Monthly Archives: July 1998

19980726 Brigada Today

Now with some 7300 participants!
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Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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AUGUST ADVANCE READY TO RETRIEVE!

Don’t miss this month’s issue of Mark Kelly’s Advance bulletin. Here’s an executive summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Muslim Arabs of Sudan; the Asheninca of Peru and Brazil; rescue efforts in Papua New Guinea; the Rif Berbers of Morocco; street battles among Karachi’s Mohajirs; the Hindus of Gujarat state; the Loba of Nepal; the Shenyang Industrial Region of northeast China

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — 50 believers arrested in Maldive Islands; violence continues in Indonesia; Belgian missionaries kidnapped in Rwanda; US House urges help for kidnapped New Tribes missionaries

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — 2.6 million people starving to death in Sudan; student from unreached people group saved, attempts suicide; South African believer condemned to death; “Amsterdam 98” outreach at Gay Games; Ukrainian women enslaved in sex industry

REJOICE! — “Every Tree Crusade” in central Africa; persecuted Egyptian believer relocates to United States; Saudi Arabia releases imprisoned believers; God opens a door of opportunity for Nigeria; bedridden man healed in India; house church grows from 10 to 600 people; engineer comes to Christ while designing church; pastor refuses cancer treatment, 300 come to Christ; 323 decisions for Christ in Malaysia; progress against partial-birth abortion in United States; House of Lords rejects lower homosexual age of consent

NETWORKING — Where to order “The Church Is Bigger Thank You Think” (really!); how you can help take the gospel to the Loba of Nepal; strategy coordinator praying for five churches; how to protest arrests of believers in the Maldives; how you can help put more Jesus film teams on the field; “Character IS the Issue” by Mike Huckabee; a Palestinian believer’s perspective on the birth of modern Israel; a fast-paced, high-tech video missions adventure; specific, practical assistance to help you mobilize your congregation for strategic missions involvement; renovated US Center for World Mission Web site

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GUEST EDITORIAL BY LUIS BUSH

Luis Bush is one of the foremost visionaries of the 1990s. This past week, he wrote us here at Brigada, “Dear Doug, Thinking about you in the heat as we experience the heat of Bihar, India. After one month and nine North India statewide consultations we have seen the hand of God moving so powerfully in North India. Religion Today has picked this up and written a brief summary which you may be interested in for Brigada.
Thanks for standing with us,
Much love in Him,
Luis and Doris”

Here’s the scoop: A Moment in Time — The time is ripe for spiritual harvest in North India (the Current Feature Story of Religion Today, 28 July 1998)

Churches, missions workers, and evangelists are poised to bring revival to spiritually dark North India. …”There are indications that God is moving there as never before,” Luis Bush of AD2000 and Beyond Movement said. North India has been called a graveyard for Christian missions because of the strong Hindu influence. …A kairos moment-an open window of opportunity-exists for Christian ministry in the area known as the North India-Hindi belt, Bush said. “Practically everything flows from this area of the country.” The region stretches across north and central India and covers nine states, including Delhi, the capital. It is a major population center and two of the states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, have more people than most countries. …”All the signs are there. North India is poised to receive an outpouring of grace and glory,” Bush said. Churches are multiplying rapidly and thousands of people are becoming Christians in areas that had little or no Christian witness. Ministries are forming a vision and strategy for spreading the message of Christ into every area and ethnic group in hundreds of districts. Ministry networks include mainline churches, charismatic churches, international missions organizations, indigenous evangelistic groups, and lay people. …Thousands of church workers attended Harvest Consultations in nine states in July to dedicate themselves to planting churches in areas that don’t have one. Evangelists, pastors, and missions workers from Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh gathered in their states to share information, pool resources, and form partnerships. Participants pledged to target unreached ethnic groups, language groups, urban areas, and geographic districts with the gospel. …The leaders shared testimonies of church growth. Churches have increased by 15% a year since 1992 in Himachal Pradesh. The state is known to be one of the least-evangelized in India, but people are more open to the gospel than ever, leaders said. About 130 churches have been started there since 1995. One missionary has baptized 600 people in three years. Radeep, the son of a missionary, prayed for a woman to be delivered of an evil spirit in front of hundreds of people at a bazaar in Kinnaur, the state capital. The next day, many sick people gathered outside the missionary’s home to ask for prayer. Since then “the local hospital has been emptied” and a vital church started in Kinnaur, AD2000 said. …Workers with Every Home for Christ have formed more than 800 home groups in Rajasthan since 1992. They have visited every home in every village and every town twice with the gospel message and are conducting a third outreach, director Sam Lal told the conference. Evangelists from the Rajasthan Bible Institute started 250 churches with 10,000 believers in less than a year, and they add about 125 new members every month. …Ministries are forming new churches in the slums of Delhi. About 60% of the population live in areas with no water or electricity, AD2000 said. … The group has planted three churches and baptized more than 300 people since 1992. Another ministry has started more than 50 cell churches in the slums… About 1,500 churches have been started in Madhya Pradesh since 1993, AD 2000 said. About 200 churches have been planted in Bhopal, the state capital, in five years. The state is the largest in India, a stronghold of Hinduism, and is the home of Saktism and Saivism, the worship of two of Hinduism’s main deities. It hosts the Kumbh Mela festival, which attracts millions of Hindus to the Ganges River every 12 years. During the July conference, Christian leaders walked through Bhopal praying that the influence of Hinduism and other religions would be lessened and that people would be open to hear the message of Christ.”
(Terrific testimony, Luis. Thanks for sharing it! God is moving!)

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WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (WCGIP)

The conference will be hosted by the First Nations People of North America on September 5-13, 1998 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Join representatives from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America, Russia, Scandinavia and others as they celebrate our unity in Christ! The dream is that representatives and supporters of indigenous people throughout the globe will congregate for this gathering. For more information or a brochure contact:
WCGIP
P.O. Box 679
Rapid City, SD, USA, 57709-0679
tel. 605-348-1829
Fax: 605-348-1859
Email: cpetkauatportagedotnet  (cpetkauatportagedotnet)  
web: http://www.chazm.com/wcgip
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM MALDIVES

world globe Beginning in May, Maldives authorities expelled expat Christians and by the third week of June imprisoned all known local believers in this tiny island country, located south of India. The Maldives, a tropical vacation destination for much of South Asia, claims to be 100% Muslim. As non-Muslims under the Maldivian constitution, the believers there have no rights whatsoever. The prisoners are being held captive in the notorious political prison-island of Dhoonidhoo. Their position is extremely vulnerable, as the Maldivian authorities hide what is happening and claim that no such persons exist.
(Source: Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Secretary for Religious Liberty, Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, 27 July, 1998, via Mark Albrecht, WEF Religious Liberty E- mail Conference, Religious-Libertyatxcdotorg  (Religious-Libertyatxcdotorg)  
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, at missions Mecca Littleton, CO.
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IS CHRISTIANITY IN A GROWTH SPURT? YOU BET!

This update came from Winkie Pratney winkpratataoldotcom  (winkpratataoldotcom)  , via Craig Tasker taskeratonlinedotee  (taskeratonlinedotee)  . Korea – 90 years ago – No churches in Korea. Now close to 2 of 3 Koreans are Christians (40%). Most came in during the 80’s. Methodists began in England but now the largest Methodist church in world is in Korea. Presbyterians began in Geneva but now the largest Presbyterian church in world is in Korea. The Assemblies of God began in Asuza in Los Angeles, but now the largest AOG church in the world is in Korea.

In Africa, in 1900 only 1 in 13,000 was a Christian. Now nearly 50% call themselves Christians.
(Source: National leaders like President J.T. Chiluba of Republic Of Zambia)

In China, we’ve witnessed what some would call the greatest revival in history of the Church. Some estimate as many as 28,000 come to Christ per day. There were over 75 million believers in 1992.

In India, there are now over 85 million believers. That’s more than in the USA! (Up to 100,000 a day!)

In Latin America, at the turn of the century, there were only 90,000 evangelical believers in whole continent. Now there are over 40 million, with 20 million having come during the last decade alone. Christian growth in many places 5-6 times faster than general population. David Stoll projects 5-6 Latin nations will have evangelical Christian majorities by 2010.

In the Islamic world, during the 1980s, over 19 million converted from Islam to Christianity. That’s 12% of world’s Islamic population! Over 30% of Indonesia is now said to be Christian and Indonesia is considered to be the world’s 4th largest Islamic nation!

In Eastern Europe during the early 80’s, Christians were jailed and killed for their faith. In 1993 there were over 14 million requesting salvation in the former USSR alone.

God is truly on the move . . . What a privilege it is to live for him at this time!

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GOT ANY CORRESPONDENCE COURSES EN ESPANOL?

A church in Colorado wants to know. They wrote this past week, “…a Mexican pastor…wants to know if there are any correspondence courses from Christian colleges (undergrad) in the U.S. in Spanish.”

Please send replies directly to: trinity_baptist_chatjunodotcom  (trinity_baptist_chatjunodotcom)  

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IS YOUR EMAIL AT RISK FOR A COMPUTER VIRUS?

virus Probably only if you download lots of games or borrow tons of disks. To see the best web page on the new problem with email into Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and Netscape’s email client, browse http://www.ciac.org/ciac/bulletins/i-077a.shtml for the straight answers.
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SHORT OUTLINE HISTORY OF BRIGADA, (CONT’D)

Last week’s item by the same name kicked off our glance in the rear view mirror of time, at least as it concerns Brigada Today. We covered Nov. ’94 through May ’95.

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19970720 Brigada Today

Now with 5775 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH . . . OR MUST IT?
* PIT-STOP RALEIGH SET TO FEATURE MANNA CHURCH
* 1997 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE
* WEBWATCH
* SPYING ON SAT-7 SATELLITE SERVICE
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AFRICA
* GATHER AT THE GATHERING!
* THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING IN GUATEMALA
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH . . . OR MUST IT?
MAFxc is the brains and bravado behind the hardware/software combination that makes Brigada conferences possible. So what happens when they have a hardware or software hiccup? They work around the clock trying to make things right. However, sometimes the best efforts still don’t result in instant fixes. For example, when the MAFxc mail server takes a dive, like it did last weekend during what should have been a fairly routine software upgrade, some fancy footwork should spool your mail to a “holding queue,” where it resides until things come back on line. But — reality says that despite high tech wizardry and intense passion for connecting global ministry, MAFxc is sometimes going to experience enough of a snafu that you’ll lose some mail… and that’s what happened last week. We sent the July 18th Brigada Today at 11:14am on July 20th but… as best we can tell, not a single person on the 5000+ list received it. We then waited several days to see if the hub would spool it out . . . until last night (July 26th), when we finally gave up and re-sent it. So — bottom line — sorry for the delay. But I guess sometimes the mail (the electronic version, that is) just doesn’t get through. So what can we learn from this? For one thing, in your daily email communication with friends and co-workers across the globe, maybe it’s good to acknowledge receipt of any piece of important mail. Even if you only send a brief one-liner that says, “Got your message — thanks!,” you will have confirmed receipt. Of course, we’re not suggesting that all 5000 people confirm receipt of Brigada Today! :-) It’s just not possible to be certain in every case! :-)

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PIT-STOP RALEIGH SET TO FEATURE MANNA CHURCH
Have you been wanting to learn more about the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC, which has worked incredibly hard to compile a list of [so far] some 20,000 individuals and groups willing to pray for the groups on the Joshua Project list of unreached peoples? Well, now you can! Pit-Stop Raleigh is set for Sept. 19-20th at Peace College, Raleigh, NC. Pit-Stops are designed to facilitate the global ministry of those congregations who are wanting to adopt and take responsibility for planting a vibrant new church among some unreached people group. At these regional gatherings called Pit-Stops, church leaders learn practical steps (basically, “pert chart” consisting of some 400 action check-points) that have helped others complete the work of cross-cultural church-planting. Past Pit-Stops have been held in cities like St. Louis, Dayton, Louisville, Lexington. But Raleigh is the easternmost location to date… so if your church is located on the eastern seaboard, here’s your chance to network, hear case studies, share lessons learned, and be inspired and challenged to move forward in adopting some least reached people. Write psraleighataoldotcom for more information… and pray that God will prepare us for works of service!

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1997 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE
On November 7-8, 1997, Southeast Christian Church will present its second annual medical mission conference. Last year over 220 participants from nine states heard many inspiring speakers on the subjects of Medical Missions and Tropical Medicine. This year the conference will open Friday night with an upbeat praise and worship service led by the Senior High Youth worship group and Mike Breaux will preach on “The Primacy of Prayer”. Regions of the World will follow with many different mission agencies presenting displays which show the countries of the world they serve and give you an opportunity to participate with them. Saturday morning will present lectures from short term and career physicians and nurses presenting the joys and the obstacles of their work as well as a lecture on Culture Shock and Bivocational Mission Work. Saturday afternoon will consist of break-out sessions concentrating on specific medical and dental disease processes; and how to set up medical mission work in your own church as well as how to become a team leader. Nurses will receive 5 contact hours and physicians will receive 5 hours of C.M.E. credit. There is no fee for this course. For more information, download the details by sending an email to hubatxcdotorg with the only line in the message being,
get brigada medmissionsconf

Or, contact Stephanie Garling at 502-451-5317 ext. 4725 or write:
Southeast Christian Church
Missions Committee
2840 Hikes Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40218

If those two approaches don’t work for you, you can also email TinaBruneratcompuservedotcom.

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WEBWATCH
Have you seen http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/970722_relig_rpt_christian.html, which gives the USA policy on support of religious freedom? Check it out . . . and thanks for the tip, Jim! Also, don’t miss the software at http://www.xc.org/helpintl/computer/cm-zipbt.htm which will sort addresses according to US Post Office requirements and print the labels with barcodes. And thanks to Helps International Ministries! Also, don’t miss http://www.broadcaster.co.uk/, the “World Wide Web Broadcaster” is a free service that submits your site info to over 235 search engines. As with other programs and services, this doesn’t automatically mean that all engines will accept your information. Typically, your information will be relevant to about half of them. Thanks to Anton and Gene for the tip!

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SPYING ON SAT-7 SATELLITE SERVICE
SAT-7 is a dynamic new television service for the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa. Programs are culturally sensitive and appropriate for the religious and political ethos of the region, while providing an attractive alternative to both local broadcasts and western channels. SAT-7’s initial 2 hours per week service started in 1996 and has been enthusiastically received by viewers right across the region. It currently broadcasts for 4 hours per week and the footprint now covers from Morocco to Thailand! It will extend to a daily schedule in multiple-languages by the end of the decade. The latest promotional video is finished and can be obtained by sending an email to adminatsat7dotorg. Also check out http://www.sat7.org/fosat7.htm to learn more about the “Friends of Sat-7.” Thanks Nick!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AFRICA
Liberia is a small forested country on Africa’s coast near the equator. This spring a Gospel Recordings team visited a number of refugee camps in Liberia, home to many displaced in Liberia’s recent civil war. February 22 the Jesus Film brought a large crowd to Vonzon Camp. The Muslim leaders almost fought because each of them wanted the film to be shown before his house. However the Imam intervened and they carried the show in front of his house. Through its course 9038 people watched the film and 6326 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Among them were 486 strong Muslims and 459 children. The next day 113 Muslim converts went to Church for the first time.
Source: Gospel Recordings web site: http://users.aol.com/glorenet/lrrpt797.htm.
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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GATHER AT THE GATHERING!
The Antioch Network Gathering, a national fellowship of local churches involved in church planting among unreached peoples takes place in Phoenix, August 21-24. Look forward to a Concert of Prayer, People Group Tracks, Tracks for business people and women’s issues on church planting teams, interchurch networking at its best, a focus on local as well as global church planting and much, much more! Brigada Today subscribers are being offered an extension on the July 20 deadline date for registrations without a late fee ($100 per head instead of $125 and retroactive if you’ve already sent in the late fee). Contact A.N. by or on Aug. 10th for this extension and mention you heard about it in Brigada Today. Write AntiochGeorgeatcompuservedotcom and ask for further information and a brochure to be sent.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING IN GUATEMALA
During the past year Yellow River Productions International has been working in Quetzaltenanago, Guatemala with Verbo Ministries building a small television studio. They have developed two weekly television programs, and produced sixty video tapes for use in areas that have no cable television. Christian Education productions have been shown in several other Latin America countries. The Lord is opening a door to reach some 2,000,000 viewers in Guatemala City. Chuck Gunter 73003dot677atCompuservedotcom is doing his best to mobilize resources and possibilities… Don’t hesitate to write him for more info.!

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
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*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19980719 Brigada Today

Now with 7388 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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In this issue….

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THE MARKET IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

Are you STILL searching for a way to order Johnstone’s new book, The Church is Bigger than you Think“? Try writing WCNatXCdotOrg  (WCNatXCdotOrg)   [WorldChristian Bookstore, a ministry of YWAM Communications] or MFbookatuscwmdotorg  (MFbookatuscwmdotorg)   [Mission Frontiers’ book order address at the US Center]. (Remember that Brigada does not recommend sending credit card information via open Internet email, however; so get a fax number or … take your changes.) The MF people have already set their price at $10 for USA addresses and $12 for all others, with an 8-12 week wait. But I’m tellin’ you, . . . it’s worth the wait. It really is a well-done book. ‘Course, would you expect anything else from Patrick? :-) Ralph Winter said last week, “I have no hesitation in saying that it is the best single-volume introduction to the entire cause of missions. It is sparkling and readable but comprehensive and very wise. It undoubtedly gives more balanced insight, and at the same destroys more popular misunderstandings, than any other book. Its 26 chapters are beautifully designed for two thirteen-week Sunday School programs.” Hmmm. Do you think he likes it? :-)
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REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR ANTIOCH NETWORK GATHERING

Shall we gather at the river? Actually, the resort hotel in Phoenix where The Antioch Network Annual Gathering is taking place DOES have a river — a “lazy river” like a water park. You can ride all afternoon in an innertube, if you like. Or swim in any one of 8 different pools! Or… do something novel like attend “tracks” or workshops or whatever. I finally decided to throw my hat into the ring (I’ll be helping with the Bosnia track and moderating a case study Saturday night. Why not come out to Phoenix and let’s sip a root beer in the lazy river! :-)) Antioch Network staffer Gary Wittevrongel says this one “is promising to be our biggest and most active gathering ever. The Tracks are gaining momentum and we have an impressive lineup of speakers and participants.” Registration is $150 (as of this weekend). For info or to register,
call 602-242-4414
fax 602-242-0416
email antiochnetworkatxcdotorg  (antiochnetworkatxcdotorg)  
web http://www.antiochnetwork.org and see what’s happening!
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NOW YOU CAN SET A DATE WITH AN IDOP

lighting the way Thanks to all those who answered with info. regarding the Int’l Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Last week’s item, ARE YOU CURIOUS IDOP?). The date is Nov. 15 and http://www.persecutedchurch.org has all kinds of additional info. Apparently you can also get a promotion kit that includes a video, magazine, program materials, prayer map and brochure.
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SPIRITUAL SOFTWARE TO GO

If you’re been looking for the best computerized Bible, several Brigada participants are big supporters of the Online Bible at http://www.OnlineBible.org so you might want to check ’em out. Windows AND MAC versions are available. If you’re a missionary, you can get a discount if you call 800-243-7124 (in the USA or via Net2phone) and talk with a human. MAC versions are available directly from KHamelataoldotcom  (KHamelataoldotcom)  . (Thanks David!)
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WHEN IS A CLOSED DOOR NOT A CLOSED DOOR?

When it’s ajar, that’s when. And that’s exactly what Dave Nesmith wants to quantify. Specifically, he’s trying to determine a good definition and practical documentation on which parts of which countries are “closed” to traditional missions. As such, they can only be entered “creatively.” Write Dave at dnatxcdotorg  (dnatxcdotorg)   if you’d like to engage in dialogue.
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HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF?

Dick Gaffney knows. He asked for leads on sources for humanitarian aid. You can retrieve his one-page report
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WHERE DO YOU BUY EVERYTHING

That’s what we want to know. Where do missionaries shop for everything they need to buy! Walter Birney wbirney11ataoldotcom  (wbirney11ataoldotcom)   sparked the question when he forwarded this note from a missionary in Mozambique: “I am interested in groups that can help me get an inexpensive 4×4 vehicle. I know some companies specialize in helping missionaries. Other items of interest involve camping supplies (tents, water purifiers), solar water heaters, solar power supplies, computer info (desk top publishing, tracking donors, finances, scanners, copiers), satellite phones, security systems, medical insurance, medical supplies, travel agencies, portable sound systems, video projectors, shipping companies. There are probably companies that specialize in equipping missionaries in most of these areas.” Some of these have been mentioned before in previous Brigada Today issues. But Walter is willing to assemble “The Mother of All Missionary Source Lists” so we can then publish it for everyone to utilize. So… come one, come all, and tell Walter your best source… for the whole world’s sake! Vendors — don’t be shy! Give Walter your best shot! Here’s your chance! Write wbirney11ataoldotcom  (wbirney11ataoldotcom)   today!
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AN UNORTHODOX WAY TO GET INFO. ON ORTHODOXY

Seems like the fast-paced Internet shouldn’t be a platform for orthodoxy, but it is! To subscribe to info. on Orthodoxy, send an e-mail to: majordomoatlistdotgoarchdotorg  (majordomoatlistdotgoarchdotorg)  

In the body of the e-mail type:
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WELCOME MATS

Max is a missionary high on MATS . . . He advises us to call MATS International for ministry pricing on purchasing or leasing vehicles. 15-passenger church vans, minivans, pastors sedans, etc. If your work is with the church (including mission boards, colleges, etc.) they are there to help save you money. New, almost new, and used with many different makes and models.
Phone 765-776-7211
email carsatmatsdotorg  (carsatmatsdotorg)  
fax 765-962-9966
write 4444 National Road East
Richmond, IN 47374.
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TANKING UP ON TRAINING OF TRAINERS

Now’s the time to tank up on Medical Ambassadors’ TOT I training, to be held near Kazan September 7-11, 1998. This is for ex-pats (multiple representation from teams is best) and Russian-speaking nationals. Costs are not yet completely determined, pending number of participants, etc. So, if you are interested, please let us know numbers ASAP…details can be firmed up later. We’ll try to keep this as cheap as possible to make it a accessible to all…especially local participants. Would a cost of $180 per person for all conference expenses plus room and board be too much for your group? Please respond by August 20, 1998 giving details of who will be participating from your group/area to Frank Yamrick at fyamrickatworldnetdotattdotnet  (fyamrickatworldnetdotattdotnet)   or to Jonathan Young at 75562dot1354atcompuservedotcom  (75562dot1354atcompuservedotcom)  .
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TAKING ANOTHER JAB AT THE PUNJAB

lighting the way Okay, so I was wrong. That’s it. I quit. I can’t take it any longer. :-) Just kidding. But I did apparently muff up a date. The first course in Punjabi is a 3-month-long Punjabi Language course that BEGINS September 1998 and ENDS November 1998. (Our statement said it would BEGIN November 1998 — “WANT TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR PUNJABI???” from last week. Oops. :-) Sorry!
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PRAYER-OGRAPHY CARTOGRAPHY

[This item offered without commentary, because I’m still trying to figure out my philosophy on it.]
According to George Kern praycfatjunodotcom  (praycfatjunodotcom)  , “Pray Central Florida” is currently evaluating prayer walking and house of prayer software packages. George wrote this past week, “The intended uses include tracking prayer walking of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties (FL, USA), and possibly coordinating Houses of Prayer. An additional use may be Spiritual Mapping. We are looking at the prayer walking first but if the other uses can be supported in the same program that would seem to be the most efficient way to go. We are currently looking at two programs, one by the Mapping Center For Evangelism in Kansas (Chris Cooper – 888-MAP-7997, supportatmap4jesusdotorg  (supportatmap4jesusdotorg)   ) and the other by Agape Systems in Melbourne, Florida (877-548-4522, infoatagapeisdotnet  (infoatagapeisdotnet)   ). If you know of any other programs we should consider, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you. Also, I would love to hear from some cities that have been successfully prayer walked – how did you do it, what did God do afterward, etc. “The best resource I know about for stories that have happened after prayer walking: that “Window Watchmen” series by CIN. They’re a compilation of reports and stories from each of the “Praying Through the Window” efforts (Oct. ’93, ’95, and ’97). To get a copy of Window Watchmen 1, 2 or 3, just write CIN at CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom  (CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom)  .
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HOW TO GO FROM PALM-READING TO LANGUAGE LEARNING

Attention all you guys with Palm Pilots or Palm III or whatever they call them now. David Wegener DavidWedgeataoldotcom  (DavidWedgeataoldotcom)   was kind enough to go to the web to hunt down some great resources for language learning that you can now plug into your 3Com PalmPilot Personal. [Thanks David!] He wrote this past week, “Each language is $12, and if you get more than one, there is a discount. The URL is http://www.ddhsoftware.com and they have Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hangman + Wheel of Treasure, and a Thesaurus. The hangman game sounds good to me. Now who can find the same offerings for Windows/CE? That’s what I want to know. Here I am with a new Philips Nino 312 and I find out I’ve bought the wrong gizmo! :-) Oh well. Take heart all you 3COM folks. Looks like you’re still edging Microsoft out . . . for NOW anyway. :-)
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GOT A FLAT FEE? GET A BACHELORS DEGREE!

Now here’s an interesting concept. Pay a flat fee of $2000 and get a Bachelors Degree! That’s it! Check it out. Bethany College of Missions http://www.bcom.org. We have it straight from the mouth of the Dean, who wrote this past week, “For 50 years Bethany College of Missions in Bloomington MN has been equipping aspiring missionaries to share Christ cross-culturally . … We offer a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies and a 1 and 2 year Special Student program for those with undergraduate degrees or extensive vocational or ministry experience. Financing a missions education leaves many potential missionaries in debt for years. This is why we have pursued many resource ventures to supplement our students’ costs thereby keeping our fees very low. For a one-time entrance fee of $2,000.00 a student can become a part of our missions-minded Christian community, receive 4 years of cross-cultural ministry training and earn a Bachelors Degree. Our program which balances study with real-life ministry is not geared exclusively to college-aged singles. Married students and families are also a welcome part of our student body. At this time we still have some openings for Fall 1998 (Orientation begins August 24). If you know of potential students who are heading toward missions, or if you yourself are in a transitional stage and would like additional training in cross-cultural studies, please drop us a line!” Write Paul or Chris at bcomatbethfeldotorg  (bcomatbethfeldotorg)   or call (800)323-3417 if you’re in the USA or have access to Net2Phone.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

world globe There are currently 14,785,000 individuals who profess the Jewish faith in over 81 countries with the largest populations in the US, Israel, France, and Russia. There are about 132,000 Jewish believers in 25 countries embracing Jesus as their Messiah, Savior and Coming King! That leaves 56 countries home to Jews with no Jewish believers among them.
(Source: Frontier Mission Update, 3 Jul 1998, David Bogosian, Research Director, USCWM, Global Adopt-A-People Campaign 102671dot1724atcompuservedotcom  (102671dot1724atcompuservedotcom)  . )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna of Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WEB-WATCH . . . TO STAY IN TOUCH

WebWatch Carol Nevin nevincatusadotnet  (nevincatusadotnet)   is a Marriage & Family Therapist . . . but in her spare time, she’s also an Internet Researcher! She wins the prize this week for the most helpful web sites for missionaries. Free New York Times!! http://www.thenewyorktimes.com She pointed out to us recently that The New York Times has eliminated the special subscription fee for overseas users and alerted us to their much-improved homepage redesign. Then she went on to pass along an innovative site http://www.moody.edu where you can HEAR Christian Radio of WMBI, the radio station of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. And you thought there weren’t any Christian radio stations in your part of the Middle East! :-) Finally, she also explained how to “do multi-engine searches from the regrettably named website of http://www.dogpile.com . It does work very well. I use it all the time in my Internet Research work.” Again … pardon the name.
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RESOURCES FOR MISSIONS AGENCY PERSONNEL TYPES

Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   has tons of resources she’s willing to share. You’ll need to establish your identity with her first. . . but if the table of contents is any kind of indication of the energy she’s poured into her collection, Whew!!! blinking1eyes So if you’re into personnel stuff, RUN don’t walk… to talk to her about getting access.
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“HEAL THE LAND” CONFERENCE IN ALASKA

Are you interested in the indigenous peoples of America? … or any other part of the world, for that matter? Mark Oct 21-25 on your calendar, then contact imi1atjunodotcom  (imi1atjunodotcom)   for information on a special conference in Alaska. According to organizers, “This seminar will present clear and biblical perspectives that answer difficult questions about culture and Christianity. The materials will show how to maintain God-given integrity in Native cultural expressions.” (Thanks Grace!)
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HISPANIC MKS AND THEIR EDUCATION

Mrs. Ruth M. Scherer is doing a research project for COMIBAM about the educational options for Latin American missionaries’ kids around the world. If you can put her in contact with someone who can provide information on the following four areas, please contact her in Spanish or English at WallyTSatcompuservedotcom  (WallyTSatcompuservedotcom)  .

  1. Information about correspondence courses in Spanish for grades K-12.
  2. Information about self-contained English courses for children ages 2-5 which can be administered by non-English speaking missionary parents.
  3. Missionaries from Latin America or other non-English speaking countries willing to tell about their experiences in educating their children on the field.
  4. Self-supporting teachers, fluent in Spanish, willing to go overseas to teach children of Latin American missionaries.

Thanks!

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SHORT OUTLINE HISTORY OF BRIGADA

[Believe it or not, someone actually asked for this.] Here goes:

  • November, 1994 — Doug Lucas is asked to serve as president of an annual missionary convention for the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. He and several cohorts, including coworker, Eric Derry, begin holding focus groups in various sites around the country, with the hopes of learning how to maximize the impact of the event, scheduled for Nov., 1996, in Lexington, KY.
  • December, 1994 — The “handwriting is already on the wall.” The focus groups urge Doug and Eric to focus on action and outreach through the event. Doug and Eric go to the planning board. They learn about Praying Through the Window (the 100 Gateway Cities) and are fascinated by a) the potential and b) how hard it would be to find out what others are doing in other parts of the world (to avoid needless duplication and encourage intra-project sharing). They poll some 50 mission specialists about ways and means of information-sharing and, in the process, learn about MAFxc (at that time, known as CrossConnect).
  • January, 1995 — Doug opens an MAFxc account and begins a rapid ramp-up on email conferencing. There are probably some “lost editions” of Brigada Today that will never be recovered from this period. :-(
  • February 18, 1995 — The earliest copy of Brigada Today that we have on hand . . . but already there are 38 participants. In addition, there are dozens of conference participants in 10-20 other email conferences already taking hold.
  • March, 1995 — GCOWE ’95 is shaping up to be a landmark event for mobilization. Doug is invited because of the promise of Brigada and the possibilities of the event in Lexington.
  • April, 1995 — Some 300 faxes about the Brigada concept are sent out to various participants scheduled to attend GCOWE ’95. As far as anyone can remember, this is the only true “marketing” ever formally done in the name of Brigada. All other growth has thus far been through word of mouth . . . and keyboard . . . by participants themselves.
  • May, 1995 — Daily updates from GCOWE ’95 stream back from Seoul. The Joshua Project 2000 ideas are shaped. The first “list” of least reached peoples is presented . . . in the shadow of quite a lot of controversy over which groups were included and which ones weren’t. Stats were also questioned. AD2000 & Beyond decided to revise the list as quickly as possible.

[to be continued next week :-) ]

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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)  
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*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!

19980712 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!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

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“HOW DO WE GET JOHNSTONE’S THE CHURCH IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

That’s got to be one of the key questions of July, at least in MY incoming email. Just after the notice from a couple of issues ago, Johnstone’s agent apparently changed distributors in the USA – so many Brigada Today readers were confused when they came away empty-handed from the supplier we had provided. Well it’s all been cleared up now I think. Apparently the need for the book is bigger than they thought. :-) Anyway, if you want 1000 copies or more, contact CFP at
Geanies House,
Feam, Tain, Ross-shire, IV20 1TW, Scotland, UK

If you’re a bookstore, order from Riverside Distributors at 1-800-247-5111 in the USA.
If you’re ordering individual copies, go with
Clifton Book Co.
122 North Ave. Dr.
Box 511,
Clifton, TX 76634, USA
Tel : 1-800-228-0939

There. I hope that’s all cleared up. One hitch: We’ve heard through the rumor mill that the book might not be available here ’til September!

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[USA] GENTLEMEN (AND LADIES), MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

It’s going to happen Sept. 23-25, ’99 in Virginia Beach, VA. That’s Thursday evening Supper through noon Saturday. It’ll take place at CBN’s conference center near Regent University. There are only 1000 seats. There’s probably one with your name on it. Trouble is, people will want to come from all over the USA and I’m wondering how they’ll all fit! But that’s reality for the last great missions consultation of the millenium (in the USA, anyway). It’s AD2000 & Beyond sponsored, Mission America 2000 initiated, and it’s going to include key leaders from most EFMA and IFMA missions agencies, together with leaders from denominations and non-denominations of every stripe. The question is this: “Where did we drop the ball?” That is, which people groups did we not approach with the gospel in the AD2000 push. The hopeful outcome? To agree on finishing the task and figure out how to do it. That’s the mandate of the “National USA Meeting on Unreached People Groups.” Bill Waldrop, formerly CEO of ACMC, is a key player in making this happen and I believe he can do it. My question to him this past week was, “Where’s the beef?” (Remember the old Wendy’s marketing campaign?) In other words, how is this consultation going to be different than others which have share the similar purpose statement. His answer intrigued me: “Help us make it different.” So there you have it, gang. Mark your calendars. Other countries are putting together similar consultations. In fact, sometimes I think the USA is woefully behind in asking the same question. So now it’s up to us. Will we be there or not. No need to send any response anywhere yet. Bill and company are still revving the engines in the command center for this thing. But it’s coming… so be ready.
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FROM THE MAILBAG

This past week we rec’d a note from a Brigada participant, “In the next issue of Brigada Today, why don’t you include a little ‘blurb’ or short synopsis of the need, the organization (how it works), and the budget so that anyone interested can present this ‘blurb’ to the church mission committee for evaluation and action. Just a thought.” It’s a great one, Dale. Thanks for asking! We haven’t wanted to ever make financial appeals in Brigada Today. In fact, when someone writes with an appeal, the answer is always the same… we just don’t do that because most all of us are missionaries anyway. Brigada operates through volunteers, mostly. People like Don & Judy who do the administrating of the conference, Bob who lays the text out on the web, John Hanna who prepares the Global Glimpse, Mark Kelly who puts together the monthly Advance, and . . . for the most part, Doug Lucas who compiles general nuggets from contributors who write from all over the world. The goal is to build a global network of special interest groups, who focus on specific unreached groups — and Brigada Today is like a totem pole around which all can gather to read notes of general interest to all. The very word “Brigada” comes from the Russian (and Spanish) word meaning “Brigade” . . . as in “bucket brigade.” The idea is that we all stand shoulder to shoulder to put out an emergency fire . . . one which has engulfed the world in its flames… the flames of an untold world who does not have a personal relationship with the Savior, the King of Kings. The budget?

  • $400/mo. (Doug’s time parsing through about 50 Brigada email messages per day)
  • $300/mo. that we WOULD spend on marketing Brigada in Christianity Today and other magazines and web sites (if we had the money, that is)
  • $200 per year for the web site to MAFxc
  • $200 per year for the corporate MAFxc membership

So — if you ever run across a grant for $400 per year or $700/mo., it would be GREAT to send it to Team Expansion, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks!

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CATCH A BENGALI CONSULTATION

It’s not too late to register for the International Christian Consultation on Bengali People, planned for the 30th of July to the 2nd of August 1998 in Calcutta. For more information, contact Susanta Patra at jloveatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin  (jloveatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin)  .
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WANTED: MORE RESEARCH ON THE CITY

David Dale ddaleatmaildotonedotnet  (ddaleatmaildotonedotnet)   is impressed with the amount of work that’s been done to understand the city. But in his quest to finish a major thesis, he wants more! If you’d like to help him, email him directly and dialogue with him about how to raise the bar all the more on understanding the world’s cities.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKEY

world globe Even though secularism and radical Islam are both at work in Turkey, the church has a time of peace for the moment, and has been allowed to legally register. This has increased confidence in the local believers and changed the government’s posture toward the church. Eleven years ago there were only two fellowships regularly meeting in Istanbul, today there are 16; some smaller cities also have churches. In Istanbul a Christian FM radio station broadcasts 24-hours, reaching a potential audience of at least 20,000,000 people. The number of New Testaments distributed in the last year was more than in the previous ten years combined, all largely through local believers. Next year’s plans include a major distribution campaign for the newly translated Old Testament.
(Source: AD2000 report: Luis Bush in Istanbul, June 14, 1998, http://www.ad2000.org)
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AND ANOTHER GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM SAUDI

world globe On June 15 while Pino Aguilar, a Filipino Saudi resident, was away, Saudi Religious police raided his home, taking his pregnant wife, Yolai. Two days later, after hours of intense interrogation, she gave birth to a son, Elisha. Yolai is one of 10 Filipinos and a Dutchman who have been taken away without charges and without diplomatic access. Christian leaders in Riyadh believe the captives are being abused for information about Christian activity. Significant church growth has been reported there since the Gulf war.
(Source: IMB News Stories, Thursday, July 02, 1998, International Mission Board, SBC, http://www.imb.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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FAST – FAST!!! – FOR THE PARSEES

We’re in the middle of a planned 40-day fast for the Parsees. For more information on who they are, see http://www.ad2000.org/profiles/parsee. For more information about the fast in particular, contact love-parseeatintegritynetworkdotnet  (love-parseeatintegritynetworkdotnet)  .
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WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A ‘LOAN’

Anyone have any leads on any organization that loans money to home buyers and invests a portion of the interest it receives back to missions? If so, Jeff Morgan jsmorganatbmidotnet  (jsmorganatbmidotnet)   would like to know. He’s putting together a compendium of possibilities and will publish the outcome with us here in Brigada Today.
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HERE’S AN OFFER YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO

Get this . . . a dentist in Oregon who would like to give away some big-time equipment (including maybe an x-ray machine), as long as it can go for a Christian cause. Interested??? Contact Dr Brian Spencer at 541-963-2520. Hurry — it won’t be around long!
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LET’S GET GRAPHIC

Looking for the ways and means to graphically express yourself or your mission project? Have you tried Kingdom Graphics? They’re committed to creative mission materials that will assist you in promoting & strengthening support for Global Missions. They specialize in:

  1. Mission Clip-Art
  2. Mission Computer Papers … to create your own brochures and booklets
  3. Mission Note Cards … themes of … “Partnership”, “Thank You”, “Encouragement”, etc.
  4. Mission Prayer Cards … creative designing & low cost printing
  5. Mission Note Pads
  6. Mission Place Mats …
  7. Mission Design & Layout Services … to meet your custom needs!

Check them out at: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com or write to
2713 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Tel: 1-800-618-3133 (in the USA or using Net2phone)
Fax: 215-657-5888
e-mail: kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)  .

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ADVANCE READY TO “GET”

You can download the full text of Advance from the Brigada document server.

Here’s a summary:
THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Two previously unknown tribes discovered in Irian Jaya; the Central Khmer of Cambodia; the Tu of China; the Mina of India; the Arabs of Yemen; the Luri of Iran; audio version of the Jesus film being revised for broadcast; spiritual breakthrough in Turkey; earthquake relief in Afghanistan; the Jesus film introduced in Buddhist country

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Believers arrested in Saudi Arabia; church leaders threatened, beaten in Myanmar; Pakistani believer charged with blasphemy; new Uzbekistan religion law; new apostasy law in Malaysia; Christian girls kidnapped in Pakistan; Morocco fines expatriate believers; Mongolia threatens churches with destruction of buildings; church building in Indonesia attacked

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — New technique allows abortions eight days after conception; Lord’s Resistance Army kidnaps 40 girls; the annual Amaranth pilgrimage in India; pagans and occultists converge on Timonium, Maryland; House of Commons votes to lower age of homosexual consent;

REJOICE! — Swedish missionary couple released; dead girl testifies in India’s Bihar state; 750 decisions for Christ in Khmu villages; prayer for the persecuted at March for Jesus rallies; Kingdom advance in Sudan; Christian film broadcast in Muslim nation; Myanmar believers reach out to Bama people group; Turkish Muslim accepts Christ, returns home; Hindu priest accepts Jesus; two court decisions protect unborn children; Salvation Army sacrifices income for Christian principle

NETWORKING — Earthquake relief efforts in Afghanistan; registering protests over arrests in Saudi Arabia; International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; “The Church Is Bigger Than You Think;” Praying Through the Window IV; gospel broadcasts for all major people groups in languages they can understand; prayer profiles of 1,739 unreached people groups; sharing the gospel with international students; urgent e-mail warning about computer virus

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LOOKING FOR AUDIO SCRIPTURES?

lighting the way Try a new zip. A couple of issues ago in Brigada Today (“GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!” from July 3rd edition), we had them located in Escondido, CA at zip code 42046. Ahem. Apparently it’s supposed to be 92046-0634. Slightly on the other side of the country — sorry about that.
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JESUS FILMS CONTINUE TO BE BELL-RINGERS

We’re STILL getting thank-you notes expressing appreciation to the Jesus Film project for the offer of 5 free videos for anyone who would use them with unreached peoples. The latest came this past week from a group in the Philippines: “Please pass on the message to the Jesus Film Project and Campus Crusade for Christ for the video on Jesus which has arrived yesterday. It will be a great help for our film outreaches all over the Philippines. May the Lord continue to use the project in order to be able to reach more souls for Christ all over the world. May you richly be blessed! In His Love, Christ’s Ambassadors in Action (CAIA).” Another wrote, “I am so thankful to have the Jesus Films arrive. Thanks for being a channel through which we could get these ministry tools FREE!” 3 Cheers for the Jesus Film people!
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JUMP ON BOARD THE BERLIN PRAYER LIFT

Now you can be involved in the Berlin Prayer Lift. It’s all about raising the roof in prayer for Berlin.
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WANT TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR PUNJABI???

Now you can. A School of Language and Culture Studies is being set up in Chandigarh, India offering studies in various North Indian peoples. Now you can study Punjabi language, Punjabi culture, Sikh religion, and Hindi beginning November, 1998. For more info, write JoelDavidatXCdotorg  (JoelDavidatXCdotorg)  .
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WE DIDN’T DROP THE BOMM DATABASE

In fact, it’s just been updated! Check it out at http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/dbindex.htm on the web. The BOMM database is an organized collection of all the missions information that has been shared over the Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers email conference. It is a gold mine of information with over 200 practical articles on missions! Nate Wilson is the compiler and he has recently done some major updates to the BOMM database. It’ll be of great help to any mission consultant or leader of a mission committee or mission emphasis group. Nate works for (who else) Caleb Project and can be reached at NateWilsonatXCdotorg  (NateWilsonatXCdotorg)  . If I’m good, then maybe when I go to Heaven I can work for Caleb Project too. :-)
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CHINA IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

So maybe you need a map? Well now you can get it! Target Ministries has just put together a newly published China Minorities Prayer Map! This one is printed in Chinese. It is 2′ X 3′ map that features ten of the unreached minority peoples of Southwest China. Target wrote us this past week, “We published it for the purpose of raising awareness of Chinese Minorities, and for gaining prayer support for them and for the workers serving the Lord among the minorities.” They have priced the Maps at a very special price for those who subscribe to Brigada: $3.00 U.S. plus shipping and handling! For more information, write to KEVTARGETatAOLdotCOM  (KEVTARGETatAOLdotCOM)   for information as well as all of the particulars on purchasing the prayer maps.

 (Remember, Brigada does not recommend you giving out your credit card information over the open Internet. Use Fax or encrypted email instead.)

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BRIGADA JOE” NEEDS YOU AT HIS AUGUST 8 MEETING IN DALLAS

Remember the zealous Brigada Today reader last year who put us to the challenge of directing him to the least reached people group on planet earth? Well, he (we’ll call him “Brigada Joe”) took the people group you most suggested (we’ll call them the “Bazooka people” — not their real name [duh!]) and moved his family to live close to the Bazookas who are a people group of over one million with only one known Christian. Brigada Joe wrote this week and said he is feeling a little under-qualified for this strategic work and wants to know if Brigada readers can help. He is hosting an all-day strategy meeting for the Bazooka people on Saturday August 8th in Dallas, Texas. Churches are needed to adopt to Bazookas. Web page design help is needed to attract Bazooka people who Brigada Joe has found surfing the Web. Also needed are people who will knock on the door of Bazookas who Brigada Joe has located in the USA. Prayer warriors are needed as is almost any other kind of service you might bring to the table. For his intense security setting, Brigada Joe will need a short paragraph about your conversion and your church name and your pastor’s name and pastor’s work phone number. Brigada Joe will send you an invitation to this all-day meeting. (All program and food costs for just $15!) E-mail Brigada Joe at afmatxcdotorg  (afmatxcdotorg)   and even if you can’t attend the meeting, volunteer your help for the Bazookas.
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BEEN TRYING TO “GET BRIGADA CALEB”???

 Try again. It’s up and running now. To receive a full catalogue of missions mobilization materials from Caleb Project.
Disclaimer: I don’t work for them. Wish I did of course. Maybe when I get to Heaven. :-)
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ARE YOU CURIOUS IDOP?

 Me too. We didn’t put the date in last week’s Brigada Today. We don’t even know when it is! Sorry! Anybody got the date for the upcoming International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church?
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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!

19980705 Brigada Today

Now with 7376 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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FROM THE ‘OOPS’ DEPT.

lighting the way Did you try to check out ASI (last week’s item, “GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!“), only to be told abruptly that the site didn’t exist??? :-( Sorry… somehow the slash got reversed! Should have been http://www.audioscriptures.org — Try again! Thanks!
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ECHO KNOCKS VOX

If you’ve thought about subscribing to VOX, think again. Looks to me like it’s been renamed and re-released as Echo (VoxCorp, 2525-C Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 800-352-7225 or email: echoatechomagazinedotcom  (echoatechomagazinedotcom)  ; web: http://www.echomagazine.com. The premier issue is dynamite. Relevant stories, first-class art, and great writing. Looks like this one is a keeper!
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WANT A BIBLE TO PUT IN YOUR WEB POCKET???

The palm-based Handheld PC market is growing, . . . and with it to the selection of books! Lately, we’ve also been hearing from people with PalmPilots, already using software that Windows C/E people are still dreaming about. Check out http://www.pilotzone.com/docs_religious.html for example, where one can find the NIV already set up for PalmPilots. Plus there are tons of other offerings as well. Thanks Jon!!!
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LOOKING FOR RESOURCES??? STOCK UP…

… on Caleb Project possibiliites. This is the latest electronic catalogue.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD!

world globe The ’98 Himalayan Congress of Evangelism began April 20th at the picturesque Indian hill-station of Darjeeling emphasizing God’s call to the Nepali and Himalayan churches to move from being mission receiving to mission sending. About 1200 participants gathered including many Nepali and Tibetan key Christian leaders. These leaders met with mission agency representatives and explored how to link local needs with available resources. Three special forums focussed on:

  1. Literacy and Evangelism
  2. Training Needs for Mission, and
  3. Girls Caught in Brothels.

The congress concluded with an exuberant celebration of unity and commission.
(Source: AD2000 report, 6/8/98, Dr Cindy Perry, HIM-COE ’98 International Coordinator. http://www.ad2000.org for more information.)
Global Glimpse is compiled weekly by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Denver, Colorado.

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HEAR YE, HEAR YE, WEB ALL ABOUT IT!

Max McLean is a renowned storyteller and veteran actor whose one-man dramatic performances from the Bible have captivated audiences both young and old all across the country. Church, college, and youth groups listen with rapt attention as his arresting voice and magnetic style bring these extraordinary narratives vividly to life. In this clear and elegant digital recording, the words of the New Testament are delivered with such clarity and insight they rise off the printed page and flow into the hearts and minds of his listeners. Max’s recordings of the entire New Testament in RealAudio form are available from “Lightsource” on Broadcast.com (an excellent source for all sorts of audio/video resources, including the internet-only “pirate radio,” a great Christian music radio station, and the well known “Adventures in Odyssey”).
LightSource http://www.broadcast.com/lightsource
RealAudio-Bible: http://www.broadcast.com/lightsource/drama/max/index.html
Pirate Radio: http://www.christianpiraterock.com/
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NEED SOME SHARP PICTURES OF YOUR UPCOMING MISSIONS TRIP?

One Brigada participant wrote this past week, “I am a photographer, and have photos that I am willing to allow missionaries and ministries use as long as I get photo credit. I am also willing to travel to the field and take photos for them as long as they pay all expenses. I was a missionary in Brazil, I am fluent in Portuguese, so Brazil would be especially easy for me to get around in. You can see more about that at my site: http://www.HolyLamb.com Also, http://www.christianmalls.net/ is just getting started, but I envision it as a place for the equipping of missionaries, and ministries. It has some resources like the forums that I hope will become more and more useful.” John Hanna, Caleb Project
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JOIN OTHERS IN THE INT’L DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Mark your calendar now for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. For more information, contact:
Johan Candelin
WEF Religious Liberty Commission
Katariinantori 1
FIN-67100 Kokkola
Finland
Phone: +358-6-831 4805
Fax: +358-6-8316 495
E-mail: candelinatppdotkolumbusdotfi  (candelinatppdotkolumbusdotfi)  
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1998 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE ALREADY GAINING GROUND

It hasn’t even started yet, but the Annual Medical Mission Conference On November 6 – 7, 1998, Southeast Christian Church will present its 3rd Annual Medical Mission Conference to be held in the main sanctuary and Fellowship Hall of the church. For detailed information about the conference, contact our Web Page at: http://www.medicalmissions.com

David Thompson, a surgeon who is a career missionary in Gabon, West Africa, will share Thurs. night. He’s the guy you’ve seen at the end of the Generation tape series — “Do you want the king to come???! Other speakers include Drs. Duane & Muriel Elmer, Dr. Christine Sine, and many others. For more information, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725, or write garlingfamilyatjunodotcom  (garlingfamilyatjunodotcom)  .

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SO WHY DID FRANCE WIN?

Last night my family and I returned home from leading a prayer journey in Bosnia. Although it meant missing the World Cup final, I asked 3 different people to tape it for me (just in case one of them forgot, I’d have two backups! :-)). I finally got to see the [delayed version of the] World Cup final, featuring France and Brazil in a 3-0 shut-out win — for France!!! With Brazil supposedly being the best team in the world right now, the question begs to be asked, “How did France pull it off?” I enjoyed the quip by the one American commentator, who explained the victory in part by quoting a journalist he had heard the previous week, “It’s not the foot, it’s the France.” That phrase, quoted by an expatriate who had lived in France some 25 years, could hold at least one of the keys. In the end, some experts agreed that some of the individuals on Brazil’s team were more skilled, but most of the 80,000 fans were pushing for France… and, as my 11-year-old (Christopher) says, “The ‘home field advantage’ is one of the most important factors in the game!” You see, when that home crowd unites, look out!

Perhaps the same thing can be said for missions. When a team of missionaries is fighting out there, an ocean apart from those who raised them and paid for their preparation, the field of life can seem pretty large and overwhelming. Add 80,000 fans and a few cheers and you’ve got yourself a ball game!

So — next time you send a team overseas — short-term or long — remember France ’98. Even if your team has to face opponents like Ronaldo, their attacks will sometimes melt before their very eyes if you cheer on your team! How do you do that??? With prayer, notes of encouragement, looking out for their best, holding them accountable to plans/visions/dreams, and by helping them find confidence and a will to win! If all those things are truly in place, maybe nobody will be able to stop your team!

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TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

TO UNSUBSCRIBE — Send email to brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom)  . (Subject and text are ignored.)
IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (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  (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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