Monthly Archives: February 1997

19970223 Brigada Today

Now with 4962 participants – Incredible!!!! What are you all doing out there!!! Can we hit 5000 by March 21st (our 2-year-old birthday)???? Duh!!! You all grew by 110 in one week!

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

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In this issue….

* YOU GUYS NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME
* [DRUM ROLL PLEASE] – FEATURING THE LATEST/GREATEST DATA PROJECTORS
* FROM THE “GET WITH THE PROGRAM, DOUG” DEPARTMENT
* YES VIRGINIA – THERE IS AN EMAIL-TO-MAIL SERVICE!!!
* LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?
* CALLING ALL SHIPPERS
* ACMC & TEAM EXPANSION ON THE MOVE
* DO WE ANSWER EVERY LETTER?
* IF YOU GET A COPY OF AN FCC PETITION P.M. 2493
* CONFERENCE-WATCH
* HUB-CAPS
* IN THE WORKS FOR NEXT WEEK…
* PRAY FOR INDONESIA
* ON THE HUNT FOR COMIBAM
* SUPPOSE A UN WORKER WANTS TO BE NETWORKED WITH OTHER TENTMAKERS…
* SPEAK WITH YOUR HANDS (ASL) OR WISH YOU DID???
* AND NOW FROM THE HOME OFFICE, THIS WEEK’S ‘DID YOU KNOW?’
* WEB-WATCH
* ADVANCE! IS ADVANCED
* CHURCH ADOPTIONS – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

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YOU GUYS NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME
Thanks to everyone, one and all, that has shared a Brigada Today with a friend. We are within 38 addresses of hitting the 5000 mark in time for our March 21st “two-year birthday.” One reader wrote, ” Thanks for running the article about the missions data base CD in Brigada Today a few weeks ago. The response was absolutely overwhelming. The first day I got about 90 Email inquiries, and they are still coming in, now about two a day. I have shipped about 125 CDs to countries all over the world, probably over 50 different countries, Brigada has an impressively wide distribution. Responses that I’m getting back now are that are that people that got the CDs are using them, enjoying them, and in particular are thanking us for providing this tool to bless the world missions effort at such a reasonable price.” And remember the appeal for helpers for Patrick Johnstone? The contact person wrote back this week to say that he had received email messages from “a number of VERY good prospects” in response to the appeal.

Thanks for the power of working together as a family that’s concerned about the welfare of the nations!

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[DRUM ROLL PLEASE] – FEATURING THE LATEST/GREATEST DATA PROJECTORS
It’s there for your “getting”. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the line
get brigada data-projection

in the text of the message. I think you’ll be helped by these key resources… and if, after reading, you’d like to add others, just send away! Thanks again for taking time to contribute, everyone!

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FROM THE “GET WITH THE PROGRAM, DOUG” DEPARTMENT
Again, sorry I was snoozing last issue – when you use “get” commands, don’t forget to preface the desired file name with the name of the conference in whose archive the file is stored. Thus, my errors “Get german-insurance” & “get hussein.970222” should have been:
get brigada german-insurance
get brigada hussein.970222

Don’t forget to send these to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg (i.e., don’t just send those commands as a reply to this message). If you do that, you get the “Wrath of Revis Ann!” :-)

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YES VIRGINIA – THERE IS AN EMAIL-TO-MAIL SERVICE!!!
Last week we mentioned Wayne, the Brigada participant who wished for a more cost-effective way to perform email-to-mail conversions (see Feb. 21 issue, #6) “TIME TO RE-VISIT EMAIL TO MAIL CONVERSION PROGRAMS”). Well Wayne, to my absolute surprise (and in praise to the Lord!), there is an answer! … It’s Mission Prayer and Praise Publishing and the operative guy – the main man – is Bill Behrmann mpppubatconnectidotcom. Bill asks for a one-time fee of 25 cents up front to type the name into a program he’s got and from then on (can you believe this guy?), he asks that you only cover the cost of the stamp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) (Get this. He even apologized that he asked for the cost of the stamp! “I have only my SS and what I earn at a part time job. Therefore we cannot also cover the postage as we would like.”) So what you’d have to do is send the guy a check, so he’s got some money on deposit, and then, “Have at it!” As you use up your money on deposit, you’d just have to keep replenishing it as you go. This is an incredible ministry for international folks who would like to do small informative mailings to targeted individuals here in the USA. And Bill even said that if you provide the names on diskette, he would consider dropping the cost of the one-time 25 cent charge (I’d suggest you avoid taking him up on that! :-)). What a guy. Thanks Bill!!!

There were a few other replies . . . but none that matched Mr. Bill’s ministry. If Bill gets overworked, kyleharrisatxcdotorg would do it… but couldn’t afford to do it at Bill’s price! Lewis Hudson lhudsonatbellatlanticdotnet would also fall into that situation.

But the “Treasure Hunter’s Award” actually goes to Les Tilka clfcebuatcebudotweblinqdotcom, who went out on the web and searched for 90 minutes to find us a more, shall we say, automated approach…. at http://www.mgl.ca/~estern/snailmail.html. This sounds like the way to go if you want something really organized and long-lasting. Charge is $1.20 for a one page letter by using a First Virtual Account or $.90 if you prepay your account. Cool. Thanks Les!

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LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?
So is Elizabeth B. Sharplin 75222dot402atCompuServedotCOM. Send her a tip if you know of a top notch course somewhere and, Elizabeth, in a couple of weeks, please send us a summary listing, okay? Thanks!

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CALLING ALL SHIPPERS
And Loren Tucker ROSCOE777ataoldotcom is moving overseas and would like a list of shippers who will give great value and low price. Please email Loren directly and, Loren, please let us have a peak at the list and we’ll post it here for all to see!

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ACMC & TEAM EXPANSION ON THE MOVE
ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) is moving its headquarters office from Wheaton IL to Atlanta GA. David Meade wrote, “We exist to help Christian congregations mobilize their resources for effective involvement in world evangelism. The strategic move to Atlanta aims to dramatically improve service to those churches, agencies, and individuals in ACMC’s membership. Our vision is to build a network of missions-active churches large enough to actually influence the entire Protestant church in America toward global outreach. As we move to Atlanta, we’re going to need prayer, key office personnel, and some technology to gear up. We’d be happy for anyone interested in helping fulfill this vision to contact us at: ACMC Transition Team / P.O. Box 3406 / Peachtree City, GA 30269; or just e-mail me at 763771dot2066atcompuservedotcom for David Meade, Transition Team Leader. Tel 770-631-9900.

At the same time, Team Expansion is on the move from Cincinnati to Louisville this summer. Team Expansion http://www.teamexpansion.org exists “to partner with local churches to send and sustain teams of interdependent missionaries to plant indigenous churches among the unreached.” If you can help them fulfill the vision of prayer, key office personnel or technology in the Louisville area, contact Personnel Coordinator Chris Bushnell ChrisBushnellatxcdotorg. Fax 513-244-8430. Thanks!

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DO WE ANSWER EVERY LETTER?
We used to. But not any more. Literally hundreds of emails come in weekly to or . If you don’t receive an answer, it’s not because we don’t love you. :-) It’s because we’re trying to survive with a family, an on-the-side soccer passion , and a paying job with a mission organization. :-)

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IF YOU GET A COPY OF AN FCC PETITION P.M. 2493
… or anything related to it, just burn it. It’s old news…. just push that little button that’s shaped like a garbage can and watch the thing smolder. So … whatever happened to Madalyn Murry O’Hair anyway? And… in general, you can also always check http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html before warning people of viruses and hoaxes like this. If you’d like to see this documented, order up a copy of our “help file” on this petition by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada 2493-hoax

in the text of the message.

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CONFERENCE-WATCH
Interested in an April 3-5 conference on Evangelizing Muslims at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX? Write wmcatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu for more info. Looks like quite a speakers’ slate at a very affordable price!

Or how ’bout the “CRIMEAN CONFERENCE/SYMPOSIUM (MAY 21-24) AND MEDICAL UNIVERSITY LECTURES (MAY 19-21)” in Simferopol, Ukraine. Apparently, some top Russian philosophers from Moscow and St Petersburg have agreed to come. One is Christian, two are prominent atheists. For more information, contact Georges Carillet carilletatwildwinddotcom.

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HUB-CAPS
This past week, MAFxc upgraded their server, good ‘ole “Hubatxcdotorg”. The outcome? Tons more effective service and the possibility for all the more service and features in the future. Thanks Jonathan, Rex and Bob!!!! I still find it hard to believe we can operate Brigada Today for $52/year and inform nearly 5000 people each week of some of the best pieces of missions mobilization news and resources in the world [that we can find :-) ]. If you’ve been thinking about getting an email forwarding service (so that no matter how many changes you make to your email carrier, your address will always be the same… like… YourNameatxcdotorg), may I suggest that you support the home team and pay up the $52/year to MAF. Then you can open up these email conferences and send out updates for your mission organization, your soccer team :-) your basketball club, your bridge party, your… [list goes on]. For more information or a free brochure, write helpdeskatxcdotorg. Seek ’em Rex. By the way… I don’t work for MAF. But they sure make Brigada possible.

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IN THE WORKS FOR NEXT WEEK…
Guess what! Brigada’s finally getting its own domain! The name will change, but the service will just keep getting better. http://www.xc.org/brigada will change [probably next week] to http://www.brigada.org. We’ll alert you when it happens so you can change your bookmarks. You do set bookmarks for Brigada’s web site, right? :-) (By the way, the site is still going to be carried by MAFxc. They’re just registering the domain for us with Internic… another service by your friendly folks at MAFxc. For more information… write Rex at HelpDeskatxcdotorg. Start your own web site! It’s about $100 set-up and $160 per year afterward. Probably one of the best prices you’ll find in the entire country.) (Now – I can’t wait ’til they add Microsoft’s free Front Page ’97 server extensions so our feedback forms and hit counter and search mechanisms will work! :-))

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PRAY FOR INDONESIA
Will you bow for a moment now and pray for the nation of Indonesia? Some say they are being targeted by Muslim extremists now more than ever before, with some radical approaches. Pray that God’s light would be seen.

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ON THE HUNT FOR COMIBAM
So… who can tell us when the next Comibam event is scheduled to be held… maybe in Mexico??? David wants to know. Send to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

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SUPPOSE A UN WORKER WANTS TO BE NETWORKED WITH OTHER TENTMAKERS…
Where would he/she turn – so they’re not out there as “lone rangers”? That’s the question Chris Ford CHRISatWORNETdotMHSdotCompuServedotCOM asks. If you’ve got a tentmaking consortium or network that these guys can join, write Chris directly… and Chris, how ’bout sending us a summary list in a couple of weeks???

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SPEAK WITH YOUR HANDS (ASL) OR WISH YOU DID??? You could probably use HyperSign, a program with more than 2000 full motion videos of American Sign Language. Contact Inreach Ministries inreachatlrdotnet for more info.

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AND NOW FROM THE HOME OFFICE, THIS WEEK’S ‘DID YOU KNOW?’
From our ever faithful contact in Ukraine comes this tidbit….. I suppose you knew that in the movie, Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam” ??? Yikes. Shaking my philosophical foundations of life.

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WEB-WATCH
Catch the Italian Evangelical Alliance at http://www.ipsnet.it/netpages/room386.

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ADVANCE! IS ADVANCED
The February/March 1997 Advance has been posted for your viewing pleasure. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
Get brigada advance.970203

Here’s a summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — India’s 52 unreached people groups with populations of more than 1 million; hundreds of West African people groups with little or no access to the gospel; 1.6 million “Jesus” videos; third largest Muslim country in the world torn by strife; China at critical crossroads.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Believer imprisoned in Iran; Christian center near Cairo attacked; believer in Vietnam arrested; the Karen of Myanmar; Israel bill would affect believers.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Fetal cell transplants; Sudan working to eliminate female circumcision; bombing of lesbian nightclub; milestones in genetic research; marketing RU 486 in United States; unwanted pregnancy as “intrusion.”

REJOICE! — Churches in Madhya Pradesh than double; India evangelist invited into mosque; 500 students commit lives to Christ; record 3.3 million Scriptures printed in China; 15,000 decisions for Christ in Honduras.

NETWORKING — Assistance for the family of murdered Iranian pastor; profiles of minority groups in China, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar; children’s materials for Praying Through the Window III; Operation Mobilization missions ship to visit four ports in the western United States; China ’97 … At the Crossroads; “God’s Simple Plan for His Church;” Eastern Europe and CIS video and film directory.

FRONT LINES — Our enemy.

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CHURCH ADOPTIONS – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Wow – this past weekend was great. We met in Dayton, Ohio, with a group of dedicated church leaders representing differing parts of the Body of Christ who are taking seriously the challenge to adopt a “piece of the least reached world!” At “Pit-Stop Dayton”, we presented new case studies in the constantly evolving PACE model. There was Cary Christian Church of Cary, NC, which has decided to adopt the Taimani, a church in North Carolina adopting a group in Mongolia, and a church from Louisville adopting a people group in Morocco and others who are so new, they haven’t even picked a group! This new surge of interest in local churches is an answered prayer for folks like Luis Bush, who has been leading in a vision to see “A church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000.” While all the “nay-sayers” and arm-chair strategists sit around and debate whether or not that dream could ever be possible, churches like Kenwood Heights Christian Church in Louisville, KY, are setting about to make progress. They aren’t worrying about whether or not they themselves can reach the whole world – they’re just picking a piece of the world and they’re doing their part!!! I decided to motor on down to Louisville Saturday night, after the conference finished up, just so I could sit in the pews at Kenwood Heights and listen in on their spirit, and. . . . I wasn’t disappointed. They introduced their contingent (whom they had sent to the Pit-Stop with a mandate of finding out “next steps”) to the whole congregation, featured them in prayer, and the Sr. Minister even gave up his private column to them in this week’s church newsletter just to report on the event. Do you think the church is going to doubt his commitment to this project??? Not a chance. Are they rich? Nope. Are they huge? Nope (around 250, I’d guess). But are the committed??? You bet. And guess what. I note that they subscribed to Brigada within a few hours of arriving home from the conference! :-) Welcome Kenwood Heights! :-) [Churches and church leaders wanting to take part in the next Pit-Stop, set to occur in Littleton (Denver), Colorado, Apr. 25-26, may contact Robert Peterson rpetersonatccudotedu to be added to the list of prospective delegates and receive more information.]

Next week – hear about the sharpest and greatest mobilization video yet… I’ve got to get a good price for you before featuring it….

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subscribe brigada

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19970216 Brigada Today

Now with 4851 Participants – with the last week having represented the biggest surge in participant-growth in our history!!! What are you doing out there to spread the word??? … giving away free laptops or something??? :-) Just 4 editions left ’til we turn “2” [years old]! Can we hit 5000???? With no marketing dept. or budget, it’s up to you! Thanks!

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada

[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* PRAY FOR THE SE ASIA JP2000 CONSULTATION
* WEB-WATCH
* REMEMBER THE GUY NEEDING HELP GETTING LESSONS TO HONG KONG?
* WHAT DIFFERENCE CAN ONE MAN MAKE?
* CHINA ’97 – AT THE CROSSROADS
* TIME TO RE-VISIT EMAIL TO MAIL CONVERSION PROGRAMS
* OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
* PTW III MATERIALS READY FOR KIDS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* BEEN FOLLOWING THE PRAYING WITH POWER NEWS RELEASES?
* ARE YOU A GERMAN SPEAKER WHO WOULD LIKE INFO. ON INSURANCE PLANS?
* ALMOST TOO LATE… BUT NOT TOO LITTLE
* THE LATEST ON HUSSEIN
* FOR NEXT WEEK’S BRIGADA TODAY – DATA PROJECTION
* THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL

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PRAY FOR THE SE ASIA JP2000 CONSULTATION
John Robb asked yesterday that we pray for the AD 2000 SE Asia Joshua Project Consultation, March 2-5, in Singapore. 300 plus participants are expected from all the regions countries. Luis Bush, Lawrence Khong and John, himself, will be the main speakers. He wrote, “Pray for a strong anointing of the Holy Spirit on the participants, organizers and those of us who are speaking that the Lord himself will speak through us.” So… are you going to do it? :-)

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WEB-WATCH
Today we’re focusing on a couple of pages for the “security-conscious.” Thanks to Rod who pointed us to the free version of PGP for just about any platform under the sun – including Macs http://www.math.ohio-state.edu/~fiedorow/PGP/ – for both USA/Canada usage http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html, and international usage http://www.ifi.uio.no/~staalesc/PGP/. Rod adds, “The only people who really must pay money for PGP are commercial users and those who absolutely must have a shrink-wrapped easy to use package.” He adds, “Don’t forget to generate a 2048 bit key!” Then there was Bob of MAF, who passed along, http://www.research.megasoft.com/people/cmcurtin/snake-oil-faq.html, “interesting reading for anyone considering encryption and other security techniques.” And then Rod wrote with info on PGP remailers like the free code for nym.alias.net http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~raph/n.a.n.html. He added, “Not knowing the operator of this remailer, it may be unwise to setup accounts with them, but I believe [others are] … looking into using this code to set up a remailer for missionary usage. Others have already setup remailers using this 2nd generation nymserver code (e.g. configatweaseldotowldotde in Germany).” Great 1-2-3 punch this week. Great job, guys!

And . . . as the saga of a novice web-writer continues to unfold (I have all of 2 weeks experience now, . . . but good tools make a difference), check out the latest at www.teamexpansion.org. Now, this coming week, I’ve got to get that search engine working and those feedback forms! :-)

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REMEMBER THE GUY NEEDING HELP GETTING LESSONS TO HONG KONG?
Well, you Brigada folks came through royally. He got several responses… and the package is on its way! Once again, the worldwide missions community says a big THANKS!

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WHAT DIFFERENCE CAN ONE MAN MAKE?
We’re about to find out . . . rather, what a difference he won’t be able to make now. By now everyone’s heard the news of the death of China’s “Paramount Leader”, Deng Xiaoping. It’s been at least 3 years coming. So where do over 1 billion people go now? To check it out, see http://www.scmp.com/news/ (South China Morning Post – Hong Kong’s leading English language newspaper, online version) http://www.scmp.com/1997/97main.html (a website and links specifically about the transition, maintained by the South China Morning Post, above) http://www.hkstandard.com/online/news/001/hksnews.htm ( Hong Kong Standard – Hong Kong’s other English newspaper, online version). And thanks to Ben for the links!

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CHINA ’97 – AT THE CROSSROADS
And as a follow-on, it seems appropriate to mention International Students, Inc. (ISI) and their extraordinary plan to help train many of the future leaders of in China in evangelism, discipleship, and the Christian walk, during a week-long conference in San Diego, California, called China ’97…At the Crossroads. Scheduled for June 20-27, 1997, it has been designed especially for mainland Chinese students, scholars, professors and professionals currently in the United States. The slate of speakers for China ’97 includes top Chinese Christian leaders like Dr. Thomas Wang, Dr. Charlotte T.C. Tan, Rev. Edwin Su, and Rev. Timothy Li. For more information about attending or supporting China ’97, contact ISI at 1-(800)-ISITEAM or by e-mail, lmarzano@isionlineorg.

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TIME TO RE-VISIT EMAIL TO MAIL CONVERSION PROGRAMS
Are there any? Inquiring minds want to know. At least Wayne does – who wrote this past week, “Do you know of a service that allows one to send email to mail service. We have older individuals as supporters who are not likely to get either a fax machine or a computer. But yet they would pray if we could get even a card to them regularly.” I told him about the [expensive] Compuserve service. Anybody know of any others that have sprouted up?

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OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
Now here’s a chance you won’t find everyday. Patrick Johnstone has 5 openings for serious-minded, self-supported researchers to help him gather data and write Operation World (the next edition). Specifically, they need 2 clear thinkers to scour newsletters and paper mail for updates for the book, as well as a computer manager and a technical assistant. Several electronic processing people could pitch in as volunteers. The office is in or near London, I believe. Want to change a planet? Wow. If your organization has someone to second, or if you have support that would allow, then write Roger Doriot at doriotreatticnetdotcom. He’ll compile the responses and forward them to Patrick, who is almost constantly traveling now, in research for the update. Thanks Roger!

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PTW III MATERIALS READY FOR KIDS
According to Bonnie Kyle, children’s materials for Praying Through the Window III are now available through the Christian Information Network. She writes, “The calendar format for kids is very similar to the previous material, focusing on one people group per day and providing other basic info for the kids. A new feature this year is the availability of supplemental teaching materials, consisting of four one-page mini-lessons, each focusing on a child from a different people group and accompanied by an 8 1/2 x 11 illustration of a child from people group. They were chosen from four different religions (Hindu, Buddhism, Islam, Animism). The illustrations are enlargements of those used in the calendar.” This would be dynamite stuff for home-schoolers and Christian schools could get tons of mileage from it. The problem is, all those folks are so busy that they’re likely not even to be reading this! So… if you know someone from either of the above two groups, you might want to tip them off! They’ll need to contact the CIN at: 11025 State Highway 83 Colorado Springs, CO 80921, (719) 522-1040; Fax: (719)&nbsp548-9000. Email: 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom. Thanks Bonnie!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Despite decades of mission work in Thailand, the church there is still very small, especially among those who are ethnically Thai. However Luis Palau reports a positive response from earlier this month, speaking five times in Chiang Mai. Nearly 16-thousand came to hear Palau speak, including 6 thousand young people. More than 700 stated public commitment to Jesus Christ. After his time in Thailand, Luis Palau went on to minister to children in Madras, India, and pastors in Hong Kong.
(Source: MISSION NETWORK NEWS, STORY # 2 Friday, February 14, 1997, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news/news-02-14-97.html )
Global Glimpse is gathered with gladness by the gadabout John Hanna, Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA. We’re grateful, guy! :-)

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
Now here’s a surprising little fun fact to know and tell. :-) Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand side driving was done “live” on a weekday at 5pm! Get this. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. The “word on the street” :-) is that this time and day were chosen to prevent accidents in which drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that this was the day of the changeover. Talk about a crazy rush hour that day. I mean, what’s the Swedish for, “Hey ya big clutz! Don’t ya even know how to drive!!!” “Look buddy – wake up and change lanes and mind your own business!!” Yikes. Makes me want to take the subway!

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ARE YOU A GERMAN SPEAKER WHO WOULD LIKE INFO. ON INSURANCE PLANS?
Believe it or not, Brigada even has a “get” file for you, thanks to our good friend Kerstin Hack. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line:
get brigada german-insurance

And you’ll receive a vonderful file full of ideas on dealing with the challenges of insuring you and your family! Thanks Kerstin.

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ALMOST TOO LATE… BUT NOT TOO LITTLE
We just heard that Feb. is Black History Month. Apparently there’s a prayer calendar not unlike the Praying Through the Window calendars. Contact (719)&nbsp638-1076 or write the Black Prayer Network at PO Box 17877, Colorado Springs, CO 80935 for a copy. Maybe they’ll get us an email address later. Thanks Brian at Global Harvest Ministries, Global_Harvest_Ministriesatcompuservedotcom

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THE LATEST ON HUSSEIN
So have you heard the very latest on Robert Hussein, the Kuwaiti Muslim, turned-Christian, turned-Muslim? Well, according to some, maybe his American wife didn’t give up her Christianity after all! Get the whole story by emailing hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada hussein.970222

Thanks to TPC.INT for sharing the news!

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FOR NEXT WEEK’S BRIGADA TODAY – DATA PROJECTION
Next week we’ll be examining options for data projection, that wonderful concept where these gizmos that take our computer images and flash them up on projection screens. We’re looking for the brightest, lightest, cheapest, most efficient, most durable model possible – LCD pads and projectors together. Any nominations? (first hand experience appreciated) Sources are sought – with web sites, email addresses, and phone numbers/faxes (both toll-free and non-toll-free, for our international audience, please). Please make sure your subject line reads “DATA PROJECTION” and send them to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. And during the coming week, let’s get those potentially powerful and promotional PowerPoint presentations purring! (‘Course, like the guy from Sun Microsystems, we might just decide to use a felt pen and transparencies! :-))

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THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
I’ve got a good friend who teaches in France. Recently, he sent this story and, yesterday, he agreed to allow me to share it: “Probably the most touching and greatest blessing of the month occurred on a van ride into the town of Rottwiel, Germany. One afternoon Laura and I decided to take a French couple with us to town to give them a break from English and see how they were enjoying the rally. A German Christian, who lived in France and thus spoke French, asked if he could come along to practice his French. As we rode along we noticed the size of the houses and Bridgette asked why the houses were so large compared to our area of France. Stefan explained that during World War II many of the German villages were completely destroyed, so when the towns were rebuilt the houses were built bigger along with the roads and stores; thus the German villages look completely different than they did 60 years ago. There was a moment of silence, as we probably all thought about who fought against whom, and who hated whom. Then Brigette said, “Isn’t it strange that here in this van there are Germans, French and Americans and we are all here like one family because of Jesus?” Wow, what a thought! Someone added, “Yeah, the UN or NATO or any other organization can’t bring this kind of unity.” As I stared ahead at Route 27, 11 kilometers outside of Rottwiel, Germany, I understood what Paul meant when he said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for everyone who believes . . .” [Thanks John! Your address held as requested.]

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*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!

19970209 Brigada Today

Now with 4729 Participants – double the normal weekly growth rate from last week! Thanks to those who passed the word about Brigada! Please keep it up! Just 5 weeks left ’til we turn “2” [years old]! Can we hit 5000???? With no marketing dept. or budget, it’s up to you! Thanks!

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….

* DON’T FORGET YOU CAN FAX FROM THE WEB!
* DO YOU NEED HELP MOBILIZING CHURCHES?
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* TOP LEVEL OPPORTUNITY TO LOSE AT TABLE TENNIS
* DID YOU CATCH THE ENCYCLOPEDIA REVIEW IN PC MAGAZINE?
* “FCC WARNINGS” CONTINUE TO POUR IN
* “SODA[LITY]-CRACKERS”
* HUB-CAPS
* CHANGING ADDRESSES???
* MAKE MILLIONS – WIN ZILLIONS
* FLASH! OPERATION WORLD RUSSIN’ TO MARKET!
* GLOBAL (WORSHIPFUL) GLIMPSE
* BACK IN ACTION!
* STILL WORKING ON “MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS”???
* WEBWATCH
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DON’T FORGET YOU CAN FAX FROM THE WEB!
This past week, we got mail from a Brigada reader in South Africa, wondering if it was somehow possible to fax from off the web. Don’t forget about the two great services profiled in previous editions of Brigada Today! If you’re a new reader, make sure you check out both options to figure out which one is best for you. Some will choose http://www.faxsav.com. (You can also use the old-fashioned telephone to call FaxSav Customer Service at +1 908 906 1555 from outside the US or at 1-800-909-0080 from inside the USA.) It’s a great service. But the last time I checked it out, if you wanted to send a formatted page, you had to do it “live” over the web. There was no way to do it via email.

By contrast, I settled on http://www.faxaway.com/ (with customer service at +1-206-301-7000 outside the USA and 1-800-906-4329 within the USA). This service allows you to “attach” binary files from a dozen or so different applications that the Faxaway server “knows.” When it receives your emailed attachment, it decodes it and faxes it immediately. You can set up your account with Faxaway in a matter of minutes and be doing quick faxes all over the world instantly! https://ronin.kallback.com/faxaway/applic.cgi lets you use a secure browser to do the account by credit card.) I think you can also email them at welcomeatfaxawaydotcom and they send you the necessary info.

These things are no-brainers to use, gang. Basically, you just compose an e-mail, then address and send that e-mail to (in the case of Faxaway, for example) FAXNUMBERatfaxawaydotcom (country and city code included). When Faxaway receives your e-mail, it opens a telephone line to the fax machine that you designate, and sends the fax away, including whatever binary-encoded attachments you might have included (such as an Excel spreadsheet). Most faxes to the USA are 10-15 cents max – sometimes less- regardless of your point of origin around the world. Fantastic savings if you’re faxing the USA from overseas. What’s more, they buy up humongous overseas phone time, so even faxes to other countries are cheaper too. Worth checking out. Only downside is you don’t get to stand there and watch the paper crawl through that little roller. (Rats What will you do with all that newly discovered spare time? – maybe play with your new copy of Encarta ’97? :-))

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DO YOU NEED HELP MOBILIZING CHURCHES?
Lately, we’ve been taking a close look at TCMC (Training Church Mission Consultants), launched last year “to equip key church leaders, mission agency representatives and mobilizers to be more effective in assisting churches in their global vision.” Apparently, via demonstration, instruction and practice, a participant learns, among other things, the five stages of consulting and how to use the “Global Access Planner” to help a church develop a strategic five-year plan. The training takes place in two phases, each lasting four days, and is limited to 25 people. During 1997, TCMC will be held four times (the first being in southern CA, March 9-12). After taking the training, Andy Rietveld of The Bible League says: “I think it was one of the best things I’ve ever done, tremendously valuable.” David Jones of C&MA writes: “The TCMC workshop is the single most important source of training for mission mobilizers that I have encountered.” For more information regarding TCMC, contact Larry Walker 102003dot317atCompuservedotcom or by phone (800-587-ACMC). I’m trying to get them to let me come to sample it… Let you know how I come out. :-)

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
This week’s “amazing facts to know and tell” is a real doozey [Is that how you spell “doozey”?]. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672. Can you believe it? The only continent with no permanent inhabitants and, compared to the USA, it has three times the number of digits in its international dialing code! :-)

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TOP LEVEL OPPORTUNITY TO LOSE AT TABLE TENNIS
Here’s an ad I came across for those interested in opportunities to live and study in China: “July 3-23 we can take up to 200 college age young people to Guilin to Guangxi Teachers College for a cross-cultural program. Guanxi Education Commission is partnering with us to offer this program. For each American student we provide, a Chinese young person will be placed in the program. Most of the young people will come from the Zhuang, Dong, Yao, etc. minorities from that region. During the a.m. the U.S. young people will study Chinese language and culture while the minority youth study American culture focusing on English training. Afternoons will be spent competing in tennis, learning baseball, Americans losing in table tennis, etc. Evenings will feature performances. For $2700 the students receive credit, cruise up the Li River, visit the Great Wall, Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, terra cotta soldiers, and travel to and from LA to Beijing, enjoy living in a nice hotel and Chinese food. Interested young people should contact Dr. Treva Kay Gibson, 602-589-2808, 1-800-800-9776 ext 2808, tgibsonatgrand-canyondotedu. Reservations need to be made soon.” For more info., contact Treva Gibson tgibsonatgrand-canyondotedu.
Treva, love the table tennis quip.

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DID YOU CATCH THE ENCYCLOPEDIA REVIEW IN PC MAGAZINE?
[][] Sorry to say, “Encyclopaedia Britannica on CD” scored only the honorable mention spot, when compared to Encarta ’97. The former, however, came in first place with most articles (67,000), so if it’s pure information you want, EB is probably the way to go – at $300. However, Editor’s Choice was Encarta ’97 Deluxe Edition ($80), with 31,000 articles. And when it came to media – like sound clips and video/animations, Encarta won hands down, with 2300 audio clips and 153 video segments. EB scores a disappointing zero on both counts. So if you missed the $79 EB sale, don’t fret. Get the Editors’ Choice for the same price! :-)

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“FCC WARNINGS” CONTINUE TO POUR IN
The “FCC warnings” (about local telephone fees) you might be getting in your in-box should subside soon, since feedback is due there within the next month. Jonathan Marsden, one of the top-ranking techs at Mission Aviation Fellowship’s MAFxc, agreed with Brigada Today in its fear that the Internet community might be overreacting. He wrote, “The people to be angry with are the small phone companies who are trying to persuade the world the Internet costs them money, instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to offer high speed data communications to their customers that don’t use analogue phone lines (POTS lines) at all!” Precisely. I saw the list of phone companies petitioning the FCC for the new fees. Yikes. What a shopping list! :-) Don’t forget to check out http://www.xc.org/brigada/internettax.htm for some informative links. New one added just today. A primary deadline for “input” (which is probably not even needed) is already past… with the secondary deadline coming up on Monday, the 17th.

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“SODA[LITY]-CRACKERS”
Got a note this past week from the Director of Frontier Missions at YWAM’s “Eastern Caribbean Centre for World Mission.” Seems he’s reviewing their operational structure there. He writes, “We have had input from a business paradigm, but want to receive input from a missions paradigm. Can anyone recommend to us any good articles, books, discussions re: the operational structure of sodalities/mission societies?” The frightening thing is – he’s serious! :-) (There’s got to be a dissertation here somewhere! :-) ) Anyway, if you can send Brian a soda- – I mean a sodality- – study, write him at hoganatsunbeachdotnet. (And with that domain, he might need a soda anyway. :-) ) Brian, when you’re done, we’re looking for an electronic summary back here at Brigada to post so the world can enjoy the soda-whatchamacallits you write about, eh? :-)

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HUB-CAPS
This past week, reader Roger Doriot asked us to provide “a succinct paragraph of what Brigada Today is.” (Now there’s an imponderable! What do you call a frontier missions journal that studies populations in Antarctica, profiles on-line encyclopedias, and reports on unreached peoples consultations all at the same time?) So – rather than try to write one ourselves, we grabbed a piece of mail that went floating out over the Internet this past week from a satisfied Brigada participant named Eric Derry, from Dayton, OH. He copied this paragraph to a ton of his email friends (as if to answer Roger) – (Thanks Eric!):

“I’m not sure how many of you have joined this excellent resourceful mission minded conference. If you already receive Brigada Today…then forward this to gobs of your friends, so we can make this great resource available to more of our Christian Friends. If you haven’t joined the conference, I encourage you to try it out. You will get ONE message each week (normally Friday) with loads of useful, practical, information. It will contain hints, tips, insightful comments, progress reports, updates on missions stuff around the world, and it’s FREE! Brigada Today has 4000+ subscribers right now. We would love to hit the 5000 mark before BRIGADA has it’s 2nd birthday (March 21st)! And if you don’t like it (I doubt it) you can always UNSUBSCRIBE! And did I say…IT’S FREE!?! No strings attached.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following message:
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CHANGING ADDRESSES???
Please don’t forget to unsubscribe before you unhook your old service. Once your service provider disconnects your previous address, our server lets Revis Ann Massey know! So every week, she does dozens of unsubscribes (especially from disgruntled AOLers! :-) )!! She handles all the “customer relations” for Brigada – as a volunteer! Between the role she serves on a church planting team in Miami, the classes she teaches, and the Spanish she’s studying, we’d like to make her Brigada work as simple as possible. You can help! Use that “Unsubscribe brigada” command before you disconnect, then on your new service, just “subscribe brigada” all over again. Also, if you’re on a LAN connection to the Internet and your network administrator wants to change your address or your addressing setup, again, make sure you “unsubscribe brigada” before the switch. Once you’ve changed addresses, it’ll be too late. You lose. And so does Revis Ann!

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MAKE MILLIONS – WIN ZILLIONS
Caught your eye? This note caught mine this past week. Almost sounds too good to be true… so somebody needs to do this and then let us know if it worked! :-) “Know expats or nationals needing AND capable of a serious professional independent business as a matter of authentic presence in the marketplace for expats or as income source to enable nationals in ministry leadership? Because our business is in “stage two” of a global launch of a new service in the hospitality/tourism and the telecom industries, we have expat reps in the creative “hard” places on our biz visas – and nationals marketplacing the Gospel. Six month of VERY hard and concentrated, undivided work with any skill in marketing will lead to (very) high long term income. You or any missions-hearted, proven business performer you know in any country may want to contact me. I will provide Web site, ample details and “Stages to Agent Development” upon contact. garyattayloredcommdotcom. This weekend I start a 3-week Europe and N. Africa and Israel trip, could contact candidates enroute.”
All right. Who’s going to be our guinea pig. We’ll expect a full report, okay? :-)

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FLASH! OPERATION WORLD RUSSIN’ TO MARKET!
It’s finally finished! Operation World in Russian is printed and, according to inside sources, it looks GREAT! For orders, you can contact Pasha Damyan at “Bibles for all,” Shpalernaya 60, block 1, St. Petersburg, Russia. Tel: 812 271 9102, Fax: 812 127 8646. For more info., you could try emailing janedotbarlowatgedotomdotorg.

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GLOBAL (WORSHIPFUL) GLIMPSE
Imagine being a Christian with no hymns, devotional books, or cultural Christian expressions. For many Christians in the 10/40 Window this is part of their daily existence. Author John Piper wrote, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” One cutting edge mission agency recently amended their policy that each church planting team should aim at recruiting a team worship leader not just to lead the team in worship but to help train musically gifted national believers to write indigenous worship material or lead indigenous worship. All across Central Asia indigenous worship songs are spreading among brand new churches.
(Sources: Caleb Project field reports and Let the Nations be Glad, John Piper, 1993, Baker Books)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO. jhannaatcprojectdotcom If you write him an encouraging note, make sure you tell him you saw his “glimpse” on Brigada. We get a $5 commission for every encouraging “customer” we send his way! (NOT!) :-)

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BACK IN ACTION!
The Brigada – Advance super-searcher is up and running. This feature of the Brigada web site, maintained by tried and trusted Brigada volunteer, Bob Mayhew, allows you instant access to megabytes of resources, quotes, over 400 pages of back issues, the works! Find it at the site… http://www.xc.org/brigada.

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STILL WORKING ON “MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS”???
Interestingly enough, we got yet another request for workshop content this past week! Remember to send your “missions in the book of Acts” material to kronborgatcentrumdotdk. He’s compiling the compendium for all to “get” here.

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WEBWATCH
Do you write HTML (the code language of the WorldWide Web)? I don’t. I’m so thankful for Bob Mayhew, who has maintained our web page from its very beginning, in June, 1995. What a faithful friend. He gathers and compiles each Brigada Today into HTML code, then publishes it on the web for all to read, search, and see for months afterward.

But I’m learning. And new tools are helping all the time. Microsoft FrontPage ’97 simplifies web-writing tremendously. Sausage Software’s HotDog Pro is even more “technically aware.” And now, with Microsoft Office ’97, almost anyone can publish pages to the web, since WinWord and its sister apps. now has added “Save as HTML” to the File menu. So.. I’ve got tons to learn.. but check out http://www.teamexpansion.org for my quick and dirty “first attempts.” I’ve got maybe 30-60 minutes invested in the whole site (I know, I know – you’re going to say, “It looks like it!” :-) ), but try to stand back for a second and realize, if newbies like me can do this, what’s the world coming to! :-) I mean…, this is…., to quote a famous philosopher, “a whole new world!” (who was that… oh yeah. Jasmine. :-)). Anyway, I know this WWW.com stuff is probably pelting us from all sides, but the ramifications are tremendous. Our mission used to spend $2000 per mailing for 24 pages of text to 13,000 people. It was newsprint. Mostly tossed, I bet. Now we’ll be able to do full color graphics – and we’re publishing a book on our site!!! (Resources for Missionary Recruits, chapter by chapter, beginning this week! Check it out!)
So… we’re seeing a revolution unfold here, gang. Wake up and smell the coffee. The WorldWide Web is here to stay! You can order plane tickets at the lowest fares, download patches and updates for free, and even read Resources for Missionary Recruits, which is a sold-out no-longer-in-print book! So whoever said progress is painful should check out the web. It works.

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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!

19970202 Brigada Today

Now with 4636 Participants – and over 20,000 hits monthly on the web!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada

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In this issue….

* HUSSEIN: “I CLEAR MYSELF FROM ANY RELIGION THAT CONTRADICTS ISLAM”
* HOW ‘BOUT THIS NEW ROUND OF “FCC IS ABOUT TO TAX YOU” ANNOUNCEMENTS
* HUBCAPS
* SO I’M NO ENCYCLOPEDIA EXPERT!
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* HEADED TO HONG KONG??? HERE’S A MISSIONARY WHO NEEDS YOU!
* EUROPEAN TRAVEL AGENT NEEDED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE – “CHURCHES ARE BURNING AGAIN!”
* WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS?
* HOW DO YOU CATCH SHINGLES?
* NOW – A CALLBACK SERVICE FROM GERMANY!
* WEBWATCH
* 30 DAYS OF PRAYER
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HUSSEIN: “I CLEAR MYSELF FROM ANY RELIGION THAT CONTRADICTS ISLAM”
Sad but true. Remember Robert Hussein, the guy we were all praying for last summer? Well the follow-up story was released this past week, Jan. 31, by Reuter news agency. The article went this way: “A Kuwaiti convert to Christianity who had been declared an apostate by a Moslem Shi’ite court has reverted to Islam, a newspaper reported on Friday. ‘I clear myself from any religion that contradicts with Islam,’ al-Rai al-Aam [newspaper] quoted Robert Hussein as telling a Moslem cleric in Kuwait after declaring himself a Moslem again. A Kuwait Shi’ite court, ruling on a private civil suit brought against Hussein by three Islamist lawyers, declared Hussein an apostate last May 29 in the first such finding by a court in the conservative Gulf Arab state.

Hussein, who announced his conversion to a newspaper in 1995, went to the United States in August saying he feared for his life after a court ruling that he said could be interpreted by Moslems as permission to kill him. Public abandonment of Islam is rare in the Arab world. Hussein was not immediately available for comment. He married an American Christian missionary before returning to Kuwait earlier this month. The newspaper said Hussein’s wife wants to convert to Islam.”

Yikes gang. Something about this case doesn’t sit well, does it. Brian O’Connell BrianOConnellatxcdotorg agrees. He brought the above story to our attention and commented, “It is a sad and tragic situation and obviously Robert needs our prayers. My assumption is that we will hear more and perhaps have more to say (indeed, I know many of you will have some things to say). Because of that, I offer the conference religious-libertyatxcdotorg as a sounding board or forum to share lessons learned and other appropriate comments about this case. If need be, they will be edited and put into one message (or a few compilations) containing several different thoughts.” If you’re interested in joining Brian’s new conference, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line of text in the message:
subscribe religious-liberty

Thanks Brian! Hope you can figure this one out! :-)

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HOW ‘BOUT THIS NEW ROUND OF “FCC IS ABOUT TO TAX YOU” ANNOUNCEMENTS
Has it hit your computer yet? It will. In fact, I’m predicting it’ll turn into one of those recirculating “viral infections” of the Internet. You get a note telling you that the FCC is about to tax your phone company for your Internet access . . . so, being the well-meaning Internet user you are, you relay it to two dozen of your friends, who each in turn send it to 30 of their friends – and the whole thing mushrooms like some terrible geometric Internet virus, [eventually] taking up megabytes and megabytes of bandwidth and storage space. How do we avoid these things? First, if you send out such a warning, make sure you give a corresponding web site where users can learn more and actually verify its validity. To get a list of some links to research this latest in FCC scares, check out: http://www.xc.org/brigada/internettax.htm

Those without access to the web can get a summary by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada internettax

Second, whenever you send out one of these warnings – if you do – please, please make sure you put an “end date” on it. For example, in this case, it looks like all “letters” to the FCC must be sent by Feb. 17th. But folks, my take on this is that no action is necessary – so I’d say just delete these chain letters and chalk it up hysteria. The momentum is against the alleged tax… no other input is needed. Am I wrong? Additional links? Please tell me.

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HUBCAPS
Next week we cross the “400 mark!” That’s 400 pages of Brigada Today editions, weekly since the 18th of Feb., 1995, with the official “opening” being March 21st, 1995. (We operated a test month prior to official opening.) That makes next week’s issue somewhat of an informal two-year birthday, with the real one coming up March 21st. Can we cross 5000 subscribers by March 21st??? It would take a massive marketing effort. Unfortunately, we have no marketing budget (Brigada is a free service that doesn’t take advertisements) so we would only be able to grow through word of mouth. If you have a friend who might like to subscribe, please send him or her a copy of this mailing and point out the subscribe instructions at the end. Thanks!

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SO I’M NO ENCYCLOPEDIA EXPERT!
[][] Thanks for the [many] clarifications about World Book vs. Britannica! (Is there a difference? Duh…. ) The offer was indeed for Britannica and not World Book… and I called the Britannica marketing office this past week just to verify and, sure enough, the special “$79” offer is officially “off.” Also, one Brigada participant contacted us to encourage us not to put massive pressure on the Britannica people to grant the price even when it had been discontinued. The marketing people I talked with made it clear that they wouldn’t feel any pressure… They pointed out that if they didn’t want to sell it for $79, they wouldn’t have. Either way – it’s all in the past – it’s water under the [una]bridge[d]! ^^^^

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
This week’s imponderable??? What’s the most common name in the world??? Mohammed. Hands down. What does that tell you about Muslim growth? :-)

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HEADED TO HONG KONG??? HERE’S A MISSIONARY WHO NEEDS YOU!
Ben Rees is a missionary sorely in need of help getting some Bible study books to Hong Kong. If you’re headed there anytime soon and could help, please write him directly at reesathkstandarddotcom.

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EUROPEAN TRAVEL AGENT NEEDED
Once again, Brigada-travel-agents needs a bunch more European agents. If you know one, please tell them to send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the message:
subscribe brigada-travel-bids

Travelers need not apply. Just mail your request for a quote to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg. They’ve been pretty busy lately, so don’t be surprised if it takes them a day or so to get back.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE – “CHURCHES ARE BURNING AGAIN!”
“The riots are getting much closer to home. One school has been burned in Bandung so the military is guarding churches and Christian schools there. It is almost like martial law. The schools that have been burned have all been next to or connected to a church. The night is the most dangerous time so I have canceled our youth group for tonight. God is our strength and protector.”
(Source: Missionary in Indonesia, via “Speed the Need” 1/31/97 [an Internet prayer service.] SUBSCRIBING to STN is easy and free! Email to: mailservatcrfdotcuisdotedu message:
SUBSCRIBE STN

http://netnet.net/~dhatch/speed/index.html

Note: For more information persecution of Christians in Indonesia or elsewhere, check the Caleb Project web site.
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS?
Here’s a Danish user (Why don’t we say “Denmarkian?” :-) ) who has to teach a workshop in Europe next month on mission and missionary work to unreached in 10/40 window, with reference to Acts. Can anyone clip an article or class or whatever and email it to him at kronborgatcentrumdotdk He’s promised to knit it together for all of us to “get” just as soon as he’s done. What can we send him??? Thanks in advance from Alfred!

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HOW DO YOU CATCH SHINGLES?
Here’s the recipe!!! Laurie was faithful to her task!!! If you’d like a great recipe for concrete roofing, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada roofing

in the text of the message. Thanks Laurie!

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NOW – A CALLBACK SERVICE FROM GERMANY!
If you’re based in Germany, don’t miss out on oliverdotstorzatddotomdotorg and TelePassport USA. Call the USA from Germany for just 39 cents/min.

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WEBWATCH
Remember a while back when someone asked for a resource to pray for world leaders??? Well – a Brigada participant rallied to the cause! Check out http://www.churches.com/world/Missions/worldpray/ ! It’s the WORLD LEADERS PRAYER PROGRAM, a prayer calendar with up-dated/current world leaders, names taken from: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/chiefs-toc-view.html . First class stuff! Roger E. Doriot of UFM Int’l/SIL is going to keep it up, too! Thanks Roger!

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30 DAYS OF PRAYER
Hope you didn’t miss this item from the 30 days of prayer list – check it out:

A young women was roughly dragged to the basement of her house by her two elder brothers. Pushed to the wall, the older brother held a loaded gun to her mouth and whispered, “Deny Jesus and you will live, return to Islam and you shall not die.” Frightened, the woman looked from one brother to the next. She knew that as a new believer she had brought great shame to her family. According to the religious custom, her brothers had been given the task and the authority to kill her.

Months earlier her family had disowned her and forced her to leave her home. Then suddenly, her family invited her back. They showered her with gifts and hospitality. The whole family, including her father, seemed to have forgiven her for her betrayal of Islam.

Then late one evening, her father came to speak with her. “If you love me and your family, you must leave your craziness and return to Islam. You must stop reading your Bible, and you must deny Jesus. If not, you leave me no choice. You must decide now.”

Now she stood before her brothers. “You cannot kill me,” she said softly, “Jesus has taken my sin and has promised that I will live forever. He has prepared a place for me in heaven. You will not kill me, for I now have eternal life.” Her brothers shook with anger. The oldest brother squeezed the trigger of the gun. Nothing happened. Again he fired. Six times he tried to fire the gun but nothing happened. Enraged they grabbed her and took her to the front gate of the house. “Leave now, and never return here again. You are dead to us!”

Several years later, both her brothers and several members of her family found faith in the Lord Jesus.

PRAY:

* There are many brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world who have faced similar circumstances of rejection, exile, torture, persecution and death because of their unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus. Let us stand with them today in prayer and support. James 1:12

* Pray for the grace to endure under trials and the love to forgive those at whose hands they have suffered. 1 Thess. 1:2-5

* Pray that there will be greater breakthroughs in the Muslim world as a result of the witness and testimony of Muslim converts. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20

www.ywam.org/prayer/30days.html This is an excerpt from the original 30-Days Muslim Prayer Focus booklet.

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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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