Monthly Archives: February 2000

20000227 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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TRACTS, TRACTS AND MORE TRACTS: FREE FILE FOR DOWNLOADING!

Brigada autoresponder Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   has done it again! Here’s a 130K file ready for retrieval, loaded with sources and resources for Christian tracts around the world in various languages. To get your copy of his directory, just send an email to tractsatbrigadadotorg  (tractsatbrigadadotorg)   and our server will obediently zoom the file to your inbox.
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RESOURCES FOR THOSE WORKING IN RUSSIAN

Brigada autoresponder Are you (or someone you know) trying to reach out to a Russian-speaking world? Have a look at Ken’s 170K file stocked full of resources for outreach in Russian language. To get your copy, just write russian_resourcesatbrigadadotorg  (russian_resourcesatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy will be sent automatically to your doorstep by our server.
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MOBILIZE PRAYER FOR THE UNREACHED

movie camera YWAM Strategic Frontiers International has released a new, professionally-produced video series to generate prayer for some of the 127 key unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. The first 13 videos in “The Waiting World” Volume One is ideal for churches or small groups in it’s 5-minute format and gives specific prayer points for the people group featured. Printed materials for church bulletin inserts afford viewers the chance to link up with front line missionaries or start a home front alliance. Available now in English and PAL or NTSC. Suggested donation is U$S99.95, which includes shipping and handling. Call 800-FOR-YWAM or 719-226-3006 (USA, Col. Springs) or email WaitingWorldatsfcosdotorg  (WaitingWorldatsfcosdotorg)  .
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COLUMBIA INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES

graduation cap Under the direction of Dr. Warren Larson, this intensive study program is slated for July 10- August 4, 2000 at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. Gain the understanding you need for fruitful ministry among Muslims during these consecutive two-week intensive sessions. Course options for Session I, July 10-21 include: Introduction to Islam, Women in Islam and Folk Islam. Session II offers: July 24-August 4: Muslim Evangelism, Church Planting Among Muslims and Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions. You may take these courses for credit ($897 each) or audit ($150 each). Instructors include international mission leaders and scholars of Islam: Dr. Steve Johnson, Dr. David Cashin, Ms. Donna Smith, Dr. Phil Parshall, Rev. Richard Bailey and Mr. Sam Soloman. Brochures are available by writing muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or by calling 803-754-4100 ext. 3325. To qualify for a possible scholarship, make sure you apply on or before May 1, 2000.
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SIMPLE PHOTO TIPS FOR MISSIONARIES

camera This 7-page website article covers some very basic tips for improving your photography. It’s written from the perspective of what the missions committee in your home church might be looking for in the photos you send them and includes some photo examples (good and bad). It does not assume the reader has a lot of experience or expensive photo equipment. See it at: http://www.fastlane.net/~peggyjc/phototip.htm. You can request a text-only version by writing peggyjcatfastlanedotnet  (peggyjcatfastlanedotnet)  .
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REST AND RELAX IN THE WILDERNESS OF IDAHO

f you are a missionary, now you can stay free of charge at Allison Ranch on the River of No Return. Your hosts, the Thomas family of Boise, provide the flight on a small aircraft into the ranch airstrip. There are 3 beautiful log cabins which are fully equipped and sleep up to 8. Wonderful home cooked meals are provided. Please visit http://www.replace.com/allison for more information. Reservations are handled by Cole Community Church in Boise. Phone is 208-375-3565 or email Brian Grant, Missions Pastor, at 103106dot1545atcompuservedotcom  (103106dot1545atcompuservedotcom)  . If you know any Mission Aviation Fellowship pilots, ask them about Allison Ranch – it is where they polish their flying skills.
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TEN WAYS TO AVOID BECOMING A MISSIONARY

Now you can avoid the vocation of missionary once and for all. Find out how at http://www.btc.co.za/missions/missar03.htm Stewart says reprint the list as needed. After all — we wouldn’t want too many missionaries now, would we. :-)
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BECOME A SHORTWAVE BROADCASTER

satellite antenna You can broadcast worldwide on short-wave radio for very low rates. Air your broadcast or promote your website to millions of listeners. You may also broadcast on several AM stations each with almost total U.S. coverage at night. There is too much information to fax. For more information email davebradioataoldotcom  (davebradioataoldotcom)   and include a mailing address and phone number.
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“TOURISTS” HELPING MISSIONARIES

On one field where there are many missionaries from a number of missions, “Sam” (not the real name), a retired school teacher, is spending a couple months helping missionaries with computer skills. Sam is teaching, individually or in small groups, in their homes or in offices, everything from basic Windows skills to doing prayer letters and email to spread sheets, etc. He is helping some who are almost computer illiterate, others who have extensive experience, and nationals where they know English.

There are undoubtedly thousands of “laymen” at home that have the ability to perform such a valuable ministry on many mission fields. Many would enjoy a “vacation” with such a valuable purpose. Perhaps you could be the catalyst to get some missionaries and such a teacher together. If you’re interested, write rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)  . By the way, if your mission or a group of missions in your field might be interested in having such a person come, write him and he’ll try to match you up with a volunteer!

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CONSULTATION: FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICA

BASSAM 2000, the 2nd international consultation for all organizations and individuals targeting evangelization to unreached peoples in French-speaking countries, will take place from May 8-12 at the conference center IIAO in Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire (West Africa). The consultation is co- organized by Interdev, the AD 2000 and Beyond Movement, World Vision, and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa. The consultation’s objective is to develop cooperative efforts for key French-speaking Christian leaders to reach the unreached peoples in French-speaking African countries. French will be the consultation’s language with English translation. For further information and/or to register (by April 1 if possible), contact Annelise Goldschmidt at agoldschmidtateudoramaildotcom  (agoldschmidtateudoramaildotcom)  .
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EMMAUS ROAD SEEKS BOOKS/ORGS HELPING MISSIONARIES

More and more people are asking for Emmaus Road’s book on reentry care. However, the Emmaus folks are wanting it to be a real “user friendly” resource. Therefore, they are appealing for additional books, electronic or ministry resources that are currently helping returning missionaries. They want to include these in a Resource Section. (At present they have only a handful of book titles and three organizations!) Send your favorites to Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)  .
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THE STORY OF JESUS FOR CHILDREN

The worlds largest unreached people group is children. The original movie classic JESUS is has been adapted for children. This new 62 minute color video will enable children of all ages to enjoy the captivating retelling of the true story of Jesus from a child’s perspective. Order this new children’s video of the JESUS film, ‘The Story of Jesus for Children’ by visiting The JESUS Film Project website at http://www.jesusforchildren.org, email: jfcatcccidotorg  (jfcatcccidotorg)  , inside the U.S. call toll-free 800-432-1997, outside the U.S. call 949-361-7575 or fax your order to 949-492-0381. A single copy is only US$14.95 plus $4.50 s/h inside the U.S. or $15.00 s/h outside the U.S. Quantity discount prices are available on our website. Payment is by credit card or U.S. dollar check.
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A WORLD FULL OF INFORMATION

WorldSkip http://www.worldskip.com/ is a nicely designed clearinghouse of information on every country in the world. I love this site! On the front page you’ll find pulldown menus for six different areas of the world. Use the pulldown menu to choose a country from one of those areas. You’ll get another page for that country with the flag of the country and several columns of links including government information, tourism, and news links. Nicely done. (Hats off to http://www.researchbuzz.com for putting Brigada onto this source!)
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A MARCH FOR JESUS WITH A DIFFERENCE!

A March for Jesus will take place in a town in the Sahara desert on “Jesus Day”, June 10th this year. It is suggested that outreach dates be coordinated around June 9th – 14th to allow for further prayer and exposure into this 10/40 Window nation. Orientation and information packets are available from: siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom  (siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom)  . Due to security measures necessary in the region this March will be a little different to the others being held around the world. Further details are available upon request.
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CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION

After more than a year of building consensus among missions leaders, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has developed a Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission. It outlines aims and objectives for short-term mission programs and presents general principles and standards of excellence for publicity, field management, pastoral care and re-entry support. It’ll be made public at the Short Term Mission Forum 2000, a training and equipping conference on September 22, 2000 slated for the Intercultural Ministries Centre at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. For more information click on http://www.globalmission.org or email efcglobalmissionathomedotcom  (efcglobalmissionathomedotcom)  .
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GLOBAL LEADERS’ FORUM

From 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday August 2, a first ever Global Leaders’ Forum will be held as part of the 15th World Convention of Churches of Christ (Christian/Churches of Christ/Disciples of Christ) in the new ‘state of the art’ Convention Centre, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (August 2 – 6, 2000). The aim is to allow leaders to meet and to hear what is happening around ‘our world’ so that they might better plan for the future. Local, area and national leaders are urged to be present to make this gathering as worthwhile as possible for the sake of our witness in the 21st Century. Other national and mission/overseas ministry ministries will be able to make brief presentations also. Further details available from Lyndsay and Lorraine worldconvataoldotcom  (worldconvataoldotcom)   , or 615-321-3735 or at http://members.aol.con/worldconv.
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ENGLISH COURSE FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING MISSIONARIES

If you’ve come across an English course for non-English speaking missionaries, David baedaebokathotmaildotcom  (baedaebokathotmaildotcom)   would like to know. He’s doing a TESOL graduate student project at Biola University. Be sure to ask him for a summary report when he’s done.
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FREE INTERNET SERVICE AS AN OUTREACH?

An AP article titled “Jesus goes online in Rio” reported that a Catholic archdiocese in southern Brazil has found a novel way of spreading the faith. Free Internet service! Dan mediainfoatconsultantdotcom  (mediainfoatconsultantdotcom)   would like to interact with anyone who has an interest in developing strategies to use internet as a platform established within an UPG country. Write him today!
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WHERE DOES ONE LEARN FARSI?

That’s what Jim jamesrbaquetatjunodotcom  (jamesrbaquetatjunodotcom)   would like to know. Drop him a helpful hint and, if you like, ask him for a copy of the results.
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ENGLISH MINISTRY TRAINING

graduation cap This course is co-sponsored by Literacy & Evangelism Int’l & Graceland English Training. It takes place July 9 – 15, 2000 in Ciechanow, POLAND. There are 2 programs to choose from: 1. English Outreach Ministry (For those wanting to get started with a Bible-based outreach ministry) and English Teachers’ Track (For those already teaching English in public or private schools). All participants will also have sessions in: Creative training techniques; learning styles; developing visual aids and more. For info, ask Colette projpoleatintekodotcomdotpl  (projpoleatintekodotcomdotpl)   or telephone (23)673-73-03. Cost is $50 US which includes meals, accommodations and materials.
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000220 Brigada Today

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SEND ME IS GREAT RESOURCE FOR GOERS/TRAINERS

book I think Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor have done a magnificent job with their new book, Send Me! Journey to the Nations. Truth is, much of the material was originally published as MARC’s You Can So Get There From Here. But Hoke and Taylor improve on it vastly with their insights in training profiles, current resources, and personal application — to total some 136 pages plus the full color ads from mission orgs. Rats. rats face Why didn’t we put in an ad for Team Expansion. :-) Either way, it’s well worth the investment. To order, call William Carey Library (800-MISSION in the USA or via Net2Phone) or click on http://www.webbookstore.org. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to invest your $6.36!
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NETWORK FOR STRATEGIC MISSION

Click on http://www.strategicnetwork.org to go there. They hope to set up forums for unreached peoples, kind of like we originally envisioned for Brigada email discussion groups. Nichole, a loyal subscriber from the window, reminded us of the strategicnetwork site this past week.
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MISSION MOBILIZERS HAVE A NEW WEB-HOME

WebWatch Nate has moved the Brigada Mission Mobilizers Database from his personal website to the Caleb Project website at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm.
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USING COMPUTERS EFFECTIVELY IN OUR MINISTRIES

computer Want to use your computer more effectively? Roger RogerDoriotatxcdotorg  (RogerDoriotatxcdotorg)   wants to help. He’s compiling info and would like your input – from personal experience, books that are especially helpful, web sites that may provide help, anything. You may have a real ministry to many others by writing up how to do some of the things you’ve learned. Talk to him before you go into detail. Maybe someone else has already written up a help sheet on your topic! When he’s done, we’ll ask him for a copy here as a Brigada autoresponder.
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MISSION-FOCUSED CHURCHES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Task Force For Global Mission and The Peoples Church Toronto are inviting pastors and church leaders to a national gathering focused on developing healthy mission-focused churches, May 6-9, 2000, The Peoples Church, Toronto, Ontario. This is a leadership conference for churches that want to make a greater impact both locally and globally. This strategic conference has been designed to:

  • EQUIP LOCAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL MISSION STRATEGIES
  • TAKE YOUR CHURCH TO A HIGHER LEVEL IN GLOBAL MISSION
  • DRAW ON THE EXPERIENCE OF MISSION AND LOCAL CHURCH LEADERS
  • NETWORK WITH OTHER LEADERS
  • RELEASE THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE GLOBAL MISSION CHURCHES
  • DEMONSTRATE HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN INCREASE ITS IMPACT LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY

For more information, click on http://www.globalmission.org or email efcglobalmissionathomedotcom  (efcglobalmissionathomedotcom)  .

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MARCH 2000 WORLD CHRISTIAN (SPECIAL OFFER)

This issue, “Praying For All Peoples,” challenges readers to pray more effectively for missions. Brigada members who subscribe now will receive 2 dollars off the regular subscription. That’s $12.95 a year for US residents, $17.95 in Canada and $25.95 Internationally.

Feature articles include the Church’s seven responsibilities to the nations, how pastors’ prayer groups develop unity and strengthen evangelism efforts and the prayer journey of Wesley Duewel of OMS International.

To subscribe, call 708-524-5070 or E-mail WINPress7ataoldotcom  (WINPress7ataoldotcom)  . Mention Brigada when you call or write to receive the special rate ($2 off). Or write to PO Box 1357, Oak Park, IL 60304.

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PRACTICAL MISSIONARY TRAINING MATERIALS

MTS has some great training manuals: The Missionary Training Guide (step-by-step activities), The Missionary Team (all practical aspects of missionary work), How to Learn Another Language (streamlined LAMP by Betty Sue Brewster), The Effective Sending Church (practical mobilization) all for US$20 plus US$9 airmail or US$5 surface. Otherwise US$6.50 each plus US$1.50 surface or US$3.00 airmail. Order and information from the Missionary Training Service coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg  (coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg)  . They can handle credit cards or send checks in any currency to The Missionary Training Service, Flat 5, 40 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6BS, United Kingdom. They’re on the web at http://www.missionarytraining.org.
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CHILDREN’S MISSIONS EDUCATION

Calling all Sunday School Teachers, Kids Club Leaders, VBS Directors, Christian School Teachers and Home Schoolers! On April 6, 7 & 8, Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY will be hosting the International Children’s Expo 2000. This year’s expo is about giving kids a heart for missions, prayer and equipping them for ministry. Over 30 workshops will be presented. Featured speakers will be Cheri Fuller, author of “When Mothers Pray” and “When Children Pray” and international speaker and author, Bob Sjogren, Director of Destination 2000. Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, Dean of The Chapel at Taylor University in Upland, IN, will lead in worship. Designed for use with children 3 to 12 years of age. For a brochure and registration information, send your mailing address to Stephanie Garling at garlingfamilyatjunodotcom  (garlingfamilyatjunodotcom)   or call 502-253-8950 ext. 4725.
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INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES

syringeAn article on health insurance for missionaries recently appeared in the inaugural issue of Short Term Missions Today. To read this article go to http://www.missionaryhealth.com/article.htm. You may also email the author to learn more about the importance of health insurance overseas at healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom)  
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LEARNING KAZAKH?

cd-rom It just got a bit easier. Now you can get Kazakh Language CD-ROMs from the University of Arizona Press for $69.95. Beginning Kazakh’s double CDROM set contains 20 lessons, 25 video dialogues and readings by native speakers, plus over 10,000 audio recordings. You can order online at http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/catalogs/spring00/pg34.htm or call them at 800-426-3797 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). For details, see http://clp.arizona.edu/cls/kaz.
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FREE COPIES OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TODAY

book This new annual 84-page, full-color magazine is available for use by your church, school or group. Contact Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)  . All the copies you can reasonably use are FREE, with the request that you cover the modest “out-of-pocket” Shipping & Handling charges to get these issues to you, and that you request at least 10 copies. It includes thirteen great articles on all aspects of Short-Term Missions, plus one of the most comprehensive “Short-Term Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts” ever published, presenting 176 separate options presented in 49 different categories. The copies you request will be shipped right away, with the modest S&H invoice enclosed. ALSO, feel free to request copies of the companion magazine INTO ALL THE WORLD, the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook (52 pages, 10 articles, 5 Comparison Charts), available for the same S&H costs.
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HIS STORIES

Marc’s ps2v8mnatsierradotnet  (ps2v8mnatsierradotnet)   looking for great missions stories he can write up to share with others. Feel free to send him your stories — and we’ll ask him for a report here in two or 3 weeks so we can load up one of those autoresponders.
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MORE INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

In an exchange this past week with a Muslim believer, I agreed with my new friend that one positive step we could all take is to promote more interfaith dialogue. My friend believes that this would promote greater understanding of one another’s religions. I told him I would ask the Brigada Today audience to work toward that end. At the very least, this would help us form greater bonds of friendship and knowledge of each other’s beliefs.
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NEED COMPUTER PROTECTION?

According to one Brigada participant, you’ll appreciate this site — especially if you’re using DSL or cable modem hookups. The program is called ZoneAlarm by http://www.zonelabs.com and, according to the one user, is highly touted by ZDNET.
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AD2000’S “TAKE” ON THINGS

ad2ksm This past week, I received a nice response from Luis Bush, International Director of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, regarding the ramblings we had published about the outcomes of AD2K. It will come as no surprise that Luis was upbeat about the results of the past decade of mobilization . . . and probably for good reason. He remains convinced that “a church for every people, the gospel for every people” was the right goal. “Yes, if we were going to err on the vision ethos prevalent at the time, we chose to believe that God would do great things if we were faithful & diligent to the call,” he wrote. According to Dan Scribner’s latest assessment, 78% of the Joshua Project 2000 peoples (1239) have reported evangelistic / church planting activity onsite. In addition, up until about 18 months ago, only 4% of the JP2000 people reported a church fellowship of 100 or more. Now that number stands at 1/3 of our churches. About 4 out of 10 unreached peoples had a church planting team in their midst 18 mos. ago — and now the figure is more like 65%. Some 77% were targeted for church planting back then… and today, only about 12% remain to be targeted!
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YOUR INVITATION TO CELEBRATE MESSIAH 2000

Brigada autoresponder Barb’s inviting you, 27 December 2000 to 2 January 2001. Leaders from 150 countries will gather in Jerusalem for this conference sponsored by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Program Themes include the following:

  • Celebrating God at work.
  • Assessing the status of the Unfinished Task and covenanting for the future.
  • Encouraging women’s mobilization.
  • Moving to serve the poor and needy.
  • Recognizing emerging leaders from the worldwide community.
  • Promoting global partnership and world evangelization.
  • Acknowledging Church movements worldwide toward the Unfinished Task.
  • Affirming the role of the majority church in World Missions.

To receive full information and registration form, send a simple blank email to cm2000atbrigadadotorg  (cm2000atbrigadadotorg)   and our autoresponder will send you the file.

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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!

20000213 Brigada Today

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WHOA – BRIGADA STUFF JUST GOT EASIER

Brigada Logo Our volunteer tech-guy, Bob, has been burning the midnight oil again. This past week he completed a major switchover which makes it a lot easier to get Brigada autoresponder files. To get a full list of what’s available, including a description of contents and size, just send an email to brigada-infoatbrigadadotorg  (infoatbrigadadotorg)  . To get any Brigada autoresponder file, from now on just write to <filenameatbrigadadotorg>. In addition, Bob’s rewriting the code for the search engine so it’ll be all the more rapido! Thanks a ton, Bob!
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BRIGADA: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Brigada Logo We found Jonathan, the guy who had challenged us to grow to 10,000 participants. Come to find out, he’s hard at work in a 10/40 Window nation, trying to assist an organization in developing Internet communication there. Why am I not surprised? He was glad for the Brigada family, but wasted no time to challenge us to develop a greater and more proactive platform for each of the remaining least-reached peoples. He also urged us to discover a way to measure the involvement of each Brigada participant… with the implication being that 10K readers does not equal 10K mobilizers. My biggest regret is that last time he challenged us to a goal (in ’95) he was here, helping us implement it. This time he’s in the 10/40 Window, involved in implementing MISSION! Don’t get me wrong… I’m glad for that… but how in the world do we make sure there’s a “live” email or web forum for each remaining unreached group! Yikes. gulp That’s a tall order. I think I hear Penny calling me to supper. :-) :-) Let’s stew on it for a week. :-)
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GATHER AT THE GATHERING

You’re invited to Antioch Network’s Annual Gathering of Churches, July 26-29, 2000, at the Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, Arizona. Hear keynote speakers Floyd McClung, George Miley and Luis Bush. Learn about five stages of engagement that Antioch Network guides its churches through to increase involvement among the unreached. The cost is $135.00 for the entire four days including two lunches and a dessert hour. For more info, see http://www.antiochnetwork.org or write GatheringatAntiochnetworkdotorg  (GatheringatAntiochnetworkdotorg)  . Antioch Network sent three representatives to BrigadaFest — so now it’s time to send Brigada folks to Tempe! :-)
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GET PAID FOR SURFING THE WEB

WebWatch It just keeps on getting crazier and crazier. For example, Brigada participant Christopher reminded us this past week about all the spots where you can now be paid to surf the web. Among them are:

It’s hard to believe . . . but it’s true!

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DON’T GET TENSE WHEN YOU MAKE TENTS

Brigada autoresponder Check out the new 2K file linking you to resources and info. for those involved in tentmaking — working their way to witness to the nations. To get it, just send a note to tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)   and Bob’s new autoresponder will email you the file for free!
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ARE YOUR “SHIELDS UP” TO INTERNET INTRUDERS?

So did you hear about all the “denial of service” (DoS) attacks this past week? Big commercial sites like Amazon.com were brought to their knees, apparently by a bunch of zombie-like robot servers. And get this — one writer said it was such a simple attach that a 15-year-old kid in Iowa could have orchestrated the whole thing. How safe does that make you feel? It was the ultimate “return of the body-snatchers”, except the vandals were relentlessly attacking ebay and buy.com instead of the citizens in the county next door. So… with that as a backdrop, did you ever wonder how vulnerable your server (or your laptop) is to internet vandals? Check it out for free at Gibson Research Corp’s “Shields Up!” http://grc.com. The author has designed a page with special web-bots that will actually try to penetrate your PCs defenses — while you watch! It’s actually kind of spooky. I went there thinking that I was okay. I pushed the button and within minutes, the page had extracted all kinds of private information, including my name and the name of the network at our office. Who knows what a real intelligent (and malicious) hacker could have gotten! This was a mere robot! So I started reading the fine print and … yikes gulp… it was over my head. But I started trying to follow the author’s step-by-step directions, changing a properties setting here and there, then rebooted and came back to the page again. Guess what — the second time that robot was clueless. Score one for the humans! Yahooo! Yahoo :-) So it’s worth some investment of time I guess . . . if you don’t want to be violated. :-)
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BOOKLET FOR MISSIONARY USE

book THINK ON THESE THINGS is a booklet now available to missionaries for ministry purposes. (CBN has used this booklet in the past for US follow-up.) Sharing Christ Ministry (SCM Inc.) provides the booklet (88 pages) free with only a small handling charge. It’s a month-long “non-believer to believer progression” devotional (31 topics) — a way to share Christ that includes a one-year through-the-Bible reading plan. You can get it

  1. printed with your ministry’s information,
  2. contextualized to specific language and culture,
  3. printed in the local language.

Available in English, Spanish (“soon”!) and Russian (June ’00).
Contact John flasecretaryataoldotcom  (flasecretaryataoldotcom)   at SCM for more info. (Thanks for the tip, Mark!)

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TURKEY CONSULTATION

The International Turkey Network is hosting a Latin and North American Consultation on Turkey March 2-4 in Phoenix, Arizona. General sessions, Workshops and Work Groups will be led by seasoned leaders from the Turkish Church and worker community. For program details and registration information contact JaysonKKataoldotcom  (JaysonKKataoldotcom)  .
Deadline for registration: February 25. Better work fast!
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WHAT DO THE MOSQUES OF ISA BELIEVE?

Jim JimAyarsataoldotcom  (JimAyarsataoldotcom)   wants to know. He’s doing some research on the group, which has been labeled a cult by Muslim nations. If you’ve got some inside info, he’d love to hear about it. He’ll file a report with us when he’s done — and we’ll release any info. which won’t put others at risk.
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MONGO SUPPLY OF BOOKS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

books Lewis clcioukataoldotcom  (clcioukataoldotcom)   is talkin’ books… big-time… in other languages. For example, need books in English, German, Chinese, or Polish? He’s gotcha’ covered at:

If your language isn’t listed, don’t fret. Lewis is a dedicated Brigada participant. He’s agreed to take personal responsibility for getting catalogues for other languages into the hands of interested Brigada participants. Can you believe it? And he’s got the tools at his disposal, too. After all — he’s based at the CLC’s International Office in Sheffield, England. So… and name your language… and write our guy Lewis! Thanks Lewis! What a guy!

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NEW INFORMATION SERVICE FOR MISSIONARIES FROM THE UK

March 1st sees the launch of OSCAR (an acronym of ‘the One Stop Centre for Advice and Resources’), a web-site billed as The UK Information Service for World Mission’. OSCAR is a collection of links to UK information and resources that relate to missions and missionaries, all brought together on one site. There are two main sections: an opportunity index and a service index. The opportunity index includes information about mission organisations [sic :-)] and areas of work whereas the service index includes information about UK-based mission support services. Word on the street is that the developer (“Mike”) is a former MAF pilot who understands UK missionaries and knows what he’s doing. Look for this site to go places. Check it out at http://www.oscar.org.uk and register your interest online or write infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)  . He’s apparently going to develop an email interface as well.
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BARGAIN-BASEMENT CHRISTIANBOOKS

books If you’ve been putting off your purchase of Christian books until the next big sale, ChristianBook.com says wait no more! They have apparently lowered prices on 4000 products for a blowout sale at: www.christianbook.com/html/static/bargainctr.html?promo=3601&ad=4220
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MINI-ACTS 29 TRAINING COURSE!

graduation capThe next scheduled missionary preparation course by Emmaus Road International is May 4 to June 2, 2000. In an intensive four week total immersion in the second culture community of Tijuana, Mexico, missionary candidates learn and practice principles of living and ministering cross-culturally. The course integrates the advantages of three learning centers: the classroom, the community, and the Christian home. For info, write emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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GET A TORCH KIT AND LIGHT YOUR WORLD

oil lamp Want to use AV media but can’t afford to get started? Now you can. Get a Ken Anderson Films and InterComm “Torch Kit” — 2 pound lightweight Radmar filmstrip projector, an extra bulb, 110 to 220 power converter, 15 to 17 filmstrips, with the English script to these filmstrips. (These English scripts may be translated to the language the Christian or missionary is trying to reach.) This kit is portable, easy to use, and will work with AC, a car or motorcycle battery. Plus they’re affordable: $300 including shipping. For more info, write lanejillatsprintmaildotcom  (lanejillatsprintmaildotcom)  . (Thanks Ken!)
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TRY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S FREE ONLINE ATLAS!

If you ask me, Jon’s found a real goldmine! Check out National Geographic’s free mapmaking machine! http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine. It has cool satellite views with geopolitical boundaries and cities overlaid. Spice up that next report with a map of your area of interest! Thanks Jon!
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WE BREAK THE 10K MARK!

Brigada Logo The first time I remember hearing the number was in the August 25, 1995, issue. Here’s the way it went: (the item was titled, “FROM THE “LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION” DEPARTMENT“) — Ya know, I always thought that if a person was highly technical, highly skilled, highly process oriented, then they would probably be pretty scared about bulging growth. Not so with Jonathan Marsden, who manages the technical end of CrossConnect and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about how he felt about Brigada growing past the 800 mark, I was surprised to hear him say he wasn’t satisfied. “I won’t be happy until we have 10,000 people on board, with hundreds of conferences about least reached people groups and cities all over the world.” Wow. When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-)” [snip snip, end of excerpt] That was August 1995 . . . and five years later on February 10, sometime after midnight, we silently went into the record book as having 10,000 subscribers! Yahoo! Thanks to every single person who helped make it possible… for all those who have promoted Brigada by word of mouth, in their personal newsletters and in their messages . . . and for all of you who have remained with us… many for years at a time! God bless us every one!
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SO WHAT WAS CROSSCONNECT?

MAFxc logo Curious about what “CrossConnect” was? It was an idea, really, with about 2 staff people. :-) Pete Holzmann was the visionary and Jonathan Marsden made it happen. If it weren’t for JM, I doubt there would even be a Brigada. It was he and Pete who said, “We have the technology to do what you’re asking, Doug, and we’re on the edge of being able to make it practical. Are you willing to work with us?” Well of course I was. (Nobody else offered! :-) ) Within about 24 hours, we began experimenting. Two months later, on March 21st, 1995, Brigada “went public.” After a year or so, CrossConnect finally admitted that the financial model just wasn’t working for email conferences. They were on the verge of folding. Mission Aviation Fellowship invested in continuing the dream of forming these email lists and “email conferences.” When they did so, they kept on saying that the Brigada conferences were one of the primary reasons they were willing to do so. One MAF staffer said, “Brigada is the crown jewel of CrossConnect.” This was pre-web days. I mean… there was a web… but it wasn’t searchable yet and it was still pony express level. MAF enabled the CrossConnect vision to go forward, establishing the MAFxc wing of the staff at Redlands.
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MILESTONE: MAJORDOMO TO LYRIS

Lyris logo As we look back, it seems that one of the critical milestones was MAF’s decision to transition to Lyris. It seemed to them like the right thing to do, at the time. The old Majordomo system made it really hard for conference owners to maintain their lists, especially as they grew. Brigada volunteers like Revis Ann Massey sometime handled hundreds of requests per week — from assisting with unsubscribes to tracking down weird bounces. Switching to Lyris eased the burden for moderators because Lyris was so powerful. Still, something happened in the transition. Prior to switching from Majordomo to Lyris, we had hundreds of conferences going… many of which were pretty active. I don’t understand it . . . but in the midst of the switch, we seemed to lose so much steam. Out of the smoke and charred ashes of changing our “operating system”, so to speak, it seemed like only a few conferences survived and they seemed to never really hit stride with Lyris like MAF thought they would. Eventually, MAF revealed their plans to begin charging a fee, maybe by the message, but definitely by the byte. We begged MAF to consider adding some kind of advertising at the bottom of each message… but their non-profit roots wouldn’t have a thing to do with it. (They didn’t like the “unrelated business income” side… and I completely understand.) Either way, here at Brigada, since we were unwilling to begin charging for services, we concluded that we had to jump ship. Brigada moved to eGroups. (Within a month, MAF issued statements saying they were basically folding the MAFxc program. They later recanted somewhat from that position, but seemingly the “CrossConnect electronic frontier heyday” was over.)
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EGROUPS: POSITIONED FOR GROWTH

eGroups logo Switching over to eGroups was like putting on an old pair of jeans for Brigada. Everything seemed to smooth out almost overnight. There were few shutdowns, few problems, and lots of growth. Although earlier, eGroups talked about giving Brigada some ad revenue, it basically hasn’t happened. ($27 for all of 1999?) But that’s okay! Because, you see, just not having to pay by the message or by the byte is reason enough to rejoice! We managed to keep Brigada a free service. And it looks like we could continue to grow, too. EGroups is saying we’re good to go for tens of thousands of participants. Yahooo!
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Brigada Logo Well, a lot of Jonathan’s “dare” has happened. But what we don’t have anymore, essentially, is a unified umbrella of conferences. However, one only has to take a look at the “links” section of the Brigada eGroups website to see that there are still dozens of “Brigada-like conferences hosted by all kinds of service-providers. We hope those continue to multiply like rabbits! Maybe they don’t all begin with “brigada-peoples-so-and-so,” but they’re still functioning, providing switchboards and networking forums for mobilizers and on-site workers alike. As far as Brigada Today goes, we hope it’ll continue to grow as well. We’ll see if we can’t get in touch with Jonathan and get a new “dare” but for now, I’m shooting for a Brigada Today with relevant, timely, meaningful content that you’ll want to share, relay, and talk about. And we pray that Bob Mayhew (our web guy) and Don and Judy (our volunteer customer service managers) will continue to push forward as they always have, because they’re doing an incredible service to the missions world — and we all appreciate them greatly!!! (Please, please keep up the great work guys! :-) ) Okay… enough reminiscing. Back to work! :-)
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LEARN ABOUT THE ETHNIC GROUP NEXT DOOR

How many churches adopting people groups think they have to travel half way around the world to make contact with them? The truth is that God is moving representatives from almost every nation and tongue to our doorsteps! A new website seeks to equip and inspire American churches to reach out to their ethnic neighbors, sharing the hope that makes an eternal difference, then learn about the mission field through them.

http://www.ethnicharvest.org has over 150 pages of content, with demographics and links to many mission sites. Ethnic Harvest began with a vision to serve the more than 100 language groups living in the Seattle area. They hope through the website to share this vision with churches nationwide. For more information, write Barbara infoatethnicharvestdotorg  (infoatethnicharvestdotorg)  .

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BROCHURES ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE GROUP

Marti msmithatcprojectdotcom  (msmithatcprojectdotcom)   at Caleb Project would like to increase her collection of people-group brochures that link people to networks, partnerships, or strategy coordinators. She wants to pass these out in group settings to use for immediate prayer, as well as provide an opportunity to join strategic on-going efforts. No promises that this will bring you new partners, but it might! Want to help? If you have produced an informational/prayer brochure about the people group on your heart, you represent a network or serve as a strategy coordinator, and your brochure contains contact information that can be passed to a general N. American Christian audience in relative safety, could you mail Marti 6-12 copies of your brochure at this address? Caleb Project, Advocacy & Research Dept., 10 W. Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120 USA. She says “Thanks!”
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JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 REPORT AS OF FEB

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan Scribner at AD 2000 & Beyond tells us that, as of Feb., there are 1595 people groups on the active JP list. Some 1118 of these tribes have no Church of 100 reported yet. In fact, about 537 have no reported on-site Church Planting team. As a matter of fact, some 262 haven’t even been claimed for anything!!! Please pray that God will raise up some to adopt them!!! Contact AD2000 & Beyond for more information: http://www.ad2000.org.
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH!

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA, (formerly YWAM Roaring Branch) is conducting a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course May 1 to May 26, 2000. This four week school will be held in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, USA. The cost: $900.00 USD includes all costs of the course. Immediately following the school an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine is planned till June 15. The cost of the outreach is additional. For further information and applications e-mail YWAM at 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)   or write to YWAM, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, PA 17046 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153.
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BUDDHA’S PROPHECY OF THE MESSIAH

book This book by Inta Chanthavongsouk (copyright 1999) is available for $5.00 (not including shipping and handling) from The Lao Conference of Churches, PO Box 845, La Mirada, CA 90637, tel: 562-947-465 Ext 3126, fax: 562-943-0160. Dr. A. Dale Golding, Chaplain of Far East Broadcasting Company has written, “Although I have lived and worked in Asia for 30 years, I was not aware of the prophetic teaching of Buddha concerning the coming Messiah. Reading this book has been a revelation. I commend Inta Chanthavongsouk for his diligent research which has resulted in he authorship of this book and I recommend it as a valuable missionary tool.”
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TRY THIS TRACT BASED ON THE KORAN

book If you are looking for a simple but effective tract for ministering to Muslims, a Moscow missionary named Kerby kerbyrialsataoldotcom  (kerbyrialsataoldotcom)   may have just the thing and will send it to you by email. Titled, “What the Koran says about the Bible and Jesus,” the tract starts out with direct quotes from the Koran stating that the Bible is the word of God and should be obeyed, and that Jesus is sent from God and also should be obeyed. From this foundation it goes on to explain salvation and how to continue to grow as a Christian. Approximately 600 words. In English and Russian and soon to be available in Chechen and possibly Tatar. Write the address above for an email copy and specify which language(s). Kerby would also appreciate any help getting it translated into Arabic and French.
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OPPORTUNITY FOR CARING WOMEN

Mission Nannys needs women over 50 to volunteer to travel to minister to missionary families overseas. Do you like to travel? Do you like to meet Christians involved on the front line of the enemy? Mission Nannys was formed 9 years ago to give domestic help to missionary families struggling on the field. We have opportunities of service just waiting to hear from you! Write to bettysullinsatjunodotcom  (bettysullinsatjunodotcom)   or send your name and address to Mission Nannys, PO BOX 609, Edgewater, MD 21037.
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FOR MISSIONARIES NEEDING HELP WITH CHILD CARE

Are you having trouble meeting your obligations to the home and to your ministry? Are you stressed out and in need of a mature women to come to help you (Titus 2:3-5, 7)? Mission Nannys would like to minister to your need and assist you with house duties, child care, homeschooling or whatever your problem is. Write to bettysullinsatjunodotcom  (bettysullinsatjunodotcom)   for an application –Mission Nannys, PO Box 609, Edgewater, MD 21037.
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“WEST AFRICA MISSIONARY STORY” KEEPS CIRCULATING ON THE NET

OPC logo Have you gotten it? Don’t worry. You will. This story about a West Africa missionary keeps making the rounds, over and over again, almost like a virus! Here’s a statement released to us personally by the International Mission Board headquarters just this past week: We continue to receive inquiries regarding an “Urgent Prayer Request for Mike Hutchinson”. This information from Ron may help you if questions arise in your local church. “Thank you for your concern and response to the email you received in that it prompted you to a prayerful concern. Though there was an accident early in 1999 involving Mike Hutchinson which did result in the death of a Senegaleze [sic] youth, the remainder of the circumstances described in the email did not happen. The matter was investigated as an accident by the authorities and dismissed. Mike and family carried on ministry, went on vacation and even relocated to another country as they were in the process of doing when the accident happened.” Ron Hunt, West Africa Office, IMB. If you receive this prayer request, please relay the answer and help us stop the bandwidth-busting forwards! (See the “OPC” protocol below)
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AVOID INTERPERSONAL PROBLEMS

graduation cap The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) in Union Mills, NC is offering a suite of modules designed to enhance interpersonal effectiveness. They include DiSC Personality Testing (2 days), Conflict Management (3 days), Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (5 days), and Personal and Family Preparedness (8 days). You can take one or all of the modules beginning Feb.28. And the price is right! It’s not too late to get in! Contact CIT 104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom  (104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom)   or call (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-887-1786 for more information.
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EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE FOR OLYMPIC GAMES

UK-based SOON Gospel Literature produces the free quarterly evangelistic paper ‘SOON’. It is written in easy English and is designed primarily for second-language English speakers. A special issue is being printed highlighting the Olympic Games. Any ministry or individual who can use copies evangelistically, either at the Games, or in any other situation, can ask for free copies. The issue can also be downloaded as a PDF file to preview. Check it out at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/olympic.html
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SEARCHING FOR AN EVANGELISTIC ALL-PICTURE TRACT

For evangelistic conversations with those who can’t read, an evangelistic picture-only tract or brochure would be very helpful. Who knows a source? Thomas geatifamdotfhgdotde  (geatifamdotfhgdotde)   wants to know. He’ll report back to us later.
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TONS OF INFO ON TEACHING MISSIONS TO KIDS

Thanks to Kerryn for stimulating the discussion on teaching missions to kids. It happened that Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   had been gathering material for quite some time!!! Get his full list of resources by sending an email to: teaching-missions-to-kidsatbrigadadotorg  (teaching-missions-to-kidsatbrigadadotorg)  
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CORRECTION RE: COURSE IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

lighting the way If you’ve been trying to contact the folks in Southern Philippines regarding the 4-week intensive course there (Jan. 21st edition of Brigada Today, Item 18, “BECOME A TESOL TEACHER WITH MUSLIM STUDENT PRACTICUM!“), the email address in the ad turned out to be an old address. Try pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph  (pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph)   instead. Thanks Dawn!!!
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WHO READS BRIGADA TODAY?

Brigada Logo Plenty of people. In fact, so many people that we’d better think again about the way we word our conversation here. Now that I think about it, maybe we’d better think again about all our conversation. This past week, I’ve been corresponding with a very concerned gentleman named Matthew. He wrote from North Thailand basically asking us to be more sensitive. He’s not a believer — but he’s apparently a weekly reader of Brigada Today. As we talked, I realized just how familiar he was with Caleb Project’s Nance Profiles, the Jesus Film, and all kinds of other regular topics. His input helped me see our material from a totally different perspective. From his shoes, we are sometimes pretty insensitive to local cultures. He even has a website designed to “rally the troops” against foreign interlopers. (Check it out at http://www.akha.org. It’ll do us all some good to appreciate his viewpoint.) I have tried to share with him that Christians feel a moral obligation to share Christ’s message of hope with the world. I’ve tried to communicate that desire in a very sensitive way, so that he can understand we do so not out of a feeling of superiority but rather, out of a religious conviction. But in the process, may God free us from a prejudicial attitude that would hurt the feelings of those who seek to guard traditional cultural values. In sharing Christ, we need not seek to wreck local cultures. If there are changes that need to occur, let’s let the words of Christ speak to those changes over time. And let’s be quick to apologize for the noncaring acts of some of those who have gone before us, offending local people with a sometimes-warlike spirit of aggressive proselytism. May God grant us wisdom to understand such a complicated world!
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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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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