19990829 Brigada Today

Now with 9337 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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THE MOST PROLIFIC IN POINTS OF PRESENCE

The word on the street is that IBM has the most points of presence around the world, in the most countries… http://www.ibm.net. . . check it out. Let us know if you hear otherwise.
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AMAZON.COM OPENS CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE

books It was only a matter of time. With an inventory as large as the planet Mars itself, we knew it wouldn’t be long. So now they’ve done it. Amazon.com has opened a Christian site to feature Christian books, Bibles, music, videos, electronic cards, and toys and games. The Store will help shoppers find and discover tens of thousands of Christian products, all in a searchable and easy-to-navigate dedicated Christian environment. You’ll find the latest from folks like Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Jars of Clay, dc Talk, and many others. There are tons of videos, toys, and just about every book in the world! You can go there directly by seaming together this URL. Note that it’ll be on two lines, so you’ll have to cut and paste it together in your browser’s URL address box: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?tag=teamexpansiononl&path=ts/browse-books/12290

Truth in advertising disclaimer: If you decide to buy anything at the above store, it won’t cost you a penny more, but Brigada will receive a small thank-you gift from Amazon.com. I guess it’s a way to support Brigada without actually having to pay any subscription costs. Check it out!

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YOU CAN STILL GET THE GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST

The electronic “online” version of the Global Prayer Digest premiered just one month after Brigada Today (i.e., around Feb. 15, 1995). You can still get it today! Just send a note to brigada-pubs-globalprayerdiges-subscribeatXCdotOrg  (brigada-pubs-globalprayerdiges-subscribeatXCdotOrg)  . Remember there’s no “t” in digest!
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KAIROS MOMENT: ISFM ’99

Are you ready for 2000? Get prepared by attending ISFM: “Issues for the Future of Frontier Missions in the New Millennium,” this Sept. 18-20 in Virginia Beach, VA. Join in for dynamic discussion, prayer and presentations by Dr. Ralph Winter, Boyd Morris, Dr. Rick Love, Dr. Nancy Huff, Carol Davis, Dr. Bob Blinco, Dr. Thom Wolf and Joe Souzzo. Contact Amy AimBarstadataoldotcom  (AimBarstadataoldotcom)   for info.
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NEW TOOL FOR PRESENTING THE GOSPEL: EVANGE-CUBE

Global Missions Fellowship, has developed a new tool to help people share the gospel in every country of the world. Evange-Cube is a rubix-cube like object in size. The cube is designed to unfold 8 times, each fold revealing a new picture. With each picture the facts of the gospel are revealed. The cube is very simple to use and creates its own opportunities to share the gospel. Because it is ‘visual’ and so unique, it attracts incredible attention. The cube comes with an ‘instruction page’ which guides you through a dialogue and key Scriptures to use ‘as you unfold the answer to life’s greatest puzzle’. The Evange-Cube can be viewed at http://www.evangecube.org. Global Missions Fellowship can be contacted at 1-800-5-I-CAN-GO in the USA or 972-783-7476, or at nathandotsheetsatgmfdotorg  (nathandotsheetsatgmfdotorg)  . Cubes are $5.95 plus shipping and handling. Churches, mission agencies, youth groups, children’s ministries, Bible schools, outreach groups, etc. can make effective use of this easy to use evangelism tool. Don’t miss this cutting-edge unique tool for personal evangelism. It looks pretty cool, I’ll have to admit!
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MISSION FRONTIERS WEBSITE REACHES FOR NEW HEIGHTS

WebWatch Can it be? Is it possible? Yes, it’s true! Mission Frontiers Magazine has soared into a whole new dimension with the latest addition to their web site called “MF News Central” They’ve put together a huge collection of Mission and Christian news, US & World News as well as research links for studying unreached peoples. You can check it out at http://www.missionfrontiers.org/. If you are preparing for a prayer journey in October be sure to check out the global weather reports, travel advisories, prayer resources and people profiles and more. They are continually working to improve this wonderful collection so feel free to pass on your suggestions for the best news and research sites to Rick at rickwmfataoldotcom  (rickwmfataoldotcom)  .
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DYING TO LIVE: THE 21ST CENTURY CHURCH

book There’s a new book out there, Dying to Live, that, according to some, paints a very accurate picture of the driving forces and opportunities for mission in the 21st century. Future technologies will open a world never reached before. Spiritual leaders everywhere are moving fast to fill the vacuum. Read the reviews of this important book by Thomas Hohstadt at Amazon.com, or click on the link below to go immediately to the book’s web page. Obtain additional information through Hohstadtatcaprokdotnet  (Hohstadtatcaprokdotnet)  . Note that the URL below will probably be “wrapped” on your email screen. You’ll have to cut and paste it in two halves and reconstruct it in the URL box of your browser: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0967294401/o/qid=935075065/sr=8-1/002-6794464-2867069
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“YAFVS” (YET ANOTHER FREE VOICEMAIL SITE)

[Ho-hum.] Well, there’s [yawn] yawning face yet another site giving away free voicemail. [sigh] :-) I’m joshing of course. It’s great that sites like uReach (mentioned last week) are offering toll-free voicemail. It makes onebox (see them on the web at http://www.onebox.com ) look cheap! But I guess if you happen to live in one of the few places where onebox has a local access number, then the onebox approach is sound, because all your friends would have a local number to call to leave you messages — and there’s no half-hour per month limit to your voicemails. So, it’s one to keep tabs on. Keep watching . . . and if you live in California, it’s worth checking out today. They’ve got lots of locations there.
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TRAINING FOR TENTMAKERS

Global Opportunities in Pasadena, CA will be conducting “Light to the Nations” — a 4 and a half-day training class for tentmakers on October 13-17, 1999. The course is designed both for those who are planning on going as tentmakers and for those who are considering tentmaking. It will enable you to understand tentmaking and help equip you to be an effective tentmaker. The course will be built around plenary teaching, discussion, tentmaker stories, small group interaction, intensive Bible study, and prayer. Subjects will include Workplace Evangelism in hostile countries, Leading Evangelistic Bible Studies, Church Planting, The International Job Market, Team Relationships, and more. The cost is only $100 for singles and $150 for couples. (After Sept 24, add $15). Housing and meals are available on the campus of the U.S. Center for World Missions at a special group rate price. For more info. or a registration form write globaloppsatcompuservedotcom  (globaloppsatcompuservedotcom)  , or browse http://www.globalopps.org or call +1(626)398-2393.
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INDIGENOUS MUSIC AND THE ARTS, READY TO DOWNLOAD

musical notes Are you interested in how to foster indigenous music and the arts in your host culture? Check out Grace’s article by sending a message to: indigenousmusicatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (indigenousmusicatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   The article will be sent to your inbox automatically. . . about two pages worth. She’s writing on behalf of the Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus. You’re amazing, Grace!
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SO HOW DO WE DO QUAKE COUNSELING?

On Wednesday, I’ll be attending a planning meeting on how to respond to the needs of earthquake victims in Turkey. What do we do? Long term expatriate residents ministering in the Turkey quake zone see king-sized opportunities. Fear of dying in a quake is a pervasive mood among Turks. Some say God is opening a door for believers to bring to Turks truly good news in the form of how to cope with fear. Help is needed on two strategic rapid responses.
First, some are wanting to find or create an illustrated booklet to translate and hand out to kids and adults who have been living in fear for weeks. It would study the nature of fear, how to cope, maybe with some Scripture and some Christian perspective, but not overtly evangelistic. So… has anyone done something like this? Are there any illustrators and counselors that can quickly produce it? Perhaps there’s a secular book that could be revised?
Second, can field workers hook up with a Christian counselor experienced in teaching people to cope with fear? Better yet, on equipper who can teach others to teach people to cope.
Obviously, the need is current — we must move quickly. Booklets or other coping resource could be well received by huge numbers, but obviously, the window of opportunity is limited. If you have ideas, contact Bernie the-fellowshipatinamedotcom  (the-fellowshipatinamedotcom)  , and please, if you don’t mind, copy Tim at TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg  (TParkeratTeamExpansiondotorg)  . Bernie will prepare a compiled report on options for us to post here. Thanks Bernie!
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THANKS FROM A RESEARCHER ON AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONS

A researcher who has received responses from over 100 African American cross cultural missionaries as to the reasons for so few African Americans in cross cultural missions thanks Brigada readers who helped him back in late 1996, and has made available a summary of his dissertation research to Brigada readers at: http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org/private.htm (He is still planning to publish the information, which is why it is “private.”) For those without Web access, write to Jim at jimsatveidotnet  (jimsatveidotnet)   for an email copy of the research summary, without charts. Other papers regarding African American missions are available via Word 97 email attachments (only). He can be reached at (423)822-1091 in the USA. He requests help for ongoing research at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org/research. For those wanting a copy of the entire dissertation, go to http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/main and enter # 9826892 for ordering information and/or to download the first 25 pages for free. Mission organizations specifically seeking African Americans for cross- cultural ministry are invited to be listed and linked to at his website by giving information at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org/missionslist.htm Thanks, Jim, for remembering us here at Brigada!
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WHAT’S NEXT AFTER AD2000

ad2ksm So, have you wondered what will become of AD2000 & Beyond after Ad2000? :-) So have a lot of other people. Well Brigada Today has recently learned about an executive pow-wow in Copper Canyon, Texas to discuss exactly that. There, representatives from several groups gathered to pray and brainstorm. There were folks from the AD2000 and Beyond Movement, the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, and even the World Evangelical Fellowship. The outcome? An international committee and a Facilitation Group poised to come up with a developmental plan over the coming months. Let’s pray that God will guide them as they try to scope out “next steps” after AD2000. We’re glad they’re thinking those through!
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not symbolPLEASE DON’T SUBSCRIBE US TO YOUR LIST — It’s always better to ask before manually force-adding anyone to your list-serve or mailing list. Recently, tons of well-meaning people have been subscribing Doug to their lists. Since he often travels overseas, he doesn’t join many of those, for obvious reasons (like being charged big-time for overseas access). So as a general rule, please don’t bulk-mail us! See the note above if you’d like to submit items for Brigada Today. Thanks for understanding. Bottom line: We will never create Brigada Today items from bulk mail. Bulk mail gets deleted immediately — sorry. Nothing personal. We suggest you apply the same standard to everyone. Ask first!

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

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

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

19990822 Brigada Today

Now with 9305 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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SCOREBOARD ON REACHING THE LEAST REACHED

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan Scribner, of AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office just sent us a summary of how the Joshua Project 2000 campaign is going. As you might recall, it was announced in November/December, 1995. Remember too that the criteria for being on the list are that the population be greater than 10,000 in a given country, and that the people group should be ethno-linguistically distinct, less than two (2) percent Evangelical and less than five (5) percent Christian adherents. According to Dan, eighteen months ago the Joshua Project 2000 list included 1510 active groups. Today the list has 1596 groups. In the last 18 months, 253 groups have been added to the active list because they fit the above criteria. During the same period, 167 groups were removed from the active list because either new data showed the group was incorrectly on the list to begin with or because progress of the Gospel moved the group above the criteria.
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3700 CHANGES TO THE JP2000 LIST IN 18 MONTHS!

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan went on to add that, during the last 18 months, over 3,700 changes or edits have been made to the Joshua Project list. This includes changes such as updates to people name, population figures, percent Evangelical and Adherents, Bible translation status, etc. During this same period nearly 15,000 new pieces of ministry-related information have been reported to AD2000 & Beyond bringing the total number of records of work-among related data to well over 40,000. Three milestones are tracked for each people group on the active Joshua Project 2000 list:

  1. Targeted – is there a specific commitment to begin church planting among this group by Dec 31, 2000?
  2. Church Planting team – is there an on-site church planting team among this people?
  3. Fellowship of 100 – is there a fellowship of at least 100 indigenous believers among this people?

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COMPARING THE JP2000 LIST TO 18 MONTHS AGO

Joshua Project 2000 logo One of the most significant advancements in the Joshua Project 2000 list can be seen when comparing the percentages for these three milestones from 18 months ago with today.

18 Months Ago Today
Reported Fellowship of 100 4% 30%
On-site Church Planting Team 43% 65%
Targeted for future Church Planting 77% 88%

According to the data reported to AD2000, today only 12 percent of the Joshua Project 2000 list remain untargeted. If you’d like a copy of the list of 194 untargeted groups on the Joshua Project list, send a message to untargetedatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (untargetedatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . A copy will be sent to you automatically.

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SO IS YOUR GRAD DEGREE HELPFUL?

graduation capThat’s what Phillip HuberPhilataoldotcom  (HuberPhilataoldotcom)   would like to know. He’s Managing Editor of World Christian and Tomorrow’s Christian Graduate magazines and, for the latter, he’s putting together an issue on the importance of grad school for tomorrow’s missionaries. If you’ve got a graduate degree and would like to comment, you can either

  1. write to Brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   then send your comment to Brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (Brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   or alternatively, just
  2. write your response directly to Phillip at the address above.

If he had his wish come true, he’d hear your name, mission, type of work, country (if not sensitive), grad school/seminary attended, program, why you chose the program, why graduate-level education is important and how your education has helped your ministry. Who knows — you might be quoted in one of his magazines! :-)

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INT’L CALLING PLAN COULD PAY YOUR WAY TO LONDON

telephone This just in from a guy who says he’s going to sponsor Brigada in the very near future. Remember the guy who offers the luxury Bed and Breakfast on his Colorado ranch practically free to missionaries (and which still has openings in Fall and Winter, by the way)? Well an unusual opportunity has spun out of his successful creative-access “Kingdom Business” platform. Now, for missionaries and/or others traveling through international airports and other tourist areas, particularly Europe, Taylored Communications, Int’l, will provide, at no cost, a means to strategically place international calling info as you travel. A “casual” minor effort creates a calling opportunity for others and medium term residual income off calls generated. The “Beta Test Missionary” paid for his trip to London for 15 minutes effort. Calls came in for three months. If you’re not a missionary, the company will be happy to send the income to Brigada or some other missions project. For more information, write garyatoperatorservicesdotcom  (garyatoperatorservicesdotcom)  .
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WEBWATCH: TAKE AIM ON AIMS

WebWatch Accelerating International Mission Strategies (AIMS) recently launched an updated website which outlines the details and results of last year’s ministry reorganization. The site features information about AIMS’ people group adoption program, as well as its alliances, seminars and products. It also features information about the newly organized Alliance For Missions Advancement (AFMA) and other ministry outreaches. The site can be accessed at http://www.aims.org.
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NEED A BATTERY? CHECK THIS LIST OF SITES

Thanks to Dennis who referred us to TidBITS, a newsletter which featured a recent article by Adam Engst that contained 3 great sources for replacement rechargeable batteries for your gizmos and gadgets:
http://www.batterybarn.com/
http://www.mjmelectronic.com/
http://westcobattery.com/
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CAN’T BEAT THIS PRICE ON THESE OUTLINERS/WORD PROCESSORS

pencil writing on paper How does free sound? Symantec has apparently released its “MORE 3.1” outliner, David Dunham has freed Acta (another popular outliner), Nisus has released its flagship Nisus Writer word processor, and even Corel has gotten into the act by releasing WordPerfect 3.5. Note that these might be only the MAC versions, but hey… those folks need software too. :-) Check it out.

http://www.outliners.com/more31.html
http://a-sharp.com/acta/
http://www.nisus-soft.com/news/pr/980925.asp
http://www.corel.com/products/macintosh/wpmac35/pack_freedownload.htm

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UNIQUE CHRISTIAN GIFT SERVICE

Is it frustrating being away from family and friends, especially when they are going through a difficult time? Check out Plant’N Prayers, a unique Christian gift service that can help American missionaries and other Christians working abroad. Missionaries receive a special discount off the already pleasing prices. Inquiries and orders can be placed through e-mail orderatplantnprayersdotcom  (orderatplantnprayersdotcom)   or through the website located at http://www.plantnprayers.com.

bow tied to finger(Remember that although Brigada recommends that you never send your credit card through unencrypted email, secure web servers are just fine.) They ship to other countries, but note that all the scripture prayers are in English.

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ANOTHER OPTION FOR THOSE WANTING INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIONS

MAF logo Brigada participant Brian kicked in one last for international email travelers: that MAF can set you up with an email-only account that you can access from virtually any country in the world without having to dial internationally. It uses the EQUANT network (the one the travel agencies and Airline companies use). So just about any country with an international airline will have a local number (at least in the capitol city). From interior it will probably take a Long Distance call to the capitol, but from there it is a flat rate of (last time I checked) $0.75 per minute (not that expensive when you consider the alternative of dialing internationally!) Again, as Brian reminded, this is for email only, but really, most of the time, that’s the most significant need when traveling anyway. For more information, contact HelpDeskatmafdotorg  (HelpDeskatmafdotorg)  . Great tip, Brian! Thanks!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE: PYRAMID MARKETING

world globe… in a manner of speaking, anyway. You see, Egypt appears around 700 times in the Bible. Today, the Bible is appearing with increasing frequency in Egypt,” writes the German Bible League, which distributes Bibles in Egypt, among other places, and trains local Christians. “In Egypt, it is illegal for more than 5 people to meet in a house, but over the last year, 36,000 people met in 1,267 Bible groups. In 1998 alone, 71 house churches were started by local Christians working with the Bible League.
(Source: German Bible League, fax (+49)-791-857035 e-mail BibelLigadotDatt-onlinedotde  (BibelLigadotDatt-onlinedotde)   via DAWN Friday Fax 8/27/98 http://www.cmd.org.nz/ffaxnu.html )
(Global Glimpse is compiled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)
(DISCLAIMER: By the way, the dumb joke about “pyramid marketing” wasn’t John’s idea.)
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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

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

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

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

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

19990815 Brigada Today

Now with 9280 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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CATCH THE WAVE AT THE LINKS PAGE

Brigada Logo Hey – You’ve got to stop by the “links” page at http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/Links ! Get a load of the way the folders have helped organize the pages. We’ve begun to organize pointers for Education, Missions, News, Shopping, and Travel… with more categories and sub-categories on the way. Little by little, we’re trying to transfer all the links from the “root listing” into the hierarchical format. It’s going to take a while!!! Want to help? Check out the setup, then jump in and help us reorganize! We could use a hand! Also, please help us add sites that would be useful for the whole Brigada family!
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THIS YOU GOTTA’ SEE! – UREACH.COM

WebWatch I’m thinking that Jon just might get the “Find of the Year” award!!! This Ureach.com stuff is GREAT! He referred us to http://www.ureach.com and … trust me… this is one site you’ll want to visit! If you’re overseas without a web connection, you might want your forwarding agent or friend to set you up. Here’s the way it works. UReach.com gives you your own personal 800 number, then proceeds to set up access to your own personal email address (yournameatureachdotcom), voicemail (toll-free in the USA), faxes (also toll-free), address book, and calendar from the phone or web. Jon even found an MSNBC.com review so you’d know it’s legitimate… at http://www.msnbc.com/news/269291.asp. And guess what else: You can set it up so it automatically forwards faxes, for instance. So here’s the way you could work it. Get eFax (at www.efax.com) and set up eFax on your computer. Then get uReach and set up faxing to forward all faxes to your eFax number. Now you have a fax number (that’s toll-free to anyone in the USA) which automatically forwards your faxes to eFax which then automatically converts them to compressed graphics and emails them to your email inbox wherever you are in the world! You click on the attached file and the eFax viewer lets you see them and print them and… shazam! You’ve got free faxing . . . all in exchange for glancing at a few ads! :-) What’s more, you can then forward the fax (via uReach) to other fax numbers if someone else needs to see it! All for free! And think about the voicemail possibilities! Say you’ve got web access, but you’re in the Balkans or wherever. Your Mom can call a toll-free voicemail number (as long as she doesn’t talk over 30 minutes per month! :-) ), leave you a message, which you will then listen to over the uReach web site for pennies per minute… or less. No more of this $1/minute+ calling and getting an answering machine stuff, just to leave a message. I love it!!! So — Jon — thanks for being on the prowl!
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YOU’VE GOT MAIL: ELETTER !

letter and ligntening bolt Here’s another great deal! (Two in one issue! Can you believe it??? :-) ) Every-once-in-awhile we get an inquiring Brigada participant who wants to know if there’s any affordable way to send an email from overseas that gets mailed as a letter in the USA. We’ve talked about some possible solutions. Over the years, we’ve looked at a couple of solutions, including CompuServe’s service (which was like . . . $1/page or whatever). Well now there’s eLetter! Just visit www.eletter.com and check it out. You upload the file via your browser, specify the address(es), and bingo — your letter is sent automatically! What’s more, you can upload a mailing list and have eLetter send out your monthly or quarterly report! There’s a small fee… about 25 cents per letter plus normal postage fees. But it’s very reasonable, considering they’re providing paper, envelope, printing costs, folding, stuffing, and postage/handling. They let you try a free sample (to mail a letter to yourself). Check it out! You’ll love it!
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WE GET SUPPORT FROM…

Brigada Logo This week, we got support from Richard at RMJ Services, Inc, tel. 734-941-8120, fax 734-941-8127, email rmjservicesatjunodotcom  (rmjservicesatjunodotcom)  . RMJ handles trucking and ocean freight to send missionary goods, Bibles, literature, and relief goods wherever you want it to go. RMJ can ship from ports like Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Seattle and even LA. PLUS, you’ll get full risk insurance from Lloyds of London and fully licensed customs clearance. If you need airfreight, ocean carriage, or trucking, please try RMJ and don’t forget to thank them for their support of Brigada!
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HERE’S A GREAT DEAL FOR INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

Okay… so let’s say you’re tired of getting busy signals or slow throughput from your current Internet Service Provider. If you live in the USA, here’s an offer you’ll like! Call Mindspring at 1-888-MSPRING anytime between now and September 30, 1999 and sign-up for a new MindSpring account. They’ve got great customer support, fast throughput, and points of presence (POPs) all over the USA in just about every city imaginable — plus cheap toll-free access for rural areas too! And they’re hooked up with a service that lets you do “global roaming” called GRIC so… just about wherever you go in the world, Netcom is there! To get this special deal you need to say “I’d be happier using MindSpring” to the sales representative. Get this! They’ll credit your account with $60 — $10 credit per month for the first 6 months! That means for six months, you’ll get unlimited Internet connectivity for $10/month!!! Yahooo! Yahoo Even if you drop out at the end of the 6th month, you’ll still have gotten the very best deal in town! Mindspring has one of the top rankings for log-on rates and they’re very dependable now that they’ve converted their entire system to new software. Besides… for $10/month, how can you lose! That’s the same price you have to pay CompuServe for just 3 hours per month!
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CORRECTION ON ENGEL SCALE

lighting the way Last week’s item 7 on the Engel Scale should have been this URL instead of the one given: http://www.revivalnet.net/churches/lwcf/evang.htm

Sorry… but the version with the typo was the one provided to us! This URL is correct though. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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CAMBODIAN CONFERENCE YIELDS MEDIA PROMISE!

The Media Potentials in Cambodia Consultation was held in Phnom Penh Aug 5-6th. 18 representatives of mission organizations working in Cambodia attended. Very important was the molding of a long-term cooperation effort on the part of two main evangelical denominations in regional media production. The schedule calls for immediate production of original Khmer songs and karaoke music videos for video compact disk (VCD) distribution. VCDs reflect a leap in technology over VHS cassette as a medium for entertainment and education in war-torn Cambodia. Plans are to establish an automatic dialogue replacement studio (ADR) by the end of 1999. For more information, contact the project consultant, Dan, at Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom  (Mediaprofatbigfootdotcom)  .
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CHILDREN OF WAR – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

praying hands The Children of War – International Day of Prayer is a movement of God’s people on the behalf of the millions of children throughout the world who face the everyday terror of armed conflicts. Prayer warriors throughout the world will intercede through fasting and prayer, calling upon God to one way or other rescue these children from the depths of despair. The date set for the Symphony of Prayer is Saturday, November 20th, 1999. For further information contact Raymond (CEO of “Mission Twenty Eight Nineteen”) at Eaglesoratgtedotnet  (Eaglesoratgtedotnet)   or browse http://www.geocities.com/Augusta/Fairway/6458/index.html
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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

19990808 Brigada Today

Now with 9259 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today . (Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY)
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UNREACHED PEOPLES RESEARCH UPDATE

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan Scribner from AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office in Colorado just sent another update on people groups listed in the Joshua Project 2000 database. Dan reported that there are now 1596 people groups on the active JP list, with 1118 having no Church of 100 reported. In fact, 550 peoples have no reported on-site Church Planting team. But the good part is that only 194 remain as “untargeted or “unclaimed.” So the good news is that there have literally been thousands of linkages formed in the short time that the Joshua Project 2000 list has been around. Many of those linkages were no doubt already in process prior to 1995 (when the JP2000 list was first presented by AD2000), but there were few ways to learn about them. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement concept has promoted the concept of synergy, i.e., getting the body to work together on the remaining task. So how do you spell success? If you truly want a “church for every people” by the end of the year 2000, then we would need to see new churches of 100 or more worshipping believers among those last 1118 people groups. If, on the other hand, one defines success as that a church-planting team is laboring among the group, only 550 more teams are needed. And finally, if one were to hold that success is equal to gaining a commitment from some agency or church that there is an intention to eventually place a church-planting team among a particular group, only 194 groups remain. Take your pick. Many have concluded that the latter goal is within our sphere of influence — it’s something we can change. The “team on-site” goal is a bit tougher, because it requires tons of trained personnel, but it’s still within our reach. The “100 worshipping believers” thing is largely up to God himself. Unfortunately, we can’t effect that kind of change without the cooperation of the Spirit, tons of willing listeners, and lots of unique opportunities. Only God can move in that way… and fortunately, among many people groups around the globe, that’s exactly what He seems to be doing!
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THE ANTIOCH NETWORK ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES

This year’s Antioch Gathering focuses on nuts-and-bolts “how to” steps for churches to meaningfully engage an unreached people group. Speakers include George Miley, President of Antioch Network, Larry Stockstill, Senior Pastor of Bethany World Prayer Center, Les Beauchamp, Senior Pastor of Trinity Church, and Fred Markert of YWAM. A wide array of workshops support the plenary sessions. The Gathering will be held at the beautiful Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, AZ, (Phoenix area) August 25-28. It’s not too late to decide to attend. Telephone 602-589-7777 or write gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg  (gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg)  . Or register online at their website at http://www.antiochnetwork.org. Registration is $150/person. Resort accommodation $79/night. For housing, contact the resort directly by calling (from the USA) 800-547-8705.
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FAXES FOR FREE

fax machine Now you can send and receive faxes for free! From anywhere in the world to the U.S., and within the U.S. all faxes are free. Sending outside the U.S., there is a small fee. Free Fax numbers available. Free Fax blasting for non-profits too. The site is http://www.fax4free.com. This is a great deal for our overseas missionaries to fax back to the U.S. Obviously, you must have web access. Thanks Rich!
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VOICEMAIL IN YOUR INBOX

telephone Rich is coming up with a way to give away voicemail, delivered to your inbox wherever you are in the world. I think this thing has possibilities. He’s using Real Audio via e-mail. Voicemail numbers provided for free. According to Rich, more areas codes are coming this fall, but for now, only the (718) area code is available. So most of your callers would have to dial a toll number to leave you a voice mail. But this has potential, especially for those who aren’t computer users who want to get you a quick message overseas. For more information, check out http://www.messageclick.com or write Rich RichatNiccollsdotorg  (RichatNiccollsdotorg)  .
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FREE INTERNET ACCESS OFFERED BY ALTAVISTA

computer In a move to fortify its existing customer base and attract new users by offering direct dial-up Web links, AltaVista http://www.altavista.com is offering free Internet access to those in the USA. It’s already the Web’s 10th-most visited destination and I have a feeling it’s about to solidify its place! (Thanks for the tip, Herb!)
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ENGEL SCALE ONLINE

Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)   has been looking high and low for info. on the Engel Scale. The best he has found so far is at http://www.revivalnet.net/churches/lwcf/evang.htm If you know of other good sites, drop him a note. Thanks Tony!
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WEB-WATCH: WORLD CHRISTIANS IN 2 LANGUAGES

WebWatch Check out http://www.worldchristians.org where you’ll find DCI’s free 85-lesson university accredited Bible/missions training course, missions news updated daily, and a live support line. The developers are seeking suggestions for additions and improvements. Write lesnormanatcompuservedotcom  (lesnormanatcompuservedotcom)   to ask questions or give input. This site has some potential!
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WEB-WATCH: MISSIONS TRAINING SITE

WebWatch Thanks to Tony who pointed out http://www.aguaviva.com/manual.htm which at first glance seems to offer some good missions training help online!

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SAY HELLO TO IBOOK – THE IMAC TO GO

Apple Logo Okay… so here’s my nod to the devoted MAC users I’ve always snubbed. :-) Geoff just filled me in on the iBook, Apple’s new notebook computer. According to Geoff, the iBook is just the thing for missionaries looking for power. It’s made of polycarbonate (the same material they make bullet proof vests out of) and a tough rubber surrounding the edges. Inside is a 300Mhz Power PC Processor (up to twice as fast as a pentium II), 32MB RAM, 3.2GB Hard Drive, a 24xCD ROM, a 12.1″ Active screen, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, USB port and a 56k Modem. It comes with all the software you need to connect to the Internet and is priced at US$1599. For more information check out http://www.apple.com/iBook or call 1-800-795-1000 in the US. Now then. I did it. Sigh. I knew I could get it out. :-)
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SCAM-WATCH: AREA CODE 809?

not symbol This past week, several Brigada participants have unearthed questions about “area code 809.” Apparently there’s some fear that this will develop into a kind of scam, since area code 809 sounds like a toll-free line but is really the country code for calling the Bahamas! We even ran an item in Brigada Today way back when (October 19, 1996). Trouble is, although warnings are profuse, I have yet to hear of a single Brigada participant who has been bitten by this scam. And I can’t even figure out why anyone would try to pull it off, except as a downright mean practical joke. In other words, how does it help the con artist if you dial a long distance number in the Bahamas. What can the con artist hope to gain? So… after some thought, I’m back to the common conclusion — this 809 scam-watch warning that’s circulating (again) is probably another form of bandwidth-wasting junk mail filling up our inboxes!
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 6

letter and ligntening bolt Thanks to Jonathan K., who wrote this past week to encourage me to point out that, in several countries, the voltage traveling through those phone lines in your hotel room can be deadly. Gulp. :-) Though I’ve never experienced a problem with directly connecting jumpers to the bare wires of a phone terminal, I suppose we should print some kind of disclaimer encouraging people to first attempt all other courses of action before any kind of bare-wire direct-connect approach. As we’ve recommended in other “tips” items, be sure to try to find a proper plug-to-jack adaptor for your modem cable, so you can avoid the risk. Jon also suggested the possibility of a good acoustic coupler as a contingency. The telephone equipment supply sources we’ve provided have those for sale. An acoustic coupler is a device that literally “hears” the modem noises through the phone and converts them back into electronic data for your modem cable and vice-versa. The devices typically cost a few hundred dollars and permit transfer rates of up to 4800 baud maximum — which is still “okay” for email but would never accommodate browsing the web, of course. Thanks for watching out for everybody’s safety, Jonathan K.! If you’d like a compiled copy of all the “TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS” segments that we’ve shared over these past few weeks, just send a note to email_traveling_tipsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (email%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Etraveling%3C/i%3E%3C/b%3Etipsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and a copy will be sent to your email inbox within minutes (5 pages, 27K).
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INSURANCE SERVICES FOR MISSIONARIES

Adams & Associates International (A&AI) aaiataaintldotcom  (aaiataaintldotcom)   is an insurance firm providing all types of insurance (not just medical) exclusively to missionaries and mission sending organizations, since 1980. Adams & Associates International’s products and services are designed specifically for the needs of the missionary. According to the folks at A&AI, clients range from the smallest of churches that support one missionary to the largest sending organizations that send thousands of missionaries and their families abroad each year. A&AI clients also include over 50,000 short-term volunteers each year who use a product designed by Adams in 1982 and has undergone continuing improvement since. Check out their website at http://www.aaintl.com, where you’ll find applications, claim forms and opportunity to give feedback. Fax in the USA at (803) 252-1988 or telephone call toll-free from within the USA 800-922-8438.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

19990801 Brigada Today

Now with 9251 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” (Thanks for the note, Jesus!) The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)

praying hands According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, in some parts of Asia, children are being mutilated for life because of the millions of mines strewn over the countryside. They are abandoned to their fate and forced to eke out an existence as best they can. Antipersonnel mines often look like brightly colored toys but when mines are picked up or stepped on they maim and kill indiscriminately. In some places troops send children on ahead, thereby testing the route. For more information see http://www.icrc.org or write to eaglesoaratNorthStatedotNet  (eaglesoaratNorthStatedotNet)   to learn more about the International Day of Prayer.
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RESOURCES FOR BIBLICAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

Visit http://www.aibi.org (American Indian Bible Institute or AIBI) to learn more about this Bible training organization whose focus is the development of Godly leaders. AIBI has developed a variety of training aids and materials that are available to assist you in Biblical Church Development. Since AIBI works with many different tribes, it has found that it must focus on Biblical principles rather than contemporary methods in church development. As a result, it has found that the materials work effectively in many different cultures and among many different ethnic groups in both urban and rural settings. Some materials are available in Spanish on the website. AIBI.org is here to serve you and your ministry in Biblical Church Development by making these resources available to you at no cost. You can also contact AIBI via email at lettersataibidotorg  (lettersataibidotorg)  .
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BEST Y2K SUGGESTION: FAST FOR 40 DAYS!

Bob Fitts, a worship leader and songwriter, has the best idea yet for the new year… a 40- day fast! Learn more at: http://www.firstfortydays.com.
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BRIGADAFEST 2000: PE0PLE GROUP TRACKS GALORE!

Brigada Logo Want a spot to bring your people group advocates together? Try BrigadaFest 2000, in Louisville, KY, Feb. 3-5. Want to learn more? Send a message to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and watch for more releases.
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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP, WHILE THE KITCHEN YOU MOP

Need to do some shopping but can’t leave the kids home alone? Click your way through the yellow pages! Just visit these and other shopping sites and compare prices in your slippers! Here are some of our favorites:

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“TARGET THE NATIONS” FOR PRAYER

cd-rom Galcom International has developed an excellent tool for people looking for people groups or praying for unreached such as “Pray Through The Window” This CD called “Target The Nations” and it provides specific information about each of the 11,886 people groups that live in the 233 nations of the world. It enables you to pray informed as you intercede for the nations and unreached people groups. It helps answer questions on adopting a people group, giving some 25,000 screens of text and 150 pictures, with additional drawings, and 50 voice files. All together, this CD contains 648 megabytes of data and will run on IBM compatible 486 or higher (full screen video on Pentium). For more information, or to order your own, contact Galcom International GalcomUSAataoldotcom  (GalcomUSAataoldotcom)  . Cost is $9.95 (plus $1.50 for P&H-$3.00 to foreign address) by check – no credit cards. Bulk orders of 10 or more CDs are $7 each. To order write: Galcom International, Box 270956, Tampa, FL 33688 USA.
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SHARING THE INTERNET IS HALF THE FUN

MS WindowsNow with Windows ’98 “Second Edition,” you can use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to allow two computers to surf the web using the same Internet Service Provider at the same time! For more information, pick up a copy of Win98SE at your nearest computer store… or ask someone to pick a copy up for you. Most new computers will now come with Win98SE already installed.
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INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Need health insurance for your next short-term missions trip? … or for your full-time mission work? One option is http://www.missionaryhealth.com (email them at healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom)  ). Let us know about your experience. As of the present, we haven’t personally tried them.
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“GO GO GADGET OFF-LINE BROWSING”

Internet ExplorerOkay… so maybe I’m affected today by the movie that my family and I attended this past week (Inspector Gadget — it was great foolish fun!). But the truth is, off- line browsing is a great addition to Microsoft Internet Explorer Ver. 5.0 and higher. It’s worth upgrading just to get this one feature. All you do is tell IE that you want to download a site for browsing later on, set it to work, then when you get up the next morning, you can take the entire AD2000 & Beyond web site with you, to your next seminar or conference! I remember previously having to purchase add-ons like Web- Whacker or Teleport Pro to accomplish this same purpose! Now it’s built into the kernel! ‘Course, isn’t that one of Microsoft’s favorite ploys? :-) Anyway, I’m about to erase Teleport Pro from my hard drive! Who needs it any more! :-)
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NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH-TECH MINISTRY FUNDING

dollar sign International Christian Technologists’ Association (ICTA), The Gathering and Maclellan Foundation announce high tech ministry “Angel Grants” for funding of ministries involving computer technology and global mission. Proposals for the grants, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 (US), must be received by ICTA via email, fax, or snail mail, no later than August 15, 1999. The top three-accepted ministry proposals will be highlighted at a September 15-16, 1999, Gathering conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). For more information, visit http://www.icta.net/briefing99 or send email to briefing-requestatictadotnet  (briefing-requestatictadotnet)  .
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MARKETPLACE CHRISTIANITY

Do you have a heart for the unreached in the marketplace? Worldwide, Christians are hearing a call from the Lord to make their workplace a place of personal ministry. Christians are using their businesses as a platform for ministry and discovering that they are reaching people who never go near a church. Back-to back conferences in Atlanta Georgia from September 11-16, 1999 will address “Restoring the Marketplace to God’s Economy” and “Applying the Armor of God in Uncertain Times.” Lots of interaction among participants and great speakers. See http://www.wowi.net/conference and http://www.marketplaceleaders.org. You are invited to attend and/or become part of the intercessory prayer team covering these conferences. For more info., call Jan at jlcatngwebdotnet  (Jan%20at%20jlcatngwebdotnet)  .
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TEACHERS NEEDED

graduation cap They still need teachers for this fall in an international Christian school serving children of missionaries in Central Asia. Interested? Write Joyce 7507dot361atcompuservedotcom  (7507dot361atcompuservedotcom)  .
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LEARN MORE ABOUT SAT PHONES

radar antenna Looking for more info. on Sat. Phones? In particular, check out info. on the Magellan GSC-100 by sending an email to satphonesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (satphonesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .
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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MISSION STUDIES

Registration for the IAMS 2000 conference closes at the end of August. The editors of “Missionalia” journal are looking for preparatory articles and reports that fit with the IAMS themes for the November 19, 99 issue. For more information see http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/8409/iams.htm or contact Steve methodiusatbigfootdotcom  (methodiusatbigfootdotcom)  .
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Y2K RESPONSES?

Brian works with an international ministry organization and is wondering what other mission organizations are doing to take care of their American expatriate missionaries regarding Y2K. He hopes you’ll drop him a line and let him know what your organization is doing to prepare… and whether or not those plans apply to only the international office or all overseas missionaries too. Write him at briansatcefincdotorg  (briansatcefincdotorg)   and he’ll compile a summary to post.
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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

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

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

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

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

19990725 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)

praying hands According to Ray, one out of every 115 people on earth has been forced into flight, and a least half of these are children. As Christians throughout the world come together in unity and spirit for the Children of War – International Day of Prayer, Ray and the folks at Mission Twenty Eight Nineteen would like to invite you to join with the thousands of intercessors in praying on the behalf of the millions of children who face the pains of war on this day, Saturday, November, 20th, 1999. For more information on this special day, write Eaglesoaratnorthstatedotnet  (Eaglesoaratnorthstatedotnet)  .
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PAID TO BROWSE THE WEB?

WebWatchIf you’d like to check out a scheme whereby you are paid the browse (presumably from ad-supported revenue?), Jon invites you to checkout http://www.alladvantage.com/go.asp?refid=DPD311 (you can also write jonandholsatjunodotcom  (jonandholsatjunodotcom)  ). I believe Jon will get some credit because you used his id… but evidently, so will you! By Jon’s calculations, for every 40 hours you browse, you’ll receive $20! That’s 50 cents per hour for free! Check it out . . . and let us know if you find out it’s not worth it.
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INFO NEEDED ON THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS

A mission team in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is needing to update its understanding of the doctrines and structure of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church worldwide. Can anyone point them to useful resources on the topic (books, articles, websites, etc.)? Send your tips to LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg  (LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg)  . Thanks! (Larry will create a compiled report of his findings.
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 5

letter and ligntening bolt Thanks to those who are contributing URLs for even more tips for email travelers. Here are a few new sites from Keith:

  • http://kropla.com/ – Great info including worldwide phone and electric guides and sources
  • http://www.roadnews.com/home.htm – Lots of resources for the computer equipped traveler
  • http://www.laptopproducts.com/ – Seems to be a good source at reasonable prices. Check out the multi globe electric connector which works in 140 countries for $25 and the set of two multi-telephone adapters which work in 120 countries for $65. A New York Times review on each is available via a link at this site.

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IRANIAN BIBLE SCHOOL START-UP

graduation cap The Iranian Bible School’s Fall Semester will begin Oct 2. A two-semester hour class – Old Testament Introduction I – is being offered. It will be taught by Saro Kachikian. Registration deadline is Sept 1st. The Iranian Bible School provides biblical, theological, vocational, and educational training for Iranian pastors, missionaries, church planters, and other church leaders. Classes are taught in Farsi. The purpose of IBS is to equip these leaders for effective and meaningful service among Iranians worldwide. The school offers a Diploma of Christian Ministries (DCM) which requires 28 semester hours of study (14 two-hour courses) and a Diploma of Theology (DTH), a 62-semester hour program (31 two-hour courses) designed for advanced training for ministry. A high school diploma is required for admission to the DTH program. For further contact write persianwoatcsidotcom  (persianwoatcsidotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY SAFETY RESOURCES

Safety FirstKnow of any good resources (written, electronic, seminars, etc.) dealing with various issues pertaining to missionaries’ physical safety? If so, please contact EuniceHatioltdotcom  (EuniceHatioltdotcom)  . She’ll compile a report that we’ll post here for all to see.
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INTENSIVE SPANISH REFRESHER COURSE

Wendy would like to know if anyone knows of a GOOD intensive Spanish refresher course that would be about 2 weeks in length and held in the States. Please reply to awbeerboweratjunodotcom  (awbeerboweratjunodotcom)  . She’ll supply us with a compiled report.
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DO YOU KNOW A SOURCE FOR BILINGUAL BIBLES?

Bible Mark majacobsenatmsndotcom  (majacobsenatmsndotcom)   works with Haitian immigrants in South Florida, and would like to know if anyone knows of a source for bi-lingual French/English or Creole/English Bibles (preferably Old and New Testaments). He’ll be glad to post his results here.
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ETHNIC CHURCH PLANTING IN AMERICA

ChurchMark majacobsenatmsndotcom  (majacobsenatmsndotcom)   is also looking for suggestions on how to approach the linguistic challenge of 2nd generation ethnic peoples while planting a church in the US. A Haitian church has been started using French/Creole for the adults, and English for the children. A long-range vision, however, presents the challenge of what to do when the young people of the church become adults. Should one change the church to become English speaking? Should the 2nd generation be encouraged to find an English church that meets their need? Should the church attempt to have a service in two languages? If anyone has worked through this, or has suggestions, Mark welcomes them. He has contemplated this for years, and still does not have a satisfying solution. Write Mark with your ideas. He’ll supply a compiled report.
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MAKE YOUR OWN MINISTRY BROCHURES

Kingdom Graphics is ready to print your ministry brochures. Order any of their Computer Paper pkgs. for only $19.50 per pkg. (normally $25. per pkg. … save $5.50 per pkg.). ALL designs are Global/Ministry and in full-color! Plus …order 5 pkgs. and receive 2 free creatively designed ministry Notepads (a $4. value). The Computer Papers are all 8.5″X11″ flat and come scored to fold easily to a Tri-fold or to a Single-fold … and are compatible for laser & ink-jet printers and most copy machines. These products, and others, are produced by KINGDOM GRAPHICS and can be SEEN or ORDERED at their secure credit card Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com…or by their Toll FREE phone: 1-800- 618-3133 (only within the USA) …or at: 215-657-5888 …or by E-mail at: kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)   Payment MUST accompany ALL orders.
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THE BACKPAGE: SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE?

Well, the day finally came. This past week I received a large manila envelope from the US Soccer Federation that would tell me whether or not I passed the “C” license (See THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR from the July 9th issue of Brigada Today). I swallowed hard, sat down at our breakfast nook and hesitated only for a moment. I then gently opened the end of the envelope and a quick glance confirmed my fears — I had failed. I carefully read the evaluations. To be honest, there was very little tangible input. I’m not sure how my peers did, but if their playing proficiency made a difference, as I fear it might have, most probably did a lot better than I did. I’ve only been playing for five years. I was well out of my league. soccer ball

So now I’m curious… How do you handle failure? What do you do if you don’t pass the boards, you don’t get the promotion. or your wife leaves you, threatening divorce. Here’s what I’m trying, after my fiasco with higher-level soccer coaching:

  1. Are you sure you’ve really failed? — My first step with the US Soccer Federation is to write and ask them to reconsider. For example, I’m 100% positive that I answered every question correctly on my final oral exam. But my summary score sheet says the instructor gave me the next-to-lowest score!! Now maybe he didn’t like my play on the field, but I knew the oral stuff backward and forward. So I’m going to ask the Federation to check with the evaluator. Maybe there was a mistake… maybe he had formed a subjective opinion that influenced the score. Either way, I figure I’ve got to ask the question.
  2. Can you arrange for a second chance? — I had to re-take the Morse code test for my General Amateur Radio license (3 times!). Each time, I practiced ’til I was sure I could copy 13 words per minute. But on each occasion, once in the testing environment, my nerves would take hold and I’d lose track of the fast-paced dots and dashes. So… I repeated the test . . . and finally, it paid off! Maybe you can ask for a second chance too! In the case of my soccer-coaching clinic, it would be expensive. But . . . I could start saving again. :-)
  3. How can you prepare more effectively? — If you can retake the test, find out what you can do better. In my case, I’m asking the Federation if they have any indication of what I need to change. My hunch is, they’ll not be able to give much specific input… because there’s sure not much detail on the score sheets from the sessions. “Get more coaching experience,” they might say. Well I can do that . . . and try again. In the case of my ham radio license, I finally figured out that I needed to study at 15 or even 17 words per minute if I hoped to copy 13 words per minute during the heat of the test! When I tried that, I passed easy as pie!
  4. Never, never, never, never, NEVER quit — Even if your spouse has told you there’s no use begging for another chance, try begging anyway. Even if you feel that you’ve studied that foreign language ’til you’re blue in the face, study some more. In my case, I’ll admit — I’ve had it pretty easy. I received comprehensive scholarships for both undergrad. and graduate school. I graduated with honors in both cases. Many people say that foreign languages seem to come easy for me (although it doesn’t seem that way to me when I have to rehearse each phrase a million times to say it correctly :-) — so maybe they’re judging the result rather than the effort!). But no matter how you slice it, life has been good. I’ve had few really hard times… and rarely failed miserably. I guess that’s why this particular failure hurts so much. Maybe it’s an ego thing… or maybe I hate the thought that the money I paid for the course is “down the drain.” Our family isn’t rich. So in the thick of the battle, I almost caved in. Thank goodness I had a very understanding wife, who hugged me and said, “Maybe you can try it again in a couple of years.” It was all I needed to pick myself back up. (Score one for faithful wives.) Maybe there’s a corollary: Always, always, always, always, ALWAYS encourage your spouse (or your best friend).

So anyway… that’s my story. I’ll write the USSF. They’ll probably say the decision is final. So then I’ll go back to work. And in a few years, if you’re still reading the Brigada Tomorrow, maybe you’ll hear “The Rest of the Story.” :-) Each day, we write the next chapter of our lives. It’s up to us to author it according to our dreams rather than our nightmares. Mine’s got “C” license written all over it. :-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

19990721 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read more (4+ years of back issues) at http://www.brigada.org.
See recent back issues at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today.
Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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FINALLY – AN INTERNET-TO-POSTAL CONNECTION WORTH USING

mailbox We’ve tackled this challenge again and again . . . and finally there’s an internet-to-postal service that seems worth the effort. Try http://www.letterpost.com. Seems like they have the right portion of technology, speed, and pricing. They take your electronic text and transfer it to a written letter (for those out of reach of your email, for whatever reason). Let us know how it works for you! Thanks for the tip, Wayne!
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FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL

  • Total assets of the world’s three richest men (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Paul Allen): $156 billion

  • Total GNP of the 43 least developed countries, the population of which is 600 million people: $136.2 billion

  • Number of people who live on less than $1 a day: 1.3 billion

(Source: Dennis sent us these items from the 26 of July, 1999 issue of Time magazine, p. 17.)

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MIDDLE EAST TESOL PROGRAM

Want to study “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages” (TESOL) with a special Middle East focus! Here’s a school that is accredited through the Government Department in Queensland, Australia and the University of the Nations. Graduating students will receive a TESOL certificate. The course is August 30th – September 24, 1999, so you’d better act fast. Cost is $500USD. For more information, write Janine Jes97atgalacticommdotorg  (Jes97atgalacticommdotorg)  .
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WEBWATCH: COMPREHENSIVE SEARCHING

WebWatch Don’t forget about “Copernic 99” at http://www.copernic.com/ (mentioned previously in Brigada Today). Copernic is a separate program that queries 10 or 12 search pages every time you need a comprehensive search. I still like www.google.com for simple searches (and it seems to always find what I want!), but Chris is right… for more comprehensive stuff, it’s hard to beat Copernic.
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PRAYER CARDS MADE TO ORDER

If you need prayer cards, don’t forget about Howard Print Shop. They offer professional quality prayer cards at “missionary prices”. Les clfcebuatinamedotcom  (clfcebuatinamedotcom)   wrote, “I was very pleased with the quick turnaround time.” You can browse their website and see their samples and at the same time, get a quotation right on the web for most standard size prayer cards. Their website is http://www.netusa1.net/~hpsprint/ or you can email Dave Howard hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet  (hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet)  . Please let him know you read it on Brigada and maybe he’ll cut you a special deal! :-)
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TAKE IN “ISFM ’99” IN VIRGINIA BEACH

The ISFM (International Society for Frontier Missiology) theme this year will be “Issues for the Future of Frontier Missions in the New Millennium”. Join them on Sept. 18th at 7pm through Sept. 20 at the Founders Inn, the weekend before the EFMA, IFMA and EMS conference, in Virginia Beach, VA. Some of the presenters are Dr. Ralph Winter, Carol Davis, Dr. Rick Love, Dr. Bob Blinco and Boyd Morris. Expect great networking, stimulating presentations and strategic prayer and dialogue. If you want to be prepared for the new millennium, join in. Discount registration due by Aug. 20, 1999. Spouses come for free. For information and registration contact Amy AimBarstadataoldotcom  (AimBarstadataoldotcom)  .
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E-MAIL THAT PAYS YOU!

letter and ligntening bolt You’ve heard of free web sites, free e-mail, and free lunches. But how about e-mail that pays you cash to use it?? Missionarymail.org is launching the first in a series of services designed to leverage the latest Internet technologies to financially support Christian missionaries worldwide. Through missionarymail’s unique e-mail sponsorship program, you will actually be paid for keeping in touch with your friends, family, and supporters back home.

How does it work? You send e-mail messages just as you always have – except now you send them via missionarymail.org’s forwarding service. They insert a small advertisement from a Christian Internet retailer at the beginning or end of your regular messages. The ads are carefully screened to be appropriate for your constituents and supporters. Christian books, videos, t-shirts, etc. are the products you would typically find advertised in your e-mail. The advertiser pays to have their ad distributed via your e-mail. Missionarymail.org keeps a portion of the ad revenues to cover operations and expenses. The rest is paid to you via check!

For all the details see their web site at http://www.missionarymail.org or send a blank e-mail to their autoresponder at faqatmissionarymaildotorg  (faqatmissionarymaildotorg)  .

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FIND A HOME AT NETZERO

netzero logo Seems like a lot of folks are finding a home with www.netzero.net. As for me, I tried it and found it a bit too slow and it seemed there were too many system crashes. But many folks (including Dana, this past week) are writing in saying it’s working well for them. . . so maybe it’s worth trying, if you want free web access and email too! (Ad-supported… with a banner always “on top”.)
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 4

letter and ligntening bolt Looking for even more telephone equipment and travel supplies? Keith recommended we try http://www.teleadaptusa.com/ or even their UK affiliate site at http://www.teleadapt.co.uk/. They’ve got a ton of adaptors and connectors, and lots of good (free) advice! Great spot to visit before you leave! Note that when we talk about needing adaptors for phone connections, we’re mainly talking about trips overseas. Within one region or country (like within the USA), you probably will be able to get by with the one main corresponding phone jack for that region or country. Trouble is, when traveling to a different country, those connections and jacks might be very different. So you’ll need to check in advance. What do you do if you can’t locate an adaptor prior to departing? Here’s where those tools come in — the ones we mentioned last week.

First, remember to try every other approach before disassembling the phone connection in your hotel room (or worse, at your host’s home!). If you work in advance, you should be able to pick up an adaptor before departing . . . or immediately upon arriving. If you fail, take out your handy-dandy straight-slot screwdriver and remove the cover plate from the phone connection. On many phone systems (especially non-commercial setups, like in private homes), you should find only one significant pair of cables. In many regions based on American systems, these two wires will be colored red and green respectively. Take your alligator clip adaptor (mentioned last week) and clip one to the red and the other to the green. On the other end, you should have an RJ-11 plug to connect to your computer. (Remember, any Radio Shack or other electronics store should be able to help you find this kind of pigtail adaptor.)

One other glitch that could foul up the works. It’s possible that your dial-up settings are configured in such a way that your modem will listen for a dial tone before trying to dial out. If the local dial tone is a pulsating one (rather than a constant tone), your modem might think you aren’t connected to a dial tone. If you’re running Windows 95/98, press the Start button, then “Settings”, “Control Panel”, then click on “Modem” and select the modem you’re using (probably there’s only one listed). Click on “Properties”, then choose the “Connection” tab. Clear the checkbox for “Wait for dial tone before dialing” and that should take care of it. If you’re using some proprietary dial-up software (like an older CompuServe or AOL software), you could try getting to the “dialing preferences” box and looking for the “initialization string” settings. There might be several cryptic commands in the box. Leave them all as they are, but near the end, right before the “^M”, add “X3” and that might accomplish the same thing if you’re lucky. It’s an old AT command set code that still works like a charm.

‘Course, all of this is assuming that you know which number to dial. More about that next time!

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

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

19990711 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read more (4+ years of back issues) at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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WE GET SUPPORT FROM…

Brigada Logo Did you ever hear those National Public Radio programs on late-night radio or short-wave? They always end a program by saying, “We get support from… [fill in the blank].” Well after last week’s item, “WANT TO SPONSOR BRIGADA-TODAY?“, we actually did get a support check! This week, we get support from, Stan Christy, of YWAM’s African Redemptive Operation (Afro), which extends rich and intense outreach opportunities with God and the realities of Africa, reachable via email at: YWAMUofNVAataoldotcom  (YWAMUofNVAataoldotcom)  . If you write him, don’t forget to say “thanks” for his work in making Brigada Today happen!
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STATE OF THE BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS

Brigada Logo Those who have been with us from the start (January 25, 1995) will remember our original dream of launching these little email discussion groups. Our hope was to launch one online “conference” for each unreached people group. Although we started small, at our peak we had dozens and dozens of groups in operation. Were they successful? Well . . . truthfully, it’s hard to say. In retrospect, it seems like the secret of a good on-line discussion was three-fold.

  1. It takes a village! :-) Seriously, without the right community of involved and caring people, the lead person is like talking to a wall!
  2. It takes a lead person. No doubt about it… the most successful conferences seem to revolve around the unstoppable determination of the person leading it.
  3. It takes a project.

In my opinion, the groups that have seemed most effective have been those rallying around a very specific team or approach.

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SO WERE THEY SUCCESSFUL?

Brigada Logo So… again… were they successful? Yes and No. Many were launched… but we began seeing early on that few really flourished. Those that endured eventually got together for face-to-face meetings (thus the “village” online) and some of them developed into ongoing partnerships. Yahooo! Yahoo Many died for lack of a moderator. And then, seemingly, when “Lyris” hit (Lyris was a software we all had to shift to when we were back on the MAFxc hub [when brigada was brigadaatbrigadadotorg]), it seemed to somehow knock the wind out of many email conference sails. In one fell swoop, John Hanna pulled what must have been 100+ brigada-connections conferences. He confessed he just hadn’t been able to muster the time to really develop them… and also, he didn’t have the time to learn Lyris. God was calling him to other tasks and he’s doing great at those. That’s only one example.
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WHERE ARE ALL THE SUB-CONFERENCES?

Brigada Logo But if you were to ask today, “So where are all those sub-conferences?”, I’d have to tell you that I don’t know the actual status of many of them. They now stand on their own two feet, apart from Brigada Today. But several have identified themselves at the new conference list location. You see, we’re trying to build a list of sources, contacts, connections, links, etc., for information and networking on specific people groups. Notice how you can enter your information as a “mailto:” entry and folks will automatically subscribe to your Brigada-type email conference. It’s free! So please jump in — just see the instructions at the top of the page. http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today You’ll need to register at egroups.com first (go to http:/www.egroups.com and follow the instructions). Our hope is that by using that linking page, we can actually expand the focus of the Brigada concept. But to make it happen, you’ll have to go there… or send someone you know! Please do it today!
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IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME

Brigada Logo In the meantime, Brigada Today continues at its new location, growing ever closer to that original goal of 10,000 subscribers. If you know of someone who might be interested in Brigada Today, please tell him or her how to subscribe. The instructions are at the beginning and end of any issue. Thanks for helping us make the Brigada dream come alive!
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UPDATE ON JOSHUA PROJECT 2000

Joshua Project 2000 logo The folks in Colorado Springs have been at it again. Luis Bush’s trip throughout the Turkic world resulted in many updates, as did several other major events in the past 30 days. So, according to Dan Scribner (who works most of the magic behind the programming and record keeping at the AD2000 & Beyond International Office, here’s the way we stand as of July 12th, 1999:

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1598
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1120
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 554
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 195

What does this mean? Well, right off the bat, remember that in the fall of ’95, there were some 1739 people groups listed in the JP2000 list. So around 140 have been take off the list for one reason or another. None of those 1739 had reported an active church of 100 people. Now, about 500 do! Yahooo! Yahoo Another 500 have at least an on-site church-planting team trying to birth a new church there! That’s great! That only leaves around 200 with no existing church of 100 reported as of today, and no church planting team seeking to start one in their midst.

Want to know more? Find out more about these facts and figures by visiting the AD2000 & Beyond website at http://www.ad2000.org

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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 3

letter and ligntening bolt Today we deal with the minimum “secret agent tool kit” that every prepared traveler should assemble to be a real “road warrior.” The great thing is that once you put together this tool kit, you can use it both at home or abroad!

Here are some of the components to throw into your kit. Granted, this particular kit is designed specifically for travelers based in the USA. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out how to prepare yours as a “dynamic equivalent” for the country in which you live:

  • a pouch to hold the parts to follow :-)
  • Camel hair blower brush — Pick this up at a camera shop and use it to remove the dust from your laptop screen as often as you remember. It’s the safest way to see clearly without damaging your screen.
  • RJ-11 phone connector (female-to-female) — Use this to connect to your modem when the given RJ-11 cord won’t reach your laptop and you have to extend it.
  • RJ-11 phone cord — I like the phone cords that Port sells (in the USA, call toll-free (800) 242-3133; elsewhere, see http://www.port.com ) because the little tabs don’t break off when you can dock them in the sockets that the Port unit provides.
  • Small straight-slot screwdriver — You’ll need this to remove wall plates from hotel room phone connections. Just remember to throw the deadbolt before doing so. (If the maids walk in on you while you’re doing this, they get that worried look on their faces, like maybe they think you’re “Bond, James Bond.” :-)
  • RJ-11 cord with alligator clips — You’ll have to make this yourself, I imagine. Just visit a Radio Shack (or other electronics store) and ask for a cable with an RJ-11 phone plug on one end and terminator lugs on the other. Buy a couple of alligator clips and connect the contact screws to the terminator lugs. Presto! Now when you remove the faceplate from the hotel wall phone connection, you can use the alligator clips to test connections until you hear a dial tone!
  • Paperclip — If your laptop requires a paper clip to “reset” it (that is, when it has frozen), be sure to throw in one of these pesky reset “keys”! :-)
  • Spare ink pen refill — Okay, so this has nothing to do with the laptop or the phone. But it’s a handy place to keep the refill. :-) Make sure you pick up the one that fits your favorite travel pen! :-)
  • Phone connection adaptor for your destination country — Call Port (see above) or some other electronics/travel specialty shop in advance and try to buy the exact adaptor you’ll need. If you fail to get one in advance, start asking around once you arrive. A good place to begin is in some local Internet cafe or club, or maybe even a good computer store.

Okay… more later about how to use your kit!

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WEB-WATCH – FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE

WebWatch Okay… so I’ll admit it. I’ve changed favorites a dozen times. First I like AltaVista (didn’t everyone?). Then it was probably Yahoo, or maybe HotBot came in there somewhere. AOL NetFind was decent, and several others have come and gone. But my favorite these days is http://www.google.com. Seems like it can read my mind. It’s fast and simple and very intuitive. It talks to me in plain English and I love the little bar graphs it shows. Now I know that once I write this item, 100 people are going to write and say they like such-and-such search engine better, but I’ll put my money on google.com every time. I guess it’s a personal decision. But try it… I bet you’ll like it.
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
For subscription questions or problems, write helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  .

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

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

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

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

19990704 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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WANT TO SPONSOR BRIGADA TODAY?

Brigada Logo You can! Those who sponsor are mentioned

  1. for a year thereafter on the web page,
  2. in the welcome letter that goes to all new subscribers, as well as
  3. in Brigada Today itself — and tons of people give thanks for your help!

Sponsorship payments go to operating costs such as Brigada exhibits, brochures, mailings, etc. Sponsorship is totally optional… but it sure helps make ends meet! Those wishing to sponsor Brigada Today may just send a check payable to Team Expansion, c/o 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks a million! (“That’s all we’ve got to say about that!”)

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GET READY FOR BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo These are the kinds of prayers that were being uttered during the first week of July on behalf of BrigadaFest 2000:

“Heavenly Father, today as we celebrate the 4th of July in America, we pray that all the nations of the world will enjoy the freedoms that we have been graced with as a nation. We also humble ourselves before You for the many wrongs we have committed in Your sight. We have failed to be Your witnesses before those who don’t know You. We recommit ourselves to stand in the gap for the many unreached people groups in the world who have yet to hear the Name of Jesus. We pray for an outpouring of your favor upon the leadership planning the Brigadafest and Friends of Bosnia Conferences. We lift up the participants, the logistics, the music ministry, the tape ministry, the finances, etc. Lord, send your best to people to these different areas. Set the participants with the fire of Your Holy Spirit so that they will take what they hear and run with it. You are an awesome God, You are a loving, compassionate God and we give you glory, and honor and praise for Who you are. We worship you and pray that you use us to reach the nations. I pray all of this in the Precious Name of Jesus, Your Son, our Lord!”

(Thanks Terry!)

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NEED A MAP?

Need a map? Need lots of maps? Need statistical information on a country? Check out the Atlapedia at http://www.atlapedia.com/.
(Thanks Tony, for the tip from “Research Buzz #33, with subscribe instructions at http://www.researchbuzz.com/news/
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FAX FOR FREE TO THE USA

fax machine Yes, another FREE fax service. This is a web-based service that allows faxing to anywhere in the USA. (Anywhere else in the world is guaranteed the least cost pricing available–Coming Soon!) To use it, just establish an account and then logon. The fax can be composed in the browser (or pasted in), and Word documents up to 100k can be sent as well–not as attachments, but converted to print format. The FREE service includes some advertisements on the receiving end, so it may not be suitable for certain uses. A “non-advertisement” option is available for a fee. Get FAX4FREE at http://www.fax4free.com, and find other fax and communication links on Ed’s Grabbag, http://www.gateman.com/grabbag.html.
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TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

A six week TESOL course will be held at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii from January 31, 2000 – March 10, 2000. A certificate will be given upon successful completion of the course. This professional course is designed for the missionary in mind who wants to teach internationally, especially in limited access areas. You will learn how to teach English and build relationships. For more information, contact tesolatuofnkonadotedu  (tesolatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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REENTRY BOOK UPDATE

book Neal Pirolo thanks everyone for the stories he has received to date on reentry (see Brigada Today 6/4/99). He has received some very good stories, but could still use more. Please contact EmmausRoadateridotorg  (Emmaus%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ERoadateridotorg)   and they will give you further details.

Since the book will help local churches learn more about the re-entry process, a bibliography is being developed to be included as a resource. Neal would like to include every book, article, organization, seminar, church, etc. who has to do with re-entry; including names, address, contact persons, etc. If you would like to contribute to this resource, please email the information to EmmausRoadateridotorg  (Emmaus%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ERoadateridotorg)  .

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CRANKIN’ FOR 20 YEARS!

Congrats to Gospel Recordings who have been making and providing hand-wind cassette players for 20 years! There have now been real breakthroughs in the pre-production problems of the JoyTalk cassette player in Korea. Keep them in mind as those in Korea get that much needed tool into production. (GR)
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CAMBODIA WORKSHOP

A Workshop on Scriptwriting & Episodic television production will be held in Phnom Penh August 2-5th in conjunction with the Consultation on Media Potentials in Cambodia at the end of the week. This four day training session will cover: Media strengths; Audience research; Media Effects; Scriptwriting and visualization; Structure of episodic TV production and Developing Believable Characters. Students will develop a long term story outline and at least one script outline. Attendance will be limited to 20. If you are interested, send an email to DanHenrichatxcdotorg  (DanHenrichatxcdotorg)   with a one paragraph statement of why you wish to attend the workshop and it should not simply be limited to your organizational affiliation. What are your interests in scriptwriting & planning? What do you see as your role? Are you a creative person and have an urge to tell stories? Are you interested in the systematic use of visual media in Cambodia and willing to commit to innovative strategies? Please address these issues. This is not a video production workshop. There will be a small charge for the resource manual.
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GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE EXCHANGING EMAIL ADDRESSES!

pgp logo This week NAI released PGP 6.5 freeware for Mac and Window95/98/NT (US & Canada residents only). PGP 6.5 has the very cool PGPnet built right in for a globally secure VPN (Virtual Private Network). Now it’s just a matter of time before the international version is released for users outside of USA and Canada.
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THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR

How many times have you told your kids (or your teammates) not to compare themselves with others? Old advice, right? For some reason, it gets a little harder when we have to apply it to our own lives! :-) I recently decided to take in a “C” licensing clinic for soccer coaches. From what I heard, the 9 days of training would really help me improve my coaching… but I’ll have to admit, I was secretly hoping I could also just improve my playing ability! So off I flew to Oklahoma City for 9 days of morning-til- evening kicks… literally. :-)

The bright side was… because I’m a bit of a playing fanatic, I had no trouble with the fitness. While some of the other 30 or so coaches were sweating bullets, or sucking air, or grimacing as they tried to ease themselves into the cafeteria seating — I never felt a single ache or sore muscle the whole time. But the downside was pretty down: I was one of the most “beginner-type” players in the pack. In fact, I was probably the most novice of all. Most of the other coaches were involved coaching college teams, and all but 3 of the rest had played since they were kids… all the way through college level! Yikes. gulp The 3 of us who hadn’t really stuck out.

I was constantly comparing myself to the other players. And when the instructors would want to demonstrate something fast-paced, they’d never pick me. I felt like Charlie Brown, wishing I could get a word in with that “red-headed girl.” I felt like the guy on the playground who always gets chosen last at recess — for the softball game or whatever. In short, I felt like a real loser.

About halfway through the week, I went for a walk all by myself (I was by myself much of the week anyway.. woe is me :-) ) to a little park, where I stood on a bridge, contemplating jumping off into the creek below (which was actually more rocks than creek, but that was okay). I thought about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — and how behind I was in that pursuit. :-) I wondered if I’d ever be able to learn that silly game. I thought of the “in” guys… the 22-year-old boy who could stand at the halfway line and kick three consecutive lofted balls to hit both posts and the crossbar respectively, without even so much as a huff or a puff. I thought about the guy from Memphis who could cut the ball on a dime and strike the ball with his left foot so hard that, even if the keeper did catch it, the force would drive him into the back of the net! And then I thought of me… a miserable excuse for a failure.

Then I realized — that’s exactly how so many of our friends feel so often… whether it’s language learning or in middle school/junior high! Sometime in the future, one of our teammates or kids is going to feel like a loser… and what he or she does with that feeling is going to make the difference in contentment or misery.

As for me, I decided I would experiment with the feeling. Whenever I encountered it again, throughout the remainder of the week, I would “examine it,” just like you do a rubix cube when you’re trying to solve a puzzle. I guess I had a strong enough personality to do that… but those with lower self images would have probably been much more affected… and maybe that’s why the most unsettled folks choose the rocks over the side of the bridge.

Lessons I learned:

  1. We dare not compare ourselves to others — but rather, we need to force ourselves to think of our progress only in terms of our own goals. If we only know 100 words in Albanian, that’s actually pretty bad… unless it’s our 2nd week, and our goal so far was to learn 50!
  2. We need teammates. I was able to email my wife and even talk with her briefly by phone each evening. I knew that when I came home, there’d be this blanket of unconditional acceptance. My teammates at the office think I hung the moon (boy do I have them fooled! :-) ). Those teammates and my family meant so much to me in my time of testing.
  3. We need to put things in perspective. Since I was involved in morning-to-evening soccer, it seemed like the most important thing in life for those days. In reality, it was a kind of surreal. The real landscape is the eternal one . . . and in that world, we’re all precious in God’s sight.
  4. Finally, I really saw the importance of leadership. All it would have taken were even a halfdozen words of encouragement from the instructors. Instead, I felt constantly measured and never really reinforced. Let’s take note that we need to constantly be on the lookout for the person who is making progress, even if it’s only step-by-step.

soccer ball So . . . you’re probably wondering… did I make the “C” license? I’d guess there isn’t a snowball’s chance in the Sahara. :-) Another coach there had already failed one “C” clinic and he was far ahead of me, already coaching an elite club in Dallas and playing at a high level. But see… the license won’t mean nearly as much to me as the knowledge. I know I moved a step forward in my understanding of the game… even if I don’t get the license — and I’m assuming I won’t. (They send you the evaluation via the mail, weeks after the clinic… so I have yet to hear the bad news.)

Bottom line: Find someone today you can lift up. They just might be looking at the rocks over the side of a lonely bridge!

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

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

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

19990627 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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TESL AND TRAVEL FILES

Brigada Logo Remember, to get information on resources for teaching English as a second language (TESL_resources), just send a message to tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . To retrieve information about great deals on travel & a super list of travel agents, write travelatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (travelatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . These addresses were incorrect in last week’s Brigada Today, so we sent out a correction message. We think that most Brigada participants received the correction, but if you didn’t, please make sure you correct the addresses in your notes. Several have written complaining that they couldn’t retrieve the information — be sure to try the corrected addresses first, before writing to complain. Thanks.
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MISSIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: REACHING THE UNREACHED

That’s the theme for the 1999 Northwest Area ACMC conference to be held on October 2, 1999 at Damascus Community Church near Portland, Oregon. This conference features missionary and author Bob Blincoe who served as a “Tentmaking” missionary in the Middle East for several years. All aspects of missions mobilization will be addressed in 24 different workshop opportunities. For more information, contact Dennis at 503-777-3093 or mtscottGLOBALatcompuservedotcom  (mtscottGLOBALatcompuservedotcom)  , or browse http://www.acmc.org.
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INSPIRATIONAL FILM ON WILLIAM CAREY

movie camera William Carey is considered to be the father of the modern Protestant missionary movement. Now you can order a new film on his life, Candle in the Dark, produced by Christian history specialists Gateway Films. It’s available now to churches as part of a super Sunday School curriculum for $59.95 or as an individual video. In the USA call 1-800-523-0226 or order the home use video off their web page at: http://www.gatewayfilms.com/cgi-bin/videopg.pl?Alpha+4306s+ or the curriculum at: http://www.gatewayfilms.com/cgi-bin/videopg.pl?Alpha+4289+ If you don’t have access to the web, try writing: infoatgatewayfilmsdotcom  (infoatgatewayfilmsdotcom)   for info., but remember not to send your credit card information over the open Internet.
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MORE GREAT DEALS ON FAXING

fax machine If you send a lot of faxes, don’t forget about “The Phone Company,” http://www.tpc.int, first profiled in Brigada Today on January 23, 1998. It’s absolutely free! (Thanks for the reminder, Paul!)
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FAMILY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES

To learn more about missions opportunities for whole families, send a message to: family-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (family-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  
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NOTECARD SALE & FREE GIFT

Order 3 of these great ministry NoteCard pkgs. and receive a free creatively designed ministry NotePad.

You get 12 Cards & Envelopes for only $4.75 per pkg. (normally $7.50 per pkg.). The original Watercolor artwork on the cover is an artistic spray of flowers with fancy title lettering (the artist is Bert VandenBos). There are several titles available, including “Together We Can Accomplish Great Things.” Card Size = 4.25″ x 5.5″ (folded). This Card and others are produced by Kingdom Graphics and can be seen or ordered at their “Secure Credit Card” Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com…or, if you’re in the USA, through toll-free tel. at 1-800-618-3133 or tel. 215-657-5888. Write kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)   for more info. Payment must accompany all orders.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR ISFM ’99

The ISFM (International Society for Frontier Missiology) theme this year will be “Issues for the Future of Frontier Missions in the New Millennium”. It’s coming Sept. 18th at 7pm – Sept. 20 at the Founders Inn, the weekend before the EFMA, IFMA and EMS conference, in Virginia Beach. Expect great networking, stimulating presentations and strategic prayer and dialogue. If you want to be prepared for the new millennium, be there. Discount registration due by Aug. 20, 1999. For information and registration contact Amy AimBarstadataoldotcom  (AimBarstadataoldotcom)  .
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TECHTOOLS: TALKING EMAIL

tools Tim the Tech-Toolman came through again this week with “MyTalk” — telephone-based e-mail! Browse http://www.mytalk.com for more info. MyTalk gives you a free e-mail address, User ID and password, along with a free web-based e-mail account you can check from any web browser. Nothing new there. But, the great part is… you can call a toll-free number (US and Canada) and enter your ID and password and it will READ your e-mail to you! Can you believe it? I think this has some really cool implications for the disabled and those still developing their typing skills. You can control it by talking to it. You can REPLY to e-mail, and it will record the file as a .wav file (no special applet needed to play it back, any Windows user who has sound capabilities can play it by clicking on it). AND it can retrieve POP mail from your regular e-mail account every few minutes and read IT to you too! It even works for America Online. The collection process checks every user’s POP accounts in turn, and then starts over again. According to Tim, it can sometimes require hours to retrieve your email, but if you’re the patient type, this might be just for you!

bow tied to fingerA caveat: if you pay your regular ISP on a per-minute basis or a so-many-minutes-a-month basis, your ISP may charge you a minute for each time MyTalk checks your mail, so it may use up or charge for one minute out of every, say, fifteen. If you pay a flat rate for unlimited usage, that doesn’t apply.

bow tied to fingerAnother caveat: You can’t INITIATE e-mail, you can only reply to it. So if there are people you frequently send e-mail to, keep a message from them in your received mail folder so you have something to reply to. Thanks for another Cool Tech-Tool, Tim! thumbs-up

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CAMBODIA MEDIA CONSULTATION

A Consultation on Media Potentials in Cambodia will be held the evening of August 5 and until lunch on August 6th in Phnom Penh. The goal of this consultation will be to gather those organizations working in Cambodia and to see how they can work effectively together to use video programming to reach the minds and souls of the Cambodian people. The consultation will cover such topics as: Media Effects Research, Education-Entertainment formats, Opportunities for broadcast and non-broadcast placement, and strategies on partnerships. For more information contact Daniel DanHenrichatxcdotorg  (DanHenrichatxcdotorg)  .
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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

19990620 Brigada Today

Now with over 9100 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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BRIGADAFEST IS COMING

Brigada Logo Please join us in a prayer for BrigadaFest 2000, slated for Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. (Thanks to Terry Bork, who worded this prayer, for her work as a prayer intercessor for this event.) “Father God, You are an Awesome God, a Merciful God, a Loving God, a God Who cares, a Giving God; for You gave Your Only-begotten Son, Jesus, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Father God, we ask for souls for the kingdom. We ask for the nations, we ask for the Unreached People Groups. We beg for their salvation. We stand in the gap for them. Father God, You can make all things possible. Help us to take the first steps to accomplish the possible and You do the impossible in our lives. You bring people to us to share the Gospel with; you soften their hearts to receive the Gospel. We continue to lift up to you the Brigadafest Conferences and all the “tracks” that will meet there, such as Friends of Bosnia. Bring those you would have to be there and empower us to do the impossible through your Holy Spirit. We ask all of these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.” For more information about BrigadaFest, send a note to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .
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FREE INTERNET VOICEMAIL

telephone Where does our sleuth “Tim the Tech- Toolman” find this stuff???! :-) I have a buddy named Tim (who also has a big heart for missions) who tries to dig out the latest and greatest high-tech gadgets for Brigada Today readers. He’s done it again. Get a load of what he’s dug out for you this week — and remember, you heard about it here in Brigada Today! Just go to http://www.excite.com and set up a “My Excite” page (you’ll have to register). Then look in the top-left and click on “Check your mail.” When you get there, click on “Help” in the left column and then click on “VoiceMail help.” The wizard will help you set up an account… it suggests your phone number with area code as the account number. People pick up their phone, call 1-888-Excite2 … and speak or say your account number (then listen to a short ad) … then are told to either say their message or start their fax. Their voice message shows up in your Excite Mail inbox almost immediately. There’s also a fax service — with the downside being you can only receive 10/month. The upside is that senders get to dial the toll-free number . . . so it’s toll-free faxing to you! Another serious drawback — these services only work in the USA. (Those outside the USA can still enjoy eFax though — see next item.) So… bottom line… for those in the USA, you’ve now got a 10-faxes-a-month- for-free TOLL FREE fax-to-inbox tool, and a nationwide toll-free voice- mail-to-inbox tool! Yahooo! Yahoo
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NET2PHONE NOW HAS NET2FAX

fax machine Several Brigada participants have written to thank us for recommending Net2Phone (first recommended in the May 2, 1997 edition). Well enter Net2Fax! http://www.net2phone.com/net2fax (If you have trouble getting it set up, you can always write net2faxatnet2phonedotcom  (net2faxatnet2phonedotcom)  .) Jason wrote this past week that he’s “been using Net2Phone for awhile (thanks to Brigada!) and just tried out Net2Fax. It worked great! Sent a fax to the U.S. from Brazil for 10 cents! I think this is one answer for those who’ve been trying to find a way to send faxes via the internet.” Sounds great. Don’t forget about efax, which allows you to receive faxes via your email inbox. Our whole office has now switched to the service so we can all have “personal” fax mailboxes for free (ad- supported, one click and it’s gone). So… no matter where you are in the world, your one fax number is still good and you get the fax the next time you log on to your email (first recommended in the March 26th ’99 edition). For more information about efax, hit http://www.efax.com. You must have access to the web to set it up.
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WEBWATCH: KNOWLEDGE BASE AT YOUR SERVICE

WebWatch Check out http://www.strategicnetwork.org, operated by the Network for Strategic Missions. Their mission? “Provide a direct link for the prayers, talents and resources of the Body of Christ to cutting edge opportunities in the 10/40 Window. We utilize our web site to enable strategy coordinators and advocates to create communities of Christians who share a heart for the unreached and gather together in common cause to see the 10/40 Window evangelized with the Gospel and served with the compassion of Christ. We invite Christians who advocate for specific countries and people groups to utilize our tools to freely host forums. Finally, we collect, annotate, index and provide information about world missions in searchable databases, including our knowledge base, initiatives database, and directories.”
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ABOUT A YEAR FROM NOW

world globe June 10th, 2000 — Jesus Day will be the largest millennium celebration of the Christian world. Jesus will be the center of attention as millions of grassroots Christians gather together outside church walls to honor and worship him as we mark his 2000th anniversary. The celebration will include a Dedication, Children’s prayer, a Great Commission statement, and music including the Millennium Chorus by Graham Kendrick. “As we enter the third millennium, God offers the Christ-Child, the Millennium Child for the healing of the nations.”
(Source: Gerald Coates, March for Jesus, via Ad2000’s Announcement www.ad2000.org. For more information visit http://www.gmfj.org/mfj_jesus_day.html or www.grahamkendrick.co.uk.)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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ENCOURAGE LOCAL MUSICAL STYLES IN WORSHIP

musical notes The book, Developing Indigenous Hymnody, will help you evaluate the local musical system and encourage the growth of appropriate psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This book discusses contemporary issues in hymnody development, suggests fifty key resources for personal study and provides a listing of over 550 published items on this topic, indexed by geographic region and major subject. Both musicians and non-musicians will find this resource to be understandable, extremely useful and priced for the limited budget! Contact Dianne RDQuayatcompuservedotcom  (R%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3EDQuayatcompuservedotcom)   for more information.
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JUST “IN CASE” YOU HAVEN’T ORDERED YOUR CD

cd-rom WorldChristian News & Books distributes material for each “Praying through the Window (PTTW)” event at great discounts. So you can order PTTW books, videos, CDs and new maps at heavy Brigada-type discounts. Just write to wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   (or call toll free in the USA (888)WCN-NEWS) or hit their site http://www.ywam.org/books/bks_ptw.html. They’ve got the jeweled case version of the PTTW CD for just $9.59 each (20% off list price) and they don’t make you prepay! Just place your order by email or phone and they’ll invoice you in the shipment of your product! Yahoo!Yahoo
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FOR THOSE LEARNING TO SPEAK

“Language Learning” is a free electronic newsletter providing helpful tips for learning foreign languages. Incorporating linguistic principles of second language acquisition with practical insight gained through years of language teaching and language learning, this newsletter is designed especially for those who have a strong desire to learn another language but who aren’t quite sure how to best go about it. Distributed twice a week, “Language Learning” will include tips that are directed toward all kinds of learners, from those in formal programs in a country where the language is spoken to those studying on their own in a country where the language is not spoken. To subscribe to this free newsletter, just send a blank e-mail to language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom  (language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom)  .
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“IT’S NOT WORTH IT”

Several Brigada participants wrote in response to last week’s item regarding anonymity (“IN THOSE ANONYMOUS TIMES, WHO DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE?“). One Christian worker wrote, “An excellent and timely reminder on anonymous times. Character is everything. I am currently in the midst of dealing with a moral failure where a friend/coworker gave into the flesh during an anonymous time. He is loosing his job, reputation, but due to brokenness not his family. It’s not worth it!” We agree — so let’s all remember — a word to the wise…
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FREE ENCRYPTION VIA SSL AND THE WEB

letter and ligntening bolt So, have you checked out Hushmail http://www.hushmail.com? Could be pretty useful if they can get the bugs worked out of it. One Brigada participant has already recommended it for “patient early adopters.” Apparently it’s set up so you log onto a secure site via your browser, then send email via that page that is sent in automatically encrypted form to other account holders. The whole thing is supposed to remain free. Check it out as an option to PGP — if you don’t want to mess with public/private keys.
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CHRISTIAN VIDEO CONVENTION

movie camera ICVM.com… Christian video… now that sounds like fun. If producing videos is your thing, or script writing, or videography, or filming your Sunday Church service, you are invited to attend the annual International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) convention in Orlando July 6-10th. There is a fee. Check out the details at http://www.icvm.com or write ScottHuberatntmdotorg  (Scott%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3EHuberatntmdotorg)  .
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MEMBER CARE IS READY TO CARE FOR YOU

The MemCa member care resources web-site has moved! You can find the new site at http://www.membercare.org. The site exists to serve you as a networking resource. The growth of this resource depends on your participation. We invite your suggestions and contributions of content for the site. Send comments or content material to MemberCareatxcdotorg  (MemberCareatxcdotorg)  .
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LOADS OF TESL RESOURCES

You can retrieve loads of resources on Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) by sending an email to: teslresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg  (tesl%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg)   This is a 41K file. Thanks to Ken for the fantastic job he has done assembling all this info!
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SAVE A TON ON TRAVEL

Wow… blinking1eyes Ken has also assembled a tremendous piece of work on travel. To get his 19K file on travel, including the biggest list of discounted travel agencies I’ve ever seen, just send a note to: travelatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg  (travelatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg)   Remember if you have updates for Ken, please email them directly to him. Thanks!
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

19990613 Brigada Today

Now with over 9100 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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AD2000’S NEW CD IS LOADED WITH INFO…

cd-rom Finally got a copy of that “Light the Window” CD. It’s everything they said it would be… General Information and Publications from the Int’l Office, The Joshua Project 2000 Unreached Peoples Lists (sure you can get it at their web site, but here’s a complete list in a useful form for you to take on the road when the web isn’t available), Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles, The Adoption Guidance Program, People Adoption Registration Form, and tons more. Brigada readers can purchase it for $9! Fax credit card info. to 719-576-2685 in the USA (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover Card orders accepted), or write Infoatad2000dotorg  (Infoatad2000dotorg)  . There’s also a plastic case version available from YWAM (but all we have are telephone numbers for that version: 1-800-922-2143 in the USA, or 425- 771-1153 elsewhere) for $11.99.
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NOTECARDS AT .COM NOT .CON

Remember those note cards from last week? Find them at http://www.kingdomgraphics.com not .con. :-) The contributor of the item apologizes for any inconvenience.. but I really should have noticed it when I pasted the URL in.
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THE VALUE OF SHORT TERM OUTREACHES

Here is an opportunity for you to be involved in a manual that will be a practical guide in helping organizations, churches and individuals in understanding the value of short-term outreaches. It will focus on the “how to” and the “why” questions, specifically focused on taking teams to unreached peoples. It will give suggestions about pit falls and how to be culturally sensitive touching on issues of contectulization. If anyone has any material to contribute to this manual on The Value Of Short Term Outreahces please could you forward it to charliepatinfodotbw  (charliepatinfodotbw)   or send it to: Charlie, PO BOX 448, MAUN, BOTSWANA.
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AFRICAN SOCIAL MESSAGE VIDEOS

movie camera DSR has over 80 top-quality African titles on a variety of social developmental subjects, and has distributed 20,000+ videos worldwide over the last dozen years. They are implementing a new discount program during the summer of 1999. The second video ordered is at half price – or every other video you buy is 50% off. Please email for more information or a free catalog. Or check out the DSR web site. All videos are in stock for quick delivery. Most orders can be shipped within one day. DSR encourages inquiries for special pricing on large orders. Just ask and you shall (probably) receive! Steve is the guy … ssmithatdsr-incdotcom  (ssmithatdsr-incdotcom)  . The site is: http://www.catalog.com/dsr/film.htm.
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SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP

CAM International and Dallas Theological Seminary are sponsoring this workshop in Dallas, TX, primarily for missionaries but also open to mission pastors and seminary students. Write karenworthingtonatdtsdotedu  (karen%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eworthingtonatdtsdotedu)   for more information. Or browse http://www.RelationshipSkills.com.
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CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL DATABASE TRIAL VERSION

graduation capRemember that database we mentioned previously that’s designed to help those administrating correspondence courses? Well now the authors have forged a trial version in true “try-before-you-buy” fashion. This trial version is the fully operational database but limited to five individuals/students. The’ll remove this limitation when you register it according to the instructions included in the download file and database. The self-extracting download file is approximately 11 Mbytes, so it may take a while to download depending upon your modem speed. Check it out at: http://www.rkhs.com/donandbev/database.htm.
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CHRISTIAN COMICS/CARTOON BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

Just rec’d this item from Nate: “Thanks to a great tip from a recent BRIGADA …, ROX35 Media, Inc. is now offering a new resource to fill the gap created by the demise of the Christian Comics Catalog last year. In association with Amazon.com, the Christian Comics International web site (which ROX35 maintains as a ministry service) is now listing 20 different Christian comics, cartoon, and related paperback & hardback books which can be ordered on-line, on-the-spot, including Bible adaptations, comics paperbacks, cartoon collections, and more. This is a “win-win-win” situation because

  1. It is a valuable resource to everyone who is looking for Christian comics,
  2. It supports individual Christians and Christian publishers who are producing this material,
  3. It advances ROX35’s mission to encourage use of Christian comics for evangelism & discipleship, and
  4. It will raise some additional funding for the comics training ministry work of ROX35 Media, Inc. via the commissions received on each book purchased through the CCI site.

You can browse at: http://users.aol.com/ChriCom/buybooks.html.”

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IN THOSE ANONYMOUS TIMES, WHO DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE?

You know the times I mean. You’re traveling along on a train in a country where nobody even knows your name. You’re in an airport far away from home. Or maybe you’re just out in the bush at a village where your mission doesn’t have a project – and you know that no one in the world even knows where you are. In those times and all the other “anonymous” times, who do you choose to be?

I’m beginning to think that those are the times in which we learn most about ourselves. Because when we’re with others who know us, we probably tend to model our behavior a little bit like their expectations. But when your totally anonymous… where do your eyes glance? Where do your thoughts take you about the person you just met?

I have a feeling that Paul must have worked this out. He wrote, in II Co. 5:16 and following, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. … Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

So you see my point – when we’re in those totally anonymous times, maybe that’s when we need to work all the harder to become the person He wants us to be for that moment. This morning I’m in one of those situations at the University of Oklahoma. I had to choose carefully to get up and have quiet time with the Lord – and with the schedule here, I had to rise at 4:50am to do it. But I’m beginning to realize that it’s those little decisions… the ones at 4:50 in the morning when nobody in the whole world will know it except you and God – those are the times that mold us into the people God wants us to be. I went out, found a gazebo, and sang out loud to the Lord and realized… that was the place He wanted me to be this morning.

So where does He want you to be today?

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LIGHT THE WINDOW CD-ROM NOW AVAILABLE

cd-romHave you heard about AD2000’s new “Light the Window” CD-ROM? It’s got 650 megs of videos, music, data! Included are complete working copies of websites from 14 organizations supporting Praying Through the Window IV, the whole Adoption Guidance Program (updated), a special Networking Program (new!), and lots more. You can’t get to the bottom of this CD, but you’ll have fun trying! For Praying Through the Window IV (PTW IV), find the October 1999 “Light the Window” prayer guide and video along with prayer guides, books and videos from all previous PTW’s. You’ll find database information, slide presentations, free software, and even pray along in RealAudio with key mission leaders-like Luis Bush! The PTW guide has clickable links to maps and profiles of strategic towns of the 10/40 window, and profiles of the people group. The cost of all of these resources would amount to several hundred dollars if purchased separately, but Brigada readers can purchase it for $9! Fax credit card info. to 719-576-2685 in the USA (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover Card orders accepted), or write Infoatad2000dotorg  (Infoatad2000dotorg)  . There’s also a plastic case version available from YWAM (but all we have are telephone numbers for that version: 1-800-922-2143 in the USA, or 425- 771-1153 elsewhere) for $11.99.
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LIST OF NETWORKS IS GROWING!

Brigada LogoOkay… so finally our list of networks is growing a little bit. But it still isn’t where it should be. We’re trying to build a list of sources, contacts, connections, links, etc., for information and networking on specific people groups. Notice how you can enter your information as a “mailto:” entry and folks will automatically subscribe to your Brigada-type email conference. It’s free! So please jump in – just see the instructions at the top of the page. http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today You’ll need to register at egroups.com first (go to http:/www.egroups.com and follow the instructions).
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LAST CHANCE FOR CIN PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING

praying handsChristian Information Network will be conducting a Prayer Journey Training, June 18-19 at New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, CO. If you are planning on participating in the Praying Through The Window IV prayer initiative by taking a prayer journey, this training is invaluable. Sessions will be conducted by Beverly Pegues, executive director of Christian Information Network and the CIN staff. The cost for this training is $75 per person or $105 per couple. For more information, write cinatcin1040dotnet  (cinatcin1040dotnet)  . Better do it today.
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WHAT’S UP WITH PRAYER IN YOUR TOWN?

The National Pastors’ Prayer Network (US) is eager to receive reports and updates from other nations on the progress of pastors praying together for revival and spiritual awakening. The NPPN Global Update has connections with Pastors’ Prayer Networks in Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Argentina and Canada. You can submit reports and requests on the prayer movement among pastors in your nation to: philatnppndotorg or subscribe to the NPPN Updates at: subscribeatnppndotorg or visit the NPPN web site at: http:www.nppn.org or add your Pastors’ Prayer Groups to a web directory of over 850 PPGs at: http:www.nppn.org/ppg
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SOFTWARE FOR YOUR FINANCIAL TRACKING

dollar sign If you’re a missionary with financial accounting needs, check out http://www.mindspring.com/~rnewman/PMM51.html to learn about Personal Ministry Manager. A ton of missionaries have told us they love it. If you’ve no web access, write rnewmanatmindspringdotcom  (rnewmanatmindspringdotcom)  .
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THE LATEST FROM AD2000 & BEYOND

What’s the current status for JP2000? Dan Scribner at AD2000’s Int’l Office sent me a scoreboard report this past week. He says there are 1599 peoples on active JP list, of which 1119 have no Church of 100 reported. Gulp. Furthermore there are 556 with no reported on-site Church Planting team yet, and still 225 that aren’t targeted or “claimed.” How can you get more information? Visit http://www.ad2000.org
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VIDEO OVERVIEW OF HINDUISM

movie camera Mark Kelly mentioned this past week the movie, “The Gods of India,” a video overview of Hinduism. For information, e-mail wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or write World Christian News, P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936. You can get Mark’s occasional email bulletin called Advance by writing subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .
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MORE GOOD REASONS TO BE CAREFUL WITH ATTACHMENTS

virus Well, June is mating season for viruses, it seems . . . and there are tons more coming into your email attachment box. Rather than describe them all – are you seeing a trend here? Unless you have up-to-date virus checking software or you’re very daring, never open executable attachments. If you receive one from a friend, before opening it, write him/her and ask its purpose. Your friend might have one of the new-breed viruses that sends out infected attachments without his/her knowledge! Gulp.
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LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE? CONSULT BRIGADA-OPPORTUNITIES

Brigada Logo It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! For example, Todd ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom  (ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom)   recently wrote from the World Evangelization Research Center where David Barrett and he are patiently trying to put the wraps on the next World Christian Encyclopedia. Where am I going to send them? To Brigada-Opportunities. Because that is the place where volunteers meet potential! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . And if you’ve got an opportunity (Todd, this means you :-) ), just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)  . You don’t have to join – but your email will float into the conference even though you’re not subscribed! That way, you get to place your notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the mail! When the volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). Couldn’t be simpler. So go for it!
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BY THE WAY – THE WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA IS COMING!

Almost forgot to mention, . . . the World Christian Encyclopedia is reaching its final stages of production! Yahooooo! That’s why the team of researchers at the World Evangelization Research Center is looking for two new full-time missionary researchers (mentioned in the item above). They’re zeroing in on a new edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia – three 800-page volumes examining the status of Christianity and evangelization in all the countries, peoples, cities, provinces, and languages of the world. Mission strategy and a plan to complete the task of world evangelization is also being highlighted. An online version and a companion CD-ROM are planned to make the data more accessible to missionaries and church leaders. So that’s why they were looking for two individuals who would be fully-supported missionaries seconded to WERC in Richmond, Virginia, USA, for the next 3 – 6 months – to complete the print Encyclopedia. And get this (remember you heard it first here on Brigada!) – they’re also working on an online version called the World Christian Database. (By the way, if you know of someone who might be able to help them, write ToddJohnsonatgem-wercdotorg  (ToddJohnsonatgem-wercdotorg)  .) Yahooo!Yahoo
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NEED INFO ON PUPPET MINISTRY FOR MISSIONS?

Now you have it. Just send a message to puppetsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (puppetsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll receive a 70K resource directory on how to make ministry happen cross- culturally! Thanks Ken!
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IF KIDS ARE YOUR FOCUS, YOU NEED THIS RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Ken’s done it again! Tons of great stuff on outreach to youth around the world. 81K with contact addresses and lots of content. Just write to childrenatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (childrenatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  
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FOR THOSE SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

We’ve already shared the 15K Muslim-Training guide (refreshed June 10th, by the way). But here’s a 58K Muslim-Outreach guide! Just write muslim-outreachatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (muslim-outreachatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . Ken, we’re in your debt! (If you want a new copy of the Muslim-Training guide, muslim-trainingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (muslim-trainingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .)
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GREAT MISSIONS PRAYER SITE

praying hands Have you taken a look at http://www.prayerispower.org? They’ve got a unique approach to internet prayer ministry where pray-ers are divided in teams and each person receives just 10 requests and/or praises each day. One of the 10 is a nation with a great summary of facts and requests. So with this approach, in less than one month, every nation and the president/head of state has been prayed for by name! Great idea! thumbs-up
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NOTECARDS AT HALF-PRICE

Have you been wishing for that special way to write supporters or friends? Now you’ve got it. Send for 12 Cards & Envelopes for only $2.50 per pkg. (normally $4.50 per pkg.). The original pen & ink artwork on the cover is a close-up of a lamb being held in the arms of The Shepherd. The artist is Bert VandenBos. This Card and others are produced by Kingdom Graphics and can be seen or ordered at their “Secure Credit Card” Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com or toll-free 800-618-3133 (only within the USA) or kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)  . Payment must accompany all orders.
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WORLD MISSIONS ATLAS PROJECT

ICCM logoAt each year’s International Conference on Computing and Missions http://www.iccm.org, Bob Sutterfield finds one jaw-dropper application. This year it’s the World Missions Atlas Project http://www.worldmap.org. Bob’s right. Just as he told me this past week, you’ll find “thick, rich data to delight missions mobilizers and wannabe cartographers. Zero in on a region, find the peoples who live there, and click to the prayer profile you need to begin informed intercession. Too cool!” thumbs-up
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BRING VISITORS TO YOUR MISSIONS SITE

Here’s a spot where you can plug in the URL of your missions web site and get some eyeballs: http://dmoz.org/Society/Religion/Faiths_and_Beliefs/Christianity/Missions
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TIME TO “GO GLOBAL”

world globeCheck out “Go Global”, a ministry of YWAM Australia, a missions mobilization ministry especially dedicated to the 10/40 Window. Representatives from Go Global can come to speak or teach at your conference or event. Write mauriceantonelliathotmaildotcom  (mauriceantonelliathotmaildotcom)   or http://www.pastornet.net.au/scwm/goglobal.htm.
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DIGITAL CAMERAS ARE FINALLY REACHING USEFUL LEVEL

cameraBeen putting off the decision of buying a digital camera because you’ve heard about the “jaggies”, ie., that the resolution won’t appear good enough on the page and the picture will look fuzzy or rough on the edges similar to the old “dot matrix” printer look? Well… depending on your expectations, your wait might be over. I’ve recently seen a couple of these cameras that produced beautiful hues with near photo-like realism. For one of our missionaries headed to Bosnia, we recommended (a couple of months ago) the Nikon Coolpix 900s, which was running around $600 or so street-pricing. And that camera does a sufficiently beautiful job to make you say “cheese” any old day. (I saw the output!) But now there are even newer models, costing less money, being introduced in the coming weeks… that there are even fewer reasons to wait! One of those new models is the Toshiba PDR-M1. Like most technologies, as the weeks pass, the price goes down and the quality goes up. Digital cameras are no exception. The PDR-M1 is around $320 street-priced, is a cinch to operate, and when you need it, it’ll take pictures with up to 1.5 million pixels (those little dots used to produce digital shots). You’ll get accurate exposures, sharp detail, and great color — all in a compact size and an attractive package. If you’ve been waiting for a good reason to buy a digital camera, the PDR- M1 might be it! Check it out at http://www.dsc.toshiba.com or call a camera dealer near you! (And… in case you’re wondering, I don’t get a cut… :-) )
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NOW YOU CAN SET UP YOUR OWN WEB OFFICE FOR FREE!

WebWatchJust go to http://www.webex.com. This is a great site! You can arrange an international presentation where everyone shows up for a kind of “live and in person” meeting with you. You can do PowerPoints or take people on a tour of the web or . . . whatever! The first level is absolutely free (premier services are also available).
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WHERE WILL VOICE RECOGNITION GO IN THE FUTURE?

Just about anywhere you want it to take you. If you don’t believe me (and you live in the USA), call toll-free to talk to a computer at 888-573-8255. This computer is located in Victor Zue’s Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT. The project name is Jupiter – and it’s out of this world! It uses speech understanding to answer your questions about the weather over the phone. The same crew is also working on an airline information application and a mapping application. What does this have to do with missions? Well not much at the moment – but in a few years, there will be tons of possible applications, especially for those who hate to type or don’t have access to the web but can get a phone connection.
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 2

letter and ligntening boltLast week we wrote about doing your homework before traveling overseas. That homework might point you to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) who has a point of presence (POP) in your destination country. But what if none are available there… at least none to which you can subscribe in advance. Well one option is to set up a web-mail account before you leave your home. Just about all the major “portals” are allowing you to set up free web-based email services now. You can do it at http://www.yahoo.com or http://www.hotmail.com or http://www.netaddress.net and many others. Roger wrote this past week to report that during his recent furlough in the USA, he found it very convenient to get a free Yahoo e-mail account. “We could access it anywhere we could get on the internet,” he reported. “We had our xc.org address forwarded to the Yahoo address, and could thus receive all that mail directly. With a Yahoo account, you can also check external mail which has a POP account, so we could actually take our mail off our server in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, in that manner also.”

However, many are traveling the other direction — where web access is either expensive or totally unavailable. If you’ve done your homework and, in spite of it, you can’t locate an ISP with POPs in your destination area, ask once more if any locals there would help you set up an account with a local ISP. Sometimes, all it takes is a one-hour stop-in at their office in the capitol city. You might be surprised to learn how “high tech” their local network is . . . and they might have POPs throughout the country! Just be sensitive — remember that anything and everything you say is being stored on local servers, maintained by friendly (or not-so-friendly) locals.

To connect, you’ll often need special phone tip adaptors. Again, it’s better to find out about these in advance, where possible. Maybe someone would be willing to pick you up an adaptor so you can hit the ground running the moment you arrive. For example, those from the USA will want a tip-converter for an RJ-11 type plug. I find these in the most unlikely places. The Swiss-type connectors are available at a little computer store in the basement of the main downtown train station. I got the connection for Bosnia in an appliance store in Split. Croatia. These tips are enough to drive you crazy, so it’s worth trying to set them up in advance. If you can’t find a local to help you, talk to PORT, a computer company specializing in products for travelers, http://www.port.com or, in the USA, 1-800-242-3133. They can usually help you figure out what you need.

Next week we’ll talk about the minimum “secret agent tool kit” to take along on your trip. You can almost hear the Mission: Impossible music in the background already, right? :-)

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CALL FOR MISSIONS POEMS/DRAMAS

Got any missions poems/dramas that others could use in a missions conference? Then Grace wants ’em! :-) Write her at gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  . Send her the whole script or poem if possible, and don’t forget to mention if there are special permissions needed before use. She’ll assemble them and make them available to us here for an autoresponder. Thanks!
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

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  • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”
  • CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS
  • PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000
  • THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS
  • WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…
  • WEB-WATCH
  • SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE
  • NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE
  • LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS
  • FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY
  • LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”
  • LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!
  • FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!
  • TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY
  • RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST
  • LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS
  • 0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN
  • FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…
  • TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1
  • CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA
  • ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND
  • FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES
  • WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS
  • WANTED — STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES
  • GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?
  • OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?
  • GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”
  • TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”

    Brigada LogoEver notice that when we talk about all the 9000+ members of the Brigada family, we try to always say “participants” instead of mere “readers?” That’s because you’re involved!

    1. many Brigada participants coordinate or participate in people group advocacy networks, either online or in person;
    2. tons of Brigada participants respond to inquiries put together for future Brigada Today stories… like a collection of TESL resources, for instance;
    3. whenever there’s a special resource or opportunity, sometimes hundreds (literally!) of responders come rolling in!

    So thanks for being more than just “readers”! Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

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    CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS

    Don’t forget to wonder on in and check out all the links that are going up at http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today Note the instructions at the top of the page. Check out links to Albania, Japan, and the uttermost parts of the earth!

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    PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000

    Brigada LogoPeople are already praying for BrigadaFest 2000, scheduled for Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. We’re planning on a very focused get-together, modeled after the Pit-Stops that have occurred regionally throughout the USA, with emphasis on people group tracks and PACE Projects (specific adopt-a-people projects focused proactively on church planting and prayer mobilization). If you’d like to take advantage of this event as a venue for your unreached people group get-together for 2000 – and meet in concert with 20-30 other focused tracks, drop me a line at Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg)   and we’ll do our best! We’ll provide the meeting room for your track, along with logistics for meals, housing, secure registrations by web, security, audio-visual equipment, etc. The works! Costs will be kept as low as possible by relying heavily on volunteers. The event is being jointly sponsored by:

    • Interdev (which has volunteered to lead sessions on partnership development),
    • Caleb Project (which has offered to lead an Advocacy Training track),
    • Southeast Christian Church (which has a weekly worship attendance of 12,000+ friendly believers and a passion to change the world for Him),
    • Friends of Bosnia and a dozen other unreached peoples tracks (so far) from around the globe
    • Team Expansion (seeking to serve as a catalyst for launching additional PACE Projects), and, of course,
    • Brigada.

    Others are warmly welcome to attend. Registration will all be done in advance so we’ll be able to plan very specifically for content and direction of each hour. Let’s make this a time when we can finally come together in one place to meet one another and find out more about each other than “such-and-such.com.” :-)

    If you’d like to attend, send a message to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   to receive regular updates. And if you’re interested in interceding for the event, send a message to brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   where the prayer meeting has already begun! Check out this prayer sent over that conference last week from Terry BorkTerryataoldotcom  (BorkTerryataoldotcom)  , a prayer coordinator for BrigadaFest:
    “Dear heavenly Father, Your love for us is so immense. You created each one of us as a unique individual. Help us to see that uniqueness in each other and to appreciate it as you do. As we pray for Unreached People groups, show us the burden of your heart for each and help us to pray your blessings upon them. Jesus, you came to save the lost, help them to know how much you love them, protect them from harm and meet their needs. As we prepare for BrigadaFest 2000 and the Friends of Bosnia conference there in February, keep each of us focused on our specific area that you want us to work in. Send laborers to help plan these events and execute the logistics for them. Give wisdom to the leaders who are meeting to discuss the planning. Jesus, give us the Nations and help us to love them as you love them. I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Our Lord.”
    Yahooo!!!! Join Terry each week and let’s pray that God works mightily in this event!

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    THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS

    praying handsThey’re at it again! In cooperation with the Praying Through the Window IV Committee, Global Mapping is pulling together a new prayer map! Yahooo!  Now I haven’t seen a copy of these on paper, but I have looked at the prototype at: http://www.gmi.org/pttw4.htm and it looks very interesting! Strategic “towns”! :-) Plus, it seems to almost have that “satellite view” glow about it! Cool!  Check it out for yourself. This “Strategic Towns” color map for fall comes in three formats:

    • Personal Map: 8 1/2″ x 11″
    • Place-Mat: 11″ x 17″
    • Wall-Map: 22″ x 34″

    Until JUNE 30TH, you can place a pre-publication order in quantities of 100 or more and save 20% off their regular bulk prices coming in July. On orders of 1,000 or more, there is even room on the map to print your own logo (small extra charge). For more information, including billing options, write pttw4atgmidotorg  (pttw4atgmidotorg)  .

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    WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…

    Brigada LogoSuppose you have a passion for a particular people group and you’d like to start up a brigada-style conference, based on the old brigada-peoples-*atxcdotorg model… or the old brigada-connections-*atxcdotorg model… Either way, just send an email to transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll receive a complete set of instructions for handling this question. These have been recently updated as of today to reflect the needs of new groups.

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    WEB-WATCH – NO FRONTIERS

    WebWatchhttp://www.nofrontiers.com are a UK- based ministry who supply tracts, booklets, books and Bibles in about 100 languages. Check ’em out! (Thanks Tony!)

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    SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE

    Check out the upgraded information at Scruples Business and Missions Page www.scruples.org/bizetmiz/. There’s a Directory of over 135 Organizations that have ministry or mission opportunities for Christians in the Marketplace from tentmaking positions to micro enterprise development initiatives, an ANNOTATED Bibliography of Business and Missions resources with over 125 sources (articles, books, research papers, videos, web sites and much more). There are also archives of the Scruples Business and Missions Newsletter, a Calendar of Events which features upcoming training seminars and conferences for Business and Missions, and even a Discussion Forum! Check it out!

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    NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE

    Join the new Business and Missions email conference! Subscribers can send announcements to the conference with respect to Business and Missions news and opportunities. There is a Member Only chat site for Business and Missions people to meet and discuss Business and Missions initiatives. There is a group calendar on which you can post your Business and Missions events. The conference is a private conference which requires membership approval of the conference owner, Mike McLoughlin who is the author of the Scruples Business and Missions Site. To subscribe to the conference please send an email to brigada-business-and-missions-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-business-and-missions-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and include your name, organization and mailing address and a brief sentence on why you are interested in business and missions.

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    LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS

    cd-romSOON Gospel Literature has put together some links to various online resources and CD offers. The author would be grateful for other links for this section. http://www.webauthors.org/guide/webmission.html#language

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    FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY

    Check out http://www.angelfire.com/az/rescon/index.html for the latest on topics of interest for people involved in the Muslim world and/or the Middle East.

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    LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”

    The Antioch Network Annual Gathering of Churches will take place at the beautiful Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, AZ, Aug 25-28, ’99. This year’s Gathering will focus on the steps toward engagement in cross-cultural work among the unreached. There will also be roundtables and workshops for select groups like Sr. pastors, missions pastors and others. Cost for the Gathering is $125 per attendee (late registration, postmarked after July 25, 1999, $150 per attendee). For more information wrote gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg  (gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg)   or browse http://www.antiochnetwork.org.

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    LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!

    graduation capPacific Academy, a K- 12 Christian school near Vancouver, Canada, is developing courses for delivery via the Internet. Check ’em out at http://www.pagecomm.net or email dlambieratpagecommdotnet  (dlambieratpagecommdotnet)  .

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    FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!

    praying handsThose interested in this year’s “30 Days Hindu Prayer Focus,” announced by WorldChristian News and U.K.-based South Asia Concern, are encouraged to choose ANY 30-day period in which to utilize the 1999 edition of the prayerguide booklets. Many churches and ministries have found this to be helpful, allowing them to plan in a way appropriate to their ministry schedule. For info on available materials (including a new video series on India and Hinduism), contact wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , or view http://www.ywam.org/prayer.hindu.html

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    TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY

    graduation capA unique database program has been developed for record keeping for correspondence schools. It provides the capability of tracking names and addresses for a virtually unlimited number of students. It also tracks the student’s grades and grade averages in numerous classes. The database provides numerous reports and mailing labels. It is written in MS Access and is a Y2K compliant, totally self-contained program. Minimum system requirements: Windows 95 or 98 operating system on a 486 PC with 16 Megabytes RAM. For more information, send email to donandbevatcompuservedotcom  (donandbevatcompuservedotcom)  .

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    RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST

    Several folks were confused by the fact that our original “top 20 unreached peoples list” was formatted as a Rich Text Format (RTF) file. As a result, we caved in and went to POAT (Plain Old ASCII Text) :-). If you felt as if you got only garbage, try it again by sending an email to the following address: top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .

    Important: On this and all other auto-responders, it’s critical that you not add any quotation marks to the address. Do it exactly like you see above.

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    LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS

    cd-romDon’t ship heavy books … go with CDs! Saves money AND allows you to have access to your books while IN the field. Let the computer read the books & TELL YOU the book page to click & start reading; then annotate to the word of choice. Search some or all books for any word, phrase, topic or scripture citation/mention. Logos Research Systems http://www.logos.com has a special email offer (only) to Brigada participants and to those IN the field where Logos distributorship is not present. Select any package & receive 50% discount on the Logos Lesson Builder product that offers IVP LifeGuide Bible Study series on CD. Lesson Builder contains 10 years of editable lessons (if used at the rate of one per week) plus lesson making templates to follow. Normally $59.95. Email Trish trishatlogosdotcom  (trishatlogosdotcom)   and she will assist you in selecting from several greatly reduced in price packages and point you to local distribution where we must. Note that the special offer is only available direct & it is not available on their web site. Offer valid to June 30, 1999.

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    0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN

    booksOver 7,000 carefully selected titles makes the 0nline Bookstore at Reformed Theological Seminary a must for the serious student of the Bible. Books are discounted and books on sale are deeply discounted. Best of Category selections assist the shopper in book selection. RTS Powerbrowse provides a notification system of new books that match your criterion via email. Check it out at: http://www.rtsbookstore.edu

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    FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…

    movie cameraFor Brigada participants, they tell us that they’re still willing to provide free Jesus videos, if you follow the instructions carefully. Get the lowdown by sending a blank email to this address: jesus-filmsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (jesus-filmsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

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    TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1

    bow tied to fingerLast week, a friend wrote to share some of the challenges he’d faced on a recent trip out of the country, trying to connect to the Internet. He asked that we pass along any tips we can think of, over the coming months. So… that’s exactly what we’ll do.

    The first tip is a simple one… Do your homework in advance! Depending on the length of your trip and how you’ll be hosted in your destination country, find someone there who will be able to give you some local pointers to getting online there… and email them in advance. Be sensitive to their time commitments. Keep your questions short and to the point and, though it might seem funny to say so, I’d suggest you avoid chitchat. These missionary-types are usually very relational people! :-) Some of them only email as much as they have to … They don’t want to spend their evenings away from family with their face buried into a computer screen! We’ll assume for this tip that you’re on a two-week journey… fairly short as int’l travel goes.

    So ask simple things…

    1. Will our group be staying near anyone with a computer that we might be able to use to send back an occasional email message to our friends and family back home — say once every 3 or 4 days?
    2. If so, we’ll glad reimburse for the time online. (Note: this will probably be a combination of the local “units” [or number of minutes times the price per minute for a local call] plus the cost per minute for the Internet connectivity; still, it’s probably less than the cost of you dialing Zurich or Penang or whatever.)
    3. If not, would he or she know of any locations — like a “teleboutique” — where we might be able to get a phone connection to call CompuServe or AOL or any other int’l carrier?

    If he or she writes back and says it’ll be too much of a hassle, trust the response and leave the laptop at home. Plan on using a callback service (more on that later) or something similar. Sometimes email just isn’t worth the trouble. Make two or three phone calls during your two-week trip… and that should be plenty to keep friends and family informed. That having been said, I haven’t personally left the computer at home since 1991… :-)… and our mission is at work in over two dozen countries and we’ve traveled through dozens of other lands without an email hitch… so more later on how to get connected from those impossible locations! But for now… trust your host!

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    CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA

    Plans have been confirmed for Nate Butler and Len Cowan of ROX35 Media, Inc. to teach a “Comics As Communication” course on Aug. 9-12 at the Goldengate Seminary, on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley, CA. The course will cover Writing & Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing,”Guerilla Marketing” ideas, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. This will very likely be ROX35’s only North American comics training in 1999 and possibly 2000. So if you live in the US, Canada, or Mexico and have been wanting to attend a ROX35 seminar, you should plan to be in this class. Early registration (before July 12th) is advised. For more information (and a registration form), browse http://www.ggbts.edu/continuum/events.html. For more information on ROX35 visit their web site at http://www.ROX35Media.org or email ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg  (ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg)  .

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    ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND

    Literacy & Evangelism International with Graceland English Training are proud to host an ESL Teacher Training Program this summer in Poland June 27 – July 3, 1999. This program will prepare participants for: Teaching a Bible-based ESL program: “Passport to the World of English.” Included are units on starting and maintaining an ESL outreach ministry/English School in a church and/or community, helping students reduce their accent through music and pronunciation exercises, assisting churches in evangelism in their communities. Course includes hands on training and Book 1 of Passport to the World of English. Location is Ciechanow, Poland. Cost $50 US. For further information contact Colette at projpoleathomemaildotcom  (projpoleathomemaildotcom)  .

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    FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES

    Maddie’s got a webzine dedicated to uplifting missionaries in particular and Christians in general. She also offers ‘For the Love of Missionaries’ Workshops, which presents unique and dynamic ways the Body can ‘lift up’ and ‘support’ Missionaries. See her site at: http://servant.gentle.org/littlesparrowministries/ or email her directly LittleSparrowMinistriesatyahoodotcom  (LittleSparrowMinistriesatyahoodotcom)  .

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    WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS

    telephoneYup. According to Shawn shawndotturpinatc2idotnet  (shawndotturpinatc2idotnet)  , there really are MAC users still out there! :-) (Just kidding! :-) ) Seriously, Shawn is looking for programs like MediaRing only for a MAC environment. Got any help for him? If so, drop him a line at the address above and please copy our new “holding tank” conference by including a “CC:” to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   and in the subject line, put “MAC net- to-phone options”. Note that you don’t have to join to post a message to that list. However, if you’re eager to get feedback on this issue, you’ll see it just as soon as the feedback comes in, rather than having to wait for the original inquirer to compile the feedback summary! This is a new service for Brigada participants that we hope will take care of those situations when the compiler is… well… shall we say… a little slow on the compiling process! :-) If you want to read the responses as they come in, just send a message to: brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  

     Note… you’ll be reading responses on multiple issues eventually… so instructions are provided should you ever decide to unsubscribe. Meanwhile, we’ll ask Shawn to pull together the compiled list for us in two weeks or so. Thanks!

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    WANTED – STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES

    Neal Pirolo is writing a book on re-entry and wants to include real stories, although names and details may be changed to assure confidentiality. Please contact Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)   and they will give you further details. If you find it too difficult to write about your experience, you may call 619-292-7020 in the USA. They will be happy to talk you through it. They would like to help local churches learn more about the re- entry process. When you write your story, be sure to copy your message to: brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)  . You need not join to send a message to that email list… but this way, others could join that group (by sending a message to brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom) and begin reading your stories the moment you send them to Neal, instead of after the book is done! Make sure you label the subject of your message clearly: “still more missionary reentry stories.” Thanks!

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    GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?

    If you are aware of any ministries serving the mentally ill and handicapped in developing countries (especially if they distribute medicine or provide housing), please send the names and addresses to Mert Hershberger mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)  . Also, Mert would be glad to receive any brief reports you have on how you personally have seen the mentally ill and handicapped treated in developing countries. Please specify the region/country and the time when you were there. He will compile a report and send it back to us in a few weeks. When you write Mert, don’t forget to copy your message to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)  . (You need not subscribe to send a message to that conference… but others can subscribe to catch your messages by sending a blank message to: brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .) Make sure you label the subject as “MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.” Thanks!

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    OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?

    Okay… I’m clueless. Howard howardatsrtmediadotdialixdotozdotau  (howardatsrtmediadotdialixdotozdotau)   is the Int’l Dir. of an Australian mission organization and he has to find the names of the 200 largest (population) cities in the world, in India and in Australia for his prayer and outreach endeavor. So… exactly how could he do that on the web? If you’ve got an option for him, write him directly (and he’ll put together a summary report in two weeks or so) and also copy brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   in case someone is dying for the answer today (in which case they can join brigada-responses per the instructions in the item above). Thanks!

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    GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”

    letter and ligntening bolt Here’s a “guest editorial” by a buddy named Tim. Check out his thoughts and see what you think. If you’d like to respond to his piece, send a blank message to brigada-thinktank-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-thinktank-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and you’ll be added to a discussion group to tackle this issue. Tim’s already there in the discussion room, waiting to see your feedback to his editorial. You can send in your opinion, then listen to the responses, or unsubscribe at any time (see the instructions you’ll receive in the welcome message). We’ll get a summary from him in a couple of weeks. Take it away, Tim!

    “Is e-mail an overall positive or negative influence on world missions? People are sharply divided between the geeks, who see no reason to limit people’s access to e-mail, and the non-geeks, who say they spend an inordinate percentage of their work time answering e-mail and see that percentage as increasing alarmingly over time. My personal position is the snail-mail metaphor … I’d never say you can only open up the little box on the curb once each week, or only if there is absolutely nothing else to do, or only if you’re in-country for more than a month, etc. I’d be more inclined to say that as long as you’re doing an excellent job, what you do with your free time is up to you. If you want to stay up until 2 AM watching a movie, or surfing the web, then hey, you’re a grown-up; go for it.

    “Others, though, say that the geeks fill up the inboxes of the non- geeks with pseudo-conversational babble and it’s hard to do anything other than opening every e-mail and pondering what to do with it. The geeks, in turn, say there are lots of ways to sort and pitch your mail, again, just like snail mail. To which the non-geek reply would be that the geeks tend to have full-time access to fast internet connections and can type faster, so they tend to operate at a higher throughput rate so that they can more efficiently spew forth messages for non- geeks to wade through.

    “Both the geeks and non-geeks agree that for some people, the PC can become an alternate, more comforting best friend (which is sad), but the geeks hold that the person in this position would have found some other escapist form of non-work (anti-work?) and thus the PC should not be blamed for the problem. And both would agree that there are, indeed, pointless e-mails that get in the way of real work. Anyway, what’s the solution? Should we ban or severely limit e-mail, or is there a better solution?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 19990523 Brigada Today

    Now with 9114 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    In this issue….

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    I’M STILL BOTHERED BY OUR LACK OF DIRECTIONAL BEACONS

    Frankly, I’m still bothered by our lack of directional beacons for finding out more about various unreached peoples. A (former?) xc.org user wrote me this past week to say, “How do I find all these ‘lost’ conferences? I feel like a lost sailor floating about on a piece of driftwood!” If you’re the moderator of a still active email discussion group about a particular unreached people… or if you maintain a web site about the same, please figure out a public conference or “front door” and put up a note at http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today. Make sure you start your “name” with a forward slash “/” and, if possible, provide a URL link. (The “Add Link” button is at the bottom of the page.) But even if you don’t have a web site, please put up a note about your email conference! Many of our users miss the roster of “conferences.” With this approach, it doesn’t matter if you’re on eGroups, MAFxc, or Topica or whatever.
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    NEW RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES

    Ken has done a good job. In fact, Ken has done a GREAT job. He’s compiled a directory of resources for a ton of unreached peoples. Some are specific to particular groups, while others are useful for a whole range of peoples. Thanks to his unselfish spirit, you can get the entire work for free via a Brigada auto-responder. Just write to this address: unreached-directoryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (unreached-directoryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . It’s big — about 150K. If you’d rather, you can also see it on the web at: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/?null=1 Thanks a million Ken!
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    WHEN YOU REGISTER AT EGROUPS, WATCH YOUR ALIAS

    letter and ligntening boltDon learned the hard way. It won’t work if you try to use an alias, unless you first make sure that the alias address is filled in on your email client’s “From:” box when you send messages into your eGroups conference. Bottom line: Settle on one address and use it exclusively, consistently, all the time — at least with eGroups.
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    MUSIC IN SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

    musical notesNow you can pick up Biblical principles and practical guidelines for encouraging the creating and implementing of indigenously-styled hymnody to reach Muslim seekers. Current case studies from around the world will substantiate these techniques. August 2-6, 1999, 6-9:15 pm (registrations due by JUNE 21), available for credit or non-credit. Contact The Summer Institute of Muslim Studies DuaneKrugeratkktvdotcom  (DuaneKrugeratkktvdotcom)  .
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    HONE UP ON INTERPERSONAL YOUR SKILLS

    Thanks to Grace, you can now hone up on your interpersonal skills by consulting the links she’s compiled for your personal study. Whether you’re a missionary, a mission administrator, or a worker in a local church, you’ll still want your relational skills to be at their very best. For free help, just send an email to: interpersonal-skillsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (interpersonal-skillsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   Please note that you must address your email exactly as shown.
    noteNote that you don’t have to type anything in the subject line or text (just put some periods or other garbage characters if your email client demands something). The email will be mailed to you by a computer server, so no need to ask or say thanks. It’ll serve you tirelessly, thanks to Bob, our web-minister and his faithful programming! Like all who participate in Brigada, Bob works totally as a volunteer, based in California. Thanks Bob… and thanks Grace!
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    JOIN WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES… OR REQUEST THEM!

    Wycliffe Associates (UK) are an organization of volunteers who help out Wycliffe Bible Translators in various practical ways: typing documents into electronic form, shopping, lifts to the airport, computer help, and more. There are W.A. branches in the US, Canada and other countries. They are always looking for

    1. volunteers to help them out
    2. missionaries (from any mission, they don’t just help Wycliffe) who need practical help “back home”.

    For more details have a look at their website: http://www.globalnet.co.uk/~wauk They welcome volunteers from any country, and they already have a group of keyboarders based in the USA. If you don’t have web access, write Paul at paulmorrissatinamedotcom  (paulmorrissatinamedotcom)   for more info.

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    HAVE A BOATLOAD OF FUN… SERVING ON FRIEND SHIPS

    Friend Ships http://www.friendships.org is an all-volunteer mercy ship ministry which works through Christian missions and churches world wide to deliver food, medicine and building and relief supplies. For the past few years they have given an average of 15 million dollars worth of food and goods. Their site invites volunteers long and short term to become part of this hands-on mission work. Ship experience not needed…just a willing heart and hands ready to serve and deliver the Gospel through word and deed. If you don’t have web access, try writing Dorothy damilleratproinetdotnet  (damilleratproinetdotnet)   for more info.
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    YOUR BEST MISSIONARY STORY… TO MICHELLE

    It all started because she’s been searching for this one particular missionary story she heard years ago. But in the process, she’s now willing to compile your best stories into a file we can load up at the auto-responder so everybody can fill up the old “missionary illustration” grab bag. So… get those illustrations out . . . and take your best shot at Michelle smrenaudatbigfootdotcom  (smrenaudatbigfootdotcom)  . She’ll compile them and weave them together into a book! :-) We’ll let you know if you happen to hit on the one she’s been looking for! :-)
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    SEND THE URL OF YOUR FAVORITE SITE FOR HINDUS

    Grace graceatsasiacccdotorg  (graceatsasiacccdotorg)   works for the Publications dept. of India Campus Crusade for Christ. She’s on a quest. She’d like to know your favorite web site for allowing Hindus to see Christ’s message and love. If you know of one, send it her way and she’ll knit together a resource file for all of us to download via an autoresponder.
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    FREE PRAYER CARDS ON THE SOUTHERN SHILHA

    “For a limited time small quantities of high quality full color Adopt A People prayer cards for the Southern Shilha Berbers of Morocco will be made available FREE of charge to churches, small groups, and individuals for the purpose of mobilization and intercessory use. The Southern Shilha were recently featured in Doug Lucas’s “Top Twenty” unreached people groups. To request a quantity of these cards contact Clark href="TF%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3E10%3C/i%3E%3C/b%3E40athotmaildotcom">TF1040athotmaildotcom.”
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    MISSION OPPORTUNITIES IN HONDURAS AND KAZAKSTAN

    Where can you learn about mission opportunities? Try Brigada-opportunities. Here are a couple of examples.

    1. IMPACT Teams and YWAM Honduras are partnering in the reconstruction of 50 homes for desperate families in a poor community in the southern part of Honduras. Church teams and YWAM groups can come for two weeks to build two homes shoulder to shoulder with the future occupants. ITI/YWAM still need teams from now until the end of 1999 to complete this project which has strategic significance for the Gospel. Participation for groups (8 – 12 persons) is very easy as the program is streamlined with building materials stockpiled, sites prepared, living quarters set up, ministry opportunities made available and transportation pre-arranged. The two weeks include a beach trip and sightseeing in Tegucigalpa. For more information contact: IMPACT Teams at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii, tel. 808-326-4464, Fax 808-326-4434, or impactteamsatcompuservedotcom  (impactteamsatcompuservedotcom)  .
    2. A Canadian team of certified teachers are meeting with Kazak teachers this summer for two one-week conferences. Professional teachers are needed to lead small groups: elementary/secondary/college/active/retired. Dates: July 19-August 10, 1999. Contact Richard richardatmfestdotbcdotca  (richardatmfestdotbcdotca)   for more information.

    Want to learn more? Want to drop some opportunities into the mix? Looking for an opportunity? Just send an email to: brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   You’ll receive a welcome message. Then write brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)   with your opportunity.

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    NEED HELP WITH YOUR USA ORGANIZATION’S 990 FORMS?

    Never fear. Brigada is here. If you or your org. is based in the USA and you need help with filing a Form 990 with the IRS, Scott scottatsfdotorg  (scottatsfdotorg)   or http://www.990s.org has volunteered to help any Brigada readers with their 990s, all in compliance with IRS regulations. Thanks Scott!
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    WANT TO RAISE SOME EXTRA CASH? JOIN THE AMAZON BOOK CLUB

    dollar signThat’s right. Amazon dot com. Here’s the deal. You go to http://www.amazon.com and look for info. on joining their staff, so to speak. You complete a simple form to become a member of the Amazon.com Associates Program. They assign a user id and . . . you’re in! From your web site, you recommend specific books and if people click on them and buy the book, you get 15% of the selling price. Here’s the deal — if the book costs $10, then you pay $10 no matter how you get there. If you ask me, you might as well get the $1.50 as well as the guys at Amazon. It’s pretty easy to do. Check out the recommendation I did for Kohl’s Survival Kit at http://www.teamexpansion.org/resources/Default.htm – it took me all of 5 minutes to register and 1 minute to add the link. They notified me of my user id in 1 hour. For other examples, look at Rich’s site: http://www.oddparts.com/missions/books.htm or Bill’s at: http://www.theoffice.net/eberwein. Interestingly enough, Bill’s is based on the March 19th Brigada list of “must read” missions books. See how you can keep adding to the list? Go for it!
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    HEAR ABOUT VIDA ABUNDANTE

    Check out Baptist Spanish Publishing House on the web at http://www.casabautista.org/vida. It’s an evangelistic music cassette entitled Vida Abundante (Abundant Life) that uses contemporary Hispanic music to share the plan of salvation. It is intended to be the functional equivalent of a gospel tract.
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    WANT TO LEARN ABOUT UNREACHED PEOPLES?

    Send a note to brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   You’ll receive a note of explanation. Go for it!
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    NEED INSURANCE?

    Get it at: https://www.jngrace.com/scgi-bin/travelquote3.html Tim found it. That URL will take you to a place where you purchase travel insurance online with your credit card at different amounts of coverage, depending on what you want. You can get accidental death, sickness health, accident health, baggage coverage, and trip insurance… All kinds of stuff!
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    TUNE INTO CHRISTIAN MUSIC, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

    musical notes Even if you’re in some remote city . . . if they’ve got the Internet, then Christian radio can be close to home. Just tune into the Christian Radio Start Panel (CRiSP) at http://www.terrycom.net/crisp.htm . Thanks Sheridan!
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    A CASE STUDY IN CREATIVITY IN URGING PRAYER: KOSOVO

    praying hands If you want a creative experience in praying for the Refugees of Kosovo (and while you’re at it, see the real creative potential in the web), check out “A Prayer Experience – Praying for Kosovo…” at: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~sjhop/pe-intro.htm

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    CRUISE SHIP CAPTAIN SHOWS MOVIES TO HIS CREW

    So, let’s pretend you were the captain of an average cruise ship sailing in and out of Malaysia. How would you motivate a yawning crew to learn and practice their emergency procedures. Well one captain used an imaginative approach… and hundreds of lives (exactly 1093 — 100% of the crew and passenger list) are thankful he did! Before his crew saw the disaster movie about the sinking of the Titanic cruise liner, Hartzell said some didn’t pay much attention during weekly training sessions. “But after they had seen the movie,” he told reporters, “all of them suddenly became very attentive and followed instructions carefully.” (The interview appeared in The Straits Times as reported by InfoBeat, http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2559652942-fee.) The moral of the story? If you’re responsible for a team of people charged with doing a job, find a way to motivate your team to get it done right. Use movies, one-on-one evaluations, retreats. . . whatever it takes. If you’re learning language, do it right… use tapes, drama, tape those 3×5 cards (with the foreign language equivalent written thereon) all over your apartment, WHATEVER! Just do it. Second, pay attention to the details. Third, practice. Finally, take leadership seriously. Hartzell was quoted as saying, “I don’t know what the captain of the Titanic was thinking, but as far as I was concerned, everyone had to be saved, whether it was a crew or a passenger. A life is a life.” I’m sure if you were one of the 1093 who were rescued that night, some 27 miles from shore, you’d agree. :-) So… let’s get out there and do it right! :-)
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    IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    19990516 Brigada Today

    Now with 9099 participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    In this issue….

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    DOUG HAS CHANGED EMAIL ADDRESSES

    letter and ligntening bolt Hopefully you can just file it away… honest… no need for all 9000+ to write to check it out! :-) But in case you ever have put my old address in your address book (old: <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>) please make the shift to my new address: Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  . Remember… please don’t send your “subscribe” or “unsubscribe” messages to that address! :-) For those instructions, see the paragraphs at the end of each and every Brigada Today.
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    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ADVO-CATE!

    There’s still time to apply for Advocate Training! Head for Littleton, Colorado, June 3-5 for Caleb Project’s fourth Advocate Training Seminar. Personal and interactive; speakers will address topics including people-group adoption, fundraising, security, networking, resources, and partnership. Read more about it at http://www.calebproject.org/ats.html or e-mail trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  .
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    TAKE A LOOK AT OUR “TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES” LIST

    So many people wrote saying they were having trouble downloading the Powerpoint file that we’ve converted the Powerpoint into a POA file – a “plain-old-ASCII” file! :-) Just send a message to: top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll automatically receive a copy of the 11K document as email.
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    GET A FULL COPY OF OUR STATEMENT ON EMAIL HOAXES AND CHAIN LETTERS

    Just send a note to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll get the 1-page reply.
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    DON’T FORGET TO ADD A LINK TO YOUR “BRIGADA” LIST

    Brigada Logo When you get a chance, please go to the Brigada Today eGroups web page http://www.egroups.com/group/brigada-today then click on “links.” Use “Add a link” (at the very bottom of the links page) to list a link to an unreached people advocacy network, I begin the “Name” with a forward slash (the symbol we’re using for advocacy networks – see the examples)
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    FOR THOSE WITH ONLINE ENGLISH RESOURCES

    SOON Gospel Literature offers a free easy-English evangelistic paper SOON, as well as an evangelistic Bible correspondence course. SOON would like to advise students of further Bible courses available online or by postal mail, preferably free. Please send details direct to tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . He’ll compile a list that we can distribute by autoresponder.
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    NON-WESTERN CHRISTIANS: YOUR TESTIMONY WANTED

    SOON also needs testimonies of non-western people, written specifically for non-Christians according to their guidelines which can be sent by email, or viewed online at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webtestimony.html
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    WOW – GREAT SITE FOR GEOGRAPHY!

    Wow! blinking1eyes Have you seen http://geography.miningco.com It’s a great site for finding maps, the latest stuff on particular countries, and tons of resources about geography! The compiler wrote us a personal note, congratulating us on Brigada’s progress, too! :-) Check him out! (Added this URL to our “links” list at the Brigada eGroups site. Don’t forget to add yours there! Just go to http://www.egroups.com and register [if you haven’t already], then go to the “links” area and go to town!)
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    CLOSE-UP: THE BEJA OF SUDAN

    world globe The Beja of Sudan are a nomadic people who live in northeastern Sudan, their homeland since the days of the pharaohs 4,000 years ago. Most of the 1.5 million Beja are herders of camels and goats, although some settled in towns and cities. As wanderers, they live in tents made from woven palm matting and exist mainly on a diet of milk and grain, supplemented occasionally by meat and sugar. The Beja like to sing and play musical instruments. Although the Beja are Muslim, they continue to be highly concerned with the traditional belief of “jinn,” or bad spirits, which they believe exist everywhere and cause sickness and accidents. Intercede for the Beja with the Father. Ask him to set the Spirit free in their midst to draw many of them to Christ. Pray that believers will have opportunities to share the good news of God’s love with Beja people. Ask God to glorify his name by raising up a mighty army of Beja believers.
    (From Mark Kelly’s Apr. 26th Advance, an occasional bulletin on mission. To subscribe, send an email to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .)
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    ASKAMISSIONARY EMAIL NEWSLETTER LAUNCHES

    letter and ligntening bolt Prospective AND experienced missionaries are invited to exchange questions and answers about how to become a missionary. Anyone may subscribe to this free monthly newsletter by sending an email to subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg  (subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg)  . Upcoming issues will discuss four initial questions: “I’m afraid of raising support. What do I do?” “How do I handle my school debt?” “How do I choose a missions agency – or should I?” “What advice can you give me if I’m interested in being a tentmaker missionary?” The newsletter will also point to magazines, books, conferences, courses and Internet sites. Askamissionary is edited by John McVay, coordinator of the Heartland MissionsFest.
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    UPDATED Y2K INFO

    You can have easy access to international Y2K mission news, articles, and discussions contributed by mission personnel. Check it out at this website: http://www.eGroups.com/list/y2kmissions Also, join this worldwide mission community’s Y2K e-mail discussion forum by sending a blank message to: Y2Kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Y2Kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .
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    WHAT WOULD “VERIFIABLE OPC” MEAN TO YOUR INBOX?

    OPC logo Over the past few months, we’ve been recommending that we apply a standard protocol to all the email “forwards” that we occasionally receive. We suggested that before sending a message to everyone in our address book, we should first make sure the message had a “verifiable OPC” — origin, purpose, and closure. (For a complete copy, send a message to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .) One Brigada participant recent wrote to ask exactly what would that look like. Here’s what we mean.

    *** VERIFIABLE ORIGIN: Does it have an author and a working email address or web site? If not, don’t forward it. If so, and if the content sounds questionable, then write the source and verify it. If you don’t get a reply or if the site is bogus, toss it. By no means forward it to everyone in Zanzibar! So, in summary, it would be great, before forwarding it, if someone verifies the author as legitimate by emailing him/her and/or asking for a cross-reference if the claim is an incredible one. In other words, if someone’s harvesting kidneys from your hotel room bathtub, that should probably be in a CNN news story somewhere. :-)

    *** VERIFIABLE PURPOSE: Will it make an actual difference if I forward it? The bottom line on this one? How will it help to broadcast this to 1000 people. Are we trying to blanket someone (like the FCC) with a lot of our opinions? The question to ask then is . . . will the FCC really care if 1000 (or 10,000!) people all email them . . . especially if the alleged petition doesn’t really exist! Verify the purpose before forwarding.

    *** VERIFIABLE CLOSURE: How will we know when it’s complete? Does it have a cut-off date? The summary here? If it doesn’t have a cut-off date, consider it suspect.

    So next time you compose a prayer request, or an urgent news update, or whatever, make sure it meets the “Brigada OPC Test” — Origin, Purpose, and Closure. If not, please do the Net a favor and think twice before forwarding it.

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    WHAT’S UP WITH THE OLD “GET” FILES (ARCHIVES)

    Brigada Logo With the transition to the eGroups server, there are a couple of changes in obtaining old “get” (archive) files from previous editions of Brigada Today. As always, the easiest way to access these files is to log onto the Brigada web page at: http://www.brigada.org Bob has archived every single get file there . . . in the full history of our Brigada family! So… when you’re reading a Brigada Today on the web, just click on the link and you’ll go directly to a web version of the original “get” file. As for new files, you’ll be able to get those via an autoresponder at brigada.worldchurches.org. Bottom line: as far as Brigada is concerned, you’ll no longer need to send any commands to the old brigada “hub.” We don’t have any current plans to archive previous copies on the eGroups web page since they’re already available at the www.brigada.org site.
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    BRIGADA BACKUP SITE

    Brigada Logo If you ever have trouble establishing a connection to http://www.brigada.org, you might want to set a bookmark or a “favorites” entry to the backup “mirror” site: http://brigada.worldchurches.org Bob Mayhew maintains this site in Texas as a backup in case conduits to the current site in Missouri are down. And… thanks to the sponsors of our new site in Missouri!!! They agreed to host the Brigada site as a ministry!!! No charge!! Yahooo! Yahoo (They asked to remain anonymous because they can’t afford to do it for dozens of others! :-) But God knows who they are and we ask that you join us in praying His richest blessing on their business, so that they can be all the more fruitful for Him!
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    ARE ALL XC.ORG CONFERENCES MOVING?

    Many have heard that June 1st is the date that begins the switch for MAFxc — i.e., they’ll start switching contracts to charging the conference per message, rather than by flat rate. Will your favorite conference change? Not necessarily. MAFxc has told us that some conferences might actually cost less via the “per message” billing procedure. So it’s better to check first. Write to your conference moderator by emailing: conference-owneratxcdotorg So if you’re wondering about a hypothetical conference called brigada-africa, write to brigada-africa-owneratxcdotorg  (brigada-africa-owneratxcdotorg)  . Conferences who are moving are asked to register at the Brigada links page (Item 5 above).
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    ARE YOUR BRIGADA-TODAY LINES TOO LONG?

    Brigada Logo Do they cause your screen to scroll far to the right? Your email client might have a setting to “wrap” those lines. If not, you could click into the email message then quickly hit “ctrl-a” (to select all) then “ctrl-c” (to copy), then go to your word processor and click in a new file and hit “ctrl-v” (to paste). Your word processor likely will wrap the text correctly. Starting with this issue, we’ll not worry about manually inserting the hard carriage returns, since it appears that most people use email clients that handle line-wrap with no trouble.
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ALGIERS

    world globe Church groups are sprouting and spreading in Algeria as Berber tribesmen respond to the gospel, despite seven years of civil war that has killed as many as 100,000 people in the North African country. Tens of thousands of people, including women and children, have been brutalized in the war. But the new churches have moved forward in outreach amid daily horrors. One Christian worker there recently baptized ten new believers in a bathtub, and larger churches are having baptisms almost every week. Tracts, the Jesus film, and radio broadcasts have been effective preparing hearts for the gospel.
    (Source: Baptist Press, April 16, 1999, http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm or webservantatimbdotorg  (webservantatimbdotorg)  .)
    Global Glimpse is assembled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING PROGRAMS

    Check out a list of training programs for those involved in Muslim ministry by sending an email to: fia-news-muslim-training-programsatxcdotorg  (fia-news-muslim-training-programsatxcdotorg)   The subject and body are ignored. (Thanks to the helper who assembled this material, who, because of his ministry and love for Muslim people, wishes to remain anonymous.)
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    TAKE A PEAK AT HOW MANY ARE ONLINE!

    Have you noticed how many of your neighbors are online? More and more, it doesn’t matter where you live!
    Africa: 1.14 million
    Asia-Pacific: 26.97 million
    Europe: 37.15 million
    Middle East: .88 million
    North America: 88.33 million
    South America: 4.63 million
    Did someone say “global village?”
    (Source: PC Week)
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    TRACT DIRECTORY ON THE WEB

    Take a look at http://www.tracts.com/CTD.html for the latest version.
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    HEAR SCRIPTURES IN 60 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!

    Check out Audio Scriptures International (Escondido, California) on the web at http://www.audioscriptures.org. They’ve got “real audio” scriptures and “The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived” in sixty different languages. You can check ’em out, then order budget packs of 100 cassettes of these “portraits of Jesus cassettes” for just $125 a pack, using the new convenient OnLine Order Form.
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