Monthly Archives: June 1997

19970629 Brigada Today

Now with 5676 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, this week writing from Kenai, Alaska
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
* DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
* HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
* INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
* COOL TOOLS
* CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
* YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
* UNITED PARSEE POST
* WEB WATCH
* TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
* SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
* DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
* FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
* NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
* BIBLES TO IRAQ
* TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
* LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
* HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
* THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
* STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET

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GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
Now there’s a new style prayer card that just might be a bit more affordable and unique — bookmarks! According to David Wedge, who ordered his from Ron Urbanovitch at MPSatxcdotorg, they were around $150 for 500 and he got them in an amazing 48-hour turnaround, including overnight shipping both ways! Now that’s fast business!

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DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
Want to try the new PGP freeware? Grab it at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html. And also, don’t miss the chance at a free 30-day trialware version of PGP for Personal Privacy (commercialware), Version 5.0 at http://www.pgp.com. According to dozens of reports, this new version is revolutionary in its ease of use. No word yet on the European/International version. (If you hear some news on that one, I’d appreciate getting a note on it so we can relay it here! Frank and many others want to know.) But the freeware at the MIT web site is apparently very friendly and very powerful and very free. :-) And Canadians are legally welcome to it as well! Yahooo!

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HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
Okay. This one tops it all. We’ve had readers compile reports on everything from security to tentmaking to ‘how do you file Brigada Today’ — but if memory serves, this is the first time we’ve interviewed pregnant folks. :-) But … then again you always knew we were a bit adventurous! :-) And after all, inquiring minds want to know! :-) Dr. I. Dale Carroll is doing a study on any USA residents who have had part or all of a pregnancy overseas since 1990 (including miscarriages). I know, I know. You’re saying, “What in the world does this have to do with missions?” Well — the good doctor has assured us that she’d send us an electronic form of the abstract — the summary of the survey results — which we can then make available to all missionary moms. If you’ve ever been involved in anything medical while serving overseas, I have a hunch you’ll understand that this is significant stuff. You can’t (nor should you) separate the family out of missionary life and work — they go together. So — if you’re game to be surveyed and if you qualify, contact Dr. Dale Carroll at TravDocatcompuservedotcom, The Pregnant Traveler, 983 Miners Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085, phone 616-428-4996 (fax–616-428-0977). In case you were wondering, Dr. Carroll is a member of the Southwestern Medical Clinic in Berrien Center, MI, a 40-person multispecialty group with a heavy missions emphasis. She is a board-certified OB/GYN with considerable overseas experience and is also now certified in Travel Medicine, we’re also making plans for a Travel Medicine clinic.

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INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
Jeff Gulleson is kicking off a quarterly mailing called International Insurance Insights. Contact him goodnboratjunodotcom if you’re interested in receiving a free copy. He sent a copy of the first issue which dealt with pre-existing conditions and provided a sample of a policy or two that he sells. Jeff’s not the only one out there making international policies available… but he’s at least one you should probably add to your list of options. Thanks Jeff!

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COOL TOOLS
Well, as of immediately, you can place secure orders at Caleb Project’s web site http://www.calebproject.org and your order is automatically PGP encoded. So no more need to send a check for some of the best mobilization resources around… just browse the web! :-)

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CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
Justin Long (of David Barrett’s office) is hard at work these days kicking off a new bulletin with general objective feedback on China. He wrote this past week, “This service will be moderated and screened, and will transmit regular bulletins on China. We will feature a Question & Answer forum where you can request information from long-time China observers, and information on the latest evangelistic opportunities and resources that are available. We expect to post 1 or 2 bulletins per week.” To subscribe, just e-mail your name, organization, country of origin, and e-mail address to JustinLongatxcdotorg with the phrase
CSCO China Mail List

in the subject line. You’ll be glad you did!

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YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
In cooperation with a local church in Berlin AIMS Germany plans to penetrate (with prayer and more!) Kreuzberg’s immigrant area, where tens of thousands of 10/40 window people live. We would love to welcome people from outside our city’s and country’s borders who want to join us in prayer during this event (October 6-10) to see a breakthrough in the area. Individuals and prayer teams who wish to come and even stay longer are more than welcome. We want to see this part of town that has the same number of mosques as churches to become once again “a hill of the cross” – that’s the literal translation of its name… For more info contact Kerstin at 100711dot2622atCompuservedotcom.

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UNITED PARSEE POST
The World Parsee Youth Congress (in UK) started today (July 4-11) with the Adult Parsee Seminar scheduled to follow immediately on its tail. According to one source, this is “an attempt to enslave Parsee youth, teenagers and students to false gods. If you’re interested and/or can pray, browse http//web2.airmail.net/babbitt/parsee/messages/ or write ferozegolwallaatjunodotcom.

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WEB WATCH
Check out the new Italian evangelical web site at http://www.aspide.it/freeweb/evancity/. Also, have you looked at http://www.midwinter.com/usox/showroom.html for great prices on software (like $40 for WordPrefect Suite 7.0) — Thanks to Paul Moreland sacmatxcdotorg. And don’t miss the free journaling/Bible study software for MAC users — http://www.macapp.com. In addition, we’re providing unlimited free tech support via e-mail at supportatmacappdotcom. (Thanks Dennis Fahringer photoatuofndotedu )

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TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
Here’s a deal where you can’t go wrong! Just ask Roland Marshall rolandmatlightspeeddotnet for any of the following items and he’ll ship them to you free!

1. Access Travel: Airports A Guide To Accessibility Of Terminals, 11 pages
2. A Safe Trip Abroad, 11 pages
3. Fly-Rights — A Consumer Guide to Air Travel, 26 pages
4. Fly Smart — Make Your Safe Trip Even Safer, 4 pages
5. Foreign Entry Requirements (Passport and Visa Requirements), 33 pages
6. (HIV) Testing Requirements For Entry Into Foreign Countries, 4 pages
7. Using Credit and Charge Cards Overseas (A Travel Companion), 10 pages
8. Customs Hints for Returning Residents, 47 pages
9. Applying for Your U.S. Passport, 6 pages
10. Tips For Americans Residing Abroad, 15 pages
11. Tips For Travelers To The Caribbean, 13 pages
12. Tips for Travelers to the People’s Republic of China, 7 pages
13. Tips For Travelers To Mexico, 15 pages
14. Tips For Travelers To The Middle East And North Africa, 19 pages
15. Tips For Travelers To Russia And The Newly Independent States, 23 pages
16. Tips for Travelers to Central and South America, 11 pages
17. Tips For Travelers To South Asia, 6 pages
18. Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 pages
19. Travel Tips For Older Americans, 9 pages
20. Where to write for Vital Records Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces, 6 pages
21. Your Trip Abroad, 22 pages

Roland, thanks for your help with brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg too!

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SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
Suzanne Melear newlifeatswbelldotnet would like to assemble a sampler platter of your best ideas for decorating a “missions hall” at her church. “The right side is a solid wall about 40-50 feet, one door on the end of each. The other side is divided by several doors and then a glass wall case on one side (about 10 feet by 4). I really want it to be classy, but bold and to effectively communicate our missionaries to the body…and communicate the great commission.” You’ve probably tried something similar. We’ll ask Suzanne to knit together all the ideas she receives then send it in to us for posting here as a “get” file. So send her your best! Thanks Suzanne!

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DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
That’s a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life during this week of August 11-15, 1997 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM (see the ad in the June issue of Mission Frontiers), it’s $75 (includes materials, refreshments and one lunch, but doesn’t include housing). Space is limited. For more information email bsuscwmseataoldotcom and put
PrayerLife-your city

in the subject line or call 919-787-3821, speak slowly while leaving name and address to receive brochure.

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FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
Check out infoprodatsancristobaldotpodernetdotcomdotmx. For more info on the Sage Digital Library, or for a list of the additional books that you can unlock on the Logos 2 Vol CD set and their prices, just email infoprod.

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NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
Got a great follow up note from Mike (regarding last week’s item about vacation mail). “A little knowledge is dangerous! I recently went on a ministry trip and rushed to get the ‘vacation’ programme running on my internet providers server. They had made a small systems change since last time I used ‘vacation’ and when I came home a week later I had 23,459 messages waiting. Auto-responses went bouncing around the XC server and my provider like crazy. it took me 7 hours online to delete the junk error messages and save my real mail. Never again!!!” Word to the wise — unsubscribe before you enable a “vacation mail” reminder.

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BIBLES TO IRAQ
Praise God for the report from the United Bible Society regarding the largest Christian literature shipment yet to “The Last Frontier.” On January 22nd, sixty tons of books were convoyed from Jordan to Iraq. The shipment consisted of 31,800 Good News Arabic Bibles, 10,000 Children’s Bibles, thousands of Scripture calendars and other Christian biblical handbooks. Pray for the Christians in Iraq who received and continue distributing these gifts. Wow! Thanks to Mark Snowden Mark.Snowden(at)IMB(dot)org, Media Consultant for the IMB, for the item! (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

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TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
TeleAmigo is a telephone counseling which has proved successful as both evangelism and ministry. It uses a “dial-a-prayer” approach, but at the end of the message, another number is given for counseling. “This to inform you that in May, TELEAMIGO-Cali registered the highest number of calls in one month it has ever received in its 19 year history,” wrote John Magyar, media consultant, International Mission Board, SBC to Spanish South America in a note to Mark Snowden, a friend of ours from IMB headquarters. “A total number of 100,684 were registered for that month. In a normal year, this ministry registers about one million calls. Over the years, TA counselors have helped thousands, hundreds have come to Christ, and two churches were begun in Cali with strategic support from TELEAMIGO. TA has also helped launch similar ministries in Caracas, Venezuela, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can write Mark at MarkdotSnowdenatIMBdotorg.

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LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
Dave Dunlap stumbled upon some unreached people videos while attending a conference last weekend in Louisville. There’s a total of 8, 1 each on the Arab American people, Sudanese people, Minangkabau people, Rock people, Madurese people, Albanian people, Romany (gypsy) people, and the Pattani Malay people. At the conference, they sold for $4.95 each, or all 8 for $29.95! They’re very excellent quality produced by Randy Durham, CBN, in N.C., and priced to get them into the hands of us folks who will champion establishing churches among them! CBF offices in Atlanta can be reached at (888) 801-4223. Dave’s at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom and produces videos on his own as well.

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HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
To successfully connect people into missions as a second-career, those in the know in missions all agree that training is needed. However, there is no consensus as to what that training should include and what outcome(s) are desirable. Further there is generally an incomplete or incorrect understanding as to what the various mission agencies, training organizations, and colleges provide in the way of training by those in mission agencies, training organizations and colleges.

Therefore, there’s this new momentum coming from the “Finshers Project” that’s trying to change all that. The Finishers Project is hosting a consultation November 7&8, 1997 on the campus of Fuller Seminary to consider what training is AVAILABLE and APPROPRIATE for second-career candidates to serve in mission by assignment type. The session will be conducted with Drs. Phil Elkins (Mission Training and Resource Center); Eddie Elliston (Fuller); Doug Kinne (Crossroads, YWAM); and Stacy Rinehart (CoMission Training Coordinator, Navigators). The NEXT STEP movement spearheaded by Woody Phillips of United World Mission will also be represented. That cooperative effort is designed to provide a standard of training and accreditation so that agencies will consider people trained if they complete in any participating training program. This is designed to set a consensus standard and eliminate training duplication so resources can be more effectively used on the front lines. There is no fee to attend the Fuller consultation. If you would like to participate and present what training approaches your organization finds useful, what works, what was tried and does not work, the successes and outcomes, contact Mr. Nelson Malwitz, Finishers Project Chairman, Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801; Fax: (203)-796-7377; e-mail: nelsonmatcompuservedotcom.

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THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
GCOWE in South Africa is in full swing. Those subscribed to the press release conference are getting some very exciting and thorough reports from Pretoria, South Africa. The opening session was held at Hatfield church with a capacity crowd of 5,000 people. Pete Holzmann, of AD2000’s Interactive Task Force, wrote, “For the nearly 4,000 delegates the opening worship songs were a culmination of a year of planning and a taste of what heaven will be like when people worship at the throne from every nation.”

From a look at the GCOWE 97 registration database some interesting facts and trends emerge (these also from Pete): 80% of the delegates are citizens of countries that formerly were viewed as missionary receiving countries. This consultation shows that the missionary leadership base is now firmly established in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Fact: GCOWE participants are 76.5% men and 23.5% women Observation: Women have a strong presence in missionary leadership.

Fact: Total GCOWE registration fees came 64% from Africa, Asia and Latin America. 36% came from Western Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Observation: GCOWE 97 is being financed primarily through citizens of Africa, Asia and Latin America. …

Fact: 11% of the delegates attended GCOWE 95 in Korea 5% of the delegates attended Lausanne 89. 3.7% of the delegates attended Amsterdam 86. Observation: New people are being exposed to this Global Consultation rather than just the same people attending consultation after consultation.

Fact: 30% of the delegates have an e-mail address. Observation: Missionary leaders are keeping up with new technology to network with one another.

Fact: 5% of the delegates are age 60 or older
18% of the delegates are age 50 to 59
36% of the delegates are age 40 to 49
30% of the delegates are age 30 to 39
10% of the delegates are under age 30

Observation: There is a pretty even age spread among GCOWE delegates. This shows that missions is benefiting from the wisdom of the older people. This also gives some indication that there will be enough replacements when the oldest generation retires.

For more information and the regular press releases, send an email message
subscribe ad2-announce to hubatxcdotorg .

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STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET
Planet 1 (sm) is the first portable, affordable, personal satellite communications service that connects you to virtually anywhere in the world. You can make and receive voice calls, fax, and email your family and prayer partners anytime and from anywhere. Proposals, project plans and schedules, and documents can be sent instantly from a compact battery powered satellite phone. You can enjoy the benefits of these phones today! For a limited time–through July 31, 1997, MAF is offering the Planet 1 Premier Package. Call 1-800-359-7623 and ask for Paul Lay or Rex Howard Planet1atxcdotorg and tell them you are responding to this special offer. Discover how easy it is for you to have a satellite phone, fax, and email service that keeps you in touch with the rest of the world.

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

At http://www.brigada.org on the web, you can see tons more.

(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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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. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970622 Brigada Today

Now with 5672 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WANT TO SAVE $1800?
* UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
* WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
* PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
* WE’VE MOVED!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WANT TO SAVE $1800?
Want to save $1800? Don’t attend GCOWE 97 which starts today, June 30, and runs for a week. Skip the 18-hour flight to South Africa and standing in food lines with 4,000 people from 130 countries. Instead, get daily highlights and feel you are a part of this cutting-edge missions conference by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg and putting
subscribe ad2-announce

on the first line of the message. If you want to really feel like you are there, visit the GCOWE 97 web site at http://www.ad2000.org. All virtual attendees are encouraged to pray that the physical attendees will rise to the challenge of Luis Bush to adopt the remaining 579 peoples still without a known church-planting effort. Wouldn’t Luis sleep well on the flight back to America if he knew that all 1,739 peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list had church-planting teams assigned to them?

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UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
O Last week’s item, CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD, generated quite a flurry of responses. We received this from the AD2000 & Beyond International Office: “Wow!!! What a great response in requesting the AD2000 CDs! We’re very encouraged by so much global interest. AD2000 apologizes that there was some miscommunication on our part in the availability and pricing of the CDs. We will begin shipping the CDs in early July. The $2 price was originally meant for volume orders only. All orders already taken will be honored at the $2 per disc price, however as of June 24, the following price scale is in effect:
1 to 3 discs – $5 each
4 to 10 discs – $4 each
11 to 15 discs – $3 each
16 or more discs – $2 each
Please forgive any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope this CD will still be of service to the Kingdom at what we feel are still very cost-effective prices. For more information or to order, contact the AD2000 office at:

AD2000 & Beyond Movement
2860 S. Circle Dr., Suite 2112
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA
Phone: (719) 576-2000
Fax : (719) 576-2685
Email: infoatad2000dotorg

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
The Russian Federation Duma this week approved a new law wiping out most of the religious freedom that the Russian people have recently obtained. In effect, only religious organizations registered during the Soviet period will remain. Hundreds of recently registered faiths, churches, seminaries, and charities will become illegal. Under the new law only Russian citizens are given the right to form registered or unregistered religious associations, including prayer groups. The law also increases government scrutiny of religious practices and beliefs, and groups can be shut down for a broad array of ideas and actions, including causing “social disorder”.
(Source: 6/19/97, Lauren Homer, President Law and Liberty Trust, 333 Maple Avenue East, Suite 1085, Vienna, VA 22180, FAX: 1-703-319-3625, E-mail: 75050dot3251atcompuservedotcom. More information is available at http://www.calebproject.org/pruss.htm. )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
Here’s a note to all those with fancy email systems at their offices: “Watch that vacation mail, please!” Remember that if you set your email up with an auto-responder (“I’m on vacation until the 27th of July and will respond after that date.”), you’ll drive conference participants/owners crazy! :-) Most likely, the conference owner will have to manually unsubscribe you (as if they didn’t already have enough to do with normal maintenance). So please do your conference owner (and everyone else on your conference) a favor. If you’re going to do a “vacation mail,” unsubscribe from all conferences first.

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PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
Christian Information Network has an entire collection of prayer resources to help you transform your prayers for the world. First is the recently released WindoWatchman II. It contains valuable insights gained first hand from prayer journeyers who participated in Praying Through The Window II in October of 1995. You will also find a colorful pull-out map of the 10/40 Window, captivating photos, informational charts, statistics, and up-dates on ministries working in this very needy region of the world. To purchase, send a check to the Christian Information Network at 11025 State Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 Phone: (719)522-1040 or fax them a credit card at (719)548-9000. See their Web Site: http://www.christian-info.com. They also have tapes from the “Praying With Power Conference,” February 12-15, 1997. Through them, you can learn how prayer is transforming the lives of people in the 10/40 Window — and is altering the course of world history! Available in audio and video. Contact CIN CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom for a complete list of tapes and prices, but basically, you can get single audio tapes for $5, single videotapes for $20, a 12-tape audio set for $55, a 36-tape video set for $165, as well as complete sets for a bit more. Titles include sessions like, Prayer Sessions for the 10/40 Window Nations, China and Asia Update, Prayer Mobilization, Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window-Emeka Nwankpa (Nigeria), Training The Leaders in the Mission Field, Church Planting Strategy, and many many more.

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WE’VE MOVED!
Isn’t it amazing that with email addresses, you never have to worry about from where the person is writing? Our family moved from Cincinnati to Louisville this past Saturday (and there are still stacks upon stacks of boxes everywhere! :-( ) but — with email, for the most part, you never have to worry about the physical locations of your senders! Give me email any day! (More Brigada Today next week, after the boxes get unpacked a bit more! :-))

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

At http://www.brigada.org on the web, you can see tons more.

(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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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. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970615 Brigada Today

Now with 5672 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WANT TO SAVE $1800?
* UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
* WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
* PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
* WE’VE MOVED!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WANT TO SAVE $1800?
Want to save $1800? Don’t attend GCOWE 97 which starts today, June 30, and runs for a week. Skip the 18-hour flight to South Africa and standing in food lines with 4,000 people from 130 countries. Instead, get daily highlights and feel you are a part of this cutting-edge missions conference by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg and putting
subscribe ad2-announce

on the first line of the message. If you want to really feel like you are there, visit the GCOWE 97 web site at http://www.ad2000.org. All virtual attendees are encouraged to pray that the physical attendees will rise to the challenge of Luis Bush to adopt the remaining 579 peoples still without a known church-planting effort. Wouldn’t Luis sleep well on the flight back to America if he knew that all 1,739 peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list had church-planting teams assigned to them?

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UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
O Last week’s item, CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD, generated quite a flurry of responses. We received this from the AD2000 & Beyond International Office: “Wow!!! What a great response in requesting the AD2000 CDs! We’re very encouraged by so much global interest. AD2000 apologizes that there was some miscommunication on our part in the availability and pricing of the CDs. We will begin shipping the CDs in early July. The $2 price was originally meant for volume orders only. All orders already taken will be honored at the $2 per disc price, however as of June 24, the following price scale is in effect:
1 to 3 discs – $5 each
4 to 10 discs – $4 each
11 to 15 discs – $3 each
16 or more discs – $2 each
Please forgive any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope this CD will still be of service to the Kingdom at what we feel are still very cost-effective prices. For more information or to order, contact the AD2000 office at:

AD2000 & Beyond Movement
2860 S. Circle Dr., Suite 2112
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA
Phone: (719) 576-2000
Fax : (719) 576-2685
Email: infoatad2000dotorg

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
The Russian Federation Duma this week approved a new law wiping out most of the religious freedom that the Russian people have recently obtained. In effect, only religious organizations registered during the Soviet period will remain. Hundreds of recently registered faiths, churches, seminaries, and charities will become illegal. Under the new law only Russian citizens are given the right to form registered or unregistered religious associations, including prayer groups. The law also increases government scrutiny of religious practices and beliefs, and groups can be shut down for a broad array of ideas and actions, including causing “social disorder”.
(Source: 6/19/97, Lauren Homer, President Law and Liberty Trust, 333 Maple Avenue East, Suite 1085, Vienna, VA 22180, FAX: 1-703-319-3625, E-mail: 75050dot3251atcompuservedotcom. More information is available at http://www.calebproject.org/pruss.htm. )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
Here’s a note to all those with fancy email systems at their offices: “Watch that vacation mail, please!” Remember that if you set your email up with an auto-responder (“I’m on vacation until the 27th of July and will respond after that date.”), you’ll drive conference participants/owners crazy! :-) Most likely, the conference owner will have to manually unsubscribe you (as if they didn’t already have enough to do with normal maintenance). So please do your conference owner (and everyone else on your conference) a favor. If you’re going to do a “vacation mail,” unsubscribe from all conferences first.

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PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
Christian Information Network has an entire collection of prayer resources to help you transform your prayers for the world. First is the recently released WindoWatchman II. It contains valuable insights gained first hand from prayer journeyers who participated in Praying Through The Window II in October of 1995. You will also find a colorful pull-out map of the 10/40 Window, captivating photos, informational charts, statistics, and up-dates on ministries working in this very needy region of the world. To purchase, send a check to the Christian Information Network at 11025 State Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 Phone: (719)522-1040 or fax them a credit card at (719)548-9000. See their Web Site: http://www.christian-info.com. They also have tapes from the “Praying With Power Conference,” February 12-15, 1997. Through them, you can learn how prayer is transforming the lives of people in the 10/40 Window — and is altering the course of world history! Available in audio and video. Contact CIN CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom for a complete list of tapes and prices, but basically, you can get single audio tapes for $5, single videotapes for $20, a 12-tape audio set for $55, a 36-tape video set for $165, as well as complete sets for a bit more. Titles include sessions like, Prayer Sessions for the 10/40 Window Nations, China and Asia Update, Prayer Mobilization, Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window-Emeka Nwankpa (Nigeria), Training The Leaders in the Mission Field, Church Planting Strategy, and many many more.

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WE’VE MOVED!
Isn’t it amazing that with email addresses, you never have to worry about from where the person is writing? Our family moved from Cincinnati to Louisville this past Saturday (and there are still stacks upon stacks of boxes everywhere! :-( ) but — with email, for the most part, you never have to worry about the physical locations of your senders! Give me email any day! (More Brigada Today next week, after the boxes get unpacked a bit more! :-))

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

19970608 Brigada Today

Now with 5623 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FOLLOW UP TO “SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?”
* THE NEED FOR MARATHON RUNNERS, NOT JUST SPRINTERS
* FOR THOSE GETTING STARTED LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE
* PRACTICAL STUDIES ON HINDUISM
* FOR THOSE WITH GREAT MISSIONS DREAMS
* CONTACT INFO. FOR LEARNING TESL/ESL
* THE TRUTH ABOUT “=3D” CODES IN COMPUSERVE
* WHAT OTHER MOVIES CAN TEACH SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE ‘TASK’
* NOW YOU CAN STUDY CHINESE ON THE INTERNET
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
* PRAYER INFO. ON JAPAN
* TYPO FROM LAST WEEK IN “GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE”
* GET AUDIO HELP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
* FLOOD OF RESPONSES FROM LAST WEEK’S, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
* THE TRUTH ABOUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III
* A HAT TRICK & A CRACKED RIB: FAIR TRADE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FOLLOW UP TO “SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?”
Remember the 16 of May Brigada Today and its item, ” SO WHERE …”??? We’re still getting mail on that one. The question dealt with how to come up with enough workers to meet the needs of the least reached. One reader headed to Central/Eastern Europe pointed out this past week that maybe the problem isn’t so much with finding workers, but rather with finding the funds! For example, this reader knew of 6 willing workers, ready to depart, who didn’t have a clue where funds would originate! So maybe we need a simultaneous push to develop the sending base while we look for ‘goers’! As a matter of fact, that’s the conclusion we’ve come to in our own mission mobilization efforts (PACE and Team Expansion). We’re trying to facilitate the staging of these “Pit-Stops” to call forth churches who will adopt unreached peoples, then help them draw up solid plans as to how to pull off a major outreach among the unreached. (Next Pit-Stops are in Raleigh, Sept. 19-20, contact johnddotwilliamsatcplcdotcom for registration; then Tulsa, Oct. 10, contact wbirney11ataoldotcom for registration; we’re working on one for central IL for Oct. 17-18.)

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THE NEED FOR MARATHON RUNNERS, NOT JUST SPRINTERS
One of my best friends in all the world happens to be working right now to open up operations in a new field in Asia. He wrote this past week, “I feel so puny over here. The challenge is so HUGE! Less than 1% know the redemption story. I think, man, we need 1000 PACE projects here alone! This is a place where we can really be creative too. Everyone can have a part in one way or another.”

He continued, “I stayed all night with a man who though at a young age of 52, knows 10 languages, has been very instrumental in the translation of a Bible in his mother tongue for his people, and has together with his group of friends started 40 + churches in … [a ‘creative access’ country]. I couldn’t help but feel real puny going before the Lord that night!”

“What a passion! A shining light.”

He went on, “I met a lady today….who committed to mission service in 1951. Wow! The marathon runners are so few today…I am so thankful that I have been able to meet several before they pass on. Their works have been done in relative silence with little fan fare, and this lady will probably be here till the Lord comes back or till He takes her home — a medical clinic, a dormitory ministry so tribals can go to school, a “guest room”, leadership training center, outreach to rescue girls before they get into prostitution, ministry to the aids victims! Incredible. They say 200,000 will be orphaned in the next 5 years due to both parents dying of aids! If she were younger (76) she would start an orphanage. Who will God raise up??”

My buddy’s right about the marathon runner thing. There has been such an exciting emphasis on short-term missions (which is good) that we wonder where we’ll come up with those who can invest the 5 years it’ll take to learn some of these languages!!! (Internationals working side by side with mission senders, in at least a portion of the cases, we trust!) We’d all better pray that at least 1 in 5 short-termers decides to go back for the long haul — and I’m not just talking about 5 years! We need some 20+ year people!

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FOR THOSE GETTING STARTED LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE
And for those who want to become marathoners :-) Kerstin Hack (our German correspondent, you’ll recall :-)), recommends a www page offering all sorts of free or cheap electronic language learning programmes (anything from Arabic to Russian). http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~bear/Language-Page.html. Check it out!

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PRACTICAL STUDIES ON HINDUISM
The India Center for Mission (at the U.S. Center for World Mission) is sponsoring a shortened Hindu Studies Institute this summer, from July 5-11, 1997 (Weekend and weeknights). Topics include: Hinduism in India, Philosophical, Popular and Bhakti Hinduism, the New Age, Sikhism, Folk, Hinduism, etc. Approximately 24 hours of teaching. Dr. Vern Middleton, and Rev. Premkumar Dharmaraj will do the teaching. Exec. Director Greg Parsons invites all, “Come and get a week of practical knowledge on how to reach Hindus!” For more information, I’m sure Greg will be glad to forward your mail to the correct department… :-) gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg.

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FOR THOSE WITH GREAT MISSIONS DREAMS
Have great missions dreams? Find out how to help your church be effective in reaching those dreams at the ACMC Mid-Western National Conference, July 24-26 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Elmbrook Church is hosting this 3-day powerhouse full of practical “how to” workshops on how to do missions effectively in the local church. For a brochure e-mail David Mays, ACMC, 102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom or call 317-842-0348.

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CONTACT INFO. FOR LEARNING TESL/ESL
(/) Will you ever forgive me for not including contact information for the tesl course mentioned last week? :-) (“NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL”) Sorry! Edic4leiataoldotcom should do it! Thanks for those who took time to seek it out! Instead of TESL, I’d better brush up on my composition! :-)

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THE TRUTH ABOUT “=3D” CODES IN COMPUSERVE
I mean CIS. (Yikes, why’d they go and change their name to the name of a commonwealth that stretches halfway around the globe through 13 time zones!!!) Apparently =3D the reason we =3D see weird codes in Compuserve (I mean CIS) =3D these days has to =3D do with something called =3D “quoted printable.” If you’d like to take action, one reader suggested that you switch to a MIME compatible email client (which is supposed to decode these things; trouble is, if someone without a MIME client forwards an already mangled message to you, your MIME client is silent, which, by the way, is exactly what most real MIME clients should do anyway, right? :-)), or more simply, just ask people not to send text as quoted-printable (an option in all Internet browsers and email software). Otherwise, you can simply live with it (Now there’s a novel thought!). According to Wayne W. McDougall systematcodeworksdotgendotnz, “you can read it after a while, especially when you know why and what it is about.”

Yikes.
Maybe Wayne works for some kind of secret agent firm or something? :-)
=3D here, =3D there. Here a =3D, there a =3D everywhere a =3D.
Maybe we should just go back to straight ASCII. Who needs all those fancy fonts ANYWAY! :-)
Kind of like a hiccups. =3D Excuse me.

Also, if you’re a Cserver and would like to try switching back to the “oldmail” system, just to see if that helps, the go word is “NPX32” not “Mpx32” as previously mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Thanks David.

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WHAT OTHER MOVIES CAN TEACH SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE ‘TASK’
Bennett Sloan bdotsloanatjunodotcom liked the idea of using Preacher’s Wife WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”; in last week’s edition of Brigada Today). In fact, he’d like to start a little collection of movies that can teach something, then post the list here for everyone to see. If you have an idea, send it to Bennett with the title, source (unless you can rent it at the corner video store), and the way you’d suggest using it. For example, Bennett pointed to The God’s Must Be Crazy “which is about the adventures of a pygmy bushman trying to return a Coke bottle that drops out of the sky and disrupts their idyllic existence. People learn about another world view, that has much to commend it.” When you send the note, please use the Internet form of underlining the movie title (see examples above) if possible, to save some time reformatting! Thanks! Don’t forget about regular “teaching videos” or mobilization films too! Bennett, we’re counting down the weeks ’til you send us the compilation!

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NOW YOU CAN STUDY CHINESE ON THE INTERNET
… and without the =3D Chinese characters! :-) Well — sort of. Wheaton College Graduate School and the Institute for Chinese Studies have combined to put together “INTR 683: CHRISTIANITY & CHINA: ISSUES IN MISSIONS & CHURCH HISTORY.” It’ll happen starting this week, June 18 – August 14, 1997, with Brent Fulton as the primary instructor. Doug Milford dougdotmilfordatwheatondotedu wrote, “This is a two semester-hour credit, graduate level course combining the convenience of self-study with the benefits of ongoing interaction made possible through e-mail communication. Taped lectures and course materials will be mailed in advance. Then students will proceed through the material and interact with one another and with the instructors via e-mail.” Sounds great! For more info., contact gradextenatwheatondotedu but better do it today!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
Pierre Guelmbaye, leader of Gospel Recordings Chad, was robbed and injured as he traveled back from Nigeria by way of Cameroon. Although he was hospitalized for two weeks with head injuries, Pastor Pierre was already making plans for more distributions. His only concern about the mugging was apparently how he would pay for the medical treatment. Of the 160 people groups in Chad only 22 have gospel recordings and 120 are considered unreached.
(Source: Global Recordings Network e-mail info and prayer requests, 29 May 97 GloReNetatcompuservedotcom or http://users.aol.com/glorenet/, and IMB Status of World Evangelization Database, 1996.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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PRAYER INFO. ON JAPAN
The Japan Evangelical Missionary Association (JEMA) which represents over 1300 evangelical missionaries and 44 agencies working in Japan, has just published a daily prayer guide for Japan. Entitled OPERATION JAPAN, it is available in both Japanese and English. 152 pages. Apparently it is full of statistics, background facts and little known knowledge about Japan, prefecture by prefecture. The English version is $7.90 ($6.90 for ten or more copies) The Japanese version is $10.40 (I guess those characters are harder to draw??? :-)) For more info. contact jemsaacfataoldotcom.

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TYPO FROM LAST WEEK IN “GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE”
(/) If you’ve been trying to write the GCOWE rep. who told us about the great prayer response, better write Bennie Mostert and crew at nupsaatglobaldotcodotza. Sorry for any trouble that typo caused! Must have been something I ate… or something I failed to eat maybe! :-)

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GET AUDIO HELP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
Now you can get customized help for teaching English as a second language from Audio Scripture Ministries. Apparently you tell them what 2nd language you’re working with and they customize the package! They’ve got two-pocket albums for $5.95 postpaid. (10 or more are only $3.95 each postpaid.) The price is right. Includes a cassette entitled “The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived” in English (NIV) in the one pocket and this same cassette in the student’s language in the second pocket along with a printed booklet of the content on the English language tape. The cassette is an arrangement of selected passages from the Gospels which accurately and compellingly portray the main events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Sounds pretty cool!

For more information contact,
Audio Scripture Ministries
P. O. Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046-0634.
E-mail asm-caatxcdotorg
WWW: http://www.audioscriptures.org/asm.

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FLOOD OF RESPONSES FROM LAST WEEK’S, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
Yikes. I think we touched on a nerve! :-) We received a flood of responses from Brigada participants who could relate to last week’s item, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?” Testimonies ranged from those who said that they appreciated the “3-block” orientation (if you generally work morning and afternoon, you try to take off the evening; if you work in the evening, try to take off the morning; you get the picture) to those who said they had been trying for years to get a handle on that kind of thing. Many appreciated the Preacher’s Wife parable — and not a single reader took us to task for utilizing a secular movie to make a spiritual point! :-) One “home missionary” (who serves in an agency headquarters office) reported reality, however, when he shared the demands of his day. With children, homework, reading to the young ones that he loves, etc., we gathered that he almost feels he starts a second job when he gets home at night! He was open to input… but I’m not sure anything will ease the burden for parents with small children who need care. The bottom line is that we need to pray hard that God will enable us to “stay the course” during those times when others (like our kids) need us at those special times. And to be fair to our employers, we probably need to log 8 hours/day average for them… but we probably also need to learn to not feel guilty if we use remaining hours for family, friends, and our own personal/spiritual needs. Whew. Covey and Day-timer notwithstanding, that is not an easy task. If you’ve got a secret potion or even simple advice for this Brigada participant, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the Subject line reading
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

and we’ll see what’s out there. Thanks!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III
Last week, we wondered out loud, “WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?” Several responses came in and rather than try to report on the varied opinions, we just compiled them together for you to read for yourself. You can retrieve the 10k file by sending a message to with only the words,
get brigada ptw3lets

in the text of you email message.

Now here’s an imponderable. Why in the world do we use “aren’t” with the word “I”? I mean just say it out loud. I aren’t a bit impressed with the English language, are you? :-) Aren’t I supposed to use aren’t with “I”??? Yikes. No wonder we need special courses! :-)

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A HAT TRICK & A CRACKED RIB: FAIR TRADE
This past Wednesday night, I had a ball… literally! It was the final night for our adult soccer league here in Northern Kentucky. Throughout the evening, I’ll admit I felt a little extra “gusto” and probably played with a bit more energy, just because I knew it was the last game of the season. And believe it or not, for the first time in my life, I took home what soccer players call a “hat trick” — 3 goals scored by the same player in one game. (Keep in mind that part of the reason for my celebration is that I’ve really only been playing soccer for 3 seasons — so forgive my gushing please; I’m really on a U-12 level! :-)). First came a header to the far post off a serve from the left wing, then a quick turnaround shot to the inside, from 6 yards out, and then the most exciting goal of all, a full volley taken first touch out of the air, again from the left winger, with the outside of my right foot (I was facing the winger with my right side toward the goal). It snapped just inside the far post into the side of the net, like lightning. Call it luck or just being in the right place at the right time… either way, the keeper didn’t have a chance on that last one.

But the game didn’t come without cost. About halfway through the first half, when I was really getting jazzed by all the excitement, I took on their center forward and ended up in a head-on collision with him. He didn’t slow down a bit when he saw me coming up to try to steal the ball. Now perhaps that wouldn’t have been so bad except for the fact that this particular forward is 6’4″ and looks something like that “incredible hulk” guy that used to be on late-night syndicated TV. You know . . . the one with the rip in the back of his shirt? I bounced off his clinched fist, pinned against his rib cage, and in that one fleeting moment, saw my lungs pass before my eyes. Yikes. It was a nice effort, but a dumb idea. My stop at the family doctor the following day confirmed my worst fears — I have a nasty cracked rib as a souvenir of a really fun game. :-)

Later that day, I was emailing a friend about the game and I found myself saying, “Ya know, I’d play the whole game over again, fractured rib and all, because I’d never scored three goals before in one game.” For a moment, as those words left my fingers, I thought I must be crazy. And then I realized, we human beings are pretty strange. (Well — at least this one is. :-)) We’ll take calculated risks for something we love. We’ll endure critical shortages, extreme hardships, and outlandish pain — if we reckon that the payoff justifies the reward. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at that baby in the crib at night, as she is deep in sleep. Touch his leg and reach within your soul and I think you’ll agree — you’d probably jump out in front of any maddened assailant to save your little bundle’s life. Without hesitation. Why? You judge that it’s worth it. (Okay, I admit it. The baby analogy works better with some people than the soccer story, right? :-))

That’s why I’m sometimes a bit confused when I hear the “it-was-God’s-will-that-we-quit” theology. You know the line. “We looked for God to open a door, but we just couldn’t get into the country under present conditions, so we’ve scuttled our plans. Or try this one… “We tried to get that correspondence course printed, but with all the barriers we ran into, we finally concluded it just wasn’t God’s will.” Or imagine this one? “We tried to make a go of our marriage; but all the constant bickering proved to me that it just wasn’t God’s will that we stay together.”

I don’t think so.

You see, I learned Wednesday night, we can’t blame my broken rib on the game — or “Lou Ferigno” (the forward). :-) We place the blame exactly where it belongs: player inexperience. (Mine!) I didn’t have to collide. It was a choice I made — and probably a pretty bad one. But the funny part is, I still would have played the game, even if I knew the collision was coming!!! And the scores? The truth is, there were other players on my team tons more talented than I. But not all of them scored goals. In fact, few did. So what is it that results in goals? Why do some people manage to crack the ball in the net while others don’t? Well in my case, I tell you what — it wasn’t raw talent and grace. Believe me. ! I think it was more a matter of hustle. You know what I mean. You’ve just run all the way back to your own defensive third to help ward off a “numbers up” attack, when all of a sudden, your favorite winger gets the ball and everybody else is huffing and puffing (it’s basically an over-30 league! :-)) and you know that no one but the winger is running toward the attacking third. Well what do you do? You reach down deep within your body and summon up some kind of remaining breath and you race the winger to the goal so you’ll be there when the winger crosses the ball to the center. You’ve got to. Your winger is counting on someone to be there. Your team is counting on you. And besides, you love the game.

So see — it’s not that the game is too hard. It’s not that the other team is faster. It’s not that the weather was threatening. It all boils down to this: How bad to you want to be down there at the edge of the 6-yard box when that pass comes in from the side.

That’s what it boils down to: How bad do you want it.

So — cracked ribs and all — give me Wednesday night’s game. We won 7-6. But who really cares about the score. We had a blast. And that’s what made it fun.

And so what’s your challenge? A new country to enter? A translation to do? A marriage to salvage? Another day of language learning? How bad do you really want it to happen. And in spite of cracked ribs, or threatening weather, are you willing to huff, and puff, and summon up some breath from a piece of lung-real estate that you didn’t know you had? If not, you can blame it on “God’s will” if you want, but you’ll never be able to be sure, this side of that final goal line in the sky. :-) Only God knows. And He never tells. But if you persist (like the widow with the unjust judge — or like Moses when he pleaded for grace for the people of Israel) apparently, God isn’t always so “negative” after all!

Wow — a “hat trick.” Traded for a cracked rib. In my book, that’s a fair trade! :-) How bad do you want it?

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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. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*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!

19970601 Brigada Today

Now with 5597 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
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In this issue….

* GET A LIST OF BRIGADA CONFERENCES
* QUICK AND EASY EMAIL BROCHURE ON BRIGADA
* LIBRARY TO GO IS READY TO GET
* LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A FAMOUS TENTMAKING AUTHOR
* ARE YOUR “MISSIONARY KIDS” READY FOR REENTRY?
* JUST WHEN I WAS EXCITED ABOUT CSERVE’S UPGRADE…
* FOLLOW-UP TO “TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”
* FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SHARE CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS, SEE YOU AT CIU!
* NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL
* WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?
* DONDE SE PUEDE ENCONTRAR “MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHIES” EN ESPANOL?
* ASIA FELLOWSHIP WANTS PRAYER HELPS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE THROUGH PERSECUTION
* GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE IN PREP. FOR GCOWE
* HOW DO YOU SPELL DISCIPLE??? HOW ‘BOUT STARTING WITH PRAYER?
* WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GET A LIST OF BRIGADA CONFERENCES
You can get an instant list of all Brigada conferences at any time, 24 hours/day, compiled “real-time”, by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
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in the text of the message. Then you could pick out the conferences you’d like to join! A one-liner description for each is provided for your info. And just think — every last one is free! :-)

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QUICK AND EASY EMAIL BROCHURE ON BRIGADA
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LIBRARY TO GO IS READY TO GET
We think you’ll like the great start that Brigada participants have provided for on-site workers! To receive a file stocked full of electronic resources for cross-cultural church planters, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada library-to-go

in the text of the message. There are dozens of options. If you decide to add to the file, or suggest a change, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the words,
LIBRARY TO GO

in you subject line, please. We regret that we cannot process changes sent in other forms.

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LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A FAMOUS TENTMAKING AUTHOR
We asked last week for input on the tentmaking article (” WRITERS WANTED FOR PROPOSED FRONTIER MISSIONS ARTICLE”) and several responses have come in, but we could use some more! The deal is, a writer for a major journal is seeking an article from Brigada Today with the title, THE INTERNET: TENTMAKERS’ COFFEESHOP FOR THE NINETIES. There will be sections on “security, potential, and the future of the Internet and tentmaking.” Please send your ideas/paragraphs/quote to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line,
TENTMAKING ARTICLE

All input must be received no later than June 9. Give any personal examples of how the Internet has helped you prepare for, implement, or survive/thrive in tentmaking ministry. Talk about your fears for security on the Internet, give your favorite horror story :-) or even talk about what you see happening in the future. Thanks!

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ARE YOUR “MISSIONARY KIDS” READY FOR REENTRY?
Just found a brochure on my desk for “Are you Ready for Reentry?,” a seminar for sons and daughters of missionaries by http://www.barnabas.org/ Barnabas International and others. They’re doing one on the East Coast July 14-25, ’97 in PA, and one on the West Coast, July 29-Aug. 9 at Biola. For info, contact them at 75453dot2464atcompuservedotcom,
PO Box 11211
Rockford, IL 61126
phone 815-395-1335
fax 815-395-1385.

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JUST WHEN I WAS EXCITED ABOUT CSERVE’S UPGRADE…
I was all set to make sure you had noticed that CompuServe (now officially “CSI” — guess they have some sponsorship from the former Soviet Union??? :-)) had finally gotten with Internet standards. Users can upgrade at any time now by typing in “go newmail” while online and with the new mailbox that will be created, they can then receive attachments in the same manner as everybody else on the Internet. (Previously, if you “attached” a file to a message, then sent it to a Cserver, the file was stripped at Cserve’s Internet gateway.) Now just when I was about to be excited about that, DavidHousholderatxcdotorg wrote with news that somehow, when the user executes this new mail software, his messages sometimes fill with “=” and “3D.” I had noticed these strange symbols in some of my friends’ emails lately, but hadn’t caught the link to Cserve! Now the most recent news (and this is insider stuff — highly confidential — top secret — a Brigada Today exclusive! :-)) from David is that if users don’t trust the new mailbox software, they can use a little publicized backdoor that allows people who have changed to newmail to get back into oldmail. He said use the GO word “MPX-32.” As of last night, David was still unsure about the whole process — but the bottom line is that not everything Cservey is rosey at this point. If you’d rather switch than fight, check your yellow pages for a list of real Internet Service Providers. :-)

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FOLLOW-UP TO “TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”
In last week’s Brigada Today, we described a couple of programs that allow you to talk “live” with a friend on the Internet (” TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”). One reader (“Greg Fletcher” fletchatjms09dotjetondotordotjp wrote in to comment, “I had a look at those sites, but none seemed to compare to ICQ. Have a look at http://www.mirabilis.com . They have a great program that notifies users when friends/acquaintances (selected by the user) are online. It will also do “pager” messages that pop up when the addressee goes online next, launch chat, voice chat, game, and other external programs and link users together to use those programs. They also have a “White Pages” that to look up people who use the software.” Shew! What’ll they think of next!?

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FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SHARE CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS, SEE YOU AT CIU!
From June 2 through August 8, Muslim Studies courses are being offered at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam, Planting Churches in Resistant Areas and Islamic Theology are each two weeks long. They can be taken for credit or audit. If you have any questions, call Dr. Warren Larson, 1-800-777-2227, Extension 3483.

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NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL
Been wanting to brush up on your TESL skills? (Teaching English as a Second Language) Summer ESL Institutes will be held in Tulsa, OK – June 9-14; Philadelphia, PA. – June 23-28; San Diego, CA. – July 14-19 and Santa Rosa, CA (the Bay Area), July 28-Aug. 2. They will train participants in a new Bible-based ESL curriculum, “Passport to the World of English.” (I asked for details and they told me it was just completed last November!) The one-week course also includes: how to begin an ESL mission outreach in your community from your church; Coordination leadership of an ESL outreach; Finding resources for tutors; Pronunciation, Rhythm and Intonation and music; and lots of other goodies. Tuition & materials: $115, housing and meals extra according to the location attending. Supposedly, it was designed for volunteers to use, so it is very user friendly. With the audio tapes, which include music, students can practice alone between class sessions. Sounds like a great deal!!! Wish I could go!

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WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?
Is it just my imagination, or does it seem that we aren’t hearing as much about the October “Praying Through the Window III” campaign as we have in previous PTW thrusts? Now granted… maybe it’s just my imagination, but we hope this isn’t indicative of a loss of interest anywhere…. If you’ve got an opinion, send it to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with only the words
PTW3 in the subject line. Make sure you note if you’d rather remain anonymous — just in case you say something quote-worthy! :-) And by the way, if you’d like a list of the people groups to be featured in this October’s PTW campaign, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg that reads,
get brigada ptw3-peoples

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DONDE SE PUEDE ENCONTRAR “MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHIES” EN ESPANOL?
Jon would like to know. Where in the world are all the missionary biographies in Spanish? If you’ve got an inkling on this one, write him in Ecuador at ekbladatuiodotuiodotsatnetdotnet and he’ll send us a compiled list. He’s afraid it’ll be woefully short. :-(

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ASIA FELLOWSHIP WANTS PRAYER HELPS
This seems like a simple enough request. But what do we give him? Blake fmm_personnelatjunodotcom has an international consultation coming up in which he’ll need to lead prayer times each day on each major religious bloc (Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Animism, Nominal Christians). They are looking for some resources that could help guide their prayer time. He’s willing to send us a compiled list once he assembles it. Please drop him a line with your recommendations at fmm_personnelatjunodotcom.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE THROUGH PERSECUTION
God’s church is continuing to grow in the Middle East, despite complications and persecution. One of the Bible League’s teams recently delivered 60 tons of Scripture into the region, saying the hardships they endured in the process point to great things about to happen. The group has now received a request for 20-thousand Armenian Bibles and three times as many New Testaments for distribution in Syria, Lebanon, and Armenia. Also, PrayerWave Asia, based out of Singapore, kicks off July 1, calling for the Asian Church to unite in a chorus of prayer on behalf of the hundreds of unreached people groups who haven’t heard the Gospel message.
(Source: Mission Network News, Wednesday, June 4, 1997, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news/news.html )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna , Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA.

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GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE IN PREP. FOR GCOWE
Benny Mostert bennieatcisdotcodotza wrote us this past week to report that he had an excellent response from many parts of the world from those requesting the 44 day prayer guide (1 June – 14 July) for GCOWE ’97. People still wanting to be part of this and want to give the information to their church prayer networks or other prayer groups can contact us at nupsaatglocaldotcodotza. Benny reported, “Momentum is building for this very strategic conference. This may be the last of these type of conferences this century.” Benny added, “This conference is going to take place in the midst of a remarkable prayer awakening in many parts of South Africa. People are praying for revival as never before.”

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HOW DO YOU SPELL DISCIPLE??? HOW ‘BOUT STARTING WITH PRAYER?
How do you sustain long term effective prayer for unreached people groups? How will the thousands of churches which have agreed to pray for the Joshua Project 2000 list stay committed? How can you increase prayer for the 10/40 Window this October? Well according to the Raleigh office of the US Center for World Mission, the answer to all these questions is simple: “Disciple’s Prayer Life.” That’s a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life during this week of August 11-15, 1997 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM (see the add in the June issue of Mission Frontiers), it’s $75 (includes materials, refreshments and one lunch, but doesn’t include housing). Space is limited. For more information email bsuscwmseataoldotcom and put
PrayerLife-your city

in the subject line or call 919-787-3821, speak slowly while leaving name and address to receive brochure.

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WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
In ministry-oriented jobs, it seems there’s always something else demanding our attention. Penny (have I told you about my beautiful wife, Penny?) just rented a movie called Preacher’s Wife, starring Whitney Houston. Honestly, the movie almost seems to land somewhere between It’s a Wonderful Life, Touched by an Angel, a Promise-Keepers Sunday night video, and Ghost (but without the sultry love scenes :-)). Well, maybe I’m reading just a bit into it. But not much. The plot revolves around a preacher who has seemingly “lost his first love” in more ways than one. So this angel drops in (pretty much literally) and, well, gets a bit side-tracked at times with the pretty preacher’s wife. (Now that I write about it, it sounds pretty zany.) At the church, he is feeling like a failure, with faltering numbers and no visible opportunities for growth. And at home, his marriage is a wreck. His wife (Whitney — man can she sing!) is feeling pretty underwhelmed with their relationship. She isn’t looking to leave or anything… just weary with his 12-hour days and 7-day work weeks. He’s always missing appointments to meet her and their son at the park and he forgets about “dates” and trades them off for hospital calls.

As I thought about the fact that this movie was produced by media-types in Hollywood, it dawned on me that they, too, must sense a real “conflict of interest” for men and women in Christian service. The producers do a fairly good job of showing the preacher in a good light. He isn’t having an affair with the organist… and the choir director is his own wife! :-) In fact, during one of Houston’s songs in which she’s reflecting back on their earlier love, the scenes cut over to glimpses of the preacher doing really cool things like serving in a soup kitchen and praying for the sick in nursing homes — and those are pictured in a positive light! In fact, over all, the writers set him up in a pretty positive light throughout the whole movie.

But still, something’s unnerving about the fact that the world knows how hard of a time we have achieving balance. We’re supposed to be loving people, in love with our families, setting the pace on care for our children while we set the pace on care for the sick and the imprisoned. So — when is enough enough? How do we know when to say “uncle!”

As much as I hate to admit it (why do we men hate to admit that our wives know more than we do! :-)), it seems the answer can usually be found in the heart of the female. It almost seems that God has given them this magical barometer for a heart. They know when the magic in marriage is gone… and they know what it would take to get it back, if we’ll just listen. At first, it goes against our nature to hear their pleas for “more time” or “more help” at home. But, as one of our Team Expansion missionaries in Caracas told me a few years ago, once we see the “glory” returning to their faces, it’s well worth the energy and love we invest in rebuilding the relationship.

And how do we achieve balance without going too far (cheating “the company” by taking too much time off? :-)), strangely enough, it seems that once the wife is convinced that she’s first — before job, career, and everything else (second only to one’s personal relationship to God), then she willingly ‘shares’ her mate with the world! Pragmatically speaking, I won’t claim to have an answer, but some of our best missionaries tell me that they focus on tracking their time by looking at the day in 3 “blocks” (morning, afternoon, and evening). According to this model, if you’re spending two blocks per day, 5 or 6 days per week, you’re doing great. If you feel yourself hitting several “3-block” days in a row, better slow down, for everyone’s sake. (And by the way, if you feel you’re only doing 1-block days, or only hitting 4 days instead of 5 or 6, then consider having a heart-to-heart talk with your team leader about how you can build back up to “critical mass” for your ministry’s sake. But for some reason, that’s usually not the problem — for some reason, we’re more likely to cheat our spouses than the ministry. What does that say to our wives about where they stack up in the pecking order?)

So what’s the bottom line?? Balance. Finding that critical balance where we’re serving 2 “blocks” per day, 5 or 6 days per week and giving families the attention and investment they deserve and need, in order to be fruitful and effective for the long haul.

That’s all I’ve got to say about that. :-)

Epilogue: I won’t tell you how Preacher’s Wife ends. Who knows. Maybe you’ll rent it someday??? :-)

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