Monthly Archives: July 2000

20000730 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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THE FINAL FRONTIER: ASSIGNED

fireworks showLately, we’ve been highlighting the needs of the “final frontier” . . . those last 250-some groups from the Joshua Project 2000 list which had remained untargeted by churches and agencies throughout the world. Fortunately, the list has just been trimmed significantly. To zero, in fact. :-) Yessssssssssssss! thumbs-up In a meeting this past week by the Strategic Task Force, representatives of various agencies stepped forward and, one by one, signed up for the final 253 groups on the JP2000 list. (Thanks to the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, Campus Crusade/Jesus Film Project and Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for taking responsibility for the final 100!) Now… to clarify… this doesn’t mean the job is done, you understand. But we can finally say that now there is some agency or church, somewhere in the world, which has taken ultimate responsibility for launching a church-planting movement in every known remaining desperately unreached people group in the world (consisting of at least 10,000 people with a percentage of evangelicals lower than 2%). God be praised! (Thanks to Rick Wood for reporting in the online version of Mission Frontiers about this exciting development.)
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GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS (INTERNET BANKING READER RESPONSE)

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. That’s the way I’d have to sum up the reader response to our review of a couple of Internet financial sites. First of all, readers outside of the USA were pretty put off by the space we’ve devoted to the issue these past couple of weeks, since it’s irrelevant for them. So far, it appears that none of the approaches can accommodate non-USA residents. :-( Secondly, readers who weren’t interested in transferring money over the Internet were [“yawn” yawning face ] bored by the whole discussion. :-) And finally, there were a handful of folks who thought we were perhaps devoting a bit too much time to what they considered a non-missions topic. To all those audiences, our apologies.

Paypal logo Meanwhile, the response on the other side of the fence has been nothing short of stupendous. Literally dozens of readers have said thanks for pointing out PayPal, a great (and very easy) option for safely transferring funds from one Internet user to another. We can freely say “safely” now because of a new policy announced by PayPal on August 1st that protects buyers from fraud when using the PayPal service. See the site for more details about how to become a verified PayPal user. I tried it and it took all of 5 minutes to obtain verification. Find it at… https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

note Disclaimer: PayPal donates $5 to Brigada Today for every new user who uses the link above to sign up :-).

… and last week we announced a second option for those who needed online banking. (To clarify, this doesn’t in any way signal that PayPal has any problems, but rather, that those who need full service banking will probably want to look to this second option.) Compubank offers free checking accounts, savings accounts, bill payment, domestic wire transfers, ATM use (4/month), frequent flyer miles, online check images and monthly statements! Open an account instantly at: http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547

note Disclaimer: Until August 31st, CompuBank donates $40 to Brigada Today for every new user who uses the link above to sign up :-). By the way, they also give a $20 bonus to each new user!

So remember that the survey for Internet funds transfer approaches was prompted by Brigada reader inquiries — like most of the material we present. As such, it was intended to meet the needs of at least some of the Brigada family. But if it doesn’t apply to you, please forgive us and just move on to the next item. :-)

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ERDENET: THE STORY OF JESUS ASSEMBLY IN MONGOLIA

movie camera This new video details the story of what the producers refer to as the first completely indigenous church movement planted in Mongolia. The story follows a multi-national church planting team as they pioneer, the church planting movement that develops, the team’s phase-out and handover to local elders, planting of multiple daughter and granddaughter churches, and the training and sending out of Mongol missionaries that are now planting churches all over Mongolia and beyond. According to early viewer reports, the 15-minute movie is both exciting, encouraging, and technically excellent. Available in NTSC or PAL formats. For PAL Version purchase contact InterAct; P.O. Box 1624; 701 16 Orebro; SWEDEN or write to mdotalphonceathomedotse  (mdotalphonceathomedotse)  . For NTSC (American system video) purchase, send US$20.00 to cover video and shipping (within USA) to YWAM Church Planting Coaches at cpcoachesatxcdotorg  (cpcoachesatxcdotorg)   via PayPal.com. (Yay PayPal! :-) I can see this becoming the “standard” way to purchase Brigada resources over the web! :-) :-) :-) ) Be sure to include a valid shipping address with your payment. International Orders pay actual shipping.
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IF KJV IS OK, GET FREE BIBLE SOFTWARE

Bible Don’t forget that you can still get the entire Logos Bible software system (in King James version only) at: http://www.FreeBibleSoftware.org We keep mentioning this item every once and awhile because the Logos Bible software system is so popular among Brigada participants. It is important to note that the sponsor of the site (Ephesians 4 group) does invite donations.
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KEEP AN EYE ON HOTLINE

Thanks to Chris (in the HeartBeat Online) for pointing us to http://www.hotwire.com. Apparently, six major carriers plan to sell cheap airline seats that otherwise might have been left empty. There’s a prompt to be notified when it finally opens (slated for early fall).
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DO A BRIGADA SURVEY. WIN A WATER FILTER OR ORIGINAL ART

Brigada Logo If you haven’t already sent a note to infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)   to register for our readership survey, time is fast running out. All those who participate will automatically be entered in a drawing for any one of 6 water purifiers from TealBrook. These water filters are the PentaPure Sport bottles, the kind with the built-in straw — the ones you don’t have to pump! I use one of these myself on each of my overseas trips to visit our cross-cultural workers or to launch a new field. The only hitch is — I had to buy mine. :-) These six were donated for this survey by Jim and Deb at TealBrook (Thanks Jim and Deb!), on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com.

This past week, Nate Butler made things all the more interesting. Nate made his living for over 20 years as a cartoonist, commercial artist, and writer/illustrator of comics, producing artwork for clients such as Jim Henson Productions, DC Comics, and King Features Syndicate, as well as writing for Archie Comics and Marvel Comics. During that time he worked on over a dozen internationally known characters such as Archie & Jughead, The Muppets, Popeye, Barbie, Heathcliff, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Snuffy Smith, Animated Batman, The Jetsons, and Berenstain Bears — as well as Christian comics and tracts. Now the Lord has called him into full-time ministry as part of ROX35 Media, Inc., a non-profit, non-denominational ministry which has been organized to provide international training and consultation in the production and use of Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. You can learn more about ROX35 by visiting http://www.rox35.org.

So get this — all those who participate in the Brigada readership survey will now automatically be entered to win two pages of original artwork that was actually published as Archie comic #161 (Feb.’87), featuring Archie and Veronica! The winning survey participant will also receive two copies of the published (finished) comic book as well. Talk about a collector’s item — especially if you’re interested in comic strips. Thanks Nate!!!!

So… bottom line… write Jim at infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)   to let him know you’re interested. And while you’re at it, let him know if you’re needing any of your own survey or research assistance. As for your email address and identity? Jim pledges to use it only for this survey. Your information will not be released or sold to anyone else for any other purpose. Thanks again Jim!

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CATCH A EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON THE 10/40 WINDOW

10/40 window It’s the European “Mission Live” Conference with Reinhard Bonnke, Fred Markert, Sam Dharam, Walter Heidenreich, Fraser Haug, Rebecca St. James and other international speakers, from 1.11.2000 to 4.11.2000 in Freiburg. For more information, telephone 0049-8248-122-58 or fax: 122-41. Or simply email infoatbfwmdotde  (infoatbfwmdotde)   or click to http://www.mission-live.de.
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NETWORKING CONTACTS FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES

AD2000 As the AD2000 & Beyond Movement prepares both for CM2000 and its planned closure early in 2001, some office functions are being phased out earlier. If you have an ongoing commitment to an unreached people on the Joshua Project 2000 list, the AD2000 office will do it’s best to help you make networking connections if they know of others who registered a commitment. Please follow the security procedure at: http://www.ad2000.org/adoption/Coop/NetPeoSp/NPJoAD2k.htm. Or, if you have previously been screened and wish an updated networking report, please notify barbatad2000dotorg  (barbatad2000dotorg)  . All requests must be submitted by September 30, 2000 with the name and country of the people at: http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/index.htm.
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NEEDS IN INDIA: WEB AND VIDEO

WebWatch movie camera noted Indian writer Vishal Mangalwadi has highlighted the need for evangelistic websites aimed at Indians. And P G Vargis, Indian mission statesman, has responded to the article pressing the urgent needs and opportunities of strategic video ministry for India (which he also wishes to be passed on to anyone who could be interested). Both articles are featured at: http://www.web-evangelism.com/bull0800.txt.
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TAKING AIM AT NEW FRONTIERS: ISFM CONFERENCE 2000

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). Cost for the conference, room and meals range from $90 – $130, depending on date of submission and room type. For a brochure and registration form, contact Dave Flynn DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg  (DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg)   or call 626-398-2336.
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NEED A FUNDRAISER OR GRANTWRITER?

Brigada Logo Find one at Brigada- Opportunities. Here’s how it works. For example, this past week, we rec’d a note from robertjatteleportdotcom  (robertjatteleportdotcom)   telling us about his expertise in grantwriting, fundraising, and computer programming. We proceeded to tell him about Brigada-Opportunities. It’s an online email conference – – kind of like a “job forum” (for those needing jobs or offering services). It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . And if you’ve got an opportunity, just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)  . You don’t have to join — but your email will float into the conference even though you’re not subscribed! That way, you get to place your notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the mail! When the volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). Couldn’t be simpler. So go for it! It’s a free service.
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WEB-WATCH

WebWatch Need links? There are dozens of sites on the web that can help you find the right place. Steve wrote this past week to recommend http://www.hotsheet.com, which is a big collection of hot links under many categories. Steve now uses it as his “home page.” He writes, “Under the “travel” category they even have a couple of translators. And foreign currency exchange rates. All kinds of neat stuff.” He also suggested that we stop in at http://www.555-1212.com, a people/place/company-finder that really works. It has a unique reverse look-up feature that is, in Steve’s words, “pretty neat.” It is also linked with a map-maker. And for your after hours leisure time (do you make any of that? :-) ), Steve suggested http://www.howstuffworks.com, with many articles about how all kinds of things work. MKs would enjoy that site especially. Thanks Steve!
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THE CALL DC

calendar Hear the Call! On September 2, 2000, thousands of youth and parents will gather for a fast of Biblical proportions. Organizers write, “This is a response to a summons from Heaven (Joel 2:12-32). Two generations will converge on the Mall in Washington DC to worship, pray, fast, seek reconciliation, and be commissioned as a new breed of holy revolutionaries to shake campuses and the nations. Join us as we seek the face of God. Our vision is two generations walking together to impact the world. For more information, see http://www.thecalldc.com. To hear what God is saying to this generation, visit http://www.thecalldc.com/yourcall/read_others.html.”
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FOCUSED STRATEGIES CONFERENCE

calendar Caleb Project is holding a “Focused Strategies Conference” Sept 21-23 in Littleton, Colorado, USA. This conference is designed to equip North American churches and individuals for effective ministry among the unreached by focusing their ministry efforts on specific people groups. Similar to the advocate training seminars Caleb Project has held in the past, the FSC will include sessions on selecting and researching a people group, persisting in prayer, building networks and partnerships, serving the field, and honoring your local church. Cost is US $145 (includes materials and meals but not housing); group discounts are available. Limited to 60 participants. Contact Caleb Project’s Advocacy & Research Department at 303-730-4170 or trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  . Read more at http://www.calebproject.org/focused_strategies.htm.
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ONE VOICE 2000

calendar One Voice 2000, an international worship event for church unity has been scheduled for the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. One Voice began as the dream of a worship leader that churches from around the world would share a song and pray for each other. Organizers write, “The logistics are simple: During their own worship service, the congregation will sing the worship song that was chosen for One Voice this year and spend some time praying for church unity. In past years there have been participants from literally all over the world. The testimonies following those events have been very encouraging.” To register your church or for more information visit http://www.praise.net/onevoice or email onevoiceatpraisedotnet  (onevoiceatpraisedotnet)  .
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VIDEO CD

cd-rom As mentioned before, some feel that the video CD is a great way to distribute evangelistic and teaching videos. The VideoCD (VCD) format is NOT the same as DVD, but it DOES pack 1 hour of video onto a CD which can be played by most PCs, Macs, and some Playstations, as well as DVD players. The format is widely used in Asia and the 10-40 window and has many advantages over video tapes: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/videocd.html (Thanks Tony!!!)
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TENTMAKER TRAINING!

graduation cap “Light to the Nations” – Oct. 25-29, 2000. Intensive 4 1/2 day training in integrating work and witness in order to make disciples in needy cultures. Designed both for those going and those considering tentmaking, this unique program helps you prepare to be effective overseas.. Topics include Biblical and contemporary rationale, the international job market, job acquisition, workplace evangelism, evangelistic Bible studies, church planting, cross-cultural bonding, team building, and home church relationship. Program cost is only $100 for singles, $150 for couples. Inexpensive housing and meals are available at the US Center for World Mission. To register or learn more, check out Global Opportunities on the web at http://www.globalopps.org/ or email ltnatglobaloppsdotorg  (ltnatglobaloppsdotorg)   tel. 626-398-2393.
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EVANGELISM TOOLBOX

tools This new searchable database from CCC offers tools in a wide range of categories and languages. If you have resources to add, carefully follow the submission procedure. This first requires you to register as an organization. http://www.evangelismtoolbox.com
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FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE

Twenty-two biblically-based articles relevant to missions are available for download. They are copyrighted and may not be altered without permission, but may be copied freely for your missionaries, mission leaders, or use in your training programs. Issues addressed include debriefing missionaries (4 articles), a new look at missionary support, biblical self-esteem (4 articles), maintaining spiritual vitality on the field, and several others. To access these, go to http://www.freedrive.com and type in the name kenwilly. The password is facs. If you use any of these or have questions, please contact Ken at kenatrelationshipskillsdotcom  (kenatrelationshipskillsdotcom)  . New articles will be added occasionally.
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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MISSIONARY NURSES

graduation cap As we’ve previously mentioned, Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing is offering a unique continuing education opportunity for missionary nurses to update skills. The next session will be held January 15-19, 2001 on the OBU campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. For more information contact Dr. Lana Bolhouse Lana_Bolhouseatmaildotokbudotedu  (Lana_Bolhouseatmaildotokbudotedu)  

note (Note: this is a new email address.)

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MISSIONARY CARE FILE UPDATED

Brigada autoresponder Hey… thanks to Sharen sjedenatpoboxdotcom  (sjedenatpoboxdotcom)  , the missionary care materials are big-time updated. If you’re a missionary care specialist . . . or would like to become one, send a blank email to missionary-careatbrigadadotorg  (missionary-careatbrigadadotorg)   to receive a free copy of the 23K auto-responder email in your inbox.
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000723 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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WHO SAID “NO FREE LUNCH”!?! (GREAT ONLINE BANKING SOLUTION)

CompuBank LogoIn our July 14th edition, we expressed regret that PayPal wasn’t really a full online banking solution (“PAYPAL IS A BIG HIT“). We said we’d keep poking around until we found a full implementation that Brigada Today participants could use.

We’ve found it.

The best solution seems to be CompuBank, which has been rated “Number One Bank Online” by SmartMoney.com. Here’s why. They give you the security of a National Bank insured by the FDIC, combined with:

  • FREE checking accounts
  • FREE savings accounts
  • FREE bill payment
  • FREE domestic wire transfers
  • FREE ATMs and 4 surcharge reimbursements ($1.50/per) a month
  • FREE ClickMiles (Frequent Flyer Miles on 8 major airlines)
  • FREE online Check Images and Monthly Statements Please read on below…

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ONLINE BANKING SOLUTION GIVES 24/7 CUSTOMER SUPPORT

CompuBank LogoSo far, no other option has turned up so many benefits for so little money. In every other case, even if some of those items are free, they are expressly identified as free “for the time being” or until some promotion is concluded. Compubank’s model calls for them to always be free.

In addition, you also have customer support online or by phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And the Bank’s client service reps are friendly and experienced. All that, and you get the security, privacy and integrity of a national bank, insured by the FDIC. Read on please!

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HOW TO GET $20 FOR A FREE LUNCH

CompuBank LogoNow here’s the best part of all. We’ve set up a Brigada Today referral system with them and if you open an account with them by the end of August, complete with an initial deposit and signed signature cards (which you have to return by postal mail), they’ll deposit $20 cash into your account free and clear. In fact, you can always close out the accounts later, keep the $20, and take your spouse out for lunch. :-) But I doubt you’ll want to close the account — and I hope you’ll take your spouse out to lunch. :-) ‘Cause I believe you’ll want to celebrate the new service they’ll give you.

I’ve tried American Express’ options (“Membership Banking”), “PayMyBills.com”, Netbank.com, and everything else I can find on the Net… but as far as I can tell, this gives you the best deal — the greatest number of benefits, the most protection for your money (FDIC insured, for instance) plus the $20. When I say I’ve tried them, I mean I’ve even opened up accounts in those other options and put money on deposit there to check out the possibilities for all of us. (So I have small bits of money scattered in at least 4 different online banking solutions now! :-) ) As I said… nothing seems to compare to CompuBank. Whoever said there was no such thing as a free lunch! :-) Check it out in the next paragraph.

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HOW TO SUPPORT BRIGADA TODAY WHILE YOU MAKE TWENTY BUCKS

CompuBank LogoAs if all the above weren’t enough… you also get a chance to help Brigada Today without having to pay an out-of-pocket subscription fee! :-) You see, while you walk away with $20, if you sign up with CompuBank before the end of the month, Compubank is going to give Brigada Today a $40 bonus just for finding you as a new customer! So… you walk away happy, with a new federally insured bank account and Brigada Today walks away with free money to plow back into services! Yahoooooooooooo! Yahoo

Is there a chance you’ll lose your initial deposit? I don’t think so. The money is federally insured. This is no fly-by-night service. The only thing you might lose is the chance to walk away with $20 free money! :-) Remember, you’ll also get FREE checking accounts, FREE savings accounts, FREE bill payment, FREE domestic wire transfers, FREE ATMs and 4 surcharge reimbursements ($1.50/per) a month, FREE ClickMiles (Frequent Flyer Miles on 8 major airlines), FREE online Check Images and FREE Monthly Statements! So… if you’d like to check it out and help Brigada Today all at the same time, just click here now: http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547

Apply now – it takes only minutes, and approval is in seconds. It’s federally insured. If you like it, please pass the word. But remember, the $20 sign-up “free lunch” money and the $40 bonus for Brigada Today are probably only good through August. So please don’t wait too long. And… from the bottom of our Brigada Today hearts, we say thank you!!!

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THE BEST OPTION FOR ONLINE BANKING

CompuBank LogoSo the bottom line for the best online banking we can find? Click here: http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547 (Remember — you’ll get $20 and Brigada Today will get $40 on top of that! Thanks!)
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SURVEY SAYS…

Brigada LogoWell, we don’t know what the survey says YET, but Jim the surveyor is saying thank you to all those have agreed to take the survey – so far a total of 340 readers. Jim says we need quite a few more readers to agree to take the survey in order to get valid results. So, if you haven’t done so yet, please send a message to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)   (no text necessary). It’s your opportunity to sound off.

Part of the reason we’re doing this survey is to see if people are paying any attention. So it would make my day if we had a big response to the survey! Do it for Brigada – or do it for a chance at our water filter giveaway, courtesy Jim and Deb at TealBrook, on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com.

By the way, in case you forgot, Jim is our warm-hearted friend at Campbell Research, who feeds his wife and kids by doing survey research for ministry organizations :-). He promises not to use your e-mail address for any purpose other than the survey, and he is available to discuss opportunities for learning more about your constituents at infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)  .

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BRIGADA ALWAYS LATE?

Brigada Logo You could look at it like that. Or you could say… “Hey… for the price I’m paying, who can complain?” :-) :-) :-)
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LANGUAGE TRAINING WORKSHOP

graduation cap Missionprep, in Toronto Canada, is offering another two week Language training workshop. In a relaxed learning environment, learn techniques and skills that will substantially increase your ability to hear and produce the sounds of a new language. You will become more proactive in the language learning process by attending this hands on workshop. Because of the rich cultural diversity of Toronto, Missionprep will most likely be able to match you with language associates from your country of destination. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or click to: http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep
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TRAVEL-BIDS CONFERENCE STILL AT WORK!

bus If you’d like to revisit the old “brigada-travel-bids” concept, it’s been revived as ClearVista- Travel-Bids. Just submit your bid request with details to the group address, ClearVista-Travel-BidsateGroupsdotcom  (ClearVista-Travel-BidsateGroupsdotcom)   and someone is supposed to get back to you. Give it a whirl!
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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SOMETHING MISSING THIS WEEK: THE AD TRAILER

Brigada Logo Okay… enough is enough. Thanks to a sponsor or two and some recent PayPal participants, we finally bit the bullet and upgraded Brigada Today to the “no ad option” at eGroups. What that means is a) there will no longer be those little generic eGroups-chosen advertising teasers at the end (touting the latest in some New Age crystal that can be yours for a price :-) ) and b) we’re hoping that will alleviate the way Brigada Today is converting to an attachment for certain email clients. Time will tell. Either way… no more annoying generic ads at the end! Yahoo! And … we are still able to offer Brigada Today at no charge to subscribers! Yay! :-) Thanks again to our sponsors like TealBrook on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com and Taylored Communications on the web at http://www.operatorservices.com and to those who have clicked on: https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org
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PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIGADA “READER SURVEY” TODAY! (PRIZES!)

Brigada LogoRemember Jonathan Marsden’s challenge (upon our passing the 10,000 reader mark) to measure the involvement of Brigada readers? Well, with the help of one of our Brigada participants (a ‘pro’ survey researcher) we can now take Jonathan up on his challenge. We’ve commissioned the researcher to design a reader survey that will help us learn more about the Brigada constituency, how you use Brigada Today, and how we can make Brigada even better for everyone — and in keeping with our sensitivity for those working in difficult areas, it’s entirely confidential.

The results will be valuable for us – but only if we can get most of you agree to complete a five-minute questionnaire. So, please do me a favor by letting Jim at Campbell Research know you are willing to help. Just send a message (no text necessary) to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)  .

To sweeten the pot :-) , six lucky participants will be chosen at random to each receive a prize: a brand new “Sport” water purifier for you or the missionary of your choice, courtesy of TealBrook email infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)   or on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com (a $30 value! Thanks Mike and Deb!). Results from the survey will be made available to everyone in future editions of Brigada Today.

For the privacy minded, Jim and Campbell Research have committed to absolute confidentiality — your email address won’t be used for any purpose other than this survey. Jim is doing this out of the goodness of his heart, and because he doesn’t mind having the opportunity to let 10,000 missions-oriented people know that Campbell Research specializes in designing, conducting and analyzing research for Christian ministries, including missions organizations. :-) After all, if we want recruits, donors and unreached peoples to listen to us, it’s nice to think about listening to them also. And surveys are a terrific tool for listening to large groups of people. Who knows, you might hear something important!

To find out more about surveying your constituents, write Jim at infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)  , or visit www.campbellresearch.com. But do so only after sending a message to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)   agreeing to take the survey. Thanks!

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THE WORLD OF ISLAM CD-ROM

cd-rom We told you a few weeks ago about the new CD coming from GMI. Well it’s here, and it’s something else! This is a serious missions resource for helping us better understand Muslims and minister in the Islamic context. It contains the full text of over 50 of the best books and journal articles on Islam, seminary courses, a bibliography, photographs, maps and Web links. You can get a copy for only $39.95 (now $19.95 for full-time students and Two-Thirds World ministry leaders) plus shipping and tax. GMI did the production work for this partnership with the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity (London), Fuller Seminary and Lausanne. They produced 8000 copies and have already distributed 6000, many going to ministry leaders in the Two-Thirds World. More information is available on the Web at http://www.gmi.org/products/islamcd.htm or contact Karen infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 or fax: 719-548-7459. The CD can be ordered from offices in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. We’ve also set up a new Brigada autoresponder file about the CD; to get a 12K email with more details about this resource, send a normal blank email to world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg  (world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg)  .
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FREE BIBLES FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Bible Over 200 million Christians live under restriction and persecution for their faith in Christ. Most do not even have their own copy of the Bible. Now there is a unique way that you can provide them with a portion of God’s Word at no cost to you. By visiting “The Bible Site” on the Internet you can click a button that will send a scripture portion to a persecuted Christian, funded completely by sponsors of the site. The success of this exciting campaign depends upon as many Christians as possible visiting “The Bible Site” and encouraging others to do the same. As more people visit and make free donations, awareness will be raised about Christian persecution and thousands of Bibles will be provided to our suffering brothers and sisters worldwide. Visit “The Bible Site” by clicking: http://www.TheBibleSite.org (Thanks Justin!)
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GET A TASTE OF TRANSLATION AND LINGUISTICS

graduation cap Check out the 5-day course returning to the Portland, Oregon office of Wycliffe Bible Translators, August 14-18. Introductory classes on phonetics, phonology, grammar, language & culture learning, translation & semantics, are all taught by experienced linguists and translators from around the world. Try it on for size, total it up and see if Bible translation might be a good fit for your unique gifts, interests and talents! Field reports, videos, personal testimonies, prayer, devotions and group living build meaningful relationships between staff & students. Tuition, materials, housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and delicious ethnic dinners) are all provided for $100. Scholarship available. Phone John Wilson at 503-652-1662, toll free 800-269-2007, or e-mail Jim Stair at jim_stairatwycliffedotorg  (jim_stairatwycliffedotorg)  . http://www.wycliffe.org/nwro
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ARE FOREIGN MISSIONARIES BEING DRIVEN OUT OF RUSSIA?

“A significant number of foreign Christian missionaries have been expelled from Russia, with an increased number over the past year, reveals a major investigation by Keston News Service. Other missionaries are being obstructed in their work.” (KNS Press Release, 19 July 2000.) Full details of the results of the two-month investigation are available from Keston Institute on request at kestondotinstituteatkestondotorg  (kestondotinstituteatkestondotorg)  , Website: http://www.keston.org. Keston Institute, based in Oxford, United Kingdom, and with representatives in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia, is an NGO founded in 1969 to defend religious liberty in postcommunist and communist countries. (Thanks Kerry!)
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MISSION TO NORTH KOREA IS POSSIBLE

graduation cap You can start by participating in YWAM’s “North Korea Study School.” The school will be held for 3 months, from October 11 through December 29, 2000, in Vancouver, Canada, and Manchuria, China. The purpose of the school is to help participants gain an understanding of North Korea from God’s perspective and to seek, through intercession, lectures from many viewpoints, study trip and project development, a unified strategy for ministry to this important nation. The cost is US $2600 plus airfare to Northeast China. This will be a unique opportunity to understand the North Korean mind, appraise the situation and discover opportunities for ministry. Those interested can contact Christina at nkmatywam-aiimdotorg  (nkmatywam-aiimdotorg)   and/or browse http://www.ywam-aiim.org.
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PAYPAL IS HITTING THE MARK

Paypal logo We continue to hear rave reviews by those using PayPal. Many are saying that it’s just a handy way to send secure payments for purchases made at sites recommended by Brigada Today — but this system will only work if vendors and purchasers join PayPal in advance. The only downside we can see of the system is the one brought up by one happy PayPal user (thanks Terry), who writes “If someone sells you something and you pay by Paypal, make sure you know the person is reliable OR you’ve already received the merchandise and it’s in good shape. Because once you pay them with Paypal, the money is gone. If the seller fails to ship the merchandise, or if you return it expecting a refund from Paypal — you won’t get one. That’s not what Paypal is. Admittedly this isn’t a fault with Paypal, it’s just that people should know it’s only a cash transfer agent, not a bank or credit card.” So if you’re trying to find a way to securely send money across the Net, you’ve found it. But if you want buyer protection, look elsewhere. Check out PayPal by clicking below

noteDisclaimer: Remember that, although we would have recommended PayPal anyway, because it “scratches an itch” we’ve felt for a long time, we also want to make it clear that those who enroll in the service will be triggering a referral benefit to Brigada Today in the form of a $5 “thank you” from PayPal to Brigada. Thanks in advance!) https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

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FREE STUFF FOR EDITORS

newspaper If you edit a Christian magazine, newsletter, or ezine, relating to mission or evangelism in general, there are some royalty-free articles and news items available as part of the Web Evangelism Guide (Thanks Tony!): http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/newsreleases.html
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IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR HINDUS AND SIKHS

calendar With two weeks to go before the strategic Consultation for Ministries to Hindus and Sikhs in North America, (August 3-5, Minneapolis) organizers are requesting prayers for significant outcomes, stronger relationships, and smooth event functioning. If you qualify to participate or wish to recommend someone to attend e-mail the organizers immediately at AugConsultationatcsdotcom  (AugConsultationatcsdotcom)  . But act fast! It’s coming up immediately!
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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MISSIONARY NURSES

graduation cap Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing is committed to encouraging and supporting nursing missions. The School is offering a unique continuing education opportunity for missionary nurses to update skills. The next session will be held January 15-19, 2001 on the OBU campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. For more information contact Dr. Lana Bolhouse Lana_Bolhouseatwebmaildotokbudotedu  (Lana_Bolhouseatwebmaildotokbudotedu)  .
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TRAVEL PORTALS

bus Seems like I regularly get requests from folks seeking the best deals in travel. We used to host a special email conference for those who would like to throw out “requests for quotes”, but any more, it’s probably just as efficient to check out any 3 of the following web sites — most are equally good at sniffing out the best deals:

bestfares.com : have to join for $59 for full access, but great site
biztravel.com : somewhat focused on business traveler;
expedia.com : great upgrade recently; simple building your trip
travelscape.com : well organized; linked to expedia
travelocity.com : linked to Sabre, the travel agent reservation system
trip.com : wide selection; comparison shop with links to airline sites
cheapseats.org : this is a wash; extensive registration; hardly worth it
cheaptickets.com : slow, clunky, . . .but cheapest int’l fares
lowestfare.com : airline ticket consolidator; best deals at last minute
priceline.com : these folks you already know about :-)
frommers.com : like the travel guide books by the same name
concierge.com : mapping, destination information (from Fodors), links
fodors.com : same as the popular guidebooks
iexplore.com : aimed at adventure sites
www.lonelyplanet.com : like the books by the same name; rugged traveler
timeout.com : info. about events in 33 cities; 20-something crowd

(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)

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GREAT SEARCH SITES

WebWatch Isn’t it crazy the way it seems you can find out just about anything any more by searching the web? But how does one find a “needle in a haystack”? Well with the following search sites, now you can! Alternate between the following until you’ve found a favorite:

about.com : expert human guides compile links and info.
altavista.com : directory of categories; related to babelfish
askjeeves.com : GREAT site for asking plain English questions about all!
brittanica.com : search the Internet or the whole Encyclopaedia
copernic.com : get a free utility program that searches 12 engines
directhit.com : specializes in returning the most relevant short lists
excite.com : popular, full-service, owns webcrawler.com
magellan.excite.com : concept-based search site
alltheweb.com : claims to have indexed more pages; impressively fast
go.com : search portal using categories, advanced features; metasearch
google.com : goes extra mile, ranks pages, shows search words in context
hotbot.com : owned by Lycos; more advanced search features; fine-tune it
lycos.com : full-service search portal; slightly awkward
metacrawler.com : collect results from a dozen search engines at once
northernlight.com : in addition to normal, one can pay for deeper search
profusion.com : up-and-coming metasearch portal
savvysearch.com : results from 11 different engines
snap.com : owned by NBC Internet; TV ads; personalizable
yahoo.com : full-service portal that pioneered organization by category

(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)

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WIRELESS PORTALS

WAP device Have you made the jump to wireless yet? I’ve been using an OmniSky modem with a Palm V and I’ll have to admit — it’s very freeing. There have been times that I’ve been out on the road, away from the office, when I didn’t want to take time to fire up my laptop and link it to my cell phone — because a quick two-line email would do. The Palm V with the OmniSky modem is perfect — in the USA, that is. In addition, the unlimited wireless web connection is a whole new way to think about the Internet. Anyway… here are some top sites for wireless web users:

avantgo.com : 350 Internet channels for Palm and Windows CE
air.go.com : customize for your unit; use translators and more
go2online.com : address and locator service, info. provider
mobile.msn.com : lately, one of the best
omnisky.com : The broadest available content — for a price
www.oraclemobile.com : customizable portal with tons of options
shadowpack.com : download the new web-clipping application; great portal
speedia.com : free news, finance, weather, stock lists, etc.
wolfetech.com : only available for Motorola or RIM pagers; fee involved
yahoo.com : use your yahoo email account wirelessly; categories
yodlee.com : one password to access all your online accounts; timesaver

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NEW BIBLE COURSE FROM GRACE NOTES

graduation cap On August 11, 2000, GRACE NOTES will begin distribution by e-mail of three new verse-by-verse courses in books of the Bible: 1 THESSALONIANS, 2 THESSALONIANS, and REVELATION. In these courses, lessons are distributed weekly by e-mail. There is no charge! If you prefer, you can request delivery of and (or all) course(s) all at once as a Microsoft Word 6.0 file. It will be sent as an e-mail attachment. Send your request to Grace Notes wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  ; specify which course(s) you want, and which delivery method (weekly e-mail or attachment) you prefer.

note (Note that Brigada Today doesn’t ever “endorse” any particular doctrine or ‘flavor’ of teaching — so you’ll have to decide for yourself which parts of these kinds of courses fit with your own understanding of scripture — “eat the corn and leave the cob.” corn on the cob :-) )

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THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM A STARVING COOK

We recently hosted a series of luncheons and dinners at Team Expansion, all held during a busy [and large] Christian convention here in Louisville, Kentucky. The “Celebration Meal” point person on our team (Yay Todd! :-) ) secured the help of his mother (Yay Peggy! :-) ) and we were off to the races. Of course we realized it would be hard work for everyone involved, but perhaps it didn’t really dawn on us exactly how much work it would be until we started seeing Peggy at work from one meal to the next. Yikes. gulp The truth is, on one particular day she worked from nearly dawn ’til dusk without stopping. When the day was done, we all realized too late that Peggy, the cook, hadn’t stopped to eat even a bite for herself! What’s more, now that the day was done, she was too exhausted to even think about eating. She went home a very tired (albeit fulfilled :-) ) volunteer.

I’ve been thinking about the old adage about cooks who work so hard that they end up starving. At Team Expansion, we have a Pastoral Care specialist who reminds us regularly just how important it is that our missionaries get quality input while on the field. But in spite of Donna’s best efforts — with all the cooperation we can muster — the truth is that we occasionally still see burnout, fatigue, or worse yet, even moral failure and complete crumbling of missionaries’ spiritual foundations.

How can this be? How can these noble professionals leave house and home, family and friends — then end up themselves as a casualty on the highway to Heaven. They sometimes set out with the highest intentions and end up with the lowest inclinations. They witness to countless souls, starving spiritually and/or physically, then end up starving themselves — physically or spiritually.

What can we do about “starving cooks syndrome?” One idea is to designate a “Donna” in your own mission family — someone who will constantly monitor (and wave the flag for) “member care.” That representative could attend the “Pastor to Missionaries” conference in December (to be held at the JAARS Center, Waxhaw NC — read all about it at http://www.barnabas.org/f-ptm.html ). Check out the links at http://www.missionarycare.org/links.html for even more ideas.

But maybe the simplest act of kindness we can do is just to look around us. Those of us working at those meals saw that Peggy was giving of her whole self . . . and we probably urged her to eat something at one point or another that day. But . . . those in leadership probably need to take greater steps than simple words. We probably need to urge and take action to prevent “starving cooks syndrome”. We can’t afford hungry soldiers. It’s just not acceptable in the army in which we all serve.

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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!

20000709 Brigada Today

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PAYPAL IS A BIG HIT

Paypal logo Goodness! PayPal is a hit. Apparently there are several of us who were looking for some easy way to pass funds across the Internet. An International Director of one mission org. wrote (in an unsolicited response), “…The information was quite helpful. About two years ago we put the Perspectives course online. Unfortunately we did not have an easy way for people to pay for the course. It seems PayPal may be the answer.” A missionary who lives next to a university responded, “I have rental property for students at Michigan State in East Lansing. I have been looking for a program like this that would enable them to pay this way. I hope it will work out this next lease term. I want to go to China to tutor in accent reduction and conversational English. While I am gone this will provide a way to collect payments.” And in regard to the referral bonus ($5 that PayPal sends to Brigada Today if you use the link below), one mission worker wrote, “I have been thinking about using them for a while; even wrote them a couple of questions and got a very good and detailed answers. I can think of no one that could use the fiver more than you.” [blushface blushing] Unfortunately, one Brigada participant reported that PayPal only works in the USA. :-( But we’ll keep researching and maybe find a system for international use too. Maybe we can find a good free system for online banking! In the meantime, once again, if you need to pay someone over the Internet — from now on you no longer need to resort to faxing your credit card information or whatever. Just use PayPal. It’s free! And in fact, you’ll get $5 free just for signing up, once your account is verified! Plus just by signing up, you’ll be sending $5 to Brigada Today too! I’ve studied this . . . and I can’t find a single “downside” to it. Free money for you . . . free money for Brigada. Just click on this link to get started: https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org
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VIDEO OR LINKS FOR UNREACHED PEOPLE

movie camera WebWatch cd-rom If you know of videos of specific unreached peoples, or web links to people profiles which are not already on the AD2000 web site: http://www.ad2000.org, please forward the information to Barbara Bills barbatad2000dotorg  (barbatad2000dotorg)   by August 9. The updates are needed now for inclusion on a CD-ROM currently being produced for release at CM2000 in Jerusalem.
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FREE STREET CHILDREN MANUAL

book Action International Ministries recently reprinted its $15 manual, CRISIS ON THE STREETS (A Ministry Guide for Taking the Street Out of Street Children), edited by ACTION missionary Jeff Anderson. This 100-page, 8 1/2 x 11 manual has excellent principles and guidelines for working with street and underprivileged children in Asia which are applicable worldwide. Its eight chapters deal with statistics, biblical foundation, job description of a street worker, how to get started, networking, first aid ministry, confronting drug abuse, prayer and fasting, workshop guidelines, ministry planning forms, and sample surveys. For a free manual, contact the offices of Action International Ministries at PO Box 398, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043, USA, 425-775-4800, d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet  (d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet)  ; PO Box 280, Three Hills, AB T0M 2A0, Canada, 403-443-2221, 75342dot663atcompuservedotcom  (75342dot663atcompuservedotcom)  ; PO Box 193, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2GZ, United Kingdom, 01299-401511, actionukatbtinternetdotcom  (actionukatbtinternetdotcom)  ; PO Box 5263, Christchurch, New Zealand, 643- 355-7514, crcatcrconlinedotorg  (crcatcrconlinedotorg)  . (It would be appreciated if those requesting a copy would cover the cost of postage and handling.)
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OPERATION WORLD TO PROVIDE BRIGADA WITH URLS

WebWatch It’s confirmed. The folks preparing the Operation World web site lists have definitively confirmed that they will provide Brigada Today readers with a free downloaded copy. So… stand by! Also… Andrew, the Publications Manager for WEC International in the UK, filled us in on the fact that the upcoming Operation World will be available in book format and in CD format — as well as the combo edition. Yahooo! Yahoo
Thanks to Michael . . . and Andrew!
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NEED FOR SWAHILI NEW TESTAMENTS

Bible The Swahili evangelistic paper ministry UPESI is looking for a supplier of Swahili New Testaments. Existing UK-based groups can no longer supply. Please write to Beryl: bjshannonatsoondotorgdotuk  (bjshannonatsoondotorgdotuk)  
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ARE YOU INTO APOLOGETICS?

letter and ligntening bolt Are you serving on a field where you need to establish the truth of the scripture? Leaderu.com, one of the most content-rich Christian apologetics site on the Net, is offering a free subscription to Apologia Report, a weekly e-mail research journal apologia.org – normally at a subscription price of $20/year. To qualify, all you need to do is read an article from the LeaderU Real Issue archive http://www.leaderu.com/menus/ri.html.
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FULLER SEMINARY NOW OFFERING ONLINE COURSES

graduation cap Interested in a unique learning experience? Earn a 6-course Certificate of Christian Studies online. Fall 2000 quarter courses include:

  1. MC 520 Foundations of Church Growth
  2. MP 520 Introduction to Modern/Postmodern Culture.

Receive a special $100 discount rate for Fall registrations. Visit http://www.fulleronline.org for more information and details on signing up. Call: 800-999-9578 or 626-584-5266 E-mail: idl-infoatdeptdotfullerdotedu  (idl-infoatdeptdotfullerdotedu)  

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CALLING ALL MISSIONARIES FROM THE UK

WebWatch The OSCAR UK Information Service for World Mission is calling all UK missionaries, whether at home or overseas, to visit the OSCAR website http://www.oscar.org.uk and discover for themselves numerous resources that will save them time, energy and money. OSCAR, which stands for “One Stop Centre for Advice and Resources”, is also available via email only: infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)  .
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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE GROWING AIDS EPIDEMIC?

syringe Some 1.7 million children have lost their parents to AIDS. Now you can prepare to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Attend the University of the Nations HIV/Aids School, October 26, 2000 – January 22, 2001 (Outreach to follow). For info. call 808-326-4433 or write admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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HOW TO SEGMENT YOUR PEOPLE GROUP

10/40 window Take a look at http://www.newWway.org this month. There’s an easy to read article about segmentation that will help your team know how to identify the segments of your people group so you can plan the best approach to take to get your message to them. You’ll also find other great articles on Photo Tips for Missionaries… How to Hit a Home Run With Your Website… Bridges for Sharing the Gospel with Postmodern People…and a Growing Archive of Media and Communication Planning Helps Surprisingly Simple Communication Strategy for Media Saturated Environments.
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MIDDLE EAST SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MINISTRIES

graduation cap The School Of Frontier Ministries (SOFM) is geared toward those who are seriously considering a call to the 10/40 Window. It is situated in one of the most strategic cities in the Middle East, which means you will be living within the local culture from the start. Subjects include: Islamic Studies, Community Development, Strategic Coordination and Business, Economic and Entrepreneurship Strategies. For info. write infoatsofm-uofndotorg  (infoatsofm-uofndotorg)  .
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RAISING THE BAR FOR SHORT TERM MISSION

calendar In January 1999 the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada began a process of building consensus amongst leaders on how to improve the effectiveness of short-term mission. The end result is the Code of Best Practice for Short Term Mission. The code will be officially launched at the Short-Term Mission Forum 2000 on September 22, 2000 at the TIM Centre at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. Who Should Attend? Mission Agency, School, Denominational, Mission Committee and Local Church Leaders who are involved in the mobilization, equipping, sending and leading of short-term missionaries. Any leader who wants to learn about the latest cutting- edge tools for helping teams do short term mission in an effective way will not want to miss this event. Visit them online at http://www.globalmission.org or email them at EFCGlobalMissionathomedotcom  (EFCGlobalMissionathomedotcom)   for conference information and registration form.
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NEED A SPOT FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY IN THE USA?

How ’bout San Diego? Check out the Real World Tour at http://www.realworldtour.org. They are offering weeklong and weekend exposure trips for Christians around the world to minister cross-culturally in the City Heights area of San Diego where a multitude of different ethnic groups call home. The emphasis is on giving people a taste of cross-cultural ministry and providing some basic training in evangelism.
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A TOOL OF CHOICE FOR TESL

cassette Audio Scriptures International has an attractive two-pocket, two-cassette album with a printed booklet designed for TESL programs The one cassette is in English and the other is in the student’s first language. When a student reaches a certain level of proficiency, the two-pocket album and printed booklet are incorporated in the TESL program. The student is pleased with progress as he/she reads along, listens and practices frequently. ASI will send one of these attractive albums and booklet to anyone who’d like to examine it. Your request and a token gift to cover the postage is all it takes. Be sure to say what language you want in the second pocket! Check it out at http://www.audioscriptures.org or write asi-caatxcdotorg  (asi-caatxcdotorg)  .
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TESOL SCHOOL IN KONA, HAWAII

graduation cap The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ) at the University of the Nations in Kona will be held beginning Jan. 29, 2001. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following. The exact schedule is from Jan. 29th to Mar. 9th, 2001. A teaching & cultural outreach to China for approx. six weeks is also being planned immediately following the practicum. For more information contact tesolatuofnkonadotedu  (tesolatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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UNREACHED MEGA PEOPLES OF INDIA

book The new book by that name was released on 20th September 1999. It deals with 100 groups with over a million people each. It contains their profiles (2 pages each), maps of their location and density, statistics, possible organizations working among them and prayer points. There are also articles by specialists on people group advocates, people group approach. This book will inspire you to pray and lead you into action so that these peoples will be blessed and redeemed. Published by the India Missions Association, get your copy for $20 plus shipping and handling. Call (in the USA) 626-398-2314 or write ihsatuscwmdotorg  (ihsatuscwmdotorg)   to order your copies.
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INDOLOGICAL BOOKS AVAILABLE

books A book service focused on Christianity in India is online at http://samyujdhara.com. Over 1200 books are listed and are topically arranged to assist in locating subjects of interest; title and author searches are also possible. There is hardly an area of interest in mission for which some study from the Indian context is unavailable. Select studies in Hinduism, other Indian religions and Indian culture and history are also listed. Searches will be undertaken for books and subjects not listed. Brigada subscribers may avail of a ten per cent discount on all purchases by identifying themselves as such. For further details contact infoatsamyujdharadotcom  (infoatsamyujdharadotcom)  .
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YOUR FAVORITE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION TRAINER???

Louise (from Scotland) 101657dot2346atcompuservedotcom  (101657dot2346atcompuservedotcom)   would love to hear about your favorite language acquisition trainer for a resource list she’s preparing. Please include name, contact info, experience, availability, and any fees they normally charge.
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WILL LAST WEEK’S ISSUE BECOME A COLLECTOR’S ITEM?

Brigada Logo :-) I doubt it. But if you were sharp, maybe you noticed it was dated June 29 which is a Thursday! Brigada Today issues have been dated with Friday dates (regardless of when they’re actually mailed :-) ) for … like… years. (Ever since one reader complained about the way the initial issue dates kept jumping around from one day to another!). So… with last week’s mistake, we wonder if the “2000/06/29” issue will become… a collector’s item??? :-) Maybe it’ll even double in price! :-)
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JUICY REPORT FROM AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK

ad2ksm Whoa. Patrick Johnstone and John Robb must have sharpened their pencils prior to pulling together a candid (and sometimes stinging) assessment of the AD2000 & Beyond “Unreached Peoples Resource Network.” As they looked in the mirror of the past decade, they milked some pretty sacred cows. Read on if you’re interested.
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE AD2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES NETWORK

Some of the accomplishments they listed included…

  1. Hundreds of new networks focused on specific people groups
  2. Many of those people groups were adopted by Western churches
  3. New videos like “The Challenge of the Unfinished Task” were produced and distributed
  4. The Joshua Project 2000 list was created and distributed
  5. “The profile of URPs immeasurably raised to be the touch-stone of the unfinished task – what a change to 25 years ago.”
  6. A “large increase in national and regional research into the least reached in many, but sadly not all, countries.”

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ROBB & JOHNSTONE: “LESSONS LEARNED”

They also listed several “lessons learned”. (I’ve noticed that we use that term — “lessons learned” — when we sometimes mean “dropped balls.” :-) ) Here are a few summary excerpts…

  1. Difficulty finding the right leadership
  2. Difficulty coordinating across “tracks”
  3. “Brilliant and exhilarating leadership by the international office for the first 6-7 years of the movement, including encouraging annual progress meetings, gave way to a more uncertain (perhaps exhausted) stance as the year 2000 deadline neared and its commitment to go out of business loomed.”
  4. “On the research side, we had to go for a selected list to compile the JPL [Joshua Project List] which brought us into significant problems”
  5. Simplistic definitions of peoples and artificial divisions of the world into the 10/40 Window and non-10/40 Window countries led to over- response and seeming exclusion of vital countries
  6. “The Adopt-a-People program has not really taken off to the extent we hoped. Were we too optimistic about the enthusiasm we would find?”
  7. “The 10,000 population and 5% / 2% Christian / Evangelical helped us to make the JPL viable and was right for the resources and info then available, but it did create too much argument and dismay!”

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JOHNSTONE & ROBB: “RECOMMENDATIONS” FOR NEXT TIME

Finally, they offered several “recommendations for a new movement.” Here’s where, in parts, it gets rather “juicy.”

  1. Next time go with a more “complete list of peoples”
  2. Focus on the holistic mission rather than only church planting
  3. “The last 20 years has been a race to find the URPs and start ministry among them. The next 20 years will change the task from quantifying the task, to quality of ministry in the task.”
  4. Any future movement should be closely tied with Lausanne, WEF and the new Great Commission Roundtable, not an independent, autonomous effort which duplicates efforts and damages relationships among leaders as happened with the birth of the AD2000 Movement.”

I think it’s commendable that Brothers Johnstone and Robb were able to be so . . . frank. Perhaps it’s even more commendable that the report has been released directly by the AD2000 International Office — a tribute to the office’s willingness to subject itself to objective assessment. See the flashback below.

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FLASHBACK TO GCOWE ’95

gcowe95 There were times that I thought that AD2000 & Beyond would help us shape a global strategy. Now that we have the ability to look back, I guess I’d have to say that the skeleton was indeed there . . . but there were too many bones. :-) In other words, the task was, perhaps, just too overwhelming for any human staff, even if it’s headed by a Luis Bush!

I took a walk back memory lane and glanced at an item I wrote in the “26 of May, 1995” issue of Brigada Today. It was titled, “GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY.” The item went like this: “They came together from all over the world — 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization — and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose — to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won’t be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered???

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DOUG’S SUMMARY OF GCOWE ’95

Back in May ’95, I wrote… “Among the themes remembered will be …

  1. Reconciliation — Japanese with Koreans, Arabs with Jews, Russian Orthodox with evangelicals, denominations with other denominations.
  2. 10/40 Window — From the sermons and presentations to the planning and even the singing… we won’t forget the imaginary rectangle stretching from ten to forty degrees North of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia, where the greatest concentration of unevangelized people reside.
  3. Int’l participation — Not only were two-thirds of the participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia, but the majority of the consultation’s funding came from those nations as well. Western missionaries took notes as African, Asian and Latin American leaders presented their successful methodology. They had become full partners in the task.
  4. Prayer — At the great evangelical consultations (Lausanne I, Lausanne II in Manila, etc.), prayer has always been an ingredient. But some — even the “old-timers” — said they couldn’t remember a time when prayer permeated every component so thoroughly. Who can forget the Cities Track closing, where Viv Grigg organized separate, targeted prayer for each region being reported on? Who will ever forget the Concert of Prayer during the plenary? Prayer in the hallways, prayer in the national meetings, prayer here, prayer there…… prayer as a major weapon or tool in our confrontation with the enemy. It was clear that prayer had finally “arrived” — and was seen as a superior “weapon” in the international worker’s tool box, along with less powerful tactical strategies or scientific church growth approaches.
  5. Networking — Some said that the most valuable times came not during a main plenary session, or even the tracks, but rather in the hallways, over the dining tables, and on the buses, where international workers from around the world met up with mutually helpful contributors from continents around the globe.
  6. Promise — From all the media accounts and reports from the International Office, you’d think this would be the consultation to end all consultations! Well it just might be! As strategies are completed and partnerships gel, God just might raise up international forces that would reach parts of our world that have never been reached before.”

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THE PART WE LEFT OUT

I continued in that May ’95 item… “In the end, however, what was GCOWE 95 not about? From all appearances, it was not about a global plan. Perhaps it was never meant to be. At one point in the conference, I wrote, “Today, I’ve been sensing a special burden for the fact that there are only four days left of this conference. I’m only one participant — but as for this participant, I was very concerned about the fact that to me, it seemed we hadn’t been told exactly what part we were all supposed to play in this giant tapestry that is supposed to be called, the AD2000 & Beyond movement. In other words, how will we honestly pull it off…. the goal of “A Church for Every People, and the Gospel for Every Person by the year 2000.” I was feeling that there was no “global master plan.” I was feeling as if it was being left to chance. I was asking myself, “Can it be done by Dec. 31, 2000?” I was answering, “Unless someone spells out a strategy in the next four days, I’m not sure there would be any earthly means. It would be totally in God’s hands.” Then it occurred to me, maybe that’s exactly what the leaders of this conference want us to realize. They’re hoping we’ll take this goal and apply it to our own network, be it country-wide, region-wide, or wider. They’re hoping we’ll carry it to our ‘track’ — be it “Saturation Evangelism”, “Denominational Leaders”, or whatever. As a result, it feels…. less “organized.” (OM Director George Verwer says “Where two or three are gathered together, there you have a mess!”) It feels kind of as if we’re leaving something to chance. On the other hand, the AD2000 & Beyond movement’s leaders are probably asking themselves, “How can we presume to forge a global plan among so many varying participants?” And you know what? They’re probably right. Even if they tried… it probably would never work. Maybe the world is too complex to divide up into a mosaic of people groups and expect various parts to “claim” various segments of the tapestry. Maybe it won’t feel as tidy — but maybe it’s for the best. ……… And, after all is said and done, maybe they’re thinking that we toss out the bold goal that would be impossible through man’s efforts — then we all go to our knees knowing that it all depends on God. If God accomplishes it, we will celebrate. But even if He doesn’t, we will still have formed a church that looks more like his prayer in John 17. And maybe that, in and of itself, is worth all the energy invested!”
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WAS AD2000 WORTH THE EFFORT?

I doubt that anyone would answer “Naaahhhhh.” :-) Too many good things have come out of it. If you don’t believe that, look at the latest copy of Mission Frontiers. (It’s on the web at http://www.missionfrontiers.org. 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 see in PDF format!) But Robb and Johnstone certainly help us see the past decade in perspective. I’m afraid some will say, “We told you so.” Me? I guess I tend to side with those who would say, “I like AD2000’s way of doing world evangelism better than others’ way of not doing it!” :-) Because however it all shakes out, lots of Great Commission Christians prayed for and met lots of previously untold people. As for me . . . I like that. :-)
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITE?

WebWatch Patrick Johnstone is at this time working diligently on the 6th edition of Operation World. Michael Jaffarian, a missionary researcher with CBInternational (formerly Cons. Baptist For. Miss. Soc.), is helping him with a few things. One of them is a new feature for this edition: an appendix of websites that Operation World readers might find useful as they seek to learn about, pray for, and evangelize, the nations and peoples of the world. So what websites should be included? Please send any and all ideas to Michael MichaelDawnaatcompuservedotcom  (MichaelDawnaatcompuservedotcom)  . He is interested in secular, religious, Christian, and missions sites, in informational, denominational, and organizational sites, and especially in websites that are specific to individual countries – he hopes to list helpful sites for nearly every country in the world. Send they his way and we’ll try to get the final list here at Brigada Today so you can “click and go” instead of having to type them all in from the book. What do you say, Michael? :-)
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NEED TO EXCHANGE MONEY? TRY PAYPAL

Paypal logo My son recently wanted to purchase some soccer “collectors’ cards” (like the baseball cards of old) and in the process, I learned about PayPal. You can sign up for free, send money for free, request money and even receive money from other PayPal clients — all for free! I registered and paid the guy — and it worked like a charm. You can even do electronic funds transfers to your bank account… and withdrawals . . . all for free. I’m thinking… this would be a terrific way to arrange a “low-tech” electronic payment setup for missions support. Businesses are supposed to pay a 1.9% commission, but I’m presuming that non-profits would be considered “non-business” customers… and I know individuals are okay — for free. Your account is insured up to $100,000 and you even get a $5 sign up and referral bonus, if you convince others to join. There’s email-based customer service — and they even answer! :-) So like they say, you could use PayPal.com to settle restaurant tabs with colleagues, pay friends for movie tickets, or buy a baseball card at an online auction – all with the click of a mouse! PayPal charges the money to an existing credit card or bank account. It’s faster, safer and easier than mailing a personal check. As soon as you sign up, register your credit card and verify a bank account (small fee), PayPal will automatically send you $5! Signing up is quick, easy and you can download the money to your bank account at any time. No strings attached. So if you need a quick and easy electronic payment approach, try it — you just might like it. And if you’re going to try it anyway, why not click on the link below to sign up and see for yourself. Yup — it’s supposed to credit our Brigada account with $5 … but would you believe I would have recommended it anyway? (Okay — so I’ll admit — the $5 would be nice. :-) But I’m serious — it’s a great service for free.)

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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!
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