Monthly Archives: May 1998

19980531 Brigada Today

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LUIS BUSH READS BRIGADA TODAY

Did you happen to see the flash-back editorial on GCOWE ’95 in last week’s Brigada Today??? Luis Bush did. Can you believe the guy travels all over the world, collects his email from wherever he might be on the globe, and still makes time to read Brigada? (I’m writing from Cote d’Ivoire tonight and I can tell you that it has NOT been easy to get email access here from every village we visited. I can’t WAIT ’til Bill Gates finishes his satellite network so satellite email will become “affordable for the masses!” :-)) Anyway, Luis wrote, “Thanks for the meaningful review of G95… We had a very meaningful meeting of the track/task force and board (functional core leadership) a couple of weeks ago. It was amazing to me to see the incredible ongoing commitment to work toward the overall vision by the track and task force leaders as well as the remarkable faith (at this late stage) that ‘It can be done, it must be done, it will be done.’ What does this mean? It means that AD2000 & Beyond Leadership is still committed to trying to make sure there’s a church-planting team working on each and every people group in the world that has more than 10,000 members with a percentage of evangelicals of 2% or less. Furthermore, AD2000 is hoping that these teams will have committed to planting a church of 100 worshipping believers as soon as possible, preferably by Dec. 31, 2000. Will you help them pull it off? To find out more about how to pitch in, contact AD2000 & Beyond’s Int’l Office at lauriatad2000dotorg  (lauriatad2000dotorg)  . (Can you believe she handles email for the whole world?????!!!)
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A PRAYER AND A POEM TO GO, PLEASE

Have you seen Mert Hershberger’s “Prayer-Poem” list? He sent us a sample or two this past week and I can promise you, if you like missions poetry and/or regular prayer items, parables, and thought-provoking stories, you’ll probably like this list. He sends a mailing out every week or so. To give it a try, just send a message with the subject line:
subscribe prayer-poem list

to Hershbergerdot5atnddotedu  (Hershbergerdot5atnddotedu)  .

note (Note that unlike the Brigada family of email conferences that operate on the MAFxc list-server, Mert’s list-server requires the ‘subscribe’ line to be in the subject. The MAFxc list-server expects the ‘subscribe’ message to be in the message block itself.)

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JUNE ADVANCE READY FOR YOU TO RETRIEVE

Take a look at the topics in this month’s Advance, edited by Mark Kelly (listed below).

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Tibetan Buddhists; street children in Mongolia; the Muslim Arabs of Saudi Arabia; the Zapotec Indians of Mexico; the Tajiks of Iran; ministering God’s love during the Kumbh Mela festival; Kingdom advance in Nepal; the Donxiang of China; Liberian refugees; witch doctors turn to Christ; the Jesus film for Western Punjabis of Pakistan

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Bangladesh churches, school attacked; Sudan sheik arrested; Lutheran bishop of Belarus arrested; Turkmenistan Adventists arrested; persecution intensifies in Chad; US newspaper fires minister to former homosexuals; New Tribes hostages

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Taking up arms in Pakistan; human sacrifice in Uttar Pradesh; adults convicted of murder in child abuse case; nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan

REJOICE! — Neo-Aztec priest asks for prayer; Khmer literacy program registers 727 decisions for Christ; Turkish government permits Kurdish Jesus film; 30,000 decisions for Christ in New Delhi; Chinese evangelists count 85 decisions for Christ; young woman raised from dead in Ethiopia; mobile medical clinics register 104 decisions in Nan province; Hindu Indian artist accepts Christ while illustrating Gospel of Mark; gospel literature distributed to 18.5 million homes in 1997; discovery may lead to advances in fighting cancer, AIDS, other diseases

NETWORKING — Prayer guide, video on Tibetan Buddhists; people group adoption information on CD; “Operation World Plus;” International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; “Fax of the Apostles;” Turkey video and prayer guide; International Bible Society monthly newsletter; “TV: The World’s Greatest Mind-Bender;” Fasting & Prayer ’98

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE IN KENYA

world globe With 150 years of missions work, the perception is that Kenya has been fully evangelized, but there remain 22 people groups that are without an indigenous, self-perpetuating church within their reach. One of the over 400 church leaders convening from across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo said, “If we had had a meeting like this ten years ago, the task of reaching our unreached peoples in Kenya would already be completed.” At the climax of the consultation approximately 3000 people dedicated their lives to missions, through praying, giving or going for the unreached of Kenya.
(Source: AD2000 & Beyond, “EAST AFRICA AND THE HORN OF AFRICA CHALLENGED WITH THE GREAT COMMISSION,” By Dr. Stephen Kabachia, Chairman & Rev. Don Kearby, Coordinator, Finish the Task 2000 National Consultation, May 1998, Nairobi, Kenya.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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READY, “SCET,” GO!

SCET’98 is related to Agape Holland, the Dutch version of Campus Crusade for Christ. It is a summer project that will take place from July 20th till August 9th 1998 in Holland and Belgium. Organizers wrote Brigada Today this past week, “We want to attract the attention of teenagers by organizing 3-days sport clinics. During these days we want to tell them about Christ. The clinics will take place at 30 different locations and we still need some people to help us at the sport clinics. Questions? Contact Thijs van Delden, Kremersmaten 168, 7511 LD Enschede, Holland, tel. 0031-053-4303493, email: mdotldotvandeldenatstudentdotutwentedotnl  (mdotldotvandeldenatstudentdotutwentedotnl)  .
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CARRYING ON ABOUT CARRY-ONS

lighting the way I don’t want to carry on any more about carry-ons, but . . . I got hit last week by British Airways new commitment to REALLY enforce the 6 kilo baggage limit. Ouch. I’ve traveled on every continent but Antarctica and I’ve always carried the same carry-on without having to check it. . . . ’til last week with British Airways. 6 kilos. I had to just take my laptop on the plane in a plastic bag :-( and send the carry-on through their baggage system. Took about 45 minutes to collect in Abidjan on the other end. What’s more, a friend just wrote and said the same thing happened to her on Lufthansa recently on her last trip to Turkmenistan. Rats. rats face I hope this isn’t a sign of the times. There were tons of people who had snuck their carry-ons past the gate… but if their attention is at all focused on your bag when you walk through the lines to pick up your boarding pass, or even pass through a security checkpoint, it’s curtains for your carry-on. I’m trying to think up a diversion on the way home. Maybe I can get the Brazil soccer team to stage a scrimmage on the luggage conveyor belts. That should get their attention. (Have you seen that Nike commercial yet? It’s a classic.) Either way… lesson learned. … either skip these two airlines and fly others, . . . or pack in such a way that you can cut your carry-on weight to 6 kilos! Gulp. gulp Or watch for the Brazil national team. :-)
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DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE TRAINING

How do you sustain long term effective prayer for unreached people groups? How will U.S. churches which have agreed to pray for the Unreached Peoples stay committed? How can you multiply or disciple new prayer warriors to pray for the nations? Answer: “Disciple’s Prayer Life.” Now you can attend a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life, August 10-14, 1998 at Myertown Grace Brethren Church, Myertown, PA. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM. Only $50. Pre-order materials for $21.00. (Does not include room and board). For more information email: bsuscwmseataoldotcom  (bsuscwmseataoldotcom)   and put [example:PrayerLife-Los Angelos] in the subject line or call 919-787-3821, speak slowly while leaving name and address to receive brochure.
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COOL DOWN YOUR REENTRY

A new practical resource on short-term mission reentry is available from Deeper Roots publications (See http://members.aol.com/HLisech/DeeperRoots ). REENTRY GUIDE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS, by Lisa Espineli Chinn, is a compilation and expansion of handouts and notes of the intensive reentry workshops the author has conducted at the last five National Short-Term Missions Conferences and a special Short – Term Mission Leaders Retreat. Lisa Espineli Chinn has been conducting reentry seminars for international students and short-term missions since the mid-80’s, and authored Think Home: A Practical Workbook for Christian International Students Preparing to Return Home in 1984. For more information, contact Howard Lisech at HLisechataoldotcom  (HLisechataoldotcom)  .
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CAT-LINK SEARCHING FOR SECOND LIFE

If you’ve no clue what a Cat-link is, this item isn’t for you. But if you need one, University of the Nations in Kailu-Kona Hawaii has a CAT-LINK for digital transmission of radio programming available for sale. For detailed technical specifications, contact Willy Navarro svpatuofndotedu  (svpatuofndotedu)  .
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COOPERATION AT ITS BEST

This past week, we’ve seen cooperation at its best. I’m at work in Cote d’Ivoire, facilitating an up-and-coming partnership between two on-the-ball churches and Team Expansion. We’ve been interviewing workers in the field to try to learn as much as possible about reaching the particular people group that these two churches want to “adopt” (for the purposes of church-planting). The cooperation and fellowship has been so incredible! We’ve learned so much in such a short period of time because on- site workers have been sharing their “lessons learned” about reaching unreached tribes in this area. So… I’ve put together “Doug’s Divine Dozen Lessons Learned for Setting up These Exposure/Vision Trips:

  • Lesson # 12 — Allow plenty of time in advance of the trip for set-up and planning. We started a good six months in advance… and that’s minimum. Any less and your efforts will seem disorganized and haphazard.
  • Lesson # 11 — Find an on-field helper to “champion” your cause and assist with set-up. Check out your denomination’s mission board or sending agencies or ask other missions committees in your area for help. In our case we were very lucky (I mean, blessed). A Wycliffe worker “adopted” us!!! She worked VERY hard helping to make sure our logistical needs were met… and we’ll be forever grateful. Three cheers for SIL!!!
  • Lesson # 10 — Pay your way. The SIL worker helped us get an idea of realistic figures to spend for meals and housing. Using her figures as guides, we were able to give on-site workers a realistic picture of what we should reimburse them for food and housing. The last thing you want to do is be a drain on their finances, because then the next group that visits will find it much harder to set up a similar trip the next year! YES — shop for the best prices on air fares and hotels. But NO — don’t be afraid to rent a car or van to cover large distances when time is limited. After all, you might have spent several thousand dollars getting there… and maybe you’ll only be there one week . . . so every day counts.
  • Lesson # 9 — Pray as you go. Be sure to allow time for prayer walks. Our trip is VERY scheduled . . . so we’ve only done two prayer walk so far. That’s an “oops” for me. We’re still hoping to do one in each location though.
  • Lesson # 8 — Be flexible. Be flexible. Be flexible. And did I mention, be flexible. Don’t be afraid to change schedules if you get a better opportunity. One day last week, we changed our plans 3 times before we even got out the door. Make sure your team members are EXPECTING the unexpected.
  • Lesson # 7 — Debrief daily. It’s the only way to draw maximum impact out of each person’s individual experiences each and every day.
  • Lesson # 6 — No missionary roasts allowed. :-) Make sure your team knows that new on-site workers should expect to work on the field for a full year before they’ll understand all the reasons behind why full-timers do the things they do. (There are usually VERY good explanations.) So why should one-weekers think they can do better! :-)
  • Lesson # 5 — Fresh insights permitted. While you don’t want your team to come across as presumptuous, someone on the team might indeed have a fresh insight that no one else has thought of yet. Make sure your gang feels the freedom to gently offer humbly-worded insights “as ashes on the ground” — but not lording over those who live and work there every day!
  • Lesson # 4 — Cultivate a sense of humor. On this trip, I’m blessed with 5 guys that are absolutely wonderful people with which to travel and work. They laugh, roll with the flow, and NEVER complain. Somebody pinch me. :-)
  • Lesson # 3 — Stay on focus. Review your trip objectives (you do have them, right?) often to make sure you’re still on track. Learn everything you can. Try the language. Learn the greetings. Use them. Have fun with them. Laugh at yourself and the mistakes you make. (We must have used the word “ee- DAHN-seh” 50 times, just because we heard people greeting us with it each time we met. It wasn’t ’til after we had shaken hands and used it throughout an entire village that we learned it meant “Welcome!” :-) We were welcoming our hosts! :-) Laugh at your mistakes. They will. :-) But they’ll love it that you’re at least trying!
  • Lesson # 2 — Make sure there IS a focus. The last thing you want to do is get caught up in an eternal repetition of short-term trips without a real rationale. That money might be better spent on sponsoring a full-timer. However, getting some of your church’s people into short-term missions might be the best way to build a strong missions momentum in your church, which will pay for itself over and over again!
  • and Lesson # 1 of Doug’s Top Ten Lessons Learned for setting up exposure/vision trips — “Walk softly and carry no sticks!” The full-time on- site workers you’re visiting will be staying on long after your dust has settled. If they invite you to participate in something, make sure you consult them in advance about their precise expectations. One worker here invited our team of 6 to accompany him into the village where he’s moving his family next month. Woah! I was nervous. What if we offended someone and the village leaders told him to hit the trail! We looked to him OFTEN for advice, prayed a lot, and stepped VERY carefully. It worked out okay, but we made sure that he had ultimate power to pull the plug on us at any time. HE was the guy in charge. This was HIS ball game. (They welcomed us warmly and we were blessed by the village’s hospitality; the on-site worker told us he was shocked at the incredibly warm reception he received. We’ll never be the same… and we’ll pray for him like wild now!

In summary, be humble, gentle, and write down everything! And Pray!

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19980524 Brigada Today

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Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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REMEMBERING 3 YEARS AGO: “GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY”

gcowe95 Three years ago this week, Brigada Today carried the following story. We print it here as a tribute to the fact that Luis Bush and AD2000 & Beyond probably figured it right — “If we build it, they will come!” It worked. Churches and organizations from all over the world have adopted and continue to adopt the world’s least reached peoples, at least in part, because of the promotion provided by GCOWE 95 and the events that followed it. So as you read this 3-year-old document and tread back into the twilight of 1995, join us in looking toward the future, when Dec. 31st, 2000, comes breaking upon us . . . when we can truly celebrate the new open doors and the new open fellowships of churches because of those who have picked up the baton. Here’s the 1995 article: “They came together from all over the world — 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization — and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose — to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won’t be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered??? Among them will be …

  1. Reconciliation — Japanese with Koreans, Arabs with Jews, Russian Orthodox with evangelicals, denominations with other denominations.
  2. 10/40 Window — From the sermons and presentations to the planning and even the singing… we won’t forget the imaginary rectangle stretching from ten to forty degrees North of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia, where the greatest concentration of unevangelized people reside.
  3. Int’l participation — Not only were two-thirds of the participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia, but the majority of the consultation’s funding came from those nations as well. Western missionaries took notes as African, Asian and Latin American leaders presented their successful methodology. They had become full partners in the task.
  4. Prayer — At the great evangelical consultations (Lausanne I, Lausanne II in Manila, etc.), prayer has always been an ingredient. But some — even the “old-timers” — said they couldn’t remember a time when prayer permeated every component so thoroughly. Who can forget the Cities Track closing, where Viv Grigg organized separate, targeted prayer for each region being reported on? Who will ever forget the Concert of Prayer during the plenary? Prayer in the hallways, prayer in the national meetings, prayer here, prayer there…… prayer as a major weapon or tool in our confrontation with the enemy. It was clear that prayer had finally “arrived” — and was seen as a superior “weapon” in the international worker’s tool box, along with less powerful tactical strategies or scientific church growth approaches.
  5. Networking — Some said that the most valuable times came not during a main plenary session, or even the tracks, but rather in the hallways, over the dining tables, and on the buses, where international workers from around the world met up with mutually helpful contributors from continents around the globe.
  6. Promise — From all the media accounts and reports from the International Office, you’d think this would be the consultation to end all consultations! Well it just might be! As strategies are completed and partnerships gel, God just might raise up international forces that would reach parts of our world that have never been reached before.

In the end, however, what was GCOWE 95 not about? From all appearances, it was not about a global plan. Perhaps it was never meant to be. At one point in the conference, I wrote, “Today, I’ve been sensing a special burden for the fact that there are only four days left of this conference. I’m only one participant — but as for this participant, I was very concerned about the fact that to me, it seemed we hadn’t been told exactly what part we were all supposed to play in this giant tapestry that is supposed to be called, the AD2000 & Beyond movement. In other words, how will we honestly pull it off…. the goal of “A Church for Every People, and the Gospel for Every Person by the year 2000.” I was feeling that there was no “global master plan.” I was feeling as if it was being left to chance. I was asking myself, “Can it be done by Dec. 31, 2000?” I was answering, “Unless someone spells out a strategy in the next four days, I’m not sure there would be any earthly means. It would be totally in God’s hands.” Then it occurred to me, maybe that’s exactly what the leaders of this conference want us to realize. They’re hoping we’ll take this goal and apply it to our own network, be it country-wide, region-wide, or wider. They’re hoping we’ll carry it to our ‘track’ — be it “Saturation Evangelism”, “Denominational Leaders”, or whatever. As a result, it feels…. less “organized.” (OM Director George Verwer says “Where two or three are gathered together, there you have a mess!”) It feels kind of as if we’re leaving something to chance. On the other hand, the AD2000 & Beyond movement’s leaders are probably asking themselves, “How can we presume to forge a global plan among so many varying participants?” And you know what? They’re probably right. Even if they tried… it probably would never work. Maybe the world is too complex to divide up into a mosaic of people groups and expect various parts to “claim” various segments of the tapestry. Maybe it won’t feel as tidy — but maybe it’s for the best. ……… And, after all is said and done, maybe they’re thinking that we toss out the bold goal that would be impossible through man’s efforts — then we all go to our knees knowing that it all depends on God. If God accomplishes it, we will celebrate. But even if He doesn’t, we will still have formed a church that looks more like his prayer in John 17. And maybe that, in and of itself, is worth all the energy invested!”

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MISSION FRONTIERS MAKES YOU AN OFFER THEY HOPE YOU WON’T REFUSE

Mission Frontiers (MF), the bulletin of the US Center for World Mission which goes out to over 100,000 Christian leaders in 150 countries with a call to reach all of the unreached peoples, is asking for the help of all Brigada participants. They are asking for your help in distributing printed copies of MF to your friends, family, co-workers, students, pastors, teachers and church members. If you are interested in helping to distribute MF, please contact Rick Wood at Rickwmfataoldotcom  (Rickwmfataoldotcom)  . When you do, please provide your complete mailing address and how many copies you want as a one time quantity or as a regular quantity each time it comes out. Rick is especially interested in enlisting the help of Bible School, Seminary and college professors in distributing MF to their students.
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STAT CAMERA FREE FOR THE ASKING

Ken Smith has a graphic arts friend, Tom Kauffman, who lays out the TIE newsletter. Apparently this guy has a “stat” camera, a fairly large unit used to create internegatives necessary for making metal printing plates. It’s a nuArc, Vertical Vic. Model: VV1418-BL. If you’d like to apply to receive this unit free of charge, write Tom directly at tbk0629atfly023dotcadotboeingdotcom  (tbk0629atfly023dotcadotboeingdotcom)  . Keep in mind that you might have to cover/provide transport.
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BRITISH AIRWAYS A BIT AGGRESSIVE ON CARRY-ON LIMITATIONS?

Robert Dutton rdutton1atjunodotcom  (rdutton1atjunodotcom)   thinks so. He wrote this past week complaining about Brit-Air’s stance on insisting that passengers check anything beyond 6 kilos, regardless of their size. He reported that overhead storage space was abundant in the cabin… but flight personnel still wouldn’t allow it. Great. And on Wednesday I fly Brit-Air to Africa. Yikes.  Maybe I can pack everything into a 6-kilo bag??? :-)
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BRIGADA EXCLUSIVE ON SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE

“AudioVision” is a complete teleconferencing, telephony, video email package that is, according to the author, “far superior to any thing out there.” This software allows you to use a digital, analog, or video camera. Imagine a missionary able to report directly from the field to his home church on a Sunday morning. Or sending a 1-minute video prayer email to supporters that is only 400k. One-way counseling could be done from the home office. Parents and grandparent would feel a closer bond with their families overseas. Churches and supporters could actually see the progress of a project they are part of. It even has a feature that allows you to record a video answering machine message (20 mins is only takes up 10megs!) The software is designed to even work on a 14.4 modem over older phone lines. It even comes with a multi-license. Says author Howard Hertzberg, “I would like to see this in as many hands as possible.” It retails for $149.99 in stores, and $99.99 directly from the publisher (http://smithmicro.com). However, Howard, the author, wrote, “But with the Brigada discount I like to offer it to ALL readers for $29.99.” That is 80% off or less a $120. If you’re interested, contact Howard directly at Pioneersatjunodotcom  (Pioneersatjunodotcom)  .

From the same guy you can also request “Accent Express,” a thirty language word processor. Many readers are probably familiar with this product and may have paid the $79.95 it sells for. This would be great for TESL, Bible Translators, Bible School teachers, pastors, and evangelists. It has the capability to import and export to all of the most popular word processors. I like to offer it to the Brigada readers for $19.95. That is 75% off. This is the jewel case version published and imported from Denmark. There is a $4.00 S&H in the USA and $10 outside on both products. Anyone interested in ordering can email me at Pioneersatjunodotcom  (Pioneersatjunodotcom)  .

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE MARCH

 Global March for Jesus, the world’s biggest street celebration, would make seven circles of the Equator. More than ten million Christians from many different church groupings thronged the streets of over 2,000 communities in 130 nations yesterday, May 30. No other street event unites so many with a single purpose on a single day. The events ranged from the giant Sao Paulo march which drew over 1.5 million, to tiny and low-key gatherings in nations where Christianity is suppressed. Prayer this year will focus on areas where Christians suffer for their faith.
(Source: Global March for Jesus News Release, May 22, 1998. For more information: http://www.gmfj.org).
Global Glimpse is edited each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
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SOMEBODY READS BRIGADA

Just rec’d this email from Howard: “Several months ago you ran a blurb for our “Fisher’s of Men” reentry devotions resulted in about 60 contacts, and 30+ orders for samples (many from all over the world). I was amazed at the readership and the actual response that came from the little note you ran. Thanks.” Somebody reads Brigada! Yahooo! yahoo
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ALL FRONTIER MISSIONS CONFERENCES

If you’re sponsoring or if you’re even aware of a frontier missions conference from now through 1999, drop Jeff a line at jd_Parkerathotmaildotcom  (jd_Parkerathotmaildotcom)  . He’ll assemble a compilation that we can later publish here on Brigada. As a minimum, please give dates, location, purpose, sponsor and contact person for the conference. Thanks for pulling this together, Jeff!
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THOUSAND ENCOURAGEMENTS FROM THOUSAND OAKS

Thanks to Pam, from Thousand Oaks, CA, for submitting this great anonymously written poem. She writes, “Encouragement: The Difference of ‘One’; May this remind you of the great difference your life makes. Praying that He lights your path in a new way in the days ahead and that He renews your spirit like the wings of an eagle…

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true.
One life can make the difference,
You see it's up to YOU!


[Don't ever forget how very important YOU are.
Anonymous]

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19980517 Brigada Today

Now with 7259 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  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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EXCLUSIVE: FOR THE FIRST 300 REQUESTS, A FREE COPY OF IJFM

The International Journal of Frontier Missions (IJFM) has recently published a very important Special Edition focused on Tentmaking and the Frontiers. Authors are Phill Butler, Bob Morris, Heinz Suter and Marco Gmur, Dwight Nordstrom and Jim Nielsen, Sabrina Wong, Gary Taylor, David Hagen, Doug Lucas, Kitty Purgason, Patrick Lai and others. If you’re not a subscriber to IJFM and you would like to receive a free copy, send your address to IJFM: Editor Dr. Hans Weerstra at the following address: 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)   and you will receive a review copy of this Special Edition free of charge. Note: Funds are limited, so we can only honor the first 300 or so who request it. You can also request your free copy by regular snail mail or by phone or fax:
IJFM
7665 Wenda Way
El Paso TX, 79915
Phone: 915-775-2464
Fax 915-775-8588
This is a one-time offer . . . and any follow-up questions can be sent directly to Hans at the address above. Thanks to IJFM for making this exclusive courtesy offer to Brigada readers!
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TRY THIS MISSIONS DRAMA IN YOUR CHURCH OR CONFERENCE

Join with the Gospel Enterprise crew as they “Boldly go where the Gospel has never gone before”. The Gospel Enterprise missions drama is a take off of the original “Star Trek” television series. With a cast of six main characters, the announcer and four bit parts, key trends and vital information regarding world evangelization is communicated through this funny, cutting edge 25-minute drama. Learning about the various barriers missionaries face as they go overseas. Some of the topics covered include: reaching international students, partnering with national Christians and taking short-term trips into the 10/40 window. Cost is $15 which includes script, overhead transparency copies (also available on PowerPoint disk), and shipping. To order contact… Kevin Guttman kguttmanatehcdotorg  (kguttmanatehcdotorg)   tel. 719-260-8888, fax 260-7505. Sounds like fun. “I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Cap’n!” :-)
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INTERNET SERVICE WITH A KICK

Now there’s a new genre of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that are attempting to provide you with a kickback if you’re a mission org or ministry. Check out Integrity Online, 888-771-3414 or 317-638-5575 in the Indianapolis, IN, area. They reportedly give $10 to each non-profit for each new person signed-up — network marketing style. Or, with perhaps an even more lucrative deal, write Frank Dickerson frankatintersafenetdotcom  (frankatintersafenetdotcom)   at Intersafenet, who says he gives a $2/mo. “gift” (otherwise known as a kickback) to the referring non-profit. What does this mean? Well, to put it short, it could mean BUCKS to your mission work. If there are 100 people who sign up for Internet access because they want to keep in touch with you, then all of a sudden, you’re churning in $200/month! But — (read the fine print) — keep in mind that if the service goes belly up or performs like a sloth (how do sloths really perform?), you might catch some of the bad feeling because you were the one recommending them. My experience with these “network marketing” schemes is that you should step VERY carefully indeed.

[disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer] That having been said, if you have folks who need Internet access, and these people do their jobs, . . . hey — you could pick up some extra support for just being the marketing arm for Frank and “Intersafenet.” :-)

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THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING

lighting the way Apologies to GMI. In last week’s item ” AS “THE WORLD” TURNS,” we mistakenly used the email of the GMI volunteer who had corresponded with us regarding the GMI CD, “Operation World Plus.” As it turns out, she’s only there short-time. So the preferred email address for corresponding with GMI concerning the new Op. World CD (or any other issue, for that matter) would be something more generic like infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)  .
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“OUT OF AFRICA” (THE WEB SITE)

If you missed the movie, now you can at least catch the web site (though the two are by no means the same). “Out of Africa” features missions mobilization resources, assembled by a prof. at Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and even offers a spot for signing up for a free email alert when the site is updated. Check it out at http://www.btc.co.za/missions/index.html
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF ANSWERED PRAYER

world globe Reports of modern resurrections have found their way out of Ethiopia. A report came from the city Atad, where a Christian minister went to visit a hospital, inquiring if he could pray for anyone. He found a dead woman there on a stretcher with her extended family around her weeping. After helping family members arrange for the burial he felt an urging to do more and began to pray for the woman. Some relatives became upset, but one relative, a Christian, encouraged them to step out briefly and also joined in praying. The woman opened her eyes and sat up and her family returned rejoicing. This Christian relative was then asked to teach them all about Jesus.
(Source: DAWN Europe FridayFax 5-15-98 via Intl Revival Network http://www.revivalnet.com )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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DISASTER IN INDONESIA

Thanks to the many readers alerting us to news items about violence and bloodshed in Indonesia. Check out http://www.usembassyjakarta.org/ for the USA’s embassy there. Many have asked the Brigada family to pray for those who have lost homes and loved ones. One reader, Betsy, wrote this past week, “If you have been watching the news lately or listening to the radio then you know that there is much unrest in Indonesia. For a week there were lootings, riots, protests and killings in the street; some reports estimate that 500 were killed in all the chaos. Most of the riots have been aimed against President Suharto who has ruled the country for 32 years with an iron fist. On Thursday May 21st President Suharto announced that he would be stepping down as president and appointed his vice president, BJ Habibie to be the president until 2003…no one is sure what this means, will the people be any happier with Habibie than they were with Suharto? Meanwhile the economical situation in the country is a mess; the nation’s currency (the rupiah) has gone way down in value and the country is still in somewhat of a state of upheaval. Most missionaries have remained in the country through this time, although some have pulled out or gone to safer places within the country until things settle down. We need to pray for the people in Indonesia, the government and the missionaries laboring there.”
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THANKS TO THE BRIGADA FAMILY FOR SUPPORTING A BRIGADA SPONSOR!

Many thanks to those of you who took time to write a note to a recent Brigada corporate sponsor. Mike & Deb Lundeen of TealBrook wrote this past week, “I didn’t anticipate the amount of response your announcement in Brigada would bring! We have been inundated with thank you’s and requests for info, and some new customers and orders directly because of Brigada. We have been enjoying new friendships via email with a few of the people too. Our Family is pretty awesome…we do have an awesome Father, I guess that’s why! Thanks for your kind words. It has been a tremendous encouragement that the Lord has used to confirm some recent faith steps we’ve taken with TealBrook.” Tealbrook gave funds that helped keep Brigada Today a free service again in 1998. They sell water purification equipment and other survival gear at rock bottom prices to missionaries, ministries, and friends and can be reached via TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)  .
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GOT A VIDEO IN CHINESE?

Ron would like to know. He’s compiling a list of all available videos (any format) in Mandarin or Cantonese. Write him at ronkonatpcdotjaringdotmy  (ronkonatpcdotjaringdotmy)   and we’ll post his finalized compendium here for all to read in Brigada Today.
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AMPEX RECORDING TAPE FOR FREE!

Does your studio still use open reel 1/4″ recording tape? If so, have we got a deal for you! Two Brigada Today readers are cooperating together to offer 200 reel “pancakes” (without reel casings) to any Brigada Today reader for the asking. The recipient would be responsible for shipping or picking them up in Belgium. For more information, contact Andy Williamson andydotwilliamsonatskynetdotbe  (andydotwilliamsonatskynetdotbe)   directly. Thanks to Andy and Helen, and Danny for the referral!
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THE RUMORS OF MAC’S DEATH [MIGHT HAVE BEEN] GREATLY EXAGGERATED

At least, that’s the story at http://www.thessasource.com/features/numbers.html, which says that there are about 60 million users each for Win 95 and the Mac OS. What does this mean? Supposedly, it would mean there are still 60 million people using Apple machines… and an equal number using Win 95! Apologies to the graphically unchallenged! :-) (Thanks for the correction, Dennis!)
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LOCAL CHURCH STRATEGIC PLANNING

Throughout the USA, churches have the potential to make an increasingly significant difference in global evangelization. Many still want to learn how to develop a strategic and progressive game plan that is right for them.

To meet this need, the Global Access Planner (GAP) seeks to:

  1. Expose a church to the latest thinking regarding what a local fellowship can do in world evangelism.
  2. Alert a congregation to global, biblical, societal and local church realities which must be taken into account for a successful missions ministry.
  3. Assist a missions team in developing a five-year strategic plan.

The next training session to assist people in facilitating missions teams through the GAP materials will take place Thursday, June 25, 1998 in Albuquerque, NM. For more information contact Bruce Camp by e-mail bkcampatcompuservedotcom  (bkcampatcompuservedotcom)   or phone (714-248-1236).

Both the Instructor’s manual as well as the Participant’s manual can be ordered from ACMC. Their number in the USA or by Net2Phone is 800-798-ACMC. You could also email my new friend Larry, a rep. with ACMC, at llegrandeatcompuservedotcom  (llegrandeatcompuservedotcom)  .

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RECRUITING SOFTWARE WE KNOW; PERSONNEL WE DON’T

Okay . . . so if you’re going to keep track of recruits for mission work, we kind of have a general idea of what software to use for that. One can pick it up at any COMPUSA or Computer City. The shelves feature contact management packages such as ACT and Goldmine. But how do we keep track of Personnel functions . .. . . That’s what Chris French CHRISatwhmdotorg  (CHRISatwhmdotorg)   would like to know. He’s willing to receive suggestions from any Personnel coordinator with a line on how to do it. Once he’s done, he’ll send us a copy and we’ll make it available to anyone who is interested.

note (Note: You don’t have to write Chris or me to request a copy of the compiled list. It’ll be announced in a later edition of Brigada Today.) So . . . let’s hear from you Personnel Coordinators. Please send your ideas directly to Chris!

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HOW DO MISSIONARIES FIND FURLOUGH HOUSING?

Okay… so I’ve got this missionary buddy from Japan who’d like to find furlough housing in the upper Midwest (IN/KY/TN) area of the USA. How does he go about finding it? I’m clueless. Probably each denomination attacks this differently… but what if there were some big clearinghouse for missionaries coming back on home service… some way they could “apply” for $15 or so . .. and some clearinghouse had a list of offerings that they would then forward to the missionary. Maybe people who need someone to “house sit” while they’re gone on a six-month short-term mission assignment??? Sounds like a great game of musical houses. The missionary takes the house in the sending nation while the sender takes a spot overseas! Who’s willing to help with such a ministry long-term??? And . . . by the way . . . if you know where my buddy can furlough, write him at lupaatharunadotnextdotnedotjp  (lupaatharunadotnextdotnedotjp)  . :-) Now… will we need one of these clearinghouses in each major sending country??? Furlough-Net. I can see the web site now! :-)
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SO YOU WANT TO BUY A VIDEO CAMERA? . . . . LAPTOP MAYBE???

Check out the latest PC Magazine. Great buys there. For instance, here’s a “Winbook” with a new Pentium II processor, 233Mhz with MMX, 12.1″ Dual-scan screen, 16 meg of RAM and a 1.6 meg removable hard drive WITH CD-ROM and Win95 preinstalled for $1199. Put that on your desktop and smoke it. :-) http://www.winbook.com or call 888-480-8225 in the USA or by Net2Phone. But you’ll find tons of other equally viable options. And if you come up dry looking in PC Magazine, check out the web — or even past editions of Brigada Today. Here’s a guy with a brand new Digital Hinote Ultra 2000 – with a 3 year worldwide warranty. (Worldwide Warranty is key for missionaries) Billed as the world’s thinnest and smallest notebook with 14.1 Active screen, CD, 166MMX, 2.1 Gig HD, 56K modem 32 Meg Ram. $1900. MosesTey MosesTeyataoldotcom  (MosesTeyataoldotcom)   And if you’re in the market for a new miniDV digital format video camera, like a Sony TRV-9 for $1500 (NEW), a Sony TRV-7 for $1400, or a Sony VX-1000 $2300 (NEW), write the same guy — MosesTey MosesTeyataoldotcom  (MosesTeyataoldotcom)  
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WANT TO READ WHAT OUR MUSLIM FRIENDS ARE WRITING ABOUT CHRISTIANS?

Check out http://www.islam.org.au/articles/20/missionaries.htm Karen brought this site to our attention . . . and it’ll have a tendency to put a lump in your throat. We’ve GOT to be more sensitive to Muslims.
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AFRICA DAY . . . MAY 25TH!

As this Brigada Today is headed out the door, Rikki clued us in on the fact that today is Africa Day! “On Africa Day, 25th May 1998 the church in Zimbabwe is gathering in over 57 centres throughout the nation to humble themselves before the Lord, confess their sins and to ask the Lord in His great mercy and lovingkindness to heal our land. It is estimated that least 100,000 Christians will be gathering on that day from all denominations.” Why not join them in a prayer for Zimbabwe and all of Africa! For more information, contact Rikki at gpfatintellisoftdotgaiadotcodotzw  (gpfatintellisoftdotgaiadotcodotzw)  .
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19980510 Brigada Today

Now with 7236 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  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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THE LOST ISSUES MUST REALLY BE LOST

lighting the way Well everyone scoured their archives . . . and if there were any Brigada Today issues prior to Feb. 18th 1995, apparently nobody hung onto them. Even the logs at MAFxc (then called CrossConnect) indicate Feb. 18th was the first edition. Thanks to all who tried to help — and yes, we were trying to find editions from 1995, not the current year. Sorry I didn’t specify! :-)
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“IT JUST HAPPENED” SETS ALL-TIME READER-RESPONSE RECORD!

lighting the way It was hard to believe the number of encouraging notes that came in after last week’s soccer story item, “SPECIAL EDITORIAL: DOES IT EVER “JUST HAPPEN???” Yikes gulp — sounds like there are MANY people around the world who are chipping away at giant tasks… getting very little credit, but serving a grand and global God! Thanks for the encouragement, gang — but those determined souls who are showing step-by-step determination are the ones who deserve the credit… along with Jesus who sees them through!! Why not pick out one of THEM to write this week instead of me! :-)
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AS “THE WORLD” TURNS

GMI appreciates the interest in the “Operation World Plus” CD. The cost of this CD is $29.95 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling of the product within USA ($10.00 outside USA). For orders from Colorado and California, please include sales tax (7.25% for California, 6.1% for Colorado Springs, 4% for El Paso or 3% for other areas in Colorado). Thanks for your cooperation. For more info, write infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)  .
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A TOOL FOR PRAYING FOR THE UNREACHED

Galcom International has produced a new version of the “Go-Ye Network CD” called “Target The Nations”. This provides specific information about each of the 11,886 people groups that live in the 233 nations of the world, along with video teachings on prayer by Bill Bright, Ted Haggard, George Otis Jr. and Peter Wagner. It also includes:

  • The PIN (Peoples Information Network) data base of unreached peoples groups
  • A file on the main world religions
  • 25,000 screens of text
  • 150 pictures
  • Drawings, and 50 voice files
  • Answers to questions on adopting a people group
  • Current disease outbreak information
  • Information on most known terrorist groups
  • A directory of U.S. and Canadian world mission agencies working among the unreached.

All in all, it contains 648 megabytes of data and will run on IBM compatible 486 or higher (full screen video on Pentium). Offered by Galcom International for $19.00. To order write:
Galcom International
Box 270956
Tampa, FL 33688
or email GalcomUSAataoldotcom  (GalcomUSAataoldotcom)  .

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USE YOUR COMPUTER AS A SHORTWAVE!

Have you checked out http://www.broadcast.com ? They’ve got TONS of radio stations LIVE now . . .including the BBC World Service. Rick pointed out that you can go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/index.htm but you can also shop for just the right station from just the right place at the broadcast.com site. Check it out! (Recommended: modem speed of 14.4 or better; you’ll also need some of their chosen utility software, namely, Real Audio rvplayer.) So who needs an expensive short-wave when you’ve already got your laptop! :-)
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WEB-WATCH

WebWatch Have you visited http://www.scruples.org ??? Wow! blinking1eyes Talk about a page! This site has something for everyone . . . especially tentmakers. Dozens of links . . . and lots of annotated content. Some classy stuff. For example, there’s the Scruples Business and Missions Page at http://www.scruples.org/bizetmiz/ which is apparently a ministry of YWAM, British Columbia. Top notch stuff.
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SUPERBOOK VIDEOS IN FARSI ABOUT THE SUPER BOOK

Finally, after a long, long wait the Superbook Videos in Farsi (Persian) language are available. Our prayer is that millions of Persian speaking people (children and adults) will benefit spiritually from these colorful Bible cartoon videos. The videos come in a set of six with 2 stories (OT histories plus the Birth of Jesus Christ) per video. Also available for Persian speakers is the Children’s Bible by Kenneth Taylor. For ordering details contact: Persian World Outreach at 102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom  (102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom)   or 818-349-3132 or PO Box 371161 Reseda CA 91337.
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“DEFINE WORLD CHIRSTIANITY; BE BRIEF; BE PRECISE”

:-) Okay – so maybe the challenge isn’t THAT great. But Craig would love to know everything you know. He’s promised to fill us in here with a compilation in a couple of weeks. He writes, “On May 29 we are having our first Missions seminar for our movement here and I was wondering if you have a report on the current stats of the world Christian movement that I could use for a presentation on the movement’s growth and what God is doing in the world today. Anything you have would be a great help.” Email Craig at taskeratonlinedotee  (taskeratonlinedotee)   in Estonia. You could send him graphs, charts, references to URLs, emailed text, etc. He’ll compile it and make it available to all of us. Thanks!
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DO WE CHECK ALL THE SITES WE RECOMMEND?

WebWatch A reader wrote this past week to point out a criticism of a site we had recently recommended in Brigada Today. In the process, I realized that we probably haven’t said enough about the fact that there’s no way we can possibly “screen” each portion of the web sites we sometimes recommend. So… a new line has been added in our “closing” — stating that the opinions expressed in a recommended site aren’t necessarily those of the Editor. But maybe you already knew that.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE NET

world globe Although the Internet has yet to be proven as an effective means of evangelism, it has nevertheless become an indispensable tool for missionaries and those who support them. Through the work of MAF and others, nearly every mission worker, no matter how remote, is able to use e-mail to communicate quickly and easily with the rest of the world. Despite its bad reputation from pornography, many in the missions community believe that the Internet and the WWW are a wonderful gift from God, especially because of the ways He has used them to unite diverse believers from around the world in true collaborative partnership.
(Source: Caleb Project field report, 5/1/98)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week [and sent out via the Internet to some 5000 readers, according to the compiler) by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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ARE YOU A DIRECT-SUPPORT MISSIONARY?

Then Chris’ new email conference might apply to you. To subscribe to this mailing list, you can send mail to Majordomoatmissionariesdotcom  (Majordomoatmissionariesdotcom)   with the following command in the body of your email message:
subscribe direct-support
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MAY 1998 ADVANCE IS READY TO “GET”

Mark Kelly does a GREAT job assembling the Advance each month. Here’s a summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Pray for Cairo; the Kalmyks of Russia; the Cham of Vietnam and Cambodia; openness and resistance in Togo; rebel defections in Cambodia; the Western Punjabis of Pakistan; Celebrate Messiah 2000

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Punjab court sentences Ayub Masih to death; two Colombians poisoned; Myanmar troops attack Karen refugee camps; Pakistani believer despairs of getting kidnapped daughter back; Peruvian believer unjustly accused; Rashid Turibayev serving two-year prison sentence; American witness stabbed to death in Bihar; Swedish missionaries remain in captivity; students at Islamic university make decisions for Christ

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Buddhists pay homage to Buddha’s tooth; Asia economic problems drive people to suicide; Vietnam has world’s highest abortion rate; racist groups in USA grow 20%; medical technician charged with injecting HIV-infected blood into infant son

REJOICE! — 30,500 decisions for Christ in Egypt; Kumbh Mela festival flops; three grandmothers unexpectedly released from jail; new believer returns to Muslim homeland; death row inmate leads 42 other inmates to Christ; destroyed Sudan church building rallies congregation, neighbors; opportunities for the gospel in Iraq; Cambodia government approves Christian radio station; Danish police crack international child pornography ring

NETWORKING — 30 Days of Prayer for Hindus; 50 most unreached people groups of China and Tibet; Celebrate Messiah 2000; Jesus film available on Internet; resources for teaching missions to preschoolers, older children and teens; community banking program helps impoverished families support themselves; India missions website; new video series on unreached people groups; Praying Through the Window IV: “Light the Window;” prayer teams for Tibet

Thanks Mark!

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BUILD THE WAVE FOR IRAN

Don’t forget about that “wave” of prayer around the globe (a la the kind of “waves” you see at football stadiums and Promise Keeper rallies) for Iran. Great idea. Write RapAdvanceataoldotcom  (RapAdvanceataoldotcom)   for more information or if you’re willing to pray May 29-30 for a group in Iran. Put “The Wave” in the subject line.
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PHILIPPINES CONGRESS SHIFTS DATES

On March 13, we posted information re: the Philippines Centennial Missions Congress. The dates were June 23-26, 1998. This Congress has been postponed to October 20-23, 1998. Please pray for this Congress to realize it’s main goal of seeing all the remaining UPGs in the Philippines adopted and that many churches will be “locked on” to a global missions vision. The postponement was necessary as many things were reportedly not going to be ready in time for the Congress. If this Congress realizes the goals mentioned, great steps will be made for the Gospel, not just in the Philippines but even abroad into the rest of Asia. Please contact Jeff Woollett of YWAM Philippines at href="woollettatpworlddotnet.p">woollettatpworlddotnet.p if you have any questions.
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SO WHY IS BRIGADA TODAY ALWAYS DATED 3 DAYS EARLIER?

:-) Back in the early days (early ’95), life just didn’t seem to be so hectic… and for some reason, we could always get it out Friday morning. When sending dates began to fluctuate some, one reader suggested we always use the same DAY of the week as a sending date… and so far, we’ve eventually gotten out a weekly issue without fail, since Feb. 18, ’95. However, maybe the title should have been something like, Brigada Recently. :-)
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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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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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19980503 Brigada Today

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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!”
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In this issue….

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NEW SPONSOR LIKE COLD WATER TO A THIRSTY SOUL!

… literally! TealBrook is an organization that specializes in marketing safe water supplies, first aid kits, and a wealth of other camping and survival equipment to missionaries and church groups traveling abroad. Think of them as the “REI-like supplier for the world of missions!” So — next time you have to order a Therm-a-rest air mattress, and you’re tempted to call your local outfitter, why not give a call to TealBrook. They’ll probably get you as good or better price than you’d get with CampMore or REI AND you’ll be helping out an organization that tries to put its money where its heart is — world evangelism! After all, if you’ve got to buy the SweetWater Guardian Plus water filter from someone, you’re going to pay around $70 or so wherever you go anyway… so why not pay that $70 to Mike & Deb at TealBrook and then let them tithe the income to missionaries and efforts [like Brigada! :-) ] rather than just see some store-owner buy another Mercedes at your local sporting goods store. PLUS — Mike & Deb know their products… so whether it’s Buck Knives or BuckTools, Platypus water bottles or PackTowls, or even first aid kits for your family . . . please give ’em a call, fax or email! Their gift came totally voluntarily . . . with no strings attached.. and no ad copy enclosed!!! Yahooo! Yahoo :-) If you have a moment… would you just drop them a quick thank-you note… to tealbrookataoldotcom  (tealbrookataoldotcom)  . and let them know you appreciate them! Because of gifts from folks like Mike & Deb, Brigada remains a free service!

They join other ’98 sponsors of Brigada expenses … (5 so far! A new record!!! — and we’re not even halfway through the year!!!)

  • Parkland Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Road, Tacoma, WA 98444, tel. 253-531-0757
  • CrossLink Communications, 9216 Independence Loop, Austin, Texas 78748, USA; tel. 512-292-3308, FAX 512-282-5877
  • Central Pres., 7308 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.centralpc.org
  • TealBrook (Safe Water etc.), 1-800-222-6614, fax 612-480-8786 <tealbrookataoldotcom>, http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook </tealbrookataoldotcom>
  • Individual sponsor — a staffer at Caleb Project gave $50 just this past week! Thanks much! Maybe that’s our first individual sponsor????

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THE LOST ISSUES of BRIGADA TODAY

Sounds like the makings of an Indiana Jones flick, eh??? :-) Truth is, it’s almost as intriguing. The earliest issue we have on file at our web site is Feb. 18th. . . but already by that time, we were well over a month into testing with a whoppin’ 38 subscribers… so somewhere out there, there might be another 3 or 4 issues floating around. Is there anyone on the planet who can help us recover them? No rolling boulders, no tribal masks or dark dungeons… just 3 or 4 issues of Brigada history. Who can solve the mystery? :-)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE IN ASIA

world globe The first Joshua Project 2000 Conference in the Philippines drew an impressive response and attendance last Jan. 21-24 with 120 missions executives and 300 delegates from 118 churches attending. Focused on partnering churches to adopt tribal groups and to plant churches among them, 25 people groups and 9 countries in Asia were adopted and seventeen partnerships and focus groups were formed. Resources were pledged, training scheduled and mission trips planned.
(Source: Chito Navarro, January 1998, Manila, Philippines, AD2000 & beyond.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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GET THE POINT-TO-POINT PROTOCOL

lighting the way Last week’s item “GOT A SERVER RUNNING POINT TO POINT TUNNELLING PROTOCOL” generated a flurry of responses. We’re still digesting them all. But suffice it to say that within the next 30 days, it looks like a server will open up to any and all missions users that will allow us to utilize this new “point-to-point” protocol for secure email. Translation? You’d be able to be VERY open and transparent in your email to sensitive locations . . . without having to learn complicated encryption technology. Why? Because the encryption will be “built in” to the connection you’d have to the email server. And the capability is already built into the operating system you’re using. So . . . stand by . . . it’s coming!
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WEB-WATCH

WebWatch “Mike” suggested we check out the Mission Station http://www.missionaries.org because of its wealth of options for missionaries and missions committees. I visited there and he’s RIGHT! There are tons of options for everyone from furloughing missionaries to missions mobilizers. Great stuff.
Thanks Mike!
(Sorry – no non-web equivalent.)
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MUSLIM/HINDU EVANGELISM TRAINING

Summer Training and Outreach Program (STOP) gives practical training in sharing your faith with Muslims or Hindus. Put on by Christar, this year it will be held June 27-July 27 in the multi-ethnic NY/NJ area. It includes classes during the day and outreach to Muslims or Hindus in the evening. Very practical. Taught by experienced overseas people. For more information, contact Christar at the following. Tel: 1 800-755-7955, fax: 610-375-6862, email: infoatchristardotorg  (infoatchristardotorg)  .
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GO ONLINE WITH PERSPECTIVES

Perspectives Online is now setup for open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time and will have up to one year to complete the course. Perspectives Online is designed for those who do not have access to the traditional course. Currently we have students from Indonesia, Australia, Canada, and the US participating. For more information see: http://www.icm-international.org/seminary/courses/perspectives/online.htm
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LANGUAGE SPECIALISTS UNITE!

The Third International Congress on Missionary Language Learning will be held at The Navigators Glen Eyrie Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO USA, October 19-23, 1998. ICMLL’s major purpose is to provide practical help for language facilitators.

This Congress will put language teachers, language school administrators and language supervisors in touch with each other and with academicians, pre-field trainers, personnel directors and mission executives, all committed to enhancing the quality of missionary language learning and cultural integration. People from all over the world attended ICMLL1 and ICMLL2. Earl Stevick, extensive writer on language teaching and learning, will give the keynote address.

For the details, registration form, etc., contact http://www.mti.org or minternataoldotcom  (minternataoldotcom)  

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SPECIAL EDITORIAL: DOES IT EVER “JUST HAPPEN???”

Those who know me well (and many who know me only marginally) know that I have a love for God, family, friends, and soccer. :-) (In spite of what some might think, that’s really the order I try to keep them in!) I only hope and pray that somehow we’ll have all four in Heaven. :-) The first three have been around a while in my life, but the last love, soccer, is fairly new to me. Although I’m playing on a competitive team this year, I’m really just a beginner (I have a whole two years of playing experience in a poorly run recreational league previously). As you might have guessed, it’s not easy to find a competitive team for a 41-year-old. So I play in a league designed for age 20 and up. I’m very fortunate to practice alongside some very talented players. (Our coach took an under-23-year-old team to the national championships last year . . and won!) To land a spot on the team, I just explained how hard I was willing to work and how serious I was about learning. Lo and behold, the coach put me on the team! And when the center forward of our team suffered a broken leg earlier this season, all of a sudden, I found myself as a starter in his place… and this past Sunday, I played the entire game there! (We won 5-2, with only marginal help from me.)

soccer ball I have several heroes . . . and most are about half my age. :-) One young man from Ukraine is incredible. I mean… when he was born, his mother probably delivered a soccer ball first, and then Sergey. The ball was probably tied to his ankle and. . . I don’t think he’s ever untied it since! I love practice times even more than games because I get to watch him and really study him in action. He’s constantly moving… constantly sizing up the play and constantly vigilant about how he can contribute most. And even though he’s a star (and deep down inside, he has to know it!), he still pushes the ball my way PLENTY of times in any given night.

Last Tuesday evening, at one point during our scrimmage, I chipped the ball to him and, frankly, placed it rather poorly. The ball arrived at chest-height and his back was to the goal with defenders all around. Not a great situation. But for Sergey, it was all automatic. He cushioned the ball down to his feet and instantly faked then back-heeled it with such force that it swished right through the defenders legs. Sergey scored a goal without even looking at the net… without even having to turn around to glance into the eyes of his opponents. Incredible.

As he turned and ran up the field, I turned with him and asked, “How in the world ….?” With a shrug of his shoulders he responded, “It just happened.” I was quick to reply… “It DIDN’T just happen. It took 27 YEARS of daily practice to make it happen!” (He’s 28 years old.)

Ever since that moment, I’ve been reflecting about my fledgling soccer career. I coach an under-14 team (my older son’s) and assist coaching an under-10 team (my younger son’s). I play on a competitive team and sometimes play “pick-up” soccer in between. But maybe I’ll never “catch up” with Sergey. There are too many hours… too many YEARS of his life filled with touches on the ball. However, I’m not exactly envious. Instead, I’m filled with admiration and actually inspired to keep going. I figure I’ve got nowhere to go but up! :-) Who knows… give me another 25 years and maybe I’ll be ready to play! :-)

My REAL job is to lead a mission agency — about 120 missionaries in a couple of dozen countries. Where I sit, I get to read reports literally from all over the world. Now, after last Thursday’s practice, whenever I hear a success story about a villager who has walked in from 50 kilometers away just so he can study the Bible… then take it back to his village and repeat it to dozens of others… I’ll think twice about whether or not it “just happened.” Someone had to sweat bullets on Bible college mid-terms, then raise financial support, leave family and friends to go to the field, learn a foreign language, and most of all be determined enough to not quit when the going got tough. Someone had to pray, trust the Lord for supernatural intervention, and follow His guidance. After all that, if someone walks in and listens, should we be so surprised? Sergey might say, “It just happened…”, but truth be known, it didn’t JUST happen. Someone MADE it happen.

We live in a world of quick fixes — quick food, quick microwaves, quick computers, quick everything … just about. But in the midst of it all, some things aren’t so quick. You can’t learn to play Sergey’s kind of soccer without a few years of daily practice with someone who knows what he’s doing. And you can’t learn a language overnight, either.

I admire Sergey… but my heart is filled with just as much admiration for a guy I know who has invested the last 5 years learning Mandarin. He’ll probably never get a trophy (at least not here on earth), never be named an “MVP” in front of a crowd of 30,000 cheering spectators, and I can predict with a fair amount of certainty that he’ll never make the kinds of salaries that today’s pro athletes take home, either. (At least not as long as I serve as president of his mission agency! :-)) But can he ever speak Chinese. I mean… it rolls off his tongue. When he opens his mouth, everyone expects English to come out… but if there’s a Chinese person looking on, inevitably, their mouth drops open.. their eyes bug out… (I love seeing that reaction!). His Chinese didn’t “just happen.” He didn’t “just happen” to teach Greek to house church leaders last year. He didn’t “just happen” to train evangelists that ended up baptizing 18 people in just one recent month. It took YEARS… and it’ll take YEARS for many of us to learn language, learn effectiveness, learn the field.

So — should we give up? Not on your life. But we probably SHOULD start thinking about recruiting some additional players for the team. :-) If they have to wait for me to invest the next 25 years to reach Sergey’s level, well, . . . let’s just say I hope my bones will still hold me up on the field when I’m 66! :-)

God bless your day! Be careful out there… it’s a jungle!!!
Doug Lucas

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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  (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  (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  (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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (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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