Monthly Archives: November 1998

19981129 Brigada Today

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HERE WE GROW AGAIN… YES AND NO

Brigada Logo Have you noticed the Brigada Today readership continues to climb? I checked it out today on a special tracking page to which MAFxc has given me access. Yowza! blinking1eyes I couldn’t believe that on every single day since Oct. 24, we’ve added new members – and on several days, we’ve added several members… for example,
19 new folks on Dec. 3rd,
15 on Dec. 2nd,
12 on Dec. 1st,
17 on Nov. 30th,
11 on Nov. 29th…. Yahoooooooooooooo! Yahoo
Welcome everybody! At the same time, it’s not all a bed of roses. This past week, super-Caleb Projecteer John Hanna (of “Global Glimpse” fame) ‘fessed up to the fact that he was not a happy camper in the new world of Lyris software. His scads of Brigada-connections-* conferences have perhaps seemingly not really caught on . . . so, he pulled the plug. As of this week, Brigada-connections-* is no more.
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MAYBE IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR PRAYER CARDS

This past Wednesday, I decided maybe it wasn’t too late to try for prayer cards – you know, those color postcard things printed with your picture, your mission’s name and address, as well as a request for prayer??? I paid the $15 or so rush charge at Olympic Card Co. (OCC) and sent my photo to them in express overnight mail that evening. That was Tuesday or Wednesday night. Imagine my shock when they emailed me on the following day in the afternoon to explain how to proof my prayer card over the web! And get this – once I approved it, later that same day, they went to work and I received the entire shipment something like 24 hours later! So from start to finish, they were done in like 48 hours!!! Yahooo!  They have a website at http://www.occgrafx.com but you might also just like to see the way ours came out (maybe even if you’d merely like to see how beautiful my wife is, and how lucky I am to have her :-) ), check it out at http://www.teamexpansion.org/resources/occprayercards.htm. (By the way, just so you know, I didn’t seek nor did I receive a discount beyond what they normally advertise for missionaries. Nor did they ask me to include this note in Brigada Today. They just performed their job in a first-class fashion and in a real hurry! Bravo OCC!) For more information on OCC, write Vernon vvaughnatoccgrafxdotcom  (vvaughnatoccgrafxdotcom)  .
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DID YOU KNOW PULSE WAS FINALLY ONLINE?

They’ve finally made the plunge . . . sort of. At least they’re putting snippets and samples on their new website at http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/emis. Granted they’re not publishing whole issues (because, they maintain, after all, they get their revenue to stay in business through subscriptions, not free web pages!), but at least it’s a start! :-) And the pages are sharp, colorful, and well-done! Check it out . . . along with the snippets from Evangelical Missions Quarterly, too!
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WANT TO PEER INTO THE FUTURE?

Take a look at “Future Mock,” a spoof by Lincoln Spector, at http://www.infoworld.com/pageone/news/features/anniversary/98ann.future.shtml Note that that URL will probably “wrap” on your page. You’ll have to cut and paste it in two halves, kind of “reassembling” it in your browser’s “URL” box.
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ARE YOU TRYING SOME OF THE NEW ONLINE COMMUNITIES?

I’ve checked out a couple. Yahoo and Excite have new free “communities,” but there’s no comparison between the degree of flexibility you get with MAFxc’s. Even http://www.egroups.com is tons better. So . . . if you want to start an email conference, my advice is to steer clear of Yahoo and Excite and go straight to MAFxc ($52/year, no ads) or egroups.com (free, with supposedly some “discrete ads”). For more information see egroups.com or write helpdeskatxcdotorg  (helpdeskatxcdotorg)  . By the way, we’ve been trying out egroups.com at our office and so far, the “ads” on egroups haven’t been at all bothersome.
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LOOKING FOR GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST ONLINE?

Subscribe again if you’re not getting it (several subscribers were apparently inadvertantly “lost” during the upgrade to Lyris). Just write to href="hubatxcdotorg">hubatxcdotorg  and say this:
subscribe brigada-orgs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg

Note! There’s no “t” on the end of “digest” because of a special limitation (number of letters Lyris will permit in the title of an email conference), so don’t forget to ditch it!

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HOW CAN WILLING WORKERS/AGENCIES BEST PARTNER?

That’s the question on the mind of several would-be missionaries preparing for translation work. “We don’t know how to network, and that is what we would like to hear from Brigada ,” Donna wrote. “How can agencies pool their resources to help individuals get to where they feel God’s leading them?” If you’d like to write Donna dwilliamsattwudotca  (dwilliamsattwudotca)  , please send her a note. She’ll prepare a summary for us all to read later here in Brigada Today!
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DID YOU CATCH 20/20?

Apologies on 2 counts! Sorry that we didn’t mention (in the special “Brigada Express” bulletin) that it was a USA broadcast. I’ve got to do better at remembering that much of the Brigada family is now international in scope! Forgive me please! But many wrote that they did catch it, in spite of my confusion on “today Dec. 4th.” :-) It was written in the middle of the night and the truth is, I just got mixed up on the dates! Blame it on sleepiness… or the turn of the clock at midnight, but either way, again, I’ll try to do better! However (no thanks to me), several wrote that they did indeed tape it or watch it live and those who did were able to see interviewer Charlie Gibson do a great job of interviewing the wives of the New Tribes Missionaries kidnapped by Colombians wielding automatic weapons. Interestingly enough, even the President of Colombia himself has gotten involved in trying to find out the fate of the hostages – since nothing’s been heard from their captors for over 4 years! (They had been asking for $5 million U$S!) So thanks to Charlie Gibson and the folks at 20/20 and God’s blessings on the New Tribes people and the wives that wait. Goodness. That’s a fate worse than death, I think. To learn more about these kidnapped brothers, send a note to subscribe-ntm-updateatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-ntm-updateatXCdotOrg)  . (Thanks Joe!)
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CROSS-CULTURAL FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY

Has anyone tried to use marriage and family life instruction as a pre-evangelism door-opener in a cross-cultural setting? That’s what Bernie the-fellowshipatjunodotcom  (the-fellowshipatjunodotcom)   would like to know. He wrote Brigada this past week, “What about reaching Muslims? Workers in a major Muslim country see this as opportunity to show relevance of the Bible to a major felt need among the newly urbanized, where the old village ways are disintegrating. U.S. family life materials are so culture laden. Can anyone recommend materials that require minimal cultural adaptation? Especially desired: a video series where workers could dub the local language.” Also, let Bernie know if you’re aware of any books or articles on doing cross-cultural family life ministry. Bernie will assemble a quick summary report for us to read here in Brigada Today.
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30-DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS

 Ramadan takes place during 20 Dec ’98 – 18 Jan ’99. Up to 35 Million Christians will be praying for Muslims during this time. Carl cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza  (cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza)   kept his word. He wrote us this past week, “…This was amazingly effective!” Evidently, you filled him in. He added, “What a challenge for the church in this Christmas time: Jesus came to save and seek the lost!! Let us remember why we are feasting, and why they are fasting – and let us make this a season of prayer. A daily e-mail edition of the Prayer Focus Booklet can be obtained for this time by sending a e-mail to (leave subject and body blank) subscribe-30-daysatxcdotorg  (subscribe-30-daysatxcdotorg)  . A great sight with info and reportbacks from last year is: http://www.hfe.org/news/30days. The complete list of where the hardcopy booklets are available from in 29 countries is at: http://www.hfe.org/news/30dlist (with the e-mail addresses).” Great job, Carl!!! Bravo for keeping your word and reporting back to us your findings! Thanks to all in the Brigada family for filling him in!
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STEVE’S LOOKING FOR INFO ON MEALS

 Steve ChristatVTataoldotcom  (ChristatVTataoldotcom)   is a campus minister trying to put together one of those international banquets where different people at the banquet tables represent residents of various countries around the world. You know – the folks from Western Europe get pasta, while the folks from the USA get hamburgers and fries. Meanwhile, a bunch of other folks get some rice and many get only a few pieces of bread. Trouble is, he wants to make it realistic and can’t find a good resource. Does anyone have a kind of “script” or “kit” for doing a banquet like that . . . maybe already written up? If so, send it to Steve. He’ll compile any responses and make the results available to us here. (You don’t have to write me for them – if he gets responses, we’ll be sure to mention them in a future Brigada Today.) Thanks in advance for the help!
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WHAT WOULD YOU PRESENT ON MAINLAND CHINA?

Daniel dellio01atjunodotcom  (dellio01atjunodotcom)   is in a fix. He has to do a presentation on mainland China at his church and hasn’t a clue where to begin. If you had to give a talk or presentation on that topic, where would you go for info? If you can help, could you drop him a brief note of encouragement and give him some pointers? He’s agreed to send us his compiled report and we’ll publish that which isn’t too secure or sensitive here in Brigada Today. Thanks!
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CHINA PRAYER CALENDARS ARE READY

 (Speaking of China…) The 1999 “Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendar offered by Silk Road Ministry is now available. This full-color, informative wall calendar was developed by Silk Road Ministry Staff to be used in praying for China. It is designed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in China. This calendar is intended to help Christians outside China pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China and make wonderful gifts for your ministry partners! Order now, as supplies are limited! The price is $3.49 + s/h per individual calendar …See a sample on the web at http://www.cci.org/china. To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351, or write Dave mtiwaattelebytedotnet  (mtiwaattelebytedotnet)   and ask for item 7707e.
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TO EVERY TRIBE READY TO ORDER

 David Sitton, director of The Institute Of Tribal Studies, has condensed three years of research and writing into a new book dealing with the reaching of tribal peoples for Christ. To Every Tribe With Jesus (159 pages) is a rich resource drawing from the experience of many missionaries, including the author’s own 20 years of tribal church planting in Papua New Guinea. To order the book ($15.) or to schedule a tribal seminar e-mail David at 2072617atmcimaildotcom  (2072617atmcimaildotcom)   or DSITTON/0002072617atMCIMAILdotCOM  (DSITTON/0002072617atMCIMAILdotCOM)  .
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THE CHURCH IN CHINA

Russ would like a glance at any documentation you might have with respect to freedom versus persecution of Christians in the People’s Republic of China. He’ll report a summary back to us (the degree to which he can do so). Write him in Canada via air mail at: Inky Mark, M.P., Attention: Russ Kuykendall, House of Commons, Ottawa ON K1A 0A6, CANADA. E-mail: marki0atparldotgcdotca  (marki0atparldotgcdotca)   (Note: “0” is the numeral zero). Alternate e-mail: russkuykatnetcomdotca  (russkuykatnetcomdotca)   If sending by e-mail, please include “China” in the subject line. Snail mail IN CANADA to a Member of Parliament does not require postage.
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CORRECTION, FOR THE BEAN COUNTERS

 Harvestime has no direct relationship with DirecTV and DirecTV has no plans to broadcast any kind of religious channel, now or in the future. Furthermore, despite such an allusion in the article, DirecTV has no ownership stake in Yokohama Bayside TV. One executive from there wrote Brigada Today and said, “I can assure you that DirecTV has no plans to air any kind of a full religious channel at the present time or anytime in the near future despite what this article says.” Actually, I was kind of amazed and surprised that they would even take time to write us!
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WANT TO ASSEMBLE A FREE MISSIONARY HOUSING DIRECTORY?

Tim TimdotMartiatnewberrydotnet  (TimdotMartiatnewberrydotnet)   is willing to help! Send him your name, email address, and home city if you’d be willing to host a missionary traveling through on home service or support-raising. He’ll assemble the list and make it available to us here on Brigada. But please… don’t start writing him or us asking for cities! Once the directory is done, we’ll let you know! :-) Right now, let’s take it a step at a time!
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HOW ‘BOUT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT?

Evelyn evpepperatc-zonedotnet  (evpepperatc-zonedotnet)   is here in the USA just 5 more weeks on home service. She’s needing information on the Internet related to community development and appropriate technology. Where does she start? If you’ve got a lead or a tip, write her please and she’ll assemble a summary for us here later.
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MISSION SONGBOOK

 The pre-release edition of the 32-song AD2000 Worship and Arts Network mission songbook is ready for distribution. The title for the collection is: “Let The Nations Rejoice-Worship Songs Proclaiming God’s Glory.” Reportedly includes some of the finest new contemporary choruses and hymns from a variety of sources from North America, UK and Australia. The songbook also includes several aids to worship, quotes, articles and other materials. Early in the new year the songbook can be purchased with an accompanying teaching CD featuring soloist Scott Wesley Brown’s recording of 12 of the 32 songs. The CD will include both vocal and backing track recordings of the same songs on the CD. The pre-release version of the songbook is available now, and costs $10. Make checks payable in US funds to OM Lit, PO Box 1047, Waynesboro, GA 30830-2047. Tel: 706-554-5827. Fax: 706-554-7444. For more information contact Frank Fortunato fortatusadotomdotorg  (fortatusadotomdotorg)  
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CHRISTMAS CASSETTE

ASI reportedly has an attractively packaged, beautiful Christmas cassette entitled, “God’s Greatest Gift,” that contains a beautiful narration of the Christmas passages from Luke’s Gospel plus the main events in the life of Jesus. Includes beautiful Christmas music background and bridging. The liner-(J)-Card is very colorful and reads, “Merry Christmas from …(personal name) ……………………..” In quantities of ten ASI will print on the J-Card your personal name or the name of your church. Individually these Christmas Greeting cassettes are $5.00 each, but in lots of ten or more just $3.00 each. For more info., email asi-caatxcdotorg  (asi-caatxcdotorg)  .
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WEB-WATCH: MORE ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP WITH UNREACHED PEOPLES

 Looking for a web page to give you ideas on reaching the unreached? Try http://www.allpeoples.com. It’s the homepage of a new group called All Peoples, which reportedly hopes to serve the local church by expanding its global view, … serving the church as it searches for the people group that God has for them, offering training on how to be an effective living witness of Jesus Christ in closed access areas, as well as strategy development. Along similar lines, check out http://www.teamexpansion.org which hopes to do the same. This latter group, by the way, is the one which really pays my salary! :-) And the web page for Team Expansion is a kind of hobby – a laboratory in which I’m constantly trying to learn more about creating websites. Check it out… and please join us in praying God will use it!
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EVEN THE REFORMED ARE ON THE WEB

Check ’em out at http://www.outsidethecamp.org
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TEE UP ON T.E.E.???

Know any Internet bulletin boards or forums which discuss theological education? John LCMSTogo2attogoteldotnetdottg  (LCMSTogo2attogoteldotnetdottg)   is a missionary running a pastoral training school and a Theological Education by Extention (TEE) program in French speaking West Africa and would be interested in those kinds of resources. He’s agreed to assemble a report for us all here in Brigada – so send him your best shot!
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TIRED OF SEEING NETZERO ADS?

 John jmarlettatjunodotcom  (jmarlettatjunodotcom)   says, “Simply select a help page (from most any windows program) and open a page from it. Select “Keep help on top” from the Options menu and make sure “on top” is checked. Then just make the size of the help window equal to the (ad) banner. Now when you place this help menu over the banner, no more ads! Thanks John!
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GOT ANY SPANISH MATERIAL ON UNREACHED PEOPLE?

If so, Kelly (a guy) kelycheratcol3dottelecomdotcomdotco  (kelycheratcol3dottelecomdotcomdotco)   is looking for Spanish videos that would highlight individual unreached people groups. He’s hoping to learn of such videos by 12/21. Help him out and he’ll share the list back with us for all the world to read!
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EXPEDITION-SIZED WATER FILTERS

If you’re looking for water purification for a large group, Mike & Deb Lundeen, the folks at TealBrook TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)   can help you with that too. And by the way, you must really read this stuff! They wrote this past week to say that, after they were featured in the last Brigada Today, their email increased 12-fold! Whew!  Great job, gang! Check out their group-sized water filter equipment by sending them an email or browsing: Web page: http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook
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BACKPAGE: RETHINKING COURIER & IVES

Last Thursday, our office staff at Team Expansion’s International Services went wild. They began decorating the tree out there in the front office. It was quite an event. Christmas was definitely in full swing. “In egg-shell-sis day-oh” playing out of the CD drive on Deborah’s desktop. The International Services Christmas Prayer Retreat just two weeks away. Lights were aglow, Christmas cards in full production. And everybody walking around saying, “Can you believe it’s already December???” :-)

Meanwhile, my mind wondered. On the other side of the world, somewhere in East Africa, I could envision a faithful Christian Woman of God swatting at yet another mosquito, waiting on her husband to return from Dar, hopefully with good news about medical tests on his kidneys. And my mind, rolling all this over, began to think – which of us has this whole Christmas thing figured out? I mean, does it really matter that they’ve finished construction on the upper parking lot deck at St. Matthews Mall, meaning that they can now park twice as many cars beside the J.C. Penney store’s front door?

Face it – the woman of God faithfully waiting on her husband might not be chuckling to the sounds of Rudolph (“A Dentist????!!!!” :-) ), but as I thought about it, her life of love spoke volumes. I can’t even begin to honor her enough for her investment in the needs of countless unreached Makua tribespeople in Southern Tanzania.

I was thinking of one of our Team Expansion missionaries, Trena Lieb, but your mind could probably have wondered to another saint of God, laboring in lands scattered throughout the globe. I’m so proud of Trena, her team and all the others like her. It’s an incredible privilege to be involved with them in spreading the eternal hope that brought hope and light to the streets of Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. If you’re involved with missions – and you probably are or you wouldn’t still be reading . . . I’m sure you feel the same way.

Wow. Where’s the hot cider when you need it.

Doug

PS. By the way, Trena’s husband, Roger, is much improved. For some unknown reason (I’d prefer to think of it as answered prayer), doctors in Dar were apparently astonished by the fact that his kidneys apparently began functioning much more efficiently than they had been the day before! God be praised for answered prayer! TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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

19981122 Brigada Today

Now with over 7000 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
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EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES

letter and ligntening bolt THE REPORT IS IN – Thanks to Ken Davis kenluciatinamedotcom  (kenluciatinamedotcom)   who recently requested info. on email forwarding services (Nov. 6th Brigada Today, “MOVING FORWARD WITH EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES“). Ken just emailed us a great report on his findings. Thanks to all those who helped him pull it together! The results were rather surprising. He reported that based on Brigada readers comments, “the most recommended email forwarding service is Iname. Recommended 2 to 1 over all others, Iname provides a fast, free, reliable forwarding service with all the basic features. Also recommended in the free category were USA.net and Bigfoot. Several other recommended services were Pobox, The Mission Station and XC.org all for $15-20/yr.

“Each forwarding service provides its own array of features, some for additional fees. Your individual needs would determine which service has the best combination of the features you need for the best price. Things you may want to look for are POP servers to read your mail off-line rather than paying for online time and the ability to hold your mail if you don’t have a forwarding address. Also, be sure to watch for how your return path gets tagged on your outgoing mail. If it is your local provider rather than your forwarding service, it may cause you to loose mail should you switch providers and your friends have your local provider in their address books. There are numerous other features to make your email life easier, like filters for SPAM mail, redirection to multiple addresses, custom address extensions and more. It may take a little time to check out the options, but the following websites will give you a place to start.

http://www.iname.com
http://www.usa.net
http://www.bigfoot.com
http://www.pobox.com
http://www.missionaries.org
http://www.xc.org

Thanks again, Ken!

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EVER HEAR OF M|WIRE?

It’s a periodic E-mail newsletter offering a summary of news and information regarding missions and evangelism. It is a service of Zondervan Publishing House. Looks like they advertise their own Zondervan resources fairly heavily – but in return, the service is free. To try it out, send an E-mail message to listsatinfodotharpercollinsdotcom  (listsatinfodotharpercollinsdotcom)   . Type a hyphen in the subject line. In the body of the message, type
subscribe zphlist

and nothing else. You will receive the complete list of categories and sign-up instructions by return E-mail. I couldn’t find an indication of how often it came out. I guess they publish it whenever they have news or something else to sell! :-) (Thanks for the tip, Larry!)

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THE NEIMAIN-MARCUS COOKIE VIRUS; WHAT A WAY TO GO!

virus Okay, so if you’re going to get sucked into one of those Internet email viruses, the Neimain-Marcus cookie virus has got to be the best! It’s actually one of those “how can something good come out of something so ridiculous” kind of moments. The email virus itself, designed to suck up bandwidth in a kind of electronic vandalism, is actually harmless. It does nothing but steal away computing power. But the cookie recipe included in the hype story about Neimain-Marcus charging $250 for a cookie recipe – that’s all just made-up imagination from someone long forgotten. :-) But as for the cookie recipe, I can personally attest to the fact that it is not myth – they’re delicious. So I’m skipping all but the virus here… :-) sharing the recipe once and for all, so no one else will dare to send it to me! :-) (Okay – so I’m a dreamer!)

Anyway… here’s the list of ingredients: 2 cups butter, 4 cups flour, 2 tsp. soda, 2 cups sugar, 5 cups blended oatmeal, 24 oz. chocolate chips, 2 cups brown sugar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated), 4 eggs, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. vanilla, 3 cups chopped nuts (your choice). To make this amazingly delectable dish, measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar, and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

You can halve the recipe – but you’ll be sorry you did. :-) And… one more thing… before I get emails from all the purists who say that Brigada Today is only supposed to be about unreached peoples and missions resources…. I know, I know, silly! I’m the editor! :-) But hey – it’s Christmas… lighten up! :-) And Rob – thanks for passing this along and reminding me… :-) Oh – and before you ask, no, Madeline Marray O’Hare is not trying to shut down Christianity from the air waves. So, remember… “just say no” to forwarding messages about her! :-)

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NEW TRAVEL SOFTWARE… FOR ALL KIDS AGES 4-7

‘Course, you might stretch the age restriction if you have a motivated child! Edmark Software’s “Travel the World with Timmy” lists for $29.95 and it just might make the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one ages 4-7, especially if you have a place like Argentina or Kenya in mind! You can probably find it soon on store shelves, but in the meantime, check it out at http://www.edmark.com/prod/travel/ and . . . enjoy the music!
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MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN PRETORIA

The Southern African Missiological Society will be holding its annual congress 20-22 January 1999 at St John Vianney Seminary, 179 Main Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria, RSA. The theme is RECONCILIATION and Land, Economic Justice, Crime & Violence, and Racism. One of the papers, by Dr Klaus Schaefer, “Reflecting Christ: crucified and living in a broken world” will give a foretaste of the IAMS (International Association of Mission Studies) conference to be held the following year. For more information contact the Congress Secretary, Dr Nico Botha bothanaatalphadotunisadotacdotza  (bothanaatalphadotunisadotacdotza)  , or see their web site at http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/sams.htm
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GOT A RESOURCE FOR CHINA?

David Lim would like to know. He’s the Director of Gospel Recordings in Singapore and, on behalf of a thrust spawned by an Interdev partnership development conference on China, he’s trying to assemble a report for workers who focus on Chinese peoples. If you’ve got tools like special translations of the Bible, or special printing capabilities, books, Chinese literature, radio program, etc., – whatever would help workers evangelize effectively in China – write David at grsinatsingnetdotcomdotsg  (grsinatsingnetdotcomdotsg)   or fax him at 65-2827902 in Singapore. In this case, we won’t post the report here on Brigada. If you want a copy of the findings, write him directly.
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FIELD BASED MA OR PHD PROGRAM FOR “BRIGADA JOE”

Remember “Brigada Joe,” the missionary who said he chose his destination country based on a study he did here on Brigada, using input from Brigada Today participants??? Well apparently, since his country of focus is sooooo closed he needs to move in with a good reason to be there. He is looking for the following and will let us know what works.

  1. Any secular MA or PhD program in Anthropology/Sociology or related field that can be done outside of the USA and mostly through “distance learning” without attending class.
  2. Any secular looking graduate school that will accept transfer credit from his seminary degree and give him most or all of a degree.
  3. Any USA secular (but Christian run) travel agency that will allow him to list himself as a tour guide for that company. He would even send some occasional tourists to his closed country through your agency.

If you have any tips or leads for him, e-mail him at BrigadaJoeathotmaildotcom  (BrigadaJoeathotmaildotcom)  . He’d love it if some travel agency would take him “on staff” (maybe he’d even work without pay… or on commission???). Let’s chip in and help the guy out. After all, it is kind of our fault that he’s there, for God’s cause! :-) Thanks!

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WEBWATCH – SEARCH TOOLS, LONG DISTANCE OPTIONS

WebWatch Here’s a cool site to check rates using various long distance services: http://LONGDIST.NET/?pacifics . It’s probably designed to sell a specific service… but it also serves as a great reference tool. Also, one user wrote to say he really likes http://www.profusion.com because it limits hits to a more manageable amount. I’m trying it myself. Thanks Gene!
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GREAT MODEL FOR PRAYER REQUESTS

praying hands Have you seen the International Mission Board’s prayer request page? It’s at http://www.imb.org and it’s a great model for all of us! It provides a search engine for prayer requests by country, people group and mega-city. You can use the “jump to” feature to go to the CompassionNet page.

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HAVING TROUBLE FINDING INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY?

Check out Insurance Services of America at: http://www.missionaryhealth.com or email them at healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom)  .
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NEED HELP CREATING “ECONOMICS” FOR YOUR FIELD?

Here’s a Brigada participant who might help. This individual has put together a training course to facilitate breaking the ice into creative access countries. Letitia writes, “We are meeting their felt needs to integrate into the global economy by teaching the same material as in a Business Administration Degree, only in twelve weeks. Each subject will be for one week, with 36 hours of classroom instruction and team based group projects (practicum). Included will be: Marketing, International Accounting, International Business and Export Law, Global Management, Strategic Thinking (How to write Business and Marketing Plans), How to Sell via the world wide web, Economics, particularly as they affect International Trade), Organizational and Personal Communications, which enable them to communicate with business people in the world in the same language they understand.” So what Letitia is now offering to do is to help you create a similar package for your own field! What a great service, Letitia! And there’s no plan to charge any kind of fee at all! Yahooo! Yahoo Note that we have no further information on this course at this time… so please check it out for yourself at Letitiaatexcitedotcodotuk  (Letitiaatexcitedotcodotuk)  .
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TIME TO REVISIT CAR RENTAL AGENCIES

Seems like last time, when we studied car rental companies for missionaries on home service, we came up woefully lacking. Paul Pruitt pruittomfataoldotcom  (pruittomfataoldotcom)   is needing to do just that and would love to get together all the options he can. He’ll send us the report. So if you know of a company or individual who would rent or lease a car at a great value to a missionary on home service, let Paul know and he’ll report his findings back to us here.
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FOR LADIES ONLY

Most of our write-ups here in Brigada Today are for either gender, but here’s one only for the ladies. (Okay guys – why are you still reading!? :-) Seriously, this one’s for the ladies only.) Wanda reidthisattelusplanetdotnet  (reidthisattelusplanetdotnet)   wrote this past week, “The cost and availability of feminine hygiene products is a very important and personal concern for women on the field. Many women have to purchase sufficient supplies for the duration of their planned time on the field, or cope with high local costs and irregular supply. There is an alternative that is safe, cost efficient and usable in any country or field situation. “The Keeper” is a natural gum rubber cup, worn internally, and designed to eliminate the inconvenience of traditional feminine hygiene products. Detailed information and ordering are available by calling 800-663-0427, emailing infoatkeeperdotcom  (infoatkeeperdotcom)   or browsing at www.keeper.com. In planning for life in SE Asia, this product has proven very reassuring in my use of it.”
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WANT TO HELP REFUGEES FROM KOSOVO?

If you’d like to minister to refugees from Kosovo who have moved to the USA check out http://www.WorldRelief.org or write Shelley Smith ssmithatwrdotorg  (ssmithatwrdotorg)   or call the US Ministries office at 914-268-4135. Note that this office does not directly coordinate work in Kosovo itself, but only ministers to those who have fled Kosovo and come to the USA.
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HARVEST TIME JAPAN TV UPDATE

Harvest Time is Japan’s first Christian TV broadcaster. Their signal is being picked up by DirecTV, a Direct Broadcast Satellite outfit in Japan known as Yokohama Bayside TV, ch. 321. HT is on their schedule now set to start programming January 1999. It will be necessary for Japanese households to purchase the DirecTV antenna and tuner to receive the programming, but there is a 35% discount going through HT. HT will feature original Japanese-language programming, as well as some from U.S. producers (TBN, CBN, FamilyNet, etc.). (Thanks to David Humble, dhumbleatshizuokanetdotnedotjp  (dhumbleatshizuokanetdotnedotjp)   or at http://www.harvestjapan.org )
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WANT TO HELP PATRICK JOHNSTONE WRITE OPERATION WORLD?

He’s in need of a specialist in information technology. If you’re a good administrator and would be able to raise your support to work side-by-side with him in his office – and if you know computers and databases and are willing to work hard for the Lord, contact Darrell DarrelldotDorratFrontiersdotorg  (DarrelldotDorratFrontiersdotorg)  . What a great opportunity!
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MUSIC AND MISSIONS COMING YOUR WAY

A unique resource about the power of locally-appropriate music in missions work is now available. “Music and Missions” is in two parts: first, a compilation of real-life stories from Brazil, Ghana, Asia, South America and elsewhere. The stories demonstrate the effectiveness of indigenous Christian songs in evangelism, worship, and church planting. Second, the accompanying cassette has excerpts of the very songs mentioned in the stories! You can read the words, see the photos, and hear the local hymns – it’s the next best thing to being there! The hour-long cassette has more than two dozen musical examples. This is a great tool for teachers and learners of all sorts. To order the resource ($10 plus $3 shipping in the US), contact tomaveryatsildotorg  (tom%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eaveryatsildotorg)  .
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YOU CAN SAVE US TONS OF TIME WHEN YOU SUBMIT ITEMS

Brigada Logo Remember, there are no paid Brigada staffers. If you submit a resource or other item for Brigada Today, please follow these simple steps:

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WORLD CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE TO RE-LAUNCH

Bill and Amy Stearns STEARNSatcompuservedotcom  (STEARNSatcompuservedotcom)   are helping relaunch World Christian magazine. WinPress, a nonprofit Chicago publisher, is backing the endeavor. The first quarterly issue is scheduled for March ’99. They’ll try to cover “breakthroughs, resources, accountability studies, features on the world Christian movement from Lake Baikal to Uruguay” in hopes “to bring awareness, accountability and activist connections to short-termers, Perspectives alumni, conference-going missionary wannabes, frontier mission mobilizers…” For more information or to subscribe contact Cathy Turley, WinPress Circulation & Advertising, WINPressatjunodotcom  (WINPressatjunodotcom)  , PO Box 1525, Oak Park, IL 60304; Toll-free in the USA & Canada 888.524.5070; or 708.524.5070; fax 708.524.5174.
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FREE INTERNET “ONLY A LITTLE SLOWER”

netzero logo Thanks loads to those who are testing NetZero for us (free email/internet connectivity, reported last week in the item, “STILL NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS ABOUT NET ZERO“)! The URL is http://www.netzero.net . A few of our trial balloon testers have told us that service is only slightly slower than the $20/month ISP to which they had been subscribing. One tester said he had received several busy signals or “unable to connect” at times. One said some of the ads are morally objectionable. So… buyers beware. Maybe you don’t ever get something for nothing. :-( face frowning One tester suggested we look at http://www.gratis.it/internet.html for a list of other free Internet sources. (Thanks Walter!) By the way, apparently Juno users in some markets are now being limited to two log-ons daily!
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STUDENT MINISTRY CONFERENCE IN JUNE

International Students, Inc. will sponsor the National Conference for International Student Ministry, June 21-27, 1999 at the Glen Eyrie Christian Conference Center in Colorado Springs. Dick Eastman, President of Every Home for Christ, will serve as the keynote speaker. Focus training on June 21-23 will include workshops targeting a wide variety of ethnic specific topics. The main conference (June 23-27) will include ample opportunity to learn about effective methods for international student ministry, networking and fellowship with ministry veterans, and rich times of worship and spiritual growth. This is a family conference; a children’s program will be provided. For more information and registration, contact NCISM99atisionlinedotorg  (NCISM99atisionlinedotorg)   or call 719-576-2700, ext. 139.
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GET YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS AT AD2000

The AD2000 and Beyond Movement web site will soon be offering a resource list of those who consult or conduct training for advocacy, networking and partnership. If you or your organization hasn’t already been contacted by the great folks at the International Office in Colorado, they’d love to hear from you. Details of the type of training and full address info will be gratefully received by barbatad2000dotorg  (barbatad2000dotorg)  .
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DID YOU SEE THE NEW WATER PURIFIER?

I’d love it if someone would test the new “Steri-Pen” portable ultraviolet lightsaber waterpurifier gizmo. Reportedly, just stir a glass of even the murkiest water for 30 seconds and, bottoms up! :-) Minnesota-based maker Hydro-Photon has a web site at http://www.hydro-photon.com and their new Steri-Pen is due out later this year at a hefty $190, . . . but hey… where else can you find a stirring spoon for that price! :-)
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HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING MYSTERY (THE MOVIE)???

Check it out at http://www.mysterythemovie.com . It holds lots of promise for communicating Christ to Chinese-speakers in a contextualized way. (Thanks for the reminder, Tom! You’re doing your job well!!!!)
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TENTMAKER TRAINERS UNITE!

Tentmaking training has become a crucial issue with many schools and agencies. TIE tieatgatidotwadotcom  (tieatgatidotwadotcom)   would like to list all of these training organizations in their reference manual for both the training organizations and possible new tentmakers. If you are taking, or have taken a class on tentmaking or are teaching a class Ken would love to have you send him the information on the length of the class in weeks or total hours, the title of the class, the School or agency’s name and address, a general description of the course or the specific subjects covered. If you would like a copy of the final list also include your return address with a note you would like a copy. To save a Ken a lot of time from general inquirers, we’ll ask him to send us a copy here for all to “get”. Thanks Ken!
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NEED AN AIRPLANE? LET MAF KNOW

MAF logo Does your mission field need a flight program? MAF can do it – but remember it won’t be for free. They have to pay costs, which range between $150 to $250 per hour ($30 to $50 per passenger/hour). They’re also involved in providing HF/VHF radio, satellite-telephone and remote email communications services. Send your request to Jon Lewis, Director of Research – MAF/US, JonLewisatxcdotorg  (JonLewisatxcdotorg)  
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SO WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH 30 DAYS OF PRAYER?

praying hands Is it going to happen this season? We’re talking about the 30 Days of prayer for Muslims during Ramadan. Anyone got a line on it? If so, contact Carl cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza  (cpcrouseatglobaldotcodotza)  . He’ll let us know so we can post it here.

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GET THE SKINNY ON LEGAL TRENDS AFFECTING YOUR AGENCY, FOR FREE!

The Legal Trends Memorandum is a free monthly email alert for Christian nonprofit organizations and churches. Every month new legal and tax developments are highlighted – new cases, new laws, new policies, and new tax information. It’s the kind of news that will help keep you aware of important issues directly affecting nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in receiving this send an email jbsmiatixdotnetcomdotcom  (jbsmiatixdotnetcomdotcom)  . Include your name, organization’s name, and email address.
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NEW RESOURCE ON PEOPLES OF VIETNAM

The Peoples of Vietnam examines the unique cultures of the people of Vietnam, and presents each group to caring Christians around the world. It’s a 118-page prayer guide that contains 54 two-page people profiles, a map of where the group is located, a photo of that group in traditional dress, statistical information, cultural information and stories, and a chapter on the past and present state of mission work among them. There is also a spread of superb color photographs in the middle of the book. To order send a check or money order for US$ 10 (postage paid), payable to Asian Minorities Outreach, to P.O. Box 132232, Tyler, TX 75713, U.S.A. or Box 17, Chang Klan P.O., Chiang Mai, 50101, Thailand (whichever is closer). Checks are also accepted in other major currencies, in the local equivalent of US$10. Discounts are available for bulk orders. For more information, contact Asian Minorities Outreach amoatxcdotorg  (amoatxcdotorg)  .
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YOUR MINISTRY AD BROADCASTED LIVE ON THE INTERNET!

Yup. You didn’t imagine things! Here’s your chance to get a plug on a live global broadcast via the Internet! Jarel Pittman (JP) and his wife own a radio station in Northern Minnesota that also broadcasts in real time on the web via REAL AUDIO. They reportedly have MANY thousands of listeners in the state of Minnesota and MANY MORE thousands around the world via their REAL AUDIO connection. Apparently, they get responses to their programming from all over the globe (mostly U.S. but there are a lot of folks from overseas that listen as well). Just after my recent visit to MAF in Redlands, JP offered to broadcast FREE of CHARGE (for ANY NON-PROFIT CHRISTIAN MINISTRY) any announcement in English that is for your Ministry or on behalf of some effort your ministry is undertaking. Just write the copy and, if you’re a non-profit ministry, send it in and they will guarantee that it will air for up to 3 weeks, 3-5 times per day depending on announcement traffic they have. JP wrote, “You do not have to advertise for the radio station, or put up a link or banner, or tell your [email] conference members about it or anything cheesy like that … All you have to do is e-mail your announcement to our PSA director and she will get it done.” In fact, he’s even willing to take your “pre-produced” materials. They aren’t asking anything in return other than that you must supply the copy and the run dates. That’s it. No strings. JP wrote, “I feel that if I can help you drum up support, or tell the world about your project or event, then I have been a good steward of the resource the Lord has given me.” They do have several rules, however. Max. 30 seconds. Has to be non-profit. Can’t bash another ministry or person. Supply the copy 2 weeks prior than your requested run date. Must have the name and tel. number (on the copy) of the contact person. And, of course, they reserve the right to refuse to air anything they deem unfit. Also, they can determine the run schedule based on airtime availability, not your requested air time (other than the range of dates…). So… if you want to reach people all over the world, 24 hours/day, here’s your chance. The station is a “progressive” Christian Station that runs MOSTLY music 24 hours a day. They also have news, weather and sports…. It’s all locally produced by VOLUNTEERS (just like most of you). The goal of our MINISTRY was to create a Christian station for NON-Christians and apparently they’ve succeeded. Surveys show that about 30% of our audience is NON-Christian. Check out the station via Real Audio at http://www.kadu.org. I listened! It’s great! Send your announcement copy to kaduatkadudotorg  (kaduatkadudotorg)  . If you have questions, e-mail JP at jarelatxcdotorg  (jarelatxcdotorg)  . And while you’re at it, thank him for his work on Lyris. He’s been one of the primary engineers in making it happen.
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HOW TO BE AN ADVOCATE, … FROM PUNE, INDIA

Announcing the 5th annual People Group Advocate (PGA) School in Pune, India. Organizers in Pune wrote Brigada this past week, “Those of us on the field see the PGA as perhaps the most important role a North American can play on the field. PGA’s work full time to develop 100 strategies to reach one people group. They live in their home country or in the country of the group they reach. In the upcoming 5 week school in Feb. 1999 students visit their people group. Then, using local Indian University libraries and the Internet students study the needs of their people. They explore an exhaustive list of Christian and govt. agencies who could meet the needs of their people group. Through prayer the student nails down the 20 top strategies in the areas of prayer mobilization, media, direct and indirect Evg to focus on in the next two years. After the school Advocates mobilize the body of Christ to care, pray and work on behalf of their chosen people group.” Dates: Feb. 8 – Mar.12th. Cost $600. Location: Pune, India. For Applications, write rmehtaatsofthomedotnet  (rmehtaatsofthomedotnet)   or Director, People Group Advocate School, GPO Box 127, Pune, 411 001 India.
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SEND YOUR FAVORITE PERSONNEL EVALUATION FORM

Grace Wiebe gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   is at it again. She’s collecting evaluation forms from far and wide in an attempt to develop a better understanding of how to follow up with new missionaries, once they’ve departed for the field. Send her your favorite evaluation form and she’ll pull together a composite or simply compile a stack of options. We’ll then post them here for everybody to “get” and use!
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HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR PAN-NATIONAL TEAMS?

That’s what Rick Byham rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid  (rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid)   would like to know. More specifically, he’s especially looking for simulations, training instruments, and games that can be used for interactive training. Send him the best you’ve got and he’ll send us the results for everyone to pick off here later.
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LYRIS SERVER LOGGING YOUR COPY IN TWO SECONDS OR LESS

Lyris logo According to Bob Sutterfield, a tech at MAF, your copy of Brigada Today probably took less than two seconds to crank your way. Don’t you wish the Postal Service could be so fast? :-)
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MARGIE NEEDS A MAILER

letter and ligntening bolt Margie Bose bboseatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin  (bboseatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin)   needs a connection. She’s looking for a way to transfer her email to postal mail (for those in nations like the USA who don’t yet have access to email) (Is there anyone left like that? :-) ) Seriously, I remember we asked this question a couple of years ago and the Compuserve postal connection (at about $1.50 a pop) was the only option we discovered. Are there other connections these days, maybe through the Internet somehow? If you know of something, send her a line on it and she’ll post the compilation here for everyone to see.
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WEBWATCH: SPANISH ON THE WEB

WebWatchHave you tried out the new site for Spanish speaking Christians found at http://www.intervizion.net? It has notices, Bible studies, articles, devotionals, an electronic Bible, International events, music, video and radio, prayer room, reports, chat, electronic cards and much more. The idea is to gather together all the Spanish speaking Christians on one site so information can be shared to help speed up missions and the Great Commission in the Spanish speaking world. I visited and — Wow! blinking1eyes — it’s a sharp site. Tons of resources in Spanish… and lots of ways to plug in with other Spanish-speaking Christians. Try it!
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LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT CHRISTMAS CARD?

Don’t forget to give Kingdom Graphics a try. You get 20 cards & envelope for $ 12.50. The cover boasts an artistic interpretation of the shepherds being approached by an angle in glorious light to announce the birth of the Savior. The colors are creatively exciting and used in a style that is unique and attention-getting. Check out the kingdom graphics Web Site to see this card and find complete easy ordering information. http://www.kingdomgraphics.com
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NEW PRAYER GUIDE TRAVELS THROUGH CENTRAL ASIA

praying hands Want more prayer info. on Central Asia? Now you can have it. Praying Along the Silk Road is a 52-page prayer guide, available immediately for 3 pounds in the UK and $5.00 in North America. Write YWAM at CAFMC, PO Box 177, Haywards Heath, RH17 5YT UK, or email cafmcatholmsteddotorgdotuk  (cafmcatholmsteddotorgdotuk)  .

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MISSIONARY CARE WEB SITE

WebWatch The Task Force for Member Care, under the auspices of the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship, is now maintaining a web-site related to missionary care. They hope that this site will become a clearinghouse for information and resources related to member care. The site will be updated frequently with new information. Suggestions from the missionary community regarding content are welcome. You’ll find the site at: http://www.caring.westhost.com/
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TENTMAKERS MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP (TMF)

Recently, “Jeff Morgan” jsmorganatbmidotnet  (jsmorganatbmidotnet)   asked for referrals of ministries that might help “home service” missionaries or those involved in support-raising to purchase homes at a discount. Jeff rec’d only one major response and it was from Tentmakers Missionary Fellowship (TMF). TMF is an organization comprised of Christian business and professional men and women who are committed to supporting the spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial needs of Christian missionaries. The fellowship was started by missionaries, for missionaries. The goal of the fellowship is to participate with the body of Christ to raise financial resources for missions and to mobilize others in Christian community to develop a similar vision. TMF members partner with missionaries to help provide their financial support. Members provide quality professional services and are directly involved in supporting missionaries. All the profits from their enterprise go to support missionary efforts, thus allowing missionaries to devote more time to direct ministry and less time in fund-raising. One strategic way that TMF partners with missionaries is through Project Referral. In a normal real estate transaction the seller of a home pays a real estate fee, or commission, for the successful sale of his or her home. This commission is typically shared by the buyer’s real estate agent and the seller’s real estate agent. However, if TMF introduces a buyer or a seller to a real estate agent, the fellowship receives a referral fee for that introduction. TMF designates the ENTIRE referral fee for the support of Christian missions in several ways: First, the individual who goes through TMF selects a Christian missionary to receive a portion of the referral fee. The person’s home church also receives a portion of the commission. Second, a portion of the referral fee is designated to Youth for Christ ministries. Finally, TMF supports its own missionaries and ministries, both at home and abroad. If you are buying or selling a home or know someone who is, or if you are a realtor who would like to be a part of the TMF network, contact TMF at (707) 452-8368 or toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at (888) 836-8625. ALL profits received from referral fees are used to fund missionary efforts around the world. Be sure to check out this service well. We haven’t personally used it yet.
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JAPANESE WORKERS UNITE!

After an unprecedented first conference last year with 181 conferees, we’d like to introduce you to Equipper Conference 1998! This conference is dedicated to Japanese people and those ministering to them. It is jointly sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, International Students Incorporated, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and The Navigators. With many thousands of Japanese studying or working in North America, a good number of Japanese come to Christ each year. Often when they return to Japan they stop attending church. In order to help stop this tragic tendency God has led us to develop this conference. It is devoted to equipping Japanese Christians and those ministering to them with the necessary tools and spiritual resources to stand strong and make Christ known in Japan. It is being held this year in Seattle, WA from Dec. 27th through the 1st of January. Organizers would love to see you there! Cost is $210 per person. Arthur Hollands and Koichi Hirano will be the keynote speakers and most sessions are held in Japanese but translation will be available. If you are interested or know someone who may benefit from this just contact USHQatJCFNdotOrg  (USHQatJCFNdotOrg)   for more information. Or you may call 303-730-4226 and ask for Setsu or Yumi!
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BEST BIBLE IN GERMAN?

Got a favorite translation for kids in Germany? Victor vhallatattdotnetdothk  (vhallatattdotnetdothk)   would like to know! He wrote, “Can someone recommend the best easy-to-read German Bible and/or New Testament for a kid in elementary school? I’d like to avoid the old Luther translation, also any denominational slant, but would welcome illustrations.” Victor, be sure to let us know your response, here at Brigada.
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STILL NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS ABOUT NET ZERO

netzero logo We’ve still heard nothing but good news about http://www.netzero.net . Let us know if you try it and what you think of it?
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TESOL TOOL IN AUCKLAND

Looking for a valuable tool to help you in missions? Coming down under in January ’99? Either way, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a great way to be equipped to reach out to immigrants and overseas missions. The Missions Network Center teaches a course designed to give you the necessary skills required to begin teaching English straight away. This four week course will be held on the YWAM Auckland Campus from the 4th through the 29th of January, 1999. The cost is $1250.00 NZ. For more information and application forms contact: Missions Network Centre, Ph. (64) (9) 256-1942, PO Box 13-580, Fax (64) (9) 256-1323, email 100233dot1044atcompuservedotcom  (100233dot1044atcompuservedotcom)  .
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (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!

19981108 Brigada Today

Now with 7700 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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In this issue….

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ARE YOU CASUAL ABOUT KOSOVO?

Maybe God wants us to be otherwise. As the headlines tell yet another story of a Balkan nightmare, this time in Kosovo, many Christians have begun praying for this unreached part of the world. God has already begun calling His servants to minister to the Kosovars. During the early days of the Bosnian war, many people assisted by sending containers of aid to on-site Church planters. If you are interested in giving materially to this effort, please email JTE at 70303dot475atcompuservedotcom  (70303dot475atcompuservedotcom)  . If you would like to investigate ministering among the Kosovars, please write us at Pioneersatcompuservedotcom  (Pioneersatcompuservedotcom)  .
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FAMILY SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS

Thanks to Brigada reader response, Debbie Wood of AD2000 and Beyond International Office has compiled a list of 35 organizations which take families on short term mission trips.
If you have more agency info to add, or if your family has had an interesting experience in short term mission to share in an upcoming article, please contact Debbieatad2000dotorg  (Debbieatad2000dotorg)  . The article she was researching was published in the Nov. Discipleship Journal, available at Christian bookstores or by calling 1-800-366-7788 (if you’re in the USA or have Net2Phone).
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VIRUS WARNINGS: HOLLOW SCARECROWS

virus Okay, here’s the bottom line on virus warnings. ____ That’s it. In other words, they’re hollow scarecrows. They’re basically all fake. To this day, there’s never been a real live virus warning that anybody has needed to circulate around the Internet. If anyone asks you to relay anything having to do with viruses to other friends on the Internet, then as Nancy would say, just say no. Honest. Don’t waste your time. Don’t waste your friends’ time. Don’t waste your enemies’ time. They’re not that bad. :-) Just say no.
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FIRST-CLASS MEDICAL CARE FOR FREQUENT TRAVELERS

syringe Do you travel a lot? Know someone who does? Debbie thinks the $150/year is small change compared to even one emergency medical evacuation. Write infoatmedjetassistancedotcom  (infoatmedjetassistancedotcom)   for more information about MedJet assistance plans. $225/year for families.
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THREE CHEERS FOR MAFXC

MAFxc logo We heard some great words of testimony for MAFxc (when we recently asked for feedback on the possible price increase — I VISITED “THE SECRET ROOM AT MAF!”). One reader wrote, “I have been using the MAFxc service for nearly 3 years and have found it to be flawless. In that time, I’ve changed internet service providers at least 4 times, yet I’ve never had to change my email address! Not only is the service great, but it feels good to know I’m a part of MAF’s world-wide communication network for missionaries. MAFxc is worth a lot more than a buck a week. I think EVERY Brigada subscriber should use MAFxc, not just 1000.” ‘Course, his uncle owns MAFxc! :-) (Just kidding!) Anyway, no one seemed to be complaining if MAF raised the rates.
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WHERE DOES ONE TURN FOR INFO FOR EACH COUNTRY?

Is there anyone anywhere still listing prayer requests and information by country (rather than by people group)? If so, pass along a list to Roger RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg  (RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg)  . He’ll summarize and we’ll publish his results here. Please also send him any great sites you have for researching unreached peoples.
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WORLD-BEAT

Dan DanHenrichatXCdotOrg  (DanHenrichatXCdotOrg)   wrote that, of the world’s population,

  • 40% are not supplied with regular electrical service
  • 60% do not have plain old phone service
  • half live over two hours away from the nearest phone
  • a third have never made a phone call
  • less than 20 percent of households have a TV set
  • less than five percent have a personal computer!

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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST PLANS EXPAND

Heartland MissionsFest organizers wrote this past week, “Plans continue to develop for the February 25-27, 1999 conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their web site is now active at http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf. In addition to speakers like Luis Bush and Terry Law the organizers have just confirmed that Neal Pirolo will speak in 3 of the 50+ workshops. Pirolo’s topics will come from two books he has written, Serving As Senders and Prepare for Battle, as well as from his series Building Your Support Team. Of special interest to Brigada participants will be the Brigada exhibit with Doug Lucas live and in-person. Organizations that cannot exhibit in-person can even send brochures to be pre-stuffed in the sack which each attendee receives with their program. At the last Heartland conference over 2,000 participants came from 16 schools, 23 states, 100 churches, and 101 missions agencies. To receive a brochure or exhibitor/advertiser packet send your snail mail address to hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)   or phone 1-800-366-6641. But don’t delay. The exhibitor/advertiser advance discount requires a postmark by November 30.”
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CHECK OUT CHINA ’99

“China ’99…For A New Century” is a conference for Chinese students and scholars, designed to address issues of vital interest to Chinese students and scholars as well as to provide for their spiritual growth. The talks will relate to all levels of one’s spiritual experience – from those who are still considering the matter of God’s existence, to those who have been believers for some time and are ready to minister to others. In addition to stimulating plenary sessions and workshops, conferees will take part in small group discussions led by trained student leaders. Individual ministry time will be available with conference instructors and student leaders. Unique to this conference will be the opportunity to stay with an American host family during the conference, as well as sightseeing in the beautiful San Diego area. Plenary sessions will be presented in Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation in English available through the use of radio headsets. Conference dates are July 10-17, 1999, to be held at Horizon Christian Fellowship; San Diego, California, co sponsored by International Students, Inc., and Horizon Christian Fellowship. For further information, contact China99atisionlinedotorg  (China99atisionlinedotorg)   or by phone at 719-576-2700, ext 139.
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USING THE NAME BRIGADA

Brigada LogoFor what it’s worth, this past week, a reader asked if he could use the name “Brigada” for his new bookstore. We kindly requested that he not do so, not because we were trying to be selfish with the name, but rather so as to avoid confusion.
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CALENDAR OF PRAYER-SPECIFIC EVENTS

praying hands Did you ever wish for a comprehensive calendar of mission mobilization-specific events? Say no more! Done! Nate’s pulled one together at www.ris.net/~nwilson/calendar.htm.

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ZERO BAD ABOUT NETZERO

netzero logo We’ve heard nothing but good about NetZero. One Brigada participant wrote, “NetZero, It really works. And it is totally free for unlimited use. … I did have some problems with it working on my computer at first … but got it all taken care of, with help from their Customer Care Center, and I was up and runnin. You must fill out a “personal profile” the first time you use the service. They use this info to groom the banner ad which they place on top of your browser window. It is not THAT big and can be moved to any corner on your screen but you cannot get rid of it until you log off. It has worked great each time I have used it. In looking through their growing list of access numbers it seemed practically every area code in the country was mentioned. For those diehard freebie types it is a great service. … You can find out more at http://www.NetZero.net or write speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet  (speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet)  . Enter ONLY the following three numbers in the “subject line” of the e-mail: 102 In the body of the letter include your name and mailing address. They will send you a response right away but you will probably have to wait a month to receive the software. They are quite busy for some reason.
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EXPIRED MEDICINE FOR INSPIRING RESULTS

syringe Bill wbillingatexecpcdotcom  (wbillingatexecpcdotcom)   wrote this past week, “We currently have a source for approximately one million dollars (wholesale) of medications and various medical supplies annually. Most of the medications are samples that are about to expire or have expired within the past year or so. We are seeking outlets for distribution for these medications. We had been taking these medications down to Haiti, however the government of Haiti no longer allows expired medications to enter the country. This is the result of a World Health Organization(WHO) recommendation that developing countries not accept expired pharmaceuticals. As most know the meds do not loose their efficacy for many years and the only drug that should not be used beyond its expiration is tetracycline. The WHO policy is just a recommendation. It is not a law, but some countries have made it a law. We really don’t want to violate any of these laws. We do condense and re-package most of the meds so that there is no old expiration date on the container. This is done mainly for shipping purposes. The hospital where we donated the meds stated that 95% of what we brought was needed. That shipment was valued at approximately $100,000.00 U.S. dollars(wholesale).”

Bill also wondered if anyone knew of a country where they do not have a strict policy about expired medications — yet have a medical need? Write him at the address above please.

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TOPS FOR ORIENTING MULTI-CULTURAL MISSION TEAMS

This is a great question. Rick rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid  (rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid)   has to orient several multi-cultural mission teams. How ’bout a line on your favorite resource, simulation “game” guide, handbook, etc., for orienting multicultural teams. Please send them directly to Rick and he’ll report back here next time….
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BUSINESSES FOR BRAD

Brad BStoopsatXCdotOrg  (BStoopsatXCdotOrg)   is trying to pull together a list of resources and pointers on:

  • Business training resources, esp those that incorporate Biblical principles & ethics (books, seminars, cassette/video series, etc).
  • Organizations that promote, support, and/or do micro-enterprise development, tentmaking, esp Xian-based groups.
  • Any other related resources: recommended books/journals devoted to topics of business/mssns, foundations/organizations offering funding, relevant e-mail conferences, helpful software (eg, writing a business plan), etc.

These are great questions. In fact, they just came up today in a lunch I attended! (So please give Brad lots of good answers! :-) ) When he’s done, we’ll publish the list here.

Brad added, “I am looking for all available resources in English, but I very much would like to find out what is available in other languages, too, for use in Central Asia languages, (materials in Turkish and related dialects: Kazak, Uzbek, etc) and Russian would be most useful. Please pass this request along to others! Remember, he’s not looking for the actual resources now . . . but rather, pointers to the resources. Thanks!

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TRACK A DISASTER

A new email distribution list has been formed to network people and organizations involved in the relief effort in Honduras in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Mitch. It will also serve as a source for current news from the region. Moderator Larry Wilson LWilsonatxcdotorg  (LWilsonatxcdotorg)   wrote, “We particularly invite participation by officials of both governmental and private relief organizations, charities and foundations, churches and religious organizations, grass-roots organizations, schools, and individuals involved in disaster relief. Our objective is to facilitate communication among those involved, the networking of resources, and the dissemination of vital information. We invite any contributions of news items, information on resources, inquires from those seeking ways to participate in the relief activities, and requests for assistance from relief organizations and individuals. Those who just wish to keep current on the relief activities are also encouraged to join us.” To join this communication list, send a blank email message join-mitch-reliefatxcdotorg  (join-mitch-reliefatxcdotorg)  

Please disseminate this message as widely as possible to reach interested parties!

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NO FREE LUNCH… OR HOUSING

Oops! The housing mentioned last week (“GOT ANY INTEREST IN FREE MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING?“) is not free. Rent is set to cover expenses of operating the facility. Those expenses are the responsibility of the missionary or their agency. No free lunch.
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SEEMS LIKE SOMETIMES ONLY HALF THE MESSAGE COMES THROUGH

At least that’s what happened last week (“REGISTER YOUR HIGH-TECH SKILLS“). Pete clarified, “That’s right, we’re also creating a worldwide catalog of cross-cultural ministry high tech needs, so that the techies (and managers, and funders, and…) can find significant ways to help. African initiatives needing computers, SE Asian ministries interested in web sites, folks needing email help, Brigada conferences needing administrators :-), evangelists wanting to create talking credit-card sized tracts, etc etc etc…. we need ALL of it.” Go for it, Pete!
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IF YOU’RE READING ABOUT ISLAM ON THE NET

We had previously mentioned a URL for reading about Islam, maybe even on the Net. Instead of http://www.math.gatech.edu/~jkatz/Islam/Gilchrist/Vol1/ (which is the individual’s work account), we’re told we should have recommended, http://answering-islam.org/Gilchrist/Vol1/ or http://answering-islam.org.uk/Gilchrist/Vol1/ — whichever you choose.
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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!

19981101 Brigada Today

Now with 7647 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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In this issue….

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HOW TO SPEND 100 BUCKS AND NOT BE ANY CLOSER TO YOUR MISSIONARY

I really have a hard time with these online “chat” reports with missionaries overseas. I don’t know what it is about it . . . maybe the fact that the missionary is probably having to pay for his Internet connectivity by the minute (while someone backspacez…<<<<
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THUMBS UP FROM PLANET ONE

thumbs-up I’m not fibbing… last night I dreamed I was on a set-up trip overseas (I won’t say where) and some terrorists blew up the airport. I watched the explosion and the resulting fire from outside the house where I was a guest. When I poked my head in the door and told them, they locked me out and shoved my passport/ID under the door. I was stuck outside with none of my belongings and nowhere to turn. But thankfully, I hadn’t taken in the Planet 1 yet. (You think I’m making this up . . . but it really happened… in my dream.) I snuck inside an unlocked car in the driveway and placed a call… to the State Department… direct… on my Planet 1 Satellite Telephone. (Now here’s the part where I’m making it up… I don’t own a Planet 1 …yet.) Maybe I dreamed this because Penny and I watched Mission: Impossible (the movie) last night… or maybe it was because a friend at MAF let me phone her from California last week . . . via satellite! Either way, it’s a pretty fascinating concept. There’s no doubt about it… if you appreciate a loved one or a missionary in a far-flung locale without dependable long distance, Planet 1 is the way to go. $3/minute is steep, but I can speak from experience, if the terrorists blow up the airport in your city (or in your dreams) or even if the baby takes her first steps while you’re serving in the jungles of the Amazon, you’ll wish you had Planet 1 to call the grandparents! Hey — what’s $3/minute if you’re trying to arrange an emergency airlift out of a wartorn or otherwise disaster-stricken location! What’s more, if you buy now, before the end of the year, you’ll get these zillions of free air-time minutes worth like hundreds and hundreds of dollars! You get the telephone (which looks more like a small laptop), case, and a bunch of other goodies for just under three grand. Ouch. bandaid But save your pennies… I know I’d like to. When you reach the big 3K, email Paul Lay at MAF PLayatmafdotorg  (PLayatmafdotorg)   to find out more. I’m serious — I really didn’t make up the dream. :-)
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RENT A PLANET 1 FOR A SONG

And if you can’t afford to buy one right now, why not try before you buy! Write rentalatmobelldotcom  (rentalatmobelldotcom)   for more info. 95 English Pounds per week… What would that be.. maybe $150 or so? Might be a great way to experience it for starters!
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WATER FILTERS FOR THE REST OF US

So have you been holding back on buying a travel water filter for your next short-term trip? Maybe you didn’t want to spring for the $70… or $250! Or maybe you were kind of sheepish about dragging out all that hose in front of your host in rural Nepal? Well never fear, PentaPure is here! I finally got to try out one of those new PentaPure Sport bottles this past week. What a great option for someone “on the go”! You just fill it up (with clear water from a spring, river, or the faucet), and as you squeeze and sip through the built-in bottle nipple, the water is filtered and purified through several stages . . . enough to pull out the waterborne bacteria and viruses, along with protozoa, giardia, cryptosporidium, and anything else over 1 micron wide! Just think . . . no more pumping while you try to hold the hose under the faucet! (It’s like those old one-liners… “How many missionaries does it take to filter water, eh? Four! One to hold the intake hose under the faucet, one to pump, and one to hold the output hose in the mouth of the flask, and one to keep the hostess busy outside the bathroom door so she won’t wonder why you don’t think her water is good enough!! :-) ) Well . . . never again! Just fill your PentaPure Sport bottle to the brim and run! Yahooo! Yahoo Not bad for $24. And that’ll do for your next 750 refills! (100 gallons!) You can write TealBrook for more info… tealbrookataoldotcom  (tealbrookataoldotcom)  . Just please don’t forget to tell them to give you a good deal ’cause you heard about it on Brigada. Maybe they’ll throw in a belt “Hydro-Pak” holster for $8 more! (Okay… so you can’t afford the satellite phone… how ’bout the water bottle, eh?)
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WEBWATCH

WebWatch Check out these great online resources for those working among Muslims…
“Islam, As It Sees Itself, As Others See It, As It Is,” http://answering-islam.org/Nehls/tt1/content.html
“The Islamic-Christian Controversy,” http://answering-islam.org/Nehls/tt2/content.html
“Muhammad and the Religion of Islam,” http://www.math.gatech.edu/~jkatz/Islam/Gilchrist/Vol1/
Thanks Jeff!

Also, you might want to catch the article on persecution of Christians around the world by the The Portland Oregonian at: http://www.oregonlive.com/series/christians.html (Thanks Gene!)

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NEW MEANING TO THE YEAR 2000 BUG

I loved the note I got last week from Mike & Deb Lundeen, who said they had finally found a solution to the Year 2000 Bug (commonly being referred to as Y2K). If you haven’t heard about Y2K, you should probably hide under a different rock for awhile. The essence is that computer programmers (myself included… in a program I wrote back in ’89) abbreviated the year with only two digits in programming code. Come “00” (or actually, 2000), some of the code might not perform up to our expectations, since the computer might assume we’re talking about 1900 instead of 2000! But Mike & Deb Lundeen have concluded that they aren’t going to be sidetracked! As for their part, whenever they see “Y2K,” they’ve pledged to bow in prayer! Because they’re going to interpret Y2K as “Your 2 Knees!” I love it! By the way, these are the same Lundeens who sell the water bottles and other camping/survival equipment at TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)  .
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SUMMARY OF PRAYER INPUT

praying hands A couple of weeks ago, I asked how we can pray more effectively for those in limited (creative-) access countries. There were those who said it could be done by encryption. If you’re interested, the MAF people are probably the experts on that. Write to someone like helpdeskatxcdotorg  (helpdeskatxcdotorg)   for a lead on the cost of setting up an encrypted email server in your creative access country. But by a large margin, most responses have indicated that we shouldn’t be mentioning names, addresses, or probably even specific countries when we raise up requests for our missionaries or the nationals with which they labor – even if we have encryption. The vast majority of responses said it’s just too easy for local governments to come down hard on specific individuals. And although encryption feels like it’s working, it’s also too easy to seize the computer physically and read the decrypted messages on the hard drive… or just throw the guy out of the country because he looks suspect for using encryption in the first place! (Until we all start using encryption on a regular basis, that is.) God knows who you’re praying for . . . lift them up! Mark told us about a web-site he had created as a sampler… http://www.apaog.org/ under “About APAG” then Missions. He’s Mark Szymanski 75604dot1047atcompuservedotcom  (75604dot1047atcompuservedotcom)  , the new Ass’t to the Pres. at United World Mission. Greg Fritz, of Caleb Project, wrote personally to add, “The security problem may be minimized by focusing people’s prayers on the people group. This kind of effective praying may actually bless the worker as much as the other. I also think that praying for the work more effectively mobilizes the Church than praying for the worker. So then, my suggestion becomes, let’s not just pray for the workers, let’s pray with the workers. They pray for the people they are trying to reach.” I agree fully with Greg… and I know he’s a man who implements that which he’s advocating. I’ve stayed at his house before and wondered upstairs at 5:00am to see why the light was on. There he’d be, already up praying and reading the scripture. Yikes. gulp Move over Dawson Trotman. :-) ‘Course, he goes to bed at 9pm, too. :-)
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MOVING FORWARD WITH EMAIL FORWARDING SERVICES

letter and ligntening boltGot a favorite email forwarding service? Ken and Luci Davis kenluciatjunodotcom  (kenluciatjunodotcom)   would like to know! Drop ’em a note with a brief description of your favorite and why you like it. These forwarding services save your friends a ton of headaches. Whenever you switch email providers (during home service, or maybe just because you find something better, or perhaps while you’re on a trip overseas), you take care of switching your destination email by reconfiguring your “alias” to redirect your messages from your alias address over to your new real address. It’s transparent! Your friends don’t even realize you’ve switched providers! Some are free (usually attaching a brief ad to the bottom of each message), while some charge a fee. When you tell Ken and Luci your favorite, make sure you fill ’em in on what you have to pay, if anything. Ken and Luci will, in turn, file a summary report with us here for the whole world to see. Well . . . maybe not the whole world. Mostly just Brigada participants! :-)
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SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, SEARCHING FOR SCORCHED SYMBOLS

Here’s a guy with a vision: Vern Bissell acmc-waatintegrityonlinedotcom  (acmc-waatintegrityonlinedotcom)  , of ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment), Washington State (tel. 503-848-7924), is looking for any symbols of persecution that he could use at an upcoming concert of prayer for the persecuted church around the world (on March 20). He wrote that he’s looking for “any scorched boards salvaged from burned churches anywhere around the world, especially Sudan — or similar objects which testify to the plight of Christian brothers and sisters. I would like to use these as an aid for intercessory prayer both for the persecuted and for the persecutors. Associated photos would also be helpful.”
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WANT TO WRITE YOUR OWN GRANT INTO CENTRAL ASIA RESEARCH?

You can do it. Check out http://www.indiana.edu/~iaunrc and learn more. If you’re really serious, you could write the Indiana University administrator for more information . . . but remember that he’s a university administrator, not a missions guy… Anyway… you could qualify for up to $300 grant to study and present at IU. Free money. Cool. thumbs-up :-) Thanks Noel!
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GOT ANY INTEREST IN FREE MISSIONARY GUEST HOUSING?

Ted 105332dot551atcompuservedotcom  (105332dot551atcompuservedotcom)   wants to know. He’s putting together a proposal for his church, since their first attempt has proven so successful. The church already has one guest house working . . . and now they’re considering a 2nd. Ted wants to make a strong case to his board. If you’re a missionary who would appreciate a place to stay in North Boston (or nearby), why not drop him a line! And in the process, Ted will put together a written proposal that we can also make available here to all. Ted’s wondering if maybe others would want to make housing available elsewhere. Maybe his report/proposal could work as a model for others. So… if you like the idea of free missionary housing, drop him a line!
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HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE WITH 500,000 INTERESTED FRIENDS?

The Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board (IMB) is about to find out! Rick Wood recently shared Mark Kelly’s summary of a new communications tool that the IMB (The initials “IMB” remind me of something off Mission: Impossible! :-) ) has come up with to inform churches and their members about the work of the IMB around the world. They made the bulletin-size inserts available on a no-cost basis to anyone who would distribute them to church members, free of charge. But still, according to Mark, they figured they’d be lucky to distribute 50,000 of them. Now, after just 3 months of publishing, they’re up to 500,000 requests weekly! Whew! blinking1eyes That’s enough to make any printing press tired! Interested in seeing what they’re like? Why not try to get on the list!?! Make it 500,001! :-) Contact them via customerdotservicesatimbdotorg  (customerdotservicesatimbdotorg)   or call toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at 1-800-866-3621. The IMB’s web site is at http://www.imb.org. As always, if any inquirer is caught, the IMB will disavow any knowledge of your actions. :-)
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BEEN WONDERING WHERE GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST IS?

Well, it’s an interesting story. Apparently, several addresses (maybe hundreds?) were lost in the switchover to Lyris. As those folks realized one at a time that they weren’t receiving the digest any more, they’ve tried to resubscribe, only to find that their attempts would get kicked back in their faces. Rude, these computers. :-) Well after hearing several complaints, I got on the web last week and discovered, much to my surprise, that, for being such a smart piece of computer software, Lyris actually has a fairly limited spelling vocabulary — about 30 letters. (I mean.. there are kids in those 6th grade spelling bees that can do better! :-) ) What I mean to say is that . . . any conference over 30 letters got truncated, whether it liked it or not. I barely remember the day back in 1995 when the then-editor of the electronic version of Global Prayer Digest and I opted to spell out the entire publication in the list name. In retrospect (mostly in Lyris-spect), bad idea. Why? Because what Majordomo used to call brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigestatxcdotorg has now become brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg (whack off the “t”!). Can you believe it? So . . . bottom line . . . if you’d like to receive a daily dose of prayer for unreached peoples, absolutely free, you’ll have to do so without the tea . . . or “t” . . . . whatever. Just write to: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg  (subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg)   and you’re in business! Computers. With all due respect to silicon, for being so smart, they can sure be dumb. :-)
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MINI-PERSPECTIVES?

Okay… I know they’re out there. All those “condensed” Perspectives-type classes and workshops, some on video, some “live”, some on cassette… whatever. Joe LFJU59Aatprodigydotcom  (LFJU59Aatprodigydotcom)   wants to know! He’s working with a very large church which is considering asking all its Adult Bible Fellowships to cover a mini-perspectives in their regular Sunday morning lesson series plans. Great idea. Naturally, you can understand why they can’t use the whole 45-hour Perspectives course during Sunday School time! :-) So they’re looking for something maybe 4-weeks long… 4 lessons. I know, I know. Everybody’s going to tell him not to shorten Perspectives. But hey – they’ve got limitations and they’ve got to work within them. So… please… no lectures… just the facts… where can he get a four-lesson course. Now… Joe… here’s the deal. You’ve got to fill us in on a summary of your findings, with all the sources and prices, okay? Thanks.
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WHAT ABOUT ALL THE BRIGADA “GETS”

Brigada LogoIf you’re one of the frustrated users who has been looking for one of the old Brigada “get” files via the email interface, I’m sorry to have to tell you that we’re still stuck in limbo-land. The transition from Lyris has brought about a situation where practically none of the formerly available “get files” are available today. We’re told that someday, they’ll be brought over, though. So have patience. In the meantime, if you’re one of the lucky ones with web access, you can probably still see the “get” files via the web interface, maintained by our buddy Bob! What a saint he is! Week by week converting all this ASCII gibberish into meaningful and colorful web pages! Well… his “get files” are still active and helpful links, ready to click on! So… go to the web, use the search engine, and go to town! We’ll announce it here when the archives are available again via the email interface.
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INTERESTED IN ETHNIC WORSHIP AND ARTS?

Then this is your ticket! Write to receive the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus Newsletter…the first (Nov98) issue has just come out and is available upon request from gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  .
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REGISTER YOUR HIGH-TECH SKILLS

Are you a Christian interested in the use of high tech tools for strategic worldwide ministry? Whether you have much time or little time to give, The folks at the newly-formed International Christian Technologists’ Association (ICTA) are asking that you please register your areas of expertise and interest and support the Association with your membership. They want you to contribute to their secure database of ministry high tech needs and high tech people skills and interests, then join what they hope will become a global community of Christian Information Technologists! Check ’em out at http://www.icta.net today!
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ADVANCE IS READY TO READ

Mark Kelly has done it again! His November issue of “Advance!” is ready to read.

Here’s the executive summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — China’s “perfect city;” the Criollo of Argentina; gospel radio in Myanmar; the Barel of India; the “Jesus” film in Gombe, Nigeria; catastrophe in Bangladesh.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church Nov. 15; persecution in Southeast Asia; believers arrested, tortured in Egypt; Pakistan parliament passes Islamic law amendment; militant Hindus rape nuns; Ayizo believers persecuted.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Jehovah’s Witnesses target young deaf believer; Muslim extremists booby-trap baby’s corpse; U.S. lawmakers fail to override partial-birth abortion veto; birth control pills kill after conception; study indicates lesbians at higher risk for breast cancer.

REJOICE! — God moving among the Sundanese; 1,000 attend Bhojpuri pastors conference; Sudanese believer acquitted of subversion charges; satanic priests, cult members turn to Christ; young believer leads 10 inmates to Christ; baby girl survives abortion; China officials ask church leader to conduct Christian training; Myanmar sorceress accepts Christ; 753 accept Christ because of ex-prisoner’s testimony.

NETWORKING — 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus; the “Bwanda Fusa Challenge” computer game; 1999 Heartland MissionsFest; “Mpact” student missions conference

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