Monthly Archives: October 1997

19971026 Brigada Today

Now with over 6378 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FREE BUYER’S GUIDE
* REENTRY BIBLE STUDY READY FOR REENTRY USE!
* “EXPOSITORS ARE US”
* SHORE UP YOUR SHORTWAVE LISTENING
* GOT EMAIL? GET THE WEB
* DON’T FORGET YOU CAN GET BRIGADA IN SPANISH
* “30 DAYS” IN RUSSIAN???
* GET THE LATEST ON THE HOSTAGES
* AIMS TO SPONSOR RETREAT FOR MISSION AGENCY LEADERS
* NOW HERE’S SOMETHING YOU WON’T FIND AT YOUR CORNER WALMART
* COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* HOT BOOKS ON HIINDU MISSION
* ADD MORE TRAVEL AGENCIES TO YOUR ROLIDEX
* WEB-WATCH
* ADVANCE READY TO RETRIEVE
* UPGRADING SHOULDN’T BE SO HARD TO DO
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FREE BUYER’S GUIDE
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REENTRY BIBLE STUDY READY FOR REENTRY USE!
Have you heard about “Fishers of Men”??? I hadn’t — until Donna walked in this past week to show it to me. She’s the Vice-Pres. of Missionary Care at our mission org. and she was struck by how easy it would be to plug this book into our program. I can’t figure out why we’ve never run across this one before. It’s available from Howard Lisech, 2100 Red Gate Rd., Orlando, FL 32818; tel 407-293-8666; email: HLisechataoldotcom. Designed for use over a 14-day period, it gently cushions the blow of a hard return home after missionary service — reentry and debriefing sort of thing. Lots of Bible study, lots of fill-in-the-blank and journaling. Great stuff — and affordable. $4.50 for the spiral bound book… and they apparently have two versions, one for “Overseas returnees” and one for “stateside returnees.” Write Howard for more info.

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“EXPOSITORS ARE US”
For those who have to teach or preach and take commentaries along, Jeff recently passed along the tip that Zondervan’s Expositor’s Commentary (all 12 volumes) has now been published on CD-ROM and though the normal price is $199.95, they’ve placed it at an introductory price of $79.95 for a limited time only. See http://www.zondervan.com/ebccd.htm for more details. Thanks Jeff!

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SHORE UP YOUR SHORTWAVE LISTENING
Apparently you can write to englishathcjbdotorgdotec and find out the latest broadcast info. for HCJB in English. Pretty cool.

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GOT EMAIL? GET THE WEB
Here’s a definitive article on how to get the web via email! So now… even if all you have is email access, you can grab any of these web pages that we mention in Brigada Today! Thanks to “Doctor Bob” for the great research… and to “the drifter” for relaying it to us! To get Dr. Bob’s article, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only these four lines in the text of the message (the first is 30 K, the latter 3 about 10K each):
get brigada web-via-email-1
get brigada web-via-email-2
get brigada web-via-email-3
get brigada web-via-email-4

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DON’T FORGET YOU CAN GET BRIGADA IN SPANISH
They’re up to the October 3rd issue… To subscribe to the Spanish version, just send email to hubatxcdotorg that reads,
subscribe brigada-hoy

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“30 DAYS” IN RUSSIAN???
Now we have “30 Days of Prayer” in Spanish (See last week’s item, ” YOU CAN WIN MILLIONS WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOUSE!!”) but one Brigada participant is inquiring, “Do we have a version in Russian?” :-) Any takers want to publish such a thing?

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GET THE LATEST ON THE HOSTAGES
There’s a big meeting Nov. 7th, and New Tribes is asking for your participation in gearing up. For the latest on the New Tribes hostage situation, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this text in the email message (8K):
get brigada hostages

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AIMS TO SPONSOR RETREAT FOR MISSION AGENCY LEADERS
Feb. 5-7 in Dallas, Dr. James Engel (of the Engel Scale of receptivity) will address agency leadersat a retreat in Dallas, TX. For more information, write aimsataims-usadotorg.

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NOW HERE’S SOMETHING YOU WON’T FIND AT YOUR CORNER WALMART
If you’ve been sitting at home at night, being tempted to mope around ’cause you can’t get your hands on a Russian/English version of the Qua’ran for your laptop, fret no more. Just write sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua for the Qua’ran module and get the Base package of “Slavic Bible” 1.5 for Windows from ftp-server ftp.aist.net in directory pub/shareware/sbible/. Mope no more. :-)

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COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
Sons of the Sons of the Pioneers, be glad! You can have cool, clear water again! One Brigada participant just gave us a heads up on a new product that purifies water in a 5 step system that cleans at 1/2 gallon per minute. It connects to a kitchen faucet and with plumbing adaptation to other water supplies. The company plans to soon release one for missionaries to carry in a backpack that works on solar energy. It is reportedly not just a filter. Email Barbara Moon betterairatjunodotcom for more information. If someone is willing to try this out, we’d love to get some “user feedback” on it.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
As a result of the recent GCOWE ’97 meeting, African Christians are discovering a new passion to reach every African tribe and language group. Each AD2000 national coordinator has received a copy of the participants’ intended action steps for his or her region, and each country’s leaders have reviewed their country’s status of evangelization and their contribution more broadly to world evangelization. From all accounts these action steps are being vigorously pursued. Five or six regional meetings are being prepared to continue this unprecedented spirit of cooperation and the momentum for reaching the unreached.
(Source: AD2000 press release, 10/14/97, infoatad2000dotorg .)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HOT BOOKS ON HIINDU MISSION
Interested in contextualized missions to Hindus? Then check out this page on the web, setup by a man who’s labored among Hindus for years–a veritable wealth of resources! INDOLOGICAL BOOKS — http://www.paonline.com/jkearns/catalog1.htm. (Thanks for the tip, Rod!)

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ADD MORE TRAVEL AGENCIES TO YOUR ROLIDEX
Get this file from Andrew and add a dozen new travel agencies to your rolodex, some of which appear to be giving very good prices to Brigada participants. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line (6K)
get brigada more-travel

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WEB-WATCH
Need an up-to-date Internet encyclopedia for your laptop? Why go out an blow $40 on one that will be out of date in a year when Manny says you can go to http://www.ebig.com/ and use the online version of Britannica Internet Guide by Encyclopædia Britannica. It apparently gives info on Art and Literature, Business, Economy and Employment, Computers and the Internet, Education, Health and Medicine, History, Law, Government and Politics, News and Current Events, Philosophy and Religion, Science, Technology and Mathematics, Social Science, Society and Social Issues, Sports and Diversions, World Geography and Culture. So… what are we waiting for! :-)

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ADVANCE READY TO RETRIEVE
Get your full text version of this month’s ADVANCE! by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this text in the message (15K):
get brigada advance.9711

Here’s an executive summary….

Advance! November 1997

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Khmer of Cambodia; the Mandinkas of West Africa; the Bama of Myanmar; 1,000 decisions among the Daur of Mongolia; workers needed in Papua New Guinea

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Missionary hostages in Colombia; evangelical pastor in northern Iraq forced into hiding; Messianic synagogue attacked; Xu Yongze sentenced to 10 years in labor camp; repression in Russia under new religion law

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Murderous insurgency moves to Algiers; bloody piercing rituals in Thailand; the awful price of pedophilia; genetic engineers press toward human cloning

REJOICE! — 3,000 Fulani make decisions for Christ; Uzbek Bibles released; Sudanese pastor released after torture; 85 children rescued in Uganda; 45,000 decisions for Christ in India; 80 decisions for Christ in the West Bank; Christian leadership for Norway

NETWORKING — New video on the Khmer of Cambodia; magazine challenges young adults; how to help persecuted believers

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UPGRADING SHOULDN’T BE SO HARD TO DO
I sure paid through the nose for my curiosity this past week. Qualcomm released a new beta of their developing product, Eudora Pro 4.0 (beta 3), and I went after it. Upon installing it, I was no longer able to open the program! I literally had to delete my Eudora application files and start reinstalling from original install diskettes (version 2.1.2). And get this — even after deleting all the application files, version 3.0 still wouldn’t install and open. I wrote the company and guess what they said: “Yes — that’s a known bug. Those with large address books can’t open the program upon install.” Yikes , Qualcomm. So who’s likely to try out a beta of a pro email client besides those who have tons of email friends to write! Duh! So why can’t software writers list those “discoveries” in a readme.txt file shipped with the program!???!!!

Then I got to thinking — how often do we allow people to believe everything will be peachy-creamy if they’ll just take such-and-such a training program or read such-and-such a book. Truth in advertising should probably extend to missions opportunities too. But we’re so persuaded that recruitment should drive our projects that I wonder if we’re sometimes reluctant to be 100% honest about how tough it really will be.

So last month, when our organization interviewed two new families for a new project we’re working with a local church to launch, we hosted a meeting with the local church missions committees and both new couples. I told them several times how difficult it would be… and I finally even [literally] got up on top the table and said… “Did I tell you this will be challenging?” (Do you think they got the point? :-)) I figured we’d never see them again. But do you think it scared them off? Not! One set of applications arrived this past week!

So — bottom line — let’s be honest, folks. Stephen Neill said (as quoted by Herbert Kane) that “Missions is so hard that it’s a miracle that it should ever even have been attempted!” Here here. This will not be an easy task.

Now… where’s that Madison Ave. recruitment brochure. :-) [As this Brigada Today “goes to press”, Version 4.0 (beta 4) has just arrived; what a sluggard. Where are my 3.0 install disks! :-) ]

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(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, 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!

19971019 Brigada Today

Now with over 6000 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE… THROUGH THE WINDOW???
* WHAT’CHA DOIN’ THIS WEEKEND? HOW ‘BOUT HEADIN’ INTO HIS HARVEST?
* LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
* HAVE A LOOK AT BRIGADA-HOY
* MIXED REVIEWS ON THAT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CD SET
* WANT TO BE AN EFFECTIVE SENDING CHURCH?
* PLAN YOUR 1998 FOR PRAYER
* EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
* YOU CAN WIN MILLIONS WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOUSE!!
* HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF A WEB SITE FOR THE UNREACHED
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE… THROUGH THE WINDOW???
The folks from the Christian Information Network wrote this week to say, “As the month of October draws to a close, CIN would like to remind all Praying Through The Window III participants that there could be many Unreached Peoples in your own back yard. Thousands of students, refugees and professionals from the 10/40 Window live as expatriates in the countries of Western Europe and the United States. Take prayer journeys in your own city and region and pray for the Unreached Peoples living near you!

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WHAT’CHA DOIN’ THIS WEEKEND? HOW ‘BOUT HEADIN’ INTO HIS HARVEST?
Global Outreach ’97 provides an opportunity for students and church members to learn about worldwide missions through plenary speakers, videos, seminars, worship, and interaction with over 40 mission agencies. This year, GO ’97 will be held October 31-November 2 near Eatonton, Georgia at Rock Eagle Conference Center. The main speakers are Richard Corley, a professor of Islam at Columbia International University who has spent most of his life ministering in the Middle East, and Chris Thomas, president of Ravencrest Bible School in Colorado (a Torchbearers missionary training school). Registration begins Friday afternoon at 2:00 with the first meal being served that evening. The conference ends after lunch on Sunday. The cost for the weekend is $60 and includes both housing and meals. For more information, call 803-735-8343 Ext. 3461 or email the info. office at serivmfatscsndotnet.

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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
Don’t forget to try SGM International. They’ve got Scripture booklets, leaflets, gospels and the NT readily available in 350 languages and have published Scriptures in over 800 languages? They have over 60 titles in English and each year produce over 100 new or revised titles in English and other languages. So especially if you’re from the S. Pacific, try calling 02 9899 3773, or Fax 02 9899 3773, or try mobile phone 019 922 696, or Email sgmozatfldotnetdotau.

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HAVE A LOOK AT BRIGADA-HOY
Speak Spanish?? Take a look at Brigada Hoy, by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada briagda-hoy.970926

(This is a 28K file — by popular request, we’ll try to remember to tell file sizes from now on! Thanks for the idea, Jim!) You can get cleaner copies (with better formatting) by subscribing directly. Just send a follow-up note to hubatxcdotorg which reads…

That’s it! You’ll receive the Spanish version of Brigada Today as soon as it’s done each week. Pass the word to Spanish-speaking friends… and thanks to the great team of translators, working each week on these Spanish editions: Alexis Morales AMORatxcdotorg, Garmisch, Germany; in concert with Andres Escobar, Ernesto Fuentes, Fernando Soto,Gary Gardner, Miguel Rivera y Moises Riffo.

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MIXED REVIEWS ON THAT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CD SET
For fairness sake, I should point out that not everyone is liking that set of The Complete National Geographic. One Brigada Today participant wrote this week, “The text is simply unreadable, no contrast and terribly blotchy. Squinting and staring I just about might recognize most of the body text, but captions of pics you can simply forget. The printouts are even worse, even when printed on a 600dpi HP LaserJet 5.” (Thanks for the candid review, Heinz.) I guess it all boils down to your tolerance level — how bad do you want all that information at your fingertips, and how much are you willing to work to read it! :-)

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WANT TO BE AN EFFECTIVE SENDING CHURCH?
Then take a look at The Missionary Training Service’s new booklet, “The Effective Sending Church.” This booklet will outline areas of work to be taken on by congregations (and mission agencies) interested in doing quality sending. It costs US$6.50 plus US$1.50 seamail or US$3.00 airmail from The Missionary Training Service, 18 Aston Way, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2XY United Kingdom; Tel./Fax. +44 1691 653619; E-mail: coordmtsatxcdotorg; Web page: http://www.btinternet.com/~ajg/mtshome.htm. Check it out! And… thanks for your continued great ministry, Ian! (This “find” came from Jerry Witt’s halusaatwittydotcom compilation of “how to start a missions agency” item from a few weeks back. Although few of us responded to Jerry, Ian’s booklet was a great discovery from Jerry’s search.)

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PLAN YOUR 1998 FOR PRAYER
… with a diary / planner that combines something very practical — a Planner / organizer (spiral bound, so it can lay flat complete with all the customary planning and tracking aids, weekly and monthly spreads, note sections, etc.); on the other hand, it is tool to inspire your devotional life with a daily Bible reading plan and prayer points with a strong missions emphasis. Every month also has an illustrated spread containing text profiles on (unreached) peoples and/or cities. At the end there are note pages, address pages, and all the countries with selected statistics, map pages (regions and world). In the beginning you find two spreads (two-year planner overviews), several devotional/missions articles, etc. The product has been published annually for about ten years, looks very sharp, and your local book store might carry it (@ $14.99); WCN’s sale price is: $10.49. While you can express your preference for any of the different colors (spiral-bound blue, green, burgundy and rose; or one hardcover edition), they cannot guarantee availability. The planner is over 200 pages, and measures 7″ x 9″.

The following prices apply to the 1998 Prayer Diary / Planner list price: US$14.99; the WCN sale price as follows: orders of
1 to 9 @ 10.49 each,
10 to 24 @ 9.74 each,
25 to 49 @ 8.99 each,
50 to 74 @ 8.24 each,
75 to 99 @ 7.49 each (50% discount).
(Postage is additional… email wcnatxcdotorg for postage and other information) or write WorldChristian News, P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936 USA. Or… you can call tel: 1 (719) 442-6409; Fax 1 (719) 380-0936; Email: wcnatxcdotorg.

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EARLY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Looking for some stocking stuffers for someone with very big socks? Try some of the newly discounted books & videos from WorldChristian News & Books. You can get…

* 1998 Prayer Diary / Planner–List price: $14.95; WCN SALE PRICE: $10.49 (start the next year right)
* Christian Cyberspace Companion–List price: $15.99; WCN SALE PRICE: $12.79 (guide to the Internet and Christian online resources)
* Church in Asia Today–List price: $26.95; WCN SALE PRICE: $26.95 (what a resource! country-by-country, challenges and issues, by Asian Christian scholars, over 500 pages)
* Friend Raising video–List price: $14.95; WCN SALE PRICE: $11.95 (about mission support raising; follows the success of the book by that name!)
* Global Link video–List price: $14.95; WCN SALE PRICE: $11.95 (finally a mission video for young adults… fast-paced, exciting!)
* Mission Handbook: 1998-2000–List price: $49.95; WCN SALE PRICE: $38.96 (most comprehensive N. American mission agency directory; lots of info)
* Too Valuable to Loose–List price: $23.95; WCN SALE PRICE: $19.15 (we must not only recruit, but also reduce casualties… missionaries are the most valuable asset in missions! the results of a major new study)
* Twilight Labyrinth–List price: $16.99; WCN SALE PRICE: $13.59 (long awaited… by George Otis, Jr.) and don’t forget…
* Praying Through the Window III materials
o The Unreached Peoples book (YWAM Publishing) Retail price: U.S. $8.99; WCN sale price: $6.29
o To The Ends of The Earth video (CBN, Caleb) Retail price: U.S. $9.95; WCN sale price: $8.95
o Unreached Peoples Map (NEW!) color (Global Mapping)
+ 22″ x 34″ (wall map size) Retail: U.S. $5; WCN sale price: $4.50
+ 8.5″x 11″ (pack of 10) Retail: U.S. $10; WCN sale price: $7.50

many more books are listed at:. (Postage is additional… email for postage and other information) or write WorldChristian News, P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936 USA. Tel: 1 (719) 442-6409; Fax 1 (719) 380-0936.

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YOU CAN WIN MILLIONS WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR HOUSE!!
Don’t pass up this chance to pray for the millions of Muslims in the world. You can win them through prayer! This is why YWAM-Mexico is making available the Spanish prayer guide, “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslims” — and World Christian News in the USA is making available the English version. This guide is designed for intercession for the Muslim world during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time during which over one billion Muslims around the world join together in fasting and reflection. During this same month (January 1-30, 1998), the Body of Christ, His Church, will join together to intercede for the salvation of these Muslims.

The publishers of the Spanish version have asked that we send orders to their postal address (they’re not accepting e-mail orders!). Don’t forget to include how many guides you would like, your name, and the address to which to send the guides. Write Center for World Missions, Juventud Con Una Misión, Apdo. 1352, Oaxaca 68000, Oaxaca, MEXICO. Prices, including postage:
1-9 guides/US$2.50 each;
10-99 guides/US$2.25 each;
100 or more/US$2 each.
Please write checks in U.S. dollars to “Youth With A Mission”.

Within México, prices including postage:
1-9 guides/N$20 each;
10-99 guides/N$17.50 each;
100 or more/N$15 each.
They want you to deposit your payment in Cuenta Maestra #5290-9340-4949-2992, sucursal #549 of Banamex, to the name of Alejandra Muñoz, then fax them a copy of the deposit slip along with your order (name, address, and number of guides desired). Fax number: 91 (951) 5-79-27.

The English version is available from WorldChristian News, P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936 USA; Tel: 1 (719) 442-6409; Fax 1 (719) 380-0936; Email: wcnatxcdotorg. (Tip: If you’d rather not order the Spanish version from Mexico, WCN has those too.) Also see WCN for an accompanying video, a prayer guide for children, and a matching poster. Write wcnatxcdotorg to get the low-down on prices and bulk orders.

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HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF A WEB SITE FOR THE UNREACHED
Check out the new Tama page at http://users.mildura.net.au/users/mjackson/Tama/Tama.htm. This is apparently developed by a Joshua Project 2000-type team (i.e., a group which did a 7-day survey among the Tama). By translating their work into a web page, they gave a lasting gift for those who want to learn more about their chosen people. If security issues can be resolved for your group, why not attempt to do the same! Check out the Tama as a case study.

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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, 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!

19971012 Brigada Today

Now with 6267 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY — fresh back from a weekend soccer tournament… (sorry this one’s late)
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON CD – REVISITED
* BRIGADA FREEBIES – YOU’RE GONNA WANT THIS ONE
* WONDERING ABOUT COMIBAM? WONDER NO MORE
* RUSSIAN BIBLE STILL RUSHIN’
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE WITH GLOBAL HOPE
* ALL INSURANCE-HUNTERS UNITE!
* PRAYER FOR THOSE TRAPPED….
* IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…. CHRISTMAS CARDS!
* SPECIAL TREAT FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE USA DURING OCTOBER
* WHAT KIND OF WITNESS TO THE WORLD CUP?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ON CD – REVISITED
Just when you thought we were done talking about The Complete National Geographic, “we’re baaaaaaaaa-aaaack!” :-) This past week, growing deeper and deeper into this Bosnia research project, I decided to bite the bullet when I saw the entire 30-CD set on sale locally here at “Computer City” for $159. (Brigada price-watchers have seen it for as low as $149!) Got it home and unwrapped it, queued up the search engine for Bosnia, and — seconds later I was perusing the June 1996 article and pictures on screen. It’s worth every penny of the price if you ever have to look up pictures. And sure enough, it was good enough for my 11-year-old to skip desert for so he’d be first at the keyboard! As one reader pointed out, these are scanned pages, so you can’t “copy” and “paste” the text, and the pictures aren’t “objects”, but it’s still great if you have a big screen. Unfortunately, according to Rod, ” Woe to Mac Quadra AV users, for you’re likely to pull your hair out over crashes, at least if you’re still using system 7.5. I’m still trying to get to the bottom of this incompatibility.” We’ll hear back on that one, we hope. Several have asked how to call stores like Costco and Computer City from outside the USA. A better bet is to get on the web and do a search for “The Complete National Geographic”. I tested this approach and in moments had on-line stores that would sell me the title on-line in the right price range. Make sure you never send your credit card information over email — use only a web page with “secure sockets” layer or PGP email encryption.

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BRIGADA FREEBIES – YOU’RE GONNA WANT THIS ONE
Thanks to the anonymous Brigada participant who wanted to share his treasure trove of “freebies” with the Brigada world! You can get his list of finds by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada freebies
download now

The file that will be emailed to you automatically has everything from how to get web pages free by email to how to get free email period! It also gives banner exchange services and even free web page space for ministries! (Finally gotcha’ on that last one, didn’t we! :-)) So . . . get it today without pay! And thanks to the anonymous Brigada tipster who wanted all thanks to go to the Lord!

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WONDERING ABOUT COMIBAM? WONDER NO MORE
As you may know Hurricane Pauline struck Acapulco, Mexico, causing significant damage to the area. This is the site of COMIBAM ’97 where more than 4,000 delegates from across Latin America will be meeting October 27-31 to assess the development of Latin America’s missionary force since the historic declaration at COMIBAM ’87 in Sao Paulo, “From Mission Field to Mission Force.” This is seen as a vital congress to fully assess the emerging missionary force from Latin America to the rest of the world.

The latest word from Rudy Giron, outgoing Executive Director of COMIBAM, is:

1. The congress is going ahead as planned.

2. Please pray for the many families affected in the area. All delegates are being asked to bring to the congress something that can be donated to the people living in the area who have been displaced by Hurricane Pauline.

3. Please pray for the Mexican volunteers working to prepare for the congress.

The hurricane mainly affected the part of the mountain outside the tourist resorts. The structure needed to carry the congress is working properly with electricity, water, etc.

All the members the COMIBAM team already in Acapulco are OK and preparations are moving ahead as smoothly as possible in the prevailing circumstances. So the word at this time is that COMIBAM ’97 is DEFINITELY ON!!!!

For more information, Phone 800-272-2442 in the USA or on Net2Phone or call to the USA direct at 509-782-9200; Fax 509-548-6585 or 509-782-1229; or Email 73670dot3435atcompuservedotcom WWW, http://www.mountcarmel.com ; no cost, including shipping, catalogs in plain white envelopes.

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RUSSIAN BIBLE STILL RUSHIN’
For those who wondered what happened to the Russian Bible program, you can still get the Base package of “Slavic Bible” 1.5 for Windows from ftp-server ftp.aist.net in directory pub/shareware/sbible/. The Base package is shareware and has the Russian Synodal translation of the Bible with deuterocanonical books, cross reference module, maps, photos of Holy Land and topical handbook. In addition, now the program has a two-language (Russian & English) interface, which the user can change “on fly” without restarting or dropping to DOS. Pretty slick! It also contains modules of Bible texts in Russian, Church-Slavonic, Ukrainian, Biblical Hebrew (OT), Greek (LXX & NT 4 editions), Latin, English (more 10 classic and modern versions), French, German and Italian. If you interest in this modules, please, contact with Sergej A.Fedosov, sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua. Now… where will we find something similar in Serbo-Croatian! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE WITH GLOBAL HOPE
Two previously Muslim Palestinians report how God is moving in the midst of the troubles on the West Bank: “God has let a new spiritual hunger loose, and reveals himself to those who seek him,” says one of the pastors. “On average, one Muslim is coming to believe in Jesus each week. Eighty percent of the people in the Palestinian-controlled areas want peace, and only twenty percent have extreme views,” he says. A Muslim Sheikh has also become a follower of Jesus, explaining that he wants to understand the Word of God better and explain it to his “questioning brothers”.
(Source: Christian Friends of Israel, e-mail: cfi_jeruatnetvisiondotnetdotil via FRIDAYFax, produced by DAWN Europe, part of the DAWN International Network: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn )
Global Glimpse breaks to the light of day each week because John Hanna, Caleb Project Littleton, CO, makes the time to send it to us!

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ALL INSURANCE-HUNTERS UNITE!
Brad and Sara Cronbaugh BKCSKCatXCdotOrg want to help those who have had trouble finding a good medical insurance for a great price! If you have a good provider (or if you are a good provider! :-)) send a paragraph to Brad and Sara regarding

1. the nature of your typical coverage
2. the typical price
3. any restrictions (like whether or not the policy would only work for those serving outside the USA and/or Europe or vice versa
4. contact information, including email address if possible

Brad and Sara will compile the information for us and rest insured we’ll be able to “get” it in a couple of weeks!

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PRAYER FOR THOSE TRAPPED….
Have you heard that Sunday, November 16, 1997, has been declared an International Day of Prayer for the Suffering Church? For more information, see http://www.persecutedchurch.org or email IDOPatxcdotorg. Thanks to Chris Bushnell for the tip!

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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE…. CHRISTMAS CARDS!
Can you believe it? Only 40 days ’til you’d better have those cards in the mail, gang! Well you’re in luck! In a special arrangement with Brigada, Kingdom Graphics is offering a special NEW Christmas Card design !!! The artwork on the cover is a NEW creative and exciting view of the town of Bethlehem placed on the arch of the earth …… the sky is explosive with stars and color …… the STAR over Bethlehem is a-glow with beauty and wonder as its cross-like shape shines down upon the quiet city. Each package contains 20 cards and envelopes
– The card size is 4.5″ x 6.25″ [folded]
– 1 -to- 4 packages cost $15. per pkg.
– 5 -to- 10 packages cost $14. per pkg.
– 11 and up cost $13. per pkg.

ViSA & MasterCard accepted. You can see this Christmas Card on the Kingdom Graphics Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com

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SPECIAL TREAT FOR THOSE OUTSIDE THE USA DURING OCTOBER
You don’t have to face the perplexing question of how to deal with this weird American tradition of celebrating Halloween. What a strange nation we are, to lift up ghoulish spirits and goblins and laugh and poke fun at images of Satan’s real schemes. Our family sat down around the table last night after a visit to the local zoo last evening. Yikes. There were so many goblins, I felt queasy inside. We decided as a family that the whole holiday is nuts and we’re all moving to Bosnia by mid-month. Well, okay… maybe I’m exaggerating just a bit. But we did decide to try to forego all the scary stuff that reminds us of the devil.

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WHAT KIND OF WITNESS TO THE WORLD CUP?
Here’s an invitation to compile all efforts to pour in witness at the World Cup in France, next June and July ’98. If you or your ministry has plans to witness to players or spectators who will be arriving from all points throughout the globe, send a brief description and contact information to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. Make sure you include details if you’re looking for additional volunteers and recruits! I’d sure like to have a great ministry excuse to be in Paris in July! :-)

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(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.
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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!

19971005 Brigada Today

Now with 6218 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY — fresh back from Envision ’97 in Tulsa, OK.
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FINALLY!!! BRIGADA-HOY READY FOR BUSINESS!
* WHERE IN THE WORLD DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
* THE SKY IS FALLING! (NAT’L GEO. FOR LESS!)
* VIRTUAL PIT-STOPPING
* GOOD NEWS FOR CENTRAL ASIA LANGUAGE GURUS
* NEW 10/40 WINDOW REPORTER COMING YOUR WAY
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON PRAYER
* HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE BRIGADA NETWORKS?
* HALFWAY THROUGH – ARE YOU ‘PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW’???
* WANT TO MEET A FEW DOCTORS WITH A PASSION FOR THE UNREACHED?
* WHAT WILL WE DO ABOUT THE BOSNIAS?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FINALLY!!! BRIGADA-HOY READY FOR BUSINESS!
Okay – so it took us awhile. You thought we’d keep saying, “mahn-yah-nah” forever, eh? Well maybe it wasn’t exactly “ya” but . . . at least it’s finally up and running! Subscribe today by sending an email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe brigada-hoy

and you’ll be ready for the first edition of Brigada-Hoy just as soon as it’s released! Be sure to spread the word to your Spanish-speaking friends! The Spanish version will contain the same resources as the English edition (so there’s no need to subscribe to both unless you just want to practice the ole’ “es-pahn-yohl” :-)), but my hunch is that it’ll also eventually feature some Latin-American specific stuff as well. You know how these Brigada things tend to grow. :-) Thanks to the entire Brigada Hoy crew, with Alex Morales amoratxcdotorg at the helm! (Boy am I glad that wait is over! :-)) Don’t forget to send your “Spanish-language specific” items directly to Alex!

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WHERE IN THE WORLD DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
Brigada (Bree-GAH-dah) — It goes back to 1942, when Stalin, then leader of what used to be the USSR, banished some 200,000 Crimean Tatars from their homes on the Black Sea. They were not permitted to return to their homeland en masse until the early nineties, when the Soviet Union broke apart. Unfortunately, since their homes had been confiscated by others, the Crimean Tatars were forced to rebuild entire settlements during the cold winters of 1990 and 1991. While living in Crimea, I saw dozens of Crimean Tatar families working together in what they called, in Russian, “brigadas” (Russian for “brigades”), helping one another build homes in rapid fashion.

They found, through experience, that working together produces synergy, i.e., the output is greater than the sum of the inputs. As Bill Taylor writes in Kingdom Partnerships, “… One draft horse can pull four tons. If you harnessed two draft horses together, they can pull twenty-two tons.”

To reach our world today, we need just this kind of “brigada” and just this kind of synergy! And by the way, the same term is also good in Spanish! :-)

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THE SKY IS FALLING! (NAT’L GEO. FOR LESS!)
Now you can get the sky … and everything else . . . for less! Last week’s item reported a better price on the National Geographic CD compendium (” THOSE YELLOW RECTANGLES FOR EVEN LESS!”) and now we hear from our sleuths that you can even beat that price! So the sky . . . and everything else that Nat’l Geographic has pictured down through the years . . . is falling in price! $149 is the best price we’ve heard… at Price/Costco. Unfortunately, we’ve also heard some disappointment from at least one reader who thought the quality would be parallel with the quality of the print version . . . and in his opinion, it did not. This reader reported that the pictures are “postage stamp sized” and that if you enlarged the layout, the text became fuzzy… At the very same time, another reader wrote, saying, “It’s 30 CD-ROM’s total, hybrid (runs on Macs and PCs) with every photo and article and ad they’ve ever published. It has an excellent search engine. Great stuff! I could hardly pull my kids away from it, though they had homework to do.” :-) So — maybe keep the receipt handy and perhaps NG would refund your money directly if you don’t like it? Despite the questionable report, I’m still saving up my pennies hoping to get this one by Christmas. Even with fuzzy text, it still seems like there would be a ton of reasons to own 108 years of National Geo.! :-)

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VIRTUAL PIT-STOPPING
Couldn’t make it to Pit-Stop Raleigh? Fret no more! :-) Now you can be there virtually. :-) Order the audio tapes and pick up a at least a sense of what’s going on. Order from Cary Christian Church by mailing your check or money order to Pitstop, 1503 Walnut St., Cary, NC 27511. (Tel. 919-467-9159 or email psraleighataoldotcom for more information). Cost is $5, including shipping and handling to any USA address (price is slightly higher for international orders — email for info). The entire 4-tape set is $20, or get Session 1 (Opening service with mini profiles [project-by-project updates on PACE] and message by Dr. Ajai Lall of India — a case study in how Dr. Lall is reaching his area of India), Session 2, “PACE, A path to the Future” and “Building Your Prayer Base”, or Session 3, “Activate Your Church for the Master” and “Commit to Planting a Vibrant New Church” or Session 4. “Enlisting Networks of Love,” Where do we go from here?” The last tape includes the illustrations on finishing (including the “Iditarod Trail” illustration). Pit-Stop Tulsa just occurred this past Friday . . . and the next “live” Pit-Stop on schedule currently is set for Lincoln, IL, April 24-25. For more information, email hubatxcdotorg with only the message,
subscribe pace-events

to be placed on a free list for the latest info or just read the web at http://www.brigada.org/pace.

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GOOD NEWS FOR CENTRAL ASIA LANGUAGE GURUS
If you’re learning (or wishing you could learn) a Central Asian language, then it looks like life just got a bit easier. The Dictionary of Turkic Languages, Routledge. 1996 just hit the market. The web site http://www.imagins.com/MM/DTL.htm has more info. This new multi-language dictionary covers eight major Turkic languages: Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Uzbek. (361 p.) It’s hardback, providing two thousand “headwords” in English, translated into each of the eight Turkic languages. Words are organized alphabetically in English. Original script and Latin transcription are provided for each language. For ease of use, alphabetical indices are also given for the eight languages. But here’s the really cool news . The CD-Rom version with native speakers pronunciation is to be released in 1998. I’m holding out for the multi-media version! :-) Thanks to Lee for the tip!!!

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NEW 10/40 WINDOW REPORTER COMING YOUR WAY
… if you subscribe, that is. The Christian Information Network wrote this past week to announce the release of The 10/40 Window Reporter, a quarterly newsletter dedicated to the countries, people and events of the 10/40 Window. (The Christian Information Network provides ministry information and resources pertinent to the 10/40 Window.) Those interested in receiving the newsletter may email the Christian Information Network at cin10_40atcompuservedotcom or call CIN toll free at 1-888-772-9104. They want your complete name, phone number and mailing address. And by the way, CIN also asked Brigada participants to submit information for possible publication in The 10/40 Window Reporter. Items of interest must [obviously] be related to the 10/40 Window and would include events such as conferences, corporate prayer journeys and verifiable newsworthy information. If you’ve got a tip just contact CIN, Attn: The 10/40 Window Reporter editorial staff, 11025 State Highway 83 North, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3623, email cin10_40atcompuservedotcom.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON PRAYER
Right now in the month of October millions of Christians around the world are uniting in prayer for specific unreached people groups. Organizers are expecting 30 to 50 million believers, perhaps from every country, to participate in Praying Through the Window III. More than 1 million prayer calendars have been distributed in 10 languages, many of which were used as originals for printing or copying. The prayer guide book giving detailed profiles and prayer requests has been translated into at least 12 languages and is available in print, on the World Wide Web, and through e-mail. Furthermore, invitations to participate have been delivered by mail, radio, and Christian television in many countries.
(Source: Christian Information Network, (719) 522-1040 CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom and http://www.calebproject.org/ptw3).
To receive the prayer profiles by e-mail send the following message to hubatxcdotorg
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HOW DO I FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE BRIGADA NETWORKS?
Not a problem. Just send a simple email message to hubatxcdotorg with only two words on the first line of the message:
conferences brigada

You’ll receive a list of the names of dozens of email-activated conferences. Those labeled, “brigada-connections-…” (as well as the exception, brigada-travel-bids) are special. You can write them without “joining” by just sending a message to the conference itself (for example, or . (Write the former to request a quote for a particular air fare itinerary from dozens of cooperating travel agents; write the “connections” crews for leads on particular clusters of least reached peoples.) All the other conferences (e.g., brigada-peoples, brigada-cities, brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest, brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers, etc.) have to be ‘joined’. But it’s not hard. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with the word “subscribe” in front of whatever conference grabs your attention. For example,
subscribe brigada-peoples

Some conferences, like brigada-peoples, are more like free-flowing information/networking sessions. Others are basically mailing lists for emailed journals or newsletters. Each conference is different — but the “welcome message” usually spells out the format. In all cases, just “copy the mail” for a while to get the hang of it — and maybe that’s safest protocol prior to jumping in head first! :-) Happy hunting!

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HALFWAY THROUGH – ARE YOU ‘PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW’???
If you’ve lost your book (I misplaced mine this past week at Envision ’97!) don’t forget that you can get the ‘digest’ version at http://www.ad2000.org by clicking on PTWIII tools. Granted — it might not be as attractive as the printed version with pictures, but hey — for virtual prayer-walking, you can’t beat it! :-)

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WANT TO MEET A FEW DOCTORS WITH A PASSION FOR THE UNREACHED?
How ’bout a few hundred then! :-) Now you can … on November 7-8. That’s when 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. (Can you believe this? Something related to medicine and it’s free???!!! :-)) 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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WHAT WILL WE DO ABOUT THE BOSNIAS?
Our mission has just been asked by the Antioch Network to find a church or churches to “adopt” one of 32 cities in Bosnia which have been war-torn, raped, and destroyed. (What an incredible burden it creates when people can’t get along!) So where will we go for more information? First, I’ll send a message to brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg and say — “Where do I find info. on Bosnia?” Then I’ll hope for the best.

(Note: If I weren’t already a member, I’d join first by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg that read simply,
subscribe brigada-peoples
. . . then wait for the welcome response.) If some of my buddies there can’t point me to several options, I’ll be very surprised. I’m hoping to receive 5-10 good email contacts that can help me learn more about the situation there… maybe some web sites, some good books, articles, and journals. Next I’ll write the 5-10 people with very specific questions… “What part of Bosnia should we try to approach?” “How can a church/agency partnership make the best contribution?” “Where do we learn the language(s)?” “What are the risks?” and most of all, “Who can I contact that would help us learn more?” With this simple beginning, we’ll get started trying to learn about Bosnia. Thank God for the unselfish resource people working the brigada-peoples conference. Thank God for Christian unity. Now we roll up our sleeves!

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

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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, 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!

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