Monthly Archives: April 2000

20000430 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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VISIT THE LANGUAGE COURSE FINDER

graduation cap Thanks to Tony for the tip for those who need to learn another language! Just visit the Language Course Finder http://www.language-learning.net/. It lists more than 6000 institutions teaching 70 different languages from Arabic to Zulu in 81 countries. It’s free and can be accessed in 22 languages! Great idea… great way to put the web to work! Thanks again, Tony!
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VIDEO CD – A VERSATILE MEDIUM

cd-rom Looking for a new way to package your latest video outreach tool? Check out Video CD (VCD). VCD technology uses an ordinary CD but with an hour of video rather than just music. It is not at all widespread in US or Europe, but the format has apparently exploded across Asia during the last two years. The film ‘Titanic’ was reportedly available on VCD in Cambodia only five days after being premiered in US. Unfortunately, this spells big-time trouble for video publishing companies, since it’s so easy to “pirate” copies. But for those wishing to pass along a message of hope, it just might make a lot more sense than using traditional VHS! Check it out!
Thanks to Tony for the idea.
(Source: Web Evangelism Bulletin, May: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webevangelismbulletin.html )
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CONFERENCE FOR MISSIONARIES ONLY

calendar Living Word Missions is inviting all cross-cultural missionaries working full-time on the foreign field to its 4th annual ‘For Missionaries Only’ Conference, July 18-22, 2000 In Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference is free to those who pre-register. This is not a “missions conference” but a “missionary’s conference” – a gathering of full-time, foreign-field missionaries for five days of fellowship, training, resource sharing, and equipping. Free Doctor, Dentist and Chiropractor examinations are available. The conference will address such topics as Strategies for Reaching Unreached People Groups, Leadership Principles, Cross-Cultural Misunderstandings, and many other missionary-related topics. To register or for Info, please email imcatmissionarydotnet  (imcatmissionarydotnet)  .
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WEB-WATCH: EMMAUS ROAD SITE GETS A MAKEOVER!

WebWatch The site, http://www.eri.org, has taken on a new look, having transitioned from an informational to a resource site. Purchase resources in a shopping cart! Click on pictures for audio/video clips; follow the seminar schedule; read short term mission trip reports; download and distribute missions articles. ERI is an educational resource for cross-cultural ministry that can help you!
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IT’S FINALLY HERE! (DOCTORAL PROGRAMME)

graduation cap It just might be the Doctoral programme [sic British spelling :-) ] you have been waiting for. BSM’s new doctoral programme called Doctor of Intercultural Studies (D.I.S), is now being offered in Singapore. All of the Professors are learned people, have earned Doctorates and are well experienced in the Asian/African cultural context. The entire programme is done under the supervision of a Guidance committee. You can be sure that it is designed with the busy Christian leader in mind. Accreditation is through the International Council of Higher Education (Zurich) and the Acts Academy of Higher Education (Bangalore). Residence is required only for the first doctoral seminar which includes orientation for the entire programme. The first Seminar/orientation (one week) is planned for late November 2000. Interested? Apply to jdjlatmaildotcom  (jdjlatmaildotcom)   or bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg  (bsmatpacificdotnetdotsg)   ASAP!!
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“TOP FIVE TIPS” FOR AVOIDING EMAIL VIRUSES

virus Did you see the “I love you” virus? A ton of people did — and lived to regret it. Have you ever seen so much instant press over anything in your life? Here are the “Top Five Tips” for avoiding “Trojan horse” type “worms” or quasi-viruses:

  1. Don’t open attachments unless you simply have to. If someone sends you a newsletter via attachment, write the individual back and let him or her know that if they’d like for you to read it, to please insert the text in the normal email text. (Hence — we never accept Brigada Today items when sent by attachment.) Remember: “Just hit delete.” It’s kind of a fun feeling if you think about it. Ka-Boom! :-)
  2. Keep your “data files” updated on your virus checker (you are running a virus-checker, aren’t you? :-) ). Once every 14 days is probably a good rule of thumb.
  3. Examine your software settings to see if there are extra safeguards you can switch “on”. For example, in Microsoft Word 2000, go to “Tools|Macros|security” and make sure it’s set to “High”.
  4. If you have an alternative to Microsoft Outlook and you can use it, then consider using it! Our entire office has switched away from Outlook. So none of the Trojans that depend on the Microsoft Office hooks will work with our software.
  5. Back up your files. Back up your files. Back up your files. :-)

By the way, Dr. Jim at CBC&S recommended another free virus checker, if you haven’t already settled on one. Check out: http://support.cai.com/Download/virussig.html#ilavwin95a

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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH!

graduation cap Check out the Adventures in English materials the EFCM International Network has put together. Each of the 12 multi-level lessons (beginning, intermediate, advanced) follows a daily life theme and contains a vocabulary section, idioms, grammar, discussion topics and numerous related activities. New for 2000 are a completely revised entry-level curriculum and a second volume of NEW multi-level material called Exploring English. For more information or a sample of the 2000 materials, contact Don Erickson at 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)   or click to http://www.efcm.org/r3/adventures.html. Adventures in English and Exploring English teaching materials can also be purchased with a credit card at NextStep Resources 800-444-BOOK or http://www.nsresources.com by clicking on the EFCA Publications button.
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HAS ANYONE SEEN A NEW WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA?

book Around the end of March, several of us ordered a copy of the new World Christian Encyclopedia from Oxford Press (and others). I believe it was supposed to be released in early April. But, having heard nothing, I’m stumped. Is it done, or is it not? Anyone have any info? Among those who would love a copy ASAP: Patrick Johnstone, author of Operation World and researcher Michael Jaffarian. Hey… I figure these kinds of guys need all the breaks they can get. Can anyone lend a hand and fill us in?
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THE BACK PAGE: SOMETIMES NOT “WHOM YOU KNOW” AFTER ALL

This week I’m in an African city (let’s leave it unidentified), trying to collect research for a long overdue Ph.D. dissertation, while soaking in info regarding opportunities and challenges for the sending agency with which I work. Today I listened to a testimony that reminded me somewhat of the old adage, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” But today I was struck by a slightly different truth: Sometimes it’s not whom you know; it’s how long you can keep on knowing him!

The testimony I heard brought tears to my eyes. Here’s a gal from Sweden who began serving at an orphanage some 20 years ago in a 10/40 Window nation (also best left unidentified). After years of laboring there, she was forced to evacuate when unfriendly forces began shelling her town. It tore at her heart though! Who would take care of the children? Not knowing what else to do, she spent her last 4 days training one of the more mature young men, a 19-year-old, to become the director. She had taught him from age 12. For over 7 years, she had invested in prayer, story-telling, and love. Now, only time would tell if he could pull off this challenge. With some 85% of the city destroyed, she had to escape.

Years later, she came back to the orphanage. The 19-year-old was much wiser, much more experienced, and . . . a very successful children’s home director. Since then, he’s taken part in a YWAM Discipleship Training School, along with two or three other YWAM programs, and now he’s helping raise up a group of believers among refugees from his homeland. The 20 or so believers in his group just might represent the world’s largest worshipping body from his unreached group. Whoa. He’s 30 now. But when he shares his testimony, I’m tellin’ ya, your heart can’t help but weep for his people… and your mind can’t help but think back to those long years that the Swedish gal invested in him. During all those years, I’m not sure she ever really saw any measurable fruit from her labor. I don’t know what she told all her supporters. But the time came when God’s plan became known to all. And now, years later, her determination is showing through.

Someone told me once that after you plant a seed for a bamboo tree, absolutely nothing happens the first year, or the second. In fact, for six years, it looks like you were just wasting your time. Then, one night in about the sixth or seventh year, a little green sprout pops it’s sleepy head up through the soil. For day after day, thereafter, I’m told that the bamboo tree can grow up to six inches per night!!! Think about that!

Oh… and guess what happened to that Sweedish gal. I bet you nearly forgot about her, didn’t you. :-) Well she didn’t forget. She never “grew weary in well-doing.” In fact, she’s laboring side-by-side with the boy she raised in the orphanage. Her determination, . . . her steadfastness, . . . her unstoppable energy . . . has made all the difference. Sometimes it’s not who you know; it’s how long you can keep on knowing him!

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000423 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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READ 240 WEB-BASED NEWSLETTERS AT ONCE!

WebWatch Want to see annotated links to editorials/articles about mission issues in 240+ web-based newsletters, magazines, and papers? Now you can. Recent articles include the first Islamic Internet Bank (formed to enable Muslims to invest more than $100 billion in companies that comply with Islamic law); drought in Afghanistan; an editorial by Jerry Rankin on partnership with local churches; and the wiring of every district in Maharashtra, India with Internet access. Check it all out at http://www.missionreview.com.
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THE JOY OF COMMUNICATING THE GOOD NEWS!

Just what you’ve been waiting for: communication planning made easier! Take a look at the whimsical and different communication strategy planning website for missionaries newWway.org. This month newWway has added some helpful articles from communication professionals, including several never before seen on the Internet from Global Media services MediaNet. The articles include production planning tips for advocacy brochures, newsletters, videos, and more. Learn some basics of communication planning, how to network for results, do surveys, etc. You can also get ready for stateside assignment with an article about “Mission Fair Savoir Faire.” Everything you liked from the last issues of newWway.org is still there and they have a new look too. As always everything on the site is free and fun! http://www.newWway.org
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ORDER DIRECTLY FROM AUDIO SCRIPTURES

cassette Audio Scriptures International is praising God for copyright permission given recently by Zondervan Publishing House for all ASI recordings using the NIV text. ASI’s narration of the entire New Testament was done in Singapore for a target audience whose first language is other than English. It is a beautiful narration, read at slightly slower speed with a careful interpretation as to the meaning of the text. It is listed on ASI’s catalog on their website, http://www.audioscriptures.org A beautiful album of this special reading of the New Testament is yours for a suggested donation of $20.00. Mailing address is: Audio Scriptures International, P. O. Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046 or make your request via the internet.
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NEWS WITH A RIGHT-SIDE-UP WORLD VIEW

letter and ligntening bolt If you’re interested in news from a Christian perspective, Charisma Newsservice can send a daily e- mail update (M-F, no holidays). Each day includes 3 short news stories and a “Persecution Watch”, relating a situation in a country where it is difficult to be a Believer. The news stories often relate to a unique outreach of a church, a celebrity (ie Payne Stewart), or a public policy story. For a free subscription, go to http://www.charismanews.com, enter your e-mail address in the “subscribe” area and then click on “subscribe”. (You can unsubscribe the same way).
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CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING IN EASTERN EUROPE/CIS

comic bearThe ROX35 COMIX trainings in Romania and Ukraine will be held on Saturday 10 June 2000 in Oradea and Tuesday 13 June 2000 in Kiev. For registration information for Romania contact: Lorri Compton at EEMTI 101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom  (101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom)   and for Ukraine please contact: Igor Agapov institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua  (institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua)  . These will be the only ROX35 trainings in this area in 2000, so all interested ministries and individuals in Europe, CIS, or the Middle East should plan to register now for one of these events. The ROX35 web site is located at http://www.rox35.org or send email to ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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2001PRAY – PRAY ‘ROUND AFRICA YES!

praying hands Some believers have felt led to organize a multi-denominational prayer commitment called 2001 PRAY. It is the desire of those to whom God has given this vision to sensitize the world to the great spiritual and physical needs on the continent of Africa, enabling them to become effective intercessors. All denominations and agencies are asked to seek God’s leadership in developing their individual plans for involvement in the joy and privilege of praying for Africa. Some suggestions which have been made are: One day of prayer for the continent of Africa on the 3rd of August, 2001; an emphasis upon prayerwalking in Africa, June – August of 2001 – a time when both young and old may be able to participate. God will surely bless the prayers of His people as they intercede on behalf of the unreached peoples of Africa. For more information see the website: http://www.2001Pray.org.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM NORTH AFRICA

world globe Most of North Africa’s Berber people are strong Muslims and oppose the gospel. One Berber woman has secretly helped translate the whole New Testament, the Jesus Film and children’s videos. She believes that God’s timing for her people has clearly arrived, and reports that many underground churches have started. Some time ago, she underwent surgery. The doctors accidentally gave her too much anesthetic, and she slept for 7 hours after the operation. When she woke up, the hospital staff told her that she had worshipped Jesus for hours – in her sleep! If Muslim fundamentalists had heard it, her life would have been in danger. Instead, the two Muslim nurses who had looked after her asked her how they could accept Jesus into their lives!
(Source: Partners International, http://www.partnersintl.org via FRIDAYFAX Issue 17, 28 April, 2000.)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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WAP THE GOSPEL

WAP device WAP is the new kid on the block. The latest generation of cellphones can access parts of the Internet by the WAP ‘Wireless Application Protocol’ technology.

Only sites written for WAP phones can be accessed – not ‘ordinary’ web- pages. The requirements for WAP pages are very different.

This new technology offers a fresh way of using the Internet to share the Gospel. Some believe that Christians should be in at the beginning of this latest communications revolution. The online Web Evangelism Guide has launched a growing section to explaining how Christians can use WAP http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/wap.html. Soon, evangelistic web-sites and church pages will be able to offer messages, news, and even audio/video direct to cellphone users. The future is here, and it is exciting!

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FREE VIRUS-CHECKERS

virus Yikes. gulp I’ve received 3 virus (“actually trojan horse worms”) programs via email in the past 2 weeks! Now there’s a new software available on the Net from which one can detect a lot of virus programs from emails one receives. If you’d like to “protect yourself”, download the software at http://www.grisoft.com and follow instructions. F-Prot is another antivirus program and F-Prot is totally free. Find it at http://www.complex.is/f-prot/.
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FREE COPIES OF THE 2000 EDITIONS OF INTO ALL THE WORLD

book That’s right! The “annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook,” and/or SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TODAY are still available for your use this spring and summer. Contact Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)  . Please request at least 10 total copies (between the two magazines). A modest invoice for the out-of-pocket S&H costs will be included. But, if you don’t have the budget but still need the magazines, just let Bill know that in your e-mail and the copies you request will be shipped.
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ISFM CONFERENCE: NOTE THESE DATES!

calendar The International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM) has announced its Fall 2000 Conference. All are invited and encouraged to attend. The dates immediately precede the EFMA Conference and will be at the same location. This will take place at the Simpsonwood Conference Center near Atlanta, GA and will begin Sunday, Sept 17 through Monday Sept 18 (The EFMA Conference begins Monday evening, Sept 18). More details will follow. For a brochure and registration form, contact Dave DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg  (DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg)   or call 626-398-2336.
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CATCH AN EXTRA “Z”

lighting the way Oops! Last week’s “WHO WANTS TO BE A KNOW-IT-ALL?” failed to include the two necessary “z” letters in abuzz.com . Once again, that site for questions and answers is http://www.abuzz.com. Please forgive any inconvenience!
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STRATEGIC NETWORK IS SUCCESS

WebWatch Don’t forget to check out http://www.strategicnetwork.org. They have the capacity for you to post prayer items, web links, newsletters, documents, host discussion groups, and much more. If you would be interested in moderating a web site for a particular people group, please contact Justin JustinLongatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (JustinLongatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  , or write his capable assistant, KristinReegatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (KristinReegatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  . (this goes ditto for anyone else wanting to host an area). We can set up a quick reference like http://kui.strategicnetwork.org too.
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THE BACKPAGE: MANY HANDS MAKE FOR LESS WORK

open hand open hand open hand open hand open hand open hand

Recently six of our International Services staff at Team Expansion teamed up to carry a giant log out of our office’s back yard. None of us could have possibly lifted it individually, but with 6 of us heaving together, it actually didn’t seem all that heavy for any of us.

Life is like that too, you know. The old phrase, “Many hands make for less work,” rings true time and time again. Just think about it. . . we still have hundreds of millions of people who haven’t even heard about Jesus for the first time. For any one church or mission to tackle the whole globe — well it would be outlandish! But with God as our helper, standing shoulder to shoulder, one people group at a time, we’re seeing progress! Some researchers believe world evangelism really hit stride during the 90s . . . and that as far as making a difference among the unreached, the last 10 years have been among the most effective in recent history.

How ’bout your church or mission? Are you “sold out” to making a difference among some unreached group(s)? If not, why not? Many hands make for less work. Just ask Nehemiah . . . who attempted a seemingly impossible task. Nehemiah chapter 3 is a kind of “hall of fame” of all the folks that joined hands to complete the task.

Let’s dedicate ourselves anew to the awesome task of finishing the Great Commission. If we lift the load together, many hands will truly make for less work!

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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)  >.”
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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)  .

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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!

20000416 Brigada Today

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CHRIST IS RISEN – HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!

May Resurrection Sunday be a blessed day in the lives of you and those you love! While serving in what used to be called the Soviet Union back in 1991, my family and I were struck by the greeting our friends used on Easter Sunday. “Christ is risen,” someone would say. The “official” answer was “He is risen indeed!” On this Easter weekend, 2000, we pray for peace on earth… and that all those on this earth would finally have access to the peace that can come through knowing Jesus Christ as savior and redeemer.
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JUST FOR FUN: EASTER EGGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD

Brigada autoresponder Okay… so what do mission-types do in their spare time on Easter weekend? Well, at least one (in Northeastern Ohio, USA) collects surprises for us! :-) Walle wrote this weekend to provide us with a whole basket full of what are commonly called “Easter eggs” — special features in the programs you’ve been using all along, “features” you didn’t know you had! :-) You’ve got to see these to believe them. What do they communicate? One thing for sure. Some conclude that these programmers have a sense of humor. Others say they have too much time on their hands. :-) Still others say it just contributes to the “code bloat” that we already complain about when we see software coming on 4 CDs! No matter how the eggs crack though, I guess these programmer guys and gals type on their keyboards way into the night, coding the zillions of lines of programming… so when they’re nearly done, they want to leave a kind of “secret passageway” into a trademark or a special picture or special credits or whatever. It’s like finding a “trap door” in your computer! Walle’s collected a whole batch — and links to still others. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, get his 4K list of items in Windows 98, Excel, Internet Explorer, Netscape, and more, just send a note to easter-eggsatBrigadadotorg  (easter-eggsatBrigadadotorg)  . Okay, okay . . . I know… it’s kind of silly. But hey… being a missionary-type isn’t all work and no play! :-) Thanks Walle!
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REGISTER FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION CONNECTION

Become a part of a worldwide movement of The Holy Spirit, in a fast track fulfillment of the Great Commission, co-laboring with Southern Baptist International Mission Board, Campus Crusade for Christ and others. Send your name, church, people group, para-church ministry, or individual registration. Receive from Sharing Christ Ministries, the Great Commission Package, Contact Sharing Christ Ministries at flasecretaryataoldotcom  (flasecretaryataoldotcom)  , at 904-615-1411 or visit the website at http://www.sharechrist.org.
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LAY PERSONS AND MISSIONS PERSONNEL

lighting the way Campus Crusade for Christ is continuing to ask for assistance with a leadership research project. They need a large number of people to fill out an anonymous on-line survey to help test the questionnaire items. You need not be a missionary — laypersons are welcome to participate. The web address in last week’s Brigada did not work for all e-mail clients, so please use http://home.ccci.org/cccsurvey/index.html. The more people who fill it out, the better, so pass the word! The survey will be available until May 5. Those who participate will be able to see some of the results online.
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WEB-WATCH: TRACTS IN SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES

WebWatch Ever notice the way the web has “leveled the playing field” for start-up ministries, right along side the “heavy hitters” in a particular industry? For example, visit http://www.multilingual-southasian.com if you need tracts and booklets in Tamil or some other South Asian language. How would we have ever heard about these folks without the web? But do they have to be a big shop to have an online catalogue for global marketing? Not any more. The Internet has opened their shop for global business!
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NEW LAW PROTECTING KIDS ON THE WEB

WebWatch Interested in learning more about the new law that went into effect April 21, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)? Sharon shindleatptddotnet  (shindleatptddotnet)   pointed out that we can click on http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm for more information. Thanks Sharon!
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FOR THOSE SEEKING INFORMATION ON ISLAM

Keith wrote this past week to recommend “Call of Hope” and its two associated ministries. They carry materials in the largest twenty Muslim languages, with hopes of providing Muslims (and those sharing with them) more information about the person of Jesus and His hope for mankind. He spoke very highly of Call of Hope, Germany infoatcall-of-hopedotcom  (infoatcall-of-hopedotcom)  , http://www.call-of-hope.com; and The Good Way, Switzerland, infoatthe-good-waydotcom  (infoatthe-good-waydotcom)  , http://www.the.good.way.com, and Light of Life, Austria, responseatlight-of-lifedotcom  (responseatlight-of-lifedotcom)  , http://www.light-of-life.com.
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NEW PRAYER NETWORK

praying hands Netprayers is the new Christian prayer network at http://www.netprayers.org (English) and http://www.netprayers.de (German). Netprayers wants to encourage Christians to pray more and pray with more joy — and with the pace of their site’s development, I’d say they stand a good chance! Lots of resources there… and more coming all the time. The goal is to “strengthen the body of believers to the glory of God.” Netprayers wants to “provide a pool of resources for the praying Christian.” You will find news, tips and hints, resources and articles on prayer on our website — and it’s all done very attractively, too, I might add. A country almanac will start soon. They also support different prayer sites on the web, such as the lighthouse movement, NPPN, etc. For more information, contact Achim blacksteinatnetprayersdotde  (blacksteinatnetprayersdotde)  . This site must originate in Germany. Great work Achim!
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TRY A MOTORHOME ON YOUR NEXT HOME SERVICE!

Brigada autoresponder Okay… so now you’ve heard everything, right? :-) But I’m serious. I received a note this past week from Marco marcodotdefeliceattindotit  (marcodotdefeliceattindotit)  . He’s a strong believer in missionaries using motor homes during their furloughs (or, as some say these days, “home service”). He wrote up his views and we’ve put them into an autoresponder. Just write motorhome-serviceatbrigadadotorg  (motorhome-serviceatbrigadadotorg)   if you’re interested in getting his 6K document. I realize that this way of thinking will fit in best in a Western setting . . . but we figure over half our readers are from the West anyway… so we offer this item without apology, in case others find motorhome-service as fulfilling as Marco. Interested? Send the email & get the article.
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NOT TO LATE [BUT ALMOST!] TO LEARN ABOUT HINDU PEOPLES

The Institute of Hindu Studies and the India Center for Mission will be conducting a 10 hour Hindu Awareness Seminar on April 28 from 6 – 9 p.m. and 29th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. If interested, call (626)398-2314 or email ihsatuscwmdotorg  (ihsatuscwmdotorg)   for more details.
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CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COMES TO EASTERN EUROPE/CIS

comic bearThe ROX35 COMIX training schedule for 2000 includes 1 day seminars in both Romania and Ukraine. These introductory courses will cover Writing & Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. (It is not a drawing course.) Christian writers, artists, and publishing executives will benefit from these seminars. The trainer will be Nate Butler, a 20+ year veteran of the cartooning and comics industry (Archie, Marvel, DC, Muppets, etc.). For registration information on the Romania seminar please contact: Lorri Compton at EEMTI 101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom  (101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom)  . For the program in Ukraine please contact: Igor Agapov institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua  (institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua)  . These will be the only ROX35 trainings in this area in 2000, so all interested ministries and individuals in Europe, CIS, or the Middle East should plan to register now for one of these events. The ROX35 web site is located at http://www.rox35.org or send email to ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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WHO WANTS TO BE A KNOW-IT-ALL?

These days, you can find out a lot if you know where to pose the question. The web has opened up a world full of information. Check out http://www.abuzz.com, where you can pose questions to a circle of users. The answers are sent via email. Then there’s http://www.askme.com, where you ask “experts”, who answer you directly. These seem better than http://www.knowpost.com, where some answers can seem pretty useless.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW CAN WE USE THE WORDS “ETHNIC CLEANSING?”

The more I see of so-called “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia & Kosova, the more ridiculous I view the concept. How in the world can any one man or ethnic group be so presumptuous as to think that another man or ethnic group deserves to be wiped off the face of the planet merely because of heritage or language. In about 10 days, I’m scheduled to leave for a country in East Africa where literally hundreds of thousands of tribal people have been murdered in the name of clan in-fighting. I’m reading everything I can get my hands on . . . but again, I’m stymied. What is it about the parts of humanity who claim to have the corner on which other parts of humanity to eliminate? I mean… there certainly are folks with whom I would disagree… but it never occurs to me to burn their house down in hopes they’ll move to a different country!!!

So then I got to thinking… How much more acceptable is it for me to sit back and let those kinds of injustices go on in our world today! Is it any wonder that various national leaders have recently been rising to the task of sending in troops to put a stop to ethnic-based rape or torture? I’m afraid we as church leaders have, for too long, left these questions up to political leaders. We’ve somehow divorced ourselves from the core of the conflict. We’ve remained ignorant at best… or apathetic at worst… to “big-picture” problems involving such national movements.

So when I land in this East African nation, I’m going to be asking… what piece can I play… what [even small] part could I contribute… How could the organization with which I serve be involved in healing even one small community rift… if God would allow.

Somehow it seems that if all of us asked those questions, in all the different parts of the globe in which we live, the world would somehow be a better place.

I won’t be happy until the term “ethnic cleansing” is relegated to the history books, rather than being prime-time on the evening news.

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GREAT NEW SITE TEACHES FOREIGN LANGUAGES ONLINE!

WebWatch What’s the sum of two guys who each speak five languages, attended Harvard Business School, and worked as McKinsey consultants? Parlo. http://www.parlo.com that is. The new Web company they started is trying to be a “Berlitz of the Internet,” offering foreign-language courses to students worldwide. It hopes to attract students by offering ways to study language and culture using audio and graphics technology, and to create Web communities through chat rooms and email. “It’s a lot more than classic textbooks and CD-ROM,” says Varun Bedi. Thanks to Neil for the tip. I enrolled in the Spanish class, just to see how far I could go . . . and it was great fun!!! Check it out!!!
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NEW ROSETTA STONE LANGUAGES AVAILABLE ON CD ROM

cd-rom Okay – so say you don’t want to study language only on the web – you want a real CD that you can pop into your computer. Never fear… Rosetta stone is here. Hindi, Arabic, and Turkish Language CD’s are some of the new languages that are available from The Rosetta Stone Language Library. They are available exclusively for missionaries through Mission Training International at a low discount price of $99. plus shipping. This brings the total to 24 languages that are available. To place an order, call 800-896-3710 (if you live in North Am.) or 719-594-0687, or email MInternataoldotcom   (MInternataoldotcom)  . For more information concerning Mission Training International, go to http://www.mti.org.
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CAPITAL FOR YOUR VENTURE?

dollar sign A “Kingdom” venture capital group is raising funds to be invested solely in enterprises of exceptional merit which are operating or preparing to operate in or in support of the 10/40 window. The group is now searching for top grade businesses which will meet standard venture capital expectations — e.g., a promise a likelihood of return on investment and a clear vision with an executable ministry function, preferably to include church planting, evangelism, or discipleship. The group’s involvement will include both management and ministry guidance; it will not be a “loan,” but an investment. Minimum investment will be $100,000. If you or any colleagues know of opportunities to investigate, contact vcatoperatorservicesdotcom  (vcatoperatorservicesdotcom)  .
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HELP WITH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP RESEARCH

Campus Crusade for Christ is developing a leadership assessment tool, for which they need some assistance. It’s in a research phase, and they need a large number of people to fill out an anonymous on-line survey to help test the questionnaire items. You need not be a missionary — lay persons are welcome to participate. The web address is http://home.ccci.org/cccsurvey/index.html. The more people who fill it out, the better, so pass the word! The survey will be available until May 5. Those who participate will be able to see some of the results online.
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IJFM MAKES SPECIAL OFFER TO BRIGADA FAMILY

book The International Journal of Frontier Missions (IJFM) is publishing two (possibly three) Special Editions on Muslim Contextualization this year. They’re inviting Muslim focused mission agencies and workers to submit articles (get guidelines by writing 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  ). To celebrate, they’re giving away three Special Editions on Islam free of charge (if you become a regular subscriber of the IJFM). To qualify, you have to take out a new three year subscription worth $40.00US. Just ask for the 3 free issues and you’re in business! (If you’re in a sensitive area, write the CServe address above and they’ll work out an encrypted email to you.)

While you’re at it, they’re promoting some special training for cross-cultural workers, too. So if you’re interested in that kind of thing, ask away — 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  . Thanks IJFM!

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FINAL ANALYSIS: GREAT BOOK!

book If you’ve been a fan of Jim Reapsome’s editorial column in Pulse newsletters, you’ll love the book by the same name, Final Analysis. It’s a 240-page hardcover compilation of tons of his Pulse write-ups. Lots of thought went into those pieces… and the book brings them all together. It’s $14.95 from EMIS emisatwheatondotedu  (emisatwheatondotedu)  , fax 630-752-7155.
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WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA: PAY THE PIPER

lighting the way Evidently, there’s no free lunch. Stan contacted us this past week to let us know that the discounted site we had mentioned a couple of weeks ago (was it “Bigbooks.com?”) wasn’t able to get a discount on Barrett’s World Christian Encyclopedia after all. But fortunately, Oxford has renewed their special offer to Brigada customers. Again, mention that you saw it in Brigada and ask for the special introductory offer until the end of April ($70 off the US$395 price). Apparently that’s the best we can do. 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.
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HOW DO MISSIONARIES GET LOANS FOR HOUSING?

Jason’s a missionary CCIBrasilatxcdotorg  (CCIBrasilatxcdotorg)   and he needs to buy a house. But nobody in his host country will loan to him because he’s a foreigner there. Got any ideas for him? (Jason, email us a report if you get some tips, okay? Best of luck. We’ll publish the tips here later for all to see.)
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MISSIONARIES FEEL GUILTY TALKING ABOUT VACATIONS

Several readers wrote, asking why in the world I (Doug) felt guilty talking about my family taking a vacation. (Remember I felt the need to clarify that we paid for the airfare with frequent flyer miles.) I guess there’s the kind of fear that present or potential supporters will think, “Hey… if the guy can vacation in a rainforest, near a volcano, why should we support him or his mission?” :-) So the readers wrote to say not to sweat it. They wanted it to be a normal thing to talk about real family vacations. They’re probably right . . . but I still feel guilty. :-) Still, I’ll try to lighten up. :-) And the truth is, we could have never afforded the trip if we were to have had to pay for it with real money. Oops — there I go again. :-)
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SHARING GOD’S LOVE WITH A CANADIAN

graduation cap Ivan wrote this past week to invite those who live in the Greater Toronto Area to a set of Saturday classes regarding the beliefs of Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. Those participating will broaden their understanding and appreciation of these world religions with the hopes of being better friends and neighbors. Some graduates of the course might also learn to share their own views of God in more appropriate ways. The deadline for applications is May 1. Better contact Marty today at 800-295- 4158 or imdotmartydotfriskatsympaticodotca  (imdotmartydotfriskatsympaticodotca)  .
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GO TO THE NETHERLANDS TO BRUSH UP YOUR ENGLISH

graduation cap Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies in the Netherlands is offering the course English For Missions at intermediate level, for future missionaries, other missionaries who need to brush up their English, those interested in missions or heading for bible college, and even parents of missionaries who plan to visit their kids. Dates are 17 July – 11 August 2000. Their asking 800 Dutch Guilders (ask for info on special prices for students/missios) everything included. It includes up to 3 hrs of classes and 3 hrs of practical work a day in an English speaking environment. For more info on the college or course go to http://www.WEC-int.org/cnrstone or write 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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THE BACK PAGE: “DISABLE WINS RESOLUTION”

I couldn’t believe it. I had just picked up a brand new Dell 3800 laptop. It was a great little machine… and fast too. But … it just wouldn’t download my email. I tried everything. I mean . . . I probably stayed up for 3 nights in a row, ’til like 2 or 3 in the morning, trying to reinstall this or reconfigure that. I called my Internet Service Provider (good ‘ole Netcom) and, with all due respect, the first two reps. with which I talked were pretty clueless. They tried basic stuff… but it was obvious they were blaming it on my install of Windows or on the modem or whatever. That was when I met Sherry. She was the third Netcom tech I had called. I was getting desperate. Email was bound to be piling up. But this nasty error 501 kept showing up. She did some checking, then came back and directed me to the properties of my Network Neighborhood. (“Great,” I thought. “Like 20 other people haven’t already checked there.”) This time, she told me to click on the properties for my TCP/IP connection… then to click on the “Wins Configuration” tab. (I’m sure this must be standard stuff you check every time you have this problem, right? :-) ) Then she popped the question: [don’t worry; my wife didn’t mind a bit!] “Is your Wins Resolution disabled?” Well honestly, no one had ever asked me that before! Not my buddies Eric or Chris… not our I.T. guy Todd, not my wife Penny, nor either of my sons Chris or Caleb… In fact, nobody had ever questioned my Wins Configuration! (Imagine!) Well, you can already guess what happened. Sure enough, I disabled it (whatever Wins Configuration is!), causing my laptop to whir and churn a bit… then restarted. Lo and behold… for the first time in days, I got email!

So I asked Sherry — how was it that she knew how to help me yet her other two compadres had come up empty-handed? She replied, with a seeming shrug of her shoulders, “I’ve helped someone else with it before!” :-)

I got to thinking, later, as I was writing a thank-you note to Netcom for Sherry’s wisdom, isn’t it like that in life? Sometimes the answers are out there. Just the right language program. Just the right orientation. The correct strategy. The exact person we need for the job. The trouble is . . . finding them.

People tell me that a big company in Detroit once hired Henry Ford to come fix their big motor that powered their entire factory assembly line there in Michigan. Henry Ford was there about 5 minutes, listening to the motor. He shut it down… made one adjustment, then fired it up again and it worked like a charm. Apparently the owner was amazed. However, when he got Henry Ford’s bill for $10,000, his amazement quickly soured. $10,000!!!??? He called Henry and asked why so much. After all, it only took him 10 minutes to solve the problem. Henry replied that the answers needed to fix the engine had taken a lifetime to learn. Would the owner have paid him $10,000 if it had taken a month to repair? The owner replied “Probably.” Then Ford responded, “Then the bill remains. $10,000.”

I tell this story not to run up your next consulting fees. :-) (Though, by the way, my sending elders just voted me a 7% raise! :-) ) Rather, I’m trying to make this point: Experience is certainly worth its due payment. As mission agencies and churches, for too long, we’ve underpaid our missionaries and helpers. As a result, they’ve had to rely on the charity of others to survive during sickness, retirement, and in the special challenges of life. I was shocked recently to learn that the average salary in the business world for someone with a Masters Degree was $60,000+. I know tons of missionaries with MA degrees who are very contented with $30,000/year. (Needless to say, I’m nowhere near the $60,000 mark and I’m nearly done with my Ph.D. :-) )

So if the Lord blesses your church, why not contact your missionary or missions agency today and suggest a raise for your favorite worker. Then, as you help them up off the floor, tell them you’ll help pay for the increased financial burden, if God so blesses you — and . . . maybe watch the tears form in their eyes… tears of joy. If they’re churning the grain, don’t muzzle the ox. That is . . . if they are the type to remember to have you check your “wins configuration.” :-) That is the kind of person to make sure you treat with special consideration!!! :-)

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

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LAST WEEK’S EDITION MISDATED

Brigada Logo I guess it’s better to be early than late… but last week’s edition of Brigada Today took things just a little too far! :-) Our apologies! (The issue date should have been March 31st . . . but it went out with a date of April 7th.) We dated this issue April “7b” because now there’s no way to correct last week’s snafu. Actually, I was several thousand miles away from home on a family vacation while composing, sleep-keyboarding and sending the text. I’m surprised I remembered my name! :-) Again, we apologize for any confusion.
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LATEST FROM THE JOSHUA PROJECT

Joshua Project 2000 logo Faithful Dan… If anybody ever wanted a consistent data manager, this guy would be the guy. From the AD2000 & Beyond International Office in Colorado Springs, Dan Scribner has released the current status of the Joshua Project list as of this month:

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1591
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1115
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 528
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 255

You’ll recall that this listing focuses on ethnolinguistic people groups of 10,000 or more with fewer than 5% Christian and 2% evangelicals.

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THE BASICS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING OVERSEAS

graduation cap Columbia International University will be offering a course on the basics of English language teaching overseas from June 5th to the 14th, 2000. This course is an introduction for volunteers teaching English overseas. It is designed for the native-English speaker and includes info on principles, course and lesson planning, and the four macro- skills of language – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also discussed is the role culture plays in language learning and the importance of cross-cultural sensitivity in ELT ministry. For more information, please contact Joe JLeTexieratciudotedu  (JLeTexieratciudotedu)   or call 800-777-2227, or visit their website at http://www.ciu.edu/.
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TONS OF IDEAS FOR MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISING

Brigada autoresponder Kevin held up his end of the bargain (Thanks Kevin!). Now you can benefit. To read Kevin’s great summary of resources and approaches for funding short-term mission trips, just send an email to fundraisingatbrigadadotorg  (fundraisingatbrigadadotorg)   and our the autoresponder service will zip a copy of the 28K file forthwith to your inbox. Way to go Kevin! We’re anticipating that this will be one of our most popular autoresponders ever.
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SURVEYING THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES

Tentmaking Quarterly Research is conducting a survey to gain a clearer understanding of what is happening among the unreached — and especially in the 10/40 Window. Organizers say that the information is secure. More information and the survey itself may be found at: http://tmq.antioch.com.sg. The great part is . . . you don’t have to give your name nor the country in which you live. But as always, please give only the information you’re comfortable providing.
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… AND SURVEYING THOSE WHO ARE ADVOCATES

More and more media are being used by teams to raise various types of support. In order to take a look at the state of the communication process a missions researcher is conducting a survey project. The web-based survey only has 14 questions, mostly checking boxes. You can access the survey by clicking the link below, or pasting it into your browser address window. The website results are on a secure server that can only be accessed by password. You will not need to give your name. The author is pleading for participants for the survey which ends in May. Act fast and click the link below! http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?EP741GKA08LJJSHHVL4Q9HCF
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NEW RESOURCE FOR PASTORS & INTERCESSORS!

Authors Eddie & Alice Smith are offering a new resource for pastors and intercessors interested in developing meaningful ministry partnerships. For more information, send a “blank” email message to: partnershipbookatusprayertrackdotorg  (partnershipbookatusprayertrackdotorg)  .
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REACH IMMIGRANTS BY RADIO IN THE U.S.

According to friends at Global Radio Outreach, the FCC has a new radio service called “Low Power FM” allowing for small, cheap FM stations in gaps between regular ones. It’s a community radio service, but would permit stations in cities, where huge concentrations of immigrants live. Missionary broadcasters already produce programs in their languages for use overseas, but could now re-use them to reach multiplied millions of immigrants! However, there’s a bill in the House to kill LPFM before it starts. It seems sure to pass unless we act. Pray that the bill fails! And call your congressman and ask him/her to kill Rep. Oxley’s bill against LPFM! Talk to an aide if you can. For info contact Mike Bond, Global Radio Outreach, 906-226-2129 gloradoutataoldotcom  (gloradoutataoldotcom)   or see the FCC’s website at http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/.
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WORLD LANGUAGE MATERIALS

Multi-Language Media sells a large assortment of Christian materials for evangelism, discipling, and personal devotion in dozens of languages both common and obscure. Their 2000 catalog is 48 well organized pages loaded with scriptures, videos, books, tracts, Bible studies, music recordings and other Christian materials in about 100 languages all at attractive prices. They’re on the web at http://www.multilanguage.com or email them via mlminfoatmultilanguagedotcom  (mlminfoatmultilanguagedotcom)   or write Multi-Language Media, PO Box 301, Ephrata PA 17522, 717-738-0582.
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BRIGADA-OPPORTUNITIES CAN OPEN DOORS

Brigada Logo Looking for something to do this summer? Check out Brigada-Opportunities! There you’ll find, for example, opportunities in China and in St. Petersburg, Russia (for those with some teaching experience). They need ESL teachers for teaching English to High School Students and Teachers of English beginning July 2. Contact infoatmfestdotbcdotca  (infoatmfestdotbcdotca)  . Or other options in South Africa, Venezuela, Bolivia, Varanassi (India).
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COMMUNICATION PLANNING IDEAS

WebWatch A new website for missionaries in media-saturated environments is underway. http://www.newWway.org is building a helpful resource for communication planning. This free web- based educational ministry gets tips from professional marketers, advertisers, researchers, public relations professionals, and more to help teams in communication planning. Missionaries will learn design basics, strategic planning and other communication tips all taylor-made to fit with the missionary’s planning process. You’ll enjoy the article by former Madison Avenue advertiser Ginger Sinsabaugh tells, “How to Advertise Your Faith”. Check it out!
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CROSS-CULTURAL PREP. IN TORONTO

graduation cap Are you preparing to go overseas as a Short Term or career missionary? MissionPrep in Toronto, Canada has cross-cultural training to meet your needs. Consider their 3-day Orientation 4-6 May or their Language training 18-30 June. A generic cross-cultural training seminar 4-19 July will help develop your skills to face many of the adaptation issues most missionaries face. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or browse http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep.
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THE BACK PAGE: OUR FAMILY, TRIED BY THE VOLCANO

I had always heard of those chilling tales about how a whole village would throw someone’s firstborn into a volcano to appease a god or goddess . . . but I never thought I’d become one!!! This past week, we visited a live volcano on a family vacation. [Before you jump to conclusions, let me hasten to add that we paid for it almost entirely with frequent flyer miles! :-) ] Although nobody said a word about human sacrifice, at one point, things grew pretty tense.

We arrived about sundown at what we had been told was the scene of the lava flow. However, all we could see was a faint red glow in the shimmering sky, just over the hill off in the distance. We immediately took off walking across the brittle lava formations. They crackled under our feet and, at times, we had to edge our way around steep cliffs or leap over gaping fissures. It was strange knowing that we were walking on earth that was less than a year old.

Caleb, our youngest, wasn’t too sure about the wisdom of our hike. We had come here primarily because of his interest in the fiery infernos, but now that it was dark . . . and what with that red glow in the sky looking pretty ominous, I think he would have just as soon taken home a postcard.

But the ridge looked so close… I estimated it was only a mile or so away. We soon reached a boulder-sized formation, still cracklin’-fresh with crunchy black glass-like deposits throughout. We climbed to the top and stood in awe of God’s power. After a few moments of sobering silence, I asked if anyone thought we should walk on, toward the ridge. By now it was pitch black. We each had a flashlight with us, but no one knew for sure how long the batteries would last . . . nor for sure how far away the ridge was. Was it safe to try to cross a rough lava field in the middle of the night, just to see the molten stuff forming new earth?

We agreed to walk on, though Caleb did so under duress. A few minutes later, he was tired, thirsty, and feeling light-challenged. He began rather softly, “I think it’s too dangerous.” Within a matter of minutes, however, his stress level had risen to its boiling point. It didn’t help matters that it seemed at that point that we were the only humans within miles. And when my wife, Penny, slipped on a ledge and landed hard on her knees, he pretty much crashed. “This is crazy. We could die! We could slip down one of these fissures and break our legs!” Although we doubted his death scenario, we all knew he was right about the potential for a broken bone. It was too rough, too black, and too windy. At the same time, all of us were kind of wishing we could see that lava flow. And it did look “just over the next ridge.”

I finally called a “family meeting.” We pulled together into a tight circle and prayed, asking God for wisdom. I prayed that God would help Caleb just put one foot in front of the next and think about the process rather than the outcome. I asked for endurance. We prayed for determination.

But still, within a minute or so, it was pretty obvious. Caleb was miserable. Who were we fooling. I quoted some Star Trek episode about how sometimes ‘the needs of the one sometime outweigh the needs of the many’ and said ‘enough was enough.’ Taking one last glance at the ever- brighter red glow, we turned back. Caleb insisted on holding my hand… and he kept asking me to tell him stories about how I had gone through stressful times and survived. Once, when he stumbled, his older brother came over to help him up. His mom shined her flashlight into his path so he could see every stone. Truly, we rallied around him the whole hike back to the Blazer we had rented (with frequent flyer miles, by the way! :-) )

Were we dismal failures? Not by a long shot. For the next 45 minutes, we debriefed as we drove back through the rain forest. Caleb repeated over and over again how much he appreciated everyone listening to him. And his older brother said what we were all feeling — that the whole experience had brought us closer as a family.

Which brings me to the point of it all — sometimes life’s greatest lessons come only through fiery cauldrons that bring our blood to a near boil. Sometimes the deepest meanings in life flow in the midst of the toughest quests imaginable. We could have been at home, in air- conditioned comfort, watching the NCAA final basketball game (many probably were). But would we have learned how an entire team sometimes has to rally around the needs of one or two members? Would we have come to appreciate each other the way we did that night? I don’t think so. Nope. The best things in life probably come at a price . . . and at times, that price is our own comfort.

So next time you feel pushed out of your comfort zone… just remember that steel doesn’t reach tempered strength until it passes through the fire. And they tell me that gold isn’t worth much until it’s melted and purified. So next time we face the red glow of our own trials, let’s open our eyes to see what God is teaching us. Maybe… just maybe… the greatest lessons will be crinkling right under our feet!

Doug

PS. (By the way, in case you were wondering, I asked Caleb’s permission to share this story. :-) He’s a great little buddy.)

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