20001022 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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WEBWATCH: CHECK OUT GOSPEL FOR ASIA

WebWatch The GFA website probably sets the pace for something easy, clean, attractive, and simple. http://www.gfa.org

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HEALTH LEADERS TAKE NOTE

syringe HealthLeaders is a free online news and information resource for healthcare executives and professionals. The online HealthLeaders community also provides members with a forum to exchange ideas and perspectives about issues related to the business of healthcare. With the free membership, HealthLeaders members receive by email each weekday the latest news headlines organized to help them quickly and easily keep up with healthcare-related news. Brief summaries of the articles behind the headlines are available by clicking from the email to the Web site, where links to the original story also are available. Special feature articles written by HealthLeaders members and other healthcare business experts are accessible from both the e-mail and the site. HealthLeaders members also may:

  1. Post opinions about a particular story to share their perspectives with other health leaders;
  2. Register their vote in the site’s daily healthcare-related poll;
  3. Send information on an article, along with a personal greeting, to a colleague or friend who might also benefit from reading it;
  4. Search the archives of past HealthLeaders news summaries and feature articles.

In addition, members find many other useful features on the site designed specifically for the convenience of health leaders, including CME access online; career opportunities in the health industry; links to professional associations, federal statistical sites, and other key Internet sites; and directories to locate physicians, hospitals, clinics, home health agencies, health plans, and medical schools. The address is: http://www.healthleaders.com/.

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ADRIS NEWSLETTER HELPS THE BIG PICTURE

The occasional ADRIS Newsletter is dedicated to enabling its subscribers to reach their valuable goals efficiently. The current issue focuses on Internet media related tools that may be helpful in missions. http://www.adris.org/
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WEB-WATCH: INDONESIAN EVANGELISTIC WEBSITE

WebWatch We’re continuing to see all the more sites reach out effectively in contextualized ways. For an example, aimed at Indonesian Muslims, “Kebenaran Untuk Hari Ini” (Truth for Today) is a lifestyle/spiritual type website, with a purpose of witnessing to Indonesians Online and distributing the Jesus film in Indonesian, Sasak and Madurese with the possibility of other indonesian languages in the future. The URL is http://members.xoom.com/inikebenaran/index.htm
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MORE ON EVANGELISM ONLINE

Brigada autoresponder Learn all the more on evangelism online by sending an email message to: evangelism-onlineatbrigadadotorg  (evangelism-onlineatbrigadadotorg)  . You’ll receive a complete resource file in an automated return email.
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DO YOUR INVESTIGATION – TRY “CALLBACK”

Using a callback service, you can save a lot of money on your international phone bill while traveling overseas. You can use Callback from any country to any country and it also works with your mobile phone and fax machine. For example, try Phone-Access http://www.phone-access.com who provides Callback through Access Authority. Example of rates for calls from the USA to these countries (“cents/minute” rates):

Untied Kingdom 12
Germany 19
Australia/New Zealand 14
Taiwan 23
Philippines 36

The rates are the same no matter which way you call – and the flat rates are good, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For all other rates please see http://www.phone-access.com. And as a rule of thumb, the longer away you call the greater the saving!

You only pay for what you actually call. It’s free to sign up. There are no deposits required, no monthly minimum charges or other “hidden” fees. Along with this service also comes a great traveling feature where you can use this service and save money even as you’re traveling. Callback can also be used as a non pre-paid calling card when traveling in North America. The current rate when calling within the USA is only 12 cents per minute! Sign-up can be done online on a secure server, the service comes with other features such as speed dialing, forced dialing and language options. You can even to use your computer to trigger a callback over the Internet. To learn more about Callback, how it works and how to sign up online please visit: http://www.phone-access.com or write infoatphone-accessdotcom  (infoatphone-accessdotcom)   with any questions that you might have.

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MISSIOLOGISTS SET THEIR SITES ON MISSIOLOGY.ORG

For resources in missions visit the Missiology Homepage at http://www.missiology.org/. At this site there is a

  1. dictionary of Missiological terms,
  2. five bibliographies of missions resources,
  3. descriptions of the discipline and essential tasks of missions,
  4. an Animism homepage and
  5. an archive of Dr. Gailyn Van Rheenen’s “Monthly Missiological Reflections”.

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VEHICLES TO GO

truck MATS International, Inc. (the second generation of Missionary Auto-Truck Service) has been providing for the transportation needs of Christian Ministries since 1977. MATS can help save ministry and missionary support spent for vehicles for furlough, field, church van and bus ministry, pastors, church staff, para-church staff, retirees, and more. Contact MATS at caratmatsdotorg  (caratmatsdotorg)   or call 888-776-7211 or 765-965-7777 or fax 765-962-9966.
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GET YOUR GLOBAL INSURANCE

Check out http://www.internationalhealthins.com Its Global Medical Insurance plan provides a complete package of U.S. style benefits including: worldwide coverage, designed for foreign, national & expatriates; us $5 million lifetime coverage, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation. Tel. 800-641-4614.
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DO YOU HAVE POWER NEEDS?

power cord & battery If you are a missionary serving in areas where electrical power is inadequate, unpredictable, or unavailable, you might want to contact Sunbeam Solutions, a mission support organization which has been designing and supplying alternative (solar, wind, and water) power sources to missionaries for a number of years. Their motto is “sunlight to SonLight”, and they have extensive experience on what works and what doesn’t power-wise in remote areas of the world. If interested, contact Les Eldeen at Sunbeam Solutions, leldeenatazstarnetdotcom  (leldeenatazstarnetdotcom)  , or telephone 520-882-9890.
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

20001015 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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MISSIONARIES CAN RECEIVE SUPPORT THROUGH IN JESUS DOT COM

WebWatch There’s a new website that offers missionaries a way to receive donations from their supporters via the Internet. As opposed to most other websites that rely solely on credit card transactions, InJesus.com offers online checking (or Electronic Fund Transfers–EFTs). The enrollment process to SEND money is quick and simple–just have your checkbook in hand. The process to RECEIVE money is a little bit trickier (only because of government regulations on tax-deductible organizations), but InJesus.com handles a lot of the administrative stuff for you (like sending receipts for tax-deductible gifts to the donor) so it’s worth a little extra effort. See them at http://www.InJesus.com. Get this — they apparently already have over 4200 ministries using the service, with a total of 27,000+ people online in community! Whew! The only hitch (and granted, it’s only a small one) is that they ask $2 per transaction (this transaction fee drops with volume), but I figure that’s minimal compared to not getting the donation at all! :-) Just for fun, see the Brigada page at http://www.brigada.injesus.com.
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IN JESUS DOT COM’S “COMMUNICATIONS ENGINE” WORKS FOR MISSIONARIES

WebWatch InJesus.com gives missionaries a “communications engine”. It’s quick and simple to use. To make the “engine” work, missionaries fill out a form to set up a “website”, add their email list, then use another form to publish updates, news, requests, etc. Those updates are posted to the “website” AND delivered to the missionary’s email list. The benefit is combining long-term exposure of a document on the Internet with the immediacy of an email. InJesus.com is extremely interested in serving missionaries better in the areas of communications and giving and would welcome your input, suggestions, and constructive criticisms. Contact them via email at feedbackatInJesusdotcom  (feedbackatInJesusdotcom)  . I tried the page. It wasn’t that hard to register. (When asked for my checkbook information, I clicked “cancel” since I just wanted to browse and I had no problem just viewing the information without giving my checking account number.) Just for fun, see the Brigada page at http://www.brigada.injesus.com.
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FAMILYNET MISSION CONFERENCES STILL GOING STRONG

WebWatch a few years ago there was the snet.misc group of mission conferences, gated to the FamilyNet BBS network. They disappeared for a while as mail and news, but the BBS conference continued, and is now also available as mail, news and on the web. It has been joined by several other mission- related conferences. For details see http://www.geocities.com/missionalia/lists.htm or log in directly from your browser at http://www.family-bbs.net – and if some of the sub- groups need reviving, let’s talk about it! Contact steve at: methodiusatbigfootdotcom  (methodiusatbigfootdotcom)  
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GET QUICK ACCESS TO MISSIONS ARTICLES ONLINE

WebWatch I really like http://www.missionreview.com for getting quick access to articles on specific people groups or topics. Just set your filter then click on “search” and you’ll likely find at least one archived article relating to your quest. Tip: the “search” button might be located off to the right of your screen. Just click on the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your browser to bring it into view. Great resource.
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THE LOCAL CHURCH IN MISSION

calendar is the theme of the annual congress of the Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS), to be held in Pretoria, South Africa on 24-26 January 2001. For more information see http://www.geocities.com/missionalia/congress.htm or e-mail missionaliaatbigfootdotcom  (missionaliaatbigfootdotcom)  
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WHAT’S UP WITH THIS HALLOWEEN STUFF?

Brigada autoresponder So . . . is this Halloween thing strictly a USA tradition . . . or do other countries have to deal with this mess as well? Thankfully, Ken Wes has put together one of his famous resource files for us, which you can now grab — if you’re interested — by sending an email to halloweenatbrigadadotorg  (halloweenatbrigadadotorg)  . In this file, he’s listed all kinds of addresses and links for Halloween ideas, including how to learn more, how to make great hand-outs, where to order tracts, and more. I know this one is just a tad far afield from the typical Brigada Today fare, but hey . . . ’tis the season. :-)
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FREE PRAYER GUIDE FOR NORTH INDIA MUSLIMS

book Membership has its privileges. :-) Respond now if you’d like the free book, “30 Day Focus on Northern India Muslims.” Multiple copies will be shipped COD, single copies mailed free. Electronic copies are abbreviated to 10 days. For more information, write to hanindiaathotmaildotcom  (hanindiaathotmaildotcom)   or to 211 Melvin Drive in Malvern, AR 72104. (Remember not to send credit card information over the open web. Instead, use something like PayPal or an equivalent service.)
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MEMORIAL WALL FOR MISSIONARY MARTYRS

The International Missionary Center would like to create a wall, much like the Vietnam Memorial, with the names of missionary martyrs engraved in granite, honoring the price they paid to preach the gospel of Christ. So if you know of a missionary martyr, they’re requesting that you please send the first and last name, date of death, country of death, and source of information no later than Oct. 27 to marymanesatmissionarydotnet  (marymanesatmissionarydotnet)  . See their website at http://www.missionary.net or call 918-459-0431 to learn more.
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HOW TO BUILD BETTER ADVOCACY RELATIONSHIPS

You and your team want to build good relationships with prayer supporters and advocates. So how do you do it? There is an article on newWway.org that will help your team get a perspective on ways to plan for and realize good relationships with your advocates. Also, learn how to reach more people using proven strategic communication principles. You can also link up with tons of Christian resources there too. http://www.newWway.org
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NEW AUTORESPONDER: OUTREACH-TO-WOMEN

Brigada autoresponder Are you interested in reaching out to women? Send an email message to outreach-to-womenatbrigadadotorg  (outreach-to-womenatbrigadadotorg)   to learn more. Thanks to Ken Wes for compiling this helpful resource list!
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VOLUNTEER BRINGS COMPUTERS TO THE BEDOUIN

computer Are you searching for ideas to feed your plans to help provide computing solutions to the people group for which you’ve been praying? While in Jordan, Sean Osner set up a community center with 10 Intel 486 computers and five Pentium IIIs for the local residents – mostly Kazakh shepherds and goatherds. To see for yourself, check out http://www.idg.net/go.cgi?id=343560
(Source: Computerworld . . . and a tip from Brad. Thanks Brad!)
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ALTERNATIVE INFO FOR CHINA INSTITUTE INFORMATION

lighting the way Several have complained that the link for more information about the Chinese Institute (“FOR THOSE CHINA-BOUND“). to provide cross-cultural workers with the basic linguistic and ministry skills to function efficiently and effective chineseinstituteatemaildotcom  (chineseinstituteatemaildotcom)  
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FOR THOSE IN USA: FREE 2-MIN. LONG DISTANCE

telephone If you live in the USA, forget searching for a quarter at payphones, as long as you can condense your phone message to 2 minutes or less. Just call 800-555- TELL then say “phone booth.” In exchange for listening to a 7-second ad, you get a free phone call to any location in the USA. This service should also work for those using Net2Phone or Dialpad, since you can now use TellMe as well. It works great for letting a spouse know you arrived with no problem, or clueing someone in on your contact phone number once you’ve arrived at your destination. No more excuses. :-)
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25% OFF DISCIPLELAND MISSIONS/BIBLE CURRICULUM FOR KIDS

DiscipleLand, for elementary and preschool children, integrates missions into regular Bible training. It communicates God’s heart for the world to kids and calls them to reach unreached peoples. DiscipleLand is a full-color resource with world-class illustrations and graphics, with great appeal to children. The curriculum is multi- platform for churches, home schools, and Christian schools. To learn more about DiscipleLand, go to http://www.ThroughTheBible.com, or email Ron rforsethatThroughTheBibledotcom  (rforsethatThroughTheBibledotcom)   or call 800-284-0158 or 970-484- 8483. Sample lessons, hidden people profiles, and articles are available. This fall, Through the Bible has offered a 25% discount for Brigada Today readers trying DiscipleLand with new classes. Mention this when you inquire.
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FREE MP3 AUDIO BIBLE

Bible The website http://www.AudioTreasure.com offers the World English Bible in mp3 audio, real audio, and windows media audio for free download and online listening. The Bible audio files can be freely copied and used for ministry. The site also offers a comprehensive links page to Bible audio in the Web in many translations and languages. http://www.audiotreasure.com/audiolinks.htm. The site gives out over 100,000 audio downloads per month to 100+ countries. For info contact Daveataudiotreasuredotcom  (Daveataudiotreasuredotcom)  .
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GET HELP IN UNDERSTANDING PEOPLES

graduation cap The Australian Centre for Advanced Studies (ACAS) especially encourages research into unreached peoples. ACAS addresses the urgent questions of how to adjust approaches to increase receptivity and openness from people of other cultures. People who seem highly resistant might actually be quite receptive. Whatever your skills in working with people, you’ll learn to use them with people who are culturally different from you. For more info, email rossdotwoodsatmountiesdotorgdotau  (rossdotwoodsatmountiesdotorgdotau)  . Ask about their Diploma in University Admissions Studies if you want to gain entrance into an elite university.
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

20001008 Brigada Today

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THE ENVELOPE PLEASE! (BRIGADA SURVEY WINNERS ANNUONCED)

Brigada Logo These past 24 hours have been pretty exciting for 7 lucky winners, notified personally and directly by email, of course: Tex, Tom, Kevin, Philip, Irvin, SK, and JCMI. (How else would Brigada contact a winner? :-) ) These winners were the folks picked by a blind draw out of the pool of respondents to the reader survey we did a while back. (See — sometimes dreams do come true! :-) ) Results are still being tabulated, but in the meantime, 6 of the 7 winners will each receive a PUR Sport Water filter bottle, provided through the kindness of Mike & Deb at TealBrook http://www.tealbrook.com. In my opinion, these water bottles are the best for short-term travel overseas. The filtration action happens as you suck the water through a special drinking spout, so you’ll never have to pump water through a cylinder again. No dripping rubber hoses either. If you run out of water while out and about, just sneak up to any old fountain or faucet in the bazaar or city square and fill the bottle full, resting in full assurance that when you suck the water through the straw, you’ll be drinking safe water filtered with the same level of purity that you’d get from a Swiss Katadyn ceramic pump filter. The only loss is . . . you won’t get the isometric body- building practice any more. ‘Course, as for me, I always felt a bit self-conscious pumping that liter of water in front of the six-year-old at the house where I might be staying that particular week. :-) Anyway, if you’d like to try a PUR Sport filter for yourself — and lose the body-builder thing :-) — you can email Mike & Deb at infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)  . Cost is only $30 each; ask for an $8 holster if you want to make it totally handy! And while you’re at it, please pass along our thanks for their kind gesture (totally unsolicited!) of donating six of these filters for the Brigada readership survey! A seventh winner will receive a piece of original Archie Comic Strip artwork, courtesy Nate Butler ROX35Mediaataoldotcom  (ROX35Mediaataoldotcom)  . Nate worked on the original Archie staff years ago and this piece of history is nearly impossible to replicate! It’s been years since Archie shut down — so this is probably a collector’s item. So if you ever need illustrating or would like to learn more about illustrations for discipleship materials, Nate’s your man. He works with ROX35 Media, Inc., http://www.rox35.org a non-profit, non-denominational ministry which has been organized to provide international training and consultation in the production and use of Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. Thanks Nate and thanks again Tealbrook!
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PEOPLETEAMS NOW CONNECTING HUNDREDS OF MISSIONS SITES/PEOPLE

People Teams It’s been nearly a year since we mentioned PeopleTeams.org and their staff of 40 continues to move forward at http://www.peopleteams.org. Believe it or not, they’ve now got nearly 300 different unreached people networks going there! Boy am I glad they’re on the Lord’s side! :-) It’s an ad-free environment in which to host your unreached people group network, or at least point people to it. Just click on “Request a Free Website.” (By the way, somebody should ask them to add the Brigada website to their resource links listing. :-) Thanks for reminding us to mention this service again, Scott!) Stay tuned for more info. on PeopleTeams in coming weeks. There are some special plans in the works so keep reading!
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WE GET MAIL (RE: “ARE YOU LOOKING FOR BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS?”)

lighting the way We heard from several readers regarding last week’s item “ARE YOU LOOKING FOR BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS?” Just to clarify — we weren’t intending to criticize MAFxc for instituting the policy whereby they would charge per message for email conferencing. We were only trying to speak objectively about some of the factors that influenced the demise of Brigada sub-conferences, since several readers were looking for them. Our point was that once MAFxc suggested they would begin charging by the word or by the message, groups began searching for other cost- effective locations like egroups.com . Nowadays, peopleteams.org is an even better solution! Once they get email conferencing software up and running at that site, it’ll be perfect. MAFxc, for its part, was only trying to operate in such a way that they could stay afloat financially. We’re very thankful for the start that CrossConnect (later MAFxc) gave to the missions email conferencing world — and for the birthing they gave to Brigada! One additional note about that item: If the comment about the putting “com” on the end instead of “org” was offensive, we apologize. (Referring to this somewhat well-known trick used by pornographers on the web, we jokingly said it would send you to a pornographic site. We didn’t intend to make light of the issue that pornography and prostitution are real problems — and you’re probably right — they indeed have no place in a missions journal like Brigada Today. Please forgive if the failed attempt at [probably late-night- written] humor bothered you!)
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MEDICAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE COMING SOON!

syringe Please note that November 1, 2000, is the deadline for applying to the Fifth Annual Medical Mission Conference to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, on November 17-18, 2000. ALL details for the conference including registration are available on the web site at http://www.medicalmissions.com. So check there for the whole story on the two full days of conference agenda, plenary speakers, workshops, agencies, panels, and more! Call 502-253-8069 if you have questions the website can’t answer.
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SECURE SERVER READY AT STRATEGIC NETWORK DOT ORG

WebWatch Wow! blinking1eyes Those folks at strategicnetwork.org even read Brigada Today. After including an item about them in last week’s issue, they wrote almost immediately to report that their secure server was back online. I probably misunderstood its purpose though. It’s mainly for login. I was thinking they had designed a site whereby private webgroups could have ongoing roundtable discussions in a secure environment. Either way, learn more at http://www.strategicnetwork.org.
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MAKE NOVEMBER 12TH A SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER

praying hands Nov. 12th is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Find all kinds of resources planning this emphasis at http://www.persecutedchurch.org.
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NEW DOMAINS CREATED

As Mike pointed out to us in an email this past week, it seems that some additional domain names have been released lately on the Net. Learn more at http://name.space.xs2.net/gTLDs/. Maybe you can get a unique domain that you previously never dreamed would be possible. Some of these would require a new way of viewing the web though — so read the fine print. Thanks Mike.
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MORE FREE ONLINE BIBLES

Bible Thanks to Joel, who added to our previous referral to http://www.bible.org by pointing us this past week to:
http://bible.gospelcom.net (multiple versions, fully searchable)
http://www.blueletterbible.com (commentaries, images, maps, more)
http://www.OnlineBible.com (free downloadable KJV, commentary, etc.)

Meanwhile, Teresa prefers Bible Gateway http://horeb.gospelcom.net/cgi-bin/bg (with tools for research/writing)

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FREE MONTH OF NEWSCASTER FOR BRIGADA READERS

SF Foundation is offering Brigada readers a free month and is waiving set up costs on its new Newscaster. See samples at http://www.newscaster.ws/WEF (World Evangelical Fellowship) and http://www.newscaster.ws/PrayerTransformation (Prayer Transformation Ministries in St. Paul/Minneapolis). Newscaster is designed for use with current and prospective donors to your ministry but it can also be used for posting and archiving news and items for intercessors. It does cost a small monthly fee thereafter to cover SF’s expenses. SF Foundation is a ministry helping ministries speak more clearly to donors. As a ministry they appreciate your prayer too. For more info, contact Bruce bruceatsfdotorg  (bruceatsfdotorg)  , tel. 952-897-0841 in Minneapolis. Read reports provided by others at http://www.sf.org. This offer from SF Foundation is available through the remainder of October 2000.
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SPANISH COURSE IN ETHNOMUSICOLOGY

musical notes An intensive 2-week course in ethnomusicology will be taught in Spanish at a seminary in Guatemala City, Nov. 6-16. It is open to pastors, missionaries, worship leaders, and students who would like to be able to encourage indigenous Christian music. The course will be taught by Dr. Tom Avery of Wycliffe Bible Translators and of the Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. This course has no musical prerequisite, but does require that participants have a letter of recommendation from their pastor. Tuition fee is $35. For information, contact Janet iwengeratguatedotnet  (iwengeratguatedotnet)  .
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MISSIONS IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM: THE BOOK

book If you’d like one of the initial copies of Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, you’re in luck. It should be printed in time for Urbana (end of December). It’s being assembled by the current editor of Pulse Magazine. Contact guthscataoldotcom  (guthscataoldotcom)   for more details.
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MISSIONS RESOURCES INFORMATION “TAKE TWO”

lighting the way In our earlier inclusion of this item, we incorrectly passed along a space in the URL. (Sorry for an inconvenience!) This site gives missions resources in different languages, with over 150 sources for Bibles, Books, Tracts and Videos at http://www.esbc.com/missionsresources.html For more info, email David_BaptistatHotmaildotcom  (David_BaptistatHotmaildotcom)  
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MISSION OPPS WITH UK BASED MISSIONS

If you are looking for new opportunities with UK based mission agencies, either in the UK or worldwide, then you might like to check out the Christian Vocations web site. They have a UK jobs page, a section called WHEREhouse, UK contact details and more. Click to: http://www.christianvocations.org or email infoatchristianvocationsdotorg  (infoatchristianvocationsdotorg)  .
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APOLOGIES TO THE EDITORS

lighting the wayOur apologies to the editors of the upcoming edition of Mission Handbook! (Sept. 29th Brigada Today). Both editors’ names were misspelled. We’ll try to get it right in the future — John Siewert not Stewart, and Dotsey Welliver not Dorsey. (Thanks to Ferne for the correction!)
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A BRIGADA BOOTH AT URBANA?

Brigada Logo Mark asked that question this past week. It’s unlikely, since we don’t have an advertising budget to pay for the exhibit fees and travel costs. As you know, Brigada Today is free — we don’t even sell ads! (Our only tool for getting the word out is referrals from readers like you.) But you can learn more about Urbana at http://www.urbana.org. Thanks for asking though Mark!
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“ACTS 29” TRAINING COURSES

graduation cap Due to an increasingly demanding international seminar itinerary, Emmaus Road International has (at least temporarily) suspended its scheduled dates for its ten-week pre- field training, the ACTS 29 Training Course. However, they are pleased to announce that they will continue offering the four-week Mini-ACTS Training Course, as schedule permits. Get more info at http://www.eri.org/training.html. The dates for the next Course are March 1 -30, 2001. A Syllabus and Enrollment procedures are available upon request. E-mail: Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)   Phone: 858-292-7020.
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NOW IN SPANISH – HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

Segment One of Warren Doud’s “EQUIP series” of Bible study training materials has been translated into Spanish. There are 27 lesson files, and these will be distributed to subscribers by email, two lessons per week. To subscribe (free), write to Warren Doud wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  . See http://www.realtime.net/~wdoud/ for more info.
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WE’VE LOST CHINA INSTITUTE

Thanks to those who have pointed out that the China Institute website link was a dead end. We’ve written the contributor of that item to ask for an alternative link or location. Sorry for any inconvenience.
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20001001 Brigada Today

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS?

Brigada Logo Good luck. :-) Truth is, many did not make the jump when MAFxc began its policy of charging “by the byte” or “by the message”, probably because many (like this one) were staffed by volunteers, rather than those getting paid “by the message” (like this one :-) ). Some groups continue under different banners… while others have totally vanished. :-( That’s a shame. In the hayday of “brigada-connections”, I think the Brigada sub-groups had real potential. But also, remember that 1995 was the height of the hayday of AD2000 & Beyond and all the momentum of raising up groups to reach them. Nowadays, it appears to me that some of that momentum is waning… and that’s too bad. But if any one entity is following in that tradition originally envisioned by those Brigada-subgroups, it’s: http://www.strategicnetwork.org (Make sure you put the “org” on the end and not “com”. If you put “com” then you’re directed to a ring of prostitutes. Okay. I’m joking.) :-) [more in the item below]
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STRATEGIC NETWORK DOT ORG

WebWatch Anyway… we’ve mentioned the strategicnetwork site before but have you checked it out lately? There are all kinds of possibilities there. The only hitch is that it requires that you be live on the web for nearly everything you do. The old Brigada-connections idea was great for those around the world who are primarily emailers rather than browsers — and there are still plenty of them left. But clearly, momentum is shifting there too. More and more people are getting used to clicking and browsing. Still — if you ask me (and several have) — email is still the most common glue for Internet users. So … it’s a shame to have seen the rise and fall of brigada-connections. But check out strategicnetworks if you have web access (and you use it :-) ). It’s really well-designed. You can find people group networks by region, by country, by people group, or by forum. If none exists for your people of choice, you can volunteer to become one. There are pages to post resources (kind of like the eGroups feature that few use here in Brigada) and there are a ton of special interest cross-section groups like “bookstore”, “directory”, “chronology”, “evangelistic resources”, “opportunities”, “short-term trips” (free advertising, missions agencies!), and tons more. The folks running this site are to be congratulated big-time. If anyone can help you get connected, it’s Strategic Network .com. Hats off to its organizers! (Slight glitch with the site — for now, it appears the secure log-on, though promoted, doesn’t work. Too bad. That would be a great feature. The worst part is that it offers it but doesn’t tell you that it didn’t work… so unaware users might not notice that they don’t get the little “padlock” that they should for a secure site.)
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MISSIONS CONFERENCE FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

calendar GO (Global Outreach) 2000, a missions conference targeting college students, will be held this year from November 3-5 in Madison, Georgia (one hour east of Atlanta). This year’s theme “What do you see?” based on Matthew 9:36 will be addressed by Donnie Scearce, International Mobilization Director for Pioneers. The weekend also includes interaction times with mission agencies, an international fair, panel discussions, a concert of prayer, personal reflection times, and worship by Silars Bald. The cost is $60 each for groups of ten or more and $65 each for individuals. For more info, write infoatglobalambitiondotorg  (infoatglobalambitiondotorg)  , or find them on the web at: http://www.globalambition.org.
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RE-DO ON “MISSIONS RESOURCES”

lighting the way Aren’t you glad that, unlike some situations in life, Brigada Today can offer a “re-do”? :-) If you’ve had trouble with the link mentioned in last week’s Brigada Today, “MISSIONS RESOURCES INFORMATION“, where you can find “over 150 sources for Bibles, Books, Tracts and Videos,” try this one. The original link had a spurious space: http://www.esbc.com/missionsresources.html
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VBS VIRUS

virus Isn’t it a shame that vacation Bible school will now get a bum wrap because of the vbs viruses going around? :-) Seriously, if you receive an email with, say, an attached file by the name of: GILU.GIF.vbs follow in the footsteps of Nancy Reagan and “just say delete”. :-)
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TESOL SCHOOL IN KONA, HAWAII

graduation cap The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ) At the UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS in Kona will be held beginning Jan. 29th, 2001. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you just about anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four-week academic curriculum, with a two-week practicum following. The exact schedule is from Jan. 29th to Mar. 9th, 2001. A teaching and cultural exchange outreach to China for approx. six weeks is being planned immediately following the practicum. For more information contact tesolatuofnkonadotedu  (tesolatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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ELIJAH COMPANY, INC. – MISSIONARY TRAINING CAMPS

ECI is an international ministry designed to mentor ordinary Christians into career missions. It is hosting Missionary Training Camps in the historic area of Virginia and in Southern Spain. The Camps are designed to give concrete steps for those called to a career in missions. Included are foundational seminars dealing with understanding one’s call, spiritual strongholds, cross cultural work, practical issues of support and family and more. The Camps lead to mentorship ties to provide ongoing assistance. These camps are a week in duration. For more information write to TrumptCallataoldotcom  (TrumptCallataoldotcom)   or call Norman at 757-474-2054.
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LATEST BRIGADA-OPC CHALLENGE: 5-YEAR-OLD KELSEY BROOKE

OPC logo By the way, if you get an email about a missing 5-year-old named Kelsey Brooke, “just say delete.” She was found about 2 hours after the original email was sent… in October 1999!!! The original email sent by frantic searchers is still circulating! This kind of thing would be drastically reduced if more people followed the Brigada “OPC Protocol”. Get a copy by sending an email to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)  .
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FOR THOSE CHINA-BOUND

graduation cap Do you plan to interface with the Chinese world – whether here or there or anywhere? If so, consider the new intensive courses designed to help you acquire the language you need to minister in an effective and culturally appropriate manner. Instruction covers the language, culture, and history. The goal is competence. This means fluency and accuracy in the language, sensitivity and servanthood in the culture, and personal responsibility and perseverance in the learning process. Native-speaker professionals trained in modern methodology provide the language instruction. For more info, write Nancy chineseinstituteatemaildotcom  (chineseinstituteatemaildotcom)  , or click to http://www.chineseinstitute.org or phone 803-786-6888.
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*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
But thanks for working together! That’s the dream of Brigada!

20000924 Brigada Today

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NEW MISSION HANDBOOK

book Orders are now being taken for the new Mission Handbook 2001-2003. The volume will be delivered from the printer shortly. This indispensable 18th edition is 584 pages long and is $49.95. Edited by John A. Siewert and Dotsey Welliver, this standard reference provides updated missions agency addresses, phone and fax numbers, and essays from Luis Bush, Scott Moreau, and others. Contact the Evangelism and Missions Information Service, P.O. Box 794, Wheaton, IL 60189. You can also fax credit card orders to 630-752-7155. Please provide your name as it appears on the card, account number, expiration date, and whether using Visa or Mastercard.
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CHURCH MULTIPLICATION TRAINING ON CD-ROM

cd-rom Church multiplication specialist, George Patterson, has put a life-time of experience into a CD-ROM, as an interactive e-textbook, in the form of a fast-paced novel, with graphics, sounds, pop-ups, skill learning scores and more (30MB). For Windows 95+ with a version for Windows 3. Suitable for training courses and near or distance mentoring. Text in colloquial American English. See samples at http://www.westernseminary.edu/mrg/dn/ or write to George at disciplenationsatservants-incdotorg  (disciplenationsatservants-incdotorg)  . Thanks to Galen for the info.!!! Sounds very interesting! I’ve already written for more info!
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30 DAYS MUSLIM PRAYER FOCUS

praying hands It’s coming soon! The worldwide 30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus, and the ninth annual “10/40 Window” project! Millions participate every year. It’s slated for Nov 27 to Dec 26, 2000. For more information, click to http://www.ywam.org/prayer/30daysmuslim.html. New 52-page booklets will start shipping mid-October and can be ordered by emailing wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or calling (in the USA or via Net2phone) 888-926-6397, or faxing 719-380-0936.
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GRAND OPENING OF MISSIONS MEMORIAL & GARDENS

The International Missionary Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA opens the Missions Memorial & Gardens on November 10-12, with the highlight being the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. The primary purpose of the Missions Memorial is to depict the personal sacrifice that so many have made for the advancement of the gospel. The museum will consist of 10,000 square feet of photographs, artifacts, renderings, films, and five acres of Memorial Gardens. Please visit their website for more information at http://www.missionary.net or e-mail imcatmissionarydotnet  (imcatmissionarydotnet)  . Please contact Cathy or Evie with questions or comments 918-459-0431.
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TENTMAKER TRAINING: STILL TIME!

graduation cap There’s still time to register for “Light to the Nations” – Oct. 25-29. Discover the power of tentmaking during 4 1/2 days of intensive training in integrating work and witness to reach least reached peoples. Designed for investigating or going, the program helps you prepare to be effective overseas. Topics include Biblical/contemporary rationale, international job market, job acquisition, workplace evangelism, evangelistic Bible studies, church planting, cross-cultural bonding, team building, and home church relationship. Program cost is only $100 for singles, $150 for couples. Inexpensive housing/meals are available at the US Center for World Mission. To register or learn more, go to http://www.globalopps.org/training.htm or email ltnatglobaloppsdotorg  (ltnatglobaloppsdotorg)   tel. 626-398-2393.
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MISSIONS RESOURCES INFORMATION

Looking for Missions Resources in different languages? Here are over 150 sources for Bibles, Books, Tracts and Videos. This list is now on the web at http://www.esbc.com/missionsresources.html For more info, email David_BaptistatHotmaildotcom  (David_BaptistatHotmaildotcom)  
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WEB-WATCH: OUTREACH TO WAVE-RUNNERS

WebWatch So how do we reach the 1 million or so seamen, . . . those who spend the majority of their lives at sea? Check out http://www.seafarers-ministry.de for one approach.
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FREE ONLINE BIBLE

Bible Thanks to Dave for pointing us to http://www.bible.org where readers can find a free “net Bible” available for personal use, ready for downloading. The author of the site (Joe Head, apparently) is reportedly on the hunt for good “machine translators” to release to qualified nationals for proofing. If you have a lead, write him at: headatbibledotorg  (headatbibledotorg)  .
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MOST COMPRENSIVE BOOK SEARCH

books Thanks to Jim and Laurie (who have established and operate a public Christian library in Prague, Czech Republic) for the referral to www.bookfinder.com, which searches over 20,000 booksellers world-wide (including all the on-line booksellers) with 20 million volumes (both used and new books) to seek out the best deals and those hard-to-find volumes! Thanks Jim and Laurie! Thanks, too, to Kui for pointing us to http://missionsbookstore.com, a site with pointers to several major languages.
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A 2ND CALL FOR MUSICIANS & ARTISTS

Grace gcwacathotmaildotcom  (gcwacathotmaildotcom)   was apparently having trouble with her email setup when she recently asked that musicians and artists contact her. If you would like to be connected with those who are praying for these kinds of opportunities, just send her the name of your mission/ministry, your contact info, (especially your email address), your vision statement, and what you are looking for in terms of musicians and artists – ie. potential roles, etc. , and also include possible locations where they might be sent. Don’t forget to indicate whether or not you’re interested in having this information posted on the web site: www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index9.html or www.skyfamily.com/gracew/index62.html. If security is an issue and you don’t want the info on the site, but would like to have referrals, just say so and she’ll honor your request.
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IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN APPROACHING CULTS

You might want to take in a special meeting between representatives of the Evangelical Missiological Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, board members of Evangelical Ministries to New Religions, and other interested evangelicals. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual national conference of the Evangelical Theological Society on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 a.m. at the Shoney’s Restaurant, 2645 McGavock Pike in Nashville.
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20000917 Brigada Today

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NEAL PIROLO’S NEW BOOK ON REENTRY

book It’s called, Caring For Your Returning Missionaries and if it’s like anything else he’s done, it’ll end up setting the pattern for years to come. At the suggestion of Brigada participant, Kevin, we wrote Neal to find out more. He answered quickly and it turns out that you can find it on the web at http://www.eri.org/new.htm#3 or write for more information at Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)  . If you have to order via email, maybe you can sign up for PayPal and convince Emmaus to do the same. That way you won’t have to send credit card information out into “the wild” on the open Internet. Here’s a link to sign up (and receive a free $5 bonus start-up payment); Brigada receives $5 too, when you sign up: https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org
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GREAT WEB IMPLEMENTATION OF OFFERING OPPORTUNITIES

WebWatch Have you come across Mission Finder, on the web at http://www.mfinder.org. Rod and his crew there have compiled extensive listings and free placement assistance and the implementation of the site is elegantly simple, and very effective. In fact, it should probably serve as an inspiration for other organizations, who should either find out how to hook in . . . or host similar implementations at their sites. Thanks for the great job, Rod!
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LOOKING FOR A CHEAP TRAVELING DISPLAY?

Mark, a missionary in Colombia, believes he has found a great source. Check out http://www.additionsexhibits.com, where for $250, you can be out the door and in business with a table-top model. Check it out!
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HELP FOR COMPUTER-EXPERT-WANNA-BE-TYPES

Are you a frustrated computer user who can’t wait for the day when you break out of your shell and become an expert? Tony would like to know… What do you think are the very best online help pages for newbies and non-technical computer users? Please send your recommendations to Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)   so that they can be added to this page of links: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/pctips.html

Tony would also like to know, for his mission organization, how other missions offer computer and software advice to workers overseas, who may be in isolated situations and also not necessarily very technical. He’s wondering if Brigada participants use some kind of password-protected help web-pages, autoresponder emails on different subjects, printed help-pages, CDs, home-end volunteers to give email advice, or anything else? He’s requesting that you reply to the same address. Thanks.

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PARTNER WITH LIVETHECALL TO SEND MISSIONARIES

On September 2nd, over 350,000 youth and adults gathered on The Mall in Washington, DC, to seek God’s face in repentance and humility for a revival to sweep across our nation and the world. It was a historic time of uniting generations in an effort to take back our world for Christ. Many in attendance heard the call to go into the nations. A growing number continue to communicate with livethecall.com where and when they want to go. Will you help them answer their call? By completing the form on the web at http://www.livethecall.com/index.html?a=go&b=agencies you will be able to respond to this list of recruits, and post opportunities. Recruits privately choose from all ministries who contact them, and choose the outreach that fits their interests. For further info contact Blake blakehodgeatstrategicnetworkdotorg  (blakehodgeatstrategicnetworkdotorg)  
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BACK UP YOUR WORK… IF YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE

This past week, Tony pointed us to several good articles urging writers and other executives to back up their documents. All it takes is a simple rush to make a flight and lo and behold, you’ll leave your laptop in the men’s room by Gate 5 or . . . wherever. Once it’s gone, someone could pick it up and decide to keep it . . . or worse yet, if you’re traveling through some country where the information is sensitive, thieves could pilfer information about secure relationships. So… learn to encrypt where necessary . . . but for sure, back up what’s essential. If you don’t own a backup tape drive, try http://www.xdrive.com/index.html, which lets you back up files over the web for free!
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PICK OUT A CALLING CARD BASED ON THE COMPETITION

telephone Now you can! Just browse to http://www.zaptel.com/ where you’ll find everything you need to make a good decision about phone service.
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FUNDRAISING FUN

dollar sign Getting ready for a trip over to Russia, Micheline has found some creative ways to raise support. Here are two goodies that earn you cash, while people do what they would be doing anyway- EATING! The first is Taco Cabana http://www.tacocabana.com where you pick a fundraising night and invite everyone you know. You get 20% of what they spend, paid out in about a month. Great time #2 is the Pampered Chef http://www.pamperedchef.com. Throw a chef party and get 10-20% of purchases, or sell the cookbooks for 40%! While you may not earn enough at one event to send you on your way, it’s fun and a perfect time to get everyone together and tell them about your vision for missions. Who knows…maybe you’ll walk away with a few more people excited and supportive of what you’re doing in missions.
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FIND THE BEST BOOK DEALS ON THE NET

glbooks Have your eye on a book but don’t want to pay much for it? Try AddALL.com http://www.addall.com It automatically compares prices among major, reputable online bookstores and finds the internet-wide best offer for any book you want. With 46 bookstores in their search list (10 of which are for used, rare, and out-of-print books), they claim to be the biggest book database on the Internet. They include shipping costs (all the different shipping options for your area – including overseas!) and applicable sales tax in their search results (sorted by title, author or price). It’s a great way to save money on the books you need!
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IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20000910 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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WE GET MAIL (EVEN SEMINARY PRESIDENTS LIKE PAYPAL)

Paypal logo Wow… blinking1eyes just heard from a very satisfied seminary president, “I just used PayPal to send some missionary friends an offering. Thanks for letting me know about the service AND I appreciate getting your ‘e-zine.'” It’s nice when someone sends a note of encouragement, but I’ll be honest… we actually get more out of knowing that every once and awhile, this service is actually accomplishing something for its participants! :-) God be praised! By the way, if you’d like to try PayPal to send a donation to the missionary you know and love… or if you are a missionary but need to pay bills or receive funds while traveling, try PayPal. It won’t cost you a thing to sign up (in fact, you get $5 for trying it — and so does Brigada Today! :-) ). Just click on over to: https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

Again, if you need full service, secure banking on the Internet, try: http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547 You actually get 4 times as much for opening a Compubank account ($20). It’s free money . . . nothing to lose . . . nothing to spend. Brigada Today get a bonus there too. And the accounts are FDIC-insured. (Unfortunately, Compubank requires a USA social security number, I believe. PayPal requires a USA address to open a new account.)

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HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST 2001: 50 WORKSHOPS AND 100 AGENCIES

calendar The tenth Heartland MissionsFest will be February 22-24, 2001, in Tulsa, Oklahoma with tracks on long-term missions, short-term trips, and serving as senders. Speakers include George Verwer, David Shibley, Betty Barnett, Bill Berry, Steve Hawthorne, Steve Hoke, Neal Pirolo, Tom Telford, and Keith Wheeler. The last conference drew 2,000 participants from 15 schools, 21 states, 67 churches and 97 agencies. Co-sponsors include ACMC, Ask A Missionary, Caleb Project, and the U.S. Center for World Mission. Complete information including exhibit/advertising options can be found on http://www.askamissionary.com/hmf.html. Or you may send your snail mail address to hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)   or phone toll-free in the USA (or via Net2Phone) 800-366-6641.
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PRAYER CALENDAR ON CHINA

praying hands Charisma Magazine is publishing a 31-day prayer calendar focusing on China. It’s for the month of October, but can of course be used for any month. Each day focuses on two of China’s minority groups and a general prayer need for China. The magazine welcomes and encourages you to reprint the calendar, which is part of a cover story on China and the Uygur people in Xinjiang province. If you already receive Charisma, you are welcome to simply copy the calendar (it’s copyright-free). If you don’t subscribe, you can download the text at http://www.charismamag.com starting October 1. Or you can obtain the calendar with artwork by contacting Charisma at LMUNIZZIatstrangdotcom  (LMUNIZZIatstrangdotcom)   or Harndenatstrangdotcom  (Harndenatstrangdotcom)  .
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FOR MISSIONS NEEDING MUSICIANS & ARTISTS

Is yours a mission needing musicians and artists to join your ranks? Maybe Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   can help. Just send her the name of your mission/ministry, your contact info, (especially your email address), your vision statement, and what you are looking for in terms of musicians and artists – i.e. potential roles, possible locations where they might be sent, etc. She’ll put the word out, search the ranks of the artist groups she knows, and, if security allows, even post your information on a relevant web site.
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BE PART OF “ONE VOICE”

calendar One Voice 2000 is this coming weekend (September 23-24). It’s not too late to sign up online! There are nearly 250 churches signed up from twelve countries (four continents)! In addition to being geographically and ethnically diverse, One Voice also has churches from many different denominations participating! This is what One Voice is all about – bringing the Body of Christ together. Participating churches will sing “Open the Eyes of My Heart” during their normal worship services and remember our Christian family around the world in a time of prayer. To encourage participation from non-English speaking countries, volunteers have translated “Open The Eyes of My Heart” into Polish and Spanish. If all goes well, a French version will be available online before this weekend.

The music is free. Registration is free. If you have any questions please send an email to onevoiceatpraisedotnet  (onevoiceatpraisedotnet)   or visit the One Voice 2000 website: http://www.praise.net/onevoice.

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WANTED: WATER FILTERS

This past week, we rec’d the following email from a Brigada participant: “We are newly appointed missionaries to Albania. The water there is often problematic. Missionary friends suggest we get a distiller and/or filter. Do you recommend a particular brand? Thanks.” This was an easy question. We have had really good luck with the PUR Sport Bottles that Tealbrook sells. Their website can be found at http://www.tealbrook.com or you can email Mike & Deb at infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)   or call toll-free in the USA (or via Net2Phone) at 800-222-6614. If you’re interested in a belt pouch for the Sport Bottle, don’t forget to talk with them about that too. The great thing about this particular model for travelers is that there’s never a need to pump water through the filter. Instead, the filtering happens as you suck the water into your mouth via a straw. It’s good for all the standard little bugs that the Katadyn filters pull out . . . but no messy tubing or dripping hardware to carry around in the backpack. Plus (and perhaps most importantly of all), it looks enough like a regular water bottle that no one is even aware that you’re filtering their water. Just fill it up at any sink or faucet and you’re off and running!
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NEED BIBLE STUDY BEFORE THE FIELD?

Bible There are at least a couple of options. I’ve just gotten a copy of Avery Willis’ Masterlife. You can order the 4-book set for $40 or so at Amazon.com by clicking here: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0767326415/teamexpansiononl This is a great set of Bible studies that can be done solo or in small groups or classes. Avery originally wrote it while serving as a missionary in Indonesia. They received it so well there, he finally translated it into English for use here. The new set is totally revised and made user-friendly by a professional editor. It would be great for a tentmaker or someone else headed to the field without a seminary or Bible college education. Another option is Rooted And Grounded-Guide for Spiritual Growth from Deeper Roots Publications. Written for a high school through adult level audience, this is a topical Bible study course that should take a full year. Topics cover selected areas of theology, relationship with God, and Christian living. Each week also includes a two-page introduction to an unreached people group accompanied by beautiful artwork by Julie Bosacker. Check out the 356- page Teacher’s Guide, 250 page Student Workbook, and Test and Answer Key descriptions, prices, and pdf samples at http://www.DeeperRoots.com, or e-mail: DeeperRootsataoldotcom  (DeeperRootsataoldotcom)   or call Howard in the USA at 407-293-8666.
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SERVE WHILE TRAINING IN FRONTIER SERVICE CORPS

Now you can…

  • Serve frontier missions at the U.S. Center for World Mission.
  • Earn your M.A. or complete your B.A.
  • Gain practical skills useful in overseas missions.
  • Experience exciting field trips to temples, mosques and mission agencies.
  • Interact with missionaries and national church leaders both here and abroad.
  • Serve two months each summer overseas among unreached peoples in the 10/40 Window.

One summer will be in India and the other in West Africa. Entry opportunities are January 2001 and August 2001 for this 1-2 year program. Learn more about Frontier Service Corps through http://www.frontierservice.org, fscatuscwmdotorg  (fscatuscwmdotorg)   or 626-398-2433.

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WEF CALLS GLOBAL CONSULTATION ON REFUGEES

calendar The World Evangelical Fellowship Missions Commission recently announced “Bringing Hope to the Refugee Highway,” a global consultation on ministries to refugees to be held November 15-19, 2001 in Turkey. This strategic by-invitation-only consultation is designed for leaders from agencies, denominations and local churches who are involved in refugee ministries. For more information, contact Geoff efcglobalmissionathomedotcom  (efcglobalmissionathomedotcom)   or tel. 604-502-0981, Fax: 604-608-3215.
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OUTREACH THROUGH COMMUNITY WEB PAGES

WebWatch One of the biggest challenges to online evangelists is to persuade non-Christians to visit evangelistic sites. If they have no interest in Christianity, they do not usually search for Christian material. One strategy is to create a ‘Community Portal’ – a page full of useful informational links relating to a town or local area. Appropriate evangelistic and church web sites are then included among the many good secular links. The strategy can work in any language and situation, including relatively closed countries. This new page explains the details: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/community.html (Thanks Tony!)
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WEB-WATCH: NEW SITE FOR CORNERSTONE

WebWatch The Centre for Intercultural Studies has a new site at http://www.cornerstone-mtc.com. You can ask for information online and apply online for the courses you fancy.
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REACHING NOMADIC PEOPLES

graduation cap Cornerstone Centre for Intercultural Studies in the Netherlands is offering a seminar on Nomads with Dr David Phillips, WEC International’s Advisor on Nomads, and Phil & Marion Grasham, who work among nomads in Mali. It’s slated for 6 November 2000 from 9am to 5pm. Costs: DFL 60. For more info write 101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom  (101507dot2223atcompuservedotcom)  .
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SHORT STORIES NEEDED

The SOON easy-English evangelistic paper (circulation 3 million p.a.) wants to try using culturally relevant, (very) short stories/allegories which would relate particular to Africa. Does anyone know of any good sources? Please write to Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  
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DONATE A BOOK OF THE BIBLE… JUST A CLICK AWAY

Bible Like the Hunger Site, the Bible Site focuses on donating Bibles in exchange for visiting the site. Just click to http://www.thebiblesite.org/ and you can donate a book of the Bible to an unreached land, just by clicking! (Thanks for the tip, Wendy!)
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MISSIONS FEST VANCOUVER

calendar “Working Your Way to the Nations” is the theme for Missions Fest Vancouver on January 12-14, 2001. Speakers include Loren Cunningham, Vishal Mangalwadi, Steve Saint and Joanne Shetler. This conference is designed for the whole family with Plenary addresses, over 100 Seminars, 240 mission agency exhibits, Youth Rallies, and Children’s programs. Over 140 churches across many denominations are the sole sponsors. If you fly Air Canada or its partner, United Airlines, quote “CV552816 Missions Fest 2001”. More info? Call: 604-524-9944 or email: infoatmfestdotbcdotca  (infoatmfestdotbcdotca)   or check http://www.mfest.bc.ca.
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GET YOUR CALLS WHILE YOU SURF (IN THE USA)

telephone Thanks to Paul for the tip about http://www.callwave.com/, where you can sign up to receive your phone calls while you’re online. You do have to sign up for call-forwarding on busy (about $1/month). Check it out!
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FREE COLOR PRINTER ONLY FOR USA ADDRESSES

lighting the way Rats. rats face The free color printer we mentioned two weeks ago “TRY A XEROX COLOR PRINTER FOR FREE” is only open to addresses in the USA. To all our international participants — sorry about that! Hey — at least you’re important to us here at Brigada Today!!! :-)
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HOW TO MAKE DIGITAL BROCHURES THAT REACH

Take a moment and log onto the newWway site this month and learn how surprisingly simple it is for your team to make a different type of advocacy brochure that is cheaper than print, really on the cutting edge, and is almost guaranteed to be taken home and read . Other newWway articles include: How to improve your team’s Advocacy plans in just five minutes; How to Jump Start your planning with a team communication inventory. There’s also a great list of cultural crosschecks to help you see if you may be placing too much “American” influence in your team’s communications. Find it all for free at http://www.newwway.org.
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IF YOU HAD TROUBLE FINDING MSN MESSENGER…

lighting the way try finding it at: http://messenger.msn.com
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SAINTS WON’T MARCH

lighting the way If you went to http://www.galcom.org looking for the Saint, “‘SAINT'” SATELLITE TRANSCEIVER, you were probably disappointed. According to Allan McGuirl, Galcom’s International Director, it became obsolete 4 years ago. The great thing is . . . at least he knows about Brigada Today now. :-) (’cause he probably got a bunch of flack from all the people who couldn’t find it on his site! :-) )
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CONFLICT RESOLUTION FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE

book Bev Caruso has written a book, Loving Confrontation (originally published by Bethany House), covering various Biblical relationship principles. Two of the chapters deal specifically with confrontation. She’s received reports from leaders of several churches/ministries telling how a church split was avoided by following the principles in her book. The Introduction can be read at http://ioc.net/~abba/BLCIntro.htm. Copies can be obtained by sending US$9.00 for US addresses or US$12.00 to overseas addresses: Hands to Help, P.O. Box 3464, Orange, CA 92865 USA. Bev has offered to send multiple copies (6 copies or more) to missionaries for US$4.00 each, plus postage. State whether you want them sent by air. You can reach Bev at Carusoatxcdotorg  (Carusoatxcdotorg)  .
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

20000903 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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SENDING MONEY OVER THE NET?

Paypal logo Try PayPal. https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org It’s hands-down the simplest way to exchange money with a friend, whether new or old. You can support your favorite missionary using it, collect rent in the USA while living overseas, pay for items you see promoted in Brigada Today — without having to always fax your credit card! And now if you deal with verified PayPal users, your transaction is guaranteed!
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WANT $20 AND A FREE INTERNET BANK ACCOUNT?

Look no further. Click to Compubank and get free domestic wiring, free bank accounts-via-the- Net, and even free bill-paying! No hidden fees. http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547 Get $20 just for signing up. Totally secure… FDIC insured. Sorry — it’s for those with USA addresses only. But for those who know German, see the next item. At least it’s a start, even though online bill payment isn’t available yet.
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ONLINE BANKING IN EUROPE

first-e bank Franz in Austria responded to our request for leads on free international Internet banking. He recently opened an Internet banking account in Germany — http://www.first-e.com/de/kunden/freundschaftswerbung.php3 — and is excited about the quick customer service. The account is without fees, currently the bank pays 5% interest on a daily basis. Automatic bill payment is not yet available, but templates can be saved. This free online account is also available for people living outside of Germany, preferably in the European Community countries. German language skills are necessary, it seems, to register online. If someone signs up online and returns the required paper work within 28 days to first-e, Franz will get a bonus. (The referral number “00805” must be used in the sign-up process by following the link to “Wo haben Sie von uns gehort? – Ihre Empfehlung”). You can also request information about the services of first-e by writing to infoatfirst-edotcom  (infoatfirst-edotcom)  . In addition, the OSCAR web-site has info. on other services offered in the UK. See those at: http://www.oscar.org.uk/service/finance/banking.htm.
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GREAT BOOK BUYS

books Thanks to Dan (at AD2000) for reminding us of http://www.bestbookbuys.com/. He wrote, “For example Getting Sent recommended in the latest Brigada could be found slightly used at www.half.com for $8.44 (including shipping) or brand new at www.ecampus.com for $10.35 (including shipping). Half.com is a great site for used books, kind of like a no haggle eBay. I have bought a number of slightly used Saxon math school books and had very positive experience.” Thanks Dan!
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ENVISION 2000: HUNDREDS OF MISSIONS EXHIBITS

calendar Some of our earliest Brigada participants might recall that it was really Envision ’96 which fostered the original people group research that gave birth to Brigada Today. Now you can be a part of that legacy by attending Envision 2000, which includes the 53rd National Missionary Convention of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, Windows 2000 (NMC teen convention) and the Tennessee Christian Teen Convention, will meet Nov. 2-5, 2000 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The college/adult sessions will be at the Knoxville Convention Center, Holiday Inn Select Downtown and Hilton Hotel while the teen sessions will be at the Knoxville Coliseum and Hyatt Regency Hotel. Approximately 3,000 are expected at each location. The college/adult convention will include over 100 workshops on all aspects of mission endeavor. There are nearly 300 exhibit spaces taken at the convention center and no more are available. A few exhibit spaces are available at the teen convention. All downtown hotels are full, but over 400 rooms are available in several suburban motels. Theme is “Preparing God’s People” with a special emphasis on one-to-one or one-to-a-few discipleship. Extensive information is available on the web at http://www.envision2000.org and for the teen convention on the web at http://www.tctcgo.com or by calling 800-972-1137 in the USA or via Net2Phone or e-mail wbirney11ataoldotcom  (wbirney11ataoldotcom)  .
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IF YOU LIKE INSTANT MESSAGING, TRY MSN MESSENGER 3.0

I’ve never quite gotten into the swing of instant messaging. Maybe it’s the fact that I’ve never liked being jangled out of concentration when I’m working on an article or project — so the “paging” effect of instant messaging gets on my nerves. Or maybe it’s my memories of all those ham radio appointments I used to keep. You know . . . be there within 10 minutes of the scheduled time or you miss your buddy? So can you believe it? I don’t even keep an ICQ number. But Microsoft’s MSN Messenger has finally caught up, it seems. So those who do like instant messaging should probably take a look . . . a free look. Microsoft has teamed up with Net2Phone to offer PC-to-phone features that rival (if not superceded) dialpad.com and all the others. The interface is clean, the action is fast, and the technology works! Give it a try — http://messenger.msn.com.
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PLAY YOUR MEDIA FOR FREE

movie camera Maybe you no longer have to buy RealNetworks’ stuff. Just get Microsoft Windows Media Player 7 (WMP). It’ll handle practically ever format imaginable, including most audio (ASF, MIDI, MP3, WAV and WMA) and video (ASF, AVI, and MPG). Notice the conspicuous absence of formats by competitors — Apple, RealNetworks, a2b and Liquid Audio. :-( Typical Microsoft. Still, it’s worth the time to download it for free. http://www.microsoft.com. Much more usable and friendly.
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SUPPORT-RAISING 101 UPDATE

books If you’re having trouble finding copies of Getting Sent, by Pete Sommers (IVP, 1999), and Funding Your Ministry (Whether You’re Gifted or Not) mentioned in a previous issue of Brigada Today, try Patty suggests trying http://www.dawsonmedia.com.
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PLEASE DON’T AUTO-SUBSCRIBE

letter and ligntening bolt More and more my friends and I are finding ourselves automatically subscribed to email conferences (like eGroups.com). Please use sensitivity with these new-fangled communication tools. Before subscribing — ask! :-)
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TRY A XEROX COLOR PRINTER FOR FREE

printer Ken (Dir. of Info. Tech. for the Evangelical Free Church Mission) says Xerox is offering a network color printer to qualified organizations at no charge through its FreeColorPrinters program. According to Ken, this is a no-risk offer of a Phaser 850 high-performance color network printer with extended memory and paper handling, 3 years of service and support, and free black ink for life (over $4,300 US in value). All they ask is that people use the printer and purchase their ink from Xerox. At any time, the printer can be returned — no harm, no foul. Yes, there’s a hook – – it’s a very cool printer, and people fall in love with it. So they end up buying quite a lot of toner eventually . . . but hey . . . it’s still cheaper than all those trips to Kinkos. :-) So Ken figures, hey… take a look at the program — what do you have to lose! :-) http://www.freecolorprinters.com. He also asked that you use program code 24710154. If you do, I think someone in his office might get a free Handspring Visor. :-) :-)
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GREAT PHONE RATES OVERSEAS

telephone Thanks to Eric (with whom I share an office, by the way) for pointing us to GlobalCall for international phone rates. Come to find out, from the USA you can dial UK for 10 cents/min., Australia for 11 cents, France for 12 cents, and just about everywhere else for a good price too. Come to find out, when I looked at the fine print, GlobalCall is actually a subprogram of IDT — the same long distance card I’m already using. They’ve given me great service… and you can hook up your credit card so that when the value in your account falls below $25, your credit card automatically recharges things, so you never miss a minute. These are the same people who bring us “Net2Phone” as well. And guess what — even though I could tell you my account number and get a $5 referral fee for anyone who signed on, I’m going to resist the urge so that you won’t think that referral fees have become the driving force around here. :-) Sometimes, it’s enough to tell you that it’s a good deal, just for the sake of you finding a good deal. :-)
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HUNGER SITE STILL FIGHTING HUNGER

They tell me that the guy who invented the hunger site http://www.thehungersite.com has gotten rich off of it . . . and all the while, he’s donated more than 8000 tons of food to the less fortunate. Every time you click on the site, you give a cup and a half of rice, wheat, maize or other staple by the UN WFP. Check it out! (Now — how can we breed this kind of creativity among the Brigada family! :-) My wife is handing me references to this site out of her well-known ladies’ magazines!)
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CONFERENCE ON CHURCH-PLANTING IN JAPAN

calendar On October 10-13 the JEMA Church Planting Institute will hold their National Conference in Gotemba near Mt. Fuji. CPI has grown in five years from 27 at the first conference to 260 last year. Last year was the largest church planting conference in the history of Japan. CPI includes people from over 60 organizations and 18 different countries sharing the vision of gospel-driven indigenous church planting movements. This year conference numbers are already over 180 and registration closes on Sept 29th. This year there will be three training tracks, over a dozen electives on ministry in Japan, regional groups, worship and prayer, a resource center and a lot of networking. There are couple’s housing, childcare, Japanese speakers, manuals and translation.

Organizers write, “Please pray for this conference. Please come if you can. Please pass this information on to others you know that may be interested in what we are doing for the kingdom in Japan. For more information please see http://www.JCPI.Net. or contact John at JMehnatcompuservedotcom  (JMehnatcompuservedotcom)  .”

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WORLD CONVENTION OF CHURCHES OF CHRIST AUDIO FILES AND TAPES

cassette With the arrival of the year 2000 the World Convention of Churches of Christ (Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ) turns seventy! The first World Convention was held in Washington DC, USA in 1930. The fifteenth World Convention was held August 2-6 in Brisbane, Australia where we celebrated both this 70th anniversary and the beginning of the new millennium – not so much by looking back, as by looking forward! The 10 Main Speaker sessions can be ordered on line below and posted to you as cassette tapes or downloaded in REAL PLAYER format following your payment. https://bne039v.webcentral.com.au/vs3908_secure/wccc.htm
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MUSIC TO REACH UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS

musical notes Would you like to help a group develop indigenous Christian songs? Consider taking a week-long course at CITI in N. Carolina (Oct. 23-27 2000, April 16-20 2001). The focus is on empowering a community to make culturally-appropriate Christian music, and to use it effectively in evangelism, worship, and church planting. You do not need to be a musician to benefit from this course. Some attention will be given to music of each student’s geographical interest. See http://www.citi.org or write PaulNeeleyatnetscapedotnet  (PaulNeeleyatnetscapedotnet)  .
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DO ME A FAVOR – CHECK THAT CHAIN LETTER

OPC logo Hey gang… do us a favor… please check that chain letter before re-sending it to 50 others! To find out if a particular accusation is true (about Harry Potter books or the FCC or a virus or Madelyn Murray O’Hair or anybody), verify it first by checking with one of the following sites — For Real Virus Warnings — Symantec AntiVirus Research Center — http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html For Virus Hoaxes — Truth or Fiction — http://www.truthorfiction.com or Urban Legends Archive — http://urbanlegends.com

A ton of other verification sites are available by retrieving our autoresponder on Brigada’s OPC protocol. For a free copy, send a blank email to: opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)  

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YOU CAN STUDY RUSSIAN… BUT APPARENTLY ONLY VIA MICROSOFT

:-) Several wrote us saying they couldn’t raise the folks at RLM — http://www.russianlanguage.org. Our web volunteer, Bob, finally solved the problem. Apparently they’ve designed the site to run only using Internet Explorer as the client. All other browsers get a “404 file not found error.” Please forgive any inconvenience . . . and please let the folks at RLM know if you don’t have a Microsoft browser: rlmofficeatjunodotcom  (rlmofficeatjunodotcom)   is the email address.
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JOIN IN ON NOV. 12: INT’L DAY OF PRAYER

praying hands If you’re interested in joining in on Nov. 12 for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, write IDOPatioboxdotcom  (IDOPatioboxdotcom)   for materials and ideas.

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TAKING AIM AT NEW FRONTIERS: ISFM CONFERENCE 2000

calendar There is still time to register for the International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM) Fall 2000 Conference. Speakers will include Todd Johnson, Ralph Winter, Paul McKaughan, Bob Blincoe, Earline Voss and Dave Ro. The dates immediately precede the EFMA Conference and will be at the same location. This will take place at the Simpsonwood Conference Center near Atlanta, GA and will begin Sunday, Sept 17 through Monday Sept 18 (The EFMA Conference begins Monday evening, Sept 18). Cost for the conference, room and meals range from $70 – $130, depending on accommodations. For a brochure and registration form, contact Dave Flynn DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg  (DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg)   or call 626-398-2336.
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CROATIA: TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

graduation cap Starting January 14, 2001 YWAM Croatia will launch another Discipleship Training School. Exciting and challenging teaching awaits. Possible outreaches include Tanzania, Slovenia, Greece or Romania. Students earn 22 credits towards the further study with University of the Nations. Cost: Lecture phase: $1.800,00US, Outreach $1,200.00-2450.00 US depending on the location. Apply via the web page. For more info, contact Jasna Petrovic at ywam-croatiaatzgdotteldothr  (ywam-croatiaatzgdotteldothr)   or go to http://www.geocities.com/croatia_ywam
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MORE ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION

Jack, our attorney friend from Dallas, recommended Peacemaker Ministries as a strong contributor on conflict resolution. Check them out at http://www.peacemakerministries.org. According to Jack, they’ve got some excellent stuff on conflict resolution, conciliator training, mediation, etc. Thanks Jack!
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

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BRIGADA ARCHIVES ARE SEARCHABLE

Brigada Logo Looking for that “needle in a haystack” item from some past issue of Brigada Today? David was. He wrote this past week to find out if Brigada’s archives are at all searchable. All together, there are about 300 editions, covering some 5 1/2 years of missions mobilization history. That’s 1213 pages, 23,000 paragraphs, 78000 lines, 661,723 words! And it’s all instantly searchable via the new search engine at http://www.brigada.org, thanks to the work of our web wonder-worker Bob Mayhew. Notice that you get the results item by item (as opposed to simply listing the date of the edition!) and the results page shows both the issue date AND the title of the item. So try it! For example, put in the word “Compubank” in the “Search for…” box at: http://www.brigada.org/sbtas.html. You can uncheck “Advance” is you know the item appeared in Brigada Today rather than “Advance.” Put a checkbox in front of the years you’d like to search. Bob’s engine works like a charm. Thanks for your investment there, Bob!!!
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VOTE FOR YOUR CHOICE OF CALEB PROJECT SLOGANS

That’s right. Caleb Project (Denver, CO) is seeking your input on which slogan they should use for the next 20 years of their missions mobilization history. Just click to http://www.calebproject.org and select the slogan you like best. Tell them in the “Other” blank that you heard about their vote via Brigada Today and they’ll send $15 cash to your PayPal account, just for participating! (Okay… so I’m kidding about the cash bonus . . . but just think of how great it’ll be to feel like you’ve made a difference in which slogan they’ll choose! :-) :-) :-) )
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HOW IS INTERNET BANKING WORKING OUT?

In a word, great! We mentioned a while back that we were trying out Compubank. They even sent a box of checks for free. We’ve had no trouble with any hidden charges… and we received the sign-up bonus of $20 into our account with no problem. Sure enough, we seem to be getting free checking accounts, savings accounts, bill payment, domestic wire transfers, ATM use (4/month), frequent flyer miles, online check images and monthly statements. For folks who have a USA address and SS#, it’s a full internet banking solution. (We still haven’t found an Internet banking solution for those from other locations. Anyone have any leads? If so, please write DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)  ) What’s more, once you’re signed up, if you refer others, you receive a thank-you gift of $40 in your account for every new person you sign up. That doesn’t hurt a bit if you’re serving overseas somewhere, trying to save up for a new PC or whatever. Bottom line: It seems there’s no “catch”. Everything is FDIC- insured, just like your local bank — which probably charges $4/month for its online bill payment service. By contrast, at Compubank, you can open an account for free, instantly at:

http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547

note (Disclaimer: CompuBank donates $40 to Brigada Today for every new user who users the link above to sign up. By the way, they also give a $20 bonus directly to each new user!).

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QUICK-AND-EASY SOLUTION FOR TRANSFERRING FUNDS VIA INTERNET

Paypal logo And don’t forget about PayPal, a quick-and-easy solution if you simply want to safely transfer funds via the Internet from one Internet user to another. They even protect buyers from fraud when using PayPal to transfer money to another verified PayPal user. It takes all of 5 minutes to obtain verification. This is now the most popular service for eBay users, but your supporters could even use it to send financial support to you, regardless of where you live now. All you need is a USA home address. Plus, you get a $5 bonus in your account just for signing up. You’ve got nothing to lose. Find it at…

https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

note (Disclaimer: PayPal donates $5 to Brigada Today for every new user who users the link below to sign up :-). Of course, they also donate $5 to the new user at the same time!).

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SUPPORT-RAISING 101

books For those facing the challenges of support- raising, Rick recommends Getting Sent, by Pete Sommers (IVP, 1999), and Funding Your Ministry (Whether You’re Gifted or Not) by Scott Morton, Dawson Media (NavPress), 1999. According to Rick, “Both are superb, each one having good illustrations and Bible studies for readers to work through. Sommers has a multi-ethnic, North American ministry orientation (by InterVarsity, understandable), with two chapters dedicated to the unique challenges for women raising ministry funding. Those helpful chapters are written by Donna Wilson.” Rick goes on to add, “Funding Your Ministry is . . . replete with top-quality page design and dozens of cartoons by Wayne Stayskal–worth the price of admission in their own right. It’s a very easy read, and full of pithy illustrations from Morton’s own experience. Morton includes a valuable chapter on how to manage the money one raises–how to make and live on a budget! By comparison to Morton’s book, Getting Sent is text-heavy. But they both cover very important, highly practical issues and both have excellent charts, exercises, and forms useful to readers who are willing to act on what they learn from the authors.” Great job, Rick! Thanks for the tip-offs! To visit Amazon.com and buy the Getting Sent book for $11.69 (that’s 10% off the list price of $12.99), click to: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0830822186/teamexpansiononl For Funding Your Ministry, a $16 investment, go to: https://www.gospelcom.net/navs/navinfo/resources/dawson/order/store.php3
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BOOKS FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T READ!

Darryl is interested in creating a resource book designed to teach fundamental Bible concepts and scriptures to Christian workers and/or believers (and non believers!) who are illiterate! But before he starts he wants to be sure that there is not already a resource out there that effectively does the same thing. The nature of the resource would allow it to be used with any language group because somebody will have to teach them the (simplified) “language”. If you know of an existing resource or would be interested in helping in some way (like helping to translate words to images or “simplifying” scriptures), contact Darryl ditnojatpoboxdotcom  (ditnojatpoboxdotcom)  .
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR AFRICA (CORRECT SITE)

praying hands Remember that 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for the continent from 1 November to 10 December? The web address for that is http://www.nupsa.org.za. Apologies if the first address left you empty-handed. As much as possible, we’ll do our best to try out each web address in advance of printing it. (Unfortunately, we wrote the last Brigada Today on a TWA jet, out of reach of an Internet connection.)
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MAKE TIME FOR LEARNING RUSSIAN

Alexandra wrote this past week, “We are in our first week of language training through Russian Language Ministries http://www.russianlanguage.org and I am THOROUGHLY convinced that anyone planning on ministering in the CIS and surrounding countries NEEDS to go through the course here. The focus at RLM is communication–both comprehension and speaking. The instructors are dedicated to equipping people to effectively share Christ. I’ve struggled a LOT over the past three years to teach myself Russian and learn through college courses. And I’ve been frustrated to tears time and time again. For the first time I believe I will really be able to learn and communicate in the language. This is by God’s grace, I know. But I think a lot of credit goes to RLM, too. My husband was an Army Russian linguist, and he says the program here is superior in many ways to the military’s Russian language training. So, if anyone is planning on serving in a Russian speaking area, you NEED to come to RLM!” Sounds like Alexandra is a satisfied customer! Thanks!
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REACHING PRISONERS AROUND THE WORLD

Been searching for a unique way to illustrate a particular story you love to use when sharing Christ with prisoners? Why not ask a professional artist to help?! “Pictures With A Message” is an organization established specifically for that purpose. One example: A modern version of an old picture called “The Broad and the Narrow Way” is proving very useful as an evangelistic tool amongst prisoners who cannot read. In fact, maybe you’d like to help the artist with Scriptures, ideas, insight, stories, and sayings that will communicate God’s heart to prisoners. The specific work will be called: “A Prisoner’s Guide from Death to Life.” Check it out at http://picturemaker.safeshopper.com or write petermillatlineonedotnet  (petermillatlineonedotnet)   for more information.
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THE BACKPAGE: HOW DO WE TEACH CONFLICT RESOLUTION?

Brigada autoresponder At Team Expansion, we are greatly privileged to have on our staff a nearly- full-time Pastoral Care Coordinator named Donna Cole. She networks together with pastors-to-missionaries from all over the world. With her help, we’ve been trying to foster better teamwork around the world. One of the primary components we need to teach is conflict resolution. How do we train teams to get along, to solve problems, and create workable “win-win” situations for each other, for their families, and for their work around the world? That’s the subject of a short paper we’re trying to assemble here at Brigada. You can get a copy of the 27K file in its current form by sending a blank email to conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg  (conflict-resolutionatbrigadadotorg)  . If you’d like to add to the paper, please send your material to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg)   with a subject line that reads, “conflict resolution”. (Only those emails will be handled correctly by the filter I’ve set up in my email client.) By the way, to get an index of other autoresponders and other helpful information, write to brigada-infoatbrigadadotorg  (infoatbrigadadotorg)  . Thanks for your input. And do be careful — because it’s a jungle out there! :-)
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

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STILL SPACE AT CP’S FOCUSED STRATEGIES CONFERENCE

calendar There’s still time to register for Caleb Project’s “FOCUSED STRATEGIES CONFERENCE” Sept 21-23 in Littleton, Colorado, USA. This conference is designed to equip churches and individuals for effective ministry among the unreached by focusing their ministry efforts on specific people groups, including sessions on selecting and researching a people group, persisting in prayer, building networks and partnerships, serving the field, and honoring the ministry of the local church. Contact Caleb Project’s Advocacy & Research Department at 303-730-4170 or trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  . Read more at http://www.calebproject.org/focusedstrategies
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RECRUITING PRAYER FOR FRANCE

praying hands According to its organizers, France2001 is aiming to motivate thousands of believers all over the world to pray for France. For more information visit the website http://www.france2001.org, or email lafrance2001ataoldotcom  (lafrance2001ataoldotcom)  .
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HELPS FOR FUND-RAISING

movie camera Many mission organizations turn to the popular Moody Press book People Raising: A Practical Guide To Raising Support to provide a Biblically based, step-by-step guide to finding and securing financial support for missionaries.

Now Moody is pleased to announce that a 6-hour video and audio series based on the book is available. Author William Dillon shares practical insights from over thirty years of fund raising experience. The combination of video, PowerPoint, study guide, textbook, audio, and role-playing addresses all learning styles and provides all you will ever need in one neat package.

The People Raising Premier video edition is now available to mission organizations and individuals. You can order this exciting series on the web http://www.peopleraising.com or call toll free 877-611-PEOPLE or e-mail billatpeopleraisingdotcom  (billatpeopleraisingdotcom)  .

Also on the website is a tip of the month and a monthly e-mail newsletter.

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LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION CENTER FROM GALCOM

Check out this new portable kiosk from GalCom. It’s intended for use at world fairs, exhibitions and events such as the Olympics. It has a built in printer and computer phone system with four receivers, each of which can play back a five to seven minute Gospel message in up to 100 different languages. At the end of the message, the listener has the option of getting a printout of the message in his/her mother tongue. At the bottom of the message, there is the name of an organization that can do follow up.

This and the other ministry tools mentioned immediately below all come from our friends at GalCom. You can contact them at Galcomatgalcomdotorg  (Galcomatgalcomdotorg)   or visit their web site: http://www.galcom.org. (We saw this item in the Global Worship Report. For a free subscription to the Global Worship Report, send email to global-worship-subscribeatccdotegroupsdotcom  (global-worship-subscribeatccdotegroupsdotcom)  .)

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SOLAR PA SYSTEM

man with a megaphone These systems have a handy shoulder strap for portability and convenience. They come with a built in power pack which can be charged up by direct sunlight or by an incandescent light bulb so there is no need for additional batteries. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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“GLORIA” MICROCHIP MUSIC PLAYBACK SYSTEM

musical notes Close to 600 hymns are available at the touch of a button. The case is the size of a small lunch box with a calculator pad on top. You may choose any one of nine different natural sounding instruments for accompaniment as well as the key and tempo of your choice. This is an ideal tool for church meetings or prayer groups of 10 to 1000 people. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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“SAINT” SATELLITE TRANSCEIVER

satellite antenna This unit can be used to communicate from a main base in, e.g., North America or Europe, to almost anywhere in the world in approximately two hours (much faster than the mail service). The unit fits into a flight case and can run on solar, 110VAC or 220VAC . The operators must have a Ham operating license but there is no cost for airtime. Its creators assert that there is no other device like this in the world. It can be operated off a regular personal computer or even a lap top computer. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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SPEECH TRANSLATION UNIT

Approximately five cubic inches, this unit has a selection of frequencies between 88 MHz and 108 MHz as well as 72 MHz on which to broadcast. Depending on the frequency, it can cover an area approximately as large as a dome stadium. It comes with a microphone so that you can do simultaneous translation at multi- lingual events. You can use any number of units at one conference. Special FM radio receivers with headphones are available as well. (See contact information and source citation in item #4 above.)
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PERSECUTED CHURCH NEWSLETTER

letter and ligntening bolt A new mission publication, “Persecuted Church” will be launched in September. This is a free email newsletter. To subscribe, send any message to the following automated address: join-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg  (join-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg)   The goal of its organizers is to provide you with timely news about the persecuted church around the world.
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WHERE DO YOU GO FOR A ONE-YEAR DRUG SUPPLY?

Dr. Carroll travdocattravdocdotcom  (travdocattravdocdotcom)   (“The Travel Doctor”) from New Zealand wants to know where in the world one can go for a year’s supply of a particular drug (in the case of someone going to a field where such drugs will be unavailable). If he hears a source, he’ll make it available to us here on Brigada.
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FOR SEBASTIAN (AND ANY DISCOURAGED MOBILIZERS)

Global Focus assists churches by mobilizing their people to get on mission with God by using their resources, gifts and abilities to make a global impact. The program starts with a weekend seminar (Friday night, Saturday morning and Sunday morning), that combines teaching, prayer times for unreached people groups and inspiring videos to educate and encourage church leaders to reflect God’s heart for the world. According to organizers, there’s never a dull moment! The seminar introduces 8 personalized dynamics for making missions real in the congregation. Partnerships with missionaries and national workers are forged so that the church not only prays and supports, but also actually helps a missionary in his ministry through short-term teams and other helps ministries. After the seminar these 8 personalized dynamics are hammered out through a mentoring relationship lasting 12-14 months. One of the dynamics is the Global Impact Celebration (a.k.a. missions conference) where the world is brought to the church. It becomes the most exciting event of the year. For more information, contact David DNelsonatufmdotorg  (DNelsonatufmdotorg)   or Glenn GKurkaatufmdotorg  (GKurkaatufmdotorg)  , Missions Mobilizers of UFM International http://www.ufm.org/.
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NEED DEBRIEFING FROM SHORT-TERMS TO AFRICA OR THE MIDDLE EAST?

If you’re planning to send Short-Term Mission Teams into Africa or the Middle East sometime in the near future, contact Greg or Michelle at COMMIT Ministries commitatJunodotcom  (commitatJunodotcom)  . They will arrange two days debriefing time near Malaga, Spain, before your group returns home. If you’re sending groups into Russia, Eastern or Western Europe, COMMIT will arrange a debriefing stopover in Neuschwanstein Germany. Asia? Teams can spend a few days debriefing in Hawaii. The rates are quite low and COMMIT will work with airline wholesalers to give you the best airfares for your debriefing needs.
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GLOBAL PRAYER NETWORK NEEDS/WANTS “SEBASTIANS”

praying hands With more than 20,000 members in over 49 countries e-Prayer members pray for missionaries, their prayer requests, world needs, and needs of network members. Raised up “for such a time as this” there is no more important work – for those who may not go – than to give God no rest for those who labor in His fields. The Bible repeatedly exhorts us to prayer. “To a Christian there is no difference between the secular and the sacred; all ground is holy ground and every bush is a burning bush.” – author unknown. Whether you join e-Prayer or not your prayer requests are welcome. To subscribe or to send prayer requests send to: MarjaWaldonatxcdotorg  (MarjaWaldonatxcdotorg)   with “subscribe e-Prayer’ in the subject or message line.
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WEBWATCH: LOVE IN MANY LANGUAGES

WebWatch Thanks to Barb for pointing us to http://www.greatcom.org/, which shares the message of Jesus Christ in many languages, courtesy Campus Crusade.
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In this issue….

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INCREDIBLE RESOURCE FOR CHILDREN’S MISSIONS ED.

block Whoa. Have you gotten a look at the new children’s missions education resources hot off the press from the Christian and Missionary Alliance National Office? Incredible. Giant binders ooze with videos, cassettes, and full-color booklets. And the best part is . . . there are lots of practical ideas here. The “Kids on a Mission Curriculum Kit” is $42 — but it contains 7 units plus a wrap-up session to teach grades 1-5 about the Great Commission and Unreached Peoples. Complete with overheads and reproducible activity sheets, maps, and cards. Then — get this — the “Kids on a Mission Musical” ($52) would be a great ribbon to tie that course off. It can be done with as few as 8 children and includes a spiral-bound book, a CD sound track and accompaniment, sheet music, reproducible scripts, production notes, devotional guide, costume patterns, set design pattern ([inhale yawning face — Whew! blinking1eyes ), choreography, companion products listing and poster! Then there are special pens, t- shirts, leaders’ shirts, witness bracelet kits, and even keychains! Purchase from http://www.cmalliance.org (click on “Local Churches” then CE Ministries), or call toll-free in the USA or elsewhere via Net2Phone to 877-284-3262. While there, ask about “Building Great Commission Kids (missions planner manuals and lesson books), “How to Conduct a Successful Kids’ Missions Festival From A to Z”, Missions Prayer tools for kids, and Kids’ Mission Fest Modules (like “Search and Rescue — Take the Challenge… Reach the Lost”). Great stuff. All these materials are generic enough to be used by any stream of churches (not just the C&MA). Hats off to Marv Parker and the people that have helped him make this happen.
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40 DAYS OF PRAYER FOR AFRICA

praying hands After a consultation in Kampala, Uganda, leaders from Africa issued a call to 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting for the continent from 1 November to 10 December. A prayer calendar is available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili and English. For more info email nupsaatglobaldotcodotza  (nupsaatglobaldotcodotza)  . All the info and the calendars in the different languages are also available at website: http://www.nupsa.org.za.
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DOGPILE GATHERS A PACK OF STRAY RESPONSES

WebWatchNever let it be said that those “dogpile” users out there aren’t passionate about their product! We rec’d several supportive (and a couple of negative) emails about http://www.dogpile.com as a search engine. One Brigada participant wrote, “…When I was growing up, we used the word to describe kids piling on each other in play–one person might be on the ground, someone yells, ‘dogpile!’ and everyone piles on. … ” I’ll have to admit — once I heard his explanation, it made a lot more sense. At the same time, I’d suggest you pass on the “jokes” listed at the search site. At least one reader commented on the fact that several were in very poor taste.
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TRAINING TO TEACH ENGLISH IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK

graduation cap Youth With a Mission (Lebanon, Pa USA) is offering a special TESOL course, June 18 to July 13, 2001. For more info., contact: YWAM at USA tel. 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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DISCIPLESHIP AND CROSS-CULTURAL MENTORING

graduation cap That’s what you’ll get at YWAM’s “Crossroads Discipleship School” based in Lebanon, Pa, USA. From April 23 to July 13, 2001, you can take part in special cross- cultural training followed by an eight-week outreach to the Muslim Tatar people of Ukraine. The cost of the lecture phase is $2,520 per person. Add about $2,000.00 per person for the outreach phase. For more information call tel. 717-272-3153 or e-mail davidbbaumanatcsdotcom  (davidbbaumanatcsdotcom)  .
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USED COMPUTERS FOR CHARITIES

computer This is recycling to the max. Give an old computer so that someone else can use it to gain new life! In the USA, contact “Enable” via http://www.servants-inc.org, and in the UK, see Computers for Charity on the web at http://www.computersforcharity.org.uk. If you learn of other such groups, please inform Tony tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . (Thanks Tony!)
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CZECH OUT THESE MOBILIZATION RESOURCES

Check out the Czech mission-oriented prayer requests and news at http://www.prayer.cz. Reach the author, Petr, at nfkmsatcmaildotcz  (nfkmsatcmaildotcz)  .
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DESTINATION 2000 MISSIONS EVENT SCUTTLED

event canceled The Destination 2000 event scheduled in Kalamazoo on October 13 and 14 at Calvary Bible Church has been cancelled. For more info., contact Bryan (616-372-1130) or see the web at http://wwwCalvaryBible.org.
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THE BACKPAGE: WILL SOMEONE PRAY FOR “SEBASTIAN?”

This past week, I received the following note from a Brigada participant whom we’ll call “Sebastian” [not his real name]: “Dear Doug, “I like to receive Brigada even though I am not a missionary because the world wide missionary news is very exciting and spiritually uplifting. I don’t have resources to contribute much to any of the goings on but sometimes I do share what I learn through you with the members of my church. “The sad part is that it doesn’t get them as excited as I get. Sometimes I feel as if I am a missionary here among a people who say they believe the gospel but who have lost their zeal for their faith. But since I have been here I also fear that some of the responsibility lies in my faulty leadership. In spite of the humility therein I have not lost my joy and continue to have faith that God is working underground right now and soon some fresh new spring time sprouts of fruitfulness will begin to poke their heads above ground. “This is my prayer and my request. Is there any one there able to uphold this minister and his flock in prayer for God’s power to be more evident among us?” [snip snip… end of note]

So I got to wondering… how many “Sebastians” are out there right now, hoping against hope that God will raise up a new missions movement within the particular part of Christ’s body where they are ministering. And so they wait. . . . And wait. . . . and wait some more.

Well I believe that God’s heart breaks for these special servants. And I believe He yearns for them to know of His patient heart on their behalf.

What do you say we lift them up . . . right now . . . even if it’s only for 15 seconds. (Hint: some might want to pray longer.) Here’s a prayer we could all pray together — in our own words, of course: “Lord, right now, I thank you for ‘Sebastian’ and all those like him who yearn to awaken others to a world in need. I ask that you would give them endurance for the long haul. I pray you’ll give them incredible measures of wisdom as to how to be gentle but firm ‘watchmen on the wall’ to sound the trumpet for unreached peoples around the world. I pray that they’ll never ‘grow weary in well doing.’ Likewise, please don’t ever let them become bitter, but instead to be patient and sensitive in getting the message across to others. And in the end, Lord, may your heart go out to them all the more. You’ve promised to be ‘with us until the end of the age’ and you gave that promise immediately after you commissioned your disciples to take the gospel to all nations. Please help us finish that task, for your glory. Amen.” Thanks . . . and “Sebastian” . . . please know that there are people praying for you!

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

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

20000806 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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TWO BOOKS FOR THOSE SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

 

books Those involved in sharing hope with Muslims will welcome the arrival of two brand new resources, both of which are being distributed by the William Carey Library. Muslims, Magic and the Kingdom of God (Rick Love) focuses on church planting among “folk Muslims.” He blends good discussions about contextualization with full explanations of evil spirits. Those from conservative backgrounds will especiallyappreciate his study of scriptural case studies (e.g., “Moses and Magic,” “Four Models of Power Encounter in Acts,” “Artemis: A Territorial Spirit?”, etc.). It’s normally $17.99 but is available at the discounted price of $12.25 from William Carey Library (contact information below).

The second book is Ministry to Muslim Women: Longing to Call them Sisters (ed. by Fran Love and Jeleta Eckheart). Basically, it’s a compendium of presentations shared at the Consultation on Ministry to Muslim Women, May 1999, Mesa Arizona. Some 16 agencies were present there with an attempt to discern tools, training, and mobilization resources. Though I’m not a female — obviously :-) — to me the book succeeds at its quest, examining such issues as why Muslim women come to Christ (Miriam Adeney did that one!), what helps them grow in Christ, and how to build “community” among them. Valuable stuff. The case studies alone are probably worth the price of the book, which retails for $16.99, but is available to Brigada Today readers for $11.75, again from William Carey. You can order by calling 800-MISSION (from within the USA or via Net2Phone). You can email ordersatwcibooksdotcom  (ordersatwcibooksdotcom)   for info… but remember not to pass credit card information over open email. (I’ve written them about getting a PayPal ID. Maybe they’ll have it by the time you order! :-) A highly recommended pair of tools . . . especially if Muslims are the people you love and serve day by day.

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NOKIA PHONE HOAX

 

OPC logo Hey… do me a favor. If you get an email asking you to forward a particular message on to 25 other people, ignore it. Seemingly none of those chain letters are ever true. One of the latest touts a free mobile phone from Nokia, a statement Nokia asserts they never made. You can see Nokia’s official hoax warning at: http://www.nokia.com/webcampaign/ You can get more information about email hoaxes (how to spot them, how to avoid them, and where to learn more about them) by emailing a blank message to opcatbrigadadotorg  (opcatbrigadadotorg)  .

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HOW TO GET THE REGULAR NEWS TO YOUR PRAYER BASE AND DONORS

 

We occasionally get notes from readers referring us to one or more new sites on the web where we can get a free web presence. For example, this past week someone referred us to http://www.injesus.com. So far, though, we have yet to see another site with as much to offer as good ‘ole eGroups… www.egroups.com. Most sites with a free web presence are just that — a web presence — which automatically leaves out those who don’t regularly scan the web. And even if the site sends a “wake-up call” to all your subscriber base via email, what’s up with that? Why couldn’t they just send out your prayer request via email like eGroups does? :-) Instead of just reading your prayer request, now the reader has to log onto your site to read your prayer request. :-) Anyway, feel free to hook up with http://www.injesus.com— but as for me (especially for those readers who don’t regularly cruise the web, but instead use mostly email), I’ll keep on using eGroups because they pump out the information itself.

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CORRECTION ON “FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE”

 

lighting the way If you tried to access “FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE“, you found that the password supplied by the contributor didn’t work. The username is, in fact, kenwilly, and the password is facs. No caps. We apologize for any inconvenience caused to our Brigada family. Once again, just go to http://www.freedrive.comand put in that username and password and you’re in — twenty-two biblically-based articles relevant to missions are yours free.

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NEW CD-ROMS ON THE WORLD OF ISLAM AND LINGUALINKS

 

cd-rom Mission Training International (MTI) has just made available two new CD-ROM’s. The World of Islam is produced by Global Mapping International — and we’ve mentioned it before. It is an incredibly valuable resource with over 50 publications concerning the religion of Islam and witnessing to Muslim people, complete with photographs and maps of the Muslim world. The second, LinguaLinks Language Learning Bookshelf, is produced by SIL International. It is designed to help you learn to communicate in a second language. There is a multimedia section which includes a phonetics practice and language learning troubleshooter. There are over 20 books and articles to help the language learner. To order either resource, feel free to contact MTI, PO Box 50110, Colorado Springs, CO 80949, 800-896-3710 or 719-594-0687, fax 719-594-4682, email minternataoldotcom  (minternataoldotcom)   or on the web at http://www.mti.org.

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MAYBE THE FUTURE OF KOREA-BASED MISSIONS

 

The one hundred and fifty young people, mostly South Koreans, who met for the Love Korea outreach in the southern city of Pusan were a sign that a new breed of missionaries can be expected from South Korea in the near future. With the nation’s drive to learn English, and the church’s drive to cater for youth with contemporary style church services, as well as the influence of the media, particularly television, the new breed of missionaries will be more like their counterpart from the west. One church hopes to send one thousand of its ten thousand members into missions: whether as short-termers, tentmakers or career missionaries. Right now this church has five short term teams: two within Korea and one each in China, Japan and Mongolia. Praise God that the economy is recovering again, many Koreans are proficient in English, lay people are being accepted for mission work, and missions is seen far more as the job of the whole church. Pray that the current 8,000 Korean missionaries will soon be increased by other Koreans joining them from the 40,000 churches in Korea. Koreans are making waves in world missions and are partners with the rest of the body of Christ in finishing the task of world missions. Let there be “a church for every people and the Gospel for every person”. For more information contact chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg  (chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg)  .

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SHARPEN YOUR RELATIONAL SKILLS

 

calendarThese biblically based, interactive five-day workshops are now available during 2000:

  • September 25-29 in Japan and North Carolina
  • October 2-6 in Florida
  • October 9-13 in Colorado and BC, Canada

For more information about these workshops and a person to contact, go to http://www.RelationshipSkills.com/workshops.htm or send an e-mail to kenatRelationshipSkillsdotcom  (kenatRelationshipSkillsdotcom)  . If your mission would like to sponsor an SYIS Workshop, contact Ken at the same email address. This ministry is sponsored by Wycliffe Bible Translators.

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THE RETURN OF THE REALITY CHECK

 

After more than a year of silence, Justin Long has decided to start writing again. Justin is launching with an in-depth analysis of the statistics of the last thirty years as given on Barrett’s web site http://www.gem-werc.org. You can sign up by sending a message to reality-check-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (reality-check-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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WEBWATCH: ANOTHER FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE

 

WebWatch Brian wrote this past week to remind us of his favorite search engine, but one we omitted during our recent list of searching sites. Who knows… Maybe I have a built-in aversion to the name. :-) http://www.dogpile.com/ I mean… where do they come up with this stuff. Yikes. gulp Anyway, Brian feels like, for all its problems with a titles, it hits most of the ones we mentioned and a who lot more. In fact, Brian felt it was “the engine of engines!” Okay… maybe so. But am I going to type in that name every time I want to look something up? :-)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20000730 Brigada Today

In this issue….

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THE FINAL FRONTIER: ASSIGNED

fireworks showLately, we’ve been highlighting the needs of the “final frontier” . . . those last 250-some groups from the Joshua Project 2000 list which had remained untargeted by churches and agencies throughout the world. Fortunately, the list has just been trimmed significantly. To zero, in fact. :-) Yessssssssssssss! thumbs-up In a meeting this past week by the Strategic Task Force, representatives of various agencies stepped forward and, one by one, signed up for the final 253 groups on the JP2000 list. (Thanks to the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, Campus Crusade/Jesus Film Project and Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for taking responsibility for the final 100!) Now… to clarify… this doesn’t mean the job is done, you understand. But we can finally say that now there is some agency or church, somewhere in the world, which has taken ultimate responsibility for launching a church-planting movement in every known remaining desperately unreached people group in the world (consisting of at least 10,000 people with a percentage of evangelicals lower than 2%). God be praised! (Thanks to Rick Wood for reporting in the online version of Mission Frontiers about this exciting development.)
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GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS (INTERNET BANKING READER RESPONSE)

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. That’s the way I’d have to sum up the reader response to our review of a couple of Internet financial sites. First of all, readers outside of the USA were pretty put off by the space we’ve devoted to the issue these past couple of weeks, since it’s irrelevant for them. So far, it appears that none of the approaches can accommodate non-USA residents. :-( Secondly, readers who weren’t interested in transferring money over the Internet were [“yawn” yawning face ] bored by the whole discussion. :-) And finally, there were a handful of folks who thought we were perhaps devoting a bit too much time to what they considered a non-missions topic. To all those audiences, our apologies.

Paypal logo Meanwhile, the response on the other side of the fence has been nothing short of stupendous. Literally dozens of readers have said thanks for pointing out PayPal, a great (and very easy) option for safely transferring funds from one Internet user to another. We can freely say “safely” now because of a new policy announced by PayPal on August 1st that protects buyers from fraud when using the PayPal service. See the site for more details about how to become a verified PayPal user. I tried it and it took all of 5 minutes to obtain verification. Find it at… https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

note Disclaimer: PayPal donates $5 to Brigada Today for every new user who uses the link above to sign up :-).

… and last week we announced a second option for those who needed online banking. (To clarify, this doesn’t in any way signal that PayPal has any problems, but rather, that those who need full service banking will probably want to look to this second option.) Compubank offers free checking accounts, savings accounts, bill payment, domestic wire transfers, ATM use (4/month), frequent flyer miles, online check images and monthly statements! Open an account instantly at: http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547

note Disclaimer: Until August 31st, CompuBank donates $40 to Brigada Today for every new user who uses the link above to sign up :-). By the way, they also give a $20 bonus to each new user!

So remember that the survey for Internet funds transfer approaches was prompted by Brigada reader inquiries — like most of the material we present. As such, it was intended to meet the needs of at least some of the Brigada family. But if it doesn’t apply to you, please forgive us and just move on to the next item. :-)

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ERDENET: THE STORY OF JESUS ASSEMBLY IN MONGOLIA

movie camera This new video details the story of what the producers refer to as the first completely indigenous church movement planted in Mongolia. The story follows a multi-national church planting team as they pioneer, the church planting movement that develops, the team’s phase-out and handover to local elders, planting of multiple daughter and granddaughter churches, and the training and sending out of Mongol missionaries that are now planting churches all over Mongolia and beyond. According to early viewer reports, the 15-minute movie is both exciting, encouraging, and technically excellent. Available in NTSC or PAL formats. For PAL Version purchase contact InterAct; P.O. Box 1624; 701 16 Orebro; SWEDEN or write to mdotalphonceathomedotse  (mdotalphonceathomedotse)  . For NTSC (American system video) purchase, send US$20.00 to cover video and shipping (within USA) to YWAM Church Planting Coaches at cpcoachesatxcdotorg  (cpcoachesatxcdotorg)   via PayPal.com. (Yay PayPal! :-) I can see this becoming the “standard” way to purchase Brigada resources over the web! :-) :-) :-) ) Be sure to include a valid shipping address with your payment. International Orders pay actual shipping.
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IF KJV IS OK, GET FREE BIBLE SOFTWARE

Bible Don’t forget that you can still get the entire Logos Bible software system (in King James version only) at: http://www.FreeBibleSoftware.org We keep mentioning this item every once and awhile because the Logos Bible software system is so popular among Brigada participants. It is important to note that the sponsor of the site (Ephesians 4 group) does invite donations.
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KEEP AN EYE ON HOTLINE

Thanks to Chris (in the HeartBeat Online) for pointing us to http://www.hotwire.com. Apparently, six major carriers plan to sell cheap airline seats that otherwise might have been left empty. There’s a prompt to be notified when it finally opens (slated for early fall).
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DO A BRIGADA SURVEY. WIN A WATER FILTER OR ORIGINAL ART

Brigada Logo If you haven’t already sent a note to infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)   to register for our readership survey, time is fast running out. All those who participate will automatically be entered in a drawing for any one of 6 water purifiers from TealBrook. These water filters are the PentaPure Sport bottles, the kind with the built-in straw — the ones you don’t have to pump! I use one of these myself on each of my overseas trips to visit our cross-cultural workers or to launch a new field. The only hitch is — I had to buy mine. :-) These six were donated for this survey by Jim and Deb at TealBrook (Thanks Jim and Deb!), on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com.

This past week, Nate Butler made things all the more interesting. Nate made his living for over 20 years as a cartoonist, commercial artist, and writer/illustrator of comics, producing artwork for clients such as Jim Henson Productions, DC Comics, and King Features Syndicate, as well as writing for Archie Comics and Marvel Comics. During that time he worked on over a dozen internationally known characters such as Archie & Jughead, The Muppets, Popeye, Barbie, Heathcliff, Bugs Bunny, Mighty Mouse, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Snuffy Smith, Animated Batman, The Jetsons, and Berenstain Bears — as well as Christian comics and tracts. Now the Lord has called him into full-time ministry as part of ROX35 Media, Inc., a non-profit, non-denominational ministry which has been organized to provide international training and consultation in the production and use of Christian comics for evangelism and discipleship. You can learn more about ROX35 by visiting http://www.rox35.org.

So get this — all those who participate in the Brigada readership survey will now automatically be entered to win two pages of original artwork that was actually published as Archie comic #161 (Feb.’87), featuring Archie and Veronica! The winning survey participant will also receive two copies of the published (finished) comic book as well. Talk about a collector’s item — especially if you’re interested in comic strips. Thanks Nate!!!!

So… bottom line… write Jim at infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)   to let him know you’re interested. And while you’re at it, let him know if you’re needing any of your own survey or research assistance. As for your email address and identity? Jim pledges to use it only for this survey. Your information will not be released or sold to anyone else for any other purpose. Thanks again Jim!

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CATCH A EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON THE 10/40 WINDOW

10/40 window It’s the European “Mission Live” Conference with Reinhard Bonnke, Fred Markert, Sam Dharam, Walter Heidenreich, Fraser Haug, Rebecca St. James and other international speakers, from 1.11.2000 to 4.11.2000 in Freiburg. For more information, telephone 0049-8248-122-58 or fax: 122-41. Or simply email infoatbfwmdotde  (infoatbfwmdotde)   or click to http://www.mission-live.de.
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NETWORKING CONTACTS FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES

AD2000 As the AD2000 & Beyond Movement prepares both for CM2000 and its planned closure early in 2001, some office functions are being phased out earlier. If you have an ongoing commitment to an unreached people on the Joshua Project 2000 list, the AD2000 office will do it’s best to help you make networking connections if they know of others who registered a commitment. Please follow the security procedure at: http://www.ad2000.org/adoption/Coop/NetPeoSp/NPJoAD2k.htm. Or, if you have previously been screened and wish an updated networking report, please notify barbatad2000dotorg  (barbatad2000dotorg)  . All requests must be submitted by September 30, 2000 with the name and country of the people at: http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/index.htm.
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NEEDS IN INDIA: WEB AND VIDEO

WebWatch movie camera noted Indian writer Vishal Mangalwadi has highlighted the need for evangelistic websites aimed at Indians. And P G Vargis, Indian mission statesman, has responded to the article pressing the urgent needs and opportunities of strategic video ministry for India (which he also wishes to be passed on to anyone who could be interested). Both articles are featured at: http://www.web-evangelism.com/bull0800.txt.
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TAKING AIM AT NEW FRONTIERS: ISFM CONFERENCE 2000

calendar The International Society for Frontier Missiology (ISFM) has announced its Fall 2000 Conference. All are invited and encouraged to attend. The dates immediately precede the EFMA Conference and will be at the same location. This will take place at the Simpsonwood Conference Center near Atlanta, GA and will begin Sunday, Sept 17 through Monday Sept 18 (The EFMA Conference begins Monday evening, Sept 18). Cost for the conference, room and meals range from $90 – $130, depending on date of submission and room type. For a brochure and registration form, contact Dave Flynn DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg  (DaviddotFlynnatuscwmdotorg)   or call 626-398-2336.
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NEED A FUNDRAISER OR GRANTWRITER?

Brigada Logo Find one at Brigada- Opportunities. Here’s how it works. For example, this past week, we rec’d a note from robertjatteleportdotcom  (robertjatteleportdotcom)   telling us about his expertise in grantwriting, fundraising, and computer programming. We proceeded to tell him about Brigada-Opportunities. It’s an online email conference – – kind of like a “job forum” (for those needing jobs or offering services). It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . And if you’ve got an opportunity, just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)  . You don’t have to join — but your email will float into the conference even though you’re not subscribed! That way, you get to place your notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the mail! When the volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). Couldn’t be simpler. So go for it! It’s a free service.
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WEB-WATCH

WebWatch Need links? There are dozens of sites on the web that can help you find the right place. Steve wrote this past week to recommend http://www.hotsheet.com, which is a big collection of hot links under many categories. Steve now uses it as his “home page.” He writes, “Under the “travel” category they even have a couple of translators. And foreign currency exchange rates. All kinds of neat stuff.” He also suggested that we stop in at http://www.555-1212.com, a people/place/company-finder that really works. It has a unique reverse look-up feature that is, in Steve’s words, “pretty neat.” It is also linked with a map-maker. And for your after hours leisure time (do you make any of that? :-) ), Steve suggested http://www.howstuffworks.com, with many articles about how all kinds of things work. MKs would enjoy that site especially. Thanks Steve!
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THE CALL DC

calendar Hear the Call! On September 2, 2000, thousands of youth and parents will gather for a fast of Biblical proportions. Organizers write, “This is a response to a summons from Heaven (Joel 2:12-32). Two generations will converge on the Mall in Washington DC to worship, pray, fast, seek reconciliation, and be commissioned as a new breed of holy revolutionaries to shake campuses and the nations. Join us as we seek the face of God. Our vision is two generations walking together to impact the world. For more information, see http://www.thecalldc.com. To hear what God is saying to this generation, visit http://www.thecalldc.com/yourcall/read_others.html.”
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FOCUSED STRATEGIES CONFERENCE

calendar Caleb Project is holding a “Focused Strategies Conference” Sept 21-23 in Littleton, Colorado, USA. This conference is designed to equip North American churches and individuals for effective ministry among the unreached by focusing their ministry efforts on specific people groups. Similar to the advocate training seminars Caleb Project has held in the past, the FSC will include sessions on selecting and researching a people group, persisting in prayer, building networks and partnerships, serving the field, and honoring your local church. Cost is US $145 (includes materials and meals but not housing); group discounts are available. Limited to 60 participants. Contact Caleb Project’s Advocacy & Research Department at 303-730-4170 or trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  . Read more at http://www.calebproject.org/focused_strategies.htm.
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ONE VOICE 2000

calendar One Voice 2000, an international worship event for church unity has been scheduled for the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. One Voice began as the dream of a worship leader that churches from around the world would share a song and pray for each other. Organizers write, “The logistics are simple: During their own worship service, the congregation will sing the worship song that was chosen for One Voice this year and spend some time praying for church unity. In past years there have been participants from literally all over the world. The testimonies following those events have been very encouraging.” To register your church or for more information visit http://www.praise.net/onevoice or email onevoiceatpraisedotnet  (onevoiceatpraisedotnet)  .
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VIDEO CD

cd-rom As mentioned before, some feel that the video CD is a great way to distribute evangelistic and teaching videos. The VideoCD (VCD) format is NOT the same as DVD, but it DOES pack 1 hour of video onto a CD which can be played by most PCs, Macs, and some Playstations, as well as DVD players. The format is widely used in Asia and the 10-40 window and has many advantages over video tapes: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/videocd.html (Thanks Tony!!!)
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TENTMAKER TRAINING!

graduation cap “Light to the Nations” – Oct. 25-29, 2000. Intensive 4 1/2 day training in integrating work and witness in order to make disciples in needy cultures. Designed both for those going and those considering tentmaking, this unique program helps you prepare to be effective overseas.. Topics include Biblical and contemporary rationale, the international job market, job acquisition, workplace evangelism, evangelistic Bible studies, church planting, cross-cultural bonding, team building, and home church relationship. Program cost is only $100 for singles, $150 for couples. Inexpensive housing and meals are available at the US Center for World Mission. To register or learn more, check out Global Opportunities on the web at http://www.globalopps.org/ or email ltnatglobaloppsdotorg  (ltnatglobaloppsdotorg)   tel. 626-398-2393.
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EVANGELISM TOOLBOX

tools This new searchable database from CCC offers tools in a wide range of categories and languages. If you have resources to add, carefully follow the submission procedure. This first requires you to register as an organization. http://www.evangelismtoolbox.com
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FREE ARTICLES FOR MISSION USE

Twenty-two biblically-based articles relevant to missions are available for download. They are copyrighted and may not be altered without permission, but may be copied freely for your missionaries, mission leaders, or use in your training programs. Issues addressed include debriefing missionaries (4 articles), a new look at missionary support, biblical self-esteem (4 articles), maintaining spiritual vitality on the field, and several others. To access these, go to http://www.freedrive.com and type in the name kenwilly. The password is facs. If you use any of these or have questions, please contact Ken at kenatrelationshipskillsdotcom  (kenatrelationshipskillsdotcom)  . New articles will be added occasionally.
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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MISSIONARY NURSES

graduation cap As we’ve previously mentioned, Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing is offering a unique continuing education opportunity for missionary nurses to update skills. The next session will be held January 15-19, 2001 on the OBU campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. For more information contact Dr. Lana Bolhouse Lana_Bolhouseatmaildotokbudotedu  (Lana_Bolhouseatmaildotokbudotedu)  

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MISSIONARY CARE FILE UPDATED

Brigada autoresponder Hey… thanks to Sharen sjedenatpoboxdotcom  (sjedenatpoboxdotcom)  , the missionary care materials are big-time updated. If you’re a missionary care specialist . . . or would like to become one, send a blank email to missionary-careatbrigadadotorg  (missionary-careatbrigadadotorg)   to receive a free copy of the 23K auto-responder email in your inbox.
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SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
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BRIGADA TODAY IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FOLLOWING TEAM OF REGULAR VOLUNTEERS:

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

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In this issue….

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WHO SAID “NO FREE LUNCH”!?! (GREAT ONLINE BANKING SOLUTION)

CompuBank LogoIn our July 14th edition, we expressed regret that PayPal wasn’t really a full online banking solution (“PAYPAL IS A BIG HIT“). We said we’d keep poking around until we found a full implementation that Brigada Today participants could use.

We’ve found it.

The best solution seems to be CompuBank, which has been rated “Number One Bank Online” by SmartMoney.com. Here’s why. They give you the security of a National Bank insured by the FDIC, combined with:

  • FREE checking accounts
  • FREE savings accounts
  • FREE bill payment
  • FREE domestic wire transfers
  • FREE ATMs and 4 surcharge reimbursements ($1.50/per) a month
  • FREE ClickMiles (Frequent Flyer Miles on 8 major airlines)
  • FREE online Check Images and Monthly Statements Please read on below…

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ONLINE BANKING SOLUTION GIVES 24/7 CUSTOMER SUPPORT

CompuBank LogoSo far, no other option has turned up so many benefits for so little money. In every other case, even if some of those items are free, they are expressly identified as free “for the time being” or until some promotion is concluded. Compubank’s model calls for them to always be free.

In addition, you also have customer support online or by phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And the Bank’s client service reps are friendly and experienced. All that, and you get the security, privacy and integrity of a national bank, insured by the FDIC. Read on please!

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HOW TO GET $20 FOR A FREE LUNCH

CompuBank LogoNow here’s the best part of all. We’ve set up a Brigada Today referral system with them and if you open an account with them by the end of August, complete with an initial deposit and signed signature cards (which you have to return by postal mail), they’ll deposit $20 cash into your account free and clear. In fact, you can always close out the accounts later, keep the $20, and take your spouse out for lunch. :-) But I doubt you’ll want to close the account — and I hope you’ll take your spouse out to lunch. :-) ‘Cause I believe you’ll want to celebrate the new service they’ll give you.

I’ve tried American Express’ options (“Membership Banking”), “PayMyBills.com”, Netbank.com, and everything else I can find on the Net… but as far as I can tell, this gives you the best deal — the greatest number of benefits, the most protection for your money (FDIC insured, for instance) plus the $20. When I say I’ve tried them, I mean I’ve even opened up accounts in those other options and put money on deposit there to check out the possibilities for all of us. (So I have small bits of money scattered in at least 4 different online banking solutions now! :-) ) As I said… nothing seems to compare to CompuBank. Whoever said there was no such thing as a free lunch! :-) Check it out in the next paragraph.

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HOW TO SUPPORT BRIGADA TODAY WHILE YOU MAKE TWENTY BUCKS

CompuBank LogoAs if all the above weren’t enough… you also get a chance to help Brigada Today without having to pay an out-of-pocket subscription fee! :-) You see, while you walk away with $20, if you sign up with CompuBank before the end of the month, Compubank is going to give Brigada Today a $40 bonus just for finding you as a new customer! So… you walk away happy, with a new federally insured bank account and Brigada Today walks away with free money to plow back into services! Yahoooooooooooo! Yahoo

Is there a chance you’ll lose your initial deposit? I don’t think so. The money is federally insured. This is no fly-by-night service. The only thing you might lose is the chance to walk away with $20 free money! :-) Remember, you’ll also get FREE checking accounts, FREE savings accounts, FREE bill payment, FREE domestic wire transfers, FREE ATMs and 4 surcharge reimbursements ($1.50/per) a month, FREE ClickMiles (Frequent Flyer Miles on 8 major airlines), FREE online Check Images and FREE Monthly Statements! So… if you’d like to check it out and help Brigada Today all at the same time, just click here now: http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547

Apply now – it takes only minutes, and approval is in seconds. It’s federally insured. If you like it, please pass the word. But remember, the $20 sign-up “free lunch” money and the $40 bonus for Brigada Today are probably only good through August. So please don’t wait too long. And… from the bottom of our Brigada Today hearts, we say thank you!!!

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THE BEST OPTION FOR ONLINE BANKING

CompuBank LogoSo the bottom line for the best online banking we can find? Click here: http://www.compubank.com/cbe_appl.htm?AFFINITY=10024547 (Remember — you’ll get $20 and Brigada Today will get $40 on top of that! Thanks!)
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SURVEY SAYS…

Brigada LogoWell, we don’t know what the survey says YET, but Jim the surveyor is saying thank you to all those have agreed to take the survey – so far a total of 340 readers. Jim says we need quite a few more readers to agree to take the survey in order to get valid results. So, if you haven’t done so yet, please send a message to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)   (no text necessary). It’s your opportunity to sound off.

Part of the reason we’re doing this survey is to see if people are paying any attention. So it would make my day if we had a big response to the survey! Do it for Brigada – or do it for a chance at our water filter giveaway, courtesy Jim and Deb at TealBrook, on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com.

By the way, in case you forgot, Jim is our warm-hearted friend at Campbell Research, who feeds his wife and kids by doing survey research for ministry organizations :-). He promises not to use your e-mail address for any purpose other than the survey, and he is available to discuss opportunities for learning more about your constituents at infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)  .

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BRIGADA ALWAYS LATE?

Brigada Logo You could look at it like that. Or you could say… “Hey… for the price I’m paying, who can complain?” :-) :-) :-)
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LANGUAGE TRAINING WORKSHOP

graduation cap Missionprep, in Toronto Canada, is offering another two week Language training workshop. In a relaxed learning environment, learn techniques and skills that will substantially increase your ability to hear and produce the sounds of a new language. You will become more proactive in the language learning process by attending this hands on workshop. Because of the rich cultural diversity of Toronto, Missionprep will most likely be able to match you with language associates from your country of destination. For more information contact Robert micanadaatinterlogdotcom  (micanadaatinterlogdotcom)   or click to: http://www.tyndale-canada.edu/tim/missionprep
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TRAVEL-BIDS CONFERENCE STILL AT WORK!

bus If you’d like to revisit the old “brigada-travel-bids” concept, it’s been revived as ClearVista- Travel-Bids. Just submit your bid request with details to the group address, ClearVista-Travel-BidsateGroupsdotcom  (ClearVista-Travel-BidsateGroupsdotcom)   and someone is supposed to get back to you. Give it a whirl!
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COPYRIGHT — This issue of Brigada Today is Copyrighted © 2001. However, permission is granted to freely redistribute these materials, including those available through email autoresponders, provided that such redistribution is to those who will help the Good News of Christianity to reach the unreached. But please include this phrase: “For a free subscription of Brigada‘s weekly missions publication, write <brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  >.”
IMPORTANT: To copy or reproduce Brigada Today for any other reason is illegal and is not permitted.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SOMETHING MISSING THIS WEEK: THE AD TRAILER

Brigada Logo Okay… enough is enough. Thanks to a sponsor or two and some recent PayPal participants, we finally bit the bullet and upgraded Brigada Today to the “no ad option” at eGroups. What that means is a) there will no longer be those little generic eGroups-chosen advertising teasers at the end (touting the latest in some New Age crystal that can be yours for a price :-) ) and b) we’re hoping that will alleviate the way Brigada Today is converting to an attachment for certain email clients. Time will tell. Either way… no more annoying generic ads at the end! Yahoo! And … we are still able to offer Brigada Today at no charge to subscribers! Yay! :-) Thanks again to our sponsors like TealBrook on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com and Taylored Communications on the web at http://www.operatorservices.com and to those who have clicked on: https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org
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PLEASE COMPLETE OUR BRIGADA “READER SURVEY” TODAY! (PRIZES!)

Brigada LogoRemember Jonathan Marsden’s challenge (upon our passing the 10,000 reader mark) to measure the involvement of Brigada readers? Well, with the help of one of our Brigada participants (a ‘pro’ survey researcher) we can now take Jonathan up on his challenge. We’ve commissioned the researcher to design a reader survey that will help us learn more about the Brigada constituency, how you use Brigada Today, and how we can make Brigada even better for everyone — and in keeping with our sensitivity for those working in difficult areas, it’s entirely confidential.

The results will be valuable for us – but only if we can get most of you agree to complete a five-minute questionnaire. So, please do me a favor by letting Jim at Campbell Research know you are willing to help. Just send a message (no text necessary) to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)  .

To sweeten the pot :-) , six lucky participants will be chosen at random to each receive a prize: a brand new “Sport” water purifier for you or the missionary of your choice, courtesy of TealBrook email infoattealbrookdotcom  (infoattealbrookdotcom)   or on the web at http://www.tealbrook.com (a $30 value! Thanks Mike and Deb!). Results from the survey will be made available to everyone in future editions of Brigada Today.

For the privacy minded, Jim and Campbell Research have committed to absolute confidentiality — your email address won’t be used for any purpose other than this survey. Jim is doing this out of the goodness of his heart, and because he doesn’t mind having the opportunity to let 10,000 missions-oriented people know that Campbell Research specializes in designing, conducting and analyzing research for Christian ministries, including missions organizations. :-) After all, if we want recruits, donors and unreached peoples to listen to us, it’s nice to think about listening to them also. And surveys are a terrific tool for listening to large groups of people. Who knows, you might hear something important!

To find out more about surveying your constituents, write Jim at infoatcampbell-researchdotcom  (infoatcampbell-researchdotcom)  , or visit www.campbellresearch.com. But do so only after sending a message to surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom  (surveyatcampbell-researchdotcom)   agreeing to take the survey. Thanks!

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THE WORLD OF ISLAM CD-ROM

cd-rom We told you a few weeks ago about the new CD coming from GMI. Well it’s here, and it’s something else! This is a serious missions resource for helping us better understand Muslims and minister in the Islamic context. It contains the full text of over 50 of the best books and journal articles on Islam, seminary courses, a bibliography, photographs, maps and Web links. You can get a copy for only $39.95 (now $19.95 for full-time students and Two-Thirds World ministry leaders) plus shipping and tax. GMI did the production work for this partnership with the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity (London), Fuller Seminary and Lausanne. They produced 8000 copies and have already distributed 6000, many going to ministry leaders in the Two-Thirds World. More information is available on the Web at http://www.gmi.org/products/islamcd.htm or contact Karen infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)   or by telephone: 719-531-3599 or fax: 719-548-7459. The CD can be ordered from offices in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. We’ve also set up a new Brigada autoresponder file about the CD; to get a 12K email with more details about this resource, send a normal blank email to world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg  (world-of-islamatbrigadadotorg)  .
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FREE BIBLES FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Bible Over 200 million Christians live under restriction and persecution for their faith in Christ. Most do not even have their own copy of the Bible. Now there is a unique way that you can provide them with a portion of God’s Word at no cost to you. By visiting “The Bible Site” on the Internet you can click a button that will send a scripture portion to a persecuted Christian, funded completely by sponsors of the site. The success of this exciting campaign depends upon as many Christians as possible visiting “The Bible Site” and encouraging others to do the same. As more people visit and make free donations, awareness will be raised about Christian persecution and thousands of Bibles will be provided to our suffering brothers and sisters worldwide. Visit “The Bible Site” by clicking: http://www.TheBibleSite.org (Thanks Justin!)
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GET A TASTE OF TRANSLATION AND LINGUISTICS

graduation cap Check out the 5-day course returning to the Portland, Oregon office of Wycliffe Bible Translators, August 14-18. Introductory classes on phonetics, phonology, grammar, language & culture learning, translation & semantics, are all taught by experienced linguists and translators from around the world. Try it on for size, total it up and see if Bible translation might be a good fit for your unique gifts, interests and talents! Field reports, videos, personal testimonies, prayer, devotions and group living build meaningful relationships between staff & students. Tuition, materials, housing and meals (breakfast, lunch and delicious ethnic dinners) are all provided for $100. Scholarship available. Phone John Wilson at 503-652-1662, toll free 800-269-2007, or e-mail Jim Stair at jim_stairatwycliffedotorg  (jim_stairatwycliffedotorg)  . http://www.wycliffe.org/nwro
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ARE FOREIGN MISSIONARIES BEING DRIVEN OUT OF RUSSIA?

“A significant number of foreign Christian missionaries have been expelled from Russia, with an increased number over the past year, reveals a major investigation by Keston News Service. Other missionaries are being obstructed in their work.” (KNS Press Release, 19 July 2000.) Full details of the results of the two-month investigation are available from Keston Institute on request at kestondotinstituteatkestondotorg  (kestondotinstituteatkestondotorg)  , Website: http://www.keston.org. Keston Institute, based in Oxford, United Kingdom, and with representatives in Moscow and St Petersburg, Russia, is an NGO founded in 1969 to defend religious liberty in postcommunist and communist countries. (Thanks Kerry!)
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MISSION TO NORTH KOREA IS POSSIBLE

graduation cap You can start by participating in YWAM’s “North Korea Study School.” The school will be held for 3 months, from October 11 through December 29, 2000, in Vancouver, Canada, and Manchuria, China. The purpose of the school is to help participants gain an understanding of North Korea from God’s perspective and to seek, through intercession, lectures from many viewpoints, study trip and project development, a unified strategy for ministry to this important nation. The cost is US $2600 plus airfare to Northeast China. This will be a unique opportunity to understand the North Korean mind, appraise the situation and discover opportunities for ministry. Those interested can contact Christina at nkmatywam-aiimdotorg  (nkmatywam-aiimdotorg)   and/or browse http://www.ywam-aiim.org.
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PAYPAL IS HITTING THE MARK

Paypal logo We continue to hear rave reviews by those using PayPal. Many are saying that it’s just a handy way to send secure payments for purchases made at sites recommended by Brigada Today — but this system will only work if vendors and purchasers join PayPal in advance. The only downside we can see of the system is the one brought up by one happy PayPal user (thanks Terry), who writes “If someone sells you something and you pay by Paypal, make sure you know the person is reliable OR you’ve already received the merchandise and it’s in good shape. Because once you pay them with Paypal, the money is gone. If the seller fails to ship the merchandise, or if you return it expecting a refund from Paypal — you won’t get one. That’s not what Paypal is. Admittedly this isn’t a fault with Paypal, it’s just that people should know it’s only a cash transfer agent, not a bank or credit card.” So if you’re trying to find a way to securely send money across the Net, you’ve found it. But if you want buyer protection, look elsewhere. Check out PayPal by clicking below

noteDisclaimer: Remember that, although we would have recommended PayPal anyway, because it “scratches an itch” we’ve felt for a long time, we also want to make it clear that those who enroll in the service will be triggering a referral benefit to Brigada Today in the form of a $5 “thank you” from PayPal to Brigada. Thanks in advance!) https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org

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FREE STUFF FOR EDITORS

newspaper If you edit a Christian magazine, newsletter, or ezine, relating to mission or evangelism in general, there are some royalty-free articles and news items available as part of the Web Evangelism Guide (Thanks Tony!): http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/newsreleases.html
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IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR HINDUS AND SIKHS

calendar With two weeks to go before the strategic Consultation for Ministries to Hindus and Sikhs in North America, (August 3-5, Minneapolis) organizers are requesting prayers for significant outcomes, stronger relationships, and smooth event functioning. If you qualify to participate or wish to recommend someone to attend e-mail the organizers immediately at AugConsultationatcsdotcom  (AugConsultationatcsdotcom)  . But act fast! It’s coming up immediately!
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CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR MISSIONARY NURSES

graduation cap Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing is committed to encouraging and supporting nursing missions. The School is offering a unique continuing education opportunity for missionary nurses to update skills. The next session will be held January 15-19, 2001 on the OBU campus in Shawnee, Oklahoma. For more information contact Dr. Lana Bolhouse Lana_Bolhouseatwebmaildotokbudotedu  (Lana_Bolhouseatwebmaildotokbudotedu)  .
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TRAVEL PORTALS

bus Seems like I regularly get requests from folks seeking the best deals in travel. We used to host a special email conference for those who would like to throw out “requests for quotes”, but any more, it’s probably just as efficient to check out any 3 of the following web sites — most are equally good at sniffing out the best deals:

bestfares.com : have to join for $59 for full access, but great site
biztravel.com : somewhat focused on business traveler;
expedia.com : great upgrade recently; simple building your trip
travelscape.com : well organized; linked to expedia
travelocity.com : linked to Sabre, the travel agent reservation system
trip.com : wide selection; comparison shop with links to airline sites
cheapseats.org : this is a wash; extensive registration; hardly worth it
cheaptickets.com : slow, clunky, . . .but cheapest int’l fares
lowestfare.com : airline ticket consolidator; best deals at last minute
priceline.com : these folks you already know about :-)
frommers.com : like the travel guide books by the same name
concierge.com : mapping, destination information (from Fodors), links
fodors.com : same as the popular guidebooks
iexplore.com : aimed at adventure sites
www.lonelyplanet.com : like the books by the same name; rugged traveler
timeout.com : info. about events in 33 cities; 20-something crowd

(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)

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GREAT SEARCH SITES

WebWatch Isn’t it crazy the way it seems you can find out just about anything any more by searching the web? But how does one find a “needle in a haystack”? Well with the following search sites, now you can! Alternate between the following until you’ve found a favorite:

about.com : expert human guides compile links and info.
altavista.com : directory of categories; related to babelfish
askjeeves.com : GREAT site for asking plain English questions about all!
brittanica.com : search the Internet or the whole Encyclopaedia
copernic.com : get a free utility program that searches 12 engines
directhit.com : specializes in returning the most relevant short lists
excite.com : popular, full-service, owns webcrawler.com
magellan.excite.com : concept-based search site
alltheweb.com : claims to have indexed more pages; impressively fast
go.com : search portal using categories, advanced features; metasearch
google.com : goes extra mile, ranks pages, shows search words in context
hotbot.com : owned by Lycos; more advanced search features; fine-tune it
lycos.com : full-service search portal; slightly awkward
metacrawler.com : collect results from a dozen search engines at once
northernlight.com : in addition to normal, one can pay for deeper search
profusion.com : up-and-coming metasearch portal
savvysearch.com : results from 11 different engines
snap.com : owned by NBC Internet; TV ads; personalizable
yahoo.com : full-service portal that pioneered organization by category

(Thanks to PC Magazine for compiling this list of favorites)

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WIRELESS PORTALS

WAP device Have you made the jump to wireless yet? I’ve been using an OmniSky modem with a Palm V and I’ll have to admit — it’s very freeing. There have been times that I’ve been out on the road, away from the office, when I didn’t want to take time to fire up my laptop and link it to my cell phone — because a quick two-line email would do. The Palm V with the OmniSky modem is perfect — in the USA, that is. In addition, the unlimited wireless web connection is a whole new way to think about the Internet. Anyway… here are some top sites for wireless web users:

avantgo.com : 350 Internet channels for Palm and Windows CE
air.go.com : customize for your unit; use translators and more
go2online.com : address and locator service, info. provider
mobile.msn.com : lately, one of the best
omnisky.com : The broadest available content — for a price
www.oraclemobile.com : customizable portal with tons of options
shadowpack.com : download the new web-clipping application; great portal
speedia.com : free news, finance, weather, stock lists, etc.
wolfetech.com : only available for Motorola or RIM pagers; fee involved
yahoo.com : use your yahoo email account wirelessly; categories
yodlee.com : one password to access all your online accounts; timesaver

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NEW BIBLE COURSE FROM GRACE NOTES

graduation cap On August 11, 2000, GRACE NOTES will begin distribution by e-mail of three new verse-by-verse courses in books of the Bible: 1 THESSALONIANS, 2 THESSALONIANS, and REVELATION. In these courses, lessons are distributed weekly by e-mail. There is no charge! If you prefer, you can request delivery of and (or all) course(s) all at once as a Microsoft Word 6.0 file. It will be sent as an e-mail attachment. Send your request to Grace Notes wdoudatbgadotcom  (wdoudatbgadotcom)  ; specify which course(s) you want, and which delivery method (weekly e-mail or attachment) you prefer.

note (Note that Brigada Today doesn’t ever “endorse” any particular doctrine or ‘flavor’ of teaching — so you’ll have to decide for yourself which parts of these kinds of courses fit with your own understanding of scripture — “eat the corn and leave the cob.” corn on the cob :-) )

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THE BACKPAGE: LESSONS FROM A STARVING COOK

We recently hosted a series of luncheons and dinners at Team Expansion, all held during a busy [and large] Christian convention here in Louisville, Kentucky. The “Celebration Meal” point person on our team (Yay Todd! :-) ) secured the help of his mother (Yay Peggy! :-) ) and we were off to the races. Of course we realized it would be hard work for everyone involved, but perhaps it didn’t really dawn on us exactly how much work it would be until we started seeing Peggy at work from one meal to the next. Yikes. gulp The truth is, on one particular day she worked from nearly dawn ’til dusk without stopping. When the day was done, we all realized too late that Peggy, the cook, hadn’t stopped to eat even a bite for herself! What’s more, now that the day was done, she was too exhausted to even think about eating. She went home a very tired (albeit fulfilled :-) ) volunteer.

I’ve been thinking about the old adage about cooks who work so hard that they end up starving. At Team Expansion, we have a Pastoral Care specialist who reminds us regularly just how important it is that our missionaries get quality input while on the field. But in spite of Donna’s best efforts — with all the cooperation we can muster — the truth is that we occasionally still see burnout, fatigue, or worse yet, even moral failure and complete crumbling of missionaries’ spiritual foundations.

How can this be? How can these noble professionals leave house and home, family and friends — then end up themselves as a casualty on the highway to Heaven. They sometimes set out with the highest intentions and end up with the lowest inclinations. They witness to countless souls, starving spiritually and/or physically, then end up starving themselves — physically or spiritually.

What can we do about “starving cooks syndrome?” One idea is to designate a “Donna” in your own mission family — someone who will constantly monitor (and wave the flag for) “member care.” That representative could attend the “Pastor to Missionaries” conference in December (to be held at the JAARS Center, Waxhaw NC — read all about it at http://www.barnabas.org/f-ptm.html ). Check out the links at http://www.missionarycare.org/links.html for even more ideas.

But maybe the simplest act of kindness we can do is just to look around us. Those of us working at those meals saw that Peggy was giving of her whole self . . . and we probably urged her to eat something at one point or another that day. But . . . those in leadership probably need to take greater steps than simple words. We probably need to urge and take action to prevent “starving cooks syndrome”. We can’t afford hungry soldiers. It’s just not acceptable in the army in which we all serve.

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

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PAYPAL IS A BIG HIT

Paypal logo Goodness! PayPal is a hit. Apparently there are several of us who were looking for some easy way to pass funds across the Internet. An International Director of one mission org. wrote (in an unsolicited response), “…The information was quite helpful. About two years ago we put the Perspectives course online. Unfortunately we did not have an easy way for people to pay for the course. It seems PayPal may be the answer.” A missionary who lives next to a university responded, “I have rental property for students at Michigan State in East Lansing. I have been looking for a program like this that would enable them to pay this way. I hope it will work out this next lease term. I want to go to China to tutor in accent reduction and conversational English. While I am gone this will provide a way to collect payments.” And in regard to the referral bonus ($5 that PayPal sends to Brigada Today if you use the link below), one mission worker wrote, “I have been thinking about using them for a while; even wrote them a couple of questions and got a very good and detailed answers. I can think of no one that could use the fiver more than you.” [blushface blushing] Unfortunately, one Brigada participant reported that PayPal only works in the USA. :-( But we’ll keep researching and maybe find a system for international use too. Maybe we can find a good free system for online banking! In the meantime, once again, if you need to pay someone over the Internet — from now on you no longer need to resort to faxing your credit card information or whatever. Just use PayPal. It’s free! And in fact, you’ll get $5 free just for signing up, once your account is verified! Plus just by signing up, you’ll be sending $5 to Brigada Today too! I’ve studied this . . . and I can’t find a single “downside” to it. Free money for you . . . free money for Brigada. Just click on this link to get started: https://secure.paypal.x.com/refer/pal=DLucas%40TeamExpansion.org
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VIDEO OR LINKS FOR UNREACHED PEOPLE

movie camera WebWatch cd-rom If you know of videos of specific unreached peoples, or web links to people profiles which are not already on the AD2000 web site: http://www.ad2000.org, please forward the information to Barbara Bills barbatad2000dotorg  (barbatad2000dotorg)   by August 9. The updates are needed now for inclusion on a CD-ROM currently being produced for release at CM2000 in Jerusalem.
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FREE STREET CHILDREN MANUAL

book Action International Ministries recently reprinted its $15 manual, CRISIS ON THE STREETS (A Ministry Guide for Taking the Street Out of Street Children), edited by ACTION missionary Jeff Anderson. This 100-page, 8 1/2 x 11 manual has excellent principles and guidelines for working with street and underprivileged children in Asia which are applicable worldwide. Its eight chapters deal with statistics, biblical foundation, job description of a street worker, how to get started, networking, first aid ministry, confronting drug abuse, prayer and fasting, workshop guidelines, ministry planning forms, and sample surveys. For a free manual, contact the offices of Action International Ministries at PO Box 398, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043, USA, 425-775-4800, d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet  (d_nicholsatearthlinkdotnet)  ; PO Box 280, Three Hills, AB T0M 2A0, Canada, 403-443-2221, 75342dot663atcompuservedotcom  (75342dot663atcompuservedotcom)  ; PO Box 193, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2GZ, United Kingdom, 01299-401511, actionukatbtinternetdotcom  (actionukatbtinternetdotcom)  ; PO Box 5263, Christchurch, New Zealand, 643- 355-7514, crcatcrconlinedotorg  (crcatcrconlinedotorg)  . (It would be appreciated if those requesting a copy would cover the cost of postage and handling.)
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OPERATION WORLD TO PROVIDE BRIGADA WITH URLS

WebWatch It’s confirmed. The folks preparing the Operation World web site lists have definitively confirmed that they will provide Brigada Today readers with a free downloaded copy. So… stand by! Also… Andrew, the Publications Manager for WEC International in the UK, filled us in on the fact that the upcoming Operation World will be available in book format and in CD format — as well as the combo edition. Yahooo! Yahoo
Thanks to Michael . . . and Andrew!
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NEED FOR SWAHILI NEW TESTAMENTS

Bible The Swahili evangelistic paper ministry UPESI is looking for a supplier of Swahili New Testaments. Existing UK-based groups can no longer supply. Please write to Beryl: bjshannonatsoondotorgdotuk  (bjshannonatsoondotorgdotuk)  
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ARE YOU INTO APOLOGETICS?

letter and ligntening bolt Are you serving on a field where you need to establish the truth of the scripture? Leaderu.com, one of the most content-rich Christian apologetics site on the Net, is offering a free subscription to Apologia Report, a weekly e-mail research journal apologia.org – normally at a subscription price of $20/year. To qualify, all you need to do is read an article from the LeaderU Real Issue archive http://www.leaderu.com/menus/ri.html.
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FULLER SEMINARY NOW OFFERING ONLINE COURSES

graduation cap Interested in a unique learning experience? Earn a 6-course Certificate of Christian Studies online. Fall 2000 quarter courses include:

  1. MC 520 Foundations of Church Growth
  2. MP 520 Introduction to Modern/Postmodern Culture.

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

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CALLING ALL MISSIONARIES FROM THE UK

WebWatch The OSCAR UK Information Service for World Mission is calling all UK missionaries, whether at home or overseas, to visit the OSCAR website http://www.oscar.org.uk and discover for themselves numerous resources that will save them time, energy and money. OSCAR, which stands for “One Stop Centre for Advice and Resources”, is also available via email only: infoatoscardotorgdotuk  (infoatoscardotorgdotuk)  .
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WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THE GROWING AIDS EPIDEMIC?

syringe Some 1.7 million children have lost their parents to AIDS. Now you can prepare to meet the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS. Attend the University of the Nations HIV/Aids School, October 26, 2000 – January 22, 2001 (Outreach to follow). For info. call 808-326-4433 or write admissionsatuofnkonadotedu  (admissionsatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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HOW TO SEGMENT YOUR PEOPLE GROUP

10/40 window Take a look at http://www.newWway.org this month. There’s an easy to read article about segmentation that will help your team know how to identify the segments of your people group so you can plan the best approach to take to get your message to them. You’ll also find other great articles on Photo Tips for Missionaries… How to Hit a Home Run With Your Website… Bridges for Sharing the Gospel with Postmodern People…and a Growing Archive of Media and Communication Planning Helps Surprisingly Simple Communication Strategy for Media Saturated Environments.
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MIDDLE EAST SCHOOL OF FRONTIER MINISTRIES

graduation cap The School Of Frontier Ministries (SOFM) is geared toward those who are seriously considering a call to the 10/40 Window. It is situated in one of the most strategic cities in the Middle East, which means you will be living within the local culture from the start. Subjects include: Islamic Studies, Community Development, Strategic Coordination and Business, Economic and Entrepreneurship Strategies. For info. write infoatsofm-uofndotorg  (infoatsofm-uofndotorg)  .
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RAISING THE BAR FOR SHORT TERM MISSION

calendar In January 1999 the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada began a process of building consensus amongst leaders on how to improve the effectiveness of short-term mission. The end result is the Code of Best Practice for Short Term Mission. The code will be officially launched at the Short-Term Mission Forum 2000 on September 22, 2000 at the TIM Centre at Tyndale Seminary, Toronto. Who Should Attend? Mission Agency, School, Denominational, Mission Committee and Local Church Leaders who are involved in the mobilization, equipping, sending and leading of short-term missionaries. Any leader who wants to learn about the latest cutting- edge tools for helping teams do short term mission in an effective way will not want to miss this event. Visit them online at http://www.globalmission.org or email them at EFCGlobalMissionathomedotcom  (EFCGlobalMissionathomedotcom)   for conference information and registration form.
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NEED A SPOT FOR CROSS-CULTURAL MINISTRY IN THE USA?

How ’bout San Diego? Check out the Real World Tour at http://www.realworldtour.org. They are offering weeklong and weekend exposure trips for Christians around the world to minister cross-culturally in the City Heights area of San Diego where a multitude of different ethnic groups call home. The emphasis is on giving people a taste of cross-cultural ministry and providing some basic training in evangelism.
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A TOOL OF CHOICE FOR TESL

cassette Audio Scriptures International has an attractive two-pocket, two-cassette album with a printed booklet designed for TESL programs The one cassette is in English and the other is in the student’s first language. When a student reaches a certain level of proficiency, the two-pocket album and printed booklet are incorporated in the TESL program. The student is pleased with progress as he/she reads along, listens and practices frequently. ASI will send one of these attractive albums and booklet to anyone who’d like to examine it. Your request and a token gift to cover the postage is all it takes. Be sure to say what language you want in the second pocket! Check it out at http://www.audioscriptures.org or write asi-caatxcdotorg  (asi-caatxcdotorg)  .
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TESOL SCHOOL IN KONA, HAWAII

graduation cap The next TESOL Course ( Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages ) at the University of the Nations in Kona will be held beginning Jan. 29, 2001. This course will equip you to teach English & open doors for you anywhere in the world you are led to go. This is a four week academic curriculum with a two week practicum following. The exact schedule is from Jan. 29th to Mar. 9th, 2001. A teaching & cultural outreach to China for approx. six weeks is also being planned immediately following the practicum. For more information contact tesolatuofnkonadotedu  (tesolatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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UNREACHED MEGA PEOPLES OF INDIA

book The new book by that name was released on 20th September 1999. It deals with 100 groups with over a million people each. It contains their profiles (2 pages each), maps of their location and density, statistics, possible organizations working among them and prayer points. There are also articles by specialists on people group advocates, people group approach. This book will inspire you to pray and lead you into action so that these peoples will be blessed and redeemed. Published by the India Missions Association, get your copy for $20 plus shipping and handling. Call (in the USA) 626-398-2314 or write ihsatuscwmdotorg  (ihsatuscwmdotorg)   to order your copies.
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INDOLOGICAL BOOKS AVAILABLE

books A book service focused on Christianity in India is online at http://samyujdhara.com. Over 1200 books are listed and are topically arranged to assist in locating subjects of interest; title and author searches are also possible. There is hardly an area of interest in mission for which some study from the Indian context is unavailable. Select studies in Hinduism, other Indian religions and Indian culture and history are also listed. Searches will be undertaken for books and subjects not listed. Brigada subscribers may avail of a ten per cent discount on all purchases by identifying themselves as such. For further details contact infoatsamyujdharadotcom  (infoatsamyujdharadotcom)  .
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YOUR FAVORITE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION TRAINER???

Louise (from Scotland) 101657dot2346atcompuservedotcom  (101657dot2346atcompuservedotcom)   would love to hear about your favorite language acquisition trainer for a resource list she’s preparing. Please include name, contact info, experience, availability, and any fees they normally charge.
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