19990801 Brigada Today

Now with 9251 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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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough equivalent (in Russian, Spanish, and even Filipino!) of a “brigade.” (Thanks for the note, Jesus!) The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)

praying hands According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, in some parts of Asia, children are being mutilated for life because of the millions of mines strewn over the countryside. They are abandoned to their fate and forced to eke out an existence as best they can. Antipersonnel mines often look like brightly colored toys but when mines are picked up or stepped on they maim and kill indiscriminately. In some places troops send children on ahead, thereby testing the route. For more information see http://www.icrc.org or write to eaglesoaratNorthStatedotNet  (eaglesoaratNorthStatedotNet)   to learn more about the International Day of Prayer.
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RESOURCES FOR BIBLICAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT

Visit http://www.aibi.org (American Indian Bible Institute or AIBI) to learn more about this Bible training organization whose focus is the development of Godly leaders. AIBI has developed a variety of training aids and materials that are available to assist you in Biblical Church Development. Since AIBI works with many different tribes, it has found that it must focus on Biblical principles rather than contemporary methods in church development. As a result, it has found that the materials work effectively in many different cultures and among many different ethnic groups in both urban and rural settings. Some materials are available in Spanish on the website. AIBI.org is here to serve you and your ministry in Biblical Church Development by making these resources available to you at no cost. You can also contact AIBI via email at lettersataibidotorg  (lettersataibidotorg)  .
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BEST Y2K SUGGESTION: FAST FOR 40 DAYS!

Bob Fitts, a worship leader and songwriter, has the best idea yet for the new year… a 40- day fast! Learn more at: http://www.firstfortydays.com.
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BRIGADAFEST 2000: PE0PLE GROUP TRACKS GALORE!

Brigada Logo Want a spot to bring your people group advocates together? Try BrigadaFest 2000, in Louisville, KY, Feb. 3-5. Want to learn more? Send a message to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and watch for more releases.
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SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP, WHILE THE KITCHEN YOU MOP

Need to do some shopping but can’t leave the kids home alone? Click your way through the yellow pages! Just visit these and other shopping sites and compare prices in your slippers! Here are some of our favorites:

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“TARGET THE NATIONS” FOR PRAYER

cd-rom Galcom International has developed an excellent tool for people looking for people groups or praying for unreached such as “Pray Through The Window” This CD called “Target The Nations” and it 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. It helps answer questions on adopting a people group, giving some 25,000 screens of text and 150 pictures, with additional drawings, and 50 voice files. All together, this CD contains 648 megabytes of data and will run on IBM compatible 486 or higher (full screen video on Pentium). For more information, or to order your own, contact Galcom International GalcomUSAataoldotcom  (GalcomUSAataoldotcom)  . Cost is $9.95 (plus $1.50 for P&H-$3.00 to foreign address) by check – no credit cards. Bulk orders of 10 or more CDs are $7 each. To order write: Galcom International, Box 270956, Tampa, FL 33688 USA.
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SHARING THE INTERNET IS HALF THE FUN

MS WindowsNow with Windows ’98 “Second Edition,” you can use Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) to allow two computers to surf the web using the same Internet Service Provider at the same time! For more information, pick up a copy of Win98SE at your nearest computer store… or ask someone to pick a copy up for you. Most new computers will now come with Win98SE already installed.
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INT’L HEALTH INSURANCE – DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Need health insurance for your next short-term missions trip? … or for your full-time mission work? One option is http://www.missionaryhealth.com (email them at healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom  (healthatmissionaryhealthdotcom)  ). Let us know about your experience. As of the present, we haven’t personally tried them.
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“GO GO GADGET OFF-LINE BROWSING”

Internet ExplorerOkay… so maybe I’m affected today by the movie that my family and I attended this past week (Inspector Gadget — it was great foolish fun!). But the truth is, off- line browsing is a great addition to Microsoft Internet Explorer Ver. 5.0 and higher. It’s worth upgrading just to get this one feature. All you do is tell IE that you want to download a site for browsing later on, set it to work, then when you get up the next morning, you can take the entire AD2000 & Beyond web site with you, to your next seminar or conference! I remember previously having to purchase add-ons like Web- Whacker or Teleport Pro to accomplish this same purpose! Now it’s built into the kernel! ‘Course, isn’t that one of Microsoft’s favorite ploys? :-) Anyway, I’m about to erase Teleport Pro from my hard drive! Who needs it any more! :-)
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NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR HIGH-TECH MINISTRY FUNDING

dollar sign International Christian Technologists’ Association (ICTA), The Gathering and Maclellan Foundation announce high tech ministry “Angel Grants” for funding of ministries involving computer technology and global mission. Proposals for the grants, ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 (US), must be received by ICTA via email, fax, or snail mail, no later than August 15, 1999. The top three-accepted ministry proposals will be highlighted at a September 15-16, 1999, Gathering conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). For more information, visit http://www.icta.net/briefing99 or send email to briefing-requestatictadotnet  (briefing-requestatictadotnet)  .
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MARKETPLACE CHRISTIANITY

Do you have a heart for the unreached in the marketplace? Worldwide, Christians are hearing a call from the Lord to make their workplace a place of personal ministry. Christians are using their businesses as a platform for ministry and discovering that they are reaching people who never go near a church. Back-to back conferences in Atlanta Georgia from September 11-16, 1999 will address “Restoring the Marketplace to God’s Economy” and “Applying the Armor of God in Uncertain Times.” Lots of interaction among participants and great speakers. See http://www.wowi.net/conference and http://www.marketplaceleaders.org. You are invited to attend and/or become part of the intercessory prayer team covering these conferences. For more info., call Jan at jlcatngwebdotnet  (Jan%20at%20jlcatngwebdotnet)  .
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TEACHERS NEEDED

graduation cap They still need teachers for this fall in an international Christian school serving children of missionaries in Central Asia. Interested? Write Joyce 7507dot361atcompuservedotcom  (7507dot361atcompuservedotcom)  .
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LEARN MORE ABOUT SAT PHONES

radar antenna Looking for more info. on Sat. Phones? In particular, check out info. on the Magellan GSC-100 by sending an email to satphonesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (satphonesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .
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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MISSION STUDIES

Registration for the IAMS 2000 conference closes at the end of August. The editors of “Missionalia” journal are looking for preparatory articles and reports that fit with the IAMS themes for the November 19, 99 issue. For more information see http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Parthenon/8409/iams.htm or contact Steve methodiusatbigfootdotcom  (methodiusatbigfootdotcom)  .
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Y2K RESPONSES?

Brian works with an international ministry organization and is wondering what other mission organizations are doing to take care of their American expatriate missionaries regarding Y2K. He hopes you’ll drop him a line and let him know what your organization is doing to prepare… and whether or not those plans apply to only the international office or all overseas missionaries too. Write him at briansatcefincdotorg  (briansatcefincdotorg)   and he’ll compile a summary to post.
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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!

19990725 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read 4+ years of weekly back issues at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues and links at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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CHILDREN OF WAR FACTS (INT’L DAY OF PRAYER)

praying hands According to Ray, one out of every 115 people on earth has been forced into flight, and a least half of these are children. As Christians throughout the world come together in unity and spirit for the Children of War – International Day of Prayer, Ray and the folks at Mission Twenty Eight Nineteen would like to invite you to join with the thousands of intercessors in praying on the behalf of the millions of children who face the pains of war on this day, Saturday, November, 20th, 1999. For more information on this special day, write Eaglesoaratnorthstatedotnet  (Eaglesoaratnorthstatedotnet)  .
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PAID TO BROWSE THE WEB?

WebWatchIf you’d like to check out a scheme whereby you are paid the browse (presumably from ad-supported revenue?), Jon invites you to checkout http://www.alladvantage.com/go.asp?refid=DPD311 (you can also write jonandholsatjunodotcom  (jonandholsatjunodotcom)  ). I believe Jon will get some credit because you used his id… but evidently, so will you! By Jon’s calculations, for every 40 hours you browse, you’ll receive $20! That’s 50 cents per hour for free! Check it out . . . and let us know if you find out it’s not worth it.
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INFO NEEDED ON THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS

A mission team in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is needing to update its understanding of the doctrines and structure of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church worldwide. Can anyone point them to useful resources on the topic (books, articles, websites, etc.)? Send your tips to LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg  (LarryStephKraftatxcdotorg)  . Thanks! (Larry will create a compiled report of his findings.
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 5

letter and ligntening bolt Thanks to those who are contributing URLs for even more tips for email travelers. Here are a few new sites from Keith:

  • http://kropla.com/ – Great info including worldwide phone and electric guides and sources
  • http://www.roadnews.com/home.htm – Lots of resources for the computer equipped traveler
  • http://www.laptopproducts.com/ – Seems to be a good source at reasonable prices. Check out the multi globe electric connector which works in 140 countries for $25 and the set of two multi-telephone adapters which work in 120 countries for $65. A New York Times review on each is available via a link at this site.

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IRANIAN BIBLE SCHOOL START-UP

graduation cap The Iranian Bible School’s Fall Semester will begin Oct 2. A two-semester hour class – Old Testament Introduction I – is being offered. It will be taught by Saro Kachikian. Registration deadline is Sept 1st. The Iranian Bible School provides biblical, theological, vocational, and educational training for Iranian pastors, missionaries, church planters, and other church leaders. Classes are taught in Farsi. The purpose of IBS is to equip these leaders for effective and meaningful service among Iranians worldwide. The school offers a Diploma of Christian Ministries (DCM) which requires 28 semester hours of study (14 two-hour courses) and a Diploma of Theology (DTH), a 62-semester hour program (31 two-hour courses) designed for advanced training for ministry. A high school diploma is required for admission to the DTH program. For further contact write persianwoatcsidotcom  (persianwoatcsidotcom)  .
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MISSIONARY SAFETY RESOURCES

Safety FirstKnow of any good resources (written, electronic, seminars, etc.) dealing with various issues pertaining to missionaries’ physical safety? If so, please contact EuniceHatioltdotcom  (EuniceHatioltdotcom)  . She’ll compile a report that we’ll post here for all to see.
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INTENSIVE SPANISH REFRESHER COURSE

Wendy would like to know if anyone knows of a GOOD intensive Spanish refresher course that would be about 2 weeks in length and held in the States. Please reply to awbeerboweratjunodotcom  (awbeerboweratjunodotcom)  . She’ll supply us with a compiled report.
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DO YOU KNOW A SOURCE FOR BILINGUAL BIBLES?

Bible Mark majacobsenatmsndotcom  (majacobsenatmsndotcom)   works with Haitian immigrants in South Florida, and would like to know if anyone knows of a source for bi-lingual French/English or Creole/English Bibles (preferably Old and New Testaments). He’ll be glad to post his results here.
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ETHNIC CHURCH PLANTING IN AMERICA

ChurchMark majacobsenatmsndotcom  (majacobsenatmsndotcom)   is also looking for suggestions on how to approach the linguistic challenge of 2nd generation ethnic peoples while planting a church in the US. A Haitian church has been started using French/Creole for the adults, and English for the children. A long-range vision, however, presents the challenge of what to do when the young people of the church become adults. Should one change the church to become English speaking? Should the 2nd generation be encouraged to find an English church that meets their need? Should the church attempt to have a service in two languages? If anyone has worked through this, or has suggestions, Mark welcomes them. He has contemplated this for years, and still does not have a satisfying solution. Write Mark with your ideas. He’ll supply a compiled report.
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MAKE YOUR OWN MINISTRY BROCHURES

Kingdom Graphics is ready to print your ministry brochures. Order any of their Computer Paper pkgs. for only $19.50 per pkg. (normally $25. per pkg. … save $5.50 per pkg.). ALL designs are Global/Ministry and in full-color! Plus …order 5 pkgs. and receive 2 free creatively designed ministry Notepads (a $4. value). The Computer Papers are all 8.5″X11″ flat and come scored to fold easily to a Tri-fold or to a Single-fold … and are compatible for laser & ink-jet printers and most copy machines. These products, and others, are produced by KINGDOM GRAPHICS and can be SEEN or ORDERED at their secure credit card Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com…or by their Toll FREE phone: 1-800- 618-3133 (only within the USA) …or at: 215-657-5888 …or by E-mail at: kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)   Payment MUST accompany ALL orders.
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THE BACKPAGE: SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE FAILURE?

Well, the day finally came. This past week I received a large manila envelope from the US Soccer Federation that would tell me whether or not I passed the “C” license (See THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR from the July 9th issue of Brigada Today). I swallowed hard, sat down at our breakfast nook and hesitated only for a moment. I then gently opened the end of the envelope and a quick glance confirmed my fears — I had failed. I carefully read the evaluations. To be honest, there was very little tangible input. I’m not sure how my peers did, but if their playing proficiency made a difference, as I fear it might have, most probably did a lot better than I did. I’ve only been playing for five years. I was well out of my league. soccer ball

So now I’m curious… How do you handle failure? What do you do if you don’t pass the boards, you don’t get the promotion. or your wife leaves you, threatening divorce. Here’s what I’m trying, after my fiasco with higher-level soccer coaching:

  1. Are you sure you’ve really failed? — My first step with the US Soccer Federation is to write and ask them to reconsider. For example, I’m 100% positive that I answered every question correctly on my final oral exam. But my summary score sheet says the instructor gave me the next-to-lowest score!! Now maybe he didn’t like my play on the field, but I knew the oral stuff backward and forward. So I’m going to ask the Federation to check with the evaluator. Maybe there was a mistake… maybe he had formed a subjective opinion that influenced the score. Either way, I figure I’ve got to ask the question.
  2. Can you arrange for a second chance? — I had to re-take the Morse code test for my General Amateur Radio license (3 times!). Each time, I practiced ’til I was sure I could copy 13 words per minute. But on each occasion, once in the testing environment, my nerves would take hold and I’d lose track of the fast-paced dots and dashes. So… I repeated the test . . . and finally, it paid off! Maybe you can ask for a second chance too! In the case of my soccer-coaching clinic, it would be expensive. But . . . I could start saving again. :-)
  3. How can you prepare more effectively? — If you can retake the test, find out what you can do better. In my case, I’m asking the Federation if they have any indication of what I need to change. My hunch is, they’ll not be able to give much specific input… because there’s sure not much detail on the score sheets from the sessions. “Get more coaching experience,” they might say. Well I can do that . . . and try again. In the case of my ham radio license, I finally figured out that I needed to study at 15 or even 17 words per minute if I hoped to copy 13 words per minute during the heat of the test! When I tried that, I passed easy as pie!
  4. Never, never, never, never, NEVER quit — Even if your spouse has told you there’s no use begging for another chance, try begging anyway. Even if you feel that you’ve studied that foreign language ’til you’re blue in the face, study some more. In my case, I’ll admit — I’ve had it pretty easy. I received comprehensive scholarships for both undergrad. and graduate school. I graduated with honors in both cases. Many people say that foreign languages seem to come easy for me (although it doesn’t seem that way to me when I have to rehearse each phrase a million times to say it correctly :-) — so maybe they’re judging the result rather than the effort!). But no matter how you slice it, life has been good. I’ve had few really hard times… and rarely failed miserably. I guess that’s why this particular failure hurts so much. Maybe it’s an ego thing… or maybe I hate the thought that the money I paid for the course is “down the drain.” Our family isn’t rich. So in the thick of the battle, I almost caved in. Thank goodness I had a very understanding wife, who hugged me and said, “Maybe you can try it again in a couple of years.” It was all I needed to pick myself back up. (Score one for faithful wives.) Maybe there’s a corollary: Always, always, always, always, ALWAYS encourage your spouse (or your best friend).

So anyway… that’s my story. I’ll write the USSF. They’ll probably say the decision is final. So then I’ll go back to work. And in a few years, if you’re still reading the Brigada Tomorrow, maybe you’ll hear “The Rest of the Story.” :-) Each day, we write the next chapter of our lives. It’s up to us to author it according to our dreams rather than our nightmares. Mine’s got “C” license written all over it. :-)

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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!

19990721 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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In this issue….

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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read more (4+ years of back issues) at http://www.brigada.org.
See recent back issues at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today.
Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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FINALLY – AN INTERNET-TO-POSTAL CONNECTION WORTH USING

mailbox We’ve tackled this challenge again and again . . . and finally there’s an internet-to-postal service that seems worth the effort. Try http://www.letterpost.com. Seems like they have the right portion of technology, speed, and pricing. They take your electronic text and transfer it to a written letter (for those out of reach of your email, for whatever reason). Let us know how it works for you! Thanks for the tip, Wayne!
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FUN FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL

  • Total assets of the world’s three richest men (Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Paul Allen): $156 billion

  • Total GNP of the 43 least developed countries, the population of which is 600 million people: $136.2 billion

  • Number of people who live on less than $1 a day: 1.3 billion

(Source: Dennis sent us these items from the 26 of July, 1999 issue of Time magazine, p. 17.)

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MIDDLE EAST TESOL PROGRAM

Want to study “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages” (TESOL) with a special Middle East focus! Here’s a school that is accredited through the Government Department in Queensland, Australia and the University of the Nations. Graduating students will receive a TESOL certificate. The course is August 30th – September 24, 1999, so you’d better act fast. Cost is $500USD. For more information, write Janine Jes97atgalacticommdotorg  (Jes97atgalacticommdotorg)  .
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WEBWATCH: COMPREHENSIVE SEARCHING

WebWatch Don’t forget about “Copernic 99” at http://www.copernic.com/ (mentioned previously in Brigada Today). Copernic is a separate program that queries 10 or 12 search pages every time you need a comprehensive search. I still like www.google.com for simple searches (and it seems to always find what I want!), but Chris is right… for more comprehensive stuff, it’s hard to beat Copernic.
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PRAYER CARDS MADE TO ORDER

If you need prayer cards, don’t forget about Howard Print Shop. They offer professional quality prayer cards at “missionary prices”. Les clfcebuatinamedotcom  (clfcebuatinamedotcom)   wrote, “I was very pleased with the quick turnaround time.” You can browse their website and see their samples and at the same time, get a quotation right on the web for most standard size prayer cards. Their website is http://www.netusa1.net/~hpsprint/ or you can email Dave Howard hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet  (hpsprintatnetusa1dotnet)  . Please let him know you read it on Brigada and maybe he’ll cut you a special deal! :-)
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TAKE IN “ISFM ’99” IN VIRGINIA BEACH

The ISFM (International Society for Frontier Missiology) theme this year will be “Issues for the Future of Frontier Missions in the New Millennium”. Join them on Sept. 18th at 7pm through Sept. 20 at the Founders Inn, the weekend before the EFMA, IFMA and EMS conference, in Virginia Beach, VA. Some of the presenters are Dr. Ralph Winter, Carol Davis, Dr. Rick Love, Dr. Bob Blinco and Boyd Morris. Expect great networking, stimulating presentations and strategic prayer and dialogue. If you want to be prepared for the new millennium, join in. Discount registration due by Aug. 20, 1999. Spouses come for free. For information and registration contact Amy AimBarstadataoldotcom  (AimBarstadataoldotcom)  .
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E-MAIL THAT PAYS YOU!

letter and ligntening bolt You’ve heard of free web sites, free e-mail, and free lunches. But how about e-mail that pays you cash to use it?? Missionarymail.org is launching the first in a series of services designed to leverage the latest Internet technologies to financially support Christian missionaries worldwide. Through missionarymail’s unique e-mail sponsorship program, you will actually be paid for keeping in touch with your friends, family, and supporters back home.

How does it work? You send e-mail messages just as you always have – except now you send them via missionarymail.org’s forwarding service. They insert a small advertisement from a Christian Internet retailer at the beginning or end of your regular messages. The ads are carefully screened to be appropriate for your constituents and supporters. Christian books, videos, t-shirts, etc. are the products you would typically find advertised in your e-mail. The advertiser pays to have their ad distributed via your e-mail. Missionarymail.org keeps a portion of the ad revenues to cover operations and expenses. The rest is paid to you via check!

For all the details see their web site at http://www.missionarymail.org or send a blank e-mail to their autoresponder at faqatmissionarymaildotorg  (faqatmissionarymaildotorg)  .

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FIND A HOME AT NETZERO

netzero logo Seems like a lot of folks are finding a home with www.netzero.net. As for me, I tried it and found it a bit too slow and it seemed there were too many system crashes. But many folks (including Dana, this past week) are writing in saying it’s working well for them. . . so maybe it’s worth trying, if you want free web access and email too! (Ad-supported… with a banner always “on top”.)
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 4

letter and ligntening bolt Looking for even more telephone equipment and travel supplies? Keith recommended we try http://www.teleadaptusa.com/ or even their UK affiliate site at http://www.teleadapt.co.uk/. They’ve got a ton of adaptors and connectors, and lots of good (free) advice! Great spot to visit before you leave! Note that when we talk about needing adaptors for phone connections, we’re mainly talking about trips overseas. Within one region or country (like within the USA), you probably will be able to get by with the one main corresponding phone jack for that region or country. Trouble is, when traveling to a different country, those connections and jacks might be very different. So you’ll need to check in advance. What do you do if you can’t locate an adaptor prior to departing? Here’s where those tools come in — the ones we mentioned last week.

First, remember to try every other approach before disassembling the phone connection in your hotel room (or worse, at your host’s home!). If you work in advance, you should be able to pick up an adaptor before departing . . . or immediately upon arriving. If you fail, take out your handy-dandy straight-slot screwdriver and remove the cover plate from the phone connection. On many phone systems (especially non-commercial setups, like in private homes), you should find only one significant pair of cables. In many regions based on American systems, these two wires will be colored red and green respectively. Take your alligator clip adaptor (mentioned last week) and clip one to the red and the other to the green. On the other end, you should have an RJ-11 plug to connect to your computer. (Remember, any Radio Shack or other electronics store should be able to help you find this kind of pigtail adaptor.)

One other glitch that could foul up the works. It’s possible that your dial-up settings are configured in such a way that your modem will listen for a dial tone before trying to dial out. If the local dial tone is a pulsating one (rather than a constant tone), your modem might think you aren’t connected to a dial tone. If you’re running Windows 95/98, press the Start button, then “Settings”, “Control Panel”, then click on “Modem” and select the modem you’re using (probably there’s only one listed). Click on “Properties”, then choose the “Connection” tab. Clear the checkbox for “Wait for dial tone before dialing” and that should take care of it. If you’re using some proprietary dial-up software (like an older CompuServe or AOL software), you could try getting to the “dialing preferences” box and looking for the “initialization string” settings. There might be several cryptic commands in the box. Leave them all as they are, but near the end, right before the “^M”, add “X3” and that might accomplish the same thing if you’re lucky. It’s an old AT command set code that still works like a charm.

‘Course, all of this is assuming that you know which number to dial. More about that next time!

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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!

19990711 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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WHAT IN THE WORLD IS BRIGADA?

Brigada Logo Brigada, pronounced “bree-GAH-dah”, is the rough Russian and Spanish equivalent of a “brigade.” The idea is to stand side by side to pass buckets of hope for those most in need of Christ’s eternal message! Read more (4+ years of back issues) at http://www.brigada.org. See recent back issues at http://www.eGroups.com/list/brigada-today. Compiled by Doug Lucas DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  , Louisville, KY
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WE GET SUPPORT FROM…

Brigada Logo Did you ever hear those National Public Radio programs on late-night radio or short-wave? They always end a program by saying, “We get support from… [fill in the blank].” Well after last week’s item, “WANT TO SPONSOR BRIGADA-TODAY?“, we actually did get a support check! This week, we get support from, Stan Christy, of YWAM’s African Redemptive Operation (Afro), which extends rich and intense outreach opportunities with God and the realities of Africa, reachable via email at: YWAMUofNVAataoldotcom  (YWAMUofNVAataoldotcom)  . If you write him, don’t forget to say “thanks” for his work in making Brigada Today happen!
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STATE OF THE BRIGADA SUB-GROUPS

Brigada Logo Those who have been with us from the start (January 25, 1995) will remember our original dream of launching these little email discussion groups. Our hope was to launch one online “conference” for each unreached people group. Although we started small, at our peak we had dozens and dozens of groups in operation. Were they successful? Well . . . truthfully, it’s hard to say. In retrospect, it seems like the secret of a good on-line discussion was three-fold.

  1. It takes a village! :-) Seriously, without the right community of involved and caring people, the lead person is like talking to a wall!
  2. It takes a lead person. No doubt about it… the most successful conferences seem to revolve around the unstoppable determination of the person leading it.
  3. It takes a project.

In my opinion, the groups that have seemed most effective have been those rallying around a very specific team or approach.

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SO WERE THEY SUCCESSFUL?

Brigada Logo So… again… were they successful? Yes and No. Many were launched… but we began seeing early on that few really flourished. Those that endured eventually got together for face-to-face meetings (thus the “village” online) and some of them developed into ongoing partnerships. Yahooo! Yahoo Many died for lack of a moderator. And then, seemingly, when “Lyris” hit (Lyris was a software we all had to shift to when we were back on the MAFxc hub [when brigada was brigadaatbrigadadotorg]), it seemed to somehow knock the wind out of many email conference sails. In one fell swoop, John Hanna pulled what must have been 100+ brigada-connections conferences. He confessed he just hadn’t been able to muster the time to really develop them… and also, he didn’t have the time to learn Lyris. God was calling him to other tasks and he’s doing great at those. That’s only one example.
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WHERE ARE ALL THE SUB-CONFERENCES?

Brigada Logo But if you were to ask today, “So where are all those sub-conferences?”, I’d have to tell you that I don’t know the actual status of many of them. They now stand on their own two feet, apart from Brigada Today. But several have identified themselves at the new conference list location. You see, we’re trying to build a list of sources, contacts, connections, links, etc., for information and networking on specific people groups. Notice how you can enter your information as a “mailto:” entry and folks will automatically subscribe to your Brigada-type email conference. It’s free! So please jump in — just see the instructions at the top of the page. http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today You’ll need to register at egroups.com first (go to http:/www.egroups.com and follow the instructions). Our hope is that by using that linking page, we can actually expand the focus of the Brigada concept. But to make it happen, you’ll have to go there… or send someone you know! Please do it today!
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IF WE BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME

Brigada Logo In the meantime, Brigada Today continues at its new location, growing ever closer to that original goal of 10,000 subscribers. If you know of someone who might be interested in Brigada Today, please tell him or her how to subscribe. The instructions are at the beginning and end of any issue. Thanks for helping us make the Brigada dream come alive!
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UPDATE ON JOSHUA PROJECT 2000

Joshua Project 2000 logo The folks in Colorado Springs have been at it again. Luis Bush’s trip throughout the Turkic world resulted in many updates, as did several other major events in the past 30 days. So, according to Dan Scribner (who works most of the magic behind the programming and record keeping at the AD2000 & Beyond International Office, here’s the way we stand as of July 12th, 1999:

  • Peoples on active JP list – 1598
  • Peoples on active JP list no Church of 100 reported – 1120
  • Peoples on active JP list no reported on-site Church Planting team – 554
  • Peoples on active JP list not targeted or “claimed” – 195

What does this mean? Well, right off the bat, remember that in the fall of ’95, there were some 1739 people groups listed in the JP2000 list. So around 140 have been take off the list for one reason or another. None of those 1739 had reported an active church of 100 people. Now, about 500 do! Yahooo! Yahoo Another 500 have at least an on-site church-planting team trying to birth a new church there! That’s great! That only leaves around 200 with no existing church of 100 reported as of today, and no church planting team seeking to start one in their midst.

Want to know more? Find out more about these facts and figures by visiting the AD2000 & Beyond website at http://www.ad2000.org

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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 3

letter and ligntening bolt Today we deal with the minimum “secret agent tool kit” that every prepared traveler should assemble to be a real “road warrior.” The great thing is that once you put together this tool kit, you can use it both at home or abroad!

Here are some of the components to throw into your kit. Granted, this particular kit is designed specifically for travelers based in the USA. But it shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out how to prepare yours as a “dynamic equivalent” for the country in which you live:

  • a pouch to hold the parts to follow :-)
  • Camel hair blower brush — Pick this up at a camera shop and use it to remove the dust from your laptop screen as often as you remember. It’s the safest way to see clearly without damaging your screen.
  • RJ-11 phone connector (female-to-female) — Use this to connect to your modem when the given RJ-11 cord won’t reach your laptop and you have to extend it.
  • RJ-11 phone cord — I like the phone cords that Port sells (in the USA, call toll-free (800) 242-3133; elsewhere, see http://www.port.com ) because the little tabs don’t break off when you can dock them in the sockets that the Port unit provides.
  • Small straight-slot screwdriver — You’ll need this to remove wall plates from hotel room phone connections. Just remember to throw the deadbolt before doing so. (If the maids walk in on you while you’re doing this, they get that worried look on their faces, like maybe they think you’re “Bond, James Bond.” :-)
  • RJ-11 cord with alligator clips — You’ll have to make this yourself, I imagine. Just visit a Radio Shack (or other electronics store) and ask for a cable with an RJ-11 phone plug on one end and terminator lugs on the other. Buy a couple of alligator clips and connect the contact screws to the terminator lugs. Presto! Now when you remove the faceplate from the hotel wall phone connection, you can use the alligator clips to test connections until you hear a dial tone!
  • Paperclip — If your laptop requires a paper clip to “reset” it (that is, when it has frozen), be sure to throw in one of these pesky reset “keys”! :-)
  • Spare ink pen refill — Okay, so this has nothing to do with the laptop or the phone. But it’s a handy place to keep the refill. :-) Make sure you pick up the one that fits your favorite travel pen! :-)
  • Phone connection adaptor for your destination country — Call Port (see above) or some other electronics/travel specialty shop in advance and try to buy the exact adaptor you’ll need. If you fail to get one in advance, start asking around once you arrive. A good place to begin is in some local Internet cafe or club, or maybe even a good computer store.

Okay… more later about how to use your kit!

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WEB-WATCH – FAVORITE SEARCH ENGINE

WebWatch Okay… so I’ll admit it. I’ve changed favorites a dozen times. First I like AltaVista (didn’t everyone?). Then it was probably Yahoo, or maybe HotBot came in there somewhere. AOL NetFind was decent, and several others have come and gone. But my favorite these days is http://www.google.com. Seems like it can read my mind. It’s fast and simple and very intuitive. It talks to me in plain English and I love the little bar graphs it shows. Now I know that once I write this item, 100 people are going to write and say they like such-and-such search engine better, but I’ll put my money on google.com every time. I guess it’s a personal decision. But try it… I bet you’ll like it.
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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!

19990704 Brigada Today

Now with over 9200 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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WANT TO SPONSOR BRIGADA TODAY?

Brigada Logo You can! Those who sponsor are mentioned

  1. for a year thereafter on the web page,
  2. in the welcome letter that goes to all new subscribers, as well as
  3. in Brigada Today itself — and tons of people give thanks for your help!

Sponsorship payments go to operating costs such as Brigada exhibits, brochures, mailings, etc. Sponsorship is totally optional… but it sure helps make ends meet! Those wishing to sponsor Brigada Today may just send a check payable to Team Expansion, c/o 3700 Hopewell Rd., Louisville, KY 40299. Thanks a million! (“That’s all we’ve got to say about that!”)

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GET READY FOR BRIGADAFEST 2000

Brigada Logo These are the kinds of prayers that were being uttered during the first week of July on behalf of BrigadaFest 2000:

“Heavenly Father, today as we celebrate the 4th of July in America, we pray that all the nations of the world will enjoy the freedoms that we have been graced with as a nation. We also humble ourselves before You for the many wrongs we have committed in Your sight. We have failed to be Your witnesses before those who don’t know You. We recommit ourselves to stand in the gap for the many unreached people groups in the world who have yet to hear the Name of Jesus. We pray for an outpouring of your favor upon the leadership planning the Brigadafest and Friends of Bosnia Conferences. We lift up the participants, the logistics, the music ministry, the tape ministry, the finances, etc. Lord, send your best to people to these different areas. Set the participants with the fire of Your Holy Spirit so that they will take what they hear and run with it. You are an awesome God, You are a loving, compassionate God and we give you glory, and honor and praise for Who you are. We worship you and pray that you use us to reach the nations. I pray all of this in the Precious Name of Jesus, Your Son, our Lord!”

(Thanks Terry!)

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NEED A MAP?

Need a map? Need lots of maps? Need statistical information on a country? Check out the Atlapedia at http://www.atlapedia.com/.
(Thanks Tony, for the tip from “Research Buzz #33, with subscribe instructions at http://www.researchbuzz.com/news/
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FAX FOR FREE TO THE USA

fax machine Yes, another FREE fax service. This is a web-based service that allows faxing to anywhere in the USA. (Anywhere else in the world is guaranteed the least cost pricing available–Coming Soon!) To use it, just establish an account and then logon. The fax can be composed in the browser (or pasted in), and Word documents up to 100k can be sent as well–not as attachments, but converted to print format. The FREE service includes some advertisements on the receiving end, so it may not be suitable for certain uses. A “non-advertisement” option is available for a fee. Get FAX4FREE at http://www.fax4free.com, and find other fax and communication links on Ed’s Grabbag, http://www.gateman.com/grabbag.html.
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TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES

A six week TESOL course will be held at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii from January 31, 2000 – March 10, 2000. A certificate will be given upon successful completion of the course. This professional course is designed for the missionary in mind who wants to teach internationally, especially in limited access areas. You will learn how to teach English and build relationships. For more information, contact tesolatuofnkonadotedu  (tesolatuofnkonadotedu)  .
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REENTRY BOOK UPDATE

book Neal Pirolo thanks everyone for the stories he has received to date on reentry (see Brigada Today 6/4/99). He has received some very good stories, but could still use more. Please contact EmmausRoadateridotorg  (Emmaus%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ERoadateridotorg)   and they will give you further details.

Since the book will help local churches learn more about the re-entry process, a bibliography is being developed to be included as a resource. Neal would like to include every book, article, organization, seminar, church, etc. who has to do with re-entry; including names, address, contact persons, etc. If you would like to contribute to this resource, please email the information to EmmausRoadateridotorg  (Emmaus%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3ERoadateridotorg)  .

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CRANKIN’ FOR 20 YEARS!

Congrats to Gospel Recordings who have been making and providing hand-wind cassette players for 20 years! There have now been real breakthroughs in the pre-production problems of the JoyTalk cassette player in Korea. Keep them in mind as those in Korea get that much needed tool into production. (GR)
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CAMBODIA WORKSHOP

A Workshop on Scriptwriting & Episodic television production will be held in Phnom Penh August 2-5th in conjunction with the Consultation on Media Potentials in Cambodia at the end of the week. This four day training session will cover: Media strengths; Audience research; Media Effects; Scriptwriting and visualization; Structure of episodic TV production and Developing Believable Characters. Students will develop a long term story outline and at least one script outline. Attendance will be limited to 20. If you are interested, send an email to DanHenrichatxcdotorg  (DanHenrichatxcdotorg)   with a one paragraph statement of why you wish to attend the workshop and it should not simply be limited to your organizational affiliation. What are your interests in scriptwriting & planning? What do you see as your role? Are you a creative person and have an urge to tell stories? Are you interested in the systematic use of visual media in Cambodia and willing to commit to innovative strategies? Please address these issues. This is not a video production workshop. There will be a small charge for the resource manual.
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GOOD NEWS FOR THOSE EXCHANGING EMAIL ADDRESSES!

pgp logo This week NAI released PGP 6.5 freeware for Mac and Window95/98/NT (US & Canada residents only). PGP 6.5 has the very cool PGPnet built right in for a globally secure VPN (Virtual Private Network). Now it’s just a matter of time before the international version is released for users outside of USA and Canada.
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THE BACKPAGE: TO COMPARE IS TO ERROR

How many times have you told your kids (or your teammates) not to compare themselves with others? Old advice, right? For some reason, it gets a little harder when we have to apply it to our own lives! :-) I recently decided to take in a “C” licensing clinic for soccer coaches. From what I heard, the 9 days of training would really help me improve my coaching… but I’ll have to admit, I was secretly hoping I could also just improve my playing ability! So off I flew to Oklahoma City for 9 days of morning-til- evening kicks… literally. :-)

The bright side was… because I’m a bit of a playing fanatic, I had no trouble with the fitness. While some of the other 30 or so coaches were sweating bullets, or sucking air, or grimacing as they tried to ease themselves into the cafeteria seating — I never felt a single ache or sore muscle the whole time. But the downside was pretty down: I was one of the most “beginner-type” players in the pack. In fact, I was probably the most novice of all. Most of the other coaches were involved coaching college teams, and all but 3 of the rest had played since they were kids… all the way through college level! Yikes. gulp The 3 of us who hadn’t really stuck out.

I was constantly comparing myself to the other players. And when the instructors would want to demonstrate something fast-paced, they’d never pick me. I felt like Charlie Brown, wishing I could get a word in with that “red-headed girl.” I felt like the guy on the playground who always gets chosen last at recess — for the softball game or whatever. In short, I felt like a real loser.

About halfway through the week, I went for a walk all by myself (I was by myself much of the week anyway.. woe is me :-) ) to a little park, where I stood on a bridge, contemplating jumping off into the creek below (which was actually more rocks than creek, but that was okay). I thought about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — and how behind I was in that pursuit. :-) I wondered if I’d ever be able to learn that silly game. I thought of the “in” guys… the 22-year-old boy who could stand at the halfway line and kick three consecutive lofted balls to hit both posts and the crossbar respectively, without even so much as a huff or a puff. I thought about the guy from Memphis who could cut the ball on a dime and strike the ball with his left foot so hard that, even if the keeper did catch it, the force would drive him into the back of the net! And then I thought of me… a miserable excuse for a failure.

Then I realized — that’s exactly how so many of our friends feel so often… whether it’s language learning or in middle school/junior high! Sometime in the future, one of our teammates or kids is going to feel like a loser… and what he or she does with that feeling is going to make the difference in contentment or misery.

As for me, I decided I would experiment with the feeling. Whenever I encountered it again, throughout the remainder of the week, I would “examine it,” just like you do a rubix cube when you’re trying to solve a puzzle. I guess I had a strong enough personality to do that… but those with lower self images would have probably been much more affected… and maybe that’s why the most unsettled folks choose the rocks over the side of the bridge.

Lessons I learned:

  1. We dare not compare ourselves to others — but rather, we need to force ourselves to think of our progress only in terms of our own goals. If we only know 100 words in Albanian, that’s actually pretty bad… unless it’s our 2nd week, and our goal so far was to learn 50!
  2. We need teammates. I was able to email my wife and even talk with her briefly by phone each evening. I knew that when I came home, there’d be this blanket of unconditional acceptance. My teammates at the office think I hung the moon (boy do I have them fooled! :-) ). Those teammates and my family meant so much to me in my time of testing.
  3. We need to put things in perspective. Since I was involved in morning-to-evening soccer, it seemed like the most important thing in life for those days. In reality, it was a kind of surreal. The real landscape is the eternal one . . . and in that world, we’re all precious in God’s sight.
  4. Finally, I really saw the importance of leadership. All it would have taken were even a halfdozen words of encouragement from the instructors. Instead, I felt constantly measured and never really reinforced. Let’s take note that we need to constantly be on the lookout for the person who is making progress, even if it’s only step-by-step.

soccer ball So . . . you’re probably wondering… did I make the “C” license? I’d guess there isn’t a snowball’s chance in the Sahara. :-) Another coach there had already failed one “C” clinic and he was far ahead of me, already coaching an elite club in Dallas and playing at a high level. But see… the license won’t mean nearly as much to me as the knowledge. I know I moved a step forward in my understanding of the game… even if I don’t get the license — and I’m assuming I won’t. (They send you the evaluation via the mail, weeks after the clinic… so I have yet to hear the bad news.)

Bottom line: Find someone today you can lift up. They just might be looking at the rocks over the side of a lonely bridge!

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TESL AND TRAVEL FILES

Brigada Logo Remember, to get information on resources for teaching English as a second language (TESL_resources), just send a message to tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (tesl_resourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . To retrieve information about great deals on travel & a super list of travel agents, write travelatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (travelatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . These addresses were incorrect in last week’s Brigada Today, so we sent out a correction message. We think that most Brigada participants received the correction, but if you didn’t, please make sure you correct the addresses in your notes. Several have written complaining that they couldn’t retrieve the information — be sure to try the corrected addresses first, before writing to complain. Thanks.
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MISSIONS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: REACHING THE UNREACHED

That’s the theme for the 1999 Northwest Area ACMC conference to be held on October 2, 1999 at Damascus Community Church near Portland, Oregon. This conference features missionary and author Bob Blincoe who served as a “Tentmaking” missionary in the Middle East for several years. All aspects of missions mobilization will be addressed in 24 different workshop opportunities. For more information, contact Dennis at 503-777-3093 or mtscottGLOBALatcompuservedotcom  (mtscottGLOBALatcompuservedotcom)  , or browse http://www.acmc.org.
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INSPIRATIONAL FILM ON WILLIAM CAREY

movie camera William Carey is considered to be the father of the modern Protestant missionary movement. Now you can order a new film on his life, Candle in the Dark, produced by Christian history specialists Gateway Films. It’s available now to churches as part of a super Sunday School curriculum for $59.95 or as an individual video. In the USA call 1-800-523-0226 or order the home use video off their web page at: http://www.gatewayfilms.com/cgi-bin/videopg.pl?Alpha+4306s+ or the curriculum at: http://www.gatewayfilms.com/cgi-bin/videopg.pl?Alpha+4289+ If you don’t have access to the web, try writing: infoatgatewayfilmsdotcom  (infoatgatewayfilmsdotcom)   for info., but remember not to send your credit card information over the open Internet.
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MORE GREAT DEALS ON FAXING

fax machine If you send a lot of faxes, don’t forget about “The Phone Company,” http://www.tpc.int, first profiled in Brigada Today on January 23, 1998. It’s absolutely free! (Thanks for the reminder, Paul!)
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FAMILY MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES

To learn more about missions opportunities for whole families, send a message to: family-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (family-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  
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NOTECARD SALE & FREE GIFT

Order 3 of these great ministry NoteCard pkgs. and receive a free creatively designed ministry NotePad.

You get 12 Cards & Envelopes for only $4.75 per pkg. (normally $7.50 per pkg.). The original Watercolor artwork on the cover is an artistic spray of flowers with fancy title lettering (the artist is Bert VandenBos). There are several titles available, including “Together We Can Accomplish Great Things.” Card Size = 4.25″ x 5.5″ (folded). This Card and others are produced by Kingdom Graphics and can be seen or ordered at their “Secure Credit Card” Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com…or, if you’re in the USA, through toll-free tel. at 1-800-618-3133 or tel. 215-657-5888. Write kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)   for more info. Payment must accompany all orders.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR ISFM ’99

The ISFM (International Society for Frontier Missiology) theme this year will be “Issues for the Future of Frontier Missions in the New Millennium”. It’s coming Sept. 18th at 7pm – Sept. 20 at the Founders Inn, the weekend before the EFMA, IFMA and EMS conference, in Virginia Beach. Expect great networking, stimulating presentations and strategic prayer and dialogue. If you want to be prepared for the new millennium, be there. Discount registration due by Aug. 20, 1999. For information and registration contact Amy AimBarstadataoldotcom  (AimBarstadataoldotcom)  .
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TECHTOOLS: TALKING EMAIL

tools Tim the Tech-Toolman came through again this week with “MyTalk” — telephone-based e-mail! Browse http://www.mytalk.com for more info. MyTalk gives you a free e-mail address, User ID and password, along with a free web-based e-mail account you can check from any web browser. Nothing new there. But, the great part is… you can call a toll-free number (US and Canada) and enter your ID and password and it will READ your e-mail to you! Can you believe it? I think this has some really cool implications for the disabled and those still developing their typing skills. You can control it by talking to it. You can REPLY to e-mail, and it will record the file as a .wav file (no special applet needed to play it back, any Windows user who has sound capabilities can play it by clicking on it). AND it can retrieve POP mail from your regular e-mail account every few minutes and read IT to you too! It even works for America Online. The collection process checks every user’s POP accounts in turn, and then starts over again. According to Tim, it can sometimes require hours to retrieve your email, but if you’re the patient type, this might be just for you!

bow tied to fingerA caveat: if you pay your regular ISP on a per-minute basis or a so-many-minutes-a-month basis, your ISP may charge you a minute for each time MyTalk checks your mail, so it may use up or charge for one minute out of every, say, fifteen. If you pay a flat rate for unlimited usage, that doesn’t apply.

bow tied to fingerAnother caveat: You can’t INITIATE e-mail, you can only reply to it. So if there are people you frequently send e-mail to, keep a message from them in your received mail folder so you have something to reply to. Thanks for another Cool Tech-Tool, Tim! thumbs-up

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CAMBODIA MEDIA CONSULTATION

A Consultation on Media Potentials in Cambodia will be held the evening of August 5 and until lunch on August 6th in Phnom Penh. The goal of this consultation will be to gather those organizations working in Cambodia and to see how they can work effectively together to use video programming to reach the minds and souls of the Cambodian people. The consultation will cover such topics as: Media Effects Research, Education-Entertainment formats, Opportunities for broadcast and non-broadcast placement, and strategies on partnerships. For more information contact Daniel DanHenrichatxcdotorg  (DanHenrichatxcdotorg)  .
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OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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

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

19990620 Brigada Today

Now with over 9100 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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BRIGADAFEST IS COMING

Brigada Logo Please join us in a prayer for BrigadaFest 2000, slated for Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. (Thanks to Terry Bork, who worded this prayer, for her work as a prayer intercessor for this event.) “Father God, You are an Awesome God, a Merciful God, a Loving God, a God Who cares, a Giving God; for You gave Your Only-begotten Son, Jesus, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Father God, we ask for souls for the kingdom. We ask for the nations, we ask for the Unreached People Groups. We beg for their salvation. We stand in the gap for them. Father God, You can make all things possible. Help us to take the first steps to accomplish the possible and You do the impossible in our lives. You bring people to us to share the Gospel with; you soften their hearts to receive the Gospel. We continue to lift up to you the Brigadafest Conferences and all the “tracks” that will meet there, such as Friends of Bosnia. Bring those you would have to be there and empower us to do the impossible through your Holy Spirit. We ask all of these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.” For more information about BrigadaFest, send a note to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .
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FREE INTERNET VOICEMAIL

telephone Where does our sleuth “Tim the Tech- Toolman” find this stuff???! :-) I have a buddy named Tim (who also has a big heart for missions) who tries to dig out the latest and greatest high-tech gadgets for Brigada Today readers. He’s done it again. Get a load of what he’s dug out for you this week — and remember, you heard about it here in Brigada Today! Just go to http://www.excite.com and set up a “My Excite” page (you’ll have to register). Then look in the top-left and click on “Check your mail.” When you get there, click on “Help” in the left column and then click on “VoiceMail help.” The wizard will help you set up an account… it suggests your phone number with area code as the account number. People pick up their phone, call 1-888-Excite2 … and speak or say your account number (then listen to a short ad) … then are told to either say their message or start their fax. Their voice message shows up in your Excite Mail inbox almost immediately. There’s also a fax service — with the downside being you can only receive 10/month. The upside is that senders get to dial the toll-free number . . . so it’s toll-free faxing to you! Another serious drawback — these services only work in the USA. (Those outside the USA can still enjoy eFax though — see next item.) So… bottom line… for those in the USA, you’ve now got a 10-faxes-a-month- for-free TOLL FREE fax-to-inbox tool, and a nationwide toll-free voice- mail-to-inbox tool! Yahooo! Yahoo
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NET2PHONE NOW HAS NET2FAX

fax machine Several Brigada participants have written to thank us for recommending Net2Phone (first recommended in the May 2, 1997 edition). Well enter Net2Fax! http://www.net2phone.com/net2fax (If you have trouble getting it set up, you can always write net2faxatnet2phonedotcom  (net2faxatnet2phonedotcom)  .) Jason wrote this past week that he’s “been using Net2Phone for awhile (thanks to Brigada!) and just tried out Net2Fax. It worked great! Sent a fax to the U.S. from Brazil for 10 cents! I think this is one answer for those who’ve been trying to find a way to send faxes via the internet.” Sounds great. Don’t forget about efax, which allows you to receive faxes via your email inbox. Our whole office has now switched to the service so we can all have “personal” fax mailboxes for free (ad- supported, one click and it’s gone). So… no matter where you are in the world, your one fax number is still good and you get the fax the next time you log on to your email (first recommended in the March 26th ’99 edition). For more information about efax, hit http://www.efax.com. You must have access to the web to set it up.
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WEBWATCH: KNOWLEDGE BASE AT YOUR SERVICE

WebWatch Check out http://www.strategicnetwork.org, operated by the Network for Strategic Missions. Their mission? “Provide a direct link for the prayers, talents and resources of the Body of Christ to cutting edge opportunities in the 10/40 Window. We utilize our web site to enable strategy coordinators and advocates to create communities of Christians who share a heart for the unreached and gather together in common cause to see the 10/40 Window evangelized with the Gospel and served with the compassion of Christ. We invite Christians who advocate for specific countries and people groups to utilize our tools to freely host forums. Finally, we collect, annotate, index and provide information about world missions in searchable databases, including our knowledge base, initiatives database, and directories.”
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GLOBAL GLIMPSE ABOUT A YEAR FROM NOW

world globe June 10th, 2000 — Jesus Day will be the largest millennium celebration of the Christian world. Jesus will be the center of attention as millions of grassroots Christians gather together outside church walls to honor and worship him as we mark his 2000th anniversary. The celebration will include a Dedication, Children’s prayer, a Great Commission statement, and music including the Millennium Chorus by Graham Kendrick. “As we enter the third millennium, God offers the Christ-Child, the Millennium Child for the healing of the nations.”
(Source: Gerald Coates, March for Jesus, via Ad2000’s Announcement www.ad2000.org. For more information visit http://www.gmfj.org/mfj_jesus_day.html or www.grahamkendrick.co.uk.)
Global Glimpse is compiled by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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ENCOURAGE LOCAL MUSICAL STYLES IN WORSHIP

musical notes The book, Developing Indigenous Hymnody, will help you evaluate the local musical system and encourage the growth of appropriate psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This book discusses contemporary issues in hymnody development, suggests fifty key resources for personal study and provides a listing of over 550 published items on this topic, indexed by geographic region and major subject. Both musicians and non-musicians will find this resource to be understandable, extremely useful and priced for the limited budget! Contact Dianne RDQuayatcompuservedotcom  (R%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3EDQuayatcompuservedotcom)   for more information.
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JUST “IN CASE” YOU HAVEN’T ORDERED YOUR CD

cd-rom WorldChristian News & Books distributes material for each “Praying through the Window (PTTW)” event at great discounts. So you can order PTTW books, videos, CDs and new maps at heavy Brigada-type discounts. Just write to wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   (or call toll free in the USA (888)WCN-NEWS) or hit their site http://www.ywam.org/books/bks_ptw.html. They’ve got the jeweled case version of the PTTW CD for just $9.59 each (20% off list price) and they don’t make you prepay! Just place your order by email or phone and they’ll invoice you in the shipment of your product! Yahoo!Yahoo
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FOR THOSE LEARNING TO SPEAK

“Language Learning” is a free electronic newsletter providing helpful tips for learning foreign languages. Incorporating linguistic principles of second language acquisition with practical insight gained through years of language teaching and language learning, this newsletter is designed especially for those who have a strong desire to learn another language but who aren’t quite sure how to best go about it. Distributed twice a week, “Language Learning” will include tips that are directed toward all kinds of learners, from those in formal programs in a country where the language is spoken to those studying on their own in a country where the language is not spoken. To subscribe to this free newsletter, just send a blank e-mail to language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom  (language-learning-subscribeatonelistdotcom)  .
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“IT’S NOT WORTH IT”

Several Brigada participants wrote in response to last week’s item regarding anonymity (“IN THOSE ANONYMOUS TIMES, WHO DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE?“). One Christian worker wrote, “An excellent and timely reminder on anonymous times. Character is everything. I am currently in the midst of dealing with a moral failure where a friend/coworker gave into the flesh during an anonymous time. He is loosing his job, reputation, but due to brokenness not his family. It’s not worth it!” We agree — so let’s all remember — a word to the wise…
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FREE ENCRYPTION VIA SSL AND THE WEB

letter and ligntening bolt So, have you checked out Hushmail http://www.hushmail.com? Could be pretty useful if they can get the bugs worked out of it. One Brigada participant has already recommended it for “patient early adopters.” Apparently it’s set up so you log onto a secure site via your browser, then send email via that page that is sent in automatically encrypted form to other account holders. The whole thing is supposed to remain free. Check it out as an option to PGP — if you don’t want to mess with public/private keys.
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CHRISTIAN VIDEO CONVENTION

movie camera ICVM.com… Christian video… now that sounds like fun. If producing videos is your thing, or script writing, or videography, or filming your Sunday Church service, you are invited to attend the annual International Christian Visual Media (ICVM) convention in Orlando July 6-10th. There is a fee. Check out the details at http://www.icvm.com or write ScottHuberatntmdotorg  (Scott%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3EHuberatntmdotorg)  .
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MEMBER CARE IS READY TO CARE FOR YOU

The MemCa member care resources web-site has moved! You can find the new site at http://www.membercare.org. The site exists to serve you as a networking resource. The growth of this resource depends on your participation. We invite your suggestions and contributions of content for the site. Send comments or content material to MemberCareatxcdotorg  (MemberCareatxcdotorg)  .
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LOADS OF TESL RESOURCES

You can retrieve loads of resources on Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) by sending an email to: teslresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg  (tesl%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg)   This is a 41K file. Thanks to Ken for the fantastic job he has done assembling all this info!
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SAVE A TON ON TRAVEL

Wow… blinking1eyes Ken has also assembled a tremendous piece of work on travel. To get his 19K file on travel, including the biggest list of discounted travel agencies I’ve ever seen, just send a note to: travelatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg  (travelatbrigadadotworldchurcesdotorg)   Remember if you have updates for Ken, please email them directly to him. Thanks!
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DISCLAIMER — Please note that there’s no way we can possibly screen all the text on all the web sites or items we recommend. We try to check them out first… but if we miss something, please don’t assume that the opinions on those sites are identical to those of the Brigada family of networks. “Eat the corn, leave the cob!” ear of corn
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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!

19990613 Brigada Today

Now with over 9100 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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AD2000’S NEW CD IS LOADED WITH INFO…

cd-rom Finally got a copy of that “Light the Window” CD. It’s everything they said it would be… General Information and Publications from the Int’l Office, The Joshua Project 2000 Unreached Peoples Lists (sure you can get it at their web site, but here’s a complete list in a useful form for you to take on the road when the web isn’t available), Unreached Peoples Prayer Profiles, The Adoption Guidance Program, People Adoption Registration Form, and tons more. Brigada readers can purchase it for $9! Fax credit card info. to 719-576-2685 in the USA (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover Card orders accepted), or write Infoatad2000dotorg  (Infoatad2000dotorg)  . There’s also a plastic case version available from YWAM (but all we have are telephone numbers for that version: 1-800-922-2143 in the USA, or 425- 771-1153 elsewhere) for $11.99.
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NOTECARDS AT .COM NOT .CON

Remember those note cards from last week? Find them at http://www.kingdomgraphics.com not .con. :-) The contributor of the item apologizes for any inconvenience.. but I really should have noticed it when I pasted the URL in.
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THE VALUE OF SHORT TERM OUTREACHES

Here is an opportunity for you to be involved in a manual that will be a practical guide in helping organizations, churches and individuals in understanding the value of short-term outreaches. It will focus on the “how to” and the “why” questions, specifically focused on taking teams to unreached peoples. It will give suggestions about pit falls and how to be culturally sensitive touching on issues of contectulization. If anyone has any material to contribute to this manual on The Value Of Short Term Outreahces please could you forward it to charliepatinfodotbw  (charliepatinfodotbw)   or send it to: Charlie, PO BOX 448, MAUN, BOTSWANA.
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AFRICAN SOCIAL MESSAGE VIDEOS

movie camera DSR has over 80 top-quality African titles on a variety of social developmental subjects, and has distributed 20,000+ videos worldwide over the last dozen years. They are implementing a new discount program during the summer of 1999. The second video ordered is at half price – or every other video you buy is 50% off. Please email for more information or a free catalog. Or check out the DSR web site. All videos are in stock for quick delivery. Most orders can be shipped within one day. DSR encourages inquiries for special pricing on large orders. Just ask and you shall (probably) receive! Steve is the guy … ssmithatdsr-incdotcom  (ssmithatdsr-incdotcom)  . The site is: http://www.catalog.com/dsr/film.htm.
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SHARPENING YOUR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP

CAM International and Dallas Theological Seminary are sponsoring this workshop in Dallas, TX, primarily for missionaries but also open to mission pastors and seminary students. Write karenworthingtonatdtsdotedu  (karen%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Eworthingtonatdtsdotedu)   for more information. Or browse http://www.RelationshipSkills.com.
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CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL DATABASE TRIAL VERSION

graduation capRemember that database we mentioned previously that’s designed to help those administrating correspondence courses? Well now the authors have forged a trial version in true “try-before-you-buy” fashion. This trial version is the fully operational database but limited to five individuals/students. The’ll remove this limitation when you register it according to the instructions included in the download file and database. The self-extracting download file is approximately 11 Mbytes, so it may take a while to download depending upon your modem speed. Check it out at: http://www.rkhs.com/donandbev/database.htm.
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CHRISTIAN COMICS/CARTOON BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE

Just rec’d this item from Nate: “Thanks to a great tip from a recent BRIGADA …, ROX35 Media, Inc. is now offering a new resource to fill the gap created by the demise of the Christian Comics Catalog last year. In association with Amazon.com, the Christian Comics International web site (which ROX35 maintains as a ministry service) is now listing 20 different Christian comics, cartoon, and related paperback & hardback books which can be ordered on-line, on-the-spot, including Bible adaptations, comics paperbacks, cartoon collections, and more. This is a “win-win-win” situation because

  1. It is a valuable resource to everyone who is looking for Christian comics,
  2. It supports individual Christians and Christian publishers who are producing this material,
  3. It advances ROX35’s mission to encourage use of Christian comics for evangelism & discipleship, and
  4. It will raise some additional funding for the comics training ministry work of ROX35 Media, Inc. via the commissions received on each book purchased through the CCI site.

You can browse at: http://users.aol.com/ChriCom/buybooks.html.”

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IN THOSE ANONYMOUS TIMES, WHO DO YOU CHOOSE TO BE?

You know the times I mean. You’re traveling along on a train in a country where nobody even knows your name. You’re in an airport far away from home. Or maybe you’re just out in the bush at a village where your mission doesn’t have a project – and you know that no one in the world even knows where you are. In those times and all the other “anonymous” times, who do you choose to be?

I’m beginning to think that those are the times in which we learn most about ourselves. Because when we’re with others who know us, we probably tend to model our behavior a little bit like their expectations. But when your totally anonymous… where do your eyes glance? Where do your thoughts take you about the person you just met?

I have a feeling that Paul must have worked this out. He wrote, in II Co. 5:16 and following, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. … Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

So you see my point – when we’re in those totally anonymous times, maybe that’s when we need to work all the harder to become the person He wants us to be for that moment. This morning I’m in one of those situations at the University of Oklahoma. I had to choose carefully to get up and have quiet time with the Lord – and with the schedule here, I had to rise at 4:50am to do it. But I’m beginning to realize that it’s those little decisions… the ones at 4:50 in the morning when nobody in the whole world will know it except you and God – those are the times that mold us into the people God wants us to be. I went out, found a gazebo, and sang out loud to the Lord and realized… that was the place He wanted me to be this morning.

So where does He want you to be today?

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

19990606 Brigada Today

Now with 9165 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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LIGHT THE WINDOW CD-ROM NOW AVAILABLE

cd-romHave you heard about AD2000’s new “Light the Window” CD-ROM? It’s got 650 megs of videos, music, data! Included are complete working copies of websites from 14 organizations supporting Praying Through the Window IV, the whole Adoption Guidance Program (updated), a special Networking Program (new!), and lots more. You can’t get to the bottom of this CD, but you’ll have fun trying! For Praying Through the Window IV (PTW IV), find the October 1999 “Light the Window” prayer guide and video along with prayer guides, books and videos from all previous PTW’s. You’ll find database information, slide presentations, free software, and even pray along in RealAudio with key mission leaders-like Luis Bush! The PTW guide has clickable links to maps and profiles of strategic towns of the 10/40 window, and profiles of the people group. The cost of all of these resources would amount to several hundred dollars if purchased separately, but Brigada readers can purchase it for $9! Fax credit card info. to 719-576-2685 in the USA (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover Card orders accepted), or write Infoatad2000dotorg  (Infoatad2000dotorg)  . There’s also a plastic case version available from YWAM (but all we have are telephone numbers for that version: 1-800-922-2143 in the USA, or 425- 771-1153 elsewhere) for $11.99.
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LIST OF NETWORKS IS GROWING!

Brigada LogoOkay… so finally our list of networks is growing a little bit. But it still isn’t where it should be. We’re trying to build a list of sources, contacts, connections, links, etc., for information and networking on specific people groups. Notice how you can enter your information as a “mailto:” entry and folks will automatically subscribe to your Brigada-type email conference. It’s free! So please jump in – just see the instructions at the top of the page. http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today You’ll need to register at egroups.com first (go to http:/www.egroups.com and follow the instructions).
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LAST CHANCE FOR CIN PRAYER JOURNEY TRAINING

praying handsChristian Information Network will be conducting a Prayer Journey Training, June 18-19 at New Life Church, in Colorado Springs, CO. If you are planning on participating in the Praying Through The Window IV prayer initiative by taking a prayer journey, this training is invaluable. Sessions will be conducted by Beverly Pegues, executive director of Christian Information Network and the CIN staff. The cost for this training is $75 per person or $105 per couple. For more information, write cinatcin1040dotnet  (cinatcin1040dotnet)  . Better do it today.
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WHAT’S UP WITH PRAYER IN YOUR TOWN?

The National Pastors’ Prayer Network (US) is eager to receive reports and updates from other nations on the progress of pastors praying together for revival and spiritual awakening. The NPPN Global Update has connections with Pastors’ Prayer Networks in Africa, Australia, Indonesia, Argentina and Canada. You can submit reports and requests on the prayer movement among pastors in your nation to: philatnppndotorg or subscribe to the NPPN Updates at: subscribeatnppndotorg or visit the NPPN web site at: http:www.nppn.org or add your Pastors’ Prayer Groups to a web directory of over 850 PPGs at: http:www.nppn.org/ppg
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SOFTWARE FOR YOUR FINANCIAL TRACKING

dollar sign If you’re a missionary with financial accounting needs, check out http://www.mindspring.com/~rnewman/PMM51.html to learn about Personal Ministry Manager. A ton of missionaries have told us they love it. If you’ve no web access, write rnewmanatmindspringdotcom  (rnewmanatmindspringdotcom)  .
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THE LATEST FROM AD2000 & BEYOND

What’s the current status for JP2000? Dan Scribner at AD2000’s Int’l Office sent me a scoreboard report this past week. He says there are 1599 peoples on active JP list, of which 1119 have no Church of 100 reported. Gulp. Furthermore there are 556 with no reported on-site Church Planting team yet, and still 225 that aren’t targeted or “claimed.” How can you get more information? Visit http://www.ad2000.org
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VIDEO OVERVIEW OF HINDUISM

movie camera Mark Kelly mentioned this past week the movie, “The Gods of India,” a video overview of Hinduism. For information, e-mail wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)   or write World Christian News, P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, CO 80936. You can get Mark’s occasional email bulletin called Advance by writing subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .
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MORE GOOD REASONS TO BE CAREFUL WITH ATTACHMENTS

virus Well, June is mating season for viruses, it seems . . . and there are tons more coming into your email attachment box. Rather than describe them all – are you seeing a trend here? Unless you have up-to-date virus checking software or you’re very daring, never open executable attachments. If you receive one from a friend, before opening it, write him/her and ask its purpose. Your friend might have one of the new-breed viruses that sends out infected attachments without his/her knowledge! Gulp.
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LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SERVE? CONSULT BRIGADA-OPPORTUNITIES

Brigada Logo It’s like having a free placement service combined with a free “headhunter” service (the friendly kind) all in one! For example, Todd ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom  (ToddMJohnsonatsprynetdotcom)   recently wrote from the World Evangelization Research Center where David Barrett and he are patiently trying to put the wraps on the next World Christian Encyclopedia. Where am I going to send them? To Brigada-Opportunities. Because that is the place where volunteers meet potential! If you’re looking for a place to serve, where God can use your special gifts, just send a note to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . And if you’ve got an opportunity (Todd, this means you :-) ), just email the note to brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)  . You don’t have to join – but your email will float into the conference even though you’re not subscribed! That way, you get to place your notice and those who are searching for the opportunity get to read the mail! When the volunteer hits reply, the reply goes straight to the person who sent the message (not to the whole conference). Couldn’t be simpler. So go for it!
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BY THE WAY – THE WORLD CHRISTIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA IS COMING!

Almost forgot to mention, . . . the World Christian Encyclopedia is reaching its final stages of production! Yahooooo! That’s why the team of researchers at the World Evangelization Research Center is looking for two new full-time missionary researchers (mentioned in the item above). They’re zeroing in on a new edition of the World Christian Encyclopedia – three 800-page volumes examining the status of Christianity and evangelization in all the countries, peoples, cities, provinces, and languages of the world. Mission strategy and a plan to complete the task of world evangelization is also being highlighted. An online version and a companion CD-ROM are planned to make the data more accessible to missionaries and church leaders. So that’s why they were looking for two individuals who would be fully-supported missionaries seconded to WERC in Richmond, Virginia, USA, for the next 3 – 6 months – to complete the print Encyclopedia. And get this (remember you heard it first here on Brigada!) – they’re also working on an online version called the World Christian Database. (By the way, if you know of someone who might be able to help them, write ToddJohnsonatgem-wercdotorg  (ToddJohnsonatgem-wercdotorg)  .) Yahooo!Yahoo
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NEED INFO ON PUPPET MINISTRY FOR MISSIONS?

Now you have it. Just send a message to puppetsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (puppetsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll receive a 70K resource directory on how to make ministry happen cross- culturally! Thanks Ken!
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IF KIDS ARE YOUR FOCUS, YOU NEED THIS RESOURCE DIRECTORY

Ken’s done it again! Tons of great stuff on outreach to youth around the world. 81K with contact addresses and lots of content. Just write to childrenatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (childrenatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  
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FOR THOSE SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

We’ve already shared the 15K Muslim-Training guide (refreshed June 10th, by the way). But here’s a 58K Muslim-Outreach guide! Just write muslim-outreachatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (muslim-outreachatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . Ken, we’re in your debt! (If you want a new copy of the Muslim-Training guide, muslim-trainingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (muslim-trainingatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .)
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GREAT MISSIONS PRAYER SITE

praying hands Have you taken a look at http://www.prayerispower.org? They’ve got a unique approach to internet prayer ministry where pray-ers are divided in teams and each person receives just 10 requests and/or praises each day. One of the 10 is a nation with a great summary of facts and requests. So with this approach, in less than one month, every nation and the president/head of state has been prayed for by name! Great idea! thumbs-up
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NOTECARDS AT HALF-PRICE

Have you been wishing for that special way to write supporters or friends? Now you’ve got it. Send for 12 Cards & Envelopes for only $2.50 per pkg. (normally $4.50 per pkg.). The original pen & ink artwork on the cover is a close-up of a lamb being held in the arms of The Shepherd. The artist is Bert VandenBos. This Card and others are produced by Kingdom Graphics and can be seen or ordered at their “Secure Credit Card” Web Site: http://www.kingdomgraphics.com or toll-free 800-618-3133 (only within the USA) or kingraphatnavpointdotcom  (kingraphatnavpointdotcom)  . Payment must accompany all orders.
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WORLD MISSIONS ATLAS PROJECT

ICCM logoAt each year’s International Conference on Computing and Missions http://www.iccm.org, Bob Sutterfield finds one jaw-dropper application. This year it’s the World Missions Atlas Project http://www.worldmap.org. Bob’s right. Just as he told me this past week, you’ll find “thick, rich data to delight missions mobilizers and wannabe cartographers. Zero in on a region, find the peoples who live there, and click to the prayer profile you need to begin informed intercession. Too cool!” thumbs-up
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BRING VISITORS TO YOUR MISSIONS SITE

Here’s a spot where you can plug in the URL of your missions web site and get some eyeballs: http://dmoz.org/Society/Religion/Faiths_and_Beliefs/Christianity/Missions
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TIME TO “GO GLOBAL”

world globeCheck out “Go Global”, a ministry of YWAM Australia, a missions mobilization ministry especially dedicated to the 10/40 Window. Representatives from Go Global can come to speak or teach at your conference or event. Write mauriceantonelliathotmaildotcom  (mauriceantonelliathotmaildotcom)   or http://www.pastornet.net.au/scwm/goglobal.htm.
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DIGITAL CAMERAS ARE FINALLY REACHING USEFUL LEVEL

cameraBeen putting off the decision of buying a digital camera because you’ve heard about the “jaggies”, ie., that the resolution won’t appear good enough on the page and the picture will look fuzzy or rough on the edges similar to the old “dot matrix” printer look? Well… depending on your expectations, your wait might be over. I’ve recently seen a couple of these cameras that produced beautiful hues with near photo-like realism. For one of our missionaries headed to Bosnia, we recommended (a couple of months ago) the Nikon Coolpix 900s, which was running around $600 or so street-pricing. And that camera does a sufficiently beautiful job to make you say “cheese” any old day. (I saw the output!) But now there are even newer models, costing less money, being introduced in the coming weeks… that there are even fewer reasons to wait! One of those new models is the Toshiba PDR-M1. Like most technologies, as the weeks pass, the price goes down and the quality goes up. Digital cameras are no exception. The PDR-M1 is around $320 street-priced, is a cinch to operate, and when you need it, it’ll take pictures with up to 1.5 million pixels (those little dots used to produce digital shots). You’ll get accurate exposures, sharp detail, and great color — all in a compact size and an attractive package. If you’ve been waiting for a good reason to buy a digital camera, the PDR- M1 might be it! Check it out at http://www.dsc.toshiba.com or call a camera dealer near you! (And… in case you’re wondering, I don’t get a cut… :-) )
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NOW YOU CAN SET UP YOUR OWN WEB OFFICE FOR FREE!

WebWatchJust go to http://www.webex.com. This is a great site! You can arrange an international presentation where everyone shows up for a kind of “live and in person” meeting with you. You can do PowerPoints or take people on a tour of the web or . . . whatever! The first level is absolutely free (premier services are also available).
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WHERE WILL VOICE RECOGNITION GO IN THE FUTURE?

Just about anywhere you want it to take you. If you don’t believe me (and you live in the USA), call toll-free to talk to a computer at 888-573-8255. This computer is located in Victor Zue’s Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT. The project name is Jupiter – and it’s out of this world! It uses speech understanding to answer your questions about the weather over the phone. The same crew is also working on an airline information application and a mapping application. What does this have to do with missions? Well not much at the moment – but in a few years, there will be tons of possible applications, especially for those who hate to type or don’t have access to the web but can get a phone connection.
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TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 2

letter and ligntening boltLast week we wrote about doing your homework before traveling overseas. That homework might point you to an Internet Service Provider (ISP) who has a point of presence (POP) in your destination country. But what if none are available there… at least none to which you can subscribe in advance. Well one option is to set up a web-mail account before you leave your home. Just about all the major “portals” are allowing you to set up free web-based email services now. You can do it at http://www.yahoo.com or http://www.hotmail.com or http://www.netaddress.net and many others. Roger wrote this past week to report that during his recent furlough in the USA, he found it very convenient to get a free Yahoo e-mail account. “We could access it anywhere we could get on the internet,” he reported. “We had our xc.org address forwarded to the Yahoo address, and could thus receive all that mail directly. With a Yahoo account, you can also check external mail which has a POP account, so we could actually take our mail off our server in Irian Jaya, Indonesia, in that manner also.”

However, many are traveling the other direction — where web access is either expensive or totally unavailable. If you’ve done your homework and, in spite of it, you can’t locate an ISP with POPs in your destination area, ask once more if any locals there would help you set up an account with a local ISP. Sometimes, all it takes is a one-hour stop-in at their office in the capitol city. You might be surprised to learn how “high tech” their local network is . . . and they might have POPs throughout the country! Just be sensitive — remember that anything and everything you say is being stored on local servers, maintained by friendly (or not-so-friendly) locals.

To connect, you’ll often need special phone tip adaptors. Again, it’s better to find out about these in advance, where possible. Maybe someone would be willing to pick you up an adaptor so you can hit the ground running the moment you arrive. For example, those from the USA will want a tip-converter for an RJ-11 type plug. I find these in the most unlikely places. The Swiss-type connectors are available at a little computer store in the basement of the main downtown train station. I got the connection for Bosnia in an appliance store in Split. Croatia. These tips are enough to drive you crazy, so it’s worth trying to set them up in advance. If you can’t find a local to help you, talk to PORT, a computer company specializing in products for travelers, http://www.port.com or, in the USA, 1-800-242-3133. They can usually help you figure out what you need.

Next week we’ll talk about the minimum “secret agent tool kit” to take along on your trip. You can almost hear the Mission: Impossible music in the background already, right? :-)

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CALL FOR MISSIONS POEMS/DRAMAS

Got any missions poems/dramas that others could use in a missions conference? Then Grace wants ’em! :-) Write her at gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  . Send her the whole script or poem if possible, and don’t forget to mention if there are special permissions needed before use. She’ll assemble them and make them available to us here for an autoresponder. Thanks!
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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!
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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)  .
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OPCWARNING ABOUT FORWARDING EMAILS — Please, before forwarding any kind of request (even if it says “please send this to all your friends”), please check to make sure it has a VERIFIABLE ORIGIN, a VERIFIABLE PURPOSE, and a VERIFIABLE CLOSURE (OPC). By following this simple approach, many “email viruses” could be nipped in the bud… at least in the Brigada family. More information about the full Brigada OPC protocol is available. Thank you.

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

*Global Glimpses: John Hanna, Caleb Project, jhannaatcprojectdotcom  (jhannaatcprojectdotcom)  
*Brigada Website: Bob Mayhew, WebServantatbrigadadotorg  (WebServantatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Customer Service Manager: helpatbrigadadotorg  (helpatbrigadadotorg)  
*Brigada Coordinator: Doug Lucas, Team Expansion & Brigada, DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (DLucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  
*and many other occasional contributors too numerous to mention!
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  • WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”
  • CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS
  • PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000
  • THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS
  • WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…
  • WEB-WATCH
  • SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE
  • NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE
  • LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS
  • FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY
  • LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”
  • LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!
  • FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!
  • TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY
  • RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST
  • LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS
  • 0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN
  • FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…
  • TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1
  • CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA
  • ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND
  • FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES
  • WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS
  • WANTED — STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES
  • GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?
  • OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?
  • GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”
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    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “READER” AND A “PARTICIPANT?”

    Brigada LogoEver notice that when we talk about all the 9000+ members of the Brigada family, we try to always say “participants” instead of mere “readers?” That’s because you’re involved!

    1. many Brigada participants coordinate or participate in people group advocacy networks, either online or in person;
    2. tons of Brigada participants respond to inquiries put together for future Brigada Today stories… like a collection of TESL resources, for instance;
    3. whenever there’s a special resource or opportunity, sometimes hundreds (literally!) of responders come rolling in!

    So thanks for being more than just “readers”! Thanks for being part of the Brigada family!

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    CHECK OUT ALL THE LINKS

    Don’t forget to wonder on in and check out all the links that are going up at http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today Note the instructions at the top of the page. Check out links to Albania, Japan, and the uttermost parts of the earth!

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    PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000

    Brigada LogoPeople are already praying for BrigadaFest 2000, scheduled for Feb. 3-5 in Louisville, KY. We’re planning on a very focused get-together, modeled after the Pit-Stops that have occurred regionally throughout the USA, with emphasis on people group tracks and PACE Projects (specific adopt-a-people projects focused proactively on church planting and prayer mobilization). If you’d like to take advantage of this event as a venue for your unreached people group get-together for 2000 – and meet in concert with 20-30 other focused tracks, drop me a line at Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg)   and we’ll do our best! We’ll provide the meeting room for your track, along with logistics for meals, housing, secure registrations by web, security, audio-visual equipment, etc. The works! Costs will be kept as low as possible by relying heavily on volunteers. The event is being jointly sponsored by:

    • Interdev (which has volunteered to lead sessions on partnership development),
    • Caleb Project (which has offered to lead an Advocacy Training track),
    • Southeast Christian Church (which has a weekly worship attendance of 12,000+ friendly believers and a passion to change the world for Him),
    • Friends of Bosnia and a dozen other unreached peoples tracks (so far) from around the globe
    • Team Expansion (seeking to serve as a catalyst for launching additional PACE Projects), and, of course,
    • Brigada.

    Others are warmly welcome to attend. Registration will all be done in advance so we’ll be able to plan very specifically for content and direction of each hour. Let’s make this a time when we can finally come together in one place to meet one another and find out more about each other than “such-and-such.com.” :-)

    If you’d like to attend, send a message to brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   to receive regular updates. And if you’re interested in interceding for the event, send a message to brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigadafest-prayer-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   where the prayer meeting has already begun! Check out this prayer sent over that conference last week from Terry BorkTerryataoldotcom  (BorkTerryataoldotcom)  , a prayer coordinator for BrigadaFest:
    “Dear heavenly Father, Your love for us is so immense. You created each one of us as a unique individual. Help us to see that uniqueness in each other and to appreciate it as you do. As we pray for Unreached People groups, show us the burden of your heart for each and help us to pray your blessings upon them. Jesus, you came to save the lost, help them to know how much you love them, protect them from harm and meet their needs. As we prepare for BrigadaFest 2000 and the Friends of Bosnia conference there in February, keep each of us focused on our specific area that you want us to work in. Send laborers to help plan these events and execute the logistics for them. Give wisdom to the leaders who are meeting to discuss the planning. Jesus, give us the Nations and help us to love them as you love them. I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Our Lord.”
    Yahooo!!!! Join Terry each week and let’s pray that God works mightily in this event!

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    THE LOW-DOWN ON THE NEW PRAYER MAPS

    praying handsThey’re at it again! In cooperation with the Praying Through the Window IV Committee, Global Mapping is pulling together a new prayer map! Yahooo!  Now I haven’t seen a copy of these on paper, but I have looked at the prototype at: http://www.gmi.org/pttw4.htm and it looks very interesting! Strategic “towns”! :-) Plus, it seems to almost have that “satellite view” glow about it! Cool!  Check it out for yourself. This “Strategic Towns” color map for fall comes in three formats:

    • Personal Map: 8 1/2″ x 11″
    • Place-Mat: 11″ x 17″
    • Wall-Map: 22″ x 34″

    Until JUNE 30TH, you can place a pre-publication order in quantities of 100 or more and save 20% off their regular bulk prices coming in July. On orders of 1,000 or more, there is even room on the map to print your own logo (small extra charge). For more information, including billing options, write pttw4atgmidotorg  (pttw4atgmidotorg)  .

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    WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START A BRIGADA CONFERENCE…

    Brigada LogoSuppose you have a passion for a particular people group and you’d like to start up a brigada-style conference, based on the old brigada-peoples-*atxcdotorg model… or the old brigada-connections-*atxcdotorg model… Either way, just send an email to transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll receive a complete set of instructions for handling this question. These have been recently updated as of today to reflect the needs of new groups.

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    WEB-WATCH – NO FRONTIERS

    WebWatchhttp://www.nofrontiers.com are a UK- based ministry who supply tracts, booklets, books and Bibles in about 100 languages. Check ’em out! (Thanks Tony!)

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    SCRUPLES UPGRADES THE BUSINESS AND MISSIONS PAGE

    Check out the upgraded information at Scruples Business and Missions Page www.scruples.org/bizetmiz/. There’s a Directory of over 135 Organizations that have ministry or mission opportunities for Christians in the Marketplace from tentmaking positions to micro enterprise development initiatives, an ANNOTATED Bibliography of Business and Missions resources with over 125 sources (articles, books, research papers, videos, web sites and much more). There are also archives of the Scruples Business and Missions Newsletter, a Calendar of Events which features upcoming training seminars and conferences for Business and Missions, and even a Discussion Forum! Check it out!

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    NEW BUSINESS AND MISSIONS EMAIL CONFERENCE

    Join the new Business and Missions email conference! Subscribers can send announcements to the conference with respect to Business and Missions news and opportunities. There is a Member Only chat site for Business and Missions people to meet and discuss Business and Missions initiatives. There is a group calendar on which you can post your Business and Missions events. The conference is a private conference which requires membership approval of the conference owner, Mike McLoughlin who is the author of the Scruples Business and Missions Site. To subscribe to the conference please send an email to brigada-business-and-missions-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-business-and-missions-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and include your name, organization and mailing address and a brief sentence on why you are interested in business and missions.

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    LANGUAGE LEARNING CDS, RESOURCES, AND TRANSLATORS

    cd-romSOON Gospel Literature has put together some links to various online resources and CD offers. The author would be grateful for other links for this section. http://www.webauthors.org/guide/webmission.html#language

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    FOR MUSLIMS (AND THE PEOPLE REACHING THEM) ONLY

    Check out http://www.angelfire.com/az/rescon/index.html for the latest on topics of interest for people involved in the Muslim world and/or the Middle East.

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    LET’S ALL GATHER AT “THE MISSION PALMS”

    The Antioch Network Annual Gathering of Churches will take place at the beautiful Mission Palms Resort in Tempe, AZ, Aug 25-28, ’99. This year’s Gathering will focus on the steps toward engagement in cross-cultural work among the unreached. There will also be roundtables and workshops for select groups like Sr. pastors, missions pastors and others. Cost for the Gathering is $125 per attendee (late registration, postmarked after July 25, 1999, $150 per attendee). For more information wrote gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg  (gatheringatantiochnetworkdotorg)   or browse http://www.antiochnetwork.org.

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    LAY YOUR SCHOOLING ON THE LINE… ONLINE!

    graduation capPacific Academy, a K- 12 Christian school near Vancouver, Canada, is developing courses for delivery via the Internet. Check ’em out at http://www.pagecomm.net or email dlambieratpagecommdotnet  (dlambieratpagecommdotnet)  .

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    FOR THOSE CARING ABOUT HINDUS – PICK YOUR DAY, ANY DAY!

    praying handsThose interested in this year’s “30 Days Hindu Prayer Focus,” announced by WorldChristian News and U.K.-based South Asia Concern, are encouraged to choose ANY 30-day period in which to utilize the 1999 edition of the prayerguide booklets. Many churches and ministries have found this to be helpful, allowing them to plan in a way appropriate to their ministry schedule. For info on available materials (including a new video series on India and Hinduism), contact wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  , or view http://www.ywam.org/prayer.hindu.html

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    TRACK YOUR CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLING THE EASY WAY

    graduation capA unique database program has been developed for record keeping for correspondence schools. It provides the capability of tracking names and addresses for a virtually unlimited number of students. It also tracks the student’s grades and grade averages in numerous classes. The database provides numerous reports and mailing labels. It is written in MS Access and is a Y2K compliant, totally self-contained program. Minimum system requirements: Windows 95 or 98 operating system on a 486 PC with 16 Megabytes RAM. For more information, send email to donandbevatcompuservedotcom  (donandbevatcompuservedotcom)  .

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    RETRY ON TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES LIST

    Several folks were confused by the fact that our original “top 20 unreached peoples list” was formatted as a Rich Text Format (RTF) file. As a result, we caved in and went to POAT (Plain Old ASCII Text) :-). If you felt as if you got only garbage, try it again by sending an email to the following address: top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .

    Important: On this and all other auto-responders, it’s critical that you not add any quotation marks to the address. Do it exactly like you see above.

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    LESSONS ON CD BY LOGOS, ESPECIALLY FOR BRIGADA FOLKS

    cd-romDon’t ship heavy books … go with CDs! Saves money AND allows you to have access to your books while IN the field. Let the computer read the books & TELL YOU the book page to click & start reading; then annotate to the word of choice. Search some or all books for any word, phrase, topic or scripture citation/mention. Logos Research Systems http://www.logos.com has a special email offer (only) to Brigada participants and to those IN the field where Logos distributorship is not present. Select any package & receive 50% discount on the Logos Lesson Builder product that offers IVP LifeGuide Bible Study series on CD. Lesson Builder contains 10 years of editable lessons (if used at the rate of one per week) plus lesson making templates to follow. Normally $59.95. Email Trish trishatlogosdotcom  (trishatlogosdotcom)   and she will assist you in selecting from several greatly reduced in price packages and point you to local distribution where we must. Note that the special offer is only available direct & it is not available on their web site. Offer valid to June 30, 1999.

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    0NLINE BOOKSTORE NOW OPEN

    booksOver 7,000 carefully selected titles makes the 0nline Bookstore at Reformed Theological Seminary a must for the serious student of the Bible. Books are discounted and books on sale are deeply discounted. Best of Category selections assist the shopper in book selection. RTS Powerbrowse provides a notification system of new books that match your criterion via email. Check it out at: http://www.rtsbookstore.edu

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    FLASH! JESUS VIDEOS STILL AVAILABLE…

    movie cameraFor Brigada participants, they tell us that they’re still willing to provide free Jesus videos, if you follow the instructions carefully. Get the lowdown by sending a blank email to this address: jesus-filmsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (jesus-filmsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

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    TIPS FOR INT’L EMAIL TRAVELERS – PART 1

    bow tied to fingerLast week, a friend wrote to share some of the challenges he’d faced on a recent trip out of the country, trying to connect to the Internet. He asked that we pass along any tips we can think of, over the coming months. So… that’s exactly what we’ll do.

    The first tip is a simple one… Do your homework in advance! Depending on the length of your trip and how you’ll be hosted in your destination country, find someone there who will be able to give you some local pointers to getting online there… and email them in advance. Be sensitive to their time commitments. Keep your questions short and to the point and, though it might seem funny to say so, I’d suggest you avoid chitchat. These missionary-types are usually very relational people! :-) Some of them only email as much as they have to … They don’t want to spend their evenings away from family with their face buried into a computer screen! We’ll assume for this tip that you’re on a two-week journey… fairly short as int’l travel goes.

    So ask simple things…

    1. Will our group be staying near anyone with a computer that we might be able to use to send back an occasional email message to our friends and family back home — say once every 3 or 4 days?
    2. If so, we’ll glad reimburse for the time online. (Note: this will probably be a combination of the local “units” [or number of minutes times the price per minute for a local call] plus the cost per minute for the Internet connectivity; still, it’s probably less than the cost of you dialing Zurich or Penang or whatever.)
    3. If not, would he or she know of any locations — like a “teleboutique” — where we might be able to get a phone connection to call CompuServe or AOL or any other int’l carrier?

    If he or she writes back and says it’ll be too much of a hassle, trust the response and leave the laptop at home. Plan on using a callback service (more on that later) or something similar. Sometimes email just isn’t worth the trouble. Make two or three phone calls during your two-week trip… and that should be plenty to keep friends and family informed. That having been said, I haven’t personally left the computer at home since 1991… :-)… and our mission is at work in over two dozen countries and we’ve traveled through dozens of other lands without an email hitch… so more later on how to get connected from those impossible locations! But for now… trust your host!

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    CHRISTIAN COMICS TRAINING COURSE IN CALIFORNIA

    Plans have been confirmed for Nate Butler and Len Cowan of ROX35 Media, Inc. to teach a “Comics As Communication” course on Aug. 9-12 at the Goldengate Seminary, on Strawberry Point in Mill Valley, CA. 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. This will very likely be ROX35’s only North American comics training in 1999 and possibly 2000. So if you live in the US, Canada, or Mexico and have been wanting to attend a ROX35 seminar, you should plan to be in this class. Early registration (before July 12th) is advised. For more information (and a registration form), browse http://www.ggbts.edu/continuum/events.html. For more information on ROX35 visit their web site at http://www.ROX35Media.org or email ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg  (ROX35Mediaatxcdotorg)  .

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    ESL TRAINING PROGRAM IN POLAND

    Literacy & Evangelism International with Graceland English Training are proud to host an ESL Teacher Training Program this summer in Poland June 27 – July 3, 1999. This program will prepare participants for: Teaching a Bible-based ESL program: “Passport to the World of English.” Included are units on starting and maintaining an ESL outreach ministry/English School in a church and/or community, helping students reduce their accent through music and pronunciation exercises, assisting churches in evangelism in their communities. Course includes hands on training and Book 1 of Passport to the World of English. Location is Ciechanow, Poland. Cost $50 US. For further information contact Colette at projpoleathomemaildotcom  (projpoleathomemaildotcom)  .

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    FOR THE LOVE OF MISSIONARIES

    Maddie’s got a webzine dedicated to uplifting missionaries in particular and Christians in general. She also offers ‘For the Love of Missionaries’ Workshops, which presents unique and dynamic ways the Body can ‘lift up’ and ‘support’ Missionaries. See her site at: http://servant.gentle.org/littlesparrowministries/ or email her directly LittleSparrowMinistriesatyahoodotcom  (LittleSparrowMinistriesatyahoodotcom)  .

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    WANTED: MAC NET-TO-PHONE OPTIONS

    telephoneYup. According to Shawn shawndotturpinatc2idotnet  (shawndotturpinatc2idotnet)  , there really are MAC users still out there! :-) (Just kidding! :-) ) Seriously, Shawn is looking for programs like MediaRing only for a MAC environment. Got any help for him? If so, drop him a line at the address above and please copy our new “holding tank” conference by including a “CC:” to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   and in the subject line, put “MAC net- to-phone options”. Note that you don’t have to join to post a message to that list. However, if you’re eager to get feedback on this issue, you’ll see it just as soon as the feedback comes in, rather than having to wait for the original inquirer to compile the feedback summary! This is a new service for Brigada participants that we hope will take care of those situations when the compiler is… well… shall we say… a little slow on the compiling process! :-) If you want to read the responses as they come in, just send a message to: brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  

     Note… you’ll be reading responses on multiple issues eventually… so instructions are provided should you ever decide to unsubscribe. Meanwhile, we’ll ask Shawn to pull together the compiled list for us in two weeks or so. Thanks!

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    WANTED – STILL MORE MISSIONARY REENTRY STORIES

    Neal Pirolo is writing a book on re-entry and wants to include real stories, although names and details may be changed to assure confidentiality. Please contact Emmaus_Roadateridotorg  (Emmaus_Roadateridotorg)   and they will give you further details. If you find it too difficult to write about your experience, you may call 619-292-7020 in the USA. They will be happy to talk you through it. They would like to help local churches learn more about the re- entry process. When you write your story, be sure to copy your message to: brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)  . You need not join to send a message to that email list… but this way, others could join that group (by sending a message to brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom) and begin reading your stories the moment you send them to Neal, instead of after the book is done! Make sure you label the subject of your message clearly: “still more missionary reentry stories.” Thanks!

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    GOT ANY MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL?

    If you are aware of any ministries serving the mentally ill and handicapped in developing countries (especially if they distribute medicine or provide housing), please send the names and addresses to Mert Hershberger mertakaateverybodydotorg  (mertakaateverybodydotorg)  . Also, Mert would be glad to receive any brief reports you have on how you personally have seen the mentally ill and handicapped treated in developing countries. Please specify the region/country and the time when you were there. He will compile a report and send it back to us in a few weeks. When you write Mert, don’t forget to copy your message to brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)  . (You need not subscribe to send a message to that conference… but others can subscribe to catch your messages by sending a blank message to: brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responses-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .) Make sure you label the subject as “MINISTRIES FOR THE MENTALLY ILL.” Thanks!

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    OK – I GIVE – HOW DO WE FIND THE 200 LARGEST CITIES?

    Okay… I’m clueless. Howard howardatsrtmediadotdialixdotozdotau  (howardatsrtmediadotdialixdotozdotau)   is the Int’l Dir. of an Australian mission organization and he has to find the names of the 200 largest (population) cities in the world, in India and in Australia for his prayer and outreach endeavor. So… exactly how could he do that on the web? If you’ve got an option for him, write him directly (and he’ll put together a summary report in two weeks or so) and also copy brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-responsesategroupsdotcom)   in case someone is dying for the answer today (in which case they can join brigada-responses per the instructions in the item above). Thanks!

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    GUEST EDITORIAL – “EMAIL: FRIEND OR FOE?”

    letter and ligntening bolt Here’s a “guest editorial” by a buddy named Tim. Check out his thoughts and see what you think. If you’d like to respond to his piece, send a blank message to brigada-thinktank-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-thinktank-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   and you’ll be added to a discussion group to tackle this issue. Tim’s already there in the discussion room, waiting to see your feedback to his editorial. You can send in your opinion, then listen to the responses, or unsubscribe at any time (see the instructions you’ll receive in the welcome message). We’ll get a summary from him in a couple of weeks. Take it away, Tim!

    “Is e-mail an overall positive or negative influence on world missions? People are sharply divided between the geeks, who see no reason to limit people’s access to e-mail, and the non-geeks, who say they spend an inordinate percentage of their work time answering e-mail and see that percentage as increasing alarmingly over time. My personal position is the snail-mail metaphor … I’d never say you can only open up the little box on the curb once each week, or only if there is absolutely nothing else to do, or only if you’re in-country for more than a month, etc. I’d be more inclined to say that as long as you’re doing an excellent job, what you do with your free time is up to you. If you want to stay up until 2 AM watching a movie, or surfing the web, then hey, you’re a grown-up; go for it.

    “Others, though, say that the geeks fill up the inboxes of the non- geeks with pseudo-conversational babble and it’s hard to do anything other than opening every e-mail and pondering what to do with it. The geeks, in turn, say there are lots of ways to sort and pitch your mail, again, just like snail mail. To which the non-geek reply would be that the geeks tend to have full-time access to fast internet connections and can type faster, so they tend to operate at a higher throughput rate so that they can more efficiently spew forth messages for non- geeks to wade through.

    “Both the geeks and non-geeks agree that for some people, the PC can become an alternate, more comforting best friend (which is sad), but the geeks hold that the person in this position would have found some other escapist form of non-work (anti-work?) and thus the PC should not be blamed for the problem. And both would agree that there are, indeed, pointless e-mails that get in the way of real work. Anyway, what’s the solution? Should we ban or severely limit e-mail, or is there a better solution?”

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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!

  • 19990523 Brigada Today

    Now with 9114 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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    I’M STILL BOTHERED BY OUR LACK OF DIRECTIONAL BEACONS

    Frankly, I’m still bothered by our lack of directional beacons for finding out more about various unreached peoples. A (former?) xc.org user wrote me this past week to say, “How do I find all these ‘lost’ conferences? I feel like a lost sailor floating about on a piece of driftwood!” If you’re the moderator of a still active email discussion group about a particular unreached people… or if you maintain a web site about the same, please figure out a public conference or “front door” and put up a note at http://www.egroups.com/folders/brigada-today. Make sure you start your “name” with a forward slash “/” and, if possible, provide a URL link. (The “Add Link” button is at the bottom of the page.) But even if you don’t have a web site, please put up a note about your email conference! Many of our users miss the roster of “conferences.” With this approach, it doesn’t matter if you’re on eGroups, MAFxc, or Topica or whatever.
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    NEW RESOURCE DIRECTORY FOR UNREACHED PEOPLES

    Ken has done a good job. In fact, Ken has done a GREAT job. He’s compiled a directory of resources for a ton of unreached peoples. Some are specific to particular groups, while others are useful for a whole range of peoples. Thanks to his unselfish spirit, you can get the entire work for free via a Brigada auto-responder. Just write to this address: unreached-directoryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (unreached-directoryatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  . It’s big — about 150K. If you’d rather, you can also see it on the web at: http://www.egroups.com/docvault/brigada-today/?null=1 Thanks a million Ken!
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    WHEN YOU REGISTER AT EGROUPS, WATCH YOUR ALIAS

    letter and ligntening boltDon learned the hard way. It won’t work if you try to use an alias, unless you first make sure that the alias address is filled in on your email client’s “From:” box when you send messages into your eGroups conference. Bottom line: Settle on one address and use it exclusively, consistently, all the time — at least with eGroups.
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    MUSIC IN SHARING HOPE WITH MUSLIMS

    musical notesNow you can pick up Biblical principles and practical guidelines for encouraging the creating and implementing of indigenously-styled hymnody to reach Muslim seekers. Current case studies from around the world will substantiate these techniques. August 2-6, 1999, 6-9:15 pm (registrations due by JUNE 21), available for credit or non-credit. Contact The Summer Institute of Muslim Studies DuaneKrugeratkktvdotcom  (DuaneKrugeratkktvdotcom)  .
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    HONE UP ON INTERPERSONAL YOUR SKILLS

    Thanks to Grace, you can now hone up on your interpersonal skills by consulting the links she’s compiled for your personal study. Whether you’re a missionary, a mission administrator, or a worker in a local church, you’ll still want your relational skills to be at their very best. For free help, just send an email to: interpersonal-skillsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (interpersonal-skillsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   Please note that you must address your email exactly as shown.
    noteNote that you don’t have to type anything in the subject line or text (just put some periods or other garbage characters if your email client demands something). The email will be mailed to you by a computer server, so no need to ask or say thanks. It’ll serve you tirelessly, thanks to Bob, our web-minister and his faithful programming! Like all who participate in Brigada, Bob works totally as a volunteer, based in California. Thanks Bob… and thanks Grace!
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    JOIN WYCLIFFE ASSOCIATES… OR REQUEST THEM!

    Wycliffe Associates (UK) are an organization of volunteers who help out Wycliffe Bible Translators in various practical ways: typing documents into electronic form, shopping, lifts to the airport, computer help, and more. There are W.A. branches in the US, Canada and other countries. They are always looking for

    1. volunteers to help them out
    2. missionaries (from any mission, they don’t just help Wycliffe) who need practical help “back home”.

    For more details have a look at their website: http://www.globalnet.co.uk/~wauk They welcome volunteers from any country, and they already have a group of keyboarders based in the USA. If you don’t have web access, write Paul at paulmorrissatinamedotcom  (paulmorrissatinamedotcom)   for more info.

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    HAVE A BOATLOAD OF FUN… SERVING ON FRIEND SHIPS

    Friend Ships http://www.friendships.org is an all-volunteer mercy ship ministry which works through Christian missions and churches world wide to deliver food, medicine and building and relief supplies. For the past few years they have given an average of 15 million dollars worth of food and goods. Their site invites volunteers long and short term to become part of this hands-on mission work. Ship experience not needed…just a willing heart and hands ready to serve and deliver the Gospel through word and deed. If you don’t have web access, try writing Dorothy damilleratproinetdotnet  (damilleratproinetdotnet)   for more info.
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    YOUR BEST MISSIONARY STORY… TO MICHELLE

    It all started because she’s been searching for this one particular missionary story she heard years ago. But in the process, she’s now willing to compile your best stories into a file we can load up at the auto-responder so everybody can fill up the old “missionary illustration” grab bag. So… get those illustrations out . . . and take your best shot at Michelle smrenaudatbigfootdotcom  (smrenaudatbigfootdotcom)  . She’ll compile them and weave them together into a book! :-) We’ll let you know if you happen to hit on the one she’s been looking for! :-)
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    SEND THE URL OF YOUR FAVORITE SITE FOR HINDUS

    Grace graceatsasiacccdotorg  (graceatsasiacccdotorg)   works for the Publications dept. of India Campus Crusade for Christ. She’s on a quest. She’d like to know your favorite web site for allowing Hindus to see Christ’s message and love. If you know of one, send it her way and she’ll knit together a resource file for all of us to download via an autoresponder.
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    FREE PRAYER CARDS ON THE SOUTHERN SHILHA

    “For a limited time small quantities of high quality full color Adopt A People prayer cards for the Southern Shilha Berbers of Morocco will be made available FREE of charge to churches, small groups, and individuals for the purpose of mobilization and intercessory use. The Southern Shilha were recently featured in Doug Lucas’s “Top Twenty” unreached people groups. To request a quantity of these cards contact Clark href="TF%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3E10%3C/i%3E%3C/b%3E40athotmaildotcom">TF1040athotmaildotcom.”
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    MISSION OPPORTUNITIES IN HONDURAS AND KAZAKSTAN

    Where can you learn about mission opportunities? Try Brigada-opportunities. Here are a couple of examples.

    1. IMPACT Teams and YWAM Honduras are partnering in the reconstruction of 50 homes for desperate families in a poor community in the southern part of Honduras. Church teams and YWAM groups can come for two weeks to build two homes shoulder to shoulder with the future occupants. ITI/YWAM still need teams from now until the end of 1999 to complete this project which has strategic significance for the Gospel. Participation for groups (8 – 12 persons) is very easy as the program is streamlined with building materials stockpiled, sites prepared, living quarters set up, ministry opportunities made available and transportation pre-arranged. The two weeks include a beach trip and sightseeing in Tegucigalpa. For more information contact: IMPACT Teams at the University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii, tel. 808-326-4464, Fax 808-326-4434, or impactteamsatcompuservedotcom  (impactteamsatcompuservedotcom)  .
    2. A Canadian team of certified teachers are meeting with Kazak teachers this summer for two one-week conferences. Professional teachers are needed to lead small groups: elementary/secondary/college/active/retired. Dates: July 19-August 10, 1999. Contact Richard richardatmfestdotbcdotca  (richardatmfestdotbcdotca)   for more information.

    Want to learn more? Want to drop some opportunities into the mix? Looking for an opportunity? Just send an email to: brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   You’ll receive a welcome message. Then write brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)   with your opportunity.

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    NEED HELP WITH YOUR USA ORGANIZATION’S 990 FORMS?

    Never fear. Brigada is here. If you or your org. is based in the USA and you need help with filing a Form 990 with the IRS, Scott scottatsfdotorg  (scottatsfdotorg)   or http://www.990s.org has volunteered to help any Brigada readers with their 990s, all in compliance with IRS regulations. Thanks Scott!
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    WANT TO RAISE SOME EXTRA CASH? JOIN THE AMAZON BOOK CLUB

    dollar signThat’s right. Amazon dot com. Here’s the deal. You go to http://www.amazon.com and look for info. on joining their staff, so to speak. You complete a simple form to become a member of the Amazon.com Associates Program. They assign a user id and . . . you’re in! From your web site, you recommend specific books and if people click on them and buy the book, you get 15% of the selling price. Here’s the deal — if the book costs $10, then you pay $10 no matter how you get there. If you ask me, you might as well get the $1.50 as well as the guys at Amazon. It’s pretty easy to do. Check out the recommendation I did for Kohl’s Survival Kit at http://www.teamexpansion.org/resources/Default.htm – it took me all of 5 minutes to register and 1 minute to add the link. They notified me of my user id in 1 hour. For other examples, look at Rich’s site: http://www.oddparts.com/missions/books.htm or Bill’s at: http://www.theoffice.net/eberwein. Interestingly enough, Bill’s is based on the March 19th Brigada list of “must read” missions books. See how you can keep adding to the list? Go for it!
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    HEAR ABOUT VIDA ABUNDANTE

    Check out Baptist Spanish Publishing House on the web at http://www.casabautista.org/vida. It’s an evangelistic music cassette entitled Vida Abundante (Abundant Life) that uses contemporary Hispanic music to share the plan of salvation. It is intended to be the functional equivalent of a gospel tract.
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    WANT TO LEARN ABOUT UNREACHED PEOPLES?

    Send a note to brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-peoples-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   You’ll receive a note of explanation. Go for it!
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    NEED INSURANCE?

    Get it at: https://www.jngrace.com/scgi-bin/travelquote3.html Tim found it. That URL will take you to a place where you purchase travel insurance online with your credit card at different amounts of coverage, depending on what you want. You can get accidental death, sickness health, accident health, baggage coverage, and trip insurance… All kinds of stuff!
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    TUNE INTO CHRISTIAN MUSIC, NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

    musical notes Even if you’re in some remote city . . . if they’ve got the Internet, then Christian radio can be close to home. Just tune into the Christian Radio Start Panel (CRiSP) at http://www.terrycom.net/crisp.htm . Thanks Sheridan!
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    A CASE STUDY IN CREATIVITY IN URGING PRAYER: KOSOVO

    praying hands If you want a creative experience in praying for the Refugees of Kosovo (and while you’re at it, see the real creative potential in the web), check out “A Prayer Experience – Praying for Kosovo…” at: http://www.ozemail.com.au/~sjhop/pe-intro.htm

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    CRUISE SHIP CAPTAIN SHOWS MOVIES TO HIS CREW

    So, let’s pretend you were the captain of an average cruise ship sailing in and out of Malaysia. How would you motivate a yawning crew to learn and practice their emergency procedures. Well one captain used an imaginative approach… and hundreds of lives (exactly 1093 — 100% of the crew and passenger list) are thankful he did! Before his crew saw the disaster movie about the sinking of the Titanic cruise liner, Hartzell said some didn’t pay much attention during weekly training sessions. “But after they had seen the movie,” he told reporters, “all of them suddenly became very attentive and followed instructions carefully.” (The interview appeared in The Straits Times as reported by InfoBeat, http://www.infobeat.com/stories/cgi/story.cgi?id=2559652942-fee.) The moral of the story? If you’re responsible for a team of people charged with doing a job, find a way to motivate your team to get it done right. Use movies, one-on-one evaluations, retreats. . . whatever it takes. If you’re learning language, do it right… use tapes, drama, tape those 3×5 cards (with the foreign language equivalent written thereon) all over your apartment, WHATEVER! Just do it. Second, pay attention to the details. Third, practice. Finally, take leadership seriously. Hartzell was quoted as saying, “I don’t know what the captain of the Titanic was thinking, but as far as I was concerned, everyone had to be saved, whether it was a crew or a passenger. A life is a life.” I’m sure if you were one of the 1093 who were rescued that night, some 27 miles from shore, you’d agree. :-) So… let’s get out there and do it right! :-)
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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!

    19990516 Brigada Today

    Now with 9099 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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    In this issue….

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    DOUG HAS CHANGED EMAIL ADDRESSES

    letter and ligntening bolt Hopefully you can just file it away… honest… no need for all 9000+ to write to check it out! :-) But in case you ever have put my old address in your address book (old: <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>) please make the shift to my new address: Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg  (Dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg)  . Remember… please don’t send your “subscribe” or “unsubscribe” messages to that address! :-) For those instructions, see the paragraphs at the end of each and every Brigada Today.
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    IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ADVO-CATE!

    There’s still time to apply for Advocate Training! Head for Littleton, Colorado, June 3-5 for Caleb Project’s fourth Advocate Training Seminar. Personal and interactive; speakers will address topics including people-group adoption, fundraising, security, networking, resources, and partnership. Read more about it at http://www.calebproject.org/ats.html or e-mail trainingatcprojectdotcom  (trainingatcprojectdotcom)  .
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    TAKE A LOOK AT OUR “TOP 20 UNREACHED PEOPLES” LIST

    So many people wrote saying they were having trouble downloading the Powerpoint file that we’ve converted the Powerpoint into a POA file – a “plain-old-ASCII” file! :-) Just send a message to: top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (top20upgsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll automatically receive a copy of the 11K document as email.
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    GET A FULL COPY OF OUR STATEMENT ON EMAIL HOAXES AND CHAIN LETTERS

    Just send a note to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and you’ll get the 1-page reply.
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    DON’T FORGET TO ADD A LINK TO YOUR “BRIGADA” LIST

    Brigada Logo When you get a chance, please go to the Brigada Today eGroups web page http://www.egroups.com/group/brigada-today then click on “links.” Use “Add a link” (at the very bottom of the links page) to list a link to an unreached people advocacy network, I begin the “Name” with a forward slash (the symbol we’re using for advocacy networks – see the examples)
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    FOR THOSE WITH ONLINE ENGLISH RESOURCES

    SOON Gospel Literature offers a free easy-English evangelistic paper SOON, as well as an evangelistic Bible correspondence course. SOON would like to advise students of further Bible courses available online or by postal mail, preferably free. Please send details direct to tonyatsoondotorgdotuk  (tonyatsoondotorgdotuk)  . He’ll compile a list that we can distribute by autoresponder.
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    NON-WESTERN CHRISTIANS: YOUR TESTIMONY WANTED

    SOON also needs 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
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    WOW – GREAT SITE FOR GEOGRAPHY!

    Wow! blinking1eyes Have you seen http://geography.miningco.com It’s a great site for finding maps, the latest stuff on particular countries, and tons of resources about geography! The compiler wrote us a personal note, congratulating us on Brigada’s progress, too! :-) Check him out! (Added this URL to our “links” list at the Brigada eGroups site. Don’t forget to add yours there! Just go to http://www.egroups.com and register [if you haven’t already], then go to the “links” area and go to town!)
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    CLOSE-UP: THE BEJA OF SUDAN

    world globe The Beja of Sudan are a nomadic people who live in northeastern Sudan, their homeland since the days of the pharaohs 4,000 years ago. Most of the 1.5 million Beja are herders of camels and goats, although some settled in towns and cities. As wanderers, they live in tents made from woven palm matting and exist mainly on a diet of milk and grain, supplemented occasionally by meat and sugar. The Beja like to sing and play musical instruments. Although the Beja are Muslim, they continue to be highly concerned with the traditional belief of “jinn,” or bad spirits, which they believe exist everywhere and cause sickness and accidents. Intercede for the Beja with the Father. Ask him to set the Spirit free in their midst to draw many of them to Christ. Pray that believers will have opportunities to share the good news of God’s love with Beja people. Ask God to glorify his name by raising up a mighty army of Beja believers.
    (From Mark Kelly’s Apr. 26th Advance, an occasional bulletin on mission. To subscribe, send an email to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .)
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    ASKAMISSIONARY EMAIL NEWSLETTER LAUNCHES

    letter and ligntening bolt Prospective AND experienced missionaries are invited to exchange questions and answers about how to become a missionary. Anyone may subscribe to this free monthly newsletter by sending an email to subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg  (subscribe-askamissionaryatxcdotorg)  . Upcoming issues will discuss four initial questions: “I’m afraid of raising support. What do I do?” “How do I handle my school debt?” “How do I choose a missions agency – or should I?” “What advice can you give me if I’m interested in being a tentmaker missionary?” The newsletter will also point to magazines, books, conferences, courses and Internet sites. Askamissionary is edited by John McVay, coordinator of the Heartland MissionsFest.
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    UPDATED Y2K INFO

    You can have easy access to international Y2K mission news, articles, and discussions contributed by mission personnel. Check it out at this website: http://www.eGroups.com/list/y2kmissions Also, join this worldwide mission community’s Y2K e-mail discussion forum by sending a blank message to: Y2Kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (Y2Kmissions-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .
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    WHAT WOULD “VERIFIABLE OPC” MEAN TO YOUR INBOX?

    OPC logo Over the past few months, we’ve been recommending that we apply a standard protocol to all the email “forwards” that we occasionally receive. We suggested that before sending a message to everyone in our address book, we should first make sure the message had a “verifiable OPC” — origin, purpose, and closure. (For a complete copy, send a message to opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (opcatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .) One Brigada participant recent wrote to ask exactly what would that look like. Here’s what we mean.

    *** 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! So, in summary, it would be great, before forwarding it, if someone verifies the author as legitimate by emailing him/her and/or asking for a cross-reference if the claim is an incredible one. In other words, if someone’s harvesting kidneys from your hotel room bathtub, that should probably be in a CNN news story somewhere. :-)

    *** VERIFIABLE PURPOSE: Will it make an actual difference if I forward it? The bottom line on this one? How will it help to broadcast this to 1000 people. Are we trying to blanket someone (like the FCC) with a lot of our opinions? The question to ask then is . . . will the FCC really care if 1000 (or 10,000!) people all email them . . . especially if the alleged petition doesn’t really exist! Verify the purpose before forwarding.

    *** VERIFIABLE CLOSURE: How will we know when it’s complete? Does it have a cut-off date? The summary here? If it doesn’t have a cut-off date, consider it suspect.

    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.

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    WHAT’S UP WITH THE OLD “GET” FILES (ARCHIVES)

    Brigada Logo With the transition to the eGroups server, there are a couple of changes in obtaining old “get” (archive) files from previous editions of Brigada Today. As always, the easiest way to access these files is to log onto the Brigada web page at: http://www.brigada.org Bob has archived every single get file there . . . in the full history of our Brigada family! So… when you’re reading a Brigada Today on the web, just click on the link and you’ll go directly to a web version of the original “get” file. As for new files, you’ll be able to get those via an autoresponder at brigada.worldchurches.org. Bottom line: as far as Brigada is concerned, you’ll no longer need to send any commands to the old brigada “hub.” We don’t have any current plans to archive previous copies on the eGroups web page since they’re already available at the www.brigada.org site.
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    BRIGADA BACKUP SITE

    Brigada Logo If you ever have trouble establishing a connection to http://www.brigada.org, you might want to set a bookmark or a “favorites” entry to the backup “mirror” site: http://brigada.worldchurches.org Bob Mayhew maintains this site in Texas as a backup in case conduits to the current site in Missouri are down. And… thanks to the sponsors of our new site in Missouri!!! They agreed to host the Brigada site as a ministry!!! No charge!! Yahooo! Yahoo (They asked to remain anonymous because they can’t afford to do it for dozens of others! :-) But God knows who they are and we ask that you join us in praying His richest blessing on their business, so that they can be all the more fruitful for Him!
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    ARE ALL XC.ORG CONFERENCES MOVING?

    Many have heard that June 1st is the date that begins the switch for MAFxc — i.e., they’ll start switching contracts to charging the conference per message, rather than by flat rate. Will your favorite conference change? Not necessarily. MAFxc has told us that some conferences might actually cost less via the “per message” billing procedure. So it’s better to check first. Write to your conference moderator by emailing: conference-owneratxcdotorg So if you’re wondering about a hypothetical conference called brigada-africa, write to brigada-africa-owneratxcdotorg  (brigada-africa-owneratxcdotorg)  . Conferences who are moving are asked to register at the Brigada links page (Item 5 above).
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    ARE YOUR BRIGADA-TODAY LINES TOO LONG?

    Brigada Logo Do they cause your screen to scroll far to the right? Your email client might have a setting to “wrap” those lines. If not, you could click into the email message then quickly hit “ctrl-a” (to select all) then “ctrl-c” (to copy), then go to your word processor and click in a new file and hit “ctrl-v” (to paste). Your word processor likely will wrap the text correctly. Starting with this issue, we’ll not worry about manually inserting the hard carriage returns, since it appears that most people use email clients that handle line-wrap with no trouble.
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ALGIERS

    world globe Church groups are sprouting and spreading in Algeria as Berber tribesmen respond to the gospel, despite seven years of civil war that has killed as many as 100,000 people in the North African country. Tens of thousands of people, including women and children, have been brutalized in the war. But the new churches have moved forward in outreach amid daily horrors. One Christian worker there recently baptized ten new believers in a bathtub, and larger churches are having baptisms almost every week. Tracts, the Jesus film, and radio broadcasts have been effective preparing hearts for the gospel.
    (Source: Baptist Press, April 16, 1999, http://www.imb.org/maillist.htm or webservantatimbdotorg  (webservantatimbdotorg)  .)
    Global Glimpse is assembled occasionally by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    MUSLIM MINISTRY TRAINING PROGRAMS

    Check out a list of training programs for those involved in Muslim ministry by sending an email to: fia-news-muslim-training-programsatxcdotorg  (fia-news-muslim-training-programsatxcdotorg)   The subject and body are ignored. (Thanks to the helper who assembled this material, who, because of his ministry and love for Muslim people, wishes to remain anonymous.)
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    TAKE A PEAK AT HOW MANY ARE ONLINE!

    Have you noticed how many of your neighbors are online? More and more, it doesn’t matter where you live!
    Africa: 1.14 million
    Asia-Pacific: 26.97 million
    Europe: 37.15 million
    Middle East: .88 million
    North America: 88.33 million
    South America: 4.63 million
    Did someone say “global village?”
    (Source: PC Week)
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    TRACT DIRECTORY ON THE WEB

    Take a look at http://www.tracts.com/CTD.html for the latest version.
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    HEAR SCRIPTURES IN 60 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!

    Check out Audio Scriptures International (Escondido, California) on the web at http://www.audioscriptures.org. They’ve got “real audio” scriptures and “The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived” in sixty different languages. You can check ’em out, then order budget packs of 100 cassettes of these “portraits of Jesus cassettes” for just $125 a pack, using the new convenient OnLine Order Form.
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    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.]

    19990509 Brigada Today

    Now with 9089 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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    HOW DO WE FIND YOUR UNREACHED PEOPLE NETWORK?

    Brigada LogoNow that we have the “links” page in the Brigada-Today eGroups, can you give us a “pointer” so we know where to find information about your advocacy network (for some unreached people group)? For more information, read on to the next item!
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    HOW TO LIST YOUR ADVOCACY NETWORK WITH BRIGADA

    Brigada LogoFor example, let’s say I’m connected to an advocacy network called Kosovo-Albanian Partnership (and I am). I go to the Brigada Today eGroups web page http://www.egroups.com/group/brigada-today then click on “links.” I click on “Add a link” (at the very bottom of the links page) then, to list a link to an unreached people advocacy network, I begin the “Name” with a forward slash (the symbol we’re using for advocacy networks – see the examples), such as: /Kosovo-Albanian Partnership (only use the name of your own advocacy network). Then in the “location” box, I paste in the URL for the location of the partnership’s best contact page on the web, which in this case, happens to be another eGroup page: http://www.egroups.com/group/kapcomm/
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    ADVANTAGES OF USING THIS “SWITCHBOARD” LINKS PAGE

    Brigada LogoNote that with this new approach, it doesn’t really matter which service you’re using to host your web page or discussion group (eGroups, Topica, MAFxc, or whatever) — they can all be reached via this links page. If you have a discussion group or an email conference, just make sure you describe it at that web page. I like this approach… because it doesn’t force list-owners to all migrate to the same list-hosting software. This takes everyone “off the hook.” It’s the best of all worlds! Some of my friends feel a lot of remorse that many of us are leaving the togetherness at MAFxc’s list-hosting service. But honestly, with this links page, we can still be unified in this switchboard fashion. And this way, everybody can choose their own path or options for list-hosting or web-hosting services.
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    YOU DON’T HAVE TO WAIT ON A HUMAN TO PROMOTE YOUR NETWORK

    Brigada LogoThe great part about this “links” page is that you can go there anytime, night or day and list your network instantly. You don’t have to wait on a human to add a link to your page. Obviously, if you have an “insiders” conference (secure, private), please don’t list it… but if your insiders’ conference releases bits for public consumption, this is the place to list your link!
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    THE BRIGADA-TODAY “LINKS” GROWS ONLY WHEN YOU LIST THERE

    Brigada LogoCome on gang… please pitch in and help us build a useful switchboard page filled with dozens of links to people group advocacy networks! And, as always, list only those web pages which are for public consumption — don’t list pages with sensitive information in this public forum. Use your “public” URL to offer readers a chance to write contact people who can screen legitimate prospective partners that might want to join your network. Then offer to let them into your more secure discussion groups if you choose. Never release names and addresses of those working in secure locations via the web page or discussion group that you promote in the “links” page. And don’t forget to begin your “name” with a forward slash so it’ll be listed together with other Brigada-type unreached peoples lists. Thanks for building a global Brigada connections family!
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    POLL SHOWS MANY WOULD PREFER NOT TO LIST OUR PAGE

    Brigada LogoIn the poll that we listed last week, many people voted for the option not to list the Brigada-Today eGroup in the eGroups index. (Thanks to all those who voted on the web! Next time, I’ll make it clear that I wasn’t really asking you to email me back personally! Yikes. gulp :-) Either way, if you didn’t vote, sorry… the poll is closed now.) I’m convinced that many probably didn’t know exactly what that would mean (and if you were one of those, forgive us for not supplying enough information), but the long and the short of it is, we won’t be listing the Brigada-Today eGroup in the eGroups table of contents at this time. But that’s okay! We’ve never depended on a listing service to help us grow before! Why should we start now! We’ve always grown best by word-of-mouth. So if you’ll please help us spread the word… Please help us promote the new subscribe instructions in your network’s newsletter or bulletin. (See the last item below.) Thanks a million for your help getting the word out! And by the way, the http://www.brigada.org page will still exist as a rallying point for reading back-issues and learning more about Brigada Today.
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    YOUR BEST MISSIONARY STORY

    Please send your best inspirational missionary story to Michelle smrenaudatbigfootdotcom  (smrenaudatbigfootdotcom)  . She’s going to collect them and send us a copy that we can post on an autoresponder. She’s especially trying to find one about “a man who went to another country to be a missionary. He worked there for many years, and at the time of his death, only had one convert. After his death, that one convert brought thousands of others to Christ.” Does that ring a bell? If so, please send the story to Michelle.
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    “MUST READ” BOOK LIST

    book John johnomalleyatcsidotcom  (johnomalleyatcsidotcom)   has compiled a “missions must read” book list at http://ourworld.cs.com/mrjohnomalley. If you’d like to add to it, just drop him a note.
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    GET THE LOW-DOWN ON THE FRIENDS OF BOSNIA CONFERENCE

    Want a full report on the Friends of Bosnia Conference that took place in Washington, DC in April? Now you can get it! Just send an email to: fobihdc99notesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (fobihdc99notesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .
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    FIND OUT HOW OTHERS ARE EVALUATING MISSIONARIES

    To get a thorough report on how others are evaluating missionaries, send for the report by writing an email to evaluating-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (evaluating-missionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  .
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    NEW CHAT ROOM FOR BRIGADA FAMILY

    Brigada LogoWant to get together with some of the other Brigada-Today family members and brainstorm or swap ideas? Now you can chat live at http://www.egroups.com/ChatPage?listName=brigada-today

    note (Note: You might have to register first if you haven’t already done so, at http://www.egroups.com.) The chat page there gives you several special options such as sending private messages to those who are in the room and even varying the color of your “ink”! Not bad for a free service!

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    YOU CAN LIST YOUR UPCOMING MISSIONS EVENT IN THE CALENDAR!

    calendarGet this! Now you can list your upcoming missions program, conference, or training event in the calendar at: http://www.egroups.com/cal?md=y&day=10728&listname=brigada-today There’s no charge for the listing and you can do it yourself. If you don’t have web access, you can always ask a web-connected friend to list your event for you. (Sorry! Regretfully, Doug Lucas won’t be able to post your calendar dates for you. He’s unable to do that for a whole list of 9000+ subscribers! Hopefully, you have just one other friend who is connected to the web.) The graphical calendar interface can be viewed by day, week, month or year. What’s more, if you’re a member of more than one eGroup, you can even overlay more than one calendar!
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    POLITE INTERNET USERS ASK FIRST, BEFORE SENDING ATTACHED FILES

    letter and ligntening boltYou know, Internet protocol calls for emailers to ask first, before sending an email to a recipient with an attached file. It’s a very small thing, but very polite. “Hey, I’ve got a brochure about my work, formatted in Microsoft Publisher ’98. It’s a 1 1/2 meg file. May I send you a copy?” That’s all it takes. Then you put your recipient in control. You might hear back, “Sorry, I’m on an overseas trip just now, having to pay by the byte. Please don’t send until May 25.” In addition to being good protocol, this approach makes for “safe computing” for a day and age in which many macro viruses and trojan horses are carried via Word files and other types of attachments. So… please ask first!
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    GLOBAL GLIMPSE FOR HINDU PRAYER

    world globe Organizers are gearing up for the third annual 30-Days Hindu Prayer Focus beginning May 23rd. In an effort to reach the unreached peoples of the world, Youth With A Mission in cooperation with WorldChristian News, is sponsoring this month long prayer initiative. According to YWAM, there are more then 800-million Hindus worldwide, making up many of the remaining unreached peoples of the world. Prayer focus officials believe this mobilization effort is key to seeing many Hindus come to Christ.
    (Source: Mission Network News www.gospelcom.net/mnn 5/12/99. For more information on the 30 Day Hindu Prayer Focus visit http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html or e-mail wcnatxcdotorg  (wcnatxcdotorg)  .)
    Global Glimpse is the occasional compilation of John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
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    TAILOR-MADE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE THE POOR AND NEEDY OF HONDURAS

    Every once and awhile, we get news about opportunities. For example, this week we rec’d this notice: “IMPACT Teams and YWAM Honduras are partnering in the reconstruction of 50 homes for desperate families in a poor community in the southern part of Honduras. Church teams and YWAM groups can come for two weeks to build two homes shoulder to shoulder with the future occupants. We still need teams from now until the end of 1999 to complete this project which has strategic significance for the Gospel. Participation for groups (8 – 12 persons) is very easy as the program is streamlined with building materials stockpiled, sites prepared, living quarters set up, ministry opportunities made available and transportation pre-arranged. The two weeks include a beach trip and sightseeing in Tegucigalpa. For more information contact impactteamsatcompuservedotcom  (impactteamsatcompuservedotcom)  .” Be sure to see the next note to learn more about how to list this kind of opportunity announcement.
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    NEW CONFERENCE FEATURES MISSIONS OPPORTUNITIES

    Unfortunately, we just receive too many of these kinds of announcements (like the one above) to feature all of them in Brigada Today. So we’ve created a new brigada-opportunities page so that you can list your announcements directly. If you’re searching for a missions opportunity . . . or would like to showcase one . . . send a message to brigada-opportunities-subscribeategroupsdotcom Then once you’ve received your welcome message, write up a brief description of your opportunity and email it to: brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom  (brigada-opportunitiesategroupsdotcom)   If you’d rather just list opportunities (but not receive news of them), go to the “members” page and edit your profile to “read messages on the web only”. That way, you’ll be able to list but won’t get the message traffic. If you’re in the market for opportunities, I hope tons of missions agencies will go there to create a virtual showcase of options! (So . . . come on missions agencies and churches, please help us list!)
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    LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT

    To a large extent, that old saying is really true… “Life is what you make it.” I remember taking my family to Kiev for a getaway in 1991. Unfortunately, the hotel in which we stayed left quite a bit to be desired. It was hot, dirty, and run-down. The room was literally filled with bugs of all kinds. That night, as I tried to settle in my 1-year-old, my 4-year-old, and my wife, I felt a tinge of guilt for not having a better getaway situation. We had been working in Ukraine for months and sorely needed some downtime. So I set about to try to eliminate as many of the bugs as possible over the next hour or two. My 4-year-old (Christopher) began to really “get into it.” He joined me with his own rolled-up magazine as we set about on a military “search-and-destroy” mission to eradicate those bugs from every corner, nook and cranny! About an hour later, close to midnight, as we stood perched side by side on top one of the beds, just daring a single other predator to show his face on one of our blood-stained, battle-scarred walls, Christopher turned to me with those smiling, puppy-dog, 4-year-old eyes and said something that Penny and I have never been able to forget. “Dad, this is a great game… ‘killing bugs.’ Let’s always remember this night.” I couldn’t believe it! The very activity that I had thought of as a royal hassle had become, for him, a game! In it, he found release from the everyday strain of living in what was, in many ways, a failing economy fraught with faltering services. He didn’t need expensive toys or high-priced admission tickets to theme parks. All he needed was a rolled-up magazine and a room saturated with prey. :-) We had a ball. And Penny and I still laugh about it today. So… moral-of-the-story-time… truth be known, life really is what we make it! And always remember the fun game, “killin’ bugs.” :-)
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    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.]

    19990502 Brigada Today

    Now with 9062 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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    Y0UR OPINION COUNTS!

    Brigada Logo We’re using eGroups’ polling software to get your opinion. Right now, Brigada Today (and Brigada Peoples) is not listed publicly in eGroups’ index. You have to hear about it and know about it in advance in order to subscribe. However, since the Brigada site is open anyway http://www.brigada.org, maybe it’s okay to go ahead and list Brigada Today publicly in the eGroups list. What do you think? Vote your opinion and we’ll report on the outcome next week. In the meantime, stop by the eGroups web site for Brigada anytime this week to watch the votes add up! Just point your browser to http://www.egroups.com/list/brigada-today then click on “polls” and vote your choice. If you don’t have web access, sorry… because eGroups doesn’t have an email polling feature at this time. No need to reply personally.

    By the way, we had to re-start the polling, which produced a duplicate polling invitation. In the first attempt, we had configured the polling page to list those who voted. After seeing the first 6 or 7 responders, it occurred to me what a temptation it was to spam those folks about this or that… so we aborted the poll and restarted it with anonymous voting. Sorry for any inconvenience. . . . and . . . sorry we didn’t spell the word “matter” correctly on the 3rd choice! :-) Guess it doesn’t mater. :-)

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    ADD YOUR LINK TO THE BRIGADA-TODAY EGROUPS SITE

    Brigada Logo There are already a ton of links at the Brigada Today eGroups site… Add a link to your resource or organization for free today! Just go to http://www.egroups.com/list/brigada-today (you might have to register first… just follow the instructions), then click on “links” and fill out the form. Thanks for helping build the resource library!
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    TYPO IN LAST WEEK’S IRS ITEM

    lighting the way Sorry about the late-night typo in last week’s item… “IRS AND FORMSWARE.” It was supposed to be “formsware” (like to rhyme with “software.” We honor the IRS and all governments, since they wouldn’t be there if God didn’t want them to be. The IRS is only trying to do its job. We weren’t trying to be confrontational or rebellious.
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    NATIONAL (WORLD) DAY OF PRAYER A BIG SUCCESS!

    praying hands It appeared that the National (or world) Day of Prayer captured the attention of the nations! Even CNN got into the act, showing David Bryant praying at the prayer televised event out in Washington. Yahooo! Yahoo Let’s make it into a revival! Want to keep up the momentum? I asked our Prayer Coordinator at Team Expansion to share some links on the web that might give you some fuel for the fire. Here’s what Mary came up with. If you’d like to post additional prayer sites, go to the eGroups Brigada-Today web page, click on “links” and add your sites to the “Prayer Resources” folder. (These are already posted.)

    For more information on activities surrounding The National Day of Prayer, check the following websites: http://www.nationalprayer.org ; http://www.concertofprayer.org ; http://www.ndptf.org.

    “Light the Window” will be the theme of the fourth “Pray through the Window” campaign to be held in October 1999. This event will involve an anticipated 50 million believers worldwide. Information concerning available materials (including a prayer calendar), can be found at http://www.Christian-info.com.

    Mission America is seeking God for three million “Lighthouses of Prayer.” This is an attempt to establish homes across the country from which individuals will pray for and reach out to their neighbors with the gospel of Christ. For more information, check out their web site at http://www.missionamerica.org

    The Sentinel Group has recently completed an important prayer map of North America. This map covers spiritual strongholds and obstacles to effective evangelism, as well as documentation on the emerging bright spots of spiritual activity. For more information, contact the Sentinel Group at (800) 688-5657; E-mail: sentinelGpataoldotcom  (sentinelGpataoldotcom)  

    (Source for above information: ‘Prayer” magazine; March/April edition.)

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    WANT TO FINALLY GET “ENGLISH-HELP”?

    lighting the way Thanks to those who have been so patient to get to the site on help in teaching English as a second language. The actual site is (drum roll):

    http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webmission.html#english-help This time, I’ve tested it to be sure! :-) Last week’s URL (the 2nd misspelling in a row!) had left an “s” out of the word “mission!” :-) Pardon the correction. This site has been added to the list of links at the eGroups Brigada Today web site.

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    WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR NEWS?

    If you want the latest, Ken kmachargatlamdotorg  (kmachargatlamdotorg)   suggests you check out these! They’ve been added to the “links” page at the eGroups links list. Thanks for the work, Ken! If you have others to add, just go to the eGroups “links” site and add them directly please. Thanks!

    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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    NO VIRGINIA… THERE ISN’T AN FCC PETITION 2493

    OPC logo Seems like someone unearths this Madeline Murray O’Hare thing every so often… and emails it to 10,000 people! See the FCC’s site at:

    http://www.fcc.gov/mmb/enf/forms/rm-2493.html (Thanks to Bob Wilson rdwilsonatjunodotcom  (rd%3Cb%3E%3Ci%3Ewilsonatjunodotcom)   for providing the URL.) Bottom line, see the Brigada “OPC” policy (at the very end of this message) and put a stop to the O’Hare/2493 rumor. If someone emails you a copy of the petition, just drop them a kind message back with the OPC response and let’s end this thing once and for . . . all (I hope!).

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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. They have begun registration for the 1999-2000 school year and are eager to meet the needs of missionary families all over the globe. Check ’em out at http://www.northstar-academy.org for more information. In North America, call toll-free at 1-888-464-6280. Or write brettatnorthstar-academydotorg  (brettatnorthstar-academydotorg)  .
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    OPPORTUNITIES FOR THOSE WANTING TO STUDY OR WORK IN ARABIC

    Kim came across this great site if you’d like to study or work in the Arabic language (the National Council on US/Arabic Relations: http://www.ncusar.org or email infoatncusardotorg  (infoatncusardotorg)  .
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    MORE ON MICROSOFT WORD CARRIAGE RETURNS

    We’ve rec’d a ton of response to the Microsoft carriage return stripper macro item. Funny how one little item like that spawns so much interest. Many folks apparently still have an earlier version of Word. If you’re one of those (the macro wouldn’t work for you because you have something prior to Word ’97 or Office ’97), send a note to stripreturnsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (stripreturnsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)   and try out the macro for version 2. Also included is new information for our brave brothers and sisters with MAC computers. (Remember those? :-) ) (Just kidding!!! :-) )
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    ELEGANCE AND THE WILD WEST

    Here’s a former missionary couple, now prosperous in their tentmaking business, with a bed & breakfast on their ranch that they make available to missionaries and ministry types who raise their own support. These are two log cabin units in a quiet setting, windmill, stream, working cattle, and horses 30 miles West of Colorado Springs in the Rockies. “Elegance and the Wild West” is the theme. Quite expensive for tourists but a very low cost donation basis for you. Write garyatoperatorservicesdotcom  (garyatoperatorservicesdotcom)   for info and access to their private Web site with lots of pictures.
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    HOW TO CHANGE ADDRESS ON EGROUPS

    Brigada Logo Please!!! We’re drowning in those who would like to change their address! It’s a simple matter. Just use your “old address” to prepare an email that says: brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-unsubscribeategroupsdotcom)   Send that message. Then use your new email service to prepare a second message that says: brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)   If every would-be address-changer took those couple of minutes, it would add up to a ton of saved time answering your emails. Besides… we don’t change addresses anymore. We’re just going to send you the instructions again anyway! :-)
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    PUT YOUR CASPIAN SEA MAPS TO WORK!

    If you don’t want the map that is bundled with the May 1999 National Geographic, Judith does! She’s requested that you please send it right away to Judith Bernicchi, Jenkins Research Library, IMB, P. O. Box 6767, Richmond, VA 23230. She passes along a big “Thank you!” in advance!
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    AD2000 ADOPTION FORM

    ad2ksmI’m still very excited about AD2000 & Beyond’s adoption form. Go to http://www.ad2000.org and click on “People Adoption Registration Form” (the 5th or so option on their opening page). It’s a GREAT service. Now… is we can only convince every user of the service to send them a $15 or so gift to help offset the great job they do servicing all the adoptions! :-) They never ask for it… but they sure deserve that and tons more! Great service. They also list the Adopt-a-people clearinghouse’s form at http://www.aapc.net/adptregform.html which falls under the AAPC domain at http://www.aapc.net/. I’m not so sure they’re keeping that page up though. They’ve got several messages there at the AAPC page about how they’ll hopefully have such-and-such posted “by the fall of 1998.” That’s always a bad sign. :-)
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    DOCUMENTS YOU CAN RETRIEVE FROM OUR AUTORESPONDER

    Brigada Logo Thanks so much to Bob, our amazing, magnificent, selfless volunteer, who works hard to write up these cool appliances to make it possible to get the word out to you, . . . Thanks to Bob, we have a new autoresponder up and running. Here are some documents you can order into your inbox tonight. To get the document, just compose an email to the address that follows it. Note that it can be a totally empty email… with no subject line. The magic all takes place in the address:

    Brigada Today Submission guidelines: brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (brigada-submissionsatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Information and resources on house churches: housechurchesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (housechurchesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Guidance on leadership: leadershipatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (leadershipatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Info on teaching English as a second language: teslatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (teslatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    How to transport your XC.org group over to eGroups, if necessary: transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (transitionatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    Resources and options for helping Kosovar refugees: kosovoresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg  (kosovoresourcesatbrigadadotworldchurchesdotorg)  

    3 cheers to Bob!!! thumbs-up

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    TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    19990425 Brigada Today

    Now with 9030 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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    USE YOUR NEW BRIGADA CONFERENCING INTERFACE

    Brigada LogoIf you have access to the web, don’t miss some of the new tools at your disposal at the Brigada Conferencing interface. Check out the “database” area to read the starter Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) file, or register in the Voluntary Brigada family database. You can also fill out a form about your particular service or resource. And this is just ONE new tool at the conferencing site, currently at: http://www.egroups.com/wdb?listname=brigada-today (then click on “database”)
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    PLAN NOW TO ATTEND BRIGADAFEST 2000

    Last month, we had the privilege of staging a conference in Washington, DC, for those working in Bosnia or with Bosnians somewhere in the world. One thing we learned — these networking events can mean a lot to individuals who are trying to understand and make a contribution toward a particular unreached people group. One delegate from Texas wrote (a day or two after the event), “…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.” Next year we’re hoping to stage a similar conference, but this time, instead of focusing only on one people group, we’re going to try to provide a venue where several such conferences can all happen in a simultaneous, parallel way. The first will be Brigadafest 2000, to occur in Louisville, KY, Feb. 3-5. Please consider marking Brigadafest on your calendar . . . and more detail will unfold as the year goes by. We’re hoping this event can make a major contribution toward unlocking doors to reaching the unreached worldwide!
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    REACHING STREET CHILDREN

    “Crisis on the Streets: A Ministry Guide for Taking the Street Out of Street Children” is available free of charge from Action International Ministries. A small donation of US$2 or $3 for postage would be appreciated. Contact 75362dot2516atcompuservedotcom  (75362dot2516atcompuservedotcom)   or write
    Kim Jenkins
    Action International Ministries
    P.O. Box 398
    Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 USA.
    (From “Advance!”, which is offered free of charge; to subscribe, send an e-mail to subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg  (subscribe-advance-newsletteratxcdotorg)  .
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    MODELED PRAYER EXPERIENCES

    praying hands Praying for Kosovo & other disaster situations. http://www.ozemail.com.au/~sjhop/pe-intro.htm This is an experience in praying for the people affected by disaster situations such as Kosovo, or natural disasters such as drought, floods, hurricanes, fires etc. Also contains information resources for those concerned with the effects of drought and floods on the people of the world, and the environment. Charlie sjhopatozemaildotcomdotau  (sjhopatozemaildotcomdotau)   also seeks news and resources for those reaching out in emergency situations.
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    CAN’T ACCESS BRIGADA FILES?

    Brigada LogoRight. You can’t. We’ve transferred our entire mailing list (including all subscription rights) from the XC.org hub over to eGroups.com, since xc.org was going to start charging us for services. What does that mean? It means that for the immediate future, you can’t access “old” Brigada commands by emailing <hubatxcdotorg>. Instead, you’ll have a new email interface, . . . which we’ll intoduce over the coming few weeks. So . . . stand by… For the time being, if you have access to the web, all those “get” files are available by starting out at http://www.brigada.org Please pardon any temporary inconvenience!
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    VISTO GIVES MORE FEATURES

    Trying to backup files over the Internet? Try http://www.visto.com. According to Tim, it just 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.
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    HOUSECHURCHES: A GROWING PART OF DISCIPLING THE NATIONS

    Interested in receiving a free email listing of house church resources, including information on an excellent book called HOUSES THAT CHANGE THE WORLD? Contact Grace gracewatidmaildotcom  (gracewatidmaildotcom)  . She’s very interested in becoming connected with house churches, and especially those in Canada.
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    WANT TESL INFO?

    lighting the way Then skip our previous (incorrect) reference. Point your browser, instead, to http://www.brigada.org/today/articles/webmission.html#english-help
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    SHARE INFO. ON REACHING CHRIST THROUGH THE CITY!

    Find those engaged in targetting mega-cities with comprehensive strategies for church planting. Write infoatprojecttaipeidotorg  (infoatprojecttaipeidotorg)  . “I could certainly benefit from interchange with these fellow minsters to ‘The Urban Frontier’.”
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    PRAYER AND POEM E-MAIL

    letter and ligntening bolt If you would like to receive a weekly prayer email 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 prayer 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. Send the need, number of cards you desire, and a postal address to trynaatbahldotcom  (trynaatbahldotcom)  .

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    IRS AND “FORMSWARE”

    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.
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    HOW TO HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT GLOBALLY?

    Learn how to minister to the Internationals in your area July 19, 1999 to August 27, 1999 at YWAM, Roaring Branch,Pa. USA David & Vicky Scott, instructors, Kona, HI. 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. Phone: 570-673-3338, e-mail: 103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom  (103074dot3726atcompuservedotcom)  
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    TO SUBSCRIBE — To subscribe to BRIGADA TODAY, send email to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  .

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    19990418 Brigada Today

    Now with 9026 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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    PLEASE READ THIS WHOLE EDITION CAREFULLY!

    This is a special issue of Brigada Today! Please read it all carefully! We’ll try to be as concise as possible.
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    THREE CHEERS FOR THE FOLKS AT MAF!

    MAFxc logo Since January of 1995, we’ve sent out Brigada Today via the folks at MAF, first under their original name “CrossConnect” and now simply MAFxc. They’ve been GREAT! They know their stuff and we have tremendous respect for them. thumbs-up
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    HOW CAN MAF COVER ITS COSTS?

    However, great equipment, maintenance, staffing and leadership all cost money. They flew me out to Redlands last year to speak in chapel and, while there, they shared with me the financial burden they’re under. Whew! If we only knew. They have to take measures to help the Information Technologies area pay for itself. They presented several models that would bill list-owners by the message or by volume of content or by subscribers. Needless to say, they all caused a lump in my throat, since Brigada is a free service… and I’m really just a volunteer. I asked them to consider an advertiser-based model and they had thought about it, but they didn’t like the ramifications of starting an ad-business. I can see their point.
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    DO WE STAY PUT? … OR SWITCH?

    The handwriting is on the wall. A few days ago, one of the MAF leaders put out a “heads-up” message: the billing software was in final testing. Gulp. gulp With over 9000 subscribers (I guess we’re like one of their biggest customers), we would presumably be hit the hardest. And the more we grow, the more we’ll be hit. I called MAF and talked to them one-by-one, explaining that we were a free service and we regretted deeply that if they were going to start charging us by message or by subscribers or whatever, that it would probably mean we would have to bow out and close down or something. I didn’t want to become a bill- collector. My goodness. I couldn’t imagine billing 9000 people for anything! They offered to bill subscribers on my behalf. As you can imagine, I declined. I again asserted that advertising, if done tastefully, was the wave of the future (in fact, the present!) on the Net. But they’re pretty stuck in the billing mode. Yesterday, I spent an hour on the phone with the head of their IT department. I can really see his point. If they’re going to run the service, it has to break even. But as I explained, I’m a volunteer. We don’t want Brigada to become a business.
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    SO…. I GUESS…. WELCOME TO THE NEW LISTSERVER!

    Well, my friends always have said that I’m pretty quick to unfreeze on ideas. :-) So… here we are, 24 hours later, on a new list-server. Welcome to eGroups.com! You can still access the Brigada web page at: http://www.brigada.org That won’t change. And it’s hosted by MAF, too! (We were already paying for that service and we have been since the beginning!) But eGroups offered us a deal that was hard to turn down. For list-owners that have 1000 people or more, they’ll actually pay them to bring their list over to eGroups.com! Can you believe it??? That shows the power of advertising. So whereas at MAF, I was going to have to pay by the message or by the subscriber to bring you Brigada Today, here, eGroups pays your costs and more! The only drawback is… there’s a little 5-line ad at the end of each issue. How much will they pay? They can’t say for sure so far, but it’s supposed to be about $7 or $8 per week… which should be enough to pay for the Brigada web site over at MAF! Yahoooo! Yahoo So for the first time, even the web site costs will be underwritten by the participants, without them even having to open their wallet! Those little discrete ads at the end of the message will hopefully work wonders. Thanks for putting up with them.
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    TRUST-E CONTRACT

    For their part, eGroups has signed a contract that they will

    1. never harvest our addresses,
    2. never sell them to anyone else,
    3. never send out ads apart from our messages, and
    4. be sensitive as to what kind of ads they attach to the bottom of our list! (So we’re working under the assumption here that they won’t advertise adultery.com on the bottom of our messages!)

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    WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR YOU?

    Like any change, there are undoubtedly bound to be bumps along the way. But for the immediate future, the most obvious benefit for us all is that we still get to enjoy Brigada as a free service. The folks at MAF kept asking, “But aren’t you willing to pay for the value you’re receiving?” My answer was, “Well of course! If there’s no way we can find it for free!” So I say… let’s try eGroups here for awhile and see how it goes.
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    SIX MONTHS OF TESTING

    Confession time. We saw the handwriting on the wall. Some six months ago, MAF started talking about billing. So we started investigating other services. We tried Topica, eCircles, Yahoo and Excite, the works! But we liked eGroups best. And, on the side, we’ve been maintaining lists of 50-100 people on their service just to try it out. So far, so good!
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    CHECK OUT THE EGROUPS WEB-PAGE!

    If you have access to the web, check out the eGroups web page! You have to go through a bit of a song and a dance when you first log on. But if your browser supports the use of “cookies” (those little configuration files that help a web site to keep track of your preferences), once you’re set up, from then on, it’s a no- brainer! Just go to http://www.egroups.com and click on the button that says you’ve forgotten your password. Put your email address in and the eGroups server will mail you instructions. Follow them, and you’re in! It’s that simple. From then on, whenever you go to the eGroups page, the Brigada-Today group will be marked for you.
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    NEW CAPABILITIES INCLUDE LIVE CHAT AND MORE!

    Now, if you have web access, you’ll have some new capabilities! (Isn’t free enterprise wonderful? They pay us and we get more potential!) You’ll have access to live on-line chat in our own Brigada-today space. What’s more, we’ll be able to do real online polling, plus space for an online “vault”, a database to keep track of things, an online Brigada-Today calendar, a links page, and with all this, your identity is still protected so no one can “spam” you! yahooo! Yahoo Watch for our first user poll this coming Friday. Be sure to hook up so you’ll be ready to rock and roll!
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    HOW DO YOU SUBSCRIBE?

    If you were active on the Brigada Today list as of the weekend of April 27th, you don’t have to lift a finger. It’s all been transferred over. All 9026 of us! But if you’d like to tell others how to subscribe, those instructions have changed! Now they’ll need to send a message to brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom  (brigada-today-subscribeategroupsdotcom)  . Note that we’ve changed the name of the list to brigada-today rather than just brigada. The folks at eGroups are going to use the name brigada in the future to somehow give us a special web-site all our own, like http://www.eGroups.com/brigada or something similar. That’s not done yet. So THIS conference will become brigada-today. Please help us out with this change by informing your mailing list or newsletter. Those who have access to journals like Pulse and others… Please help! See the last item below for a quick clip. Thanks.
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    NEXT ISSUE

    The next issue of Brigada Today will hopefully come to you this coming Friday and we’ll be back on a regular schedule again. And yes, we’ll try to do Friday again – sending the issue out on the actual day that it’s dated! :-)
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    TV, RADIO AND INTERNET PRAYER MEETING

    praying hands Ever attend a virtual prayer meeting? :-) Well now you can! On the evening of May 6th, The Nationally Broadcast Concert of Prayer will air live in the USA (8-11PM EST; 5-8PM PT). It is a project of the USA National Prayer Committee. Broadcast annually for five years, the emphases of the prayer concert are the revival of the American Church and national spiritual awakening. The prayer meeting will originate from Overlake Christian Church, Seattle, with remote sites from The Church On The Way, Los Angeles, The Russell Senate Building, Washington, DC, and Allen AME Church, Queens, NY. Leaders of the broadcast include Joe Stowell, Bill and Vonette Bright, Ron Sider, Shirley Dobson, Lloyd Ogilvie, Joy Dawson, Paul Cedar, Fernando Ortega, Isaac Canales, Jack Hayford, Floyd Flake, Rod Caesar, The Maranatha Praise Band, and Ron Kenoly. For more inforation, visit the website: http://www.concertofprayer.org, or call 612-853-8461 in the USA. To participate in the prayer meeting via the internet, go to http://www.crosswalk.com. Crosswalk will stream the prayer concert live video and audio with virtual prayer rooms. The whole world is invited!
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