Monthly Archives: December 2000

20001231 Brigada Today

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WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA FINALLY SHIPPING!

book This long-awaited Second edition, updated and expanded, in a two-volume set, an unparalleled source of information… is now available. Order it from WorldChristian News (a ministry of YWAM International), and get it at a 22% discount (save $64.90) if you order during January 2001. For more information, visit http://www.ywam.org/books/wce.htm or email Paul wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  . Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if he’s using PayPal yet… so you can also be on the safe side and fax your order to: 719-380-0936.
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WORLD CHRISTIAN RESOURCE DIRECTORY NOW ONLINE

WebWatch Thanks to Ken, who recently managed to get all his resource lists online! This is an incredible stack of pointers, vendors, and other resources of al kinds. Check it out at: http://www.missionresources.com

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MORE INFO ON THE CHINA PRAYER CALENDAR

praying hands The new Intercessors for China 2001 prayer calendar is now available in both Engish and Chinese versions on the web! Themes this year are The Persecuted, the Poor, and the Pioneer Missionaries. Use this calendar to pray strategically, comprehensively, and specifically for China. Each month profiles a province. Each week features a city. Each day features a person or group. To order a calendar, go to http://www.prayforchina.com or call 888-462-5481 in the USA or via Net2Phone.

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CULTURE & LANGUAGE TRAINING SEMINARS

calendar MissionPrep is now offering it’s cross-cultural seminars ifor new missionaries in Vancouver and Toronto. Culture & Language Training– February 11-23 2001 in Toronto. This seminar integrates Cross-Cultural and Language Acquisition Skills for the new missionary going overseas. Language Acquisition Seminar– March 31st- April 12th in Vancouver. This seminar is jointly sponsored by Gateway, AIM Centre & MissionPrep. It provides foundational skills for learning another language. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or browse http://www.timcentre.com/missionprep
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MINISTRY MATERIALS FOR WOMEN

In an effort to network women leaders around the world, Kim latvia4himatjunodotcom  (latvia4himatjunodotcom)   would like to compile and share a list of training materials specifically for ministry to women. Would you happen to know of training materials that are available in languages other than English, such as Russian, Spanish, German, French, etc. An example of these materials might be: bible studies, leadership courses or training materials, team development materials, church planting, evangelism and discipleship materials, etc. All responses will be complied and made available through Brigada. Thanks!
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SECOND CONSULTATION ON MINISTRY TO MUSLIM WOMEN

Christar, Arab World Ministries, US Center for World Mission, and Frontiers mission organizations are working together to hold The Second Consultation on Ministry to Muslim Women. It is going to be held at Eastern College (St. David’s, PA, near Philadelphia), June 8-10, 2001. College students, missionaries and lay women are invited to learn from experienced workers among Muslim women, to network with women involved in ministry to Muslims and to become better prepared and equipped for this ministry. To register or get more information, visit our website at www.gospelcom.net/awm/womens.html or contact Debi by e-mail at debiatawmdotorg  (debiatawmdotorg)  
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MORE TIPS FOR PICKING UP POP3 EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt First, Mike told us about a secure option that uses SSL technology. You can find out more at http://www.pop3now.com. Here, you can create an SSL link directly to your POP3 account and read or write e-mail securely. With Hotmail, you can pull in a copy of mail on your external POP3 server, but cannot manage the mail on the server. Using www.pop3now.com is also more secure since it uses SSL encryption. You might also try http://www.yahoo.com. At least one Brigada paricipant likes Yahoo because they don’t ever cancel your service.
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SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF SHORT-TERM MISSION OPPORTUNITIES

WebWatch Mission Data International recently rolled out a new website devoted to short- term missions — ShortTermMissions.com. The website features a fully searchable database of short-term mission opportunities. It provides detailed descriptions & requirements on short-term opportunities from many organizations. ShortTermMissions.com also includes in-depth mission agency information, articles, and discussion forums. It is an excellent resource to refer people to. Take a look! Go to http://www.shorttermmissions.com/ and try a search for a 1-2 week short-term opportunity to Latin America for instance. Also, stop by the discussion forums. For more information e-mail InfoatShortTermMissionsdotcom  (InfoatShortTermMissionsdotcom)  .
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BULLETIN GOES BIWEEKLY

The Web Evangelism Bulletin is relaunching as a shorter biweekly ezine in January. It will continue to cover important issues in communicating the Gospel online – and in other ways too – stressing the need for outreach to other cultures and languages. Ideas for church websites are frequently featured. Every issue brings news of effective outreach, new site launches, ideas that you can use, plus webmaster tips.

To subscribe, send blank email to: web-evangelism-subscribeatlistsdotgospelcomdotnet  (web-evangelism-subscribeatlistsdotgospelcomdotnet)   or visit: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webevangelismbulletin.html

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FREE EMAIL TO MOBILIZE GERMAN-SPEAKING BELIERS (GERMAN)

“Perspektive” ist ein zweiwöchentlicher Informationsdienst, um interessierte Institutionen (Gemeinden, Missions- und Hilfswerke, Kirchen) und Personen (Missionare, Laien, Pastoren)auf Angebote zur praktischen Arbeit in der Weltmission Gottes hinzuweisen. Ein Service der Akademie für Weltmission, Korntal. (Hindenburgstr. 36; 70825 Korntal; smfataemdotde  (smfataemdotde)  ) Info: http://www.egroups.com/group/Perspektive. Subcribe: Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  
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FREE EMAIL TO MOBILIZE GERMAN-SPEAKING BELIEVERS (ENGLISH)

“Perspektive is a free biweekly email-service to inform institutions (churches, Missions, NGO’s) and individuals (missionaries, pastors, christians) about world mission. It’s a service of the AWM at Korntal, the german center of world mission (Hindenburgstr. 36; 70825 Korntal; Germany). Info: http://www.egroups.com/group/Perspektive. Subscribe: Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Perspektive-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  
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MOBILIZE FOR MISSIONS WITH THE BOMM

Brigada Logo Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers (BOMM) is an electronic forum where anyone interested in mobilizing Christians to complete world evangelization can exchange questions & answers, testimonies, resources, news, needs, and addresses having to do with world mission. This conference is based on brief articles submitted by subscribers for the benefit of others. To participate, send submissions to NateWilsonatXCdotorg  (NateWilsonatXCdotorg)  . (Congratulations, Nate, on just passing the 1000 subscriber mark! Yahoooo!)
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INTEGRATING MEDICAL PRACTICE WITH MINISTRY

syringe Many health professionals and students want to address their patients’ spiritual needs, but simply don’t know how. The Medical Strategic Network (MSN) of Campus Crusade for Christ offers professional conferences to train health workers to sensitively and ethically integrate faith and practice. Led by an on-site faculty team of practicing physicians and nurses, participants will become equipped through lecture, case studies, panel discussions, role-play, small group interaction, Q & A, and a field practicum. You’ll learn to take a spiritual history, master a gospel presentation, and get hands-on experience with patients. There are 25 hours of CME, Category 1 and 31 hours of CEU are available. Upcoming 2001 conferences: Southern California Feb 15- 19 and June 17-21; Orlando Oct 17-21. Visit http://www.GoMETS.org or call 909-797-2549, or e-mail fireseedsatGoMETSdotorg  (fireseedsatGoMETSdotorg)  .
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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!

20001224 Brigada Today

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AD2000 & BEYOND CLOSES ITS DOORS

ad2ksm Well, as of this issue, we close a chapter not only on a decade but also on a millennium. Interestingly enough, we also say goodbye to a close friend of Brigada Today, the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. Started in the late 80s in an attempt to mobilize and unite splintered outreach efforts from around the world, the AD2000 staff, headed by a visionary leader named Luis Bush, coined or at least popularized such now-common terms the “10/40 Window” and the “Joshua Project List of Unreached Peoples.” Created with a mandate that had eternal ramifications, AD2000 was carefully crafted to never become a permanent power base. As a result, its founders imagined a movement as flat as a pancake. To emphasize its humility, it purported to dissolve itself at the end of the decade. I suspect that many along the way must have quipped, “Yeah, right… Like AD2000 is going to close its doors.” I mean, after all, I imagine missions history books will probably write it up as one of the most influential missions mobilization movements of the 20th century — if not one of the ten most successful movements in history. So my hunch is that probably nobody really thought they’d close down. Well guess what: They’ve apparently done it!

And, though they weren’t able to go out with a bang (at Celebrate Messiah 2000, which was canceled due to a host of problems, not the least of which were striking visa clerical workers in Israel and ongoing tensions among Muslims and Jews in the Holy Land), they at least did what unfortunately few organizations dare to do: They kept their word. They closed the doors. Though we ache at its passing, we celebrate its integrity. Though we dread the vacuum left behind in its wake, we year to be so true to our principles. Though we can’t imagine life without its colorful presentations of the planet’s least reached peoples, we now carry with us a pattern for telling others — and Luis, we will carry the baton forward as best we can . . . though perhaps we will never be able to carry it with as much class as you did! Thanks to you, Luis, and to Barb, Dan, Deb, Tom, Mary Ann and the many other sometimes unsung heroes of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. To all the National and Regional leaders, to all the Track Coordinators and Chairmen (I never did figure out the difference between a Coordinator and a Chairman :-) ), to all the volunteers, to all the donors . . . thank you, thank you, thank you!

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AD2000’S LEGACY LIVES ON: ATTEND THE CONFERENCE THAT NEVER WAS!

ad2ksm Virtually, that is. You see, AD2000’s legacy lives on. For example, maybe Celebrate Messiah is one of the most interesting conferences that you’ll never get to attend. And maybe it’s one of the few in history that you can still attend even though it never happened! :-) I’m talking about the materials that were dutifully posted on their web site day by day, at the appointed times (as if they were real-time), even though the conference didn’t happen. So basically, you can experience just about everything but the traveler’s diarrhea. :-) Just click to: http://www.ad2000.org and select the Celebrate Messiah link at the top of the page. You can read the greeting from Luis Bush, just as he would have given it; you can almost hear Eric Watt as he excitedly explains that as “A Movement Ends. A Revolution Begins.” Hear as he talks about “Standing on the Shoulders and not in the Shadow,” “The World Sees Bones, We See an Army,” and “A Movement Ends.. A (Spiritual) Revolution Begins.” You can even do an all night prayer session with David Bryant! So don’t be a no-show at Celebrate Messiah. Be there… virtually! :-)
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LAST SUMMARY (PROBABLY) FROM AD2000

ad2ksm We tip our hats one last time to Dan Scribner who became the data-cruncher par excellence for AD2000. His latest report…

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1581
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1095
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 499
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” end year 2000 – 232
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” mid-year 2002 – 0

He has posted current copies of all JP2000 files at: http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/download.htm Also, if you have Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free on the web) you can get a fully formatted, printable version of the Joshua Project list is now at: http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/jpllist.pdf

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TEMPTED BY ONLINE PORN?

In February 2000 a study revealed an “alarming rate growth in the number of [Chr] men becoming addicted to viewing online pornography”. Pride makes men believe they are “mature enough” not to be ensnared. Only 5% of all Chr households block pornography or provide a method of accountability. But it has been said that pornography intensifies an individual’s drive to serve oneself rather than serving others. What’s more, 70% of pornography websites are accessed during the 9-to-5 workday. Two tips to nip it in the bud: 1) set up a technological solution to deny access to online pornography and (2) set up some method of accountability–a pro-active solution that will keep the problem from happening and provide an example to other men.
Helpsites:

  • http://www.onlinesexaddict.org
  • http://www.victimsofpornography.org/index.htm
  • http://www.porn-free.org
  • http://www.SettingCaptivesFree.com
  • http://www.safesitesyellowpages.com (under construction)

    Filters:

  • http://info.lifewayonline.com
  • http://www.hedgebuilders.com
  • http://www.characterlink.net
  • http://www.fol.net
  • http://www.711.net
  • http://www.safeaccess.com
  • http://www.afafilter.com
  • http://www.iExalt.net

    (Congrats to Chr Computing Mag for tackling the subject. CCM Special Issue Fall 2000)

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    FREE WEBHOSTING

    WebWatch Those looking for free or low cost web hosting for their church or mission should check http://100best-free-web-space.com/ which has reviews and specifications of 100 hosting services. You can see if a site offers cgi support, or has annoying pop-up ads, or will allow you to use your own domain name. (Thanks to Steve shayesatdunelmdotorgdotuk  (shayesatdunelmdotorgdotuk)   for the tip!)

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    PICK UP NORMAL POP3 EMAIL FROM ANYWHERE

    letter and ligntening bolt Traveling and want to pick up your POP3 normal email? Open a Hotmail account. Then enter ‘Options’. Insert details of your POP3 server, user ID and password and click OK. By logging onto Hotmail and clicking ‘POP Mail’, you can pick up your real email, from several POP3 accounts if wish, from any computer anywhere. Note – if you reply, the message will appear to come from your Hotmail account rather than your real account – unless you go back to potions/Preferences, find the ‘Reply to’ feature, enter your real email address here. Then your replies will be shown as coming from your real email address. Note – if you don’t use your Hotmail account every 60 days, they will cancel it. http://www.hotmail.com (Thanks to Tony for the tip!!!)

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    THE FOOLISHNESS OF GOD

    book The book “The Foolishness of God” is an autobiography of a young woman from Georgia who obeyed the call of God on her life and went to Mexico in obedience to the Great Commission. Her vision was to “sow the seed of the word, and it won’t return void”. In April of 1964, her husband, Jerry Witt, was shot down in his plane while dropping in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. He and his fellow labourer who accompanied him that day were killed instantly, and their bodies were taken to the county seat and placed on public display to demonstrate “the judgements of God against these protestant christians”. This book is published by Creation House, and if you’d like to order a book (or books) please feel free make requests to:

    Sarah Henley
    653 Ellerbe Gardens Blvd.
    Shreveport, LA. 71106-7456
    sagehenatbellsouthdotnet  (sagehenatbellsouthdotnet)  
    Tel: 318-869-0134
    Fax: 318-869-0136

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    READ THE BIBLE THROUGH IN 2001, CHRONOLOGICALLY!

    Bible Read through the Bible in a year, using a daily Bible reading schedule from Grace Notes. With this arrangement, you read the whole Bible in a year, but in the chronological order of events. So, for example, many of the Psalms are included with the readings for historical books, because they were written at the time of those events. Likewise, the writings of prophets are included with contemporary historical events. To receive the Bible Reading list, send a request to Grace Notes wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  .

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    GREAT PRICES ON TOSHIBA LAPTOPS

    computer Todd, our good friend working in Bosnia, tipped us off on what he says is a great location for cut-rate pricing on Toshiba laptops. See for yourself at: http://www.cornerstoneportable.com or contact Steve Maurer, CornerStone SMaurer4JCataoldotcom  (SMaurer4JCataoldotcom)  . (Thanks Todd!)

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    LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!

    graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 1-July 14, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Be language sensitive. Unsecured internet site in China. For more information, write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  . http://www.tesoltraining.com

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    MISSIONS BOOKS CAN BE FUNNY TOO

    book A funny missions book? Unbelievable but true, Siberian Shivers is a collection of true anecdotes told by Bill Harris, a missionary serving in Siberia. Each story is humorously told, then wrapped up with insights of practical use to newcomers to the foreign scene, whether or not they are headed for cold climes. Here is an entertaining way to get a real eye opener to culture shock issues sure to be faced in any culture. Check out Siberian Shivers! You can read the first story “Uaz Adventure” for free by going to: www.william.n.harris.homepage.com/sibshive.htm or order directly by writing to: sleepydickatbigfootdotcom  (sleepydickatbigfootdotcom)  . It’s never been cooler.

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    DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

    lighting the way That was the hot topic this past week… “Where in the world do we get a copy of that China prayer calendar mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today?” :-) Well, unfortunately, I can see why you would ask! Last week’s item “CHINA PRAYER CALENDAR” contained not a shred of a web URL or email address. We went back and searched for the original email and, sure enough, it wasn’t in there either. However, the contributor was johnswematyahoodotcom  (johnswematyahoodotcom)  . So I have a hunch he should be able to help you. Sorry for any confusion!
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    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO CATCH THE PAUL BORTHWICK’S CALL TO MISSION

    WebWatch Join more than 20,000 students, missionaries, pastors and other guests as Urbana 2000 continues its broadcast over the web this week at http://www.urbana.org. The webcast includes on-demand audio and video clips of speakers and worship music, summaries of talks, prayer requests, stories and testimonies of students, as well as chats with speakers. Paul Borthwick’s call to mission takes place Saturday night, the evening of the 30th.
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    ACTORS NEEDED FOR WYCLIFFE DINNER THEATRE

    theater mask Wycliffe Bible Translators is in need of actors for its USA-based traveling dinner theatre, Spread The Word. They’re raising the temperature for missions in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Northern California this spring with the drama “Martyred: the Chet Bitterman Story.” Check out the website at http://www.wycliffe.org/events/Theater/NWactor.htm or e-mail mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg  (mark_eatonatwycliffedotorg)  . Also, if you are interested in catching a performance in your area (they serve an authentic South American meal with every production), call Wycliffe Bible Translators Northwest regional office at 800-269-2007, or e-mail holly_eatonatwycliffedotorg  (holly_eatonatwycliffedotorg)  .
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    GEO ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICE TO ANSWER MISSIONARIES’ QUESTIONS

    WebWatch Global Economic Outreach (GEO) is making its Personal Touch (TM) search engine available to missionaries worldwide. Missionaries can complete a simple online form describing needed information on a professional, vocational, technological, or related issue. The request may be to advance community / economic development efforts or to address operational needs. A GEO staffer or volunteer will research the issue and respond with the needed information and/or introduce a skilled advisor. For more information, visit GEO’s site http://www.teamgeo.org/agencies.htm.
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    DOOR-MATS

    car At MATS “the sole objective is to save you money when you need to purchase, lease, or rent vehicles for ministry”. We serve both Foreign Mission and Domestic Ministry needs. Furlough Rental Program, Field Vehicles, New, Used, Most any make most anywhere. Check out their webpage at: http://mats.org or email caratmatsdotorg  (caratmatsdotorg)  
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    TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM AMONG AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP

    graduation cap This is the third year that TESOL has been taught in this location in the Southern Philippines. This four week intensive TESOL course is taught by an experienced American instructor and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group at a local university. The course dates are April 17 -May 15, 2001. The cost is only $400 US dollars which includes board, lodging, 4 books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens is P 10,000 RP Pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody Kuka kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph  (kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph)  .
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    EMMAUS ROAD INTERNATIONAL MINI-ACTS TRAINING COURSE UPDATE

    graduation cap Due to an increasing demand on ERI’s schedule to conduct seminars and training sessions internationally, the scheduled dates for the four- week course are (at least temporarily) suspended. This includes the previously scheduled dates in March of 2001. Please see http://www.eri.org or email emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)   for further information.
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    BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

    *Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
    *Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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    *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!

    20001210 Brigada Today

    In this issue….

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    PACE-LAB CONFERENCE TO BUILD ON BRIGADAFEST

    PACE Logo It all started back in 1995. I had been asked to serve as point-man for a missions mobilization event in Lexington, Kentucky that we eventually dubbed Envision ’96. Our agenda was clear — to seek to link local churches and partner missions agencies with least reached peoples around the globe. Right away we discovered just how hard it was to get information about unreached peoples. In an effort to build networks, pass along information and share resources, we kicked off Brigada Today in January 1995. About one year later, we sponsored the first-ever “Pit-Stop” in Louisville, Kentucky. About 35 people showed up. Later in the spring, another Pit-Stop in Dayton drew just over 100 mobilizers. But by the time we got to Envision ’96 in Lexington the following fall, over 4000 excited missions enthusiasts gathered together in the largest arena in the city. There were exhibits everywhere. An “Adoption Center” registered people group selections by hundreds of participating registrants. The dream took hold.

    Now, five years later, the dream is still alive. And those who wish to pursue it — and launch new initiatives along the way — are gathering at PACE-Lab in Louisville, Kentucky. There, you will be blessed in hearing the past failures and successes of other PACE Projects. You’ll have the chance to link together with other churches and agencies, relying on others’ expertise in various ways. You’ll be directed toward helpful project outlines, CD’s, job descriptions, web pages, to-do lists, videos, etc. etc. etc. And we follow up by helping you develop actual plans, measurable goals and, Lord willing, tangible results.

    Interested? Check it out on the web at: http://www.teamexpansion.org/pacelab You can study the hour-by-hour schedule, look at the map and driving directions, and even register & pay online! We’d love to have you there!

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    AD2000 & BEYOND MOVEMENT: CLEANING OUT ITS DESK

    ad2ksm It must have been discouraging for the AD2000 folks to have to finally pull the plug on the “Celebrate Messiah” shin-dig they had been planning in Jerusalem. My own take on the cancellation announcement? Not all that surprising. First, the ongoing regional tensions in that part of the world were only worsened by the bombing of the Cole. Then when those Israeli visa staffers went on strike, leaving half the registrants with no hope of permission to enter . . . well . . .let’s just say that it’s unhandy to organize an international conference without visas for the visitors. :-) But reading between the lines, I’m guessing that it was also disappointing to only have 1300 registrants to begin with. This was supposed to be AD2000’s big end-of the-decade celebration. Some 4000 people brought the movement into full swing at GCOWE ’95 in Seoul. To have less than a third of that number join in the close-out rally must have seemed somewhat anti-climactic. So add in all those factors and it should come as no surprise that Luis Bush sent out apology emails yesterday, canceling the entire event.

    Is it a step backward? Only if you think the AD2000 Movement consists primarily of convention events. (If you believe that, just check out their website at: http://www.ad2000.org

    By next week this time, they will officially have shut down just about all operations. But to me, AD2000’s primary accomplishments had more to do with building networks, goals, passion and a list for the unreached. Now that I think about it, maybe it’s a more humble exit this way. I mean… after all… we can’t really celebrate yet… because the vision of “a church for every people and the gospel for every person” has not yet been completed. So maybe we should save the “Celebrate Messiah” conference for the actual accomplishment of the original vision. So maybe we’ll have no trouble with that conference. Maybe the visas won’t be a problem. Because maybe that event of all events will take place in the air!!! :-)

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    ISLAMIC STUDIES IN ASIA

    graduation cap Earn up to 9 graduate credits in Islamic studies at the Institute of Islamic Studies to be held April 09 to June 01, 2001 on the contemplative mountain campus of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines.

    • Course 1: “Introduction to Islam”:
      • Wk 1-Historical Development & Overview (Dale Fagerland);
      • Wk 2-Folk Islam (Dr. Robert Douglas);
      • Wk 3-Peoples of Islam (Dr. Jim Bennett).
    • Course 2: “Apologetics”:
      • Wk 4-Comparative Theologies (Faouzi Arzouni);
      • Wk 5-Answering Islamic Objections (Daniel S. Scot).
    • Course 3: “Approaches to Islam”:
      • Wk 6-Contextual Approach (Dr. Phil Parshall);
      • Wk 7-Narrative Approach (Dr. Paul Parks);
      • Wk 8- Practical Approach (Dr. Stuart Robinson).

    Brochures available from aptsatxcdotorg   (aptsatxcdotorg)   or by calling (63)(74) 422-7068. Or, on the web at http://www.apts.edu/. Registration deadline: March 01, 2001.

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    BRIGADA SURVEY SAYS…

    Brigada Logo Remember that readership survey we conducted to learn more about our Brigada family? Some of the results are now in hand… with more to follow. So far, it looks as if about half our readers are from North America. The other half is from everywhere else on the globe, just about, with Asia in the lead with 17% of all readers. Two out of five of us are field missionaries. Some 20% are mission agency types and another 20% are some other full-time ministry role. A final fifth are lay people. Students make up about 3% of the readership, according to the survey thus far. 93% of us speak English as our first language, with the final 7% divided between everything else. About 2 out of 3 of us are male. And over 1/3 of us learned about Brigada Today via an email from a friend who had already subscribed.

    That last stat was telling. If you know of someone who should be reading Brigada Today, would you tell them about it? Thanks for your help in promoting world evangelism! (Thanks to Jim McGee of Campbell- Research for all the data reporting! We’ll look forward to more later!

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    TESOL COURSE

    graduation cap Youth With A Mission (Lebanon, PA USA) is offering a TESOL course June 18 to July 13,2001. This extensive and highly academic course enables the graduate to teach English as a second language in most countries of the world. The entire cost of the course is $900.00 USD. If you feel this skill will enhance your effectiveness on the mission field or at home contact: Youth With A Mission, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, Pa 17046 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  
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    LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH IN CHINA!

    graduation cap A six-week TESOL course will be held June 1-July 14, 2001 in Henan Province at an American owned university. Teaching opportunities will be available upon successful completion of the school. The course will utilize proven American instructors and curriculum. Be language sensitive. Unsecured internet site in China. For more information, write tesol2001athotmaildotcom  (tesol2001athotmaildotcom)  .
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    CROSSROADS DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING SCHOOL (CDTS)

    graduation cap Youth With A Mission, Lebanon, Pa USA is offering a CDTS April 23, to July 13, 2001 with an eight week outreach to the Muslim Tatar people of Crimea, Ukraine. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,495.00 plus $25.00 registration fee. The outreach has a cost of approximately $2,000.00. For information contact: Youth With A Mission, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, PA 17046 USA. Phone 717-272-3153. or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  
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    CHINA PRAYER CALENDAR

    praying hands The new Intercessors for China 2001 prayer calendar is now available in both Engish and Chinese versions. Themes this year are The Persecuted, the Poor, and the Pioneer Missionaries. Use this calendar to pray strategically, comprehensively, and specifically for China. Each month profiles a province. Each week features a city. Each day features a person or group. “Oh Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from an honest heart.” Psalm 17:1 (NLT)

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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)  
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    *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!

    20001204 Brigada Today

    In this issue….

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    NEED FREE COMPUTER HELP?

    computer Try Wycliffe Associates! This is one item you might want to file away somewhere!! Just send an email describing your computer problem to the appropriate email address below.

    • General Computer help-computergeneralategroupsdotcom  (help-computergeneralategroupsdotcom)  
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    • Desktop Publishing help-dtpategroupsdotcom  (help-dtpategroupsdotcom)  
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    • Network Questions help-networksategroupsdotcom  (help-networksategroupsdotcom)  
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    • Internet related help-webategroupsdotcom  (help-webategroupsdotcom)  

    A page of useful computer tips and resources on the Internet is available at http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/pctips.html

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    EUROTRAIN 2001

    Top Flight Leadership invites you to nominate a young leader (high school or college age) for EuroTrain 2001, a unique adventure style leadership and ministry training experience. Accepted participants benefit from a mentoring relationship at home prior to assembling in Denver, Colorado for additional training. The training includes everything from rock climbing in Wyoming to field trips and practical ministry in Europe. EuroTrain utilizes a strong historical mentoring component. Each student will read a historical biography and later visit strategic locations in the life of these historical mentors. Imagine reading about William Carey and then visiting the church where he pastored when he wrote his Enquiry and made his maps of the world! EuroTrain participants will gain an understanding of servant leadership, develop practical ministry skills, expand their vision for the world and take beginning steps toward developing a personal mission and life map. For more information and to nominate online go to http://www.experiencingleadership.com or email infoattopflightdotorg  (infoattopflightdotorg)  .
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    DAILY UPDATE FROM MISSION NETWORK NEWS

    letter and ligntening bolt Want a free update from Mission Network News? Get all the news that’s fit to email by sending a blank message to mnn-news-subscribeatmnnonlinedotorg  (mnn-news-subscribeatmnnonlinedotorg)  . (Thanks Greg!)
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    NEED A VIDEOPHONE? CHECK OUT HOWARD’S

    telephone Maybe it’s time for a dedicated “videophone” like we used to read about in those old “Tom Swift” science fiction books. :-) If you’d like to learn more about this AT&T product, write Howard Indialoverataoldotcom  (Indialoverataoldotcom)  . Though, according to Howard, it retails for $1299, he’s able to offer them to Brigada Today participants for just $299 plus $14 shipping. His supply is limited… so better act fast! It doesn’t use the Internet… and a videophone would be needed on each end of the conversation.
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    HOW TO ORGANIZE A CONFERENCE

    A worker home on furlough wants to learn the ins-and-outs of organizing a field retreat/conference. Can anyone put her on the trail of good courses, web sites or other venues for becoming educated in this type of thing? For example, what’s the best software for registration info, what should a hotel contract say, common practices in dealing with the hotel & charter bus companies, list of tasks for a generic event, etc. She’s also wondering if anyone can suggest what venues / organizations might be contacted in an attempt to recruit experienced conference planners to do this work on behalf of field workers, or their sending agencies, on a full or part time basis? Please send your suggestions to Sharen sjedenatpoboxdotcom  (sjedenatpoboxdotcom)   and she will be happy to collect the responses and make them available to the Brigada family in the future. Thanks!
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    TRAINING FOR CHURCH PLANTERS

    graduation cap Maybe you’d like to learn about church planting? The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) in Union Mills, NC is hosting a seminar on Church-Planting in a cross-cultural setting, Jan. 8-12, 2001. Taught by Dr. Tom Steffen of Biola University, this course is a survey and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various church-planting models and strategies used around the world. It identifies key factors that the church planter can implement in a context specific, phase-out oriented church-planting strategy. For more info, write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call toll free (or via Net2phone) 800-887-1786. You can also visit their website at http://www.citi.org.
    (Thanks to Chris and the Team Expansion HeartBeat Online for this info! To subscribe to the “HBO”, just send a message to heartbeat-online-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (heartbeat-online-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .)
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    FREE WEBHOSTING RESULTS

    Brigada autoresponderTwelve people responded to Ross’ request for information about website hosting for non-profits at relatively cheap cost or free of charge. The key stipulation was that the host allow domains. An investigation of the sites recommended by the Brigada family indicates the range extends from free to low cost website host providers. Some of them are operated by Christians to support mission and mission agencies. Some provide email services as well, while others do not. One provider lets you build a free web page (similar to eGroups) with online giving facilities from surfers/donors. Some allow domains while others allow only sub-domains. For the full report, send a blank email to web-hostingatbrigadadotorg  (web-hostingatbrigadadotorg)  . Ross’ new site, by the way, can be found at http://www.h-c-r.org.

    Thanks Ross!!!

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    DIRECTORY OF INDIA MISSIONS

    book Here’s a book that reportedly contains information about major missions in India. It includes a brief history of missions, objectives, types and areas of ministry, and postal and E-mail addresses. A model study of four missions is also included. (Published by IMA in October 2000; Pages 180). For your own copy, just send a donation of 150 Indian Rupies (plus Rs. 20 for postage) or $10 for overseas orders (including postage) to INDIA MISSIONS ASSOCIATION. Inquiries and orders can be directed to the:
    INDIA MISSIONS ASSOCIATION
    PB 2529 48 FIRST MAIN ROAD
    EAST SHENOY NAGAR
    CHENNAI TAMIL NADU 600 030
    INDIA
    Email them at imahqatvsnldotcom  (imahqatvsnldotcom)  .
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    FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MISSIONS MAJORS

    graduation cap Central Christian College of the Bible (CCCB) is offering full-tuition scholarships to any full-time student intending to go into missions or ministry. CCCB’s goal is for students to be able to graduate debt-free, so they can go overseas or start ministry immediately. Details of the program are on their web site under “Admissions”. Room & board costs will be less than $3200/year. CCCB is receiving four times as many applications as there are available spaces, so early application is recommended. For additional information, or to apply on-line visit http://www.cccb.edu or contact the admissions department at iwant2beatcccbdotedu  (iwant2beatcccbdotedu)   or call toll-free or via Net2Phone 888-263-3900. CCCB has been devoted to training preachers, ministers and missionaries for nearly half a century. (Thanks Wendy!)
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    PERSPECTIVES IN 2001

    Over 100 Perspectives courses begin in January 2001. Bill Bright calls its “unbeatable”, Floyd McClung says “It’ll ruin you for the ordinary!”, George Verwer suggests it is “absolutely essential”; it is standard training for mission mobilizers continent-wide. Beginning in January, 105+ sites throughout North America “open wide their gates” to Christians of all backgrounds for 15 evenings of mission challenge and study through the Perspectives Study Program. Graduate and undergraduate credit is offered at nearly every location. See http://www.perspectives.org for Perspectives Spring 2001 start dates, contact info, local web site links and general endorsements. Who in your church needs to be discipled with the whole world in view? Send them to Perspectives! (Thanks Mark!)

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    BIBLE MEMORY MULTI-LINGUAL

    Bible What computer programs might be out there (preferably economical) that assist in Bible Memory? Of special interest are ones where the user can customize the passages to memorize and even use other languages. In other words, the program will basically provide the structure, some sort of review feature, perhaps grade your progress, keep track of topics, etc. Current user feedback on efficiency – ease of use appreciated. Please respond to Jon jonekbladatwritemedotcom  (jonekbladatwritemedotcom)   His results will appear in a future Brigada Today.
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    BUILDING MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

    book Building Credible Multicultural Teams by Lianne Roembke has been republished by William Carey Library. This “landmark study on multicultural mission team… is filled with significant data, relevant insights, and practical ways to help multicultural teams work well.” (Dr. Ken Williams, International Personnel Training Consultant, Wycliffe.) It can be ordered by emailing Ordersatwclbooksdotcom  (Ordersatwclbooksdotcom)  , or, in German, Multikulturelle Teams: Risiken und Chancen, write verlagatcampus-ddotde  (verlagatcampus-ddotde)  . Dr. Roembke travels widely speaking on this and related subjects. The next weeklong seminar for mission leaders, HR and Member care staff will be in Cyprus, May 7-11, 2001. For registration information contact: Timatmemctdotorg  (Timatmemctdotorg)  .
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    CROSS-CULTURAL PREPARATION COMING UP

    graduation cap Anthropology for Strategic Ministry Planning is a three-week intensive course which covers the foundational issues needed for all cross-cultural ministries. Major topics covered are the study of social organization of communities and people groups, research methods, the anthropology of religion, cultural analysis, and culture theory. It is through the framework of this study that a strategic ministry plan can be developed. This class, taught at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina by Dr. Richard Lewis will be held from January 15-February 2. To register or for more information, write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call 800-887-1786 or visit http://www.citi.org.
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    SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS’ TRAINING

    graduation cap COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training Int’l have announced their 3rd Annual Short Term Mission Leaders Training Seminar, April 26-28, 2001, in Honolulu Hawaii. This 3-day intensive program focuses on building a short term training program that can be used in your own setting with coaching, resources, and other fine help available from experienced training staff. Tuition is $199 per person and lodging and meal packages are available from $189 for the three days. For more information and discount airfare quotes contact Greg commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   or access the COMMIT Ministries web site http://www.commitministries.org.
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    SHORT-TERM MISSIONS IN HAWAII

    (Okay . . . I won’t make a single joke about how it’s a “dirty job”. I’ll print this exactly as we received it! :-) ) Are you willing to give just four weeks of your life to help needy churches with their VBS programs this summer…on the outer islands of Hawaii? The schedule is set for July 8-August 5, 2001. The team will work with needy churches in Maui, Molokai, and Oahu and help with a work project in Waianae. Cost is just $2285 per person and includes RT airfare from just about anywhere in the US, ground transportation, Interisland air travel, most meals, lodging, adult supervision, and all materials related to the work project. For more information contact Greg commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   or you may access the COMMIT Ministries web site http://www.commitministries.org.
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    ‘BUILDING NETWORKS’ GUIDE

    ad2ksm AD2000 & Beyond tells us that they only have 42 Building Networks books left. Here’s your last chance before their office closes down forever. This book contains the networking and resource sections of the Adoption Guidance Program at: http://www.ad2000.org/adoption/index.htm. Sale price: $10 plus postage. Order from infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  .
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    RADIO TRAINING

    Want a short residential course on both the practical and communication aspects of evangelistic radio? Radio Worldwide, based in Leeds UK, offer regular short courses, particularly suitable for non-Western Christians wishing to work in radio. Radio Worldwide sometimes also operate training courses on the field. http://www.rww.clara.net or write adminatrwwdotclaradotnet  (adminatrwwdotclaradotnet)  .
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    COMPUTER HELP FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED

    computer Associate of Christian Community Centers aims to encourage Christians to help the underprivileged (especially youth) gain empowering computer expertise. Their email list shares information on grants, computer donations and other information. They are also looking for similar ministries to be added to their website.
    List: http://www.egroups.com/subscribe/acccc/
    Site: http://www.acccc.org/
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    NOW AVAILABLE

    book The 2001 edition of Into All The World, the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook, is ready for action! It’s 100-pages in length with 16 articles and includes “Short-Term Missions Today” as a special 40-page Editorial Feature Section, plus, 9 Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts, and an 8-page Resource Product Section offering 84 different books, videos and training manuals. Request all the copies you can effectively use! They come for the modest S&H costs, plus (your budget permitting) a requested 50 cents/copy ordered. An invoice will be enclosed with the shipment. Contact Bill Berry, Publisher, at BerryMissionsataoldotcom  (BerryMissionsataoldotcom)  .
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    ATTENTION CHRISTIAN SCUBA DIVERS

    Does anyone know of an international organization for Christian scuba divers? Even national organizations would be a start. The question comes from intercessors with a burden for a small country in the Indian Ocean that is a divers’ paradise. It seems like Christian divers would be a natural pool to draw from to mobilize intercession for this otherwise little-known, very Muslim country. If you have leads, please contact Jane at jrumphatlibertybaydotcom  (jrumphatlibertybaydotcom)  .
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    CHRISTMAS WISH FROM THE BRIGADA FAMILY

    Brigada Logo Looking for just the right words to wish that special someone a merry Christmas? Well… if he or she is from one of the following languages, maybe you’re in luck! :-) Here’s how to say “Merry Christmas” in over 33 languages!, as published previously in Brigada Today:

    Afrikaans ‘n Geseende Kersfees en ‘n voorspoedige Nuwejaar
    Afrikander Een Plesierige Kerfees
    Albanian Gezuar Krishtlindje
    Arabic I’D MIILAD SAID OUA SANA SAIDA
    Armenian Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
    Azeri Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
    Basque Zorionstsu Eguberri. Zoriontsu Urte Berri On
    Bengali Bodo Din Shubh Lamona
    Bohemian Vesele Vanoce
    Breton Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
    Bulgarian Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
    Celtic Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
    Chinese :
    Mandarin Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
    Catonese Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
    Hong Kong Kung Ho Hsin Hsi. Ching Chi Shen Tan
    Cornish Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
    Cree Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
    Croatian Sretan Bozic
    Czech Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
    Danish Gladelig Jul
    Dutch Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
    English Merry Christmas
    Esperanto Gajan Kristnaskon
    Estonian Roomsaid Joulu Puhi
    Farsi Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
    Finnish Hyvaa joulua
    French Joyeux Noel
    Frisian Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
    German Froehliche Weihnachten
    Greek Kala Christouyenna!
    Hawaiian Mele Kalikimaka
    Hebrew Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
    Hindi Bada Din Mubarak Ho
    Hungarian Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
    Icelandic Gledileg Jol
    Indonesian Selamat Hari Natal
    Iraqi Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
    Irish Nollaig Shona Dhuit
    Italian Buone Feste Natalizie
    Japanese Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
    Kala Khristougena kai Eftikhes to Neon Etos
    Korean Sung Tan Chuk Ha
    Latvian Priecigus Ziemas Svetkus un Laimigu Jauno Gadu
    Lettish Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
    Lithuanian Linksmu Kaledu
    Manx Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
    Maori Meri Kirihimete
    Marathi Shub Naya Varsh
    Navajo Merry Keshmish
    Northern Sotho Matlhatse le matlhogonolo mo ngwageng o moswa.
    Norwegian God Jul Og Godt Nytt Aar
    Pennsylvania German En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
    Papiamento Bon Pasku i Felis Anja Nobo
    Pig Latin Errymay ristmaskay nday appyhay ewnay earyay
    Polish Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
    Portuguese Feliz Natal
    Rapa Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
    Romanian Craciun Fericit
    Russian Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
    Serbian Hristos se rodi
    Slovakian Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
    Samoan La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
    Scottish Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ur
    Serbian Hristos se rodi!
    Singhalese Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
    Slovak Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
    Slovene Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
    Spanish Feliz Navidad!
    Swedish God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt Ar
    Tagalog Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
    Tamil Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
    Thai Sawadee Pee Mai
    Turkish Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
    Ukrainian Srozhdestvom Kristovym
    Urdu Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
    Vietnamese Chung Mung Giang Sinh
    Waray Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tu-ig
    Welsh Nadolig Llawen
    Zulu Nginifisela inhlanhla ne mpumelelo e nyakeni

    In addition, here’s a piece of artwork originally from “Mark.” Best wishes from all of us at Brigada Today (like we’ve got this great big staff! :-) )

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    "BOAS FESTAS"
    "JOYEUX NOEL"
    "VESELE VANOCE"
    "MELE KALIKIMAKA"
    "NODLAG SONA DHUIT"
    "BLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDA"
    "GOD JUL"
    "BUON ANNO"
    "FELIZ NATAL"
    "FELIZ NAVIDAD"
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS"
    "KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
    "VROLIJK KERSTFEEST"
    "FROHLICHE WEIHNACHTEN"
    "BUON NATALE-GODT NYTAR"
    "HUAN YING SHENG TAN CHIEH"
    "WESOLYCH SWIAT-SRETAN BOZIC"
    "MOADIM LESIMHA-LINKSMU KALEDU"
    "HAUSKAA JOULUA-AID SAID MOUBARK"
    "'N PRETTIG KERSTMIS"
    "ONNZLLISTA UUTTA VUOTTA"
    "Z ROZHDESTYOM KHRYSTOVYM"
    "NADOLIG LLAWEN-GOTT NYTTSAR"
    "FELIC NADAL-GOJAN KRISTNASKON"
    "S NOVYM GODOM-FELIZ ANO NUEVO"
    "GLEDILEG JOL-NOELINIZ KUTLU OLSUM"
    "EEN GELUKKIG NIEUWJAAR-SRETAN BOSIC"
    "KRIHSTLINDJA GEZUAR-KALA CHRISTOUGENA"
    "SELAMAT HARI NATAL - LAHNINGU NAJU METU"
    "SARBATORI FERICITE-BUON ANNO"
    "ZORIONEKO GABON-HRISTOS SE RODI"
    "BOLDOG KARACSONNY-VESELE VIANOCE "
    "MERRY CHRISTMAS - - HAPPY NEW YEAR"
    "ROOMSAID JOULU PUHI -KUNG HO SHENG TEN"
    "FELICES PASUAS-EIN GLUCKICHES NEWJAHR"
    "PRIECIGUS ZIEMAN SVETKUS SARBATORI VESLLE"
    "BONNE ANNEBLWYDDYN NEWYDD DDADRFELIZ NATAL"
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