Monthly Archives: January 1998

19980125 Brigada Today

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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….

* GET YOUR DEPUTATATION ORGANIZER SOFTWARE FOR $25!
* VIDEO FROM AD2000
* WOULD THE REAL “LARGEST LANGUAGES” PLEASE STAND UP?
* PRAYER FOR INDIA
* SPIRITUAL OUTREACH BY MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
* HOW DO I GET THE CURRENT SCORE ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
* FROM THE “I SHOULD TELL YOU WHEN I’M JOKING” DEPT.
* DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $1000
* REACH THE WORLD AT THE WORLD CUP
* IT’S TIME TO NETWORK THE NETWORKERS
* REGENT’S NEW GRAD PROGRAM – YOUR OPINION PLEASE?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GET YOUR DEPUTATATION ORGANIZER SOFTWARE FOR $25!
Got a furlough (or “home service”) coming up? Need to keep all the details straight? (Housing? Travel? Arrival? Letters? Database? Addresses? Telephone numbers?, etc, etc, etc???) Now you can! Download a trial copy of Bob Clonch’s “Deputation Organizer.” Normally it’s $30, but we wrote Bob personally and asked him if he’d consider $25 if the user mentioned he got the software from Brigada and Bob said no problem. So download it and try it out . . . and see what you think . . . and if you’re interested, the program contains information on getting in touch with Bob BKCLONCHataoldotcom. Good luck! Get the software at http://www.teamexpansion.org/tools/depuzip.exe and check it out for free on a trial basis!

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VIDEO FROM AD2000
lighting the way Last week’s item, “AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES NEW ADOPT-A-PEOPLE VIDEO” failed to mention that one can also order the new adopt-a-people video, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Love, is also available directly from AD200 & Beyond, fax (719-576-2685) or by email at infoatad2000dotorg. Also, if the item in some way indicated that Mary Ann Stone is no longer at the AD2000 Int’l Office, it shouldn’t have. Although she’s no longer the coordinator for JP2000, she’s full-time there as Director of Special Projects.

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WOULD THE REAL “LARGEST LANGUAGES” PLEASE STAND UP?
Justin wrote this past week that figures on ‘largest language groups’ recently published in Brigada Today weren’t accurate. He explained that AD 1980 figures (numbers will have changed, rankings will not have changed) for native speakers (with second language speakers many will be far higher)
Mandarin Chinese 551 million
English 265 million
Spanish 227 million
Hindi 168 million
Arabic 144 million
Russian 142 million
Bengali 138 million
Portuguese 135 million
Japanese 117 million
German 90 million
Punjabi 80 million
Wu Chinese 75 million
French 67 million
Javanese 65 million
Italian 63 million
Marathi 62 million
Cantonese 59 million
Tamil 58 million
Korean 58 million
Telugu 55 million
Ukrainian 44 million
Hsiang Chinese 44 million
Turkish 43 million
Source: World Christian Encyclopedia, 1st edition, Oxford University Press. He clarified, “Turkish is probably in the top 10 with second language speakers, but certainly not in the top 5.”

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PRAYER FOR INDIA
United prayer for On-coming elections in India: For such a time as this, we have power to vote in prayer for the Lord’s will to be done in the 12th Indian Parliamentary elections. Elections start in February 16th and finish on the 7th of March 98. Would you please join us in praying for great outpouring of His Spirit in India. During the 10th Parliamentary elections the Lord gave me burden to pray and mobilize prayer. So several churches in Delhi got together and done prayer walks around and inside the Parliament house. We did it again during 11th Parliamentary elections. Now could you please plan to pray wherever you are for some time during the above election dates. For prayer pointers please send your request to Pastor Prasad Rao tvchurchatpoboxesdotcom – Thanks.

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SPIRITUAL OUTREACH BY MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
Would you like to help your physician, dentist, or nurse reach their patients for Christ? In a recent national poll, 63% believe it’s good for a physician to talk with patients about spiritual faith. Yet a credible witness for Christ is often sadly missing. Campus Crusade’s affiliate ministry, The Medical Strategic Network, is working to change that. The Network hosts hands-on training conferences. Designed and taught by health professionals for health professionals, this training helps integrate faith and practice. Afterwards, trained, Spirit-filled attenders see up to 60% of non-Christian patients come to faith in Christ. CME/CEU (continuing education hours) are available. 1998 conference sites include: Southern California-February, Kansas City-September and others. Consider informing your health care associates about this opportunity. For a free brochure, call 909-792-2718 in the USA or e-mail 104722dot305atcompuservedotcom. Maybe some of this info. could be applied to medical mission trips overseas???

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HOW DO I GET THE CURRENT SCORE ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
Peter’s right. You could download the file at ftp://ftp.ad2000.org/pub/ad2000/jpldbf.zip or check the index at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/index.htm to find out which of the 1739 Joshua Project People groups were not “claimed” as of this past July. Peter also added (in his recent reply to a Brigada-peoples inquiry) that in the dbf file, the field, NOCOMT172, is the one which tells which people groups had no commitment as of July ’97.

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FROM THE “I SHOULD TELL YOU WHEN I’M JOKING” DEPT.
lighting the wayYou should have seen the flurry of email I have rec’d these last few days regarding my reference to “65 million languages” last week ( CAN YOU GET ALONG WITH A MOODY WEB PAGE?, which included the text, “Now here’s a site for sore eyes!!!” At http://www.moody.edu/sfs you can learn about “Sermons from Science,” Moody’s science films that are translated into 65 million languages…”) Okay… so my commitment to you is to tell you when I’m joking, just in case you think I’m crazier than you already suspect! :-) And just for clarification, no Virginia, there are not 65 million languages in the world. That exaggeration was . . . . simply for the effect of pointing out the incredible number of languages and places where those Moody films have been used. But did you know the Jesus Film has been translated into 75 million languages!!!??? :-) Wait… I’m joking!!!!!!!

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DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $1000
You’re right, Joel. Sorry to say, Bill Gates doesn’t have time to invent software personally anymore, he doesn’t have a program that automatically tracks email, he isn’t about to send you $1000 (maybe he’ll send a billion bucks to the UN if they’re lucky, but not a thousand to you on your life!), and furthermore, even he would be tired of hearing about the idea if he were to have gotten the new flurry of “virus mail” chain letter that’s floating around the net about his “invention” (that will result in everyone getting $1000). The virus consists of using up valuable Internet bandwidth by multiplying the spread of these Internet chain letters. Best thing to do if you receive such a “virus mail” (where the virus consists of wasting Internet time) is just ignore it or suggest that the author consult a virus page like Rob Rosenberger’s Computer Virus Myths at http://www.kumite.com/myths/ or one of the antivirus software vendors’ pages. So . . . if you’ve been waiting for your check from Bill, might as well send out for more coffee. :-)

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REACH THE WORLD AT THE WORLD CUP
If you’ve got some kind of outreach scheduled for France ’98 at he world’s biggest sporting event of the year, check out the International Sports Coalition and Sports Outreach America web site http://www.sportsoutreach.org for more info. (Also see the info. on their new poster!) They’ve also got a great outreach booklet for ministry at the World Cup. If you’re in Europe contact Jorgen at katarinaatibseurdotse, USA contact Davyd at davydhatibsdotorg, UK and others not included in the two above groups contact cpoatpaviliondotcodotuk.

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IT’S TIME TO NETWORK THE NETWORKERS
Debbie Wood, at the AD2000 and Beyond Movement International Office wants to compile a list of groups or institutions which regularly hold conferences, seminars, or courses focused on specific unreached people groups or broader cultural groups (not general missions courses). For example, a college or institute which yearly holds a seminar on China, or on Islam, or on the Tatars. This will be included in a new manual for developing networks around particular peoples and in a new section of the Adoption Guidance Program. Look for a new CD Rom edition of the AGP sometime this spring. Please send information to DebbieatAD2000dotorg.

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REGENT’S NEW GRAD PROGRAM – YOUR OPINION PLEASE?
Regent University’s Center for Leadership Studies is currently studying the feasibility of offering a major in intercultural leadership within its master of arts in organizational leadership program, via the Internet. Students will take 15 hours of foundational leadership classes, 15 hours of intercultural leadership electives, and will produce a three-hour culminating project. This interdisciplinary degree can be completed in just 12 months. Conditional to board approval, Regent will launch this program in May. To register suggestions and comments, please respond to leadercenteratregentdotedu. Please include something about your background and the nature of your interest in graduate studies.

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19980118 Brigada Today

Now with over 6600 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
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….

* AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES NEW ADOPT-A-PEOPLE VIDEO
* TAKE YOUR AT&T OVERSEAS ACCESS NUMBERS WITH YOU!
* MAKE SOME MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD
* ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR MINISTRY TO SEAFARERS
* KEEP AN EYE ON FREE FAXING
* WORK WITH THE WORD IN AFGHANISTAN
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE GLOBAL GAMES
* FUN FACTS TO KNOW AN TELL, SEEN STREAMING ACROSS THE NET
* WEB WATCH
* SEND YOUR TESOL TRAINING IDEAS & RESOURCES FOR COMPILATION
* CAN YOU GET ALONG WITH A MOODY WEB PAGE?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES NEW ADOPT-A-PEOPLE VIDEO
How long have you been waiting for a video that shares case studies of real live “adopt-a-people” projects from around North America, complete with “how-to” suggestions and “lessons learned” examples???? Wait no longer. AD2000 has teamed up with Caleb Project to produce Ordinary People, Extraordinary Love, available today for $12 (plus shipping and handling). This fast-moving series of case studies and mini-interviews gives you all the examples for which you’ve been waiting. You’ll see churches just like yours, both large and small, which have successfully adopted unreached peoples. Yes, it’s slanted toward churches sending short-term teams and yes, it does seem to be slanted toward sending prayer journeys as a key part of the strategy for reaching the unreached, but hey, what else would you expect from the gal who formerly was Coordinator of the JP2000 Project office at AD2000!!! (Mary Ann Stone had a key role in putting the video together.) Actually, short-term trips are eventually tied in very well with the development of a long-term strategy for trained on-site teams. And the quality is, of course, excellent. What else would you expect from the same people who brought you Light the Window, To the Ends of the Earth!?! The Carltons have done it again. First class stuff, as always. (Note: Caselots of 50 can be had at $5 each.) There’s a 27 minute version and a 6 minute version for people “on the run.” :-) (Like I say, it’s produced for a North-American audience.) Write Caleb Project at
10 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
or call 303-730-4170

While you’re at it, check out the video on the Maratha people, originally produced by Kingdom Building Ministries, also $12, 12 minutes long. The two would make a great “one-two punch” — the big picture and a specific example. In this case, AD2000 and Caleb Project have targeted a North American audience, but others from around the world will find it interesting, as well. This one’s a keeper, gang. You’ll be able to use it at your missions fair, in your planning meetings, and in your mobilization workshops. Lots of short interviews… lots of practical info… and lots of motivational examples. This one could be titled, “So you’re thinking about adopting an unreached people, eh?” :-)

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TAKE YOUR AT&T OVERSEAS ACCESS NUMBERS WITH YOU!
Tina, this is especially for you . . . and for all the people who have to call home from those overseas locations where “1-800-…” means nothing. Visit AT&T’s web site at http://www.att.com/traveler/iacf/download.html for a copy of AT&T’s free software that automatically gives you overseas contact numbers and dialing instructions for calling home. No laptop to take with you on the trip? Use the software’s options to print out the info. for the countries you’re visiting… and that way you’ll never have to scramble around for a copy of one of those little dialing cards we always seem to lose . . you know . . . the ones with each country’s toll-free number to get AT&T direct. The software’s free and it works fast and simple. No complex commands… just point and shoot. It’s great!

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MAKE SOME MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD
Interested in how the Great Commission is being fulfilled with indigenous music styles around the world? Subscribe to the EM News, the quarterly newsletter of missionary ethnomusicologists, for $15/yr. The EM News is sponsored by the Summer Institute of Linguistics and Wycliffe Bible Translators. Full of success stories, ideas to try, book reviews and learning experiences, the newsletter is sure to be of help to anyone working with music in cross-cultural situations. For a sample issue, write to
ILC – Ethnomusicology
7500 W. Camp Wisdom
Dallas, TX 75236

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ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR MINISTRY TO SEAFARERS
Are you working in or interested in the work of organizations such as The Missions to Seamen? Then this new email conference might be for you. To subscribe to the Ministry to Seafarers list, just email ashleyatinyokohamadotcom and put
subscribe

in the subject line. Details will follow.

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KEEP AN EYE ON FREE FAXING
Don’t forget to follow the TPC fax service that we’ve profiled before . . . . at http://www.tpc.int/servers . . . if you want to learn more about how to fax the world for free. If you don’t have web access, email tpccoveratinfodottpcdotint to look at the list of places where you can take advantage of this unique service, last profiled in Brigada Today in March, ’97.

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WORK WITH THE WORD IN AFGHANISTAN
N.R. Word nrwordathotmaildotcom is a Christian author who is hunting for information on Afganistan (especially the poorer area of Kabul). He is also interested in what the roles of children, older men, and women are. If you have an interest there, why not at least write him to ask for an abstract of his work when it’s complete. If you are working with someone there, write him but remember to always guard the identities and locations of those who are in creative-access countries for Christian reasons.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE GLOBAL GAMES
world globe More than 350 Christian volunteers and full-time ministers are ready for work at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The teams will work in coffee houses set up for evangelism, in hotel information booths, as garbage collectors, as chaplains, and in singing and drama performances in the marketplace. Christians are to be the only religious group represented by chaplains in Nagano, a city with one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. Those involved include missionaries from the Southern Baptists, Campus Crusade for Christ, Athletes in Action, International Bible Society, InterVarsity, Youth With a Mission and the American Bible Society. 1,500 ‘Jesus’ videos in multiple languages are ready for athletes and officials in their own languages.
(Source: Chris Turner, IMB News Stories, International Mission Board, SBC, Wednesday, January 21, 1998; http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm or send an email message to: webservantatimbdotorg.
http://members.aol/nagano98/index-e.htm for more information on the Nagano outreach.)
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna [new father again!], Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL, SEEN STREAMING ACROSS THE NET
Percentage of the African continent that is wilderness, 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness — 38%! Guess those Africans have been developing their backyards a little faster than we thought! :-)

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WEB WATCH
WebWatch The Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS) has a Web page which gives information about its activities at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/8409/ They give information about the Society, and about its journal Missionalia, and its work in making abstracts of mission-related articles from journals published around the world. There is also information about the SAMS annual congress, links to other sites dealing with mission, missiology and mission studies around the world, and a contact point for researchers on African Independent Churches.

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SEND YOUR TESOL TRAINING IDEAS & RESOURCES FOR COMPILATION
Mary Burton actsatlccdotnet wrote to ask if we had information on TESOL resources. Well anytime anyone asks such a question, our standard answer is, “Want to compile one?” :-) So give her everything ya got! :-) She’ll compile it and we’ll post it here later for all to download. She’s especially interested in resources designed for those who desire to reach out to the nations of the world at their doorstep. “There are some agencies I know of but they require leaving your home, job, etc. and then signing up with them to go overseas,” Mary wrote. “We live in a city where the hispanic, non-english speaking population is very high. Two weeks ago, we led 54 non-english speaking South Americans to the Lord with an interpreter. But using TESOL, we can go back into the area and offer them practical help and reach out to others with the gospel.” Either way, she’ll compile every resource you’ve got. Be sure to write her directly… no need to copy us here at Brigada. :-) She’ll send us the finished product. (We always seem to get blitzed with “cc:” emails on these projects. :-) )

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CAN YOU GET ALONG WITH A MOODY WEB PAGE?
Now here’s a site for sore eyes!!! At http://www.moody.edu/sfs you can learn about “Sermons from Science,” Moody’s science films that are translated into 65 million languages, that can address a high-level intelligent audience or amaze a lay level one, that can be used to sensitize a non-Christian audience or strengthen the faith of a believing one! A bunch of us used these in a “Christian Friendship Festival” in the former Soviet Union in 1991 and out of those sessions came our first believers in a new church that has now reached a regular weekend worship attendance of 650 people! Check ’em out! . . . and while you’re there, check out Moody’s Founder’s Week Bible Conference at http://www.moody.edu where you’ll hear streaming audio live from the likes of speakers like George Verwer, International Coordinator, Operation Mobilization. Great stuff! thumbs-up

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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom>.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg.
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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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!

19980111 Brigada Today

Now with over 6600 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
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….

* NEED HELP WITH A BIBLE-READING PLAN FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP?
* PEOPLE GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA
* JOHN PIPER BOOKS PIPED DIRECTLY TO YOU
* HOW MANY SPEAK WHICH LANGUAGE
* FILMS FOR YOUR FIELD
* WEB-WATCH
* RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN
* I’M NOT TEASING!; BOOK ON TESOL!
* REACHING THE WORLD WITHIN YOUR MIDST
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NEED HELP WITH A BIBLE-READING PLAN FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP?
Try http://www.olywa.net/mmccahan/gbbiblereadjan.html, where you’ll find four options. Thanks Russ!

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PEOPLE GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA
Been wondering about totals for ethnic groups in the USA and Canada totaling over 100,000 in population? Check it out at joshuaproject.net

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JOHN PIPER BOOKS PIPED DIRECTLY TO YOU
Say you want to learn more about new John Piper material (author of Let the Nations Be Glad… Check out http://www.desiringgod.org or write DGMinistryataoldotcom for more info!

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HOW MANY SPEAK WHICH LANGUAGE
Faithful to his quest to find out which languages are most widely spoken, Eric ericdanielleatjunodotcom wrote that according to “Friends of Turkey” and “People International,” two prominent mission agencies focused on Turkic peoples and Central Asia, the Turkish language is the fifth most spoken language in the world with over 170 million speakers, including Turkic languages closely related to Turkish. (That includes nations such as Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Within these nations are many smaller Turkic people groups such as the Tatars, Hazaras, Yoruk, Uighers, Bashkirs, Chuvashes, Gaguaz and others.) According to the Guineas Book of Records (1997) there are approx. 3,950 languages, while a recent report in TIME Magazine reported that linguists estimate that there are currently 6,500 languages spoken in the world.

There are also variations to the numbers of people speaking languages.
Chinese speakers are between 726 million to 1 billion.
English 427 million to 1.5 billion
Spanish 266 million
Arabic 180 million

(Turkic languages are not listed in the TIME magazine report because they have listed each Turkic language separately, e.g. Turkish, Kazak, Uzbek, etc.)

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FILMS FOR YOUR FIELD
Ever come across the “Sermons from Science” film series by Moody? We used several of these to kick off a Friendship Festival in Ukraine a few years ago and they were very effective. In our case we brought over a high-tech engineer from the USA to moderate discussion about the film. You might try such an arrangement. Check out http://www.moody.edu/sfs for more info or write twiseatmoodydotedu.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch Check out http://www.tidalwave.net/~justlaw/press.htm for more information on the suffering church.

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RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN
First Baptist Church of Dallas will host the second annual Eurasian Symposium (started in 1996 as the Russian Symposium) on Feb 19-21. All individuals and organizations who are interested in ministering in the independent states of the former USSR are invited to attend. Featured speakers include: Mark Elliot from Wheaton College, Peter Mitskevich from Moscow Theological Seminary, and Robert Provost, President of Slavic Gospel Association. Also speaking will be the presidents of the Union of Evangelical Christians–Baptists of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. The registration fee is only $25. You may call the Missions Office of First Baptist of Dallas at (214) 969-2410 for more information and a registration form or write dougjatsgadotorg.

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LEADERS’ RETREAT POSTPONED
The AIMS Fellowship of Mission Agencies annual leaders’ retreat, originally set for Feb. 5-7 in Dallas, TX, has been postponed. New dates will be published as they become available. For additional details, please call AIMS at 757-579-5850, or e-mail aimsataims-usadotorg.

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I’M NOT TEASING!; BOOK ON TESOL!
Been searching for that perfect book about Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages? Try asking John and company at actsatlccdotnet.

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REACHING THE WORLD WITHIN YOUR MIDST
Look at http://www.lcc.net/~acts for more information. You’ll find all kinds of examples of how to reach out to the students who live within your midst!

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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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In this issue….

* NEW NATIONAL PASTORS’ PRAYER NETWORK TO CONVENE
* WEB-WATCH
* IT’S A DIRTY LIFE, BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO TRAIN IN HAWAII
* FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS
* MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP
* MISSIONS MESSAGE WATERED DOWN
* NEED A GOOD ‘ONLINE’ BIBLE?
* WE GET SMILE MAIL
* TAKE THE NEXT STEP
* MPACT ’98
* LANGUAGE QUEST
* MORE PERSPECTIVES ON PERSPECTIVES
* COMING HOME? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NEW NATIONAL PASTORS’ PRAYER NETWORK TO CONVENE
Have you heard about the new National Pastors’ Prayer Network Consultation? Check out news on it at www.missionamerica.org/prayernetwork.html. It will meet in a consultation at the Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis Airport, Thursday, Janaury 22, 1998, 9am-9pm and Friday, Janaury 23, 1998, 8:30am-12:00pm. Write Phil praychgoatflashdotnet for more info.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch If you like Dell computer products but need a good deal on one, Sharon suggests you look at http://www.austin360.com/dell/home.htm which shows some great discounts on Dell equipment. Check it out!

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IT’S A DIRTY LIFE, BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO TRAIN IN HAWAII
:-) That’s what Greg and Mona Crawford commitatjunodotcom do for a living… train missionaries for outreach in Asia. They do it from their base in Hawaii. Hey — don’t laugh! I’m serious! If your short-term missions team needs a training stopover on the way to Asia… or a debriefing stopover when you return, give ’em a call!!! The average stay is about two days and the cost is only $139 which includes tuition & related materials, food, lodging, and ground transportation. Now we just need someone brave enough to sample their services and give us a report back in a future issue of Brigada Today!!! :-)

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FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS
Interested in learning more about reaching Native Americans? Catch The Focus on the Family radio broadcast on January 14th, when Dr. Dobson Huron Claus and Richard Twiss on that very subject!

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MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP
lighting the way David Blanton’s interest was pricked by the recent reference to leadership “MAGIC” (“LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”, from Brigada Today, 19 of Dec., ’97). So interested is he, in fact, that he’d like to ask for those who have other resources or outlines such as the one listed with the acrostic, MAGIC. If you have a favorite book or other resource, send it to David dblantonatwritemedotcom and he’ll compile the list into a file we’ll all be able to download at a later date.

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MISSIONS MESSAGE WATERED DOWN
David wondered if you caught some of the great articles at http://www.domini.org/express/metrofly/titles.htm regarding water purification and other medical issues for missionaries. Check it out!

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NEED A GOOD ‘ONLINE’ BIBLE?
John says to check out the Online Bible v6.13. It apparently has KJ, Valera Reina, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Strong’s and Lexicon, dictionaries and commentaries. He wrote to Brigada Today this past week, “I came across their web site at http://www.biblecd.com and they have a special offering of their program for missionaries.” Apparently it is an online Bible for $6. The company wrote, “This is the deluxe edition. It does not include Niv, Nas, Nrs due to copyrights but it has a ton (well, not literally) of material on it.” (To get the most recent version, you’ll have to pay more. See their web site for more info. If you want the $6 version (a real steal), they ask that you send your name and address on the field, the name and address of your sponsor, shipping address if different, $6. You can do this either by mail with check, or with charge card by fax. (Remember to never send your credit card via e-mail unless it is encrypted.) Note that they also offer the Sage Digital Lib cd Vol 1-4 for $15 to missionaries.

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WE GET SMILE MAIL
Thanks to all those who wrote to express gratitude for the “glossary of email symbols.” Apparently, they weren’t so widely known as some had assumed. And we’re always grateful for the encouragement that Brigada participants extend. But most of all, we’re grateful for the partnership we share with each of you.

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP
North American Partnership in Mission Training is having its first annual meeting in Colorado Springs on January 31, 1998. The Next Step is a partnership of churches, agencies, trainers and mission mobilizers working to establish recognizable training standards that will address missionary attrition and field effectiveness. Woody Phillips, president of United World Mission, is the convener and founder of The Next Step. The Next Step is a North American response to the Reducing Missionary Attrition Project (ReMAP) that indicated that 72% of missionary drop out was preventable. The Next Step Partnership invites those involved with missionary training, to consider partnering with The Next Step. … There is still room at Glen Erie for participants. Explore the web site at http://www.thenextstep.org.

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MPACT ’98
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary located in Fort Worth, Texas, will be sponsoring a student missions conference (MPACT ’98) on February 27-March 1, 1998, targeted at college students interested in world missions. For further conference information, see our website at http://www.swbts.edu/mpact98/index.htm.

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LANGUAGE QUEST
Eric Jensen is a man on a quest! He recently read a statistic that claims, “Turkish is the fifth most spoken language in the world”. He wrote to Brigada this past week to say, “I was wondering if you know anyone who can support or deny that claim and can anyone tell me what are the top 4 spoken languages?” If you can help Eric, write him at ericdanielleatjunodotcom and maybe he’ll send us a copy of his conclusions.

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MORE PERSPECTIVES ON PERSPECTIVES
Live in Oakland? Catch a Perspectives Class at First Covenant Church in Oakland, January 13th through May 12th. For more info, call Mike McKenna at 510-451-5148 or write 72607dot2415atcompuservedotcom. Or, if you’re from Vancouver, BC, you can catch Perspectives Tuesdays, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., starting Feb. 10/98 at Burnaby Christian Fellowship, 7325 MacPherson, Burnaby, BC, Canada. See Sharon Frewing, 604-434-6737, Fax: 604-434-4384, frewingatintergatedotbcdotca. Or maybe you’d like to catch Perspectives online?? Now you can, beginning January 20, 1998, via “Worldwide Perspectives.” According to the organizers, this will be the first time a certificate level Perspectives course can be taken fully via the Internet. The online Worldwide Perspectives is designed for those who want to understand what God is doing in the world but are unable to attend a regular course (which is preferable). Those interested can go to: http://http://www.icm-international.org/seminary/index.htm or contact Phil Walker at: icmusaataoldotcom.

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COMING HOME? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?
Former missionary Walter Sanchez has designed a questionnaire for missionaries to answer when returning to their home country before being debriefed by their home church’s missions committee. Churches may browse it from http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5645/Questionaire.html and use it as is or modify it as needed.

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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg. Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada’s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom>.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg.

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg.
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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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!

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