19981004 Brigada Today

Now with over 7500 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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PLAY BY THE NUMBERS: CAN YOU HELP THIS ACCOUNTANT?

Here’s an accountant lisa-buhlathighlandbcdotcom  (lisa-buhlathighlandbcdotcom)   who would love to have a list of resources (web sites, consultants, books, etc.) where she can learn more about tax issues for missionaries, especially as they relate to dual-status workers overseas. Can anyone help her out? Lisa, please keep track of everything you receive and send us a summary report in a couple of weeks so we can publish it here for others to see as well. Thanks!
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IDEAL COMPANION FOR PRAYING FOR MUSLIMS MONTH

Here’s a new book – Evangelizing Muslims: Helps for Beginning House Churches. According to my buddy Ian, “While laying a solid groundwork for understanding Islam and its way of life, this guide focuses on practical measures for making disciples and beginning churches.” Rev. Dr. Bill Musk, author of “The Unseen Face of Islam”, says “This is an excellent basic introduction. The Lord has obviously guided you”. Cost: US$6.50 Seamail: US$1.50 Airmail US$3.00 Discounts for multiple copies. Order from The Missionary Training Service coordmtsatxcdotorg  (coordmtsatxcdotorg)  , 18 Aston Way, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 2XY, UK.
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EVANGELISM ON THE INTERNET ABOUNDS

Is your ministry producing an effective evangelistic web site? Do you know of web sites, chatrooms, etc. that are evangelistic in nature, possibly targeting specific affinity groups? Also, are you aware of web sites or chatrooms that give specific information on how to “do” effective Internet Evangelism? Your help is needed in compiling a list of these web sites, chatrooms, etc. Please email the information to Naomi Frizzell NFrizzellatCompuServedotCom  (NFrizzellatCompuServedotCom)  . Naomi is working with the Internet Evangelism Committee – formed out of the Conference on Internet Evangelism that was hosted by the Billy Graham Center in April 1997. A list of the information will be compiled and made available on a web site hosted by the Internet Evangelism Committee, along with other resources for Internet Evangelism. Please note: if any of the information needs to be kept confidential, to protect the sensitivity of the web site, please let Naomi know.
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NEED MUSIC RESOURCES?

Need music resources? Email Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   for email accessible resources compiled for the AD2000 Worship & Arts Network that are being made available to folks like Great-Commission-minded musicians or artists, missionaries and candidates, mission agencies, missions committees, Christian music and arts training centers, Missionary Training Centers, World Mission Centers, Missions educators and mobilizers, etc.).
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FROM JERUSALEM TO IRIAN JAYA TO RED SQUARE

Christian Publishing House “Mirt” (the word “myrtle” in Russian) produced in Russian the title From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya by Ruth A. Tucker. Check out the details at http://www.cityvision2000.com/vl and read about great missionaries!
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WANT TO TAKE IN THE NEXT IAMS?

“IAMS,” in this case, means International Association for Mission Studies. The next IAMS conference will be held in South Africa, January 21 to 28, 2000, at Megawatt Park (between Johannesburg and Pretoria). The hosting Committee will be the South African Missiological Society SAMS. The theme is “Reflecting Christ: Crucified and Living in a broken World.” For more info., write hayesstwatrisc6dotunisadotacdotza  (hayesstwatrisc6dotunisadotacdotza)  .
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NOW… ENCOURAGE LOCAL HYMN-WRITING

If you’d like to encourage your new believers to write culturally authentic hymns, check out “The Catalyst Library – Tools for Encouraging the Growth of Indigenous Hymnody,” from the Ethnomusicology Dept., SIL, 7500 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75326. To order: tomaveryatsildotorg  (tom%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eaveryatsildotorg)  . See Tom for the price on this 60-page guide. Thanks Grace!
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STUDENT MISSIONS CONFERENCE

Join hundreds of students from around the country at “Global Outreach ’98” as George Verwer (OM) and Henry Hennagan (CEF) challenge you to “Take up Your Cross.” GO ’98 will be held October 30-November 1 at Eatonton, Georgia (an hour east of Atlanta). For more info call 803-735-8343 Ext. 3461 or email serivmfatscsndotnet  (serivmfatscsndotnet)  . Cost for the conference includes housing and meals for $65. Other events of the weekend include seminars, opportunities to talk with mission reps from about forty agencies, a concert of prayer, and a special communion service.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHINA

world globe Chinese top diplomats had announced they would sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights October 5th in New York. If China abides by the covenant, it could mean more religious freedoms in China. However, Todd Neddleton of Voice of the Martyrs is skeptical. “We’ll take a wait and see approach to see if it filters down. Our experience is that even signing documents at major government levels rarely filters down to the village and to the house church level. We can pray that this does facilitate a change in the policy there and for more freedom for Christians, but I think the Chinese church is thriving despite the lack of freedoms.”
(Source: Mission Network News; 10/1/98 http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WANT TO RECEIVE 6 FREE WORSHIP TAPES PER YEAR?

Then write PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg  (PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg)   and ask for the questionnaire. Sounds like a good deal! Thanks Grace!
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PIPER PIPES IN

Want to begin to imagine how John Piper has chimed in for worship and missions? Here are five comments that came in from Beth’s recent “survey” — “Diane Lahlum is a District Missions Consultant for C&MA in Ohio. She has written a presentation on “Ultimate Worship” and Piper has influenced this year’s theme for their missions conference. Paul Neeley is an ethnomusicologist with Wycliffe in West Africa and is in process of compiling a list of resources for teaching about worship in a cross-cultural context which will be ready in January. Darcie Pace works with World Christian Fellowship at Wheaton College and says that Piper has had a dramatic influence there. … Bravo for John Piper!
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CHINESE: “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WEB”

WebWatch Visit http://www.sinanet.com/about/about.html to learn more about Chinese on the web. Through new technology, it might not be far away as you think!
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AVENUES TO GET FULL RANGE BIBLICAL EDUCATION

Want to know where you can obtain a full range of Bible education on the WEB, all the way from adult Bible courses (non-college credit), to courses for certificates, Associates Degrees, a BA in Intercultural Ministries (Northwestern) and credits toward masters degrees!!! All on the web. Three locations even have Online Courses besides the correspondence courses available. Thanks Carol!

Adult Bible Courses (non-college credit)

College & Graduate Courses (college credit) (OC = Online Courses)

Thanks Grace!

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TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? FREE LOCAL INTERNET FOR UK

WebWatch Check it out… http://www.freeserve.net can set you up on the net for free email if you live in the UK! Thanks Danny!
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GET FREE SAT-PHONE TIME

telephone FREE satellite air-time! 300 minutes of FREE satellite air-time for every satellite phone purchased from MAF between now and December 31, 1998. This is about $1,000 worth of FREE air-time! Now is the time to buy your missionary the gift of connectivity for Christmas. For further details contact Planet1atxcdotorg  (Planet1atxcdotorg)   or call Rex or Paul at (909)794-1151 x215.
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OKAY, OKAY, SO WE WON’T SAY Q___ AND D_____ ANY MORE

One reader wrote to say that the phrase “quick and dirty” had its root in the street and shouldn’t find its way into Brigada Today. So this is the last you’ll see of it. :-)
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WHERE TO GET MOST EVERYTHING

Thanks to Walter for the GREAT job he did compiling the list of “where to buy most everything!” Here’s the hurry-up summary. Watch for an update on a quarterly basis:

  1. TEALBROOK–water purification products. We also carry first aid kits and some related equipment, but our specialty is in the area of water. Mike & Deb Lundeen

    TealBrook
    PO Box 372
    Hastings MN 55033-0372
    Tel: 651/480-8787 or 800/222-6614
    Fax: 651/480-8786
    Email: TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)  
    Web page: http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook

  2. PRM (Portable recording Ministries) was established in 1968 as a technical ministry providing Audio/Visual Equipment and technical assistance as an aid in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. We want to be your resource to help you extend your Christian ministry. PRM is a technical subsidiary of Audio Scripture Ministries which has locations in Kenya, East Africa, Singapore, India and Bangladesh.

    PRM may be contacted by
    Phone: 616-396-5291
    Phone: 1-800-333-1616
    Fax: 616-396-5294
    E-mail: PRMTechcenteratAudioScripturesdotorg  (PRMTechcenteratAudioScripturesdotorg)  

  3. AUDIO SCRIPTURE MINISTRIES 760 Waverly Road
    Holland, Michigan 49423 USA
  4. Lehman’s Non-Electric Catalog–They have all sorts of good stuff, from water filter systems to meat grinders. They have a catalog with some special prices for missionaries.
    Phone: 330/857-5757
    Email: GetLehmansataoldotcom  (GetLehmansataoldotcom)  
    Web: www.Lehmans.com
  5. For information and equipment for well drilling and other methods of developing rural water supplies, the best Christian source is Lifewater International at http://www.lifewater.org.
  6. Seafreight / Airfreight
  7. TRAVEL: Flight Tickets
  8. TELECOM: Interconnection, Card Services, Callback
  9. MUSIC for MISSIONS for free!! PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg  (PaulGarrattatXCdotOrg)  , MfM, 294 Massey Rd, Mangere East, Auckland 1701, NEW ZEALAND
    Phone/Fax (64-9) 2769-462 or 2769-459
  10. PRAYER CARDS – Ron Urbanovitch Missionary Photo Service MPSatxcdotorg  (MPSatxcdotorg)   www.Clearvista.com/mps
  11. NUMBER EIGHT: HOMESTEAD PRODUCTS http://www.teleport.com/~dany/mill Grain mills, water filters, Aladdin lamps, quality simple-lifestyle & outdoors items
  12. NUMBER NINE: CALL 220 INTERNATIONAL, INC. 1-800-327-1758 or 516-254-4102 or fax 516-254-2368 or email Call220incatAOLdotCOM  (Call220incatAOLdotCOM)   Randy Spelman, the President, would be happy to send his catalogs in the mail at your request. Call 220 deals in just about any brand of 220 volt appliance. Call 220 is a direct distributor for all General Electric 220 volt items which means his prices are better than anyone else’s since GE has less than a half dozen 220 volt distributor throughout the US. (Missionaries cannot buy directly from GE.) Call 220 is very generous toward missionaries and makes special pricing available. I have ordered some $10,000 of items through him and have never been disappointed.
  13. MISSIONARY RESOURCES (from International Aid Inc.) This is a 56 page booklet, published in 1997 of some 300 organizations covering lots of resources, ie. from Agriculture to Water, Wells; Pumps and Purifying Systems. Be sure to request this $2 booklet via their email: intlaidatxcdotorg  (intlaidatxcdotorg)   This booklet will help you to not have to reinvent the wheel.

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ENLARGE YOUR COLLECTION OF PROJECTION

Want to buy a used 16mm projector? Now you can. Just contact Al Moffa, Theatre Sound Service, 767 Front St., St., Catasauqua, PA 18032; Tel. 610-264-2224. Singer Graphlex, Eiki, Elmo, and hundreds of all models of Bell & Howell. He usually sells them for around $75. One Brigada reader (Ken) has bought over 100 from him over the years and have been real happy.
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GET YOUR NEWS THE EASY WAY . . . VIA EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Roger rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)   thinks news should be easier to get . ..and now, thanks to his research and the Brigada family’s response, it is! All these sources are free and easy to unsubscribe from if you don’t like them or if you decide you have enough material for the time being (unless otherwise noted). Pass this list on to others in your group or team! And thanks for the work, Roger!

IMB lists: There are some prayer request and news release e-mail lists at http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm , an “excellent source of grassroots news and vignettes.” The “Today’s Prayer” list M-F has many items of news and prayer requests from many countries. Someone with Internet access could subscribe for another who does not have it. Very good source of prayer material from around the world.

DAWN Fridayfax: Weekly missions news from around the world. Send an e-mail to: fridayfaxatibmdotnet  (friday%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Efaxatibmdotnet)   with the words:
subscribe English
in the Subject line. Nothing needed in the message area. Web site: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn/ .

Global Glimpse: Web site: http://www.calebproject.org. To receive an inspirational news bite on missions by email weekly, send your request to: jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  

Global Mapping International Newsletter List: Various items related to missions. Send an e-mail to: subscribe-gmi-infoatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-gmi-infoatXCdotOrg)  .

Global Prayer Digest: To receive daily GPD postings, mail to: subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatXCdotOrg  (subscribe-brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigesatXCdotOrg)  . A lot of interesting info on unreached peoples.

JOEL-NEWS-INTERNATIONAL: An e-mail bulletin offering news reports on prayer and revival from all over the world, published twice a week in English. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: lyrisatxcdotorg  (lyrisatxcdotorg)   with:
subscribe joel-news-international
in the body of the message. Web site: http://www.xs4all.nl/~mvdwoude.

Wycliffe Bible Translators: Web site: www.wycliffe.org has daily prayer request and other news about Wycliffe. May have info on some e-mail availability soon on the site.

Intercessors Network: Web site: http://home5.swipnet.se/~w-54890. Urgent prayer targets e-mail list. Help in praying for world leaders, etc. Request by sending a note to: lwdotprayatswipnetdotse  (lwdotprayatswipnetdotse)  . News of persecution and martyrdom. To subscribe, send a message to lyrisatxcdotorg  (lyrisatxcdotorg)   with the single line
subscribe gem-persecution
in the body of the message.

China Watch: News on missions related to China. To subscribe, send a message (subject & body blank) to: Msubscribe-china-watchatxcdotorg  (Msubscribe-china-watchatxcdotorg)  .

IFA Prayer Alerts: Various important situations to pray for in the USA, sent weekly. E-mail to: USAPrayataoldotcom  (USAPrayataoldotcom)   with:
subscribe USA PRAY
in the Subject line. Web site: WWW.IFA-USAPRAY.ORG.

Hot Spots: Daily e-mail with info on dangerous and potentially dangerous situations in different countries world-wide. Must register online, or have someone register you at the site: http://www.airsecurity.com. Not strictly missions news, but some important things to pray for which affect missions.

Brigada Today: But hey . . you’re already subscribed to this, right? :-) If not, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

GENERAL NEWS BY E-MAIL

Infobeat News: All kinds of News, Sports, Weather, and other items that can be received automatically by e-mail. Must select items you want at: http://www.infobeat.com, but someone else who has the Internet can subscribe for you, giving your e-mail address. Gives headlines, one paragraph summary, and an internet site address to click on for the full story.

Daily Brief: Briefer than Infobeat on individual items, but gives a wide variety of news, sports, business items. Very good. Subscribe by sending an e-mail to: subscribe-dbatincincdotnet  (subscribe-dbatincincdotnet)  . Nothing needed in subject line or message area. Or send to: db-requestatincincdotnet  (db-requestatincincdotnet)  , with:
subscribe
in the subject line..

Wired News Daily: News on Business, Culture, Technology, Politics, etc. Subscribe at: http://www.wired.com. Headlines, one paragraph, internet site for the story.

World Net Daily: “Cutting edge news source.” The e-mail only gives the headlines. Have to go to the web site for the news. You can subscribe at: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/.

MSNBC News: Headlines, short summary, and site to access – with news in various fields. Subscribe at: http://www.msnbc.com.

CNN personal page: Bryan Bryamiatxcdotorg  (Bryamiatxcdotorg)   says: I have also set up my own page care of CNN. Off their home page http://www.cnn.com you can choose to personalize a news web page with the kind of stuff you want to hear about and keep up on.

Compiled by Roger E. Doriot rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)   , October, 1998.

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19980927 Brigada Today

Now with over 7500 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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NEW VIDEO – THE RIFFI BERBERS OF NORTHERN MOROCCO

movie cameraApart from the famous carpets that bear their name, the Berber people of Northern Africa are virtually unknown by the outside world. In the rugged, isolated Rif Mountains of Northern Morocco live a freedom-loving people who have clung tenaciously to their distinct cultural identity and language – the Riffi Berbers. Caleb Project has recently produced a 28 page prayer guide and 11 minute video (with a condensed 3 minute version on the same video) focusing specifically on the 1.8 million Riffi (reef – ee) Berbers. There is no Bible in their native language and no indigenous Riffi church movement. According to workers serving among them, there are fewer than 50 Riffi believers in the world! Use these new tools to pray for the Kingdom of God to be established among one of the least evangelized people groups in the world. To order this prayer guide and video call Caleb Project at 303-730-4170, or email infoatcprojectdotcom  (infoatcprojectdotcom)  .
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NEW POSSIBILITY FOR INT’L COMMUNICATION: “FAMILYPOINT”?

Have you heard about FamilyPoint? Browse it for free at: http://www.familypoint.com/html/registernow.cfm?ts=1089 I’m still trying to size it up, to be honest. But on the surface, it looks to have possibilities for creating quick and dirty international communication networks. Though definitely designed for “family” interaction (e.g., the homepage is affectionately code-named, “the fridge” – complete with a ton of notes! :-) ), once you look past the cutesy interface you see a powerful enterprise-computing environment. It accepts uploaded pictures and attached files for each message in the topic-oriented password-protected forums. AND there’s live chat to boot – it even tells you which “family members” are online at the top of your screen at all times. Within seconds, I had set up a test “family” (for our 10 International Services team members in Louisville), within a larger “big picture” extended family (the whole Team Expansion organization throughout 24 countries). You can send “invitations” to prospective subscriber “family members” with the press of a button… so it’s easy to let people know about the conference. And it’s fast (at least, so far). There are ads at the top, but they’re not all that distracting, in my opinion. And most are very “family oriented” – toys and all. And wait ’til you see the graphical interface on the calendar! Each and every appt. is coded to a particular family member – and you can zoom in and look at notes for each one! This kind of stuff costs thousands in a professional computing environments… and you need a web administrator to figure it out . . . and you STILL won’t get the ease of conference-creation that you get in these easy “family” screens. ‘Course, there’s no email echo, so your international friends without web access will be out in the deep freeze, rather than the fridge. And those who *have* web access aren’t likely to want to waste it monitoring “the fridge” each day, unless there’s something pretty valuable there. So MAFxc still has it beat for the email list-server back end. But the folks at MAFxc could take a lesson from the ease-of-use and tons of options at FamilyPoint . . . Maybe banner ads will enable the future of enterprise computing? If I find out for sure, I’ll leave you a message on the fridge. Oh – and one other thing… don’t expect Brigada Today to transfer over there. I doubt they had families of 7500 in mind. :-)
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TIRED OF TURNING UP 65000 SEARCH HITS?

Try Infoseek’s new “Express” meta-searching tool. Amazingly, it’s free! It’s got GREAT browsing capabilities for search results (the end of the “back” key when searching), excellent configuration options, but granted, lacks support for advanced search techniques. Still, for the price, you won’t beat it. For example, I got a note this past week from a friend in a creative-access country saying he had heard that his entire work was posted on a web page for the whole world to see. I hopped on HotBot and couldn’t find a thing, then wrote him back and said not to believe a word they said. He wasn’t there. The next day I discovered “Express,” did the search again and located 3 pages immediately! They were at the top of the order, too. The secret? Express uses multiple search engines simultaneously. My guy was listed at Altavista but not HotBot! So… if you want to save tons of time and make your searches on the web more effective, get Express by browsing to http://www.infoseek.com and click on the “get Express” button in the upper-right-hand corner. It’s the best for the money! :-)
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INTERNATIONAL SPIRITUAL ENCOURAGEMENT FOR MISSIONARY KIDS

Now you can get it for free via “Kids’ World,” a new email newsletter for kids, co-authored by Rachel Timperon (age 14). Rachel and her Dad (or was it her grandfather?) pull together a weekly mix of stories, quizzes, competitions, birthday announcements, and personal greetings. Aimed at 8-15-year-olds, this email is sure to encourage your son or daughter on the field… or on home service… or simply at home in the USA! To subscribe, write rachelattassiedotnetdotau  (rachelattassiedotnetdotau)  . Thanks to the Southeast Outlook (of the Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY) for the tip!
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PROGRAMMERS LEAVE THEIR MARKS

Have you ever heard about those “Easter Eggs” that programmers hide in the code of the applications they’re writing? My opinion of them varies according to what kind of mood I’m in and which day it is. :-) Some days I think they must have too much time on my hands if they resort to stuff like this. Other days I realize that it’s frustrating work trying to get everything working together. It’s no wonder they resort to writing surprising “hidden features” – just for some fun after hours! :-) I hope they’re not using up TOO many bytes and bits though. We already have enough code bloat! :-) Anyway, to see an Easter Egg in Windows 98 (consisting of a slide program about the Microsoft campus and surrounding area, complete with a credit roster of every last person who ever worked on Windows ’98), follow these secret steps: Step 1: Double-click the clock in the tray portion of the Task Bar. This opens the Date/Time properties dialog box. Step 2: Click the Time Zone tab. Step 3: Press and hold your Ctrl key. Place your mouse pointer over Memphis, Egypt (you might have to look this up on a map) then press and hold your left mouse button. Pretend to drag something to Memphis, TN, then release the left mouse button. (Memphis, of course, was the code name for Windows ’98.) Don’t let go of your Ctrl key. Step 4: Still holding down the Ctrl key, point to Memphis, Tenn., then pretend to click and drag something from there to Redmond, Wash. (again, check a map). Then release the left mouse button. You won’t see anything happen on screen while you do this. There aren’t any numbers of objects on the map in the dialog box. Step 5: Release the Ctrl key. An animated dialog box should appear, listing several Microsoft developers, complete with images of the Microsoft campus and the Seattle area. If you don’t see it, try the steps again carefully. It takes some people two or three tries. Thanks to Frank Condron and Brian Livingston for this tip.
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OKAY, OKAY – I GIVE – SO WHAT ABOUT THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM?

I’ve put this off as long as I dare. Okay. Uncle. Our organization has finally organized a Year 2000 (Y2K) initiative. If you haven’t hear about the Y2K programming problem [time to crawl out from under your rock!], it stems from the fact [yup… it’s a fact] that many programs were created by programmers who didn’t want to be so presumptuous as to think that their stuff would be used past 1999. Call it short-sighted… or call it humble… either way, they dropped the ball on us. And the sorry thing is.. they dropped it as recently as 2-3 years ago, even while some were already warning of impending doom! So… for example, say your organization is currently gearing up to begin using a new accounting package, say… Quickbooks, with a template custom-designed by your accountant guy. You’d better warn him to switch to Quickbooks 6.0 (June ’98), because previous versions aren’t going to be reliable come Monday morning, January 3rd, 2000. (Did I hear a “gulp” gulp in your office?) So … how do you learn about this Y2K stuff? Best pick up a copy of any current computer journal (e.g., the Oct. 6th PC Magazine) or check it out on the web at any (or all!) of the following sites:
http://www.pcmag.com/y2k
http://www.zdnet.com/y2k
http://www.y2knews.com
http://www.year2000.com
http://www.yahoo.com/computersandinternet/year_2000_problem
http://www.garynorth.com
http://www.mitre.org/research/y2k
http://www.y2k.com
http://www.bug2000.co.uk
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BOSNIA VIDEO ONE OF MOST POPULAR

movie cameraThe new 14-minute video, “A HOPE AND A FUTURE FOR BOSNIA,” is turning into one of the most popular yet! This new look at “a cauldron of conscience” is organized in 5 major sections (in case you want to use it across 5 different meetings): Introduction, History, Situation, Challenge, and Testimony. With this one video and the tons of actual on-site footage, you’ll finally figure out what has happened there and how desperately that we need to pray. The producer, Dave Dunlap, worked in audio and video for NBC television for over 10 years. He still freelances regularly for CNN and documentaries like 20/20 and 60 Minutes. Digitally processed from start to finish, this Bosnia work is top quality for viewing or projecting to your family, at your local church, or in your mission office, regardless of continent or color. For more information, write Dave at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom  (104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom)   or simply send a check or money order payable to Team Expansion, attn: Dave Dunlap, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Tel. 1-800-447-0800. Fax 502-297-9823. (Dave says sorry, no credit cards please.) If you’re ordering the tape for a particular showing, please note your deadline. Don’t forget to add $3 shipping (unless you can pick up the tape in person). If ordering from within the state of Kentucky, add $1.02 sales tax.
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ALGERIA… AUSTRALIA… THEY BOTH START WITH “A”!

lighting the wayOkay. So it was probably late. And I was probably blitzed. But that doesn’t give me permission to substitute the word “Australian” for “Algerian”! :-) (Nov 11th item “DO YOU WORK WITH ALGERIAN ARABS?“). The address is correct at t-workatpoboxdotcom  (t-workatpoboxdotcom)  . But note in the text about “Australian Arabs” was, as you guessed, pure “sleep-keyboarding!” :-) Apologies to my Muslim friends… and everybody down under. :-)
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ONLINE EVANGELISM PAGE UPDATED

WebWatchThe Brigada online guide to using the Web for evangelism has been extensively updated. It includes suggestions for writing evangelistic pages and testimonies, how to promote pages on search engines and in other ways, foreign language pages, witnessing in chat rooms and lists, church pages, plus links to lots of top webmaster resources, tutorials, and software. There is even a poster you can print out for your church noticeboard to tell others about this resource. http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html
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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)  .
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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!

19980920 Brigada Today

Now with 7655 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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HERE WE GROW AGAIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19980913 Brigada Today

Now with over 7562 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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AT THE AD2000 WEB SITE…

Joshua Project 2000 logo Now available on the AD2000 web site – the updated Joshua Project 2000 Unreached Peoples List. As research has come in, some peoples from the original 1739 have been removed from the current list, others have been added. Now on the web you can see not only the original Joshua Project 2000 list of 1739 peoples, but also the latest, updated list. There’s also a combined list to help you find your favorite people easily. It’s all at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples
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AC ON THE ROAD

Need a good source for AC power as you tool down the dusty roads of Central Africa? Got a spouse that’ll drive while you labor away on the laptop? :-) Sounds like you need “Tripp Lite,” a 300-watt compact inverter with dual AC plugs. Low-battery alarm in case you start to drain your car battery in excess. Shuts down when unattended. Available at lots of retailers, but also directly, in the USA, via 773-869-1234. Turns DC power into 120V AC. I don’t have a web site but I bet someone will find it on the web.
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EXCHANGE FOR CURRENCY EXCHANGE WEB-SITES

Carl had trouble accessing the sites mentioned for currency exchanges online. He found http://www.cnn.com/TRAVEL/ESSENTIALS/ to be a lot more dependable.
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WEB-WATCH: MORE SEARCHING OPTIONS

WebWatch If you’re still searching for search pages, try http://www.starthere.com and see if you don’t find SOMETHING helpful!
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ADDITIONAL CHRISTIAN PUBLICATIONS

 Remember the list of Christian publications that appeared Sept. 11 (“IN THE MOOD FOR A CHRISTIAN BOOK? CHECK HERE!“)? If you’d like to add to that list, check out http://www.cpi-horizon.com and http://www.bethanyhouse.com for additional Christian publications.
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RESOURCING WEST AFRICA

If you’ve got West Africa on your mind, consider the West African Conference, which reportedly is bringing together 500 Christian leaders (from the West African sub-region) to Accra to consider how to use Resources from Africa for missions in Africa and beyond. The conference is scheduled for November 2-6, 1998. For more info., contact Solomon piafricaatafricaonlinedotcomdotgh  (piafricaatafricaonlinedotcomdotgh)  .
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WANT ISLAMIC EDUCATION? “CASC” IT!

The “new and improved” CENTRAL ASIAN STUDY CENTER will meet from March 29th to April 30, 1999 in Chicago, IL. Graduate and undergraduate course credit is available for students. Courses will cover, Central Asian History and People Groups, Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam and Sufism, Church Planting Principles for Central Asia, and practical interaction with Muslims. Costs are $350 for tuition, $300 housing, $150 board per person. Group rates are also available. For more information please contact either Dr. Robert Douglas DouglasRCataoldotcom  (DouglasRCataoldotcom)   or Dr. Jim Romaine jromai19atidtdotnet  (jromai19atidtdotnet)  .
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BE A PEOPLE-GROUP ADVOCATE!

Got a vision for mobilizing prayer and resources for a specific unreached people group? Register now for Caleb Project’s next Advocate Training Seminar, December 3-5, 1998 in Denver Colorado. Meet with like-minded people to learn more about people-specific advocacy. Learn how to form partnership coalitions and how to help churches adopt a people group. Discover the complexities missionaries face in the 10/40 window. Come away from this time with practical and specific plans! Read all about it at http://www.calebproject.org/ats.htm. For more info. contact Marti Smith at Caleb Project Advocacy Staff (303) 730-4170 trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM BANGLADESH

 In the worst floods in their history, 125 million Bengalis have to seek shelter wherever they can–by moving their beds on to bamboo stilts, or by moving to their rooftops, or by fleeing to flood shelters set up in schools and public buildings. Estimates are that three-fourths of the country are under water. Crop loss and epidemics are inescapable. One Baptist relief worker wrote that in addition to the physical suffering, the heartache is eternally compounded when we realize most of those who have died have never had a reasonable chance to believe in Jesus Christ.” However, Aug 1 this year a first “International Consultation on reaching the Bengali People” was held in Calcutta and attended primarily by Indian Christians.
(Source: Baptist Press & AD2000)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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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!

19980906 Brigada Today

Now with over 7562 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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LYRIS SWITCHOVER GOT THE BEST OF YOU?

Lyris logo You’re not alone. It’s been frustrating for TONS of others too. What’s Lyris? It’s the new software being used to bring this Brigada Today to you. It’s also used for the zillions of Brigada-peoples-* conferences that operate in the network below us. Since 1995, MAFxc had hosted all its conferences on Majordomo, an old but fairly efficient mailing list manager. Lyris is slick, because everything is echoed to password-protected web pages, but the switchover involving thousands of people has been, shall we say, uncomfortable, partly because of the sheer number of changes for the moderators themselves. Also, there were some errors caused along the way, presumably due to the countless programming details. For example, if you haven’t gotten a Brigada-peoples message for awhile, maybe it’s because some 100 subscribers were lost during a recent Lyris outage. The conference permits consultants and missionary types to give input on queries re: unreached peoples and reaching them. Also, see the last item in this newsletter regarding the essence of change. And… hang in there. :-)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM MALAYSIA

world globe Although the Enemy frustrated efforts to publicly promote a showing of the Jesus film in an area of Sarawak, Malaysia, word of the screening spread by word of mouth and more than 800 people crowded into a theater to see the film. A total of 323 viewers indicated decisions to follow Christ. Those unable to get into the theater rushed to get copies of the video, and another 143 people heard the gospel that way. This year 1,600 Jesus film teams will share the gospel with more than 30 million people in 110 countries.
(Source: Advance Newsletter 8/98, Kairos Press, www.brigada.org/advance/adv9808.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WEB SEARCH ENGINES – THE SEARCH CONTINUES

Larry submitted that http://www.looksmart.com was the best search engine. He just might have a valid argument. Wow. blinking1eyes Meanwhile, Danie wrote us about http://www.ferretsoft.com/netferret/webferret.htm which uses a free downloadable you have to install. In the end, it’s the search software that works best for you. You pick!
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IN THE MOOD FOR A CHRISTIAN BOOK? CHECK HERE!

books Carol Nevin nevincatusadotnet  (nevincatusadotnet)   sleuthed out the following for sources:
Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, MI http://www.bakerbooks.com
Barbour Publishing,Uhrichsville,OH http://www.barbourbooks.com
Campus Crusade for Christ Intl http://www.newlifepubs.com
Christian Book Distributors http://www.christianbook.com
Harold Shaw Publishers, Wheaton, IL http://www.shawpub.com
InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL http://www.gospelcom.net/ivpress
Moody Press, Chicago, IL http://www.moodypress.org
NavPress, Colorado Springs, CO http://www.gospelcom.net/navs/np
Parable Bookstores (assoc. of Christian Stores) http://www.parable.com
Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, IL http://www.tyndale.com
Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI http://www.zondervan.com
Thanks Carol!
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FREE CURRENCY EXCHANGE CALCULATORS

Check out Carol’s sources for free International Currency Exchange Websites: http://cgi.canoe.ca/htbin/calculators/currency.calc.cgi
http://cyberstation.net/~jweeesner/ccc/ccc/shtml
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TCMC (TRAINING CHURCH MISSIONS CHAMPIONS)

Now with a new four day schedule, the goal of TCMC is to train and equip key church and missions leaders to help regenerate missions vision and involvement in local congregations through high quality, professional consulting.

PHASE I Includes Seven Dynamics, GAP Workshop, and Facilitation Skills.
PHASE II Emphasizes the use of a five step process in consulting with local churches.
SCHEDULE: Dana Point, CA
Phase I: November 12 & 13
Phase II: November 14 & 15

For more information please contact
LARRY WALKER
ACMC, Inc.
1637 EAST VALLEY PARKWAY #145
ESCONDIDO, CA 92027
Tel: 1-800-587-ACMC
Fax: 760-746-9683
Email: ACMCSWatCompuservedotcom  (ACMCSWatCompuservedotcom)  .

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MORE ACMC CONFERENCES COMING TO A SPOT NEAR YOU

The Oregon Area ACMC conference is to be held on Saturday October 3rd at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Plenary speaker is Paul Borthwick and the conference title is “Missions for the neXt Generation”. For registration information contact Dennis Miller at 110216dot57atcompuservedotcom  (110216dot57atcompuservedotcom)  . Workshops include Native American Urban Ministry, Short Term Leadership Training, Short term to Creative Access Countries, Introducing Missions to the African American Church and many more topics. In addition, ACMC Conferences are being held in Ohio and Indiana this fall. The theme for both is “Turning Vision into Reality – How to Run an Effective Missions Ministry in the Local Church.” October 31 in Akron, November 7 in Indianapolis. Practical, nuts-and-bolts, hands-on, how-to workshops. For more info, contact David Mays 102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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DO YOU WORK WITH ALGERIAN ARABS?

If so, someone wants to know! :-) Write Keith at t-workatpoboxdotcom  (t-workatpoboxdotcom)  , verify that you want to release info. to him, then he’d like to gain more from any additional info. you have on the Algerian Arabs.
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CHECK WITH THE HOST COUNTRY BEFORE BRINGING IN THE CORDLESS

lighting the way Some countries, according to Bob, have regulations against bringing in the top notch cordless like the one described last week in Item “PHONE HOME FROM THE NEXT HOME OVER.” As a result, be sure to check around first!
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TO GET PGP

pgp logo PGP is an international protocol software for encoding your email so that you and your recipient can depend a little more on secure communication. Get the int’l free version at http://www.pgpi.com/ and see how it works for you! If you’re in the USA, grab the latest version at http://www.nai.com/products/security/security.asp and try it out.
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NEED A WEB SITE FOR YOUR MINISTRY? TRY SF FOUNDATION

In response to requests from ministry leaders, SF Foundation and Affiliated Outsourcing are releasing http://www.sfpages.com as a new way to help individual missionaries, national workers and Christian workers present themselves with their own multi-page web sites. A new site goes up in just five minutes and individuals can personalize their own site with their picture or organization’s logo. The sites feature a specially designed feature that takes an e-mail message and publishes it on a FlashPrayer web page. Another quick e-mail message updates a NEWS Page and a third goes to a GIVING Page! Supporters and prayer warriors sign in at the bottom of a page. Then, when a page is updated, the computer senses it and sends everyone who is signed in a personalized message: “Come see our FlashPrayer page. It has been changed!” Groups starting to use these sites include Teen Challenge Brooklyn, Student Venture Twin Cities and more than several hundred missionaries and national workers. There is even an option to activate a button on the Giving Page, for a one time set up fee, so supporters can make donations to you over the Internet on a secure page! Check out the help button and the order button on the toolbar after you check the links button complete with Veggie Tales and a witnessing link! Bruce Fleming bruceatsfdotorg  (bruceatsfdotorg)   is helping work all this magic. Check him out at http://www.sfpages.com/sffoundation — he’s a former Free Church missionary to central Africa and now Executive Director of SF Foundation in Minneapolis.
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GET THIS MONTH’S ADVANCE NEWSLETTER

Here’s an executive summary of this month’s ADVANCE! newsletter (September-October 1998). Here’s the summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — King of Bhutan proposes sweeping political changes; the Sundanese of Indonesia; Chad’s 181 ethnic groups; the Mam of Guatemala; the Tho of Vietnam; the Uzbeks of Uzbekistan; taking the gospel to 15 states of India; disastrous floods in China

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church set for Nov. 15; Christian workers murdered in Congo (Zaire); Muslim leader beheads 15-year-old son; believers slaughtered in southern Sudan; believers imprisoned in Maldives; Laotian believers forced to renounce faith; church leader among unreached people group arrested

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Radical Muslim leaders pledge to punish United States for missile strikes; “Ghost Month” in Taiwan and Macau; the Durga Puja festival of Nepal; Viacom, Showtime run “Lolita”; U.S. president issues executive order on “sexual orientation”

REJOICE! — Miraculous light in Rajasthan; Hindu businessman, family prevented from suicide; 40 rabbis accept Christ; 500 Sudanese believers rescued from slavery; India’s prime minister derails persecution of Catholic churches; biblical values affirmed by two mainline denominations; ban on assisted suicide takes effect in Michigan; police in 12 countries raid pedophiles

NETWORKING — Prayer walks in Iran; e-mail “Update on Christian Persecution”; how to protest the arrests of believers in the Maldives; how to protest the persecution of believers in Laos; how to register concern about Viacom and Showtime running “Lolita”

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CHANGE . . . OPPORTUNITY AND CRISIS

Let’s face it. Change is NOT very fun. Like… anybody want to go through the process of switching everything over from a DOS world to Windows again? Yikes. gulp There were advantages back in DOS days. Most everything ran seemingly incredibly fast. Every screen was coded by fixed font spacing. It was kind of a hassle, but once you got everything arranged, life really wasn’t too bad. Course, in late 1990, when we tried to write in a Russian font, it was nuts. Then Windows came along . . . and AmiPro. (Anybody remember those days?) All of a sudden, Russian fonts were relatively EASY! Course, the process of learning the new paradigm was absolutely unnerving. Lately, I’ve been nostalgically remembering Majordomo days as I look toward learning Lyris. True, for moderators, Lyris is pretty slick in some ways. You can look at all the conference settings on the web just like you were changing settings in your preference tabs in Windows. In other words, there are drop-down pick-list boxes, buttons, check-boxes, the works! (Do they do all this stuff with Java or what!?) In Majordomo days, FEW of us tried to adjust those settings because it was all very cryptic code. MAYBE John-Hanna-types would attempt it now and then . . . but the rest of us were a little too fearful. :-) Now that Lyris has come along, I’ve changed several settings myself… Lots more freedom… lots more precision… lots of options. But . . . yikes. gulp Take me back to the speedy days. Getting this month’s copy of Mark Kelly’s Advance to auto-respond is like watching your favorite glacier head for a dip in the bay. MAFxc tells us that the speed is picking up. I’m confident they’re working on it. They’re really good people. And they’re as honest as the day is long (during SUMMER in Alaska… not winter) :-) . But let’s face it gang. This has NOT been an easy switch. Part of it is just the . . . unknown. What’s our new password all about? How do we “get” documents (where did they all go???)? Why are some of us suddenly unsubscribed? And why is s-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o slow? To answer those questions, I have to ask another one: How many of us still prefer DOS word processors? :-) I thought so. It will take TIME to switch to Lyris… but in the end, I’m [nearly] SURE that all of us will be glad we did. Now… where’s that copy of the new PC Week so I have something to do while Mark Kelly’s Advance is being mailed to me… :-)
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19980830 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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IF YOU USE BRIGADA TODAY ITEMS IN YOUR NEWS BULLETIN

We’re thrilled! May God bless it! We only ask that you include a subscribe instruction. And it’s just gotten easier. Just put one email address behind your item… like this… (Source: brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  ). That’ll subscribe them and inform them about the service in one step. Note that the subject AND text are ignored. This is TONS better than putting Doug Lucas’ email address (he gets enough email as it is :-) ).
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DID ANYONE FOLLOW THE PIPER?

… the book that is… by John Piper. Beth Underwood hbunderatemaildotmsndotcom  (hbunderatemaildotmsndotcom)   is curious to know if Piper has influenced worship services, if churches are discovering ways to combine worship and missions so that worship is the fuel for missions? If you have a case study or example, please fire it off for Beth and she’ll assemble these and report back in a month.
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MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WEB, CAN YOU SEARCH BRIGADA?

WebWatch The answer is yes! The Brigada Website is now mirrored at http://www.brigada.worldchurches.org/. This site also includes a faster and more reliable search engine for issues of Brigada Today and Advance!.
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CALLING ALL EXPAT CHURCHES

Roger RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg  (RogerDoriotatXCdotOrg)   wants information on expatriate churches — churches in locations with a considerable number of missionaries and other foreigners in the community. He’s looking for tips for leadership, membership, types of ministries, etc. Why is he looking for this stuff? He’s just been chosen as chairman of the mission community church in Sentani, Irian Jaya, where expat. worshippers total about 200! If you’ve got some info., drop it his way and he’s pledged to write up a report and post it for us here later.
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SO WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE “GET” FILES

Lyris logo If you are seeking one of the old “get” files on Brigada (a file that was previously available via a “get” statement to the hub), just stand by. MAFxc is in the process of preparing similar technology for use with the new Lyris software. Once it’s available, we’ll announce it immediately. In the meantime, all of those “oldies but goodies” get files are still available via the Brigada web site at . . . you guessed it . . . http://www.brigada.org.
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CATCH AN ACMC CONFERENCE

Westerners in the USA, ACMC is coming your way . . . or maybe to a location near you . . . The first is in Fresno California at Northwest Church, September 25-26, 1998, featuring a one-day Children’s Festival led by Jan Radford of Peoples’ Church, Keynote Speakers Richard Allen Farmer from Dallas TX, Jim Franklin–Senior Pastor from Cornerstone Assembly of God Church, and Dr Fermin Whittaker–Executive Director of California Southern Baptist Convention.

The other is in Fremont CA at Fremont Community Church, November 6-7, 1998, featuring Keynote Speakers, Dr Manuel Fernandez of Madrid Spain, Rev Art Beales of University Presbyterian Church, Seattle WA, and Dr Peter Wilkes of South Hills Community Church, San Jose CA. For more information and brochures contact John Dupree at ACMC Pacific Central Region, 209-848-2262 or by e-mail: at ACMCjdupreeatcompuservedotcom  (ACMCjdupreeatcompuservedotcom)  .

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PLEASE DON’T DISNEY (BOGUS WITH A CAPITAL “B”)

lighting the way We agree with Wayne (who wrote us this past week)… if you receive an email from Bill Gates, Nike, or Disney, odds are, it’s Bogus with a capital “B.” Please don’t relay it to me. :-) … or anyone else for that matter. Wayne feels that someone could make a good case for a legal suit (for slander or misuse of a trademarked name or whatever) in such cases.
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OKAY… SO MAYBE HOTBOT WINS

lighting the way Last week we were excited about Excite (search engine) and this week, thanks to Rod, we’re hot about HotBot. Check out the great review at http://www.cnet.com/Content/Reviews/Compare/Search2/ss01.html.
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UP WITH LEADERSHIP SEMINARS IN UPPSALA

Here’s your chance to catch a leadership seminar in Uppsala, October 6-9, 1998, with Pastor Ulf Ekman. His apostolic ministry has encouraged and inspired ministers and leaders around the world. The seminar is open for everybody. Jan-Olov Swanberg janolovsatlivetsorddotse  (janolovsatlivetsorddotse)   has more information.
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HAVE DOCTOR WILL TRAVEL: TRAVDOC

The Pregnant Traveler, the travel medicine people who did the expatriate pregnancy survey, have now started TravDoc Consultation Services. For less than the cost of an office visit, Dr. Carroll and his staff will analyze your entire medical history and match it with your overseas trip (short term or long term). They will send you a comprehensive report with current recommendations regarding vaccinations, medicines and other health and safety issues. Whenever possible they will direct you to facilities close to home where you can get your shots, etc. Located in Michigan, close to International Aid, they also run a clinic where they can do pre- and post-travel exams. From information gained in their surveys they may also be able to help you find competent medical care overseas. Call them toll free (in the USA or via Net2Phone) at 1-877-TRAVDOC, or e-mail: them at TravDocatcompuservedotcom  (TravDocatcompuservedotcom)  .
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SOMEBODY’S GOTTA CHECK OUT THIS EMAIL CALLBACK SERVICE

Okay. So here’s the deal. You apparently email this address from overseas and suddenly, you get a callback with a US dial tone??? This I gotta see… or hear … or whatever. Who will check out http://www.musictus.com/telecom/ and give us a report. They apparently have recently lowered their rates, too. They offer International Callback, US long distance, calling cards, Internet Phone and fax, and many other services. They wrote this past week, “Our customers are now able to get a callback by using their E-mail. All the customer has to do is send an E-mail to a specified address. The access number (APN) that they wish to trigger should be in the subject of the E-mail. A callback will be received in approximately 15-30 seconds.” Who will be the brave one to try it out from overseas? :-)
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TOLL-FREE SALVATION STORY?

According to Drew Dickens ddickensatixdotnetcomdotcom  (ddickensatixdotnetcomdotcom)   , Need Him National Media Outreach is committed to intentionally presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people, using all forms of media, and providing an opportunity to respond. Drew reports via Mark, “We have over 700 volunteers that answer 888-NEED HIM calls 24 hours / 7 days a week and have received over 55,000 calls for salvation and nearly 9,000 decisions for Christ since April 1997. In addition to our decision counseling strategy for the United States, Need Him is the recipient of the world’s very first international toll-free number: 1-800-4-633-3446. (It spells “I Need Him”) The system will capture the country code of every inbound call and automatically route it to a recorded plan of salvation and volunteer in the caller’s language.” Evidently they need lots more volunteers to get the system fully functional. If you’re interested, give ’em a call or email:.
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FINISH IN STYLE

Finishers Forum ’98 (FF ’98) is the “Urbana”-like conference for career people. With the early registration period ended, the conference is subscribed to about 75% capacity. Over 30 of the leading sending organizations are exhibiting. Another 20 organizations were turned away due to lack of space. Dr. John Piper, author of “Let the Nations be Glad,” is the featured speaker. The conference is being sponsored by the Navigators at the Westin O’Hare Hotel, Chicago, October 1-3. Call (800) 981-6703 (in the USA or via Net2phone), email nelsonmatcompuservedotcom  (nelsonmatcompuservedotcom)  , or visit www.finishers.org for more information. Watch for the Finishers Project in the news. Christianity Today is doing a feature articles slated to appear late September. It will be featured in the September-October issue of Missions Frontiers and reported on in the November issue of Discipleship Journal.
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TEACHING TESOL-ERS TO TEACH ENGLISH

The dates are November 9 – December 18, 1998. The place is YWAM, Roaring Branch, Pa. The instructors are David & Vicky Scott, from Kona, HI. The course is a 6-week intensive course will equip you to teach conversational English to non-English speakers. A certificate from University of Nations will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more info., tel. 717-673-3338, or email: 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)  .
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VEGGIE TALES PREPARED IN SPANISH

Veggie Tales, the computer animated kids cartoon videos, have now sold more than 5 million copies (at $14.95 each) since being launched in December 1993. (4.6 million from Word and about 700,000 through outlets like Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and Kmart). The latest title, Madame Blueberry, which released just last week, is setting sales records according to Bob Elder, Word’s Exec. Mktg. Dir. (57,000 copies in the first 7 days). Veggie Tales is the “dreamwork” of Big Idea Productions owned by Phil Vischer. Four titles are now available in Spanish and may be ordered through usual channels. Check out the Website (with your kids!) at http://www.bigidea.com.
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COMMENTARIES RUSSIAN TO MARKET

For those working in Russian speaking countries, Christian Life International Bible College has released a set of modern day Bible commentaries in the Russian language. They have a 21-volume set of books (only the first 5 area available right now – more to come) that cover Genesis to Revelation. Each book averages about 200 pages (in the A4 format – 8.27″ x 11.69″) and some are over 300 pages. They also offer these materials in French, and several Indian dialects. For more info email clibcdotrusatclcnetdotorg  (clibcdotrusatclcnetdotorg)  . Or, call Christian Life Church, tel. 415-892-0714, fax 415-892-1818, and ask for the Russian administrator of CLIBC.
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NEED A GETAWAY IN THE ROCKIES?

Now you’ve got it, thanks to Gary Taylor garyatoperatorservicesdotcom  (garyatoperatorservicesdotcom)  . Gary wrote this past week, “God has given us a remarkably beautiful little ranch in the Rocky Mountains near Colorado Springs and success in our Kingdom business. To steward these, we’ve transformed our guest cabin overlooking the windmill meadow into a high priced tourist rental. When it is not booked, we’d like to offer it for a few days or a week to missionaries needing decompression, writing, reflection, etc. We’d charge only something nominal, like $20 to cover costs.” Sounds like a great deal. Check it out and let us know how it goes!
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PHONE HOME FROM THE NEXT HOME OVER

If you do most of your walking from within the same general area of villages or compounds, you MIGHT be able to get by with Panasonic’s new Gigarange (2.4 GHZ frequency — digital cordless), if you’re expecting an important call from a grandparent or granddaughter. Call 1-800-211-PANA (in the USA or using Net2Phone) or browse http://www.panasonic.com/gigarange for more information. This cordless phone now carries for “about a country mile!” Range among buildings and other obstacles varies, of course.
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UPGRADE READY FOR GRABBING

Thanks to Rod for the heads up on PGP’s new version, http://www.pgp.com:8001/freeware/PGPfreeware60.exeDownload This is version 6.0 and it’s free of charge in the USA. Check the site for international options.
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HEADS UP ON SAT-EMAIL

letter and ligntening bolt Thanks to Joel for the heads-up on the new device announced at sites like http://www.magellangps.com/Wireless/GSC100/GSC100Wr.html and http://www.wired.com/news/technology/story/14624.html. The big news is that the Magellan GSC 100 is expected to cost about US$1000 (making it the least expensive sat-communicator to date), with an activation fee of $49.95 and a $29.95 monthly access charge. (This includes 10 messages and 30 message checks; after the first ten messages, there’s a one-cent charge per character.) So . . . bottom line, you’ll have a device not too much bigger than the universal remote control for your VCR/TV, which can not only show you your exact position in the jungle (via a GPS), but also help you walk back out to your vehicle or airstrip. In addition, you’ll be able to email the wife and kids (or . . . should I say, the husband and kids??? :-) ) from the village! This is NEARLY Dick Tracy at his best… and getting more and more affordable. Okay… so it’s not ready for the masses yet… but it’s better than anything we’ve seen to date. Somebody check this out firsthand and get us a review!
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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!

19980823 Brigada Today

Now with 7400 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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LYRIS UPGRADE IS SLICK

Lyris logoIf you’re one of the many who have had questions about “Lyris,” join the crowd! Many of us have wondered how MAFxc’s conversion from “Majordomo” list software to “Lyris” would affect us as users. Well, although we’re just one week into the cutover process, I can tell you with a conservative “yes!” that Lyris seems to finally be coming together . . . and seems SLICK! For example, in the past Majordomo was MUCH stricter in its interpretation of your commands. Lyris tries to parse out what you MEANT to say and understand it. You can put “subscribe brigada” in the subject line even . . . and Lyris will obey. In fact, if you have to drop off your old address because you’re changing Internet Service Providers, you can even write to <brigada-today-unsubscribeatyahoogroupsdotcom> and Lyris will figure it out.
(By the way, for conference moderators/owners, Lyris is GREAT news. Though it was functioning like p-o-n-d-w-a-t-e-r for the first couple of days, it has now been speeding up NICELY . . . and the new web interface allows you to point and click at decisions that previously were tied up in cryptic config files that few understood or cared to learn. Thumbs up!) thumbs-up
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WEB-WATCH: FREE MONTH OF ON-LINE ENCYCLOPEDIA

WebWatch Did you ever wish you could try Encyclopedia Americana and Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia Online? Now you can! In this exclusive for Brigada participants (… well, maybe not JUST for us), Grolier has agreed to give us all a free month! Lori LoridotThorntonatcincybibledotedu  (LoridotThorntonatcincybibledotedu)  , the Information Services Librarian at Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, tells us that we can use “Logon: pop” and “password: quiz.” Try it at http://go.grolier.com/ and you’ll be glad you did!
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MORE WEB-WATCH: FUN WITH SEARCH ENGINES

WebWatch Did you ever wonder which worldwide web search engine would help you find the best info. on the web? Check out the following URLs to learn more. Based on the info. below, looks like www.excite.com is definitely in the front running, if you ask me.

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ALBANIAN VIDEO SOURCE

Word on the street is that kennethwesataoldotcom  (kennethwesataoldotcom)   has a great list of Christian videos in Albanian language. If that’s your focus, he’s your guy!
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GLOBAL HEALTH FOR GLOBAL CHRISTIANS

The first annual Global Health Update will be held at St Anthony Hospital, Oklahoma City on October 16-17, 1998. The two-day conference will cover emerging infectious diseases, travel medicine, and medical missions. The expert panel includes speakers from across North America and is oriented to all health professionals including physicians, nurses, physician associates and other health professionals. The meeting is cosponsored by the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS). More details on the schedule, speakers and registration details can be found at http://www.saintafpr.com/ghu CME credit will be available. Organizers say all are welcome! For more information, write TropDocatxcdotorg  (TropDocatxcdotorg)  .
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DISNEY WORLD EMAIL VIRUS

virus Do me a favor. If you get an email about how to win a “Walt Disney trip” (one that sounds more like a chain letter than a real message!), please don’t send me a copy! :-) I already have more than enough. It’s just the latest in a series of mildly harmful “email virus letters” to try to waste your time and mine. The “mildly harmful” nature is that it wastes Internet bandwidth…. so please save my share. :-)
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INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOPS FOR MISSIONARIES

Need help interfacing with people? Now you’ve got it! MTI (Mission Training International) will sponsor a workshop on Interpersonal Skills, Feb. 15-19 and March 8-12, 1999. Space is limited… so contact MTI soon at 800 896-3710, or email iswsatmailexcitedotcom  (iswsatmailexcitedotcom)  .
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DOES THIS RING A BELL? (FOR ETHNOMUSICOLOGISTS)

hand bell The sixth conference on Cross-Cultural Music Ministry will be held October 15-17, 1998 at the International Linguistics Center in Dallas. The conference will be an opportunity for missionary ethnomusicologists and interested parties to interact, network, learn from each other, and be encouraged. This conference is open to students, teachers, professionals, and all others. Whether you know a little or a lot, consider yourself invited! For more info., contact Ken-Judy_Hollingsworthatsildotorg  (Ken-Judy_Hollingsworthatsildotorg)  .
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WANT TO HELP COOK UP A NEW MISSIONS TEXTBOOK?

Here’s your chance. Charles Cook 73372dot1710atcompuservedotcom  (73372dot1710atcompuservedotcom)   is writing one and would like to learn about missions sites that contain valuable research material that missions students from around the world could access. He’s epecially interested in missions books, journals, and encyclopedias that individuals could access from where they live. He’ll assemble this list and return it to us here in a couple of weeks for all to see. AND he just might mention you in his book! :-)
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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!

19980816 Brigada Today

Now with 7391 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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NEW VIDEO: “A HOPE AND A FUTURE FOR BOSNIA”

This one’s brand new. In fact, it won’t even premier until the Antioch Network’s “Gathering” in Phoenix, AZ, on August 29th, at a special main session on Bosnia. But even if you aren’t coming to Phoenix . . . and even if your mission work is directed at a completely different part of the world, Bosnia is a cauldron of conscience — one that we can and should all lift up to the Father right now in prayer. You won’t regret ordering this video, organized in 5 major sections (in case you want to use it across 5 different meetings): Introduction, History, Situation, Challenge, and Testimony. I give you my word — with this one video and the tons of actual on-site footage gathered over the past 60 days in Bosnia, you’ll finally figure out what has happened there and how desperately that we need to pray. The producer, Dave Dunlap, worked in audio and video for NBC television for over 10 years. He still freelances regularly for CNN and documentaries like 20/20 and 60 Minutes. And every inch of this video is digitally processed from start to finish… top quality for viewing or projecting to your family, at your local church, or in your mission office, regardless of continent or color. The price more accurately reflects Dave’s mission vision than it does the literally hundreds of hours he has invested on this project. He and his wife personally traveled to Bosnia last month to help lead a prayer journey there as a step in preparing it. They did so at their own expense. He could have easily priced this 15-minute video at $45 or $60, but instead, he is asking only $17 so that ANY church or mission or missions mobilizer will be able to afford to make it a part of a “toolbox” toward understanding one of the most desperate pressure cookers on our globe today. It’s packed with sound bytes from on-site workers (though on-site workers are relatively few in this unreached land), actual footage from 10 different Bosnian cities and, practical approaches to making a long-term difference. Much of the script was inspired by text from Dick Alexander, a Senior Minister from Cincinnati, Ohio, who writes out of his own quest to figure out the dilemma that is Bosnia. So… if you’ve only got a $20 budget for videos in 1998, I hope you haven’t already spent all of it, because this one’s a keeper. For more information, write Dave at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom  (104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom)   or simply send a check or money order payable to
Team Expansion
attn: Dave Dunlap
3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299
Tel. 1-800-447-0800
Fax 502-297-9823
(Dave says no credit cards on this one, please.) If you’re ordering the tape for a particular showing, please note your deadline. Don’t forget to add $3 shipping (unless you can pick up the tape in person). If ordering from within the state of Kentucky, add $1.02 sales tax. Now let’s pray that God will use Dave’s work to help make a long-term difference in Bosnia! Thanks Dave!
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FOCUS ON MISSIONS TRIPS FOR FAMILIES

A Writer of AD2000 & Beyond urgently needs a list of mission agencies which organize short-term mission trips for whole families for an article in a major Christian magazine. (edited)
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GET-AWAY TO THE GATEWAY TO THE NATIONS: HAWAII

Finally, a great reason to have to make the trip to the Hawaiian Islands — an ACMC Conference! The theme is “Hawaii, Gateway To The Nations” and it’s scheduled for November 20-21, 1998 at the Kalihi Union Church, Honolulu. Speakers include Danny Lehmann (YWAM Hawaiian Islands Director), Manny Fernandez (Director of Sefovan Seminary in Madrid), and Woody Phillips (United World Mission, Union Mills, NC). With tons of workshops . . . it’s designed to help church leadership mobilize their churches to grow His church locally and globally. For more information and/or brochures for your church, kindly contact:
Greg Crawford
P O Box 2384
87-141 Maipalaoa Rd
Waianae Hawaii 96792
Tel of fax: 808-668-6569
email commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)  
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WORLD CUP MINISTRY HAILED AS GRAND SUCCESS

Michael Wozniak mwozniakatrbcdotorg  (mwozniakatrbcdotorg)   has hailed the 1998 Olympics ministry, “The More Than Gold World Cup event” ministry a great success. “It showed us the great evangelism potential that sports has. No testimony was more powerful in reaching the kids than seeing their soccer heroes testifying to their faith in Jesus Christ.” —Leader in Jordan. Some brief ministry highlights:

  • 15 resources were created and distributed in over 100 countries in over 22 languages.

  • Tens of thousands of people made a decision to receive Christ, and many, many hundreds of thousands of seeds were planted as a result of the many ministry efforts.

  • Brazilian players Taffarel and Sampio were exalted by God with their outstanding performances, providing opportunities to share their testimonies through the media to a worldwide audience. In fact, Taffarel was the lead story on FIFA’s (football’s governing agency) web site July 8.

  • The World Cup ministry was one of the largest cooperative outreach efforts of French churches in recent decades.

  • More than 113,000 “JESUS: Special Sports Edition” videos were handed out around the world during the 6-week event— over 80,000 in France alone!

  • Many of the national teams received copies of the “JESUS: Special Sports Edition” video.

  • More than 500,000 copies of “To Be The Best” booklets were distributed around the world.

  • For the first time people around the world could learn about the resources available for event ministry through a global medium– the http://www.sportsoutreach.org Internet site.

  • The event resulted in tremendous cooperation and unity in the body. It was evident in the way agencies and individuals came together when developing the resources, distributing them, and sharing them with the unchurched. And God blessed the efforts.

    A final update report by country is listed on the web site http://www.sportsoutreach.org

The report, which seems like a modern-day chapter in the Book of Acts, can be downloaded and printed for your files.

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LYRIS: WINDS OF CHANGE FOR MAFXC

Lyris logo If you’re been listening, you know that Lyris is coming. MAFxc has been working night and day all weekend to switch over all Brigada email conferences to this new, more powerful, web-enabled format. For more information, send an email message to this address: lyris-user-email-commandsatxcdotorg  (lyris-user-email-commandsatxcdotorg)  

The subject and message are irrelevant. Watch for more information later as to how this new format can help you be more effective at participating in on-line discussions.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM INDIA

world globe Prasad Shiva, a well-known Indian artist and Hindu, had agreed to illustrate Mark’s gospel for a children’s Bible. While reading the text, he was so gripped by the message that he decided to become a Christian. Despite the anger of some family members over his decision, his mother and two brothers have also decided to become Christians. They are now working together to illustrate the gospel.
(Source: Advance Newsletter 8/98, Kairos Press http://www.brigada.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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COMICAL RESOURCES

Want to learn more about Christian comics? Here are sites and resources discovered by Mark Snowden Mark.Snowden(at)imb(dot)org  (MarkdotSnowdenatimbdotorg)   (replace (at) with @ and (dot) with ..

“The Picture Bible” by Iva Hoth and illustrated by Andre Le Blanc, 1993. This is drawn with biblically accurate comic book-style art. The full-illustrated Bible exists in Spanish and English. NT version exist in Hungarian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak and German. Prices for the English and Spanish OT/NT Bibles are $19.99. (English stock may be out of print!) The NTs are $8.99. Missionaries qualify for quantity discounts: 4-10=15%, 11-20=20%, 21-30=30% and 30+=40%. Contact
Cook Communications International
4050 Lee Vance View
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
email ccmintlatccmidotorg  (ccmintlatccmidotorg)  

Nate Butler ChriComataoldotcom  (ChriComataoldotcom)   (Christian Comics) said several comics can be ordered from
United Bible Society
1865 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
Tel 212-408-1200
Check ’em out!

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LENGTHY LIST OF LANGUAGES

Have you caught the lengthy list of languages, along with what is available in that language at the web site listed below (in this paragraph)? If you have contact with a speaker of a little known language you can check if Gospel Recordings has it (and what type of tape) or World Missionary Press or Multi-Language Media, etc. A GOOD resource!! Website is Directory of Foreign Language Literature for Fundamental Baptists http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud/language/languages.htm

note Note: For some reason, I had to start at the http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud and drill my way down to languages, pointing and clicking.

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EMAILERS WITH WINWORD: PLEASE TURN ME OFF!

If you regularly use WinWord to compose text, then copy and paste it into an email client and send it out to friends, you might want to disable all the special publishers’ symbols that WinWord defaults to inserting. A week or two ago, a couple of those symbols escaped my editing, throwing my email client into a high-end publishing emailer — creating tons of weird codes for you to sort through. So . . . if you regularly write others who have ASCII-only readers… or even incompatible readers, just go to “Tools|Options” then click on the “Autoformat” tab. Click the four checkboxes in the “Replace as you type” group (erasing the checkmarks in each one) so nothing will be replaced with these non-readable characters. You’ll also have to deal with yet another liberty that WinWord takes with email composers. Under “Tools|Autocorrect”, there’s a slew of “replace as you type” options and this time, the ellipsis is among those who take a hit with publisher’s characters. If I were you, I’d scroll down ’til I find the ellipsis character, then delete it from the options all together. Smiley faces and other options are there for you to delete too. As an alternative, you COULD just assign new keystrokes to that replacement, . . for example, use /:-) for the publisher’s replacement smiley face and :-) for the more common ASCII version when emailing. If you don’t want to mess with ANY of these changes, just click the box beside “Replace as you type” on that dialogue box and you’ll be fine. It’ll disable ALL that sort of thing. And I, for one, would be grateful. :-)
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WEB-WATCH: RESOURCE FOR GRIEVING SURFERS

WebWatch If you’re in the middle of suffering through some kind of grief, and you have access to the web, check out the International Bible Society’s online the booklet, Deeper Still. It incorporates music, scripture and graphics at http://www.grieving.org
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PPTP: NO FREE LUNCH FOR ENCRYPTION

Art’s probably right . . . there’s probably no free lunch for those of us who were hoping Microsoft’s Point-to-point tunneling protocol would be THE answer to secure email. View the thread at (get ready for a VERY long URL that you might have to paste to your browser in more than one “copy” action): http://www.dejanews.com/=zzz_maf/dnquery.xp?search=thread&svcclass=dnserver&recn
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BOOK-BYTE: MISSIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Okay . . . who will try out Tom Telford’s new book, Missions in the 21st Century? Directed at the mission enthusiast/mission committee member, the publisher has promised special pricing for Brigada participants at $7.50 including the postage to USA addresses.(That’s $1.50 less than the cheapest I can find!) Make check payable to UWM and mail to
UWM
PO Box 430
Lederach PA 19450
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ENGLISH: TEACH . . . OR BLEACH!!!

Millions of people all over the world want to learn English! Who will teach them: Christians or the secular world? Here’s a TESOL course (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), with a 6 weeks of certificate-level training course which includes a two week English teaching practicum. Learn how to teach English, build relationships, which will lead people to Christ. Course held at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii. Courses held Jan 5-Feb. 17, 1999 (with optional 5-6 week outreach to China). Also July 1-August 11, 1999 (with possible optional outreach). Contact Vicky and David Scott vscottatkonadotnet  (vscottatkonadotnet)   for more info.
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WATCH YOUR KIDS AND THEIR WEB-WATCHING

WebWatch As computers become more and more accessible, more kids get caught up in certain parts of the web. Keith wrote this past week to warn us that we should probably watch those “banner ads” . . . since they aren’t being filtered! Some, according to Keith, are suggestive.
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NEED DEBRIEFING FROM A PACIFIC RIM MISSION ASSIGNMENT?

Don’t forget Greg Crawford, Commit Ministries tel. or FAX 808-668-6569, email commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)  . We’re hearing some VERY encouraging testimonies of his debriefing and reentry counseling work.
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THE PLACE TO GO FOR PRAYING ABOUT A PLACE

Here’s a book that Vaughn Collins says we ought to read if we want to learn about “praying for a particular place.” Entitled, Territorial Spirits And World Evangelization, by Chuck Lowe 1998, Christian Focus Publications, 170 pp. It can be ordered from
OMF Books
10 W. Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO 80120-4413, USA
email, Mike Fish mfishatcprojectdotcom  (mfishatcprojectdotcom)  .
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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!

19980809 Brigada Today

Now with 7347 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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HOW LONG SINCE YOU PLAYED BWANDA FUSA?

Probably too long, right? Now you can relive those childhood days when you used to play Bwanda Fusa all the time. [Not!] not symbol Actually Bwanda Fusa is a new computer simulation available at Wycliffe Associates’ UK website http://www.globalnet.co.uk/~wa_uk/interactive/index.html featuring what a missionary with Wycliffe would have to go through in starting a ministry in Africa. What a great idea. Why didn’t I think of this. Best of all, it’s free! (Thanks Cam!)
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WEB-WATCH: TAKE A VIRTUAL VACATION

WebWatch Now you can. Check out http://www.corbis.com and get a close-up look at the world through the eyes of incredibly talented pro photographers. Some 1.3 million digitized images from Corbis’ 23 million choices! You can even order posters in sizes of your choice, or click to Microsoft Expedia to book the REAL version vacation. But traveling there on your laptop is all free, a brainchild of Bill Gates. This is what the future of e-commerce will look like!
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THE RUMORS OF YOUR SECURITY BREACH…

lighting the way Perhaps we spoke a little prematurely in last week’s item, “DO YOU USE OUTLOOK OR NETSCAPE FOR EMAIL?” One Microsoft tech explained to Brigada Today this past week that the security breach only affected those who were permanently attached to the Internet (not those using dial-up lines, presumably the majority of Brigada participants). In addition, this particular tech insisted that the user would HAVE to try to access the downloaded file (rather than simply be downloading it, as reported last week). Regardless of the exact nature of the problem, we still believe that if the patch is free (and it is), it makes sense to grab it, if for no other reason than the fact that you’ll be erring on the side of caution. (And thanks to Dan and Arlene for the forward!)
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GET AN NIV FOR YOUR WINDOWS C/E PALM-SIZED PC

Bible I just got mine this past weekend (for my Philips Nino). It’s GREAT. Although the “CEBible” is not searchable yet, at least now I don’t have to carry a Bible AND an organizer. Get the info. at http://www.slsoftware.com or write lloydatslsoftwaredotcom  (lloydatslsoftwaredotcom)  . Cost is something like $40. Very fast. Well worth it if you want to always “be prepared.”
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BIBLE TRAINING CENTER

Bible Bible Training Center for Pastors is a new, practical approach to the challenge of training and equipping pastors for the work of the ministry. Upon satisfactory completion of all course requirements, the student will receive a “Certificate of Completion”. BTCP accepts students from independent churches and from a wide range of denominations. Contact a BTCP program in your local area for further information and application forms or call, write, or FAX
Denton Bible Church Missions Office
1910 E. University
Denton TX. 76201
817-382-1823
e-mail: dbcmissionsatcompuservedotcom  (dbcmissionsatcompuservedotcom)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF PROGRESS

world globe There are more than 10 times as many Christians in Africa, Asia, and Latin America than there were at the turn of the century. The number of Christians there could top the one billion mark by the year 2000. In 1900 there were only 62,000 missionaries, while there are more than 400,000 working there now.
(Source: African theologian Roland Warner, August 11, 1998 Mission Network News: http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn).
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO)
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GET MISSION FRONTIERS FOR A SONG

Professors of Missions or Missions Chairmen, for a limited time, Rick and the gang at the US Center are offering bulk mailings of Mission Frontiers (the US Center’s theme missions publication) to your missions students and/or missions committee members. Just send a number to missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg  (missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg)  , along with your name, address, and role. The catch? None, . . . except that the magazines must be handed out personally (rather than simply laid out in a stack). You can even help students or members sign up for follow-on mailings of the publication after they leave campus. For more info, write Rick at missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg  (missiondotfrontiersatuscwmdotorg)  . Thanks Rick!!!
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WANTED: TOP NOTCH MISSION TRAINING CENTERS

Dale FISHVILLEataoldotcom  (FISHVILLEataoldotcom)   is desperately seeking mission training agencies or centers who have in-country training programs and centers for native missionary workers which are located in 10/40 WINDOW AREA. Know anybody? Write Dale and he’ll report back at a later date to Brigada.
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CHINA ACTION SEMINAR FOR THOSE WANTING ACTION IN CHINA

The China Action Seminar will link you to some of the top in-China Ministry people in Phoenix on Thursday, August 27. Come for the day only, or stay for the Antioch Network Gathering of Churches, which starts that evening and goes through Sunday. Says organizer James Nickel, “We are extending the early registration discount to all registrations received by Friday, August 21.” Yahoo! For more details contact the Institute of Chinese Studies at 719-531-6489, jnickelatcompuservedotcom  (jnickelatcompuservedotcom)  , or go to the Antioch Network web site http://www.antiochnetwork.org, click on 1998 Gathering and then China Seminar.
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LYRIS INTERFACE TO ROLL OUT LATER THIS WEEK

Lyris logo MAFxc has announced a hold-up on the implementation of the new “Lyris” web-centered email face. There are still a few steps left to get it ready to go so it won’t be rolled out on the 17th as previously planned. (Later that week instead)
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FROM THE RUSSIAN BIBLE SOFTWARE DEPT.

Are you STILL searching for a computerized Russian language Bible for your laptop? Search no more. Write sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua  (sergejatmovadotdonetskdotua)   and you might be able to put together a plan whereby you can distribute the “Russian Electronic Bible” for a royalty of $2.50 each to your organization or constituency. (Thanks for reminding us of this one, Grace!)
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FARSI SUPERBOOK EXPANDED

The Persian (Farsi) Superbook series has just been expanded with 7 more tapes (13 additional Bible stories). Now the series includes Creation through The Life of Paul with a total of 13 tapes and 25 stories. Update your set or order them all. For further information and ordering, please contact
Persian World Outreach
PO Box 371161
Reseda CA 91337 Phone 818-349-3132 or
email 102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom  (102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom)  .
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1998 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE PROMISES BEST SLATE EVER

On November 6 – 7, 1998, the 3rd Annual Medical Mission Conference will be held in the main sanctuary of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky. You will learn about the incredible opportunities that await you and exciting ways that you can apply your faith and medical skills to touch lives for eternity. For detailed information about the conference, contact the event Web Page at http://www.medicalmissions.com. The Friday evening Worship Service will feature David Thompson, a surgeon who is a career missionary in Gabon, West Africa, recently featured in the movie, Generation. “Regions of the World,” an exhibit hall where many different mission agencies present displays showing the countries of the World they serve and giving participants a chance to learn about their short-term mission trips, will be open Friday afternoon and evening as well as well as Saturday morning.

Saturday morning Plenary Session will include the following speakers: Dr. Duane Elmer, Professor at Wheaton College, will lecture on the purpose and goals of Short Term Mission (STM) trips. Dr. Muriel Elmer, International Health and Education Consultant, will lecture on public health issues involving STM trips. Dr. Christine Sine, author and lecturer from Seattle, Washington will lecture on the goals and obstacles of medical STM trips. Dr. & Mrs. David Thompson, career missionaries as a general surgeon and nurse in Gabon, West Africa, will end the morning Plenary Session discussing the goals and obstacles of being career missionaries. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

A total of 9 Breakout Sessions will be held in the afternoon with each of the morning speakers presenting an in-depth session on their individual specialty topics in the afternoon. Dr. Charles Kelley, Professor at Indiana School of Medicine, will present a typical day on a medicine ward in Kenya, East Africa. Dr. David Topazian, President of Project Med-Send, will discuss borrowing money for education yet staying ready for the mission field. Barbara Mascher, R.N. from San Francisco, California, will discuss cultural diversity and health care. Karen Hunt, R.N. and Tina Bruner will discuss how to raise finances for STM trips.

CME credits for physicians and CEU credits for nurses up to 5.5 hours will be available for taking this course. There is no registration fee for this course, but a love offering will be taken. All sessions will be professionally audiotaped at a cost of only $5.00 per audiocassette.

For more information or for a brochure concerning the conference, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725. Out-of-towners who plan to book hotels are urged to do so as soon as possible because of another event scheduled in Louisville the same weekend.

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ANOTHER SOURCE FOR THE HARD-TO-FIND NEW JOHNSTONE BOOK

Apparently WEC-USA just received a big shipment of the new Johnstone book, The Church is Bigger than you Think! However, they are not set up to process credit card orders. Therefore, for U.S. customers the procedure is as follows.

Send a check for $15.00 made out to “WEC.” This price includes postage within the US. Send the check with order to:
WEC Literature
P.O. Box 1707
Fort Washington, PA 19034-8707

For orders from Canada contact Dan Cover at Dandotcoverathwcndotorg  (Dandotcoverathwcndotorg)  .

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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!

19980802 Brigada Today

Now with some 7326 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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WHOA! I GOT MAIL ABOUT WINKIE

lighting the way Okay. So maybe people DO read Brigada Today. Sometimes they read it more closely than I!!! Last week, I incorporated an update from Winkie Pratney without even giving it as much as a scant reading. Now I go back and re-read it and I think, “I can do math. Why did I just print that as it was?” Perhaps it was trust in a name, perhaps it was being too rushed in the middle of the night trying to get things out the door, … I don’t know. Whatever it was, I apologize. On the one hand, it’s great making a few big mistakes now and then. It’s actually kind of therapeutic for me — because when I get a ton of reader response, it at least shows me that people are actually READING this stuff. :-) And boy did I get reader response! :-)) A ton of people wrote in about last week’s item “IS CHRISTIANITY IN A GROWTH SPURT? YOU BET!” So many readers wished that I had intercepted what do seem to be errors in math and research. Yikes. gulp It was indeed my responsibility… I’m not always going to be able to be an expert on the history of church growth in every land… or the current status in ever people…. But thank goodness there are people out there reading this stuff and correcting me if I’m offbase! Well anyway, I was getting so much mail about this item that I asked one of the writers to write a response. Prof. Ray Prigodich, the Chair of the Department of World Christianity at Denver Seminary rayatdensemdotedu  (rayatdensemdotedu)  , agreed and here’s his response: “I’d like to respond briefly to an item entitled “Yes, the global Christian movement is indeed growing at a dramatic pace. Unfortunately, however, this encouraging report contained numerous factual errors and highly questionable statistics.

  1. It’s not true that 90 years ago there were no churches in Korea. In fact, Protestant missionary efforts began there in the 1880s, and there has been a continuing Roman Catholic presence in Korea since the late 1700s.
  2. It’s highly unlikely that in Africa in 1900 only 1 in 13,000 were Christian. In The Growth of the Church in Africa, Peter Falk estimates that at the turn of the century 3% of Africa was Christian, while in The Kingdom of God in Africa Mark Shaw estimates that there were already 4 million believers there by 1900.
  3. Despite the oft-quoted estimate of 75+ million believers in China, recent careful research by OMF puts the figure at a much more conservative 30 million.
  4. I know of no serious researcher who believes there are over 85 million Christians in India. In 1993 Patrick Johnstone estimated the total Christian community to be no larger than 25 million. It’s highly unlikely that this number has more than tripled in just five years, nor do reliable reports coming out of India support the bold estimate that “up to 100,000 a day,” or 36.5 million a year, are coming to Christ there.
  5. Muslims have long been and continue to be highly resistant to the gospel. The assertion that “over 19 million converted from Islam to Christianity” would seem to have no factual basis whatever. Furthermore, even if true, to say that this figure represents 12% of the world’s Islamic population is clearly wrong. The world’s Muslims number approximately 1 billion. Nineteen million is no more than 2% of 1 billion. And Indonesia is by no means 30% Christian. Nearly all sources still use a figure of under 15%.
  6. While it may be true that “in 1993 there were over 14 million requesting salvation in the former USSR,” such a statistic needs to be carefully nuanced. In the former Soviet Union, while many respond superficially to invitations to receive Christ, very few are genuinely converted. The evangelical movement there still represents no more than 2 or 3% of the total population of 300 million.

Yes, let’s rejoice that the Church is growing. But in our enthusiasm, let’s not exaggerate the extent of that growth.”

So what did Mr. Pratney say? He wrote back to us, “…As the intention of the summary is to show people quickly the overall amazing escalation of the work of Christ in His church and not focus on the details of each nation or people-group, there will always be some kind of error in presentation….” You’ll have to decide how much error you’ll want to accommodate, but hopefully, the above corrections will help. If you’ve distributed Mr. Pratney’s info. on any other network, would you be willing to distribute some of the correction as well???

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GET READY FOR LYRIS

Lyris logo On Aug. 17th, MAFxc will reportedly begin offering a new kind of email conference software (Lyris) that utilizes email commands for email functions while duplicating everything onto the web transparently, via a password protected web site. Many Brigada conferences WILL cut over to the new Lyris format. It offers some tremendous advantages…. so get ready for some upgrades!
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DO YOU USE OUTLOOK OR NETSCAPE FOR EMAIL?

letter and ligntening bolt If you use Outlook (Express or 98), better check out http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security for a security patch that keeps hackers from accessing your machine during downloads of certain attached files. It’s not a very pervasive problem . . . but it does have perplexing potential . . . so it’s worth the fix. Those who use Netscape can expect a fix soon too. Note that this “hack attack” could be leveled at your hard drive even if you’re not planning on OPENING the files. Apparently, you would only need to be receiving them. Keep in mind that this hole was discovered by experts at a security group in Finland — and that’s what they DO (look for holes). But then, so do a bunch of other misguided vandals, apparently. Still, as far as anybody knows, this attack hasn’t actually occurred in the wild, but it’s definitely a risk. Probably worth the time to fix… and it’s a free fix too. Thanks to all those (including Microsoft) who sent advisories about the fix.)
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FREE RESOURCE LIST FOR MISSIONARIES, AGENCIES, AND COMMITTEES

Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   is sending out a lengthy biography to those who request it. She’s evidently quite a servant-hearted individually, not wanting to make money off of it. I’ve looked over several chapters of her resources and they’re legit’! Lots of web sites, booklets, videos, citations, articles, the works! So… if you’d like to get access to her list, just drop her a note. Thanks Grace!
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WHY THE COPYRIGHT NOTICE FOR BRIGADA TODAY?

Every once and awhile, someone asks why we do a copyright notice at the end of each Brigada Today. A quick re-read will assure you that it doesn’t limit you in the least if you plan on re-using any material for missions mobilization. The only folks it would limit (we hope) are those who would use the material against the cause of Christ… like … say . . . some reactionary atheist who wanted to quote us to defame the web site or whatever. So technically speaking, his purposes would not be in line with the copyright notice and we could CONCEIVABLY prosecute him. :-) Would we do it? Well… it might be a great way to raise some extra funds for the coming year’s marketing budget to print up a GREAT Brigada brochure for conventions and mailers!!! :-) However, in the 3 1/2 years we’ve been in operation, we’ve only known of that kind of thing happening one time. It was a militant fundamentalist Muslim.
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“THE BEST BIBLE SOFTWARE AWARD”

Okay. John’s serious. He wants to take on this challenge of finding the best Bible software in the world. So . . . all you Bible software experts and users . . . unite! John wants to hear from you big-time. He’s looking for the best price, best options, best “helps,” easiest to learn, best interface, best support, and best-related software. So go ahead . . . take your best shot. For the purposes of this study, John’s at a non-commercial email account biblesoftwareathotmaildotcom  (biblesoftwareathotmaildotcom)  . He’ll report back to us on his findings (from your submissions) in a couple of weeks . . . so don’t delay… write today! :-) (Vendors are welcome to submit their opinions too!)
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WATER FILTERS TO GO

The one liter sport style AquaOne Portable Water Filtration Bottle can, according to its makers, purify just about any water from just about any of world’s spigots. Including the original filter, it costs just $20. Each filter is good for 70 gallons. Replacement filters cost just $13.50. For more information or to order contact Peter Sidebotham 73362dot1503atcompuservedotcom  (73362dot1503atcompuservedotcom)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE GLOBE

world globe The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church has been scheduled for November 10 this year. Prayer this year is as important as ever as reports of persecution have increased from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Maldives, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Cuba. Roughly two thirds of the world’s population live in areas where Christian evangelism is forbidden or strictly controlled.
(Source: http://www.persecutedchurch.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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HITCH YOUR EDUCATION TO A STAR . . . A NORTHSTAR!

NorthStar (formerly known to Brigada as CyberHigh) is an online Christian school which offers grades 7-12 in USA, Canadian, and UK programs of study. We are the first online member school of ACSI and are seeking accreditation through them. We are opening our “virtual doors” to the school on September 2 as we start our school year. We support both Macintosh and Windows computers. Financial aid items: Because of a partnership between NorthStar Academy and Wycliffe, all students whose parents work for SIL/Wycliffe automatically qualify for a major scholarship and selected SIL families will receive Wycliffe grants and/or matching funds grants from an independent source when they enroll their children in NorthStar Academy.

Stop by NorthStar at http://www.northstar-academy.org or email Brett Bowers at brettatnorthstar-academydotorg  (brettatnorthstar-academydotorg)   for more information.

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GETTING THE KURDS ON THE WAY … IN SPANISH

Been looking for a way to orient your SPANISH-speaking fellowship to reach out to Kurds? Look no further. The booklet entitled, The Kurds: A People of Destiny has now become Los Kurdos: Un Pueblo Con Destino. This booklet is a handbook for outreach to the U.S. Kurdish Population that now reside in North America. They’re $2.00 each from
Wells of Life International Relief
P.O. Box 968
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
tel. 719-596-2007
Or contact D. ‘Moose’ & Kathy Guttromson dguttromattelevardotcom  (dguttromattelevardotcom)  .
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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT DAKAR ’98?

Dakar ’98, a “Regional Consultation for Francophone West Africa on Holistic evangelism/Church Planting and Partnership Development for Unreached People” (I bet that’s a mouthful in English OR French!) was staged June 5th-12th 1998, in Dakar, Senegal, as a forum to help foster partnership among the diverse ministries of the established and the emerging church for a focused, united effort among Francophone West African people groups with no church. 150 delegates representing at least 78 different church and mission agencies, from 26 different countries around the world were there. The Consultation ended on a high note after having set some achievable goals for national consultations and exploration of new partnerships for various unreached people groups that had been identified. For more information on how you might be able to get involved in this process please contact Wayne McGee – Regional Advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa Interdev – AD 2000 and Beyond Task force for Partnership wmcgeeatxcdotorg  (wmcgeeatxcdotorg)  .
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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!

19980726 Brigada Today

Now with some 7300 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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AUGUST ADVANCE READY TO RETRIEVE!

Don’t miss this month’s issue of Mark Kelly’s Advance bulletin. Here’s an executive summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Muslim Arabs of Sudan; the Asheninca of Peru and Brazil; rescue efforts in Papua New Guinea; the Rif Berbers of Morocco; street battles among Karachi’s Mohajirs; the Hindus of Gujarat state; the Loba of Nepal; the Shenyang Industrial Region of northeast China

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — 50 believers arrested in Maldive Islands; violence continues in Indonesia; Belgian missionaries kidnapped in Rwanda; US House urges help for kidnapped New Tribes missionaries

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — 2.6 million people starving to death in Sudan; student from unreached people group saved, attempts suicide; South African believer condemned to death; “Amsterdam 98” outreach at Gay Games; Ukrainian women enslaved in sex industry

REJOICE! — “Every Tree Crusade” in central Africa; persecuted Egyptian believer relocates to United States; Saudi Arabia releases imprisoned believers; God opens a door of opportunity for Nigeria; bedridden man healed in India; house church grows from 10 to 600 people; engineer comes to Christ while designing church; pastor refuses cancer treatment, 300 come to Christ; 323 decisions for Christ in Malaysia; progress against partial-birth abortion in United States; House of Lords rejects lower homosexual age of consent

NETWORKING — Where to order “The Church Is Bigger Thank You Think” (really!); how you can help take the gospel to the Loba of Nepal; strategy coordinator praying for five churches; how to protest arrests of believers in the Maldives; how you can help put more Jesus film teams on the field; “Character IS the Issue” by Mike Huckabee; a Palestinian believer’s perspective on the birth of modern Israel; a fast-paced, high-tech video missions adventure; specific, practical assistance to help you mobilize your congregation for strategic missions involvement; renovated US Center for World Mission Web site

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GUEST EDITORIAL BY LUIS BUSH

Luis Bush is one of the foremost visionaries of the 1990s. This past week, he wrote us here at Brigada, “Dear Doug, Thinking about you in the heat as we experience the heat of Bihar, India. After one month and nine North India statewide consultations we have seen the hand of God moving so powerfully in North India. Religion Today has picked this up and written a brief summary which you may be interested in for Brigada.
Thanks for standing with us,
Much love in Him,
Luis and Doris”

Here’s the scoop: A Moment in Time — The time is ripe for spiritual harvest in North India (the Current Feature Story of Religion Today, 28 July 1998)

Churches, missions workers, and evangelists are poised to bring revival to spiritually dark North India. …”There are indications that God is moving there as never before,” Luis Bush of AD2000 and Beyond Movement said. North India has been called a graveyard for Christian missions because of the strong Hindu influence. …A kairos moment-an open window of opportunity-exists for Christian ministry in the area known as the North India-Hindi belt, Bush said. “Practically everything flows from this area of the country.” The region stretches across north and central India and covers nine states, including Delhi, the capital. It is a major population center and two of the states, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, have more people than most countries. …”All the signs are there. North India is poised to receive an outpouring of grace and glory,” Bush said. Churches are multiplying rapidly and thousands of people are becoming Christians in areas that had little or no Christian witness. Ministries are forming a vision and strategy for spreading the message of Christ into every area and ethnic group in hundreds of districts. Ministry networks include mainline churches, charismatic churches, international missions organizations, indigenous evangelistic groups, and lay people. …Thousands of church workers attended Harvest Consultations in nine states in July to dedicate themselves to planting churches in areas that don’t have one. Evangelists, pastors, and missions workers from Delhi, Jammu, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh gathered in their states to share information, pool resources, and form partnerships. Participants pledged to target unreached ethnic groups, language groups, urban areas, and geographic districts with the gospel. …The leaders shared testimonies of church growth. Churches have increased by 15% a year since 1992 in Himachal Pradesh. The state is known to be one of the least-evangelized in India, but people are more open to the gospel than ever, leaders said. About 130 churches have been started there since 1995. One missionary has baptized 600 people in three years. Radeep, the son of a missionary, prayed for a woman to be delivered of an evil spirit in front of hundreds of people at a bazaar in Kinnaur, the state capital. The next day, many sick people gathered outside the missionary’s home to ask for prayer. Since then “the local hospital has been emptied” and a vital church started in Kinnaur, AD2000 said. …Workers with Every Home for Christ have formed more than 800 home groups in Rajasthan since 1992. They have visited every home in every village and every town twice with the gospel message and are conducting a third outreach, director Sam Lal told the conference. Evangelists from the Rajasthan Bible Institute started 250 churches with 10,000 believers in less than a year, and they add about 125 new members every month. …Ministries are forming new churches in the slums of Delhi. About 60% of the population live in areas with no water or electricity, AD2000 said. … The group has planted three churches and baptized more than 300 people since 1992. Another ministry has started more than 50 cell churches in the slums… About 1,500 churches have been started in Madhya Pradesh since 1993, AD 2000 said. About 200 churches have been planted in Bhopal, the state capital, in five years. The state is the largest in India, a stronghold of Hinduism, and is the home of Saktism and Saivism, the worship of two of Hinduism’s main deities. It hosts the Kumbh Mela festival, which attracts millions of Hindus to the Ganges River every 12 years. During the July conference, Christian leaders walked through Bhopal praying that the influence of Hinduism and other religions would be lessened and that people would be open to hear the message of Christ.”
(Terrific testimony, Luis. Thanks for sharing it! God is moving!)

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WORLD CHRISTIAN GATHERING OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE (WCGIP)

The conference will be hosted by the First Nations People of North America on September 5-13, 1998 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Join representatives from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America, Russia, Scandinavia and others as they celebrate our unity in Christ! The dream is that representatives and supporters of indigenous people throughout the globe will congregate for this gathering. For more information or a brochure contact:
WCGIP
P.O. Box 679
Rapid City, SD, USA, 57709-0679
tel. 605-348-1829
Fax: 605-348-1859
Email: cpetkauatportagedotnet  (cpetkauatportagedotnet)  
web: http://www.chazm.com/wcgip
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM MALDIVES

world globe Beginning in May, Maldives authorities expelled expat Christians and by the third week of June imprisoned all known local believers in this tiny island country, located south of India. The Maldives, a tropical vacation destination for much of South Asia, claims to be 100% Muslim. As non-Muslims under the Maldivian constitution, the believers there have no rights whatsoever. The prisoners are being held captive in the notorious political prison-island of Dhoonidhoo. Their position is extremely vulnerable, as the Maldivian authorities hide what is happening and claim that no such persons exist.
(Source: Godfrey Yogarajah, Executive Secretary for Religious Liberty, Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka, 27 July, 1998, via Mark Albrecht, WEF Religious Liberty E- mail Conference, Religious-Libertyatxcdotorg  (Religious-Libertyatxcdotorg)  
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, at missions Mecca Littleton, CO.
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IS CHRISTIANITY IN A GROWTH SPURT? YOU BET!

This update came from Winkie Pratney winkpratataoldotcom  (winkpratataoldotcom)  , via Craig Tasker taskeratonlinedotee  (taskeratonlinedotee)  . Korea – 90 years ago – No churches in Korea. Now close to 2 of 3 Koreans are Christians (40%). Most came in during the 80’s. Methodists began in England but now the largest Methodist church in world is in Korea. Presbyterians began in Geneva but now the largest Presbyterian church in world is in Korea. The Assemblies of God began in Asuza in Los Angeles, but now the largest AOG church in the world is in Korea.

In Africa, in 1900 only 1 in 13,000 was a Christian. Now nearly 50% call themselves Christians.
(Source: National leaders like President J.T. Chiluba of Republic Of Zambia)

In China, we’ve witnessed what some would call the greatest revival in history of the Church. Some estimate as many as 28,000 come to Christ per day. There were over 75 million believers in 1992.

In India, there are now over 85 million believers. That’s more than in the USA! (Up to 100,000 a day!)

In Latin America, at the turn of the century, there were only 90,000 evangelical believers in whole continent. Now there are over 40 million, with 20 million having come during the last decade alone. Christian growth in many places 5-6 times faster than general population. David Stoll projects 5-6 Latin nations will have evangelical Christian majorities by 2010.

In the Islamic world, during the 1980s, over 19 million converted from Islam to Christianity. That’s 12% of world’s Islamic population! Over 30% of Indonesia is now said to be Christian and Indonesia is considered to be the world’s 4th largest Islamic nation!

In Eastern Europe during the early 80’s, Christians were jailed and killed for their faith. In 1993 there were over 14 million requesting salvation in the former USSR alone.

God is truly on the move . . . What a privilege it is to live for him at this time!

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GOT ANY CORRESPONDENCE COURSES EN ESPANOL?

A church in Colorado wants to know. They wrote this past week, “…a Mexican pastor…wants to know if there are any correspondence courses from Christian colleges (undergrad) in the U.S. in Spanish.”

Please send replies directly to: trinity_baptist_chatjunodotcom  (trinity_baptist_chatjunodotcom)  

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IS YOUR EMAIL AT RISK FOR A COMPUTER VIRUS?

virus Probably only if you download lots of games or borrow tons of disks. To see the best web page on the new problem with email into Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, and Netscape’s email client, browse http://www.ciac.org/ciac/bulletins/i-077a.shtml for the straight answers.
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SHORT OUTLINE HISTORY OF BRIGADA, (CONT’D)

Last week’s item by the same name kicked off our glance in the rear view mirror of time, at least as it concerns Brigada Today. We covered Nov. ’94 through May ’95.

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19970720 Brigada Today

Now with 5775 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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* THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH . . . OR MUST IT?
* PIT-STOP RALEIGH SET TO FEATURE MANNA CHURCH
* 1997 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE
* WEBWATCH
* SPYING ON SAT-7 SATELLITE SERVICE
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AFRICA
* GATHER AT THE GATHERING!
* THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING IN GUATEMALA
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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THE MAIL MUST GO THROUGH . . . OR MUST IT?
MAFxc is the brains and bravado behind the hardware/software combination that makes Brigada conferences possible. So what happens when they have a hardware or software hiccup? They work around the clock trying to make things right. However, sometimes the best efforts still don’t result in instant fixes. For example, when the MAFxc mail server takes a dive, like it did last weekend during what should have been a fairly routine software upgrade, some fancy footwork should spool your mail to a “holding queue,” where it resides until things come back on line. But — reality says that despite high tech wizardry and intense passion for connecting global ministry, MAFxc is sometimes going to experience enough of a snafu that you’ll lose some mail… and that’s what happened last week. We sent the July 18th Brigada Today at 11:14am on July 20th but… as best we can tell, not a single person on the 5000+ list received it. We then waited several days to see if the hub would spool it out . . . until last night (July 26th), when we finally gave up and re-sent it. So — bottom line — sorry for the delay. But I guess sometimes the mail (the electronic version, that is) just doesn’t get through. So what can we learn from this? For one thing, in your daily email communication with friends and co-workers across the globe, maybe it’s good to acknowledge receipt of any piece of important mail. Even if you only send a brief one-liner that says, “Got your message — thanks!,” you will have confirmed receipt. Of course, we’re not suggesting that all 5000 people confirm receipt of Brigada Today! :-) It’s just not possible to be certain in every case! :-)

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PIT-STOP RALEIGH SET TO FEATURE MANNA CHURCH
Have you been wanting to learn more about the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC, which has worked incredibly hard to compile a list of [so far] some 20,000 individuals and groups willing to pray for the groups on the Joshua Project list of unreached peoples? Well, now you can! Pit-Stop Raleigh is set for Sept. 19-20th at Peace College, Raleigh, NC. Pit-Stops are designed to facilitate the global ministry of those congregations who are wanting to adopt and take responsibility for planting a vibrant new church among some unreached people group. At these regional gatherings called Pit-Stops, church leaders learn practical steps (basically, “pert chart” consisting of some 400 action check-points) that have helped others complete the work of cross-cultural church-planting. Past Pit-Stops have been held in cities like St. Louis, Dayton, Louisville, Lexington. But Raleigh is the easternmost location to date… so if your church is located on the eastern seaboard, here’s your chance to network, hear case studies, share lessons learned, and be inspired and challenged to move forward in adopting some least reached people. Write psraleighataoldotcom for more information… and pray that God will prepare us for works of service!

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1997 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE
On November 7-8, 1997, Southeast Christian Church will present its second annual medical mission conference. Last year over 220 participants from nine states heard many inspiring speakers on the subjects of Medical Missions and Tropical Medicine. This year the conference will open Friday night with an upbeat praise and worship service led by the Senior High Youth worship group and Mike Breaux will preach on “The Primacy of Prayer”. Regions of the World will follow with many different mission agencies presenting displays which show the countries of the world they serve and give you an opportunity to participate with them. Saturday morning will present lectures from short term and career physicians and nurses presenting the joys and the obstacles of their work as well as a lecture on Culture Shock and Bivocational Mission Work. Saturday afternoon will consist of break-out sessions concentrating on specific medical and dental disease processes; and how to set up medical mission work in your own church as well as how to become a team leader. Nurses will receive 5 contact hours and physicians will receive 5 hours of C.M.E. credit. There is no fee for this course. For more information, download the details by sending an email to hubatxcdotorg with the only line in the message being,
get brigada medmissionsconf

Or, contact Stephanie Garling at 502-451-5317 ext. 4725 or write:
Southeast Christian Church
Missions Committee
2840 Hikes Lane
Louisville, Kentucky 40218

If those two approaches don’t work for you, you can also email TinaBruneratcompuservedotcom.

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WEBWATCH
Have you seen http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/970722_relig_rpt_christian.html, which gives the USA policy on support of religious freedom? Check it out . . . and thanks for the tip, Jim! Also, don’t miss the software at http://www.xc.org/helpintl/computer/cm-zipbt.htm which will sort addresses according to US Post Office requirements and print the labels with barcodes. And thanks to Helps International Ministries! Also, don’t miss http://www.broadcaster.co.uk/, the “World Wide Web Broadcaster” is a free service that submits your site info to over 235 search engines. As with other programs and services, this doesn’t automatically mean that all engines will accept your information. Typically, your information will be relevant to about half of them. Thanks to Anton and Gene for the tip!

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SPYING ON SAT-7 SATELLITE SERVICE
SAT-7 is a dynamic new television service for the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa. Programs are culturally sensitive and appropriate for the religious and political ethos of the region, while providing an attractive alternative to both local broadcasts and western channels. SAT-7’s initial 2 hours per week service started in 1996 and has been enthusiastically received by viewers right across the region. It currently broadcasts for 4 hours per week and the footprint now covers from Morocco to Thailand! It will extend to a daily schedule in multiple-languages by the end of the decade. The latest promotional video is finished and can be obtained by sending an email to adminatsat7dotorg. Also check out http://www.sat7.org/fosat7.htm to learn more about the “Friends of Sat-7.” Thanks Nick!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AFRICA
Liberia is a small forested country on Africa’s coast near the equator. This spring a Gospel Recordings team visited a number of refugee camps in Liberia, home to many displaced in Liberia’s recent civil war. February 22 the Jesus Film brought a large crowd to Vonzon Camp. The Muslim leaders almost fought because each of them wanted the film to be shown before his house. However the Imam intervened and they carried the show in front of his house. Through its course 9038 people watched the film and 6326 people accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Among them were 486 strong Muslims and 459 children. The next day 113 Muslim converts went to Church for the first time.
Source: Gospel Recordings web site: http://users.aol.com/glorenet/lrrpt797.htm.
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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GATHER AT THE GATHERING!
The Antioch Network Gathering, a national fellowship of local churches involved in church planting among unreached peoples takes place in Phoenix, August 21-24. Look forward to a Concert of Prayer, People Group Tracks, Tracks for business people and women’s issues on church planting teams, interchurch networking at its best, a focus on local as well as global church planting and much, much more! Brigada Today subscribers are being offered an extension on the July 20 deadline date for registrations without a late fee ($100 per head instead of $125 and retroactive if you’ve already sent in the late fee). Contact A.N. by or on Aug. 10th for this extension and mention you heard about it in Brigada Today. Write AntiochGeorgeatcompuservedotcom and ask for further information and a brochure to be sent.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT IS MOVING IN GUATEMALA
During the past year Yellow River Productions International has been working in Quetzaltenanago, Guatemala with Verbo Ministries building a small television studio. They have developed two weekly television programs, and produced sixty video tapes for use in areas that have no cable television. Christian Education productions have been shown in several other Latin America countries. The Lord is opening a door to reach some 2,000,000 viewers in Guatemala City. Chuck Gunter 73003dot677atCompuservedotcom is doing his best to mobilize resources and possibilities… Don’t hesitate to write him for more info.!

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19980719 Brigada Today

Now with 7388 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
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THE MARKET IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

Are you STILL searching for a way to order Johnstone’s new book, The Church is Bigger than you Think“? Try writing WCNatXCdotOrg  (WCNatXCdotOrg)   [WorldChristian Bookstore, a ministry of YWAM Communications] or MFbookatuscwmdotorg  (MFbookatuscwmdotorg)   [Mission Frontiers’ book order address at the US Center]. (Remember that Brigada does not recommend sending credit card information via open Internet email, however; so get a fax number or … take your changes.) The MF people have already set their price at $10 for USA addresses and $12 for all others, with an 8-12 week wait. But I’m tellin’ you, . . . it’s worth the wait. It really is a well-done book. ‘Course, would you expect anything else from Patrick? :-) Ralph Winter said last week, “I have no hesitation in saying that it is the best single-volume introduction to the entire cause of missions. It is sparkling and readable but comprehensive and very wise. It undoubtedly gives more balanced insight, and at the same destroys more popular misunderstandings, than any other book. Its 26 chapters are beautifully designed for two thirteen-week Sunday School programs.” Hmmm. Do you think he likes it? :-)
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REGISTRATION DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR ANTIOCH NETWORK GATHERING

Shall we gather at the river? Actually, the resort hotel in Phoenix where The Antioch Network Annual Gathering is taking place DOES have a river — a “lazy river” like a water park. You can ride all afternoon in an innertube, if you like. Or swim in any one of 8 different pools! Or… do something novel like attend “tracks” or workshops or whatever. I finally decided to throw my hat into the ring (I’ll be helping with the Bosnia track and moderating a case study Saturday night. Why not come out to Phoenix and let’s sip a root beer in the lazy river! :-)) Antioch Network staffer Gary Wittevrongel says this one “is promising to be our biggest and most active gathering ever. The Tracks are gaining momentum and we have an impressive lineup of speakers and participants.” Registration is $150 (as of this weekend). For info or to register,
call 602-242-4414
fax 602-242-0416
email antiochnetworkatxcdotorg  (antiochnetworkatxcdotorg)  
web http://www.antiochnetwork.org and see what’s happening!
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NOW YOU CAN SET A DATE WITH AN IDOP

lighting the way Thanks to all those who answered with info. regarding the Int’l Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Last week’s item, ARE YOU CURIOUS IDOP?). The date is Nov. 15 and http://www.persecutedchurch.org has all kinds of additional info. Apparently you can also get a promotion kit that includes a video, magazine, program materials, prayer map and brochure.
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SPIRITUAL SOFTWARE TO GO

If you’re been looking for the best computerized Bible, several Brigada participants are big supporters of the Online Bible at http://www.OnlineBible.org so you might want to check ’em out. Windows AND MAC versions are available. If you’re a missionary, you can get a discount if you call 800-243-7124 (in the USA or via Net2phone) and talk with a human. MAC versions are available directly from KHamelataoldotcom  (KHamelataoldotcom)  . (Thanks David!)
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WHEN IS A CLOSED DOOR NOT A CLOSED DOOR?

When it’s ajar, that’s when. And that’s exactly what Dave Nesmith wants to quantify. Specifically, he’s trying to determine a good definition and practical documentation on which parts of which countries are “closed” to traditional missions. As such, they can only be entered “creatively.” Write Dave at dnatxcdotorg  (dnatxcdotorg)   if you’d like to engage in dialogue.
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HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF?

Dick Gaffney knows. He asked for leads on sources for humanitarian aid. You can retrieve his one-page report
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WHERE DO YOU BUY EVERYTHING

That’s what we want to know. Where do missionaries shop for everything they need to buy! Walter Birney wbirney11ataoldotcom  (wbirney11ataoldotcom)   sparked the question when he forwarded this note from a missionary in Mozambique: “I am interested in groups that can help me get an inexpensive 4×4 vehicle. I know some companies specialize in helping missionaries. Other items of interest involve camping supplies (tents, water purifiers), solar water heaters, solar power supplies, computer info (desk top publishing, tracking donors, finances, scanners, copiers), satellite phones, security systems, medical insurance, medical supplies, travel agencies, portable sound systems, video projectors, shipping companies. There are probably companies that specialize in equipping missionaries in most of these areas.” Some of these have been mentioned before in previous Brigada Today issues. But Walter is willing to assemble “The Mother of All Missionary Source Lists” so we can then publish it for everyone to utilize. So… come one, come all, and tell Walter your best source… for the whole world’s sake! Vendors — don’t be shy! Give Walter your best shot! Here’s your chance! Write wbirney11ataoldotcom  (wbirney11ataoldotcom)   today!
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AN UNORTHODOX WAY TO GET INFO. ON ORTHODOXY

Seems like the fast-paced Internet shouldn’t be a platform for orthodoxy, but it is! To subscribe to info. on Orthodoxy, send an e-mail to: majordomoatlistdotgoarchdotorg  (majordomoatlistdotgoarchdotorg)  

In the body of the e-mail type:
subscribe orthodoxnews

Or view the Orthodox World News Archives online at: http://www.goarch.org/worldnews

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WELCOME MATS

Max is a missionary high on MATS . . . He advises us to call MATS International for ministry pricing on purchasing or leasing vehicles. 15-passenger church vans, minivans, pastors sedans, etc. If your work is with the church (including mission boards, colleges, etc.) they are there to help save you money. New, almost new, and used with many different makes and models.
Phone 765-776-7211
email carsatmatsdotorg  (carsatmatsdotorg)  
fax 765-962-9966
write 4444 National Road East
Richmond, IN 47374.
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TANKING UP ON TRAINING OF TRAINERS

Now’s the time to tank up on Medical Ambassadors’ TOT I training, to be held near Kazan September 7-11, 1998. This is for ex-pats (multiple representation from teams is best) and Russian-speaking nationals. Costs are not yet completely determined, pending number of participants, etc. So, if you are interested, please let us know numbers ASAP…details can be firmed up later. We’ll try to keep this as cheap as possible to make it a accessible to all…especially local participants. Would a cost of $180 per person for all conference expenses plus room and board be too much for your group? Please respond by August 20, 1998 giving details of who will be participating from your group/area to Frank Yamrick at fyamrickatworldnetdotattdotnet  (fyamrickatworldnetdotattdotnet)   or to Jonathan Young at 75562dot1354atcompuservedotcom  (75562dot1354atcompuservedotcom)  .
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TAKING ANOTHER JAB AT THE PUNJAB

lighting the way Okay, so I was wrong. That’s it. I quit. I can’t take it any longer. :-) Just kidding. But I did apparently muff up a date. The first course in Punjabi is a 3-month-long Punjabi Language course that BEGINS September 1998 and ENDS November 1998. (Our statement said it would BEGIN November 1998 — “WANT TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR PUNJABI???” from last week. Oops. :-) Sorry!
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PRAYER-OGRAPHY CARTOGRAPHY

[This item offered without commentary, because I’m still trying to figure out my philosophy on it.]
According to George Kern praycfatjunodotcom  (praycfatjunodotcom)  , “Pray Central Florida” is currently evaluating prayer walking and house of prayer software packages. George wrote this past week, “The intended uses include tracking prayer walking of Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties (FL, USA), and possibly coordinating Houses of Prayer. An additional use may be Spiritual Mapping. We are looking at the prayer walking first but if the other uses can be supported in the same program that would seem to be the most efficient way to go. We are currently looking at two programs, one by the Mapping Center For Evangelism in Kansas (Chris Cooper – 888-MAP-7997, supportatmap4jesusdotorg  (supportatmap4jesusdotorg)   ) and the other by Agape Systems in Melbourne, Florida (877-548-4522, infoatagapeisdotnet  (infoatagapeisdotnet)   ). If you know of any other programs we should consider, please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you. Also, I would love to hear from some cities that have been successfully prayer walked – how did you do it, what did God do afterward, etc. “The best resource I know about for stories that have happened after prayer walking: that “Window Watchmen” series by CIN. They’re a compilation of reports and stories from each of the “Praying Through the Window” efforts (Oct. ’93, ’95, and ’97). To get a copy of Window Watchmen 1, 2 or 3, just write CIN at CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom  (CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom)  .
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HOW TO GO FROM PALM-READING TO LANGUAGE LEARNING

Attention all you guys with Palm Pilots or Palm III or whatever they call them now. David Wegener DavidWedgeataoldotcom  (DavidWedgeataoldotcom)   was kind enough to go to the web to hunt down some great resources for language learning that you can now plug into your 3Com PalmPilot Personal. [Thanks David!] He wrote this past week, “Each language is $12, and if you get more than one, there is a discount. The URL is http://www.ddhsoftware.com and they have Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hangman + Wheel of Treasure, and a Thesaurus. The hangman game sounds good to me. Now who can find the same offerings for Windows/CE? That’s what I want to know. Here I am with a new Philips Nino 312 and I find out I’ve bought the wrong gizmo! :-) Oh well. Take heart all you 3COM folks. Looks like you’re still edging Microsoft out . . . for NOW anyway. :-)
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GOT A FLAT FEE? GET A BACHELORS DEGREE!

Now here’s an interesting concept. Pay a flat fee of $2000 and get a Bachelors Degree! That’s it! Check it out. Bethany College of Missions http://www.bcom.org. We have it straight from the mouth of the Dean, who wrote this past week, “For 50 years Bethany College of Missions in Bloomington MN has been equipping aspiring missionaries to share Christ cross-culturally . … We offer a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Cross-Cultural Studies and a 1 and 2 year Special Student program for those with undergraduate degrees or extensive vocational or ministry experience. Financing a missions education leaves many potential missionaries in debt for years. This is why we have pursued many resource ventures to supplement our students’ costs thereby keeping our fees very low. For a one-time entrance fee of $2,000.00 a student can become a part of our missions-minded Christian community, receive 4 years of cross-cultural ministry training and earn a Bachelors Degree. Our program which balances study with real-life ministry is not geared exclusively to college-aged singles. Married students and families are also a welcome part of our student body. At this time we still have some openings for Fall 1998 (Orientation begins August 24). If you know of potential students who are heading toward missions, or if you yourself are in a transitional stage and would like additional training in cross-cultural studies, please drop us a line!” Write Paul or Chris at bcomatbethfeldotorg  (bcomatbethfeldotorg)   or call (800)323-3417 if you’re in the USA or have access to Net2Phone.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE

world globe There are currently 14,785,000 individuals who profess the Jewish faith in over 81 countries with the largest populations in the US, Israel, France, and Russia. There are about 132,000 Jewish believers in 25 countries embracing Jesus as their Messiah, Savior and Coming King! That leaves 56 countries home to Jews with no Jewish believers among them.
(Source: Frontier Mission Update, 3 Jul 1998, David Bogosian, Research Director, USCWM, Global Adopt-A-People Campaign 102671dot1724atcompuservedotcom  (102671dot1724atcompuservedotcom)  . )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna of Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WEB-WATCH . . . TO STAY IN TOUCH

WebWatch Carol Nevin nevincatusadotnet  (nevincatusadotnet)   is a Marriage & Family Therapist . . . but in her spare time, she’s also an Internet Researcher! She wins the prize this week for the most helpful web sites for missionaries. Free New York Times!! http://www.thenewyorktimes.com She pointed out to us recently that The New York Times has eliminated the special subscription fee for overseas users and alerted us to their much-improved homepage redesign. Then she went on to pass along an innovative site http://www.moody.edu where you can HEAR Christian Radio of WMBI, the radio station of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. And you thought there weren’t any Christian radio stations in your part of the Middle East! :-) Finally, she also explained how to “do multi-engine searches from the regrettably named website of http://www.dogpile.com . It does work very well. I use it all the time in my Internet Research work.” Again … pardon the name.
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RESOURCES FOR MISSIONS AGENCY PERSONNEL TYPES

Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   has tons of resources she’s willing to share. You’ll need to establish your identity with her first. . . but if the table of contents is any kind of indication of the energy she’s poured into her collection, Whew!!! blinking1eyes So if you’re into personnel stuff, RUN don’t walk… to talk to her about getting access.
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“HEAL THE LAND” CONFERENCE IN ALASKA

Are you interested in the indigenous peoples of America? … or any other part of the world, for that matter? Mark Oct 21-25 on your calendar, then contact imi1atjunodotcom  (imi1atjunodotcom)   for information on a special conference in Alaska. According to organizers, “This seminar will present clear and biblical perspectives that answer difficult questions about culture and Christianity. The materials will show how to maintain God-given integrity in Native cultural expressions.” (Thanks Grace!)
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HISPANIC MKS AND THEIR EDUCATION

Mrs. Ruth M. Scherer is doing a research project for COMIBAM about the educational options for Latin American missionaries’ kids around the world. If you can put her in contact with someone who can provide information on the following four areas, please contact her in Spanish or English at WallyTSatcompuservedotcom  (WallyTSatcompuservedotcom)  .

  1. Information about correspondence courses in Spanish for grades K-12.
  2. Information about self-contained English courses for children ages 2-5 which can be administered by non-English speaking missionary parents.
  3. Missionaries from Latin America or other non-English speaking countries willing to tell about their experiences in educating their children on the field.
  4. Self-supporting teachers, fluent in Spanish, willing to go overseas to teach children of Latin American missionaries.

Thanks!

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SHORT OUTLINE HISTORY OF BRIGADA

[Believe it or not, someone actually asked for this.] Here goes:

  • November, 1994 — Doug Lucas is asked to serve as president of an annual missionary convention for the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ. He and several cohorts, including coworker, Eric Derry, begin holding focus groups in various sites around the country, with the hopes of learning how to maximize the impact of the event, scheduled for Nov., 1996, in Lexington, KY.
  • December, 1994 — The “handwriting is already on the wall.” The focus groups urge Doug and Eric to focus on action and outreach through the event. Doug and Eric go to the planning board. They learn about Praying Through the Window (the 100 Gateway Cities) and are fascinated by a) the potential and b) how hard it would be to find out what others are doing in other parts of the world (to avoid needless duplication and encourage intra-project sharing). They poll some 50 mission specialists about ways and means of information-sharing and, in the process, learn about MAFxc (at that time, known as CrossConnect).
  • January, 1995 — Doug opens an MAFxc account and begins a rapid ramp-up on email conferencing. There are probably some “lost editions” of Brigada Today that will never be recovered from this period. :-(
  • February 18, 1995 — The earliest copy of Brigada Today that we have on hand . . . but already there are 38 participants. In addition, there are dozens of conference participants in 10-20 other email conferences already taking hold.
  • March, 1995 — GCOWE ’95 is shaping up to be a landmark event for mobilization. Doug is invited because of the promise of Brigada and the possibilities of the event in Lexington.
  • April, 1995 — Some 300 faxes about the Brigada concept are sent out to various participants scheduled to attend GCOWE ’95. As far as anyone can remember, this is the only true “marketing” ever formally done in the name of Brigada. All other growth has thus far been through word of mouth . . . and keyboard . . . by participants themselves.
  • May, 1995 — Daily updates from GCOWE ’95 stream back from Seoul. The Joshua Project 2000 ideas are shaped. The first “list” of least reached peoples is presented . . . in the shadow of quite a lot of controversy over which groups were included and which ones weren’t. Stats were also questioned. AD2000 & Beyond decided to revise the list as quickly as possible.

[to be continued next week :-) ]

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

19980712 Brigada Today

Now with 7373 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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“HOW DO WE GET JOHNSTONE’S THE CHURCH IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

That’s got to be one of the key questions of July, at least in MY incoming email. Just after the notice from a couple of issues ago, Johnstone’s agent apparently changed distributors in the USA – so many Brigada Today readers were confused when they came away empty-handed from the supplier we had provided. Well it’s all been cleared up now I think. Apparently the need for the book is bigger than they thought. :-) Anyway, if you want 1000 copies or more, contact CFP at
Geanies House,
Feam, Tain, Ross-shire, IV20 1TW, Scotland, UK

If you’re a bookstore, order from Riverside Distributors at 1-800-247-5111 in the USA.
If you’re ordering individual copies, go with
Clifton Book Co.
122 North Ave. Dr.
Box 511,
Clifton, TX 76634, USA
Tel : 1-800-228-0939

There. I hope that’s all cleared up. One hitch: We’ve heard through the rumor mill that the book might not be available here ’til September!

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[USA] GENTLEMEN (AND LADIES), MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

It’s going to happen Sept. 23-25, ’99 in Virginia Beach, VA. That’s Thursday evening Supper through noon Saturday. It’ll take place at CBN’s conference center near Regent University. There are only 1000 seats. There’s probably one with your name on it. Trouble is, people will want to come from all over the USA and I’m wondering how they’ll all fit! But that’s reality for the last great missions consultation of the millenium (in the USA, anyway). It’s AD2000 & Beyond sponsored, Mission America 2000 initiated, and it’s going to include key leaders from most EFMA and IFMA missions agencies, together with leaders from denominations and non-denominations of every stripe. The question is this: “Where did we drop the ball?” That is, which people groups did we not approach with the gospel in the AD2000 push. The hopeful outcome? To agree on finishing the task and figure out how to do it. That’s the mandate of the “National USA Meeting on Unreached People Groups.” Bill Waldrop, formerly CEO of ACMC, is a key player in making this happen and I believe he can do it. My question to him this past week was, “Where’s the beef?” (Remember the old Wendy’s marketing campaign?) In other words, how is this consultation going to be different than others which have share the similar purpose statement. His answer intrigued me: “Help us make it different.” So there you have it, gang. Mark your calendars. Other countries are putting together similar consultations. In fact, sometimes I think the USA is woefully behind in asking the same question. So now it’s up to us. Will we be there or not. No need to send any response anywhere yet. Bill and company are still revving the engines in the command center for this thing. But it’s coming… so be ready.
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FROM THE MAILBAG

This past week we rec’d a note from a Brigada participant, “In the next issue of Brigada Today, why don’t you include a little ‘blurb’ or short synopsis of the need, the organization (how it works), and the budget so that anyone interested can present this ‘blurb’ to the church mission committee for evaluation and action. Just a thought.” It’s a great one, Dale. Thanks for asking! We haven’t wanted to ever make financial appeals in Brigada Today. In fact, when someone writes with an appeal, the answer is always the same… we just don’t do that because most all of us are missionaries anyway. Brigada operates through volunteers, mostly. People like Don & Judy who do the administrating of the conference, Bob who lays the text out on the web, John Hanna who prepares the Global Glimpse, Mark Kelly who puts together the monthly Advance, and . . . for the most part, Doug Lucas who compiles general nuggets from contributors who write from all over the world. The goal is to build a global network of special interest groups, who focus on specific unreached groups — and Brigada Today is like a totem pole around which all can gather to read notes of general interest to all. The very word “Brigada” comes from the Russian (and Spanish) word meaning “Brigade” . . . as in “bucket brigade.” The idea is that we all stand shoulder to shoulder to put out an emergency fire . . . one which has engulfed the world in its flames… the flames of an untold world who does not have a personal relationship with the Savior, the King of Kings. The budget?

  • $400/mo. (Doug’s time parsing through about 50 Brigada email messages per day)
  • $300/mo. that we WOULD spend on marketing Brigada in Christianity Today and other magazines and web sites (if we had the money, that is)
  • $200 per year for the web site to MAFxc
  • $200 per year for the corporate MAFxc membership

So — if you ever run across a grant for $400 per year or $700/mo., it would be GREAT to send it to Team Expansion, 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks!

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CATCH A BENGALI CONSULTATION

It’s not too late to register for the International Christian Consultation on Bengali People, planned for the 30th of July to the 2nd of August 1998 in Calcutta. For more information, contact Susanta Patra at jloveatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin  (jloveatcaldotvsnldotnetdotin)  .
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WANTED: MORE RESEARCH ON THE CITY

David Dale ddaleatmaildotonedotnet  (ddaleatmaildotonedotnet)   is impressed with the amount of work that’s been done to understand the city. But in his quest to finish a major thesis, he wants more! If you’d like to help him, email him directly and dialogue with him about how to raise the bar all the more on understanding the world’s cities.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKEY

world globe Even though secularism and radical Islam are both at work in Turkey, the church has a time of peace for the moment, and has been allowed to legally register. This has increased confidence in the local believers and changed the government’s posture toward the church. Eleven years ago there were only two fellowships regularly meeting in Istanbul, today there are 16; some smaller cities also have churches. In Istanbul a Christian FM radio station broadcasts 24-hours, reaching a potential audience of at least 20,000,000 people. The number of New Testaments distributed in the last year was more than in the previous ten years combined, all largely through local believers. Next year’s plans include a major distribution campaign for the newly translated Old Testament.
(Source: AD2000 report: Luis Bush in Istanbul, June 14, 1998, http://www.ad2000.org)
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AND ANOTHER GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM SAUDI

world globe On June 15 while Pino Aguilar, a Filipino Saudi resident, was away, Saudi Religious police raided his home, taking his pregnant wife, Yolai. Two days later, after hours of intense interrogation, she gave birth to a son, Elisha. Yolai is one of 10 Filipinos and a Dutchman who have been taken away without charges and without diplomatic access. Christian leaders in Riyadh believe the captives are being abused for information about Christian activity. Significant church growth has been reported there since the Gulf war.
(Source: IMB News Stories, Thursday, July 02, 1998, International Mission Board, SBC, http://www.imb.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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FAST – FAST!!! – FOR THE PARSEES

We’re in the middle of a planned 40-day fast for the Parsees. For more information on who they are, see http://www.ad2000.org/profiles/parsee. For more information about the fast in particular, contact love-parseeatintegritynetworkdotnet  (love-parseeatintegritynetworkdotnet)  .
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WHEN YOU DON’T WANT TO BE A ‘LOAN’

Anyone have any leads on any organization that loans money to home buyers and invests a portion of the interest it receives back to missions? If so, Jeff Morgan jsmorganatbmidotnet  (jsmorganatbmidotnet)   would like to know. He’s putting together a compendium of possibilities and will publish the outcome with us here in Brigada Today.
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HERE’S AN OFFER YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO

Get this . . . a dentist in Oregon who would like to give away some big-time equipment (including maybe an x-ray machine), as long as it can go for a Christian cause. Interested??? Contact Dr Brian Spencer at 541-963-2520. Hurry — it won’t be around long!
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LET’S GET GRAPHIC

Looking for the ways and means to graphically express yourself or your mission project? Have you tried Kingdom Graphics? They’re committed to creative mission materials that will assist you in promoting & strengthening support for Global Missions. They specialize in:

  1. Mission Clip-Art
  2. Mission Computer Papers … to create your own brochures and booklets
  3. Mission Note Cards … themes of … “Partnership”, “Thank You”, “Encouragement”, etc.
  4. Mission Prayer Cards … creative designing & low cost printing
  5. Mission Note Pads
  6. Mission Place Mats …
  7. Mission Design & Layout Services … to meet your custom needs!

Check them out at: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com or write to
2713 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Tel: 1-800-618-3133 (in the USA or using Net2phone)
Fax: 215-657-5888
e-mail: kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)  .

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ADVANCE READY TO “GET”

You can download the full text of Advance from the Brigada document server.

Here’s a summary:
THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Two previously unknown tribes discovered in Irian Jaya; the Central Khmer of Cambodia; the Tu of China; the Mina of India; the Arabs of Yemen; the Luri of Iran; audio version of the Jesus film being revised for broadcast; spiritual breakthrough in Turkey; earthquake relief in Afghanistan; the Jesus film introduced in Buddhist country

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Believers arrested in Saudi Arabia; church leaders threatened, beaten in Myanmar; Pakistani believer charged with blasphemy; new Uzbekistan religion law; new apostasy law in Malaysia; Christian girls kidnapped in Pakistan; Morocco fines expatriate believers; Mongolia threatens churches with destruction of buildings; church building in Indonesia attacked

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — New technique allows abortions eight days after conception; Lord’s Resistance Army kidnaps 40 girls; the annual Amaranth pilgrimage in India; pagans and occultists converge on Timonium, Maryland; House of Commons votes to lower age of homosexual consent;

REJOICE! — Swedish missionary couple released; dead girl testifies in India’s Bihar state; 750 decisions for Christ in Khmu villages; prayer for the persecuted at March for Jesus rallies; Kingdom advance in Sudan; Christian film broadcast in Muslim nation; Myanmar believers reach out to Bama people group; Turkish Muslim accepts Christ, returns home; Hindu priest accepts Jesus; two court decisions protect unborn children; Salvation Army sacrifices income for Christian principle

NETWORKING — Earthquake relief efforts in Afghanistan; registering protests over arrests in Saudi Arabia; International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; “The Church Is Bigger Than You Think;” Praying Through the Window IV; gospel broadcasts for all major people groups in languages they can understand; prayer profiles of 1,739 unreached people groups; sharing the gospel with international students; urgent e-mail warning about computer virus

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LOOKING FOR AUDIO SCRIPTURES?

lighting the way Try a new zip. A couple of issues ago in Brigada Today (“GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!” from July 3rd edition), we had them located in Escondido, CA at zip code 42046. Ahem. Apparently it’s supposed to be 92046-0634. Slightly on the other side of the country — sorry about that.
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JESUS FILMS CONTINUE TO BE BELL-RINGERS

We’re STILL getting thank-you notes expressing appreciation to the Jesus Film project for the offer of 5 free videos for anyone who would use them with unreached peoples. The latest came this past week from a group in the Philippines: “Please pass on the message to the Jesus Film Project and Campus Crusade for Christ for the video on Jesus which has arrived yesterday. It will be a great help for our film outreaches all over the Philippines. May the Lord continue to use the project in order to be able to reach more souls for Christ all over the world. May you richly be blessed! In His Love, Christ’s Ambassadors in Action (CAIA).” Another wrote, “I am so thankful to have the Jesus Films arrive. Thanks for being a channel through which we could get these ministry tools FREE!” 3 Cheers for the Jesus Film people!
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JUMP ON BOARD THE BERLIN PRAYER LIFT

Now you can be involved in the Berlin Prayer Lift. It’s all about raising the roof in prayer for Berlin.
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WANT TO BRUSH UP ON YOUR PUNJABI???

Now you can. A School of Language and Culture Studies is being set up in Chandigarh, India offering studies in various North Indian peoples. Now you can study Punjabi language, Punjabi culture, Sikh religion, and Hindi beginning November, 1998. For more info, write JoelDavidatXCdotorg  (JoelDavidatXCdotorg)  .
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WE DIDN’T DROP THE BOMM DATABASE

In fact, it’s just been updated! Check it out at http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/dbindex.htm on the web. The BOMM database is an organized collection of all the missions information that has been shared over the Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers email conference. It is a gold mine of information with over 200 practical articles on missions! Nate Wilson is the compiler and he has recently done some major updates to the BOMM database. It’ll be of great help to any mission consultant or leader of a mission committee or mission emphasis group. Nate works for (who else) Caleb Project and can be reached at NateWilsonatXCdotorg  (NateWilsonatXCdotorg)  . If I’m good, then maybe when I go to Heaven I can work for Caleb Project too. :-)
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CHINA IS BIGGER THAN YOU THINK

So maybe you need a map? Well now you can get it! Target Ministries has just put together a newly published China Minorities Prayer Map! This one is printed in Chinese. It is 2′ X 3′ map that features ten of the unreached minority peoples of Southwest China. Target wrote us this past week, “We published it for the purpose of raising awareness of Chinese Minorities, and for gaining prayer support for them and for the workers serving the Lord among the minorities.” They have priced the Maps at a very special price for those who subscribe to Brigada: $3.00 U.S. plus shipping and handling! For more information, write to KEVTARGETatAOLdotCOM  (KEVTARGETatAOLdotCOM)   for information as well as all of the particulars on purchasing the prayer maps.

 (Remember, Brigada does not recommend you giving out your credit card information over the open Internet. Use Fax or encrypted email instead.)

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BRIGADA JOE” NEEDS YOU AT HIS AUGUST 8 MEETING IN DALLAS

Remember the zealous Brigada Today reader last year who put us to the challenge of directing him to the least reached people group on planet earth? Well, he (we’ll call him “Brigada Joe”) took the people group you most suggested (we’ll call them the “Bazooka people” — not their real name [duh!]) and moved his family to live close to the Bazookas who are a people group of over one million with only one known Christian. Brigada Joe wrote this week and said he is feeling a little under-qualified for this strategic work and wants to know if Brigada readers can help. He is hosting an all-day strategy meeting for the Bazooka people on Saturday August 8th in Dallas, Texas. Churches are needed to adopt to Bazookas. Web page design help is needed to attract Bazooka people who Brigada Joe has found surfing the Web. Also needed are people who will knock on the door of Bazookas who Brigada Joe has located in the USA. Prayer warriors are needed as is almost any other kind of service you might bring to the table. For his intense security setting, Brigada Joe will need a short paragraph about your conversion and your church name and your pastor’s name and pastor’s work phone number. Brigada Joe will send you an invitation to this all-day meeting. (All program and food costs for just $15!) E-mail Brigada Joe at afmatxcdotorg  (afmatxcdotorg)   and even if you can’t attend the meeting, volunteer your help for the Bazookas.
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BEEN TRYING TO “GET BRIGADA CALEB”???

 Try again. It’s up and running now. To receive a full catalogue of missions mobilization materials from Caleb Project.
Disclaimer: I don’t work for them. Wish I did of course. Maybe when I get to Heaven. :-)
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ARE YOU CURIOUS IDOP?

 Me too. We didn’t put the date in last week’s Brigada Today. We don’t even know when it is! Sorry! Anybody got the date for the upcoming International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church?
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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!

19980705 Brigada Today

Now with 7376 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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FROM THE ‘OOPS’ DEPT.

lighting the way Did you try to check out ASI (last week’s item, “GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!“), only to be told abruptly that the site didn’t exist??? :-( Sorry… somehow the slash got reversed! Should have been http://www.audioscriptures.org — Try again! Thanks!
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ECHO KNOCKS VOX

If you’ve thought about subscribing to VOX, think again. Looks to me like it’s been renamed and re-released as Echo (VoxCorp, 2525-C Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214 800-352-7225 or email: echoatechomagazinedotcom  (echoatechomagazinedotcom)  ; web: http://www.echomagazine.com. The premier issue is dynamite. Relevant stories, first-class art, and great writing. Looks like this one is a keeper!
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WANT A BIBLE TO PUT IN YOUR WEB POCKET???

The palm-based Handheld PC market is growing, . . . and with it to the selection of books! Lately, we’ve also been hearing from people with PalmPilots, already using software that Windows C/E people are still dreaming about. Check out http://www.pilotzone.com/docs_religious.html for example, where one can find the NIV already set up for PalmPilots. Plus there are tons of other offerings as well. Thanks Jon!!!
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LOOKING FOR RESOURCES??? STOCK UP…

… on Caleb Project possibiliites. This is the latest electronic catalogue.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE TOP OF THE WORLD!

world globe The ’98 Himalayan Congress of Evangelism began April 20th at the picturesque Indian hill-station of Darjeeling emphasizing God’s call to the Nepali and Himalayan churches to move from being mission receiving to mission sending. About 1200 participants gathered including many Nepali and Tibetan key Christian leaders. These leaders met with mission agency representatives and explored how to link local needs with available resources. Three special forums focussed on:

  1. Literacy and Evangelism
  2. Training Needs for Mission, and
  3. Girls Caught in Brothels.

The congress concluded with an exuberant celebration of unity and commission.
(Source: AD2000 report, 6/8/98, Dr Cindy Perry, HIM-COE ’98 International Coordinator. http://www.ad2000.org for more information.)
Global Glimpse is compiled weekly by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Denver, Colorado.

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HEAR YE, HEAR YE, WEB ALL ABOUT IT!

Max McLean is a renowned storyteller and veteran actor whose one-man dramatic performances from the Bible have captivated audiences both young and old all across the country. Church, college, and youth groups listen with rapt attention as his arresting voice and magnetic style bring these extraordinary narratives vividly to life. In this clear and elegant digital recording, the words of the New Testament are delivered with such clarity and insight they rise off the printed page and flow into the hearts and minds of his listeners. Max’s recordings of the entire New Testament in RealAudio form are available from “Lightsource” on Broadcast.com (an excellent source for all sorts of audio/video resources, including the internet-only “pirate radio,” a great Christian music radio station, and the well known “Adventures in Odyssey”).
LightSource http://www.broadcast.com/lightsource
RealAudio-Bible: http://www.broadcast.com/lightsource/drama/max/index.html
Pirate Radio: http://www.christianpiraterock.com/
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NEED SOME SHARP PICTURES OF YOUR UPCOMING MISSIONS TRIP?

One Brigada participant wrote this past week, “I am a photographer, and have photos that I am willing to allow missionaries and ministries use as long as I get photo credit. I am also willing to travel to the field and take photos for them as long as they pay all expenses. I was a missionary in Brazil, I am fluent in Portuguese, so Brazil would be especially easy for me to get around in. You can see more about that at my site: http://www.HolyLamb.com Also, http://www.christianmalls.net/ is just getting started, but I envision it as a place for the equipping of missionaries, and ministries. It has some resources like the forums that I hope will become more and more useful.” John Hanna, Caleb Project
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JOIN OTHERS IN THE INT’L DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Mark your calendar now for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. For more information, contact:
Johan Candelin
WEF Religious Liberty Commission
Katariinantori 1
FIN-67100 Kokkola
Finland
Phone: +358-6-831 4805
Fax: +358-6-8316 495
E-mail: candelinatppdotkolumbusdotfi  (candelinatppdotkolumbusdotfi)  
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1998 MEDICAL MISSION CONFERENCE ALREADY GAINING GROUND

It hasn’t even started yet, but the Annual Medical Mission Conference On November 6 – 7, 1998, Southeast Christian Church will present its 3rd Annual Medical Mission Conference to be held in the main sanctuary and Fellowship Hall of the church. For detailed information about the conference, contact our Web Page at: http://www.medicalmissions.com

David Thompson, a surgeon who is a career missionary in Gabon, West Africa, will share Thurs. night. He’s the guy you’ve seen at the end of the Generation tape series — “Do you want the king to come???! Other speakers include Drs. Duane & Muriel Elmer, Dr. Christine Sine, and many others. For more information, call Stephanie Garling, 502-451-5317, extension 4725, or write garlingfamilyatjunodotcom  (garlingfamilyatjunodotcom)  .

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SO WHY DID FRANCE WIN?

Last night my family and I returned home from leading a prayer journey in Bosnia. Although it meant missing the World Cup final, I asked 3 different people to tape it for me (just in case one of them forgot, I’d have two backups! :-)). I finally got to see the [delayed version of the] World Cup final, featuring France and Brazil in a 3-0 shut-out win — for France!!! With Brazil supposedly being the best team in the world right now, the question begs to be asked, “How did France pull it off?” I enjoyed the quip by the one American commentator, who explained the victory in part by quoting a journalist he had heard the previous week, “It’s not the foot, it’s the France.” That phrase, quoted by an expatriate who had lived in France some 25 years, could hold at least one of the keys. In the end, some experts agreed that some of the individuals on Brazil’s team were more skilled, but most of the 80,000 fans were pushing for France… and, as my 11-year-old (Christopher) says, “The ‘home field advantage’ is one of the most important factors in the game!” You see, when that home crowd unites, look out!

Perhaps the same thing can be said for missions. When a team of missionaries is fighting out there, an ocean apart from those who raised them and paid for their preparation, the field of life can seem pretty large and overwhelming. Add 80,000 fans and a few cheers and you’ve got yourself a ball game!

So — next time you send a team overseas — short-term or long — remember France ’98. Even if your team has to face opponents like Ronaldo, their attacks will sometimes melt before their very eyes if you cheer on your team! How do you do that??? With prayer, notes of encouragement, looking out for their best, holding them accountable to plans/visions/dreams, and by helping them find confidence and a will to win! If all those things are truly in place, maybe nobody will be able to stop your team!

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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!

19980628 Brigada Today

Now with 7339 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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“WOMEN OF THE HARVEST,” IT’S ABOUT TIME YOU HAD A MAGAZINE!

When Laurie Bolthouse was preparing to go to Albania in Apr. ’97 with her husband, Bill, she looked for published materials specifically for women in missions. To her dismay, she found none. That’s when Laurie approached Stephanie Nelson, who had her own writing and editing business, with the idea of starting a magazine that would be a forum for issues uniquely related to women in foreign missions service. “I am challenged and deeply encouraged listening to the hearts of other women,” Laurie says. “I need their experiences and wisdom to persevere. I need connection with those who also have chosen this challenging, difficult, but exhilarating path.” “Making that connection a reality is what this new magazine is about,” says Stephanie, editor of Women of the Harvest magazine. Along with real stories from women serving in missions, regular features will keep them in touch with their own culture — book reviews, recipes, devotions, beauty and health tips, and an “Ask the Doctor” section where they can email questions. Women of the Harvest is published quarterly by Women of the Harvest Int’l. Subscription is $16/year. For more info., write
PO Box 151297,
Lakewood, CO 80125-1297

or go to the Web site at http://www.womenoftheharvest.com or email the magazine at harvestmagataoldotcom  (harvestmagataoldotcom)  .
(Thanks to Focus on the Family for this tip!)

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GIVE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!

Have you ever checked out Portrait of Jesus cassettes? If not, someone should give one of these a try! They evidently are available in 60 different languages! Example: ‘The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived’ is, according to one Brigada participant, “a beautiful selection of passages from the gospels. These passages connect and flow to give an accurate and compelling portrait of Jesus so that the listener may hear this good news and believe in Him.” To check it out, contact
Audio Scriptures International (ASI)
PO Box 460630
Escondido, CA 92046-0634
Email: asm-caatxcdotorg  (asm-caatxcdotorg)  .
Tel: 760-745-8105
or on the web at http://www.audioscriptures.org
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HOW MANY BIBLES?

One source said, “The United Bible Societies published 20,035,360 Bibles last year, and a total of 361,633,376 Scriptures altogether.”
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WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?

To the streets, that’s where! According to Ken Spatz, at present there are possibly 200 million or more children in the world in desperate circumstances. These are the street children, the orphaned, abandoned, exploited in the work place, exploited sexually. They are literally homeless, hopeless and helpless, through no fault of their own. Now, someone would like to find out how many? Where? Why? The Need? Ken dreams of finding an individual, a group, a church, or cooperative group of churches in every country who will take on the task of gathering this information from their country. If you can help, contact Ken and June Spatz at
2129 Clifton Ave
Reading, Pa 19611, United States
tel 619-796-0462
email kspatzsratjunodotcom  (kspatzsratjunodotcom)  .
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UPDATE FROM BOSNIA

This week, I’m compiling Brigada Today from within Bosnia. My wife and two boys are here with me on a prayer journey with leaders from two very exciting churches, both of which are examining the possibilities of “adopting” a city or region here. We’ve been GREATLY assisted by cooperative missionaries who have been learning the critical importance of working side by side in unity with others in their region. That cooperation really is beautiful.

But the landscape here — physical, spiritual AND emotional — is incredibly marred by the recent years of war and bloodshed. In this week’s Brigada Today, we feature an interview with one of the prayer journey participants, Carole Dunlap [with a little help from her husband, Dave]. Carole works as a mobilizer with Team Expansion in Louisville, KY.

    BT: Carole, you’ve now finished the second full day of your prayer journey here in Bosnia. What has been one of the highlights for you on the trip so far and why?

    A: Hmmm. Worshipping with a Bosnian congregation, because there was an immediate fellowship there. Even though I didn’t understand the language, they were VERY friendly. Recognizing some of the songs and trying to sing along in Bosnian was a real highlight.

    BT: How would you describe a drive through a typical Bosnian countryside road?

    A: It’s just such a contrast of beautiful, breathtaking [scenery] and then destruction. One moment you look at something and you think, “This is just gorgeous!” Then you look another direction and the mixture of emotions is immediate — destruction is everywhere. After awhile you just quit asking why — you’re just sorry.

    BT: Name an individual that you’ve met so far that you’re not about to ever forget and please tell us about that person.

    A: Somebody I’ll never forget??? I guess it would be the little boy laying on the floor tonight [in a Bosnian refugee camp], because he represents all the little victims . . . and he didn’t have a choice. His little crippled body . . . . he was 28 days old when the mortar struck their house. His Mom was holding him . . . he rec’d brain damage. When we met him he was laying on the floor. When one of the team members stroked his little face, he just grinned from ear to ear. [long pause . . . ] His family loves him dearly. They all live together . . . all six of them in a one-room place. They were so proud of him. But he’s . . . . you know . . . I wonder if government leaders ever think of someone like that.

    BT: Now you’ve seen some of the hard challenges. What kinds of things give you any hope . . . if at all… for Bosnia?

    A: I think that they still have a dignity . . . I think that’s one of the things that the worship service this morning overwhelmed me with … the hope… Like the preacher said this morning, God shows himself strong in their weakness… There are long-term people [missionaries] here who have a passion for the Bosnians. You can see it in everything they breathe and say. And the warmth in the Bosnian people toward us. And I guess God really doesn’t allow us to give up hope for anybody.

    BT: If you could take a spray bottle home . . . maybe bottle up some scene or some event that’s happened so far . . . what would you want to take home and spray all over your adult Bible fellowship, or your church or missions agency?

    A: One of the workers here got a wheel chair for a little boy in a refugee camp. That little gal was so impressed by that act of love that she became a seeker. She carried that little baby down a rugged mountain road, maybe 3 miles, by herself, to find out why people are so good to bring her a wheelchair for her little baby — and she couldn’t figure out why they’d do it if they didn’t even know her! She carried that baby down that road to church . . . and she kept coming to church . . . and kept coming . . . and [long pause]. She’s a believer now . . . and she keeps coming. And tonight, she sat behind me… You saw her. She’s such a thin little girl… with four kids now and the fifth one due anytime. She’s been living there in that refugee camp for six years. Scripture says, ‘If you seek me you will find me,’ . . . and she found Him. And she’s got the most remarkable smile.

    BT: Carole, is there any misconception about this place in particular that you hope you can help clear up when you return to the USA?

    A: There’s nobody to really point a finger at. [long pause] I think that it’s not something that can be easily healed here. It’s not over. And none of us can pretend to think that we can come here and in 10 days have an opinion about something. It’ll take years… but there’s no way that we should pull out. If the Christians don’t stay here, . . . I mean . . . the healing isn’t going to come quickly. A general from SFOR spoke today in worship in Sarajevo. He said this is a marathon not a sprint . . . and he was right. People want to ask who was right and who was wrong. I think it’s just the evil that we all have . . . a rage gone to extreme. From what we’re hearing, it’s being fed . . . The only reason why the Serbs were beating up the Muslims was because they had the biggest guns at the time. I can’t begin to put this puzzle together. I’ve given up asking who did what and . . . my goodness . . . just trying to figure out how we can help. And the really sorrowful thing is that this isn’t limited to just Bosnia. It’s going on all over the world in one form or another. … and it’s the evil within all of us that we have to change.

    BT: Anything else you’d like to add before we make the Internet connection to Zagreb and send out this email?

    A: I’m just thankful that people are concerned enough to read and pray. Like the sign says in the picture of the bridge at Mostar, “Don’t forget.”

If you’d like to learn more about joining or networking with a long-term church-planting project in Bosnia, or if you’d like to volunteer for an international role, contact DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  . Be sure to include specifics like when you could go, what you could do, and what you see happening long term with your ministry.

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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!
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