrote a note that just about caused me to fall out of my chair in laughter. Apparently, the pronunciation questions pre-date Brigada! David was serving as Program Director on the OM ship Logos at the time. He remembers one morning when he was speaking at a church in Lisbon and…, “At that time I didn’t speak quite enough Portuguese to preach, but enough to catch on (at times!) to what was being said. As I talked about people groups and (then) current crises, I referred repeatedly to the Sikhs. After a few minutes, though, I realized that my translator was missing something. First, not unusual, was the concept of “peoples” and “people groups”–assuming I just meant the plural of person. But due to my pronouncing “Sikh” “sick” he was more confused. So the people were challenged to pray for the “doentes” — that is, the “sick people” of India. Not a bad idea but not what I had in mind!” :-) Thanks for the memories, David!
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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT “THE LAUNCH”??? You’re about to! Stay tuned for detailed information next week… and watch for your new issue of Mission Frontiers! Big stuff.

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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!

19951015 Brigada Today

Now with over 1200 Participants!
(Praying today for Kathmandu, Thimphu, and Colombo)

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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HOW ONE CHURCH IS TURNING “PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW” INTO ACTION

Thanks to Judy Johnson and the folks at the Clovernook Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, who are putting legs on their prayers! They meet tomorrow… on what will probably be the coldest day of the year yet in Cincinnati (weathermen say 43 degrees will be the high) to walk through “Over-the-Rhine” inner city section of the “Queen City”. As they “prayer walk”, they’ll focus on the people, the needs, and the opportunities they see. Clovernook maintains a ministry especially geared toward this area of Cincinnati… so the prayers won’t be landing on deaf ears. Many members of the congregation will turn right around and be back out into the area in coming days to lend assistance and share hope. Meanwhile, many of Clovernook’s members are involved in praying for the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window. The front page article in their Sunday Evening Post weekly newsletter was entitled, “Making a difference… In the world… in Cincinnati… and You!”
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USA TO HOST NATIONAL CONCERT OF PRAYER

Clovernook won’t be the only church praying tomorrow! According to Dave and Kim Butts 73764dot3051atcompuservedotcom  (73764dot3051atcompuservedotcom)   , “On Oct. 21 at least 200 US cities will be simultaneously joined in prayer through a National Concert of Prayer. Taking place from 7-9 pm in each city, these Concerts of Prayer will focus on world evangelization. The theme is “Together for Revival.” Since October is also “Pray through the Window” month, each US city will be linked with a nation in the 10/40 window.” David is secretary for the Denominational Prayer Leaders’ Network, which works closely with the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Wow.
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FOLLOW UP ON “WANT TO BUY A SMALL COUNTRY?”

Oops. Our source made a correction in last week’s article on the Kuwaiti government wanting to “buy” Malawi. The article did appear in The Malawi Times, as we wrote last week, but it was not the front page on June 9th, ’93. It was the front page on June 9th, ’95! Just a bit more timely than previously reported. Gulp.
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FOLLOW UP ON ‘FROM “THE HONEYMOON’S OVER” DEPT., UZBEKISTAN’

Thanks to Dave Moody DMatxcdotorg  (DMatxcdotorg)   for the following response to last week’s note from Justin Long on Uzbekistan.

“UZBEKISTAN: WHAT? THE HONEYMOON’S OVER? BUT, WE’RE STILL INVITING FOLKS TO THE MARRIAGE FEAST!

  • Is it difficult for believers in Uzbekistan? Yes!
  • Have several churches been unable to register officially with the government? Yes.
  • Have there been instances of deliberate, premeditative persecution of believers? Yes.
  • Have some foreigners been asked to leave because of their activities?
  • Have people died for the Kingdom in Uzbekistan? Yes!
  • Does this concern foreigners and nationals alike? You bet!

All of this is true and quite sobering, but it is also inaccurate! [sic]

  • Are churches multiplying? Yes!
  • Are Uzbeks coming to the Lord? In historically unprecedented numbers! Not to mention Russians, Koreans and other ethnic groups!
  • Are foreign workers hopeful for a movement of the Holy Spirit? Like never before! Actually, most are concerned that there aren’t enough men (and women!) to haul in the nets, when the Lord brings harvest (sorry for mixing two metaphors!).
  • Are most workers planning on leaving anytime soon? Not until their roles are unnecessary, and their jobs complete!

Nobody knows what the future holds but let’s remember who holds the future! God has given his saints the power and privilege of causality in Prayer. The only inevitability in the universe is the absolute and complete dominion of Christ. Somehow, some way our prayers are playing into this manifest reality. Let’s pray this way for Uzbekistan! Ephesians 1:17-23.” Thanks Dave!

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ASSISTANCE NEEDED FOR SETTING UP SUB-SAHARAN MED.WORKSHOP & NETWORK

There is a workshop taking place on appropriate medical technology for 3rd world situations in sub-Saharan Africa in August 1996. Assistance is needed to get contacts for the workshop. There are currently 34 participants from 17 countries of the at least 47 countries in this part of Africa. A follow up/help network over the Internet is also being planned. Contact addresses for this are also needed. If you can help please contact Tom Judd JUDD104Watwonderdotemdotcdcdotgov  (JUDD104Watwonderdotemdotcdcdotgov)   .
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YOU SAY “SIKH” AND I’LL SAY “SEEK” :-)


Thanks to David Householder DavidHousholderatXCdotOrg  (DavidHousholderatXCdotOrg)   who actually conducted a straw poll at the North American Council for South Asian Christians (NACSAC) in Chicago. (Can you believe this guy? :-) He was actually walking through the convention, asking people “man-on-the-street-reporter” style, “So, what’ll it be: (pronounced) “sick” or “seek”?”!!!) (In case you’re still curious, apparently one delegate from Uttar Pradesh insisted it was “seek”… but then followed up by saying that in the mixture of Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu used in much of Northwest India, it’s “sick”! So… sounds like you’ll be right somewhere no matter what pronunciation you use! :-) The funny thing was the plenary session that followed! Dave wrote that in the middle of his message, the speaker explained, ‘Jesus told us to turn the other cheek,’ but pronounced ‘cheek’ as ‘chick.’ Aha!” It’s never as simple as it seems!
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MORE “WHAT’S AFTER OCTOBER”

So you weren’t able to arrange travel to Cincinnati for tomorrow? Never fear… there’s still hope. Nate Wilson NateWilsonatXCdotOrg  (NateWilsonatXCdotOrg)   informs us that there are several similar workshops lined up for other cities. Take your pick: Denver November 3 ($15), NateWilsonatXCdotorg  (NateWilsonatXCdotorg)   (303) 730-4170; Tulsa, OK, Oct 30 6-10pm 656-4533atMCIMaildotcom  (656-4533atMCIMaildotcom)   , (918) 587-1947; Wichita SteveAIMSatAOLdotcom  (SteveAIMSatAOLdotcom)   316-942-8293; and Los Angeles, Nov. 18 (try NateWilsonatXCdotOrg  (NateWilsonatXCdotOrg)   for more info). Evidently, according to Nate, The “What’s After October” workshops are designed to help church leaders follow up on the “Praying Through The Window–100 Gateway cities” prayer campaign in October. “We want to give creative ideas and helpful strategies that will help bring mission more into the heart of the local church all year long,” Nate explained. “The “Make A Difference” package (described last week, available from Proclamedia at 76551dot2032atcompuservedotcom  (76551dot2032atcompuservedotcom)   or tel. 719-380-0505) has the same information we’ll cover in the “What’s After October” workshops for the benefit of those who were not able to attend a “WAO” workshop and for those who want to share the “WAO” material with others!” Thanks Nate!
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“GOOD TIMES” VIRUS IS ACTUALLY A BANDWIDTH THIEF!

That’s the truth. The hoax about the “Good Times” virus (making the rounds on a couple of Brigada conferences this past week) is not all that funny. Because we all care about our friends on “The Net”, we end up forwarding the “Good Times” warning to others, unknowingly wasting lots of the INTERNET’s time and resources. Rest assured… it’s a joke. If you receive a warning about a “Good Times” virus, just ignore it… or request that the sender re-send an apology to those on the distribution list of his/her original message. “Good Times” doesn’t exist.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE: MOROCCAN BELIEVER IMPRISONED

Jamal, a young Moroccan man, was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for witnessing about his Christian faith. When asked what he had to say in his defense an eyewitness said Jamal simply declared, “I am a Christian, but I respect the Islamic religion” and sat down. He had no lawyer to defend his case since he could not afford one. This is the fourth conviction of Jamal, who boldly witnesses to his faith in Jesus Christ. Freedom of religion is supposedly guaranteed by the Moroccan constitution.
Source: 10/16/95 — source withheld.
Contact John Hanna jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
Caleb Project for authentication information.
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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INTERESTED IN MEDIA… AND THE FORMER SOVIET UNION????

Don’t miss Dan Henrich’s message on the Brigada-strategy-tv-film conference. The possibilities are awesome. It involves reaching Muslims through friendship evangelism by interweaving media and workshops… and maybe getting paid for it! For more information, contact Dan DanHenrichatXCdotOrg  (DanHenrichatXCdotOrg)   or join the conference by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message text:
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PUT ON THE FRONT LINES ON YOUR FRONT BURNER

Thanks to Kevin Guttman 74562dot3305atcompuservedotcom  (74562dot3305atcompuservedotcom)   for bringing On the Front Lines to our attention. Kevin wrote, “It contains 12 short faith building stories of national Christian leaders. Each story is 3-4 pages long & tells about the dramatic ways that God has protected, provided & used these front line leaders to advance His kingdom. These “unsung heroes” are from places like China, North Africa, India, Liberia, etc. The book is FREE & would make a good reading for people of all ages! To order contact the publisher,

Partners International
P.O. Box 15025
San Jose, CA 95115

or call 1-800-966-5515
or Email Kevin Guttman at 74562dot3305atCompuservedotcom  (74562dot3305atCompuservedotcom)   .”

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COMIC BOOKS ARE COMIN’ TO A MISSION FIELD NEAR YOU

According to planners of an international conference set for January, “Comic books have zoomed into the missions field in a big way.” (See Brigada Today, Sept. 1.) Conference organizers wrote to report that “January 22-26, 1996, a team of professional comic book artists and writers, who are all Christians, will teach a four day course in the Philippines, training missionaries and Christian nationals how to create credible comics with a powerful message for specific cultures.” One planner, Len Cowan, stated, “People all over the world read comics, and innovative missionaries have been putting the medium to work in evangelism and discipleship materials.” Len is a communications coordinator and originator of the idea to bring comics pros and missionaries together. “It’s a great idea which has worked pretty well, but the missionaries found out how hard it is to create a quality comic book!” That led Cowan to contact Nate Butler, a well known industry professional, who offered to assemble the faculty which would teach a special course on how to do comics right. The format will include instructional sessions, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops in writing, illustration, editing & art directing, promotion & marketing, communication theory, and evangelism strategy.” Cool.
If you’re interested, email Nate NateButlerataoldotcom  (NateButlerataoldotcom)   or Cathleen (conference administrator) at CathleenatXCdotorg  (CathleenatXCdotorg)  
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FOR AN UPDATE ON BRIGADA CONFERENCES

Don’t forget that you can, at any time, get an update on current Brigada conferences by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following word in the body of the message text:
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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)  
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  • 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!

19951008 Brigada Today

Now with 1150 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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DOWN UNDER PRAYER FOR THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES

They’re at work in New Zealand, praying through the Window! Bob Hall wrote, “Thousands of the prayer pamphlets have been distributed (adult as well as children’s version), about 160 Light The Window videos have been sold and another 120 or so given away and about six boxes of the Gateway Cities books have been sold. … We have a national Christian radio station here in New Zealand, Radio Rhema. Each weekday morning I get to pray live for that day’s Gateway Cities… Later in the morning they also provide detailed information on each city for that day. There are lots of prayer groups, churches and Christian schools involved in this prayer programme here. … In faxing in for a copy of the CBN video one woman wrote: “Our church has really caught the vision after showing the Light The Window video. People are spontaneously praying and weeping for the cities after watching the video. People who never normally pray aloud are interceding with tears and earnest prayers. Praise the Lord!” Very encouraging. I shared that on air yesterday morning and then this morning was able to follow it up with the Singapore testimony from the most recent “Brigada Tonight” [ :-) ]. By the way, there are also some eight prayer teams or so from New Zealand going into Gateway Cities this month, including a team of 40 to Calcutta. Not bad for a nation of only 3.4 million!” (Thanks to Bob Hall bdothallatsocidotcanterburydotnz  (bdothallatsocidotcanterburydotnz)   for that update!)
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AND THEY’RE PRAYING IN SCHOOLS!

“Great news regarding the response! I have distributed the 10/40 calendar to my 7th grade homeroom and to all the teachers in my school. We have 650+ students and 50 on our faculty. Our church is also participating in the prayer calendar. Praise God for the opportunity.” Thanks to Martha DiPalma at the Out-of-Door Academy Martha_DiPalmaatODAdotedu  (Martha_DiPalmaatODAdotedu)  .
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EATING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES

Thanks to John Hanna for this delicious idea: “Another possibility for your church to participate in the Praying Through the Window project: Eating the Food of the 100 Gateway Cities. (If you’re already planning Prayer-And-Fasting for the 100 Gateway Cities, I’m not sure you can use this strategy…)

Organize a small committee to divide up the restaurant listings in the phone book and call each ethnic food restaurant to see if they serve food like that of one of the 100 Gateway Cities. Many larger cities will have food specialties from a number of Chinese, East Asian (Thai, Cambodian…), Middle Eastern, and even African cities. (Believe it or not, Somali food is quite good and available in most major US cities.)

Then schedule a time to go out to eat, (lunch or dinner) at each of these restaurants, hopefully close to the day the city is scheduled in October. Post the schedule and a sign-up sheet in your church, and have the opportunity announced and listed in the church bulletin.

After eating, schedule a prayer time for the Gateway cities for that day.

Innovative restaurateurs will ask their host or waiter / waitress for cultural clues from the Gateway city!”
Thanks John!

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FROM THE “I WISH I COULD REMEMBER HOW TO SPELL PEOPLE’S NAMES” DEPT

Last week, we inadvertently (what does that mean… inadvertently… the truth is we blew it! :-) ) misspelled Midge Crossan’s name as Midge Crossman. Sorry Midge!!! Please gorfive us… I mean forgive us! :-)
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WEB PAGES AND OTHER STUFF YA GOTTA’ HAVE

Want news from Turkey? You can get it in Turkish or English by emailing trhatnetcomdotcom  (trhatnetcomdotcom)   and asking for it. It’s free.

Or for Asmara, send email to listserveratrelaydotdoitdotwiscdotedu  (listserveratrelaydotdoitdotwiscdotedu)   with only the line
subscribe eritrea-l your_name
in the body of your message (thanks to Greg Slade camsocatxcdotorg  (camsocatxcdotorg)  ).

Maybe you’ve got a hankering for Azerbaijani info? Try http://www.tcp.co.uk/~partners

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“JUST HEARD ABOUT THIS COOL TAPE” DEPT.

Here’s a tape that should be available starting Monday, called, “Make a Difference: Mobilizing Your Church to New Mission Vision.” Sounds great and judging from the stuff Proclamedia has put out before, it should be great. We’ve already ordered ours by calling 719-380-0505. Also you can call 800-426-1342 to be put in “The Loop” from Intercristo, Berry Publications, World Christian, and others. Apparently this is some kind of communication loop for missions mobilization announcements and resources, especially as they relate to placement and vision. We saw it in a brochure from Bill and Amy Stearns regarding their “What’s After October?” Seminar mentioned below.
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WANNA COME TO CINCINNATI?

Now’s the time! Bill and Amy Stearns are doing a “What’s After October?” Seminar that they’ve been cooking up for quite some time. It’s finally here! … in Cincinnati, Oct. 21. Save your pennies because the cost is a whoppin’ (are you ready for this?) $10! I love it! These “wanna-get-rich” seminar leaders host these one-day deals for $95 or more… and along come Bill and Amy and Faith Bible Church and say, … “Well…., is $10 too much?” I love it. Folks, this is a great model for the rest of us. Let’s keep our stuff affordable where possible. For information, call the host: Faith Bible Church. 513-489-1114.
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TAX TIPS FOR MISSIONARIES

This past week, we were referred to the “Weber Case” from this past summer, still being ruled upon, but apparently already affecting certain Christian missions. I called with fear and trembling to the EFMA headquarters and asked for someone who might be able to help me figure out its impact for our own mission, Team Expansion. They referred me to Capin Crouse (Indianapolis, IN, Tel: 317-882-1514, email: rebourneataoldotcom  (rebourneataoldotcom)  ) and sure enough, those guys were on the ball. They’re specialists in helping non-profits like mission organizations with tax and accounting problems and opportunities. Bottom line? John Butler there said, “Generally, it [(The Weber Case)] should not affect most mission organizations, since in our experience most ordained missionaries are reported on Form W-2. Their reporting obligation will not be affected. Mission organizations which report compensation to ordained missionaries on Form 1099, however, should be concerned. The reasoning in the court’s decision will make it harder to use Form 1099 for most missionaries, and ministers of churches.” So there you have it folks. If your mission agency or organization is using 1099s at the end of the tax year, better run… not walk… to Capin Crouse for advice. By the way, those guys feed their families from the money they get from people in our situations who ask them questions and depend on them for answers. Expect to pay just a tad for tax help. :-)
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FUNNY STORIES YA GOTTA READ

(And I promise… no references to anyone of color here! :-) ) Thanks to David Nesmith dmisatgmidotorg  (dmisatgmidotorg)   for forwarding the hilarious story about the last person on earth without Windows 95. You’re going to roll in the floor. I just read it this morning and I sat here in my upstairs trying to keep from waking up the whole family with my belly laughs! Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line:
get brigada last-without-windows95
Warning:” all=”” kinds=”” endorphins=”” (or=”” whatever=”” those=”” babies=”” are=”” called)=”” will=”” produced=”” when=”” laugh!=”” you=”” ll=”” be=”” lots=”” more=”” fun=”” rest=”” of=”” the=”” day.=”” align=”bottom”>
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THIS WEEK’S GLOBAL GLIMPSE

Algerian ethnic Berbers are coming to Christ through dreams, visions, and God’s Word. “One of my friends died in a traffic accident. The next night, I dreamed that we drove to a bright gleaming city. Later, on guard duty in the desert, a white bird flew by and hovered over me, watching me. I had never seen anything like it. Later, in Switzerland, I saw a picture of that bird in a Christian bookshop – it was the Holy Spirit. Then when I saw a video about the heavenly Jerusalem, I was amazed to recognize the city which I saw in my dream about my dead friend!”
Source: DAWN Europa FRIDAYFax, October 13th, 1995, quoting Ahmed Ait Ben Youcef, in: Basileia Zeitung (Basileia Magazine), Oct. 1995.)
John Hanna,
Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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SIL CONFERENCE IN PUERTO RICO OPENS TODAY!

Thanks to representatives from the Summer Institute of Linguistics, we’ll see hispanics more involved in Bible translation. They start a two-week conference today in Puerto Rico to determine interest in missions and, more specifically, Bible translation. In fact, they’re hoping to establish “an actual organization and training program for future Hispanic Bible translators/missionaries.” Got a Spanish-speaking person interested… or maybe you are one? Write Adelmo Ruiz adelmodotruizatsildotorg  (adelmodotruizatsildotorg)   or George Huttar george.huttar@sil-org for more info. Thanks guys.
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WANT TO BUY A SMALL COUNTRY?

Apparently the Muslim world does. Read all about it in the The Malawi Times, 6/9/93, p.1. Apparently, the Kuwaiti government has pledged to grant $640 million to basically buy Malawi! Christian Resource Ministries, headquartered in Malawi, is sending out copies of the article, asking people to pray. There are reportedly two conditions: A. The Malawi government should declare itself a Muslim state, and B. Arabs should be allowed to open and run most businesses in the country, and enable free (immigration). [Note from Doug: Hey, I don’t make this stuff up; I just report it! :-) And after all, ever hear the word, “Crusades”? It was everything you’re reading about here without the money, except I guess we were the guys taking over.] According to the article, apparently, “…the controversial point arises on how the government will be Islamicized. Cabinet ministers and democratically-elected members of Parliament are the ones shouldering the (burden) of how to convince the entire nation, comprised of different denominations, to surrender the country to Muslim domination.” Would someone write these people and find out if this is legit’? Where can we find this Malawi newspaper on the INTERNET? First one there gets a share in a downtown restaurant, . . . as long as you’re Muslim. (Thanks to Chris Hart 102365dot735atcompuservedotcom  (102365dot735atcompuservedotcom)   for the forward.)
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FROM “THE HONEYMOON’S OVER” DEPT., UZBEKISTAN

Open Doors reports that a law has been passed to block the distribution of Christian literature. Elements of the law:

  1. all literature must be checked by the KGB before it can be imported;
  2. religious material printed in Uzbekistan must have the permission of the Uzbek Muslim Council;
  3. foreigners carrying anti-Islamic literature can be expelled.

Open Doors associates are advising them not to import any more Christian literature, since all containers are being thoroughly checked by customs. Evangelism is now forbidden; Christians may not rent public buildings. Congregations may not register officially. The church is free to hold services inside a church building, but all other activities are forbidden. Local Christians believe all foreigners will be gone within a few years; Open Doors work will have to go underground. (Thanks to Justin Long at JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM  (JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM)   for this note in his MissionWatch Report.)

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ADVANCE” RETREAT

If you downloaded and archived the October “Advance, you might want to get it one more time… since Mark has done a correction in the blip about Mongolia. Once again, that’s email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only this line:
get brigada advance.9510

Also, sorry that we had added in an extra “e” in Mark Kelly’s name! :-)

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KNOW ANY VENEZUELAN BELIEVERS?

If so, Rafael would like to meet them: KRZI14atCPVOP3dotpdvdotcom  (KRZI14atCPVOP3dotpdvdotcom)  . He’s eager to start a Brigada conference among Venezuelans.
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ONE MORE FOLLOW-UP ON “SEEKING SIKHS”

Thanks to Michael Fast from the great nation of Canada, who wrote, “Sorry about that but I think it is only Americans who pronounce Sikh like “sick.” The rest of the world, including us up here in Vancouver, which is the second largest Sikh city in the World, pronounce it as you first thought-“seek.” Just to let you know your joke did work out after all!!” Thanks Michael! :-)
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GOT AN OPPORTUNITY? WANT AN OPPORTUNITY?

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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!

19951001 Brigada Today

Now with 1113 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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“PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW II” CONTINUES

Prayer warriors have walked through North Africa and now to the Middle East in their spiritual journeys lifting up the needs of 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window. The results have been dramatic. Several churches have asked members to “adopt” a particular city for prayer throughout the whole month. One example, the Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, is situated in Wabash County, Indiana (home of the “Wabash Cannonball”), where Senior Minister Tony Thomas has helped lead the church to an Easter high of 1447 and an average attendance of 734 people. Bachelor Creek is hoping that by November, they’ll be able to discern where in the world God wants them to start a brand new congregation among some “least reached” people or city, in conjunction with Envision ’96. With a 1.3 million dollar building to pay for, they don’t know where they’ll get the money, nor do they know where the missionaries will arise. But leaders there say not to worry. This past Sunday morning, Tony prayed, “Father, what we have here is an Agatha Christie mystery unfolding. We don’t know where you will lead us, but we know you are powerful enough to do so.” Speaking of the 100 Gateway Cities Prayer emphasis, one church member said, Sunday evening, “This morning meant so much to me. Just seeing those pictures [in the video presentation, Light the Window], made me want to do something. Always before, I thought only missionaries could be involved. This morning helped me see that everyone can help because everyone can pray.”

There is a two-page follow-up story about Bachelor Creek. If you’d prefer to receive the article by email, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line as the body of the text of your message:
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LIGHTING THE WINDOW… FROM THE PACIFIC RIM

Thanks to Gene Brooks 74114dot440atcompuservedotcom  (74114dot440atcompuservedotcom)   for posting this update on “Praying Through the Window!” “I wish you could have seen it yourself. You think Bev’s prayer on the ‘Shine Your Light through the Window’ music makes you cry, well, you should have seen a room full of recovering drug addicts from the back alleys of Singapore pouring out their hearts in prayer for Ouagadougou, Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. They had never heard of these places, but they knew what it is like to live without Christ. Their Cantonese and Mandarin voices created a din of intercession in the back room of our halfway house run by Community of Praise Baptist Church. These were only 17 of the least of the thirty million who prayed that day, but I am sure that their fervency for the unreached helped move mountainous strongholds in North Africa. These guys who have wasted their lives on drugs preached me a sermon that day: If these unknown recovering addicts and idolaters have the audacity to assault boldly the throne room of the Most High and claim a hope and a future for themselves and Muslim North Africans, then how much more should we commit ourselves to the Task God has set before us?”
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“SHINE YOUR LIGHT” THROUGH THE WINDOW

Want to feed your stereo or CD player with something that will focus on a series of prayer sessions and worship songs that will lead you right into the 10/40 Window? Try “Shine Your Light Through the Window”, a new cassette/CD from New Life Church (sponsoring church for the Christian Information Network). To order, call 800-500-9804 (overseas callers can use 719-594-6602 or fax to 719-548-9000). They ask $15 for the CD and $10 for the cassette. Worship leader is Ross Parsley. Prayer leaders include Fred Markert, Doris Wagner, Luis Bush, Appiana Arthur, Chris DeWer and Beverly Pegues.
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EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE WORLD…MORMON-STYLE

That’s right. One of the best little summaries about the countries of the world is available from our friends in Provo….. Utah, that is. They’re called “Culturegrams” and there’s one for just about every nation on the planet. (PO Box 24538, Provo, UT 84602-4538 — Tel: 800-528-6279 Fax: 801-378-7075) The whole set is $105 retail, but rumor has it that if you can convince them you’re educational, they’ll let you have the set for $70. The new set, just out, now includes Cuba, Ukraine, Eritrea, Georgia and a bunch of other places never before written up. So… collect one and all and read about the culture, the language, the politics, the geography, the people, the works!
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SEEKING SIKHS

Only one reader had the audacity to ask what “Matt. 5:33” had to do with seeking sikhs… and he guessed right. It was supposed to be Matt. chapter 6, verse 33. Sikh ye first. Then he went and pointed out that “Sikh” is pronounced like “sick” which is what I then became when I realized …. oh, you understand.
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NEED A JOB? LOOK IN THE NEWEST BRIGADA CONFERENCE!

That’s right! It’s up and running. To join, just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message text:
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Moderators Rick Garza rgarzaatxcdotorg  (rgarzaatxcdotorg)   and Midge Crossman workshopsatcapricadotcom  (workshopsatcapricadotcom)   are eager to help publicize your mission opportunities. The job-shop is a moderated forum, meaning that your postings go first to the conference-owner, then get passed along to everyone else. But they’ve worked hard getting it up and running, so we suspicion that they’ll scramble to help match mission options with people willing to fill them. So if you have a need in a particular country or city, and especially if you have the means to pay for it, post it! Likewise, if you’re in the mood to switch vocations, “job-shop!” This conference was born through a real live situation where a Brigada participant offered work to a person written up in a previous Brigada Today. Check it out! They’re ready to serve!

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MISSION GRAPHICS CONNECTION

Thanks to Nate Wilson NateWilsonatXCdotOrg  (NateWilsonatXCdotOrg)   who found an additional source for missions graphics. They’re TIFF format graphics from New Tribes Mission in Florida 1-800-862-3686. In addition, he pointed out that the Corel program has several drawings of nationals in traditional dress and that Caleb Project kept picture files on a number of unreached cities. Thanks Nate!
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OCTOBER ADVANCE

Thanks to Mark Kelly 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)   for sharing the October Advance with us! To get it send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message text:
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Summary of October 1995 issue of Advance

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Uplifting reports from Mongolia; Madras, India; Iraq; Korea; prayer requested for the World by 2000 project
THE PERSECUTED CHURCH— Serious concerns about persecution of believers in Hyderabad, Pakistan; Nepal; Colombia; People’s Republic of China; Sicily
SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Resist evil! Reports from Algeria; Uganda; Burundi; Mindanao, Philippines; Central America and South America. Also witchcraft-related deaths in South Africa; 100,000 children in Philippines trapped in child prostitution; spirit of tolerance in American denominations, urgent prayer to fight scourge of abortion
REJOICE! — Chinese Communist Party members turning to Christ; 30,000 nationals and Rwandan refugees in Zaire accept Christ; new believers and congregations in Chad; 170 new churches in Mozambique; 88-year-old believer, three others released in Morocco; Fourth U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing
PROFILES

NETWORKING — Gardner Webb University; Caleb Project; GOSHEN; Youth With A Mission; Voice of the Martyrs; International Christian Concern; human rights researcher seeks information; International Adopt-A-People Campaign
FRONT LINES — What are you hungry for? Does your heart yearn like the Father’s for our lost brothers and sisters? Or is the Kingdom just one part of your busy, busy life?

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ALL 100 CITIES COVERED BY PRAYER JOURNEYS, AFTER ALL!

Thanks to Mark Wilson, co-Coordinator of the Praying Through the Window II “Praying for the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window” emphasis, who wrote this past week to inform us of a 100% response: “CIN just reported to me that Friday evening a team signed up to go to Tripoli, Libya. Although this particular team did not sign up as a direct result of Brigada, I believe the combined conference prayers of those who saw this need caused this team to respond to God’s call. PTL for His faithfulness. I expect other teams will be mobilized as well.” “Praise the Lord for his faithfulness” is right! Thanks for writing, Mark!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

“Middle East Christians are attending a training school to prepare them for their key role in missions. This month students from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, and Jordan will gather by the Red Sea for an Arabic / English Discipleship Training School run by Youth With A Mission. The three-month classroom phase, emphasizing ministry to Muslims, will be followed by a ten-week outreach for students to work alongside local churches.”
Source: YWAM International News Digest: October 1995,
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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