Monthly Archives: February 1999

19990228 Brigada Today

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FRIENDS OF BOSNIA CONFERENCE: 15 SLOTS REMAINING

If you aren’t already registered for the Friends of Bosnia Conference in Washington, DC, April 9-10, you’d better get your registration in soon. Only the first 60 people registered will be able to attend this small-group working session on missions in the future of Bosnia-Herzegovina. 18 have already paid registrations, and another 27 have signaled their intent to do so. Assuming they follow through, only 15 slots remain. For more information about the conference, send an email to that simply says,
subscribe fobih-input

The subject line is ignored. A few moments later, the hub computer will email you complete information automatically. Note that this is a small working group conference, with emphasis on those who want to make a difference in Bosnia. The programming includes informed speakers who will be flying all the way to DC directly from Bosnia & Hercegovina. Those attending should come away with a good idea of what it would take to get started there.. and how they can make a long-term difference. John Rowell, author of the new book, Magnify Your Vision for the Small Church, will also be speaking, along with George Miley, Founder/Director of the Antioch Network. Anyone registering after the first 60 slots will be placed on a waiting list in case someone cancels. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Wyndham Bristol Hotel, just 6 blocks from the Whitehouse. Senator Bob Dole has agreed to issue the greeting, assuming he’s back from ongoing negotiations with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. (He thought he was done today… but apparently he was a bit optimistic.)

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HAPPY99 WORM SEEMS EPIDEMIC!

virusOf the emails I’ve received in this past week, 3 were infected with the Happy99 email worm. Maybe you’re getting them too? You’ll recognize them because they’ll look like two duplicate messages from the same sender. The one message will look normal, while the other will carry a simple attached file. If you choose to execute it (and contract the worm), you’ll be treated to a pretty fireworks demonstration. From that point on, totally unaware, you’ll be sending out the worm too — with your messages acting like trojan horses, infecting others along the way (if they, in turn, execute the attached file on the 2nd message). To get rid of the worm, get an up-to-date virus checker, or learn how to delete the virus manually by reading http://members.tripod.com/docsmiley/happy99.htm (available in 6 languages) or http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Heights/3652/SKA.HTM or ask your nearest web guru to help you look at those pages. And please don’t forget to warn your buddies (anyone you’ve written since the fireworks!) that they might be infected too, if they chose to execute the fireworks file! Yikes. gulp
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WHO DOES A GREAT JOB PRINTING PRAYER LETTERS?

Boyd BGriffithatGEMissiondotcom  (BGriffithatGEMissiondotcom)  , of Greater Europe Mission, wants to know! He’ll compile a list, then we’ll post it here in Brigada Today for all to see. He knows who can do prayer cards, but who does a great job at churning out prayer letters?
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IF NOT DIAMONDS, WHAT?

Several Brigada participants wrote that they couldn’t afford diamonds. I answered them with the suggestion that they try to find a “dynamic equivalent.” Can they make a hand-carved wooden chair for their wife to sit in by the campfire? What about a driftwood sculpture? If we use our imaginations, we’ll think up some way to say “I love you” in a diamond-like fashion! And by the way, diamonds start at $60 at Service Merchandise. :-) Maybe there’s one near you or your forwarding agent?
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JOSHUA PROJECT CONSULTATION DATE CHANGE

Joshua Project 2000 logo For those of you who were already aware of the JP 2000 consultation scheduled for Sep 23-25, 1999 in VA Beach, you need to know that the date has been moved to Jan 27-29, 2000, location to be determined. (It will definitely be in a warm southern city!) The JP 2000 gathering will be for leaders of influence in missions among local churches across the body of Christ in America. Its purpose is to assess what has been accomplished among UPGs, what therefore remains to be done, and what each mission entity in the U.S. can/will do to make closure on the task during the last year of the decade/century, and into the early 21st century. For more information, write Bill Waldrop 104412dot2631atcompuservedotcom  (104412dot2631atcompuservedotcom)  .
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WOMEN AS RISK-TAKERS FOR GOD

That’s the name of the new book by Lorry Lutz which, with a companion video by the same name, challenges women to evaluate the gifts God has put within them, and helps them to find a place in building His Kingdom. Replete with stories of women throughout history as well as biographies of modern women who have taken risks for God, it will “build a fire under women, making them aware of God’s gifts and calling on their lives.” (Pamela Heim, Director of Women’s Ministries, Baptist General Conference) The book and video are available from the AD2000 Women’s Track, 4585 Hilton Pkwy, #202., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 for $15 each or $25 for the two. Add postage and handling of $1.25 per item, and Coloradans add state tax.
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NEW PRAISE & WORSHIP SERIES FOR MISSIONARIES

Leston lestmotcatglobaldotcodotza  (lestmotcatglobaldotcodotza)   is putting together a new Praise and Worship series which features 8 new praise and worship songs as well as backing tracks for each song on the same CD. This enables home cell groups who do not have a musician to use the music as backing during their worship. The CD’s inlay comes with lyrics included. Let him know if you want to order or distribute – from anywhere on earth.
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HERE’S A FOUNDATION THAT WANTS TO SUPPORT YOU!

Adopt-A-Missionary International Foundation is a new organization that wants to provide additional financial support to missionaries overseas. Check ’em out at http://www.adopt-a-missionary.org or write Melanie melaniedotowenatcwixdotcom  (melaniedotowenatcwixdotcom)  . I hope they’re ready for a ton of mail! :-)
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WEBWATCH: NEW MISSION FRONTIERS SITE

WebWatch Have you checked out the new site for the US Center’s Mission Frontiers magazine? Visit them at http://www.missionfrontiers.org and tell ’em you heard about it on Brigada!
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PERSPECTIVES TEXT REVISED

The New Perspectives Revision is finally done! The 782-page, 124-chapter whopper of a book is hot off the press with 60 new or extensively revised articles. It is well worth the reading whether you have taken the Perspectives course and read the previous editions or not. Order from William Carey Library by calling 1-800-MISSION if you’re in the USA or can use Net2Phone. The item number is WCL289-1 and it’s available for just $21.00. If you’re out of the USA, try faxing them at (818) 794-0477.
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AWM MIDDLE EAST PRACTICUM

The Middle East Practicum is a training program to be held June 7-25 in Detroit, Michigan. It is designed for those who desire to minister within modern Arab culture. Participants will be introduced to the historical, religious and socio-cultural background of Arab peoples with the objective of constructing appropriate channels for relationship and mutual exchange within this context. Through involvement in a particular Arab community the course will introduce principles and tools that will enhance the participant’s capacity to sensitively serve within any Arab context. The combination of classroom lecture and discussion, coaching in field assignments, and living within the Arab community will encourage personal lessons critical for sustained service in the Arab world. For more information, contact ejatawmdotorg  (ejatawmdotorg)   or, in the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800-447-3566, ext. 7314.
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FOR MOBILE MISSIONARIES ONLY

Have you heard about the new GSC 100? Check it out at http://www.magellangps.com/frames/frame2.htm or email gsc100atmglndotcom  (gsc100atmglndotcom)   or Fax (909)394-7050. With this little gizmo which doubles as a GPS locator unit, you can send “Global Grams” (sounds like a new breakfast cereal, right?). Basically, you get global email plus the locator. After the $1000 (and $50 start-up fee), you spend just $30US/month and for that you get 30 receives and 10 sends per month! You can even insert your location in the email (in case you’re lost, I guess! :-) ) Data rate is slow at 2400 bps in & 4800 bps out and it’s heavy (37 oz just over a kilo) but with its own alpha/numeric key pad and email storage, what do you expect!? It comes with its own whip antenna. (Thanks for the tip, Mike!)
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WITH PLANET 1, IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL

telephone Purchase a Planet 1 Satellite Telephone and get 300 minutes of FREE SATELLITE AIRTIME! For a limited time MAF is offering a 300-minute (voice only) prepaid smart card with the purchase of every satellite phone. This is about $1,000 worth of FREE airtime! Now is the time to buy your missionary the gift of connectivity. These units have full voice, fax and e-mail capability. For details contact Planet1-infoatxcdotorg  (Planet1-infoatxcdotorg)   or call Rex Howard at (909)794-1151 x313.
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NEW BOOK: THE MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE 10/40 WINDOW

book Now you can get a compilation of stories and testimonies describing the wondrous events and extraordinary occurrences orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window, where less than 2% have access to Christ’s message. With a list price of US $9.99, WorldChristian News’ sale prices begin at $7.99 and go down depending on quantity. For more information, email wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , or call tollfree within the USA: (888)WCN-NEWS (926-6397).
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19990221 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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NEED A THOUSAND COPIES OF JOHNSTONE’S NEW BOOK?

bookNo problem. William Carey Library Bookstore has you covered. :-) In fact, they could handle TEN orders of that size. :-) In the USA (or via Net2Phone), just call 1-800-MISSION. Price is just $7.99.
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ANOTHER CHANCE AT FREE JESUS FILMS

movie cameraYup, it’s true. Thanks to Grace (a faithful Brigada contributor) and Keith keithkatidmaildotcom  (keithkatidmaildotcom)  , maybe you can still get a free Jesus Film movie on video… maybe several! Just first visit 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.). Make sure you have a clear sense of the language you need. then visit http://www.jesusfilm.org/languages.html to see if the Jesus Film has been translated into the language you need. Finally, write Keith keithkatidmaildotcom  (keithkatidmaildotcom)   and request the number of videos you’d like in that language. Remember you’ll need to pay the postage. Ask Keith for more info. on how much this will be for your location and number of videos. His only request? That you remember to send him any great stories of conversions, should God raise them up.
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WEB-WATCH: MORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPTIONS

WebWatch Check out http://www.musictus.com/telecom/ for all the more options in telecommunications, cell phones, rate selectors, call-back programs, internet telephony alternatives, etc. You can even send pages to SMS, GSM, or PCS phones. Also, while you’re at it, Rod suggests you check out IDT at http://www.idt.net/ because of their great deal internationally. The rates are apparently “flat” per minute when calling anywhere. 8 cents/min for USA, 12 cents/min. calling Germany, etc. Check it out! Note that some plans will only work for residents of the USA, but others would apply in other calling areas as well.
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A STEARN RESPONSE

lighting the wayLast week we featured an item regarding the reintroduction of World Christian magazine, by Bill Stearn. The email address for him (atjunodotcom) was evidently overwhelmable with email. The new address for the program and for the books is WinPress7ataoldotcom  (WinPress7ataoldotcom)  . If you have questions about World Christian or any other resource, just write the AOL address.
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SEE THE LATEST MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE FOR FREE

Want to see the latest issue of Mission Frontiers, complete with pictures? Want to see it today? The folks at the US Center have made it happen at: http://www.missionfrontiers.org/
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MOST INSPIRING MISSIONS MOMENT

Roger RogerDoriotatxcdotorg  (RogerDoriotatxcdotorg)   is a man on a mission. :-) He’s looking for your most motivating, inspiring missions stories or articles. Short or long, things that will attract attention, stick in people’s minds, and challenge them to be involved in praying, giving, going. URL’s also if applicable. Roger will compile them to be available to Brigada readers.
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LET’S GET MORE VISUAL FOR MISSIONS

lighting the wayBeen trying to write for info on the NorthWest Children’s Expo? Folks there tell me they gave us the wrong email address last week. For more info, write Leslie at this address: vbcmattransportdotcom  (vbcmattransportdotcom)  . Sorry for any inconvenience.
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SOME COUNTRIES VOCAL ABOUT VOICE OVER INTERNET

telephone Don’t be surprised if your host country isn’t excited about voice over Internet (like Net2Phone). (Think about the lost long distance revenues they’re about to experience.) Be sure to check your host country’s laws, as well as the laws in the country with which you’re communicating, before taking the plunge.
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INSURANCE PROVIDERS TAKE TWO

It’s been about a year ago that we studied insurance providers for missionaries (Feb. 20, 1998). With such a fast-changing industry, maybe we’d better take another look. Randy Ranandwenataoldotcom  (Ranandwenataoldotcom)   is eager to find a good policy for overseas workers anyway. If you know of one, please send him a line. Be sure to include web site or email contact info. Also please note if the insurer can only insure people from a particular country. (Remember that Brigada participants literally come from all over the world!) We’ll publish Randy’s results in Brigada Today in a couple of weeks.
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YOUR FAVORITE CREDIT CARD WITH MILEAGE PROGRAM?

That’s what Renee’ jer2911athotmaildotcom  (jer2911athotmaildotcom)   is looking for. As a missionary she is interested in any contacts or ideas regarding credit cards that offer frequent flyer miles. Her own background is USA, but don’t hesitate to supply her with sources for cards from other countries that she can plug into a report that she’ll share in two weeks or so with all of us via a Brigada Today “get” file.
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DESPERATE FOR A GOOD PROGRAMMER, AND SOON

We don’t usually publish specific job opportunities here in Brigada Today. (See next item for the typical spot.) We usually focus on items that affect a broader audience than specific opportunities will permit. However, there are exceptions where the specific opportunity affects us all. This is probably one of them. You see, David Barrett, Todd Johnson, and their co-workers at the World Evangelization Research Center in Richmond, Virginia are working like crazy right now to try and complete the 2nd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia. This 2,400 page, 3 volume reference set, to be published by Oxford University Press, will tell the status of Christianity and of evangelization, in great detail, for every country, people, language, city, and province in the world – together with a trove of other information, statistics, and resources for the decision-makers in the world of missions. A companion CD, the World Christian Database, will follow. This particular work, when complete, would affect us all.

But right now WERC is burdened with a huge, and immediate problem: they just lost their programmer. Most of what they do springs from their complex series of 30+ databases, many of them relational, which need constant editing and maintenance. Their research team needs new programs, reports, Quark Xpress export files, maps, diagrams, queries and etc. on a daily basis – or progress grinds to a halt. They need someone who is committed to the ministry of research for world evangelization and who is skilled with FoxPro, Windows NT, Excel, Atlas GIS, Quark Xpress and other tools. Other tasks would include maintaining their web site and working with their publisher on the CD-ROM design.

For starters, they are asking for prayer. Next, do you have any ideas about who might be able to help them? And soon? If so, please contact Todd ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom  (ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom)   directly. And Dr. Barrett — we’re eager to see your updated work! :-) Hang in there!

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LOOKS LIKE SALEEMA STILL NEEDS PRAYER

praying hands We’re getting barraged with mail about Saleema, the young Christian girl in Pakistan. Apparently there indeed was a case dismissed last year and based on that, we mentioned here previously that there was no need to keep praying for her about legal implications at this time. But maybe we were premature in making that recommendation. According to Ted Dodd thevoiceatvom-usadotorg  (thevoiceatvom-usadotorg)  , a Reader Services representative at Voice of the Martyrs, she’s apparently still on trial for another charge. However, I noted that there were no references to this fact on the VOM web page. Many wrote in support of its accuracy however. Either way, we’re sorry for anyone who might have been offended by our reference to her situation, ie., that prayer is no longer needed. But we believe the principle behind our reference still stands: before you start relaying or sending out urgent prayer requests, please check for a verifiable OPC (origin, purpose, and closure). Also, please remember that for the most part, Brigada Today is focused on reaching unreached people groups and the broader resources/challenges facing those involved in that pursuit. We usually don’t print specific prayer requests, but there are tons of websites and other lists who do. The point we were trying to make was to make sure you get the OPC. We weren’t trying to downplay the need to pray for Saleema or anyone else. Thanks for your forgiveness and understanding. OPC logo
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ACMC CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE

Take in the Nor Cal ACMC Conference, May 21-22, 1999 at Christ Community Church Carmichael, CA USA (Sacramento area). Speakers include Bill Waldrop, Don Richardson, and Woody Phillips. Write ACMCdotDupreeatcompuservedotcom  (ACMCdotDupreeatcompuservedotcom)   or Nor Cal Registration, PO Box 970 Oakdale, CA 95361 or tel 209-848-2262 or Fax 209-847-7536.
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WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN?

I’m sure many would have called me crazy. :-) (In fact, that’s actually a pretty regular occurrence. :-) ) I had just flown in from Bosnia about 24 hours earlier. The temp. was 34 degrees F., just above freezing. A cold rain was gradually turning to snow and nightfall had crept in over Louisville’s western skies.

soccer ball But I couldn’t wait to show up for soccer practice. By the time we got rolling, there were 8 of us there… 4 v 4 in the scrimmage. It was great. I intercepted three low goal kicks and converted 2 of them to goals! Took another great pass from Sergey and left-footed it just inside the left post for a 3rd score.

As we walked off the field after practice, I was trying to explain to Sergey the way I felt. After all, he’s 27 and I figured he had forgotten. “You’ve got to remember, Sergey, that this is all so fresh and new to me. I mean, I’ve only been practicing with you guys for 18 months. Everytime I see you run a play, I’m filing it away in my head, trying to soak it all in. The excitement is beyond words. And Sergey,” I looked him in the eye, “maybe you remember what it was like in those first couple of years?? Maybe for you it was when you were 10 or 11 years old or whatever, when the game was still fresh and exciting?” He stopped dead in his tracks, looked deep into my eyes with the slightest smile, then spoke with a soft voice that still carried telltale signs of his Ukrainian roots. “Doug, it still is.”

Duh. Why else was he out there in the rain! The 8 of us probably came for 8 different reasons. But for Sergey and me, it’s pretty obvious. There’s something about The Game. You can see it in our eyes when we’re putting the leather conditioner on our boots. You can sense it in the air when we’re stretching before practice. And you can definitely see it in that occasional “thumbs up” I get… or, like last Tuesday night, when our coach said one of his first encouraging words to me in 18 months. “See Doug, that all started with you. You stole that ball, passed it downfield quickly, and he scored, partly because of your hustle. Way to go!” I beamed. After practice, he tried to be his normal tough self. But it was too late. He had already let it slip. :-)

For Valentines Day, I splurged. I got Penny a 1/2-caret diamond solitaire necklace. I was in North Africa at the time, so I asked our preacher to hand her the package at our church. (We’re helping plant a new congregation and we’re only up to about 70 in attendance.) She wrote me later that day (I’ll quote from her letter), “I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make Valentine’s Day special. I felt like we were dating again – all fluttery inside and giddy and starry-eyed! The boys were quite impressed with your gifts to me.” I’m telling you.. I beamed… even more than I had at soccer practice. :-)

We were an ocean apart, but our love had grown fresh again… after nearly 20 years of marriage. We were finally figuring this marriage stuff out.

What about your life? What’s going on in your marriage, or your relationship with your friends or parents or brothers or sisters? How are things at work… or on the language route… or in class? And more importantly, what’s going on in your relationship with the Father? If you’re a beginner, like I am in soccer, maybe it’s still fresh and new. But if you’re a long-termer, like Sergey, seems to me like you’ve got to figure out how to rekindle the romance… how to make it fresh again. Maybe it’ll take some extra effort. Or maybe you can remember the early days and say, like Sergey, “It still feels that way.” Whatever the case, I think that’s what the writer of Lamentations had in mind when he wrote, in Lamentations 3:21-25: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”

So this lesson I’ve learned and I hope I’ve learned it well: Next time you have the opportunity to show up for practice in a freezing rain, go early, and stay late. And find the freshness again. You’ll be glad you did.

Oh.. and here’s another tip for free: If you’re married, start saving for a diamond. :-) Splurge on her. Aside from your devotion to the God himself, she’s probably the most important person in your life. She’s worth it.
Doug

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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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*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!

19990214 Brigada Today

Now with nearly 9000 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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URGENT: NEED YOUR “TOP 10 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST”

Would you forgive me? I’ve been overseas for the past two weeks (I’m on the flight home as I compose this) and now I’m in a bit of a jam. I need to come up with “A Top 10 List of Most Adoptable Least Reached Peoples” to be presented to the Heartland MissionFest participants, uhm, this coming Thursday starting at 8:30am – as in 3 days from now. Even 10 years ago, I’d be sunk. Thank goodness I’ve got some great friends on the Brigada network and I’m hoping that some of them will bail me out. Many only log into email once or twice a week, but others log in daily. All I’m asking is for forgiveness and for you to send me your top 10 choices (or any similar number) for unreached groups, along with a list of 5 or 10 resources for finding out more information, and, if possible, a bit of text you can cut and paste into the email about the group. I’ll have only 3 minutes per group, so it doesn’t have to be long. Some kind of key essential points and maybe a testimony or interesting facet from within the group? You might consider your group(s) a top priority because of population, degree of unreachedness, strategic position in a nation or society, or whatever you want to specify – but please do specify why you think this group is a top choice.

Now… I’ve always been one to go on record saying that one person’s problems shouldn’t be presumed to be my own, but… honest… I would need this information by 9pm Central Time on Wednesday night, Feb. 24th. If you’re reading this after that time, I’m dreadfully sorry and, if ever asked to speak on this subject again, I pledge my faithfulness to start well before any overseas travel preceding the conference! (What’s really bad is the conference hosting team reads Brigada Today! :-) So I’m going public with my sin here, gang.) The good news is… uhm… it’ll all be fresh information??? :-)

Again, I apologize.. but if you could sneak even 5 minutes to help me, I’d greatly appreciate it. Again, no need to respond after Wednesday evening, Central Time in the USA. I’ll post the material — hopefully next week — in a special “get” file for all the Brigada list to read. Obviously, please don’t send any information or addresses (email or otherwise) that is sensitive. But please do send appropriate email addresses or web sites so that interested parties can follow up if they want to adopt one of these 20 groups, or support you in reaching them.

Thanks again, and . . . please forgive the lateness! Terrible. Yikes. gulp

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FRESH INITIATIVE FOR MOBILIZING MISSION WORKERS

The AD2000 & Beyond Movement’s Missions Mobilization Network receives an official re-launch this March 10th ’99, at Operation Mobilization’s international base in London, England. Network Director George Verwer explains that the mobilizing track lost impetus about 18 months ago when its leader, Pari Rickard of YWAM, moved on. The vision is to send out 200,000 new workers. The re-launch luncheon on March 10 is aimed at mission agency directors and church mission leaders in the U.K., with the hope of triggering similar events in other countries. For further details about this event or regular information about the Mission Mobilization Network, contact chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg  (chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg)  .
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ARE WE IN COMPETITION WITH AD2000?

Whoever heard of such a thing? When we began Brigada in January ’95, AD2000 was gearing up for GCOWE 95 in Seoul. Our key hope was to help build a network of caring global Christians who would research the unreached, make that research available, then share non-sensitive information so we could reduce duplication. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement has become the core part of that dream . . . and Brigada does everything it can to promote its central vision as well as pull together networks around AD2000’s base of research and information. Drop by the Brigada workshops at the Heartland MissionFest this weekend in Tulsa, OK, and you’ll hear how much we promote AD2000’s resources! There’s no competition among lighthouses! Besides, they have a staff and color brochures; and we don’t. :-) (For more information about the Heartland MissionFest, write hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)  , or in the USA or via Net2Phone, call 1-800-366-6641, or visit http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf.)
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MORE ON FREE COMPUTERS

computer Last week we noted the ad for free PCs (“GET A FREE PC FOR THE ADS“). Tim wrote this week, “…In the first three days, Free-PC had taken 300,000 applications. They say it may take 90 days for them to sift the demographics and decide who the 10,000 winners are. Interestingly enough, these are the same people who funded NetZero, where the ads come down as you surf. But with Free-PC, 2 gig of ads are pre-stored on the hard drive. The normal Windows GUI appears inside a box, and the entire outside of the box is taken up with variously changing ads. Nothing more comes down the line. Which makes it an interesting incremental step in the march toward totally free (a la Al Gore), ubiquitous (a la Bill Gates) computing. Worth noting.” Thanks again, Tim. Remember this equipment will be useful only for those in the USA. Sorry … we know of no such service for our thousands of int’l participants.
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MORE ON LOW-COST COMPUTERS

computer Dave DaveSmithatWYCLIFFEdotORG  (Dave%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ESmithatWYCLIFFEdotORG)   is prepared to offer you a computer for $100 (plus shipping and any upgrades). He’s mainly interested in organizations based out of the USA, but would consider USA-based ministries if they meet certain criteria. Write him for more details. Thanks to Joe & Audrey, who saw this tip via the Givers’ Ministry.
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WEB-WATCH: HOT NEWS FROM INDIA

WebWatch Need fresh news from India? Tim recommends http://www.allindia.com. Thanks Tim!

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FEW RESPOND REGARDING INTERNET BY CELL-PHONE

lighting the way Actually only one individual wrote in that he regularly uses a cellphone connection to the Internet. Eric, writing from the Arctic North of Sweden, checks in from his morning bus into town every day. Does this mean it wouldn’t be a desirable technology? Not at all. Probably just means that few people have ventured into the arena, either because it’s still too expensive or too technical. Watch for more as affordable handheld satellite phones become available and data-capable.
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KNOW ANY GOOD DEBIT CARDS WITH A FREQ. FLYER PROGRAM?

If so, Victor vhallatattdotnetdothk  (vhallatattdotnetdothk)   would like to know. And in general, he’s asking if debit cards are a good way for mission workers to draw from funds in their home country or obtain cash advances in local currencies at the best exchange rates. Write Victor directly please, and he’s agreed to report back to us, at which time we’ll prepare one of those “get” files that you can retrieve.
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GREAT SERIES COMING ON BBC

If you’re interested in where our world is going, tune into BBC in April and May for a special series entitled, “Runaway World.” The lectures will be given by Professor Anthony Giddens, Director of the London School of Economics. Phil, of Wycliffe Bible Translators, figures they’ll be thought-provoking for Brigada Today participants. To find out broadcast times in your area, check out the BBC web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/ or just tune in on Sat. April 10th for the first talk on Globalization. Other themes to follow on a roughly weekly basis will include Risk, Tradition, Family, and Democracy. Thanks Phil!
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MISSIONS COURSE FROM ZAMBIA

A Zambian believer wrote us this past week to promote a course he’s put together for missionaries in the 10/40 Window. It’s called, interestingly enough, “Supernatural Equipment For Missions.” It has 21 lessons and costs $100. For more details write to Justin Gondwe, PO BOX, 23553 KITWE, ZAMBIA or write gondwejatcbudotacdotzm  (gondwejatcbudotacdotzm)  . Keep in mind that I haven’t seen the course. Maybe someone who tries it can later let us know what it’s like? If you have any doubts, hang around ’til then. No way I afford to buy all these things to try them out! :-)
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CHECK THE LONG DISTANCE RATES

lighting the way Rick reports that the first month “Call 4 Missions” was mentioned by Brigada they received a lot of interest from folks signing up for “Net2Phone” to make calls from the United States to foreign countries. Rick wants to remind everyone that in many cases the Prepaid calling cards, are a better option when calling from the US. Also, you might want to try “NETCALL,” which, according to Rick, will now give “Net2Phone” serious competition. Prepaid IP Telephony service is available, with a rate to call the USA from anywhere in the world of USD $0.05/minute. Always visit the “Best Rate Search Engine” before you call long distance and get the best rates for your country. http://LongDist.net/?talkxless
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LET’S GET VISUAL FOR MISSIONS

The NorthWest Children’s Expo is all set for Saturday April 10, 1999 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Mt. Scott Church of God in Portland, Oregon. Designed for youth workers of all kinds, organizers hope it will give children and those working with them a vision for missions in the 21st Century. This expo is sponsored by ACMC and local area churches and is one of several regional Children’s Conferences scheduled for 1999. Cost is $30. To register contact Leslie Erickson at 503.643.6511 or email vbcmattransportdotcom  (vbcmattransportdotcom)  . Also visit the ACMC web page for further information at http://www.acmc.org.
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ARE YOU STILL PRAYING FOR SALEEMA’S RELEASE?

not OPC It already worked… over a year ago!!! Larry wrote from Madrid, “Since you received a bit of hassle regarding ‘coming down hard on prayer requests,’ I thought you might like to see what I found on a simple search regarding the Pakistani girl who was scheduled for execution. Too many people just forward these things before really checking them out first. All of the e-mails that I received regarding this girl were from unidentifiable sources…although the person who was forwarding the ‘prayer request’ was known to me. They had not practiced your verifiable ‘OPC’ test.!” Larry’s my hero! :-) To get the full story on how Saleema was released in August ’97 and is no longer in danger of execution, browse http://www.advocatesinternational.org/ and, remember, look for the OPC… a verifiable origin, purpose, and closure on every email “chain letter” you receive. Most of the time, I fear the next step should be “delete”! Thanks Larry! OPC logo
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PUT CHARLES IN CHARGE (OF USA UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP INFO)

If you’ve got a line on info. re: pockets of unreached peoples living in the United States, specifically “Bengalis, Berbers, Somalis, Dari, and other Afghans,” Charles would like to know. He and a partner mission are interested in working with these peoples in the US. Write Charles at barnesifatsrvdotnet  (barnesifatsrvdotnet)  . In 10 days or so, he’ll send us a report so that any and all can “get” it here on the hub!
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STUDY THE RESURRECTION (OF WORLD CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE)

Subscribe your church to the new, just-in-time-for-the-big-millennium WORLD CHRISTIAN magazine! And get the hot March issue now: Todd Johnson on 100 years of world Christianity. Y2K and missions. Landa Cope nails the Boomer generation. Bill Stearns calls for a new world-Christian manifesto for the new century. Great global activist stuff! Every church subscribed can receive a congregation-load of freebie June issues, the “Opportunities and Activism” issue. It’s a virtual yearbook on plugging into the Great Commission–designed to be used year-round for your fellowship’s mission emphasis. Subscribe yourself, subscribe your church now: 888-524-5070 or 708-524-5070 or email for info to WinPressatjunodotcom  (WinPressatjunodotcom)  .
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FOLLOW-UP SOFTWARE: DOES IT EXIST?

Ever hear of any interactive software designed to help a new Christian improve his or her walk? If so, somebody deep in the heart of Tanzania would like to know. Write CMML-DODOMAatmafdotorg  (CMML-DODOMAatmafdotorg)   and Inge will make available a report to us in a couple of weeks, if there are any responses. We’re talking some kind of “Now that you’re a Christian” CD or web site or whatever. What do you think?
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MUSICAL PRAYERWALKING

Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   is putting together an article on prayerwalking and music & the arts, as well as how prayerwalking has impacted ungodly music and arts. Got any leads, or have you prayerwalked in a city known for its arts or music? If so, drop her a line! We’ll ask her to assemble a summary report for us here at Brigada that we can make available as a “get” file from the hub.
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LET’S MAKE TRACTS… OR AT LEAST ORDER SOME

Got any favorite sites for ordering Christian tracts for use in any language or special part of the world? Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   would like to know. He’s compiled 11 pages of sources so far and would like to top it off with your favorite sources. He’ll make the whole report available for us here on Brigada. Just drop him a line!
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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!

19990207 Brigada Today

Now with nearly 9000 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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COMING YOUR WAY, FROM A VILLAGE NEAR YOU!

letter and ligntening bolt This email-by-cell-phone stuff isn’t so bad. I’m in North Africa, with my laptop linked to a reportedly digitally encrypted cell phone which connects via Zurich, then bounces to MAFxc in Redlands (California), which then relays this note out to you wherever you happen to live in the world. The great thing about this system is that I don’t have to disassemble the hotel phone to plug in my laptop (this is a good thing), nor worse yet, crate my computer all over this village, town, or city, looking for a “teleboutique” with an RJ-11 connector they’ll let me snap into my modem (this is a very good thing). I’ve tried out both of those scenarios, and I must say, judging from the stares and eyebrows, neither one seemed to build much trust with the locals. :-)

It took me one or two tries to figure it out, but for the most part, the instructions from WorldCell were very clear. (888-967-5323 toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone and, although I don’t want to use up my minutes to check, I’d lay odds you could also look at http://www.worldcell.com. :-) )

It’s taking me about 3 minutes to log on, get a dozen messages, send a dozen pre-composed replies, and log off. That translates into a total of about $6 (I’m calling an Internet Service Provider in the USA). Could the message be intercepted? I suppose so… if someone were willing to go to a lot of trouble. But since the Internet email isn’t stored on an in-country server, and since the outgoing message is digital in nature anyway, I’m told that odds are greatly reduced. (This is a VERY good thing. :-) )

So… if I were posted here long-term, this is one possible way of doing the Internet-thing AND I’d have the emergency access to the cell phone in case I needed to call someone with my actual voice, too. (Like… today… when I called my wife to wish her Happy Valentines Day! :-) Some things just travel farther by voice, don’t they. :-) ) Is it worth the $6/day for me to keep up with my inbox this way? Well, if this issue turns out to be a waste of time for you, then, maybe not. :-) (But, all the same, it seemed to mean something to my wife. :-) )

Would I buy a cellphone like this? In a heartbeat, except for the fact that the one that Sprint PCS is about to bring out will be even better. It will seek out a local digital service if there is one (and charge about 10 cents/minute), then drop back to just about any international digital cell service (either USA, Europe, or Africa will do) at about $2/minute, and if none of those are available, it’ll try old-fashioned analogue (slightly higher). If none of the above are available, it’ll give up and dial the sky, pulling your signal through the Iridium sat-system at about $5/minute. Steep, yes… but then, how much is a Happy Valentine email/voice worth to your spouse? :-) (Not to mention reports to your church or mission? :-) ) And after all, you don’t have to check in daily. (Who in the world would do that?! :-) ) You could check once/week according to a predetermined schedule, except for emergencies. The phone will set you back $3500. But wow blinking1eyes – what a step forward! Stay tuned for more news, once it’s available. In the meantime, rent the digital-only version from WorldCell for $7/day! Seems to work fine from the African continent! Or, if you’re a potential “power user,” see your nearest cellphone dealer to buy a similar low-end outfit to get you by temporarily until the Spring system comes out with theirs. Expect it by April. Prophets predict the price per minute will fall over time.

Are you using a cellphone to connect to the Internet? If so, I’d like to hear about it. DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)   If there’s no hurry, I might not answer right away. :-)

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FROM THE MAILBAG: “THANKS FOR PROFILING HAPPY99!”

virus“Thanks for the virus alerts,” wrote Les this past week. “Would you believe within 24 hours of receiving my last Brigada, someone sent me the ‘Happy99’ virus?” (See “CATCH THE LATEST ON COMPUTER VIRUSES AND HOAXES” in last week’s issue.) “They claim they did it unknowingly,” he added. “Thanks anyway for the help!” Yikes. gulp Be sure to obtain or update your virus software to watch for this “worm” — and remember to apply the “OPC test” – verifiable origin, purpose, and closure – before forwarding any and all emails. Thanks! David also recommends checking http://www.hoaxkill.com for its information and services. I’ve created a kind of form letter (a virus “antidote,” you might say) that I’m now sending out anytime I get one of these warnings. Here’s my response, which you’d be welcome to rework to fit your own writing style or personality: OPC logo
“Hi! Thanks for your info., but the “virus” you’re informing us about just might be a hoax.

We suggested recently (in an issue of Brigada Today) that, prior to forwarding any kind of “chain letter” or warning, that you look for:

  • VERIFIABLE ORIGIN: Does it have an author and a working email address or web site? If not, don’t forward it. If so, and if the content sounds questionable, then write the source and verify it. If you don’t get a reply or if the site is bogus, toss it. By no means forward it to everyone in Zanzibar!
  • VERIFIABLE PURPOSE: Will it make an actual difference if I forward it? If it’s a prayer request, make sure it meets the “closure test” below.
  • VERIFIABLE CLOSURE: How will we know when it’s complete? Does it have a cut-off date?

So next time you compose a prayer request, or an urgent news update, or whatever, make sure it meets the “Brigada OPC Test” — Origin, Purpose, and Closure. If not, please do the Net a favor and think twice before forwarding it.

If you’d like to check out a “tip” you’ve received, here are some great (and legitimate) websites on the web for doing so. If you don’t personally have economical access to the web, maybe a friend could search the sites and relay relevant info to you.

http://kumite.com/myths/home.htm
http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
http://www.hoaxkill.com
http://www.nai.com
http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHome.html
http://www.singnet.com.sg/staff/lorna/Virus (Note: the V must be capitalized!)
http://www.primenet.com/%7Emwest/av.htm
http://www.primenet.com/%7Emwest/vir-atk.htm
http://www.towson.edu/%7Ejack/virus/virus.html
http://www.antivirus.com/
http://www.sasknet.com/%7Ebronm/
http://www.datafellows.fi/vir-desc.htm
http://www.usmcs.maine.edu/%7Elaferrie/humor/compvir.html

[end of my response]

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DO YOU STAGE MISSIONARY INTERNSHIPS?

If so, Donna Larkbuntngataoldotcom  (Larkbuntngataoldotcom)   would like to know. She’s looking to learn how many missions have interns, what are the qualifications, their roles, length of service, training given, qualifications expected, etc. Got something you can paste into an email and send her? If so, please do! She’s agreed to compile all that info. and send us a copy, which we’ll then post as a “get” file for everybody to download.
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GOT A BURDEN FOR THE FULANI?

Why not meet up with others who share it! Dave allezatcompuservedotcom  (allezatcompuservedotcom)   is coordinating an email prayer chain for the Fulani People Group and the missionaries working amongst them in Burkina Faso. Dave welcomes others from West Africa or around the world!
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NEED A NEW WAY TO GIVE ‘EM THE WORLD?

Check out Caleb Project’s “World View Presentation,” which, as Mark Kelly pointed out in a recent Advance!, “demonstrates in a clear and memorable way where the world stands in regard to finishing Matt. 24:14 and what the Body of Christ as a whole is doing to complete the Great Commission.” Browse it at http://www.calebproject.org/skits.htm or order from Caleb Project ordersatcprojectdotcom  (ordersatcprojectdotcom)  .
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GET A FREE PC FOR THE ADS

computer That’s what Tim tbellamyatcinergydotcom  (tbellamyatcinergydotcom)   believes is potentially possible if you browse http://www.free-pc.com/about.html. Apparently the deal is that you need to meet certain demographic requirements — and agree to look at the ads they send your way. Interesting concept!
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FOR A CONSERVATIVE VIEW ON THE YEAR 2000 “BUG”

Mark thinks Pete Holzmann’s write-up at http://www.gospelcom.net/icta/y2k/html/research_paper.html represents the voice of reason. Check it out!
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STUDY ISLAM IN THE MIDDLE EAST THIS SUMMER

Ministries of Grand Rapids, Mi. is sponsoring the 10th annual “on-site” orientation to Muslim culture and evangelism June 11th to July 23rd. Participants will be given practical training in culture, worldview, evangelism, and Islam. Those involved will be linked with English-speaking Muslims so they can begin learning and ministry right away. Costs are a $25 registration fee and $995 subsidized program cost. College credit is also available. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)   or tel. (616) 6698-8393 in the USA.
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CURSO EN CASTELLANO

Cristianos del Mundo estan ofreciendo su curso de 85 estudios en castellano totalmente gratis. Se puede ver en http://www.worldchristians.org. Es un programa con enfasis sobre la Gran Comision listo para utilizar en casa, iglesia y mision, acreditado por una universidad norteamericana y ademas ofrece apoyo y consejos por e-mail. Más informacion en el websaite o por escribir lesnormanatcsidotcom  (lesnormanatcsidotcom)  .
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ARE PRAYER JOURNEYS WORTH THE MONEY?

praying hands I’d say. The group of church leaders with which I’m praying this week has seemingly already picked up a tremendous burden for this land. Their first full-time on-site workers are slated to arrive within the next 12 months, so they’ll take their prayer burden and give it feet… and wings! The personal involvement they now have for these wonderful people will, I’m sure, go a long way toward compelling them to hold a healthy respect the long-term marathon vision they’ll need to make a difference here. I would like to suggest that prayer journeys always be linked to long-term, tangible follow-up, both by on-site folks (when and if they’re able), and senders as well.
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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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