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CHRIST IS RISEN – HE IS RISEN INDEED!!!

May Resurrection Sunday be a blessed day in the lives of you and those you love! While serving in what used to be called the Soviet Union back in 1991, my family and I were struck by the greeting our friends used on Easter Sunday. “Christ is risen,” someone would say. The “official” answer was “He is risen indeed!” On this Easter weekend, 2000, we pray for peace on earth… and that all those on this earth would finally have access to the peace that can come through knowing Jesus Christ as savior and redeemer.
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JUST FOR FUN: EASTER EGGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU HAD

Brigada autoresponder Okay… so what do mission-types do in their spare time on Easter weekend? Well, at least one (in Northeastern Ohio, USA) collects surprises for us! :-) Walle wrote this weekend to provide us with a whole basket full of what are commonly called “Easter eggs” — special features in the programs you’ve been using all along, “features” you didn’t know you had! :-) You’ve got to see these to believe them. What do they communicate? One thing for sure. Some conclude that these programmers have a sense of humor. Others say they have too much time on their hands. :-) Still others say it just contributes to the “code bloat” that we already complain about when we see software coming on 4 CDs! No matter how the eggs crack though, I guess these programmer guys and gals type on their keyboards way into the night, coding the zillions of lines of programming… so when they’re nearly done, they want to leave a kind of “secret passageway” into a trademark or a special picture or special credits or whatever. It’s like finding a “trap door” in your computer! Walle’s collected a whole batch — and links to still others. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, get his 4K list of items in Windows 98, Excel, Internet Explorer, Netscape, and more, just send a note to easter-eggsatBrigadadotorg  (easter-eggsatBrigadadotorg)  . Okay, okay . . . I know… it’s kind of silly. But hey… being a missionary-type isn’t all work and no play! :-) Thanks Walle!
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REGISTER FOR THE GREAT COMMISSION CONNECTION

Become a part of a worldwide movement of The Holy Spirit, in a fast track fulfillment of the Great Commission, co-laboring with Southern Baptist International Mission Board, Campus Crusade for Christ and others. Send your name, church, people group, para-church ministry, or individual registration. Receive from Sharing Christ Ministries, the Great Commission Package, Contact Sharing Christ Ministries at flasecretaryataoldotcom  (flasecretaryataoldotcom)  , at 904-615-1411 or visit the website at http://www.sharechrist.org.
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LAY PERSONS AND MISSIONS PERSONNEL

lighting the way Campus Crusade for Christ is continuing to ask for assistance with a leadership research project. They need a large number of people to fill out an anonymous on-line survey to help test the questionnaire items. You need not be a missionary — laypersons are welcome to participate. The web address in last week’s Brigada did not work for all e-mail clients, so please use http://home.ccci.org/cccsurvey/index.html. The more people who fill it out, the better, so pass the word! The survey will be available until May 5. Those who participate will be able to see some of the results online.
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WEB-WATCH: TRACTS IN SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES

WebWatch Ever notice the way the web has “leveled the playing field” for start-up ministries, right along side the “heavy hitters” in a particular industry? For example, visit http://www.multilingual-southasian.com if you need tracts and booklets in Tamil or some other South Asian language. How would we have ever heard about these folks without the web? But do they have to be a big shop to have an online catalogue for global marketing? Not any more. The Internet has opened their shop for global business!
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NEW LAW PROTECTING KIDS ON THE WEB

WebWatch Interested in learning more about the new law that went into effect April 21, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)? Sharon shindleatptddotnet  (shindleatptddotnet)   pointed out that we can click on http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/coppa.htm for more information. Thanks Sharon!
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FOR THOSE SEEKING INFORMATION ON ISLAM

Keith wrote this past week to recommend “Call of Hope” and its two associated ministries. They carry materials in the largest twenty Muslim languages, with hopes of providing Muslims (and those sharing with them) more information about the person of Jesus and His hope for mankind. He spoke very highly of Call of Hope, Germany infoatcall-of-hopedotcom  (infoatcall-of-hopedotcom)  , http://www.call-of-hope.com; and The Good Way, Switzerland, infoatthe-good-waydotcom  (infoatthe-good-waydotcom)  , http://www.the.good.way.com, and Light of Life, Austria, responseatlight-of-lifedotcom  (responseatlight-of-lifedotcom)  , http://www.light-of-life.com.
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NEW PRAYER NETWORK

praying hands Netprayers is the new Christian prayer network at http://www.netprayers.org (English) and http://www.netprayers.de (German). Netprayers wants to encourage Christians to pray more and pray with more joy — and with the pace of their site’s development, I’d say they stand a good chance! Lots of resources there… and more coming all the time. The goal is to “strengthen the body of believers to the glory of God.” Netprayers wants to “provide a pool of resources for the praying Christian.” You will find news, tips and hints, resources and articles on prayer on our website — and it’s all done very attractively, too, I might add. A country almanac will start soon. They also support different prayer sites on the web, such as the lighthouse movement, NPPN, etc. For more information, contact Achim blacksteinatnetprayersdotde  (blacksteinatnetprayersdotde)  . This site must originate in Germany. Great work Achim!
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TRY A MOTORHOME ON YOUR NEXT HOME SERVICE!

Brigada autoresponder Okay… so now you’ve heard everything, right? :-) But I’m serious. I received a note this past week from Marco marcodotdefeliceattindotit  (marcodotdefeliceattindotit)  . He’s a strong believer in missionaries using motor homes during their furloughs (or, as some say these days, “home service”). He wrote up his views and we’ve put them into an autoresponder. Just write motorhome-serviceatbrigadadotorg  (motorhome-serviceatbrigadadotorg)   if you’re interested in getting his 6K document. I realize that this way of thinking will fit in best in a Western setting . . . but we figure over half our readers are from the West anyway… so we offer this item without apology, in case others find motorhome-service as fulfilling as Marco. Interested? Send the email & get the article.
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NOT TO LATE [BUT ALMOST!] TO LEARN ABOUT HINDU PEOPLES

The Institute of Hindu Studies and the India Center for Mission will be conducting a 10 hour Hindu Awareness Seminar on April 28 from 6 – 9 p.m. and 29th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. If interested, call (626)398-2314 or email ihsatuscwmdotorg  (ihsatuscwmdotorg)   for more details.
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CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COMES TO EASTERN EUROPE/CIS

comic bearThe ROX35 COMIX training schedule for 2000 includes 1 day seminars in both Romania and Ukraine. These introductory courses will cover Writing & Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. (It is not a drawing course.) Christian writers, artists, and publishing executives will benefit from these seminars. The trainer will be Nate Butler, a 20+ year veteran of the cartooning and comics industry (Archie, Marvel, DC, Muppets, etc.). For registration information on the Romania seminar please contact: Lorri Compton at EEMTI 101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom  (101567dot2064atcompuservedotcom)  . For the program in Ukraine please contact: Igor Agapov institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua  (institutatemmanueldotfreenetdotkievdotua)  . These will be the only ROX35 trainings in this area in 2000, so all interested ministries and individuals in Europe, CIS, or the Middle East should plan to register now for one of these events. The ROX35 web site is located at http://www.rox35.org or send email to ROX35atrox35dotorg  (ROX35atrox35dotorg)  .
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WHO WANTS TO BE A KNOW-IT-ALL?

These days, you can find out a lot if you know where to pose the question. The web has opened up a world full of information. Check out http://www.abuzz.com, where you can pose questions to a circle of users. The answers are sent via email. Then there’s http://www.askme.com, where you ask “experts”, who answer you directly. These seem better than http://www.knowpost.com, where some answers can seem pretty useless.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW CAN WE USE THE WORDS “ETHNIC CLEANSING?”

The more I see of so-called “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia & Kosova, the more ridiculous I view the concept. How in the world can any one man or ethnic group be so presumptuous as to think that another man or ethnic group deserves to be wiped off the face of the planet merely because of heritage or language. In about 10 days, I’m scheduled to leave for a country in East Africa where literally hundreds of thousands of tribal people have been murdered in the name of clan in-fighting. I’m reading everything I can get my hands on . . . but again, I’m stymied. What is it about the parts of humanity who claim to have the corner on which other parts of humanity to eliminate? I mean… there certainly are folks with whom I would disagree… but it never occurs to me to burn their house down in hopes they’ll move to a different country!!!

So then I got to thinking… How much more acceptable is it for me to sit back and let those kinds of injustices go on in our world today! Is it any wonder that various national leaders have recently been rising to the task of sending in troops to put a stop to ethnic-based rape or torture? I’m afraid we as church leaders have, for too long, left these questions up to political leaders. We’ve somehow divorced ourselves from the core of the conflict. We’ve remained ignorant at best… or apathetic at worst… to “big-picture” problems involving such national movements.

So when I land in this East African nation, I’m going to be asking… what piece can I play… what [even small] part could I contribute… How could the organization with which I serve be involved in healing even one small community rift… if God would allow.

Somehow it seems that if all of us asked those questions, in all the different parts of the globe in which we live, the world would somehow be a better place.

I won’t be happy until the term “ethnic cleansing” is relegated to the history books, rather than being prime-time on the evening news.

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

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GREAT NEW SITE TEACHES FOREIGN LANGUAGES ONLINE!

WebWatch What’s the sum of two guys who each speak five languages, attended Harvard Business School, and worked as McKinsey consultants? Parlo. http://www.parlo.com that is. The new Web company they started is trying to be a “Berlitz of the Internet,” offering foreign-language courses to students worldwide. It hopes to attract students by offering ways to study language and culture using audio and graphics technology, and to create Web communities through chat rooms and email. “It’s a lot more than classic textbooks and CD-ROM,” says Varun Bedi. Thanks to Neil for the tip. I enrolled in the Spanish class, just to see how far I could go . . . and it was great fun!!! Check it out!!!
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NEW ROSETTA STONE LANGUAGES AVAILABLE ON CD ROM

cd-rom Okay – so say you don’t want to study language only on the web – you want a real CD that you can pop into your computer. Never fear… Rosetta stone is here. Hindi, Arabic, and Turkish Language CD’s are some of the new languages that are available from The Rosetta Stone Language Library. They are available exclusively for missionaries through Mission Training International at a low discount price of $99. plus shipping. This brings the total to 24 languages that are available. To place an order, call 800-896-3710 (if you live in North Am.) or 719-594-0687, or email MInternataoldotcom   (MInternataoldotcom)  . For more information concerning Mission Training International, go to http://www.mti.org.
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CAPITAL FOR YOUR VENTURE?

dollar sign A “Kingdom” venture capital group is raising funds to be invested solely in enterprises of exceptional merit which are operating or preparing to operate in or in support of the 10/40 window. The group is now searching for top grade businesses which will meet standard venture capital expectations — e.g., a promise a likelihood of return on investment and a clear vision with an executable ministry function, preferably to include church planting, evangelism, or discipleship. The group’s involvement will include both management and ministry guidance; it will not be a “loan,” but an investment. Minimum investment will be $100,000. If you or any colleagues know of opportunities to investigate, contact vcatoperatorservicesdotcom  (vcatoperatorservicesdotcom)  .
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HELP WITH MISSIONS LEADERSHIP RESEARCH

Campus Crusade for Christ is developing a leadership assessment tool, for which they need some assistance. It’s in a research phase, and they need a large number of people to fill out an anonymous on-line survey to help test the questionnaire items. You need not be a missionary — lay persons are welcome to participate. The web address is http://home.ccci.org/cccsurvey/index.html. The more people who fill it out, the better, so pass the word! The survey will be available until May 5. Those who participate will be able to see some of the results online.
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IJFM MAKES SPECIAL OFFER TO BRIGADA FAMILY

book The International Journal of Frontier Missions (IJFM) is publishing two (possibly three) Special Editions on Muslim Contextualization this year. They’re inviting Muslim focused mission agencies and workers to submit articles (get guidelines by writing 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  ). To celebrate, they’re giving away three Special Editions on Islam free of charge (if you become a regular subscriber of the IJFM). To qualify, you have to take out a new three year subscription worth $40.00US. Just ask for the 3 free issues and you’re in business! (If you’re in a sensitive area, write the CServe address above and they’ll work out an encrypted email to you.)

While you’re at it, they’re promoting some special training for cross-cultural workers, too. So if you’re interested in that kind of thing, ask away — 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)  . Thanks IJFM!

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FINAL ANALYSIS: GREAT BOOK!

book If you’ve been a fan of Jim Reapsome’s editorial column in Pulse newsletters, you’ll love the book by the same name, Final Analysis. It’s a 240-page hardcover compilation of tons of his Pulse write-ups. Lots of thought went into those pieces… and the book brings them all together. It’s $14.95 from EMIS emisatwheatondotedu  (emisatwheatondotedu)  , fax 630-752-7155.
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WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA: PAY THE PIPER

lighting the way Evidently, there’s no free lunch. Stan contacted us this past week to let us know that the discounted site we had mentioned a couple of weeks ago (was it “Bigbooks.com?”) wasn’t able to get a discount on Barrett’s World Christian Encyclopedia after all. But fortunately, Oxford has renewed their special offer to Brigada customers. Again, mention that you saw it in Brigada and ask for the special introductory offer until the end of April ($70 off the US$395 price). Apparently that’s the best we can do. In the USA, call toll-free 800-451-7556; in Canada, dial 800-387-8020. Elsewhere, use 212-726-6453 or write intlsalesatoup-usadotorg  (intlsalesatoup-usadotorg)   or browse http://www.oup.com.
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HOW DO MISSIONARIES GET LOANS FOR HOUSING?

Jason’s a missionary CCIBrasilatxcdotorg  (CCIBrasilatxcdotorg)   and he needs to buy a house. But nobody in his host country will loan to him because he’s a foreigner there. Got any ideas for him? (Jason, email us a report if you get some tips, okay? Best of luck. We’ll publish the tips here later for all to see.)
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MISSIONARIES FEEL GUILTY TALKING ABOUT VACATIONS

Several readers wrote, asking why in the world I (Doug) felt guilty talking about my family taking a vacation. (Remember I felt the need to clarify that we paid for the airfare with frequent flyer miles.) I guess there’s the kind of fear that present or potential supporters will think, “Hey… if the guy can vacation in a rainforest, near a volcano, why should we support him or his mission?” :-) So the readers wrote to say not to sweat it. They wanted it to be a normal thing to talk about real family vacations. They’re probably right . . . but I still feel guilty. :-) Still, I’ll try to lighten up. :-) And the truth is, we could have never afforded the trip if we were to have had to pay for it with real money. Oops — there I go again. :-)
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SHARING GOD’S LOVE WITH A CANADIAN

graduation cap Ivan wrote this past week to invite those who live in the Greater Toronto Area to a set of Saturday classes regarding the beliefs of Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. Those participating will broaden their understanding and appreciation of these world religions with the hopes of being better friends and neighbors. Some graduates of the course might also learn to share their own views of God in more appropriate ways. The deadline for applications is May 1. Better contact Marty today at 800-295- 4158 or imdotmartydotfriskatsympaticodotca  (imdotmartydotfriskatsympaticodotca)  .
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GO TO THE NETHERLANDS TO BRUSH UP YOUR ENGLISH

graduation cap Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies in the Netherlands is offering the course English For Missions at intermediate level, for future missionaries, other missionaries who need to brush up their English, those interested in missions or heading for bible college, and even parents of missionaries who plan to visit their kids. Dates are 17 July – 11 August 2000. Their asking 800 Dutch Guilders (ask for info on special prices for students/missios) everything included. It includes up to 3 hrs of classes and 3 hrs of practical work a day in an English speaking environment. For more info on the college or course go to http://www.WEC-int.org/cnrstone or write 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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THE BACK PAGE: “DISABLE WINS RESOLUTION”

I couldn’t believe it. I had just picked up a brand new Dell 3800 laptop. It was a great little machine… and fast too. But … it just wouldn’t download my email. I tried everything. I mean . . . I probably stayed up for 3 nights in a row, ’til like 2 or 3 in the morning, trying to reinstall this or reconfigure that. I called my Internet Service Provider (good ‘ole Netcom) and, with all due respect, the first two reps. with which I talked were pretty clueless. They tried basic stuff… but it was obvious they were blaming it on my install of Windows or on the modem or whatever. That was when I met Sherry. She was the third Netcom tech I had called. I was getting desperate. Email was bound to be piling up. But this nasty error 501 kept showing up. She did some checking, then came back and directed me to the properties of my Network Neighborhood. (“Great,” I thought. “Like 20 other people haven’t already checked there.”) This time, she told me to click on the properties for my TCP/IP connection… then to click on the “Wins Configuration” tab. (I’m sure this must be standard stuff you check every time you have this problem, right? :-) ) Then she popped the question: [don’t worry; my wife didn’t mind a bit!] “Is your Wins Resolution disabled?” Well honestly, no one had ever asked me that before! Not my buddies Eric or Chris… not our I.T. guy Todd, not my wife Penny, nor either of my sons Chris or Caleb… In fact, nobody had ever questioned my Wins Configuration! (Imagine!) Well, you can already guess what happened. Sure enough, I disabled it (whatever Wins Configuration is!), causing my laptop to whir and churn a bit… then restarted. Lo and behold… for the first time in days, I got email!

So I asked Sherry — how was it that she knew how to help me yet her other two compadres had come up empty-handed? She replied, with a seeming shrug of her shoulders, “I’ve helped someone else with it before!” :-)

I got to thinking, later, as I was writing a thank-you note to Netcom for Sherry’s wisdom, isn’t it like that in life? Sometimes the answers are out there. Just the right language program. Just the right orientation. The correct strategy. The exact person we need for the job. The trouble is . . . finding them.

People tell me that a big company in Detroit once hired Henry Ford to come fix their big motor that powered their entire factory assembly line there in Michigan. Henry Ford was there about 5 minutes, listening to the motor. He shut it down… made one adjustment, then fired it up again and it worked like a charm. Apparently the owner was amazed. However, when he got Henry Ford’s bill for $10,000, his amazement quickly soured. $10,000!!!??? He called Henry and asked why so much. After all, it only took him 10 minutes to solve the problem. Henry replied that the answers needed to fix the engine had taken a lifetime to learn. Would the owner have paid him $10,000 if it had taken a month to repair? The owner replied “Probably.” Then Ford responded, “Then the bill remains. $10,000.”

I tell this story not to run up your next consulting fees. :-) (Though, by the way, my sending elders just voted me a 7% raise! :-) ) Rather, I’m trying to make this point: Experience is certainly worth its due payment. As mission agencies and churches, for too long, we’ve underpaid our missionaries and helpers. As a result, they’ve had to rely on the charity of others to survive during sickness, retirement, and in the special challenges of life. I was shocked recently to learn that the average salary in the business world for someone with a Masters Degree was $60,000+. I know tons of missionaries with MA degrees who are very contented with $30,000/year. (Needless to say, I’m nowhere near the $60,000 mark and I’m nearly done with my Ph.D. :-) )

So if the Lord blesses your church, why not contact your missionary or missions agency today and suggest a raise for your favorite worker. Then, as you help them up off the floor, tell them you’ll help pay for the increased financial burden, if God so blesses you — and . . . maybe watch the tears form in their eyes… tears of joy. If they’re churning the grain, don’t muzzle the ox. That is . . . if they are the type to remember to have you check your “wins configuration.” :-) That is the kind of person to make sure you treat with special consideration!!! :-)

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For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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

20000402 Brigada Today

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LAST WEEK’S EDITION MISDATED

Brigada Logo I guess it’s better to be early than late… but last week’s edition of Brigada Today took things just a little too far! :-) Our apologies! (The issue date should have been March 31st . . . but it went out with a date of April 7th.) We dated this issue April “7b” because now there’s no way to correct last week’s snafu. Actually, I was several thousand miles away from home on a family vacation while composing, sleep-keyboarding and sending the text. I’m surprised I remembered my name! :-) Again, we apologize for any confusion.
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LATEST FROM THE JOSHUA PROJECT

Joshua Project 2000 logo Faithful Dan… If anybody ever wanted a consistent data manager, this guy would be the guy. From the AD2000 & Beyond International Office in Colorado Springs, Dan Scribner has released the current status of the Joshua Project list as of this month:

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1591
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1115
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 528
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 255

You’ll recall that this listing focuses on ethnolinguistic people groups of 10,000 or more with fewer than 5% Christian and 2% evangelicals.

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THE BASICS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING OVERSEAS

graduation cap Columbia International University will be offering a course on the basics of English language teaching overseas from June 5th to the 14th, 2000. This course is an introduction for volunteers teaching English overseas. It is designed for the native-English speaker and includes info on principles, course and lesson planning, and the four macro- skills of language – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Also discussed is the role culture plays in language learning and the importance of cross-cultural sensitivity in ELT ministry. For more information, please contact Joe JLeTexieratciudotedu  (JLeTexieratciudotedu)   or call 800-777-2227, or visit their website at http://www.ciu.edu/.
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TONS OF IDEAS FOR MISSION TRIP FUNDRAISING

Brigada autoresponder Kevin held up his end of the bargain (Thanks Kevin!). Now you can benefit. To read Kevin’s great summary of resources and approaches for funding short-term mission trips, just send an email to fundraisingatbrigadadotorg  (fundraisingatbrigadadotorg)   and our the autoresponder service will zip a copy of the 28K file forthwith to your inbox. Way to go Kevin! We’re anticipating that this will be one of our most popular autoresponders ever.
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SURVEYING THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES

Tentmaking Quarterly Research is conducting a survey to gain a clearer understanding of what is happening among the unreached — and especially in the 10/40 Window. Organizers say that the information is secure. More information and the survey itself may be found at: http://tmq.antioch.com.sg. The great part is . . . you don’t have to give your name nor the country in which you live. But as always, please give only the information you’re comfortable providing.
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… AND SURVEYING THOSE WHO ARE ADVOCATES

More and more media are being used by teams to raise various types of support. In order to take a look at the state of the communication process a missions researcher is conducting a survey project. The web-based survey only has 14 questions, mostly checking boxes. You can access the survey by clicking the link below, or pasting it into your browser address window. The website results are on a secure server that can only be accessed by password. You will not need to give your name. The author is pleading for participants for the survey which ends in May. Act fast and click the link below! http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?EP741GKA08LJJSHHVL4Q9HCF
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NEW RESOURCE FOR PASTORS & INTERCESSORS!

Authors Eddie & Alice Smith are offering a new resource for pastors and intercessors interested in developing meaningful ministry partnerships. For more information, send a “blank” email message to: partnershipbookatusprayertrackdotorg  (partnershipbookatusprayertrackdotorg)  .
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REACH IMMIGRANTS BY RADIO IN THE U.S.

According to friends at Global Radio Outreach, the FCC has a new radio service called “Low Power FM” allowing for small, cheap FM stations in gaps between regular ones. It’s a community radio service, but would permit stations in cities, where huge concentrations of immigrants live. Missionary broadcasters already produce programs in their languages for use overseas, but could now re-use them to reach multiplied millions of immigrants! However, there’s a bill in the House to kill LPFM before it starts. It seems sure to pass unless we act. Pray that the bill fails! And call your congressman and ask him/her to kill Rep. Oxley’s bill against LPFM! Talk to an aide if you can. For info contact Mike Bond, Global Radio Outreach, 906-226-2129 gloradoutataoldotcom  (gloradoutataoldotcom)   or see the FCC’s website at http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/prd/lpfm/.
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WORLD LANGUAGE MATERIALS

Multi-Language Media sells a large assortment of Christian materials for evangelism, discipling, and personal devotion in dozens of languages both common and obscure. Their 2000 catalog is 48 well organized pages loaded with scriptures, videos, books, tracts, Bible studies, music recordings and other Christian materials in about 100 languages all at attractive prices. They’re on the web at http://www.multilanguage.com or email them via mlminfoatmultilanguagedotcom  (mlminfoatmultilanguagedotcom)   or write Multi-Language Media, PO Box 301, Ephrata PA 17522, 717-738-0582.
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BRIGADA-OPPORTUNITIES CAN OPEN DOORS

Brigada Logo Looking for something to do this summer? Check out Brigada-Opportunities! There you’ll find, for example, opportunities in China and in St. Petersburg, Russia (for those with some teaching experience). They need ESL teachers for teaching English to High School Students and Teachers of English beginning July 2. Contact infoatmfestdotbcdotca  (infoatmfestdotbcdotca)  . Or other options in South Africa, Venezuela, Bolivia, Varanassi (India).
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COMMUNICATION PLANNING IDEAS

WebWatch A new website for missionaries in media-saturated environments is underway. http://www.newWway.org is building a helpful resource for communication planning. This free web- based educational ministry gets tips from professional marketers, advertisers, researchers, public relations professionals, and more to help teams in communication planning. Missionaries will learn design basics, strategic planning and other communication tips all taylor-made to fit with the missionary’s planning process. You’ll enjoy the article by former Madison Avenue advertiser Ginger Sinsabaugh tells, “How to Advertise Your Faith”. Check it out!
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CROSS-CULTURAL PREP. IN TORONTO

graduation cap Are you preparing to go overseas as a Short Term or career missionary? MissionPrep in Toronto, Canada has cross-cultural training to meet your needs. Consider their 3-day Orientation 4-6 May or their Language training 18-30 June. A generic cross-cultural training seminar 4-19 July will help develop your skills to face many of the adaptation issues most missionaries face. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or browse http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep.
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THE BACK PAGE: OUR FAMILY, TRIED BY THE VOLCANO

I had always heard of those chilling tales about how a whole village would throw someone’s firstborn into a volcano to appease a god or goddess . . . but I never thought I’d become one!!! This past week, we visited a live volcano on a family vacation. [Before you jump to conclusions, let me hasten to add that we paid for it almost entirely with frequent flyer miles! :-) ] Although nobody said a word about human sacrifice, at one point, things grew pretty tense.

We arrived about sundown at what we had been told was the scene of the lava flow. However, all we could see was a faint red glow in the shimmering sky, just over the hill off in the distance. We immediately took off walking across the brittle lava formations. They crackled under our feet and, at times, we had to edge our way around steep cliffs or leap over gaping fissures. It was strange knowing that we were walking on earth that was less than a year old.

Caleb, our youngest, wasn’t too sure about the wisdom of our hike. We had come here primarily because of his interest in the fiery infernos, but now that it was dark . . . and what with that red glow in the sky looking pretty ominous, I think he would have just as soon taken home a postcard.

But the ridge looked so close… I estimated it was only a mile or so away. We soon reached a boulder-sized formation, still cracklin’-fresh with crunchy black glass-like deposits throughout. We climbed to the top and stood in awe of God’s power. After a few moments of sobering silence, I asked if anyone thought we should walk on, toward the ridge. By now it was pitch black. We each had a flashlight with us, but no one knew for sure how long the batteries would last . . . nor for sure how far away the ridge was. Was it safe to try to cross a rough lava field in the middle of the night, just to see the molten stuff forming new earth?

We agreed to walk on, though Caleb did so under duress. A few minutes later, he was tired, thirsty, and feeling light-challenged. He began rather softly, “I think it’s too dangerous.” Within a matter of minutes, however, his stress level had risen to its boiling point. It didn’t help matters that it seemed at that point that we were the only humans within miles. And when my wife, Penny, slipped on a ledge and landed hard on her knees, he pretty much crashed. “This is crazy. We could die! We could slip down one of these fissures and break our legs!” Although we doubted his death scenario, we all knew he was right about the potential for a broken bone. It was too rough, too black, and too windy. At the same time, all of us were kind of wishing we could see that lava flow. And it did look “just over the next ridge.”

I finally called a “family meeting.” We pulled together into a tight circle and prayed, asking God for wisdom. I prayed that God would help Caleb just put one foot in front of the next and think about the process rather than the outcome. I asked for endurance. We prayed for determination.

But still, within a minute or so, it was pretty obvious. Caleb was miserable. Who were we fooling. I quoted some Star Trek episode about how sometimes ‘the needs of the one sometime outweigh the needs of the many’ and said ‘enough was enough.’ Taking one last glance at the ever- brighter red glow, we turned back. Caleb insisted on holding my hand… and he kept asking me to tell him stories about how I had gone through stressful times and survived. Once, when he stumbled, his older brother came over to help him up. His mom shined her flashlight into his path so he could see every stone. Truly, we rallied around him the whole hike back to the Blazer we had rented (with frequent flyer miles, by the way! :-) )

Were we dismal failures? Not by a long shot. For the next 45 minutes, we debriefed as we drove back through the rain forest. Caleb repeated over and over again how much he appreciated everyone listening to him. And his older brother said what we were all feeling — that the whole experience had brought us closer as a family.

Which brings me to the point of it all — sometimes life’s greatest lessons come only through fiery cauldrons that bring our blood to a near boil. Sometimes the deepest meanings in life flow in the midst of the toughest quests imaginable. We could have been at home, in air- conditioned comfort, watching the NCAA final basketball game (many probably were). But would we have learned how an entire team sometimes has to rally around the needs of one or two members? Would we have come to appreciate each other the way we did that night? I don’t think so. Nope. The best things in life probably come at a price . . . and at times, that price is our own comfort.

So next time you feel pushed out of your comfort zone… just remember that steel doesn’t reach tempered strength until it passes through the fire. And they tell me that gold isn’t worth much until it’s melted and purified. So next time we face the red glow of our own trials, let’s open our eyes to see what God is teaching us. Maybe… just maybe… the greatest lessons will be crinkling right under our feet!

Doug

PS. (By the way, in case you were wondering, I asked Caleb’s permission to share this story. :-) He’s a great little buddy.)

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

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

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KINGDOM CONNECTIONS

Most of us have heard about Interdev’s partnership development seminars intended for missionaries and people group advocates on the “sent side.” But now they have a new partnership education seminar designed for church and organizational leaders interested in a better understanding of the principles driving evangelism/church planting partnerships — for those on the “sender side.” The first “Kingdom Connections: Transforming Your Ministry Through Partnership,” will be held in both in England and the US. The North American “Kingdom Connections” will be held in Atlanta, June 6- 9, 2000. For more info, contact Interdev-USatxcdotorg  (Interdev-USatxcdotorg)  . The dates for the UK are 30 May – 2 June 2000; write Interdev-UKatxcdotorg  (Interdev-UKatxcdotorg)   for info. Space is limited.
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WHERE DO YOU FIND BIBLES OR JESUS FILMS?

Brigada autoresponder That’s a great question. In fact, it came up again this past week in a Brigada-peoples inquiry. Randall reminded us that Bibles can be located at http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/; check the bottom of the page for “complete listing of what’s available.” In addition, Ken has compiled a complete list of sources for scriptures, many of which sell Bibles in various languages. If you’re one of those, write biblesatbrigadadotorg  (biblesatbrigadadotorg)   to get a full list of contributors.

Randall also reminded us that the Jesus film can be found at http://www.jesusfilm.org/updates/languages.html and, again, ordering info is at the bottom of the page.

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SOURCES FOR CHRISTIAN CLIP-ART

Brigada autoresponder Remember the “old days” (like early 80s) in which you had to use paper copies of Christian clip art, manually pasting them next to odd-sized computer-generated stories? Now we’re into the “next generation” for Christian clip art, where you can download and place computer images instead. And now, “Ken” has made it all the easier for you! You see, Ken has just completed a full study of Christian clip-art sources. For more information, write imagesatbrigadadotorg  (imagesatbrigadadotorg)  .
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YOUR LATEST MISSIONS SKIT SCRIPT?

theater masksThat’s what Roger would like to gather. Send your script to RBusPs67ataoldotcom  (RBusPs67ataoldotcom)  . He’ll compile them into a single file and log it with us here . . . so others will have access to it too. So . . . in a couple of weeks, count on hearing back from Roger regarding options (okay Roger? :-) ). Again, Roger’s looking for some kind of play, drama, or skit that could help a local church become more convicted, aware and/or informed about world missions.
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VOLUNTEER INSURANCE

Don’t let your short-term volunteers go overseas without considering that most major medical insurance plans do not provide adequate or complete coverage for overseas travel. Adams & Associates International has developed a Travel Insurance program specifically for Volunteers serving on short-term mission trips. This plan includes $100,000 for Accidental Death & Dismemberment, $1,000 per month (for 100 months) for accident Permanent Total Disability, $25,000 Emergency Medical Evacuation, $2,500 Medical Reimbursement, $5,000 Repatriation of Mortal Remains, $2,500 Personal Property and Travel Assistance. The cost for this coverage is $2.00 per person, per day. Those with differing needs can also be accommodated. Adams & Associates International has exclusively served those around world since 1980. Please visit their new web-site at http://www.aaintl.com or e-mail to aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)  .
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MISSIONS ENCOURAGEMENT VIA EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Each week the prayer and poem list is sent out with 3 to 5 missions prayer requests and a recent poem written by the list moderator, Mert. If you would like people on a non- secure list to pray for an unreached people group or your cross- cultural ministry or would like to pray for such concerns, you are invited to send a blank email to prayer-poem-subscribeateverybodydotorg  (prayer-poem-subscribeateverybodydotorg)  . One reader said, “In terms of poetry and missions, Mert is the best I’ve run across!” For a number of sampler email files with missions related poems, send a “Request for Missions Poems” to Mert at mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)  .
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CROSS-COMMISSIONING

Bible The sister Cross and Commission list consists of a 4-7K reflection on a Biblical passage related to the apostolic themes of Luke 24:44-49. Beginning in June, these reflections will begin a chronological trek from Genesis to Revelation. If you would like to apply more of the Biblical wisdom to your part in God’s global mission, you are invited to subscribe by sending a blank email to cross-commission-subscribeateverybodydotorg  (cross-commission-subscribeateverybodydotorg)  . All services are totally free of charge.
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REDEMPTIVE ANALOGIES

The staff members at SOON Gospel Literature have put together a set of links on redemptive analogies as part of their Web Evangelism Guide. If you have other good links to suggest, they are interested! Click to http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/redemptive.html or to: tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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SONGS TO THE CREATOR

musical notes The folks at Wiconi International are again excited to announce the release of another anointed and edifying music/worship tape featuring traditional style — First Nations music that honors Jesus Christ. This new recording project is titled, “Songs to the Creator — First Nations Songs of Praise and Worship.”

This CD is a mixture of original traditional style songs of the Coastal People of the Pacific Northwest, Plains First Nations Flute, and blended contemporary/First Nations music. The prayer of the producers, Songs to the Creator Indigenous Music Program, A Division of NAIM Ministries, is that the music will touch the heart of the listener and draw them closer to the Creator God. It’s a very enjoyable sound of worship.

Like Jonathon Maracle’s recent release, Rise Up Mighty Warrior, this is a wonderful example of how lovers of Jesus can use the traditional sounds and styles of First Nations people to create beautiful songs of praise and worship to Jesus Christ. You can order your copy of Songs to the Creator from Wiconi International by emailing wanbliataoldotcom  (wanbliataoldotcom)  .

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ADVOCACY IS LEARNING, LINKING AND LOVING

graduation cap Has God given you a passion for an unreached people group that you want to share with your church and others? If so, come to Caleb Project’s “Advocate Training Seminar” April 27-29. Discover how to focus on a people group and help others do so, too. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of ministry partnerships and discover that you’re not alone. Strategize with like- minded advocates and share your stories. The three-day training session will be held in Denver, CO. For more information contact John or Marti at Caleb Project jshannahatcprojectdotcom  (jshannahatcprojectdotcom)   or 303-730-4181; or visit http://www.calebproject.org.
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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME JUST MIGHT BE ENCRYPTED!

So how do you communicate with your Christian colleagues in the most sensitive spots in the world? Send your best ideas to blacklightresponsiveathotmaildotcom  (blacklightresponsiveathotmaildotcom)  .
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OPERATION CHINA IS COMING!

That’s the name of the first in-depth treatment on the peoples of China with a focus on the minorities. With a page per group, color photos and charts locating the people in country, this book has been years in the making. It will be about 700- page, 7″x10″ full color inside and out and will be released in the Fall. The retail price will be around $35, but if you or your organization would like to get in on a special pre-publication purchase of these books in LARGE quantity (100 or more prices starting at $13 each), contact: Greg gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg  (gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg)   at the U.S. Center for World Mission and William Carey Library.
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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  (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  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
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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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE! (FRIENDS OF BRIGADA GIVE TESTIMONY)

Brigada Logo This week we’re celebrating five years of Brigada Today! Whew! How else would we have learned some of the amazing stories! Here’s a note from one whole family which sold its house in Sydney to move to Richmond, VA to work on the World Christian Encyclopedia for 2-3 years. They wrote, “The lives of our family have been changed in this teeny- tiny small way by the article in Brigada from last June calling for help for the World Christian Encyclopedia.” What were they doing in Sydney? “Again, it was through the pointers in Brigada Today to minister at the center here.”

On the “room for improvement” side, one reader expressed regret that recent issues no longer included the “Back Page” editorials. He mentioned using stories like the one on facing failure (with the coaching clinic), which he said came during a time when he was painfully working through failure his own life. He added, “I also used the one about home team advantage, complete with newspaper pictures from the World Cup, with our prayer group after we sent a short-term team to South-east Asia.” Okay — lesson learned. Somebody actually was reading those crazy stories. :-) We’ll try to fire them back up — and write Brigada Today at a time other than midnight! :-)

How does Brigada Today play out internationally? One participant wrote, “It has been a great resource for me, working as I do on the edge of the 10/40 here in the ____ Islands, but directed entirely into the 10/40. We are a small frontier church-planting team working with a Muslim Unreached People Group that had no known believers when we started 8 yrs. ago, but now has several. B.T. has really enabled us as strategy co-coordinators to connect with many people and fine tools out there, so far removed from us here on our wee isolated island! Thank you Brigada Today.”

Does it still have room to grow? Indubitably. Example: One reader asked that we drop the reference to the number of readers. He felt it sounded too much like a hamburger chain… “10 million hamburgers served!” Ouch. :-) bandaid

Does Brigada Today help only mobilizers? Apparently it’s not limited to that. One field worker wrote, ” After returning home from the field to care for my cancer dying father, I found myself slowly losing my drive for missions. A friend began forwarding me not only Brigada, but also Advance, and the Friday Fax [sister publications]. Shortly thereafter I linked up for myself. I eat these word for word and will continue to do so as I return to the field on April 5th. My new field of labor will be _____, West Africa. …

Does it help on-field missionaries? One wrote, “Brigada Today and the other services provided by this wonderful ministry have kept me current and motivated in my ministry since it was first launched five years ago.”

One wrote, “Missionaries have fun! I never knew” :-) Another added, “Please continue to labor in His field, and know your labor is much needed and appreciated. This is one missionary that has kept her focus over a very long period of sadness and stress.”

Thanks again for these and other encouraging words. We’ll eventually try to knit a few of them together into a brochure for telling people about Brigada. But for now, it just feels like Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life! :-) (I just keep waiting for Clarence to get his wings!!! :-) )

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FOR THOSE LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE

Check out an excellent website recently developed for language learners (and language teachers and administrators of language schools) at http://www.LanguageImpact.com/. There are lots of great ideas for making language learning more effective. The developer of the site also offers a language learning email newsletter with lots of helpful tips. To subscribe to this free newsletter, send a blank e-mail to language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom  (language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom)  
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AUDIOCOMM READY FOR RETRIEVAL

Brigada autoresponder Want a full file on audio and tape resources for ministry in places like the 10/40 window? Ken has assembled it. Just write to audiocommatbrigadadotorg  (audiocommatbrigadadotorg)   and soon a 48K email will be chuggin’ your way with all kinds of info for those who want to use tapes. Thanks Ken!
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SHORT-TERM TRAINING SEMINAR

graduation cap Commit Ministries and ServantPrep Training International are hosting their third annual Short Term Mission Leaders Training Seminar in Honolulu, May 4-6. This is an intensive three-day training event designed specifically to assist your church or mission organization in putting together the best possible short-term product. Even if you already have a short-term program, this program will help you do it better! The seminar will be held in its entirety at the Outrigger Waikiki Surf Hotel; the cost for tuition and materials is $199. Lodging and meal packages are available from $180 per person. Contact Greg at commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   right away for registration materials, discount airfares, and more information.
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WEB-WATCH: LATIN AMERICA MISSION (LAM) GETS A MAKEOVER!

WebWatch The new site, http://www.lam.org, provides information about the history and philosophy of the Latin America Mission as well as an extensive listing of missionary service opportunities. It also offers news about what the Lord is doing in Latin America and an extensive set of links to secular and Christian news services covering the region.
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HOST YOUR OWN DISCUSSION GROUP

WebWatch Check out http://www.ChristianEmailService.com where Faithe says you can now host your own discussion group or newsletter!

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TRAINING FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AROUND THE WORLD

graduation cap Take advantage of the many opportunities to teach English in most countries of the world. This is the new open door to many otherwise closed countries. At Columbia International University, teachers offer well-rounded, practical training in teaching English as a foreign language and intercultural studies. This training will fit you for teaching in any context. You can obtain either an MA in TEFL and Intercultural Studies or a TEFL Certificate. Contact JLeTexieratciudotedu  (JLeTexieratciudotedu)  , or see their website at http://www.ciu.edu, or call 800-777-2227.
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THE BACK PAGE: “I GOT IT! I GOT IT!”

soccer ball Have I ever mentioned that I like soccer just a bit? :-) Currently, I’m coaching a newly-formed team made up of youth under the age of 14. They’re a great bunch . . . some more experienced than others . . . just like the reality that we call “life,” off the field.

Yesterday we faced the Fern Creek Blast, a great team from the other side of town. Emotions were running high. (They walloped us last season. :-) ) At the 27-minute mark, one of their defenders reached out and blocked a shot from one of our forwards. Trouble is — he used his hand! Everybody, even the ref, immediately recognized it as an illegal handball. As the whistle blew I heard an authoritative and familiar voice yelling, “I got it! I got it!” In the time most players needed to figure out for sure what was about to happen, our player #13 had hastily retrieved the ball and carefully positioned it on the penalty spot, then backed up 3 or 4 steps in anticipation. I guess you’d have to call him eager. Player #13. My son, Chris. Yikes. gulp

He sounded so . . . confident. It was as if he knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that he could make that shot. How could he be that way? I mean… here he was, standing in front of his 10 teammates, a sideline full of parents on the edge of their seats, and a coach — his Dad!. He had to feel the dozens of pairs of eyes, eagerly awaiting the kick. Surely he was nervous. I know there were a couple of players on our team with at least as much experience as he had . . . and some probably even had more. But he didn’t hesitate even for a moment! He wanted that kick and he believed with all his heart that he was the man for the job.

During the next few moments, as the ref positioned the opposing goalkeeper on the line, years of memories raced past my mind’s viewscreen. I thought about my own lack of experience as a player. After all, we really only took up soccer in earnest some 5 years ago. I was already 38 years old . . . and Chris was 7. Even with all those backyard games, he seemed so young. Sure I had attended clinics and little by little gained a higher level coaching license. But I’m not so sure I’ve recovered from the blow of having failed to pass the college- level licensing clinic last summer. (I’m still in the process of appealing the decision, but it doesn’t look very promising; unless things change, I’d have to retake the entire course.) I realized I could never have spoken those words so confidently in front of my peers, especially those with whom I play on my adult team. Most of them have played since they were 4 or 5. I would have never presumed to say, “I got it! I got it!”

But Chris did. And the ref’s whistle startled me back to reality. I could hardly watch. I was nervous enough for both of us. What if he failed? Would he ever forgive himself? Would the other players laugh or cry? Would they razz him during practices for the next few weeks? Would we lose the match? Would it shake his confidence or his love for the game?

I didn’t have to wait long to find out. With clinical precision, his shot rocketed into the corner of the goal, only inches inside the post. The keeper wheeled around and kicked the ground. Chris turned in triumph and leaped into the air. Then, as he ran toward our end of the field, he looked over at me and raised both fists in the air, smiling ear-to-ear. He had done it. He knew he could. He was a hero.

One of the new players on our bench turned to me and asked, quietly, “Coach, is he your son?” “Yes,” I replied. “He’s my son.”

We won the game and I’ve replayed that moment countless times in my mind. I keep thinking about how odd it is that someone so unsure (his Dad) can train up someone so confident (the son!). ‘Course, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that he’s probably kicked that silly ball ten thousand times or more during the past 5 years. :-) And believe me, not all the moments have been so triumphant. But in the end, I think one of the reasons he believed so strongly in himself was because I’ve trained him to focus on the process, not the outcome. I’ve told him over and over again that there are many factors outside his control. Which way will the keeper dive? How skilled is he? How tired is the kicker? These and several other questions are all futile bunny trails that take us anywhere but the net.

Instead, I’ve tried to help him focus on the things he can control. He can choose a corner and conceal his intent. He can control his approach, with his head down and his knee over the ball, then see the contact point and follow the ball with his gaze into the corner of the net. All those things are well within his control. If he does them all well, he’ll execute a good kick and the rest is outside his influence.

It’s like that in missions, you know. We carefully map out our strategy. We share the message of hope on a day-by-day basis through our life, our words, and our programs. But in the end, only the hearers can decide whether or not they want to respond. Even though the Holy Spirit might be convicting them of their sin and prompting them to change their hearts, if they choose not to listen or respond, there’s nothing we can do about it.

Many of us live our lives in self-doubt, blaming our mission, our church, and even ourselves for our lack of results. “If we only had a better plan,” we say. But in the end, I think we could all take a lesson from my 13-year-old. Sometimes I think we should just take the steps we know are right and leave the rest to God and to the incredible free will He’s given mankind. Our responsibility, according to Ezekiel 33, is to communicate the message. If our hearers choose not to listen, it won’t be our fault.

soccer ball Hanging on the wall of my office is a picture of a lone soccer ball in the grass, with the caption, “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” I’ll never forget my son screaming, “I got it! I got it!” But what will stick in my mind forever is the confidence those words exuded. Someday I hope I’m so confident on the soccer pitch. But more importantly, I hope I can always be so confident in executing the game of life for my Lord Jesus Christ. For I know that if I can only step through my part, He will be there to bring victory regardless of life’s challenges… because, all circumstances aside, the victory actually comes through my faithfulness to Him, rather than through some kind of “success” in the world’s eyes.

So… go ahead… seize the moment and say it. “I got it! I got it!!!” The victory is assured. In fact, it’s already in the bag.

Doug

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

20000312 Brigada Today

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AT LAST: WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA IS HERE!

book Edited by David B. Barrett, George T. Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson, this new edition of the classic reference source – a comprehensive overview of contemporary Christianity – offers a fuller comparative scope, pays greater attention both to the other world religions and to the secular realm, and describes more fully the range of Christian attempts to relate to both.

  • Volume One: detailed empirical overview of global Christianity.
  • Volume Two: survey of religious life in 238 countries covering political, social, economic, and denominational features.
  • Volume Three: global data – miniprofiles of 10,000 religions, 12,600 ethnocultural groups, languages, regions, cities, extensive index, resource guide, and full-color reference atlas.

Mention that you saw it in Brigada and ask for the special introductory offer until 3/31/2000 of $70 off the US$395 price. Published by Oxford University Press. In the USA, call toll-free 800-451-7556; in Canada, dial 800-387-8020. Elsewhere, use 212-726-6453 or write intlsalesatoup-usadotorg  (intlsalesatoup-usadotorg)   or browse http://www.oup.com. This is the book by which all other reference sources are judged. I just ordered mine. I told the order-taker to get ready for the 10,000 person rush! And by the way… they offered no discount to me beyond the normal Brigada introductory $70 off. :-( At least you know I don’t get a “cut” for every book sold. :-)


FLASH! Thanks to Brigada participant Bruce Camp who might have just saved you some money. He recommended that we shop for the World Christian Encyclopedia at http://www.bestbookbuys.com and, sure enough, one vendor has it at $279 + tax, postage paid. That’s a better deal than the one offered by Oxford Press. If you’ve just ordered, maybe since these are pre-publication orders, perhaps the folks at Oxford Press would allow you to cancel your order and you could save $45 off the price we mentioned by buying from www.bigwords.com. I’ll try that tomorrow. Again, the exact location at bigwords.com is: bigwords.com/search/index.cfm?BIGVERB=book%20zoom&ISBN=0195079639

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STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING 2000

graduation cap A Strategy Coordinator is someone who bridges the Harvest Field (UPG) and the Harvest Force (Church) to develop Church-planting movements (CPM)among the UPG. The SC’s basic work premise answers the question: “What needs to be done for a CPM to take place among my people.” rather than “What can I do to plant a church among these people?” The Training involves 20 8-hour days of interactive class time where a high premium will be placed on Q&A, Discussions, Debates and Intercession. In addition, there are 4 major written assignments to ensure the successful transformation of a missionary into a SC. These are :

  1. UPG Profile and Mobilisation Brochure
  2. List of Networking Present and Potential Partners
  3. 100 Options to engage this UPG
  4. A Master Plan for reaching, training and developing a church-planting movement among this UPG

Successful trainees will be awarded 10 credits towards a Masters, MA, DMin or PhD in Inter-cultural Studies from Bethany School of Missions (The Training Arm of Asia Pacific Mission, Ltd) in Singapore. Write Frank SCANetatwritemedotcom  (SCANetatwritemedotcom)   or call 65-9682-4493.

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KITAB BOOKS FOR MUSLIMS

books Kitab Books has a catalogue filled with evangelistic and apologetic materials for Muslims as well as some written by Muslims. The catalogue is huge. Write Kitabdotukatdominidotorg  (Kitabdotukatdominidotorg)  .
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“NO CLOSED DOORS”

Intent (formerly U.S. Association of Tentmakers) has slated its annual Conference as “Intent 2K – No Closed Doors” for June 1-4, 2000 at the Billy Graham Center Wheaton. Speakers include Bob Blincoe of Frontiers, George Miley of Antioch Network, Tim Philpot of CBMC Int’l, Joe Suozzo of Christar, & Joseph D’Souza of OM. The first half is for veteran tentmaking “Practitioners”. The Explorers Conference (for those looking into tentmaking), starts with dinner June 2 & runs till mid-day June 4, & includes workshops. For more information contact Intent in the USA at 630-848-6033 or by emailing LSKendrickatIntentdotorg  (LSKendrickatIntentdotorg)   or browse http://www.intent.org.
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SUMMARY OF ADVANCE!

Here’s a quick summary of the March 19th issue of Advance. To receive the whole issue, just send a message to advance-2000-03-19atbrigadadotorg  (advance-2000-03-19atbrigadadotorg)  

Cote d’Ivoire’s Toura people; the Mestizos of Peru; the Uighur of northwestern China; 18-fold church growth in China; an Iranian trains Christian workers to reach his countrymen; 260 unreached people groups with no one to tell them; the Zerma of Niger

Two believers imprisoned in animal cages; persecution in Turkmenistan; Fulbe believers in Nigeria persecuted; Pakistani Christian sentenced to prison; European human rights court to review Soner Onder’s case; Romanian lawmakers withdraw religion law

Medical technician testifies he helped kill babies at Planned Parenthood abortion facility; 4-month-old baby shot to death in Bogota; Mexicans make pilgrimage to Mayan shrines

580 prisoners in Benin pass up meal for “Jesus” film; Buddha painter saved in Mongolia; God answers chief’s prayer for agricultural worker; broken jade Buddha turns woman to Christ; West African chief pleads for missionary; church-planting movement emerging in unreached people group in China; Christian worker puts life on the line for team members; 16- year-old’s prophetic word saves man from suicide

The “Jesus” film for children; “The Waiting World” video series; the Buddha’s prophecy of the Messiah

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TAJIK PRAYER DAY

praying hands Keep on praying for the Sarikol [Sair-i-coal] Tajiks [Ta-jeeks] of Western China. This unreached people group has no known Christians, and none of the Bible has been translated into their language. There are only a few workers trying to minister to the Tajiks and they prayed together all day on Tuesday, March 21st. Please keep on praying that the Holy Spirit will have the freedom to move among the Sarikol Tajiks to bring them to salvation. Also pray that they would soon have a copy of the Scriptures in their native language. We often talk about “planting seeds”, but when it comes to working with the Tajiks, we are still in the business of “moving rocks” so that the soil can be prepared for planting. This can only happen through PRAYER! If you would like more information on the Sarikol Tajiks, browse http://www.strategicnetwork.org
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CHILDREN’S MISSION EDUCATION

Last call for all teachers who work with children 3-12 years old! Don’t miss this best-ever training for children’s mission education. The International Children’s Expo 2000 will equip you to give kids a heart for missions, prayer and ministry. Choose from 60 top-notch workshops and tables full of terrific resources you won’t find at your local Christian bookstore! Featured speakers are Cheri Fuller, author of “When Mothers Pray” and “When Children Pray” and international speaker and author, Bob Sjogren, Director of Destination 2000. Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, Dean of The Chapel at Taylor University in Upland, IN, will lead worship. For a brochure call 888-345-6276 in the USA (or via Net2Phone) or write jilldotharrisatjunodotcom  (jilldotharrisatjunodotcom)  . Go to http://www.21stcenturykidsconnect.org/IntlExpo.htm for further information.
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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER “LIVE”

praying hands Since 1775, the U. S. Congress has annually set aside national days of prayer for the USA. On Thursday, May 4, 2000, believers across the land will seek God for the great needs of the USA as nation, as well as its cities and towns. The National Day of Prayer Task Force exists to help equip you. You can find more info. on the web at http://www.ndptf.org. Pay particular attention to the seventh annual Nationally Broadcast Concert Of Prayer (NBCOP).
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CALLING ALL 10/40 WINDOW AND CREATIVE ACCESS BRIGADIERS!

For years now, missiologists have argued over the effectiveness of various evangelistic and church planting strategies among the unreached. For example; Is tentmaking more effective than a historical approach? Are micro-enterprises more effective in reaching people than schools or hospitals? Is learning more than the trade language necessary? Though each person has an opinion and personal data to support their opinions, yet the truth is these opinions are very subjective. Thus, a survey has been put together by the TMQ Research under Don Hamilton, at the U.S. Center for World Mission. The purpose of the survey is to gather data from those serving in creative access nations and study what if any objective lessons can learned about training, life, work, ministry among the unreached. If you are living in the 10/40 Window, please participate in this survey. If you have expatriate friends who live in the 10/40 Window, please share this opportunity with them. Participants do not need to give their name, location, or organization/mission/company. Surveys should be submitted by June 1. This allows time for surveys to be carried in and out of restricted places. The more input the more objective the results will be. Results will be published in early 2001 and made available to anyone. To down load the survey, you may obtain the passwords from tmqatantiochdotcomdotsg  (tmqatantiochdotcomdotsg)  . To learn more about the survey please go to TMQ’s website at http://tmq.antioch.com.sg.
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A DOZEN LINKS ON PARTNERSHIP

WebWatchGrace has been at it again!

Here are her top 10 links on the topic of forming partnerships:

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NEW WEB JOURNAL FROM LUIS PALAU

WebWatch From the sounds of this title, you’d better go to this site before you click on any others!!! :-) First Priority is a brand-new Web journal on evangelism. http://www.ichristian.com/firstpriority/ There you can also request their half-page “This Week’s First Priority” e-mail updates.
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VBS TEAM NEEDED IN HAWAII

COMMIT Ministries is still accepting applications from High School and College students to form their “Vacation Bible School to the Outer Islands” team, July 7-August 14. This group will help conduct productive VBS summer programs for five outer-island churches in need of their help. The cost is $2185 and includes RT airfare from major West Coast cities, most meals, lodging (camp style), Inter-island airfare, ground transportation, adult supervision, and training. Deadline for applications is June 1. Contact Jeff commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   for more information.
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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORIES

Does anyone know of online (or electronic format) directories of church workers who have “IP-based” technologies in use today? The Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems is seeking to compile a directory of users of CUSeeMe, ICQ, InstantMessenger (any flavor), Net2Phone, Netmeeting, or any similar technologies used to more efficiently connect the workers on the field with their sending organizations. Please send either directory addresses, files or individual contact info to adrisathomedotcom  (adrisathomedotcom)  . The data will be displayed at http://members.home.com/adris.
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IRANIAN ELECTIONS

What do Christians living in Iran think about the recent elections? Read all about it on the website for the Persian Speaking World: http://www.peopleteams.org/psw. Team PSW is seeking to be a blessing to 100 million Persians anywhere in the world and especially those living in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran. For more info, write gciatpoboxdotcom  (gciatpoboxdotcom)  .
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SWAHILI LITERATURE OUTREACH

UPESI is a free single-sheet evangelistic paper in Swahili, and is available free to anyone working in that language area. Beryl Shannon, the editor, would value the help of anyone really fluent in Swahili for checking of articles. For more info, contact BJShannonatsoondotorgdotuk  (BJShannonatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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BRIGADA: WHAT’S IT TO YOU?

As I’ve mentioned before, Brigada celebrates two birthdays. One comes around January 25th each year (the day communication began via the Brigada family of networks) and the other comes March 21st (the day we “went public” with Brigada Today). I started to write a kind of summary of the past five years and then I thought . . . hey… maybe if I asked, someone out there would write a one-paragraph testimony or summary of what Brigada means to him/her. Then we could clip some notable-quotable comments for next week’s issue — which might then serve as a tool for those who would like to explain Brigada’s potential. Besides, I’d like to know it myself! :-) So… if you’ve got a testimony or a challenge (what you’d like Brigada to tackle in the future) or if (in some teeny-tiny small way) Brigada has helped you, please send a note to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   with a subject line that starts: [brigada]. If anyone sends anything [then we’ll know they read until the last drop! :-)], we’ll clip excerpts for next week’s issue.
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
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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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000305 Brigada Today

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UPDATE ON “THE COUNT” FROM AD2000

ad2ksm Thanks again to Dan the Information Man at AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office in Colorado Springs. He’s assembled a new Summary & Progress Report of the last 2+ years of the Joshua Project at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/download.htm in Excel xls format. He’s currently showing a total of 1595 peoples on active JP list. Of those, some 1120 still show no Church of 100 being reported. About 533 (roughly 30%) still have no on-site Church Planting team. About 261 are still said to be untargeted or “unclaimed.”
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CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES

graduation cap MissionPrep is a partnership of evangelical missions offering cross-cultural training in Toronto, Canada. For over eight years they have been preparing missionaries for effective cross-cultural service. MissionPrep offers training in Language Learning Techniques, Personal assessment, Interpersonal skills development, Cross-cultural communications, Spiritual warfare and many more core-training topics that every person needs for effective overseas ministry. Some of the upcoming seminars are:

  • May 4-6 Cross-cultural training for Short Term missionaries (under 1 yr $220 Room, Board & Tuition)
  • June 18-30 Intensive workshop in Language Learning Techniques ($995 all inclusive)
  • July 4-19 The essentials for preparing for cross-cultural effective ministry($995)

For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or check out the Missionprep web site http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep

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CAN YOUR SCHOOL OR ORG. USE FREE ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS?

Then Robert skilesattenetdotedu  (skilesattenetdotedu)   is your man! He wants to donate used college level English textbooks (business, literature, economics) to a missions school or a humanitarian organization. If you or someone you know needs some, write him!
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NATIVE AMERICAN CONSULTATION

This is a key time for those interested or currently working among Native North Americans. This consultation will be held on May 11-12, 2000 on the campus of Oak Hills Fellowship / Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA. Registration cost is $US25.00 which includes meals. Special speakers include Rev. Tom Claus, president of CHIEF and Dr. Leonard Rascher of Moody Bible Institute. To register or to get additional information call 218-751-8670 ext. 276 or email President of Oak Hills, Dr. Thomas Bower, tjboweratpaulbunyandotnet  (tjboweratpaulbunyandotnet)  
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NEED TO BROADCAST TO NORTH AMERICA?

Now you can. Broadcast to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Cuba with one Super Powerful AM Radio Station at a very low cost. For more information email your mailing address and phone number to davebradioataoldotcom  (davebradioataoldotcom)  .
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TRAVEL IN THE TOUGHEST PLACES WITH GOOD HEALTH

Check out the TealBrook website, much more complete than the old one. They have more products, more info and actual prices online. They help advance the Kingdom by helping to protect the messenger’s health. Stop by at http://www.tealbrook.com or email them at infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)   for an email listing.
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LOOKING FOR INSURANCE?

You can get major medical for people traveling outside the USA and be fully insured with a major insurance company, plus get emergency medical evacuation and other benefits included. For info. and an application click on over to http://www.internationalhealthins.com.
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PASTORAL COUNSELING IN A CHINESE CONTEXT

Here’s a guy who is researching pastoral counseling in a Chinese context and he’s desperate for resources. If you can help, contact Scott skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   or call at 217-732-4613.
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SUMMER INSTITUTE OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

graduation cap Take part in the Summer Institute of Religious Studies (SIRS) course, “Who is My Neighbor? The Gospel in a Pluralist Society,” from Friday, July 7 to Friday, July 21. Slated for Southern California, this two-week intensive will address questions such as religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism. Where else can you attend a Messianic Synagogue, take a walking tour of Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo, and visit with a New Ager at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore. For more information, contact JSNarniaataoldotcom  (JSNarniaataoldotcom)   or the website at http://sonrise.faithweb.com.
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TOURS AND MINISTRY IN ISRAEL

World Harvest Now invites you to join them in either a summer (June 15-24) or fall tour of the Holy Land. In 1999 WHN began a partnership with a Messianic Jewish pastor to reach the Sabras (Israeli-born Jews) for Jesus. Through this partnership, WHN is able to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Israel and minister in a local Israeli church. Both tours will be small intimate groups, and led by the pastor’s wife, Pamela, who is a registered tour guide with a leading tour agency. Pamela is also a very talented artist specializing in prophetic art relating to Israel. In addition to seeing the sights, history, and culture of Israel, there will be an opportunity to participate in ministry to the Sabras people! Participants will assist the Messianic congregation with special projects which will allow you to meet, fellowship, and encourage fellow believers. For more info. write whnatwhndotorg  (whnatwhndotorg)   or call (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 888-404-3222 or 940-891-4400. The first 25 deposits will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $1000 refund!!!
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TESOL COURSE IN THE POCONO MOUNTAINS

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA, (formerly YWAM Roaring Branch) is conducting a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course May 1 to May 26, 2000. This four-week school will be held in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, USA. The cost: $900.00 USD includes all costs of the course. Immediately following the school, organizers are planning an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine till June 15. The cost of the outreach is additional. For further information and applications e-mail YWAM at 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)   or write to YWAM, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, PA 17046 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153.
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READ ALL ABOUT THE YARSI

The Yarsi people (Dagaari Jula, Wala) had not been targeted for missions nor church-planting efforts. But now, by God’s grace, this has changed dramatically and drastically. For more info., visit http://www.peopleteams.org/yarsi or contact Albert albertsaahatafricaexpressdotcom  (albertsaahatafricaexpressdotcom)   and adopt a project. At least you can pray! Church planting efforts start in May 2000.
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HOW DO YOU RAISE FUNDS FOR SHORT-TERMERS?

dollar sign Kevin pkpatmindspringdotcom  (pkpatmindspringdotcom)   in Houston, TX, has to raise about $30K for short- termers headed to Kenya this summer. He’s looking for the philosophies, methods and programs that have actually worked for them in the past. If you’ve got some programs or approaches that have worked, drop him a note!
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PRAYER LETTER SERVICES

Boyd bgriffithatgemissiondotcom  (bgriffithatgemissiondotcom)   is gathering information about how missionaries get their prayer letters produced and distributed. If you’ve got a favorite service or one you know is doing a great job, drop him a note and he’ll share the results in a future edition of Brigada Today.
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“NO CLOSED DOORS”

Intent (formerly U.S. Association of Tentmakers) has slated its annual Conference as “Intent 2K – No Closed Doors” for June 1-4, 2000 at the Billy Graham Center Wheaton. Speakers include Bob Blincoe of Frontiers, George Miley of Antioch Network, Tim Philpot of CBMC Int’l, Joe Suozzo of Christar, & Joseph D’Souza of OM. The first half is for veteran tentmaking “Practitioners”. The Explorers Conference (for those looking into tentmaking), starts with dinner June 2 & runs till midday June 4, & includes workshops. For more information contact Intent in the USA at 630-848-6033 or by emailing LSKendrickatIntentdotorg  (LSKendrickatIntentdotorg)   or browse http://www.intent.org.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING: CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

graduation cap Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies of WEC International now trains folks for mission, whether they’re headed overseas for one year or 20! Browse http://www.WEC-int.org/cnrstone for more information. For information and application forms write 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  . Upcoming courses include:

  • 28-31 March BIBLE SURVEY – MARK;
  • 3-7 April EXPANSION OF THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT;
  • 10-14 April ISSUES RELATING TO MISSIONARY KIDS;
  • and many more too numerous to list here.

Write for the complete schedule.

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SITES FOR CENTRAL EUROPE

WebWatch Check out http://www.Citygate.org for a list of web sites of national evangelical publishing houses working in Central Europe and Russia, along with several new papers on Life in Central Europe. The compiler apparently won’t turn down donations from downloaders.
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INTERNATIONAL DATABASE FREE FOR YOUR USE

Check out www.census.gov/ipc/www/idbnew.html for an extensive resource for demographics and dependencies. There, you’ll find information from the Census Bureau, the United Nations, and various int’l statistical agencies.
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IF YOU HAVE TO BUY A VEHICLE FOR YOUR MISSION

car If you’re in the market for a good deal on a vehicle, check out these sites.

But the best one of all is http://www.carorder.com, where you can “build” your car right on the web! Take these prices into 3 of your local dealers and find out if they can match your best price! If they know you’re about to order from the web, they just might!

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GOT NEWS?

Here are some new sites to check for the latest current events:

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In this issue….

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TRACTS, TRACTS AND MORE TRACTS: FREE FILE FOR DOWNLOADING!

Brigada autoresponder Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   has done it again! Here’s a 130K file ready for retrieval, loaded with sources and resources for Christian tracts around the world in various languages. To get your copy of his directory, just send an email to tractsatbrigadadotorg  (tractsatbrigadadotorg)   and our server will obediently zoom the file to your inbox.
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RESOURCES FOR THOSE WORKING IN RUSSIAN

Brigada autoresponder Are you (or someone you know) trying to reach out to a Russian-speaking world? Have a look at Ken’s 170K file stocked full of resources for outreach in Russian language. To get your copy, just write russian_resourcesatbrigadadotorg  (russian_resourcesatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy will be sent automatically to your doorstep by our server.
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MOBILIZE PRAYER FOR THE UNREACHED

movie camera YWAM Strategic Frontiers International has released a new, professionally-produced video series to generate prayer for some of the 127 key unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. The first 13 videos in “The Waiting World” Volume One is ideal for churches or small groups in it’s 5-minute format and gives specific prayer points for the people group featured. Printed materials for church bulletin inserts afford viewers the chance to link up with front line missionaries or start a home front alliance. Available now in English and PAL or NTSC. Suggested donation is U$S99.95, which includes shipping and handling. Call 800-FOR-YWAM or 719-226-3006 (USA, Col. Springs) or email WaitingWorldatsfcosdotorg  (WaitingWorldatsfcosdotorg)  .
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COLUMBIA INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES

graduation cap Under the direction of Dr. Warren Larson, this intensive study program is slated for July 10- August 4, 2000 at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. Gain the understanding you need for fruitful ministry among Muslims during these consecutive two-week intensive sessions. Course options for Session I, July 10-21 include: Introduction to Islam, Women in Islam and Folk Islam. Session II offers: July 24-August 4: Muslim Evangelism, Church Planting Among Muslims and Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions. You may take these courses for credit ($897 each) or audit ($150 each). Instructors include international mission leaders and scholars of Islam: Dr. Steve Johnson, Dr. David Cashin, Ms. Donna Smith, Dr. Phil Parshall, Rev. Richard Bailey and Mr. Sam Soloman. Brochures are available by writing muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or by calling 803-754-4100 ext. 3325. To qualify for a possible scholarship, make sure you apply on or before May 1, 2000.
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SIMPLE PHOTO TIPS FOR MISSIONARIES

camera This 7-page website article covers some very basic tips for improving your photography. It’s written from the perspective of what the missions committee in your home church might be looking for in the photos you send them and includes some photo examples (good and bad). It does not assume the reader has a lot of experience or expensive photo equipment. See it at: http://www.fastlane.net/~peggyjc/phototip.htm. You can request a text-only version by writing peggyjcatfastlanedotnet  (peggyjcatfastlanedotnet)  .
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REST AND RELAX IN THE WILDERNESS OF IDAHO

f you are a missionary, now you can stay free of charge at Allison Ranch on the River of No Return. Your hosts, the Thomas family of Boise, provide the flight on a small aircraft into the ranch airstrip. There are 3 beautiful log cabins which are fully equipped and sleep up to 8. Wonderful home cooked meals are provided. Please visit http://www.replace.com/allison for more information. Reservations are handled by Cole Community Church in Boise. Phone is 208-375-3565 or email Brian Grant, Missions Pastor, at 103106dot1545atcompuservedotcom  (103106dot1545atcompuservedotcom)  . If you know any Mission Aviation Fellowship pilots, ask them about Allison Ranch – it is where they polish their flying skills.
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TEN WAYS TO AVOID BECOMING A MISSIONARY

Now you can avoid the vocation of missionary once and for all. Find out how at http://www.btc.co.za/missions/missar03.htm Stewart says reprint the list as needed. After all — we wouldn’t want too many missionaries now, would we. :-)
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BECOME A SHORTWAVE BROADCASTER

satellite antenna You can broadcast worldwide on short-wave radio for very low rates. Air your broadcast or promote your website to millions of listeners. You may also broadcast on several AM stations each with almost total U.S. coverage at night. There is too much information to fax. For more information email davebradioataoldotcom  (davebradioataoldotcom)   and include a mailing address and phone number.
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“TOURISTS” HELPING MISSIONARIES

On one field where there are many missionaries from a number of missions, “Sam” (not the real name), a retired school teacher, is spending a couple months helping missionaries with computer skills. Sam is teaching, individually or in small groups, in their homes or in offices, everything from basic Windows skills to doing prayer letters and email to spread sheets, etc. He is helping some who are almost computer illiterate, others who have extensive experience, and nationals where they know English.

There are undoubtedly thousands of “laymen” at home that have the ability to perform such a valuable ministry on many mission fields. Many would enjoy a “vacation” with such a valuable purpose. Perhaps you could be the catalyst to get some missionaries and such a teacher together. If you’re interested, write rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)  . By the way, if your mission or a group of missions in your field might be interested in having such a person come, write him and he’ll try to match you up with a volunteer!

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CONSULTATION: FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICA

BASSAM 2000, the 2nd international consultation for all organizations and individuals targeting evangelization to unreached peoples in French-speaking countries, will take place from May 8-12 at the conference center IIAO in Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire (West Africa). The consultation is co- organized by Interdev, the AD 2000 and Beyond Movement, World Vision, and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa. The consultation’s objective is to develop cooperative efforts for key French-speaking Christian leaders to reach the unreached peoples in French-speaking African countries. French will be the consultation’s language with English translation. For further information and/or to register (by April 1 if possible), contact Annelise Goldschmidt at agoldschmidtateudoramaildotcom  (agoldschmidtateudoramaildotcom)  .
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EMMAUS ROAD SEEKS BOOKS/ORGS HELPING MISSIONARIES

More and more people are asking for Emmaus Road’s book on reentry care. However, the Emmaus folks are wanting it to be a real “user friendly” resource. Therefore, they are appealing for additional books, electronic or ministry resources that are currently helping returning missionaries. They want to include these in a Resource Section. (At present they have only a handful of book titles and three organizations!) Send your favorites to Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)  .
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THE STORY OF JESUS FOR CHILDREN

The worlds largest unreached people group is children. The original movie classic JESUS is has been adapted for children. This new 62 minute color video will enable children of all ages to enjoy the captivating retelling of the true story of Jesus from a child’s perspective. Order this new children’s video of the JESUS film, ‘The Story of Jesus for Children’ by visiting The JESUS Film Project website at http://www.jesusforchildren.org, email: jfcatcccidotorg  (jfcatcccidotorg)  , inside the U.S. call toll-free 800-432-1997, outside the U.S. call 949-361-7575 or fax your order to 949-492-0381. A single copy is only US$14.95 plus $4.50 s/h inside the U.S. or $15.00 s/h outside the U.S. Quantity discount prices are available on our website. Payment is by credit card or U.S. dollar check.
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A WORLD FULL OF INFORMATION

WorldSkip http://www.worldskip.com/ is a nicely designed clearinghouse of information on every country in the world. I love this site! On the front page you’ll find pulldown menus for six different areas of the world. Use the pulldown menu to choose a country from one of those areas. You’ll get another page for that country with the flag of the country and several columns of links including government information, tourism, and news links. Nicely done. (Hats off to http://www.researchbuzz.com for putting Brigada onto this source!)
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A MARCH FOR JESUS WITH A DIFFERENCE!

A March for Jesus will take place in a town in the Sahara desert on “Jesus Day”, June 10th this year. It is suggested that outreach dates be coordinated around June 9th – 14th to allow for further prayer and exposure into this 10/40 Window nation. Orientation and information packets are available from: siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom  (siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom)  . Due to security measures necessary in the region this March will be a little different to the others being held around the world. Further details are available upon request.
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CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION

After more than a year of building consensus among missions leaders, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has developed a Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission. It outlines aims and objectives for short-term mission programs and presents general principles and standards of excellence for publicity, field management, pastoral care and re-entry support. It’ll be made public at the Short Term Mission Forum 2000, a training and equipping conference on September 22, 2000 slated for the Intercultural Ministries Centre at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. For more information click on http://www.globalmission.org or email efcglobalmissionathomedotcom  (efcglobalmissionathomedotcom)  .
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GLOBAL LEADERS’ FORUM

From 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday August 2, a first ever Global Leaders’ Forum will be held as part of the 15th World Convention of Churches of Christ (Christian/Churches of Christ/Disciples of Christ) in the new ‘state of the art’ Convention Centre, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (August 2 – 6, 2000). The aim is to allow leaders to meet and to hear what is happening around ‘our world’ so that they might better plan for the future. Local, area and national leaders are urged to be present to make this gathering as worthwhile as possible for the sake of our witness in the 21st Century. Other national and mission/overseas ministry ministries will be able to make brief presentations also. Further details available from Lyndsay and Lorraine worldconvataoldotcom  (worldconvataoldotcom)   , or 615-321-3735 or at http://members.aol.con/worldconv.
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ENGLISH COURSE FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING MISSIONARIES

If you’ve come across an English course for non-English speaking missionaries, David baedaebokathotmaildotcom  (baedaebokathotmaildotcom)   would like to know. He’s doing a TESOL graduate student project at Biola University. Be sure to ask him for a summary report when he’s done.
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FREE INTERNET SERVICE AS AN OUTREACH?

An AP article titled “Jesus goes online in Rio” reported that a Catholic archdiocese in southern Brazil has found a novel way of spreading the faith. Free Internet service! Dan mediainfoatconsultantdotcom  (mediainfoatconsultantdotcom)   would like to interact with anyone who has an interest in developing strategies to use internet as a platform established within an UPG country. Write him today!
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WHERE DOES ONE LEARN FARSI?

That’s what Jim jamesrbaquetatjunodotcom  (jamesrbaquetatjunodotcom)   would like to know. Drop him a helpful hint and, if you like, ask him for a copy of the results.
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ENGLISH MINISTRY TRAINING

graduation cap This course is co-sponsored by Literacy & Evangelism Int’l & Graceland English Training. It takes place July 9 – 15, 2000 in Ciechanow, POLAND. There are 2 programs to choose from: 1. English Outreach Ministry (For those wanting to get started with a Bible-based outreach ministry) and English Teachers’ Track (For those already teaching English in public or private schools). All participants will also have sessions in: Creative training techniques; learning styles; developing visual aids and more. For info, ask Colette projpoleatintekodotcomdotpl  (projpoleatintekodotcomdotpl)   or telephone (23)673-73-03. Cost is $50 US which includes meals, accommodations and materials.
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But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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SEND ME IS GREAT RESOURCE FOR GOERS/TRAINERS

book I think Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor have done a magnificent job with their new book, Send Me! Journey to the Nations. Truth is, much of the material was originally published as MARC’s You Can So Get There From Here. But Hoke and Taylor improve on it vastly with their insights in training profiles, current resources, and personal application — to total some 136 pages plus the full color ads from mission orgs. Rats. rats face Why didn’t we put in an ad for Team Expansion. :-) Either way, it’s well worth the investment. To order, call William Carey Library (800-MISSION in the USA or via Net2Phone) or click on http://www.webbookstore.org. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to invest your $6.36!
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NETWORK FOR STRATEGIC MISSION

Click on http://www.strategicnetwork.org to go there. They hope to set up forums for unreached peoples, kind of like we originally envisioned for Brigada email discussion groups. Nichole, a loyal subscriber from the window, reminded us of the strategicnetwork site this past week.
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MISSION MOBILIZERS HAVE A NEW WEB-HOME

WebWatch Nate has moved the Brigada Mission Mobilizers Database from his personal website to the Caleb Project website at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm.
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USING COMPUTERS EFFECTIVELY IN OUR MINISTRIES

computer Want to use your computer more effectively? Roger RogerDoriotatxcdotorg  (RogerDoriotatxcdotorg)   wants to help. He’s compiling info and would like your input – from personal experience, books that are especially helpful, web sites that may provide help, anything. You may have a real ministry to many others by writing up how to do some of the things you’ve learned. Talk to him before you go into detail. Maybe someone else has already written up a help sheet on your topic! When he’s done, we’ll ask him for a copy here as a Brigada autoresponder.
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MISSION-FOCUSED CHURCHES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Task Force For Global Mission and The Peoples Church Toronto are inviting pastors and church leaders to a national gathering focused on developing healthy mission-focused churches, May 6-9, 2000, The Peoples Church, Toronto, Ontario. This is a leadership conference for churches that want to make a greater impact both locally and globally. This strategic conference has been designed to:

  • EQUIP LOCAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL MISSION STRATEGIES
  • TAKE YOUR CHURCH TO A HIGHER LEVEL IN GLOBAL MISSION
  • DRAW ON THE EXPERIENCE OF MISSION AND LOCAL CHURCH LEADERS
  • NETWORK WITH OTHER LEADERS
  • RELEASE THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE GLOBAL MISSION CHURCHES
  • DEMONSTRATE HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN INCREASE ITS IMPACT LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY

For more information, click on http://www.globalmission.org or email efcglobalmissionathomedotcom  (efcglobalmissionathomedotcom)  .

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MARCH 2000 WORLD CHRISTIAN (SPECIAL OFFER)

This issue, “Praying For All Peoples,” challenges readers to pray more effectively for missions. Brigada members who subscribe now will receive 2 dollars off the regular subscription. That’s $12.95 a year for US residents, $17.95 in Canada and $25.95 Internationally.

Feature articles include the Church’s seven responsibilities to the nations, how pastors’ prayer groups develop unity and strengthen evangelism efforts and the prayer journey of Wesley Duewel of OMS International.

To subscribe, call 708-524-5070 or E-mail WINPress7ataoldotcom  (WINPress7ataoldotcom)  . Mention Brigada when you call or write to receive the special rate ($2 off). Or write to PO Box 1357, Oak Park, IL 60304.

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PRACTICAL MISSIONARY TRAINING MATERIALS

MTS has some great training manuals: The Missionary Training Guide (step-by-step activities), The Missionary Team (all practical aspects of missionary work), How to Learn Another Language (streamlined LAMP by Betty Sue Brewster), The Effective Sending Church (practical mobilization) all for US$20 plus US$9 airmail or US$5 surface. Otherwise US$6.50 each plus US$1.50 surface or US$3.00 airmail. Order and information from the Missionary Training Service coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg  (coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg)  . They can handle credit cards or send checks in any currency to The Missionary Training Service, Flat 5, 40 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6BS, United Kingdom. They’re on the web at http://www.missionarytraining.org.
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CHILDREN’S MISSIONS EDUCATION

Calling all Sunday School Teachers, Kids Club Leaders, VBS Directors, Christian School Teachers and Home Schoolers! On April 6, 7 & 8, Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY will be hosting the International Children’s Expo 2000. This year’s expo is about giving kids a heart for missions, prayer and equipping them for ministry. Over 30 workshops will be presented. Featured speakers will be Cheri Fuller, author of “When Mothers Pray” and “When Children Pray” and international speaker and author, Bob Sjogren, Director of Destination 2000. Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, Dean of The Chapel at Taylor University in Upland, IN, will lead in worship. Designed for use with children 3 to 12 years of age. For a brochure and registration information, send your mailing address to Stephanie Garling at garlingfamilyatjunodotcom  (garlingfamilyatjunodotcom)   or call 502-253-8950 ext. 4725.
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INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES

syringeAn article on health insurance for missionaries recently appeared in the inaugural issue of Short Term Missions Today. To read this article go to http://www.missionaryhealth.com/article.htm. You may also email the author to learn more about the importance of health insurance overseas at healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom)  
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LEARNING KAZAKH?

cd-rom It just got a bit easier. Now you can get Kazakh Language CD-ROMs from the University of Arizona Press for $69.95. Beginning Kazakh’s double CDROM set contains 20 lessons, 25 video dialogues and readings by native speakers, plus over 10,000 audio recordings. You can order online at http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/catalogs/spring00/pg34.htm or call them at 800-426-3797 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). For details, see http://clp.arizona.edu/cls/kaz.
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FREE COPIES OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TODAY

book This new annual 84-page, full-color magazine is available for use by your church, school or group. Contact Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)  . All the copies you can reasonably use are FREE, with the request that you cover the modest “out-of-pocket” Shipping & Handling charges to get these issues to you, and that you request at least 10 copies. It includes thirteen great articles on all aspects of Short-Term Missions, plus one of the most comprehensive “Short-Term Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts” ever published, presenting 176 separate options presented in 49 different categories. The copies you request will be shipped right away, with the modest S&H invoice enclosed. ALSO, feel free to request copies of the companion magazine INTO ALL THE WORLD, the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook (52 pages, 10 articles, 5 Comparison Charts), available for the same S&H costs.
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HIS STORIES

Marc’s ps2v8mnatsierradotnet  (ps2v8mnatsierradotnet)   looking for great missions stories he can write up to share with others. Feel free to send him your stories — and we’ll ask him for a report here in two or 3 weeks so we can load up one of those autoresponders.
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MORE INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

In an exchange this past week with a Muslim believer, I agreed with my new friend that one positive step we could all take is to promote more interfaith dialogue. My friend believes that this would promote greater understanding of one another’s religions. I told him I would ask the Brigada Today audience to work toward that end. At the very least, this would help us form greater bonds of friendship and knowledge of each other’s beliefs.
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NEED COMPUTER PROTECTION?

According to one Brigada participant, you’ll appreciate this site — especially if you’re using DSL or cable modem hookups. The program is called ZoneAlarm by http://www.zonelabs.com and, according to the one user, is highly touted by ZDNET.
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AD2000’S “TAKE” ON THINGS

ad2ksm This past week, I received a nice response from Luis Bush, International Director of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, regarding the ramblings we had published about the outcomes of AD2K. It will come as no surprise that Luis was upbeat about the results of the past decade of mobilization . . . and probably for good reason. He remains convinced that “a church for every people, the gospel for every people” was the right goal. “Yes, if we were going to err on the vision ethos prevalent at the time, we chose to believe that God would do great things if we were faithful & diligent to the call,” he wrote. According to Dan Scribner’s latest assessment, 78% of the Joshua Project 2000 peoples (1239) have reported evangelistic / church planting activity onsite. In addition, up until about 18 months ago, only 4% of the JP2000 people reported a church fellowship of 100 or more. Now that number stands at 1/3 of our churches. About 4 out of 10 unreached peoples had a church planting team in their midst 18 mos. ago — and now the figure is more like 65%. Some 77% were targeted for church planting back then… and today, only about 12% remain to be targeted!
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YOUR INVITATION TO CELEBRATE MESSIAH 2000

Brigada autoresponder Barb’s inviting you, 27 December 2000 to 2 January 2001. Leaders from 150 countries will gather in Jerusalem for this conference sponsored by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Program Themes include the following:

  • Celebrating God at work.
  • Assessing the status of the Unfinished Task and covenanting for the future.
  • Encouraging women’s mobilization.
  • Moving to serve the poor and needy.
  • Recognizing emerging leaders from the worldwide community.
  • Promoting global partnership and world evangelization.
  • Acknowledging Church movements worldwide toward the Unfinished Task.
  • Affirming the role of the majority church in World Missions.

To receive full information and registration form, send a simple blank email to cm2000atbrigadadotorg  (cm2000atbrigadadotorg)   and our autoresponder will send you the file.

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

20000213 Brigada Today

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WHOA – BRIGADA STUFF JUST GOT EASIER

Brigada Logo Our volunteer tech-guy, Bob, has been burning the midnight oil again. This past week he completed a major switchover which makes it a lot easier to get Brigada autoresponder files. To get a full list of what’s available, including a description of contents and size, just send an email to brigada-infoatbrigadadotorg  (infoatbrigadadotorg)  . To get any Brigada autoresponder file, from now on just write to <filenameatbrigadadotorg>. In addition, Bob’s rewriting the code for the search engine so it’ll be all the more rapido! Thanks a ton, Bob!
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BRIGADA: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Brigada Logo We found Jonathan, the guy who had challenged us to grow to 10,000 participants. Come to find out, he’s hard at work in a 10/40 Window nation, trying to assist an organization in developing Internet communication there. Why am I not surprised? He was glad for the Brigada family, but wasted no time to challenge us to develop a greater and more proactive platform for each of the remaining least-reached peoples. He also urged us to discover a way to measure the involvement of each Brigada participant… with the implication being that 10K readers does not equal 10K mobilizers. My biggest regret is that last time he challenged us to a goal (in ’95) he was here, helping us implement it. This time he’s in the 10/40 Window, involved in implementing MISSION! Don’t get me wrong… I’m glad for that… but how in the world do we make sure there’s a “live” email or web forum for each remaining unreached group! Yikes. gulp That’s a tall order. I think I hear Penny calling me to supper. :-) :-) Let’s stew on it for a week. :-)
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GATHER AT THE GATHERING

You’re invited to Antioch Network’s Annual Gathering of Churches, July 26-29, 2000, at the Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, Arizona. Hear keynote speakers Floyd McClung, George Miley and Luis Bush. Learn about five stages of engagement that Antioch Network guides its churches through to increase involvement among the unreached. The cost is $135.00 for the entire four days including two lunches and a dessert hour. For more info, see http://www.antiochnetwork.org or write GatheringatAntiochnetworkdotorg  (GatheringatAntiochnetworkdotorg)  . Antioch Network sent three representatives to BrigadaFest — so now it’s time to send Brigada folks to Tempe! :-)
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GET PAID FOR SURFING THE WEB

WebWatch It just keeps on getting crazier and crazier. For example, Brigada participant Christopher reminded us this past week about all the spots where you can now be paid to surf the web. Among them are:

It’s hard to believe . . . but it’s true!

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DON’T GET TENSE WHEN YOU MAKE TENTS

Brigada autoresponder Check out the new 2K file linking you to resources and info. for those involved in tentmaking — working their way to witness to the nations. To get it, just send a note to tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)   and Bob’s new autoresponder will email you the file for free!
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ARE YOUR “SHIELDS UP” TO INTERNET INTRUDERS?

So did you hear about all the “denial of service” (DoS) attacks this past week? Big commercial sites like Amazon.com were brought to their knees, apparently by a bunch of zombie-like robot servers. And get this — one writer said it was such a simple attach that a 15-year-old kid in Iowa could have orchestrated the whole thing. How safe does that make you feel? It was the ultimate “return of the body-snatchers”, except the vandals were relentlessly attacking ebay and buy.com instead of the citizens in the county next door. So… with that as a backdrop, did you ever wonder how vulnerable your server (or your laptop) is to internet vandals? Check it out for free at Gibson Research Corp’s “Shields Up!” http://grc.com. The author has designed a page with special web-bots that will actually try to penetrate your PCs defenses — while you watch! It’s actually kind of spooky. I went there thinking that I was okay. I pushed the button and within minutes, the page had extracted all kinds of private information, including my name and the name of the network at our office. Who knows what a real intelligent (and malicious) hacker could have gotten! This was a mere robot! So I started reading the fine print and … yikes gulp… it was over my head. But I started trying to follow the author’s step-by-step directions, changing a properties setting here and there, then rebooted and came back to the page again. Guess what — the second time that robot was clueless. Score one for the humans! Yahooo! Yahoo :-) So it’s worth some investment of time I guess . . . if you don’t want to be violated. :-)
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BOOKLET FOR MISSIONARY USE

book THINK ON THESE THINGS is a booklet now available to missionaries for ministry purposes. (CBN has used this booklet in the past for US follow-up.) Sharing Christ Ministry (SCM Inc.) provides the booklet (88 pages) free with only a small handling charge. It’s a month-long “non-believer to believer progression” devotional (31 topics) — a way to share Christ that includes a one-year through-the-Bible reading plan. You can get it

  1. printed with your ministry’s information,
  2. contextualized to specific language and culture,
  3. printed in the local language.

Available in English, Spanish (“soon”!) and Russian (June ’00).
Contact John flasecretaryataoldotcom  (flasecretaryataoldotcom)   at SCM for more info. (Thanks for the tip, Mark!)

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TURKEY CONSULTATION

The International Turkey Network is hosting a Latin and North American Consultation on Turkey March 2-4 in Phoenix, Arizona. General sessions, Workshops and Work Groups will be led by seasoned leaders from the Turkish Church and worker community. For program details and registration information contact JaysonKKataoldotcom  (JaysonKKataoldotcom)  .
Deadline for registration: February 25. Better work fast!
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WHAT DO THE MOSQUES OF ISA BELIEVE?

Jim JimAyarsataoldotcom  (JimAyarsataoldotcom)   wants to know. He’s doing some research on the group, which has been labeled a cult by Muslim nations. If you’ve got some inside info, he’d love to hear about it. He’ll file a report with us when he’s done — and we’ll release any info. which won’t put others at risk.
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MONGO SUPPLY OF BOOKS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

books Lewis clcioukataoldotcom  (clcioukataoldotcom)   is talkin’ books… big-time… in other languages. For example, need books in English, German, Chinese, or Polish? He’s gotcha’ covered at:

If your language isn’t listed, don’t fret. Lewis is a dedicated Brigada participant. He’s agreed to take personal responsibility for getting catalogues for other languages into the hands of interested Brigada participants. Can you believe it? And he’s got the tools at his disposal, too. After all — he’s based at the CLC’s International Office in Sheffield, England. So… and name your language… and write our guy Lewis! Thanks Lewis! What a guy!

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NEW INFORMATION SERVICE FOR MISSIONARIES FROM THE UK

March 1st sees the launch of OSCAR (an acronym of ‘the One Stop Centre for Advice and Resources’), a web-site billed as The UK Information Service for World Mission’. OSCAR is a collection of links to UK information and resources that relate to missions and missionaries, all brought together on one site. There are two main sections: an opportunity index and a service index. The opportunity index includes information about mission organisations [sic :-)] and areas of work whereas the service index includes information about UK-based mission support services. Word on the street is that the developer (“Mike”) is a former MAF pilot who understands UK missionaries and knows what he’s doing. Look for this site to go places. Check it out at http://www.oscar.org.uk and register your interest online or write infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)  . He’s apparently going to develop an email interface as well.
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BARGAIN-BASEMENT CHRISTIANBOOKS

books If you’ve been putting off your purchase of Christian books until the next big sale, ChristianBook.com says wait no more! They have apparently lowered prices on 4000 products for a blowout sale at: www.christianbook.com/html/static/bargainctr.html?promo=3601&ad=4220
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MINI-ACTS 29 TRAINING COURSE!

graduation capThe next scheduled missionary preparation course by Emmaus Road International is May 4 to June 2, 2000. In an intensive four week total immersion in the second culture community of Tijuana, Mexico, missionary candidates learn and practice principles of living and ministering cross-culturally. The course integrates the advantages of three learning centers: the classroom, the community, and the Christian home. For info, write emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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GET A TORCH KIT AND LIGHT YOUR WORLD

oil lamp Want to use AV media but can’t afford to get started? Now you can. Get a Ken Anderson Films and InterComm “Torch Kit” — 2 pound lightweight Radmar filmstrip projector, an extra bulb, 110 to 220 power converter, 15 to 17 filmstrips, with the English script to these filmstrips. (These English scripts may be translated to the language the Christian or missionary is trying to reach.) This kit is portable, easy to use, and will work with AC, a car or motorcycle battery. Plus they’re affordable: $300 including shipping. For more info, write lanejillatsprintmaildotcom  (lanejillatsprintmaildotcom)  . (Thanks Ken!)
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TRY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S FREE ONLINE ATLAS!

If you ask me, Jon’s found a real goldmine! Check out National Geographic’s free mapmaking machine! http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine. It has cool satellite views with geopolitical boundaries and cities overlaid. Spice up that next report with a map of your area of interest! Thanks Jon!
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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (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  (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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000206 Brigada Today

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WE BREAK THE 10K MARK!

Brigada Logo The first time I remember hearing the number was in the August 25, 1995, issue. Here’s the way it went: (the item was titled, “FROM THE “LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION” DEPARTMENT“) — Ya know, I always thought that if a person was highly technical, highly skilled, highly process oriented, then they would probably be pretty scared about bulging growth. Not so with Jonathan Marsden, who manages the technical end of CrossConnect and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about how he felt about Brigada growing past the 800 mark, I was surprised to hear him say he wasn’t satisfied. “I won’t be happy until we have 10,000 people on board, with hundreds of conferences about least reached people groups and cities all over the world.” Wow. When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-)” [snip snip, end of excerpt] That was August 1995 . . . and five years later on February 10, sometime after midnight, we silently went into the record book as having 10,000 subscribers! Yahoo! Thanks to every single person who helped make it possible… for all those who have promoted Brigada by word of mouth, in their personal newsletters and in their messages . . . and for all of you who have remained with us… many for years at a time! God bless us every one!
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SO WHAT WAS CROSSCONNECT?

MAFxc logo Curious about what “CrossConnect” was? It was an idea, really, with about 2 staff people. :-) Pete Holzmann was the visionary and Jonathan Marsden made it happen. If it weren’t for JM, I doubt there would even be a Brigada. It was he and Pete who said, “We have the technology to do what you’re asking, Doug, and we’re on the edge of being able to make it practical. Are you willing to work with us?” Well of course I was. (Nobody else offered! :-) ) Within about 24 hours, we began experimenting. Two months later, on March 21st, 1995, Brigada “went public.” After a year or so, CrossConnect finally admitted that the financial model just wasn’t working for email conferences. They were on the verge of folding. Mission Aviation Fellowship invested in continuing the dream of forming these email lists and “email conferences.” When they did so, they kept on saying that the Brigada conferences were one of the primary reasons they were willing to do so. One MAF staffer said, “Brigada is the crown jewel of CrossConnect.” This was pre-web days. I mean… there was a web… but it wasn’t searchable yet and it was still pony express level. MAF enabled the CrossConnect vision to go forward, establishing the MAFxc wing of the staff at Redlands.
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MILESTONE: MAJORDOMO TO LYRIS

Lyris logo As we look back, it seems that one of the critical milestones was MAF’s decision to transition to Lyris. It seemed to them like the right thing to do, at the time. The old Majordomo system made it really hard for conference owners to maintain their lists, especially as they grew. Brigada volunteers like Revis Ann Massey sometime handled hundreds of requests per week — from assisting with unsubscribes to tracking down weird bounces. Switching to Lyris eased the burden for moderators because Lyris was so powerful. Still, something happened in the transition. Prior to switching from Majordomo to Lyris, we had hundreds of conferences going… many of which were pretty active. I don’t understand it . . . but in the midst of the switch, we seemed to lose so much steam. Out of the smoke and charred ashes of changing our “operating system”, so to speak, it seemed like only a few conferences survived and they seemed to never really hit stride with Lyris like MAF thought they would. Eventually, MAF revealed their plans to begin charging a fee, maybe by the message, but definitely by the byte. We begged MAF to consider adding some kind of advertising at the bottom of each message… but their non-profit roots wouldn’t have a thing to do with it. (They didn’t like the “unrelated business income” side… and I completely understand.) Either way, here at Brigada, since we were unwilling to begin charging for services, we concluded that we had to jump ship. Brigada moved to eGroups. (Within a month, MAF issued statements saying they were basically folding the MAFxc program. They later recanted somewhat from that position, but seemingly the “CrossConnect electronic frontier heyday” was over.)
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EGROUPS: POSITIONED FOR GROWTH

eGroups logo Switching over to eGroups was like putting on an old pair of jeans for Brigada. Everything seemed to smooth out almost overnight. There were few shutdowns, few problems, and lots of growth. Although earlier, eGroups talked about giving Brigada some ad revenue, it basically hasn’t happened. ($27 for all of 1999?) But that’s okay! Because, you see, just not having to pay by the message or by the byte is reason enough to rejoice! We managed to keep Brigada a free service. And it looks like we could continue to grow, too. EGroups is saying we’re good to go for tens of thousands of participants. Yahooo!
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Brigada Logo Well, a lot of Jonathan’s “dare” has happened. But what we don’t have anymore, essentially, is a unified umbrella of conferences. However, one only has to take a look at the “links” section of the Brigada eGroups website to see that there are still dozens of “Brigada-like conferences hosted by all kinds of service-providers. We hope those continue to multiply like rabbits! Maybe they don’t all begin with “brigada-peoples-so-and-so,” but they’re still functioning, providing switchboards and networking forums for mobilizers and on-site workers alike. As far as Brigada Today goes, we hope it’ll continue to grow as well. We’ll see if we can’t get in touch with Jonathan and get a new “dare” but for now, I’m shooting for a Brigada Today with relevant, timely, meaningful content that you’ll want to share, relay, and talk about. And we pray that Bob Mayhew (our web guy) and Don and Judy (our volunteer customer service managers) will continue to push forward as they always have, because they’re doing an incredible service to the missions world — and we all appreciate them greatly!!! (Please, please keep up the great work guys! :-) ) Okay… enough reminiscing. Back to work! :-)
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LEARN ABOUT THE ETHNIC GROUP NEXT DOOR

How many churches adopting people groups think they have to travel half way around the world to make contact with them? The truth is that God is moving representatives from almost every nation and tongue to our doorsteps! A new website seeks to equip and inspire American churches to reach out to their ethnic neighbors, sharing the hope that makes an eternal difference, then learn about the mission field through them.

http://www.ethnicharvest.org has over 150 pages of content, with demographics and links to many mission sites. Ethnic Harvest began with a vision to serve the more than 100 language groups living in the Seattle area. They hope through the website to share this vision with churches nationwide. For more information, write Barbara infoatethnicharvestdotorg  (infoatethnicharvestdotorg)  .

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BROCHURES ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE GROUP

Marti msmithatcprojectdotcom  (msmithatcprojectdotcom)   at Caleb Project would like to increase her collection of people-group brochures that link people to networks, partnerships, or strategy coordinators. She wants to pass these out in group settings to use for immediate prayer, as well as provide an opportunity to join strategic on-going efforts. No promises that this will bring you new partners, but it might! Want to help? If you have produced an informational/prayer brochure about the people group on your heart, you represent a network or serve as a strategy coordinator, and your brochure contains contact information that can be passed to a general N. American Christian audience in relative safety, could you mail Marti 6-12 copies of your brochure at this address? Caleb Project, Advocacy & Research Dept., 10 W. Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120 USA. She says “Thanks!”
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JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 REPORT AS OF FEB

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan Scribner at AD 2000 & Beyond tells us that, as of Feb., there are 1595 people groups on the active JP list. Some 1118 of these tribes have no Church of 100 reported yet. In fact, about 537 have no reported on-site Church Planting team. As a matter of fact, some 262 haven’t even been claimed for anything!!! Please pray that God will raise up some to adopt them!!! Contact AD2000 & Beyond for more information: http://www.ad2000.org.
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH!

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA, (formerly YWAM Roaring Branch) is conducting a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course May 1 to May 26, 2000. This four week school will be held in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, USA. The cost: $900.00 USD includes all costs of the course. Immediately following the school an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine is planned till June 15. The cost of the outreach is additional. For further information and applications e-mail YWAM at 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)   or write to YWAM, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, PA 17046 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153.
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BUDDHA’S PROPHECY OF THE MESSIAH

book This book by Inta Chanthavongsouk (copyright 1999) is available for $5.00 (not including shipping and handling) from The Lao Conference of Churches, PO Box 845, La Mirada, CA 90637, tel: 562-947-465 Ext 3126, fax: 562-943-0160. Dr. A. Dale Golding, Chaplain of Far East Broadcasting Company has written, “Although I have lived and worked in Asia for 30 years, I was not aware of the prophetic teaching of Buddha concerning the coming Messiah. Reading this book has been a revelation. I commend Inta Chanthavongsouk for his diligent research which has resulted in he authorship of this book and I recommend it as a valuable missionary tool.”
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TRY THIS TRACT BASED ON THE KORAN

book If you are looking for a simple but effective tract for ministering to Muslims, a Moscow missionary named Kerby kerbyrialsataoldotcom  (kerbyrialsataoldotcom)   may have just the thing and will send it to you by email. Titled, “What the Koran says about the Bible and Jesus,” the tract starts out with direct quotes from the Koran stating that the Bible is the word of God and should be obeyed, and that Jesus is sent from God and also should be obeyed. From this foundation it goes on to explain salvation and how to continue to grow as a Christian. Approximately 600 words. In English and Russian and soon to be available in Chechen and possibly Tatar. Write the address above for an email copy and specify which language(s). Kerby would also appreciate any help getting it translated into Arabic and French.
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OPPORTUNITY FOR CARING WOMEN

Mission Nannys needs women over 50 to volunteer to travel to minister to missionary families overseas. Do you like to travel? Do you like to meet Christians involved on the front line of the enemy? Mission Nannys was formed 9 years ago to give domestic help to missionary families struggling on the field. We have opportunities of service just waiting to hear from you! Write to bettysullinsatjunodotcom  (bettysullinsatjunodotcom)   or send your name and address to Mission Nannys, PO BOX 609, Edgewater, MD 21037.
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FOR MISSIONARIES NEEDING HELP WITH CHILD CARE

Are you having trouble meeting your obligations to the home and to your ministry? Are you stressed out and in need of a mature women to come to help you (Titus 2:3-5, 7)? Mission Nannys would like to minister to your need and assist you with house duties, child care, homeschooling or whatever your problem is. Write to bettysullinsatjunodotcom  (bettysullinsatjunodotcom)   for an application –Mission Nannys, PO Box 609, Edgewater, MD 21037.
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“WEST AFRICA MISSIONARY STORY” KEEPS CIRCULATING ON THE NET

OPC logo Have you gotten it? Don’t worry. You will. This story about a West Africa missionary keeps making the rounds, over and over again, almost like a virus! Here’s a statement released to us personally by the International Mission Board headquarters just this past week: We continue to receive inquiries regarding an “Urgent Prayer Request for Mike Hutchinson”. This information from Ron may help you if questions arise in your local church. “Thank you for your concern and response to the email you received in that it prompted you to a prayerful concern. Though there was an accident early in 1999 involving Mike Hutchinson which did result in the death of a Senegaleze [sic] youth, the remainder of the circumstances described in the email did not happen. The matter was investigated as an accident by the authorities and dismissed. Mike and family carried on ministry, went on vacation and even relocated to another country as they were in the process of doing when the accident happened.” Ron Hunt, West Africa Office, IMB. If you receive this prayer request, please relay the answer and help us stop the bandwidth-busting forwards! (See the “OPC” protocol below)
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AVOID INTERPERSONAL PROBLEMS

graduation cap The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) in Union Mills, NC is offering a suite of modules designed to enhance interpersonal effectiveness. They include DiSC Personality Testing (2 days), Conflict Management (3 days), Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (5 days), and Personal and Family Preparedness (8 days). You can take one or all of the modules beginning Feb.28. And the price is right! It’s not too late to get in! Contact CIT 104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom  (104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom)   or call (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-887-1786 for more information.
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EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE FOR OLYMPIC GAMES

UK-based SOON Gospel Literature produces the free quarterly evangelistic paper ‘SOON’. It is written in easy English and is designed primarily for second-language English speakers. A special issue is being printed highlighting the Olympic Games. Any ministry or individual who can use copies evangelistically, either at the Games, or in any other situation, can ask for free copies. The issue can also be downloaded as a PDF file to preview. Check it out at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/olympic.html
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SEARCHING FOR AN EVANGELISTIC ALL-PICTURE TRACT

For evangelistic conversations with those who can’t read, an evangelistic picture-only tract or brochure would be very helpful. Who knows a source? Thomas geatifamdotfhgdotde  (geatifamdotfhgdotde)   wants to know. He’ll report back to us later.
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TONS OF INFO ON TEACHING MISSIONS TO KIDS

Thanks to Kerryn for stimulating the discussion on teaching missions to kids. It happened that Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   had been gathering material for quite some time!!! Get his full list of resources by sending an email to: teaching-missions-to-kidsatbrigadadotorg  (teaching-missions-to-kidsatbrigadadotorg)  
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CORRECTION RE: COURSE IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

lighting the way If you’ve been trying to contact the folks in Southern Philippines regarding the 4-week intensive course there (Jan. 21st edition of Brigada Today, Item 18, “BECOME A TESOL TEACHER WITH MUSLIM STUDENT PRACTICUM!“), the email address in the ad turned out to be an old address. Try pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph  (pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph)   instead. Thanks Dawn!!!
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WHO READS BRIGADA TODAY?

Brigada Logo Plenty of people. In fact, so many people that we’d better think again about the way we word our conversation here. Now that I think about it, maybe we’d better think again about all our conversation. This past week, I’ve been corresponding with a very concerned gentleman named Matthew. He wrote from North Thailand basically asking us to be more sensitive. He’s not a believer — but he’s apparently a weekly reader of Brigada Today. As we talked, I realized just how familiar he was with Caleb Project’s Nance Profiles, the Jesus Film, and all kinds of other regular topics. His input helped me see our material from a totally different perspective. From his shoes, we are sometimes pretty insensitive to local cultures. He even has a website designed to “rally the troops” against foreign interlopers. (Check it out at http://www.akha.org. It’ll do us all some good to appreciate his viewpoint.) I have tried to share with him that Christians feel a moral obligation to share Christ’s message of hope with the world. I’ve tried to communicate that desire in a very sensitive way, so that he can understand we do so not out of a feeling of superiority but rather, out of a religious conviction. But in the process, may God free us from a prejudicial attitude that would hurt the feelings of those who seek to guard traditional cultural values. In sharing Christ, we need not seek to wreck local cultures. If there are changes that need to occur, let’s let the words of Christ speak to those changes over time. And let’s be quick to apologize for the noncaring acts of some of those who have gone before us, offending local people with a sometimes-warlike spirit of aggressive proselytism. May God grant us wisdom to understand such a complicated world!
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (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  (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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000130 Brigada Today

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BRIGADAFEST DRAWS WIDE SPECTRUM OF PARTICIPANTS

Brigada Logo Thanks to all those who prayed for BrigadaFest 2000! What a weekend! Dozens of churches showed up, many of whom were serious about planning for reaching unreached people groups. Facilitators from Caleb Project, Team Expansion, Antioch Network, Interdev, AD2000 & Beyond, and many other groups pitched in to help catalyze new ministry around the globe. A church in Virginia is praying to adopt a group in the next 3 months. A congregation in Ohio is asking God to help them enter a new field within the next year. Another in Tennessee actually interviewed a couple during the event itself, praying about adopting not only the couple’s target field, but also the couple themselves! Many participants expressed positive comments on feedback forms… but there’s always room for improvement. We’re already planning next year’s BrigadaFest for Feb. 8-10. Please jot down those dates on your calendar and begin planning now to take part in the biggest celebration this side of Heaven!
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EGROUPS FINALLY PAYS FIRST CHECK TO BRIGADA

Brigada Logo Long-term readers of Brigada Today will recall that when we switched over to this list- server, eGroups pledged to send checks in exchange for the ads that trail each edition of our mailing. Well, after a full year on board eGroups, they finally paid their first check this past week. The grand total for one year’s ads: [drum roll] snare drum $27. Okay… so we won’t get rich on $27. But at the same time, remember that we didn’t have to ask all 10,000 of us to start paying for Brigada Today mailings, either. :-) (And that was the path that the previous list-server’s managers wanted us to take.) Kind of helps put things in perspective, doesn’t it. :-) Anyway, my first inclination was to split the $27 check right down the middle, 10,000 ways even. After all, we’re one big egalitarian family, right? :-) That would give each subscriber a total of about 1/4 of a cent in exchange for reading those ads for a year. Then, on second thought, I figured… maybe not. :-) After all — how would I package up all those penny-pie-slices. :-) So maybe we’ll plow it into web-site fees or something. Anyway… at least you know we’re not getting rich. :-)
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WATCH THOSE PRAYER REQUESTS FOR A “VERIFIABLE OPC”

OPC logo At the end of each and every Brigada Today, we ask participants to think twice before forwarding any emails, whether they are cookie recipes or prayer requests. We suggest that every email should have a “verifiable OPC”. That is, you should be able to verify the origin, the purpose, and the closure date. Lately, seems everyone is relaying these prayer requests about missionaries David Allen or Mike Hutchinson. To check these out, I went to the guy in charge of information systems for the entire International Mission Board (IMB). Turns out that David Allen indeed got better (over a year ago) and Mike was never charged. So why do these requests keep circulating? Because the originators never followed the Brigada protocol of a verifiable OPC… and everybody else seems to just follow suit. So please don’t click on forward until you check the truthfulness and relevance of the particular message. “Just say no!” :-) For more information, see the last paragraph of this email.
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CROSS-CULTURAL BIBLE INTERPRETERS

Bible Are you interested in the possibility, the viability, and the practice of cross-cultural biblical interpretation? Join the new Egroups E-mail discussion list dedicated to the exciting discipline of “Ethnohermeneutics” (cross-cultural biblical interpretation). In today’s climate of pluralism, many think that this is not either practical or possible. What do you think? For more information, contact Jim jagehmanathotmaildotcom  (jagehmanathotmaildotcom)   or visit the web site at http://www.egroups.com/list/ethnohermeneutics/. Yikes. gulp Now if we can just learn to spell it! :-)
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TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, A STAR IS BORN

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 1980, 500 Christian students gathered in Schwab Auditorium at Penn State to hear Ralph Winter and Greg Livingstone talk about missions. Dr. Winter discussed the missiological breakthrough that he referred to as the Hidden Peoples. Greg Livingstone motivated the students to take great risks to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. By Saturday afternoon, over 70 students had signed up to take the Perspectives class. This was the first time the class was offered outside of the USCWM in Pasadena, CA. Dozens of students began to pray about how God would want them to be personally involved in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. In response to a specific challenge from Greg Livingstone, four of the students started to make plans to go to Libya. Caleb Project was born! For more information, see http://www.calebproject.org. Congratulations, CPers!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE POWER OF PRAYER

world globe A team of believers conducted a prayer walk in a village of the Jola-Fogny people of West Africa. They prayed with more than 200 men, women and children in one area. When elders in another area saw how God answered those prayers, they invited the team to come pray for their school children. Classes were dismissed so 360 students could kneel in a circle around the intercessors, who prayed for them while the village’s religious leaders watched.
(Source: Advance newsletter, January 23, 2000, http://www.brigada.org/advance/adv20000123.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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FREE “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINES

book Want a free copy of the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook? Get them now from Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)  . You simply can’t beat the price on this offer! The magazines for your church, school or group are FREE. All the publisher asks is that you cover the modest “out-of-pocket” Shipping & Handling charges to get these issues to you, and that you request at least 10 copies. Ten great articles (career missions, tentmaking, power of partnership, long-term missionary service, how to be effective in community/missions service, and more) plus Five Comparison Charts (career options, short-term, training, domestic service, support staff). A 52-page magazine packed with useful stuff. E-mail Bill as above, or fax to 626-798-2712. The copies you request will be shipped right away.
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FREE SEMINARS ON SECURE COMMUNICATION

From 2/18 to 2/25 in Northern California, ESEND.ORG is offering free seminars on a new and secure way for missionaries and their supporters to communicate. For a schedule and locations please see https://www.esend.org/schedule.html. Have you ever wanted to communicate with your supporters without using coded language? ESend is a website where missionaries and their supporters can come and share securely with each other in near real- time even across the ocean. The sharing takes place in private small groups which it calls “Sending Communities”. A missionary can start a community within ESend and then privately invite their supporters to join. The ESend website features secure web-based email, secure chat (instant messaging), secure topical bulletin boards, secure photo and video postings, secure file sharing, and other secure features. Note that you must have “live” web connectivity to participate.
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INQUIRY INTO ISLAMIC FAITH & PRACTICE

graduation cap Are you interested in sharing hope with people of the Islamic Faith? Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is offering classes under its Islamic Studies program this summer. The classes will involve an Inquiry into Islamic Faith and Practice, Islamic History and Islamic Movement, And Approaches to Folk Islam. If you are interested please contact the school wmcatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu  (wmcatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu)   or visit the school’s web site at http://www.swbts.edu by April 2000. You may also call 800-SWBTS-01 in the USA or via Net2Phone or 817-923-1921 ex. 7500.
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LIVE ON THE “EDGE”!

Edge3 is a conference of innovation and of extending the church beyond the edges of its walls in the postmodern world. You can connect to innovators with fresh ways to cultivate new leaders, help groups reproduce, do local outreach, do global outreach, and use your career for the kingdom. This conference, known as Spare Not in a former life, grew out of the amazing Church on Brady in Los Angeles. You can join its Pastor, Thom Wolf, now a professor of Intercultural Ministries at Golden Gate Seminary, along with Dieter Zander, founder of the Gen-X ministry at Willow Creek, Dr. Carolyn Bishop, International Director for a consortium of 46 universities & colleges, Dwight Nordrom, starting strategic businesses to reach the unreached, and 50 total presenters and speakers in a fresh interactive format. It’s all happening at Casas Adobes Baptist Church in Tucson, Arizona March 2-4. http://www.leafline.com/edge, co-sponsored by 10 different churches and ministries.
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UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF OPERATION WORLD REVISION

Have you been wondering when Patrick Johnstone and company would finish a new revision of Operation World? So have we! :-) Remember, however, it’s a massive undertaking to write missions updates on a whole world. This past week, Patrick wrote us here at Brigada Today, that his team had “now completed the first draft of 86 countries” there are still 150 to go! We have been aiming to complete the manuscript by the end of 2000, but this may be an impossible goal for us now.” Please pray for him and his staff! Everyone … seemingly everyone is asking for that book.
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BRIGADA EXPRESS
Special Report on BrigadaFest 2000

BrigadaFest 2000
Contributed by Chris Bushnell

Nearly 150 unreached people group advocates from 23 American states and several countries met February 3-5, 2000 at Southeast Christian Church. During these 3 concentrated days, facilitators from several mission organizations like AD2000, Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, Caleb Project, Interdev, and Team Expansion helped church members from various congregations and Adult Bible Fellowships to understand more clearly what it means to “adopt” an unreached people group. As a part of the training process, participants were led through a clearly defined plan for planting new churches in previously untold areas of the world. Special tracks pulled together praying partners and planners for particular groups. BrigadaFest is a joint venture between Team Expansion and Southeast. BrigadaFest 2001 is already being planned for February 2001. Many more participants are expected to participate in 2001 since it will be open to Southeast members and there is more publicity planned for 2001.

In John 17, Jesus prayed, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me…” (vs. 23). This prayer motivates organizers of BrigadaFest. It is their hope to foster the formation and continuation of networks intent on finishing the task of sharing Christ’s hope and love with a particular piece of the very world Jesus described — the unreached peoples.

Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded January 25, 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message!

To understand the ethos of BrigadaFest, one has to look back a few years to January, 1995. The National Missionary Convention of Christian Churches had asked Doug Lucas (President of Team Expansion which moved its home office to Louisville in 1997) to serve as President of the convention in 1996. In an effort to understand the complexion of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, along with their missions outreach, Doug and others called together leaders from across the land. They met in small focus groups of 7-12 people in cities and towns across the country and out of that study came several proposals, among which was a bold new form of missions outreach called PACE. At follow- up prayer and training sessions in cities like St. Louis, Dayton, & Denver, dozens of church leaders came together to lay plans and strategies for a concerted outreach among specific people groups that each church network had agreed to adopt. The concept immediately caught on and now, less than 5 years later, those dreams have resulted in outreaches to places like Bosnia, Italy, Morocco, and many other lands.

Tina Harris, a member of the Couples for Christ ABF at Southeast, led a segment of the Prayer Coordinators track on Saturday morning. Couples for Christ has adopted an unreached people group in a country that cannot be specified for security reasons. Tina serves as the Prayer Coordinator for this project which began in 1996 when Bob Dabney, who was teaching the class, spoke to Southeast’s Missions elder, Russ Summay. Bob had just finished the Perspectives class offered each spring by Southeast. Bob became convicted of the need to adopt an unreached people group. Russ challenged Bob to share that vision with the class and they responded by adopting this particular group. Eric Rouch was appointed the Missions Coordinator for the class and Tina was appointed the Prayer Coordinator. The following year several class members, including Eric and Tina, went on a Prayer Journey to the country. After further prayer and research journeys the first full time missionaries should be on site within the next 12 months. Tina shared with BrigadaFest participants the difference prayer makes – especially when dealing with difficult challenges like countries that are officially closed to Christian mission work.

Tina’s aunt and uncle (by marriage) are members at Cary Christian Church near Raleigh, North Carolina. Ned and Jo-Ann Harris were sent by Cary Christian to attend BrigadaFest. This church (along with the Home Builders class at Southeast) have adopted another unreached people group in a different part of the world. The people of this country have survived a devastating civil war. Jo-Ann has been particularly struck by the incredible oppression of the women in this particular country. Of BrigadaFest she said, “Because of our time at Southeast and BrigadaFest our church’s project was dramatically impacted.” Ned and Jo-Ann operate a management consulting firm and are have high expectations when it comes to well-organized events. “We truly appreciate the incredible amount of thought and planning that went into the BrigadaFest event and notebook. It was a class act through and through. After I returned, though exhausted, I poured back over the notebook. It will help us with planning and implementation for years to come.” Jo-Ann also appreciated the informal sharing time that took place during meals and breaks that allowed her and Ned to glean from the wealth of experience from those who attended the event.

Ned and Jo-Ann were also personally impacted by the event. After seeing a video that depicted the plight of women in her adopted country Jo-Ann said, “I left as a woman on a mission. I will not rest until I have done everything I possibly can to make life better for the women. I will be praying, lobbying my congressman to change policies toward this country, sending aid, going and serving. Nothing will stop me now.”

Back in 1995 Doug Lucas began compiling weekly missions resource sent via e-mail called Brigada Today The email edition is then published on the web by Bob Mayhew. With nearly 10,000 participants, Brigada Today is quite possibly the largest network of its kind. New subscribers are joining every day. To subscribe, send an e-mail to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . To read Brigada Today on the web point your browser to http://www.brigada.org.

Chris Bushnell is a member of Southeast Christian Church and Team Expansion’s Vice President of Personnel.

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TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (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  (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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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BRIGADA THROWS A PARTY!

Brigada Logo This is it! BrigadaFest is happening Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, Kentucky! If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. For more information, go to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on BrigadaFest info. Get input on sharing the gospel with unreached peoples. Hear from Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, AD2000 & Beyond, Caleb Project, Team Expansion, InterDev, and dozens of local church leaders who are actually making a difference! Take part in a Concert of Prayer led by Caleb Project’s Executive Director, Greg Fritz! Listen to Glen Elliott (flying into BrigadaFest directly from Kosovo and Ukraine) on the importance of prayer . . . and not giving up. Work to meld international partnerships with the likes of UK-based Wayne McGee from InterDev. And there’s much much more. It all starts Thursday night… so you’d better act fast! See ya there!
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ADVOCACY IS LEARNING, LINKING AND LOVING

Has God given you a passion for an unreached people group that you want to share with your church and others? If so, come to one of Caleb Project’s “Advocate Training Seminars” this spring. Discover how to focus on a people group and help others do so, too. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of ministry partnerships and discover that you’re not alone. Strategize with like- minded advocates and share your stories. Three-day training sessions will be held April 6-8 in Raleigh, NC and April 27-29 in Denver, CO, or come to the one-day version at BrigadaFest! For more info contact John or Marti at Caleb Project trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)   or 303-730-4181; or visit http://www.calebproject.org.
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LEADERSHIP COURSE OFFERED OVER INTERNET

graduation cap Mid-South Christian College is offering a course (two semester hours credit) over the Internet at a special half-price introductory offer of only $75. The course, Leadership Principles, will deal with Biblical and Practical issues in developing leadership within the local congregation. This class will be taught by a veteran missionary with 20 years of experience in church planting. For more information write Larry LGriffinatTeamExpansiondotorg  (LGriffinatTeamExpansiondotorg)  .
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TRAINING FOR YOUR MISSION’S PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT

graduation cap If you are responsible for any phase of people development or people services in your mission, this workshop is for you. It will be a time for professional training, interaction with colleagues, focusing on specific responsibilities, examining values, plus encouragement and vision. Scheduled for March 6-9, 2000, there is still space. For questions or to register, contact Karen MTIregataoldotcom  (MTIregataoldotcom)   at Mission Training International or visit http://www.mti.org. All information is on the web plus a registration worksheet. You may also phone 719-594- 0687 or 800-896-3710.
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WHERE ARE THE DVD RESOURCES?

cd-rom Daniel’s dbrayatindiafocusdotorg  (dbrayatindiafocusdotorg)   hot on DVDs. But he’s wondering… where’s the beef? He’s looking for sources for audio bibles, bible study materials, training materials, or language study courses on DVD. He’ll compile a full report. But we have to send him the stuff. Can you help? If so, please write him! And by the way… he’s been a Brigada participant since 1996! :-) Now there’s a dedicated missions guy. He’d have to be — to put up with these weekly emails for 4 years! :-)
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GET THE SKINNY ON PERSPECTIVES

Bill Bright calls its “unbeatable”, Floyd McClung says “It’ll ruin you for the ordinary!”, George Verwer suggests it is “absolutely essential”. For the past 5 months, local Perspectives teams have developed, prayed for, and prepared to mobilize their community. Now, Perspectives has just started up in 90 locations throughout the US & Canada – 15 evenings of mission challenge and study, inspiring material and great speakers. Grad. and undergraduate credit are an excellent value; enrollment is open through the second week of class. See www.perspectives.org for course locations, start dates and further information. Better hurry!
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STUDY THE WORLD OF ISLAM

The Eastern Regional Office of the U. S. Center for World Mission is offering a pilot version of a Perspective style course on the World of Islam beginning Monday Jan 31st in McLean, VA. and Tuesday Feb 1st. in Wayne, PA. This is a mobilization course and is not intended to compete with Islamics training programs but rather is intended to develop awareness and promote involvement. Anyone interested in attending either class may respond to Keith at 610-647- 9888 or KeithS207ataoldotcom  (KeithS207ataoldotcom)  .
note (Note: Because their materials are in draft form, they cannot offer their materials for sale or register extension students at this time.) And may God bless our Islamic friends around the world!
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PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE IN TENNESSEEE FEB 18-20

GoGlobal! is a weekend Perspectives Conference sponsored by US Center (SE Region) and Campus Crusade for Christ (MidSouth Region). The time is specifically geared toward University students, but is open to all. The conference will be at the Knoxville Hyatt and the registration deadline is Feb 1, 2000. For more info and to register online check out http://GoGlobal2000.com or email staffatgoglobal2000dotcom  (staffatgoglobal2000dotcom)  .
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FREE DSL MIGHT BE COMING TO YOUR AREA!

Ray raymholtatixdotnetcomdotcom  (raymholtatixdotnetcomdotcom)   says so . . . and to learn more, he asked that you click on over to this web URL (there’s no “www” on the front): i.winfire.com/s/isapiEng.dll/wf.exe?cmd=dl&170006798,13755,452&.exe I think he might win a free DSL modem out of the deal :-) but hey… if you get free DSL then it won’t be a problem, right? :-)
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WHERE CAN KERRYN LEARN ABOUT KIDS’ MISSIONS RESOURCES

Kerryn’s skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   an Aussie (from “down under” — Australia) with a passion for helping kids learn about missions. Where would you send her for curriculum, resources, tools, and guides? Please drop her a note and she’ll assemble an autoresponder file for all of us to download.
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TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS

graduation cap COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training International are hosting their third annual Short-Term Mission Leaders Training seminar, May 4-6 in Honolulu. This program focuses on building a training program that can be used in your own setting with coaching and other help available from our experienced training staff. It can help both in preparing people for an international assignment and for those committed to cross-cultural ministry closer to home. Interaction and personal reflection will be key program elements as well as time for informal conversation. Each participant will leave with a notebook including a model training program which they have experienced and will be able to lead. Supplemental training resources will also be available for purchase. Cost is just $199 per person with lodging and meal packages starting at $150. We’ll help get you the best airfare rates as well. Contact Greg in Hawaii at 808-668-6569 or commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   for registration materials. And like all good Hawaiians, he says, “Mahalo!” (thank you!).
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HELP FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO AIDS VICTIMS

graduation cap There’s a new school running on the Kona Campus, beginning October 2000. Topics include HIV/AIDS Fact and Fiction, God’s Character to love people living with HIV/AIDS, Spiritual Bondage of sexual and drug addictions, Pre & Post Test Counseling, Death, Dying and handling Grief, Self-care. Here’s your chance to educate yourself and the world, taking the fear out of AIDS/HIV. For more info, email Sue sugeatuofnkonadotedu  (sugeatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Keeping in mind Islam’s perspective of God, sin and salvation, these 100 chronological lessons for Muslims present the key stories and central message of God’s prophets according to “the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel.” THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (TWOR) is an English translation of 100 fifteen-minute radio programs originally written in the Wolof language for Muslims (and animists and Catholics) of Senegal, West Africa. The 543-page book’s purpose is twofold:

  1. Reading by English-speaking Muslims and other true seekers.
  2. Translation into other languages for radio broadcast.

Currently, TWOR is being (or has been) translated into about twenty languages. Color-cover book: $12 (+ $3 shipping). Quantity discounts for two or more. On the web (minus the forward and appendixes): http://injil.org/TWOR/ or write via snail-mail to TWOR, PO Box 4006, Greenville, SC 29608-4006, Telephone: 864-610-9818 Email: TWORatinamedotcom  (TWORatinamedotcom)  .

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FULLER SEMINARY NOW OFFERING ONLINE COURSES

graduation cap Interested in a unique learning experience? Fuller Theological seminary now offers courses through the World Wide Web! Earn an entire six course Certificate of Christian Studies! Upcoming Courses For the Spring 2000 quarter:

  1. MH 520 The Historical Development of the Christian Movement
  2. ML 530 Lifelong Development
  3. MT 520 Biblical Foundations of Mission.

Receive a special $100 discount rate for Spring registrations. Visit: http://www.fulleronline.org for more information and details on signing up. Call:800-999-9578 or 626-584-5266 or e-mail idl-infoatdeptdotfullerdotedu  (idl-infoatdeptdotfullerdotedu)  .

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PRAYUSA!

praying hands For the fourth consecutive year Eddie Smith, national coordinator, has announced PrayUSA!, 40-days of prayer and fasting for revival and spiritual awakening from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, March 8 through April 16. For more information on how you can participate, simply send a “blank” email message to prayusaatusprayertrackdotorg  (prayusaatusprayertrackdotorg)  .
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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BRIGADA TURNS FIVE YEARS OLD!

Brigada Logo fireworks show Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out 5 whole years of weekly back issues (Count ’em!) at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY. The email edition is then published on the web by Bob Mayhew mayhewatbrigadadotorg  (mayhewatbrigadadotorg)  , bless his soul. :-)

Want to celebrate Brigada’s birthday? There’s no better way than to come to BrigadaFest, Feb. 3-5. For more information, go to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on BrigadaFest info.

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VIDEOS/FILMS OF UNREACHED PEOPLES

movie camera What an incredible index! Once I discovered the work that AD2000 & Beyond had done on their new unreached people video index, I started begging them to make it available to the world on the web. Lo and behold, within 10 days, they cranked it out for all to see! I love it! And as far as I know, you’re hearing it first right here in Brigada. Just head on over to the AD2000 web site at: http://www.ad2000.org/adoption/Resrc/Video/Index.htm for a listing of hundreds of videos/films from both Christian and non- Christian sources (including the American Anthropological Association). The entries feature specific peoples, or peoples related to those on the Joshua Project 2000 list. A printed version is included in “Building Networks”, available for $12 from infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  . AD2000 & Beyond extends special thanks to researcher, Pete Eyster! And we all extend thanks to Lee, Dan, Tom, Barb, and all the other folks at AD2000 who have worked hard to put resources like this at our fingertips!
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PEOPLETEAMS: A NEW SWITCHBOARD FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES INFO

lighting the way I’ve been poking and prodding to find out more about PeopleTeams.org (featured last week, “FREE WEBSITE HOSTING SERVICE“). I must admit — I’m pleasantly surprised and encouraged. As it turns out, the service is maintained by a staff of some 40 individuals who all share a passion for unreached peoples. Five are focused specifically on web- based services and another dozen or so laboring just to keep servers running at top speed. As I said last week, this service is being sponsored by a major Great Commission Christian group — and I can vouch for its character — but the agency is choosing to remain as anonymous as possible for the general public so that it can provide this service as a free switchboard for the unreached. So the bottom line is that someone, somewhere has given sacrificially so you can have an ad-free environment in which to host your unreached people group network, or at least point people to it. So check it out at http://www.peopleteams.org. Just click on “Request a Free Website.” Mark my words — this thing has potential. And by the way — they’re running FrontPage server extensions, so you can publish using those.
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… OR STRATEGIC NETWORK OFFERS COMMUNITIES

WebWatch Check out the Strategic Network on the web. It offers a series of “toolboxes” which allow you to publish information on our site about your people group. This includes a complete content management system for publishing newsletters, prayer requests, web links, knowledge base articles, photo catalog, documents (some password-protected), up to 99 message bases (which can be open, restricted or closed and can be integrated with e-mail mailing lists), bookstore, and more. Plus, they have an e- commerce system coming which will enable people to contribute funds toward specific projects. They have the JP2000 list integrated into their site and offer free space for anyone who wants to moderate a forum on a specific region, country, people group, or issue (you can create your own issue-based forum–i.e. persecution, or missionary training, etc–in our forums area). For more information, check them out at http://www.strategicnetwork.org. Additionally, they also offer free hosting for agency splash pages, private password-protected workgroup areas, free email list service (now in beta), and much, much more… Their goal is a community area for people interested in serving the least-evangelized peoples of the world. Their method is “to promote our members rather than themselves.” To see some of their sample communities in action, check out: http://yemen.strategicnetwork.org, http://tibet.strategicnetwork.org, and http://japan.strategicnetwork.org.
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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT (NEW VIDEO)

movie camera Check out this great new video by Good News Productions. It features interviews with 2 beginning missionaries talking honestly about their hopes, their doubts, their tough decisions, “What did it take to get you to go?”, humor, candid testimonies, video footage from around the world. For more info, write gnpiatgnpidotorg  (gnpiatgnpidotorg)   or, if calling from the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800- 457-GNPI.
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MISSION COMPUTER SPECIALISTS TO MEET IN AUSTRALIA

ICCM logo Since 1989, Christian mission computer specialists have been meeting in the USA at the International Conference on Computers and Missions (ICCM). Now, for the first time, an ICCM is to be held outside the US, in Australia. Computer and Internet specialists from Christian Mission offices in Australia and the Pacific region will meet in April 2000 in Melbourne to exchange ideas and learn new technology. ICCM-AU 2000 will be held on the weekend before Easter, April 13-17, 2000. The conference is open to both fulltime staff and volunteers involved with supporting computer systems for Christian missions and/or communicating via the World Wide Web. Participants from outside Australia are welcome. ICCM will still be held in the USA in June 2000. Contact iccm-auatcrosscapedotcomdotau  (iccm-auatcrosscapedotcomdotau)   You can also see http://www.iccm.org/.
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SCRIPTURE GIFT MISSION – AFRICA

Bible Scripture Gift Mission Africa http://www.sgm.org.za, part of SGM International, exists for the purpose of publishing Scripture portions in a culturally acceptable way, reaching as many people of the world as possible. SGM publications feature carefully selected verses on different themes intended to introduce the message of the Bible. SGM works primarily in major languages, but has a particular concern for smaller language groups as well. As a result, every year SGM has the privilege of publishing the very first Scripture portions for several language groups. If you, or people you know of, are conducting outreaches and missions work in Africa then consider using SGM material. SGM material is given free to those who ask for it. SGM has many local offices or depots in African countries. Contact Manie Lombard at safatsgmdotorg  (safatsgmdotorg)   for more information.
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A PICTURE’S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Mark Kelly reports in the latest Advance, “A church in the Ukraine conducted an evangelism project that included an exhibit of paintings in a local cultural center that portrayed the life of Jesus. Visitors were given a guided tour and a Bible and were invited to church. Missionaries were excited to discover that among those drawn to the exhibit were Crimean Tartars, an unreached people group that lives on the Crimean Peninsula. Workers were able to sow gospel seeds among this unreached people group, answering questions about who Jesus is and giving away Bibles. Thank God for surprising these workers with this opening for the gospel. Lift the Crimean Tartars to the throne of grace and pray that God’s spirit would move in power among them.”
(To subscribe to Mark’s free sister publication, send an e-mail to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .)
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MISSIONARY ALERT EGROUP

Christian Missionary Alert has been created so that missions and missionaries can alert each other to emergency situations and events worldwide. This would include concerns such as: natural disasters, political unrest, persecution outbreaks, epidemics, terrorist threats and activities, etc. If you or your mission board need this kind of information and would be willing to share emergency information that you are personally aware of in your area, the group’s organizers invite you to join this network of missionaries who are concerned for one another’s safety and well-being. To subscribe, send a blank message to cmalert-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (cmalert-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .
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J3:16 TRACT INNOVATION

Caribbean Christian Publications has produced quality color tracts for downloading at http://www.impacto.org/j3-16. The idea is that these FREE one-color tracts can be downloaded (PDF format), opened, viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader (free from http://www.adobe.com). Once they are printed out they can be copied (front and back of a 8.5 X 11″ paper) on photostatic copiers and distributed at will. Many have already done this. In fact, one Venezuelan said copying on demand was more financially feasible than going out and stocking up on already printed tracts. Available in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Look for French soon. For more info. write John jmhattonatcinmaildotnet  (jmhattonatcinmaildotnet)  .
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AUDIO SCRIPTURES IN REAL AUDIO AND MP3

WebWatch Audio Scriptures International (ASI), founded in California in 1989, now has its beautiful Portrait of Jesus arrangement of Scriptures from the Gospels and the “God’s Powerful Savior” arrangement from Luke available from its web site in 85 different languages. At http://www.audioscriptures.org you can listen to these in Real Audio or MP3 player in whatever language best communicates for the listener. Many have said that these arrangements are to the audio world what the Jesus Film is to the visual. ASI also has its most recent recording, the new translation of the New Testament in Albanian posted in Real Audio and MP3. The entire Bible in Chinese Mandarin and in Russian is scheduled to become available in Real Audio soon. ASI has entire New Testaments available in audio in some 200 languages and individual books in another 125 languages. You can find all of these listed in their web site catalog.
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MISSIONS SONGBOOK/CD: “LET THE NATIONS REJOICE”

musical notes The latest edition of “Let the Nations Rejoice-Worship songs declaring God’s Glory” is ready for shipping. This compilation of missions songs celebrates the global reign of King Jesus and challenges the Lord’s people to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Appealing to churches from liturgical and traditional to contemporary, the collection gathers together powerful mission hymns and choruses from across the English-speaking world. Accompanying the 32-song resource is a CD of 15 of the tunes, recorded by a team of well-known Christian artist “musicianaries” with a global heartbeat. The recording is like a double CD in that it starts with the fifteen fully orchestrated tracks and concludes with a second version of the fifteen songs just with the instrumental parts for small churches or soloists needing backing tracks. For ordering information email Dennis dennisdotbrightmanatusadotomdotorg  (dennisdotbrightmanatusadotomdotorg)  .
(Thanks to Rick of Missions Frontiers at the US Center for World Missions for the tip!)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON CHILDREN OF THE JESUS FILM

world globe Children are the focus of a new video being produced by the Jesus Film Project. Director of the Jesus Film Project, Paul Eshleman, says this is one of their top three projects for the year. “In February we will be releasing the new story of Jesus for children. It’s the adaptation of the Jesus Film. We went back and recreated sets just like they looked in the original film and we followed six children from ages six to 12 through the story as they watched Jesus feed the 5,000 and raise the daughter of Jirus from the dead.” It will be released in English first and then translated into other languages next year. The Jesus Film has been one of the most successful tools for evangelism ever.
(Source: Mission Network News, Jan 17, 2000, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news-01-17-00.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AIDS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA?

Jan Janaatirndotpdxdotedu  (Janaatirndotpdxdotedu)   is seeking information on missionaries, mission organizations, and other non-government organizations that are assisting those with AIDS, working to prevent the spread of AIDS, and/or caring for AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa. She’d appreciate a summary briefing of your work. She needs the information by Friday, 18 February 2000, so as to prepare a report for her church’s Global Action Committee. She requests that you put “AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa” in the Subject Line. She’ll prepare a compilation for us to post here as an auto-responder file. Thanks Jan!
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FREE MISSIONS MAGAZINES

You simply can’t beat the price on these Berry Publishing offers. Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)   is offering Into All The World (the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook, 52 pages long), and Short-Term Missions Today (84 pages long) to churches, schools, mission agencies and other groups. He only asks that you cover the “out-of-pocket” shipping & handling costs of getting these issues to you and that you request at least 10 copies total (mix & match is fine). To order, contact Bill at the email address above or write Bill Berry, Publisher, PO Box 40519, Pasadena CA 91114 or fax him in the USA at 626-798-8582. He pledges immediate shipment.
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INSTITUTE FOR CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERS (ICML)

graduation cap Looking for a seminary level course for local church missions? Now you’ve got it. It’s happening June 4 – 8 at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Organizers call it practical and in-depth, aimed at helping local church leaders develop a Strategy. Presenters will share 30 hours on Biblical basis, purpose, vision, values, strategic planning, policy development, current issues and trends, and the role of church leaders in missions. The cost is $355 including registration, materials, lunch and snacks, and lodging on campus. Participants can garner three hours of graduate credit for an extra fee. For more information, contact David 102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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MEDIA SYMPOSIUM IN NASHVILLE

Did you know there’s a Divine Conspiracy to employ your skills as a media professional and impact world cultures as yet unreached by the Gospel? And you thought it would take a seminary degree or a clerical collar or at least a passing grade in Sunday School. Not so! Or you thought it would take years of jungle survival and language training or crocodile-wrestling expertise. Not so! MediaPOST presents a Nashville Symposium for media professionals. Learn how you can do something significant with your God-given talents, your media skill set, in a cross-cultural setting. Come join them at The Foundry in Nashville on Thursday afternoon, January 27th. The excitement begins at 4:30 pm and goes to 7:30 with a break for catered food. Get the full details at http://www.mediapost.org/symposium.html.
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BECOME A TESOL TEACHER WITH MUSLIM STUDENT PRACTICUM!

This 4 week intensive course will be held in the Southern Philippines, with on-the-job-training among Muslim students at a local university. The dates are April 24 – May 20, 2000. The cost can’t be beat–only 400 US dollars which includes board, lodging, books, resources, teacher’s fees, and registration cost. 10,000 RP Pesos for Philippine citizens. The course will equip you to teach conversational English to non- English speakers. A certificate from the University of Nations will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more info. email Jurene pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph  (pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph)   or write: QCCPO 1415, 1154 Quezon City, Philipppines, or call (Philippine #): 011-6349-411-1784.
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READY FOR A FILM CHANGE?

graduation capAre you ready to change the world through film? Has God given you a passion to impact the movie industry? Do you desire to learn about directing, writing and production? Then the School of Digital Filmmaking (Com #232) is for you! The next school starts the end of April 2000. For questions or comments write svpatuofndotedu  (svpatuofndotedu)   or visit their web page at http://www.uofnkona.edu. Master the art of visual story-telling to communicate the message of Jesus Christ!
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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  (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  (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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000109 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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A CHANCE FOR STRUGGLING ARTISTS

Brigada Logo Don’t miss out on a chance to be featured as the creator of the new Brigada logo. For the full story, send a message to logoatbrigadadotorg  (logoatbrigadadotorg)  . Please help us pass the word! Think globally. We think it would be great if the winning logo came from the hand of a 13-year-old MK in Mongolia or a retired net-savvy national from Nairobi.
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BRIGADAFEST TO PROVIDE PLANNING HELPS FOR CHURCHES

Brigada Logo If your church is hoping to share Christ’s hope and message with a previously untold people group, head on over to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on the BrigadaFest info to learn more about a Feb. 3-5 event called BrigadaFest. Bring your missions committee and get the skinny on how to make a long-term difference. Write AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)   for more info.
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AD2000 RELEASES DECEMBER JP2000 UPDATE

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan the man is still pressing on. As we turned the corner on the final year of the Joshua Project 2000 campaign, he wrote us last week with an update on the ground we still have to cover in these final 12 months, if we’re going to succeed in launching “a church for every people.”

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1594
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1117
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 539
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted – 197

So if I’m reading correctly, to succeed in the JP2000 thrust, we would have to launch, at a minimum, some 1117 new churches by this December 31st. Yikes. gulp Hold onto your seats. We need more power, Scotty. :-) On the other hand, even if we don’t succeed in launching those 1100 or so churches, if we could at least get the final couple of hundred groups “claimed”, then, even if we can’t say “a church for every people,” at least we could say we have a “church-planting initiative for every people.” Trouble is, it seems we’re making precious little progress on that list. As of last August, there were 194 groups “untargeted” . . . and now, presumably because of polishing up the database, we still have 197. At BrigadaFest 2000, we’ll lift up those specific groups for prayer… but it seems if we’re going to remain true to our goals, the year 2000 is going to have to be a banner year for “adoptions.” To receive a copy of the “untargeted” list, send a simple blank email to untargetedatbrigadadotorg  (untargetedatbrigadadotorg)   and our autoresponder will send you the 12K file.

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WHICH IS THE BEST SEARCH ENGINE… REALLY

If you’re curious about which search engine has the fastest performance, there is a librarian in Montana ready to help you. Check out his web site at http://www.notess.com/search. The creator, Greg R. Notess, has assembled statistical reports on the best search sites on the Web. The winner as of the end of November was Northern Light and Fast Search. AltaVista and Google! weren’t far behind. Lately, I seem to be using Fast Search for more and more of my searches. Try it at http://www.alltheweb.com.
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MISSIONS ARTICLES ON THE WEB

WebWatch Thanks to Grace for assembling a miscellaneous collection of missions articles ready for your perusal on the Web. In this 5k file, she provides links at various missions sites on topics ranging from the missionary call all the way to staying strong in the Lord on the field. To receive her file via our auto responder, just send a blank mail to missions-articlesatbrigadadotorg  (missions-articlesatbrigadadotorg)  .
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FREE WEBSITE HOSTING SERVICE

WebWatch PeopleTeams.org is a new, free, Internet hosting service established just for fostering people group advocacy. Launched in October 1999, some 80 teams had signed on by the beginning of the new year. Team leaders and strategy coordinators are invited to request a free website by visiting http://www.peopleteams.org and click on “Request a Free Website.” Options include requesting that PeopleTeams.org host the site or link to an existing site. Each team needs to publish their own site, but PeopleTeams.org is set up to host it for free (up to 10 megabytes) and does not plan to ever run advertisements on the site. The site is supported by a Great Commission Christian group that wants to foster a team environment for advocacy, reachable via email at peopleteamsathotmaildotcom  (peopleteamsathotmaildotcom)  . In case you’re interested, we refused to feature this site until we were sure who was running it — and we can indeed vouch for the character of the person behind it. What we’re not clear about yet is whether or not the host understands how much work this could eventually bring about for his staff! :-) For now, however, the site is essentially acting as a signpost directing people to outlying sites on other servers. Once the staff gets into publishing pages for those who are requesting actual hosting, we’re not clear on how it can go forward. Either way, it’s worth a look.
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HOW DO YOU HELP ALCOHOLICS ON YOUR FIELD?

Carl carveratspersaoaxacadotcomdotmx  (carveratspersaoaxacadotcomdotmx)   wants to know. He’ll assemble the collection of responses and make it available to us all here on Brigada. He serves in the Oaxaca region of Mexico and is looking for any and all programs that have worked in your area — maybe something similar to AA?
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INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY OR MISSION

Passport To Ministry (SM) is international insurance protection for travelers with a mission! This exclusive coverage offered by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company is a policy that will fill the gaps in coverage that your current policies have while you are traveling outside the United States. It provides protection against lawsuits – even auto lawsuits, and includes workers compensation, medical assistance protection like emergency medical evacuations and travel services such as evacuations due to political instability and many more! Passport To Ministry was designed to cover sponsors (churches, mission agencies, denominations etc.) and the short-term mission groups and long-term missionaries they send outside the U.S. It can also cover tour groups, like those traveling to the Holy Land or students studying abroad. Check it out at http://www.brotherhoodmutual.com or, if you’re in the USA or have Net2Phone, call Karen toll free at 800-876-4994 x519.
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ANGIE’S STORY

Need ideas for using testimonies in outreach, either on the web or live and in person? Check out the story of Angie in … http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/testimony.html This is the imaginary story of a student, written in three ways to illustrate the importance of targeting a testimony towards non- Christians – only two are evangelistic. There is an online feedback page for you to add your own comments and suggest how you would have written it. The page is also downloadable as a Rich Text File and is royalty-free for any print magazine to use. Thanks to Tony for his ongoing efforts to help make the web a place for others to find hope. (By the way, he’s looking for folks to translate this page (or even the whole Web Evangelism Guide which it is a part of) into another language. Any takers? If so, write him directly at tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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“ETERNITY” MILLENNIUM CELEBRATION

If you saw the televised spectacular fireworks on Sydney Harbour Bridge, and noticed the word ‘Eternity’ projected onto the bridge, you might have wondered about its meaning. Tony pointed us to the full story, which is available for reprint in any print publication at: http://www.sydney-christian.net/articles/eternity.html
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SPIRITUAL TRAINING FOR GOLDEN-AGERS

Calling all middle-agers, early retirees, retirees, and seniors! Check out Ambassadors For Christ. This program, part of Youth With A Mission, is a short introduction to the heart of God and His desire to reach all peoples with the message of salvation. The program will run from March 6-23 at the beautiful YWAM base located near Trinidad, Colorado. Individuals will be challenged to

  1. know God more intimately,
  2. take time to look inward and experience inner healing,
  3. discover Spiritual gifts,
  4. learn how to discover God’s will for their lives, and
  5. understand Christ’s heart and His call to the Great Commission.

For more information contact ywamatywamcoloradodotorg  (ywamatywamcoloradodotorg)   or click to http://www.ywamcolorado.org.

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SEND YOUR IRANIAN BELIEVER FRIENDS

Here’s a chance for your Iranian friends (believers) to polish their outreach skills. The Iranian Bible School will begin the Spring 2000 semester on Feb 5th. The Iranian Bible School provides biblical, theological, vocational, and educational training for Iranian pastors, missionaries, church planters, and other church leaders. Classes are taught in Farsi. The purpose of IBS is to equip these leaders for effective and meaningful service among Iranians worldwide. For further information contact persianwoatcsidotcom  (persianwoatcsidotcom)   or visit http://farsinet.com/ibs/.
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WEBWATCH: INDONESIANS REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD

WebWatch Check out the attempts of several Indonesians in their efforts to reach the world with an evangelistic website at http://www.GW2i.com. This is an “Indonesian mega directory.” There’s also information on indigenous people, latest news about Indonesia, and country’s/provinces statistics.
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Y2K WINDFALL

Jon jon_ekbladatwritemedotcom  (jon_ekbladatwritemedotcom)   wrote this past week suggesting that maybe some folks might want to check with their overly- zealous friends to see if they can round up any “post-Y2K” survival gear (water filters and such?). You might try mailing it to your favorite missionary. Let Jon know if you hit the jackpot so he can say “I told you so.” . :-)
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FROM THE “YET ANOTHER MARKETING SCHEME” DEPT.

Tom says we ought to have a look at http://www.AdSaver.com, where you can set up to receive ads, emailed to you direct. (Everybody’s dream, right? :-) The thing is, through special software, Tom says the company shows you the ads as a screensaver. Reportedly, you earn money for each ad it displays, regardless of whether or not you are watching the monitor at the time! On top of that, there’s a referral program that pays $10 for every new sign-up you net them. What’ll they think of next.
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SEEKING POST-WAR CONVERSION TESTIMONIES

Were you converted during World War I or II or during some other conflict, or know someone who was? If so, Pete petermillatyahoodotcom  (petermillatyahoodotcom)   wants to know. He’s producing an illustrated book of servicemen who found Christ during wartime. He’s seeking to encourage Servicemen throughout the world with these stories of Gods grace. Contact Pete if you can help.
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WHICH VIDEO WOULD YOU SUGGEST?

movie camera Suppose you knew a missionary coming back for home service. Suppose she was looking for a short video with music and pictures of people from all over the world. She wasn’t wanting interviews or promotions for any one particular project or organization. Suppose she was wanting to have it as a visual aid that speaks volumes, to open and touch hearts to become more involved in missions by going, giving or praying. Suppose she was looking for something about 5-12 minutes long, already done. What would you recommend? I know where I’d send her. But what would you say? If you’ve got a suggestion, send it to Renee’ jer2911athotmaildotcom  (jer2911athotmaildotcom)  , with the phrase, “Missionary Video” in the subject line of your email. Renee’, the only catch is, we want to see a copy of that list once you’ve assembled it, okay? :-) Now… for my suggestion, I’d send her to Good News Productions for a copy of “Everybody Needs Jesus” and “The Other Side of the World.” Both are upbeat, about 5 minutes long, lots of pictures, totally music, and very gripping, and cost only $9.95 each. For more info, write gnpiatgnpidotorg  (gnpiatgnpidotorg)   or, if calling from the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800-457-GNPI.
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AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONS RESEARCH

Jim jimsatveidotnet  (jimsatveidotnet)   is searching for volunteer research assistants willing to clip or to copy articles in newspapers and journals regarding African American issues in global missions, theology, cross-cultural missionaries, etc. Visit his site beforehand at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org for a brief orientation.
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MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHERS

If you’re interested in a short-term mission trip (particularly, but certainly not exclusively African Americans) to serve the Ugandan church, find complete information on costs, travel needs, etc., at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org.
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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  (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  (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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000102 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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BRIGADA LOGO CONTEST

Brigada Logo You’re invited to help design a new Brigada logo for our web page, brochures, displays, etc. Use your imagination… the sky’s the limit. Just submit your logo as a tif, gif or jpg file by uploading it at this site: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/logo Be sure to also upload an ASCII txt file (use the same name but append “-text” to the file name) noting your name, organization or company, email address and any specifics of your proposal. The winning logo artist will be credited on the Brigada logo page throughout the entire year 2000 — at http://www.brigada.org. Artwork will be judged on the basis of its clarity and ability to convey a message in keeping with Brigada‘s ethos. All those submitting artwork will be recognized in a future Brigada Today, regardless of whether or not their particular artwork is chosen. Deadline for submitting work: Feb 29th, 2000. So “leap into action!” :-) Thanks for your help in advancing the Brigada family!
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IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR BRIGADAFEST

Brigada Logo Where else can you catch Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse, AD2000 & Beyond, Caleb Project, Antioch Network, Interdev, Team Expansion, unreached people tracks like Friends of Bosnia and Kosovo Action Partnership, missions-active churches and more all under one roof!?! Browse over to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on the BrigadaFest info to find out how to get started. The date is Feb. 3-5 — so you’d better get cruisin’! If you snooze you lose. Bring your missions committee — because BrigadaFest is your ticket to adopting an unreached people group. If you aren’t web-connected, email Angela AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)   or fax her at 502-297-9823 in the USA. Be patient. Her machine is a busy little guy these days. :-)
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DESPERATELY DEFINING MISSIOLOGY

Got a clear definition of the word missiology? Bertist bcrigoataoldotcom  (bcrigoataoldotcom)   would like to know. Send it to him and, Bertist, in 10 days or so, please drop us a note with your finalized version. Thanks!
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TRY THE “BIGZOO” FOR GREAT PHONE RATES

telephone Macon, from New Tribes Mission, highly recommends http://www.bigzoo.com for your USA- originated long-distance needs. They charge just 3.9 cents per minute and according to Macon, the service is clear as a bell. Furthermore, you can track your statement using the web. You do have to pay a .55 cent fee if calling from a pay phone. But from anywhere else it is .039 cents a minute. Note that this service requires you to dial a toll-free number each time you make a long-distance call. Also, you have to use it at least once every six months to keep it active. Calling to/from Hawaii and Alaska is more. Overseas calls are more too — but still relatively inexpensive. Check it out! Thanks Macon!
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ADOPT-A-VILLAGE YIELDS BIG-TIME FRUIT

During the first eighteen months of a new unique and focused Bible Listening effort in India, over 1,200 new believers have been baptized. Paul, with Adopt-A- Village, reports that a unique method of supervised Bible listening among largely non-literate village people is meeting one of the largest challenges facing the Christian church today: how to give non-readers access to the content of Scripture itself. For more information about how your missions agency can become involved, contact Paul aavatmilldotnet  (aavatmilldotnet)  .
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INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES 2000

Want to study Islam in the 1040 Window? Try the April 10th – June 2nd sessions at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines. The 8-week intensive Institute features a distinctive emphasis on spiritual preparation for ministry within and to the Muslim World. Instructors include Dr. Jim Bennett, Dr. Robert Douglas, Harry Morin, Vivienne Stacey, Dr. Don McCurry, Dr. Phil Parshall and Faouzi Arzouni. Qualified participants may earn up to 9 graduate credits toward their masters level program. The registration deadline is March 01, 2000. For more info, write aptsatxcdotorg  (aptsatxcdotorg)  .
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LOOKING FOR A WHEELED CARRY-ON FOR YOUR LAPTOP?

laptop computerHave you noticed that several airlines are now cracking down on carry-on sizing? Yikes. gulp You’d think we were criminals, trying to smuggle drugs on board or something. They stop us at the top of the jetway and say something like, “What in the world are you thinking? You want to take that elephant-sized bag on-board our jet! Here — let us check it for you…” and before you know it, there goes your laptop, whisked out of your hands, headed for the frozen nose of a pointed metro-commuter jump-jet. Well I’ve had enough of it. This past week, I did some research on the web to determine the maximum size for which I’d be arrested at the gate. :-) (Okay… maybe I’m exaggerating a tad.) Then I started shopping. I checked with Targus, Port, Samsonite, and a zillion other names. I finally splurged with the “Samsonite Wheeled Notebook case”, Samsonite item #141111465. It’s just a hair above the minimalist 9×14 requirement that the roughest airlines are enforcing. My Dell Inspiron (with the 14.1″ screen) fits neatly within the padded laptop pocket, with space left over inside the deep cavity for all my toothbrush gear and a change of clothes or two, . . . and even the obligatory pair of soccer cleats. (Don’t leave home without ’em!) There are a couple of front pockets for cell phones and PDAs, the in-line skate wheel system to save your back and a retractable handle to buzz you down the hall at O’Hair. Or is it… O’Hare. Anyway… I found the best price (I think) at USA-based Best Buy (888-237-8289, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week), their item 3625125. Those ordering from outside the USA might be able to get a USA-based friend to buy it and ship it to them. I can’t wait to look that next space-happy flight attendant in the eye. “Go ahead… Make my day.” :-)
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HELP FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN MISSIONARY PREPARATION

Brigada autoresponderNow you can get a free list of helpful links for missionary candidate preparation, thanks to Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   and her awesome compiling capability. (Thanks Grace!) Just send a blank email to: candidate-prepatbrigadadotorg  (candidate-prepatbrigadadotorg)   and the 4K file will be sent immediately to your inbox by our faithful and loyal computer robot (thanks to Bob Mayhew and his effective programming skills! Thanks Bob!).
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A GLOBAL GLIMPSE TAKE OF TWO CITIES

world globe A Turkish family in Europe accepted Christ while listening to a gospel radio broadcast. Anxious about how to break the news of his salvation to his Muslim parents in Turkey, the husband wrote to Trans World Radio for advice. The counselor who read that letter had received another note from an elderly couple in Turkey, explaining how they had received Christ as a result of gospel radio broadcasts. Noting the two letter writers had the same last name, the counselor realized the man in Europe would have no trouble explaining his salvation to his parents. They had accepted Christ at about the same time as their son.
(Source: Dec. 18, 1999 ADVANCE Newsletter, Kainos Press. http://www.brigada.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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MUSIC FOR THE CROSS-CULTURED

musical notes Interested in effectively using music in your cross-cultural work? Take a week of training in Applied Ethnomusicology through the Center for Intercultural Training International in N. Carolina. The course provides the philosophy and tools for cross-cultural music ministry and can be taken by anyone interested in music and missions, even without formal musical training. Topics to be covered include research, planning and strategies for music ministry; music workshops; strategies for developing and disseminating indigenous Christian music; and more. The second part of the week will focus on the specific areas of the world that the students are interested in, so some of the content will be “tailor-made” to the needs of each student. The course will be offered twice this year through CITI, March 27-31 and October 23-27. For more info, check out “Ethnic Music” at http://www.worship-arts-network.com or go to the class website at http://www.citi.org.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (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  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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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  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!
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