19990411 Brigada Today

Now with over 9000 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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FRIENDS OF BOSNIA CONFERENCE BECKONS FOR GREATER COOPERATION

It all happened in Washington, DC, Apr. 9-10. Some 56 church and agency leaders flew in from Bosnia, England, Hawaii, and from all corners of the USA, all focused on a big pow-wow to figure out “what’s next” for Bosnia. One participant from Texas wrote, “The conference was all we hoped for and more. It was exciting to be in a room full of people — all of whom had a heart to take the gospel to the Bosnian people. Every speaker had a message that was meaningful to us. We came away affirmed and encouraged in our call to go to Bosnia. It was definitely in God’s plan that we attend the Friends of Bosnia conference.” Delegates decided unanimously to convene again in 2000 and annually thereafter. Watch future issues of Brigada Today for more info.
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HOW DO WE REACH THE CITY?

That’s what Thad and a bunch of other folks would like to know over at the Brigada-cities conference. Why not join them and figure it out once and for all! :-) Just send a note to subscribe-brigada-citiesatxcdotorg  (subscribe-brigada-citiesatxcdotorg)   and you’ll receive a bounce-back welcome. From there, just send your inquiry or resource to brigada-citiesatxcdotorg  (brigada-citiesatxcdotorg)   and see what happens!
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SYNCHRONIZE VIA THE WEB

When it comes to storing files on the web, Tim says http://www.visto.com might be better than http://www.myfilesonline.com for people with multiple PC’s (home and work, etc.) because it comes with a free synchronizer that you can use to sync up your e-mail inbox, internet favorites, Outlook (etc) calendar between multiple PC’s and PDA devices. Give it a try! (Thanks Tim!)
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HOUSE CHURCHES TO DISCIPLE THE NATIONS

Want to join a growing body of house churches who would like to make an impact on discipling the nations? Then contact Grace, at: gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  . She’ll send you a free list of resources on house churches and plug you in with others who share a common vision.
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PRAYER AND POEM E-MAIL

If you would like to receive a weekly prayer e-mail with 3-5 current mission prayer requests, send a message to mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)   with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Praying recipients on the email list are the source of the prayer requests. Each email also includes a recent poem or parable written by Mert Hershberger, the editor of the list. Archives can be seen at http://www.everybody.org/mert.
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FREE PRAYER RESOURCE

praying hands Lydia Prayer Fellowship offers free 1Tim2 pray for those in authority prayer cards. Bookmark size Bible cards list names of the U.S. President, his Cabinet and Supreme Court members. There are 12 scriptures to encourage prayer; 6 for political leadership and 6 for spiritual leaders. Cards come in packs of 100 and 1000. Only need number of cards you desire and a postal address. trynaatbahldotcom  (trynaatbahldotcom)  

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MISSIONS MEGAMENU

Have you registered your agency or school in the new MegaMenu white pages directory? It’s a free service, and, according to organizers, is used by many people to track down mission agencies. Just visit the page at http://www.globalmission.org/megamenu.htm check to see if you are listed, then follow instructions to add yourself if you are not. Organizers there also run a SHORT TERM MISSIONS DATABASE for opportunities. Again, you can list for free at http://www.globalmission.org/st.htm (just follow instructions on the page).
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BE A BLESSING [ENGLISH-WISE] TO YOUR COMMUNITY

From July 19, 1999 to August 27, 1999 at YWAM, Roaring Branch, Pa, David & Vicky Scott, instructors from Kona, HI, will offer a 6 week intensive course will equip you to teach conversational English to non-English speakers. A certificate from U of N will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more write 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)  .
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GET YOUR NEWS NOW!

The jury’s back on this one. Thanks to Ken kmachargatlamdotorg  (kmachargatlamdotorg)   for compiling it. If you’d like to add something, please contact him directly.
Associated Press
www.newsday.com/ap/topnewsx.htm or www.newsday.com/ap/internat.htm
www.dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/world/ap/index.html
Associated Press/Reuters in Spanish
www.espanol.yahoo.com/noticias/actualidad
Reuters News Service
www.dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/wl (U.S. wire)
www.yahoo.co.uk/headlines/world (British wire)
AFP (French Press Agency)
www.yahoo.com.sg/headlines/world
Reuters News Service and United Press International (UPI)
www.nt.excite.com/news/international
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MADELINE MARRAY O’HARE REST IN PEACE

Are you one of the scads of folks still circulating a petition about Madeline Murray O’Hare wanting to eliminate Bible reading and prayer from the radio waves? Two words: Forget it! Read http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/enf/forms/rm-2493.html from the FCC web site. Read my lips: She’s gone!
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SAVE SOME BUCKS… USE YOUR WEB SITE FOR IRS REQUIREMENTS

According to Jack Strauss, a lawyer from Dallas, TX, the Internal Revenue Code requires tax exempt organizations to comply with any requests by anyone for copies of their application for tax exemption (Form 1023) as well as their three most recent annual information returns (Form 990). But if the organization has made the documents widely available, then they are relieved of these obligations. “Widely available” is defined to mean posting on the Internet. The IRS has just issued final regulations clarifying this new disclosure law. The regulations were printed in the Federal Register on April 9. The bottom line is that all tax exempt organizations may want to consider posting the required documents on their web site or another web site that is essentially a database of the required materials in order to avoid both the hassle of dealing with requests for documents as well as some pretty stiff penalties in case of non compliance. A summary of the regulations can be downloaded from The Legal Trends Memorandum web site: http://members.aol.com/jbstraus/page/index.htm Click on “New IRS Disclosure Regulations Issued April, 1999” under the “Special Reports” heading. Thanks Jack!
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WANT MORE TESL RESOURCES?

You can bag some secular resources by browsing http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webmission.html#english
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ONLINE LEARNING FOR MISSIONARY KIDS

NorthStar Academy is a private online school offering grades 7-12 with three different programs of study: USA, Canadian, and UK. We have begun registration for the 1999-2000 school year and are looking forward to a great second year of meeting the needs of missionary families all over the globe and in our own back yard! Please visit our website at http://www.northstar-academy.org for more information.
In North America, you can call me toll-free at 1-888-464-6280, and you can email me at brettatnorthstar-academydotorg  (brettatnorthstar-academydotorg)  .
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FREE MACRO: STRIP CARRIAGE RETURNS

Are you tired of stripping carriage returns from emails? I am. That’s why I really like my new WinWord macro (with appreciation to PC Magazine for the inspiration). If you receive emails (with those nasty hard carriage returns at the end of each and every line) then paste them into other documents… even other emails… you’ll love this new macro — if you use Microsoft Word (Office 95/97). Just click on “Tools|Macro|Macros” to open the macros dialogue box, give it an appropriate name (like stripreturns) then choose “create.” Paste these lines into the starter boilerplate that Microsoft gives you (say, right before the “End Sub” line):

Sub StripParagraphMarks()
'
' StripParagraphMarks Macro
' Macro recorded 11/29/97 by Doug Lucas
' revised 4/16/99 to avoid loss of actual paragraphs
' find all double carriage returns and replace them with @$$@
With Selection.Find
.ClearFormatting
.Replacement.ClearFormatting
.Execute Findtext:="^p^p", ReplaceWith:="@$$@",
Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:="^p", ReplaceWith:=" ", Replace:=wdReplaceAll
.Execute Findtext:="@$$@", ReplaceWith:="^p^p",
Replace:=wdReplaceAll
End With
End Sub

[snip snip… end of macro] Next time you want to strip out carriage returns, just select the text of the offending paragraph(s) with your mouse, then run your new macro. It’ll be even easier if you use “Tools|Customize” then choose the “Commands” tab and assign the new macro to the icon of your choice on your standard toolbar. (See Help for more info. on this)

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SLOW LOGGING ON?

If you use Windows 95/98 “Dial-up Networking” to access the Internet, and if it’s been slow-going getting on board lately, try editing your Dial-up networking profile. Find it by clicking on the “My Computer” icon on your desktop, then clicking on Dial-up Networking, then hit “right-click|properties”, then choose the “Server Types” tab. Make sure the “Log On to Network” option is not checked (clear it if necessary), then make sure TCP/IP is the only service checked at the bottom (clear the checks in front of others if necessary). When I followed those two simple tips, I cut my log-on time in half!
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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!

1990404 Brigada Today

Now with about 9000 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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POCKETMAIL = EMAIL IN YOUR POCKET

letter and ligntening bolt At least that’s what Faithe FaitheFinleyatmasterdesigndotorg  (FaitheFinleyatmasterdesigndotorg)   says. She tipped us off to PocketMail at http://www.pocketmail.com. Looks interesting, all right. If you live in the USA, you simply call up a toll-free number and send and receive unlimited e-mail for US$9.95 per month (or $99 for a year). They give you an e-mail address or you can also use any POP3 or IMAP accounts you already have. The catch is that you have to buy an e-mail (and address book) device. JVC makes one for US$100 (holds 100 e-mails) and Sharp makes one for $150 (holds 500 e-mails as well as calendar & to-do). PocketMail can filter your mail any way you want. But here’s the great thing about it: you can use these devices with ANY phone (payphone, analog cell phone, whatever), supposedly ANYWHERE in the world. NO special connection wiring is needed. You hold the device up to the phone and it transmits and receives mail. You can also send faxes and alphanumeric pages. So, for around $200 a year, Faithe says I could have unlimited e-mail from anywhere in the world. The one downside, according to Faithe, is that the keyboard is a bit small (6 inches wide), but like she says, the thing weighs less than 9 ounces! Might be just the thing for somebody on the road quite a bit, like a traveling missionary? What do you think?
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FREE STREET CHILDREN MANUAL

book Normally it would sell for $13, but for Brigada readers, the Street Children Ministry of Action International Ministries has agreed to make available their excellent manual, “Crisis on the Streets; A Ministry Guide for Taking the Street Out of Street Children,” for free!!! Edited by Philippine Street Children Ministry Director, Jeff Anderson, this 50-page manual (8 ½ x 11) was written specifically for ministry in the Philippines but can be easily adapted for use in other countries. Chapters include, The Street Children Scene, Biblical Foundation, Street Worker Profile, Getting Started, Networking, First-Aid Ministry, Confronting Drug Abuse, Prayer and Fasting, Workshop Exercises, Ministry Planning Forms, and Sample Surveys. This $13 manual is yours as a gift from Action International Ministries. If you can assist with $2 or $3 for postage, this would be appreciated but is not necessary. Contact Kim Jenkins, Action International Ministries, PO Box 398, Mountlake Terrace WA 98043, Tel (425) 775-4800, Fax (425) 775-0634, Email 75362dot2516atcompuservedotcom  (75362dot2516atcompuservedotcom)  . Thanks AIM!
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BUSINESS AND MISSIONS SEMINARY IN GALILEE

The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED), a part of the UofN-YWAM, is running a 2 and 1/2 week seminar in Galilee, Israel on BUSINESS AND MISSIONS, April 22 – May 7 (1999). The seminar will be launched with a special day of intercessory prayer with Paul Hawkins (Int’l Prayer Center) focused on the area of business and missions. This seminar will study the history of business and missions. It will also focus on the future of business & missions in the 21st century and the call of persons through business. The relationship of business to frontier missions and with church planting will be explored. Successful models of business and missions will be presented. Success principles for starting Great Commission businesses will be identified, the development of entrepreneurial teams and other subjects. Teachers include Peter Tsukahira/ Japan and Israel; Dwight Nordstrom/China; Ken Crowell/ Israel; Kalyan Das/India; Arieh Klein/ Israel; Loren Cunningham; and Sharon Swarr (Dir. CEED). Space is limited. For more information, contact Cathy Miles CEEDUofNatcompuservedotcom  (CEED%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3EUofNatcompuservedotcom)  .
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FOR FREE BACKUP STRATEGIES

Rod suggests that for free backup strategies (to learn how to protect the files on your PC), go to http://www.rocksoft.com/taobackup/. Thanks Rod!
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LIST OF LANGUAGES ON ROSETTA STONE GROWS

With the addition of Hebrew and Swahili, the list of languages available in the Rosetta Stone Language Library now exceeds 20. This award-winning CD-ROM language-learning program is still available to missionaries for $99 + shipping (per program) through Mission Training Int’l, Tel 800-896-3710 in the USA or email Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)  . The languages include Arabic, (Mandarin)Chinese, Dutch, English (both UK and US), French, German, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Thai, Vietnamese and Welsh. For a full list of MTI’s programs check out their website at http://www.mti.org.
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FOOD FOR YOUR MIND… CLASSIC CHRISTIANITY

Are you into “classic Christianity?” If so, maybe you’d like to hear segments from Tozer, Murray, Mueller, and other classic writers? Now you can… by e-zine, every two months. Check http://www.cpi-horizon.com , or send an email to MAJORDOMOatGOSPELCOMdotNET  (MAJORDOMOatGOSPELCOMdotNET)   with only these words in the body:
subscribe classic-Christianity

You’ll be added to the list automatically! Great for missionaries! Thanks for the tip, Roger!

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NATIVE INDIAN CONFERENCE

Dan wrote this past week, “We are more than excited about the response received from several dozen folks inquiring about Kwe’atchii 99, the fourth biennial Native Urban Church Planting Symposium, May 10-13, 1999, in Calgary, Alberta, sponsored by Inter-Mission Co-operative Outreach. We’re averaging one person registering per day as a direct result of Brigada. In addition to 7 sessions by guest missiologist Duane Elmer of Wheaton College and Grad School on cross-cultural partnerships, there are 15 other workshops facilitated by Native leaders and missionaries. Topics include “getting started right,” “masterplanning your ministry,” “Biblical counseling,” “update on Native-developed Bible study adult curriculum on true Native identity,” and “effective support raising for special projects.” Registration (9 meals and lodging) is a bargain for $175 Canadian or $125 US. For further information or to register today by e-mail, contact Dan Woodard, 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom  (103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom)  .”
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HOW WOULD YOU TRAIN NEW BIBLE STUDENTS?

SOON wants to know. The folks at SOON Gospel Literature offer a free easy-English evangelistic paper called SOON. They also have an evangelistic Bible correspondence course. For students who complete this, they would like to advise students of further good postal Bible courses available, preferably free. Please send details direct to tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . Tony would also like to collect some testimonies of non-western people, written specifically for non-Christians according to their guidelines which can be sent by email, or viewed online at: http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webtestimony.html If you can help, drop ’em a line!
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SO WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR LANGUAGE LEARNING RECORDERS?

That’s what Eric Derry ericderryatxcdotorg  (ericderryatxcdotorg)   would like to know. If you live in the USA and have recently found a great deal on a handheld cassette recorder with “the right stuff” for LAMP language learners, drop him a line! He’ll assemble the list of options and make it available to us here on Brigada. Maybe your local Circuit City is the best option… but if you’ve got some special warehouses, he’d like to know. He’s equipping some 100 short-term workers headed overseas this summer with Team Expansion . . . to all parts of the globe.
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BALKAN-RELIEF

A new moderated email discussion list has been created to facilitate communication among those individuals and agencies involved in relief efforts in the Balkan region. It is intended as a place to share resources, network various relief activities, and disseminate news of relief work.. The list is open to interested individuals, to organizations and agencies both religious and secular, private and governmental. To join this list, send a blank email message to the address: join-balkan-reliefatxcdotorg  (join-balkan-reliefatxcdotorg)  .
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IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR INTENT ’99

“Kingdom Professionals: FutureEdge of Missions” is scheduled at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois, on May 21-23, 1999. Request information on this annual tentmaking conference and a program brochure from Dorothy dorothyatintentdotorg  (dorothyatintentdotorg)  . Keynote speakers include Landa Cope and Dwight Nordstrom. Add in tons of workshops and you’re on your way toward a better understanding of tentmaking.
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PRACTICAL HANDBOOK ON TENTMAKING

book In response to many requests for resources on tentmaking from individuals and schools, INTENT has prepared the Kingdom Professional Resource Guide. This 3-ring 1-1/2 inch notebook contains more than 150 pages of information and selected papers which challenge and answer your questions on the subject, provide suggestions for tentmaking preparation and training, opportunities, selected URLs, tentmaking resources, marketplace ministries, ministry organizations, and practical help on how to get there from here. The cost is $40.00 plus shipping for this very valuable resource. Contact infoatintentdotorg  (infoatintentdotorg)   for more information.
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WEBWATCH

WebWatch Russ recommends http://www.mydocsonline.com for storing your personal or work documents on the Web, so you can then access them from any computer in the world for FREE! He also tipped us on http://www.mrwakeup.com as being the first web based information wakeup and reminder service in the world. Set the time and date, “repeat daily, monthly, etc” and your phone rings for your wake-up or appointment reminder. How ’bout that! Thanks Russ!
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ONLINE CHRISTIAN RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN

Barbara kids-resourcesatmisslinkdotorg  (kids-resourcesatmisslinkdotorg)   would like to compile a list of online Christian resources for missionary children (up to age 12). She’ll share the results with Brigada subscribers and on the Children’s Chapel. Please be sure there are absolutely no offensive links on submitted web pages. To submit a resource, send your information to kids-resourcesatmisslinkdotorg  (kids-resourcesatmisslinkdotorg)  . Please copy and paste the following format into your e-mail submission:

Resource Title:
Web address:
Brief description (25 words or less):
Select at least one category for each submission:

  1. Activities,
  2. Audio files,
  3. Books,
  4. Dramas,
  5. E-Cards,
  6. Educational,
  7. Games,
  8. Homework Helpers,
  9. Magazines,
  10. Ministries,
  11. Music,
  12. Pen-Pals,
  13. Plays,
  14. Radio,
  15. Resource directories,
  16. Software,
  17. Stories,
  18. Toys,
  19. Tracts,
  20. T.V.,
  21. Videos,
  22. Other:___________

See the results at http://misslink.org/children.html

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DO YOU PRINT YOUR BRIGADA TODAY?

Why? Save the Amazon rainforest. Read it on your screen, then paste it into a large word processing document. Clip out only the sections you want to print (if any! :-) ) and save your laser toner pennies for Kosovar refugees. :-)
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TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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IF IT DOESN’T WORK — Write Don & Judy, our Customer Services Managers at helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  . Yahooooo for volunteers!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19990328 Brigada Today

Now with about 9000 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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THE VALUE OF HUMAN LIFE, THE IMPACT OF A GIFT

One morning last week, as my wife and I were watching scenes from Kosovo on CNN, I turned to her and said, “I wish we could do something.” A couple of hours later, a humanitarian aid organization had called, suggesting that we apply for a grant for $20,000 to help refugees in Northern Albania! I was floored! We applied… and tomorrow we find out whether or not we’ll receive the grant. But in the meantime, by faith, we’ve kicked some plans into motion. Even as this Brigada Today speeds along the Internet to your inbox, our mission has flown two representatives toward Albania in an attempt to find out more about how to help and to take in the first bundle of aid funds. God willing, they’ll arrive there tomorrow. It hasn’t been all that easy to get them in! But in the process, I’ve been so touched by the efforts of everyone to help us… from travel agents to church members to those already ‘on the ground’ in Albania. Everyone seemed to be gripped by the images they were seeing. Everyone with whom we’ve talked has seemed to share the burden… that the value of a human life is definitely worth the effort it might take to save it. And… now that I look back… think what a difference that first hint of a gift can make. I pray that God will continue to make some people rich… so that they can be generous on these kinds of occasions! No wonder Christ called us together to be a church!
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MELISSA ARCHITECT ARRESTED

virus Did you see where they’ve arrested the alleged creator of the Melissa virus? Serious stuff. They could put him in jail for 40 years! Guess they’re trying to make examples of these guys.
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MEDIA RING OK

Several Brigada participants wrote to say that they had tried Media Ring. They reported that it worked as well as any other voice-over-IP service. If your loved ones overseas are hooked up to the Internet and are technically inclined, it’s worth trying. You can even leave a “voicemail” if the other party isn’t online. http://www.mediaring.com
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INTERESTED IN TRAINING IN INTERPERSONAL SKILLS?

Check out RelationshipSkills.com, a new Web site for International Training Partners. ITP is an informal network of trainers from over 20 mission organizations who are dedicated to providing Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills Workshops for missionaries. Twenty-five of these workshops are already planned for various locations around the world in 1999, and many of them still have openings. ITP is headed up by Ken Williams, Ph.D., with Wycliffe Bible Translators.
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NEED A CALLING CARD? TRY ATN

telephone If you’re traveling in North America, American Telecom Network’s Calling Card is worth a try. 14.9 cents a minute, flat rate with six second billing, NO surcharge or monthly payments, pay for usage only! You will receive an itemized bill at the end of the month. The card is free! A true card: not a debit card or a prepaid card. Call (in North America) 1-888-487-4732, EC Code 10689 http:www.callatn.com.
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HOW DO YOU GET YOUR INT’L NEWS?

Claudia staytonatxcdotorg  (staytonatxcdotorg)   would like to know. She’ll compile a list and make it available to us here.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKMENISTAN

world globe Turkmenistan, a country just north of Iran, is officially Muslim. However the few emerging Christian believers are forming into several small fellowships. It was a landmark event when the first ever Turkmen songbook was released recently. Now churches and mission representatives in the area have united to re-edit the songbook. Plans are also in place to record the songs. The distribution of these indigenous materials works powerfully to unite and form a common identity to the scattered groups of believers there.
(Source: http://www.ad2000.org/tracks/worship/wannl9.htm, Global Worship Report Vol 1, No 9, March/April 1999.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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CELEBRATE MESSIAH 2000 UPDATE

Luis Bush wrote this past week to say, “Praise God for the blessings received out of the recent negotiations with the Israeli tour and conference companies regarding the International Conference Center (ICC) in Jerusalem and the costs for their coordinating and management efforts! All we have asked for has been granted, for which we give praise and thanks to God! Accordingly, the registration period is hereby extended to 30 November 1999, at the original registration fee levels and attendant criteria as listed on the Registration Form that was originally issued. The Land Package options and Optional Tour fees also remain the same. Praise God! Places are still available at the original negotiated fee and land and tour prices. Once those are filled we will need to negotiate further for what is available and at what price. So, if you would like to join us, register by 30 November 1999 (Registration is on a first-come/first-served basis.). Thank you! The first payment of 50 percent for Land Services is now due by 31 December 1999. The balance of the payment remains due by 30 June 2000.” If you’d like more information, why don’t you try writing something like infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  . That should work, I imagine. :-)
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BACK UP YOUR PC; YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID

Sharon wrote this past week, “Do you feel as if you are being nagged, prodded, scared into virus protection compliance? I hope so! The adage in computers used to be “back up, back up, back up”. Now I believe it to be, “back up, update, back up, update” !! The latest Melissa virus and subsequent papa virus are just examples of how vulnerable we really are.” She’s right. So in Word, go to “Tools|Options” and make sure there’s a checkmark in front of “enable Macro virus protection.” Back up all your data files. Then get some form of antivirus software working on your PC. Sharon recommends the following sites as examples. Find one you like and use it! http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html http://www.nai.com/ http://www.symantec.com/ http://www.cert.org/index.html
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WATER BOY

book “Wahili: The Water Boy” is a full-color, hardbound children’s missionary book used by families, churches, and missionaries in teaching and evangelism. Reading level is ages 7-12. It is currently offered at a 50% discount to all mission workers. For information, contact Papilloncoataoldotcom  (Papilloncoataoldotcom)   or, in the USA, call toll-free 888-679-4654.
(Source: April Advance)
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MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

“The Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window” compiles stories and testimonies describing the wondrous events and extraordinary occurrences orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window. For information, contact wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or, in the USA, call toll-free 888-926-6397.
(Source: April Advance)
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CHILDREN’S MISSION MOBILIZATION RESOURCES

Sorry if you found a lot of blank pages last week! The person who passed the message along to us must have done so just a tad prematurely. You will NOW find a lot of great material, and they are still adding. http://www.21stcenturykidsconnect.org/.
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GOT RESOURCES ABOUT KOSOVO AND SITUATION THERE?

There are a ton on the web, of course. Send your favorite to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)  , with subject line, “KOSOVO RESOURCE”. Doug is especially hoping to learn about folks who might have printed resources, such as web-enabled printed bulletin inserts, to pass along to at least one church leader.
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STILL WANT A FREE PC?

If so, please try to hear this out from Tim, “Readers still waiting to cash in on their 1 in 50,000 odds of getting a free PC from http://www.freepc.com might do well to look at http://www.gobi.com/. For $26 a month, you get a full featured (Celeron 300) PC preloaded with Windows 98, 15 ” monitor, and 56k modem, and unlimited internet access (check their list of local dialup numbers before you apply). And no ads. The catch? There’s a credit check, a $45 shipping fee, and one month’s payment in advance, and most importantly there’s a three-year commitment (with a buyout option), similar to the one you’d make for a “free” cell phone, but at the end of three years they send you a new PC. Caution: it’s hard to determine the long-term viability of the startup company which is making this offer. Shop wisely.
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WOULD YOU PRAY FOR THE FRIENDS OF BOSNIA?

Fittingly, this weekend is the get-together for the “Friends of Bosnia,” the ad hoc group that has covenanted together to talk, pray, and dream to make a difference in the Balkans. I’m here in Washington, DC, tonight, ready to set up for the conference that is set to occur just 8 blocks from the Whitehouse. Senator Dole has pledged to do his best to be there to give the welcome. Some of the most noted missionaries and humanitarian aid workers in Bosnia are flying in from Sarajevo, Mostar, London, and even as the University of the Nations in Hawaii. Pray with us that God will forge a tight bond of camaraderie and a close strategy of kindred spirits, so that the work of the Lord might go forward in an ever-increasing measure! Pray that many will learn more about how to make their lives count for Him in Bosnia… and among Bosnian immigrants in their hometowns. Also, pray that we’ll be able to figure out a way to help in Kosovo as well!
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IS MELISSA A VIRUS OR A WORM?

virusI always get all those words mixed up… worm, virus, trojan, who knows (Jonathan will straighten me out if I call it the wrong thing :-) ). Basically, I just know it’s a dastardly attachment that somehow tricks your copy of Office ’97 into emailing a corresponding attachment to 50 of your friends. Evidently this one is real. However, there’s no need to email everyone in your address book about it. (Someone probably already has!) This one is getting more press than any virus (or worm or whatever it is) I’ve ever heard of. It’s relatively easy to prevent. First, if you run virus-checking software in your system tray (you do, don’t you?), just update the version you’re running through the standard update process. But even if you don’t, just go to the Microsoft web site and (after updating to Service Release 1 and Service Release 2) download the special patch called WD97SP.exe, available in “Downloads.” (for example, read the bulletin at http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/ms99-002.asp. Then you’re back on the road, fit as a fiddle! So… why all the fuss about a virus if it’s so easy to prevent? I don’t know. Maybe the public is enthralled with the idea of hackers, making our computers do amazingly evil things. Or… maybe it’s a mob-mentality thing. Or… maybe we’re just plain scared, having heard too many horror stories. So… either way, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. But… please… no panic. :-) (Oh — thanks for the tips from everyone who sent them my way; Sharon wins the prize for being first! :-) )
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GET USA STATE DEPT. TRAVEL ADVISORIES BY EMAIL FOR FREE!

letter and ligntening boltJust browse http://www.state.gov/www/listservs.html to find out how to receive USA gov’t travel advisories for free, via email. (If you don’t have web access, ask a friend to sign you up.) Find out fast if there’s a travel warning in Macedonia or Indonesia or wherever. It really doesn’t matter whether or not you’re from the USA — they would still apply most of the time (though warnings are slanted toward situations where USA travelers are put at risk).
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JUNE IS FOR LOVERS

…of unreached people groups. People-Specific Advocacy is learning, linking and loving on behalf of the unreached. Caleb Project is offering its fourth Advocate Training Seminar June 3-5, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, USA. Meet a group of 30-40 like-minded people to learn more about advocacy, partnerships, field realities, and adoption, and come away with specific plans. This will be the only ATS offered in 1999. Can’t come? The 250-page advocacy reader, “Keys to the Nations” is also available from Caleb Project. For more information write to trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)   or see http://www.calebproject/ats.htm.
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM NORTH AFRICA

world globe Many churches in Northern Africa are growing, despite suffering intense persecution. When Islamic fundamentalists in one north African country discovered the time and place of a church meeting, they went there and waited to massacre the Christians. But when the time came, the place remained empty. Not one of the 65 people expected to attend the meeting turned up, not even the preacher who had been specially invited. Every single one had been prevented from coming by some unexpected event, from a flat tire to a family visit. God coordinated and performed 65 miracles, saving the lives of 65 people, and demonstrating that his hand is over the region’s Christians.
(Source: Friday Fax, Vol 99, No. 12, March 26th, 1999, www.cmd.org.nz/ffaxnu.html)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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NEW MISSIONARY VIDEO WINS NATIONAL AWARD

movie camera “Return to Hauna,” a 30 minute video featuring Wycliffe Bible translator Marilyn Laszlo, has won a 1999 Angel Award from Excellence in Media. In the video, Marilyn, a master storyteller, shares many fascinating and entertaining glimpses of the 23-year process of translating the New Testament into the Sepic Iwam language of Papua New Guinea. She walks around the village sharing about what happened on the very spots where the events occurred. She ends with an inspiring and encouraging challenge to reach the world. It has a broad appeal and is suitable for use by members of other agencies or for a general missions emphasis in churches. “Return to Hauna” is a follow-up project to another film done in Hauna village in 1981, “Come By Here,” also an Angel Award winner. Both videos were shot and edited by producer Dan Philgreen of St. Cloud, Florida, and are available at http:/www.dpproductions.com along with more information, behind the scenes photos, etc. Or email danatdpproductionsdotcom  (danatdpproductionsdotcom)  .
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NEED TESL MATERIALS?

Check out the Adventures in English materials that the EFCM International Network has put together. With a focus on developing conversational English in a small group setting, these user friendly materials have been developed through 7 years of actual cross-cultural use by short-term teams of non-professional ESL teachers in over 20 countries (including the increasingly multi-cultural US!). For more information or a sample of the 1999 materials, visit the EFCM web site at http://www.efcm.org/adventur.html or contact Don Erickson at 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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NATIVE INDIAN CONFERENCE

For all those who are involved in establishing Native Indian churches in urban centers, or those who have an interest in cross-cultural partnerships among Native Indian peoples — here’s an event you’ll want to check out. It’s called “Kwe’atchii 99,” the fourth biennial Native Urban Church Planting Symposium, May 10-13, 1999, happening in Calgary, Alberta. (Kwe’atchii is an Algonquin word widely understood to mean “thoroughly prepared.”) The event is sponsored by Inter-Mission Co-operative Outreach, a 30-year-old association of 10 mission agencies in Canada and US. Come and choose between 4 tracks of workshops, “How to Get Started Right,” “Counseling for Urban Church Needs,” “Life and Ministry Management,” and “Cross-Cultural Partnering.” Some workshops will be co-facilitated by Native leaders and missionaries. Our guest missiologist from Wheaton College and Grad School, Dr. Duane Elmer, will be leading the Cross-Cultural Partnering workshops. He authored Cross Cultural Conflict: Building Relationships for Effective Ministry, IVP, 1993. Registration (9 meals and lodging) is a bargain for $175 Canadian or $125 US. For a brochure, e-mail Dan Woodard 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom  (103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom)  . Space is limited to the first 75 people registering.
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ANYBODY TRIED “MEDIA RING?”

Anybody out there tried MediaRing yet? I installed it and it seems promising as a Net2Phone alternative. Release 5.0 is out and absolutely free. It would give you unlimited Internet long distance for free . . . assuming you don’t have to pay for your local connect charges. It’s on the web at http://www.mediaring.com/zdnet/pcmag/. Thanks for the tip, Brad!!!
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A TRAVELING FAX SERVICE FOR ANYBODY WHO HAS EMAIL

fax machineThanks to Les for the tip on efax at http://www.efax.com. What a great idea! For free, you can receive a fax via email, wherever you are in the world. Services like this have, as far as I know, always cost just a bit previously. Check it out!
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THE BRIGADA WEB EVANGELISM GUIDE

Brigada Logo Check out http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/web-evangelism.html which now includes a short monthly email newsletter. To join, simply send an email to imailsrvatchristianlistsdotcom  (imailsrvatchristianlistsdotcom)   with this message in the body of the email:
subscribe web-evangelism your name
where ‘your name‘ is your real name, and not your email address.
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HORN OF AFRICA MOBILIZATION BOOKLET FROM AD2000

book Luis Bush has a new booklet entitled, The Horn of Africa: Challenge and Opportunity, and it’s just been printed! This 12-page, four-color booklet is now available from the AD2000 International Office at only $.50 each (10 copies / $5.00 minimum order) plus shipping and handling. Just email your order to infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)   or fax it to (719) 576-2685. If planning on paying with a check from a Foreign Bank, they request $10 (US) processing fee to the cost of your order, or use your favorite credit card. (Remember to fax credit card orders, since Internet email isn’t secure.)
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GOT TIME FOR A MEDICAL QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE WEB?

syringeIf so, Dr. Julia Irvine would like to talk to you … in a matter of speaking. :-) She’s a family practice physician conducting research through the In His Image Residency program. She wrote this past week, “As a Christian and a former missionary, I am concerned about the emotional, spiritual, and physical health of God’s messengers on the ‘front lines.’ This research survey has been designed to combine aspects of the missiology, business, and psychology literature. The survey is now available on web site and affords maximum privacy for both organizations and individuals. All answers are assigned numbers so anonymity is preserved. I think both you and your members who have served 12 months or more will enjoy this 10 minute survey.” If you can, help her out at http://www.inhisimage.org/irvineresearch She’s said she’ll make available to us an abstract of the research results here on Brigada.
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PRAYER NEEDS FOR TIBETAN BUDDHISTS AND ATHLETES INT’L

praying handsIf you’d like to receive updates on prayer needs for world missions with a focus on Athletes International Ministries and Tibetan Buddhist world, write to prayerwks-subscribeatlistbotdotcom  (prayerwks-subscribeatlistbotdotcom)  . you will be sent a verification message.

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HOW DO YOU EVALUATE YOUR CHURCH’S MISSIONARIES?

That’s what John jgmaloneaterolsdotcom  (jgmaloneaterolsdotcom)   would like to know. He’s collecting questionnaires, guidelines, materials, anything that would help a local church to evaluate missionaries and hold them accountable. He’d like to know how they are used and by what frequency. If you’ve got a form you can send him, write John directly, and we’ll ask him to post his results here in a couple of weeks.
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CHILDREN’S MISSION MOBILIZATION RESOURCES

Check out 21st Century Kids Connect, a web site on children’s missions education, not completely developed yet, but, at least in the judgment of one tipster (Thanks Roger!), looks promising! Browse it at http://www.21stcenturykidsconnect.org/ 21st Century Kids Connect is a consortium of children’s workers, parents, organizations and Christian school teachers who believe this generation may well be the one that sees the Great Commission completed.
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PERSIAN-SPEAKERS UNITE!

Now there’s a Persian Christian Leadership Training Center (in West Hills, CA) for those wanting to reach out to Persian-speakers! The goal of PCLTC is to offer biblical and theological training to Persian-speaking Christians and to equip them to minister among Persian people. Courses will be offered on a diploma basis from an accredited CA seminary. The courses will be taught in Persian. The opening seminar will be help on Saturday April 17th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. First subjects are “How to Get the Most out of My Bible” and How Can I tell if God is calling me into Ministry”. This seminar is open to the public. The Center’s address is: 7115 Shoup Avenue West Hills, CA 91307 Telephone, 818-992-832, fax 818-992-8340, email persianwoatcsidotcom  (persianwoatcsidotcom)  .
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ARE YOU ONE-DIMENSIONAL?

Sounds pretty horrible, doesn’t it. Like someone who has “no shape!” But believe it or not, many of us are. We strike off to work each day (and some of us work in our home-office without even the option of (striking out!”), basically doing the same activity… emailing, …. browsing, … coding, … reading…, or even… teaching, grading, office-ing, etc. You get the idea.

I’ve thought about this recently because someone said to me last week, “I’m so glad you’ve got so many interests… soccer, your kids, your wife, remodeling your basement (Ed. note: glad that’s done!), etc.” At first I thought, so what would be wrong with me if, every day, I just went into the office and typed out emails!? The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized — we aren’t, by nature, one-dimensional beings. Jesus grew “in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men.” (Luke 2:52) Maybe we should be growing in multiple areas too!

So… stop and take an inventory of your own life: What do you do to grow in wisdom . . . each and every day? There’s this guy I know from Evansville, IN, (his name’s Todd) and it doesn’t matter what day or month you ask him, you can always depend on the fact that he’ll have just finished a new book. To try out my theory, when I saw him this past weekend, I said, “Todd, tell me what book you’re reading?” He answered without a second’s hesitation… something about the effect of television on culture. Goodness. Most people just sit there and watch it, without trying to analyze it. Not Todd. He’s growing in wisdom.

What do you do to grow in stature? Where do you get your exercise? I’ll confess… it took me years to find a regular exercise program. I think we all need something that we enjoy and that’s practical for our lifestyles. My wife rides an exercise bike (into the floor, just about!). I mean… she rides! (We’re on our third bike in 9 years! She literally wears the bearings out! On one bike, I replaced the bearings 3 times before she wore out a part that they don’t replace!) Find something you like and do it… Me? Surprise. I like soccer. My doctor checked me over two weeks ago and said I had the health of a 15-year-old… and I’m 42! (The guys in my office were a bit discouraged, I think. I’ve got one of those “key man” policies that pays out something like a third of a million dollars to our mission org. on the day I die! :-) ) Whatever you do, find something that works your heart, your muscles, and rests your mind!

What are you doing to grow in favor with God? Our family is helping plant a church in our neighborhood. Some of the folks in our mission org. office teach English to Bosnians… others lead music at a Hispanic Bible study. These ministries are all good… but we’ve also got to do something deeply personal… study the Bible with our family, our spouse, and/or individually. Memorize scripture. Whatever.

What are you doing to grow in favor with mankind? Maybe it’s from a new book you’re reading… Something by Covey or ________ (fill in the blank with an author who has helped you grow in your understanding of personal relationships)? Whatever you do, build those relationships to the glory of God.

Because there’s nothing quite so flat in life as being one-dimensional. :-)

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

19990314 Brigada Today

Now with about 9000 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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INT’L JOSEPH PROJECT 2000 CHAPTER DIRECTORS NEEDED

Joseph Project 2000 is helping to equip Christians, especially churches, prepare for whatever y2k brings. You can serve the Body of Christ by starting a chapter of Joseph Project 2000 in your city our country. chapter directors serve primarily as networkers. This is not a fulltime job; all workers are volunteers. To learn more, browse http://www.josephproject2000.org or email Carusoatxcdotorg  (Carusoatxcdotorg)  .
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STEP-BY-STEP Y2K HELP

bookBev Caruso, a missionary and published author working with Joseph Project 2000, has written a book called Readiness with a Purpose – How to Prepare for Tough Times. This handbook takes you step-by-step through: Preparing Your Home; Preparing Your Neighborhood; and Preparing Your Church to Minister After a Disaster. Learn more at http://www.ioc.net/~abba/Readiness.htm. Although written from a U.S. perspective, much of the material can be adapted for use in other nations. Visit the Orange County, CA USA site at http://www.ioc.net/~abba/JosephProject2000.html. Email Bev Carusoatxcdotorg  (Carusoatxcdotorg)   or write to: Joseph Project 2000-OC, P.O. Box 3464, Orange, CA 92865 USA.
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BRIGADA-PERSECUTED-CHURCH

Brigada Logo This new addition to the Brigada family is a weekly newsletter devoted to bringing together in one place news about the persecuted church. While reader input is invited, it is not a discussion list. In addition to the newsletter, urgent prayer requests may be issued periodically when time is of the essence. Particular care is given to security issues in sensitive world areas. To receive this weekly newsletter send any message the address: join-brigada-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg  (join-brigada-persecuted-churchatxcdotorg)  .
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BRIGADA-MEDICAL-MISSIONS

Brigada Logo While this discussion list has been in the Brigada family for several years, it has remained fairly inactive. We are seeking to revitalize it. We invite anyone with an interest in medical missions to join. Health professionals, mission executives, and especially people in the field will find this a good place to share information and resources, connect for long and short-term projects, and pray for medical missions and health care around the world. Discussion of general relief work is also welcome. To join this open discussion group send any message to the address: join-brigada-medical-missionsatxcdotorg  (join-brigada-medical-missionsatxcdotorg)  .
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE UAE

world globe The United Arab Emirates is one of the countries of the 10/40 window, and is 85% Muslim. Nevertheless, San Antonio evangelist Sammy Tippit has been able to preach an evangelistic message in open air meetings in Dubai, UAE’s capital. “Spiritual Eruption Dubai,” as the campaign is called, has seen converts from Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism through the course of the four meetings, which also include an Arabic language choir and translation into Arabic. Messages are being videotaped and will be beamed by satellite to the entire gulf area.
(Source: March 17, 1999, Mission Network News, http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/ and God’s Love In Action http://www.gospelcom.net/glia/ web sites.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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UNREACHED PEOPLES-FOCUSED PRAYER REQUEST WEBSYSTEM

Register request for your favorite organized effort or people group at http://website.itsamac.com/ifm/checkpointmission/5msentry.nclk using password “Hudson”. Browse requests at http://website.itsamac.com/ifm/checkpointpray-er/5psentry.nclk using password “Florence”.
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WHAT’S ON YOUR “MUST READ” LIST?

books John 102361dot3443atcompuservedotcom  (102361dot3443atcompuservedotcom)   would like to know. He’s gathering a booklist for What book(s) would you recommend for these subjects? Settling your Call, Support Raising, Presenting Ministry, Communication with Supporters, Practical things every Missionary should know, Establishing a Work that will last (i.e. Indigenous Missions), Family, Education of Children, Inter-Personal Relationships, and the best Biography for a Missionary to read. You may think of other subjects besides these, we would welcome those recommendations as well.
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NEW FIVE-WEEK MISSIONS CURRICULUM

Are you looking for an interactive adult curriculum that can be used in Sunday school classes, small groups or with short-term teams? “Discovering Our Place in His Plans” has just been released. It addresses: What will happen to those who have never heard or responded to the Gospel? What is the status of global outreach? How can I be involved meaningfully in God’s agenda? How can my church participate in God’s global cause? It is a great tool to use during missions conferences. For more information, contact NextStep Resources at NextStepatefcadotorg  (NextStepatefcadotorg)   or 800-444-BOOK.
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ANGLICANS UNITE

ACLC ’99, a special and strategic conference hosted by the Diocese of Singapore, brings in the best from the Province of South East Asia. It gives an opportunity for Anglican churches and ministries in our Province to share what the Lord is doing. For more details, please visit our website at http://www.aclc99.com or email jean jeanataclc99dotcom  (jeanataclc99dotcom)  .
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LAPTOPS FOR MISSIONARIES, PASTORS, AND CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

laptop computer CornerStone Portable Computers is a Christian Non-Profit ministry, that exists to provide resources for the mobilization of Pastors, Missionaries, Christian Schools, Organizations, and Lay Christians World-Wide to the spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They provide the lowest possible pricing on laptop computers. They are the largest supplier of Toshiba notebook computers to Christian organizations world-wide. CornerStone’s website is http://www.cornerstoneportable.com. For inquires or assistance contact Steve smaurer4jcataoldotcom  (smaurer4jcataoldotcom)   or Bill bill03atearthlinkdotnet  (bill03atearthlinkdotnet)   or call 760-471-9144.
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ADVANCE TO THE MUSLIM WORLD!

movie cameraThanks to Mark Kelly (Advance) for his note about a free 30-minute video called ” Treasures in Darkness – God’s passion for Muslims,” which is designed to mobilize churches into reaching the Muslim world. For information, contact 101537dot1123atcompuservedotcom  (101537dot1123atcompuservedotcom)  .
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GET “ACTIVE EARTH” SOFTWARE

If you enjoy world time clocks, you’ll like Active Earth. At least Tim thinks so! :-) He recommends it! Cloudless satellite photographs of our planet are the backdrop for the program, a sophisticated world time program that tracks the movement of the sun across the face of the earth in real time. The areas in daylight are shown in colorful detail, and the portions of the globe in darkness are displayed in the pale glow of the moon–look closely and you’ll even see the city lights shining out into space from major metropolitan centers. A row of clocks below the image provides the current time in cities around the world. You can create additional clocks for more than 500 locations and have those cities displayed on the image of Earth. Other features of ActiveEarth include graphical plotting of time zones and differences between cities, visual tools for understanding the movement of the sun and moon over the globe, and the ability to synchronize your PC’s clock with atomic clock servers via the Internet. Grab it for $30 on the Net at: http://www.shareware.com/DD/sw/0,156,0317-1-002,00.html
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OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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

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

19990307 Brigada Today

Now with 9047 weekly participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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YOU’RE ALL INVITED TO THE VIRTUAL BIRTHDAY BASH!

Brigada LogoNext week, on March 21st exactly, we celebrate 4 years of weekly editions of Brigada Today, without a single miss! You can’t exactly set your watch by it (not a chance), but you can use it as a reminder to tear off the weekly calendar sheet! :-) Last year, on March 21st, we were about 7000 in number. Next week, we’ll be well above 9000!

So anyway… here we are, ready to celebrate 4 years together! And some in the Brigada family have been there the whole time! We’ve got folks who remember …

  • Those little graphical “maps” we used to try to draw of the Brigada family of conferences (some of those sub-conferences are still active, mind you!)
  • The 100 Gateway Cities maps (how many gazillion of those were actually sold, anyway!)
  • The introduction of Brigada-peoples, still in use today to give insight and guidance on finding people group help
  • The “People Group Consultant” (whatever happened to that, anyway? :-) I think the AD2000 web site came along and raised the bar significantly! :-) )
  • The GCOWE meetings in Seoul
  • The “Launch” conference in Colorado Springs (where the JP2000 list was first introduced)
  • Envision ’96 in Lexington, KY
  • All the videos, web-sites, books, training conferences, travel agents, water filters, computers, car rentals, and tons of other stuff…
  • The humble beginning in January 25th, 1995, with just two people
  • The day we “went public” on the concept of Brigada, March 21st, 1995, with 106 participants
  • All 911 pages… 3.8 megabytes of resources, proposals, ideas, and missions mobilization tools . . . . . . okay… so make that 912.

    To those who have hung in there for the whole 4 years, we owe you a big thanks. But we’re sorry to have to report today that, as of next week, the Brigada family of conferences will be totally shut down, never to exist again.
    not symbolNOT!!!!!! Just kidding. :-)

    Anyway… in honor of the birthday next week — 4 years old — all 9000 of you are invited for what my wife is calling “virtual reality pizza!” Now don’t ask me what that is, but my 12-year-old says “you just log on and pretend like your tasting pepperoni!” My 9-year-old says it’ll be “real yummy.” So… either way… Happy Birthday Brigada! :-)

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    FEATURED NOTEBOOK: Y2K REMEDIATION NOTEBOOK

    bookHave you been looking for a one-stop source on how to get your organization or small business ready for the year 2000 computer bug? Dean Huffman’s notebook can do it. Dean is a missionary himself, training leaders full-time in the former Soviet Union. But prior to kicking off his ministry there, Dean worked as a big-time computer consultant in Dallas, Texas. His notebook sells on the web at http://www.brighteagle.com to small businesses everywhere for $139 plus shipping. But because of his passion for missions and Brigada, here’s how you can grab it for about half that price. Dean wrote this past week from Ukraine to tell us that any Brigada participant could simply go to the web page, copy down the mailing address and the questions on the form, then answer the questions on paper and mail them to the address on the form. Enclose a check or money order (or they’ll even send it C.O.D. — but no credit cards please) for just $75 plus $7.50 shipping. Be sure to write in big letters the word “Brigada” on the form, or the charge is $139. Thanks Dean!

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    FEATURED TESL TRAINING COURSE

    Check out the Adventures in English materials (EFCM International Network). With a focus on developing conversational English in a small group setting, these user friendly materials have been developed through 7 years of actual cross-cultural use by short-term teams of non-professional ESL teachers in over 20 countries (including the increasingly multi-cultural US!). For more information or a sample of the 1999 materials, visit the EFCM web site at http://www.efcm.org/adventur.html or contact Don Erickson at 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .

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    “WILLIAM CAREY LIBRARY WILL HAVE IT!”

    lighting the wayThat’s got to be one of the most common phrases around our mission agency headquarters “home office.” It ranks right up there with “Just call 1-800-MISSION.” But if you need a fax number, don’t waste your time trying to call the one we provided last week. Instead, dial the new area code and number at (626) 794-0477. If you need a regular non-toll-free number, use (626) 798-0819. Thanks Greg!

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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE RAILS

    world globeTrains in Thailand ride the rails every day between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. But this train is different; its passengers are Christian volunteers from throughout the country who are there to share their faith. Four hundred believers fill the train. Spirits are high. This will be the first time many of these people share their faith on the street. When the train pulls into Lop Buri, the visor-wearing volunteers spring into action. They give out gospel tracts and invitations to a crusade where gift bags filled with much- needed food items will be given away. The “Train to Glory” pulls out for another city, and another parade. The pain of the economic crisis has given Thai people little reason to celebrate, so today’s flood of believers offering hope and comfort speaks volumes. By the end, one hundred thousand books and a half-million tracts have been given to people, many of whom have never heard the gospel.
    (Source: CBN Christian World News, “A Ride on Thailand’s ‘Glory Train,'” Airdate: February 25, 1999, Gordon Robertson, reporter, http://www.cbn.org/cwn/990225c.asp.)
    Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

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    KWE’ATCHII 99 FOR NATIVE AMERICAN OUTREACH

    For all those who are involved in establishing Native Indian churches in urban centers, or those who have an interest in cross-cultural partnerships among Native Indian peoples – here’s an event you’ll want to check out. It’s called “Kwe’atchii 99,” the fourth biennial Native Urban Church Planting Symposium, May 10-13, 1999, happening in Calgary, Alberta. (Kwe’atchii is an Algonquin word widely understood to mean ‘thoroughly prepared.’) The event is sponsored by Inter-Mission Co-operative Outreach, a 30-year-old association of 10 mission agencies in Canada and US. Come and choose between 4 tracks of workshops, “How to Get Started Right,” “Counseling for Urban Church Needs,” “Life and Ministry Management,” and “Cross-Cultural Partnering.” Some workshops will be co-facilitated by Native leaders and missionaries. Our guest missiologist from Wheaton College and Grad School, Dr. Duane Elmer, will be leading the Cross-Cultural Partnering workshops. Registration (9 meals and lodging) is a bargain for $175 Canadian or $125 US. For a brochure, e-mail Dan Woodard 103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom  (103535dot3026atcompuservedotcom)  . Space is limited to the first 75 people registering.

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    NOW YOU CAN WATCH CALEB PROJECT ON THE WEB

    WebWatch You’re used to picking up their resources… but now you can watch them on the web. Check it out at http://www.calebproject.org by just following the clicks to their promotional video. (You might have to go get a free RealVideo player first.) It’s free!

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    CALLING ALL BUDDHIST INFO

    Ted’s trying to put together a list of resources for learning more about Buddhists. Ted can be reached at TedRondeauatcompuservedotcom  (TedRondeauatcompuservedotcom)  . He’s especially looking for a seminar format, but would take books, courses, websites, etc. We’ll ask him to send us a copy of the final compilation to make it available to everyone here through a “get” file. Thanks Ted!

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    CATCH THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY ACMC NATIONAL CONFERENCE

    Catch it in Atlanta, July 28-31, with featured Keynote Speakers, Gordon MacDonald and Frank Barker. For more information, write AtlantaatACMCdotorg  (AtlantaatACMCdotorg)  .

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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!
  • 19990228 Brigada Today

    Now with 8977 weekly participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    FRIENDS OF BOSNIA CONFERENCE: 15 SLOTS REMAINING

    If you aren’t already registered for the Friends of Bosnia Conference in Washington, DC, April 9-10, you’d better get your registration in soon. Only the first 60 people registered will be able to attend this small-group working session on missions in the future of Bosnia-Herzegovina. 18 have already paid registrations, and another 27 have signaled their intent to do so. Assuming they follow through, only 15 slots remain. For more information about the conference, send an email to that simply says,
    subscribe fobih-input

    The subject line is ignored. A few moments later, the hub computer will email you complete information automatically. Note that this is a small working group conference, with emphasis on those who want to make a difference in Bosnia. The programming includes informed speakers who will be flying all the way to DC directly from Bosnia & Hercegovina. Those attending should come away with a good idea of what it would take to get started there.. and how they can make a long-term difference. John Rowell, author of the new book, Magnify Your Vision for the Small Church, will also be speaking, along with George Miley, Founder/Director of the Antioch Network. Anyone registering after the first 60 slots will be placed on a waiting list in case someone cancels. The conference is scheduled to take place at the Wyndham Bristol Hotel, just 6 blocks from the Whitehouse. Senator Bob Dole has agreed to issue the greeting, assuming he’s back from ongoing negotiations with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. (He thought he was done today… but apparently he was a bit optimistic.)

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    HAPPY99 WORM SEEMS EPIDEMIC!

    virusOf the emails I’ve received in this past week, 3 were infected with the Happy99 email worm. Maybe you’re getting them too? You’ll recognize them because they’ll look like two duplicate messages from the same sender. The one message will look normal, while the other will carry a simple attached file. If you choose to execute it (and contract the worm), you’ll be treated to a pretty fireworks demonstration. From that point on, totally unaware, you’ll be sending out the worm too — with your messages acting like trojan horses, infecting others along the way (if they, in turn, execute the attached file on the 2nd message). To get rid of the worm, get an up-to-date virus checker, or learn how to delete the virus manually by reading http://members.tripod.com/docsmiley/happy99.htm (available in 6 languages) or http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Heights/3652/SKA.HTM or ask your nearest web guru to help you look at those pages. And please don’t forget to warn your buddies (anyone you’ve written since the fireworks!) that they might be infected too, if they chose to execute the fireworks file! Yikes. gulp
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    WHO DOES A GREAT JOB PRINTING PRAYER LETTERS?

    Boyd BGriffithatGEMissiondotcom  (BGriffithatGEMissiondotcom)  , of Greater Europe Mission, wants to know! He’ll compile a list, then we’ll post it here in Brigada Today for all to see. He knows who can do prayer cards, but who does a great job at churning out prayer letters?
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    IF NOT DIAMONDS, WHAT?

    Several Brigada participants wrote that they couldn’t afford diamonds. I answered them with the suggestion that they try to find a “dynamic equivalent.” Can they make a hand-carved wooden chair for their wife to sit in by the campfire? What about a driftwood sculpture? If we use our imaginations, we’ll think up some way to say “I love you” in a diamond-like fashion! And by the way, diamonds start at $60 at Service Merchandise. :-) Maybe there’s one near you or your forwarding agent?
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    JOSHUA PROJECT CONSULTATION DATE CHANGE

    Joshua Project 2000 logo For those of you who were already aware of the JP 2000 consultation scheduled for Sep 23-25, 1999 in VA Beach, you need to know that the date has been moved to Jan 27-29, 2000, location to be determined. (It will definitely be in a warm southern city!) The JP 2000 gathering will be for leaders of influence in missions among local churches across the body of Christ in America. Its purpose is to assess what has been accomplished among UPGs, what therefore remains to be done, and what each mission entity in the U.S. can/will do to make closure on the task during the last year of the decade/century, and into the early 21st century. For more information, write Bill Waldrop 104412dot2631atcompuservedotcom  (104412dot2631atcompuservedotcom)  .
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    WOMEN AS RISK-TAKERS FOR GOD

    That’s the name of the new book by Lorry Lutz which, with a companion video by the same name, challenges women to evaluate the gifts God has put within them, and helps them to find a place in building His Kingdom. Replete with stories of women throughout history as well as biographies of modern women who have taken risks for God, it will “build a fire under women, making them aware of God’s gifts and calling on their lives.” (Pamela Heim, Director of Women’s Ministries, Baptist General Conference) The book and video are available from the AD2000 Women’s Track, 4585 Hilton Pkwy, #202., Colorado Springs, CO 80907 for $15 each or $25 for the two. Add postage and handling of $1.25 per item, and Coloradans add state tax.
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    NEW PRAISE & WORSHIP SERIES FOR MISSIONARIES

    Leston lestmotcatglobaldotcodotza  (lestmotcatglobaldotcodotza)   is putting together a new Praise and Worship series which features 8 new praise and worship songs as well as backing tracks for each song on the same CD. This enables home cell groups who do not have a musician to use the music as backing during their worship. The CD’s inlay comes with lyrics included. Let him know if you want to order or distribute – from anywhere on earth.
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    HERE’S A FOUNDATION THAT WANTS TO SUPPORT YOU!

    Adopt-A-Missionary International Foundation is a new organization that wants to provide additional financial support to missionaries overseas. Check ’em out at http://www.adopt-a-missionary.org or write Melanie melaniedotowenatcwixdotcom  (melaniedotowenatcwixdotcom)  . I hope they’re ready for a ton of mail! :-)
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    WEBWATCH: NEW MISSION FRONTIERS SITE

    WebWatch Have you checked out the new site for the US Center’s Mission Frontiers magazine? Visit them at http://www.missionfrontiers.org and tell ’em you heard about it on Brigada!
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    PERSPECTIVES TEXT REVISED

    The New Perspectives Revision is finally done! The 782-page, 124-chapter whopper of a book is hot off the press with 60 new or extensively revised articles. It is well worth the reading whether you have taken the Perspectives course and read the previous editions or not. Order from William Carey Library by calling 1-800-MISSION if you’re in the USA or can use Net2Phone. The item number is WCL289-1 and it’s available for just $21.00. If you’re out of the USA, try faxing them at (818) 794-0477.
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    AWM MIDDLE EAST PRACTICUM

    The Middle East Practicum is a training program to be held June 7-25 in Detroit, Michigan. It is designed for those who desire to minister within modern Arab culture. Participants will be introduced to the historical, religious and socio-cultural background of Arab peoples with the objective of constructing appropriate channels for relationship and mutual exchange within this context. Through involvement in a particular Arab community the course will introduce principles and tools that will enhance the participant’s capacity to sensitively serve within any Arab context. The combination of classroom lecture and discussion, coaching in field assignments, and living within the Arab community will encourage personal lessons critical for sustained service in the Arab world. For more information, contact ejatawmdotorg  (ejatawmdotorg)   or, in the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800-447-3566, ext. 7314.
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    FOR MOBILE MISSIONARIES ONLY

    Have you heard about the new GSC 100? Check it out at http://www.magellangps.com/frames/frame2.htm or email gsc100atmglndotcom  (gsc100atmglndotcom)   or Fax (909)394-7050. With this little gizmo which doubles as a GPS locator unit, you can send “Global Grams” (sounds like a new breakfast cereal, right?). Basically, you get global email plus the locator. After the $1000 (and $50 start-up fee), you spend just $30US/month and for that you get 30 receives and 10 sends per month! You can even insert your location in the email (in case you’re lost, I guess! :-) ) Data rate is slow at 2400 bps in & 4800 bps out and it’s heavy (37 oz just over a kilo) but with its own alpha/numeric key pad and email storage, what do you expect!? It comes with its own whip antenna. (Thanks for the tip, Mike!)
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    HOW DO YOU GET A BRIGADA PASSWORD?

    Brigada Logo Have you ever stopped by the page that MAF maintains for Brigada messages? It’s at http://hub.xc.org/scripts/lyris.pl?enter=brigada&textmode=0 and it’ll let you see Brigada messages as soon as their sent! If you can’t remember your password, just scroll down and enter your email address. One will be automatically emailed to you lickety-split. Within about a week or less, all Brigada Today messages are posted at http://www.brigada.org and they’re lots prettier there, with a nice full text string search engine and everything. Thanks to MAF for the first site and Bob, our web servant, for the Brigada site.
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    WITH PLANET 1, IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL

    telephone Purchase a Planet 1 Satellite Telephone and get 300 minutes of FREE SATELLITE AIRTIME! For a limited time MAF is offering a 300-minute (voice only) prepaid smart card with the purchase of every satellite phone. This is about $1,000 worth of FREE airtime! Now is the time to buy your missionary the gift of connectivity. These units have full voice, fax and e-mail capability. For details contact Planet1-infoatxcdotorg  (Planet1-infoatxcdotorg)   or call Rex Howard at (909)794-1151 x313.
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    NEW BOOK: THE MOVE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE 10/40 WINDOW

    book Now you can get a compilation of stories and testimonies describing the wondrous events and extraordinary occurrences orchestrated by the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window, where less than 2% have access to Christ’s message. With a list price of US $9.99, WorldChristian News’ sale prices begin at $7.99 and go down depending on quantity. For more information, email wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , or call tollfree within the USA: (888)WCN-NEWS (926-6397).
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    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

    19990221 Brigada Today

    Now with 8921 weekly participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
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    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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    NEED A THOUSAND COPIES OF JOHNSTONE’S NEW BOOK?

    bookNo problem. William Carey Library Bookstore has you covered. :-) In fact, they could handle TEN orders of that size. :-) In the USA (or via Net2Phone), just call 1-800-MISSION. Price is just $7.99.
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    ANOTHER CHANCE AT FREE JESUS FILMS

    movie cameraYup, it’s true. Thanks to Grace (a faithful Brigada contributor) and Keith keithkatidmaildotcom  (keithkatidmaildotcom)  , maybe you can still get a free Jesus Film movie on video… maybe several! Just first visit http://www.sil.org/ethnologue/countries/xxxx.html (where xxxx represents the first four letters of the country you’re interested in (=indo). This is from the brand new edition.). Make sure you have a clear sense of the language you need. then visit http://www.jesusfilm.org/languages.html to see if the Jesus Film has been translated into the language you need. Finally, write Keith keithkatidmaildotcom  (keithkatidmaildotcom)   and request the number of videos you’d like in that language. Remember you’ll need to pay the postage. Ask Keith for more info. on how much this will be for your location and number of videos. His only request? That you remember to send him any great stories of conversions, should God raise them up.
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    WEB-WATCH: MORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPTIONS

    WebWatch Check out http://www.musictus.com/telecom/ for all the more options in telecommunications, cell phones, rate selectors, call-back programs, internet telephony alternatives, etc. You can even send pages to SMS, GSM, or PCS phones. Also, while you’re at it, Rod suggests you check out IDT at http://www.idt.net/ because of their great deal internationally. The rates are apparently “flat” per minute when calling anywhere. 8 cents/min for USA, 12 cents/min. calling Germany, etc. Check it out! Note that some plans will only work for residents of the USA, but others would apply in other calling areas as well.
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    A STEARN RESPONSE

    lighting the wayLast week we featured an item regarding the reintroduction of World Christian magazine, by Bill Stearn. The email address for him (atjunodotcom) was evidently overwhelmable with email. The new address for the program and for the books is WinPress7ataoldotcom  (WinPress7ataoldotcom)  . If you have questions about World Christian or any other resource, just write the AOL address.
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    SEE THE LATEST MISSION FRONTIERS ONLINE FOR FREE

    Want to see the latest issue of Mission Frontiers, complete with pictures? Want to see it today? The folks at the US Center have made it happen at: http://www.missionfrontiers.org/
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    MOST INSPIRING MISSIONS MOMENT

    Roger RogerDoriotatxcdotorg  (RogerDoriotatxcdotorg)   is a man on a mission. :-) He’s looking for your most motivating, inspiring missions stories or articles. Short or long, things that will attract attention, stick in people’s minds, and challenge them to be involved in praying, giving, going. URL’s also if applicable. Roger will compile them to be available to Brigada readers.
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    LET’S GET MORE VISUAL FOR MISSIONS

    lighting the wayBeen trying to write for info on the NorthWest Children’s Expo? Folks there tell me they gave us the wrong email address last week. For more info, write Leslie at this address: vbcmattransportdotcom  (vbcmattransportdotcom)  . Sorry for any inconvenience.
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    SOME COUNTRIES VOCAL ABOUT VOICE OVER INTERNET

    telephone Don’t be surprised if your host country isn’t excited about voice over Internet (like Net2Phone). (Think about the lost long distance revenues they’re about to experience.) Be sure to check your host country’s laws, as well as the laws in the country with which you’re communicating, before taking the plunge.
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    INSURANCE PROVIDERS TAKE TWO

    It’s been about a year ago that we studied insurance providers for missionaries (Feb. 20, 1998). With such a fast-changing industry, maybe we’d better take another look. Randy Ranandwenataoldotcom  (Ranandwenataoldotcom)   is eager to find a good policy for overseas workers anyway. If you know of one, please send him a line. Be sure to include web site or email contact info. Also please note if the insurer can only insure people from a particular country. (Remember that Brigada participants literally come from all over the world!) We’ll publish Randy’s results in Brigada Today in a couple of weeks.
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    YOUR FAVORITE CREDIT CARD WITH MILEAGE PROGRAM?

    That’s what Renee’ jer2911athotmaildotcom  (jer2911athotmaildotcom)   is looking for. As a missionary she is interested in any contacts or ideas regarding credit cards that offer frequent flyer miles. Her own background is USA, but don’t hesitate to supply her with sources for cards from other countries that she can plug into a report that she’ll share in two weeks or so with all of us via a Brigada Today “get” file.
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    DESPERATE FOR A GOOD PROGRAMMER, AND SOON

    We don’t usually publish specific job opportunities here in Brigada Today. (See next item for the typical spot.) We usually focus on items that affect a broader audience than specific opportunities will permit. However, there are exceptions where the specific opportunity affects us all. This is probably one of them. You see, David Barrett, Todd Johnson, and their co-workers at the World Evangelization Research Center in Richmond, Virginia are working like crazy right now to try and complete the 2nd edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia. This 2,400 page, 3 volume reference set, to be published by Oxford University Press, will tell the status of Christianity and of evangelization, in great detail, for every country, people, language, city, and province in the world – together with a trove of other information, statistics, and resources for the decision-makers in the world of missions. A companion CD, the World Christian Database, will follow. This particular work, when complete, would affect us all.

    But right now WERC is burdened with a huge, and immediate problem: they just lost their programmer. Most of what they do springs from their complex series of 30+ databases, many of them relational, which need constant editing and maintenance. Their research team needs new programs, reports, Quark Xpress export files, maps, diagrams, queries and etc. on a daily basis – or progress grinds to a halt. They need someone who is committed to the ministry of research for world evangelization and who is skilled with FoxPro, Windows NT, Excel, Atlas GIS, Quark Xpress and other tools. Other tasks would include maintaining their web site and working with their publisher on the CD-ROM design.

    For starters, they are asking for prayer. Next, do you have any ideas about who might be able to help them? And soon? If so, please contact Todd ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom  (ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom)   directly. And Dr. Barrett — we’re eager to see your updated work! :-) Hang in there!

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    LOOKS LIKE SALEEMA STILL NEEDS PRAYER

    praying hands We’re getting barraged with mail about Saleema, the young Christian girl in Pakistan. Apparently there indeed was a case dismissed last year and based on that, we mentioned here previously that there was no need to keep praying for her about legal implications at this time. But maybe we were premature in making that recommendation. According to Ted Dodd thevoiceatvom-usadotorg  (thevoiceatvom-usadotorg)  , a Reader Services representative at Voice of the Martyrs, she’s apparently still on trial for another charge. However, I noted that there were no references to this fact on the VOM web page. Many wrote in support of its accuracy however. Either way, we’re sorry for anyone who might have been offended by our reference to her situation, ie., that prayer is no longer needed. But we believe the principle behind our reference still stands: before you start relaying or sending out urgent prayer requests, please check for a verifiable OPC (origin, purpose, and closure). Also, please remember that for the most part, Brigada Today is focused on reaching unreached people groups and the broader resources/challenges facing those involved in that pursuit. We usually don’t print specific prayer requests, but there are tons of websites and other lists who do. The point we were trying to make was to make sure you get the OPC. We weren’t trying to downplay the need to pray for Saleema or anyone else. Thanks for your forgiveness and understanding. OPC logo
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    ACMC CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE

    Take in the Nor Cal ACMC Conference, May 21-22, 1999 at Christ Community Church Carmichael, CA USA (Sacramento area). Speakers include Bill Waldrop, Don Richardson, and Woody Phillips. Write ACMCdotDupreeatcompuservedotcom  (ACMCdotDupreeatcompuservedotcom)   or Nor Cal Registration, PO Box 970 Oakdale, CA 95361 or tel 209-848-2262 or Fax 209-847-7536.
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    WHY DO I RUN IN THE RAIN?

    I’m sure many would have called me crazy. :-) (In fact, that’s actually a pretty regular occurrence. :-) ) I had just flown in from Bosnia about 24 hours earlier. The temp. was 34 degrees F., just above freezing. A cold rain was gradually turning to snow and nightfall had crept in over Louisville’s western skies.

    soccer ball But I couldn’t wait to show up for soccer practice. By the time we got rolling, there were 8 of us there… 4 v 4 in the scrimmage. It was great. I intercepted three low goal kicks and converted 2 of them to goals! Took another great pass from Sergey and left-footed it just inside the left post for a 3rd score.

    As we walked off the field after practice, I was trying to explain to Sergey the way I felt. After all, he’s 27 and I figured he had forgotten. “You’ve got to remember, Sergey, that this is all so fresh and new to me. I mean, I’ve only been practicing with you guys for 18 months. Everytime I see you run a play, I’m filing it away in my head, trying to soak it all in. The excitement is beyond words. And Sergey,” I looked him in the eye, “maybe you remember what it was like in those first couple of years?? Maybe for you it was when you were 10 or 11 years old or whatever, when the game was still fresh and exciting?” He stopped dead in his tracks, looked deep into my eyes with the slightest smile, then spoke with a soft voice that still carried telltale signs of his Ukrainian roots. “Doug, it still is.”

    Duh. Why else was he out there in the rain! The 8 of us probably came for 8 different reasons. But for Sergey and me, it’s pretty obvious. There’s something about The Game. You can see it in our eyes when we’re putting the leather conditioner on our boots. You can sense it in the air when we’re stretching before practice. And you can definitely see it in that occasional “thumbs up” I get… or, like last Tuesday night, when our coach said one of his first encouraging words to me in 18 months. “See Doug, that all started with you. You stole that ball, passed it downfield quickly, and he scored, partly because of your hustle. Way to go!” I beamed. After practice, he tried to be his normal tough self. But it was too late. He had already let it slip. :-)

    For Valentines Day, I splurged. I got Penny a 1/2-caret diamond solitaire necklace. I was in North Africa at the time, so I asked our preacher to hand her the package at our church. (We’re helping plant a new congregation and we’re only up to about 70 in attendance.) She wrote me later that day (I’ll quote from her letter), “I can’t thank you enough for all you did to make Valentine’s Day special. I felt like we were dating again – all fluttery inside and giddy and starry-eyed! The boys were quite impressed with your gifts to me.” I’m telling you.. I beamed… even more than I had at soccer practice. :-)

    We were an ocean apart, but our love had grown fresh again… after nearly 20 years of marriage. We were finally figuring this marriage stuff out.

    What about your life? What’s going on in your marriage, or your relationship with your friends or parents or brothers or sisters? How are things at work… or on the language route… or in class? And more importantly, what’s going on in your relationship with the Father? If you’re a beginner, like I am in soccer, maybe it’s still fresh and new. But if you’re a long-termer, like Sergey, seems to me like you’ve got to figure out how to rekindle the romance… how to make it fresh again. Maybe it’ll take some extra effort. Or maybe you can remember the early days and say, like Sergey, “It still feels that way.” Whatever the case, I think that’s what the writer of Lamentations had in mind when he wrote, in Lamentations 3:21-25: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’ The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”

    So this lesson I’ve learned and I hope I’ve learned it well: Next time you have the opportunity to show up for practice in a freezing rain, go early, and stay late. And find the freshness again. You’ll be glad you did.

    Oh.. and here’s another tip for free: If you’re married, start saving for a diamond. :-) Splurge on her. Aside from your devotion to the God himself, she’s probably the most important person in your life. She’s worth it.
    Doug

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    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!

    19990214 Brigada Today

    Now with nearly 9000 weekly participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
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    URGENT: NEED YOUR “TOP 10 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST”

    Would you forgive me? I’ve been overseas for the past two weeks (I’m on the flight home as I compose this) and now I’m in a bit of a jam. I need to come up with “A Top 10 List of Most Adoptable Least Reached Peoples” to be presented to the Heartland MissionFest participants, uhm, this coming Thursday starting at 8:30am – as in 3 days from now. Even 10 years ago, I’d be sunk. Thank goodness I’ve got some great friends on the Brigada network and I’m hoping that some of them will bail me out. Many only log into email once or twice a week, but others log in daily. All I’m asking is for forgiveness and for you to send me your top 10 choices (or any similar number) for unreached groups, along with a list of 5 or 10 resources for finding out more information, and, if possible, a bit of text you can cut and paste into the email about the group. I’ll have only 3 minutes per group, so it doesn’t have to be long. Some kind of key essential points and maybe a testimony or interesting facet from within the group? You might consider your group(s) a top priority because of population, degree of unreachedness, strategic position in a nation or society, or whatever you want to specify – but please do specify why you think this group is a top choice.

    Now… I’ve always been one to go on record saying that one person’s problems shouldn’t be presumed to be my own, but… honest… I would need this information by 9pm Central Time on Wednesday night, Feb. 24th. If you’re reading this after that time, I’m dreadfully sorry and, if ever asked to speak on this subject again, I pledge my faithfulness to start well before any overseas travel preceding the conference! (What’s really bad is the conference hosting team reads Brigada Today! :-) So I’m going public with my sin here, gang.) The good news is… uhm… it’ll all be fresh information??? :-)

    Again, I apologize.. but if you could sneak even 5 minutes to help me, I’d greatly appreciate it. Again, no need to respond after Wednesday evening, Central Time in the USA. I’ll post the material — hopefully next week — in a special “get” file for all the Brigada list to read. Obviously, please don’t send any information or addresses (email or otherwise) that is sensitive. But please do send appropriate email addresses or web sites so that interested parties can follow up if they want to adopt one of these 20 groups, or support you in reaching them.

    Thanks again, and . . . please forgive the lateness! Terrible. Yikes. gulp

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    FRESH INITIATIVE FOR MOBILIZING MISSION WORKERS

    The AD2000 & Beyond Movement’s Missions Mobilization Network receives an official re-launch this March 10th ’99, at Operation Mobilization’s international base in London, England. Network Director George Verwer explains that the mobilizing track lost impetus about 18 months ago when its leader, Pari Rickard of YWAM, moved on. The vision is to send out 200,000 new workers. The re-launch luncheon on March 10 is aimed at mission agency directors and church mission leaders in the U.K., with the hope of triggering similar events in other countries. For further details about this event or regular information about the Mission Mobilization Network, contact chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg  (chackodotthomasatldotictdotomdotorg)  .
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    ARE WE IN COMPETITION WITH AD2000?

    Whoever heard of such a thing? When we began Brigada in January ’95, AD2000 was gearing up for GCOWE 95 in Seoul. Our key hope was to help build a network of caring global Christians who would research the unreached, make that research available, then share non-sensitive information so we could reduce duplication. The AD2000 & Beyond Movement has become the core part of that dream . . . and Brigada does everything it can to promote its central vision as well as pull together networks around AD2000’s base of research and information. Drop by the Brigada workshops at the Heartland MissionFest this weekend in Tulsa, OK, and you’ll hear how much we promote AD2000’s resources! There’s no competition among lighthouses! Besides, they have a staff and color brochures; and we don’t. :-) (For more information about the Heartland MissionFest, write hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)  , or in the USA or via Net2Phone, call 1-800-366-6641, or visit http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf.)
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    MORE ON FREE COMPUTERS

    computer Last week we noted the ad for free PCs (“GET A FREE PC FOR THE ADS“). Tim wrote this week, “…In the first three days, Free-PC had taken 300,000 applications. They say it may take 90 days for them to sift the demographics and decide who the 10,000 winners are. Interestingly enough, these are the same people who funded NetZero, where the ads come down as you surf. But with Free-PC, 2 gig of ads are pre-stored on the hard drive. The normal Windows GUI appears inside a box, and the entire outside of the box is taken up with variously changing ads. Nothing more comes down the line. Which makes it an interesting incremental step in the march toward totally free (a la Al Gore), ubiquitous (a la Bill Gates) computing. Worth noting.” Thanks again, Tim. Remember this equipment will be useful only for those in the USA. Sorry … we know of no such service for our thousands of int’l participants.
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    MORE ON LOW-COST COMPUTERS

    computer Dave DaveSmithatWYCLIFFEdotORG  (Dave%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ESmithatWYCLIFFEdotORG)   is prepared to offer you a computer for $100 (plus shipping and any upgrades). He’s mainly interested in organizations based out of the USA, but would consider USA-based ministries if they meet certain criteria. Write him for more details. Thanks to Joe & Audrey, who saw this tip via the Givers’ Ministry.
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    WEB-WATCH: HOT NEWS FROM INDIA

    WebWatch Need fresh news from India? Tim recommends http://www.allindia.com. Thanks Tim!

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    FEW RESPOND REGARDING INTERNET BY CELL-PHONE

    lighting the way Actually only one individual wrote in that he regularly uses a cellphone connection to the Internet. Eric, writing from the Arctic North of Sweden, checks in from his morning bus into town every day. Does this mean it wouldn’t be a desirable technology? Not at all. Probably just means that few people have ventured into the arena, either because it’s still too expensive or too technical. Watch for more as affordable handheld satellite phones become available and data-capable.
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    KNOW ANY GOOD DEBIT CARDS WITH A FREQ. FLYER PROGRAM?

    If so, Victor vhallatattdotnetdothk  (vhallatattdotnetdothk)   would like to know. And in general, he’s asking if debit cards are a good way for mission workers to draw from funds in their home country or obtain cash advances in local currencies at the best exchange rates. Write Victor directly please, and he’s agreed to report back to us, at which time we’ll prepare one of those “get” files that you can retrieve.
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    GREAT SERIES COMING ON BBC

    If you’re interested in where our world is going, tune into BBC in April and May for a special series entitled, “Runaway World.” The lectures will be given by Professor Anthony Giddens, Director of the London School of Economics. Phil, of Wycliffe Bible Translators, figures they’ll be thought-provoking for Brigada Today participants. To find out broadcast times in your area, check out the BBC web page http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/ or just tune in on Sat. April 10th for the first talk on Globalization. Other themes to follow on a roughly weekly basis will include Risk, Tradition, Family, and Democracy. Thanks Phil!
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    MISSIONS COURSE FROM ZAMBIA

    A Zambian believer wrote us this past week to promote a course he’s put together for missionaries in the 10/40 Window. It’s called, interestingly enough, “Supernatural Equipment For Missions.” It has 21 lessons and costs $100. For more details write to Justin Gondwe, PO BOX, 23553 KITWE, ZAMBIA or write gondwejatcbudotacdotzm  (gondwejatcbudotacdotzm)  . Keep in mind that I haven’t seen the course. Maybe someone who tries it can later let us know what it’s like? If you have any doubts, hang around ’til then. No way I afford to buy all these things to try them out! :-)
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    CHECK THE LONG DISTANCE RATES

    lighting the way Rick reports that the first month “Call 4 Missions” was mentioned by Brigada they received a lot of interest from folks signing up for “Net2Phone” to make calls from the United States to foreign countries. Rick wants to remind everyone that in many cases the Prepaid calling cards, are a better option when calling from the US. Also, you might want to try “NETCALL,” which, according to Rick, will now give “Net2Phone” serious competition. Prepaid IP Telephony service is available, with a rate to call the USA from anywhere in the world of USD $0.05/minute. Always visit the “Best Rate Search Engine” before you call long distance and get the best rates for your country. http://LongDist.net/?talkxless
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    LET’S GET VISUAL FOR MISSIONS

    The NorthWest Children’s Expo is all set for Saturday April 10, 1999 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, at the Mt. Scott Church of God in Portland, Oregon. Designed for youth workers of all kinds, organizers hope it will give children and those working with them a vision for missions in the 21st Century. This expo is sponsored by ACMC and local area churches and is one of several regional Children’s Conferences scheduled for 1999. Cost is $30. To register contact Leslie Erickson at 503.643.6511 or email vbcmattransportdotcom  (vbcmattransportdotcom)  . Also visit the ACMC web page for further information at http://www.acmc.org.
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    ARE YOU STILL PRAYING FOR SALEEMA’S RELEASE?

    not OPC It already worked… over a year ago!!! Larry wrote from Madrid, “Since you received a bit of hassle regarding ‘coming down hard on prayer requests,’ I thought you might like to see what I found on a simple search regarding the Pakistani girl who was scheduled for execution. Too many people just forward these things before really checking them out first. All of the e-mails that I received regarding this girl were from unidentifiable sources…although the person who was forwarding the ‘prayer request’ was known to me. They had not practiced your verifiable ‘OPC’ test.!” Larry’s my hero! :-) To get the full story on how Saleema was released in August ’97 and is no longer in danger of execution, browse http://www.advocatesinternational.org/ and, remember, look for the OPC… a verifiable origin, purpose, and closure on every email “chain letter” you receive. Most of the time, I fear the next step should be “delete”! Thanks Larry! OPC logo
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    PUT CHARLES IN CHARGE (OF USA UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP INFO)

    If you’ve got a line on info. re: pockets of unreached peoples living in the United States, specifically “Bengalis, Berbers, Somalis, Dari, and other Afghans,” Charles would like to know. He and a partner mission are interested in working with these peoples in the US. Write Charles at barnesifatsrvdotnet  (barnesifatsrvdotnet)  . In 10 days or so, he’ll send us a report so that any and all can “get” it here on the hub!
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    STUDY THE RESURRECTION (OF WORLD CHRISTIAN MAGAZINE)

    Subscribe your church to the new, just-in-time-for-the-big-millennium WORLD CHRISTIAN magazine! And get the hot March issue now: Todd Johnson on 100 years of world Christianity. Y2K and missions. Landa Cope nails the Boomer generation. Bill Stearns calls for a new world-Christian manifesto for the new century. Great global activist stuff! Every church subscribed can receive a congregation-load of freebie June issues, the “Opportunities and Activism” issue. It’s a virtual yearbook on plugging into the Great Commission–designed to be used year-round for your fellowship’s mission emphasis. Subscribe yourself, subscribe your church now: 888-524-5070 or 708-524-5070 or email for info to WinPressatjunodotcom  (WinPressatjunodotcom)  .
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    FOLLOW-UP SOFTWARE: DOES IT EXIST?

    Ever hear of any interactive software designed to help a new Christian improve his or her walk? If so, somebody deep in the heart of Tanzania would like to know. Write CMML-DODOMAatmafdotorg  (CMML-DODOMAatmafdotorg)   and Inge will make available a report to us in a couple of weeks, if there are any responses. We’re talking some kind of “Now that you’re a Christian” CD or web site or whatever. What do you think?
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    MUSICAL PRAYERWALKING

    Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)   is putting together an article on prayerwalking and music & the arts, as well as how prayerwalking has impacted ungodly music and arts. Got any leads, or have you prayerwalked in a city known for its arts or music? If so, drop her a line! We’ll ask her to assemble a summary report for us here at Brigada that we can make available as a “get” file from the hub.
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    LET’S MAKE TRACTS… OR AT LEAST ORDER SOME

    Got any favorite sites for ordering Christian tracts for use in any language or special part of the world? Ken KennethWesataoldotcom  (KennethWesataoldotcom)   would like to know. He’s compiled 11 pages of sources so far and would like to top it off with your favorite sources. He’ll make the whole report available for us here on Brigada. Just drop him a line!
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    SUBMITTING CONTENT — To submit content or ideas to Brigada Today, first please get a copy of “Guidelines for submitting items to Brigada” Then, once you’ve composed your item in keeping with those guidelines, send your item for Brigada Today to DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  .
    Thanks to for hosting the Brigada mailing list.
    Emphasis is placed on items relating to unreached peoples and challenges faced by those reaching them cross-culturally.

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

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

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

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

    19990207 Brigada Today

    Now with nearly 9000 weekly participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    COMING YOUR WAY, FROM A VILLAGE NEAR YOU!

    letter and ligntening bolt This email-by-cell-phone stuff isn’t so bad. I’m in North Africa, with my laptop linked to a reportedly digitally encrypted cell phone which connects via Zurich, then bounces to MAFxc in Redlands (California), which then relays this note out to you wherever you happen to live in the world. The great thing about this system is that I don’t have to disassemble the hotel phone to plug in my laptop (this is a good thing), nor worse yet, crate my computer all over this village, town, or city, looking for a “teleboutique” with an RJ-11 connector they’ll let me snap into my modem (this is a very good thing). I’ve tried out both of those scenarios, and I must say, judging from the stares and eyebrows, neither one seemed to build much trust with the locals. :-)

    It took me one or two tries to figure it out, but for the most part, the instructions from WorldCell were very clear. (888-967-5323 toll-free in the USA or via Net2Phone and, although I don’t want to use up my minutes to check, I’d lay odds you could also look at http://www.worldcell.com. :-) )

    It’s taking me about 3 minutes to log on, get a dozen messages, send a dozen pre-composed replies, and log off. That translates into a total of about $6 (I’m calling an Internet Service Provider in the USA). Could the message be intercepted? I suppose so… if someone were willing to go to a lot of trouble. But since the Internet email isn’t stored on an in-country server, and since the outgoing message is digital in nature anyway, I’m told that odds are greatly reduced. (This is a VERY good thing. :-) )

    So… if I were posted here long-term, this is one possible way of doing the Internet-thing AND I’d have the emergency access to the cell phone in case I needed to call someone with my actual voice, too. (Like… today… when I called my wife to wish her Happy Valentines Day! :-) Some things just travel farther by voice, don’t they. :-) ) Is it worth the $6/day for me to keep up with my inbox this way? Well, if this issue turns out to be a waste of time for you, then, maybe not. :-) (But, all the same, it seemed to mean something to my wife. :-) )

    Would I buy a cellphone like this? In a heartbeat, except for the fact that the one that Sprint PCS is about to bring out will be even better. It will seek out a local digital service if there is one (and charge about 10 cents/minute), then drop back to just about any international digital cell service (either USA, Europe, or Africa will do) at about $2/minute, and if none of those are available, it’ll try old-fashioned analogue (slightly higher). If none of the above are available, it’ll give up and dial the sky, pulling your signal through the Iridium sat-system at about $5/minute. Steep, yes… but then, how much is a Happy Valentine email/voice worth to your spouse? :-) (Not to mention reports to your church or mission? :-) ) And after all, you don’t have to check in daily. (Who in the world would do that?! :-) ) You could check once/week according to a predetermined schedule, except for emergencies. The phone will set you back $3500. But wow blinking1eyes – what a step forward! Stay tuned for more news, once it’s available. In the meantime, rent the digital-only version from WorldCell for $7/day! Seems to work fine from the African continent! Or, if you’re a potential “power user,” see your nearest cellphone dealer to buy a similar low-end outfit to get you by temporarily until the Spring system comes out with theirs. Expect it by April. Prophets predict the price per minute will fall over time.

    Are you using a cellphone to connect to the Internet? If so, I’d like to hear about it. DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg  (DougLucasatxcdotorg)   If there’s no hurry, I might not answer right away. :-)

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    FROM THE MAILBAG: “THANKS FOR PROFILING HAPPY99!”

    virus“Thanks for the virus alerts,” wrote Les this past week. “Would you believe within 24 hours of receiving my last Brigada, someone sent me the ‘Happy99’ virus?” (See “CATCH THE LATEST ON COMPUTER VIRUSES AND HOAXES” in last week’s issue.) “They claim they did it unknowingly,” he added. “Thanks anyway for the help!” Yikes. gulp Be sure to obtain or update your virus software to watch for this “worm” — and remember to apply the “OPC test” – verifiable origin, purpose, and closure – before forwarding any and all emails. Thanks! David also recommends checking http://www.hoaxkill.com for its information and services. I’ve created a kind of form letter (a virus “antidote,” you might say) that I’m now sending out anytime I get one of these warnings. Here’s my response, which you’d be welcome to rework to fit your own writing style or personality: OPC logo
    “Hi! Thanks for your info., but the “virus” you’re informing us about just might be a hoax.

    We suggested recently (in an issue of Brigada Today) that, prior to forwarding any kind of “chain letter” or warning, that you look for:

    • VERIFIABLE ORIGIN: Does it have an author and a working email address or web site? If not, don’t forward it. If so, and if the content sounds questionable, then write the source and verify it. If you don’t get a reply or if the site is bogus, toss it. By no means forward it to everyone in Zanzibar!
    • VERIFIABLE PURPOSE: Will it make an actual difference if I forward it? If it’s a prayer request, make sure it meets the “closure test” below.
    • VERIFIABLE CLOSURE: How will we know when it’s complete? Does it have a cut-off date?

    So next time you compose a prayer request, or an urgent news update, or whatever, make sure it meets the “Brigada OPC Test” — Origin, Purpose, and Closure. If not, please do the Net a favor and think twice before forwarding it.

    If you’d like to check out a “tip” you’ve received, here are some great (and legitimate) websites on the web for doing so. If you don’t personally have economical access to the web, maybe a friend could search the sites and relay relevant info to you.

    http://kumite.com/myths/home.htm
    http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/
    http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
    http://www.hoaxkill.com
    http://www.nai.com
    http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHome.html
    http://www.singnet.com.sg/staff/lorna/Virus (Note: the V must be capitalized!)
    http://www.primenet.com/%7Emwest/av.htm
    http://www.primenet.com/%7Emwest/vir-atk.htm
    http://www.towson.edu/%7Ejack/virus/virus.html
    http://www.antivirus.com/
    http://www.sasknet.com/%7Ebronm/
    http://www.datafellows.fi/vir-desc.htm
    http://www.usmcs.maine.edu/%7Elaferrie/humor/compvir.html

    [end of my response]

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    DO YOU STAGE MISSIONARY INTERNSHIPS?

    If so, Donna Larkbuntngataoldotcom  (Larkbuntngataoldotcom)   would like to know. She’s looking to learn how many missions have interns, what are the qualifications, their roles, length of service, training given, qualifications expected, etc. Got something you can paste into an email and send her? If so, please do! She’s agreed to compile all that info. and send us a copy, which we’ll then post as a “get” file for everybody to download.
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    GOT A BURDEN FOR THE FULANI?

    Why not meet up with others who share it! Dave allezatcompuservedotcom  (allezatcompuservedotcom)   is coordinating an email prayer chain for the Fulani People Group and the missionaries working amongst them in Burkina Faso. Dave welcomes others from West Africa or around the world!
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    NEED A NEW WAY TO GIVE ‘EM THE WORLD?

    Check out Caleb Project’s “World View Presentation,” which, as Mark Kelly pointed out in a recent Advance!, “demonstrates in a clear and memorable way where the world stands in regard to finishing Matt. 24:14 and what the Body of Christ as a whole is doing to complete the Great Commission.” Browse it at http://www.calebproject.org/skits.htm or order from Caleb Project ordersatcprojectdotcom  (ordersatcprojectdotcom)  .
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    GET A FREE PC FOR THE ADS

    computer That’s what Tim tbellamyatcinergydotcom  (tbellamyatcinergydotcom)   believes is potentially possible if you browse http://www.free-pc.com/about.html. Apparently the deal is that you need to meet certain demographic requirements — and agree to look at the ads they send your way. Interesting concept!
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    FOR A CONSERVATIVE VIEW ON THE YEAR 2000 “BUG”

    Mark thinks Pete Holzmann’s write-up at http://www.gospelcom.net/icta/y2k/html/research_paper.html represents the voice of reason. Check it out!
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    STUDY ISLAM IN THE MIDDLE EAST THIS SUMMER

    Ministries of Grand Rapids, Mi. is sponsoring the 10th annual “on-site” orientation to Muslim culture and evangelism June 11th to July 23rd. Participants will be given practical training in culture, worldview, evangelism, and Islam. Those involved will be linked with English-speaking Muslims so they can begin learning and ministry right away. Costs are a $25 registration fee and $995 subsidized program cost. College credit is also available. For more information contact IDEA Ministries at ideaminatideaministriesdotorg  (ideaminatideaministriesdotorg)   or tel. (616) 6698-8393 in the USA.
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    CURSO EN CASTELLANO

    Cristianos del Mundo estan ofreciendo su curso de 85 estudios en castellano totalmente gratis. Se puede ver en http://www.worldchristians.org. Es un programa con enfasis sobre la Gran Comision listo para utilizar en casa, iglesia y mision, acreditado por una universidad norteamericana y ademas ofrece apoyo y consejos por e-mail. Más informacion en el websaite o por escribir lesnormanatcsidotcom  (lesnormanatcsidotcom)  .
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    ARE PRAYER JOURNEYS WORTH THE MONEY?

    praying hands I’d say. The group of church leaders with which I’m praying this week has seemingly already picked up a tremendous burden for this land. Their first full-time on-site workers are slated to arrive within the next 12 months, so they’ll take their prayer burden and give it feet… and wings! The personal involvement they now have for these wonderful people will, I’m sure, go a long way toward compelling them to hold a healthy respect the long-term marathon vision they’ll need to make a difference here. I would like to suggest that prayer journeys always be linked to long-term, tangible follow-up, both by on-site folks (when and if they’re able), and senders as well.
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    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!

    19990131 Brigada Today

    Now with 8774 weekly participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    FROM YOUR ROVING BRIGADA REPORTER

    telephone By Friday, I hope to be in North Africa, trying out a new rental cell phone service available from the USA at (888)967-5323. (Apologies to our international audience… since I don’t yet know about any international version of such a service.) Apparently you pay something like $7/day to rent a cell phone that’ll reportedly work in any one of 80 countries or more. I say “reportedly” for now… but if you get a Brigada Today this coming weekend, you’ll know “assuredly”! You see, I’m headed to a country in North Africa where even AOL has no points of presence! (I didn’t even know there were any of those left!) So we’re renting a WorldCell phone with the PCMCIA hookup and trying to beam back the ole’ email. If you don’t hear from us for two weeks, somebody throw a lifepreserver! :-) (Also, if I may ask, try to go easy on email these next few days… :-) My travel wallet will appreciate it. :-) Those international cell phone minutes. Ouch.) ‘Course, by the end of February, this will all be pointless, since Spring PCS has worked out a deal with both the local GSM networks in Europe and the rest of the world as well as with Iridium (the satellite phone people) to offer a $3500 phone that’ll give you 10 cents/min. in the USA, $1.99 on an international GSM network, and $4.99/min from anywhere in the world via the Iridium sat. phone. The hardware is still a tough sell… but the per minute rates will continue to fall over time. Yahoooo! :-) Stay tuned for more info. on these developments. By April, the Iridium should send data… and the Iridium phone doesn’t have to be aimed at the satellite like other satphones. It looks like a cell phone that pigged out at the ice cream parlor… but otherwise, it’s just a handheld set.
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    CATCH THE NEWS ON THOSE WHO ARE PERSECUTED

    A “Conference On The Persecuted Church” is scheduled for March 26 and 27, 1999, at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC (USA). Registration fee is just $10 per day and the keynote speaker is Baroness Caroline Cox, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords, London and President, Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Country-specific reports will cover situations in Iran, Sudan, Pakistan/Indonesia, Egypt and the Middle East. For further information contact Sam Elisha samathisdotmetrocolumbiadotcom  (samathisdotmetrocolumbiadotcom)  
    tel: 803-252-4146
    fax: 803-931-0320
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    TENTMAKERS INT’L TO MEET IN CAPETOWN

    The workshop leaders at the 3rd TIE World Congress being held in Cape Town this March 20-26 are (TENTMAKER TRAINING) Bennier Wolfaardt, Interdev, UK, & Derek Christensen, Baptist College, New Zealand; (SENDING PLATFORMS) Bob Morris, Interserve, Canada; (TENTMAKING BUSINESSES) Steve Simmonds, South Africa; (INFORMATION EXCHANGE) Dr. Danny Martin, ITAG, Malaysia. Over 1000 people have been asked to add their input to the program being developed in Cape Town. The expectations are high for practical, useful applications in the above areas to be formulated.
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    NET2PHONE OFFERS INT’L CALLING “ON THE CHEAP”

    telephone Thanks to Danny dannypeggyatyahoodotcom  (dannypeggyatyahoodotcom)   for reminding us to feature Net2Phone again. As we’ve mentioned before, this service allows you to make phone calls… sort of… from your computer, via the Internet. As you can already guess, browse http://www.net2phone.com for more information. The prices range from a few pennies a minute (to anywhere in the world) all the way up to 50 cents or so per minute. Danny has offered to help people get started… and in exchange, somehow he (or any other mission you want to designate) gets a kind of “commission” of $10 or so. See Danny for more information.
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    EXTRA! EXTRA! EASY ENGLISH PAPER! FREE SAMPLES!

    Now you can get free samples of the easy-English evangelistic paper, Soon, which could be of use in ministries using simple English. Publishers will send free copies in any reasonable quantity to Brigada readers anywhere. To see a sample copy, download our latest from http://www.webauthors.org/guide/soon160.pdf (in PDF format, which needs the free Adobe Acrobat reader, http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html to display and print it). For more information or to order, write your full snail-mail address to adminatsoondotorgdotuk  (adminatsoondotorgdotuk)  .
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    CATCH THE LATEST ON COMPUTER VIRUSES AND HOAXES

    OPC logo Wow! blinking1eyes Talk about striking a nerve! We received a bunch of mail from users who agreed that it was time for a protocol such as the “Brigada OPC” approach… “verifiable origin, purpose, and closure.” Several commented that maybe we were a little harsh on prayer requests. One reader said that, at a minimum, maybe we could ask that users specify a closure date on their emails, then send out a similar notice explaining any answered prayers or victories.

    Either way, as each day passes, more of these hoaxes seem to blossom. Basically, anytime anyone sends you something with lots of exclamation marks, don’t listen to it!!! :-) Seriously, to verify the latest email warning you have (not to eat a certain kind of cookie unless you want Bill Gates to transfer to your college and have his way paid by Walt Disney, Jr.), see these web sites:
    http://kumite.com/myths/home.htm
    http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/
    http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html

    virus Pay special attention this month to an Internet “worm” known as happy99. For more info., see http://www.ciac.org/ciac/cnotes/990202Happy99.html. Basically, it comes in like a Trojan horse (as an attached file), then replicates its way onto your Winsock so you begin unknowingly transmitting the file to others. Choose from the links below to download virus avoidance programs (along with updates that will keep the latest stuff, including Happy99, away from your hard drive):
    For McAfee VirusScan 3 (hrlydats): http://beta.nai.com/public/datafiles/HRLYDATS.ZIP
    For McAfee VirusScan 4 (extra dat): http://beta.nai.com/public/datafiles/extra/w32ska-4.zip
    For Dr Solomon’s AVTK (extra driver): http://beta.nai.com/public/datafiles/extra/w32ska-7.zip
    For Dr Solomon’s VirusScan 4 (extra dat): http://beta.nai.com/public/datafiles/extra/w32ska-4.zip

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    NEW JOSHUA PROJECT LIST UPDATE SAYS WE’RE MAKING PROGRESS

    Joshua Project 2000 logoDan Scribner (the tech at AD2000 & Beyond) has released the latest update to the Joshua Project 2000 data. The news is good. Though there are still some 1612 peoples on active JP list, those with no church of 100 reported have dropped to 1153. Those with no reported on-site Church Planting team are now only 626. And those who remain unclaimed or untargeted number around 244. Watch for more news at the end of the month, following Luis Bush’s talk at Heartland MissionFest.
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    GET GLOBAL: PUT AN AMAZING TIME UTILITY ON YOUR DESKTOP

    Tony recommends you browse http://www.anchordesk.com/a/ad1tlt0203kd/3053 for WinGlobe, a snazzy Windows utility that displays countries, cities, time of day, population, distance and more. It’s free to try… $15 to keep, … no nag screens so you’re on your honor.
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    ISLAM IN A SUMMER

    Columbia Institute of Muslim Studies, under the direction of Dr. Warren Larson, is set for July 12-August 6, 1999, at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina. Gain the understanding and help you need for fruitful ministry among Muslims during these consecutive two-week intensive sessions. Course options for Session I, July 12-23: Introduction to Islam, Women in Islam and Folk Islam. Session II options, July 26 – August 6: Church Planting Among Muslims, Islam in North America and Islamic Theology. You may take these courses for credit, or audit them at a fraction of the cost. Instructors include international mission leaders and scholars: Dr. Ray Tallman, Dr. Elsie Maxwell, Dr. David Cashin, Rev. Dick Bailey, Dr. Steve Johnson and Dr. Robert Douglas. Brochures available upon request through muslimstudiesatciudotedu  (muslimstudiesatciudotedu)   or, in the USA or via Net2Phone, call 800.777.2227 ext. 3326. Scholarship application deadline: May 1, 1999.
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    ADVANCE!

    (Beginning with this item, Mark Kelly’s Advance! newsletter will be presented in much shorter nuggets within the text of Brigada Today. Mark recently changed formats and he is now no longer assembling the monthly version.) Fewer than 500 believers are known among the world’s 20 million Sindhis. About 17 million Sindhis live in Pakistan, where they are almost entirely Muslim. Three million Hindu Sindhis live Maharashtra, Gujarat, or the Hindi-speaking states of India. A minority of Sindhis have emigrated to South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Europe, and the United States — where they can be reached by believers sensitive to the internationals God has placed in their midst. Ask God to touch the hearts of believers for the Sindhis who live in darkness. Ask God to strengthen the tiny Sindhi church and multiply their numbers. Pray that other believers would acknowledge that God is calling them to take the good news of his love to the Sindhis of Pakistan and India. (Advance is assembled by Mark Kelly,
    subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)   )
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    PARTNERSHIP MANUAL ONLINE

    In response to the need for assistance in forming and developing networks, the International Office of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement has updated and expanded the Adoption Guidance Program (AGP). In addition to an updated adoption section, the AGP now includes Networking, Partnerships and Advocacy. The Adoption Guidance Program offers both motivational articles and ‘how-to’ steps. All sections include examples of those who have been successful, as well as lists of resources for further information. Browse it at http://www.ad2000.org/adoption/index.htm. The AGP will also be part of the new CD-ROM being produced for Praying Through the Window IV. The CD-ROM will be available after March 1 and can be ordered from: infoatad2000dotorg  (infoatad2000dotorg)  . Price per CD-ROM is $9 plus postage for 1-3 copies, with discounts available for larger quantities. (Thanks for the tip, Barb!)
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM TURKEY

    world globe Christians are boldly proclaiming the gospel in mostly Muslim Turkey, and from their boldness they are gaining more freedom and becoming more accepted. On Christmas Eve Christians distributed 1,200 New Testaments and hundreds of audiotapes telling about the life of Christ in Istanbul’s main shopping district. Most people warmly received the handouts and police officers did not interfere, something impossible a few years ago. Christians in Ankara hosted a Christmas drama in a hotel that attracted more than 1,000 people. They distributed gift packets including New Testaments and literature. More than 250 people indicated on a survey that they wanted to hear more about Jesus, and several prayed to become Christians when workers visited them. Istanbul now has an evangelical newspaper, and a Christian radio station. International prayer efforts are partially credited for the new openness.
    (Source: AD2000 report summarizing ReligionToday.com article, Feb 3, 1999.)
    Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    PLAN FOR PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW… TODAY!

    praying hands YWAM is the publisher of the next Praying Through The Window book (PTW IV; occurring October this year), and official distributor of the CBN-produced video, and a CD put together by AD2000. Materials will start shipping next month. Please see image and discount pricing at http://www.ywam.org/books/bks_ptw.html. Write wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or, in the USA or via Net2Phone, call toll- free at 1(888) WCN-NEWS (or 1 (719) 380-0507). Thanks to Paul’s great relationship with the Brigada family, no up-front payment is needed! He trusts our readership, and are happy to send an invoice along with the materials! How ’bout that!
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    MISSION FRONTIERS WEB SITE IS UP AND RUNNING

    WebWatch Missions Frontiers and the US Center have put together a new website at http://www.missionfrontiers.org which has every issue from May 1994 to Dec. 1998. Permission to reprint is freely given! Bravo to the US Center!
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    COME TO PRACTICE “FIT”!

    soccer ball I always look forward to the first Tuesday in February. That’s when our outdoor soccer team starts regular practice again. About a year ago, when we restarted practice, I had really let my fitness slide over the winter break. When we restarted, it hit me like a ton of bricks that I just wasn’t ready.

    So this winter, I vowed to somehow find a workaround. When Christmas came, and our team began its winter break, I searched for an indoor team and sure enough, found two different teams that took me as a sub. I played at least one game per week and sometimes two. And the pace was fast! At least a couple of nights, I played back to back full-length games and loved every minute of it!

    Last Tuesday, when I walked out on the (outdoor) field, Sergey greeted me with a “Happy Groundhog Day!” (He had either studied the USA tradition or maybe seen the movie — either way, he was ready.) Unfortunately, since it was the first practice, only 4 of us showed up, along with the coach. So, for better or worse, he paired us up (I got to play as a partner to Sergey) and we played 2v2 all night! Wow blinking1eyes — talk about a great workout.

    About 2/3 of the way through the practice, one of the two guys on the other team named Allen paused for a moment and asked, “Hey — what have you been doing all winter, Doug? Did you play indoor?” I smiled. He could somehow sense that I hadn’t just been sitting on the couch all winter. I nodded yes and he replied, “I thought so. You’re still running!”

    I’ve read that internationally-acclaimed USA women’s soccer coach, Anson Dorrance (one of the winning-est coaches of all time), used to tell his players, “If you don’t take personal responsibility for your fitness this winter, don’t come back to practice in the spring.” He apparently meant it. All winter long, his girls’ soccer team would work out just like he was sitting there watching them the whole time! And when they came to the first practice, nobody had to ask. You could tell that they had been working on fitness all winter long!

    So I began thinking… Why can we easily see the point of physical fitness, yet just as easily miss the point of individual spiritual preparedness. For example, every spring our organization pulls together a group of recruits for Pre-Field Orientation, prior to their traveling all over the world as summer missions interns. Over the past 15 years we’ve seen some pretty unprepared people. One year, the interns wouldn’t even finish their days out. I’d find them back in the hotel playing cards, long before suppertime. Another summer saw a couple of young ladies who seemed to want to wear inappropriate clothing no matter what we said or did.

    So I guess this year, I’m appealing to all the new missionaries… to please show up “fit.” Be ready to work hard, listen, follow the lead of your host missionary, and dig into the Word. Be a man or a woman of prayer. Make up your mind right now that you’re going to be as flexible as you can be. Train your heart and mind to say, in unison, there’s nothing that Satan can throw at me this summer that can shake me from my commitment to be the very best new missionary I can be!

    If every team member came with that kind of fitness and attitude, 2v2 would be all the more fun. :-)

    Can’t wait for practice tomorrow night. Love it.

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

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    REAL-TIME, ONLINE UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP ADOPTIONS

    Now you can register your adoption of an unreached people group via the web! This is the fulfillment of a lot of hopes, vision, and dreams from a lot of people! What began as a simple idea (a sample of which was Brigada’s own “People Group Consultant”) is now being realized by the International Office of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement! Bravo!!! Yahooo! Yahoo You can record commitments for prayer, advocacy, church planting and networking for any unreached group! Just visit http://www.ad2000.org/adopform.htm. There you can keep the missions community updated on your commitment and involvement. Registration of this data allows for greater ease in networking between those focused on the same unreached people, as well as assisting missions strategists in determining the areas most in need of workers. No need to register again if you’ve already submitted your info. to AD2000. But you’re welcome to use the form to update AD2000 on your plans. Comments or questions about the process? Write Barbatad2000dotorg  (Barbatad2000dotorg)  . Bravo AD2000 & Beyond!!!
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    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! PROPOSED: AN EMAIL VIRUS PREVENTION PROTOCOL

    virusOkay. Uncle! (Enough is enough!) I’m as patient as the next guy or gal (maybe more so, in fact), but I’ll be perfectly content if I never see another “AOL Gold” message that urges me not to open a particular email that’s going to erase my hard drive! Don’t we all have enough email to read without fluff???

    And now the latest rage is all the prayer requests, many of which seem to be unverified and undated. So we don’t know if they’ve floated around for 3 days or 3 months! And what’s more, so much of this stuff is totally useless. I mean, how in the world will Walt Disney’s son (Walt Disney never even had a son named “Walt”! As a matter of fact, he never even had a son!) or Bill Gates know if we forward this email 5000 times? And, how will our emails help save Sesame Street, stop nuclear war, or preserve Afghan women? The government isn’t going to impose long distance rates for Internet access, there are no “Good Times”, and even if your email says “guts to say Jesus”, it still won’t erase your hard drive. Neither The American Cancer Society nor ” Valley Children’s Hospital” will donate 3 cents per email (even if the story about the little girl is a sad one — Dave Matthews notwithstanding) for anything you write, Aspartame isn’t all that bad, you don’t have to “join the crew” and you can’t “win a holiday.” Jessica Mydek doesn’t exist, forget “penpal greetings,” and, well, okay, so maybe the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe isn’t so bad…

    But all in all, have you had enough of these things??? So here’s a proposal. What if all 9,000 of us covenanted together to never forward these things on again! Imagine what an impact it would have for the Kingdom of Christ! Just imagine the missionaries and all the newly discovered spare time they’ll have, not having to read about kidneys being harvested while we sleep!

    So here it is… the newly proposed “Brigada Email Virus Prevention Protocol.” If you send it to 5 other people, you’ll receive a free trip to Mars! (Just kidding about the free trip!) Seriously, let’s try to watch for these key ingredients before we forward email:

    • VERIFIABLE ORIGIN: Does it have an author and a working email address or web site? If not, don’t forward it. If so, and if the content sounds questionable, then write the source and verify it. If you don’t get a reply or if the site is bogus, toss it. By no means forward it to everyone in Zanzibar!
    • VERIFIABLE PURPOSE: Will it make an actual difference if I forward it? Think about it: why would 1000 emails help Muslims treat Afghan women any better?
    • VERIFIABLE CLOSURE: How will we know when it’s complete? Does it have a cut-off date?

    So next time you compose a prayer request, or an urgent news update, or whatever, make sure it meets the “Brigada OPC Test” — Origin, Purpose, and Closure. If not, please don’t forward it to me. :-) OPC
    There now. Are we done with all those for good? I doubt it. :-)

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    INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MISSION STUDIES – IAMS 2000

    The next IAMS conference will be held in South Africa, January 21 to 28, 2000, at Megawatt Park (between Johannesburg and Pretoria). The hosting Committee will be the Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS). The theme is “Reflecting Christ: Crucified and Living in a broken World.” Discussion in preparation for the conference will take place in the MISSIOLOGY conference http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/8409/lists.htm. For more information on attending the conference itself, contact John Roxborogh Iamsatibmdotnet  (Iamsatibmdotnet)   http://www.iams.org.uk/.
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    POLICE IN INDIA RISING TO THE TASK

    lighting the wayThanks to those who pointed me to sources saying that the police in India were trying to rise to the task of protecting believers! (Last week’s item “INDIA AFLAME WITH PERSECUTION“) That’s an answered prayer! (By the way, that item would not have met the new “OPC” test!) Not OPC
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    NEW TRIBES CALLS FOR WORLDWIDE PRAYER JAN. 31

    Sorry for the short notice… (like “same-day”!) but New Tribes Mission (NTM) is asking Christians around the world to unite in a Day of Prayer (today) January 31, for Dave Mankins, Mark Rich and Rick Tenenoff. These missionaries have been held for 2,191 days and NTM believes (as do we all) that it is time for them to be returned to their families. NTM is calling for prayer that God would intervene in a way that will bring a positive end to this long and uncertain ordeal. Pray for wives, Nancy, Tania and Patti and their families. No email follow-up is necessary. For more information, browse http://www.ntm.org/hostage/index.html.

    note(Note the verifiable OPC: origin, purpose, and closure!) (Thanks for tipping us off to this date, Dave!) OPC

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    YOU’VE GOT MAIL!

    lighting the way What a great batch of letters we received following the “Why are you doing missions” (‘back page’ editorial in last week’s Brigada Today)! One mission minister wrote, “…What you had to say really woke me up to the fact that God has given me more than I can think or imagine, and that it had become routine in such a short time. I really feel what you had to say was a gentle reminder that I need to be grateful and humble that God has chosen me to serve in such an awesome task of mobilizing the Church to obey His command. Thanks Doug, and may God Truly Make Your Day!”
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    ON-SITE ‘UNREACHED’ INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ESTABLISHED

    graduation capImagine doing one or two years of your academic studies for missions while on the field! You can do it in HatYai, Thailand at Internship To the Unreached or I. To U. Using the World Christian Foundations as the academic portion of study, and on field experienced workers as mentors and resource people you can get ready to reach the unreached of Southeast Asia. For more information check out their new web site at: http://www.internstounreached.org/ or write Don Davis at drdavisatxcdotorg  (drdavisatxcdotorg)  .
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM BARIPADA

    world globeAustralian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were outside a village northeast of Baripada (Orissa) where they had attended a Bible study program. While they were sleeping in their old station wagon, a mob of 40 people, some armed with bows and arrows, attacked and doused the vehicle with gasoline, setting it ablaze, and beating up any bystanders who tried to rescue the family, police said. Police arrested 49 Hindu radicals suspected of burning to death Graham Staines, 58, and his sons Philips, 10, and Timothy, 8. Of the 200 families in the village, about 30 have embraced Christianity in the last two decades. Graham’s ministry also included assistance for recovered lepers and clean water for schools. His sons were visiting on vacation.
    (Source: Associated Press, “Missionary Mourned in India,” By Neelesh Misra, 1/24/1999 DELHI, India. For More information http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/asiapcf/9901/23/india.christian/index.html)
    Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    TARGET THE NATIONS DOESN’T COST AS MUCH

    cd-romGalcom international has reduced the price of the Target the Nations CD to $14. This CD provides specific information about each of the 11,886 people groups that live in the 233 nations of the world. It enables you to pray informed as you intercede for the nations and unreached people groups. Included are tons of missions stats and a directory of U.S. and Canadian world mission agencies working among the unreached. All together there are some 25,000 screens of text, 150 pictures Drawings, and 50 voice files. Order from Galcomusaataoldotcom  (Galcomusaataoldotcom)  .
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    CHINA PRAYER CALENDARS FOR THE COST OF SHIPPING

    praying handsIntegrated Resources still has about 3,000 of the “1999 Intercessors for China Prayer Calendars” available. Now they’re asking only for the costs of shipping and handling (donations welcome though). In the USA call 800-729-4351. Otherwise fax to (812) 339-8389 OR order via regular mail Integrated Resources; 4307 East Third Street; Bloomington, IN 47401. Ask for item 7707e. Check out a sample at http://www.ccci.org/china. For more information, write eastasiaattelebytedotnet  (eastasiaattelebytedotnet)  .
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    EVANGELISM ON THE WEB!

    WebWatchThrough the courtesy of Gordon Bell, Internet Accessed Ministries has put samples of several GRN evangelism messages online. These RealAudio files are available to anyone with a suitably equipped computer at http://i-am.org/audio.htm. Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, Russian and Spanish are among the 16 languages currently available, and more will be added soon. About ten minutes of each language is provided, including some music. (Thanks for the tip, Mark!)
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    GOT A GREAT SOURCE FOR BUYING MISSIONS STAMPS?

    Brian briansatcefincdotorg  (briansatcefincdotorg)   would like to know! His mission used to sell stamps to a local collector (hey — every little bit helps!), but now that local collector is out of business. If you’ve got an inside tip, share it with Brian and he’ll report back here later.
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    CHARITABLE GIFT$

    dollar signRogers, Mathis and Associates is a full service financial planning organization, with extensive experience in charitable giving programs. They are working with several non-profit organizations to develop endowments and current gifts. Techniques, such as Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, Gifts of Life Insurance, Irrevocable Life Trusts, and Charitable Retirement and Estate Plans, can be designed to benefit the contributor, the beneficiaries and the charity. Contact Jim Rogers at jimrogersatuswestdotnet  (jimrogersatuswestdotnet)   for a questionnaire that will help determine if your organization is a candidate for these services.
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    IF YOU HAVE TO FLY, WEATHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

    If your mission work depends on the weather (say… disaster relief or aviation???), check out http://www.weathernode.com/nodeinfo.asp for a great interface! Great tip, Joe!
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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!

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    *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!

    19990117 Brigada Today

    Now with 8671 weekly participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    FOUR YEARS WITH BRIGADA

    Brigada LogoBelieve it or not, only one other person on our list of 8671 people can claim to have been a part of Brigada since the very beginning. He is Jonathan Marsden, of Redlands, CA, the MAF “techie” who assembled much of the early infrastructure to make Brigada possible (beginning way back on Jan. 25, 1995). Those first few awkward exchanges were brainstorming messages between Doug and Jonathan… and the rest, well, the rest is history. On March 21, 1995, Brigada officially opened publicly for business. By that time, 95 brave new subscribers had joined the family! Thanks to the tireless work of our WebServant volunteer, Bob Mayhew, you can view past issues of Brigada Today in the archives at http://www.brigada.org. He’s gone all the way back to the very beginning now… so you can even look at the initial proposal papers! Thanks Bob!
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    WEBWATCH: VIRTUAL TOURIST

    WebWatchEver check out the Virtual Tourist? http://www.vtourist.com I needed info. on a country I’m visiting in North Africa next week and Virtual Tourist had everything from the temperature (real-time) to local newspaper, radio, and TV links! Tons of stuff. You can link to the CIA Factbook from there, and even zero in with detailed stuff on specific cities within your country. Great interface. Fast too.
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    KEEP UP ON SUDAN

    Want to read more about the persecution that’s happening in Sudan? Try www.liaafrica.org. It’s put together by a mission involved on-site.
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    ACMC CONFERENCES ARE COMING!

    For example, you can catch the Midwest regional conference on March 6, 1999, at Fairhaven Church in Dayton, OH. For more info., contact David 102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom  (102100dot2020atcompuservedotcom)  .
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    INDIA AFLAME WITH PERSECUTION

    Did you see the wire services’ pickup on persecution in India? Australian missionary Graham Stewart Staines, 58, and his 9 year old Philip and seven year old Timothy were burnt alive in their jeep when a Hindu crowd poured gasoline on the jeep and burnt them alive. Two other Australian sleeping in the church were able to run and escape the mad crowd. Locals say the police aren’t taking much action. Gulp. gulp According to one Brigada participant from within India, nearly 100 churches have been torn down and ransacked with many pastors beaten and kicked. Some nationals are calling on believers from throughout the rest of the world to rouse governments to action so that the killings would stop.
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    CATCH THE LATEST ON THE YEAR 2000 PROBLEM

    Just send a note to y2kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (y2kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and you’ll join other missionaries who are interested in dialoguing about potential problems with Y2K. Already on board are reps. from several large missions, including SIL, New Tribes, Mission to Unreached Peoples, YWAM, Northern Thailand Christian Mission, Mission Moving Mountains. The moderator, Dave dcristatloxinfodotcodotth  (dcristatloxinfodotcodotth)  , works in an agricultural outreach in Thailand. He fears that the so-called “developing nations” might take the biggest hit come Jan. 1st, 2000.
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    CHAT WITH THE DOCS!

    Looking for some answers to your questions concerning health? You may want to check out this new web site: http://www.PhysiciansChat.com You’ll find their health library helpful, plus many other added features. There is even a doctor who will take the time to answer your specific questions; and all from a Christian perspective. Check it out. For more information, ask Carl Ckishbaughatcsidotcom  (Ckishbaughatcsidotcom)  .
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    KAHUNA: THE REAL STORY

    lighting the wayWhew! I feel redeemed! I got a great note this past week from an SIL consultant based in Papua New Guinea. He was formerly based at the East-West Centre in Hawaii. He must have invested an hour or more looking up backgrounds on the word, “kahuna” so he could properly document my alleged misuse of it (see “HAKUNA KAHUNA” from last week and “AD2000 IS ALIVE AND WELL” from the week before). Now granted… this might seem like no big deal to you maybe, but to Russ, the SIL guy — I mean he took it seriously! It was like he wanted to defend me to the world! He quoted from Hawaiian dictionaries (and documented everything and had even interviewed Hawaiian native speakers about the term. Bottom line: a kahuna was actually a member of the priestly clan within the Hawaiian social structure. In the Pukui-Elbert Dictionary of the Hawaiian language, which gives many sorts of kahuna, Russ even found references to “kahuna ha’i’olelo,” lit: speaking kahuna, or itinerant preacher, “kahuna pule,” pastor, lit: prayer expert; and kahuna a’o,” a teaching preacher, pastor. Thanks for the time you invested, Russ!
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE DAY OF PRAYER

    world globe An estimated 200,000 local churches in 130 countries prayed for persecuted believers on Nov. 15, the 1998 Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. In Katmandu, Nepal, churches held a combined prayer gathering for their persecuted brothers and sisters. In Cambodia churches united in prayer for religious freedom there and elsewhere. On Serge Square in Stockholm, Sweden, a sea of candles was lit to honor all that have died for their faith and to remind passers-by that millions of people still are suffering for the faith. Five million African listeners of “Radio Habari” participated through radio broadcasts in the Swahili language.
    (Source: Advance Newsletter, Copyright © 1998, Kainos Press http://www.brigada.org/advance/adv199812.html, MarkKellyatxcdotorg  (MarkKellyatxcdotorg)  .)
    Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    VANCOUVER MISSIONS FEST REQUEST

    George Verwer and Luis Bush will be Plenary Speakers at Vancouver’s 16th Annual Missions Fest on January 29-31, 1999. The theme is “From Every Nation…To Every Nation; the changing face of global missions.” Other featured speakers include Paul Negrut (Romania), Joanne Pepper (Canada, Ukraine), Russ Stendal (Colombia) and Mike Yaconelli (Youth Specialties, USA). This conference is sponsored by 135 local churches representing 26 denominations. Youth and children’s programs are an important part of the event. There are now 220 mission agencies that will have exhibits and will take part in the 110 mission educational seminars. Over the 3-days, organizers are expecting over 34,000 to attend. Those interested in additional information may contact the offices by calling (604) 524-9944, or email mfestvanatansadotcom  (mfestvanatansadotcom)  . Most of the conference is posted on their website at http://www.ansa.com/mfestvan. This past week, organizers asked the entire Brigada family for prayer for the speakers, delegates, and programs.
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    STAY UP TO DATE ON THE HMF

    Want to stay “in the know” on Heartland MissionFest ’99, slated for Feb. 25-27 in Tulsa, OK. To get occasional updates on workshops, speakers, schedules, send an e-mail message to href="hubatxcdotorg">hubatxcdotorg  that simply says,
    subscribe hmf-update
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    THROUGH THE OPEN DOOR TO SE ASIA

    Here’s your chance to be one of 50 people placed in SE ASIA for a guaranteed 2 years as an English teacher. YWAM Perth together with YWAM Singapore have been asked for as many English teachers as they can possibly send and have been granted 50 visas good for 2 years! A School of Frontier Missions and TESOL Seminar will be run in Perth with the express purpose of preparing people for this strategic opportunity to impact a large Muslim nation. For more information, contact Belinda schoolsofficeatuofnperthdotedudotau  (schoolsofficeatuofnperthdotedudotau)   or call +61 8 9221 1217 or browse http://www.uofnperth.edu.au.
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    “WHY ARE YOU DOING MISSIONS?”

    “Are you awakened by an alarm, or by a calling?” :-) An up and coming computer manufacturer adopted that slogan last fall and, I must admit, I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. Of course, the slant they take is one you can guess. The full-page ad features a young computer jockey in khakis and a denim shirt home just in time to kiss his baby after a long day’s work, Micron laptop in a bag at his side. At the bottom is a subtitle, “Who are you doing it for?”

    So from Micron we take a cue: “Do you get up in response to an alarm or a calling?” When the alarm goes off, do you hit the deck with expectation of the day? …or with a dread that makes you wish for nightfall?

    I used to think that “right attitude resulted in right behavior.” But lately I’ve been realizing that “one-way processing” doesn’t always have to be the case. Sometimes our behavior can echo back, in a kind of feedback loop, and teach us something that helps us change our attitude.

    So… I guess the lesson is simple… Buy a Micron computer. :-) (Just kidding. I’ve never owned one… but people say they’re nice. Still … that’s not my point.) My point is this: if life has gotten kind of “stale” for you lately, maybe you need to wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe there is something to be said for “going through the motions,” if your motivation is strong enough to believe again.

    In Somewhere in Time, Christopher Reeve became so convinced that he could travel through time, he dressed in old clothes, rented a room in an old hotel (with lots of history), and just . . . .”concentrated” on traveling through time. Now granted… when I first saw that love story, I tossed it off as a fairy-tale. But have you ever been so convinced that you’ve been jet lag, only to have some spoiled-sport quip, “Yes, I know it’s 8pm here, but that’s 3am my body time.” Sorta’ jerks you back to reality, doesn’t it! :-) I always tell those people to just keep their reality to themselves. When I’m ahead of the game on jet lag, I want to keep it that way. I don’t want to face reality. I want to believe so strongly that it’s still “okay” to be awake, that I can even convince my body that the lie is true!

    Well I’ve got news for you. It works even beyond jet lag.

    Next time you feel like work is a drag, try investing yourself again. Next time you lose your “zeal” for language learning, or for your medical ministry, or even for Bible study, maybe it’s time to take a cue from Christopher Reeves. Maybe you won’t become a “superman,” but maybe God will wake up the original dream within you. Start stepping through the behavior that used to light your imagination and pray that God will reawaken it. Invest in children, take time with the elderly, listen to a story from a downcast “poor in spirit” street-person. Who knows… maybe you’ll wake up to more than an alarm the next day. Maybe you’ll go “somewhere BACK in time” and rediscover your original dream. And that right behavior just might rekindle your right attitude!

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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!

    19990110 Brigada Today

    Now with 8645 weekly participants!
    News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
    On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today
    Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
    Compiled by Doug Lucas <DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  >, Louisville, KY
    [Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

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    PREP. COURSE FOR NEW MISSIONARIES, FREE ON THE WEB!

    graduation cap A UK-based missions fellowship, “WorldChristians,” has launched a website at http://www.worldchristians.org which contains a free 85 lesson ‘Help Finish the Great Commission’ orientated training school, accredited by New Covenant International University in the USA, which has been developed and tested in the bush of Africa and India. Because it works on the 2 Timothy 2.2 principle it can be put into effect for almost no cost, anywhere. They are willing to mentor a few students by e-mail (majority-world students would receive top priority). WorldChristians has been going since the mid-eighties. They will be happy to add any Brigada-relating missions website in their hotlist if you e-mail it to lesnormanatworldchristiansdotorg  (lesnormanatworldchristiansdotorg)  .
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    ADVANCE SUMMARY READY TO “GET”

    January’s ADVANCE is ready for retrieval.

    Here’s a summary of what you’ll find this month:

    Summary of “Advance!” — January 1999

    THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — 50 million intercessors worldwide to pray for 10/40 Window; the Taiwanese Hokkien; the Mongolians of northern China; the Gujjar of India; Myanmar evangelists preparing; Japan outreach to “special needs” people; “Good News for Tibet” broadcasts; the Qigong sect of China

    THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Catholic priests threatened with crucifixion; Ghanaian believer forced to marry outside faith; young believer beaten by family; seminary professor detained and interrogated; peace demonstrators gather in Delhi; Colombia opens negotiations with FARC rebels

    SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Spiritual attacks follow release of new translation; Israeli police arrest cult members; anti-Semitism in Russia; New Jersey court rules against Boy Scouts

    REJOICE! — 100 Muslims accept Christ in Indonesia; new gospel radio station for Guinea; decisions for Christ in Togo; believers freed in Maldives; young believer wins 20 to Christ in jail; confiscated Bibles reclaimed in Russia; 65 decisions among unreached people group; United Airlines rejects demands of homosexual activists

    NETWORKING — Corrected URL for children’s mission education resources; “Praying Through The Window IV: Light the Window;” on-line Tibet prayer calendar; Gateway Cities of China wall calendar; persecuted believers daily prayer calendar; low-cost books, pamphlets and video tapes

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    WHERE TO GET STACKS OF MAPS

    Mark MarkKellyatXCdotOrg  (MarkKellyatXCdotOrg)   is looking for the best sources of electronic maps (i.e., web sites) that can be copied to our local computers and printed in publications or personal prayer guides. While he’s at it, he’s trying to find backup sources for written maps if the electronic variety don’t work out. Got any sources for him? Please send him your favorite map-oriented web site, esp. one that would allow a person to print a particular region of the world with plain-to-see country names. Any clues out there? If so, send ’em his way. In a couple of weeks, he’ll pass along a conclusive summary here for all to see!
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    RELIEVING LAPTOP ZAPPING FOR TIRED TRAVELERS

    laptop computer Check it out at http://www.cdw.com. The unit is a surge protector for laptops that can be used in any country around the world – regardless of voltage outputs other than 110/120 volts. It is made by APC, and can be ordered online (at the above-mentioned site) or by calling 1-800-826-4239 It comes with a lifetime warranty, sells for $32.38 plus shipping (about $3.00), has a 5-year/$5,000.00 protection policy, and works with Toshiba, Dell, Gateway, Acer, NEC, and other laptops that have a 2-prong AC cord and a CB connector at the laptop for the AC cord. It doesn’t work with Compaq Armada, IBM Thinkpads, and other laptops that use a 3-prong AC cord. At the CDW website, click on “power protection” under “Browse” (left column), then click on “power strips/surge suppressors” under “subcategories” (right column), then look under American Power Conversions for the APC SurgeArrest Notebook Pro.
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    APOSTOLIC LEADERS TO GATHER

    C. Peter Wagner is inviting Missions Leaders, Apostolic Leaders, Pastors, Church Planters, Lay Leaders, and those called to Missions to the new World Prayer Center (Colorado Springs, CO), March 1-2, 1999, to focus on current missions trends; leveraging technology; current world hotspots; equipping and releasing indigenous leaders; strategic level prayer for the harvest; multiplying churches and apostolic networks; strategic alliances; contextualization; finances; para-church and church partnerships and more… For More Information and Registration, call in the USA to 719-262-0442, Ext. 1306 or write chrisbatcpwagnerdotnet  (chrisbatcpwagnerdotnet)  .
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    PRAYER FOR EXTRAORDINARY HOSTAGE SITUATION

    praying hands Many reported back that they watched the 20/20 news segment on New Tribes Mission’s (NTM’s) missing missionaries. Now NTM is asking Christians around the world to join in prayer on Sunday, January 31, for an end to the captivity of NTM missionaries Dave Mankins, Mark Rich, and Rick Tenenoff. (They and their wives were planting a church among the Kuna people of Panama when guerrillas took the men from their homes the night of January 31, 1993.) Pray for an end to 2,191 days of uncertainty. Watch http://www.ntm.org/hostage for updates or write ntmatntmdotorg  (ntmatntmdotorg)  . Thanks Bob!
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    BE A PART OF SOMETHING BIG (HEARTLAND MISSIONSFEST)

    The Feb. 25-27 Heartland MissionsFest in Tulsa, OK, will focus on “Joshua Project 2000: the progress and possibilities.” Speakers include Luis Bush, Ron Rowland, Terry Law, Doug Lucas, Beverly Pegues, Bill & Amy Stearns, Neal Pirolo, Ross Patterson, Phyllis Kilbourn, Jill Harris, Lorry Lutz, Bill Waldrop, and Keith Wheeler. For info. write hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)  , or in the USA, phone 800-366-6641, or visit http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf.
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    PRAY FOR INDIA… PERSECUTION MIGHT BE ON THE RISE

    praying hands Pray for workers ministering to people groups in India. Apparently persecution is on the rise!

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    HAKUNA KAHUNA

    lighting the wayHonest, I didn’t know that Kahuna originated in the dark world witchcraft “AD2000 IS ALIVE AND WELL“, nor had I heard it was Hawaiian language for “devil” and, no, there was no Freudian slip intended! :-) Thanks to the one reader who wrote in to correct the item.
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM AN AWAKENING GIANT

    world globe A growing number of Universities in China are establishing religion departments and inviting Christians from the West to lecture. This is an unprecedented opportunity for professors from Christian colleges to minister in China. Eric Burkin reports that as more people come to Christ, the need for their pastoral training is dire. “There’s such a huge amount of people coming to know Christ in all the churches in China today that pastors are overwhelmed with new Christians.” Training for personal devotionals and pastoral counseling is a great need.
    (Source: Werner Burklin Ministries via Mission Network News
    web site: http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/ — See also http://www.calvaryftl.org/missions/wburklin.htm)
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    DOES THE WATCHWORD HAVE A FUTURE?

    March 15 – 16 in Colorado Springs, the Christian Futures Network is hosting a national consultation on “The Watchword in World Missions” to mark the 20th anniversary of the birth of the watchword, “A Church for Every People by the Year 2000.” Featured speakers include Dr. Todd Johnson, co-editor of the World Christian Encyclopedia II, Jay Gary, editor of Let’s Talk 2000 and others. This consultation is for everyone interested in the direction of world missions in the 21st century and how a new generation will relate to the unfinished task beyond AD2000. Registrations before mid-February at the early bird price of $99 (meals, housing) or $50 commuters. To receive an email invitation, write watchwordatwnrfdotorg  (watchwordatwnrfdotorg)   or visit the consultation web site at http://www.wnrf.org/networks/watchword.htm.
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    PRAY FOR JAPAN

    praying hands The Tokyo Fasting and Prayer Sacred Gathering will be here before we know it, January 25-27. Speakers include Bill Bright, Dr. Joon Gon Kim (National Director of Korea Campus Crusade for Christ), and Dr. Koji Honda (well-known evangelist and teacher in Japan). For more info., contact LINCJapanataoldotcom  (LINCJapanataoldotcom)  .

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    THE BACK PAGE (EDITORIAL) – EXCELLENCE IS AN ART

    Excellence. It’s been written about in all kinds of books, talked about on videos, and even preached about from pulpits. But over the past few nights, I’ve been learning about it from a project that my son, Christopher, has to do for Science class.

    The assignment was to build a habitat for an animal — a Mountain Lion, in Christopher’s case. He came to me asking for help. He said several kids in his class were just going to draw a poster board of the habitat. He said he could really use the points and, besides, he really wanted it to be “awesome.”

    We decided to start by visiting a hobby store nearby. There we picked up a book on building scenery for model railroads. I was fascinated by the look and feel of the stuff. This was certainly no posterboard.

    What amazed me was what a difference $25 worth of the right materials would make! We built a plywood display case, used spray foam material to form up the landscape, and then formed it with a utility knife. We followed through with a step-by-step process to make the grass, trees, bushes, and we’re now in the final stages of building the pond and putting on the stones and other additional touches.

    Chris seems pretty excited… In short, he says it’s “awesome!” :-)

    We could have gone the posterboard route, like everybody else.

    But for $25 bucks and a few fun evenings, hearing him say it’s “awesome” sure means a lot.

    Can we learn to apply the same motivation to everything we do? What about that sermon, that presentation, that brochure or that correspondence course??? When will we learn to start a couple of weeks ahead and put some careful planning into it, so that when it turns out, we can stand back and say, “Awesome!”

    At the same time, there are tons of distractions screaming for our attention. Some of them are actually very worthy causes. Somehow, we’ve got to figure out… what will we try to build that’s “awesome” and what are we going to have to say “no” to.

    So… as you tackle the day’s projects… why not make up your mind right now to do some careful thinking and come up with an outcome that you’ll be able to call “awesome” when it’s all said and done! Then resolve to live with yourself on the projects which you have to decline – for sanity’s sake!

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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!

    19990103 Brigada Today

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    AD2000 IS ALIVE AND WELL

    lighting the wayLast week’s mention of “WHERE’S THE HOOPLA ABOUT FINISHING THE TASK?” brought a response from the head cahoona! :-) Luis Bush wrote personally with this update. It appears that AD2000 & Beyond is alive and well!

    Luis wrote, “Some major / key items in line with ‘a church for every people and the gospel for every person’ by the year 2000 and beyond; a brief snapshot!

    1. Joshua Project 2000 peoples / only 250 yet unclaimed / special target efforts made
    2. Joshua Harvest Vision (UPGs less than 10,000 in population) affirmed / new efforts underway
    3. Ten (10) strategic North India states consultations / July ’98
    4. Arabian Peninsula booklet issued mid-’98. Sold out!
    5. Five (5) African regional consultations throughout ’98
    6. Sudan / new national initiative launched amid poverty and persecution / September ’98
    7. Praying Through The Window IV (PTTWIV) launched September ’98
    8. Cyprus consultation participation / North Africa and the Middle East / March ’98
    9. Dramatic commitments / interest building, non-Western national initiatives
    10. Macro-peoples partnerships increasing / Partnership Task Force / InterDev
    11. PTTWIV book completed by Floyd McClung / available February ’99
    12. The Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window book completed / available February ’99
    13. Special edition of IFMJournal on AD2000 / February ’99
    14. Heartland MissionsFest ’99 / Tulsa, OK, February ’99 – Luis Bush status update
    15. Horn of Africa catalytic booklet in-process / available Spring ’99
    16. Updated CD-ROM: Full resource kit for PTTWIV – and beyond!”

    Luis added, “Many more items! See details on the AD2000 website: http://www.ad2000.org/.”

    Thanks to those working in the International Office for AD2000 & Beyond… and to all the volunteers, and to Luis for taking time to respond!!!

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    *** IMPORTANT ***
    PROTECT YOURSELF FROM A NEW VIRUS

    virusOkay… I’m the guy who is normally telling you to please stop sending the bundles of email about some boy in Kansas who’s going to die unless you remail this message (and its 2 million headers) to at least 698 people. Those are “email viruses.” They thrive on well-meaning people who are using up bandwidth on the Internet by relaying dishonest, unverified propaganda. But in this case, we’ve got a real live documented “Trojan horse” virus called “Picture.exe”. Once again, all email viruses thus far, it has to be executed in order to do damage to your system. As long as you don’t automatically execute attached files you receive with incoming email, you’re still okay. This should be akin to your aversion to assume that you can taste a delicious-looking brownie some anonymous person left in your mailbox!

    For starters, you can see the CNN Interactive news article about this virus at: http://cnn.com/cnn/TECH/computing/9901/08/trojan.idg/index.html That’s where Jason first saw it. I then went to Symantec’s Antivirus Research Center (or SARC, which is one of the best bookmarks you can set if you want to check out these viruses) at: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/picture-exe-th.html and Network Associates AVERT center at: http://www.networkassociates.com/about/news/press/1999/january/010899.asp By the way, you can use the Symantec site to upgrade Norton Antivirus and the NA site to upgrade McAffee Antivirus so it’ll pick up the virus automatically when it’s emailed to you.

    If you don’t have an antivirus software monitor currently on your system, this little virus might be a tip-off to you that it’s probably worth picking one up. I like the McAffee product because for some reason it seems more straightforward to me to check incoming email (it’s all automatic) but the Norton product is supposedly just as good. Both are probably available via numerous web vendors (like http://www.warehouse.com/) and any computer vendor you can get to in your nearest big city. McAffee is available with Win98 and also in Eudora Pro.

    Either way, you can check to see if the new Picture.exe antivirus has already affected your system. Just take a look (but don’t change) your c:\windows\win.ini file and find the “run=” line (usually the 2nd or 3rd from the top). If you see “note.exe” as one of the options, then you’re contaminated. Gulp. gulp If note.exe isn’t there, check your “download” folder and make sure you don’t have “picture.exe” as a downloaded file. (If you do, erase it and don’t execute it.) Either way, get an antivirus checker that monitors all incoming email and then you won’t have to worry about it. A word to the wise…

    Thanks Jason. This is another good reason to be involved in the Brigada family. All it takes is one of our family of 8600+ people and… instantly, we can all be alerted to something important like this. God bless you brother!

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    GOD’S STORY ON THE WEB!

    movie cameraThe God’s Story Project translates and distributes the Bible video, God’s Story: From Creation to Eternity. This evangelistic 80-minute overview of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, uses the chronological storytelling format to present Jesus as the Savior promised by God. The “world view” incorporated in this video results in a powerful film which both delivers the Gospel and has a continuing purpose as a discipleship tool. God’s Story unique design (of having the narration on one track and the visuals, music and special sound effects on the second track) makes it extremely cost effective to translate into other languages.

    http://www.gods-story.org/ has audio stream of God’s Story in some of the languages, offers details on the video’s impact and lists the multiple languages already available and how to get them. Ministries may obtain many of the foreign-translation masters of God’s Story for unlimited outreach in non-commercial areas for $2,500. If a master is not available in a specific language, some individuals or ministries may have the expertise to assist Jeremiah in either the translation of a script or foreign narration, or both. In these cases, cost to the ministry can be dropped to as low as $1,400 for a finished master. For more info. contact project the director damilleratproinetdotnet  (damilleratproinetdotnet)  .

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    NOTECARDS OR NOTEPADS FOR YOUR MINISTRY

    Order any NoteCards or NotePads from Kingdom Graphics before March 10, 1999 and you can get one pad free for every 3 you order. Just go to http://www.kingdomgraphics.com/ and choose from a wide selection of Ministry Products. When you place your order just refer to this “Special E-Mail SALE offer … #305 ” in the “Comments” box on the order form … and tell them which free gift you want. Also . . . it’s a secure credit card web site. For more info. write Bert kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)  .
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    WHAT DO YOU CALL IT??

    Brian is trying figure out what the current trends are in missions terminology. In particular, what do you or your organization call deputation and furlough and why? Are there any other age-old terms in missions we should look at updating for the sake of the church? Send any comments or ideas to Brian briansatcefincdotorg  (briansatcefincdotorg)   and he will compile a summary we can post.
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    NEW CALENDAR FOR GLOBAL MISSION EVENTS

    calendarMark markorratglobalmissiondotorg  (markorratglobalmissiondotorg)   has just launched a new service for the global missions community. In order to help track events, he’s designed an interactive online missions events calendar. See it at: http://www.globalmission.org/calendar.htm. You are invited to post your events, as long as they are missions related, and have specific dates. It’s all done online, and the posting is immediate! All you need is a login and password, which is all free for the asking. Send Mark an email with your ministry name, purpose, and contact info, and he’ll issue a password within 24 hours. But first, see the calendar at http://www.globalmission.org/calendar.htm. It’s now ready to receive your event postings.
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    BECOME A TESOL TEACHER!

    This 4 week intensive course will be held in the Philippines, with on-the-job-training among Muslim students at a local University. The dates are April 26 – May 21, ’99. The cost can’t be beat–only 600 US dollars which includes board, lodging, books, resources, teacher’s fees, and registration cost. The instructors are David & Vicky Scott, from Kona, HI. The course will equip you to teach conversational English to non-English speakers. A certificate from University of Nations will be awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more info. email dsharpeatcebumaildotcom  (dsharpeatcebumaildotcom)   or write to: YWAM; Box 26; 6045 Talisay, Cebu; Philippines.
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    FINALLY A SEARCHABLE BIBLE FOR WINDOWS C/E

    BibleAre you one of those frustrated palmtop or handheld Windows C/E users, still yearning for an online Bible in the palm of your hands that will let you “find” (like a concordance)? Try Laridian’s new choice, Palmtop Bible, at http://www.laridian.com/. I’ve downloaded a copy and will be trying it out over the coming week. Seems like a much faster, smarter offering than anybody has offered to date. Yahooo! Yahoo
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    ANOTHER LOOK AT SHIPPERS

    Every so often, we take another look at the best worldwide shippers for missionaries. Jayme job2310atjunodotcom  (job2310atjunodotcom)   needs one… so now is as good a’ time as any to ask! So if you’ve got a favorite, send the name, email address, and any distinguishing features to Jayme, who’ll compile a report for us later here on Brigada.
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM N. INDIA

    world globeHundreds of tribal people in a section of northern India are becoming Christians through the efforts of evangelists. The area is known for violent tribal clashes. Religion Today reports it is the greatest revival we know of at this time. “You don’t get this kind of revival without persecution, and bloodshed, and martyrdom. One comes with the other. The workers trust God for their protection. They take the threats before the Lord in fasting and prayer and ask Him to protect them.” Christians have been beaten, tortured with razor blades, and thrown from a speeding train, and six to 12 per year are martyred. Persecution of Christians in India is reported to be at its highest level in 50 years. Mobs of religious fanatics have attacked churches and Christian schools, dispersed outdoor gospel meetings, and beaten evangelists in dozens of incidents this year.
    (Source: Religion Today (http://www.religiontoday.com/), Nov 30 via AD2000.)
    Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    MISSIONSFEST WAITING IN THE WINGS

    The Feb. 25-27 Heartland MissionsFest in Tulsa will focus on “Joshua Project 2000: the progress and possibilities” with keynote speaker Luis Bush. Over 50 workshops will inform missions-minded North Americans about AD2000 tracks including Business & Professionals, Worship & the Arts, Women’s Track, and Church Planting Among Muslims. Ron Rowland will introduce the dynamic database being developed for Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons.

    Workshop speakers include Terry Law, Doug Lucas, Beverly Pegues, Bill & Amy Stearns, Neal Pirolo, Ross Patterson, Phyllis Kilbourn, Jill Harris, Lorry Lutz, Bill Waldrop, and Keith Wheeler. Co-sponsors include ACMC, AIMS, Caleb Project, and the U.S. Center for World Mission.

    At the last Heartland conference over 2,000 participants came from 16 schools, 23 states, 100 churches, and 101 missions agencies. To receive a brochure or exhibitor/advertiser packet send your snail mail address to hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)  , phone 1-800-366-6641, or visit http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf.

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    “CALL 4 MISSIONS” ANNOUNCES NEW LOWER RATE CALLING SERVICES

    telephoneOkay – I asked for those who would come through on long distance rates that could beat the page I mentioned a couple of weeks ago… and maybe this one has. Get reports on the best foreign rates in seconds at http://LongDist.net/?talkxless. Samples: VoCall Prepaid Calling Cards:
    $.27/Russia
    $.10/Israel, Germany, France
    $.45/China
    $.14/Japan
    $.19/Mexico
    http://moneysaver.net/?talkxless Best US rates @ 6.9 cents/minute http://LD.net/6.9/?talkxless Three “Call Back” services: Net2Phone, GlobalTel, & KallBack. Visit their main page at: http://LD.net/?talkxless. Rick says “Call 4 Missions” is pro missions company. Most of the profit, goes directly or indirectly back into others mission programs, the bulk going to Jewish outreaches(Romans 1:16). E-mail Rick for more information if interested in Jewish ministries or services ablessingatjunodotcom  (ablessingatjunodotcom)  .
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    FIRST ROX35 CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN 1999

    ROX35 COMIX, a division of ROX35 Media, Inc., will hold their first 1999 Christian Comics Training Course from March 12-14 in Hong Kong. The course will cover Writing & Scripting, Cultural Considerations, Storymapping, Illustrating from a Script & Visual Storytelling, Comics & Communication, Editing/Art Directing,”Guerilla Marketing” ideas, and Comics as Part of an Overall Evangelism Strategy. The course will be led by Nate Butler, comics industry veteran, and Len Cowan, writer and missionary. For HK seminar information please contact Zoe Wan zoeatscgcdotorgdothk  (zoeatscgcdotorgdothk)  . For more information on ROX35 visit their web site at http://www.rox35media.org/ or email ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg  (ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg)  .
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    IN CASE YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH A WEB TRANSLATOR

    Try http://babelfish.altavista.com/. We’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth mentioning again. It’ll translate a web page to French, Spanish, or Portuguese. Make sure you check the results with a human who speaks that language well though! Thanks Tim!
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    Now with 8590 weekly participants!
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    GREETING CARDS WITH A MISSION MESSAGE

    Looking for just the right card to send to your missionary or supporter? Check out http://www.ywam.org/mary/illustrt.html for a sample of Mary’s work. Chase the links on the page for more samples. These cards come in boxes of 10 each for $8 (less per box if you order more boxes). For more information, contact Paul wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , who can also give you info on shipping and payment options.
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    NEW MISSIONS TEXT ON REACHING RESISTANT PEOPLES

    book Gailyn Van Rheenen, Vice President of Publications for the Evangelical Missiological Society wishes to announce the new EMS text Reaching the Resistant: Barriers and Bridges for Mission is now off the press and available through William Carey Library. This book, edited by J. Dudley Woodberry, is the 6th in the EMS series. Those in the USA can order it through William Carey Library by calling 1-800-Mission (647-7466) and everybody can order by emailing ordersatwclbooksdotcom  (ordersatwclbooksdotcom)  .
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    AT THE RISK OF STARTING A LONG DISTANCE WAR…

    telephone I continually get appeals to list various long distance carriers and usually say no, partly because we’re such an international audience and most of these long distance deals are for a USA-only market. However, here’s a site that might list some options for those calling from outside the USA too. http://ld.net/?pacifics. (According to “Don”, the author, “all proceeds go towards supporting missions work in Asia.” Now I’m pretty sure I’ll heard from 20 more long distance dealers… So my basic response will be usually to “Just say no.” :-) But if I hear about something that beats the options on Don’s pages, I’ll speak up. (So long distance sales people, check out Don’s pages first, before emailing, and if you decide to email anyway, tell us why your service is cheaper or any better.
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    BOB ADDS TO “HOW TO KEEP YOUR EMAIL FRIENDS”

    lighting the way Bob read the “TEN KEYS TO KEEP YOUR EMAIL FRIENDS” from last week’s Brigada Today and immediately suggested we add another item… ”

    1. Break the text into brief paragraphs, adding a blank line between each paragraph and indenting the first line of each.

    For many people, reading text onscreen is daunting enough as it is. Long, unbroken text is visually intimidating and likely to go unread.” Then he referred to my long paragraph before the “top ten list.” Ouch. bandaid I guess if the shoe fits! :-)

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    INTENT’S ANNUAL GATHERING FOR TENTMAKERS

    INTENT ’99 will be held in Wheaton, Illinois on May 21-23, 1999, beginning on Friday evening and concluding at noon on Sunday. The conference theme is, Kingdom Professionals: FutureEdge of Missions. Landa Cope, Dean of the College of Communications at the University of Nations in Hawaii, will be the keynote speaker. The workshops on Saturday morning will focus on opportunities in the four tracks:

    1. entrepreneurial business
    2. the marketplace job takers
    3. education and TESOL
    4. relief and development/with micro-enterprise development

    The special feature of this conference is to be able to network with practitioners, to consult with mentors, to brainstorm with facilitators, and to participate in what God is doing through Kingdom Professionals. A Practitioner’s Forum is scheduled on Thursday evening, May 20, and during the day on Friday, May 21, in open networking roundtable discussions for those who are already involved in tentmaking in order to give these action-oriented professionals the opportunity to build relationships with others of equal stature in the industry and the opportunity to discuss issues and to share perspectives. For more information, contact infoatintentdotorg  (infoatintentdotorg)   or call Dorothy Blaha at 1-800-478-2598.
    note (Note that Intent isn’t a function of Weaton College.)

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    FROM SENDEE TO SENDER: HELLO LATIN AMERICA!

    Latin America is changing from being a mission field to being a missions force. To help with this transition a Missions Retreat will take place at the ALMA (America Latina Misiones Al-mundo) missionary training center in Paraguay, February 24-26, 1999. The retreat will focus on mobilizing and educating pastors and church leaders about missions and the unique challenges and opportunities for Latin Americans while featuring sessions on the fundamentals of missions as well as workshops on Muslim ministry. Outside authorities as well as Latin American missionaries will be directing the various sessions. For more information contact Dan danielcoolatinamedotcom  (danielcoolatinamedotcom)  .
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    UNLOCKING AN UNREACHED GROUP

    Looking for the Cultural Keys to unlock an unreached group? They’re present in each culture’s common sayings and Proverbs. If you’d like training and practice in gathering, assessing and utilizing these Proverbs and sayings for reaching your special group, join Stan Nussbaum of Global Mapping International and Ray Howard of Mission Training International for a research seminar seminar titled “Listen First, Speak Later” in Colorado Springs, Feb. 11-13, ’99. For further info contact Stan listenatgmidotorg  (listenatgmidotorg)   or 800 569-6312 or 719 531 3586 or Ray Minternataoldotcom  (Minternataoldotcom)   or 800 896-3710 or 719 594-0687 (fax 719 594-4682).
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    SEEKING EDITORS

    http://www.ncubator.com is looking for capable individuals to serve as managing editors for some of their category pages (especially Evangelism/Missions). A managing editor would literally “own the page”. This person would be responsible to

    1. write feature articles on a bi-weekly basis in keeping with the topic of the cube
    2. approve and edit articles submitted by contributing editors
    3. chose and manage a select list of links pursuant to the category
    4. write reviews of Christian resources available on the net on a once a month basis

    You can browse the additional info, including qualifications, at http://www.ncubator.com/editor.htm or email pchaneyatncubatordotcom  (pchaneyatncubatordotcom)  .

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    INSTITUTE OF ISLAMIC STUDIES, 1999

    The 1999 Institute of Islamic Studies [IIS 99] will be held April 12th through June 4th in Baguio City, Philippines. The 8-week intensive institute features international missionary scholars and a distinctive emphasis on spiritual preparation for ministry within and to the Muslim World. Instructors for IIS 99 [except for one name, which is excluded due to sensitivity] are: Dr. Don McCurry, Dr. Greg Livingstone, John Gilchrist, Dr. Sobhi Malek, Faouzi Arzouni [Ph.D.Cand.] and Dale Fagerland. IIS leadership is committed to maintaining a broad mix of instructors from several Evangelical organizations. IIS participants may earn up to 9 graduate credits toward a masters level program. Class size and number of scholarships is limited. Registration deadline: March 01, 1999. Brochures are available upon request. For immediate information aptsatxcdotorg  (aptsatxcdotorg)   or Langfordatxcdotorg  (Langfordatxcdotorg)  , or call 63-74-442-7068 or 6977 or 2226, or fax: 63-74-442-6378.
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    WEB-WATCH

    WebWatch YWAM Elm Springs has a new base at http://www.ywam.net. Also, Team Expansion has been at work on its site at http://www.teamexpansion.org. Having noticed that static web pages become stagnant web pages, Team Expansion is now introducing a new feature article each and every Monday.
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    WHERE’S THE HOOPLA ABOUT FINISHING THE TASK?

    Is it just my imagination or are we hearing less and less about finishing the task by the year 2000. Now maybe that’s because the hard workers are out there doing it rather than talking about it. Or maybe somebody woke up and smelled the coffee and realized we’re in the “home stretch.” I remember looking to my left at a luncheon in Seoul (during GCOWE ’95) and seeing, of all people, Tom Houston, a big-time leader in the Lausanne Movement. When I asked him what he thought of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, he was largely supportive and positive. But then he added that, come 2001, the Lausanne Movement would still be out there patiently picking up the pieces to move world missions momentum forward to the next phase.

    As for me, I’m looking forward to the Heartland MissionFest in Tulsa this coming February. I really didn’t have time to go (I will have gotten home from a two-week trip to North Africa and Bosnia just 48 hours before having to open the first of 8 or so workshops I have to present in Tulsa). But I also hated to miss it. Luis Bush will be there, along with an update on the progress of the Joshua Project 2000 and the “next steps.” If memory serves, this will be the first update from AD2000 in about a year. So… I’m looking forward to hearing it “straight from the horse’s mouth,” so to speak. :-) If you’d like to catch Luis, Law, (and maybe even Lucas?) in Tulsa, browse http://www.allpeoples.org/hmf or write hmfinfoatusadotnet  (hmfinfoatusadotnet)  . And while you’re there, look for the Brigada exhibit. It’ll be the first one ever in history – and I have no clue what it’ll look like! :-)

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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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