Monthly Archives: August 1998

19980830 Brigada Today

Now with over 7500 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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IF YOU USE BRIGADA TODAY ITEMS IN YOUR NEWS BULLETIN

We’re thrilled! May God bless it! We only ask that you include a subscribe instruction. And it’s just gotten easier. Just put one email address behind your item… like this… (Source: brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  ). That’ll subscribe them and inform them about the service in one step. Note that the subject AND text are ignored. This is TONS better than putting Doug Lucas’ email address (he gets enough email as it is :-) ).
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DID ANYONE FOLLOW THE PIPER?

… the book that is… by John Piper. Beth Underwood hbunderatemaildotmsndotcom  (hbunderatemaildotmsndotcom)   is curious to know if Piper has influenced worship services, if churches are discovering ways to combine worship and missions so that worship is the fuel for missions? If you have a case study or example, please fire it off for Beth and she’ll assemble these and report back in a month.
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MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WEB, CAN YOU SEARCH BRIGADA?

WebWatch The answer is yes! The Brigada Website is now mirrored at http://www.brigada.worldchurches.org/. This site also includes a faster and more reliable search engine for issues of Brigada Today and Advance!.
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CALLING ALL EXPAT CHURCHES

Roger RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg  (RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg)   wants information on expatriate churches — churches in locations with a considerable number of missionaries and other foreigners in the community. He’s looking for tips for leadership, membership, types of ministries, etc. Why is he looking for this stuff? He’s just been chosen as chairman of the mission community church in Sentani, Irian Jaya, where expat. worshippers total about 200! If you’ve got some info., drop it his way and he’s pledged to write up a report and post it for us here later.
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SO WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE “GET” FILES

Lyris logo If you are seeking one of the old “get” files on Brigada (a file that was previously available via a “get” statement to the hub), just stand by. MAFxc is in the process of preparing similar technology for use with the new Lyris software. Once it’s available, we’ll announce it immediately. In the meantime, all of those “oldies but goodies” get files are still available via the Brigada web site at . . . you guessed it . . . http://www.brigada.org.
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CATCH AN ACMC CONFERENCE

Westerners in the USA, ACMC is coming your way . . . or maybe to a location near you . . . The first is in Fresno California at Northwest Church, September 25-26, 1998, featuring a one-day Children’s Festival led by Jan Radford of Peoples’ Church, Keynote Speakers Richard Allen Farmer from Dallas TX, Jim Franklin–Senior Pastor from Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, and Dr Fermin Whittaker–Executive Director of California Southern Baptist Convention.

The other is in Fremont CA at Fremont Community Church, November 6-7, 1998, featuring Keynote Speakers, Dr Manuel Fernandez of Madrid Spain, Rev Art Beales of University Presbyterian Church, Seattle WA, and Dr Peter Wilkes of South Hills Community Church, San Jose CA. For more information and brochures contact John Dupree at ACMC Pacific Central Region, 209-848-2262 or by e-mail: at ACMCjdupreeatcompuservedotcom  (ACMCjdupreeatcompuservedotcom)  .

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PLEASE DON’T DISNEY (BOGUS WITH A CAPITAL “B”)

lighting the way We agree with Wayne (who wrote us this past week)… if you receive an email from Bill Gates, Nike, or Disney, odds are, it’s Bogus with a capital “B.” Please don’t relay it to me. :-) … or anyone else for that matter. Wayne feels that someone could make a good case for a legal suit (for slander or misuse of a trademarked name or whatever) in such cases.
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OKAY… SO MAYBE HOTBOT WINS

lighting the way Last week we were excited about Excite (search engine) and this week, thanks to Rod, we’re hot about HotBot. Check out the great review at http://www.cnet.com/Content/Reviews/Compare/Search2/ss01.html.
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UP WITH LEADERSHIP SEMINARS IN UPPSALA

Here’s your chance to catch a leadership seminar in Uppsala, October 6-9, 1998, with Pastor Ulf Ekman. His apostolic ministry has encouraged and inspired ministers and leaders around the world. The seminar is open for everybody. Jan-Olov Swanberg janolovsatlivetsorddotse  (janolovsatlivetsorddotse)   has more information.
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HAVE DOCTOR WILL TRAVEL: TRAVDOC

The Pregnant Traveler, the travel medicine people who did the expatriate pregnancy survey, have now started TravDoc Consultation Services. For less than the cost of an office visit, Dr. Carroll and his staff will analyze your entire medical history and match it with your overseas trip (short term or long term). They will send you a comprehensive report with current recommendations regarding vaccinations, medicines and other health and safety issues. Whenever possible they will direct you to facilities close to home where you can get your shots, etc. Located in Michigan, close to International Aid, they also run a clinic where they can do pre- and post-travel exams. From information gained in their surveys they may also be able to help you find competent medical care overseas. Call them toll free (in the USA or via Net2Phone) at 1-877-TRAVDOC, or e-mail: them at TravDocatcompuservedotcom  (TravDocatcompuservedotcom)  .
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SOMEBODY’S GOTTA CHECK OUT THIS EMAIL CALLBACK SERVICE

Okay. So here’s the deal. You apparently email this address from overseas and suddenly, you get a callback with a US dial tone??? This I gotta see… or hear … or whatever. Who will check out http://www.musictus.com/telecom/ and give us a report. They apparently have recently lowered their rates, too. They offer International Callback, US long distance, calling cards, Internet Phone and fax, and many other services. They wrote this past week, “Our customers are now able to get a callback by using their E-mail. All the customer has to do is send an E-mail to a specified address. The access number (APN) that they wish to trigger should be in the subject of the E-mail. A callback will be received in approximately 15-30 seconds.” Who will be the brave one to try it out from overseas? :-)
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TOLL-FREE SALVATION STORY?

According to Drew Dickens ddickensatixdotnetcomdotcom  (ddickensatixdotnetcomdotcom)   , Need Him National Media Outreach is committed to intentionally presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, using all forms of media, and providing an opportunity to respond. Drew reports via Mark, “We have over 700 volunteers that answer 888-NEED HIM calls 24 hours / 7 days a week and have received over 55,000 calls for salvation and nearly 9,000 decisions for Christ since April 1997. In addition to our decision counseling strategy for the United States, Need Him is the recipient of the world’s very first international toll-free number: 1-800-4-633-3446. (It spells “I Need Him”) The system will capture the country code of every inbound call and automatically route it to a recorded plan of salvation and volunteer in the caller’s language.” Evidently they need lots more volunteers to get the system fully functional. If you’re interested, give ’em a call or email:.
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FINISH IN STYLE

Finishers Forum ’98 (FF ’98) is the “Urbana”-like conference for career people. With the early registration period ended, the conference is subscribed to about 75% capacity. Over 30 of the leading sending organizations are exhibiting. Another 20 organizations were turned away due to lack of space. Dr. John Piper, author of “Let the Nations be Glad,” is the featured speaker. The conference is being sponsored by the Navigators at the Westin O’Hare Hotel, Chicago, October 1-3. Call (800) 981-6703 (in the USA or via Net2phone), email nelsonmatcompuservedotcom  (nelsonmatcompuservedotcom)  , or visit www.finishers.org for more information. Watch for the Finishers Project in the news. Christianity Today is doing a feature articles slated to appear late September. It will be featured in the September-October issue of Missions Frontiers and reported on in the November issue of Discipleship Journal.
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TEACHING TESOL-ERS TO TEACH ENGLISH

The dates are November 9 – December 18, 1998. The place is YWAM, Roaring Branch, Pa. The instructors are David & Vicky Scott, from Kona, HI. The course is a 6-week intensive course will equip you to teach conversational English to non-English speakers. A certificate from University of Nations will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more info., tel. 717-673-3338, or email: 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)  .
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VEGGIE TALES PREPARED IN SPANISH

Veggie Tales, the computer animated kids cartoon videos, have now sold more than 5 million copies (at $14.95 each) since being launched in December 1993. (4.6 million from Word and about 700,000 through outlets like Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Kmart). The latest title, Madame Blueberry, which released just last week, is setting sales records according to Bob Elder, Word’s Exec. Mktg. Dir. (57,000 copies in the first 7 days). Veggie Tales is the “dreamwork” of Big Idea Productions owned by Phil Vischer. Four titles are now available in Spanish and may be ordered through usual channels. Check out the Website (with your kids!) at http://www.bigidea.com.
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COMMENTARIES RUSSIAN TO MARKET

For those working in Russian speaking countries, Christian Life International Bible College has released a set of modern day Bible commentaries in the Russian language. They have a 21-volume set of books (only the first 5 area available right now – more to come) that cover Genesis to Revelation. Each book averages about 200 pages (in the A4 format – 8.27″ x 11.69″) and some are over 300 pages. They also offer these materials in French, and several Indian dialects. For more info email clibcdotrusatclcnetdotorg  (clibcdotrusatclcnetdotorg)  . Or, call Christian Life Church, tel. 415-892-0714, fax 415-892-1818, and ask for the Russian administrator of CLIBC.
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NEED A GETAWAY IN THE ROCKIES?

Now you’ve got it, thanks to Gary Taylor garyatoperatorservicesdotcom  (garyatoperatorservicesdotcom)  . Gary wrote this past week, “God has given us a remarkably beautiful little ranch in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs and success in our Kingdom business. To steward these, we’ve transformed our guest cabin overlooking the windmill meadow into a high priced tourist rental. When it is not booked, we’d like to offer it for a few days or a week to missionaries needing decompression, writing, reflection, etc. We’d charge only something nominal, like $20 to cover costs.” Sounds like a great deal. Check it out and let us know how it goes!
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PHONE HOME FROM THE NEXT HOME OVER

If you do most of your walking from within the same general area of villages or compounds, you MIGHT be able to get by with Panasonic’s new Gigarange (2.4 GHZ frequency — digital cordless), if you’re expecting an important call from a grandparent or granddaughter. Call 1-800-211-PANA (in the USA or using Net2Phone) or browse http://www.panasonic.com/gigarange for more information. This cordless phone now carries for “about a country mile!” Range among buildings and other obstacles varies, of course.
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UPGRADE READY FOR GRABBING

Thanks to Rod for the heads up on PGP’s new version, http://www.pgp.com:8001/freeware/PGPfreeware60.exeDownload This is version 6.0 and it’s free of charge in the USA. Check the site for international options.
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HEADS UP ON SAT-EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Thanks to Joel for the heads-up on the new device announced at sites like http://www.magellangps.com/Wireless/GSC100/GSC100Wr.html and http://www.wired.com/news/technology/story/14624.html. The big news is that the Magellan GSC 100 is expected to cost about US$1000 (making it the least expensive sat-communicator to date), with an activation fee of $49.95 and a $29.95 monthly access charge. (This includes 10 messages and 30 message checks; after the first ten messages, there’s a one-cent charge per character.) So . . . bottom line, you’ll have a device not too much bigger than the universal remote control for your VCR/TV, which can not only show you your exact position in the jungle (via a GPS), but also help you walk back out to your vehicle or airstrip. In addition, you’ll be able to email the wife and kids (or . . . should I say, the husband and kids??? :-) ) from the village! This is NEARLY Dick Tracy at his best… and getting more and more affordable. Okay… so it’s not ready for the masses yet… but it’s better than anything we’ve seen to date. Somebody check this out firsthand and get us a review!
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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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!

19980823 Brigada Today

Now with 7400 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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LYRIS UPGRADE IS SLICK

Lyris logoIf you’re one of the many who have had questions about “Lyris,” join the crowd! Many of us have wondered how MAFxc’s conversion from “Majordomo” list software to “Lyris” would affect us as users. Well, although we’re just one week into the cutover process, I can tell you with a conservative “yes!” that Lyris seems to finally be coming together . . . and seems SLICK! For example, in the past Majordomo was MUCH stricter in its interpretation of your commands. Lyris tries to parse out what you MEANT to say and understand it. You can put “subscribe brigada” in the subject line even . . . and Lyris will obey. In fact, if you have to drop off your old address because you’re changing Internet Service Providers, you can even write to <brigada-today-unsubscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> and Lyris will figure it out.
(By the way, for conference moderators/owners, Lyris is GREAT news. Though it was functioning like p-o-n-d-w-a-t-e-r for the first couple of days, it has now been speeding up NICELY . . . and the new web interface allows you to point and click at decisions that previously were tied up in cryptic config files that few understood or cared to learn. Thumbs up!) thumbs-up
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WEB-WATCH: FREE MONTH OF ON-LINE ENCYCLOPEDIA

WebWatch Did you ever wish you could try Encyclopedia Americana and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Online? Now you can! In this exclusive for Brigada participants (… well, maybe not JUST for us), Grolier has agreed to give us all a free month! Lori LoridotThorntonatcincybibledotedu  (LoridotThorntonatcincybibledotedu)  , the Information Services Librarian at Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, tells us that we can use “Logon: pop” and “password: quiz.” Try it at http://go.grolier.com/ and you’ll be glad you did!
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MORE WEB-WATCH: FUN WITH SEARCH ENGINES

WebWatch Did you ever wonder which worldwide web search engine would help you find the best info. on the web? Check out the following URLs to learn more. Based on the info. below, looks like www.excite.com is definitely in the front running, if you ask me.

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ALBANIAN VIDEO SOURCE

Word on the street is that kennethwesataoldotcom  (kennethwesataoldotcom)   has a great list of Christian videos in Albanian language. If that’s your focus, he’s your guy!
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GLOBAL HEALTH FOR GLOBAL CHRISTIANS

The first annual Global Health Update will be held at St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City on October 16-17, 1998. The two-day conference will cover emerging infectious diseases, travel medicine, and medical missions. The expert panel includes speakers from across North America and is oriented to all health professionals including physicians, nurses, physician associates and other health professionals. The meeting is cosponsored by the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS). More details on the schedule, speakers and registration details can be found at http://www.saintafpr.com/ghu CME credit will be available. Organizers say all are welcome! For more information, write TropDocatxcdotorg  (TropDocatxcdotorg)  .
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DISNEY WORLD EMAIL VIRUS

virus Do me a favor. If you get an email about how to win a “Walt Disney trip” (one that sounds more like a chain letter than a real message!), please don’t send me a copy! :-) I already have more than enough. It’s just the latest in a series of mildly harmful “email virus letters” to try to waste your time and mine. The “mildly harmful” nature is that it wastes Internet bandwidth…. so please save my share. :-)
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INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS FOR MISSIONARIES

Need help interfacing with people? Now you’ve got it! MTI (Mission Training International) will sponsor a workshop on Interpersonal Skills, Feb. 15-19 and March 8-12, 1999. Space is limited… so contact MTI soon at 800 896-3710, or email iswsatmailexcitedotcom  (iswsatmailexcitedotcom)  .
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DOES THIS RING A BELL? (FOR ETHNOMUSICOLOGISTS)

hand bell The sixth conference on Cross-Cultural Music Ministry will be held October 15-17, 1998 at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas. The conference will be an opportunity for missionary ethnomusicologists and interested parties to interact, network, learn from each other, and be encouraged. This conference is open to students, teachers, professionals, and all others. Whether you know a little or a lot, consider yourself invited! For more info., contact Ken-Judy_Hollingsworthatsildotorg  (Ken-Judy_Hollingsworthatsildotorg)  .
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WANT TO HELP COOK UP A NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK?

Here’s your chance. Charles Cook 73372dot1710atcompuservedotcom  (73372dot1710atcompuservedotcom)   is writing one and would like to learn about missions sites that contain valuable research material that missions students from around the world could access. He’s epecially interested in missions books, journals, and encyclopedias that individuals could access from where they live. He’ll assemble this list and return it to us here in a couple of weeks for all to see. AND he just might mention you in his book! :-)
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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!

19980816 Brigada Today

Now with 7391 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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NEW VIDEO: “A HOPE AND A FUTURE FOR BOSNIA”

This one’s brand new. In fact, it won’t even premier until the Antioch Network’s “Gathering” in Phoenix, AZ, on August 29th, at a special main session on Bosnia. But even if you aren’t coming to Phoenix . . . and even if your mission work is directed at a completely different part of the world, Bosnia is a cauldron of conscience — one that we can and should all lift up to the Father right now in prayer. You won’t regret ordering this video, organized in 5 major sections (in case you want to use it across 5 different meetings): Introduction, History, Situation, Challenge, and Testimony. I give you my word — with this one video and the tons of actual on-site footage gathered over the past 60 days in Bosnia, you’ll finally figure out what has happened there and how desperately that we need to pray. The producer, Dave Dunlap, worked in audio and video for NBC television for over 10 years. He still freelances regularly for CNN and documentaries like 20/20 and 60 Minutes. And every inch of this video is digitally processed from start to finish… top quality for viewing or projecting to your family, at your local church, or in your mission office, regardless of continent or color. The price more accurately reflects Dave’s mission vision than it does the literally hundreds of hours he has invested on this project. He and his wife personally traveled to Bosnia last month to help lead a prayer journey there as a step in preparing it. They did so at their own expense. He could have easily priced this 15-minute video at $45 or $60, but instead, he is asking only $17 so that ANY church or mission or missions mobilizer will be able to afford to make it a part of a “toolbox” toward understanding one of the most desperate pressure cookers on our globe today. It’s packed with sound bytes from on-site workers (though on-site workers are relatively few in this unreached land), actual footage from 10 different Bosnian cities and, practical approaches to making a long-term difference. Much of the script was inspired by text from Dick Alexander, a Senior Minister from Cincinnati, Ohio, who writes out of his own quest to figure out the dilemma that is Bosnia. So… if you’ve only got a $20 budget for videos in 1998, I hope you haven’t already spent all of it, because this one’s a keeper. For more information, write Dave at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom  (104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom)   or simply send a check or money order payable to
Team Expansion
attn: Dave Dunlap
3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299
Tel. 1-800-447-0800
Fax 502-297-9823
(Dave says no credit cards on this one, please.) If you’re ordering the tape for a particular showing, please note your deadline. Don’t forget to add $3 shipping (unless you can pick up the tape in person). If ordering from within the state of Kentucky, add $1.02 sales tax. Now let’s pray that God will use Dave’s work to help make a long-term difference in Bosnia! Thanks Dave!
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FOCUS ON MISSIONS TRIPS FOR FAMILIES

A Writer of AD2000 & Beyond urgently needs a list of mission agencies which organize short-term mission trips for whole families for an article in a major Christian magazine. (edited)
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GET-AWAY TO THE GATEWAY TO THE NATIONS: HAWAII

Finally, a great reason to have to make the trip to the Hawaiian Islands — an ACMC Conference! The theme is “Hawaii, Gateway To The Nations” and it’s scheduled for November 20-21, 1998 at the Kalihi Union Church, Honolulu. Speakers include Danny Lehmann (YWAM Hawaiian Islands Director), Manny Fernandez (Director of Sefovan Seminary in Madrid), and Woody Phillips (United World Mission, Union Mills, NC). With tons of workshops . . . it’s designed to help church leadership mobilize their churches to grow His church locally and globally. For more information and/or brochures for your church, kindly contact:
Greg Crawford
P O Box 2384
87-141 Maipalaoa Rd
Waianae Hawaii 96792
Tel of fax: 808-668-6569
email commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)  
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WORLD CUP MINISTRY HAILED AS GRAND SUCCESS

Michael Wozniak mwozniakatrbcdotorg  (mwozniakatrbcdotorg)   has hailed the 1998 Olympics ministry, “The More Than Gold World Cup event” ministry a great success. “It showed us the great evangelism potential that sports has. No testimony was more powerful in reaching the kids than seeing their soccer heroes testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ.” —Leader in Jordan. Some brief ministry highlights:

  • 15 resources were created and distributed in over 100 countries in over 22 languages.

  • Tens of thousands of people made a decision to receive Christ, and many, many hundreds of thousands of seeds were planted as a result of the many ministry efforts.

  • Brazilian players Taffarel and Sampio were exalted by God with their outstanding performances, providing opportunities to share their testimonies through the media to a worldwide audience. In fact, Taffarel was the lead story on FIFA’s (football’s governing agency) web site July 8.

  • The World Cup ministry was one of the largest cooperative outreach efforts of French churches in recent decades.

  • More than 113,000 “JESUS: Special Sports Edition” videos were handed out around the world during the 6-week event— over 80,000 in France alone!

  • Many of the national teams received copies of the “JESUS: Special Sports Edition” video.

  • More than 500,000 copies of “To Be The Best” booklets were distributed around the world.

  • For the first time people around the world could learn about the resources available for event ministry through a global medium– the http://www.sportsoutreach.org Internet site.

  • The event resulted in tremendous cooperation and unity in the body. It was evident in the way agencies and individuals came together when developing the resources, distributing them, and sharing them with the unchurched. And God blessed the efforts.

    A final update report by country is listed on the web site http://www.sportsoutreach.org

The report, which seems like a modern-day chapter in the Book of Acts, can be downloaded and printed for your files.

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LYRIS: WINDS OF CHANGE FOR MAFXC

Lyris logo If you’re been listening, you know that Lyris is coming. MAFxc has been working night and day all weekend to switch over all Brigada email conferences to this new, more powerful, web-enabled format. For more information, send an email message to this address: lyris-user-email-commandsatxcdotorg  (lyris-user-email-commandsatxcdotorg)  

The subject and message are irrelevant. Watch for more information later as to how this new format can help you be more effective at participating in on-line discussions.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM INDIA

world globe Prasad Shiva, a well-known Indian artist and Hindu, had agreed to illustrate Mark’s gospel for a children’s Bible. While reading the text, he was so gripped by the message that he decided to become a Christian. Despite the anger of some family members over his decision, his mother and two brothers have also decided to become Christians. They are now working together to illustrate the gospel.
(Source: Advance Newsletter 8/98, Kairos Press http://www.brigada.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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COMICAL RESOURCES

Want to learn more about Christian comics? Here are sites and resources discovered by Mark Snowden Mark.Snowden(at)imb(dot)org  (MarkdotSnowdenatimbdotorg)   (replace (at) with @ and (dot) with ..

“The Picture Bible” by Iva Hoth and illustrated by Andre Le Blanc, 1993. This is drawn with biblically accurate comic book-style art. The full-illustrated Bible exists in Spanish and English. NT version exist in Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak and German. Prices for the English and Spanish OT/NT Bibles are $19.99. (English stock may be out of print!) The NTs are $8.99. Missionaries qualify for quantity discounts: 4-10=15%, 11-20=20%, 21-30=30% and 30+=40%. Contact
Cook Communications International
4050 Lee Vance View
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
email ccmintlatccmidotorg  (ccmintlatccmidotorg)  

Nate Butler ChriComataoldotcom  (ChriComataoldotcom)   (Christian Comics) said several comics can be ordered from
United Bible Society
1865 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Tel 212-408-1200
Check ’em out!

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LENGTHY LIST OF LANGUAGES

Have you caught the lengthy list of languages, along with what is available in that language at the web site listed below (in this paragraph)? If you have contact with a speaker of a little known language you can check if Gospel Recordings has it (and what type of tape) or World Missionary Press or Multi-Language Media, etc. A GOOD resource!! Website is Directory of Foreign Language Literature for Fundamental Baptists http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud/language/languages.htm

note Note: For some reason, I had to start at the http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud and drill my way down to languages, pointing and clicking.

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EMAILERS WITH WINWORD: PLEASE TURN ME OFF!

If you regularly use WinWord to compose text, then copy and paste it into an email client and send it out to friends, you might want to disable all the special publishers’ symbols that WinWord defaults to inserting. A week or two ago, a couple of those symbols escaped my editing, throwing my email client into a high-end publishing emailer — creating tons of weird codes for you to sort through. So . . . if you regularly write others who have ASCII-only readers… or even incompatible readers, just go to “Tools|Options” then click on the “Autoformat” tab. Click the four checkboxes in the “Replace as you type” group (erasing the checkmarks in each one) so nothing will be replaced with these non-readable characters. You’ll also have to deal with yet another liberty that WinWord takes with email composers. Under “Tools|Autocorrect”, there’s a slew of “replace as you type” options and this time, the ellipsis is among those who take a hit with publisher’s characters. If I were you, I’d scroll down ’til I find the ellipsis character, then delete it from the options all together. Smiley faces and other options are there for you to delete too. As an alternative, you COULD just assign new keystrokes to that replacement, . . for example, use /:-) for the publisher’s replacement smiley face and :-) for the more common ASCII version when emailing. If you don’t want to mess with ANY of these changes, just click the box beside “Replace as you type” on that dialogue box and you’ll be fine. It’ll disable ALL that sort of thing. And I, for one, would be grateful. :-)
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WEB-WATCH: RESOURCE FOR GRIEVING SURFERS

WebWatch If you’re in the middle of suffering through some kind of grief, and you have access to the web, check out the International Bible Society’s online the booklet, Deeper Still. It incorporates music, scripture and graphics at http://www.grieving.org
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PPTP: NO FREE LUNCH FOR ENCRYPTION

Art’s probably right . . . there’s probably no free lunch for those of us who were hoping Microsoft’s Point-to-point tunneling protocol would be THE answer to secure email. View the thread at (get ready for a VERY long URL that you might have to paste to your browser in more than one “copy” action): http://www.dejanews.com/=zzz_maf/dnquery.xp?search=thread&svcclass=dnserver&recn
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BOOK-BYTE: MISSIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Okay . . . who will try out Tom Telford’s new book, Missions in the 21st Century? Directed at the mission enthusiast/mission committee member, the publisher has promised special pricing for Brigada participants at $7.50 including the postage to USA addresses.(That’s $1.50 less than the cheapest I can find!) Make check payable to UWM and mail to
UWM
PO Box 430
Lederach PA 19450
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ENGLISH: TEACH . . . OR BLEACH!!!

Millions of people all over the world want to learn English! Who will teach them: Christians or the secular world? Here’s a TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), with a 6 weeks of certificate-level training course which includes a two week English teaching practicum. Learn how to teach English, build relationships, which will lead people to Christ. Course held at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii. Courses held Jan 5-Feb. 17, 1999 (with optional 5-6 week outreach to China). Also July 1-August 11, 1999 (with possible optional outreach). Contact Vicky and David Scott vscottatkonadotnet  (vscottatkonadotnet)   for more info.
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WATCH YOUR KIDS AND THEIR WEB-WATCHING

WebWatch As computers become more and more accessible, more kids get caught up in certain parts of the web. Keith wrote this past week to warn us that we should probably watch those “banner ads” . . . since they aren’t being filtered! Some, according to Keith, are suggestive.
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NEED DEBRIEFING FROM A PACIFIC RIM MISSION ASSIGNMENT?

Don’t forget Greg Crawford, Commit Ministries tel. or FAX 808-668-6569, email commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)  . We’re hearing some VERY encouraging testimonies of his debriefing and reentry counseling work.
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THE PLACE TO GO FOR PRAYING ABOUT A PLACE

Here’s a book that Vaughn Collins says we ought to read if we want to learn about “praying for a particular place.” Entitled, Territorial Spirits And World Evangelization, by Chuck Lowe 1998, Christian Focus Publications, 170 pp. It can be ordered from
OMF Books
10 W. Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120-4413, USA
email, Mike Fish mfishatcprojectdotcom  (mfishatcprojectdotcom)  .
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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!

19980809 Brigada Today

Now with 7347 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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HOW LONG SINCE YOU PLAYED BWANDA FUSA?

Probably too long, right? Now you can relive those childhood days when you used to play Bwanda Fusa all the time. [Not!] not symbol Actually Bwanda Fusa is a new computer simulation available at Wycliffe Associates’ UK website http://www.globalnet.co.uk/~wa_uk/interactive/index.html featuring what a missionary with Wycliffe would have to go through in starting a ministry in Africa. What a great idea. Why didn’t I think of this. Best of all, it’s free! (Thanks Cam!)
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WEB-WATCH: TAKE A VIRTUAL VACATION

WebWatch Now you can. Check out http://www.corbis.com and get a close-up look at the world through the eyes of incredibly talented pro photographers. Some 1.3 million digitized images from Corbis’ 23 million choices! You can even order posters in sizes of your choice, or click to Microsoft Expedia to book the REAL version vacation. But traveling there on your laptop is all free, a brainchild of Bill Gates. This is what the future of e-commerce will look like!
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THE RUMORS OF YOUR SECURITY BREACH…

lighting the way Perhaps we spoke a little prematurely in last week’s item, “DO YOU USE OUTLOOK OR NETSCAPE FOR EMAIL?” One Microsoft tech explained to Brigada Today this past week that the security breach only affected those who were permanently attached to the Internet (not those using dial-up lines, presumably the majority of Brigada participants). In addition, this particular tech insisted that the user would HAVE to try to access the downloaded file (rather than simply be downloading it, as reported last week). Regardless of the exact nature of the problem, we still believe that if the patch is free (and it is), it makes sense to grab it, if for no other reason than the fact that you’ll be erring on the side of caution. (And thanks to Dan and Arlene for the forward!)
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GET AN NIV FOR YOUR WINDOWS C/E PALM-SIZED PC

Bible I just got mine this past weekend (for my Philips Nino). It’s GREAT. Although the “CEBible” is not searchable yet, at least now I don’t have to carry a Bible AND an organizer. Get the info. at http://www.slsoftware.com or write lloydatslsoftwaredotcom  (lloydatslsoftwaredotcom)  . Cost is something like $40. Very fast. Well worth it if you want to always “be prepared.”
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BIBLE TRAINING CENTER

Bible Bible Training Center for Pastors is a new, practical approach to the challenge of training and equipping pastors for the work of the ministry. Upon satisfactory completion of all course requirements, the student will receive a “Certificate of Completion”. BTCP accepts students from independent churches and from a wide range of denominations. Contact a BTCP program in your local area for further information and application forms or call, write, or FAX
Denton Bible Church Missions Office
1910 E. University
Denton TX. 76201
817-382-1823
e-mail: dbcmissionsatcompuservedotcom  (dbcmissionsatcompuservedotcom)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF PROGRESS

world globe There are more than 10 times as many Christians in Africa, Asia, and Latin America than there were at the turn of the century. The number of Christians there could top the one billion mark by the year 2000. In 1900 there were only 62,000 missionaries, while there are more than 400,000 working there now.
(Source: African theologian Roland Warner, August 11, 1998 Mission Network News: http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn).
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO)
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GET MISSION FRONTIERS FOR A SONG

Professors of Missions or Missions Chairmen, for a limited time, Rick and the gang at the US Center are offering bulk mailings of Mission Frontiers (the US Center’s theme missions publication) to your missions students and/or missions committee members. Just send a number to missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg  (missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg)  , along with your name, address, and role. The catch? None, . . . except that the magazines must be handed out personally (rather than simply laid out in a stack). You can even help students or members sign up for follow-on mailings of the publication after they leave campus. For more info, write Rick at missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg  (missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg)  . Thanks Rick!!!
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WANTED: TOP NOTCH MISSION TRAINING CENTERS

Dale FISHVILLEataoldotcom  (FISHVILLEataoldotcom)   is desperately seeking mission training agencies or centers who have in-country training programs and centers for native missionary workers which are located in 10/40 WINDOW AREA. Know anybody? Write Dale and he’ll report back at a later date to Brigada.
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CHINA ACTION SEMINAR FOR THOSE WANTING ACTION IN CHINA

The China Action Seminar will link you to some of the top in-China Ministry people in Phoenix on Thursday, August 27. Come for the day only, or stay for the Antioch Network Gathering of Churches, which starts that evening and goes through Sunday. Says organizer James Nickel, “We are extending the early registration discount to all registrations received by Friday, August 21.” Yahoo! For more details contact the Institute of Chinese Studies at 719-531-6489, jnickelatcompuservedotcom  (jnickelatcompuservedotcom)  , or go to the Antioch Network web site http://www.antiochnetwork.org, click on 1998 Gathering and then China Seminar.
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LYRIS INTERFACE TO ROLL OUT LATER THIS WEEK

Lyris logo MAFxc has announced a hold-up on the implementation of the new “Lyris” web-centered email face. There are still a few steps left to get it ready to go so it won’t be rolled out on the 17th as previously planned. (Later that week instead)
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FROM THE RUSSIAN BIBLE SOFTWARE DEPT.

Are you STILL searching for a computerized Russian language Bible for your laptop? Search no more. Write sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua  (sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua)   and you might be able to put together a plan whereby you can distribute the “Russian Electronic Bible” for a royalty of $2.50 each to your organization or constituency. (Thanks for reminding us of this one, Grace!)
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FARSI SUPERBOOK EXPANDED

The Persian (Farsi) Superbook series has just been expanded with 7 more tapes (13 additional Bible stories). Now the series includes Creation through The Life of Paul with a total of 13 tapes and 25 stories. Update your set or order them all. For further information and ordering, please contact
Persian World Outreach
PO Box 371161
Reseda CA 91337 Phone 818-349-3132 or
email 102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom  (102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom)  .
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1998 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE PROMISES BEST SLATE EVER

On November 6 – 7, 1998, the 3rd Annual Medical Mission Conference will be held in the main sanctuary of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. You will learn about the incredible opportunities that await you and exciting ways that you can apply your faith and medical skills to touch lives for eternity. For detailed information about the conference, contact the event Web Page at http://www.medicalmissions.com. The Friday evening Worship Service will feature David Thompson, a surgeon who is a career missionary in Gabon, West Africa, recently featured in the movie, Generation. “Regions of the World,” an exhibit hall where many different mission agencies present displays showing the countries of the World they serve and giving participants a chance to learn about their short-term mission trips, will be open Friday afternoon and evening as well as well as Saturday morning.

Saturday morning Plenary Session will include the following speakers: Dr. Duane Elmer, Professor at Wheaton College, will lecture on the purpose and goals of Short Term Mission (STM) trips. Dr. Muriel Elmer, International Health and Education Consultant, will lecture on public health issues involving STM trips. Dr. Christine Sine, author and lecturer from Seattle, Washington will lecture on the goals and obstacles of medical STM trips. Dr. & Mrs. David Thompson, career missionaries as a general surgeon and nurse in Gabon, West Africa, will end the morning Plenary Session discussing the goals and obstacles of being career missionaries. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

A total of 9 Breakout Sessions will be held in the afternoon with each of the morning speakers presenting an in-depth session on their individual specialty topics in the afternoon. Dr. Charles Kelley, Professor at Indiana School of Medicine, will present a typical day on a medicine ward in Kenya, East Africa. Dr. David Topazian, President of Project Med-Send, will discuss borrowing money for education yet staying ready for the mission field. Barbara Mascher, R.N. from San Francisco, California, will discuss cultural diversity and health care. Karen Hunt, R.N. and Tina Bruner will discuss how to raise finances for STM trips.

CME credits for physicians and CEU credits for nurses up to 5.5 hours will be available for taking this course. There is no registration fee for this course, but a love offering will be taken. All sessions will be professionally audiotaped at a cost of only $5.00 per audiocassette.

For more information or for a brochure concerning the conference, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725. Out-of-towners who plan to book hotels are urged to do so as soon as possible because of another event scheduled in Louisville the same weekend.

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ANOTHER SOURCE FOR THE HARD-TO-FIND NEW JOHNSTONE BOOK

Apparently WEC-USA just received a big shipment of the new Johnstone book, The Church is Bigger than you Think! However, they are not set up to process credit card orders. Therefore, for U.S. customers the procedure is as follows.

Send a check for $15.00 made out to “WEC.” This price includes postage within the US. Send the check with order to:
WEC Literature
P.O. Box 1707
Fort Washington, PA 19034-8707

For orders from Canada contact Dan Cover at Dandotcoverathwcndotorg  (Dandotcoverathwcndotorg)  .

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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!

19980802 Brigada Today

Now with some 7326 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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WHOA! I GOT MAIL ABOUT WINKIE

lighting the way Okay. So maybe people DO read Brigada Today. Sometimes they read it more closely than I!!! Last week, I incorporated an update from Winkie Pratney without even giving it as much as a scant reading. Now I go back and re-read it and I think, “I can do math. Why did I just print that as it was?” Perhaps it was trust in a name, perhaps it was being too rushed in the middle of the night trying to get things out the door, … I don’t know. Whatever it was, I apologize. On the one hand, it’s great making a few big mistakes now and then. It’s actually kind of therapeutic for me — because when I get a ton of reader response, it at least shows me that people are actually READING this stuff. :-) And boy did I get reader response! :-)) A ton of people wrote in about last week’s item “IS CHRISTIANITY IN A GROWTH SPURT? YOU BET!” So many readers wished that I had intercepted what do seem to be errors in math and research. Yikes. gulp It was indeed my responsibility… I’m not always going to be able to be an expert on the history of church growth in every land… or the current status in ever people…. But thank goodness there are people out there reading this stuff and correcting me if I’m offbase! Well anyway, I was getting so much mail about this item that I asked one of the writers to write a response. Prof. Ray Prigodich, the Chair of the Department of World Christianity at Denver Seminary rayatdensemdotedu  (rayatdensemdotedu)  , agreed and here’s his response: “I’d like to respond briefly to an item entitled “Yes, the global Christian movement is indeed growing at a dramatic pace. Unfortunately, however, this encouraging report contained numerous factual errors and highly questionable statistics.

  1. It’s not true that 90 years ago there were no churches in Korea. In fact, Protestant missionary efforts began there in the 1880s, and there has been a continuing Roman Catholic presence in Korea since the late 1700s.
  2. It’s highly unlikely that in Africa in 1900 only 1 in 13,000 were Christian. In The Growth of the Church in Africa, Peter Falk estimates that at the turn of the century 3% of Africa was Christian, while in The Kingdom of God in Africa Mark Shaw estimates that there were already 4 million believers there by 1900.
  3. Despite the oft-quoted estimate of 75+ million believers in China, recent careful research by OMF puts the figure at a much more conservative 30 million.
  4. I know of no serious researcher who believes there are over 85 million Christians in India. In 1993 Patrick Johnstone estimated the total Christian community to be no larger than 25 million. It’s highly unlikely that this number has more than tripled in just five years, nor do reliable reports coming out of India support the bold estimate that “up to 100,000 a day,” or 36.5 million a year, are coming to Christ there.
  5. Muslims have long been and continue to be highly resistant to the gospel. The assertion that “over 19 million converted from Islam to Christianity” would seem to have no factual basis whatever. Furthermore, even if true, to say that this figure represents 12% of the world’s Islamic population is clearly wrong. The world’s Muslims number approximately 1 billion. Nineteen million is no more than 2% of 1 billion. And Indonesia is by no means 30% Christian. Nearly all sources still use a figure of under 15%.
  6. While it may be true that “in 1993 there were over 14 million requesting salvation in the former USSR,” such a statistic needs to be carefully nuanced. In the former Soviet Union, while many respond superficially to invitations to receive Christ, very few are genuinely converted. The evangelical movement there still represents no more than 2 or 3% of the total population of 300 million.

Yes, let’s rejoice that the Church is growing. But in our enthusiasm, let’s not exaggerate the extent of that growth.”

So what did Mr. Pratney say? He wrote back to us, “…As the intention of the summary is to show people quickly the overall amazing escalation of the work of Christ in His church and not focus on the details of each nation or people-group, there will always be some kind of error in presentation….” You’ll have to decide how much error you’ll want to accommodate, but hopefully, the above corrections will help. If you’ve distributed Mr. Pratney’s info. on any other network, would you be willing to distribute some of the correction as well???

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GET READY FOR LYRIS

Lyris logo On Aug. 17th, MAFxc will reportedly begin offering a new kind of email conference software (Lyris) that utilizes email commands for email functions while duplicating everything onto the web transparently, via a password protected web site. Many Brigada conferences WILL cut over to the new Lyris format. It offers some tremendous advantages…. so get ready for some upgrades!
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DO YOU USE OUTLOOK OR NETSCAPE FOR EMAIL?

letter and ligntening bolt If you use Outlook (Express or 98), better check out http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security for a security patch that keeps hackers from accessing your machine during downloads of certain attached files. It’s not a very pervasive problem . . . but it does have perplexing potential . . . so it’s worth the fix. Those who use Netscape can expect a fix soon too. Note that this “hack attack” could be leveled at your hard drive even if you’re not planning on OPENING the files. Apparently, you would only need to be receiving them. Keep in mind that this hole was discovered by experts at a security group in Finland — and that’s what they DO (look for holes). But then, so do a bunch of other misguided vandals, apparently. Still, as far as anybody knows, this attack hasn’t actually occurred in the wild, but it’s definitely a risk. Probably worth the time to fix… and it’s a free fix too. Thanks to all those (including Microsoft) who sent advisories about the fix.)
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FREE RESOURCE LIST FOR MISSIONARIES, AGENCIES, AND COMMITTEES

Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   is sending out a lengthy biography to those who request it. She’s evidently quite a servant-hearted individually, not wanting to make money off of it. I’ve looked over several chapters of her resources and they’re legit’! Lots of web sites, booklets, videos, citations, articles, the works! So… if you’d like to get access to her list, just drop her a note. Thanks Grace!
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WHY THE COPYRIGHT NOTICE FOR BRIGADA TODAY?

Every once and awhile, someone asks why we do a copyright notice at the end of each Brigada Today. A quick re-read will assure you that it doesn’t limit you in the least if you plan on re-using any material for missions mobilization. The only folks it would limit (we hope) are those who would use the material against the cause of Christ… like … say . . . some reactionary atheist who wanted to quote us to defame the web site or whatever. So technically speaking, his purposes would not be in line with the copyright notice and we could CONCEIVABLY prosecute him. :-) Would we do it? Well… it might be a great way to raise some extra funds for the coming year’s marketing budget to print up a GREAT Brigada brochure for conventions and mailers!!! :-) However, in the 3 1/2 years we’ve been in operation, we’ve only known of that kind of thing happening one time. It was a militant fundamentalist Muslim.
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“THE BEST BIBLE SOFTWARE AWARD”

Okay. John’s serious. He wants to take on this challenge of finding the best Bible software in the world. So . . . all you Bible software experts and users . . . unite! John wants to hear from you big-time. He’s looking for the best price, best options, best “helps,” easiest to learn, best interface, best support, and best-related software. So go ahead . . . take your best shot. For the purposes of this study, John’s at a non-commercial email account biblesoftwareathotmaildotcom  (biblesoftwareathotmaildotcom)  . He’ll report back to us on his findings (from your submissions) in a couple of weeks . . . so don’t delay… write today! :-) (Vendors are welcome to submit their opinions too!)
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WATER FILTERS TO GO

The one liter sport style AquaOne Portable Water Filtration Bottle can, according to its makers, purify just about any water from just about any of world’s spigots. Including the original filter, it costs just $20. Each filter is good for 70 gallons. Replacement filters cost just $13.50. For more information or to order contact Peter Sidebotham 73362dot1503atcompuservedotcom  (73362dot1503atcompuservedotcom)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE GLOBE

world globe The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church has been scheduled for November 10 this year. Prayer this year is as important as ever as reports of persecution have increased from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Maldives, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Cuba. Roughly two thirds of the world’s population live in areas where Christian evangelism is forbidden or strictly controlled.
(Source: http://www.persecutedchurch.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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HITCH YOUR EDUCATION TO A STAR . . . A NORTHSTAR!

NorthStar (formerly known to Brigada as CyberHigh) is an online Christian school which offers grades 7-12 in USA, Canadian, and UK programs of study. We are the first online member school of ACSI and are seeking accreditation through them. We are opening our “virtual doors” to the school on September 2 as we start our school year. We support both Macintosh and Windows computers. Financial aid items: Because of a partnership between NorthStar Academy and Wycliffe, all students whose parents work for SIL/Wycliffe automatically qualify for a major scholarship and selected SIL families will receive Wycliffe grants and/or matching funds grants from an independent source when they enroll their children in NorthStar Academy.

Stop by NorthStar at http://www.northstar-academy.org or email Brett Bowers at brettatnorthstar-academydotorg  (brettatnorthstar-academydotorg)   for more information.

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GETTING THE KURDS ON THE WAY … IN SPANISH

Been looking for a way to orient your SPANISH-speaking fellowship to reach out to Kurds? Look no further. The booklet entitled, The Kurds: A People of Destiny has now become Los Kurdos: Un Pueblo Con Destino. This booklet is a handbook for outreach to the U.S. Kurdish Population that now reside in North America. They’re $2.00 each from
Wells of Life International Relief
P.O. Box 968
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
tel. 719-596-2007
Or contact D. ‘Moose’ & Kathy Guttromson dguttromattelevardotcom  (dguttromattelevardotcom)  .
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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT DAKAR ’98?

Dakar ’98, a “Regional Consultation for Francophone West Africa on Holistic evangelism/Church Planting and Partnership Development for Unreached People” (I bet that’s a mouthful in English OR French!) was staged June 5th-12th 1998, in Dakar, Senegal, as a forum to help foster partnership among the diverse ministries of the established and the emerging church for a focused, united effort among Francophone West African people groups with no church. 150 delegates representing at least 78 different church and mission agencies, from 26 different countries around the world were there. The Consultation ended on a high note after having set some achievable goals for national consultations and exploration of new partnerships for various unreached people groups that had been identified. For more information on how you might be able to get involved in this process please contact Wayne McGee – Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa Interdev – AD 2000 and Beyond Task force for Partnership wmcgeeatxcdotorg  (wmcgeeatxcdotorg)  .
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