Monthly Archives: July 1999

19990725 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)

praying hands According to Ray, one out of every 115 people on earth has been forced into flight, and a least half of these are children. As Christians throughout the world come together in unity and spirit for the Children of War – International Day of Prayer, Ray and the folks at Mission Twenty Eight Nineteen would like to invite you to join with the thousands of intercessors in praying on the behalf of the millions of children who face the pains of war on this day, Saturday, November, 20th, 1999. For more information on this special day, write Eaglesoaratnorthstatedotnet  (Eaglesoaratnorthstatedotnet)  .
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PAID TO BROWSE THE WEB?

WebWatchIf you’d like to check out a scheme whereby you are paid the browse (presumably from ad-supported revenue?), Jon invites you to checkout http://www.alladvantage.com/go.asp?refid=DPD311 (you can also write jonandholsatjunodotcom  (jonandholsatjunodotcom)  ). I believe Jon will get some credit because you used his id… but evidently, so will you! By Jon’s calculations, for every 40 hours you browse, you’ll receive $20! That’s 50 cents per hour for free! Check it out . . . and let us know if you find out it’s not worth it.
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INFO NEEDED ON THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS

A mission team in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is needing to update its understanding of the doctrines and structure of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church worldwide. Can anyone point them to useful resources on the topic (books, articles, websites, etc.)? Send your tips to LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg  (LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg)  . Thanks! (Larry will create a compiled report of his findings.
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 5

letter and ligntening bolt Thanks to those who are contributing URLs for even more tips for email travelers. Here are a few new sites from Keith:

  • http://kropla.com/ – Great info including worldwide phone and electric guides and sources
  • http://www.roadnews.com/home.htm – Lots of resources for the computer equipped traveler
  • http://www.laptopproducts.com/ – Seems to be a good source at reasonable prices. Check out the multi globe electric connector which works in 140 countries for $25 and the set of two multi-telephone adapters which work in 120 countries for $65. A New York Times review on each is available via a link at this site.

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IRANIAN BIBLE SCHOOL START-UP

graduation cap The Iranian Bible School’s Fall Semester will begin Oct 2. A two-semester hour class – Old Testament Introduction I – is being offered. It will be taught by Saro Kachikian. Registration deadline is Sept 1st. The Iranian Bible School provides biblical, theological, vocational, and educational training for Iranian pastors, missionaries, church planters, and other church leaders. Classes are taught in Farsi. The purpose of IBS is to equip these leaders for effective and meaningful service among Iranians worldwide. The school offers a Diploma of Christian Ministries (DCM) which requires 28 semester hours of study (14 two-hour courses) and a Diploma of Theology (DTH), a 62-semester hour program (31 two-hour courses) designed for advanced training for ministry. A high school diploma is required for admission to the DTH program. For further contact write persianwoatcsidotcom  (persianwoatcsidotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY SAFETY RESOURCES

Safety FirstKnow of any good resources (written, electronic, seminars, etc.) dealing with various issues pertaining to missionaries’ physical safety? If so, please contact EuniceHatioltdotcom  (EuniceHatioltdotcom)  . She’ll compile a report that we’ll post here for all to see.
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INTENSIVE SPANISH REFRESHER COURSE

Wendy would like to know if anyone knows of a GOOD intensive Spanish refresher course that would be about 2 weeks in length and held in the States. Please reply to awbeerboweratjunodotcom  (awbeerboweratjunodotcom)  . She’ll supply us with a compiled report.
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DO YOU KNOW A SOURCE FOR BILINGUAL BIBLES?

Bible Mark majacobsenatmsndotcom  (majacobsenatmsndotcom)   works with Haitian immigrants in South Florida, and would like to know if anyone knows of a source for bi-lingual French/English or Creole/English Bibles (preferably Old and New Testaments). He’ll be glad to post his results here.
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ETHNIC CHURCH PLANTING IN AMERICA

ChurchMark majacobsenatmsndotcom  (majacobsenatmsndotcom)   is also looking for suggestions on how to approach the linguistic challenge of 2nd generation ethnic peoples while planting a church in the US. A Haitian church has been started using French/Creole for the adults, and English for the children. A long-range vision, however, presents the challenge of what to do when the young people of the church become adults. Should one change the church to become English speaking? Should the 2nd generation be encouraged to find an English church that meets their need? Should the church attempt to have a service in two languages? If anyone has worked through this, or has suggestions, Mark welcomes them. He has contemplated this for years, and still does not have a satisfying solution. Write Mark with your ideas. He’ll supply a compiled report.
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MAKE YOUR OWN MINISTRY BROCHURES

Kingdom Graphics is ready to print your ministry brochures. Order any of their Computer Paper pkgs. for only $19.50 per pkg. (normally $25. per pkg. … save $5.50 per pkg.). ALL designs are Global/Ministry and in full-color! Plus …order 5 pkgs. and receive 2 free creatively designed ministry Notepads (a $4. value). The Computer Papers are all 8.5″X11″ flat and come scored to fold easily to a Tri-fold or to a Single-fold … and are compatible for laser & ink-jet printers and most copy machines. These products, and others, are produced by KINGDOM GRAPHICS and can be SEEN or ORDERED at their secure credit card Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com…or by their Toll FREE phone: 1-800- 618-3133 (only within the USA) …or at: 215-657-5888 …or by E-mail at: kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)   Payment MUST accompany ALL orders.
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THE BACKPAGE: SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE?

Well, the day finally came. This past week I received a large manila envelope from the US Soccer Federation that would tell me whether or not I passed the “C” license (See THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR from the July 9th issue of Brigada Today). I swallowed hard, sat down at our breakfast nook and hesitated only for a moment. I then gently opened the end of the envelope and a quick glance confirmed my fears — I had failed. I carefully read the evaluations. To be honest, there was very little tangible input. I’m not sure how my peers did, but if their playing proficiency made a difference, as I fear it might have, most probably did a lot better than I did. I’ve only been playing for five years. I was well out of my league. soccer ball

So now I’m curious… How do you handle failure? What do you do if you don’t pass the boards, you don’t get the promotion. or your wife leaves you, threatening divorce. Here’s what I’m trying, after my fiasco with higher-level soccer coaching:

  1. Are you sure you’ve really failed? — My first step with the US Soccer Federation is to write and ask them to reconsider. For example, I’m 100% positive that I answered every question correctly on my final oral exam. But my summary score sheet says the instructor gave me the next-to-lowest score!! Now maybe he didn’t like my play on the field, but I knew the oral stuff backward and forward. So I’m going to ask the Federation to check with the evaluator. Maybe there was a mistake… maybe he had formed a subjective opinion that influenced the score. Either way, I figure I’ve got to ask the question.
  2. Can you arrange for a second chance? — I had to re-take the Morse code test for my General Amateur Radio license (3 times!). Each time, I practiced ’til I was sure I could copy 13 words per minute. But on each occasion, once in the testing environment, my nerves would take hold and I’d lose track of the fast-paced dots and dashes. So… I repeated the test . . . and finally, it paid off! Maybe you can ask for a second chance too! In the case of my soccer-coaching clinic, it would be expensive. But . . . I could start saving again. :-)
  3. How can you prepare more effectively? — If you can retake the test, find out what you can do better. In my case, I’m asking the Federation if they have any indication of what I need to change. My hunch is, they’ll not be able to give much specific input… because there’s sure not much detail on the score sheets from the sessions. “Get more coaching experience,” they might say. Well I can do that . . . and try again. In the case of my ham radio license, I finally figured out that I needed to study at 15 or even 17 words per minute if I hoped to copy 13 words per minute during the heat of the test! When I tried that, I passed easy as pie!
  4. Never, never, never, never, NEVER quit — Even if your spouse has told you there’s no use begging for another chance, try begging anyway. Even if you feel that you’ve studied that foreign language ’til you’re blue in the face, study some more. In my case, I’ll admit — I’ve had it pretty easy. I received comprehensive scholarships for both undergrad. and graduate school. I graduated with honors in both cases. Many people say that foreign languages seem to come easy for me (although it doesn’t seem that way to me when I have to rehearse each phrase a million times to say it correctly :-) — so maybe they’re judging the result rather than the effort!). But no matter how you slice it, life has been good. I’ve had few really hard times… and rarely failed miserably. I guess that’s why this particular failure hurts so much. Maybe it’s an ego thing… or maybe I hate the thought that the money I paid for the course is “down the drain.” Our family isn’t rich. So in the thick of the battle, I almost caved in. Thank goodness I had a very understanding wife, who hugged me and said, “Maybe you can try it again in a couple of years.” It was all I needed to pick myself back up. (Score one for faithful wives.) Maybe there’s a corollary: Always, always, always, always, ALWAYS encourage your spouse (or your best friend).

So anyway… that’s my story. I’ll write the USSF. They’ll probably say the decision is final. So then I’ll go back to work. And in a few years, if you’re still reading the Brigada Tomorrow, maybe you’ll hear “The Rest of the Story.” :-) Each day, we write the next chapter of our lives. It’s up to us to author it according to our dreams rather than our nightmares. Mine’s got “C” license written all over it. :-)

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

19990721 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read more (4+ years of back issues) at http://www.brigada.org.
See recent back issues at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today.
Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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FINALLY – AN INTERNET-TO-POSTAL CONNECTION WORTH USING

mailbox We’ve tackled this challenge again and again . . . and finally there’s an internet-to-postal service that seems worth the effort. Try http://www.letterpost.com. Seems like they have the right portion of technology, speed, and pricing. They take your electronic text and transfer it to a written letter (for those out of reach of your email, for whatever reason). Let us know how it works for you! Thanks for the tip, Wayne!
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FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL

  • Total assets of the world’s three richest men (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Paul Allen): $156 billion

  • Total GNP of the 43 least developed countries, the population of which is 600 million people: $136.2 billion

  • Number of people who live on less than $1 a day: 1.3 billion

(Source: Dennis sent us these items from the 26 of July, 1999 issue of Time magazine, p. 17.)

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MIDDLE EAST TESOL PROGRAM

Want to study “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages” (TESOL) with a special Middle East focus! Here’s a school that is accredited through the Government Department in Queensland, Australia and the University of the Nations. Graduating students will receive a TESOL certificate. The course is August 30th – September 24, 1999, so you’d better act fast. Cost is $500USD. For more information, write Janine Jes97atgalacticommdotorg  (Jes97atgalacticommdotorg)  .
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WEBWATCH: COMPREHENSIVE SEARCHING

WebWatch Don’t forget about “Copernic 99” at http://www.copernic.com/ (mentioned previously in Brigada Today). Copernic is a separate program that queries 10 or 12 search pages every time you need a comprehensive search. I still like www.google.com for simple searches (and it seems to always find what I want!), but Chris is right… for more comprehensive stuff, it’s hard to beat Copernic.
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PRAYER CARDS MADE TO ORDER

If you need prayer cards, don’t forget about Howard Print Shop. They offer professional quality prayer cards at “missionary prices”. Les clfcebuatinamedotcom  (clfcebuatinamedotcom)   wrote, “I was very pleased with the quick turnaround time.” You can browse their website and see their samples and at the same time, get a quotation right on the web for most standard size prayer cards. Their website is http://www.netusa1.net/~hpsprint/ or you can email Dave Howard hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet  (hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet)  . Please let him know you read it on Brigada and maybe he’ll cut you a special deal! :-)
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TAKE IN “ISFM ’99” IN VIRGINIA BEACH

The ISFM (International Society for Frontier Missiology) theme this year will be “Issues for the Future of Frontier Missions in the New Millennium”. Join them on Sept. 18th at 7pm through Sept. 20 at the Founders Inn, the weekend before the EFMA, IFMA and EMS conference, in Virginia Beach, VA. Some of the presenters are Dr. Ralph Winter, Carol Davis, Dr. Rick Love, Dr. Bob Blinco and Boyd Morris. Expect great networking, stimulating presentations and strategic prayer and dialogue. If you want to be prepared for the new millennium, join in. Discount registration due by Aug. 20, 1999. Spouses come for free. For information and registration contact Amy AimBarstadataoldotcom  (AimBarstadataoldotcom)  .
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E-MAIL THAT PAYS YOU!

letter and ligntening bolt You’ve heard of free web sites, free e-mail, and free lunches. But how about e-mail that pays you cash to use it?? Missionarymail.org is launching the first in a series of services designed to leverage the latest Internet technologies to financially support Christian missionaries worldwide. Through missionarymail’s unique e-mail sponsorship program, you will actually be paid for keeping in touch with your friends, family, and supporters back home.

How does it work? You send e-mail messages just as you always have – except now you send them via missionarymail.org’s forwarding service. They insert a small advertisement from a Christian Internet retailer at the beginning or end of your regular messages. The ads are carefully screened to be appropriate for your constituents and supporters. Christian books, videos, t-shirts, etc. are the products you would typically find advertised in your e-mail. The advertiser pays to have their ad distributed via your e-mail. Missionarymail.org keeps a portion of the ad revenues to cover operations and expenses. The rest is paid to you via check!

For all the details see their web site at http://www.missionarymail.org or send a blank e-mail to their autoresponder at faqatmissionarymaildotorg  (faqatmissionarymaildotorg)  .

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FIND A HOME AT NETZERO

netzero logo Seems like a lot of folks are finding a home with www.netzero.net. As for me, I tried it and found it a bit too slow and it seemed there were too many system crashes. But many folks (including Dana, this past week) are writing in saying it’s working well for them. . . so maybe it’s worth trying, if you want free web access and email too! (Ad-supported… with a banner always “on top”.)
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 4

letter and ligntening bolt Looking for even more telephone equipment and travel supplies? Keith recommended we try http://www.teleadaptusa.com/ or even their UK affiliate site at http://www.teleadapt.co.uk/. They’ve got a ton of adaptors and connectors, and lots of good (free) advice! Great spot to visit before you leave! Note that when we talk about needing adaptors for phone connections, we’re mainly talking about trips overseas. Within one region or country (like within the USA), you probably will be able to get by with the one main corresponding phone jack for that region or country. Trouble is, when traveling to a different country, those connections and jacks might be very different. So you’ll need to check in advance. What do you do if you can’t locate an adaptor prior to departing? Here’s where those tools come in — the ones we mentioned last week.

First, remember to try every other approach before disassembling the phone connection in your hotel room (or worse, at your host’s home!). If you work in advance, you should be able to pick up an adaptor before departing . . . or immediately upon arriving. If you fail, take out your handy-dandy straight-slot screwdriver and remove the cover plate from the phone connection. On many phone systems (especially non-commercial setups, like in private homes), you should find only one significant pair of cables. In many regions based on American systems, these two wires will be colored red and green respectively. Take your alligator clip adaptor (mentioned last week) and clip one to the red and the other to the green. On the other end, you should have an RJ-11 plug to connect to your computer. (Remember, any Radio Shack or other electronics store should be able to help you find this kind of pigtail adaptor.)

One other glitch that could foul up the works. It’s possible that your dial-up settings are configured in such a way that your modem will listen for a dial tone before trying to dial out. If the local dial tone is a pulsating one (rather than a constant tone), your modem might think you aren’t connected to a dial tone. If you’re running Windows 95/98, press the Start button, then “Settings”, “Control Panel”, then click on “Modem” and select the modem you’re using (probably there’s only one listed). Click on “Properties”, then choose the “Connection” tab. Clear the checkbox for “Wait for dial tone before dialing” and that should take care of it. If you’re using some proprietary dial-up software (like an older CompuServe or AOL software), you could try getting to the “dialing preferences” box and looking for the “initialization string” settings. There might be several cryptic commands in the box. Leave them all as they are, but near the end, right before the “^M”, add “X3” and that might accomplish the same thing if you’re lucky. It’s an old AT command set code that still works like a charm.

‘Course, all of this is assuming that you know which number to dial. More about that next time!

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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!

19990711 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read more (4+ years of back issues) at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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WE GET SUPPORT FROM…

Brigada Logo Did you ever hear those National Public Radio programs on late-night radio or short-wave? They always end a program by saying, “We get support from… [fill in the blank].” Well after last week’s item, “WANT TO SPONSOR BRIGADA-TODAY?“, we actually did get a support check! This week, we get support from, Stan Christy, of YWAM’s African Redemptive Operation (Afro), which extends rich and intense outreach opportunities with God and the realities of Africa, reachable via email at: YWAMUofNVAataoldotcom  (YWAMUofNVAataoldotcom)  . If you write him, don’t forget to say “thanks” for his work in making Brigada Today happen!
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STATE OF THE BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS

Brigada Logo Those who have been with us from the start (January 25, 1995) will remember our original dream of launching these little email discussion groups. Our hope was to launch one online “conference” for each unreached people group. Although we started small, at our peak we had dozens and dozens of groups in operation. Were they successful? Well . . . truthfully, it’s hard to say. In retrospect, it seems like the secret of a good on-line discussion was three-fold.

  1. It takes a village! :-) Seriously, without the right community of involved and caring people, the lead person is like talking to a wall!
  2. It takes a lead person. No doubt about it… the most successful conferences seem to revolve around the unstoppable determination of the person leading it.
  3. It takes a project.

In my opinion, the groups that have seemed most effective have been those rallying around a very specific team or approach.

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SO WERE THEY SUCCESSFUL?

Brigada Logo So… again… were they successful? Yes and No. Many were launched… but we began seeing early on that few really flourished. Those that endured eventually got together for face-to-face meetings (thus the “village” online) and some of them developed into ongoing partnerships. Yahooo! Yahoo Many died for lack of a moderator. And then, seemingly, when “Lyris” hit (Lyris was a software we all had to shift to when we were back on the MAFxc hub [when brigada was brigadaatbrigadadotorg]), it seemed to somehow knock the wind out of many email conference sails. In one fell swoop, John Hanna pulled what must have been 100+ brigada-connections conferences. He confessed he just hadn’t been able to muster the time to really develop them… and also, he didn’t have the time to learn Lyris. God was calling him to other tasks and he’s doing great at those. That’s only one example.
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WHERE ARE ALL THE SUB-CONFERENCES?

Brigada Logo But if you were to ask today, “So where are all those sub-conferences?”, I’d have to tell you that I don’t know the actual status of many of them. They now stand on their own two feet, apart from Brigada Today. But several have identified themselves at the new conference list location. You see, we’re trying to build a list of sources, contacts, connections, links, etc., for information and networking on specific people groups. Notice how you can enter your information as a “mailto:” entry and folks will automatically subscribe to your Brigada-type email conference. It’s free! So please jump in — just see the instructions at the top of the page. http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today You’ll need to register at egroups.com first (go to http:/www.egroups.com and follow the instructions). Our hope is that by using that linking page, we can actually expand the focus of the Brigada concept. But to make it happen, you’ll have to go there… or send someone you know! Please do it today!
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IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME

Brigada Logo In the meantime, Brigada Today continues at its new location, growing ever closer to that original goal of 10,000 subscribers. If you know of someone who might be interested in Brigada Today, please tell him or her how to subscribe. The instructions are at the beginning and end of any issue. Thanks for helping us make the Brigada dream come alive!
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UPDATE ON JOSHUA PROJECT 2000

Joshua Project 2000 logo The folks in Colorado Springs have been at it again. Luis Bush’s trip throughout the Turkic world resulted in many updates, as did several other major events in the past 30 days. So, according to Dan Scribner (who works most of the magic behind the programming and record keeping at the AD2000 & Beyond International Office, here’s the way we stand as of July 12th, 1999:

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1598
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1120
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 554
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 195

What does this mean? Well, right off the bat, remember that in the fall of ’95, there were some 1739 people groups listed in the JP2000 list. So around 140 have been take off the list for one reason or another. None of those 1739 had reported an active church of 100 people. Now, about 500 do! Yahooo! Yahoo Another 500 have at least an on-site church-planting team trying to birth a new church there! That’s great! That only leaves around 200 with no existing church of 100 reported as of today, and no church planting team seeking to start one in their midst.

Want to know more? Find out more about these facts and figures by visiting the AD2000 & Beyond website at http://www.ad2000.org

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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 3

letter and ligntening bolt Today we deal with the minimum “secret agent tool kit” that every prepared traveler should assemble to be a real “road warrior.” The great thing is that once you put together this tool kit, you can use it both at home or abroad!

Here are some of the components to throw into your kit. Granted, this particular kit is designed specifically for travelers based in the USA. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out how to prepare yours as a “dynamic equivalent” for the country in which you live:

  • a pouch to hold the parts to follow :-)
  • Camel hair blower brush — Pick this up at a camera shop and use it to remove the dust from your laptop screen as often as you remember. It’s the safest way to see clearly without damaging your screen.
  • RJ-11 phone connector (female-to-female) — Use this to connect to your modem when the given RJ-11 cord won’t reach your laptop and you have to extend it.
  • RJ-11 phone cord — I like the phone cords that Port sells (in the USA, call toll-free (800) 242-3133; elsewhere, see http://www.port.com ) because the little tabs don’t break off when you can dock them in the sockets that the Port unit provides.
  • Small straight-slot screwdriver — You’ll need this to remove wall plates from hotel room phone connections. Just remember to throw the deadbolt before doing so. (If the maids walk in on you while you’re doing this, they get that worried look on their faces, like maybe they think you’re “Bond, James Bond.” :-)
  • RJ-11 cord with alligator clips — You’ll have to make this yourself, I imagine. Just visit a Radio Shack (or other electronics store) and ask for a cable with an RJ-11 phone plug on one end and terminator lugs on the other. Buy a couple of alligator clips and connect the contact screws to the terminator lugs. Presto! Now when you remove the faceplate from the hotel wall phone connection, you can use the alligator clips to test connections until you hear a dial tone!
  • Paperclip — If your laptop requires a paper clip to “reset” it (that is, when it has frozen), be sure to throw in one of these pesky reset “keys”! :-)
  • Spare ink pen refill — Okay, so this has nothing to do with the laptop or the phone. But it’s a handy place to keep the refill. :-) Make sure you pick up the one that fits your favorite travel pen! :-)
  • Phone connection adaptor for your destination country — Call Port (see above) or some other electronics/travel specialty shop in advance and try to buy the exact adaptor you’ll need. If you fail to get one in advance, start asking around once you arrive. A good place to begin is in some local Internet cafe or club, or maybe even a good computer store.

Okay… more later about how to use your kit!

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WEB-WATCH – FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE

WebWatch Okay… so I’ll admit it. I’ve changed favorites a dozen times. First I like AltaVista (didn’t everyone?). Then it was probably Yahoo, or maybe HotBot came in there somewhere. AOL NetFind was decent, and several others have come and gone. But my favorite these days is http://www.google.com. Seems like it can read my mind. It’s fast and simple and very intuitive. It talks to me in plain English and I love the little bar graphs it shows. Now I know that once I write this item, 100 people are going to write and say they like such-and-such search engine better, but I’ll put my money on google.com every time. I guess it’s a personal decision. But try it… I bet you’ll like it.
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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!

19990704 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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WANT TO SPONSOR BRIGADA TODAY?

Brigada Logo You can! Those who sponsor are mentioned

  1. for a year thereafter on the web page,
  2. in the welcome letter that goes to all new subscribers, as well as
  3. in Brigada Today itself — and tons of people give thanks for your help!

Sponsorship payments go to operating costs such as Brigada exhibits, brochures, mailings, etc. Sponsorship is totally optional… but it sure helps make ends meet! Those wishing to sponsor Brigada Today may just send a check payable to Team Expansion, c/o 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks a million! (“That’s all we’ve got to say about that!”)

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GET READY FOR BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo These are the kinds of prayers that were being uttered during the first week of July on behalf of BrigadaFest 2000:

“Heavenly Father, today as we celebrate the 4th of July in America, we pray that all the nations of the world will enjoy the freedoms that we have been graced with as a nation. We also humble ourselves before You for the many wrongs we have committed in Your sight. We have failed to be Your witnesses before those who don’t know You. We recommit ourselves to stand in the gap for the many unreached people groups in the world who have yet to hear the Name of Jesus. We pray for an outpouring of your favor upon the leadership planning the Brigadafest and Friends of Bosnia Conferences. We lift up the participants, the logistics, the music ministry, the tape ministry, the finances, etc. Lord, send your best to people to these different areas. Set the participants with the fire of Your Holy Spirit so that they will take what they hear and run with it. You are an awesome God, You are a loving, compassionate God and we give you glory, and honor and praise for Who you are. We worship you and pray that you use us to reach the nations. I pray all of this in the Precious Name of Jesus, Your Son, our Lord!”

(Thanks Terry!)

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NEED A MAP?

Need a map? Need lots of maps? Need statistical information on a country? Check out the Atlapedia at http://www.atlapedia.com/.
(Thanks Tony, for the tip from “Research Buzz #33, with subscribe instructions at http://www.researchbuzz.com/news/
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FAX FOR FREE TO THE USA

fax machine Yes, another FREE fax service. This is a web-based service that allows faxing to anywhere in the USA. (Anywhere else in the world is guaranteed the least cost pricing available–Coming Soon!) To use it, just establish an account and then logon. The fax can be composed in the browser (or pasted in), and Word documents up to 100k can be sent as well–not as attachments, but converted to print format. The FREE service includes some advertisements on the receiving end, so it may not be suitable for certain uses. A “non-advertisement” option is available for a fee. Get FAX4FREE at http://www.fax4free.com, and find other fax and communication links on Ed’s Grabbag, http://www.gateman.com/grabbag.html.
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TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

A six week TESOL course will be held at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii from January 31, 2000 – March 10, 2000. A certificate will be given upon successful completion of the course. This professional course is designed for the missionary in mind who wants to teach internationally, especially in limited access areas. You will learn how to teach English and build relationships. For more information, contact tesolatuofnkonadotedu  (tesolatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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REENTRY BOOK UPDATE

book Neal Pirolo thanks everyone for the stories he has received to date on reentry (see Brigada Today 6/4/99). He has received some very good stories, but could still use more. Please contact EmmausRoadateridotorg  (Emmaus%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ERoadateridotorg)   and they will give you further details.

Since the book will help local churches learn more about the re-entry process, a bibliography is being developed to be included as a resource. Neal would like to include every book, article, organization, seminar, church, etc. who has to do with re-entry; including names, address, contact persons, etc. If you would like to contribute to this resource, please email the information to EmmausRoadateridotorg  (Emmaus%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ERoadateridotorg)  .

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CRANKIN’ FOR 20 YEARS!

Congrats to Gospel Recordings who have been making and providing hand-wind cassette players for 20 years! There have now been real breakthroughs in the pre-production problems of the JoyTalk cassette player in Korea. Keep them in mind as those in Korea get that much needed tool into production. (GR)
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CAMBODIA WORKSHOP

A Workshop on Scriptwriting & Episodic television production will be held in Phnom Penh August 2-5th in conjunction with the Consultation on Media Potentials in Cambodia at the end of the week. This four day training session will cover: Media strengths; Audience research; Media Effects; Scriptwriting and visualization; Structure of episodic TV production and Developing Believable Characters. Students will develop a long term story outline and at least one script outline. Attendance will be limited to 20. If you are interested, send an email to DanHenrichatxcdotorg  (DanHenrichatxcdotorg)   with a one paragraph statement of why you wish to attend the workshop and it should not simply be limited to your organizational affiliation. What are your interests in scriptwriting & planning? What do you see as your role? Are you a creative person and have an urge to tell stories? Are you interested in the systematic use of visual media in Cambodia and willing to commit to innovative strategies? Please address these issues. This is not a video production workshop. There will be a small charge for the resource manual.
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GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE EXCHANGING EMAIL ADDRESSES!

pgp logo This week NAI released PGP 6.5 freeware for Mac and Window95/98/NT (US & Canada residents only). PGP 6.5 has the very cool PGPnet built right in for a globally secure VPN (Virtual Private Network). Now it’s just a matter of time before the international version is released for users outside of USA and Canada.
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THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR

How many times have you told your kids (or your teammates) not to compare themselves with others? Old advice, right? For some reason, it gets a little harder when we have to apply it to our own lives! :-) I recently decided to take in a “C” licensing clinic for soccer coaches. From what I heard, the 9 days of training would really help me improve my coaching… but I’ll have to admit, I was secretly hoping I could also just improve my playing ability! So off I flew to Oklahoma City for 9 days of morning-til- evening kicks… literally. :-)

The bright side was… because I’m a bit of a playing fanatic, I had no trouble with the fitness. While some of the other 30 or so coaches were sweating bullets, or sucking air, or grimacing as they tried to ease themselves into the cafeteria seating — I never felt a single ache or sore muscle the whole time. But the downside was pretty down: I was one of the most “beginner-type” players in the pack. In fact, I was probably the most novice of all. Most of the other coaches were involved coaching college teams, and all but 3 of the rest had played since they were kids… all the way through college level! Yikes. gulp The 3 of us who hadn’t really stuck out.

I was constantly comparing myself to the other players. And when the instructors would want to demonstrate something fast-paced, they’d never pick me. I felt like Charlie Brown, wishing I could get a word in with that “red-headed girl.” I felt like the guy on the playground who always gets chosen last at recess — for the softball game or whatever. In short, I felt like a real loser.

About halfway through the week, I went for a walk all by myself (I was by myself much of the week anyway.. woe is me :-) ) to a little park, where I stood on a bridge, contemplating jumping off into the creek below (which was actually more rocks than creek, but that was okay). I thought about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — and how behind I was in that pursuit. :-) I wondered if I’d ever be able to learn that silly game. I thought of the “in” guys… the 22-year-old boy who could stand at the halfway line and kick three consecutive lofted balls to hit both posts and the crossbar respectively, without even so much as a huff or a puff. I thought about the guy from Memphis who could cut the ball on a dime and strike the ball with his left foot so hard that, even if the keeper did catch it, the force would drive him into the back of the net! And then I thought of me… a miserable excuse for a failure.

Then I realized — that’s exactly how so many of our friends feel so often… whether it’s language learning or in middle school/junior high! Sometime in the future, one of our teammates or kids is going to feel like a loser… and what he or she does with that feeling is going to make the difference in contentment or misery.

As for me, I decided I would experiment with the feeling. Whenever I encountered it again, throughout the remainder of the week, I would “examine it,” just like you do a rubix cube when you’re trying to solve a puzzle. I guess I had a strong enough personality to do that… but those with lower self images would have probably been much more affected… and maybe that’s why the most unsettled folks choose the rocks over the side of the bridge.

Lessons I learned:

  1. We dare not compare ourselves to others — but rather, we need to force ourselves to think of our progress only in terms of our own goals. If we only know 100 words in Albanian, that’s actually pretty bad… unless it’s our 2nd week, and our goal so far was to learn 50!
  2. We need teammates. I was able to email my wife and even talk with her briefly by phone each evening. I knew that when I came home, there’d be this blanket of unconditional acceptance. My teammates at the office think I hung the moon (boy do I have them fooled! :-) ). Those teammates and my family meant so much to me in my time of testing.
  3. We need to put things in perspective. Since I was involved in morning-to-evening soccer, it seemed like the most important thing in life for those days. In reality, it was a kind of surreal. The real landscape is the eternal one . . . and in that world, we’re all precious in God’s sight.
  4. Finally, I really saw the importance of leadership. All it would have taken were even a halfdozen words of encouragement from the instructors. Instead, I felt constantly measured and never really reinforced. Let’s take note that we need to constantly be on the lookout for the person who is making progress, even if it’s only step-by-step.

soccer ball So . . . you’re probably wondering… did I make the “C” license? I’d guess there isn’t a snowball’s chance in the Sahara. :-) Another coach there had already failed one “C” clinic and he was far ahead of me, already coaching an elite club in Dallas and playing at a high level. But see… the license won’t mean nearly as much to me as the knowledge. I know I moved a step forward in my understanding of the game… even if I don’t get the license — and I’m assuming I won’t. (They send you the evaluation via the mail, weeks after the clinic… so I have yet to hear the bad news.)

Bottom line: Find someone today you can lift up. They just might be looking at the rocks over the side of a lonely bridge!

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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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