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AT LAST: WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA IS HERE!

book Edited by David B. Barrett, George T. Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson, this new edition of the classic reference source – a comprehensive overview of contemporary Christianity – offers a fuller comparative scope, pays greater attention both to the other world religions and to the secular realm, and describes more fully the range of Christian attempts to relate to both.

  • Volume One: detailed empirical overview of global Christianity.
  • Volume Two: survey of religious life in 238 countries covering political, social, economic, and denominational features.
  • Volume Three: global data – miniprofiles of 10,000 religions, 12,600 ethnocultural groups, languages, regions, cities, extensive index, resource guide, and full-color reference atlas.

Mention that you saw it in Brigada and ask for the special introductory offer until 3/31/2000 of $70 off the US$395 price. Published by Oxford University Press. In the USA, call toll-free 800-451-7556; in Canada, dial 800-387-8020. Elsewhere, use 212-726-6453 or write intlsalesatoup-usadotorg  (intlsalesatoup-usadotorg)   or browse http://www.oup.com. This is the book by which all other reference sources are judged. I just ordered mine. I told the order-taker to get ready for the 10,000 person rush! And by the way… they offered no discount to me beyond the normal Brigada introductory $70 off. :-( At least you know I don’t get a “cut” for every book sold. :-)


FLASH! Thanks to Brigada participant Bruce Camp who might have just saved you some money. He recommended that we shop for the World Christian Encyclopedia at http://www.bestbookbuys.com and, sure enough, one vendor has it at $279 + tax, postage paid. That’s a better deal than the one offered by Oxford Press. If you’ve just ordered, maybe since these are pre-publication orders, perhaps the folks at Oxford Press would allow you to cancel your order and you could save $45 off the price we mentioned by buying from www.bigwords.com. I’ll try that tomorrow. Again, the exact location at bigwords.com is: bigwords.com/search/index.cfm?BIGVERB=book%20zoom&ISBN=0195079639

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STRATEGY COORDINATOR TRAINING 2000

graduation cap A Strategy Coordinator is someone who bridges the Harvest Field (UPG) and the Harvest Force (Church) to develop Church-planting movements (CPM)among the UPG. The SC’s basic work premise answers the question: “What needs to be done for a CPM to take place among my people.” rather than “What can I do to plant a church among these people?” The Training involves 20 8-hour days of interactive class time where a high premium will be placed on Q&A, Discussions, Debates and Intercession. In addition, there are 4 major written assignments to ensure the successful transformation of a missionary into a SC. These are :

  1. UPG Profile and Mobilisation Brochure
  2. List of Networking Present and Potential Partners
  3. 100 Options to engage this UPG
  4. A Master Plan for reaching, training and developing a church-planting movement among this UPG

Successful trainees will be awarded 10 credits towards a Masters, MA, DMin or PhD in Inter-cultural Studies from Bethany School of Missions (The Training Arm of Asia Pacific Mission, Ltd) in Singapore. Write Frank SCANetatwritemedotcom  (SCANetatwritemedotcom)   or call 65-9682-4493.

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KITAB BOOKS FOR MUSLIMS

books Kitab Books has a catalogue filled with evangelistic and apologetic materials for Muslims as well as some written by Muslims. The catalogue is huge. Write Kitabdotukatdominidotorg  (Kitabdotukatdominidotorg)  .
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“NO CLOSED DOORS”

Intent (formerly U.S. Association of Tentmakers) has slated its annual Conference as “Intent 2K – No Closed Doors” for June 1-4, 2000 at the Billy Graham Center Wheaton. Speakers include Bob Blincoe of Frontiers, George Miley of Antioch Network, Tim Philpot of CBMC Int’l, Joe Suozzo of Christar, & Joseph D’Souza of OM. The first half is for veteran tentmaking “Practitioners”. The Explorers Conference (for those looking into tentmaking), starts with dinner June 2 & runs till mid-day June 4, & includes workshops. For more information contact Intent in the USA at 630-848-6033 or by emailing LSKendrickatIntentdotorg  (LSKendrickatIntentdotorg)   or browse http://www.intent.org.
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SUMMARY OF ADVANCE!

Here’s a quick summary of the March 19th issue of Advance. To receive the whole issue, just send a message to advance-2000-03-19atbrigadadotorg  (advance-2000-03-19atbrigadadotorg)  

Cote d’Ivoire’s Toura people; the Mestizos of Peru; the Uighur of northwestern China; 18-fold church growth in China; an Iranian trains Christian workers to reach his countrymen; 260 unreached people groups with no one to tell them; the Zerma of Niger

Two believers imprisoned in animal cages; persecution in Turkmenistan; Fulbe believers in Nigeria persecuted; Pakistani Christian sentenced to prison; European human rights court to review Soner Onder’s case; Romanian lawmakers withdraw religion law

Medical technician testifies he helped kill babies at Planned Parenthood abortion facility; 4-month-old baby shot to death in Bogota; Mexicans make pilgrimage to Mayan shrines

580 prisoners in Benin pass up meal for “Jesus” film; Buddha painter saved in Mongolia; God answers chief’s prayer for agricultural worker; broken jade Buddha turns woman to Christ; West African chief pleads for missionary; church-planting movement emerging in unreached people group in China; Christian worker puts life on the line for team members; 16- year-old’s prophetic word saves man from suicide

The “Jesus” film for children; “The Waiting World” video series; the Buddha’s prophecy of the Messiah

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TAJIK PRAYER DAY

praying hands Keep on praying for the Sarikol [Sair-i-coal] Tajiks [Ta-jeeks] of Western China. This unreached people group has no known Christians, and none of the Bible has been translated into their language. There are only a few workers trying to minister to the Tajiks and they prayed together all day on Tuesday, March 21st. Please keep on praying that the Holy Spirit will have the freedom to move among the Sarikol Tajiks to bring them to salvation. Also pray that they would soon have a copy of the Scriptures in their native language. We often talk about “planting seeds”, but when it comes to working with the Tajiks, we are still in the business of “moving rocks” so that the soil can be prepared for planting. This can only happen through PRAYER! If you would like more information on the Sarikol Tajiks, browse http://www.strategicnetwork.org
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CHILDREN’S MISSION EDUCATION

Last call for all teachers who work with children 3-12 years old! Don’t miss this best-ever training for children’s mission education. The International Children’s Expo 2000 will equip you to give kids a heart for missions, prayer and ministry. Choose from 60 top-notch workshops and tables full of terrific resources you won’t find at your local Christian bookstore! Featured speakers are Cheri Fuller, author of “When Mothers Pray” and “When Children Pray” and international speaker and author, Bob Sjogren, Director of Destination 2000. Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, Dean of The Chapel at Taylor University in Upland, IN, will lead worship. For a brochure call 888-345-6276 in the USA (or via Net2Phone) or write jilldotharrisatjunodotcom  (jilldotharrisatjunodotcom)  . Go to http://www.21stcenturykidsconnect.org/IntlExpo.htm for further information.
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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER “LIVE”

praying hands Since 1775, the U. S. Congress has annually set aside national days of prayer for the USA. On Thursday, May 4, 2000, believers across the land will seek God for the great needs of the USA as nation, as well as its cities and towns. The National Day of Prayer Task Force exists to help equip you. You can find more info. on the web at http://www.ndptf.org. Pay particular attention to the seventh annual Nationally Broadcast Concert Of Prayer (NBCOP).
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CALLING ALL 10/40 WINDOW AND CREATIVE ACCESS BRIGADIERS!

For years now, missiologists have argued over the effectiveness of various evangelistic and church planting strategies among the unreached. For example; Is tentmaking more effective than a historical approach? Are micro-enterprises more effective in reaching people than schools or hospitals? Is learning more than the trade language necessary? Though each person has an opinion and personal data to support their opinions, yet the truth is these opinions are very subjective. Thus, a survey has been put together by the TMQ Research under Don Hamilton, at the U.S. Center for World Mission. The purpose of the survey is to gather data from those serving in creative access nations and study what if any objective lessons can learned about training, life, work, ministry among the unreached. If you are living in the 10/40 Window, please participate in this survey. If you have expatriate friends who live in the 10/40 Window, please share this opportunity with them. Participants do not need to give their name, location, or organization/mission/company. Surveys should be submitted by June 1. This allows time for surveys to be carried in and out of restricted places. The more input the more objective the results will be. Results will be published in early 2001 and made available to anyone. To down load the survey, you may obtain the passwords from tmqatantiochdotcomdotsg  (tmqatantiochdotcomdotsg)  . To learn more about the survey please go to TMQ’s website at http://tmq.antioch.com.sg.
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A DOZEN LINKS ON PARTNERSHIP

WebWatchGrace has been at it again!

Here are her top 10 links on the topic of forming partnerships:

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NEW WEB JOURNAL FROM LUIS PALAU

WebWatch From the sounds of this title, you’d better go to this site before you click on any others!!! :-) First Priority is a brand-new Web journal on evangelism. http://www.ichristian.com/firstpriority/ There you can also request their half-page “This Week’s First Priority” e-mail updates.
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VBS TEAM NEEDED IN HAWAII

COMMIT Ministries is still accepting applications from High School and College students to form their “Vacation Bible School to the Outer Islands” team, July 7-August 14. This group will help conduct productive VBS summer programs for five outer-island churches in need of their help. The cost is $2185 and includes RT airfare from major West Coast cities, most meals, lodging (camp style), Inter-island airfare, ground transportation, adult supervision, and training. Deadline for applications is June 1. Contact Jeff commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   for more information.
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COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTORIES

Does anyone know of online (or electronic format) directories of church workers who have “IP-based” technologies in use today? The Association for the Development of Religious Information Systems is seeking to compile a directory of users of CUSeeMe, ICQ, InstantMessenger (any flavor), Net2Phone, Netmeeting, or any similar technologies used to more efficiently connect the workers on the field with their sending organizations. Please send either directory addresses, files or individual contact info to adrisathomedotcom  (adrisathomedotcom)  . The data will be displayed at http://members.home.com/adris.
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IRANIAN ELECTIONS

What do Christians living in Iran think about the recent elections? Read all about it on the website for the Persian Speaking World: http://www.peopleteams.org/psw. Team PSW is seeking to be a blessing to 100 million Persians anywhere in the world and especially those living in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran. For more info, write gciatpoboxdotcom  (gciatpoboxdotcom)  .
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SWAHILI LITERATURE OUTREACH

UPESI is a free single-sheet evangelistic paper in Swahili, and is available free to anyone working in that language area. Beryl Shannon, the editor, would value the help of anyone really fluent in Swahili for checking of articles. For more info, contact BJShannonatsoondotorgdotuk  (BJShannonatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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BRIGADA: WHAT’S IT TO YOU?

As I’ve mentioned before, Brigada celebrates two birthdays. One comes around January 25th each year (the day communication began via the Brigada family of networks) and the other comes March 21st (the day we “went public” with Brigada Today). I started to write a kind of summary of the past five years and then I thought . . . hey… maybe if I asked, someone out there would write a one-paragraph testimony or summary of what Brigada means to him/her. Then we could clip some notable-quotable comments for next week’s issue — which might then serve as a tool for those who would like to explain Brigada’s potential. Besides, I’d like to know it myself! :-) So… if you’ve got a testimony or a challenge (what you’d like Brigada to tackle in the future) or if (in some teeny-tiny small way) Brigada has helped you, please send a note to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   with a subject line that starts: [brigada]. If anyone sends anything [then we’ll know they read until the last drop! :-)], we’ll clip excerpts for next week’s issue.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

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UPDATE ON “THE COUNT” FROM AD2000

ad2ksm Thanks again to Dan the Information Man at AD2000 & Beyond’s International Office in Colorado Springs. He’s assembled a new Summary & Progress Report of the last 2+ years of the Joshua Project at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/download.htm in Excel xls format. He’s currently showing a total of 1595 peoples on active JP list. Of those, some 1120 still show no Church of 100 being reported. About 533 (roughly 30%) still have no on-site Church Planting team. About 261 are still said to be untargeted or “unclaimed.”
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CROSS-CULTURAL TRAINING FOR MISSIONARIES

graduation cap MissionPrep is a partnership of evangelical missions offering cross-cultural training in Toronto, Canada. For over eight years they have been preparing missionaries for effective cross-cultural service. MissionPrep offers training in Language Learning Techniques, Personal assessment, Interpersonal skills development, Cross-cultural communications, Spiritual warfare and many more core-training topics that every person needs for effective overseas ministry. Some of the upcoming seminars are:

  • May 4-6 Cross-cultural training for Short Term missionaries (under 1 yr $220 Room, Board & Tuition)
  • June 18-30 Intensive workshop in Language Learning Techniques ($995 all inclusive)
  • July 4-19 The essentials for preparing for cross-cultural effective ministry($995)

For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or check out the Missionprep web site http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep

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CAN YOUR SCHOOL OR ORG. USE FREE ENGLISH TEXTBOOKS?

Then Robert skilesattenetdotedu  (skilesattenetdotedu)   is your man! He wants to donate used college level English textbooks (business, literature, economics) to a missions school or a humanitarian organization. If you or someone you know needs some, write him!
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NATIVE AMERICAN CONSULTATION

This is a key time for those interested or currently working among Native North Americans. This consultation will be held on May 11-12, 2000 on the campus of Oak Hills Fellowship / Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA. Registration cost is $US25.00 which includes meals. Special speakers include Rev. Tom Claus, president of CHIEF and Dr. Leonard Rascher of Moody Bible Institute. To register or to get additional information call 218-751-8670 ext. 276 or email President of Oak Hills, Dr. Thomas Bower, tjboweratpaulbunyandotnet  (tjboweratpaulbunyandotnet)  
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NEED TO BROADCAST TO NORTH AMERICA?

Now you can. Broadcast to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Cuba with one Super Powerful AM Radio Station at a very low cost. For more information email your mailing address and phone number to davebradioataoldotcom  (davebradioataoldotcom)  .
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TRAVEL IN THE TOUGHEST PLACES WITH GOOD HEALTH

Check out the TealBrook website, much more complete than the old one. They have more products, more info and actual prices online. They help advance the Kingdom by helping to protect the messenger’s health. Stop by at http://www.tealbrook.com or email them at infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)   for an email listing.
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LOOKING FOR INSURANCE?

You can get major medical for people traveling outside the USA and be fully insured with a major insurance company, plus get emergency medical evacuation and other benefits included. For info. and an application click on over to http://www.internationalhealthins.com.
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PASTORAL COUNSELING IN A CHINESE CONTEXT

Here’s a guy who is researching pastoral counseling in a Chinese context and he’s desperate for resources. If you can help, contact Scott skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   or call at 217-732-4613.
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SUMMER INSTITUTE OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES

graduation cap Take part in the Summer Institute of Religious Studies (SIRS) course, “Who is My Neighbor? The Gospel in a Pluralist Society,” from Friday, July 7 to Friday, July 21. Slated for Southern California, this two-week intensive will address questions such as religious pluralism, ethnic diversity, and cultural relativism. Where else can you attend a Messianic Synagogue, take a walking tour of Buddhist temples in Little Tokyo, and visit with a New Ager at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore. For more information, contact JSNarniaataoldotcom  (JSNarniaataoldotcom)   or the website at http://sonrise.faithweb.com.
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TOURS AND MINISTRY IN ISRAEL

World Harvest Now invites you to join them in either a summer (June 15-24) or fall tour of the Holy Land. In 1999 WHN began a partnership with a Messianic Jewish pastor to reach the Sabras (Israeli-born Jews) for Jesus. Through this partnership, WHN is able to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Israel and minister in a local Israeli church. Both tours will be small intimate groups, and led by the pastor’s wife, Pamela, who is a registered tour guide with a leading tour agency. Pamela is also a very talented artist specializing in prophetic art relating to Israel. In addition to seeing the sights, history, and culture of Israel, there will be an opportunity to participate in ministry to the Sabras people! Participants will assist the Messianic congregation with special projects which will allow you to meet, fellowship, and encourage fellow believers. For more info. write whnatwhndotorg  (whnatwhndotorg)   or call (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 888-404-3222 or 940-891-4400. The first 25 deposits will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $1000 refund!!!
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TESOL COURSE IN THE POCONO MOUNTAINS

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA, (formerly YWAM Roaring Branch) is conducting a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course May 1 to May 26, 2000. This four-week school will be held in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, USA. The cost: $900.00 USD includes all costs of the course. Immediately following the school, organizers are planning an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine till June 15. The cost of the outreach is additional. For further information and applications e-mail YWAM at 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)   or write to YWAM, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, PA 17046 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153.
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READ ALL ABOUT THE YARSI

The Yarsi people (Dagaari Jula, Wala) had not been targeted for missions nor church-planting efforts. But now, by God’s grace, this has changed dramatically and drastically. For more info., visit http://www.peopleteams.org/yarsi or contact Albert albertsaahatafricaexpressdotcom  (albertsaahatafricaexpressdotcom)   and adopt a project. At least you can pray! Church planting efforts start in May 2000.
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HOW DO YOU RAISE FUNDS FOR SHORT-TERMERS?

dollar sign Kevin pkpatmindspringdotcom  (pkpatmindspringdotcom)   in Houston, TX, has to raise about $30K for short- termers headed to Kenya this summer. He’s looking for the philosophies, methods and programs that have actually worked for them in the past. If you’ve got some programs or approaches that have worked, drop him a note!
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PRAYER LETTER SERVICES

Boyd bgriffithatgemissiondotcom  (bgriffithatgemissiondotcom)   is gathering information about how missionaries get their prayer letters produced and distributed. If you’ve got a favorite service or one you know is doing a great job, drop him a note and he’ll share the results in a future edition of Brigada Today.
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“NO CLOSED DOORS”

Intent (formerly U.S. Association of Tentmakers) has slated its annual Conference as “Intent 2K – No Closed Doors” for June 1-4, 2000 at the Billy Graham Center Wheaton. Speakers include Bob Blincoe of Frontiers, George Miley of Antioch Network, Tim Philpot of CBMC Int’l, Joe Suozzo of Christar, & Joseph D’Souza of OM. The first half is for veteran tentmaking “Practitioners”. The Explorers Conference (for those looking into tentmaking), starts with dinner June 2 & runs till midday June 4, & includes workshops. For more information contact Intent in the USA at 630-848-6033 or by emailing LSKendrickatIntentdotorg  (LSKendrickatIntentdotorg)   or browse http://www.intent.org.
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MISSIONARY TRAINING: CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

graduation cap Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies of WEC International now trains folks for mission, whether they’re headed overseas for one year or 20! Browse http://www.WEC-int.org/cnrstone for more information. For information and application forms write 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  . Upcoming courses include:

  • 28-31 March BIBLE SURVEY – MARK;
  • 3-7 April EXPANSION OF THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT;
  • 10-14 April ISSUES RELATING TO MISSIONARY KIDS;
  • and many more too numerous to list here.

Write for the complete schedule.

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SITES FOR CENTRAL EUROPE

WebWatch Check out http://www.Citygate.org for a list of web sites of national evangelical publishing houses working in Central Europe and Russia, along with several new papers on Life in Central Europe. The compiler apparently won’t turn down donations from downloaders.
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INTERNATIONAL DATABASE FREE FOR YOUR USE

Check out www.census.gov/ipc/www/idbnew.html for an extensive resource for demographics and dependencies. There, you’ll find information from the Census Bureau, the United Nations, and various int’l statistical agencies.
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IF YOU HAVE TO BUY A VEHICLE FOR YOUR MISSION

car If you’re in the market for a good deal on a vehicle, check out these sites.

But the best one of all is http://www.carorder.com, where you can “build” your car right on the web! Take these prices into 3 of your local dealers and find out if they can match your best price! If they know you’re about to order from the web, they just might!

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GOT NEWS?

Here are some new sites to check for the latest current events:

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Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

20000227 Brigada Today

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TRACTS, TRACTS AND MORE TRACTS: FREE FILE FOR DOWNLOADING!

Brigada autoresponder Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   has done it again! Here’s a 130K file ready for retrieval, loaded with sources and resources for Christian tracts around the world in various languages. To get your copy of his directory, just send an email to tractsatbrigadadotorg  (tractsatbrigadadotorg)   and our server will obediently zoom the file to your inbox.
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RESOURCES FOR THOSE WORKING IN RUSSIAN

Brigada autoresponder Are you (or someone you know) trying to reach out to a Russian-speaking world? Have a look at Ken’s 170K file stocked full of resources for outreach in Russian language. To get your copy, just write russian_resourcesatbrigadadotorg  (russian_resourcesatbrigadadotorg)   and a copy will be sent automatically to your doorstep by our server.
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MOBILIZE PRAYER FOR THE UNREACHED

movie camera YWAM Strategic Frontiers International has released a new, professionally-produced video series to generate prayer for some of the 127 key unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. The first 13 videos in “The Waiting World” Volume One is ideal for churches or small groups in it’s 5-minute format and gives specific prayer points for the people group featured. Printed materials for church bulletin inserts afford viewers the chance to link up with front line missionaries or start a home front alliance. Available now in English and PAL or NTSC. Suggested donation is U$S99.95, which includes shipping and handling. Call 800-FOR-YWAM or 719-226-3006 (USA, Col. Springs) or email WaitingWorldatsfcosdotorg  (WaitingWorldatsfcosdotorg)  .
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COLUMBIA INSTITUTE OF MUSLIM STUDIES

graduation cap Under the direction of Dr. Warren Larson, this intensive study program is slated for July 10- August 4, 2000 at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. Gain the understanding you need for fruitful ministry among Muslims during these consecutive two-week intensive sessions. Course options for Session I, July 10-21 include: Introduction to Islam, Women in Islam and Folk Islam. Session II offers: July 24-August 4: Muslim Evangelism, Church Planting Among Muslims and Revelation, Qur’an and Muslim Traditions. You may take these courses for credit ($897 each) or audit ($150 each). Instructors include international mission leaders and scholars of Islam: Dr. Steve Johnson, Dr. David Cashin, Ms. Donna Smith, Dr. Phil Parshall, Rev. Richard Bailey and Mr. Sam Soloman. Brochures are available by writing muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or by calling 803-754-4100 ext. 3325. To qualify for a possible scholarship, make sure you apply on or before May 1, 2000.
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SIMPLE PHOTO TIPS FOR MISSIONARIES

camera This 7-page website article covers some very basic tips for improving your photography. It’s written from the perspective of what the missions committee in your home church might be looking for in the photos you send them and includes some photo examples (good and bad). It does not assume the reader has a lot of experience or expensive photo equipment. See it at: http://www.fastlane.net/~peggyjc/phototip.htm. You can request a text-only version by writing peggyjcatfastlanedotnet  (peggyjcatfastlanedotnet)  .
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REST AND RELAX IN THE WILDERNESS OF IDAHO

f you are a missionary, now you can stay free of charge at Allison Ranch on the River of No Return. Your hosts, the Thomas family of Boise, provide the flight on a small aircraft into the ranch airstrip. There are 3 beautiful log cabins which are fully equipped and sleep up to 8. Wonderful home cooked meals are provided. Please visit http://www.replace.com/allison for more information. Reservations are handled by Cole Community Church in Boise. Phone is 208-375-3565 or email Brian Grant, Missions Pastor, at 103106dot1545atcompuservedotcom  (103106dot1545atcompuservedotcom)  . If you know any Mission Aviation Fellowship pilots, ask them about Allison Ranch – it is where they polish their flying skills.
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TEN WAYS TO AVOID BECOMING A MISSIONARY

Now you can avoid the vocation of missionary once and for all. Find out how at http://www.btc.co.za/missions/missar03.htm Stewart says reprint the list as needed. After all — we wouldn’t want too many missionaries now, would we. :-)
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BECOME A SHORTWAVE BROADCASTER

satellite antenna You can broadcast worldwide on short-wave radio for very low rates. Air your broadcast or promote your website to millions of listeners. You may also broadcast on several AM stations each with almost total U.S. coverage at night. There is too much information to fax. For more information email davebradioataoldotcom  (davebradioataoldotcom)   and include a mailing address and phone number.
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“TOURISTS” HELPING MISSIONARIES

On one field where there are many missionaries from a number of missions, “Sam” (not the real name), a retired school teacher, is spending a couple months helping missionaries with computer skills. Sam is teaching, individually or in small groups, in their homes or in offices, everything from basic Windows skills to doing prayer letters and email to spread sheets, etc. He is helping some who are almost computer illiterate, others who have extensive experience, and nationals where they know English.

There are undoubtedly thousands of “laymen” at home that have the ability to perform such a valuable ministry on many mission fields. Many would enjoy a “vacation” with such a valuable purpose. Perhaps you could be the catalyst to get some missionaries and such a teacher together. If you’re interested, write rogerdoriotatxcdotorg  (rogerdoriotatxcdotorg)  . By the way, if your mission or a group of missions in your field might be interested in having such a person come, write him and he’ll try to match you up with a volunteer!

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CONSULTATION: FRENCH-SPEAKING AFRICA

BASSAM 2000, the 2nd international consultation for all organizations and individuals targeting evangelization to unreached peoples in French-speaking countries, will take place from May 8-12 at the conference center IIAO in Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire (West Africa). The consultation is co- organized by Interdev, the AD 2000 and Beyond Movement, World Vision, and the Association of Evangelicals in Africa. The consultation’s objective is to develop cooperative efforts for key French-speaking Christian leaders to reach the unreached peoples in French-speaking African countries. French will be the consultation’s language with English translation. For further information and/or to register (by April 1 if possible), contact Annelise Goldschmidt at agoldschmidtateudoramaildotcom  (agoldschmidtateudoramaildotcom)  .
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EMMAUS ROAD SEEKS BOOKS/ORGS HELPING MISSIONARIES

More and more people are asking for Emmaus Road’s book on reentry care. However, the Emmaus folks are wanting it to be a real “user friendly” resource. Therefore, they are appealing for additional books, electronic or ministry resources that are currently helping returning missionaries. They want to include these in a Resource Section. (At present they have only a handful of book titles and three organizations!) Send your favorites to Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)  .
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THE STORY OF JESUS FOR CHILDREN

The worlds largest unreached people group is children. The original movie classic JESUS is has been adapted for children. This new 62 minute color video will enable children of all ages to enjoy the captivating retelling of the true story of Jesus from a child’s perspective. Order this new children’s video of the JESUS film, ‘The Story of Jesus for Children’ by visiting The JESUS Film Project website at http://www.jesusforchildren.org, email: jfcatcccidotorg  (jfcatcccidotorg)  , inside the U.S. call toll-free 800-432-1997, outside the U.S. call 949-361-7575 or fax your order to 949-492-0381. A single copy is only US$14.95 plus $4.50 s/h inside the U.S. or $15.00 s/h outside the U.S. Quantity discount prices are available on our website. Payment is by credit card or U.S. dollar check.
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A WORLD FULL OF INFORMATION

WorldSkip http://www.worldskip.com/ is a nicely designed clearinghouse of information on every country in the world. I love this site! On the front page you’ll find pulldown menus for six different areas of the world. Use the pulldown menu to choose a country from one of those areas. You’ll get another page for that country with the flag of the country and several columns of links including government information, tourism, and news links. Nicely done. (Hats off to http://www.researchbuzz.com for putting Brigada onto this source!)
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A MARCH FOR JESUS WITH A DIFFERENCE!

A March for Jesus will take place in a town in the Sahara desert on “Jesus Day”, June 10th this year. It is suggested that outreach dates be coordinated around June 9th – 14th to allow for further prayer and exposure into this 10/40 Window nation. Orientation and information packets are available from: siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom  (siroco_saharaatyahoodotcom)  . Due to security measures necessary in the region this March will be a little different to the others being held around the world. Further details are available upon request.
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CODE OF BEST PRACTICE FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION

After more than a year of building consensus among missions leaders, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC) has developed a Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission. It outlines aims and objectives for short-term mission programs and presents general principles and standards of excellence for publicity, field management, pastoral care and re-entry support. It’ll be made public at the Short Term Mission Forum 2000, a training and equipping conference on September 22, 2000 slated for the Intercultural Ministries Centre at Tyndale College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario. For more information click on http://www.globalmission.org or email efcglobalmissionathomedotcom  (efcglobalmissionathomedotcom)  .
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GLOBAL LEADERS’ FORUM

From 9 am to 3 pm on Wednesday August 2, a first ever Global Leaders’ Forum will be held as part of the 15th World Convention of Churches of Christ (Christian/Churches of Christ/Disciples of Christ) in the new ‘state of the art’ Convention Centre, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (August 2 – 6, 2000). The aim is to allow leaders to meet and to hear what is happening around ‘our world’ so that they might better plan for the future. Local, area and national leaders are urged to be present to make this gathering as worthwhile as possible for the sake of our witness in the 21st Century. Other national and mission/overseas ministry ministries will be able to make brief presentations also. Further details available from Lyndsay and Lorraine worldconvataoldotcom  (worldconvataoldotcom)   , or 615-321-3735 or at http://members.aol.con/worldconv.
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ENGLISH COURSE FOR NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING MISSIONARIES

If you’ve come across an English course for non-English speaking missionaries, David baedaebokathotmaildotcom  (baedaebokathotmaildotcom)   would like to know. He’s doing a TESOL graduate student project at Biola University. Be sure to ask him for a summary report when he’s done.
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FREE INTERNET SERVICE AS AN OUTREACH?

An AP article titled “Jesus goes online in Rio” reported that a Catholic archdiocese in southern Brazil has found a novel way of spreading the faith. Free Internet service! Dan mediainfoatconsultantdotcom  (mediainfoatconsultantdotcom)   would like to interact with anyone who has an interest in developing strategies to use internet as a platform established within an UPG country. Write him today!
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WHERE DOES ONE LEARN FARSI?

That’s what Jim jamesrbaquetatjunodotcom  (jamesrbaquetatjunodotcom)   would like to know. Drop him a helpful hint and, if you like, ask him for a copy of the results.
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ENGLISH MINISTRY TRAINING

graduation cap This course is co-sponsored by Literacy & Evangelism Int’l & Graceland English Training. It takes place July 9 – 15, 2000 in Ciechanow, POLAND. There are 2 programs to choose from: 1. English Outreach Ministry (For those wanting to get started with a Bible-based outreach ministry) and English Teachers’ Track (For those already teaching English in public or private schools). All participants will also have sessions in: Creative training techniques; learning styles; developing visual aids and more. For info, ask Colette projpoleatintekodotcomdotpl  (projpoleatintekodotcomdotpl)   or telephone (23)673-73-03. Cost is $50 US which includes meals, accommodations and materials.
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SEND ME IS GREAT RESOURCE FOR GOERS/TRAINERS

book I think Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor have done a magnificent job with their new book, Send Me! Journey to the Nations. Truth is, much of the material was originally published as MARC’s You Can So Get There From Here. But Hoke and Taylor improve on it vastly with their insights in training profiles, current resources, and personal application — to total some 136 pages plus the full color ads from mission orgs. Rats. rats face Why didn’t we put in an ad for Team Expansion. :-) Either way, it’s well worth the investment. To order, call William Carey Library (800-MISSION in the USA or via Net2Phone) or click on http://www.webbookstore.org. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to invest your $6.36!
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NETWORK FOR STRATEGIC MISSION

Click on http://www.strategicnetwork.org to go there. They hope to set up forums for unreached peoples, kind of like we originally envisioned for Brigada email discussion groups. Nichole, a loyal subscriber from the window, reminded us of the strategicnetwork site this past week.
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MISSION MOBILIZERS HAVE A NEW WEB-HOME

WebWatch Nate has moved the Brigada Mission Mobilizers Database from his personal website to the Caleb Project website at http://www.calebproject.org/bomm/dbindex.htm.
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USING COMPUTERS EFFECTIVELY IN OUR MINISTRIES

computer Want to use your computer more effectively? Roger RogerDoriotatxcdotorg  (RogerDoriotatxcdotorg)   wants to help. He’s compiling info and would like your input – from personal experience, books that are especially helpful, web sites that may provide help, anything. You may have a real ministry to many others by writing up how to do some of the things you’ve learned. Talk to him before you go into detail. Maybe someone else has already written up a help sheet on your topic! When he’s done, we’ll ask him for a copy here as a Brigada autoresponder.
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MISSION-FOCUSED CHURCHES FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada Task Force For Global Mission and The Peoples Church Toronto are inviting pastors and church leaders to a national gathering focused on developing healthy mission-focused churches, May 6-9, 2000, The Peoples Church, Toronto, Ontario. This is a leadership conference for churches that want to make a greater impact both locally and globally. This strategic conference has been designed to:

  • EQUIP LOCAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL MISSION STRATEGIES
  • TAKE YOUR CHURCH TO A HIGHER LEVEL IN GLOBAL MISSION
  • DRAW ON THE EXPERIENCE OF MISSION AND LOCAL CHURCH LEADERS
  • NETWORK WITH OTHER LEADERS
  • RELEASE THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST EVER NATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT ON THE GLOBAL MISSION CHURCHES
  • DEMONSTRATE HOW YOUR CHURCH CAN INCREASE ITS IMPACT LOCALLY AND GLOBALLY

For more information, click on http://www.globalmission.org or email efcglobalmissionathomedotcom  (efcglobalmissionathomedotcom)  .

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MARCH 2000 WORLD CHRISTIAN (SPECIAL OFFER)

This issue, “Praying For All Peoples,” challenges readers to pray more effectively for missions. Brigada members who subscribe now will receive 2 dollars off the regular subscription. That’s $12.95 a year for US residents, $17.95 in Canada and $25.95 Internationally.

Feature articles include the Church’s seven responsibilities to the nations, how pastors’ prayer groups develop unity and strengthen evangelism efforts and the prayer journey of Wesley Duewel of OMS International.

To subscribe, call 708-524-5070 or E-mail WINPress7ataoldotcom  (WINPress7ataoldotcom)  . Mention Brigada when you call or write to receive the special rate ($2 off). Or write to PO Box 1357, Oak Park, IL 60304.

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PRACTICAL MISSIONARY TRAINING MATERIALS

MTS has some great training manuals: The Missionary Training Guide (step-by-step activities), The Missionary Team (all practical aspects of missionary work), How to Learn Another Language (streamlined LAMP by Betty Sue Brewster), The Effective Sending Church (practical mobilization) all for US$20 plus US$9 airmail or US$5 surface. Otherwise US$6.50 each plus US$1.50 surface or US$3.00 airmail. Order and information from the Missionary Training Service coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg  (coordatmissionarytrainingdotorg)  . They can handle credit cards or send checks in any currency to The Missionary Training Service, Flat 5, 40 Buckingham Gate, London SW1E 6BS, United Kingdom. They’re on the web at http://www.missionarytraining.org.
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CHILDREN’S MISSIONS EDUCATION

Calling all Sunday School Teachers, Kids Club Leaders, VBS Directors, Christian School Teachers and Home Schoolers! On April 6, 7 & 8, Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY will be hosting the International Children’s Expo 2000. This year’s expo is about giving kids a heart for missions, prayer and equipping them for ministry. Over 30 workshops will be presented. Featured speakers will be Cheri Fuller, author of “When Mothers Pray” and “When Children Pray” and international speaker and author, Bob Sjogren, Director of Destination 2000. Dr. Richard Allen Farmer, Dean of The Chapel at Taylor University in Upland, IN, will lead in worship. Designed for use with children 3 to 12 years of age. For a brochure and registration information, send your mailing address to Stephanie Garling at garlingfamilyatjunodotcom  (garlingfamilyatjunodotcom)   or call 502-253-8950 ext. 4725.
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INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MISSIONARIES

syringeAn article on health insurance for missionaries recently appeared in the inaugural issue of Short Term Missions Today. To read this article go to http://www.missionaryhealth.com/article.htm. You may also email the author to learn more about the importance of health insurance overseas at healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom)  
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LEARNING KAZAKH?

cd-rom It just got a bit easier. Now you can get Kazakh Language CD-ROMs from the University of Arizona Press for $69.95. Beginning Kazakh’s double CDROM set contains 20 lessons, 25 video dialogues and readings by native speakers, plus over 10,000 audio recordings. You can order online at http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/catalogs/spring00/pg34.htm or call them at 800-426-3797 (in the USA or via Net2Phone). For details, see http://clp.arizona.edu/cls/kaz.
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FREE COPIES OF SHORT-TERM MISSIONS TODAY

book This new annual 84-page, full-color magazine is available for use by your church, school or group. Contact Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)  . All the copies you can reasonably use are FREE, with the request that you cover the modest “out-of-pocket” Shipping & Handling charges to get these issues to you, and that you request at least 10 copies. It includes thirteen great articles on all aspects of Short-Term Missions, plus one of the most comprehensive “Short-Term Mission Opportunities Comparison Charts” ever published, presenting 176 separate options presented in 49 different categories. The copies you request will be shipped right away, with the modest S&H invoice enclosed. ALSO, feel free to request copies of the companion magazine INTO ALL THE WORLD, the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook (52 pages, 10 articles, 5 Comparison Charts), available for the same S&H costs.
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HIS STORIES

Marc’s ps2v8mnatsierradotnet  (ps2v8mnatsierradotnet)   looking for great missions stories he can write up to share with others. Feel free to send him your stories — and we’ll ask him for a report here in two or 3 weeks so we can load up one of those autoresponders.
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MORE INTERFAITH DIALOGUE

In an exchange this past week with a Muslim believer, I agreed with my new friend that one positive step we could all take is to promote more interfaith dialogue. My friend believes that this would promote greater understanding of one another’s religions. I told him I would ask the Brigada Today audience to work toward that end. At the very least, this would help us form greater bonds of friendship and knowledge of each other’s beliefs.
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NEED COMPUTER PROTECTION?

According to one Brigada participant, you’ll appreciate this site — especially if you’re using DSL or cable modem hookups. The program is called ZoneAlarm by http://www.zonelabs.com and, according to the one user, is highly touted by ZDNET.
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AD2000’S “TAKE” ON THINGS

ad2ksm This past week, I received a nice response from Luis Bush, International Director of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, regarding the ramblings we had published about the outcomes of AD2K. It will come as no surprise that Luis was upbeat about the results of the past decade of mobilization . . . and probably for good reason. He remains convinced that “a church for every people, the gospel for every people” was the right goal. “Yes, if we were going to err on the vision ethos prevalent at the time, we chose to believe that God would do great things if we were faithful & diligent to the call,” he wrote. According to Dan Scribner’s latest assessment, 78% of the Joshua Project 2000 peoples (1239) have reported evangelistic / church planting activity onsite. In addition, up until about 18 months ago, only 4% of the JP2000 people reported a church fellowship of 100 or more. Now that number stands at 1/3 of our churches. About 4 out of 10 unreached peoples had a church planting team in their midst 18 mos. ago — and now the figure is more like 65%. Some 77% were targeted for church planting back then… and today, only about 12% remain to be targeted!
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YOUR INVITATION TO CELEBRATE MESSIAH 2000

Brigada autoresponder Barb’s inviting you, 27 December 2000 to 2 January 2001. Leaders from 150 countries will gather in Jerusalem for this conference sponsored by the AD2000 & Beyond Movement and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Program Themes include the following:

  • Celebrating God at work.
  • Assessing the status of the Unfinished Task and covenanting for the future.
  • Encouraging women’s mobilization.
  • Moving to serve the poor and needy.
  • Recognizing emerging leaders from the worldwide community.
  • Promoting global partnership and world evangelization.
  • Acknowledging Church movements worldwide toward the Unfinished Task.
  • Affirming the role of the majority church in World Missions.

To receive full information and registration form, send a simple blank email to cm2000atbrigadadotorg  (cm2000atbrigadadotorg)   and our autoresponder will send you the file.

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

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

20000213 Brigada Today

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WHOA – BRIGADA STUFF JUST GOT EASIER

Brigada Logo Our volunteer tech-guy, Bob, has been burning the midnight oil again. This past week he completed a major switchover which makes it a lot easier to get Brigada autoresponder files. To get a full list of what’s available, including a description of contents and size, just send an email to brigada-infoatbrigadadotorg  (infoatbrigadadotorg)  . To get any Brigada autoresponder file, from now on just write to <filenameatbrigadadotorg>. In addition, Bob’s rewriting the code for the search engine so it’ll be all the more rapido! Thanks a ton, Bob!
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BRIGADA: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Brigada Logo We found Jonathan, the guy who had challenged us to grow to 10,000 participants. Come to find out, he’s hard at work in a 10/40 Window nation, trying to assist an organization in developing Internet communication there. Why am I not surprised? He was glad for the Brigada family, but wasted no time to challenge us to develop a greater and more proactive platform for each of the remaining least-reached peoples. He also urged us to discover a way to measure the involvement of each Brigada participant… with the implication being that 10K readers does not equal 10K mobilizers. My biggest regret is that last time he challenged us to a goal (in ’95) he was here, helping us implement it. This time he’s in the 10/40 Window, involved in implementing MISSION! Don’t get me wrong… I’m glad for that… but how in the world do we make sure there’s a “live” email or web forum for each remaining unreached group! Yikes. gulp That’s a tall order. I think I hear Penny calling me to supper. :-) :-) Let’s stew on it for a week. :-)
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GATHER AT THE GATHERING

You’re invited to Antioch Network’s Annual Gathering of Churches, July 26-29, 2000, at the Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, Arizona. Hear keynote speakers Floyd McClung, George Miley and Luis Bush. Learn about five stages of engagement that Antioch Network guides its churches through to increase involvement among the unreached. The cost is $135.00 for the entire four days including two lunches and a dessert hour. For more info, see http://www.antiochnetwork.org or write GatheringatAntiochnetworkdotorg  (GatheringatAntiochnetworkdotorg)  . Antioch Network sent three representatives to BrigadaFest — so now it’s time to send Brigada folks to Tempe! :-)
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GET PAID FOR SURFING THE WEB

WebWatch It just keeps on getting crazier and crazier. For example, Brigada participant Christopher reminded us this past week about all the spots where you can now be paid to surf the web. Among them are:

It’s hard to believe . . . but it’s true!

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DON’T GET TENSE WHEN YOU MAKE TENTS

Brigada autoresponder Check out the new 2K file linking you to resources and info. for those involved in tentmaking — working their way to witness to the nations. To get it, just send a note to tentmakingatbrigadadotorg  (tentmakingatbrigadadotorg)   and Bob’s new autoresponder will email you the file for free!
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ARE YOUR “SHIELDS UP” TO INTERNET INTRUDERS?

So did you hear about all the “denial of service” (DoS) attacks this past week? Big commercial sites like Amazon.com were brought to their knees, apparently by a bunch of zombie-like robot servers. And get this — one writer said it was such a simple attach that a 15-year-old kid in Iowa could have orchestrated the whole thing. How safe does that make you feel? It was the ultimate “return of the body-snatchers”, except the vandals were relentlessly attacking ebay and buy.com instead of the citizens in the county next door. So… with that as a backdrop, did you ever wonder how vulnerable your server (or your laptop) is to internet vandals? Check it out for free at Gibson Research Corp’s “Shields Up!” http://grc.com. The author has designed a page with special web-bots that will actually try to penetrate your PCs defenses — while you watch! It’s actually kind of spooky. I went there thinking that I was okay. I pushed the button and within minutes, the page had extracted all kinds of private information, including my name and the name of the network at our office. Who knows what a real intelligent (and malicious) hacker could have gotten! This was a mere robot! So I started reading the fine print and … yikes gulp… it was over my head. But I started trying to follow the author’s step-by-step directions, changing a properties setting here and there, then rebooted and came back to the page again. Guess what — the second time that robot was clueless. Score one for the humans! Yahooo! Yahoo :-) So it’s worth some investment of time I guess . . . if you don’t want to be violated. :-)
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BOOKLET FOR MISSIONARY USE

book THINK ON THESE THINGS is a booklet now available to missionaries for ministry purposes. (CBN has used this booklet in the past for US follow-up.) Sharing Christ Ministry (SCM Inc.) provides the booklet (88 pages) free with only a small handling charge. It’s a month-long “non-believer to believer progression” devotional (31 topics) — a way to share Christ that includes a one-year through-the-Bible reading plan. You can get it

  1. printed with your ministry’s information,
  2. contextualized to specific language and culture,
  3. printed in the local language.

Available in English, Spanish (“soon”!) and Russian (June ’00).
Contact John flasecretaryataoldotcom  (flasecretaryataoldotcom)   at SCM for more info. (Thanks for the tip, Mark!)

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TURKEY CONSULTATION

The International Turkey Network is hosting a Latin and North American Consultation on Turkey March 2-4 in Phoenix, Arizona. General sessions, Workshops and Work Groups will be led by seasoned leaders from the Turkish Church and worker community. For program details and registration information contact JaysonKKataoldotcom  (JaysonKKataoldotcom)  .
Deadline for registration: February 25. Better work fast!
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WHAT DO THE MOSQUES OF ISA BELIEVE?

Jim JimAyarsataoldotcom  (JimAyarsataoldotcom)   wants to know. He’s doing some research on the group, which has been labeled a cult by Muslim nations. If you’ve got some inside info, he’d love to hear about it. He’ll file a report with us when he’s done — and we’ll release any info. which won’t put others at risk.
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MONGO SUPPLY OF BOOKS IN OTHER LANGUAGES

books Lewis clcioukataoldotcom  (clcioukataoldotcom)   is talkin’ books… big-time… in other languages. For example, need books in English, German, Chinese, or Polish? He’s gotcha’ covered at:

If your language isn’t listed, don’t fret. Lewis is a dedicated Brigada participant. He’s agreed to take personal responsibility for getting catalogues for other languages into the hands of interested Brigada participants. Can you believe it? And he’s got the tools at his disposal, too. After all — he’s based at the CLC’s International Office in Sheffield, England. So… and name your language… and write our guy Lewis! Thanks Lewis! What a guy!

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NEW INFORMATION SERVICE FOR MISSIONARIES FROM THE UK

March 1st sees the launch of OSCAR (an acronym of ‘the One Stop Centre for Advice and Resources’), a web-site billed as The UK Information Service for World Mission’. OSCAR is a collection of links to UK information and resources that relate to missions and missionaries, all brought together on one site. There are two main sections: an opportunity index and a service index. The opportunity index includes information about mission organisations [sic :-)] and areas of work whereas the service index includes information about UK-based mission support services. Word on the street is that the developer (“Mike”) is a former MAF pilot who understands UK missionaries and knows what he’s doing. Look for this site to go places. Check it out at http://www.oscar.org.uk and register your interest online or write infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)  . He’s apparently going to develop an email interface as well.
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BARGAIN-BASEMENT CHRISTIANBOOKS

books If you’ve been putting off your purchase of Christian books until the next big sale, ChristianBook.com says wait no more! They have apparently lowered prices on 4000 products for a blowout sale at: www.christianbook.com/html/static/bargainctr.html?promo=3601&ad=4220
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MINI-ACTS 29 TRAINING COURSE!

graduation capThe next scheduled missionary preparation course by Emmaus Road International is May 4 to June 2, 2000. In an intensive four week total immersion in the second culture community of Tijuana, Mexico, missionary candidates learn and practice principles of living and ministering cross-culturally. The course integrates the advantages of three learning centers: the classroom, the community, and the Christian home. For info, write emmaus_roadateridotorg  (emmaus_roadateridotorg)  .
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GET A TORCH KIT AND LIGHT YOUR WORLD

oil lamp Want to use AV media but can’t afford to get started? Now you can. Get a Ken Anderson Films and InterComm “Torch Kit” — 2 pound lightweight Radmar filmstrip projector, an extra bulb, 110 to 220 power converter, 15 to 17 filmstrips, with the English script to these filmstrips. (These English scripts may be translated to the language the Christian or missionary is trying to reach.) This kit is portable, easy to use, and will work with AC, a car or motorcycle battery. Plus they’re affordable: $300 including shipping. For more info, write lanejillatsprintmaildotcom  (lanejillatsprintmaildotcom)  . (Thanks Ken!)
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TRY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S FREE ONLINE ATLAS!

If you ask me, Jon’s found a real goldmine! Check out National Geographic’s free mapmaking machine! http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine. It has cool satellite views with geopolitical boundaries and cities overlaid. Spice up that next report with a map of your area of interest! Thanks Jon!
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WE BREAK THE 10K MARK!

Brigada Logo The first time I remember hearing the number was in the August 25, 1995, issue. Here’s the way it went: (the item was titled, “FROM THE “LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION” DEPARTMENT“) — Ya know, I always thought that if a person was highly technical, highly skilled, highly process oriented, then they would probably be pretty scared about bulging growth. Not so with Jonathan Marsden, who manages the technical end of CrossConnect and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him this past week about how he felt about Brigada growing past the 800 mark, I was surprised to hear him say he wasn’t satisfied. “I won’t be happy until we have 10,000 people on board, with hundreds of conferences about least reached people groups and cities all over the world.” Wow. When I grow up, I want to be like that. :-)” [snip snip, end of excerpt] That was August 1995 . . . and five years later on February 10, sometime after midnight, we silently went into the record book as having 10,000 subscribers! Yahoo! Thanks to every single person who helped make it possible… for all those who have promoted Brigada by word of mouth, in their personal newsletters and in their messages . . . and for all of you who have remained with us… many for years at a time! God bless us every one!
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SO WHAT WAS CROSSCONNECT?

MAFxc logo Curious about what “CrossConnect” was? It was an idea, really, with about 2 staff people. :-) Pete Holzmann was the visionary and Jonathan Marsden made it happen. If it weren’t for JM, I doubt there would even be a Brigada. It was he and Pete who said, “We have the technology to do what you’re asking, Doug, and we’re on the edge of being able to make it practical. Are you willing to work with us?” Well of course I was. (Nobody else offered! :-) ) Within about 24 hours, we began experimenting. Two months later, on March 21st, 1995, Brigada “went public.” After a year or so, CrossConnect finally admitted that the financial model just wasn’t working for email conferences. They were on the verge of folding. Mission Aviation Fellowship invested in continuing the dream of forming these email lists and “email conferences.” When they did so, they kept on saying that the Brigada conferences were one of the primary reasons they were willing to do so. One MAF staffer said, “Brigada is the crown jewel of CrossConnect.” This was pre-web days. I mean… there was a web… but it wasn’t searchable yet and it was still pony express level. MAF enabled the CrossConnect vision to go forward, establishing the MAFxc wing of the staff at Redlands.
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MILESTONE: MAJORDOMO TO LYRIS

Lyris logo As we look back, it seems that one of the critical milestones was MAF’s decision to transition to Lyris. It seemed to them like the right thing to do, at the time. The old Majordomo system made it really hard for conference owners to maintain their lists, especially as they grew. Brigada volunteers like Revis Ann Massey sometime handled hundreds of requests per week — from assisting with unsubscribes to tracking down weird bounces. Switching to Lyris eased the burden for moderators because Lyris was so powerful. Still, something happened in the transition. Prior to switching from Majordomo to Lyris, we had hundreds of conferences going… many of which were pretty active. I don’t understand it . . . but in the midst of the switch, we seemed to lose so much steam. Out of the smoke and charred ashes of changing our “operating system”, so to speak, it seemed like only a few conferences survived and they seemed to never really hit stride with Lyris like MAF thought they would. Eventually, MAF revealed their plans to begin charging a fee, maybe by the message, but definitely by the byte. We begged MAF to consider adding some kind of advertising at the bottom of each message… but their non-profit roots wouldn’t have a thing to do with it. (They didn’t like the “unrelated business income” side… and I completely understand.) Either way, here at Brigada, since we were unwilling to begin charging for services, we concluded that we had to jump ship. Brigada moved to eGroups. (Within a month, MAF issued statements saying they were basically folding the MAFxc program. They later recanted somewhat from that position, but seemingly the “CrossConnect electronic frontier heyday” was over.)
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EGROUPS: POSITIONED FOR GROWTH

eGroups logo Switching over to eGroups was like putting on an old pair of jeans for Brigada. Everything seemed to smooth out almost overnight. There were few shutdowns, few problems, and lots of growth. Although earlier, eGroups talked about giving Brigada some ad revenue, it basically hasn’t happened. ($27 for all of 1999?) But that’s okay! Because, you see, just not having to pay by the message or by the byte is reason enough to rejoice! We managed to keep Brigada a free service. And it looks like we could continue to grow, too. EGroups is saying we’re good to go for tens of thousands of participants. Yahooo!
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WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Brigada Logo Well, a lot of Jonathan’s “dare” has happened. But what we don’t have anymore, essentially, is a unified umbrella of conferences. However, one only has to take a look at the “links” section of the Brigada eGroups website to see that there are still dozens of “Brigada-like conferences hosted by all kinds of service-providers. We hope those continue to multiply like rabbits! Maybe they don’t all begin with “brigada-peoples-so-and-so,” but they’re still functioning, providing switchboards and networking forums for mobilizers and on-site workers alike. As far as Brigada Today goes, we hope it’ll continue to grow as well. We’ll see if we can’t get in touch with Jonathan and get a new “dare” but for now, I’m shooting for a Brigada Today with relevant, timely, meaningful content that you’ll want to share, relay, and talk about. And we pray that Bob Mayhew (our web guy) and Don and Judy (our volunteer customer service managers) will continue to push forward as they always have, because they’re doing an incredible service to the missions world — and we all appreciate them greatly!!! (Please, please keep up the great work guys! :-) ) Okay… enough reminiscing. Back to work! :-)
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LEARN ABOUT THE ETHNIC GROUP NEXT DOOR

How many churches adopting people groups think they have to travel half way around the world to make contact with them? The truth is that God is moving representatives from almost every nation and tongue to our doorsteps! A new website seeks to equip and inspire American churches to reach out to their ethnic neighbors, sharing the hope that makes an eternal difference, then learn about the mission field through them.

http://www.ethnicharvest.org has over 150 pages of content, with demographics and links to many mission sites. Ethnic Harvest began with a vision to serve the more than 100 language groups living in the Seattle area. They hope through the website to share this vision with churches nationwide. For more information, write Barbara infoatethnicharvestdotorg  (infoatethnicharvestdotorg)  .

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BROCHURES ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE GROUP

Marti msmithatcprojectdotcom  (msmithatcprojectdotcom)   at Caleb Project would like to increase her collection of people-group brochures that link people to networks, partnerships, or strategy coordinators. She wants to pass these out in group settings to use for immediate prayer, as well as provide an opportunity to join strategic on-going efforts. No promises that this will bring you new partners, but it might! Want to help? If you have produced an informational/prayer brochure about the people group on your heart, you represent a network or serve as a strategy coordinator, and your brochure contains contact information that can be passed to a general N. American Christian audience in relative safety, could you mail Marti 6-12 copies of your brochure at this address? Caleb Project, Advocacy & Research Dept., 10 W. Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, CO 80120 USA. She says “Thanks!”
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JOSHUA PROJECT 2000 REPORT AS OF FEB

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan Scribner at AD 2000 & Beyond tells us that, as of Feb., there are 1595 people groups on the active JP list. Some 1118 of these tribes have no Church of 100 reported yet. In fact, about 537 have no reported on-site Church Planting team. As a matter of fact, some 262 haven’t even been claimed for anything!!! Please pray that God will raise up some to adopt them!!! Contact AD2000 & Beyond for more information: http://www.ad2000.org.
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LEARN TO TEACH ENGLISH!

graduation cap YWAM Lebanon, PA, (formerly YWAM Roaring Branch) is conducting a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) course May 1 to May 26, 2000. This four week school will be held in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, USA. The cost: $900.00 USD includes all costs of the course. Immediately following the school an optional outreach to Crimea, Ukraine is planned till June 15. The cost of the outreach is additional. For further information and applications e-mail YWAM at 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)   or write to YWAM, 870 Jay St, Lebanon, PA 17046 USA. Phone: 717-272-3153.
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BUDDHA’S PROPHECY OF THE MESSIAH

book This book by Inta Chanthavongsouk (copyright 1999) is available for $5.00 (not including shipping and handling) from The Lao Conference of Churches, PO Box 845, La Mirada, CA 90637, tel: 562-947-465 Ext 3126, fax: 562-943-0160. Dr. A. Dale Golding, Chaplain of Far East Broadcasting Company has written, “Although I have lived and worked in Asia for 30 years, I was not aware of the prophetic teaching of Buddha concerning the coming Messiah. Reading this book has been a revelation. I commend Inta Chanthavongsouk for his diligent research which has resulted in he authorship of this book and I recommend it as a valuable missionary tool.”
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TRY THIS TRACT BASED ON THE KORAN

book If you are looking for a simple but effective tract for ministering to Muslims, a Moscow missionary named Kerby kerbyrialsataoldotcom  (kerbyrialsataoldotcom)   may have just the thing and will send it to you by email. Titled, “What the Koran says about the Bible and Jesus,” the tract starts out with direct quotes from the Koran stating that the Bible is the word of God and should be obeyed, and that Jesus is sent from God and also should be obeyed. From this foundation it goes on to explain salvation and how to continue to grow as a Christian. Approximately 600 words. In English and Russian and soon to be available in Chechen and possibly Tatar. Write the address above for an email copy and specify which language(s). Kerby would also appreciate any help getting it translated into Arabic and French.
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OPPORTUNITY FOR CARING WOMEN

Mission Nannys needs women over 50 to volunteer to travel to minister to missionary families overseas. Do you like to travel? Do you like to meet Christians involved on the front line of the enemy? Mission Nannys was formed 9 years ago to give domestic help to missionary families struggling on the field. We have opportunities of service just waiting to hear from you! Write to bettysullinsatjunodotcom  (bettysullinsatjunodotcom)   or send your name and address to Mission Nannys, PO BOX 609, Edgewater, MD 21037.
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FOR MISSIONARIES NEEDING HELP WITH CHILD CARE

Are you having trouble meeting your obligations to the home and to your ministry? Are you stressed out and in need of a mature women to come to help you (Titus 2:3-5, 7)? Mission Nannys would like to minister to your need and assist you with house duties, child care, homeschooling or whatever your problem is. Write to bettysullinsatjunodotcom  (bettysullinsatjunodotcom)   for an application –Mission Nannys, PO Box 609, Edgewater, MD 21037.
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“WEST AFRICA MISSIONARY STORY” KEEPS CIRCULATING ON THE NET

OPC logo Have you gotten it? Don’t worry. You will. This story about a West Africa missionary keeps making the rounds, over and over again, almost like a virus! Here’s a statement released to us personally by the International Mission Board headquarters just this past week: We continue to receive inquiries regarding an “Urgent Prayer Request for Mike Hutchinson”. This information from Ron may help you if questions arise in your local church. “Thank you for your concern and response to the email you received in that it prompted you to a prayerful concern. Though there was an accident early in 1999 involving Mike Hutchinson which did result in the death of a Senegaleze [sic] youth, the remainder of the circumstances described in the email did not happen. The matter was investigated as an accident by the authorities and dismissed. Mike and family carried on ministry, went on vacation and even relocated to another country as they were in the process of doing when the accident happened.” Ron Hunt, West Africa Office, IMB. If you receive this prayer request, please relay the answer and help us stop the bandwidth-busting forwards! (See the “OPC” protocol below)
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AVOID INTERPERSONAL PROBLEMS

graduation cap The Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) in Union Mills, NC is offering a suite of modules designed to enhance interpersonal effectiveness. They include DiSC Personality Testing (2 days), Conflict Management (3 days), Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (5 days), and Personal and Family Preparedness (8 days). You can take one or all of the modules beginning Feb.28. And the price is right! It’s not too late to get in! Contact CIT 104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom  (104436dot1604atcompuservedotcom)   or call (in the USA or via Net2Phone) 800-887-1786 for more information.
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EVANGELISTIC LITERATURE FOR OLYMPIC GAMES

UK-based SOON Gospel Literature produces the free quarterly evangelistic paper ‘SOON’. It is written in easy English and is designed primarily for second-language English speakers. A special issue is being printed highlighting the Olympic Games. Any ministry or individual who can use copies evangelistically, either at the Games, or in any other situation, can ask for free copies. The issue can also be downloaded as a PDF file to preview. Check it out at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/olympic.html
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SEARCHING FOR AN EVANGELISTIC ALL-PICTURE TRACT

For evangelistic conversations with those who can’t read, an evangelistic picture-only tract or brochure would be very helpful. Who knows a source? Thomas geatifamdotfhgdotde  (geatifamdotfhgdotde)   wants to know. He’ll report back to us later.
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TONS OF INFO ON TEACHING MISSIONS TO KIDS

Thanks to Kerryn for stimulating the discussion on teaching missions to kids. It happened that Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   had been gathering material for quite some time!!! Get his full list of resources by sending an email to: teaching-missions-to-kidsatbrigadadotorg  (teaching-missions-to-kidsatbrigadadotorg)  
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CORRECTION RE: COURSE IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES

lighting the way If you’ve been trying to contact the folks in Southern Philippines regarding the 4-week intensive course there (Jan. 21st edition of Brigada Today, Item 18, “BECOME A TESOL TEACHER WITH MUSLIM STUDENT PRACTICUM!“), the email address in the ad turned out to be an old address. Try pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph  (pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph)   instead. Thanks Dawn!!!
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WHO READS BRIGADA TODAY?

Brigada Logo Plenty of people. In fact, so many people that we’d better think again about the way we word our conversation here. Now that I think about it, maybe we’d better think again about all our conversation. This past week, I’ve been corresponding with a very concerned gentleman named Matthew. He wrote from North Thailand basically asking us to be more sensitive. He’s not a believer — but he’s apparently a weekly reader of Brigada Today. As we talked, I realized just how familiar he was with Caleb Project’s Nance Profiles, the Jesus Film, and all kinds of other regular topics. His input helped me see our material from a totally different perspective. From his shoes, we are sometimes pretty insensitive to local cultures. He even has a website designed to “rally the troops” against foreign interlopers. (Check it out at http://www.akha.org. It’ll do us all some good to appreciate his viewpoint.) I have tried to share with him that Christians feel a moral obligation to share Christ’s message of hope with the world. I’ve tried to communicate that desire in a very sensitive way, so that he can understand we do so not out of a feeling of superiority but rather, out of a religious conviction. But in the process, may God free us from a prejudicial attitude that would hurt the feelings of those who seek to guard traditional cultural values. In sharing Christ, we need not seek to wreck local cultures. If there are changes that need to occur, let’s let the words of Christ speak to those changes over time. And let’s be quick to apologize for the noncaring acts of some of those who have gone before us, offending local people with a sometimes-warlike spirit of aggressive proselytism. May God grant us wisdom to understand such a complicated world!
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

20000130 Brigada Today

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BRIGADAFEST DRAWS WIDE SPECTRUM OF PARTICIPANTS

Brigada Logo Thanks to all those who prayed for BrigadaFest 2000! What a weekend! Dozens of churches showed up, many of whom were serious about planning for reaching unreached people groups. Facilitators from Caleb Project, Team Expansion, Antioch Network, Interdev, AD2000 & Beyond, and many other groups pitched in to help catalyze new ministry around the globe. A church in Virginia is praying to adopt a group in the next 3 months. A congregation in Ohio is asking God to help them enter a new field within the next year. Another in Tennessee actually interviewed a couple during the event itself, praying about adopting not only the couple’s target field, but also the couple themselves! Many participants expressed positive comments on feedback forms… but there’s always room for improvement. We’re already planning next year’s BrigadaFest for Feb. 8-10. Please jot down those dates on your calendar and begin planning now to take part in the biggest celebration this side of Heaven!
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EGROUPS FINALLY PAYS FIRST CHECK TO BRIGADA

Brigada Logo Long-term readers of Brigada Today will recall that when we switched over to this list- server, eGroups pledged to send checks in exchange for the ads that trail each edition of our mailing. Well, after a full year on board eGroups, they finally paid their first check this past week. The grand total for one year’s ads: [drum roll] snare drum $27. Okay… so we won’t get rich on $27. But at the same time, remember that we didn’t have to ask all 10,000 of us to start paying for Brigada Today mailings, either. :-) (And that was the path that the previous list-server’s managers wanted us to take.) Kind of helps put things in perspective, doesn’t it. :-) Anyway, my first inclination was to split the $27 check right down the middle, 10,000 ways even. After all, we’re one big egalitarian family, right? :-) That would give each subscriber a total of about 1/4 of a cent in exchange for reading those ads for a year. Then, on second thought, I figured… maybe not. :-) After all — how would I package up all those penny-pie-slices. :-) So maybe we’ll plow it into web-site fees or something. Anyway… at least you know we’re not getting rich. :-)
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WATCH THOSE PRAYER REQUESTS FOR A “VERIFIABLE OPC”

OPC logo At the end of each and every Brigada Today, we ask participants to think twice before forwarding any emails, whether they are cookie recipes or prayer requests. We suggest that every email should have a “verifiable OPC”. That is, you should be able to verify the origin, the purpose, and the closure date. Lately, seems everyone is relaying these prayer requests about missionaries David Allen or Mike Hutchinson. To check these out, I went to the guy in charge of information systems for the entire International Mission Board (IMB). Turns out that David Allen indeed got better (over a year ago) and Mike was never charged. So why do these requests keep circulating? Because the originators never followed the Brigada protocol of a verifiable OPC… and everybody else seems to just follow suit. So please don’t click on forward until you check the truthfulness and relevance of the particular message. “Just say no!” :-) For more information, see the last paragraph of this email.
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CROSS-CULTURAL BIBLE INTERPRETERS

Bible Are you interested in the possibility, the viability, and the practice of cross-cultural biblical interpretation? Join the new Egroups E-mail discussion list dedicated to the exciting discipline of “Ethnohermeneutics” (cross-cultural biblical interpretation). In today’s climate of pluralism, many think that this is not either practical or possible. What do you think? For more information, contact Jim jagehmanathotmaildotcom  (jagehmanathotmaildotcom)   or visit the web site at http://www.egroups.com/list/ethnohermeneutics/. Yikes. gulp Now if we can just learn to spell it! :-)
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TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, A STAR IS BORN

Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, 1980, 500 Christian students gathered in Schwab Auditorium at Penn State to hear Ralph Winter and Greg Livingstone talk about missions. Dr. Winter discussed the missiological breakthrough that he referred to as the Hidden Peoples. Greg Livingstone motivated the students to take great risks to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. By Saturday afternoon, over 70 students had signed up to take the Perspectives class. This was the first time the class was offered outside of the USCWM in Pasadena, CA. Dozens of students began to pray about how God would want them to be personally involved in taking the gospel to the ends of the earth. In response to a specific challenge from Greg Livingstone, four of the students started to make plans to go to Libya. Caleb Project was born! For more information, see http://www.calebproject.org. Congratulations, CPers!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE POWER OF PRAYER

world globe A team of believers conducted a prayer walk in a village of the Jola-Fogny people of West Africa. They prayed with more than 200 men, women and children in one area. When elders in another area saw how God answered those prayers, they invited the team to come pray for their school children. Classes were dismissed so 360 students could kneel in a circle around the intercessors, who prayed for them while the village’s religious leaders watched.
(Source: Advance newsletter, January 23, 2000, http://www.brigada.org/advance/adv20000123.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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FREE “INTO ALL THE WORLD” MAGAZINES

book Want a free copy of the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook? Get them now from Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)  . You simply can’t beat the price on this offer! The magazines for your church, school or group are FREE. All the publisher asks is that you cover the modest “out-of-pocket” Shipping & Handling charges to get these issues to you, and that you request at least 10 copies. Ten great articles (career missions, tentmaking, power of partnership, long-term missionary service, how to be effective in community/missions service, and more) plus Five Comparison Charts (career options, short-term, training, domestic service, support staff). A 52-page magazine packed with useful stuff. E-mail Bill as above, or fax to 626-798-2712. The copies you request will be shipped right away.
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FREE SEMINARS ON SECURE COMMUNICATION

From 2/18 to 2/25 in Northern California, ESEND.ORG is offering free seminars on a new and secure way for missionaries and their supporters to communicate. For a schedule and locations please see https://www.esend.org/schedule.html. Have you ever wanted to communicate with your supporters without using coded language? ESend is a website where missionaries and their supporters can come and share securely with each other in near real- time even across the ocean. The sharing takes place in private small groups which it calls “Sending Communities”. A missionary can start a community within ESend and then privately invite their supporters to join. The ESend website features secure web-based email, secure chat (instant messaging), secure topical bulletin boards, secure photo and video postings, secure file sharing, and other secure features. Note that you must have “live” web connectivity to participate.
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INQUIRY INTO ISLAMIC FAITH & PRACTICE

graduation cap Are you interested in sharing hope with people of the Islamic Faith? Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is offering classes under its Islamic Studies program this summer. The classes will involve an Inquiry into Islamic Faith and Practice, Islamic History and Islamic Movement, And Approaches to Folk Islam. If you are interested please contact the school wmcatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu  (wmcatswbtsdotswbtsdotedu)   or visit the school’s web site at http://www.swbts.edu by April 2000. You may also call 800-SWBTS-01 in the USA or via Net2Phone or 817-923-1921 ex. 7500.
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LIVE ON THE “EDGE”!

Edge3 is a conference of innovation and of extending the church beyond the edges of its walls in the postmodern world. You can connect to innovators with fresh ways to cultivate new leaders, help groups reproduce, do local outreach, do global outreach, and use your career for the kingdom. This conference, known as Spare Not in a former life, grew out of the amazing Church on Brady in Los Angeles. You can join its Pastor, Thom Wolf, now a professor of Intercultural Ministries at Golden Gate Seminary, along with Dieter Zander, founder of the Gen-X ministry at Willow Creek, Dr. Carolyn Bishop, International Director for a consortium of 46 universities & colleges, Dwight Nordrom, starting strategic businesses to reach the unreached, and 50 total presenters and speakers in a fresh interactive format. It’s all happening at Casas Adobes Baptist Church in Tucson, Arizona March 2-4. http://www.leafline.com/edge, co-sponsored by 10 different churches and ministries.
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UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF OPERATION WORLD REVISION

Have you been wondering when Patrick Johnstone and company would finish a new revision of Operation World? So have we! :-) Remember, however, it’s a massive undertaking to write missions updates on a whole world. This past week, Patrick wrote us here at Brigada Today, that his team had “now completed the first draft of 86 countries” there are still 150 to go! We have been aiming to complete the manuscript by the end of 2000, but this may be an impossible goal for us now.” Please pray for him and his staff! Everyone … seemingly everyone is asking for that book.
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BRIGADA EXPRESS
Special Report on BrigadaFest 2000

BrigadaFest 2000
Contributed by Chris Bushnell

Nearly 150 unreached people group advocates from 23 American states and several countries met February 3-5, 2000 at Southeast Christian Church. During these 3 concentrated days, facilitators from several mission organizations like AD2000, Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, Caleb Project, Interdev, and Team Expansion helped church members from various congregations and Adult Bible Fellowships to understand more clearly what it means to “adopt” an unreached people group. As a part of the training process, participants were led through a clearly defined plan for planting new churches in previously untold areas of the world. Special tracks pulled together praying partners and planners for particular groups. BrigadaFest is a joint venture between Team Expansion and Southeast. BrigadaFest 2001 is already being planned for February 2001. Many more participants are expected to participate in 2001 since it will be open to Southeast members and there is more publicity planned for 2001.

In John 17, Jesus prayed, “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me…” (vs. 23). This prayer motivates organizers of BrigadaFest. It is their hope to foster the formation and continuation of networks intent on finishing the task of sharing Christ’s hope and love with a particular piece of the very world Jesus described — the unreached peoples.

Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded January 25, 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message!

To understand the ethos of BrigadaFest, one has to look back a few years to January, 1995. The National Missionary Convention of Christian Churches had asked Doug Lucas (President of Team Expansion which moved its home office to Louisville in 1997) to serve as President of the convention in 1996. In an effort to understand the complexion of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, along with their missions outreach, Doug and others called together leaders from across the land. They met in small focus groups of 7-12 people in cities and towns across the country and out of that study came several proposals, among which was a bold new form of missions outreach called PACE. At follow- up prayer and training sessions in cities like St. Louis, Dayton, & Denver, dozens of church leaders came together to lay plans and strategies for a concerted outreach among specific people groups that each church network had agreed to adopt. The concept immediately caught on and now, less than 5 years later, those dreams have resulted in outreaches to places like Bosnia, Italy, Morocco, and many other lands.

Tina Harris, a member of the Couples for Christ ABF at Southeast, led a segment of the Prayer Coordinators track on Saturday morning. Couples for Christ has adopted an unreached people group in a country that cannot be specified for security reasons. Tina serves as the Prayer Coordinator for this project which began in 1996 when Bob Dabney, who was teaching the class, spoke to Southeast’s Missions elder, Russ Summay. Bob had just finished the Perspectives class offered each spring by Southeast. Bob became convicted of the need to adopt an unreached people group. Russ challenged Bob to share that vision with the class and they responded by adopting this particular group. Eric Rouch was appointed the Missions Coordinator for the class and Tina was appointed the Prayer Coordinator. The following year several class members, including Eric and Tina, went on a Prayer Journey to the country. After further prayer and research journeys the first full time missionaries should be on site within the next 12 months. Tina shared with BrigadaFest participants the difference prayer makes – especially when dealing with difficult challenges like countries that are officially closed to Christian mission work.

Tina’s aunt and uncle (by marriage) are members at Cary Christian Church near Raleigh, North Carolina. Ned and Jo-Ann Harris were sent by Cary Christian to attend BrigadaFest. This church (along with the Home Builders class at Southeast) have adopted another unreached people group in a different part of the world. The people of this country have survived a devastating civil war. Jo-Ann has been particularly struck by the incredible oppression of the women in this particular country. Of BrigadaFest she said, “Because of our time at Southeast and BrigadaFest our church’s project was dramatically impacted.” Ned and Jo-Ann operate a management consulting firm and are have high expectations when it comes to well-organized events. “We truly appreciate the incredible amount of thought and planning that went into the BrigadaFest event and notebook. It was a class act through and through. After I returned, though exhausted, I poured back over the notebook. It will help us with planning and implementation for years to come.” Jo-Ann also appreciated the informal sharing time that took place during meals and breaks that allowed her and Ned to glean from the wealth of experience from those who attended the event.

Ned and Jo-Ann were also personally impacted by the event. After seeing a video that depicted the plight of women in her adopted country Jo-Ann said, “I left as a woman on a mission. I will not rest until I have done everything I possibly can to make life better for the women. I will be praying, lobbying my congressman to change policies toward this country, sending aid, going and serving. Nothing will stop me now.”

Back in 1995 Doug Lucas began compiling weekly missions resource sent via e-mail called Brigada Today The email edition is then published on the web by Bob Mayhew. With nearly 10,000 participants, Brigada Today is quite possibly the largest network of its kind. New subscribers are joining every day. To subscribe, send an e-mail to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . To read Brigada Today on the web point your browser to http://www.brigada.org.

Chris Bushnell is a member of Southeast Christian Church and Team Expansion’s Vice President of Personnel.

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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

20000123 Brigada Today

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BRIGADA THROWS A PARTY!

Brigada Logo This is it! BrigadaFest is happening Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, Kentucky! If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. For more information, go to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on BrigadaFest info. Get input on sharing the gospel with unreached peoples. Hear from Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, AD2000 & Beyond, Caleb Project, Team Expansion, InterDev, and dozens of local church leaders who are actually making a difference! Take part in a Concert of Prayer led by Caleb Project’s Executive Director, Greg Fritz! Listen to Glen Elliott (flying into BrigadaFest directly from Kosovo and Ukraine) on the importance of prayer . . . and not giving up. Work to meld international partnerships with the likes of UK-based Wayne McGee from InterDev. And there’s much much more. It all starts Thursday night… so you’d better act fast! See ya there!
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ADVOCACY IS LEARNING, LINKING AND LOVING

Has God given you a passion for an unreached people group that you want to share with your church and others? If so, come to one of Caleb Project’s “Advocate Training Seminars” this spring. Discover how to focus on a people group and help others do so, too. Learn the benefits and pitfalls of ministry partnerships and discover that you’re not alone. Strategize with like- minded advocates and share your stories. Three-day training sessions will be held April 6-8 in Raleigh, NC and April 27-29 in Denver, CO, or come to the one-day version at BrigadaFest! For more info contact John or Marti at Caleb Project trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)   or 303-730-4181; or visit http://www.calebproject.org.
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LEADERSHIP COURSE OFFERED OVER INTERNET

graduation cap Mid-South Christian College is offering a course (two semester hours credit) over the Internet at a special half-price introductory offer of only $75. The course, Leadership Principles, will deal with Biblical and Practical issues in developing leadership within the local congregation. This class will be taught by a veteran missionary with 20 years of experience in church planting. For more information write Larry LGriffinatTeamExpansiondotorg  (LGriffinatTeamExpansiondotorg)  .
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TRAINING FOR YOUR MISSION’S PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT

graduation cap If you are responsible for any phase of people development or people services in your mission, this workshop is for you. It will be a time for professional training, interaction with colleagues, focusing on specific responsibilities, examining values, plus encouragement and vision. Scheduled for March 6-9, 2000, there is still space. For questions or to register, contact Karen MTIregataoldotcom  (MTIregataoldotcom)   at Mission Training International or visit http://www.mti.org. All information is on the web plus a registration worksheet. You may also phone 719-594- 0687 or 800-896-3710.
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WHERE ARE THE DVD RESOURCES?

cd-rom Daniel’s dbrayatindiafocusdotorg  (dbrayatindiafocusdotorg)   hot on DVDs. But he’s wondering… where’s the beef? He’s looking for sources for audio bibles, bible study materials, training materials, or language study courses on DVD. He’ll compile a full report. But we have to send him the stuff. Can you help? If so, please write him! And by the way… he’s been a Brigada participant since 1996! :-) Now there’s a dedicated missions guy. He’d have to be — to put up with these weekly emails for 4 years! :-)
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GET THE SKINNY ON PERSPECTIVES

Bill Bright calls its “unbeatable”, Floyd McClung says “It’ll ruin you for the ordinary!”, George Verwer suggests it is “absolutely essential”. For the past 5 months, local Perspectives teams have developed, prayed for, and prepared to mobilize their community. Now, Perspectives has just started up in 90 locations throughout the US & Canada – 15 evenings of mission challenge and study, inspiring material and great speakers. Grad. and undergraduate credit are an excellent value; enrollment is open through the second week of class. See www.perspectives.org for course locations, start dates and further information. Better hurry!
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STUDY THE WORLD OF ISLAM

The Eastern Regional Office of the U. S. Center for World Mission is offering a pilot version of a Perspective style course on the World of Islam beginning Monday Jan 31st in McLean, VA. and Tuesday Feb 1st. in Wayne, PA. This is a mobilization course and is not intended to compete with Islamics training programs but rather is intended to develop awareness and promote involvement. Anyone interested in attending either class may respond to Keith at 610-647- 9888 or KeithS207ataoldotcom  (KeithS207ataoldotcom)  .
note (Note: Because their materials are in draft form, they cannot offer their materials for sale or register extension students at this time.) And may God bless our Islamic friends around the world!
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PERSPECTIVES CONFERENCE IN TENNESSEEE FEB 18-20

GoGlobal! is a weekend Perspectives Conference sponsored by US Center (SE Region) and Campus Crusade for Christ (MidSouth Region). The time is specifically geared toward University students, but is open to all. The conference will be at the Knoxville Hyatt and the registration deadline is Feb 1, 2000. For more info and to register online check out http://GoGlobal2000.com or email staffatgoglobal2000dotcom  (staffatgoglobal2000dotcom)  .
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FREE DSL MIGHT BE COMING TO YOUR AREA!

Ray raymholtatixdotnetcomdotcom  (raymholtatixdotnetcomdotcom)   says so . . . and to learn more, he asked that you click on over to this web URL (there’s no “www” on the front): i.winfire.com/s/isapiEng.dll/wf.exe?cmd=dl&170006798,13755,452&.exe I think he might win a free DSL modem out of the deal :-) but hey… if you get free DSL then it won’t be a problem, right? :-)
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WHERE CAN KERRYN LEARN ABOUT KIDS’ MISSIONS RESOURCES

Kerryn’s skshawatlccsdotedu  (skshawatlccsdotedu)   an Aussie (from “down under” — Australia) with a passion for helping kids learn about missions. Where would you send her for curriculum, resources, tools, and guides? Please drop her a note and she’ll assemble an autoresponder file for all of us to download.
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TRAINING FOR SHORT-TERM MISSION LEADERS

graduation cap COMMIT Ministries and ServantPrep Training International are hosting their third annual Short-Term Mission Leaders Training seminar, May 4-6 in Honolulu. This program focuses on building a training program that can be used in your own setting with coaching and other help available from our experienced training staff. It can help both in preparing people for an international assignment and for those committed to cross-cultural ministry closer to home. Interaction and personal reflection will be key program elements as well as time for informal conversation. Each participant will leave with a notebook including a model training program which they have experienced and will be able to lead. Supplemental training resources will also be available for purchase. Cost is just $199 per person with lodging and meal packages starting at $150. We’ll help get you the best airfare rates as well. Contact Greg in Hawaii at 808-668-6569 or commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   for registration materials. And like all good Hawaiians, he says, “Mahalo!” (thank you!).
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HELP FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO AIDS VICTIMS

graduation cap There’s a new school running on the Kona Campus, beginning October 2000. Topics include HIV/AIDS Fact and Fiction, God’s Character to love people living with HIV/AIDS, Spiritual Bondage of sexual and drug addictions, Pre & Post Test Counseling, Death, Dying and handling Grief, Self-care. Here’s your chance to educate yourself and the world, taking the fear out of AIDS/HIV. For more info, email Sue sugeatuofnkonadotedu  (sugeatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Keeping in mind Islam’s perspective of God, sin and salvation, these 100 chronological lessons for Muslims present the key stories and central message of God’s prophets according to “the Torah, the Psalms and the Gospel.” THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (TWOR) is an English translation of 100 fifteen-minute radio programs originally written in the Wolof language for Muslims (and animists and Catholics) of Senegal, West Africa. The 543-page book’s purpose is twofold:

  1. Reading by English-speaking Muslims and other true seekers.
  2. Translation into other languages for radio broadcast.

Currently, TWOR is being (or has been) translated into about twenty languages. Color-cover book: $12 (+ $3 shipping). Quantity discounts for two or more. On the web (minus the forward and appendixes): http://injil.org/TWOR/ or write via snail-mail to TWOR, PO Box 4006, Greenville, SC 29608-4006, Telephone: 864-610-9818 Email: TWORatinamedotcom  (TWORatinamedotcom)  .

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FULLER SEMINARY NOW OFFERING ONLINE COURSES

graduation cap Interested in a unique learning experience? Fuller Theological seminary now offers courses through the World Wide Web! Earn an entire six course Certificate of Christian Studies! Upcoming Courses For the Spring 2000 quarter:

  1. MH 520 The Historical Development of the Christian Movement
  2. ML 530 Lifelong Development
  3. MT 520 Biblical Foundations of Mission.

Receive a special $100 discount rate for Spring registrations. Visit: http://www.fulleronline.org for more information and details on signing up. Call:800-999-9578 or 626-584-5266 or e-mail idl-infoatdeptdotfullerdotedu  (idl-infoatdeptdotfullerdotedu)  .

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PRAYUSA!

praying hands For the fourth consecutive year Eddie Smith, national coordinator, has announced PrayUSA!, 40-days of prayer and fasting for revival and spiritual awakening from Ash Wednesday through Palm Sunday, March 8 through April 16. For more information on how you can participate, simply send a “blank” email message to prayusaatusprayertrackdotorg  (prayusaatusprayertrackdotorg)  .
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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BRIGADA TURNS FIVE YEARS OLD!

Brigada Logo fireworks show Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out 5 whole years of weekly back issues (Count ’em!) at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY. The email edition is then published on the web by Bob Mayhew mayhewatbrigadadotorg  (mayhewatbrigadadotorg)  , bless his soul. :-)

Want to celebrate Brigada’s birthday? There’s no better way than to come to BrigadaFest, Feb. 3-5. For more information, go to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on BrigadaFest info.

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VIDEOS/FILMS OF UNREACHED PEOPLES

movie camera What an incredible index! Once I discovered the work that AD2000 & Beyond had done on their new unreached people video index, I started begging them to make it available to the world on the web. Lo and behold, within 10 days, they cranked it out for all to see! I love it! And as far as I know, you’re hearing it first right here in Brigada. Just head on over to the AD2000 web site at: http://www.ad2000.org/adoption/Resrc/Video/Index.htm for a listing of hundreds of videos/films from both Christian and non- Christian sources (including the American Anthropological Association). The entries feature specific peoples, or peoples related to those on the Joshua Project 2000 list. A printed version is included in “Building Networks”, available for $12 from infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  . AD2000 & Beyond extends special thanks to researcher, Pete Eyster! And we all extend thanks to Lee, Dan, Tom, Barb, and all the other folks at AD2000 who have worked hard to put resources like this at our fingertips!
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PEOPLETEAMS: A NEW SWITCHBOARD FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES INFO

lighting the way I’ve been poking and prodding to find out more about PeopleTeams.org (featured last week, “FREE WEBSITE HOSTING SERVICE“). I must admit — I’m pleasantly surprised and encouraged. As it turns out, the service is maintained by a staff of some 40 individuals who all share a passion for unreached peoples. Five are focused specifically on web- based services and another dozen or so laboring just to keep servers running at top speed. As I said last week, this service is being sponsored by a major Great Commission Christian group — and I can vouch for its character — but the agency is choosing to remain as anonymous as possible for the general public so that it can provide this service as a free switchboard for the unreached. So the bottom line is that someone, somewhere has given sacrificially so you can have an ad-free environment in which to host your unreached people group network, or at least point people to it. So check it out at http://www.peopleteams.org. Just click on “Request a Free Website.” Mark my words — this thing has potential. And by the way — they’re running FrontPage server extensions, so you can publish using those.
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… OR STRATEGIC NETWORK OFFERS COMMUNITIES

WebWatch Check out the Strategic Network on the web. It offers a series of “toolboxes” which allow you to publish information on our site about your people group. This includes a complete content management system for publishing newsletters, prayer requests, web links, knowledge base articles, photo catalog, documents (some password-protected), up to 99 message bases (which can be open, restricted or closed and can be integrated with e-mail mailing lists), bookstore, and more. Plus, they have an e- commerce system coming which will enable people to contribute funds toward specific projects. They have the JP2000 list integrated into their site and offer free space for anyone who wants to moderate a forum on a specific region, country, people group, or issue (you can create your own issue-based forum–i.e. persecution, or missionary training, etc–in our forums area). For more information, check them out at http://www.strategicnetwork.org. Additionally, they also offer free hosting for agency splash pages, private password-protected workgroup areas, free email list service (now in beta), and much, much more… Their goal is a community area for people interested in serving the least-evangelized peoples of the world. Their method is “to promote our members rather than themselves.” To see some of their sample communities in action, check out: http://yemen.strategicnetwork.org, http://tibet.strategicnetwork.org, and http://japan.strategicnetwork.org.
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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT (NEW VIDEO)

movie camera Check out this great new video by Good News Productions. It features interviews with 2 beginning missionaries talking honestly about their hopes, their doubts, their tough decisions, “What did it take to get you to go?”, humor, candid testimonies, video footage from around the world. For more info, write gnpiatgnpidotorg  (gnpiatgnpidotorg)   or, if calling from the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800- 457-GNPI.
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MISSION COMPUTER SPECIALISTS TO MEET IN AUSTRALIA

ICCM logo Since 1989, Christian mission computer specialists have been meeting in the USA at the International Conference on Computers and Missions (ICCM). Now, for the first time, an ICCM is to be held outside the US, in Australia. Computer and Internet specialists from Christian Mission offices in Australia and the Pacific region will meet in April 2000 in Melbourne to exchange ideas and learn new technology. ICCM-AU 2000 will be held on the weekend before Easter, April 13-17, 2000. The conference is open to both fulltime staff and volunteers involved with supporting computer systems for Christian missions and/or communicating via the World Wide Web. Participants from outside Australia are welcome. ICCM will still be held in the USA in June 2000. Contact iccm-auatcrosscapedotcomdotau  (iccm-auatcrosscapedotcomdotau)   You can also see http://www.iccm.org/.
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SCRIPTURE GIFT MISSION – AFRICA

Bible Scripture Gift Mission Africa http://www.sgm.org.za, part of SGM International, exists for the purpose of publishing Scripture portions in a culturally acceptable way, reaching as many people of the world as possible. SGM publications feature carefully selected verses on different themes intended to introduce the message of the Bible. SGM works primarily in major languages, but has a particular concern for smaller language groups as well. As a result, every year SGM has the privilege of publishing the very first Scripture portions for several language groups. If you, or people you know of, are conducting outreaches and missions work in Africa then consider using SGM material. SGM material is given free to those who ask for it. SGM has many local offices or depots in African countries. Contact Manie Lombard at safatsgmdotorg  (safatsgmdotorg)   for more information.
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A PICTURE’S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Mark Kelly reports in the latest Advance, “A church in the Ukraine conducted an evangelism project that included an exhibit of paintings in a local cultural center that portrayed the life of Jesus. Visitors were given a guided tour and a Bible and were invited to church. Missionaries were excited to discover that among those drawn to the exhibit were Crimean Tartars, an unreached people group that lives on the Crimean Peninsula. Workers were able to sow gospel seeds among this unreached people group, answering questions about who Jesus is and giving away Bibles. Thank God for surprising these workers with this opening for the gospel. Lift the Crimean Tartars to the throne of grace and pray that God’s spirit would move in power among them.”
(To subscribe to Mark’s free sister publication, send an e-mail to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .)
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MISSIONARY ALERT EGROUP

Christian Missionary Alert has been created so that missions and missionaries can alert each other to emergency situations and events worldwide. This would include concerns such as: natural disasters, political unrest, persecution outbreaks, epidemics, terrorist threats and activities, etc. If you or your mission board need this kind of information and would be willing to share emergency information that you are personally aware of in your area, the group’s organizers invite you to join this network of missionaries who are concerned for one another’s safety and well-being. To subscribe, send a blank message to cmalert-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (cmalert-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .
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J3:16 TRACT INNOVATION

Caribbean Christian Publications has produced quality color tracts for downloading at http://www.impacto.org/j3-16. The idea is that these FREE one-color tracts can be downloaded (PDF format), opened, viewed and printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader (free from http://www.adobe.com). Once they are printed out they can be copied (front and back of a 8.5 X 11″ paper) on photostatic copiers and distributed at will. Many have already done this. In fact, one Venezuelan said copying on demand was more financially feasible than going out and stocking up on already printed tracts. Available in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Look for French soon. For more info. write John jmhattonatcinmaildotnet  (jmhattonatcinmaildotnet)  .
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AUDIO SCRIPTURES IN REAL AUDIO AND MP3

WebWatch Audio Scriptures International (ASI), founded in California in 1989, now has its beautiful Portrait of Jesus arrangement of Scriptures from the Gospels and the “God’s Powerful Savior” arrangement from Luke available from its web site in 85 different languages. At http://www.audioscriptures.org you can listen to these in Real Audio or MP3 player in whatever language best communicates for the listener. Many have said that these arrangements are to the audio world what the Jesus Film is to the visual. ASI also has its most recent recording, the new translation of the New Testament in Albanian posted in Real Audio and MP3. The entire Bible in Chinese Mandarin and in Russian is scheduled to become available in Real Audio soon. ASI has entire New Testaments available in audio in some 200 languages and individual books in another 125 languages. You can find all of these listed in their web site catalog.
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MISSIONS SONGBOOK/CD: “LET THE NATIONS REJOICE”

musical notes The latest edition of “Let the Nations Rejoice-Worship songs declaring God’s Glory” is ready for shipping. This compilation of missions songs celebrates the global reign of King Jesus and challenges the Lord’s people to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Appealing to churches from liturgical and traditional to contemporary, the collection gathers together powerful mission hymns and choruses from across the English-speaking world. Accompanying the 32-song resource is a CD of 15 of the tunes, recorded by a team of well-known Christian artist “musicianaries” with a global heartbeat. The recording is like a double CD in that it starts with the fifteen fully orchestrated tracks and concludes with a second version of the fifteen songs just with the instrumental parts for small churches or soloists needing backing tracks. For ordering information email Dennis dennisdotbrightmanatusadotomdotorg  (dennisdotbrightmanatusadotomdotorg)  .
(Thanks to Rick of Missions Frontiers at the US Center for World Missions for the tip!)
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON CHILDREN OF THE JESUS FILM

world globe Children are the focus of a new video being produced by the Jesus Film Project. Director of the Jesus Film Project, Paul Eshleman, says this is one of their top three projects for the year. “In February we will be releasing the new story of Jesus for children. It’s the adaptation of the Jesus Film. We went back and recreated sets just like they looked in the original film and we followed six children from ages six to 12 through the story as they watched Jesus feed the 5,000 and raise the daughter of Jirus from the dead.” It will be released in English first and then translated into other languages next year. The Jesus Film has been one of the most successful tools for evangelism ever.
(Source: Mission Network News, Jan 17, 2000, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/news-01-17-00.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AIDS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA?

Jan Janaatirndotpdxdotedu  (Janaatirndotpdxdotedu)   is seeking information on missionaries, mission organizations, and other non-government organizations that are assisting those with AIDS, working to prevent the spread of AIDS, and/or caring for AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa. She’d appreciate a summary briefing of your work. She needs the information by Friday, 18 February 2000, so as to prepare a report for her church’s Global Action Committee. She requests that you put “AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa” in the Subject Line. She’ll prepare a compilation for us to post here as an auto-responder file. Thanks Jan!
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FREE MISSIONS MAGAZINES

You simply can’t beat the price on these Berry Publishing offers. Bill Bberry4215ataoldotcom  (Bberry4215ataoldotcom)   is offering Into All The World (the annual Great Commission Opportunities Handbook, 52 pages long), and Short-Term Missions Today (84 pages long) to churches, schools, mission agencies and other groups. He only asks that you cover the “out-of-pocket” shipping & handling costs of getting these issues to you and that you request at least 10 copies total (mix & match is fine). To order, contact Bill at the email address above or write Bill Berry, Publisher, PO Box 40519, Pasadena CA 91114 or fax him in the USA at 626-798-8582. He pledges immediate shipment.
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INSTITUTE FOR CHURCH MISSIONS LEADERS (ICML)

graduation cap Looking for a seminary level course for local church missions? Now you’ve got it. It’s happening June 4 – 8 at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Organizers call it practical and in-depth, aimed at helping local church leaders develop a Strategy. Presenters will share 30 hours on Biblical basis, purpose, vision, values, strategic planning, policy development, current issues and trends, and the role of church leaders in missions. The cost is $355 including registration, materials, lunch and snacks, and lodging on campus. Participants can garner three hours of graduate credit for an extra fee. For more information, contact David 102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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MEDIA SYMPOSIUM IN NASHVILLE

Did you know there’s a Divine Conspiracy to employ your skills as a media professional and impact world cultures as yet unreached by the Gospel? And you thought it would take a seminary degree or a clerical collar or at least a passing grade in Sunday School. Not so! Or you thought it would take years of jungle survival and language training or crocodile-wrestling expertise. Not so! MediaPOST presents a Nashville Symposium for media professionals. Learn how you can do something significant with your God-given talents, your media skill set, in a cross-cultural setting. Come join them at The Foundry in Nashville on Thursday afternoon, January 27th. The excitement begins at 4:30 pm and goes to 7:30 with a break for catered food. Get the full details at http://www.mediapost.org/symposium.html.
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BECOME A TESOL TEACHER WITH MUSLIM STUDENT PRACTICUM!

This 4 week intensive course will be held in the Southern Philippines, with on-the-job-training among Muslim students at a local university. The dates are April 24 – May 20, 2000. The cost can’t be beat–only 400 US dollars which includes board, lodging, books, resources, teacher’s fees, and registration cost. 10,000 RP Pesos for Philippine citizens. The course will equip you to teach conversational English to non- English speakers. A certificate from the University of Nations will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more info. email Jurene pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph  (pjmbreidatjmfdotorgdotph)   or write: QCCPO 1415, 1154 Quezon City, Philipppines, or call (Philippine #): 011-6349-411-1784.
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READY FOR A FILM CHANGE?

graduation capAre you ready to change the world through film? Has God given you a passion to impact the movie industry? Do you desire to learn about directing, writing and production? Then the School of Digital Filmmaking (Com #232) is for you! The next school starts the end of April 2000. For questions or comments write svpatuofndotedu  (svpatuofndotedu)   or visit their web page at http://www.uofnkona.edu. Master the art of visual story-telling to communicate the message of Jesus Christ!
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

20000109 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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A CHANCE FOR STRUGGLING ARTISTS

Brigada Logo Don’t miss out on a chance to be featured as the creator of the new Brigada logo. For the full story, send a message to logoatbrigadadotorg  (logoatbrigadadotorg)  . Please help us pass the word! Think globally. We think it would be great if the winning logo came from the hand of a 13-year-old MK in Mongolia or a retired net-savvy national from Nairobi.
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BRIGADAFEST TO PROVIDE PLANNING HELPS FOR CHURCHES

Brigada Logo If your church is hoping to share Christ’s hope and message with a previously untold people group, head on over to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on the BrigadaFest info to learn more about a Feb. 3-5 event called BrigadaFest. Bring your missions committee and get the skinny on how to make a long-term difference. Write AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)   for more info.
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AD2000 RELEASES DECEMBER JP2000 UPDATE

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan the man is still pressing on. As we turned the corner on the final year of the Joshua Project 2000 campaign, he wrote us last week with an update on the ground we still have to cover in these final 12 months, if we’re going to succeed in launching “a church for every people.”

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1594
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1117
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 539
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted – 197

So if I’m reading correctly, to succeed in the JP2000 thrust, we would have to launch, at a minimum, some 1117 new churches by this December 31st. Yikes. gulp Hold onto your seats. We need more power, Scotty. :-) On the other hand, even if we don’t succeed in launching those 1100 or so churches, if we could at least get the final couple of hundred groups “claimed”, then, even if we can’t say “a church for every people,” at least we could say we have a “church-planting initiative for every people.” Trouble is, it seems we’re making precious little progress on that list. As of last August, there were 194 groups “untargeted” . . . and now, presumably because of polishing up the database, we still have 197. At BrigadaFest 2000, we’ll lift up those specific groups for prayer… but it seems if we’re going to remain true to our goals, the year 2000 is going to have to be a banner year for “adoptions.” To receive a copy of the “untargeted” list, send a simple blank email to untargetedatbrigadadotorg  (untargetedatbrigadadotorg)   and our autoresponder will send you the 12K file.

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WHICH IS THE BEST SEARCH ENGINE… REALLY

If you’re curious about which search engine has the fastest performance, there is a librarian in Montana ready to help you. Check out his web site at http://www.notess.com/search. The creator, Greg R. Notess, has assembled statistical reports on the best search sites on the Web. The winner as of the end of November was Northern Light and Fast Search. AltaVista and Google! weren’t far behind. Lately, I seem to be using Fast Search for more and more of my searches. Try it at http://www.alltheweb.com.
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MISSIONS ARTICLES ON THE WEB

WebWatch Thanks to Grace for assembling a miscellaneous collection of missions articles ready for your perusal on the Web. In this 5k file, she provides links at various missions sites on topics ranging from the missionary call all the way to staying strong in the Lord on the field. To receive her file via our auto responder, just send a blank mail to missions-articlesatbrigadadotorg  (missions-articlesatbrigadadotorg)  .
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FREE WEBSITE HOSTING SERVICE

WebWatch PeopleTeams.org is a new, free, Internet hosting service established just for fostering people group advocacy. Launched in October 1999, some 80 teams had signed on by the beginning of the new year. Team leaders and strategy coordinators are invited to request a free website by visiting http://www.peopleteams.org and click on “Request a Free Website.” Options include requesting that PeopleTeams.org host the site or link to an existing site. Each team needs to publish their own site, but PeopleTeams.org is set up to host it for free (up to 10 megabytes) and does not plan to ever run advertisements on the site. The site is supported by a Great Commission Christian group that wants to foster a team environment for advocacy, reachable via email at peopleteamsathotmaildotcom  (peopleteamsathotmaildotcom)  . In case you’re interested, we refused to feature this site until we were sure who was running it — and we can indeed vouch for the character of the person behind it. What we’re not clear about yet is whether or not the host understands how much work this could eventually bring about for his staff! :-) For now, however, the site is essentially acting as a signpost directing people to outlying sites on other servers. Once the staff gets into publishing pages for those who are requesting actual hosting, we’re not clear on how it can go forward. Either way, it’s worth a look.
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HOW DO YOU HELP ALCOHOLICS ON YOUR FIELD?

Carl carveratspersaoaxacadotcomdotmx  (carveratspersaoaxacadotcomdotmx)   wants to know. He’ll assemble the collection of responses and make it available to us all here on Brigada. He serves in the Oaxaca region of Mexico and is looking for any and all programs that have worked in your area — maybe something similar to AA?
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INSURANCE FOR YOUR MISSIONARY OR MISSION

Passport To Ministry (SM) is international insurance protection for travelers with a mission! This exclusive coverage offered by Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company is a policy that will fill the gaps in coverage that your current policies have while you are traveling outside the United States. It provides protection against lawsuits – even auto lawsuits, and includes workers compensation, medical assistance protection like emergency medical evacuations and travel services such as evacuations due to political instability and many more! Passport To Ministry was designed to cover sponsors (churches, mission agencies, denominations etc.) and the short-term mission groups and long-term missionaries they send outside the U.S. It can also cover tour groups, like those traveling to the Holy Land or students studying abroad. Check it out at http://www.brotherhoodmutual.com or, if you’re in the USA or have Net2Phone, call Karen toll free at 800-876-4994 x519.
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ANGIE’S STORY

Need ideas for using testimonies in outreach, either on the web or live and in person? Check out the story of Angie in … http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/testimony.html This is the imaginary story of a student, written in three ways to illustrate the importance of targeting a testimony towards non- Christians – only two are evangelistic. There is an online feedback page for you to add your own comments and suggest how you would have written it. The page is also downloadable as a Rich Text File and is royalty-free for any print magazine to use. Thanks to Tony for his ongoing efforts to help make the web a place for others to find hope. (By the way, he’s looking for folks to translate this page (or even the whole Web Evangelism Guide which it is a part of) into another language. Any takers? If so, write him directly at tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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“ETERNITY” MILLENNIUM CELEBRATION

If you saw the televised spectacular fireworks on Sydney Harbour Bridge, and noticed the word ‘Eternity’ projected onto the bridge, you might have wondered about its meaning. Tony pointed us to the full story, which is available for reprint in any print publication at: http://www.sydney-christian.net/articles/eternity.html
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SPIRITUAL TRAINING FOR GOLDEN-AGERS

Calling all middle-agers, early retirees, retirees, and seniors! Check out Ambassadors For Christ. This program, part of Youth With A Mission, is a short introduction to the heart of God and His desire to reach all peoples with the message of salvation. The program will run from March 6-23 at the beautiful YWAM base located near Trinidad, Colorado. Individuals will be challenged to

  1. know God more intimately,
  2. take time to look inward and experience inner healing,
  3. discover Spiritual gifts,
  4. learn how to discover God’s will for their lives, and
  5. understand Christ’s heart and His call to the Great Commission.

For more information contact ywamatywamcoloradodotorg  (ywamatywamcoloradodotorg)   or click to http://www.ywamcolorado.org.

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SEND YOUR IRANIAN BELIEVER FRIENDS

Here’s a chance for your Iranian friends (believers) to polish their outreach skills. The Iranian Bible School will begin the Spring 2000 semester on Feb 5th. The Iranian Bible School provides biblical, theological, vocational, and educational training for Iranian pastors, missionaries, church planters, and other church leaders. Classes are taught in Farsi. The purpose of IBS is to equip these leaders for effective and meaningful service among Iranians worldwide. For further information contact persianwoatcsidotcom  (persianwoatcsidotcom)   or visit http://farsinet.com/ibs/.
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WEBWATCH: INDONESIANS REACHING OUT TO THE WORLD

WebWatch Check out the attempts of several Indonesians in their efforts to reach the world with an evangelistic website at http://www.GW2i.com. This is an “Indonesian mega directory.” There’s also information on indigenous people, latest news about Indonesia, and country’s/provinces statistics.
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Y2K WINDFALL

Jon jon_ekbladatwritemedotcom  (jon_ekbladatwritemedotcom)   wrote this past week suggesting that maybe some folks might want to check with their overly- zealous friends to see if they can round up any “post-Y2K” survival gear (water filters and such?). You might try mailing it to your favorite missionary. Let Jon know if you hit the jackpot so he can say “I told you so.” . :-)
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FROM THE “YET ANOTHER MARKETING SCHEME” DEPT.

Tom says we ought to have a look at http://www.AdSaver.com, where you can set up to receive ads, emailed to you direct. (Everybody’s dream, right? :-) The thing is, through special software, Tom says the company shows you the ads as a screensaver. Reportedly, you earn money for each ad it displays, regardless of whether or not you are watching the monitor at the time! On top of that, there’s a referral program that pays $10 for every new sign-up you net them. What’ll they think of next.
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SEEKING POST-WAR CONVERSION TESTIMONIES

Were you converted during World War I or II or during some other conflict, or know someone who was? If so, Pete petermillatyahoodotcom  (petermillatyahoodotcom)   wants to know. He’s producing an illustrated book of servicemen who found Christ during wartime. He’s seeking to encourage Servicemen throughout the world with these stories of Gods grace. Contact Pete if you can help.
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WHICH VIDEO WOULD YOU SUGGEST?

movie camera Suppose you knew a missionary coming back for home service. Suppose she was looking for a short video with music and pictures of people from all over the world. She wasn’t wanting interviews or promotions for any one particular project or organization. Suppose she was wanting to have it as a visual aid that speaks volumes, to open and touch hearts to become more involved in missions by going, giving or praying. Suppose she was looking for something about 5-12 minutes long, already done. What would you recommend? I know where I’d send her. But what would you say? If you’ve got a suggestion, send it to Renee’ jer2911athotmaildotcom  (jer2911athotmaildotcom)  , with the phrase, “Missionary Video” in the subject line of your email. Renee’, the only catch is, we want to see a copy of that list once you’ve assembled it, okay? :-) Now… for my suggestion, I’d send her to Good News Productions for a copy of “Everybody Needs Jesus” and “The Other Side of the World.” Both are upbeat, about 5 minutes long, lots of pictures, totally music, and very gripping, and cost only $9.95 each. For more info, write gnpiatgnpidotorg  (gnpiatgnpidotorg)   or, if calling from the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800-457-GNPI.
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AFRICAN AMERICAN MISSIONS RESEARCH

Jim jimsatveidotnet  (jimsatveidotnet)   is searching for volunteer research assistants willing to clip or to copy articles in newspapers and journals regarding African American issues in global missions, theology, cross-cultural missionaries, etc. Visit his site beforehand at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org for a brief orientation.
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MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS AND OTHERS

If you’re interested in a short-term mission trip (particularly, but certainly not exclusively African Americans) to serve the Ugandan church, find complete information on costs, travel needs, etc., at http://www.ReconciliationNetwork.org.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

20000102 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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BRIGADA LOGO CONTEST

Brigada Logo You’re invited to help design a new Brigada logo for our web page, brochures, displays, etc. Use your imagination… the sky’s the limit. Just submit your logo as a tif, gif or jpg file by uploading it at this site: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/logo Be sure to also upload an ASCII txt file (use the same name but append “-text” to the file name) noting your name, organization or company, email address and any specifics of your proposal. The winning logo artist will be credited on the Brigada logo page throughout the entire year 2000 — at http://www.brigada.org. Artwork will be judged on the basis of its clarity and ability to convey a message in keeping with Brigada‘s ethos. All those submitting artwork will be recognized in a future Brigada Today, regardless of whether or not their particular artwork is chosen. Deadline for submitting work: Feb 29th, 2000. So “leap into action!” :-) Thanks for your help in advancing the Brigada family!
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IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR BRIGADAFEST

Brigada Logo Where else can you catch Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse, AD2000 & Beyond, Caleb Project, Antioch Network, Interdev, Team Expansion, unreached people tracks like Friends of Bosnia and Kosovo Action Partnership, missions-active churches and more all under one roof!?! Browse over to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on the BrigadaFest info to find out how to get started. The date is Feb. 3-5 — so you’d better get cruisin’! If you snooze you lose. Bring your missions committee — because BrigadaFest is your ticket to adopting an unreached people group. If you aren’t web-connected, email Angela AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)   or fax her at 502-297-9823 in the USA. Be patient. Her machine is a busy little guy these days. :-)
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DESPERATELY DEFINING MISSIOLOGY

Got a clear definition of the word missiology? Bertist bcrigoataoldotcom  (bcrigoataoldotcom)   would like to know. Send it to him and, Bertist, in 10 days or so, please drop us a note with your finalized version. Thanks!
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TRY THE “BIGZOO” FOR GREAT PHONE RATES

telephone Macon, from New Tribes Mission, highly recommends http://www.bigzoo.com for your USA- originated long-distance needs. They charge just 3.9 cents per minute and according to Macon, the service is clear as a bell. Furthermore, you can track your statement using the web. You do have to pay a .55 cent fee if calling from a pay phone. But from anywhere else it is .039 cents a minute. Note that this service requires you to dial a toll-free number each time you make a long-distance call. Also, you have to use it at least once every six months to keep it active. Calling to/from Hawaii and Alaska is more. Overseas calls are more too — but still relatively inexpensive. Check it out! Thanks Macon!
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ADOPT-A-VILLAGE YIELDS BIG-TIME FRUIT

During the first eighteen months of a new unique and focused Bible Listening effort in India, over 1,200 new believers have been baptized. Paul, with Adopt-A- Village, reports that a unique method of supervised Bible listening among largely non-literate village people is meeting one of the largest challenges facing the Christian church today: how to give non-readers access to the content of Scripture itself. For more information about how your missions agency can become involved, contact Paul aavatmilldotnet  (aavatmilldotnet)  .
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INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES 2000

Want to study Islam in the 1040 Window? Try the April 10th – June 2nd sessions at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines. The 8-week intensive Institute features a distinctive emphasis on spiritual preparation for ministry within and to the Muslim World. Instructors include Dr. Jim Bennett, Dr. Robert Douglas, Harry Morin, Vivienne Stacey, Dr. Don McCurry, Dr. Phil Parshall and Faouzi Arzouni. Qualified participants may earn up to 9 graduate credits toward their masters level program. The registration deadline is March 01, 2000. For more info, write aptsatxcdotorg  (aptsatxcdotorg)  .
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LOOKING FOR A WHEELED CARRY-ON FOR YOUR LAPTOP?

laptop computerHave you noticed that several airlines are now cracking down on carry-on sizing? Yikes. gulp You’d think we were criminals, trying to smuggle drugs on board or something. They stop us at the top of the jetway and say something like, “What in the world are you thinking? You want to take that elephant-sized bag on-board our jet! Here — let us check it for you…” and before you know it, there goes your laptop, whisked out of your hands, headed for the frozen nose of a pointed metro-commuter jump-jet. Well I’ve had enough of it. This past week, I did some research on the web to determine the maximum size for which I’d be arrested at the gate. :-) (Okay… maybe I’m exaggerating a tad.) Then I started shopping. I checked with Targus, Port, Samsonite, and a zillion other names. I finally splurged with the “Samsonite Wheeled Notebook case”, Samsonite item #141111465. It’s just a hair above the minimalist 9×14 requirement that the roughest airlines are enforcing. My Dell Inspiron (with the 14.1″ screen) fits neatly within the padded laptop pocket, with space left over inside the deep cavity for all my toothbrush gear and a change of clothes or two, . . . and even the obligatory pair of soccer cleats. (Don’t leave home without ’em!) There are a couple of front pockets for cell phones and PDAs, the in-line skate wheel system to save your back and a retractable handle to buzz you down the hall at O’Hair. Or is it… O’Hare. Anyway… I found the best price (I think) at USA-based Best Buy (888-237-8289, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week), their item 3625125. Those ordering from outside the USA might be able to get a USA-based friend to buy it and ship it to them. I can’t wait to look that next space-happy flight attendant in the eye. “Go ahead… Make my day.” :-)
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HELP FOR THOSE INVOLVED IN MISSIONARY PREPARATION

Brigada autoresponderNow you can get a free list of helpful links for missionary candidate preparation, thanks to Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   and her awesome compiling capability. (Thanks Grace!) Just send a blank email to: candidate-prepatbrigadadotorg  (candidate-prepatbrigadadotorg)   and the 4K file will be sent immediately to your inbox by our faithful and loyal computer robot (thanks to Bob Mayhew and his effective programming skills! Thanks Bob!).
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A GLOBAL GLIMPSE TAKE OF TWO CITIES

world globe A Turkish family in Europe accepted Christ while listening to a gospel radio broadcast. Anxious about how to break the news of his salvation to his Muslim parents in Turkey, the husband wrote to Trans World Radio for advice. The counselor who read that letter had received another note from an elderly couple in Turkey, explaining how they had received Christ as a result of gospel radio broadcasts. Noting the two letter writers had the same last name, the counselor realized the man in Europe would have no trouble explaining his salvation to his parents. They had accepted Christ at about the same time as their son.
(Source: Dec. 18, 1999 ADVANCE Newsletter, Kainos Press. http://www.brigada.org)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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MUSIC FOR THE CROSS-CULTURED

musical notes Interested in effectively using music in your cross-cultural work? Take a week of training in Applied Ethnomusicology through the Center for Intercultural Training International in N. Carolina. The course provides the philosophy and tools for cross-cultural music ministry and can be taken by anyone interested in music and missions, even without formal musical training. Topics to be covered include research, planning and strategies for music ministry; music workshops; strategies for developing and disseminating indigenous Christian music; and more. The second part of the week will focus on the specific areas of the world that the students are interested in, so some of the content will be “tailor-made” to the needs of each student. The course will be offered twice this year through CITI, March 27-31 and October 23-27. For more info, check out “Ethnic Music” at http://www.worship-arts-network.com or go to the class website at http://www.citi.org.
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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

19991226 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995 (but made public on 21 March 1995), the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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THE Y2K PROBLEM THAT WASN’T

Well as this issue goes to press, we’re seeing very few Y2K problems. Hopefully, that means that either

  1. it was a big sham,
  2. everybody did their part to prepare, or
  3. maybe it was a combination of lots of hype and lots of preparation. !!!!!!!!!!

I like “c” the best. To any and everyone who helped keep us from a Y2K disaster, thanks:-) We appreciate you!!!
(For Team Expansion, it was a summer intern named Bryan. We appreciate you Bryan!)

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WE CELEBRATE 2 BIRTHDAYS

birthday cake Longtime members of the Brigada family will recall that we celebrate 2 different birthdays, of sorts. January 25th is a kind of “founders’ day” for us . . . the day that conversations first started up on the Brigada “system.” But since those conversations really started up with just 2 guys (Jonathan Marsden and Doug Lucas), we remember March 21st as the real anniversary of Brigada’s public birth. Jonathan is the techie who originally helped come up with the software that made Brigada possible, long before there were sites like “egroups” on the web. Early on, he quipped, “I won’t be satisfied until we have 10,000 people involved in weekly participation in a Brigada conference.” So… the big question is . . . when will we cross the 10,000 mark? Well someone has suggested (and it wasn’t I!) that we should shoot for that goal for March 21st. Bottom line: If you know of someone who should be getting Brigada Today, please drop ’em a line and tell ’em about the great subscription price (Free!!! :-) ). Or tell ’em there are actually some resources here every now and then. Or… maybe tell ’em we’re giving away a $10,000 prize to the 10,000th subscriber! (NOT!) Tell ’em anything — just get ’em aboard! :-) (Okay — I’m joking!) Seriously though, if you’d help us get the word out, we’d sure like to hit 10K by March 21st, 2000 — when we’ll be exactly 5 years old!
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MEET THE ADOPT-A-PEOPLE GURU AT BRIGADAFEST

Want to meet then new Executive Director of the Adopt-a-people Clearinghouse (Dick Bashta)? You can… at BrigadaFest, Feb. 3-5, Louisville, KY. For more information, see the link for BrigadaFest in the lower left-hand side of the page at http://www.teamexpansion.org. We’d love to have you there!
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STOP THAT SPIKE – NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

Are you needing a late stocking stuffer for someone you missed on Christmas Day? :-) Joe and Audrey have recommended just the thing. Head on over to http://www.cdw.com and do a search for the APC SurgeArrest Notebook Pro surge protector. They say it’ll stop the power spikes regardless of the voltage — 110 or 220. Sounds like a great little investment. For just 32.38 plus shipping (about $3.00 to addresses in the USA), it sounds like a good deal, given it has a 5-year/$5,000.00 protection policy. Thanks Joe & Audrey!
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RECORD-KEEPING DATABASE FOR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS

graduation cap If you’re having a tough time tracking the pupils in your mission’s correspondence school, maybe it’s time to browse http://www.hisway.cc/donandbev/database.htm and check out a trial version of the database that can reportedly help you manage. The trial version is the fully operational database but limited to five individuals/students. This limitation will be removed when you register it according to the instructions included in the download file and database (requires $25). The self-extracting download file is approximately 11 Mbytes, so it may take a while to download depending upon your modem speed. But hey… if you only have 5 students, the trial version sounds like the berries! :-) Otherwise, $25 isn’t so bad, when you need the help tracking success! :-)
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PAINTINGS PROMOTING THE HARVEST

Catch a view of some great paintings on missions at http://www.rikberry.com/paintngs.htm. Canadian artist, Rik Berry, has created:
Behold the Kingdom – See With New Eyes http://www.rikberry.com/behold.htm
and
Send Us to the Harvest http://www.rikberry.com/sendus.htm
and
The Great Harvest http://www.rikberry.com/greathr.htm
Thanks for the tip, Grace!!!
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SENDING YOUR BOOKS BY THE BAG

book So, how do you get your books to the field? Kerby sends his by the book-bag! “For the last couple of years we have been sending books by the postal service M-BAG rate. This has allowed us to send our books at a rate of 75 cents a pound (or thereabouts) without any customs problems. It takes about six weeks for the books to arrive (by boat) but we have never lost a shipment. This book rate is available to most countries to my understanding. A minimum weight is required by the U.S. Postal Service (I think 20 pounds). My suggestion is that any books sent this way be sent by a larger post office that would be familiar with it. Each box inside the bag should be individually addressed in the language of the nation you are sending it to, I believe.” Great tip, Kerby. Thanks.
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NEED KIDS AROUND THE WORLD FOR MONGOLIAN BIBLE

Bible Holger is coordinating the production of a new all year children’s Bible in the Mongolian language. His Germany-based ministry (MUV) is looking for 365 digitized images of children’s photos. The children’s Bible gives daily scriptures each day from January 1 thru December 31, providing a Bible story in Mongolian text (available in print and electronic [PDF] format). To show the Mongolian children that there are kids all around the world who love Jesus, Holger would like to include pictures of children from all nationalities and ethnic background. Just send an email with an attached digital photo, along with the name and country of origin of the child hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde  (hgrimmeatt-onlinedotde)  . As a reward for this donation, a free copy of the children’s Bible in PDF format will be mailed to every contributor once the book is finished. Can’t beat that. How ’bout helping Holger out!
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INDONESIAN EVANGELISTIC WEBSITE

WebWatch Aimed at Indonesian Muslims, “Kebenaran Untuk Hari Ini” (Truth for Today) is a lifestyle/spiritual type website, with a purpose of witnessing to Indonesians Online and distributing the Jesus film in Indonesian, Sasak and Madurese with the possibility of other Indonesian languages in the future. The author encourages anyone who has a similar website or search engine with a similar purpose, to link to the site. The URL is http://members.xoom.com/inikebenaran/index.htm.
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ONSITE CONFERENCE ON SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

Join METS 2000 from May 25th to July 6th in Istanbul, Turkey. METS’ purpose is to provide orientation to the Muslim world and ministry in a Muslim context for Christians who prayerfully seek to learn what God plans for them in the future. It provides training in Muslim evangelism and culture and “hands on” experience among English speaking Muslims. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)  .
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FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE

cd-rom and book Not sure how they can do it, but at: http://www.e4.net/ they’re giving away free Bible study software on the Logos system. I ordered mine . . . so I’ll let you know what I get. If you’re in the USA or have access to Net2Phone, you can also call 800- 942-3766 toll-free. Check it out! $8 for the shipping and $5 minimum donation. Sounds like a great deal. (Thanks for the tip, Daniel!)
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LOOKING FOR RESOURCES ON MISSIONARY FURLOUGHS?

WebWatchGrace has a few. Check out:

Thanks Grace!

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TWISTERCOM.COM OFFERS 7 CENTS/MIN. RATE

telephone Here’s the lowest rate I’ve seen for phone credit cards and incoming toll-free numbers. Try it! Pay one fee of $4.95 per month for everything, plus a one-time setup fee of $14.95 to set up the 800 number. Sounds like quite a deal. Dial them toll-free from the USA or via net2phone at 888-894-7882 or browse http://www.twistercom.com. They also claim to have Internet access at bargain basement rates too.
(Thanks Stayton!)
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REENTRY CARE RESOURCES

The staff of Emmaus Road International is getting serious about an early 2000 publishing date for their book on reentry care. The manuscript is in the hands of an editor. They are still interested in including a Resource Section. So they’d love to hear from anyone who has any type of resource that would help returning missionaries–from children to adult, from single to married, from furlough to completed assignment. Just send them a brief paragraph describing the resource and a contact address for obtaining the it. By the way, the book is still unnamed. Any ideas? Respond directly to ontheroad83athotmaildotcom  (ontheroad83athotmaildotcom)  . Thanks! (And Yvonne, please let us know when it becomes available. We’d all like a free copy if we contribute. :-) Okay… so I’m joking about the free copies… but we’d all love a chance to pick one up for our returning missionaries!)
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FREE ONLINE TRAINING: PS 101

letter and ligntening bolt Teresa says PS 101 will help you hear and discern God’s voice more clearly. She wrote, “This course consists of weekly email lessons and workshops and is a time commitment of about 1 hour per week for 10 weeks. It makes students effective in being Spirit-led and in sharing their faith, increasing their ability to discern His leading more easily. Classes begin Jan 10. Registration closes Jan 4, but late registrations are accepted until Jan 21. To register, Email your first and last name, gender and age to Registrar101ataoldotcom  (Registrar101ataoldotcom)   or register online at http://www.godspeak.net/godspeak/101/goreg.html. The course is sponsored by GodSpeak International, http://www.godspeak.net.” I haven’t taken the course myself, by the way — but would love feedback from those who finish it.
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TONGA, TSONGA, AND TONGAN – LEARN THE DIFFERENCE

movie camera For a complete listing of the $3-15 Jesus video/film/Sony8mm (in 557 languages) and VCD/DVD (in 8 languages), a four ministry audioscripture inventory (in 300 languages), along with an index describing all languages’ corresponding geographical areas and how to order them, plus how to order mini-$500 portable video projectors, send an email to: KeithKatidmaildotcom  (KeithKatidmaildotcom)   or GarySatidmaildotcom  (GarySatidmaildotcom)  .
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NEW MISSION MOBILIZATION & EDUCATION NETWORK

A newly forming, ground-breaking network of mission agencies, denominations and associations recently hired Mark Sigmon as Director. Also the Director of the Center for World Missions of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, Sigmon brings excellent credentials and experience in mission collaboration. Charter members are ACMC, the Association of Christian Schools International, Caleb Project, SIM, CB International, TEAM, Woman’s Missionary Union of the Southern Baptist Convention, World Concern and Wycliffe Bible Translators. The network serves to share missions mobilization vision, identify key resources, target gaps in missions education resourcing, and address options by which the gaps may be filled. Their initial project will be the launch of a website to reach these goals. The children’s division has already premiered at http://www.21stCenturyKidsConnect.org. Don’t see your organization listed above? Please contact Mark Sigmon at missionsatcornerstonedotedu  (missionsatcornerstonedotedu)   for further information.
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TRY FOR A SET OF FREE COPIES OF THE OT/NT IN ARABIC

Bible According to Keith, you just might be able to get a free copy of the “Sharif” translation of the OT/NT (just completed). Just send your Name, Postal address, Email address, Telephone, and Fax (if available) to chicadelicathotmaildotcom  (chicadelicathotmaildotcom)  . Explain why you’d like the copies and clarify that they won’t sit around. You just might get 100 copies free! Note that the translation is into standard Arabic — so many additional Arabic speakers should be able to read it.
(Thanks Keith!)
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DIALOGUE ON HOW TO REACH THE AFRICAN CHURCH

Larson would like to spawn a bit of dialogue on how to reach African unreached people. He wrote this past week, “Although the African Church is growing, many remote villagers are dying from hunger, aids and from the effects of war without having chance to hear the gospel. Through some may listen to the gospel on radio, there are still millions of villagers in villages whom Western missionaries are unable to reach due to impassable roads. Many African preachers are also unable to reach these places due to lack of resources. And while the Western Church is busy talking about avoiding the creation of a spirit of “dependence” on the mission field, many Muslim nations are pouring in millions of dollars in many African nations in order to convert many people into their religion. Does any one have an answer on how the Church can effectively reach the unreached remote African villagers?” If you’re interested in offering an opinion on this subject, I suggest you use the “think-tank” for responses to Brigada. Just send a message to brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   then follow the directions. You’ll join an email “forum” that you can set for either email participation or web-only reading. Larson can maybe jump in as moderator.
Thanks Larson!
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HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE AMAZON

syringe Tribal Outreach Medical Assistance(TOMA) is a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting health and survival of tribes in the Amazon basin. Teams of physicians, dentists and paramedical personnel make trips to numerous remote jungle clinics that are staffed year-round by missionary healthcare workers. During these visits, TOMA provides medical care, training and medications/supplies for several months. TOMA’s focus is on the high risk, most needy and most remote villages where malaria and other tropical diseases continue to devastate tribal groups. If you’d like to request that they visit your area, write toma97ataoldotcom  (toma97ataoldotcom)   or visit http://www.galinks.com/toma.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF A NEW CENTURY

world globe Beginning December 23rd, 1999, the Millennial Tribute to Jesus was aired in more than 150 countries to a potential viewing audience of more than 500 million people. The production, global distribution and follow up of this special edition of The JESUS Film are being coordinated by The Network for Strategic Missions. It features 50 famous political, entertainment and sports figures of different religious faiths, each giving tribute to the life, character and influence of Jesus. Task Forces in each country will facilitate the activity of more than 500 organizations partnering together to respond to those who, after watching the program, desire to learn more about the life of Jesus.
(Source: Justin Long, Network for Strategic Missions, http://www.thetribute.com and http://www.strategicnetwork.org.)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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DON’T FORGET: FREE LONG DISTANCE TO THE USA

telephoneDon’t forget about Dialpad. We mentioned it a few weeks back — remember my buddy Rick? He likes it a lot for family and friends. Another friend named David just recommended it this past week. A buddy and I tried it for business use and it’s probably not quite up to speed for that . . . but hey… if you’re overseas, it might be better than the connection you get by phone! :-) http://www.dialpad.com Check it out. Free long distance to the USA from anywhere in the world.
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FREE MISSION LESSONS ONLINE

WebWatchIf you tried unsuccessfully to download Wycliffe’s free mission lessons, it’s been moved to this new URL: http://www.wycliffe.org/catalog/BrightIdeas/home.htm
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

19991219 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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CHECK OUT THE SCHEDULE FOR BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo Want to check out the new info. on BrigadaFest? Just go to http://www.teamexpansion.org and click on BrigadaFest in the lower lefthand corner. Make sure you check out the “New” information too! Registration forms are there, along with a handy way to register via the web. Attend BrigadaFest 2000 and meet all your Brigada buddies! Hear Greg Fritz and a crew from Caleb Project, representatives from AD2000 & Beyond, Antioch Network, and Interdev, along with missions ministers from all kinds of churches. Oh… I almost forgot… hear Doug Lucas set a charge for the new century! Take part in planning sessions, learn to network, figure out how to form partnerships… all for just $70 registration (which even covers several of your meals!). For more information, see the web or write an email to brigadafestatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (brigadafestatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . To speak to a real human after January 3rd, write infoatTeamExpansiondotorg  (infoatTeamExpansiondotorg)  . See ya in Louisville, Feb. 3-5!
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CHRISTMAS-GREETINGS UPDATE

Thanks to Jake and all those who have pitched in, the multi-lingual Christmas greetings file has now grown to include greetings in over 150 languages plus many have been corrected to be a bit more accurate. To receive your copy, send a simple email to christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . Oh . . . and thanks again Jake!
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MINI-PERSPECTIVES LEADER’S GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

The Leader’s Guide to the Path to God’s Glory mini-perspectives Bible-study course is now available. This study has been sent to over 25 countries worldwide since first mentioned on Brigada Today two months ago. The course is designed for individual, classroom, and small-group study and can be used in either a four or eight-week format. The leader’s guide will assist in both classroom and small-group studies. To order the study and/or leader’s guide, please call 1-800-366-9673 or email PathToGodsGloryatjunodotcom  (PathToGodsGloryatjunodotcom)  .
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MOBILIZATION MEETINGS FOR MISSION LEADERS

Are you a missions leader wanting to influence others to get involved in reaching unreached peoples? The Network for Strategic Missions would like to help you. 757-226-5002; Email: The_Networkioatcompuservedotcom  (The_Networkioatcompuservedotcom)  .
(Source: Bill Waldrop, Facilitator of International Ministries, Mission America)
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SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT REACH FOR LIFE

“Life Foundations for the New Millennium,” a Reach for Life evangelistic TV program will be seen on December 30 and Janaury 1 and 2 on TV networks (STAR World, STAR Plus, Australian TV International, TV Africa, Rhema, RPN, PTV, EM-TV, VCT, CCN, TVJ, and more) in Asia, Africa, Pacific, Caribbean, and the Middle East. This is a half-hour program featuring spiritual philosopher, professor, Ramesh Richard speaking on building your life on the right foundation. Viewers can learn about Jesus Christ and also get a FREE GIFT when they respond. To get more information on times and schedules and countries available, check out the website http://www.rameshrichard.com or send an email to infoatrreachdotorg  (infoatrreachdotorg)   with the subject line:
Telecast Schedule.

If you want to get involved by being a prayer partner for this event, send an email to infoatrreachdotorg  (infoatrreachdotorg)   with the subject line:
Telecast Prayer.

Reach for Life is a ministry of Ramesh Richard Evangelism and Church Helps International to evangelize opinion leaders of weaker economies.

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MILLENNIAL TRIBUTE TO JESUS AIRS

Millennial Tribute to Jesus LogoBeginning December 23rd, 1999, the Millennial Tribute to Jesus began airing in more than 150 countries to a potential viewing audience of more than 500 million people. The Millennial Tribute to Jesus is the result of the vision of Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ and Paul Eshleman of The JESUS Film Project to put together a worldwide telecast of a special edition of the JESUS Film on Christmas Day 1999. The production, global distribution and follow up of this special edition of The JESUS Film is being coordinated by The Network for Strategic Missions based in Virginia Beach, VA. It features 50 famous political, entertainment and sports figures of different religious faiths, each giving tribute to the life, character and influence of Jesus. MTJ Task Forces in each country will facilitate the activity of more than 500 organizations partnering together to respond to those who, after watching the program, desire to learn more on the life of Jesus. For more information on air times in your country, and to join others in making a tribute to Jesus, visit http://www.thetribute.com, where you can also join in a global conversation about the influence of Jesus in the world over the past 2,000 years.
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ONLINE TRANSLATORS

WebWatchThere are a number of online translators which can machine-translate text or a web page into a number of other languages. They are at best, very quirky, and only give the ‘gist’ of the meaning. Follow the link below to try them out. Also, very valuable is the BabyloNet instant single-word translator. This will translate any word on a web page that you click on, into any of 9 languages. See it working at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-dictionary.html. It needs version4+ browsers, and seems to be happier in Netscape.
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TRAIN TO SERVE AND EQUIP

trainEagles Nests School of Missions is a unique 35-week course of study held in Butler, IL, with an optional 3 month mission assignment. This center provides a place where people from the US and around the world are able to come and learn basic Bible doctrine and ministry skills, as well as agricultural skills and alternative technologies, such as solar applications and greenhouse management. This combined training will equip the students to assist national pastors in Third World countries by allowing them to be more self-sufficient and able to better function regardless of economic, social or political situations. Classes begin March 2000. For further information, or a school catalog, contact Steven Schmidt, 220 Union St., Butler, IL 62015, (217) 532-6701 or e-mail at schmidtatcillnetdotcom  (schmidtatcillnetdotcom)  .
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RECYCLE YOUR CHRISTIAN MATERIALS

Recycle SymbolIf you’ve ever wondered what to do with Christian materials that you no longer use, Love Packages (a division of Eagle Nest Ministries) is your answer! Love Packages collects used (and new) Christian literature and sends it overseas to needy churches and Christian ministries. Bibles, tracts, select magazines, devotionals, Sunday School and flannel graph materials, and Christian books and tapes are accepted. Love Packages has sent over 2500 tons of materials overseas since 1975, resulting in thousands of salvations. For further information, contact Steven Schmidt, Love Packages, 220 Union St., Butler, IL 62015, (217) 532-6701, or e-mail at schmidtatcillnetdotcom  (schmidtatcillnetdotcom)  .
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ESEND.ORG READY FOR BUSINESS

WebWatchESend.org, a start-up nonprofit Christian organization based in Southern California, is making available its secure and encrypted Web-based services for connecting missionaries and their supporters. ESend’s comprehensive features include, among others, secure Web-based email, ESend Express (secure instant messaging), and a customizable and personalized bulletin board system capable of multimedia attachments. This is the first time these services are brought together into one secured website where people can freely share with each other in a private and low-risk manner without any other software but their Web browser. For more information, browse https://www.esend.org/press.html or write infoatesenddotorg  (infoatesenddotorg)   for details. Contact Ted Liao, tliaoatesenddotorg  (tliaoatesenddotorg)   for further questions.
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FREE MISSION LESSONS ONLINE!

light bulbWant a fresh activity to get students excited about reaching the world? Has Wycliffe Bible Translators got some “Bright Ideas!” for you! They are pleased to provide fun, interactive lessons from simulations to stories, ethnic meals to hilarious games, slight-of-hand stunts to crafts to linguistic problem solving. Easy-to-follow instructions, minimal outside preparation, masters for overheads and handouts, and thought-provoking Discussion and Application Sections make these useful for teachers, parents, missionary speakers and pastors. Download and print one free “Bright Ideas!” lesson from each notebook every month at http://www.wycliffe.org/parents/BrightIdeas.htm. All three of the complete 10-lesson notebooks (Teen-Adult, Grades 1-6, Preschool) may also be purchased by calling 1-800-WYCLIFFE, (1-800-992-5433) or write to: jalanderatteleportdotcom  (jalanderatteleportdotcom)  
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Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

19991212 Brigada Today

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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HOW TO PHONE HOME WHEN THERE’S NO PHONE

Imagine that you are in a remote village in Asia. You desperately need to communicate with your HQ or call your homeland and the only phone is two hours away by foot. For this reason Mission Aviation Fellowship is pleased to offer the MAFlink satellite phone and COMSAT Planet1 services. At the size of a notebook computer, the MAFlink phone provides voice, fax and data. You can actually call your homeland from the middle of the Gobi desert or receive email on top of mount Kilimanjaro! Due to the high demand for emergency back-up equipment, phones are in short supply. MAF has a very limited stock during the month of December, so act quickly. Packages start at $2795. For more information, check out http://maflink.maf.org/sat/description.htm, e-mail planet1atmafdotorg  (planet1atmafdotorg)   or call Jim Camomile at (909)794-1151.
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DESTINATION 2000 COMING UP

Calvary Bible Church (Kalamazoo, Michigan) is hosting a “Destination 2000” global missions emphasis conference on October 13-14, 2000. A children’s track for grades 1-6 will also be provided. For details, contact Roger, RBusPs67ataoldotcom  (RBusPs67ataoldotcom)  .
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DECEMBER ADVANCE READY TO PICK OFF THE SERVER

Remember Mark’s Advance? It’s baaaaaa-aaaaack! Just send a blank email to: advance199912atbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (advance199912atbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (subject and text are ignored). Here’s a quick table-of-contents: Summary of Advance!, Dec. 18, 1999
Yemen’s Tahima people group; 500 saved in Benin; ” Righteous Way” voice delivered from illness; chief of unreached people group requests Christian funeral; Christian doctors witness in Mongolia; believers in peril in Indonesia; Pakistan judge denies bail for Christian brothers; woman saved after World A believers’ names published; new Fulbe believers persecuted; new Chenchu believer remains steadfast; rock star Elton John criticized for homosexual routine; child sacrifice in Ethiopia and United States; 13-year-old dies at hands of homosexuals; young people flocking into China’s churches; American high schools teach abstinence; scrap of New Testament leads two to Christ; miraculous salvation of two families; missions-oriented student mobilization conference Feb. 18-19; International Justice Mission
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LEARN ABOUT MISSIONARY CARE

Take a look at Grace’s list of missionary care links! You’ll want it — if you’re at all into pastoral care for missionaries. To get it, just send an email to missionary-careatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (missionary-careatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and the 5K document will be sent to you as an email.
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THE FINAL ANALYSIS IS IN!

Final Analysis: A Decade of Commentary on the Church and World Missions, by Jim Reapsome, has arrived. This 240-page hardbound volume contains Jim’s top 100 “Final Analysis” columns from Pulse. To get yours, send a check for $14.95 for each copy to EMIS, P.O. Box 794, Wheaton, IL 60189, or fax your credit card orders to (630) 752-7155.
(Please provide your name as it appears on the card, account number, expiration date, and whether using Visa or Mastercard.)
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FOR THOSE WHO SHARE FILES

Want others to have access to files over the web? There are a number of new services that give you this option. Terry likes freedrive, because you can upload up to 20 MB of any type of data on their server. Then, you can give the passcode to other people, who can download the information at their convenience. Find it at http://www.freedrive.com/. You have to agree to receive a once-a-week email ad, but hey… that’s what filters and the delete key are for! :-)
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GRACE’LL TELL YOU WHERE TO GO (FOR MOBILIZATION INFO)

Thanks to Grace for compiling this great list of web links for those seeking to mobilize others toward missions:
MOBILIZATION WEB SITES

11 Ways To Involve Yourself in Missions http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/involve.html

Caleb Project Mobilization Resources http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/caleb.html

Enlist to a Dream, Not a Job http://www.nobletec.com/~khm/seminar/flow.html

Fingertip Mobilizer Resource for Missions http://www.globalmission.org/fingertip.htm

Missions Education and Mobilization Network http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/memnet.html

Missions Mobilization Cartoons/Art http://www.calebproject.org/toons.htm

Mobilising Second Career Missionaries – article http://www.om.org/relay/stories/1-98secondgen.html

Motivations for Missions http://www.calebproject.org/motivat.htm

Networking Concepts and Strategies for mission mobilization. http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/ntwrking.htm

Recruiting: Mobilization of Students http://www.acu.edu/academics/missions/jam/mobstud.htm

Top 10 Bible Studies on Missions http://www.ris.net/~nwilson/biblstdy.html

Top 10 Things Everyone Should Do for World Missions http://www.cccc.ca/Resource/Topten.html

Would You Pass the Test for the Mission Field? http://www.stmarkumc.com/jimnotes1/jim33.htm

Thanks Grace!

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HOW DO I KNOW WHAT BRIGADA FILES ARE AVAILABLE?

Brigada Logo Now that we’re starting to accumulate a few of those autoresponder files, how can one obtain a list of what’s available on the Brigada system? Just send a blank email to infoatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (infoatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll get a 3K listing of all files, together with instructions on how to retrieve them. The files are listed, along with their size and an annotated one- line description of their respective contents.
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NONTRADITIONAL GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION

graduation cap Have you worked on a graduate degree in this manner? Researcher seeks your input pertaining to nontraditional theological education. If you have prepared for the mission field or ordination in this way, or have an opinion on this subject, please reply. This research seeks to evaluate such programs and then provide links for further information. Of particular interest are experiences regarding the accreditation of such programs, their usefulness in the field, your perceived value of the learning, the feasibility of taking graduate classes in a nontraditional ways, and degree acceptance by mission boards as well as for ordination. Please provide your experiences to Daniel at dmg86atbellsouthdotnet  (dmg86atbellsouthdotnet)  . He’ll put together a report for us here on Brigada.
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SEND A CHRISTMAS CARD BY MAIL

The following sites were found (by Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  ) to have helped eliminate paper-based mail greeting cards. Maybe it’s not too late if you’re sending Christmas cards to…. Send the electronic version as well:

123 Greetings: http://www.123greetings.com/

Bird Greeting Call Card: http://njcnews.org/card.html

Blue Mountain Art: http://www1.bluemountain.com/eng/interactart/index.html

Christian ones: http://www.cjsspecialties.com/woftn03.gif

Email greeting cards or virtual flowers: http://asiatravel.com/birthday.html or http://www.indiaexpress.com/greetings/

Free Christian Email cards: http://165.227.230.3/freebies/Ecards.htm http://members.aol.com/fjart/post.html

Games Electronic Greeting Cards: http://www1.bluemountain.com/eng3/games/index.html

Little Africa Post Cards: http://www.littleafrica.com/cards.html

Orthodox Christian Cards: http://www1.bluemountain.com/eng3/orthodox/index.html

Vancouver, BC postcards: http://www.tourism-vancouver.org/docs/about-new/vpost.html

Virtual Wonders: http://cards.eesite.com/

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SEEKING WISE MEN (AND WOMEN) WITH MISSIONS SAVVY

Here’s a missions leader bneuenataoldotcom  (bneuenataoldotcom)   that is searching for ways to get people involved in missions conferences and with missions in general. He’d love your best recommendations for getting others involved in missions in general and with missions conferences in particular. By January 10th he’ll compile a report for us to post here on Brigada as an autoresponder.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

19991205 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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HOW DO I MERRY CHRISTMAS THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS

Actually, we now have more than 100 [ways to say Merry Christmas in different languages]! . . . thanks to Jake! Get a copy of Jake’s multi-lingual Christmas greetings file by sending an emailed note to: christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (christmas-greetingsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . Last year, we finally put together some 30+ ways to say Merry Christmas. Now, thanks to Jake’s advance work, we’ll be much closer to meeting our goal of having Christmas truly happen in every land!
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE: TESTIMONY FROM THE BALKANS

world globe “What a testimony that this year, this small group of people — we Evangelicals make up only 0.2% of Albania’s population — cared for 15% of the refugees that came from Kosovo. And that this little baby church has sent missionaries to Kosovo. Several Kosovar pastors who survived the torture were with us. It is a blessing that we see ourselves as one church. It is also a testimony that outreach happening to minorities, both here and in Kosovo are at the hands of Believers.”
(Source: Field Report from Eastern Mennonite Missions, 19 Nov, 1999 http://www.EveryPeople.net/Kosovarhome.php3?UseOrder=36 )
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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ALMA TRAINING CENTER SET TO OPEN

The ALMA missionary training center is set to open in Paraguay on January 12th, 2000. The vision of ALMA (America Latina Misiones Al Mundo) is to serve as a Christian community that will help to mobilize, train and prepare Latin Americans to have an active role in helping to fulfill the Great Commission especially in those most unreached areas, both in Latin America and to the ends of the earth. The ALMA training program is designed to provide a complementary balance between classroom studies and practical ministry training. If you would like more information about the ministry of ALMA you can check their web site at http://www.A-L-M-A.org or e-mail: danielcoolata-l-m-adotorg  (danielcoolata-l-m-adotorg)  . The website is both in English and Spanish. Interested students may fill in the preliminary application form on line, or send for the email version. The staff at ALMA would appreciate BRIGADA readers forwarding this announcement to their Latin American mission-mobilizing friends.
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ANOTHER CALLBACK SERVICE

telephone Okay – we’re going to try to run another item about callback services, in case there are still some folks out there who haven’t tried them. (The condition: that nobody gets a kickback. :-) There are just too many kickback plans among our 10,000 member constituency. We’re preaching to the choir.) Try GlobalTel International. Call from the USA to these countries for these “cents/minute” rates:
Germany for 13.5,
Hong Kong – 15.5,
Israel – 18.5,
Japan – 16,
Mexico – 28.5,
Norway – 13.5,
UK – 12.5.
The same rates apply if calls are made from these countries to USA. For rates between any two other countries in the world, go to: http://www.globaltel-callback.com/rates.htm.

There is no cost to open an account with GlobalTel. There are no statement fees, no monthly minimum charges and no per call surcharges. The only cost is the actual phone calls you make. Rates are good 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other features offered are secure on-line sign up, the ability to check your account information and calling details on-line and the ability to use your computer to trigger a callback over the Internet. This service can also be used as a non pre- paid calling card when traveling in North America. The current rate when calling within the USA is only 11 cents per minute! For more detailed information about this service, go to: http://www.globaltel-callback.com

We’re greatly indebted to Billy williamsatkcndotnedotjp  (williamsatkcndotnedotjp)   for tipping us off to this service. Thanks Billy!

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SPANISH MISSIONS COURSES AND SERVICES

The electronic page “Pueblos” is offering three new Spanish courses in World Missions along with other valuable resources. During the last two years Pueblos has had students from all around the world. Check it out at http//www.pueblos.org and for more information, Miguel meriveraatcoquidotnet  (meriveraatcoquidotnet)  . You can also read a Spanish version of Brigada Today there — “Brigada Hoy” — along with the connection to several organizations throughout the Hispanic missions world.
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NEW WEB SITE TO REACH MUSLIMS

WebWatch A new web site has been completed to reach out to Muslims. It highlights materials available to Muslims, free of cost, which point them to the Savior. They can hear two parts of an audio drama online, read several contextualized articles, link to an online correspondence course, order materials and email their prayer requests. This web site is being operated by India based, Beruma Ministry, at http://www.geocities.com/beruma1. Email your feedback and inquires to Beruma1atyahoodotcom  (Beruma1atyahoodotcom)  .
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INTENT’S INTENT

Intent (U.S. affiliate of Tentmakers International Exchange), is seeking to bring together individuals interested in Muslim ministries for regional Islamic Training Coalition Roundtables to formulate a consensus regarding the minimal competencies required to serve effectively as a Kingdom Professional (tentmaker) in an Islamic context. Attendees should have experience and/or expertise in one or more of the following: Missiology, Islamics as an academic specialty, Street practitioners in Muslim evangelism, Experienced missionaries among Muslims, Mission executives in organizations involved in Muslim ministry, Staff from specialized training institutes focused on Muslims, Staff of specialized research institutes with relevant expertise, Specialists in the design of continuing professional education. ITC Roundtables are working sessions. There are no fees, but attendance is limited to 15-25 people. If interested, write Larry Kendrick, ITC Director and Gary Ginter, Intent Chairman at Lskwinusaatjunodotcom  (Lskwinusaatjunodotcom)  , or call 708-763-8186 in the USA.
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BOOKS FOR YOU AND YOUR MUSLIM FRIENDS

books Now you can read your way to understanding your Muslim friends. Try these books…

  1. The 99 Beautiful Names Of God by Dr. David Bentley (of Zwemmer Inst), available from Wm Carey Library, P.O. Box 40129 Pasadena, CA 91114 626-798-0819 or 1-800-Mission. An excellent add-on to your morning time with the Lord. Listing each of the 99 names in both Arabic and English, the comments which follow give the Biblical meaning of these names, as well as deeply thought through theological insights.
  2. Ethnic Realities On The Church: Lessons From Kurdistan By Bob Blincoe, U.S. Director of Frontiers and “Friends of the Kurds.” Insights from his work with the Kurds in America. From Wm Carey Library.
  3. Muslims And Christians At The Table by Bruce McDowell (of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia), and Anees Zaka, Founder of Church Without Walls. Published by P & R.(Presbyterian & Reformed) Publishing, P.O. Box 817, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865 contains a wealth of helpful information.
  4. Free at Last? The Gospel In The African-American Experience by Carl Ellis, of Project Joseph (also a Board member of Westminster Seminary/ Philadelphia), published by Inter-Varsity Press.

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FREE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

virus Thanks to Terry, based in Spain, terrywareatbigfootdotcom  (terry%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Ewareatbigfootdotcom)   for sleuthing out some free antivirus software for all those who, for whatever reason, prefer not to buy from Norton or McAffee. Check it out at http://antivirus.cai.com/cgi-bin/ipe/connect.cgi. Terry says they’re publishing updates almost daily to keep up with new viruses being detected. Way to go, Terry!
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CHRISTIAN COMICS/CARTOON RESOURCES

The comics training and consulting ministry ROX35 Media, Inc. maintains the Christian Comics International (CCI) web site as an additional ministry service and resource. They have just added a new “Mailbag” section with answers to the many questions they receive about Christian comics. Also, they have revived the Christian Comics Catalog with almost 50 comics and cartoon books, in English, Spanish, Japanese, and (soon) in German, which can be ordered right on-line. The CCI website is located at: http://users.aol.com/ChriCom/ or write ROX35Mediaataoldotcom  (ROX35Mediaataoldotcom)  .
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FITS THEM TO A TEE

The International Electronic Library is requesting directories of seminaries, Bible colleges, pastors’ training institutes and schools offering TEE (theological education by extension) in developing countries. If you are aware of any such directories, please write Wendy wludoatmegsinetdotnet  (wludoatmegsinetdotnet)  .
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WEF MISSIONS COMMISSION’S DECLARATION OF IGUASSU

Under the auspices of the World Evangelical Fellowship Missions Commission, 160 mission practitioners, missiologists and church leaders from 53 countries, met in Foz de Iguassu, Brazil on October 10-15, 1999. The purpose of the meeting was to reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing world missions at the dawn of the new millennium. The consultation produced an important document entitled “The Declaration of Iguassu.” It is available for review on the WEF web site: http://www.worldevangelical.org.
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STILL PREPARING THOSE PRACTICAL Y2K PLANS?

Hmmmm. Nothing like waiting ’til the last few minutes of the millennium! :-) Anyway, maybe you’re in luck. Here’s a new site in Calgary to give you ideas… http://www.c-f.net/y2kplan.htm
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MISSION TRIP TO HAWAII (NO KIDDING!)

Commit Ministries is offering a rather unique short-term opportunity to High School and College age students desiring to serve in a meaningful capacity this Summer. Commit is recruiting this team to help facilitate successful Vacation Bible School programs for needy churches on the outer islands of Hawaii. The program begins with training on the island of Oahu, July 6th and the student team returns home on August 14th, a total of five weeks. The cost per student is $2185 which includes RT airfare from just about anywhere in the US, most meals, camp style or better lodging, Interisland airfare, ground transportation, VBS training, and debriefing. Contact Jeff commitatjunodotcom  (commitatjunodotcom)   for more details.
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FREE ARABIC LANGUAGE SCRIPTURE IN BIG NUMBERS

Bible The “Injeel ash- sharif” is an Arabic translation of the New Testament that has been circulated for several years. The translator, an Egyptian Christian, has now finished the Old Testament to this translation.

The “Sharif” translation is different from other existing versions in several ways. First, it is written in simple Standard Arabic, so that even minimally educated people can benefit from it. Secondly, it is the only Arabic translation written to speak to Muslims in their own language. Other translations use ecclesiastical terminology and literalisms that can be either confusing or offensive to this audience. Thirdly, it is written using vocabulary which will be understood in the broadest range of Arabic-speaking countries, from N. Africa to the Gulf. Bible translators who have compared the existing versions have found this version to be the clearest, most natural, and most accurate translation in Modern Standard Arabic.

The Sharif, 4th edition, OT and NT, is due to be printed Christmas time. The publisher is offering up to 100 copies for free. You can get 200 if you’re willing to pay shipping costs. This edition promises to be quite an improvement over the last edition. If you’d like to take part, the publisher/translator insists on getting the following info, since the last time many addresses were incomplete and/or there were problems with delivery:

Name
Postal address for Dec99/Jan2000
Email address
Telephone
Fax (if available)

You can send your order to chicadelicathotmaildotcom  (chicadelicathotmaildotcom)  . Thanks!

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UTILIZING ARTS/ETHNIC ARTS IN CHURCH PLANTING AMONG MUSLIMS

Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   requests your help! She is looking for stories about how the arts/ethnic arts have been or are being utilized in church planting among Muslims…arts such as visual arts, for example…If you know of such stories, please contact Grace with the information. If it is something that you would be willing to share in an upcoming Ethnic Worship & Arts Focus newsletter and in Brigada Today, she would be careful to observe issues of sensitivity. Thank you!
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GET YOUR FAXES FOR FREE

fax machine Just check out http://www.faxwave.com to see the details. Whenever anyone faxes to that number, it is sent to you via email attachment; all for free. As calls to the US are cheaper than to Europe generally, it should save people sending to you, and if you have your email forwarded, the fax will follow you all over the globe.
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MORE FREE SERVICES

For an entire list of more free services on the Internet (including uReach.com and many more), write to free-onlineatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (free-onlineatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . You’ll receive a complete list of free or low-cost services on the Net!
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TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

TO UNSUBSCRIBE — Send email to brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom)  . (Subject and text are ignored.)
IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19991128 Brigada Today

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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah” (rhymes with armada), is the rough equivalent of a “brigade” — in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian and even Filipino! Founded 25 January 1995, the idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Check out nearly 5 years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Brigada Today is compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY.
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WHY 2K!? STEM THE TIDE: BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo So why, after 2000 years, would there still be 2000 people groups, tribes, castes, and kindreds without sufficient numbers to evangelize their compatriots? In our opinion, this is the real Y2K crisis. Want to make a difference? Why not attend BrigadaFest 2000 in Louisville, KY, Feb. 3-5. Stem the tide of the “Why 2K!?” crisis! This meeting is especially designed for

  1. missions mobilizers to share “shop talk”,
  2. church leaders to discover ways and means of adopting and reaching those without Christ’s message and
  3. bringing together “a” and “b”.

Hear Caleb Project on people group advocacy, learn about PACE (a prayer-based approach that follows a special church-oriented strategy for accomplishing Mission), and sit down with Interdev to learn about forming international partnerships. Register on the web by going to http://www.teamexpansion.org or write Angela AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg  (AKeeranatTeamExpansiondotorg)   in Louisville, KY.

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MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS BEGINS IMMEDIATELY!

praying hands Coinciding with Christmas 1999 and the beginning of Y2K, millions of Christians worldwide will again humbly learn about, intercede for and reach out with God’s love to our “biggest” religious neighbor–the Islamic world. As Muslims seek to honor God and fulfill one of their religion’s major obligations, we will ask God to indeed draw near to them. Booklets are available in over 25 languages and the N. American English edition is in full color this year. For more information about the 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus, write wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , or call toll-free if in the USA (or via Net2Phone) (888)WCN-NEWS.
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UPDATE ON JOSHUA PROJECT PEOPLES

Joshua Project 2000 logo Dan the man, from AD2000 & Beyond, wrote this week to update us on the status of the Joshua Project List of Unreached Peoples. He’s currently listing 1596 peoples with 1118 having no church of 100 reported. Together, some 542 have no on-site planting team, and 188 haven’t even been claimed yet. We’ve still got some work to do! But look how far we’ve come!!!
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DYNAMIC EQUIPPING OF THE CHURCH

graduation cap Veritas College offers Integrated Leadership Development using a self study interpretation of the Bible. The course is not run from a building. It is affordable — $40 a year. According to the organizers, a successful field test in Romania resulted in 17 churches being planted. For more information see http://www.veritascollege.com or email nicoeatumfolozidotntechdotacdotza  (nicoeatumfolozidotntechdotacdotza)  
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WE FINALLY GOT A CHECK FROM IGIVE.COM

dollar sign Okay. It’s for real. We got our first check from iGive.com this past week. Granted it was only $12, but hey… that’s $12! They have tons of shopping sites there . . . and you can add others. Just go to http://www.igive.com first, then use the links there to connect to other sites to buy toys, electronics, and more. Your designate your shopping points to your favorite non-profit (make sure yours is registered there first!), who then gets a check, not unlike a frequent flyer awards program! It doesn’t cost the consumer a dime to participate… but could result in great gains for the non-profit . . .like . . .maybe a $12 check! :-) (Thanks for the reminder Eric!)
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FILES YOU CAN RETRIEVE FOR FREE!

Brigada Logo Want some info. from the Brigada autoresponder? It’s easy. Just address your email to one of these file names, with “@brigada.worldchurches.org” tacked on the end. All the files are free! So… to get the first file, compose an empty email (subject ignored) and send it to this address: <blind-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg>

(Note! Please don’t simply send a reply to this Brigada Today — and whatever you do, don’t email it to Doug! :-) Look again at the instructions above!)

blind-resources  (blind-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (24K — to help you reach the blind)
brigada-submissions  (brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (3K — how to submit items for publication)
children  (childrenatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (81K — how to best help the children of the world)
cults-resources  (cults-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (46K — to learn about cults)
deafministry  (deafministryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (5K — to help those who cannot hear)
email_traveling_tips  (email_traveling_tipsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (14K travel and stay connected)
evaluating-missions  (evaluating-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (22K — accountability and missions)
file-list  (file-listatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (3K — this file list)
family-missions  (family-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (6K — resources for helping families in missions)
housechurches  (housechurchesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (17 — how to start them)
indigenousmusic  (indigenousmusicatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (5K — resources to help best bring it about)
interpersonal-skills  (interpersonal-skillsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (3K — learn them!)
leadership  (leadershipatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (7K — resources to learn how to do it)
muslim-outreach  (muslim-outreachatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (58K — understanding how to share hope with them)
muslim-training  (muslim-trainingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (15K — where can you receive live training)
opc  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (3K — read this before sending any forwarded emails!)
packing  (packingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (36K — the best cartons, routes, routines, etc.)
puppets  (puppetsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (70K — how to start a ministry with them)
satphones  (satphonesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (7K — resources and tips)
stripreturns  (stripreturnsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (3K — macro for Microsoft Word; removes carriage returns)
tesl  (teslatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (13K — programs to learn how to do it)
tesl_resources  (tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (41K — curriculum, guides and other helps)
top20upgs  (top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (11K — 20 high priority unreached groups as of early 1999)
transition  (transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (12K — transfer your mailing list from xc.org to egroups)
travel  (travelatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (19K — saving money on airfare for international travel)
turkish-resources  (turkish-resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (11K — Turkish christian resource directory)
unreached-directory  (unreached-directoryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (149K — ministries who provide info on unreached)
untargeted  (untargetedatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   (12K — the least targeted groups as of Aug. 1999)

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HERE’S HOW TO TAKE GOODS TO THE FIELD

Larry had to know. So he asked! We put the word out on Brigada Today (September 24, 1999) and he got 22 responses… in 4 general categories (Detailed Packing Tips, Container Recommendations, Keep It Simple, and Shipping Agents/Consultants). Folks told him about trunks, boxes, barrels, Rubbermaid trashcans, cubical computer boxes, tea chests, hockey bags, bicycle boxes and even shipping agents/consultants — the works! Several individuals gave detailed packing and travel tips. And some gave a caution to seriously consider what message the things you take can send to the people of your host country, with reference given to the article “18 Barrels and 2 Big Crates” from the April 1992 issue of Evangelical Missions Quarterly. A word to the wise. To get the full report, write to: packingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (packingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . Thanks Larry!
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FROM THE “YET-ANOTHER-INSTANT-MESSAGING-FORMAT” DEPARTMENT

When you have a chance, stop by http://www.firetalk.com to check out yet another instant messaging format (like ICQ). It’s reportedly firewall friendly, it’s free, and it’s fast. Both communicators need to have firetalk running on their computers. Thanks Roger!
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FREE ONLINE DISCIPLESHIP COURSE

graduation cap International School of the Bible, Marietta, GA, USA has a free web-based discipleship course (over 100 lessons-English) as well as short devotions at http://www.isob-bible.org. (The course is also available in book and CD-ROM for nominal S&H.) Check out testimonies from ISOB locations in Africa and Haiti and other places. This course which emphasizes the Blood Covenant has been especially effective in the third world. Instructions on starting a virtual Bible school for discipleship. You can also write isobatxcdotorg  (isobatxcdotorg)   or call 770-565-8736 in the USA.
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CHRISTIAN VIDEO CLEARINGHOUSE

movie camera Got a Christian video? Looking for one? Check out http://www.christianvideos.org. The organizers would love for you to enter info. on your list of videos! (Thanks Kenneth!)
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ELECTRONIC LIBRARY LOOKING FOR PARTNERS

cd-rom and book The International Electronic Library, a study and research tool being developed by Dr. David Goodman, President and CEO, with the help of the International School of Theology and Logos Research Systems, is looking for assistance from those who are familiar with resources in the following ten languages: FRENCH, MANDARIN CHINESE, SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, RUSSIAN, ARABIC, JAPANESE, INDONESIAN, KOREAN and VIETNAMESE.

Specifically, assistance is needed from those who

  1. have electronic expertise, especially with scanning in OCR format
  2. know books and can assist in selecting the best books available in these ten languages for training pastor and church leaders around the world.

If this is you, e-mail Wendy wludoatmegsinetdotnet  (wludoatmegsinetdotnet)  .

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STRATEGIC MEDICAL MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE 10/40 WINDOW

syringe Are you a physician interested in missions in the 10/40 Window? For the past 6 years the In His Image Family Practice Residency Program has been taking short term medical education trips to Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia, China, Ghana, Egypt and other countries where they teach medical topics to medical students and doctors. Each conference ends with a spiritual/moral/ethical conference as a way of sharing the gospel. The fields are truly ripe! For more info, write Bridget adminatinhisimagedotorg  (adminatinhisimagedotorg)   or visit http://www.inhisimage.org.
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SCRIPTURE ON THE NET

Bible Check out Audio Scriptures International’s web site for Scripture in Real audio and with MP3 files. They have their Portrait of Jesus arrangement of passages from the gospels on their web site in 57 languages. Real audio and MP3 players for listening can be downloaded for free when you select the desired language at http://www.audioscriptures.org. You’ll be glad you’ve checked this out. It’s a great way to share the essential truths about Jesus Christ with those who need to hear in their own language.
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CULTURALLY SUITABLE SPANISH PASTORAL TRAINING MATERIALS

graduation cap The Western Honduran Extension Bible Institute (HEBI-West), currently serving several hundred pastors from many denominations, has put together superb, culturally suitable, Spanish pastoral training materials available at a low cost. Each of the five TEE, self-study manuals of the “Compendium de Preparacin Pastoral” were written by George Patterson and manualized by HEBI-West. Good use of graphics, Q & A’s and practical homework. 100-150 pp each. $3 each (this includes postage). For info, write Patrick connorathonduteldothn  (connorathonduteldothn)  .
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