19970713 Brigada Today

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News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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Compiled by Doug Lucas, Louisville, KY
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In this issue….

* SOMEBODY’S PRAYING!
* SHORT-LIVED GRAPHIC SLITHERS INTO THE PAST
* HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF… IN GETTING VISAS
* SPANISH BIOGRAPHIES READY FOR PICKING
* JULY ADVANCE SUMMARY
* NO FREE LUNCH IN CHICAGO
* NAME THAT TUNE
* IF YOU HAD TROUBLE GETTING PGP INTERNATIONALLY …
* NEW STUDY BIBLE FOCUSES ON “KNOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT A GLOBAL CONSULTATION
* WEB WATCH
* NEW INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER TAPS INTO GLOBAL MARKET
* SERVANT-WATCH
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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SOMEBODY’S PRAYING!
In fact, more than 10 cell groups or churches are praying — for each of the groups on the Joshua Project List of Unreached Peoples! What started as a dream has now become reality! Dick Gaffney RGaff13817ataoldotcom The Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC, has now documented 10 churches for each of the 1790 people groups on the list and now they’re going around again in an effort to record 20 different churches or groups praying for each of the peoples! They’re already up to 19,300!!! Way to go, Manna! I’m finally going to meet these people at Pit-Stop Raleigh (a conference on how to adopt and reach a frontier people group), Sept. 19-20, Raleigh, NC) and I’m looking forward to it! (For more information about Pit-Stop Raleigh, write psraleighataoldotco. If you were looking for a good excuse to go, now you’ve got one! Dick Gaffney from Manna Church is going to be there with a live session, along with Eric Derry of Beavercreek Christian Church, and others!!)

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SHORT-LIVED GRAPHIC SLITHERS INTO THE PAST
So, someday years from now, those four Brigada Today issues with the graphic logo will have become, I’m sure, collectors’ items. You’ll be able to recount to your grandkids, “I remember when Brigada Today tried that logo in ’97 — you remember, the one that would never format correctly ’til you switched the font to Courier New!” :-) Sorry for the four-week experiment. We’ve learned that we don’t live in a Courier New world any longer! It’s history. :-) Thanks to those who spoke out on the survey, asking for its release into posterity.

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HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF… IN GETTING VISAS
Dennis Shelly DennisShellyatmafdotorg is perplexed. He’s trying to figure out how to talk the Nigerian government into giving his organization, the Christian Witness Team, Inc., a fair visa quota for entry into Nigeria. Dennis writes, “Over the past months our CWT leaders have spent much time and money by making many trips to Abuja to solve this matter, but no approval has been given yet. We believe the real reason relates to Muslim leaders not wanting Christian missionaries to come into the country. We will not give them a bribe.” Have you faced similar situations — in Nigeria or other countries? If so, how in the world did you resolve it? Dennis is looking for feedback — and Dennis, if you get some input, please knit together a compilation for us to make available here on Brigada, okay? Thanks . . . and Godspeed.

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SPANISH BIOGRAPHIES READY FOR PICKING
Jon Ekblad, Cuenca, Ecuador ekbladatuiodotuiodotsatnetdotnet has finished the list of Spanish missionary biographies he’s been compiling. You can retrieve the list by sending this line of text in an email to hubatxcdotorg
get brigada spanbios

Thanks Jon!

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JULY ADVANCE SUMMARY
Thanks to Mark Kelly for his July Advance. You can retrieve it by sending
get brigada advance.9707
to hubatxcdotorg .

While you’re at it, you can also get the June issue, which was only made available to us this past week, by sending
get brigada advance.9706
Here’s the July summary!

Summary of “ADVANCE!” for July 1997

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE–Intercede for believers in Hong Kong; first seeker from an unreached people group in Indonesia; Buddhists in Sri Lanka coming to Christ; Algeria’s Tuaregs; China’s Hui; new leaders for China’s registered churches.

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH–14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl abducted, forced to convert; leaders of Bogota, Colombia, church attacked; Ethiopian believers seriously by mob; members of Mexico church told to revert or leave town; Russian law restricts believers’ rights

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS–Christian Dayaks in Borneo revert to head-hunting ways; homeless man burned alive in Brazil; children to be dedicated to pagan Parsee gods; Nepalis oppressed by Hinduism.

REJOICE!–cable TV station in Guatemala airs “Jesus” film; breakthrough among Muslim Susu of Sierra Leone; gospel advance in northwest India; church in China’s Sichuan province repairs potholed road.

NETWORKING–To register protest over new Russian law; pamphlets profile more than 700 of the world’s 1,739 unreached people groups; International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

FRONT LINES–By minding our own business and neglecting the Kingdom, we betray our brothers and sisters who suffer each day for their commitment to Christ — as well as those enslaved by the Oppressor.

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NO FREE LUNCH IN CHICAGO
One of those (Jonathan Marsden) evaluating the “free internet access” (“freeaccess.net”) in Chicago pointed out that they could go “belly up” at any time. Since by then they will have grabbed your thirty bucks sign-up fee, maybe there’s no free lunch. :-( And as Jonathan put it, the web page says it will be “operational after Apr. 21st — and it’s still not operational. Not a good sign.” Still, if you’d like to take the risk, send email to infoatfreeaccessdotnet. Caveat emptor… [Just what exactly does that mean, anyway? Mrs. Judd (my 9th grade Latin teacher), where are you when I need you! :-) ]

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NAME THAT TUNE
Give Grace your best shot. Grace is compiling an ongoing list of resources and networks of Christian music and the arts throughout the nations so that the nations can worship Jesus with their own expressions of worship to His glory. If you’ve got a favorite resource or CD or whatever, email Gewiebeataoldotcom or GracedotWiebeatCCMAIldotLFAdotCOM or both, for that matter :-) In a couple of weeks, Grace, don’t forget to send us the compilation so we can make it available to all. Thanks!

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IF YOU HAD TROUBLE GETTING PGP INTERNATIONALLY …
Try again. This site makes available the free version of PGP internationally. I just verified the following page and it’s there: ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/pc/windows95. MAC users can look at ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/mac/. This will appear as a file list.. not extremely informative. Other pages can fill users in regarding PGP and its uses. By the way, I’m beginning to figure out that this particular copy of PGP has apparently been exported without permission and perhaps just a bit illegally. One source told us that it wouldn’t be the least bit illegal for you to use this version, but it would have been unethical for you to be the one who exported it. A fully legitimate version is being prepared for use at another overseas location and should be available within the next month.

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NEW STUDY BIBLE FOCUSES ON “KNOWING JESUS AND MAKING HIM KNOWN”
According to Paul Filidis, “Knowing God & Making Him Known” is the theme of a new NIV study Bible, available at http://www.ywam.org/books/books.html. Paul says this Bible’s study program is modeled after YWAM’s proven Discipleship Training approach. It reportedly features a 30-path study program with in-text notes, mini biographies, unreached people profiles, a center-column cross ref. system, book intros, concordance, index and more. It’s brand new — July ’97 release date from Zondervan. So if you were already planning on purchasing a gift for someone, why not make it a study Bible — $25 for the soft cover edition. Contact Paul at wcnatxcdotorg or fax (719)380-0936.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE AT A GLOBAL CONSULTATION
The first week of July brought the world one step closer to global evangelization. The 1997 Global Consultation on World Evangelization (GCOWE) brought together 4200 Delegates from 135 countries to Pretoria, South Africa. 80% of the delegates were from countries that WERE missionary receiving countries — the missionary leadership base is now firmly established in Africa, Asia and Latin America! When the results were tallied, 390 ethnic groups previously with no church or church planters now had missionary agency leaders who had adopted them. It was reported on the last night that now 90% of the 1,739 Joshua Project unreached peoples now have either a church planting movement or a commitment to mobilize a team of church planters.
(Source: AD2000 web site, http://www.ad2000.org )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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WEB WATCH
Now that GCOWE ’97 is written into the history books, you might want to take a look at what some of those majority world churches are saying. Check out http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/5796 for one example, fresh from Gereja Persekutuan Maranatha Indonesia, Yogyakarta. And thanks to Arie “Denmas Marto” Saptaji ypkd-indatyogyadotwasantaradotnetdotid for the tip about your church’s website!

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NEW INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER TAPS INTO GLOBAL MARKET
Terry Ware terrydotwareatusadotnet likes http://www.homegate.net as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), because they deliver 1,000+ Points Of Presence (POPs) in 155 countries. With all those pops, this new service might just explode in popularity… if they don’t snap or crackle first! :-) (Note that they aren’t delivering a “flat rate” suicide plan a la AOL!) Terry and Alice serve in Croatia and need international connectivity. I have a hunch that several other _Brigada Today_ participants do as well! :-) Check ’em out, especially if you average more than 30 minutes per month on email outside North America! Thanks Terry!

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SERVANT-WATCH
How does one learn humility? We all need it… everybody admires it… but where do you get it? Well I’m beginning to realize that some of this stuff is better caught than taught. I saw it in action this past weekend at the work day we were hosting at Team Expansion’s new location in Louisville, KY. Some volunteers from a local church had gathered to help us get started on the big job of cleaning, scraping, painting, and remodeling the old church building we’ve purchased on the outskirts of Louisville, KY, to use as a mission headquarters here in the USA. Picture some of our volunteers. Here was one of Louisville’s top anesthesiologists [he says his job is to go from room to room all day putting people to sleep; sounds like some of my preaching! :-) ] wiping out cabinets beside one of Kentucky’s foremost heart surgeons — and the cardiologist happened to be on call. Several times I would see them there on their knees scrubbing cabinets, cell phone in one hand, sponge soaked in Formula 409 in the other, taking calls from forwarding services and emergency rooms. “No, I don’t think I’d administer that together… better use 10 cc Lydocaine drip with….” (You get the picture — in spite of my improvisational prescriptions. :-)) This is the stuff humility is made of. There we were on a hot and sweaty Saturday morning, when many doctors would want to be out on water skis, watching ESPN, or shopping for some new car… anywhere but a musty kitchen cabinet of a 100-year-old church building. But hey — the building has tons of character, and so do these volunteers. So — missions department and volunteers at Southeast Christian Church, we salute you… but on a larger scale, we salute the doctors, missionaries, and volunteers worldwide who are “wiping down cabinets” (and performing tons of other servant-like tasks) worldwide today. You might not all be talking on cell phones while you scrub on sinks, but for whatever it is God has called you to do with Christlike servanthood, you’ve all got my thanks and the appreciation of zillions of folks from Louisville to Liberia, all saying, ‘thanks!’ for your attitude of service, humility, and Christlike life!!! And by the way, the cardiologist and his wife are due back tonight with the wife of the anesthesiologist — and dozens of others. The work marches forward around the world, thanks to humble hearts.

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19970112 Brigada Today

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

* LATIN AMERICANS SAY “SI” TO WORLD EVANGELIZATION
* THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
* AN APPEAL FOR SECURITY PROTOCOLS
* “LOOK OUT! THE HEAD HUNTERS ARE COMING!”
* RADIO-EMAIL FROM SOUTH AFRICA FOR FREE!
* BUSINESS ON THE NET . . . FOR HIS GLORY
* GET READY FOR THE “NIGHT OF POWER” (PRAYER FOR MUSLIM FRIENDS)
* WANT TO HELP WITH URBANA FOLLOW-UP? – You can!!!
* WANT TO KNOW WHERE’S THE NEAREST PERSPECTIVES CLASS???
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM MONGOLIA
* CALLING ALL TRAVEL AGENTS FROM EUROPE!
* HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT “PRAY USA”?
* RAMADAN… THE FREE POSTER
* WEBWATCH
* MAYBE ASK ONE QUESTION AT A TIME?
* DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE FREE MOBILE HOME BRIGADA IS GIVING AWAY?
* WANT A GREAT CD ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR $79?
* “DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
* HUB-CAPS

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LATIN AMERICANS SAY “SI” TO WORLD EVANGELIZATION
From December 27-30, Panama City, Panama was host to Christian leaders and university students for LatinoAmerica 2000, a conference on world evangelization sponsored jointly by AD2000 and Beyond Movement and Campus Crusade for Christ. Over 3600 people from nearly every country in Latin America heard the challenge to take a vital role in world evangelization from well-known speakers like Bill Bright, Josh McDowell, Luis Bush, and Loren Cunningham. In the end, all delegates stood and then knelt to consecrate themselves to go and do whatever God might ask to bring “a church for every people and the gospel to every person by the year 2000.”

Is this goal possible? “According to your faith be it unto you,” challenged Dr. Bright.

Latin America has 60 million evangelical Christians, with thousands of seminaries and megachurches. Many speakers emphasized their gifts of passion, of creativity, of cultural diversity, and of faces which can pass as Middle Eastern, assets which bring strong enabling for cross cultural witness. Speaker Peter Wagner noted the spiritual maturity of Latin American intercessors able to support the work of missions.

Three hundred delegates put feet to their commitment right away, and agreed to stay on in Panama for three weeks in order to take the Jesus Film to every area of the country.

(Thanks to Debbie Wood, of the AD2000 & Beyond International Office staff, for submitting this summary and her daily updates to Brigada!)

For a daily journal or a more complete press release about LA2000, go to http://www.ad2000.org or Email DebbieatAD2000dotorg. To get a copy of the complete text of the conference “Declaration,” send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada la2000dec

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

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THE BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWS . . . FOR FREE!!!
We continue to be very impressed by Mercury News and its free feed to email inboxes! For more information, write NEWSatMERCdotCOM or visit their web site at http://www.merc.com. 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!

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AN APPEAL FOR SECURITY PROTOCOLS
Do you have a one-page summary on security protocols for your organization, church, or project? I’m talking about ideas like, “Don’t ever use the ‘M’ word in email to us. Instead, call us ‘on-site workers’ or anything else. Avoid asking questions like….” Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated. Send your security recommendations to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject, “PROTOCOL” and we’ll assemble a copy for all Brigada readers. Thanks to Bev (a Project Coordinator for an adopt-a-people project) for the request!!! (Bev, we’ll make sure you get a copy!)

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“LOOK OUT! THE HEAD HUNTERS ARE COMING!”
Thanks to Paul & Joy Hattaway, who recently shared the following story on the Brigada-Peoples conference: “Look out! The head hunters are coming! Until recently, this was the cry of countless inhabitants of the mountains of northern Burma and southern China, who lived in utter terror of the Wa minority group. Amongst all the tribes of Asia, the Wa are one of the most bound and desperately needy. … The Wa are well-known for their practice of head-hunting, which is rumored to still continue today in some of the remote parts of Myanmar’s Shan State. For centuries the Wa head-hunted for the purpose of ensuring a good harvest. The demons that grip them demand the sacrifice of humans to assure the crops will not fail. … But God looked down from heaven and prepared the hearts of the Wa to receive the Gospel of His Son. An amazing testimony of God’s love and power took place in northern Burma in 1906. … At that time a witch-doctor in a certain Wa village owned three white donkeys. He laid his hands on the middle donkey and told the village elders, “If you follow this donkey, it will lead you to the True God.” For weeks the elders followed the donkey for a distance of 200 miles across remote terrain. One day it stopped outside the house of William Young, an American Baptist missionary who was working amongst the Lahu tribe. Young became the first to take the Gospel message to the Wa. Salvation swept many areas as hundreds of hearts already prepared by the Holy Spirit converted to Christ.” Thanks Paul! (Paul Harvey eat your heart out!)

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RADIO-EMAIL FROM SOUTH AFRICA FOR FREE!
That’s right! Have you heard about the guy in South Africa that has set up a ham radio station that is somehow linked to the Internet to receive email, convert it to ham radio signals, then send it out into the air waves for the intended receiver to pick up, re-transmit back into email text??? What a system! To use this system, you’d need a ham radio license (which means you’d have to learn morse code and theory/laws), the ham radio rig (nice antenna and transmitter/receiver can cost $1000+), and the time to get it all figured out… but once you were up and running, imagine how great it would be if you’re, say, out in Northern Luzon, beyond the end of a telephone’s reach! That’s exactly the way it is for one missionary who is serving there in the Philippines, receiving email from his father-in-law on a regular basis! So… if you’re interested, check out the South African ham operator’s web site at http://goofy.iafrica.com/~joost or, if you don’t have web access and if you’re absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt interested in using the service and you have a ham license and an antenna/receiver, you could so write the South African guy’s direct email address at joostatiafricadotcom. But please be sensitive and don’t just write him with mere chit-chat. The guy is doing a tremendous service and we don’t want to take him away from his ministry! For more information about how the service works in practical ways (yes – it really works!), write the father-in-law (Dale Leathead, of World Team, in Warrington, PA, at 102626dot3217atCompuServedotCOM ). Remember, you heard it first on Brigada! Thanks for the tip, Dale!!!

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BUSINESS ON THE NET . . . FOR HIS GLORY
Have you heard about the Business Executives Consultation that’s going to happen in Pretoria next summer (in conjunction with GCOWE 97)? Check out their new web site at http://www.iccc.net/ad2000. “As believers in the marketplace, many of us are burning to take the Gospel to the nations, using our businesses as the vehicle, or if you like, as a weapon in God’s hands. ‘Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, ‘I am strong!’ Come quickly, all you nations from every side, and assemble there. Bring down your warriors, O Lord!’ Joel 3:10-11.” Thanks to James Lockett, Vice President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce! (See their site at http://www.iccc.net. )

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GET READY FOR THE “NIGHT OF POWER” (PRAYER FOR MUSLIM FRIENDS)
Have you heard about Day 27 of Ramadan (approx. Feb. 5), which apparently is a special night for Muslims? They evidently consider this a “Night of Power”? Anyway, one Brigada participant suggested that we organize prayer vigils that evening in hopes that Muslim friends would learn about the power of the Christ, the true Messiah. For more information about the possibilities for Feb. 5th, write Missionary Action/FLAME (Fund for Latin Americans in Muslim Evangelism) maflameatjunodotcom. Thanks Lee!

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WANT TO HELP WITH URBANA FOLLOW-UP?
You can!!! … via the web! Phil & Teri Barker, of Word International Net Services wordintlatxcdotorg, are brainstorming about options that should be placed on the Urbana follow-up web pages. Wow … they’re first class. See the ACTION follow-up page at http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/urbana/action.html and the RESOURCES follow-up at http://www.gospelcom.net/iv/urbana/resources.html. Great book list, good articles, and tremendous job taking it into html! Good work, Phil and Teri! Anyway, if you have some ideas to send them, or would like to volunteer, join by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the message command:
subscribe urbana96-www

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

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WANT TO KNOW WHERE’S THE NEAREST PERSPECTIVES CLASS???
Now you can find out. Just send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada perspectives

A full list/schedule will automatically be mailed to you within moments. Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg! Thanks Steve!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM MONGOLIA
Not long ago, some very strangely dressed people burst into a Christian meeting in the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. It turned out that they were from the Gobi Altai, a region hardly reached by the gospel. They had once seen the “Jesus Film” and since then had been meeting in one of the village leaders’ houses to read the Bible. The question, that they made the long journey to ask, was: when can someone come to start a church?
(Source: DAWN Friday Fax, 49-96, © DAWN Europe; WWW: http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn/ for more info.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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CALLING ALL TRAVEL AGENTS FROM EUROPE!
A recent participant to brigada-travel-bids remarked, “… I live in Croatia, I was willing to travel to Germany or Austria, or Italy for departure, but no bids. Perhaps we could recruit agents in Europe???” Amen! Let’s put the word out. Travel Agents in Europe please write to hubatxcdotorg with only this line of text in the message:
subscribe brigada-travel-bids

By the looks of it, this has been the most active of all Brigada conferences so far this month, with some 173 messages! Only travel agents need join. All others just mail their RFQ “request for a quote” to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg. Travel agents, please be ready for business!

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT “PRAY USA”?
April of 1997 has been designated PrayUSA!, 30 days of prayer and fasting for the United States. PrayUSA! is a partnership of national prayer ministries, churches, parachurch groups, and denominations seeking to mobilize prayer and fasting throughout the whole Church for revival and spiritual awakening in the United States. PrayUSA! is a Mission America prayer initiative chaired by Steve Bell, Concerts of Prayer International; and coordinated by Eddie Smith, of the U.S. PRAYER TRACK. For more information or to volunteer to help, write 104224dot3107atcompuservedotcom. Maybe you’d like to organize a “Pray___!” campaign for your own country??? I’m sure they’d give you ideas!

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RAMADAN… THE FREE POSTER
Just a few days ago, I was meeting with friends in a small restaurant in N. Africa as the news started traveling the streets of the city we were visiting. The Muslim cleric in charge of the country had seen the moon in just the right position… Ramadan had begun. Sirens wailed, and soon the call to prayer mustered the citizens to begin their 30-day fast. We joined them throughout their first day of Ramadan… and many have been praying for them ever since as a part of the fifth annual international “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus” (Jan 10 to Feb 8). Over 30,000 adult Prayer Guides (and 5,000 “Just for Kids” booklets) have been distributed during the last few weeks within North America alone! To further promote prayer for the Muslim world, the North American office for the “30 Days” is now offering illustrated two-color posters for postage & handling charges only (a $7 value)-over 1,000 are available. U.S. $1 for the USA, Canada and Mexico; U.S. $2 for the rest of the world. To get your 14 x 22 inch poster, send your request with the postage cost to:

WorldChristian News & Books
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs
CO 80936, USA

And don’t forget to pray for your Muslim friends throughout the world!

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WEBWATCH
Have you checked out http://www.xc.org/helpintl/mrd.htm, http://www.sim.org, and http://www.gmi.org/research/websites.htm? They all offer some good links to cross-cultural ministry. Thanks Bob! And thanks for your page at http://www.xc.org/world-christian.html Also, check out http://www.bible.org for “The Net Bible.” Thanks Terry!

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MAYBE ASK ONE QUESTION AT A TIME?
We get mail. Boy do we get mail. We recently received this request: “Could you send me information on Manila Philippines, Mexico City, Bogota Colombia, and Sao Paulo Brazil? I would also appreciate up-to-date information on Rwanda, Zambia, Ethiopia and Mozambique? The information I really need is the situation with the evangelical church, number of missionaries, etc.” I mean, why don’t we just broaden the question a bit… “Define the universe; be brief, be precise. Give examples.” Tip of the week: If you write a volunteer for help, ask a specific question to get a specific answer. Brigada volunteers can come up with some great help – but they aren’t miracle workers! So – the best place to ask questions about specific people groups or cities is in brigada-peoples and brigada-cities. To join those conferences, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only these two lines in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples
subscribe brigada-cities

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not to brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

Read the welcome messages. They will explain how to get more help and how to use the system. You can unsubscribe at any time. And . . . yes… if you send a message to the brigada-peoples conference, there are hundreds of volunteers there ready to try to help you get information on a specific people group (probably better than hitting “reply” to this copy of Brigada Today). But even to the hundreds of volunteers in brigada-peoples, maybe you still ought to just try one question at a time??? :-)

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE FREE MOBILE HOME Brigada IS GIVING AWAY?
(I’m not kidding, sort of.) It’s true. Overheard on the brigada-medicine-for-poor conference, . . . “A relative of mine has a mobile home 12X68 that he is willing to donate to a charity. …This unit is available for donation to a charity. … Merry Christmas … Robert Jaquiss robertjatteleportdotCOM ” Merry Christmas indeed! The ultimate stocking stuffer – a mobile home! [ ] Try wrapping that baby under the tree for junior! :-) How ’bout that for marketing giveaways… “Brigada – the people who give away mobile homes!” (Actually, it was a Brigada participant giving it away, . . . but when you have no marketing department, you have to take advantage of any possible angle you can get, right?) So… if you’re interested in a mobile home for your charity, just write Robert. Hope you’re not too late! And yes, you probably would have to move it from its current site in Oregon. :-) (that’s like saying, “batteries not included,” O=== right? :-) )

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WANT A GREAT CD ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR $79?
[][] Greg Parsons, Exec. Dir. of the US Center for World Missions, recommends that you run (don’t walk) to call (in the USA) 800-747-2194. (If you live overseas, ask a friend in the USA to call for you.) The normal price for the Encyclopedia Britannica is $800 – but for a limited time, try getting the on-line CD for $79!!! Shipping should be about $8. And they even have a MAC version! Windows req. on a PC. This is a great deal… with perhaps 10 times as much info. as other CD encyclopedias on the market. They say it has the entire text of the written version!!! I just ordered my copy!!! Still $79 instead of $800! Thanks for the tip, Greg!

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“DID YOU KNOW?” – FROM OUR UKRAINIAN CORRESPONDENT
From a reader living in Ukraine we begin a regular 4-line column called, “Did you Know?” These are the kinds of lines that I’m sure will make their way onto the wall beside your desk. They’re the items that you’ll ponder all day long. Why, I wouldn’t be surprised if board rooms of agencies and churches across America become so involved with conversation on these issues that we see a complete doubling of mission efforts within the coming 12 months. ( :-) Actually, maybe we’ll smile once and awhile and it’ll help take our minds off the problems we’re facing?????? :-) )

This week’s “Did you know?”

[drum roll please]:

Did you know that 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

[Are you excited or what!!! :-) Thanks to Chris in the Ukraine! You win this week’s prize for the most amazing “Did You Know?” item. Your subscription to Brigada Today has been extended for a full year absolutely free!!!]

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HUB-CAPS (Recaps about computing with Brigada)
Brigada is a system of email “conferences” (some people refer to these as “list servers”, but we prefer the word conference, in most cases, since it better illustrates that there are dozens of people working together to solve problems and address needs). It is run totally by volunteers. There is no “office”. (You can’t “dial Brigada.”) There is no budget. There is no marketing division. The “hub” email computer is located in Columbus, Ohio, and where it is operated by MAFxc, a division of MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship – the people with the airplanes). The MAF people who run it are actually located in Redlands, CA. They are very much partners in the work, especially as it relates to developing technical wizardry that we can all use. But at the same time, they would be the first to admit that Brigada doesn’t belong to them, per se (they host 937 such conferences in all, some quite busy!). They’re the hardware/software/connectivity providers – and each of them has a passion for world evangelism! This is their ministry! A couple of us in the Brigada network voluntarily pitch in the money to pay them the $160/year for the web page – and conference-moderators pitch in $52/year for their xc.org addresses. Every once-and-awhile, we’ll pitch in $80 to ‘hire’ them to develop some new conference capability. E.g., it was the Brigada family who pitched in the cost to help offset the time to develop the “get” and “put” commands.

There are several conferences that have experienced significant growth.
Brigada-peoples has 281 participants,
brigada-job-shop has 301,
brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers is next with 307,
brigada-pubs-gcowenews has 354 and
brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest tops that with 634!
Brigada-us-prayertrack now has grown to 870 participants, and
Brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers is the second largest group with 1625 subscribers.
And this conference (which is actually more like a list-server, I suppose) is the conduit for Brigada Today (the publication you’re reading), which attempts to tie together the “family of conferences” below it in the hierarchy. There are currently 4449 readers each weekend. If we were to mail this news bulletin via the postal service to 4449 readers within one particular country (say, the USA), we estimate that the cost would be around $1000/week just for postage alone. Add in paper and printing cost and before long, you’re talkin’ some major bucks! Subscription would run you around $25/year if there were no salaries involved, but there’d be tons more work doing the printing, labeling, sorting, grouping, and posting. All together, over $100,000/year would be required to keep it running, and that’s just for the top level of Brigada alone! Try multiplying that times the zillions of messages being exchanged in every conference in the Brigada family and before long, it makes you ask…

Assuming we already have email access, how is it we can get all this practically for free?

(Okay – I’ll admit; they charge us $52/year for the xc.org address and the ability to create conferences. But with that $52, we’re mailing to thousands of people every week!!!) Whoever said computers didn’t save us money? Thanks to the visionaries who started MAFxc! (If you’d like to invest in MAF and/or start your own email conference for your mission or project, write helpdeskatxcdotorg. And by the way, we are not employed by MAF nor do we get our xc.org address at a discount for bragging on them. We just like what they’ve created!!! :-) Oh and by the way – did we tell you about their web page hosting ability? :-) )

For a complete list of MAFxc conferences, send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
conferences

Make sure you send this message to hubatxcdotorg and not brigadaatbrigadadotorg!

Thanks to all those moderators who are working to make the Briagda family of networks a reality!!! We appreciate you! Thanks, too, to all the contributors who send in items for Brigada Today (esp. Mark Kelly, John Hanna, Kerstin Hack, and the AD2000 IO), to volunteers Bob Mayhew (for the amazingly consistent volunteer work on the web page) and Revis Ann Massey (for her tireless volunteer ministry as the Customer Service Manager for this “top level” conference, the one that sent you this message), and to all the others that make Brigada a reality!

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*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19970706 Brigada Today

Now with 5709 participants!!!
(. . . and as of this issue, over 500 pages of resources since we began in March, 1995!)
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, this week writing from Kenai, Alaska
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GCOWE SUMMARY REPORT
* PREGNANCY SURVEY REALLY DELIVERS!
* HOW ONE CHURCH HANDLED ITS PUBLIC “ADOPTION” CEREMONY
* CSi (COMPUSERVE) GIVES YOU A SECOND CHANCE
* CALLING ALL UNHAPPY KALLMART USERS
* HOT TIP — PGP 5.0 NOW AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY!!!
* GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT PGP? SEE THE PGP FAQ
* BUT I’VE NOTHING TO HIDE — WHY USE ENCRYPTION?
* HOW TO CONTACT YOU FAVORITE BRIGADA MODERATOR
* WEB WATCH
* GCOWE PARTICIPANT ALMOST KILLED
* FINISHERS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
* CALLING ALL NON-WESTERN CHURCH PLANTER TRAINERS
* FREE UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS FOR CHICAGO???
* THAT MESSY NEW BRIGADA “GRAPHIC” LOGO
* WANT TO STUDY STRATEGIC CHURCH PLANTING?
* REACHING YOUR CITY – THROUGH PRAYER
* 101 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD
* EMERGENCY SITUATIONS REQUIRE EXCEPTIONAL RESPONSES
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GCOWE SUMMARY REPORT
(/) Wondering what’s been happening in South Africa at GCOWE 97? Well here’s the report, written anonymously via an interview with a delegate who is working in a very closed part of the world and actually attended GCOWE under a pseudonym. Here we go! “Thank you to the Brigada family for your prayers during GCOWE 97 this past week in Pretoria, South Africa. It was quite inspirational to give God praise in a room of 4,200 people reported to be from 135 countries. Personally I don’t like conferences but I left happy that I had made over 10 key ministry contacts that are usually very hard for me to make since I live and work in a very restricted part of the Muslim world. One of these new contacts with a politician who attended the Business Executives sub-consultation may very well lead toward the placement of workers in a currently very closed country. I attended the Mission Executives sub-consultation and I was concerned it would be yet another inspirational time with little work done. My fears melted away when Luis Bush handed us all a copy of the new book compiled for GCOWE by the AD2000 and Beyond Movement called the “Global Guide to Unreached Peoples.” The book was the catalyst for arranged small group work over the next two days in groups by regions of the world. When the results were tallied on the final day 390 previously unengaged groups from this unreached peoples list now had agency leaders who had adopted them as peoples to present to their organizations in hopes of sending new church planting teams. I was encouraged by this but more optimistic when it was reported that the leaders in the African National Initiatives sub-consultation had taken on 222 of the peoples in Africa still without known church planting teams. Since these were mostly African leaders adopting peoples in their own countries I am quite optimistic that something will come of this commitment. Luis Bush reported on the last night that now 90% of the 1,739 peoples in this book (though some data not shown for security reasons) now have names and addresses registered indicating a church planting movement in their midst or at least a commitment to mobilize a team of church planters. Though this “Global Guide” book will not be for sale to mission leaders who did not attend GCOWE for another month or so I heard that the Southern Baptist International Mission Board had already ordered 150 copies to give to all their regional leadership.” Now we’re talkin’! That’s the kind of “nuts and bolts” tangible outcome that we’ve all been waiting for! Bravo Luis Bush! Bravo GCOWE 97 delegates! And thanks to the anonymous interviewee!!!

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PREGNANCY SURVEY REALLY DELIVERS!
(/)Well, I guess you could say that this particular baby was a real hit! :-) In fact, it almost seems like Brigada participants were breathless waiting for this inquiry to come along! :-) Seriously, remember last week’s item, “HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE” ??? Dr. Dale Carroll (who is very much a “he” and not a “she” as we reported; yikes; Sorry Dr. Dale! Will you ever forgive me? :-)) reports over 100 immediate responses to the request for those who were pregnant or delivered or miscarried overseas. He hastens to add that all reports will be considered very confidential and that snail mail addresses will be needed so he can send out the actual survey. He’ll be ultra-careful to guard identities and roles for those in sensitive countries. If you’re interested in participating or learning more, contact Dr. Dale Carroll at TravDocatcompuservedotcom, The Pregnant Traveler, 983 Miners Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085, phone 616-428-4996 (fax–616-428-0977). Dr. Carroll has agreed to make available an abstract for all Brigada participants to “get” as soon as the project is completed. Thanks!

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HOW ONE CHURCH HANDLED ITS PUBLIC “ADOPTION” CEREMONY
Have you wondered exactly what other churches do when they hold these “adoption ceremonies” for unreached people? Find out on brigada-peoples by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of your email (Note that if you’re not a member of Brigada-peoples, you’ll have to join first by using the “subscribe” line listed first):
subscribe brigada-peoples
get brigada-peoples church-people-group-adoption.001

If you’d like to unsubscribe, just send another message later that reads,
unsubscribe brigada-peoples.

Thanks to Eric Derry for bringing this file to our attention!

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CSi (COMPUSERVE) GIVES YOU A SECOND CHANCE
Okay. So I admit I’ve ragged some on Compuserve (CSi). But they deserved it. :-) Now before you write me [again] and jump me for criticizing them, note that I used past tense — “deserved.” Maybe they’re turning over a new leaf… or realizing their wicked ways. :-) Recently, they’ve picked up some improved features… For example, you can now send and receive binary files — graphics, documents, spreadsheets, and the like — seamlessly over the Internet. You can also personalize your e-mail address, turning your User ID number into a name. With a click here and a click there, you can transform 70006,101 into JSMITH. Oops! Don’t like that Personal Address anymore? Now you change it so JSMITH can become J.SMITH or Jim_Smith. All of these features are part of CompuServe’s new mail system and are part of CSi’s ongoing commitment to bringing you the very best e-mail. To take full advantage of these rich features, you must use CompuServe’s new mail system. To learn about this and switch to new mail if you haven’t already done so, GO NEWMAIL. Thanks to Sharon, our official Brigada Compuserve Help Specialist, at 71712dot3534atCompuServedotCOM, for sending this tip! And for those CSi loyalists who have written, I promise to stop raggin’ on CSi. :-)

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CALLING ALL UNHAPPY KALLMART USERS
Have you ever used “KallMart” as your long distance calling or callback service? Were you unhappy because you felt they overcharged (based on their claims)? Sharon Gardner wants to know. She’s head of CrossLink Communications, a Christian based company that helps missionaries select the dialback company best suited for their international calling patterns. Their mission is to help those in full time ministry conserve their resources by finding cheaper ways of staying in touch with the “folks back home”. At one point, they had apparently used KallMart as one of their offerings. But no more. There have apparently been too many complaints about calls costing more than what KallMart promised, fees being assessed, etc. As a result, CrossLink is currently trying to get KallMart to resolve these problems and give refunds. (CrossLink does its best to keep their clients from being defrauded.) Sharon wrote Brigada this past week, “If ANY missionaries have a complaints against KallMart, we encourage them to contact us with the details, even if they are not a CrossLink customer. We will be happy to “plead their case” along with our own customers. There is strength in numbers.” So… write Sharon at CrossLink Communications, 9216 Independence Loop, Austin, Texas 78748, USA, tel. 512.292.3308, FAX 512.282.5877, crosslinkatearthlinkdotnet.

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HOT TIP – PGP 5.0 NOW AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY!!!
As far as we can tell, this is a Brigada Today exclusive, thanks to a hot tip from TC! (Thanks TC! As long as there are people like you around, Brigada Today will be valuable for the nearly 6000 subscribers who receive it each week!!!) PGP version 5.0 is now available internationally via anonymous FTP at ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/pc/windows95. (PGP is a program that allows you to encode your email so no one can read it except the person to whom you’ve sent it. For this process to work, both the sender and receiver need to be able to use PGP.) What this means is that international users no longer have to wait for all that OCR/source code/re-write stuff that we all thought would have to happen first. If you’re in the USA, you can get PGP version 5.0 at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html and if you’re outside the USA, you can get version 5.0 at ftp://ftp.ox.ac.uk:/pub/crypto/pgp/pc/windows95 today! Thanks TC!

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GOT QUESTIONS ABOUT PGP? SEE THE PGP FAQ
Thanks to Rod who refers readers to http://www.pgp.net/pgpnet/pgp-faq/ for answers to frequently asked questions about PGP. Also, don’t forget http://www.ifi.uio.no/pgp/ or http://axion.physics.ubc.ca/pgp-begin.html if you want to learn more about what might be the world’s best encryption program. And remember that the freeware version is available at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html for Win95/WinNT users. Win 3.1 users start at http://axion.physics.ubc.ca/pgp-begin.html then go to http://www.seattle-webworks.com/pgp/. Rod writes, “From here, advice is given on downloading and configuring PGP262 and the AEgis Pretty Good Privacy Windows Shell. Since PGP262 operates from DOS and looks a bit strange, a shell makes PGP much easier to use.”

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BUT I’VE NOTHING TO HIDE – WHY USE ENCRYPTION?
I felt the same way. Then this Brigada participant approached me one day and asked me why I should ever expect others to start using encryption when I didn’t’ use it myself. He used the logic that PGP’s author uses, “What if everyone believed that law-abiding citizens should use postcards for their mail? If some brave soul tried to assert his privacy by using an envelope for his mail, it would draw suspicion. Perhaps the authorities would open his mail to see what he’s hiding. Fortunately, we don’t live in that kind of world, because everyone protects most of their mail with envelopes. So no one draws suspicion by asserting their privacy with an envelope. There’s safety in numbers. Analogously, it would be nice if everyone routinely used encryption for all their E-mail, innocent or not, so that no one drew suspicion by asserting their E-mail privacy with encryption.” Made sense to me. So I bit the bullet and started trying to learn PGP262. Yikes. It wasn’t easy. So I began using a “shell” program and it got lots easier. Now with version 5.0, it’s easier still — in fact, now it’s almost like fallin’ off a log! So my commitment is that if anyone is willing to write me using PGP, I’ll always return the reply in the same form. So will you take the dare and use PGP? Today, with this new version, there are no more excuses. And there are versions for everyone, including MAC users. :-) Want more info? Get Rod’s latest help file by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada pgp-info

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HOW TO CONTACT YOU FAVORITE BRIGADA MODERATOR
You can write the moderator of any Brigada conference by emailing <owner-conferenceatxcdotorg>. For example, if you sent a note to owner-brigadaatbrigadadotorg, you’d get Revis Ann Massey, who serves voluntarily (ie., as a labor of love) as the Customer Relations Manager for the nearly 6000 Brigada Today readers. If you write owner-brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg, you’ll get Dave Nesmith, of Global Mapping, who serves as the moderator for Brigada-Peoples. Write owner-brigada-pubs-missionfrontiersatxcdotorg and you’ll get Rick Wood himself, the Editor of Mission Frontiers at the US Center. These moderators serve the community of the saints because they have a passion for the lost around the world. Treat them with deep respect — because they give their all! If you dare ask them to execute a personal favor for you (like manually unsubscribing an old email address that you can no longer access), please let them know how much you appreciate their ministry!

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WEB WATCH
Want to make the most of search engines? Gill says to check out http://searchenginewatch.com/.

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GCOWE PARTICIPANT ALMOST KILLED
Did you hear about Pete Holzmann? He’s the Interactive Task Force Coordinator for the AD2000 & Beyond Movement. He wrote Brigada this past week with this: “Don’t know if you heard, but I was hit by a fast-moving car here in Pretoria last Friday afternoon. Smashed leg, smashed windshield, two flips through the air and dead (no pulse no breathing) for a full minute after landing far away. And I’m only one of several people involved in tragedy here. Satan’s fighting. BUT GOD is performing miracles, turning every bad situation into victory! I’m doing great, and each problem has been turned around for His best! I could list a whole page of God’s blessings in my accident. (Just a few, besides the fact that my pulse/breathing started again :-) … it happened 5 minutes from the best hospital in Africa; car had unusual bumper that caused my leg to break in a “good” place, and flipped me up rather than running over me and crushing me; no brain damage (did my hat protect me? I don’t remember :-)); I’ve had time to realize some good lessons from the Lord, perhaps with wide application; others were motivated to give my presentations, which helped them turn out well; I’ve had lots of opportunity to be Christ’s light in others’ lives here at the hospital; What a JOY!!!” So how did this happen? Pete summarized, “So I looked both ways before crossing the street. But when someone yelled “look out!” I had to react; no time to think. And my reaction was exactly wrong: I looked to the right instead of the left [because Pete’s orientation was USA, but drivers use the other side of the street in South Africa?], and ended up almost dead. Literally.” What has he learned from all this? “In new situations (x-c ministry, a changing world, “tentmaking”, new friends, new paradigms, new locations, etc etc), if we have time to think about our situation we usually do OK. But when we must react without thinking, we often make terrible mistakes! Some conclusions (lots more than this…): In new situations, give yourself time. Absorb the “new” quickly so that you’ll react well. Don’t assume you’ve adjusted to the new just because you feel like you fit in: will you react properly in an emergency?” Thanks for taking a lemon and turning it into lemonade, Pete! Pete’s homepage is http://www.xc.org/pete. He’s one very busy guy at PeteatXCdotOrg.

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FINISHERS AVAILABLE ON-LINE
(/)Remember last week’s item, “HOW DO WE GET THEM ‘FROM HERE TO THERE’???” Well don’t forget that you can access the Finishers Project online at brigada-projects-finishers by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-projects-finishers

According to “Finishers” leadership, “The Finishers Project is a movement involving leading mission agencies to give mature candidates (35 to about 55) the information and challenge necessary to consider an assignment from the Lord somewhere in the missions infrastructure – before the conventional retirement at 60 something. The method to accomplish the task will be to hold “Urbana”-like conferences for second-career people.” Sounds like a super idea. They’re planning their first major face-to-face conference in Chicago, September 17-19, 1998. For more information, join the on-line brigada-projects-finishers conference today!

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CALLING ALL NON-WESTERN CHURCH PLANTER TRAINERS
Wade Robertson writes, “Are you a Non-Westerner with cross-cultural church planting field experience and with some good frontier experiences to share? Have you ever wanted to visit historic Scotland, a land from which many pioneer missionaries were sent in former generations to the ends of the earth? Do you want to be part of a team training a new generation of missionaries for church planting in the 10/40 Window? You may even challenge someone to join your team! At the moment our staff are all from western nations, but we want those we train to benefit from staff with a greater diversity of backgrounds and experience. You could have a really valuable input through the insights you would be able to share both in and out of the classroom. The opening is for Aug 31st 1997 to 19th December and you would need to find staff fees of about L175 per month. Interested? Contact Wade Robertson 100556dot60atcompuservedotcom for more details.” This is a great sign for all of us. . . globalization, internationalization, . . . it looks more like Revelation 7. :-) Thanks Wade.

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FREE UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS FOR CHICAGO???
Somebody has to try this to find out if it can be true. In a tip from Gene, it looks like you can email infoatfreeaccessdotnet and sign up for unlimited internet access if you’re in the Chicago area… for free!!! We’ll look forward to hearing back from someone on this one. If you’re willing to try it, write us with your results at DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg and please make the subject line read,
CHICAGO ACCESS

and we’ll get to the bottom of this hot tip!

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THAT MESSY NEW BRIGADA “GRAPHIC” LOGO

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Okay. So the new graphical Brigada logo at the top of each issue is totally unreadable in your email client??? Sorry about that. Well I’m a missionary, not an artist. :-) Actually, to see it, you’d have to set the default font to something “fixed” like Courier New (as opposed to proportional, like Times Roman). If you don’t like it, just ignore it… (after all, it’s only five lines! :-) ). However, if it’s really in your way and you’d like it cut from all future issues, please send a message to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the message:
subscribe brigada-vote-c

The “c” in this case stands for “cut”! :-) Here’s your chance to speak out! :-)

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WANT TO STUDY STRATEGIC CHURCH PLANTING?
You’re in luck. The Center for InterCultural Studies (CICS) has a course for you! :-) August 20 to October 3, they’ll run a 5-week training course to help new and veteran missionaries understand the cultural context of their people group and how to develop a relevant cross-cultural ministry strategy. Tuition $600, Lodging – $ 25 per week, Instructor – Dr. Richard G. Lewis. For more information, contact: Center for InterCultural Studies (CICS), 71035dot704atcompuservedotcom or look at their website at www.ixctraining.com. Wow — that’s a great price on housing. I think we might sell our house and just move in at their Center! :-)

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REACHING YOUR CITY – THROUGH PRAYER
Did you hear about the Reaching Your City Conference, July 17-19, 1997, Norwalk CA, at Southern CA Community Bible College, 12400 Studebaker Rd, Norwalk tel. (562) 868-0072??? Well now you did! :-) Hear John Robb and a zillion other prayer and unreached peoples specialists — and the registration is just $25 if you do it in advance. Write Prayercntnataoldotcom for more info.

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101 WAYS TO CHANGE YOUR WORLD
You thought we’d list them all here? Why should we, when Geoff Tunnicliffe has done so in his new book by that name! :-) Revis Ann, our Customer Relations Manager just finished reading it. She reports, “Easy to read and practical. He gives one idea per page of ways to get involved in world missions. The goal is to encourage grass-roots involvement in missions. The special offer for Brigada Today participants is $4.50 U.S. (plus shipping costs) when purchased directly from:
Geoff Tunnicliffe
International Teams
5059 SE Marine Drive,
Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5J 3G5

72072dot3310atcompuservedotcom
Tel.: 604-437-8000
Fax: 604-437-8089

You can also try 1-800-708-5550 toll free if you’re in the USA or Canada.” By the way, Revis Ann tell us he lists Brigada in the Internet Resources in the back!!! So — everybody should order this book! :-) Thanks Geoff and thanks for reading it Revis Ann!

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EMERGENCY SITUATIONS REQUIRE EXCEPTIONAL RESPONSES
Not long ago, Eric Derry brought the following story to my attention, originally from Chicken Soup for the Soul by Mark V. Hansen:

In 1989 an 8.2 earthquake flattened Armenia killing over 30,000 in four
minutes. After the first tremor, a father rushed to the school where his
son attended only to find the structure totally demolished. As he looked
at the ruins he remembered the promise he made to his son: “No matter what,
I’ll always be there for you.”

The father went to the corner of the building where his son’s classroom was and began digging. For the next 37 hours he searched through the rubble. Many people tried to stop him but to each he replied, “Are you going to help me?” No one did.

Then on the 38th hour he screamed his son’s name and a voice came back. “I’m here! It’s me Father.” Fourteen scared, hungry and thirsty children emerged out of the devastation.

I think what strikes me the most about this story is the father’s incredible determination. It’s probably not uncommon for parents to make amazing sacrifices during these kinds of emergencies. But this guy took it to the max. He dug and dug and dug and then dug some more. Obviously, his love for his son motivated him beyond the norm.

In our work in world missions, we have been called to do some outlandishly difficult tasks. Sometimes, those tasks require all the gusto we can manage to pull up from our inner being. We need to be like the father in the story… and when you stop and think about it, we get to pull people from ruins for a living! Every person — one at a time — that we can snatch from the fires of Hell is just like the little rescued boy in the story above… only instead of helping them regain their earthly lives, we’re helping them climb to eternal life.

So today, when you walk out the front door and enter the street or path where you serve, don’t lose sight of the reason you’re digging… and . . . may you have many happy rescues!!!

Doug
Writing this week from Kenai, Alaska

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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!

19970629 Brigada Today

Now with 5676 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, this week writing from Kenai, Alaska
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
* DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
* HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
* INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
* COOL TOOLS
* CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
* YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
* UNITED PARSEE POST
* WEB WATCH
* TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
* SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
* DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
* FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
* NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
* BIBLES TO IRAQ
* TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
* LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
* HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
* THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
* STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET

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GET YOUR PRAYER CARDS “BOOKMARK STYLE”
Now there’s a new style prayer card that just might be a bit more affordable and unique — bookmarks! According to David Wedge, who ordered his from Ron Urbanovitch at MPSatxcdotorg, they were around $150 for 500 and he got them in an amazing 48-hour turnaround, including overnight shipping both ways! Now that’s fast business!

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DON’T FORGET TO GET YOUR FREE SOFTWARE
Want to try the new PGP freeware? Grab it at http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html. And also, don’t miss the chance at a free 30-day trialware version of PGP for Personal Privacy (commercialware), Version 5.0 at http://www.pgp.com. According to dozens of reports, this new version is revolutionary in its ease of use. No word yet on the European/International version. (If you hear some news on that one, I’d appreciate getting a note on it so we can relay it here! Frank and many others want to know.) But the freeware at the MIT web site is apparently very friendly and very powerful and very free. :-) And Canadians are legally welcome to it as well! Yahooo!

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HERE’S A SURVEY YOU’VE GOT TO SEE TO BELIEVE
Okay. This one tops it all. We’ve had readers compile reports on everything from security to tentmaking to ‘how do you file Brigada Today’ — but if memory serves, this is the first time we’ve interviewed pregnant folks. :-) But … then again you always knew we were a bit adventurous! :-) And after all, inquiring minds want to know! :-) Dr. I. Dale Carroll is doing a study on any USA residents who have had part or all of a pregnancy overseas since 1990 (including miscarriages). I know, I know. You’re saying, “What in the world does this have to do with missions?” Well — the good doctor has assured us that she’d send us an electronic form of the abstract — the summary of the survey results — which we can then make available to all missionary moms. If you’ve ever been involved in anything medical while serving overseas, I have a hunch you’ll understand that this is significant stuff. You can’t (nor should you) separate the family out of missionary life and work — they go together. So — if you’re game to be surveyed and if you qualify, contact Dr. Dale Carroll at TravDocatcompuservedotcom, The Pregnant Traveler, 983 Miners Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085, phone 616-428-4996 (fax–616-428-0977). In case you were wondering, Dr. Carroll is a member of the Southwestern Medical Clinic in Berrien Center, MI, a 40-person multispecialty group with a heavy missions emphasis. She is a board-certified OB/GYN with considerable overseas experience and is also now certified in Travel Medicine, we’re also making plans for a Travel Medicine clinic.

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INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE INSIGHTS FROM JEFF
Jeff Gulleson is kicking off a quarterly mailing called International Insurance Insights. Contact him goodnboratjunodotcom if you’re interested in receiving a free copy. He sent a copy of the first issue which dealt with pre-existing conditions and provided a sample of a policy or two that he sells. Jeff’s not the only one out there making international policies available… but he’s at least one you should probably add to your list of options. Thanks Jeff!

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COOL TOOLS
Well, as of immediately, you can place secure orders at Caleb Project’s web site http://www.calebproject.org and your order is automatically PGP encoded. So no more need to send a check for some of the best mobilization resources around… just browse the web! :-)

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CHINA FORUM NOW AVAILABLE FROM TOP RESEARCHERS
Justin Long (of David Barrett’s office) is hard at work these days kicking off a new bulletin with general objective feedback on China. He wrote this past week, “This service will be moderated and screened, and will transmit regular bulletins on China. We will feature a Question & Answer forum where you can request information from long-time China observers, and information on the latest evangelistic opportunities and resources that are available. We expect to post 1 or 2 bulletins per week.” To subscribe, just e-mail your name, organization, country of origin, and e-mail address to JustinLongatxcdotorg with the phrase
CSCO China Mail List

in the subject line. You’ll be glad you did!

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YOUR CHANCE FOR A SHORT-TERM TRIP WITH LONG-TERM RESULTS IN GERMANY
In cooperation with a local church in Berlin AIMS Germany plans to penetrate (with prayer and more!) Kreuzberg’s immigrant area, where tens of thousands of 10/40 window people live. We would love to welcome people from outside our city’s and country’s borders who want to join us in prayer during this event (October 6-10) to see a breakthrough in the area. Individuals and prayer teams who wish to come and even stay longer are more than welcome. We want to see this part of town that has the same number of mosques as churches to become once again “a hill of the cross” – that’s the literal translation of its name… For more info contact Kerstin at 100711dot2622atCompuservedotcom.

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UNITED PARSEE POST
The World Parsee Youth Congress (in UK) started today (July 4-11) with the Adult Parsee Seminar scheduled to follow immediately on its tail. According to one source, this is “an attempt to enslave Parsee youth, teenagers and students to false gods. If you’re interested and/or can pray, browse http//web2.airmail.net/babbitt/parsee/messages/ or write ferozegolwallaatjunodotcom.

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WEB WATCH
Check out the new Italian evangelical web site at http://www.aspide.it/freeweb/evancity/. Also, have you looked at http://www.midwinter.com/usox/showroom.html for great prices on software (like $40 for WordPrefect Suite 7.0) — Thanks to Paul Moreland sacmatxcdotorg. And don’t miss the free journaling/Bible study software for MAC users — http://www.macapp.com. In addition, we’re providing unlimited free tech support via e-mail at supportatmacappdotcom. (Thanks Dennis Fahringer photoatuofndotedu )

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TWENTY ITEMS OF FREE TRAVEL INFO FOR THE ASKING
Here’s a deal where you can’t go wrong! Just ask Roland Marshall rolandmatlightspeeddotnet for any of the following items and he’ll ship them to you free!

1. Access Travel: Airports A Guide To Accessibility Of Terminals, 11 pages
2. A Safe Trip Abroad, 11 pages
3. Fly-Rights — A Consumer Guide to Air Travel, 26 pages
4. Fly Smart — Make Your Safe Trip Even Safer, 4 pages
5. Foreign Entry Requirements (Passport and Visa Requirements), 33 pages
6. (HIV) Testing Requirements For Entry Into Foreign Countries, 4 pages
7. Using Credit and Charge Cards Overseas (A Travel Companion), 10 pages
8. Customs Hints for Returning Residents, 47 pages
9. Applying for Your U.S. Passport, 6 pages
10. Tips For Americans Residing Abroad, 15 pages
11. Tips For Travelers To The Caribbean, 13 pages
12. Tips for Travelers to the People’s Republic of China, 7 pages
13. Tips For Travelers To Mexico, 15 pages
14. Tips For Travelers To The Middle East And North Africa, 19 pages
15. Tips For Travelers To Russia And The Newly Independent States, 23 pages
16. Tips for Travelers to Central and South America, 11 pages
17. Tips For Travelers To South Asia, 6 pages
18. Tips for Travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa, 24 pages
19. Travel Tips For Older Americans, 9 pages
20. Where to write for Vital Records Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Divorces, 6 pages
21. Your Trip Abroad, 22 pages

Roland, thanks for your help with brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg too!

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SEEKING YOUR IDEAS FOR A “MISSION HALL” OF FAME
Suzanne Melear newlifeatswbelldotnet would like to assemble a sampler platter of your best ideas for decorating a “missions hall” at her church. “The right side is a solid wall about 40-50 feet, one door on the end of each. The other side is divided by several doors and then a glass wall case on one side (about 10 feet by 4). I really want it to be classy, but bold and to effectively communicate our missionaries to the body…and communicate the great commission.” You’ve probably tried something similar. We’ll ask Suzanne to knit together all the ideas she receives then send it in to us for posting here as a “get” file. So send her your best! Thanks Suzanne!

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DISCIPLE’S PRAYER LIFE READY FOR ACTION
That’s a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life during this week of August 11-15, 1997 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM (see the ad in the June issue of Mission Frontiers), it’s $75 (includes materials, refreshments and one lunch, but doesn’t include housing). Space is limited. For more information email bsuscwmseataoldotcom and put
PrayerLife-your city

in the subject line or call 919-787-3821, speak slowly while leaving name and address to receive brochure.

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FOR GREAT PRICES ON LOGOS OR SAGE LIBRARIES
Check out infoprodatsancristobaldotpodernetdotcomdotmx. For more info on the Sage Digital Library, or for a list of the additional books that you can unlock on the Logos 2 Vol CD set and their prices, just email infoprod.

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NIGHTMARE ON AUTO-RESPONDER-STREET
Got a great follow up note from Mike (regarding last week’s item about vacation mail). “A little knowledge is dangerous! I recently went on a ministry trip and rushed to get the ‘vacation’ programme running on my internet providers server. They had made a small systems change since last time I used ‘vacation’ and when I came home a week later I had 23,459 messages waiting. Auto-responses went bouncing around the XC server and my provider like crazy. it took me 7 hours online to delete the junk error messages and save my real mail. Never again!!!” Word to the wise — unsubscribe before you enable a “vacation mail” reminder.

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BIBLES TO IRAQ
Praise God for the report from the United Bible Society regarding the largest Christian literature shipment yet to “The Last Frontier.” On January 22nd, sixty tons of books were convoyed from Jordan to Iraq. The shipment consisted of 31,800 Good News Arabic Bibles, 10,000 Children’s Bibles, thousands of Scripture calendars and other Christian biblical handbooks. Pray for the Christians in Iraq who received and continue distributing these gifts. Wow! Thanks to Mark Snowden Mark.Snowden(at)IMB(dot)org, Media Consultant for the IMB, for the item! (Change (at) to @ and (dot) to .)

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TELL A FRIEND ABOUT TELEAMIGO
TeleAmigo is a telephone counseling which has proved successful as both evangelism and ministry. It uses a “dial-a-prayer” approach, but at the end of the message, another number is given for counseling. “This to inform you that in May, TELEAMIGO-Cali registered the highest number of calls in one month it has ever received in its 19 year history,” wrote John Magyar, media consultant, International Mission Board, SBC to Spanish South America in a note to Mark Snowden, a friend of ours from IMB headquarters. “A total number of 100,684 were registered for that month. In a normal year, this ministry registers about one million calls. Over the years, TA counselors have helped thousands, hundreds have come to Christ, and two churches were begun in Cali with strategic support from TELEAMIGO. TA has also helped launch similar ministries in Caracas, Venezuela, Guayaquil, Ecuador, Santa Cruz, Bolivia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can write Mark at MarkdotSnowdenatIMBdotorg.

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LANDMARK UNREACHED PEOPLE VIDEOS
Dave Dunlap stumbled upon some unreached people videos while attending a conference last weekend in Louisville. There’s a total of 8, 1 each on the Arab American people, Sudanese people, Minangkabau people, Rock people, Madurese people, Albanian people, Romany (gypsy) people, and the Pattani Malay people. At the conference, they sold for $4.95 each, or all 8 for $29.95! They’re very excellent quality produced by Randy Durham, CBN, in N.C., and priced to get them into the hands of us folks who will champion establishing churches among them! CBF offices in Atlanta can be reached at (888) 801-4223. Dave’s at 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom and produces videos on his own as well.

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HOW DO WE GET THEM “FROM HERE TO THERE”???
To successfully connect people into missions as a second-career, those in the know in missions all agree that training is needed. However, there is no consensus as to what that training should include and what outcome(s) are desirable. Further there is generally an incomplete or incorrect understanding as to what the various mission agencies, training organizations, and colleges provide in the way of training by those in mission agencies, training organizations and colleges.

Therefore, there’s this new momentum coming from the “Finshers Project” that’s trying to change all that. The Finishers Project is hosting a consultation November 7&8, 1997 on the campus of Fuller Seminary to consider what training is AVAILABLE and APPROPRIATE for second-career candidates to serve in mission by assignment type. The session will be conducted with Drs. Phil Elkins (Mission Training and Resource Center); Eddie Elliston (Fuller); Doug Kinne (Crossroads, YWAM); and Stacy Rinehart (CoMission Training Coordinator, Navigators). The NEXT STEP movement spearheaded by Woody Phillips of United World Mission will also be represented. That cooperative effort is designed to provide a standard of training and accreditation so that agencies will consider people trained if they complete in any participating training program. This is designed to set a consensus standard and eliminate training duplication so resources can be more effectively used on the front lines. There is no fee to attend the Fuller consultation. If you would like to participate and present what training approaches your organization finds useful, what works, what was tried and does not work, the successes and outcomes, contact Mr. Nelson Malwitz, Finishers Project Chairman, Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801; Fax: (203)-796-7377; e-mail: nelsonmatcompuservedotcom.

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THE CONFERENCE BEGINS!
GCOWE in South Africa is in full swing. Those subscribed to the press release conference are getting some very exciting and thorough reports from Pretoria, South Africa. The opening session was held at Hatfield church with a capacity crowd of 5,000 people. Pete Holzmann, of AD2000’s Interactive Task Force, wrote, “For the nearly 4,000 delegates the opening worship songs were a culmination of a year of planning and a taste of what heaven will be like when people worship at the throne from every nation.”

From a look at the GCOWE 97 registration database some interesting facts and trends emerge (these also from Pete): 80% of the delegates are citizens of countries that formerly were viewed as missionary receiving countries. This consultation shows that the missionary leadership base is now firmly established in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Fact: GCOWE participants are 76.5% men and 23.5% women Observation: Women have a strong presence in missionary leadership.

Fact: Total GCOWE registration fees came 64% from Africa, Asia and Latin America. 36% came from Western Europe, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Observation: GCOWE 97 is being financed primarily through citizens of Africa, Asia and Latin America. …

Fact: 11% of the delegates attended GCOWE 95 in Korea 5% of the delegates attended Lausanne 89. 3.7% of the delegates attended Amsterdam 86. Observation: New people are being exposed to this Global Consultation rather than just the same people attending consultation after consultation.

Fact: 30% of the delegates have an e-mail address. Observation: Missionary leaders are keeping up with new technology to network with one another.

Fact: 5% of the delegates are age 60 or older
18% of the delegates are age 50 to 59
36% of the delegates are age 40 to 49
30% of the delegates are age 30 to 39
10% of the delegates are under age 30

Observation: There is a pretty even age spread among GCOWE delegates. This shows that missions is benefiting from the wisdom of the older people. This also gives some indication that there will be enough replacements when the oldest generation retires.

For more information and the regular press releases, send an email message
subscribe ad2-announce to hubatxcdotorg .

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STAY IN TOUCH ACROSS THE PLANET
Planet 1 (sm) is the first portable, affordable, personal satellite communications service that connects you to virtually anywhere in the world. You can make and receive voice calls, fax, and email your family and prayer partners anytime and from anywhere. Proposals, project plans and schedules, and documents can be sent instantly from a compact battery powered satellite phone. You can enjoy the benefits of these phones today! For a limited time–through July 31, 1997, MAF is offering the Planet 1 Premier Package. Call 1-800-359-7623 and ask for Paul Lay or Rex Howard Planet1atxcdotorg and tell them you are responding to this special offer. Discover how easy it is for you to have a satellite phone, fax, and email service that keeps you in touch with the rest of the world.

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

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unsubscribe brigada

At http://www.brigada.org on the web, you can see tons more.

(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. 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.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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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!

19970622 Brigada Today

Now with 5672 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WANT TO SAVE $1800?
* UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
* WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
* PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
* WE’VE MOVED!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WANT TO SAVE $1800?
Want to save $1800? Don’t attend GCOWE 97 which starts today, June 30, and runs for a week. Skip the 18-hour flight to South Africa and standing in food lines with 4,000 people from 130 countries. Instead, get daily highlights and feel you are a part of this cutting-edge missions conference by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg and putting
subscribe ad2-announce

on the first line of the message. If you want to really feel like you are there, visit the GCOWE 97 web site at http://www.ad2000.org. All virtual attendees are encouraged to pray that the physical attendees will rise to the challenge of Luis Bush to adopt the remaining 579 peoples still without a known church-planting effort. Wouldn’t Luis sleep well on the flight back to America if he knew that all 1,739 peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list had church-planting teams assigned to them?

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UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
O Last week’s item, CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD, generated quite a flurry of responses. We received this from the AD2000 & Beyond International Office: “Wow!!! What a great response in requesting the AD2000 CDs! We’re very encouraged by so much global interest. AD2000 apologizes that there was some miscommunication on our part in the availability and pricing of the CDs. We will begin shipping the CDs in early July. The $2 price was originally meant for volume orders only. All orders already taken will be honored at the $2 per disc price, however as of June 24, the following price scale is in effect:
1 to 3 discs – $5 each
4 to 10 discs – $4 each
11 to 15 discs – $3 each
16 or more discs – $2 each
Please forgive any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope this CD will still be of service to the Kingdom at what we feel are still very cost-effective prices. For more information or to order, contact the AD2000 office at:

AD2000 & Beyond Movement
2860 S. Circle Dr., Suite 2112
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA
Phone: (719) 576-2000
Fax : (719) 576-2685
Email: infoatad2000dotorg

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
The Russian Federation Duma this week approved a new law wiping out most of the religious freedom that the Russian people have recently obtained. In effect, only religious organizations registered during the Soviet period will remain. Hundreds of recently registered faiths, churches, seminaries, and charities will become illegal. Under the new law only Russian citizens are given the right to form registered or unregistered religious associations, including prayer groups. The law also increases government scrutiny of religious practices and beliefs, and groups can be shut down for a broad array of ideas and actions, including causing “social disorder”.
(Source: 6/19/97, Lauren Homer, President Law and Liberty Trust, 333 Maple Avenue East, Suite 1085, Vienna, VA 22180, FAX: 1-703-319-3625, E-mail: 75050dot3251atcompuservedotcom. More information is available at http://www.calebproject.org/pruss.htm. )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
Here’s a note to all those with fancy email systems at their offices: “Watch that vacation mail, please!” Remember that if you set your email up with an auto-responder (“I’m on vacation until the 27th of July and will respond after that date.”), you’ll drive conference participants/owners crazy! :-) Most likely, the conference owner will have to manually unsubscribe you (as if they didn’t already have enough to do with normal maintenance). So please do your conference owner (and everyone else on your conference) a favor. If you’re going to do a “vacation mail,” unsubscribe from all conferences first.

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PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
Christian Information Network has an entire collection of prayer resources to help you transform your prayers for the world. First is the recently released WindoWatchman II. It contains valuable insights gained first hand from prayer journeyers who participated in Praying Through The Window II in October of 1995. You will also find a colorful pull-out map of the 10/40 Window, captivating photos, informational charts, statistics, and up-dates on ministries working in this very needy region of the world. To purchase, send a check to the Christian Information Network at 11025 State Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 Phone: (719)522-1040 or fax them a credit card at (719)548-9000. See their Web Site: http://www.christian-info.com. They also have tapes from the “Praying With Power Conference,” February 12-15, 1997. Through them, you can learn how prayer is transforming the lives of people in the 10/40 Window — and is altering the course of world history! Available in audio and video. Contact CIN CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom for a complete list of tapes and prices, but basically, you can get single audio tapes for $5, single videotapes for $20, a 12-tape audio set for $55, a 36-tape video set for $165, as well as complete sets for a bit more. Titles include sessions like, Prayer Sessions for the 10/40 Window Nations, China and Asia Update, Prayer Mobilization, Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window-Emeka Nwankpa (Nigeria), Training The Leaders in the Mission Field, Church Planting Strategy, and many many more.

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WE’VE MOVED!
Isn’t it amazing that with email addresses, you never have to worry about from where the person is writing? Our family moved from Cincinnati to Louisville this past Saturday (and there are still stacks upon stacks of boxes everywhere! :-( ) but — with email, for the most part, you never have to worry about the physical locations of your senders! Give me email any day! (More Brigada Today next week, after the boxes get unpacked a bit more! :-))

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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

At http://www.brigada.org on the web, you can see tons more.

(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. 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.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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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!

19970615 Brigada Today

Now with 5672 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* WANT TO SAVE $1800?
* UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
* WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
* PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
* WE’VE MOVED!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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WANT TO SAVE $1800?
Want to save $1800? Don’t attend GCOWE 97 which starts today, June 30, and runs for a week. Skip the 18-hour flight to South Africa and standing in food lines with 4,000 people from 130 countries. Instead, get daily highlights and feel you are a part of this cutting-edge missions conference by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg and putting
subscribe ad2-announce

on the first line of the message. If you want to really feel like you are there, visit the GCOWE 97 web site at http://www.ad2000.org. All virtual attendees are encouraged to pray that the physical attendees will rise to the challenge of Luis Bush to adopt the remaining 579 peoples still without a known church-planting effort. Wouldn’t Luis sleep well on the flight back to America if he knew that all 1,739 peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list had church-planting teams assigned to them?

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UPDATE ON “CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD”
O Last week’s item, CD-ROM “BEST PRICE OF THE YEAR” AWARD, generated quite a flurry of responses. We received this from the AD2000 & Beyond International Office: “Wow!!! What a great response in requesting the AD2000 CDs! We’re very encouraged by so much global interest. AD2000 apologizes that there was some miscommunication on our part in the availability and pricing of the CDs. We will begin shipping the CDs in early July. The $2 price was originally meant for volume orders only. All orders already taken will be honored at the $2 per disc price, however as of June 24, the following price scale is in effect:
1 to 3 discs – $5 each
4 to 10 discs – $4 each
11 to 15 discs – $3 each
16 or more discs – $2 each
Please forgive any inconvenience this may have caused. We hope this CD will still be of service to the Kingdom at what we feel are still very cost-effective prices. For more information or to order, contact the AD2000 office at:

AD2000 & Beyond Movement
2860 S. Circle Dr., Suite 2112
Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA
Phone: (719) 576-2000
Fax : (719) 576-2685
Email: infoatad2000dotorg

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM RUSSIA
The Russian Federation Duma this week approved a new law wiping out most of the religious freedom that the Russian people have recently obtained. In effect, only religious organizations registered during the Soviet period will remain. Hundreds of recently registered faiths, churches, seminaries, and charities will become illegal. Under the new law only Russian citizens are given the right to form registered or unregistered religious associations, including prayer groups. The law also increases government scrutiny of religious practices and beliefs, and groups can be shut down for a broad array of ideas and actions, including causing “social disorder”.
(Source: 6/19/97, Lauren Homer, President Law and Liberty Trust, 333 Maple Avenue East, Suite 1085, Vienna, VA 22180, FAX: 1-703-319-3625, E-mail: 75050dot3251atcompuservedotcom. More information is available at http://www.calebproject.org/pruss.htm. )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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WATCH THAT VACATION MAIL PLEASE
Here’s a note to all those with fancy email systems at their offices: “Watch that vacation mail, please!” Remember that if you set your email up with an auto-responder (“I’m on vacation until the 27th of July and will respond after that date.”), you’ll drive conference participants/owners crazy! :-) Most likely, the conference owner will have to manually unsubscribe you (as if they didn’t already have enough to do with normal maintenance). So please do your conference owner (and everyone else on your conference) a favor. If you’re going to do a “vacation mail,” unsubscribe from all conferences first.

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PERSONAL RESOURCES FOR POWERFUL PRAYER
Christian Information Network has an entire collection of prayer resources to help you transform your prayers for the world. First is the recently released WindoWatchman II. It contains valuable insights gained first hand from prayer journeyers who participated in Praying Through The Window II in October of 1995. You will also find a colorful pull-out map of the 10/40 Window, captivating photos, informational charts, statistics, and up-dates on ministries working in this very needy region of the world. To purchase, send a check to the Christian Information Network at 11025 State Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 Phone: (719)522-1040 or fax them a credit card at (719)548-9000. See their Web Site: http://www.christian-info.com. They also have tapes from the “Praying With Power Conference,” February 12-15, 1997. Through them, you can learn how prayer is transforming the lives of people in the 10/40 Window — and is altering the course of world history! Available in audio and video. Contact CIN CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom for a complete list of tapes and prices, but basically, you can get single audio tapes for $5, single videotapes for $20, a 12-tape audio set for $55, a 36-tape video set for $165, as well as complete sets for a bit more. Titles include sessions like, Prayer Sessions for the 10/40 Window Nations, China and Asia Update, Prayer Mobilization, Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window-Emeka Nwankpa (Nigeria), Training The Leaders in the Mission Field, Church Planting Strategy, and many many more.

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WE’VE MOVED!
Isn’t it amazing that with email addresses, you never have to worry about from where the person is writing? Our family moved from Cincinnati to Louisville this past Saturday (and there are still stacks upon stacks of boxes everywhere! :-( ) but — with email, for the most part, you never have to worry about the physical locations of your senders! Give me email any day! (More Brigada Today next week, after the boxes get unpacked a bit more! :-))

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

19970608 Brigada Today

Now with 5623 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* FOLLOW UP TO “SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?”
* THE NEED FOR MARATHON RUNNERS, NOT JUST SPRINTERS
* FOR THOSE GETTING STARTED LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE
* PRACTICAL STUDIES ON HINDUISM
* FOR THOSE WITH GREAT MISSIONS DREAMS
* CONTACT INFO. FOR LEARNING TESL/ESL
* THE TRUTH ABOUT “=3D” CODES IN COMPUSERVE
* WHAT OTHER MOVIES CAN TEACH SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE ‘TASK’
* NOW YOU CAN STUDY CHINESE ON THE INTERNET
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
* PRAYER INFO. ON JAPAN
* TYPO FROM LAST WEEK IN “GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE”
* GET AUDIO HELP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
* FLOOD OF RESPONSES FROM LAST WEEK’S, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
* THE TRUTH ABOUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III
* A HAT TRICK & A CRACKED RIB: FAIR TRADE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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FOLLOW UP TO “SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?”
Remember the 16 of May Brigada Today and its item, ” SO WHERE …”??? We’re still getting mail on that one. The question dealt with how to come up with enough workers to meet the needs of the least reached. One reader headed to Central/Eastern Europe pointed out this past week that maybe the problem isn’t so much with finding workers, but rather with finding the funds! For example, this reader knew of 6 willing workers, ready to depart, who didn’t have a clue where funds would originate! So maybe we need a simultaneous push to develop the sending base while we look for ‘goers’! As a matter of fact, that’s the conclusion we’ve come to in our own mission mobilization efforts (PACE and Team Expansion). We’re trying to facilitate the staging of these “Pit-Stops” to call forth churches who will adopt unreached peoples, then help them draw up solid plans as to how to pull off a major outreach among the unreached. (Next Pit-Stops are in Raleigh, Sept. 19-20, contact johnddotwilliamsatcplcdotcom for registration; then Tulsa, Oct. 10, contact wbirney11ataoldotcom for registration; we’re working on one for central IL for Oct. 17-18.)

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THE NEED FOR MARATHON RUNNERS, NOT JUST SPRINTERS
One of my best friends in all the world happens to be working right now to open up operations in a new field in Asia. He wrote this past week, “I feel so puny over here. The challenge is so HUGE! Less than 1% know the redemption story. I think, man, we need 1000 PACE projects here alone! This is a place where we can really be creative too. Everyone can have a part in one way or another.”

He continued, “I stayed all night with a man who though at a young age of 52, knows 10 languages, has been very instrumental in the translation of a Bible in his mother tongue for his people, and has together with his group of friends started 40 + churches in … [a ‘creative access’ country]. I couldn’t help but feel real puny going before the Lord that night!”

“What a passion! A shining light.”

He went on, “I met a lady today….who committed to mission service in 1951. Wow! The marathon runners are so few today…I am so thankful that I have been able to meet several before they pass on. Their works have been done in relative silence with little fan fare, and this lady will probably be here till the Lord comes back or till He takes her home — a medical clinic, a dormitory ministry so tribals can go to school, a “guest room”, leadership training center, outreach to rescue girls before they get into prostitution, ministry to the aids victims! Incredible. They say 200,000 will be orphaned in the next 5 years due to both parents dying of aids! If she were younger (76) she would start an orphanage. Who will God raise up??”

My buddy’s right about the marathon runner thing. There has been such an exciting emphasis on short-term missions (which is good) that we wonder where we’ll come up with those who can invest the 5 years it’ll take to learn some of these languages!!! (Internationals working side by side with mission senders, in at least a portion of the cases, we trust!) We’d all better pray that at least 1 in 5 short-termers decides to go back for the long haul — and I’m not just talking about 5 years! We need some 20+ year people!

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FOR THOSE GETTING STARTED LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE
And for those who want to become marathoners :-) Kerstin Hack (our German correspondent, you’ll recall :-)), recommends a www page offering all sorts of free or cheap electronic language learning programmes (anything from Arabic to Russian). http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~bear/Language-Page.html. Check it out!

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PRACTICAL STUDIES ON HINDUISM
The India Center for Mission (at the U.S. Center for World Mission) is sponsoring a shortened Hindu Studies Institute this summer, from July 5-11, 1997 (Weekend and weeknights). Topics include: Hinduism in India, Philosophical, Popular and Bhakti Hinduism, the New Age, Sikhism, Folk, Hinduism, etc. Approximately 24 hours of teaching. Dr. Vern Middleton, and Rev. Premkumar Dharmaraj will do the teaching. Exec. Director Greg Parsons invites all, “Come and get a week of practical knowledge on how to reach Hindus!” For more information, I’m sure Greg will be glad to forward your mail to the correct department… :-) gregdotparsonsatuscwmdotorg.

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FOR THOSE WITH GREAT MISSIONS DREAMS
Have great missions dreams? Find out how to help your church be effective in reaching those dreams at the ACMC Mid-Western National Conference, July 24-26 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Elmbrook Church is hosting this 3-day powerhouse full of practical “how to” workshops on how to do missions effectively in the local church. For a brochure e-mail David Mays, ACMC, 102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom or call 317-842-0348.

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CONTACT INFO. FOR LEARNING TESL/ESL
(/) Will you ever forgive me for not including contact information for the tesl course mentioned last week? :-) (“NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL”) Sorry! Edic4leiataoldotcom should do it! Thanks for those who took time to seek it out! Instead of TESL, I’d better brush up on my composition! :-)

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THE TRUTH ABOUT “=3D” CODES IN COMPUSERVE
I mean CIS. (Yikes, why’d they go and change their name to the name of a commonwealth that stretches halfway around the globe through 13 time zones!!!) Apparently =3D the reason we =3D see weird codes in Compuserve (I mean CIS) =3D these days has to =3D do with something called =3D “quoted printable.” If you’d like to take action, one reader suggested that you switch to a MIME compatible email client (which is supposed to decode these things; trouble is, if someone without a MIME client forwards an already mangled message to you, your MIME client is silent, which, by the way, is exactly what most real MIME clients should do anyway, right? :-)), or more simply, just ask people not to send text as quoted-printable (an option in all Internet browsers and email software). Otherwise, you can simply live with it (Now there’s a novel thought!). According to Wayne W. McDougall systematcodeworksdotgendotnz, “you can read it after a while, especially when you know why and what it is about.”

Yikes.
Maybe Wayne works for some kind of secret agent firm or something? :-)
=3D here, =3D there. Here a =3D, there a =3D everywhere a =3D.
Maybe we should just go back to straight ASCII. Who needs all those fancy fonts ANYWAY! :-)
Kind of like a hiccups. =3D Excuse me.

Also, if you’re a Cserver and would like to try switching back to the “oldmail” system, just to see if that helps, the go word is “NPX32” not “Mpx32” as previously mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Thanks David.

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WHAT OTHER MOVIES CAN TEACH SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT ABOUT THE ‘TASK’
Bennett Sloan bdotsloanatjunodotcom liked the idea of using Preacher’s Wife WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”; in last week’s edition of Brigada Today). In fact, he’d like to start a little collection of movies that can teach something, then post the list here for everyone to see. If you have an idea, send it to Bennett with the title, source (unless you can rent it at the corner video store), and the way you’d suggest using it. For example, Bennett pointed to The God’s Must Be Crazy “which is about the adventures of a pygmy bushman trying to return a Coke bottle that drops out of the sky and disrupts their idyllic existence. People learn about another world view, that has much to commend it.” When you send the note, please use the Internet form of underlining the movie title (see examples above) if possible, to save some time reformatting! Thanks! Don’t forget about regular “teaching videos” or mobilization films too! Bennett, we’re counting down the weeks ’til you send us the compilation!

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NOW YOU CAN STUDY CHINESE ON THE INTERNET
… and without the =3D Chinese characters! :-) Well — sort of. Wheaton College Graduate School and the Institute for Chinese Studies have combined to put together “INTR 683: CHRISTIANITY & CHINA: ISSUES IN MISSIONS & CHURCH HISTORY.” It’ll happen starting this week, June 18 – August 14, 1997, with Brent Fulton as the primary instructor. Doug Milford dougdotmilfordatwheatondotedu wrote, “This is a two semester-hour credit, graduate level course combining the convenience of self-study with the benefits of ongoing interaction made possible through e-mail communication. Taped lectures and course materials will be mailed in advance. Then students will proceed through the material and interact with one another and with the instructors via e-mail.” Sounds great! For more info., contact gradextenatwheatondotedu but better do it today!

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CHAD
Pierre Guelmbaye, leader of Gospel Recordings Chad, was robbed and injured as he traveled back from Nigeria by way of Cameroon. Although he was hospitalized for two weeks with head injuries, Pastor Pierre was already making plans for more distributions. His only concern about the mugging was apparently how he would pay for the medical treatment. Of the 160 people groups in Chad only 22 have gospel recordings and 120 are considered unreached.
(Source: Global Recordings Network e-mail info and prayer requests, 29 May 97 GloReNetatcompuservedotcom or http://users.aol.com/glorenet/, and IMB Status of World Evangelization Database, 1996.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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PRAYER INFO. ON JAPAN
The Japan Evangelical Missionary Association (JEMA) which represents over 1300 evangelical missionaries and 44 agencies working in Japan, has just published a daily prayer guide for Japan. Entitled OPERATION JAPAN, it is available in both Japanese and English. 152 pages. Apparently it is full of statistics, background facts and little known knowledge about Japan, prefecture by prefecture. The English version is $7.90 ($6.90 for ten or more copies) The Japanese version is $10.40 (I guess those characters are harder to draw??? :-)) For more info. contact jemsaacfataoldotcom.

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TYPO FROM LAST WEEK IN “GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE”
(/) If you’ve been trying to write the GCOWE rep. who told us about the great prayer response, better write Bennie Mostert and crew at nupsaatglobaldotcodotza. Sorry for any trouble that typo caused! Must have been something I ate… or something I failed to eat maybe! :-)

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GET AUDIO HELP FOR TEACHING ENGLISH
Now you can get customized help for teaching English as a second language from Audio Scripture Ministries. Apparently you tell them what 2nd language you’re working with and they customize the package! They’ve got two-pocket albums for $5.95 postpaid. (10 or more are only $3.95 each postpaid.) The price is right. Includes a cassette entitled “The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived” in English (NIV) in the one pocket and this same cassette in the student’s language in the second pocket along with a printed booklet of the content on the English language tape. The cassette is an arrangement of selected passages from the Gospels which accurately and compellingly portray the main events in the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Sounds pretty cool!

For more information contact,
Audio Scripture Ministries
P. O. Box 460634, Escondido, CA 92046-0634.
E-mail asm-caatxcdotorg
WWW: http://www.audioscriptures.org/asm.

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FLOOD OF RESPONSES FROM LAST WEEK’S, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
Yikes. I think we touched on a nerve! :-) We received a flood of responses from Brigada participants who could relate to last week’s item, “WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH?” Testimonies ranged from those who said that they appreciated the “3-block” orientation (if you generally work morning and afternoon, you try to take off the evening; if you work in the evening, try to take off the morning; you get the picture) to those who said they had been trying for years to get a handle on that kind of thing. Many appreciated the Preacher’s Wife parable — and not a single reader took us to task for utilizing a secular movie to make a spiritual point! :-) One “home missionary” (who serves in an agency headquarters office) reported reality, however, when he shared the demands of his day. With children, homework, reading to the young ones that he loves, etc., we gathered that he almost feels he starts a second job when he gets home at night! He was open to input… but I’m not sure anything will ease the burden for parents with small children who need care. The bottom line is that we need to pray hard that God will enable us to “stay the course” during those times when others (like our kids) need us at those special times. And to be fair to our employers, we probably need to log 8 hours/day average for them… but we probably also need to learn to not feel guilty if we use remaining hours for family, friends, and our own personal/spiritual needs. Whew. Covey and Day-timer notwithstanding, that is not an easy task. If you’ve got a secret potion or even simple advice for this Brigada participant, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the Subject line reading
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

and we’ll see what’s out there. Thanks!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III
Last week, we wondered out loud, “WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?” Several responses came in and rather than try to report on the varied opinions, we just compiled them together for you to read for yourself. You can retrieve the 10k file by sending a message to with only the words,
get brigada ptw3lets

in the text of you email message.

Now here’s an imponderable. Why in the world do we use “aren’t” with the word “I”? I mean just say it out loud. I aren’t a bit impressed with the English language, are you? :-) Aren’t I supposed to use aren’t with “I”??? Yikes. No wonder we need special courses! :-)

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A HAT TRICK & A CRACKED RIB: FAIR TRADE
This past Wednesday night, I had a ball… literally! It was the final night for our adult soccer league here in Northern Kentucky. Throughout the evening, I’ll admit I felt a little extra “gusto” and probably played with a bit more energy, just because I knew it was the last game of the season. And believe it or not, for the first time in my life, I took home what soccer players call a “hat trick” — 3 goals scored by the same player in one game. (Keep in mind that part of the reason for my celebration is that I’ve really only been playing soccer for 3 seasons — so forgive my gushing please; I’m really on a U-12 level! :-)). First came a header to the far post off a serve from the left wing, then a quick turnaround shot to the inside, from 6 yards out, and then the most exciting goal of all, a full volley taken first touch out of the air, again from the left winger, with the outside of my right foot (I was facing the winger with my right side toward the goal). It snapped just inside the far post into the side of the net, like lightning. Call it luck or just being in the right place at the right time… either way, the keeper didn’t have a chance on that last one.

But the game didn’t come without cost. About halfway through the first half, when I was really getting jazzed by all the excitement, I took on their center forward and ended up in a head-on collision with him. He didn’t slow down a bit when he saw me coming up to try to steal the ball. Now perhaps that wouldn’t have been so bad except for the fact that this particular forward is 6’4″ and looks something like that “incredible hulk” guy that used to be on late-night syndicated TV. You know . . . the one with the rip in the back of his shirt? I bounced off his clinched fist, pinned against his rib cage, and in that one fleeting moment, saw my lungs pass before my eyes. Yikes. It was a nice effort, but a dumb idea. My stop at the family doctor the following day confirmed my worst fears — I have a nasty cracked rib as a souvenir of a really fun game. :-)

Later that day, I was emailing a friend about the game and I found myself saying, “Ya know, I’d play the whole game over again, fractured rib and all, because I’d never scored three goals before in one game.” For a moment, as those words left my fingers, I thought I must be crazy. And then I realized, we human beings are pretty strange. (Well — at least this one is. :-)) We’ll take calculated risks for something we love. We’ll endure critical shortages, extreme hardships, and outlandish pain — if we reckon that the payoff justifies the reward. Don’t believe it? Just take a look at that baby in the crib at night, as she is deep in sleep. Touch his leg and reach within your soul and I think you’ll agree — you’d probably jump out in front of any maddened assailant to save your little bundle’s life. Without hesitation. Why? You judge that it’s worth it. (Okay, I admit it. The baby analogy works better with some people than the soccer story, right? :-))

That’s why I’m sometimes a bit confused when I hear the “it-was-God’s-will-that-we-quit” theology. You know the line. “We looked for God to open a door, but we just couldn’t get into the country under present conditions, so we’ve scuttled our plans. Or try this one… “We tried to get that correspondence course printed, but with all the barriers we ran into, we finally concluded it just wasn’t God’s will.” Or imagine this one? “We tried to make a go of our marriage; but all the constant bickering proved to me that it just wasn’t God’s will that we stay together.”

I don’t think so.

You see, I learned Wednesday night, we can’t blame my broken rib on the game — or “Lou Ferigno” (the forward). :-) We place the blame exactly where it belongs: player inexperience. (Mine!) I didn’t have to collide. It was a choice I made — and probably a pretty bad one. But the funny part is, I still would have played the game, even if I knew the collision was coming!!! And the scores? The truth is, there were other players on my team tons more talented than I. But not all of them scored goals. In fact, few did. So what is it that results in goals? Why do some people manage to crack the ball in the net while others don’t? Well in my case, I tell you what — it wasn’t raw talent and grace. Believe me. ! I think it was more a matter of hustle. You know what I mean. You’ve just run all the way back to your own defensive third to help ward off a “numbers up” attack, when all of a sudden, your favorite winger gets the ball and everybody else is huffing and puffing (it’s basically an over-30 league! :-)) and you know that no one but the winger is running toward the attacking third. Well what do you do? You reach down deep within your body and summon up some kind of remaining breath and you race the winger to the goal so you’ll be there when the winger crosses the ball to the center. You’ve got to. Your winger is counting on someone to be there. Your team is counting on you. And besides, you love the game.

So see — it’s not that the game is too hard. It’s not that the other team is faster. It’s not that the weather was threatening. It all boils down to this: How bad to you want to be down there at the edge of the 6-yard box when that pass comes in from the side.

That’s what it boils down to: How bad do you want it.

So — cracked ribs and all — give me Wednesday night’s game. We won 7-6. But who really cares about the score. We had a blast. And that’s what made it fun.

And so what’s your challenge? A new country to enter? A translation to do? A marriage to salvage? Another day of language learning? How bad do you really want it to happen. And in spite of cracked ribs, or threatening weather, are you willing to huff, and puff, and summon up some breath from a piece of lung-real estate that you didn’t know you had? If not, you can blame it on “God’s will” if you want, but you’ll never be able to be sure, this side of that final goal line in the sky. :-) Only God knows. And He never tells. But if you persist (like the widow with the unjust judge — or like Moses when he pleaded for grace for the people of Israel) apparently, God isn’t always so “negative” after all!

Wow — a “hat trick.” Traded for a cracked rib. In my book, that’s a fair trade! :-) How bad do you want it?

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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!

19970601 Brigada Today

Now with 5597 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
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In this issue….

* GET A LIST OF BRIGADA CONFERENCES
* QUICK AND EASY EMAIL BROCHURE ON BRIGADA
* LIBRARY TO GO IS READY TO GET
* LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A FAMOUS TENTMAKING AUTHOR
* ARE YOUR “MISSIONARY KIDS” READY FOR REENTRY?
* JUST WHEN I WAS EXCITED ABOUT CSERVE’S UPGRADE…
* FOLLOW-UP TO “TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”
* FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SHARE CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS, SEE YOU AT CIU!
* NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL
* WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?
* DONDE SE PUEDE ENCONTRAR “MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHIES” EN ESPANOL?
* ASIA FELLOWSHIP WANTS PRAYER HELPS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE THROUGH PERSECUTION
* GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE IN PREP. FOR GCOWE
* HOW DO YOU SPELL DISCIPLE??? HOW ‘BOUT STARTING WITH PRAYER?
* WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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GET A LIST OF BRIGADA CONFERENCES
You can get an instant list of all Brigada conferences at any time, 24 hours/day, compiled “real-time”, by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
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in the text of the message. Then you could pick out the conferences you’d like to join! A one-liner description for each is provided for your info. And just think — every last one is free! :-)

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QUICK AND EASY EMAIL BROCHURE ON BRIGADA
At any time, you can also pick up a quick-and-easy email-able brochure on Brigada by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
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LIBRARY TO GO IS READY TO GET
We think you’ll like the great start that Brigada participants have provided for on-site workers! To receive a file stocked full of electronic resources for cross-cultural church planters, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
get brigada library-to-go

in the text of the message. There are dozens of options. If you decide to add to the file, or suggest a change, write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the words,
LIBRARY TO GO

in you subject line, please. We regret that we cannot process changes sent in other forms.

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LAST CHANCE TO BECOME A FAMOUS TENTMAKING AUTHOR
We asked last week for input on the tentmaking article (” WRITERS WANTED FOR PROPOSED FRONTIER MISSIONS ARTICLE”) and several responses have come in, but we could use some more! The deal is, a writer for a major journal is seeking an article from Brigada Today with the title, THE INTERNET: TENTMAKERS’ COFFEESHOP FOR THE NINETIES. There will be sections on “security, potential, and the future of the Internet and tentmaking.” Please send your ideas/paragraphs/quote to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line,
TENTMAKING ARTICLE

All input must be received no later than June 9. Give any personal examples of how the Internet has helped you prepare for, implement, or survive/thrive in tentmaking ministry. Talk about your fears for security on the Internet, give your favorite horror story :-) or even talk about what you see happening in the future. Thanks!

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ARE YOUR “MISSIONARY KIDS” READY FOR REENTRY?
Just found a brochure on my desk for “Are you Ready for Reentry?,” a seminar for sons and daughters of missionaries by http://www.barnabas.org/ Barnabas International and others. They’re doing one on the East Coast July 14-25, ’97 in PA, and one on the West Coast, July 29-Aug. 9 at Biola. For info, contact them at 75453dot2464atcompuservedotcom,
PO Box 11211
Rockford, IL 61126
phone 815-395-1335
fax 815-395-1385.

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JUST WHEN I WAS EXCITED ABOUT CSERVE’S UPGRADE…
I was all set to make sure you had noticed that CompuServe (now officially “CSI” — guess they have some sponsorship from the former Soviet Union??? :-)) had finally gotten with Internet standards. Users can upgrade at any time now by typing in “go newmail” while online and with the new mailbox that will be created, they can then receive attachments in the same manner as everybody else on the Internet. (Previously, if you “attached” a file to a message, then sent it to a Cserver, the file was stripped at Cserve’s Internet gateway.) Now just when I was about to be excited about that, DavidHousholderatxcdotorg wrote with news that somehow, when the user executes this new mail software, his messages sometimes fill with “=” and “3D.” I had noticed these strange symbols in some of my friends’ emails lately, but hadn’t caught the link to Cserve! Now the most recent news (and this is insider stuff — highly confidential — top secret — a Brigada Today exclusive! :-)) from David is that if users don’t trust the new mailbox software, they can use a little publicized backdoor that allows people who have changed to newmail to get back into oldmail. He said use the GO word “MPX-32.” As of last night, David was still unsure about the whole process — but the bottom line is that not everything Cservey is rosey at this point. If you’d rather switch than fight, check your yellow pages for a list of real Internet Service Providers. :-)

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FOLLOW-UP TO “TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”
In last week’s Brigada Today, we described a couple of programs that allow you to talk “live” with a friend on the Internet (” TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET”). One reader (“Greg Fletcher” fletchatjms09dotjetondotordotjp wrote in to comment, “I had a look at those sites, but none seemed to compare to ICQ. Have a look at http://www.mirabilis.com . They have a great program that notifies users when friends/acquaintances (selected by the user) are online. It will also do “pager” messages that pop up when the addressee goes online next, launch chat, voice chat, game, and other external programs and link users together to use those programs. They also have a “White Pages” that to look up people who use the software.” Shew! What’ll they think of next!?

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FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO SHARE CHRIST WITH MUSLIMS, SEE YOU AT CIU!
From June 2 through August 8, Muslim Studies courses are being offered at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam, Planting Churches in Resistant Areas and Islamic Theology are each two weeks long. They can be taken for credit or audit. If you have any questions, call Dr. Warren Larson, 1-800-777-2227, Extension 3483.

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NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO LEARN TESL/ESL
Been wanting to brush up on your TESL skills? (Teaching English as a Second Language) Summer ESL Institutes will be held in Tulsa, OK – June 9-14; Philadelphia, PA. – June 23-28; San Diego, CA. – July 14-19 and Santa Rosa, CA (the Bay Area), July 28-Aug. 2. They will train participants in a new Bible-based ESL curriculum, “Passport to the World of English.” (I asked for details and they told me it was just completed last November!) The one-week course also includes: how to begin an ESL mission outreach in your community from your church; Coordination leadership of an ESL outreach; Finding resources for tutors; Pronunciation, Rhythm and Intonation and music; and lots of other goodies. Tuition & materials: $115, housing and meals extra according to the location attending. Supposedly, it was designed for volunteers to use, so it is very user friendly. With the audio tapes, which include music, students can practice alone between class sessions. Sounds like a great deal!!! Wish I could go!

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WHY AREN’T I HEARING MUCH ABOUT OCTOBER?
Is it just my imagination, or does it seem that we aren’t hearing as much about the October “Praying Through the Window III” campaign as we have in previous PTW thrusts? Now granted… maybe it’s just my imagination, but we hope this isn’t indicative of a loss of interest anywhere…. If you’ve got an opinion, send it to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with only the words
PTW3 in the subject line. Make sure you note if you’d rather remain anonymous — just in case you say something quote-worthy! :-) And by the way, if you’d like a list of the people groups to be featured in this October’s PTW campaign, just send a message to hubatxcdotorg that reads,
get brigada ptw3-peoples

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DONDE SE PUEDE ENCONTRAR “MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHIES” EN ESPANOL?
Jon would like to know. Where in the world are all the missionary biographies in Spanish? If you’ve got an inkling on this one, write him in Ecuador at ekbladatuiodotuiodotsatnetdotnet and he’ll send us a compiled list. He’s afraid it’ll be woefully short. :-(

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ASIA FELLOWSHIP WANTS PRAYER HELPS
This seems like a simple enough request. But what do we give him? Blake fmm_personnelatjunodotcom has an international consultation coming up in which he’ll need to lead prayer times each day on each major religious bloc (Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Animism, Nominal Christians). They are looking for some resources that could help guide their prayer time. He’s willing to send us a compiled list once he assembles it. Please drop him a line with your recommendations at fmm_personnelatjunodotcom.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE THROUGH PERSECUTION
God’s church is continuing to grow in the Middle East, despite complications and persecution. One of the Bible League’s teams recently delivered 60 tons of Scripture into the region, saying the hardships they endured in the process point to great things about to happen. The group has now received a request for 20-thousand Armenian Bibles and three times as many New Testaments for distribution in Syria, Lebanon, and Armenia. Also, PrayerWave Asia, based out of Singapore, kicks off July 1, calling for the Asian Church to unite in a chorus of prayer on behalf of the hundreds of unreached people groups who haven’t heard the Gospel message.
(Source: Mission Network News, Wednesday, June 4, 1997, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news/news.html )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna , Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA.

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GREAT PRAYER RESPONSE IN PREP. FOR GCOWE
Benny Mostert bennieatcisdotcodotza wrote us this past week to report that he had an excellent response from many parts of the world from those requesting the 44 day prayer guide (1 June – 14 July) for GCOWE ’97. People still wanting to be part of this and want to give the information to their church prayer networks or other prayer groups can contact us at nupsaatglocaldotcodotza. Benny reported, “Momentum is building for this very strategic conference. This may be the last of these type of conferences this century.” Benny added, “This conference is going to take place in the midst of a remarkable prayer awakening in many parts of South Africa. People are praying for revival as never before.”

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HOW DO YOU SPELL DISCIPLE??? HOW ‘BOUT STARTING WITH PRAYER?
How do you sustain long term effective prayer for unreached people groups? How will the thousands of churches which have agreed to pray for the Joshua Project 2000 list stay committed? How can you increase prayer for the 10/40 Window this October? Well according to the Raleigh office of the US Center for World Mission, the answer to all these questions is simple: “Disciple’s Prayer Life.” That’s a 5-Day training course to help you teach Disciple’s Prayer Life and/or greatly enrich your prayer life during this week of August 11-15, 1997 at Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. Sponsored by the Southeast Regional Office-USCWM (see the add in the June issue of Mission Frontiers), it’s $75 (includes materials, refreshments and one lunch, but doesn’t include housing). Space is limited. For more information email bsuscwmseataoldotcom and put
PrayerLife-your city

in the subject line or call 919-787-3821, speak slowly while leaving name and address to receive brochure.

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WHEN IS “ENOUGH ENOUGH?”
In ministry-oriented jobs, it seems there’s always something else demanding our attention. Penny (have I told you about my beautiful wife, Penny?) just rented a movie called Preacher’s Wife, starring Whitney Houston. Honestly, the movie almost seems to land somewhere between It’s a Wonderful Life, Touched by an Angel, a Promise-Keepers Sunday night video, and Ghost (but without the sultry love scenes :-)). Well, maybe I’m reading just a bit into it. But not much. The plot revolves around a preacher who has seemingly “lost his first love” in more ways than one. So this angel drops in (pretty much literally) and, well, gets a bit side-tracked at times with the pretty preacher’s wife. (Now that I write about it, it sounds pretty zany.) At the church, he is feeling like a failure, with faltering numbers and no visible opportunities for growth. And at home, his marriage is a wreck. His wife (Whitney — man can she sing!) is feeling pretty underwhelmed with their relationship. She isn’t looking to leave or anything… just weary with his 12-hour days and 7-day work weeks. He’s always missing appointments to meet her and their son at the park and he forgets about “dates” and trades them off for hospital calls.

As I thought about the fact that this movie was produced by media-types in Hollywood, it dawned on me that they, too, must sense a real “conflict of interest” for men and women in Christian service. The producers do a fairly good job of showing the preacher in a good light. He isn’t having an affair with the organist… and the choir director is his own wife! :-) In fact, during one of Houston’s songs in which she’s reflecting back on their earlier love, the scenes cut over to glimpses of the preacher doing really cool things like serving in a soup kitchen and praying for the sick in nursing homes — and those are pictured in a positive light! In fact, over all, the writers set him up in a pretty positive light throughout the whole movie.

But still, something’s unnerving about the fact that the world knows how hard of a time we have achieving balance. We’re supposed to be loving people, in love with our families, setting the pace on care for our children while we set the pace on care for the sick and the imprisoned. So — when is enough enough? How do we know when to say “uncle!”

As much as I hate to admit it (why do we men hate to admit that our wives know more than we do! :-)), it seems the answer can usually be found in the heart of the female. It almost seems that God has given them this magical barometer for a heart. They know when the magic in marriage is gone… and they know what it would take to get it back, if we’ll just listen. At first, it goes against our nature to hear their pleas for “more time” or “more help” at home. But, as one of our Team Expansion missionaries in Caracas told me a few years ago, once we see the “glory” returning to their faces, it’s well worth the energy and love we invest in rebuilding the relationship.

And how do we achieve balance without going too far (cheating “the company” by taking too much time off? :-)), strangely enough, it seems that once the wife is convinced that she’s first — before job, career, and everything else (second only to one’s personal relationship to God), then she willingly ‘shares’ her mate with the world! Pragmatically speaking, I won’t claim to have an answer, but some of our best missionaries tell me that they focus on tracking their time by looking at the day in 3 “blocks” (morning, afternoon, and evening). According to this model, if you’re spending two blocks per day, 5 or 6 days per week, you’re doing great. If you feel yourself hitting several “3-block” days in a row, better slow down, for everyone’s sake. (And by the way, if you feel you’re only doing 1-block days, or only hitting 4 days instead of 5 or 6, then consider having a heart-to-heart talk with your team leader about how you can build back up to “critical mass” for your ministry’s sake. But for some reason, that’s usually not the problem — for some reason, we’re more likely to cheat our spouses than the ministry. What does that say to our wives about where they stack up in the pecking order?)

So what’s the bottom line?? Balance. Finding that critical balance where we’re serving 2 “blocks” per day, 5 or 6 days per week and giving families the attention and investment they deserve and need, in order to be fruitful and effective for the long haul.

That’s all I’ve got to say about that. :-)

Epilogue: I won’t tell you how Preacher’s Wife ends. Who knows. Maybe you’ll rent it someday??? :-)

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19970525 Brigada Today

As of May 22, there were 5618 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING ON TAPE
* LAST CHANCE FOR “LIBRARY TO GO”
* RESPONSES TO “HOW DO YOU FILE BRIGADA”
* WRITERS WANTED FOR PROPOSED FRONTIER MISSIONS ARTICLE
* PERUSE THE PUNJAB
* HOW TO ADVERTISE BRIGADA TODAY
* GREAT PRICE ON NEW MISSIONS BOOK – FREE!
* TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET
* SITE FOR MALAY EYES
* NEED A PRINTER? LOOK NO FURTHER
* DOWNLOAD AN EMAIL “BOMM” AND SEE MISSION MOBILIZATION EXPLODE
* DOES PGP RAISE YOUR PROFILE? “GET” THE ANSWER
* DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ALGERIA
* GOT GOOD DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS IN PORTUGUESE?
* HONEST I WAS ONLY KIDDING!
* CALLING ALL MISSION PROFESSORS
* CALLING ALL MISSION TRAINERS
* WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF GOOD SLEUTHING
* 700+ UNREACHED PEOPLES PROFILES NOW AVAILABLE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING ON TAPE
Over 40 participants came together this past weekend for training with Shane Bennett on the why, what, and how of prayer journeys and with PACE reps. for how to do a PACE Project among an unreached people group. What great reviews the prayer journey training received, as part of Pit-Stop Louisville! AND for no extra charge (the training cost $10!), Shane included some basics on doing research during the experience too! Thank goodness David Dunlap 104165dot2242atcompuservedotcom was there to try to get the whole thing on tape! (David used to work for ABC and currently does freelancing with Jesus Film project and Good News Production.) Write him if you’d like a video copy. He’ll work something out, I hope. :-) Dave’ll give you a fair price on the cost of the tapes — and … maybe those requesting tapes can add in a $5 gift to Shane and Caleb Project. Dave’ll collect any gifts and send them on to Shane to help him keep doing traveling and training for future teams! Sound okay Dave?

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LAST CHANCE FOR “LIBRARY TO GO”
Those reference books on CD-ROM just keep on coming! This past week we received news on works by Clarke, Luther, Spurgeon, Nave, White, Bonds, Carradine, Fox, AND collections by Calvin, Finney, Moody, Owen, John Wesley, AND biographies on Bunyan, Clarke, Finney, Moody, Muller, Taylor & Wesley, AND final word on the entire Expositors Bible Commentary on CD-ROM as well! As a result, we’re taking one last week to ask for any more additions (so I don’t have to spend the next couple of weeks re-posting the file!!! :-)). But this time we’re serious — only one final week to respond! If you have a favorite CD-ROM resource that you figure some missionary could use in the field and you haven’t already submitted it, just email the title, order information, and a brief paragraph description to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line reading:
LIBRARY TO GO

(Only items with those exact words in the subject line will be included in a new source file in the Brigada file archive beginning next week!) Don’t forget to include price and source! This will [seriously] be the last week for collection — so rattle those keyboards and get your CD titles in today!

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RESPONSES TO “HOW DO YOU FILE BRIGADA”
Seems like the best solutions are simple solutions — and your answers on how you file previous Brigada Today issues were no exception. Some “select”, copy and paste the entire issue into a big WinWord text file. Whenever they want to find a particular kind of resource, they can then do a “find” in that archive (hundreds and hundreds of pages if you were to include each issue since Feb. 18, ’95). Others make each issue into a separate text file and place them all in the same subdirectory, then use a utility to search the contents of that subdirectory for a text string. Don’t forget you can also browse http://www.brigada.org where Bob Mayhew has designed and constructed (as a labor of love, I might add — he receives no pay) a lightning search engine for previous Brigada Today issues. Alternatively, you could use one of the new “web-bot” web downloaders to download the entire Brigada Today portion of the Brigada Today web site and take it with you on your next missions weekend, in case questions come up “on the road.” Finally, don’t forget that, quietly and patiently in the background, we’ve archived each and every Brigada Today for you as an archive file on the hub. To get previous issues, first send an email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
filelist brigada

You’ll receive a complete list of file names for past Brigada Today issues along with other files archived throughout the past couple of years.
To retrieve any past issue, you can always use the same approach:
Get brigada brigada-today.970530

Swap out the date code at the end with the date of the issue you’re wanting to retrieve — for example…
Get brigada brigada-today.950825

That line would get you the issue which introduced the original People Group Consultant database online… You get the idea. All those files will then come to you as emails and you can archive and sort to your heart’s content. Or use hard copies to wallpaper the den! Flies won’t land on past issues of Brigada Today. Try it! :-) Guaranteed or your money back! :-)

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WRITERS WANTED FOR PROPOSED FRONTIER MISSIONS ARTICLE
A writer for a major journal is seeking an article from Brigada Today with the title, THE INTERNET: TENTMAKERS’ COFFEESHOP FOR THE NINETIES. The description runs something like, “In the old days, friends used to gather at coffeeshop counters to talk about common struggles, interests, and discoveries. The practice hasn’t changed, but the venue has! The Internet is proving to be the most effective, efficient, and productive meeting grounds for the nineties.” The proposal is to look at sections on “security, potential, and the future of the Internet and tentmaking.” If you’d like to contribute a paragraph or section to the article, send your ideas/paragraphs/quote to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line,
TENTMAKING ARTICLE
and we’ll try to include something from your quote and try to credit you in the byline (unless you ask to remain anonymous). It just might be that this article could end up being the record-setting article for “most authors to any one journal article” — 5500+!!! :-) All input must be received no later than June 9. Give any personal examples of how the Internet has helped you prepare for, implement, or survive/thrive in tentmaking ministry. Talk about your fears for security on the Internet, give your favorite horror story :-) or even talk about what you see happening in the future. This will be a great experiment — and perhaps you’ll even be able to read the article in the journal in the tentmaking issue in which it will appear! So don’t delay! Send your ideas today!

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PERUSE THE PUNJAB
Here’s a new email conference ready to roar! Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples-punjabi

You’ll be able to receive or send out PRAYER REQUESTS and REPORTS related to ministries, among the Punjabi speaking peoples, learn of new MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES among Punjabis, NETWORK with others engaged in ministries to the Punjabis, and share MINISTRY RESOURCES you have developed or locate a ministry resource you need. Great job Joel!

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HOW TO ADVERTISE BRIGADA TODAY
One Brigada participant wrote this past week to ask us for an email “brochure” about Brigada. Yikes. I know it needs updated badly, but one could at least get the idea by sending the following line to hubatxcdotorg
info brigada

Thanks for asking! You could then use that text to relay or copy to anyone. Please do!

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GREAT PRICE ON NEW MISSIONS BOOK – FREE!
The price is right! Keith Doss keithdossatjunodotcom wrote this past week to tell us about Revolution in World Missions. He wrote, “The most important book I have read, after the Bible. The best missions mobilizing tool I know of–by far. Written by a man from India.” According to Keith, “Luis Bush, of AD2000 & Beyond Movement is excited about the above ministries plans, and that they have what it takes, and that they are living it out, and that they are penetrating the 10/40 Window. The book can be ordered through the Internet: http://www.gfa.org. I think the above comments by Luis Bush can be seen at the above address–look for the March/April, 1997 issue of their newsletter. They will ship the book to you free (limited shipping area–you might be asked to pay for shipping if you do not live in certain countries). Might be able to order from e-mail if you do not have Internet access. E-mail: infoatgfadotorg. Can’t lose on that offer folks!

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TALK TO YOUR BUDDY ON THE NET
Have you seen http://www.aol.com/buddylist/ ??? One reader (soon heading into the 10/40 Window, so wishes to remain anonymous) says AOL’s feature used to be for AOL only but now will work for anyone on the net. There are several utilities now available to do this… like http://www.ichat.com/ipage/index.html and http://pal.excite.com among several others. Problem is — your buddy has to be on at the same time. So — personally, I still prefer email. But several users are very excited about these capabilities so go have a look!

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SITE FOR MALAY EYES
Got a Malay friend? Send him/her to http://www.domini.org/spear/amalan.htm. The author told Brigada Today this past week, “…The Website in Muslimani Malay is now up on the Web. As of about ten minutes ago. The Malays are the world’s most unreached and restricted Muslim group of their size and yet have the most sophisticated Internet and computer industry in Asia. It is very simple and made up of 14 questions and answers about the beliefs and practices of Christians. … It was 26 years ago next month that I was put in prison for three months in Turkey for giving out a gospel tract. And now this.” Worth checking out.

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NEED A PRINTER? LOOK NO FURTHER
Looking for a printing and mailing resource for your newsletters and prayer letters? Consider Mission Services Association. They have done it for over 50 years. Do people actually still use snail mail? :-) Surprisingly, the answer is yes. The Exec. Director of MSA wrote this past week to Brigada Today, “That’s right, there is a whole generation of missions minded folks who ‘download’ everything from their mailbox [the one out by the road!].” :-) MSA can compose, print and mail whatever you need. With the use of their addressing and mailing software, they can get the lowest standard mailing rates for you. You can contact them by phone (800-655-8524), email Mission_Servicesatcompuservedotcom or snail mail: P.O. Box 2427, Knoxville, TN 37901. Nice people. By the way, another Brigada participant just recommended Howard’s Print Shop http://www.netusa1.net/~hpsprint/ for great prayer cards.

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DOWNLOAD AN EMAIL “BOMM” AND SEE MISSION MOBILIZATION EXPLODE
Nate Wilson has now made available the entire organized collection of all the Mission Mobilization Resources covered in the Brigada-orgs-missionmobilizers (B.O.M.M.) email conference during the years 1995 and 1996. What a great sampler platter this is! Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line…
get brigada bomm

Finally, here’s your chance to download a bomm for Jesus!!! :-) Send it to all your friends in the name of the Lord! :-)

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DOES PGP RAISE YOUR PROFILE? “GET” THE ANSWER
Thanks to John Hanna who undertook the Brigada survey on the question, “Does using PGP raise your profile?” Get the answer by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
get brigada pgp-profile

PGP is a free email encryption program that allows you to “seal the envelope” on your email, so to speak, so no one along the way can read its contents. To learn about PGP, see http://www.iuc.org/NS062396.HTM (Scroll down till you see “PGP Jump Start”)

According to one reader who read John’s report, “The results of this survey indicate a flaw in the popular missions community perception (not the international business community who has been encrypting their email for many years) which states that encrypted email raises one’s profile in restricted access countries. On the contrary, we have no evidence to suggest that this is true in lands where encryption is not illegal.” Read the report for yourself and decide.

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DON’T FORGET TO CHANGE YOUR SUBSCRIPTION
…before you move… unsubscribe your Brigada-* subscriptions with your old email service please! :-) You can always subscribe your new service once you’ve got it up and running — and we hope you will! Compuserve’s alphabetical options are killers for Brigada-* conference moderators. Please unsubscribe before you register your new alpha address. Also, Brigada-* conference moderators dread name changes like the one effective June 18, when the “Foreign Mission Board” (FMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention will become the “International Mission Board” and all those former “mci” and other addresses will switch to “imb.org”. In many cases, they’ll go on to receive Brigada emails, but the first time they try a “get” or some other command from the hub, they’re powerless, because the hub “reads” their address as “imb” instead of the one under which they were originally subscribed. Bottom line: “Unsubscribe, switch, subscribe again.” Please.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ALGERIA
In Algeria fundamentalist Moslem groups still carry out brutal attacks even on women and children. Nevertheless, the Christian church is quietly growing. According to one of the country’s Christian leaders one group has grown from 1,600 to 2,000 members since November 1996. All of the new members are from Moslem backgrounds. According to eyewitnesses, this relatively quick growth is due to a clear outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
(Source: DAWN FridayFax, May 9, 1997. http://www.jesus.org.uk/dawn .)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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GOT GOOD DISCIPLESHIP MATERIALS IN PORTUGUESE?
Send references to budataxdotapcdotorg. We’ll ask him to file a copy with us in a couple of weeks for all to see.

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HONEST I WAS ONLY KIDDING!
:-) One Brigada participant complained a bit about my reference to reincarnation… HOW DO BUSINESS PEOPLE BECOME VITAL PARTICIPANTS IN MISSIONS?”, where I wrote, “When I grow up, or if I’m reincarnated as a different person, I want to be George Miley. :-)” Just to clarify, I’m not Hindu nor did I originally exist as a fly. :-) And when I use the :-) it usually means, “I wish you could see the smile on my face.” :-)

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CALLING ALL MISSION PROFESSORS
The annual meeting of the Association of Professors of Mission is set with the theme, “Looking to the Future, ” at Techny Towers, Techny, Illinois, from the afternoon of June 19 to the afternoon of June 20. (The American Society of Missiology meetings will follow – June 20-22) Topics include: Post-Modernism and implications for Teaching Mission (Alan Padgett, APU); Short Term Missions – A Post-Modern Phenomena (Willow Creek case study); A Broader Agenda for Mission in a Post-Modern World (Howard Snyder, Asbury); New Technology in Teaching Mission Studies (Scott Moreau, Wheaton). Bring your syllabi to share. For registration information, contact Doug McConnell (630) 752-5164. E-mail: CdotDdotMcConnellatWheatondotedu.

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CALLING ALL MISSION TRAINERS
At the annual meeting of the Association of Professors of Mission this year the Willow Creek church will be sharing one model of church-based training. Betty Sue Brewster wrote Brigada Today this past week, “We would like to invite other church-based mission trainers to come and interact with us.” The sessions will be at Techny Towers, Techny, Illinois, from the afternoon of June 19 to the afternoon of June 20. Theme: Looking to the Future. Besides the case study, other topics include: Teaching Mission to Post-Moderns, and New Technology in Teaching Mission Studies. For more information, contact Betty Sue Brewster (818) 584-5276 / (818) 398-8252. E-mail: brewsteratfullerdotedu.

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WHAT A GREAT EXAMPLE OF GOOD SLEUTHING
I just saw a great example of good news-hounding from a participant in the brigada-albania-durres conference (to join, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the line,
subscribe brigada-albania-durres ). To see the example, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the email:
get brigada albania-news

We list this resource for two reasons —

1. the strife in Albania currently, of interest to many world Christians, and
2. the great example this participant is setting in gathering really super info. from the Internet!

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700+ UNREACHED PEOPLES PROFILES NOW AVAILABLE
Did you hear the news from Baton Rouge??? Bethany is now able to offer the Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles at greatly reduced prices. According to Gabriela, “With a heartfelt desire to distribute the prayer information to as many as possible, Baker Printing is producing the profiles at cost.” Produced on glossy paper, the Unreached Peoples Profiles are high-quality, four page pamphlets of the most current information available on the 1739 peoples on the Joshua Project list. The Profile includes a map, up-to-date political & cultural data and a concise, well-researched write-up that explains who the people are, what their lives are like and how to pray for them. For mixed orders the price is 12 cents per profile and 10 cents for orders of 250 or more of the same profile. Order printed profiles or a catalogue by calling Bethany’s automated service at 504 774 2002, by e-mailing at upgatbethany-wpcdotorg, or by faxing at: 504 774 2001.

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

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*ADVANCE: Mark A. Kelley, Kainos Press, 70420dot1057atcompuservedotcom
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, Brigada Volunteer, mayhewatxcdotorg
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*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

19970518 Brigada Today

Now with 5618 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* HEAR YE, YEAR YE! GET YOUR PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING THIS SATURDAY!
* ‘IT’S YOUR TURN’ FOR A STEAL OF A DEAL, LUCILLE
* “LIBRARY TO GO” IS GOING!
* ON-SITE WORKERS WILL COME FROM PRAYER
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
* BOARDING SCHOOL BLUES TURN TO BYTES AND BITS
* BRIGADA ADMINISTRADA, PROBLEMA NADA
* COME EDUCATE THE KIDS IN K’STAN, MAN!
* APOLOGIES TO TWILA PARIS
* SO HOW DO YOU FILE “BRIGADA”?
* CALLING ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WORKERS…
* PESKY COMPUSERVE NAMES
* DO YOU DO MEDS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION?
* HOW DO BUSINESS PEOPLE BECOME VITAL PARTICIPANTS IN MISSIONS?
* WHO YA GONNA’ CALL – VOLTAGE-BUSTERS!
* STAMP OUT STAMP-OUTS
* WANT THE LATEST PRAYER NEWS ON GCOWE ’97? YOU GOT IT!
* WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF “LINGUISTIC REAL ESTATE”?
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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HEAR YE, YEAR YE! GET YOUR PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING THIS SATURDAY!
If you’ve got a prayer journey coming up this summer . . . or this October, then run — don’t walk — to Louisville, KY this Saturday to catch a full day of training from the guy who wrote the book on Exploring the Land, Caleb Project’s standard text on doing research expeditions (which include daily prayer walks). (This book served as primary source material for Life-Changing Encounters, AD2000 & Beyond’s standard training issue for JP2000 trips.) Shane Bennett learned under Steve Hawthorne, author of Prayer Walking. Then he went on to lead prayer journeys to places like India and dozens of least reached cities throughout the world. And get this — mention that you heard about it on Brigada and you’ll receive the entire day’s training (Saturday 9AM – 2:40) for $10 (plus $6 for lunch with dozens of other prayer-journeyors). Shane will help you address questions like, “Why pray there, when God can hear here?”, “Who’s qualified for a prayer journey?” and “How do I maximize the long-term effectiveness of my prayer journey?” One church with a team of 10 prayer journeyors headed to N. Africa in July is sending their entire team. Another team of 7 is headed to an Islamic area for a research expedition — and they’re coming to take the training side by side. Yet another 4-person research team is headed to a Buddhist area and they’re using the weekend as part of their team-building experience.

Plus — get this! The former head of the Zwemmer Institute (Dr. Robert Douglass, now a grad. Prof. at the Chicago Center for Urban Studies and a leader at the Central Asia Study Center) is leading a parallel track on Islam and its strategic implications for church planting in today’s world. So send half your team with Shane, and the other half with Robert!

And bring along your church missions leaders, too! They’ll want to take part in the specialized training for senders, held in yet a third track! You won’t find training at a cheaper price anywhere in the world. And I dare say you probably won’t find any higher quality either. So if you want a top notch experience, write Lisa MiddletonLataoldotcom for more info. But you’d better act fast. Saturday’s comin’ soon! (Training co-sponsored by PACE “Pit-Stops,” Caleb Project, Northeast Christian Church, Chicago Center for Urban Studies, and Team Expansion.)

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‘IT’S YOUR TURN’ FOR A STEAL OF A DEAL, LUCILLE
I brought home a copy of It’s My Turn and, no doubt about it, it’s a powerful mobilization tool for GenXers and for others too!!! It challenges individuals to evaluate their involvement in world evangelization and introduces some of Christianity’s greatest mentors, such as Hudson Taylor and Amy Carmichael. Put that together with devotional questions and a journal response page and all of a sudden, you’ve got a blockbuster success like Steve Moore’s It’s My Turn. This Steve Moore guy is the one who wrote the script for the now well known “Amdo Video” (he also led the prayer journey). Get the book through Kingdom Building Ministries by calling toll free 1-800-873-8957 (if you’re in the USA or if you downloaded the free Net2Phone product we mentioned previously), or email LaborersatKBMdotorg fax 303-745-4196, or write 14140 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80014. And get this! Normal retail cost is $8.00 plus shipping, but the folks at KBM are actually avid Brigada Today readers! They said to tell you to just mention you saw It’s My Turn on Brigada and you’ll get it for $6.00, plus $3 shipping in the US, Mexico or Canada, $5 shipping elsewhere. They’ve also got a great little debriefing manual to help short-termers turn what could have been “gospel getaways” into “meaningful messages” from the Lord. I don’t know what they’ll charge . . . but maybe they’ll wrap up a packet of 5 of them for $5 or whatever. Better ask. :-) They’re great little guides… and you’ll need one per traveler. Also contains helps for preparing that slide program — You know the type, the “[Click]-Here’s-the-toilet-we had to use; [click] Here’s where we had to eat lunch. [Click]….” Won’t cut it anymore. And who should know better than the Amdo Video guy!?! :-)

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“LIBRARY TO GO” IS GOING!
We’ve been getting a great response to our request for CD-ROMs that on-site workers can take abroad (in place of barrels of books). Responses already in include dozens of works by Tozer, Calvin, Luther, Wesley, The Early Church Fathers, Adam Clarke, and many other writers. Reference works, Bibles, commentaries, inspirational, language learning helps… they’re building up one at a time. If you have a favorite CD-ROM resource that you figure some missionary could use in the field, just email the title, order information, and a brief paragraph description to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line reading:
LIBRARY TO GO

(Only items with those exact words in the subject line will be included in a new source file in the Brigada file archive beginning next week!) Let’s put together a list of top notch CD-ROM resources for on-site workers! Don’t forget to include price and source!

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ON-SITE WORKERS WILL COME FROM PRAYER
Maybe you read the item in last week’s Brigada Today, SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM? and thought, “Lucas is nuts! Why would he mention that one reader wrote in asking whether or not it was time to convince a few of the intercessors to become on-site workers? The intercessors are needed too!” One reader was brave enough to write and complain. (Except he didn’t say I was nuts. :-) ) I thanked him for speaking his mind. :-) Truth is, he’s probably right. If people are truly interceding for the least reached and if they’re truly asking God to raise up teams of evangelists and church planters to reach them, then their ministry is every bit as valuable as that of the on-site workers. Trouble is, those are the very people God ends up calling to the field anyway! :-) If you don’t believe me, just read the prayer Jesus told the disciples to pray at the end of Matt. 9, then see where it got them at the opening of chap. 10! :-)

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF HOPE
More than 100 people came to Christ after seeing the hardships believers in Laohutai, China, endured to erect a building. Church members cleared the site by hauling more than 100 tons of garbage down a mountain in baskets, then hand-carried building materials back up… Also, North Korea has granted permission for cooperating mission agencies to start the first independent Christian church in the country — in an area where the three organizations are providing agriculture assistance to the famine-stricken nation.
(Source: Advance! April, 1997. Copyright © 1997, Kainos Press. To subscribe, send the following message to HUBatXCdotORG
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Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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BOARDING SCHOOL BLUES TURN TO BYTES AND BITS
Hey – how ’bout that CyberHigh “boarding school via the Internet” stuff from last week ALTERNATIVE TO BOARDING SCHOOL — SEND YOUR MK TO SCHOOL ON THE NET. Those guys received over 30 immediate inquiries. What does that tell you about Moms and Dads overseas who don’t want to have to part with their kids!?! Write brettatcyberhighdotorg for more info.

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BRIGADA ADMINISTRADA, PROBLEMA NADA
!Que’ pensas’ vos! Dios es poderoso. Solamente mencione’ la idea de hacer una edicio’n de “Brigada Today” por espanol (la semana pasada), y !Pero ya! Respondieron 3 hermanos que van a hacerlo! Ahora estamos orando que todo este’ listo para la semana que viene. Y despue’s de esto, jama’s de los jamases, nunca tendra’n que leer Brigada Today por ingle’s! Vive Brigada Hoy!

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COME EDUCATE THE KIDS IN K’STAN, MAN!
Been looking for a great opportunity for the Almighty in Almaty? You got it. :-) The Tien Shan School in Almaty, Kazakstan is looking for teachers for the 1997-98 school year. The leadership there is especially desperate for a teacher for grade 3/4 and for high school science. The school serves the international community of Almaty and uses English as the medium of instruction. Teachers would need to be certified and would need to raise their own support. For more information please contact SGrandiatxcdotorg.

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APOLOGIES TO TWILA PARIS
Kathy Trocoli, Twila Paris, Amy Grant, . . . they all get mixed around in my head — and my ears. Can you tell I’m not a connoisseur of contemporary Christian music? :-) Anyway… “God is in Control” is by Twila, not Kathy. Thanks to all those who filled me in! :-) (See “GOD IS IN CONTROL” from last week’s edition.)

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SO HOW DO YOU FILE “BRIGADA”?
Susan wrote in to explain her approach on saving Brigada Todays. She basically deletes the items that aren’t relevant to her and places the rest in a word processing file. What do you do? Please send your favorite indexing/saving/filing procedures to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the Subject: line,
FILING BRIGADA
and we’ll make the idea file available to all.

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CALLING ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENT WORKERS…
The “International Student Worker and Volunteer Training Conference” is set-up for Jul 31-Aug 2, in Columbia, SC. Cosponsored by HIS International (Columbia), InterFACE Ministries (Atlanta), First Baptist Church Atlanta and the SE Center for World Missions, the conference features speakers Robertson McQuilken, past president of Columbia Intl Univ, Lisa Chinn, author of “Think Home,” Muslim Apologist Jay Smith, John Eaves and Sam Elisha. For more information or to register, contact David Cook 102227dot2626atcompuservedotcom.

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PESKY COMPUSERVE NAMES
It’s like an Internet virus! All of a sudden, 2 million people want to change their address from 11111,9999 to and when they do, they forget to unsubscribe the 11111dot9999atcompuservedotcom first. Moments later, they can resubscribe with . But if they forget to unsub’ first, then our noble conference administrator and Brigada Customer Relations Specialist (Revis Ann Massey) has a rough day. There’s nothing like waking up to 250 bouncing addresses and half of them want you to change their old address to new! Don’t get me wrong! She’s not complaining. In fact, she’s got a wonderful servant heart. I just want us to try to help keep it that way! So before you switch to letters, please unsubscribe first! Afterward, it’ll be too late! :-)

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DO YOU DO MEDS IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION?
A bunch of people do. Help us find them. You see, Wheaton’s Billy Graham Center has gone out and gotten this big grant from the Christian Medical and Dental Society. And with it, they’re planning a “Consultation on Christian Medical, Dental, and Health Ministries in the Former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.” (Now that’s a mouthful!) It’s coming Nov. 7-8, ’97. Participants will learn about clearing customs with med. supplies, public health, relief, dental and church-based clinic ministries; published and on-line sources of info. of use in med. and health ministries. For more info., write Mark Elliott at medicaldotconferenceatwheatondotedu. Looks like $50 would do it. This is one to watch.

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HOW DO BUSINESS PEOPLE BECOME VITAL PARTICIPANTS IN MISSIONS?
One answer is when their church designs and carries out a strategic mission initiative. The 1997 Antioch Network Annual Gathering of Churches will again this year feature tracks or break out sessions focused on specific unreached peoples like the Kurds or the Turks or the Kazakhs or the Peoples of China (and others). But there will also be a track entitled “Mission Business Ventures and Church Planting Teams: The Moravians Ride Again” led by a businessman who has developed a multi-million dollar business. (There will also be a track dealing with issues concerning women on church planting teams among unreached peoples.)

There is no more strategic mission initiative than to plant churches among an unreached people, and church planting will be the theme of this year’s Gathering. Church planter par excellence Ralph Moore will be a featured speaker. Gregg Parris, senior pastor of Union Chapel in Muncie, IN, will update the group on his church’s church planting team in Central Asia. Sandy Mason, senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Baltimore will share of his church’s experience partnering with a mission agency. And Bill Thrall, founding pastor of Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix, will address the issue of developing leaders who are Godly in character. The Gathering will take place August 21-24 in Phoenix. For registration materials write:
Antioch Network
5060 North 19th Avenue, Suite 312,
Phoenix, AZ 85015
or phone 1-602-242-4414
or email 74552dot2423atcompuservedotcom. I attended the ’96 Gathering and it was great. George Miley and the entire Antioch Network crew are doing a super job with these meetings. When I grow up, or if I’m reincarnated as a different person, I want to be George Miley. :-)

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WHO YA GONNA’ CALL – VOLTAGE-BUSTERS!
Suppose you want to show the Jesus Film in a local North African Dialect of Arabic that has just been completed. Where ya gonna’ buy a multi speed TV/VCR units that run under 220 AC power with the option of connecting to a car battery? I mean, those things don’t exactly pop up in your local Radio Shack, do they. And then you’re gonna’ need a projector that’s small enough to not draw attention to itself. Then … well… you need to go show the thing. But joylmartataoldotcom can do that. As long as you supply him with the leads on the suppliers. And then, Joe, can you fill us in? I mean, . . . maybe we’ll have to buy something like that someday too! :-)

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STAMP OUT STAMP-OUTS
Remember those guys looking for missionary stamps? ( STAMP OUT MISSIONS from last week’s Brigada Today). Well turns out that they aren’t looking just for precious stamps but for just normal snail mail stamps from any country but the USA. They’ve dedicated themselves to using 100% of the money for missions.

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WANT THE LATEST PRAYER NEWS ON GCOWE ’97? YOU GOT IT!
The South Africa Prayer Track, headed by Bennie Mostert, has put together a 44-day prayer guide available for GCOWE ’97. It starts on 1 June and follows through to 14 June. According to Bennie, “This conference is of utmost and strategic importance and will probably the last of this kind of conference this century. In South Africa we have between 120,000 and 150,000 intercessors who will focus for the next 44 days on praying for GCOWE ’97.” Let’s join ’em! Just write nupsaatglobaldotcodotza and they’ll email it. They’re also willing to fax it (fax them at 27-12-8070164).

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WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE PIECE OF “LINGUISTIC REAL ESTATE”?
It just might be, at least according to Ken Warwick EFCM_I_Netatcompuservedotcom, of EFCM International Network. Ken says, “English is the world’s most valuable piece of linguistic real estate. A statement of cultural pride? No, just a statement of today’s global situation.” Ken believes that in almost every area of education, science, diplomacy and business, English has become the defacto universal language. “By recognizing the ever increasing demand for knowledge of the English language, missionaries and national churches have discovered a gold mine rich with mission opportunities. Want to find out how you can leverage the interest in conversational English for your ministry? Check out the Adventures in English materials the EFCM International Network has put together. With a focus on developing conversational English in a small group setting, these materials have been developed through 5 years of actual cross-cultural use by short-term teams of non-professional ESL teachers, having been written up in a 1997 monograph from the Institute for Cross-cultural Training at Wheaton College. For more information or a sample of the material visit the EFCM web site at http://www.efcm.org .” Sounds very interesting.

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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!

19970511 Brigada Today

Now with 5592 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* “ONE LIBRARY TO GO, PLEASE”
* SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?
* NOW – A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHO WORK WITH INTERNATIONALS
* THE ADOPTION REPORT IS IN
* ALTERNATIVE TO BOARDING SCHOOL
* STAMP OUT MISSIONS
* NEED TO TYPE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
* PRESS RELEASES FROM AD2000
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE GLOBAL MARCH
* WEB WARP
* BRIGADA HOY ANYONE?
* DON’T FORGET GLOBAL LINK
* NEVER A GUARANTEE FOR SHIPPING TO UKRAINE
* OKAY – SO I WAS OFF A BIT
* GET READY FOR “CITY-TALK”
* CAN’T PUT YOUR FINGERS ON KURDISH-BAHDINI SCRIPTURE CASSETTES?
* “GOD IS IN CONTROL”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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“ONE LIBRARY TO GO, PLEASE”
Gone are the days of shipping barrels and barrels of books to the field for your favorite missionary! I just got my copy of Sky Media’s new Bible study CD (JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER FIND A 180-LESSON SURVEY OF THE BIBLE). What a hoot! 12 hours of audio, thousands of lesson graphics, and lots more! And guess what! No barrel! All you need is one of those little CD pouches! :-) And by the way, write dhpatrbcdotorg for more info, not as we mentioned last week. They received dozens of responses within 2 days of last week’s mailing, so they’ve now set up full email marketing! Also check out http://www.dhp.org for their web page, or just call them at 800-653-8333 if you’re in the USA (or if you’ve downloaded “Net2Phone” described earlier in Brigada Today; then you can call that toll-free number from anywhere in the world!). And if you’re into old-fashioned 1900s technology :-) write them at
Discovery House Publishers
PO Box 3566
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-3566.

Do you have other favorite CDs that you would recommend for your new missionary’s “library to go?” If so, email the title, order information, and a brief paragraph description to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with the subject line reading:
LIBRARY TO GO
(Only items with those exact words in the subject line will be included in a new source file in the Brigada file archive. Let’s put together a list of top notch CD-ROM resources for on-site workers! Don’t forget to include price and source!

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SO WHERE WILL ALL THE ON-SITE WORKERS COME FROM?
We’re just now starting to see the mobilizers come forward. That’s good. But one reader wrote this past week to ask where the on-site workers will come from. His suggestion? Maybe consider asking a few of the intercessors to become on-site workers. That’s something akin to sending some of our national guard troops to pad the ranks of the enlisted soldiers at the front lines (something that actually happened here in the USA during the Gulf War). So intercessors… are you willing to pray about you going if God wants that too?

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NOW – A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHO WORK WITH INTERNATIONALS
The Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals seeks to encourage, strengthen, and network with Christians ministering to internationals temporarily residing in North America. Now you can take in their annual training conference June 6-9 at Wheaton College. For more information, contact ACMIatJUNOdotCOM.

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THE ADOPTION REPORT IS IN
Months ago, “Starr” asked Brigada-Peoples participants for help with ideas for a church service where our church would formally adopt an unreached people group. Many responded. Now get the written follow-up report and share the ideas one church used for leading up to the adoption, the service itself, and ideas for follow-up within the church. To grab it, send an email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada adoption

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ALTERNATIVE TO BOARDING SCHOOL – SEND YOUR MK TO SCHOOL ON THE NET
Just when you thought your kids were destined to head out to boarding school, along comes CyberHigh! Based in Edmonton, Canada, this Christian on-line school currently offers grades 7-9 and yearns to expand! Write brettatcyberhighdotorg and plug your student into the net for schooling!

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STAMP OUT MISSIONS
Now I’ve heard everything. Here’s a group of retired missionaries who reportedly collect precious stamps, sell them, then give 100% of the income to support missionaries! To get started, contact Derek Porter, 1127 Ghana St., Sebring FL 33872. Apparently, stamps should be trimmed with no less than 1/8th of an inch of envelope around the stamp. The US Director of SIM can reportedly vouch for the fact that this is a legitimate program. It’s headed by Derek and Marguerite Porter, who served for more than 40 years with the Yorubas in Nigeria. Give it a whirl and let us know how it works!

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NEED TO TYPE IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
Try Gamma Unitype. It lets you type hundreds of different languages in Windows apps. Check out the language list at http://www.gammapro.com. But then, instead of requesting it from Gamma, order it from karenatlogosdotcom if you’re outside the USA and salesatlogosdotcom if within the USA. This gives you a 57% discount! You can also call 800-875-6467 or 360-679-6575 or FAX 360-675-8169.

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PRESS RELEASES FROM AD2000
If you want the full dispensation of press releases from AD2000 & Beyond, send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with only this phrase in the text:
Subscribe ad2-announce

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE GLOBAL MARCH
Yesterday, May 17th, marked this year’s annual Global March for Jesus. Last year on May 25th up to 12 million people from 170 nations marched in a massive series of coordinated street marches over that 24 hour period. An estimated 17,000 Christians marched in London alone, taking part in what could be the world’s biggest-ever street event. Over 100 nations had plans for praise marching or prayerwalking, with significant growth in the Americas and Asia. The African country, Chad, expected 10,000 marchers in 5 towns, followed by a seminar for young adults underlining the importance of mission among unreached peoples.

For further information and news items:
March for Jesus
PO Box 39, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 6PP
TEL +44 01932 789681
FAX +44 01932 789691
E-MAIL 100572dot323atcompuservedotcom

Visit one of the web pages below or consult with your local Christian bookstore for local march times and locations.

Global March for Jesus Homepage: www.newns.com/gmfj
List of Other MFJ sites: www.newns.com/gmfj/mfj_other.html
US March for Jesus Homepage: www.mfj.org
Australia: busker.trumpet.com.au/ad2000/global/mfj.html
South Africa: www.geocities.com/Broadway/1744/mfj.html
Canada: www.march-for-jesus.org/

Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO

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WEB WARP
Lost Caleb Project’s web site? Find them again at http://www.calebproject.org. Don’t forget to update your links & bookmarks!

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BRIGADA HOY ANYONE?
Anybody out there want to partner with us to create a Brigada Today in Spanish? This past week we received this inquiry… “Querido hermano: Con la alegria que implica encontrarnos por este medio, desearía preguntarte si existe la posibilidad de recibir Brigada en español. Dios te bendiga en tan precioso ministerio para la extension de su reino. Con aprecio en Cristo, Juan”

I guess the Spanish version would be distributed on a totally different “channel,” with a few days delay built in. Someone with a big heart for the Spanish-speaking world would need to translate the items into Spanish and perhaps add a couple of items exclusively for Latins. Commitment could be for one year at a time. An xc.org address would be required ($52/year, if the individual didn’t already have it). The salary isn’t the greatest but the benefit are out of this world! :-) Any takers?

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DON’T FORGET GLOBAL LINK
No doubt about it… I believe Global Link (NEW VIDEO PROMISES TO CHARGE UP YOUR MISSIONS PROGRAM) fills a critical niche by providing accurate information about the world in a manner appropriate for today’s youth and younger adult (ages 13-30+). It approaches the world according to two different matrix models. In one approach, you can see each major world religion, one at a time (in fact, one could break the 45-minute video up into smaller segments, if one needed to present it in smaller bites). But at the same time, this hi-tech, contemporary video presents major ideas and major blocks one at a time too. And in a much-needed global view, it also examines missions opportunities in areas like the Americas, which have lost some attention in the past few years’ mobilization toward other locations on the globe. The over all riding theme is that we have an incredible worldwide need and an incredible global opportunity… and we are the link from the Lord to the lost.

Finally, I believe viewers will find Global Link a refreshing change! Too many 45-minute missions videos have been “talking heads” and Global Link is anything but that! Filmed in the “generation X mode” (hand-held camera that doesn’t mind hand-held movement, extreme close-ups even when it cuts off part of the subject, lots of special effects (add emphasis on the word “lots” :-)) including the effect that skips frames but keeps audio in sync with the speaker’s original words, etc., etc., etc.), this film will hold the attention of just about any group.

My only fear is that, at first glance, Americans will think they’re watching a Pepsi commercial! :-) For more info., contact WorldChristian News & Books, who is marketing the video for Proclamedia – wcnatxcdotorg. A bulk discount is available for those who would like to distribute the video themselves.

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NEVER A GUARANTEE FOR SHIPPING TO UKRAINE
One reader wrote to inform us that there never is a guarantee for shipping to / from Ukraine (SHIPPING TO UKRAINE). Apparently he was not having a good experience with LVIV Express Services, Inc. So… like anything in life… let the buyer beware. :-)

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OKAY – SO I WAS OFF A BIT
:-) At least one buyer (from Czech Republic) found music prices in “For Missionaries Only” slightly higher than that quoted in COOL TOOLS two weeks ago. But still… cassettes at $4.75 and CD’s at about $8.75 are still good deals. I guess if anyone is going to check up on our info. and send in corrections, it should be a reader from the official Czech Republic. :-)

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GET READY FOR “CITY-TALK”
“CityTalk:the language of urban ministry” http://www.simeon.org/citytalk.html will be the focus of the Simeon Institute’s project roundtable at Westminster College, Cambridge, England, August 10-15, 1997. Michael Mata will be the key resource person for a team producing a glossary of urban ministry terms. To join the on-line conference send
subscribe city-talk
to hubatxcdotorg .

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CAN’T PUT YOUR FINGERS ON KURDISH-BAHDINI SCRIPTURE CASSETTES?
Look no farther. asm-caatxcdotorg can send you Matthew, John, or Acts for $7.50 each (2 cassette sets). And mention Brigada and they’ll arrange a healthy discount for bulk orders. :-) If you’re into using up the Amazon rain forest, send paper mail to
Audio Scripture Ministries
PO Box 460634.
Escondido CA 92046-0634

or — if you like to talk — call (760) 745-8105. You can also fax them at (760) 745-8150. Nice labels. Nice insert cards, too. You can even get Luke in Kurdish-Sorani, if you please. The story of how this recording came to completion is quite a tale of God being in control (see below for another example). How was Harvey Hoekstra to know that Bob Blinco and his family would move into the “house next door” — and the project was born. Way to go, guys!!! Way to go God!

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“GOD IS IN CONTROL”
Who sings that song, anyway? You know. The one making the contemporary Christian music circuits? Kathy Tracoli? Anyway, whoever it is that’s singing, He [God] really is. She [the singer] was right. I should have listened to her all along. Last Friday, my wife, Penny, (have I told you how much I love my wife. Penny?) headed to Louisville for a Mother-Daughter Banquet at her home church. Around mid-day, I received a call from a friend up in Indiana who had gotten hold of 3 Promise-Keeper tickets (valued at $60 each!) and basically, he wanted to see them put to good use! We arranged to meet him at the stadium that night. The boys were excited to try out Promise-Keepers for the first time! (I would probably never have been able to afford to take them under normal circumstances — and I figured that if I ditched my annual “watch-the-kids-during-the-banquet” thing, I wouldn’t have been a very good husband/dad anyway. :-))

But when we arrived at the stadium, the friend from Indiana didn’t show — delayed in traffic, we presumed. After waiting nearly an hour with some pretty disappointed boys, we asked a fellow selling “leftover” tickets out on the plaza, “So… I’m sure we couldn’t ever afford tickets, . . . but how much are they?” “$20,” came the response. Yikes. $60 still seemed pretty much out of reach. We thanked the gentleman, then turned to keep brainstorming. As we did, he called us back and said he hated to see us wander around like that. It was starting to sprinkle, and I think he felt sorry for the boys. (45,000 men were trying to crowd through that plaza!) He took three tickets out of his bag and said, “Here, take these.”

I couldn’t believe it. I asked him where to send a ‘thank you’ and he told me not to worry about it, but proceeded to ask where we were from. We told him about working with a mission organization called Team Expansion and he replied, “Well then — you would know our church — the Northeast Christian Church of Louisville!” Team Expansion opened up a PACE Project in Albania last year — and Ron, the church’s Administrator, had been the one to show us the kindness! Out of 45,000 men, God had matched us up with a representative from a partner church we hadn’t met yet! It was the first time we had met… but he knew all about his church’s project, of course.

Later that chilly evening, as the boys and I huddled under a sleeping bag in Cynergy Stadium, listening to a speaker from India, Christopher leaned over and said, “Dad, this really is great. Thanks for bringing us.” I replied, “God wanted us here, boys!” Caleb said later, “God just thinks in His head, and it happens!” Amen. Join us as we give thanks to God for the way He watches over each of our families, working out our futures while we step through the present!

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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!

19970504 Brigada Today

Now with 5515 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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In this issue….

* WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW – FOR INFO. ON PIT-STOP LOUISVILLE
* WANT THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE ADOPTED ‘YOUR PEOPLE GROUP’
* YOUR SOURCE FOR INTRO. INFO. ON PGP ENCRYPTION
* LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT? HOW ‘BOUT A MAP?
* MISSED MOTHER’S DAY? WHY NOT PLAN FOR A MAP FOR FATHER’S DAY!
* PLAN NOW TO ATTEND MISSION 2000 III
* JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER FIND A 180-LESSON SURVEY OF THE BIBLE
* 30 DAY HINDU PRAYER FOCUS IS COMING YOUR WAY!
* USA MAILERS, NOW YOU CAN DO BULK MAIL WITHOUT THE GRIMMACE
* ARE YOU GETTING ‘ALERTS’ ABOUT CRYPTO LAW HR695?
* DO YOU USE CIS/COMPUSERVE?
* INDONESIAN RESOURCE ROUND-UP
* NEW VIDEO PROMISES TO CHARGE UP YOUR MISSIONS PROGRAM
* FIND FABULOUS FAITH-PROMISES FOR FURTHERING FAR FLUNG FOCUSES
* BANDWIDTH BUSTER OF THE WEEK: ABORTION POLL
* BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS A MIXED BAG
* PERFECT IMAGE HAD IMPERFECT URL
* SHIPPING TO UKRAINE???
* STUDENTS STUDYING ISLAM
* TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED

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WRITE NOW – RIGHT NOW – FOR INFO. ON PIT-STOP LOUISVILLE
If you want to take home a diskette chalked full of info. on how to adopt an unreached people group, and you’re wanting a simple step-by-step approach to promote the project in your congregation, come to Pit-Stop Louisville, May 30-31, and learn all about PACE — the simple, effective approach to pulling off a church/agency partnership for unreached peoples! For a free brochure, write Bill Reynolds at: 76152dot2375atcompuservedotcom or see http://www.brigada.org/pace and keep checking back as more sites are added later this year for Minnesota, North Carolina, and Tulsa.

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WANT THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF OTHERS WHO HAVE ADOPTED ‘YOUR PEOPLE GROUP’
So do zillions of other folks. Let’s start praying that we’ll all figure out a way to make that happen. For example, John Rogers BCCYanadiatxcdotorg wrote this past week to ask for a list of other congregations and individuals (worldwide, presumably) that had adopted the Yanadi. Okay — so do we go to Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse, or AD2000, or the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC? Search me. After two years of campaigning, the best answer I’ve been able to find it to write brigada-peoplesatxcdotorg (you might have to join first by sending a message to hubatxcdotorg with
subscribe brigada-peoples
in the text) and asking for leads. Once you find even one contact person, you’re likely to stumble onto dozens of others in the same network. Real scientific, eh? :-) However, one of the rubs is security. Nobody wants to expose on-field workers to risk. Fine. So let’s don’t. Now what else is holding us up? Well, there’s also the ticklish situation of people getting a barrage of “please send money for such-and-such” appeals. I mentioned this to a buddy in Colorado two weeks ago and his answer was, “I don’t buy it. People can always just say no. You know what I say when people ask me for money and I can’t give? I say, “No.” So I don’t buy it.” (Way to go Steve Moore! :-) ) So what else is holding up a true clearinghouse of mobilizers for the same people group? I’m not sure. It’s surely not technology. Goodness knows we have plenty of that floating around a group of 5500 Internet types and missionaries. And certainly it’s not passion. My goodness no. So…. my only conclusion is that everybody’s business becomes nobody’s business. We’ve talked and planned and prayed and brainstormed and plotted and … where are we today??? Only a hair farther along than we were in January ’95 when we first asked the very same question!!! So… I’m recommending we shut down the whole Brigada family of networks. It’ll save me a ton of time and probably you too! :-) What’s that? You’ll miss the great humor? Yeah right. :-) Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy for the friendships and all that stuff. :-) But in the end, how do we form networks? Here’s my suggestion. (Okay — so I was kidding about shutting down Brigada. :-) ) Let’s make a commitment now to have this whole thing finalized by the time we do BriagdaFest ’98, Dec. 26-31, ’98. By then, with just two years left in the whole AD2000 & Beyond push “a church for every people by Dec. 31, 2000,” we’d better have a way to actually measure whether or not that’s happening! :-) So — for now, best bet I know of is to contact AD2000 & Beyond Lauriatad2000dotorg or call (719) 576-2000 and ask them. If you can prove who you are (so you’re not a security risk) they’re likely to give you some kind of lead. And thanks to AD2000 & Beyond for filling this incredibly helpful role for now. Yikes. What would we have done without you!!!

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YOUR SOURCE FOR INTRO. INFO. ON PGP ENCRYPTION
Now Brigada participants have a totem pole to file FAQS (and their answers, we trust) about PGP encryption. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only these words in the text:
get brigada pgp-help

You’ll soon receive an emailed reply with pointers to web pages and generally helpful pgp shell applications, tips, and tricks, as well as cautions about false senses of security. If you get the file and want to improve on it, send your suggestions/contributions to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line
PGP HELP

— note that messages which do not include this phrase in the subject line will not be added to the file. (I’m awash in email and I’ve got to work smart. :-) This method automates the process.)

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LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT MOTHER’S DAY GIFT? HOW ‘BOUT A MAP?
:-) Well, maybe it’s too late to actually get the map by lunch today, but you could get her a card and tell her what you’re ordering for her! “To my darling mother: I’ve ordered a map from the US Center for World Mission, from my good friend Gerry gerrydotdueckatwciudotedu there. This is the now world-famous map of the least reached peoples around the world, beautiful full color… and might I add that by waiting ’til this Mother’s Day (and not buying last year), I was able to get this map for just $1.95 each (in quantities of 3 or more)! So I’ve ordered you 3 of them, one for your kitchen, your car, and the basement laundry room, so you can study unreached peoples while you fold clothes for me!!!!” By the way, if your mother is from the city, maybe you’d like the also pick up an extra map of the 100 Gateway Cities, from the 1995 prayer thrust??? Well Gerry’s ready for you there, too! $3.95 in quantities of 3 or more! So contact Gerry for all the details… and … good luck with your Mother’s Day shopping! :-)

Oh! Almost forgot, if you’ve got a really BIG mother, maybe you’ll want to order the really big map from IMB Customer Services, 1-800-866-3621 in the USA or CustomerdotServicesatIMBdotOrg from wherever, . . . 36″x64″ for $4.95!!! Now there’s a steal of a deal for a really large mama… [or for the vestibule of you church, too!]. They’ve also got the 24″x36″ size for $2.95, in a mailer tube or folded, postage paid to USA addresses (please specify which version you’d like). As for those outside the USA, well… do other countries celebrate Mother’s Day? Maybe you can order a map for yourself??? :-)

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MISSED MOTHER’S DAY? WHY NOT PLAN FOR A MAP FOR FATHER’S DAY!
To help mobilize prayer for the least evangelized peoples of the world, and in cooperation with the Praying Through the Window Committee, GMI has designed a special “Praying Through the Window III” map. Now they’re offering a pre-publication discount bulk rate for quantities of 100 or more maps. But they need to know by May 23rd how many to print for you. Three designs will be available: Personal: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Place-Mat: 11″ x 17″ Poster: 22″ x 34.” I get it. In preparation for your missions banquet this fall, you could set up the table with the place-mat size, use the poster size to promote the banquet, then give each attendee a personal size! Now there’s a father’s day gift that would make Mark Patterson (from Global Mapping) happy! :-) So… order now… for your banquet, . . . or for your 100 fathers! Write PTTWatgmidotorg and don’t delay… your Dad might never forgive you!

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PLAN NOW TO ATTEND MISSION 2000 III
We’ll have to work extra hard not to confuse Mission 2000 III with Mission 2003! :-) Because Mission 2000 III is this fall, September 4 – 7 1997 in Bispingen, Germany. This conference is all about practical ways to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation, about the initiatives “adopt an unreached people group” and “Praying Through the Window III.” Great speaker lineup… John Robb, George Otis jr., Betsy Neuenschwander, Bill and Amy Stearns, Jan Schlegel, and Kerstin Hack. Contact 100330dot2724atCompuservedotcom or 100711dot2622atCompuservedotcom for more details.

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JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER FIND A 180-LESSON SURVEY OF THE BIBLE
… Just then, when you were desperate, Sky Media swoops in and provides you with their new CD that contains over 12 hours of audio, thousands of lesson graphics, and lots more. Write SKYMEDIAataoldotcom for more info… and take these 180 lessons to the field with you!

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30 DAY HINDU PRAYER FOCUS IS COMING YOUR WAY!
Now, also by E-mail! Yes, you saw it here in Brigada-Today first. Beginning May 18 – June 16, daily prayer guides will be sent in English and German. Join a massive movement of prayer for the Hindu world simply by sending an email message to hubatxcdotorg with the body of the message reading:
subscribe hindu-30days

If you’d like the German version, just make that
subscribe hindu-30days-de

It isn’t too late to order the hard-copy guide too. Check out the information on http://www.ywam.org/prayer

For specific questions on the English or German E-mail versions, write to RonKernahanatXCdotOrg. Thanks Ron!

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USA MAILERS, NOW YOU CAN DO BULK MAIL WITHOUT THE GRIMMACE
Looking for a way to send flyers to all the moms you’ve loved before? Now you can!!! … with help from the folks at Helps Int’l!!! Write RogerJatxcdotorg for info. on how Helps can help you! They can do bar codes, in case you’ve forgotten your mothers’ favorite happy hour sites! (Wait a minute… that’s not the kind of bar codes they mean!!!) Or sort the zips for all the mothers you were hoping to write but previously just couldn’t manage to address — and add all the “zip+4” extensions for all your moms’ addresses. Yes folks, now it can be different. Seriously — contact Helps for all your mailing helps today!!! They’ll even send you a program to do your label-tracking, and/or receive your mailing list in data format and process it to agree with nationally recognized USA addresses!

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ARE YOU GETTING ‘ALERTS’ ABOUT CRYPTO LAW HR695?
That’s a bill before the US House of Representatives that would change the way we think about encryption technology. If you’d like more info, see http://www.crpto.com/safe_bill/ or http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c105:H.R.695:. If you’re a USA citizen, you can also “adopt” your legislator at http://www.crypto.com/adopt/. Now there’s an oxymoron — “adopt your legislator!.” :-) Thanks to those who have emailed alerts . . . and to Jonathan for interpreting the possible scenarios. Basically, it’s an attempt to deal with the use of crypto in drug trafficking etc, but it might backfire. See http://www.crypto.com/safe_bill/safe_letter.shtml for one interpretation. And by the way, if you’re interested in seeing a summary of international encryption law, check out http://cwis.kub.nl/~frw/people/koops/lawsurvy.htm (Thanks Rod!).

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DO YOU USE CIS/COMPUSERVE?
Then check out Email Assist for CSi3 version 2.11, available from RhinoBytes, either on the WINUTILA forum on CompuServe or at http://www.rhinobytes.com. DavidHousholderatxcdotorg says the new version works great! Spell check on the fly, strip out Internet headers (or rather, hide them), use WinWord-like “autotext” substitution, and more.

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INDONESIAN RESOURCE ROUND-UP
Yulia dan Marc SABDAatxcdotorg is doing a round up of all Indonesian ministry resources and is willing to supply us with a copy of the summary here for others to “get”, later. Send Yulia dan Marc your ideas!

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NEW VIDEO PROMISES TO CHARGE UP YOUR MISSIONS PROGRAM
Procla-Media (part of the YWAM International Communications team in Colorado Springs) team has done it again! This time they have produced an MTV-style, high-tech and fast-paced video adventure journey into the world of modern missions. Who says missions is boring?! “Global Link” is the name of this 45 minute video; it can be watched in sections. After seeing it, your missions rally won’t think of missions as boring!! :-) Retail price is U.S. $14.95, but by mentioning this note in Brigada, you can get it from them for $11.95 plus postage (they can invoice you, and they also accept visa and MasterCard). Order it by sending an email to wcnatxcdotorg but don’t send your credit card number through unencrypted email. Either get their fax, or ask them to begin accepting PGP-encrypted messages. Also, if you have not yet gotten info about the Hindu World Prayer Focus starting on Pentecost Sunday, you can ask Paul at wcnatxcdotorg, or check out http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html.

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FIND FABULOUS FAITH-PROMISES FOR FURTHERING FAR FLUNG FOCUSES
Now you can find out what other Faith-Promise programs are doing worldwide. Write a short two-paragraph synopsis of your church’s faith-promise experience and send it to Kevin Paszalek pkpatmindspringdotcom. In a couple of weeks, he’ll knit together a compilation and make it available to us here on Brigada!

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BANDWIDTH BUSTER OF THE WEEK: ABORTION POLL
It’s gotta be this week’s major story in “forwarded messages.” The li site was probably among the Internet’s most misunderstood homepages this past week. The messages that everyone is forwarding to the whole world mislead us into thinking that the page is somehow sponsored by President Clinton, as if to get our input. (Ha! If Clinton wanted our input, he’d ask us on a page like whitehouse.com or something, not abortion.com.) In reality, the author of this abortion.com page is sending the results to Clinton, but does not purport to represent Clinton. As to whether or not Clinton will even see the poll, I doubt it. First of all, the page isn’t a true poll. I sat there and voted for the “pro-life” side of things about five times in a row, using my “back” and “forward” button to get a new start on the page. Now be honest. … didn’t you do that too??? A more interesting or helpful survey might have at least required us to submit our email address and street address, so we couldn’t be counted more than once. So… the page is an interesting idea… but in my opinion, poorly implemented and pointless. It only goes to prove how much bandwidth we wasted trying to prove that our side was the best! Still, if you want to look at it for the fun of it, it’s an interesting contest now — who can waste the most Internet bandwidth to show that their side is the most popular! As we went to press with Brigada Today this morning, the score was 5377 to 511, with pro-lifers ten-folding the pro-choicers. Course, my five votes helped make that possible. :-)

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BRIGADA-TRAVEL-BIDS A MIXED BAG
We still get messages from those who have tried Brigada-travel-bids and used it effectively to save money. Just email your travel request to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg (no need to join this one; only travel agents need apply) and odds are, you’ll receive a quote or two… or several! In fact, if you don’t receive any mail, you’re entitled to a complete refund!! Everything you had to pay to try the system will be refunded back to you! . . . zero! :-) But the 55 member travel agents who are trying to answer the requests ask that you please make sure to include “where you are traveling from, where you are going to, what date you will depart, what date you will return, and how many people will be traveling.” That’ll help them streamline their responses — and they’re getting daily requests for quotes on the system… so please be courteous. Lots of people are using it… and only one travel agent “gets the bid,” so it must be frustrating for some of them (if they lose everytime! :-) ). Course, the ones that do get the bid are the ones with the lowest price . . . and if that’s what you’re after, then try it! You might like it! :-)

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PERFECT IMAGE HAD IMPERFECT URL
Third time’s charm for Linda O’Flynn’s Perfect Image PC Service. She has twice supplied us with URL’s which were apparently incorrect. This time I went and checked before giving you http://www.inworks.net/perfectimage and at least, for now, it’s the right one! :-) So… if you’ve been banking on finding her on the web, maybe now you can? Sorry for the inconvenience. Someone said, “Let’s hope her scans are better than her URLs!” :-) Ouch! :-(

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SHIPPING TO UKRAINE???
Our sources say to try “LVIV Express Services, Inc,” an organization which offers person to person shipping to Ukraine for 99 cents per pound – taking only 6-9 weeks. This applies for humanitarian aide items (duty free) and other items that are to be used for the purpose of humanitarian aide. In the USA (or via the new Net2Phone service mentioned last week in Brigada Today! :-) ), call 1-800-965-7262 or check them out at http://www.imall.com/stores/lviv. They also hand deliver American currency in a most confidential way. Thanks to Paul, Andy and Chris for this great tip!

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STUDENTS STUDYING ISLAM
The National Student Conference on Islam is set for May 27-31 in Minneapolis, MN. The Conference is a special academic offering of the Islamics Studies Program at Luther Seminary. It is designed to:

1. provide information and understanding about Muslim religion and culture,
2. help a student share their faith with honesty and integrity, an important aspect of living in a multi-cultural world.

For information, contact gmiatluthersemdotedu by e-mail or tel (612) 641-3487 or visit http://www.luthersem.edu/highlights/islammay97.htm.
[I love this guy because when he sent this paragraph, he already had all the little “<" braces around the email address and the URL! Thanks Mark! -------------------------------------- TRAINING PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED
If you’re interested in learning more about a new “Partnership for Missions Training” put together at a planning conference this past Apr. 21-22, call (704)-287-8996, ext. 231 or write to 71035dot704atcompuservedotcom. Twenty-five leaders representing fifteen mission agencies, churches, and training institutions came together to explore opportunities for uniting efforts to better prepare cross-cultural missionaries. Sounds exciting! We’ll look forward to hearing more from them!

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

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unsubscribe brigada

At http://www.brigada.org on the web, you can see tons more.

(This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 1997. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. 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.
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.)

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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!

19970427 Brigada Today

Now with 5476 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org
Compiled by Doug Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio

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In this issue….

* PIT-STOP DENVER SETS THE PACE FOR LOUISVILLE!
* NOW YOU CAN “INTERNET PHONE” A NON-INTERNET USER!
* BRIGADA MISSIONARY FAMILY SAYS THANKS!
* BIBLE DISTRIBUTION IN CHINA NOT KEEPING UP WITH CHURCH GROWTH
* COOL TOOLS
* ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
* NEW CONFERENCES LAUNCH!
* REMEMBER THE OVERSEAS READERS
* FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU “PRAYED THROUGH THE WINDOW”
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* DOES PGP REALLY RAISE YOUR PROFILE?
* ON THE HUNT FOR LINDA O’FLYNN
* WATCH THOSE ATTACHMENTS
* GOT ANY VIETNAMESE BOOKS?
* HOW ‘BOUT AN INTEREST IN EVANGELISM THROUGH LITERACY/ELEM. ED?
* BRIGADAFEST ’98 – PRAY THAT LOCATION WILL BE APPROVED
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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PIT-STOP DENVER SETS THE PACE FOR LOUISVILLE!
What a weekend! Folks came from points in Canada, Florida, Texas, Kansas, Minnesota… seemingly from all over! Many had heard about Pit-Stop Denver through Brigada, . . . others through brochures, others by word of mouth. Each of the 10 congregations met in general sessions and in small groups to focus on developing their own strategic plans to launch a love affair with an unreached people. Greg Fritz (Caleb Project), Steve Moore (Kingdom Building Ministries), Eric Derry and Doug Lucas (Team Expansion), and others shared ideas, planning approaches, and case studies on reaching the unreached with the PACE approach. Everyone present received a notebook full of tools and a diskette stuffed with templates and info. If you missed Pit-Stop Denver, never fear!!! PACE Pit-Stops are coming to Louisville, May 30-31! For more information, write Bill Reynolds at: 76152dot2375atcompuservedotcom or see http://www.brigada.org/pace. Join those who are making a difference. And . . . yes . . . the rumor is true… one group (headed by Bill Lewis of “Into all the World” ministry, Ontario) is even planning a “prayer safari” to the Afari! :-)

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NOW YOU CAN “INTERNET PHONE” A NON-INTERNET USER!
I remember when Penny and I (have I told you about my beautiful wife Penny??? See her picture by clicking at http://www.teamexpansion.org/mhty.htm used to try to call back to the USA via ham radio from Montevideo, Uruguay. (I’m KB9ZAW now; at that time I was N4HHU in case any of my old 1982 buddies are listening.) If you’ve used ham radio, you’ll no doubt identify with the fact that, though those phone patches sounded like “Donald Duck voices” at times, they were very comforting and reassuring. I talked with my Dad in the hospital in Indianapolis, IN nightly during his hospitalization with a heart attack in 1983. When it came to personally touching base . . . or hearing someone’s voice. . . there was nothing like ham radios and phone patches…. until now, that is.

Now – enter Net2Phone. Using Net2Phone, you initiate a phone call by logging onto the Internet, then calling up the free Net2Phone application, entering your phone number (as if dialing it from within the USA), then hitting the “enter” key! It’s easy! Through the magic of the Internet, Net2Phone’s connection with a long distance service (that they own) starts automatically dialing and connecting to your desired number… anywhere in the world! So the person on the other end of the line no longer needs a computer to talk to you!!! Hello grandma!

It was Wayne Penner wpenneratnutecnetdotcomdotbr writing from Cuiabá, Brazil, who first brought it to our attention. Wayne stated up front, “The connection is not 100%, but the price compensates the lack of quality for overseas users.” The price is unbelievable. 1am-7pm (EST) – .15, 7pm-1am (EST) – .10, and 800 numbers – Free! (Do you realize that overseas users would never again have to chide me for not giving an alternative to toll-free numbers??? :-) Because from now on, with Net2Phone, they could call them direct for free from anywhere in the world????) Sound too good to be true? It did to me too. So I decided to check it out. I went to http://www.net2phone.com like Wayne suggested (he doesn’t work for them by the way! :-)) and downloaded the software. Actually it isn’t a big download by today’s standards. Within a few minutes, it was installed and with a few clicks on some help screens (provided) I pretty much figured it out. A few clicks later, I had dialed the toll-free number of our mission office and was talking through the laptop from the Internet to our secretary’s voice! (Actually, it was her recorded voice on voice mail; But Susy still sounds happy with the love of the Lord even on voice mail!!! :-)) Bottom line? If you’re overseas and you’d like to make free toll-free calls, give this software a try.

You can also use your credit card to pay $25 at a time to buy what Net2Phone calls “Debit Cards” to call anywhere in the world. Naturally, if you’re calling from a foreign location to within the USA, it’s much cheaper — probably 10 cents/min. or so normally. If you’re calling from Algeria to Afghanistan, it’s still cheaper than trying to use normal long distance… probably $1.20/min. or something like that.

The caveat: You must have a multi-media computer with a modem/mic set-up. In other words, you must be able to speak to your laptop and hear through the speakers. But just about anything you buy from the current market will let you do that.

So… happy phone-patching. From Uruguay, Penny and I never had it so good! :-)

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BRIGADA MISSIONARY FAMILY SAYS THANKS!
Remember the family that wanted to hear back from us as to a location that they should target to find the “least reached people on earth?” Their request spawned the “final frontier” file that is now posted in the Brigada archive. The guy wrote this past week, “Dear Doug and Brigada Family, I downloaded the Brigada file “finalfrontier” like it was a Christmas gift and I was five years old. Inside was info better than my favorite GI Joe. Thanks for doing this labor of love and thanks to the 33 people who took the time to share their wisdom. From your list my wife and I have narrowed it down to two peoples you suggested. Now it will be somewhat up to the mission agency we will be going with, but they have shown great interest in sending us to the “final frontier.” I was encouraged to read the passion with which the 33 respondents advocated their people groups. I will keep you posted on our progress. We have to sell our house and stuff and hope to be on the field by the end of the year. (Don’t worry we have much experience moving and have lived overseas on four occasions so we think we can meet that deadline.) Our support is all in. Praise the Lord. Blessings, John Missionary Doe” Wow. Exciting. So … your “finalfrontier” file is making a difference at least in this one family’s life. They read it, took it to the bank, and are pursuing your recommendations. Thanks Brigada family! And thanks John Missionary Doe! We’ll count on hearing from you again! You’re like… our “living link missionaries!” :-)

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BIBLE DISTRIBUTION IN CHINA NOT KEEPING UP WITH CHURCH GROWTH
Thanks to Justin Long for updating us on Bibles and church growth in China. This past week, he wrote, “…Many evangelicals estimate the Christian population to be 40 to 60 million; yet at a maximum only 20 million Chinese believers presently own a Bible of their own. So despite the successes, the reality is that more than 20 to 40 million Chinese believers still do not own a Bible and have little access to one. Millions more spiritually interested seekers who want Bibles have even less access. Worse, current Bible distribution is not even keeping up with the growth rate of the church: according to the World Christian Encyclopedia (David B. Barrett, ed.), 2.5 million new adherents are being added to the Chinese church yearly (over 1.8 million through conversion alone). At this rate, Dr. Barrett estimates the Christian church in China will have more than 90 million members by the year 2000 (and perhaps sooner). Without a massive increase in current distribution rates, only 33 million believers will have access to a Bible: 57 million will go without. The largest house church group in China is a case in point. With 5 million adherents, 8,000 itinerating evangelists, and 200 missionaries in training, this movement adds more than 500,000 converts each year, and needs 630,000 Bibles annually…. Without Bibles, cults and false teachings will continue to be major problems. Many inquirers feel unable to make decisions for Christ. This highlights the urgent need for continuing supplies of Bibles from all sources….
(15 April 1997, Contact: Justin Long, Global Evangelization Movement/World Christian Encyclopedia,
Phone: (804) 355-1646, Fax: (804) 355-2016, Email: GEMatxcdotorg, Web: http://www.gem-werc.org

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COOL TOOLS
Ever heard of “For Missionaries Only?” They do tapes and books for missionaries (and others concerned for world ministry). Call them at 800-272-2442 or fax them at 509-548-6585. They seem to have it all! Acappella, Maranatha, Hosana/Integrity, Steve Green, GT & the Halo Express, Christmas music, . . . the works! Most CDs are $4.75, and Cassettes are $2.75, videos $8 average. Great prices. Great titles.

Or… headed to the mission field and you’d like to take you entire library in a CD-ROM pouch??? Contact Logos Software for a catalogue. Just write newswireatlogosdotcom or check out http://www.logos.com. Or call them at 800-87-logos or fax 360-675-8169. They’ve got zillions of electronic books, commentaries, etc., Bible handbooks… and on-line Bibles. Fast. Handy. Small. Lose the 4-inch thick books and put dozens of them on one CD!

And Jerry jerrykatbfdotorg has finished the list of sources for ordering Bibles! (Thanks for following through, Jerry!) Thanks to the whole Brigada family for joining in on responses. To get Jerry’s new list of places you can order all kinds of Bibles, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada bible-sources

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ADVANCE READY FOR RETRIEVAL
Get the May Advance today by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text:
get brigada advance.9705

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NEW CONFERENCES LAUNCH!
In a flurry, several new unreached peoples conferences have launched in the wake of the People Cluster Conference in Pasadena and the Brigada family here listening to appeals for help! For example, brigada-peoples-punjabi just came on line for the Punjabis on the Brigada network. The Joshua Project 2000 lists 15 unreached peoples under the Punjabi Gateway Cluster. These total to more than a 108 million people worldwide with most of them living in South Asia! The brigada-peoples-punjabi conference will help interested individuals, churches and agencies send out or receive reports, prayer requests and learn of new ministry opportunities related to the Punjabi peoples and to network with others engaged in ministries to the Punjabis. To join this conference send an email message to hubatxcdotorg with the following line in the *body* of the message (subject ignored):
subscribe brigada-peoples-punjabi

Thanks to Joel and all other willing workers for helping with these “billboards” for prayer and mobilization! Some secure conferences have also been launched — but are private, unadvertised and “by invitation only.”

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REMEMBER THE OVERSEAS READERS
This past week, a Brigada Today participant from the Philippines wrote to remind us to remember those who are working/reading these updates overseas. When we describe conferences (she referred to the “Mentors Conference for Church Planters”) or programs, we need to always try to factor in contingencies for an international audience. It starts by providing more than just an 800 number… but it finishes by making sure that we think through the fact that we’re now a global community in this mission enterprise thing! Thanks to all for your patience as we struggle to learn how to do that!

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FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU “PRAYED THROUGH THE WINDOW”
CIN now has available WindoWatchman II! This is the book with reports from prayer journeyers who participated in the Praying Through the Window II initiative in October of 1995. Get your copy of WindoWatchman II for $14.99 plus Shipping and Handling ($4.50 in U.S.). Just send a check to the
Christian Information Network
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All orders must be pre-paid by check or credit card. You can telephone in your order on our toll free number 1-888-PRAY-104, place your order on our fax machine (719)548-9000 or e-mail them at 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom. Remember not to ever send your credit card number across unencrypted internet email. To learn more about encrypting messages, see http://www.pgp.com.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
Mansour Hussein was killed by a shot in the head in a Christian book shop in Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan. He was discovered by a co-worker on his arrival in the book shop. Mansour was an evangelical believer, a Kurd from a Muslim background. He was bold and fearless in the witness of his faith. Fellow Christians in Arbil say that there is little doubt that he died as a martyr testifying to the truth that is in Jesus. Mr. Hussein leaves a wife and an 18 month old son.
(Source: Elam Ministries, UK, April 22, 1997)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by wonderful and wild John Hanna, Advocacy Director, Caleb Project, 10 W Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120, USA; 303-730-4170, fax 303-730-4177, http://www.goshen.net/calebproject , jhannaatxcdotorg.

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DOES PGP REALLY RAISE YOUR PROFILE?
We’re taking a survey. Are there any documented real specific cases where we known that using PGP raised someone’s profile overseas? If so, send them to jhannaatxcdotorg. Maybe we just suspect that it would raise? He’ll report back to us. Confidential contributions accepted.

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ON THE HUNT FOR LINDA O’FLYNN
Those still trying to find Linda O’Flynn’s Perfect Image PC Service perfect-imageatjunodotcom would do better using, http://www.inworks.net/comm/image/image.htm as the URL. Linda tells us she inadvertently gave us the wrong URL the first time around.

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WATCH THOSE ATTACHMENTS
By now you’ve received 69 warnings about AOL4Free.com, so you don’t need me to tell you about it again. Just remember to ‘watch those file attachments.’ This executable gives you more for your money… or should we say, less. Execute it and apparently it starts its dirty work of erasing files (if it can find “deltree.exe”). :-) Nasty little Trojan horse. For more info. see http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html. Thanks to John Rogers BCCYanadiatxcdotorg and everyone else for forwarding the warnings… Bottom line – don’t ever click on any executables you didn’t request from a reliable source. Opening up text messages is still harmless .. and if you have Office ’97, you could also open up WinWord “.doc” files without fear. Those still using previous versions of Word should beware that Word macro viruses are blossoming this spring. :-) Take heed… or hide!

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GOT ANY VIETNAMESE BOOKS?
Inquiring minds want to know. Or at least Mike does. He’s looking for commentaries and other theological books in Vietnamese. If you know of any good sources please contact him at vnbooksatfcmrdotcom.

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… OR HOW ‘BOUT AN INTEREST IN EVANGELISM THROUGH LITERACY/ELEM. ED?
In that case, David Curtis DCurtisatmaildotlewistondotk12dotiddotus would be the next email address you’ll need. He’s got a passion for evangelism through literacy and Christian education training to elementary-aged children, beginning in Africa and beyond. Wants to facilitate the writing and production of good books for that use… and sounds very passionate about the whole thing.

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BRIGADAFEST ’98 – PRAY THAT LOCATION WILL BE APPROVED
Tomorrow the dates/location go before a committee in Louisville, KY, for consideration for BrigadaFest ’98 (see last week’s Brigada Today, HOW ‘BOUT A BRIGADA FAMILY REUNION????). Pray that the local church there in Louisville will approve the proposal so we can start making solid plans!

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In this issue….

* DUST SETTLES FROM THE GATWAY PEOPLE CLUSTER CONSULTATION
* FINAL FRONTIER – THE ANSWER
* DIVERSITY MAGNIFIES GOD?
* HOW DO WE LIFT UP LIBYA?
* WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MENTOR CHURCH PLANTERS?
* SOUTH AFRICA FARES A TAD HIGH?
* WANT TO REALLY NETWORK? INT’L CONFERENCE ON COMPUTING & MISSIONS
* FREE GRAPHICS FOR YOUR CHURCH/MISSION NEWSLETTER!
* INTERESTED IN ONE OF THOSE TELEPHONE “CALL-BACK” PLANS?
* NEED CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY?
* PATHS TO A STRONG CITY NATIVE CHURCH
* CALLING ALL TRANSLATORS OF REDEMPTION ACCOMPLISHED AND APPLIED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE
* YOU’VE READ THE JAPANESE BOOK; NOW GET THE JAPANESE MOVIE!
* CHAT SPLAT – IRC FOR THEE?
* CORRECTION ON ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CLEARINGHOUSE
* AN HTML EDITOR TO GO!
* PATTERSON “OBEDIENCE ORIENTED EDUCATION AND EVANGELISM BY EXTENSION”
* NEW CONFERENCES READY FOR ACTION!
* GOT RESOURCES? GET NETWORKING!
* TO DOUG: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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DUST SETTLES FROM THE GATWAY PEOPLE CLUSTER CONSULTATION
Well, the dust is now settling from the Gateway People Cluster Consultation, held this past weekend at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA. I wish I could give you a full report but two or three issues are “in the way.” First, we all signed a security release stating that we’d be very careful about what we publicized. It would be a whole lot better for you to read the official press releases by subscribing to the consultation news conferences and retrieving the files that organizers have posted there. (To retrieve those files, create a message to hubatxcdotorg with these lines as the content:
subscribe gpcc-announce
filelist

Look the file list over when it comes to your inbox and use the “get” command to download the press releases you’d like to see.

But there’s a second reason it’s tough to give a full report. The truth is, we don’t know for sure what will come out of the conference. So much of the consultation was designed to be a kick-off of a process – the process of

1. recruiting and training more “resource advocates” (those who champion the cause of some unreached people group)
2. recruiting and training more “strategic partnership facilitators” (those who work mostly in the field to create more networking between field workers
3. creating training opportunities for both the preceding roles
4. launching additional consultations and networking opportunities to help breed more interaction between those who have a love for a common unreached group, and
5. refining a new kind of categorizing of the full JP2000 list of 1739 peoples into around 140 or so “cluster” groupings.

I can tell you that consultation delegates worked hard, very hard, at addressing all five of those goals, as well as hitting security and several other issues at the same time. Pages and pages of feedback were collected. They’ll now be collated and feedback will be given to conference delegates. This is an ongoing process. It’s a marathon not a spring. So let’s have patience . . . and see where this takes us. I believe we’re definitely moving forward.

And at least one other clarion call came out of the meeting: YACC. “Yet Another Call for a Clearinghouse.” Nearly every working group seemed to be asking for a source for information about people group mobilization tools, adoption cross-matching, and security training. Brigada-peoples can help in the meantime to pick up some of that . . . but I believe other tools will also rise to the surface in the months to come. So let the games begin . . . and let’s hope that this YACC results in a real option that works for all of us!

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FINAL FRONTIER – THE ANSWER
We received responses from some 33 different individuals to the recent request for recommending a “final frontier” least reached group for the “Brigada missionary couple.” Remember that this particular couple had volunteered to go anywhere in the world that God would send them . . . but their quest was to go to the most desperately unreached group. Well, . . . I know we can’t claim to have “the answer” . . . because the answer is that there are desperate needs in so many places. But what I can promise you is that the representative sampling you’ll receive in our compilation is a group of some of the most desperately unreached peoples in the world. To get the 15-page compilation, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this phrase in the text of the message:
get brigada finalfrontier

We’ll keep you up to date occasionally as this particular couple discerns God’s will for their lives!

(Note to those viewing this document on the web: This particular file won’t be placed the web because of its sensitivity. To retrieve it, use the “get” command above.)

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DIVERSITY MAGNIFIES GOD?
As I write this, I’m sitting here at the Gateway People Cluster Consultation (at the US Center for World Mission in Pasadena, CA), listening to John Bendor-Samuel, President of Wycliffe. The key issue of his devotional this Friday morning is that “diversity magnifies God.” It never occurred to me before that God would be glorified through what I took as disunity. His thread of thought took us through the Babylonian captivity and the way it dealt with idolatry and through the development of synagogues. In a sense, as Dr. Bendor-Samuel pointed out, God used the judgment that resulted from Babel to glorify Him. Each language has its own beauty, its own power. It lifts up God in unique ways . . . that perhaps would never have been possible in one monolingual world. Of course, the final question he asked is the most interesting: What’s going to be the language of Heaven? Bendor-Samuel said we’d be multi-lingual. God actually said in Rev. 21 that they “would be my peoples” [plural]. We won’t have any problem understanding one another — ’cause the Bible says that in Heaven there’ll be no tears there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

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HOW DO WE LIFT UP LIBYA?
Well now there’s an easy way to get started. You’ll recall last week’s reference to one denomination’s emphasis on Libya PRAYER REQUEST FOR LIBYA. Well now a Libya network is enlarging that all the more to a worldwide thrust . . . and you can start by requesting a file that we’ve logged here at Brigada. Just send a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text:
get brigada libya-pray

Included is info on how to get a new video on prayer for Libya for just $5 (how can they produce the video, package it, and mail it to you for that price?????), and how to unite in a global plan to pray for Libya for one 24-hour period (6pm May 16 to 6pm 17). Sharp little packet for mobilizing prayer at you church or agency. Grab the “libya-pray” file for free!

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WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MENTOR CHURCH PLANTERS?
Then DCPI has a deal for you! You can call 800-255-0431 or write BeckerDCPIataoldotcom and ask for a brochure about the upcoming Mentors Conference will be in Indianapolis from April 30-May 2, 97.

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SOUTH AFRICA FARES A TAD HIGH?
Having trouble finding a good fare to South Africa to attend GCOWE97? Try sending a note to brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg with info. about your travel needs. You’ll probably receive 5+ responses or “bids” from which you can choose… and some of them will be bottom dollar but top value. Also, by the way, we had previously published news about a travel agent in Canada who had worked out special fares to South Africa but apparently, she can always get half-off fares on SAA schaubeckatbaxterdotnet. You can also contact Celia Klare, the official GCOWE travel agent, at 800-847-4640 in the USA, 315-422-2612 for our non-USA participants, fax: 315-422-5932.

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WANT TO REALLY NETWORK? INT’L CONFERENCE ON COMPUTING & MISSIONS
Check out http://www.iccm.org (or write infoaticcmdotorg, the web site for the International Conference on Computing and Missions (ICCM). Scheduled for June 6-10, 1997 in Abilene, TX, the conference hopes to provide a unique experience of spiritual fellowship, information-sharing and vision renewal by providing a forum for missions-related people to meet personally and to share ideas, information and expertise in order to perform their jobs more effectively. If your missions job is at all computer-related, then this is the place to be!

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FREE GRAPHICS FOR YOUR CHURCH/MISSION NEWSLETTER!
Check out http://members.aol.com/charismaco. There, the Charisma Design Company is offering free clip-art collections for your publishing needs! Church representatives without internet access can receive the disk version for a $4.00 (more outside of the USA or Germany). Thanks Charisma! (You can also call +1-303-617-7342 (North America), or +49-7153-75617 (Europe), e-mail: charismacoataoldotcom.

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INTERESTED IN ONE OF THOSE TELEPHONE “CALL-BACK” PLANS?
Check with PacificStar Telecom Service pacificsatsainetdotordotjp. They’ve got that and more!

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NEED CROSS-CULTURAL YOUTH MINISTRY?
Cross Cultural Youth Ministry would like to know! Write ccymatltsdotnet for more info. Their strategy is to place trained youth ministers in partnerships with missionaries or solid national churches throughout the world. They would also like to serve as a clearinghouse for missions agencies or organizations that are searching for youth workers.

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PATHS TO A STRONG CITY NATIVE CHURCH
The path begins at the 3rd Annual Native Urban Church-Planting Symposium, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, April 28 – May 1. Write 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom or call 204-586-1137 for more info.

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CALLING ALL TRANSLATORS OF REDEMPTION ACCOMPLISHED AND APPLIED
If you’re translating (or have translated) Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied into Russian, dbsmithatpacodotnet would like to know.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE
This week mission leaders from across the 10/40 Window will be meeting to discuss how to further cooperation in reaching many of the world’s least-reached people groups. Possibly one of the most strategic meetings this year, discussions will revolve around how best to help link in churches which have adopted people groups and startup mission agencies as they begin to focus on specific unreached people groups. This is often a challenge because of the sensitive nature of ministry in most places in the 10/40 Window. Conference planners expect a great breakthrough in the areas of cooperation, partnership, and communication.
(Source: Caleb Project field report, 4/14/97.) John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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YOU’VE READ THE JAPANESE BOOK; NOW GET THE JAPANESE MOVIE!
You heard that Praying through the Window III Prayer Calendar was done in Japanese. Now the movie is done! For 1500 yen you can get a copy of To the Ends of the Earth in Japanese!!! Write japminatibmdotnet for more info.

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CHAT SPLAT – IRC FOR THEE?
Anybody know of any IRCs for missionaries? (An IRC is an “internet relay chat” or something like that; using special software, several people can “talk” [via the keyboard] to each other live; differs from email in that the communication is real time; all parties have to be on the Net at once.) If you do, email Jerry Witt at HALUSAatWITTYdotCOM. Jerry, please send us a list if you find some, okay?

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CORRECTION ON ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CLEARINGHOUSE
My bad on the reference to the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned that I didn’t believe it had ever been their purpose to “register” adoptions (by a church or individual) or report them upon request by inquirers. I got back a note from the AAPC staff person (I think there’s currently just one or two) saying that indeed that always had been one of their priority purposes. I’ve asked them to drop us a couple of paragraphs on how they receive and/or distribute this info. I’m clueless, even though our mission organization is a supporting member! My bad.

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AN HTML EDITOR TO GO!
Need an HTML editor for your mission newsletter (that’s someone who prepares your written newsletter for the web)? Linda (see her web site at: http://www.inworks.net/comm/image/image.htm ) wants to help. Check out her services . . . e.g., $15 to prepare the bulletin for the web, $25 to post it on the site. She’d like to provide a central place for mission news.

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PATTERSON “OBEDIENCE ORIENTED EDUCATION AND EVANGELISM BY EXTENSION”
You can now get a complete sample set of the 62 booklets including the Church Planting Guide, and the Pastoral Trainer’s Manual for US$95 plus US$25 seamail or US$50 airmail postage. To order, please send two checks to the Missionary Training Service (address below) in US dollars (one for US$72.50 and the other for the remaining amount – this is because they apparently can’t process checks above US$72.50 at the moment without incurring large charges).
The Missionary Training Service
18 Aston Way
Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2XY, United Kingdom
E-mail: coordmtsatxcdotorg

I’ve got to save up my pennies and get a set of these! They’re sharp and have apparently been very effective in each location where they’ve been used.

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NEW CONFERENCES READY FOR ACTION!
Wow – a whole flurry of new conferences has emerged these past couple of weeks. One is BRIGADA-PEOPLES-QASHQAI, moderated by Justin Long of David Barrett’s office in Virginia, promises to wave the flag for the Qashai. According to the welcome message by Justin, “Only a miniscule number have ever met a Christian. There are some Christians in the cities, but not many have ventured out to the rural areas where they live. There is not even one church in the world that worships in their language, nor do they have any Christian radio broadcasts. The Bible hasn’t been translated into their language. There are nearly a million of them — but at most maybe 50,000 have heard the Gospel in their lives.” Join it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only this sentence in your email:
subscribe brigada-peoples-qashqai

There will probably be only one or two failings per week.

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GOT RESOURCES? GET NETWORKING!
This just in from Mary Ann Stone of the AD2000 & Beyond International Office. Let’s load her up with all the resources we can find!!! “It is a delight to watch the growing response to Joshua Project 2000 goals of adoption networking and church planting for unreached peoples. The Lord is indeed placing the vision “a church for every people” on the hearts of individuals and organizations around the world. However, with such interest comes an increasing plea for resources which are both informative and motivational. Prayer teams and groups, researchers and church planters are hungry for a better understanding of the peoples to whom they have made a commitment.

To assist those concerns, AD2000 and Beyond, is seeking to compile a resource list of available videos and films which feature any of the Joshua Project 2000 unreached peoples. (List is available on the World Wide Web http://www.ad2000.org ) We plan to gather informative resources whether Christian or secular in nature. If you or your organization has produced or distributed such a video or film or know of others who may have done so, please contact Barb Bills at AD2000 barbatad2000dotorg with the following information as soon as possible:

* Name of the People targeted in the video or film.
* Country where the filming took place.
* Publisher name, address, phone, fax, and e-mail.
* Retail price for the video or film.
* Versions and formats for the resources.
* Languages in which available.
* Additional Contacts: Name, Organization, Address, Phone, Fax, Email.

These resources will eventually appear in a new column on the AD2000 Joshua Project 2000 peoples list and on our Web site at http://www.ad2000.org

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TO DOUG: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH!
This past week, I heard from a Brigada participant who made a good point. He said I had commented more than once on the way that international use of encryption (encoded) messages would always look suspect until it was utilized by the masses. So he asked courteously why I never used PGP or any other encryption software. “Hmmmm,” I said. “Because I routinely don’t have anything private to say in my typical notes,” I thought to myself. But you see, that’s exactly what 99% of all Internet users are saying . . . which makes the other 1% feel a bit anxious (and look suspicious) when they do choose to use PGP! So . . . starting this week, my signature (at the bottom) carries a reference to my PGP “public key” and I’ve pledged to start using PGP more as each week goes by. Yikes. The price we pay for progress! :-) But you know, he was right. If we really wanted to help secure email to be birthed on the net, we’d all go out and get PGP public keys (there’s no cost involved) and start using this stuff… or utilizing the new S/Mime (or is it S/Myme) built-in security in other emailers.

So how ’bout it, Brigada family. Can we start looking at this PGP stuff or what?

To learn more about PGP security, do a search on the net for it this week. Then send in your best PGP tutor file/URL to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with
PGP HELP
in the subject line. We’ll make the results available to everybody next week and maybe we can help the whole world be more secure! :-)

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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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19970406 Brigada Today

Now with 5271 participants!!!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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In this issue….

* PRAYER SCOREBOARD
* FINAL REQUEST FOR FINAL FRONTIER
* EPISCOPALIANS HAVE A HOME IN CYBERSPACE
* CATCH AN EYE AND A HEART WITH THIS NEW GRAPHIC ARTS FIRM
* GET PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF BRIGADA TODAY FOR FREE!
* THE SECURTY DEBATE CONTINUES
* SO WHERE DO YOU GET GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
* TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: GIVE US YOUR BEST MISSIONS FILM
* WEB WATCH
* WANT A LIST OF AGENCIES WILLING TO WORK WITH TENTMAKERS?
* GET READY FOR PTWIII WITH HINDU WORLD PRAYER FOCUS
* PLEASE FOLLOW THE “PROTOCOL”
* IMAGINE THIS DEAL FOR IMAGE-MAKERS
* SO HOW DO YOU SPELL YOUR MISSION PROJECT?
* WOULD YOU HELP ME WRITE THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION DECLARATION?
* GREAT SOURCE FOR PRAYER CARDS
* NOW YOU CAN REACH YOUR AMDO TIBETAN NEIGHBORS!
* TRAVEL CONFERENCE ALIVE AND WELL!
* PRAYER REQUEST FOR LIBYA
* YOU’RE INVITED TO TEE-TIME
* ONE MORE RESOURCE FOR CHURCH-PLANTERS!
* HINDU CONFERENCE COMING THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT!
* HERE’S A GREAT STORY FOR THIS WEEK’S SERMON

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PRAYER SCOREBOARD
As of yesterday, the Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC had logged 14,300+ churches committed to pray for least reached peoples on the Joshua Project 2000 list! Prayer-tracker Dick Gaffney wrote, “What a blessing to hear from people all over this globe who want to pray for the unreached people groups. These are exciting times!” If your church hasn’t registered, send a note to Dick at RGaff13817ataoldotcom. If you’ve already registered at Envision ’96 or with AD2000, you’ve already been recorded. Thanks for your work, Dick!

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FINAL REQUEST FOR FINAL FRONTIER
This is your last chance to participate in the Brigada study on which people group(s) would be most desperately unreached. Send your nominee to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg but please make the subject line read:
final frontier

We’ve gotten some great responses that will be reported on next week. I think you’ll be surprised at some of the results!

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EPISCOPALIANS HAVE A HOME IN CYBERSPACE
Apparently, Episcopalians can write to MissionsmobilizeratEpiscopaliandotorg to join a discussion group about mobilizing missions among their group. And guess what! They’re evidently very active in Brigada groups too! A few years ago, you might have concluded they were dying out. Guess it wasn’t only Mark Twain’s death that was greatly exaggerated! :-)

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CATCH AN EYE AND A HEART WITH THIS NEW GRAPHIC ARTS FIRM
We’re told that this new missionary prayer letter service designs prayer letters with eye-catching graphics and a professional layout to motivate readers. “Trevco Designs” is owned and operated by Brenda Branson, of The Evangelical Alliance Mission. There are evidently two options: design letter only and forward camera-ready copy to designated mailing service (2-day turnaround) or design letter and provide complete mailing service (1-week turnaround). For further information, references, or to request a brochure, contact Brenda bbransonatteamworlddotorg. Whew! What a relief this will be for some tired layout fingers! :-)

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GET PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF BRIGADA TODAY FOR FREE!
There are two ways to access previous editions of Brigada Today. The easiest, of course, is via the web at http://www.brigada.org where there’s even a search engine that will find that illusive text string you’re searching for (like… “Where do I write to get information on “Praying Through the Window III”?). But if you don’t have access to the web, you’re still in luck. Just send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words,
filelist brigada

in the text of the message. In a few moments, you’ll receive an emailed message containing a list of all the files stored in the top level of the Brigada file archive. Just pick out the edition you want, by date, then send another message that contains something like this:
get brigada brigada-today.970411

Or whatever date you want! It’ll be automatically emailed to you immediately. Kind of like a nifty fax-back service . . . except no long distance bill! And it works from anywhere in the world!

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THE SECURTY DEBATE CONTINUES
In a recent Brigada Today, we mentioned “back-masking” (where, using special software tools, you can bury your message in the noise of a background to a graphic that you email to a buddy overseas; http://www.iquest.net/~mrmil/stego.html or http://www.enter.net/~chronos/cryptolog1.html#Stego ). A friend (thanks Art!) reminded us that . . . if your buddy’s email is being watched closely by sophisticated monitors . . . and he or she starts sending out pictures to the same people… and they’re not all that interesting anyway… :-) and maybe the same picture is going out with different binary signatures… suffice it to say that back-masking isn’t a panacea either. :-( So . . . once again, treat email as if it’s sending a post card… and watch what you say!

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SO WHERE DO YOU GET GOOD HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES?
Karen Lafferty 100340dot3723atCompuServedotCOM would like to know! And guess what… she’s willing to compile a list for us!!! So, personnel guys, please get out that list and send her your best sources for good coverage, at home and abroad. She’ll compile the list and we’ll make it available here on Brigada. We’re especially interested in

1. policies that work for those living overseas
2. reasonable policies for missionaries that live and work in the USA
3. policies covering those who aren’t USA citizens

Thanks Karen!!! (Insurance sales people are welcome to respond too! :-)) Please send a three-line summary at the top of your page of info…. and . . . please limit your response to a page max. Give a couple of examples of premium costs please. Thanks!

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TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: GIVE US YOUR BEST MISSIONS FILM
Steve Cox firstevanatcompuservedotcom wants to assemble a great list of missions videos, movies, and other AV/media resources and their sources. Please send him brief summaries and he’ll make the final list available to us in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

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WEB WATCH
Here’s a new prayer calendar at http://www.churches.com/world/Missions/worldpray and the author, Roger E. Doriot doriotreatticnetdotcom is even willing to email copies to those without web access! On the same page is the calendar for world leaders. Also, have you visited http://www.hotmail.com lately? They’re doing a great business with on-the-web email . . . and they can now also let you check your regular email box. It’s all free. (Thanks for the reminder from CMDNet, Bob!) Check it out! By the way, Bob’s got a great site himself at http://www.cmd.org.nz/books.html.

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WANT A LIST OF AGENCIES WILLING TO WORK WITH TENTMAKERS?
Chris did. He received email responses from Brigada Today participants and prepared a summary sheet of agencies and their addresses. So now, if you’re headed out as a tentmaker with the UN or whatever, you can link up with other tentmakers for service and support. Get Chris’ list by sending a note to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the email message:
get brigada un-tentmakers

As you guessed, the “un” stands for United Nations . . . not for “un” like uncola! :-) And . . . isn’t it nice to read Brigada Today on the web . . . so you don’t have to mail out for all these “get” files? Bob Mayhew fixes it so we just point, click, and read . . . and the files instantly appear like magic! Thanks Bob!!!

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GET READY FOR PTWIII WITH HINDU WORLD PRAYER FOCUS
In this 50th year of India’s independence, Christians are being called to humbly learn about, pray for and reach out to the world’s Hindu peoples. Beginning May 18 (Pentecost Sunday), Hindu ministry leaders are calling for a week of prayer focus on the Hindu peoples. For more info, news release, cover illustration, price and order information, etc., check out: http://www.ywam.org/prayer.hindu.html In addition, the 12 minute Video “Gods of India” is done, booklets will go to print any day now. And $2 Posters are done too. And by the way, those without web access can get the same info by writing YWAM’s International Communications Network at wcnatxcdotorg. Thanks Paul!!!

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PLEASE FOLLOW THE “PROTOCOL”
The welcome screen to this top level Brigada conference is going through some revision. One change is that new conference participants are being asked to email hubatxcdotorg with this message:
get brigada help-detailed
get brigada protocol

The second line (new to the welcome message) is a set of protocols to follow on Brigada conferences. Please get it when you have a chance and follow it at all times. Thanks! (This “protocol” file builds on and adds to earlier protocol files that were dated in their extensions [like protocols.960929 or whatever]. The latter will soon be erased to conserve resources.) (By the way, if you want to see the current welcome message, send a message to hub@xcorg with this line:
info brigada

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IMAGINE THIS DEAL FOR IMAGE-MAKERS
If you’re a photographer and haven’t checked out Seattle Filmworks in awhile, maybe you should give them a second look . . . especially if you’re now using digital images (for the web or for your desktop publisher). Brigada participant Chris wrote, “They have a deal where they will develop a roll of film, make a print of each image, make a slide of each image, digitize each image, print a thumbnail summary of each roll, and give you a new roll of film all for about $20. I haven’t tried them yet, but I will. Look for them at http://www.filmworks.com or call 1-800-filmworks or email at csatfilmworksdotcom. Thanks!

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SO HOW DO YOU SPELL YOUR MISSION PROJECT?
Chris Bushnell is a Personnel Coordinator for a mission agency in the midwestern USA (notice that I say it that way when I don’t want you to find out he works for Team Expansion! :-)). He wrote recently about how difficult it sometimes is for new missionaries or interns to state the full details of their project in a concise enough fashion. As a result, he’s now recommending that new workers consider using this outline . . . or anything like it . . . as a guideline:

Who:
tell about yourself, your family, your experience, your hopes and dreams.
When:
tell about your hopeful time-frame for your new work, including time spent in language and culture learning.
Where:
tell about the people and the place God has burned into your heart.
What:
tell about your mission organization and it’s distinctives.
Why:
ell about your passion to obey the Great Commission and share His love.
How:
tell your potential supporters that you need their prayers, encouragement and financial partnership to fulfill your God-given passion.

I’d say maybe he’s onto something! (By the way — please pray for Chris; he’s just learned that he’ll have to undergo knee surgery for a torn ACL. Maybe skiing and missions don’t mix after all! Better stick to golf, Chris! :-))

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WOULD YOU HELP ME WRITE THE GATEWAY PEOPLE CONSULTATION DECLARATION?
If you have an electronic copy of a past conference/consultation “declaration” that you could send my way, I’d greatly appreciate it. I’ve been asked to chair the effort to put together the declaration for the Gateway People Consultation at the US Center next week . . . and I’d love to get a look at your favorite manifesto! Just mail to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg with subject line “declaration” and I’ll greatly appreciate it! Thanks!

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GREAT SOURCE FOR PRAYER CARDS
One Brigada participant found a super supply source for those prayer cards that everybody puts on their fridge. :-) You scan your color photo, place it into a Pagemaker document and send the disk to Copy Craft Printers. They do the rest. For full color business card prayer cards, it’s reportedly under $115 for 1000 inc shipping!!!!!!! Email rollieatcopycraftdotcom for a catalogue. Sounds like a good value to me!

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NOW YOU CAN REACH YOUR AMDO TIBETAN NEIGHBORS!
Take them a copy of the cassette entitled, “God’s Powerful Savior” in the Amdo-Tibetan language with beautiful Tibetan Flute playing for bridging and background. What?! No Amdos next door? Well you can also get a brief testimony from a Tibetan believer accompanied by Tibetan music and singing. Then join the growing network of believers who are praying for an Amdo Tibetan church! :-) Order from
Audio Scripture Ministries
P. O. Box 46063
Escondido, CA 92046
Fax 619 745 8150

Or write asm-caatxcdotorg. WWW site: http://www.AudioScriptures.org/asm

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TRAVEL CONFERENCE ALIVE AND WELL!
Those who had tried the brigada-travel-bids conference recently might have been discouraged by few quotes in your inbox. Apparently, there was some kind of mishap in the configuration of the conference, making it impossible for the dozens of travel agents there to see your request for a quote. Late last night that was all resolved, so they’re back on line!!! Plus (and maybe most importantly), I have secured the commitment of at least one travel agent who says he will focus his full time efforts on the conference, meaning that you will get quotes back for every request! This guy can buy wholesale fares from several sources . . . and there are over 50 other travel agents subscribed, waiting to see how they can save you and your ministry big bucks. So try it today! Just email brigada-travel-bidsatxcdotorg and explain your reqest for a bid. No need to subscribe… your message goes to the conference “as is” and they write you back directly with proposals.

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PRAYER REQUEST FOR LIBYA
Thanks to Bob and CMDNet for this note on Libya… “Each year the Southern Baptists, in conjunction with other groups, focus prayer for a day on an area of the world in need of mission attention. This year (May 16-17) the focus will be the Arabs of Libya. Only a few Libyans living inside the country or abroad are known to be Christians. A resource kit to support the prayer emphasis is available from the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. The kit consists of a video on Libya, news coverage on Libya and a prayer guide. To order, call (800) 866- 3621 or write Customer Services, Foreign Mission Board, PO Box 6767, Richmond, Virginia, VA 23230-0767, USA.”

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YOU’RE INVITED TO TEE-TIME
Chris cajelatiquestdotnet wants to know all about TEE . . . well maybe more specifically, he’d like to learn what kind of TEE programs have been successful, what accessed via the internet, video, cassette, etc., are there GED programs by video or net specifically for urban areas, . . . etc. Don’t forget to include programs designed for the USA in your answer, too! He’ll compile a list and we’ll make it available here in a couple of weeks.

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ONE MORE RESOURCE FOR CHURCH-PLANTERS!
Don’t forget that you can send mail to majordomoatgenesisdotacudotedu with only the following command in the body of your email message:
subscribe churchplanters

[Note that this is not a Brigada group. In Brigada conferences, you would never add your email address on the end of a subscribe command. It causes the subscribe command to bounce to the owner of the conference.]

They reportedly discuss everything from vision to questions, specific problems, experiences, testimonies, and practical suggestions!

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HINDU CONFERENCE COMING THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT!
Here’s a conference that looks top notch! “Christian Witness in the Hindu World,” billed as “An Exciting two-weekend seminary in Los Angeles with Dr. Roger E. Hedlund, South Asian expert and Christian Scholar. Sponsored by CenSas (the Center for South Asian Studies) will be held at
Church on Brady
717 So. Brady Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: 213 728-4850
E-mail: bradyjobntataoldotcom

April 17, 18 & 19 1997 (Module 1)
and
April 24, 25 & 26 1997 (Module 2).

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HERE’S A GREAT STORY FOR THIS WEEK’S SERMON
Need a little “closing illustration” for commitment to missions and mobilization? Here’s a real live story from an Adult Bible Fellowship in a congregation in Louisville, KY. I was helping a missions team there plan their “next steps” for reaching a Muslim group in N. Africa through one of those PACE Projects I’ve been telling you about (quick commercial — http://www.brigada.org/pace :-)). They’ve been trying all kinds of innovative approaches to make sure the church-planting effort gets promoted in the home and throughout the church. One project they have is placing collection cans for loose change and all in every home of their Couples for Christ Adult Bible Fellowship (the primary advocate group behind this project). So from what I understand, just about every family has these cans sitting around their house now! Pretty cool idea! Anyway, one of the Moms (whose real name is “Tina”) was sharing about the effect on Ryan, her 5-year-old! Apparently, he had lost a tooth that previous week and gotten a whoppin’ $5 from the tooth fairy. (I know . . . it was only a quarter when you were growing up! But hey! It’s the nineties! Inflation!) Anyway . . . Tina (the mom) was pretty shocked when Ryan walked to the Tina tried to explain to Ryan, “Now you understand that you can’t get this back?” He said, “I know, Mom. I want Jesus to have that to help people learn about God.” They say, “Out of the mouth of babes….” . . . but it seems to me Ryan is onto something. If we could just arrange our priorities to give some of our uttermost energies, our uttermost prayers, our uttermost offerings . . . to the uttermost unreached people . . . we would accomplish the uttermost results ever imagined! So . . . grab those cans and pray for your little ones to lose their teeth!!! :-)

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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!

19970330 Brigada Today

Now with 5198 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….

* STOP IN AT PIT-STOP DENVER
* AT LEAST 12,100 ARE PRAYING!
* WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR BIBLES?
* HERE’S A BUNCH OF FREE DENTAL SUPPLIES TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO!
* SEND YOUR INTERPRETER TO SCHOOL!
* HOW MANY URBANA-ITES WILL HEAD OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER?
* WE GET MAIL
* GOT SKILLS? UNCLE PETE WANTS YOU
* YOUR ADVANCE ON ADVANCE
* WINDOWATCHMAN II IS READY FOR YOUR READING!
* HEADED TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR GCOWE’97? CHECK OUT THIS TRAVEL AGENT!
* PHONE HOME… VIA THE SKY
* CHURCH PLANTER RESOURCES BRIGADA STYLE…
* WORK THE WEB WITHOUT THE WEB
* WORLDCHRISTIAN NEWS OFFERS STEAL OF A DEAL TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS
* RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
* O-HI-O – GET YOUR PRAYER CALENDARS IN JAPANESE OR AFRIKAANS NOW!
* GREAT IDEA FORMING UP FOR REACHING MUSLIMS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE BEHIND THE BAMBOO CURTAIN
* USE YOUR BCC LINE!
* HUNGARY HUNGRY FOR DISCIPLES
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

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STOP IN AT PIT-STOP DENVER
If you want to help your church or cell group to truly make an impact cross-culturally, consider attending Pit-Stop Denver, April 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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AT LEAST 12,100 ARE PRAYING!
Dick Gaffney at Manna Church of Fayetteville, NC RGaff13817ataoldotcom reports 12,100 registrations to pray for the various people groups on the JP2000 list. If you haven’t registered your intent to pray, write him today! Note that if you’ve already registered at AD2000 & Beyond or Envision ’96, your intentions have already been added to their database. Their goal is to find 10 people/churches for each of the 1739 groups. Just under 5000 to go [assuming these 12,100 are fairly evenly distributed!]! Thanks to the volunteers at Manna!

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WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR BIBLES?
Jerry Kingery jerrykatbfdotorg would like to know. He’s willing to compile a list of Bible sources – good prices, great selection, lots of different languages, etc. Maybe SIL or somebody already has a great web site or a giant search engine to give Jerry the answer??? Send your best guess to Jerry and he’ll compile a report for us to post here in a couple of weeks. Thanks!

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HERE’S A BUNCH OF FREE DENTAL SUPPLIES TO SINK YOUR TEETH INTO!
Several wrote asking for info. on the free dental supplies note….. It’s available from Outreach Latin America 74724dot1506atcompuservedotcom – about a semi truck load.

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SEND YOUR INTERPRETER TO SCHOOL!
Write servngodatjharperdotminskdotby to find out more about a special course for interpreters… to be held in July in Kharkov, Ukraine and then in Kradnoyarsk, Russia in August.

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HOW MANY URBANA-ITES WILL HEAD OVERSEAS THIS SUMMER?
According to convention news releases, perhaps as many as 2,753! To see other cool stats from the conference, send email to hubatxcdotorg with the words…
get brigada urbana96

as the only text of the message. It’s a short file… maybe 1/2 page…. but it’s stocked with great stats!

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WE GET MAIL
Thanks to those who send in notes of encouragement! You are God’s anointed. Apologies that we can’t answer every piece of mail. For example, this week we heard from Brazil…. “Hey, my name is ….. I’m a missionary in the Brazilian Amazon Basin, rather remote. I e-mailed friends to get me the $79 Britannica, and a month later they brought it with them when they came to visit. No problem. THANKS A TON!!!!!! With our love, …” [he named his whole family, kids included…; I’m a sucker for the kids! :-) ] If Brigada can ever help you or yours, we’ll give praise to God!

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GOT SKILLS? UNCLE PETE WANTS YOU
Have you got special computer or communication skills? Pete Holzmann, Coordinator of the AD2000 & Beyond Interactive Task Force, is putting together a resource catalogue for those who are making inroads into unreached peoples. He’s looking for folks willing to create web pages, host email conferences, write, edit, etc. If you’re interested, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only this line in the text of the message:
get brigada itf-resource

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YOUR ADVANCE ON ADVANCE
Mark Kelly’s Advance has been posted for your retrieval! Here’s a summary:
ADVANCE! April 1997

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE – Food crisis in North Korea deepens; Israel bill could outlaw personal evangelism; saving babies’ lives in India’s Kondh Hills; 20 million in spiritual captivity in Nepal; lost Libyan hearts

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH – New believer murdered in southern Asia; three Chinese believers jailed in USA; Indonesia blocking church building permits; Italian missionary worker murdered in northeastern Peru

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS – Five children killed at Rwandan mission school; Christian villagers riot in Indonesia; dark forces of Goth subculture; IBM harasses Christian employees

REJOICE! – 100,000 people in Bogota cell groups; Chinese believers endure hardship to erect building; 134 Thai families turn to Christ after cloudburst; North Korea charters first independent Christian church; missionary released from Iran; 10,000 Ugandan young people signed sexual purity pledges; Australian lawmakers strike down euthanasia law

NETWORKING – Libya highlighted on Day of Prayer and Fasting for World Evangelization; weekly electronic mailing covers India; ACMC helps congregations mobilize world evangelization; International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church; e-mail conference dedicated to practical application of technology in the global missions; Brigada Web site; Reasons To Believe Web site; “Human Rights Watch World Report 1997;” new book documents systematic persecution of Christians worldwide

FRONT LINES – Our battlefields

To get your copy of the complete text, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the following line in the text of the message:
get brigada advance.9704

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WINDOWATCHMAN II IS READY FOR YOUR READING!
CIN announced this past week that the long-awaited WindoWatchman II is ready for order! According to CIN, “This book contains exciting reports from prayer journeyers who participated in the Praying Through the Window II initiative in October of 1995. This work provides great insight as to prayer points for the nations of the 10/40 Window. In its 432 pages it includes praise reports, country history, pictures, and a full-color pull-out map which indicates the 100 Gateway Cities, at the back of the book. Get your copy of WindoWatchman II for $14.99 plus Shipping and Handling ($4.50 in U.S.), along with a complimentary copy of WindoWatchman I from the 1993 prayer initiative. Please make note that after April 30th, 1997 the WindoWatchman II will be offered for $14.99 and the WindoWatchman I for $10.00 plus Shipping and Handling.” CIN says that to purchase, you may send a check to the Christian Information Network at 11025 State Hwy 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 All orders must be pre-paid by check or credit card. In the USA, call toll-free to 1-888-PRAY-104. Worldwide, fax them at (719)548-9000. Email 73422dot3471atcompuservedotcom.

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HEADED TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR GCOWE’97? CHECK OUT THIS TRAVEL AGENT!
AD2000 & Beyond leadership advised us this past week of a special deal they’ve worked out with a travel agent in Canada . . . schaubeckatbaxterdotnet. According to Debbie Wood, you can perhaps save hundreds by using her since she’s selling South African Airways flights at wholesale costs directly to GCOWE participants. Check her out!

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PHONE HOME… VIA THE SKY
Remember the satphone we mentioned last week? MAF has agreed to discount it for those purchasing during the remainder of April. Just tell them you heard about it on Brigada Today. One user wrote… “What a blessing it has been during the past month to have the capability of communicating with our missionaries. Without it we would not have known the situation … during some very tense times. But with the phones we were able to activate our prayer chain across the country within minutes after getting a call. On several occasions the phone call came as a very dangerous situation was arising and the call was to the point – “The city is being bombed – I’m frightened. I need your prayers.” To order a Planet I satphone, write
Paul Lay Planet1atmafdotorg
or phone: (909)794-1151
or fax: (909)794-3016.

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CHURCH PLANTER RESOURCES Brigada STYLE…
Thanks to Wayne Penner for compiling the church planting resources throughout the month of March! His 5-page catalogue is a virtual storehouse of potential for your ministry or church-planting conference! Get it by sending email to hubatxcdotorg with only one line in the text of the message:
get brigada church-planting-resources

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WORK THE WEB WITHOUT THE WEB
MAFxc technology guru Bob Sutterfield shared a tip with us this past week . . . somehow allowing you to access the web without even having the web! If all you have is email capability and you need a special page downloaded, this approach could be “just what the doctor ordered” for you! To learn more, send email to hubatxcdotorg with only the words
get brigada access-via-email

in the text of the message.
Thanks Bob!

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WORLDCHRISTIAN NEWS OFFERS STEAL OF A DEAL TO BRIGADA PARTICIPANTS
Thanks to Paul and the gang at WorldChristian News! They’re offering Brigada participants a special deal on their new booklets and posters about the Hindu world. Instead of $3 for single booklet orders, and $2 for the two-color illustrated poster on the Hindu world, Brigada readers can now purchase these items at U.S. $1 for the booklet, and U.S. $1 for the poster. [First Class / Airmail postage & handling (same cost for either or both items): $1.50 (within the USA), $2.50 (within the Americas), $3.50 (rest of the world).] Paul qualified… “Sorry, no bulk-orders accepted for this special offer (only single copies per address). For bulk orders (and additional information) browse http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html or send us your address and request a flyer.” Please mention “Special Brigada Offer,” and send your paid order (payable to WorldChristian News) to:
30 Days Hindu Focus
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs, CO 80936, USA

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RESEARCHER NEEDS AFRICAN AMERICAN LEADS
Remember Jim Sutherland sutherlandjatutcdotcampusdotmcidotnet? He’s the guy researching African American cross-cultural missionaries. His questionnaire is done and he’s making one last stab at gathering participants for the study. He wrote this week, “My method is to give a questionnaire to African American missionaries who are serving those who are NOT African American, in this country or abroad, who have been on the field at least one year, currently or in the past. I’d appreciate the names and addresses of such missionaries, or whatever information your readers might have, including mission names. Also I’d appreciate suggestions for contacting others on the Internet with whom I might network regarding this problem. Thanks again. Sincerely, Jim Sutherland.” Please contact Jim directly at the address above. Jim is apparently doing his work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Il., under Dr. Crawford Loritts, of Campus Crusade. Sounds very interesting. He’ll make a summary report available to us as he closes out his research.

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O-HI-O – GET YOUR PRAYER CALENDARS IN JAPANESE OR AFRIKAANS NOW!
Yup. Now you can get Praying Through the Window III calendars in Japanese by writing japminatibmdotnet. Share them with your Japanese cell groups, ministries, churches, etc. They also make great conversation pieces for the coffee table. (Everyone will be convinced you’re so “cross-cultural”! :-) ) You can also get the Afrikaans version by writing nupsaatglobaldotcodotza. Thanks Brenda!

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GREAT IDEA FORMING UP FOR REACHING MUSLIMS
Here’s a guy in Ukraine who is eager to reach Muslims. Truth is . . . the mission church where he’s been doing leadership training has already sent two missionary families to a Muslim group nearby! Great success story in and of itself. Anyway… he’s been hearing stories of Muslims who are willing to watch videos . . . even though they have some . . . shall we say… Christian leaning. So-o-o-o-o-o-o-o . . . he’s curious as to what type of videos exist that specifically address themes like The life of Muhammad, The development of the Qur’an, Comparisons between the Qur’an and the Bible, Major points of conflict between Islam and Christianity… (like Are Christians Polygamists?, What Christians mean by saying that Jesus being the Son of God?, Is the Bible reliable?, Did Jesus really die on the Cross?), Testimonies by Muslim converts to Christianity [as he wrote, “(obviously – slightly more biased on this one :-)”]. So . . .what can we send him??? Chris is at ma. So . . . Chris . . . if you hear from anyone, we’ll count on a summary listing (with sources) here, okay? Thanks! Great idea, by the way.

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GLOBAL GLIMPSE BEHIND THE BAMBOO CURTAIN
Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese leader who recently died at the age of 92, was “an instrument of revival”, according to Chinese house-church leaders. They say “he was God’s unwilling instrument to help bring revival to China. He gave us the freedom to evangelize by not using the devices to punish us when we did exactly that.” A house-church leader in Guangdong said “Deng replaced Maoist ideology with a materialistic philosophy: get rich quick. This started many people on a spiritual quest, asking if they are only there to buy a larger television or a better fridge.” Although house churches continue to grow rapidly in China, some of the most visible house-church leaders have reportedly been recently imprisoned again.
(Source: Compass Direct, PO Box 27250, Santa Ana 92799, USA. Fax 714-531-2681, e-mail compassdratCompuservedotcom, via DAWN Friday Fax)
Global Glimpse is garnered greatly by good guy John Hanna, Caleb Project Littleton, CO.

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USE YOUR BCC LINE!
Geoff “from down under” (Australia) reminded us this week that we could reduce Internet bandwidth 10 or 20% immediately just by using the “BCC:” box (instead of the “CC:” line) for that long list of addresses to which we’re copying some message. In each case, that would cut down the length of the message significantly! Great idea Geoff!

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HUNGARY HUNGRY FOR DISCIPLES
Got an appetite to train disciples to be disciplers of other disciples? (Now that’s a mouthful! :-) ) So does Brad, a church planter in Hungary who is looking for resources: (books, tapes, studies, etc.). Chris Bushnell ChrisBushnellatXCdotorg is willing to compile the resource list. Send in your vote… and the answers will be made available here in a couple of weeks! I can’t think of a more important question – if our goal is to create multiplying church movements!

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