Monthly Archives: August 1997

19970831 Brigada Today

Now with 5969 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* DON’T MISS THE MEDICS!
* PIT-STOP RALEIGH READY TO START ITS ENGINES
* AD2000 VIDEO, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT CONTENT, RIGHT TOOLS
* LISTEN TO PTW III ON THE RADIO
* WEB-WATCH
* CHINA ’97 CONNECTS HERE AND THERE
* MAKE MUSIC FOR MISSIONS
* SAVE MORE ON GLOBE-TROTTING WEB-WATCHERS
* POSTERS OR TRACTS THAT PRESENT CHRISTIANITY! BUT WHERE?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE WORLD
* GOT A LINE ON MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
* TENTMAKERS ISSUE FORTHCOMING
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DON’T MISS THE MEDICS!
Don’t forget that on November 7-8, Southeast Christian Church will present its second annual medical mission conference. This year the conference will open Friday night with an upbeat praise and worship service with a theme of “The Primacy of Prayer”. Saturday morning will present lectures from short term and career physicians and nurses presenting the joys and the obstacles of their work as well as a lecture on Culture Shock and Bivocational Mission Work. Saturday afternoon will consist of break-out sessions concentrating on specific medical and dental disease processes; and how to set up medical mission work in your own church as well as how to become a team leader. Nurses will receive 5 contact hours and physicians will receive 5 hours of C.M.E. credit. There is no fee for this course. For more information, download the details by sending an email to hubatxcdotorg with the only line in the message being,
get brigada medmissionsconf

Or, contact Stephanie Garling at 502-451-5317 ext. 4725 or write: Southeast Christian Church, Missions Committee, 2840 Hikes Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40218. If those two approaches don’t work for you, you can also email TinaBruneratcompuservedotcom.

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PIT-STOP RALEIGH READY TO START ITS ENGINES
Act now if you want to attend Pit-Stop Raleigh, Sept. 19-20 in Raleigh, NC. Send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada psraleigh

in the text of the message. You’ll learn about speakers, costs, purposes, etc. This event hopes to equip new adopt-a-people visions (“PACE” projects) with the tools and skills they need to be most effective! Also see the web site at http://www.brigada.org/pace.

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AD2000 VIDEO, RIGHT PRICE, RIGHT CONTENT, RIGHT TOOLS
Have you seen the AD2000 Adoption Guidance Program and Missions Resource Kit? The price is right… AD2000 is selling them for $5 (for quantities of 1-4, $4 for quantities of 4-10, $3 for 11-15 and 2$ for 16 and above)! Can’t beat that! Get yours from the AD2000 and Beyond Movement, 2112 So Circle Drive, suite 2112, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 (719) 576-2000. Postage is on top of the above costs. Expect $1.10 extra for postage for a single CD. This thing contains the full copy of the videos for Praying Through the Window II and III, as well as Part V of Generation (which is part of a set that sells for like $80!), and tons more. Full content of several web sites (including Brigada, Caleb Project, and AD2000!). This is a great tool for those who don’t have live access to the web, but would like to refer to these resources and others. Grab one today!

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LISTEN TO PTW III ON THE RADIO
During each day of October 1997, millions of believers around the world will participate in “Praying Through the Window III (The Unreached Peoples).” In support of this strategic initiative, World by 2000 partner Words of HOPE is pleased to offer a two-minute daily radio program which highlights each day’s list of the 10/40 Window’s least evangelized peoples.

For each day of October, the “Praying Through the Window III” radio program will focus on a missions and/or prayer-related Bible passage and apply it to the specific unreached peoples targeted for intercession on that day. The programs are adapted from this October’s Words of HOPE daily devotional booklet and feature a number of anecdotes drawn from World by 2000 outreach efforts throughout the 10/40 Window.

These programs will also be offered in text and RealAudio formats via Words of HOPE’s web site, which will also feature links to information about each day’s list of unreached peoples. (Start at http://www.wb2000.org and click your way there, or alternatively, go directly to http://www.gospelcom.net/woh/ )

Each of the 31 radio programs will be available to any interested North American stations via the Ambassador and USA Network satellite distribution systems. This special program series is also available free of charge on audio CD and analog cassette.

For more information or to order the compact disc, cassette, and/or printed booklet, contact Arnold Remtema, International Radio Research Office, World by 2000, 7899 Lexington Drive, Suite 200B, PO Box 62577, Colorado Springs, CO 80962-2577 USA, Ph: +1 (719) 548-7490 Fax: +1 (719) 548-7491, Email: Wb2000atxcdotorg, Web: http://www.wb2000.org.

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WEB-WATCH
Take a look at Intercessors Network’s experiment at http://www.crossnet.se/bonelaget.

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CHINA ’97 CONNECTS HERE AND THERE
Students and scholars from all across the US met with leading Chinese intellectuals, ISI and Horizon Christian Fellowship staff and volunteers in San Diego for a time of spiritual exploration and growth on June 20-27. The conference allowed believers the opportunity to become further grounded in their faith and non-believers a chance to consider the claims of Jesus Christ. Workshops during the conference explored topics such as evidences for and questions about God and Christianity and how Christianity is relevant to China, an especially timely topic considering the turning over of Hong Kong to mainland China.

Over 400 Chinese students and scholars came, about 200 of which were non-believers. Of this number at least 41 expressed a desire to receive Christ. Ninety-three asked to know more about God and the Bible, and another 53 asked to join an exploratory Bible study. Of the believers, 78 recommitted their lives to the Lord and 95 committed themselves to service to the Lord…. All in all, seems to have been a very successful conference!

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MAKE MUSIC FOR MISSIONS
Want to hit an ethnomusicology conference? Try the one scheduled for October 16-17, 1997 at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas. For more info., ask ken-judy_hollingsworthatsildotorg or call (972) 708-7517.

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SAVE MORE ON GLOBE-TROTTING WEB-WATCHERS
One source reports that http://netministries.org/churches/cm00181/homegate.htm is an even better source for global Internet connections. According to one Brigada participant, for 1 minute online, Netcom is $1.10, compared to $0.20 on Homegate; 2 minutes, $1.20, compared to $0.40, and so forth up to 10 minutes, when it is breakeven time. Yet another Brigada participant recommends IBM http://www.ibm.net and Compuserve. So — on your next overseas adventure, check ’em out!

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POSTERS OR TRACTS THAT PRESENT CHRISTIANITY! BUT WHERE?
That’s what Pete wants to know — at least for posters. He’s seeing tons of Muslim posters at the school where his kids attend. They promote the hajj, the five pillars… the works. But where can they get posters for the Christian bulletin board? Pete’s sure they’re out there… but he’d love to assemble the resource list and send it into Brigada. So — if you know where he can order Christian posters, write him at plewisatwhorizonsdotorg. Meanwhile, Wally WallyTSatcompuservedotcom is looking for similar stuff on tracts. Let him know if you’ve got a source for those little pamphlets! Thanks!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE WORLD
Two years ago the Joshua Project 2000 list of 1739 unreached people groups was unveiled. Today all but 172 of those ethnic groups have commitments for church planting by December 31, 2000. Many of these unclaimed peoples live in Sudan, Laos, or Chad, with the rest scattered across the 10/40 Window. While there is great joy at this progress there is also concern, both for the 172 unclaimed groups as well as the hundreds of others who were too small or overlooked on the original list.
(Source: AD2000, Aug 27 ’97 press release. More information is available at http://www.ad2000.org or from infoatad2000dotorg .)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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GOT A LINE ON MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
Bruce mfestvanatansadotcom would like to know. He’s looking to find out what’s available in the way of medical insurance for missionaries. So far, everything Bruce has found is either exorbitant or of little help to those living long-term overseas. If you have some leads, contact Bruce at davidhensmanatcalvarychapeldotcom. He’ll assemble a compilation and we’ll publish it here when he’s done… right Bruce?

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TENTMAKERS ISSUE FORTHCOMING
In about two weeks the International Journal for Frontier Missions will be publishing a Special Tentmakers issue. Included in the issue will be following:

* The Biblical Basis for Tentmaking, by Ruth Siemens
* The Role of the Local Church and the Tentmaker, by Danny Martin
* The Tentmakers Vision by Berit Kloster
* The History of Tentmaking and TIE by John Cox
* Just What is a Tentmaker by Carol Clarke
* Training, Endurance food for Tm’s by Derek Christensen
* Experience of a Sending Agency, by David Hupp
* Business Power for God by Heinz Suter
* Business TM Case Studies by Nordstrom and Nielsen
* The Crucial Role of Mission Boards by Christy Wilson
* The Internet, Coffee house for the ’90s by Doug Lucas

According to Ken Smith kosmithathalcyondotcom of TIE, “This should be an excellent resource and if you are not a subscriber to the journal and want copies, I should be able to furnish them to you at half the normal cost of USD5.00.plus mailing cost. If you want additional copies for your own distribution please let me know by the end of this week and I can still order on a pre-publication cost basis or US2.50.”

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subscribe brigada

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

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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, webservantatbrigadadotorg
*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!

19970824 Brigada Today

Now with 5954 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GCOWE 97 ADVANCES A CHURCH FOR EVERY PEOPLE
* FOR A LIMITED TIME, GET THE RUSSIAN BIBLE ON THE WEB!!!
* HYPHEN HERE, HYPHEN THERE . . . PICKY, PICKY, PICKY!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE JESUS FILM
* MY THUMB’S HEALED
* S/MIME IS DEAD???? PGP COULD BECOME AN OPEN STANDARD???
* BRIGADA SHORT-TERM MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES DIRECTORY
* HOW TO BEGIN A MISSIONS AGENCY, IN 5 EASY LESSONS
* CALLING TOLL-FREE NUMBERS IN THE USA CAN TAKE ITS TOLL
* BRIGADA HOY HOY
* A BETTER NUMBER FOR ACMC
* INTERNATIONAL WEB ACCESS FOR THOSE WHO ROAM
* ARE THERE NO MOBILIZATION MATERIALS IN BETACAM EUROPEAN FORMAT?
* RECYCLING LOW-TECH
* NEED A PC? … AT WHOLESALE PRICES?
* CASTING A GREAT IMAGE ON MISSIONS (SOURCES FOR MISSIONS GRAPHICS)
* BRIGADA CONFERENCES GROW IN NUMBER AND LANGUAGES!
* BRIGADA-TRAVEL ALIVE AND WELL
* NEW PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER CARDS — GOTTA’ HAVE ‘EM
* “FINISHING…” STRIKES A NERVE
* NEW TERMS, NEW HOPE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GCOWE 97 ADVANCES A CHURCH FOR EVERY PEOPLE
Just received this item from Luis Bush at AD2000 International Office in Colorado Springs. “During GCOWE 97 a list was unveiled of 579 ethno-linguistic peoples from the original Joshua Project 2000 list of 1739, who did not have a reported church planting effort underway. As a result of GCOWE 97, of the 579, only 172 remain unclaimed for any kind of commitment to church planting by December 31, 2000. This came after pledges made at GCOWE 97 by:

1. the African national initiative leaders who committed to church planting and
2. the mission executives who committed to encourage their mission agencies to church planting.”

Exciting news. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean we’re done with the Joshua Project list. Quite the contrary. These pledges indicate commitments, in most cases, to get started!

Luis went on to write… “Please pray for these 172 unclaimed peoples, … that mission agencies, churches and individuals around the world will be raised up to send and support a church planting team to be operative by December 31, 2000. As of June 1997, AD2000 data reflected that, of the original Joshua Project 2000 list, 579 of the 1739 peoples were without a reported mission agency church planting effort in their midst. AD2000 data was based on the results of a survey conducted over the year ending June 1997, resulting in the submission of more than 25,000 pieces of information received from over 450 distinct mission organizations from over 80 countries.”

Course, I can already hear what you’re some are going to say. They’re going to point out faults with the list. So Luis wrote, “This is an incomplete and an imperfect picture! However, it is a starting point toward ensuring that there is a church planting effort targeting the least reached peoples. The selected list of unreached peoples called the “Joshua Project 2000 List” includes those more than 10,000 individuals with less than 5% evangelical and 2% Christian. Several groups have smaller than 10,000 and others which exceed the percentages. As new information becomes available the list is being updated.”

If we get these final commitments, will world evangelism be finished? Sorry Charlie. No such luck. And Luis, to his credit, points out, “This in no way implies that these peoples have been reached or that the task is even close to being done among these peoples. From the beginning of the launch of the Joshua Project 2000 in December 1995, the goal has been to see, at a minimum, a church planting team and a church planting effort resulting in a life-giving church of at least 100 believers in one or more reproducing fellowships among every people on the Joshua Project 2000 list. This does not mean that the AD2000 & Beyond Movement is responsible for this progress. However, we can praise God that we are nearer to reaching that objective than imagined less than two years ago. Let us pray and work together to the end that there can be a church for every ethno-linguistic people by the year 2000. It can be done, it ought to be done, it must be done with your help.”

To get a complete ascii summary copy of the list of the remaining 172 peoples, send email to hubatxcdotorg containing this simple message:
get brigada unclaimedlist

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FOR A LIMITED TIME, GET THE RUSSIAN BIBLE ON THE WEB!!!
Now you can get the Russian Bible study software, “Slavic Bible”, 1.5 for Windows by downloading it from a web address!!! You’ll get the “Base package” (Russian Synodal text of the Holy Scriptures with deuterocanonical books, cross reference, maps and photos of Holy Land). You can use this package absolutely free for 30 days. If you decide to keep it, you need to pay a registration fee of 19 Ukrainian grivnas ($10 US currency). Christian colleges and seminaries not need pay registration. You also receive a 40-page Manual and information about additional modules: English, Ukrainian, Greek, Hebrew, German, French, Italian, Finnish, Church-Slavonic, Latin and more, more. Producer of the software, Sergej Fedosov, wrote Brigada Today, “We hope our software will help you in ministry.” To download the software, you can point your web browser to http://www.aist.net/ftp/pub/shareware/sbible/. Included are instructions about where to mail the $10. This is a very short-term opportunity. Sergej has sold complete distribution rights to another organization and once final payment is made to him, he’ll no longer be able to distribute it in this way directly. So if you want it, better grab it now. By the way, Sergej is searching for an organization in the C.I.S. to handle distribution of the software at a very low price. If you or your organization might be able to take part, contact Sergej at sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua.

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HYPHEN HERE, HYPHEN THERE . . . PICKY, PICKY, PICKY!
Okay… so I admit it. I left out a hyphen. But it’s just one measly (meazely??? Meezely??? How in the world is that spelled? :-)) hyphen. So okay… I admit you couldn’t download the “web evangelism” item without that hyphen, but . . . after all… I mean… picky, picky, picky. :-) (All kidding aside… last week’s WEB EVANGELISM AND ‘USEFUL FONTS’ ITEMS READY TO “GET” item had a typo. The correct command should be
get brigada web-evangelism

in an email to hubatxcdotorg . Sorry for any inconvenience it caused! And… seriously, thanks for the notes pointing to the problem.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE JESUS FILM
More than 1 billion people in 219 countries had seen the Jesus film by July 1997. It is currently in use by 680 mission agencies and denominations, and is available in 410 languages, with another 220 in preparation. More than 85% of the world population are able to watch and understand the film. Paul Eshlemann, the project’s director, says that black market copies of the film have also increased the circulation. “Our greatest aim,” according to Eshlemann, “is that every person will have had the chance to see the Jesus film by the end of the millennium. There is no reason why we should not reach that aim.”
Source: Campus Crusade for Christ press release, 18 August 1997, www: http://www.jesusfilm.org/news.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by one of my heroes and friends, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO, whose wife occasionally even allows him to discuss programming conundrums [complete with laptops between the plates] over the supper table with curious Brigada Today editors. :-) Thanks again Gwen. :-)

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MY THUMB’S HEALED
Already. Amazing how God heals us, isn’t it. Now if we can just be so patient for him to heal us of the emotional challenges we face! :-)

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S/MIME IS DEAD???? PGP COULD BECOME AN OPEN STANDARD???
Have you been following the developments in the email encryption world? Apparently, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), an international body responsible for adopting Net standards, has dismissed a specification created by RSA Data Security and instead is considering a technology from RSA’s arch rival, Pretty Good Privacy. Although nothing’s set in stone yet, it appears that the S/MIME people (RSA) missed a deadline to propose something long-term to the IETF, who was already souring on S/MIME because of its owner’s seeming desire to hog its development rights. To put it in the IETF’s own words, “The truth is that S/MIME is out, as far as the IETF is concerned.” (Those were the words of John Noerenberg, chair of the proposed working group considering the PGP technology for the task force). Bottom line: Looks like PGP might have a chance to become a global standard after all! Stand by for later updates. And thanks, TC, for keeping us informed! In other news this past week (Thanks Tom!!!), http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=4627355-b58 told us about a ruling that a federal judge ruled that U.S. government regulations on the export of encryption software are unconstitutional. See the URL for more info.

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BRIGADA SHORT-TERM MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES DIRECTORY
That’s what Kerstin Hack is willing to compile! She needs

1. the name + full addresse + tel/ fax, Email of the organization sponsoring the opportunity
2. the kind of work they offer/ qualifications they need
3. the countries where people can go
4. the costs involved.

Send your opportunities to Kerstin at 100711dot2622atCompuServedotCOM and she’ll compile a directory for us to post online. Thanks Kerstin!!!

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HOW TO BEGIN A MISSIONS AGENCY, IN 5 EASY LESSONS
At least that’s what Jerry Witt Jr. halusaatwittydotcom wishes he could find. :-) In reality, he knows it won’t be that simple, so he’s asking for materials or references from as many who will give them. Write him if you have a favorite handbook on how to do it! He’ll send us the compiled list so we can publish it online for Brigada Today.

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CALLING TOLL-FREE NUMBERS IN THE USA CAN TAKE ITS TOLL
… unless you have options. Well don’t forget you can do it two ways — first, you can use call-back services like CrossLink (email them at Crosslinkatearthlinkdotnet. Or you can use internet calling services like Net2Phone (find it at http://www.net2phone.com. Both are quite reasonable, and the last method is probably even free. And … if you were wondering about that nasty rumor that those calling back from South Africa would have to pay a big penalty, the CrossLink folks tell us that it hasn’t actually been approved yet. So you can still use CrossLink without fear from South Africa.

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BRIGADA HOY HOY
Some have been asking about when the Spanish version of Brigada Today will finally see the light of day. Good question. Unfortunately, the fellow who agreed to head up this project — quite a qualified guy — was immediately transferred to another country where he hasn’t been able to get Internet access so easily. So… as of this week, we’re going to put the idea back out on the selling block again and reassemble a team to try this Brigada Hoy thing again… but this time, we’d like to see it today and not months from now! :-) So… if you’re serious about making a global mobilization contribution to a Spanish-speaking world, drop us a line at DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg and we’ll reassemble a new team and appoint a new team leader. Thanks! And… thanks again to the original gentleman who hasn’t been able to get Internet access — thanks for trying at least!

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A BETTER NUMBER FOR ACMC
Finally we’re getting to the bottom of the original request for a good toll-free number for ACMC resources, which include several helps for local churches wanting to upgrade their missions promotion/policy-making. 800-798-ACMC. Interestingly enough, it’s the same toll-free number that ACMC has had all along! :-)

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INTERNATIONAL WEB ACCESS FOR THOSE WHO ROAM
When roaming, do as the roamers do… choose Netcom. At least that’s what Fred said. He pointed us to a PC Magazine ad http://www.pcworld.com/market_watch/1.15/netcom.html which recapped Netcom’s new global roaming service (more info. at http://www.netcom.com/services/roam.html. Funny thing is that Netcom is my access-provider and I didn’t even know about the roaming options! :-) Apparently, by signing on, you can get web access from any of some 50+ countries for just $1/call + 10 cents/minute + $6.95/month. The charges (including the monthly $7) are only levied when you use the service… so there are no fees hanging around when you get home. Sounds like a no brainer, if you ask me. Course, the number of overseas pops is in the process of growing… but the concept is great!

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ARE THERE NO MOBILIZATION MATERIALS IN BETACAM EUROPEAN FORMAT?
That’s the question being asked by Les Norman 106075dot3655atCompuServedotCOM, who teaches for a ministry in Spain that operates a Christian TV station. Apparently, Les and his colleagues are finding woefully few Christian videos in the Betacam European format. They’re even willing to dub Spanish over the English (in everything but preaching, which, according to Les, is a bit too overwhelming right now). So if you’ve got a mission video in Betacam European format, drop him a line. He’s trying to mobilize the “old country”! Les, if you come up with a list, be sure to send a sample back our way for others who might be interested, okay?

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RECYCLING LOW-TECH
One Brigada participant wrote this past week to fill us in on a real “gold mine” he had found — a good ole’ fashioned film projector and some 16mm films to use in evangelism. His point? Why not “recycle” this old equipment back into ministry with a missionary or outreach that might really use it. If you have an old 16mm projector and/or accompanying films and you’ve “made the switch” to video, maybe you’d like to donate them (or sell them at a low price) to someone who would like to really use them. If so, how ’bout posting a message to brigada-strategy-tv-filmatxcdotorg. If you’re looking for such equipment, be sure to join that conference for the next week or so and watch for traffic!

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NEED A PC? … AT WHOLESALE PRICES?
Then try Daniel Bray at Mobile Media International, Email dnjbrayatmindspringdotcom or Call at (919)828-6792. Daniel and his wife served as missionaries in Asia and are in the process of opening up a wholesale distributorship that will be designed specifically to service mission orgs., non-profits, and individual Christians. Give ’em a chance to bid! :-)

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CASTING A GREAT IMAGE ON MISSIONS (SOURCES FOR MISSIONS GRAPHICS)
Got a favorite site on the web or some other source for clip art for missions? Jack Fussell JackFussatcompuservedotcom would like to know… and he’s already agreed to publish his compiled results with us here. So jot him a note with your URLs, phone #s and addresses, and he’ll list them for us right away! Thanks!

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BRIGADA CONFERENCES GROW IN NUMBER AND LANGUAGES!
This week we feature, brigada-peoples-tunisianarabs, a bilingual conference in English and Portuguese. Conference moderators, Larry & Stephanie Kraft LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg write, “It is our hope that by having two languages, more people will be able to partner to share information and pray for this large unreached people group, the Tunisian Arabs of Tunisia. The missions committee of a local church in Sao Paulo, Brazil is maintaining the conference and supplying a prayer request per week minimum.
Another church in Rio de Janeiro has also recently committed to praying for this group. Any communication to the conference in either English or Portuguese will be translated and sent out in both languages. We are excited about the bi-lingual aspect, because it allows more than one culture to cooperate toward reaching yet another one. Anyone interested in participating should send a message to
hu with the following text
subscribe brigada-peoples-tunisianarabs

Thanks Larry!

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BRIGADA-TRAVEL ALIVE AND WELL
One of the agents answering requests for Brigada-travel-bids would like to remind users to provide all the following email in their initial request for a quote:

* NAME of the person or persons traveling,
* DEPARTURE city and date of departure,
* DESTINATION city, and if more than one destination the length of stay at each location.
* RETURN date if this is a round-trip.
* Email address or telephone number.

To use the system, write an email to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg with answers to these questions in your email message. Up to well over 50 travel agents will then try to find you the best price possible and write you back with the news. All you have to do is sit back waiting for the response!

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NEW PEOPLE GROUP PRAYER CARDS
GOTTA’ HAVE ‘EM — Treva Kay Gibson is a desperate woman. :-) She wrote this past week, “The Consortium of Global Education, a collection of 47 SBC colleges and universities investing in international matters, will hold its annual meeting at Grand Canyon University September 26-27. For our banquet I have purchased small minority “people” for prayer reminders. Surely there already exists small cards with info on people groups which I can place with these little people. I would like several different cards to mix around tables which will seat around 10 people.” She added, “If no cards exist, what is my best and quickest source of this information for making cards?” Where would you send Treva? Write her at tgibsonatgrand-canyondotedu.

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“FINISHING…” STRIKES A NERVE
Last week’s item on finishing seemed to touch a nerve [ THE MYSTICAL ART OF FINISHING WHAT WE START]. For example, one reader wrote that he had served on the mission field for years, “…and upon returning home, our church had us stand up to be recognized. The following Sunday a team of highschoolers that had been in _____ [we’ll leave out the name of the country] for two weeks for a summer program were given the entire Sunday morning service to share.” This Brigada participant wrote that throughout his home service, he wasn’t “given so much as ten minutes to share our hearts in our HOME church. I DO understand the teaching value of such short term trips in the lives of our teens, but it seems something is wrong with our priorities when we cheer teams coming home after two weeks, who have no idea about cross-cultural struggles, who bring back sensational stories of the effectiveness of their practiced skit or pantomime, not having any idea their ministry really impacted the culture they were in, and can’t even find ten minutes for those who have sacrificed lives, who are running the race with the intent to finish. Many readers of Brigada Today are the kind who are running to finish. And this article was a precious jewel for us. Thank you, Doug.” So — next time you have a full-timer coming home from years of service abroad…. well, let’s just say, if the shoe fits…. :-) Give them equal time . . . or try to think about alternatives. … or something.

Another Brigada participant wrote with a tip — Finishing Strong (the book)! According to Neal, “To introduce his theme, the author gives statistics that one in ten who start in ministry, finish! Nine out of every ten who begin to minister, crash!” Neal went on to observe, “It is no wonder that Jesus mused, ‘Will there be faith on earth…!'” The book is authored Steve Farrar (Point Man; we’d better get it) and published by Multnomah Books.

Yet another Brigada participant wrote, sharing a song he had written — an exclusive release on Brigada Today. He’s a musician in Germany working with GEM. This song will be released on CD within a year and I his promise that, when it is released, he’ll let Brigada Today know about obtaining it! :-) For the meantime, you can at least read the words in your next sermon! And his current release, “Found Free,” is available now and, according to Don, has similar content. Don wrote, “The style is ‘James Taylor,’ southern pop/rock with country elements. We did it in Nashville but it’s not released in the states.” Yet. :-) You’ll have to email Don directly if you’re interested 106155dot2350atCompuServedotCOM. Either way, here’s the lyric that talks about finishing… (thanks Don!)

Hold On
by Don Newby

Deep within the jungle A hundred native cheers Lands a four-man Cessna alone. Unwritten language, Greeting drums and spears Suddenly a long way from home. Tropical diseases, Dietary change Begin to take their physical toll. Translate the message For the hungry hearts Hundreds come and drink till they’re full.

Hold on, hold on, Hold on in these days of strife. Hold on, hold on, Hold on to eternal life.

747 Runway wet with rain. In the concrete jungle alone. No one there to welcome Or say they’re glad you’re there. Suddenly a long way from home. Raise a little family, Work the nine to five, Blessed with all the comforts of home. Inoculated churches Intellectual rebuff. From deep within the heart a painful groan.

Hold on, hold on, Hold on in these days of strife. Hold on, hold on, Hold on to eternal life.

Four and twenty elders Before the shining sea, Bowing down in front of the throne. Two men on their faces Hear the words, “Well done.” Now at last they’re finally home.

Hold on, hold on, Hold on in these days of strife. Hold on, hold on, Hold on to eternal life.

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Timothy 6:12, NIV).

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NEW TERMS, NEW HOPE
I’m writing today from Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado, where I’m speaking to Caleb Project’s staff at their annual staff retreat. I feel like a lion in a den of Daniels… and whew! — I’m learning a lot from them. First off, there are some new terms I feel obliged to mention to all those serving overseas, who might otherwise fall “behind the times” while they’re abroad. :-)

For example, if you have just experienced an incredibly great event in your life, you could say that it “blessed your socks off.” :-) Next, if you decide to do some work for someone online — like look up something on the web for them, for instance, or email them an important file — you can say you’re involved in “virtual foot-washing.” (Now when have you ever heard that term before???) Finally, if you’ve worked really hard trying to set up a new evangelistic approach and everything is prepared, then you could say you’re “ready to rock and roll.”

But — aside from the new terms you might want to sprinkle in your everyday speech :-) — I’m also learning something very important about the mission enterprise. I’m now fully convinced that churches across the nation . . . and probably around the world, too . . . are becoming more and more comfortable with the term and function of a “mobilizer.” There are over 100 people here at Caleb Project’s staff retreat and, with only a few exceptions, all are involved in ministry that affects the globe via an indirect, motivational and equipping basis. In other words, they recruit others, they equip them, they train them, they help prepare strong sending bases in congregations, . . . but very few actually go full time to establish new churches.

Is their ministry working? Without a doubt. I just spoke with the “People Specific Advocate” for a group in Central Asia (one which is fairly difficult to reach because of government restrictions) and learned that in one city to the north, there are some 300 believers gathering weekly for worship! That’s quite a shift from 5 years ago, when there were only a handful of believers from that people group. Certainly the advocate isn’t claiming credit for those new believers, but his contribution of prayer, a stronger sending base, and real live recruits is a partial ingredient to the fact that the ministry there is working well!

What does this say to the mission enterprise in general? Well for one thing, it probably means we need to view furlough time (“home service” and “support-raising” — or, to use a newer term, “partnership development”) in a whole new light. Previously, we were generally gearing up so that people would believe in us as individuals. If they learned to trust in us, we concluded, then they would support us. But this new model puts a slightly different twist on things, . . . and it’s probably a healthy one. You see, now we should be helping them to accept ownership and responsibility for reaching the unreached where we’re serving. After all, if they do that, then they’ll want to support someone going there, right!? … and that someone just might be you! :-) So — here’s hoping your socks will be blessed off. Hmmm. Seems to lose something in the translation when I say it. :-) Maybe you have to have an earring in your ear for it to work??? :-)

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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19970817 Brigada Today

Now with 5897 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
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In this issue….

* GET MORE INFO ON PIT-STOP RALEIGH
* LOSING SOMETHING IN THE TRANSLATION
* WEB EVANGELISM AND ‘USEFUL FONTS’ ITEMS READY TO “GET”
* MORE ON EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES
* INVITATION TO ALL MISSIONS MINDED MUSICIANS & ARTISTS
* FROM THE “I’VE SLICED MY THUMB BEFORE, TOO, DOUG” MAILBAG
* CHURCHMART (ACMC) TOLL-FREE NUMBER
* MISSIONSFEST PERTH 98 INVITES THE WORLD
* MALARIA’S DESTRUCTIVE GRIP
* HAVE FRIENDS WHO THINK THE 10/40 IS A GRADE OF MOTOR OIL?
* LATEST EMAIL VIRUS LEGEND
* THE MYSTICAL ART OF FINISHING WHAT WE START

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GET MORE INFO ON PIT-STOP RALEIGH
Want more info. on Pit-Stop Raleigh, Sept. 19-20 in Raleigh, NC? Now you can get it! Just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
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in the text of the message. You’ll learn about speakers, costs, purposes, etc. This event hopes to equip new adopt-a-people visions (“PACE” projects) with the tools and skills they need to be most effective! Also see the web site at http://www.brigada.org/pace.

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LOSING SOMETHING IN THE TRANSLATION
. . . or maybe . . . just losing the translation all together! :-) That’s what we did last week in the item entitled, “CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE.” It described a new curriculum available in Spanish only, . . . so we put the item in Spanish since, well, if you couldn’t read the item, then the curriculum wouldn’t be much good to you . . . or so we thought. Actually, one Brigada participant wrote to point out that he serves as a resource referral worker for hundreds of other missionaries, many of which do work in Spanish-speaking environments. So even though he doesn’t read Spanish, a lot of them do! As a result, we’ve made a resolution to never speak publicly in a foreign language without a proper translation. (Yikes – almost sounds biblical! :-) ) Now. . . back to last week’s item…

Sunday School Course to serve you! — To be useful to God and to serve his people, Editorial Comunión invited more than 50 missionaries, college profs and native new witnesses, from five countries to write a special new course. Designed to work with six different graded levels, with an extensive & detailed exegetical teacher’s commentary. Designed especially to help communities reach all people, all nations. For more information, contact Ernesto Fuentes comunionatmexnetdotmcsadotnet. Available in Spanish only.

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WEB EVANGELISM AND ‘USEFUL FONTS’ ITEMS READY TO “GET”
Want more information about using the Worldwide Web for evangelism, at home or abroad??? Check out our new info. file by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
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in the text of the email message. Even contains some case studies on the web from real live top notch pages. To get the info. on fonts and browsers that can work in other languages, replace those words with
get brigada fonts

Thanks to SOON Educational Publications, Derby, England! A big thanks to Tony Whittaker!

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MORE ON EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES
Don’t forget http://www.hotmail.com. We haven’t mentioned it since this past April . . . and it’s one of the best. And as always, don’t forget MAFxc. They’re not free, but they offer tons of extra features, including a way to forward your outbound email through their server so your “From:” box contents converts to your XC.org address automatically! Pretty slick. They do charge $52/year for the full conferencing/forwarding service, but “forwarding only” is available for just $20 or so per year. Those funds are all used to keep MAFxc on the cutting edge… complete with human tech support and no ads! So when you’re evaluating forwarding services don’t overlook MAFxc, especially if you might eventually get into handling your own email conferences. Size of the list is of no consequence to the folks at MAFxc. Got 15 people who need to chat? They can handle it. Got a group of 6000? No problem. That’s Brigada! :-)

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INVITATION TO ALL MISSIONS MINDED MUSICIANS & ARTISTS
The AD2000 Worship & Arts Network is an international resource network with the following vision: “To declare the supremacy of Christ by raising up a generation of godly artists committed to the task of seeing God restore all nations to His original intention by means of their unique artistic expressions especially among the unreached people of the earth so that all peoples might worship Him.” If this describes the vision on your heart as well, or if you are interested, contact Grace Wiebe at gracewatidmaildotcom for more info.

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FROM THE “I’VE SLICED MY THUMB BEFORE, TOO, DOUG” MAILBAG
Apparently quite a few others have “sliced their thumb” on less-than-best tools too! (See last week’s item, ” THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS”) For example, one Brigada participant wrote, “Brother Doug, thanx again for your convincing, if not convicting, insight in your ” Thumbs Up….” editorial on mission tools. My wife and I serve in East Africa and are not just a little guilty of the “first-thing-we-can-get-our-hands-on” philosophy/praxis concerning field ministry. As you mentioned, it seems like an expeditious way to implement a God idea, but, in the long run (which IS what we are in this for!!), it is neither time-, cost- nor energy-efficient and, therefore, the Spirit inspired methodology is not nearly as effective as it would have been had we taken time to acquire the right tools. We need to remember that His calling is ALWAYS accompanied by His equipping. Ours is to trust and be sensitive/obedient to the leading of the Spirit Who will guide us into His provision for EVERY ministry need. In this way He assure/ensures us that every God idea WILL achieve its maximum potential effectiveness.”

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CHURCHMART (ACMC) TOLL-FREE NUMBER
We published the wrong number for Churchmart. Toll-free directory assistance gives 800-576-8159 — but as of this morning, there’s a fax on the other end of that number – 800-233-0001. Course, if you want to send them a fax, the price is right! ChurchMart is apparently handling all ACMC requests at this point. Remember that toll-free numbers only work in the USA. Write ACMC at 763771dot2066atcompuservedotcom.

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MISSIONSFEST PERTH 98 INVITES THE WORLD
Totally organized by local churches (but inviting all orgs.), this 3-day missions Fest is set for the May 1-3, 98, with international speakers, seminars and workshops, missions displays, and a Children’s Fest. Albert Gentleman wrote, “Our aim is see many people here in isolated Perth be raised up to full-time or part-time missions and move out north, east and west of Perth. Also we hope to increase missions awareness in the church in Perth so that more people can pray, send, support, and be involved in some aspect of missions nationally or internationally. We need your prayers and more volunteers.” They’ve got 18 sponsoring churches on board… and tons of enthusiasm. For more info., ask Albert Gentleman gentleattpgidotcomdotau or call down under to 61-08-94505627.

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MALARIA’S DESTRUCTIVE GRIP
Did you see the recent news release on malaria? We heard about it from several readers who were awestruck by the power and destructive nature of the disease. “HYDERABAD, India, Aug 20 (Reuter) – Some 700 scientists, public health experts and executives are meeting in southern India this week to take stock of malaria exactly a century after the discovery that mosquitoes transmit the disease. This info was released by the New York-based Malaria Foundation:

* About 2.5 billion people — at least 40 percent of the world’s population — are at risk in more than 90 countries.
* Malaria causes or contributes to three million deaths and up to 500 million acute clinical cases a year.
* Almost as many people die of malaria every year as have died of AIDS in the past 15 years.
* There are 20 times more deaths every day from malaria than from the 1995 ebola epidemic in Zaire.
* Four children die of malaria every minute.
* More than 20 million Western travelers risk malaria every year.
* The World Health Organisation predicts an extra 80 million cases of malaria each year by the end of the century, or a 16 percent increase in three years.
* Climatic conditions and increased immigration mean malaria could spread to Florida within 10 years. There have been reported cases in New Jersey, California, Georgia, Michigan, New York and Texas.
* Three decades ago malaria had been eradicated or dramatically reduced in 37 countries but the situation has been rapidly reversing itself.
* The direct annual commercial cost in Africa due to malaria is about $1.8 billion.
* Today there are few effective anti-malarial drugs. Most tropical countries rely on chloroquine, which is increasingly ineffective, primarily due to the low cost and limited alternatives.
* The main malaria parasite species are sufficiently different from each other that a vaccine based on one will probably not prevent malaria by another.
* For every person who died of AIDS in 1990, the world spent $3,274 on research into the disease. For malaria, the global research expenditure per fatal case was $65.

[The above was relayed via Reuters. Thanks for forwarding it, Bill!]

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HAVE FRIENDS WHO THINK THE 10/40 IS A GRADE OF MOTOR OIL?
Two fast paced 6-minute video’s (The 10/40 Window for Adults & The 10/40 Window for Kids) are putting a face to God’s heart for churches across America. They are available from Joey and Fawn Parish, 6673 Sora St. Ventura Ca. 93003 (805) 650-3511 on a suggested donation basis. Also available, Prayerwalking for Kids, (How to Pray For Your City). Write Joey and Fawn at jparishatjetlinkdotnet.

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LATEST EMAIL VIRUS LEGEND
The newest email virus legend is circulating in the form of “Join the Crew.” For proof that this (and virtually all other email virus warnings are a hoax, do a search on “Join the Crew” at your favorite web page search engine and see for yourself the volume of writers trying to get the word out. It’s always a good idea to do such a search before circulating any such warnings. Most of them turn out to be hoaxes.

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THE MYSTICAL ART OF FINISHING WHAT WE START
“Finishing.” In soccer, it means that you always try to wrap up every play with a goal. Imagine a player who out-dribbled his/her opponent, heard the cheers from the crowd, and enjoyed them so much that he/she decided to just turn around and dribble the other way [in the wrong direction] just to try to evoke more attention from the stands! The coach would not be very happy.

Last month, our family led classes at a VBS in Alaska. While there, we visited the headquarters for the Iditarod sled-dog race in Wasilla. Wow! What an experience. We heard old-timers recount their memories of that first great relay race to carry medicine by sled-dog to Nome in January, 1925. During some segments of the run, the storms were so fierce that the mushers (sled drivers) couldn’t even see their lead dogs, let alone the trail! They literally had to blindly trust the lead dog to lead them down the right trail all the way to save the children from Diphtheria epidemic. The Disney movie, Balto is about just one of those dogs. A statue in Central Park, NY, NY, commemorates his courage and fidelity in the face of danger. The lives which were saved in Nome (practically the entire city) speak out with even greater meaning, however.

How much more today do we need finishers. People who will risk their very lives to follow a trail that would lead to Christ’s amazing grace. Globally, we face challenges every day as a mission. It is our duty to figure out how to beat them… and move on from them. I guess we need people who will strive to run like Balto, Togo, and all the other famous Iditarod originals! For like it or not, starters are many . . . but true finishers are few!

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*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!

19970810 Brigada Today

Now with 5876 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FORWARDING SERVICES TAKE A STEP FORWARD
* DOING GRAPHICS FOR THE KINGDOM?
* DOING MUSIC AND THE ARTS? GRACE WANTS TO KNOW
* GET MISSIONARY TRAINING PLUS CROSS-CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
* MISSION FRONTIERS NOT “WORLDLY” AFTER ALL
* WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ACMC
* CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE
* UPDATE ON “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
* CONTENT-PROVIDERS NEEDED
* THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FORWARDING SERVICES TAKE A STEP FORWARD
Wow. Tons of email traffic on forwarding services (last week’s item ” ANOTHER LOOK AT FORWARDING SERVICES”). I didn’t realize this was such a hot topic. Several have their favorite service… including… http://www.four11.com, http://www.mailexcite.com, http://www2.cyberspace.com.ph/~mckinney/alias.htm, http:/ www.bigfoot.com>. But remember, we aren’t the source for more information on these or other email forwarding services. To learn more about them, contact them, not Brigada. :-)

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DOING GRAPHICS FOR THE KINGDOM?
Grace Wiebe says Bert VandenBos is one of the best. You can try him out at Kingdom Graphics, Fax: 215 657-4847, Voice: 215 657-5888, e-mail: 103210dot2503atcompuservedotcom. Grace says Bert does “gorgeous missions cards which can be used to send to folks like prayer/financial supporters, etc. I have sent out many of these! … excellent note pads with missions graphics, they have excellent clip art with missions graphics, and many many other items — basic missions conf. brochure layout ideas, etc., etc. — even logo development.” For a parallel bid, you could also try Communication by Design. They’ll help with your newsletter, graphics, slide presentations, and more. Owned & operated by a ‘missionary-in-training’ who would love to offer their services to all whose purpose is to proclaim the ‘kingdom’ to all ‘nations’. All jobs obtained through Brigada will be charged at reduced prices and proceeds will assist said ‘missionary-in-training’ to cover the cost of living in the states prior to overseas departure. Interested? Contact TAMoyerataoldotcom.

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DOING MUSIC AND THE ARTS? GRACE WANTS TO KNOW
… because he’s compiling a directory! Write gracewatidmaildotcom [new address] if you’re involved!

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GET MISSIONARY TRAINING PLUS CROSS-CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE
Ever wish you could train your new mission recruits in skills while they’re building character? Now you can, thanks to a joint-venture between YWAM and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The Missionary Training Program (MTP) will combine Wycliffe’s expertise in cross-cultural work with YWAM’s teaching in discipleship training. Grow in your walk with Jesus and develop missionary skills. The Lecture phase (14 weeks) is at YWAM Harpenden, England. The Field placement (16 months) takes you to a frontier missions location. Starts: January 19, 1998 at YWAM Harpenden. For more information email: Hannes Steets dsteetsatovaldotcom, of AD2000 Mobilizing New Missionaries Network.

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MISSION FRONTIERS NOT “WORLDLY” AFTER ALL
Last week we incorrectly labeled the US Center for World Mission’s journal as being World Mission Frontiers when in fact it is Mission Frontiers. Apparently one reason for this common error is that the Editor’s email address is RickWMFataoldotcom (note the “WMF”). But the “W” is for Rick’s last name (Wood), not the world! Sorry Rick!

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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ACMC
Looking for ACMC since their move to Atlanta? Look no more. Beth found them for us. :-)
P.O. Drawer 3929
Atlanta, GA 30269-7929

If ordering materials, check out their new partnership with Churchmart (20% discount on materials to ACMC members) at 1-800-233-0001 in the USA. Email 763771dot2066atcompuservedotcom.

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CURSO DOMINICAL LISTO PARA SERVIRTE
Para ser usados por Dios y servir su pueblo, Editorial Comunisn invito a mas de 50 misioneros, maestros de Colegios y nativos nuevo testamentarios, de cinco pamses escribir un curso especial. Diseqado pedagsgicamente para seis edades diferentes, con un comentario exegitico, extenso y detallado para el maestro, para que al enseqarles “todo lo que El nos ha mandado”, SU pueblo se multiplique, dando testimonio, defendiendo su fe con mansedumbre, siendo asm mejores mayordomos enviadores de misioneros.
Informacion: Ernesto Fuentes comunionatmexnetdotmcsadotnet.

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UPDATE ON “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
As mentioned in the last issue of Brigada Today, Jim Huggins jhugginsatgmidotedu is compiling a current list of Brigada participants who are interested in hosting missionaries on deputation/furlough. In addition, Jim is curious to discover which organizations out there are looking for hosts for their own missionaries? (i.e. what groups are out there to whom we could send this list of willing hosts?) Send your responses directly to Jim; he’ll summarize for us all. Thanks Jim!

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CONTENT-PROVIDERS NEEDED
Eternity’s Edge is looking for advocates & informed world-changers who can serve as “content-providers” for its web site. Justin Long writes, “Essentially we’re looking for people who are willing to write a brief (2-3 paragraphs max) update for each country on a semi-weekly basis. We are especially looking for this for all the 10/40 Window countries.” Those interested in helping can email JustinLongatxcdotorg. The China page serves as an example of the potential… http://www.frontiermissions.org/easia/china.phtml

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THUMBS UP FOR GOOD TOOLS
Last week, I cut my thumb open royally while cutting out signboard with a razor knife. The cause was right — I was making a VBS mission presentation showing the countries where our mission, Team Expansion, is laboring. But the tools were wrong — not being at home with my thick & heavy aluminum level, I was using a slender wooden yardstick as my straight edge, and when the knife climbed up the side on one of my quick slices, . . . well, let’s just say that 4 stitches and a tetanus shot later, I had learned new meaning to the word, “ouch.”

As I think back, I believe our ministries are like that sometimes too. We make noble efforts in the generally right directions, but maybe the wrong tools or less-than-best approaches sabotage what would otherwise be noteworthy results. For example, maybe we try to limp by on what little language we’ve picked up rather than really tying ourselves into a full-tilt language study program.

At the front end of the cycle, it always looks quicker to just pick up whatever tool is close by. But for the long haul, I’m convinced that good tools not only yield great results, but they also safeguard us from harm’s way. In my case, I’m convinced that my thick red level would have prevented a ton of inconveniencing pain and blood. In other cases, maybe one could substitute other kinds of tools or approaches for my red level, such as a great Bible correspondence course, an accountability group, or even a particular strategy (such as using Christian films in the town square).

When I visited the doctor earlier this week to have my stitches removed, I confessed to him that I had smashed my thumb while hammering on hardboard siding for our new shed — and not just once, but 3 times! He commented, “Hmmmm. I don’t think they used those kind of stitches. They were only concerned about keeping out the germs. They didn’t know you would need protection from hammer smashes.” I laughed, but he was right. Once I figured out how to drill pilot holes through that hardboard siding, the nails just slid into that shed as easy as pie.

So — bottom line: Production vs. Production capacity. Let’s be willing to invest some time in building our ability to produce — good approaches, solid foundations, right methods. Then let’s work our approaches with all the love we can muster, then commit the work to the Lord . . . and He will see that our plans are established! (Proverbs 16:3).

Have a great week out there. . . .and watch out for those razor knives! :-)

Doug

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*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!

19970803 Brigada Today

Now with 5834 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* TOP SECRET TOOL IN THE WORKS FOR PEOPLE GROUP ADVOCACY/RESEARCH
* A WAITING WORLD, A WILLING CHURCH
* NEW SERVICE FOR BRIGADA READERS – “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
* ANOTHER LOOK AT FORWARDING SERVICES
* WHAT’S THE LONG-TERM IMPACT OF SPEAKING ENGLISH?
* PREPARE FOR SHARING CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS AT CIU!
* CONFERENCES ON THE FAST TRACK
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE AIR WAVES
* USING COMPUTER LITERACY AND ESL?
* ARE YOU A COMPUTER PRODUCTS VENDOR? WILLING TO SET UP TENTMAKERS?
* WEBWATCH
* GATEWAY TO THE GATEWAY
* EVER HEARD OF INTERNATIONAL DEAF MINISTRY NETWORKING?
* RUSSIAN PARLIAMENTARY VOTE PENDING
* GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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TOP SECRET TOOL IN THE WORKS FOR PEOPLE GROUP ADVOCACY/RESEARCH
We’re not allowed to give the details yet… but over the past few months, developers have been putting together what appears to be a very effective tool for creating networks and obtaining good information on least reached peoples. It started in back rooms at the _____ People Consultation at the US Center and it’s still in process… but it’s far enough along to know that it’s really going to happen, and probably it’ll be released by October 1st, if not before. So — hold onto your seats. Help is coming! :-) (Please don’t write and ask for more details. I’m serious when I tell you I’m not at liberty to share details at this time. I will tell you

1. it’s an elegantly simple solution
2. you won’t need web access
3. it’s Brigada based
4. there’s no charge or subscription fee
5. I didn’t think it up. :-)

Those are five bells that ring my chimes!!! :-) )

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A WAITING WORLD, A WILLING CHURCH
Been waiting for the right opportunity to find out how to adopt an unreached people or how to begin an outreach to a least reached group? Your wait is over. Learn how at Pit-stop Raleigh on September 19th and 20th. Friday night opens with mini profiles of ongoing efforts to touch targeted peoples with the Gospel. This will be followed by a time of worship and singing, culminating in a challenge by Ajai Lall of Central India Mission. Following this dynamic speaker, the group will approach the throne in a Concert of Prayer together. On Saturday the group walks step-by-step through the PACE process — with some 250 action steps to be presented by folks who are out there doing missions mobilization and local church leadership. Church leaders will walk through steps in the PACE outline (Pray-Activate-Commit-Enlist), then take it home to their respective church bodies and organizations. Saturday’s speakers include Doug Lucas (Brigada) and Eric Derry (Team Expansion, just back from leading a presearch trip to a restricted access Asian nation) and Todd Allen of the US Center for World Mission. For more information, e-mail psraleighataoldotcom, or call 919-467-9159 and ask for info on Pit-Stop Raleigh from the hospitality/planning team at Cary Christian Church in Raleigh.

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NEW SERVICE FOR BRIGADA READERS – “A ROOM WITH A VIEW”
Here’s a great idea spurred on by visionary jhugginsatgmidotedu, who is willing to compile a list of folks with room to host traveling missionaries and mobilizers ‘in route’ during furlough, home service, and vision-building trips. Send your name, email address, and city/state to jhugginsatgmidotedu, with 5-line description of your opportunity for housing. Jim will summarize and keep us up to date with a “get” file that you can download — and thereby save big hotel bucks on your latest furlough!!! Yahoo, Jim!!!!!!!!!!!! Great idea.

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ANOTHER LOOK AT FORWARDING SERVICES
Last week we took a punch at how missionaries can shift back and forth from a field email address to a “sending side” address (e.g., from a local address in a city in the former Soviet Union, and an AOL or CSi address in the USA or Europe). We suggested that you’d keep you email buddies (and online conference owners) a lot happier if you never had to change addresses, so we suggested a “forwarding service” that redirected your email to the address of your choice at the time of your choosing. We suggested Inet, reportedly “free for life.” But this past week, one Brigada participant wrote in with the surprising comment that Inet (see last week’s item, ” FREE FOR LIFE EMAIL ADDRESS (VIA A FORWARDING SERVICE)” might not remain free after all. After one year’s use of the “free” service, Inet sent him “several membership offers, including a lifetime ownership of your email name which cost approx. $40-$50, US.” This particular user judged that it was worth it. In fact, he wrote, “It’s still a steal! I bought it!” [If this is true, I would be tempted to call it a steal for other reasons. :-) ] To me, free for life means free for life. So… if you want to avoid the whole scenario, one user reminded us of NetAddress. We’ve profiled them before — but I forgot that I even have an address there too! (You guessed it… DougLucasatusadotnet You can arrange to have your NetAddress mail forwarded to any email address, or arrange to check it on the web itself in a nifty web interface (complete with rules & filters, and address book and folders). And unlike Inet, users of NetAddress say it really is free for life. In all these cases, you must already have an email account with an Internet Service Provider (or at least have web access) in order to use them. Check out other free forwarding services at http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Vista/8015/free.html. Thanks for the Brigada tipster (who wishes to remain anonymous) who provided that URL.

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WHAT’S THE LONG-TERM IMPACT OF SPEAKING ENGLISH?
… as a part of your church planting effort, that is. Ken Warwick EFCM_I_Netatcompuservedotcom asked, “Currently our team is discussing the role of English language ministry in the context of a church plant. We are particularly interested in the long-term implications for the culturally-indigenous foundation of a church when English is used in the initial stages of evangelism.” ( Yikes. He’s got me spooked. If the survey turns sour, I fear I’ll have to switch native languages just to be effective! :-)) If you or someone you know has thought or written about this topic, give Ken a jingle. He’ll send us a report on anything he gathers, . . . . eso es correcto, ?verdad Ken? :-)

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PREPARE FOR SHARING CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS AT CIU!
Columbia Biblical Seminary, the graduate division of Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina, now offers ministry preparation through a master’s degree with a concentration in Muslim Studies. Graduates with Bible training can complete a Muslim Studies concentration in just ONE year — and there are other options if you’re from a different background. For more information, those in the USA can call 1-800-777-2227, extension 3326, and anyone can e-mail the Muslim Studies program aduboisatciudotedu.

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CONFERENCES ON THE FAST TRACK
Maybe you hadn’t noticed that two other Brigada conferences have crossed the thousand mark. First there’s brigada-us-prayertrack, moderated by Eddie Smith eddiesmithatxcdotorg with a whoppin’ 1284 prayer warriors, and then there’s the ever growing brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers, led by Rick Wood at rickwmfataoldotcom with 2312 mission leaders from around the world. This last conference distributes the electronic version of World Mission Frontiers as well as special “back office” mailings from Rick, the Editor-in-chief of WMF. It has been one of the primary organs for fueling Brigada’s growth. Rick is always so faithful about suggesting that readers subscribe to Brigada, we were trying to think of a way to say thanks… when all of a sudden we realized that perhaps the best way to say thanks was to suggest you walk on over and subscribe to WMF-OnLine!!! To subscribe to this (or any other Brigada conference), just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
subscribe brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers

in the text of the email message. You’ll receive a table of contents for each Mission Frontiers edition (prior to the printed version even hitting the Post Office!), complete with instructions on how to download each respective article — and web access isn’t necessary to get the whole enchilada. So — don’t delay, subscribe for free today!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE AIR WAVES
Christian radio is being met with resistance in some parts of the world. Short-wave broadcasters H-C-J-B have been trying to “plant” more local Christian stations, but the group’s President, Ron Cline says that has some groups feeling threatened. “[Some] Muslims are pretty upset with our broadcasts because so many people are coming to know Christ and they realize that Christ is more than a prophet and so they leave the Muslim system. And that is a crime in many countries of the world.”
(Source: Mission Network News, Tuesday, August 5, 1997, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news/news.html )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by People Group Advocacy guru John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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USING COMPUTER LITERACY AND ESL?
Bob Wahlen Bobwahlenataoldotcom would like to know. If you have information on how to best use computer literacy classes to teach English as a second language and thereby do cross-cultural ministry, write Bob and share your time lines, expectations, objectives, and course outlines (especially as they relate to teaching keyboarding, Windows based computer literacy and MS Works and/or MS Office). Don’t forget to send us a summary, eh Bob? :-)

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ARE YOU A COMPUTER PRODUCTS VENDOR? WILLING TO SET UP TENTMAKERS?
If so, Ken bradleyatsuperonlinedotcom would like to know. Ken’s wanting to represent a computer supplier/vendor in a cross-cultural setting and all he needs are the products to sell! This could turn into a hot list of resources, names and addresses. So… send your info to Ken and I’m sure this will be one hot download… so don’t forget to send us a summary listing of key contacts for others who might be in your situation, okay Ken? Thanks!

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WEBWATCH
If you’re interested in evangelism on the web, Tony has a site for you to examine…. http://www.soon.org.uk provides ideas for evangelism on the web, links to other sources. It’s set up as an online magazine about Britain and a wide variety of topics, but has a “Bible page” and other areas that might attract someone’s attention toward the Savior. Check it out. Also, don’t forget about http://www.frontiermissions.org, which lists over 1,700 mission agencies, and the countries in which they work. It also provides hot links to a majority of these sites, as well as addresses and phone numbers. There is space available for current project listings and information on how you can become involved. Weekly polls and surveys too. Aims’ site at http://www.aims.org is growing too! If you haven’t been by lately, better check it out again. Lots of Praying Through the Window info., as well as other features on networks, least reached people, etc.

And have you seen World Vision’s site? http://www.worldvision.org. In addition to containing extensive information about the world’s largest faith-based relief and development organization, this fully searchable site also highlights news related to humanitarian emergencies and community development programs, updated on a weekly basis. Reportedly, some thirty separate content providers from within the organization push new content to the site daily, ensuring that it stays fresh and current. The site also contains information about volunteer opportunities in domestic ministry here in the U.S., as well as job opportunities internationally.

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GATEWAY TO THE GATEWAY
The gateway to the West is preparing a party… the Gateway MissionsFest, November 13-15 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Gateway MissionsFest is a regional missions conference with 24 workshops focusing on involvement in cross cultural missions both here and overseas. Rev. Russell Cephas will share on involvement of African-Americans in missions and Dr. David Shibley, founder of Global Advance will challenge the local church to reach for the nations. Contact Judy Lindow or Ken Shirkey at ks4gatewayataoldotcom or call 314-863-5503 in the USA for more information.

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EVER HEARD OF INTERNATIONAL DEAF MINISTRY NETWORKING?
Now you have! Earl and Shirley Eearl2ataoldotcom have been networking with deaf ministries in several countries around the world. However they have noticed a seeming complete lack of interest among most mission minded periodicals and agencies. Earl and Shirley write, “For example, Did you know there are Deaf missionaries teaching in Bolivia? That Korea recently celebrated 50 years of deaf ministries? That in Japan the Bible is being translated on to Video in Japanese Sign Language? That Wycliffe is encouraging Deaf to join their sign lang translation teams? That Deaf Churches are sending deaf to Russia? That Deaf Christians are going into many sensitive countries to witness? …countries that hearing Christians would have great difficulty getting into? That Campus Crusade has put the JESUS video into at least 5 sign langs.?” (Ed. Note: Yikes. I’m convinced. I haven’t heard any of that stuff!) Earl & Shirley continue, “A lot is happening in deaf missions. We have been compiling a list of deaf ministries and sharing with those interested. The ministries listed are reaching out to just about every country. Our vision is to encourage deaf ministries to network with each other. What I would like to see happen would be a Deaf version of Operation World, i.e. a prayer partner diary type book that includes vital info of deaf ministries in each country . We have the info to get started — anyone want to take up the idea.? There are over 100 deaf ministries, i.e. deaf mission organizations or hearing organizations that relate to the deaf.” If you’d be willing to help Earl and Shirley put together such a book, or if you want to provide more networking ideas for them, write them today!

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RUSSIAN PARLIAMENTARY VOTE PENDING
John Charlier, of MAF in Moscow, writes, “As you might well know Yeltsin did veto the purposed law to restrict religious freedom, but the law is in the Duma (Parliament) waiting for a 2/3 majority vote to override his veto. When the Duma returns from it’s summer recess, in a few weeks, it will be one of the first items to be acted on. Even though Yeltsin vetoed it because of a few unconstitutional items, it could be passed in the Duma. There still is a need to be in much prayer for this law to be done away with.” To see an English translation of this law and newspaper articles see the web site http://members.tripod.com/~russian_rf or if you’d like to see the originals Russian Language version see web page http://www.glasnet.ru/~mafrus.

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GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS
Did you hear that international telephone call connection time rates should be headed down? Mercury Mail (now changing its name to InfoBeat) reported this past week, “Federal regulators Thursday approved rules to slash the price of overseas phone calls in a move aimed at saving American consumers and businesses billions of dollars a year. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt predicted his agency’s action will cut the average price of an international call from the United States to 20 cents a minute from the current 88 cents within five years. The FCC order takes effect at the start of next year and will be phased in over five years.” Chris Hart was one Brigada Today reader who celebrated that news story — and tons of others will be joining him, I’m sure. That’s the good news. Bad news? I couldn’t think of any. :-)

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
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*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
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*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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