Monthly Archives: March 2000

20000326 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Most of us have heard about Interdev’s partnership development seminars intended for missionaries and people group advocates on the “sent side.” But now they have a new partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders interested in a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships — for those on the “sender side.” The first “Kingdom Connections: Transforming Your Ministry Through Partnership,” will be held in both in England and the US. The North American “Kingdom Connections” will be held in Atlanta, June 6- 9, 2000. For more info, contact Interdev-USatxcdotorg  (Interdev-USatxcdotorg)  . The dates for the UK are 30 May – 2 June 2000; write Interdev-UKatxcdotorg  (Interdev-UKatxcdotorg)   for info. Space is limited.
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WHERE DO YOU FIND BIBLES OR JESUS FILMS?

Brigada autoresponder That’s a great question. In fact, it came up again this past week in a Brigada-peoples inquiry. Randall reminded us that Bibles can be located at http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/; check the bottom of the page for “complete listing of what’s available.” In addition, Ken has compiled a complete list of sources for scriptures, many of which sell Bibles in various languages. If you’re one of those, write biblesatbrigadadotorg  (biblesatbrigadadotorg)   to get a full list of contributors.

Randall also reminded us that the Jesus film can be found at http://www.jesusfilm.org/updates/languages.html and, again, ordering info is at the bottom of the page.

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SOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN CLIP-ART

Brigada autoresponder Remember the “old days” (like early 80s) in which you had to use paper copies of Christian clip art, manually pasting them next to odd-sized computer-generated stories? Now we’re into the “next generation” for Christian clip art, where you can download and place computer images instead. And now, “Ken” has made it all the easier for you! You see, Ken has just completed a full study of Christian clip-art sources. For more information, write imagesatbrigadadotorg  (imagesatbrigadadotorg)  .
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YOUR LATEST MISSIONS SKIT SCRIPT?

theater masksThat’s what Roger would like to gather. Send your script to RBusPs67ataoldotcom  (RBusPs67ataoldotcom)  . He’ll compile them into a single file and log it with us here . . . so others will have access to it too. So . . . in a couple of weeks, count on hearing back from Roger regarding options (okay Roger? :-) ). Again, Roger’s looking for some kind of play, drama, or skit that could help a local church become more convicted, aware and/or informed about world missions.
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VOLUNTEER INSURANCE

Don’t let your short-term volunteers go overseas without considering that most major medical insurance plans do not provide adequate or complete coverage for overseas travel. Adams & Associates International has developed a Travel Insurance program specifically for Volunteers serving on short-term mission trips. This plan includes $100,000 for Accidental Death & Dismemberment, $1,000 per month (for 100 months) for accident Permanent Total Disability, $25,000 Emergency Medical Evacuation, $2,500 Medical Reimbursement, $5,000 Repatriation of Mortal Remains, $2,500 Personal Property and Travel Assistance. The cost for this coverage is $2.00 per person, per day. Those with differing needs can also be accommodated. Adams & Associates International has exclusively served those around world since 1980. Please visit their new web-site at http://www.aaintl.com or e-mail to aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  .
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MISSIONS ENCOURAGEMENT VIA EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Each week the prayer and poem list is sent out with 3 to 5 missions prayer requests and a recent poem written by the list moderator, Mert. If you would like people on a non- secure list to pray for an unreached people group or your cross- cultural ministry or would like to pray for such concerns, you are invited to send a blank email to prayer-poem-subscribeateverybodydotorg  (prayer-poem-subscribeateverybodydotorg)  . One reader said, “In terms of poetry and missions, Mert is the best I’ve run across!” For a number of sampler email files with missions related poems, send a “Request for Missions Poems” to Mert at mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)  .
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CROSS-COMMISSIONING

Bible The sister Cross and Commission list consists of a 4-7K reflection on a Biblical passage related to the apostolic themes of Luke 24:44-49. Beginning in June, these reflections will begin a chronological trek from Genesis to Revelation. If you would like to apply more of the Biblical wisdom to your part in God’s global mission, you are invited to subscribe by sending a blank email to cross-commission-subscribeateverybodydotorg  (cross-commission-subscribeateverybodydotorg)  . All services are totally free of charge.
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REDEMPTIVE ANALOGIES

The staff members at SOON Gospel Literature have put together a set of links on redemptive analogies as part of their Web Evangelism Guide. If you have other good links to suggest, they are interested! Click to http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/redemptive.html or to: tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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SONGS TO THE CREATOR

musical notes The folks at Wiconi International are again excited to announce the release of another anointed and edifying music/worship tape featuring traditional style — First Nations music that honors Jesus Christ. This new recording project is titled, “Songs to the Creator — First Nations Songs of Praise and Worship.”

This CD is a mixture of original traditional style songs of the Coastal People of the Pacific Northwest, Plains First Nations Flute, and blended contemporary/First Nations music. The prayer of the producers, Songs to the Creator Indigenous Music Program, A Division of NAIM Ministries, is that the music will touch the heart of the listener and draw them closer to the Creator God. It’s a very enjoyable sound of worship.

Like Jonathon Maracle’s recent release, Rise Up Mighty Warrior, this is a wonderful example of how lovers of Jesus can use the traditional sounds and styles of First Nations people to create beautiful songs of praise and worship to Jesus Christ. You can order your copy of Songs to the Creator from Wiconi International by emailing wanbliataoldotcom  (wanbliataoldotcom)  .

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ADVOCACY IS LEARNING, LINKING AND LOVING

graduation cap Has God given you a passion for an unreached people group that you want to share with your church and others? If so, come to Caleb Project’s “Advocate Training Seminar” April 27-29. Discover how to focus on a people group and help others do so, too. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of ministry partnerships and discover that you’re not alone. Strategize with like- minded advocates and share your stories. The three-day training session will be held in Denver, CO. For more information contact John or Marti at Caleb Project jshannahatcprojectdotcom  (jshannahatcprojectdotcom)   or 303-730-4181; or visit http://www.calebproject.org.
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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME JUST MIGHT BE ENCRYPTED!

So how do you communicate with your Christian colleagues in the most sensitive spots in the world? Send your best ideas to blacklightresponsiveathotmaildotcom  (blacklightresponsiveathotmaildotcom)  .
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OPERATION CHINA IS COMING!

That’s the name of the first in-depth treatment on the peoples of China with a focus on the minorities. With a page per group, color photos and charts locating the people in country, this book has been years in the making. It will be about 700- page, 7″x10″ full color inside and out and will be released in the Fall. The retail price will be around $35, but if you or your organization would like to get in on a special pre-publication purchase of these books in LARGE quantity (100 or more prices starting at $13 each), contact: Greg gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg  (gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg)   at the U.S. Center for World Mission and William Carey Library.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20000319 Brigada Today

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE! (FRIENDS OF BRIGADA GIVE TESTIMONY)

Brigada Logo This week we’re celebrating five years of Brigada Today! Whew! How else would we have learned some of the amazing stories! Here’s a note from one whole family which sold its house in Sydney to move to Richmond, VA to work on the World Christian Encyclopedia for 2-3 years. They wrote, “The lives of our family have been changed in this teeny- tiny small way by the article in Brigada from last June calling for help for the World Christian Encyclopedia.” What were they doing in Sydney? “Again, it was through the pointers in Brigada Today to minister at the center here.”

On the “room for improvement” side, one reader expressed regret that recent issues no longer included the “Back Page” editorials. He mentioned using stories like the one on facing failure (with the coaching clinic), which he said came during a time when he was painfully working through failure his own life. He added, “I also used the one about home team advantage, complete with newspaper pictures from the World Cup, with our prayer group after we sent a short-term team to South-east Asia.” Okay — lesson learned. Somebody actually was reading those crazy stories. :-) We’ll try to fire them back up — and write Brigada Today at a time other than midnight! :-)

How does Brigada Today play out internationally? One participant wrote, “It has been a great resource for me, working as I do on the edge of the 10/40 here in the ____ Islands, but directed entirely into the 10/40. We are a small frontier church-planting team working with a Muslim Unreached People Group that had no known believers when we started 8 yrs. ago, but now has several. B.T. has really enabled us as strategy co-coordinators to connect with many people and fine tools out there, so far removed from us here on our wee isolated island! Thank you Brigada Today.”

Does it still have room to grow? Indubitably. Example: One reader asked that we drop the reference to the number of readers. He felt it sounded too much like a hamburger chain… “10 million hamburgers served!” Ouch. :-) bandaid

Does Brigada Today help only mobilizers? Apparently it’s not limited to that. One field worker wrote, ” After returning home from the field to care for my cancer dying father, I found myself slowly losing my drive for missions. A friend began forwarding me not only Brigada, but also Advance, and the Friday Fax [sister publications]. Shortly thereafter I linked up for myself. I eat these word for word and will continue to do so as I return to the field on April 5th. My new field of labor will be _____, West Africa. …

Does it help on-field missionaries? One wrote, “Brigada Today and the other services provided by this wonderful ministry have kept me current and motivated in my ministry since it was first launched five years ago.”

One wrote, “Missionaries have fun! I never knew” :-) Another added, “Please continue to labor in His field, and know your labor is much needed and appreciated. This is one missionary that has kept her focus over a very long period of sadness and stress.”

Thanks again for these and other encouraging words. We’ll eventually try to knit a few of them together into a brochure for telling people about Brigada. But for now, it just feels like Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life! :-) (I just keep waiting for Clarence to get his wings!!! :-) )

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FOR THOSE LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Check out an excellent website recently developed for language learners (and language teachers and administrators of language schools) at http://www.LanguageImpact.com/. There are lots of great ideas for making language learning more effective. The developer of the site also offers a language learning email newsletter with lots of helpful tips. To subscribe to this free newsletter, send a blank e-mail to language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom  (language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom)  
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AUDIOCOMM READY FOR RETRIEVAL

Brigada autoresponder Want a full file on audio and tape resources for ministry in places like the 10/40 window? Ken has assembled it. Just write to audiocommatbrigadadotorg  (audiocommatbrigadadotorg)   and soon a 48K email will be chuggin’ your way with all kinds of info for those who want to use tapes. Thanks Ken!
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SHORT-TERM TRAINING SEMINAR

graduation cap Commit Ministries and ServantPrep Training International are hosting their third annual Short Term Mission Leaders Training Seminar in Honolulu, May 4-6. This is an intensive three-day training event designed specifically to assist your church or mission organization in putting together the best possible short-term product. Even if you already have a short-term program, this program will help you do it better! The seminar will be held in its entirety at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; the cost for tuition and materials is $199. Lodging and meal packages are available from $180 per person. Contact Greg at commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   right away for registration materials, discount airfares, and more information.
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WEB-WATCH: LATIN AMERICA MISSION (LAM) GETS A MAKEOVER!

WebWatch The new site, http://www.lam.org, provides information about the history and philosophy of the Latin America Mission as well as an extensive listing of missionary service opportunities. It also offers news about what the Lord is doing in Latin America and an extensive set of links to secular and Christian news services covering the region.
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HOST YOUR OWN DISCUSSION GROUP

WebWatch Check out http://www.ChristianEmailService.com where Faithe says you can now host your own discussion group or newsletter!

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TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AROUND THE WORLD

graduation cap Take advantage of the many opportunities to teach English in most countries of the world. This is the new open door to many otherwise closed countries. At Columbia International University, teachers offer well-rounded, practical training in teaching English as a foreign language and intercultural studies. This training will fit you for teaching in any context. You can obtain either an MA in TEFL and Intercultural Studies or a TEFL Certificate. Contact JLeTexieratciudotedu  (JLeTexieratciudotedu)  , or see their website at http://www.ciu.edu, or call 800-777-2227.
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THE BACK PAGE: “I GOT IT! I GOT IT!”

soccer ball Have I ever mentioned that I like soccer just a bit? :-) Currently, I’m coaching a newly-formed team made up of youth under the age of 14. They’re a great bunch . . . some more experienced than others . . . just like the reality that we call “life,” off the field.

Yesterday we faced the Fern Creek Blast, a great team from the other side of town. Emotions were running high. (They walloped us last season. :-) ) At the 27-minute mark, one of their defenders reached out and blocked a shot from one of our forwards. Trouble is — he used his hand! Everybody, even the ref, immediately recognized it as an illegal handball. As the whistle blew I heard an authoritative and familiar voice yelling, “I got it! I got it!” In the time most players needed to figure out for sure what was about to happen, our player #13 had hastily retrieved the ball and carefully positioned it on the penalty spot, then backed up 3 or 4 steps in anticipation. I guess you’d have to call him eager. Player #13. My son, Chris. Yikes. gulp

He sounded so . . . confident. It was as if he knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that he could make that shot. How could he be that way? I mean… here he was, standing in front of his 10 teammates, a sideline full of parents on the edge of their seats, and a coach — his Dad!. He had to feel the dozens of pairs of eyes, eagerly awaiting the kick. Surely he was nervous. I know there were a couple of players on our team with at least as much experience as he had . . . and some probably even had more. But he didn’t hesitate even for a moment! He wanted that kick and he believed with all his heart that he was the man for the job.

During the next few moments, as the ref positioned the opposing goalkeeper on the line, years of memories raced past my mind’s viewscreen. I thought about my own lack of experience as a player. After all, we really only took up soccer in earnest some 5 years ago. I was already 38 years old . . . and Chris was 7. Even with all those backyard games, he seemed so young. Sure I had attended clinics and little by little gained a higher level coaching license. But I’m not so sure I’ve recovered from the blow of having failed to pass the college- level licensing clinic last summer. (I’m still in the process of appealing the decision, but it doesn’t look very promising; unless things change, I’d have to retake the entire course.) I realized I could never have spoken those words so confidently in front of my peers, especially those with whom I play on my adult team. Most of them have played since they were 4 or 5. I would have never presumed to say, “I got it! I got it!”

But Chris did. And the ref’s whistle startled me back to reality. I could hardly watch. I was nervous enough for both of us. What if he failed? Would he ever forgive himself? Would the other players laugh or cry? Would they razz him during practices for the next few weeks? Would we lose the match? Would it shake his confidence or his love for the game?

I didn’t have to wait long to find out. With clinical precision, his shot rocketed into the corner of the goal, only inches inside the post. The keeper wheeled around and kicked the ground. Chris turned in triumph and leaped into the air. Then, as he ran toward our end of the field, he looked over at me and raised both fists in the air, smiling ear-to-ear. He had done it. He knew he could. He was a hero.

One of the new players on our bench turned to me and asked, quietly, “Coach, is he your son?” “Yes,” I replied. “He’s my son.”

We won the game and I’ve replayed that moment countless times in my mind. I keep thinking about how odd it is that someone so unsure (his Dad) can train up someone so confident (the son!). ‘Course, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that he’s probably kicked that silly ball ten thousand times or more during the past 5 years. :-) And believe me, not all the moments have been so triumphant. But in the end, I think one of the reasons he believed so strongly in himself was because I’ve trained him to focus on the process, not the outcome. I’ve told him over and over again that there are many factors outside his control. Which way will the keeper dive? How skilled is he? How tired is the kicker? These and several other questions are all futile bunny trails that take us anywhere but the net.

Instead, I’ve tried to help him focus on the things he can control. He can choose a corner and conceal his intent. He can control his approach, with his head down and his knee over the ball, then see the contact point and follow the ball with his gaze into the corner of the net. All those things are well within his control. If he does them all well, he’ll execute a good kick and the rest is outside his influence.

It’s like that in missions, you know. We carefully map out our strategy. We share the message of hope on a day-by-day basis through our life, our words, and our programs. But in the end, only the hearers can decide whether or not they want to respond. Even though the Holy Spirit might be convicting them of their sin and prompting them to change their hearts, if they choose not to listen or respond, there’s nothing we can do about it.

Many of us live our lives in self-doubt, blaming our mission, our church, and even ourselves for our lack of results. “If we only had a better plan,” we say. But in the end, I think we could all take a lesson from my 13-year-old. Sometimes I think we should just take the steps we know are right and leave the rest to God and to the incredible free will He’s given mankind. Our responsibility, according to Ezekiel 33, is to communicate the message. If our hearers choose not to listen, it won’t be our fault.

soccer ball Hanging on the wall of my office is a picture of a lone soccer ball in the grass, with the caption, “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I’ll never forget my son screaming, “I got it! I got it!” But what will stick in my mind forever is the confidence those words exuded. Someday I hope I’m so confident on the soccer pitch. But more importantly, I hope I can always be so confident in executing the game of life for my Lord Jesus Christ. For I know that if I can only step through my part, He will be there to bring victory regardless of life’s challenges… because, all circumstances aside, the victory actually comes through my faithfulness to Him, rather than through some kind of “success” in the world’s eyes.

So… go ahead… seize the moment and say it. “I got it! I got it!!!” The victory is assured. In fact, it’s already in the bag.

Doug

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TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

TO UNSUBSCRIBE — Send email to brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom)  . (Subject and text are ignored.)
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!

20000312 Brigada Today

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AT LAST: WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA IS HERE!

book Edited by David B. Barrett, George T. Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson, this new edition of the classic reference source – a comprehensive overview of contemporary Christianity – offers a fuller comparative scope, pays greater attention both to the other world religions and to the secular realm, and describes more fully the range of Christian attempts to relate to both.

  • Volume One: detailed empirical overview of global Christianity.
  • Volume Two: survey of religious life in 238 countries covering political, social, economic, and denominational features.
  • Volume Three: global data – miniprofiles of 10,000 religions, 12,600 ethnocultural groups, languages, regions, cities, extensive index, resource guide, and full-color reference atlas.

Mention that you saw it in Brigada and ask for the special introductory offer until 3/31/2000 of $70 off the US$395 price. Published by Oxford University Press. In the USA, call toll-free 800-451-7556; in Canada, dial 800-387-8020. Elsewhere, use 212-726-6453 or write intlsalesatoup-usadotorg  (intlsalesatoup-usadotorg)   or browse http://www.oup.com. This is the book by which all other reference sources are judged. I just ordered mine. I told the order-taker to get ready for the 10,000 person rush! And by the way… they offered no discount to me beyond the normal Brigada introductory $70 off. :-( At least you know I don’t get a “cut” for every book sold. :-)


FLASH! Thanks to Brigada participant Bruce Camp who might have just saved you some money. He recommended that we shop for the World Christian Encyclopedia at http://www.bestbookbuys.com and, sure enough, one vendor has it at $279 + tax, postage paid. That’s a better deal than the one offered by Oxford Press. If you’ve just ordered, maybe since these are pre-publication orders, perhaps the folks at Oxford Press would allow you to cancel your order and you could save $45 off the price we mentioned by buying from www.bigwords.com. I’ll try that tomorrow. Again, the exact location at bigwords.com is: bigwords.com/search/index.cfm?BIGVERB=book%20zoom&ISBN=0195079639

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STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING 2000

graduation cap A Strategy Coordinator is someone who bridges the Harvest Field (UPG) and the Harvest Force (Church) to develop Church-planting movements (CPM)among the UPG. The SC’s basic work premise answers the question: “What needs to be done for a CPM to take place among my people.” rather than “What can I do to plant a church among these people?” The Training involves 20 8-hour days of interactive class time where a high premium will be placed on Q&A, Discussions, Debates and Intercession. In addition, there are 4 major written assignments to ensure the successful transformation of a missionary into a SC. These are :

  1. UPG Profile and Mobilisation Brochure
  2. List of Networking Present and Potential Partners
  3. 100 Options to engage this UPG
  4. A Master Plan for reaching, training and developing a church-planting movement among this UPG

Successful trainees will be awarded 10 credits towards a Masters, MA, DMin or PhD in Inter-cultural Studies from Bethany School of Missions (The Training Arm of Asia Pacific Mission, Ltd) in Singapore. Write Frank SCANetatwritemedotcom  (SCANetatwritemedotcom)   or call 65-9682-4493.

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KITAB BOOKS FOR MUSLIMS

books Kitab Books has a catalogue filled with evangelistic and apologetic materials for Muslims as well as some written by Muslims. The catalogue is huge. Write Kitabdotukatdominidotorg  (Kitabdotukatdominidotorg)  .
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“NO CLOSED DOORS”

Intent (formerly U.S. Association of Tentmakers) has slated its annual Conference as “Intent 2K – No Closed Doors” for June 1-4, 2000 at the Billy Graham Center Wheaton. Speakers include Bob Blincoe of Frontiers, George Miley of Antioch Network, Tim Philpot of CBMC Int’l, Joe Suozzo of Christar, & Joseph D’Souza of OM. The first half is for veteran tentmaking “Practitioners”. The Explorers Conference (for those looking into tentmaking), starts with dinner June 2 & runs till mid-day June 4, & includes workshops. For more information contact Intent in the USA at 630-848-6033 or by emailing LSKendrickatIntentdotorg  (LSKendrickatIntentdotorg)   or browse http://www.intent.org.
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SUMMARY OF ADVANCE!

Here’s a quick summary of the March 19th issue of Advance. To receive the whole issue, just send a message to advance-2000-03-19atbrigadadotorg  (advance-2000-03-19atbrigadadotorg)  

Cote d’Ivoire’s Toura people; the Mestizos of Peru; the Uighur of northwestern China; 18-fold church growth in China; an Iranian trains Christian workers to reach his countrymen; 260 unreached people groups with no one to tell them; the Zerma of Niger

Two believers imprisoned in animal cages; persecution in Turkmenistan; Fulbe believers in Nigeria persecuted; Pakistani Christian sentenced to prison; European human rights court to review Soner Onder’s case; Romanian lawmakers withdraw religion law

Medical technician testifies he helped kill babies at Planned Parenthood abortion facility; 4-month-old baby shot to death in Bogota; Mexicans make pilgrimage to Mayan shrines

580 prisoners in Benin pass up meal for “Jesus” film; Buddha painter saved in Mongolia; God answers chief’s prayer for agricultural worker; broken jade Buddha turns woman to Christ; West African chief pleads for missionary; church-planting movement emerging in unreached people group in China; Christian worker puts life on the line for team members; 16- year-old’s prophetic word saves man from suicide

The “Jesus” film for children; “The Waiting World” video series; the Buddha’s prophecy of the Messiah

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TAJIK PRAYER DAY

praying hands Keep on praying for the Sarikol [Sair-i-coal] Tajiks [Ta-jeeks] of Western China. This unreached people group has no known Christians, and none of the Bible has been translated into their language. There are only a few workers trying to minister to the Tajiks and they prayed together all day on Tuesday, March 21st. Please keep on praying that the Holy Spirit will have the freedom to move among the Sarikol Tajiks to bring them to salvation. Also pray that they would soon have a copy of the Scriptures in their native language. We often talk about “planting seeds”, but when it comes to working with the Tajiks, we are still in the business of “moving rocks” so that the soil can be prepared for planting. This can only happen through PRAYER! If you would like more information on the Sarikol Tajiks, browse http://www.strategicnetwork.org
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CHILDREN’S MISSION EDUCATION

Last call for all teachers who work with children 3-12 years old! Don’t miss this best-ever training for children’s mission education. The International Children’s Expo 2000 will equip you to give kids a heart for missions, prayer and ministry. Choose from 60 top-notch workshops and tables full of terrific resources you won’t find at your local Christian bookstore! Featured speakers are 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 worship. For a brochure call 888-345-6276 in the USA (or via Net2Phone) or write jilldotharrisatjunodotcom  (jilldotharrisatjunodotcom)  . Go to http://www.21stcenturykidsconnect.org/IntlExpo.htm for further information.
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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER “LIVE”

praying hands Since 1775, the U. S. Congress has annually set aside national days of prayer for the USA. On Thursday, May 4, 2000, believers across the land will seek God for the great needs of the USA as nation, as well as its cities and towns. The National Day of Prayer Task Force exists to help equip you. You can find more info. on the web at http://www.ndptf.org. Pay particular attention to the seventh annual Nationally Broadcast Concert Of Prayer (NBCOP).
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CALLING ALL 10/40 WINDOW AND CREATIVE ACCESS BRIGADIERS!

For years now, missiologists have argued over the effectiveness of various evangelistic and church planting strategies among the unreached. For example; Is tentmaking more effective than a historical approach? Are micro-enterprises more effective in reaching people than schools or hospitals? Is learning more than the trade language necessary? Though each person has an opinion and personal data to support their opinions, yet the truth is these opinions are very subjective. Thus, a survey has been put together by the TMQ Research under Don Hamilton, at the U.S. Center for World Mission. The purpose of the survey is to gather data from those serving in creative access nations and study what if any objective lessons can learned about training, life, work, ministry among the unreached. If you are living in the 10/40 Window, please participate in this survey. If you have expatriate friends who live in the 10/40 Window, please share this opportunity with them. Participants do not need to give their name, location, or organization/mission/company. Surveys should be submitted by June 1. This allows time for surveys to be carried in and out of restricted places. The more input the more objective the results will be. Results will be published in early 2001 and made available to anyone. To down load the survey, you may obtain the passwords from tmqatantiochdotcomdotsg  (tmqatantiochdotcomdotsg)  . To learn more about the survey please go to TMQ’s website at http://tmq.antioch.com.sg.
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A DOZEN LINKS ON PARTNERSHIP

WebWatchGrace has been at it again!

Here are her top 10 links on the topic of forming partnerships:

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NEW WEB JOURNAL FROM LUIS PALAU

WebWatch From the sounds of this title, you’d better go to this site before you click on any others!!! :-) First Priority is a brand-new Web journal on evangelism. http://www.ichristian.com/firstpriority/ There you can also request their half-page “This Week’s First Priority” e-mail updates.
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VBS TEAM NEEDED IN HAWAII

COMMIT Ministries is still accepting applications from High School and College students to form their “Vacation Bible School to the Outer Islands” team, July 7-August 14. This group will help conduct productive VBS summer programs for five outer-island churches in need of their help. The cost is $2185 and includes RT airfare from major West Coast cities, most meals, lodging (camp style), Inter-island airfare, ground transportation, adult supervision, and training. Deadline for applications is June 1. Contact Jeff commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   for more information.
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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORIES

Does anyone know of online (or electronic format) directories of church workers who have “IP-based” technologies in use today? The Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems is seeking to compile a directory of users of CUSeeMe, ICQ, InstantMessenger (any flavor), Net2Phone, Netmeeting, or any similar technologies used to more efficiently connect the workers on the field with their sending organizations. Please send either directory addresses, files or individual contact info to adrisathomedotcom  (adrisathomedotcom)  . The data will be displayed at http://members.home.com/adris.
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IRANIAN ELECTIONS

What do Christians living in Iran think about the recent elections? Read all about it on the website for the Persian Speaking World: http://www.peopleteams.org/psw. Team PSW is seeking to be a blessing to 100 million Persians anywhere in the world and especially those living in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran. For more info, write gciatpoboxdotcom  (gciatpoboxdotcom)  .
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SWAHILI LITERATURE OUTREACH

UPESI is a free single-sheet evangelistic paper in Swahili, and is available free to anyone working in that language area. Beryl Shannon, the editor, would value the help of anyone really fluent in Swahili for checking of articles. For more info, contact BJShannonatsoondotorgdotuk  (BJShannonatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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BRIGADA: WHAT’S IT TO YOU?

As I’ve mentioned before, Brigada celebrates two birthdays. One comes around January 25th each year (the day communication began via the Brigada family of networks) and the other comes March 21st (the day we “went public” with Brigada Today). I started to write a kind of summary of the past five years and then I thought . . . hey… maybe if I asked, someone out there would write a one-paragraph testimony or summary of what Brigada means to him/her. Then we could clip some notable-quotable comments for next week’s issue — which might then serve as a tool for those who would like to explain Brigada’s potential. Besides, I’d like to know it myself! :-) So… if you’ve got a testimony or a challenge (what you’d like Brigada to tackle in the future) or if (in some teeny-tiny small way) Brigada has helped you, please send a note to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   with a subject line that starts: [brigada]. If anyone sends anything [then we’ll know they read until the last drop! :-)], we’ll clip excerpts for next week’s issue.
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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)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000305 Brigada Today

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UPDATE ON “THE COUNT” FROM AD2000

ad2ksm Thanks again to Dan the Information Man at AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office in Colorado Springs. He’s assembled a new Summary & Progress Report of the last 2+ years of the Joshua Project at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/download.htm in Excel xls format. He’s currently showing a total of 1595 peoples on active JP list. Of those, some 1120 still show no Church of 100 being reported. About 533 (roughly 30%) still have no on-site Church Planting team. About 261 are still said to be untargeted or “unclaimed.”
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CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES

graduation cap MissionPrep is a partnership of evangelical missions offering cross-cultural training in Toronto, Canada. For over eight years they have been preparing missionaries for effective cross-cultural service. MissionPrep offers training in Language Learning Techniques, Personal assessment, Interpersonal skills development, Cross-cultural communications, Spiritual warfare and many more core-training topics that every person needs for effective overseas ministry. Some of the upcoming seminars are:

  • May 4-6 Cross-cultural training for Short Term missionaries (under 1 yr $220 Room, Board & Tuition)
  • June 18-30 Intensive workshop in Language Learning Techniques ($995 all inclusive)
  • July 4-19 The essentials for preparing for cross-cultural effective ministry($995)

For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or check out the Missionprep web site http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep

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CAN YOUR SCHOOL OR ORG. USE FREE ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS?

Then Robert skilesattenetdotedu  (skilesattenetdotedu)   is your man! He wants to donate used college level English textbooks (business, literature, economics) to a missions school or a humanitarian organization. If you or someone you know needs some, write him!
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NATIVE AMERICAN CONSULTATION

This is a key time for those interested or currently working among Native North Americans. This consultation will be held on May 11-12, 2000 on the campus of Oak Hills Fellowship / Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA. Registration cost is $US25.00 which includes meals. Special speakers include Rev. Tom Claus, president of CHIEF and Dr. Leonard Rascher of Moody Bible Institute. To register or to get additional information call 218-751-8670 ext. 276 or email President of Oak Hills, Dr. Thomas Bower, tjboweratpaulbunyandotnet  (tjboweratpaulbunyandotnet)  
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NEED TO BROADCAST TO NORTH AMERICA?

Now you can. Broadcast to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Cuba with one Super Powerful AM Radio Station at a very low cost. For more information email your mailing address and phone number to davebradioataoldotcom  (davebradioataoldotcom)  .
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TRAVEL IN THE TOUGHEST PLACES WITH GOOD HEALTH

Check out the TealBrook website, much more complete than the old one. They have more products, more info and actual prices online. They help advance the Kingdom by helping to protect the messenger’s health. Stop by at http://www.tealbrook.com or email them at infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)   for an email listing.
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LOOKING FOR INSURANCE?

You can get major medical for people traveling outside the USA and be fully insured with a major insurance company, plus get emergency medical evacuation and other benefits included. For info. and an application click on over to http://www.internationalhealthins.com.
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PASTORAL COUNSELING IN A CHINESE CONTEXT

Here’s a guy who is researching pastoral counseling in a Chinese context and he’s desperate for resources. If you can help, contact Scott skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   or call at 217-732-4613.
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SUMMER INSTITUTE OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

graduation cap Take part in the Summer Institute of Religious Studies (SIRS) course, “Who is My Neighbor? The Gospel in a Pluralist Society,” from Friday, July 7 to Friday, July 21. Slated for Southern California, this two-week intensive will address questions such as religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism. Where else can you attend a Messianic Synagogue, take a walking tour of Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo, and visit with a New Ager at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore. For more information, contact JSNarniaataoldotcom  (JSNarniaataoldotcom)   or the website at http://sonrise.faithweb.com.
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TOURS AND MINISTRY IN ISRAEL

World Harvest Now invites you to join them in either a summer (June 15-24) or fall tour of the Holy Land. In 1999 WHN began a partnership with a Messianic Jewish pastor to reach the Sabras (Israeli-born Jews) for Jesus. Through this partnership, WHN is able to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Israel and minister in a local Israeli church. Both tours will be small intimate groups, and led by the pastor’s wife, Pamela, who is a registered tour guide with a leading tour agency. Pamela is also a very talented artist specializing in prophetic art relating to Israel. In addition to seeing the sights, history, and culture of Israel, there will be an opportunity to participate in ministry to the Sabras people! Participants will assist the Messianic congregation with special projects which will allow you to meet, fellowship, and encourage fellow believers. For more info. write whnatwhndotorg  (whnatwhndotorg)   or call (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 888-404-3222 or 940-891-4400. The first 25 deposits will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $1000 refund!!!
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TESOL COURSE IN THE POCONO MOUNTAINS

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA, (formerly YWAM Roaring Branch) is conducting a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 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, organizers are planning an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine 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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READ ALL ABOUT THE YARSI

The Yarsi people (Dagaari Jula, Wala) had not been targeted for missions nor church-planting efforts. But now, by God’s grace, this has changed dramatically and drastically. For more info., visit http://www.peopleteams.org/yarsi or contact Albert albertsaahatafricaexpressdotcom  (albertsaahatafricaexpressdotcom)   and adopt a project. At least you can pray! Church planting efforts start in May 2000.
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HOW DO YOU RAISE FUNDS FOR SHORT-TERMERS?

dollar sign Kevin pkpatmindspringdotcom  (pkpatmindspringdotcom)   in Houston, TX, has to raise about $30K for short- termers headed to Kenya this summer. He’s looking for the philosophies, methods and programs that have actually worked for them in the past. If you’ve got some programs or approaches that have worked, drop him a note!
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PRAYER LETTER SERVICES

Boyd bgriffithatgemissiondotcom  (bgriffithatgemissiondotcom)   is gathering information about how missionaries get their prayer letters produced and distributed. If you’ve got a favorite service or one you know is doing a great job, drop him a note and he’ll share the results in a future edition of Brigada Today.
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“NO CLOSED DOORS”

Intent (formerly U.S. Association of Tentmakers) has slated its annual Conference as “Intent 2K – No Closed Doors” for June 1-4, 2000 at the Billy Graham Center Wheaton. Speakers include Bob Blincoe of Frontiers, George Miley of Antioch Network, Tim Philpot of CBMC Int’l, Joe Suozzo of Christar, & Joseph D’Souza of OM. The first half is for veteran tentmaking “Practitioners”. The Explorers Conference (for those looking into tentmaking), starts with dinner June 2 & runs till midday June 4, & includes workshops. For more information contact Intent in the USA at 630-848-6033 or by emailing LSKendrickatIntentdotorg  (LSKendrickatIntentdotorg)   or browse http://www.intent.org.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING: CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

graduation cap Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies of WEC International now trains folks for mission, whether they’re headed overseas for one year or 20! Browse http://www.WEC-int.org/cnrstone for more information. For information and application forms write 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  . Upcoming courses include:

  • 28-31 March BIBLE SURVEY – MARK;
  • 3-7 April EXPANSION OF THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT;
  • 10-14 April ISSUES RELATING TO MISSIONARY KIDS;
  • and many more too numerous to list here.

Write for the complete schedule.

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SITES FOR CENTRAL EUROPE

WebWatch Check out http://www.Citygate.org for a list of web sites of national evangelical publishing houses working in Central Europe and Russia, along with several new papers on Life in Central Europe. The compiler apparently won’t turn down donations from downloaders.
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INTERNATIONAL DATABASE FREE FOR YOUR USE

Check out www.census.gov/ipc/www/idbnew.html for an extensive resource for demographics and dependencies. There, you’ll find information from the Census Bureau, the United Nations, and various int’l statistical agencies.
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IF YOU HAVE TO BUY A VEHICLE FOR YOUR MISSION

car If you’re in the market for a good deal on a vehicle, check out these sites.

But the best one of all is http://www.carorder.com, where you can “build” your car right on the web! Take these prices into 3 of your local dealers and find out if they can match your best price! If they know you’re about to order from the web, they just might!

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GOT NEWS?

Here are some new sites to check for the latest current events:

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

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

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

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

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

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