Monthly Archives: March 1999

19990328 Brigada Today

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THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE, THE IMPACT OF A GIFT

One morning last week, as my wife and I were watching scenes from Kosovo on CNN, I turned to her and said, “I wish we could do something.” A couple of hours later, a humanitarian aid organization had called, suggesting that we apply for a grant for $20,000 to help refugees in Northern Albania! I was floored! We applied… and tomorrow we find out whether or not we’ll receive the grant. But in the meantime, by faith, we’ve kicked some plans into motion. Even as this Brigada Today speeds along the Internet to your inbox, our mission has flown two representatives toward Albania in an attempt to find out more about how to help and to take in the first bundle of aid funds. God willing, they’ll arrive there tomorrow. It hasn’t been all that easy to get them in! But in the process, I’ve been so touched by the efforts of everyone to help us… from travel agents to church members to those already ‘on the ground’ in Albania. Everyone seemed to be gripped by the images they were seeing. Everyone with whom we’ve talked has seemed to share the burden… that the value of a human life is definitely worth the effort it might take to save it. And… now that I look back… think what a difference that first hint of a gift can make. I pray that God will continue to make some people rich… so that they can be generous on these kinds of occasions! No wonder Christ called us together to be a church!
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MELISSA ARCHITECT ARRESTED

virus Did you see where they’ve arrested the alleged creator of the Melissa virus? Serious stuff. They could put him in jail for 40 years! Guess they’re trying to make examples of these guys.
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MEDIA RING OK

Several Brigada participants wrote to say that they had tried Media Ring. They reported that it worked as well as any other voice-over-IP service. If your loved ones overseas are hooked up to the Internet and are technically inclined, it’s worth trying. You can even leave a “voicemail” if the other party isn’t online. http://www.mediaring.com
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INTERESTED IN TRAINING IN INTERPERSONAL SKILLS?

Check out RelationshipSkills.com, a new Web site for International Training Partners. ITP is an informal network of trainers from over 20 mission organizations who are dedicated to providing Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops for missionaries. Twenty-five of these workshops are already planned for various locations around the world in 1999, and many of them still have openings. ITP is headed up by Ken Williams, Ph.D., with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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NEED A CALLING CARD? TRY ATN

telephone If you’re traveling in North America, American Telecom Network’s Calling Card is worth a try. 14.9 cents a minute, flat rate with six second billing, NO surcharge or monthly payments, pay for usage only! You will receive an itemized bill at the end of the month. The card is free! A true card: not a debit card or a prepaid card. Call (in North America) 1-888-487-4732, EC Code 10689 http:www.callatn.com.
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HOW DO YOU GET YOUR INT’L NEWS?

Claudia staytonatxcdotorg  (staytonatxcdotorg)   would like to know. She’ll compile a list and make it available to us here.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKMENISTAN

world globe Turkmenistan, a country just north of Iran, is officially Muslim. However the few emerging Christian believers are forming into several small fellowships. It was a landmark event when the first ever Turkmen songbook was released recently. Now churches and mission representatives in the area have united to re-edit the songbook. Plans are also in place to record the songs. The distribution of these indigenous materials works powerfully to unite and form a common identity to the scattered groups of believers there.
(Source: http://www.ad2000.org/tracks/worship/wannl9.htm, Global Worship Report Vol 1, No 9, March/April 1999.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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CELEBRATE MESSIAH 2000 UPDATE

Luis Bush wrote this past week to say, “Praise God for the blessings received out of the recent negotiations with the Israeli tour and conference companies regarding the International Conference Center (ICC) in Jerusalem and the costs for their coordinating and management efforts! All we have asked for has been granted, for which we give praise and thanks to God! Accordingly, the registration period is hereby extended to 30 November 1999, at the original registration fee levels and attendant criteria as listed on the Registration Form that was originally issued. The Land Package options and Optional Tour fees also remain the same. Praise God! Places are still available at the original negotiated fee and land and tour prices. Once those are filled we will need to negotiate further for what is available and at what price. So, if you would like to join us, register by 30 November 1999 (Registration is on a first-come/first-served basis.). Thank you! The first payment of 50 percent for Land Services is now due by 31 December 1999. The balance of the payment remains due by 30 June 2000.” If you’d like more information, why don’t you try writing something like infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  . That should work, I imagine. :-)
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BACK UP YOUR PC; YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID

Sharon wrote this past week, “Do you feel as if you are being nagged, prodded, scared into virus protection compliance? I hope so! The adage in computers used to be “back up, back up, back up”. Now I believe it to be, “back up, update, back up, update” !! The latest Melissa virus and subsequent papa virus are just examples of how vulnerable we really are.” She’s right. So in Word, go to “Tools|Options” and make sure there’s a checkmark in front of “enable Macro virus protection.” Back up all your data files. Then get some form of antivirus software working on your PC. Sharon recommends the following sites as examples. Find one you like and use it! http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html http://www.nai.com/ http://www.symantec.com/ http://www.cert.org/index.html
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WATER BOY

book “Wahili: The Water Boy” is a full-color, hardbound children’s missionary book used by families, churches, and missionaries in teaching and evangelism. Reading level is ages 7-12. It is currently offered at a 50% discount to all mission workers. For information, contact Papilloncoataoldotcom  (Papilloncoataoldotcom)   or, in the USA, call toll-free 888-679-4654.
(Source: April Advance)
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MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

“The Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window” compiles stories and testimonies describing the wondrous events and extraordinary occurrences orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window. For information, contact wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or, in the USA, call toll-free 888-926-6397.
(Source: April Advance)
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CHILDREN’S MISSION MOBILIZATION RESOURCES

Sorry if you found a lot of blank pages last week! The person who passed the message along to us must have done so just a tad prematurely. You will NOW find a lot of great material, and they are still adding. http://www.21stcenturykidsconnect.org/.
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GOT RESOURCES ABOUT KOSOVO AND SITUATION THERE?

There are a ton on the web, of course. Send your favorite to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  , with subject line, “KOSOVO RESOURCE”. Doug is especially hoping to learn about folks who might have printed resources, such as web-enabled printed bulletin inserts, to pass along to at least one church leader.
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STILL WANT A FREE PC?

If so, please try to hear this out from Tim, “Readers still waiting to cash in on their 1 in 50,000 odds of getting a free PC from http://www.freepc.com might do well to look at http://www.gobi.com/. For $26 a month, you get a full featured (Celeron 300) PC preloaded with Windows 98, 15 ” monitor, and 56k modem, and unlimited internet access (check their list of local dialup numbers before you apply). And no ads. The catch? There’s a credit check, a $45 shipping fee, and one month’s payment in advance, and most importantly there’s a three-year commitment (with a buyout option), similar to the one you’d make for a “free” cell phone, but at the end of three years they send you a new PC. Caution: it’s hard to determine the long-term viability of the startup company which is making this offer. Shop wisely.
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WOULD YOU PRAY FOR THE FRIENDS OF BOSNIA?

Fittingly, this weekend is the get-together for the “Friends of Bosnia,” the ad hoc group that has covenanted together to talk, pray, and dream to make a difference in the Balkans. I’m here in Washington, DC, tonight, ready to set up for the conference that is set to occur just 8 blocks from the Whitehouse. Senator Dole has pledged to do his best to be there to give the welcome. Some of the most noted missionaries and humanitarian aid workers in Bosnia are flying in from Sarajevo, Mostar, London, and even as the University of the Nations in Hawaii. Pray with us that God will forge a tight bond of camaraderie and a close strategy of kindred spirits, so that the work of the Lord might go forward in an ever-increasing measure! Pray that many will learn more about how to make their lives count for Him in Bosnia… and among Bosnian immigrants in their hometowns. Also, pray that we’ll be able to figure out a way to help in Kosovo as well!
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19990321 Brigada Today

Now with about 9000 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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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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IS MELISSA A VIRUS OR A WORM?

virusI always get all those words mixed up… worm, virus, trojan, who knows (Jonathan will straighten me out if I call it the wrong thing :-) ). Basically, I just know it’s a dastardly attachment that somehow tricks your copy of Office ’97 into emailing a corresponding attachment to 50 of your friends. Evidently this one is real. However, there’s no need to email everyone in your address book about it. (Someone probably already has!) This one is getting more press than any virus (or worm or whatever it is) I’ve ever heard of. It’s relatively easy to prevent. First, if you run virus-checking software in your system tray (you do, don’t you?), just update the version you’re running through the standard update process. But even if you don’t, just go to the Microsoft web site and (after updating to Service Release 1 and Service Release 2) download the special patch called WD97SP.exe, available in “Downloads.” (for example, read the bulletin at http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/ms99-002.asp. Then you’re back on the road, fit as a fiddle! So… why all the fuss about a virus if it’s so easy to prevent? I don’t know. Maybe the public is enthralled with the idea of hackers, making our computers do amazingly evil things. Or… maybe it’s a mob-mentality thing. Or… maybe we’re just plain scared, having heard too many horror stories. So… either way, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But… please… no panic. :-) (Oh — thanks for the tips from everyone who sent them my way; Sharon wins the prize for being first! :-) )
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GET USA STATE DEPT. TRAVEL ADVISORIES BY EMAIL FOR FREE!

letter and ligntening boltJust browse http://www.state.gov/www/listservs.html to find out how to receive USA gov’t travel advisories for free, via email. (If you don’t have web access, ask a friend to sign you up.) Find out fast if there’s a travel warning in Macedonia or Indonesia or wherever. It really doesn’t matter whether or not you’re from the USA — they would still apply most of the time (though warnings are slanted toward situations where USA travelers are put at risk).
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JUNE IS FOR LOVERS

…of unreached people groups. People-Specific Advocacy is learning, linking and loving on behalf of the unreached. Caleb Project is offering its fourth Advocate Training Seminar June 3-5, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, USA. Meet a group of 30-40 like-minded people to learn more about advocacy, partnerships, field realities, and adoption, and come away with specific plans. This will be the only ATS offered in 1999. Can’t come? The 250-page advocacy reader, “Keys to the Nations” is also available from Caleb Project. For more information write to trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)   or see http://www.calebproject/ats.htm.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM NORTH AFRICA

world globe Many churches in Northern Africa are growing, despite suffering intense persecution. When Islamic fundamentalists in one north African country discovered the time and place of a church meeting, they went there and waited to massacre the Christians. But when the time came, the place remained empty. Not one of the 65 people expected to attend the meeting turned up, not even the preacher who had been specially invited. Every single one had been prevented from coming by some unexpected event, from a flat tire to a family visit. God coordinated and performed 65 miracles, saving the lives of 65 people, and demonstrating that his hand is over the region’s Christians.
(Source: Friday Fax, Vol 99, No. 12, March 26th, 1999, www.cmd.org.nz/ffaxnu.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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NEW MISSIONARY VIDEO WINS NATIONAL AWARD

movie camera “Return to Hauna,” a 30 minute video featuring Wycliffe Bible translator Marilyn Laszlo, has won a 1999 Angel Award from Excellence in Media. In the video, Marilyn, a master storyteller, shares many fascinating and entertaining glimpses of the 23-year process of translating the New Testament into the Sepic Iwam language of Papua New Guinea. She walks around the village sharing about what happened on the very spots where the events occurred. She ends with an inspiring and encouraging challenge to reach the world. It has a broad appeal and is suitable for use by members of other agencies or for a general missions emphasis in churches. “Return to Hauna” is a follow-up project to another film done in Hauna village in 1981, “Come By Here,” also an Angel Award winner. Both videos were shot and edited by producer Dan Philgreen of St. Cloud, Florida, and are available at http:/www.dpproductions.com along with more information, behind the scenes photos, etc. Or email danatdpproductionsdotcom  (danatdpproductionsdotcom)  .
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NEED TESL MATERIALS?

Check out the Adventures in English materials that the EFCM International Network has put together. With a focus on developing conversational English in a small group setting, these user friendly materials have been developed through 7 years of actual cross-cultural use by short-term teams of non-professional ESL teachers in over 20 countries (including the increasingly multi-cultural US!). For more information or a sample of the 1999 materials, visit the EFCM web site at http://www.efcm.org/adventur.html or contact Don Erickson at 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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NATIVE INDIAN CONFERENCE

For all those who are involved in establishing Native Indian churches in urban centers, or those who have an interest in cross-cultural partnerships among Native Indian peoples — here’s an event you’ll want to check out. It’s called “Kwe’atchii 99,” the fourth biennial Native Urban Church Planting Symposium, May 10-13, 1999, happening in Calgary, Alberta. (Kwe’atchii is an Algonquin word widely understood to mean “thoroughly prepared.”) The event is sponsored by Inter-Mission Co-operative Outreach, a 30-year-old association of 10 mission agencies in Canada and US. Come and choose between 4 tracks of workshops, “How to Get Started Right,” “Counseling for Urban Church Needs,” “Life and Ministry Management,” and “Cross-Cultural Partnering.” Some workshops will be co-facilitated by Native leaders and missionaries. Our guest missiologist from Wheaton College and Grad School, Dr. Duane Elmer, will be leading the Cross-Cultural Partnering workshops. He authored Cross Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry, IVP, 1993. Registration (9 meals and lodging) is a bargain for $175 Canadian or $125 US. For a brochure, e-mail Dan Woodard 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom  (103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom)  . Space is limited to the first 75 people registering.
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ANYBODY TRIED “MEDIA RING?”

Anybody out there tried MediaRing yet? I installed it and it seems promising as a Net2Phone alternative. Release 5.0 is out and absolutely free. It would give you unlimited Internet long distance for free . . . assuming you don’t have to pay for your local connect charges. It’s on the web at http://www.mediaring.com/zdnet/pcmag/. Thanks for the tip, Brad!!!
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A TRAVELING FAX SERVICE FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS EMAIL

fax machineThanks to Les for the tip on efax at http://www.efax.com. What a great idea! For free, you can receive a fax via email, wherever you are in the world. Services like this have, as far as I know, always cost just a bit previously. Check it out!
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THE BRIGADA WEB EVANGELISM GUIDE

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HORN OF AFRICA MOBILIZATION BOOKLET FROM AD2000

book Luis Bush has a new booklet entitled, The Horn of Africa: Challenge and Opportunity, and it’s just been printed! This 12-page, four-color booklet is now available from the AD2000 International Office at only $.50 each (10 copies / $5.00 minimum order) plus shipping and handling. Just email your order to infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)   or fax it to (719) 576-2685. If planning on paying with a check from a Foreign Bank, they request $10 (US) processing fee to the cost of your order, or use your favorite credit card. (Remember to fax credit card orders, since Internet email isn’t secure.)
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GOT TIME FOR A MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE WEB?

syringeIf so, Dr. Julia Irvine would like to talk to you … in a matter of speaking. :-) She’s a family practice physician conducting research through the In His Image Residency program. She wrote this past week, “As a Christian and a former missionary, I am concerned about the emotional, spiritual, and physical health of God’s messengers on the ‘front lines.’ This research survey has been designed to combine aspects of the missiology, business, and psychology literature. The survey is now available on web site and affords maximum privacy for both organizations and individuals. All answers are assigned numbers so anonymity is preserved. I think both you and your members who have served 12 months or more will enjoy this 10 minute survey.” If you can, help her out at http://www.inhisimage.org/irvineresearch She’s said she’ll make available to us an abstract of the research results here on Brigada.
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PRAYER NEEDS FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISTS AND ATHLETES INT’L

praying handsIf you’d like to receive updates on prayer needs for world missions with a focus on Athletes International Ministries and Tibetan Buddhist world, write to prayerwks-subscribeatlistbotdotcom  (prayerwks-subscribeatlistbotdotcom)  . you will be sent a verification message.

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HOW DO YOU EVALUATE YOUR CHURCH’S MISSIONARIES?

That’s what John jgmaloneaterolsdotcom  (jgmaloneaterolsdotcom)   would like to know. He’s collecting questionnaires, guidelines, materials, anything that would help a local church to evaluate missionaries and hold them accountable. He’d like to know how they are used and by what frequency. If you’ve got a form you can send him, write John directly, and we’ll ask him to post his results here in a couple of weeks.
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CHILDREN’S MISSION MOBILIZATION RESOURCES

Check out 21st Century Kids Connect, a web site on children’s missions education, not completely developed yet, but, at least in the judgment of one tipster (Thanks Roger!), looks promising! Browse it at http://www.21stcenturykidsconnect.org/ 21st Century Kids Connect is a consortium of children’s workers, parents, organizations and Christian school teachers who believe this generation may well be the one that sees the Great Commission completed.
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PERSIAN-SPEAKERS UNITE!

Now there’s a Persian Christian Leadership Training Center (in West Hills, CA) for those wanting to reach out to Persian-speakers! The goal of PCLTC is to offer biblical and theological training to Persian-speaking Christians and to equip them to minister among Persian people. Courses will be offered on a diploma basis from an accredited CA seminary. The courses will be taught in Persian. The opening seminar will be help on Saturday April 17th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. First subjects are “How to Get the Most out of My Bible” and How Can I tell if God is calling me into Ministry”. This seminar is open to the public. The Center’s address is: 7115 Shoup Avenue West Hills, CA 91307 Telephone, 818-992-832, fax 818-992-8340, email persianwoatcsidotcom  (persianwoatcsidotcom)  .
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ARE YOU ONE-DIMENSIONAL?

Sounds pretty horrible, doesn’t it. Like someone who has “no shape!” But believe it or not, many of us are. We strike off to work each day (and some of us work in our home-office without even the option of (striking out!”), basically doing the same activity… emailing, …. browsing, … coding, … reading…, or even… teaching, grading, office-ing, etc. You get the idea.

I’ve thought about this recently because someone said to me last week, “I’m so glad you’ve got so many interests… soccer, your kids, your wife, remodeling your basement (Ed. note: glad that’s done!), etc.” At first I thought, so what would be wrong with me if, every day, I just went into the office and typed out emails!? The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized — we aren’t, by nature, one-dimensional beings. Jesus grew “in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52) Maybe we should be growing in multiple areas too!

So… stop and take an inventory of your own life: What do you do to grow in wisdom . . . each and every day? There’s this guy I know from Evansville, IN, (his name’s Todd) and it doesn’t matter what day or month you ask him, you can always depend on the fact that he’ll have just finished a new book. To try out my theory, when I saw him this past weekend, I said, “Todd, tell me what book you’re reading?” He answered without a second’s hesitation… something about the effect of television on culture. Goodness. Most people just sit there and watch it, without trying to analyze it. Not Todd. He’s growing in wisdom.

What do you do to grow in stature? Where do you get your exercise? I’ll confess… it took me years to find a regular exercise program. I think we all need something that we enjoy and that’s practical for our lifestyles. My wife rides an exercise bike (into the floor, just about!). I mean… she rides! (We’re on our third bike in 9 years! She literally wears the bearings out! On one bike, I replaced the bearings 3 times before she wore out a part that they don’t replace!) Find something you like and do it… Me? Surprise. I like soccer. My doctor checked me over two weeks ago and said I had the health of a 15-year-old… and I’m 42! (The guys in my office were a bit discouraged, I think. I’ve got one of those “key man” policies that pays out something like a third of a million dollars to our mission org. on the day I die! :-) ) Whatever you do, find something that works your heart, your muscles, and rests your mind!

What are you doing to grow in favor with God? Our family is helping plant a church in our neighborhood. Some of the folks in our mission org. office teach English to Bosnians… others lead music at a Hispanic Bible study. These ministries are all good… but we’ve also got to do something deeply personal… study the Bible with our family, our spouse, and/or individually. Memorize scripture. Whatever.

What are you doing to grow in favor with mankind? Maybe it’s from a new book you’re reading… Something by Covey or ________ (fill in the blank with an author who has helped you grow in your understanding of personal relationships)? Whatever you do, build those relationships to the glory of God.

Because there’s nothing quite so flat in life as being one-dimensional. :-)

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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!

19990314 Brigada Today

Now with about 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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INT’L JOSEPH PROJECT 2000 CHAPTER DIRECTORS NEEDED

Joseph Project 2000 is helping to equip Christians, especially churches, prepare for whatever y2k brings. You can serve the Body of Christ by starting a chapter of Joseph Project 2000 in your city our country. chapter directors serve primarily as networkers. This is not a fulltime job; all workers are volunteers. To learn more, browse http://www.josephproject2000.org or email Carusoatxcdotorg  (Carusoatxcdotorg)  .
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STEP-BY-STEP Y2K HELP

bookBev Caruso, a missionary and published author working with Joseph Project 2000, has written a book called Readiness with a Purpose – How to Prepare for Tough Times. This handbook takes you step-by-step through: Preparing Your Home; Preparing Your Neighborhood; and Preparing Your Church to Minister After a Disaster. Learn more at http://www.ioc.net/~abba/Readiness.htm. Although written from a U.S. perspective, much of the material can be adapted for use in other nations. Visit the Orange County, CA USA site at http://www.ioc.net/~abba/JosephProject2000.html. Email Bev Carusoatxcdotorg  (Carusoatxcdotorg)   or write to: Joseph Project 2000-OC, P.O. Box 3464, Orange, CA 92865 USA.
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BRIGADA-PERSECUTED-CHURCH

Brigada Logo This new addition to the Brigada family is a weekly newsletter devoted to bringing together in one place news about the persecuted church. While reader input is invited, it is not a discussion list. In addition to the newsletter, urgent prayer requests may be issued periodically when time is of the essence. Particular care is given to security issues in sensitive world areas. To receive this weekly newsletter send any message the address: join-brigada-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg  (join-brigada-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg)  .
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BRIGADA-MEDICAL-MISSIONS

Brigada Logo While this discussion list has been in the Brigada family for several years, it has remained fairly inactive. We are seeking to revitalize it. We invite anyone with an interest in medical missions to join. Health professionals, mission executives, and especially people in the field will find this a good place to share information and resources, connect for long and short-term projects, and pray for medical missions and health care around the world. Discussion of general relief work is also welcome. To join this open discussion group send any message to the address: join-brigada-medical-missionsatxcdotorg  (join-brigada-medical-missionsatxcdotorg)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE UAE

world globe The United Arab Emirates is one of the countries of the 10/40 window, and is 85% Muslim. Nevertheless, San Antonio evangelist Sammy Tippit has been able to preach an evangelistic message in open air meetings in Dubai, UAE’s capital. “Spiritual Eruption Dubai,” as the campaign is called, has seen converts from Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism through the course of the four meetings, which also include an Arabic language choir and translation into Arabic. Messages are being videotaped and will be beamed by satellite to the entire gulf area.
(Source: March 17, 1999, Mission Network News, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/ and God’s Love In Action http://www.gospelcom.net/glia/ web sites.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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UNREACHED PEOPLES-FOCUSED PRAYER REQUEST WEBSYSTEM

Register request for your favorite organized effort or people group at http://website.itsamac.com/ifm/checkpointmission/5msentry.nclk using password “Hudson”. Browse requests at http://website.itsamac.com/ifm/checkpointpray-er/5psentry.nclk using password “Florence”.
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WHAT’S ON YOUR “MUST READ” LIST?

books John 102361dot3443atcompuservedotcom  (102361dot3443atcompuservedotcom)   would like to know. He’s gathering a booklist for What book(s) would you recommend for these subjects? Settling your Call, Support Raising, Presenting Ministry, Communication with Supporters, Practical things every Missionary should know, Establishing a Work that will last (i.e. Indigenous Missions), Family, Education of Children, Inter-Personal Relationships, and the best Biography for a Missionary to read. You may think of other subjects besides these, we would welcome those recommendations as well.
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NEW FIVE-WEEK MISSIONS CURRICULUM

Are you looking for an interactive adult curriculum that can be used in Sunday school classes, small groups or with short-term teams? “Discovering Our Place in His Plans” has just been released. It addresses: What will happen to those who have never heard or responded to the Gospel? What is the status of global outreach? How can I be involved meaningfully in God’s agenda? How can my church participate in God’s global cause? It is a great tool to use during missions conferences. For more information, contact NextStep Resources at NextStepatefcadotorg  (NextStepatefcadotorg)   or 800-444-BOOK.
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ANGLICANS UNITE

ACLC ’99, a special and strategic conference hosted by the Diocese of Singapore, brings in the best from the Province of South East Asia. It gives an opportunity for Anglican churches and ministries in our Province to share what the Lord is doing. For more details, please visit our website at http://www.aclc99.com or email jean jeanataclc99dotcom  (jeanataclc99dotcom)  .
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LAPTOPS FOR MISSIONARIES, PASTORS, AND CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

laptop computer CornerStone Portable Computers is a Christian Non-Profit ministry, that exists to provide resources for the mobilization of Pastors, Missionaries, Christian Schools, Organizations, and Lay Christians World-Wide to the spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They provide the lowest possible pricing on laptop computers. They are the largest supplier of Toshiba notebook computers to Christian organizations world-wide. CornerStone’s website is http://www.cornerstoneportable.com. For inquires or assistance contact Steve smaurer4jcataoldotcom  (smaurer4jcataoldotcom)   or Bill bill03atearthlinkdotnet  (bill03atearthlinkdotnet)   or call 760-471-9144.
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ADVANCE TO THE MUSLIM WORLD!

movie cameraThanks to Mark Kelly (Advance) for his note about a free 30-minute video called ” Treasures in Darkness – God’s passion for Muslims,” which is designed to mobilize churches into reaching the Muslim world. For information, contact 101537dot1123atcompuservedotcom  (101537dot1123atcompuservedotcom)  .
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GET “ACTIVE EARTH” SOFTWARE

If you enjoy world time clocks, you’ll like Active Earth. At least Tim thinks so! :-) He recommends it! Cloudless satellite photographs of our planet are the backdrop for the program, a sophisticated world time program that tracks the movement of the sun across the face of the earth in real time. The areas in daylight are shown in colorful detail, and the portions of the globe in darkness are displayed in the pale glow of the moon–look closely and you’ll even see the city lights shining out into space from major metropolitan centers. A row of clocks below the image provides the current time in cities around the world. You can create additional clocks for more than 500 locations and have those cities displayed on the image of Earth. Other features of ActiveEarth include graphical plotting of time zones and differences between cities, visual tools for understanding the movement of the sun and moon over the globe, and the ability to synchronize your PC’s clock with atomic clock servers via the Internet. Grab it for $30 on the Net at: http://www.shareware.com/DD/sw/0,156,0317-1-002,00.html
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

19990307 Brigada Today

Now with 9047 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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YOU’RE ALL INVITED TO THE VIRTUAL BIRTHDAY BASH!

Brigada LogoNext week, on March 21st exactly, we celebrate 4 years of weekly editions of Brigada Today, without a single miss! You can’t exactly set your watch by it (not a chance), but you can use it as a reminder to tear off the weekly calendar sheet! :-) Last year, on March 21st, we were about 7000 in number. Next week, we’ll be well above 9000!

So anyway… here we are, ready to celebrate 4 years together! And some in the Brigada family have been there the whole time! We’ve got folks who remember …

  • Those little graphical “maps” we used to try to draw of the Brigada family of conferences (some of those sub-conferences are still active, mind you!)
  • The 100 Gateway Cities maps (how many gazillion of those were actually sold, anyway!)
  • The introduction of Brigada-peoples, still in use today to give insight and guidance on finding people group help
  • The “People Group Consultant” (whatever happened to that, anyway? :-) I think the AD2000 web site came along and raised the bar significantly! :-) )
  • The GCOWE meetings in Seoul
  • The “Launch” conference in Colorado Springs (where the JP2000 list was first introduced)
  • Envision ’96 in Lexington, KY
  • All the videos, web-sites, books, training conferences, travel agents, water filters, computers, car rentals, and tons of other stuff…
  • The humble beginning in January 25th, 1995, with just two people
  • The day we “went public” on the concept of Brigada, March 21st, 1995, with 106 participants
  • All 911 pages… 3.8 megabytes of resources, proposals, ideas, and missions mobilization tools . . . . . . okay… so make that 912.

    To those who have hung in there for the whole 4 years, we owe you a big thanks. But we’re sorry to have to report today that, as of next week, the Brigada family of conferences will be totally shut down, never to exist again.
    not symbolNOT!!!!!! Just kidding. :-)

    Anyway… in honor of the birthday next week — 4 years old — all 9000 of you are invited for what my wife is calling “virtual reality pizza!” Now don’t ask me what that is, but my 12-year-old says “you just log on and pretend like your tasting pepperoni!” My 9-year-old says it’ll be “real yummy.” So… either way… Happy Birthday Brigada! :-)

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    FEATURED NOTEBOOK: Y2K REMEDIATION NOTEBOOK

    bookHave you been looking for a one-stop source on how to get your organization or small business ready for the year 2000 computer bug? Dean Huffman’s notebook can do it. Dean is a missionary himself, training leaders full-time in the former Soviet Union. But prior to kicking off his ministry there, Dean worked as a big-time computer consultant in Dallas, Texas. His notebook sells on the web at http://www.brighteagle.com to small businesses everywhere for $139 plus shipping. But because of his passion for missions and Brigada, here’s how you can grab it for about half that price. Dean wrote this past week from Ukraine to tell us that any Brigada participant could simply go to the web page, copy down the mailing address and the questions on the form, then answer the questions on paper and mail them to the address on the form. Enclose a check or money order (or they’ll even send it C.O.D. — but no credit cards please) for just $75 plus $7.50 shipping. Be sure to write in big letters the word “Brigada” on the form, or the charge is $139. Thanks Dean!

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    FEATURED TESL TRAINING COURSE

    Check out the Adventures in English materials (EFCM International Network). With a focus on developing conversational English in a small group setting, these user friendly materials have been developed through 7 years of actual cross-cultural use by short-term teams of non-professional ESL teachers in over 20 countries (including the increasingly multi-cultural US!). For more information or a sample of the 1999 materials, visit the EFCM web site at http://www.efcm.org/adventur.html or contact Don Erickson at 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .

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    “WILLIAM CAREY LIBRARY WILL HAVE IT!”

    lighting the wayThat’s got to be one of the most common phrases around our mission agency headquarters “home office.” It ranks right up there with “Just call 1-800-MISSION.” But if you need a fax number, don’t waste your time trying to call the one we provided last week. Instead, dial the new area code and number at (626) 794-0477. If you need a regular non-toll-free number, use (626) 798-0819. Thanks Greg!

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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE RAILS

    world globeTrains in Thailand ride the rails every day between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. But this train is different; its passengers are Christian volunteers from throughout the country who are there to share their faith. Four hundred believers fill the train. Spirits are high. This will be the first time many of these people share their faith on the street. When the train pulls into Lop Buri, the visor-wearing volunteers spring into action. They give out gospel tracts and invitations to a crusade where gift bags filled with much- needed food items will be given away. The “Train to Glory” pulls out for another city, and another parade. The pain of the economic crisis has given Thai people little reason to celebrate, so today’s flood of believers offering hope and comfort speaks volumes. By the end, one hundred thousand books and a half-million tracts have been given to people, many of whom have never heard the gospel.
    (Source: CBN Christian World News, “A Ride on Thailand’s ‘Glory Train,'” Airdate: February 25, 1999, Gordon Robertson, reporter, http://www.cbn.org/cwn/990225c.asp.)
    Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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    KWE’ATCHII 99 FOR NATIVE AMERICAN OUTREACH

    For all those who are involved in establishing Native Indian churches in urban centers, or those who have an interest in cross-cultural partnerships among Native Indian peoples – here’s an event you’ll want to check out. It’s called “Kwe’atchii 99,” the fourth biennial Native Urban Church Planting Symposium, May 10-13, 1999, happening in Calgary, Alberta. (Kwe’atchii is an Algonquin word widely understood to mean ‘thoroughly prepared.’) The event is sponsored by Inter-Mission Co-operative Outreach, a 30-year-old association of 10 mission agencies in Canada and US. Come and choose between 4 tracks of workshops, “How to Get Started Right,” “Counseling for Urban Church Needs,” “Life and Ministry Management,” and “Cross-Cultural Partnering.” Some workshops will be co-facilitated by Native leaders and missionaries. Our guest missiologist from Wheaton College and Grad School, Dr. Duane Elmer, will be leading the Cross-Cultural Partnering workshops. Registration (9 meals and lodging) is a bargain for $175 Canadian or $125 US. For a brochure, e-mail Dan Woodard 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom  (103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom)  . Space is limited to the first 75 people registering.

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    NOW YOU CAN WATCH CALEB PROJECT ON THE WEB

    WebWatch You’re used to picking up their resources… but now you can watch them on the web. Check it out at http://www.calebproject.org by just following the clicks to their promotional video. (You might have to go get a free RealVideo player first.) It’s free!

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    CALLING ALL BUDDHIST INFO

    Ted’s trying to put together a list of resources for learning more about Buddhists. Ted can be reached at TedRondeauatcompuservedotcom  (TedRondeauatcompuservedotcom)  . He’s especially looking for a seminar format, but would take books, courses, websites, etc. We’ll ask him to send us a copy of the final compilation to make it available to everyone here through a “get” file. Thanks Ted!

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    CATCH THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE

    Catch it in Atlanta, July 28-31, with featured Keynote Speakers, Gordon MacDonald and Frank Barker. For more information, write AtlantaatACMCdotorg  (AtlantaatACMCdotorg)  .

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    COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
    IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
    For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

    not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

    OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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