Monthly Archives: March 2001

20010325 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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“WHOA!” – THIS IS A KEEPER – “PEOPLESFILE CD-ROM”

CD romGlobal Mapping (GMI) has done it again, with this great new resource for ministry to unreached peoples. They’ve integrated the latest and best information from the leading global missions databases, along with maps of thousands of people groups, to produce this “factbook and atlas of the world’s peoples and languages from a mission perspective.” As soon as I opened a copy of “Peoplesfile”, the first thing I did was search for information on a particular unreached people group our mission is currently trying to research. Lo and behold, they not only had it listed but also plotted! Here was a beautiful full color map with a polygon showing exactly where the [somewhat obscure] people group lived! We had searched tons of sites on the Internet and weeded through page after page in libraries… but nothing could have been so quick and easy as this beautiful little CD. If I were to have had this information in 1984, I could have saved weeks. Granted, now it’s 2001 — but this CD will still save me hours. I’ll be honest — if your work includes any research or mobilization for unreached people groups, it would seem this program should be on your “top ten must-have list.” It should be shipping by mid-April, and is priced at under $40, with bulk quantity discounts available. Read all about it at http://www.gmi.org/products/peoplesfile.htm or contact GMI infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599.
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“HOUSE CHURCH” NEWSLETTER

letter and ligntening bolt Now you can receive a free quarterly email newsletter on house churches with particular interest to Canadians (but others may be interested as well). It’s produced by the Canadian House Church Resource Network, on the web at: http://www.outreach.ca/cpc/housechurches.htm You can subscribe by sending your request and why you would like to receive the newsletter, to chcrnathotmaildotcom  (chcrnathotmaildotcom)  . Or you can find most of what will be included in the email version on the internet at: www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index87.html
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WHERE DOES YOUR MK GET FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS?

John sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom  (sjhfrydatbigfootdotcom)   is trying to find all scholarships, resources and/or funds available for MKs. Since not all missionary families are able to live close to appropriate schools, it would seem that options for schooling are often very limited … and prohibitively expensive (even for elementary school students). Any suggestions, information or ideas are welcome. John will gather all this information and make it available to everybody interested.
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JOIN IN PRAYER FOR THE HAKKAS OF TAIWAN

praying hands This May the YWAM Hakka church planting team, in co-operation with intercessors from around the world, will sponsor their fourth month-long Hakka Prayer Net. Their desire is to raise up at least 1500 faith-filled intercessors who will pray at least 15 minutes every day during the month of May for this unreached people group. Sign up and find out more on the web at: http://www.hakkaministries.org/prayernet2001/signup.htm Spread the news! Of the nearly three million Hakka Chinese who live in Taiwan, only .2% would consider themselves to be Christians. For more information about this prayer project please write hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg  (hakkateamathakkaministriesdotorg)  .
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ONE DAY TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN VANCOUVER BC

calendar The Finnish Bethel Church of Vancouver BC and Global Opportunities are hosting a free one- day tentmaking seminar on Saturday May 5, 2001. Learn more on the web at: http://www.globalopps.org/seminar or contact AJ at ajatglobaloppsdotorg  (ajatglobaloppsdotorg)  . (If you would like to attend/host one of these seminars in your area, write AJ.)
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap A “Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need),” offered by Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations, is slated for Camaragibe (Recife), Brazil, June 03- October 27. It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 2 months practical in Recife. For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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WEST AFRICA REGIONAL CONSULTATION – “CRAF 2002”

calendar The next West Africa Regional Consultation will take place May 05-12, 2002 and will continue to help to focus the attention of the Church on the needs of frontier church planting among unreached people groups in West Africa. Just as in Dakar and Bassam (sites of previous consultations), organizers hope to provide a forum where key mission leaders can meet, interact and make plans for more effective evangelism among West Africa’s least reached people groups. For more information, write Younoussa YDjaoatcompuservedotcom  (YDjaoatcompuservedotcom)  .
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MISSIONS COMPUTING CONFERENCE (ICCM)

calendar The 11th annual International Conference on Computing and Mission is scheduled for June 8-12, 2001 at the JAARS headquarters in Waxhaw, North Carolina. ICCM provides an invaluable opportunity for anyone seriously interested in the use of information technology in international missions to learn and network with others. Get more info. on the web at: http://www.iccm.org or write to infoaticcmdotorg  (infoaticcmdotorg)  .
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BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING

movie camera The new Video Cross-Cultural Training series, “Bridges of Understanding”, is now available through Mission Training International. It is composed of eight video sessions conducted by experts in cross-cultural training and was produced with the format of being video-driven without the need of an experienced facilitator. Though not designed to give one a complete understanding of cross-cultural skills, it should at least serve as an introduction or bridge into another culture. To order call 800-896-3710 in the USA or via Net2Phone or 719-594-0687 from anywhere. Otherwise, write Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or look on the web at: http://www.mti.org.
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WHERE DOES ONE FIND INFO. ON CONFERENCE CENTER OPTIONS?

That’s what Ian idevilliersatvivadotorg  (idevilliersatvivadotorg)   would like to know. For example, he needs a spot for 150 or so participants from South and South-East Asia in 2002 for a conference focusing on ‘children at risk’. So where does he get info. on affordable hotel sites with lots of break-out rooms in a country with visa availability for other Asian nationalities and an international airport? If you know of directories or web sites or whatever, drop Ian a line and he’ll assemble a report for everyone to grab here on Brigada.
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STOPPED IN FOR WEB-PRAYER

Finally, maybe there’s a good reason for this “instant messaging” stuff! :-) Last Thursday night I stopped by the chat room over at: http://www.strategicnetwork.org for a “live” prayer session on Nepal. It was indeed encouraging to “hear” so many people lifting up needs in this one nation… and the same thing has happened recently for Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia. I’ll admit… there was something stimulating about knowing all these folks were praying from somewhere in the world… and they do it every Thursday night. I think this concept is about to explode sky-high. And … while you’re visiting their chat room, check out the growth in groups at Strategic Networks. They’ve been busy!
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WHO WANTS TO BE A MISSIONARY?

Ever fancied a go at “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” or the opportunity to prove you’re not “The Weakest Link?” OSCAR, the web-based UK Information Service for World Mission, has launched it’s very own “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” quiz online. Designed to test your knowledge as a world Christian and potential missionary, the quiz comprises of 15 multiple choice questions on various topics like geography, religion and the history of mission. Anyone achieving a score of 10 or more will be entered in the bi- monthly “High Scorers” prize draw. Confident? Why not give it a try and see how globally-minded you really are? Go to http://www.oscar.org.uk and click on the “Who Wants to Be a Missionary?” link or, if you only have email access, send an email to infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)   with “GET QUIZ” in the subject line.
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CHRISTIAN CHURCH/CHURCH OF CHRIST “ALL-AFRICA” SEMINAR

calendar On October 15-19, 2001, Dr. Leroy Lawson of Hope International University will be the featured speaker at the All Africa Missionary Seminar of the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches (other interested missionaries welcome). The Seminar will be held just outside Cape Town. Ron Butler, veteran missionary, will lead a workshop on “Spiritual Warfare”. For more info, ask Alice fishbackatyebodotcodotza  (fishbackatyebodotcodotza)  .
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THE BACK PAGE: SIX YEARS OF BRIGADA

books and pen That’s right… this issue marks the sixth year anniversary of Brigada Today. Though there were some initial “email conversations” among a handful of individuals as early as January 25th, 1995, we actually “went public” on March 21, 1995. It’s a simple story, really. In November 1994, I was asked to serve as the president of a missions mobilization event that was to take place a couple of years later in Lexington, Kentucky. To prepare for the event, my colleagues and I began to try to find information about unreached peoples. We were aghast that it was still so hard to find good information. To make matters worse, we found it nearly impossible to effectively create or nurture networks among those trying to reach common nations of people. I remembered that a tech from a group called “CrossConnect”, based in Colorado Springs, had helped me send a binary file over the Internet to one of our mission staff in Ukraine. His email address had a funny “xc.org” domain. :-) Boy was I in for a ride. :-) For whatever it was worth, when we began to wonder whether or not the Internet could offer a set of tools for collaboration, I dug out that tech’s name and gave him a call. I remember that day as if it were yesterday. The Internet was something like the “Wild wild West!” And the web was so new, few of us guessed its potential. Over the next few months, that tech — Jonathan Marsden — became one of my closest friends, even though we had never even personally met! He pretty much single-handedly gave us the nuts and bolts and the technical vision for launching a family of interconnected networks via the Internet. When there were no tools for interacting, he would write them. When we had a need for doing something new, he would create. It was truly a time I’ll never forget. Our subscriber base, which started at 2 — Jonathan and I — soon grew to 50 and then, following GCOWE ’95 in Seoul, to 100 and . . . finally thousands. Some of you… many of you… have been with us ever since. There have been Brigada boosters — those who helped us grow the idea. I think of encouragement from people like Luis Bush who gave us a real forum with AD2000’s GCOWE conference. Greg Fritz, of Caleb Project, personally flew at his own expense to several of the initial “launches” for Brigada and the related “PACE Project” meetings. We have received tons of moral support from friends like Eric Derry and Chris Bushnell and many others who actually read this stuff. Amazing. :-) And the mission for which I work (the one which actually pays me! :-)), Team Expansion, has given me lots of latitude to use free time to follow this star. Many other people have helped make the dream a reality down through the years. Revis Ann Massey, an early “tech support” volunteer, answered tons of help questions in a labor of love. Later… and still through the present, Don and Judy Pratt have stood strong in her legacy of offering real live human answers when needed — helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

Many have asked… where’d you get the funny name? :-) Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino (who knows what other languages)! The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message — like the old-fashioned bucket-brigades for putting out fires or like my Crimean Tatar friends in Ukraine when they’re passing gravel to build a new house together, helping one another. We needed a name for the service and… it just seemed like something unique and appropriate.

Well, back to the story, as time passed, there were the inevitable changes. CrossConnect was a brilliant idea but no one knew for sure how to pay for it. What’s more, the “free-wheeling” (pun intended) style of the Internet just made it that much harder for CrossConnect leaders like Pete Holzmann to make ends meet — seemingly everyone wanted a free ride. So in the end, the entire department was sold off to MAF (the airplane people) in Redlands, California. By this time, Brigada had spawned literally dozens of “sub-groups”. There were tons of people-specific conferences, along with role-specialized groups. I suppose they were the true precursors to the “YahooGroups” of today. Though there was no real “web interface”, no one really cared. We didn’t have time to use the web anyway… and few of us had fast connectivity anyway. The web seemed, well, overkill for what we needed — at first. For those who wanted to use it as an archive of past issues, God raised up Bob Mayhew — an amazing volunteer staff-person who is still churning with us today. He’s the single-handed reason that you can go to www.brigada.org and look at all six years of back- issues… and even search them instantly.

The high-tech leaders and the financial numbers-crunchers at MAF’s headquarters were truly caring people. I remember, for example, one week that they flew me out to Redlands to speak in chapel there for the MAF staff. They just wanted to build the relationship all the more. I got to meet with Jonathan and all the others. It was a great celebration… 10,000 subscribers… dozens of functioning sub-groups. We seemed to be flying high. But soon the question was rearing its ugly head again … how do we pay for this technical hardware-heavy, software-laden, connectivity-based cooperating!? MAF finally had to make a tough decision — to start charging either by the byte, or by the message, or by the group, or something. And when they switched over to a fancy new software (remember Lyris?) that was intended to provide new bells and whistles for sub-conference operators, for some reason, many were confused and seemingly left in the cold. As I look back, I don’t think the subconferences every recovered from that shock.

Meanwhile, the web was hot with advertisement-based features at spots like eGroups.com. The very week MAF determined that it had to switch to a fee-based approach, for better or worse, we moved Brigada to eGroups, where we could operate for free. Many sub-group subscribers moved with us. Many found other homes at spots like topica.com. And some probably just disbanded. In the end, with AD2000 hoopla seemingly cooling down and the reality of day-by-day operations setting in, some of the sub- group euphoria just didn’t make the transition. “Brigada” largely settled down to a weekly issue of Brigada Today. [yawn] yawning face [just kidding] :-)

But since those days, StrategicNetwork.org started up… (see item #11 above) and don’t forget www.peopleteams.org (check it out if you haven’t been there lately). These networks filled a real need… and probably did it all the more efficiently using their web interfaces. And since they were run by professionals who were doing it for a living, the staff there had more time — than a Brigada approach, run totally by volunteers, who actually made their living as full-time missionary-types, doing all this Internet stuff on the side as a kind of overgrown hobby. And for those with web access, they probably resonate better than the tools we used to try to pull together in the old CrossConnect days, when a “friendly face” like John Hanna (Caleb Project) had to try to actually manually answer every inquiry personally at the “People Group Consultant” service (remember the “PGC” email on August 25th 1995? If so, you’re showing your “Brigada age”! :-) ).

So today, when people ask, “Where are all the subconferences I’ve heard about on Brigada?”, I just smile to myself and remember the “good ole’ days.” They were filled with high-flying, adrenalin-pumping, marathon all-nighters. They’ll always mean a lot to those who took part in them.

But as always, the real “proof of the pudding” for Brigada (or any other service trying to lift up the needs of the unreached… and the tools for reaching them) isn’t really based in the tool itself… but rather in the act of reaching them. And everywhere we go these days, we see churches and agencies working together to complete the task of world evangelization. As long as that’s happening with gusto, the Brigada dream will still be alive.

But, I must close. We’ve got another six years of Back page editorials to think up. :-) Thanks for being a part of Brigada. I truly hope it’s the best free service you’ve ever bought into. :-) As a final “hoorah” for our sixth-year birthday party, here are three lessons out of many that I’ve learned since those wintery fateful days in January of ’95:

  • RESOURCES — Many Brigada readers seem to like hearing about new resources… maps (remember those 100 Gateway Cities maps from August ’95?), videos, CDs, and even books. Maybe promoting these resources has become one of the key roles of Brigada.

  • RELATIONSHIPS — In the end, it’s not the maps or videos or even the hoopla. It’s the relationships we establish that will last… and those are Brigada-strong.

  • RESOLVE — Many have asked how we’ve managed to keep at it. Though nearly every issue of Brigada Today is “late” :-), we have for better or worse (you be the judge) always gutted it out. In six years time, through thick and thin, sometimes from Africa, Asia, South America, or wherever we happened to be in the world, … we’ve always managed to email you a message… six years times 52 weeks/year… yikes gulp… now there’s a scary thought. 25,733 paragraphs, 85,340 lines, 723,191 words, for a total of 5 megabytes of just verbiage (no pictures)… makes me tired just thinking about it. And speaking of tired, it’s 4:36am. Time to hit the sack.

Oh… did I mention… a lot of Brigada readers like … brevity. Oops. :-)
Yours always,
Doug

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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.

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

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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!

20010318 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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OPEN LETTER FROM OPERATION WORLD AUTHOR

Here’s your chance to help bring out a new edition of Operation World, one of the most effective and time-tested ways to mobilize and pray for global missions. This past week, we received this note from Patrick Johnstone, the author of OW:

“Greetings, and thanks for Brigada!

“Thought I would drop you a line about progress towards completion of OW.

“For prayer: Operation World nears completion, but in the final months before our deadline of 30 June 2001 we must squeeze in about 6 months of work! We value prayer. The huge printing press in the USA is booked for July and we cannot miss our long-fixed slot. Publication is due in early September and the book will be launched on Logos 2 in London Sept 8 and at the EFMA/IFMA jamboree in Florida a few days later. Pray that this may happen! It involves five of us working flat out – me often 14 hours a day.

“Progress to date. We have now completed the draft of the text for every country, and these have been distributed to thousands of respondents for checking. This edition will be the most checked of any hitherto – because of the gift of e-mail, but mistakes, unnecessary errors needlessly painful comments are all possible for we are human! Please pray for objectivity and incisiveness as well as speed!

“We are now writing up the Special Ministries and the Regional summaries. I have just completed Africa and am now tackling the Americas then comes massive, complex Asia.

“In this edition we are beginning the text on most countries with Answers to Prayer – God has done so much in our world over the past decade and we want to ensure He gets the glory for His power revealed in answer to our prayers! Regional totals emerging show that for Evangelicals the 1990s was probably the greatest harvest ever.
Yours in Jesus,
Patrick Johnstone

Here at Brigada, we hold Patrick in the highest respect, so when he takes time to personally write and ask for prayer, we listen! So we urgently covet your prayers on his behalf and on that of the entire OW staff! Please take a moment right now to remember his requests!

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GREAT RESOURCE FOR MISSIONS MOBILIZATION MATERIALS

Here’s a great resource for missions mobilization materials if you happen to live in the USA or know someone who does: 8MORE-BOOKS (866-732-6657) or Fax 706-554-7444 or email orderatomlitdotomdotorg  (orderatomlitdotomdotorg)  . Ask for a catalogue. (Remember that we highly discourage using email for credit card orders.) Noting the obvious lack of a website, we wrote them and they were nice enough to respond, saying that one was in the works. In the meantime, http://www.omlit.om.org says two words “OM Literature” :-).
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ENCOURAGEMENT / DISCERNMENT DEVOTIONALS

If you have any suggestions on devotionals or studies that would help missionaries recharge and refocus, Paul needs your help. In approximately three weeks, he is leaving on a ten-day journey to visit missionary friends who are in a time of transition and who seek the Lord’s clarity in their current location. Send suggestions to michalikattexasdotnet  (michalikattexasdotnet)  .
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TENTMAKER TYPES TAKE NOTE

Brigada autoresponder Thanks to Ken kennethwesataoldotcom  (kennethwesataoldotcom)  , the tentmaking archive has just been significantly upgraded. To get your copy, send a blank email message to: tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)  . The rest is automatic. You’ll receive a copy of the 16K file in your inbox… in minutes. Thanks Ken!!!
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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HTML

Here’s a great website for enlightenment on the good news: http://www.thegoodnews.org/HeresHope/default.htm This is produced by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. (Thanks for the tip, Mark!)
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‘PARADOX’ IN MONTREAL

“Connected to culture, conformed to Christ” will be the theme of a two-month experimental missions internship in the Canadian city of Montreal this summer. Sponsored by the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, “Paradox” is designed to deepen students’ devotion to Christ and develop a team for innovative evangelism in a postmodern, cross-cultural setting through arts, personal relationships and other formats.

Participants will be ministering in the largest city in Canada’s predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec, which several evangelical ministries have labeled as the least evangelized area of North America. For more information, contact David at brazzealsatcanadadotcom  (brazzealsatcanadadotcom)   or check out http://www.prayforquebec.com.

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PRAYER FOR CHILDREN AT RISK

praying hands “The WorldWide Day of Prayer for Children at Risk”, held on the first Saturday on June each year, is sponsored by Viva Network, PO Box 633, Oxford OX2 0XZ. A prayer information pack is available by mail or on the web at http://www.viva.org. The pack is free and has lots of imaginative suggestions for organizing a prayer event including stuff for the kids. Don’t miss the 2nd June 2001. Contact Alan areedatvivadotorg  (areedatvivadotorg)  .
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SEMINAR ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA

calendar The second edition of this 2-volume reference work is now hot off the press. The WCE2 gives detailed information on the status of Christianity and the status of evangelization in every country, religion, people group, language, city, and province in the world – as well as many other valuable resources. It is a goldmine of strategic information for world evangelization. It is also big, complicated, detailed, and sometimes technical. ACMC, Caleb Project, and CBInternational are co-sponsoring an interactive, half-day seminar on the WCE2, on 27 April in Littleton, Colorado. It will be led by Michael Jaffarian, an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia. For more information, contact Lauri Dennis at LDennisatcprojectdotcom  (LDennisatcprojectdotcom)  . If you would like to see the seminar offered in your city (even outside the USA), contact Michael at michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet  (michaeldawnaatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTREACH ADDS “E-MAIL ONLY” INTERFACE

letter and ligntening bolt Those with unreliable or expensive Internet service can now interface with GEO by e-mail. GEO recruits Christian craftsmen, hobbyists, artisans, and professionals to give practical information and assistance to missionaries. “Email only” clients can begin by sending an email to Indexatteamgeodotorg  (Indexatteamgeodotorg)  ; an automated response will give further information. Those preferring secure communications can send an email to Smalltalkatteamgeodotorg  (Smalltalkatteamgeodotorg)  ; this automated response contains no sensitive language or information. All others should interface with GEO through their website http://www.teamgeo.org or regular e-mail address mailatteamgeodotorg  (mailatteamgeodotorg)  .
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INFORMATION REQUESTED ON MINISTRY TO THE DEAF

The Wollongong (Australia) Deaf Church is interested in knowing where in the world there is established ministry to the Deaf, particularly in relation to their planned visit to a Russian Children’s Camp in July 2001. Thousands of Russian children go to the summer camps. This particular camp has about 200 deaf children, who have never ‘heard’ the Gospel. They want to be sure that the Deaf children reached at the camp can properly be followed up. Send replies about this region and others to Michael churchesmaatcyberelectricdotnetdotau  (churchesmaatcyberelectricdotnetdotau)   and they will be compiled into a single report for use by Brigada members. People who are able to share in prayer support for this venture should also contact Michael as above. Thanks Michael!
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NO MORE WARNINGS ABOUT MADALYN MURRAY O’HAIR

Brigada readers are reporting having received several warnings recently about a supposed effort by atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair to have the word “God” banned from the airwaves by the FCC. This would supposedly result in the termination of the television program, Touched by an Angel. These and all future warnings are bogus. Ms. O’Hair has passed on to the hereafter. See the article in the Wall Street Journal’s obituary page: http://www.opinionjournal.com/wsj/?id=85000748. Apparently she was kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from the account of her organization, and then sadly murdered… Not a great ending. But the Wall Street Journal piece is well worth the read. Check it out! (Thanks Justin!)
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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
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20010311 Brigada Today

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CONFERENCE SUBSCRIPTIONS: THE “EASIEST INTERNET FUNCTION”

letter and ligntening bolt I remember early on in the life of Brigada Today, our early “tech support” helper, Jonathan Marsden, used to say that handling one’s subscription to an email conference should be the most basic, most fundamental interaction with the Internet. All the other items… FTPing a file, writing web pages, etc., were perhaps a challenge, but Jonathan could never figure out why it was so difficult for folks to learn to handle their conference addresses. Well here we are, six years later, and today I’m just as mystified as he was six years ago! Every week I get email from users saying, “I’ve changed email providers; please switch my Brigada Today to the following address…” Sometimes they say, “I’m so-and-so’s secretary and he’s no longer with our organization. Could you please cancel our subscription?” And every once and awhile, someone writes with volcano-like anger in their email, as if they’re about to turn me over to the email police! “If you don’t stop sending me these emails, I’m going to do such-and-such.” My answer is always (always) the same. “Hey… it’s automated. With all due respect, you (or someone from your org.) signed up for it; you maintain it.” Since we never subscribe others to this list, that means all of us signed up for it! :-) So please re-read the first few lines of this message, up there by the address header (beginning with the word, “Important!”).

Bottom line: Let’s learn this fundamental Internet protocol of handling our own subscriptions. Asking the compiler of a list of 10,000 subscribers to change an address manually is a bit like asking a representative from your electric utility to come over to your apartment to change a light bulb.

And probably, the odds of it happening are about the same. :-)

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CALLING ALL PERSPECTIVES COORDINATORS

calendar Perspectives Coordinators are invited to the North American Perspectives Field Council and Alumni Celebration, July 19-21, 2001 at Caleb Project in Littleton, Colorado. The theme is “Shape the Movement, Set the Course.” Council chairman Harold Britton says, “We want to hear from YOU as a coordinator, and see YOU participate in the future of the Perspectives movement.” The Field Council meets every third year to discuss issues, provide leadership, and help determine a future agenda. The weekend includes workshops led by seasoned coordinators across the nation and a special Alumni Celebration. A travel subsidy has been donated to help you get to Colorado. Sign-up today at http://www.calebproject.org
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ANTIOCH NETWORK’S ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES

calendar They’re coming together again! From June 27 to 30, 2001 at the Mission Palms Resort, Tempe, AZ, Antioch Network participants can hear Ted Haggard, Gregg Parris, Bob Roberts, George Miley and Lincoln Murdoch. Join dozens of churches as they learn together how to most effectively impact unreached people groups. For a free brochure write to GatheringatAntiochNetworkdotorg  (GatheringatAntiochNetworkdotorg)   or click on: http://www.antiochnetwork.org
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TENTMAKERS TO PITCH TENTS TOGETHER

calendar The TIE (Tentmakers International Exchange) European 2001 Conference will be held at the Hotel Gallo Negro, Coma Ruga, about 100 kms. south of Barcelona, Spain. What a great venue (for a conference or for a holiday! :-) ) You can get direct and cheap railway fare to the hotel from the Barcelona airport, plus full board and conference fee for about 25 Euros ($23 US) per person. (I think I’m feeling called into tentmaking! :-) ) The dates are June 1 to 3. The focus of the conference will be: The Tentmaker Missionary Today: The Missionary Value of Commerce: The Professional and Mission Strategy; The Student’s Future in Mission; Freedom Within the Structures Imposed on Us; Developing the TIE Network in Europe. For further information, contact Derek dgwgreenataoldotcom  (dgwgreenataoldotcom)   Angela angelaatwornetdotorg  (angelaatwornetdotorg)  . (Thanks to Tim TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg  (TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg)   for the tip!)
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WOMEN’S SUMMIT

calendar Beverly Pegues invites you to join her in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 21 – May 23 for the 3rd annual Women’s Summit on the 10/40 Window conference and/or the 4th annual Praying With Power conference on May 24 – May 28. For more information, see: http://brochures.win1040.com/wspwp_reg.pdf (If you don’t already have Acrobat reader, get it at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)
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DIGITAL HOME OR DIGITAL DOG

lighting the way We continued to receive a flurry of emails, warning Brigada participants about “Digital Home” A.K.A. “Digital Dog” (who would name their business “digital dog“???). (The video camcorder source mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today.) Folks recommended http://www.crutchfield.com or basically anything else besides the “dog” site. Interestingly enough, we had been burned here by the “dog” site before, but didn’t realize the digital “home” site was actually the same company! So… buyers beware. caution
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GRADUATE DEGREES IN ASIA AND OTHER POINTS

graduation cap Scott wrote to remind us that Biola offers classes in Chiang Mai, Thailand at Chinese New Year’s time and in August. (The next class will be August 6 – 17.) Students get 1/3 discount, have 10 years to finish program, and all work can be done in Chiang Mai. Applications can be obtained from Shari shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu  (shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu)  . In addition, Tom pointed us to Azusa Pacific http://www.apu.edu where you can learn about extension courses taught literally all over the globe. (Thanks Tom and Scott!)
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TENTMAKING RESOURCES GALORE

Brigada autoresponder Check out the additions to the tentmaking autoresponder, including some great job source sites. Just send a message to tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)  . The rest is all automatic. The 4K file will soon come winging its way into your inbox.
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THE FIELDS IN JAPAN ARE WHITE FOR HARVEST!

At least two mission organizations are stepping up their efforts for Japan. One, Harvest Fields Ministries, has noted that the economy there is in recession and the people are experiencing job layoffs, early retirement and downsizing–things they haven’t seen in two generations. As a result, HFM is beginning a push to recruit 200 church planters to respond to that open door. If interested, write mikeathfministriesdotcom  (mikeathfministriesdotcom)   or visit the “How big is your vision?” page on their website at http://www.hfministries.com. You may also telephone Harvest Fields Ministries at 417-883-4134.

The other organization, Team Expansion, is shocked at the incredible size of Tokyo and the opportunities to impact 30 million people in one city! The Louisville-based ministry is putting together a 10-week program for those who’d like to check it out during the summer of 2002. All participants will work with a combination of seasoned missionaries and local Japanese hosts. For more information, visit them on the web at http://www.teamexpansion.org or write infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  .

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FREE SPANISH FLASHCARDS ON YOUR COMPUTER

If you want to improve your Spanish (or other language) vocabulary, you might want to try “Vocabulary Master” from http://www.transparent.com. There’s an extensive list of vocabulary words included in several categories, and you can edit the lists easily. The bad news: their link to the download doesn’t seem to work. The good news: Terri and Steve found options. Just go directly to: http://www.tldownload.com/ Thanks Terri and Steve (in language school in San Jose, preparing for ministry in Venezuela!)
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NEED WEB ACCESS TO YOUR POP3 EMAIL BOX?

letter and ligntening bolt As Natasaha would say, “nyet problem.” :-) Just go to http://www.mail2web.com or http://www.pop3now.com Input your POP3 mail server, your name and password, and use the web interface to do POP3 mail from anywhere, even if you don’t have your laptop with you! The best part is the price — free! (Thanks to Joe in Myrtle Point, OR and Chris in Louisville, KY!)
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VIRTUAL PRAYER FOR THE UNREACHED

praying hands Every Thursday night at 10pm EST, strategicnetwork.org and livethecall.com have been combining chat rooms to hold a prayer meeting for the unreached. A month ago they were praying for Turkey. Then, two weeks ago they prayed for Afghanistan. Last week 20 people spent an hour praying for India. Next came Kazakhstan and this week it might be Indonesia. Check out the transcripts at http://www.livethecall.com/index.html?a=relationships&b=chat If you would like to participate in a prayer for a particular country or people group, contact them at livethecallatlivethecalldotcom  (livethecallatlivethecalldotcom)   or nsmatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (nsmatstrategicnetworkdotorg)   to let us know. (The chat rooms use Java technology; you must use a browser able to run Java applets to use it.)
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SHORT TERM VOLUNTEER TRAVEL INSURANCE

Adams & Associates International now offers online enrollment for short-termers, complete with immediate acknowledgements and ID cards. Click to http://www.aaintl.com or write aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY PILOT TRAINING

Christian Wings for the World, located in Ironton, MO, USA offers pilot and mechanics (airframe & powerplant) training for missionary aviators. International students are welcome. More information is available at http://www.christianwings.org or email cww1atsocketdotnet  (cww1atsocketdotnet)  .
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MISSIONARY TRAINING AT CORNERSTONE

graduation cap Now is the time to sign up for the English for Missions course that Cornerstone is offering. It takes place from 16 July – 10 August 2001 in the Netherlands. The price is DFL 800, including board, food, lectures, fun. The programme includes lectures in the mornings and practical work in the afternoons. There’s plenty of opportunity to converse and learn English in both formal and informal ways, as well as learn about missions. Apply online at http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com or email 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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ROYALTY-FREE LINE DRAWINGS

If you need black-and-white line drawings of (mainly) non-Western faces and people in a variety of settings, for Christian/health education/development literature, the hundreds of pictures in this book are available to use royalty-free in publications which are not sold: Where There Is No Artist, Petra Rohr-Rouendaal, Intermediate Technology Publications, ISBN 1-85339-391-6. (Thanks Tony! http://www.soon.org.uk )
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VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED THIS SUMMER IN HONG KONG

Want to help with English Programs and Camps around Hong Kong this summer? Write elfongataohkdotorgdothk  (elfongataohkdotorgdothk)   or check out http://www.aohk.org.hk (Chinese only) or http://www.asiaonline.net.hk/~asianout
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THE BACKPAGE: 10/40 WINDOW UPDATE

books and pen The 10/40 Window is alive – but isn’t well. Luis Bush writes, in an article soon to appear in Mission Frontiers, “The 10/40 Window continues to represent the primary geographic challenge entering the twenty-first century. By 2025 there will be over 8.3 billion people in our world. Over a billion will need cross-cultural witness to understand the gospel, most of whom will live in the 10/40 Window. It is the geographical location in which the concentration of the main spiritual, ideological, social, urban, people group challenges are most prominent. There are an estimated 1.2 to 1.4 billion people who have never had the chance to hear the gospel and over 95% of these individuals reside in the Window area. It is where 85% of the world’s poorest and most deprived live. It is the residence of over 95% of the Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists in the world. Many of the world’s least reached peoples live in this area. From the ‘Joshua Project 2000 list of Unreached People’, there are still 249 of large groups which remain unclaimed, with no agencies reportedly planning to send workers to them; 542 of them currently have no church planting team on-site; and 1,107 are without a congregation of at least 100 believers.” Yikes. gulp With the needs still so stark, we dare not allow our global efforts to fade. We’ve got to avoid missiological “burn-out,” where fads and campaigns give way to complacency and apathy. Let’s retool, retrain, and rebuild our vigor… and let’s not give up or give in until every last inhabitant of the planet has a chance to say “yes” to Jesus! (Thanks to Rick and the folks at: http://www.missionfrontiers.org )
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

20010304 Brigada Today

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MAKING THE SWITCH TO YAHOOGROUPS

Brigada Logo It’s actually quite painless. Just get in the habit of placing the word “yahoo” wherever you would have typed “e” in egroups. There’s no hyphen. So to find the Brigada Today site on yahoogroups, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today There’s a custom facility to transfer your old “egroups” membership to “yahoogroups”. However, we’re guessing most Brigada Today participants probably never visited the website for egroups.com, and thus, probably never actually had an ID/password. So you can pretty much start from scratch at yahoogroups.com. The service won’t let you subscribe twice from the same email address. However, if you’re still receiving Brigada Today from a previous (and still working) email address, it is possible to receive two copies. The trick is — unsubscribe from the old service first. See the first few lines of this email for instructions.
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HOW DO YOU USE CHRONOLIGICAL BIBLE STORYING IN AN URBAN SETTING?

Bible That’s what Rich untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet  (untotheleastatcaracaspoordotnet)   would like to know. He’s looking for a chance to dialogue with others who have used or are currently using Chronological Bible Storying among low-income urban residents. His team of church planters is working in the barrios of Caracas, Venezuela, with a target group numbering more than 3 million (check out http://www.Caracaspoor.net). Because of issues of orality and literacy, the more conventional methods of evangelism have not worked well. Contact Rich with your experiences, things that worked and didn’t work, best ideas, sources, and links and he’ll make us a file that we’ll later release here in Brigada Today.
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LOOKING FOR A DIGITAL CAMCORDER?

movie camera Try the Sony DCR-PC110, a brand new unit from Sony that combines a digital video camera (using the new standard, Mini-DV tapes) with a digital still camera — at just over 1 megapixel level. For web sites and most printing jobs, you’ll see little or no “jaggies”. (Higher end printing requires up to 3 or 4 megapixel stills.) The price? $1499 Though that might sound like a lot, this same technology used to cost double or triple that. To find that price, go to a site like http://www.thedigitalbuyer.com Their product ID for the Sony unit is “SNYDCRPC110”.

caution Here’s an important update!
What we didn’t know was that this is simply a DBA (“doing business as”) renaming of a company with really bad reviews… known better as “The Digital Dog”. A tech from the US Center wrote today to supply us with this web page URL: http://www.resellerratings.com/comview.cgi?TheDigitalBuyer That page has some pretty sorry descriptions of their customer service. Mike (from the US Center) recommended instead that we look at these vendors: http://www.profeel.com and http://www.bhphotovideo.com I know we’ve ordered from the BH Photo folks before. As Mike acknowledged, the price will be a bit higher, but at least you’ll get your product in a timely fashion!

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HOW TO FIND A “MAN OF PEACE”

Hats off to Tony for referring us to the IMB article about locating a “man of peace” — someone to introduce you to the mainstream of the people group with which you’re working. Great stuff. http://www.imb.org/learn/news/story.asp?id=537
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WANT TRAINING AS A MISSIONARY PILOT?

Find out more about it at Missionary Aviation Exploration. This is a two-week program provided by Alpha Aviation designed for prospective students that feel they may have a call to missions aviation, but aren’t sure. Experience firsthand actual training in the pilot and mechanic programs. Participate in a 5- day mission trip. Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or 918-438-7812 or write him at mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)   or click on: http://www.alphaaviation.org
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ADDITIONAL SOURCES FOR HIGHER BIBLICAL LEARNING ON THE INTERNET

WebWatch If you’re looking for more options for studying the Bible (either for you or the new believers on your field), check out these options from Stan:

http://www.internetbiblecollege.com
http://www.isom.org
http://www.viu.com

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DON’T MISS AVIATION MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2001

The dates are October 17 through 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a goal of bringing missions and aviation together by networking ministries, organizations, missionaries, etc for the purpose of reaching the unreached. Alpha Aviation Mission Outreach Center is the host. A registration and exhibitor discount will be given to all subscribers of Brigada. For more info, see: http://www.alphaaviation.org or call Rod toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at Call toll free 866-GO ALPHA or dial 918-438-7812 from anywhere or write him mailatalphaaviationdotorg  (mailatalphaaviationdotorg)  .
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GLOBAL CELEBRATION FOR WOMEN

The Global Celebration for Women is a worldwide effort to unite the lives and hearts of Christian women in every region, nation, and community in Houston, TX from September 19- 21, 2001. Global Celebration hopes to gather 40,000 women from all over the world for this unprecedented event. Learn more at : http://www.globalcelebration.org or call Jill in the USA or via Net2Phone at 888-725-3707 or call 719-528-8728 or Email jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg  (jjacksonatglobal-actdotorg)  .
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EMMAUS ROAD INTERNATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY SEMINAR TOUR

calendar Neal and Yvonne Pirolo will be embarking on an 8-week seminar/meeting tour beginning in early April. The seminars on cross-cultural ministry and support include topics from the books “Serving as Senders” and “The Reentry Team.” To find out more regarding seminar locations, topics and contact information, check out http://www.eri.org/seminar_schedule.htm or email ERI emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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FOCUSED STRATEGIES

calendar Are your mission efforts coordinated, and focused on the unreached? Attend the Focused Strategies Conference, sponsored by Caleb Project, Antioch Network and Wycliffe Bible Translators, May 2-3, 2001 at Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, Oregon. Speakers include Jon Hardin, Shane Bennett, John Rowell and Lincoln Murdoch. For more information & registration contact Mrs. Kris Nelson in the USA or via Net2Phone at 800-269-2007 or 503-652-1662 between 8AM & 4:30PM PST or E-mail kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg  (kris_nelsonatwycliffedotorg)   or click on: http://www.wycliffe.org/NWRO/FSC.htm.
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BUILDING CREDIBLE MULTICULTURAL TEAMS

calendar The Middle East Member Care Team will host Dr. Lianne Roembke for a 5 day seminar May 7-11, 2001, in Limassol, Cyprus, aimed at addressing the problems and joys inherent in forming, training, and leading a Multicultural Team. This seminar, specially designed for Member Care providers, personnel directors, regional leaders, and team leaders, will examine many of the issues of “globalization” in the team structure including: communication, identity, stress and burnout, decision-making, leadership, recreation, finances, and lifestyle. More far reaching topics will include discussions of the advantages of working in Multicultural Teams, selection and training of team members, and how leadership can prepare their workers for a Multicultural Team experience. Included in the seminar will be a special workshop on Burnout conducted by Dr. James Roembke of Westview Psychological Services (USA). For further information see http://www.memct.org/programs.php3 or contact timatmemctdotorg  (timatmemctdotorg)  .
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ALTERNATE “HOUSES” BOOK SOURCE

The English edition of “Houses That Change The World” by Wolfgang Simson, mentioned in the 23 Feb 2001 edition of Brigada Today, is discount-priced and available in North America through Gabriel Resources, a division of O.M. Literature. Call 8-MORE BOOKS, or e-mail orderatomlitdotomdotorg  (orderatomlitdotomdotorg)  . Be sure to request a copy of “Mission World”, their new catalog of missions-related books at discount prices.
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PETER’S WIFE IS BETTER THAN EVER

Help and encouragement for missionary wives and moms comes as a free email newsletter and new, improved web site. “Peter’s Wife” newsletter is carefully written to protect our sisters in sensitive areas. Subscribe by sending a blank email to: pw-subscribeattopicadotcom  (pw-subscribeattopicadotcom)   or see http://home.earthlink.net/~peterswife/ The website has a full archive of previously sent newsletters and a growing page of Favorite Links to web sites of interest to missionary wives. For more information email peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet  (peterswifeatearthlinkdotnet)  .
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INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Whether you’re planning an international trip or communicating with friends and family overseas, Ethnicharvest.org’s Travel Tools can help. You’ll find a World Clock with current time and date in any country, Currency Exchange Calculator, and links to international weather reports. There are even links to travel agencies who promise discounts for mission-related travel. It’s all at http://www.ethnicharvest.org/links/travel.htm.
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WHEATON 2001

calendar Billed as a “20th Anniversary, National International Student Ministry Conference”, this conference is sponsored by ACMI (The Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals). Conference dates are May 31 – June 3; location is Wheaton campus, Wheaton IL. For more information, visit the website http://www.gateman.com/acmi/acmi2001.html or contact jcolbertatcoindotorg  (jcolbertatcoindotorg)  . And thanks to Ed for posting these dates on the Brigada calendar at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/brigada-today/calendar
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GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS IN EUROPE

graduation cap We mentioned before that Biola University and Greater Europe Mission have formed an educational partnership that will allow missionaries in and near Europe to receive quality education, training, and mentoring while they are engaged in their field ministries. As we mentioned, two degree programs will be offered, the MA degree in Intercultural Studies and the Doctor of Missiology degree. Classes will be offered each year in January and May near Kandern, Germany. Well now they have the dates set and are ready to roll. The dates for the first classes are January 16-23, 2002. Students who study in Germany receive an automatic 1/3 tuition reduction. For additional information, please contact Steve SBeckatGemissiondotcom  (SBeckatGemissiondotcom)  . Applications can be obtained from Shari shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu  (shari_culveratpeterdotbioladotedu)  .
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RESTORING STREETCHILDREN

graduation cap The Rescue And Restore Training Course (Children In Need) is part of Youth With A Mission and The University Of The Nations . The course is presently being offered in Camaragibe, Brazil (April 8- June 30). It consists of 3 months theoretical teaching and then 3 months practical here in Recife (July 9- September 28, Graduating September 29). For more information, write jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr  (jocumatnlinkdotcomdotbr)  .
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MINISTERING IN AN ORTHODOX COUNTRY?

WebWatch Those ministering to persons from a Russian or Eastern Orthodox background might want to check out: http://www.orthodoxlight.homestead.com The new site, in Russian and English, features a short tract targeted to persons from an Orthodox background. Also included are links to other web sites related to ministry to the Orthodox, and several other articles giving in-depth Biblical responses to the same questions. Questions? Email: orthlightataoldotcom  (orthlightataoldotcom)  
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DIRECTORY OF SPANISH EXTENSION EDUCATION OPTIONS

“Apoyo-Bolivia” is a ministry dedicated to supporting Bolivian Christian leaders. In an attempt to meet a common request for information, Apoyo is developing a directory of post high school education options offered either through extension or over the internet – in the areas of theology, counseling, business, missions and pedagogy — in Spanish. If you are aware of any such education options, please communicate those directly to APOYOatbodotnet  (APOYOatbodotnet)  . Eldon will send us a copy to post here in an autoresponder.
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