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19990530 Brigada Today

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  • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”
  • CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS
  • PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000
  • THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS
  • WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…
  • WEB-WATCH
  • SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE
  • NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE
  • LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS
  • FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY
  • LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”
  • LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!
  • FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!
  • TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY
  • RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST
  • LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS
  • 0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN
  • FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…
  • TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1
  • CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA
  • ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND
  • FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES
  • WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS
  • WANTED — STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES
  • GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?
  • OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?
  • GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”
  • TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”

    Brigada LogoEver notice that when we talk about all the 9000+ members of the Brigada family, we try to always say “participants” instead of mere “readers?” That’s because you’re involved!

    1. many Brigada participants coordinate or participate in people group advocacy networks, either online or in person;
    2. tons of Brigada participants respond to inquiries put together for future Brigada Today stories… like a collection of TESL resources, for instance;
    3. whenever there’s a special resource or opportunity, sometimes hundreds (literally!) of responders come rolling in!

    So thanks for being more than just “readers”! Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

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    CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS

    Don’t forget to wonder on in and check out all the links that are going up at http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today Note the instructions at the top of the page. Check out links to Albania, Japan, and the uttermost parts of the earth!

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    PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000

    Brigada LogoPeople are already praying for BrigadaFest 2000, scheduled for Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. We’re planning on a very focused get-together, modeled after the Pit-Stops that have occurred regionally throughout the USA, with emphasis on people group tracks and PACE Projects (specific adopt-a-people projects focused proactively on church planting and prayer mobilization). If you’d like to take advantage of this event as a venue for your unreached people group get-together for 2000 – and meet in concert with 20-30 other focused tracks, drop me a line at Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg)   and we’ll do our best! We’ll provide the meeting room for your track, along with logistics for meals, housing, secure registrations by web, security, audio-visual equipment, etc. The works! Costs will be kept as low as possible by relying heavily on volunteers. The event is being jointly sponsored by:

    • Interdev (which has volunteered to lead sessions on partnership development),
    • Caleb Project (which has offered to lead an Advocacy Training track),
    • Southeast Christian Church (which has a weekly worship attendance of 12,000+ friendly believers and a passion to change the world for Him),
    • Friends of Bosnia and a dozen other unreached peoples tracks (so far) from around the globe
    • Team Expansion (seeking to serve as a catalyst for launching additional PACE Projects), and, of course,
    • Brigada.

    Others are warmly welcome to attend. Registration will all be done in advance so we’ll be able to plan very specifically for content and direction of each hour. Let’s make this a time when we can finally come together in one place to meet one another and find out more about each other than “such-and-such.com.” :-)

    If you’d like to attend, send a message to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   to receive regular updates. And if you’re interested in interceding for the event, send a message to brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   where the prayer meeting has already begun! Check out this prayer sent over that conference last week from Terry BorkTerryataoldotcom  (BorkTerryataoldotcom)  , a prayer coordinator for BrigadaFest:
    “Dear heavenly Father, Your love for us is so immense. You created each one of us as a unique individual. Help us to see that uniqueness in each other and to appreciate it as you do. As we pray for Unreached People groups, show us the burden of your heart for each and help us to pray your blessings upon them. Jesus, you came to save the lost, help them to know how much you love them, protect them from harm and meet their needs. As we prepare for BrigadaFest 2000 and the Friends of Bosnia conference there in February, keep each of us focused on our specific area that you want us to work in. Send laborers to help plan these events and execute the logistics for them. Give wisdom to the leaders who are meeting to discuss the planning. Jesus, give us the Nations and help us to love them as you love them. I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Our Lord.”
    Yahooo!!!! Join Terry each week and let’s pray that God works mightily in this event!

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    THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS

    praying handsThey’re at it again! In cooperation with the Praying Through the Window IV Committee, Global Mapping is pulling together a new prayer map! Yahooo!  Now I haven’t seen a copy of these on paper, but I have looked at the prototype at: http://www.gmi.org/pttw4.htm and it looks very interesting! Strategic “towns”! :-) Plus, it seems to almost have that “satellite view” glow about it! Cool!  Check it out for yourself. This “Strategic Towns” color map for fall comes in three formats:

    • Personal Map: 8 1/2″ x 11″
    • Place-Mat: 11″ x 17″
    • Wall-Map: 22″ x 34″

    Until JUNE 30TH, you can place a pre-publication order in quantities of 100 or more and save 20% off their regular bulk prices coming in July. On orders of 1,000 or more, there is even room on the map to print your own logo (small extra charge). For more information, including billing options, write pttw4atgmidotorg  (pttw4atgmidotorg)  .

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    WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…

    Brigada LogoSuppose you have a passion for a particular people group and you’d like to start up a brigada-style conference, based on the old brigada-peoples-*atxcdotorg model… or the old brigada-connections-*atxcdotorg model… Either way, just send an email to transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll receive a complete set of instructions for handling this question. These have been recently updated as of today to reflect the needs of new groups.

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    WEB-WATCH – NO FRONTIERS

    WebWatchhttp://www.nofrontiers.com are a UK- based ministry who supply tracts, booklets, books and Bibles in about 100 languages. Check ’em out! (Thanks Tony!)

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    SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE

    Check out the upgraded information at Scruples Business and Missions Page www.scruples.org/bizetmiz/. There’s a Directory of over 135 Organizations that have ministry or mission opportunities for Christians in the Marketplace from tentmaking positions to micro enterprise development initiatives, an ANNOTATED Bibliography of Business and Missions resources with over 125 sources (articles, books, research papers, videos, web sites and much more). There are also archives of the Scruples Business and Missions Newsletter, a Calendar of Events which features upcoming training seminars and conferences for Business and Missions, and even a Discussion Forum! Check it out!

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    NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE

    Join the new Business and Missions email conference! Subscribers can send announcements to the conference with respect to Business and Missions news and opportunities. There is a Member Only chat site for Business and Missions people to meet and discuss Business and Missions initiatives. There is a group calendar on which you can post your Business and Missions events. The conference is a private conference which requires membership approval of the conference owner, Mike McLoughlin who is the author of the Scruples Business and Missions Site. To subscribe to the conference please send an email to brigada-business-and-missions-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-business-and-missions-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and include your name, organization and mailing address and a brief sentence on why you are interested in business and missions.

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    LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS

    cd-romSOON Gospel Literature has put together some links to various online resources and CD offers. The author would be grateful for other links for this section. http://www.webauthors.org/guide/webmission.html#language

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    FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY

    Check out http://www.angelfire.com/az/rescon/index.html for the latest on topics of interest for people involved in the Muslim world and/or the Middle East.

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    LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”

    The Antioch Network Annual Gathering of Churches will take place at the beautiful Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, AZ, Aug 25-28, ’99. This year’s Gathering will focus on the steps toward engagement in cross-cultural work among the unreached. There will also be roundtables and workshops for select groups like Sr. pastors, missions pastors and others. Cost for the Gathering is $125 per attendee (late registration, postmarked after July 25, 1999, $150 per attendee). For more information wrote gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg  (gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg)   or browse http://www.antiochnetwork.org.

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    LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!

    graduation capPacific Academy, a K- 12 Christian school near Vancouver, Canada, is developing courses for delivery via the Internet. Check ’em out at http://www.pagecomm.net or email dlambieratpagecommdotnet  (dlambieratpagecommdotnet)  .

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    FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!

    praying handsThose interested in this year’s “30 Days Hindu Prayer Focus,” announced by WorldChristian News and U.K.-based South Asia Concern, are encouraged to choose ANY 30-day period in which to utilize the 1999 edition of the prayerguide booklets. Many churches and ministries have found this to be helpful, allowing them to plan in a way appropriate to their ministry schedule. For info on available materials (including a new video series on India and Hinduism), contact wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , or view http://www.ywam.org/prayer.hindu.html

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    TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY

    graduation capA unique database program has been developed for record keeping for correspondence schools. It provides the capability of tracking names and addresses for a virtually unlimited number of students. It also tracks the student’s grades and grade averages in numerous classes. The database provides numerous reports and mailing labels. It is written in MS Access and is a Y2K compliant, totally self-contained program. Minimum system requirements: Windows 95 or 98 operating system on a 486 PC with 16 Megabytes RAM. For more information, send email to donandbevatcompuservedotcom  (donandbevatcompuservedotcom)  .

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    RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST

    Several folks were confused by the fact that our original “top 20 unreached peoples list” was formatted as a Rich Text Format (RTF) file. As a result, we caved in and went to POAT (Plain Old ASCII Text) :-). If you felt as if you got only garbage, try it again by sending an email to the following address: top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .

    Important: On this and all other auto-responders, it’s critical that you not add any quotation marks to the address. Do it exactly like you see above.

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    LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS

    cd-romDon’t ship heavy books … go with CDs! Saves money AND allows you to have access to your books while IN the field. Let the computer read the books & TELL YOU the book page to click & start reading; then annotate to the word of choice. Search some or all books for any word, phrase, topic or scripture citation/mention. Logos Research Systems http://www.logos.com has a special email offer (only) to Brigada participants and to those IN the field where Logos distributorship is not present. Select any package & receive 50% discount on the Logos Lesson Builder product that offers IVP LifeGuide Bible Study series on CD. Lesson Builder contains 10 years of editable lessons (if used at the rate of one per week) plus lesson making templates to follow. Normally $59.95. Email Trish trishatlogosdotcom  (trishatlogosdotcom)   and she will assist you in selecting from several greatly reduced in price packages and point you to local distribution where we must. Note that the special offer is only available direct & it is not available on their web site. Offer valid to June 30, 1999.

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    0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN

    booksOver 7,000 carefully selected titles makes the 0nline Bookstore at Reformed Theological Seminary a must for the serious student of the Bible. Books are discounted and books on sale are deeply discounted. Best of Category selections assist the shopper in book selection. RTS Powerbrowse provides a notification system of new books that match your criterion via email. Check it out at: http://www.rtsbookstore.edu

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    FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…

    movie cameraFor Brigada participants, they tell us that they’re still willing to provide free Jesus videos, if you follow the instructions carefully. Get the lowdown by sending a blank email to this address: jesus-filmsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (jesus-filmsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

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    TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1

    bow tied to fingerLast week, a friend wrote to share some of the challenges he’d faced on a recent trip out of the country, trying to connect to the Internet. He asked that we pass along any tips we can think of, over the coming months. So… that’s exactly what we’ll do.

    The first tip is a simple one… Do your homework in advance! Depending on the length of your trip and how you’ll be hosted in your destination country, find someone there who will be able to give you some local pointers to getting online there… and email them in advance. Be sensitive to their time commitments. Keep your questions short and to the point and, though it might seem funny to say so, I’d suggest you avoid chitchat. These missionary-types are usually very relational people! :-) Some of them only email as much as they have to … They don’t want to spend their evenings away from family with their face buried into a computer screen! We’ll assume for this tip that you’re on a two-week journey… fairly short as int’l travel goes.

    So ask simple things…

    1. Will our group be staying near anyone with a computer that we might be able to use to send back an occasional email message to our friends and family back home — say once every 3 or 4 days?
    2. If so, we’ll glad reimburse for the time online. (Note: this will probably be a combination of the local “units” [or number of minutes times the price per minute for a local call] plus the cost per minute for the Internet connectivity; still, it’s probably less than the cost of you dialing Zurich or Penang or whatever.)
    3. If not, would he or she know of any locations — like a “teleboutique” — where we might be able to get a phone connection to call CompuServe or AOL or any other int’l carrier?

    If he or she writes back and says it’ll be too much of a hassle, trust the response and leave the laptop at home. Plan on using a callback service (more on that later) or something similar. Sometimes email just isn’t worth the trouble. Make two or three phone calls during your two-week trip… and that should be plenty to keep friends and family informed. That having been said, I haven’t personally left the computer at home since 1991… :-)… and our mission is at work in over two dozen countries and we’ve traveled through dozens of other lands without an email hitch… so more later on how to get connected from those impossible locations! But for now… trust your host!

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    CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA

    Plans have been confirmed for Nate Butler and Len Cowan of ROX35 Media, Inc. to teach a “Comics As Communication” course on Aug. 9-12 at the Goldengate Seminary, on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley, CA. The course will cover Writing & Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing,”Guerilla Marketing” ideas, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. This will very likely be ROX35’s only North American comics training in 1999 and possibly 2000. So if you live in the US, Canada, or Mexico and have been wanting to attend a ROX35 seminar, you should plan to be in this class. Early registration (before July 12th) is advised. For more information (and a registration form), browse http://www.ggbts.edu/continuum/events.html. For more information on ROX35 visit their web site at http://www.ROX35Media.org or email ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg  (ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg)  .

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    ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND

    Literacy & Evangelism International with Graceland English Training are proud to host an ESL Teacher Training Program this summer in Poland June 27 – July 3, 1999. This program will prepare participants for: Teaching a Bible-based ESL program: “Passport to the World of English.” Included are units on starting and maintaining an ESL outreach ministry/English School in a church and/or community, helping students reduce their accent through music and pronunciation exercises, assisting churches in evangelism in their communities. Course includes hands on training and Book 1 of Passport to the World of English. Location is Ciechanow, Poland. Cost $50 US. For further information contact Colette at projpoleathomemaildotcom  (projpoleathomemaildotcom)  .

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    FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES

    Maddie’s got a webzine dedicated to uplifting missionaries in particular and Christians in general. She also offers ‘For the Love of Missionaries’ Workshops, which presents unique and dynamic ways the Body can ‘lift up’ and ‘support’ Missionaries. See her site at: http://servant.gentle.org/littlesparrowministries/ or email her directly LittleSparrowMinistriesatyahoodotcom  (LittleSparrowMinistriesatyahoodotcom)  .

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    WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS

    telephoneYup. According to Shawn shawndotturpinatc2idotnet  (shawndotturpinatc2idotnet)  , there really are MAC users still out there! :-) (Just kidding! :-) ) Seriously, Shawn is looking for programs like MediaRing only for a MAC environment. Got any help for him? If so, drop him a line at the address above and please copy our new “holding tank” conference by including a “CC:” to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   and in the subject line, put “MAC net- to-phone options”. Note that you don’t have to join to post a message to that list. However, if you’re eager to get feedback on this issue, you’ll see it just as soon as the feedback comes in, rather than having to wait for the original inquirer to compile the feedback summary! This is a new service for Brigada participants that we hope will take care of those situations when the compiler is… well… shall we say… a little slow on the compiling process! :-) If you want to read the responses as they come in, just send a message to: brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  

     Note… you’ll be reading responses on multiple issues eventually… so instructions are provided should you ever decide to unsubscribe. Meanwhile, we’ll ask Shawn to pull together the compiled list for us in two weeks or so. Thanks!

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    WANTED – STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES

    Neal Pirolo is writing a book on re-entry and wants to include real stories, although names and details may be changed to assure confidentiality. Please contact Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)   and they will give you further details. If you find it too difficult to write about your experience, you may call 619-292-7020 in the USA. They will be happy to talk you through it. They would like to help local churches learn more about the re- entry process. When you write your story, be sure to copy your message to: brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)  . You need not join to send a message to that email list… but this way, others could join that group (by sending a message to brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom) and begin reading your stories the moment you send them to Neal, instead of after the book is done! Make sure you label the subject of your message clearly: “still more missionary reentry stories.” Thanks!

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    GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?

    If you are aware of any ministries serving the mentally ill and handicapped in developing countries (especially if they distribute medicine or provide housing), please send the names and addresses to Mert Hershberger mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)  . Also, Mert would be glad to receive any brief reports you have on how you personally have seen the mentally ill and handicapped treated in developing countries. Please specify the region/country and the time when you were there. He will compile a report and send it back to us in a few weeks. When you write Mert, don’t forget to copy your message to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)  . (You need not subscribe to send a message to that conference… but others can subscribe to catch your messages by sending a blank message to: brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .) Make sure you label the subject as “MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.” Thanks!

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    OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?

    Okay… I’m clueless. Howard howardatsrtmediadotdialixdotozdotau  (howardatsrtmediadotdialixdotozdotau)   is the Int’l Dir. of an Australian mission organization and he has to find the names of the 200 largest (population) cities in the world, in India and in Australia for his prayer and outreach endeavor. So… exactly how could he do that on the web? If you’ve got an option for him, write him directly (and he’ll put together a summary report in two weeks or so) and also copy brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   in case someone is dying for the answer today (in which case they can join brigada-responses per the instructions in the item above). Thanks!

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    GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”

    letter and ligntening bolt Here’s a “guest editorial” by a buddy named Tim. Check out his thoughts and see what you think. If you’d like to respond to his piece, send a blank message to brigada-thinktank-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-thinktank-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and you’ll be added to a discussion group to tackle this issue. Tim’s already there in the discussion room, waiting to see your feedback to his editorial. You can send in your opinion, then listen to the responses, or unsubscribe at any time (see the instructions you’ll receive in the welcome message). We’ll get a summary from him in a couple of weeks. Take it away, Tim!

    “Is e-mail an overall positive or negative influence on world missions? People are sharply divided between the geeks, who see no reason to limit people’s access to e-mail, and the non-geeks, who say they spend an inordinate percentage of their work time answering e-mail and see that percentage as increasing alarmingly over time. My personal position is the snail-mail metaphor … I’d never say you can only open up the little box on the curb once each week, or only if there is absolutely nothing else to do, or only if you’re in-country for more than a month, etc. I’d be more inclined to say that as long as you’re doing an excellent job, what you do with your free time is up to you. If you want to stay up until 2 AM watching a movie, or surfing the web, then hey, you’re a grown-up; go for it.

    “Others, though, say that the geeks fill up the inboxes of the non- geeks with pseudo-conversational babble and it’s hard to do anything other than opening every e-mail and pondering what to do with it. The geeks, in turn, say there are lots of ways to sort and pitch your mail, again, just like snail mail. To which the non-geek reply would be that the geeks tend to have full-time access to fast internet connections and can type faster, so they tend to operate at a higher throughput rate so that they can more efficiently spew forth messages for non- geeks to wade through.

    “Both the geeks and non-geeks agree that for some people, the PC can become an alternate, more comforting best friend (which is sad), but the geeks hold that the person in this position would have found some other escapist form of non-work (anti-work?) and thus the PC should not be blamed for the problem. And both would agree that there are, indeed, pointless e-mails that get in the way of real work. Anyway, what’s the solution? Should we ban or severely limit e-mail, or is there a better solution?”

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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!

  • 19990523 Brigada Today

    Now with 9114 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    In this issue….

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    I’M STILL BOTHERED BY OUR LACK OF DIRECTIONAL BEACONS

    Frankly, I’m still bothered by our lack of directional beacons for finding out more about various unreached peoples. A (former?) xc.org user wrote me this past week to say, “How do I find all these ‘lost’ conferences? I feel like a lost sailor floating about on a piece of driftwood!” If you’re the moderator of a still active email discussion group about a particular unreached people… or if you maintain a web site about the same, please figure out a public conference or “front door” and put up a note at http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today. Make sure you start your “name” with a forward slash “/” and, if possible, provide a URL link. (The “Add Link” button is at the bottom of the page.) But even if you don’t have a web site, please put up a note about your email conference! Many of our users miss the roster of “conferences.” With this approach, it doesn’t matter if you’re on eGroups, MAFxc, or Topica or whatever.
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    NEW RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES

    Ken has done a good job. In fact, Ken has done a GREAT job. He’s compiled a directory of resources for a ton of unreached peoples. Some are specific to particular groups, while others are useful for a whole range of peoples. Thanks to his unselfish spirit, you can get the entire work for free via a Brigada auto-responder. Just write to this address: unreached-directoryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (unreached-directoryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . It’s big — about 150K. If you’d rather, you can also see it on the web at: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/?null=1 Thanks a million Ken!
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    WHEN YOU REGISTER AT EGROUPS, WATCH YOUR ALIAS

    letter and ligntening boltDon learned the hard way. It won’t work if you try to use an alias, unless you first make sure that the alias address is filled in on your email client’s “From:” box when you send messages into your eGroups conference. Bottom line: Settle on one address and use it exclusively, consistently, all the time — at least with eGroups.
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    MUSIC IN SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

    musical notesNow you can pick up Biblical principles and practical guidelines for encouraging the creating and implementing of indigenously-styled hymnody to reach Muslim seekers. Current case studies from around the world will substantiate these techniques. August 2-6, 1999, 6-9:15 pm (registrations due by JUNE 21), available for credit or non-credit. Contact The Summer Institute of Muslim Studies DuaneKrugeratkktvdotcom  (DuaneKrugeratkktvdotcom)  .
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    HONE UP ON INTERPERSONAL YOUR SKILLS

    Thanks to Grace, you can now hone up on your interpersonal skills by consulting the links she’s compiled for your personal study. Whether you’re a missionary, a mission administrator, or a worker in a local church, you’ll still want your relational skills to be at their very best. For free help, just send an email to: interpersonal-skillsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (interpersonal-skillsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   Please note that you must address your email exactly as shown.
    noteNote that you don’t have to type anything in the subject line or text (just put some periods or other garbage characters if your email client demands something). The email will be mailed to you by a computer server, so no need to ask or say thanks. It’ll serve you tirelessly, thanks to Bob, our web-minister and his faithful programming! Like all who participate in Brigada, Bob works totally as a volunteer, based in California. Thanks Bob… and thanks Grace!
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    JOIN WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES… OR REQUEST THEM!

    Wycliffe Associates (UK) are an organization of volunteers who help out Wycliffe Bible Translators in various practical ways: typing documents into electronic form, shopping, lifts to the airport, computer help, and more. There are W.A. branches in the US, Canada and other countries. They are always looking for

    1. volunteers to help them out
    2. missionaries (from any mission, they don’t just help Wycliffe) who need practical help “back home”.

    For more details have a look at their website: http://www.globalnet.co.uk/~wauk They welcome volunteers from any country, and they already have a group of keyboarders based in the USA. If you don’t have web access, write Paul at paulmorrissatinamedotcom  (paulmorrissatinamedotcom)   for more info.

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    HAVE A BOATLOAD OF FUN… SERVING ON FRIEND SHIPS

    Friend Ships http://www.friendships.org is an all-volunteer mercy ship ministry which works through Christian missions and churches world wide to deliver food, medicine and building and relief supplies. For the past few years they have given an average of 15 million dollars worth of food and goods. Their site invites volunteers long and short term to become part of this hands-on mission work. Ship experience not needed…just a willing heart and hands ready to serve and deliver the Gospel through word and deed. If you don’t have web access, try writing Dorothy damilleratproinetdotnet  (damilleratproinetdotnet)   for more info.
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    YOUR BEST MISSIONARY STORY… TO MICHELLE

    It all started because she’s been searching for this one particular missionary story she heard years ago. But in the process, she’s now willing to compile your best stories into a file we can load up at the auto-responder so everybody can fill up the old “missionary illustration” grab bag. So… get those illustrations out . . . and take your best shot at Michelle smrenaudatbigfootdotcom  (smrenaudatbigfootdotcom)  . She’ll compile them and weave them together into a book! :-) We’ll let you know if you happen to hit on the one she’s been looking for! :-)
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    SEND THE URL OF YOUR FAVORITE SITE FOR HINDUS

    Grace graceatsasiacccdotorg  (graceatsasiacccdotorg)   works for the Publications dept. of India Campus Crusade for Christ. She’s on a quest. She’d like to know your favorite web site for allowing Hindus to see Christ’s message and love. If you know of one, send it her way and she’ll knit together a resource file for all of us to download via an autoresponder.
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    FREE PRAYER CARDS ON THE SOUTHERN SHILHA

    “For a limited time small quantities of high quality full color Adopt A People prayer cards for the Southern Shilha Berbers of Morocco will be made available FREE of charge to churches, small groups, and individuals for the purpose of mobilization and intercessory use. The Southern Shilha were recently featured in Doug Lucas’s “Top Twenty” unreached people groups. To request a quantity of these cards contact Clark href="TF%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3E10%3C/i%3E%3C/b%3E40athotmaildotcom">TF1040athotmaildotcom.”
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    MISSION OPPORTUNITIES IN HONDURAS AND KAZAKSTAN

    Where can you learn about mission opportunities? Try Brigada-opportunities. Here are a couple of examples.

    1. IMPACT Teams and YWAM Honduras are partnering in the reconstruction of 50 homes for desperate families in a poor community in the southern part of Honduras. Church teams and YWAM groups can come for two weeks to build two homes shoulder to shoulder with the future occupants. ITI/YWAM still need teams from now until the end of 1999 to complete this project which has strategic significance for the Gospel. Participation for groups (8 – 12 persons) is very easy as the program is streamlined with building materials stockpiled, sites prepared, living quarters set up, ministry opportunities made available and transportation pre-arranged. The two weeks include a beach trip and sightseeing in Tegucigalpa. For more information contact: IMPACT Teams at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii, tel. 808-326-4464, Fax 808-326-4434, or impactteamsatcompuservedotcom  (impactteamsatcompuservedotcom)  .
    2. A Canadian team of certified teachers are meeting with Kazak teachers this summer for two one-week conferences. Professional teachers are needed to lead small groups: elementary/secondary/college/active/retired. Dates: July 19-August 10, 1999. Contact Richard richardatmfestdotbcdotca  (richardatmfestdotbcdotca)   for more information.

    Want to learn more? Want to drop some opportunities into the mix? Looking for an opportunity? Just send an email to: brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   You’ll receive a welcome message. Then write brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)   with your opportunity.

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    NEED HELP WITH YOUR USA ORGANIZATION’S 990 FORMS?

    Never fear. Brigada is here. If you or your org. is based in the USA and you need help with filing a Form 990 with the IRS, Scott scottatsfdotorg  (scottatsfdotorg)   or http://www.990s.org has volunteered to help any Brigada readers with their 990s, all in compliance with IRS regulations. Thanks Scott!
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    WANT TO RAISE SOME EXTRA CASH? JOIN THE AMAZON BOOK CLUB

    dollar signThat’s right. Amazon dot com. Here’s the deal. You go to http://www.amazon.com and look for info. on joining their staff, so to speak. You complete a simple form to become a member of the Amazon.com Associates Program. They assign a user id and . . . you’re in! From your web site, you recommend specific books and if people click on them and buy the book, you get 15% of the selling price. Here’s the deal — if the book costs $10, then you pay $10 no matter how you get there. If you ask me, you might as well get the $1.50 as well as the guys at Amazon. It’s pretty easy to do. Check out the recommendation I did for Kohl’s Survival Kit at http://www.teamexpansion.org/resources/Default.htm – it took me all of 5 minutes to register and 1 minute to add the link. They notified me of my user id in 1 hour. For other examples, look at Rich’s site: http://www.oddparts.com/missions/books.htm or Bill’s at: http://www.theoffice.net/eberwein. Interestingly enough, Bill’s is based on the March 19th Brigada list of “must read” missions books. See how you can keep adding to the list? Go for it!
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    HEAR ABOUT VIDA ABUNDANTE

    Check out Baptist Spanish Publishing House on the web at http://www.casabautista.org/vida. It’s an evangelistic music cassette entitled Vida Abundante (Abundant Life) that uses contemporary Hispanic music to share the plan of salvation. It is intended to be the functional equivalent of a gospel tract.
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    WANT TO LEARN ABOUT UNREACHED PEOPLES?

    Send a note to brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   You’ll receive a note of explanation. Go for it!
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    NEED INSURANCE?

    Get it at: https://www.jngrace.com/scgi-bin/travelquote3.html Tim found it. That URL will take you to a place where you purchase travel insurance online with your credit card at different amounts of coverage, depending on what you want. You can get accidental death, sickness health, accident health, baggage coverage, and trip insurance… All kinds of stuff!
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    TUNE INTO CHRISTIAN MUSIC, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

    musical notes Even if you’re in some remote city . . . if they’ve got the Internet, then Christian radio can be close to home. Just tune into the Christian Radio Start Panel (CRiSP) at http://www.terrycom.net/crisp.htm . Thanks Sheridan!
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    A CASE STUDY IN CREATIVITY IN URGING PRAYER: KOSOVO

    praying hands If you want a creative experience in praying for the Refugees of Kosovo (and while you’re at it, see the real creative potential in the web), check out “A Prayer Experience – Praying for Kosovo…” at: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~sjhop/pe-intro.htm

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    CRUISE SHIP CAPTAIN SHOWS MOVIES TO HIS CREW

    So, let’s pretend you were the captain of an average cruise ship sailing in and out of Malaysia. How would you motivate a yawning crew to learn and practice their emergency procedures. Well one captain used an imaginative approach… and hundreds of lives (exactly 1093 — 100% of the crew and passenger list) are thankful he did! Before his crew saw the disaster movie about the sinking of the Titanic cruise liner, Hartzell said some didn’t pay much attention during weekly training sessions. “But after they had seen the movie,” he told reporters, “all of them suddenly became very attentive and followed instructions carefully.” (The interview appeared in The Straits Times as reported by InfoBeat, http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2559652942-fee.) The moral of the story? If you’re responsible for a team of people charged with doing a job, find a way to motivate your team to get it done right. Use movies, one-on-one evaluations, retreats. . . whatever it takes. If you’re learning language, do it right… use tapes, drama, tape those 3×5 cards (with the foreign language equivalent written thereon) all over your apartment, WHATEVER! Just do it. Second, pay attention to the details. Third, practice. Finally, take leadership seriously. Hartzell was quoted as saying, “I don’t know what the captain of the Titanic was thinking, but as far as I was concerned, everyone had to be saved, whether it was a crew or a passenger. A life is a life.” I’m sure if you were one of the 1093 who were rescued that night, some 27 miles from shore, you’d agree. :-) So… let’s get out there and do it right! :-)
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    IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

    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!

    19990516 Brigada Today

    Now with 9099 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    In this issue….

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    DOUG HAS CHANGED EMAIL ADDRESSES

    letter and ligntening bolt Hopefully you can just file it away… honest… no need for all 9000+ to write to check it out! :-) But in case you ever have put my old address in your address book (old: <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>) please make the shift to my new address: Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  . Remember… please don’t send your “subscribe” or “unsubscribe” messages to that address! :-) For those instructions, see the paragraphs at the end of each and every Brigada Today.
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    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ADVO-CATE!

    There’s still time to apply for Advocate Training! Head for Littleton, Colorado, June 3-5 for Caleb Project’s fourth Advocate Training Seminar. Personal and interactive; speakers will address topics including people-group adoption, fundraising, security, networking, resources, and partnership. Read more about it at http://www.calebproject.org/ats.html or e-mail trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  .
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    TAKE A LOOK AT OUR “TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES” LIST

    So many people wrote saying they were having trouble downloading the Powerpoint file that we’ve converted the Powerpoint into a POA file – a “plain-old-ASCII” file! :-) Just send a message to: top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll automatically receive a copy of the 11K document as email.
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    GET A FULL COPY OF OUR STATEMENT ON EMAIL HOAXES AND CHAIN LETTERS

    Just send a note to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll get the 1-page reply.
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    DON’T FORGET TO ADD A LINK TO YOUR “BRIGADA” LIST

    Brigada Logo When you get a chance, please go to the Brigada Today eGroups web page http://www.egroups.com/group/brigada-today then click on “links.” Use “Add a link” (at the very bottom of the links page) to list a link to an unreached people advocacy network, I begin the “Name” with a forward slash (the symbol we’re using for advocacy networks – see the examples)
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    FOR THOSE WITH ONLINE ENGLISH RESOURCES

    SOON Gospel Literature offers a free easy-English evangelistic paper SOON, as well as an evangelistic Bible correspondence course. SOON would like to advise students of further Bible courses available online or by postal mail, preferably free. Please send details direct to tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . He’ll compile a list that we can distribute by autoresponder.
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    NON-WESTERN CHRISTIANS: YOUR TESTIMONY WANTED

    SOON also needs testimonies of non-western people, written specifically for non-Christians according to their guidelines which can be sent by email, or viewed online at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webtestimony.html
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    WOW – GREAT SITE FOR GEOGRAPHY!

    Wow! blinking1eyes Have you seen http://geography.miningco.com It’s a great site for finding maps, the latest stuff on particular countries, and tons of resources about geography! The compiler wrote us a personal note, congratulating us on Brigada’s progress, too! :-) Check him out! (Added this URL to our “links” list at the Brigada eGroups site. Don’t forget to add yours there! Just go to http://www.egroups.com and register [if you haven’t already], then go to the “links” area and go to town!)
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    CLOSE-UP: THE BEJA OF SUDAN

    world globe The Beja of Sudan are a nomadic people who live in northeastern Sudan, their homeland since the days of the pharaohs 4,000 years ago. Most of the 1.5 million Beja are herders of camels and goats, although some settled in towns and cities. As wanderers, they live in tents made from woven palm matting and exist mainly on a diet of milk and grain, supplemented occasionally by meat and sugar. The Beja like to sing and play musical instruments. Although the Beja are Muslim, they continue to be highly concerned with the traditional belief of “jinn,” or bad spirits, which they believe exist everywhere and cause sickness and accidents. Intercede for the Beja with the Father. Ask him to set the Spirit free in their midst to draw many of them to Christ. Pray that believers will have opportunities to share the good news of God’s love with Beja people. Ask God to glorify his name by raising up a mighty army of Beja believers.
    (From Mark Kelly’s Apr. 26th Advance, an occasional bulletin on mission. To subscribe, send an email to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .)
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    ASKAMISSIONARY EMAIL NEWSLETTER LAUNCHES

    letter and ligntening bolt Prospective AND experienced missionaries are invited to exchange questions and answers about how to become a missionary. Anyone may subscribe to this free monthly newsletter by sending an email to subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg  (subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg)  . Upcoming issues will discuss four initial questions: “I’m afraid of raising support. What do I do?” “How do I handle my school debt?” “How do I choose a missions agency – or should I?” “What advice can you give me if I’m interested in being a tentmaker missionary?” The newsletter will also point to magazines, books, conferences, courses and Internet sites. Askamissionary is edited by John McVay, coordinator of the Heartland MissionsFest.
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    UPDATED Y2K INFO

    You can have easy access to international Y2K mission news, articles, and discussions contributed by mission personnel. Check it out at this website: http://www.eGroups.com/list/y2kmissions Also, join this worldwide mission community’s Y2K e-mail discussion forum by sending a blank message to: Y2Kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Y2Kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .
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    WHAT WOULD “VERIFIABLE OPC” MEAN TO YOUR INBOX?

    OPC logo Over the past few months, we’ve been recommending that we apply a standard protocol to all the email “forwards” that we occasionally receive. We suggested that before sending a message to everyone in our address book, we should first make sure the message had a “verifiable OPC” — origin, purpose, and closure. (For a complete copy, send a message to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .) One Brigada participant recent wrote to ask exactly what would that look like. Here’s what we mean.

    *** 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! So, in summary, it would be great, before forwarding it, if someone verifies the author as legitimate by emailing him/her and/or asking for a cross-reference if the claim is an incredible one. In other words, if someone’s harvesting kidneys from your hotel room bathtub, that should probably be in a CNN news story somewhere. :-)

    *** VERIFIABLE PURPOSE: Will it make an actual difference if I forward it? The bottom line on this one? How will it help to broadcast this to 1000 people. Are we trying to blanket someone (like the FCC) with a lot of our opinions? The question to ask then is . . . will the FCC really care if 1000 (or 10,000!) people all email them . . . especially if the alleged petition doesn’t really exist! Verify the purpose before forwarding.

    *** VERIFIABLE CLOSURE: How will we know when it’s complete? Does it have a cut-off date? The summary here? If it doesn’t have a cut-off date, consider it suspect.

    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.

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    WHAT’S UP WITH THE OLD “GET” FILES (ARCHIVES)

    Brigada Logo With the transition to the eGroups server, there are a couple of changes in obtaining old “get” (archive) files from previous editions of Brigada Today. As always, the easiest way to access these files is to log onto the Brigada web page at: http://www.brigada.org Bob has archived every single get file there . . . in the full history of our Brigada family! So… when you’re reading a Brigada Today on the web, just click on the link and you’ll go directly to a web version of the original “get” file. As for new files, you’ll be able to get those via an autoresponder at brigada.worldchurches.org. Bottom line: as far as Brigada is concerned, you’ll no longer need to send any commands to the old brigada “hub.” We don’t have any current plans to archive previous copies on the eGroups web page since they’re already available at the www.brigada.org site.
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    BRIGADA BACKUP SITE

    Brigada Logo If you ever have trouble establishing a connection to http://www.brigada.org, you might want to set a bookmark or a “favorites” entry to the backup “mirror” site: http://brigada.worldchurches.org Bob Mayhew maintains this site in Texas as a backup in case conduits to the current site in Missouri are down. And… thanks to the sponsors of our new site in Missouri!!! They agreed to host the Brigada site as a ministry!!! No charge!! Yahooo! Yahoo (They asked to remain anonymous because they can’t afford to do it for dozens of others! :-) But God knows who they are and we ask that you join us in praying His richest blessing on their business, so that they can be all the more fruitful for Him!
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    ARE ALL XC.ORG CONFERENCES MOVING?

    Many have heard that June 1st is the date that begins the switch for MAFxc — i.e., they’ll start switching contracts to charging the conference per message, rather than by flat rate. Will your favorite conference change? Not necessarily. MAFxc has told us that some conferences might actually cost less via the “per message” billing procedure. So it’s better to check first. Write to your conference moderator by emailing: conference-owneratxcdotorg So if you’re wondering about a hypothetical conference called brigada-africa, write to brigada-africa-owneratxcdotorg  (brigada-africa-owneratxcdotorg)  . Conferences who are moving are asked to register at the Brigada links page (Item 5 above).
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    ARE YOUR BRIGADA-TODAY LINES TOO LONG?

    Brigada Logo Do they cause your screen to scroll far to the right? Your email client might have a setting to “wrap” those lines. If not, you could click into the email message then quickly hit “ctrl-a” (to select all) then “ctrl-c” (to copy), then go to your word processor and click in a new file and hit “ctrl-v” (to paste). Your word processor likely will wrap the text correctly. Starting with this issue, we’ll not worry about manually inserting the hard carriage returns, since it appears that most people use email clients that handle line-wrap with no trouble.
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ALGIERS

    world globe Church groups are sprouting and spreading in Algeria as Berber tribesmen respond to the gospel, despite seven years of civil war that has killed as many as 100,000 people in the North African country. Tens of thousands of people, including women and children, have been brutalized in the war. But the new churches have moved forward in outreach amid daily horrors. One Christian worker there recently baptized ten new believers in a bathtub, and larger churches are having baptisms almost every week. Tracts, the Jesus film, and radio broadcasts have been effective preparing hearts for the gospel.
    (Source: Baptist Press, April 16, 1999, http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm or webservantatimbdotorg  (webservantatimbdotorg)  .)
    Global Glimpse is assembled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING PROGRAMS

    Check out a list of training programs for those involved in Muslim ministry by sending an email to: fia-news-muslim-training-programsatxcdotorg  (fia-news-muslim-training-programsatxcdotorg)   The subject and body are ignored. (Thanks to the helper who assembled this material, who, because of his ministry and love for Muslim people, wishes to remain anonymous.)
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    TAKE A PEAK AT HOW MANY ARE ONLINE!

    Have you noticed how many of your neighbors are online? More and more, it doesn’t matter where you live!
    Africa: 1.14 million
    Asia-Pacific: 26.97 million
    Europe: 37.15 million
    Middle East: .88 million
    North America: 88.33 million
    South America: 4.63 million
    Did someone say “global village?”
    (Source: PC Week)
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    TRACT DIRECTORY ON THE WEB

    Take a look at http://www.tracts.com/CTD.html for the latest version.
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    HEAR SCRIPTURES IN 60 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!

    Check out Audio Scriptures International (Escondido, California) on the web at http://www.audioscriptures.org. They’ve got “real audio” scriptures and “The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived” in sixty different languages. You can check ’em out, then order budget packs of 100 cassettes of these “portraits of Jesus cassettes” for just $125 a pack, using the new convenient OnLine Order Form.
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    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.]

    19990509 Brigada Today

    Now with 9089 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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    HOW DO WE FIND YOUR UNREACHED PEOPLE NETWORK?

    Brigada LogoNow that we have the “links” page in the Brigada-Today eGroups, can you give us a “pointer” so we know where to find information about your advocacy network (for some unreached people group)? For more information, read on to the next item!
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    HOW TO LIST YOUR ADVOCACY NETWORK WITH BRIGADA

    Brigada LogoFor example, let’s say I’m connected to an advocacy network called Kosovo-Albanian Partnership (and I am). I go to the Brigada Today eGroups web page http://www.egroups.com/group/brigada-today then click on “links.” I click on “Add a link” (at the very bottom of the links page) then, to list a link to an unreached people advocacy network, I begin the “Name” with a forward slash (the symbol we’re using for advocacy networks – see the examples), such as: /Kosovo-Albanian Partnership (only use the name of your own advocacy network). Then in the “location” box, I paste in the URL for the location of the partnership’s best contact page on the web, which in this case, happens to be another eGroup page: http://www.egroups.com/group/kapcomm/
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    ADVANTAGES OF USING THIS “SWITCHBOARD” LINKS PAGE

    Brigada LogoNote that with this new approach, it doesn’t really matter which service you’re using to host your web page or discussion group (eGroups, Topica, MAFxc, or whatever) — they can all be reached via this links page. If you have a discussion group or an email conference, just make sure you describe it at that web page. I like this approach… because it doesn’t force list-owners to all migrate to the same list-hosting software. This takes everyone “off the hook.” It’s the best of all worlds! Some of my friends feel a lot of remorse that many of us are leaving the togetherness at MAFxc’s list-hosting service. But honestly, with this links page, we can still be unified in this switchboard fashion. And this way, everybody can choose their own path or options for list-hosting or web-hosting services.
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    YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT ON A HUMAN TO PROMOTE YOUR NETWORK

    Brigada LogoThe great part about this “links” page is that you can go there anytime, night or day and list your network instantly. You don’t have to wait on a human to add a link to your page. Obviously, if you have an “insiders” conference (secure, private), please don’t list it… but if your insiders’ conference releases bits for public consumption, this is the place to list your link!
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    THE BRIGADA-TODAY “LINKS” GROWS ONLY WHEN YOU LIST THERE

    Brigada LogoCome on gang… please pitch in and help us build a useful switchboard page filled with dozens of links to people group advocacy networks! And, as always, list only those web pages which are for public consumption — don’t list pages with sensitive information in this public forum. Use your “public” URL to offer readers a chance to write contact people who can screen legitimate prospective partners that might want to join your network. Then offer to let them into your more secure discussion groups if you choose. Never release names and addresses of those working in secure locations via the web page or discussion group that you promote in the “links” page. And don’t forget to begin your “name” with a forward slash so it’ll be listed together with other Brigada-type unreached peoples lists. Thanks for building a global Brigada connections family!
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    POLL SHOWS MANY WOULD PREFER NOT TO LIST OUR PAGE

    Brigada LogoIn the poll that we listed last week, many people voted for the option not to list the Brigada-Today eGroup in the eGroups index. (Thanks to all those who voted on the web! Next time, I’ll make it clear that I wasn’t really asking you to email me back personally! Yikes. gulp :-) Either way, if you didn’t vote, sorry… the poll is closed now.) I’m convinced that many probably didn’t know exactly what that would mean (and if you were one of those, forgive us for not supplying enough information), but the long and the short of it is, we won’t be listing the Brigada-Today eGroup in the eGroups table of contents at this time. But that’s okay! We’ve never depended on a listing service to help us grow before! Why should we start now! We’ve always grown best by word-of-mouth. So if you’ll please help us spread the word… Please help us promote the new subscribe instructions in your network’s newsletter or bulletin. (See the last item below.) Thanks a million for your help getting the word out! And by the way, the http://www.brigada.org page will still exist as a rallying point for reading back-issues and learning more about Brigada Today.
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    YOUR BEST MISSIONARY STORY

    Please send your best inspirational missionary story to Michelle smrenaudatbigfootdotcom  (smrenaudatbigfootdotcom)  . She’s going to collect them and send us a copy that we can post on an autoresponder. She’s especially trying to find one about “a man who went to another country to be a missionary. He worked there for many years, and at the time of his death, only had one convert. After his death, that one convert brought thousands of others to Christ.” Does that ring a bell? If so, please send the story to Michelle.
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    “MUST READ” BOOK LIST

    book John johnomalleyatcsidotcom  (johnomalleyatcsidotcom)   has compiled a “missions must read” book list at http://ourworld.cs.com/mrjohnomalley. If you’d like to add to it, just drop him a note.
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    GET THE LOW-DOWN ON THE FRIENDS OF BOSNIA CONFERENCE

    Want a full report on the Friends of Bosnia Conference that took place in Washington, DC in April? Now you can get it! Just send an email to: fobihdc99notesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (fobihdc99notesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .
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    FIND OUT HOW OTHERS ARE EVALUATING MISSIONARIES

    To get a thorough report on how others are evaluating missionaries, send for the report by writing an email to evaluating-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (evaluating-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .
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    NEW CHAT ROOM FOR BRIGADA FAMILY

    Brigada LogoWant to get together with some of the other Brigada-Today family members and brainstorm or swap ideas? Now you can chat live at http://www.egroups.com/ChatPage?listName=brigada-today

    note (Note: You might have to register first if you haven’t already done so, at http://www.egroups.com.) The chat page there gives you several special options such as sending private messages to those who are in the room and even varying the color of your “ink”! Not bad for a free service!

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    YOU CAN LIST YOUR UPCOMING MISSIONS EVENT IN THE CALENDAR!

    calendarGet this! Now you can list your upcoming missions program, conference, or training event in the calendar at: http://www.egroups.com/cal?md=y&day=10728&listname=brigada-today There’s no charge for the listing and you can do it yourself. If you don’t have web access, you can always ask a web-connected friend to list your event for you. (Sorry! Regretfully, Doug Lucas won’t be able to post your calendar dates for you. He’s unable to do that for a whole list of 9000+ subscribers! Hopefully, you have just one other friend who is connected to the web.) The graphical calendar interface can be viewed by day, week, month or year. What’s more, if you’re a member of more than one eGroup, you can even overlay more than one calendar!
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    POLITE INTERNET USERS ASK FIRST, BEFORE SENDING ATTACHED FILES

    letter and ligntening boltYou know, Internet protocol calls for emailers to ask first, before sending an email to a recipient with an attached file. It’s a very small thing, but very polite. “Hey, I’ve got a brochure about my work, formatted in Microsoft Publisher ’98. It’s a 1 1/2 meg file. May I send you a copy?” That’s all it takes. Then you put your recipient in control. You might hear back, “Sorry, I’m on an overseas trip just now, having to pay by the byte. Please don’t send until May 25.” In addition to being good protocol, this approach makes for “safe computing” for a day and age in which many macro viruses and trojan horses are carried via Word files and other types of attachments. So… please ask first!
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FOR HINDU PRAYER

    world globe Organizers are gearing up for the third annual 30-Days Hindu Prayer Focus beginning May 23rd. In an effort to reach the unreached peoples of the world, Youth With A Mission in cooperation with WorldChristian News, is sponsoring this month long prayer initiative. According to YWAM, there are more then 800-million Hindus worldwide, making up many of the remaining unreached peoples of the world. Prayer focus officials believe this mobilization effort is key to seeing many Hindus come to Christ.
    (Source: Mission Network News www.gospelcom.net/mnn 5/12/99. For more information on the 30 Day Hindu Prayer Focus visit http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html or e-mail wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  .)
    Global Glimpse is the occasional compilation of John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    TAILOR-MADE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE POOR AND NEEDY OF HONDURAS

    Every once and awhile, we get news about opportunities. For example, this week we rec’d this notice: “IMPACT Teams and YWAM Honduras are partnering in the reconstruction of 50 homes for desperate families in a poor community in the southern part of Honduras. Church teams and YWAM groups can come for two weeks to build two homes shoulder to shoulder with the future occupants. We still need teams from now until the end of 1999 to complete this project which has strategic significance for the Gospel. Participation for groups (8 – 12 persons) is very easy as the program is streamlined with building materials stockpiled, sites prepared, living quarters set up, ministry opportunities made available and transportation pre-arranged. The two weeks include a beach trip and sightseeing in Tegucigalpa. For more information contact impactteamsatcompuservedotcom  (impactteamsatcompuservedotcom)  .” Be sure to see the next note to learn more about how to list this kind of opportunity announcement.
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    NEW CONFERENCE FEATURES MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES

    Unfortunately, we just receive too many of these kinds of announcements (like the one above) to feature all of them in Brigada Today. So we’ve created a new brigada-opportunities page so that you can list your announcements directly. If you’re searching for a missions opportunity . . . or would like to showcase one . . . send a message to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom Then once you’ve received your welcome message, write up a brief description of your opportunity and email it to: brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)   If you’d rather just list opportunities (but not receive news of them), go to the “members” page and edit your profile to “read messages on the web only”. That way, you’ll be able to list but won’t get the message traffic. If you’re in the market for opportunities, I hope tons of missions agencies will go there to create a virtual showcase of options! (So . . . come on missions agencies and churches, please help us list!)
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    LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT

    To a large extent, that old saying is really true… “Life is what you make it.” I remember taking my family to Kiev for a getaway in 1991. Unfortunately, the hotel in which we stayed left quite a bit to be desired. It was hot, dirty, and run-down. The room was literally filled with bugs of all kinds. That night, as I tried to settle in my 1-year-old, my 4-year-old, and my wife, I felt a tinge of guilt for not having a better getaway situation. We had been working in Ukraine for months and sorely needed some downtime. So I set about to try to eliminate as many of the bugs as possible over the next hour or two. My 4-year-old (Christopher) began to really “get into it.” He joined me with his own rolled-up magazine as we set about on a military “search-and-destroy” mission to eradicate those bugs from every corner, nook and cranny! About an hour later, close to midnight, as we stood perched side by side on top one of the beds, just daring a single other predator to show his face on one of our blood-stained, battle-scarred walls, Christopher turned to me with those smiling, puppy-dog, 4-year-old eyes and said something that Penny and I have never been able to forget. “Dad, this is a great game… ‘killing bugs.’ Let’s always remember this night.” I couldn’t believe it! The very activity that I had thought of as a royal hassle had become, for him, a game! In it, he found release from the everyday strain of living in what was, in many ways, a failing economy fraught with faltering services. He didn’t need expensive toys or high-priced admission tickets to theme parks. All he needed was a rolled-up magazine and a room saturated with prey. :-) We had a ball. And Penny and I still laugh about it today. So… moral-of-the-story-time… truth be known, life really is what we make it! And always remember the fun game, “killin’ bugs.” :-)
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    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.]

    19990502 Brigada Today

    Now with 9062 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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    Y0UR OPINION COUNTS!

    Brigada Logo We’re using eGroups’ polling software to get your opinion. Right now, Brigada Today (and Brigada Peoples) is not listed publicly in eGroups’ index. You have to hear about it and know about it in advance in order to subscribe. However, since the Brigada site is open anyway http://www.brigada.org, maybe it’s okay to go ahead and list Brigada Today publicly in the eGroups list. What do you think? Vote your opinion and we’ll report on the outcome next week. In the meantime, stop by the eGroups web site for Brigada anytime this week to watch the votes add up! Just point your browser to http://www.egroups.com/list/brigada-today then click on “polls” and vote your choice. If you don’t have web access, sorry… because eGroups doesn’t have an email polling feature at this time. No need to reply personally.

    By the way, we had to re-start the polling, which produced a duplicate polling invitation. In the first attempt, we had configured the polling page to list those who voted. After seeing the first 6 or 7 responders, it occurred to me what a temptation it was to spam those folks about this or that… so we aborted the poll and restarted it with anonymous voting. Sorry for any inconvenience. . . . and . . . sorry we didn’t spell the word “matter” correctly on the 3rd choice! :-) Guess it doesn’t mater. :-)

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    ADD YOUR LINK TO THE BRIGADA-TODAY EGROUPS SITE

    Brigada Logo There are already a ton of links at the Brigada Today eGroups site… Add a link to your resource or organization for free today! Just go to http://www.egroups.com/list/brigada-today (you might have to register first… just follow the instructions), then click on “links” and fill out the form. Thanks for helping build the resource library!
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    TYPO IN LAST WEEK’S IRS ITEM

    lighting the way Sorry about the late-night typo in last week’s item… “IRS AND FORMSWARE.” It was supposed to be “formsware” (like to rhyme with “software.” We honor the IRS and all governments, since they wouldn’t be there if God didn’t want them to be. The IRS is only trying to do its job. We weren’t trying to be confrontational or rebellious.
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    NATIONAL (WORLD) DAY OF PRAYER A BIG SUCCESS!

    praying hands It appeared that the National (or world) Day of Prayer captured the attention of the nations! Even CNN got into the act, showing David Bryant praying at the prayer televised event out in Washington. Yahooo! Yahoo Let’s make it into a revival! Want to keep up the momentum? I asked our Prayer Coordinator at Team Expansion to share some links on the web that might give you some fuel for the fire. Here’s what Mary came up with. If you’d like to post additional prayer sites, go to the eGroups Brigada-Today web page, click on “links” and add your sites to the “Prayer Resources” folder. (These are already posted.)

    For more information on activities surrounding The National Day of Prayer, check the following websites: http://www.nationalprayer.org ; http://www.concertofprayer.org ; http://www.ndptf.org.

    “Light the Window” will be the theme of the fourth “Pray through the Window” campaign to be held in October 1999. This event will involve an anticipated 50 million believers worldwide. Information concerning available materials (including a prayer calendar), can be found at http://www.Christian-info.com.

    Mission America is seeking God for three million “Lighthouses of Prayer.” This is an attempt to establish homes across the country from which individuals will pray for and reach out to their neighbors with the gospel of Christ. For more information, check out their web site at http://www.missionamerica.org

    The Sentinel Group has recently completed an important prayer map of North America. This map covers spiritual strongholds and obstacles to effective evangelism, as well as documentation on the emerging bright spots of spiritual activity. For more information, contact the Sentinel Group at (800) 688-5657; E-mail: sentinelGpataoldotcom  (sentinelGpataoldotcom)  

    (Source for above information: ‘Prayer” magazine; March/April edition.)

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    WANT TO FINALLY GET “ENGLISH-HELP”?

    lighting the way Thanks to those who have been so patient to get to the site on help in teaching English as a second language. The actual site is (drum roll):

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webmission.html#english-help This time, I’ve tested it to be sure! :-) Last week’s URL (the 2nd misspelling in a row!) had left an “s” out of the word “mission!” :-) Pardon the correction. This site has been added to the list of links at the eGroups Brigada Today web site.

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    WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NEWS?

    If you want the latest, Ken kmachargatlamdotorg  (kmachargatlamdotorg)   suggests you check out these! They’ve been added to the “links” page at the eGroups links list. Thanks for the work, Ken! If you have others to add, just go to the eGroups “links” site and add them directly please. Thanks!

    Associated Press
    www.newsday.com/ap/topnewsx.htm or www.newsday.com/ap/internat.htm
    www.dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/world/ap/index.html

    Associated Press/Reuters in Spanish
    www.espanol.yahoo.com/noticias/actualidad

    Reuters News Service
    www.dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/wl (U.S. wire)
    www.yahoo.co.uk/headlines/world (British wire)

    AFP (French Press Agency)
    www.yahoo.com.sg/headlines/world

    Reuters News Service and United Press International (UPI)
    www.nt.excite.com/news/international

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    NO VIRGINIA… THERE ISN’T AN FCC PETITION 2493

    OPC logo Seems like someone unearths this Madeline Murray O’Hare thing every so often… and emails it to 10,000 people! See the FCC’s site at:

    http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/enf/forms/rm-2493.html (Thanks to Bob Wilson rdwilsonatjunodotcom  (rd%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Ewilsonatjunodotcom)   for providing the URL.) Bottom line, see the Brigada “OPC” policy (at the very end of this message) and put a stop to the O’Hare/2493 rumor. If someone emails you a copy of the petition, just drop them a kind message back with the OPC response and let’s end this thing once and for . . . all (I hope!).

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    ONLINE LEARNING FOR MISSIONARY KIDS

    NorthStar Academy is a private online school offering grades 7-12 with three different programs of study: USA, Canadian, and UK. They have begun registration for the 1999-2000 school year and are eager to meet the needs of missionary families all over the globe. Check ’em out at http://www.northstar-academy.org for more information. In North America, call toll-free at 1-888-464-6280. Or write brettatnorthstar-academydotorg  (brettatnorthstar-academydotorg)  .
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    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WANTING TO STUDY OR WORK IN ARABIC

    Kim came across this great site if you’d like to study or work in the Arabic language (the National Council on US/Arabic Relations: http://www.ncusar.org or email infoatncusardotorg  (infoatncusardotorg)  .
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    MORE ON MICROSOFT WORD CARRIAGE RETURNS

    We’ve rec’d a ton of response to the Microsoft carriage return stripper macro item. Funny how one little item like that spawns so much interest. Many folks apparently still have an earlier version of Word. If you’re one of those (the macro wouldn’t work for you because you have something prior to Word ’97 or Office ’97), send a note to stripreturnsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (stripreturnsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and try out the macro for version 2. Also included is new information for our brave brothers and sisters with MAC computers. (Remember those? :-) ) (Just kidding!!! :-) )
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    ELEGANCE AND THE WILD WEST

    Here’s a former missionary couple, now prosperous in their tentmaking business, with a bed & breakfast on their ranch that they make available to missionaries and ministry types who raise their own support. These are two log cabin units in a quiet setting, windmill, stream, working cattle, and horses 30 miles West of Colorado Springs in the Rockies. “Elegance and the Wild West” is the theme. Quite expensive for tourists but a very low cost donation basis for you. Write garyatoperatorservicesdotcom  (garyatoperatorservicesdotcom)   for info and access to their private Web site with lots of pictures.
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    HOW TO CHANGE ADDRESS ON EGROUPS

    Brigada Logo Please!!! We’re drowning in those who would like to change their address! It’s a simple matter. Just use your “old address” to prepare an email that says: brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom)   Send that message. Then use your new email service to prepare a second message that says: brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   If every would-be address-changer took those couple of minutes, it would add up to a ton of saved time answering your emails. Besides… we don’t change addresses anymore. We’re just going to send you the instructions again anyway! :-)
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    PUT YOUR CASPIAN SEA MAPS TO WORK!

    If you don’t want the map that is bundled with the May 1999 National Geographic, Judith does! She’s requested that you please send it right away to Judith Bernicchi, Jenkins Research Library, IMB, P. O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230. She passes along a big “Thank you!” in advance!
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    AD2000 ADOPTION FORM

    ad2ksmI’m still very excited about AD2000 & Beyond’s adoption form. Go to http://www.ad2000.org and click on “People Adoption Registration Form” (the 5th or so option on their opening page). It’s a GREAT service. Now… is we can only convince every user of the service to send them a $15 or so gift to help offset the great job they do servicing all the adoptions! :-) They never ask for it… but they sure deserve that and tons more! Great service. They also list the Adopt-a-people clearinghouse’s form at http://www.aapc.net/adptregform.html which falls under the AAPC domain at http://www.aapc.net/. I’m not so sure they’re keeping that page up though. They’ve got several messages there at the AAPC page about how they’ll hopefully have such-and-such posted “by the fall of 1998.” That’s always a bad sign. :-)
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    DOCUMENTS YOU CAN RETRIEVE FROM OUR AUTORESPONDER

    Brigada Logo Thanks so much to Bob, our amazing, magnificent, selfless volunteer, who works hard to write up these cool appliances to make it possible to get the word out to you, . . . Thanks to Bob, we have a new autoresponder up and running. Here are some documents you can order into your inbox tonight. To get the document, just compose an email to the address that follows it. Note that it can be a totally empty email… with no subject line. The magic all takes place in the address:

    Brigada Today Submission guidelines: brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Information and resources on house churches: housechurchesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (housechurchesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Guidance on leadership: leadershipatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (leadershipatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Info on teaching English as a second language: teslatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (teslatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    How to transport your XC.org group over to eGroups, if necessary: transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Resources and options for helping Kosovar refugees: kosovoresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (kosovoresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

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