Monthly Archives: December 1997

19971228 Brigada Today

[Happy New Year!!!]
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Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* GUESS YOU NEED AN ADDRESS! (“BE A WRITING PARTNER”)
* FOR THE JP2000 RECORDS…
* INCOMING: RESEARCH ON RETURNING SHORT-TERM MISSIONARIES
* EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR MISSIONARY KIDS… ON THEIR WAY!
* JOIN “OPERATION REVEILLE” FOR BOSNIA
* ADVANCE IS ADVANCED!
* WE GOOFED!
* GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ETHNIC HARVEST
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* NO, THE INTERNET DOESN’T NEED A “THOROUGH CLEANING”
* LOCAL CHURCH FACILITATOR TRAINING
* WEB-WATCH
* MED STUDENTS WITH LOANS READ THIS!
* WE TAKE THE HEAT FOR SMILES
* OUT OF THE COUNTRY, OUT OF TOUCH???
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GUESS YOU NEED AN ADDRESS! (“BE A WRITING PARTNER”)
lighting the way Sorry to all those who wanted to contact Turkish World Outreach to “be a writing partner” (see last week’s Brigada Today). Truth is, I just didn’t remember to give you the email address!!! :-( Oh well — that’s one way to insure that we get lots of mail! :-) Try UGDM79Aatprodigydotcom or write TWO, 508 Fruitvale Ct., Grand Junction, CO 81504 or telephone (970) 434-1942.

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FOR THE JP2000 RECORDS…
One report that came back this past week pointed to a faulty statistic in Taiwan. Apparently the number of Taiwan Uyghers are reported to number 26,000 in Taiwan… whereas the researchers from one recent JP2000 trip found only 200 or so!!! Rats. So… the reporter suggested, tongue in cheek, “…This could be one of those fantastic reports! [Our mission] went to Taiwan where JP2000 reported 26,000 Muslim Uyghers without access to Christ and without hope. In just one day, after one visit to the Chief Mosque of Taiwan, the [our mission] left only 200 Uyghers who still did not believe. That has to be better than most statistics! 25,800 reached in a day!” Got any other testimonies from JP2000 projects? (Maybe some pro, some not so pro???)

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INCOMING: RESEARCH ON RETURNING SHORT-TERM MISSIONARIES
Neil SEASTEPatGOLDENdotNET is doing research on returning short-term missionaries. If you’re interested in a copy, email Neil today!
note (Note: He probably won’t have the research completed ’til spring ’99.)

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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR MISSIONARY KIDS… ON THEIR WAY!
Brett brettatcyberhighdotorg wrote to clue us in on the recent MK education conference in Dallas, hosted by Wycliffe. Evidently it was a complete success. Over 14 international mission agencies and schools attended (SIM,SHARE,SEND, Black Forest Academy, MAF, etc). Brett wrote, “We had a great time as we discussed current trends, needs, obstacles, resources, and action plans as they related to the issue of MK education with a special focus on technology as a source of help.” A team of five attendees [including Brett] was established to act as the liaison between the other 10 or 11 attendees in disseminating, assessing, and providing updates on resources which may help meet the many education needs of MK’s. The main vehicle for accomplishing our purpose will be a web-page [as of yet not active]. According to Brett, “A member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) said that ACSI would help to financially sponsor the web-page setup costs—Thank you ACSI.” (Brett, be sure to let us know as you open this service up!) Two demonstrations were given to show the attendees what is already available in the arena of technological resources. CyberHigh (grades 7-12) and the Potter’s School(math tutoring) both demonstrated how on-line education could help to meet the needs of both MK’s and MK schools. And by the way, CyberHigh has changed its name to NorthStar Academy so as to avoid confusion between itself and the Cyber High School of California. For more info., email Brett directly.

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JOIN “OPERATION REVEILLE” FOR BOSNIA
Bruce 73362dot1503atcompuservedotcom of Operation Reveille is looking for the scoop on Bosnia to send to military chaplains and ministry organizations working with military — to involve them in prayer and support. Bruce would like everything from information, brochures, appeals for support, prayer requests, etc, for the packet. Send him your info. today!

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ADVANCE IS ADVANCED!
Here’s your executive summary. Thanks to Mark Kelly for this great service to the world!!!

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Bozo of Mali ; the Tongwe of Tanzania; evangelistic meetings planned for Cairo; the Jambinese Malays; the people of Mashad, Iran; well-known Muslim leader studying Arabic New Testament; “Come quickly so we can hear before it is too late;” death rates among North Korean children double

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — New Tribes Missionaries to mark five years of captivity; evangelicals killed, dismembered in Chiapas; Pakistani court transfers Masih case to anti-terrorism court; three house church leaders sentenced; Turkish Supreme Court denies Onder appeal; grenade injures Greek priest in Turkey; Orissa officials crack down on former Hindus

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Spiritual darkness in Varanasi; AIDS oppression in Africa; Sony pro-abortion “Christmas album;” judge approves homosexual adoption; Oslo court convicts physician in mercy killing; Neo-Nazis take over areas in eastern Germany; Indonesian sorcerer on trial for 42 murders

REJOICE! — 12,000 Naga decisions in northeastern India; 20 decisions among Kafe in Papua New Guinea; 24,000 Chinese radio churches in six years; Israel rabbi meets with Egypt cleric; three-day rally in Cairo; homosexuals freed from bondage; Poland turns back from liberalized abortion law

NETWORKING — New missions resource from Wycliffe Bible Translators; tentmaker conference May 15-17; unreached people group resources from CB International; “Launch Out!” conference Feb. 13-16; “Brown Gold” from New Tribes Mission; help establish a radio witness in an unreached language; “Rainbows of Hope” for children at risk; “Cutting Edge” conference on children at risk

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WE GOOFED!
lighting the way In last week’s item, “VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL,” we mistakenly confused CBI and CBFM. We’d better keep our initials straight! CBInternational, which formerly went by the name, “Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society,” is based in Wheaton, Illinois and is related to the CBAmerica churches. But the videos are being offered by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship mission agency that relates to many Southern Baptist churches. Pardon our typo! Thanks to Michael Jaffarian MichaelDawnaatcompuservedotcom and many others who wrote in to help us spot this error.

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GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ETHNIC HARVEST
In the interest of encouraging ministry to the many ethnic groups around us, World Relief in the Bay Area is sponsoring an “Ethnic Harvest Briefing.” (See November 28 issue of Brigada Today.) Organizers now have speakers selected and have launched a web site at http://expage.com/page/ethnicharvest. For more information write Rich Sexton, World Relief at rsextonatgtedotnet.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
world globe Millions of Christians have started praying for Muslims worldwide beginning this past week, on January 1 1998. The “Prayer for the Islamic world” project which started in Australia encourages Christians all over the world to participate individually, as a family, or church group. Youth With a Mission published the printed prayer guides which are also available by e-mail. Around 10 million Christians took part in this global prayer initiative last year, many of whom also fasted. Insiders describe the resulting reports of God’s move among Muslims as ‘phenomenal’.
(Source: DAWN Friday Fax, 97-50. To receive “30 Days’ prayer for Muslims” by e-mail send a message to with
Subscribe 30-days
as the message’s text.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

note (Note: Please be in prayer for John and Gwen’s new little baby “Jori” [short for Jordan], born 8 weeks premature. There are positive signs, but prayer is still needed! She has a blood clot below her left kidney, a failed adrenal gland, and a feverish Mom. Please pray!)

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NO, THE INTERNET DOESN’T NEED A “THOROUGH CLEANING”
In case anyone asks (or emails you), the answer is ‘no’, the Internet doesn’t need to close down on Feb. 27th for a thorough cleaning. It’s just another piece of Internet “legend” that forms into its own kind of self-replicating “virus” to soak up additional bandwidth.

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LOCAL CHURCH FACILITATOR TRAINING
Are you a local church leader wanting training in developing strategic five-year missions plans? If so, Bruce Camp’s program might be for you! This training, which uses the Global Access Planner (GAP), is designed to alert churches to the latest thinking regarding what a local church can do in missions as well as will assist a church in developing their own game plan. Missions pastor Mel Loucks commented after participating in a GAP training session: “It was superb. It gave me a practical tool which I can use immediately to help my church understand how we must change our approach in missions. Additionally, the GAP materials provided me with a way to develop a five-year plan that is unique for my church.” The next training day is set for Friday, January 30, from 9:00 to 5:00 in Rockford, IL. The cost is $65 which includes all materials and lunch. For more information, look at the EFCM website http://www.efcm.org under Local Church Resources – Material Resources or contact Bruce Camp by phone (714-248-1236) or e-mail bkcampatcompuservedotcom.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch Check out the links at http://www.domini.org/express/metrofly/miss.htm, where you can read newspapers from just about any country in the world, convert currency, etc. The site is sponsored by a travel agency — one that has found a great way to offer a free service on the web while promoting its own fares! Bravo!

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MED STUDENTS WITH LOANS READ THIS!
Ever hear of Project MedSend? If you’re a med student with accumulating loans… and if you’re considering medical missions as a career, then MedSend might be “just what the doctor ordered!” Read all about it at http://www.sim.org/medsend/index.html. They’ve done 39 grants in 4 years. Cool. thumbs-up

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WE TAKE THE HEAT FOR SMILES
lighting the way Rats. rats face Some readers didn’t want to read about smiles (last week’s, “EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY”). One even asked how in the world we decide what to put in and what not to put in Brigada Today. Honestly??? A lot depends on the quality of the stuff we can find during the intervening weekdays. So… if you see another smiley dictionary sometime in the near future, better help us find some great material! So… for all those who didn’t like the smiley dictionary, become a great source for Brigada and … we’ll all be smiling real smiles in gratitude! :-)

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OUT OF THE COUNTRY, OUT OF TOUCH???
Nobody can say for sure. But in my overseas travels during the next two weeks, if I can’t get access to the Internet, Brigada Today might be silent for the first time in nearly two years! So… if you don’t get a copy during the next two weekends, we’ll find out if you really missed us when we come back with the Jan. 23rd issue. If we can get access, we’ll do our best to send from wherever we happen to be logged on. Thanks for understanding!
Doug

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg
*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!

19971221 Brigada Today

Now with 6561 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….

* VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL
* GOT A GREAT MISSIONARY STORY? BE ‘GROUPED’!!!
* PERSPECTIVES PILING ON!
* MORMON VIDEO IS A HIT!
* BE A WRITING PARTNER
* EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY
* SEEKING GREAT TESTIMONIES OF ADOPT-A-PEOPLE (JP2000) PROJECTS
* DID YOU GET AN EXTRA PIECE OF MAIL THIS WEEK?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL
Thanks to John Hanna jhannaatcprojectdotcom, we rec’d Robbie Young’s rhyoungatpopdotmindspringdotcom summary of CB Int’l video offerings. Available are tapes on the Pattani Malay (720V001), Madurese (720V003), Rock People (720V005), Romany (Gypsy) (720V007), Sundanese (720V002), Minangkabau (720V004), Albanian (720V006), and Arab American (720V008). They are $4.95 each or $29.95 for a complete set of 8. CB Int’l also have “Unreached People Group Flyers and Leader Guide” Also available are People Profiles for the 18 UPGs with which the CBI works: Balinese, Minangkabau, Lampugnese, Madurese, Pattani Malay, Sundanese, Rock People, Arab Americans, Bedouins, Albanians, Iranians in the US, Kurds, Romany (Gypsy), Kazaks, Qashqa’I, Muang, Chechens, Sino-Tibetan. ($2.95 plus $2.50 s & h; multiple copies of individual flyers are available on request.) They can be ordered by calling toll-free in the USA (or Net2phone) 1-888-801-4223; or online at http://www.cbfonline.org or to get a catalog, call 1-888-801-4223 and ask for “Seeds for the Harvest.”

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GOT A GREAT MISSIONARY STORY? BE ‘GROUPED’!!!
Write PShoupatgrouppublishingdotcom with your story. She’s Pam Shoup and she’s doing a senior high curriculum on missions. She needs personal stories and your missions adventure could be featured in the next Group publication!

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PERSPECTIVES PILING ON!
We’ve opened a floodgate of Perspectives course promotions! :-) Here’s another one in Birmingham, Alabama beginning January 8th through April 23rd at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. Cody Watson 205-824-4569 CodyUWatsonatcompuservedotcom can give more info.

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VIDEO IS A HIT!
Remember that Mormon video we mentioned? It’s a hit!!! One reader wrote, “Doug, I viewed the Mormon video this weekend, and it is excellent. They allow the Mormons to tell their side of the story, but then the video shows how to be loving and missionary to these incredibly committed, family-oriented, and good people.” Once again, it’s produced by the Interfaith Witness Department of the North American Mission Board, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022-4176. The 800 number for orders is 800-634-2462. 56 minutes in length.”

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BE A WRITING PARTNER
Turkish World Outreach needs Christian volunteers who will send ten Gospel Letters per month to Muslim families in Turkey. They reportedly have more than three million current addresses and are praying for Gospel Letter Volunteers to reach each one. They provide Turkish letters, a translation, addresses, and instructions. Volunteers are asked to provide the postage and envelopes to send their ten letters monthly. Postage is 60 cents per letter (from the US). The letters are in Turkish and offer a free Turkish New Testament and “Jesus Film” video. An effective follow-up program is underway in Turkey, and Christian workers will reach out to those who show a serious interest in the Gospel. Each respondent will also receive the offer of a free Bible correspondence course.

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EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY
If you liked our item on “codes” and symbols used in Brigada Today and other similar email (“GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS…”), then you’ll probably like these additional ideas:

:-) Your basic smilie. This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic
or joking statement since we can’t hear voice inflection.
:-( Frowning smilie. User did not like that last statement or is
upset or depressed about something.
:-I Indifferent smilie. Better than a Frowning smilie but not
quite as good as a happy smilie
(-: User is left-handed
8-) User is wearing sunglasses
B:-) Sunglasses on head
::-) User wears normal glasses
B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses
8:-) User is a little girl
:-{) User has a mustache
:-{} User wears lipstick
{:-) User wears a toupee
}:-( Toupee in an updraft
:-~) User has a cold
:’-( User is crying
:-@ User is screaming
:-# User wears braces
:^) User has a broken nose
:v) User has a broken nose, but it’s the other way
:-& User is tongue-tied.
+-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office
`:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning
,:-) Same thing…other side
|-I User is asleep
|-O User is yawning/snoring
O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least)
:-X User’s lips are sealed
:-C User is really bummed
:-/ User is skeptical
C=:-) User is a chef
@= User is pro-nuclear war
:-o Uh oh!
*:o) And Bozo the Clown!
3:] Pet smilie
3:[ Mean Pet smilie
E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator
:-9 User is licking his/her lips
%-6 User is braindead
[:-) User is wearing a Walkman
(:I User is an egghead
<:-I User is a dunce
@:-) User is wearing a turban
:-0 No Yelling! (Quiet Lab)
:-: Mutant Smilie
|.-) User only has one eye
,-) Ditto…but he’s winking
X-( User just died
8 :-) User is a wizard
C=}>;*{)) Mega-Smilie. A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an
updraft, a mustache, and a double chin

Thanks Kevin! :-)

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SEEKING GREAT TESTIMONIES OF ADOPT-A-PEOPLE (JP2000) PROJECTS
Have you noticed the silence? Sometimes it seems deafening. There was so much “missions noise” bringing in the 90s . . ., right up through the middle of the decade. And now, if I’m not mistaken, it seems the tone has definitely dropped off some. ‘What’s gone wrong with the harvest?’

So — we need some testimonies. If you’ve got a great story about how the Joshua Project 2000 list is helping (or dare I say, hurting?) you, your church or mission agency — or if you’ve got a great adopt-a-people project going, send it our way! Two pages max… concise story about what God is doing in our midst.

Who knows… we just might turn these babies into a helpful resource for new projects! :-)

IMPORTANT: Don’t mention anything sensitive. We suggest that you might be able to give names of countries, but in many cases, you’ll need to “rename” or disguise the name of the people group and never, never, never give the names and addresses of on-site team members if they live in secure situations. Your call. But if you send it, we will publish it! :-) Let’s get the word out about what God is doing.

PLEASE: Make the subject line read, “Project Update: ….” where “….” describes a suitable title for your project, even if it’s simply the name of the group you’re reaching.

Let us know if you need check-back on anything before we publish the info, either online or on paper. We’d prefer not to have to do that of course… so if possible, make it public from the start.

Please send these items to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

Thanks again!
Doug Lucas

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DID YOU GET AN EXTRA PIECE OF MAIL THIS WEEK?
Many did. Sorry about that! The folks at MAFxc tell me they’ve now taken drastic measures to make sure that no more extraneous email will pass through unnoticed. We hope and pray they’re right! Thanks for your patience!

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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!

26 December 1997

19971214 Brigada Today

Now with 6561 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….

* THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
* GET CONNECTED TO KEY SOURCES FOR PEOPLE GROUP INFO.
* THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD IS NOT SO FAR AWAY AS IT ONCE WAS
* CATCH ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES!
* WHEN DOES MIME GIVE YOU THE SILENT TREATMENT???
* A DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE… IN ARABIC
* LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
* NOW MAY THE LORD BLESS YOUR CHRISTMAS!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
We continue to be very impressed by INFOBEAT (formerly San Jose Mercury News) and its free feed to email inboxes! For more information, visit http://www.infobeat.com. The summaries can be selected by region… so you get only the focus you want, and each little “Brigada-like” summary paragraph has a URL to click on to get the entire new story. All for free! Incredible bargain. If you’re taking cable just to watch CNN, I bet you’ll unsubscribe after you start reading this! And now, they even ship out a special version suitable for “Outlook Express” and other MIME/HTML-compatible email clients. Terrific-looking stuff!

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GET CONNECTED TO KEY SOURCES FOR PEOPLE GROUP INFO.
Been looking for great input on your people group of choice??? Maybe there’s a Brigada-Connections conference for the group for which you’re praying! To find out, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with this simple text on the first line (not the subject):
conferences brigada

With any luck, you’ll receive an auto-mailed message in your inbox in a jiffy! It’ll list the entire family of Brigada conferences. Once you find one you want to join, just send a message back to that reads, “subscribe brigada-peoples-sasak” (replace sasak with the people group of your choice — but make sure there’s a conference by that name before trying!). Or, if there’s a brigada-connections conference, just email your questions to brigada-connections-acehnese (replace Acehnese with the people group you’re researching, but make sure there’s a “brigada-connections” conference for that group first!). One of the real live humans monitoring the connections conference will try to answer your query.

And guess what — it’s all free!!!! :-)

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD IS NOT SO FAR AWAY AS IT ONCE WAS
… at least now you can pray informedly!!! The 1998 “Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendar is being made available to Brigada readers at a special reduced rate. This full-color calendar was developed by Silk Road Ministry Staff. It is designed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in north China. This calendar is intended to help Christians outside China pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China. The price is $4 per individual calendar or $10 per bundle of 5! To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351 and ask for item 7707e.

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CATCH ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES!
clarification In last week’s item, “PERSPECTIVES LOUISVILLE STYLE,” we announced a January 20th date when, we’re told, it should have been January 22nd. Either way, if you’re interested in Perspectives in the Louisville area, contact 75451dot1611atcompuservedotcom for more information. ‘Course, if you’re from N. Indiana, in the city of Chesterton, you’ll start Monday, January 12th. For audit or credit, (college or graduate), contact gregcatlbchurchdotorg. And… if you’re in Eugene, OR, and Indy or Louisville is too far to commute, your sessions run on Sundays, 5-8pm, Jan 11-Apr 26, for credit or enrichment. Contact Tim Watson 102124dot1064atcompuservedotcom or (541-345-0341) or lknappatefndotorg.

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WHEN DOES MIME GIVE YOU THE SILENT TREATMENT???
When your email reader can only handle ASCII text, that’s when. In those cases, you’ll see dreaded “equals3D” characters when MIME email clients have sent you special characters. As a result, Jonathan Marsden (our “tech-on-call”) wrote this past week to recommend that we use *asterisks* for emphasis instead of =equal= signs. Unfortunately, I’ve been building the habit of =equal= signs for nearly 3 years!!! So… I’d like to ask you for =patience* while I learn! :-) Jonathan also suggested
a) not using MIME at all on mailings like Brigada Today since there are many ASCII only clients still in use, and
b) avoiding non-ASCII characters (such as special foreign language symbols not included in the standard ASCII set — “inyeah,” tildes, and the like). We’ll try to comply.

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A DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE… IN ARABIC
SisterMarieatjunodotcom needs someone with a degree in Standard (classical) Arabic to proof-read some Arabic books she’s written. Got any friends who read from right to left? If so, give SisterMarieatjunodotcom a jingle if you can help.

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LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
As this issue of Brigada Today hits the wires, our mission organization has just sponsored a training weekend in Miami for our team leaders from throughout the globe. Projects in some 30 cities or people groups in 22 countries were represented. We document the basic outline here in the hopes that it will spawn creative thinking in your head for the mission or church within which you work. Maybe you could pull your leadership together and improve on the model below. Either way, throughout the weekend there was a particular kind of magic that permeated the event.

M – “meetings.” Our team leaders were able to meet their peers from throughout the globe, as well as new mission leadership and board members. The camaraderie that developed was perhaps the most important outcome of the meeting. One team leader reported, “It’s been great to meet others with more experience so I can try to learn from their example.” In fact, a buddy added up the years of on-field experience and the cumulative total summed up to 188 years!

A – “art of leadership.” All day long on Friday, the emphasis was on creating all the more effective leadership at the team level.

G – “gaining resources and skills” and the particular skill we featured on Saturday was conflict management. Throughout the day, the sessions focused on how to help team members resolve the sticky issues they face on mission teams.

I – “integrity.” The emphasis on day 3 was proper relationships with family, friends, team-mates, and singles. In each relationship, delegates learned how to communicate and empathize with integrity as Jesus would.

C – “checkpoint” — thus the “c.” For our teams, our mission as a whole, and for ourselves in particular, the weekend gave us a chance to step back and look at our world through new eyes.

Without exception, delegates asked for similar gatherings in the future. So we’re already at work planning the next team leaders’ summit sometime in mid-1999. At the next meeting we hope to include spouses as well.

Without a doubt, it was a landmark event. As we head into 1998, we’re hoping each and every team will experience the difference of all the more effective leadership no matter where they serve with Team Expansion.

So how ’bout you and your agency/church? Could you benefit from a bit of “magic?”

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NOW MAY THE LORD BLESS YOUR CHRISTMAS!
As you celebrate the birth of the Savior, wherever you are on the globe this week, we wish you the very best Christmas ever. And we dream of the day that His promise can be fulfilled, that truly representatives of all peoples everywhere will stand before Him at Christmastime and praise Him for the light that enlivens the world! (make sure you’re viewing the following “graphic” in Courier New font):

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[Note: Original ASCII art by Monique; thanks!]

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19971207 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* “X-SPURTS ARE US”
* GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… “TAKE TWO”
* LOOKING FOR TRIBAL TRAINING FOR THE PHILIPPINES?
* TIME TO PRAY FOR ALGERIA
* 30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER BY E-MAIL
* PERSPECTIVES LOUISVILLE STYLE
* KNOW ANY LEBANESE FRIENDS???
* WANT TO LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH???
* LOOK FOR ANOTHER ISSUE EARLY THIS WEEKEND!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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“X-SPURTS ARE US”
Are you considered by your friends a “PC Expert?” Here’s how you can tell —

1. the person in the cubicle next door asks your help installing a new program
2. you’re the one asked to install the new printer
3. it’s your phone that rings when someone sees a “fatal error.”

If any of these conditions is true, you need our new “X-SPURTS ARE US” help file. PC Magazine just carried an article that might help! We’re making it available to you as an excerpt on this conference, because it should help us set some uniform ideas for helping organize chaos out of this PC-madness. If you’re interested, download it by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg that simply says:
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Next time someone rings your PC-chimes, you just might be glad you did! It’s 7K — and it contains suggestions on everything from how to organize your hard drive to how to set up an emergency boot disk.

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GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… “TAKE TWO”
clarification Yikes:-)…. Last week we sent the Brigada Today with the “quoted printable” switch turned “on” (quite by accident) so all our glossary symbols were scrambled! Sorry if you thought we were =3Dserious=3D when you saw all those “=3D” symbols! Let’s try it again….

_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. :-)

Clearer???

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LOOKING FOR TRIBAL TRAINING FOR THE PHILIPPINES?
Look no further. Tribal Mission Philippines, Inc. tmpdavaoatweblinqdotcom is a missions agency committed to train Philippine nationals to reach out to their own people. They take advantage of medical outreach and other strategies… and are eager to help any and all Philippine ministries get started.

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TIME TO PRAY FOR ALGERIA
More than 75,000 Algerian men, women and children have been brutally massacred over the last five years in an ongoing conflict in the name of religion and politics. The international community has for the most part washed its hands of the violence, preferring not to get involved in trying to find a solution. What Algeria and its 30 million people need more than anything else is focused intercession and spiritual warfare for deliverance from the powers of darkness and destruction operating behind the politics and economics of the situation. There is only a tiny Christian community of about one half of one percent. Pray for a political solution which brings peace, reconciliation and an end to the ongoing massacres of thousands of people. Also remember those who have become disillusioned with Islam because of the blood shed under its name. May these become serious seekers of the Truth and accept Him who is the truth. Pray for those who are worshipping in underground groups, for protection and growth spiritually, numerically etc. Many thousands have turned to the Lord among the Berbers largely through supernatural revelations of Jesus Christ.

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30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER BY E-MAIL
The Global Communications Track is again delighted to compliment the 30-Days Muslim prayer focus by offering the 1998 e-mail edition. Taken from the original booklets, the e-mail version is a one-page extract from both the Adult and Kids booklets with the full prayer points present. Designed to be easy to read and accessible for those who can’t otherwise join millions of Christians to pray, organizers hope that as with other years this will be a big hit. The 30-Days Muslim prayer focus runs January 1-30 ’98 coinciding with Ramadan. Last year some 10 million Christians were estimated to have joined this annual global prayer event. Only God knows the answers to our prayers as we have joined together around a common theme. A great joy has been to see not just individuals and families pray together, but also prayer groups and churches. Make sure everyone you know gets hold of these prayer guides, either the booklet or the e-mail version and let us again, believe God for great things. What a great way to begin the New Year!! To receive the e-mail edition, send an e-mail to HUBatXCdotOrg with just the following two words in the message:
Subscribe 30-days

For booklet and language sales info., surf over to http://ywam.org/prayer.

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PERSPECTIVES LOUISVILLE STYLE
Catch Perspectives in Louisville, KY, starting January 22 for 15 consecutive weeks. For college credit, audit or enrichment, each week will be taught by nationally known leaders. Some would call it “the most dynamic study available addressing God’s moving in the world today and the Church’s responsibility in completing the task of world evangelism. For further information write 75451dot1611atcompuservedotcom or call (502) 451-5317 ext. 3069.

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KNOW ANY LEBANESE FRIENDS???
If so, write bjhoodathood-consultingdotcom to learn more about how you might be able to network to finish the completion of reaching the Lebanese.

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LOOK FOR ANOTHER ISSUE EARLY THIS WEEKEND!
Just returned from a very intensive weekend filled with meetings — our first-ever team leaders’ summit. It went great… sorry I’m late!
Doug

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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: 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!

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