Monthly Archives: October 1998

19981025 Brigada Today

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I VISITED “THE SECRET ROOM (AT MAF)!”

I wish I could have taken all 7646 of you with me this past week. I was invited to preach and give a presentation during morning chapel at the offices of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Wow! blinking1eyes What an experience. I met nearly 100 of the greatest people you would ever want to meet! They all seemed to have such a commitment to serve: pilots, airplane instructors, administrators, secretaries, and even missionaries!! They also want to do things with excellence. Later, after chapel, the management staff held a brainstorming session with the Information Technology (IT) people. Yikes. gulp Truth is, the “xc.org” segment (IT) hasn’t been breaking even financially. Not enough subscribers! So… one idea is to ask a ton of you to go ahead and subscribe to MAFxc. You’ll get an email box that can be configured to forward email to whichever address you’ve assumed for the time being. . . so you can be “YourNameHereatxcdotorg” and that address will forward incoming email to a farm address in Iowa or a city address in Caracas or a rural address in Thailand. Trouble is, by my calculations, we’d need somewhere around 1000 extra people to subscribe annually at the $52 rate. Gulp. gulp (By the way, if you decide to try this, make sure you tell them you’re subscribing because of Brigada so they’ll know to count you toward our “1000 extra Brigada people”.) If we don’t use that approach, does anyone have a better idea? Warning: MAF is desperate… but also patient. At this point we’re just assembling ideas. If you want to try the subscribe approach, just write Rex at: helpdeskatxcdotorg  (helpdeskatxcdotorg)   for more information.

By the way, I was privileged to see the “Secret Room” where all the servers are kept. In that one room is the server that runs the whole xc.org conference and all associated lists. I felt like I was in a kind of “holy of holies”! :-) It was really spooky to actually reach out and place my hand on the very machine that works so hard each week to deliver these Brigada Today messages to you! God bless the folks at MAF for working so hard to pull things together! Have you noticed lately how everything has been speeding up? The Lyris web pages for all the Brigada conferences is actually working quite nicely now! Lickety-split. May God be praised for working “in” and “through them!”

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PRAYER FOR CREATIVE ACCESS LANDS

lighting the way Last week we invited input re: creative access lands and how to exchange prayer requests for their sake (WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT PRAYER FOR CREATIVE-ACCESS COUNTRIES?). Several people wrote with ideas, but actually there was no one “breakthrough” strategy. Nearly every reply emphasized the importance still of not distributing the information too widely. Some suggested fancy encryption routines (such as PGP), while others campaigned for more security. In the end, my conclusion is still the safest, I believe: Send out prayer requests on the web, via Internet, etc., but make sure each has been sanitized to remove the names of on-site workers, their identities, as well as anything else that might be attached.
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NEED A TAKE-ALONG WATER FILTER?

Have you seen the new Ultimate Flaskfilter water filter? It’s supposed to take out all the Cryptosporidium and Giardia you can throw its way. It looks exactly like one of those water bottles you slide into the holder on your bike. You just fill the bottle and squeeze. A filter cleans about 200 liters of water (52 gallons), depending on the amount of impurities in the water. Replacement filters are $10. In the USA (or on Net2Phone) call 1-800-426-7229 or from outside the USA call 208-356-0385. What I like about this approach is that one would be able to escape the funny feeling one sometimes gets in a private home, taking water from the faucet and then filtering it. Sometimes I feel like the implication is that the water just isn’t pure enough for me. . . when the local person drinks it daily. With this Ultimate FlaskFilter, one could be a little more . . . shall we say . . . discreet. They’re on the web at http://www.ultdir.com/. I’ve had one of their water bottle “holsters” for 7 or 8 years . . . and if you drink water, you want to get to know them. :-)
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NEED A PRINTER FOR THAT LAPTOP?

printer PC Magazine says the new Epson Stylus Color 440 ($150) is your best value. It’s a real four-color unit. HP’s 712C ($250) and 722C ($300) are just a tad more money, but they’re also faster and slightly higher in quality. But if you’re looking for a real top quality color printer and you have the budget, step on up to HP’s 895Cse Professional Series. This last model received “Excellent” in every category. NEC scored big in the laser category with the SuperScript 870 (only $350!). You can even purchase an extra input tray (500 sheets for $169) and a network card.
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SOMETIMES THE SMALLEST AND LIGHTEST IS THE BESTEST

Shopping for a data projector for all those mission presentations? Just when I was about to recommend InFocus’ LP425 (6.8 pounds, 700 lumens), Epson brings out the PowerLite 5500C. It’s just over 2 pounds heavier, but does a lot better job at giving even lighting throughout the entire projected image. Add a zoom and an included remote control that plugs into your laptop’s serial port, and it’s probably a better deal. ‘Course, you’ll need $7500 bucks so . . . maybe this one’s one of those long-term goals. :-)
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“LOOK MA – NO WIRES!” (NETWORKING WITHOUT CABLE)

Maybe in your missionary home, you’ve got a desktop for the kids and the Mrs. and a laptop for you. Now you can network the two without wires using Diamond Multimedia’s new “HomeFree” package. It’s only 1 Mbps but it has a range of 150 feet using Spread Spectrum RF technology. Plus both computers can surf the web using the same single Internet account. Check it out at http://www.diamondmm.com/homefree
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CHECK OUT YOUR NEW VIRTUAL PHARMACY

syringe We used to read Where There is no Doctor but now I have a feeling we’d also check out Dr. Koop’s Community http://www.drkoop.com, VitaSave http://www.vitasave.com, and GreenTree Nutrition http://www.greentree.com. From these and other online pharmacies, you can check out medicines and their sideeffects and pick up nutrition information for free.
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AN EASIER WAY INTO NET2PHONE

telephoneIf you’ve been looking for an easy way to get into a phone-over-the-net world, check out NetConnect ($149) at 888-366-3638 in the USA. This hardware/software solution lets you use your normal phone over the Internet. Full duplex audio card included. See them on the web at http://www.enetconnect.com.
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HOW FAST IS THE INTERNET GROWING?

WebWatch Plum fast. ISPs have picked up by 25% per year to a current total of 5000 despite consolidation. Some estimate 200 million connected computers by July 2001. One researcher says he estimates that the load on the Internet backbone is increasing 10 times per year . . . which would translate into 1000% growth! If you’re into terabytes (which is the next step up from gigabytes), we’re talking 1500 of them per month as of mid-1998! If this kind of stuff interests you, check out http://www.thestandard.com/newsletters and http://ww.thestandard.com/metrics.
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FROM THE “WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME ‘BRIGADA’?” DEPT.

In 1942, Stalin, then leader of what used to be the USSR, banished some 200,000 Crimean Tatars from their home on the Black Sea. They were not permitted to return to their homeland en masse until the early nineties, when the Soviet Union broke apart. Unfortunately, since their homes had been confiscated by others, the Crimean Tatars were forced to rebuild entire settlements during the cold winters of 1990 and 1991. While living in Crimea, we saw, at times, literally dozens of Crimean Tatar families working together in what they called, in Russian, ‘brigadas’ (brigades), helping one another build homes in rapid fashion. They found, through experience, that working together produces synergy, i.e., the output is greater than the sum of the inputs. As Bill Taylor writes in Kingdom Partnerships, “… One draft horse can pull four tons. If you harnessed two draft horses together, they can pull twenty-two tons.” We need just this kind of ‘brigada’ and just this kind of synergy! (By the way, the word also works the same in Spanish.)
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REFUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WANT THEIR MONEY BACK

Lately, we’ve received a couple of inquiries asking us if it would be possible to produce Brigada Today on Friday instead of Monday. I mean, after all, we always date it as of Friday, so why can’t it be delivered to our inbox on Fridays. One participant said it would be easier to get the material to members of his local church if it came on Friday. We answered him by explaining that we send it on Mondays so he’ll have 6 days to prepare copies rather than just one. :-) NOT! :-) The real reason is that we get involved with weekend trips and family activities and sometimes (actually most of the time) we don’t get it out as quickly as we used to. :-) However, I can tell you this – we’ll try harder to get it out earlier. :-) In the meantime, thanks for your patience.
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AS THE SEARCHING SAGA SOARS

One user recommends we try askjeeves.com for our searches. Says the output is a better summary than just about any other.
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MAKE AN MPACT

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, will host the 49th annual Mpact student missions conference, February 26-28, 1999, at the Seminary. The conference seeks to challenge student and young adult Gen-Xers to “do missions” in their community, in their country, and around their world. This year’s theme is exTreme PURPOSE – Luke 9:23, and will feature Bob Sjogren, founder of Caleb Project, and Frontiers. He will issue an innovative concept on the Biblical mandate to bring closure to the Great Commission. The conference will include Internationally Renowned Missions Speakers, Interactive Group Sessions, Guest Musicians for Praise & Worship, and Exciting and Challenging Mission Action Projects. For more info, contact mpactatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu  (mpactatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu)  .
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CALLING ALL PIPER CUBS

If you’re interested in following John Piper’s speaking schedule, check him out at http://www.desiringgod.org.
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WEB-WATCH – LINKS FOR LATINS WHO LONG FOR THE LORD

WebWatch Here are some great links for our Spanish-speaking Brigada brothers courtesy Grover in Bolivia:

  • http://www.comibam.org — A Latin Missionary Agency where you will find statistical pictures about the 10/40 window, Reaching Africa, etc, all files are in PowerPoint.
  • http://www.logos.ar/misionaustral — a Missionary Agency from Argentina, this minister has people working in Guinea Bisau, see news, prayer needs, etc.
  • http://www.christianaid.org — This site has a web page in Spanish about mission, you will find a prayer profile per month, news, and some teaching about “Missions”.
  • http://www.pueblos.org — Here find an “electronic course” about mission, visit this site and receive a free course in Spanish via e-mail.
  • http://www.bhnet.com.br/~jocum/ — A home page from YWAM from Brazil where you will find links of other web pages in other countries of YWAM.

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WHO HAS CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING ON DISK?

Dale fishvilleataoldotcom  (fishvilleataoldotcom)   is looking for training materials on disk in multiple languages to equip laymen to become pastors, leaders, and church planters. If you have leads or materials, contact him direct and he’ll report the summary back to us.
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WHERE DO YOU SEND A NEW CHRISTIAN FOR MISSIONS INTRO. INFO?

Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)   needs web sites that will introduce new Christians to the world of missions. Please send him your best shot and he’ll report back to us in a couple of weeks. He’s searching for any motivational or informational site that will help him share global opportunities and responsibilities.
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NEED A GREAT DEAL ON USED RADIO EQUIPMENT?

Check out this “going out of business sale”, December 12-14 in England. Among the listed 364 items are Revox B77 high speed tape machines, microphones, Uher reporter type portable tape machines, Marantz portable reporter type recorders, and tons of studio equipment. Almost all are in original cartons and in very good to excellent condition. All equipment uses 220 volts, like in Europe, Russia, China, most of Africa, etc. Any Christian radio producer or audio director is welcome to ask for the itemized list of equipment. It will be forwarded by email to them. Prices are lower than on the commercial audio market. An organization willing to buy the whole lot will be given a very good discount and also receives free studio furniture. For the itemized list or more info., write Hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde  (Hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde)  
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NATIONAL PRAYER CALENDAR ONLINE

praying hands Did you ever wish you could get a copy of a giant calendar with all the upcoming prayer and mobilization dates noted for all to see? Well now you can . . . at: http://www.churchontheweb.com/prayer/ M Mejia mmejiaatunidialdotcom  (mmejiaatunidialdotcom)   invites any and all to send in additional dates of activities both in the USA and in regions beyond. Write him directly please.
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19981018 Brigada Today

Now with over 7600 weekly 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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RASCAL POINTY BRACES

It started with my 12-year-old not liking his braces. Now I don’t like mine either! :-) ‘Course, he’s talking about the silver kind on his teeth, and I’m talking about the pointy kind on my email addresses. So for today, I’m using “(” parentheses to be safe. More later, after I’ve been able to work this out with the developers of my email client (Goldmine 4.0). Seems that it drops out pointy braces “<" with certain email readers but not others. Yikes. gulp
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“FRIENDS OF BOSNIA” TO GATHER IN WASHINGTON, DC

“When it comes to future hope and peace for Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina, this event has the capacity to bring together some of the most informed church and government leaders ever!” That’s what one church leader has said about the “Friends of Bosnia” Conference slated in Washington, DC for April 9-10, 1999. Organizers hope the event can:

  1. serve as a launching pad for an informal international network of churches, agencies, and individuals who want to help make a lasting difference for hope and peace in Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Kosovo as well,
  2. encourage churches toward a more active role in participating in Bosnia’s future (Goal: 30 “new churches” represented there, 5 new “adoptions”,
  3. Continue building more and more camaraderie between churches and mission agencies already in Bosnia, and to
  4. Lift up the needs of Bosnia to the Washington, DC, community to reduce the likelihood of forgetting about its future.

The event has already attracted many key leaders in current Bosnian humanitarian outreaches and church planting agencies. Among those scheduled to participate in the event in one way or another are John Rowell and Tom Conway (Sr. Minister and Missions Director, respectively, from Northside Community Church, Atlanta, GA, whose highly successful and well-publicized work in Mostar has served as a model for many entering Bosnia), Doug & Penny Lucas (Doug is President of Team Expansion and is serving as a consultant to 2 churches and a missions agency currently involved in launching new projects in Bosnia), George & Hannah Miley (George is Director of Antioch Network, which has featured Bosnia as a “showcase” field), Jim Rosania (a specialist in Bosnian refugee work in Phoenix, AZ), and many others.

Planners have launched an “online email conference” to facilitate pre-event communication. To join, just send a message to subscribe-fobih-inputatxcdotorg  (subscribe-fobih-inputatxcdotorg)  . FoBiH stands for “Friends of Bosnia & Herzegovina Input Group.” To find out more or register for the Washington, DC, event, email DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  . Earlybird registration is set for the incredible low price of $69 per person, which includes facilities charges, supper on April 9th and lunch on April 10th. (Any excess funds will be used to convene a similar event in the year 2000 in a site to be chosen at the April conference. Write for details on housing. Registration on or after January 1st is $99 per person.)

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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH FREE INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

WebWatch The full kind! I’m not just talking about Juno. I figure they’ll lose their customers overnight once NetZero becomes fully operational across the country. Because if you ask me, Juno has captured people only because they’re offering a commodity. . . free email access. But nobody’s going to develop customer-brand loyalty to Juno. Admit it. You just love ’em ’cause they’re free! So now that NetZero is going to come along… and you can also get free unlimited web access and chat and email… then duh! Who in the world will stay with Juno! But here’s the big warning!!! Before you go hopping over to NetZero, first make sure they have a local dial-up in your city. They’ve already got local 56K access in dozens of places like Hackensack, Washington (DC), Bridgeport, New Haven, Birmingham, Seattle, Portland, Boise, Fresno, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Champaign, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, St Louis, Indianapolis, Akron, Mobile, Gainesville, and Olympia but . . . alas… they don’t have Louisville, Denver or Colorado Springs! That knocks out half the Brigada mailing list anyway! :-) But keep track… Steve’s stevepettyjohnatnetzerodotnet  (stevepettyjohnatnetzerodotnet)   been using them for a week with no trouble! Stay tuned to http://www.netzero.net/index.html to watch for openings in other locations! And when they do finally open in an area near you, pounce on it!
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*** SPECIAL “PRAYER FOCUS” SECTION ***
PRAYER IS ON THE RISE!

praying hands You should have seen the broad response received regarding the growing emphasis on prayer! From a church in Australia, birthed partly out of missions and prayer zeal to prayer advocates whose prayer lists literally criss-cross the planet, God is raising up a movement of prayer-partners! There are prayer days and web sites about prayer days… consider http://homezone.com/amf. There are full-time prayer specialists for certain denominations or fellowships – like Randy Sprinkle RandydotSprinkleatIMBdotOrg  (RandydotSprinkleatIMBdotOrg)   for the Southern Baptists and David Butts Dave2000adatxcdotorg  (Dave2000adatxcdotorg)   for Christian Churches & Churches of Christ. And it crosses not only denominational boundaries, but also international boundaries as well! Consider Paul Haroutunian 76512dot105atcompuservedotcom  (76512dot105atcompuservedotcom)   of an Armenian fellowship, who has started a Wed night prayer meeting at the church, along with an on-fire high school youth focused on prayer, a men’s group, and more! He recommended, (Pray Magazine, From the Navigators), Prayer Power Points, by Roth (Prayer quotes), Prayer Partners by John Maxwell, plus the video-it’s excellent and inexpensive, and Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds. Most of these should be available at your local Christian bookstore, if you have a Christian bookstore nearby, that is. One source passed along this quote from the Fall 1994, p 5, Cell Church Magazine. Seems that “It was pioneer missions at its best. J.O. Frasier, a missionary among the Lisus of the mountains of western China earlier this century, struggled whether to work among the southern tribes or the northern tribes. He came to the conclusion that he was to work among the northerners, but from sunup to noon he would intercede for the southerners. As he worked among the northerners, few accepted Christ. Later, Frasier discovered that as a result of one chance contact with a southern man tens of thousands had come to Christ in the southern tribes! Waves of revival had come to the southern tribe not beprayer!” If that doesn’t inspire us to pray, we’d better check our pulse! :-)
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A PRAYER INTERCESSOR FOR YOUR MISSION TEAM

praying hands Mike (we’ll allow him to remain anonymous, or else I fear he’ll be pelted with email and won’t get his work done!) sent along this note regarding a friend working in a creative-access country in Africa. His letter of June 12th speaks for itself. Pretty creative, I’d say. Kind of an exciting turn of events:

“When we tell people we are trying to recruit an intercessor for the mission team, their eyebrows go up ever so slightly. You can see the questions move across their faces whether they are ever voiced or not. A few even say, “An intercessor? We have never heard of such a person or a work.” This is a true statement among mission works in the Churches of Christ. But this should be said to our shame, not our credit. I think it is time to write about an intercessor and how I see him (or her) working on the team.

I actually envision the intercessor being the busiest person on the team. In the beginning, he would travel out to every congregation and preaching point. It would be imperative for him to get a feel for each place, the area, and to put faces with the names. On office days, he would visit and pray with each person who came to the office. He would keep and update his huge notebook of prayer needs. Such a notebook would help him pray more specifically and effectively for each person of place. In addition, he could begin to see trends or weaknesses/ strengths in individuals and congregations. This would be an important observation for those visiting in the field.

Special prayer times of at least one hour a week, would be encouraged for each team member. This would help facilitate communication, provide counseling opportunities, and give encouragement on a personal level. Special times could also be scheduled for church leaders needing additional prayer.

An important tool for the intercessor is similar to the war rooms portrayed in old war movies. In the movies, there was a large map table on which troops, tanks, ships, planes, and other strategic items were placed. Arrows and circles marked movements, battles, or ground held. The movies depicted junior officers running to and fro with dispatches. When news was received, long T-shaped sticks would reposition the map’s symbols to reflect the current situation. Generals would surround the map, watch movements, make decisions, and send out orders. The war room was the hub of communications and decisions. It was the only place where the larger picture was constructed providing the basis for wise and critical decisions that eventually affect the outcome of the war.

I envision an intercessor with a prayer war room. A large map reflects congregations, their level of development, their participation in Bible seminars, their spiritual assessment (strengths and weaknesses), and their prayer needs would be displayed. A whole wall of pictures, some of individual church leaders and others of whole congregations, would remind the intercessor to pray specifically for key people and places. The faces would bring a personal emphasis to each name and place. A wall calendar would reflect coming events which would remind the intercessor of important prayer items in the future. Another list of answered prayers would provide an opportunity for praise. It would also remind us all of the efficacy and power of prayer. Up to date information on clan spirits, shrines, witchdoctors and traditional ceremonies would help delineate the spiritual battlefront which needs assailing with prayer. The intercessor’s notebook would record information brought in by others working in the field. A comprehensive prayer list could then be developed and sent to prayer supporters in the States.

As the intercessor develops his work, new ways of seeing the mission effort will open. New activities and needs will present themselves that I have not listed. The intercessor’s role will change to reflect the mission’s needs as well as the strengths and interests of the intercessor. Future seminars on the discipline of prayer would be developed and taught throughout the area. Regular communication to the churches would mobilize Christians to focus on specific prayer needs. Local and national prayer concerns could be coordinated with other mission teams.

From my perspective, constant, consistent prayer would be one of the most demanding and physically draining works possible. The intercessor would require constant support from his team and family of friends. Also, an intercessor would be a key target for Satan’s attack and temptation.

Some have asked, “You mean all he is going to do is pray?” this shows a lack of faith in the power of prayer. It also reflects a gross misunderstanding of one of a Christian’s most important disciplines. We must remember our enemy is not flesh and blood and that our battle is a spiritual one. Therefore, we can not confine our work and emphasis to the physical realm only. The number of village visits we make, or the courses taught, or the miles traveled all contribute some to the advancement of the kingdom. But prayer – powerful, focused, consistent prayer, can tear down the bulwarks of Satan and free an enslaved people in the darkness of sin.

Let me remind you of the quotes from these famous men of prayer:

  1. “I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer” – Martin Luther.
  2. God does nothing but in answer to prayer – John Wesley.
  3. Prayer – secret, fervent, believing prayer – lies at the root of all personal godliness – William Carey.
  4. Prayer catapults us onto the frontier of the spiritual life. It is original research in unexplored territory…… – Richard Foster.
  5. I know what a lovely, gracious, bountiful Being God is, from the revelation which he has been pleased to make of Himself in His Holy Word; I believe this revelation; I also know from my own experience the truth of it; and therefore I was satisfied with God, I delighted myself in God; and so it came, that He gave me the desire of my heart – George Muller.”

(snip snip — end of note)
note Editors Note: So how ’bout your team? Should you designate a prayer specialist?

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WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT PRAYER FOR CREATIVE-ACCESS COUNTRIES?

praying hands John abweprayeratcitynetdotnet  (abweprayeratcitynetdotnet)   wrote telling of how his mission’s president had helped inspire more prayer in his large mission agency. “As an agency we have daily prayer meetings in the home office that cycle through all of our missionaries. We also produce a weekly digest of prayer requests gleaned from prayer letters, e-mail correspondence and communications that come from the field to the home office. This digest is sent out to all of our missionaries that have access to e-mail plus a growing list of churches and individuals who are prayer for our ministry. Once a month we print and mail a “hard copy” for those who do not have e-mail. We also send a shorter summary (weekly) to Christian college campuses for mission profs., prayer bands and individual students. Between Oct 18 and Thanksgiving we have called our agency and friends to “40 Days of Prayer Around the ABWE World”. Each day one of our 40 countries of ministry is highlighted with background information and current prayer requests from the field. Our web site has daily updates on prayer requests and needs within our mission family on our “family news” page: http://www.abwe.org/family/family.htm” However, John also brought up a very good question: “One area of concern is the difficulty in collecting and reporting requests from those who are working in sensitive countries. When requests have to be hand carried out it limits the communication we receive. If we publish these requests they at times end up getting sent back to the country in the form of personal letters, e-mail or church bulletins that mention that which should remain out of the hands of those who may intercept such correspondence. The bottom line is those who “most” need intercession are our weakest link. Any suggestions?” If you have an idea for John (and the rest of us), please email it to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  . Thanks!
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19981011 Brigada Today

Now with over 7500 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
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GOOD THINGS ABOUT GALCOM’S CD

cd-rom We’re hearing good things about Galcom International’s CD – with specific information of each of the 11,886 people groups of the world, special files on the most unreached, files on main world religions, video briefings on Romania and India, 25,000 screens of text and 50 voice files for only U.S. $19. From Galcom International, Box 270956, Tampa, FL 33688 USA. Email GalcomUSAataoldotcom  (GalcomUSAataoldotcom)  .
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CREATING EAST ASIGN LANGUAGES ON THE WEB

Thanks to Paul who tipped us off to the fact that Microsoft is offering a free extension to Internet Explorer 4 which allows creation of East Asian language html documents on non-Asian versions of Win98. Take your pick – Korean, Japanese and Chinese, … you name it! The package includes a Unicode font and the keyboard mapper. Unfortunately, so far it only works in Outlook (the email program) and IE4, but hey… you have to start somewhere. Find it at: http://www.microsoft.com/msdownload/iebuild/ime5_win32/en/ime5_win32.htm
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CORRECTION ON URLS FROM LAST WEEK

lighting the way We apologize if you’ve had a hard time finding the web address for From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya in Russian. The correct URL is: http://www.cityvision2000.com/vl/ (what a difference a letter can make!). If you’re still looking for Moody Independent Studies, browse at http://www.moody.edu/ED/XS/Independent/Welcome.htm and if you’re frustrated finding Columbia’s Distance Learning, check it out at: http://www.gospelcom.net/ciu/idl/ and . . . again, we apologize for these errors! Yikes gulp this web stuff is unforgiving! :-) Thanks to daustin and Doug for the corrections.
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EASTERN EUROPE YOUR DESTINATION?

Check out the free studies at http://www.citygate.org – They are written especially for people interested in understanding the church in Eastern Europe, including prospective partnership churches. In fact, some material would interest anyone with even a general interest in missions. Thanks Marsh!
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HELPS FOR THOSE USING INTERPRETERS

All cross-cultural workers should have it as their eventual goal to learn the local language of the people with whom they’re ministering. However, during that language learning era, maybe you’ll have to use an interpreter some. If so, check out the new compendium, “Interpreting as Ministry” and “Speaking with an Interpreter.” (Evidently these are published together within the same covers.) Find 200 helpful tips to enrich your ministry and help you be a more effective communicator. “Speaking with an Interpreter” is written by Beverly Caruso, author and trainer of writers. Bev has spoken in over 30 nations, often through interpreters. “Interpreting as Ministry” is written by Jim Harper, Founder and Director of the International Christian Interpreters Association, headquartered in Vladivostok, Russia. Jim conducts one-week schools for Interpreters. Through interviews and questionnaires with missionaries from various missions and denominations, from all parts of the world, you’ll find reading both sections of this booklet useful for yourself and your interpreters. Presented in one pocket-sized booklet, this handy 20-page tool is priced so you can carry with you enough copies to leave one with each of your interpreters. Retail prices: $3 each – 6/$12 – 12/$20 plus $2.00 postage and handling for U.S. addresses. (Contact them for wholesale prices for larger quantities.) $5.00 postage and handling for international addresses. Order from Abba Ministries, 1621 Baldwin Avenue, Orange, CA 92865 USA. Or visit their website at: www.ioc.net/~abba
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NEW RESOURCE ON PURPOSE

Now you can pick up Discovering and Embracing God’s Global Purpose for $18.00 from Caleb Project. Containing 18 studies, it leads in discovering and embracing the purpose of Christ that permeates all of scripture – that of bringing glory to God by redeeming some from every tribe, tongue, and nation. With 136 pages, it includes two teaching cassettes and The Great Omission by Robertson McQuilkin. It’s Perspectives in a Bible Study form! For questions, write infoatcprojectdotcom  (infoatcprojectdotcom)   or to order, write ordersatcprojectdotcom  (ordersatcprojectdotcom)  . If you’re using a credit card, find it on their web site at http://www.calebproject.org for encrypted transactions.
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YING AND YANG OF EUDORA

Is Eudora your emailer of choice – but the new “ying and yang” symbol in version 4.1 got you down? David suggests heading over to http://eudora.qualcomm.com/proemail/dllpatch/41dllpatch.html to pick up a patch that fixes it! I guess enough people complained about the non-Christian symbol that QualComm listened! :-) Thanks David!
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ANTIOCH NETWORK TO OFFER CHURCH PLANTER TRAINING

Great idea. Antioch Network is launching a “Church Planting Apprenticeship Program.” This is an 18-24 month program designed for those who feel called to church planting (especially internationally), but also feel a need for further training and experience. After a month of intensive study of church planting principles and strategies, participants (in teams of 3-4) will actually plant a church “from scratch”. They will be coached throughout the various stages of planting a church. The program is scheduled to begin in April 1999 in Frisco, Colorado. Write bethanyatcoloradodotnet  (bethanyatcoloradodotnet)   for more details.
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SUBSCRIBE FOR A YEAR AND GET A FREE ISSUE

If you’re thinking of subscribing to the International Journal of Frontier Missions, now’s a great time. You’ll receive a free issue (on “New Religious Movements and Missions”). Subscription costs are $15.00 for one year (four issues), $28.00 for two years (eight issues), and $40.00 for three years. Costs include surface shipping for anywhere in the world. For more info., write 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  .
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AUDIO SCRIPTURES ON THE WEB

If you’ve tried to order via the web from Audio Scriptures International (ASI-California) lately, you’ve probably had a hard time. Evidently, their web order form has been inoperative. But it’s fixed now! http://www.audioscriptures.org. You can order right there on the web (using your Visa card) from the entire list of over 300 languages with Scripture in audio. These include albums of entire New Testaments in some 200 languages and individual gospels and special arrangements of Scripture on cassette in another 125 languages. By the way, if you’d rather order the old-fashioned way, you can still do that too – and it’s been working the whole time… :-) Audio Scriptures International, PO Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046. Tel: (760) 745 8105, Fax: (760) 745 8150 or by email asi-caatxcdotorg  (asi-caatxcdotorg)  .
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ON BECOMING A PEOPLE OF PRAYER

praying hands My “day job” is trying to give leadership to a growing missions agency called Team Expansion. We have about 130 full-time workers focusing on church planting in 24 countries around the globe. Lately, we’ve been focusing a lot more on prayer (hasn’t everyone?). In fact, this past week we brought on a person to focus nearly full-time energy on just that very ministry. Our Mobilization Team gathers regularly to lift up the names of new contacts, prospective recruits, and short-termers. In addition, we all meet once each week and pray specifically (by name) for each and every full-time worker and apprentice, along with his or her needs. On the wall of the conference room where we pray, our Personnel Dept. maintains a big world map featuring pictures of everyone so we can “see” them in our mind’s eye while lifting them up to the Father. Throughout the week, when any of our International Services team hears about a particular prayer need or request, we make note of it in our database. Moments before we pray, we print out a full list of all our missionaries and the prayer requests we’ve all picked up on during the past week. If your agency or church is experiencing a rebirth in prayer for your full-time workers, drop me a note DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)   to briefly describe it. And may we each be brought to a closer personal walk with Him!
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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!

“If you’ve been asked to lead, y

19981004 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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PLAY BY THE NUMBERS: CAN YOU HELP THIS ACCOUNTANT?

Here’s an accountant lisa-buhlathighlandbcdotcom  (lisa-buhlathighlandbcdotcom)   who would love to have a list of resources (web sites, consultants, books, etc.) where she can learn more about tax issues for missionaries, especially as they relate to dual-status workers overseas. Can anyone help her out? Lisa, please keep track of everything you receive and send us a summary report in a couple of weeks so we can publish it here for others to see as well. Thanks!
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IDEAL COMPANION FOR PRAYING FOR MUSLIMS MONTH

Here’s a new book – Evangelizing Muslims: Helps for Beginning House Churches. According to my buddy Ian, “While laying a solid groundwork for understanding Islam and its way of life, this guide focuses on practical measures for making disciples and beginning churches.” Rev. Dr. Bill Musk, author of “The Unseen Face of Islam”, says “This is an excellent basic introduction. The Lord has obviously guided you”. Cost: US$6.50 Seamail: US$1.50 Airmail US$3.00 Discounts for multiple copies. Order from The Missionary Training Service coordmtsatxcdotorg  (coordmtsatxcdotorg)  , 18 Aston Way, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 2XY, UK.
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EVANGELISM ON THE INTERNET ABOUNDS

Is your ministry producing an effective evangelistic web site? Do you know of web sites, chatrooms, etc. that are evangelistic in nature, possibly targeting specific affinity groups? Also, are you aware of web sites or chatrooms that give specific information on how to “do” effective Internet Evangelism? Your help is needed in compiling a list of these web sites, chatrooms, etc. Please email the information to Naomi Frizzell NFrizzellatCompuServedotCom  (NFrizzellatCompuServedotCom)  . Naomi is working with the Internet Evangelism Committee – formed out of the Conference on Internet Evangelism that was hosted by the Billy Graham Center in April 1997. A list of the information will be compiled and made available on a web site hosted by the Internet Evangelism Committee, along with other resources for Internet Evangelism. Please note: if any of the information needs to be kept confidential, to protect the sensitivity of the web site, please let Naomi know.
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NEED MUSIC RESOURCES?

Need music resources? Email Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   for email accessible resources compiled for the AD2000 Worship & Arts Network that are being made available to folks like Great-Commission-minded musicians or artists, missionaries and candidates, mission agencies, missions committees, Christian music and arts training centers, Missionary Training Centers, World Mission Centers, Missions educators and mobilizers, etc.).
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FROM JERUSALEM TO IRIAN JAYA TO RED SQUARE

Christian Publishing House “Mirt” (the word “myrtle” in Russian) produced in Russian the title From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker. Check out the details at http://www.cityvision2000.com/vl and read about great missionaries!
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WANT TO TAKE IN THE NEXT IAMS?

“IAMS,” in this case, means International Association for Mission Studies. The next IAMS conference will be held in South Africa, January 21 to 28, 2000, at Megawatt Park (between Johannesburg and Pretoria). The hosting Committee will be the South African Missiological Society SAMS. The theme is “Reflecting Christ: Crucified and Living in a broken World.” For more info., write hayesstwatrisc6dotunisadotacdotza  (hayesstwatrisc6dotunisadotacdotza)  .
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NOW… ENCOURAGE LOCAL HYMN-WRITING

If you’d like to encourage your new believers to write culturally authentic hymns, check out “The Catalyst Library – Tools for Encouraging the Growth of Indigenous Hymnody,” from the Ethnomusicology Dept., SIL, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75326. To order: tomaveryatsildotorg  (tom%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eaveryatsildotorg)  . See Tom for the price on this 60-page guide. Thanks Grace!
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STUDENT MISSIONS CONFERENCE

Join hundreds of students from around the country at “Global Outreach ’98” as George Verwer (OM) and Henry Hennagan (CEF) challenge you to “Take up Your Cross.” GO ’98 will be held October 30-November 1 at Eatonton, Georgia (an hour east of Atlanta). For more info call 803-735-8343 Ext. 3461 or email serivmfatscsndotnet  (serivmfatscsndotnet)  . Cost for the conference includes housing and meals for $65. Other events of the weekend include seminars, opportunities to talk with mission reps from about forty agencies, a concert of prayer, and a special communion service.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHINA

world globe Chinese top diplomats had announced they would sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights October 5th in New York. If China abides by the covenant, it could mean more religious freedoms in China. However, Todd Neddleton of Voice of the Martyrs is skeptical. “We’ll take a wait and see approach to see if it filters down. Our experience is that even signing documents at major government levels rarely filters down to the village and to the house church level. We can pray that this does facilitate a change in the policy there and for more freedom for Christians, but I think the Chinese church is thriving despite the lack of freedoms.”
(Source: Mission Network News; 10/1/98 http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WANT TO RECEIVE 6 FREE WORSHIP TAPES PER YEAR?

Then write PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg  (PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg)   and ask for the questionnaire. Sounds like a good deal! Thanks Grace!
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PIPER PIPES IN

Want to begin to imagine how John Piper has chimed in for worship and missions? Here are five comments that came in from Beth’s recent “survey” — “Diane Lahlum is a District Missions Consultant for C&MA in Ohio. She has written a presentation on “Ultimate Worship” and Piper has influenced this year’s theme for their missions conference. Paul Neeley is an ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe in West Africa and is in process of compiling a list of resources for teaching about worship in a cross-cultural context which will be ready in January. Darcie Pace works with World Christian Fellowship at Wheaton College and says that Piper has had a dramatic influence there. … Bravo for John Piper!
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CHINESE: “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WEB”

WebWatch Visit http://www.sinanet.com/about/about.html to learn more about Chinese on the web. Through new technology, it might not be far away as you think!
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AVENUES TO GET FULL RANGE BIBLICAL EDUCATION

Want to know where you can obtain a full range of Bible education on the WEB, all the way from adult Bible courses (non-college credit), to courses for certificates, Associates Degrees, a BA in Intercultural Ministries (Northwestern) and credits toward masters degrees!!! All on the web. Three locations even have Online Courses besides the correspondence courses available. Thanks Carol!

Adult Bible Courses (non-college credit)

College & Graduate Courses (college credit) (OC = Online Courses)

Thanks Grace!

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? FREE LOCAL INTERNET FOR UK

WebWatch Check it out… http://www.freeserve.net can set you up on the net for free email if you live in the UK! Thanks Danny!
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GET FREE SAT-PHONE TIME

telephone FREE satellite air-time! 300 minutes of FREE satellite air-time for every satellite phone purchased from MAF between now and December 31, 1998. This is about $1,000 worth of FREE air-time! Now is the time to buy your missionary the gift of connectivity for Christmas. For further details contact Planet1atxcdotorg  (Planet1atxcdotorg)   or call Rex or Paul at (909)794-1151 x215.
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OKAY, OKAY, SO WE WON’T SAY Q___ AND D_____ ANY MORE

One reader wrote to say that the phrase “quick and dirty” had its root in the street and shouldn’t find its way into Brigada Today. So this is the last you’ll see of it. :-)
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WHERE TO GET MOST EVERYTHING

Thanks to Walter for the GREAT job he did compiling the list of “where to buy most everything!” Here’s the hurry-up summary. Watch for an update on a quarterly basis:

  1. TEALBROOK–water purification products. We also carry first aid kits and some related equipment, but our specialty is in the area of water. Mike & Deb Lundeen

    TealBrook
    PO Box 372
    Hastings MN 55033-0372
    Tel: 651/480-8787 or 800/222-6614
    Fax: 651/480-8786
    Email: TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)  
    Web page: http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook

  2. PRM (Portable recording Ministries) was established in 1968 as a technical ministry providing Audio/Visual Equipment and technical assistance as an aid in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. We want to be your resource to help you extend your Christian ministry. PRM is a technical subsidiary of Audio Scripture Ministries which has locations in Kenya, East Africa, Singapore, India and Bangladesh.

    PRM may be contacted by
    Phone: 616-396-5291
    Phone: 1-800-333-1616
    Fax: 616-396-5294
    E-mail: PRMTechcenteratAudioScripturesdotorg  (PRMTechcenteratAudioScripturesdotorg)  

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURE MINISTRIES 760 Waverly Road
    Holland, Michigan 49423 USA
  4. Lehman’s Non-Electric Catalog–They have all sorts of good stuff, from water filter systems to meat grinders. They have a catalog with some special prices for missionaries.
    Phone: 330/857-5757
    Email: GetLehmansataoldotcom  (GetLehmansataoldotcom)  
    Web: www.Lehmans.com
  5. For information and equipment for well drilling and other methods of developing rural water supplies, the best Christian source is Lifewater International at http://www.lifewater.org.
  6. Seafreight / Airfreight
  7. TRAVEL: Flight Tickets
  8. TELECOM: Interconnection, Card Services, Callback
  9. MUSIC for MISSIONS for free!! PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg  (PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg)  , MfM, 294 Massey Rd, Mangere East, Auckland 1701, NEW ZEALAND
    Phone/Fax (64-9) 2769-462 or 2769-459
  10. PRAYER CARDS – Ron Urbanovitch Missionary Photo Service MPSatxcdotorg  (MPSatxcdotorg)   www.Clearvista.com/mps
  11. NUMBER EIGHT: HOMESTEAD PRODUCTS http://www.teleport.com/~dany/mill Grain mills, water filters, Aladdin lamps, quality simple-lifestyle & outdoors items
  12. NUMBER NINE: CALL 220 INTERNATIONAL, INC. 1-800-327-1758 or 516-254-4102 or fax 516-254-2368 or email Call220incatAOLdotCOM  (Call220incatAOLdotCOM)   Randy Spelman, the President, would be happy to send his catalogs in the mail at your request. Call 220 deals in just about any brand of 220 volt appliance. Call 220 is a direct distributor for all General Electric 220 volt items which means his prices are better than anyone else’s since GE has less than a half dozen 220 volt distributor throughout the US. (Missionaries cannot buy directly from GE.) Call 220 is very generous toward missionaries and makes special pricing available. I have ordered some $10,000 of items through him and have never been disappointed.
  13. MISSIONARY RESOURCES (from International Aid Inc.) This is a 56 page booklet, published in 1997 of some 300 organizations covering lots of resources, ie. from Agriculture to Water, Wells; Pumps and Purifying Systems. Be sure to request this $2 booklet via their email: intlaidatxcdotorg  (intlaidatxcdotorg)   This booklet will help you to not have to reinvent the wheel.

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ENLARGE YOUR COLLECTION OF PROJECTION

Want to buy a used 16mm projector? Now you can. Just contact Al Moffa, Theatre Sound Service, 767 Front St., St., Catasauqua, PA 18032; Tel. 610-264-2224. Singer Graphlex, Eiki, Elmo, and hundreds of all models of Bell & Howell. He usually sells them for around $75. One Brigada reader (Ken) has bought over 100 from him over the years and have been real happy.
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GET YOUR NEWS THE EASY WAY . . . VIA EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Roger rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)   thinks news should be easier to get . ..and now, thanks to his research and the Brigada family’s response, it is! All these sources are free and easy to unsubscribe from if you don’t like them or if you decide you have enough material for the time being (unless otherwise noted). Pass this list on to others in your group or team! And thanks for the work, Roger!

IMB lists: There are some prayer request and news release e-mail lists at http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm , an “excellent source of grassroots news and vignettes.” The “Today’s Prayer” list M-F has many items of news and prayer requests from many countries. Someone with Internet access could subscribe for another who does not have it. Very good source of prayer material from around the world.

DAWN Fridayfax: Weekly missions news from around the world. Send an e-mail to: fridayfaxatibmdotnet  (friday%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Efaxatibmdotnet)   with the words:
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in the Subject line. Nothing needed in the message area. Web site: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn/ .

Global Glimpse: Web site: http://www.calebproject.org. To receive an inspirational news bite on missions by email weekly, send your request to: jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  

Global Mapping International Newsletter List: Various items related to missions. Send an e-mail to: subscribe-gmi-infoatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-gmi-infoatXCdotOrg)  .

Global Prayer Digest: To receive daily GPD postings, mail to: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatXCdotOrg)  . A lot of interesting info on unreached peoples.

JOEL-NEWS-INTERNATIONAL: An e-mail bulletin offering news reports on prayer and revival from all over the world, published twice a week in English. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: lyrisatxcdotorg  (lyrisatxcdotorg)   with:
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Wycliffe Bible Translators: Web site: www.wycliffe.org has daily prayer request and other news about Wycliffe. May have info on some e-mail availability soon on the site.

Intercessors Network: Web site: http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-54890. Urgent prayer targets e-mail list. Help in praying for world leaders, etc. Request by sending a note to: lwdotprayatswipnetdotse  (lwdotprayatswipnetdotse)  . News of persecution and martyrdom. To subscribe, send a message to lyrisatxcdotorg  (lyrisatxcdotorg)   with the single line
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IFA Prayer Alerts: Various important situations to pray for in the USA, sent weekly. E-mail to: USAPrayataoldotcom  (USAPrayataoldotcom)   with:
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Hot Spots: Daily e-mail with info on dangerous and potentially dangerous situations in different countries world-wide. Must register online, or have someone register you at the site: http://www.airsecurity.com. Not strictly missions news, but some important things to pray for which affect missions.

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Infobeat News: All kinds of News, Sports, Weather, and other items that can be received automatically by e-mail. Must select items you want at: http://www.infobeat.com, but someone else who has the Internet can subscribe for you, giving your e-mail address. Gives headlines, one paragraph summary, and an internet site address to click on for the full story.

Daily Brief: Briefer than Infobeat on individual items, but gives a wide variety of news, sports, business items. Very good. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: subscribe-dbatincincdotnet  (subscribe-dbatincincdotnet)  . Nothing needed in subject line or message area. Or send to: db-requestatincincdotnet  (db-requestatincincdotnet)  , with:
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Wired News Daily: News on Business, Culture, Technology, Politics, etc. Subscribe at: http://www.wired.com. Headlines, one paragraph, internet site for the story.

World Net Daily: “Cutting edge news source.” The e-mail only gives the headlines. Have to go to the web site for the news. You can subscribe at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/.

MSNBC News: Headlines, short summary, and site to access – with news in various fields. Subscribe at: http://www.msnbc.com.

CNN personal page: Bryan Bryamiatxcdotorg  (Bryamiatxcdotorg)   says: I have also set up my own page care of CNN. Off their home page http://www.cnn.com you can choose to personalize a news web page with the kind of stuff you want to hear about and keep up on.

Compiled by Roger E. Doriot rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)   , October, 1998.

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