19980301 Brigada Today

Now with 6891 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* BEST BRIGADA DEAL YET! THE JESUS FILM FREE FOR THE UNREACHED!
* WEB-WATCH – CORRECTION TO “MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK” FILES
* PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN AND NORWEGIAN BIBLES NOW ONLINE
* ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PASTORS
* INTERNET FOR CHRISTIANS NEWSLETTER
* CONFERENCE WITH DR. ENGEL RESCHEDULED
* YES S. AM., THERE IS A LIST OF LATIN MISSION SENDING AGENCIES!
* STONE-CAMPBELL MISSIONS/HISTORY BUFFS UNITE!
* SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHRISTIAN RELATIVES OF MUSLIM CONVERTS
* MISSIONS TRAINING FOR MISSIONS LEADERS
* AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR…
* DIALING FOR DOLLARS (WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DONOR SOFTWARE)
* ADVANCE RETREAT
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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BEST Brigada DEAL YET! THE JESUS FILM FREE FOR THE UNREACHED!
In the past, we’ve celebrated several special occasions here in Brigada Today, but to the best of my memory, none has been so monumental as this one! Through a special arrangement with the Unreached Peoples Coordinator of the Jesus Film (who had to check with the director of the Jesus Film Project for permission to pull this off), Brigada participants are being offered an unbelievable opportunity! During the next two weeks (leading up to Brigada’s 3-year-old birthday), the makers of the Jesus Film are going to provide five complimentary videos of the JESUS Film to each individual or team who will commit to deliver them to an unreached people group by year’s end. In fact, if the individual or team can’t go personally, they may even send them to someone else who will be going, or is already there. Of course, additional videos are always available for reasonable prices if the individual or team wants even more copies (only 5 are free). Note that this is a special offer and will not necessarily be honored after Brigada’s birthday (March 21st) so be sure to act now.

To receive your free videos, compose a note with the following information:

* Ministry or organization name
* Contact name
* Shipping address (and special instructions, if any)
* Telephone number and email address, if available
* Name of people group(s) targeted
* Primary language(s) and/or secondary trade language
* Video standard: PAL or NTSC
* Country to be used in
* Date in 1998 that their group will be going to the country
* Date by which they need to receive the videos

Send this email to ddearingatcccidotorg, or use snail-mail at:
The JESUS Film Project
ATTN: Don Dearing
Unreached Peoples Coordinator
P.O. Box 72007, San Clemente, CA 92674-2007
Tel.: (714) 361-4518
Fax: (714) 361-7579.

One final word — please be sure to thank Don Dearing and all the folks at The Jesus Film project. They have truly made this Brigada birthday a very happy one . . . and it’s totally because of their heart for the unreached.

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WEB-WATCH – CORRECTION TO “MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK” FILES
WebWatch If you retrieved the “Mother of all Bookmark Files” (Doug Lucas’ bookmarks), perhaps you noticed one called “The Palace” and wondered exactly what Doug Lucas had been doing there! :-) Needless to say, you might want to remove this site from your collection! :-) We imported web sites from several sources to compile the collection (including two wholesale imports from PC Magazine “favorites,” so please don’t hold us accountable for the content at every site. The “Palace” has been removed from the bookmark file posted for retrieval from the web and we would encourage you to remove it from your own if you haven’t already. (Some users would also fine “The Onion” in bad taste — again, we’ve never even been there [even to date] so we can’t verify that personally, but you might also remove it, . . . and we’ve removed it from the list on the web.) Thanks to David (who has his own collection at http://www.aims.edu/~dmarvin/bookmark.htm, in case you want to check out additional options)!

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PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN AND NORWEGIAN BIBLES NOW ONLINE
Check out the free ‘Bible Gateway’ online Bible and concordance at http://bible.gospelcom.net, now featuring 15 translations. Included is a Portuguese version of International Bible Society’s New International Version, along with Italian and Norwegian translations. Over the next year, GCN and the International Bible Society expect to add at least a dozen more languages in its efforts to provide free scriptures online for people all around the world. (IFC, January 26, 1998)

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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PASTORS
WebWatch Looking for help with your upcoming sermon? Here’s a site that features a wealth of information and links for pastors. Includes a Pastor’s Forum, Sermon Prep Center, a listing of Ministry Opportunities, Worldwide Prayer Link, and more. http://www.pastornet.com/ (IFC, January 26, 1998).

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INTERNET FOR CHRISTIANS NEWSLETTER
Internet for Christian Newsletter is published via email and on the WWW by Quentin J. Schultze and the Gospel Communications Network http://www.gospelcom.net. Dr. Schultze is Professor of Communication at Calvin College and Special Coordinator for the Gospel Communications Network. http://www.gospelcom.net/gf . To subscribe send message to: IFC-REQUESTatGOSPELCOMdotNET with the message SUBSCRIBE YOUREMAILADDRESS. [Important note: Remember that on all Brigada conferences, you never have to put “youremailaddress” after the subscribe command. In fact, to do so creates lots of extra work for conference owners!]

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CONFERENCE WITH DR. ENGEL RESCHEDULED
The AIMS Fellowship of Mission Agencies (AFMA) leaders’ retreat, postponed in February, has been rescheduled for November 19-21, 1998 in Houston, TX. The keynote speaker, Dr. James F. Engel, will address the theme “Harnessing the Power of the Storm,” which grew from a quote in his book, A Clouded Future? Advancing North American World Missions. Engel wrote, “… one thing is certain. North American missions agencies are facing turbulent times as the storm clouds grow in intensity.” Recognized for seminal writings in conversion and evangelism, strategic planning and financial resource development, Engel has also served organizations in more than 70 countries. For details, please contact Pamella Foster at 757-579-5850, or by e-mail at aimsataims-usadotorg.

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YES S. AM., THERE IS A LIST OF LATIN MISSION SENDING AGENCIES!
The Ibero-American Missions Handbook is a listing of the mission agencies in Latin America, Spain and Portugal which send out Latin Americans, Spanish or Portuguese workers into cross-cultural ministry contexts. The Handbook was compiled for the recent Comibam97 Congress in Acapulco and also contains information on the countries where the Latino missionaries are serving plus summary stats, charts, graphs and maps.

The handbook is available for downloading in Spanish, Portuguese and English at the Comibam web site: http://www.comibam.org

Also available at that site are sets of transparencies in Spanish and Portuguese for missions mobilization which can also be downloaded.

This is exactly what we were searching for – – – and it stands as proof that the Brigada concept is indeed working! Remember Dan Johnson djohnsonatcdotnetdotgt, a missions mobilizer trying to assemble a list of just such agencies?? Ted Limpic just saved him about a month of work! Way to go Ted and Comibam organizers! Way to go Brigada family! Thanks especially for making it available for all on the web!!! Yahoooo! Yahoo

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STONE-CAMPBELL MISSIONS/HISTORY BUFFS UNITE!
Those interested in the history of missions in the Stone-Campbell Movement will help write history at the annual Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Historians’ Seminar, April 24, 25, 1998. The topic of the seminar is “Mission in the Stone-Campbell Movement.” The seminar is to help prepare a general article for a Stone-Campbell Encyclopedic Dictionary which is currently being developed. The call has gone out from the general editors of the encyclopedia to anyone who would be interested in critiquing and refining an article on the missionary work of the movement. Participants will respond in person and/or writing to three lectures.
Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, retired professor of Pepperdine University, will address “Mission/Evangelization Prior to 1849.”
Dr. William J. Nottingham, Affiliate Professor, Christian Theological Seminary and retired President, Division of Overseas Ministries, will address “Development of Missionary Societies 1849 to the Present in the Disciples of Christ.”
Dr. Frederick W. Norris, Dean E. Walker Professor Christian History and Professor Christian Doctrine, Emmanuel School of Religion, will speak on “Twentieth Century Mission/Evangelization among Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.”
The Seminar will begin on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1101 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN. It will conclude by mid-afternoon of the next day. Registration is $25.00 (fee waived for students). The Historical Society will respond to requests for information on motel accommodations. For more information, contact
Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37212-2196
Phone: 615-327-1444
Fax: 615-327-1445.

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SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHRISTIAN RELATIVES OF MUSLIM CONVERTS
Check out the new support group where family members of Muslim converts can encourage each other, pray for one another and share the experiences how to deal with this family situation. Parents will be the main participants, but it is designed for all Christians with a Muslim relative be it son, daughter, brother, sister, son-in-law. To subscribe, send an email to majordomoatwatchmandotcom with only this line in the message:
subscribe parents
Also check out the accompanying apologetics Web Site “Answering Islam”: http://answering-islam.org/ and contact Jochen Katz jkatzatmathdotgatechdotedu for more info.

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MISSIONS TRAINING FOR MISSIONS LEADERS
COMMIT is hosting a short-term missions leaders training seminar conducted by Ray Howard of Mission Training International, March 26-28 at Wave of Life Ministries in Makaha (Oahu) Hawaii. The cost for this highly acclaimed training is only $179 which includes tuition, books, and all related material. Lodging and travel arrangements can be made by contacting Greg or Mona Crawford at the address below. If you send short-term teams anywhere in the world, don’t miss this! Mahalo. Don’t you think that all Brigada Editors should be sent to this meeting by appreciative Brigada readers??? (Okay — I’m joking!) For more information, or to purchase gift certificates for your friends, contact
Greg Crawford
Director
COMMIT Ministries
87-109 Manununu Street
Waianae HI 96792
tel or FAX 808-668-6569
commitatjunodotcom

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AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR…
:-) Thanks again to the folks at Central Pres. in Baltimore for helping the Brigada cause go forward! Check out their web page at http://www.centralpc.org for more information! Recently when we mentioned them (Feb. 6 issue), one of their missionaries immediately wrote them to express his appreciation to them for helping us with expenses! Thanks to Jerry Cooper jcooperatcentralpcdotorg, the Assoc. Pastor for Missions and Discipleship, a long-time subscriber of the Brigada family for his part in making it happen! And more good news . . . It looks like a donor from last year is going to repeat this year as well!!! Yahoooo! Yahoo
Remember to check out the special “Sponsors” web page on the Brigada site… starting at http://www.brigada.org and join us in thanking the Lord for their help in making this work possible!

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DIALING FOR DOLLARS (WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DONOR SOFTWARE)
Les Tilka clfcebuatinamedotcom would like to know! He’s looking for a program to use on the mission field that will keep track of his donor list, donations, correspondence, etc. He’s outgrown his current program. So . . . send him your best . . . and Les, we’d like to see a summary report in two weeks, if that’s possible, okay?

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ADVANCE RETREAT
Come to think of it, I don’t think we ever shared the Advance summary for February!!! Sorry about that!

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Indonesians on the brink of panic; 10 million people at India’s Kumbh Mela festival; the Mandinka of The Gambia; the Hazara of Afghanistan; new gospel radio programs in the Middle East; the Bozo of Mali

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Sudanese believer imprisoned; Uzbek pastor sentenced; Pakistani schoolteacher persecuted; Malay believer kidnapped; Sri Lanka congregations attacked

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Ramadan massacres in Algeria; abortion clinic bombed; test tube baby declared legal orphan; scientist plans human cloning; Cambodians sold into slavery; prayer assault targets Turkey

REJOICE! — 47 baptized in Mali; Myanmar Bible school reopens; decisions among the Mien Yao of Thailand; Jesus film records 1 billionth viewer; wife of martyred Kurdish believer gives birth; Honduras crusade registers 10,000 decisions; Colombia recognizes evangelicals; Russian lawmakers restrict pornography; pandering ad banned in Brazil

NETWORKING — Unreached people group prayer profiles now available; community development school; “writing partners” for Turkish Muslims; training program helps churches develop missions strategy; Voice of the Martyrs missions conference; ministering in the former Soviet Union; sharing the gospel with international students; mobilizing children to reach the world; new book explains joy of missions; booklet focuses on morally irresponsible TV programming

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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg.
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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!

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19980222 Brigada Today

Now with 6878 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* LAST WEEK’S ITEM ON “JOSHUA HARVEST” CAUSES A STIR
* LUIS BUSH INVITES BRIGADA AUDIENCE TO AD2000 & BEYOND CONSULTATION
* WANT MORE INFO. RE: PRAYING FOR THOSE IN THE 10/40 WINDOW?
* GET HELP ON PROTOCOL
* SPANISH MISSIONS MOBILIZERS HABLAN
* BIRTHDAY CANDLES … JUST 3 WEEKS AWAY
* FOR YOUR BROWSER … MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK FILE SYSTEMS – FREE!!!
* GOD’S CHURCH IS ON THE MOVE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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LAST WEEK’S ITEM ON “JOSHUA HARVEST” CAUSES A STIR
lighting the way Well I’ve got good news and bad news regarding last week’s item on “Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons” (“FROM THE ‘WORD ON THE STREET’ DEPARTMENT… THE LATEST ON AD2000”). The good news is that evidently Brigada Today is being read by lots of missions leaders who in turn wrote lots of other missions leaders and apparently asked quite a number of questions about the item. The bad news is, the “word on the street” might have taken us slightly down the wrong road. Here’s the deal: Apparently, there is a plan entitled, “Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons” that is “in the works,” being considered by AD2000 & Beyond leadership. However, it is apparently not totally approved at this point (though many have voiced strong support for it). But evidently our biggest error last week was our indication that AD2000’s International Office (IO) would, in this case, not be shutting down. Quite the contrary, apparently the plan is for the IO to not be leading the movement at that point. Now don’t ask me how that’s going to play out — because I’m not exactly sure (e.g., how can we have international events without an international coordinating office?) — but the bottom line is that the IO is shutting down as previously announced, immediately after wrap-up of the final consultation, which is occurring at the end of the year 2000. (For more information about this consultation, see the next item.) Now… how can we be sure that this is not just a rumor? Because this time, we received messages directly from Luis Bush himself, who happened to be hearing about the Brigada Today item all the way over in Israel, where he was conducting meetings to plan a major AD2000 event! He wrote us, some 24 hours after the item went out last week, “Greetings from the Holy Land! The meetings of the International Coordinating Committee regarding Celebrate Messiah 2000 have just come to a close. In the course of these days together, as we gazed out the balcony of the room we were meeting at with the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem in plain view we experienced the presence of God in a most unusual way….” Luis added elsewhere, “…The International Office is planning to close down shortly after the event here [in Jerusalem]. The termination of the non-profit organization AD2000 [& Beyond] Movement Inc is planned and all staff will be out of a job. A close down plan was already presented to the US Support Committee in our last meeting and approved.” So… looks like we’ve got to look for a job for Luis after all! :-)

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LUIS BUSH INVITES BRIGADA AUDIENCE TO AD2000 & BEYOND CONSULTATION
Been looking for the perfect time to visit Jerusalem? Always wanted to take that trip to the Holy Land but never had a good enough reason? Well now you do. This past week, as a part of the series of emails clarifying the misunderstanding about last week’s item (see above), Luis, in the process, invited the entire Brigada family to come to Jerusalem!!! :-) Now maybe you think I’m joking . . . but if you have any doubts, retrieve the email message he sent. Read it word-for-word in its entirety.
I’ll summarize here.. but you really need to get the whole thing if you’re interested. Basically, Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a colossal conference to cap off a decade of AD2000 & Beyond activities. Finite reporting will be available on progress in “finishing the Task,” and you can be sure there will be plenty of celebrating for what God has done in the 10/40 Window and beyond. If you’re interested in attending, get the CM2000 file because Luis says it much better than I can — and request an introductory brochure/invitation by writing infoatAD2000dotorg. Keep in mind that this CM2000 itself is still a draft, yet to be voted on in May by core leaders of the AD2000 & Beyond leadership. Luis’ exact words were, “Registration has now been completed by 30 countries of the world for participation in the Holy Land event itself. The registration is still open. Please invite anyone interested to e-mail requesting [a] brochure from our office.” So… if you want… Holy Land here you come! :-)

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WANT MORE INFO. RE: PRAYING FOR THOSE IN THE 10/40 WINDOW?
Try CIN-News, a brand new email conference by the folks at Christian Information network. Subscribe by sending an email message to listprocatgrmidotorg with the message
subscribe cin-news Your Name

in the body of the message. This will automatically add you to the mailing list. Obviously, . . . substitute your own name for the “Your Name” in the instructions above. :-) (Duh…) :-)

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GET HELP ON PROTOCOL
For those fairly new to Brigada, or those just wanting to recap/review, don’t miss some recent changes made to the protocol file.

It explains good protocol for interacting in the Brigada family of email conference networks. Those with additional suggestions are welcome to submit them to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

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SPANISH MISSIONS MOBILIZERS HABLAN
lighting the way Last week’s item, “WHERE HAVE ALL THE SPANISH GONE?” rang a gong in the hearts of several Spanish speaking missions mobilizers. Evidently, there have been several compilations of organizations that send Spanish speakers. Are there any posted on the web? If so, drop me a note… and . . . perdone me por favor. :-)

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BIRTHDAY CANDLES… JUST 3 WEEKS AWAY
lighting the way Thanks for the ideas in response to last week’s item, “WE’RE NEARLY 3 YEARS OLD!” I particularly liked the one that suggested we mail out pieces of birthday cake to each and every subscriber. (Yeah right! :-)) Although we’re still unsure how to celebrate, the event is fast approaching. March 21st marks 3 years in Brigada business. I wonder if we can reach the 7000 mark (7000 subscriber/participants) by March 21st? Tall order. Would you invite 3 friends to join the Brigada network this week??? Just clip the final item (on how to subscribe) and send it their way.

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FOR YOUR BROWSER… MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK FILE SYSTEMS – FREE!!!
WebWatch Searching for an easy way to load in a bunch of bookmarks into your browser? (bookmarks are the “shortcuts” that let you jump from one web site to the next on the Worldwide Web). This can be a big-time need if you have recently switched over, say, from Netscape to Microsoft Internet Explorer (which seems to be happening more and more these days, by the way). Well now you can get Doug’s “mother of all favorite sites” bookmark files — FOR FREE! Zillions of bookmarks, including missions orgs, mission sites, mission research sites, and travel sites galore. (I’ve got a partner who has been buggin’ me to prepare this for months! Sorry it’s taken me this long, Eric!) Add to that a bundle of news sites, software URLs, computers & technology, and more! Well in the “old days,” it wasn’t as easy as you’d think — to combine the bookmarks in the file you’re already using with a “mother of all bookmark files” from somebody else’s browser. But now there’s a way! Just hop on the web and download “SyncURLs” first. It’s a free program on the Brigada site that lets you merge bookmark files (from either Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer! Organizes them in a tree outline, exports to whichever browser you want… or both! Then you can grab Doug’s “mother of all favorite sites” file and combine it with your own in whatever way you want! And in the future, if you ever want to export your file to your buddy’s browser’s format, no problem! So… get it today! . . . for free! Get SyncURLs by pointing your browser to: http://www.teamexpansion.org/tools/syncur.zip When your browser asks you if you want to execute or save, just choose “save” and pick out a suitable folder on your hard drive (don’t forget where you store it!). You’ll need the capability to unzip files. (If you don’t have pkunzip, talk to a computer tech to get it.) This is a 321K file that gives you the executable (courtesy PC Magazine; thanks!). Then grab the “mother of all bookmark files” by pointing your browser to: http://www.teamexpansion.org/tools/bookmarks.htm Once you’re there, use “save as” to save that file on your own hard drive as bookmarks.htm in your Netscape users directory, under your name. If there’s already a file there by that name, don’t overwrite it with the new file. Use SyncURLs to merge the new and the old! Import your own bookmark file over the top and you’re in business! See the help file for instructions — it’s very thorough. We regret that we cannot answer mail asking for tech support for this process. If you need help, see a computer tech in your town or office. (Hey — if we answered help mail all day, we’d never get our own mission work done! :-))

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GOD’S CHURCH IS ON THE MOVE
I’m writing this Brigada Today on the plane on the way home from a weekend full of meetings with a church in Calgary that has chosen to adopt a very unreached people group in Central Asia. Wow. blinking1eyes I’m humbled and sobered by their dedication. They’ve picked one of the “hardest” groups to reach . . . and yet they’re undaunted by the task. In the Faith-Promise missions weekend (at which they had invited me to speak), they pledged thousands of dollars per month for missions, including a great start-up seed fund for their new PACE Project (adopting that unreached people group and following a specific plan to plant a church there). If this whole process can now just be replicated a couple of thousand times, with each church taking responsibility for different unreached people groups, I’m confident we’ll see some pretty amazing stuff happen during the coming years!!! May God grant them . . . and you . . . lots of determination and wisdom as you seek to mobilize your church and/or agency to finish the task!

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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>.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19980215 Brigada Today

Now with 6807 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WE’RE NEARLY 3 YEARS OLD!
* FROM THE “WORD ON THE STREET” DEPARTMENT… THE LATEST ON AD2000
* GIVERS MINISTRY FOCUSES ON TANGIBLE ITEMS
* WORD FROM THE ROCK… THE ROSETTA STONE STILL SPEAKS
* INSURANCE PROVIDERS FOR MISSIONARIES
* WEB EVANGELISM SITES UNITE!
* WHERE HAVE ALL THE SPANISH GONE?
* FASTING AND PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA
* HOW TO FIND “THE SCORE” ON JP2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES
* DO BRIGADA READERS RESPOND?
* ONLINE SCHOOL ADVANCING
* BERMUDA TRIANGLE, MAFxc STYLE!
* PRINTED RESOURCES IN 350 LANGUAGES JUST AN E-MAIL AWAY!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WE’RE NEARLY 3 YEARS OLD!
Three years ago this week, Brigada was just an idea… with some 38 participants in this Brigada Today conference… and only a half dozen or so Brigada conferences in all. Today, 3 years later, Brigada-peoples is one of the most active conferences in the Brigada family, with some 350 participants actively seeking to help connect would-be people-group-adopters together with those who can help them do it more effectively. And over 150 other conferences, including the entire “Brigada-connect-…” group by John Hanna, are regularly providing communication networks for the world of evangelical missions. But the real Brigada-birthday that we celebrate is March 21st, the day in 1995 that the conferences officially “went public.” So… we’re inviting everyone to a big “virtual birthday party!” To be held in just 4 weeks… all over the world… on March 21st! :-) Not sure how we’ll be able to celebrate it. We’re open for ideas! :-) Send your best idea to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. :-)

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FROM THE “WORD ON THE STREET” DEPARTMENT… THE LATEST ON AD2000
So have you heard the latest on AD2000? We all wondered how in the world the AD2000 office could just ‘close down’ on January 2nd, 2001 anyway. :-) I mean… after all . . . what are we going to do with 20 jobless people? :-) And I can’t think of much of anything more discouraging than seeing Luis Bush with nothing to mobilize! :-) So… here’s the deal… here’s the latest of what we’re hearing. Apparently, the latest leak out of Colorado Springs is that AD2000 will be kicking off a new program called, “Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons.” Can you believe it? (You think I’m joking. :-) ) This thrust will seek to expand the criteria of the Joshua Project from its current “mongo-tight” restrictions (e.g., greater than 10,000 in pop., less than 2% evangelical, no church of 100 in their midst, etc.) to a much broader definition of [basically any] ethnolinguistic and ethnocultural peoples. The primary focus will remain that of making disciples among the spiritually neediest peoples of the world. A similar approach will be adopted to that of Joshua Project 2000. This will apparently entail coordinated research, a common database, enhancements of existing efforts, and a total commitment to mutual cooperation in all things. The aim would be to establish a life-giving congregation of believers among each of the world’s people groups. So… relax… and breathe again… Luis Bush and company won’t be jobless on Jan. 2nd, 2001! :-) And … barring the 2nd coming… neither will we! :-)

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GIVERS MINISTRY FOCUSES ON TANGIBLE ITEMS
lighting the way Remember our reference to the Givers Ministry… http://www.giversministry.org which focused on finding needs and meeting them? ” POST YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS AND HOPE TO FIND A GIVER!” Well… ahem… come to find out they specialize in tangible, non-monetary gifts! :-) Sorry gang. They’ve had zillions of hits (the exact quote was, “We have been overwhelmed…”) from folks wanting to . . . . put them in touch, so to speak, with potential giving targets… and actually what they’re hoping to clarify… or what they’re hoping I can clarify… :-) is that they only give non-financial gifts. :-) But that’s still cool… think about …. automobiles, computers, musical instruments, building materials, food, clothing, medical supplies / equipment, electrical / mechanical items, etc.! Want to email them? Use infoatgiversministrydotorg instead of the address we gave earlier. Sorry about that Joe. Hope you can get your email inbox cleaned out sometime next century! :-)

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WORD FROM THE ROCK… THE ROSETTA STONE STILL SPEAKS
The Rosetta Stone Language Program continues to develop CD-ROM conversational courses in languages important to missionaries. And guess what… to Brigada participants, Rosetta Stone’s creators will make the CDs available at 1/4 of the price charged to the educational and business markets! Believe it or not, this is the very program selected by NASA for use by the US and Russian astronauts! Languages currently available include Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, English (for ESL), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. Additional languages are being released each month. For ordering info contact Ray Howard at Mission Training Int’l – MInternataoldotcom. In the U.S. you can call us at 800 896-3710. Make sure you tell them you heard about it on Brigada and they’ll make the CDs available at 25% of the list price. (Actually, you do have to be using them for missions purposes… so if we have any astronauts reading this item, just dream on! :-))

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INSURANCE PROVIDERS FOR MISSIONARIES
If you’re needing a great medically insurance policy, at least give these sources a chance. They’ve listed with Brigada via Sara and are ready to serve! Thanks to Sara and Brad for their help compiling this list!

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WEB EVANGELISM SITES UNITE!
Do you know about a site seeking to provide a restricted access (or, to put it another way, “creative access”) country with the Bible in the local language? … or maybe a special site to present the gospel to a specific group of people in a culturally appropriate manner? If so, Dale FISHVILLEataoldotcom would like to know! Dale will compile the results, return them, at which time we’ll make them available to everyone here on Brigada via one of those “get” files. So. . . whether you’ve developed a site like the ones described above… or just seen one… send them to Dale. Don’t forget to provide the full web address, beginning with “http://” please. Thanks!

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE SPANISH GONE?
Dan’s a missions mobilizer… in Latin America! :-) Honest. Great idea. So he’s trying to find out which agencies and orgs. try to send Spanish-speakers to China (and other creative access countries) as a means of sharing Christ there. So if you’ve heard about a team from Venezuela working in Algeria, Dan would like to know! Note that he’s not looking for the names of those who have gone (which would be a security risk), but rather, the agencies which seek to send them or enable them to go. Send your best ideas to Dan at djohnsonatcdotnetdotgt and he’ll compile the results for us here. We might just have a copy of the first ever compilation of mission sending agencies for Spanish-speakers!

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FASTING AND PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA
Apparently, Jonathan Sim of the World Vision Korea desk has called for a day of fasting and prayer for North Korea on the 27th of February. That’s this week! We’re passing along the news, even though we have few details. Reportedly, World Vision, Campus Crusade and Youth With A Mission are all participating. If you’d like more information, you could try asking Bryan Bishop at YWAMatXCdotOrg. If he doesn’t have more information, he’ll at least try to locate someone who does. No need to write Brigada — this is all we know.

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HOW TO FIND “THE SCORE” ON JP2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES
Dan Scribner wrote this past week from the AD2000 & Beyond International Office to clarify ways and means of finding out more about the “score” on reaching Joshua Project unreached peoples. He wrote, “You could download the file at ftp://ftp.ad2000.org/pub/ad2000/jpldbf.zip or check the index at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/index.htm to find out which of the 1739 Joshua Project People groups were not “claimed” as of this past July. …The Joshua Project list is being updated daily and a fresh copy is available at the sites mentioned above. There have probably been over 500 major and minor corrections in JPL.DBF since July 1997. There is a new field in JPL.DBF called UNTARGETED which replaces NOCOMT172. NOCOMT172 is still in the database so we can identify the 172, but that is no longer the focus. At the moment the AD2000 WWW site is still showing mini-profiles for only the 1739 original Joshua Project peoples…, but the JPLDBF.ZIP file has all the peoples that have ever been considered for the Joshua Project list (original 1739 list, updated / current list, peoples not matching the criteria, etc.)” Thanks Dan! We appreciate your ministry at the “IO”!!!

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DO BRIGADA READERS RESPOND?
You bet they do! For example, this past week we received a thank you note, “Thank you for including us on this week’s Brigada [Today]. We received 40 hits within 24 hours. We have made many good contacts that should serve the missionary community. Thanks again.”

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ONLINE SCHOOL ADVANCING
books and pen If you’ve been following the progress of that new “online school,” you’ve probably been pretty busy! Brett Bowers brettatcyberhighdotorg wrote this past week to update us on CyberHigh/NorthStar Academy and the plans sound great. Check ’em out at http://www.northstar-academy.org or write Brett directly. What a great option to add to home schooling as an alternative to boarding schools for those working in remote areas!

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BERMUDA TRIANGLE, MAFxc STYLE!
MAFxc logo If you subscribed to a MAFxc email conference (MAFxc hosts all Brigada conferences) during the dates Feb. 14-18, odds are, your new subscription was lost and you’ll have to subscribe again. Apparently, on Feb. 18th, MAFxc experienced a big-time crash which forced them to use the most recent backup they had (from 4 days earlier). At the same time, MAFxc has installed a new server and new www software that will more than triple the speed of their outputs. Hang in there, MAFxc!

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PRINTED RESOURCES IN 350 LANGUAGES JUST AN E-MAIL AWAY!
letter and ligntening bolt American Scripture Gift Mission has booklets and tracts in over 350 languages that are great for ethnic church planting and multi-lingual ministry in the US as well as overseas. These publications are attractive compilations of verses on relevant themes. Most are evangelistic, like “Savior of the World” and “God’s Plan for Man.” Others are pastoral (but include gospel passages), like “Living Together God’s Way” and “Daily Strength.” SGM Intl has been providing such resources since 1888. Tell them the languages you need and they’ll tell you what’s available. Include your snail mail address for English samples. Write them at SGMUSatJunodotcom.

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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19980208 Brigada Today

Now with 6789 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* AD2000 & BEYOND WANTS YOU!
* SCUBA ANYONE?
* HEADED TO THE WORLD CUP? START PLANNING NOW!
* PRAYER WAVE FOR IRAN
* INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE KNOCKING…. WILL YOU ANSWER?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CAIRO
* 30 DAYS HINDU PRAYER FOCUS SET FOR MAY-JUNE
* “WHO’S ON FIRST?” (MAFxc CONFERENCE COMMAND REVISION)
* TRY THIS SHIPPER
* NEED A VIDEO FOR YOUR PROJECT?
* SEMINAR ON CHINA
* SO WHAT ARE YOUR “GREAT PASSIONS?”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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AD2000 & BEYOND WANTS YOU!
The AD2000 & Beyond Movement is in the process of conducting a survey to update the status of work among Joshua Project 2000 peoples. The last survey (1996) brought in 25,000 pieces of information from over 800 agencies in at least 80 countries. This data is used globally for mobilization, networking and avoidance of duplication. The current survey will assess the status of church planting efforts as well as the existence of indigenous churches among Joshua Project 2000 peoples. The survey will be sent automatically to those who received the initial mailing. If you or someone you know did not receive the earlier survey, but would like to respond now, please send your name, agency and mailing address to the AD2000 and Beyond Movement infoatad2000dotorg. For more information regarding the motivation for completing the survey, use and distribution of the collected data, and security guidelines used when sharing data; just email infoatad2000dotorg with a message that says, “JP2000 Survey Information.”

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SCUBA ANYONE?
Interested in helping get literature into certain restricted access countries? If so, Frontline Evangelism would like to know! For example, they’re presently looking for individuals with sailing or scuba experience and equipment. Apparently this will be the “purpose” of the short-term trip … with a Christian perspective, if you know what I mean. If you’re interested, contact dbgatixdotnetcomdotcom.

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HEADED TO THE WORLD CUP? START PLANNING NOW!
If you’re headed to the World Cup in France this summer, now’s the time to start planning! Write mwozniakatrbcdotorg for a press release regarding outreach tracts/videos that RBC ministry will be making available in both Spanish and English. You’ll get a kick out of the possibilities!

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PRAYER WAVE FOR IRAN
Here’s a group in the UK that would like to create a “wave” of prayer around the globe (a la the kind of “waves” you see at football stadiums and Promise Keeper rallies) for Iran. Cool idea. Write RapAdvanceataoldotcom for more information or if you’re willing to pray May 29-30 for a group in Iran. Put “The Wave” in the subject line. thumbs-up

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE KNOCKING…. WILL YOU ANSWER?
Over 550,000 international students currently study in American Universities. If you’re reading from some other country, some international students are probably studying at a university near you. As for the USA, every year, 120,000 new students come in and nearly 90,000 return home. These students are the brightest and the best, the top 2-3% from their countries. They will go home to become future leaders in some aspect of their country’s society and socio-economic matrix. There is no question about whether these students will make a difference. The question is, will that difference be for Christ. The World At Your Door is a very practical guide to the vision and the how-to’s of getting individuals and churches involved in outreach to international students. It addresses the strategic and urgent nature of the window of opportunity that God has given the church in America to touch people who will be change agents when they return home. If you’re in the USA, call 1-800-ISI-TEAM. Overseas, use Net-2-phone, or write BNorsworthyatISIonlinedotorg for more information. Put “The World” in the subject line.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CAIRO
world globe More than 4,500 people gathered for a three-day, standing-room-only rally at a church in downtown Cairo and 97 made first-time decisions for Christ. The rally was sponsored by Trans World Radio for people who listen to Arabic language gospel radio broadcasts. Also, evangelist Luis Palau will preach four evangelistic meetings March 12-15 in Cairo, at Kasr el-Dobara Evangelical Church. The messages will be videotaped and hand-carried to hundreds of churches throughout Egypt for showings the next day.
(Source: January 1998 Advance newsletter http://www.brigada.org/advance/adv9801.html>.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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30 DAYS HINDU PRAYER FOCUS SET FOR MAY-JUNE
The dates for the second annual “30 Days Hindu Prayer Focus” are May 17 to June 15 (contrary to some news that was unfortunately publicized prematurely, and that placed the dates mid March to mid April). Be so kind publicize these dates. Prayer guide booklets are currently being written and will go to print in late March. In England: South Asia Concern, email: 100126dot3641atcompuservedotcom, In Germany: ABMdotVFAatt-onlinedotde. Everywhere else:
WorldChristian News
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs, CO 80936
USA
Tel: 1 (719) 442-6409; Email: wcnatxcdotorg,
http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html

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“WHO’S ON FIRST?” (MAFxc CONFERENCE COMMAND REVISION)
So, what’s the name of the command you use to get a list of the members of your conference? Wrong. Who? Wrong again. Confused? Right! Let’s start over. Since Feb., 1995, when the Brigada family of email conferences came into being, we’ve always been able to send a command to <hubatxcdotorg> to get a complete list of everybody in a particular conference. This past week, MAFxc finally had to give in and disable the generic “who” command (Exception: the owner of the conference can still do a “who”). This is a good news/bad news story. The bad news is that it’ll be tougher to network. We won’t be able to send a quick “who” to the hub and get an email address list of everyone in our working group. The good news is that security is much tighter and for most of us, the good news probably outweighs the bad news. Now those who were wishing to start or join certain private conferences can do so without fearing that someone will get grab our email address. And now it’ll be impossible for “spammers” (Internet advertisers and bulk mailers) to harvest email addresses from each conference. So if you know of someone who jumped out of the Brigada network because of security fears, please pass along the word that things are now a lot tighter. And if you know of someone who might benefit from one of Brigada’s conferences, please feel free to invite them aboard! Finally, thanks to Jonathan and all the folks at MAFxc for doing their best to maintain a tight ship. Brigada is only one set of conferences on the MAFxc hub (the largest, by the way) — there are hundreds of other conferences and networks. Those MAFxc folk stay pretty busy out there in Redlands, CA. Would you join me today in bowing for a moment to give thanks for their commitment to excellence?

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TRY THIS SHIPPER
Next time you need to ship overseas, try Richard at RMJ Services (Resurrected Messiah Jesus), rmjservicesatjunodotcom. Apparently, he has shipped missionaries, non-profit and relief organizations for over 25 years. He does international truck, air and ocean shipping. FAX: 313-941-8127. Let us know what you think!

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NEED A VIDEO FOR YOUR PROJECT?
Dan & Judy Anderson have a deal for you! Her Visionary International Video reportedly provides “quality low priced promotional productions for mission agencies, institutions and their missionaries.” They’re headed to Costa Rica the end of February and staying there for a month, then to Italy the end of April through mid May. Check out their web page at: http://www.chrysalis.org/anderson or write for special prices on your project VisionVidataoldotcom. If you’d like to talk to a reference, see Don at 100622dot613atcompuservedotcom.

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SEMINAR ON CHINA
A wide range of local churches and ministries are sponsoring a regional seminar on unreached people-groups in China, March 6 & 7. The purpose is to promote awareness and mobilize evangelistic adoption of unreached minorities in China. The focus will be on both a survey of the unreached peoples and their needs, practical specific steps toward reaching them, and referrals to possible ministry partners in specific areas. Registration is $5 for Friday evening and $5 for Saturday. For more details, contact Seminar Coordinator Matt Gurvich, mgurvich@livenet.

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SO WHAT ARE YOUR “GREAT PASSIONS?”
Honestly, I think I got the idea from the Navigators. As soon as I heard it I knew it was a keeper. The question was actually quite simple. If I were asked, ‘What would be your five great passions?’, how would I answer? This past week, I wrote each of our Team Expansion staff people (115 in some 20 countries) to recommend that Team Expansion begin espousing Five Great Passions everywhere we go in the programs we present, in the newsletters we write, and the letters we send. How effective will we be at communicating them? Only time will tell. But I suppose it’s even more important that we begin living them! So . . . your list might be different . . . but here are the five that we proposed (with great gratitude to the Navigators!):

1. God — We have a passion for God. He’s central to everything we love and do. He’s the reason we’re in business. He’s the focus of our highest dreams and our deepest desires. He’s the purpose for which we labor, the central idea for which we live. We love Him, we live for Him, and yes, if need be, we’d even die for Him.

2. Worship — “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” John Piper has made it popular (Let the Nations be Glad!), but the Bible’s been saying it all along: The most urgent task isn’t evangelism after all! The noblest activity on earth is to give honor to the one not limited to the earth . . . to praise Him who is above all things. We exist to worship Him. Our lives, our jobs, our very hearts and souls are oriented toward His whispers. Like moss growing on the North side of the tree, we lean into His wind so that in turn, we can sail in the direction of His future. We worship because . . . we were created to do so.

3. Holiness — In gratitude for all He’s done for us, dare we offer anything less than our very lives, our souls, and our heart’s admiration? He’s asked us to live holy and pure lives, reeking of integrity and honor. We don’t live straight lives because we’re scared not to. We live each day with integrity because we’re incredibly overwhelmed by how much He’s been willing to look past our failures when we’ve stumbled! We’re basically just a bunch of broken people, cracked pots, and ruptured vessels. And to that bunch of assorted junk, He has brought love, compassion, mercy and hope. Yikes. Keep us holy, Lord.

4. Prayer — Can you believe we have a pipeline to the throne room? I can’t. He owned us, bought us, then brought us to His presence through prayer. We can walk the world, traveling the trails of continents near and far. In one mere hour, we can lift up the names and faces of the hearts we treasure. We’re committed to spending time with Him… communing with Him… building a relationship with Him. And that only happens when we know Him in prayer.

5. People — We don’t go abroad because of our love for people, but rather, because of our love for God. People change, God doesn’t. People reject us, but God never does. At the same time, our hearts break because there are so many who don’t know Him as savior, Lord, friend, and guide. And the tears we shed for the unreached people around us . . . the ones with which we’re trying to share His hope . . . aren’t our primary motivation for being involved in His work. We’re involved in His work because we love Him… but we’re also swept up in the impact His love could have on the people with which we share this planet. So… when we look around us, we no longer see people from an earthly perspective. We see souls… that can live eternally once they’re set free from the chains of this bothersome tendency to sin. And since He has left us with marching orders, we follow them without hesitation . . . to make disciples of all nations. We choose to work together in teams because He sent them two-by-two and also because we take great pleasure in serving together with like-minded teammates. But even if we were the only family left on the planet next to a tribe of people who didn’t know Him, we’d still go to them, because we love Him. And there’s a corollary to our passion for people. It gives way to a love for language. Granted, it can drive us crazy to learn it . . . but watch our determination and endurance. Watch us never give up . . . until we live, breath, and even dream in the language of the people we’ve come to reach with His promise. We learn their culture, commit His words to a culturally appropriate medium and packaging… but the message is timeless… His love never changes.

So those are our Five Great Passions . . . God, Worship, Holiness, Prayer, and People (with language and culture being a corollary to the last Passion). If those passions strike a resonating chord with you, we hope you’ll join us in our quest to serve the great God of all gods. If you need to renew your commitment to one of those passions, please join us in doing so today. And may God bless you in your quest!

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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>.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19980201 Brigada Today

Now with 6760 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* AND NOW A WORD FROM A SPONSOR!
* GET “SITE SNAGGER” TO DOWNLOAD WHOLE WEB SITES FOR FREE!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM REMOTE MONGOLIA
* CLARIFICATION ON MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGES
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* GREAT STATS ON OUR GLOBAL VILLAGE
* HOW TO SPOT A COMPUTER VIRUS HOAX IN ONE EASY LESSON
* HERE’S AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT THAT’S BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER!
* DEPUTATION PLANNER NOW AVAILABLE ON BRIGADA SITE
* POST YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS AND HOPE TO FIND A GIVER!
* ATTENTION SPORTS EVANGELISM FOLKS!
* GET YOUR SHIPPING INFO
* PRAY FOR NAGANO
* PEOPLE GROUP BOOK RELEASED
* CONFERENCE TO FEATURE TENTMAKING
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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AND NOW A WORD FROM A SPONSOR!
Can you believe it? Someone actually sponsoring Brigada!??? It’s great! Out of the blue this past week, we received a $250 check from Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204! Tell ya what…. if you live close to these people, would you give ’em a ring and thank them for their investment in making Brigada happen!??? We have to pay annual rental costs for the web site, plus fees, phone calls, plus the administrative costs of answering faxes and tons of email, and best of all, it’s just nice to know that someone wants to “share a moment with the world!” :-) Thanks tons to the great folks at Central Pres. If you live in the Baltimore area and you’re Presbyterian and you don’t have a church home, please seek them out! They’re apparently trying their best to develop a solid missions outreach. Because of their $250 sponsorship, we’ll now set up a reference to them and a big “thank you” on the Brigada web site at http://www.brigada.org on the ” sponsors page.” I think we’ve only had one before in our whole life!!! This is like Christmas!!! :-) (By the way, if you ever have leftover contingency funds or whatever, and if you’d like to join the battle, the address is
Brigada Today
c/o 3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299.

Thanks for the thought!)

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GET “SITE SNAGGER” TO DOWNLOAD WHOLE WEB SITES FOR FREE!
I wish I’d known about it earlier, before I went out and paid for Teleport Pro (granted… that was 6 months ago). I wanted the capability to download an entire web site — like the whole AD2000 site, or the entire Caleb Project Site — so I could then take it with me when I had to lead seminars or consult with local churches. If I’d only known about Site Snagger (for free) then I would have snagged it instead! Well it’s not too late for you . . . . Just point your browser to: http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/pctech/content/17/04/ut1704.001.html and you can download Site Snagger which will enable your PC to download entire websites in a single bound! Set it into action before you hit the sack, and in the morning, you’ll have an entire reference set of the JP2000 files right there locally on your PC. Can’t beat that with a stick. Best thing since sliced bread. Just remember, you heard about on Brigada!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM REMOTE MONGOLIA
world globe Missionary radio broadcasters report miraculous church growth in Inner Mongolia, along China’s northern border. Recently the Words of Hope broadcast coordinator had an opportunity to spend some time in the capital city of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot. He attended 9:30 AM service that was packed with over 1,500 people. That church is just one of 40 large churches just in the capitol city of Hohhot. In 13 years the church there has grown from two thousand believers to over 150-thousand with no obvious explanation except the move of the Holy Spirit.
(Source: Mission Network News broadcast, Feb 3, 1998 interviewing Words of Hope radio’s Lee DeYoung. www.gospelcom.net/mnn>
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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CLARIFICATION ON MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGES
lighting the way Several folks wrote in to ask about Justin Long’s gematxcdotorg research on languages “WOULD THE REAL “LARGEST LANGUAGES” PLEASE STAND UP?”). (Justin works with David Barrett at the GEM office, where they’re preparing the next edition of the _World Christian Encyclopedia_.) He clarified this past week, that the top six groups on the list should have looked like this:
Mandarin Chinese 551 million
English 265 million
Spanish 227 million
Hindi 168 million
Arabic 144 million
Russian 142 million [not “1442 million”
as he reported last week]
Justin commented, “Yes, Russian was meant to be 142 million. … [and] What I meant by second language speakers was that many people, for example, speak Russian as a SECOND language (e.g. they might speak Turkish, but also be fluent in Russian.) So, those numbers are for people who speak the language as their first or “mother tongue”; they don’t include all the people who have learned the language. An example: my wife is included in the “English” mother tongue speaker total. However, she also knows French and Spanish, so she would be included in “second language speakers” if we were to give those totals (which we will in the forthcoming World Christian Encyclopedia 2). With second language speakers Turkish MIGHT be in the top 5, but it’s certainly in the top 10. Another item of confusion: some people talk about “Turkish” being in the top 5 but only when they consider all the Turkish-related languages. When we list Turkish, we are talking only about Turkish itself, not about the others.

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NEED A FREE FORMS PRINTER?
You got it. If you can give a receipt from a non-profit, then you can have a DataSouth Model XL-300DD 9-pin heavy-duty printer from Easley, SC, as a donation. It handles up to 9-part forms. Serial of parallel connection. Draft speed 300 cps. Tractor feed. Shipping wt. 35 lbs. Can print various kinds of barcodes. Was used by a software distributor for invoice printing. For more info., contact Roger W. Johnson RogerJatxcdotorg, (864)834-0272, of Mission Computer Update. Thanks Roger!

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GREAT STATS ON OUR GLOBAL VILLAGE
Thanks to Billy bphenixatpopdotmindspringdotcom for bringing the site, http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/1910/wvp.html, to our attention. What a great view of our global village: If we were to reduce the world population to a village of 1000 inhabitants; then this would be our reality…

* 520 are Woman & 480 are Men

* Places of Origin:
584 are Asians
124 are Africans
84 are Latin Americans
95 are Eastern/Western Europeans
55 are Russians
52 are North Americans
4 are Australians
2 are from New Zealand

There are tons more stats there at the site. You can also get an ASCII version.

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HOW TO SPOT A COMPUTER VIRUS HOAX IN ONE EASY LESSON
Bob Sutterfield says browse http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html#joincrew. Bottom line: Before you relay an alleged virus “warning” to tons of people on your mailing list, check out its validity on a virus tracking site (like the one above).

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HERE’S AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT THAT’S BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER!
Galen Daily gdailyatgwedotnet emailed us this past week to update us on her small town, (population of 15,000) where several churches and the local YWAM base have banded together to facilitate various ministries and to adopt an unreached people group(s). She wrote, While we are still in the formative stages it looks like the Lord would have us do the following:

* Provide an additional prayer covering to the work among the Papago people.
* Come along side an existing agency already working with the Huichol people.
* Provide a means for offering a variety of short term missions trips ranging from “vacations with a purpose” to those which are challenging physically and spiritually.
* Adopt a people in SW China.
* Adopt a people in Nepal.

The partnership works because each partner ministry is given the freedom to maintain its own distinctiveness and its own missions focus. What each partner agency brings to the partnership is a function of what the Lord has laid on the hearts of the leadership of the individual agency. The burden among the members of the partnership is for all the lost; not just the people they have traditionally worked with.

The two primary churches are very different; one is Presbyterian (PCUSA) and the other Foursquare. The partnership works because each pastor loves and respects the other, and each has a heart for missions. Both pastors also love and respect the director of the YWAM base.

The partnership had its beginnings with a series of meetings between missions oriented leaders from the two churches. These meetings led to the co-teaching of missions classes between the churches and then the idea of the partnership was born.

We are constantly trying to expand the partnership. We have contacted the bulk of the churches in town with an invitation to join us and are continuing in our attempts to build relationships with them.

I am Galen Daily and I coordinate the partnership. I would be happy to answer any questions about how the Lord led us to our current level of cooperation. I can be reached at gdailyatgwedotnet or (970) 249-8933.

Much of what we have gone through is covered in an excellent course called Resource Advocate Training Seminar. The seminar is coordinated by John Hanna of Caleb Project. The next seminar is scheduled for May 7-9, 1998 in Littleton, Colorado. John can be reached at JHannaatcprojectdotcom or (303) 730-4170.
[Great stuff, Galen!!!] thumbs-up

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DEPUTATION PLANNER NOW AVAILABLE ON BRIGADA SITE
If you’re still considering downloading the Deputation Organizer software, it’s now available at: http://www.brigada.org/world/depuzip.exe

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POST YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS AND HOPE TO FIND A GIVER!
What a great idea! Joe Taylor jwt01atemaildotmsndotcom has a great idea: Find those needing mission funds and match them with people who would like to give them bucks! :-) Seriously… check his site at http://www.giversministry.org Should become a very popular site! :-)

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ATTENTION SPORTS EVANGELISM FOLKS!
Dale Smith fishvilleataoldotcom is looking for the name and contact information for all mission agencies who coordinate summer mission trips using high school athletes in sports evangelism. If you’re involved, drop him a line! Dale, please send us a compilation in a couple of weeks, okay? Thanks!

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GET YOUR SHIPPING INFO
Need to ship something overseas???

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PRAY FOR NAGANO
The Nagano Olympics Evangelism Committee has put together some prayer requests for Christians interested in praying for this effort. Browse http://members.aol.com/nagano98/ for the list. Thanks to “M Mejia” for the tip!

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PEOPLE GROUP BOOK RELEASED
Duke University Press has published the revised and expanded edition of The Tatars of Crimea, Return to the Homeland edited by Edward A. Allworth. Those who would like to order the book should call Duke University Press at (919) 687-3639 or fax (919) 688-4391. Paper edition (0-8223-1994-2) $ 19.95, Unjacketed cloth edition (0-8223-1985-3) $ 59.95 (for library use). Thanks

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CONFERENCE TO FEATURE TENTMAKING
It’s May 15-17, 1998, “Intent ’98: Many Jobs; One Task” to be held at the Techny Towers, 12 miles northeast of O’Hare airport, beginning Friday May 15, ending Sunday. Plenary speakers include J. Christy Wilson, Ruth Siemens (with Global Opportunities), Ron George and Norm and Jacquelyn Friberg. There’s be a ton of workshops, questions & interaction. For more info. write DorothyBlahaatmsndotcom or call Intent at 1-800-478-2598 (toll-free in the USA, or use net-2-phone).

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19980125 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

* GET YOUR DEPUTATATION ORGANIZER SOFTWARE FOR $25!
* VIDEO FROM AD2000
* WOULD THE REAL “LARGEST LANGUAGES” PLEASE STAND UP?
* PRAYER FOR INDIA
* SPIRITUAL OUTREACH BY MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
* HOW DO I GET THE CURRENT SCORE ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
* FROM THE “I SHOULD TELL YOU WHEN I’M JOKING” DEPT.
* DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $1000
* REACH THE WORLD AT THE WORLD CUP
* IT’S TIME TO NETWORK THE NETWORKERS
* REGENT’S NEW GRAD PROGRAM – YOUR OPINION PLEASE?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GET YOUR DEPUTATATION ORGANIZER SOFTWARE FOR $25!
Got a furlough (or “home service”) coming up? Need to keep all the details straight? (Housing? Travel? Arrival? Letters? Database? Addresses? Telephone numbers?, etc, etc, etc???) Now you can! Download a trial copy of Bob Clonch’s “Deputation Organizer.” Normally it’s $30, but we wrote Bob personally and asked him if he’d consider $25 if the user mentioned he got the software from Brigada and Bob said no problem. So download it and try it out . . . and see what you think . . . and if you’re interested, the program contains information on getting in touch with Bob BKCLONCHataoldotcom. Good luck! Get the software at http://www.teamexpansion.org/tools/depuzip.exe and check it out for free on a trial basis!

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VIDEO FROM AD2000
lighting the way Last week’s item, “AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES NEW ADOPT-A-PEOPLE VIDEO” failed to mention that one can also order the new adopt-a-people video, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Love, is also available directly from AD200 & Beyond, fax (719-576-2685) or by email at infoatad2000dotorg. Also, if the item in some way indicated that Mary Ann Stone is no longer at the AD2000 Int’l Office, it shouldn’t have. Although she’s no longer the coordinator for JP2000, she’s full-time there as Director of Special Projects.

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WOULD THE REAL “LARGEST LANGUAGES” PLEASE STAND UP?
Justin wrote this past week that figures on ‘largest language groups’ recently published in Brigada Today weren’t accurate. He explained that AD 1980 figures (numbers will have changed, rankings will not have changed) for native speakers (with second language speakers many will be far higher)
Mandarin Chinese 551 million
English 265 million
Spanish 227 million
Hindi 168 million
Arabic 144 million
Russian 142 million
Bengali 138 million
Portuguese 135 million
Japanese 117 million
German 90 million
Punjabi 80 million
Wu Chinese 75 million
French 67 million
Javanese 65 million
Italian 63 million
Marathi 62 million
Cantonese 59 million
Tamil 58 million
Korean 58 million
Telugu 55 million
Ukrainian 44 million
Hsiang Chinese 44 million
Turkish 43 million
Source: World Christian Encyclopedia, 1st edition, Oxford University Press. He clarified, “Turkish is probably in the top 10 with second language speakers, but certainly not in the top 5.”

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PRAYER FOR INDIA
United prayer for On-coming elections in India: For such a time as this, we have power to vote in prayer for the Lord’s will to be done in the 12th Indian Parliamentary elections. Elections start in February 16th and finish on the 7th of March 98. Would you please join us in praying for great outpouring of His Spirit in India. During the 10th Parliamentary elections the Lord gave me burden to pray and mobilize prayer. So several churches in Delhi got together and done prayer walks around and inside the Parliament house. We did it again during 11th Parliamentary elections. Now could you please plan to pray wherever you are for some time during the above election dates. For prayer pointers please send your request to Pastor Prasad Rao tvchurchatpoboxesdotcom – Thanks.

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SPIRITUAL OUTREACH BY MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS
Would you like to help your physician, dentist, or nurse reach their patients for Christ? In a recent national poll, 63% believe it’s good for a physician to talk with patients about spiritual faith. Yet a credible witness for Christ is often sadly missing. Campus Crusade’s affiliate ministry, The Medical Strategic Network, is working to change that. The Network hosts hands-on training conferences. Designed and taught by health professionals for health professionals, this training helps integrate faith and practice. Afterwards, trained, Spirit-filled attenders see up to 60% of non-Christian patients come to faith in Christ. CME/CEU (continuing education hours) are available. 1998 conference sites include: Southern California-February, Kansas City-September and others. Consider informing your health care associates about this opportunity. For a free brochure, call 909-792-2718 in the USA or e-mail 104722dot305atcompuservedotcom. Maybe some of this info. could be applied to medical mission trips overseas???

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HOW DO I GET THE CURRENT SCORE ON UNREACHED PEOPLES
Peter’s right. You could download the file at ftp://ftp.ad2000.org/pub/ad2000/jpldbf.zip or check the index at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/index.htm to find out which of the 1739 Joshua Project People groups were not “claimed” as of this past July. Peter also added (in his recent reply to a Brigada-peoples inquiry) that in the dbf file, the field, NOCOMT172, is the one which tells which people groups had no commitment as of July ’97.

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FROM THE “I SHOULD TELL YOU WHEN I’M JOKING” DEPT.
lighting the wayYou should have seen the flurry of email I have rec’d these last few days regarding my reference to “65 million languages” last week ( CAN YOU GET ALONG WITH A MOODY WEB PAGE?, which included the text, “Now here’s a site for sore eyes!!!” At http://www.moody.edu/sfs you can learn about “Sermons from Science,” Moody’s science films that are translated into 65 million languages…”) Okay… so my commitment to you is to tell you when I’m joking, just in case you think I’m crazier than you already suspect! :-) And just for clarification, no Virginia, there are not 65 million languages in the world. That exaggeration was . . . . simply for the effect of pointing out the incredible number of languages and places where those Moody films have been used. But did you know the Jesus Film has been translated into 75 million languages!!!??? :-) Wait… I’m joking!!!!!!!

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DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $1000
You’re right, Joel. Sorry to say, Bill Gates doesn’t have time to invent software personally anymore, he doesn’t have a program that automatically tracks email, he isn’t about to send you $1000 (maybe he’ll send a billion bucks to the UN if they’re lucky, but not a thousand to you on your life!), and furthermore, even he would be tired of hearing about the idea if he were to have gotten the new flurry of “virus mail” chain letter that’s floating around the net about his “invention” (that will result in everyone getting $1000). The virus consists of using up valuable Internet bandwidth by multiplying the spread of these Internet chain letters. Best thing to do if you receive such a “virus mail” (where the virus consists of wasting Internet time) is just ignore it or suggest that the author consult a virus page like Rob Rosenberger’s Computer Virus Myths at http://www.kumite.com/myths/ or one of the antivirus software vendors’ pages. So . . . if you’ve been waiting for your check from Bill, might as well send out for more coffee. :-)

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REACH THE WORLD AT THE WORLD CUP
If you’ve got some kind of outreach scheduled for France ’98 at he world’s biggest sporting event of the year, check out the International Sports Coalition and Sports Outreach America web site http://www.sportsoutreach.org for more info. (Also see the info. on their new poster!) They’ve also got a great outreach booklet for ministry at the World Cup. If you’re in Europe contact Jorgen at katarinaatibseurdotse, USA contact Davyd at davydhatibsdotorg, UK and others not included in the two above groups contact cpoatpaviliondotcodotuk.

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IT’S TIME TO NETWORK THE NETWORKERS
Debbie Wood, at the AD2000 and Beyond Movement International Office wants to compile a list of groups or institutions which regularly hold conferences, seminars, or courses focused on specific unreached people groups or broader cultural groups (not general missions courses). For example, a college or institute which yearly holds a seminar on China, or on Islam, or on the Tatars. This will be included in a new manual for developing networks around particular peoples and in a new section of the Adoption Guidance Program. Look for a new CD Rom edition of the AGP sometime this spring. Please send information to DebbieatAD2000dotorg.

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REGENT’S NEW GRAD PROGRAM – YOUR OPINION PLEASE?
Regent University’s Center for Leadership Studies is currently studying the feasibility of offering a major in intercultural leadership within its master of arts in organizational leadership program, via the Internet. Students will take 15 hours of foundational leadership classes, 15 hours of intercultural leadership electives, and will produce a three-hour culminating project. This interdisciplinary degree can be completed in just 12 months. Conditional to board approval, Regent will launch this program in May. To register suggestions and comments, please respond to leadercenteratregentdotedu. Please include something about your background and the nature of your interest in graduate studies.

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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!

19980118 Brigada Today

Now with over 6600 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
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In this issue….

* AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES NEW ADOPT-A-PEOPLE VIDEO
* TAKE YOUR AT&T OVERSEAS ACCESS NUMBERS WITH YOU!
* MAKE SOME MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD
* ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR MINISTRY TO SEAFARERS
* KEEP AN EYE ON FREE FAXING
* WORK WITH THE WORD IN AFGHANISTAN
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE GLOBAL GAMES
* FUN FACTS TO KNOW AN TELL, SEEN STREAMING ACROSS THE NET
* WEB WATCH
* SEND YOUR TESOL TRAINING IDEAS & RESOURCES FOR COMPILATION
* CAN YOU GET ALONG WITH A MOODY WEB PAGE?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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AD2000 & BEYOND RELEASES NEW ADOPT-A-PEOPLE VIDEO
How long have you been waiting for a video that shares case studies of real live “adopt-a-people” projects from around North America, complete with “how-to” suggestions and “lessons learned” examples???? Wait no longer. AD2000 has teamed up with Caleb Project to produce Ordinary People, Extraordinary Love, available today for $12 (plus shipping and handling). This fast-moving series of case studies and mini-interviews gives you all the examples for which you’ve been waiting. You’ll see churches just like yours, both large and small, which have successfully adopted unreached peoples. Yes, it’s slanted toward churches sending short-term teams and yes, it does seem to be slanted toward sending prayer journeys as a key part of the strategy for reaching the unreached, but hey, what else would you expect from the gal who formerly was Coordinator of the JP2000 Project office at AD2000!!! (Mary Ann Stone had a key role in putting the video together.) Actually, short-term trips are eventually tied in very well with the development of a long-term strategy for trained on-site teams. And the quality is, of course, excellent. What else would you expect from the same people who brought you Light the Window, To the Ends of the Earth!?! The Carltons have done it again. First class stuff, as always. (Note: Caselots of 50 can be had at $5 each.) There’s a 27 minute version and a 6 minute version for people “on the run.” :-) (Like I say, it’s produced for a North-American audience.) Write Caleb Project at
10 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120
or call 303-730-4170

While you’re at it, check out the video on the Maratha people, originally produced by Kingdom Building Ministries, also $12, 12 minutes long. The two would make a great “one-two punch” — the big picture and a specific example. In this case, AD2000 and Caleb Project have targeted a North American audience, but others from around the world will find it interesting, as well. This one’s a keeper, gang. You’ll be able to use it at your missions fair, in your planning meetings, and in your mobilization workshops. Lots of short interviews… lots of practical info… and lots of motivational examples. This one could be titled, “So you’re thinking about adopting an unreached people, eh?” :-)

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TAKE YOUR AT&T OVERSEAS ACCESS NUMBERS WITH YOU!
Tina, this is especially for you . . . and for all the people who have to call home from those overseas locations where “1-800-…” means nothing. Visit AT&T’s web site at http://www.att.com/traveler/iacf/download.html for a copy of AT&T’s free software that automatically gives you overseas contact numbers and dialing instructions for calling home. No laptop to take with you on the trip? Use the software’s options to print out the info. for the countries you’re visiting… and that way you’ll never have to scramble around for a copy of one of those little dialing cards we always seem to lose . . you know . . . the ones with each country’s toll-free number to get AT&T direct. The software’s free and it works fast and simple. No complex commands… just point and shoot. It’s great!

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MAKE SOME MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD
Interested in how the Great Commission is being fulfilled with indigenous music styles around the world? Subscribe to the EM News, the quarterly newsletter of missionary ethnomusicologists, for $15/yr. The EM News is sponsored by the Summer Institute of Linguistics and Wycliffe Bible Translators. Full of success stories, ideas to try, book reviews and learning experiences, the newsletter is sure to be of help to anyone working with music in cross-cultural situations. For a sample issue, write to
ILC – Ethnomusicology
7500 W. Camp Wisdom
Dallas, TX 75236

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ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR MINISTRY TO SEAFARERS
Are you working in or interested in the work of organizations such as The Missions to Seamen? Then this new email conference might be for you. To subscribe to the Ministry to Seafarers list, just email ashleyatinyokohamadotcom and put
subscribe

in the subject line. Details will follow.

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KEEP AN EYE ON FREE FAXING
Don’t forget to follow the TPC fax service that we’ve profiled before . . . . at http://www.tpc.int/servers . . . if you want to learn more about how to fax the world for free. If you don’t have web access, email tpccoveratinfodottpcdotint to look at the list of places where you can take advantage of this unique service, last profiled in Brigada Today in March, ’97.

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WORK WITH THE WORD IN AFGHANISTAN
N.R. Word nrwordathotmaildotcom is a Christian author who is hunting for information on Afganistan (especially the poorer area of Kabul). He is also interested in what the roles of children, older men, and women are. If you have an interest there, why not at least write him to ask for an abstract of his work when it’s complete. If you are working with someone there, write him but remember to always guard the identities and locations of those who are in creative-access countries for Christian reasons.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE GLOBAL GAMES
world globe More than 350 Christian volunteers and full-time ministers are ready for work at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. The teams will work in coffee houses set up for evangelism, in hotel information booths, as garbage collectors, as chaplains, and in singing and drama performances in the marketplace. Christians are to be the only religious group represented by chaplains in Nagano, a city with one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. Those involved include missionaries from the Southern Baptists, Campus Crusade for Christ, Athletes in Action, International Bible Society, InterVarsity, Youth With a Mission and the American Bible Society. 1,500 ‘Jesus’ videos in multiple languages are ready for athletes and officials in their own languages.
(Source: Chris Turner, IMB News Stories, International Mission Board, SBC, Wednesday, January 21, 1998; http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm or send an email message to: webservantatimbdotorg.
http://members.aol/nagano98/index-e.htm for more information on the Nagano outreach.)
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna [new father again!], Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL, SEEN STREAMING ACROSS THE NET
Percentage of the African continent that is wilderness, 28%. Percentage of North America that is wilderness — 38%! Guess those Africans have been developing their backyards a little faster than we thought! :-)

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WEB WATCH
WebWatch The Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS) has a Web page which gives information about its activities at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/8409/ They give information about the Society, and about its journal Missionalia, and its work in making abstracts of mission-related articles from journals published around the world. There is also information about the SAMS annual congress, links to other sites dealing with mission, missiology and mission studies around the world, and a contact point for researchers on African Independent Churches.

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SEND YOUR TESOL TRAINING IDEAS & RESOURCES FOR COMPILATION
Mary Burton actsatlccdotnet wrote to ask if we had information on TESOL resources. Well anytime anyone asks such a question, our standard answer is, “Want to compile one?” :-) So give her everything ya got! :-) She’ll compile it and we’ll post it here later for all to download. She’s especially interested in resources designed for those who desire to reach out to the nations of the world at their doorstep. “There are some agencies I know of but they require leaving your home, job, etc. and then signing up with them to go overseas,” Mary wrote. “We live in a city where the hispanic, non-english speaking population is very high. Two weeks ago, we led 54 non-english speaking South Americans to the Lord with an interpreter. But using TESOL, we can go back into the area and offer them practical help and reach out to others with the gospel.” Either way, she’ll compile every resource you’ve got. Be sure to write her directly… no need to copy us here at Brigada. :-) She’ll send us the finished product. (We always seem to get blitzed with “cc:” emails on these projects. :-) )

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CAN YOU GET ALONG WITH A MOODY WEB PAGE?
Now here’s a site for sore eyes!!! At http://www.moody.edu/sfs you can learn about “Sermons from Science,” Moody’s science films that are translated into 65 million languages, that can address a high-level intelligent audience or amaze a lay level one, that can be used to sensitize a non-Christian audience or strengthen the faith of a believing one! A bunch of us used these in a “Christian Friendship Festival” in the former Soviet Union in 1991 and out of those sessions came our first believers in a new church that has now reached a regular weekend worship attendance of 650 people! Check ’em out! . . . and while you’re there, check out Moody’s Founder’s Week Bible Conference at http://www.moody.edu where you’ll hear streaming audio live from the likes of speakers like George Verwer, International Coordinator, Operation Mobilization. Great stuff! thumbs-up

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19980111 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

* NEED HELP WITH A BIBLE-READING PLAN FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP?
* PEOPLE GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA
* JOHN PIPER BOOKS PIPED DIRECTLY TO YOU
* HOW MANY SPEAK WHICH LANGUAGE
* FILMS FOR YOUR FIELD
* WEB-WATCH
* RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN
* I’M NOT TEASING!; BOOK ON TESOL!
* REACHING THE WORLD WITHIN YOUR MIDST
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NEED HELP WITH A BIBLE-READING PLAN FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP?
Try http://www.olywa.net/mmccahan/gbbiblereadjan.html, where you’ll find four options. Thanks Russ!

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PEOPLE GROUPS IN NORTH AMERICA
Been wondering about totals for ethnic groups in the USA and Canada totaling over 100,000 in population? Check it out at joshuaproject.net

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JOHN PIPER BOOKS PIPED DIRECTLY TO YOU
Say you want to learn more about new John Piper material (author of Let the Nations Be Glad… Check out http://www.desiringgod.org or write DGMinistryataoldotcom for more info!

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HOW MANY SPEAK WHICH LANGUAGE
Faithful to his quest to find out which languages are most widely spoken, Eric ericdanielleatjunodotcom wrote that according to “Friends of Turkey” and “People International,” two prominent mission agencies focused on Turkic peoples and Central Asia, the Turkish language is the fifth most spoken language in the world with over 170 million speakers, including Turkic languages closely related to Turkish. (That includes nations such as Turkey, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Within these nations are many smaller Turkic people groups such as the Tatars, Hazaras, Yoruk, Uighers, Bashkirs, Chuvashes, Gaguaz and others.) According to the Guineas Book of Records (1997) there are approx. 3,950 languages, while a recent report in TIME Magazine reported that linguists estimate that there are currently 6,500 languages spoken in the world.

There are also variations to the numbers of people speaking languages.
Chinese speakers are between 726 million to 1 billion.
English 427 million to 1.5 billion
Spanish 266 million
Arabic 180 million

(Turkic languages are not listed in the TIME magazine report because they have listed each Turkic language separately, e.g. Turkish, Kazak, Uzbek, etc.)

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FILMS FOR YOUR FIELD
Ever come across the “Sermons from Science” film series by Moody? We used several of these to kick off a Friendship Festival in Ukraine a few years ago and they were very effective. In our case we brought over a high-tech engineer from the USA to moderate discussion about the film. You might try such an arrangement. Check out http://www.moody.edu/sfs for more info or write twiseatmoodydotedu.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch Check out http://www.tidalwave.net/~justlaw/press.htm for more information on the suffering church.

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RUSHIN’ INTO RUSSIAN
First Baptist Church of Dallas will host the second annual Eurasian Symposium (started in 1996 as the Russian Symposium) on Feb 19-21. All individuals and organizations who are interested in ministering in the independent states of the former USSR are invited to attend. Featured speakers include: Mark Elliot from Wheaton College, Peter Mitskevich from Moscow Theological Seminary, and Robert Provost, President of Slavic Gospel Association. Also speaking will be the presidents of the Union of Evangelical Christians–Baptists of Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. The registration fee is only $25. You may call the Missions Office of First Baptist of Dallas at (214) 969-2410 for more information and a registration form or write dougjatsgadotorg.

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LEADERS’ RETREAT POSTPONED
The AIMS Fellowship of Mission Agencies annual leaders’ retreat, originally set for Feb. 5-7 in Dallas, TX, has been postponed. New dates will be published as they become available. For additional details, please call AIMS at 757-579-5850, or e-mail aimsataims-usadotorg.

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I’M NOT TEASING!; BOOK ON TESOL!
Been searching for that perfect book about Teaching English to Speakers of Other languages? Try asking John and company at actsatlccdotnet.

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REACHING THE WORLD WITHIN YOUR MIDST
Look at http://www.lcc.net/~acts for more information. You’ll find all kinds of examples of how to reach out to the students who live within your midst!

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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19980104 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

* NEW NATIONAL PASTORS’ PRAYER NETWORK TO CONVENE
* WEB-WATCH
* IT’S A DIRTY LIFE, BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO TRAIN IN HAWAII
* FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS
* MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP
* MISSIONS MESSAGE WATERED DOWN
* NEED A GOOD ‘ONLINE’ BIBLE?
* WE GET SMILE MAIL
* TAKE THE NEXT STEP
* MPACT ’98
* LANGUAGE QUEST
* MORE PERSPECTIVES ON PERSPECTIVES
* COMING HOME? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NEW NATIONAL PASTORS’ PRAYER NETWORK TO CONVENE
Have you heard about the new National Pastors’ Prayer Network Consultation? Check out news on it at www.missionamerica.org/prayernetwork.html. It will meet in a consultation at the Renaissance Hotel, St. Louis Airport, Thursday, Janaury 22, 1998, 9am-9pm and Friday, Janaury 23, 1998, 8:30am-12:00pm. Write Phil praychgoatflashdotnet for more info.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch If you like Dell computer products but need a good deal on one, Sharon suggests you look at http://www.austin360.com/dell/home.htm which shows some great discounts on Dell equipment. Check it out!

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IT’S A DIRTY LIFE, BUT SOMEBODY HAS TO TRAIN IN HAWAII
:-) That’s what Greg and Mona Crawford commitatjunodotcom do for a living… train missionaries for outreach in Asia. They do it from their base in Hawaii. Hey — don’t laugh! I’m serious! If your short-term missions team needs a training stopover on the way to Asia… or a debriefing stopover when you return, give ’em a call!!! The average stay is about two days and the cost is only $139 which includes tuition & related materials, food, lodging, and ground transportation. Now we just need someone brave enough to sample their services and give us a report back in a future issue of Brigada Today!!! :-)

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FOCUS ON NATIVE AMERICANS
Interested in learning more about reaching Native Americans? Catch The Focus on the Family radio broadcast on January 14th, when Dr. Dobson Huron Claus and Richard Twiss on that very subject!

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MORE ABOUT LEADERSHIP
lighting the way David Blanton’s interest was pricked by the recent reference to leadership “MAGIC” (“LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE”, from Brigada Today, 19 of Dec., ’97). So interested is he, in fact, that he’d like to ask for those who have other resources or outlines such as the one listed with the acrostic, MAGIC. If you have a favorite book or other resource, send it to David dblantonatwritemedotcom and he’ll compile the list into a file we’ll all be able to download at a later date.

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MISSIONS MESSAGE WATERED DOWN
David wondered if you caught some of the great articles at http://www.domini.org/express/metrofly/titles.htm regarding water purification and other medical issues for missionaries. Check it out!

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NEED A GOOD ‘ONLINE’ BIBLE?
John says to check out the Online Bible v6.13. It apparently has KJ, Valera Reina, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Strong’s and Lexicon, dictionaries and commentaries. He wrote to Brigada Today this past week, “I came across their web site at http://www.biblecd.com and they have a special offering of their program for missionaries.” Apparently it is an online Bible for $6. The company wrote, “This is the deluxe edition. It does not include Niv, Nas, Nrs due to copyrights but it has a ton (well, not literally) of material on it.” (To get the most recent version, you’ll have to pay more. See their web site for more info. If you want the $6 version (a real steal), they ask that you send your name and address on the field, the name and address of your sponsor, shipping address if different, $6. You can do this either by mail with check, or with charge card by fax. (Remember to never send your credit card via e-mail unless it is encrypted.) Note that they also offer the Sage Digital Lib cd Vol 1-4 for $15 to missionaries.

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WE GET SMILE MAIL
Thanks to all those who wrote to express gratitude for the “glossary of email symbols.” Apparently, they weren’t so widely known as some had assumed. And we’re always grateful for the encouragement that Brigada participants extend. But most of all, we’re grateful for the partnership we share with each of you.

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP
North American Partnership in Mission Training is having its first annual meeting in Colorado Springs on January 31, 1998. The Next Step is a partnership of churches, agencies, trainers and mission mobilizers working to establish recognizable training standards that will address missionary attrition and field effectiveness. Woody Phillips, president of United World Mission, is the convener and founder of The Next Step. The Next Step is a North American response to the Reducing Missionary Attrition Project (ReMAP) that indicated that 72% of missionary drop out was preventable. The Next Step Partnership invites those involved with missionary training, to consider partnering with The Next Step. … There is still room at Glen Erie for participants. Explore the web site at http://www.thenextstep.org.

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MPACT ’98
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary located in Fort Worth, Texas, will be sponsoring a student missions conference (MPACT ’98) on February 27-March 1, 1998, targeted at college students interested in world missions. For further conference information, see our website at http://www.swbts.edu/mpact98/index.htm.

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LANGUAGE QUEST
Eric Jensen is a man on a quest! He recently read a statistic that claims, “Turkish is the fifth most spoken language in the world”. He wrote to Brigada this past week to say, “I was wondering if you know anyone who can support or deny that claim and can anyone tell me what are the top 4 spoken languages?” If you can help Eric, write him at ericdanielleatjunodotcom and maybe he’ll send us a copy of his conclusions.

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MORE PERSPECTIVES ON PERSPECTIVES
Live in Oakland? Catch a Perspectives Class at First Covenant Church in Oakland, January 13th through May 12th. For more info, call Mike McKenna at 510-451-5148 or write 72607dot2415atcompuservedotcom. Or, if you’re from Vancouver, BC, you can catch Perspectives Tuesdays, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., starting Feb. 10/98 at Burnaby Christian Fellowship, 7325 MacPherson, Burnaby, BC, Canada. See Sharon Frewing, 604-434-6737, Fax: 604-434-4384, frewingatintergatedotbcdotca. Or maybe you’d like to catch Perspectives online?? Now you can, beginning January 20, 1998, via “Worldwide Perspectives.” According to the organizers, this will be the first time a certificate level Perspectives course can be taken fully via the Internet. The online Worldwide Perspectives is designed for those who want to understand what God is doing in the world but are unable to attend a regular course (which is preferable). Those interested can go to: http://http://www.icm-international.org/seminary/index.htm or contact Phil Walker at: icmusaataoldotcom.

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COMING HOME? KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?
Former missionary Walter Sanchez has designed a questionnaire for missionaries to answer when returning to their home country before being debriefed by their home church’s missions committee. Churches may browse it from http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/5645/Questionaire.html and use it as is or modify it as needed.

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

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19971228 Brigada Today

[Happy New Year!!!]
Now with over 6500 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GUESS YOU NEED AN ADDRESS! (“BE A WRITING PARTNER”)
* FOR THE JP2000 RECORDS…
* INCOMING: RESEARCH ON RETURNING SHORT-TERM MISSIONARIES
* EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR MISSIONARY KIDS… ON THEIR WAY!
* JOIN “OPERATION REVEILLE” FOR BOSNIA
* ADVANCE IS ADVANCED!
* WE GOOFED!
* GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ETHNIC HARVEST
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* NO, THE INTERNET DOESN’T NEED A “THOROUGH CLEANING”
* LOCAL CHURCH FACILITATOR TRAINING
* WEB-WATCH
* MED STUDENTS WITH LOANS READ THIS!
* WE TAKE THE HEAT FOR SMILES
* OUT OF THE COUNTRY, OUT OF TOUCH???
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GUESS YOU NEED AN ADDRESS! (“BE A WRITING PARTNER”)
lighting the way Sorry to all those who wanted to contact Turkish World Outreach to “be a writing partner” (see last week’s Brigada Today). Truth is, I just didn’t remember to give you the email address!!! :-( Oh well — that’s one way to insure that we get lots of mail! :-) Try UGDM79Aatprodigydotcom or write TWO, 508 Fruitvale Ct., Grand Junction, CO 81504 or telephone (970) 434-1942.

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FOR THE JP2000 RECORDS…
One report that came back this past week pointed to a faulty statistic in Taiwan. Apparently the number of Taiwan Uyghers are reported to number 26,000 in Taiwan… whereas the researchers from one recent JP2000 trip found only 200 or so!!! Rats. So… the reporter suggested, tongue in cheek, “…This could be one of those fantastic reports! [Our mission] went to Taiwan where JP2000 reported 26,000 Muslim Uyghers without access to Christ and without hope. In just one day, after one visit to the Chief Mosque of Taiwan, the [our mission] left only 200 Uyghers who still did not believe. That has to be better than most statistics! 25,800 reached in a day!” Got any other testimonies from JP2000 projects? (Maybe some pro, some not so pro???)

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INCOMING: RESEARCH ON RETURNING SHORT-TERM MISSIONARIES
Neil SEASTEPatGOLDENdotNET is doing research on returning short-term missionaries. If you’re interested in a copy, email Neil today!
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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR MISSIONARY KIDS… ON THEIR WAY!
Brett brettatcyberhighdotorg wrote to clue us in on the recent MK education conference in Dallas, hosted by Wycliffe. Evidently it was a complete success. Over 14 international mission agencies and schools attended (SIM,SHARE,SEND, Black Forest Academy, MAF, etc). Brett wrote, “We had a great time as we discussed current trends, needs, obstacles, resources, and action plans as they related to the issue of MK education with a special focus on technology as a source of help.” A team of five attendees [including Brett] was established to act as the liaison between the other 10 or 11 attendees in disseminating, assessing, and providing updates on resources which may help meet the many education needs of MK’s. The main vehicle for accomplishing our purpose will be a web-page [as of yet not active]. According to Brett, “A member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) said that ACSI would help to financially sponsor the web-page setup costs—Thank you ACSI.” (Brett, be sure to let us know as you open this service up!) Two demonstrations were given to show the attendees what is already available in the arena of technological resources. CyberHigh (grades 7-12) and the Potter’s School(math tutoring) both demonstrated how on-line education could help to meet the needs of both MK’s and MK schools. And by the way, CyberHigh has changed its name to NorthStar Academy so as to avoid confusion between itself and the Cyber High School of California. For more info., email Brett directly.

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JOIN “OPERATION REVEILLE” FOR BOSNIA
Bruce 73362dot1503atcompuservedotcom of Operation Reveille is looking for the scoop on Bosnia to send to military chaplains and ministry organizations working with military — to involve them in prayer and support. Bruce would like everything from information, brochures, appeals for support, prayer requests, etc, for the packet. Send him your info. today!

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ADVANCE IS ADVANCED!
Here’s your executive summary. Thanks to Mark Kelly for this great service to the world!!!

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Bozo of Mali ; the Tongwe of Tanzania; evangelistic meetings planned for Cairo; the Jambinese Malays; the people of Mashad, Iran; well-known Muslim leader studying Arabic New Testament; “Come quickly so we can hear before it is too late;” death rates among North Korean children double

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — New Tribes Missionaries to mark five years of captivity; evangelicals killed, dismembered in Chiapas; Pakistani court transfers Masih case to anti-terrorism court; three house church leaders sentenced; Turkish Supreme Court denies Onder appeal; grenade injures Greek priest in Turkey; Orissa officials crack down on former Hindus

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Spiritual darkness in Varanasi; AIDS oppression in Africa; Sony pro-abortion “Christmas album;” judge approves homosexual adoption; Oslo court convicts physician in mercy killing; Neo-Nazis take over areas in eastern Germany; Indonesian sorcerer on trial for 42 murders

REJOICE! — 12,000 Naga decisions in northeastern India; 20 decisions among Kafe in Papua New Guinea; 24,000 Chinese radio churches in six years; Israel rabbi meets with Egypt cleric; three-day rally in Cairo; homosexuals freed from bondage; Poland turns back from liberalized abortion law

NETWORKING — New missions resource from Wycliffe Bible Translators; tentmaker conference May 15-17; unreached people group resources from CB International; “Launch Out!” conference Feb. 13-16; “Brown Gold” from New Tribes Mission; help establish a radio witness in an unreached language; “Rainbows of Hope” for children at risk; “Cutting Edge” conference on children at risk

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WE GOOFED!
lighting the way In last week’s item, “VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL,” we mistakenly confused CBI and CBFM. We’d better keep our initials straight! CBInternational, which formerly went by the name, “Conservative Baptist Foreign Mission Society,” is based in Wheaton, Illinois and is related to the CBAmerica churches. But the videos are being offered by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship mission agency that relates to many Southern Baptist churches. Pardon our typo! Thanks to Michael Jaffarian MichaelDawnaatcompuservedotcom and many others who wrote in to help us spot this error.

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GROW IN YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE ETHNIC HARVEST
In the interest of encouraging ministry to the many ethnic groups around us, World Relief in the Bay Area is sponsoring an “Ethnic Harvest Briefing.” (See November 28 issue of Brigada Today.) Organizers now have speakers selected and have launched a web site at http://expage.com/page/ethnicharvest. For more information write Rich Sexton, World Relief at rsextonatgtedotnet.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
world globe Millions of Christians have started praying for Muslims worldwide beginning this past week, on January 1 1998. The “Prayer for the Islamic world” project which started in Australia encourages Christians all over the world to participate individually, as a family, or church group. Youth With a Mission published the printed prayer guides which are also available by e-mail. Around 10 million Christians took part in this global prayer initiative last year, many of whom also fasted. Insiders describe the resulting reports of God’s move among Muslims as ‘phenomenal’.
(Source: DAWN Friday Fax, 97-50. To receive “30 Days’ prayer for Muslims” by e-mail send a message to with
Subscribe 30-days
as the message’s text.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

note (Note: Please be in prayer for John and Gwen’s new little baby “Jori” [short for Jordan], born 8 weeks premature. There are positive signs, but prayer is still needed! She has a blood clot below her left kidney, a failed adrenal gland, and a feverish Mom. Please pray!)

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NO, THE INTERNET DOESN’T NEED A “THOROUGH CLEANING”
In case anyone asks (or emails you), the answer is ‘no’, the Internet doesn’t need to close down on Feb. 27th for a thorough cleaning. It’s just another piece of Internet “legend” that forms into its own kind of self-replicating “virus” to soak up additional bandwidth.

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LOCAL CHURCH FACILITATOR TRAINING
Are you a local church leader wanting training in developing strategic five-year missions plans? If so, Bruce Camp’s program might be for you! This training, which uses the Global Access Planner (GAP), is designed to alert churches to the latest thinking regarding what a local church can do in missions as well as will assist a church in developing their own game plan. Missions pastor Mel Loucks commented after participating in a GAP training session: “It was superb. It gave me a practical tool which I can use immediately to help my church understand how we must change our approach in missions. Additionally, the GAP materials provided me with a way to develop a five-year plan that is unique for my church.” The next training day is set for Friday, January 30, from 9:00 to 5:00 in Rockford, IL. The cost is $65 which includes all materials and lunch. For more information, look at the EFCM website http://www.efcm.org under Local Church Resources – Material Resources or contact Bruce Camp by phone (714-248-1236) or e-mail bkcampatcompuservedotcom.

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WEB-WATCH
WebWatch Check out the links at http://www.domini.org/express/metrofly/miss.htm, where you can read newspapers from just about any country in the world, convert currency, etc. The site is sponsored by a travel agency — one that has found a great way to offer a free service on the web while promoting its own fares! Bravo!

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MED STUDENTS WITH LOANS READ THIS!
Ever hear of Project MedSend? If you’re a med student with accumulating loans… and if you’re considering medical missions as a career, then MedSend might be “just what the doctor ordered!” Read all about it at http://www.sim.org/medsend/index.html. They’ve done 39 grants in 4 years. Cool. thumbs-up

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WE TAKE THE HEAT FOR SMILES
lighting the way Rats. rats face Some readers didn’t want to read about smiles (last week’s, “EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY”). One even asked how in the world we decide what to put in and what not to put in Brigada Today. Honestly??? A lot depends on the quality of the stuff we can find during the intervening weekdays. So… if you see another smiley dictionary sometime in the near future, better help us find some great material! So… for all those who didn’t like the smiley dictionary, become a great source for Brigada and … we’ll all be smiling real smiles in gratitude! :-)

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OUT OF THE COUNTRY, OUT OF TOUCH???
Nobody can say for sure. But in my overseas travels during the next two weeks, if I can’t get access to the Internet, Brigada Today might be silent for the first time in nearly two years! So… if you don’t get a copy during the next two weekends, we’ll find out if you really missed us when we come back with the Jan. 23rd issue. If we can get access, we’ll do our best to send from wherever we happen to be logged on. Thanks for understanding!
Doug

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

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19971221 Brigada Today

Now with 6561 participants!
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Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL
* GOT A GREAT MISSIONARY STORY? BE ‘GROUPED’!!!
* PERSPECTIVES PILING ON!
* MORMON VIDEO IS A HIT!
* BE A WRITING PARTNER
* EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY
* SEEKING GREAT TESTIMONIES OF ADOPT-A-PEOPLE (JP2000) PROJECTS
* DID YOU GET AN EXTRA PIECE OF MAIL THIS WEEK?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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VIDEOS FROM CB INTERNATIONAL
Thanks to John Hanna jhannaatcprojectdotcom, we rec’d Robbie Young’s rhyoungatpopdotmindspringdotcom summary of CB Int’l video offerings. Available are tapes on the Pattani Malay (720V001), Madurese (720V003), Rock People (720V005), Romany (Gypsy) (720V007), Sundanese (720V002), Minangkabau (720V004), Albanian (720V006), and Arab American (720V008). They are $4.95 each or $29.95 for a complete set of 8. CB Int’l also have “Unreached People Group Flyers and Leader Guide” Also available are People Profiles for the 18 UPGs with which the CBI works: Balinese, Minangkabau, Lampugnese, Madurese, Pattani Malay, Sundanese, Rock People, Arab Americans, Bedouins, Albanians, Iranians in the US, Kurds, Romany (Gypsy), Kazaks, Qashqa’I, Muang, Chechens, Sino-Tibetan. ($2.95 plus $2.50 s & h; multiple copies of individual flyers are available on request.) They can be ordered by calling toll-free in the USA (or Net2phone) 1-888-801-4223; or online at http://www.cbfonline.org or to get a catalog, call 1-888-801-4223 and ask for “Seeds for the Harvest.”

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GOT A GREAT MISSIONARY STORY? BE ‘GROUPED’!!!
Write PShoupatgrouppublishingdotcom with your story. She’s Pam Shoup and she’s doing a senior high curriculum on missions. She needs personal stories and your missions adventure could be featured in the next Group publication!

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PERSPECTIVES PILING ON!
We’ve opened a floodgate of Perspectives course promotions! :-) Here’s another one in Birmingham, Alabama beginning January 8th through April 23rd at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University. Cody Watson 205-824-4569 CodyUWatsonatcompuservedotcom can give more info.

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VIDEO IS A HIT!
Remember that Mormon video we mentioned? It’s a hit!!! One reader wrote, “Doug, I viewed the Mormon video this weekend, and it is excellent. They allow the Mormons to tell their side of the story, but then the video shows how to be loving and missionary to these incredibly committed, family-oriented, and good people.” Once again, it’s produced by the Interfaith Witness Department of the North American Mission Board, 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022-4176. The 800 number for orders is 800-634-2462. 56 minutes in length.”

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BE A WRITING PARTNER
Turkish World Outreach needs Christian volunteers who will send ten Gospel Letters per month to Muslim families in Turkey. They reportedly have more than three million current addresses and are praying for Gospel Letter Volunteers to reach each one. They provide Turkish letters, a translation, addresses, and instructions. Volunteers are asked to provide the postage and envelopes to send their ten letters monthly. Postage is 60 cents per letter (from the US). The letters are in Turkish and offer a free Turkish New Testament and “Jesus Film” video. An effective follow-up program is underway in Turkey, and Christian workers will reach out to those who show a serious interest in the Gospel. Each respondent will also receive the offer of a free Bible correspondence course.

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EXPANDED SMILIE DICTIONARY
If you liked our item on “codes” and symbols used in Brigada Today and other similar email (“GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS…”), then you’ll probably like these additional ideas:

:-) Your basic smilie. This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic
or joking statement since we can’t hear voice inflection.
:-( Frowning smilie. User did not like that last statement or is
upset or depressed about something.
:-I Indifferent smilie. Better than a Frowning smilie but not
quite as good as a happy smilie
(-: User is left-handed
8-) User is wearing sunglasses
B:-) Sunglasses on head
::-) User wears normal glasses
B-) User wears horn-rimmed glasses
8:-) User is a little girl
:-{) User has a mustache
:-{} User wears lipstick
{:-) User wears a toupee
}:-( Toupee in an updraft
:-~) User has a cold
:’-( User is crying
:-@ User is screaming
:-# User wears braces
:^) User has a broken nose
:v) User has a broken nose, but it’s the other way
:-& User is tongue-tied.
+-:-) User is the Pope or holds some other religious office
`:-) User shaved one of his eyebrows off this morning
,:-) Same thing…other side
|-I User is asleep
|-O User is yawning/snoring
O :-) User is an angel (at heart, at least)
:-X User’s lips are sealed
:-C User is really bummed
:-/ User is skeptical
C=:-) User is a chef
@= User is pro-nuclear war
:-o Uh oh!
*:o) And Bozo the Clown!
3:] Pet smilie
3:[ Mean Pet smilie
E-:-) User is a Ham radio operator
:-9 User is licking his/her lips
%-6 User is braindead
[:-) User is wearing a Walkman
(:I User is an egghead
<:-I User is a dunce
@:-) User is wearing a turban
:-0 No Yelling! (Quiet Lab)
:-: Mutant Smilie
|.-) User only has one eye
,-) Ditto…but he’s winking
X-( User just died
8 :-) User is a wizard
C=}>;*{)) Mega-Smilie. A drunk, devilish chef with a toupee in an
updraft, a mustache, and a double chin

Thanks Kevin! :-)

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SEEKING GREAT TESTIMONIES OF ADOPT-A-PEOPLE (JP2000) PROJECTS
Have you noticed the silence? Sometimes it seems deafening. There was so much “missions noise” bringing in the 90s . . ., right up through the middle of the decade. And now, if I’m not mistaken, it seems the tone has definitely dropped off some. ‘What’s gone wrong with the harvest?’

So — we need some testimonies. If you’ve got a great story about how the Joshua Project 2000 list is helping (or dare I say, hurting?) you, your church or mission agency — or if you’ve got a great adopt-a-people project going, send it our way! Two pages max… concise story about what God is doing in our midst.

Who knows… we just might turn these babies into a helpful resource for new projects! :-)

IMPORTANT: Don’t mention anything sensitive. We suggest that you might be able to give names of countries, but in many cases, you’ll need to “rename” or disguise the name of the people group and never, never, never give the names and addresses of on-site team members if they live in secure situations. Your call. But if you send it, we will publish it! :-) Let’s get the word out about what God is doing.

PLEASE: Make the subject line read, “Project Update: ….” where “….” describes a suitable title for your project, even if it’s simply the name of the group you’re reaching.

Let us know if you need check-back on anything before we publish the info, either online or on paper. We’d prefer not to have to do that of course… so if possible, make it public from the start.

Please send these items to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

Thanks again!
Doug Lucas

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DID YOU GET AN EXTRA PIECE OF MAIL THIS WEEK?
Many did. Sorry about that! The folks at MAFxc tell me they’ve now taken drastic measures to make sure that no more extraneous email will pass through unnoticed. We hope and pray they’re right! Thanks for your patience!

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

26 December 1997

19971214 Brigada Today

Now with 6561 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
* GET CONNECTED TO KEY SOURCES FOR PEOPLE GROUP INFO.
* THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD IS NOT SO FAR AWAY AS IT ONCE WAS
* CATCH ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES!
* WHEN DOES MIME GIVE YOU THE SILENT TREATMENT???
* A DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE… IN ARABIC
* LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
* NOW MAY THE LORD BLESS YOUR CHRISTMAS!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
We continue to be very impressed by INFOBEAT (formerly San Jose Mercury News) and its free feed to email inboxes! For more information, visit http://www.infobeat.com. The summaries can be selected by region… so you get only the focus you want, and each little “Brigada-like” summary paragraph has a URL to click on to get the entire new story. All for free! Incredible bargain. If you’re taking cable just to watch CNN, I bet you’ll unsubscribe after you start reading this! And now, they even ship out a special version suitable for “Outlook Express” and other MIME/HTML-compatible email clients. Terrific-looking stuff!

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GET CONNECTED TO KEY SOURCES FOR PEOPLE GROUP INFO.
Been looking for great input on your people group of choice??? Maybe there’s a Brigada-Connections conference for the group for which you’re praying! To find out, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with this simple text on the first line (not the subject):
conferences brigada

With any luck, you’ll receive an auto-mailed message in your inbox in a jiffy! It’ll list the entire family of Brigada conferences. Once you find one you want to join, just send a message back to that reads, “subscribe brigada-peoples-sasak” (replace sasak with the people group of your choice — but make sure there’s a conference by that name before trying!). Or, if there’s a brigada-connections conference, just email your questions to brigada-connections-acehnese (replace Acehnese with the people group you’re researching, but make sure there’s a “brigada-connections” conference for that group first!). One of the real live humans monitoring the connections conference will try to answer your query.

And guess what — it’s all free!!!! :-)

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD IS NOT SO FAR AWAY AS IT ONCE WAS
… at least now you can pray informedly!!! The 1998 “Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendar is being made available to Brigada readers at a special reduced rate. This full-color calendar was developed by Silk Road Ministry Staff. It is designed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in north China. This calendar is intended to help Christians outside China pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China. The price is $4 per individual calendar or $10 per bundle of 5! To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351 and ask for item 7707e.

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CATCH ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES!
clarification In last week’s item, “PERSPECTIVES LOUISVILLE STYLE,” we announced a January 20th date when, we’re told, it should have been January 22nd. Either way, if you’re interested in Perspectives in the Louisville area, contact 75451dot1611atcompuservedotcom for more information. ‘Course, if you’re from N. Indiana, in the city of Chesterton, you’ll start Monday, January 12th. For audit or credit, (college or graduate), contact gregcatlbchurchdotorg. And… if you’re in Eugene, OR, and Indy or Louisville is too far to commute, your sessions run on Sundays, 5-8pm, Jan 11-Apr 26, for credit or enrichment. Contact Tim Watson 102124dot1064atcompuservedotcom or (541-345-0341) or lknappatefndotorg.

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WHEN DOES MIME GIVE YOU THE SILENT TREATMENT???
When your email reader can only handle ASCII text, that’s when. In those cases, you’ll see dreaded “equals3D” characters when MIME email clients have sent you special characters. As a result, Jonathan Marsden (our “tech-on-call”) wrote this past week to recommend that we use *asterisks* for emphasis instead of =equal= signs. Unfortunately, I’ve been building the habit of =equal= signs for nearly 3 years!!! So… I’d like to ask you for =patience* while I learn! :-) Jonathan also suggested
a) not using MIME at all on mailings like Brigada Today since there are many ASCII only clients still in use, and
b) avoiding non-ASCII characters (such as special foreign language symbols not included in the standard ASCII set — “inyeah,” tildes, and the like). We’ll try to comply.

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A DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE… IN ARABIC
SisterMarieatjunodotcom needs someone with a degree in Standard (classical) Arabic to proof-read some Arabic books she’s written. Got any friends who read from right to left? If so, give SisterMarieatjunodotcom a jingle if you can help.

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LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
As this issue of Brigada Today hits the wires, our mission organization has just sponsored a training weekend in Miami for our team leaders from throughout the globe. Projects in some 30 cities or people groups in 22 countries were represented. We document the basic outline here in the hopes that it will spawn creative thinking in your head for the mission or church within which you work. Maybe you could pull your leadership together and improve on the model below. Either way, throughout the weekend there was a particular kind of magic that permeated the event.

M – “meetings.” Our team leaders were able to meet their peers from throughout the globe, as well as new mission leadership and board members. The camaraderie that developed was perhaps the most important outcome of the meeting. One team leader reported, “It’s been great to meet others with more experience so I can try to learn from their example.” In fact, a buddy added up the years of on-field experience and the cumulative total summed up to 188 years!

A – “art of leadership.” All day long on Friday, the emphasis was on creating all the more effective leadership at the team level.

G – “gaining resources and skills” and the particular skill we featured on Saturday was conflict management. Throughout the day, the sessions focused on how to help team members resolve the sticky issues they face on mission teams.

I – “integrity.” The emphasis on day 3 was proper relationships with family, friends, team-mates, and singles. In each relationship, delegates learned how to communicate and empathize with integrity as Jesus would.

C – “checkpoint” — thus the “c.” For our teams, our mission as a whole, and for ourselves in particular, the weekend gave us a chance to step back and look at our world through new eyes.

Without exception, delegates asked for similar gatherings in the future. So we’re already at work planning the next team leaders’ summit sometime in mid-1999. At the next meeting we hope to include spouses as well.

Without a doubt, it was a landmark event. As we head into 1998, we’re hoping each and every team will experience the difference of all the more effective leadership no matter where they serve with Team Expansion.

So how ’bout you and your agency/church? Could you benefit from a bit of “magic?”

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NOW MAY THE LORD BLESS YOUR CHRISTMAS!
As you celebrate the birth of the Savior, wherever you are on the globe this week, we wish you the very best Christmas ever. And we dream of the day that His promise can be fulfilled, that truly representatives of all peoples everywhere will stand before Him at Christmastime and praise Him for the light that enlivens the world! (make sure you’re viewing the following “graphic” in Courier New font):

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[Note: Original ASCII art by Monique; thanks!]

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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19971207 Brigada Today

Now with 6530 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* “X-SPURTS ARE US”
* GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… “TAKE TWO”
* LOOKING FOR TRIBAL TRAINING FOR THE PHILIPPINES?
* TIME TO PRAY FOR ALGERIA
* 30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER BY E-MAIL
* PERSPECTIVES LOUISVILLE STYLE
* KNOW ANY LEBANESE FRIENDS???
* WANT TO LEARN TO SPEAK ENGLISH???
* LOOK FOR ANOTHER ISSUE EARLY THIS WEEKEND!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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“X-SPURTS ARE US”
Are you considered by your friends a “PC Expert?” Here’s how you can tell —

1. the person in the cubicle next door asks your help installing a new program
2. you’re the one asked to install the new printer
3. it’s your phone that rings when someone sees a “fatal error.”

If any of these conditions is true, you need our new “X-SPURTS ARE US” help file. PC Magazine just carried an article that might help! We’re making it available to you as an excerpt on this conference, because it should help us set some uniform ideas for helping organize chaos out of this PC-madness. If you’re interested, download it by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg that simply says:
get brigada pcexpert
download now

Next time someone rings your PC-chimes, you just might be glad you did! It’s 7K — and it contains suggestions on everything from how to organize your hard drive to how to set up an emergency boot disk.

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GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… “TAKE TWO”
clarification Yikes:-)…. Last week we sent the Brigada Today with the “quoted printable” switch turned “on” (quite by accident) so all our glossary symbols were scrambled! Sorry if you thought we were =3Dserious=3D when you saw all those “=3D” symbols! Let’s try it again….

_Title_ — These underscores indicate a title or a book, film, or boat. In “real” writing, the title would be underlined or italicized.

=emphasis= — These equal signs indicate emphasis. In real writing, the word would be printed in bold.

:-) — This symbol (an ’emoticon’) represents a grin or a “chuckle.” In real writing, . . . well . . . in real writing I guess the author wouldn’t grin or chuckle. :-)

:-( — You guessed it. An internet sad face. You kind of have to turn your head sideways to the left to see these. :-)

< > — These pointed braces indicate the beginning and ending of internet email addresses or Worldwide Web URLs.

[sic] — This word is placed after an item quoted when the author wants to indicate that there’s a mistake in the quotation and the mistake is being retransmitted precisely as it occurred in the original citation.

!!! — This symbol is often used in Brigada Today to indicate a really enthusiastic sentence. Email seems so bland, we figure you have to do something to spruce it up. :-)

Clearer???

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LOOKING FOR TRIBAL TRAINING FOR THE PHILIPPINES?
Look no further. Tribal Mission Philippines, Inc. tmpdavaoatweblinqdotcom is a missions agency committed to train Philippine nationals to reach out to their own people. They take advantage of medical outreach and other strategies… and are eager to help any and all Philippine ministries get started.

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TIME TO PRAY FOR ALGERIA
More than 75,000 Algerian men, women and children have been brutally massacred over the last five years in an ongoing conflict in the name of religion and politics. The international community has for the most part washed its hands of the violence, preferring not to get involved in trying to find a solution. What Algeria and its 30 million people need more than anything else is focused intercession and spiritual warfare for deliverance from the powers of darkness and destruction operating behind the politics and economics of the situation. There is only a tiny Christian community of about one half of one percent. Pray for a political solution which brings peace, reconciliation and an end to the ongoing massacres of thousands of people. Also remember those who have become disillusioned with Islam because of the blood shed under its name. May these become serious seekers of the Truth and accept Him who is the truth. Pray for those who are worshipping in underground groups, for protection and growth spiritually, numerically etc. Many thousands have turned to the Lord among the Berbers largely through supernatural revelations of Jesus Christ.

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30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER BY E-MAIL
The Global Communications Track is again delighted to compliment the 30-Days Muslim prayer focus by offering the 1998 e-mail edition. Taken from the original booklets, the e-mail version is a one-page extract from both the Adult and Kids booklets with the full prayer points present. Designed to be easy to read and accessible for those who can’t otherwise join millions of Christians to pray, organizers hope that as with other years this will be a big hit. The 30-Days Muslim prayer focus runs January 1-30 ’98 coinciding with Ramadan. Last year some 10 million Christians were estimated to have joined this annual global prayer event. Only God knows the answers to our prayers as we have joined together around a common theme. A great joy has been to see not just individuals and families pray together, but also prayer groups and churches. Make sure everyone you know gets hold of these prayer guides, either the booklet or the e-mail version and let us again, believe God for great things. What a great way to begin the New Year!! To receive the e-mail edition, send an e-mail to HUBatXCdotOrg with just the following two words in the message:
Subscribe 30-days

For booklet and language sales info., surf over to http://ywam.org/prayer.

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PERSPECTIVES LOUISVILLE STYLE
Catch Perspectives in Louisville, KY, starting January 22 for 15 consecutive weeks. For college credit, audit or enrichment, each week will be taught by nationally known leaders. Some would call it “the most dynamic study available addressing God’s moving in the world today and the Church’s responsibility in completing the task of world evangelism. For further information write 75451dot1611atcompuservedotcom or call (502) 451-5317 ext. 3069.

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KNOW ANY LEBANESE FRIENDS???
If so, write bjhoodathood-consultingdotcom to learn more about how you might be able to network to finish the completion of reaching the Lebanese.

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LOOK FOR ANOTHER ISSUE EARLY THIS WEEKEND!
Just returned from a very intensive weekend filled with meetings — our first-ever team leaders’ summit. It went great… sorry I’m late!
Doug

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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: brigadacoordatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19971130 Brigada Today

Now with 6491 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
Welcome our new volunteer Customer Service Managers, Don & Judy! They’re available at owner-brigadaatbrigadadotorg. Thanks for the help, Don & Judy!!!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GOOD NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF AD2000…
* COOL WEB RESOURCE ON PRAYING FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES
* FIRST IT WAS JUNO… NOW IT’S FREE FULL INTERNET
* GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… FOR NEW BRIGADA USERS
* LEARN TO WRITE LIKE A PRO!
* MORE ON PHONE CARDS
* WANTED: CONTEXTUALIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLS
* BRIGADA-PEOPLES MOVING!
* JOIN A WORLDWIDE PRAYER MOVEMENT DURING RAMADAN!
* YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A 30-DAY MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS IN RUSSIAN!
* MORE ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE
* ARE THERE REALLY CHURCHES OUT THERE GIVING 10% OR MORE TO MISSIONS?
* PGP UPDATE
* SING A SONG OF MISSIONS…
* HABLA ESPAÑOL?
* WEB-WATCH
* ADVANCE IS READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
* MORE INFO ON MORMON VIDEO

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GOOD NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF AD2000…
… came this note this past week: “The International Office of AD2000 and Beyond Movement is seeing a flurry of interest in networking. Churches and agencies are taking seriously the Movement’s goals of cooperation and avoidance of duplication. AD2000 and Beyond tracks adoptions, evangelistic activity and church planting among peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list. It is our experience that the vast majority of churches adopting peoples are actively seeking to connect with agencies that may already be involved. Some churches are partnering with an agency so that those raised as missionaries from their congregation, automatically are directed to the mission agency’s application and training process. Others seek agency projects or missionaries to which they might give financial and prayer support. Some are developing plans for short-term trips or projects, while receiving counsel from agencies with experience and expertise. It is a tremendous encouragement to see this visible display of creativity and unity for the cause of Christ.” I take that to be a very positive message! For more information on how you can network with other churches adopting unreached peoples via the AD2000 International Office, contact Barb Bills at barbatad2000dotorg. She’s now the Joshua Project 2000 Coordinator.

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COOL WEB RESOURCE ON PRAYING FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES
Looking for that perfect web resource for praying for the least reached? Don’t pass over http://www.calebproject.org/ptw3/index.html. Originally written up for Praying Through the Window III this past October, this 31-day summary can now be applied anytime you please! It’s got pictures, it’s concise, it’s well organized, and it’s easy to apply on a daily basis throughout the year as a rotating prayer resource!!! Check it out — it’s great!

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FIRST IT WAS JUNO… NOW IT’S FREE FULL INTERNET
Pete Holzmann spent the past few days at Comdex and wrote us with this report: “Do you like having free email in the USA, using the Juno system? How about basically free Internet access? For a one-time $90 charge (30 day money-back guarantee) you can have up to 56kbps (US Robotics X2) access from over 1000 cities in the USA. Now you can, using Freeweb and their version of the Netscape browser, with a small advertisement built in, for free email, web access, etc. See http://www.freewwweb.com for more info, or call 203/790-4600.” Pete added a warning: “The dial-in network is still being built, so many areas do not have access yet.” Since this is a new resource, we’d love to hear back how it works for you.

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GLOSSARY OF SYMBOLS… FOR NEW BRIGADA USERS
This week I received a fairly pointed message criticizing all the cryptic symbols in Brigada Today. Gulp. The reader wrote, “I have included a sample of something that made no sense to me.” In the sample were a bunch of email shorthand notes… :-) Sorry about that. So this week we’re including a “key” to the confusion!!! Again, apologies to new users:

_Title_ — These underscores indicate a title or a book, film, or boat. In “real” writing, the title would be underlined or italicized.

=emphasis= — These equal signs indicate emphasis. In real writing, the word would be printed in bold.

:-) — This symbol (an ’emoticon’) represents a grin or a “chuckle.” In real writing, . . . well . . . in real writing I guess the author wouldn’t grin or chuckle. :-)

:-( — You guessed it. An internet sad face. You kind of have to turn your head sideways to the left to see these. :-)

< > — These pointed braces indicate the beginning and ending of internet email addresses or Worldwide Web URLs.

[sic] — This word is placed after an item quoted when the author wants to indicate that there’s a mistake in the quotation and the mistake is being retransmitted precisely as it occurred in the original citation.

!!! — This symbol is often used in Brigada Today to indicate a really enthusiastic sentence. Email seems so bland, we figure you have to do something to spruce it up. :-)

Did we omit anything?

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LEARN TO WRITE LIKE A PRO!
… and catch winter in Florida while you’re at it! :-) The Florida Christian Writers Conference is set for January 29 to February 2 1998. This carefully tailored conference offers instruction and marketing opportunities to writers at different levels-beginning, intermediate, advanced, and professional. Writers attend continuing classes and elective workshops, interact one-on-one with editors, and “talk shop” with fellow writers. The conference is designed to be inspirational, instructive, and provide marketing opportunities. The faculty is asked to review manuscripts, make suggestions regarding marketability, and give brief written critiques. The faculty and staff are available to registrants throughout the conference, including meals, to provide a warm non-threatening environment. Attendance is usually 175-200 with a faculty of 30-35 made up of freelance writers, editors and publishers, 40-48 workshops and 6 continuing classes. Browse http://www.kipertek.com/writer/ for more information, or email writeratdigitaldotnet. Phone: 407-269-6702, Fax: 407-383-1741, or write to: Billie Wilson, FCWC, 2600 Park Avenue, Titusville, FL 32780.

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MORE ON PHONE CARDS
Galen filled us in on the fact that Sprint’s phone cards work both nationally and internationally. Call (800) 366-0707 or visit Sam’s Club division of Walmart stores. No other contact numbers were given to date.

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WANTED: CONTEXTUALIZED NATIVE AMERICAN TOOLS
Here’s a guy thirsting for a contextualized approach to reaching Native Americans. He writes, “As a point of reference, we’ve come up with 7 categories of connecting points between Native Indian history and culture and Bible history and culture. … We have taught the first 20 lessons, promoting this with—‘Now you can learn Native Indian identity and the Bible at the same time!’ Our question is— is there anyone out there who’s aware of anything in print on this topic already? And does anyone have any wisdom you could pass along to this committee, on developing a contextualized theology for Native Indian peoples?” If you’ve got a strategy or you’re working on it, write Dan Woodard at 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom in Canada and he’ll send us a summary of your inputs in a couple of weeks. Thanks Dan!

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BRIGADA-PEOPLES MOVING!
I continue to be impressed by Dave Nesmith and the whole Brigada-peoples crew… currently a pack of some 300+ users committed to helping you find information about unreached peoples. (To subscribe, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe brigada-peoples

in the text.) And along the way, David continues to help everybody be all the more effective at his or her job. For example, this past week he asked subscribers to avoid subject lines like “Info request,” “I have a question,” “Information please,” and “Help!” Now I had never thought about it before, but he’s right!!! He wrote, “When users scan the mail folder listing they are looking for something that will identify the request. Avoid like the plague. Many users, up to here with email traffic, will simply delete a NO SUBJECT, thinking, perhaps, ‘If the originator did not care enough to put in a subject line then it isn’t worth my time to read it.’ If your emailer has a problem with subject lines, then fix it or else get a new emailer.” He added, “Please DO always provide a link between your response and the query to which you are responding. It is very frustrating to see a message begin with something like this: Hi there Joe, I think the answer to your problem is………………. Who is Joe? What is the problem? If you do quote the inquiry message, DO NOT include the entire message, only enough of it to provide a link.” Now there’s a moderator who is not only in touch with his subject but also with how to approach it!!! Thanks for a great job, David!

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JOIN A WORLDWIDE PRAYER MOVEMENT DURING RAMADAN!
Arab World Ministries is planning to send out a daily e-mail prayer request during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting (December 31-January 29). Would you like to receive these daily requests to help you pray for Muslim converts and followers of Islam during that time? Send an email to: majordomoatgospelcomdotnet. In the body of the message type this text only:
subscribe awm-ramadan

The subject of the message does not matter.

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YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A 30-DAY MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS IN RUSSIAN!
Thanks to Kim who wrote this past week to let us know that the 30-Day Muslim prayer focus is indeed available in Russian ( see Oct. 31st Brigada Today for the original request)! She added, “The 30 Days prayer guide is available in 30 languages!! English, Bengali, Chinese, Czech, Arabic, Finish, French, German, Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, Tamil, Indonesian, Italien, Japanese, Kazak, Swahili, Korean, Malay, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Afrikaans, Portuguese, and Simple English. In addition, a Children’s edition and an Internet edition is also available.” For more information, write 71233dot1475atcompuservedotcom. Great answer, Kim!!!

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MORE ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE
A “World Christian Conference” is scheduled for Feb. 13-16, 1998 at Santa Cruz, CA. The conference started back in 1985 as the World Christian Conference for the Chinese Graduates (WCCCG) when its founders saw the need to bring the Chinese churches together to challenge them to respond to the needs of the world. Since 1985, brother and sisters, primarily from Chinese churches on the West Coast, have come together in a forum where biblical teaching is given, models and examples are presented, and practical issues are discussed. By God’s grace, many alumni of the World Christian Conference have moved into various ministries, locally and abroad. Others continue to live out their World Christian calling and spread the World Christian vision here in North America. To learn more, contact Derrick Tan CyTanatjunodotcom or browse http://www.octlab.com/wcc98 (currently under construction).

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ARE THERE REALLY CHURCHES OUT THERE GIVING 10% OR MORE TO MISSIONS?
If so, Grace would like to know!!! She asked this week if we could somehow locate any true stories of churches that are actually giving 10% or more of their finances to missions and, if so, she’d like to hear what happened as a result. “I’ve heard that some churches who were broke before, and then tried tithing as a church, suddenly began to have more than they needed, etc. I’ve heard numerous stories like this, but I don’t have any specific facts… So, I would like to request that any churches or people who know of churches and have the facts, would send me their story and/or the name and address/contact info of the person I could contact about getting this kind of information. Grace Wiebe: gracewatidmaildotcom. We’ll ask for a compilation or summary report, okay Grace? Thanks!

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PGP UPDATE
Rod, our PGP guy, wrote this past week, “Good news for folks outside of USA and Canada… finally! PGP 5.0i for Windows 95/NT has been released! http://www.pgpi.com/ is the place to go for more info. Note: This is the only legally exported international version of PGP 5.0, i.e. via scanned and OCRed source code.” Thanks Rod!

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SING A SONG OF MISSIONS…
The AD2000 Worship & Arts Network is in the process of compiling a Missions/Worship Songbook (missions songs and worship songs with a missions emphasis) which will hopefully become a wonderful resource for missions-minded folks around the world (so far only in English-speaking countries). They’re looking for your suggestions re: which songs to include. Just write Grace Wiebe at gracewatidmaildotcom or snail mail her at 6240 London Rd., Richmond, BC, V7E 3S4 Canada (or fax: 604-275-7785) by the end of December. (Materials arriving after Dec. 31 might be included in a future edition.) The information requested:

1. the name of the song
2. the name of the songwriter/s
3. the title of the tape/CD, etc. it’s on (if it is)
4. a leadsheet which includes the words/chords, etc.
5. whether it’s copywritten or not
6. if possible, contact info so that we can contact the songwriters, etc. for permission to use their song/s
7. if possible, perhaps the song can be sent on an inexpensive cassette (if it’s not copywritten)

The Network is also looking for shorter choruses that also have good translations in other languages, or non-English songs that have good English translations. They’re hoping to put together 25-40 songs (or more, depending on the response) that will be useful to churches, missions organizations, university Christian fellowships, etc.

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HABLA ESPAÑOL?
If you don’t know what that means, CIE (Centro de Idioma Español) offers you the solution. CIE’s unique approach to Spanish language acquisition through cultural integration and ministry participation will equip you with the most important key to opening the hearts of the Spanish speaking, along with an understanding of mission work in Latin America. CIE offers programs at various levels from one month to one year. The center is located five minutes from the border of El Paso, Texas in Juarez, Mexico, where you will encounter the warmth of the Mexican people and their culture. Our native teaching staff brings more than 20 years of experience in training missionaries for Latin America. For more information, contact Ike at cmfmexicoatcompuservedotcom or write to CIE, P.O. Box 26998, El Paso, TX 79926-6998; Tel/Fax (in Mexico) 52-16-11-36-20.

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WEB-WATCH
Want news for Christians? Check out http://www.christcom.net. Thanks for the tip, Jeff!

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ADVANCE IS READY FOR YOUR RETRIEVAL
To get the December Advance, just email hubatxcdotorg with a message that says,
get brigada advance.9712

Here’s a summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Khmu of Laos; the Acehnese of Indonesia; the Pauri Bhuiya of India; open hearts among Fulanis in Nigeria; Buddhist monks invited the gospel into their temple; reading room ministry in Chad; hearts turning to Christ in Mali

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Indian Catholic priest kidnapped and beheaded; two lay workers murdered in Mexico; evangelical leader beaten in Colombia; Christian protesters attacked in Vietnam; evangelical pastor persecuted in Mordovia

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — “Toy bomb” kills five children in Pakistan; 14-year-old girl murdered by teenage friends; British medical engineers develop use for fetal brain cells; Jack Kevorkian offers “patient” organs for transplant; 30 million people living with AIDS virus; Bill Clinton speaks at homosexual rights event

REJOICE! — God rescues medical outreach to Muslim community; the church grows in Baghdad; number of Rajasthan believers doubles in less than one year; 2,665 adult decisions for Christ in Baranquilla; 70 new believers in Mali; God protects Peru missionaries from plane crash; 25 Islamic sheiks make decisions for Christ

NETWORKING — Free information packs on ministry to people with HIV and AIDS; sixth annual 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus begins Jan. 1; new workbook: “How to Get Your Congregation Involved in Missions”; “The 10/40 Window Reporter”; Open Doors website; how to stop junk e-mail; Christian news website; urgent missionary prayer concerns delivered by e-mail; prayer booklets on India; prayer mobilization videos; Kurds prayer calendar; reaching international students for Christ; missions-oriented e-mail list for children

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MORE INFO ON MORMON VIDEO
If you were trying to hunt down that video on Mormonism, we’ve heard some more information. Word on the street is that the title is “The Mormon Puzzle.” It was produced by the Interfaith Witness Department of the North American Mission Board. Their address is 4200 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30022-4176. The 800 number for orders is 800-634-2462. Apparently it’s 56 minutes (not 40), and it features candid interviews with Mormon leaders. It has been very well received! Thanks for the tip, Mark!

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(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: brigadacoordatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19971123 Brigada Today

Now with over 6000+ participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* READY FOR SOME BRIGHT IDEAS???
* CORRECTION: CLICK THOSE HEELS!!!
* TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THAT VIDEO ON MORMONISM???
* “WEB-WATCH FROM PLACES OTHER THAN AMERICA” DEPARTMENT
* THE HARVEST THAT LIVES NEXT DOOR
* WANT TO LEARN TO TYPE IN OTHER LANGUAGES?
* INTENSIVE INTENTIONAL TENTMAKING
* INTENT’S ’98 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
* WANT MORE TRAINING ON MISSIONS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT?
* WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE INCOMING!
* CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE TROPICS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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READY FOR SOME BRIGHT IDEAS???
They’re ready for you! Hot off the press comes Wycliffe Bible Translators’ new missions resource, Bright Ideas!. From stories to simulations, ethnic meals to slight-of-hand stunts, crafts and linguistic problem-solving, here’s a new approach to teaching missions. Teachers love the easy-to-follow instructions with minimal outside prep time, overheads provided and thought-provoking Discussion and Application Sections. Fun, interactive, hands-on lessons link knowledge with heart change and heart change with action. “. . . a new standard for teaching missions to children,” says Jan Bell of Kids-Can-Net. “A wonderful resource,” says Jill Harris of Destination 2000. Packet #1 for Teens-Adults $10, Packet #2 for Grades 1-6 $10, or the complete notebook of all 20 lessons combined $23. (Prices include postage.) Send check or money order to Wycliffe Children’s Task Force, 4200 SE Jennings Rd, Portland OR97267-6415. For more information, you could also contact Dorothea Lander, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Children’s Missions Materials Research and Development, Dorothea_Landeratwycliffedotorg.

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CORRECTION: CLICK THOSE HEELS!!!
Sorry about last week… when I said we could now “click those heals!” [sic] (it really was sick!!!), I really meant, “click those heels!” :-) Thanks Lionel! But the intent of the message remains just as promising: beginning next issue of Brigada Today, Don and Judy Pratt, of Topeka, KS, will be taking on Customer Relations for Brigada! We’re very grateful for their partnership!!! (Well — I don’t know about you but I’m very grateful for their partnership! :-))

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TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THAT VIDEO ON MORMONISM???
It’s apparently about 40 minutes in length and includes an overview of Mormon doctrine, as well as how to witness to Mormons worldwide. You could try calling (800) 866-3621 or writing Customer Services, Foreign Mission Board, PO Box 6767, Richmond, Virginia, VA 23230-0767, USA. It’s supposed to be hot!

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“WEB-WATCH FROM PLACES OTHER THAN AMERICA” DEPARTMENT
Check out this link from Linkoping, Sweden, where Lars Widerberg is hoping you’ll join the Intercessors Network! Complete with an update on the Swedish prayer movement… and there’s even a parallel site in Swedish in case you need it! :-) http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-54890

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THE HARVEST THAT LIVES NEXT DOOR
World Relief in the Bay Area will sponsor the “Ethnic Harvest Briefing,” Saturday, January 17, 1998, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Glad Tidings Church, 1280 Webster, San Francisco. World Relief hopes to take a look at Christian ministry in the many ethnic groups who live next door. Those interested in attending or speaking should visit http://expage.com/page/ethnicharvest or email Rich Sexton, Director, World Relief, San Francisco, rsextonatgtedotnet, for more information.

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WANT TO LEARN TO TYPE IN OTHER LANGUAGES?
Well now, at least your computer can display the fonts. (Learning to type the words will have to be up to you! :-) ) Apparently you have to visit ftp://ftp.dayspring.com/fonts to

1. the actual font files (for example Central Asian Courier, Arial and Times)
2. Microsoft Multiboot Utility (language.exe)
3. the keyboard drivers for WIN95.

With those three parts, you’re on! Thanks to Jane and all her colleagues in Spillern who are helping with this!

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INTENSIVE INTENTIONAL TENTMAKING
INTENT will run a TENTMAKER BOOT CAMP at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, 418 East 34th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 23 (beginning at 5pm) – 24, 1998. Saturday will be built around two tracks: Marketplace (Job Takers) and Entrepreneurial (Job Makers) approaches to being a Kingdom Professional. If you are in the area, don’t miss this opportunity to get information on overseas job opportunities and practical helps with “next steps!” Contact INTENT at 1-800-478-2598 or email dorothyblahaatmsndotcom for more information and to register. Brochures will be available in December.

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INTENT’S ’98 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
With the theme, “INTENT ’98: MANY JOBS; ONE TASK – Networking Professionals For Global Impact,” INTENT’s National Gathering will convene May 15-17, 1998 at the Divine Word Retreat Center, “Techny Towers,” located about 20 minutes from O’Hare International Airport in Techny, IL. Dr. Christy Wilson will be the featured speaker, supported by other plenary speakers, and selected workshop/breakout sessions in two tracks — Job Takers and Job Makers. There will be an emphasis on Afghanistan and lots of networking time. Simultaneously, the content of INTENT ’98 will focus on what God is doing through tentmaking, as well as what He will do through the Finisher’s Project in mobilizing second career baby boomers to “move beyond success to significance,” as Bob Buford of Tyler, Texas puts it so well. Contact INTENT AT 1-800-478-2598 or email dorothyblahaatmsndotcom for more information. Brochures will be available in January.

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WANT MORE TRAINING ON MISSIONS PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT?
Try TCMC (Training Church Missions Champions), a ministry of ACMC, Inc., Church Resource Ministries, Evangelical Free Church Missions and OMF, Int. They’ve just announced their 1998 training schedule. In the last two years, TCMC has trained 75 church missions professionals from churches, denominations and mission agencies to be more effective in helping churches to develop their missions programs. For more information, request a program description and applications from Larry Walker, ACMCSWatCompuservedotcom. The schedule for ’98 includes the following Phase I programs:
Jan 22-25 Dana Point, CA
Apr 16-19 Chicago
July 23-26 Mid-West

in addition to these Phase II follow-ups…
June 15-18 Calvary Chapel Conference Center, Murrieta, CA
Nov 12-15 Mid-West

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WORLD CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE INCOMING!
The World Christian Conference will be holding its annual conference at Redwood Christian Park in Santa Cruz, CA over Presidents’ Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 1998. The theme this year is: Launch Out! Claiming our Legacy: Discipling the Nations. The plenary speakers will be Dr. Samuel Ling, General Director of China Horizon. Ms. Elizabeth Lowe, Minister-at-Large OMF U.S. and a WCC alumnus currently working with an unreached people group in Euro-Asia.

Workshop topics includes: Serving As a Sender with Neal Pirolo, author of the best selling book Serving as Senders. Assessing Yourself for Overseas Ministry with Dr. Ken Royer of Link Care and 6 other practical workshops.

For more information please contact Derrick Tan at CyTanatjunodotcom or check out their web site http://www.octlab.com/wcc98 (still under construction).

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CHRISTMAS TIME IN THE TROPICS
Maybe you know someone who, this Christmas season, is laboring away in the tropics, away from family back home. Searching for just the right gift? Here’s one idea. A phone card! I’m talking about the limited kind… good for, say, 30 minutes in your home country. That ought to give them at least a 10-minute call home to grandparents or uncles or whoever. Check to be sure such phone cards are internationally transferable (seldom, in fact) — and if they’re not, mail the phone card to the grandparent as a gift to the on-site worker in the tropic. It’ll still carry just as much meaning. Europe has had these cards for years, and only recently have we started seeing the spring up in any quantities in the USA. But now they’re everywhere — at every gas station, Wal-Mart, and even the Mom-and-Pop stores. So . . . this Christmas, give the gift that carries more meaning than a tin of popcorn could ever tackle — put a missionary in touch with those significant others, voice-to-voice. God bless your day!

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*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
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*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19971116 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* CLICK THOSE HEALS… AND YOU’VE GOT KANSAS!!!
* TO GET THE MOST FROM BRIGADA TODAY …
* OCTOBER IS GONE, BUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW ISN’T!
* DON’T FORGET TO ACCESS US GOVERNMENT’S “COUNTRY STUDIES”
* EVER WISH YOU COULD FIND AN OUT-OF-PRINT COPY OF DEEP-SEA CANOE?
* MAYBE BURPING IS CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE… IN JAPAN AND BRIGADA!
* CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS… FREE ON THE NET
* OCCASIONAL “INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS”
* WEB EVANGELISM INFO
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MORMONISM?
* MORE ON “WHERE TO BUY”
* IF YOU CHOOSE TO SEND IN A RESOURCE TO BRIGADA TODAY…
* MISSION PASTORS UNITE!
* HOW TO LEARN ABOUT MOST ANYTHING
* URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT “JOIN THE CREW”
* HOW TO GET YOUR CONGREGATION INVOLVED IN MISSIONS
* GERMAN CONGREGATIONS ADOPT UNREACHED PEOPLES
* INFO ON REACHING THE WORLD CUP
* WEB-WATCH
* WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
* MOBILIZERS AT TEAM EXPANSION DEDICATE NEW BUILDING TO UNREACHED
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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CLICK THOSE HEALS… AND YOU’VE GOT KANSAS!!!
God has heard my cry!!! :-) Last week we appealed for a new Brigada Customer Relations Manager and out of the plains of Kansas He has raised up Don & Judy Pratt as the answer to my prayers! Don and Judy are actively involved in Town & Country Christian Church of Topeka, which has just adopted a city in Mainland China. They serve on their church’s PACE Project team as Information Specialists to gather Internet research and to network with others involved in similar projects. Already in the past 5 days, they’ve gone through 3 phases of training to become the new Brigada Customer Relations specialists… and are currently in their 4th phase. Within a week, Lord willing, they’ll be up and running! Please join me in thanking God for their willingness to serve in this way, totally voluntarily, for the Cause of the King! Whew!!!! God be praised! :-) And thanks to Town & Country for sharing their talents with the world!

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TO GET THE MOST FROM BRIGADA TODAY …
To get the most from Brigada Today, please realize that we’re a volunteer-based service. Unfortunately, we aren’t a big-time office with lots of free time to answer search requests that users could have executed if they took the time on their own. In one recent piece of email, being forwarded around the Net, users are urged to “write for more information about…” this or that. Although we try to take action on every single piece of email we receive, at the rate it’s going, there will definitely come a day when that’s simply impossible! You can help! First, if you’re referring someone to a resource featured in Brigada Today, refer them to the resource email address or web site. Please don’t simply suggest they “contact Brigada for more info.” Second, even if you don’t remember the related address or URL — but have web access — you can use our search engine (thanks Bob!) all by yourself at http://www.brigada.org to search all 320,114 words of Brigada weekly resources published weekly since Feb. 18th, 1995. So you can help the effort by trying first to find the resource on the Brigada web site… rather than simply writing us and asking us to retrieve it for you. Finally, in all cases, even if you do have to “write Brigada” for more information (and we will try to help, especially if we know you’ve tried to find it first :-)), please write owner-brigadaatbrigadadotorg. Thanks for being “net-savvy” and courteous!!!!

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OCTOBER IS GONE, BUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW ISN’T!
Just when you thought Praying through the Window III was outa’ here, Caleb Project has made available a new revision of its 1993 prayer guide with an up-to-date Praying Through the Countries of the 10/40 Window prayer guide ($6 plus shipping and handling). In addition to the statistics and information on 64 countries in the 10/40 Window, there is a resource section called “Pray Forth the Kingdom: 50 Ways You Can Pray Through the Window” by Shane Bennett. To order write to infoatcprojectdotcom. (They’ll fill you in on how you can fax in your order, or, if you prefer, use PGP to encrypt your credit card info. on the Net!) Also, check out their 1998 Children of the Window calendar, still available for just $9.95!

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DON’T FORGET TO ACCESS US GOVERNMENT’S “COUNTRY STUDIES”
Check ’em out at http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html if you’ve never looked before. Thanks for the tip, Paul and Karen!

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EVER WISH YOU COULD FIND AN OUT-OF-PRINT COPY OF DEEP-SEA CANOE?
Well wish no more, because it’s out of print no more! Allan Tippett’s book, The Deep-Sea Canoe, which was out of print (William Carey Library) is now back in print (Christian Books Melanesia and Christian Leaders’ Training College). This book tells the story of the spread of the Gospel by South Pacific Island Missionaries in the 1800s. According to one Brigada participant, “It is an excellent missions book.” More information can be obtained from CLTCatmafdotorg.

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MAYBE BURPING IS CULTURALLY ACCEPTABLE… IN JAPAN AND BRIGADA!
Thanks to those who expressed appreciation for learning more about the celebration in the Philippines (our “burp” last week!). One Brigada participant wrote, “…I loved getting that info … about their anniversary. Didn’t even realize it was a goof! Thanks for burping! Judy.” Judy wasn’t the only one! Just remember that if you were wanting more information about the event, geniemacati-maniladotcomdotph should be able to supply you with all the details. (Also, we apologize if it sounded as though we were somehow blaming the sender of the news item for the mistake. We never intended to send that signal and apologize if we came across that way. The folks at MAFxc are clueless as to why her message popped through… but they take full responsibility for the fact that it happened. It wasn’t her fault. All we meant to say was that these kinds of messages would probably best be sent to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg instead of to , just in case another “burp” escapes the filters in the future.)

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CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS… FREE ON THE NET
Have you browsed CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS at http://www.christiandailynews.org> CHRISTIAN DAILY NEWS contains news affecting Christians worldwide including in-depth information on world issues, public policy, revivals and renewal, and church news. Looks like they’re gearing up to invest in lots of work to keep everybody attune to what’s happening around the world! Bravo! (Thanks for the tip, Matt!)

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OCCASIONAL “INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS”
Want to receive an occasional mailing on international insurance issues? Just email GoodNboratjunodotcom to be placed on the list!

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WEB EVANGELISM INFO
Don’t forget http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html, which covers how Web evangelism differs from the printed page. Included are ways of writing pages and testimonies that communicate, new strategies for page subjects, different language web-pages, how to exploit “search engines” to bring visitors to your site, witnessing on newsgroups, plus many links to other Web resources. Thanks again to SOON Online Magazine for this info!

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MORMONISM?
Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Virginia, offers a free monthly one-page paper (“Pastors’ Perspective!”) with current, useful information and ideas for addressing the Mormon issue. Contact MOQbossataoldotcom giving name, ministry, location, email address. Use “Subscribe Perspective” as the subject of your email.

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MORE ON “WHERE TO BUY”
Are you still trying to find the best prices (on everything)??? Check out Computer ESP, which gives a comparative list of equipment with actual “Street” Prices See http://www.uvision.com/, “The Guide To Where To Buy over 100,000 Computer Products. ComputerESP scans and compares over a million prices from major computer cyberstores in Canada and US and updates over 100,000 prices a day on average. Search by keyword or browse by category. Also, David suggests that auctions can sometimes give great buys. For a major list of auctions see: http://www.usaweb.com/auction.html. Two common computer auctions are: Onsale at: http://www.onsale.com/ and AuctionX at http://www.auctionx.com/. Prices are typically best on a public holiday, good on Tuesday or Wednesday, and worst over the weekend. Thanks David!

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IF YOU CHOOSE TO SEND IN A RESOURCE TO BRIGADA TODAY…
You can make our job lots easier.

First, news contributors and others should write to either <owner-brigadaatbrigadadotorg> [for administrative or problem requests] or to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg to contribute something to Brigada Today. (In other words, please don’t assume you can use as an address for Doug Lucas (or others who volunteer to make Brigada possible).)

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MISSION PASTORS UNITE!
In association with ACMC, a new mission enterprise is on the way to launch. For several years, several mission’s pastors across the country have being slowing etching out a new organization called The National Association of Mission Pastors (NAMP). We are pleased to announce the first meeting of the new organization will be hosted by the ACMC during their national conference in June 1998! Convened by Dr Sam Earp, mission pastor at South Valley Christian Church, 590 Shawnee Lane, San Jose, Ca 95123, NAMP seeks to assist in the personal and professional development of mission pastors who serve the local church. ACMC will have an ongoing sponsoring relationship with NAMP and the two independent organization anticipate a dramatic impact for mission pastors in the future. For additional information, contact Dr Sam Earp at BuntlineatAOLdotCom or at the above address. Or contact Rev David Meade at the ACMC office in Atlanta, Georgia.

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HOW TO LEARN ABOUT MOST ANYTHING
http://www.ebig.com, that’s how. Basically the editors of the Encyclopedia Britannica have done all the WWW searching for you at this site. The editors of EB evaluated 65,000 WWW sites and divided them into topics and subtopics. Apparently they took only authoritative, trustworthy and high-quality sites on each topic, rating them from 3 stars (Best of the Web) to no stars (Noteworthy). Even the no stars are good sites in their opinion. This site can be very useful in addition to standard WWW search engines. (Hats off to Dan at the AD2000 International Office!)

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URGENT MESSAGE ABOUT “JOIN THE CREW”
If you receive a message about “Join the Crew” (a new email virus), just trash it. It’s all myth. You can’t get a virus by reading ASCII email. However, you might get a virus by opening up an executable that someone sends you as an attachment. So – please don’t relay attached executable files unless the recipient requests you do so. As a matter of course, I automatically delete all attached executables without opening them — unless I specifically know the nature of the file and check it first with Norton Antivirus. Again — you can’t get a virus by reading ASCII email. In these and all other cases, check out “urban legends” at Symantec’s antivirus page, which begins at http://www.symantec.com.

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HOW TO GET YOUR CONGREGATION INVOLVED IN MISSIONS
ACMC has just released a new workbook entitled, How to Get Your Congregation Involved in Missions, by David Mays. This easy-to-use manual includes bullet lists and worksheets for your mission leadership team. Topics include applying the principles from your most effective church programs, promoting and communicating in today’s world, integrating missions throughout the church, and exploring creative possibilities for individual involvement. The book is available from ACMC-ChurchMart for $6.25. Call 1-800-798-ACMC.

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GERMAN CONGREGATIONS ADOPT UNREACHED PEOPLES
Participants at the third Mission 2000 conference, held on the premises of YWAM Bispingen, Germany, adopted 42 unreached people groups. At the end of the conference, a short-term team was sent to one of the world’s most isolated people groups, with the eventual goal of helping to establish a church among them. The conference was jointly organized by AIMS-Germany in partnership with a branch of YWAM North Germany. To learn more about this conference and how unreached people groups were adopted there, contact the Association of International Mission Services (AIMS) at aimsataims-usadotorg or call (757)-579-5850.”

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INFO ON REACHING THE WORLD CUP
Interested in helping reach those traveling to France for the World Cup? One Brigada participant, John McVay, just wrote, “Greetings from Paris, France, and the Centre Evangelique conference held 17-18 November. While there, I learned about outreach plans for “Coupe De Monde” 10 June – 12 July 1998. French churches and missions are working together under the coordination of Sport & Faith’s director Gerard Lanniee (a staffer with the French Campus Crusade for Christ). He has prepared an excellent 24 page presentation booklet (in French) that includes the contact info, including e-mail addresses, of 11 mission bases in France that are mobilizing for this outreach. Another nine overseas missions are organizing groups from Canada, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Czechoslovakia and many other countries. Planned activities include soccer matches with Christian teams, street ministry with mime and puppets, book stands, concerts, distribution of the Jesus film, New Testaments for sports people, visitation to prisons and hospitals. And for those who may have missed the Brigada passion for soccer, Doug’s not the only enthusiast. This is an Olympic-sized event – with 32 countries participating in 64 matches over 33 days in 10 different French cities. For info e-mail sportfoiataoldotcom.”

(Ed. Note: Somehow I believe that eventually St. Peter will require all entrants into Heaven to love soccer. Okay — maybe I’m exaggerating a little. :-) O)

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WEB-WATCH
Check out Joel News at http://www.xs4all.nl/~mvdwoude, available in Dutch and English. It offers information on nearly all prayer and fasting initiatives in the Netherlands and Europe and some worldwide events as well.

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WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, ETC.?
Now you can! MTI (Mission Training International), of Colorado Springs, offers the Rosetta Stone language course (for a great price) TO MISSIONARIES!!! You get a top notch CD-ROM language training package of your choice, . . . for either Russian, French, German, Spanish (South American), English and Dutch. To order, you can contact Alan Ketcham at (719) 594-0687, email minternataoldotcom, or write Mission Training International, 5245 Centennial Blvd, Suite 202, Colorado Springs, CO 80919. Explain your ministry status and they could give you special pricing you won’t believe. Contact MTI (not Brigada) to see if you qualify.

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MOBILIZERS AT TEAM EXPANSION DEDICATE NEW BUILDING TO UNREACHED
This past Saturday, Team Expansion held an Open House and Dedication for “The Hopewell House,” their new building at 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Zillions of people stopped by (… well……. maybe not zillions but lots! :-)) to learn more about how Team Expansion tries to help put churches and would-be on-site team workers in touch with unreached people groups and their needs worldwide. If you’d like to pray about adopting a people group, sending a team of full-time on-site workers to reach them, and making an eternal difference in their lives, write teamexpansionatxcdotorg for more information. Two full-time PACE Project specialists in the Mobilization Department (Todd and Carole) are eager to help you with your inquiry!

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At http://www.brigada.org on the web, you can see tons more.

(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe — see above.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, MarkKellyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, WebServantatBrigadadotorg
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: brigadacoordatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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