Monthly Archives: December 1999

19991226 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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THE Y2K PROBLEM THAT WASN’T

Well as this issue goes to press, we’re seeing very few Y2K problems. Hopefully, that means that either

  1. it was a big sham,
  2. everybody did their part to prepare, or
  3. maybe it was a combination of lots of hype and lots of preparation. !!!!!!!!!!

I like “c” the best. To any and everyone who helped keep us from a Y2K disaster, thanks:-) We appreciate you!!!
(For Team Expansion, it was a summer intern named Bryan. We appreciate you Bryan!)

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WE CELEBRATE 2 BIRTHDAYS

birthday cake Longtime members of the Brigada family will recall that we celebrate 2 different birthdays, of sorts. January 25th is a kind of “founders’ day” for us . . . the day that conversations first started up on the Brigada “system.” But since those conversations really started up with just 2 guys (Jonathan Marsden and Doug Lucas), we remember March 21st as the real anniversary of Brigada’s public birth. Jonathan is the techie who originally helped come up with the software that made Brigada possible, long before there were sites like “egroups” on the web. Early on, he quipped, “I won’t be satisfied until we have 10,000 people involved in weekly participation in a Brigada conference.” So… the big question is . . . when will we cross the 10,000 mark? Well someone has suggested (and it wasn’t I!) that we should shoot for that goal for March 21st. Bottom line: If you know of someone who should be getting Brigada Today, please drop ’em a line and tell ’em about the great subscription price (Free!!! :-) ). Or tell ’em there are actually some resources here every now and then. Or… maybe tell ’em we’re giving away a $10,000 prize to the 10,000th subscriber! (NOT!) Tell ’em anything — just get ’em aboard! :-) (Okay — I’m joking!) Seriously though, if you’d help us get the word out, we’d sure like to hit 10K by March 21st, 2000 — when we’ll be exactly 5 years old!
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MEET THE ADOPT-A-PEOPLE GURU AT BRIGADAFEST

Want to meet then new Executive Director of the Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse (Dick Bashta)? You can… at BrigadaFest, Feb. 3-5, Louisville, KY. For more information, see the link for BrigadaFest in the lower left-hand side of the page at http://www.teamexpansion.org. We’d love to have you there!
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STOP THAT SPIKE – NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

Are you needing a late stocking stuffer for someone you missed on Christmas Day? :-) Joe and Audrey have recommended just the thing. Head on over to http://www.cdw.com and do a search for the APC SurgeArrest Notebook Pro surge protector. They say it’ll stop the power spikes regardless of the voltage — 110 or 220. Sounds like a great little investment. For just 32.38 plus shipping (about $3.00 to addresses in the USA), it sounds like a good deal, given it has a 5-year/$5,000.00 protection policy. Thanks Joe & Audrey!
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RECORD-KEEPING DATABASE FOR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS

graduation cap If you’re having a tough time tracking the pupils in your mission’s correspondence school, maybe it’s time to browse http://www.hisway.cc/donandbev/database.htm and check out a trial version of the database that can reportedly help you manage. The trial version is the fully operational database but limited to five individuals/students. This limitation will be removed when you register it according to the instructions included in the download file and database (requires $25). The self-extracting download file is approximately 11 Mbytes, so it may take a while to download depending upon your modem speed. But hey… if you only have 5 students, the trial version sounds like the berries! :-) Otherwise, $25 isn’t so bad, when you need the help tracking success! :-)
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PAINTINGS PROMOTING THE HARVEST

Catch a view of some great paintings on missions at http://www.rikberry.com/paintngs.htm. Canadian artist, Rik Berry, has created:
Behold the Kingdom – See With New Eyes http://www.rikberry.com/behold.htm
and
Send Us to the Harvest http://www.rikberry.com/sendus.htm
and
The Great Harvest http://www.rikberry.com/greathr.htm
Thanks for the tip, Grace!!!
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SENDING YOUR BOOKS BY THE BAG

book So, how do you get your books to the field? Kerby sends his by the book-bag! “For the last couple of years we have been sending books by the postal service M-BAG rate. This has allowed us to send our books at a rate of 75 cents a pound (or thereabouts) without any customs problems. It takes about six weeks for the books to arrive (by boat) but we have never lost a shipment. This book rate is available to most countries to my understanding. A minimum weight is required by the U.S. Postal Service (I think 20 pounds). My suggestion is that any books sent this way be sent by a larger post office that would be familiar with it. Each box inside the bag should be individually addressed in the language of the nation you are sending it to, I believe.” Great tip, Kerby. Thanks.
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NEED KIDS AROUND THE WORLD FOR MONGOLIAN BIBLE

Bible Holger is coordinating the production of a new all year children’s Bible in the Mongolian language. His Germany-based ministry (MUV) is looking for 365 digitized images of children’s photos. The children’s Bible gives daily scriptures each day from January 1 thru December 31, providing a Bible story in Mongolian text (available in print and electronic [PDF] format). To show the Mongolian children that there are kids all around the world who love Jesus, Holger would like to include pictures of children from all nationalities and ethnic background. Just send an email with an attached digital photo, along with the name and country of origin of the child hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde  (hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde)  . As a reward for this donation, a free copy of the children’s Bible in PDF format will be mailed to every contributor once the book is finished. Can’t beat that. How ’bout helping Holger out!
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INDONESIAN EVANGELISTIC WEBSITE

WebWatch Aimed at Indonesian Muslims, “Kebenaran Untuk Hari Ini” (Truth for Today) is a lifestyle/spiritual type website, with a purpose of witnessing to Indonesians Online and distributing the Jesus film in Indonesian, Sasak and Madurese with the possibility of other Indonesian languages in the future. The author encourages anyone who has a similar website or search engine with a similar purpose, to link to the site. The URL is http://members.xoom.com/inikebenaran/index.htm.
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ONSITE CONFERENCE ON SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

Join METS 2000 from May 25th to July 6th in Istanbul, Turkey. METS’ purpose is to provide orientation to the Muslim world and ministry in a Muslim context for Christians who prayerfully seek to learn what God plans for them in the future. It provides training in Muslim evangelism and culture and “hands on” experience among English speaking Muslims. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)  .
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FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE

cd-rom and book Not sure how they can do it, but at: http://www.e4.net/ they’re giving away free Bible study software on the Logos system. I ordered mine . . . so I’ll let you know what I get. If you’re in the USA or have access to Net2Phone, you can also call 800- 942-3766 toll-free. Check it out! $8 for the shipping and $5 minimum donation. Sounds like a great deal. (Thanks for the tip, Daniel!)
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LOOKING FOR RESOURCES ON MISSIONARY FURLOUGHS?

WebWatchGrace has a few. Check out:

Thanks Grace!

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TWISTERCOM.COM OFFERS 7 CENTS/MIN. RATE

telephone Here’s the lowest rate I’ve seen for phone credit cards and incoming toll-free numbers. Try it! Pay one fee of $4.95 per month for everything, plus a one-time setup fee of $14.95 to set up the 800 number. Sounds like quite a deal. Dial them toll-free from the USA or via net2phone at 888-894-7882 or browse http://www.twistercom.com. They also claim to have Internet access at bargain basement rates too.
(Thanks Stayton!)
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REENTRY CARE RESOURCES

The staff of Emmaus Road International is getting serious about an early 2000 publishing date for their book on reentry care. The manuscript is in the hands of an editor. They are still interested in including a Resource Section. So they’d love to hear from anyone who has any type of resource that would help returning missionaries–from children to adult, from single to married, from furlough to completed assignment. Just send them a brief paragraph describing the resource and a contact address for obtaining the it. By the way, the book is still unnamed. Any ideas? Respond directly to ontheroad83athotmaildotcom  (ontheroad83athotmaildotcom)  . Thanks! (And Yvonne, please let us know when it becomes available. We’d all like a free copy if we contribute. :-) Okay… so I’m joking about the free copies… but we’d all love a chance to pick one up for our returning missionaries!)
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FREE ONLINE TRAINING: PS 101

letter and ligntening bolt Teresa says PS 101 will help you hear and discern God’s voice more clearly. She wrote, “This course consists of weekly email lessons and workshops and is a time commitment of about 1 hour per week for 10 weeks. It makes students effective in being Spirit-led and in sharing their faith, increasing their ability to discern His leading more easily. Classes begin Jan 10. Registration closes Jan 4, but late registrations are accepted until Jan 21. To register, Email your first and last name, gender and age to Registrar101ataoldotcom  (Registrar101ataoldotcom)   or register online at http://www.godspeak.net/godspeak/101/goreg.html. The course is sponsored by GodSpeak International, http://www.godspeak.net.” I haven’t taken the course myself, by the way — but would love feedback from those who finish it.
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TONGA, TSONGA, AND TONGAN – LEARN THE DIFFERENCE

movie camera For a complete listing of the $3-15 Jesus video/film/Sony8mm (in 557 languages) and VCD/DVD (in 8 languages), a four ministry audioscripture inventory (in 300 languages), along with an index describing all languages’ corresponding geographical areas and how to order them, plus how to order mini-$500 portable video projectors, send an email to: KeithKatidmaildotcom  (KeithKatidmaildotcom)   or GarySatidmaildotcom  (GarySatidmaildotcom)  .
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NEW MISSION MOBILIZATION & EDUCATION NETWORK

A newly forming, ground-breaking network of mission agencies, denominations and associations recently hired Mark Sigmon as Director. Also the Director of the Center for World Missions of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, Sigmon brings excellent credentials and experience in mission collaboration. Charter members are ACMC, the Association of Christian Schools International, Caleb Project, SIM, CB International, TEAM, Woman’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, World Concern and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The network serves to share missions mobilization vision, identify key resources, target gaps in missions education resourcing, and address options by which the gaps may be filled. Their initial project will be the launch of a website to reach these goals. The children’s division has already premiered at http://www.21stCenturyKidsConnect.org. Don’t see your organization listed above? Please contact Mark Sigmon at missionsatcornerstonedotedu  (missionsatcornerstonedotedu)   for further information.
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TRY FOR A SET OF FREE COPIES OF THE OT/NT IN ARABIC

Bible According to Keith, you just might be able to get a free copy of the “Sharif” translation of the OT/NT (just completed). Just send your Name, Postal address, Email address, Telephone, and Fax (if available) to chicadelicathotmaildotcom  (chicadelicathotmaildotcom)  . Explain why you’d like the copies and clarify that they won’t sit around. You just might get 100 copies free! Note that the translation is into standard Arabic — so many additional Arabic speakers should be able to read it.
(Thanks Keith!)
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DIALOGUE ON HOW TO REACH THE AFRICAN CHURCH

Larson would like to spawn a bit of dialogue on how to reach African unreached people. He wrote this past week, “Although the African Church is growing, many remote villagers are dying from hunger, aids and from the effects of war without having chance to hear the gospel. Through some may listen to the gospel on radio, there are still millions of villagers in villages whom Western missionaries are unable to reach due to impassable roads. Many African preachers are also unable to reach these places due to lack of resources. And while the Western Church is busy talking about avoiding the creation of a spirit of “dependence” on the mission field, many Muslim nations are pouring in millions of dollars in many African nations in order to convert many people into their religion. Does any one have an answer on how the Church can effectively reach the unreached remote African villagers?” If you’re interested in offering an opinion on this subject, I suggest you use the “think-tank” for responses to Brigada. Just send a message to brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   then follow the directions. You’ll join an email “forum” that you can set for either email participation or web-only reading. Larson can maybe jump in as moderator.
Thanks Larson!
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HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE AMAZON

syringe Tribal Outreach Medical Assistance(TOMA) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting health and survival of tribes in the Amazon basin. Teams of physicians, dentists and paramedical personnel make trips to numerous remote jungle clinics that are staffed year-round by missionary healthcare workers. During these visits, TOMA provides medical care, training and medications/supplies for several months. TOMA’s focus is on the high risk, most needy and most remote villages where malaria and other tropical diseases continue to devastate tribal groups. If you’d like to request that they visit your area, write toma97ataoldotcom  (toma97ataoldotcom)   or visit http://www.galinks.com/toma.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF A NEW CENTURY

world globe Beginning December 23rd, 1999, the Millennial Tribute to Jesus was aired in more than 150 countries to a potential viewing audience of more than 500 million people. The production, global distribution and follow up of this special edition of The JESUS Film are being coordinated by The Network for Strategic Missions. It features 50 famous political, entertainment and sports figures of different religious faiths, each giving tribute to the life, character and influence of Jesus. Task Forces in each country will facilitate the activity of more than 500 organizations partnering together to respond to those who, after watching the program, desire to learn more about the life of Jesus.
(Source: Justin Long, Network for Strategic Missions, http://www.thetribute.com and http://www.strategicnetwork.org.)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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DON’T FORGET: FREE LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA

telephoneDon’t forget about Dialpad. We mentioned it a few weeks back — remember my buddy Rick? He likes it a lot for family and friends. Another friend named David just recommended it this past week. A buddy and I tried it for business use and it’s probably not quite up to speed for that . . . but hey… if you’re overseas, it might be better than the connection you get by phone! :-) http://www.dialpad.com Check it out. Free long distance to the USA from anywhere in the world.
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FREE MISSION LESSONS ONLINE

WebWatchIf you tried unsuccessfully to download Wycliffe’s free mission lessons, it’s been moved to this new URL: http://www.wycliffe.org/catalog/BrightIdeas/home.htm
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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!

19991219 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULE FOR BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo Want to check out the new info. on BrigadaFest? Just go to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on BrigadaFest in the lower lefthand corner. Make sure you check out the “New” information too! Registration forms are there, along with a handy way to register via the web. Attend BrigadaFest 2000 and meet all your Brigada buddies! Hear Greg Fritz and a crew from Caleb Project, representatives from AD2000 & Beyond, Antioch Network, and Interdev, along with missions ministers from all kinds of churches. Oh… I almost forgot… hear Doug Lucas set a charge for the new century! Take part in planning sessions, learn to network, figure out how to form partnerships… all for just $70 registration (which even covers several of your meals!). For more information, see the web or write an email to brigadafestatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (brigadafestatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . To speak to a real human after January 3rd, write infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  . See ya in Louisville, Feb. 3-5!
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CHRISTMAS-GREETINGS UPDATE

Thanks to Jake and all those who have pitched in, the multi-lingual Christmas greetings file has now grown to include greetings in over 150 languages plus many have been corrected to be a bit more accurate. To receive your copy, send a simple email to christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . Oh . . . and thanks again Jake!
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MINI-PERSPECTIVES LEADER’S GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

The Leader’s Guide to the Path to God’s Glory mini-perspectives Bible-study course is now available. This study has been sent to over 25 countries worldwide since first mentioned on Brigada Today two months ago. The course is designed for individual, classroom, and small-group study and can be used in either a four or eight-week format. The leader’s guide will assist in both classroom and small-group studies. To order the study and/or leader’s guide, please call 1-800-366-9673 or email PathToGodsGloryatjunodotcom  (PathToGodsGloryatjunodotcom)  .
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MOBILIZATION MEETINGS FOR MISSION LEADERS

Are you a missions leader wanting to influence others to get involved in reaching unreached peoples? The Network for Strategic Missions would like to help you. 757-226-5002; Email: The_Networkioatcompuservedotcom  (The_Networkioatcompuservedotcom)  .
(Source: Bill Waldrop, Facilitator of International Ministries, Mission America)
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SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT REACH FOR LIFE

“Life Foundations for the New Millennium,” a Reach for Life evangelistic TV program will be seen on December 30 and Janaury 1 and 2 on TV networks (STAR World, STAR Plus, Australian TV International, TV Africa, Rhema, RPN, PTV, EM-TV, VCT, CCN, TVJ, and more) in Asia, Africa, Pacific, Caribbean, and the Middle East. This is a half-hour program featuring spiritual philosopher, professor, Ramesh Richard speaking on building your life on the right foundation. Viewers can learn about Jesus Christ and also get a FREE GIFT when they respond. To get more information on times and schedules and countries available, check out the website http://www.rameshrichard.com or send an email to infoatrreachdotorg  (infoatrreachdotorg)   with the subject line:
Telecast Schedule.

If you want to get involved by being a prayer partner for this event, send an email to infoatrreachdotorg  (infoatrreachdotorg)   with the subject line:
Telecast Prayer.

Reach for Life is a ministry of Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps International to evangelize opinion leaders of weaker economies.

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MILLENNIAL TRIBUTE TO JESUS AIRS

Millennial Tribute to Jesus LogoBeginning December 23rd, 1999, the Millennial Tribute to Jesus began airing in more than 150 countries to a potential viewing audience of more than 500 million people. The Millennial Tribute to Jesus is the result of the vision of Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ and Paul Eshleman of The JESUS Film Project to put together a worldwide telecast of a special edition of the JESUS Film on Christmas Day 1999. The production, global distribution and follow up of this special edition of The JESUS Film is being coordinated by The Network for Strategic Missions based in Virginia Beach, VA. It features 50 famous political, entertainment and sports figures of different religious faiths, each giving tribute to the life, character and influence of Jesus. MTJ Task Forces in each country will facilitate the activity of more than 500 organizations partnering together to respond to those who, after watching the program, desire to learn more on the life of Jesus. For more information on air times in your country, and to join others in making a tribute to Jesus, visit http://www.thetribute.com, where you can also join in a global conversation about the influence of Jesus in the world over the past 2,000 years.
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ONLINE TRANSLATORS

WebWatchThere are a number of online translators which can machine-translate text or a web page into a number of other languages. They are at best, very quirky, and only give the ‘gist’ of the meaning. Follow the link below to try them out. Also, very valuable is the BabyloNet instant single-word translator. This will translate any word on a web page that you click on, into any of 9 languages. See it working at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-dictionary.html. It needs version4+ browsers, and seems to be happier in Netscape.
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TRAIN TO SERVE AND EQUIP

trainEagles Nests School of Missions is a unique 35-week course of study held in Butler, IL, with an optional 3 month mission assignment. This center provides a place where people from the US and around the world are able to come and learn basic Bible doctrine and ministry skills, as well as agricultural skills and alternative technologies, such as solar applications and greenhouse management. This combined training will equip the students to assist national pastors in Third World countries by allowing them to be more self-sufficient and able to better function regardless of economic, social or political situations. Classes begin March 2000. For further information, or a school catalog, contact Steven Schmidt, 220 Union St., Butler, IL 62015, (217) 532-6701 or e-mail at schmidtatcillnetdotcom  (schmidtatcillnetdotcom)  .
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RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTIAN MATERIALS

Recycle SymbolIf you’ve ever wondered what to do with Christian materials that you no longer use, Love Packages (a division of Eagle Nest Ministries) is your answer! Love Packages collects used (and new) Christian literature and sends it overseas to needy churches and Christian ministries. Bibles, tracts, select magazines, devotionals, Sunday School and flannel graph materials, and Christian books and tapes are accepted. Love Packages has sent over 2500 tons of materials overseas since 1975, resulting in thousands of salvations. For further information, contact Steven Schmidt, Love Packages, 220 Union St., Butler, IL 62015, (217) 532-6701, or e-mail at schmidtatcillnetdotcom  (schmidtatcillnetdotcom)  .
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ESEND.ORG READY FOR BUSINESS

WebWatchESend.org, a start-up nonprofit Christian organization based in Southern California, is making available its secure and encrypted Web-based services for connecting missionaries and their supporters. ESend’s comprehensive features include, among others, secure Web-based email, ESend Express (secure instant messaging), and a customizable and personalized bulletin board system capable of multimedia attachments. This is the first time these services are brought together into one secured website where people can freely share with each other in a private and low-risk manner without any other software but their Web browser. For more information, browse https://www.esend.org/press.html or write infoatesenddotorg  (infoatesenddotorg)   for details. Contact Ted Liao, tliaoatesenddotorg  (tliaoatesenddotorg)   for further questions.
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FREE MISSION LESSONS ONLINE!

light bulbWant a fresh activity to get students excited about reaching the world? Has Wycliffe Bible Translators got some “Bright Ideas!” for you! They are pleased to provide fun, interactive lessons from simulations to stories, ethnic meals to hilarious games, slight-of-hand stunts to crafts to linguistic problem solving. Easy-to-follow instructions, minimal outside preparation, masters for overheads and handouts, and thought-provoking Discussion and Application Sections make these useful for teachers, parents, missionary speakers and pastors. Download and print one free “Bright Ideas!” lesson from each notebook every month at http://www.wycliffe.org/parents/BrightIdeas.htm. All three of the complete 10-lesson notebooks (Teen-Adult, Grades 1-6, Preschool) may also be purchased by calling 1-800-WYCLIFFE, (1-800-992-5433) or write to: jalanderatteleportdotcom  (jalanderatteleportdotcom)  
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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
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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!

19991212 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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HOW TO PHONE HOME WHEN THERE’S NO PHONE

Imagine that you are in a remote village in Asia. You desperately need to communicate with your HQ or call your homeland and the only phone is two hours away by foot. For this reason Mission Aviation Fellowship is pleased to offer the MAFlink satellite phone and COMSAT Planet1 services. At the size of a notebook computer, the MAFlink phone provides voice, fax and data. You can actually call your homeland from the middle of the Gobi desert or receive email on top of mount Kilimanjaro! Due to the high demand for emergency back-up equipment, phones are in short supply. MAF has a very limited stock during the month of December, so act quickly. Packages start at $2795. For more information, check out http://maflink.maf.org/sat/description.htm, e-mail planet1atmafdotorg  (planet1atmafdotorg)   or call Jim Camomile at (909)794-1151.
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DESTINATION 2000 COMING UP

Calvary Bible Church (Kalamazoo, Michigan) is hosting a “Destination 2000” global missions emphasis conference on October 13-14, 2000. A children’s track for grades 1-6 will also be provided. For details, contact Roger, RBusPs67ataoldotcom  (RBusPs67ataoldotcom)  .
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DECEMBER ADVANCE READY TO PICK OFF THE SERVER

Remember Mark’s Advance? It’s baaaaaa-aaaaack! Just send a blank email to: advance199912atbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (advance199912atbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (subject and text are ignored). Here’s a quick table-of-contents: Summary of Advance!, Dec. 18, 1999
Yemen’s Tahima people group; 500 saved in Benin; ” Righteous Way” voice delivered from illness; chief of unreached people group requests Christian funeral; Christian doctors witness in Mongolia; believers in peril in Indonesia; Pakistan judge denies bail for Christian brothers; woman saved after World A believers’ names published; new Fulbe believers persecuted; new Chenchu believer remains steadfast; rock star Elton John criticized for homosexual routine; child sacrifice in Ethiopia and United States; 13-year-old dies at hands of homosexuals; young people flocking into China’s churches; American high schools teach abstinence; scrap of New Testament leads two to Christ; miraculous salvation of two families; missions-oriented student mobilization conference Feb. 18-19; International Justice Mission
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LEARN ABOUT MISSIONARY CARE

Take a look at Grace’s list of missionary care links! You’ll want it — if you’re at all into pastoral care for missionaries. To get it, just send an email to missionary-careatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (missionary-careatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and the 5K document will be sent to you as an email.
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THE FINAL ANALYSIS IS IN!

Final Analysis: A Decade of Commentary on the Church and World Missions, by Jim Reapsome, has arrived. This 240-page hardbound volume contains Jim’s top 100 “Final Analysis” columns from Pulse. To get yours, send a check for $14.95 for each copy to EMIS, P.O. Box 794, Wheaton, IL 60189, or fax your credit card orders to (630) 752-7155.
(Please provide your name as it appears on the card, account number, expiration date, and whether using Visa or Mastercard.)
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FOR THOSE WHO SHARE FILES

Want others to have access to files over the web? There are a number of new services that give you this option. Terry likes freedrive, because you can upload up to 20 MB of any type of data on their server. Then, you can give the passcode to other people, who can download the information at their convenience. Find it at http://www.freedrive.com/. You have to agree to receive a once-a-week email ad, but hey… that’s what filters and the delete key are for! :-)
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GRACE’LL TELL YOU WHERE TO GO (FOR MOBILIZATION INFO)

Thanks to Grace for compiling this great list of web links for those seeking to mobilize others toward missions:
MOBILIZATION WEB SITES

11 Ways To Involve Yourself in Missions http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/involve.html

Caleb Project Mobilization Resources http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/caleb.html

Enlist to a Dream, Not a Job http://www.nobletec.com/~khm/seminar/flow.html

Fingertip Mobilizer Resource for Missions http://www.globalmission.org/fingertip.htm

Missions Education and Mobilization Network http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/memnet.html

Missions Mobilization Cartoons/Art http://www.calebproject.org/toons.htm

Mobilising Second Career Missionaries – article http://www.om.org/relay/stories/1-98secondgen.html

Motivations for Missions http://www.calebproject.org/motivat.htm

Networking Concepts and Strategies for mission mobilization. http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/ntwrking.htm

Recruiting: Mobilization of Students http://www.acu.edu/academics/missions/jam/mobstud.htm

Top 10 Bible Studies on Missions http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/biblstdy.html

Top 10 Things Everyone Should Do for World Missions http://www.cccc.ca/Resource/Topten.html

Would You Pass the Test for the Mission Field? http://www.stmarkumc.com/jimnotes1/jim33.htm

Thanks Grace!

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HOW DO I KNOW WHAT BRIGADA FILES ARE AVAILABLE?

Brigada Logo Now that we’re starting to accumulate a few of those autoresponder files, how can one obtain a list of what’s available on the Brigada system? Just send a blank email to infoatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (infoatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll get a 3K listing of all files, together with instructions on how to retrieve them. The files are listed, along with their size and an annotated one- line description of their respective contents.
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NONTRADITIONAL GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION

graduation cap Have you worked on a graduate degree in this manner? Researcher seeks your input pertaining to nontraditional theological education. If you have prepared for the mission field or ordination in this way, or have an opinion on this subject, please reply. This research seeks to evaluate such programs and then provide links for further information. Of particular interest are experiences regarding the accreditation of such programs, their usefulness in the field, your perceived value of the learning, the feasibility of taking graduate classes in a nontraditional ways, and degree acceptance by mission boards as well as for ordination. Please provide your experiences to Daniel at dmg86atbellsouthdotnet  (dmg86atbellsouthdotnet)  . He’ll put together a report for us here on Brigada.
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SEND A CHRISTMAS CARD BY MAIL

The following sites were found (by Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  ) to have helped eliminate paper-based mail greeting cards. Maybe it’s not too late if you’re sending Christmas cards to…. Send the electronic version as well:

123 Greetings: http://www.123greetings.com/

Bird Greeting Call Card: http://njcnews.org/card.html

Blue Mountain Art: http://www1.bluemountain.com/eng/interactart/index.html

Christian ones: http://www.cjsspecialties.com/woftn03.gif

Email greeting cards or virtual flowers: http://asiatravel.com/birthday.html or http://www.indiaexpress.com/greetings/

Free Christian Email cards: http://165.227.230.3/freebies/Ecards.htm http://members.aol.com/fjart/post.html

Games Electronic Greeting Cards: http://www1.bluemountain.com/eng3/games/index.html

Little Africa Post Cards: http://www.littleafrica.com/cards.html

Orthodox Christian Cards: http://www1.bluemountain.com/eng3/orthodox/index.html

Vancouver, BC postcards: http://www.tourism-vancouver.org/docs/about-new/vpost.html

Virtual Wonders: http://cards.eesite.com/

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SEEKING WISE MEN (AND WOMEN) WITH MISSIONS SAVVY

Here’s a missions leader bneuenataoldotcom  (bneuenataoldotcom)   that is searching for ways to get people involved in missions conferences and with missions in general. He’d love your best recommendations for getting others involved in missions in general and with missions conferences in particular. By January 10th he’ll compile a report for us to post here on Brigada as an autoresponder.
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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!

WARNING 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!

19991205 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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HOW DO I MERRY CHRISTMAS THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

Actually, we now have more than 100 [ways to say Merry Christmas in different languages]! . . . thanks to Jake! Get a copy of Jake’s multi-lingual Christmas greetings file by sending an emailed note to: christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . Last year, we finally put together some 30+ ways to say Merry Christmas. Now, thanks to Jake’s advance work, we’ll be much closer to meeting our goal of having Christmas truly happen in every land!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE: TESTIMONY FROM THE BALKANS

world globe “What a testimony that this year, this small group of people — we Evangelicals make up only 0.2% of Albania’s population — cared for 15% of the refugees that came from Kosovo. And that this little baby church has sent missionaries to Kosovo. Several Kosovar pastors who survived the torture were with us. It is a blessing that we see ourselves as one church. It is also a testimony that outreach happening to minorities, both here and in Kosovo are at the hands of Believers.”
(Source: Field Report from Eastern Mennonite Missions, 19 Nov, 1999 http://www.EveryPeople.net/Kosovarhome.php3?UseOrder=36 )
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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ALMA TRAINING CENTER SET TO OPEN

The ALMA missionary training center is set to open in Paraguay on January 12th, 2000. The vision of ALMA (America Latina Misiones Al Mundo) is to serve as a Christian community that will help to mobilize, train and prepare Latin Americans to have an active role in helping to fulfill the Great Commission especially in those most unreached areas, both in Latin America and to the ends of the earth. The ALMA training program is designed to provide a complementary balance between classroom studies and practical ministry training. If you would like more information about the ministry of ALMA you can check their web site at http://www.A-L-M-A.org or e-mail: danielcoolata-l-m-adotorg  (danielcoolata-l-m-adotorg)  . The website is both in English and Spanish. Interested students may fill in the preliminary application form on line, or send for the email version. The staff at ALMA would appreciate BRIGADA readers forwarding this announcement to their Latin American mission-mobilizing friends.
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ANOTHER CALLBACK SERVICE

telephone Okay – we’re going to try to run another item about callback services, in case there are still some folks out there who haven’t tried them. (The condition: that nobody gets a kickback. :-) There are just too many kickback plans among our 10,000 member constituency. We’re preaching to the choir.) Try GlobalTel International. Call from the USA to these countries for these “cents/minute” rates:
Germany for 13.5,
Hong Kong – 15.5,
Israel – 18.5,
Japan – 16,
Mexico – 28.5,
Norway – 13.5,
UK – 12.5.
The same rates apply if calls are made from these countries to USA. For rates between any two other countries in the world, go to: http://www.globaltel-callback.com/rates.htm.

There is no cost to open an account with GlobalTel. There are no statement fees, no monthly minimum charges and no per call surcharges. The only cost is the actual phone calls you make. Rates are good 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other features offered are secure on-line sign up, the ability to check your account information and calling details on-line and the ability to use your computer to trigger a callback over the Internet. This service can also be used as a non pre- paid calling card when traveling in North America. The current rate when calling within the USA is only 11 cents per minute! For more detailed information about this service, go to: http://www.globaltel-callback.com

We’re greatly indebted to Billy williamsatkcndotnedotjp  (williamsatkcndotnedotjp)   for tipping us off to this service. Thanks Billy!

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SPANISH MISSIONS COURSES AND SERVICES

The electronic page “Pueblos” is offering three new Spanish courses in World Missions along with other valuable resources. During the last two years Pueblos has had students from all around the world. Check it out at http//www.pueblos.org and for more information, Miguel meriveraatcoquidotnet  (meriveraatcoquidotnet)  . You can also read a Spanish version of Brigada Today there — “Brigada Hoy” — along with the connection to several organizations throughout the Hispanic missions world.
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NEW WEB SITE TO REACH MUSLIMS

WebWatch A new web site has been completed to reach out to Muslims. It highlights materials available to Muslims, free of cost, which point them to the Savior. They can hear two parts of an audio drama online, read several contextualized articles, link to an online correspondence course, order materials and email their prayer requests. This web site is being operated by India based, Beruma Ministry, at http://www.geocities.com/beruma1. Email your feedback and inquires to Beruma1atyahoodotcom  (Beruma1atyahoodotcom)  .
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INTENT’S INTENT

Intent (U.S. affiliate of Tentmakers International Exchange), is seeking to bring together individuals interested in Muslim ministries for regional Islamic Training Coalition Roundtables to formulate a consensus regarding the minimal competencies required to serve effectively as a Kingdom Professional (tentmaker) in an Islamic context. Attendees should have experience and/or expertise in one or more of the following: Missiology, Islamics as an academic specialty, Street practitioners in Muslim evangelism, Experienced missionaries among Muslims, Mission executives in organizations involved in Muslim ministry, Staff from specialized training institutes focused on Muslims, Staff of specialized research institutes with relevant expertise, Specialists in the design of continuing professional education. ITC Roundtables are working sessions. There are no fees, but attendance is limited to 15-25 people. If interested, write Larry Kendrick, ITC Director and Gary Ginter, Intent Chairman at Lskwinusaatjunodotcom  (Lskwinusaatjunodotcom)  , or call 708-763-8186 in the USA.
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BOOKS FOR YOU AND YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS

books Now you can read your way to understanding your Muslim friends. Try these books…

  1. The 99 Beautiful Names Of God by Dr. David Bentley (of Zwemmer Inst), available from Wm Carey Library, P.O. Box 40129 Pasadena, CA 91114 626-798-0819 or 1-800-Mission. An excellent add-on to your morning time with the Lord. Listing each of the 99 names in both Arabic and English, the comments which follow give the Biblical meaning of these names, as well as deeply thought through theological insights.
  2. Ethnic Realities On The Church: Lessons From Kurdistan By Bob Blincoe, U.S. Director of Frontiers and “Friends of the Kurds.” Insights from his work with the Kurds in America. From Wm Carey Library.
  3. Muslims And Christians At The Table by Bruce McDowell (of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia), and Anees Zaka, Founder of Church Without Walls. Published by P & R.(Presbyterian & Reformed) Publishing, P.O. Box 817, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 contains a wealth of helpful information.
  4. Free at Last? The Gospel In The African-American Experience by Carl Ellis, of Project Joseph (also a Board member of Westminster Seminary/ Philadelphia), published by Inter-Varsity Press.

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FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

virus Thanks to Terry, based in Spain, terrywareatbigfootdotcom  (terry%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Ewareatbigfootdotcom)   for sleuthing out some free antivirus software for all those who, for whatever reason, prefer not to buy from Norton or McAffee. Check it out at http://antivirus.cai.com/cgi-bin/ipe/connect.cgi. Terry says they’re publishing updates almost daily to keep up with new viruses being detected. Way to go, Terry!
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CHRISTIAN COMICS/CARTOON RESOURCES

The comics training and consulting ministry ROX35 Media, Inc. maintains the Christian Comics International (CCI) web site as an additional ministry service and resource. They have just added a new “Mailbag” section with answers to the many questions they receive about Christian comics. Also, they have revived the Christian Comics Catalog with almost 50 comics and cartoon books, in English, Spanish, Japanese, and (soon) in German, which can be ordered right on-line. The CCI website is located at: http://users.aol.com/ChriCom/ or write ROX35Mediaataoldotcom  (ROX35Mediaataoldotcom)  .
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FITS THEM TO A TEE

The International Electronic Library is requesting directories of seminaries, Bible colleges, pastors’ training institutes and schools offering TEE (theological education by extension) in developing countries. If you are aware of any such directories, please write Wendy wludoatmegsinetdotnet  (wludoatmegsinetdotnet)  .
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WEF MISSIONS COMMISSION’S DECLARATION OF IGUASSU

Under the auspices of the World Evangelical Fellowship Missions Commission, 160 mission practitioners, missiologists and church leaders from 53 countries, met in Foz de Iguassu, Brazil on October 10-15, 1999. The purpose of the meeting was to reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing world missions at the dawn of the new millennium. The consultation produced an important document entitled “The Declaration of Iguassu.” It is available for review on the WEF web site: http://www.worldevangelical.org.
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STILL PREPARING THOSE PRACTICAL Y2K PLANS?

Hmmmm. Nothing like waiting ’til the last few minutes of the millennium! :-) Anyway, maybe you’re in luck. Here’s a new site in Calgary to give you ideas… http://www.c-f.net/y2kplan.htm
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MISSION TRIP TO HAWAII (NO KIDDING!)

Commit Ministries is offering a rather unique short-term opportunity to High School and College age students desiring to serve in a meaningful capacity this Summer. Commit is recruiting this team to help facilitate successful Vacation Bible School programs for needy churches on the outer islands of Hawaii. The program begins with training on the island of Oahu, July 6th and the student team returns home on August 14th, a total of five weeks. The cost per student is $2185 which includes RT airfare from just about anywhere in the US, most meals, camp style or better lodging, Interisland airfare, ground transportation, VBS training, and debriefing. Contact Jeff commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   for more details.
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FREE ARABIC LANGUAGE SCRIPTURE IN BIG NUMBERS

Bible The “Injeel ash- sharif” is an Arabic translation of the New Testament that has been circulated for several years. The translator, an Egyptian Christian, has now finished the Old Testament to this translation.

The “Sharif” translation is different from other existing versions in several ways. First, it is written in simple Standard Arabic, so that even minimally educated people can benefit from it. Secondly, it is the only Arabic translation written to speak to Muslims in their own language. Other translations use ecclesiastical terminology and literalisms that can be either confusing or offensive to this audience. Thirdly, it is written using vocabulary which will be understood in the broadest range of Arabic-speaking countries, from N. Africa to the Gulf. Bible translators who have compared the existing versions have found this version to be the clearest, most natural, and most accurate translation in Modern Standard Arabic.

The Sharif, 4th edition, OT and NT, is due to be printed Christmas time. The publisher is offering up to 100 copies for free. You can get 200 if you’re willing to pay shipping costs. This edition promises to be quite an improvement over the last edition. If you’d like to take part, the publisher/translator insists on getting the following info, since the last time many addresses were incomplete and/or there were problems with delivery:

Name
Postal address for Dec99/Jan2000
Email address
Telephone
Fax (if available)

You can send your order to chicadelicathotmaildotcom  (chicadelicathotmaildotcom)  . Thanks!

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UTILIZING ARTS/ETHNIC ARTS IN CHURCH PLANTING AMONG MUSLIMS

Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   requests your help! She is looking for stories about how the arts/ethnic arts have been or are being utilized in church planting among Muslims…arts such as visual arts, for example…If you know of such stories, please contact Grace with the information. If it is something that you would be willing to share in an upcoming Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus newsletter and in Brigada Today, she would be careful to observe issues of sensitivity. Thank you!
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GET YOUR FAXES FOR FREE

fax machine Just check out http://www.faxwave.com to see the details. Whenever anyone faxes to that number, it is sent to you via email attachment; all for free. As calls to the US are cheaper than to Europe generally, it should save people sending to you, and if you have your email forwarded, the fax will follow you all over the globe.
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MORE FREE SERVICES

For an entire list of more free services on the Internet (including uReach.com and many more), write to free-onlineatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (free-onlineatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . You’ll receive a complete list of free or low-cost services on the Net!
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TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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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!
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