Monthly Archives: December 1998

19981227 Brigada Today

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GREETING CARDS WITH A MISSION MESSAGE

Looking for just the right card to send to your missionary or supporter? Check out http://www.ywam.org/mary/illustrt.html for a sample of Mary’s work. Chase the links on the page for more samples. These cards come in boxes of 10 each for $8 (less per box if you order more boxes). For more information, contact Paul wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , who can also give you info on shipping and payment options.
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NEW MISSIONS TEXT ON REACHING RESISTANT PEOPLES

book Gailyn Van Rheenen, Vice President of Publications for the Evangelical Missiological Society wishes to announce the new EMS text Reaching the Resistant: Barriers and Bridges for Mission is now off the press and available through William Carey Library. This book, edited by J. Dudley Woodberry, is the 6th in the EMS series. Those in the USA can order it through William Carey Library by calling 1-800-Mission (647-7466) and everybody can order by emailing ordersatwclbooksdotcom  (ordersatwclbooksdotcom)  .
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AT THE RISK OF STARTING A LONG DISTANCE WAR…

telephone I continually get appeals to list various long distance carriers and usually say no, partly because we’re such an international audience and most of these long distance deals are for a USA-only market. However, here’s a site that might list some options for those calling from outside the USA too. http://ld.net/?pacifics. (According to “Don”, the author, “all proceeds go towards supporting missions work in Asia.” Now I’m pretty sure I’ll heard from 20 more long distance dealers… So my basic response will be usually to “Just say no.” :-) But if I hear about something that beats the options on Don’s pages, I’ll speak up. (So long distance sales people, check out Don’s pages first, before emailing, and if you decide to email anyway, tell us why your service is cheaper or any better.
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BOB ADDS TO “HOW TO KEEP YOUR EMAIL FRIENDS”

lighting the way Bob read the “TEN KEYS TO KEEP YOUR EMAIL FRIENDS” from last week’s Brigada Today and immediately suggested we add another item… ”

  1. Break the text into brief paragraphs, adding a blank line between each paragraph and indenting the first line of each.

For many people, reading text onscreen is daunting enough as it is. Long, unbroken text is visually intimidating and likely to go unread.” Then he referred to my long paragraph before the “top ten list.” Ouch. bandaid I guess if the shoe fits! :-)

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INTENT’S ANNUAL GATHERING FOR TENTMAKERS

INTENT ’99 will be held in Wheaton, Illinois on May 21-23, 1999, beginning on Friday evening and concluding at noon on Sunday. The conference theme is, Kingdom Professionals: FutureEdge of Missions. Landa Cope, Dean of the College of Communications at the University of Nations in Hawaii, will be the keynote speaker. The workshops on Saturday morning will focus on opportunities in the four tracks:

  1. entrepreneurial business
  2. the marketplace job takers
  3. education and TESOL
  4. relief and development/with micro-enterprise development

The special feature of this conference is to be able to network with practitioners, to consult with mentors, to brainstorm with facilitators, and to participate in what God is doing through Kingdom Professionals. A Practitioner’s Forum is scheduled on Thursday evening, May 20, and during the day on Friday, May 21, in open networking roundtable discussions for those who are already involved in tentmaking in order to give these action-oriented professionals the opportunity to build relationships with others of equal stature in the industry and the opportunity to discuss issues and to share perspectives. For more information, contact infoatintentdotorg  (infoatintentdotorg)   or call Dorothy Blaha at 1-800-478-2598.
note (Note that Intent isn’t a function of Weaton College.)

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FROM SENDEE TO SENDER: HELLO LATIN AMERICA!

Latin America is changing from being a mission field to being a missions force. To help with this transition a Missions Retreat will take place at the ALMA (America Latina Misiones Al-mundo) missionary training center in Paraguay, February 24-26, 1999. The retreat will focus on mobilizing and educating pastors and church leaders about missions and the unique challenges and opportunities for Latin Americans while featuring sessions on the fundamentals of missions as well as workshops on Muslim ministry. Outside authorities as well as Latin American missionaries will be directing the various sessions. For more information contact Dan danielcoolatinamedotcom  (danielcoolatinamedotcom)  .
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UNLOCKING AN UNREACHED GROUP

Looking for the Cultural Keys to unlock an unreached group? They’re present in each culture’s common sayings and Proverbs. If you’d like training and practice in gathering, assessing and utilizing these Proverbs and sayings for reaching your special group, join Stan Nussbaum of Global Mapping International and Ray Howard of Mission Training International for a research seminar seminar titled “Listen First, Speak Later” in Colorado Springs, Feb. 11-13, ’99. For further info contact Stan listenatgmidotorg  (listenatgmidotorg)   or 800 569-6312 or 719 531 3586 or Ray Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or 800 896-3710 or 719 594-0687 (fax 719 594-4682).
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SEEKING EDITORS

http://www.ncubator.com is looking for capable individuals to serve as managing editors for some of their category pages (especially Evangelism/Missions). A managing editor would literally “own the page”. This person would be responsible to

  1. write feature articles on a bi-weekly basis in keeping with the topic of the cube
  2. approve and edit articles submitted by contributing editors
  3. chose and manage a select list of links pursuant to the category
  4. write reviews of Christian resources available on the net on a once a month basis

You can browse the additional info, including qualifications, at http://www.ncubator.com/editor.htm or email pchaneyatncubatordotcom  (pchaneyatncubatordotcom)  .

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INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES, 1999

The 1999 Institute of Islamic Studies [IIS 99] will be held April 12th through June 4th in Baguio City, Philippines. The 8-week intensive institute features international missionary scholars and a distinctive emphasis on spiritual preparation for ministry within and to the Muslim World. Instructors for IIS 99 [except for one name, which is excluded due to sensitivity] are: Dr. Don McCurry, Dr. Greg Livingstone, John Gilchrist, Dr. Sobhi Malek, Faouzi Arzouni [Ph.D.Cand.] and Dale Fagerland. IIS leadership is committed to maintaining a broad mix of instructors from several Evangelical organizations. IIS participants may earn up to 9 graduate credits toward a masters level program. Class size and number of scholarships is limited. Registration deadline: March 01, 1999. Brochures are available upon request. For immediate information aptsatxcdotorg  (aptsatxcdotorg)   or Langfordatxcdotorg  (Langfordatxcdotorg)  , or call 63-74-442-7068 or 6977 or 2226, or fax: 63-74-442-6378.
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WEB-WATCH

WebWatch YWAM Elm Springs has a new base at http://www.ywam.net. Also, Team Expansion has been at work on its site at http://www.teamexpansion.org. Having noticed that static web pages become stagnant web pages, Team Expansion is now introducing a new feature article each and every Monday.
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WHERE’S THE HOOPLA ABOUT FINISHING THE TASK?

Is it just my imagination or are we hearing less and less about finishing the task by the year 2000. Now maybe that’s because the hard workers are out there doing it rather than talking about it. Or maybe somebody woke up and smelled the coffee and realized we’re in the “home stretch.” I remember looking to my left at a luncheon in Seoul (during GCOWE ’95) and seeing, of all people, Tom Houston, a big-time leader in the Lausanne Movement. When I asked him what he thought of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, he was largely supportive and positive. But then he added that, come 2001, the Lausanne Movement would still be out there patiently picking up the pieces to move world missions momentum forward to the next phase.

As for me, I’m looking forward to the Heartland MissionFest in Tulsa this coming February. I really didn’t have time to go (I will have gotten home from a two-week trip to North Africa and Bosnia just 48 hours before having to open the first of 8 or so workshops I have to present in Tulsa). But I also hated to miss it. Luis Bush will be there, along with an update on the progress of the Joshua Project 2000 and the “next steps.” If memory serves, this will be the first update from AD2000 in about a year. So… I’m looking forward to hearing it “straight from the horse’s mouth,” so to speak. :-) If you’d like to catch Luis, Law, (and maybe even Lucas?) in Tulsa, browse http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf or write hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)  . And while you’re there, look for the Brigada exhibit. It’ll be the first one ever in history – and I have no clue what it’ll look like! :-)

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19981220 Brigada Today

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WHOA! BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS JUMP TO 8600+

Brigada LogoMaybe one of you did a “membership drive” for the Christmas holidays??? … or put some kind of “free coupon” in your company’s stockings??? :-) Musta’ been some company. We normally grow by 1, 2, or 10 subscribers per day… and we’re thankful for that! But on the fateful and memorable day of Dec. 23, our number of Brigada participants (subscribers to Brigada Today) jumped by 661 individuals! Over 8600 people are now involved on a weekly basis! Thanks to whomever played Santa! :-) (I don’t know — maybe MAFxc just reindexed the counting mechanism! :-) )
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FIVE CENTS PER MINUTE WORLDWIDE LONG DISTANCE

telephoneSort of. I’m not sure I understand it yet. Apparently, if you happen to live in the USA, you could start using 10 10 629 today. Reportedly, for a limited time, you’d be able to dial long distance for just 5 cents/minute… not only to other cities in the USA but also to several other points throughout the globe, including Canada, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Apparently during the first use, you have to put in a “project code,” which is 200615. The service doesn’t require a credit card and it doesn’t make you change long distance carriers. Supposedly, all you have to do is dial 10 10 629 then dial 1 (or, if dialing overseas, 011 + the country code) + the Area Code and the Phone Number. One hitch… and only one as far as I can determine… you are billed $4.50 for any month that you use the service. But if you knew you were going to be calling the UK several times in January, it would be worth it! Thanks for the tip! If you need to know more, you might be able to find out more by writing zhafambaatcjadotinextdotro  (zhafambaatcjadotinextdotro)   or cupcake1002atchorlodotcpeldotubadotar  (cupcake1002atchorlodotcpeldotubadotar)  .
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FREE COPIES OF THE JESUS FILM!

movie cameraWould you like to use the Jesus Film on your next mission trip? Got a missionary to whom you’d like to mail a few hundred copies??? Now you can! Brigada has a friend in Canada who has connections! :-) For a limited time, email Keith Keithkatidmaildotcom  (Keithkatidmaildotcom)   and ask away!
noteNOTE: There are several small hitches. First only about 400 languages are being offered… and they’re only from Asia, Africa, Greek and New World Indian languages. Second, if you’re ordering from outside Canada, you have to pay shipping. Ask for more info. on this. Third, not every request can be granted… since funds for this project come directly from a foundation grant, which is limited. But there are great options. In fact, you might even be able to purchase “master copies” with rights to copy the film at your site! Again, write Keith for more info. Fourth, and finally, we think you should have to agree to send Keith a great story from your use of the films. (Maybe Keith won’t require it, but we think it’s the least you could do! :-) ) Thanks loads, Keith! Canada comes through again!
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LOOKING FOR THAT HARD-TO-LABEL LANGUAGE?

Go to the web! Browse http://www.sil.org/ethnologue/countries/xxxx.html where xxxx represents the first four letters of the country you’re interested in (=indo). This is from the brand new edition. Thanks again Keith!
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AUDIO TAPES TO GO

cassette Maybe your target people group doesn’t have access to VCRs or projectors, so the Jesus Film couldn’t be passed around en masse. But maybe you could distribute a few audio cassette players??? If so, write Audio Scriptures at asint1atxcdotorg  (asint1atxcdotorg)  . Keith (again!) says they have a great catalogue with about 70 languages, mostly Gospel portions.
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A FUN WAY TO PRACTICE LANGUAGE…

Tim (from Cincinnati) writes, “If you have a TV set-top or PC-based DVD drive, and can buy or rent movies on DVD, you’ll notice that many of the disks give you the option of listening to the movie in several languages, with closed captioning in any of those languages. You can often listen to a movie in, say, Spanish, and watch the subtitles in English. You can often even print out all the subtitles, or even the entire script, in several languages. AND, you can repeat sections at will so that you can use the DVD as a language dialog tape. So instead of that Pablo Goes to the Market tape you’ve been slaving over, you can check out Lost in Space!” Great idea, Tim . . . especially for those folks buying those new laptops, wondering what they’ll do with that fancy new DVD drive! :-)
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AUDIO MISSIONS PROGRAMS (IN SPANISH) TO GO

cassette In August of 1997, C.E.T., International and the Bible Society of Bolivia began a joint venture in producing professional audio missions programs in Spanish, called (NMM) EL NOTICIERO MISIONERO MUNDIAL (The World Missionary News). The program objective is to inform, challenge, and motivate the Latin Church to missions action. The program format is 3-minutes of the following: unreached people group profiles, with their folkloric music in background; statistics; interviews with Latin missionaries in World A; persecuted church information; legislation that will affect missions, upcoming missions events; bi-vocational opportunities; various other missions news. There are 14 programs produced per month, and to date, 183 programs have been produced and are available. These programs are being used in 8 Latin American countries on over 50 radio stations. COMIBAM, International joins with CET, International and Bible Society in 1999 to begin expanding this ministry to the continent. Another goal of the NMM for 1999 is to put images to the 3-minute missions programs for TV use. CET and Bible Society subsidize the program so Spanish broadcasts can obtain these monthly cassettes of 14 programs at mailing cost only. Contact CET for details by email: cetintlatpinodotcbbdotentelnetdotbo  (cetintlatpinodotcbbdotentelnetdotbo)   or by snail mail at Casilla 5588, Cochabamba, Bolivia or by fax: 011-591-4-245523. Address correspondence to Paul Confer, Vice-Director CET, International.
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WHICH COUNTRIES HAVE CLOSED?

Evangelical Baptist Missions is involved in developing a specialized ministry that focuses on ministering in limited access countries. One of their missionaries, Doug Boisvert, is looking at the closing of the African countries and would like to compile a list of the recent restrictions and evacuations of African countries especially in the last ten years. He desires to research the possible patterns in anticipation of future creative means of reaching in these countries through neighboring nationals that are not as limited. Do you have any links that list the history of countries closing to Western Missionaries in Africa? Maybe you could report on your own evacuation experience and/or current (or future) anticipated restrictions in an African Country. Anything that might help in this research can be sent to Doug Boisvert trimboisatCompuservedotcom  (trimboisatCompuservedotcom)  .
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METHODIST MISSIONS CONFERENCE

The first Malaysian Methodist Missions Conference will be held in Penang April 15-17. This conference will bring together key people in missions from all 5 conferences on Malaysian Methodism. The purpose for this event, according to Eric Cheah, “is to promote networking relationships and strategic partnerships and in getting people into the field. We want people to know what becoming a missionary would require in the modern context and that crteative access is imperative.” “The Malaysian Connection” is planned to be held at Genting Highlands, May 9-12. This is a Joshua Project Consultation where some 40 UPG’s in Asia will be promoted. John Robb will be one of the key speakers. Three key mission leaders from each of 100 or more Malaysian churches will attend. A unique feature will be the presence of 10 facilitators to help nurture continual linkage between home supporter and field work. For more info, write Loh Hoe Peng Peacehpatpacificdotnetdotsg  (Peace%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Ehpatpacificdotnetdotsg)  .
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NET2PHONE LOWERS RATES ON THE 1ST

IDT’s Net2Phone recently announced that it will reduce the rates on its PC-to-phone service for U.S. callers to 4.9 cents a minute. The cut goes into effect Jan. 1. Previously costs within the U.S. were 10 to 15 cents per minute for domestic users. “Users will save up to 75 percent on their domestic phone bill,” said Net2Phone chief operating officer David Greenblatt, “but our international rates are also incredibly low, with rates to most of Europe at 10 cents per minute.” Users can download Net2Phone free at http://www.net2phone.com.
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WOMEN’S SUMMIT ON THE WINDOW

A “Women’s Summit on the Window” is coming February 6-8, 1999 to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Organizers are billing it as “an international prayer and mobilization conference focusing on the needs of women and children in the 10/40 Window and strategizing to meet those needs.” Note that there is a special price for attending both the Women’s Summit on the Window and the Praying With Power conference (see next item). The sponsor is Christian Information Network. For registration information contact Glory of Zion Planternataoldotcom  (Planternataoldotcom)   or browse their site at http://www.christian-info.com .
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PRAYING WITH POWER

praying hands CIN is hosting a “Praying With Power Conference, February 9-13, 1999 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The theme is “Empowering Ordinary people for Extraordinary Exploits in the 10/40 Window.” This conference on intercessory prayer for the nations will show how to bring down strongholds and mobilize Christians to network together in prayer. Speakers will be internationally known field workers experienced in overcoming the principalities and powers of darkness. It’s sponsored by Christian Information Network. For registration information contact Glory of Zion Planternataoldotcom  (Planternataoldotcom)   or see their site at http://www.christian-info.com .
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SPANISH 30 DAYS OF PRAYER

praying hands “30 Dias De Oracion por los Musulmanes” (30 days of Prayer for Muslims) is being offered in a special way for Brigada participants in the Muslim world. You get one Spanish Prayer Guide booklet, one full color Poster (English), plus the “El Mundo del Islam” video, for the discounted price of $11 (regular price: $20.45), US Postage included (add $4 for shipments outside the USA; specify video format if other than in NTSC). Additional booklets: $1.50 (includes postage). They can invoice North American customers; others need to prepay with US$ checks or visa or mastercard. Contact: WorldChristian News, PO Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936. Tel: (719) 380-0507, Fax: (719) 380-0936, Email wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  .
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MAKE IT A SLAVIC SUMMER

The Indiana University Summer Workshop in Slavic, East European and Central Asian Languages (SWSEEL) recently announced summer courses for the study of AZERI (first year), KAZAK (first year), TURKMEN (first year) and UZBEK (first and second year). The summer workshop will be held at Indiana University (Bloomington) on June 18-August 13, 1999. Tuition for each course is $917.40 for both in-state and out-of-state students. FELLOWSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE. The deadline for fellowship applications is APRIL 1, 1999; thereafter applications will be accepted on a space-available basis. Each eight-week, six-credit course entails approximately twenty-five hours of classroom and lab instruction each week. In addition, students can take advantage of many educational and cultural activities related to the language they are studying. For applications and additional information, write to swseelatindianadotedu  (swseelatindianadotedu)   or check it out on the web at URL: http://www.indiana.edu/~iuslavic/swseel.html . Thanks for the tip, Kerry!
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NEW BOOK TO HELP US UNDERSTAND AFRICA

bookBlack Samson is a book by veteran missionary, Levi O. Keidel. It’s reported to be “A deeply-moving, true story of the emergence of a black man from the jungles of Zaire to a position of prestige and influence. Maweja was a marked man – a known “lifer” feared by all for his violent temper and great strength. The miracle of his release from prison is as strange and exciting as the unfolding of this astonishing story of a black man’s discovery of himself and a new power greater than he had ever possessed before. Excellent resource to help missionaries understand cross-cultural differences.” You can get a free subscription to a weekly, consecutive chapter will be sent to online subscribers each Saturday of the month, beginning February 1, 1999. To subscribe, send an email to blacksam-subscribeatonelistdotcom  (blacksam-subscribeatonelistdotcom)  . Or, alternatively, each chapter can be printed out from the Black Samson web page at: http://misslink.org/blacksam.html
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TEN KEYS TO KEEP YOUR EMAIL FRIENDS

letter and ligntening boltLately I’ve been seeing more and more articles about how emailed junk mail is such a terrible problem. In fact, one writer (Paul Tinnirello in PC Week) recently called email, “The Silent Killer of Productivity.” What I can’t understand is … Why is emailed junkmail any worse than the snailmail variety? And why should it take us any longer to deal with it? When our mail comes at our mission office, I look at each letter and can already tell by the wrapper what most of the envelopes are about. If it’s a “bulk mail” stamp, I already suspect that I’ll toss it. I glance at the headlines of a church newsletter, scan the major topic sentences of the first couple of paragraphs of a notice from Symantec about a coming upgrade of WinFax, then read a report from one of our missionaries in Taiwan. Those are choices I have to make based on the amount of paper coming across my desktop. I don’t see why email is any different. I get maybe 100 emails daily. Many… many are bulk mailed. If I see 35 addresses in the header, I already suspect that I’ll only glance at it. I scan the subject line, then look at the first 2 or 3 sentences. By then, I’m already guessing whether or not it’s spam, junkmail, one of those notorious emailed jokes (that I never read), an email virus (“If 15,000 of us write to Disneyworld, the boy with cancer at the office of the FCC can finally get a new copy of AOL Gold!”), etc. I discipline myself to decide in the first 5 seconds whether or not I’ll actually open the email. (At this point, I’m just looking at it in the preview pane of my reader.) So… why is email any worse than written mail. Even if someone sends me an attached file without asking permission (a real no-no in email protocol), I still don’t have to download it if I don’t want to. (I almost never download unsolicited files.) So… if you ask me, it’s all a bunch of hype. I figure if someone really wants my attention, they’ll email me direct… (rather than copy me and 150 other people on a 5-page thesis). And… to be honest… I figure if they want me bad enough, they’ll come up with a good enough subject line and first 3 sentences to let me know what they’re expecting. Does this mean I don’t care about them? Not at all! All it means is that I’m trying to take steps to stay sane! :-) So… as the email glut continues to grow, here are:

Doug’s “Ten Keys To Keep Your Email Friends”:

  1. Create a short, effective subject line that clearly identifies your email…
  2. Say “Hi” in the first line (we’ve got to do something to keep email from becoming totally sterile and cold)
  3. Try to keep your message only one screen in length! The longer it grows, the less effective it’ll be come.
  4. If you inquote (include text from a previous or forwarded message), use an identifier (like xx or yy) at the beginning of each inquoted line.
  5. Include only as much inquoted information as is absolutely necessary.
  6. Don’t sign others up for your mailing lists without asking their permission… unless you positively know they would want to get it.
  7. Don’t ask so many questions in one email that it’s overwhelming.
  8. Remember that some people get lots of mail. Don’t take it personally if they are brief in their reply, or if they don’t even answer at all. Send the same message back to them again and, if they don’t answer after two or three attempts, try emailing a friend in the same town to check on the status of your friend’s account.
  9. Make it really clear what you’re expecting in return. Instead of saying, “I’d sure like to hear back from you…” say, “Could I ask you to give me a green or red light on this by Friday?”
  10. Finally, remember some people (granted… only a few) just aren’t making the leap to email. You might have to use the dreaded telephone with them… or even go see them personally!!! :-)

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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!

19981213 Brigada Today

Now with 7930 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 SEARCH OF ANCIENT ISSUES

Brigada LogoRemember this past July, when we published a kind of history of Brigada??? Remember back at the very beginning of Brigada? We wrote…

  • January, 1995 – Doug opens an MAFxc account and begins a rapid ramp-up on email conferencing. There are probably some “lost editions” of Brigada Today that will never be recovered from this period. :-(
  • February 18, 1995 – The earliest copy of Brigada Today that we have on hand . . . but already there are 38 participants. In addition, there are dozens of conference participants in 10-20 other email conferences already taking hold.”

It was always a sad memory… knowing that the history was somehow mysteriously incomplete. All of a sudden, Brigada shows up with 30-some participants… but what happened before that? We had no record. Until today. Somehow I feel like Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life. (‘Course, it might have something to do with the fact that our whole family is crowded around the fireplace, watching “George” and “Clarence” in It’s a Wonderful Life tonight! :-) ) Anyway, last night I received word from Bob Sutterfield (an Information specialists at MAF) that he had posted some old files to the Brigada archive… some old files he had discovered on an old hub. Come to find out, among them are the very first bits of communication in the Brigada family!!! Even the very first issue! History has changed! We have a beginning!

This will sum up those 6 weeks of activity prior to the Feb 18th issue that we’ve always had to consider the first! Now, all of a sudden, it’s the 4th issue! Yahoo! Yahoo It’s a wonderful life! (Clarence just got his wings! :-) ) “The richest man is a man with many friends!” :-) And we all have scads of ’em here in the Brigada family!

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WOULD-BE TENTMAKER WANTS TO LEARN THE ROPES

Okay… let’s pull out all the stops. Tim’s a would-be recruiter of tentmakers for a missions agency that wants to kick off a greater emphasis on recruiting and training tentmakers in 10/40 Window countries. But . . . how does he get started? Is there a course on tentmaking? Are there courses via the Internet that would help a tentmaker get started? I know it’s not exactly rocket science, but there’s got to be some training somewhere that can at least help him get started! If you’ve got any tips for him, send them to Tim tp50atjunodotcom  (tp50atjunodotcom)   and he’ll compile a summary for us here on Brigada.
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CORRECTION ON CHINA CALENDARS

lighting the wayApologies for any inconvenience caused by the bad URL for the China Prayer Calendars (PRAYER CALENDARS FOR CHINA from last week). Dave wrote this week, “Sorry, Doug…I left a “c” out…it should be http://www.ccci.org/china . [But] the website is just a place to view the calendars. To order them they need to call Integrated Resources at 800-729-4351 (if in the USA or via Net-2-phone) or write Dave at eastasiaattelebytedotnet  (eastasiaattelebytedotnet)   and ask for item 7707e.
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“30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS” SPECIAL DISCOUNT

praying hands Now there’s a special Discount Package for Brigada readers only! Package #1: Full-color poster, 2 booklets (choose from adult or kids’ editions), both booklets have full color covers, for the discounted price of $4.50 (regular price: $10). Package #2: Poster, both booklets plus either the “World of Islam” video for children or adults, for the discounted price of $12 (regular price: $22). Package #3: Poster, both booklets, both videos, for the discounted price of $21 (regular price: $34). US postage is included; for shipments outside the USA, add $4 (specify video format if other than NTSC). No up-front payment needed, we can invoice you!! Don’t delay!! Contact: WorldChristian News, PO Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936. Tel: (719) 380-0507, Fax: (719) 380-0936, Email: wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  .
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THE GREAT COVER-UP OF NETZERO

netzero logo This past week, we received several notes from users of NetZero, the free Internet service. Over the past couple of weeks, users have told us of various ways to cover up the ads, using special utilities and even Windows help screens. But other users have now informed us that NetZero actually has a clause in the user agreement stating that the ads have to remain uncovered. Our apologies to NetZero… and to anyone led astray by our having published the options. Not a cool thing to do. If you use their free service, really, you shouldn’t break the agreement. For more information about their free Internet connectivity in the USA, browse http://www.NetZero.net or write speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet  (speedyresponseatnetzerodotnet)  .
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WANT GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST ONLINE?

Write to this address: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg  (subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatxcdotorg)   That’s it! No need to put anything in the text. It’s that simple. Note the missing “t” at the end of digest, due to limitations on the length of Lyris addressing. Global Prayer Digest Online is free. If you previously were subscribed but no longer receive it, just subscribe again. Lyris software (that runs the Brigada lists) won’t let you subscribe twice.
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CALLING ALL CALLBACK

So what’s the best callback service? Larry verlanderatinamedotcom  (verlanderatinamedotcom)  , a worker for the Lord in Togo, West Africa, wants to know. Drop him a line if you have an opinion. He’ll report his findings back to us here in a couple of weeks.
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WEB-WATCH: GOLDMINE AT SOUTHWESTERN SEMINARY’S RESEARCH SITE

WebWatch The URL is http://www.swbts.edu/wmc . The place is Southwestern. Click on the research and resources button and get your bookmarker ready! The links are set to do demographic research on people groups and cultural orientation on different overseas locations. There are links to Islamic studies programs and to Missions research and prayer support links. This is one you’ll want to mark, gang! Great job, Bob!
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GRAD SCHOOL FOR YOU?

graduation cap Considering seminary or Christian graduate school? Then stop by Christian Graduate http://www.christiangraduate.com to prepare for your academic future. Christian Graduate is the most comprehensive graduate school planning site on the Internet. Search the Campus Snapshots and Index of Graduate Studies to find the best school and program for you. Subscribe to the Christian Graduate e-mail newsletter and request a FREE copy of their annual planning guide, Tomorrow’s Christian Graduate. If you don’t have web access, you can try writing WINPress7ataoldotcom  (WINPress7ataoldotcom)   to make your case. :-)
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WORLD CHRISTIAN EVENT LISTING

Got an event you’d like listed in an upcoming edition of World Christian Magazine? The listings are FREE and organizers say they’ll reach 30,000+ world Christians! Send your event information to Phil Huber WINPress7ataoldotcom  (WINPress7ataoldotcom)  . Please provide the following information:

  1. Event
  2. Date
  3. Location
  4. Theme
  5. Description (include speakers, purpose) maximum 25 words
  6. Cost
  7. Expected attendance
  8. Host or sponsoring organization
  9. Phone
  10. Fax
  11. E-mail
  12. Web site
  13. Contact name and title
  14. Issue(s) in which you would like your event listed (March, June, Sept. or Dec.).

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GOT AN INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENT PLAN?

soccer ballFile it at Sports Forum, located at http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/ss/outreach/message/, allows you to post your organization’s ministry plans, ideas, and needs around a major sports event. Other forum participants can comment and provide input on your posting. Check it out! Looks great!
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NEED A DRAFT TRANSLATOR?

We hear that Globalink has gotten better with version 6.4. Check it out at http://www.lhs.com . Great deal for $149.95… if you need a draft translator, that is. No web access? Call them at 781-203-5000 in Burlington, MA. They currently offer English to French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish… but more are on the way – Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Arabic!
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TRYING TO CONNECT YOUR SMALL OFFICE TO THE INTERNET?

Can’t afford ISDN yet? Try 3Com’s “OfficeConnect 56K Lan Modem ($280 street). You can get semi-speedy Internet access for up to ten users on your LAN, using a single dial-up ISP account and a standard “Plain Old Telephone Service” line (POTS). Included in the package is the four-port 10Base-T hub, making it a great starter-kit for multi-PC home and small office users. For more information, see a nearby computer warehouse or outlet or contact 3Com at http://www.3com.com or, in the USA, call 800-638-3266.
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WHERE DO YOU GO FOR BRIEFS ON WORLD RELIGIONS?

Where’s the best spot for 1-2 page briefs that provide the very latest on Islam, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, Judaism, Roman Catholicism/ Eastern Orthodox & Protestantism? John jgmaloneaterolsdotcom  (jgmaloneaterolsdotcom)   would like to know! He begins teaching a missions course on Jan. 31 at Immanuel Bible Church/World Missions. Would you drop him a line if you know of a spot? He’ll report his best findings back to us here at Brigada to share with the whole clan!
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TESL FOR LATIN AMERICA

The first V.E.V., Virtual English Village (a TESL program for Latin American Missionaries), will open its “gate” on February 8th, 1999 in Cordoba, Argentina. This pilot program will run until Feb 26th, 3 weeks, 2 weekends. Depending on the number and language levels of the participants there will be 4.5 hours of language instruction daily at beginning, elementary and intermediate levels, and 1.5 hours of scheduled lab and homework time. The out of class time will revolve around various planned activities led by native speakers of English. World Languages is committed to running the program with a minimum of 10 students and is requesting registration in the program no later than January 8th. For more information contact World Languages worldatonenetdotcomdotar  (worldatonenetdotcomdotar)  .
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CCMT TRAINING COURSES

CCMT, in Cordoba, Argentina, is offering the following courses for those of you interested in an Argentine stint. They will be having their first CAMPAMENTO de ENTRENAMIENTO CRISTIANO January 16 – 31 in nearby Villa Carlos Paz. Also the “curso avanzado del CENTRO de CAPACITACION MISIONERA TRANSCULTURAL” begins on March 8th. WORLD LANGUAGES, also of Cordoba, has been asked by the CCMT to open a branch of their institute at CCMT’s Calle Lima house to help that property raise some funds for their ministry. WORLD LANGUAGES needs one good ESL teacher and they will put that plan into action. Presently WORLD LANGUAGES has decided to do what they can and rely on the Lord’s providing the appropriate people for the V.E.V. (Virtual English Village) and Lima House branch office. If you know of other specific people who might want to be “in the loop” on these, please forward this message on to them. For more information, write worldatonenetdotcomdotar  (worldatonenetdotcomdotar)  .
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LOST TRACK OF TIME? YOU CAN STILL SEND A CHRISTMAS CARD!

If you head on over to Bob & Teri’s site, which doesn’t have any advertising, doesn’t use ‘cookies’, and there are no pleas for money in any way. To send someone an electronic greeting card, just point your browser to http://www.harvestnet.org and click the “electronic greeting card” link. From there, you pick a picture, a greeting, address and personalize the card, and send it! It’s pretty simple, and we hope it will bless you and those you send greetings to. I looked around while I was there and it’s a nice site! Thanks Bob & Teri!
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LAST CORRECTION ON MULTI-LINGUAL ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’

lighting the way In honor of all those who have written with corrections on the multi-lingual Merry Christmas” greeting… Thank you! Here’s the last pass… ’til next year! :-) Please note that this version supercedes all previous versions… for now! :-) Following is a corrected list of “HOW TO SAY “MERRY CHRISTMAS” IN OVER 33 LANGUAGES!”:

Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
Armenian Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Chinese
(Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
(Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
(Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish Gladelig Jul
Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English Merry Christmas
Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish Hyvaa joulua
French Joyeux Noel
Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic Gledileg Jol
Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori Meri Kirihimete
Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo Merry Keshmish
Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal
Rapa-Nui Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Serbian Hristos se rodi
Slovakian Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
Serbian Hristos se rodi!
Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish Feliz Navidad!
Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM BRIGADA

To see the card from Doug, Bob, Don & Judy, go to http://www.harvestnet.org/cgi-bin/webgrams/webgram.cgi and put in card number 83, password brigada. By the way, it’s liable to be pretty busy . . . what with 8000+ stopping by to see their greeting! :-)
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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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!

19981206 Brigada Today

Now with 7930 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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MARGIE’S GOT SOME MAILERS

mailboxThanks to Margie from Calcutta for the great job she did compiling prospective mailers for those desiring remailers within the USA. Three individuals volunteered to serve as US Postal service mailers from email messages. Just contact one of them with your particular situation & needs to see which best suits you for computer compatibility, standards, styles, etc. They would provide ink, paper, envelope, and postage and would print out the message in an acceptable format and post in US Mail. Charges range from postage only to 70 cents per letter. Please be sure to give the full address and if possible, the 5+4 zip code. Here are the willing workers and their email addresses: Larry Wilson LWilsonatXCdotOrg  (LWilsonatXCdotOrg)   (50-60 cents per letter, negotiable); Noel Hyde NoelHydeatxcdotorg  (NoelHydeatxcdotorg)   (70 cents per letter, produced by HP color inkjet); Bill Behrmann mpppubatconnectidotcom  (mpppubatconnectidotcom)   (postage charges only — can also do newsletters); Gordon Sheill gsheillatconcentricdotnet  (gsheillatconcentricdotnet)   (commercial service; write for full information). If you’re faxing (instead of using postal mail), you can broadcast your emails via email-to-fax gateways. Start with the FREE service at http://www.tpc.int and go from there. Thanks tons Margie. Great job! And three cheers to these volunteers!!! thumbs-up
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DECEMBER 1998 ADVANCE READY FOR A GOOD READ!

The Dec. Advance is up and running!

Here’s the summary; get the full text by sending the above email.

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Manchu of northeastern China; the Lak of southern Dagestan; the Arabs of Tunisia; dozens killed in Europe and central and northern Asia; the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip and West Bank; Santeria in the United States

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — pastor in Sri Lanka, murdered ; Christians murdered in Pakistan; militia slaughters group at church in Congo; members of Messianic Jewish congregation attacked in Israel; house church leaders arrested in China

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Churches, mosques burned in Indonesia; Jack Kevorkian charged with murder; scientists grow stem cells from fertilized eggs; article shows how birth control pills work as abortion agent

REJOICE! — Belarusian bishop freed from prison; 200,000 churches in 130 countries pray for persecuted believers; Ethiopian missionaries share the gospel in India; new believer in South Africa falsely accused, vindicated; 190 churches started in Russia through “Superbook” television series; 56% of Americans believe abortion is wrong; surgeons correct spina bifida in the womb; “Los Angeles Times” refuses ads from adult clubs

NETWORKING — Interceding for Muslims during Ramadan; e-mail network helps with hurricane relief in Honduras; prayer guide for Turkic groups on the Silk Road; resources for children’s mission education; new book introduces children to Indonesia; a tool box of proven principles to build friendships with Muslims; new music video helps students understand call to missions; “World Christian Magazine”; prayer guide for the peoples of Vietnam

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TIBET PRAYER CALENDAR READY

praying handsCaleb Project is pleased to announce the “1999 Pray for Tibet” calendar which is now available at our web site. Beginning January, 1999 the page will automatically show that day’s prayer request together with the current month and one of twelve fabulous photographs. Please pass this announcement to others who would like to pray for Tibetans. The Calendar is at: http://www.calebproject.org/tibcal/tibcal.cgi
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WORLD MANDATE 99 WILL COMMAND GREAT ATTENTION

Check out the World Mandate 99 conference hosted by Highland Baptist Church, Waco, TX January 22-24, 1999. Mandate is a student missions conference that the Highland College department has been hosting for the last ten years. This year’s group includes Floyd McClung from YWAM and Mike Bickle from Kansas City. Jeff Searles from the Vineyard will be leading worship. You can get more information over the web at http://www.highlandbc.org or by e-mailing for a brochure to ruth-reeseathighlandbcdotcom  (ruth-reeseathighlandbcdotcom)  .
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TENTMAKERS TO MEET

The Tentmakers International Exchange Congress Organizer, gcgroupatiafricadotcom  (gcgroupatiafricadotcom)   announced that if you plan to attend, you must get your registration in by Dec 30th to received the early bird discount. He wrote, “Why the 3rd Congress? Its been 10 years since the Lausanne II International Congress on World Evangelization in Manila and the inception of TIE at that historical event. Much has taken place and for many of us the “courses of action” in the “Statement on Tentmaking” became a reality, but for others it is still a dream. This Congress will affirm what the Lord has allowed us to learn and contribute over the 10 years. Others need resources and may want to become part of this network to contribute to the work taking place. This Congress is an opportunity for contributing and learning as the “sending” and “receiving” nations come together.”
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SHOPPING FOR CHRISTMAS BOOK-GIFTS FOR YOUR FAVORITE MISSIONARY?

books Ian says you should check out the “book-bot” price checker at http://www.acses.com . It reportedly checks simultaneously on about 40 or so “online bookstores.” So… once you have your book picked out, give it a try! Thanks Ian!
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PATTANI MALAY PRAYER GUIDE DURING RAMADAN

praying hands If you would like to receive a 30 day Prayer Guide specifically for the Pattani Malay of Southern Thailand during Ramadan (which starts Dec. 20th), check out this guide which was written by team members from the field! You can receive it either as one file to share with others (about 130 kb) or you can receive a daily electronic version via email. Each day will be less than one screen’s worth of information to guide you through your time of prayer. Let Don know which one is best for you and he will get it to you. If your church has adopted the Pattani Malay this would be a great resource. Contact him at drdavisatxcdotorg  (drdavisatxcdotorg)  .
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ANOTHER WAY TO COVER UP NETZERO ADS

netzero logo Still bothered by NetZero ads distracting you in the corner of the screen? Browse http://www.zdnet.com/swlib/ for “Iceware On Top,” a free utility that will cover up particular locations on the screen. Thanks Carey!
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WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE STAT-SPOT?

If you have an inside line on where to fine great mission stats – especially those dealing with reaching the youth of the world today – Tom & Joy Harriger 74114dot1120atcompuservedotcom  (74114dot1120atcompuservedotcom)   would like to know! They’re particularly searching for summary statements about how much of the world is under the age of 21 or how much of the world’s youth are believers. They’ll collect the stats and, in a couple of weeks, send a report in to us here for all the read.
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PRAYER CALENDARS FOR CHINA

praying hands Here’s a source for full-color, informative wall calendars called “The 1999 Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendars. For info. on bulk orders or brainstorming about large distributions, contact Dave at eastasiaattelebytedotnet  (eastasiaattelebytedotnet)  . See a sample on the web at http://www.ccci.org/china . To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351, or write Dave at eastasiaattelebytedotnet  (eastasiaattelebytedotnet)   and ask for item 7707e. FYI, this calendar was developed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in China. It is intended to help Christians pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China. The price is $3.49 + s/h per individual calendar … but they are flexible on pricing if you can help them with distribution!
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AGENCIES FOR INDEPENDENT MISSIONARIES?

Kurt KWerthmullataoldotcom  (KWerthmullataoldotcom)   wrote to ask, “I have volunteered at and continue to be associated with a Christian orphanage in the Middle East. Volunteers are needed there, but it is often difficult to recruit because the orphanage can screen volunteers but has no means of collecting and receipting financial support for them. Traditional mission organizations understandably require people to go through their application process, become an official missionary for them, and be placed in assignments as directed by the organization. My question is this: does anyone have a list of reputable mission organizations that are willing to organize/ channel/ receipt/ administer support for people independently participating in overseas ministry?” Sounds like he’s looking for more of an administrative service . . . just handling funds and all. Anybody have leads? If so, send them to him directly and he’ll compile the list and report back to us here at Brigada in 10 days or so.
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FOR THE BOOKWORMS AMONG US – BUILDING MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

books One reader wrote recently to “highly recommend Lianne Roembke’s new book, “Building Multicultural Teams”. She is also involved in giving training in this and related areas. Her email is: Lroembkeataoldotcom  (Lroembkeataoldotcom)  . Try the book at William Carey Library: 1-800-MISSION in the USA or via Net-2-Phone . . .
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HELP US GLOBALIZE

Brigada Logo We keep trying to focus on the international audience reading Brigada Today, but inevitably, we slip up and stumble! Please forgive us when we make even the slightest error that offends any of our dear brothers and sisters reading from across the globe outside North America. In addition, maybe you can help us! If you choose to suggest an item to Brigada Today, please be sure to remember the nature of our audience – zillions of people outside the USA – and the West. When you offer or cite a resource, be sure to keep that audience in mind and be creative as to how to reach them. For example, something as simple as a toll-free number can seem offensive to those outside the USA – since it’s only toll-free for those in the USA. So in addition to the toll-free number, always offer a web page or fax number as an alternative. Thanks for helping us become more sensitive to the international nature of the Brigada family… and once again, thanks for your patience!
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CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

Are you pining away, hoping to find just the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she is from one of the following 33 languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Thanks to Karen for sleuthing these out! Following are approximate translations for “MERRY CHRISTMAS” or “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!” IN OVER 33 LANGUAGES!:

Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
Armenian Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Chinese
(Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
(Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
(Hong Kong) Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish Gladelig Jul
Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English Merry Christmas
Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish Hyvaa joulua
French Joyeux Noel
Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic Gledileg Jol
Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori Meri Kirihimete
Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo Merry Keshmish
Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal
Rapa-Nui Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Serbian Hristos se rodi
Slovakian Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
Serbian Hristos se rodi!
Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish Feliz Navidad!
Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
Welsh Nadolig Llawen
Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni.

In addition, here’s a piece of artwork from Mark . . . with best wishes from him and all of us at Brigada Today (like we’ve got this great big staff! :-))

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"BOAS FESTAS"
"JOYEUX NOEL"
"VESELE VANOCE"
"MELE KALIKIMAKA"
"NODLAG SONA DHUIT"
"BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"
"GOD JUL"
"BUON ANNO"
"FELIZ NATAL"
"FELIZ NAVIDAD"
"MERRY CHRISTMAS"
"KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"
"FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"
"BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"
"HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"
"WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"
"MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU"
"HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK"
"'N PRETTIG KERSTMIS"
"ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"
"Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"
"NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"
"FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"
"S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"
"GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"
"EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"
"KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
"SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"
"SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO"
"ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"
"BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "
"MERRY CHRISTMAS - - HAPPY NEW YEAR"
"ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"
"FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR"
"PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"
"BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"
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