Monthly Archives: October 1996

19961027 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* JIMMY STEWART LUCAS: “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!”
* LUIS BUSH: “CALLING ALL GATEKEEPERS”
* COLORADO ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONSULTATION YIELDS FRUIT
* DID YOU KNOW…: BLIND CARBON COPIES
* KIDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD TOO!
* DOUG: “THANKS FOR THE CARDS AND LETTERS!”
* PRAY FOR THE WINTERS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT UPCOMING MUSLIM PRAYER MONTH
* SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSIONS CURRICULUM REPORT READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
* HAVE A HEART FOR MISSIONS… AT THE HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST
* JOHN ROBB SEEKS PRAYER FOR ETHNIC L.A.
* US CENTER FOR WORLD MISSION OFFERS SPECIAL ON MAPS…
* FREE SCRIPTS TO MISSION DRAMAS!
* RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
* WHAT’S A BODY TO DO!

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JIMMY STEWART LUCAS: “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE!”
Now I know how Jimmy Stewart felt! :-) The report came back from none other than Bob Sutterfield, coordinator for MAF’s electronic communications division. He wrote, “15.89% of your 3870 readers responded, and of those 615 respondents, 98.21% want you to carry on.” It’s a wonderful life! Thanks to all who read to the very bottom of last week’s Brigada Today. 15% isn’t a bad ratio of respondents to an informal poll like the one we took… and the fact that 615 people took time to say, “Please keep ’em coming…”, tells me that we should march forward. With fear and trembling, and with requests for your prayers, we’ll continue Brigada Today and the Brigada family of networks. And let’s hope we can keep talkin’! :-)

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LUIS BUSH: “CALLING ALL GATEKEEPERS”
At a consultation on adoption this past week in Colorado Springs, Luis Bush and the two dozen or so delegates seemed to agree on several key issues:

1. God is working among us in a mighty way,
2. We must try to work more closely in concert with one another, and
3. We need desperately to create “front doors” for the Gateway Peoples to promote the sharing of strategy and resources.

Luis and the group nominated John Hanna, of Caleb Project, to chair a committee that would collect information on so called “Gatekeepers”… the name currently being used to describe a people specific advocate or a “front door friendly face”. As time goes on, these terms and others will be more carefully defined… but for the time being, if you are already serving as a kind of information-sharing agent for a particular people group (especially those on the JP2000 list), please email a note to John Hanna Jhannaatcprojectdotcom to make sure you get info. on an upcoming consultation for these gatekeepers. (Don’t expect John to respond with a lengthy reply at this time… but believe me… your name will be counted.) And as time goes on, expect to hear more!

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COLORADO ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONSULTATION YIELDS FRUIT
Sitting around the same table last week in Colorado Springs were executive directors of the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, the US Center for World Mission, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, representatives from the People Information Network, the JP2000 Editorial Committee, Caleb Project, Brigada, reps. from several large mission agencies, missions mobilization event coordinators, key authors and writers, and several other key people from people group mobilizing agencies. Just to get all these folks together at the same time was a major accomplishment… and to get them to hash out some commonalities and possible follow-up scenarios was a landmark milestone in the life of adopt-a-people development. Several working groups were established for on-going practical steps… but these are made up of some of the busiest people around… so please pray that the hopes and dreams of this group can be realized through God’s mighty power… Truly, this is the beginning of something – but there’s much yet to cover.

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DID YOU KNOW…: BLIND CARBON COPIES
Roger E. Doriot doriotreatticnetdotcom reminds us that while copying messages to sensitive addresses overseas, our email software often allows the use of “blind copy” addressing, which sends the mail to the sensitive recipient but does not reveal his/her address to others who might be receiving the message.
Thanks Roger!

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KIDS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD TOO!
Now available (just in time for Christmas) is Vol II of the wonderful, illustrated, full-colour, hardcover missions book for young readers: You Can Change the World (kids edition of well-known Operation World by Patrick Johnstone). Get it at 20% discount! Better yet, get several (three or more) at 25% discount; they make great Christmas presents. They are excellent for home schooling, and introduce young readers to missions, foreign cultures and geography. They contain “A to Z” illustrated country and people group profiles, with stories and prayer points. Many of the people group drawings are again by free-lance illustrator, Mary Filidis. Retail price is $16.99 (one-copy sale price is $13.59). Place your order with World Christian News & Books, PO Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936; USA. Tel: 1 (719) 442-6409, Email: wcnatxcdotorg. Remember, WorldChristian News & Books also has access to over 300,000 other book titles (from Christian AND secular publishers).

Most of their hundreds of in-stock titles are offered at a 20 percent discount. Custom orders are welcome, and receive a 15 percent discount (with extremely few exceptions). Your orders help support Youth With A Mission. View a booklist of selected titles and prices on the web at http://www.ywam.org/books/books.html. If you know what books you want, send title and author’s name, and tell them if you want them sent by surface mail or first class / airmail – they accept visa and mastercard, but can also invoice you.

Here is ANOTHER DEAL: apply the same 20 and 25% discount levels as mentioned above for the brand-new Unreached Peoples book (for Praying Through the Window III). Claim your discounts by mentioning BRIGADA.

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DOUG: “THANKS FOR THE CARDS AND LETTERS!”
Thanks to all who took time to write this past week… Here’s an example of the great encouragement given by many….
“We have been Brigada subscribers since the first month or so, and I want to thank you personally for all that Brigada has meant to me. When we first got on internet in Oct 94 it was only one month old as a public system here in Jakarta. Outside news and especially this kind of news was not available at all here. Over the last 2 years, we have come to look forward to receiving Brigada and sharing it with our friends that aren’t online. I teach in a seminary and the info is helpful to our students. With your help, we are creating an awareness of world mission that wasn’t possible before! Many times we have found resources, contacts and help that we needed via Brigada! Our prayers are with you, as I know this undertaking is major. But we are praying that it continues! Truly you are blessed to be a blessing, and we receive much because of you. May Envision 96 be as blessed! …” Thanks once again for the encouragement… and may God be praised as He seeks to use each of us in all our various roles!

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PRAY FOR THE WINTERS
Most will recognize “Ralph Winter” as a “household name” in missions. It was Dr. Winter who helped rally a ton of early support for the frontier missions movement, starting in 1974 at the now famous Lausanne consultation in Switzerland. His key address there focused on the importance of looking at the world as people groups… and he wouldn’t quit at helping us see the world through “church growth eyes.” But now, his eyes are focused on another crucial issue: his wife’s bone cancer. Please lift up Dr. and Mrs. Ralph and Roberta Winter. Rick Wood, Editor of Mission Frontiers, recently wrote to ask us to pray…, ” that the Winter’s will remain strong in their faith and that the Lord will be their comfort, for rapid reduction in Mrs. Winters pain to enable her to discontinue the morphine…., for wisdom and insight … for the doctors … attending Mrs. Winter’s case…, and for wisdom for the Winters regarding what form of treatment to pursue.”

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT UPCOMING MUSLIM PRAYER MONTH
As many as ten million people are expected to take part in the fifth annual global month of prayer for the Muslim world, which begins in January. Five hundred thousand copies of a daily guide for the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus are being produced, with Swahili and Chinese versions among the newest of 27 translations available. Coinciding with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as “an act of identification”, the next 30 Days event starts on January 10 and ends on February 8, with the guide highlighting different countries, people groups and issues for prayer each day. A separate children’s edition is also available.
(Source: YWAM News Digest, October 1996, Andy Butcher, YWAM Press & Media Services Tel: 719 380 0505 Fax: 719 380 0936 Internet: andybutcheratxcdotorg )
Global Glimpse is assembled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
[By the way, . . . Bob Sutterfield reminds us that we can also send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe 30-days

in the text of the message, and we’ll receive a daily prayer guide during the period!
Thanks Bob!]

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SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSIONS CURRICULUM REPORT READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
To retrieve a report on missions curriculum resources for Sunday Schools, send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada sscurric

This report was compiled through Brigada contacts by Lyle Olson Olsonlaturdotsdstatedotedu. Thanks Lyle!

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HAVE A HEART FOR MISSIONS… AT THE HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST
Churches, missions agencies and others involved in the Great Commission are invited to plan towards the next Heartland MissionsFest, February 20-22, 1997, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference theme is “Light Your World” and will focus on international missions and prayer. Confirmed speakers include missions authors C. Peter Wagner, Prayer Warrior Series; Patrick Johnstone, Operation World; Steve Hawthorne, Prayerwalking; Neil Pirolo, Serving As Senders; Esther Ilnisky, What About the Children?. Shane Bennett from Caleb Project will also present training on Joshua Project 2000 Research Expeditions. The previous conference last February drew over 1,300 participants from 15 states, 20 schools, 100 churches, and 105 missions agencies. In answer to much prayer, the Lord of the Harvest gathered Baptists, Charismatics, Lutherans, Methodist, Pentecostals and Presbyterians for what organizers are calling the largest annual interdenominational missions conference in America. This three-day conference includes a variety of workshops targeted toward individual interests. Sessions include Steps to the Field, Support-raising, Cross-cultural Communications, International Business, Medical missions and Missions Strategies. Participants can learn from 50 workshops and 100 missions agency exhibits. Individuals may register at $15 per day or $7 for students. For more information about the eighth annual Heartland MissionsFest in Tulsa contact John McVay at (800) 366-6641, Fax (918) 587-1953, P.O. Box 50130, Tulsa, OK 74150, E-mail hmfatxcdotorg, world wide web http://www.goshen.net/missionsfests.

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JOHN ROBB SEEKS PRAYER FOR ETHNIC L.A.
LIFT (Lifting Intercession for Transformation) Southern California is an interdenominational and interethnic prayer effort scheduled for November 14-23. Dubbed “Ten Days to Change Southern California!”, organizers are asking concerned believers everywhere to pray that the powers of darkness which encourage violent crime, sexual immorality, racism, occultism, and a prevalent apathy for spiritual things will be bound and driven from this region and nation. Ask the Lord for a deep moving of the Holy Spirit bringing true repentance, racial reconciliation, overthrow of the pornography industry (a world center), purification of the movie, TV and other media outlets, and real renewal in the churches. Would you bow for just a moment and pray right now?

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US CENTER FOR WORLD MISSION OFFERS SPECIAL ON MAPS…
Remember those global people group maps? The US Center is willing to offer a special discount to those ordering in quantities… 25+ copies of the 24″x36″ Poster size for $2.85 each, 25+ copies of the 36″x64″ Large size for $5.45 each. You won’t find them cheaper. Call 818-398-2236 or 1-800-MISSION for order/shipping cost.

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FREE SCRIPTS TO MISSION DRAMAS!
Thanks so much to David Prata dprataatixdotnetcomdotcom for making available 3 very fine mission dramas to Brigada subscribers. To retrieve the complete scripts, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada missionplays

Thanks David!

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RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
Jim Sutherland sutherlandjatutcdotcampusdotmcidotnet writes, “I’m researching why there are so few African American cross cultural missionaries. My method is to give a questionnaire to African American missionaries who are serving those who are NOT African American, in this country or abroad, and who have been on the field at least one year, currently or in the past. I’d appreciate the names and addresses of such missionaries, or whatever information your readers might have, including mission names. Also I’d appreciate suggestions for contacting others on the Internet with whom I might network regarding this problem. Thanks again. Sincerely, Jim Sutherland.” Please contact Jim directly at the address above. Jim, we’d appreciate a summary report once your research is done! Thanks!

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WHAT’S A BODY TO DO!
I’ve been thinking this week…. just 5 days before a major event in my life… Envision ’96, of which I’m supposed to be President… and I’m perplexed as to what to do next. My task list is a mile long. I’ve got to prepare my Friday evening address, work out on-screen graphics for the IMAG projection system, help coordinate practice/sound checks, confirm exhibit arrangements, make telephone calls, continue to push for last minute registrations (which are now over 47,000 — representing 47,000 individuals who individually or as a church are offering a show of support for what we’re doing in Lexington, KY, Nov. 1-3!), prepare for a brief address at the kick-off of the torch run, help my buddy work out details for the all-day Friday “Pit-Stop” for congregations taking responsibility to plant churches among least reached peoples, . . . . and the list goes on. Suddenly it hit me. This is ridiculous. There’s no way I’ll finish this list. Had a long talk with my wife, Penny. Called a family meeting with the boys (10 and 7). Everybody was in favor… and willing. So… what am I doing? I’m taking a queue from Wesley. People say he used to quip, “I’ve got so much to do today, I dare not begin without an hour of prayer.” I figure if Wesley needed an hour, I can use two days! So… I’m headed to the woods to camp out… away from telephones, email, and the worldwide web. I’m praying that God will use Envision ’96 for His glory and for the expansion of His kingdom. As for my task list? Hey… we’ve been preparing for this event for two years. If I haven’t done it by now, then two days isn’t going to break me. :-) Besides… if it’s going to get done, it’ll take a miracle anyway! :-) So what am I going to pray for:

1. That God will anoint the times of worship and truly visit all who attend.
2. That He will cause a mighty river to surge… a river of response for unreached people around the globe.
3. That He will work within my own life to constantly renew me… and use this event to add more effort to that flowing stream.
4. and for all Brigada subscribers… that God will use them too.

I’ll try to pray for each one by name during the next 48 hours… and that includes you! :-)

God bless!
[but don’t expect me to answer your email this week! :-) ]
Doug

PS. For more information about Envision ’96, see the web page at: http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96/

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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
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19961020 Brigada Today

Now with 3792 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW II – A LOOK BACKWARD
* SCAM-WATCH: BEWARE AREA CODE 809
* AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY TO HOLD “URBANA-LIKE” CONFERENCE IN MEXICO CITY
* HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THE RIGHT FONT FOR YOUR FAVORITE LANGUAGE???
* LAST CHANCE TO PLAN FOR MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE
* RETIRED BUT NOT THROUGH!
* AFGHANISTAN!
* CSERVERS CAN DO MIME
* RAMADAN IS COMING FAST
* ALL 1739 JP2000 PEOPLE GROUPS TO BE REPRESENTED AT ENVISION ’96
* YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE… “SHOULD BRIGADA TODAY CONTINUE?”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW II – A LOOK BACKWARD
Bev Pegues, Director of Christian Information Network, wrote this past week to announce the upcoming availability of a recap book on “Praying Through The Window II,” which, as you’ll recall, focused on the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window. The book, WindoWatchman II: You Prayed, God Responded, Witness the Impact is nearing completion.

Bev wrote, “WindoWatchman II is MUST reading and belongs in the hands of every Christian who is serious about the Great Commission. As it chronicles the journeys of prayer warriors and sets forth priority targets for the year ahead, this moving book will stir your heart to pray more. Your faith will be strengthened and your heart encouraged as you join with fellow believers around the world in pressing on toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission in our lifetime.”

Spearheading this effort were teams of “prayer journeyers” who traveled to many of the “Gateway Cities” to pray on-site for the Gospel’s ability to penetrate these strategic centers of influence. There were a reported 403 teams who took 607 prayer journeys. The teams originated from 48 different nations. … As you know, most of the inhabitants on Earth live in the 10/40 Window, every major non-Christian religion — Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism — has its headquarters in the 10/40 Window and the 10/40 Window represents Satan’s greatest remaining stronghold. For this reason, prayer is our most significant tool in cracking the code to outreach among these most desperately least evangelized peoples.

Bev tells us that pre-orders received before December 1, 1996, will be available at the pre-publication price of $9.99, plus shipping; orders received after December 1, will be priced at $14.99 each, plus shipping. Contact Christian Information Network, 11025 STATE HIGHWAY 83, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80921 PHONE (719) 522-1040 FAX (719) 548-9000 E-MAIL: 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom. Web Page: http://www.christian-info.com

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SCAM-WATCH: BEWARE AREA CODE 809
For all of us who have friends and/or relatives living overseas, apparently there’s a new scam out there. And we’re prime candidates. We get home and find a message on the answering machine informing us that a relative is sick and we need to call 809-xxx-xxxx to get more info. Trouble is, “809” area code is apparently another form of “900” area codes… only off shore! . . . in the Caribbean. Maybe someone pages us and leaves an 809 number on our pager. Either way, when we make the call, someone on the other end barely speaks English and after 15 minutes, we dismiss it as a hoax. Then our bill comes from the phone company (we did actually make the call, so the phone company isn’t going to adjust the price!) and it’s for well over $100!!! So.. bottom line: toss the messages to “809” area code…. unless your daughter works for a psychic in the Bahamas! :-) (Thanks to Heather V. M. Viles hmccowenatmaildotsmudotedu for the tip!)

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AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY TO HOLD “URBANA-LIKE” CONFERENCE IN MEXICO CITY
If you have high schoolers in Mexico, or know someone who does, you might want to consider sending them to “Conquest ’96”, an “Urbana-like” conference in Mexico City, Dec. 26-30. For more info., contact Beth Plumb at bplumbatmsmaildotapudotedu.

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HAVING TROUBLE FINDING THE RIGHT FONT FOR YOUR FAVORITE LANGUAGE???
Try checking out http://www.sil.org/computing/fonts/ on the SIL web site. “Fonts in Cyberspace” will probably be able to direct you to your answer!

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LAST CHANCE TO PLAN FOR MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN LOUISVILLE
Southeast Christian Church medical/missions volunteers remind you to “mark your calendar for the November 16th, one day conference at Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky, on medical missions. Four experts in tropical medicine, infectious disease, pediatrics, and ob-gyn will give practical advice from first hand experience on how to practice medicine on the mission field. And our keynote speaker, Doug Lucas, will speak on the role of the health professional as a missionary for God by integrating his or her faith in Him with their professional skills in treating the whole person. The course is free. For more information or to receive a brochure, call Stephanie Garling at 502-451-5317 ext. 725 or write to: Southeast Christian Church, Missions Committee, 2840 Hikes Lane, Louisville, Kentucky, 40218. Open to anyone with interest in the health care field and/or mission service.”

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RETIRED BUT NOT THROUGH!
If you’re retired but not through serving the Lord and would like to get ideas and opportunities for service, you could contact Senior Ambassadors for Christ, a job-matching service for seniors. According to Art McCleary, President of the agency, who wrote Brigada this past week, “Opportunites abound in the areas of financial services, office services, publications, medical, engineering, camping, administration, fine arts, foodservice, library services, computer specialties, teaching, transportation, stewardship, telecommunications, parenting, hospitality, child-care, as well as, construction/maintenance.” For more information, write srs4christataoldotcom, or contact the USA office on the campus of the U S Center for World Mission — call – 800-638-2854 or 818-398-7373; write – Senior Ambassadors for Christ, 1605 Elizabeth St, Pasadena, CA 91104.

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AFGHANISTAN!
Here’s your chance to learn more about this complex country. You can get a 7 minute professionally edited and narrated video highlighting church planting work among the Dari speaking people of Afghanistan. The video includes footage from Kabul and Mazar-i-Sherif. It demonstrates the difficulty of travel, the danger of war, and the wild sport of buzkashi (goat pulling), among other things. For security reasons the producers will only ship it to a verified church address. The cost is $8 plus postage and handling ($3 to points in the USA, for a $11 total). Contact John Marion, 76623dot3676atcompuservedotcom.

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CSERVERS CAN DO MIME
Are you a CServe user frustrated by your service’s lack of built-in MIME support? (We’re talkin’ compression/coding and not clowns/actors here. :-)) Do you wish for UUEncoded e-mail attachments at the drop of an internet hat? Well your wishing days might be over. Check out CServe’s Internet Resources Forum on CompuServe (GO:INETRE), and look in the library under the search word “MIME”. There you can find MIME2CIS.ZIP, which places MIME2CIS.EXE in the inbasket subdirectory of the CServe filing cabinet. According to tipster DavidHousholderatxcdotorg, “When the user runs that file it looks through the inbasket, finds files that came from outside CompuServe and strips off the Internet routing headers then finds any files that have MIME or UUEncode content and decodes them, leaving the decoded file either in the inbasket subdirectory or in the download subdirectory, depending on the setup. The program is a $10 shareware program.” David also recommend Wincode… a long-time standby for Cservers. David added, “Wincode is … freeware and now includes MIME encoding/decoding as well as UUEncoding. It is fast, slick, and nicely done. It works easily with an attached file located in the download directory. To use it on an e-mail message in the inbasket it is best to save the message as a text file then run Wincode on that.” So folks… there you have it! Mime users are no longer silent!

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RAMADAN IS COMING FAST
(Get it?) Coinciding with the annual Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus is an international movement calling Christians everywhere to learn about Islam, and to pray for Muslims, so that they may come to know God’s grace revealed in Jesus Christ. This fifth annual 10/40 Window project (endorsed by a number of international Christian ministries, including the Praying Through the Window movement) will take place during the next Ramadan (annual Muslim month of fasting), Jan 10 to Feb 8, 1997. For more information on published materials, see the related web page at http://www.ywam.org/prayer/30days.html. (By the way, . . . did you know that on many current browser releases, it’s no longer necessary to type in the “http://”??? The browser assumes it even when it’s not there! Save those keystrokes for something more important! :-))

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ALL 1739 JP2000 PEOPLE GROUPS TO BE REPRESENTED AT ENVISION ’96
If you’ve been thinking about hosting an exhibit at Envision ’96, the missions conference and celebration in Lexington, KY, Nov. 1-3, you’d better call soon. Only 15 or so exhibits remain (out of 350) and 20 or so mission agencies are considering these last few spots. (Call 1-800-972-1137 in the USA or email wbirney11ataoldotcom for more information.) Over 45,000 registrations have been rec’d as a tremendous show of support for the conference, which is set to feature A 1000-voice choir, 28-piece orchestra, state-of-the-art technical support, and a 34-mile Olympic-style torch run from Cane Ridge to downtown Lexington’s Rupp Arena and Heritage Hall Convention Center, along with premier showings of new missions videos, an arena balloon drop to beat the bands, and a chance to glorify Christ and lift His name toward the nations. An electronic messaging center will provide each and every delegate (who wants one) with an electronic convention mailbox to promote information sharing and networking. [A paper-based message center will help those who consider computers the “mark of the beast”. :-) Workshops, special plenary sessions, and an Adoption Center add to the full slate of activities… with all 1739 Joshua Project 2000 People Groups represented in arena seating (since there aren’t that many Christians from these groups, convention planners are using professionally-produced signs — “place-holders” — to save their seats for the future!). At the Adoption/Decision Center, delegates can register their intentions to pray for a group, take part in a research expedition or prayer journey to the 10/40 Window, and/or become a people-specific advocate. Watch the web site unfold throughout the weekend… in “real time” as media volunteers post transcrypts and news stories on http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96/.

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YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE… “SHOULD BRIGADA TODAY CONTINUE?”
Now on a more personal note… [from Doug, the editor] — Nearly two years ago, Envision ’96 was the vehicle that served as the catalyst to bring about the launching of this whole “Brigada” thing… (When asked to serve as President of Envision ’96, I began searching for resources and networking possibilities. Brigada was born out of that search.) Obviously, the dozens of individual conferences under the Brigada heading have a life of their own. They continue because their moderator/owners give countless volunteer hours to make them possible. But what about Brigada Today, the ‘top level’? Is there life after Envision ’96 for Brigada Today??? We’ll let you decide. If you’d like to see Brigada Today continue after Nov. 3, please send the following message to hubatxcdotorg
subscribe brigada-vote-a

If you could care less, make your message read…
subscribe brigada-vote-b

If you think Brigada should definitely be shut down on Nov. 4th, make your message read…
subscribe brigada-vote-c

or… if you prefer, just unsubscribe from Brigada by sending this message to hubatxcdotorg
unsubscribe brigada

The results will be reported on in next week’s Brigada Today, so please send your “vote” by Thursday noon, Eastern Time. Thanks! (By the way, . . . in case you were wondering, I am not a member of any of the 3 conferences and will not join. You have my word that I’ll not look at any of the subscriber lists. As far as I’m concerned, the membership of the lists will be a total secret. I’ll only be given a subscriber count in the weekly summary “activity report” next Thursday.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19961013 Brigada Today

Now with 3699 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….

* HOW ‘BOUT THOSE BETHANY PROFILES!
* HUB-CAPS
* WANT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 “TRIP REPORT” VIDEO???
* FROM THE “YOU-FORGOT-TO-GIVE-US-THEIR-PHONE-NUMBER-YOU-DITZ!” DEPT.
* CAN YOU SPELL “TAX-SHELTERED ANNUITIES” AND “KEOGH 401 PLANS”???
* LEARNING LANGUAGES IS A CHALLENGE FOR EVERYBODY…
* THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING….
* JOHN ROBB URGES PRAYER FOR BURUNDI
* FOR MISSION LEADERSHIP
* LIVE FROM NUREMBERG
* ADVANCE SUMMARY
* WANT TO KNOW “THE ART OF GETTING HELP”???
* SERIOUSLY SEEKING SOFTWARE!
* BLITZED BUT SANE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HOW ‘BOUT THOSE BETHANY PROFILES!
If you’ve been watching the Bethany Prayer Center’s web site, you know it’s growing fast! They’re up to 77 profiles reflecting 209 of AD2000 & Beyond’s Joshua Project 2000 people groups!!! We’ve needed these profiles for so long… since they give both the “soft” and “hard” data on the least reached people groups of the world. Now, Rick, Gabriela and their co-workers are churning out the challenges for the forces of world prayer. Go there and see for yourself…. http://www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html I printed out the whole stack of ’em!!! … at least 2 inches thick!!! Thanks Rick, Gabriela, and the folks at Bethany Prayer Center!!! We’re going to be relying heavily on your contributions at our upcoming Envision ’96 conference! We’ve thanked the Lord for you today!!!

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HUB-CAPS
as in “recaps about the hub” – (Thanks to Brian Bennetch for the brainstorm about the column name!) – Ever wonder how to use the magic “hubatxcdotorg” machine – to pass conference messages, “get” files, find out what files are stored in which conference folders? Now you can get answers. Just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
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All your endless days of searching will soon be over! :-) The help file will automatically be shot out to your personal email “inbox”.

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WANT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF A JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 “TRIP REPORT” VIDEO???
On March 29th this past spring, a buddy of mine dropped me a quick email note. He was writing about the Amdo people of Tibet. He wrote, “…I have been working feverishly to bring together a coalition of four churches to adopt the Amdo speaking Tibetan people group off the JP2K list. I am leading a team there this summer. More than 800,000 people with no Christians, no churches, no nothing. The more I learn about them the harder it is to sleep at night. God help us. God forgive me for my apathy and slothfulness….” I saved that message. It made me say, “Yikes :-O. What are we doing for these people.” Well Steve Moore went out and did something. He led that trip and more! Now, I’m confident that you’ll want Kingdom Building Ministries’ 10-minute report on the Amdo people of Tibet. It’s filled with the passion of the guy who led the trip! And remember the old saying, “You can’t judge a video by its cover”? Well in this case, you can! Beautiful full-color box. Makes you want to see what’s inside! Get yours at 14140 E. Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80014, Tel. 303-745-8191, or laborersatkbmdotorg. These folks have agreed to give Brigada subscribers a special discount price of $10 plus the $3.00 shipping and handling, if you order before December 31, 1996.
You can use this video to:
a) see an example of what can be done on a JP2000 trip,
b) see an example of the video you can produce afterward,
c) mobilize prayer for least reached people in general (by using this one as a case study), and, (duh! I almost forgot!)
d) pray for the Amdo people!!!

:-) Can’t beat the price. Thanks Steve! And thank the Lord for the way He’s using you!

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FROM THE “YOU-FORGOT-TO-GIVE-US-THEIR-PHONE-NUMBER-YOU-DITZ!” DEPT.
Remember those Global people group awareness maps that show the status of the gospel among the world’s least reached peoples? Remember the special deal at the US Center (24×36″ for $3.75 and 36×64″ for $7.75, plus shipping & handling)? Well the good news is, several of you (MANY!) were interested! The bad news is — as many pointed out — the deal wasn’t so special, because we didn’t include contact information! :-( Sorry!!! 1605 Elizabeth St., Pasadena CA 91104. Ph. 818-398-2236 or 818-398-2232. Email gerrydotdueckatwciudotedu. Now. Seek ’em. :-)

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CAN YOU SPELL “TAX-SHELTERED ANNUITIES” AND “KEOGH 401 PLANS”???
Then you’re better off than most of us! Half that stuff isn’t even in my WinWord spell checker! How am I supposed to know how to handle it!? :-) Well now you don’t have to worry how to spell it… or do it anymore. Here’s a solid Christian guy who will take all the confusion out of your retirement and mutual fund investing worries. If you’ve been wondering how to provide retirement for your favorite missionary, or if you are one of those “favorite missionaries” :-) contact Darrell Hooker, 513-745-7047, (USA residents can call toll-free at 800-348-1212), or email cvgdehatlncdotcom. In about 40 years or so, you’ll be glad you did! :-)

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LEARNING LANGUAGES IS A CHALLENGE FOR EVERYBODY…
… even those big multi-national corporations. If you think money has anything to do with language learning, think again. My buddy in Taiwan (Thanks Marty Andry!) just sent some notes he’s been collecting. They’re all taken from real life examples of the “big boys” trying to cross cultures. Maybe we shouldn’t beat ourselves up too hard. At least we’ve got some company in the “language bloopers department!”

In Taiwan, the Pepsi company accidentally translated their slogan, “Come alive with the Pepsi Generation” to “Pepsi will bring your ancestors back from the dead.” Not good in a traditional religions land! :-) But KFC didn’t do much better. Also in Chinese, the Kentucky Fried Chicken slogan “finger- lickin’ good” came out as “eat your fingers off.” Yikes :-O. And most Latins will remember that when General Motors introduced the Chevy Nova in South America, it was apparently unaware that “no va” means “it won’t go.” Duh. Spanish students learn that verb on their 2nd day of classes! After the company figured out why it wasn’t selling any cars, it renamed the car in its Spanish markets to the Caribe….

Well it’s one thing to be embarrassed… but quite another thing to be really embarrassed! When Parker Pen marketed a ball-point pen in Mexico, its ads were supposed to say “It won’t leak in your pocket and embarrass you.” However, the company’s mistakenly thought the Spanish word “embarazar” meant embarrass. NOT. Instead the ads said that “It wont leak in your pocket and make you pregnant.” Now there’s a pen we’ll all want to give as gifts! But the Colgate company will probably be “embarrassed” (in the English sense of the word) for a long time to come. When they introduced a new toothpaste in France called Cue, they somehow forgot that this was the name of a notorious porno magazine. Needless to say, you couldn’t see the dazzle of their smiles for quite some time. But that’s not the worst of it. In Italy, a campaign for Schweppes Tonic Water translated the name into Schweppes Toilet Water. Now there’s a real tasty slogan. :-(

Finally, there are the mistakes that can literally cost you your job! Japan’s second-largest tourist agency was mystified when it entered English-speaking markets and began receiving requests for unusual sex tours. Upon finding out why, the owners of Kinki Nippon Tourist Company changed its name. Now who wants to hire the guy who translated that job for the company. “But sir, it was only one little phrase…” Unfortunately, in that case, the one little phrase made all the difference!

So… take heart, language learners. (Misery loves company? :-) ) Just remember, no matter how badly you’re doing, there’s always someone [like your neighborhood multi-national corporation] out there that’s doing even more badly! :-)

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THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING….
To Dallas! For a special conference on Russia — the Russian Symposium! The goal of the conference? According to George Sparks, who wrote Brigada this past week, “…to shed light on mission methods that have worked well in the former Soviet Union (Eurasia) and where we need to correct. And more importantly we hope to improve strategic alliances, increase and coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of Eurasia evangelization, and increase Eurasia evangelical inter-mission cooperation and prayer.” For more information, contact George Sparks, Co-chair, Russian Symposium At Criswell College, December 6-7, 1996 Dallas, Texas; ph/fax (214) 739-7099; e-mail russiansofeatxcdotorg mailing address: 5815 Phoenix Dr, #10 Dallas, TX 75231.

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JOHN ROBB URGES PRAYER FOR BURUNDI
If you’ve read anything about unreached peoples, you’ve probably seen the name, John Robb. He’s the Coordinator of the Unreached Peoples Track for AD2000 & Beyond, the Unreached Peoples specialist for World Vision’s MARC division, and a frequent traveler to points all around the globe to give workshops on how to reach least evangelized peoples. This past week, he wrote with a set of special requests for Burundi. We’ll list them here, as they were provided for John by Burundi church leaders, and ask that you please try to bow for a quick moment of silent prayer….

1. Pray for our leaders that they may acknowledge their inability to lead God’s people without God.

2. Pray that the leaders and human institution will not violate God’s Word as they make decisions that affect individual lives of the innocents and poor people.

3. Pray for the unity of Christians in Burundi.

4. Pray that the Christians be courageous to speak the Truth without compromise.

5. Pray for the desperate victims of the crisis.

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FOR MISSION LEADERSHIP
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) and the World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF) will be co-hosting a two-day Mission Leadership Symposium for Canadian Christian leaders from May 5-7, 1997 at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. For more information, contact Geoff Tunnicliffe, chair, task force for global mission, Tel. (604) 437-8000, E-mail: 72072dot3310atcompuservedotcom.

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LIVE FROM NUREMBERG
Many of you will recall that our “European Correspondent”, Kerstin Hack, has been attending a special conference in Germany. Here’s her live update from the conference: “Thanks to all of you who were praying for the Missions conference in Nuremberg, Germany. We had a great time – the Lord obviously is beginning to do something new in our country. The focus was on being willing to go …Reach out your hand and take the staff to deliver a people…(Exodus 4,4), truly loving a people (Luke 7,5), going and ministering not in our own strength but in the power of the Holy Spirit and the fact that local churches are called to get involved in Missions in a much more direct and effective way than before. God spoke to many German hearts of ice that he wants to melt and fill with the love for the cross. In the middle of the conference word reached us about the murder of the Iranian pastor who was known by several of the people leading the conference – this was a shock as well as a challenge to true commitment- who is willing to fill up this gap… In 1977 there had been a first REACH OUT Conference that was a kind of starting point for many ministries and events locally in the Nureremberg area – we hope and pray that this one will prove to be a starting point to much that will be happening all over the world…especially in the 10-40 window… Thanks again for all your prayers…Kerstin” Thank you and all Europeans for the key role you’re playing in mobilizing for the world’s least evangelized people, Kerstin. God bless.

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ADVANCE SUMMARY
Here’s Mark’s _Advance_ summary for October. If you’d like to retrieve the full text of this month’s Advance, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the text of the message:
get brigada advance.9610

ADVANCE October 1996
THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Translation project in the heart language of 100 million people; Algerian schools to teach English as main foreign language; Arabs in Saudi Arabia; language groups in northern India; hungry Filipino hearts; Taliban rebels capture Kabul.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Missionary hostages; Chinese believers beaten to death; Iranian pastor murdered; armed mob surrounds mission compound; Syrian believer to stand trial; International Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Ritual killings in Nigeria and Kenya; war between Muslim militants; computer library of child pornography; partial birth abortion veto sustained; first legal assisted suicide in Australia.

REJOICE! — 22,000 professions of faith in Chad; 4,426 decisions for Christ in Albania; 300,000 Hmong trust Christ; God at work in Israel.

NETWORKING — Praying for Muslims during Ramadan; Urbana 96; new video portrays believers’ trials in Muslim countries; electronic “Operation World”; book and video support Praying Through The Window III; New Tribes Mission magazine; International Christian Concern Web site; new publication for Generation X believers; China’s official religion policies at Web site.

FRONT LINES — Jesus’ mission.

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WANT TO KNOW “THE ART OF GETTING HELP”???
Thanks to Scott Grandi, working in Kaohsiung, Taiwan with CBInternational, who forwarded to us a useful look at “the art of getting help”, by Phil Agre. Thanks to Scott, we’ve arranged for you to be able to retrieve a full copy for your own reading. This document shares wisdom about the “art” and “skill” of getting answers . . . whether you’re doing research on people groups …. or resolving a software issue… or whatever. To retrieve it, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the text:
get brigada art-of-getting-help

Thanks Scott!

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SERIOUSLY SEEKING SOFTWARE!
What database software exists for inventorying media resources? The Audio Communications Track (ACT) of the AD2000 Movement desires to compile a searchable database that could be also folded into people group info by the AD2K researchers. It could be a resource used to include ALL evangelical language media. Send your information to Mark Snowden, media consultant, Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board at 756-8785atmcimaildotcom. (Mark, we’ll count on a follow-up someday, okay??? Maybe a URL of your new on-line database??? :-) Thanks!)

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BLITZED BUT SANE
Okay — so how do you do it? How do you keep your sanity in a hurry-up, rushed-out, get-up-and-go world??? I think everybody’s in practically the same situation today. Your schedule’s probably no less rushed than mine. I work for a mission organization with 115 full-time team members in 15 countries, serve as president of a rapidly approaching missions convention (did I mention Envision ’96, Nov. 1-3, in Lexington, Kentucky? — you’re all invited to attend… all 3700 of you! :-) See http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96/ for more details), have a wife, two kids, two hamsters, … the whole thing. We moved our International Office this past week… I speak on the weekends, coach both of my kids’ soccer teams (wouldn’t you know they’re too far apart in age to play on the same team! :-( ), normal stuff.

So my question is… how do you keep your sanity??? Well, as one fellow-struggler to another, here’s what’s been helping me these past few weeks:

–a) Remember the Word — When I look in the Bible, I see Jesus talking about seeking first the kingdom of God… and then He’ll work out every detail. (Mt. 6:33) I hear Him say that if we can just remember our calling, He’ll work out everything for our good. . . and more importantly, for kingdom good. (Ro. 8:28) He probably intended for us to live a “still life” … so when life take’s you and shakes you and wants to throw you down on the ground, maybe it helps to realize that He’s the God of peace… peace that goes well beyond our ability to understand it… even when we’re in the middle of challenges. (Philippians 4:4-7)

–b) Surround yourself with quality people — I’m fortunate. My wife’s a tremendous organizer. She can teach Spanish at our local Christian school, volunteer at the crisis pregnancy center, pack lunches, rearrange rooms, move furniture, leap tall buildings in a single bound, :-) … all in a day’s work! And the gang I work with in our mission office… whew! Top quality people. When we moved this past week, you could really see their true colors coming out. Our secretary (Susy)! Wow :-O… she was right in there pulling network cable, winding phone lines, hauling boxes, getting dirty, you name it. The Personnel guy (Chris) sacrificed his very own lower back (!) :-), the Strategic Frontiers guy (Eric) kept us all smiling with his joyful (and ditzy) singing :-), the Mobilization guy (Mark) reminded me of those guys that did the “pump you up” thing on TV a few years ago, and the Strategic Planning guy (Steve) drilled holes until his hands were raw! … you get the picture. If God blesses you with these kind of folks, remember to thank Him!!!

–c) Look at just one line at a time — This is probably the hardest part. Living successfully in our world today requires the ability to live with non-closure. I’m convinced of it. With 48 items… (or 200 items!) on our task lists, we’ll never really see completion of our jobs. So that means we have to learn to be satisfied with not being finished with the whole list… but rather, rejoice when we finish one item. The “In box” isn’t quite empty. The “to do” file is bulging. But then… we need to go home… and invest time with the kids. Coach soccer… or whatever it is in your world. Be with our spouse… be with our kids… be with our Lord. Let tomorrow take care of itself. What we don’t get done, we don’t get done. If we do our best and still get fired from that job, it was probably the wrong job for us anyway. :-) One line at a time. Focus. Invest in the right stuff at the right time.

–d) Read Covey — He’s great. Those 7 whatcha-ma-callits??? Great stuff. “Start with the end in mind.” “Seek to be understood before you try to talk the other person’s leg off.” You know them. Now let’s do ’em.

–e) Re-write the endings to your dreams — Last night I woke up with a start. I dreamed I was presenting at this huge convention… and I looked down on the program and there beside my name was this title that had something to do with missions multi-media. All of a sudden, I realized I had forgotten my computer and the data projector!!! And it said my message would be filled with visuals!!! Yikes! :-O Right then I woke up in a cold sweat. Now of course, my dream is just a fulfillment of my fear that I’ll mess up royally at Envision ’96. :-) But all of a sudden I realized, “Hey… Who says I can’t ‘re-write’ it! After all, it is my dream!” So I laid back down and finished the whole thing! :-) Thank goodness, my laptop was out in the car. And the guys running the large screen magnification had already prepared for computerized visuals! All I had to do was plug in! During the break before my session, I hooked up and… bingo! There was a 40 foot high image of my visuals! I was happy. I was fulfilled. “Success!” See… we can either sit back and be acted upon … or we can seize the day and take charge of our own outcomes… circle of concern versus circle of influence. You can’t always change everything… but change the things you can. You know all that stuff.

Now if we can just live it. :-) Have a great week.
Doug

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19961006 Brigada Today

Now with 3653 Participants!
One Brigada Today reader said, “Hey — this issue is full of resources!”
Why not take time to share it with a friend and tell him/her to get on board too! The price is right. :-)

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* FOLLOW UP FROM THE “YOU’VE-GOT-TO-ORDER-THIS-VIDEO DEPARTMENT”
* FOLLOW-UP ON “THE BEST FREE EMAIL FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS”
* WANTED: SOME GOOD COWS
* GATEWAY MISSIONSFEST NEARS KICK-OFF
* SWEET VIDEO SUITE YOURS FOR THE TAKING…
* TODAY’S TEASER
* INTERCOLLEGIATE MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN S.E. USA, NOV 15-17, 1996
* POINTCAST: UP-TO-DATE NEWS ON YOUR SCREEN
* 30 DAYS OF PRAYER … BEGINS ON YOUR SCREEN
* INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T IN THE FORMER USSR?
* HUBMARKS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* US CENTER OFFERS MAPS TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS
* WEB-WATCH
* HEADING TO URBANA???
* MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK… IN THE LIFE OF THE CURDS
* RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FOLLOW UP FROM THE “YOU’VE-GOT-TO-ORDER-THIS-VIDEO DEPARTMENT”
Without a doubt… “To the Ends of the Earth” is a keeper. My finished tape just arrived today (dressed in the full color box). Until now I had only been using the 28-minute version… but now, tomorrow morning, I can start using the 10-min. condensed version… It alternates between beautiful color footage from tons of cross-cultural destinations, individual “sound-byte” interviews with key national leaders, and pertinent Bible verses to drive home the points. This tape is a keeper. It’ll sell out. Guaranteed.
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FOLLOW-UP ON “THE BEST FREE EMAIL FOR THE NEXT 12 MONTHS”
Okay… All right!!! I surrender !!!!!!! :-) Thanks for the barrage of email about AT&T and the views the company holds about homosexuals. Honest… I pledge from the bottom of my heart… I didn’t know anything about company policies on moral issues… I only knew that the deal they were offering on email was pretty good. :-) So… if you were considering switching to AT&T WorldNet and you feel that your usage of their long distance would, in effect, be sponsoring the company’s moral stands, please feel free to use another vendor. There’s still Juno (in USA 1-800-799-JUNO; prospective users the world over can write to signupatjunodotcom for more info) for free email… but Juno doesn’t offer web access. So… if you still want to see what AT&T has to offer and you’ve figured out how to avoid their moral attachments, point your browser to http://www.att.com/worldnet/wis/index.html for more info. By the way, our colleague David Wedge DavidWedgeataoldotcom says MCI has the same deal going… but you have to ask for it. And another by the way… Brigada participant Don Newby 106155dot2350atCompuServedotCOM wants to find a similar local Internet hook-up in Europe… “cheap” and fast. If anybody knows an option, write Don direct. Don, let us know if you can compile a summary report of responses! Thanks!

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WANTED: SOME GOOD COWS
[You thought I was kidding….] This Brigada participant from Denmark needs to find a good deal on some cattle for relief project in a rather poor area near Tbilisi, Georgia. If you can help, write Henrik Due Jensen daneuatinetdotuni-cdotdk. Ideal location would be northern Turkey or western Azerbaijan. Come on… let’s all keep our ears open so we can help Henrik get this project on the .. mooooo-ve! :-)

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GATEWAY MISSIONSFEST NEARS KICK-OFF
“One can put a thousand to flight; two can chase ten thousand. The Gateway MissionsFest in St. Louis, Missouri, October 24, 25 and 26 will bring together churches and mission organizations from the Midwest to “Partner together to share Jesus with every tribe, tongue and nation.” Workshops will include a wide variety of topics from a “Heart of God” seminar to African-American missions history. … For more information contact Judy Lindow at 314-863-5503, fax 314-721-1092, email: ks4g—Vatewayataoldotcom, snail mail: Gateway MissionsFest, 2500 Ashby Rd., St. Louis, MO 63114.

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SWEET VIDEO SUITE YOURS FOR THE TAKING…
Got a video you need to edit but no big bucks to lay down for commercial editing time? Contact John Blake at 72774dot1766atcompuservedotcom or JohnBlakeatJunodotcom, tel. (206) 745-4206 or in the USA, 1-800-981-6700. He’s got a top notch suite with SVHS and Hi-8 that he’ll rent for just $25 to Brigada participants.

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TODAY’S TEASER
What country has the largest number of missionaries in the world but still has one of the lowest percentages of believers of any country in the world? Surprise. According to the people at Kiristan Holocaust Museum, it’s Japan. They’re urgently requesting prayer for spiritual awakening and Revival in Japan. November 23, l996 is the 400th anniversary of the Kiristan Holocaust in which nearly one million Kiristan or indigenous Japanese Christians were massacred and the cause of Christ set back. A special Museum is being set up to commemorate this anniversary and to centralize the appeal for urgent prayer for Japan. … For a monthly newsletter or to send help please write: Kiristan Holocaust Museum, The Keikyo Institute, Box 65, Tokyo, Japan 106-91. Email: Jhlatiacdotcodotjp.

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INTERCOLLEGIATE MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN S.E. USA, NOV 15-17, 1996
[Note new corrected phone number!] The Southeast Regional InterVarsity Missions Fellowship invites you to the 1996 Global Outreach Conference to be held November 15-17 at Rock Eagle Conference Center in Eatonton, Georgia (appx. one hour east of Atlanta). According to Brent Everett, “GO Conference is an annual mission conference sponsored by InterVarsity which attracts schools and churches from across the Southeast for an intense weekend of worship, Bible study, and prayer as we consider God’s passion for the unreached and our personal responsibility in completing the evangelization of the world.”… Brent adds, “For those whose part is to go to the nations and proclaim His Kingdom, the mission agencies represented at GO `96 can get you there. For those whose part is to pray and send others, GO `96 is a call to personal holiness and a lifestyle of powerful prayer and sacrificial giving. Whether you long to see you church burdened for the unreached, your campus fellowship ignited with a missions vision, or your own training used for world evangelization, GO `96 will compel you to listen to God and discover your part in bringing the world From Darkness to Light.” The cost for the weekend is $60 before Nov. 1, $65 afterwards, or $55 per person for groups of nine or more. For more info or registration material contact GO `96 at: 803-735-8343 ext.3461, Email: serivmfatscsndotnet , or Write: GO `96, 7435 Monticello Rd #57, Columbia, SC 29203-1599. Also, stop by http://www.scsn.net/users/serivmf/go96 after Oct.4.

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POINTCAST: UP-TO-DATE NEWS ON YOUR SCREEN
Have you seen Pointcast? I tried it for a couple of weeks and loved it… but it takes time to read! Bob Hall, National Coordinator, Centre for Mission Direction in New Zealand, wrote, “For news-freaks I came across the ultimate screen saver during the week. It’s called “PointCast” and can be downloaded free from the PointCast web site www.pointcast.com -PC version only I’m afraid. Once it is installed it can be programmed to go onto the web on schedule or on command to retrieve up-to-date news from a variety of sources (Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Time magazine, various computer and business magazines). It also retrieves the top news stories of the day (political, international and business) as well as weather reports (including satellite pictures of Asia). If you set a fairly minimalist news frame (you do this by personalizing the web search) the software spends about 9 minutes on the web per update. The software and service is free because PointCast have incorporated dynamic adverts within the screens.” I agree with Bob — it’s great, . . . as long as you make time to read it! :-)

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30 DAYS OF PRAYER … BEGINS ON YOUR SCREEN
As many as ten million people are expected to take part in the fifth annual global month of prayer for the Muslim world, which begins in January. Ron Kernahan reports, “Greek and Russian Orthodox churches are among the latest to participate in the event, which has drawn ever-widening support from denominations and missionary organizations since it was launched by Youth With A Mission.” Coinciding with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan as “an act of identification”, the next 30 Days event starts on January 10 and ends on February 8. A web page is being designed giving details of where to get the 27 different translations! And again an email daily edition will be sent for free. The email version differs from the full text guide as it is “excerpts” designed to encourage spreading the news to those who might not otherwise be praying. So how do you sign on? Easy, just buzz the hub and sub! (Roughly translated that means send an email to hubatXCdotOrg with the body of the message reading:
subscribe 30-Days

… now wasn’t that easy?”

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INTERESTED IN KNOWING WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T IN THE FORMER USSR?
Then it sounds like you ought to inquire about a special symposium being held in Dallas, TX, December 6 – 7, 1996. In fact, according to George Sparks, Co-chair of the event, the symposium hopes to “build strategic alliances, increase and coordinate the monitoring and evaluation of Eurasia evangelization, and increase Eurasia evangelical inter-mission cooperation and prayer.” For more information, call by tel. or fax to (214) 739-7099 or e-mail russiansofeatxcdotorg or write 5815 Phoenix Dr, #10 Dallas, TX 75231.

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HUBMARKS
For this week’s “Hubmarks” column, we rely heavily on good friend and colleague George Peavy georgeatlfadotcom who recently reminded us that “there is another outbreak of the false “good times” virus rumor going around.” Right George. We’ve seen it too. If you need to have documented evidence that “Good Times” is a hoax, George can supply it. But George also alerted us of a real virus…, a “Trojan horse” claiming to be PKZIP version 3 (the latest release 2.04g). If you see a “version 3”, better keep a distance! In other news, George reported that some Internet Service sysops were starting to “block” addresses with Juno domains… apparently because of the severe number of advertisements… “spam jobs”… originating on that service. As George put it, “Something for Brigada readers to keep in mind — spamming (that is, sending large quantities of unsolicited advertising mail) is something that never should be done. There is no cause worthy enough to justify such an abuse of the net.”

Finally, George wrote, “If you have a friend who is a field missionary, it’s wise to send mail to the missionary only with the greatest care. For many missionaries, email access comes dearly, often at a cost of more than two dollars per minute on a dial-up phone line, and connections made only once a week.” George urged, “Don’t send large quantities of unsolicited traffic.” … And regardless of the situation, George urged us to “stay away from discussions that have (or can be interpreted) to have political or military overtones. This includes names of prominent leaders (military and civilian), and political jargon specific to the country in question. Also, avoid discussions of spiritual warfare, as much of the terminology is stuff that scanners are looking for.” Thanks George georgeatlfadotcom! Welcome stuff!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
In Zaire, Africa, the Reformed Church planted 200 churches in the last 15 years. This may not sound like much until one realizes that it is the result of the work of only three theologically trained pastors from among a denomination which historically has been skeptical of church planting.
(Source: Prof. J.M.Vorster, 2 Joostestraat, Potchefstroem 2531, RSA, e-mail TSPJmVatPuknetdotPukdotacdotza via DAWN Friday Fax, 37.96, http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html
Global Glimpse is assembled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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US CENTER OFFERS MAPS TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS
Have you been putting off the purchase of one of those Global people group awareness maps? You know… the ones that show the status of the gospel among the least reached peoples in Africa and beyond? Well, procrastinate no more! Greg Parsons (Exec. Dir. at the US Center) is willing to cut Brigada participants a special deal. He has instructed Vern Dueck, Manager of the resource bookstore at the US Center, to offer them to Brigada participants for $3.75 (24″x36″) and $7.75 (36″x64″). Great!

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WEB-WATCH
Have you seen the 51 Spanish People Profiles…. http://www.eccnet.com/missions/p_n_a

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HEADING TO URBANA???
Then better make registration: Urbana 96 Hotline: 608/274-7995. Or write Urbana 96 Promotion, P.O. Box 7895, Madison WI, 53707-7895; E-mail: Urbana96ativcfdotorg.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK… IN THE LIFE OF THE CURDS
You can make a difference in the life of the Kurdish people this week! According to sources involved firsthand, the US forces are pulling back and leaving Kurds by the thousands. To make a difference, just address the following to your congressman and senators and mail or fax this letter to them in Washington as well as well as to their local offices. Time is of the essence. They’re meeting with presidential advisors and folks on both sides of the political arena. Here’s the suggested letter:

Dear Honorable Senator/Congressman——–,

I have been disturbed by recent news that America is abandoning its promise to protect the Kurdish people of northern Iraq. I have noted with great dismay that the State Department has withdrawn its official presence (MCC, OFDA, USAID), which seems to imply that we as a nation are no longer committed to keeping Saddam Hussein out of the area. If we are abandoning the region to Saddam, what was the purpose of spending 100 million dollars and more to drive him out of the north? A seemingly successful endeavor could turn into an absolute failure.

I believe it is in the best interests of America to bring stability to and continue protecting the Kurdish people and request you to do all that you can to this end. If we allow the situation to disintegrate into chaos, there is a strong possibility that millions of Kurds will once again have to flee to the Turkish mountains where many will no doubt die while others who remain behind could be slaughtered by Saddam’s forces as they were at the end of the Gulf War. If this happens, America will surely not stand by to watch these people perish in huge numbers. We will have to mount massive and expensive relief operations and will find ourselves back where we were five years ago. Please keep this tragedy from occurring again.

Sincerely,…

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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