19960804 Brigada Today

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

* NEW DATABASE UPDATE ON THE WORLD’S PEOPLES – FOR U$S 15 !!!
* FOLLOW UP TO “FROM THE “SOMETHING USEFUL FOR 15 CENTS” DEPARTMENT”
* GET WEEKLY PRAYER INFO
* GOT WIN95??? GOT AUDIO??? WANT FREE PHONE CALLS? GET INTERNET PHONE
* MISSION 2000 TO FEATURE JP2000 LAUNCH IN GERMANY!
* …AND HERE’S ANOTHER MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN DALLAS
* “DID YOU KNOW…” (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* CURRICULUM IDEAS ANYONE?
* AUTOMATED BRIGADA SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE WORKS GREAT!
* MTI TO OFFER CONFERENCE ON MISSIONARY MEMBERCARE
* PACIFIC CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OFFERS PERSPECTIVES BY EXTENSION
* INPUT SOUGHT FOR MENTORING NEW MISSIONARIES
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* GET INSURED… FOR LESS… BY THOSE WHO CARE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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NEW DATABASE UPDATE ON THE WORLD’S PEOPLES – FOR U$S 15 !!!
It’s nice to know there are people who want to give something for the cause of world evangelism!!! Here’s a guy who has done years of research and he wants to virtually give it away to you for the cost of the disks! Why??? Because he’s a believer in the CAUSE! Thanks to John Gilbert for making the “Integrated Status of Global Evangelization Annual Report–Electronic Version” available for $15!!! This report is an annual “snapshot” of the status of global evangelization prepared for the Foreign Mission Board. It is based on the levels of evangelization of the world’s peoples and utilizes the Integrated Strategic Planning Database (ISPD). The set of seven diskettes is offered to mission agencies, denominations, and Christian organizations to further facilitate strategic planning for the unfinished task of global evangelization. (You’ll need Windows 3.1 or Win95 to run it.) Throw in $4 and he’ll even send you the associated screen saver disks! :-) And get this!!! Give him $4 more and he’ll send you a 10 megabyte Powerpoint file to present it!!! I’m tellin’ you — when I grow up, I want to be like John Gilbert! Send your check for whatever to Foreign Mission Board, SBC, P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230, Fax 804-254-8980, 753-8054atMCIMAILdotCOM.

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FOLLOW UP TO “FROM THE “SOMETHING USEFUL FOR 15 CENTS” DEPARTMENT”
Several users gave us other options for on-line internet faxing. The most commonly recommended was Faxaway at https://ronin.kallback.com/faxaway/applic.cgi. (Thanks to John and others for that info!) For info, send email to faxinfoatkomdotnet. This company charges by the exact time used to send your fax, so some insist that it’s cheaper to use than faxSave. Sure enough, when I tried the service, it was a no-brainer! My first fax went through painlessly in just moments . . . and our readers were right . . . they only would have charged 5 cents (instead of the 15 cent minimum on faxSave). However — keep in mind that faxSave is the cheapest to use for the next four days! :-) Their “100,000 free faxes” giveaway ceases on August 1st, so if you want to fax for free big-time, get on board quickly by reading last week’s Brigada Today again! (What?!!! You didn’t save it??? Send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line:
get brigada brigada-today.960719

Alternatively, you can try http://town.hall.org/ which hooks you up with TPC and all those free fax servers. Why didn’t I think of mentioning that before! :-) Thanks to Wayne from Auckland!!!

Others recommended http://www.hotmail.com which allows you to send email via the web. There’s no email bounce back address, since . . . if you don’t have unlimited web access, you can’t use this service anyway.

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GET WEEKLY PRAYER INFO
From Austria to Australia more than 500 Christian leaders receive PrayerNet, a free weekly e-mail intercessory prayer newsletter published by The U.S. PRAYER TRACK of AD2000 and Mission America. PrayerNet contains inspiration and information for praying Christians and prayer leaders. To subscribe send the following message:
subscribe brigada-us-prayertrack
addressed to: Hubatxcdotorg. (This conference is used only to distribute the PrayerNet newsletter — no discussion.)

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GOT WIN95??? GOT AUDIO??? WANT FREE PHONE CALLS? GET INTERNET PHONE
Now the latest craze (for Win95 users with a Pentium 90 or greater) is Intel Internet Phone. Get it at http://www.intel.com/iaweb/cpc.

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MISSION 2000 TO FEATURE JP2000 LAUNCH IN GERMANY!
Those Germans! They just keep on keepin’ on! Now they’re launching the Joshua Project 2000 thrust in conjunction with AD2000 & Beyond and Praying Through the Window III! Nov. 1-3, they’re hosting Mission 2000 in Bispingen in cooperation with AIMS Germany and YWAM. Luis Bush, Bev Pegues, Kjell Sjoberg, Graeme Hackworth und Wilrens Hornstra have all been invited to speak. For more information, contact: Buro fur Weltmission, Jugend mit einer Mission, 29646 Bispingen, Tel.: (051 94) 13 81, Fax: (051 94) 70 33, CompuServe 100330dot2724atCompuServedotCOM
or
AIMS Deutschland, Postfach 45 01 29, 12171 Berlin, Tel.: (030) 76 89 04 45, Fax: (030) 76 89 04 48 CompuServe 100711dot2622atCompuServedotCOM

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…AND HERE’S ANOTHER MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN DALLAS
On December 1st through December 8th, 1996, a World Missions Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas. This conference will offer evangelical Christian mission organizations wide exposure to a variety of potential supporters and interested parties in the Dallas metroplex. Additionally, the conference is an opportunity for mission organizations to share the latest in God’s work and methods throughout the world. For more info, write russiansofeatxcdotorg.

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“DID YOU KNOW…” (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
Thanks to all who wrote regarding last week’s “Did you know…” Turns out that lots of people and monkeys eat bananas from the bottom, but some apparently break it in half and eat it from the middle! :-) (Would that be “Oreo style”?) But the best response was from Ed who said he had learned to “fellowship with brothers regardless of what end they started at.” :-) Thanks to Amber, Dave, Ed, and all the others who responded!

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CURRICULUM IDEAS ANYONE?
Remember back in February, when we had a request for Sunday School missions lessons? Well here’s another one. In the process, we’ll try to get a summary this time: “Greetings. I appreciate your work and that of others in compiling missions news on Brigada. What a wonderful resource for up-to-date news. I am using it for a “Missions Spotlight” insert in our church’s monthly newsletter. I am missions chairman at my church, and we are considering a mission-oriented Sunday school class or mid-week small group. I’m trying to determine if there are any resources for such an endeavor, such as books, study guides, etc. The key goal of the group would be prayer, but also information distribution and perhaps training for individuals going out on short term missions projects. Can you suggest any resources that might be useful. Sincerely, Lyle D. Olson, Brookings, SD.” If you’ve got an idea, write olsonlaturdotsdstatedotedu and Lyle, please get us a summary after two weeks, okay? Thanks!

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AUTOMATED BRIGADA SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE WORKS GREAT!
Have you checked out http://www.netaccess.on.ca/fingertip/mail/brigada.htm. It’s an automated Brigada subscription form that allows you to supply your email address in a blank, then click on a Brigada conference to subscribe! It’s great! Simple to use and easy to see the “big picture” of all Brigada family conferences! While you’re there, check out Fingertip’s other offerings! Thanks to Mike Bell and those marvelous Canadians!!!

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MTI TO OFFER CONFERENCE ON MISSIONARY MEMBERCARE
Mission Training International is sponsoring a Convention on Missionary MemberCare Oct. 28-30 at Glen Eyrie Conference Center in Colorado Springs. Dr. John Powell of Michigan State University is the featured speaker. The Convention is designed to be highly interactive (several case studies) and geared toward anyone involved in providing membercare to missionaries or those responsible for overseeing membercare in their respective agencies. For further information, MTI can be contacted at minternataoldotcom or by fax at 719 594-4682 or by phone at 719 594-0687 or on the Web at http://www.mti.org/cmc.htm.

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PACIFIC CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OFFERS PERSPECTIVES BY EXTENSION
Pacific Christian College is now offering the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course at the undergraduate and graduate level on an independent study basis over the internet. For information see http://www.pacificcc.edu or write PCCICSatXCdotOrg. They also have field-based Masters degrees . . . and they partner with mission agencies in the offering of these courses and more.

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INPUT SOUGHT FOR MENTORING NEW MISSIONARIES
Thanks to Brigada encouragers! Scott Wood wrote this past week to say, “I have just started getting Brigada Today and absolutely love it. [blush ] I am the Assistant Director of the School Of Missions at Christ For The Nations. What a great resource this is gonna be for us! [blusher ] My job is to get our students to the field in a healthy, responsible way. Our approach is to get a new missionary to the field under a seasoned ministry – on the field they feel called to long-term. At best, we are feeling our way through this process and if anyone has ideas, we would be appreciative. We already have some things in place, but kind of feel like we could use the input Brigada Today people can offer. [blushest ] God bless you for all your doing to help fulfill the Great Commission!” So now that he’s said all this nice stuff, who’s going to write the guy and say something . . . noteworthy!?? :-) Write him at TSWood1962ataoldotcom. And please thank him for the kind words! :-) . . .and Scott, please get us a summarized copy of what you receive, okay? Thanks!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
This year the Global March for Jesus began May 24th, with 50,000 Tongans, led by the King and Queen of Tonga. During the early hours of Saturday morning, millions more Christians marched in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, the Philippines and Cambodia. By midnight, Saturday, May 25th, up to 12 million people from 170 nations marched in a massive series of co-ordinated street marches over a 24 hour period. This incredible feat is set to write itself into the history books as the largest mobilization of people for a one-day event in the history of mankind.
Source: Press Release from Global March for Jesus headquarters, 100572dot323atCompuServedotCOM.
For the complete March for Jesus update, look at the Caleb Project.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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GET INSURED… FOR LESS… BY THOSE WHO CARE
Fellowship of Christian Ministers represents Christian Churches, Churches of Christ and their related organizations by providing insurance, resources, and encouragement to our members. Founded in 1970 by a group of ministers, FCM’s purpose is to serve ministers and others who serve in church or church related occupations. When you view our logo you will note that it signifies our committment to provide insurance PLUS encouragement and resources. The modified, curved triangle symbolizes FCM’s view on the interrelatedness of these services. This philosophy sets FCM apart from other organizations. FCM can provide health, life disability, and accidental death & dismemberment insurance WORLDWIDE FOR MISSIONARIES and their families. Associate memberships are also available. Further information can be obtained by calling (in the USA) 800-466-9408 or e-mail to fcmatai2adotnet.

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960728 Brigada Today

Now with 3103 Participants!
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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FROM THE “SOMETHING USEFUL FOR 15 CENTS” DEPARTMENT
* OLYMPICS KICK OFF TONIGHT . . . “REAL GOLD” ALREADY UP AND RUNNING
* “DID YOU KNOW…” (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* DOING RESEARCH ON A LEAST REACHED GROUP??? TRY GOING TO THE AMAZON!
* JUNO KEEPS ON GOING!
* PICTURE THIS!!!
* TRAVEL CONFERENCE COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU!
* LOOKING FOR A HOST FOR YOUR MISSION’S NEW WEB PAGE?
* SO THAT YOU DON’T OPERATE UNDER FALSE PRE-TENTS
* WEB-WATCH
* FOLLOW-UP TO FOLLOW-UP TO “IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FROM THE “SOMETHING USEFUL FOR 15 CENTS” DEPARTMENT
Every once and awhile some Brigada participant passes along a supremely useful tool that allows us to inch forward in our communication or implementation of the Lord’s Great Commission. This is one of those times. Hats off to Les Tilka lestilkaatmozcomdotcom, writing from the Philippines, who just passed along this note for the whole Brigada family. “If you want to send email to someone that has not yet ‘caught up with the times’ and gotten email – no problem. I ran across this email-to-fax server that is great for overseas or stateside personnel. I have been using it from the Philippines for about two months now and am elated with its performance not to mention the savings. To send a one page fax from anywhere in the world to the US it is only 15 cents per page. At present they are running a free fax promotion and I have sent probably 100 faxes for free! Every user gets 10 free faxes as their trial. It has really been a savings for me!” Right Les!!! It’s great! To see what Les was talking about, I logged onto the Web. http://www.faxsav.com, read about it, and within 30 seconds had sent my first fax to our own fax machine here in the office. From the time I sent the email until the fax machine kicked into receive, it was exactly 1 min., 17 seconds! For those without web access, simply email a request for more information to internetatfaxsavdotcom. If you’d prefer, call FaxSav Customer Service at +1 908 906 1555 from outside the US or at 1-800-909-0080 from inside the US.

Now for the really cool part. You can also download a free software package that they give away . . . (it can be emailed to you or you can grab it at their web site) that lets you send fully formatted faxes from any Windows program, as long as you have a Winsock connection (if you aren’t sure whether that has something to do with computers or stockings you get for being 1st place, ask your Internet Service Provider for help). When you install it, it installs a printer driver (faxLauncher) in Windows. When you want to fax something formatted, you connect to your Internet service provider (Netcom, Compuserve, or whatever with a Winsock connection), pretend you’re going to print it, then redirect your output to that new “printer” (which is really their faxLauncher software), and . . . shazam . . . it sends your fully formatted fax over the Internet!!! Again, it’s just 15 cents/page to the USA from anywhere in the world! And Les is right . . . during this promotional time, you’ll get to fax for free!

Only thing confusing for me was the fact that, once I was convinced and tried to register my credit card to become a paying customer, it wouldn’t accept it! Said I was already an “existing customer” . . . and wouldn’t let me become a “paying” one. Guess it wants me to use up my 10 free faxes first? I have a note in to their Customer Service to ask, but for now, I’m still able to send for free anyway. So . . . this one’s a keeper! Happy faxing . . . and thanks Les! . . . . from all of us!

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OLYMPICS KICK OFF TONIGHT . . . “REAL GOLD” ALREADY UP AND RUNNING
Don’t miss the “Real Gold” web site this week, . . . http://www.realgold.org.

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“DID YOU KNOW…” (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
You’ll recall that this discussion initially started with a fun question about water going down the shower drain. :-) From there . . . let’s see . . . we went several directions, including tea leaves spinning to the middle of your teacup. This wouldn’t be a bit interesting for missionaries, except for the fact that, by definition, we’re posted all over the world. Well here’s a guy who writes from Antarctica! Ralph Holwerda ralphsydatozemaildotcomdotau spent a year there and he brings up a bigger than life illustration about the fact that the winds from up North (of Antarctica) blow fearsome at times (like Ralph says that at “NZ base ‘Scott Base’, about 1300 km further North we recorded wind-speeds of over 90 knots (170 km/h))”, whereas at his base at the South Pole, they seldom exceed 10 knots! So Ralph says the wind blows all the snow in the world (just about) to the South Pole, then dies down and dumps it all there! So Ralph’s theory is that tea leaves go to the middle, in part, because there’s no “wind” [ie., current] there! He also wrote some beautiful connections to Psalms: Did you know that the greatest part of Antarctica is covered with about 4km (13,000ft) of snow and ice!!! When you go to the actual South Pole, the barometric pressure is only around 2/3 of what it is at ground level, because you’re so high up (in fact aeroplanes there have difficulty getting off the ground because of this). If most of the Antarctic is covered with that much snow and the surface area is about twice that of USA (!) can you understand that David writes in Psalm 33: “He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a HEAP: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.” (KJV, emphasis mine). BUT how could David know that? He’d never been on the Antarctic. He lived almost 3000 years before man first set foot on that great continent! David MUST have been a prophet!” No matter what you think of Ralph’s interpretation, it’s still good to hear from someone with first hand experience of literally traveling to the ends of the earth with Christ’s name on his lips! Thanks Ralph!

Now on to other topics, a worker in the Czech Republic is plagued by this question: “Now that the tea leaf thing has been solved, I have another question for you. Which direction is the correct way to eat a banana? My husband and I are missionaries in the Czech Republic, and compared to Americans, here they eat it up-side down! The stem that we use to open the peel, they use as a handle at the bottom. They say you can eat the whole banana that way without getting it on your hands. …” Lydia Bischoff Blansko, Czech Republic, czechoutatlogindotcz. This is serious stuff. I mean, how many other cultural practices are so well-entrenched in the North American continent as this “how to eat a banana” norm?!!! :-) So . . .the jury’s now out. Which end of the banana is the correct end for the mouth and which is correct for the handle!!?! :-) Sigh. Don’t you wish your life consisted of solving those kinds of problems instead of the ones you really have to face today??? :-)

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DOING RESEARCH ON A LEAST REACHED GROUP??? TRY GOING TO THE AMAZON!
That’s what Randall Merriott Merriottataoldotcom suggests anyway. ‘Course, he’s not talking about the jungle! He’s talkin’ the Internet Amazon! He wrote to us this past week, “I just came across this internet bookstore, Amazon http://www.amazon.com, which offers over one million titles. They have an easy to use keyword search tool and they also offer to notify you by E-mail of new releases matching your search criteria. I haven’t yet ordered from them, so I can’t vouch for their service. Prices seem to be reasonable. I found about 15 titles relating to my favorite people group.” Great idea, Randall! Thanks!

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JUNO KEEPS ON GOING!
Thanks to Barry Lillie lilliepadatjunodotcom for writing with first-hand testimony about Juno, the free email service we’ve mentioned previously. Barry’s feedback is, “It is only E-Mail, not web Browsing, etc. But you can’t beat the price and if most of one’s need is for words and not pictures, it might be great help for those in the missions community.” As we’ve published before, dial toll-free 1-800-654-JUNO if you’re in the USA, or email your name and USA mailing address to signupatjunodotcom. This service doesn’t offer out-of-USA dial-ups.

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PICTURE THIS!!!
Want more training on how to create your own Christian comic books — from initial idea through published product — to use in reaching the unreached??? Kingdom Comics is offering courses in Atlanta, September 23-27 and Colorado Springs, September 30-October 4. For more info, see the Christian Comics International web page http://members.aol.com/ChriCom/index.html or write cathleenatxcdotorg.

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TRAVEL CONFERENCE COMING TO A SCREEN NEAR YOU!
You’ll recall that several months back, the Lord raised up a moderator for Steve Skaggs’ travel agent “request for quote” conference idea. Mark Fremer has gone into action these past 10 days and almost has the entire package ready to roar. So travel agents, be listening. In the very near future, we’ll be asking you to subscribe to a core conference where you’ll listen to the rest of us send in “request for quotes.” You’ll then be able to send us your best value and we’ll have the unique chance to take our pick of itineraries and flight plans! Should significantly reduce costs for you (listening to us dial you all up each time and use up your toll-free number dimes) while saving all of us a bunch of time shopping for the best fares. Plus you’ll be able to hunt for good values when your own schedule allows! Watch for more information coming soon!

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LOOKING FOR A HOST FOR YOUR MISSION’S NEW WEB PAGE?
There are lots of options. MAFxc offers web page hosting; for information, email helpdeskatxcdotorg. You could also try The International Institute of Technology and Theology, at IITTataoldotcom. (IITT has a great search starter page at: http://www.starthere.com. Try it!) Most of these services seem to be charging anywhere from $10/month on up to handle your web site. Keep in mind that you do the web design and html-coding . . . so you’re paying only for the server file storage.

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SO THAT YOU DON’T OPERATE UNDER FALSE PRE-TENTS
:-) Thanks to Ken Smith KSmithatgatidotwadotcom for his update on the upcoming conference for tentmakers Friday August 2: “For those coming early to the INTENT ’96 conference at LAX …, The Continental Plaza dining room has set aside a special area where conferees can eat and share with one another. It will be marked for International attendees, but all are welcomed. Dinner will be served there between 6 and 7pm. Registration for International Conferees will begin at 8:30 am on the 2nd so that they can attend the pre-conference meeting from 9:30 to 11:30.” Please feel free to contact Ken directly if you have additional questions.

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WEB-WATCH
See AMF at http://www.goshen.net/amf/. They’re apparently “America’s oldest interdenominational outreach to Jewish people”.

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FOLLOW-UP TO FOLLOW-UP TO “IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD”
:-) Will we ever get this IBM thing figured out? Maybe, thanks to Pete Holzmann Peteatxcdotorg who sent in some additional clarifying comments: “To sign up with IBM [from the USA], call 800/863-8277. This number can also provide any access numbers needed. To see a complete list of local access numbers, showing cities and countries where local access is available, check http://www.ibm.net/phonenum.html [if you have www access]. … Didax is NOT the same as IBM Global Network. Didax is a separate service, that *uses* IBM’s network… Yes, there are (exactly) 600 local access numbers. That isn’t 600 different locations; many international cities have several numbers listed. The 600 includes separate listings for slow and fast modems, for example. The network has local access in one or more cities in 48 nations, with good coverage in Europe and the Americas. Asian and former USSR coverage is pretty dismal for the most part (although Japan is well represented). For example, all of Russia is “covered” by a local number only in Moscow. CompuServe has local dial access in many cities across Russia. There are plenty of surprises even in the USA; for example, most of Denver has no local access!!??!! International travelers and missionaries using CompuServe or AOL ought to compare their typical travel destinations with the IBM Net list; I’m sure many heavy e-mail users can save significantly through a switch. ” Thanks Pete! For non-USA users, I called IBM and got a fax number for you: fax 423-477-6869 to ask for more info. on IBM’s connectivity options in your country.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
In May, 1995 4,000 delegates met in Seoul Korea for the Global Consultation on World Evangelization conference (GCOWE). These men and women came from 186 countries to plan how to finish the task of world evangelization. As a result of this conference, research teams are now being sent to more than 1,300 distinct ethnic groups (living in 130+ countries) so that agencies, churches, and individuals can adopt the needs of these groups, focusing ministry efforts there. The vast majority of these groups live in the area called the 10/40 Window, including parts of Africa, India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Central Asia, Iran, and many other countries.
(Source: Global Prayer Digest, July 14, 1995 and AD2000 http://www.ad2000.org. To receive the Global Prayer Digest daily by e-mail, send the message
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

to hubatxcdotorg.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960721 Brigada Today

Now with 3052 Participants!
[Thanks to all those who made a special effort to help the Brigada family grow past the 3000 mark! This week’s growth did it!!!!]
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA “FAMILY”
* PRESENTING . . . BRIGADA WORLDWIDE WEB’S NEW SEARCH ENGINE (PHASE I)
* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* FOLLOW-UP TO “IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD”
* PRE-TENTS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* HAVE YOU CAUGHT YOUR COPY OF CATCH THE WAVE?
* HELP HEAL AND RESTORE THE BALKANS … OR LEAVE IT TO THE UN
* MORE ON THE ACCUSED KUWAITI BELIEVER, HUSSEIN
* DON’T MISS THE GROWTH AT CALEB PROJECT
* NEW SOUTH ASIAN CENTRE ESTABLISHED
* TWO WEB SITES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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CHECK OUT THE BRIGADA “FAMILY”
When you join the “top level” of the Brigada family of networks (the one that sends you this weekly update, Brigada Today), you’re just seeing the tip of the iceberg! Under this umbrella, dozens of interdependent discussions are ongoing! In some cases, they’re resolving issues such as language learning or missions mobilization, sometimes in particular regions. In other cases, they’re talking about trying to reach a particular people group or a specific family of peoples. Still others serve as voices for particular teams serving in different locations around the world. The list goes on. To get a full list of all the discussions in the Brigada family, send email to hubatxcdotorg with just one word in the text of the message body:
conferences

In just a few minutes, you’ll receive a reply to your email, consisting of a list of conferences. Skim down to the ones that begin with, “Brigada-…” and you’ll see the selection. To join any of the conferences, just send another message to hubatxcdotorg with this one line, where is the full name of the Brigada conference you’d like to join:
subscribe

That’s it! It’s that simple! So join in . . . and let’s start talkin’!

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PRESENTING . . . BRIGADA WORLDWIDE WEB’S NEW SEARCH ENGINE (PHASE I)
oil lamp Today we give gallons and gallons of thanks to Bob Mayhew for burning the midnight oil to prepare a super-fast search engine for the Brigada web site’s past issues index. To access it, click on Brigada Today at the Brigada site http://www.xc.org/brigada then click on the index highlight. Use this site to find that hard-to-remember phone number for some resource you’re trying to find. For example, you know we mentioned a video for JP2000 sometime in the past but can’t quite remember how to get it? Just fill in the blank with JP2000 and hit submit and in seconds, you’ll get a list of all the individual text items that mentioned the term, JP2000.
Note that this “Phase I” implementation only includes resources since January 1, 1996 but it does point to back issues of both Brigada Today and Advance. Future implementations will expand the search. Again, thanks Bob for making it easier for us all to find resources!!!

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DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
I know you’ve been on the edge of your teapots wondering about Chris McDermott’s perplexing question, “Why do tea leaves go to the middle of the cup when you stir the tea?” Well the answer came from a physics teacher in Guam: “Since the tea leaves are floating on the top of the cup of water, they must be lighter than the water. When stirring the cup of tea the substance with heavier mass (the water) is forced away from the center and the substance with lighter mass (the tea leaves) are forced to the center.” teacup
Thanks Ken Bertel!

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FOLLOW-UP TO “IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD”
Thanks to those who wrote to straighten us out on the correct address to IBM’s web site. David Householder pointed out that http://www.ibm.net gives a bit clearer presentation of the plan and makes it easier to understand how to follow through with subscribing. But even after getting this address correct, our users were still having trouble figuring out exactly how to actually subscribe. Doug Birch seemed to find the easiest way to plug into the IBM Global Network. He suggested that we just subscribe “to Dydax, the PK websters. You should be able to email infoatdidaxdotcom or cal 1-888-AT-DIDAX. The blurb says they have over 600 access numbers to the IBM Global Network.” Let us know if you subscribe and like it! By the way, Doug says it’s $19.95/month. Thanks for helping us clear this one up, David and Doug!

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PRE-TENTS
[If these folks are going to have their conference before people actually go to INTENT, would they be PRE-TENTS?] “A pre-conference meeting for all international tentmakers attending the INTENT ’96 conference will be held at 9:30 am on Friday August 2. The meeting will be in the Continental Plaza Hotel near the Los Angeles airport (LAX). Berit Kloster, Director of the Norwegian Tentmakers Forum and an executive committee member of (TIE) Tentmakers International Exchange will moderate the meeting. You all come, everybody is welcome.” Thanks to Ken Smith kosmithathalcyondotcom for the info. Write Ken if you need additional details.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
According to the latest figures released by Dr. David Barrett’s Global Evangelization Movement, every minute 163 previously unevangelized people hear the gospel in a form that they can understand and 114 … become Christians. In that same minute, 18 people are born, and six non-Christians die. This year the global population will increase by about 91 million.
(Source: George Otis, Jr., Frontline Feedback for May 1996, via Gene Brooks… Thanks, Gene!)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HAVE YOU CAUGHT YOUR COPY OF CATCH THE WAVE?
Looking for just the right resource book to help today’s young person appreciate the globe and its spiritual needs??? Try Catch the Wave, by Kevin Johnson (Bethany House Publishers). “Life is more than jet-skis, frisbees, and big screen TVs…. God is crashing in like a wave all over the planet. So how do you Catch the Wave? By learning how to grab your place in God’s plan to change the world. And there’s no better place to be than in the water with him. Don’t miss out on your chance to get wet!” Not only is this a great book to brew planet-minded spiritual young adults, but also, it mentions Brigada as a resource on page 137! Hand me my checkbook! :-)

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HELP HEAL AND RESTORE THE BALKANS … OR LEAVE IT TO THE UN
Bill and Amy Stearns want to know if you’re willing to try to get involved in healing the hurts in Bosnia. If so, want to accompany them on their “Bosnia Scouting Trip,” Oct. 21-Nov. 1, for pastors and church leaders. Their idea is to hold joint orientation in Budapest for 30 N. Americans and 15 E. European pastors, then to travel for 6 days into Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. We’ll link up there with local evangelicals to see what we as the Body might do to pray for, heal and help restore the Balkans in the name of Christ. North Americans pay their own way plus a stipend for their E. European counterparts. Bill says, “This is a no-frills, gutsy survey trip. World Christian isn’t a relief agency, so we don’t want funding funneled through us. The purpose is to see the harvest field potential and let leading churches set the pace to respond through their own mission channels.” If interested, contact Bill & Amy Stearns, World Christian (719/634-5310; e-mail 73502dot3126atcompuservedotcom). Sounds like the kind of thing that could make some real grass roots differences in the lives of some real people with real hurts. Wha’dya think?

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MORE ON THE ACCUSED KUWAITI BELIEVER, HUSSEIN
If you’re interested in an update on the accused Robert Hussein, don’t miss this update. As it explains, “We are not interested in drawing undue attention to Robert Hussein, or in making him a star out of this situation, but we ARE interested in this case because of the precedent it may set. Though Robert is not the first case of a Kuwaiti Muslim converting to Christianity, he is the first to go public with his conversion and the first to have been challenged in the religious courts (most stay in hiding or just leave the country).” Today’s update explains how to use email to send a fax directly to the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the State of Kuwait . . . for free! It also pulls together a summary of what’s been accomplished so far on Hussein’s behalf, via internet, faxes, air mail, and more. To get the update, send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada hussein.960713

In a few moments, the update will be automatically mailed back to you.

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DON’T MISS THE GROWTH AT CALEB PROJECT
. . . at least at the Caleb Project web site, that is . . . http://www.goshen.net/calebproject. Over the last few days, they’ve added 27 articles on everything from language learning to support raising, from parents to debt, from the missionary lovelife, to tentmaking, to the missionary call. In addition, there’s a “Persecuted Church” set of pages with updates on Hussein (in Kuwait), Sudan, China, Pakistan and more. Finally, John Hanna used Global Mapping’s software to produce a map of the “Priority 1 and 2” unreached peoples from the JP2000 list (larger populations are shown by size and color), as well as 3 detailed maps showing where the top 100 least reached peoples live together with their names. These maps reveal priority areas where we’ll need to focus our final efforts for least reached peoples! John challenges, “See if you can find where the Kawar or the Takistani live! (Pray for advocates for these peoples while you’re at it!)” Thanks JHanna and Nate!

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NEW SOUTH ASIAN CENTRE ESTABLISHED
Watch your box these next few months for an exciting release about the establishment of a new “CENTRE FOR SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES (with credits through Biola University, Fuller Seminary, or other participating colleges). The first course will likely be taught next April. For more information, contact CenSAS at 717 S. Brady Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90022, Tel 213/728-4812; Fax 213/726-1951; or CenSASataoldotcom.

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TWO WEB SITES TO WATCH THIS WEEK
Don’t miss Jews for Jesus’ site at:
http://www.jews-for-jesus.org
and the new YWAM’s newspaper on Olympic outreach:
http://atlanta.jubilee.co.uk

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19960714 Brigada Today

Now with 2943 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* “THE WHOLE STORY” ABOUT HUSSEIN — CHAPTER TWO
* FINALLY! A TRAVELING TRAINING PACKAGE FOR JP2000 TEAMS!
* ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKMENISTAN
* WANT MORE INFORMATION ON USING PHONES ON THE NET?
* FREE EMAIL BENEFITS RURAL US POPULATION
* ADVONET HELPS PEOPLE-SPECIFIC ADVOCATES
* USE TV FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE!
* GERMANS EXPAND MOBILIZATION INVOLVEMENT
* PICTURE THIS!!!
* MARCH FOR JESUS A BIG SUCCESS!
* IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD
* EUROPEANS TO COMPUTE FUTURE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
Just as we thought we were about to settle the whole story on HDC (Hemispheric Drain Conditions), we’re faced with Chris McDermott’s perplexing question, “Why do tea leaves go to the middle of the cup when you stir the tea?” Even more gripping is the fact that much of the world doesn’t get to verify this phenomenon, since they don’t get to use real tea leaves anymore!

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“THE WHOLE STORY” ABOUT HUSSEIN – CHAPTER TWO
For those interested in following the story of Robert Hussein, be sure to check out the new Hussein update on the hub. Hussein is a new believer in Kuwait. According to the update, “Shortly after his conversion, his wife left him, his home was ransacked, and he was forced to go into hiding. Earlier this year, he was charged with apostasy and forced to appear without legal representation before religious courts in Kuwait. On May 29, an Islamic court in Kuwait pronounced Robert Hussein, a Kuwaiti citizen, an ‘apostate’ and declared that as such, he ‘should be killed.’ In today’s more extensive update, readers are asked to write two specific individuals in Kuwait to appeal for his fair treatment. To retrieve the update, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the body of the message text:
get brigada hussein.960706

The Robert Hussein web site is at http://www.domini.org/hussein/home.htm. My understanding is that at this site, authors have figured out a way to build an on-line fax generator that automatically faxes Kuwaiti gov’t officials. According to Nick Hall, this fax-manufaxturer has already gotten the attention of the Kuwaiti government! They’ve apparently already written the domini.org webmaster and asked for relief!!! So get the hussein update (which includes a sample letter), then get on the fax-generator and send your note. And please bow for a moment and pray for this gentleman’s life!

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FINALLY! A TRAVELING TRAINING PACKAGE FOR JP2000 TEAMS!
Thanks to Caleb Project’s Shane Bennett for agreeing to present training for up and coming Joshua Project 2000 Research Teams! Now that AD2000 & Beyond has made a “live training experience” an integral part of the “official” JP2000 process, Shane will probably be one busy guy! But as an experienced trainer, researcher and prayer journey leader, he’s up to the task. We had him as a presenter at an Envision ’96 training event in January and he did a bang-up job. Evaluations from participants were very positive. As co-author for Caleb Project’s Research Expedition training manual, he’s well qualified. Caleb Project borrowed heavily from this manual in publishing AD2000 & Beyond’s JP2000 training book. Now, Shane’s seminars will bring to life the principles outlined in that book, Life-Changing Encounters. Contact Shane (soon! if you want him) at Shanedarataoldotcom. And hey — you could have him come to your area once, hear him out, take good notes, then do it next time with local talent (maybe you?). Shane’s the kind of guy that wouldn’t mind seeing stuff re-used for the Kingdom of God. In fact, he’d love it! We’ve already written to try to book him or a colleague for an extensive research expedition-type training event in January… Participants from two different teams have already signed up!

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ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
The July Advance is ready to read! Here’s an executive summary:

ADVANCE Summary: July 1996

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — 20,000 “radio churches” started in China; Iraqi refugees in Jordan; Uduk refugees from Sudan at camps in Ethiopia; a church for Nepali traders; the urgency of reaching the cities; 500 churches started in Eastern Europe in 1995; 3,500 Bible correspondence students in Burkina Faso.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Kuwaiti believer sentenced to death; Chinese Christian beaten to death; Indonesia churches attacked; oppression multiplies Iranian believers; Sudan death toll at 3 million.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Dark forces threaten Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire; Arab terror financier expelled from Sudan; Australian diplomats accused in child sex scandal; a rising tide of corruption in Hungary; a setback for the forces of death; Episcopal church court finds in favor of homosexual ordination.

REJOICE! — SIL missionary Ray Rising freed; Bulgaria Baptist construction to resume; Romania gospel radio stations received reprieve; Nigerian seminary students record decisions; Yemen hospital’s God-sized ministry.

NETWORKING International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; prayer and fasting gathering; medical relief to developing countries and disaster areas; resource kit on physician-assisted suicide; a biblical response to suffering children; monthly e-mail summary of Global Prayer Digest; international adoptions, relief assistance in Russia, Albania orphanages; new e-mail forum for prayer ministry leaders; degrees by individual study anywhere in the world; on-line conference for local church mobilizers; e-mail edition of China News Digest; GO ’97 international missions conference; e-mail discussion list for World A locations in Asia; Web sites.

FRONT LINES — Israel’s choice

To get a complete copy of Advance, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the message text:
get brigada advance.9607

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKMENISTAN
Turkmenistan had only a small handful of scattered believers several years ago, but today there are more than 150 with many new baptisms this year. Many of the young believers in this Central Asian republic are persecuted and some have been imprisoned for their faith, even though the 4.5 million inhabitants of Turkmenistan have “official” freedom of religion. Several literature projects are under way, including translating Josh McDowell’s popular book, “More Than a Carpenter” into the Turkmen language. Another exciting translation project is the colorful Turkmen Children’s Bible.
(Source: Caleb Project field report, July, 1996, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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WANT MORE INFORMATION ON USING PHONES ON THE NET?
John Redman johnatadncdotcom urges us to read http://204.7.54.2/fwd/new/faq.htm, which fills us in on a plan whereby an international committee hopes to set up servers in locations all over the world to make local phone calls via Internet Phone. The server in the “destination” country will “patch” the user through to the local phone company’s lines, allowing you to call users not equipped with Internet audio capability. If you don’t have access to the web, get the text copy by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the message text:
get brigada internet-phone-patch

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FREE EMAIL BENEFITS RURAL US POPULATION
Thanks to Dave Householder who reminded us that the free email service, Juno, especially benefits those USA residents living in rural areas where no on-line service or internet service provider provides a local dial-up to the Net. Why? Because from the beginning, Juno hasn’t charged a dime for accessing its service through a toll-free dial-up number. For more information, see Juno’s homepage at http://www.juno.com/ or call 1-800-799-JUNO.

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ADVONET HELPS PEOPLE-SPECIFIC ADVOCATES
Interested in trying to wave the flag for a specific least reached people group? See Caleb Project’s Advonet at http://www.goshen.net/calebproject/advonet.htm, with articles on

* Sojourn in Hunza
* Exploring the Land…
* An Advocate for the Qashqa’i
* A Single-Parent Advocate
* Researching People Groups in a Library
* People Group Research Via the World Wide Web
* Newsletters, Nations and New things
* What can you put in a People Specific Newsletter?
* Extra: The Mission Watch Newsletter
* Extra: An Interview with Victor Choudhrie
* Extra: Security: Letters to Friends in Muslim Areas

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USE TV FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE!
Interested in using TV for outreach? Get to the conference on “Television, Film and the Unfinished Task of Evangelism,” in Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 10-12 1996. For more information, contact DanHenrichatxcdotorg.

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GERMANS EXPAND MOBILIZATION INVOLVEMENT
Thanks to Kerstin Hack for clueing us in on the new bi-lingual German email conference on mobilization to reach the least reached! To subscribe to the bilingual conference, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe german-mission-mobilisers

For more information, write Kerstin 100711dot2622atCompuservedotcom or Ron Kernahan RonKernahanatXCdotOrg .

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PICTURE THIS!!!
Want more training using Christian comic books, illustrations, and graphics to reach the unreached??? Kingdom Comics is offering courses in Atlanta, September 23-27 and Colorado Springs, September 30-October 4. For more info, see http://members.aol.com/ChriCom/Index.html or write clcowanatxcdotorg.

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MARCH FOR JESUS A BIG SUCCESS!
Sources say 11 million people marched in 170 nations during this past May’s “March for Jesus.” “The angels have never seen a day like this: around 11 million people marched for Jesus in 170 nations,” according to Gerald Coates, leader of England’s Pioneer movement and member of the global March for Jesus committee. “They all prayed for a global pouring out of the Holy Spirit and an activation of God’s people to make Christ attractive and understandable for the people around them.” From the million participants in the Philippines, between 2 and 4 million in Brazil and around a million in the USA to the mini-march in Macedonia with 100 people and at least one newly converted ex-KGB officer, another March for Jesus (MFJ) was added to the annals of church history.”
Thanks to Steve Bufton 100752dot274atCompuServedotCOM of “Friday Fax” fame for the update. To get a full copy, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada mfj

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IBM TO OFFER INTERNET FOR THE WORLD
Thanks to Mark Dempsey, a missionary in South America, for tipping us off to IBM’s expansion as an internet service provider. “IBM’s ISP service also provides local dial access from more than 350 points of presence in the U.S., and, overall, more than 600 in 45 countries around the world. Once users register in their home countries, they can place local calls in any of the 44 other countries with no international traveling surcharges.” So the monthly flat rate of $19.95 allows unlimited access time in 45 countries!!! Where do I sign up??? :-) Check out http://reg.ibm.net/cc_svcplan.html for more info. Thanks Mark!

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EUROPEANS TO COMPUTE FUTURE
If you’re interested in computing and its benefits to the continent of Europe, don’t miss the upcoming conference on computing there, November 22-23, 1996. Designed as a practical working conference that tries to achieve real results, organizers hope for the formation of a European group that is able to utilize the obvious advantages of a strong network for the continent. For more information, write schnellatgepdotde or check http://www.ekd.de/schnell/ on the www. You may also write churchnetatucsmdotacdotuk or examine http://www.churchnet.org.uk/churchnet/

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*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
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*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960707 Brigada Today

Now with 2,867 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GET THE WHOLE STORY ON REENTRY
* LOOK WHO’S TALKIN’!
* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* WANT TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT HUSSEIN?
* INDONESIAN MOBS DESTROY PROTESTANT CHURCHES
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ETHIOPIA
* THANKS TO THE MODERATORS! (Part II)
* TELEVISION, FILM AND THE UNFINISHED TASK OF EVANGELISM
* FOLLOW-UP TO “KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GET THE WHOLE STORY ON REENTRY
I’m really proud of Kevin Paszalek who has gathered and reported on reentry (cross-cultural readjustment) issues. You can get his whole report by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with this one line in the text of the message:
get brigada reentry

Great job, Kevin!! Thanks for following through!

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LOOK WHO’S TALKIN’!
Following last week’s item about Microsoft’s new NetMeeting software http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download/MSNETMTG.exe the people at Microsoft must have taken a real hit on their server! I took a few moments later that evening to experiment again with this new audio conferencing tool and saw several Brigada participants’ names in the server list! In fact, I struck up a conversation with one fellow I hadn’t seen since he was a missions grad student at a seminary I visited years ago! Once again, all you need is a microphone, speakers, an Internet connection (28.8 or faster works best) and some time. Arrange a meeting with a friend today!

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DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
Your mail has me rolling in the floor! What originally started as an off the cuff joke (“Does water really go down the shower drain in the opposite direction when you switch from the north to the south hemisphere?”) has proven to be quite an item of curiosity for more people than I realized! Take Mike Stevens’ note for example. He says the whole thing is upside down anyway, since the original map got it wrong! “The Planet Earth is a magnet, right? Well, it is now possible to measure magnetic waves and determine which pole of the planet is magnetic North. Guess which magnetic pole is located at the geographical North Pole? Yes you are correct – it is in fact the South Magnetic Pole. So, we in Europe are in fact ‘down under’ and the ‘antipeodeans’ are really living on top of the world. We always wondered what it was about the colonial mapmakers :-).”

But the best response of all came from Ken Bertel of SAIC, who pointed out that if you live + or – 5 degrees from the equator (Papua New Guinea for example), water goes straight down the drain with no whirl pools! I mean, this guy even knew the scientific name for the whole discussion (the “Coriolis effect”??), which kind of made me feel more intelligent for having asked the original question! (Course, it didn’t do a lot to persuade my wife that it was an intelligent question! She thinks we’re all nuts for even caring! :-)) I just wish you could have all seen her face when I started reading excerpts from Ken’s response: “Water in the sink is really traveling from west to east at approx. 1000 miles per hour near the equator due to the rotation of the earth. And the water at the north side of the sink is traveling at the same speed as water at the south end of the sink because the surface of the water is parallel to the axis of rotation of the earth….” (This guy’s got to be a science professor somewhere! :-) ) So ANYWAY, thanks to our globe trotting friends who have helped solve this mystery about the water… and had some fun along the way! And thanks to Bob Hall’s web page that spawned the whole discussion. And by the way, don’t forget to check out Bob’s “new” page http://www.cmd.org.nz/new.html, which includes everything from book reviews to articles to missions opportunities and up to date missions info!

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WANT TO KNOW THE WHOLE STORY ABOUT HUSSEIN?
Have you been following the news about Robert Hussein, a Muslim who became a follower of Jesus, now sentenced to death because of his outspoken witnessing for Christ? To get the whole story, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this one line in the message:
get brigada hussein

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INDONESIAN MOBS DESTROY PROTESTANT CHURCHES
To get the whole story on the destruction of ten Protestant church buildings in Indonesia by Muslim rioters, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada mobs

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ETHIOPIA
A tribe in Ethiopia, the Tarra, was not surprised when a missionary arrived in their village. They had had a vision that a man would come with a book and that they should listen to him. When the missionary first met with the tribe’s chief, he was given permission to stay and later given a plot of land to build a church. But the tribe’s witch doctors would not let him, and instead began building a temple there. On the day the temple was completed, wind and lightning destroyed it and the witch doctors left. The church then was built, but the burned-over plot remains as a reminder of the powers of God. About 70 tribe members became Christians in the past year.
(Source: Ves Sheely of the Worldwide Leadership Council, via NIRR 6/24/96 http://www.goshen.net/NIRR/current.html, Copyright 1996 Religion Today, Inc. P.O. Box 21505, Roanoke, VA 24018-0560.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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THANKS TO THE MODERATORS! (Part II)
As we said last week, without the help of dozens of moderators, the Brigada dream of working together would be impossible! Each “family” or network of Brigada participants depends heavily on a volunteer (a Moderator) to oversee the administrative concerns of that particular conference. These moderators receive no pay and, at times, little thanks for the hours they invest. So we’re publicly saying here that we really appreciate you gang!!! All the conferences below start with the word, “Brigada-“. The number following the conference/moderator is the current subscriber total for that conference.

russia Brugler 94
job-shop larryb 204
orgs-missionmobilizers nwilsonatcprojectdotcom 239
pubs-missionfrontiers rickwmfataoldotcom 998
medicine-for-poor lwilson 54
orgs-cmdnet bobhallatxcdotorg 151
cities atruex 152
peoples-yemeni natewilsonatxcdotorg 12
projects-louisianamobilizers nathanmartin 15
colombia-bogota jademps 26
peoples-latam EricDerry 77
ecuador-guayaquil mhookatecuadotnetdotec 30
projects-training coordmts 57
techsupport larrybatxcdotorg 80
albania-durres chrisbushnell 55
cities-www MatthewGrantatxcdotorg 12
peoples-uzbek dm 103
projects-cells EricDerry 68
peoples-caucasus DougLarsonatXCdotOrg 23
argentina-laplata 71203dot1044atcompuservedotcom 34
cities-research steveburris 101
peoples-arab BillKelley 89
peoples-yanadi drporteratxcdotorg 3
projects-dfwmobilizers johnanderson 35
uruguay-montevideo larrygriffin 41

By the way, thanks to RevisAnnMassey for handling the “customer service” (including moderating) for the top level of our networking family, Brigada itself. Instead of a few dozen or even a few hundred, she has a few thousand of us to worry about! Thanks Revis Ann!!!

Also, to get a list of conferences (at any time you wish), just send email to hubatxcdotorg with this lone word in the text of the message:
conferences

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TELEVISION, FILM AND THE UNFINISHED TASK OF EVANGELISM
A consultation of media executives and producers from organizations interested in forming dynamic partnerships will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, October 10-12 1996. The consultation, called Television, Film and the Unfinished Task of Evangelism will have the following goals:

1. To discuss ways to work together in various aspects of media efforts…
2. To develop a database of Christian media ministries and personnel currently working in the 10/40 Window

The consultation, will be convened by Eric Watt, Chairman of the AD2000 & Beyond Media Track. Eric is also the Vice President of the International Division of the Christian Broadcasting Network. For more detailed information contact Tim Hulme by email 103506dot2615atcompuservedotcom

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FOLLOW-UP TO “KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE”
We continue to get mail regarding Raymond Rising, the missionary recently released after being held hostage for more than two years in Colombia. The latest, from Al Adan at Wycliffe’s Singapore office, urged us to give praise to the Lord for answered prayer in this regard! Al’s right! Let’s give thanks for Raymond’s release! There must have been thousands praying for this day!

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
*Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
*Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960630 Brigada Today

Now with 2,828 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* TALK AROUND THE WORLD
* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* DEATH SENTENCE FOR ROBERT HUSSEIN
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
* KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE
* BRIGADA-PUBS-MISSIONFRONTIERS APPROACHES 1000 PARTICIPANTS
* ENVISION ’96 MOBILIZERS’ LUNCHEON NEARS FULL HOUSE
* WANT TO START AN EMAIL CONFERENCE FOR SOME LEAST REACHED PEOPLE?
* THANKS TO THE MODERATORS!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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TALK AROUND THE WORLD
Thanks to John Redman for his urging that we try out Microsoft’s new NetMeeting software. Designed for Windows ’95, NetMeeting is the latest offering in a series of programs that allow you to use the Internet as a telephone! The difference is that this time, it’s pretty much real-time — and the program is free! I went to http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download/MSNETMTG.exe and grabbed a copy. It configured itself in moments to my Samsung Sens 810 laptop, but I’m told that it’ll do the same for anything with speakers and a microphone. Within 60 seconds of the end of the install, I was talking with a guy named Paul in Denmark (from Cincinnati, USA). John’s right. It’s pretty cool. As long as your access on the Internet is affordable, it’s a cool tool to try. Disadvantages? The party you want to call has to be on at the same time as you. (Kind of like our old ham radio calls back to the USA from Uruguay in 1982.) You also have to have the right equipment — a computer with a microphone. and speakers. But given the disadvantages, it’s still pretty cool. PLUS, some of these programs come with security built in from the ground up . . . so your conversations are supposedly free of the fears built into Internet email…. ie., monitoring stations between you and your friend supposedly can’t intercept and decode your message. [I say supposedly because eventually just about any security can break down somehow.] So . . . if you’ve got time, it’s worth a try. As John said, “I’ve spoken with pastors, among others with startling clarity, just as though I were speaking on a regular phone. Not only so, it is possible to have many people on at once. Can you imagine a conference being conducted on the Internet? This is absolutely amazing. I spoke with a professor at a university in Scotland and he said they were absolutely stunned at what is now possibly and the rapid advance of the technology. THIS CAN REVOLUTIONIZE MISSIONS, EVANGELISM & CHURCH PLANTING.”
(Note that my own experience suggests that, at least in the current version, once you add a third person to the conference, the microphones shut down and you go to only writing and the built-in white board. So those ‘conferences’ that John mentions would, in my opinion, be pretty much like a classic IRC chat.)

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DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
Thanks to those who answered last week’s “UNDER-WEB” item . . . Andy Lyons responded, “Any rumors that you have heard about water going in the opposite direction in the southern hemisphere down plug holes etc, are entirely correct!” :-) But Dwayne Rainwater countered, “Concerning your experiments as to which way the water goes down the drains South of the equator, when in [Papua] New Guinea I noticed that… the cold water knob is on the left and hot is on the right, opposite of in the US; the light switch is up for off and down for on; and the water goes straight down the toilet (I don’t know if this was due to the design of the toilet or if it was because we were only 300 miles from the equator) :-) Again thanks to you and your staff for the great information and the good humor. God bless to you, your family, the staff and their families. Grace and peace, Dwayne”

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DEATH SENTENCE FOR ROBERT HUSSEIN
Open Doors is reporting that Kuwaiti convert Robert Hussein has been sentenced to death by an Islamic court. David Benley wrote, “The verdict was published in a Kuwaiti newspaper on June 9. He has 30 days in which to appeal, but he cannot be tried in the Constitutional Court. ‘The constitution respects freedom of religion…but it does not mean that a Muslim should be allowed to convert from his religion to another.’ Robert has not been able to obtain a lawyer, and as far as we know, is still in hiding.” Better bow and pray on this one.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
“If you want to win the world for Christ, you have to win every continent…, every country…, [and] every village,” said Rev. Daidanso, Associate General of the ‘Association of Evangelicals for Africa’ (AEA). Based on this reasoning, the Protestant denominations in Chad, one of Africa’s poorest nations, made an evangelistic plan in 1993 to plant a church in every Chad village without one by the year 2000. That’s 6.3 million mostly Moslem and Animist inhabitants! 1993 saw 35 villages get their first church. In 1994, 67, and in 1995, 211!
(Source: DAWN Europe, Friday Fax, 23-96 http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html , quoting AEA, Rev. Daidanso;
reported by Steven Downey, in “World Evangelization, magazine for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization” Tel/Fax (47)-22-200358.)
Global Glimpses are compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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KINAPPED MISSIONARY FREE
SIL (The Summer Institute of Linguistics) just announced that Raymond Rising, 54, has been released after being held hostage for more than two years in Colombia. Rising was released June 17 in Meta, Colombia. SIL reported that, “He is now resting comfortably in Colombia and undergoing medical checks.” Chalk one up for our team. Thanks to those who worked for endless months trying to secure this day! We appreciate your determination and your dream! It has now paid off for Raymond and all those who know him!

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BRIGADA-PUBS-MISSIONFRONTIERS APPROACHES 1000 PARTICIPANTS
Congratulations to Mission Frontiers, just inches away from achieving the 1K mark — 1000 participants in its on-line forum. To join, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the message text:
subscribe brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers

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ENVISION ’96 MOBILIZERS’ LUNCHEON NEARS FULL HOUSE
If you’re wanting to attend the Envision ’96 Mobilizers’ Luncheon at noon on July 2 in Dallas, TX, you’d better call or email right away. Convention Coordinator Walter Birney reports that available seating is rapidly disappearing. Envision ’96 is a conference and celebration scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in Lexington, KY’s Rupp Arena (home of the national NCAA champion University of Kentucky Wildcats). 10 plenary sessions will focus on celebrating what God is doing around the world, church planting among the world’s last remaining least evangelized peoples, prayer, repentance, finishing the task, and dozens of other globally relevant topics. The luncheon in Dallas will preview additional tools, including the newly composed Envision ’96 theme song. On that day, the first 100 participants will have the option of purchasing (I think it’s for $6) the first release of the performance track of “We’ve Come to Envision.” For luncheon tickets or Envision ’96 registration information, call 800-972-1137 or email . For more information on Envision ’96, check out: http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96

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WANT TO START AN EMAIL CONFERENCE FOR SOME LEAST REACHED PEOPLE?
First write to helpdeskatxcdotorg and ask for information about obtaining an “xc.org” address. That’s a necessary first step before writing to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg for information on how to create a conference.

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THANKS TO THE MODERATORS!
Without the help of dozens of moderators, the Brigada dream of working together would be impossible! Today we begin a series featuring that army of volunteers, scattered across the world. Thanks for pitching in! Here are the first dozen conferences, together with the moderators, and the total number of participants.

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prayer-mobilizers dave2000ad 139
peoples-jews michaelhewitt 84
china Chinaatxcdotorg 26
india vbergeatcalvindotedu 100
peoples-kazak jheard 176
pubs-globalprayerdigest eliseatwciudotedu 430
orgs-antioch
(for Antioch Network churches) EdMattsonatxcdotorg 44
prayer-requests dave2000ad 98
strategy-tv-film danhenrichatxcdotorg 54
us-ethnics DavidHousholderatxcdotorg 46

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

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

19960623 Brigada Today

Now with 2782 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* BRIGADA LATE THAN NEVER!!! :-)
* DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
* WANNA BE A GUINEA BISSAU ADVOCATE??? WANNA MEET ONE???
* UNDER-WEB
* ACTS-FACTS
* MISSION-WATCH KEEPS ON TICKING
* SHARE JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 WITH YOUR “PALS”
* ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM SUDAN
* JOB-SHOP GETS NEW MODERATOR
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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BRIGADA LATE THAN NEVER!!! :-)
In the Brigada Accounting Office, we’ve made an adjustment in your subscription fees since this issue comes to you on Monday (instead of the normal Friday) . . . but as they always say, “Brigada late than never!”
[TRUTH IN ADVERTISING:
a) NOT!
b) There are no fees for Brigada anyway and
c) my family and I were on a week-long camping trip to the woods of northern Ohio and for the life of me, I couldn’t find a single RJ-11 plug in any of those hickory trees! :-)
Sorry about the late copy, but the fresh air and thunderstorms were great! :-)

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DID YOU KNOW… (FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL)
…that if you had been collecting previous issues of Brigada Today in 10 point Courier New since the first edition (which we reckon as being Feb. 18, 1995), that today’s email would have shoved you well over the 250-page mark???

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WANNA BE A GUINEA BISSAU ADVOCATE??? WANNA MEET ONE???
Wanna simply know where the place is??? :-) Guinea Bissau is a small West African country of 1.1 million people. It is to the immediate south of Senegal. Though some mass evangelism has been done, only 1% are Christian. About 8% of the people are literate. The gospel came to GB only 60 years ago and today a small but strong church exists. At present God has provided a wide open door of missions opportunity. There are still several unreached tribes, and the government is very receptive of the Good New of Jesus Christ.

LEAD International Ministry Network is seeking to put together an International Partnership for prayer support and ministry to Guinea Bissau. Its leaders will seek to provide access to anyone interested in ministry to this country. They have extensive relationships with the existing missions works, church leaders, and governmental officials. Their job is to find out who wants to blaze the trails and help them connect.

Contact them c/o USA Tel. (360) 254-5198, Fax (360) 254-7621 or EMAIL to Mike Blondino 102627dot300atcompuservedotcom.

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UNDER-WEB
From the lands “down under” (New Zealand to be more precise), check out http://www.cmd.org.nz/, the new homepage for the Centre for Mission Direction, a centre for world mission based out of New Zealand). And for those viewing the site from north of the equator, contrary to the rumor, the images do not appear upside-down on your screen. :-) However, I am curious as to whether or not the water spins the opposite direction when headed down the shower drain down there! :-) We’ll try to do some research on that and report it in next week’s “Did you know…” column.

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ACTS-FACTS
More options for those wishing to further their academic degrees via email — ACTS is a consortium of Believers’ Church seminaries affiliated with Trinity Western University. Located in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, ACTS has been in the business of offering quality Graduate Theological Education for the past eight years. Check ’em out at http://www.twu.ca/acts/acts.html or write Mike Fast mifastatfcmrdotcom. Or if you want fast ACTS-shun, enroll directly with the ACTS Admissions Officer, Mr. Tom Peachey, peacheyattwudotca.

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MISSION-WATCH KEEPS ON TICKING
Have you ever sampled the MissionWatch Report, a bi-weekly report produced by Kingdom Ventures with the association of a network of NRMs, SCs, and People Group Advocates? It generally contains some great stuff on “World A” (the least evangelized). You can see its archives at http://www.goshen.net/gem/justin/justin.htm. We’ve used a couple of its items in Brigada Today over the past months and Justin Long has just offered to allow Brigada readers to subscribe free of charge! If you’re interested, send a message to hubatxcdotorg with single line
subscribe missionwatch

in the body of the text. Postal delivery will remain $25/USA, $50/International. The MissionWatch reports breaking events in every World A country every two weeks, plus contains additional information on resources and projects.

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SHARE JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 WITH YOUR “PALS”
Now, if you use alternative video systems like PAL (Europe) and SECAM (French), ProclaMedia can help by making it available in any format you choose. Plus you can still get it in NTSC (USA). In all cases, the special price of $9.95 still stands. In addition, for orders of fifty or more (any system) at $5.00 each (plus shipping), they can do this really cool thing where they actually put your ministry’s name and address at the end of the video. (For the record, we understand that this was an AD2000 idea so you can promote your own ministry while promoting the needs of the least evangelized. Hey… those guys at the AD2000 Int’l Office are no dummies, are they! :-))

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ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Ken Campbell of ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) just wrote to remind us that “the ACMC National Conference time is upon us: WHEATON – JULY 18-20.” He’s given his personal promise: “It’s almost guaranteed NOT to be as hot as it was last year. It IS almost guaranteed to be SIZZLING HOT with ideas and speakers that will feed and refuel you for your missions responsibilities. It IS an annual Opportunity to network and connect people and ideas for the future. Want to start a four-alarm fire for missions in your place? — come to the ACMC National Conference.” For more info or registration, USA callers can dial 800-798-ACMC or anybody can e-mail 76331dot2051atcompuservedotcom.” (Don’t announcements like this just burn you up??? :-)) Thanks Ken!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM SUDAN
In Sudan, a country where many Christians are harshly persecuted, an Islamic teacher and priest (Imam) acknowledged that he converted to Christianity at the end of 1995. He explained that nobody has yet challenged his decision “because they all know me and are well aware that I understand Islam very well; they realize that I must have good reasons for converting.” Following his example, other Moslems have also converted, and he leads a group for Moslems wanting to learn more about Christianity.
Source: DAWN Europe, Friday Fax, 96-20 (5/30/96), http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html
Global Glimpses are compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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JOB-SHOP GETS NEW MODERATOR
Thanks to Rick Garza RGarzaatMAFdotOrg for serving as pioneer moderator for brigada-job-shop! He came through and was willing to accept ownership for getting things going and has done a good job responding to needs there. Now that he’s headed out of the country, Larry Bentley LarryBatXCdotOrg has volunteered to take the baton! Thanks to both for their attitudes of service!!!! If you know of someone who needs a ministry opportunity cross-cultural or if you have one, just subscribe by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the text:
subscribe brigada-job-shop

Then send a message about your opportunity or your interests to brigada-job-shopatxcdotorg and see what the Lord raises!

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960616 Brigada Today

Now with 2756 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* SOMETHING’S DEVELOPING FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
* ENVISION ’96 PLANS CONTINUE TO MARCH FORWARD
* NOW THAT NETANYAHU’S IN CHARGE, WHAT’S A BODY TO DO???
* PLAN NOW FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
* ANTIOCH NETWORK LAUNCHES ON-LINE CONFERENCE
* GOT A MAC? GET A RESOURCE LIST!
* RUSHIN’ TO RUSSIA? NEED THE LANGUAGE?
* LIFE NEEDS FOUR LIVES IN JAPAN
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM KOREA
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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SOMETHING’S DEVELOPING FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Better put, something’s already developed! The folks at Pacific Christian College have been working hard on an MBA/MS in International Development programme — and the first classes are scheduled for August, 1996. According to administrator Alan Rabe, “The programme is accredited by WASC, intensely practical, taught online by international experts, and will be delivered totally by e-mail to missionaries, nationals and others around the world.” Cool. On-line grad school. What’ll they think of next!?! Would you want to earn an MBA, MS or Certificate in International Development from a US Christian College while you work abroad? Then send a message to AlanRatXCdotOrg and see what develops!

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ENVISION ’96 PLANS CONTINUE TO MARCH FORWARD
Interested in learning more about Envision ’96, the global missions celebration brewing in Lexington, KY, designed for the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ (with zillions of guests from any other group welcome)??? Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-projects-envision96

or check out the web page at http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96 or, if you’ve got a USA paper mail address, call 1-800-972-1137 and ask for a copy of the full color 8 page brochure.

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NOW THAT NETANYAHU’S IN CHARGE, WHAT’S A BODY TO DO???
Curious about the impact of Netanyahu’s win as Prime Minister? Wondering if you should celebrate or wish for another vote??? Check into brigada-peoples-jews and find out by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the text:
subscribe brigada-peoples-jews

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PLAN NOW FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
It’s Sept. 29, 1996 — and it’s all about praying for those who are facing persecution. ” Despite the rapid growth in the number of democracies worldwide over the past several years, religious freedoms have not increased but have clearly gotten worse,” says the WEF Religious Liberty Commission (Tel. USA 206/742-7923). “WEF believes that religious liberty is the foundation for all other human rights and therefore must be protected and promoted.” For more info. or promotional materials, write BrianOConnellatxcdotorg.

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ANTIOCH NETWORK LAUNCHES ON-LINE CONFERENCE
“A quiet revolution in local-church mission initiative has emerged over the last decade, with the Antioch Network playing a key role in gathering churches to this movement and helping them develop their vision,” says church leader Ed Mattson. “Antioch is led by a network of church leaders across broad denominational lines. It enthusiastically partners with other agencies, advocates for excellence in character and leadership, develops unreached peoples tracks to aid adopting churches and appeals to the gifting of a broad base of church members for the sake of outreach to unreached peoples. They also offer seminars and an annual gathering which tends to leave participating churches reeling with a sense of destiny and possibilities. They now have their own conference on Brigada! If you are a pastor, a church mission chairperson or committee member, an agency representative, or a mobilizer and advocate for propelling the local church toward effective mission, you will definitely want to check this out! New subscribers are screened, so e-mail Ed Mattson, the conference moderator, at EdMattsonatXCdotOrg for a short but fairly painless shakedown before entering. Or, subscribe directly by sending an email message to hubatxcdotorg with the following line in the text of the email message:
subscribe brigada-orgs-antioch (Your Name)

(This extra information [name and email address] is normally not needed to subscribe to other Brigada conferences. It is being requested for this conference only because they are screening each new subscriber.)

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GOT A MAC? GET A RESOURCE LIST!
Want to pick up a compilation of MAC Bible-study resources? Just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada mac-resources

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RUSHIN’ TO RUSSIA? NEED THE LANGUAGE?
Write Russian Language Ministries at 73354dot304atCompuServedotCOM and learn about their Russian language offerings. Mark Canner, Director, says, “All the programs we offer at Russian Language Ministries are intensive. This means that the student studies in the classroom five hours per day during the semester programs and six hours per day during the summer. Summer programs are located on the campus of Columbia International University (formerly Columbia Bible College & Seminary), Columbia, SC. All courses are accredited at the graduate or undergraduate level.” RLM is a non-profit, full-time ministry devoted to equipping missionaries to effectively make disciples in the countries of the Former Soviet Union. “Our courses are specifically designed for missionaries,” explains Mark, “which means that we emphasize the linguistic skills needed to live and minister in Russian-speaking countries. Students learn the language needed for both life and ministry. In addition to focusing on survival in the culture, we spend much of our time working on biblical and ecclesiastical terminology, Russian apologetics, etc., so that the student can develop the skills needed to disciple Russian speakers and lead Bible studies and small discipleship groups.”

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LIFE NEEDS FOUR LIVES IN JAPAN
LIFE Ministries (San Dimas, CA) is urgently in need of four more workers to join them in Japan this summer in their long-established church-based outreach known as “Scrum Dendo.” Training begins in Los Angeles June 16. According to Gordon Black, “Scrum Dendo workers teach conversational English classes and build relationships with their students in partnership with a Japanese congregation. The churches ready to receive their summer missionaries have already begun promoting in their communities but four recruits have backed out at the last minute leaving LIFE in a bind. If you or someone you know, considered spending this summer in meaningful service to the Lord but thought it was too late to apply to a program, it’s not! You are needed. At this point qualified people are currently more important than raising the $3375.00 to support each of them. LIFE requests a real effort to be made to raise up a prayer and financial support team but they are willing to work with you. If you can be of help, please contact Tim Clark toll free from North America at 1-800-LIFE-678 or via e-mail at 71561dot1373atcompuservedotcom.”

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM KOREA
A grass roots movement focusing on a church for every people group is gaining momentum, strength and spiritual vitality in North East Asia. Last week Korean Church leaders committed to focus on 1,150 unreached ethnic groups and launch a church planting effort for each. These groups are many of those who most need the gospel and are spread across the 10/40 Window. This was one outcome while 124 participants from 16 nations representing NE Asian countries and allied ministries combined forces enthusiastically at a consultation in Seoul, Korea.
(Source: AD 2000 & Beyond Movement, John B. Thompson, May 31, 1996 – “Koreans and other Asians March Forward,” Press release. ad2-jp2-announceatxcdotorg.
Global Gimpse is prepared each week by John Hanna Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960609 Brigada Today

Now with 2711 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* THOSE ASIANS ARE AT IT AGAIN!
* STOP THAT TRAIN AND LET ME ON!
* BRIGADA-PEOPLES IS COOKIN’!
* WAITING ON YOUR PEOPLE GROUP MAP???
* SALVAGE THAT SAVES
* LIGHTS, CAMERA, WHERE’S THE ACTION?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM GERMANY
* NEED TO HIRE AN ENGLISH-SPANISH TRANSLATOR?
* ESPERANDO EN EL WEB-O
* YWAM’S GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES VIDEO MAGAZINE’S PRICE HAS BEEN SLASHED!
* ADVANCE SUMMARY
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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THOSE ASIANS ARE AT IT AGAIN!
Remember how I told you when I grew up I wanted to be Korean??? Well I wanna’ hurry up and grow up! ‘Cause if I don’t hurry, the Koreans and their partners will have finished the great commission task anyway! :-) Have you heard about the conference in Seoul that just wrapped up today? Yikes. Big news. Luis Bush wrote this morning with some amazing predictions…. many still in the works. But at the very least, the published AD2000 report is saying that 124 leaders from 16 Asian nations joined hands, at one point, and shouted “YES!” in response to the call to commit themselves and their ministries to complete the Joshua Project goals by December 31, 2000. Simultaneously, some 600 Korean Pastors were meeting to discuss new ways to foster cooperation and promote synergy among themselves. It probably comes as no surprise that their response to this challenge was equally affirmative. Specifically, Korean Church leaders reportedly committed this week to adopt at least 1150 of the remaining 1739 Joshua Project 2000 people groups and launch a church planting movement in their midst. Note that this is not just a commitment to send a JP2000 team… but rather, to see that a church planting movement is launched there. Well. Now that the Koreans have claimed 1150 of the 1739, do you think we in the rest of the world will be able to tackle the 680 that remain??? I mean… after all… surely they’re not the only ones with a S[e]oul. When I grow up… :-)

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STOP THAT TRAIN AND LET ME ON!
train

Here’s the train-ing that we’ll all want to board! Get a load of these resources from MTS:

The Missionary Training Guide: A practical activity-based manual that covers all aspects of missionary training. Designed to lead trainers, pastors and candidates step by step through the process of effective preparation for service. UK stlg3.00 or US$7.00.

Unreached Peoples of the World: The world’s largest unreached peoples and practical suggestions for a church programme to “adopt” a people.
UK stlg2.50 or US$5.00.

How to Learn Another Language: A practical simplified guide written by Dr. Betty Sue Brewster based on the LAMP method.
UK stlg3.00 or US$7.00.

Tentmaking Missionaries: A practical guide to tentmaking majoring on establishing tentmaking businesses. It covers: – principles, ethics and dangers of tentmaking – organising a tentmaking team – establishing a tentmaking business – features of successful businesses useful for church planting – self-evaluation for business – making a business plan and planning charts.
UK stlg3.00 or US$7.00.

Church Planting Guide: A practical guide to beginning house churches from scratch. Originally developed with the help of George Patterson and SEAN and distributed at COMIBAM.
UK stlg4.50 or US$9.50

The Missionary Training Service requests cheques in either pounds sterling or dollars. They are at 18 Aston Way, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2XY, United Kingdom, Ian Benson, Coordinator, Tel./Fax. National: 01691 653619, +44 1691 65361, coordmtsatxcdotorg.

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BRIGADA-PEOPLES IS COOKIN’!
Thanks to new moderator Chris Israti (Caleb Project), Brigada-Peoples is marching forward! Check out the newest post on the Bhojpuri people of India by sending this one line in a message to hubatxcdotorg.
get brigada-peoples Bhojpuri.People

Thanks Chris!

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WAITING ON YOUR PEOPLE GROUP MAP???
Don’t give up! Remember… they weren’t scheduled to be ready until June 2nd! Plus, it’ll take a while to package up thousands of maps and send them out. After all, Santa Claus doesn’t even come until December… and he’s magical!!!!! :-)

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SALVAGE THAT SAVES
Here’s a mission that collects discarded Christian literature then tries to recycle it by sending it to needy missionaries! If you’re a “needy missionary” searching for salvaged literature or if you’ve got literature yearning for salvage, contact Caroll Turbeville TURBEVILLEdotCDTatworldnetdotattdotnet of Christian Salvage Mission. And by the way, their salvaged materials are free!

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, WHERE’S THE ACTION?
This grad. student at Regent University is interested in compiling a resource on TV/Film production efforts targeted toward the “Unfinished Task” of evangelism & Church growth among the least reached. If you have a resource or a resource directory for him on TV/Film, please send it to DanHenrichatxcdotorg.
Note that Dan’s hoping for info. on your COUNTRY, ORGANISATION, TYPES OF PRODUCTION, LANGUAGES, KEY PEOPLE, paper address & email address. Dan, be sure to send us a copy when you’re done, so we can post it here for all the world to get!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM GERMANY
As the Reconciliation Walk, a Christian march bringing repentance on the trail of the Crusades 900 years ago, reached Cologne, Germany, a wonderful thing happened. A local Turkish Imam (Muslim holy man) was given the printed message of reconciliation, and he invited the 150 participants in the march to the mosque. It was explained in three languages that the marchers had come to apologize for the cruel acts committed in the name of Christ during the Crusades. The Muslims present responded with long and loud applause. “As I heard your message,” said the Imam, “I was amazed and filled with hope. It is my desire that this project be a very great success.”
Source and info: Lynn Green, Reconciliation Walk, PO Box 61, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4JJ, England.
Global Glimpses are contributed each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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NEED TO HIRE AN ENGLISH-SPANISH TRANSLATOR?
Then write rapidamente to rcantorattyrelldotnet. Bob has a friend ready for such work! Want to get more job openings??? Join job-shop by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the message text:
subscribe brigada-job-shop

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ESPERANDO EN EL WEB-O
Here’s a page that promises to keep up a list of Spanish resources . . . and guess what! You can download them direct! http://www.worldaccess.com/~cdailey/espanol.html Thanks to Phil Casey (and then Eric Derry) for waking us up to this muy bueno www resource-o. (Now see, if you had your translator hired from the item above, you’d be able to use these downloadable notables. :-))

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YWAM’S GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES VIDEO MAGAZINE’S PRICE HAS BEEN SLASHED!
This largely untapped resource is full of news & profiles of YWAM ministries worldwide. It’s intended to keep staff informed of ministries in the greater YWAM family, and when shown in schools, to introduce opportunities to DTS students. Procla-Media is taking a risk! In order to make Global Perspectives available to a larger audience, they are dropping the subscription price to $25 a year and going quarterly–$25 for all countries including postage! (Run the math. How can they do that! :-)) Don Stephens (Mercy Ships Director) says, “Watching [Global Perspectives] will inform you for prayer, involve you for action, and move you with compassion.” It’s appropriate for: YWAM bases, schools, and ministries; families; supporters; and churches.

To subscribe, FAX Global Perspectives at 1 (719) 380-0936 or E-Mail at 76551dot2032atcompuservedotcom. Finally, something worthwhile to use a TV for! :-)

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ADVANCE SUMMARY
Don’t miss the June “Advance”, now available for downloading. Here’s the summary sheet:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Billy Graham’s global television broadcast follow-up; 800 of Nigeria’s Berom accept Christ; the first Sahrawi come to Christ; gospel radio in Pakistan; the Bhojpuri of Varanasi, India; North Korea reduces daily food ration; Brazil Indians threaten suicide; 1 million new Baptists in Africa.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Algerian monks beheaded; seven believers tortured; Somali believer murdered; Kuwaiti believer declared apostate; Togo church building burned; Pakistani court acquits three accused of murdering Christian; day of prayer for persecuted believers.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Muslim martyr promised 72 virgins in Paradise; Communist alliance with Orthodox Church frustrated; Enemy suffers defeat in Benin; street children murdered in Brazil; South Africa’s new constitution.

REJOICE! — Jakarta church growth; a harvest of souls in China; petrol miracle in Nigeria; Syrian believer’s death sentence commuted; Christian worker freed in Vietnam; hostile soldiers accept Christ; the convicting power of the Holy Spirit in Belize; 75,000 attend rallies in Ethiopia.

NETWORKING — New persecution news service; a perspective on God’s work for lay people; a different kind of world map; starting churches among Muslims; a new prayer magazine; “Experiencing God Report”; prayer network for children at risk; “Handbook on Religious Liberty Around the World”; ACMC National Conference; Joshua Project 2000 video; Jesus film intercessors sought; 1,570 people group prayer profiles.

FRONT LINES — God’s plan

To get the Advance, just send this one line to hubatxcdotorg:
get brigada advance.9606

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TO UNSUBSCRIBE (But have you considered the fact that your subscription fee is nonrefundable??? . . . ‘course, you didn’t have to pay a subscription fee, so maybe that’s not a major issue you say???), send email to hubatxcdotorgwith this line in the text:
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960602 Brigada Today

Now with 2669 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE… AND IT INCLUDES PEOPLE GROUP MAPS
* FROM THE “I TOLD YOU I WOULDN’T LOSE MY HOUSE PAYMENT” DEPARTMENT
* INTERTWINED IN THE WEB
* NEED HELP WITH BRIGADA?
* DOCTOR, DREAMER, CD-ROM SEAMER
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM NORTH KOREA
* THANKS FROM LEMMON-AID
* REQUEST FOR PRAYER AND FASTING TOMORROW (SUNDAY THE 26TH)
* INTERESTED IN ANIMATION, ARE WE?? HMMM?????
* ANYONE DOING BIBLE STUDIES ON A MAC?
* FROM THE “‘NO FREE LUNCH’ BUT MAYBE A SNACK OR TWO” DEPARTMENT
* MISSING A PREVIOUS ISSUE OF BRIGADA TODAY?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE… AND IT INCLUDES PEOPLE GROUP MAPS
… and now you can see it too. Point your browser to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/world/yanadi.gif and download/view the map of the Yanadi people (the group recently adopted by the Beavercreek Christian Church in Dayton, Ohio EricDerryatxcdotorg. Look at the way online map-viewing could work. By the way, this map and zillions of others like it are available via Global Mapping’s “2021” CD. For more info., send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the body of the message text:
get brigada 2021

This graphic was prepared for web viewing by MAFxc’s tech imagineer, Jonathan Marsden, and is provided courtesy Global Mapping. Now for the hard part. We need to do another 1699 of these so that every people group in the Joshua Project 2000 list will be viewable online like this – and linked in with AD2000’s people group profiles – as well as other tools (like the new PGC prototype that will someday be available)! :-) But first

1. pray that all the right credits/permissions would be granted so that this project could be moved forward without stoppage
2. pray for a volunteer (who either already owns the 2021 CD or is willing to purchase it for the cause) that would consent to producing GIFs like this for 1699 people groups as a ministry to the entire international community of harvesters!
3. pray for the hard disk space somewhere on the web for these 1/2 gig of maps.

If you’re interested in providing the hard drive space available on the web for this project or in volunteering your time to make the conversions (and purchasing the Global Mapping CDs), send your message to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg and we’ll get you together with the right people and hopefully see this project take off! And in the meantime, don’t forget to pray that all the permissions/credits would be granted! :-)

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FROM THE “I TOLD YOU I WOULDN’T LOSE MY HOUSE PAYMENT” DEPARTMENT
Remember our “PS” to the item on the Nance People Profiles (Brigada Today, May 3rd issue)? It read, “Now here’s the challenge! Will the folks at AD2000 & Beyond be able to dream up a way to link all 1573 profiles as hot links to their JP2000 list (accessed at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/peoplex.htm) so it’ll appear as a jump-link on the bottom of the AD2000 & Beyond profiles??? Give ’em about 30 days and I’d lay down next month’s house payment that it’ll be done! :-) Well, guess what! They did it! (… that sigh you heard was from my wife, Penny, making out next month’s house payment check! :-)) We all owe a big thanks to Dan Scribner danatad2000dotorg, of AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office in Colorado Springs. If you stop by the IO there, you’ll recognize him immediately because he’ll be the one with tired fingers after creating worldwide web links manually for the people groups featured in the some 1500+ Nance people profiles!!! The bottom line? Now, when you sift through the profiles at AD2000 & Beyond, you can bounce instantly to the Caleb Project “Nance” links for more info.!!! Are you starting to get the idea that Dan and all the AD2000 & Beyond office staff somehow want all of us to be able find out more about these people that haven’t yet put their faith in Christ Jesus??? :-) Thanks Dan. Now. Go rest. :-)

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INTERTWINED IN THE WEB
Need web pages written by a consultant? Visit http://www.telalink.net/~adris for just one option. Also see the “Communications Technologies” page there… with several software options for using the Internet for telephone or video-phone applications. Want to learn more about the “World Convention of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ? (Campbell-Stone Movement)”??? Visit http://users.aol.com/worldconv

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NEED HELP WITH BRIGADA?
Send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the body of the message text:
get brigada help-detailed

Don’t forget that some conferences (such as Brigada-Peoples-Uygur mentioned last week) are “closed” — so you’ll have to go through a “reference-gathering” process prior to being permitted to take part. We trust you understand that sensitivity is necessary in certain situations.

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DOCTOR, DREAMER, CD-ROM SEAMER
Now here’s a dreamer for you. This doc (Lew Dick, MD informedataoldotcom) wants to find out if there are folks on the web with the ability to burn CDs… then he wants to find a way to compile a CD-ROM with tons of travel medicine info. for would-be missionary-types and missionary doctors. If you have an interest or a tip, write him informedataoldotcom and get informed!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM NORTH KOREA
North Korea’s underground church has survived because it has Bibles, a missionary to the country said. By preserving and copying Korean Bibles, the church ensured its existence after the communist crackdown, he said. One group of Christians showed him their handwritten Bible. “It had been written in the dark and was scribbled. It was horrible, but they had one.” Last year at least 50,000 Bibles were smuggled into the country.
Source: National and International Religion Report, May 13, 1996.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by Brigada volunteer John Hanna Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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THANKS FROM LEMMON-AID
Display producer Ralph Lemmon LaDisplaysataoldotcom says thanks for a great response to his offer to help Brigada participants (last week). At last count, he had requests for info. from well over 50 of us! And one participant suggested that he might order as many as 20 displays! Maybe we’d better have special prayer for Ralph and his company! Sounds like they’re going to be pretty busy in these next few weeks!

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REQUEST FOR PRAYER AND FASTING TOMORROW (SUNDAY THE 26TH)
Here’s a request from a family living within the former Soviet Union: “This is a request to all believers everywhere to join in an International period of prayer and fasting for the upcoming presidential election in Russia. It will begin on the 26th of May until the election takes place. As you know it is a very critical time here and religious and other freedoms are at stake. Christians in Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk and other parts of Russia will be fasting on the 26th and praying throughout. We ask that you and others you know join us in this crucial time in lifting our petitions for Russia before His throne. So much work still needs to be done here. May God be merciful to us. Our God is able to do more than we ask or think. Praise His Name! His and Yours, Scott & Carmen.” If you’re willing to pray and fast for this cause, send a message to brigada-prayer-requestsatxcdotorg and, would someone there please report the results back please? :-) Write Scott and Carmen at 103402dot427atcompuservedotcom but please remember that they pay with cold, hard cash for each byte sent to them… (since they’re living in Siberia)! :-)

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INTERESTED IN ANIMATION, ARE WE?? HMMM?????
Several have written for more information on how our web wizard created the animated fireworks on our web page mentioned in previous Brigada Today issues. For more info. on this technology, Bob Mayhew MayhewatXCdotOrg says you can glance at:
http://www.n-vision.com/panda/gifanim/gallery.htm
http://user.aol.com/royalef/royal.htm
http://www.ee.umd.edu/~veakblad/animated/animated.html

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ANYONE DOING BIBLE STUDIES ON A MAC?
If so, Brian Avery brianmanatnsdottmxdotcomdotni would like to know! He’s looking for “Bible study helps, Bibles, concordance, commentaries, etc. for Macintosh computers.” Brian, we’ll count on a summary report in two weeks, okay? :-) (Now here’s the big question: Is anyone out there still using a MAC… [period ]. :-) And just for clarification, we’re talking about the computer , not the hamburger! )
(Attention MAC users: Please don’t send me email bombs. I’m only kidding!)

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FROM THE “‘NO FREE LUNCH’ BUT MAYBE A SNACK OR TWO” DEPARTMENT
One user (wishing to remain anonymous) wrote this past week with a critique of services like “JUNO” and Freemark (1-800-881-1750), which provide internet access for free. She said, “Both of these services are only for Windows based operations at this point. They have no access for DOS or Macintosh platforms at least right now….” She went on to point out that if a local access number wasn’t available, both Juno and Freenet plan to offer toll-free service in the near future.. which might be a real plus for those in rural areas that don’t have local access to Compuserve or AOL. Also, she reminded us that most towns and cities now have one or more “freenets” that have been developed by community concerns such as libraries, schools, or nonprofits. To find out about an option for your area, consult with your largest local computer store or call a computer guru in the nearest public school or area college. Once again, these freenets might be overcrowded and probably won’t offer travel perks (such as toll-free numbers or multiples hook-up points around the area), but . . ., hey, what do you expect for free! :-) And thanks to the tipster!

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MISSING A PREVIOUS ISSUE OF BRIGADA TODAY?
It’s entirely likely! In at least one situation recently, the hub machine ran into memory problems after completing a couple of thousand operations for an issue of Brigada Today (don’t you have those kind of days too??? :-)) and jumped out of the loop before finishing the mailing list of 2600+ Brigada Today recipients. (Don’t worry; we don’t think it’ll happen again. We’ve told it that we’ll withhold its midnight snack if it does that again!) So . . . if you’re interested in getting an issue you missed, just jump on the web at where every single issue (since the very beginning) is archived (Thanks again for your tireless service, Bob!). No web access??? Just send a one-line email message to hubatxcdotorg that reads:
filelist brigada

You’ll get a list of all the files maintained there for your viewing pleasure. To get a past issue that you missed, such as the ill-fated “10 of May ’96”, just send another message to hubatxcdotorg that looks like:
get brigada brigada-today.960510
It’ll be mailed back to you automatically, . . . free of charge . . . without delay . . . as long as the hub is in a good mood! :-)

But please, for the sake of our Brigada Customer Serv Mgr, Revis Ann Massey, who receives and corrects all mail sent to brigadaatbrigadadotorg (thanks for your tireless service from the great state of Texas, Revis Ann!), please make sure this and all other “commands” are sent to hubatxcdotorg not brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorgwith only the following message:
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960526 Brigada Today

Now with 2628 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* PHYSICIANS TO MEET IN LOUISVILLE TO PLAN SERIES FOR FALL
* FOLLOW-UP TO FOLLOW-UP TO “HAVE YOU SEEN THE FIREWORKS???”
* INTERFACE WITH OLYMPIC GOLD
* AD2000 & BEYOND TO TRACK JP2000 OUTREACHES
* QUENCH YOUR THIRST FOR THE RIGHT DISPLAY! GET LEMMON-AID
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA
* CRAFTY FUND-RAISING IDEA
* CONFIRM YOUR ‘INTENT’IONS
* HAVE YOU NOTICED WE’RE GROWING?? CHECK OUT THE NEW CONFERENCES!
* FREE INTERNATIONAL EMAIL — JUNO REVIEWS LOOK PROMISING
* TECHNOLOGY PROMISES BENEFITS FOR MISSIONS . . . MOST LIKELY
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PHYSICIANS TO MEET IN LOUISVILLE TO PLAN SERIES FOR FALL
Have you heard about the physicians’ series shaping up for this fall in Louisville, KY? Initiated in part by an MD from Louisville, Dr. David A Dageforde ldagefordeataoldotcom, the series hopes “to give physicians differential diagnosis of general medical problems in 3rd World countries using only history & physical as the source of information to make the proper diagnosis.” Bottom line: a special symposium this fall for doctors headed overseas. Describing his recent experiences overseas, David wrote to Brigada this past week, “Most of the disease processes are in the area of tropical medicine where most of us are not exposed to that type of disease on a routine basis. Just as the book Where There Is No Doctor gives excellent written descriptions as to how to make the differential diagnosis of fever or diarrhea, or other problems, we felt these physicians [presenters] could come to this lecture with handouts and expertise in making physicians more comfortable at practicing in remote areas of the world.” Exciting stuff. If you’re interested in attending or presenting, contact Dr. Dageforde at ldagefordeataoldotcom. The planners are getting together May 20th, this coming Monday evening, to map out details on the fall event. They seek your prayers and participation if you’re able!

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FOLLOW-UP TO FOLLOW-UP TO “HAVE YOU SEEN THE FIREWORKS???”
Still trying to get a bang out of the worldwide web? If you visited our one-year “Happy Birthday Edition” at http://www.xc.org/Brigada/today/bt960322.html and STILL couldn’t find the fireworks,

1. the fireworks display should be to the right of the table of contents at the top of the page
2. make sure you wait until the entire page has loaded
3. make sure the Netscape window is as wide as your screen.

Otherwise, contact our web wizard, Bob Mayhew MayhewatXCdotOrg, for more ideas. If you haven’t seen animation on the web, it’s really pretty cool.

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INTERFACE WITH OLYMPIC GOLD
“Bravo!” to Bill Perry who is helping develop “InterFACE” for this summer’s Olympics in Atlanta. This past week, Bill wrote, “Thanks for continuing to send BRIGADA TODAY. I enjoy reading/praying through it. In the last issue it mentioned outreach to Muslims. The mission group I belong to, InterFACE Ministries (“InterFACE” stands for International Friendship Activities & Cultural Exchange), whose HQ is in Atlanta, GA, is hosting a 1- and 2-week outreach for the 200,000-250,000 Muslims expected at the ’96 Summer Olympic Games. We are looking for those who would come and be a part of this “window” opportunity. The program includes staying with Christian host families, 2 day training seminar, local transportation, coordinated field operations, literature, recreation, 2 meals per day. Only 125 can participate. Cost: 1 week: $140.00; 2 weeks: $230.00. If anyone is interested, please contact InterFACE Ministries ASAP at: 102227dot2626atCompuservedotcom…”

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AD2000 & BEYOND TO TRACK JP2000 OUTREACHES
Once again, don’t forget to contact the AD2000 & Beyond office in Colorado Springs if your group is adopting or considering a Joshua Project 2000 outreach. Mary Ann Stone wrote Brigada this past week to explain that her office would like to track these intentions so that they can…

1. recommend clustered training events
2. pray for the short-term trips as they’re happening
3. track who is focusing on which people, so they can guide others interested in this project to a people who may not be receiving any or little attention.
4. follow-up to obtain much-needed research data
5. find out when and if a church or agency adopts a people for networking and partnership possibilities in order to see a people’s needs “served” in the most effective and appropriate manner possible so churches can be planted among them sooner rather than later.

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QUENCH YOUR THIRST FOR THE RIGHT DISPLAY! GET LEMMON-AID
Lemmon-Aid Displays was brought into existence as an alternative to the many high priced displays offered in today’s marketplace. Ralph Lemmon wrote Brigada this past week to say, “It is my desire to “aid” churches, missionaries, mission organizations, service organizations, and non-profit groups, with a quality presentation of their work and goals. Send for a free color catalog and price list today. Included are table-tops and free standing designs. Lemmon-Aid Displays, LADisplaysataoldotcom, 4425 W. 59th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46254-1205.
PHONE: 1-800-895-8838, FAX: 317-291-0873.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM SOUTHEAST ASIA
A new church is organized in Cambodia every week among churches related to the Khmer Evangelical Church, which saw 13 congregations started in three months. The group has a goal of 300 new churches started by the year 2000.
(Source: “Advance,” May 1996, Copyright (c) Kainos Press. Contact Mark Kelly 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom to receive the Advance monthly by email.)
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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CRAFTY FUND-RAISING IDEA
For more information about how to utilize crafts to raise support for your mission work, contact concerned_craftsatjpusadotprdotmcsdotnet.

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CONFIRM YOUR ‘INTENT’IONS
Ken Smith KSmithatgatidotwadotcom is editor of a newsletter called TIE for tentmakers. He wrote this past week to report that “All international attendees to the INTENT’96 (formerly U.S. Association of Tentmakers) conference at the LAX airport on Aug. 2-4 are invited and encouraged to attend an International meeting during the pre-conference schedule. Either at 2 to 4 pm on Aug. 1st or in the morning of August 2nd. If you plan to attend these international meetings, contact tieatgatidotwadotcom so that proper space arrangements can be made.”

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HAVE YOU NOTICED WE’RE GROWING?? CHECK OUT THE NEW CONFERENCES!
How long has it been since you sent the message “conferences” to hubatxcdotorg to see the growing list of Brigada options! If you’re new to the Brigada family of networks, you just might be surprised at the amount of “connections” that are being forged around the globe! Just this past week, conferences for the Uygurs (Brigada-Peoples-Uygur) and Jews (brigada-peoples-jews) have launched into action.

Michael Hewitt is moderator for brigada-peoples-jews. He wrote this past week, “There is much study of Jewish culture today by Christians. It is said that the more you understand the jewishness of Jesus, the more you understand the New Testament. But the Bible is clear that we gentiles are grafted in, that the gospel is a stumbling block to the Jew, that we are to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. There are over 15 million Jews worldwide, over 5 million in Israel. The peace process, the elections in Israel on May 29th, the rising anti-semitism in America, all deserve a spot on our prayer list. It is hoped that brigada-peoples-jews conference will be a place where believers can come together to share information, prayer requests, and encourage one another to seek Gods’ heart for the jewish people.”

So, if you’ve been wondering how you can get involved in missions today even though you haven’t left for the field . . . or if you’re in the field and would like to get your newly planted church into missions, wonder no more! Just join up! To subscribe, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only these lines in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples-jews
subscribe Brigada-Peoples-Uygur

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FREE INTERNATIONAL EMAIL — JUNO REVIEWS LOOK PROMISING
Initial reviews look promising for Juno, the email system mentioned previously in Brigada Today. For free software and information, turn your worldwide web browser to http://www.juno.com/ and get started today! Thanks to John Hanna for forwarding us info. from a current user who felt that the advertising in the upper pane wasn’t too much of a pain! :-)

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TECHNOLOGY PROMISES BENEFITS FOR MISSIONS . . . MOST LIKELY
[The following first appeared in Team Expansion’s weekly update, the HeartBeat Online, via brigada-orgs-teamex. To subscribe, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words
subscribe brigada-orgs-teamex
in the text of the message.]

How will technology impact your mission work or your team in the coming year? Maybe a lot! A few examples…

PHONES – Our Tanzania team . . . God bless ’em . . . puts up with really slow communication the old-fashioned air-mail route. It takes sometimes a month to get one single decision made that, via email, would have probably been over and done with in a day! But technology is bringing them… as early as this fall, perhaps… a kind of “global cell phone” that will permit them to dial out of southern Tanzania and get an instant connection to the world! Roger Lieb, the TZ team’s “tech”, has told us that they think this unit will cost about $3000 up front plus $3/minute for air-time. Before you say “ouch” too loudly, remember that cell phones cost about $2/minute during “roaming” charges here in the USA (when you’re outside your own calling area). Also, keep in mind that in the days of our early entry into China, we checked into sat phones and the equipment was $40,000 and the air time was $8/minute!!! :-)
[Note: Please don’t write for info. at this time. When this phone becomes available on the open market, we’ll announce it here in Brigada Today. In the meantime, the only action to take is to try to start saving your pennies for the $3000 tab.]

COMPUTERS – As INTERNET service continues to drop in “per minute” pricing (AT&T is giving away 5 hours per month free to all its long distance customers and “Juno” is cost-free in the USA), both at home and abroad, “real-time audio/video” links will become more doable. You’ll sit down to your computer monitor and have a video link with grandma and grandpa… and you’ll even be able to hold up the new baby so they can see how much she’s grown already! :-) This link will happen via Internet connections (not international phone lines) so it’ll cost you pennies per minute instead of dollars! How long ’til we’ll be doing this internationally? It’s available today, but not practical [for most non-USA readers], since most … overseas Internet users are still on Internet links that are too costly to use up the minutes in this way. However, count on this opening up during the next 24-36 months!
[Please don’t write for info. at this time. However, if you’re replacing your laptop, it’s probably worth hunting for one with a full duplex telephony feature integrated with the sound on board the computer — word to the wise.]

CD-ROM – Already you can take lots of Bible reference stuff with you to the field… but someday, it’ll all be available via CD-ROM and the “net”. So imagine… instead of carrying 60-70 volumes of OT/NT commentaries weighing in at 150 pounds, the whole thing will come on 2 or 3 CDs and will fit in your coat pocket, weigh nothing, and cost you nothing in shipping charges or taxes. Plus, you’ll have video, slides, and audio clips built in! When will this happen? Like I say, it’s already happening… but it’ll really come into its own during the coming 12 months.
[Word to the wise: if replacing your laptop, get one with a CD-ROM option or planning on lugging around an external “BackPack-like” variety.]

Will all these high-tech tools help us reach the lost more effectively? Maybe. But keep in mind… if our role is supposed to be relationally based (like it is for those among us who are evangelists), these new “toys” could back-fire! After all, it’s pretty cool punching up still shots of Egyptian tombs and or videos of people using Jewish wells “up close and personal…” so we might all end up camping out in front of the monitor — Heaven forbid! Let’s hope and pray that we won’t lose touch with the people we’ve gone to reach! :-)
Doug

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Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
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Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960519 Brigada Today

Now with 2555 Participants! Yahoooooooooooooo! We crossed the 1/4 mark on our goal to reach 10,000!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* IN ROUTE TO 10,000
* JP2000 VIDEO IS A WINNER!
* FOLLOW-UP TO “HAVE YOU SEEN THE FIREWORKS???”
* CLUSTERS UPON CLUSTERS OF PEOPLES
* FOLLOW-UP ON “MAP ORDERS CONTINUE TO POUR IN”
* MAY ADVANCE SUMMARY IS IN!
* MISSIONS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE CHURCH… REGARDLESS OF SIZE!!!
* CALLING ALL SMALL ENVELOPE MISSIONS STUFFERS
* SOMETHING FISHY
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHINA
* HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA??? DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE TO TRAIN!
* MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAIN TO MEET MUSLIMS
* STILL MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAIN TO MEET MUSLIMS!!!
* WE NEED A TEST SUBJECT!
* WISH I COULD GO…
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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IN ROUTE TO 10,000
Looking back, I found this item in Brigada Today on the 25th of August, ’95:
FROM THE “LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION” DEPARTMENT — Ya know, I always thought that if a person was highly technical, highly skilled, highly process oriented, then they would probably be pretty scared about bulging growth. Not so with Jonathan Marsden, who manages the technical end of CrossConnect [now MAFxc] and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about how he felt about Brigada growing past the 800 mark, I was surprised to hear him say he wasn’t satisfied. “I won’t be happy until we have 10,000 people on board, with hundreds of conferences about least reached people groups and cities all over the world.” Wow . When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-)


Well Jonathan, we’re now officially 1/4 of the way there, having passed the 2500 mark this past Saturday morning…. but it’s taken us nearly 14 months!!! So I say to all our Brigada participants, if you’ve got ideas on how we can speed up the process, please pitch in and help! Brigada operates on a shoe-string budget… (basically nothing! That’s right.. we have a very clear personnel policy on salaries: Nobody gets paid!!! So that means that you make as much money as anybody else in the conference! :-) ) If you can think of someone who might enjoy a Brigada conference or Brigada Today, please let them know!!! “Word of keyboard” is our only plan! We’ve never printed a brochure and there’s no such thing as a Brigada phone number! The subscription instructions are always appended to the end. Thanks and… let’s head toward 10,000!

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JP2000 VIDEO IS A WINNER!
…at clarifying the simple objectives of the Joshua Project 2000 emphasis! You just can’t find a better resource to introduce your church, your mission, your supporters, your Perspectives class, your Sunday School, your Missions Fair, anything to the JP2000 thrust. It’s a 13-minute overview of the JP2000 concept, complete with interviews with key mission leaders like John Robb, Patrick Johnstone, and Luis Bush. Also included is footage from meetings such as GCOWE ’95, the Launch, and the Himilaya event. I used it this past Monday night in Lexington, KY, with a Perspectives class there and they were instantly informed and ready to roll! Many asked for order information… The publisher, Procla-Media Productions, normally gets $14.95 for all their videos. But John Fries wrote this past week and said that he’d give “Brigada enthusiasts” $5 off! (Do you qualify??? :-) ) So if you’ve been trying to explain this concept (that’s kind of hard to get your arms around), grab your $9.95 and run, don’t walk, to John at 76651dot2032atcompuservedotcom — but don’t forget to tell him you’re a Brigada enthusiast or you’ll apparently have to cough up $5 more! :-) Compuserve users could actually send their credit card numbers direct to 76651,2032 — but the rest of us better fax him at 719-380-0936. By the way, the $9.95 includes shipping and handling costs to any USA destination! John, thanks for the deal! :-) John’s tel. is 719-380-0505 if you’d rather talk to real live flesh and blood. And if you’d rather invest in paper (thereby killing off some of our Brazilian brothers’ trees and our future global air supply! :-) ), printer’s ink, and 32 cents minimum, you can even order it from his old-fashioned paper mail address:
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs, CO 80936

This project involved AD2K Media guy as coordinator (how’d he find the time, what with the baby and all?? !!!) and the Carltons from Caleb Project (the same folks who brought us Light the Window). Man am I ever glad they’re not Jehova’s Witnesses or we’d all be passing out those colorful little leaflets! :-) By the way, did you know there was a special form to complete if you’re planning on doing a JP2000 trip? Request one from Mary Ann Stone — maryann@ad2000@org. To hear occasional announcements like these (relating to JP2000) and thereby subscribe to the Trumpet, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the message:
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FOLLOW-UP TO “HAVE YOU SEEN THE FIREWORKS???”
By the way, if you visited http://www.xc.org/Brigada/today/bt960322.html and couldn’t find the fireworks, you might be using a browser that won’t cooperate with the program! Our web wizard, Bob Mayhew, has informed us that these “animated gifs” (wouldn’t that have something to do with peanut butter come to life???) are only viewable to people with Netscape 2.0 or better. So the rest of you’ns better upgrade or you’ll be left out! :-)

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CLUSTERS UPON CLUSTERS OF PEOPLES
Last night, a church considering a JP2000 project to Kuwait City asked me to find them some relevant info. on the Net. After a brief stop at Altavista (where I was asked which of the 20,000 pages on Kuwait did I want to bounce to! :-) ), I stopped by AD2000’s newly updated pages on JP2000 peoples and was amazed that they have the people group clusters (AKA affinity blocks AKA strategic peoples AKA gateway peoples) already done!!! Take a look! Patrick Johnstone was right! Makes it tons easier to organize a consultation on a particular family of people groups. Start at http://www.ad2000.org and select JP2000.

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FOLLOW-UP ON “MAP ORDERS CONTINUE TO POUR IN”
They still do! But last week, we forgot to give the toll-free number for the new distributor! If you’d like a $6.95 map (24×36 inch) or the larger billboard sized version at $9.95 (3×5′), order from 800-866-3621 if you’re in the USA. Others can still contact:

Foreign Mission Board, S. Baptist, Customer Service
PO Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230
Voice: 804-219-1507; Fax: 804-254-8970
E-Mail: 0002050296atmcimaildotcom

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MAY ADVANCE SUMMARY IS IN!
To get the May ADVANCE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line:
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Here’s a summary of what you’ll receive. Thanks Mark!!! — ADVANCE: Praying for unreached peoples and persecuted believers Summary of the May 1996 issue

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Cambodia church growth; gospel radio broadcasts to the Gorontalo and Banjar people in Indonesia; Bhutan easing restrictions on Christian worship and evangelism; Irian evangelists in isolated Indonesian villages; Ngbakas in Zaire learning to read; pray for believers in Liberia.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Missionaries still held hostage; monks in Algeria abducted; Nigerian believers to be tried; believers in southern Sudan left homeless; pastors in Liberia murdered.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Germany’s right-wing extremists; the deceptions of death; same-sex marriages.

REJOICE!– God’s spirit moves in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Nigerian military donates to Scripture distribution; China’s “Christ County”; extremist grip on Iran weakened; cell groups multiply in Quito, Ecuador; 6,000 decisions for Christ in Honduras.

NETWORKING– audio tapes in tribal languages; new book on unreached peoples of China and Tibet; biweekly summary of news about the worldwide church.

FRONT LINES — Mankind’s rebellion.

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MISSIONS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE CHURCH… REGARDLESS OF SIZE!!!
Thanks to our “European Correspondent,” Kerstin Hack (AIMS – Germany; 100711dot2622atCompuServedotCOM), for submitting this update on a church in eastern Germany doing tons of good stuff in Albania! Way to go Kerstin! And way to go Mr. Reinhold and company!!!

“Doing big things for God – Relief goods worth 1 Million $US for Albania!” Even before the wall came down God spoke to the pastor of a Methodist church in Wismar, Eastern Germany that He wanted him to be a blessing for Albania. After the wall came down in 1989 he and his church got involved with YWAM’s and the Assemblies of Gods work in Southern Albania. The church organized dozens of trips with lorries filled with relief goods, medicine, seeds, bibles etc. They organized Bible studies in Albanian villages, Youth camps and they dream of sending someone to the area permanently, but haven’t found the right person yet. The city government of Wismar supports their work and many non-christian businessmen, families etc. help with money, clothes and in a practical way (unemployed dock workers filled in all customs papers, others packed boxes). Factories also gave them many “left overs” – things that were not attractive any more once western goods flooded into East Germany – e.g. 60.000 brand new exercise books. They made use of every available opportunity in order to bless Albania. Over the years the value of the relief goods they brought to Albania accumulated to 1.6 Million DM (~ 1 Million $ US) and even more valuable – people got to know the living God. Wanna know the size of the church? 25 people attend the services. If you want to know more about what they are doing feel free to contact pastor Frieder Reinhold at 100547dot3144atCompuservedotCom.”

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CALLING ALL SMALL ENVELOPE MISSIONS STUFFERS
That’s right. Here’s a guy looking for small envelope stuffers dealing with various aspects of world missions. “I intend to put them into thank you envelopes of those who support our mission,” says Dan Henrich. “Any ideas of a source? I would prefer NOT to do my own!” Understood DanHenrichatxcdotorg. Who can reply directly to him and put him onto a source? Dan, can you let us know what you find out?

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SOMETHING FISHY
Thanks to Rick Stacy for this idea on how to make stationery out of your boring ascii email! Wow … now if he can just find us a way to make the fish appear in different colors! :-) Thanks Rick!

<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <><
[PUT YOUR ORG’S NAME HERE]
<>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< -------------------------------------- GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHINA
In China, more than one thousand people were secretly baptized in a house church recently. The director of an international mission agency received a video of the baptism. At dusk, the people arrived at a private house in ones or twos. When everyone was present, baptism in a tiny basin in the small garden began, and continued until the early morning hours, at which time everyone disappeared the same way they arrived. 1188 people had been quietly baptized.
Source: (C) DAWN Friday Fax, 96-16, http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA??? DON’T MISS THIS CHANCE TO TRAIN!
The Central Asian Study Center (CASC) offers a 10-week intensive prefield training and orientation course especially for you! CASC is a unique place where workers acquire or upgrade skills to facilitate their efforts toward planting indigenous churches among the Muslim peoples of Central Asia, the Caucuses, and western China. Curriculum includes language skills acquisition, studies in Islam, CA peoples, history and culture, issues of Muslims evangelism, contextualization appropriate to CA and church planting. CASC is held in the Middle East in a Muslim environment and led by experienced field leaders. CASC meets each summer and fall. For more information contact Dr. Jim Romaine at jromai19atwinusadotcom.

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MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAIN TO MEET MUSLIMS
Check out Lincoln Christian Seminary’s summer intensive courses on Islam: “Evangelizing Sufis and Folk Muslims” (June 3-7) and “Church Planting in Muslim Contexts” (June 10-14) will be taught at the Chicago Center for Urban Mission. Contact Dr. Robert Douglas (formerly with Zwemmer) at rcdouglaatprairienetdotorg or call 217-732-3168.

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STILL MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRAIN TO MEET MUSLIMS!!!
(Hey… are we beginning to understand the challenge there or what? :-) ) Contact The Summer Institute of Muslim Studies for info. about their sessions on “Intro. to Islam” or “Muslim Evangelism” — Call toll-free at 1-800-554-5669 or fax 719-573-5398 or tel outside the USA at 719-573-5395. No email address listed. Maybe you’d better go to Chicago. :-) Just joking. This training would teach you through the school of hard “Knox”… Knox Theological Seminary to be exact! With Don McCurry (who has trained Christian workers in more than 60 countries!). Good stuff.

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WE NEED A TEST SUBJECT!
Some would-be speaker of Spanish, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian or English (for Spanish speakers) needs to try this course out and give us a report! These folks advertise that if your language ability doesn’t increase “by leaps and bounds” within 60 days, send the software back and you’ll get a “no questions asked” refund! Gotta have Windows (3.1 or higher) or MAC… available with a cassette on diskette ($30) or with built-in sound on CD ($50). In the USA, 800-332-8851. Elsewhere, write them at “Transparent Language”, PO Box 575, Hollis, NH 03049-9961. (And what a deal… if you reply now, you get “New BodyWorks 4.0 absolutely free! :-) ) Seriously, if you’re willing to be a “guinea pig” (are there really pigs in Guinea???), order it and let us know you’re going to be trying it out. Some 2 months from now, we’d like to hear all about your newly acquired yazik !… or idioma… or whatever…

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WISH I COULD GO…
… to the ACMC National Conference, July 17-20, in Wheaton, IL. The schedule is filled with tons of great sessions like, “Adopting a People Group: The BIG Picture”, “Networking for Effective China Ministry”, “Giving Children a Heart for the World”, “Using the Internet for Global Ministry”, and main sessions by Stuart Briscoe, Erwin McManus (from The Church on Brady) and others. Plus all day long on July 17th, they’re hosting a “Mobilization Consultation”. Maybe we’ll shut down our plans for Envision ’96 in November and move everyone to Wheaton in July??? Naahhhhhhhhhh :-(, better not. But still wish I could go to Wheaton! For info, contact ACMC directly at 76331dot2051atcompuservedotcom or fax them at 708-260-0285.

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

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19960512 Brigada Today

Now with 2497 Participants! (Rats! Only 3 more!!!!! :-) )
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* HAVE YOU SEEN THE FIREWORKS???
* NEW JP2000 LIST IS LIVE — AND FREE!!!
* PRAY FOR THOSE ‘GOING FOR THE GOLD’
* RANKIN FILE
* CALLING ALL CHAPLAINS
* MAP ORDERS CONTINUE TO POUR IN
* HOW DO YOU SAY ‘HELLO’???
* RAMADAN PASSES FAST!
* RATS — HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET!
* JUST LUCK” FOLLOW-THROUGH
* NEW PEOPLE GROUP RESOURCE ON THE WEB
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM PAKISTAN
* SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST FOR PRISONERS
* AND FROM THE ‘OOPS’ DEPARTMENT
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HAVE YOU SEEN THE FIREWORKS???
If you have access to the WorldWide Web and have never gotten a chance to stop by our “anniversary issue” on the web, you gotta’ see it to believe it! Remember all the talk about wishing I could email you fireworks??? Well our web magician, Bob Mayhew, actually figured out how to do it!!! No kidding. They actually move right there on the screen, via the web!!! (Don’t ask me! I just work here! Probably “Java” or “cafe” or one of those other breakfast drink web programming languages!) Anyway, if you want do drink directly there.. I mean jump directly there and see the explosions (if your web browser is Netscape) at our 1 year anniversary birthday party, set your browser to: http://www.xc.org/Brigada/today/bt960322.html While you’re there, check out the issues on the calendar at: http://www.xc.org/Brigada/btbackis.html You can take your pick! Oh… and by the way, thanks Bob and Patti, for your tireless service archiving all these resources to the web!!!

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NEW JP2000 LIST IS LIVE — AND FREE!!!
That ever-active AD2000 & Beyond media guy tells us that the new updated (April, ’96) research data is now live and kickin’ at their web page! Start at http://www.ad2000.org and choose Joshua People. To appreciate the immensity of this task, pretend your 3rd grader had 1700 baseball cards and you wanted to update the statistics (every single line!) to make every single card accurate as of last month’s baseball games. To make matters worse, pretend the baseball cards were all printed in different languages and every single one lived in different parts of the globe. What’s more, half of them didn’t care to tell you any additional info. because they were playing for a team that didn’t allow spectators! And you can’t just write in the new stats; you gotta’ encode them in programming code so they come out in 3D or something on the card!!! Gulp. Well that’s something like the equivalent of what this international research/publishing team just managed to pull off! What’s more, now they’re saying they’ll have the “Bethany Profile status” within the next day or two! At this point, I can’t say for sure exactly what that means… whether you’ll be able to actually get the Bethany profile (brand new stuff from the folks in Baton Rouge) or whether it’ll just tell the status of the Baton Rouge efforts. (I guess if it ends up that you have to buy the Bethany profiles, we’ll have to call that the “Louisiana Purchase????” :-) ) (pa-dum pum) Anyway, great job Dan, Lee, David, and anyone else that had a hand in publishing/updating the web version of the info… and tons of thanks also goes to John (Gilbert), Ron (Rowland), Patrick (Johnstone), Luis (Bush) and others who make the annual assessment and PIN work possible!!!! Thanks from all of us!!!

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PRAY FOR THOSE ‘GOING FOR THE GOLD’
Greg Parsons GregdotParsonsatwciudotedu or gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg, Exec. Dir. at the US Center for World Mission, writes,
As we have done several times before, the Global Prayer Digest July ’96 issue will highlight countries/people and believing athletes in its daily readings. If people want copies of this special edition at (.50 each for less than 100), they can call (818) 398-2287. If any ministries want to order bulk (more than 100 copies at better prices, but never less than .40) it would be best for them to order by Monday, May 6. I know that is short notice, but that is the day the print run must be set. Of course, we may still be able to supply the orders depending on who orders what quantity when.

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RANKIN FILE
While you’re on the web, don’t miss the Southern Baptist’s new Foreign Mission Board pages at http://www.imb.org and especially get a look at what they’re going to do at… http://www.imb.org/pray/compnet/comp-net.htm Cool pace to set for web pages!
Great job gang!

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CALLING ALL CHAPLAINS
The Hospital Chaplains’ Ministry of America, Inc. (HCMA), a faith mission, seeks qualified people of faith who have a compassion for the hospitalized. HCMA is interested in inquiries from pastors and/or missionaries who are actively serving, in transition or retired. Please call (714) 572-3626 or Fax (714) 572-0585. You might even be able to email them at WetterholmatXCdotorg.

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MAP ORDERS CONTINUE TO POUR IN
If you haven’t yet ordered your global map of peoples groups, colored according to percentage of evangelicals, don’t forget to do so at:

Foreign Mission Board, S. Baptist, Customer Service
PO Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230
Voice: 804-219-1507; Fax: 804-254-8970
E-Mail: 0002050296atmcimaildotcom

Remember that the prices quoted ($6.95 for 24×36″, $9.95 for 3×5′) are for shipping to USA locations. Shipping internationally will be a tad more, I’m afraid. These things are hot. I taught a Perspectives class last night in Louisville and there was a lot of interest. We also have received several inquiries from the press, since they’re hearing about the widespread interest in the concept! Someone asked how 60,000+ orders can come in in just two weeks… the secret is working together. Global Mapping has done a tremendous job mobilizing over 60 networks and Brigada is just one of those… so God is working broadly across his kingdom to bring strength in unity of purpose!

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HOW DO YOU SAY ‘HELLO’???
… to your missionaries on ‘home service’ (furlough)? Kevin Paszalek wants to know! He’s the Sr. Pastor at Southway Community Church in Houston, TX and he feels convicted that we just aren’t doing enough to care for the ones we love (the missionaries coming home on furlough). If you’ve got a neat case study of how you were cared for (if you’re a missionary-type) or how you reached out to debrief or share love with someone coming home (if you’re a church-type), just send a note about it to Kevin at pkevinpatsohodotiosdotcom sometime during the next two weeks.
Kevin, we’re going to ask you to gather up all the notes into a big file that we can post here on Brigada so anybody can read the results. Okay? Thanks!!!

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RAMADAN PASSES FAST!
Paul Filidis is still “mopping up” from the “30 Days Muslim Prayer” mobilization (coinciding annually with the Muslim month of fasting) for North America. He writes, We distributed over 30,000 informative adult booklets in North America, over 1,500 videos on Islam, and thousands more booklets for younger readers. Worldwide, we are still tallying the numbers and receiving reports. The new translations of the booklet that were launched for this year’s Ramadan included Czech, Dutch, Indonesian and Chinese, bringing the total to 24 languages. Editorial and design work on the materials for next Ramadan (starting January 10, 1997) are under way. Interested ministries that want to place bulk orders, and mobilize their constituency to participate during the next “30 Days Muslim Prayer” Focus, better plan ahead, and order early this year. There will not be enough time (as in previous years) to leave ordering until after Christmas. The Islamic lunar calendar causes the Ramadan dates to occur earlier every year. For those who want to receive a flyer and order form later this year, should send their name and mailing address to wcnatxcdotorg. Great job, Paul!!! Count on our Envision’96 churches to get on board in a big way! We’ll want to display your materials in Lexington!

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RATS — HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET!
Hoped to be able to tell you about a new video today, from Proclamedia (YWAM productions), but it’s still apparently in route. Still, I’m sure it’ll be dynamite, if you want to go ahead and get your order in now. YWAM and World Christian have over 300,000 titles of books currently in print that are available at a discount. Paul writes, While our heart beat is toward promoting missions-related resources, we can ALSO ship any other book (including those from secular publishing houses). So think of us next time you want to purchase books; you could help Youth With A Mission. To view a booklist of selected titles and prices, direct your web browser to http://www.ywam.org/books.html, or send your mailing address by email to wcnatxcdotorg (tel: 1-719-442-6409). If you already know what books you want, you can just send title and author’s name, and tell us if you want them sent by surface mail or first class / airmail; we can invoice you, and also accept visa and mastercard. Some excellent mission videos can also be ordered, including Challenge of our Unfinished Task (10 min.), and the JUST COMPLETED Joshua Project 2000 video (13 min.). That’s the one I want to see. They’re going to price it at $9.95 for readers! This price includes shipping for USA orders!!!. That’s a super price! (How do these people pay for these videos, video cases, production, scriptwriting, music scores, shipping, and have any money left over for food for their families! I mean… duh… these people have to eat. But I’d better hush or they’ll raise the price back up to the normal $14.95! :-)) More about it next week once I’ve seen it! We hope to use it in July at a special mission mobilizers’ luncheon in Dallas, TX. It’s supposed to be hot… sharing some of the exciting opportunities and challenges among the least evangelized people groups of the world. Thanks Paul, John, and all the folks at Proclamedia!! That’s Colorado for ya! :-)

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JUST LUCK FOLLOW-THROUGH
Thanks to those who responded kindly toward the “Just Luck” note in last week’s Brigada Today. One reader wrote,
I thought you would appreciate the definition a friend(Kent Staples) developed a few years ago for the word LUCK.

L = laboring
U = under
C = correct
K = knowledge

Of course the knowledge part is further definable as the knowledge of Jesus Christ and as having the mind of Christ. So as you almost said, there’s no such thing, as luck.
Blessings,
Fred Higgins, Jacksonville, FL.

Thanks Fred! And thanks to the missionary from the Philippines who wrote that he had helped lead some 1,300 people to receive Christ this past month. His conclusion, It didn’t happen by accident. Thanks for your encouraging word. Thanks again to those who labor day in, day out, sometimes with very little thanks, sometimes with very little fruit. Just remember … the game’s not over ’til the ref says so. :-)

And for those who wondered (or wrote)… Yes, we did end up winning the game… but I barely noticed! :-) I was having too much fun learning to play! :-)

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NEW PEOPLE GROUP RESOURCE ON THE WEB
Thanks to John Hanna for his tireless work with Caleb Project, people specific advocates, and those researching the least reached! He’s recently acquired an entire collection of some 2 zillion people profiles called the “Nance Collection.” (Actually I think there are only 1,573, but I got the entire list and it seemed to me there were 2 zillion! :-) John writes, These profiles were collected as a labor of love by Robert Nance over the past 10 years. While some of the data is not as up to date as might be wished, they are an excellent starting point for any people-group prayer project or research. The profiles are indexed by people group and country. Within a few days, the full text should also be searchable by popular Internet search engines like AltaVista. In other words, by setting your browser to http://www.altavista.digital.com you should be able to just type in the name of the people group you want to reach and Alta Vista’s search engines will direct you immediately to the proper profile in Caleb Project’s stack.

Now here’s the challenge! Will the folks at AD2000 & Beyond be able to dream up a way to link all 1573 profiles as hot links to their JP2000 list (accessed at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/peoplex.htm) so it’ll appear as a jump-link on the bottom of the AD2000 & Beyond profiles??? Give ’em about 30 days and I’d lay down next month’s house payment that it’ll be done! :-) Something about these people who live in Colorado makes them motivated to help us pray and learn about the least evangelized! :-) Must be the mountain air or somethin’. By the way, don’t miss the note below. More Colorado. Makes me tired just thinking about it! When I grow up, I should move to Colorado.

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THE EMMAUS WEB
Emmaus Road, International is an educational resource ministry to assist your church, mission agency or college ignite, develop and expand your involvement in cross-cultural outreach. Resources are offered include publications, seminars, ACTS Training Tapes, ACTS Training Courses and ACTS Ministry Trips. See their web site at http://www.eri.org

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM PAKISTAN
An innovative radio program is presenting unprecedented evangelistic opportunities in Pakistan. FEBA Radio is broadcasting a program called Along with Life and it’s generating 400 to 500 letters a month from the mostly Muslim country. Nagina Victor, who develops counseling and relationships with these people, says it’s harvest time in Pakistan. Of the 122-million people in Pakistan, less than two-percent are reportedly Christians.
(Source: MISSION NETWORK NEWS, Week 18, STORY # 5, Tuesday, April 30, 1996,
FAX: 616-942-7078, Voice: 800-284-9361, E-mail: mnnatcornerstonedotedu
1159 East Beltline NE, Grand Rapids MI 49505, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, and yes, they’re in Colorado too. :-)

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SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST FOR PRISONERS
May 9-11 will be historic for prisoners in the Taejon prison in Taejon, Korea, writes Norm Weaver 102774dot1772atCompuServedotCOM, of MSA in Knoxville, TN. As a result of prayer and fasting on the part of over 50 prisoners, the warden has requested a revival campaign to be conducted May 9-11. Sang Ho Kim, and Duk Hae Kwak, two nephews of C. Y. Kim, are in prison because of a frame-up by a former employee of Han Sung Seminary in Taejon, South Korea. Sang Ho, also the minister of Torch Christian Church in Taejon, will lead the revival. Special concessions are being made for this historic event. Members from the Torch Christian Church will be able to attend the services and an unheard of diet of fresh meat and vegetables will be served the prisoners during the meetings. Taejon prison is the largest in South Korea with over 3,500 prisoners, many of them foreigners. Prayer is urgently requested for this significant event! Norm continues, The Unification Church (moonies), will attempt to stop this! Pray that God will triumph and His truth will be declared! Pray for the safety of Sang Ho, Duk Hae, and C. Y. and that God will use them to His glory!
Norm, we’ll count on an update once you’ve heard back, okay? Thanks! And thanks again for being willing to kick off our orders for that global map!

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AND FROM THE ‘OOPS’ DEPARTMENT
This just in… About 2 weeks ago Brigada Today ran a 2 line “splash” about my first book, STORYTELLER’S BIBLE STUDY FOR INTERNATIONALS. Although your message generated a good deal of interest, there were two problems with your message the way it was worded:

1. You only wrote that what I had was a storyteller’s Bible. That was not a big problem, since I simply clarified the misunderstanding to everyone who wrote me. But the second problem is more difficult.
2. You wrote that my name was Bill TAYLOR, not Bill PERRY (which is my real name!). I don’t know who Bill Taylor is, but now I’m getting mail for him!

Will you please somehow clear up the confusion in the next Brigada Today, or the closest available issue?
Thanks!
— Bill Perry

Bill Perry lives at 72624dot2215atCompuServedotCOM. Bill Taylor is someone totally different! :-) Reminds me of some kind of good news/bad news joke from a stand-up comedian! :-)
Sorry to buffalo both Bills!

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READY TO RECEIVE YOUR MAP ORDER!
Well, the folks at “Customer Service” of the SBC-FMB are ready to receive your order! If you’re calling from within the USA, just call 1-800-866-3621, then if you have a touch-tone phone, select option #1, and then in the next menu layer, option #1 again. You’ll immediately be connected to someone like Shirley, Rosemary or Marilyn… and they’ll be glad to help you with an order for your “global map”.

Response has been overwhelming. Once again, we’re describing a global map designed to show where 7,200 peoples groups live, rather than a couple of hundred political divisions. What’s more, those colored ruby red are the groups with the lowest percentage of evangelical Christians… and right away, at a sheer glance, you can see the needs of the area commonly referred to as the “10/40 Window”. What an effective teaching tool!!!

So request either… The poster size (24×36″), full color map of least reached peoples: $6.95 (this is printed on 80 pound glossy paper, rolled and shipped in a tube)

The Large (36×64″), wall-sized map of least reached peoples: $9.95 (big enough for church foyers and reception areas, again, in a tube)

So are you curious about the size of our partnership response, i.e., all of us working together in concert with network upon network and contact upon contact??? It’s unbelievable. Within two weeks time, over 64,000 maps have been requested Sound impossible??? It’s the truth. Sixty-four thousand+.

So enjoy the benefits of bulk pricing and working together and order a map at 1/3 the price we originally thought we’d have to charge!!!

By the way, if you placed your original request with our first supplier (MSA, who was very quickly totally swamped with hundreds of orders), never fear! The responsible folks there in Knoxville, TN, have carefully noted every order and those orders will be forwarded soon to the Customer Service people at the Foreign Mission Board. You’ll receive the map you requested and will be billed accordingly AT THE NEW LOWER PRICE rather than at the higher price originally anticipated. You do not need to reorder. In fact, if you do, you will be sent both orders!

If you’re outside the USA, you can use any of these methods to order:

attn.: Marilyn Glazebrook
Foreign Mission Board, S. Baptist, Customer Service
PO Box 6767
Richmond, VA 23230
Voice: 804-219-1507; Fax: 804-254-8970
E-Mail: <0002050296atmcimaildotcom>

God bless!!!
[And don’t use up all those pennies!!! Wait ’til you hear about the new least reached video program in the regular Brigada Today this Friday… perfect for your next Mission Fair!]

19960428 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

* MAP ORDERS INDICATE LOVE FOR LEAST REACHED…. PRICES REDUCED TONS
* ORDER LINE SWAMPED
* YOUR CURRENT ORDER WILL BE TRANSFERRED
* WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT JUNO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS … FOR FREE!
* “MORE THAN GOLD” FREE FOR THE ASKING
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ISRAEL
* MISSION FRONTIERS ON-LINE CONTINUES TO GROW!!!
* GOT A HEART FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS??? WANT TO GET ONE???
* JUST LUCK!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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MAP ORDERS INDICATE LOVE FOR LEAST REACHED…. PRICES REDUCED TONS
At times like this, it’s hard to miss your love and concern for the least reached. When we announced (two issues ago) the new global maps that would show thousands of people groups (instead of political subdivisions), we were hoping there would be some interest… 100, 200 or maybe 300 maps ordered. But we had no idea that the response would be this intense!!! These maps will indicate in red the “last frontiers”, showing clearly for the first time ever in history exactly where we need to focus our energies if we’re going to finish the task of establishing at least beachhead churches among every people. They’ll also show the progress among other peoples…. thousands of them! Well — you have shown your concern!!!! Brigada readers have now ordered well above 1000 maps and, thanks to your response and the response of others, we all now enjoy the results of working together!!!! Global Mapping has heard the clear clarion call of the quantity needed and has responded by ordering a much larger quantity from the printer, which decreases the price for everyone.

The new prices, announced yesterday, are as follows: The poster size (24×36″), full color map of least reached peoples: $6.95 (this is printed on 80 pound glossy paper, rolled and shipped in a tube)

The Large (36×64″), wall-sized map of least reached peoples: $9.95 (big enough for church foyers and reception areas, again, in a tube)

These prices are nearly 1/3 of what we originally thought would be needed… and we owe a huge debt to Brigada readers and others for standing together to make this kind of order a possibility.

ORDER LINE SWAMPED
If you tried to call MSA to place your order, you know their lines were swamped by this. Their phone rang off the hook! Now, as a result of this new pricing, we’re anticipating an even greater response. So, [IMPORTANT] we’re asking that you delay your order until next Wednesday, at which time we’ll announce a new toll free order line for these maps. At that time, we’ll put out a special announcement giving new order instructions. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL MSA TO ORDER THESE GLOBAL MAPS. They are very kind people… with overwhelmingly loving hearts for the least reached people of the world, … but this kind of response — taking hundreds of orders by email, hundreds by fax, and hundreds by phone all in a matter of a few days — is beyond their current staffing levels.

YOUR CURRENT ORDER WILL BE TRANSFERRED
Therefore, your current orders will be transferred to the new provider. YOU DO NOT NEED TO REORDER. You may of course call in and order more maps… but your first orders will be fulfilled.

Again, thank you for your terrific response… and please, once again, do not call, fax or write MSA for additional maps at this time. Wait until Wednesday, May 1st….. $6.95 / 9.95. Thanks! And many thanks to MSA for fielding zillions of requests for these maps!!! We owe you one MSA!

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WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT JUNO IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS … FOR FREE!
Remember the free email people that we mentioned a few issues ago??? Word on the street is that they’re ready for your orders. The deal is, you see an advertisement once and awhile, apparently, but all your email passes to the whole world for free… no monthly charge… no time charge.. no charge of any kind! ONLY FOR THE USA [sorry!] , send your mailing address to signupatjunodotcom for more info. Or check out their web site at http://www.juno.com/ You can also call 1-800-799-JUNO (tell them “Extension F” and when they ask for your “personal response code”, tell them this was a referral). They give you free personal software for email… and you’re in business! If you find this to be helpful, tell a friend who has been complaining about the monthly cost an email subscription would entail. Then suggest to your friend that he/she subscribe to Brigada! :-)

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“MORE THAN GOLD” FREE FOR THE ASKING
Thanks to Mark Snowden, Media & Sports Ministries Consultant with the Foreign Mission Board, SBC, for making “More Than Gold” available at no cost to Brigada readers!!! As the Olympics draw closer, you might want to sample these lessons, which are based on the first half of Daniel and interweave fitness information with biblical truths. There are teachers’ guides included with each lesson. These are meant to be photocopied. Great for a Sunday School session or home Bible study with an evangelistic emphasis. In case you hadn’t heard, More Than Gold is the theme being used by evangelicals at the Atlanta Games. To order, write Mark at 7568785atmcimaildotcom — but don’t expect personalized responses! [grin] :-) Mark’s kindness will be limited by the number of emails he receives!!! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ISRAEL
According to Messianic Jews in Israel, over a dozen previously Islamic villagers have converted to Christianity in the past few years. One of the new converts was kidnapped, bound and hidden in the bathroom of a Fatah-movement hideout in the city Nablus. After his escape he said, “I did not find it in the Koran. What I was looking for, I found in the Bible.” Local Christians report that 215 Arabs showed interest in following Christ during door-to-door evangelism.
(Source: Friday Fax, 15-96, (c) DAWN Europe, http://www.tecc.co.uk/jesusa/dawnindx.html).
Global Glimpses are compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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MISSION FRONTIERS ON-LINE CONTINUES TO GROW!!!
Have you noticed the crowd at MF-Online??? There are now 796 subscribers to brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers. To join, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with this one line of text in the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers

There are tons of resources available there. For example, if you would like an e-mail report on the progress of “Joshua Project 2000” and its goal to see church planting teams sent to 1,850 peoples most needing a church send a message to hubatxcdotorg and on the first line of the message write:
Get brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers MF96.03-04.16-JP2000

[you can probably copy that line to your “clipboard” then paste it in your email software???]

Thanks to Rick Wood and all the folks at the US Center for doing a great job on their Brigada conference Congratulations for the growth!

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GOT A HEART FOR YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS??? WANT TO GET ONE???
Lincoln Christian Seminary is offering two intensive courses for people interested in work among Muslims. “Evangelizing Sufis and Folk Muslims”..June 3-7, and “Church Planting in Muslim Contexts”..June 10-14. Both courses will be conducted at LCS’s Chicago Urban Mission Center. They are available for credit or audit…and at a bargain price for missionaries on furlough or appointees on their way to the field. Others are also welcome to enroll. Housing is available…rather spartan, but inexpensive…$5.00 per night. Meals can be obtained from anyone of dozens of ethnic shops in the area. This part of Chicago is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the USA. Muslims are throughout the area….a living lab. For more information contact: Dr. Robert C. Douglas at LCS, 100 Campus View Dr., Lincoln, IL., 62656 or email rcdouglaatprairienetdotorg. Dr. Douglas was head of Zwemer Institute for some 8 years following tons of years living in the Middle East in service to the King.

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JUST LUCK!
[I shared the following appeared this week in Team Expansion’s HeartBeat Online; it’s dedicated to the workers in the fields!] “It was just luck!” How many times have you said that!?? I know I have. I said it Wednesday night. In our attempts to not appear overly confident, we sometimes pass off that phrase flippantly, hoping that the hearers will appreciate the real root… that we don’t want to brag … and that we’re not in it for the glory.

But the truth is…. sometimes it’s not “just luck”. I’m reminded of Steve Martin’s movie, Parenthood. Remember the part in which Martin’s character, a father of a young boy of 9 or 10, describes to his wife the great catch their son had made (playing little league baseball that evening). She replies, “Well what do you expect!?!! You must have hit 12 million pop flies to him over the past 5 years out in the back yard!”

Wednesday night it occurred to me that it’s not luck at all if we happen to catch a pop fly… or blast a soccer ball into the far post corner of the goal… IF we’ve just invested zillions of practice attempts the week or two before, trying to prepare for the one special time when we’ll have the opportunity for a catch… or a full-volley airball kick.

Likewise, for those laboring on-site in some cross-cultural setting, is it “just luck” when someone finally accepts Christ, or attends church??? Never. First there are the years of preparation in Bible college and ministry. Then there’s the language learning that got you there. Then there’s the countless hours of relationship building, door-to-door calling, teaching, strategizing, presenting, praying, painting (getting a building ready for services maybe???), shopping (for supplies for a retreat maybe???), … the list goes on and on. We rehearse our presentation, we practice our sermon, we investigate the scriptures. When it all comes down to it… when that cell group leader finally succeeds in launching a new home group, is it just luck??? Nope. Is it any wonder? You’ve got the Spirit of God on your side plus years of “pop flies” in the back yard.

My conclusion? The practice time pays off. If you’re rehearsing the language, if you’re studying the culture, if you’re working on the sermon, … etc., etc., etc…. the practice time pays off.

Wednesday night I shot my first full volley into the far post of the soccer net during a game situation on a field full of other adult men and women, many of which (about half, in fact :-)) were trying to stop me. Was it just luck? Nope. Was it skill that I naturally possess??? Not a chance. (Believe me on that one!!! Not a chance!!!) A few weeks ago, my nine-year-old and I stood alone on a windy soccer field tossing each other “serves” for hours just to practice this one kick… so we could full volley a ball directly out of the air into the far post … without hesitation, without fear, without missing.

Just luck last night??? Not a chance.
Wizardry??? Not hardly.
Practice? Yes.
More needed? You bet..
Happy? Ecstatic! :-)

So keep up the practice on-site workers… on the language, the culture, the Bible, the sermons, the supplies, everything… Keep it up. We’re cheering for you from the sidelines!!! And in fact, we’re on the field with you in support!!!!! God bless your week!
Doug

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Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
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19960421 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

* MAP ORDERS APPROACH HALFWAY MARK! — ONE WEEK REMAINS TO REACH QUANTITY
* MISSIONS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE CHURCH!
* “WHERE DO WE LIST OUR ADOPTION INTENTIONS?”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* GOOD TIMES “VIRUS” RESPONSE
* GOT IDEAS FOR CHILDREN’S MISSIONS SERMON SPOTS??
* NEPAL [STILL] BREAKS FORTH IN SONG…
* MORE MISSIONS NEWS!
* LOOKING FOR FUND-RAISING HELP?
* NEW WEB SITE FOR THE LAST FRONTIERS
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MAP ORDERS APPROACH HALFWAY MARK!
ONE WEEK REMAINS TO REACH QUANTITY
If you were ever thinking about ordering a copy of the new “people group” map, now would be a great time! The publisher has extended the deadline to MSA for an additional 7 days but the close-out for our group order stands firm at one week from today, Apr. 29. As of last Thursday, Brigada readers had already ordered 401 copies of the 24×36″ map ($14.95) and 152 orders for the larger 36×64″ version ($29.95)! That’s a tremendous response!!! Thanks for your concern for least evangelized peoples. However, you’ll recall that if we reach quantities of 1000 and 500 respectively, prices drop for everyone to $10 and $25 respectively. MSA has agreed to enclose the invoice for the map inside the mailing tube — no prepayment required. They also have specified ‘no credit cards’ on this order, thus passing along the resulting cost savings (from not having to pay the credit card surcharges) to Brigada participants. Orders from outside the US must be paid with International money order or check on American bank (with routing numbers on the check) — but remember, you won’t have to mess with that until billed. Current pricing is $14.95 & $29.95 each, including the postage and handling to any U.S. address. Foreign postage could be considerable more. Remember that both are printed on glossy 80# paper. Nice.

What can you do with these maps? The 3’x5’+ size would look great in your church foyer or as the centerpiece for a missions bulletin board. The 24×36 version could even serve as a place mat/keepsake for your next missions committee retreat/luncheon. And how ’bout bulletin boards at your college or Christian school, or in your classroom if you’re a home schooler. You could buy a small quantity to keep on hand as thank you gifts for larger donors…. or give them as unique Christmas gifts in December! Believe me, people are going to like these colorful and informative maps. I lifted up my copy of the pre-published draft version at a workshop this past weekend and several church leaders came up afterward and insisted that they needed the draft version immediately! They wanted to take it home with them from the workshop!!!

Remember that I’m going to order mine like everyone else… and MSA will bill me like everyone else. There’s no free lunch for me — but I figured out this morning that if we stood side by side on this and ordered together, we’d be saving, as a group, some $7500 while getting the message out about the least evangelized to all the more people! If you’re interested, contact MSA today at 102774dot1772atcompuservedotcom or call toll-free in the USA at 800-655-8524 (fax 423-577-9743).

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MISSIONS IS ALIVE AND WELL IN THE CHURCH!
We’ve just finished a weekend with local churches in Dayton, Ohio, where 120 church leaders representing some 36 congregations in 17 states came together to celebrate what God’s doing around the world and covenant together to finish the task — in conjunction with the Envision ’96 emphasis for Nov. 1-3 in Lexington, KY. Though the weekend was exhausting for me personally, it was invigorating for me spiritually! First, I saw tremendous cooperation. A dozen trained facilitators worked together to help these church leaders pray strategically and plan intentionally to plant churches among groups mostly taken from the Joshua Project list of least evangelized peoples. These facilitators came from various parts of the world and from several different mission agency backgrounds, yet they worked together as one, often supporting the needs of the other organization more than their own! And there was no competition among the churches, either. (like lighthouses???) Refreshing! George Miley, of Antioch Network, did a tremendous job speaking from the missions side of things, and Steve Wyatt, Sr. Minister at Cullen Av. Chr. Ch. in Evansville, KY, was super in his lessons from Elijah during worship.

Also, we saw tremendous initiative on the part of the churches themselves! Many arrived late Thursday night, but even after a long day of training on Friday, they spent most of Saturday in intensive face to face planning meetings, writing down mission statements, goals, and dreams. In the reporting session later, we heard individual, proactive and specific plans to reach tons of cities in the Middle East, plus others in Asia, N. Africa, and the rest of the world. Wow! The church is alive and well… and church leaders seem to mean business!!! For more information on Envision ’96, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the body of the message text:
subscribe brigada-projects-envision96

or check out the web site at: http://www.xc.org/brigada/e96 or call Walter Birney at the Envision ’96 office, 1-800-972-1137 or fax 316-668-5220 or email wbirney11ataoldotcom Registration for the Nov. 1-3 event in Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY, has been placed at the unheard of cost of $6!!! Only 56 exhibit spaces (out of 275) remain. If you’d like attend, set up a booth, or just find out more info, call or write today. And pray for Envision ’96!

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“WHERE DO WE LIST OUR ADOPTION INTENTIONS?”
During the extended discussions in the pgc-* development groups, one might ask, “Where do we list our intentions to take responsibility for planting a church among some least evangelized people group?” As of now, the best bet is to advise brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg and copy the note to danatad2000dotorg at the AD2000 & Beyond Office. Dan will list your contact email address in the Joshua Project list of least reached peoples. As a result, make sure you provide a “safe” (non-sensitive) contact address that can receive inquiries about reaching your group!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
The question to evacuate or remain in war-torn Liberia has been difficult for Christian workers there. Most of the roughly 200 Christian workers were based in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, where the fighting has also been most intense. Many testify of God’s miraculous deliverance, even amid live fire. One mission director and his family were assaulted 10+ times by rebels armed with AK-47s in their home. His teenage daughters were also threatened. The helicopter which carried them to safety was fired on several times as it lifted off. Nevertheless, some Christian workers resolved to stay, no matter how bad the situation gets: “Liberians still need the Lord.”
(Source: icmc-news-exchangeatxcdotorg, MissionNetaticlnetdotnet, various reports from 4/1 – 4/15/96, including from World Relief.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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GOOD TIMES “VIRUS” RESPONSE
If you see the Good Times “virus” hoax fire up again, tell the sender to check out the new file on our server. There has never been such a virus. It’s a joke. For verified explanations, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text:
get brigada good-times-hoax

Also mentioned are “thought viruses” such as Shergold cancer post cards, Neiman Marcus cookie recipes, and other chain letters. Thanks to George Peavey for the helpful archive!!!

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GOT IDEAS FOR CHILDREN’S MISSIONS SERMON SPOTS??
Roger Hederstedt 76002.3662.COMPUSERVE.COM wants to know!

“As a missionary heading back for home assignment, I’m looking for resources with creative ideas for presenting missions specifically during the ‘children’s sermon’ slot that many churches have as part of their regular worship services. Missionaries often get a 5-7 minute quickie interview or talk during a service to say everything that’s on their heart–a major challenge! What I’d like to do is volunteer to take the children’s sermon slot (churches will yield that pulpit much more readily than the “adult” pulpit) and present the missions challenge through a creative object-lesson talk. (It’s sneaky, of course, but I know that most adults get more out of a good, easily comprehensible children’s sermon than they do out of the more abstract adult sermon!) Please suggest resources even if they’re not specifically missions-oriented. If they’ve got creative presentation ideas/object lessons, etc., I can re-work the content while using the creative communication vehicle to get the Great Commission message across.”

Roger, you just might be on to something! Gang, email Roger direct at the address above — and Roger, when you’re done collecting info., please knit together the entire lot of comments you receive and forward them back to us for posting as a file that we can announce here in Brigada Today! Thanks!

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NEPAL [STILL] BREAKS FORTH IN SONG…
…is a 30 minute video which tells the story of the Nepali Church from 1950 to the present time – an unreached nation 4 decades ago! It is told by Nepali Christians who relate some of their experiences through 40 years of persecution and what the democratic freedoms of 1990 have meant for the Church. It is a unique story of a Church which grew parallel to foreign missionary presence in Nepal. The Christian Arts Association, Nepal (CAAN) sponsored this production with funds from TEAR Fund (UK), the Danish Santal Mission, the Norwegian Himal Asia Mission, and the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission. The producer is Richard Friedericks (Essential Productions), a third generation Presbyterian missionary with twenty-five years experience in India and Nepal. Copies of “NEPAL BREAKS FORTH IN SONG” are available at $20.00 (NTSC) and $25.00 (PAL) each plus shipping and handling ($4.00 in USA & Canada and $7.00 overseas). A study guide, with complete transcript, comes with the video. CONTACT: Richard Friedericks, richardfatolympusdotnet

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MORE MISSIONS NEWS!
If you’re hungry for all the more missions information, subscribe to the “Friday Fax”, by writing to FF-listservatmacims1dotntbdotch, with no subject. Include only one line of text:
subscribe Fridayfax Firstname Fam.name

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LOOKING FOR FUND-RAISING HELP?
Try joining the kgap-fundraising conference! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with the following line being the only line of message text:
subscribe kgap-fundraising

The conference hopes to share

1. ideas for fundraising (e.g. yard sales, etc.), along with case studies
2. questions & answers on how to go about fundraising
3. “soft” advertisements for fundraising services

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NEW WEB SITE FOR THE LAST FRONTIERS
Check out: http://www.frontiers.org for Frontiers’ homepage on the WorldWide Web. Says developer Jim Spelman, This “visually interesting site is optimized for Netscape Navigator but will run on a large number of browsers. Our web site will help you and others better understand FRONTIERS. Please be one of the first to critique, counsel, and partner with us. Help us create a site that God can use to touch a new generation of missionaries for the world’s one billion Muslims!”

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorgwith only the following message:
subscribe brigada

TO UNSUBSCRIBE send email to hubatxcdotorgwith this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
Web Wizard: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, Mayhewatxcdotorg
Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention! But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

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