19970323 Brigada Today

Now with 5151 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking! Visit Brigada’s new domain on the WorldWide Web: http://www.brigada.org
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In this issue….

* PICK A FIELD FOR A “BRIGADA MISSION COUPLE”
* PIT-STOP DENVER TO FEATURE 3 PROJECTS YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT
* SO WHERE DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
* PRAY FOR ONE UNJUSTLY JAILED
* WHAT ABOUT THIS “PrayUSA!” THING?
* MRS WINTER’S SITUATION COULD BE IMPROVING
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION.. OR HELP??
* IF YOU CAN SEE THE SKY, YOU CAN CALL THE WORLD WITH “PLANET 1”
* PATRICK JOHNSTONE LANDS AN ASSISTANT VIA BRIGADA
* CHINA ’97 – IT’S NOT TOO LATE
* ON-LINE SEMINARY PROGRAMS, LEND US YOUR EAR… OR EMAIL
* BRIGADA-CITIES INVOLVED IN COOL CITIES PRAYER REQUESTS
* WHERE TO GET INFO. ON YOUR FAVORITE “UNVIRUS”
* WANT A GREAT DEAL ON MISSIONARY PRAYER CARDS?
* GREAT RESPONSE ON REGISTERING PRAYING CHURCHES/PEOPLE
* MEANWHILE THIS REPORT FROM AD2000 & BEYOND
* WE GET MAIL
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PICK A FIELD FOR A “BRIGADA MISSION COUPLE”
Here’s the deal. We’ve got this missionary couple willing to basically go anywhere – where no man has gone before. If you were to pick the most desperately needy people group in the world . . . and a whoppin’ giant one… to which group would you send them??? Don’t worry about money, don’t worry about visas, and don’t worry about on-site expertise. Instead, just focus on pure need. Make sure the group is big enough to be strategic… and has no church movement in its midst . . . and send your proposals into DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line “final frontier” (please do put that in the subject line). These proposals could be as simple as, “Send ’em to the ____ people group of Indonesia; there are 5 million in that group and not a single fellowship of believers” . . . or they could be a 3-page summary of your two years of research on the group. If it’s possible to provide a contact person that you’d recommend, please supply that – but don’t list names and addresses of people living in sensitive areas of the world. We’ll study the proposals with the couple, then report their conclusions. And yes, I’m not kidding, they’re really going to try to go to the most desperate situation they can find. We’ll try to follow their progress over the coming years to see what God does among the group…. as much as security allows. So – – – let’s get those cards and letters coming! :-)

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PIT-STOP DENVER TO FEATURE 3 PROJECTS YOU’LL WANT TO KNOW ABOUT
You’ve heard about the “Amdo video,” one of the sharpest prayer tools to break out of the editing rooms lately?? Meet the guy who wrote the script and hear about how to put together a prayer journey straight from his own words. And have you heard about the Evergreen project in China, where local government officials have invited Evergreen representatives to even help train city police officials??? Listen to the principles and approaches they’re using, hear the answered prayer, then lift up the needs of that giant nation side by side with others who share your passion for the unreached. Oh – and did I mention you’ll be able to learn about how God is raising up an entire network to reach the Pashtun? Hear straight from the guy who helped launch a movement within his local church (and he’s not even the Sr. Pastor!) that is now engulfing many others with a passion to reach the Pashtun. And on top of these three successful studies, hear mini-reports from dozens of other projects, each shared with a view toward what you can transfer back to your church, agency, or mission field. Find out how to introduce concerts of prayer for your adopted people. Brainstorm through a “pert chart” that shows your deadlines, goal-owners, and mileposts for the next 18 months as related to over 100 important measuring sticks. Delve into a whole notebook full of guidelines and pick up a diskette crammed full of the latest information. And join Caleb Project’s CEO as he leads us to the throne room of God to pray this stuff into reality! It’s all available at Pit-Stop Denver, Apr. 25-26, at Littleton Christian Church (suburban Denver) – jointly sponsored by Caleb Project, Kingdom Building Ministries, Team Expansion, PACE, “Pit-Stops,” and Brigada. For more information, see http://www.brigada.org/pace. Entire weekend, including the notebook, materials, program, diskette, most meals, and the fellowship – just $45. For more information, write Robert or Noelle today – rpetersonatccudotedu or call (303) 761-6187 or send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada pit-stop-denver

in the text of the message.

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SO WHERE DID WE GET THE NAME, “BRIGADA”???
“bree-GAH-dah” is both Russian and Spanish for a “brigade.” You know – the kind that used to pass buckets of water person to person, so that a whole house fire could be doused. While helping with a refugee resettlement project in the former Soviet Union among Muslim Crimean Tatars, we watched first hand over a period of months the way they would get together to build a house in a resettlement project, sometimes all in one day. Neighbors would pitch in, relatives, even friends from across the village – because time was short and conditions were desperate. The whole thing (in Russian) was called a “bree-GAH-dah” – a house brigade. Well today, conditions are no less desperate. In fact, we believe the situation calls for us all to stand shoulder to shoulder to “pass the bucket” from one project to another – the bucket of encouragement, case studies of experience, prayers and petitions for the saints in needy situations. That’s what Brigada is all about. Under the Brigada umbrella are some 70 email activated “conferences,” all of which are trying in one way or another to mobilize an army of nations to show concern and love for the lost. That’s the dream of Brigada!

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PRAY FOR ONE UNJUSTLY JAILED
Have you heard the story of the missionary in Guatemala, unjustly jailed for trying to help settle a town kidnapping? Grab the whole story by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada jailed

in the text of the message. This note keeps coming into my inbox. For some reason, it’s really making the rounds as people try to lift up the destiny of this falsely accused interloper who apparently was only trying to help but could now face imprisonment for “murder” or worse. Find out the details and lift up this need in prayer, please. And by the way… this is no hoax. These notes come from people we know . . . who know this guy. So it’s for real!

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WHAT ABOUT THIS “PrayUSA!” THING?
This is one successful prayer mobilization strategy! If you’re from the USA, it could really give balance to your prayer thrust – and help those in your church to realize that you’re not only concerned about prayer for the nations. PrayUSA! is 30-days of prayer and fasting April 1-30, 1997, sponsored by Mission America (the USA national initiative of AD2000 & Beyond). It now involves dozens of denominations, hundreds of prayer ministries, thousands of churches, and millions of intercessors! Its purpose is to mobilize people to fast and pray for revival in the United States (our “Jerusalem”) using a 30-day reproducible prayer calendar, a 20-piece kit, a 14-minute video, and lots of mobilizers. It could serve as a pattern for prayer throughout other lands… and part of the thrust in PrayUSA! is to pray for the nations anyway! :-) As part of the thrust George Otis (Sentinel) has identified 30 “trouble spots,” so that one-a-day, prayer-warriors can walk the world. For info, call toll-free from the USA 1-800-569-4825. Join 22 denominations, Participants in all 50 states, hundreds of prayer ministries in partnership, and commitments to mobilize 14,482,780 people worldwide including… 200,000 in Dominican Republic, 55,000 in Solomon Islands, and 3,000 in India! These guys are serious. I just got the packet yesterday and it is well put together, very clear, and very well-funded. Write prayusaatjunodotcom or fax 281-855-6540 or see http://www.usprayertrack.org. We can all learn from this one. Only thing is… I wish we had more time to prepare for it! :-)

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MRS WINTER’S SITUATION COULD BE IMPROVING
The latest news is both good and bad, but the bottom line is that there are a lot of positive signs indicating that Dr. Ralph Winter’s wife is improving from the cancer for which she has been receiving treatment for months. Please pray that she would be totally healed so that this saintly couple could continue to mobilize at the US Center for World Mission and throughout the globe.

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION.. OR HELP??
You can, without even leaving you home. Consultation organizers have created three conferences for these last three weeks’ preparation. You can join and jump into the discussion today. “gpcc-delineation” is a technical discussion for those who want to discuss which upgs should be in which clusters. “gpcc-discuss” is a general discussion relating to the goals of the GPCC: linking the resource base (and adoptive churches) with the field. “gpcc-announce” is for those who plan to attend or who would attend if they could. You know how to join… send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe gpcc-announce
or whichever conferences you want to join.

Three weeks to go before this landmark event draws attention and planning for clusters of the least reached people groups and the networks forming to reach them. The world’s researchers, mobilizers, and missionaries are coming together at the US Center to figure out answers… and now you can join them even if you can’t travel to Pasadena! Take part in discussions with Patrick Johnstone, John Hanna, Luis Bush, and many others. Finish the task!

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IF YOU CAN SEE THE SKY, YOU CAN CALL THE WORLD WITH “PLANET 1”
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Are you tired and frustrated with your current communications systems? Consider Planet 1 as solution to this need. Planet 1, the world’s first portable, global, personal satellite communications system, will allow you to go beyond today’s cellular/wireless boundaries with seamless digital voice, fax, data and the portability you need.

Planet 1 satellite phone provides:

* Digital Voice
* FAX – Plug in your fax machine to the Planet 1
* Data – Send Email (2400 Baud but soon to be 4800 Baud)

Benefits:

* Size – Size of a laptop computer, weighs less than 6 lbs.(2.4 Kg)
* Portability – Operates on rechargeable battery (12v)
* Easy to use – Point the lid at the satellite, dial your number
* Global coverage – Call from anywhere on the Globe
* “Mission critical” communications is assured
* Tool for “people care” – Isolated staff can “talk” to family, children in college can stay in touch with mom and dad in the field

You’ll recall that these babies used to cost $40,000 (say in ’91) and cost $8/minute . . . .but times have changed and MAF is passing along the savings! Cost:

* Phone – $2,975
* SIM (Smart Card) – $50
* Service – $50 Initial activation, $25 per month + $3.00 per minute.

MAF is an authorized agent for the Planet 1 satellite phone and has stock available for immediate delivery. For further information contact:
Paul Lay
Email: Planet1atmafdotorg
Phone: (909)794-1151
Fax: (909)794-3016

Cool! Who would have thought that we missionary-types could take part in so many activities and gizmos that would allow our latent “James Bond” inner selves to be so well expressed!!!! :-) Course, . . . now we just need three grand to buy one of the things! :-) I wonder if anyone rents these little guys! :-) I have a hunch the insurance wouldn’t be cheap. The drug runners must love them! :-)

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PATRICK JOHNSTONE LANDS AN ASSISTANT VIA BRIGADA
Remember our appeal for staffing for Patrick Johnstone, hard at work preparing the next Operation World? Well, it appears that he’s found someone via the Brigada responses [see “OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME”, from 21 of Feb., ’97 issue]. Thanks for working together, Brigada family! You’re making a world of difference . . . at least it seems likely that you did for Patrick Johnstone!

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CHINA ’97 – IT’S NOT TOO LATE
ISI is continuing to receive registrations for its “China ’97…at the Crossroads” conference, scheduled for June 20-27, 1997 in San Diego, California. Conference information is now available on-line. Check out ISI’s web site at http://www.isionline.org and click on the China ’97 link to learn.

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ON-LINE SEMINARY PROGRAMS, LEND US YOUR EAR… OR EMAIL
Here’s a guy asking where he can get on-line seminary education. Okay colleges and seminaries… let’s send our responses to RonLawlerataoldotcom. He’ll compile them and send in a report in two weeks. We’ll post it here for all the world’s missionaries to see. . . and study! Please mention in particular any missions or cross-cultural studies program that might appeal to a broad audience of workers from around the world.

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BRIGADA-CITIES INVOLVED IN COOL CITIES PRAYER REQUESTS
I like what Aubrey is doing on Brigada-cities these days. She’s kicking off each week with an intro. to a particular key city (like this week it’s Tirana, Albania), then inviting members of brigada-cities (currently well over 200) to respond with specific prayer requests and case studies on that city. If you’re into the urban scene… or you have a moment to pray… send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
subscribe brigada-cities

in the text of the message. You’ll be glad you did. And Aubrey, Viv, and all the rest, great ministry you’ve got going there! For a look at just one of the projects that Viv, Matthew, Jonathan, and the rest of the ‘-cities’ crew has launched, see http://www.xc.org/brigada/adcities. Quite an accomplishment for a bunch of volunteers! :-)

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WHERE TO GET INFO. ON YOUR FAVORITE “UNVIRUS”
Want to find out whether the “Jessica Mydek cancer patient” email is actually a hoax? Look at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html and you’ll be able to read all about “Good Times”, “Irina”, and many others. Email viruses consist of the bandwidth they needlessly use up – and it’s up to all of us to stay on top of them… or they’ll be on top of us! So what about the mystery of “Jessica Mydek?” :-) It’s a hoax too. See http://www.cancer.org/chain.html to read the whole story. As far as the American Cancer Society can determine, it was a big hoax from the very beginning. :-( Sad… but true. But ACS has a great closing paragraph that helps people really focus on the needs of cancer victims and the good intentions of those who are participating in furthering the “jessica” hoax (by relaying the email to 10 zillion of their friends). Worth a read. So, Jason from Brazil . . . your suspicions were correct!

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WANT A GREAT DEAL ON MISSIONARY PRAYER CARDS?
“Les” says to head for The Howard Print Shop, hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet, Fax: (765)453-0054, Phone: (765)453-6161. Apparently they came in at 1/3 the price of Les’ last prayer cards – from another vendor – and the quality was excellent. Make sure you tell “Howard” you heard about it on Brigada! Hey – they’re full color! :-)

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GREAT RESPONSE ON REGISTERING PRAYING CHURCHES/PEOPLE
Remember the church out east that is registering those who have agreed to pray for specific people groups on the Joshua Project list? They report a great response . . . “from all over, and it really blesses us to hear about what many others are doing.” They’ll keep us informed about the number of congregations/individuals who have signed up to pray for specific groups. Keep in mind that praying for a group is the first step, but it’s only a step. To really get involved in planting a church there, someone will probably have to go there. For that, why not come to Pit-Stop Denver or some other kind of mobilization/planning event. Also, one Brigada participant wrote in to ask us why a local church would be registering these numbers. Why wouldn’t AD2000 & Beyond be doing it, for instance? Well – this church is precisely the registering arm of the Prayer Track of AD2000 & Beyond. Also, someone else asked why Adopt-a-people Clearing House wouldn’t be doing it. Keep in mind that the Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse tells us that it has never considered this mission to be its purpose. Rather, it has tried to gather research (profiles) and distribute them . . . but has not majored in tracking adoptions. The truth is, until AD2000 & Beyond came along, nobody was trying to. So I say, . . . if these folks are willing to tackle it, let’s use their services! They’re in touch with AD2000 & Beyond’s office in Colorado and will be sharing/receiving all cross-registrations. Again, to register your interest, write to Dick Gaffney at Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC RGaff13817ataoldotcom. Also, Dick clarifies that we probably shouldn’t be using the term “adoption” for this purpose… but rather, networking, mobilizing, . . . or maybe registering your interest to pray.

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MEANWHILE THIS REPORT FROM AD2000 & BEYOND
The International Office of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement issued a press release this past week citing the results of their 10-month survey on what’s happening among the 1739 Joshua Project 2000 list of Unreached Peoples. Pretty encouraging data. By their definitions, AD2000 & Beyond calculates that there is now a church-planting movement among at least 897 of those people groups. By AD2000 definitions, then, I guess that means we’re halfway to our goal of “a church for every people”??? At least 757 groups have been targeted for prayer, while 1157 have agencies already on-site, intending to plant churches. The full report is available by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada jp2000-progress

This is very recent data. The report is dated March 26th, ’97. Thanks to Dan Scribner, Lauri Dennis, and Luis Bush, along with all those who participated in the entire survey!

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WE GET MAIL
Thanks for the very encouraging notes and “birthday cards” for Brigada. We’re in your debt for the encouragement! Only one snippet of an example, since space is fleeting… This note came from David in Fort Worth, TX: “Praise God for Brigada Today. My only regret is that I missed two years before I learned of your existence. Your “Global Glimpse …” is awesome – in the best spiritual sense of the word! … For the last two months we have been putting together a small net of missionaries and rope holding prayer warriors who are/have been associated with the University Baptist Church of Fort Worth, Texas. … Your work is blessing us. Please keep it up. And remember, God can do a lot with garlic! Much of your garlic, it seems to me, is work-in-process! In our Lord Christ, David Gray.” Thanks David and all!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
As a young man, Silas grew up learning witchcraft. After he was kicked out of school he joined a gang, rising quickly due to his power to ruin people’s lives. Running from the law, he visited an old friend and found a change. “I found out that he had been born again,” he said. “He shared the Gospel with me and encouraged me to give up my evil ways.” Silas joyfully received Christ as his Lord and Savior that night. He began attending church with his friend and was publicly baptized. But Silas’ family didn’t share his joy. His father, a well-reputed witch doctor, kicked his son out of the home. Silas returned to his friend’s house and continued to study the Bible. Finally he heard God calling him to full-time ministry. After a year of intensive training at one of Gospel for Asia’s native missionary training centers, Silas now shares the Gospel among the unreached villages. Instead of destroying lives, he now leads people to new birth in Christ.
(Source: (Read the full story and many others!) Gospel for Asia, Report for March 21, ’97, http://www.gfa.org/reports/973/9732101.htm)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by my buddy and pal, John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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

(Sure you can quote from Brigada Today! But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe – see above.)

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
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If you’re changing email services soon, please don’t forget to
“unsubscribe” first from your ‘old’ service then
“subscribe” again once you’re on-board your ‘new’ service.
Maintaining 5000+ subscribers manually isn’t easy for our volunteer “Customer Relations Coordinator,” Revis Ann Massey!

And visit Brigada on WorldWide Web at our new domain (please re-set bookmarks): http://www.brigada.org. Thanks to Bob Mayhew who made the conversion!

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

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

19970316 Brigada Today

Now with 5104 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.brigada.org (Note the new domain! Please be sure to edit your bookmarks file in your browser!)
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIGADA!!!
* GARLIC AND GARDENIAS FOR BRIGADA
* THIS IS THE EVENT TO FOCUS ON HOW TO FINISH AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT
* YOU WAITED FOR THEM FOR YEARS!!
* LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO INSURE YOUR MISSIONARY OVERSEAS?
* SO HOW DO YOU SPELL CHURCH-PLANTING?
* 11,000 AND COUNTING . . . AND PRAYING!
* WEB-WATCH
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ADDIS ABABA
* BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS TO PICK FIELD FOR MISSION COUPLE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIGADA!!!
Join us as we celebrate 2 years of focus on mobilization for the final frontiers! The first “edition” of Brigada Today was a simple test letter between two individuals, Jonathan Marsden and Doug Lucas. Within a month, there were 38 participants and with the Feb. 18th issue, the idea of Brigada Today and the Brigada family of networks began to take shape in a more concrete way. March 21st was set as the official “public opening” and by that day, there were more than 100 involved. Interestingly enough, by August 23rd, just when we were about to celebrate topping the 800 mark and introducing something called the “People Group Consultant,” we ran this item:

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

And now, with well over 5000 people involved, we’re halfway to Jonathan’s goal… but we’ve got a long way to go to really make a dent in the task. Most recently, we’ve been coming to grips with the fact that there’s not as much intentional networking for specific people groups as we originally hoped to spawn. But even that might be changing.

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GARLIC AND GARDENIAS FOR BRIGADA
So how do we answer when people ask, “What are the five greatest strides forward and the five greatest “missed opportunities” so far with Brigada? Here’s our “garlic and gardenias” grasscatcher list:

* Gardenias to the sheer numbers of people who have jumped on board
* Garlic to the fact that those numbers haven’t translated into “action forums” for unreached groups

* Gardenias to the number of “connections” all of us now enjoy to virtually any subject in practically any part of the world! (If Brigada Today carries a query about just about anything, people tell us they get anywhere from 7 to 70+ responses giving answers and resources.)
* Garlic to the continuing questions about security for “open” conferences and the ongoing “wait” for everyone to start using PGP (until it’s built into the email client that we use [like it is in Pegasus], it’s unlikely that we’ll take it seriously)

* Gardenias to the volunteerism we see that makes the Brigada concept possible! (E.g., to Revis Ann Massey, who faithfully handles questions and problems for a 5000+ mailing list [some magazines have 10 people to handle that same work load and Rev’ does it as a labor of love while participating on a cross-cultural church planting team in Miamia]! … and to Bob Mayhew for amazingly consistent web-mastery, transferring everything to HTML on a weekly basis, again as a labor of love! And join us as we celebrate our two-year anniversary with a new brigada domain… http://www.brigada.org ! … and to contributors like John Hanna and Mark Kelly who go on week after week, month after month, writing their columns, gathering their resources/info., AGAIN, as a labor of love. You get the idea!]
* Garlic to our inability to figure out how to recruit volunteers to moderate proactive information-sharing conferences for the least reached people groups on the JP2000 list.

* Gardenias to the folks at MAFxc (like Jonathan, Rex, Bob, and early on, for Cathleen Sward) who have managed somehow to put together a bunch of wildly fun tools with incredible potential that we can all use for an insanely reasonable cost! … and to MAF (the mother ship) for believing in electronic communication enough to make the investment and buy CrossConnect from it’s original holding organization back when CrossConnect was still more of an idea than it was a producer of any funding at all.
* Garlic to the ideas that have never really become full reality, like the full implementation of the People Group Consultant and brigada-travel-bids (which has too many customers asking for business and not enough travel agents on board to handle all the requests!).

* Gardenias to my wife and two boys, and to the board to which I am responsible at Team Expansion for giving me up to this labor of love for an additional 10-20 hours per week to handle the extra workload to lead the Brigada family of networks and compile Brigada Today each week.
* Garlic to the fact that I wish we could do more promotion, more marketing, more intentional growth planning, more experimentation, more recruitment, more information packets, more cutting edge stuff!

So . . . on this 2-year anniversary, we say thanks to all Brigada participants and make a very simple birthday wish: that God would enable us to make some small contribution to the global growth of His kingdom. We don’t wish for big numbers if they aren’t effective at bringing change; we don’t long for new technology if it doesn’t put us better in touch with people worldwide; we don’t yearn for publicity, a “name” or anything earthly… but that You, or Lord, would be exalted through our every word, our every step, our every keystroke. That’s our prayer. That’s the purpose of Brigada.

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THIS IS THE EVENT TO FOCUS ON HOW TO IMPLEMENT AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT
And it’s coming up fast! April 25-26 in Littleton, Colorado (Greater Denver). The combined forces of Caleb Project, Kingdom Building Ministries, Team Expansion, PACE, Pit-Stops, and real live local church people (who are actually out there doing it!) are coming together to help advance the “edge of the envelope” on fulfillment of adopting a people group. The price is right (you get a full 3-ring notebook, set of diskettes, complete program, food, and great fellowship/training/inspiration for $45!!! Check it out at http://www.brigada.org/pace to get full details. Featured speakers include Greg Fritz, Director of Caleb Project; Steve Moore, who wrote the script and helped master mind that hot new Amdo prayer video; Doug Lucas (I promise to have tons of fun PC graphics on the data projector); Eric Derry, Missions Minister at Beavercreek Christian Church in greater Dayton, Ohio, who helped bring you Envision ’96; plus representatives from projects in China, Pashtun, and more! So don’t delay! Check out the web site or send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada pit-stop-denver

Send a note to Noelle or Robert at rpetersonatccudotedu or call (303) 761-6187.

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YOU WAITED FOR THEM FOR YEARS!!
You were frustrated not to be able to give the body of Christ up to date information on unreached peoples! Your intercession times lacked depth because you just didn’t know enough to pray effectively! You searched the world over for profiles, but came up empty!

Well, your search is over. The PRAYER PROFILES are FINALLY HERE!!! For the past 15 months, Bethany World Prayer Center has been producing Prayer Profiles for each of the 1,739 groups on the current Joshua Project list. These profiles are now coming off the press at a steady pace. For only $0.20 each, you can get the latest information on the unreached, presented in a glossy, easy-to-look format. You won’t find a better or cheaper profile anywhere in the world. And they are available NOW!

If you would like to order a catalog of the currently produced profiles please e-mail us at: upgatbethany-wpcdotorg or you can write us at: 13855 Plank Rd., Baker, La. 70714 Ph:504-774-2002 Fax:504-774-2001. Also, check them out on the web at http://www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html. We owe these folks a big round of applause . . . and more for the ton of work they’re doing on behalf of the Kingdom! Thanks Rick, Gabriela, and all at Bethany!

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LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO INSURE YOUR MISSIONARY OVERSEAS?
Try Jeff Gulleson at goodnboratjunodotcom. He can handle your overseas worker even if he or she can’t come home for a physical! He advertises low rates… Available for both short- and long-term trips!

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SO HOW DO YOU SPELL CHURCH-PLANTING?
Let’s say you’re successful in mobilizing a team of cross-cultural workers . . . and you field your team . . . and you’re over there ready to go. . . . so… Now what?! How do you plant a new church? If you’ve got a favorite resource or guidebook (we all assume that the Bible is our primary guide, of course), send a note to Wayne Penner wpenneratnutecnetdotcomdotbr. The results will be compiled and made available on Brigada. These could include books, videos, training program, email lists, etc.

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11,000 AND COUNTING . . . AND PRAYING!
As reported last week, the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC has taken up the task of recruiting prayer “adopters” for all 1739 unreached peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list. Join them in celebrating the crossing of the 11,000 mark – i.e., 11,000 churches recruited to pray specifically for unreached people. Dick Gaffney, from the office there, writes “If you’d like to report an adoption in your church or group, include a mailing address (US post office) so that we can mail immediately mail out an info packet, explaining the project. A reply by mail postcard is included in that packet which will allow them to request an unreached people group if and when they make the decision to sign on. Due to the large number of responses we have and/or expect, we just will just not have sufficient time to respond to each inquiry on an individual basis.” Dick and his team will keep us informed as time goes on. So watch for continuing adoptions! Send your people group to Dick RGaff13817ataoldotcom along with mailing instructions for the USA if possible.

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WEB-WATCH
Have you seen the collection of links at http://www.iinet.net.au/~createit/ResearchLinks.html Wow – a real cross-section of possibilities for research unreached people groups! And don’t forget to see what an absolute amateur can do with a couple of good, inexpensive tools and a few quick hours at http://www.teamexpansion.org. I can say amateur because I’m talking about myself! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ADDIS ABABA
Andrew Meekens, an elder in the International Christian Church in Addis Ababa, was one of the victims of the tragic plane crash last November, when the aircraft ran out of fuel after being hijacked. One of the members of the cabin crew recently reported that following the pilot’s announcement of his intention to attempt an emergency landing, Meekens stood up and spoke to calm the passengers. He explained the gospel of Jesus and invited the people to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. The surviving steward reported that 20 people responded, including one of his colleagues who was killed in the crash.
(Source: Church around the World, PO Box 464, Mt. Morris, IL 61054, USA, via DAWN Friday Fax 97/10)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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HERE’S YOUR CHANCE: BRIGADA SUBSCRIBERS TO PICK FIELD FOR MISSION COUPLE
Now here’s an interesting twist. Next week, we’ll begin the story of how one mission couple has decided to ask the people of Brigada where they should go as cross-cultural workers! Watch closely for next week’s announcement about how it’ll unfold. Exciting to see God at work!

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

(Sure you can quote from Brigada Today! But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe – see above.)

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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

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

19970309 Brigada Today

Now with 5075 participants!!! Next week: our 2-year-old birthday!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GREAT RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK’S “UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCES” PLAN
* REGISTER YOUR INTENT TO PRAY!
* IN THE MARKET FOR A LAPTOP? SHOP THE NEW BRIGADA LAPTOP LIST!
* OR MAYBE YOU NEED TO SHIP SOMETHING?
* YOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD & I’LL TAKE THE LOW ROAD – TO CHINA OR CROATIA!
* WEB-WATCH
* SEE THE CD FROM GALCOM!
* DID YOUR CONGREGATION ADOPT A PEOPLE GROUP?
* REMEMBER THE TROPICAL MEDICINE INQUIRY?
* GOT A COMPUSERVE QUESTION???
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MASKING YOUR PGP-SECURED EMAIL?
* GCOWE ’97 REQUESTS YOUR PRAYERS!
* ANYBODY KNOW OF A CANADIAN BULK MAILER?
* FROM THE HOME OFFICE . . . THE WEEKLY “DID YOU KNOW”???
* NEW PEOPLE CLUSTER MAPS READY FOR YOUR WALL!
* THIS WEEK, PRAY FOR PARSIS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GREAT RESPONSE TO LAST WEEK’S “UNREACHED PEOPLES CONFERENCES” PLAN
Several began the process of obtaining an XC.org address… and others sent encouraging words. “Doug, I am impressed,” wrote Justin Long, from David Barrett’s office out East. “Very. Extremely. Gratified. Thrilled beyond words. Beyond measure. That is the sort of visionary commitment to the least evangelized that we need. And you CAN use my name.” Thanks for the encouragement, Justin and others.

Some of the most helpful input came from John Hanna and Jonathan Marsden, who suggested we begin by setting up place-marker conferences for the gateway people clusters (larger clusters of JP2000 people groups, originally proposed by Patrick Johnstone). So then John Hanna was willing to go to work and parse out email addresses in AD2000 & Beyond files, Envision ’96 records, and his own files. We currently have proposals in the hands of several key people group “critical thinkers” to make sure we’re setting up the right list (of some 126 or so new email conferences). Watch for more info next week!

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REGISTER YOUR INTENT TO PRAY!
At the request of the AD 2000 & Beyond “United Prayer Track – Praying Through the Window Committee,” the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC has assumed responsibility to recruit 17,390 churches worldwide to pray, prayerwalk, and plant an indigenous church within each of the 1,739 unreached people groups by December 31, 2000. [No small order task!] The short term goal is to assign and network 10 churches each to pray for each of the 1,739 people groups, hence the figure 17,390. The long term goal is to obey Matthew 24:14 which states, “…this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

In order to accomplish this long term goal, the Prayer Network Office has been created and is actively recruiting churches of all persuasions to become active participants in this prayer initiative. Individual churches and/or church leaders may obtain more information by contacting Lynn Morrow the Network Center at (910) 864-8882, fax (910) 864-8998, or e-mail 102575dot1436atcompuservedotcom. [This is a great opportunity to reach and touch ‘to Morrow’! :-) ] (If you’ve already registered your interest with AD2000 & Beyond at the Int’l Office or at Envision ’96 at the Adoption Center, you need not re-register. They’re going to merge everything together.) This is a great sign. Local churches getting involved in enlisting the help of other local churches! GREAT stuff! By the way, the folks at this center have agreed to give Brigada Today weekly updates as to how many of the groups have been adopted! Yahoooo!

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IN THE MARKET FOR A LAPTOP? SHOP THE NEW BRIGADA LAPTOP LIST!
A dozen top notch vendors and shoppers participated in listing options for Brigada readers. Retrieve the file for free by send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada laptops

in the text of the message. Thanks to all those who got the word out and to those vendors willing to offer special pricing to missionaries in general and Brigada readers in particular.

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OR MAYBE YOU NEED TO SHIP SOMETHING?
Check out the new shipping info. that came in to Loren (from a previous Brigada Today request for info.). You’ll have a quiver full of companies for requesting bids for your next int’l shipment! Just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada shipping

in the text of the message. It’ll come to your inbox in a few minutes!

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YOU TAKE THE HIGH ROAD & I’LL TAKE THE LOW ROAD – TO CHINA OR CROATIA!
According to Brigada participant Larry, ELIC is looking for 75 more people to participate in one of the most exciting and effective summer short-term opportunities in Asia. They’ll accept teams or individnals. Those involved will participate in a conversational English teaching program with Asian university students. They will also he involved in friendship evangelism among young people who have never heard the gospel before. It’s a seven-week program from June24 to August 19. The only qualifications necessary are: at least one year of college, a love for people, a good grasp of the gospel, and the ability to work on a team. All training and teaching materials are provided. They even offer substantial financial help to make the journey possible. But act fast. The deadline is upon us. Contact Bob Edgar elicattstonrampdotcom.

Or maybe you’d prefer a spot in Croatia??? Try Terry Ware terrydotwareatusadotnet.

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WEB-WATCH
Check out http://www.expatforum.com/ which provides info. on electricity and appliances, time zones, currencies, best ways to get from 100 airports into town, etc. (Thanks Marti and Caleb Project!) Also, if you’ve been having trouble getting enough responses from brigada-travel-bids, check out http://www.travelocity.com (thanks Chris) or http://travelweb.com (that’s the one that I’ve used a time or two). And then there’s always Microsoft Expedia… but I haven’t had much luck with it . .. something like http://expedia.msn.com/home.

Also, don’t miss CSI’s The Edge at http://www.cyberhighway.net/~buddyr. Find “helpful hints for working among the least evangelized peoples on the face of the earth . . .” like CSI’s Ten Principles, updates on the Tuja of China and Muslims of North India, as well as links back to other Great Commision Christian resources. Thanks CSI!

You might also want to stop by the new Christian Bulletin Board service at http://www.cybercore.net/taholo/htdocs/faith/.

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SEE THE CD FROM GALCOM!
OApparently, the folks at Galcom International had an overwhelming response to the item on their Missions Data Base CD that was posted in the Feb. 2nd Brigada Today (” BEST DEAL IN THE GALAXY-COM!”) with hundreds of requests for information and orders for the base CD. For those of you that received one, Galcom would like feedback on how to improve it and make it more useful/helpful to “tip of the sword” missionaries and prayer warriors. For those who did not get one, there are still some available. Since the Feb. 2nd item, we’ve rec’d several requests to repeat the information. Once again, as a reminder, these guys have developed a CD missions data base as an aid for informed prayer for the unreached peoples groups and as a reference tool for missions. The current demonstration issue contains the PIN peoples group data base of unreached peoples groups, 22,000 screens of text, 250 pictures, drawings and videos and 50 voice files. It profiles many missionaries and ministers working among unreached people groups. It also has a separate file of people groups designated as “least evangelized”, answers to questions on adopting a people group, current disease outbreak information, information on most known terrorist groups, and address of many world mission ministries. It will run on any IBM compatible 386 or higher and is an excellent reference aid and also a tool for churches and prayer groups who participate in “pray through the window”. The CD sells for $15. To order send request with postal address to: GalcomUSAataoldotcom. Thanks to the gang at Galcom!

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DID YOUR CONGREGATION ADOPT A PEOPLE GROUP?
Have you got a case study to share about how it energized your church missions committee or missions outreach? If so, Verlin would like to know! Write him at verlinandeataoldotcom and I bet we’ll be able to talk him into compiling the results for us and sending them to us for a later issue? He’s headed to an unreached people group and not everyone believes he’s on the right track to start a project there. He’s specifically looking for the impact on the local church back home… and/or the final accomplished impact on the unreached people group – from adopt-a-people projects in particular.

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REMEMBER THE TROPICAL MEDICINE INQUIRY?
Well it’s baaaaa-aaaaack… “LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?” invited readers to contact Elizabeth Sharplin 75222dot402atCompuServedotCOM to send her a tip if on any top notch courses in tropical medicine. She came through!!! And so did you! Her thorough listing can be retrieved by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada tropical

and . . . if you’re headed to a tropical area, you just might be glad you did! :-)

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GOT A COMPUSERVE QUESTION???
Like… how do we change to a new “personal address” without falling out of sync with MAFxc conferences (short answer: unsubscribe from all MAFxc conferences before you make the change effective!), or do we really have to convert the commas to periods when giving our address to someone who is going to write us over the Internet, … or how to conquer your latest version transition, . . . just write “the Compuserve lady” . . . Sharon Hindle 71712dot3534atCompuServedotCOM. Thanks for your volunteer help, Sharon!

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MASKING YOUR PGP-SECURED EMAIL?
See http://www.iquest.net/~mrmil/stego.html or http://www.enter.net/~chronos/cryptolog1.html#Stego. That way you can mask your PGP encryption within an image file and send it without fear! Thanks Joshua.

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GCOWE ’97 REQUESTS YOUR PRAYERS!
The AD2000 & Beyond folks are asking us to pray for the upcoming Global Consultation on World Evangelization in South Africa this July. “We need international prayer support for GCOWE ’97,” writes Bennie Mostert, a prayer rep. for the conference. “Intercessory networks globally are encouraged to join in praying for GCOWE ’97. 189 Strategic Intercessors are needed for the conference that will be held in Pretoria, South Africa. There will be 9 consultations with 21 strategic intercessors praying at each consultation during the 5 days of the consultation. International intercessors are welcome and needed. All intercessors have to register and will have to pay the full conference fee. People like Kjell Sjoberg, Cindy Jacobs and Roger Mitchell will lead the groups of strategic intercessors. For more info on registration as strategic intercessor, contact Bennie Mostert at nupsaatglobaldotcodotza or fax to +27-12-3332169. Registrations must be in before end of April 1997. Prayer networks that want to join in prayer for GCOWE ’97, can send an e-mail or fax number and you will be regularly updated.

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ANYBODY KNOW OF A CANADIAN BULK MAILER?
Larry Mori 104457dot1527atcompuservedotcom would like to know, for sending out mission news to Canadians the old fashioned “hard copy” way. Note that USA bulk mailers need not respond.

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FROM THE HOME OFFICE . . . THE WEEKLY “DID YOU KNOW”???
OThis week’s imponderable . . . Did you know that a ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second? Gives new meaning to telling someone you’ll be back “in a jiffy.” Whoosh. :-)

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NEW PEOPLE CLUSTER MAPS READY FOR YOUR WALL!
You’ve seen the PEOPLE group maps, those brightly colored wall-sized maps showing the task before us. Well now Christian Information Network has 1,000 wall maps specifically designed for “Praying Through the Window III,” featuring the 132 Unreached People Clusters in full color for $6.00 each. This 20″ x 30″ map will help you and your church display and pray for the least reached peoples in the world. To order contact: Laurie 73422dot3471atCompuservedotcom or call CIN at 719-522-1040. These will be excellent to visually see the new Brigada-cluster-* groups that will be launched starting next week.

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THIS WEEK, PRAY FOR PARSIS
One contributor wrote that this week, the world over, Parsees will be gathering from early morning to sunset “in rituals at their fire temples, at rivers and seas, and at places of nature.” These special rituals end on March 20th . . . so this Brigada participant asked us to pray for Parsees. To get the whole story, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada parsees

in the text of the email message.

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

(Sure you can quote from Brigada Today! But please tell your readers where you learned about the item, and if it’s not asking too much, include the 3 lines on how to subscribe – see above.)

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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

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

19970302 Brigada Today

Now with 5006 participants!!! We hit 5000 with two weeks to spare! (before our 2-year-old birthday)!!!!!!!!!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* HALFWAY TO VICTORY!
* OR ARE WE HALFWAY AFTER ALL?
* WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
* HOW DO WE PAY FOR ALL THESE CONFERENCES?
* HELP WANTED: MODERATORS NEEDED TODAY!
* HOW DO YOU GET STARTED WITH THE VISION?
* THANKS TO THOSE WHO GAVE COMIBAM INFO
* PRAY FOR ALBANIA!
* NEED FREE EMAIL?
* HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA?
* WANT FREE FAXING???
* NAMES NOT INCLUDED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* FUN FACTS . . . TO KNOW AND TELL
* WORLD BOOK GETS INTO THE ACT
* MORE MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
* … AND PEOPLE GROUP PROFILES
* ARE YOU WILLING TO SELL NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS?
* WEB-WATCH
* WE NEED TRAVEL AGENTS!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HALFWAY TO VICTORY!
It was the 25th of August, 1995. Brigada Today and the whole Brigada family of networks was still a toddler, having launched formally on March 21st about 5 months earlier. The item was titled, “FROM THE ‘LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION’ DEPARTMENT.” The text went like this: “Ya know, I always thought that if a person was highly technical, highly skilled, highly process oriented, then they would probably be pretty scared about bulging growth. Not so with Jonathan Marsden, who manages the technical end of CrossConnect and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about how he felt about Brigada growing past the 800 mark, I was surprised to hear him say he wasn’t satisfied. ‘I won’t be happy until we have 10,000 people on board, with hundreds of conferences about least reached people groups and cities all over the world.’ Wow. When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-)”

Jonathan still works hand-in-hand with us, making sure Brigada email conferences have the very best chances of succeeding technically. His wish came one step closer to fulfillment this past week, when participation in Brigada’s “top level” conference (the one that sent you this edition of Brigada Today) soared above the 5000-mark.

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OR ARE WE HALFWAY AFTER ALL?
So while in the middle of all this gushing :-) and remembering . . . the question rose in my mind . . . “How has the original dream changed, if at all?” Well the original concept was to try to organize a kind of “totem pole” around which those with a love for lost peoples and common interests in reaching them could gather. Today we have roughly 70 conferences . . . 11 of which center on some unreached people group or family of groups. Brother. We’ve been in business for two years now . . . and, . . . sure we have lots of people involved (5000, thank you Lord!) But to have only 11 conferences on least reached peoples… (along with lots of others about other things) . . . well, . . . I’m not sure we’re accomplishing our vision together. Brigada was designed to allow a researcher to enter an imaginary “entryway” or “front door/foyer” area and then quickly ascertain what level of interest or commitment already existed toward those concerned about reaching out to a particular group. The fact that we have only addressed 11 of several hundred or even thousand groups is, frankly, rather humiliating. It’s great that we have 5000 people… but what about the TASK!?

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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
So… where do we go from here? I wish we could recover some of that initial vision. Here’s one way to make it happen. I could go ahead and spawn all 1739 conferences for the Joshua Project 2000 List of Unreached Peoples. [Pick yourself up off the floor, Jonathan. :-) ] Once someone became interested in managing a conference for a particular group, he or she would send a message to that conference saying, “I’ll volunteer as moderator for the conference on such-and-such-a-people.”

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HOW DO WE PAY FOR ALL THESE CONFERENCES?
Minor glitch: That person would need to acquire an xc.org address to get the authority to moderate . . . something that now costs about $52/year. (Hey — MAFxc has to pay for this equipment and the staffing to run it some way! I don’t work for them . . . but they sure earn their keep with the Brigada conferences that we already have!) Secondly, that person would need to commit to sending at least one message per week for a minimum of one year. That one message would give some kind of prayer pointer, request, reminder, or update on that particular unreached people. (receiving Brigada Today could be the reminder) Finally, that moderator would need a bit of time. Time to handle subscriber questions, and an occasional problem with a subscriber who has changed email addresses without unsubscribing first. (We’ll call those people, “Bounce-a-grammers”, since they end up causing the notorious “bounce-a-grams” back to a conference moderator . . . “this guy no longer exists” type messages.) And all these 1739 conferences would be created as “open” to subscribers (so individual subscribers wouldn’t have to be screened) but “modified” as to messages (meaning that individual messages sent to the conference would bounce to the moderator, rather than go to the conference; that’s the only way the conference could be ‘secure’ in “creative access” countries).

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HELP WANTED: MODERATORS NEEDED TODAY!
Anyway – here’s the deal. Will we be able to find 1739 conference moderators who will chunk down $52/year each and “stand in the gap” as a volunteer to moderate a conference? I’m not sure anyone knows the answer to that question right now. But we’re about to find out. These people should probably not be on-site workers (because they are often in sensitive situations in restricted access . . . or creative access . . . countries), nor should they be people who find it hard to answer the email they already receive. (They need to either have the time . . . or be able to manage their time well!) These 1739 moderators won’t be paid (at least on this planet), nor will they probably become very famous. (But they probably will be in the center of what’s known about outreach to a particular people group.) What they will get a chance to see is the formation of a virtual network, a “task force,” for finishing the task among a particular group.

Should these moderators be experts on that group? Not necessarily. They do need to possess a vision for reaching them though.

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HOW DO YOU GET STARTED WITH THE VISION?
What do you do if you’re willing to be one of those moderators… or if you know one??? Send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the message text:
get brigada moderator-application

You’ll receive information on how to proceed. It will arrive in your in-box in moments. Full information will be contained in that message. You need not write any person until you’ve read that file. And thanks for your partnership!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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THANKS TO THOSE WHO GAVE COMIBAM INFO
What a great bunch of readers! Tons of people sent Comibam information. To get the official press release, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada comibam97

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PRAY FOR ALBANIA!
Just when we thought Albania was open to the gospel, all this unrest kicks up all kinds of dust . . . and now all kinds of missionaries are leaving! The Southern Baptist Prayer Line is accessible in the USA at 1-800-395-pray and it, along with tons of other sources, asks that we pray fervently that this conflict will cease. Please bow your heads and join in…. “Lord, we don’t understand the economic difficulties being experienced now by tens of thousands of people who have lost so much. But please help them to resolve their difficulties in a non-violent manner so your messengers there can resume their work. Their families have been jerked out of school and life as they know it… and the unrest is hurting Albanians and expatriates alike. Please bring peace… and Peace that passes all understanding to Albania. Thank you Lord. Amen.”

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NEED FREE EMAIL?
Don’t forget about Juno! ONLY FOR THE USA, send your mailing address to signupatjunodotcom to get more info. Or check out their web site at http://www.juno.com/. You can also call 1-800-799-JUNO (tell them “Extension F” and when they ask for your “personal response code”, tell them this was a referral). Warning: No web browsing capability provided.

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HEADED TO CENTRAL ASIA?
Here’s an urgent need for a traveler from the ‘States, preferably from the Colorado Springs area, to carry air tickets to “Bishkek or AA.” I have a hunch that if you could even get these tickets to anywhere in Kyrgystan or Kazakstan you’d be loved for the rest of your life. If you can help, write 76171dot1463atCompuServedotcom and copy Debbieatad2000dotorg at the AD2000 & Beyond Int’l Office. Thanks!

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WANT FREE FAXING???
Then you need to send a message to tpccoveratinfodottpcdotint and look at the list of places where you can pull it off. I guess contents of the message are ignored. Also write to tpcfaqatinfodottpcdotint for the frequently asked question file. Looks like quite a successful experiment. Not always successful, apparently, but hey… how can you complain if it’s free!?! :-) This would work from anywhere in the world to anywhere else in the world (so long as there’s coverage in that area). Cool.

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NAMES NOT INCLUDED
So… by popular request . . . we’ll probably start trying to get in the habit of not including names for those who make contributions to Brigada Today. Too many folks wanting to anonymous out there. :-) So… for those who occasionally send in reports or requests… make sure you tell us if you’d like your name to be included! :-) And thanks, _____ ______, for bringing that to our attention! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
God has cared for the Saluan people in Indonesia from the ancient days. One ancient Saluan story recounts how the One-Who-Formed-Our-Fingers had made a beautiful place and told the man and the woman that they must not eat the fruit of one tree. A snake came and enticed the man to try the fruit. When The One-Who-Formed-Our-Fingers returned, he knew right away what had happened. He chased the man away from the beautiful place and said, “From now on … the sweat will drip off your jaw… because you will have to work to get food.” Another ancient Saluan story told of a flood that covered the mountains. These stories provided an excellent starting point for evangelism.
(Source: Cecilia Brown, and Feb. 1997 Impact, Institute for Creation Research, P.O. Box 2667, El Cajon, CA 92021 (via Brigada-Orgs-MissionMobilizers))
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by the multi-talented John Hanna, of Caleb Project, in Littleton, CO.

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FUN FACTS . . . TO KNOW AND TELL
What a disappointment this week… when I learned that Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.” Woe is me. :-)

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WORLD BOOK GETS INTO THE ACT
Wouldn’t you know it! Right when I make a mistake and refer to World Book when I meant to say Encyclopaedia Britannica, World Book jumps in with their offer!!! :-)In the USA, call 1-800-426-7235, ext.5209, or from anywhere in the world, look at http://www.pc.ibm.com/multimedia. Two CD-ROMS for $59.95. Actually, that’s not a bad price!!! Plus, they’re giving a $20 rebate to anyone who already owns a competitor’s multimedia encyclopedia . . . or, I presume, encyclopaedia! :-)This deluxe edition has all of the text from the 22 volume print version, plus a complete atlas and 225,000 word dictionary, and a 30 day money-back guarantee. Thanks for the tip, ____ ___ ! :-)

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MORE MISSION OPPORTUNITIES
This just came in from Hope For Europe Online. “Thanks to Kerstin Hack (AIMS), Jeff Fountain (YWAM) and others we have listings of several mission opportunities beginning now throughout 1997. It’s called “An A-Z of Short-Term Mission Trips”. Because of its size, we have broken it down into 3 separate files. It is sorted by country, alphabetically, so
file 1 = Albania to England
file 2 = France to Romania
file 3 = Russia to Vietnam.

To receive these, just send an email to HUBatXCdotOrg and in your message body, write only the following:
get hfe-online goye1.txt
get hfe-online goye2.txt
get hfe-online goye3.txt
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The HUB computer will send these (approx. 5 A4 pages each) right to your in-basket. There are over 75 countries listed and several missions organizations to get you or people in your church started …

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… AND PEOPLE GROUP PROFILES
Another thanks to Kerstin Hack (AIMS, Germany) who has compiled many people profiles. There are long, comprehensive profiles in either English, German, French or Dutch as well as shorter (one or two page) condensed profiles. As this was also a huge file, we have broken it into two on HUBatXCdotOrg; the first is a list of the long profiles, the second is the list of short profiles available from the AIMS office in Berlin [for a very inexpensive price – probably barely covers the costs of copying]. Anyone regardless if they are “subscribed” or not can “get” these lists of profiles, just write to HUBatXCdotorg with the message body reading:
get german-mission-mobilisers profile1.txt
get german-mission-mobilisers profile2.txt
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profile1.txt is 16 A4 pages or about 35 kilobytes, profile2.txt is half that, representing groups from all Continents. Thanks much, Ron!!!

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ARE YOU WILLING TO SELL NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS?
We’re searching for vendors who will list their notebook computers at value prices for Brigada subscribers. Don’t cheat yourselves… (we want you to stay in business! :-)) but please do give Brigada participants the very best bargains you can. Please send a summary of your price list (Brand names and models/primary specs only) to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line “LAPTOPS”. (Your list won’t be processed correctly unless it says LAPTOPS in the subject line.) Help us get the word out. Send this message to a computer-dealer friend! Thanks! The list will be made available to all next week . . . so please respond by next Thurs. An acknowledgement of receipt will be returned automatically – but not a very personalized one. :-)

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WEB-WATCH
Check out http://www.vocc.com if you’re into gizmos. This site tells you how to have one toll-free 800/888 number that is your: home, office, fax, pager, cell phone, & it is also your E-mail notification. Guess this is good only in the USA. Also, Patrick Johnstone [did you hear how it got silent all of a sudden??? ! :-) ] saw our recent note about finding world political readers (yes . . . he does read Brigada Today, thank you Patrick!) . . . and urged us to look at the CIA List of Govt. leaders http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/95fact/index.html, as well as http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/chiefs-toc-vi w.html> and also http://www.geocities.com/athens/1058/rulers.html and even http://www.lg.ehu.es/~ziaorarr/00index.htm. Now we know what Patrick does in his spare time! :-)

Check out http://smiley.logos.cy.net/bdecie/ for a list of all kinds of holidays around the world. Thanks ___! :-)

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WE NEED TRAVEL AGENTS!
That Brigada-travel-bids thing has gone bizerk! Yikes! We could easily use 100 more travel agents there. It’s been the busiest Brigada conference on line for the past 8 weeks running!!!! Help! If you know of any travel agents . . . especially those willing to write tickets for Europe or from Europe, please please have them send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this text in the message:
Subscribe brigada-travel-bids

This is an idea that has really caught on… but it’s understaffed at the moment. If you sent a request and didn’t get a response, call your favorite travel agent and ask him or her to get online.

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

And visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada
[Note: this URL is soon to become http://www.brigada.org.]

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

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

19970223 Brigada Today

Now with 4962 participants – Incredible!!!! What are you all doing out there!!! Can we hit 5000 by March 21st (our 2-year-old birthday)???? Duh!!! You all grew by 110 in one week!

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* YOU GUYS NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME
* [DRUM ROLL PLEASE] – FEATURING THE LATEST/GREATEST DATA PROJECTORS
* FROM THE “GET WITH THE PROGRAM, DOUG” DEPARTMENT
* YES VIRGINIA – THERE IS AN EMAIL-TO-MAIL SERVICE!!!
* LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?
* CALLING ALL SHIPPERS
* ACMC & TEAM EXPANSION ON THE MOVE
* DO WE ANSWER EVERY LETTER?
* IF YOU GET A COPY OF AN FCC PETITION P.M. 2493
* CONFERENCE-WATCH
* HUB-CAPS
* IN THE WORKS FOR NEXT WEEK…
* PRAY FOR INDONESIA
* ON THE HUNT FOR COMIBAM
* SUPPOSE A UN WORKER WANTS TO BE NETWORKED WITH OTHER TENTMAKERS…
* SPEAK WITH YOUR HANDS (ASL) OR WISH YOU DID???
* AND NOW FROM THE HOME OFFICE, THIS WEEK’S ‘DID YOU KNOW?’
* WEB-WATCH
* ADVANCE! IS ADVANCED
* CHURCH ADOPTIONS – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

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YOU GUYS NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME
Thanks to everyone, one and all, that has shared a Brigada Today with a friend. We are within 38 addresses of hitting the 5000 mark in time for our March 21st “two-year birthday.” One reader wrote, ” Thanks for running the article about the missions data base CD in Brigada Today a few weeks ago. The response was absolutely overwhelming. The first day I got about 90 Email inquiries, and they are still coming in, now about two a day. I have shipped about 125 CDs to countries all over the world, probably over 50 different countries, Brigada has an impressively wide distribution. Responses that I’m getting back now are that are that people that got the CDs are using them, enjoying them, and in particular are thanking us for providing this tool to bless the world missions effort at such a reasonable price.” And remember the appeal for helpers for Patrick Johnstone? The contact person wrote back this week to say that he had received email messages from “a number of VERY good prospects” in response to the appeal.

Thanks for the power of working together as a family that’s concerned about the welfare of the nations!

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[DRUM ROLL PLEASE] – FEATURING THE LATEST/GREATEST DATA PROJECTORS
It’s there for your “getting”. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the line
get brigada data-projection

in the text of the message. I think you’ll be helped by these key resources… and if, after reading, you’d like to add others, just send away! Thanks again for taking time to contribute, everyone!

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FROM THE “GET WITH THE PROGRAM, DOUG” DEPARTMENT
Again, sorry I was snoozing last issue – when you use “get” commands, don’t forget to preface the desired file name with the name of the conference in whose archive the file is stored. Thus, my errors “Get german-insurance” & “get hussein.970222” should have been:
get brigada german-insurance
get brigada hussein.970222

Don’t forget to send these to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg (i.e., don’t just send those commands as a reply to this message). If you do that, you get the “Wrath of Revis Ann!” :-)

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YES VIRGINIA – THERE IS AN EMAIL-TO-MAIL SERVICE!!!
Last week we mentioned Wayne, the Brigada participant who wished for a more cost-effective way to perform email-to-mail conversions (see Feb. 21 issue, #6) “TIME TO RE-VISIT EMAIL TO MAIL CONVERSION PROGRAMS”). Well Wayne, to my absolute surprise (and in praise to the Lord!), there is an answer! … It’s Mission Prayer and Praise Publishing and the operative guy – the main man – is Bill Behrmann mpppubatconnectidotcom. Bill asks for a one-time fee of 25 cents up front to type the name into a program he’s got and from then on (can you believe this guy?), he asks that you only cover the cost of the stamp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) (Get this. He even apologized that he asked for the cost of the stamp! “I have only my SS and what I earn at a part time job. Therefore we cannot also cover the postage as we would like.”) So what you’d have to do is send the guy a check, so he’s got some money on deposit, and then, “Have at it!” As you use up your money on deposit, you’d just have to keep replenishing it as you go. This is an incredible ministry for international folks who would like to do small informative mailings to targeted individuals here in the USA. And Bill even said that if you provide the names on diskette, he would consider dropping the cost of the one-time 25 cent charge (I’d suggest you avoid taking him up on that! :-)). What a guy. Thanks Bill!!!

There were a few other replies . . . but none that matched Mr. Bill’s ministry. If Bill gets overworked, kyleharrisatxcdotorg would do it… but couldn’t afford to do it at Bill’s price! Lewis Hudson lhudsonatbellatlanticdotnet would also fall into that situation.

But the “Treasure Hunter’s Award” actually goes to Les Tilka clfcebuatcebudotweblinqdotcom, who went out on the web and searched for 90 minutes to find us a more, shall we say, automated approach…. at http://www.mgl.ca/~estern/snailmail.html. This sounds like the way to go if you want something really organized and long-lasting. Charge is $1.20 for a one page letter by using a First Virtual Account or $.90 if you prepay your account. Cool. Thanks Les!

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LOOKING FOR A TOP BANANA TROPICAL HEALTH COURSE?
So is Elizabeth B. Sharplin 75222dot402atCompuServedotCOM. Send her a tip if you know of a top notch course somewhere and, Elizabeth, in a couple of weeks, please send us a summary listing, okay? Thanks!

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CALLING ALL SHIPPERS
And Loren Tucker ROSCOE777ataoldotcom is moving overseas and would like a list of shippers who will give great value and low price. Please email Loren directly and, Loren, please let us have a peak at the list and we’ll post it here for all to see!

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ACMC & TEAM EXPANSION ON THE MOVE
ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment) is moving its headquarters office from Wheaton IL to Atlanta GA. David Meade wrote, “We exist to help Christian congregations mobilize their resources for effective involvement in world evangelism. The strategic move to Atlanta aims to dramatically improve service to those churches, agencies, and individuals in ACMC’s membership. Our vision is to build a network of missions-active churches large enough to actually influence the entire Protestant church in America toward global outreach. As we move to Atlanta, we’re going to need prayer, key office personnel, and some technology to gear up. We’d be happy for anyone interested in helping fulfill this vision to contact us at: ACMC Transition Team / P.O. Box 3406 / Peachtree City, GA 30269; or just e-mail me at 763771dot2066atcompuservedotcom for David Meade, Transition Team Leader. Tel 770-631-9900.

At the same time, Team Expansion is on the move from Cincinnati to Louisville this summer. Team Expansion http://www.teamexpansion.org exists “to partner with local churches to send and sustain teams of interdependent missionaries to plant indigenous churches among the unreached.” If you can help them fulfill the vision of prayer, key office personnel or technology in the Louisville area, contact Personnel Coordinator Chris Bushnell ChrisBushnellatxcdotorg. Fax 513-244-8430. Thanks!

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DO WE ANSWER EVERY LETTER?
We used to. But not any more. Literally hundreds of emails come in weekly to or . If you don’t receive an answer, it’s not because we don’t love you. :-) It’s because we’re trying to survive with a family, an on-the-side soccer passion , and a paying job with a mission organization. :-)

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IF YOU GET A COPY OF AN FCC PETITION P.M. 2493
… or anything related to it, just burn it. It’s old news…. just push that little button that’s shaped like a garbage can and watch the thing smolder. So … whatever happened to Madalyn Murry O’Hair anyway? And… in general, you can also always check http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html before warning people of viruses and hoaxes like this. If you’d like to see this documented, order up a copy of our “help file” on this petition by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada 2493-hoax

in the text of the message.

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CONFERENCE-WATCH
Interested in an April 3-5 conference on Evangelizing Muslims at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX? Write wmcatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu for more info. Looks like quite a speakers’ slate at a very affordable price!

Or how ’bout the “CRIMEAN CONFERENCE/SYMPOSIUM (MAY 21-24) AND MEDICAL UNIVERSITY LECTURES (MAY 19-21)” in Simferopol, Ukraine. Apparently, some top Russian philosophers from Moscow and St Petersburg have agreed to come. One is Christian, two are prominent atheists. For more information, contact Georges Carillet carilletatwildwinddotcom.

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HUB-CAPS
This past week, MAFxc upgraded their server, good ‘ole “Hubatxcdotorg”. The outcome? Tons more effective service and the possibility for all the more service and features in the future. Thanks Jonathan, Rex and Bob!!!! I still find it hard to believe we can operate Brigada Today for $52/year and inform nearly 5000 people each week of some of the best pieces of missions mobilization news and resources in the world [that we can find :-) ]. If you’ve been thinking about getting an email forwarding service (so that no matter how many changes you make to your email carrier, your address will always be the same… like… YourNameatxcdotorg), may I suggest that you support the home team and pay up the $52/year to MAF. Then you can open up these email conferences and send out updates for your mission organization, your soccer team :-) your basketball club, your bridge party, your… [list goes on]. For more information or a free brochure, write helpdeskatxcdotorg. Seek ’em Rex. By the way… I don’t work for MAF. But they sure make Brigada possible.

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IN THE WORKS FOR NEXT WEEK…
Guess what! Brigada’s finally getting its own domain! The name will change, but the service will just keep getting better. http://www.xc.org/brigada will change [probably next week] to http://www.brigada.org. We’ll alert you when it happens so you can change your bookmarks. You do set bookmarks for Brigada’s web site, right? :-) (By the way, the site is still going to be carried by MAFxc. They’re just registering the domain for us with Internic… another service by your friendly folks at MAFxc. For more information… write Rex at HelpDeskatxcdotorg. Start your own web site! It’s about $100 set-up and $160 per year afterward. Probably one of the best prices you’ll find in the entire country.) (Now – I can’t wait ’til they add Microsoft’s free Front Page ’97 server extensions so our feedback forms and hit counter and search mechanisms will work! :-))

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PRAY FOR INDONESIA
Will you bow for a moment now and pray for the nation of Indonesia? Some say they are being targeted by Muslim extremists now more than ever before, with some radical approaches. Pray that God’s light would be seen.

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ON THE HUNT FOR COMIBAM
So… who can tell us when the next Comibam event is scheduled to be held… maybe in Mexico??? David wants to know. Send to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

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SUPPOSE A UN WORKER WANTS TO BE NETWORKED WITH OTHER TENTMAKERS…
Where would he/she turn – so they’re not out there as “lone rangers”? That’s the question Chris Ford CHRISatWORNETdotMHSdotCompuServedotCOM asks. If you’ve got a tentmaking consortium or network that these guys can join, write Chris directly… and Chris, how ’bout sending us a summary list in a couple of weeks???

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SPEAK WITH YOUR HANDS (ASL) OR WISH YOU DID??? You could probably use HyperSign, a program with more than 2000 full motion videos of American Sign Language. Contact Inreach Ministries inreachatlrdotnet for more info.

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AND NOW FROM THE HOME OFFICE, THIS WEEK’S ‘DID YOU KNOW?’
From our ever faithful contact in Ukraine comes this tidbit….. I suppose you knew that in the movie, Casablanca, Humphrey Bogart never said “Play it again, Sam” ??? Yikes. Shaking my philosophical foundations of life.

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WEB-WATCH
Catch the Italian Evangelical Alliance at http://www.ipsnet.it/netpages/room386.

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ADVANCE! IS ADVANCED
The February/March 1997 Advance has been posted for your viewing pleasure. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
Get brigada advance.970203

Here’s a summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — India’s 52 unreached people groups with populations of more than 1 million; hundreds of West African people groups with little or no access to the gospel; 1.6 million “Jesus” videos; third largest Muslim country in the world torn by strife; China at critical crossroads.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Believer imprisoned in Iran; Christian center near Cairo attacked; believer in Vietnam arrested; the Karen of Myanmar; Israel bill would affect believers.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Fetal cell transplants; Sudan working to eliminate female circumcision; bombing of lesbian nightclub; milestones in genetic research; marketing RU 486 in United States; unwanted pregnancy as “intrusion.”

REJOICE! — Churches in Madhya Pradesh than double; India evangelist invited into mosque; 500 students commit lives to Christ; record 3.3 million Scriptures printed in China; 15,000 decisions for Christ in Honduras.

NETWORKING — Assistance for the family of murdered Iranian pastor; profiles of minority groups in China, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar; children’s materials for Praying Through the Window III; Operation Mobilization missions ship to visit four ports in the western United States; China ’97 … At the Crossroads; “God’s Simple Plan for His Church;” Eastern Europe and CIS video and film directory.

FRONT LINES — Our enemy.

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CHURCH ADOPTIONS – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Wow – this past weekend was great. We met in Dayton, Ohio, with a group of dedicated church leaders representing differing parts of the Body of Christ who are taking seriously the challenge to adopt a “piece of the least reached world!” At “Pit-Stop Dayton”, we presented new case studies in the constantly evolving PACE model. There was Cary Christian Church of Cary, NC, which has decided to adopt the Taimani, a church in North Carolina adopting a group in Mongolia, and a church from Louisville adopting a people group in Morocco and others who are so new, they haven’t even picked a group! This new surge of interest in local churches is an answered prayer for folks like Luis Bush, who has been leading in a vision to see “A church for every people and the gospel for every person by the year 2000.” While all the “nay-sayers” and arm-chair strategists sit around and debate whether or not that dream could ever be possible, churches like Kenwood Heights Christian Church in Louisville, KY, are setting about to make progress. They aren’t worrying about whether or not they themselves can reach the whole world – they’re just picking a piece of the world and they’re doing their part!!! I decided to motor on down to Louisville Saturday night, after the conference finished up, just so I could sit in the pews at Kenwood Heights and listen in on their spirit, and. . . . I wasn’t disappointed. They introduced their contingent (whom they had sent to the Pit-Stop with a mandate of finding out “next steps”) to the whole congregation, featured them in prayer, and the Sr. Minister even gave up his private column to them in this week’s church newsletter just to report on the event. Do you think the church is going to doubt his commitment to this project??? Not a chance. Are they rich? Nope. Are they huge? Nope (around 250, I’d guess). But are the committed??? You bet. And guess what. I note that they subscribed to Brigada within a few hours of arriving home from the conference! :-) Welcome Kenwood Heights! :-) [Churches and church leaders wanting to take part in the next Pit-Stop, set to occur in Littleton (Denver), Colorado, Apr. 25-26, may contact Robert Peterson rpetersonatccudotedu to be added to the list of prospective delegates and receive more information.]

Next week – hear about the sharpest and greatest mobilization video yet… I’ve got to get a good price for you before featuring it….

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

TO UNSUBSCRIBE, send email to hubatxcdotorg with this line in the text:
unsubscribe brigada

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

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

19970216 Brigada Today

Now with 4851 Participants – with the last week having represented the biggest surge in participant-growth in our history!!! What are you doing out there to spread the word??? … giving away free laptops or something??? :-) Just 4 editions left ’til we turn “2” [years old]! Can we hit 5000???? With no marketing dept. or budget, it’s up to you! Thanks!

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada

[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* PRAY FOR THE SE ASIA JP2000 CONSULTATION
* WEB-WATCH
* REMEMBER THE GUY NEEDING HELP GETTING LESSONS TO HONG KONG?
* WHAT DIFFERENCE CAN ONE MAN MAKE?
* CHINA ’97 – AT THE CROSSROADS
* TIME TO RE-VISIT EMAIL TO MAIL CONVERSION PROGRAMS
* OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
* PTW III MATERIALS READY FOR KIDS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* BEEN FOLLOWING THE PRAYING WITH POWER NEWS RELEASES?
* ARE YOU A GERMAN SPEAKER WHO WOULD LIKE INFO. ON INSURANCE PLANS?
* ALMOST TOO LATE… BUT NOT TOO LITTLE
* THE LATEST ON HUSSEIN
* FOR NEXT WEEK’S BRIGADA TODAY – DATA PROJECTION
* THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL

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PRAY FOR THE SE ASIA JP2000 CONSULTATION
John Robb asked yesterday that we pray for the AD 2000 SE Asia Joshua Project Consultation, March 2-5, in Singapore. 300 plus participants are expected from all the regions countries. Luis Bush, Lawrence Khong and John, himself, will be the main speakers. He wrote, “Pray for a strong anointing of the Holy Spirit on the participants, organizers and those of us who are speaking that the Lord himself will speak through us.” So… are you going to do it? :-)

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WEB-WATCH
Today we’re focusing on a couple of pages for the “security-conscious.” Thanks to Rod who pointed us to the free version of PGP for just about any platform under the sun – including Macs http://www.math.ohio-state.edu/~fiedorow/PGP/ – for both USA/Canada usage http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html, and international usage http://www.ifi.uio.no/~staalesc/PGP/. Rod adds, “The only people who really must pay money for PGP are commercial users and those who absolutely must have a shrink-wrapped easy to use package.” He adds, “Don’t forget to generate a 2048 bit key!” Then there was Bob of MAF, who passed along, http://www.research.megasoft.com/people/cmcurtin/snake-oil-faq.html, “interesting reading for anyone considering encryption and other security techniques.” And then Rod wrote with info on PGP remailers like the free code for nym.alias.net http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~raph/n.a.n.html. He added, “Not knowing the operator of this remailer, it may be unwise to setup accounts with them, but I believe [others are] … looking into using this code to set up a remailer for missionary usage. Others have already setup remailers using this 2nd generation nymserver code (e.g. configatweaseldotowldotde in Germany).” Great 1-2-3 punch this week. Great job, guys!

And . . . as the saga of a novice web-writer continues to unfold (I have all of 2 weeks experience now, . . . but good tools make a difference), check out the latest at www.teamexpansion.org. Now, this coming week, I’ve got to get that search engine working and those feedback forms! :-)

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REMEMBER THE GUY NEEDING HELP GETTING LESSONS TO HONG KONG?
Well, you Brigada folks came through royally. He got several responses… and the package is on its way! Once again, the worldwide missions community says a big THANKS!

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WHAT DIFFERENCE CAN ONE MAN MAKE?
We’re about to find out . . . rather, what a difference he won’t be able to make now. By now everyone’s heard the news of the death of China’s “Paramount Leader”, Deng Xiaoping. It’s been at least 3 years coming. So where do over 1 billion people go now? To check it out, see http://www.scmp.com/news/ (South China Morning Post – Hong Kong’s leading English language newspaper, online version) http://www.scmp.com/1997/97main.html (a website and links specifically about the transition, maintained by the South China Morning Post, above) http://www.hkstandard.com/online/news/001/hksnews.htm ( Hong Kong Standard – Hong Kong’s other English newspaper, online version). And thanks to Ben for the links!

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CHINA ’97 – AT THE CROSSROADS
And as a follow-on, it seems appropriate to mention International Students, Inc. (ISI) and their extraordinary plan to help train many of the future leaders of in China in evangelism, discipleship, and the Christian walk, during a week-long conference in San Diego, California, called China ’97…At the Crossroads. Scheduled for June 20-27, 1997, it has been designed especially for mainland Chinese students, scholars, professors and professionals currently in the United States. The slate of speakers for China ’97 includes top Chinese Christian leaders like Dr. Thomas Wang, Dr. Charlotte T.C. Tan, Rev. Edwin Su, and Rev. Timothy Li. For more information about attending or supporting China ’97, contact ISI at 1-(800)-ISITEAM or by e-mail, lmarzano@isionlineorg.

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TIME TO RE-VISIT EMAIL TO MAIL CONVERSION PROGRAMS
Are there any? Inquiring minds want to know. At least Wayne does – who wrote this past week, “Do you know of a service that allows one to send email to mail service. We have older individuals as supporters who are not likely to get either a fax machine or a computer. But yet they would pray if we could get even a card to them regularly.” I told him about the [expensive] Compuserve service. Anybody know of any others that have sprouted up?

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OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME
Now here’s a chance you won’t find everyday. Patrick Johnstone has 5 openings for serious-minded, self-supported researchers to help him gather data and write Operation World (the next edition). Specifically, they need 2 clear thinkers to scour newsletters and paper mail for updates for the book, as well as a computer manager and a technical assistant. Several electronic processing people could pitch in as volunteers. The office is in or near London, I believe. Want to change a planet? Wow. If your organization has someone to second, or if you have support that would allow, then write Roger Doriot at doriotreatticnetdotcom. He’ll compile the responses and forward them to Patrick, who is almost constantly traveling now, in research for the update. Thanks Roger!

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PTW III MATERIALS READY FOR KIDS
According to Bonnie Kyle, children’s materials for Praying Through the Window III are now available through the Christian Information Network. She writes, “The calendar format for kids is very similar to the previous material, focusing on one people group per day and providing other basic info for the kids. A new feature this year is the availability of supplemental teaching materials, consisting of four one-page mini-lessons, each focusing on a child from a different people group and accompanied by an 8 1/2 x 11 illustration of a child from people group. They were chosen from four different religions (Hindu, Buddhism, Islam, Animism). The illustrations are enlargements of those used in the calendar.” This would be dynamite stuff for home-schoolers and Christian schools could get tons of mileage from it. The problem is, all those folks are so busy that they’re likely not even to be reading this! So… if you know someone from either of the above two groups, you might want to tip them off! They’ll need to contact the CIN at: 11025 State Highway 83 Colorado Springs, CO 80921, (719) 522-1040; Fax: (719)&nbsp548-9000. Email: 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom. Thanks Bonnie!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Despite decades of mission work in Thailand, the church there is still very small, especially among those who are ethnically Thai. However Luis Palau reports a positive response from earlier this month, speaking five times in Chiang Mai. Nearly 16-thousand came to hear Palau speak, including 6 thousand young people. More than 700 stated public commitment to Jesus Christ. After his time in Thailand, Luis Palau went on to minister to children in Madras, India, and pastors in Hong Kong.
(Source: MISSION NETWORK NEWS, STORY # 2 Friday, February 14, 1997, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news/news-02-14-97.html )
Global Glimpse is gathered with gladness by the gadabout John Hanna, Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA. We’re grateful, guy! :-)

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
Now here’s a surprising little fun fact to know and tell. :-) Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand side driving was done “live” on a weekday at 5pm! Get this. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. The “word on the street” :-) is that this time and day were chosen to prevent accidents in which drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that this was the day of the changeover. Talk about a crazy rush hour that day. I mean, what’s the Swedish for, “Hey ya big clutz! Don’t ya even know how to drive!!!” “Look buddy – wake up and change lanes and mind your own business!!” Yikes. Makes me want to take the subway!

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ARE YOU A GERMAN SPEAKER WHO WOULD LIKE INFO. ON INSURANCE PLANS?
Believe it or not, Brigada even has a “get” file for you, thanks to our good friend Kerstin Hack. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line:
get brigada german-insurance

And you’ll receive a vonderful file full of ideas on dealing with the challenges of insuring you and your family! Thanks Kerstin.

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ALMOST TOO LATE… BUT NOT TOO LITTLE
We just heard that Feb. is Black History Month. Apparently there’s a prayer calendar not unlike the Praying Through the Window calendars. Contact (719)&nbsp638-1076 or write the Black Prayer Network at PO Box 17877, Colorado Springs, CO 80935 for a copy. Maybe they’ll get us an email address later. Thanks Brian at Global Harvest Ministries, Global_Harvest_Ministriesatcompuservedotcom

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THE LATEST ON HUSSEIN
So have you heard the very latest on Robert Hussein, the Kuwaiti Muslim, turned-Christian, turned-Muslim? Well, according to some, maybe his American wife didn’t give up her Christianity after all! Get the whole story by emailing hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada hussein.970222

Thanks to TPC.INT for sharing the news!

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FOR NEXT WEEK’S BRIGADA TODAY – DATA PROJECTION
Next week we’ll be examining options for data projection, that wonderful concept where these gizmos that take our computer images and flash them up on projection screens. We’re looking for the brightest, lightest, cheapest, most efficient, most durable model possible – LCD pads and projectors together. Any nominations? (first hand experience appreciated) Sources are sought – with web sites, email addresses, and phone numbers/faxes (both toll-free and non-toll-free, for our international audience, please). Please make sure your subject line reads “DATA PROJECTION” and send them to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. And during the coming week, let’s get those potentially powerful and promotional PowerPoint presentations purring! (‘Course, like the guy from Sun Microsystems, we might just decide to use a felt pen and transparencies! :-))

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THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
I’ve got a good friend who teaches in France. Recently, he sent this story and, yesterday, he agreed to allow me to share it: “Probably the most touching and greatest blessing of the month occurred on a van ride into the town of Rottwiel, Germany. One afternoon Laura and I decided to take a French couple with us to town to give them a break from English and see how they were enjoying the rally. A German Christian, who lived in France and thus spoke French, asked if he could come along to practice his French. As we rode along we noticed the size of the houses and Bridgette asked why the houses were so large compared to our area of France. Stefan explained that during World War II many of the German villages were completely destroyed, so when the towns were rebuilt the houses were built bigger along with the roads and stores; thus the German villages look completely different than they did 60 years ago. There was a moment of silence, as we probably all thought about who fought against whom, and who hated whom. Then Brigette said, “Isn’t it strange that here in this van there are Germans, French and Americans and we are all here like one family because of Jesus?” Wow, what a thought! Someone added, “Yeah, the UN or NATO or any other organization can’t bring this kind of unity.” As I stared ahead at Route 27, 11 kilometers outside of Rottwiel, Germany, I understood what Paul meant when he said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for everyone who believes . . .” [Thanks John! Your address held as requested.]

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

19970209 Brigada Today

Now with 4729 Participants – double the normal weekly growth rate from last week! Thanks to those who passed the word about Brigada! Please keep it up! Just 5 weeks left ’til we turn “2” [years old]! Can we hit 5000???? With no marketing dept. or budget, it’s up to you! Thanks!

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

* DON’T FORGET YOU CAN FAX FROM THE WEB!
* DO YOU NEED HELP MOBILIZING CHURCHES?
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* TOP LEVEL OPPORTUNITY TO LOSE AT TABLE TENNIS
* DID YOU CATCH THE ENCYCLOPEDIA REVIEW IN PC MAGAZINE?
* “FCC WARNINGS” CONTINUE TO POUR IN
* “SODA[LITY]-CRACKERS”
* HUB-CAPS
* CHANGING ADDRESSES???
* MAKE MILLIONS – WIN ZILLIONS
* FLASH! OPERATION WORLD RUSSIN’ TO MARKET!
* GLOBAL (WORSHIPFUL) GLIMPSE
* BACK IN ACTION!
* STILL WORKING ON “MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS”???
* WEBWATCH
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DON’T FORGET YOU CAN FAX FROM THE WEB!
This past week, we got mail from a Brigada reader in South Africa, wondering if it was somehow possible to fax from off the web. Don’t forget about the two great services profiled in previous editions of Brigada Today! If you’re a new reader, make sure you check out both options to figure out which one is best for you. Some will choose http://www.faxsav.com. (You can also use the old-fashioned telephone to call FaxSav Customer Service at +1 908 906 1555 from outside the US or at 1-800-909-0080 from inside the USA.) It’s a great service. But the last time I checked it out, if you wanted to send a formatted page, you had to do it “live” over the web. There was no way to do it via email.

By contrast, I settled on http://www.faxaway.com/ (with customer service at +1-206-301-7000 outside the USA and 1-800-906-4329 within the USA). This service allows you to “attach” binary files from a dozen or so different applications that the Faxaway server “knows.” When it receives your emailed attachment, it decodes it and faxes it immediately. You can set up your account with Faxaway in a matter of minutes and be doing quick faxes all over the world instantly! https://ronin.kallback.com/faxaway/applic.cgi lets you use a secure browser to do the account by credit card.) I think you can also email them at welcomeatfaxawaydotcom and they send you the necessary info.

These things are no-brainers to use, gang. Basically, you just compose an e-mail, then address and send that e-mail to (in the case of Faxaway, for example) FAXNUMBERatfaxawaydotcom (country and city code included). When Faxaway receives your e-mail, it opens a telephone line to the fax machine that you designate, and sends the fax away, including whatever binary-encoded attachments you might have included (such as an Excel spreadsheet). Most faxes to the USA are 10-15 cents max – sometimes less- regardless of your point of origin around the world. Fantastic savings if you’re faxing the USA from overseas. What’s more, they buy up humongous overseas phone time, so even faxes to other countries are cheaper too. Worth checking out. Only downside is you don’t get to stand there and watch the paper crawl through that little roller. (Rats What will you do with all that newly discovered spare time? – maybe play with your new copy of Encarta ’97? :-))

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DO YOU NEED HELP MOBILIZING CHURCHES?
Lately, we’ve been taking a close look at TCMC (Training Church Mission Consultants), launched last year “to equip key church leaders, mission agency representatives and mobilizers to be more effective in assisting churches in their global vision.” Apparently, via demonstration, instruction and practice, a participant learns, among other things, the five stages of consulting and how to use the “Global Access Planner” to help a church develop a strategic five-year plan. The training takes place in two phases, each lasting four days, and is limited to 25 people. During 1997, TCMC will be held four times (the first being in southern CA, March 9-12). After taking the training, Andy Rietveld of The Bible League says: “I think it was one of the best things I’ve ever done, tremendously valuable.” David Jones of C&MA writes: “The TCMC workshop is the single most important source of training for mission mobilizers that I have encountered.” For more information regarding TCMC, contact Larry Walker 102003dot317atCompuservedotcom or by phone (800-587-ACMC). I’m trying to get them to let me come to sample it… Let you know how I come out. :-)

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
This week’s “amazing facts to know and tell” is a real doozey [Is that how you spell “doozey”?]. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672. Can you believe it? The only continent with no permanent inhabitants and, compared to the USA, it has three times the number of digits in its international dialing code! :-)

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TOP LEVEL OPPORTUNITY TO LOSE AT TABLE TENNIS
Here’s an ad I came across for those interested in opportunities to live and study in China: “July 3-23 we can take up to 200 college age young people to Guilin to Guangxi Teachers College for a cross-cultural program. Guanxi Education Commission is partnering with us to offer this program. For each American student we provide, a Chinese young person will be placed in the program. Most of the young people will come from the Zhuang, Dong, Yao, etc. minorities from that region. During the a.m. the U.S. young people will study Chinese language and culture while the minority youth study American culture focusing on English training. Afternoons will be spent competing in tennis, learning baseball, Americans losing in table tennis, etc. Evenings will feature performances. For $2700 the students receive credit, cruise up the Li River, visit the Great Wall, Tianamen Square, Forbidden City, terra cotta soldiers, and travel to and from LA to Beijing, enjoy living in a nice hotel and Chinese food. Interested young people should contact Dr. Treva Kay Gibson, 602-589-2808, 1-800-800-9776 ext 2808, tgibsonatgrand-canyondotedu. Reservations need to be made soon.” For more info., contact Treva Gibson tgibsonatgrand-canyondotedu.
Treva, love the table tennis quip.

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DID YOU CATCH THE ENCYCLOPEDIA REVIEW IN PC MAGAZINE?
[][] Sorry to say, “Encyclopaedia Britannica on CD” scored only the honorable mention spot, when compared to Encarta ’97. The former, however, came in first place with most articles (67,000), so if it’s pure information you want, EB is probably the way to go – at $300. However, Editor’s Choice was Encarta ’97 Deluxe Edition ($80), with 31,000 articles. And when it came to media – like sound clips and video/animations, Encarta won hands down, with 2300 audio clips and 153 video segments. EB scores a disappointing zero on both counts. So if you missed the $79 EB sale, don’t fret. Get the Editors’ Choice for the same price! :-)

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“FCC WARNINGS” CONTINUE TO POUR IN
The “FCC warnings” (about local telephone fees) you might be getting in your in-box should subside soon, since feedback is due there within the next month. Jonathan Marsden, one of the top-ranking techs at Mission Aviation Fellowship’s MAFxc, agreed with Brigada Today in its fear that the Internet community might be overreacting. He wrote, “The people to be angry with are the small phone companies who are trying to persuade the world the Internet costs them money, instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to offer high speed data communications to their customers that don’t use analogue phone lines (POTS lines) at all!” Precisely. I saw the list of phone companies petitioning the FCC for the new fees. Yikes. What a shopping list! :-) Don’t forget to check out http://www.xc.org/brigada/internettax.htm for some informative links. New one added just today. A primary deadline for “input” (which is probably not even needed) is already past… with the secondary deadline coming up on Monday, the 17th.

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“SODA[LITY]-CRACKERS”
Got a note this past week from the Director of Frontier Missions at YWAM’s “Eastern Caribbean Centre for World Mission.” Seems he’s reviewing their operational structure there. He writes, “We have had input from a business paradigm, but want to receive input from a missions paradigm. Can anyone recommend to us any good articles, books, discussions re: the operational structure of sodalities/mission societies?” The frightening thing is – he’s serious! :-) (There’s got to be a dissertation here somewhere! :-) ) Anyway, if you can send Brian a soda- – I mean a sodality- – study, write him at hoganatsunbeachdotnet. (And with that domain, he might need a soda anyway. :-) ) Brian, when you’re done, we’re looking for an electronic summary back here at Brigada to post so the world can enjoy the soda-whatchamacallits you write about, eh? :-)

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HUB-CAPS
This past week, reader Roger Doriot asked us to provide “a succinct paragraph of what Brigada Today is.” (Now there’s an imponderable! What do you call a frontier missions journal that studies populations in Antarctica, profiles on-line encyclopedias, and reports on unreached peoples consultations all at the same time?) So – rather than try to write one ourselves, we grabbed a piece of mail that went floating out over the Internet this past week from a satisfied Brigada participant named Eric Derry, from Dayton, OH. He copied this paragraph to a ton of his email friends (as if to answer Roger) – (Thanks Eric!):

“I’m not sure how many of you have joined this excellent resourceful mission minded conference. If you already receive Brigada Today…then forward this to gobs of your friends, so we can make this great resource available to more of our Christian Friends. If you haven’t joined the conference, I encourage you to try it out. You will get ONE message each week (normally Friday) with loads of useful, practical, information. It will contain hints, tips, insightful comments, progress reports, updates on missions stuff around the world, and it’s FREE! Brigada Today has 4000+ subscribers right now. We would love to hit the 5000 mark before BRIGADA has it’s 2nd birthday (March 21st)! And if you don’t like it (I doubt it) you can always UNSUBSCRIBE! And did I say…IT’S FREE!?! No strings attached.

TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following message:
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CHANGING ADDRESSES???
Please don’t forget to unsubscribe before you unhook your old service. Once your service provider disconnects your previous address, our server lets Revis Ann Massey know! So every week, she does dozens of unsubscribes (especially from disgruntled AOLers! :-) )!! She handles all the “customer relations” for Brigada – as a volunteer! Between the role she serves on a church planting team in Miami, the classes she teaches, and the Spanish she’s studying, we’d like to make her Brigada work as simple as possible. You can help! Use that “Unsubscribe brigada” command before you disconnect, then on your new service, just “subscribe brigada” all over again. Also, if you’re on a LAN connection to the Internet and your network administrator wants to change your address or your addressing setup, again, make sure you “unsubscribe brigada” before the switch. Once you’ve changed addresses, it’ll be too late. You lose. And so does Revis Ann!

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MAKE MILLIONS – WIN ZILLIONS
Caught your eye? This note caught mine this past week. Almost sounds too good to be true… so somebody needs to do this and then let us know if it worked! :-) “Know expats or nationals needing AND capable of a serious professional independent business as a matter of authentic presence in the marketplace for expats or as income source to enable nationals in ministry leadership? Because our business is in “stage two” of a global launch of a new service in the hospitality/tourism and the telecom industries, we have expat reps in the creative “hard” places on our biz visas – and nationals marketplacing the Gospel. Six month of VERY hard and concentrated, undivided work with any skill in marketing will lead to (very) high long term income. You or any missions-hearted, proven business performer you know in any country may want to contact me. I will provide Web site, ample details and “Stages to Agent Development” upon contact. garyattayloredcommdotcom. This weekend I start a 3-week Europe and N. Africa and Israel trip, could contact candidates enroute.”
All right. Who’s going to be our guinea pig. We’ll expect a full report, okay? :-)

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FLASH! OPERATION WORLD RUSSIN’ TO MARKET!
It’s finally finished! Operation World in Russian is printed and, according to inside sources, it looks GREAT! For orders, you can contact Pasha Damyan at “Bibles for all,” Shpalernaya 60, block 1, St. Petersburg, Russia. Tel: 812 271 9102, Fax: 812 127 8646. For more info., you could try emailing janedotbarlowatgedotomdotorg.

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GLOBAL (WORSHIPFUL) GLIMPSE
Imagine being a Christian with no hymns, devotional books, or cultural Christian expressions. For many Christians in the 10/40 Window this is part of their daily existence. Author John Piper wrote, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” One cutting edge mission agency recently amended their policy that each church planting team should aim at recruiting a team worship leader not just to lead the team in worship but to help train musically gifted national believers to write indigenous worship material or lead indigenous worship. All across Central Asia indigenous worship songs are spreading among brand new churches.
(Sources: Caleb Project field reports and Let the Nations be Glad, John Piper, 1993, Baker Books)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO. jhannaatcprojectdotcom If you write him an encouraging note, make sure you tell him you saw his “glimpse” on Brigada. We get a $5 commission for every encouraging “customer” we send his way! (NOT!) :-)

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BACK IN ACTION!
The Brigada – Advance super-searcher is up and running. This feature of the Brigada web site, maintained by tried and trusted Brigada volunteer, Bob Mayhew, allows you instant access to megabytes of resources, quotes, over 400 pages of back issues, the works! Find it at the site… http://www.xc.org/brigada.

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STILL WORKING ON “MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS”???
Interestingly enough, we got yet another request for workshop content this past week! Remember to send your “missions in the book of Acts” material to kronborgatcentrumdotdk. He’s compiling the compendium for all to “get” here.

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WEBWATCH
Do you write HTML (the code language of the WorldWide Web)? I don’t. I’m so thankful for Bob Mayhew, who has maintained our web page from its very beginning, in June, 1995. What a faithful friend. He gathers and compiles each Brigada Today into HTML code, then publishes it on the web for all to read, search, and see for months afterward.

But I’m learning. And new tools are helping all the time. Microsoft FrontPage ’97 simplifies web-writing tremendously. Sausage Software’s HotDog Pro is even more “technically aware.” And now, with Microsoft Office ’97, almost anyone can publish pages to the web, since WinWord and its sister apps. now has added “Save as HTML” to the File menu. So.. I’ve got tons to learn.. but check out http://www.teamexpansion.org for my quick and dirty “first attempts.” I’ve got maybe 30-60 minutes invested in the whole site (I know, I know – you’re going to say, “It looks like it!” :-) ), but try to stand back for a second and realize, if newbies like me can do this, what’s the world coming to! :-) I mean…, this is…., to quote a famous philosopher, “a whole new world!” (who was that… oh yeah. Jasmine. :-)). Anyway, I know this WWW.com stuff is probably pelting us from all sides, but the ramifications are tremendous. Our mission used to spend $2000 per mailing for 24 pages of text to 13,000 people. It was newsprint. Mostly tossed, I bet. Now we’ll be able to do full color graphics – and we’re publishing a book on our site!!! (Resources for Missionary Recruits, chapter by chapter, beginning this week! Check it out!)
So… we’re seeing a revolution unfold here, gang. Wake up and smell the coffee. The WorldWide Web is here to stay! You can order plane tickets at the lowest fares, download patches and updates for free, and even read Resources for Missionary Recruits, which is a sold-out no-longer-in-print book! So whoever said progress is painful should check out the web. It works.

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

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

19970202 Brigada Today

Now with 4636 Participants – and over 20,000 hits monthly on the web!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada

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In this issue….

* HUSSEIN: “I CLEAR MYSELF FROM ANY RELIGION THAT CONTRADICTS ISLAM”
* HOW ‘BOUT THIS NEW ROUND OF “FCC IS ABOUT TO TAX YOU” ANNOUNCEMENTS
* HUBCAPS
* SO I’M NO ENCYCLOPEDIA EXPERT!
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* HEADED TO HONG KONG??? HERE’S A MISSIONARY WHO NEEDS YOU!
* EUROPEAN TRAVEL AGENT NEEDED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE – “CHURCHES ARE BURNING AGAIN!”
* WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS?
* HOW DO YOU CATCH SHINGLES?
* NOW – A CALLBACK SERVICE FROM GERMANY!
* WEBWATCH
* 30 DAYS OF PRAYER
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HUSSEIN: “I CLEAR MYSELF FROM ANY RELIGION THAT CONTRADICTS ISLAM”
Sad but true. Remember Robert Hussein, the guy we were all praying for last summer? Well the follow-up story was released this past week, Jan. 31, by Reuter news agency. The article went this way: “A Kuwaiti convert to Christianity who had been declared an apostate by a Moslem Shi’ite court has reverted to Islam, a newspaper reported on Friday. ‘I clear myself from any religion that contradicts with Islam,’ al-Rai al-Aam [newspaper] quoted Robert Hussein as telling a Moslem cleric in Kuwait after declaring himself a Moslem again. A Kuwait Shi’ite court, ruling on a private civil suit brought against Hussein by three Islamist lawyers, declared Hussein an apostate last May 29 in the first such finding by a court in the conservative Gulf Arab state.

Hussein, who announced his conversion to a newspaper in 1995, went to the United States in August saying he feared for his life after a court ruling that he said could be interpreted by Moslems as permission to kill him. Public abandonment of Islam is rare in the Arab world. Hussein was not immediately available for comment. He married an American Christian missionary before returning to Kuwait earlier this month. The newspaper said Hussein’s wife wants to convert to Islam.”

Yikes gang. Something about this case doesn’t sit well, does it. Brian O’Connell BrianOConnellatxcdotorg agrees. He brought the above story to our attention and commented, “It is a sad and tragic situation and obviously Robert needs our prayers. My assumption is that we will hear more and perhaps have more to say (indeed, I know many of you will have some things to say). Because of that, I offer the conference religious-libertyatxcdotorg as a sounding board or forum to share lessons learned and other appropriate comments about this case. If need be, they will be edited and put into one message (or a few compilations) containing several different thoughts.” If you’re interested in joining Brian’s new conference, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line of text in the message:
subscribe religious-liberty

Thanks Brian! Hope you can figure this one out! :-)

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HOW ‘BOUT THIS NEW ROUND OF “FCC IS ABOUT TO TAX YOU” ANNOUNCEMENTS
Has it hit your computer yet? It will. In fact, I’m predicting it’ll turn into one of those recirculating “viral infections” of the Internet. You get a note telling you that the FCC is about to tax your phone company for your Internet access . . . so, being the well-meaning Internet user you are, you relay it to two dozen of your friends, who each in turn send it to 30 of their friends – and the whole thing mushrooms like some terrible geometric Internet virus, [eventually] taking up megabytes and megabytes of bandwidth and storage space. How do we avoid these things? First, if you send out such a warning, make sure you give a corresponding web site where users can learn more and actually verify its validity. To get a list of some links to research this latest in FCC scares, check out: http://www.xc.org/brigada/internettax.htm

Those without access to the web can get a summary by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada internettax

Second, whenever you send out one of these warnings – if you do – please, please make sure you put an “end date” on it. For example, in this case, it looks like all “letters” to the FCC must be sent by Feb. 17th. But folks, my take on this is that no action is necessary – so I’d say just delete these chain letters and chalk it up hysteria. The momentum is against the alleged tax… no other input is needed. Am I wrong? Additional links? Please tell me.

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HUBCAPS
Next week we cross the “400 mark!” That’s 400 pages of Brigada Today editions, weekly since the 18th of Feb., 1995, with the official “opening” being March 21st, 1995. (We operated a test month prior to official opening.) That makes next week’s issue somewhat of an informal two-year birthday, with the real one coming up March 21st. Can we cross 5000 subscribers by March 21st??? It would take a massive marketing effort. Unfortunately, we have no marketing budget (Brigada is a free service that doesn’t take advertisements) so we would only be able to grow through word of mouth. If you have a friend who might like to subscribe, please send him or her a copy of this mailing and point out the subscribe instructions at the end. Thanks!

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SO I’M NO ENCYCLOPEDIA EXPERT!
[][] Thanks for the [many] clarifications about World Book vs. Britannica! (Is there a difference? Duh…. ) The offer was indeed for Britannica and not World Book… and I called the Britannica marketing office this past week just to verify and, sure enough, the special “$79” offer is officially “off.” Also, one Brigada participant contacted us to encourage us not to put massive pressure on the Britannica people to grant the price even when it had been discontinued. The marketing people I talked with made it clear that they wouldn’t feel any pressure… They pointed out that if they didn’t want to sell it for $79, they wouldn’t have. Either way – it’s all in the past – it’s water under the [una]bridge[d]! ^^^^

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
This week’s imponderable??? What’s the most common name in the world??? Mohammed. Hands down. What does that tell you about Muslim growth? :-)

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HEADED TO HONG KONG??? HERE’S A MISSIONARY WHO NEEDS YOU!
Ben Rees is a missionary sorely in need of help getting some Bible study books to Hong Kong. If you’re headed there anytime soon and could help, please write him directly at reesathkstandarddotcom.

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EUROPEAN TRAVEL AGENT NEEDED
Once again, Brigada-travel-agents needs a bunch more European agents. If you know one, please tell them to send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the message:
subscribe brigada-travel-bids

Travelers need not apply. Just mail your request for a quote to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg. They’ve been pretty busy lately, so don’t be surprised if it takes them a day or so to get back.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE – “CHURCHES ARE BURNING AGAIN!”
“The riots are getting much closer to home. One school has been burned in Bandung so the military is guarding churches and Christian schools there. It is almost like martial law. The schools that have been burned have all been next to or connected to a church. The night is the most dangerous time so I have canceled our youth group for tonight. God is our strength and protector.”
(Source: Missionary in Indonesia, via “Speed the Need” 1/31/97 [an Internet prayer service.] SUBSCRIBING to STN is easy and free! Email to: mailservatcrfdotcuisdotedu message:
SUBSCRIBE STN

http://netnet.net/~dhatch/speed/index.html

Note: For more information persecution of Christians in Indonesia or elsewhere, check the Caleb Project web site.
(Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MISSIONS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS?
Here’s a Danish user (Why don’t we say “Denmarkian?” :-) ) who has to teach a workshop in Europe next month on mission and missionary work to unreached in 10/40 window, with reference to Acts. Can anyone clip an article or class or whatever and email it to him at kronborgatcentrumdotdk He’s promised to knit it together for all of us to “get” just as soon as he’s done. What can we send him??? Thanks in advance from Alfred!

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HOW DO YOU CATCH SHINGLES?
Here’s the recipe!!! Laurie was faithful to her task!!! If you’d like a great recipe for concrete roofing, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada roofing

in the text of the message. Thanks Laurie!

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NOW – A CALLBACK SERVICE FROM GERMANY!
If you’re based in Germany, don’t miss out on oliverdotstorzatddotomdotorg and TelePassport USA. Call the USA from Germany for just 39 cents/min.

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WEBWATCH
Remember a while back when someone asked for a resource to pray for world leaders??? Well – a Brigada participant rallied to the cause! Check out http://www.churches.com/world/Missions/worldpray/ ! It’s the WORLD LEADERS PRAYER PROGRAM, a prayer calendar with up-dated/current world leaders, names taken from: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/chiefs-toc-view.html . First class stuff! Roger E. Doriot of UFM Int’l/SIL is going to keep it up, too! Thanks Roger!

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30 DAYS OF PRAYER
Hope you didn’t miss this item from the 30 days of prayer list – check it out:

A young women was roughly dragged to the basement of her house by her two elder brothers. Pushed to the wall, the older brother held a loaded gun to her mouth and whispered, “Deny Jesus and you will live, return to Islam and you shall not die.” Frightened, the woman looked from one brother to the next. She knew that as a new believer she had brought great shame to her family. According to the religious custom, her brothers had been given the task and the authority to kill her.

Months earlier her family had disowned her and forced her to leave her home. Then suddenly, her family invited her back. They showered her with gifts and hospitality. The whole family, including her father, seemed to have forgiven her for her betrayal of Islam.

Then late one evening, her father came to speak with her. “If you love me and your family, you must leave your craziness and return to Islam. You must stop reading your Bible, and you must deny Jesus. If not, you leave me no choice. You must decide now.”

Now she stood before her brothers. “You cannot kill me,” she said softly, “Jesus has taken my sin and has promised that I will live forever. He has prepared a place for me in heaven. You will not kill me, for I now have eternal life.” Her brothers shook with anger. The oldest brother squeezed the trigger of the gun. Nothing happened. Again he fired. Six times he tried to fire the gun but nothing happened. Enraged they grabbed her and took her to the front gate of the house. “Leave now, and never return here again. You are dead to us!”

Several years later, both her brothers and several members of her family found faith in the Lord Jesus.

PRAY:

* There are many brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world who have faced similar circumstances of rejection, exile, torture, persecution and death because of their unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus. Let us stand with them today in prayer and support. James 1:12

* Pray for the grace to endure under trials and the love to forgive those at whose hands they have suffered. 1 Thess. 1:2-5

* Pray that there will be greater breakthroughs in the Muslim world as a result of the witness and testimony of Muslim converts. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20

www.ywam.org/prayer/30days.html This is an excerpt from the original 30-Days Muslim Prayer Focus booklet.

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

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

19970126 Brigada Today

Now with 4570 Participants – and over 20,000 hits monthly on the web!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* BEST DEAL IN THE GALAXY-COM!
* FOLLOW-UP TO “NOW YOU CAN SAVE BUCKS WHEN CALLING FROM OVERSEAS”
* GOT A ONE-DAY MISSIONS SEMINARY COMING UP? POST IT ON THE NET!
* THESE WORLD BOOK DUDES
* WANT TO ATTEND A VERY MOVING SEMINAR?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE JESUS FILM
* MORE TRAVEL AGENTS NEEDED
* WANT NEWS FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE?
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* DON’T FORGET TO PRAY ON FEB. 5, THE “NIGHT OF POWER”
* WEBWATCH – SEARCH FOR A CHURCH IN KERCH FOR MURCH
* HOW DO YOU CATCH SHINGLES?
* BRIGADA-PEOPLES ARCHIVING PEOPLE GROUP RESOURCES
* CAN YOU HELP GET MEDICINE TO A SICK GIRL IN ISTANBUL?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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BEST DEAL IN THE GALAXY-COM!
OSo have you heard about Galcom’s new CD? Galcom International USA has developed a CD missions data base as an aid for informed prayer for the unreached peoples groups and as a reference tool for missions. The current demonstration issue contains the PIN peoples group data base of unreached peoples groups, 22,000 screens of text, 250 pictures, drawings and videos and 50 voice files. It profiles many missionaries and ministers working among unreached people groups. It also has a separate file of people groups designated as “least evangelized”, answers to questions on adopting a people group, current disease outbreak information, information on most known terrorist groups, and address of many world mission ministries. This CD will run on any IBM compatible 386 or higher and is an excellent reference aid and also a tool for churches and prayer groups who participate in “pray through the window”. To order send request to GalcomUSAataoldotcom – and [if they can manage to collect their mail on America Off-line :-) ] they’ll answer in no time at all [well, maybe in a few days when they can squeeze in :-) ]. Here’s the best news. The price. Not $299. Not even $79. This little baby is $15! At this price, I figure the people at Galaxy-Com must care more about unreached people than they do about making bucks! :-) Cool.

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FOLLOW-UP TO “NOW YOU CAN SAVE BUCKS WHEN CALLING FROM OVERSEAS”
$ $ $ Those Cross-link people can be emailed at Crosslinkatearthlinkdotnet. They’re the ones providing the special prices on calling the USA from overseas. One reader [Paul] wrote, “Thanks for the CrossLink info in Brigada Today. I called them – it looks good. Talked to Sharon, very nice lady with a heart for missionaries. She had already received seven calls from folks who heard about their service via BRIGADA! (Mon.AM). Needless to say she is quite interested in knowing more about Brigada. … By the way, Sharon quoted me an example of a price/minute from India (my usual destination) of $.78. Just to call into a local email provider there – now no longer available at any price – was $.80/minute.” Thanks Paul! By the way, if you’re nervous about your organization getting a financial rebate from the group (if you are not-for-profit and don’t want to mix in profit kick-backs), just take the normal pricing. Even it is apparently a really good deal. Also, George Peavy says it’s tough to use these call backs for modems sometimes, especially in countries where you have to place the call through an operator. Finally, George also cautions that some countries might forbid use of call back services because they don’t want to lose the long distance revenue.

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GOT A ONE-DAY MISSIONS SEMINARY COMING UP? POST IT ON THE NET!
That’s right! Here’s a spot keeping track of all the one-day missions emphasis days around the world. http://www.goshen.net/misslink/chapel/oneday.htm is the URL. Announcements or corrections may be e-mailed to xxchapelatlcfndotorg and must be received two weeks in advance of the event or the deadline for registration. Barbara Haas is the Webmaster there. Great idea.

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THESE WORLD BOOK DUDES
This encyclopedia thing has been interesting to follow. (I’d like to be a “spider on the wall” in the World Book conference rooms. They spend big-time bucks on color ads, only to get a big response from something they’ve never even heard of. “Brigada what???” :-) ) One user wrote to say that when he first asked for the special offer ($79 pricing on the $299 product), they declined, saying it had “expired”. “But I persisted politely and prayerfully,” Dennis wrote, “and the Britannica folks finally asked me the source of the information that prompted the call. I opened up the file from you, read it aloud to them and they let me buy the set for $79!” [Wish I could have been there as a spider on the wall.] “Wait, that’s not all,” continues Dennis! “I explained I’d like to buy a second set for a friend. “What?” they replied in surprise. “We can’t do that!” But I said, “Well, you also said you couldn’t sell me the first at a reduced price, and then you did. I figured I might as well press my manners and ask for a second.”

Dennis wrote, “In disbelief, they let me buy a second set!”

He continued, “You guys are wonderful, especially when it comes to stretching a faith missionary’s resources.” [blush] And then there’s Andrea. Nice person. She wrote, “Just to say thanks. I ordered mine yesterday for 79 buckies, and I still can’t believe it! Thank you so so much. God bless you guys oodles.” [I hope He hears the “oodles” part.] Another reader who also talked them into honoring the deal told us that this CD does indeed contain the entire text that is featured in the most recent printed edition but only 3400 of the 24000 graphics/pictures in the print version. Once again, if you want to try to persuade Robert (or any of the other good World Book sales people) to honor this $79 price (such a deal), call World Book at 800-747-2194 or have a friend in the USA do it for you. And thanks to Greg Parsons at the US Center for inspiring this entire interesting chase scene! :-)

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WANT TO ATTEND A VERY MOVING SEMINAR?
Now you can. John Hanna alerted us to “The Moving Peoples Seminar,” a two-day introduction to nomadic peoples and Christian mission among them. Meet Christians from a number of missions with experience in different parts of the world and discuss nomads and various aspects of reaching them. Organized by the Nomadic Pastoralist Network & sponsored by missions in the Evangelical Missionary Alliance. When: July 15-16, 1997. Where: Bulstrode, Gerrards Cross, England (WEC-International headquarters) Cost: 25 pounds full board & room, or 10 pounds per day. [(Which is a fraction of what everyone else is charging for seminars these days!)] For further information, contact: David J. Phillips, Moving Peoples, WEC-International, Bulstrode, Gerrards Cross, Bucks SL9 8SZ ENGLAND.” Thanks John!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE JESUS FILM
The JESUS Film is on the move… even to radio! Work is underway on an International English version as the first of the “top 20” language translations. Also schools throughout Russia should soon receive 60,000 videocassettes, primarily in minority languages. Worldwide broadcasts of The JESUS Film are planned in partnership with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), helping expose 3 billion people to the gospel by the year 2,000. Work continues to get film teams into areas of India, Nigeria, and Indonesia where there is no television coverage. Finally, new language translations are embarking this month, such as the Oromo language in Ethiopia, the Tigre language in Eritrea, and the Kissi and Kpelle languages in Guinea, West Africa.
(Source: Janet Moen, JESUS Film Prayer Request-Jan. ’97. For more info. visit http://www.jesusfilm.org or email pray4jfpatccidotorg or leave your name and address at (800)988-PRAY(7729).)
Thanks to John Hanna of Caleb Project for compiling GLOBAL GLIMPSE each week.

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MORE TRAVEL AGENTS NEEDED
Topping the list of all 71 Brigada conferences this past month was brigada-travel-bids, with 300 messages (most of which were requests for bids!). Imagine sitting at the desk of your travel agency and all of a sudden getting half a dozen extra calls per day for requests for quotes! And many of these are overseas journeys . . . some for groups! So please please don’t waste time. The current stack of two dozen Brigada-Travel travel agents are having a hard time keeping up! Please call up your favorite travel agent today and ask him/her to join the fray!!! This thing could turn into one of the most helpful features of the new Internet craze! So . . . tell them to send an email message today to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
subscribe brigada-travel-bids

Remember that those requesting quotes don’t need to join. They just send their message to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg with proposed itinerary enclosed. Travel agents then send back bids direct and personally. You sit back and pick the itinerary and price you want. Great deal. Free. Fast. Cool.

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WANT NEWS FROM A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE?
For firsthand updates on the entire Mid-East, from a Jewish perspective, from YET non-Christian Jews, check out Friends of Jerusalem Insights. Reader Sandra J. Koster wrote, “I really like what they send out as well, and often the articles are similar [to the Mid-east digest]. If anyone is interested …, they can write Moshe Kempinski asking to be put on their mailing list. Just a regular letter is it, not command type responses are required. Mail your request to moshe01atnetmediadotnetdotil. Thanks Sandra!

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
Yes folks, it’s time again – [drum roll] – Did you know that the term “the whole 9 yards” came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got “the whole 9 yards.”

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DON’T FORGET TO PRAY ON FEB. 5, THE “NIGHT OF POWER”
Those interested in praying for Muslim friends on the “Night of Power” will want to download additional information on the event. Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
Get brigada night-of-power

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WEBWATCH – SEARCH FOR A CHURCH IN KERCH FOR MURCH
Got a friend named Murch who is looking for a church in Kerch? Now you can help him. Use http://www.churchlocator.com/ – a church-locator service! Don’t leave Murch in the lurch! :-)

While your web browser is fired up, check out 711.NET Christian Internet Assistance at http://www.711.net. It’s creators want it “to provide a “Central” location that users and visitors alike can quickly and dependably find comprehensive, properly organized and indexed sources of organizations, ministries, associations, products and services within the Christian community.”

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HOW DO YOU CATCH SHINGLES?
Here’s an inquiring mind who wants to know: “I have a friend who is going to Mexico very soon. He needs to know the “recipe” for making fiber concrete roofing. I have searched the internet to no avail. I am sure other missionaries have done this. Any suggestions? My email address is usjtmpatvusedotvanderbiltdotedu.” Write Laurie today – so she can catch the shingles! :-) Laurie, we’re counting on a full report once you figure this out, okay? :-) [Honest!]

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BRIGADA-PEOPLES ARCHIVING PEOPLE GROUP RESOURCES
Have you visited Brigada-Peoples lately? This might be the most successful Brigada conference. They are always up there near the top of the “Number of messages received” stats (an average of around 3 or 4 daily), but the most amazing thing is that people there get answers!!! Somebody will write in and say, “Our church is adopting the Hohga Bohga people. Can anyone tell us how to begin?” And all of a sudden, people start replying from all over the planet! “My uncle is an on-site worker among the Hohga Bohga. I’ll send you his email address directly via email.” “I’m headed to the Hohga Bohga next month to visit relatives. Can I help?” “Our agency is very interested in the Hohga Bohga. Call us at…” Etc.

In fact, recently, the moderator for this successful conference has recently begun archiving standing resources in the file archival area there. For example, to obtain a catalogue of Caleb Project’s resources on unreached peoples (no doubt including the Hohga Bohga :-) ), you just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg and in the body of the message write
get brigada-peoples caleb_project_resources

Chris has said he would be happy to do this for other organizations with resources as well. (Nice guy.) You might have to be a member to get this stuff. To join the other 300 networking mobilizers there, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line
subscribe brigada-peoples

in the message body. Then you won’t miss a thing on the Hohga Bohga. :-) Or any other least reached people group. :-) These guys are fulfilling the vision of Brigada. And many are very thankful!

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CAN YOU HELP GET MEDICINE TO A SICK GIRL IN ISTANBUL?
If you know someone going to Istanbul within the next week or so, you might be able to save the life of a young girl in Istanbul? Yvonne Wood, of the Nashville branch of the US Center for World Mission, is trying to get some emergency meds to the little girl and would much rather have someone carry it in than ship it. It is a matter of great urgency! Can you help? If so, write Yvonne at 74223dot211atcompuservedotcom.

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

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

19970119 Brigada Today

Now with 4511 Participants — and over 20,000 hits monthly on the web!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* COMMUNICATION SECURITY FOR FRIENDS IN SENSITIVE SITUATIONS
* LIST OF INDIA GROUPS IS IN THE PIPELINE…
* NOW YOU CAN SAVE BUCKS WHEN CALLING FROM OVERSEAS
* TURN YOUR RADIO ON… IN ZILLIONS OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* TROUBLE GETTING A GOOD PRICE ON THE CD???
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM IRAN
* MORE FOR FOLKS ON THE MOVE
* A CALL TO PRAYER FOR LIBYA
* REMEMBER “WHAT CAN WE SEND TO DARREN?…”
* MORE PEOPLE HAMMING IT UP
* SCAM-WATCH
* RALPH WINTER’S WIFE FACING MORE DIFFICULTY
* DON’T FORGET TO PRAY ON FEB. 5, THE “NIGHT OF POWER”
* I CORINTHIANS 13 FOR CROSS-CULTURAL WORKERS

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COMMUNICATION SECURITY FOR FRIENDS IN SENSITIVE SITUATIONS
Make sure you always pray regularly for friends in sensitive places! Pray that they will know how to communicate – and you will know how to best communicate with them!

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LIST OF INDIA GROUPS IS IN THE PIPELINE…

Word on the street is that several key research arms in India (including CGAI, FMC, CONS, NIN, NF, and PI) are putting final touches to a most excellent list of people groups in India with demographic, linguistic and religious information on each people. If this rumor turns out to be true, it’ll be a major help for the many who are praying and trying to assist these peoples. So… would you take a moment today to pray for the people trying to boil down this list?

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NOW YOU CAN SAVE BUCKS WHEN CALLING FROM OVERSEAS
Heard about CrossLink? Sounds to me like we’d better start hearing about it. It’s a Christian telephone access company that makes it possible for you to call the USA from overseas for pennies instead of big bucks. “CrossLink gives a rebate, too,” says Jim Munn, who wrote to recommend the service this past week, …”to be paid to the charity of our choice. So missionaries can support their work while saving money on calls! For more info, call CrossLink at (512) 292-3308, FAX (512) 282-5877. No E-mail, apparently…!! As an example of their pricing, I can call the U.S. from France for 40 cents a minute, 24 hours a day. The rate for France Telecom is 81 cents a minute, with a cheap rate at inconvenient times of 68 cents a minute.” As an extra fringe benefit, Jim says CrossLink has now connected their accounts to toll-free lines, which means that overseas residents can finally call those infamous toll-free numbers (which were unavailable before). However — the 40 cents still applies when calling from overseas. No free lunch. But at last you can at least have a crumb or two! :-)

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TURN YOUR RADIO ON… IN ZILLIONS OF DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
Thanks to Arnie Remtema, who wrote this past week to say, “I have just posted on our WEB site the complete listing of all World by 2000 International broadcasts by ethcode and language giving the time of broadcast, meterband, and geographical area (target) the broadcasts are intended. There is a link from our home page or you may go directly to the details at:

http://www.wb2000.org/airtotal.html

We plan to update this page whenever there are changes, usually quarterly but more often as necessary. Arnie”

Thanks Arnie! What a great resource! I just pulled this page up and it’s fascinating to see the sheer quantity of outreach via the WB2000 cooperation!!! Thanks to the great pace you all are setting!

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
In this, the second installment of our new column, “Did you know?” [You were sitting on the edge of your seat, right?], we present this little-known fact: If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

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TROUBLE GETTING A GOOD PRICE ON THE CD???
[][] Last week’s Brigada Today mentioned a great deal on getting Encyclopedia Britannica (” WANT A GREAT CD ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR $79?”). Some of us ordered and were able to get it for the price Greg Parsons prophesied. (Actually, I guess it’s Encyclopedia Britannica that gets the prophet. :-)) In fact, mine has already arrived and I’ve already been looking up some of the people groups that our ministry is currently researching. Likewise, another Brigada participant (Paul) wrote to say, “Just wanted to drop a note of appreciation for the neat tips in the Brigada TODAY’s. I have gotten the MERCURY News service which you recommended, and just ordered the Encyclopedia Britannica. Both of these are great since we travel full-time and have to be creative about how we get our information.” So it’s working . . . for some. Another reader (Jim) wrote to say, “I guess I didn’t luck out. I just called the 800 number you mentioned for a $79 CD-ROM of Encyclopedia Britannica, and they wanted $299 + $7 shipping. Beyond my budget. They wanted some kind of code that was on the promotional mailing.” The only thing I can figure is that Jim’s voice sounded so much richer . . . :-). . . or maybe he actually just got a different sales person. So if you tried and got turned away at the $306 end of the spectrum, you might try, try again… Sorry!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM IRAN
In the harsh deserts and the Zagros mountains of southwestern Iran live a tribe of nomads called the Qashqa’i (pronounced Kash-kai-EE). Totaling nearly one million, they support themselves by raising sheep and camels, and by weaving distinctive carpets. Most Qashqa’i take a pragmatic view of Islam; few observe daily prayers, and few if any fast during Ramadan. Although there are no known Christians, churches, Bibles, broadcasts, or missionaries among them, they are not hidden from God, who has been raising up people around the world to pray fervently for the Qashqa’i.
(Source: Anglican Frontier Missions, afmatxcdotorg )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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MORE FOR FOLKS ON THE MOVE
Paul (mentioned in the item above) is on the road a lot and has to take his resources with him. He recommends, “1) HeavenWord Bible – http://www.goshen.net/heavenword/habfeat.html 2) SAGE Digital Library – 4 Volumes on 1 CD-ROM; complete theological library.”, saying “I’ve recently purchased both of these and they are GREAT! They may be obtained at a discount (aprx.$50 each) from Serious Software http://www.viper.net/clients/serious/csn.htm / 1-800-338-3229. Thanks for the tip, Paul!

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A CALL TO PRAYER FOR LIBYA
Mission agencies partnering together to reach Libya have called for a worldwide day of prayer for Libya, from 6 p.m. May 16 through 6 p.m. May 17. Efforts are being made to work through existing prayer mobilization networks. Key to this prayer day, though, will be the grass roots efforts of concerned Christians to mobilize prayer with resources already at hand. More information and ideas for “prayer fuel” will be distributed soon, but please mark your calendar now for this special prayer emphasis. Name requested as withheld. Thanks ____ !

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REMEMBER “WHAT CAN WE SEND TO DARREN?…”
Dec. 19th Brigada Today carried a request from a Darren, a fellow who had to teach a youth missions seminar. Well you responded to him … and this week he wrote back with a nice thank-you note and even included a written testimony from a grateful workshop participant at his retreat! So, on behalf of Darren and his readers, thanks Brigada family!!!

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MORE PEOPLE HAMMING IT UP
Evidently, Blessings for Obedience bfoatxcdotorg can also connect your email to a ham radio signal and beam it out to those who live in obscure places. Write Kelly at bfoatxcdotorg for more info. (Thanks Jamon!)

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SCAM-WATCH
Have you heard about the latest scam??? Lewis Hudson tells us that some folks are being phoned under the guise of doing some kind of on-the-phone survey about computer use. In the process, the inquirers learn all kinds of things about what time the family is at home, what kind of computer they have [and thus, when and what to steal]. One guy was phoned in this way and his house was robbed the very next day – with the computer being the primary article stolen! Word to the wise: Watch on-the-phone surveys… even if they offer you free software.

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RALPH WINTER’S WIFE FACING MORE DIFFICULTY
Please pray for Ralph Winter’s wife, Roberta. Robby Butler writes from the US Center… “Friday, January 18th, the Winters learned from the doctors that Mrs. Winter’s 12/31 x-rays show that she has a lesion (deterioration) in her first right rib. This alters her diagnosis from stage 1 to stage 2 myeloma. She also has a nodule in her lung, and cysts on her liver and pancreas. She has recovered well enough from her earlier treatments to seriously consider next steps, but for many years she has had a low-grade yeast infection which makes traditional chemotherapy (and its attendant suppression of the immune system) more dangerous. Continue praying with the Winter’s for God’s glory to be manifested in Mrs. Winter’s life.”

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DON’T FORGET TO PRAY ON FEB. 5, THE “NIGHT OF POWER”
Those interested in praying for Muslim friends on the “Night of Power” will want to download additional information on the event. Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada night-of-power

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I CORINTHIANS 13 FOR CROSS-CULTURAL WORKERS
Thanks to Lydia Bischoff, our correspondent in the Czech Republic, who felt that this item (Author Unknown) would help new workers headed out cross-culturally. She received it from a friend in Ukraine:

1 Corinthians 13 – A Guide to Culture

If I speak with the tongue of a national, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I wear the national dress and understand the culture and all forms of etiquette, and if I copy all mannerisms so that I could pass for a national but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor, and if I spend my energy without reserve, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love endures long hours of language study, and is kind to those who mock his accent; love does not envy those who stayed home; love does not exalt his home culture, is not proud of his national superiority,

Does not boast about the way we do it back home, does not seek his own ways, is not easily provoked into telling about the beauty of his home country, does not think evil about this culture;

Love bears all criticism about his home culture, believes all good things about this new culture, confidently anticipates being at home in this place, endures all inconveniences.

Love never fails: but where there is cultural anthropology, it will fail; where there is contextualization it will lead to syncretism; where there is linguistics, it will change.

For we know only part of the culture and we minister to only part.

But when Christ is reproduced in this culture, then our inadequacies will be insignificant.

When I was in America I spoke as an American, I understood as an American, I thought as an American; but when I left America I put way American things.

Now we adapt to this culture awkwardly; but He will live in it intimately: now I speak with a strange accent, but he will speak to the heart.

And now these three remain: cultural adaptation, language study, and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

[Ed. Note: Wow — I wish I’d said that! :-)

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

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

19970105 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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Writing today from Paris, France; As of last week, there were 4329 Participants! [Lord willing, next week Brigada Today will return to its more regular format – if there is one. :-) It has been over a week since we’ve wanted to have access to “mission mail.” (We didn’t want to beam your messages into the 10/40 Window land where we were traveling!)]

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In this issue….

* COOPERATION IS ALIVE AND WELL!!!
* HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE PEOPLE MOVEMENT AMONG THE…??!!!
* GATEWAY PEOPLE CLUSTER CONSULTATION, FOR YOUR CALENDAR!!!
* “THE POLICEMEN WON’T LET US GO HOME”

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COOPERATION IS ALIVE AND WELL!!!
I’ve just come out of a 10/40 Window nation having completed (with the help of a team of four of us in all) a pre-search/setup trip for a new project among a Muslim people group. It was great to see new opportunities and super to experience the love of new Muslim friends in a smaller city where there are no expatriate testimonies of the Messiah . . . but perhaps the most exciting thing for me was the spirit of cooperation we enjoyed from other witnesses already on-site in nearby (like 6 and 7 hours away) cities. There was a tremendous commitment to help us get started! And on our way back through Europe, thanks to a new friend in Paris (who hosted our visit and arranged appointments with those who work with immigrants from this nation – Thanks Freddie!!!!), we experienced again the mighty power of shared vision and the uniting spirit of prayer. Folks, God is on the move in our midst and he’s doing it through:

1. Prayer (E.g., “Praying through the Window” campaigns, prayer journeys, and the prayers of saints who have been lifting up these needs for many years previous!!!, etc.)
2. Shared Vision (E.g., AD2000 & Beyond’s JP2000 list of least reached people, the Gateway People Cluster Consultation mentioned below, Gateway People Cluster Advocates, etc.)
3. Renewal and revival (probably as a result of step “1” above! :-))

The Internet doesn’t hurt a bit either! One worker from Brussels took the train all the way from Belgium just to meet with us here in Paris – due to his concern and commitment to the people group we’re researching . . . and, according to him, because he’s fascinated by the prospects of more networking through Brigada! Yahooo!!! Y We put him on the marketing staff right away!!! :-) The brainstorming session we’ve just had at the dining room table included everything from opening up Internet hubs in the 10/40 Window to new tourism industry!!! Tentmaking prospects are unending. And God will use them . . . as he answers all our prayers together.

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE PEOPLE MOVEMENT AMONG THE…??!!!
In a nation near the one we were researching, we heard amazing reports (verified from 3 different sources) of literally thousands of conversions in what appears to be nothing short of a “people movement” in North Africa among a Muslim people group that we probably should best leave unspecified. But the prospects are amazing. And the greatest part is that God’s doing it all through networking . . . and nationals already on the ground. Keep your ear close to the ground as we try to gain permission to publicize a portion of this success story. Prior to that, however, let us check for the advisability of the release of that information. We just want to make sure that no one suffers as a result of our attempt to rejoice and give hope to others working among Muslims. Keep listening! Meanwhile, we’re going to try to recruit several of these new converts to join in an international team to kick off work in the new land we’re praying for!

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GATEWAY PEOPLE CLUSTER CONSULTATION, FOR YOUR CALENDAR!!!
The AD2000 and Beyond Movement is planning a consultation focusing on developing key contact for clusters of people groups. The consultation will be held April 17-19, 1997 in Pasadena, CA. Ministry leaders, strategists, and unreached people advocates are encouraged to attend.

Approximately 140 clusters have been identified, into which the majority of the 1739 peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list fit. (Examples include the Kashmiri, Sundanese, Kazaks, Fulani, Chinese minorities, Levant Arab, S. American Indigenous, and many others.) Key contacts for these clusters could facilitate communication and help churches, agencies and individuals work together more effectively to reach these peoples. The over all goal of this consultation is to bring reater definition and focus to the concept of Gateway People Clusters and identify the key contacts who might help others take advantage of opportunities and avoid ministry pitfalls as they work in the 10/40 Window.

Organizers are praying that by the close of the meeting, individuals and teams will be identified as key contacts for dozens of the Gateway People Clusters and a plan will be in place to identify other key contacts as they develop. One of the key issues is contact between field-focused partnerships and resource-based advocacy.

History:
In December 1994, Phill Butler, Patrick Johnstone and John Robb met with Luis Bush to explore the idea of consultations for the Gateway People Clusters. Since this meeting the concept and visibility of the Gateway Peoples has continued to develop. At the launch of Joshua Project 2000 in December 1995, a committee was established to identify people who serve or could serve as consultants for the Gateway Peoples (key contacts).

On October 24, 1996, 28 people representing adopt-a-people programs and agencies met. Among other things, this group agreed to convene a consultation on the Gateway People Clusters of the Joshua Project 2000 list.

Now is the time, before GCOWE ’97, to study the Gateway People Cluster concept. There is a felt need to bring better definition and focus to this concept. Understandable terminology and framework are needed.

Task Force:
A planning task force for the consultation is being pulled together. So far, this task force includes:
Phill Butler / Mats Tunehag (Interdev),
John Robb (MARC),
Patrick Johnstone (WEC),
Ralph Winter (WCIU),
Eric Watt (CBN WorldReach),
Luis Bush (AD2000 and Beyond),
Doug Lucas (Team Expansion/Brigada),
Mike Stroope (Cooperative Services Intl.),
and others.

Gregory Fritz (Caleb Project) has been appointed chairman of the planning task force and to oversee the consultation.

To offer input or get more information contact Gregory Fritz or John Hanna, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120-4413; 303-730-4170; jhannaatxcdotorg.

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“THE POLICEMEN WON’T LET US GO HOME”
[The following is a letter I wrote this past week to my children and wife after visiting with a family which had previously worked in a North African land with a primary goal of telling about the Messiah – a missionary, of sorts, though such work isn’t really officially permitted in North Africa. We asked permission to make this article available to others in a more ‘published’ form and the family was willing to grant it, under the condition that his name be removed and his current address be left secret. So – republish this as you desire, but out of courtesy, please do so with sensitivity. And most of all, pray that the family described below will be allowed back into the country the family has come to love – or that many others will be raised up to take their place there!
For the glory and growth of the Kingdom,
Doug Lucas]

“THE POLICEMEN WON’T LET US GO HOME”
Jan. 7, 1996

Dear Penny, Christopher, and Caleb,

Tonight we enjoyed a wonderful meal with a family that has just months ago been denied access back into ?????? [a Muslim land in North Africa]. They had labored there for years… learning the language, trying to establish a business that would allow them continued residence, and trying to share a simple life that honored the Messiah, the Christ. But this man (we’ll call him John but that’s not his real name) left his home one day, a few months back, just to take a friend’s wife to the airport in a neighboring land. When he drove back to the border, he was delayed… and delayed… and delayed… until finally the border guards told him he was not going to be permitted to reenter! He was floored. His wife and children were in there, . . . his business, his life was there. The last few years of work were there. But that didn’t matter. He wasn’t allowed to go back to his family.

When he called his family, later that evening, they were struck with grief. What did all this mean? Why would this happen? What had he done wrong? When “John” asked his wife what she wanted to do, her brave reply was that she felt she simply must allow the kids to finish their last 10 days of school. Separated, spending the night apart as a result of a force they could not change, they stayed that evening on opposite sides of a border they could not cross.

Days passed… letters to congressmen followed from all over the world… ambassadors made calls… but to no avail. The government wasn’t about to change its mind. Some two weeks later, the government allowed him to go get his family, and some time after that, they let him go back to his house to pack everything up and close out his affairs. His life there ended.

Tonight, his 6-year-old daughter – we’ll call her Mary (but that’s not her real name) – asked me if I’d like to leave the table to play Stratego with her in the next room. I said I’d love to. As we were setting up all those little red and blue figures, I asked her quietly, “So… do you miss your house in ?????? [the Muslim land]?” She looked up from the board like a young woman… and her eyes instantly welled up in tears. She paused, put down another figure, then looked me straight in the eye and said, “The policemen won’t let us go home.” Then she came over and hugged my neck. I asked her, “Which house do you like more – the one there or the one here?” Without hesitation, she said, “The one there. It’s home.” (At that point her four-year-old brother added, “I like the one here ’cause it’s got two bathrooms.” :-) ) After I gave her brother an understanding smile, I turned back to “Mary” and said, “Well, what do you suppose we ought to do about that?” She replied, after thinking for a moment, “Well maybe God will change the policemen’s minds.” I said that was totally possible and I suggested we pray. She agreed, so right there beside all those generals and the two flags on the Stratego board, we bowed our heads, folded our hands, and began to pray.

“Father, Mary is very sad because she’s been asked to leave the only home she’s ever known… and the one she loved… and the people she loved. And now she misses that home… and she and her Daddy and her whole family are wondering whoever will live a life for the Messiah in that land now. Now there’s no one there to tell them that Jesus is Lord. Please Lord… please let them back in… and if you choose not to make the policemen do that… please heal Mary’s heart and the hearts of her whole family . .. so they won’t ache for their friends or their house or their town back in the town where she grew up. We pray all this in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

I raised my head and Mary raised hers and she looked at me and said, “I probably won’t pray because I get all shy when I pray out loud sometimes, especially if I’m crying.” “That’s okay, Mary,” I quickly answered. “Jesus understands. You don’t have to pray out loud.”

Then my eyes started fogging up with tears. I looked over at her brother and he was just as wide-eyed as could be. Then I looked back at Mary and now tears were running down my cheeks and she said, “It made you cry too.” I choked out, “Yes Mary – it made me cry too. And, here’s what I’m going to promise you. I’m going to do everything I can . . . and I’m going to pray really really hard . . . that God raises up a new family to go back into the town where you grew up to live there to tell people that Jesus is Lord, so they can learn that He’s the Messiah.”

And as I wiped the tears from my cheeks, and tried to clear my throat, she looked at me again, and do you know what she said? She looked back and said, “Do you know what else? We had two turtles there.” I laughed and, as she began telling me about their two pet turtles, I remembered she was just 6 and then realized what a young woman she was. I thought of all the 6-year-olds back home who think about all kinds of things . . . television, playing, school, and everything else… but few of them would shed tears about the fact that their family had just been asked to leave their home in a Muslim land, most probably because their Daddy had been too busy telling people about Jesus. Then, probably about the time she got to the part about the little local boy who was willing to keep one of their turtles for them, I pulled her brother close, and reached over and pulled her close, and gave them both a big hug.

How I long for the ?????? [Muslim people group] of ?????? [country in N. Africa] to learn about the Christ, the Messiah. And how I yearn for workers to come here and pick up the baton, . . . to create businesses and agencies and jobs that would permit them to stay in the country for years to come . . . and maybe even to visit Mary’s turtle someday! … and all her other friends. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we cross that border and we’ll see Mary’s town and a whole lot of others . . . and all the while, I’ll be praying, . . . “Lord, please raise up another John . . .and another Mary’s Mother, and another Mary and her brother.
Please Lord. Amen.”

Love,

Dad

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SPECIAL “ADVANCE” ISSUE
In August, 1995, Brigada Today began a special relationship with Mark Kelly’s Advance, a monthly publication similar in vision to the Brigada family of conferences. And so began what has turned out to be a long-standing partnership of two sister journals – proving that there is “no competition among lighthouses!”

Today we dedicate the January 4th issue to Advance by including the entire New Year’s issue – The January Advance – “lock, stock and barrel” – in this edition of Brigada Today. If you haven’t downloaded a copy for awhile, I think you’ll see why we made it a regular feature in the first place! Like all Brigada Todays, Advance is archived on the file server. To receive past copies, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with the content of the email message looking something like this (if, for example, you wanted the Nov., ’96, issue of Advance):
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And now . . . let’s see what Mark has to say about January!!!
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Advance
January 1997

Praying for unreached peoples and persecuted believers
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THE WORD

“As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.”
John 20.21

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THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE
The number of church members in Hong Kong grew from 83,000 in 1980 to 381,000 in 1994, while the number of churches jumped from 634 to 1,056. Evangelist Luis Palau will hold a crusade April 10-13, less than three months before the city returns to People’s Republic sovereignty July 1. Ask God to give Hong Kong believers courage and boldness as they turn their crisis into opportunity for the gospel.

Believers in China’s Shanxi province shared the gospel in 60 villages and at least 500 people made decisions for Christ. China’s DAWN movement is working to start 1 million house churches by 2000. Ask God to multiply the gospel across China.

The gospel is advancing among Vietnam’s peoples. About half the Raday people are now church members. Christian workers among the Bru people have seen 14 house churches begun, with 1,600 believers. The number of Christians has multiplied in the past three years among the Bahnar, Jarai, Koho, Mnong Bunong and Stieng peoples. Beseech God for new believers in each of these people groups. Ask the Lord to raise up strong Christian leaders for each one.

China arrested 57,000 Uighurs and executed 1,700 of them in a crackdown on Muslim separatists in Xinjiang province, according to a Uighur nationalist group. Pray for a breakthrough of the gospel among the 500,000 Uighurs in Central Asia.

Clan warfare in Mogadishu, Somalia, intensified in December to the worst levels in months. More than 80 people were killed and dozens wounded in attacks Dec. 15. Militants claim to have killed all the Christians in Mogadishu. Lift the suffering Somali people to the throne of mercy. Pray that the light of the gospel would penetrate Somalia’s darkness.

Trans World Radio and Far East Broadcasting Co. provide 295 hours of gospel radio programming in 35 languages each week for audiences in India. Broadcasts reach more than 20,000 towns and villages in northern India, where less than 1% of the population is Christian. One program received 2,154 letters from new listeners in two months. Ask God to bless the witness of these ministries and draw many hearts to Christ.

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THE PERSECUTED CHURCH
A Turkish court sentenced Syrian Orthodox believer Soner Onder to 16 years and 8 months in prison for a 1991 firebombing attack conducted by Kurdish separatists, despite police admissions there is no evidence he was involved. Onder was attending a Christmas service at his church when the attack occurred but signed a confession after police tortured him. Ask God to strengthen and encourage this young believer. Pray that justice would be done on his behalf.

A Catholic priest in Zaire, Jean-Claude Buhendwa, was murdered by Tutsi rebels after he protested the slaughter of about 500 Rwandan and Zairean refugees in a camp south of Bukavu, Zaire. Thank God for his courageous witness. Pray that his death will bear fruit for the Kingdom.

Five hooded men murdered Jorge Luis Gonzalez in his home the day after he and another ex-prisoner testified to their faith in Christ in a small church in Valencia, Colombia, the week before Easter. Gonzalez’ father and aunt have accepted Christ since his death. Pray that many would come to Christ because of his faithful witness.

Ask God to strengthen a house-church evangelist arrested at the end of December in a central province of China. A large amount of his ministry money was confiscated by officials and co-workers fear for his safety. Pray for this brother’s quick release.

An estimated 150 people armed with rocks, machetes and firearms attacked 22 evangelical families building homes on property given to them by the government in Mexico’s Chiapas state. Police stood by during the attack. Ask God to comfort and strengthen these families. Pray that their suffering will turn hearts to Christ.

Police in Vietnam’s Lam Dong province used metal pipes to beat 41-year-old pastor Ha Sieng for holding theological training in his home. When they could not revive him, he was rushed to a hospital, where he is recovering slowly. Lift up Vietnam’s suffering believers. Ask God to multiply the harvest in Vietnam.

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SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS
Job and education quotas for lower-caste Hindus in India have sparked a backlash from upper-caste Indians fearful of losing their land and powers. In one instance, 20 women and children and one man were hacked, shot and burned to death in broad daylight by upper-caste men from a neighboring village. None of the attackers was brought to justice, though their identities were known. Ask God to bind the dark powers that inspire such hatred.

Stand in prayer against the demonic powers behind ethnic slaughter in Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire. About 300 Burundian Hutu refugees were massacred in a church compound by Tutsi soldiers. Rwandan Hutu militants killed four Spanish missionaries working with refugees in eastern Zaire. Thousands of displaced people are at the mercy of soldiers, rebels and armed militants. Pray that God would use this oppression to turn hearts to himself.

As Western cultures turn from materialism to spirituality, many people are giving themselves to false religions. An estimated 60,000 people turned out for a New Age festival in Sydney, Australia. Many celebrities are proclaiming the benefits of Buddhism. Pray that believers will advance boldly into the West’s spiritual void. Ask God to burden his people for their neighbors’ spiritual yearnings.

A militant Hindu organization, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has trained 116 “missionaries” to stop the spread of Christianity in India’s Guajarat province. The Hindu workers reportedly confront and threaten Christian workers regularly. Ask God to bind the dark forces that hold Hindus in fearful captivity. Pray that Hindu eyes will be opened to the truth of the gospel.

The suicide rate after an abortion is three times the general suicide rate and six times that associated with childbirth. Ask God to wrap his loving arms around women who have had abortions and protect them from dark powers of depression. Pray that God’s people would take the good news of forgiveness to women in despair.

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REJOICE!
Reports from southeast Asia indicate a great harvest is taking place among the Hmong people. Most Hmong believers fled the region at the end of the Vietnam war, and the few remaining have been the target of great persecution. Yet Hmong believers reportedly now number at least 300,000 in Vietnam and 20,000 in Laos and whole villages reportedly are turning to Christ. Thank God for the power of the gospel among the Hmong. Pray that the good news of his love would sweep hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese and Laotian souls into the Kingdom.

A Hmong witch doctor in Laos contacted Far East Broadcasting Co. to ask how he can be free of the evil spirits that control his life. Some people in the hill tribes of Southeast Asia reportedly are selling farm animals to purchase radios so they can listen to a daily hour of FEBC gospel programming. Praise God for the movement of his spirit among the Hmong. Ask him to multiply the harvest.

As many as 350 believers in Kuwait took public stands for Christ after a Muslim court stripped Robert Hussein of his wealth and family and pronounced him an apostate deserving death. Glorify God for giving his children the courage of conviction. Ask him to make their witness bold and effective.

The world’s largest Muslim organization held a meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia, where six months earlier Muslim fanatics burned 10 churches. The Muslim group assigned guards to protect churches during the meeting so opponents would not embarrass them with more attacks. Praise God for the men of goodwill who lead this organization. Pray that bridges of understanding will be built between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia.

Egyptian student Michael Dura was released Dec. 10 after two months in prison on charges of promoting ideas that disturb the security of Egyptian society. Since his conversion five years ago, Dura had been arrested two other times and had been the target of a sensationalized newspaper article. Praise God for his release. Ask God to protect and strengthen him and to use his persecution to draw many others to Christ.

Praise God that India’s state-run Doordarshan television network has decided to broadcast a 100-part series on the life of Jesus Christ in 1997. Pray that these programs will turn many hearts to Christ.

God prompted a prayer warrior to visit a family in China’s southern Henan province, where a man had died of an incurable disease. After more than an hour’s prayer, the dead man coughed. Soon he was walking about the house and eating food brought for the funeral meal. Magnify the Lord for this powerful sign. Pray that many hearts will be turned to Christ as a result.

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IT’S TRUE!
Tin Lanh (“Good News”) church workers in Vietnam started 112 house churches with 42,000 members in 1995.

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QUOTED
“If our world mission means anything, it means the powerful proclamation that no other name, philosophy, religion, scientific world view, or whatever, is ever going to bring anyone to salvation. Never. To say that a sincere Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Orthodox, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Taoist, or animist is going to gain salvation apart from confessing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is an unspeakable affront to his blood.”
Jim Reapsome
in “World Pulse”

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NETWORKING
South Asian Concern will sponsor “30 Days of Prayer for the Hindu World” in April. For information, contact 100126dot3641atcompuservedotcom or call 011-44-181-770-9717.

Prayer guides and videos on the Madurese people of Indonesia and the Kyrgyz and Dungan people of Central Asia are available from Caleb Project. For information, contact infoatcprojectdotcom or write 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120 USA.

Caleb Project needs people who will devote at least 10 months to learning about an unreached people group so prayer and missions efforts can be launched to take the gospel to them. Training, coaching and technical support will be provided. For information, contact infoatcprojectdotcom or write 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120 USA.

A prayer training conference, “Praying With Power: Empowering Ordinary People for Extraordinary Exploits,” will convene Feb. 12-15 in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA. For information, contact the Christian Information Network at 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom; telephone 719-522-1040.

“Pulse,” a semimonthly publication of the Evangelical Missions Information Service, provides an excellent overview of trends and developments in global missions. For subscription information, contact pulsenewsataoldotcom or write P.O. Box 794, Wheaton, IL 60189 USA.

“AD 2025 Global Monitor” reports on progress in reaching the world’s unreached peoples with the good news of Jesus Christ. For subscription information, contact gematxcdotorg or write P.O. Box 6628, Richmond, VA 23230 USA.

Check out a source for world news delivered by e-mail: http://www.merc.com.

“Facts & Faith” is the quarterly newsletter of Reasons To Believe, a ministry that relates scientific discoveries to Christian faith in order to communicate “the uniquely factual basis for belief in the Bible … and for personal faith in Jesus Christ.” For information, write P.O. Box 5978, Pasadena, CA 91117 USA.

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FRONT LINES
Passing the torch

Jesus had completed his mission for the Father. He had found the comrades God had set apart for him. He had taught them about the Kingdom.

His work was done. He had endured the agony of the cross. He had suffered for the sins of mankind. He had laid down his life so others could make peace with God.

After God raised him from the dead, Jesus appeared to his disciples. He gave them proof of his physical resurrection. He taught them about God’s Kingdom.

Jesus also told his disciples that they must complete the mission he had begun. He said: “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” His mission became theirs. Through Jesus, God had been reconciling the world to himself. Now, through the disciples, that work would continue.

Jesus had given his life to spreading the good news about God’s love and forgiveness. Now his disciples would devote their lives to the same work. It was their turn to extend the Kingdom, their turn to demonstrate God’s revolutionary power in human lives.

The disciples were given Jesus’ mission. They also were told how to accomplish it. Jesus called his disciples from among the people he had contact with every day. He told them, in turn, to make disciples of those they met along the way. God would give them disciples, just as he had given them to Jesus. They would teach their disciples, just as Jesus had taught them.

Their lives would be focused on building the Kingdom. Along the paths of daily life, they had contact with people: Family. Friends. Neighbors. Business contacts. Casual acquaintances. Among them would be people enslaved by the Enemy. People living in rebellion against God. People needing to find peace with God.

They would build relationships with these people. They would come to understand their struggles and sorrows. In the name of Christ, they would meet their needs. They would share how the power of God had freed them from sin and given them new meaning and purpose in life. They would teach them about Jesus and help them make peace with God. Then they would help the new disciples begin the process all over again with their families, friends, and neighbors.

God would give them the power and wisdom to do this, just as he had given Jesus power and wisdom. The work that had consumed Jesus would consume them as well. Jesus said they would do what he had been doing.

Jesus expected no less of his disciples than he expected of himself. In fact, he promised them they would do even greater things than he had done. Because he was going to the Father, his spirit could be multiplied through all of them. Because of their numbers, because of the years that lay ahead, they could carry the good news to all the peoples throughout the whole earth. They could complete the work that God had begun in Jesus: defeating the Evil One, freeing the captives, and bringing the world back into harmony with God.

(Matt. 28.18-20; John 5.16-19; 14.12-14; 20.19-23; 2 Cor. 5.14-20)

Next: Our enemy

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* URBANA GIVES UPDATE ON WORLD
* BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS QUIETLY SAVING YOU HUNDREDS
* PRAY FOR LATINAMERICA 2000
* US CENTER OFFERS CHRISTMAS GIFT
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* FROM URBANA DAY ONE – “ONE DELEGATE WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE…”

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URBANA GIVES UPDATE ON WORLD
Wish you all could have attended the press conference yesterday here at Urbana 96. Director Dan Harrison told how that someone has figured out that there are approximately 332,000 missionaries at work in the world today . . . and only 4000 of those are working among unreached peoples. “Assembly halls the size of this one [19,500 capacity] could be filled over and over again without ever finding a single person who knows Jesus,” Dan testified. “We can’t afford another generation like this one.” Later, shooting straight with 20,000 students jammed into a packed-out arena, he paused and stated, “I think your generation can make a difference.” For the sake of the unreached, I surely hope so!

George Verwer followed suit with “7 words” — A Faithful Witness is

1. a Jesus-focused person,
2. a grace-awakened person,
3. a “Rag-a-muffin person”
(According to George, “Rag-a-muffin” describes, in England, a child that’s not dressed quite right, not all that clean, and kind of a misfit. God uses rag-a-muffin Christians!),
4. a Visionary person,
5. a Spirit-filled person,
6. a Proactive person, and
7. a Crucified person.

(These last two items are a real “scoop”! He didn’t get to them in his message . . . so 20,000 students are wondering around the Univ. of IL wishing they knew the last 2 of Verwer’s “7 words!” [We got them in an exclusive Brigada interview with George after the main session! :-) ]

But to me, Verwer’s clearest comments came in his reference to the people God can use. “I don’t believe we’re always successful at following His plan ‘A’. In fact, I don’t even know if He has a plan ‘A’. Sometimes I feel like I’m having to fall back on Plan ‘C’ . . . or . . . Plan ‘H’!!! But do you know what I say??? I praise God for a big alphabet!!!!” Verwer’s conclusion: God can use you, just the way you are! He specializes in using ordinary people to do extraordinary things!

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BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS QUIETLY SAVING YOU HUNDREDS
A reader wrote this past week to thank the Lord for Brigada-Travel-Bids. That’s the conference made up primarily of travel agents from all over the world. They watch for your messages, then pounce on them, bidding for a chance to beat all the other agents in the group. They send the quotes directly back to you so that you don’t even have to subscribe to the conference to use it! (It’s configured in a special way to let you mail messages to it even though you’re a non-member.) To utilize the services of the agents in that group, just send your rough itinerary to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg and sit back and wait for the response! Well anyway, this reader wrote, “…As it worked out, my wife “just happened” to check email (I was in Indiana) and it was two hours before the deadline for the tickets my daughter needed. To make a long story short, an agent got the message in CO Springs, made arrangements and in the end, saved us $450 on the best that two travel agents tried to do for us here. Praise God!” Try it! You might like it! :-)

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PRAY FOR LATINAMERICA 2000
Would you take a moment and pray right now for Latinamerica 2000, a conference taking place this weekend in Panama (27-29 december). With more than 3,000 delegates from all the Americas countries (including more than 120 Denominational Leaders from the USA), the focus of this conference is the development of AD2000 National Initiatives and Joshua Project 2000. Their goal is promote the adoption (for prayer and church planting) of each of the 1,739 peoples in the JP2000 list in partnership with churches and mission agencies working in Latin America. I tell you – you’ll be hearing more about this one!

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US CENTER OFFERS CHRISTMAS GIFT
… Just about! Remember those global maps that keep popping up? Vernon Dueck of the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA, has recently said that as a Christmas special for Brigada participants, he would offer the Status of Global Evangelization Wall Map — 24″x36″ Map (which retails for $9.95) for $4.95 (order 3 or more for $2.95ea) and the 36″x64″ Map (retails for $14.95) for $8.95 (3 or more for $5.95ea). For more info, contact them at gerrydotdueckatwciudotedu, 1605 Elizabeth St., Pasadena CA 91104; Tel. 818-398-2236 or 818-398-2232.

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PRAYER – BE THERE OR BE SQUARE
The folks at Pete Wagner’s office wrote to Brigada participants this past week, “You are cordially invited to attend the 1997 International Conference on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare. These popular annual conferences are sponsored by Dr. C. Peter Wagner of the AD 2000 United Prayer Track and Global Harvest Ministries and Gospel Light Publications. To better serve the growing prayer movement they have three conferences across the USA:
March 12-14,1997 in Pasadena, CA;
May 21-23, 1997 in Virginia Beach, VA and
September 24-26, 1997 in St. Louis, MO.

Speakers include:
C. Peter Wagner,
Ed Silvoso,
Cindy Jacobs,
John Dawson,
George Otis,
Ted Haggard,
John Eckhardt,
Chuck Pierce,
Alice Smith,
Rolland Smith,
Dutch Sheets,
Bob Beckett,
Randy Clark and
Francis Frangipane.

Ross Parsley of New life Church will lead worship at all three meetings. C. Peter Wagner says, “If you want to keep your ear tuned to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches in these critical times, you won’t want to miss this conference!” Call 1-800-337-2334 or 805-644-9721 Extension 405 for a free color brochure. Or email Kay Hiramine at hiramineatoxydotedu for information.” Thanks gang!

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WE GET MAIL
One reader wrote this past week with this encouraging story about the recently published Gateway People Cluster list, “Let me reiterate with an illustration from my own life that Brigada IS working! While I have served as a cross-cultural missionary for nearly 6 years, I am primarily involved in training and mobilizing the existing church (currently in Brazil). This is where I’m gifted and called. But this has not diminished my desire to be used to reach unreached peoples in a significant way. I’ve been praying for several years as to where the Lord would have me invest some of my energies, ie. which unreached people I could serve as an advocate. Less than two weeks ago I felt that the Lord had finally pinpointed a people, the Tharu in south Asia. … Yet I was still largely unaware of the status of the Tharu as an unreached people. So imagine my surprise when I read the 13 Dec Brigada Today and discovered that the Tharu were an as yet unrepresented gateway people! Perhaps God has prepared me for “such a time as this.” Or more accurately, such a group as this! I might never have known except for Brigada Today! Please be assured that God is using the Brigada network! Yours for the Nations, Joao Mordomo, Crossover Communications International, Curitiba, Brazil.” For more information on serving as an advocate or a contact for a gateway people group cluster, contact jhannaatxcdotorg.

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DON’T FORGET TO GET
Don’t forget that you can “get” any previous edition of Brigada Today by either of two methods. If you have access to the worldwide web, our web specialist (Bob Mayhew, a computer services tech at a major university in California) archives every single copy at http://www.xc.org/brigada. But we live in a world where not every Internet-equipped individual has access to the web . . . so you can also “order up” any copy of Brigada Today using MAFxc’s automated email server. It’s like visiting Morrison’s Cafeteria on Sunday afternoon in Nashville, TN! Just retrieve a file list from the Brigada “archive” by sending the one word, “filelist brigada” to hubatxcdotorg (without quotes). Within minutes, you’ll receive in your email inbox a copy of the list of files stored in the archive. Pick out the one you want and send a message like this to hubatxcdotorg:
get brigada brigada-today.961228
Obviously, replace the 961228 with the year/mo./date of your choosing.

In addition, we occasionally place other files there for your pleasure! Like today, for example, here’s a file from a Brigada participant Russ_Cooperatsildotorg who serves with SIL in Papua New Guinea. He writes about:

1. A Response to the concept of Brigada Today
2. A Report on E-mail use for missionaries in places like Papua New Guinea
3. Experimenting with E-mail “in the bush” via Packet Radio
4. 100th(!) NT in PNG in relation to the volcano eruption on Manam Island.
5. The magnitude of the task remaining in a land of 850 languages.

To get Russ’ great little update for Brigada readers, send this line in the text of an email note to hubatxcdotorg
get brigada png

This might not be surfing, but it’s like walking on water if you don’t own a surfboard!

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LATEST “VIRUS ATTACK” ALSO A FARCE
Heard about “PENPAL GREETINGS”? It’s the same genre as Deeyenda, Irina, and Good Times – all hoaxes. To date, there is no known “email virus”. (Pete Holzmann said we should send readers to http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/bulletins/h-05.shtml for documentation on this.) Granted – you should always check executables (any *.exe) before hitting the enter key, but no one has documented a case of virus attack via pure electronic mail. (Exception: Watch for WinWord and Excel “attached files” or make sure your copy of WinWord/Excel watches for “macro viruses”. For more information, get to Jonathan’s virus info page at http://www.xc.org/jonathan.

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BAR NONE – THE BEST EMAILED WORLD NEWS SOURCE
Without a doubt, I think we’ve discovered the very best emailed world news source. Subscribe at http://www.merc.com/. You can get as much . . . or as little as you want, targeted by topic, region, and size! :-) I love it! And . . . best of all, it’s free! If you don’t have access to the web, someone else can sign up for you. But remember – don’t sign anyone else up without first getting his/her permission! :-)

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ONE-DAY MISSIONS SEMINARS – THE MOTHER OF ALL SUMMARIES
Thanks to Rick Malm richardmalmatjunodotcom for assembling what looks to me to be the ‘mother of all missions seminar listings’! Thanks Richard! To get it, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text:
get brigada missions-seminars

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PACIFIC CHRISTIAN COLLEGE UPGRADES ON-LINE MBA IN NON-PROFIT MGT.
Thanks to Nick Sherwin who has notified Brigada of PCC’s upgrades to his seminary’s on-line MBA. Among other changes, PCC has dropped the requirement for attending the “kick-off” workshop and they’ve now made the MBA available to students to begin the program at any time during the year providing they begin as a new class launches (generally, new classes begin at eight week intervals). Interested students can e-mail Nick at nsherwinatxcdotorg or visit PCC’s web site at: http://www.pacificcc.edu.

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FROM URBANA DAY ONE – “ONE DELEGATE WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE…”
My buddy, Eric Derry, will wrap up the day with an essay each evening. Here’s his recollection of last night: “By plane, train, bus, van & car they swarmed in from the four corners of the earth, littering the airports, bus stations, and highways, all teeming with anticipation. Some 20,000 eager friends of the Carpenter from Galilee converged today on the University of Illinois for InterVarsity’s 18th student mission convention, known simply as … Urbana ®.

So what happened ?

Imagine sitting on the floor of an 18,500 seat arena jam packed with a tremendous assortment of skin color, praising God with all your breath in another language, visually surrounded by superior quality video technology, and being challenged by down to earth radical men and women transformed by God’s grace, living on the edge by the power of the Almighty. Intersperse that with spontaneous praise, laughter, and expressions of excitement. Hear the thunderous yet harmonious praise chorus, “The Cry Of My Heart Is To Follow You”. Feel the continual refreshment “In Every Generation” as his faithfulness splashes on you like waves at the sea shore.

A thought. In the innermost parts. Wherever it is that my spirit and His have fireside chats. A sense of awe. Take mental pictures. This is important. More than an event. More than a gathering. More than singing. More than preaching. More than George Verwer “rocking the house.” We celebrated a remarkable missions history. We applauded the faithful truth-bearers. We surrendered some dirty broken vessels that needed cleaned up or repaired. We dedicated our next steps to the Master Designer. We pondered the plight of the millions to whom Jesus is a stranger. Their staggering number pierced our complacency as 1739 students waved a placard for each of the “least reached people groups” who eke out an existence without hope, without peace, without knowing “Abba Father”. George Verwer quoted Dwight L. Moody, “World evangelism can be done, must be done, will be done, and I say, ‘Why not this generation?!'”

And so it was, Generation “X” in the “Arena” of decision.

Then it hit me like a baseball bat in the face. My attention was drawn to the one delegate who made a difference. I saw him first on the highway in a van full of students. Then I saw him again in the registration line when I was waiting on “Solutions” to resolve some unforeseen problems. As my mind raced back through the events of the day (setting up the Adoption Center, unloading the placards, numerous conversations with a host of kingdom builders, press conferences, dinner with Betty Sue Brewster, the main event at Assembly Hall, then capping off the evening numerically sorting the placards with some precious InterVarsity staff-volunteers) I noticed the same delegate at every turn.

He made a difference just by showing up… just like He did 2000 years ago in a stable.

Eric Derry
[Thanks for the essay, Eric! We look forward to tomorrow!]

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

19961215 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1. THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
2. GET CONNECTED TO KEY SOURCES FOR PEOPLE GROUP INFO.
3. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD IS NOT SO FAR AWAY AS IT ONCE WAS
4. CATCH ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES!
5. WHEN DOES MIME GIVE YOU THE SILENT TREATMENT???
6. A DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE… IN ARABIC
7. LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
8. NOW MAY THE LORD BLESS YOUR CHRISTMAS!
9. CLOSING STUFF

1. THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!! — We continue to be very impressed by INFOBEAT (formerly San Jose Mercury News) and its free feed to email inboxes! For more information, visit . The summaries can be selected by region… so you get only the focus you want, and each little “Brigada-like” summary paragraph has a URL to click on to get the entire new story. All for free! Incredible bargain. If you’re taking cable just to watch CNN, I bet you’ll unsubscribe after you start reading =this=! And now, they even ship out a special version suitable for “Outlook Express” and other MIME/HTML-compatible email clients. Terrific-looking stuff!
2. GET CONNECTED TO KEY SOURCES FOR PEOPLE GROUP INFO. — Been looking for great input on your people group of choice??? Maybe there’s a Brigada-Connections conference for the group for which you’re praying! To find out, just send a message to <hubatxcdotorg> with this simple text on the first line (not the subject): conferences brigada

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

And guess what — it’s all free!!!! :-)
3. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD IS NOT SO FAR AWAY AS IT ONCE WAS — … at least now you can pray informedly!!! The 1998 “Intercessors for China” Prayer Calendar is being made available to Brigada readers at a special reduced rate. This full-color calendar was developed by Silk Road Ministry Staff. It is designed to help you focus on the people in 40 Gateway Cities in north China. This calendar is intended to help Christians outside China pray strategically, comprehensively and specifically for the people and country of China. The price is $4 per individual calendar or $10 per bundle of 5! To order, Call Integrated Resources at 1-800-729-4351 and ask for item 7707e.
4. CATCH ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES! — In last week’s item, “6) PERSPECTIVES LOUISVILLE STYLE,” we announced a January 20th date when, we’re told, it should have been January 22nd. Either way, if you’re interested in Perspectives in the Louisville area, contact <75451dot1611atcompuservedotcom> for more information. ‘Course, if you’re from N. Indiana, in the city of Chesterton, you’ll start Monday, January 12th. For audit or credit, (college or graduate), contact <gregcatlbchurchdotorg>. And… if you’re in Eugene, OR, and Indy or Louisville is too far to commute, your sessions run on Sundays, 5-8pm, Jan 11-Apr 26, for credit or enrichment. Contact Tim Watson <102124dot1064atcompuservedotcom> or (541-345-0341) or .
5. WHEN DOES MIME GIVE YOU THE SILENT TREATMENT??? — When your email reader can only handle ASCII text, that’s when. In those cases, you’ll see dreaded “equals3D” characters when MIME email clients have sent you special characters. As a result, Jonathan Marsden (our “tech-on-call”) wrote this past week to recommend that we use *asterisks* for emphasis instead of =equal= signs. Unfortunately, I’ve been building the habit of =equal= signs for nearly 3 years!!! So… I’d like to ask you for =patience* while I learn! :-) Jonathan also suggested a) not using MIME at all on mailings like _Brigada Today_ since there are many ASCII only clients still in use, and b) avoiding non-ASCII characters (such as special foreign language symbols not included in the standard ASCII set — “inyeah,” tildes, and the like). We’ll try to comply.
6. A DEGREE OF DIFFERENCE… IN ARABIC — needs someone with a degree in Standard (classical) Arabic to proof-read some Arabic books she’s written. Got any friends who read from right to left? If so, give SisterMarieatjunodotcom a jingle if you can help.
7. LEADERSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE — As this issue of _Brigada Today_ hits the wires, our mission organization has just sponsored a training weekend in Miami for our team leaders from throughout the globe. Projects in some 30 cities or people groups in 22 countries were represented. We document the basic outline here in the hopes that it will spawn creative thinking in your head for the mission or church within which you work. Maybe you could pull your leadership together and improve on the model below. Either way, throughout the weekend there was a particular kind of magic that permeated the event.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[Note: Original ASCII art by Monique; thanks!]
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19961208 Brigada Today

Now with 4217 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* AD2000 CITIES DATABASE LIVE AND ONLINE — 6500 CITIES AWAIT!
* LEARNING TO PRAY WITH POWER FOR EXTRAORDINARY EXPLOITS!
* DEVELOPING THE CHURCH AS A MISSIONS TRAINING LAB
* HOW’S YOUR GERMAN? …AND YOUR TURKISH? … AND THE TWO TOGETHER?
* GERMAN REACH OUT MISSION CONFERENCE ‘COLORFUL, DIVERSE, EFFECTIVE’
* ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONFERENCE HEADS TOWARD GATEWAY PEOPLES CONSULTATION
* IT’S NOT TO LATE TO TIE IN WITH TIE
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE GIVING GLOBAL HOPE
* UPDATE ON MRS. RALPH WINTER
* WE GET MAIL
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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AD2000 CITIES DATABASE LIVE AND ONLINE
6500 CITIES AWAIT! — Have you ever wanted to know about a city in Chad? or find out if there are Christians in Perm, a former penal city of the USSR? 5 years ago, no one even had a list accessible to the missions community. But now you can, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated group of volunteers in the Brigada family! About a year ago, they were kind enough to bring me into their development group so I could “copy the mail.” What I’ve noticed over these past months is tons of dedication and passion for bringing to the missions community the very best information possible on urban centers — so that God could be glorified and cities reached for him. So now, after “copying the mail” for months, I can tell you they’re finally ready to “go public!”

Simply go to http://www.xc.org/brigada/adcities and follow the instructions. You’ll find some simple statistics on the current status of the church in that community, if it is known. And you’ll also be shown great pointers for additional information. I’m currently helping a local church plan a pre-search trip into a Muslim nation – we leave on Jan. 4, as a matter of fact – so I just started clicking and, before you know it, I was sending very helpful URLs to the trip participants, thanks to the hard work these guys have done connecting all this together.

The next step for the team is to enable people to attach additional URLs right there on the web site – automatically. That’ll be great, because then the resources will grow exponentially as we all pitch in. Also, they’re very eager to know which people groups live in what cities. If you’re interested in helping them take the adcities engine to the next level, discussions on the ongoing development will be linked through the brigada-cities conference. To join, just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with the following line in the message text:
subscribe brigada-cities

There are also opportunities to volunteer to become part of the ongoing development team or to do the basic database entry. The team desperately needs two people who are database literate, can master ACCESS and give some hours each week to entry of data. Also needed are “friendly face” folks who are reasonably technically gifted but just good “people persons.”

To volunteer, join the brigada-cities conference above and throw your name into the hat by sending your message to brigada-citiesatxcdotorg. Among those monitoring are Viv Grigg, Co-chairman, AD2000 Cities Network.

Now let’s back away and look at this from a big higher altitude. What this project proves is that motivated, highly passionate men and women can seize the day and utilize technology to make practical, useful information available to us all. We give praise to the Lord for their hours and hours of time invested to make this dream a reality. Thanks to Viv, Jonathan, John, Leland, Matthew, Aubrey, and others! (And thanks for letting me read your mail through the months! :-) ) We urge you to stop by their habitat and set the web wheels in motion! You’ll be glad you did! Once again, to see their site, set your browser to: http://www.xc.org/brigada/adcities

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LEARNING TO PRAY WITH POWER FOR EXTRAORDINARY EXPLOITS!
Organizers of the highly successful “Praying Through the Window” thrusts in 1993 and 1995 are now calling for prayer leaders everywhere to come together in Colorado Springs for a special conference entitled, “Praying With Power: Empowering Ordinary People for Extraordinary Exploits,” February 12 – 15, 1997. Beverly Pegues, Coordinator of the Christian Information Network, recently wrote, “This practical training conference is designed to equip believers to pray effectively and to empower teams to pray on the field.” Convened by C. Peter Wagner of the A.D. 2000 United Prayer Track, nearly 40 prayer specialists from around the world will speak, among them Raju Abraham (India), Dora Akuetteh (Ghana), Asuncion Arimany (Guatemala), and many, many more. Other presenters include Luis Bush, Ted Haggard, Cindy Jacobs, Jim Montgomery, John Robb and still others. In addition, Fred Markert of YWAM is coordinating the training session for prayer journeyers and team leaders. Ten other sessions feature such topics as “The Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window,” “Church Planting Strategies,” “Focus on Prayer: Unreached Peoples in the 10/40 Window,” “Home-Based Intercessory Prayer Modeled,” “How to Get Your Church Involved,” and “Strategic-Level Warfare Prayer.” Audio and video tapes of each session will be available after the conference. Registration for “Praying With Power” is $75. For a brochure or more information or to register, contact the Christian Information Network, To register, call (719) 522-1040, fax (719) 548-9000, or E-mail 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom. And now you can check the www at http://www.christian-info.com To retrieve a mailer with complete details, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada extraordinary

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DEVELOPING THE CHURCH AS A MISSIONS TRAINING LAB
I know that within our PACE Projects (in conjunction with Envision ’96), we’re trying to empower the church as a contributor in the training of missionaries. Well now Bill Taylor, who heads up the World Evangelical Fellowship Missions Commission, has volunteered to pull together a listing and analysis of tools and resources to help local churches pull it off. If you are a local church doing missionary training – or if you know one who is – please contact Bill at 74742dot133atCompuservedotcom or better yet, send him a set of any ‘working models’ or training materials at 4807 Palisade Drive Austin, TX 78731
Bill, can we count on a summary here for Brigada??? Thanks! This is a very critical area. For each of our new PACE Projects, we’re suggesting that the missionaries from the on-site team invest training time in the “local church lab,” the primary or lead “advocate church.” So your question is top strategic from our vantage point!

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HOW’S YOUR GERMAN? …AND YOUR TURKISH? … AND THE TWO TOGETHER?
Here’s a chance for a German teacher to earn $5/hour plus the highly favored resident’s permit in Elazig, Turkey. Interested? Write Dan at 100114dot3457atCompuServedotCOM.

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GERMAN REACH OUT MISSION CONFERENCE ‘COLORFUL, DIVERSE, EFFECTIVE’
Word on the autobahn is that the Reach Out ’96 Mission Conference in Fürth (Oct 2 – 5, 1996) was a big success. It featured George Otis, Douglas Layton, John MacFarlane and Hartwig Henkel and was, according to German sources, “Colorful, diverse and effective.” Chris van den Assem wrote to Brigada, “This conference was a real break-through! Our thanks first of all goes to the Lord of the Harvest Himself who was present in power, to the speakers and the worship team who poured themselves out AND to the many who greatly sacrificed behind the scenes to make it all possible. It was well worth the effort.” This event sets the stage for “Reach Out `97 Missions Festival,” May 16 – 19, 1997 in Wackersdorf, Bayern. The focus there will be “Reaching the Unreached Target Group: The New Generation!” Among others, the speakers will be Luis Bush of the AD 2000 Missions Movement and John MacFarlane of Nehemiah, Nürnberg, Germany. For more information, write Chris van den Assem, Arise and Build Ministries, at abmdotvfaatt-onlinedotde.

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ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONFERENCE HEADS TOWARD GATEWAY PEOPLES CONSULTATION
Don’t forget that we’re “on the hunt” for contact people for the gateway people cluster groups. This call for information givers stems from a meeting held on October 24th, 1996, when representatives of sending agencies, service agencies, and adopting churches, all involved in the Adopt-A-People movement, met together in Colorado Springs for the purpose of reconciliation, assessment of progress, and strategic planning for revitalizing the Adopt-A-People mobilization effort.

Meeting in an atmosphere full of awe at God’s power to accomplish beyond human comprehension, the delegates shared both exciting and sobering perspectives on the status and progress of the Adopt-A-People movement over the past seven years, recognizing that in their small gathering only a small portion of the agency community, and an even tinier fraction of Christ’s church, was represented. Interspersed with times of prayer and repentance, the delegates heard and responded to reports on progress of the Adopt-A-People Movement from denominational church leaders, independent church leaders, mission agencies, and others.

In response to what was shared, several key decisions and forward-looking commitments were made:

It was recognized that the purpose of the Adopt-A-People Movement is to:

* motivate Christians’ hearts, minds and actions toward the least reached,
* find those who want to be involved,
* link those with a common love for a particular least reached people group,
* serve those who become involved, as they pursue caring and adventurous relationships for the glory and adoration of Jesus Christ.

They also agreed to form four initial task forces to continue their dialog and accomplish their goals:

* Roles and Functions task force, completing an initial assessment by November 30, 1996;
* Adoption Guidance Program Editing task force, with editing complete by November 30, 1996;
* Gateway/Cluster Advocates Consultation Planning task force, for consultation to be held before April 17, 1997;
* Information Sources & Sharing task force, with initial recommendations and results by November 30, 1996.

Finally, they agreed to meet again in February 1997, to evaluate the work of these task forces and their overall progress toward effective cooperation.

If you’d like to suggest someone as a contact person for a particular gateway people, send your ideas to jhannaatcprojectdotcom. Here are a list of people groups still needing representatives at the consultation:

Gateway People Affinity Block

Other Arab World
Saharan Berber Arab World
Shilha Berber Arab World
Sudan Arab Arab World
Dioula Sub-Saharan African
Gur Sub-Saharan African
Malinke Sub-Saharan African
Pygmy Sub-Saharan African
Sahel-Cha Sub-Saharan African
Other Turkic Peoples
Assamese Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Hindko Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Jat Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Kond Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Konkani Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Tamil Moor Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Tharu Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Tulu Indo-Iranians or Indo-Aryans of South Asia
Lu Thai/Dai Peoples
Shan Thai/Dai Peoples
Chinese-Hui Sino-Tibetan Peoples of E. Asia / Himalayas
Gurung Sino-Tibetan Peoples of E. Asia / Himalayas
Hmong Sino-Tibetan Peoples of E. Asia / Himalayas
Magar Sino-Tibetan Peoples of E. Asia / Himalayas
Manipuri Sino-Tibetan Peoples of E. Asia / Himalayas
Batak Malay Peoples
Borneo-Kalimantan Malay Peoples
Javanese Malay Peoples
Malay-Sumatra Malay Peoples
Other Malay Peoples
Philippine Tribal Malay Peoples
Sulawesi-C Malay Peoples
Other Eurasian Peoples
Siberian/Arctic Eurasian Peoples
Jews Jewish
New Guinea Other
S. American Indigenous Other

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IT’S NOT TO LATE TO TIE IN WITH TIE
(TENTMAKERS 2ND INT’L CONGRESS)

Catch four days of workshops covering Regional areas such as the Arab World, the Asian World and the Ex-communist World. Follow up workshops deal with the people and the opportunities in each of these regions. Other workshops deal with the use of Technology in Tentmaking, Business, problems and Answers; Entrepreneurship and the Tentmaker; Pastoral Care of tentmakers: and the Biblical and Practical Competencies needed for Tentmaking. Registration forms and further information can be obtained from the TIE USA office at tieatgatidotwadotcom or at the Australian address of 100244dot2116atCompuservedotCom.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE GIVING GLOBAL HOPE
About 30 people made commitments to Christ when a missions team visited an Akha village in Myanmar. The village head man, however, threatened to kill team members if they ever returned. The group prayed for him and returned a few days later to find that the head man’s own wife had become a believer. Now more than 100 people worship the One True God in that village. There are 365,000 Akha spread across southern China, Burma and Laos.
(Source: December Advance Newsletter Copyright © 1996, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom or http://www.xc.org/brigada/advance/advindex.html )
Global Glimpse is assembled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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UPDATE ON MRS. RALPH WINTER
Rick Wood writes that Mrs. Winter continued to face additional challenges with “a fungal infection which they have treated. Recently she developed pneumonia, but was strong enough to be released from the convalescent center and has returned home. She will continue to be treated for the pneumonia while at home.” Rick and Dr. Winter ask that we continue praying for her complete recovery.

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WE GET MAIL
Thanks to one individual who wrote this past week to admit his initial suspicions of Brigada. “I have a pessimistic view of principally volunteer-type endeavors,” wrote the Brigada participant, “… but Brigada seems to be thriving.” On behalf of the 4000+ volunteers who are together making Brigada a success, we say a big ‘Thanks!’ There are several who help Brigada Today keep happening – and they include:

* Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom
* ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelly, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
* Web Tech: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, MayhewatXCdotOrg
* Web Art: Patti Mayhew, pmayhewatdiscoverdotnet
* Technical Development: Jonathan Marsden, MAFxc jonathanatxcdotorg
* Brigada Customer Service Manager: Revis Ann Massey, RevisAnnMasseyatxcdotorg
* … as well as many regional contributors, such as Kerstin Hack 100711dot2622atCompuServedotCOM in Germany.

Many of these have been doing their jobs behind the scenes now for months and in a couple of cases, we’re coming up on years! We don’t often blow their horns – because that’s not why they’re working… but we are all very thankful for the choice they’ve made to sacrifice time and energy for the Brigada dream. We are all direct recipients of their labor – and we hope and pray that unreached peoples everywhere will be indirect recipients as time goes on! God bless you all!

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

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

19961201 Brigada Today

Now with 4178 Participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE
* DON’T BE GUILTY OF CRYING WOLOF; DO SOMETHING!
* ONE-DAY MISSIONS SEMINAR IDEAS NEEDED
* PRESENTERS NEEDED FOR SEMINAR IN CRIMEA, UKRAINE
* INSIDER AT COMPUSERVE OFFERS HELP TO BRIGADA USERS
* DESPERATELY SEEKING SAUDI
* COME ONE, COME ALL TO PRAY WITH BRAZIL!
* CALLING ALL RADAR TECHS
* MARCH FOR JESUS HAS A USA OFFICE TOO!
* NEED NEWS ON THE MIDDLE EAST?
* NEED INFO. ON GOV’T LEADERS FOR YOUR PRAYER TIME??
* AFRICAN PROVERBS, I PRESUME!
* DECEMBER ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY, send email

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE
Searching for a special gift for that significant someone in your life? [Click HERE for special Java sound effects of sleigh bells and snow flakes] [What? No sleighbells??? Sorry. We were having trouble with that feature, so we’ll just have to be satisfied with the sound effects of the snowflakes. *** ] Tired of facing the crowds at the mall… or at the village market? Give the gift that keeps on giving. Give a subscription to Brigada Today! :-) Until Dec. 24th, subscriptions to Brigada Today will be on sale at 50% off the normal price! That’s a savings of half off the regular retail. Can we make 5000 Brigada participants by Jan. 1st? We can… if each person who receives this Brigada Today would buy a gift subscription for just one friend! So… invest in someone’s inbox… and recommend Brigada Today today! :-)

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DON’T BE GUILTY OF CRYING WOLOF; DO SOMETHING!
Check out the new Wolof Home page at http://users.mildura.net.au/users/mjackson/ The authors wrote this week that they’re desperate for an ethnomusicologist who will help them reach the Muslim Wolofs. If you know of someone willing to join them, write Mark Jackson mjacksonatmilduradotmilduradotnetdotau down under. Thanks Mark!

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ONE-DAY MISSIONS SEMINAR IDEAS NEEDED
Richard Malm richardmalmatjunodotcom is trying to compile a resource list of all the one-day missions seminars in the world! :-) Like… “Harvest Connection” by AIMS and such. If you know of any, write Richard directly. Richard, can we count on a summary report in a couple of weeks?

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PRESENTERS NEEDED FOR SEMINAR IN CRIMEA, UKRAINE
The place is Crimea. The time is May 19-21, May 22-24, early October 1997. The person is you, . . . or so hopes Georges Carillet, missionary with Team Expansion and Kentucky Christian College in Simferopol Ukraine. Georges works with Crimean American College there and is seeking scholars and specialists who can present a Christian perspective (to non-Christian professors and students) in the following areas:

1. Medical issues (particularly ethical issues and the sanctity of life; genetic engineering; euthanasia continues to be a hot topic; alcohol and drug treatment are constant concerns),
2. virtue (its place and function in society, its necessity, its sources, etc),
3. ecology/environmental issues (this is an important issue in Crimea with strong philosophical underpinnings, either closely associated with a mechanistic worldview or strongly influenced by ‘new age’ ideas), and
4. science and faith (or some such combination for an “apologetics” section, though apologetics ought to be represented in some form in the other sections as well; there is keen interest in a paper on genetics and evolution).

If you can help, write Georges directly carilletatwildwinddotcom and he’ll fill you in on more details. Maybe you should be the next person in a summit in Yalta?

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INSIDER AT COMPUSERVE OFFERS HELP TO BRIGADA USERS
Guess who’s reading Brigada these days??? Sharon is, that’s who! She’s a helpdesk & Systems Specialist at Compuserve (for the Christian Interactive Network) and has volunteered to help Brigada Today readers with questions related to Compuserve and its use with Brigada and all other issues. (She’s committed to us that if she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find someone who does!) Thanks Sharon! Write her with your CServe questions at: SRH 71712dot3534atCompuServedotCOM.

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DESPERATELY SEEKING SAUDI
Here’s a guy who wants to open up marketing possibilities in Saudi (Arabia). He’d like to be able to visit and/or locate there in some tentmaking role, so he can show Christ’s love to the people He loves! Write David McDermott 75351dot247atCompuServedotCOM if you have options for buyers for stationery products, watches (he’s even got a series on the OT for kids! [serious!]), or other imports.

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COME ONE, COME ALL TO PRAY WITH BRAZIL!
Here’s a guy who’d like to know your prayer requests. Milton teureinoatnutecnetdotcomdotbr distributes (in Portuguese) edits a monthly prayer calendar newsletter and ships it to 4000 people in Brazil — for free! He’d like to know your prayer requests… but, . . . in Portuguese, if possible :-) We’ve already sent him info on how to join Brigada-prayer-requests, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
subscribe Brigada-prayer-requests

But if you have specific requests you’d like to target directly at a Brazilian audience… or if you’d like to subscribe (and [very important] you read Portuguese! :-)), just write him Milton teureinoatnutecnetdotcomdotbr.

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CALLING ALL RADAR TECHS
Seriously. An advocate for a Muslim people group in the Middle East has a job opening for a radar technician. Got any leads on a Christian radar technician who might be interested in this opportunity? For more information Email wadedotharlanatwciudotedu.

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MARCH FOR JESUS HAS A USA OFFICE TOO!
If you’ve been trying to contact March for Jesus from one of their overseas offices, you can also try 104203dot262atcompuservedotcom here in the USA too.

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NEED NEWS ON THE MIDDLE EAST?
Try the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) news service on Middle East current affairs. According to Glen Howard, it’s free! To subscribe, just send an E-mail letter to: meidaticejdotorgdotil. In the “Subject” box, write news in “main body” write “subscribe”. According to Glen, who is Pastor of the International Church of Budapest, “This is a new service that has only been available for 4 weeks.” Check it out if you like!

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NEED INFO. ON GOV’T LEADERS FOR YOUR PRAYER TIME??
Bob Sutterfield, with MAF’s new electronic frontiers dept, suggests that we try http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/chiefs-toc-view.html which says it was updated November 4, 1996. That should bring us all up to day as of Nov. 1! Thanks Bob!

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AFRICAN PROVERBS, I PRESUME!
Global Mapping Int’l is releasing a multi-faceted electronic research tool called the African Proverbs CD which contains: 27,000+ proverbs in 25 languages, 23 complete books, 35 unpublished essays, 200 proverb key page collections, a bibliography of 800+ collections, 42 maps identifying 200 languages, a biographical directory of researchers, an ethnologue directory of 1500 African languages, a list of collections in print with publishers’ addresses and much more. (Whew! That’s a mouthful! :-))

According to Harold Britton, a VP at GMI, “Proverbs are the distilled genius of oral cultures (perhaps even an encapsulation of the whole culture). They identify and dignify a culture, bringing life into wisdom and wisdom into life. Relating scripture to proverbs is a powerful tool for preaching and teaching. This will be a very significant tool for churches, colleges and organizations worldwide.”

Harold has worked with the rest of the folks at GMI to develop a special deal for Brigada subscribers. We can order the African Proverbs CD at a special discount price of $99.95. For more info, email: haroldatgmidotorg. Thanks Harold!

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ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL!
We continue to enjoy a great partnership with Mark Kelly of Kainos Press, who each month authors a succinct and gripping fact sheet called, Advance!. We post it on the hub so anyone in any Brigada conference can grab it. Below is an executive summary. To get the full text, just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the body of the text:
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THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — God turns evil intentions to kingdomadvance; breakthrough in an Akha village in Myanmar; gospel advance in Mongolia; Billy Graham’s Christmas “peace plan”; pray for Russia religious liberty; Chinese National Christian Conference to meet.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Pakistani believers thrown out of home; UAE court sentences believer; believers arrested, beaten in Nepal; Tashkent pastors, congregation arrested; Ghana believer driven from home, loses 2-year-old son.

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Abortions increase risk of breast cancer; 250 million children in bondage; 18 million street children in India; Swiss voters approve heroin hand-out; WCC asks Zimbabwe to suspend laws against homosexuality.

REJOICE! — 1,500 people come to Christ every day in China; violence creates opportunity for Christian witness; Italian nun rescues kidnapped girls; Elizabeth Dole intercedes for kidnapped missionaries; Belgian officials organize anti-pornography campaign.

NETWORKING — Video shares persecuted believers’ testimonies; brief video introduces Perspectives missions course; video documents lives of Tibetan nomads; matching older adults with mission, ministry opportunities; prayer calendar for Sindhis of Pakistan; international consultation on plight of street children; profiles of 100 unreached people groups; Web site for short-term volunteers.

FRONT LINES — God’s power

[Thanks Mark!!!!!!!!!!!!]

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

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

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