Monthly Archives: December 1995

19951224 Brigada Today

Now with over 1600 Participants
and we just turned 9 months old Dec. 21st!

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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ASSIGNED TO TOKYO??? BETTER DOUBLE YOUR MONEY!

Literally! Did you see the Associated Press release on the world’s most expensive cities? Tokyo tops the list at being just double of what it would cost to live in New York City. Osaka is right up there, just shy of its nearby leader… then the list drops down to cities like Beijing (at 130% of NYC), Shanghai (at 127%), and Taipei (118%). See the whole list on Associated Press Online, Dec. 20, 2pm press release, Compuserve, where it is copyrighted. :-) Thanks to Chris Bushnell ChrisBushnellatXCdotOrg  (ChrisBushnellatXCdotOrg)   for pointing it out!
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SO…. WILL WE “FINISH” THE TASK BY 2000?

Well, that’s the hot debate. My take on the discussion (which, along with a month’s wages for New York City, will get you through 2 weeks of life in Tokyo :-) ) is that we have several “reality check” types who are saying, “Based on past performance, there ain’t no way!” They’re afraid churches will get sold on the year 2000 as a benchmark and when it doesn’t happen (either the missiological or the JP2000 measure of “reached”), those congregations will feel “burned”, then withdraw support from a cause which “failed” to reach its starry-eyed goals. On the other side of the discussion are the “pie-in-the-sky visionaries” who are saying, “Well now wait a minute… Do we serve the God of Gideon or what???!!!” They’re thinking that with all the prayer movements and networking and attention toward the least reached, maybe … just maybe we could at least have a “seed” church planted in each remaining significantly large least evangelized people group. So where do you stand??? Somewhere in between? Probably. Odds are you’d like to see the JP2000 goal reached, but don’t want churches to lose all hope if it’s not, right? So what’s the implication? We need to speak clearly about the fact that this goal is merely a peg to hang our hats on for the next five years… but if it’s not completed by that time, (assuming the Lord tarries) that doesn’t mean our time is up! If there are still, say, 843 groups without even a seed church of 100, we’ll all snap our fingers and say, “Rats!” But we can’t throw in the towel. On January 1, 2001, we’d better say, “Okay — show me the list of 843 remaining groups and let’s finish this for the Son of God!” And by the way, we’re all hoping that someone will be helping those seed churches (the ones with 100 members each, remember?) to reach the rest of their group for Christ too! So … maybe it’ll take us until 2010… or 2020… or 2030… who knows. But God’s not slow in returning just because he’s piddling. He wants all men (and women!) everywhere to repent! Let’s hope He tarries long enough for us to connect a few more lines on our graphs, gang!!! :-)

(And, . . . thanks to John N. and others for all the great mail on this issue, gang. Unfortunately, at this point, we’d better start saying that we might not be able to respond personally to all of it! :-) )

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HAVE YOU SENT YOUR “CONFERENCES” LATELY?

If not, it’s time. Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!!! :-) ) with only the word “conferences” in the text of the message and you’ll get a list of all the Brigada conferences (and others) being served by the XC.org hub computer. Some boast memberships of 100+ (brigada-orgs-uscwm-robby, brigada-cities and brigada-prayer-mobilizers), 150+ (brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers, brigada-orgs-teamex, and brigada-peoples-kazakh), 200+ (brigada-peoples), 300+ (brigada-pubs-gcowenews, brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest), 400+ (brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers), along with this conference of over 1600 participants. And there are dozens of others with smaller but no less significant memberships! Explore and stay in touch today! And… send this Brigada Today to a friend and pass around the networking message!
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IMAGINE A DAY WHEN YOU CAN GET THIS STUFF VIA A WORLDWIDE WEB INTERFACE!

Just think about it. Imagine you’re a participant in Brigada-peoples and you know you remember a message about the Jumanji people of East Africa :-) , but you can’t for the life of you remember who sent it in or when! You jump on the worldwide web interface to Brigada-peoples and use the “review posts” screen to look back over subjects and sources, just like you would on a usenet news group! And in minutes, boom! there it is! You’ve got your info. on Jumanji and you didn’t have to construct a single “command” to hubatxcdotorg!!! What’s more, the moderator of your conference loves it, since the www interface shielded the user from possible mistakes in the command structure (which bounce to the moderator!!! )! Well take heart, gang! Doug Lucas and Bob Mayhew received a Christmas present from Jonathan Marsden this past week and it consisted of none other than a beta test version for the above!!! Imagine being able to interactively see the file list and automate processes like “get”! It’s pretty much done! Unfortunately, since Jonathan’s a thorough computer programmer, he won’t let us release the address yet, but hang on gang…. it won’t be long!!! This has got to be one of the most requested features in Brigada! An automated “subscribe” command from the worldwide web, automated “unsubscribes”, automated everything, including info, who, the works!!!! Thanks for the midnight candle-burning Jonathan!!! :-) Cool!!!
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FOLLOW-UP TO “PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT GETS NEW LIFE”

Last week we reminded Brigada participants that the People Group Consultant (PGC) stands ready to serve at http://www.xc.org/pgc.html on the worldwide web. But we failed to point out that those with non-graphical interfaces viewing the worldwide web can see “through the window” just fine too! The same address works for *non* graphical WWW browsers such as Lynx 2.3.7beta and 2.4.2. In addition, those without worldwide web access can use the “search” capability as well! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the word, “search” followed by the people group you’d like to research. You can also send a more complex command like, “search Brazil sbcstatus=A”, where “sbcstatus=A” will restrict your search to only those people groups thought to be among the “least evangelized” in the world. (By the way, “sbcstatus” is shorthand for Southern Baptist Conference Status, which relates to John Gilbert and his office and their original efforts to use this data primarily in conjunction with the Foreign Mission Board. Now that they’ve shared it, you could replace sbcstatus with simply, “status”, and still be relevant!) By including the country after the word search, you further restrict your listing to people groups found in a particular political entity. Using these non-graphical approaches, just about anyone with email access or any INTERNET gateway should be able to hook up to the PGC. Keep in mind that the PGC will only be as good as the data we feed it! So if your church or group has “adopted” a people group, make sure you send word to Brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg  (Brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg)   to “post” your intentions so others will either be able to network with you (if they’re looking to partner) or choose another group (if they’re searching for one which hasn’t been targeted yet)! (Thanks, Jonathan, for the suggestion to confirm PGC availability to non-graphical interfaces!)
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FOLLOW-UP ON “RED OCTOBER” HUNT -AIMS LOCATED!

Thanks to those who participated in the AIMS www page scavenger hunt for October “Praying Through the Window” info!! “Thomas P. Deeke” 102333dot2203atcompuservedotcom  (102333dot2203atcompuservedotcom)  , Christopher Smith cksmithatinfidotnet  (cksmithatinfidotnet)  , Ken Lane klaneatnetcomdotcom  (klaneatnetcomdotcom)  , and Bob Mayhew MayhewatXCdotOrg  (MayhewatXCdotOrg)   found the new address at: http://www.aims.org/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html or http://www.aims.org/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/1040.html or simply… http://www.aims.org/ . Make sure you save a copy in your “bookmarks” or “hot list” or “favorite places.”
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VOTE… “THE TOP 10 THINGS GOD WAS DOING IN 1995 AMONG THE UNREACHED?”

David Dougherty would like to know! He’s the moderator of Brigada-Peoples and is conducting a kind of “straw poll” there, where some 200 people have gathered to listen! To send in your opinion, join the conference by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with
subscribe brigada-peoples

as the only two words in the message text, then email your opinion to brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg in a normal email message. (Remember, please don’t simply reply to this message. You’ll need to join the Brigada-peoples conference to be heard!)

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FOLLOW-UP TO “HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN WE’VE “REACHED” A PEOPLE GROUP”

Last week, we reported that according, to the AD2000 & Beyond International Office, for the purposes of the Joshua Project 2000 emphasis, AD2000 & Beyond will consider a particular people group as being reached “when a reproducing fellowship of 100 members is established.” Remember that this “definition” isn’t really a definition at all (and, by the way, it isn’t a Brigada Today definition for sure!), but rather, a means of classifying people groups in the JP2000 thrust, which is only one prong of the AD2000 & Beyond emphasis during the coming five years. More specifically, this doesn’t at all imply that the AD2000 & Beyond Int’l Office will then consider the group “reached” in the missiological sense. (We didn’t ask for their opinion on that! :-) ) Naturally, if there are 4 million people making up a particular group, for instance, a congregation of merely 100 people will seem like a drop in the bucket when it comes to reaching the entire group for Christ. But at that point, the “National Initiatives” and other thrusts will kick in to help the new church of 100 individuals, as well as others, reach that group for Christ.
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30 DAYS!

Imagine a prayer meeting that started with around 25 people gathering together, and then growing so mightily that 4 years later it spread to include over 5 million people praying for the Muslim world. 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus is this prayer meeting! Coinciding with the Islamic month of prayer and fasting, known as Ramadan or Ramazan, 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus is a prayer event calling the Body of Christ to pray for the Muslim peoples of the world. The prayer event is organized to pray for greater breakthroughs for the Gospel among Muslims, an increased commitment to prayer by Christians, and for more missionaries to be released to work among Muslims. Using a daily prayer guide, which focuses on a different aspect of the Muslim world each day, Christians all around the world have a sense of being united together in their intercession. The prayer guide contains up to date information, statistics and testimonies from around the world. The guide includes prayer focuses on leaders, children, refugees, nations and peoples such as Algeria, Turkey, Indonesia, the Barusho of Pakistan, Muslims in America, and much more. … The 1996 edition of the 30 Days prayer guide has been translated into 21 languages and distributed from 24 regional offices worldwide. It is estimated that over 5 million Christians will participate in the 1996 event. In addition to the adult edition, a special children’s prayer guide is also available. For more information or to obtain a copy of the prayer guide, contact the source closest to you:

Paul Filidis
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs CO 80936, USA
FAX: 1 (719) 380 0936

Karl Mueller
PO Box 30024
Westbank, BC V4T 2G7, Canada
FAX: 1 (604) 768 3707

Bob Hall
PO Box 31146
Ilam, Christchurch 8030, New Zealand
FAX: 64 (03) 342 8410

Keith Greig
PO Box 739
Buderim Qld 4556, Australia
FAX: 61 (074) 769621

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HERE BY POPULAR REQUEST, OUR BRIGADA “NEW YEAR’S EVE MESSAGE”

Yesterday, we placed a 5k message on the Brigada-orgs-teamex conference about New Years and the new start it can give. Included were comments on

  1. my sons’ game of “Treking” [sic]
  2. your 1995 possibly being a trial by fire
  3. the new lease on life you can take out in 1996

If you haven’t yet seen the note and would like to get it, just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (NOTE: Please don’t send to brigadaatbrigadadotorg and please don’t just reply to this message; for the command to work, you need to write to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  . Very important Ochen vazhna Muy importante Whatever language you speak… fill in the blank… Commands to hub, messages to the conference.), with only the words
get brigada newyears

in the body text of the message. Happy reading… and Happy New Year!!!

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE (Argh!!! ), 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)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
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!

19951217 Brigada Today

Now with 1582 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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SEND A CARD, HELP WORLD VISION, SUPPORT ALEX TREBEK!

Yes, you read correctly . . . although I’m fudging a little on the last part. You see, Bob Hall BobHallatxcdotorg  (BobHallatxcdotorg)   stumbled across this great www page where you can send a Christmas Card to anyone with WWW access. Just point your browser to http://www.spe.sony.com/Pictures/tv/charity/office.html (Watch the case!). Bob explains, “You click on “postcard rack” and then select the card of your choice (scroll down until you reach the World Vision selection — it’s actually the “favorite charity” of Alex Trebek, but that shouldn’t put any of us in Jeopardy, if you know what I mean :-) ). Once you have selected the World Vision card you are then asked for the e-mail address of the person you want to send the card to. You also provide your own e-mail address and name and then type in a brief message. You “submit” it and it is gone. If the message is picked up within four weeks then a donation is made towards World Vision.” Apparently, Sony is going to give $10,000 to some charity and, well, it might as well be our friends at World Vision, right??? They’ll decide the actual amounts according to the percentage of the number of users who pick each charity. So in a sense, every card sent for Alex Trebek’s choice is like a “vote” (or a dollar, perhaps, if there are 10,000 users, literally!) for World Vision!!! If every Brigada Today reader could just send one card, that’s potentially hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars for World Vision — and lots of good warm fuzzies for your friends!!! So hit the web!!! And send a card!! And show Trebek you think he has good taste in charities!!!! :-) (By the way, your friend receives an e-mail message from Sony telling them that a card is waiting for them to pick up. The message gives them the WWW address to access and also provides a “claim check number” to be submitted to the postmaster. It’s all pretty cool!”
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“EXTRA, EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT!”-“THE LAUNCH” ON WORLDWIDE WEB

Of course you knew that you could go subscribe to an email conference to “get” (download) articles about “The Launch” event recently hosted by AD2000 & Beyond. But did you know that Brigada‘s Web Magicians had taken time to transfer all those “Launch” reports to html so you could read them on the worldwide web? Just point your browser to: http://www.xc.org/Brigada/toady/articles/launch/launch.html

Thanks Bob and Patti Mayhew!!!

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HOW WILL WE KNOW WHEN WE’VE “REACHED” A PEOPLE GROUP

According to the AD2000 & Beyond International Office, for the purposes of the Joshua Project 2000 emphasis, we’ll know the group is reached “when a reproducing fellowship of 100 members is established.” This answer, which just came in this past week, changes our earlier understanding (as recorded in Launch Status Reports) of how AD2000 would measure success. Because of input from one key researcher, we were thinking AD2000 leadership would count an on-site mission team as a “seed church.” But according to this last week’s response (the first time this measuring stick has been recorded in writing???), not so. “A Church for Every People” would mean exactly what it says — a “Church for Every People!” Yikes, gang. We’d better get busy! And if that church of 100 is going to be entrusted with reaching the rest of its respective group, we’d better help it get busy too!
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CELEBRATE RAMADAN WITH A FRIEND!

Just around the corner (January 21-February 19) Muslims from around the world will celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. The 27th night of Ramadan (this year February 16) is known as the “Night of Power,” during which Muslims seek visions, dreams and supernatural acts of power. One mission, Kingdom Building Ministries (Denver, CO), is asking, “Why not consider hosting a Concert of Prayer in your area to pray FOR not against Muslim peoples who will be demonstrating a deep spiritual hunger?”

Kingdom Building Ministries (in partnership with others) will be hosting just such a Concert of Prayer in Denver. Their question? “Wouldn’t it be great to have home groups and local churches all over the world meeting for a special Night of Prayer on the Night of Power?!” For more information, contact KBM at 303-745-8191 or email KBMMickataoldotcom  (KBMMickataoldotcom)   .

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COMISSION ALIVE AND WELL!

And you thought the CoMission was finished in the former Soviet Union??? Not so. See them on the worldwide web at http://www.goshen.net/CoMission .
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DID YOU PRAY IN OCTOBER???

Or did you take a prayer journey??? If so, CIN wants to hear from you. “The Christian Information Network has been receiving messages from some journeyers that they met other prayer teams who said they had not registered with Christian Information Network,” says Christian Information Network Director, Beverly Pegues. “Are you aware of any prayer teams who did not register with our office?” If you or someone you know did not register, it’s not problem — except that you’re kind of skewing the stats, man!!! So please send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only this line:
get brigada journey-report

Once it’s back in your box, fill it out and send it to the address on the form. Thanks! Questions??? Write Beverly at 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom  (73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom)   .

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LOVE IN EVERY LANGUAGE… WELL…. WOULD YOU BELIEVE… 48???

Want to wish you loved ones Merry Christmas in a new and unique way??? Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the words…
get brigada merry-languages

and you’ll be wishing them in 48 languages in no time at all! Yes folks, we’ve got it all… from Singhalese to Slovene, you can “Basque” in these “Gaelic” greetings today! So start Russian to your email program and don’t Slovak down until you get your own copy!!! You’ll Polish off this list in no time! :-) So… Mele Kalikimake me ka Hauloi Makahiki hou (that’s language number 48, Hawaiian!). Thanks to chaiatuiucdotedu  (chaiatuiucdotedu)   (Ian Chai) for sharing this list!

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GATEKEEPERS COME FORTH!

If you’re willing to serve as a “Gatekeeper” for a particular people group on the list of 1685 Least Evangelized Peoples, and if you have the resources, the time, and the contacts to assist in mobilizing churches and groups to reach that group, write Eric and his committee at 76171dot1463atcompuservedotcom  (76171dot1463atcompuservedotcom)   . He’s collected 40-50 so far!!! Keep up the great work, Eric!
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PEOPLE GROUP CONSULTANT GETS NEW LIFE

Have you recently tried to access the People Group Consultant (“PGC”), only to discover it didn’t seem to work? You were right! :-) Following a software switch at the MAFxc hub (which, by the way, makes all these conferences run a lot more smoothly now), the PGC had to be “re-primed”, so to speak. That restarting process took place last night (thanks to a very hardworking Jonathan Marsden) and now the PGC is shining! Try it again! Point your www browser (in AOL, CServe, or just about any other graphical Internet connection) to http://www.xc.org/pgc.html and type in the name of a people group you’d like to research. There’s no charge involved. The PGC is at your service!
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AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES SURVEY RESULTS

A big thanks to the AD2000 & Beyond International Office in Colorado Springs, CO! They recently supplied us with the results of the survey his office took at the recent “Launch” consultation there in CS. Very interesting results. Of some 122 forms which were returned, a total of 67 said they had access to email! This is particularly significant in view of the fact that some 77 countries represented at the meeting!!! This should tell us something! The world is becoming more and more connected . . . at least as far as the AD2000 & Beyond world is concerned! Additionally, 78 of those returning forms volunteered to render assistance to visiting JP2000 research teams. And around half of the people groups on the JP2000 list come from those volunteers’ homelands! So… help is waiting in the wings, gang!

For lots more survey results, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message text:
get brigada launch-survey

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WE GET MAIL

Thanks to all those who have offered notes of encouragement recently. For example, after seeing last week’s Brigada Today, one reader wrote in to say,

"Thank you all for your labor with BRIGADA TODAY!  (Let's face it, if it was
snail-mailed it would ALWAYS be BRIGADA LAST WEEK!) As a missionary living
60 miles from the Arctic Circle, where just now we are doing well to find
three hours of daylight (and not a minute of direct sunlight), receiving
BRIGADA WHENEVER IT COMES is a joy, blessing and encouragement. Please know
that for us here, it's breath of fresh air and a beam of light!
Yours in Him,
Eric
Korstrask, Sweden"

Yikes Eric. Wish we could email you a bright and warm Coleman Lantern! We basically feel like we’re sitting in the grandstands, watching God at work around the world. So, when we mail out Brigada Today, we’re just pointing to a different part of the field and saying, “Wow — did you see that play!?!”

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LET A FRIEND KNOW

One Brigada Today reader suggested that we need to do more to inform those who live in sensitive areas of the world (restricted- or creative- access countries) about the networking that’s taking place in these Brigada conferences. His concern was that we be careful about the communication, so as not to cause any undue stress for those workers, but, at the same time, to encourage them by pointing out the camaraderie that’s developing among those who had previously been working so independently of one another. If you know of someone working in a sensitive situation and you are accustomed to phrasing things in a careful way, you might want to drop that kind of note of encouragement. It’s your call as to whether or not the receiver would be put on the spot by getting such a note. Either way, let’s keep praying that God uses this and whatever medium possible to bring us together “John 17-style!” That we would be ‘one’ so that they may be ‘won’!
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HAVE YOU BEEN WISHING YOU COULD BE THERE?

Some have expressed that they wish they could have been present at the AD2000 & Beyond “Launch” meetings held November 28 – December 2 in Colorado, to hear presentations from 77 countries around the world, highlighting plans and possibilities for reaching the world’s Least Evangelized Peoples. Well now, you can be there . . . sort of. Every session was professionally recorded on audio cassette. There are 13 tapes which include 5-minute speeches by over 35 key AD2000 Regional, Network and Task Force Leaders. The tapes also contain about 17 15-minute devotionals taken from the book of Joshua. The Launch meetings focused on AD2000 National Initiatives and the start of Joshua Project 2000, a focus on the 1700 least evangelized peoples. The tapes are available at cost and can be ordered from AD2000 & Beyond for $15 which includes shipping and handling. Telephone (719) 576-2000 in the USA or email maryatad2000dotorg  (maryatad2000dotorg)   for more information.
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LIVING ON “THE EDGE”… OR WANT TO???

CBInternational is kicking off a new printed publication called, The Edge: Targeting the 10/40 Window next month. It will be published three times a year and will be four pages per issue. If you would like to receive The Edge (for free!) send your snail mail (postal) address to Scott Grandi SGrandiataoldotcom  (SGrandiataoldotcom)   and live on “The Edge”!!! Can’t beat the price, Scott. Thanks!
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“HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER” FOLLOW-UP


Oops! We’ve lost it again! Can anyone find the AIMS pages on the 10/40 Window??? :-)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

NIGERIA — Kawuri, a new convert from Islam, was tortured by his tribe because of his new-found faith. Lying close to death in his small hut, he prayed aloud for God to forgive his torturers. Unknown to him, his torturers were present and heard his prayer. The following night, the two Mullahs had visions. One saw Jesus, who showed him three of his greatest and most secret sins. The following day, both Mullahs repented and went with their 80 followers to a church. I was encouraged by this news to pray with 100 other people for specific Islamic leaders. Four months later, many Mullahs and Qur’an teachers had had dreams or visions. Since then, many of Nigeria’s Mullahs have become Christians.
(Source: Open Doors, quoting Ruth Veldkamp, via DAWN FridayFax, 12/13/95, (C) DAWN Europe. http://www.itr.ch/~szbinden/freitagsfax.html
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
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MAY YOU HAVE THE HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FOR JESUS!

On this Christmas weekend, during which we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, we mark the first Christmas for the Brigada family of email conferences and homepages. From all of the volunteers who moderate and participate in these networks, to all of you who likewise share in their growth, we say thank you for an explosively successful first 9 months… and have a very, blessed and happy Christmas and a wonderful start to your new year!

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(Thanks to Tom, Toni, David, Daniel, and Rachel Schneller, missionaries serving in Honduras, for sharing this home-made holiday greeting with the entire Brigada family! )

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE :-( , 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)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
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!

19951210 Brigada Today

Now with 1546 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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In this issue….

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OLD BRIGADA TODAYS NEVER DIE . . . THEY DON’T EVEN FADE AWAY!!! :-)


??? Some have asked why we only today “remailed” last week’s Brigada Today. In fact one user (I won’t tell you it was that rascal Greg Fritz from Caleb Project) even made the crack that we should start calling it Brigada Last Week! (Funny Greg. Real funny. :-) :-) :-) ) You’ll perhaps recall that last week’s “first send” of Brigada Today never actually arrived. There was a pretty major hub shut-down of CrossConnect‘s (soon to be MAFxc) primary server. For the first time in anyone’s memory, the relay contingency technology (that makes sure no mail is lost when the hub shuts down) apparently slipped and lost a few pieces of mail… and one of those was last week’s Brigada Today. So.. we resent it Monday morning, once we heard from CrossConnect that the queue was apparently empty… or “caught up”. Now, low and behold, the relay machine came to life and sent out the original piece of mail, but dated it today!!! :-) Sorry for the duplicate mail! (See below re: MAF’s plans for the hub.)
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AD2000 INTERNATIONAL OFFICE IS ‘HOOKED’

That’s right! As of this week, the folks at AD2000 in Colorado Springs have full 24-hour access to the INTERNET. Plus, the word on the street is that fully 100% of their International Board are now connected via private secure conferences, with all but 1 of the US support team plugged in as well! 70% of all regional leaders and 100% of all Track/Task Force leaders are in “electronic touch”, so basically, they’ve only got 7 missing regional leaders. Says Pete Holzmann, Interactive Task Force Coordinator, “Pray also as these top level leaders begin to learn how to use new e-mail tools to develop their own electronic community of ongoing working relationships.” Cool.
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MAFxc TO ANNOUNCE UPGRADED HUB SERVICES

It won’t be long! Those of us who have been watching the growth of Brigada have also watched the drag on CrossConnect’s current hub, located for now in Columbus, OH. For example, in just the past 7 days alone, Brigada conferences have generated some 325 unique messages, which, when distributed, went out to a combined total of well over 40,000 destinations (not counting the 1500+ destinations from today’s re-sent Brigada Today, by the way). This doesn’t include any of the other hundreds of non-Brigada conferences being handled by CrossConnect on the same server! So that hub is one busy beaver! MAF has responded by purchasing a super-fast Pentium machine and a T-1 connection to the INTERNET backbone and will soon be relocating the entire service to their headquarters in Redlands, CA. From there, Information Technologists will be able to monitor and maintain the equipment and service much more efficiently. So… if you’re thinking of subscribing to CrossConnect (MAFxc), don’t give up the ship just yet. (And in case you were wondering, I’m not a part of MAF and receive no pay from any service performed for Brigada.) Organizers of the move hope everything will be in place by the end of the year!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

(Yes you may cut and paste this in your newsletter! Just please credit to John Hanna, and if possible, explain how to subscribe to Brigada.) Five years ago the number of Christians in MONGOLIA could be counted on one hand, but today there are 3,000 to 7,000 believers. There are new Christians in every one of the 21 provinces, and most have organized into simple churches. Some of these “churches” have set up assistance or cooperation programs with fellowships in neighboring provinces. Mongolian believers have even met to consider how their whole country could be reached by the year 2000! Most of the Mongolian Christians are teen-aged girls.
Source: Field report. Name withheld for security reasons.

(Correction from last week: Thanks to my friends in South Africa who pointed out that the language there is Afrikaans, not Africans. My apologies!) John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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FOLLOW UP ON GOSPEL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

You might have read in last week’s Brigada Today (or this week’s Brigada Last Week) (Funny Greg. Real Funny, :-) :-) :-) ) that GCN had over 2 million visitors at its web page http://www.gospelcom.net/ during October. Guess what! The coordinator of the whole shootin’ match wrote a very kind note later to say that they are now running over 100,000 “hits” daily!!!! Yikes gang. This INTERNET thing is growing! :-) Thanks for the update, Quentin!
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MISSION FEST VANCOUVER READIES THE BIG PICTURE!

Hang onto your hats folks. Mission Fest Vancouver is on its way! Billed as “North America’s largest annual world missions conference which is sponsored by local Christian congregations,” this January 26-28 event will be held at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre. The 1996 theme is, “Who Is My Neighbour? Refugees & the Christian Response.” Some 30,000 believers are expected to attend sometime over the 3 day period. They’ll offer youth rallies, plenary sessions, children’s programs, and over 90 seminars! Can you spell B-I-G??? And get this, through special arrangement, Brigada users are going to be allowed to attend at no charge!!!! That’s right — absolutely free! (‘Course, should I mention that they don’t charge anyone??? Naaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh! :-) ) For more info., contact the Vancouver office at (604) 524-9944, Fax c/o (604) 524-4690, e-mail mfestvanatansadotcom  (mfestvanatansadotcom)   , browse at http://www.ansa.com/~mfestvan/ or even write them (Ha!!! Imagine!) at 7200 Cariboo Road, Burnaby, BC Canada V3N 4A7
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PRAY FOR MISSING MISSIONARY

Would you take a moment just now to pray for Don Cox, a U.S.-sent Nazarene missionary who today remains missing in Ecuador after being abducted in Quito on Sunday by unknown assailants. Nazarene mission headquarters said, “Don Cox, 51, from Illinois, was kidnapped at the regional Nazarene seminary in the northern suburbs of Quito. According to Nazarene officials, he had gone to the seminary on Sunday afternoon to try to sell a car…” Pray that he won’t be harmed, that he’ll be released, and that God will comfort his wife, Cheryl, and their four sons. You can visit the Nazarene’s home page at http://www.nazarene.org/ on the worldwide web. (Thanks to David Hatch of “Speed the Need” Prayer Bulletin for Missionaries, available by sending email to MAILSERVatCRFdotCUISdotEDU  (MAILSERVatCRFdotCUISdotEDU)   with only the phrase
SUBSCRIBE STN

in the body of the message text.)

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FOLLOW UP ON MISSIONARY MATH 101

One Brigada reader was preparing a presentation for a major mission initiative and needed more information on the “Missionary Math” item from the previous Brigada Today issue (or this week’s, Brigada Last Week, if you please, Greg!) (Funny. Real funny. :-) :-) :-) ). Justin Long, of GEM, was very kind to reply so promptly, “… As of the 1995 IBMR Annual Statistical Table there were 332,000 foreign missionaries, 4,400 foreign mission sending agencies, 23,000 service agencies (incl. those 4,400), 90 global monolith mission agencies, and 4,207,000 national workers (of all denominations).” Can you imagine actually being able to count all those people up!??? I have trouble keeping track of my kids’ soccer game schedule and these guys can probably just about tell us the number of rocks on the moon!!!
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HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

(or at least the web pages about prayers in October…) Previously, you could find AIMS’ 10/40 Window info. at: http://the700club.org/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html But that URL has suddenly ceased working. Now, thanks to the sleuthing abilities of Stephen Walker, try http://the700club.org/AIMS/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html (In other words, the new URL requires an additional “AIMS” in there. I guess maybe that means we need to “take AIMS” with a “double-barrel” browser! [p-dum pah!] ) Congratulations, Stephen. You get this weeks’ “WWW Treasure Hunter” award!
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GOT A KID? GET A BOOK!

This book ya gotta’ have. Tracking Your Walk is an Illustrated young person’s Prayer Journal for 9 to 14 year olds; contains nation and people group info to help broaden the young believer’s world view. You can begin at any time of the year. It includes Bible reading plan, information on having “quiet time” and knowing God and even address, map and note sections. Produced by: YWAM Publishing (Yikes — Colorado Springs has all the great resources! :-) ) Catch this! Normal price is $10 — but they’ll give it to Brigada readers for U.S. $7.99 !!! I mean, if we were in Colorado, we would probably be able to write it ourselves, but until then, [I just called and ordered mine; and in case you were wondering, we refuse ‘freebies’ just so people won’t think we’re promoting this stuff to get free copies. I paid my $7.99 just like the rest!]
For specifics, write Paul at wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   , or call 1(719)442-6409 or Fax 1(719)380-0936
(WorldChristian News and YWAM Publishing are ministries of Youth With A Mission’s International Communications Network)
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GETTING THE WORLD’S TENTMAKERS UNDER ONE ROOF

. . . so to speak. That’s what Tentmakers International Exchange is seeking to do. It links organizations like Intent in the USA, TASK in UK, Korean Association of Tentmakers in Swaziland (just kidding; they’re actually in Korea, but I had to see if you were really reading this; :-) ) in hopes of furthering vision, identification, mobilization, education, cooperation, communication, and relocation of tentmakers. You can get the paper newsletter by joining the association, which will run US $50 annually to
TIE
PO Box 45880
Seattle, WA 98145-0880.

Write ksmithatgatidotwadotcom  (ksmithatgatidotwadotcom)   for more info. Who knows. If there’s enough interest, maybe they’ll start an online distribution of this newsletter! :-)

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CHRISTIAN CHURCHES/CHURCHES OF CHRIST TO GATHER AT PITSTOP

Nearly 50 leaders from well over a dozen churches have committed to sending representatives to the first Envision ’96 “PitStop” in St. Louis, MO, Jan. 5-6. There, they will hammer out preliminary strategies and budgets for their respective PACE projects, through which they hope to reach some of the ‘least reached peoples’ of the world. The concept is simple — each church or relational network of churches takes responsibility for a particular piece of the world — be it a city or a people, perhaps in the 10/40 Window (World “A”). They’ll be putting together plans for Perspectives courses, Prayer Journeys and AD2000 Joshua Project Research trips, Caleb Project Research Expeditions, mobilization tools, and sending full-time teams on-site. They hope to launch the project strategies in time for reporting at Envision ’96, slated for Nov. 1-3 in Lexington, KY. Guests from other groups or streams of churches would welcome to participate as well. (Hey — this is 1995 we’re talkin’!)
For more information or registration, contact Jeff Reed at Kazuzaataoldotcom  (Kazuzaataoldotcom)   or call 314-821-2156. Registration, program costs, housing, and food combined are $56 for the two day event.

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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)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
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!

19951203 Brigada Today

Now with 1520 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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BRIGADA OPENS TECH SUPPORT FORUM

Okay. So you’re out there in the middle of the Zambezi River Valley… or wherever. You’re sure you put the manual to your brand new A2Z-9000 Solar Collector Water Heater somewhere before you packed up, but for the life of you, you can’t lay your hands on it. This A2Z-9000 must have 200 crazy little pieces to put together and you can’t even imagine where to begin! Who ya gonna’ call? Forget Ghostbusters. That’s last year’s news.
Try Brigada-techsupport!
Larry Bentley LarryBatxcdotorg  (LarryBatxcdotorg)   and company are ready to come to your rescue. I’m tellin’ ya! These are the guys that witness to the Maytag repairmen! :-) I mean, Larry alone has worked as a building engineer (electrical systems) for the local phone company 17 years, and now for Sprint. He’s a flight instructor, a ham radio operator, he’s made short term mission trips, he reads Appropriate Technology Sourcebook micro-fiche instead of looking at Baywatch reruns, he’s wired transfer switches, buildings, lights and phones, installed well pumps, solar water heaters (See? I wasn’t making all that up about the… uh… what was that model number again?) :-) , directed building crews, repaired washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators, generators, installed base and mobile VHF radios & antennas and even driven a school bus down to Nicaragua. (I was concerned until I got to the school bus thing. I mean, any guy that can drive a school bus through Central America has got to be in line for the next Indiana Jones movie!)

The welcome screen for Brigada-techsupport says that Larry and the bunch “seek to provide these answers from stateside technically oriented individuals and other missionaries’ field experience to solve some of the problems that consume a great deal of the field persons’ time, such as appliance repair, construction questions, electrical systems (including generators/battery storage, solar), radio/telephone systems, and any other general technical areas where direct on-site review is not required. Also included will be questions regarding how to use email, email conferences, and INTERNET groups (Brigada in particular).” (Let’s sing the Doxology! These people are even going to help with Brigada tech support!!!) So remember, just send your email Maytag repair question to brigada-techsupportatxcdotorg  (brigada-techsupportatxcdotorg)   — but first send an email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the line,
subscribe brigada-techsupport

Welcome Larry and crew!!!

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GCN WEB PAGE SEES 2,078,344 “HITS” IN OCTOBER

Yep! You read that right! Over 2 million accesses were recorded for Gospel Communication’s web page month before last. That’s a lot of stopper-bys. Check it out at http://www.gospelcom.net/ and join the crowd!
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ISLAM’S HIDDEN HALF

Just completed a few weeks ago, this eight-minute video (also available in PAL video format) gives a fun but substantive introduction to Islam. Hosted by two British children, it is informative and encourages prayer for Muslims. Viewers will also meet two Muslim children (in Pakistan and in North Africa), 10-year old Hadisha, and Aziz, a shepherd boy. Produced by: Procla-Media Productions, it is available at COST to Brigada subscribers: U.S. $11.00 (regular price: $13.49) For specifics, write Paul at wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   , or call 1(719) 442-6409 You can also ask Paul for a short list of his Christmas-gift suggestions of quality books.
(WorldChristian News and Procla-Media Productions are ministries of Youth With A Mission’s International Communications Network.)
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DECEMBER ADVANCE READY FOR DOWNLOADING!

Here’s a look at what you’ll find in this month’s Advance! Thanks, Mark for another job well done!

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Pushing back the darkness in India. 10 millionth Bible published in China. House churches continue to grow rapidly in Beijing. Movements of God’s spirit among tribal peoples of Vietnam. First contact with nomadic tribe in Indonesia. 50,000 letters each month from Hindus in India. Coca-Cola vows “a Coke in the hand of every person by the year 2000.” Praying Through the Window III in October 1997.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Gunmen murder Pakistani believer. Pakistani believer dies in police custody. Muslim extremists kill French religious worker in Algiers. Chinese Christian doctor sentenced to three years labor. Believers arrested in Jiangxi. Lay missionary murdered in Brazil.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — UN report condemns slavery, forced labor in southern Sudan. Unprecedented crime wave in China. Girls oppressed among India’s Banchcara people. Children in south Asia’s carpet industry sweatshops. Dutch appeals court drops murder charge in infanticide.

REJOICE! — Muslim efforts to discredit Christianity backfire. Jesus film shown in Middle East mosques. Open-air meeting in India’s Gujarat state results in 5,000 decisions for Christ. 15,000 Africans accept Christ each day south of the Sahara.

PROFILES:
Achenese
Baghdad
Sudan

NETWORKING — Joshua Project 2000. Research resources sought. 30 days of prayer for Muslims. Involving children in prayer walks. 20-minute Islam video. Unreached people group resources. Video seminar trains missions leaders. Explore ’96. Strategically evangelizing cities. The Religion or Belief Information Network. On-line subscription to Mission Frontiers. Rescuing baby girls from Chinese orphanages.

FRONT LINES: The captivity of discontent

TO RETRIEVE THIS MONTH’S ADVANCE, simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the text:
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[The word “get” is the command, “brigada” is the file area, and “advance.9512” is the file name. Make sure you observe case. (Case is significant when handling file names!)]

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JOSHUA PROJECT DATABASE EXECUTABLE IN PROCESS

Get this! Here’s a guy who gets this list of Joshua Project 2000 Least Evangelized People , right? 1685 people groups in all. So what’s he do? He writes a database application to run it! Honest! And what’s more, it looks like he’s willing to share it for free! Now keep in mind, it’s “in process”. But he’s written it to run on the “least common denominator” computer — a 286. He sent me a copy and it’s pretty cool. If you’re looking for a way to quickly find data on the 1685 peoples, write Bob Whitney at bobw5atixdotnetcomdotcom  (bobw5atixdotnetcomdotcom)   and ask for a copy. But the greatest part is Bob’s attitude. He just wants these people to know, that’s all! :-)
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“AOLGOLD” VIRUS STILL MAKING THE ROUNDS

Thanks to Mike Stevens mstevensatalgonetdotse  (mstevensatalgonetdotse)   who continues to track this trojan horse virus called AOLGOLD. Remember, it functions as an attachment to an email message. So if someone mails you a message with a file attachment that is an executable, make sure you test it first. (Okay — I’ll admit it; I virus checked Bob’s Joshua Project database executable first. Sorry Bob. :-) And probably a better approach is to just not execute attached executable files (those ending in *.exe or *.com or *.bat) unless you know the person who sent them! AOLGOLD only does something minor like erase most of your hard drive. No big deal. :-(
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

MORE ON PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW II — The 100 Gateway Cities, October, 1995, was the largest prayer event in the history of the Church. The results are beginning to be tallied and the following participation has been documented: At least 30 million people from at least 166 countries, A confirmed 1,010,632 churches, including 90,000 Brazilian churches. 405+ teams made 644 prayer journeys to the 100 cities. The October prayer calendar was probably the most duplicated sheet of paper in the history of the world, distributed in English, Spanish, Chinese, Africans, German, Korean, Indonesian, Greek and others.
(Source: Beverly Pegues, Christian Information Network, 11025 Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3623) John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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MISSIONARY MATH 101

Okay. So grab the calculator. Let’s say we’ve got 10,000 people groups in the world, . . . just to pick a round number, okay? And our buddy Justin Long says we’re way low on our missionary body count. He says minimum 200,000 — maybe 400,000. So let’s go with his low number. [punch punch click click] So I get 20 per group. What do you get? So let’s say 1685 of those groups are the “least reached”. They tell us that half of those groups don’t have a single missionary working among them from any persuasion. Justin says to me, Doug — they’re not just under 5% evangelical! They’re under 5% Christian — where Christian is the broadest definition you can muster. Now just for good measure, add in the churches (congregations) in your town. I live in Cincinnati. We’ve got … let’s see… 369 million, I think. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but you get the idea. Hey, even if we were all Communists, this idea would never fly. We’d have to spread some ideology around to make things even out. Hmmmm.. How can we sleep at nights! :-)
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PEOPLE OF THE WEEK

Let’s remember the Tujia of China, with 6.1 million members. They are less than 0.4% Christian. Barely a third have heard the Gospel, and over 4 million have not. Though they do not have a JESUS film in their own language, an overwhelming majority speak southwestern Mandarin and have access to Christian resources in that language. Virtually all are animists. There is some work among them, but much remains to be done! (Thanks to Justin Long, GEM, Richmond, VA.)

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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)  
People of the Week: Justin Long, GEM/Barrett Office, JDavidLongataoldotcom  (JDavidLongataoldotcom)  
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom  (70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom)  
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg  (mayhewatxcdotorg)  
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet  (pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet)  
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg  (jonathanatxcdotorg)  
Communications: Revis Ann Massey, rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu  (rmasseyatpostdotcisdotsmudotedu)  
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!
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