Monthly Archives: April 2002

20020428 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. GOT MY COPY OF THE VIDEO TOOLBOX
  2. REACHING THE WORLD IN JAPAN
  3. SCRIPTURERESOURCES.COM
  4. TEACHING IT SKILLS AS OUTREACH
  5. LOOKING FOR PRACTICAL HANDS-ON MISSION TRAINING?
  6. UPCOMING: 10 DAYS FOR HOLLAND
  7. USE YOUR SKILLS IN MEDIA TO REACH THE UNREACHED
  8. AUDIO COPIES OF THE BIBLE
  9. LEARN MISSIONS IN SOUTHERN GERMANY
  10. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE IN PULAAR
  11. CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING
  12. HOW MANY NIGERIANS DOES IT TAKE TO SCAM THE INTERNET?
  13. ANOTHER FIX FOR LAPTOPS THAT WON’T DIAL
  14. GET TRAINING IN LEADING SHORT-TERMERS
  15. MANY THANKS TO MISSION TO UNREACHED PEOPLES (MUP)
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. GOT MY COPY OF THE VIDEO TOOLBOX — I finally got a peak at the “Toolbox for Video Storytelling” (a 268 page book with accompanying example CD-ROM). Written by missionaries, for missionaries, it takes you through the steps necessary to effectively tell your story, through a short video, to almost any audience. The authors take readers through organizational topics such as “Tell me the new new story,” “Starting before the beginning,” “Thinking stories, not topics,” and “What’s a good story?” (It’s about time one of these books dealt with something more than just the technical topics!) But that’s just the beginning! You’re also led through organizing your ideas, developing your script (including story-boarding and scriptwriting), developing a shot list, preproduction tips, camera technique, and sound and lighting. What’s more, there’s an entire section on editing, copyrights, and music. The accompanying case studies are chalked full of ideas. Great “101-201” course. It is available from Mission Media Productions, Inc for $35.00, including U.S. shipping, but only until May 15th. (After that, a publisher price increase will force suppliers to up the asking bid.) To get yours, contact Bob <mmpiatmissionmediadotorg> or visit http://www.missionmedia.org/book.html . </mmpiatmissionmediadotorg>

  2. REACHING THE WORLD IN JAPAN — CrossCampus International is now accepting applications for a short-term mission project in Japan. The dates are June 20 – July 3, 2002. This project will focus on doing evangelism and discipleship with university students in Yokohama and Tokyo, as well as, sharing the gospel of Christ around the Fifa World Cup Competition. World Cup organizers expect over 300,000 people from all over the world to visit Japan in June for the World Cup. For more information about this project and other opportunities to reach university students, see the CCI website at http://www.crosscampus.net or write Steve at <ceoatcrosscampusdotnet> or call from within the USA at 817-861-1770 or from outside the USA at 001-817-861-1770. </ceoatcrosscampusdotnet>

  3. SCRIPTURERESOURCES.COM — They provide Christian websites with a free Bible Resource search tool. It allows users to search for Bible resources from around the world without leaving the site they are on. The coding is available for any webmaster to paste onto a webpage. ScriptureResources.com is sponsored by the Forum of Bible Agencies, made up of key Bible translation and distribution organizations that work around the world: http://www.scriptureresources.com/about.asp (Thanks Tony!)

  4. TEACHING IT SKILLS AS OUTREACH — For many years, teaching English has been a major ‘way in’ to evangelism in many cultures – such that a majority of the Christians in Japan first heard the Gospel through English classes. Now, teaching IT and web skills is gaining the same significance and presents a major opportunity for mission agencies: http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/teach-it.php (Thanks again Tony!)

  5. LOOKING FOR PRACTICAL HANDS-ON MISSION TRAINING? — Get the skills and experience you need you need in The Timothy Project. The Timothy Project is a field based, hands-on internship developed *by* missionaries *for* missionaries. Since 1996 the Timothy Project has offered effective, cutting-edge mission training. Located in Peten, Guatemala, Central America, the Timothy Project provides training in communication skills, partner/donor relations, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, ministry planning and deployment, budget and itineration planning, principles of language learning, stewardship, medical, and tons of mission ministry outreach. Training and mentoring is by career missionary trainers living on the foreign field.

    The Timothy Project offers two 10-week training programs and one 8-week summer session each year. Each session is limited to 12 people. The next available training session is August 23 – Nov 2, 2002.

    If you’re looking for a track to the mission field, needing to refresh your ministry skills or would like a real-life missionary experience before making a long-term commitment check out the Timothy Project web site at http://www.timothyproject.org or e-mail at <trainingattimothyprojectdotorg> or call 904-398-6559, extension 31. </trainingattimothyprojectdotorg>


  6. UPCOMING: 10 DAYS FOR HOLLAND — The Dutch prayer movement launched a worldwide prayer initiative to cover the Netherlands in prayer. From 9 to 18 May, from Ascension Day to Pentecost, Christians, prayer groups and prayer movements worldwide are called to united prayer and fasting for a spiritual change in the Netherlands. The God-given vision is to kick-start ‘prayer altars’ (places of prayer where Christians covenant with God for the land) in all 500 cities and communities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands are known worldwide for their ‘progressive’ social agenda. In the last eight years the Dutch social- liberal government legalized the practice of euthanasia, the use of soft drugs and xtc, prostitution and gay marriage. With the upcoming elections on 15 May many people are calling for integrity and straightforwardness in leadership. The 10 days will be a crucial time for the Netherlands, and her moral influence in the world. If the Spirit of God moves you to pray for the Netherlands, then join in and mobilize others to pray as well. Sign up at http://www.10dagenvoornederland.nl . Information and resources are available in English. A special feature on the website is that visitors can follow the prayer mobilisation real-time, specified by continent and nation.

  7. USE YOUR SKILLS IN MEDIA TO REACH THE UNREACHED–Create International is a frontier media ministry of Youth With A Mission which focuses on reaching unreached people groups with the Gospel message by producing evangelistic and prayer media tools. They could use individuals who have skills in the area of photography, script writing, videography, video editing or graphic design as they travel to remote lands producing culturally appropriate evangelistic films and Video People Profiles (prayer/documentaries). If you would like more information about this cutting edge ministry please feel free to contact them at either their Australian or USA office.

    Create International, P.O. Box 6075, E. Perth, WA, 6892, Australia. From outside of Australia call 61-8-9328-5321 or email them at <calvinatcreateinternationaldotcom>.

    Create International, Ohio Production Office, 10228 SR 53 N., Upper Sandusky, Ohio 43351, U.S.A., From the USA call 1-419-294-5248, or email them at <darynsandyatcreateinternationaldotcom>. Find out more by visiting their website at: http://www.createinternational.com . </darynsandyatcreateinternationaldotcom></calvinatcreateinternationaldotcom>


  8. AUDIO COPIES OF THE BIBLE — Check out http://www.audiotreasure.com, which offers free MP3s of the Bible for download in a variety of languages (including English, Hindi, Tagalog, Urdu, Slovak, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese). You can download them and burn CDs or you can order them from audiotreasure.com. (Thanks for the great content as always, “Network-news”. To subscribe, write to: <network-news-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg>) </network-news-subscribeatstrategicnetworkdotorg>

  9. LEARN MISSIONS IN SOUTHERN GERMANY — Train in Folk Religion (June 10-21), Leadership Development (September 16-20), or Multicultural Teams (January 13-24, 2003). Travel to Southern Germany for any one (or all!) of these courses. The German branch campus of Columbia International University at Korntal (near Stuttgart) offers graduate level courses at an incredibly affordable tuition rate (each course = 3 semester hours – € 125,00 per credit, full room and board starting at €124,00 per week). For further information please contact Carmen Crouse at <ccrouseataemdotde>. </ccrouseataemdotde>

  10. EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE IN PULAAR — SOON Ministries have launched a new free evangelistic paper BOOYATAA in the Pulaar language of West Africa. Written in Roman script, it is accessible for Fula/Peul/Fulbe peoples who speak Pulaar (or even Fulfulde). If you have contact with any of these peoples, please write for free copies. A Pulaar language- helper is needed for ongoing development of the paper. (SOON’s other free papers, in easy-English, Franco-phone French, African Portoguese, Swahili, and German for German learners remain available too.) Write <adminatsoondotorgdotuk>. </adminatsoondotorgdotuk>

  11. CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY TRAINING — Get it July 29-August 2, 2002, from CIT. This course will give missionaries a viable cross- cultural model for the development of youth ministry national leadership and local church strategies in their fields of service. Taught by Randy Smith of Youth Ministry International, the course will also assist pastors, youth pastors and lay youth workers with a Biblical model for contemporary youth ministry here in the U.S. and will address how thy can transfer this strategy to a cross-cultural setting through short-term missions partnerships with national churches. For more information, write <citmailatcit-onlinedotorg> or call 800.887.1786 or visit the website at http://www.cit-online.org. </citmailatcit-onlinedotorg>

  12. HOW MANY NIGERIANS DOES IT TAKE TO SCAM THE INTERNET? — The answer? Thousands! Can you believe how this one scan has become so pervasive? I mean… can’t someone be a little more creative and say they’re writing from Benin or Togo? Here’s one guy who decided he would try to turn the tables: http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/ He gives specific instructions on how to deal with these guys, if you’re so inclined. Yikes. Why not Guinea?

  13. ANOTHER FIX FOR LAPTOPS THAT WON’T DIAL — I had no idea there were so many others that had experienced similar dialing difficulties overseas. “Jonathan” has an even simpler fix: just carry a small portable phone an accompanying cord splitter. “Dial the number manually, then activate the modem with a null dial string and when it picks up the line, hang up the phone. This phone can also be very useful for troubleshooting, especially if you find one with a mic mute switch so you can listen in while the modem is communicating.” (Elegantly simple, Jonathan! Thanks!)

  14. GET TRAINING IN LEADING SHORT-TERMERS — There is still time to register for the Short-Term Ministry Leaders Training Seminar conducted by ServantPrep International and Gateway Mission Training Center, May 16-19 in Denver, Colorado. This is a 4-day intensive interactive training seminar that provides each participant with proven, cutting- edge methods and information; everything needed to implement an effective short-term ministry program or augment existing programs. This seminar covers most all short-term issues including in depth pre- field training, team dynamics, on-site materials, and comprehensive debriefing. The seminar will be held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Denver; cost is only $225 which includes materials and tuition. Contact Ray <servantprepataoldotcom>. </servantprepataoldotcom>

  15. MANY THANKS TO MISSION TO UNREACHED PEOPLES (MUP) — What an incredibly helpful tool! Each week, we create Brigada Today as a Word document, send it out in email format, then port it over to the web for the brigada.org site. Previously, the process of porting to the web took no less than 30 – 60 minutes (including inserting bookmarks, table of contents, etc.) and sometimes longer. Now, thanks to a *most* kind web servant at MUP, it takes about 15 seconds! Sadly enough, our now- deceased partner, Bob Mayhew, had authored such a tool for his own personal use, but the “magic” of his code disappeared with his passing out in California. Now, thanks to the anonymous but greatly appreciated servant at Mission to Unreached Peoples (Thanks MUP!!!), we’ll save no less than a week’s worth of work-time, all hours combined, each and every year from now on. Please join me today in asking God to greatly bless Mission to Unreached Peoples, along with its humble and sacrificial staff! The immediate benefit? This issue of Brigada Today is already live on the web at http://www.brigada.org

20020414 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. PATTERSON CP TRAINING CD-ROM NOW DOWNLOADABLE
  2. POST 9-11 ENCOURAGEMENT
  3. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS
  4. TRANSPORT TO THE RESCUE
  5. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS
  6. RESOURCES ON INTERNATIONALIZING WESTERN MISSIONS
  7. CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES WEBSITE
  8. WANTED: TESOL TEACHERS
  9. PRE-TEST YOUR NEW LAPTOP
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. PATTERSON CP TRAINING CD-ROM NOW DOWNLOADABLE — Scores of Brigada readers have asked how they can download the George Patterson “Train and Multiply” materials off the web! If you’d like to do that… or for secure Internet payment with bank cards, just go to: http://acquirewisdom.com/g.o/brigada or write to <supportatacquirewisdomdotcom>. Or call toll-free from the USA 1-888-601-3973. From elsewhere, 011-1-360-521-8447. </supportatacquirewisdomdotcom>

  2. POST 9-11 ENCOURAGEMENT — Dan Iverson, a missionary in Chiba, Japan, wrote a very encouraging article regarding the events of Sept. 11 and the “larger perspective” of reaching Afghanistan. Several missionaries (and senders!) have commented on what an encouragement this was. You can reach the article at the web link below or by emailing: <missionschipatmindspringdotcom>.

    First clip and paste this link into your browser’s URL box: http://www.christianity.com then paste these letters behind the above link. /CC/article/0,,PTID23682|CHID125043|CIID872842,00 .html </missionschipatmindspringdotcom>


  3. TRAIN THOSE SHORT-TERMERS — You know you should spend more time on cross-cultural training, but the planning and logistics of your short-term mission trips are taking all your time and it’s almost summer. Give a 12 lesson Bible Study guide to each member, assign the lessons and debrief some of the lessons together in small groups. You’ll be amazed at how well they can get on track with the help of this book, Before You Pack Your Bag, Prepare Your Heart. God’s word can be used to effectively buihttp://www.CampfireResources.com or email Miriam <answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>. </answersatcampfireresourcesdotcom>

  4. TRANSPORT TO THE RESCUE — Now you can find transportation solutions for Christian Ministries, Missions, Para-Church for field, furlough, and domestic use. “Furlough Rental Program” provides Rental Cars at Cost. New Field Units for NGO missions built for the country, insured, and delivered to port. All the major manufacturers, new and used cars, suv’s, mini-vans, club wagons, church vans and busses. Our sole objective is to save you money when you need to rent, purchase or lease a vehicle for

  5. LIGHT TO THE NATIONS — Check out these five days of intensive, high quality training for people interested in tentmaking. Understand tentmaking and get equipped to be effective. Topics include: Importance of tentmaking today, Biblical basis of tentmaking, Culture shock & how to deal with it, the international job market, Effective, sensitive evangelism, Leading investigative Bible studies, Bonding with the people, Spiritual warfare and disciplines, Church planting, Home church relationship, Hea

    There are two courses offered in 2002: May 15-19 in Cary, NC October 16-20 in Pasadena, CA

    Register at http://www.globalopps.org/ltn/index.htm Presented by Global Opportunities. <infoatglobaloppsdotorg> tel: +1-626-398-2393 </infoatglobaloppsdotorg>


  6. RESOURCES ON INTERNATIONALIZING WESTERN MISSIONS — Marty is looking to put together a list of available resources on internationalizing western mission agencies. He is looking for resources that deal with resourcing, governing, planning/strategizing and organizing of missions beyond being only a western sending agency to one that incorporates missions and/or missionaries from around the world. If your mission has “internationalized” or is thinking about doing so, or you have done work in thisMarty <mdshawatworlddotcbidotorg>. Items submitted will be reviewed and compiled and made available through Brigada in the near future. </mdshawatworlddotcbidotorg>

  7. CHRISTIAN ORPHANAGES WEBSITE — Here’s a site that attempts to help people find opportunities to serve abandoned or orphaned children, from infants to teens, in Christian child care facilities around the world. This may be the only website that lists nearly 150 such Christian facilities, with links and other contact information. Visit http://ChristianOrphanages.org and see for yourself. You can use the search engine to take you directly to countries or types of ministry in which you may be interested, or take advantage of the “Ask Us” service to obtain personalized assistance.

    Many of these orphanages or homes accept volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including child care, medical and dental services, construction, administration, and teaching. You can learn more from <webmasteratmfinderdotorg>. </webmasteratmfinderdotorg>


  8. WANTED: TESOL TEACHERS — Are you looking for an overseas, cultural experience where you can serve the Lord short term or long term? The Asia Center for TESOL will be opening this year in the Philippines. The purpose of this center is to train nationals with the skills to teach English for the purpose of Evangelism. They need TESL teacher-trainers. All teachers need be self-supporting volunteers so that the students can afford a nominal fee to take the course. For more information contact Sam or

  9. PRE-TEST YOUR NEW LAPTOP — Yikes. I just got ambushed by the “new laptop syndrome.” Picked up a new Sony laptop just prior to the overseas trip I’ve just completed. Unfortunately, after I got it overseas, it wouldn’t pulse-dial. Now I’m back in the states — but I’ll have to call the Sony tech support people to find out what’s up. Either I’ve got an uncooperative modem… or Sony has ditched the pulse dialing protocol! (I tried manually putting the “P” in the dialing sequence.) The moral of the

20020407 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS?
  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK
  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE
  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA
  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY
  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA
  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE
  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED
  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE
  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP
  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE
  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE
  14. THE WAITING WORLD
  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH?
  16. CLOSING STUFF

  1. INTERESTED IN TALKING DIGITAL TRACTS? — Check ’em out… solar powered, solid state, made by http://www.mymegavoice.net or write <infoatmymegavoicedotnet> in USA. They’re connected with <galcomatgalcomdotorg>, tel. 877-2-GALCOM. They also make fixed tuned solar radios and small broadcasters. Also, http://www.audioscriptures.org has a “talking bible.” </galcomatgalcomdotorg></infoatmymegavoicedotnet>

  2. MORMONS PUT BELIEVERS AT RISK — A Mormon church leader boasted that he “could throw a dart at a map of Nigeria,” go there, and literally have a church congregation “within a month.” Most new Mormons would be from other churches, fooled by the familiar language and music of Mormonism and unaware of its false teachings. Nigeria is one of the twelve African countries and more than 150 worldwide where Mormons are active. A free email one-page paper, published monthly since 1997 by Immanuel Bible Ch

  3. ANTIOCH NETWORK CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE -– Want intense interaction with church planters? Are you wondering how the local church can be involved in church planting among unreached peoples? Antioch Network will be hosting the 2002 Annual Gathering of Churches on June 12-15 in Tempe, Arizona. The expanded format this year includes three pre-conference intensives as well as display tables for up to 20 invited people group networks. If you are interested in more information or to request a brochuhttp://www.antiochnetwork.org/Gathering .

  4. B-COP — BREAK THE CYCLE OF POVERTY — Commit Ministries of Waianae, Hawaii, http://www.commitministries.org , is initiating a world wide program called “B-COP” which seeks to Break the Cycle Of Poverty in even the most distant people groups. Working only through accountable, objective missionaries and church leaders, B-COP will purchase items appropriate to the local culture, environment and laws of the country of origin. Examples include weaving, wood, ceramics, metal work, musical and househo

  5. SCHOOL OF MISSIONS & EVANGELISM IN MONTANA — Youth With A Mission Montana is ready to help you make an impact with the School of Missions & Evangelism (SOME). The program develops the student into a better communicator of gospel at home and cross-culturally. The SOME will inspire the Christian to live a lifestyle of evangelism, to prayerfully consider long-term missions, and to encourage the student in their own ministry development. This is a secondary school with Youth With A Mission. A Dihttp://www.ywammt.org .

  6. TENTMAKING OPPORTUNITY — Want to teach English in China (or anyplace in the world)? The TESOL certificate is becoming the standard criteria for a job teaching English which is a critical tool especially in limited access countries. Learn to teach English in a TESOL school offered in Shanghai, China starting July 5, 2002. Get a certificate upon successful completion of the course. Learn more at http://www.tesoltraining.com or email <tesol2001athotmaildotcom> for more information. </tesol2001athotmaildotcom>

  7. SHORT TERM LEADERS TRAINING IN THE USA — Due to the overwhelming success of its STML seminars in Hawaii, COMMIT Ministries is now offering Short Term Leaders Training Seminars in the Mainland United States. Collectively through their partnership with ServantPrep Training International, they have trained nearly 1,000 team leaders over the past five years from mission organizations and churches in the United States. Now, they can come to you! If your mission organization or church is in the proceTraining is provided in as few as two days.

  8. NEW MISSIONS TITLES AVAILABLE – Get God’s Great Ambition, by Dave & Dan Davidson & George Verwer, with inspirational, revolutionary quotes. Or order The Cross And The Crescent by Phil Parshall, Street Boy, by Fletch Brown, and many many others. Gabriel Resources offers great discounts to individuals, missionaries, mission organizations and churches. Contact them for pricing or to order. Log on at http://www.gabriel-resources.com or write <ellenatomlitdotomdotorg> or call 1-8MORE-BOOKS (1-866-732-6657) toll-free in the USA or 706-554-1594 outside USA. </ellenatomlitdotomdotorg>

  9. DEBRIEFING SERVICE OUTSOURCED — COMMIT Ministries provides quality, comprehensive, and sensitive Debriefing Services for your short-term ministry team in as little as one day! COMMIT utilizes a proven, Biblically-base 8 step approach to help each team member process what God was teaching in the field. COMMIT Ministries Travel provides lower cost airfares and will route you through European hub cities where one of our qualified debriefers will meet you for a day or two before the team goes home.

  10. GROUP SHORT TERM MISSIONARY INSURANCE – Get instant confirmation of coverage. Insurance Services of America, a Christian organization that specializes in health and life insurance for missionaries and mission organizations, now has online applications available for group coverage. Visit them on the web at http://www.missionaryhealth.net and click on the link for group coverage. Coverage is available on their “Day Tripper” plan for as low as $1.08 per day! If you have questions email them <healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>, or call them at 1-800-647-4589. Insurance Services of America is not tied to just one company; they have several choices available, so they can shop for the missionary or mission agency! Individual coverage available as well as the group coverage. </healthatmissionaryhealthdotnet>

  11. JOSHUA PROJECT II JOINS WORLD HELP — JPII is alive and well. Some special announcements are in the makings in the very near future… but for now, hats off to World Help for “adopting” them!

  12. AQUAPONICS COURSE — Aquaponics interest is increasing globally in response to more emphasis on resource management and wholesome food production. It involves combining of aquaculture and hydroponics. These versatile systems are ideal for food production in almost any geographical area. A practical course in Aquaponics will be held in Bryson City, NC,USA, June 17-21. For a brochure, contact Aquaculture International at <cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus> or 828-479-6294 (phone or fax). Specify if youhttp//www.brwm.org/aquacultureinternationalinc . Aquaculture International is a nonprofit organization that honors Jesus Christ as Lord. </cwjohnsonatgrahamdotmaindotncdotus>

  13. SITE MAP AT THE BRIGADA SITE — The site map at the Brigada website is up and running again, after a brief hiatus. (Where did that word come from anyway… “hiatus”. I mean . . . think about it. Just say it several times. Hiatus… hiatus… hiatus. What a strange word. :-) ) Anyway… http://www.brigada.org It’s working again. :-) (Thanks for the tip, Greg!)

  14. THE WAITING WORLD — Youth With A Mission, Strategic Frontiers announces the completion of the second volume of “The Waiting World.” Volume #2 features prayer videos for 13 unreached peoples on one 75 min. VHS tape (either NTSC or PAL), showcasing their beliefs, the way they live, the needs of the missionaries working with them, and lists prayer points that will enable you or your group to pray more effectively for them. The video are available for a suggested donation of $49.95 US, including U

  15. NEED A MISSIONS COURSE FOR YOUR CHURCH? — Check out http://www.pathtogodsglory.org . The wild thing is… you can order it… or download the text right from the site and use it immediately (donations accepted). (Thanks for your unselfishness Joe!)
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