Monthly Archives: June 2000

20000625 Brigada Today

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TEACH TESL FROM YOUR HOME COMPUTER

WebWatch Sojourners Ministries wishes to announce its new opportunity for the English-speaking Church to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) from the security of their home computer. Sojourners is now seeking Institutions (churches, colleges or community groups) who desire to make their faith real and practical. Please visit http://www.cyberesl.org for more details. The password “general” (without the quote marks of course) will provide access to the Professors’ Menu. There are 10 levels of instructions for students and teachers, ranging from the very beginner to the advanced. ESL curriculum, training and support will be provided. Now the Church can touch the world for Jesus by using their home computer as a ministry center! Contact the director by email at directoratcyberesldotorg  (directoratcyberesldotorg)  .
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MISSION FRONTIERS HAS GREAT MAPS/CHARTS FOR FREE!

10/40 windowIf you haven’t stopped by http://www.missionfrontiers.org lately, now’s the time. Click on the “read latest issue” button and check out the “free charts and maps” link near the bottom. You’ll be amazed at what you can read in PDF format! Great stuff. Thanks Mission Frontiers!
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URBANA 2000 STUDENT MISSION CONVENTION

calendar Thousands of college students and recent alumni will worship, pray, and explore one of the world’s largest missions fairs. Urbana 2000, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s nineteenth triennial student mission convention, is December 27-31, 2000 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Visit their online hub for students exploring missions at http://www.urbana.org or email them at Urbana2000ativcfdotorg  (Urbana2000ativcfdotorg)   or call 608-274-9001. Register by July 31, 2000 and save $20US!
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ANOTHER EMAIL HOAX

OPC logo If you receive an email from a “North Carolina State Bar”, just delete it. It’s a hoax. To get the BrigadaOPC Protocol” to help prevent the spreading of these ever-growing trojans, send a note to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)   and receive the 3K reply file as a free return in your inbox.
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THE REENTRY TEAM: CARING FOR YOUR RETURNING MISSIONARIES

book It will soon be here! This book by Neal Pirolo (author of Serving as Senders) addresses this much neglected, yet greatly needed area of missionary care. This new book available through Emmaus Road International gives us a thoughtful study on how to care for returning missionaries. Included in the book are Biblical foundations for reentry care, 70 stories from returning missionaries, a “For Further Action” section after each story to help care for missionaries you might know, and a resource section for further information. The release date for the book is early August 2000. For substantial savings on pre-publication-pre- paid orders for this much anticipated resource, please go to http://www.eri.org/new.htm#3 or email ERI at emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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INFO. ON MISSIONARY TRAINING FOR LATINOS

The findings of a forum on Missionary Training for Latinos is now available. This forum was designed to identify the most effective way to provide missionary training for Latinos in a contextualized setting that meets their needs, style of learning and cultural particulars. The topics addressed are: General Training Ideas, The Target Group, The Local Church, Character Development, Curriculum, Practical Training, and Resources. Please visit the web site for the summaries of the research as well as all the individual articles at http://www.egroups.com/files/missionary_forum/. For more info, write Patty PLTolandatjunodotcom  (PLTolandatjunodotcom)  .
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TRAIN IN TESOL

graduation cap A TESOL workshop (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) will be held in Jerusalem this September! If you’re interested in being trained as an English teacher you’ll need this one- month training course to give you the tools you need for the job, no matter where in the world you’re heading. Exact schedule is for September 4th – 29th, 2000 at :Jerusalem, Israel. For more information please contact Porter at: tesolatgalacticommdotorg  (tesolatgalacticommdotorg)  .
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DESTINATION 2000 IN KALAMAZOO HITS ROADBLOCK

not symbol The “Destination 2000” seminar for Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 13-14 has been temporarily cancelled. It will probably be rescheduled. For details see http://www.CalvaryBibleChurch.org.
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MISSIONS HUB FOR STUDENTS: URBANA.ORG

WebWatch Sponsored by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, http://www.urbana.org is a place where students and others can grapple with mission and God’s will, meet others, talk to missionaries, discover guidance resources and avenues of training as well as be challenged by global needs. Also, get information on the Urbana 2000 Student Mission Convention, December 27-31, 2000 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For more information, Email them at Urbana2000ativcfdotorg  (Urbana2000ativcfdotorg)   or call 608-274-9001. Register by July 31, 2000 and save $20US!
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PREPARE TO TEACH THE BIBLE FROM YOUR HOME

Bible Grace Notes is now distributing Segment One of the EQUIP series of Bible study training materials. There are 27 lesson files, and these will be distributed to subscribers by email, two lessons per week. To subscribe (free), write to Warren Doug wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  . If you prefer, Warren can send the complete course to you in a single file, either Microsoft Word 6.0 or Adobe Acrobat (PDF). The file will be sent to you as an e-mail attachment. If you would like that, specify in your e-mail message the type of file you want. EQUIP studies are published by Village Ministries International (VMI), the organization which sponsors Grace Notes. EQUIP is a study program developed by VMI that is designed to assist the new student of the Word of God not only to understand the significance and depth of God’s Word but also to aid in the development of the spiritual life. There’s more info at the Grace Notes web site: http://www.realtime.net/~wdoud/
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“EAT THE CORN, LEAVE THE COB”

corn on the cob That’s what we say about the Internet. Just because you read something in Brigada Today, it doesn’t mean it’s law! Maybe we didn’t even have time to verify the link! (We don’t have any full-time staff!) I had a teacher who always told me, “Eat the corn and leave the cob.” The rough translation is — if you can use any of this stuff, have at it. If you can’t, ask for your money back. :-)
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MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE AT SOUTHEAST

syringe Mark your calendars now! November 17-18, 2000 – a full two-day medical mission conference to be held for the fifth time in Louisville, Kentucky, at Southeast Christian Church. This conference is designed to introduce you to the field of medical missions if you have never before participated; yet strengthen you, encourage you, and deepen your medical and spiritual knowledge if you have participated as either a short-term participant or as a career missionary. How? By offering 37 workshops for missionaries, physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, students, and spouses with families interested in participating on the mission field through one of eleven tracks offered at the conference. GO to the website now: www.medicalmissions.com and get the details for the conference. Register online and give your opinion regarding future conferences through the questionnaire on the website. They look forward to seeing you in November.
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FREE HOUSING VIA HOSPITALITY UNITS

Check it out at http://www.christianhospitality.com.
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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!

20000618 Brigada Today

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A FREE PLACE TO STAY, AND AN EXCELLENT FUND-RAISING SYSTEM

mobilehome Christian Host Home International is a Christian-owned membership organization designed to provide a network of Christians who desire to both practice and utilize Christian hospitality. You may never have to pay for lodging again. Once a member, a person is able to request free lodging at another member’s home, anywhere in the world. The first- year’s membership is $50, with a $30 annual renewal charge. The system is also a fundraiser. Members who refer others to join receive $10 for each referral, or their charity of choice will receive $20 for each referral. For details, click to http://www.christianhosthome.com. Thanks for the tip, Art pulisatrmidotnet  (pulisatrmidotnet)  !
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BRIGADA – A GREAT WAY TO LEARN JAPANESE

Brigada Logo :-) Okay… so maybe not. Several Brigada participants asked why in the world they had to load Japanese language support to read last week’s Brigada Today. The honest answer is . . . no one knows for sure. EGroups has taken responsibility, for the most part, and they’ve assured us it was a one- time glitch. So maybe this week you’ll be able to load Hungarian? :-) Either way, sorry for the inconvenience . . . but honest . . . it wasn’t my idea! :-)
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FROM THE “JANET RENO DIDN’T SAY IT” DEPT.

OPC logo In case anyone forwards you the email accusing Janet Reno of referring to Christians as “cultists”, just send them to http://urbanlegends.about.com/science/urbanlegends/library Tack on these letters to the end of the URL above: /blreno.htm?once=true& and you’ll find the page that squelches that rumor. It’s just a rumor.
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ANOTHER STEP TO SAFEGUARD YOUR PC FROM TROJANS

virus Want to safeguard your PC all the more from Trojan “worms” (such as the “I love you” ‘virus’)? See http://www.pc-help.org/security/scrap.htm for the full discussion. The long and the short of it is that you need to make a couple of extensions visible that, by default, aren’t! You have to remove the NeverShowExt values from these keys:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ShellScrap
HKEY_LOCAL_ACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\DocShortcut

As an additional step, if you have a virus scanner (you do have a virus scanner don’t you?), add the .SHS and .SHB extensions to its list of program files. This way your scanner is more likely to spot them as they surface. McAfee and several others have a means to do this. If you’re really paranoid, you can disable scrap objects by one or both of these means: Alter or remove both file types in the File Types dialog. (Open an Explorer window, and select View… Options… and the File Types tab. Look for Shell Scrap Object and Shortcut to Document.) To disable scrap files very thoroughly (this is the way I did it), remove or rename the shscrap.dll file in your System folder. Search your hard drive(s) and see if you have any scrap object files hanging about. Who knows what might turn up? (Thanks to the folks at PC-Magazine for this tip!) If you’re really paranoid, you can always get BlackICE Defender ( http://www.netice.com ) or ZoneAlarm ( http://www.zonelabs.com ) to help you watch your Internet back. :-)

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ONLINE TRANSLATOR

If you speak English as a second language and need help with English language sites – or if you need help with sites in other languages – check the online translation interface: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/translator.html
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LOOKING FOR MISSIONARY CARE / DEBRIEF CENTERS IN U.S.A.

Sharen is looking for info about places that help returning missionary’s process through their experiences and make the transition from field-living to home-country living, or just get counseling from experienced counselors in the U.S.A. She’s willing to collect this info and make the list available to the Brigada family in the future. Please send your information to her at sjedenatpoboxdotcom  (sjedenatpoboxdotcom)  . Thanks!
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GET INFO ON INSURANCE… FAST

Brigada autoresponder Need info. on insurance programs in the USA? Just write to insuranceatbrigadadotorg  (insuranceatbrigadadotorg)   and the 14K file will be sent your way for free! Thanks Ken!
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MOTIVATING LANGUAGE STUDENTS

The French dept of a satellite education center is seeking to motivate American high-school students in language study. What better emphasis than that of communicating for Christ in missions? Please email Joy jemc1129athotmaildotcom  (jemc1129athotmaildotcom)   with any info relevant to francophone/other missions (cross-cultural life, language-learning stories, photos, tips for preparing now). Perhaps missionary kids could respond on topics such as multi-cultural households, local schooling, unusual/funny experiences, favorite pastimes.
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WORLD CHRISTIAN IS LOOKING FOR WRITERS

pencil writing on paperHighlight the needs of unreached people groups or get on your soapbox about a missions/evangelism topic. Submit profiles of unreached people groups (400-500 words) and commentary pieces (700-800 words) for upcoming issues. If selected, your submission can earn you $55 and will be read by 30,000 readers. Please e-mail Phillip huberphilataoldotcom  (huberphilataoldotcom)   for details on submitting and deadlines.
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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

2000611 Brigada Today

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FROM THE “I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FREE ON THE NET” DEPT.

Brigada autoresponder Long distance calls, faxes, the works! Find out what’s free online by sending an email to free-onlineatbrigadadotorg  (free-onlineatbrigadadotorg)  . You’ll be sent an 18K email message detailing everything from DialPad to ZipLip.com. Find out more about online email services (webmail), voicemail, faxes-over-the- web, personal toll free numbers, online encryption, Phonefree, Dialpad, Mr. Wakeup, and more. There’s no charge for this free Brigada service.
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RATE YOUR WEB PAGES FOR “SAFE VIEWING”

Thanks to Nate, who pointed us to the site at http://www.icra.org. It’s home of the Internet Content Rating Association, an independent, non-profit organization whose aim is to protect children from potentially harmful material while protecting the free speech rights of content providers. By rating your site, you can help those who have enabled content rating with Internet Explorer. (Thanks for the tip Nate!) In fact, until you rate your pages, those with content rating enabled won’t be able to view them, in spite of how friendly or innocent the information might be.
rats face (Rats. Now I have to make time to go register the Brigada web pages. :-) )
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“JUST SAY NO” TO ATTACHMENTS

virus Thanks to Joel, who pointed out that disabling the preview pane in Outlook won’t stop so-called harmful Trojan horse virus attacks on your PC. Once again, the only way to stop the spread of this madness is to “just say no” to attachments that you didn’t solicit. So… bottom line… avoid opening attachments… period. Even if they come from a person you know, they could still be harmful. Yes, it’s true that if you make sure Microsoft Office’s macro anti-virus checking is enabled, you should be able to open attached Word documents, but the bigger problem is that some people are sending attachments when they could have written the original message within the text of the email anyway. Sometimes people send us proposed items for Brigada Today as attachments — even though they’re only 10 lines long!!! You can imagine how quickly those items become one of our favorites here!!! :-)
trash can To the trash can they go, without even a read. So .. again, let’s can the attachments folks. Someone has to end the madness.
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GOT INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONALS?

Sheri lizplowmanathotmaildotcom  (lizplowmanathotmaildotcom)   wants to know. She’s got an international student staying with her for a while who needs insurance here in the USA. If you’ve got a source (or if you are a source), please let her know. Sheri, we’ll count on a summary report of your findings, okay? We’ll announce it here as soon as you send it — and we’ll make it into one of those autoresponders.
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WEB-WATCH: MISSION PASTORS NOW HAVE A HOME ONLINE

WebWatch Want to find out if mission pastors from your area are already meeting together? Now there’s a place to go! To see a listing of such local groups, or to register your own group of locally meeting mission pastors so to be found via the Web by other mission leaders who want to join your group, go to the Local Area Mission Pastors Network website. To visit this web-based networking tool called LAMPnet, connect to http://www.missionpastors.net. This network functions exclusively via the web — so those preferring email-only are out of luck, apparently. Those who register can expect probable visits by ACMC reps (or other similar consultants), since the author explains information will be shared with ACMC and other similar groups.
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DO YOU SPEAK FULA?

If you are (or know) a Fula speaker (2nd- language or native speaker) and would be able to offer spare time advice to a potential evangelistic literature project in Fula, please email Jane bientotdotofficeatvirgindotnet  (bientotdotofficeatvirgindotnet)  .
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CHURCH-PLANTING FOR NEW MISSIONARIES

graduation cap Emmaus Road International told us yesterday of a modification to its Autumn, 2000 ACTS 29 Training Course schedule. They will conduct only one course this Fall, a four-week Mini-Acts version. The dates will be August 31 – September 29, 2000. For further information about this prefield training, visit http://www.eri.org or write emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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GAIN A DIPLOMA IN CHURCH-PLANTING

graduation cap This fall, Canadian Theological Seminary (Regina, SK) will begin offering a new program at its Toronto extension. The new diploma will focus exclusively on those serving Muslims, as well as those working in urban contexts. This program is committed to holistic learning – integrating academic studies, ongoing ministry and personal, spiritual development. Toronto, designated by the UN as the most multi-cultural city in the world, provides diverse opportunities for the mentored field experience. Classes will be modular. Imagine being part of a team that experiences personal mentoring, cross-cultural ministries and academic course work all at the same time! For more info, write Miriam miriamcharteratcompuservedotcom  (miriamcharteratcompuservedotcom)   or Floyd/Joyce grunauatcmacandotorg  (grunauatcmacandotorg)  .
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PUBLICIZE YOUR MISSIONS CONFERENCE FOR FREE!

man with a megaphone Want to get the word out about your upcoming missions conference? Contact Bridget bburrittatinhisimagedotorg  (bburrittatinhisimagedotorg)  . She’ll make the information available to several online networks, such as the search engine at http://www.globalmission.org/calendar.htm as well as to printed directories. The service is absolutely free. Thanks Bridget!
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THE BACKPAGE: NET RESULTS

Yesterday I found myself reflecting on some of the new relationships I’ve established over the Net. The more I thought about it, the more sentimental I became. (Not gushy, mind you, but nevertheless thankful. :-) ) Over the past five or six years, I’ve got to admit, the Internet has revolutionized the way we “do missions.” Here’s an example I probably mention a lot: new fields. Prior to 1995, if our mission wanted to get started in a new land, it was “catch as catch can.” Total serendipity. I mean… maybe we knew someone and maybe we didn’t. At best, we sent snail mail to everyone listed in MARC’s Mission Handbook for a particular country, hoping against hope that two weeks or two months later, someone might write us back a quick reply. But even if they did, let’s face it . . . they were seldom going to give out sensitive contact information — and rightfully so.

Nowadays, thank God, things are different. Last month I had to visit an area of the world where I previously knew nobody. I’m talking . . . I barely knew how to spell the names of the cities I had to visit. I went to brigada-peoples by sending a message to brigada-peoplesategroupsdotcom (if you aren’t a member, you should probably join first by sending a message to brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom). I simply said, “Hey… does anybody know anyone working among the ___ people?” I reminded them to reply to me directly (rather than to the conference as a whole — which would not be a wise idea :-) ) and, within 24 hours, I had three leads. Granted, I had to establish my identity with those new contacts… so it took a phone interview or two.. but 3 weeks later, I was learning and getting our mission started among those onfield workers!

I’m not going to say it would have been impossible before… but I’m telling you . . . it sure is easier nowadays via the Net. Just about everything is — if it requires looking up contacts, contacting them, and communicating with them.

I’m also not pretending there aren’t bad influences out there. Some of the statistics I see are staggering. Like… did you know that some researchers believe that 50-60% of all pornographic web pages are being viewed between 9-5 over business web connections? (There goes your company’s productivity out the window!) It’s a problem, no doubt about it. So I’m not saying the Web is totally innocent — by a longshot. But like just about everything else in life, it all depends on how you use it. I mean… you can do some pretty severe damage with a table saw… or you can create a marvelous birdhouse. :-) birdhouse

So for all you folks out there who have helped an inquiring mind like mine sometime over the past five years, I tip my hat to you. I just hope someday I’ll be able to do my part to help one of you. We’re kind of all in this together . . . so when we help someone, I’d like to think we’re maybe even advancing the Kingdom just a tad. There’s a whole lot of helping going on these days… and that’s a good thing, I’d say.

As for me, I’m thinking . . . I could start liking this Internet thing. :-)

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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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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!

2000604 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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IF YOU NEED FILTERS/SUPPLIES, TEALBROOK IS THERE

Thanks to sponsors like TealBrook, Brigada can move forward with no charge to participants! At ‘TealBrook Supplies’ Mike & Deb have been working with mission agencies and individual missionaries for ten years providing resources to make living and traveling internationally safer and easier. Specializing in safe drinking water by means of the PentaPure line of water purifiers, they also offer first aid kits from Adventure Medical Kits, water bottles by Platypus along with many other useful items. Check out their online catalog at http://www.tealbrook.com or email them at infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)  . They’ll be glad to help! Their address is 1095 Kirkwood Dr, Eagan, MN 55123, or use Net2Phone by dialing 800-222-6614 [ or call 615-365-7714], or write infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)  . Thanks Mike and Deb for their partnership!
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INTERNET SERVICE AND $40 IN YOUR POCKET

modem If you’re thinking about switching Internet service providers anyway, try Earthlink. They’re now one of the “big 3” Internet Service Providers and they have zillions of dial-up nodes in cities throughout the USA PLUS they also have a 1- 800- dial-up. In the USA or via Net2Phone, just call 800-EARTHLINK between now and June 30, 2000, and sign-up for a new EarthLink account. Tell them you’re calling because of the $40 referral promotion and if you like, give them our Earthlink referring email address: <dklucasatixdotnetcomdotcom>. If you prepay the first month’s service with a credit card, you’ll then get $40 credit, $10/month beginning the following month and following ’til you’ve been given $40 in free cash!
(Disclaimer — :-) Just so you know, you get a $40 credit for signing up . . . and our Brigada account gets $40 credit too! But hey… we’ve been a paying Netcom customer since 1995, long before they offered $40 cash for it! :-) )
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TRENDS IN ADVOCACY MEDIA RESEARCH REPORT

10/40 window newWway.org is a surprisingly simple free resource for communication strategy planning in media saturated environments. Recently, newWway.org conducted Internet research that has revealed some important trends in advocacy media among missionary teams. Log on to their site at http://www.newWway.org and save the “Internet Research Survey” to share with your team. This month you’ll also find an article about the “New Communication Environment” of media saturated fields and an interesting article by Professional Trend Tracker Cassidy Dale on the “Postmodern Mindset”. MediaNet has posted a new article “Media Accelerating Church Planting Movements.” You can also learn how to adopt the “Strategic Communicator’s Mentality”.
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MISSION PREP IN TORONTO

calendar There are still some openings for Summer training programs in Toronto. You can take in the Language Acquisition Workshop, scheduled for 18-30 June. Not only will you learn effective Language techniques — but you’ll also get hands on experience with nationals from your designated culture and your kids will have a full missions program too! You can also catch Cross-Cultural Training for effective ministry overseas, 4-19 July. This course is designed specifically for missionaries going overseas for more than one year. For more information and detailed curriculum overview check out the MissionPrep Web page, http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep or call Robert in Toronto at 416-284-5645 micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)  .
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SAFE COMPUTING TIP

virus Last week we discussed ways to disable the preview pane in Outlook. But if you’d like to take it one step farther, George recommends disabling Windows Scripting Host (WSH), which he says isn’t needed by most individual computer enthusiasts. Just open My Computer, then open Control Panel, then open Add/Remove Programs. Then click on the “Windows Setup” tab. This gets you to Windows features that you can either add or remove. Highlight “Accessories”, then click on the Details button. Scroll down the list of features, uncheck “Windows Scripting Host” Click OK to save changes, and close out each dialogue window. With Windows Scripting Host uninstalled, those silly “Trojan horse virus programs” won’t be able to run Visual Basic Scripts. Thanks George!
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FREE BIBLE SOFTWARE

cd-rom and book Don’t forget about the Ephesians 4 group, on the web at http://www.freebiblesoftware.com/. We highlighted them last Dec. 31st, but they deserve mentioning again. Tons of free works, along with at least one version of the Bible and Logos viewing software — all for free! Thanks for the reminder, Sharon!
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FREE FLASH CARD & QUIZ SOFTWARE

blue question mark There’s no catch. Check it out at http://www.pcmag.com/utilities. Search for “FlashQuiz” and you’ll be glad you did. It’s a simple program that does one thing well — give multiple-choice tests or drill users in a format similar to a “flash card” style learning games. You can set overall time limits for the quiz, as well as time limits for individual questions. You can even decrease the score for a question if the individual takes longer to answer! Each quiz can contain up to 512 questions and questions can be presented in random order. The files and answers are encrypted — just to keep everyone honest. :-) So if you’re in the market for simple testing software, you won’t beat this price! :-)
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APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS

cd-rom Imagine having access to all the information needed to build a solar food dryer, start a fish farm, build a bamboo printing press, dig a well, harness biogass for energy, build a fuel efficient stove or do thousands of other projects. The AT Library gives you that access! Already in use in over 130 countries, the AT Library consists of 1050 of the most useful and relevant books on village-level do-it-yourself technologies–all on CD- ROM or Microfiche. In the space it takes to store a single book you can have an entire library. Subjects covered by the AT Library include: agriculture tools and techniques, health care, water supply systems, workshop tools and equipment, solar/wind/water/biogas power, small industry and management, forestry, disaster relief, transportation… classics like… Where There is no Doctor, the Foxfire series, and the entire Better Farming Series. The cost of the entire CD-ROM library with its 1050 books is $495 (less than 50 cents a book). For more information on the AT Library contact Village Earth at http://www.villageearth.org/ATLibrary/ or csvbdatvillageearthdotorg  (csvbdatvillageearthdotorg)   or in the USA or via Net2Phone call toll free 800-648-8043 or dial 970-491-5754.
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“PETER’S WIFE” IS BACK AND IS EVEN BETTER

WebWatch From a newsletter sent once a month by “snail mail” to a weekly email and web site, encouragement and help for missionary wives is still the focus, on the web at http://www.peterswife.homestead.com. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: pw-subscribeattopicadotcom  (pw-subscribeattopicadotcom)   Each week a new topic will be announced. Members send their responses which become part of the article written for the next week. Responses are then archived on the web site for everyone to read at their leisure.
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CALLING ALL YOUNG LEADERS

calendar Are you passionate in your pursuit of God above all else? Are you humbled by the fact that God is using you in a special way as a young leader? Do you have a vision for the next century that consumes all that you are? Young leaders from around the globe will be converging on Jerusalem at Celebrate Messiah 2000 – December 27, 2000 – January 2, 2001. The Celebrate Messiah Young Leaders gathering will give you the opportunity to connect with the new generation of Christian leaders in the land of your Biblical ancestors. Be a part of the Global Internet Dialog beginning this month and play a part in helping to shape the Young Leaders Manifesto that will be presented to the 3000 conferees and mission leaders that will be present in Jerusalem. For more information contact JHeaverneatisionlinedotorg  (JHeaverneatisionlinedotorg)  
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TRANSFORMATIONS VIDEO VIA YWAM

movie camera If you’re looking to purchase one of those “Transformation” videos (mentioned in the June 4th edition), you might want it in English. Check out http://www.ywam.org/books/vid_transf.html for the English copy at a substantial discount! Remember, I haven’t seen this, so you’ll have to evaluate it for yourself. Frankly, some readers thought it was monumental while others found it somewhat sensational. Be sure to preview it.
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INTRO TO BUDDHISM

calendar The Cross & Lotus: An Introduction to Buddhism and the Christian Mission will be offered from July 15-July 21 at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. This one-week intensive will expose you to the historic lessons drawn from Nestorian, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical, and contemporary mission efforts as they are interwoven with an excellent overview of Buddhism as it is practiced throughout the world. Lectures, audiovisual presentations and actual visits to Buddhist temples and museums will give you a well-rounded educational experience. For more info. check out http://sonrise.faithweb.com or write JSNarniaataoldotcom  (JSNarniaataoldotcom)  .
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WEB-WATCH: BUDDHIST CENTER

WebWatch Sonrise Center for Buddhist Studies welcomes you to its new website at http://sonrise.faithweb.com which puts valuable training tools & resources for ministry to Buddhists at your fingertips. Access to vital maps, charts, testimonies, and short vignettes on historic missionaries to the Buddhist world are just the beginning of a virtual library of vital helps for you to reach out to your Buddhist neighbor with the Gospel.
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FREE SOFTWARE FOR TRACKING MINISTRY PARTNERS

computer New software helps missionaries keep track of financial and prayer partners. The best part is…it’s free! All names and addresses entered can be linked to a word processor for mail merges. The software is called RDMA (Resource Development Ministry Application) and will only work on Windows 95 or 98 systems. Point your web browser to http://www.angelfire.com/wi2/missions/ to download it. Any questions, send email to AldotSchaueratNetzerodotNet  (AldotSchaueratNetzerodotNet)  . Thanks Al!
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Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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