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12) “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is this week —

The 9th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is this coming week, February 18-20, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. To find out more go to

http://www.rjcnetwork.org

or contact Don

7) Learn to Share Good News with Japanese-speaking People

The 9th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference is coming up soon, February 18-20, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. Registration is now open. To find out more go to

http://www.rjcnetwork.org

or contact Don

8) “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference in So. Cal., Sept. —

Mark your calendars and plan your travel. The 4th Annual “Reaching Japanese for Christ” Conference in Southern California is this September 25, 2010. The truth is, few Japanese know Jesus as their personal Savior. The Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) Conference will help you share with the Japanese people living near you. This is a great opportunity for cultural training for short term mission trips to Japan, ESL Programs or for those Hosting International Students. To find out more go to

http://www.rjcnetwork.org

or contact Don

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4) Burdened for the Japanese?

Japan has been a difficult field for the Gospel for centuries. Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) is sponsoring a conference from February 14-16, 2013 in Kirkland, Washington (USA). This year’s themes will focus on addressing social problems such as suicide (by Pastor Fujiyabu), and reaching the business community (by Sushi Chef Taro Arai). Special music will be led by Rocky and Marla Ayatsuka of Aroma Ministries. This will be a great time of learning, networking, sharing, and praising God. To learn more or register, log on to:

http://www.rjcnetwork.org/

English promo Video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c71xf9fKwg0&feature=youtu.be

Japanese:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNZp2v6jnVw

New Book: Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil

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This book answers key questions like what churches are reproducing and multiplying, and “what should be done to assure church multiplication in Japanese soil?” A $2.99 digital version is on sale through Nov 27th at

http://www.williamcarey.com

This book would be great for anyone working in Japan, mobilizing or preparing to work among the world’s 2nd largest unreached people group.
Learn more at ….

https://www.gospelrest.com/our-books/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

For a Podcast interview with J.D. Payne

http://www.jdpayne.org/2017/10/25/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

New Book : Multiplying Churches in Japanese Soil

This book answers some key questions:
*** What churches are reproducing and multiplying?
*** What should be done to assure church multiplication in Japanese soil?

A $2.99 digital version is on sale through Nov 27th at

http://www.williamcarey.com

This book would be great for anyone working in Japan, mobilizing or preparing to work among the world’s 2nd largest unreached people group.

Learn more at…

https://www.gospelrest.com/our-books/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

For a Podcast interview with J.D. Payne

http://www.jdpayne.org/2017/10/25/multiplying-churches-in-japanese-soil/

REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCES

Do you have an interest and burden for reaching Japanese who are temporarily in the USA and Canada? You are invited to participate in the following RJC Conferences: First Hawaii RJC Conference, January 19, 2008 at Makiki Christian Church, Honolulu, Hawaii. Second Southern California RJC Conference, January 26, 2008 at Calvary Chapel Mission Viejo, California. Seventh Annual International RJC Conference-Pacific Northwest, February 21-23 at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington. For additional information please see

http://www.rjcnetwork.org/

or email donwright

(at)rjcnetwork(dot)org. [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with . then reassemble the address onto one line.]

3) Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference

The 16th annual Reaching Japanese for Christ International Conference is set for Feb. 16-18. The theme is “Faithfully Using The Talents Entrusted To Us,” with a pre-conference theme, “Reaching Japanese for Christ with the Arts and Pop-Culture.” The speaker is Makoto Fujimura, Director of Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper, along with Yuichi Kawano, Pastor of Midori Christ Church in Nagoya. To learn more, visit…

http://rjcnetwork.org/conferences/2017-rjc-international-conference/2017-rjc-international-conference-information/

7) 11th International Reaching Japanese for Christ Conference —

This year’s conference will take place at Northshore Baptist Church, Bothell, Washington, February 16-18, 2012. Besides helpful seminars on ministering to Japanese, there will be an emphasis on the situation, needs and opportunities for church planting in the devastated Tohoku area. Rev. Akira Sato, Rick Chuman and Jonathan Wilson will be among the speakers. For more information see

 

http://www.rjcnetwork.org/

 

6) All Nations Returnees Conference (for Japanese Returnees)

This is a retreat in Tokyo Japan, targeting mainly returnees from around the world and those who are sending them from outside of Japan or welcoming them in Japan. If you know of anybody who became Christians outside of Japan and now back there, please pass this along! For more information about ANRC, visit

http://www.allnations.jp

Or email

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Watch a video of a recent example of one of these conferences:

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STUPENDOUS UPDATE FROM OPERATION WORLD EDITOR

We received this note last Thursday from Patrick Johnstone, lead author of Operation World.

“Doug,
“A little message to say that God has been gracious to us and enabled us to complete the text of Operation World (OW) just in time to send off the CD by the deadline with its complex PDF files ready for printing. This we aim to send by DHL or equivalent tomorrow, 30th June.

“The final book with indices on peoples and places is about 824 pages long. The greater length is due to better lay-out, inclusion of new material on top of what has been an almost complete re-write (probably about 80%). New features include answers to prayer for many countries and the index. The book itself will be almost exactly the same size as the last, but with thinner paper.

“Thank you and all Brigada readers for prayer on our behalf. Wonderfully we have had 9 months of only minor computer problems in spite of having no resident computer manager on site and we have been in reasonable health as a team even though we have worked overtime on this for many months.

“I believe this is the best OW yet. It is certainly the best-checked with input from thousands of people. What a wonderful global team we have had! We trust that there are no harmful comments, silly bloobs or serious omissions.

“We are now finalizing the CD version with it ancillary components. Our colleagues of GMI are working hard on this production now. This will, for the first time, give all CD owners access in a more user-friendly way our whole database with sources.

“The new book and CD as well as the completely re-vamped children’s’ version (formerly YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD) and now called WINDOW ON THE WORLD (this looks brilliant!) will be launched in the UK on 6 Sept on the MV Logos II in London and a few days later in the USA at the Florida Jamboree of the EFMA/IFMA/ACMC.

“In Jesus and for world evangelization,

“Patrick and Robyn Johnstone”

[snip snip… end of note from Patrick Johnstone]

Yahooooooooo! This is a great piece of news

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

calendar Interested in finding ways to better connect to the global partnership movement? Here is an opportunity to get involved. Interdev is offering a partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders interested in a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships. “Kingdom Connections” will be held in Seattle, October 10-12, 2001, and is being sponsored by Interdev with Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies (EFMA), the Interdenominational Fellowship of Mission Agencies (IFMA), Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment (ACMC) and World Evangelical Fellowship (WEF). For brochure and full registration information, please contact Interdev-USatxcdotorg  (Interdev-USatxcdotorg)  . There is a limit to the number of people allowed in these courses so early application and registration is crucial.
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NONPROFIT PUBLISHER FOR CHURCHES AND MISSIONS

books Master Design Ministries is a unique book publisher. They only publish books for churches and missions/missionaries and, because of their missionary staff, at a fraction of the cost of most self-publishers. So if you have a book in any language (from Bibles to primers to biographies to devotionals to Bible studies) that you want to publish, take a look at their services and pricing. You can find them on the web at http://www.masterdesign.org or contact them via email at infoatmasterdesigndotorg  (infoatmasterdesigndotorg)  .
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ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE FOR FREE

virus Thanks to Paul for the great tip regarding AVG by Grisoft. He wrote, “I’ve been using it for a couple of years… it’s completely free, even the monthly updates. It catches one or two viruses every month in my emails now. Some even from computers that supposedly were protected by other virus software such as McAffee :-( It’s very user friendly — don’t know how they can give it away for free (there is a commercial version that they charge for, though).” I guess that’s one of the secrets of the Brigada family. We throw out an idea and someone (among the nearly 10,000 of us) has an even better option! … and at an even more attractive price! :-) Check out Paul’s option at http://www.grisoft.com
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CONFERENCE FOR JAPANESE & THOSE WORKING WITH JAPANESE

calendar For Japanese Christians and those ministering to them, the Equipper Conference 2001 will endeavor to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese from God’s Word to ‘Look Unto Jesus’ thus encouraging one another’s spiritual growth and faith. This conference is also dedicated to help equip those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. The dates are 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA. The conference is sponsored by International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and Navigators. For more information go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 or e-mail ushqatjcfndotorg  (ushqatjcfndotorg)  .
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ANTICIPATING CHURCH PLANTING? GOT A WEEK?

graduation cap Too many church planters take the latest church-planting model, transplant it to other parts of the world, then wonder why things didn’t go well. Developing an effective model for the particular context means greater effectiveness. This one week course, taught at the Center for Intercultural Training by Dr. Tom Steffen of Biola University, 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. Course dates are July 30-August 3, 2001. Interested? Write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call (toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-887-1786 or visit http://www.citi.org.
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DEVELOP THE SKILLS NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR TARGET CULTURE

graduation cap Here’s a three-week intensive course designed to teach the missionary how to become a student of a destination culture. What’s more, students learn how to enter that culture and begin ministry there. Presenters teach both practical and theoretical tools Taught at the Center for Intercultural Training in North Carolina by international trainer Dr. Richard Lewis, the course will take place from August 9-31, 2001. To register or for more information, write citinfoatcompuservedotcom  (citinfoatcompuservedotcom)   or call toll-free (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-887-1786 or visit http://www.citi.org.
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FREE TENTMAKING SEMINAR IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA

graduation cap Global Opportunities is offering a one-day free tentmaking seminar in Pasadena at Lake Avenue Church on Saturday the 14th of July. If you would like more information or would like to register for this event, please go to www.globalopps.org/seminar. Keep checking this site for future seminars in your area. If you are interested in hosting a seminar at your location, go to the hosting section for more information. If you do not have web access send them an email at infoatglobaloppsdotorg  (infoatglobaloppsdotorg)  . Plan on attending to meet the GO staff and to be challenged for world missions among the unreached using your vocation!
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FREE BOOK FROM BILLY GRAHAM MINISTRIES

book “No catches….just a free book :-)” That’s the word from Julie, you can get a free copy of the Prayers of Jabez book. The book can only be mailed to residents of the USA and Canada. I guess there’s a limit to their free offers. So if you’re not in the USA or Canada, maybe there’s someone there that can receive it for you? Request your free copy online now! http://www.billygraham.org/home/offer_r.asp or if you don’t have web access, write Julie yishpanatwebtvdotnet  (yishpanatwebtvdotnet)  

Most important of all — the address, yishpanatwebtvdotnet  (yishpanatwebtvdotnet)  , was only the original referring party. Please forget I ever mentioned it.

The website… that’s the place to go…

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20051211 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING
6. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY
8. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY
9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE!
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS
15. CLOSING STUFF

1. CLEAN DRINKING WATER FOR WORKERS AT HOME OR ABROAD — Keep your family healthy at home or abroad with clean drinking water. 911 Water provides discounts for missionaries on the best portable water filtration units in the world. Dip water out of a stream, puddle, or any fresh water source and filter out bad tastes and odors, bacteria, harmful chemicals, and more. No electricity or water pressure necessary. Comes with self sterilizing and re-cleanable filters. Order online at http://www.911water.com , or call 877-702-4433 in the US, or 1-205-453- 0471 from overseas. Call or email nicknoll(at)911water(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] to ask about a discount for missionaries and mission agencies. Larger discounts on bulk orders. Also, 911 Water is searching for international dealers and distributors. Up to 50% of global health problems are related to contaminated drinking water. These filtration units can save lives. If you or someone you know is looking for a business platform or a way to be a blessing, email the same address.
2. LEARN A PRACTICAL SKILL FOR MISSIONS — Simplified dental care can open many doors to evangelism and relationship building among the unreached. No drills, injections, electricity, or sophisticated equipment are involved – only simple hand instruments, a compassionate heart, and two weeks of your time. Now you can bring greatly needed dental care to your community. Courses are offered monthly in Texas. http://www.dentaltrainingformissions.com or email dentaltrainingformissions(at)yahoo(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
3. SUMMER MINISTRY WITH MUSLIMS — Join a two, four, or six week ministry team to Muslim students and business people in Istanbul, Turkey June 15th to July 20th 2006. This is an opportunity to join an experienced/ ministry team, make friendships with English speaking Turkish students and business people, do friendship evangelism, work with local churches and visit and historical sites in Turkey. The aim of the project is to work with local ministries and churches to help build the local churches. This is an ideal opportunity for a church group or for individual interested in getting started in Muslim ministry. For more information contact Doug dougnann(at)compuserve(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] or call (509)302-0027.
4. MAYBE IT’S NOT SO EASY TO GET THE NIV AFTER ALL — For those who followed up on the item, ” ADD NEW VERSIONS TO YOUR COPY OF ESWORD”: http://www.brigada.org/today/2005/20051028.html#7 maybe it’s not so great after all. Turns out that it might be a breach of the conditions of use of websites from which it gets the texts. Our apologies to the publishers who work hard and deserve the meager royalties they receive. A better approach might be to grab the ESV or some other version that is “open” and not copyrighted. When we published these instructions, we didn’t realize that this approach was tantamount to skipping copyright… never a good idea.
5. COPYRIGHT LAW IS CONFUSING — Come to think of it — is it legal for a church to make multiple copies of its worship song music for the different members of its worship band? When I play piano or keyboard for the local church I attend when I’m in town, I constantly feel funny about looking at photocopied music, especially when it has the copyright warning at the bottom of each page. Wouldn’t the worship minister have to own literally a songbook for each band member in order to legally photocopy that material? I’m no expert . . . but it makes me feel sheepish to even use it. If you have information on that, would you please drop a note to: copy-music(at)brigada(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
6. FOLLOW-THROUGH RESOURCE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSIONS — Change lives before, during and after a Short-Term Mission utilizing The Next Mile follow-through resource. The heartbeat of The Next Mile is built around the spiritual pilgrimage concept. Most publications for short-term ministry revolve around how to prepare for and how to do the ministry. When it comes to keeping the flame alive in people’s lives post- ministry, there are only paragraphs or chapters here and there. While there are some tools available that focus on “debriefing,” there is little done after the ministry. Capitalizing on the experience of more than 30 recognized mission leaders, The Next Mile resource offers practical tools to enable leaders to plan, conduct and follow-through with Short-Term Mission trips for long-term impact. For more information about The Next Mile resource, visit http://www.thenextmile.org or email info(at)thenextmile(dot)org [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
7. YOUR WORK AS MINISTRY — Here’s a free seminar scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, co-sponsored by Interserve USA and the host Calvary Bible Church, Kalamazoo, MI. Seminars and workshops throughout the day will feature Rev. Douglas Van Bronkhorst, Interserve Executive Director and six other professionals now serving the needs of the underserved in explaining how professional skills and talents can be used for God’s Glory cross culturally. There is no cost. Registration and details can be obtained by writing gplatte(at)ludlow(dot)net [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
8. OVERCOMING DEPENDENCY — Since 1983, World Mission Associates has specialized in how to avoid or overcome dependency in mission- established churches and organizations. Dependency is an unhealthy reliance on foreign resources or personnel. To learn more about how to develop healthy indigenous churches that rely on God to open up local resources in response to His people’s prayers, look at the website http://www.wmausa.org or contact wmausa(at)msn(dot)com [As a means of preventing spam for our contributors, in the preceding email address(es), please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .]
9. CULTURE SHOCK RUSSIAN STYLE! — Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? “Peterburgers” is a humorously piled platter that’s culturally insightful and spiritually challenging. Treat yourself to funny adventures in Russia told with culture shock training for missionaries (and their supporters back home) in mind. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $10.00 per copy (plus shipping).
10. REACHING JAPANESE FOR CHRIST CONFERENCE — The fifth RJC Conference will take place February 17-19. This year there will be five different tracks or emphases. 1) “Foundations” for those wanting basic information about ministering to Japanese. 2) “Leadership” which helps leaders in specific programs for Japanese. Then there will be three tracks in Japanese. One will be a symposium for Japanese pastors working to better minister to returnees. One will be for Christians to become effective witnesses, and the last will be for Japanese seekers. There will also be a Pre-Conference strategy discussion meetings on February 16 and 17, concerning how to reach the 500,000 Japanese who are temporarily in North America. For more details please see http://www.rjcconference.org/. Or contact Don Wright at don_wright(at)comcast(dot)net
11. UNREACHED PEOPLES CONSULTATION –- Do you want to make your connections to the missions field more effective? On March 21-24, the Alliance for Missions Advancement (AFMA) presents “Connections for Kingdom Advancement” at Regent University in Virginia Beach. This consultation will give you the opportunity to network with other agencies working around the world and create strategies that will enhance your missions efforts. You’ll expand your missions vision and network with others who share your passion. For more information, contact AFMA at (757) 226-5850 or visit the consultation website at http://www.upc2006.org
12. A HOOT OF A MISSIONS BOOK JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS! — “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” is the hilariously heart-stopping story of a missionary family moving by car, ship, and rail across Russia. Come along and you’ll find a dragon, an axe-wielding conductor, a supersonic clothes washer, and a van with a death wish. Packed with cultural insights, “The Great Siberian Rail Adventure” humorously celebrates a slice of life on the mission field. This Christmas, give the gift of adventure. Order by contacting Dick dick(at)sleeper(dot)us [As a means of preventing SPAM for our contributors, in the preceding email address, please replace (at) with @ and (dot) with .] Copies are $8.00 per copy (plus shipping). Climb aboard!
13. JUST 2 WEEKS LEFT TO HELP BRIGADA IN 2005 — Thanks to the anonymous donors in Pasadena, CA, who just sent $50. Want to join them in helping Brigada cover the cost of a part-time secretary… or just do a good turn to help them with some basic advertising costs? Well if you’d like your gift to count toward their drive in 2005, better hurry. Just 2 weeks to go. It’s easy. Just pull together your $25 or $250 or $2500 and click on “sponsor” in the top menu (to use PayPal or a credit card), or just send a check payable to Team Expansion to: Team Expansion (Brigada secretary), 13711 Willow Reed Dr., Louisville, KY 40299. As always, be sure to let us know if you’d like us to promote any particular service or ministry, or if you’d prefer your gift be anonymous. If you send a check, you’ll automatically receive a tax-deductible receipt. If you send your gift via PayPal, please specify in the comment blank on the donor form that you’d like a PDF receipt that you can print on your own printer at home. FYI… So far in 2005, Brigada has rec’d $9,741.28 out of a goal of $16,576. :-( So… over $6000 left to go in 2 weeks. Gulp. What happens if we don’t raise it all? Well eventually, Team Expansion or somebody has to make it up. They’d love it if our readers would pitch in and help. Maybe you could ask your church or group to pitch in? Maybe someone you know is making out a will, or would like to do something as a memorial gift or make a gift in memory of someone? Or maybe there’s a foundation that might contribute? Whatever the case, please consider saying a good word for Brigada in these next 2 weeks. Thank you in advance.
14. THE BACKPAGE: A WORLD FULL OF CHRISTMAS — The Dec. 18th, 1998 Brigada Today included about 33 ways to say “Merry Christmas” (or some similar greeting) in languages from all over the world. Today, seven years later, the web gives us amazing resources. For example, check out: http://www.flw.com/merry.htm — which gives *350* ways to say Merry Christmas *and* provides detailed information about each group. Granted, you might have to turn down your speakers (to avoid hearing the incessant hokey midi music). What’s more, let’s pray that the wacko cursors don’t cause you to curse. But other than that, there’s some great information there.

http://users.aol.com/WSCaswell/message.htm — Bill Caswell takes aim at the same goal — hundreds of ways.

http://silentnight.web.za/translate/index.htm — Jako Olivier takes a different approach by displaying the words of “Silent Night” in over 100 languages. In cases where more than one dialect occurs in one location (like Afrikaans and Albanian), he even presents both versions.

http://www.holidays.net/christmas/voices.htm — one-ups us by purporting to play *audio* of some of those greetings in the original languages.

http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/jcheek3/holidays.htm — goes even one step farther by providing links to *dozens*… maybe hundreds of other sites which give literally *books* full of information about the famous holiday. (And for those worried about exclusivity, you can even pick up your info. on Hanakkah and Kwanzaa there.) :-)

Either way, one thing’s for sure. This Christmas thing is more than a passing fancy. It’s captured a couple of billion hearts… who, in turn, want to share everything they can with the other four billion!

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Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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YOUR MINISTRY AD BROADCASTED LIVE ON THE INTERNET!

Yup. You didn’t imagine things! Here’s your chance to get a plug on a live global broadcast via the Internet! Jarel Pittman (JP) and his wife own a radio station in Northern Minnesota that also broadcasts in real time on the web via REAL AUDIO. They reportedly have MANY thousands of listeners in the state of Minnesota and MANY MORE thousands around the world via their REAL AUDIO connection. Apparently, they get responses to their programming from all over the globe (mostly U.S. but there are a lot of folks from overseas that listen as well). Just after my recent visit to MAF in Redlands, JP offered to broadcast FREE of CHARGE (for ANY NON-PROFIT CHRISTIAN MINISTRY) any announcement in English that is for your Ministry or on behalf of some effort your ministry is undertaking. Just write the copy and, if you’re a non-profit ministry, send it in and they will guarantee that it will air for up to 3 weeks, 3-5 times per day depending on announcement traffic they have. JP wrote, “You do not have to advertise for the radio station, or put up a link or banner, or tell your [email] conference members about it or anything cheesy like that … All you have to do is e-mail your announcement to our PSA director and she will get it done.” In fact, he’s even willing to take your “pre-produced” materials. They aren’t asking anything in return other than that you must supply the copy and the run dates. That’s it. No strings. JP wrote, “I feel that if I can help you drum up support, or tell the world about your project or event, then I have been a good steward of the resource the Lord has given me.” They do have several rules, however. Max. 30 seconds. Has to be non-profit. Can’t bash another ministry or person. Supply the copy 2 weeks prior than your requested run date. Must have the name and tel. number (on the copy) of the contact person. And, of course, they reserve the right to refuse to air anything they deem unfit. Also, they can determine the run schedule based on airtime availability, not your requested air time (other than the range of dates…). So… if you want to reach people all over the world, 24 hours/day, here’s your chance. The station is a “progressive” Christian Station that runs MOSTLY music 24 hours a day. They also have news, weather and sports…. It’s all locally produced by VOLUNTEERS (just like most of you). The goal of our MINISTRY was to create a Christian station for NON-Christians and apparently they’ve succeeded. Surveys show that about 30% of our audience is NON-Christian. Check out the station via Real Audio at http://www.kadu.org. I listened! It’s great! Send your announcement copy to kaduatkadudotorg  (kaduatkadudotorg)  . If you have questions, e-mail JP at jarelatxcdotorg  (jarelatxcdotorg)  . And while you’re at it, thank him for his work on Lyris. He’s been one of the primary engineers in making it happen.
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HOW TO BE AN ADVOCATE, … FROM PUNE, INDIA

Announcing the 5th annual People Group Advocate (PGA) School in Pune, India. Organizers in Pune wrote Brigada this past week, “Those of us on the field see the PGA as perhaps the most important role a North American can play on the field. PGA’s work full time to develop 100 strategies to reach one people group. They live in their home country or in the country of the group they reach. In the upcoming 5 week school in Feb. 1999 students visit their people group. Then, using local Indian University libraries and the Internet students study the needs of their people. They explore an exhaustive list of Christian and govt. agencies who could meet the needs of their people group. Through prayer the student nails down the 20 top strategies in the areas of prayer mobilization, media, direct and indirect Evg to focus on in the next two years. After the school Advocates mobilize the body of Christ to care, pray and work on behalf of their chosen people group.” Dates: Feb. 8 – Mar.12th. Cost $600. Location: Pune, India. For Applications, write rmehtaatsofthomedotnet  (rmehtaatsofthomedotnet)   or Director, People Group Advocate School, GPO Box 127, Pune, 411 001 India.
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SEND YOUR FAVORITE PERSONNEL EVALUATION FORM

Grace Wiebe gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   is at it again. She’s collecting evaluation forms from far and wide in an attempt to develop a better understanding of how to follow up with new missionaries, once they’ve departed for the field. Send her your favorite evaluation form and she’ll pull together a composite or simply compile a stack of options. We’ll then post them here for everybody to “get” and use!
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HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR PAN-NATIONAL TEAMS?

That’s what Rick Byham rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid  (rcbyhamatcentrindotnetdotid)   would like to know. More specifically, he’s especially looking for simulations, training instruments, and games that can be used for interactive training. Send him the best you’ve got and he’ll send us the results for everyone to pick off here later.
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LYRIS SERVER LOGGING YOUR COPY IN TWO SECONDS OR LESS

Lyris logo According to Bob Sutterfield, a tech at MAF, your copy of Brigada Today probably took less than two seconds to crank your way. Don’t you wish the Postal Service could be so fast? :-)
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MARGIE NEEDS A MAILER

letter and ligntening bolt Margie Bose bboseatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin  (bboseatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin)   needs a connection. She’s looking for a way to transfer her email to postal mail (for those in nations like the USA who don’t yet have access to email) (Is there anyone left like that? :-) ) Seriously, I remember we asked this question a couple of years ago and the Compuserve postal connection (at about $1.50 a pop) was the only option we discovered. Are there other connections these days, maybe through the Internet somehow? If you know of something, send her a line on it and she’ll post the compilation here for everyone to see.
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WEBWATCH: SPANISH ON THE WEB

WebWatchHave you tried out the new site for Spanish speaking Christians found at http://www.intervizion.net? It has notices, Bible studies, articles, devotionals, an electronic Bible, International events, music, video and radio, prayer room, reports, chat, electronic cards and much more. The idea is to gather together all the Spanish speaking Christians on one site so information can be shared to help speed up missions and the Great Commission in the Spanish speaking world. I visited and — Wow! blinking1eyes — it’s a sharp site. Tons of resources in Spanish… and lots of ways to plug in with other Spanish-speaking Christians. Try it!
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LOOKING FOR THAT PERFECT CHRISTMAS CARD?

Don’t forget to give Kingdom Graphics a try. You get 20 cards & envelope for $ 12.50. The cover boasts an artistic interpretation of the shepherds being approached by an angle in glorious light to announce the birth of the Savior. The colors are creatively exciting and used in a style that is unique and attention-getting. Check out the kingdom graphics Web Site to see this card and find complete easy ordering information. http://www.kingdomgraphics.com
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NEW PRAYER GUIDE TRAVELS THROUGH CENTRAL ASIA

praying hands Want more prayer info. on Central Asia? Now you can have it. Praying Along the Silk Road is a 52-page prayer guide, available immediately for 3 pounds in the UK and $5.00 in North America. Write YWAM at CAFMC, PO Box 177, Haywards Heath, RH17 5YT UK, or email cafmcatholmsteddotorgdotuk  (cafmcatholmsteddotorgdotuk)  .

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MISSIONARY CARE WEB SITE

WebWatch The Task Force for Member Care, under the auspices of the Mission Commission of the World Evangelical Fellowship, is now maintaining a web-site related to missionary care. They hope that this site will become a clearinghouse for information and resources related to member care. The site will be updated frequently with new information. Suggestions from the missionary community regarding content are welcome. You’ll find the site at: http://www.caring.westhost.com/
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TENTMAKERS MISSIONARY FELLOWSHIP (TMF)

Recently, “Jeff Morgan” jsmorganatbmidotnet  (jsmorganatbmidotnet)   asked for referrals of ministries that might help “home service” missionaries or those involved in support-raising to purchase homes at a discount. Jeff rec’d only one major response and it was from Tentmakers Missionary Fellowship (TMF). TMF is an organization comprised of Christian business and professional men and women who are committed to supporting the spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial needs of Christian missionaries. The fellowship was started by missionaries, for missionaries. The goal of the fellowship is to participate with the body of Christ to raise financial resources for missions and to mobilize others in Christian community to develop a similar vision. TMF members partner with missionaries to help provide their financial support. Members provide quality professional services and are directly involved in supporting missionaries. All the profits from their enterprise go to support missionary efforts, thus allowing missionaries to devote more time to direct ministry and less time in fund-raising. One strategic way that TMF partners with missionaries is through Project Referral. In a normal real estate transaction the seller of a home pays a real estate fee, or commission, for the successful sale of his or her home. This commission is typically shared by the buyer’s real estate agent and the seller’s real estate agent. However, if TMF introduces a buyer or a seller to a real estate agent, the fellowship receives a referral fee for that introduction. TMF designates the ENTIRE referral fee for the support of Christian missions in several ways: First, the individual who goes through TMF selects a Christian missionary to receive a portion of the referral fee. The person’s home church also receives a portion of the commission. Second, a portion of the referral fee is designated to Youth for Christ ministries. Finally, TMF supports its own missionaries and ministries, both at home and abroad. If you are buying or selling a home or know someone who is, or if you are a realtor who would like to be a part of the TMF network, contact TMF at (707) 452-8368 or toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone at (888) 836-8625. ALL profits received from referral fees are used to fund missionary efforts around the world. Be sure to check out this service well. We haven’t personally used it yet.
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JAPANESE WORKERS UNITE!

After an unprecedented first conference last year with 181 conferees, we’d like to introduce you to Equipper Conference 1998! This conference is dedicated to Japanese people and those ministering to them. It is jointly sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, International Students Incorporated, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and The Navigators. With many thousands of Japanese studying or working in North America, a good number of Japanese come to Christ each year. Often when they return to Japan they stop attending church. In order to help stop this tragic tendency God has led us to develop this conference. It is devoted to equipping Japanese Christians and those ministering to them with the necessary tools and spiritual resources to stand strong and make Christ known in Japan. It is being held this year in Seattle, WA from Dec. 27th through the 1st of January. Organizers would love to see you there! Cost is $210 per person. Arthur Hollands and Koichi Hirano will be the keynote speakers and most sessions are held in Japanese but translation will be available. If you are interested or know someone who may benefit from this just contact USHQatJCFNdotOrg  (USHQatJCFNdotOrg)   for more information. Or you may call 303-730-4226 and ask for Setsu or Yumi!
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BEST BIBLE IN GERMAN?

Got a favorite translation for kids in Germany? Victor vhallatattdotnetdothk  (vhallatattdotnetdothk)   would like to know! He wrote, “Can someone recommend the best easy-to-read German Bible and/or New Testament for a kid in elementary school? I’d like to avoid the old Luther translation, also any denominational slant, but would welcome illustrations.” Victor, be sure to let us know your response, here at Brigada.
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STILL NOTHING BUT GOOD NEWS ABOUT NET ZERO

netzero logo We’ve still heard nothing but good news about http://www.netzero.net . Let us know if you try it and what you think of it?
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TESOL TOOL IN AUCKLAND

Looking for a valuable tool to help you in missions? Coming down under in January ’99? Either way, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a great way to be equipped to reach out to immigrants and overseas missions. The Missions Network Center teaches a course designed to give you the necessary skills required to begin teaching English straight away. This four week course will be held on the YWAM Auckland Campus from the 4th through the 29th of January, 1999. The cost is $1250.00 NZ. For more information and application forms contact: Missions Network Centre, Ph. (64) (9) 256-1942, PO Box 13-580, Fax (64) (9) 256-1323, email 100233dot1044atcompuservedotcom  (100233dot1044atcompuservedotcom)  .
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20011104 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”)

3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA

5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE

6) WEBWATCH

7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS

8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001

9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW”

10) CLOSING STUFF

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1) NOVEMBER 4TH RALLY IN INDIA: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED — Interested in learning more about what really happened on Nov. 4th in India? (Had you rec’d the email asking for prayer for all those lower caste folks searching for a new religion?) Read all about it:

http://www.aiccindia.org/

Thanks to Rick Wood of the US Center for the tip on this article. The summary? Well… not as many as the press releases promised… but still… some positive outcomes.

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2) HOW WILL *YOU* PRAY DURING RAMADAN? (“30 DAYS”) — How can you pray effectively for the Muslim world? How can you join some 20 million other Christians doing so? Simple! Pray during Ramadan, 17 November – 16 December 2001. The 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus guides are short, daily, and full of information and prayer items. This 10th anniversary edition is especially relevant to the needs of today. To subscribe to the email edition, just send any email to <30-days-onatlsdotpmbxdotnet> or use the simple secure server at http://www.pmbx.net/subscribe.html . Thanks Ron!

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3) INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA — South East Asia Institute of Islamic Studies (SEAIIS) will begin its first year of courses starting 8 April through 1 June 2002. The course will be taught in one-week modules. The purpose of SEAIIS will be to provide and in-depth academic Islamic program each year in the region. It will operate in a city in southern Thailand located one hour north of the Malaysian border and is facilitated by a working committee whose members are from the region of South East Asia and who represent many organizations. The instructors this year will include Sam Solomon, Phil Parshall and many others. There will also be instructors from the region to “localize” the subject matter whenever possible. If you would like more information regarding SEAIIS email: <seaiisatmaildotcom>. For security reasons, please state where you heard about SEAIIS, the nature of your inquiry and any information that will let them know who you are or represent. </seaiisatmaildotcom>

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4) GET TESOL AT BIOLA — Invest three weeks in practical TESOL training and ensure that your teaching is effective and your ministry with students is enhanced. During Essentials of TESOL, July 8-26, 2002, at Biola University in southern California, you will: learn methods and techniques for teaching English language skills, be introduced to the sound and grammar systems of English, discover teaching materials, explore cultural issues, and learn appropriate ways of being a Christian teacher. You will also get supervised experience teaching non-native speakers. Earn a certificate for around $1000 (tuition, room and board). Call 562/944-0351 x 5694 or contact <kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu> or visit www.biola.edu/academics/sics/essentials_tesol.cfm </kitty_purgasonatpeterdotbioladotedu>

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5) IMMEDIATE OPPORTUNITIES IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WORLDWIDE – Want to reach those in SE Asia? Mission to Unreached People is looking for Teacher Trainers with a Masters degree (preferable). For more info., contact Jeff at 1-888-847-6950 or (206) 781-3151 or on the web at http://www.mup.org or write <mupinfoatmupdotorg>. </mupinfoatmupdotorg>

And as always, look for more of these kinds of opportunities by joining Brigada-opportunities. It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to

<brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>. </brigada-opportunities-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom>

That will make you a member of the email conference, where you will be able to sit back and receive occasional announcements about mission needs.

And if you’ve got an opportunity, please subscribe to publish your job option or ministry need, even if you only stay on the conference temporarily. Just join per the above instructions, then once you’ve heard that you’re subscribed (probably about 2 minutes later), email a note to <brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>. You’ll be placing your notice in front of many who are searching for opportunities like yours! When the prospective volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). So go for it! I hope your need will be met *today*! (Apologies to those who try to list job opportunities for specific roles; we just can’t possibly publish all of them.) </brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom>

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6) WEBWATCH — Looking for ideas for your agency’s webpage? Check out

http://www.gfa.org . Notice how many things the visitor can do with one click. Look at the clear site navigation, using the bar at the left-hand side. Notice how many different kinds of readers are served… those wanting to sponsor a national, those looking for news, there’s a free book offer, you can read past articles, find out what’s new, even sign up for free web mail! I think the GFA site significantly raises the bar for mission web pages. Great work GFA!!!

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7) GET FREE NEWS ABSTRACTS — An excellent source of news about world current affairs (secular and religious) is available from Wycliffe Associates (UK) News Abstracting Service, which provides twice-monthly e-mail news digests to subscribers via Yahoo! To subscribe, send a blank e-mail to one or more of the following:

NewsAbstracts-N_CeAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 01)

NewsAbstracts-SAmerica-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 02)

NewsAbstracts-Europe-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 03)

NewsAbstracts-Africa-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 04)

NewsAbstracts-CIS-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 05)

NewsAbstracts-E_SEAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 06)

NewsAbstracts-Mid_SAsia-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 07)

NewsAbstracts-Australia_Oceania-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 08)

NewsAbstracts-SpecialCategories-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 09)

NewsAbstracts-World-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zones 1-9;ZIP file)

NewsAbstracts-Health-subscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom (Zone 11)

To see a description of, for example, the Africa e-mail list, go

to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewsAbstracts-Africa . If you

are a member of the list, you will be recognized. If not, you’ll probably have to join first. Great stuff. thanks Alan!

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8) EQUIPPER CONFERENCE 2001 — This conference is for Japanese Christians and those ministering to them: to teach Japanese Christians through fellowship and messages in Japanese, and for those ministering among Japanese to better understand the critical issues in preparing Japanese Christians to take root and bear fruit back home. 12/27/01-1/1/02 at Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Forest Falls, CA 92339. Sponsoring Organizations include International Students Incorporated, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and Navigators. For more information e-mail <ushqatjcfndotorg> or go to http://jcfn.org/EC2001 . (By the way, if you don’t want to install Japanese, just hit cancel if your browser asks.) </ushqatjcfndotorg>

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9) HOW TO “STAY IN THE KNOW” — Have you seen the service at:

http://toolbox.airsecurity.com/ . What a great site. You can quickly click to news sources, US government resources (some of which might be helpful regardless of where you live in the world), travel tools, and even some cool software to keep you “in the know”. Check it out! (Thanks to the Brigada participant who contributed this site… and asked to remain anonymous.)

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19980920 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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HERE WE GROW AGAIN

Brigada keeps growing! Thanks to those who are passing the word around. Here’s a sample of 3 or 4 days growth from this past week. (Lyris tracks these daily growth figures as a standard feature.) The number beside the date lists the new subscribers for a particular day in the life of Brigada:
09/26/1998: 8
09/25/1998: 5
09/24/1998: 15
09/23/1998: 21
09/22/1998: 15
Thanks for speaking out!
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BIG: WHERE DO YOU GO FOR STATS ON DENOMINATIONAL GROWTH?

Suppose I want to know how big the Southern Baptist denomination is (number of members) in the USA and in the world. Where would I go to ascertain that kind of thing? Is it on the web??? If you have a lead, send it to Ernest ERNJOYataoldotcom  (ERNJOYataoldotcom)  . He’ll publish a report to us about how to do it. This kind of thing would be helpful when assembling reports about our own denominations as well as church growth as a whole. ‘Course, someday, Barrett’s new book will be out, right? :-)
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GET THE ELECTRICITY FLOWING (TRIPP LITE FOLLOW-UP)

lighting the way Thanks to those who sleuthed out more information on power inverters. You can always check out http://www.tripplite.com for more information, but the bottom line was, as Joe & Audrey reported, $61 for the lower wattage model (PV140) and $89 for the really cool one (PV300).
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WEB-WATCH: GET YOUR CLASSICS ON THE NET!

WebWatch Have you seen http://ccel.wheaton.edu/ lately? Roger tipped us off on the offerings. Wow. blinking1eyes Incredible options. (We left out all the “underscore” _characters to keep this from looking so confusing. By the way, do we still have to underline copies of _books_ on the web like _this_?) You can get The Confessions of St. Augustine, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, The Holy War, Pilgrim’s Progress, John Calvin’s Commentaries, On the Christian Life, Institutes of the Christian Religion, G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, Jonathan Edwards’ Religious Affections and Select Sermons, Francois Fenelon’s Spiritual Progress, Charles Finney’s Lectures on Revival text files and Lectures to Professing Christians, John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Thomas Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ, Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God, Martin Luther’s Table Talk, Andrew Murray’s The Deeper Christian Life, The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-16, and The New Life: Words of God for Young Disciples. You can also get At the Masters Feet, Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening, J. Hudson Taylor’s Union and Communion, and the Kneeling Christian. Anyway… great list of books. Check it out!
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GET BIBLE SOFTWARE AT 50% OFF

cd-rom and book Logos Bible Software is running their first ever special just for field personnel with a limited time offer of 50% off software. This offer includes items for older computers as well as new. They have Bible Software on floppy diskettes (Spanish, French & Dutch versions, too), shipping to US address. Inquiries and orders go to Pat Rappuhn at trishatlogosdotcom  (trishatlogosdotcom)  . Hats off to Mark for the tip!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON SUDAN

world globe The U-S bombing in Sudan is making it difficult for evangelical workers in war torn Sudan. [One worker, whose name Brigada has withheld for security reasons,] with Voice of the Martyrs just returned from that country, where they distributed food, medicine and the Gospel to the people there. [He] says despite the difficulties, they were able to help the local church distribute 32 tons of food and medical supplies, and show the Jesus Film. He says local church leaders were thrilled. “This was the first opportunity that churches had been given to actually participate in a relief program and the first time that they’d actually been given resources with which to minister to their people.” Up to three thousand people watched the film and many came to Christ.
(Source: Mission Network News, September 22, 1998 www.gospelcom.net/mnn)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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JAPANESE WORKERS UNITE!

Have you heard about the new Equippers conference for Japanese people and those ministering to them? It’s jointly sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, International Students Incorporated, Japanese Christian Fellowship Network, and The Navigators. Organizers say, “Over the years many Japanese come to the States either as businessmen or students and become Christians here, but when they return to Japan often stop attending church for a variety of reasons. It is our hope and prayer that God will use this conference to stop this downward trend, and to equip both Japanese Christians and those who minister to them with the necessary tools and spiritual resources to stand strong.” Last year’s conference brought together over 180 people at Berachah Christian Retreat Center, outside Seattle in Auburn, WA. This year’s dates are from Dec. 27th (Sunday) through January 1st (Friday). Cost is $210 per person. Arthur Hollands and Koichi Hirano will be the keynote speakers and most sessions are held in Japanese but translation will be available. If you are interested or know someone who may benefit from this please contact USHQatJCFNdotOrg  (USHQatJCFNdotOrg)   for more information. Or you may call 303-730-4226 and ask for Setsu or Yumi.
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REGISTER NOW FOR MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE

On November 6 – 7, 1998, Southeast Christian Church will present its 3rd Annual Medical Mission Conference. For detailed information about the conference, browse http://www.medicalmissions.com. Guess who they’ve got coming: David Thompson, a career missionary surgeon who works in Gabon, West Africa. He’s the guy featured in the unforgettable last 7 minutes of the Generation video that everybody’s showing these days (from Mars Hill Productions). Highly recommended. I’ve been using those last 7 minutes to close out one of the messages I’ve been preaching on Matt. 24:14. Gang… It’s powerful. The Elmers are going to be there too… (Duane and Muriel) as well as a ton of other workshop speakers and profs. They’re even presenting helps for raising funds for short-term mission trips. CME credits for physicians and CEU credits for nurses up to 5.5 hours will be available for taking this course. And guess what — there’s no registration fee! (However, a love offering will be taken.) For more information or for a brochure concerning the conference, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725. Book your travel now — the “Breeder’s Cup” will be held in Louisville the same weekend as this conference. Stephanie Garling also has motel/ hotel information available for participants.
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SOUTHERN AFRICA WORKERS TO GATHER

If you work in sub-Sahara Africa, here’s the gathering for you! The Southern Africa Christian Resource Exhibition is taking place in March of 1999 in Harare, Zimbabwe. To get more information, send an email note to subscribe-sacre-99atxcdotorg  (subscribe-sacre-99atxcdotorg)   for the latest. Attendance is open to anyone.
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AFMA MISSIONS EVENT TO INVITE EFMA/IFMA

AIMS is still taking reservations for the annual AFMA missions leadership retreat, set for Nov. 19-21 in Houston, TX. Dr. James Engel is the keynote speaker… and the networking alone should be tops. For additional information, contact AIMS at aimsataims-usadotorg  (aimsataims-usadotorg)  .
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SOUTH ASIA CONSULTATION ON STRATEGIC INTERCESSION

Convened by North India Harvest Network in Co-operation with AD 2000 and Beyond Movement, THE YMCA Tourist Hostel, New Delhi, Nov. 3-6. The purpose? To study together prayer for evangelism and social transformation, To focus Intercession on the unreached peoples and the poorest of the poor of North India and other countries of South Asia, To study and understand the biblical concept of spiritual strongholds & spiritual mapping, etc., in South Asian context, To edit the Consultation papers and make them available for training programs in South Asia. Participation is by Invitation only. But if you or someone you know should be invited, write Rev. S. D. Ponraj, Bihar Out-Reach Network 10/1-A, New Patliputra Colony, Post Box- 5 Patliputra Patna Bihar 800 013 or tel. 0612-263802
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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE NEWS SOURCE?

Roger RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg  (RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg)   wants to know… He uses some of the Infobeat services to get e-mail news, sports, etc. But he wants more! If you’ve got a favorite email or web source, send it to him and he’ll compile a list/report for publishing in a couple of weeks in Brigada Today.
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TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT – WANTED: INSPIRING MISSIONS SUCCESS STORIES

So where does one go for really inspiring missionary success stories? Is there a web site? Jay jlinkatnafwcdotorg  (jlinkatnafwcdotorg)   needs one for Uganda … but where does he go? If you know of a great site or a great source for great illustrations, send it to him and he’ll collect them and in a couple of weeks send us a report for posting here in Brigada Today.
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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST COMIN’ ROUND THE CORNER

Connect with the AD2000 & Beyond Movement in Tulsa this February 25-27. The 1999 Heartland MissionsFest will focus on “Joshua Project 2000: the progress and possibilities” with keynote speaker Luis Bush. Over 50 workshops will inform missions-minded North Americans about AD2000 tracks including Business & Professionals, Worship & the Arts, and Church Planting Among Muslims. Ron Rowland will introduce the dynamic database being developed for Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons. Workshop speakers include Terry Law, Doug Lucas, Beverly Pegues, Ross Patterson, Phyllis Kilbourn, Jill Harris, Bill Waldrop, and Keith Wheeler. Co-sponsors include ACMC, AIMS, Caleb Project, and the U.S. Center for World Mission. At the last Heartland conference over 2,000 participants came from 16 schools, 23 states, 100 churches, and 101 missions agencies. To receive a brochure or exhibitor packet send your snail mail address to hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)   or phone 1-800-366-6641.
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