Monthly Archives: November 1997

19971130 Brigada Today

Now with 6491 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
Welcome our new volunteer Customer Service Managers, Don & Judy! They’re available at owner-brigadaatbrigadadotorg. Thanks for the help, Don & Judy!!!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GOOD NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF AD2000…
* COOL WEB RESOURCE ON PRAYING FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES
* FIRST IT WAS JUNO… NOW IT’S FREE FULL INTERNET
* GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… FOR NEW BRIGADA USERS
* LEARN TO WRITE LIKE A PRO!
* MORE ON PHONE CARDS
* WANTED: CONTEXTUALIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLS
* BRIGADA-PEOPLES MOVING!
* JOIN A WORLDWIDE PRAYER MOVEMENT DURING RAMADAN!
* YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A 30-DAY MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS IN RUSSIAN!
* MORE ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE
* ARE THERE REALLY CHURCHES OUT THERE GIVING 10% OR MORE TO MISSIONS?
* PGP UPDATE
* SING A SONG OF MISSIONS…
* HABLA ESPAÑOL?
* WEB-WATCH
* ADVANCE IS READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
* MORE INFO ON MORMON VIDEO

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF AD2000…
… came this note this past week: “The International Office of AD2000 and Beyond Movement is seeing a flurry of interest in networking. Churches and agencies are taking seriously the Movement’s goals of cooperation and avoidance of duplication. AD2000 and Beyond tracks adoptions, evangelistic activity and church planting among peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list. It is our experience that the vast majority of churches adopting peoples are actively seeking to connect with agencies that may already be involved. Some churches are partnering with an agency so that those raised as missionaries from their congregation, automatically are directed to the mission agency’s application and training process. Others seek agency projects or missionaries to which they might give financial and prayer support. Some are developing plans for short-term trips or projects, while receiving counsel from agencies with experience and expertise. It is a tremendous encouragement to see this visible display of creativity and unity for the cause of Christ.” I take that to be a very positive message! For more information on how you can network with other churches adopting unreached peoples via the AD2000 International Office, contact Barb Bills at barbatad2000dotorg. She’s now the Joshua Project 2000 Coordinator.

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COOL WEB RESOURCE ON PRAYING FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES
Looking for that perfect web resource for praying for the least reached? Don’t pass over http://www.calebproject.org/ptw3/index.html. Originally written up for Praying Through the Window III this past October, this 31-day summary can now be applied anytime you please! It’s got pictures, it’s concise, it’s well organized, and it’s easy to apply on a daily basis throughout the year as a rotating prayer resource!!! Check it out — it’s great!

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FIRST IT WAS JUNO… NOW IT’S FREE FULL INTERNET
Pete Holzmann spent the past few days at Comdex and wrote us with this report: “Do you like having free email in the USA, using the Juno system? How about basically free Internet access? For a one-time $90 charge (30 day money-back guarantee) you can have up to 56kbps (US Robotics X2) access from over 1000 cities in the USA. Now you can, using Freeweb and their version of the Netscape browser, with a small advertisement built in, for free email, web access, etc. See http://www.freewwweb.com for more info, or call 203/790-4600.” Pete added a warning: “The dial-in network is still being built, so many areas do not have access yet.” Since this is a new resource, we’d love to hear back how it works for you.

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GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… FOR NEW BRIGADA USERS
This week I received a fairly pointed message criticizing all the cryptic symbols in Brigada Today. Gulp. The reader wrote, “I have included a sample of something that made no sense to me.” In the sample were a bunch of email shorthand notes… :-) Sorry about that. So this week we’re including a “key” to the confusion!!! Again, apologies to new users:

_Title_ — These underscores indicate a title or a book, film, or boat. In “real” writing, the title would be underlined or italicized.

=emphasis= — These equal signs indicate emphasis. In real writing, the word would be printed in bold.

:-) — This symbol (an ’emoticon’) represents a grin or a “chuckle.” In real writing, . . . well . . . in real writing I guess the author wouldn’t grin or chuckle. :-)

:-( — You guessed it. An internet sad face. You kind of have to turn your head sideways to the left to see these. :-)

< > — These pointed braces indicate the beginning and ending of internet email addresses or Worldwide Web URLs.

[sic] — This word is placed after an item quoted when the author wants to indicate that there’s a mistake in the quotation and the mistake is being retransmitted precisely as it occurred in the original citation.

!!! — This symbol is often used in Brigada Today to indicate a really enthusiastic sentence. Email seems so bland, we figure you have to do something to spruce it up. :-)

Did we omit anything?

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LEARN TO WRITE LIKE A PRO!
… and catch winter in Florida while you’re at it! :-) The Florida Christian Writers Conference is set for January 29 to February 2 1998. This carefully tailored conference offers instruction and marketing opportunities to writers at different levels-beginning, intermediate, advanced, and professional. Writers attend continuing classes and elective workshops, interact one-on-one with editors, and “talk shop” with fellow writers. The conference is designed to be inspirational, instructive, and provide marketing opportunities. The faculty is asked to review manuscripts, make suggestions regarding marketability, and give brief written critiques. The faculty and staff are available to registrants throughout the conference, including meals, to provide a warm non-threatening environment. Attendance is usually 175-200 with a faculty of 30-35 made up of freelance writers, editors and publishers, 40-48 workshops and 6 continuing classes. Browse http://www.kipertek.com/writer/ for more information, or email writeratdigitaldotnet. Phone: 407-269-6702, Fax: 407-383-1741, or write to: Billie Wilson, FCWC, 2600 Park Avenue, Titusville, FL 32780.

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MORE ON PHONE CARDS
Galen filled us in on the fact that Sprint’s phone cards work both nationally and internationally. Call (800) 366-0707 or visit Sam’s Club division of Walmart stores. No other contact numbers were given to date.

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WANTED: CONTEXTUALIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLS
Here’s a guy thirsting for a contextualized approach to reaching Native Americans. He writes, “As a point of reference, we’ve come up with 7 categories of connecting points between Native Indian history and culture and Bible history and culture. … We have taught the first 20 lessons, promoting this with—‘Now you can learn Native Indian identity and the Bible at the same time!’ Our question is— is there anyone out there who’s aware of anything in print on this topic already? And does anyone have any wisdom you could pass along to this committee, on developing a contextualized theology for Native Indian peoples?” If you’ve got a strategy or you’re working on it, write Dan Woodard at 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom in Canada and he’ll send us a summary of your inputs in a couple of weeks. Thanks Dan!

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BRIGADA-PEOPLES MOVING!
I continue to be impressed by Dave Nesmith and the whole Brigada-peoples crew… currently a pack of some 300+ users committed to helping you find information about unreached peoples. (To subscribe, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe brigada-peoples

in the text.) And along the way, David continues to help everybody be all the more effective at his or her job. For example, this past week he asked subscribers to avoid subject lines like “Info request,” “I have a question,” “Information please,” and “Help!” Now I had never thought about it before, but he’s right!!! He wrote, “When users scan the mail folder listing they are looking for something that will identify the request. Avoid like the plague. Many users, up to here with email traffic, will simply delete a NO SUBJECT, thinking, perhaps, ‘If the originator did not care enough to put in a subject line then it isn’t worth my time to read it.’ If your emailer has a problem with subject lines, then fix it or else get a new emailer.” He added, “Please DO always provide a link between your response and the query to which you are responding. It is very frustrating to see a message begin with something like this: Hi there Joe, I think the answer to your problem is………………. Who is Joe? What is the problem? If you do quote the inquiry message, DO NOT include the entire message, only enough of it to provide a link.” Now there’s a moderator who is not only in touch with his subject but also with how to approach it!!! Thanks for a great job, David!

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JOIN A WORLDWIDE PRAYER MOVEMENT DURING RAMADAN!
Arab World Ministries is planning to send out a daily e-mail prayer request during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting (December 31-January 29). Would you like to receive these daily requests to help you pray for Muslim converts and followers of Islam during that time? Send an email to: majordomoatgospelcomdotnet. In the body of the message type this text only:
subscribe awm-ramadan

The subject of the message does not matter.

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YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A 30-DAY MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS IN RUSSIAN!
Thanks to Kim who wrote this past week to let us know that the 30-Day Muslim prayer focus is indeed available in Russian ( see Oct. 31st Brigada Today for the original request)! She added, “The 30 Days prayer guide is available in 30 languages!! English, Bengali, Chinese, Czech, Arabic, Finish, French, German, Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, Tamil, Indonesian, Italien, Japanese, Kazak, Swahili, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Afrikaans, Portuguese, and Simple English. In addition, a Children’s edition and an Internet edition is also available.” For more information, write 71233dot1475atcompuservedotcom. Great answer, Kim!!!

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MORE ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE
A “World Christian Conference” is scheduled for Feb. 13-16, 1998 at Santa Cruz, CA. The conference started back in 1985 as the World Christian Conference for the Chinese Graduates (WCCCG) when its founders saw the need to bring the Chinese churches together to challenge them to respond to the needs of the world. Since 1985, brother and sisters, primarily from Chinese churches on the West Coast, have come together in a forum where biblical teaching is given, models and examples are presented, and practical issues are discussed. By God’s grace, many alumni of the World Christian Conference have moved into various ministries, locally and abroad. Others continue to live out their World Christian calling and spread the World Christian vision here in North America. To learn more, contact Derrick Tan CyTanatjunodotcom or browse http://www.octlab.com/wcc98 (currently under construction).

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ARE THERE REALLY CHURCHES OUT THERE GIVING 10% OR MORE TO MISSIONS?
If so, Grace would like to know!!! She asked this week if we could somehow locate any true stories of churches that are actually giving 10% or more of their finances to missions and, if so, she’d like to hear what happened as a result. “I’ve heard that some churches who were broke before, and then tried tithing as a church, suddenly began to have more than they needed, etc. I’ve heard numerous stories like this, but I don’t have any specific facts… So, I would like to request that any churches or people who know of churches and have the facts, would send me their story and/or the name and address/contact info of the person I could contact about getting this kind of information. Grace Wiebe: gracewatidmaildotcom. We’ll ask for a compilation or summary report, okay Grace? Thanks!

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PGP UPDATE
Rod, our PGP guy, wrote this past week, “Good news for folks outside of USA and Canada… finally! PGP 5.0i for Windows 95/NT has been released! http://www.pgpi.com/ is the place to go for more info. Note: This is the only legally exported international version of PGP 5.0, i.e. via scanned and OCRed source code.” Thanks Rod!

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SING A SONG OF MISSIONS…
The AD2000 Worship & Arts Network is in the process of compiling a Missions/Worship Songbook (missions songs and worship songs with a missions emphasis) which will hopefully become a wonderful resource for missions-minded folks around the world (so far only in English-speaking countries). They’re looking for your suggestions re: which songs to include. Just write Grace Wiebe at gracewatidmaildotcom or snail mail her at 6240 London Rd., Richmond, BC, V7E 3S4 Canada (or fax: 604-275-7785) by the end of December. (Materials arriving after Dec. 31 might be included in a future edition.) The information requested:

1. the name of the song
2. the name of the songwriter/s
3. the title of the tape/CD, etc. it’s on (if it is)
4. a leadsheet which includes the words/chords, etc.
5. whether it’s copywritten or not
6. if possible, contact info so that we can contact the songwriters, etc. for permission to use their song/s
7. if possible, perhaps the song can be sent on an inexpensive cassette (if it’s not copywritten)

The Network is also looking for shorter choruses that also have good translations in other languages, or non-English songs that have good English translations. They’re hoping to put together 25-40 songs (or more, depending on the response) that will be useful to churches, missions organizations, university Christian fellowships, etc.

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HABLA ESPAÑOL?
If you don’t know what that means, CIE (Centro de Idioma Español) offers you the solution. CIE’s unique approach to Spanish language acquisition through cultural integration and ministry participation will equip you with the most important key to opening the hearts of the Spanish speaking, along with an understanding of mission work in Latin America. CIE offers programs at various levels from one month to one year. The center is located five minutes from the border of El Paso, Texas in Juarez, Mexico, where you will encounter the warmth of the Mexican people and their culture. Our native teaching staff brings more than 20 years of experience in training missionaries for Latin America. For more information, contact Ike at cmfmexicoatcompuservedotcom or write to CIE, P.O. Box 26998, El Paso, TX 79926-6998; Tel/Fax (in Mexico) 52-16-11-36-20.

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WEB-WATCH
Want news for Christians? Check out http://www.christcom.net. Thanks for the tip, Jeff!

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ADVANCE IS READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
To get the December Advance, just email hubatxcdotorg with a message that says,
get brigada advance.9712

Here’s a summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Khmu of Laos; the Acehnese of Indonesia; the Pauri Bhuiya of India; open hearts among Fulanis in Nigeria; Buddhist monks invited the gospel into their temple; reading room ministry in Chad; hearts turning to Christ in Mali

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Indian Catholic priest kidnapped and beheaded; two lay workers murdered in Mexico; evangelical leader beaten in Colombia; Christian protesters attacked in Vietnam; evangelical pastor persecuted in Mordovia

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — “Toy bomb” kills five children in Pakistan; 14-year-old girl murdered by teenage friends; British medical engineers develop use for fetal brain cells; Jack Kevorkian offers “patient” organs for transplant; 30 million people living with AIDS virus; Bill Clinton speaks at homosexual rights event

REJOICE! — God rescues medical outreach to Muslim community; the church grows in Baghdad; number of Rajasthan believers doubles in less than one year; 2,665 adult decisions for Christ in Baranquilla; 70 new believers in Mali; God protects Peru missionaries from plane crash; 25 Islamic sheiks make decisions for Christ

NETWORKING — Free information packs on ministry to people with HIV and AIDS; sixth annual 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus begins Jan. 1; new workbook: “How to Get Your Congregation Involved in Missions”; “The 10/40 Window Reporter”; Open Doors website; how to stop junk e-mail; Christian news website; urgent missionary prayer concerns delivered by e-mail; prayer booklets on India; prayer mobilization videos; Kurds prayer calendar; reaching international students for Christ; missions-oriented e-mail list for children

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MORE INFO ON MORMON VIDEO
If you were trying to hunt down that video on Mormonism, we’ve heard some more information. Word on the street is that the title is “The Mormon Puzzle.” It was produced by the Interfaith Witness Department of the North American Mission Board. Their address is 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022-4176. The 800 number for orders is 800-634-2462. Apparently it’s 56 minutes (not 40), and it features candid interviews with Mormon leaders. It has been very well received! Thanks for the tip, Mark!

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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: brigadacoordatxcdotorg
*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!

19971123 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….

* READY FOR SOME BRIGHT IDEAS???
* CORRECTION: CLICK THOSE HEELS!!!
* TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THAT VIDEO ON MORMONISM???
* “WEB-WATCH FROM PLACES OTHER THAN AMERICA” DEPARTMENT
* THE HARVEST THAT LIVES NEXT DOOR
* WANT TO LEARN TO TYPE IN OTHER LANGUAGES?
* INTENSIVE INTENTIONAL TENTMAKING
* INTENT’S ’98 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
* WANT MORE TRAINING ON MISSIONS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT?
* WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE INCOMING!
* CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE TROPICS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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READY FOR SOME BRIGHT IDEAS???
They’re ready for you! Hot off the press comes Wycliffe Bible Translators’ new missions resource, Bright Ideas!. From stories to simulations, ethnic meals to slight-of-hand stunts, crafts and linguistic problem-solving, here’s a new approach to teaching missions. Teachers love the easy-to-follow instructions with minimal outside prep time, overheads provided and thought-provoking Discussion and Application Sections. Fun, interactive, hands-on lessons link knowledge with heart change and heart change with action. “. . . a new standard for teaching missions to children,” says Jan Bell of Kids-Can-Net. “A wonderful resource,” says Jill Harris of Destination 2000. Packet #1 for Teens-Adults $10, Packet #2 for Grades 1-6 $10, or the complete notebook of all 20 lessons combined $23. (Prices include postage.) Send check or money order to Wycliffe Children’s Task Force, 4200 SE Jennings Rd, Portland OR97267-6415. For more information, you could also contact Dorothea Lander, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Children’s Missions Materials Research and Development, Dorothea_Landeratwycliffedotorg.

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CORRECTION: CLICK THOSE HEELS!!!
Sorry about last week… when I said we could now “click those heals!” [sic] (it really was sick!!!), I really meant, “click those heels!” :-) Thanks Lionel! But the intent of the message remains just as promising: beginning next issue of Brigada Today, Don and Judy Pratt, of Topeka, KS, will be taking on Customer Relations for Brigada! We’re very grateful for their partnership!!! (Well — I don’t know about you but I’m very grateful for their partnership! :-))

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TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THAT VIDEO ON MORMONISM???
It’s apparently about 40 minutes in length and includes an overview of Mormon doctrine, as well as how to witness to Mormons worldwide. You could try calling (800) 866-3621 or writing Customer Services, Foreign Mission Board, PO Box 6767, Richmond, Virginia, VA 23230-0767, USA. It’s supposed to be hot!

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“WEB-WATCH FROM PLACES OTHER THAN AMERICA” DEPARTMENT
Check out this link from Linkoping, Sweden, where Lars Widerberg is hoping you’ll join the Intercessors Network! Complete with an update on the Swedish prayer movement… and there’s even a parallel site in Swedish in case you need it! :-) http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-54890

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THE HARVEST THAT LIVES NEXT DOOR
World Relief in the Bay Area will sponsor the “Ethnic Harvest Briefing,” Saturday, January 17, 1998, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Glad Tidings Church, 1280 Webster, San Francisco. World Relief hopes to take a look at Christian ministry in the many ethnic groups who live next door. Those interested in attending or speaking should visit http://expage.com/page/ethnicharvest or email Rich Sexton, Director, World Relief, San Francisco, rsextonatgtedotnet, for more information.

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WANT TO LEARN TO TYPE IN OTHER LANGUAGES?
Well now, at least your computer can display the fonts. (Learning to type the words will have to be up to you! :-) ) Apparently you have to visit ftp://ftp.dayspring.com/fonts to

1. the actual font files (for example Central Asian Courier, Arial and Times)
2. Microsoft Multiboot Utility (language.exe)
3. the keyboard drivers for WIN95.

With those three parts, you’re on! Thanks to Jane and all her colleagues in Spillern who are helping with this!

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INTENSIVE INTENTIONAL TENTMAKING
INTENT will run a TENTMAKER BOOT CAMP at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 418 East 34th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 23 (beginning at 5pm) – 24, 1998. Saturday will be built around two tracks: Marketplace (Job Takers) and Entrepreneurial (Job Makers) approaches to being a Kingdom Professional. If you are in the area, don’t miss this opportunity to get information on overseas job opportunities and practical helps with “next steps!” Contact INTENT at 1-800-478-2598 or email dorothyblahaatmsndotcom for more information and to register. Brochures will be available in December.

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INTENT’S ’98 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
With the theme, “INTENT ’98: MANY JOBS; ONE TASK – Networking Professionals For Global Impact,” INTENT’s National Gathering will convene May 15-17, 1998 at the Divine Word Retreat Center, “Techny Towers,” located about 20 minutes from O’Hare International Airport in Techny, IL. Dr. Christy Wilson will be the featured speaker, supported by other plenary speakers, and selected workshop/breakout sessions in two tracks — Job Takers and Job Makers. There will be an emphasis on Afghanistan and lots of networking time. Simultaneously, the content of INTENT ’98 will focus on what God is doing through tentmaking, as well as what He will do through the Finisher’s Project in mobilizing second career baby boomers to “move beyond success to significance,” as Bob Buford of Tyler, Texas puts it so well. Contact INTENT AT 1-800-478-2598 or email dorothyblahaatmsndotcom for more information. Brochures will be available in January.

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WANT MORE TRAINING ON MISSIONS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT?
Try TCMC (Training Church Missions Champions), a ministry of ACMC, Inc., Church Resource Ministries, Evangelical Free Church Missions and OMF, Int. They’ve just announced their 1998 training schedule. In the last two years, TCMC has trained 75 church missions professionals from churches, denominations and mission agencies to be more effective in helping churches to develop their missions programs. For more information, request a program description and applications from Larry Walker, ACMCSWatCompuservedotcom. The schedule for ’98 includes the following Phase I programs:
Jan 22-25 Dana Point, CA
Apr 16-19 Chicago
July 23-26 Mid-West

in addition to these Phase II follow-ups…
June 15-18 Calvary Chapel Conference Center, Murrieta, CA
Nov 12-15 Mid-West

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WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE INCOMING!
The World Christian Conference will be holding its annual conference at Redwood Christian Park in Santa Cruz, CA over Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 1998. The theme this year is: Launch Out! Claiming our Legacy: Discipling the Nations. The plenary speakers will be Dr. Samuel Ling, General Director of China Horizon. Ms. Elizabeth Lowe, Minister-at-Large OMF U.S. and a WCC alumnus currently working with an unreached people group in Euro-Asia.

Workshop topics includes: Serving As a Sender with Neal Pirolo, author of the best selling book Serving as Senders. Assessing Yourself for Overseas Ministry with Dr. Ken Royer of Link Care and 6 other practical workshops.

For more information please contact Derrick Tan at CyTanatjunodotcom or check out their web site http://www.octlab.com/wcc98 (still under construction).

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CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE TROPICS
Maybe you know someone who, this Christmas season, is laboring away in the tropics, away from family back home. Searching for just the right gift? Here’s one idea. A phone card! I’m talking about the limited kind… good for, say, 30 minutes in your home country. That ought to give them at least a 10-minute call home to grandparents or uncles or whoever. Check to be sure such phone cards are internationally transferable (seldom, in fact) — and if they’re not, mail the phone card to the grandparent as a gift to the on-site worker in the tropic. It’ll still carry just as much meaning. Europe has had these cards for years, and only recently have we started seeing the spring up in any quantities in the USA. But now they’re everywhere — at every gas station, Wal-Mart, and even the Mom-and-Pop stores. So . . . this Christmas, give the gift that carries more meaning than a tin of popcorn could ever tackle — put a missionary in touch with those significant others, voice-to-voice. God bless your day!

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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: brigadacoordatxcdotorg
*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!

19971116 Brigada Today

Now with over 6554 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….

* CLICK THOSE HEALS… AND YOU’VE GOT KANSAS!!!
* TO GET THE MOST FROM BRIGADA TODAY …
* OCTOBER IS GONE, BUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW ISN’T!
* DON’T FORGET TO ACCESS US GOVERNMENT’S “COUNTRY STUDIES”
* EVER WISH YOU COULD FIND AN OUT-OF-PRINT COPY OF DEEP-SEA CANOE?
* MAYBE BURPING IS CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE… IN JAPAN AND BRIGADA!
* CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS… FREE ON THE NET
* OCCASIONAL “INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS”
* WEB EVANGELISM INFO
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MORMONISM?
* MORE ON “WHERE TO BUY”
* IF YOU CHOOSE TO SEND IN A RESOURCE TO BRIGADA TODAY…
* MISSION PASTORS UNITE!
* HOW TO LEARN ABOUT MOST ANYTHING
* URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT “JOIN THE CREW”
* HOW TO GET YOUR CONGREGATION INVOLVED IN MISSIONS
* GERMAN CONGREGATIONS ADOPT UNREACHED PEOPLES
* INFO ON REACHING THE WORLD CUP
* WEB-WATCH
* WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
* MOBILIZERS AT TEAM EXPANSION DEDICATE NEW BUILDING TO UNREACHED
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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CLICK THOSE HEALS… AND YOU’VE GOT KANSAS!!!
God has heard my cry!!! :-) Last week we appealed for a new Brigada Customer Relations Manager and out of the plains of Kansas He has raised up Don & Judy Pratt as the answer to my prayers! Don and Judy are actively involved in Town & Country Christian Church of Topeka, which has just adopted a city in Mainland China. They serve on their church’s PACE Project team as Information Specialists to gather Internet research and to network with others involved in similar projects. Already in the past 5 days, they’ve gone through 3 phases of training to become the new Brigada Customer Relations specialists… and are currently in their 4th phase. Within a week, Lord willing, they’ll be up and running! Please join me in thanking God for their willingness to serve in this way, totally voluntarily, for the Cause of the King! Whew!!!! God be praised! :-) And thanks to Town & Country for sharing their talents with the world!

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TO GET THE MOST FROM BRIGADA TODAY …
To get the most from Brigada Today, please realize that we’re a volunteer-based service. Unfortunately, we aren’t a big-time office with lots of free time to answer search requests that users could have executed if they took the time on their own. In one recent piece of email, being forwarded around the Net, users are urged to “write for more information about…” this or that. Although we try to take action on every single piece of email we receive, at the rate it’s going, there will definitely come a day when that’s simply impossible! You can help! First, if you’re referring someone to a resource featured in Brigada Today, refer them to the resource email address or web site. Please don’t simply suggest they “contact Brigada for more info.” Second, even if you don’t remember the related address or URL — but have web access — you can use our search engine (thanks Bob!) all by yourself at http://www.brigada.org to search all 320,114 words of Brigada weekly resources published weekly since Feb. 18th, 1995. So you can help the effort by trying first to find the resource on the Brigada web site… rather than simply writing us and asking us to retrieve it for you. Finally, in all cases, even if you do have to “write Brigada” for more information (and we will try to help, especially if we know you’ve tried to find it first :-)), please write owner-brigadaatbrigadadotorg. Thanks for being “net-savvy” and courteous!!!!

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OCTOBER IS GONE, BUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW ISN’T!
Just when you thought Praying through the Window III was outa’ here, Caleb Project has made available a new revision of its 1993 prayer guide with an up-to-date Praying Through the Countries of the 10/40 Window prayer guide ($6 plus shipping and handling). In addition to the statistics and information on 64 countries in the 10/40 Window, there is a resource section called “Pray Forth the Kingdom: 50 Ways You Can Pray Through the Window” by Shane Bennett. To order write to infoatcprojectdotcom. (They’ll fill you in on how you can fax in your order, or, if you prefer, use PGP to encrypt your credit card info. on the Net!) Also, check out their 1998 Children of the Window calendar, still available for just $9.95!

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DON’T FORGET TO ACCESS US GOVERNMENT’S “COUNTRY STUDIES”
Check ’em out at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html if you’ve never looked before. Thanks for the tip, Paul and Karen!

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EVER WISH YOU COULD FIND AN OUT-OF-PRINT COPY OF DEEP-SEA CANOE?
Well wish no more, because it’s out of print no more! Allan Tippett’s book, The Deep-Sea Canoe, which was out of print (William Carey Library) is now back in print (Christian Books Melanesia and Christian Leaders’ Training College). This book tells the story of the spread of the Gospel by South Pacific Island Missionaries in the 1800s. According to one Brigada participant, “It is an excellent missions book.” More information can be obtained from CLTCatmafdotorg.

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MAYBE BURPING IS CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE… IN JAPAN AND BRIGADA!
Thanks to those who expressed appreciation for learning more about the celebration in the Philippines (our “burp” last week!). One Brigada participant wrote, “…I loved getting that info … about their anniversary. Didn’t even realize it was a goof! Thanks for burping! Judy.” Judy wasn’t the only one! Just remember that if you were wanting more information about the event, geniemacati-maniladotcomdotph should be able to supply you with all the details. (Also, we apologize if it sounded as though we were somehow blaming the sender of the news item for the mistake. We never intended to send that signal and apologize if we came across that way. The folks at MAFxc are clueless as to why her message popped through… but they take full responsibility for the fact that it happened. It wasn’t her fault. All we meant to say was that these kinds of messages would probably best be sent to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg instead of to , just in case another “burp” escapes the filters in the future.)

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CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS… FREE ON THE NET
Have you browsed CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS at http://www.christiandailynews.org> CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS contains news affecting Christians worldwide including in-depth information on world issues, public policy, revivals and renewal, and church news. Looks like they’re gearing up to invest in lots of work to keep everybody attune to what’s happening around the world! Bravo! (Thanks for the tip, Matt!)

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OCCASIONAL “INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS”
Want to receive an occasional mailing on international insurance issues? Just email GoodNboratjunodotcom to be placed on the list!

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WEB EVANGELISM INFO
Don’t forget http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html, which covers how Web evangelism differs from the printed page. Included are ways of writing pages and testimonies that communicate, new strategies for page subjects, different language web-pages, how to exploit “search engines” to bring visitors to your site, witnessing on newsgroups, plus many links to other Web resources. Thanks again to SOON Online Magazine for this info!

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MORMONISM?
Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, offers a free monthly one-page paper (“Pastors’ Perspective!”) with current, useful information and ideas for addressing the Mormon issue. Contact MOQbossataoldotcom giving name, ministry, location, email address. Use “Subscribe Perspective” as the subject of your email.

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MORE ON “WHERE TO BUY”
Are you still trying to find the best prices (on everything)??? Check out Computer ESP, which gives a comparative list of equipment with actual “Street” Prices See http://www.uvision.com/, “The Guide To Where To Buy over 100,000 Computer Products. ComputerESP scans and compares over a million prices from major computer cyberstores in Canada and US and updates over 100,000 prices a day on average. Search by keyword or browse by category. Also, David suggests that auctions can sometimes give great buys. For a major list of auctions see: http://www.usaweb.com/auction.html. Two common computer auctions are: Onsale at: http://www.onsale.com/ and AuctionX at http://www.auctionx.com/. Prices are typically best on a public holiday, good on Tuesday or Wednesday, and worst over the weekend. Thanks David!

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IF YOU CHOOSE TO SEND IN A RESOURCE TO BRIGADA TODAY…
You can make our job lots easier.

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Thanks — we appreciate your help in bringing the very best resources and news — in the very best way possible — to the 6500 Brigada Today participants!

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MISSION PASTORS UNITE!
In association with ACMC, a new mission enterprise is on the way to launch. For several years, several mission’s pastors across the country have being slowing etching out a new organization called The National Association of Mission Pastors (NAMP). We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the new organization will be hosted by the ACMC during their national conference in June 1998! Convened by Dr Sam Earp, mission pastor at South Valley Christian Church, 590 Shawnee Lane, San Jose, Ca 95123, NAMP seeks to assist in the personal and professional development of mission pastors who serve the local church. ACMC will have an ongoing sponsoring relationship with NAMP and the two independent organization anticipate a dramatic impact for mission pastors in the future. For additional information, contact Dr Sam Earp at BuntlineatAOLdotCom or at the above address. Or contact Rev David Meade at the ACMC office in Atlanta, Georgia.

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HOW TO LEARN ABOUT MOST ANYTHING
http://www.ebig.com, that’s how. Basically the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica have done all the WWW searching for you at this site. The editors of EB evaluated 65,000 WWW sites and divided them into topics and subtopics. Apparently they took only authoritative, trustworthy and high-quality sites on each topic, rating them from 3 stars (Best of the Web) to no stars (Noteworthy). Even the no stars are good sites in their opinion. This site can be very useful in addition to standard WWW search engines. (Hats off to Dan at the AD2000 International Office!)

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URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT “JOIN THE CREW”
If you receive a message about “Join the Crew” (a new email virus), just trash it. It’s all myth. You can’t get a virus by reading ASCII email. However, you might get a virus by opening up an executable that someone sends you as an attachment. So – please don’t relay attached executable files unless the recipient requests you do so. As a matter of course, I automatically delete all attached executables without opening them — unless I specifically know the nature of the file and check it first with Norton Antivirus. Again — you can’t get a virus by reading ASCII email. In these and all other cases, check out “urban legends” at Symantec’s antivirus page, which begins at http://www.symantec.com.

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HOW TO GET YOUR CONGREGATION INVOLVED IN MISSIONS
ACMC has just released a new workbook entitled, How to Get Your Congregation Involved in Missions, by David Mays. This easy-to-use manual includes bullet lists and worksheets for your mission leadership team. Topics include applying the principles from your most effective church programs, promoting and communicating in today’s world, integrating missions throughout the church, and exploring creative possibilities for individual involvement. The book is available from ACMC-ChurchMart for $6.25. Call 1-800-798-ACMC.

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GERMAN CONGREGATIONS ADOPT UNREACHED PEOPLES
Participants at the third Mission 2000 conference, held on the premises of YWAM Bispingen, Germany, adopted 42 unreached people groups. At the end of the conference, a short-term team was sent to one of the world’s most isolated people groups, with the eventual goal of helping to establish a church among them. The conference was jointly organized by AIMS-Germany in partnership with a branch of YWAM North Germany. To learn more about this conference and how unreached people groups were adopted there, contact the Association of International Mission Services (AIMS) at aimsataims-usadotorg or call (757)-579-5850.”

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INFO ON REACHING THE WORLD CUP
Interested in helping reach those traveling to France for the World Cup? One Brigada participant, John McVay, just wrote, “Greetings from Paris, France, and the Centre Evangelique conference held 17-18 November. While there, I learned about outreach plans for “Coupe De Monde” 10 June – 12 July 1998. French churches and missions are working together under the coordination of Sport & Faith’s director Gerard Lanniee (a staffer with the French Campus Crusade for Christ). He has prepared an excellent 24 page presentation booklet (in French) that includes the contact info, including e-mail addresses, of 11 mission bases in France that are mobilizing for this outreach. Another nine overseas missions are organizing groups from Canada, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Czechoslovakia and many other countries. Planned activities include soccer matches with Christian teams, street ministry with mime and puppets, book stands, concerts, distribution of the Jesus film, New Testaments for sports people, visitation to prisons and hospitals. And for those who may have missed the Brigada passion for soccer, Doug’s not the only enthusiast. This is an Olympic-sized event – with 32 countries participating in 64 matches over 33 days in 10 different French cities. For info e-mail sportfoiataoldotcom.”

(Ed. Note: Somehow I believe that eventually St. Peter will require all entrants into Heaven to love soccer. Okay — maybe I’m exaggerating a little. :-) O)

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WEB-WATCH
Check out Joel News at http://www.xs4all.nl/~mvdwoude, available in Dutch and English. It offers information on nearly all prayer and fasting initiatives in the Netherlands and Europe and some worldwide events as well.

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WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
Now you can! MTI (Mission Training International), of Colorado Springs, offers the Rosetta Stone language course (for a great price) TO MISSIONARIES!!! You get a top notch CD-ROM language training package of your choice, . . . for either Russian, French, German, Spanish (South American), English and Dutch. To order, you can contact Alan Ketcham at (719) 594-0687, email minternataoldotcom, or write Mission Training International, 5245 Centennial Blvd, Suite 202, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Explain your ministry status and they could give you special pricing you won’t believe. Contact MTI (not Brigada) to see if you qualify.

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MOBILIZERS AT TEAM EXPANSION DEDICATE NEW BUILDING TO UNREACHED
This past Saturday, Team Expansion held an Open House and Dedication for “The Hopewell House,” their new building at 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Zillions of people stopped by (… well……. maybe not zillions but lots! :-)) to learn more about how Team Expansion tries to help put churches and would-be on-site team workers in touch with unreached people groups and their needs worldwide. If you’d like to pray about adopting a people group, sending a team of full-time on-site workers to reach them, and making an eternal difference in their lives, write teamexpansionatxcdotorg for more information. Two full-time PACE Project specialists in the Mobilization Department (Todd and Carole) are eager to help you with your inquiry!

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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: brigadacoordatxcdotorg
*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!

19971109 Brigada Today

Now with over 6485 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….

* PARDON OUR BURP!
* URGENT – 24-HOUR RESPONSE TIME REQUESTED!
* ALL AROUND THE WORLD, NIGHT OR DAY, LISTEN TO THE LORD
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF A HAUNTING RELIATY
* HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA??? DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE TO TRAIN!
* WEB-WATCH
* WANT TO STUDY SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION IN ARGENTINA?
* SEARCH FOR BURIED WEB TREASURE
* WHAT WILL YOUR HOUSE-GUEST SEE?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PARDON OUR BURP!
Looks like another message burped through the gateway into the full Brigada mailing list Sunday morning (Eastern Time). (Some… maybe all the Brigada mailing list rec’d a copy.) It gave information about a Philippine mission that was celebrating a 90-year anniversary. Normally, messages sent to bounce to the moderator — and most are then forwarded to for consideration in a future edition of Brigada Today. However, once in a blue moon O (which hung high over the sky on Sunday, apparently :-)), such a message somehow burps out onto the mailing list in all its glory. Please forgive any inconvenience. We’ll ask MAFxc to check and re-check all their safeguards and, as for all of us on the list, let’s just realize that we’re navigating uncharted waters — and that MAFxc is learning from the “Brigada experiment!” To our knowledge, they don’t have any other mailing list with 6500 subscribers… not that size should matter in those kinds of safeguards. And in the end, the truth is, judging from the fact that literally hundreds of messages are sent to that address in a given week, is it any wonder that one might sneak by in a “blue moon???” O By the way, you could reduce the chance of slippage all the more if you sent administrative items to and news items to . But please — don’t subscribe us to any mailing lists! Any contributions should be custom-prepared for the Brigada Today mailing and should not simply be carbon copies of tons of pages of your favorite announcements! :-) We see plenty of those. :-)

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URGENT – 24-HOUR RESPONSE TIME REQUESTED!
Thanks loads to Revis Ann Massey, Brigada’s Customer Service Manager since about December, 1995!! For two years she has served willingly and without a break! Well — she needs one! And she’s leaving the country to get it! :-) Tuesday — yes… in 36 hours — she leaves for language school in Costa Rica, where she’ll be dedicating herself totally to Spanish, in preparation for all the more church-planting with Team Expansion’s InterAmerican Team in Miami. So — EMERGENCY!!!!! — :-) — We need a new Interim Brigada Customer Service Manager until March, ’98 (when she’s coming back to the USA and will reassume the role — Thanks Revis Ann!!!) The only requirements are: receive zillions of email requests per day, process millions of them, ditch the rest. :-) Like all Brigada roles, it’s volunteer . . . and free… and there’s very little glitz and glamour… but it’s a great opportunity for someone to serve… Experience with MAFxc email conferences preferred but not required (we’ll train you if you’re a willing worker!) Estimated time required??? Maybe an average of one hour per day… Must be a MAFxc member. If you’re not a MAFxc member already, but are willing to work hard, Brigada will pay the $52 to buy your membership. So — any takers? If so, answer now. Gulp. Come Monday night (24 hours!), Doug will be switching them all his way and with his mission’s board meeting coming up on Friday and an endless loop of responsibilities coming after that, … Helllllllllllpppppppp! :-) Don’t look for many answers to Brigada mail ’til March… :-) unless someone pitches in! :-) Oh — and Revis Ann — Suerte con el espanol! Gracias por la ayuda estos dos anos pasados!

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ALL AROUND THE WORLD, NIGHT OR DAY, LISTEN TO THE LORD
One Brigada participant reminded us this past week that radio waves are beaming Bible broadcasts to the far-flung corners of the earth, 24 hours per day. To get up to date schedules for your particular area, you used to have to write stations in faraway lands and send self-addressed, self-stamped envelopes. Those were the days. What a hassle. Nowadays, just open your web browser and check out:
http://www.wb2000.org/airtotal.html for World by 2000,
http://www.febc.org/schedule.html for FEBC [note free video]
http://www.gospelcom.net/twr/t_schedules.htm for TWR [free magazine]
http://www.feba.org.uk/langschd.htm for FEBA
http://www.hcjb.org.ec/$dir/frequncy/int_freq.txt for HCJB

What? No web access? No problem. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words
get brigada access-via-email

in the text of the message. A report will be emailed to you explaining how to download web pages via email! So — let the whole world know!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF A HAUNTING REALITY
Missionaries Dave Mankins, Rick Tenenoff, and Mark Rich have been held hostage in Colombia for almost five years now. On January 31, 1993, armed Colombian guerrillas entered the small village where these men worked, raided their homes and took the men back across the border into Colombia. The families, including seven children, returned home to the US. Now the youngest child is 5 and the oldest is 28. The youngest four children cannot remember their daddies. At a recent summit the guerrilla group denied having the men.
(Source: New Tribes Mission Media Release, October 24, 1997, Macon Hare Jr. or Scott Ross New Tribes Mission 1000 East First St.Sanford, FL 32771-1487 Phone: (407) 323-3430 E-Mail: ntmatntmdotorg )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA??? DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE TO TRAIN!
The Central Asian Study Center (CASC) offers an 8-week intensive prefield training and orientation course especially for you! This course is highly recommended by the Central Asia Consultation for all those going to Central Asia, the Caucuses, and western China. Curriculum includes language sills acquisition, studies in Islam, CA peoples, history and culture, issues of Muslims evangelism, contextualization appropriate to Central Asia and church planting. CASC is held in the Middle East in a Muslim environment and led by experienced field leaders. The next CASC will be in June – July 1998 with a possible special one month session in Central Asia in October. For more information about either of these sessions contact Dr. Robert Douglas or tel. (773) 728-8661 fax (773) 728-8662 or Dr. Jim Romaine jromai19atidtdotnet. “Don’t leave home without it!”

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WEB-WATCH
Check out the International Institute of Technology and Theology (IITT) http://www.iitt.org. They reportedly provide FREE helps service to missionaries and pastors world-wide in Computer Hardware and Software, Medical, Church Administration, Church Planting, Counseling, Systematic Theology, Old and New Testament Studies, and Mission Strategy. The faculty of IITT are said to all have extensive educational and practical experience in their fields. Let us know if you try it out — and tell us how it worked.

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WANT TO STUDY SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION IN ARGENTINA?
Now you can. Write dreigelatsiondotcom for all the details. The course runs December 1-5, 1997 in Instituto Biblico Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires Bible Institute) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cost is just $105. Tel. (54-1) 784-7501, Fax: (54-1) 786-4404.

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SEARCH FOR BURIED WEB TREASURE
Have you noticed the trend on the web lately? It would be hard to miss it. More, more and MORE !!! There’s so much, it’s hard to find everything you’re looking for, in fact! So, where do you start? The best place to begin are search pages… and not necessarily the one that’s built into the browser you use — the one that pops up when you hit “search” on your tool bar! PC Magazine just did a study and found incredibly differing results, depending on which search engine you used for gold-mining on the web. Their findings? They might surprise you. For surgical precision — finding the exact page you need — forget the famous pages like Lycos, Excite, and Yahoo (though they liked Yahoo for an all-purpose page). Instead, turn to HotBot! http://www.hotbot.com Try it. You’ll probably love it. If it’s a person you’re searching for, try http://www.four11.com. But if you’re searching for a business, try http://www.bigbook.com. For Usenet news, try http://www.dejanews.com. And for “metasearches” (complex language searching that utilizes dynamic language at multiple search sites), jump to http://www.metacrawler.com or, for advanced queries, try your luck with http://www.designlab.ukans.edu/profusion/. Those are the PC Magazine Editors’ Choices (Dec. 2, ’97 edition). I’d say a hearty amen! The differences are astounding. Try them out! At least bookmark them now… so when you need to search later you can try them out.

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WHAT WILL YOUR HOUSE-GUEST SEE?
I spoke in Chicago last week. And I tried my best to bless the church… but it was probably I that received the bigger blessing. The married couple which housed me was an exceptional life-lesson in parenthood. They had raised their 3 daughters in a kind of “old-fashioned” way. For example, if someone wanted to take one of their daughters out on a date, he first had to come to the house and have dinner with the Dad and Mom. If he didn’t “pass the test,” no dice! :-) Maybe Father really does know best. All three daughters have married marvelous Christian men, and now the whole extended family has lunch together every Sunday after church — with zillions of grandkids running between everyone’s legs! They all went camping together this past summer . . . and even built a big screen house for the whole clan to picnic under. Dobson would have been envious. :-) So — what makes a successful family? Gary and Laretta found the secret.

First, they never gave up. Every single morning they did Bible devotions together as a family. And even when things got hectic in high school, they never let schedules squeeze it out. (Our family is still on track in reading a chapter per night together, but our kids are only 11 and 8; I realize the bigger battles probably lie ahead in high school years. But at least we’re in the habit now! Even when I’m overseas or out of town, we still read the same chapters together each night to stay “in sync” — and I try to call them each night from wherever I am in the world, just to check in and see how they’re doing. Not always possible.. but most of the time it works.)

But second, Gary and Laretta kept hold of their responsibility as parents. They didn’t release their kids to the world. If you’ve been letting go, it won’t come over night to pull them back out of the fire. It’ll take work. But it’s apparently worth the effort. Now that Gary and Laretta are grandparents, you can see the fruit of their work!

Finally, they obtained good resources and helps. As for Gary, he happens to be a top guy at Gothard’s Institute of Basic Life Principles. So he’s actually using the materials he’s helping develop. (But ya know what? They apparently work! For an example of what they’ve done, see http://www.characterlink.net or call 630-323-9800. If you don’t have access to the web, write Gary at gnfatiblpdotorg, thank him for being a good dad all these years, tell him you read about him in Brigada Today, and ask him to forward your note to someone who can send him a catalogue. :-) I suppose you’re already plugged into Dobson, or Promise-Keepers or someone … but the key is to get some material and use it.

If the family is indeed the smallest fighting unit in God’s army, then, if the family crumbles, the entire army crumbles. It’ll behoove us to put some time in, then, eh? :-)

God bless your week.

Doug

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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!

19971102 Brigada Today

Now with over 6405 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….

* FIRST THE AMDO, NOW THE MARATHA!
* THE PTW III DUST IS SETTLING – WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU???
* WEB-WATCH
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM OUT OF THIS WORLD
* FROM THE-WORD-ON-THE-STREET DEPARTMENT
* MORE ON COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
* CAN YOU PICTURE YOURSELF USING THESE STORY PICTURES IN YOUR LANGUAGE?
* CALENDAR-TIME (MINUS THE SWIMSUITS)
* ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE “IN THE WORKS”!
* REACH THE NATIONS AT YOUR DOORSTEP!
* NEED A “HOME SERVICE” CAR OR A QUICK TRUCK?
* CHURCH ON BRADY TO SPONSOR CONFERENCE
* DON’T FORGET BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FIRST THE AMDO, NOW THE MARATHA!
These last two weekends, I’ve led 3-day mission rallies in Illinois. Both weekends, I’ve used the Amdo video (previously described in Brigada Today) and over and over again, I’m convinced that it’s one of the most powerful tools for helping people see a desperate need from one sample people group. From that, I extrapolate that this is just one of some 1800-2000 groups that need to be contacted with the love of Christ. Well now, Kingdom Building Ministries has made it easy to feature another group — the Maratha. It’s the second in a series of people specific prayer mobilization videos that KBM has put together. This twelve minute, broadcast quality video was shot on location in Maharashtra, India last summer. The fast moving video and it’s powerful images will capture your heart and expand your understanding of who the Maratha are, what Hindu people believe, how their lives are affected by the “caste system” and how you can be involved as an intercessor to set them free! This could be the perfect addition to your monthly missions meeting or fall conference. The regular price on this video is $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping. Steve Moore, himself a regular Brigada Today reader, wrote this past week, “I would be happy to offer Brigada subscribers a discounted price of $10.00 plus the $3.00 shipping (same deal we offered on the Amdo video).” I’d say run don’t walk to grab your checkbook and invest in this teaching/prayer tool. For more info, write laborersatkbmdotorg, tel. 303-745-8191, Fax 303-745-4196. Steve adds, “The Maratha People Resource Network formation meeting is scheduled for January 16-18, 1998 and will be hosted by the Hamburg Wesleyan Church (one of the key adopting churches who participated in the JP2K team this past summer among the Maratha). Our goal is to bring churches who are interested in or have adopted the Maratha people into formal relationship with each other, along with agencies who are targeting them.” Those interested in attending should contact Steve Moore, of Kingdom Building Ministries, smooreatkbmdotorg, for more information. These are the kinds of meetings we need gathering in places all around the globe for peoples all around the world! Bravo KBM . . . and bravo Steve. Thanks for giving Brigada participants a bit of extra price shaving to help them afford this new tool. Bravo.

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THE PTW III DUST IS SETTLING – WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU???
Now that the month of October, ’97, is history, what will be next for you and your church or agency? The truth is — the answer to that question is the real determinant to how effective Praying Through the Window III becomes for the good of the globe. Now here’s a novel thought: Have you considered “adopting” an unreached people? Just what would that mean for you? How would one go about that? How have other churches managed to pull it off? Is it right for your church? Good questions. The first of December you’ll have some answers in the form of a new video: Ordinary People/Extraordinary Love being co-produced by AD2000 & Caleb Project. (The magic of the Carltons — the same people who produced Light the Window for PTW II in ’95 and To the Ends of the Earth in ’96.) Watch for more information about this exciting video in next week’s Brigada Today. And this is one you’ll want to get for your next mission rally!

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WEB-WATCH
Thanks to Paul for reminding us of the USA’s country studies. He writes, “They were written with both the State Department and the U.S. military in mind. In so doing, they assembled groups of sociologists, historians, economists, etc. They are very informative — packed with a ton of info on each country. At this point, most of the studies do not have graphics, but they are being added a little at a time. The full text is on-line. Thanks again, Paul. The URL is http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html. (Paul adds, “I don’t know why, but many Western European countries are not listed.”)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM OUT OF THIS WORLD
This past week, representatives of SAT-7 Partner Agencies met together in Cyprus to plan future broadcast strategies for North Africa and Arabic-speaking peoples. Broadcasting will be increased to a total of 7.5 hours per week from 1st November 1997, using two satellites. The normal Friday broadcasts will now be complemented by a 2.5 hour transmission on Sundays. “Arabic language Christian television is still in its early stages of development but we have already pioneered some very creative thinking”, commented one delegate. “SAT-7 presents the greatest opportunity, since the time of St Paul, for the churches of the region to witness to their faith.”
Source: Sat-7 Press Release, Nicosia, 30 October 1997. For more info visit http://www.sat7.org or e-mail: mailatsat7dotorg
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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FROM THE-WORD-ON-THE-STREET DEPARTMENT
The word on the street is that some top notch producers have taken up the Chariots of Fire dream and are turning it into a new film to be titled, Complete Surrender. (You remember Chariots of Fire . . . . dah dah dah-dah daaaaahhhh daaaaahhh [chu-chu-chu-chu-chu-] dah dah dah-dah daahhhhhh — where’s that Internet audio channel when I need it! :-)) It was all about Eric Liddell, a gentle, good-humored Scotsman, a very ordinary man, made great not by athletic brilliance, which he considered a gift from God, but by his battle for true integrity. And it was all about his refusal to run on a Sunday in the heats of the 100 meters in the 1924 Paris Olympics. It was about how that event carried over to prepare him for real life. The few simple words on screen at the end of the film – “Eric Liddell, missionary, died in occupied China at the end of World War II. All of Scotland mourned” – open the way to the real story, of a life lived to the full, taken to extremes of courage, personal conflict and finally total submission to the will of God. Yikes. No wonder Chariots won an Academy Award. It’s hard not to say something worthwhile when you start with material like that! So — in the new film, rumor has it that screenwriters will tell the story of Eric Liddell’s life from the moment he was hurled into the limelight by his unexpected victory in the Olympic 400 meters in 1924 until his death in obscurity in a Japanese internment camp in 1945. It will tell of an ordinary man with the world at his feet, who has the opportunity to fulfil his potential and become one of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. It is the story of a man who surrenders it all for what seems an absurd quest – to go and teach children in China. Word has it that the film will be released in English and dubbed into Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese. You’ll most likely hear about it if and when it happens — but you might want to utter a prayer for it to really happen, because word on the street is that it’ll cost a whoppin’ $40 million bucks to produce. Yikes. We’ll keep you informed.

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MORE ON COOL [COOL] CLEAR [CLEAR] WATER [WAAHHHH-TER]
You can also order water filters from TealBrookataoldotcom with web page http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook, fax 612/480-8786 in Hastings, MN (800/222-6614 toll-free in the USA or using an Internet phone system). The latest recommended filter seems to be the Sweetwater Guardian Plus, which filters out cryptosporidia, giardia and bacteria, and sediments, as the others do, plus (if you can believe it) even viruses like hepatitis! For 6 years, I’ve been using a Katadyn Pocket Filter, but this Guardian Plus thing has me very interested. Sells for $80 (about 1/3 the cost of the Katadyn), can be field-cleaned, and has refills for $25. Weighs 11 oz and puts out a liter a minute. If all of that is really true, it would be just what the doctor ordered for the typical mission trip or even a summer-long intern or short-termer. You can order these at http://www.rei.com on their secure web page or email them at serviceatreidotcom (but remember not to send your credit cared through email unless you encrypt it) or just call toll-free at 800/426-4840 (in the USA or on a web phone), FAX at 206/891-2523 (or 206/863-5550). Thanks to David for the great info.

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CAN YOU PICTURE YOURSELF USING THESE STORY PICTURES IN YOUR LANGUAGE?
Want to teach the Bible through special picture sets? Evidently, a printing group in the Philippines is trying to put together a large press run of the Chronological Bible Story Pictures. For sets of 500 or more, special sets could be printed with your agency’s own labels or titles, in the language you desire! But obviously, you would have to provide the translation – via hard copy and on diskette. Contact Will Gopffarth, Church Strengthening Ministries, Philippines at willgcsmatjmfdotorgdotph@internet for specific info. I bet you’d have to pay for your set of 500 — so don’t write if you’re hoping for free literature! :-)

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CALENDAR-TIME (MINUS THE SWIMSUITS)
Who wants those swimsuit calendars anyway! :-) Why not pick a calendar with a purpose! Now here’s an idea — the new 1998 Kurdish language calendar. Dazzling, full-color pictures from Kurdistan are featured on every page. Each month contains a Bible passage(not merely a verse) in BOTH Bahdini Kurdish and Sorani Kurdish. They say you have to see it to fully feel the beauty. (Okay — honesty time — I haven’t seen it, but it sounds great! :-)) And at $4 per calendar including postage, you can’t go wrong. Checks go to “Friends of the Kurds Seattle,” Box 58319, Seattle, WA 98138.

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ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE “IN THE WORKS”!
The ACMC National Conference for 1998 will be held June 15-18 (Monday through Thursday) at Murrieta, CA (1 hour north of San Diego). The conference is designed especially for missions professionals. Individual tracks are planned for missions pastors (ministers of missions), pastors, mission organization executives, missions professionals (including missions chair and committee persons), and missions mobilizers. Those registering will be invited to contribute in advance to the curriculum for their track of the conference. For more info, contact ACMC’s Larry Walker at 760-746-4285 or 102003dot317atcompuservedotcom.

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REACH THE NATIONS AT YOUR DOORSTEP!
The Global Network of International Students (GNIS) has announced a program to reach unreached international students in your own backyard. GNIS can train your church to be a ministry ambassador to reach the international students in your city with our 1-2 day Reaching the Nations at Your Doorstep seminar. Contact them at gnisatcbndotorg or call (757)-579-5874 for a brochure.

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NEED A “HOME SERVICE” CAR OR A QUICK TRUCK?
Then try Missionary Auto and Truck Supply jeffatmatsdotorg, tel. 765-965-7777, fax. 765-962-9966. They deal with the automobile companies, big auctions, etc., and they’re already at work!!! They saved me about $200 on a new van last year — and maybe they’ll save you even more!

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CHURCH ON BRADY TO SPONSOR CONFERENCE
The Church on Brady will be sponsoring a whole bunch of forums, November 13-16, 1997, called simply, “MOSAIC: The Church on Brady.” Call 213-728-4851 (Carol Davis or Paty Loera) for help.

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DON’T FORGET BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS
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