19950806 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled by DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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AT “PRESSTIME”

As of August 11, there were ….

  • 72 participants in Brigada-peoples,
  • 185 reading brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest,
  • 110 reading brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers,
  • a whopping 157 in brigada-peoples-kazakh (gets the “Most Improved” award!),
  • 142 reading the HBO in brigada-orgs-teamex
  • 730 participants at the top level of Brigada!!!!

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GREENBRIER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP TO OFFER CALENDAR FOR KIDS

Bonnie, of Greenbrier Chr. Fellowship church, clued us in this week on a new prayer calendar for kids that her church is making available. “The format is similar to the adult calendar [for Praying Through the Window II], with some notable exceptions,” Bonnie noted. “The kids will be praying for one city per day instead of three or four. The type is larger, includes a pronunciation guide for the city right next to the name, and includes one prayer request for each city. We’ve included more pictures, including some of kids, which were all done by Mary Filidis who created the art for the adult calendar. The introductory section includes a very brief description of the non-Christian religions included on the calendar and references to other helpful materials, most of which you included in your VBS info — video by the Parishes, Light the Window video, etc.” To get Greenbrier’s kids’ calendar for the 100 Gateway Cities, contact the church sec’y, Rebecca , at Greenbrier Christian Fellowship, 1101 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Phone: (804) 547-7777; Fax: (804) 547-5096. Greenbrier is allowing the samples to be copied freely. And get this… copies — both the sample on lime green and the one on white suitable for photocopying — are provided by Greenbrier at no charge!!! Bravo Greenbrier! Thanks for setting the pace! (If you have questions that Bonnie might be able to answer, email her at bonniedotkyleatcbndotorg  (bonniedotkyleatcbndotorg)   but all actual orders should be placed with Rebecca.)
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URBAN MINISTRY LEADERS OFFER BOOK AND WEB SITE

To get info. on the recent meeting in Atlanta of over two dozen urban ministry leaders, see the book they’ve published at their new web site, …

http://www.interaccess.com/users/telchar/theocity.htm

The book, Theology of the City: From Dream to Reality, is totally free. (Thanks to Steve Ujvarosy at Telchar Systems in Chicago for this tip. You can write Steve for more info. at telcharatinteraccessdotcom  (telcharatinteraccessdotcom)   or go see the book for yourself!)

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GET A PIECE OF THE ACTION ON BRIGADA-PEOPLES

Brigada-Peoples continues to grow, both in subscribers (now up to 72!) and in messaging (There were 3479 individual messages exchanged on the forum this week — an average of 7 per day, read by every subscriber). Not only is it growing in subscriber base, but also in purpose. Jonathan Marsden has agreed to pull together a starter database using PH technology that will add significant capabilities to the CrossConnect conferencing system. Users will be able to send a message such as “search people yemeni” or “search city montevideo” and thereby get email addresses and other pertinent information on those who have agreed to target or “adopt” the Yemeni and Montevideo. In addition, one will be able to specify whether he/she wants the adoption registry for that people or the prayer profile, or both. For the first time in history (at least as far as we know), you’ll have a one-stop source for adoption information and global outreach “pointers” for learning potential opportunities and networkers. To join the discussion in process, send an e-mail message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with this line as the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples
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COMPUSERVE CORRECTIONS

Thanks to Justin Long, who voiced the opinion, “Remember, Doug, that although CIS is the largest worldwide (which works out well for missionary types) AOL is still the largest in the United States. And has a MUCH better WWW reader, too!” Truth is, we received several responses after the special Compuserve update, lifting the qualities of one service or another. I’m afraid I didn’t make our purpose clear. There are about 609 Compuserve users in all the 40 Brigada conferences combined. Our purpose was to let those users know that, within a matter of a few weeks, Brigada was going to be a whole lot better deal for them! It will, on Sept. 10, be free, just like it’s been to AOL users all along! (As long as you don’t dilly dally around on line, that is. Five hours is five hours!
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NORTH KOREAN BIBLE DISTRIBUTION

Thanks to John Hanna who submitted the following “Global Glimpse” this week…. “All of NORTH Korea’s school children may soon be studying the Bible. Assist Ministries of Garden Grove, California, reports that a “Bible as Literature” program is being considered which would put New Testaments in Korean and English in the hands of every school-aged child. Dr. Dale Kietzman also acknowledged that Kim Il Sung was inquiring seriously about Christianity before his death.
(Source: Letter from Rick Wood, 8/4/95, US Center for World Missions.) . . .
John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO
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SEARCHING FOR A MAP OF THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES

Thanks to the help of friends on Brigada, we found one! Loren Muehlius at GMI can send you a 8 1/2 X 11 in either color overhead, color paper, or b&w. Cost is $7 plus $2 shipping. He can also provide 20″x27″ poster size for $35 (hey — it’s full color!) or $45 laminated (plus $5 shipping). Color-coding shows world religions. Nice. Contact Loren Muehlius at 1-719-531-3595 or write him at lorenatgmidotorg  (lorenatgmidotorg)   or fax him at 1-719-548-7459 or mail him at GMI, 7899 Lexington Dr., Suite 200-A, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, USA.
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LOOKING FOR ADOPTION PAPERS???? THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER!

If you’ve been wondering who adopted who… (or is that who adopted whom or whom adopted whom??? I missed that grammar lesson! ), you’re in luck. Soon, Brigada -Peoples will provide, in conjunction with a host of other organizations, agencies and churches, a worldwide web search engine to look up which group remains untargeted — and we assume, therefore, high priority. You’ll also be able to look up contact information for people groups that have already been adopted, making it possible for churches and agencies to broaden and enlarge their project network and share resources and tools. We’re finally going to be in this thing together! Look for instructions and addresses in the very near future. (The page is already being tested on the www!) For those with email-only access (many in the majority world), Jonathan’s cooking up a parallel approach using email commands. You know what those are, don’t you. (Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the words…. ) It’s a comin’!!! Once this project is launched, we’ll need an all out assault to try to get all the currently targeted people groups “registered”. Pretty soon, as the dust settles, we’ll know which groups we’ve overlooked in mobilization!
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RUMOR HAS IT….

that Keith Butler has accepted leadership of the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse! Congratulations Keith! (This was announced on Brigada-Peoples. To subscribe, … aaahhhh… you already know how.)
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MISSIONS FEST, CANADIAN STYLE

And they say people in Texas do things big! Have you heard about Missions Fest, Vancouver!???? It’s set for Jan. 26-28 , 1996 at the Vancouver Trade & Convention Center. Get this: 300000 people! !! (Okay… so I accidentally added one extra zero to get your attention. But only one!!! And that’s still a lot! This is probably the largest conference of its type in all North America!) Richard Dodding is coordinator (member of Brigada-peoples-kazakh). “The theme is “Who Is My Neighbour? Refugees & the Christian Response”, reported Richard. “Speakers include Tony Campolo, Carl Lawrence, Roland Syens, etc. There will be about 240 exhibits, 90 seminars, 6 plenary sessions, youth rallies of 2,000 youth and children’s programs.” To write Richard: Missions Fest, 7200 Cariboo Road, Burnaby, BC V3N 4A7 Canada. Tel. 604-524-9944, Fax. 604-524-4690. Email: <doddingatfreenetdotvancouverdotbcdotca> </doddingatfreenetdotvancouverdotbcdotca>

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Brigada Today is brought to you by the following team:

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19950730 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled by DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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AT “PRESSTIME”

As of August 3, there were 676 participants in Brigada’s top level network (which sent this Brigada Today)! That’s an increase of over 75 users in one week’s time! The reason? More than anything else, probably thanks to the recent Mission Frontiers article. (Thanks MF!) To get a list of Brigada’s whole family of dozens of conferences, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following word in the text of the message:
conferences

Each conference is a separate family, to be joined individually, if you want to exchange mail with that conference.

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BRIGADA-PEOPLES OFF AND RUNNING

Thanks to Dave Dougherty for his willingness to head up the moderatorship for Brigada-Peoples. He’s given the conference the right mission, the right agenda, and the right start-up. A sample:

> Brigada-peoples is beginning a discussion of the whole idea of
> adopt-a-people. What can be done to advance this movement linking
> congregations and mission agencies to reach unreached people groups?
> Several churches and agencies are already starting to discuss this key
> program, and your input is important.

We’re hoping that Brigada-Peoples can be a kind of “foyer” for finding out which people groups have been “claimed” and by whom. This doesn’t intend to imply that there will be an attempt to forge a one-to-one match-up. Quite the contrary… more than one church, agency, and/or network will be needed to truly plant an indigenous church multiplication movement, in most cases. But the Brigada-peoples conference will help you find the existing “adopters” for your selected group… and if you haven’t yet identified a group to adopt, Brigada-Peoples will be a source for finding information about which groups are available.

To join the discussion, send an e-mail message to xc.hub with this line as the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-peoples

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PROGRESS AMONG UZBEKS!

Protestant churches are sprouting in Islamic Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. A church planted in Uzbekistan four years ago has grown to 3,000 members and has planted 55 other congregations — 22 of them in neighboring republics. “My father received Jesus and I wanted to kill him,” said a former Muslim who now assists his father in pastoring 250 people at three churches in Tajikistan.

Thanks to John Hanna, of Caleb Project in Littleton, CO, for highlighting this “Global Glimpse”. His source was Page 1, July 24, 1995, National & International Religion Report, Roanoke, VA.

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HOW ONE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL DID IT

My family and I have just returned from a week with our major supporting church in NE Ohio, the Andover Ch. of Chr. [This is Doug talking.] For Andover’s nightly VBS, we used:

  • Monday: The 10/40 Window for Kids video (from Joey and Fawn Parish, 6673 Sora Street, Ventura, California, 93003; Tel. (805) 650-3511)
  • Tuesday: Prayer-walking for Kids video (also from the Parishes)
  • Wednesday: Light the Window (from CIN, 11025 State Highway 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921)
  • Thursday: The Ten Four-O, a music video by Bill Drake, from OM
  • Friday: The Challenge of Our Unfinished Task (from Procla-Media, P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936

In addition, each night, we displayed a big 5′ by 5′ map of the 10/40 Window , explaining practical ways kids and adults alike could get involved in making a difference there. We brought volunteers to the microphone to pray for people and countries in the Window, so others could hear examples of prayer… and we highlighted missionaries who were already at work there, changing the future. By the end of the week, the VBS Director told me that her son had said that the missions segment was his favorite part of the entire VBS! We found an overwhelming interest in what God is doing in the 10/40 Window part of the world… and we’re excited about the possibilities at Andover. One woman said, “If we can’t participate in the 100 Gateway Cities prayer campaign, what kind of church are we?” Leaders of four churches in the area are discussing how they can get together as a network to take responsibility for planting a church in one of the 100 Gateway cities. God is at work! They want to do it in concert with the Envision ’96 PACE project, where Christian churches and churches of Christ are being invited to stand shoulder to shoulder with each other to “adopt” key cities and peoples in the “least reached world.”

Either way, one thing is for sure. Those kids’ eyes were riveted to the needs of the 10/40 Window. God is at work!

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PRAYER FOR GUIDANCE REQUESTED

John Robb (Unreached Peoples specialist with World Vision and Coordinator of the Unreached Peoples Track with AD2000 & Beyond) wrote this past week, “Dear Friends, Please pray and get others to pray for this situation. We need to see God’s solution.” Quoting an internal World Vision memo by Dean Hirsch, World Vision International Chief Operating Officer, John shared the plight of Bosnian Serbs.

“Morality seems to have gotten lost in Bosnia over the past three years. There’s nothing moral about expelling neighbors from their homes, then blowing up their houses so they won’t come back, just because the family is Serb, or Croat, or Muslim. There’s nothing moral about kidnapping young women and keeping them as sex slaves. There’s nothing moral about making entire villages homeless. There’s nothing moral about 200,000 deaths. And there’s nothing moral about ripping boys as young as 7 away from their mothers to join the other “men” for investigation of war crimes, as we’ve seen in Srebrenica.” … While we’re limited in what we can do to bring about a political settlement, we can call for justice for the oppressed; we can and must call for the protection of civilians.”

Would you take a silent moment this morning to remember this critical need, lifting it in prayer to the Lord of hosts and asking Him to bring some kind of lasting resolution to this moral crisis?

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BRIGADA OPENS PARTNERSHIP WITH “ADVANCE”

Thanks to Mark Kelly (Compuserve 70420,1057) for the work he does on “Advance”, a monthly email and print magazine to highlight the need to pray for unreached peoples and persecuted believers. Folks, this is good stuff. Each issue works hard to feature resources for making a difference among 10/40 Window peoples. Now, in the past few days, Brigada and Advance have formed a kind of partnership, since their agendas are so similar. Advance will be available directly in the Brigada file storage area and highlights will be featured in Brigada Today . To retrieve the full August edition of Advance, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the body of the message:
get brigada advance.9508

The August issue contains the following main articles and items: THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE —

  • Summary re: status of Bible translation — at least one book in 2092 out of 6000 languages
  • DAWN India report — 200,000 churches already established on the way to 491,000!)… “One pastor reported his congregation grew from seven in 1973 to 7,400 today and has started 75 missions. He envisions 1,000 congregations in five years….”
  • Jesus Film update — “To date, more than 701 million people in 220 countries have seen the Jesus film…”
  • Baptist World Congress calls for targeting the world with “no access”
  • Tons more on persecuted believers
  • Close-up on Fulani
  • Close-up on Jakarta
  • Close-up on World A — China
  • The Cities!
  • Networking “close-ups” — World Prayer Center, resources, etc.
  • FRONT LINES — Editorial on “Our timid prayers”

Mark hopes all users will put him on their mission publication’s mailing list (Mark Kelly, 70420,1057 — or snail-mail to 8992 Midway Rd., Richmond, VA 23229)

Believe me, in this one move, Brigada has become infinitely more useful — just through association with what Mark is doing!

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ETHNOLOGUE ON LINE

Have you checked out the Ethnologue online??? (Information regarding the languages of the world and where they are spoken) Try it out at…
http://www-ala.doc.ic.ac.uk/~rap/Ethnologue/eth.html
Also, check out the SIL homepage at
http://sil.org
Thanks to Matt Benjamin, who works with Ron Rowland in computer support at SIL, for this info. He’s just started a new project for SIL’s Strategic Information Office and he’d like your help. His task is a simple one: “to research missions-related materials on the Internet, … looking for and cataloging information in the following categories: countries, cities,regions (ie-Tibet, African studies, etc.), peoples, ethnic studies, world religions, demographics/population studies, anthropology,languages/linguistics,national governments, and topics related to any of these, … country WWW server lists/click maps.” So Matt, what are you going to do with all your spare time? If you can help Matt collect these resources (and no doubt put them on line somewhere so we can all see them, right Matt???), write him at mattdotbenjaminatsildotorg  (mattdotbenjaminatsildotorg)  
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ATTENTION THOSE WHO WARM UP TO AFGHANS

Thanks to Justin Long for bringing to our attention this worldwide web page on Afghanistan:
http://www.wam.umd.edu/~endevour
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JOHNSTONE WORKING ON “AFFINITY BLOCKS”

Patrick Johnstone (author of Operation World and Chairman of the AD2000 & Beyond Unreached Peoples Track) has a new project — affinity blocks. These aren’t a replacement for legos. Nor are they intended to replace the list of 1500-2500 groups being finalized for the AD2000 & Beyond emphasis on planting churches among the “final frontiers.” Instead, Johnstone simply wants us to be able to simplify the landscape. Watch for more details on this concept in the future… and look for it to help us see connections between our work and workers! Thanks Patrick!
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KOREAN CHURCH FINISHED GCOWE WITH POSITIVE BALANCE

Ready for some news about an organization that finished something “in the black”???! Here it is . GCOWE. Thanks to some good planning and the power of His Spirit, the Korean church ended up debt-free on AD2000 & Beyond’s Seoul extravaganza! Bravo Luis, and all those working with you … and bravo Seoul coordinators! !! Even more importantly, working together ended up in the black! Take, for example, the SM2000 student missions conference, where tens of thousand Korean students pledged themselves to be available for worldwide mission outreaches. According to a recent letter from Luis Bush, AD2000 & Beyond International Director, leaders concluded, “For so many groups to cooperate was also a big first! … Yes, together we can obey the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, and yes, together we can achieve the task of world evangelization–Yes, together we can.” Furthermore, Korean church leaders in the USA have covenanted together to officially adopt 300 of the integrated AD 2000 target list at their AD2000 focused conference in Wheaton next year, and Korean mission leaders (at Torch Center) hope to adopt 100 of the list. Korean leaders have also made the commitment to “convene the denominational leaders here in Korea to adopt each of the remaining peoples on the list.” What an initiative!!! Now comes the problem of tying together a ready-to-work Korean congregation with your mission or network! Enter Brigada! Start a Brigada conference on the 10/40 Window people group you’re targeting and … presto-change-oh . . . you’ll have a Korean partner checking in… I bet. :-)

Luis Bush’s conclusion regarding everything God has done in Korea??? “Praise the Lord!” He ended his letter, “The End.” But it looks to me like he should have probably entitled it, “Another beginning!”

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AD2000 & BEYOND’S LIST OF “LEAST REACHED” PEOPLES COMING INTO FOCUS

According to mail passing by our Brigada news desk, AD2000 & Beyond leaders are hoping to finalize the criteria for inclusion into a finalized list of “least reached” peoples by August 12 … just 6 days away! Pray for John Robb, Coordinator of the Unreached Peoples Track, who will need to shoulder ultimate responsibility for this burdensome task. Once criteria is finalized, Ron Rowland (of SIL/Wycliffe) and others will assemble the list that will serve as a key guide (and a measuring stick for AD2000 & Beyond) for national, regional, denominational, congregational and agency church- planting initiatives for at least the next 18 months or so.
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ONE BRIGADA READER’S PRAYER

[The following overheard on a Brigada conference:] “How I thank God for His many answers to prayer, including GCOWE, Brigada, the prayer movement, your moderating this conference, David , and all that God is doing through His people for worldwide evangelization

I am so grateful for the movement to reach every people group, and am so excited about the goal to reach every person with the gospel by the year 2000! It cost Jesus such an incredibly high price to give us salvation, that I long and pray that as many as possible will be saved (I Tim 2:1-4) according to God’s will, and that all of us Christians will love Him fervently with all our hearts and please Him in every way. Our God is the greatest treasure imaginable, and we want as many as possible to have the joy and privilege of being His own and serving Him!

I grew up in Mexico, as my parents were missionaries there, and am very interested in knowing if anyone has Adopt-A-People information available in Spanish. I would like to try to get as many Spanish-speaking churches interested in adopting a people as possible (as well as English-Speaking churches).

Thank you very much for your help. I am trying to pray for Brigada, and as many of the other evangelization projects as I can daily, and hope and pray that many other Christians are praying for these things daily too.

In His Service,
Linda Knapp”

[Ed. Note: Linda is finding her answers on Brigada-peoples. To subscribe there, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the text:
subscribe brigada-peoples

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BRIGADA WORLDWIDE WEB PAGE BOASTS NEW ICON

Thanks to Michael Schrank, an AIMS artist who gave volunteer time to create a new logo/graphic for Brigada’s homepage on the worldwide web. Visit it at:
http://www.xc.org/Brigada/brigada.html
Michael was very unselfish giving up his “big bucks computer time” at AIMS. Michael’s age? 13.
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NEED THOSE BIBLE TERMS IN RUSSIAN?

See the ENGLISH – RUSSIAN DICTIONARY OF BIBLICAL TERMS published by Nikolai Poliakov. “It is a $7.50 paperback, 168 pages long. Besides a concise alphabetical listing of Biblical terms it includes:

  • Differences in verse numbering of English and Russian Bibles (there are many)
  • Basic Phrases for the traveler
  • Christian witnessing phrases
  • Lists of Feasts, names, places, teachings from the Bible, all in both languages.

To order send your check to Nickolai Poliakov, P.O. Box 4213 Salem, OR 97302. The $7.50 includes shipping to U.S. destinations. [Thanks to David Hallowell DAVIDORRENataoldotcom  (DAVIDORRENataoldotcom)   for this note!]

19950723 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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AT “PRESSTIME”

You’re one of 599 participants in Brigada’s top level network (which sent this Brigada Today)! (Would you be able to find just one more person to subscribe, so we’ll hit 600???) To get a list of Brigada’s whole family of dozens of conferences, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following word in the text of the message:
conferences

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“NEW RESOURCE” DEPARTMENT

Three NEW frontier missions resources available from WorldChristian News&Books (at discount prices):

  1. STRONGHOLDS OF THE 10/40 WINDOW (regular price: U.S. $12.99) (Intercessor’s guide to the world’s least evangelized nations, edited by George Otis, Jr.) Discount price: $9.74
  2. The CHALLENGE OF OUR UNFINISHED TASK * (regular price: U.S. $14.95) (New unreached peoples mobilization VIDEO; produced by Procla-Media Productions) Discount price: $10.00
  3. PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES (regular price: U.S. $8.99) (articles and city profiles on 10/40 Window’s major cities and peoples; ed. Peter Wagner and others, for “Praying Through the Window II”) Discount price: $7.19

* This video was commissioned by the “AD2000” movement (the Unreached Peoples Track; with involvement by Patrick Johnstone, John Robb and Luis Bush) and was launched at the AD2000 consultation in S. Korea, in May.
The 11-minute video was shown to the thousands of delegates during a plenary session. The feedback to it was excellent, and evidenced by the fact that several hundred videos were sold right away. Specify video format (PAL or NTSC)!!!!!

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“GET A LOAD OF THIS” DEPARTMENT

Thanks to John Hanna for making his “Global Glimpses” available to us! Yesterday, he relayed…, “Global Glimpse: Since the Gulf war, 500,000 Bibles and Scripture portions have been imported into Iraq, and Baghdad is allowing limited numbers of Bibles and Christian children’s books to be printed there. Expanding religious freedom in Iraq has allowed the Jesus film to be broadcast in Arabic over Iraqi national television and in Kurdish over northern Iraq television.

(Source: P. 3, July, 95, Intercede, Center for Ministry to Muslims, Springfield, MO, USA)

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2 ENVISION ’96 “PACE” CHURCHES ALREADY FORMING NETWORKS

Thanks to the initiative of some of their respective church leaders, at least two Envision ’96 PACE churches (2 out of 155) are already demonstrating enough initiative to suggest that God is about to do something very wonderful during this project. Over 50 users have already subscribed to find out more about that this initiative. To subscribe, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-projects-envision96
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HAVE YOU SEEN ATLAS GIS?

Are you a map-fanatic??? You need Atlas GIS. You can buy it directly from Global Mapping for $199.95, configured for Windows 3.1. Draws maps for states, countries, regions, … the works. For another $199.95, you can get GMI’s Global Mission Base Map CD, version 1.1. This gives you tons of extra data to play with, including some really cool custom work GMI has done. Atlas isn’t necessarily an easy program to learn, but once we get it going, it’ll be really handy to read in all these data that John Gilbert and GMI and others are preparing. To reach GMI, call (in the USA) 800-569-6312; FAX 719-548-7459. (By the way, they didn’t ask me to mention them, and I don’t get a cut. )
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RUSSIAN FONTS, DRIVERS, PROOFING TOOLS, OCR, TRANSLATION, ETC.

If you’re into Russian (instead of maps ), call (in the USA) 1-800-256-4814 (or fax 714-552-1699) and ask for a catalogue from Smartlink. These guys are great. They can help your computer become a Russian workhorse — typing Russian, reading Russian (via a scanner and optical character recognition software), spell-check Russian, translate Russian (hey — even if it only automates about 50-80% of the process, think of the sheer time that’ll save! !!), and teach Russian. (We don’t get a cut, and they didn’t ask us to advertise them.)
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HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU DARED A CHURCH TO TAKE A CHALLENGE?

[soapbox mode on] [disclaimer tag on] Keep in mind, we’re still early on in this Envision ’96 thing. So it’s too early to predict with certainty how things are going. [disclaimer tag off] But one thing’s for sure. These church leaders were ready to be challenged. Imagine getting leaders together from 200 churches and asking them to each consider taking responsibility for starting a multiplying church movement in one of the 100 Gateway Cities or some least evangelized people group from the list that Luis Bush and Ron Rowland and others are preparing. I figured we’d be lucky to have five (5) sets of church leaders who would even come to such a luncheon, let alone listen! Instead, we reach our goal of having 200 show up to hear the presentation! So we ask them to complete a Response sheet and we’re interested in all the commitments we’ve numbered 1-10, but numbers 4 and 6 are key. The exact wording was:

“4) Commit — It is my personal vision to see our congregation commit to planting a vibrant new church in a “piece of least reached world.” We want to help with a “piece of the wall!” As God gives me strength, I commit to allowing His power to work within me to bring this to reality.” and…
“6) Count me in! I’ll do everything I can to help our church decide to join the Envision ’96’s PACE effort!” (PACE is the project name)

Now imagine, again… I figured we’d be super lucky to have 5 sets of leaders say yes… but gang, 3 out of 4 sets of leaders checked either #4 or #6 or both! I mean… wow! WOW! Imagine if each of us went out and dared a congregation… or congregations(!) to tackle this. Now maybe 155 churches won’t end up with an on-site team in 3 years.. Okay. Bring me back to reality. But the intention is there. These churches were ready to be challenged.

I think we’re seeing the Spirit of God move upon our globe. All the prayers have not been in vain. God is moving people to care and respond for the sake of the least evangelized people of the world. Now we need the Sauls and Barnabases who will encourage them onward to pick up the flagpole and raise it high!

[soapbox mode off]

If you’re interested in seeing how idealistic we are with these 155 congregations, check out the brigada-projects-envision96 conference by sending mail to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the text:
subscribe brigada-projects-envision96

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19950716 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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AT “PRESSTIME”

 

You’re one of 576 participants in Brigada’s top level network (which sent this Brigada Today)! To get a list of Brigada’s whole family of dozens of conferences, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following word in the text of the message:
conferences

Each conference is a separate family, to be joined individually, if you want to exchange mail with that conference.

 

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LEADERS FROM 152 CHURCHES SAY “COUNT ME IN!” ON ENVISION ’96 “PACE”

 

This past Monday, leaders from 152 different congregations of non-denominational churches of Christ and Christian churches said, “It is my personal vision to see my congregation accept responsibility for a ‘piece of the least reached world'”! About 800 leaders from just over 200 congregations were present. Three out of four chose to sign on with the Envision ’96 “PACE” project, in which leaders will trust God to empower them to

Pray,
Activate their church in missions at all levels,
Commit to planting a vibrant new church among some least reached city or people group,
Enlist the help of other congregations to be involved in this project or others.

Next step is a mailing to the church leaders within the next 10 days, thanking them for signing on, confirming their intent, and explaining 4 possible models for pursuing their goals. Under the “Set the Pace” Guidebook plans, the leaders would first invest these next 30 days in prayer prior to approaching others in their congregations in an attempt to mobilize them to join in. All 152 churches would participate in the “Praying Through the Window II” campaign during October. They wouldn’t actually choose their people group or city until early December, after a month of focused prayer toward the city or group recommended by church leadership the first of Nov. Envision ’96 leadership met all day yesterday trying to plan “next steps” and follow-up. About 30 “facilitators” will be appointed and trained for catalyzing five churches respectively. Each new PACE church will be asked to begin a Brigada conference for its respective least reached people or city. Thereby , when newcomers join Brigada, they’ll be able to find out which groups have already been engaged by an adopting church and/or agency. In this way, each city or group will have a kind of “billboard” or pointer, so that information will be available for majority world peoples (to encourage networking) and other Western churches as well. For more information, join brigada-projects-envision96 for regular updates via the Thursday mailing, “Points of Departure”. And please join us in praying that these leaders (some preachers, some missions committee chairpeople, and some active members) will be able to multiply their vision into the hearts and lives of others in their churches.

 

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ANTICIPATION GROWS AS PRAYER PROFILES BECOME REALITY

 

Many are excited to see the completion of a couple of hundred prayer profiles which describe respective people groups which live within the 100 Gateway Cities. This group of profiles is being prepared by volunteers associated with Bill and Amy Stearns. Once they’re completed, announcements will be placed here as to how to access them electronically.

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TOOL OF THE WEEK

 

Want to get a list of the individuals on your conference? Just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)  , fill in the subject with whatever you want, then enclose two words in the body of the message:
who brigada

In a few minutes, the hub computer will send you back a complete list of your co-conference participants! If you’re a member of another Brigada conference, just substitute that conference’s name for Brigada.

 

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IN THAT CASE…

 

Does case matter? (Upper case vs. lower case?) Only on file names when you issue a “get” command. You need not worry about case when filling in the address of a Brigada conference.

 

19950709 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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AT “PRESSTIME”

 

You’re one of 547 participants in Brigada’s top level network (which sent this Brigada Today)! To get a list of Brigada’s whole family of dozens of conferences, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following word in the text of the message:
conferences

OR check out the list here on our Web server: List of Current Brigada Conferences

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PRAYERS ANSWERED (UPDATE ON LAST WEEK’S LUIS BUSH REQUEST)

 

Last week, we included a prayer request by Luis Bush regarding Love South Africa. Now, this week, we can already report prayers answered! Luis writes… “Hello friends. Several days I ago I requested your prayers for what was taking place here in South Africa. I believe God has answered beyond any expectations.

I believe the spirit coming out of GCOWE in the hearts and lives of the 66 South Africans who lived on and perhaps were even enhanced in LSA 95. The spirit was an extension of the GCOWE 95 spirit and the implications of the plans that have been set in motion I believe are enormously significant for Africa, the least evangelized peoples, the 10/40 Window and AD 2000.

Luis”

We’ve place the full text of Luis reply (around 12 pages) in the Brigada file storage area. To get Luis’ response, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message:
get brigada bush.950711

That’s it! In just a few minutes, check your mail again and Luis’ 12 page response will be there in your in-basket.
OR check out the list here on our Web server: Luis Bush’s response

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WATCH FOR MISSION FRONTIERS’ JULY ISSUE

 

Thanks to Rick Wood, who has placed a full page on Brigada in his July issue of Mission Frontiers, the newspaper/magazine sent out monthly to over 100,000 people around the world. The article, originally by Debra Wood and printed in a slightly different form in the GCOWE Today journal in Seoul, explains subscription instructions and gives annotated information on several Brigada conferences. Thanks Rick!

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UPDATE ON ENVISION ’96

 

Monday, in Indianapolis, IN, some 1000 leaders will gather, representing approximately 200 different Christian churches and churches of Christ congregations from around the world. They’re being called together with the hopes of finding congregations who will each accept responsibility for a “piece of the unevangelized world.” The video, Light the Window, is a centerpiece in the 90-minute program, but also included are live testimonies from “case study” churches that have participated in prototype projects throughout the past 12 months. If planners’ prayers are answered, maybe 5, maybe 10 (maybe more?) will “adopt” least evangelized regions, cities, or people groups. Caleb Project President Greg Fritz and colleague Steve …are among the honored guests. Envision ’96 hopes to channel participating churches through Caleb Project’s “Research Expedition” channel in the hopes of securing additional mobilization, strategy, and prayer assistance. For more updates, join the Envision ’96 conference on Brigada by sending email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-projects-envision96

Once subscribed, you can also get “back-issues” of Points of Departure, a now-weekly newsletter on the Envision ’96 project, mailed each Thursday to email subscribers around the globe. For example, to get this past week’s POD, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message:
get brigada-projects-envision96 pod.950713

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WANT TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF PRAYER MOBILIZATION?

 

Join Brigada-Prayer- Mobilizers and retrieve a copy of Lynn Heatly’s Prayer Connections newsletter, the report from her Prayer “Command Post”. (Thanks, Lynn, for learning new technology to mobilize prayer warriors!) You can batch the two commands together like this. Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the following two lines of text in the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-prayer-mobilizers
get brigada-prayer-mobilizers prayer-connections.9507

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PROGRESS ON RESEARCHING THE LEAST REACHED

 

I’m still seeing mail pass by my desk regarding the fine-tuning of the list of 2500 least reached peoples. You’ll recall that this list was first distributed at GCOWE in Seoul as a “first draft”. Now, it appears researchers and leaders are making progress in the quest of refining and detailing the list of least reached. If all goes well, we might see a more definite list within the next 30 days — and prayer profiles begin to flow shortly thereafter. When prayer profiles are finally produced, mission researchers, mobilizers, and on-site workers will have new material to share with supporters, friends, and prayer warriors. And the eventual hope, of course, is that teams of on-site workers will be sent to plant vibrant new fellowships of believers among the peoples in those lands. You can assist this work today by taking a moment to pray for those who are helping move these decisions forward. God will hear and I’m confident He will answer your prayers.

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TO GET “BACK-ISSUES” OF BRIGADA TODAY

 

Are you a recent subscriber? You can get previous editions of this weekly mailing at no extra charge. Although Brigada “officially” opened its doors on March 21, 1995, there were several who participated in a month of “beta mailings” throughout the month previous to this formal opening. You can get mailings all the back to February 18, ’95, when there were only 38 people involved in the top level of Brigada! All these back issues are archived in the Brigada file area. To see a list of files there, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line of text in the body of the message:
filelist brigada

OR check out the list here on our Web server: Brigada Today

Pick out the back-issue you’re seeking and send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the following line (assuming you wanted the back issue named brigada-today.950218 and that you were also wanting to learn where we got the name, “Brigada”):
get brigada brigada-today.950218
get brigada why-the-name-"brigada".txt

From the Idea Department: When a new Brigada Today comes, transfer it to a unique “folder” within your email client’s filing cabinet, or, as an alternative, select and “clip” it to the clipboard and transfer the issue to a file in your word processor. Either way (if your email client allows for searching for a particular piece of text), you can then do “needle-in-a- haystack” searches to dig up the source for that special video, or that email address for more information on that prayer resource. Save your back issues… or maybe go back and get them one at a time every so often and start a Brigada file cabinet on your laptop!

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HAVE YOU BACKED UP YOUR COMPUTER TODAY?

 

Seriously, our computer here was hit with a serious hardware failure last week, causing us to see that dastardly message, “Hard disk boot record invalid.” The good news is that we were backing up every Friday night. The bad news is that it happened on Friday at 4pm! The company supplied a new hard drive. We restored everything . . . except the past 7 days! :-( So now we’re backing up every night! [soapbox mode on] A word to the wise: hardware failure is inevitable. It will happen, sooner or later. It’s not a matter of “if” – – it’s a matter of “when”. If you’ve got even 8 hours of work on your computer that you don’t want to have to recreate, back it up. [soapbox mode off]

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

 

Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following two words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada

There are now nearly 40 different “conferences” meeting as a part of the Brigada family of networks. Note that you get to choose which one to join, based on your interests. To see a full list of the choices, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the word “conferences” in the text of the message, without the quotation marks. This Brigada Today is the one place (the “top level”) where all participants meet, share ideas and swap resources.

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19950702 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled by DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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AS OF THIS ISSUE

We’re celebrating over 520 participants in Brigada’s top level network, reading Brigada Today! We’re also instituting a separation character between items, at the request of a user who wanted to be able to more easily sort individual “stories.” To get a list of all Brigada’s family of conferences, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following word in the text of the message:
conferences
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JOIN US IN CELEBRATING JENNA’S RECOVERY!

Thanks to all who prayed for Jenna Otis, daughter of Sentinel Group’s George Otis. As you’ll recall, Jenna was found on the bottom of a swimming pool on July 3, in critical condition. She wasn’t breathing and had turned totally purple. They began CPR but didn’t hold out much hope. However, at the hospital — as people around the world began praying — she began recovering quickly. Moments ago , I spoke with one of George’s co-workers at Sentinel Group in Lynnwood, WA and he confirmed that now MRI and Catscan tests show not even a speck of brain damage. In fact, she’s not only up, walking and talking, but is now scheduled for release today and is probably already home!!! Hey — please do me another favor and pause just now to thank God for His power in answer our prayers.
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SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST FROM LUIS BUSH, INT’L DIRECTOR OF AD2000 & BEYOND

This past week (July 4), we received this prayer request from Luis Bush, Int’l Director of the AD 2000. Please lift it up… and look at the model that LSA countries are putting together! Also, note the news of another international conference on the near horizon:

“These are unusual days in South Africa. After twenty years out of any official sports competition South Africa not only participated in but hosted the Rugby World Cup last month. People came from an estimated countries of the world. However, not only did they participate and host in the World Cup they won the world cup. South African president Nelson Mandela put on the World Champs rugby shirt of the chief scorer. Blacks, whites and coloreds displayed a oneness without historical precedent. What has been a country divided had become a country united.

“However, unity is not only being displayed around the vision of rugby, Christians in South Africa are rapidly unifying around the vision of South Africa as a country committed to world evangelization. The events of this week more than confirmed this in my own mind. My wife Doris and I have the joy of being here for this special occasion.

“This morning I met with the leader of this week’s conference, Willie Crew. We discussed some wonderful expectations for the future out of South Africa. He meets with his executive committee tomorrow and believes that this will be confirmed. Please be in prayer for God’s anointing on all the activities of this week, for Willie, the core staff, the volunteers and for God’s leading as the executive committee meets tomorrow to consider the possibilities for 1997. Please pray for me, that I might communicate God’s heart and His mind. I am scheduled to speak 14 times the remainder of this week.

“Over six thousand are expected to gather in Pretoria for Love South Africa* [(see note below)] ’95 (double the number last year). A city march through Pretoria is planned for Saturday. 10,000 are expected. Over 2000 will be leaving the conference to fan out throughout neighboring countries to carry the life transforming message of Jesus Christ for three weeks.

“…The executive committee meets tomorrow July 5th [to decide] as to whether to host GCOWE ’97, a gathering expected to include some 1000 international leaders from some 100 countries of the world. Hosting will involving paying for internal costs of food and housing and transportation in South Africa.

The executive committee will consider gathering of a total of over 100,000 students in two stadiums; one in Cape Town (50,000) and one in the capital of Pretoria (50,000) to challenge them to world evangelization.

The executive committee will consider a prayer walk at the Southern tip of Africa where the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic ocean come together to pray for the continent of Africa and the continent of South Asia.

Participants would be encouraged to mobilize teams and churches for October 1997 Praying Through the Window III to send on-site teams to each of the 2500 or so significantly large (over 10,000 individuals) least evangelized peoples of the world to involve at least one team to every people (2000 teams) and at least 30 million Christians around the world.

The executive committee will consider to hold a special AD 2000 & Beyond Movement sponsored gathering of an estimated 200 to 300 mission agency executives from around the world who will be presented the information on the 2500 or so significantly large (over 10,000 individuals) least evangelized peoples of the world to discuss how these can have a church planting movement initiated by December 31, 2000.

The strategy meetings would be held in the capital of Pretoria, near Johannesburg. International participants would then be transported by overnight train to Capetown (called by some–the most beautiful city on earth) for a time of inspiration, a prayer walk, and a gathering for the mobilization of students.

By the year 2000 LSA are expecting that each of the 24 African countries south of the Equator will have their own conference. They are setting the pace for planning of an AD 2000 Day of Celebration for who Jesus is and what He has done in building His church among every people in Southern Africa and link together with them by satellite. In other continents a similar continent and global satellite link up is anticipated.

What is Love Southern Africa (LSA)?

LSA is a seven year strategy, begun in 1993, to determine who are the unreached or least reached in southern Africa and to give them the opportunity to respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ by the year 2000. Part of a worldwide movement committed to completing the task of world evangelization by the year 2000 (the AD 2000 & Beyond Movement), LSA was birthed when God gathered a group of South African missions leaders into relationship.

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19950625 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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IF YOU CAN FIND FOUR MORE FRIENDS TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

… we’ll cross that 500 mark!!! That’s right, as of this moment, there are 496 subscribers to the “top level” of Brigada. In honor of what will be an historic event (our 500th subscriber), we’ve decided that the lucky person (“Mr. or Ms. 500”) will receive his/her subscription to Brigada absolutely free. (Of course, so did the other 499! ) For information on how to sign up those missing four participants, see the end of this mailing.
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CHALLENGE YOUR AUDIENCES WITH “THE CHALLENGE…”

If you attended GCOWE, then you probably haven’t forgotten the effective 11-minute video presentation entitled, The Challenge of Our Unfinished Task. Now you can order the very same video that you and others viewed in Seoul! Available from WorldChristian News&Books for $14.95 (including US postage!), this video won’t let you down. If you’re given two chances to preach, say, morning and evening, in the church you’re visiting this Sunday, show them Light the Window during one service and The Challenge… during the other. For more information or to order, email Paul Filidis at wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or write P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936.
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CHECK BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

Thanks to Sherm Pemberton, missions prof. at Pacific Chr. College, for bringing us up to date on a new service that apparently will soon be available only from your Sabre-equipped travel agent. Thanks to the folks at Kroll Associates, MCI and Sabre, you’ll be able to get a “safety report” on traveling to any one of some 250 cities around the globe via the Sabre computer system. Here’s the best part — the report is evidently updated on a daily basis!!! Included will be general safety suggestions; information about currency, transportation and weather; emergency numbers; details about customs; and updates on special conditions and events. Evidently, after the six month premier of this service, the providers might renegotiate to send the service over other lines (e.g., online services???), but for now, as mentioned above, you’ll need a Sabre-equipped travel agent on this one. (Once again, thanks Sherman!)
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STILL TRAVELING, IN SPITE OF THE WARNINGS? GET THIS CALLING CARD

We’re still wondering in disbelief. Thanks to Jeff Pike for filling us in on a special calling card that’s apparently free! Here’s the note from Jeff: “Hey travelers! [Want a] free Calling Card with no surcharge and a flat rate of 17.5 cents per minute? Money Magazine, July 1995 issue, pronounced it the “best buy now” in calling cards. NO SURCHARGE. (AT&T, Sprint and MCI all add a hefty 80 cent surcharge on each call) [This] card is absolutely free. [Plus…] no monthly minimum, and no credit card billing or surety. This is a stand-alone card–no need to change your long-distance carrier. Just get billed for what you use at the flat rate of 17.5 cents per minute (state to state). Competitive International rates also. Provided by LDDS, the 4th largest long distance company in the US and backed by 24-hour Customer Service, 7 days a week. For a simple and quick flyer with enrollment form, please send a self-addressed and stamped RETURN ENVELOPE to: Discount Calling Card, 7540 SW Miner Way, Portland, OR 97225.” Thanks to Jeff for this note. Readers, please fill us in after you’ve been billed for a month or two. Almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it!? Guess that’s why Jeff is “going places”!!!
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UPDATE ON “GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST APPROACHES THE CENTURY CLUB!”

In the June 16 edition of Brigada Today, we reported that the GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST was about to join the “century club” with over 100 subscribers. We’re happy to add that the GPD crossed that mark and now has 107 subscribers. To make it 108 — and get a daily prayer reminder for some unreached group — send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest
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“FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL”

And what’s more, during June (talk about “clockwork”), exactly 30 “daily readings” were emailed to those 100 or so participants for a total of some 3180 messages!!! That makes the GPD the “busiest” conference on Brigada! The “next busiest” is this “top level” conference, with weekly messages sent to around 500 subscribers – – resulting in about 200 messages less by the end of the month: 2970. (Thanks to Jonathan Marsden of CrossConnect for programming our statistics report.)
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MODERATOR SECURED FOR BRIGADA-CITIES

25 of you are still waiting for your Brigada-Cities conference to take wing! But God has answered our prayers! On June 2, we asked (in the Brigada Today) for prayer that someone would moderate this conference on behalf of the AD2000 & Beyond Cities Track to build further momentum and help network those who have a heart for the city. Thanks to those who prayed! Mark Shelly, the coordinator for Lincoln Christian College’s new urban study center in Chicago, has prayerfully volunteered to fill this important role. He’s finishing his doctoral dissertation at the moment, but hopes to begin this task just in time for the 100 Gateway Cities prayer campaign in October. And what better place for the base!!! He’s just down the street from Ray and across town from tons of other urban consultants. For now, though, We’ll let Mark go back to his books … but will look forward to his partnership to begin in just three short months! Thanks Mark! (Yahoo, Viv! We’re finally in business! ) Now — if we can just see a similar answer for Brigada-Peoples!!!
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BIG NEWS! AD2000 & BEYOND CONDUCTS SURVEY

Here’s the biggest news since May 25th. AD2000 & Beyond (more specifically, Luis Bush) is busy surveying GCOWE participants to put together a plan that would allow the production of prayer profiles and strategy helps for reaching the least evangelized groups remaining in the world. Currently being referred to as “The On-Site Peoples Research Project”, the background rationale is stated like this: “In order to pray effectively and to launch strategic mission efforts to the approximately 2500 significant least evangelized peoples of the world, we must have accurate data and assessment. This will provide the information needed for the production and update of the prayer profiles required for churches and for the October 1997 global AD 2000 prayer initiative [on the least reached peoples of the world]. It will also create an awareness resulting in a new wave of mission effort both by On-Site Peoples Research Project participants as well as supporting churches and missions.” [Yahoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] [We’re not in any way excited about this, naturally.] The resulting purpose statement? “The purpose of the On-Site Peoples Research Project is to gather information for intercession and church planting efforts. Teams will visit each of the approximately 2500 significant least evangelized peoples composed of both national and expatriate workers. The results of these visits will be compiled. …[Information and profiles will be gathered to ensure that there is a prayer profile for each of these groups by April 30,1997.” Here are the action steps currently in the hopper:

  1. Clean-up of the list of significantly large least evangelized peoples.
  2. Development of the questionnaires with consultation of primary users.
  3. Recruitment of participating organizations and consultative committee.
  4. Resource development for the project.
  5. Letter written to national and regional coordinators requesting their involvement.
  6. Preparation of a training manual for the on-site research project participants.
  7. Assignment of peoples, countries and regions in consultations.
  8. Visits to the significantly large least evangelized peoples by teams.
  9. Update of computer information on these peoples.
  10. Production of updated prayer profiles.
  11. Distribution of prayer profiles.
  12. Production of profiles for local church adopt-a-people program, for mission’s agency and country-wide church planting efforts.
  13. Convene consultations for mission agency leaders to present challenge and profiles for local church adopt-a-people program, for mission’s agency and country-wide church planting efforts.”

Here’s how you can help today: Pray that God will empower this new effort. Pray that He will allow the participants to overcome all the efforts that Satan has invested in past attempts to gather this information. Ask God for victory in a battle that has been years in the making. Pray that participants will not rest until step 14… [and beyond] is completed. Ask God for harmony among the varying opinions and approaches that we as human beings seem to naturally bring to the table every time we join a new project. [soapbox mode on] Truthfully, if you ask me, this is one battle that Satan has been winning… up ’til now. So, prayer warriors, please take me seriously. If we’re to be ready for an earnest effort to muster volunteers to adopt the least reached peoples during October, ’97, this is the plan we’ll need to start today! Please pray. [soapbox mode off]

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following two words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada

There are now nearly 40 different ” conferences”meeting as a part of the Brigada family of networks. (Note that you get to choose which one to join, based on your interests. To see a full list of the choices, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the word
conferences

in the text of the message.) This Brigada Today is the one place (the “top level”) where all participants meet, share ideas and swap resources.

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Have a great day!!! BRIGADA TODAY — 30 of June, 1995
In just six months, the final decade in the millennium will be 50% completed. Whew… I hope he tarries until Dec. 31, 2000! We’ve got a lot of work to do yet.

19950618 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL

When we say “top level”, we mean the “foyer” where all Brigada’s networks converge with the Brigada Today (the simple conference you get when you say, “subscribe brigada”). There are now nearly 40 different “conferences” meeting as a part of the Brigada family of networks. (Note that you get to choose which one to join, based on your interests. To see a full list of the choices, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the word
conferences

This Brigada Today is the one place where all participants can find out about new developments and resources for reaching the portion of the world that still remains outside the touch of Christ’s compassion as demonstrated through human hands. The fast-growing participation here is a reflection of the way people can and need to come together — to share ideas, advice and helps. If you’re new, welcome to Brigada! If you’ve been on board since March 21st, our official opening day, thanks for your continued participation! We’ve now reached a total of 478 participants in this particular conference… and there are even more who are working at other levels of the Brigada network that haven’t yet subscribed to this “top level”! God has blessed! Thanks for your support. If you know if someone who might be interested in this effort, please forward to them this issue of Brigada Today!

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CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT

Note that contrary to what was reported last week, “Pete Holzmann’s “Globe” project was not the popular PC Globe program, but rather an earlier GMI project called “Globe” that was never widely distributed. (Ed. Note: Okay, so maybe I exaggerated! ) He also wants to clarify that he’s never earned lots of money, but rather has “given up” opportunities to do so in order to serve the Body.” (Additional Ed. Note: Thanks, Pete, for your honesty! We’re still indebted to you for your contribution to CrossConnect and everything else you touch!)

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“BRIGADA-PROJECTS-DFWMOBILIZERS” BRINGS SPECIAL PRAYER CENTER TO LIGHT

On the Brigada-projects-dfwmobilizers conference recently, Bob Skiles shared news about the new Dallas-Fort Worth Prayer Fasting Center, an intentional attempt to promote strategic prayer for world evangelism, personal renewal, and worldwide revival. As we understand it, the Center serves as a kind of retreat house, specifically set aside for prayer and fasting. In fact, if you’re passing through the Dallas area, you could elect to stay at the Center in lieu of an expensive hotel! We interviewed Bob briefly to learn more about the Center and its purposes:

BT: Bob, this is an exciting idea. Could you tell us again why this center has been launched?

Bob: For the body of Christ to seek, and pray that Lord of the harvest will send labors into the fields, send revival to America and the world.

BT: What do you hope to accomplish?

Bob: To pray, seek the Lord and fast to see the nations come to Christ as well as the U.S.

BT: Is it open to anyone?

Bob: Yes!

BT: What are the charges for using it?

Bob: None, but a freewill offering is appreciated.

BT: What challenge would you issue to others regarding prayer and fasting?

Bob: Seek Him while He yet may be found. Let’s press through the crowd like the woman with the issue of blood! We have confidence to enter boldly! Let’s go for it!

BT: Where is it located — and how can we make reservations, Bob?

Bob: At 1829 W. Shady Grove Road, Grand Prairie, Texas 75050 call Gayle Watkins for reserving a room for overnight prayer — 214-790-0800.

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10/40 WINDOW FOR KIDS… OF ALL AGES!

This past week, we were able to preview those videos (mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today) explaining the 10/40 Window. Wow! Great stuff! You can instantly see that these videos were planned and executed by people who know kids. They are fast-paced, use simple narration, with lots of music. They carefully illustrate the needs of the least reached peoples in the world and give specific ways of praying for them. Especially strong is the emphasis on prayer-walking — “praying to God as you go for a walk!” Kids watching these videos will not soon forget all the faces and places. Use them in your camp or VBS! Not mentioned last week is the email address of the authors/distributors, Joey and Fawn Parish: jparishatjetlinkdotnet  (jparishatjetlinkdotnet)   — or call them at (805) 650-3511. Cost is $11 or $14 each, depending on your choice of shipping methods.

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TO CONTACT CONSISTENT COMPUTER BARGAINS FROM OVERSEAS

Thanks to our overseas readers who reminded us of the uselessness of toll-free numbers overseas! (Forgive me!) To contact CCB for those great computer bargains, you can call them at CCB is 414-886-4222.

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“HONOR TO WHOM HONOR IS DUE” DEPARTMENT

Thanks to Tim Van Dyke and Steve Welsh, the two New Tribes missionaries kidnapped by leftist guerrillas in Colombia, January, 1994, who this past week gave their very lives having served God to the utmost. We’ve heard at least a couple of versions of their final chapters on this planet. Associated Press Wire Services reported that their bodies were found buried near Medina, Colombia, some 55 miles east of Bogota. Another source, however, reported that they were gunned down during a skirmish between government troops and the guerrillas themselves. However their lives ended, it was a tragedy for those who are left behind to mourn the loss. Pray for Tim’s wife, Lorraine, and their four children, Tim (15), Tracey (14), Katrina (12, and Jackie (10). Steve’s wife is Sandy and the 3 kids are: Scott (21), Shannon (20), and Shad (19). But all of us are inspired by their vision, service, and patriotism to the Kingdom of all kingdoms. We’ll all look forward to meeting them personally ‘up there’. Thanks to Speed the Need and MissionNet for relaying news on Tim and Steve. (Speed the Need, an emailed prayer request line, headed by David Hatch is at speedatnetnetdotnet while MissionNet can be reached by sending email to Majordomoaticlnet93doticlnetdotorg, with text subscribe MissionNet as the only message. Both lists usually generate a significant number of INTERNET messages per week.)

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TO NEW SUBSCRIBERS

NEED HELP??? — GET HELP-DETAILED — If you’re new to Brigada and need a bit of a jump-start, retrieve the file, “help-detailed” if you’d like a 4-page explanation, complete with a 10-point outline to handling the commands and structure of Brigada. The file is ready for use, but can always use your feedback, so your input is warmly welcomed! If you want the ‘quick start’ version, just get the subset, “help”. For those still getting used to the Brigada approach to ‘get’ing files, send a message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (for Compuserve users, that’s INTERNET:hubatxcdotorg) with only the following line in the body of the text:
get brigada help-detailed

If you’d like the quick-start, then type only this line instead…
get brigada help

The subject line is irrelevant and will be ignored. (Compuserve users have to fill it in, though, because the Cserve software requires it; you can use whatever you like there! It’s ignored by the hub computer.) Remember that ‘get’ing files is automated and requires very exact syntax, spelling and case. To see a file listing in your favorite area, send…
filelist brigada

to hubatxcdotorgdot  (hubatxcdotorg)   If you’re working in a different conference, other than the top-level Brigada, just substitute its full name in place of the word “brigada” above. Good luck!!! And please remember — these and all other commands go to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   not to Brigada or DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

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PROMISEKEEPERS MEET THIS WEEKEND IN INDY

All over the country, men are coming together to pray, worship and ask God for revival in hearts of Christians everywhere. This weekend, 60,000 men will pack the RCA Dome — a “sell-out” crowd! Ask God to fuel these revived hearts with a passion that won’t rest until men and women everywhere hear His message.

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UPDATE ON ENVISION ’96

Plans are coming together for the kick-off event for Envision ’96, a missions mobilization convention for Christian churches and churches of Christ, scheduled for Lexington, KY, Oct. 31 – Nov. 3. Envision 96’s leaders are pulling together a special luncheon in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 17th, next month. Their goal is to bring together leaders from 200 congregations with hopes of challenging each of them to consider adopting a particular unreached people group or city. So far, some 127 congregations have confirmed reservations, with a current total of just over 500 leaders scheduled to be present! Pray that God will fill the remaining ranks. Then ask him to speak mightily to the group of men and women on that day. Envision 96’s leaders, the “Input Group”, meet regularly on a private, unadvertised Brigada conference, to share the latest data and developments. Pray that God will give them wisdom as they and others meet face to face as a group for the first time ever during the week of the 17th. They’ll wrap up the week with an all-day marathon planning meeting on Friday the 21st, at the Ramada Inn in downtown Indy. Pray that they’ll be able to pull together the resources and logistical support to manage the convention itself in Lexington, on Oct. 31, 1996, where they hope 18,500 leaders from the Christian churches and churches of Christ will come together to celebrate what God will have done through the project during these coming 15 months. Pray for Caleb Project, which has committed heavily to seek God for the resources to assist in carrying out the initial planning and strategy consulting. Ask God to bless the participating mission agencies and consultants, who hope to foster all the more continuity in the projects. These agencies, churches, and individuals invite your cooperative prayers as they seek God’s face for heavy support during the coming 15 years as they try to fulfill their dreams of helping make possible “a church for every people, the gospel for every person” by the year 2000. (Note: Envision ’96’s organizers are asking participating churches to muster a passion that will not rest until a vibrant and multiplying church movement is planted among the adopted group or in the adopted city.) Also, please pray that the Executive Committee will have the information and data they need to give good advice to churches seeking to adopt people groups. So far, the group remains confused about which groups should be considered reached and which should not be on the list of prospective groups for adoptions. We need good information, researchers — Envision ’96’s leaders wish it could be reported consistently!!!!

The team of leaders for this event have put together a Brigada conference, brigada-projects-envision96, where occasional news items are released to subscribers. If you’d like to find out more about this event, perhaps with a view of learning and applying concepts to your own group or denomination — or giving advice and input to the planners of Envision ’96, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following (one) line in the body of the text:
subscribe brigada-projects-envision96

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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following two words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada

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19950611 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL — 457!

Currently we are 457 in the “top level”! If you’re new to Brigada, check out the Brigada www homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html
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HAVE YOU SEEN AIMS’ “100 GATEWAY CITIES” WWW PAGE?

If you’ve got a WWW browser (and if you’re 100% INTERNET, or a compuserver or an aol-er or prodigy-er you do), visit AIMS’ answer to “Praying through the Window II” http://www.regent.edu/AIMS/The10-40WindowProject/SubMain.html You’ll be glad you did! At this point, the AIMS webmasters have finished phase I, which consisted basically of transferring the book (Praying through the 100 Gateway Cities of the 10/40 Window) to the web. But we can now see how that, with such a framework already in place, the AIMS staff could now arrange for links to information, resources, and networking for each of the cities. This is the kind of platform we’ve needed for interacting about the cities before, during and after the October prayer emphasis. Thanks to the visionaries at AIMS (e.g., Lawrence Shrank at Lawrschatbeacondotregentdotedu  (Lawrschatbeacondotregentdotedu)  ) for the energy, time and money invested into this project!!! Now, let’s pray we can move forward together into the next phase and that God will continue to bless!
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ICCM ’95 NOW HISTORY

They came from near and far, some even flying in from international destinations specifically for the conference. They invested long hours in praying, planning, and preparing for the future. They discussed mapping, tracking, and following world evangelism globally. “They” are the people of The International Conference on Computing and Missions, held this past weekend in Upland, IN, at Taylor University. In one session, a futurist described the culture of the web. Back to back with that, a CPA would be found describing auditing procedures (you guessed it — from Capin Crouse, LLP). In one breath, they’d be trying to describe how to recruit volunteers for your latest computer project, while just down the stairs, a dozen ICCMers would be walking the web itself in the Taylor University computer lab. Got an impossible project you hope to pull off in the year 2001? Don’t be surprised if, this past weekend, they were trying to piece together the technology that will make it possible! For example, one speaker recounted the fact that years ago, a group of ICCMers began dreaming up the idea of a Christian cooperation that would make possible interactive email conferences and distribution lists via the INTERNET. Out of that all night brainstorming session came CrossConnect… and as we’ve said before, it’s CrossConnect that makes possible the Brigada conferences. (For more information on that, see the “
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CROSSCONNECT READY TO CONNECT YOU WITH THE WORLD

Perhaps it’s true… that most people are still waiting for tomorrow’s “information superhighway.” And maybe they’re right… that others are already accelerating down their individual roads. Unfortunately, many of those roads are full of potholes and some Christian ministries are having a difficult time finding each other … and whatever else is “out there” in “cyberspace.” Enter “CrossConnect.” CrossConnect is a actually a small network of professionals who have joined together to provide valuable services such as email conferencing, forwarding and consulting. At ICCM, they also announced that they are immediately offering sites for worldwide web homepages, as well as the consulting to create them. Obviously, technology doesn’t always come without a price. But thanks to visionaries from the past, most of the necessary equipment is already in place… and thanks to the courtesy of Morning Star Technologies (see blip below), links to the INTERNET are being provided to CrossConnect at virtually no charge… for the time being. So really the only cost is the consulting time for the professionals who make possible CrossConnect’s services. Fortunately for us (and possibly fortunately for them too, if you have a very long look at retirement plans that just might be out of this world), those professionals have been willing to take serious salary cuts to make their skills available to Christian communities. Take Pete Holzmann, for instance. At ICCM, we learned that Pete actually helped write the mapping program that all of us used in the late 80s, “PCGlobe”. He was then hired by Strategic Mapping, which makes the mapping program of the 90s! He’s given up six-figure salaries so that he can help connect your agency, church or organization with the world… and in the process, as a part of the CrossConnect staff, he’s helping make possible Brigada!!! (If you haven’t considered it before, you might consider it now more than ever…. become a CrossConnect “member”. You’ll be joining an ever-expanding community of Christians and you’ll be helping extend Brigada’s future. CrossConnect asks for a donation of $52 per year in exchange for providing a members directory, a monthly newsletter (Connections, scheduled to start next month), public and private conferences on the topic of your choice, networking opportunities galore, your own “xc.org” address (to simplify having to remember long strings of numbers or complex initials), a collection of experts to help solve your computer networking questions, and more. For more information, write to Cathleenatxcdotorg  (Cathleenatxcdotorg)   and speak to Cathleen Sward, charged with “Member services” and the “help desk”. (Note that neither Doug Lucas nor any other Brigada moderator receives any direct financial help from CrossConnect, but all of us in the Brigada network are profiting from their vision and their service, every time we send or receive a Brigada conference message.)
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GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST APPROACHES THE CENTURY CLUB!

Only 3 Brigada conferences have exceeded 100 members so far — the top level Brigada (carrying this weekly Brigada Today update, 457 members), Brigada-orgs-teamex (which carries distribution for Team Expansion’s HeartBeat Online to the mission’s members and friends, 124 members), and the news channel created especially for GCOWE in Seoul (brigada-pubs-gcowenews, 151 members). But another list is just about to break the 100 mark. As of yesterday afternoon, the US Center’s Global Prayer Digest, published by Frontier Fellowship, stood at 97 subscriptions! If you would like to boost them “over the top” (while receiving a daily reminder to pray for an unreached people group somewhere in the world), simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following (one) line in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

Best of all, Frontier Fellowship is sharing this significant prayer tool at no cost! Join me in thanking the Lord for the Kingdom perspective that they are modeling!!! Ask Him to bless them richly many times over!

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WANT “THE ULTIMATE BIBLE”?

Then you probably need a CD-ROM. For just $68, Simila Soft (800-991-3004 or SimilaSoftathalcyondotcom) will provide you with the ability to compare different Bible versions, words, topics, and commentaries from 25 reference books and Bibles. There’s a version for Windows, MAC and DOS.
(Source: Pulse, June 9 — to subscribe to Pulse, call 708-653-2158 or fax 708-653-0520. Note that they do not have email at this time. When you subscribe, put in a word for it, won’t you? We need Brigada-pubs-pulse on-line now!
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WELCOME “THE PRAYER COMMAND POST!”

She’s one of southern California’s sharpest leaders in the prayer movement. If you say, “Lynn, would you pray for me?”… she takes you seriously and stops you there in the street and prays for you!!! She is Lynn Heatly of the Prayer Command Post prayercntnataoldotcom  (prayercntnataoldotcom)   or Fax: 909-395-9130 or, if you want, old-fashioned telephone requires her to be there when you call but gives you a chance to hear her cheery voice: 909-395-8990). Lynn is now fully plugged into Brigada-prayer-mobilizers, which by the way, a conference which has recently grown to well over 30 members! Her Prayer Command Post is a model for prayer warriors worldwide. From her office, she networks with needs and opportunities around the world. To her, prayer is a serious ministry. With her help and the help of others, we hope it will grow all the more significantly for all of us!
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WANT TO SAVE UP TO 90% ON COMPUTER HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE?

Try them. We were ready to pay over $400 for a 2nd copy of Pagemaker and this source had it for $249. . . if it’s going to a non-profit org. In fact, you can order Windows ’95 from them right now… for about half of what it will cost on the open market in August! (It’ll street price for $65 or so and they have it for $25.) Call CCB (Consistent Computer Bargains — Hey, don’t look at me! I didn’t think up their name! I’m just telling you their prices are good! ) at 800-342-4222 or fax 414-886-1940. But first call a couple of other places and get the best price. That way you’ll know how much you will have saved when you call CCB!
pre-formatted IBM 1.4 meg diskettes for 40 cents each ($19.95)?
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TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

Simply send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following two words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada

19950605 Brigada Today

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

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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL — 443!

Currently we are 443 in the “top level”! Check out the Brigada www homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html
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NEW CONFERENCE MARRIES RESEARCH AND URBAN CONCERN

Moderated by Jack Dennison of Dawn Ministries, Brigada-Cities-Research is an e-mail activated conference network made up of interested Christians, churches and agencies seeking to conduct and gather necessary research for cities to develop a workable strategy to disciple the city for Christ. This conference will allow the various networking individuals and partners to report, request information and resources, share ideas, offer up prayer requests for research projects, and encourage additional partnerships.” To join Brigada-Cities-Research, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-cities-research

That’s all there is to it. May God use this new tool for the furtherance of His message to the people of the world’s cities!

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ARCHIVES AVAILABLE

Thanks to the Billy Graham Center for making its archives available to the world via the INTERNET. According to the Center, “Collections include oral history interviews, papers of individuals, records of organizations (including foreign mission boards) and materials from congresses and conferences. Guides to some of the Archives’ most heavily used collections are now available on Wheaton College’s Gopher. These include collections with information about American evangelism and missionary programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Australia as well as collections on the Evangelical movement in the United States. Most of the materials in Archives are from the twentieth century.” To use Wheaton’s gopher (if your INTERNET connection allows direct access to gopherspace) simply travel to gopher.wheaton.edu and start exploring! Once one enters the Wheaton Gopher, select “Wheaton College Information” from the menu, then “Wheaton College Manuscript Repositories” from the next menu, then “Billy Graham Center Archives” from the next menu. Then go to the interlibrary loan submenu. Questions? Write the center using email address: bgcarcatdaviddotwheatondotedu  (bgcarcatdaviddotwheatondotedu)   or send old-fashioned paper mail to:

Billy Graham Center Archives
Wheaton College
Wheaton, IL 60187
USA
Tel. (708) 752-5910

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NEW RESOURCES ON 10/40 WINDOW, ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS!

Thanks to Joey and Fawn Parish, for volunteering their time to help distribute a new pair of videos designed to acquaint adults, youth, children with the 10/40 Window. “Concerts of Prayer Ventura County, has produced 2, six minute video’s on the 10/40 Window that are being used across America by many different missions agencies and denominations. There is the 10/40 Window for Kids, and the 10/40 Window for Adults. … They are $11 each (slow boat to China mailing) or $14 each priority mail.”

In addition, Joey and Fawn have just completed Prayerwalking For Kids, a six-minute video, based on Steve Hawthorne’s book. Narrated by kids, it teaches children how to pray for a target city.

Questions??? Contact Joey and Fawn Parish, 6673 Sora Street, Ventura, California, 93003; Tel. (805) 650-3511.

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WHERE DID YOU GET THE NAME BRIGADA?

This was one of the most common questions at the GCOWE meeting in Seoul. Actually, one can retrieve the following file any day of the year by sending using these commands in a message to the hub at hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   (subject ignored):
get brigada why-the-name-"brigada".txt

Brigada (Bree-GAH-dah) — “In 1942, Stalin, then leader of what used to be the USSR, banished some 200,000 Crimean Tatars from their home on the Black Sea. They were not permitted to return to their homeland en masse until the early nineties, when the Soviet Union broke apart. Unfortunately, since their homes had been confiscated by others, the Crimean Tatars were forced to rebuild entire settlements during the cold winters of 1990 and 1991. While living in Crimea, we saw, at times, literally dozens of Crimean Tatar families working together in what they called, in Russian, ‘brigadas’ (brigades), helping one another build homes in rapid fashion. They found, through experience, that working together produces synergy, i.e., the output is greater than the sum of the inputs. As Bill Taylor writes in Kingdom Partnerships, ‘… One draft horse can pull four tons. If you harnessed two draft horses together, they can pull twenty-two tons.’ We need just this kind of ‘brigada’ and just this kind of synergy!”
Doug Lucas, Brigada

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UP WITH ICCMers

All day today in Upland, IN, at Taylor University, computer experts gathered to brainstorm, discuss and plan for the future. Topics ranged from “What is African Missions Resource Center,” to “Back to the Future 2000 (Management needs in the 21st century and how to get there”. The International Conference on Computing and Missions carries on through June 13. To catch the last day, call Kim Johnson at 317-998-5153 or email her at KimJohnsonattaylorudotedu  (KimJohnsonattaylorudotedu)   and explain when you’d like to arrive. Beginning on Monday at 3:20, the computer consultants there will be throwing themselves into planning and envisioning what Brigada could become over the coming years.

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Want to learn more about Brigada? Send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the letter:
get brigada help-detailed

19950528 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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BRIGADA’S TOP LEVEL — 433!

Currently we are 433 in the “top level”! Check out the Brigada www homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html
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TAKE A LOOK AT THE GCOWE WORLDWIDE WEB PAGE

I believe we gave the wrong URL for the GCOWE page last week. It should be
http://www.AD2000.org/gcowe95/gcowe95.html
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THANKS TO THE FAITHFUL MARK-UPPERS!

Thanks, on behalf of all the users on the web, to those faithful friends of GCOWE who labored long and hard into the twilight hours so that people all over the world could read www pages and other updates re: GCOWE. It was literally a thankless job. As you read the first class www pages there, you’ll not see any claims for fame. Nope. No glory-seekers. Only the legacy of faithful servants, willing to use their skills for the Lord and the global expansion of his kingdom. At one point, last time I checked, the GCOWE worldwide web page was being “hit” hundreds of times per day (one day, over 700 times) . . . and this morning I speak on behalf of all those hundreds of people to say thanks. Here’s only one representative individual who appreciated that kind of dedication…. [we’ll make it anonymous, because it’s representative….]

Seoul is a long and expensive journey from the UK and your view was so helpful. I didn’t even have to work those 15 hour days to catch up on the conclusions! The electronic dissemination of the gcowe material has been one of the most useful applications of that medium I’ve come across.

This particular individual is headed to a missions training college soon — but currently works in telecommunications. May God be praised that he took time to read and pick up on the AD2000 & Beyond mission vision.

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WATCH FOR THE NEW BRIGADA-CITIES-RESEARCH CONFERENCE

It’s just around the corner — the 37th Brigada conference!!! Brigada-Cities-Research will provide a place for researchers to come together with saturation evangelism specialists who will be able to join with mobilizers who can talk with prayer warriors who will be able to swap comments with those who love the city! By next week this time, this “think tank” should be up and running!
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HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES?

We have!!! In fact, we’re ordering 200 of them for a special mobilization event this July! You can get them from several sources… Probably the most well known is the

Christian Information Network,
11025 State Hwy. 83,
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
(Tel. 719-522-1040).

But you can also order from Caleb Project (303-730-4170 in Colorado). If ordering from CIN, send a check for the amount of $8.95 and make sure you note clearly that you want PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES. (They have other books that cost the same amount.) If ordering from Caleb, ask them for the pricing information based on the volume you’re ordering. This book, written by Pete Wagner, Stephen Peters, and Mark Wilson, will “walk you through the window!” As you probably have already heard, the “window” refers to an area between the 10th and 40th latitudes stretching from N. Africa east through Asia. Most of the world’s Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists live there, perhaps making up as much as 95% of the unevangelized world! In addition, 84% of the world’s poor are there as well. Praying… takes you one city at a time, one page at a time, across the entire 10/40 Window and is complete with maps, illustrations, and accompanying articles. We’re using it with a mobilization project that we hope will involve 200 congregations in adopting these 100 cities — and/or other people groups/cities, taking long-term responsibility for helping plant a church in each location. Praying… is great for personal or group use. At the luncheon we’re organizing for July, we’ll be seating the (hopefully) 1000 people in groups of 10 at each of 100 tables. Each table will be named according to one of the 100 Gateway Cities and there will be two books available per table for use during a special 9-minute mini-Concert of Prayer to be led by Dave Butts ( href="Dave2000ADataoldotcom%29.">Dave2000ADataoldotcom). Join me in praying that these and other events will help us prepare not only for the emphasis in October, but also for the months that follow! And if you get a chance, please pray for our Envision ’96 Mobilizers’ Luncheon, scheduled for July 17th. Thanks!

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IN THE AFTERMATH OF GCOWE….

How will we keep track of the results??? We hope Brigada will contribute, even a tiny bit. For example, pray that we’ll have “champions for the cities” who will take on the responsibility of starting up a new conference for each of the 100 Gateway Cities. Are you scheduled to take a prayer journey to one of the 100 GWCs this October? Know someone who is? Would you like to help by moderating a new conference to get together the minds, hearts and prayers for that location? If so, reply to this message as to which city’s conference you’d consider coordinating. We’ll send instructions on how to get started. Some technical knowledge of email would be helpful — but if you’ve got a desire to learn and a strong motivation, you can do it regardless of your level of expertise coming in. Most importantly — you’ll need staying power to keep at it through October… and probably an hour or so per week minimum to volunteer your time. Thanks for considering this ministry — which could bring together focused prayer and participation from all over the world through Brigada!

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19950521 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Now with over 400 Participants!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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GCOWE 95 NOW HISTORY

They came together from all over the world — 186 nations to be exact. It was called the Global Consultation on World Evangelization — and global is right! Our count revealed 3293 delegates plus a total of 827 guests, intercessors, staff and volunteers resulted in 4120 individuals gathered for one and only one purpose — to glorify God and hasten the evangelization of the world in which we live. May 17-25 won’t be soon forgotten, whether in Korea or in parts far flung. What themes will be remembered??? Among them will be …

  1. Reconciliation — Japanese with Koreans, Arabs with Jews, Russian Orthodox with evangelicals, denominations with other denominations.
  2. 10/40 Window — From the sermons and presentations to the planning and even the singing… we won’t forget the imaginary rectangle stretching from ten to forty degrees North of the equator, from West Africa to East Asia, where the greatest concentration of unevangelized people reside.
  3. Int’l participation — Not only were two-thirds of the participants from Africa, Latin America and Asia, but the majority of the consultation’s funding came from those nations as well. Western missionaries took notes as African, Asian and Latin American leaders presented their successful methodology. They had become full partners in the task.
  4. Prayer — At the great evangelical consultations (Lausanne I, Lausanne II in Manila, etc.), prayer has always been an ingredient. But some — even the “old-timers” — said they couldn’t remember a time when prayer permeated every component so thoroughly. Who can forget the Cities Track closing, where Viv Grigg organized separate, targeted prayer for each region being reported on? Who will ever forget the Concert of Prayer during the plenary? Prayer in the hallways, prayer in the national meetings, prayer here, prayer there…… prayer as a major weapon or tool in our confrontation with the enemy. It was clear that prayer had finally “arrived” — and was seen as a superior “weapon” in the international worker’s tool box, along with less powerful tactical strategies or scientific church growth approaches.
  5. Networking — Some said that the most valuable times came not during a main plenary session, or even the tracks, but rather in the hallways, over the dining tables, and on the buses, where international workers from around the world met up with mutually helpful contributors from continents around the globe.
  6. Promise — From all the media accounts and reports from the International Office, you’d think this would be the consultation to end all consultations! Well it just might be! As strategies are completed and partnerships gel, God just might raise up international forces that would reach parts of our world that have never been reached before.

In the end, however, what was GCOWE 95 not about? From all appearances, it was not about a global plan. Perhaps it was never meant to be. At one point in the conference, I wrote, “Today, I’ve been sensing a special burden for the fact that there are only four days left of this conference. I’m only one participant — but as for this participant, I was very concerned about the fact that to me, it seemed we hadn’t been told exactly what part we were all supposed to play in this giant tapestry that is supposed to be called, the AD2000 & Beyond movement. In other words, how will we honestly pull it off…. the goal of “A Church for Every People, and the Gospel for Every Person by the year 2000.” I was feeling that there was no “global master plan.” I was feeling as if it was being left to chance. I was asking myself, “Can it be done by Dec. 31, 2000?” I was answering, “Unless someone spells out a strategy in the next four days, I’m not sure there would be any earthly means. It would be totally in God’s hands.” Then it occurred to me, maybe that’s exactly what the leaders of this conference want us to realize. They’re hoping we’ll take this goal and apply it to our own network, be it country-wide, region-wide, or wider. They’re hoping we’ll carry it to our ‘track’ — be it “Saturation Evangelism”, “Denominational Leaders”, or whatever. As a result, it feels…. less “organized.” (OM Director George Verwer says “Where two or three are gathered together, there you have a mess!”) It feels kind of as if we’re leaving something to chance. On the other hand, the AD2000 & Beyond movement’s leaders are probably asking themselves, “How can we presume to forge a global plan among so many varying participants?” And you know what? They’re probably right. Even if they tried… it probably would never work. Maybe the world is too complex to divide up into a mosaic of people groups and expect various parts to “claim” various segments of the tapestry. Maybe it won’t feel as tidy — but maybe it’s for the best. ……… And, after all is said and done, maybe they’re thinking that we toss out the bold goal that would be impossible through man’s efforts — then we all go to our knees knowing that it all depends on God. If God accomplishes it, we will celebrate. But even if He doesn’t, we will still have formed a church that looks more like his prayer in John 17. And maybe that, in and of itself, is worth all the energy invested!”

Want to read GCOWE plenary addresses, journal articles and more? Point your worldwide web browser to http://www.ad2000.org/gcowe95 and you can get it all!

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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT MAF’S ADVANCES IN GLOBAL COMMUNICATION?

During one of those long bus rides in Seoul, we met with MAF communications guru Jon Lewis. Wow! They’ve put together an integrated plan that includes three levels. First, they want to help establish global communication networks worldwide. That means intentionally finding international Christian workers who will learn about email, computing and networking. They’re leaving nothing to chance — the training, the equipping, and the dreaming! Second, they’re building on the CrossConnect foundation that can provide the fabric for global partnerships. Third, they’re putting together the local possibilities to connect to the worldwide computing population. How? By launching computer networks in areas where no wire has gone before, using all kinds of equipment, from simple low-tech Radio Shack transceivers, to VHF and HF radios, to satellite store and relay technology. Note that this last possibility is similar to amateur radio’s “HamNet” — except MAF is launching networks where communication won’t be limited to amateur (hobby) discussions. Bottom line??? Perhaps by mid-summer, you’ll be able to send a fax from anywhere in the Tanzanian bush, using a simple $1000 handheld transceiver for less than $1 per page!!! This would be cellular technology to pieces!!! Thanks to the visionaries at MAF for dreaming and doing!!!

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19950514 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Now with 381 Participants!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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NEW CONFERENCES

Join us in welcoming Brigada-Russia and Brigada-projects-louisianamobilizers to the Brigada family of communication networks. The new Russia conference will create an interface to facilitate the reaching of the unreached in Russia. It will allow the various networking of individuals and partners to report, share ideas and pertinent news, offer up prayer requests, and encourage additional partnerships. Eventually, Dale Brugler, who serves as moderator, hopes to spawn sub-conferences that would focus on specific cities and people groups within Russia. The louisianamobilizers will seek to mobilize Christians and Churches in Louisiana for Frontier Missions. This conference will allow the various networking individuals to share ideas on how to help others in Louisiana catch the “Missions Vision” as well as promote regional conferences, missions workshops, seminars, etc. Reports on what your churches, missions committees and agencies are doing are encouraged. Thanks to Nathan Martin for his partnership in this new venture!!!
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DID YOU CATCH THIS ON THE GROWTH IN MOZAMBIQUE?

Following the long civil war, there is great openness for Christianity in Mozambique. The guards and all 700 prisoners in a jail in the capital, Maputo, watched the film in complete silence. At the end, as usual, the team asked all those who were interested in following Jesus to stand up. The response: all 700 prisoners and all the guards! According to the leader of the Jesus Film Project, the international norm is that 10% respond, but of the approximately 21,000 who have seen the film in its first presentations since being translated into the Makhua language spoken in Mozambique, 40% have responded. Source: Update 2/95 Campus Crusade, USA.

Subject: Revival continues to sweep US campuses

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CAMPUS REVIVAL CONTINUES

This note is from National and International Religion Report (4/17/95). The powerful, national revival that began in Brownwood, Texas, continues to jolt American college campuses. Thousands more students as well as some faculty and administrators have participated in public confession, restitution, and reconciliation. “In 25 years of teaching I’ve never seen anything like this,” reported church historian John Woodbridge, a Trinity Evangelical Divinity School professor, remarked. “It is a wonderful work of the Spirit of God.”
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TWO WAYS TO KEEP UP ON GCOWE ’95

To receive a daily report on GCOWE ’95, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the body of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-gcowenews.

So far, well over 80 people have subscribed to this GCOWE “news channel” on Brigada — even though it’s only a week old!!! For those with access to the Worldwide Web, point your browsers to http://www.ad2000.org/gcowe95/gcowe95.htm to read the actual text from the addresses being delivered here, along with other interesting items. The Brigada channel is more of a personal perspective from Doug Lucas; the www pages are compiled by actual AD2000 staff and a group of volunteers who have been willing to work very hard to help make the information available internationally.

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CORRECTION TO THE FRIDAY GCOWE/BRIGADA REPORT

Thanks to Larry Boggan, who reports that the Mission Frontiers current subscription list has now topped 110,000! We erroneously reported 45,000 last week. Apologies!
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PRAYER JOURNEY MANUAL READY FOR USE

Looking for help in organizing your prayer journey (to pray “on site with insight”)? Get Prayer Journeys: a Leader’s How-to Manual from Caleb Project. If you believe that God desires to use you and your church to welcome His kingdom advance throughout the world, you probably already know that prayer journeys are one way to do just that.

A prayer journey will invigorate your faith, deepen your love, and inspire your hope. Never again will the world look the same. You will know that you are a part of something so grand, so historical, so biblical, that normal things will never look the same. Come and join the triumphal procession! For more information, or to order a copy, contact John Hanna at ghannaatcprojectdotcom  (ghannaatcprojectdotcom)   or write 10 W Dry Creek, Littleton, CO 80120. (Tel. 303/730-4170, Fax: 303/730-4177) Thanks for the excellent work, Caleb Project!

19950507 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
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NETWORKING QUESTS FOR MOROCCO AND ESTONIA

This past week, we rec’d a note from Allen Page brudatesslinkdotcom  (brudatesslinkdotcom)   asking that we put word out for the “hutterian brethren”, who are searching for an email contact in Morocco. If you have information or would like to check out this quest, write to brudatwebbscodotesslinkdotcom  (brudatwebbscodotesslinkdotcom)  . Note: As in all cases regarding Muslim countries, please be sensitive to the kinds of messages you send to believers in Islamic areas. Some email hubs — and sysops — are wide open to scanning for key words in subject lines and text. Yet another user is apparently looking for contacts in Estonia — “Norie L. Roeder” 73611dot1555atcompuservedotcom  (73611dot1555atcompuservedotcom)  . These were evidently broadcast on “MissionNet” by Ron Smith.
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THE YEAR 2000 HAS MEANING FOR OTHERS BEYOND LUIS BUSH!

Did you happen to catch the LA Times on May 2? (What? You don’t read the Times each day? :-) ) Check out page E1. The material is copyrighted, so we won’t republish it here, but you can probably locate a copy at your public library. Briefly stated, the article describes all kinds of “end of the millennium” celebrations that will occur, including comments and plans by Jack Hayford, Robert Schuller, and even the Pope himself. For those of us in missions circles, we can only hope that this era of celebration would help draw attention and momentum to the plans and prayers we’re laying before the Lord. Interestingly enough, a large section of the article consists of quotes and comments from author Jay Gary. The LA Times quotes Gary as saying, “‘No one would let their grandmother’s 100th birthday go by without a tremendous celebration,’ says author Jay Gary. ‘So we shouldn’t let the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus pass without giving him a magnificent tribute.'” Of Jay, the paper reports, “Gary, 40, a Colorado consultant who refers to himself as ‘the Millennium Doctor,’ is top cheerleader for a turn-of-the-century Christmas spectacular. He has written a book (“The Star of 2000″), cranked out press releases and created an Internet forum to promote the idea.” As a matter of fact, the author of the Times article seems fairly positive toward Jay’s book. He writes, “Gary’s book offers a multitude of suggestions: religious pilgrimages (Rome, for example, is reportedly expecting an extra 10 million visitors in 2000), Jesus video parties (watching Franco Zefirelli’s six-hour epic “Jesus of Nazareth” with friends at home), walking in a worldwide March for Jesus (this May 27 and continuing each year until 2000), attending plays such as “Godspell” or “Jesus Christ Superstar,” or making a special donation to charity. Even a small act is meaningful, he says, quoting an ancient proverb, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” And what about his own plans for Christmas, 2000? On that point, the Millennium Doctor remains surprisingly uncertain: ‘My calendar is still open.'”

Most interesting to Brigada followers will be the fact that Jay often frequents Brigada conferences himself — href="jgaryatrainbowdotrmiidotcom%21">jgaryatrainbowdotrmiidotcom! Congratulations Jay! Great to have a “famous person” on board the Brigada network! :-)

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KURDS COMING TO CHRIST, BUT MAYBE NOT AS FAST AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED!

Thanks [again] to Bob Skiles, who sent word last week that “over 100 Kurds had recently come to Christ in one of the greatest “people movements” of our day.” This week, Bob gave a slight correction to his comments, mentioning that he has now learned that these 100 comments had apparently come over a more extended period of time throughout the past few years. So we can still rejoice that God’s word is spreading, and pray that this is a prophetic error??? :-)
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BRIGADA-PEOPLES-ARAB PARTICIPANT SUGGESTS MIDDLE EAST NEWS SOURCE

So what goes on in all those conferences below Brigada’s “top level”? At the least, resource sharing! Take Bill Kelley’s comments this past week, for example. “If you are looking for a email news service that focuses on the Middle East, I’d suggest MSA news. Subscribe to MSANews-requestatmagnusdotacsdotohio-statedotedu  (MSANews-requestatmagnusdotacsdotohio-statedotedu)  . One word of warning: This list produces an awful lot information. Does anybody else have a favorite news source?” Bill is a CrossConnect member at BillKelleyatXCdotorg  (BillKelleyatXCdotorg)  . Keep up the good work, Bill!
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BRIGADA-PUBS-GCOWENEWS OFF AND RUNNING

Never have so many bytes been broadcast so quickly!!! If GCOWE 95 does nothing else, it will at least produce lots of text!!! :-) The Brigada-Pubs-GcoweNews channel is up and running. Many Brigada participants sleuthed it out this past week before it was even officially announced and have already subscribed and begun receiving material!!! Throughout the next couple of weeks, Brigada will go “on site” at the Global Consultation on World Evangelization with interviews, reports and chronicles of the biggest and most global Christian event of the decade… and maybe in history. If you can’t travel to Seoul, but want lots of email reports in your in-basket, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
subscribe brigada-pubs-gcowenews

You’ll begin receiving near-daily reports immediately. When you do subscribe, you will already have missed several mailings. If you’d like to catch up on everything in one fell swoop, send email (again) to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
get brigada-pubs-gcowenews.9505

This command will send you the archive record of all of the conference’s mailings in one shot.

Here are some of items already posted… so you can get a sense of GCOWE without having to endure jet lag!

  • gcowe-intro.bush – An article by Luis Bush describing what GCOWE hopes to accomplish
  • intro-for-gcowe-delegates.950512 – Text taken directly from the Introduction section of the GCOWE Participants’ Notebook
  • gcowe-sched.950512 – Daily schedule for GCOWE delegates, from the beginning to the end of the consultation
  • natl-plans.950512 – GCOWE notebook text describing the purpose and format for meetings based around plans for each nation in attendance
  • partnership.950512 – Excellent section of GCOWE notebook dealing with the development of partnerships. Get this one if you don’t get any other.

Make sure you observe “case” on these files (i.e., don’t use upper case when the file name is given in lower case).

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INTERESTED IN ENCRYPTION?

The Brigada-Projects-Security conference continues to brainstorm regarding communication in and out of sensitive areas. Recently, Speed the Need operator, David Hatch speedatnetnetdotnet  (speedatnetnetdotnet)  , found a great FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file on the WorldWide Web. To view it, point your browser at:
http://www2.infoseek.com/Titles?qt=encryption+faq

Remember that Compuserve users now have 3 hours per month on the www included in their base monthly rate (when using Version 1.4).

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ATTENTION GCOWE DELEGATES AND THEIR FRIENDS/FAMILY

Wanting to send email to a delegate at GCOWE? Pete Holzmann, who is in Seoul working frantically to lay the groundwork for the conference, informs us that the mailbox, gcowe-messageatxcdotorg  (gcowe-messageatxcdotorg)   can be used for this purpose. Users should make sure they put the person’s name at the top of the form. Volunteers in Seoul will print the message, then post it on the message board. Those expecting to receive emailed messages should check the board daily.

In addition, Pete has issued the following contact phone numbers, just set up as of last night! Message center: fax number 82-2-570-7729; Message center telephone #: 82-2-570-7720,7721,7722.

Pete also adds, that telephone line adapters are available locally for about $4) each.

And MOST importantly — Pete writes, “If anyone has not told us their travel plans (flights, dates, times), send it in NOW. We can’t pick you up otherwise. AND, if you are booked for a hotel room and don’t show, YOU WILL BE BILLED FOR IT. Hotels are holding out huge piles of rooms for GCOWE delegates; no-shows are responsible for their own rooms.

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NEW CONFERENCES

Watch for special announcements for several new conferences to be added in the next few days. Already launched is a new conference called brigada-orgs-uscwm-budelpeople that tracks developments and opportunities in India as chronicled by US Center for World Mission. For a current list of other Brigada conferences, complete with a one-line description of each, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following words in the text of the message:
conferences
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LOOK AT THE WWW & SEE HOW WE’LL SUBSCRIBE TO CONFERENCES IN THE FUTURE

If you’ve got access to the worldwide web, point your browser to this experimental page: http://www.xc.org/Brigada/howtofor.html This is a cooperative experiment between Brigada and CrossConnect’s Jonathan Marsden. In short, using a WorldWide Web page form, you’ll be able to subscribe to any conference you choose and automatically start receiving updates in your inbasket. No more commands to remember — and no more sending messages to the ‘hub’. We hope this will answer one of the primary areas in which Brigada users experience difficulty. Watch in the future for the full activation of this new approach. Thanks to Jonathan Marsden for his cooperation on this venture — for the benefit of all CrossConnect conferences!

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19950430 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Now with 345 Participants!
Compiled byDLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]
Visit Brigada on WorldWide Web: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html

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STILL GROWING!

Below is a chart with the number of ‘subscribers’ to the top level of Brigada (this Brigada Today update). (To view the chart correctly, make sure you view this email in a ‘fixed font’, like Courier New, rather than a proportional font like Arial.) We’re almost to 350!

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Date in 1995 1/25 3/3 3/10 3/17 3/24 3/31 4/7 4/14 4/21 4/28 5/5

Notes: Brigada officially “opened for business” on March 21, 1995.
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NAVIGATION MAP

[We have to say this stuff again for the new subscribers and the friends to which you’ll be passing this Brigada Today!] Below is a chart to point to the conferences established thus far. Each line represents an entirely different conference, with an entirely different set of participants. You can be a member of more than one conference, but to do so, you must subscribe to each conference individually. Subscribing to the top level Brigada conference does not automatically get you mail from each of the subgroups. Remember that you can figure out the name of any conference by starting at the top and left and working over. To subscribe to any of the conferences below, just send email to href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Julie/Desktop/Brigada%20Today/hubatxcdotorg">hubatxcdotorg with the word “subscribe”, followed by the conference name (include the hyphens in the conference name, but lose the quotes in “subscribe”). For example, to subscribe to the first subconference listed, your message to href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Julie/Desktop/Brigada%20Today/hubatxcdotorg">hubatxcdotorg would read,
subscribe brigada-albania-durres
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KURDS COMING TO CHRIST

Thanks to Bob Skiles, who sent word that over 100 Kurds had recently come to Christ in one of the greatest “people movements” of our day. “It seems that it is definitely the Savior’s hour and the appointed time for the Kurds. Let’s pray that God would multiply it and increase it!” Amen! Thanks Bob.
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NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL RELIGION REPORT NOW AVAILABLE VIA EMAIL

What was previously $50/year for a written subscription is now free via the INTERNET! To subscribe to this up-to-the-minute news source, email Don Norton at href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/Julie/Desktop/Brigada%20Today/relnewsatroanokedotinfidotnet">relnewsatroanokedotinfidotnet.
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ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CLEARINGHOUSE TO DEMONSTRATE PEOPLE-PROFILER

If all goes as planned, Bob Binkley of the AAP Clearinghouse will be demonstrating a new tool at GCOWE. Marv Bowers and others have worked together to develop a piece of software that fits on a floppy and stands alone. Execute it and it walks you through the process of developing a standard description of a particular people or city in such a way that the information will be consistent with other reports from around the world. Using this disk, anyone, anywhere will be able to generate people profiles according to the specified model preferred by the AAPC. Look for Bob at the AAPC booth.
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… AND THE PEOPLES INTERACTIVE DATABASE

Bob will also be showing a sample of the new Peoples Interactive Database application that he has developed on behalf of the AAP Clearinghouse. With this application, a user can find out which mission organizations, churches, or individuals are working among a particular people or city. One can search according to several keys and look up “needle in a haystack” data. Again, find Bob at the AAPC booth with Frank Kaleb Jansen.
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A “LONG” CORRECTION

Forgive our mix-up last week. Justin Long used to work with AIMS but now works with David Barrett! We reported it the other way around. Our apologies. Thanks to Justin for not being angry! :-)
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TAKING “AIMS” ON TARGETS IN FUTURE

In a phone interview yesterday, we learned more about what AIMS is aiming for. Lawrence Schrank explained that AIMS is an affiliate of CBN and is “charged with the task of developing ongoing strategic partnerships with our current 106 member agencies regarding missions focused concerns. Dr. Foltz our founder, is professor of missiology at Regent University. Dr. Barrett has recently joined him on the staff at Regent. We are going forward with plans to use Web technology to help facilitate interest in missions. As my personal background is in 3-d computer visualization, I have for years waited for an opportunity to put it to work for the kingdom. We currently have several world class technologists consulting on the various projects we envision. You can see our meager efforts on the Web … http://beacon.regent.edu/AIMS/home.html There is much, much more to come!” Specifically, Lawrence hopes to create a separate set of multi-media rich pages on the www for each of the least evangelized people groups, beginning with the people groups living in the 100 Gateway Cities. In keeping with its goal of reducing duplication and fostering networking partnerships, Brigada wants to encourage and spur on Lawrence and his efforts at AIMS. Lawrence feels the same way. Although AIMS places top priority on offering services to the churches and agencies that have “joined” AIMS ($240/year), the staff there desires to create links and networks with every effort to reach the unreached. Watch AIMS over the next few months and get ready for some exciting developments with them riding shotgun in this great global adventure!!!
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PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES OF THE 10/40 WINDOW

… is ready to order from the Christian Information Network, 11025 State Hwy. 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921 (Tel. 719-522-1040). Send a check for the amount of $8.95 and make sure you note clearly that you want PRAYING THROUGH THE 100 GATEWAY CITIES. (They have other books that cost the same amount.) Written by Pete Wagner, Stephen Peters, and Mark Wilson, this book will “walk you through the window!” As you probably have already heard, the “window” refers to an area between the 10th and 40th latitudes stretching from N. Africa east through Asia. Most of the world’s Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists live there, perhaps making up as much as 95% of the unevangelized world! In addition, 84% of the world’s poor are there as well. Keep in mind that this is not a tightly organized “box” window, but rather, a roughly circumscribed general metaphor that will help us draw attention to some very needy places. Also, remember that there are unreached people living all over the globe, on every continent, in every country. It’s just that the 10/40 window seems to have less opportunity to hear and obey at this time.
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WATCH NEXT WEEK FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SPECIAL GCOWE UPDATE “CHANNEL”

Get up-to-the-minute reports on what’s happening at the Global Consultation on World Evangelism, free, right here through the Brigada family of networks. In an effort to help our cost-conscious subscribers who won’t want to get the near daily GCOWE briefings, we’re creating a special GCOWE “News Channel”. Watch next week for instructions on how to jump on board if you want to “read all about it!”

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19950423 Brigada Today

News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
Compiled by DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg
Check out the Brigada www homepage: http://www.xc.org/brigada/brigada.html

[Note: Please forward or pass this Brigada Today to as many people as you think might be able to see a future in it! To subscribe, email hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the following line in the body of the message: subscribe brigada

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STILL GROWING!

321 have subscribed to this top level conference, Brigada

You can be a member of more than one conference, but to do so, you must subscribe to each conference individually. Subscribing to the top level Brigada conference does not automatically get you mail from each of the subgroups. (If it did, you’d go crazy with mail!!! :-)) To subscribe to any of the conferences, just send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with the word “subscribe” followed by the conference name (include the hyphens in the conference name, but lose the quotes in “subscribe”). For example, to subscribe to the albania-durres subconference listed, your message to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   would read,
subscribe brigada-albania-durres

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BRIGADA PARTICIPANT SEEKS NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES FOR NATIVE AMERICANS

Thanks to John GrosVenor for seeking info. on working with native Americans. “I’m particularly interested in dialogue with other Native American Christians in this program. So will accept any conversation that comes my way…. I’m an enrolled member of the Echota Tsalagi (Cherokee) Tribe of Alabama.” If you know of info. for John, send it directly to him at gros112atuidahodotedu  (gros112atuidahodotedu)   and pray for his wife, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Thanks John.
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HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?

AIMS is a mobilization and networking service based in Virginia Beach, VA. Justin Long, who previously worked with David Barrett, is helping AIMS with computer programming and research. He wrote to Brigada this past week….

“How shall we then live? The reality, as of 1990: 1.2 billion people who have never heard the Gospel. 1.7 billion Christians, representing $8.9 trillion in Global Annual Income. 700 million Christians believe bringing the Gospel to the world is the paramount responsibility of the church. 260,000 missionaries labor in Christianized lands, among the heavily evangelized, spending $7.5 billion a year. Less than 40,000 workers with less than $100 million to spend labor among those who have never heard that Jesus can save. We SAY telling the untold is our priority. We send very few workers and do little to support them. And while you read this, 7 people died never knowing that Jesus is Lord. May we truly focus on the “least of these” — the ones who have never heard!”

Justin Long, JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM  (JDavidLongatAOLdotCOM)  
Thanks for contributing, Justin!

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ARE YOU A GCOWE DELEGATE HEADED FOR KOREA? NEED EMAIL ACCESS IN SEOUL?

If you’re a Compuserve subscriber and $15/hour sounds good to you, you’re already all set. However, if you’d like a higher volume possibility for a flat fee of $50, send a one-line request to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)   for more info.
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LEAST EVANGELIZED PEOPLES LIST WILL GIVE DEFINITION TO THE TASK REMAINING

The list of the 2400 Least Evangelized People Groups mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today will give definition to the task remaining. Released by Ron Rowland and the Peoples Information Network, the list provides a blueprint for just how much of the task remains. For example:

  • 101 different groups are listed for China alone, with a total population of 242,148,114 people.
  • In India, 803,587,708 people are listed in 233 groups.
  • In Indonesia, 154 groups are listed with a total of 96,391,469 members.
  • Sudan alone is the home of 111 groups totaling 30,326,834 people.

Put all 2400 groups (actually 2468) together and what do you have? 2,505,364,391 real live souls, many of which are totally out of touch with a valid opportunity to know Jesus as a personal savior. Again, thanks to Ron, PIN, and all who participated in this effort. May God bless John Robb and the many others who will be trying to help us finish the task of giving them at least a beachhead opportunity to hear the gospel. Let’s stop and take a moment to pray for the groups that will be meeting in Seoul… and all over the globe in the months ahead, with hope of helping in this tremendous and all important task.

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FIRST WAVE OF TROOPS LEAVE FOR GCOWE

They’re already departing! Pete Holzmann left this past week. And in the coming days, the entire Int’l office for AD2000 & Beyond will literally be packed up and moved to Seoul! Pray for the AD2000 leadership as they make their way to Korea and ask God to smooth the road before them.
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SAMPLE OF A BRIGADA CONFERENCE

Are you wondering just what goes on in those layers under this ‘top level’ in the Brigada family of networks? Here’s a sampler. A conference moderator from Dayton, Ohio, writes asking members of a new conference to introduce themselves (this sample discussion comes from the brigada-peoples latam conference, but the same thing can happen for your target area!). A missionary writing via Compuserve from Montevideo answers back the following day with an introduction, expressing his desire to learn all the more about materials produced in Spanish for Latin America and especially, for continued research on ‘folk religions’ in South America. A few hours later, another conference participant, this time writing via the INTERNET from Guayaquil, Ecuador, answered back with a description of a continent-wide conference next year that will, as a major prong of its intended purpose, hope to provide a forum for sharing printed materials. He also wrote, “On the folk part of religion, I would highly recommend the book published by Baker called Communicating Christ in Animistic Cultures by Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen. I have read the book and have seen the movie (taken his class). He teaches at ACU. Also the book Crisis in Latin America touches on the Catholicism. It is put out by Moody Press and the authors are Nunez and Taylor.” Now perhaps for some, those books are already on the shelf, well-worn. For others, Brigada can provide just the networking they need to be all the more effective at reaching their part of the world for Him. Thanks to Eric, Larry, Bill, and the others on the brigada-peoples-latam conference (13 participants) and thanks to the over 300 others who are making Brigada work today to give a brighter hope for the world tomorrow!
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GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST ONLINE JUMPS TO 65 SUBSCRIBERS

Thanks to the personnel of the US Center for their continued work for the kingdom! On a daily basis, they keep pumping out the prayer and mobilization information, and the Global Prayer Digest, both in print and online, is an excellent example. To join the 65 others who have already subscribed, send email to hubatxcdotorg  (hubatxcdotorg)   with only the words
subscribe brigada-pubs-globalprayerdigest

in the text of the message. By the way, the Mission Frontiers staff is hard at work preparing to go online too! So while you’re at it, add this line as well…
subscribe brigada-pubs-missionfrontiers

Subscribers will receive an index via email, allowing them to download just the articles they want.

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