19980517 Brigada Today

Now with 7259 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.]

-------------------
In this issue….

--------------------------------------

EXCLUSIVE: FOR THE FIRST 300 REQUESTS, A FREE COPY OF IJFM

The International Journal of Frontier Missions (IJFM) has recently published a very important Special Edition focused on Tentmaking and the Frontiers. Authors are Phill Butler, Bob Morris, Heinz Suter and Marco Gmur, Dwight Nordstrom and Jim Nielsen, Sabrina Wong, Gary Taylor, David Hagen, Doug Lucas, Kitty Purgason, Patrick Lai and others. If you’re not a subscriber to IJFM and you would like to receive a free copy, send your address to IJFM: Editor Dr. Hans Weerstra at the following address: 103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom  (103121dot2610atcompuservedotcom)   and you will receive a review copy of this Special Edition free of charge. Note: Funds are limited, so we can only honor the first 300 or so who request it. You can also request your free copy by regular snail mail or by phone or fax:
IJFM
7665 Wenda Way
El Paso TX, 79915
Phone: 915-775-2464
Fax 915-775-8588
This is a one-time offer . . . and any follow-up questions can be sent directly to Hans at the address above. Thanks to IJFM for making this exclusive courtesy offer to Brigada readers!
--------------------------------------

TRY THIS MISSIONS DRAMA IN YOUR CHURCH OR CONFERENCE

Join with the Gospel Enterprise crew as they “Boldly go where the Gospel has never gone before”. The Gospel Enterprise missions drama is a take off of the original “Star Trek” television series. With a cast of six main characters, the announcer and four bit parts, key trends and vital information regarding world evangelization is communicated through this funny, cutting edge 25-minute drama. Learning about the various barriers missionaries face as they go overseas. Some of the topics covered include: reaching international students, partnering with national Christians and taking short-term trips into the 10/40 window. Cost is $15 which includes script, overhead transparency copies (also available on PowerPoint disk), and shipping. To order contact… Kevin Guttman kguttmanatehcdotorg  (kguttmanatehcdotorg)   tel. 719-260-8888, fax 260-7505. Sounds like fun. “I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Cap’n!” :-)
--------------------------------------

INTERNET SERVICE WITH A KICK

Now there’s a new genre of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that are attempting to provide you with a kickback if you’re a mission org or ministry. Check out Integrity Online, 888-771-3414 or 317-638-5575 in the Indianapolis, IN, area. They reportedly give $10 to each non-profit for each new person signed-up — network marketing style. Or, with perhaps an even more lucrative deal, write Frank Dickerson frankatintersafenetdotcom  (frankatintersafenetdotcom)   at Intersafenet, who says he gives a $2/mo. “gift” (otherwise known as a kickback) to the referring non-profit. What does this mean? Well, to put it short, it could mean BUCKS to your mission work. If there are 100 people who sign up for Internet access because they want to keep in touch with you, then all of a sudden, you’re churning in $200/month! But — (read the fine print) — keep in mind that if the service goes belly up or performs like a sloth (how do sloths really perform?), you might catch some of the bad feeling because you were the one recommending them. My experience with these “network marketing” schemes is that you should step VERY carefully indeed.

[disclaimer, disclaimer, disclaimer] That having been said, if you have folks who need Internet access, and these people do their jobs, . . . hey — you could pick up some extra support for just being the marketing arm for Frank and “Intersafenet.” :-)

--------------------------------------

THE WORLD KEEPS TURNING

lighting the way Apologies to GMI. In last week’s item ” AS “THE WORLD” TURNS,” we mistakenly used the email of the GMI volunteer who had corresponded with us regarding the GMI CD, “Operation World Plus.” As it turns out, she’s only there short-time. So the preferred email address for corresponding with GMI concerning the new Op. World CD (or any other issue, for that matter) would be something more generic like infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)  .
--------------------------------------

“OUT OF AFRICA” (THE WEB SITE)

If you missed the movie, now you can at least catch the web site (though the two are by no means the same). “Out of Africa” features missions mobilization resources, assembled by a prof. at Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and even offers a spot for signing up for a free email alert when the site is updated. Check it out at http://www.btc.co.za/missions/index.html
--------------------------------------

GLOBAL GLIMPSE OF ANSWERED PRAYER

world globe Reports of modern resurrections have found their way out of Ethiopia. A report came from the city Atad, where a Christian minister went to visit a hospital, inquiring if he could pray for anyone. He found a dead woman there on a stretcher with her extended family around her weeping. After helping family members arrange for the burial he felt an urging to do more and began to pray for the woman. Some relatives became upset, but one relative, a Christian, encouraged them to step out briefly and also joined in praying. The woman opened her eyes and sat up and her family returned rejoicing. This Christian relative was then asked to teach them all about Jesus.
(Source: DAWN Europe FridayFax 5-15-98 via Intl Revival Network http://www.revivalnet.com )
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
--------------------------------------

DISASTER IN INDONESIA

Thanks to the many readers alerting us to news items about violence and bloodshed in Indonesia. Check out http://www.usembassyjakarta.org/ for the USA’s embassy there. Many have asked the Brigada family to pray for those who have lost homes and loved ones. One reader, Betsy, wrote this past week, “If you have been watching the news lately or listening to the radio then you know that there is much unrest in Indonesia. For a week there were lootings, riots, protests and killings in the street; some reports estimate that 500 were killed in all the chaos. Most of the riots have been aimed against President Suharto who has ruled the country for 32 years with an iron fist. On Thursday May 21st President Suharto announced that he would be stepping down as president and appointed his vice president, BJ Habibie to be the president until 2003…no one is sure what this means, will the people be any happier with Habibie than they were with Suharto? Meanwhile the economical situation in the country is a mess; the nation’s currency (the rupiah) has gone way down in value and the country is still in somewhat of a state of upheaval. Most missionaries have remained in the country through this time, although some have pulled out or gone to safer places within the country until things settle down. We need to pray for the people in Indonesia, the government and the missionaries laboring there.”
--------------------------------------

THANKS TO THE BRIGADA FAMILY FOR SUPPORTING A BRIGADA SPONSOR!

Many thanks to those of you who took time to write a note to a recent Brigada corporate sponsor. Mike & Deb Lundeen of TealBrook wrote this past week, “I didn’t anticipate the amount of response your announcement in Brigada would bring! We have been inundated with thank you’s and requests for info, and some new customers and orders directly because of Brigada. We have been enjoying new friendships via email with a few of the people too. Our Family is pretty awesome…we do have an awesome Father, I guess that’s why! Thanks for your kind words. It has been a tremendous encouragement that the Lord has used to confirm some recent faith steps we’ve taken with TealBrook.” Tealbrook gave funds that helped keep Brigada Today a free service again in 1998. They sell water purification equipment and other survival gear at rock bottom prices to missionaries, ministries, and friends and can be reached via TealBrookataoldotcom  (TealBrookataoldotcom)  .
--------------------------------------

GOT A VIDEO IN CHINESE?

Ron would like to know. He’s compiling a list of all available videos (any format) in Mandarin or Cantonese. Write him at ronkonatpcdotjaringdotmy  (ronkonatpcdotjaringdotmy)   and we’ll post his finalized compendium here for all to read in Brigada Today.
--------------------------------------

AMPEX RECORDING TAPE FOR FREE!

Does your studio still use open reel 1/4″ recording tape? If so, have we got a deal for you! Two Brigada Today readers are cooperating together to offer 200 reel “pancakes” (without reel casings) to any Brigada Today reader for the asking. The recipient would be responsible for shipping or picking them up in Belgium. For more information, contact Andy Williamson andydotwilliamsonatskynetdotbe  (andydotwilliamsonatskynetdotbe)   directly. Thanks to Andy and Helen, and Danny for the referral!
--------------------------------------

THE RUMORS OF MAC’S DEATH [MIGHT HAVE BEEN] GREATLY EXAGGERATED

At least, that’s the story at http://www.thessasource.com/features/numbers.html, which says that there are about 60 million users each for Win 95 and the Mac OS. What does this mean? Supposedly, it would mean there are still 60 million people using Apple machines… and an equal number using Win 95! Apologies to the graphically unchallenged! :-) (Thanks for the correction, Dennis!)
--------------------------------------

LOCAL CHURCH STRATEGIC PLANNING

Throughout the USA, churches have the potential to make an increasingly significant difference in global evangelization. Many still want to learn how to develop a strategic and progressive game plan that is right for them.

To meet this need, the Global Access Planner (GAP) seeks to:

  1. Expose a church to the latest thinking regarding what a local fellowship can do in world evangelism.
  2. Alert a congregation to global, biblical, societal and local church realities which must be taken into account for a successful missions ministry.
  3. Assist a missions team in developing a five-year strategic plan.

The next training session to assist people in facilitating missions teams through the GAP materials will take place Thursday, June 25, 1998 in Albuquerque, NM. For more information contact Bruce Camp by e-mail bkcampatcompuservedotcom  (bkcampatcompuservedotcom)   or phone (714-248-1236).

Both the Instructor’s manual as well as the Participant’s manual can be ordered from ACMC. Their number in the USA or by Net2Phone is 800-798-ACMC. You could also email my new friend Larry, a rep. with ACMC, at llegrandeatcompuservedotcom  (llegrandeatcompuservedotcom)  .

--------------------------------------

RECRUITING SOFTWARE WE KNOW; PERSONNEL WE DON’T

Okay . . . so if you’re going to keep track of recruits for mission work, we kind of have a general idea of what software to use for that. One can pick it up at any COMPUSA or Computer City. The shelves feature contact management packages such as ACT and Goldmine. But how do we keep track of Personnel functions . .. . . That’s what Chris French CHRISatwhmdotorg  (CHRISatwhmdotorg)   would like to know. He’s willing to receive suggestions from any Personnel coordinator with a line on how to do it. Once he’s done, he’ll send us a copy and we’ll make it available to anyone who is interested.

note (Note: You don’t have to write Chris or me to request a copy of the compiled list. It’ll be announced in a later edition of Brigada Today.) So . . . let’s hear from you Personnel Coordinators. Please send your ideas directly to Chris!

--------------------------------------

HOW DO MISSIONARIES FIND FURLOUGH HOUSING?

Okay… so I’ve got this missionary buddy from Japan who’d like to find furlough housing in the upper Midwest (IN/KY/TN) area of the USA. How does he go about finding it? I’m clueless. Probably each denomination attacks this differently… but what if there were some big clearinghouse for missionaries coming back on home service… some way they could “apply” for $15 or so . .. and some clearinghouse had a list of offerings that they would then forward to the missionary. Maybe people who need someone to “house sit” while they’re gone on a six-month short-term mission assignment??? Sounds like a great game of musical houses. The missionary takes the house in the sending nation while the sender takes a spot overseas! Who’s willing to help with such a ministry long-term??? And . . . by the way . . . if you know where my buddy can furlough, write him at lupaatharunadotnextdotnedotjp  (lupaatharunadotnextdotnedotjp)  . :-) Now… will we need one of these clearinghouses in each major sending country??? Furlough-Net. I can see the web site now! :-)
--------------------------------------

SO YOU WANT TO BUY A VIDEO CAMERA? . . . . LAPTOP MAYBE???

Check out the latest PC Magazine. Great buys there. For instance, here’s a “Winbook” with a new Pentium II processor, 233Mhz with MMX, 12.1″ Dual-scan screen, 16 meg of RAM and a 1.6 meg removable hard drive WITH CD-ROM and Win95 preinstalled for $1199. Put that on your desktop and smoke it. :-) http://www.winbook.com or call 888-480-8225 in the USA or by Net2Phone. But you’ll find tons of other equally viable options. And if you come up dry looking in PC Magazine, check out the web — or even past editions of Brigada Today. Here’s a guy with a brand new Digital Hinote Ultra 2000 – with a 3 year worldwide warranty. (Worldwide Warranty is key for missionaries) Billed as the world’s thinnest and smallest notebook with 14.1 Active screen, CD, 166MMX, 2.1 Gig HD, 56K modem 32 Meg Ram. $1900. MosesTey MosesTeyataoldotcom  (MosesTeyataoldotcom)   And if you’re in the market for a new miniDV digital format video camera, like a Sony TRV-9 for $1500 (NEW), a Sony TRV-7 for $1400, or a Sony VX-1000 $2300 (NEW), write the same guy — MosesTey MosesTeyataoldotcom  (MosesTeyataoldotcom)  
--------------------------------------

WANT TO READ WHAT OUR MUSLIM FRIENDS ARE WRITING ABOUT CHRISTIANS?

Check out http://www.islam.org.au/articles/20/missionaries.htm Karen brought this site to our attention . . . and it’ll have a tendency to put a lump in your throat. We’ve GOT to be more sensitive to Muslims.
--------------------------------------

AFRICA DAY . . . MAY 25TH!

As this Brigada Today is headed out the door, Rikki clued us in on the fact that today is Africa Day! “On Africa Day, 25th May 1998 the church in Zimbabwe is gathering in over 57 centres throughout the nation to humble themselves before the Lord, confess their sins and to ask the Lord in His great mercy and lovingkindness to heal our land. It is estimated that least 100,000 Christians will be gathering on that day from all denominations.” Why not join them in a prayer for Zimbabwe and all of Africa! For more information, contact Rikki at gpfatintellisoftdotgaiadotcodotzw  (gpfatintellisoftdotgaiadotcodotzw)  .
-------------------

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.

-------------------

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!

19980510 Brigada Today

Now with 7236 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.]

-------------------
In this issue….

--------------------------------------

THE LOST ISSUES MUST REALLY BE LOST

lighting the way Well everyone scoured their archives . . . and if there were any Brigada Today issues prior to Feb. 18th 1995, apparently nobody hung onto them. Even the logs at MAFxc (then called CrossConnect) indicate Feb. 18th was the first edition. Thanks to all who tried to help — and yes, we were trying to find editions from 1995, not the current year. Sorry I didn’t specify! :-)
--------------------------------------

“IT JUST HAPPENED” SETS ALL-TIME READER-RESPONSE RECORD!

lighting the way It was hard to believe the number of encouraging notes that came in after last week’s soccer story item, “SPECIAL EDITORIAL: DOES IT EVER “JUST HAPPEN???” Yikes gulp — sounds like there are MANY people around the world who are chipping away at giant tasks… getting very little credit, but serving a grand and global God! Thanks for the encouragement, gang — but those determined souls who are showing step-by-step determination are the ones who deserve the credit… along with Jesus who sees them through!! Why not pick out one of THEM to write this week instead of me! :-)
--------------------------------------

AS “THE WORLD” TURNS

GMI appreciates the interest in the “Operation World Plus” CD. The cost of this CD is $29.95 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling of the product within USA ($10.00 outside USA). For orders from Colorado and California, please include sales tax (7.25% for California, 6.1% for Colorado Springs, 4% for El Paso or 3% for other areas in Colorado). Thanks for your cooperation. For more info, write infoatgmidotorg  (infoatgmidotorg)  .
--------------------------------------

A TOOL FOR PRAYING FOR THE UNREACHED

Galcom International has produced a new version of the “Go-Ye Network CD” called “Target The Nations”. This provides specific information about each of the 11,886 people groups that live in the 233 nations of the world, along with video teachings on prayer by Bill Bright, Ted Haggard, George Otis Jr. and Peter Wagner. It also includes:

  • The PIN (Peoples Information Network) data base of unreached peoples groups
  • A file on the main world religions
  • 25,000 screens of text
  • 150 pictures
  • Drawings, and 50 voice files
  • Answers to questions on adopting a people group
  • Current disease outbreak information
  • Information on most known terrorist groups
  • A directory of U.S. and Canadian world mission agencies working among the unreached.

All in all, it contains 648 megabytes of data and will run on IBM compatible 486 or higher (full screen video on Pentium). Offered by Galcom International for $19.00. To order write:
Galcom International
Box 270956
Tampa, FL 33688
or email GalcomUSAataoldotcom  (GalcomUSAataoldotcom)  .

--------------------------------------

USE YOUR COMPUTER AS A SHORTWAVE!

Have you checked out http://www.broadcast.com ? They’ve got TONS of radio stations LIVE now . . .including the BBC World Service. Rick pointed out that you can go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/index.htm but you can also shop for just the right station from just the right place at the broadcast.com site. Check it out! (Recommended: modem speed of 14.4 or better; you’ll also need some of their chosen utility software, namely, Real Audio rvplayer.) So who needs an expensive short-wave when you’ve already got your laptop! :-)
--------------------------------------

WEB-WATCH

WebWatch Have you visited http://www.scruples.org ??? Wow! blinking1eyes Talk about a page! This site has something for everyone . . . especially tentmakers. Dozens of links . . . and lots of annotated content. Some classy stuff. For example, there’s the Scruples Business and Missions Page at http://www.scruples.org/bizetmiz/ which is apparently a ministry of YWAM, British Columbia. Top notch stuff.
--------------------------------------

SUPERBOOK VIDEOS IN FARSI ABOUT THE SUPER BOOK

Finally, after a long, long wait the Superbook Videos in Farsi (Persian) language are available. Our prayer is that millions of Persian speaking people (children and adults) will benefit spiritually from these colorful Bible cartoon videos. The videos come in a set of six with 2 stories (OT histories plus the Birth of Jesus Christ) per video. Also available for Persian speakers is the Children’s Bible by Kenneth Taylor. For ordering details contact: Persian World Outreach at 102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom  (102367dot1315atcompuservedotcom)   or 818-349-3132 or PO Box 371161 Reseda CA 91337.
--------------------------------------

“DEFINE WORLD CHIRSTIANITY; BE BRIEF; BE PRECISE”

:-) Okay – so maybe the challenge isn’t THAT great. But Craig would love to know everything you know. He’s promised to fill us in here with a compilation in a couple of weeks. He writes, “On May 29 we are having our first Missions seminar for our movement here and I was wondering if you have a report on the current stats of the world Christian movement that I could use for a presentation on the movement’s growth and what God is doing in the world today. Anything you have would be a great help.” Email Craig at taskeratonlinedotee  (taskeratonlinedotee)   in Estonia. You could send him graphs, charts, references to URLs, emailed text, etc. He’ll compile it and make it available to all of us. Thanks!
--------------------------------------

DO WE CHECK ALL THE SITES WE RECOMMEND?

WebWatch A reader wrote this past week to point out a criticism of a site we had recently recommended in Brigada Today. In the process, I realized that we probably haven’t said enough about the fact that there’s no way we can possibly “screen” each portion of the web sites we sometimes recommend. So… a new line has been added in our “closing” — stating that the opinions expressed in a recommended site aren’t necessarily those of the Editor. But maybe you already knew that.
--------------------------------------

GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON THE NET

world globe Although the Internet has yet to be proven as an effective means of evangelism, it has nevertheless become an indispensable tool for missionaries and those who support them. Through the work of MAF and others, nearly every mission worker, no matter how remote, is able to use e-mail to communicate quickly and easily with the rest of the world. Despite its bad reputation from pornography, many in the missions community believe that the Internet and the WWW are a wonderful gift from God, especially because of the ways He has used them to unite diverse believers from around the world in true collaborative partnership.
(Source: Caleb Project field report, 5/1/98)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week [and sent out via the Internet to some 5000 readers, according to the compiler) by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
--------------------------------------

ARE YOU A DIRECT-SUPPORT MISSIONARY?

Then Chris’ new email conference might apply to you. To subscribe to this mailing list, you can send mail to Majordomoatmissionariesdotcom  (Majordomoatmissionariesdotcom)   with the following command in the body of your email message:
subscribe direct-support
--------------------------------------

MAY 1998 ADVANCE IS READY TO “GET”

Mark Kelly does a GREAT job assembling the Advance each month. Here’s a summary:

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Pray for Cairo; the Kalmyks of Russia; the Cham of Vietnam and Cambodia; openness and resistance in Togo; rebel defections in Cambodia; the Western Punjabis of Pakistan; Celebrate Messiah 2000

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Punjab court sentences Ayub Masih to death; two Colombians poisoned; Myanmar troops attack Karen refugee camps; Pakistani believer despairs of getting kidnapped daughter back; Peruvian believer unjustly accused; Rashid Turibayev serving two-year prison sentence; American witness stabbed to death in Bihar; Swedish missionaries remain in captivity; students at Islamic university make decisions for Christ

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Buddhists pay homage to Buddha’s tooth; Asia economic problems drive people to suicide; Vietnam has world’s highest abortion rate; racist groups in USA grow 20%; medical technician charged with injecting HIV-infected blood into infant son

REJOICE! — 30,500 decisions for Christ in Egypt; Kumbh Mela festival flops; three grandmothers unexpectedly released from jail; new believer returns to Muslim homeland; death row inmate leads 42 other inmates to Christ; destroyed Sudan church building rallies congregation, neighbors; opportunities for the gospel in Iraq; Cambodia government approves Christian radio station; Danish police crack international child pornography ring

NETWORKING — 30 Days of Prayer for Hindus; 50 most unreached people groups of China and Tibet; Celebrate Messiah 2000; Jesus film available on Internet; resources for teaching missions to preschoolers, older children and teens; community banking program helps impoverished families support themselves; India missions website; new video series on unreached people groups; Praying Through the Window IV: “Light the Window;” prayer teams for Tibet

Thanks Mark!

--------------------------------------

BUILD THE WAVE FOR IRAN

Don’t forget about that “wave” of prayer around the globe (a la the kind of “waves” you see at football stadiums and Promise Keeper rallies) for Iran. Great idea. Write RapAdvanceataoldotcom  (RapAdvanceataoldotcom)   for more information or if you’re willing to pray May 29-30 for a group in Iran. Put “The Wave” in the subject line.
--------------------------------------

PHILIPPINES CONGRESS SHIFTS DATES

On March 13, we posted information re: the Philippines Centennial Missions Congress. The dates were June 23-26, 1998. This Congress has been postponed to October 20-23, 1998. Please pray for this Congress to realize it’s main goal of seeing all the remaining UPGs in the Philippines adopted and that many churches will be “locked on” to a global missions vision. The postponement was necessary as many things were reportedly not going to be ready in time for the Congress. If this Congress realizes the goals mentioned, great steps will be made for the Gospel, not just in the Philippines but even abroad into the rest of Asia. Please contact Jeff Woollett of YWAM Philippines at href="woollettatpworlddotnet.p">woollettatpworlddotnet.p if you have any questions.
--------------------------------------

SO WHY IS BRIGADA TODAY ALWAYS DATED 3 DAYS EARLIER?

:-) Back in the early days (early ’95), life just didn’t seem to be so hectic… and for some reason, we could always get it out Friday morning. When sending dates began to fluctuate some, one reader suggested we always use the same DAY of the week as a sending date… and so far, we’ve eventually gotten out a weekly issue without fail, since Feb. 18, ’95. However, maybe the title should have been something like, Brigada Recently. :-)
-------------------

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.

-------------------

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!

19980503 Brigada Today

Now with over 7200 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.]

-------------------
In this issue….

--------------------------------------

NEW SPONSOR LIKE COLD WATER TO A THIRSTY SOUL!

… literally! TealBrook is an organization that specializes in marketing safe water supplies, first aid kits, and a wealth of other camping and survival equipment to missionaries and church groups traveling abroad. Think of them as the “REI-like supplier for the world of missions!” So — next time you have to order a Therm-a-rest air mattress, and you’re tempted to call your local outfitter, why not give a call to TealBrook. They’ll probably get you as good or better price than you’d get with CampMore or REI AND you’ll be helping out an organization that tries to put its money where its heart is — world evangelism! After all, if you’ve got to buy the SweetWater Guardian Plus water filter from someone, you’re going to pay around $70 or so wherever you go anyway… so why not pay that $70 to Mike & Deb at TealBrook and then let them tithe the income to missionaries and efforts [like Brigada! :-) ] rather than just see some store-owner buy another Mercedes at your local sporting goods store. PLUS — Mike & Deb know their products… so whether it’s Buck Knives or BuckTools, Platypus water bottles or PackTowls, or even first aid kits for your family . . . please give ’em a call, fax or email! Their gift came totally voluntarily . . . with no strings attached.. and no ad copy enclosed!!! Yahooo! Yahoo :-) If you have a moment… would you just drop them a quick thank-you note… to tealbrookataoldotcom  (tealbrookataoldotcom)  . and let them know you appreciate them! Because of gifts from folks like Mike & Deb, Brigada remains a free service!

They join other ’98 sponsors of Brigada expenses … (5 so far! A new record!!! — and we’re not even halfway through the year!!!)

  • Parkland Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Road, Tacoma, WA 98444, tel. 253-531-0757
  • CrossLink Communications, 9216 Independence Loop, Austin, Texas 78748, USA; tel. 512-292-3308, FAX 512-282-5877
  • Central Pres., 7308 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204, http://www.centralpc.org
  • TealBrook (Safe Water etc.), 1-800-222-6614, fax 612-480-8786 <tealbrookataoldotcom>, http://www.sim.org/biz/tealbrook </tealbrookataoldotcom>
  • Individual sponsor — a staffer at Caleb Project gave $50 just this past week! Thanks much! Maybe that’s our first individual sponsor????

--------------------------------------

THE LOST ISSUES of BRIGADA TODAY

Sounds like the makings of an Indiana Jones flick, eh??? :-) Truth is, it’s almost as intriguing. The earliest issue we have on file at our web site is Feb. 18th. . . but already by that time, we were well over a month into testing with a whoppin’ 38 subscribers… so somewhere out there, there might be another 3 or 4 issues floating around. Is there anyone on the planet who can help us recover them? No rolling boulders, no tribal masks or dark dungeons… just 3 or 4 issues of Brigada history. Who can solve the mystery? :-)
--------------------------------------

GLOBAL GLIMPSE IN ASIA

world globe The first Joshua Project 2000 Conference in the Philippines drew an impressive response and attendance last Jan. 21-24 with 120 missions executives and 300 delegates from 118 churches attending. Focused on partnering churches to adopt tribal groups and to plant churches among them, 25 people groups and 9 countries in Asia were adopted and seventeen partnerships and focus groups were formed. Resources were pledged, training scheduled and mission trips planned.
(Source: Chito Navarro, January 1998, Manila, Philippines, AD2000 & beyond.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.
--------------------------------------

GET THE POINT-TO-POINT PROTOCOL

lighting the way Last week’s item “GOT A SERVER RUNNING POINT TO POINT TUNNELLING PROTOCOL” generated a flurry of responses. We’re still digesting them all. But suffice it to say that within the next 30 days, it looks like a server will open up to any and all missions users that will allow us to utilize this new “point-to-point” protocol for secure email. Translation? You’d be able to be VERY open and transparent in your email to sensitive locations . . . without having to learn complicated encryption technology. Why? Because the encryption will be “built in” to the connection you’d have to the email server. And the capability is already built into the operating system you’re using. So . . . stand by . . . it’s coming!
--------------------------------------

WEB-WATCH

WebWatch “Mike” suggested we check out the Mission Station http://www.missionaries.org because of its wealth of options for missionaries and missions committees. I visited there and he’s RIGHT! There are tons of options for everyone from furloughing missionaries to missions mobilizers. Great stuff.
Thanks Mike!
(Sorry – no non-web equivalent.)
--------------------------------------

MUSLIM/HINDU EVANGELISM TRAINING

Summer Training and Outreach Program (STOP) gives practical training in sharing your faith with Muslims or Hindus. Put on by Christar, this year it will be held June 27-July 27 in the multi-ethnic NY/NJ area. It includes classes during the day and outreach to Muslims or Hindus in the evening. Very practical. Taught by experienced overseas people. For more information, contact Christar at the following. Tel: 1 800-755-7955, fax: 610-375-6862, email: infoatchristardotorg  (infoatchristardotorg)  .
--------------------------------------

GO ONLINE WITH PERSPECTIVES

Perspectives Online is now setup for open enrollment. Students may enroll at any time and will have up to one year to complete the course. Perspectives Online is designed for those who do not have access to the traditional course. Currently we have students from Indonesia, Australia, Canada, and the US participating. For more information see: http://www.icm-international.org/seminary/courses/perspectives/online.htm
--------------------------------------

LANGUAGE SPECIALISTS UNITE!

The Third International Congress on Missionary Language Learning will be held at The Navigators Glen Eyrie Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO USA, October 19-23, 1998. ICMLL’s major purpose is to provide practical help for language facilitators.

This Congress will put language teachers, language school administrators and language supervisors in touch with each other and with academicians, pre-field trainers, personnel directors and mission executives, all committed to enhancing the quality of missionary language learning and cultural integration. People from all over the world attended ICMLL1 and ICMLL2. Earl Stevick, extensive writer on language teaching and learning, will give the keynote address.

For the details, registration form, etc., contact http://www.mti.org or minternataoldotcom  (minternataoldotcom)  

--------------------------------------

SPECIAL EDITORIAL: DOES IT EVER “JUST HAPPEN???”

Those who know me well (and many who know me only marginally) know that I have a love for God, family, friends, and soccer. :-) (In spite of what some might think, that’s really the order I try to keep them in!) I only hope and pray that somehow we’ll have all four in Heaven. :-) The first three have been around a while in my life, but the last love, soccer, is fairly new to me. Although I’m playing on a competitive team this year, I’m really just a beginner (I have a whole two years of playing experience in a poorly run recreational league previously). As you might have guessed, it’s not easy to find a competitive team for a 41-year-old. So I play in a league designed for age 20 and up. I’m very fortunate to practice alongside some very talented players. (Our coach took an under-23-year-old team to the national championships last year . . and won!) To land a spot on the team, I just explained how hard I was willing to work and how serious I was about learning. Lo and behold, the coach put me on the team! And when the center forward of our team suffered a broken leg earlier this season, all of a sudden, I found myself as a starter in his place… and this past Sunday, I played the entire game there! (We won 5-2, with only marginal help from me.)

soccer ball I have several heroes . . . and most are about half my age. :-) One young man from Ukraine is incredible. I mean… when he was born, his mother probably delivered a soccer ball first, and then Sergey. The ball was probably tied to his ankle and. . . I don’t think he’s ever untied it since! I love practice times even more than games because I get to watch him and really study him in action. He’s constantly moving… constantly sizing up the play and constantly vigilant about how he can contribute most. And even though he’s a star (and deep down inside, he has to know it!), he still pushes the ball my way PLENTY of times in any given night.

Last Tuesday evening, at one point during our scrimmage, I chipped the ball to him and, frankly, placed it rather poorly. The ball arrived at chest-height and his back was to the goal with defenders all around. Not a great situation. But for Sergey, it was all automatic. He cushioned the ball down to his feet and instantly faked then back-heeled it with such force that it swished right through the defenders legs. Sergey scored a goal without even looking at the net… without even having to turn around to glance into the eyes of his opponents. Incredible.

As he turned and ran up the field, I turned with him and asked, “How in the world ….?” With a shrug of his shoulders he responded, “It just happened.” I was quick to reply… “It DIDN’T just happen. It took 27 YEARS of daily practice to make it happen!” (He’s 28 years old.)

Ever since that moment, I’ve been reflecting about my fledgling soccer career. I coach an under-14 team (my older son’s) and assist coaching an under-10 team (my younger son’s). I play on a competitive team and sometimes play “pick-up” soccer in between. But maybe I’ll never “catch up” with Sergey. There are too many hours… too many YEARS of his life filled with touches on the ball. However, I’m not exactly envious. Instead, I’m filled with admiration and actually inspired to keep going. I figure I’ve got nowhere to go but up! :-) Who knows… give me another 25 years and maybe I’ll be ready to play! :-)

My REAL job is to lead a mission agency — about 120 missionaries in a couple of dozen countries. Where I sit, I get to read reports literally from all over the world. Now, after last Thursday’s practice, whenever I hear a success story about a villager who has walked in from 50 kilometers away just so he can study the Bible… then take it back to his village and repeat it to dozens of others… I’ll think twice about whether or not it “just happened.” Someone had to sweat bullets on Bible college mid-terms, then raise financial support, leave family and friends to go to the field, learn a foreign language, and most of all be determined enough to not quit when the going got tough. Someone had to pray, trust the Lord for supernatural intervention, and follow His guidance. After all that, if someone walks in and listens, should we be so surprised? Sergey might say, “It just happened…”, but truth be known, it didn’t JUST happen. Someone MADE it happen.

We live in a world of quick fixes — quick food, quick microwaves, quick computers, quick everything … just about. But in the midst of it all, some things aren’t so quick. You can’t learn to play Sergey’s kind of soccer without a few years of daily practice with someone who knows what he’s doing. And you can’t learn a language overnight, either.

I admire Sergey… but my heart is filled with just as much admiration for a guy I know who has invested the last 5 years learning Mandarin. He’ll probably never get a trophy (at least not here on earth), never be named an “MVP” in front of a crowd of 30,000 cheering spectators, and I can predict with a fair amount of certainty that he’ll never make the kinds of salaries that today’s pro athletes take home, either. (At least not as long as I serve as president of his mission agency! :-)) But can he ever speak Chinese. I mean… it rolls off his tongue. When he opens his mouth, everyone expects English to come out… but if there’s a Chinese person looking on, inevitably, their mouth drops open.. their eyes bug out… (I love seeing that reaction!). His Chinese didn’t “just happen.” He didn’t “just happen” to teach Greek to house church leaders last year. He didn’t “just happen” to train evangelists that ended up baptizing 18 people in just one recent month. It took YEARS… and it’ll take YEARS for many of us to learn language, learn effectiveness, learn the field.

So — should we give up? Not on your life. But we probably SHOULD start thinking about recruiting some additional players for the team. :-) If they have to wait for me to invest the next 25 years to reach Sergey’s level, well, . . . let’s just say I hope my bones will still hold me up on the field when I’m 66! :-)

God bless your day! Be careful out there… it’s a jungle!!!
Doug Lucas

-------------------

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.

-------------------

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!

19980426 Brigada Today

Now with over 7100 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* THE ‘WORLD’ JUST GOT BIGGER – THE LATEST FROM GMI
* SOMETHING WORTHWHILE ON THE WEB . . . FOR THE WORLD!
* PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW IV
* GOT A “MISSIONARY KID?” GET RAISING RESILIENT MKS
* WEB-WATCH – SITE FOR JEWISH EYES
* MOBILIZING? GET FREE INFO. ON COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
* “SO WHY WERE YOUR WEB REFERENCES ALL MESSED UP?”
* MORE ABOUT VIDEO BIBLE SCHOOL IN ANY LANGUAGE
* THE BOTTOM LINE ON PRICELINE.COM
* GOT A LINE ON A EUROPEAN VALUES SURVEY?
* GOT A SERVER RUNNING POINT TO POINT TUNNELLING PROTOCOL
* YOUR TESTIMONIES WILL BE SENT TO THE NATIONS
* FIRST NATIONS TO GATHER
* DISTANCE LEARNERS COVER THE DISTANCE
* GET THE FACTS . . . ON THE FAX
* BECOME A PEN PAL FOR THOSE FOLLOWING THE PROPHET
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

THE ‘WORLD’ JUST GOT BIGGER – THE LATEST FROM GMI
Have you seen the latest from Global Mapping? It’s a great little CD called “Operation World Plus.” Packed into one spinning package, you’ll find:

* all the material from Patrick Johnstone’s 1993 Operation World (the latest version), in hypertext format, plus all the maps and graphs (in color).
* all the maps GMI sells in its overhead transparency sets (in various graphic file formats, suitable for viewing, printing, importing into PowerPoint presentations, “copy & paste” into newsletters, etc.
* World FactBook (extensive country info, map and flag for each country)

I don’t know how much all this stuff would be worth if you purchased it separately. (I know I bought a set of the maps a couple of years ago and it seems like I paid $60 for one set!) I’ve carried the electronic version of Op. World on my hard drive for some time now, but this is tons better with all the color maps and the fact book. The cost??? An incredibly reasonable $29.95. If you’re interested, send the thirty bucks to
GMI
7899 Lexington Dr.
Suite #200A
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Highly recommended.

————————————–

SOMETHING WORTHWHILE ON THE WEB . . . FOR THE WORLD!
Finally something incredibly worthwhile on the web . . . for the world! From any point on the globe, you can now view the JESUS Film (using RealVideo) in English, Bengali-Musselmani, Arabic, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish! Plus, developers are adding a new language to the Net almost weekly. Soon, there will be 14 languages. With some versions of RealVideo 5.0, you can go full screen. As far as anyone knows, JESUS is the first feature length film in history to be “aired” on the Internet. You can check out the action at: http://www.jesusfilm.org/realvideo/

Also, you can now order the Jesus Film on the web in any of some 450 languages at http://www.jesusfilm.org/video.html

Or as an alternative, listen to the new audio version of JESUS at http://jesusfilm.org/audiodrama/

It’s a totally new version specifically designed for audio. How ’bout we give 3 cheers to the folks at the “Jesus Film Project” and Campus Crusade for pulling off a great accomplishment in an excellent way!

————————————–

PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW IV
So you’ve heard about Praying Through the Window I, II, and III . . . but did you know there was one final sequel scheduled? It’s coming to a church near you, October 1999. The broad focus will be the nations of the 10/40 Window, similar to 1993. Once again, organizers will circulate a prayer calendar and ask us all to pray for certain nations on certain days throughout the month of October. But in addition, the committee has adopted Campus Crusade’s paradigm of “Million People Target Areas” (MPTAs). I came across this MPTA concept way back in 1989 at Lausanne II in Manilla. Sometimes the concept works well — if all 1 million happen to be from the same ethnic background. Critics say that sometimes the MPTA paradigm breaks down, especially in complex rural areas where more than one ethnolinguistic group lives in the same MPTA. Gulp. gulp Anyway, the book helping prayer warriors to target their prayers for this initiative will contain maps of each of the nations with the location of each of the cities and Strategic Towns within the nation. Many home-based and church-based intercessors will pray specifically for these cities and towns, and it is hoped that prayer journey teams will visit each one of them for on site prayer. To keep continuity with Praying Through the Window III, the description of the cities and towns will each contain a list of those among the 1,739 unreached people groups which are present in significant numbers. In this way participants will be praying for nations, for cities, and for unreached people groups as they pray for the Million People Target Areas in October 1999. And by the way, leaders from PTWIII are now pulling together the results of last fall’s experiences into a book that will give testimonies, answered prayer and more. We’ll announce it here once it’s done.

————————————–

GOT A “MISSIONARY KID?” GET RAISING RESILIENT MKS
Have you seen ACSI’s new compendium (Ed. by Joyce Bowers) on raising children of missionaries? We’re talkin’ BIG… 510 pages in all. It’s a comprehensive one-volume collection of some of the best and most current thinking on a wide range of topics dealing with the nurture and education of missionary children. Provides resources for parents, teachers, school administrators, and caregivers. Included is information on the MK life cycle which would be helpful for mission administrators and personnel directors. Great stuff. I got mine from MTI, Mission Training Int’l minternataoldotcom.

————————————–

WEB-WATCH — SITE FOR JEWISH EYES
WebWatch Check out http://www.biblefind.com where the developer hope those from Israel and Jews from everywhere will be able to find new hope. Basic service there is free… but the developers also have offered to give a 50% discount on the advanced service (normally $25/year) if you mention that use “Brigada family” in your registration. (Sorry — no equivalent service for those without web access.)

————————————–

MOBILIZING? GET FREE INFO. ON COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
Check out http://www.emulateme.com where you can find country profiles, maps, flags and national anthems. The anthems are MIDI files and should play on PCs with sound cards. (Thanks for the tip, Robert!)

————————————–

“SO WHY WERE YOUR WEB REFERENCES ALL MESSED UP?”
This has got to be one of the most popular questions these past couple of weeks. Must be due to some new “feature” added into the latest upgrade of Eudora Pro. This weekend we’re using Outlook in an attempt to bypass the problem. Sorry for any inconvenience!

————————————–

MORE ABOUT VIDEO BIBLE SCHOOL IN ANY LANGUAGE
Using “life messages” from world known teachers such as Dick Eastman, Larry Stockstill, Jack Hayford, Graham Kendrick, Juan Carlos Ortiz and many others, Good Shepherd Ministries, International now has available a tool that will enable local churches anywhere in the world to become ministry training centers. The project was created as a “Training Equivalent of the Jesus Film” and over 180 hour-long sessions have already been professionally recorded in a bilingual format targeted at young leaders in countries such as China, Russia or India. Over 35 major world languages are currently available and others can rapidly be added on any mission field. Videos are available in all world formats and on video CD’s so literally a whole Bible School can fit in a briefcase including the player. Notes also available. Information obtainable from goodshepherdminatcompuservedotcom.

————————————–

THE BOTTOM LINE ON PRICELINE.COM
Several folks have now tried out http://www.priceline.com Thanks for your willingness to be test subjects! Seems we now have enough of a consensus to say that it indeed does have potential, but you have

* have flexibility on travel times,
* a willingness to use electronic tickets instead of paper, and
* lots of luck!

They charge you if you ask for operator assistance, charge you if you want to try a second time on the same itinerary, and charge you if you sneeze. :-) So — step carefully! But . . . again . . . it does have potential.

————————————–

GOT A LINE ON A EUROPEAN VALUES SURVEY?
If so, write Jim and Laurie Barnes JLEBarnesatcompuservedotcom.

————————————–

GOT A SERVER RUNNING POINT TO POINT TUNNELLING PROTOCOL
If so, please write David Pratten dprattenatmafdotorg.

————————————–

YOUR TESTIMONIES WILL BE SENT TO THE NATIONS
Christian News, a non-denominational twice-weekly Christian newspaper, is looking for mission news. Send news about what is happening in your field to Feoshia at goodnewsatchristiannewsdotorg. See http://www.christiannews.org for more info.

————————————–

FIRST NATIONS TO GATHER
This September 5-13, organizers expect some 7-10,000 Christian Indigenous people from 50 countries to gather in Rapid City, S. Dakota, for the 2nd World Christian Gathering of Indigenous People. (In 1996 over 2000 from 32 countries met in Rotorua, New Zealand.) Planners say “It is a time of celebration by tribal peoples of the goodness and grace of Almighty God in Jesus Christ. It is a time of worship utilizing the many beautiful God-given cultural forms of music, instruments, dance, language, art, storytelling, giftgiving, and dress. It is a time of exploring cultural and linguistic formats to bridge the gap between Jesus Christ and their people. Please pray for God’s protection, provision and wisdom as the First Nations people of the earth gather for perhaps the largest gathering of its kind in modern church history.” Learn more at http://www.chazm.com/wcgip

————————————–

DISTANCE LEARNERS COVER THE DISTANCE
Tony’s trying to compile a list of correspondence (distance learning) courses on Islam and on teaching English as a foreign language, as part of being better equipped for the future in his country of missions service. He’ll compile for the next 21 days then make the report available to Brigada Today readers on May 21st. Write him at tonyatomrussiadotspbdotsu to be included in the compilation.

————————————–

GET THE FACTS . . . ON THE FAX
Fax of the Apostles is a monthly world briefing of what God is doing through Every Home for Christ and other ministries. The goal is to provide inspiring stories, useful resources, and sermon illustrations. This is available through Email or fax and it is free. For more information or to subscribe, contact Carol at carolaatehcdotorg.

————————————–

BECOME A PEN PAL FOR THOSE FOLLOWING THE PROPHET
Turkish World Outreach (TWO) urgently needs Christian volunteers who will send ten Gospel Letters per month to Muslim families in Turkey. They apparently have more than three million current addresses and are praying for Gospel Letter Volunteers to help them reach each one. They provide Turkish letters, a translation, addresses, and instructions. Volunteers are asked to provide the postage and envelopes to send their ten letters monthly. Postage is 60 cents per letter (from the US). The letters are in Turkish and offer a free Turkish New Testament and “Jesus Film” video. An effective follow-up program is underway in Turkey, and Christian workers will reach out to those who show a serious interest in the Gospel. Each respondent will also receive the offer of a free Bible correspondence course. For more information, contact TWOsteveatonlinecoldotcom.

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980419 Brigada Today

Now with 7187 participants!
News and Notes about Brigada, Your Gateway to Missions Networking!
On the WorldWide Web, browse http://www.brigada.org or
Brigada Today is “the missionary helper newsletter!”
Compiled by Doug Lucas <dlucasatteamexpansiondotorg>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* FREE! TRANSLATE ON THE WEB!
* APOLOGIES TO ALL FROM ME, THE “FORMAT-CHALLENGED”
* FROM THE “AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE A STUDENT” DEPT.
* NEED ONE OF THOSE “CALL BACK” PHONE COMPANIES?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON STATS
* YOU’RE INVITED TO SCOPE OUT SCOPE
* SHORT IS SWEET: EMAIL ETIQUETTE
* WANT INFO ON THE CULTS IN THE USA?
* PREPARING TO SERVE
* TRAIN & MULTIPLY – THE RESOURCE
* FORMING MISSIONARY TEAMS
* BRING ON THE REENTRY STORIES!
* WHO CAN SEND FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES…
* NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
* SEMINAR FOR ADVOCATES-REGISTER NOW!
* APOLOGIES TO THE WEB-CHALLENGED
* WEB-WATCH – AUDIO GREETINGS FROM NATIVE AM. CHRISTIANS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

FREE! TRANSLATE ON THE WEB!
Carol nevincatusadotnet gets the prize for coming up with the Brigada “Tip of the Week”!!! She found where you can translate between five languages forward and backward in and out of English. It takes a bit of time . . . but it’s a GREAT help for those who are wanting to translate web sites, pages of information, etc. Granted, I’m sure it would take some polishing, but in my own simple testing, it at least provides a foundation for getting the translation started. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you! And Carol, enjoy those two tickets to Bosnia, free from Brigada! (Okay — so I’m kidding about the tickets — but we’re NOT kidding about our thanks!!!! God bless!)

————————————–

TO ALL FROM ME, THE “FORMAT-CHALLENGED”
Can you believe the mess in last week’s Brigada Today? I’d suggest throwing away the item about formatting addresses and web sites in email. Yikes. gulp I just hope this issue comes through better. What we were TRYING to suggest is: When sending items into <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg> for inclusion in Brigada Today, please enclose email addresses in < > pointy braces as in the example above. For web-sites (URLs), please just space down and leave them on a separate line. (Jonathan at MAFxc says that’s probably safest of all.) Please DO include the “http://” on the front of the web address. Some email clients watch for it as a queue for URLs. Thus, if you were giving the URL for the Brigada home page, you could give it…

http://www.brigada.org

So . . . again, apologies for the muddy “send” last week. Believe it or not, we used Eudora (which is supposed to be a standard) but the newest version (Eudora Pro Comm Center) evidently takes SEVERAL liberties with formatting sites and email addresses. Thanks for your patience as we work out the kinks!

————————————–

FROM THE “AREN’T YOU GLAD YOU’RE A STUDENT” DEPT.
Remember WinAlim (see last week’s Brigada Today, “ISLAM ON A DISK”)? Turns out that students can get it for $69. One user said it was definitely worth the bucks for the serious scholar of Islam. Thanks Jeff! http://www.islsoftware.com/html/the_alim.html

————————————–

NEED ONE OF THOSE “CALL BACK” PHONE COMPANIES?
I know they’re all around… but this one just informed us that Brigada Today readers could get a free month and new lower rates. Try it and let us know what you think… http://www.musictus.com/telecom%3Ehttp://www.musictus.com/telecom These callback companies promise international dialers (from outside the USA) calling into the USA that they can call a number locally which will then initiate a USA call from the company’s computer which will then allow the caller to connect to a USA dialtone. Pretty cool idea. thumbs-up

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON STATS
world globe Approximately 17 million people become church members globally each year through conversion while about 7 million leave the church. In addition to this, 53 million children are born into Christian families each year and 21 million church members die. This makes a daily growth rate of some 115,000 people of whom 27,400 are new converts and 87,700 are babies. Roughly two billion people claim Christianity with 1/3 considered to be Great Commission Christians.
(Source: Justin Long, Global Evangelism Movement / World Christian Encyclopedia, http://www.gem-werc.org via FridayFax, Feb 6, 1998.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.)

————————————–

YOU’RE INVITED TO SCOPE OUT SCOPE
… the conference, not the mouthwash. The Strategic Congress On Prayer Evangelism ’98 will take place September 29-October 2, Tue-Fri noon, in Colorado Springs. Dick Eastman, International President of Every Home for Christ is hosting the event. Speakers include: Ted Haggard, Michael Fletcher and Rick Zachary. The emphasis is on partnering together to reach Least Evangelized People Groups, as well as “city reaching strategies.” For more information, contact Kevin or Barbara at kguttmanatehcdotorg.

————————————–

SHORT IS SWEET: EMAIL ETIQUETTE
Is it just my imagination or are we getting more email these days than we did 10 years ago? :-) My suggestion? Be kind to the animals: Don’t feed them more than they can bare. When you’re emailing someone, try your best to be as brief as the situation allows. Your recipient will be glad you did!

————————————–

WANT INFO ON THE CULTS IN THE USA?
Our volunteer compiler, Ted Bourdon 105332dot551atcompuservedotcom, found two. The first is author George Barna, whose book The Index of Leading Spiritual Indicators is from Thomas Nelson/WORD Publishers. Get the sister newsletter from Thomas Nelson Word Ministry Resources, 800-933-9673 ext 2037. The second is The New England Institute of Religious Research (NEIRR), which conducts seminars on cults that are primarily operating in the New England area. However, in conversation with Bob Pardon, 508-947-9571, email neirratmadotultranetdotcom, they are a resource for much information on all cults. Thanks Ted!

————————————–

PREPARING TO SERVE
China ’98: Preparing to Serve, is a discipleship conference for Chinese Christian students to be held July 22-26, 1998 in Colorado Springs. Topics will include evangelism and discipleship training, cell-group planting, Bible study, etc. Invitations are being sent to appropriate potential conferees on the recommendation of ministry leaders. If you know of a student who should receive an invitation, please send the student’s name and address to ISI by email at China98Leadershipatisionlinedotorg.

————————————–

TRAIN & MULTIPLY – THE RESOURCE
“Train & Multiply” was originally developed by George Patterson as a Theological Ed. by Extension (TEE) course. But he especially found it incredibly effective to train church planters. You can get the course in several languages, including, for example, English and French with Black African pictures. A complete sample set of the materials with the Chilean (white) pictures and English text costs US$95 plus US$25 surface mail or US$50 airmail. At present the Black African English version is available only on diskette in Microsoft Publisher 3.0 format for US$300. (With these you can print out originals or booklets as you need them.) Says trainer Ian Benson, “The materials are for training new workers as leaders of groups – as these groups are established and multiply, so do the workers. They form an on-the-job pastoral training programme that is very flexible. Being flexible, it also requires discipline. Hundreds of churches have been established using this method – in different countries around the world.” If you haven’t studied them before, give them a chance. You’ll be glad you did! Write Ian at CoordmtsatXCdotOrg for more info. Orders go to
The Missionary Training Service
18 Aston Way
Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2XY
United Kingdom

————————————–

FORMING MISSIONARY TEAMS
MTS also has a new booklet called The Missionary Team, which discusses how to form and lead a missionary team. This study helps a team develop a memorandum of understanding and an action plan. It outlines responsibilities of team members and the team leader. Other areas covered include:

* practical suggestions for building a strong team
* family life as missionaries
* dealing with culture shock
* relationships with the home church and sending agency
* spiritual warfare
* proven spiritual ways of raising prayer and financial support
* dealing with emergencies
* handling sexual temptation on the field
* organizing home leave and furloughs

Looks VERY good. How can we NOT order this book!??? US$6.50 plus Seamail: US$1.50 Airmail US$3.00. Checks go to
The Missionary Training Service
18 Aston Way
Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 2XY
United Kingdom

Write Ian at CoordmtsatXCdotOrg for more info.

————————————–

BRING ON THE 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 if you have a personal or public example, and they will give you further details. You may also call 619-292-7020 if you have questions.

————————————–

WHO CAN SEND FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES…
Dick Gaffney is searching for names of agencies and companies willing to donate medical and food aid to people in need. He’s willing to send his compiled list back to us in a couple of weeks so the entire Brigada family will have access. If you know of someone or some agency, write him at RGaff13817ataoldotcom. Thanks Dick!

————————————–

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Don’t forget about the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 7, 1998. Write mmejiaatunidialdotcom for more information.

————————————–

SEMINAR FOR ADVOCATES-REGISTER NOW!
Want to adopt a people group, learn about them, develop strategies, mobilize resources, help build a network of churches and agencies to reach them? Register now for Caleb Project’s Resource Advocacy Training Seminar, May 7-9 in Denver Colorado. Read all about it at http://www.calebproject.org/rats.htm.
From John Hanna & Marti Smith for the Caleb Project Advocacy Staff (303) 730-4170, trainingatcprojectdotcom.

————————————–

APOLOGIES TO THE WEB-CHALLENGED
We continue to try to remember to provide email addresses for those who don’t have access to the Worldwide Web. You can help us — if you send a great tip or source into Brigada Today, please don’t overlook providing alternative means of contacting… like email, snailmail, fax, and/or phone.

————————————–

WEB-WATCH – AUDIO GREETINGS FROM NATIVE AM. CHRISTIANS
WebWatch Catch up on your latest Mohawk language snippets at http://www.gospelcom.net/ibs/native-wind/audio They’ve got Cheyenne, Mohawk, Lakota and more!

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980412 Brigada Today

Now with 7130 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* HOW TO LIST ADDRESSES AND URLS FOR BRIGADA
* FROM THE “I TOLD YOU WE’D ONLY HAVE 5 YEARS IN THE USSR” DEPT.
* ISLAM ON A DISK
* WEB-WATCH – FREE SOFTWARE FOR CHRISTIANS
* INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR MISSIONARIES
* THE DEFINITIVE RESOURCE FOR MULTICULTURAL TEAMS
* HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE SENDING CHURCH IN 3 EASY LESSONS
* TEACHING ENGLISH FROM YOUR LOCAL CHURCH
* THE IDEALIST SITE FOR CONNECTING
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE LAND OF MOSQUES
* NEED TO SHIP AT 40 CENTS/POUND TO ROMANIA AND OTHER LANDS?
* CRITICAL MASS OF INFORMATION
* WANT TO STUDY PERSIAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE?
* STREET-SMART AMONG 7000 OTHER USERS
* HOW TO RAISE A GREAT MISSIONARY SON OR DAUGHTER
* APPLIED ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
* READ A BOOK VIA YOUR LAPTOP
* 30 DAYS HINDU PRAYER FOCUS IS COMING!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

HOW TO LIST ADDRESSES AND URLS FOR BRIGADA
When sending items into <dlucasatTeamExpansiondotorg> for inclusion in Brigada Today, please enclose email addresses in < > pointy braces as in the example above. We’re also now enclosing web addresses (URLs) in pointy braces, but for the benefit of some browsers who might not read those URLs correctly with the pointy braces “attached,” please leave a space on either side of the URL. See examples below in this edition of Brigada Today. Please DO include the “http://” on the front of the web address. Some email clients watch for it as a queue for URLs.

————————————–

FROM THE “I TOLD YOU WE’D ONLY HAVE 5 YEARS IN THE USSR” DEPT.
Word on the street is that a Russian official recently told an American missionary that eventually all American missionaries would be expelled from the Republic of Russia. He evidently said it as that missionary was being expelled. Yikes. gulp Guess we should have expected it since naysayers warned us of the possibility as far back as 1991 when the wall fell. “Mark my words — we’ll be lucky to have 5 years here in this window of opportunity.” Well, five years passed . . . but now we’re at the 7-year mark and some people are already having problems. To me the one key thing we should learn is that when these windows of opportunity occur, we need to climb through them QUICKLY and EFFECTIVELY, and in a harmonious fashion. I believe God is going to continue to orchestrate the “awakenings” — our job is to be there when they happen.

————————————–

ISLAM ON A DISK
Well . . . maybe not quite . . . but close, according to our friend Rod. He says it’s “the hottest Islamic resource” he’s ever seen. After showing it to one friend heading into missions among Muslims, he stated emphatically, “No missionary to Muslims should leave for the field without it!” WinAlim is an entire bookcase full of scholarly Islamic resources on one CD. ISL Software designed WinAlim for Muslims desiring to become an Alim (scholar) in Islam. Just as Christians have powerful Bible software today, Muslims have WinAlim. In many ways, WinAlim is far more sophisticated than most Christian software. With WinAlim, you not only have quick access to any book, subject, or page of the most widely read Islamic reference works, but you can also HEAR any verse of the Quran recited in eloquent Arabic! (Great for memorizing those helpful ayats which can be used as evangelistic bridges!) WinAlim lets you search for any word, phrase, person, hadith narrator, subject, or idea and easily acquire the facts you need. The Alim is an indispensable tool for every missionary to Muslims. Purchasing all the books contained in WinAlim would cost hundreds of dollars, but the cost of WinAlim is $99! Such a deal. http://www.islsoftware.com/html/the_alim.html Mac users need not lament the fact that this amazing tool is only available for Windows users. With VirtualPC http://www.connectix.com/html/connectix_virtualpc.html, WinAlim works beautifully on a Mac! (Now see, we don’t ALWAYS forget about the holdouts!! :-)) Sounds like this one’s a keeper . . . if you’re headed toward an Islamic land. Thanks Rod!

————————————–

WEB-WATCH – FREE SOFTWARE FOR CHRISTIANS
WebWatch Check out http://www.seriousd.com/freeware.htm. It’s like a directory of tons of free or at least low-priced software for Bible students, church secretaries, missionaries, etc. Looks like one that’s destined to grow! Thanks Levi!

————————————–

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS WORKSHOP FOR MISSIONARIES
Mission Training International is sponsoring a five-day workshop designed to help missionaries and mission leaders build their interpersonal skills It will be held near Colorado Springs, November 5-11, 1998. Some of the issues addressed include “drawing people out, helping others solve problems, confrontation and conflict management, building trust, helping others grieve well, and managing stress.” Sorry, this workshop is for missionaries only. The whole workshop is based on practical application of Scripture, and is very interactive, with demonstrations, practice, small group sharing, etc. It will be facilitated by long term missionaries who are experienced trainers. For more information, call MTI at (800) 896-3710 (if you’re in the USA or can use “Net2phone”) or email minternataoldotcom.

————————————–

THE DEFINITIVE RESOURCE FOR MULTICULTURAL TEAMS
Dr. Lianne Roembke of Campus Crusade International has completed a landmark study on multicultural mission teams. Based on her doctoral dissertation, this book is filled with significant data, relevant insights, and practical ways to help multicultural teams work well. The book is only available through Dr. Roembke. The cost is $15 per copy, including surface mail from Germany. (Not a bad deal for a “definitive resource!” :-)) For more information, contact her at lroembkeataoldotcom.

————————————–

HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE SENDING CHURCH IN 3 EASY LESSONS
That’s what Grace gracewatidmaildotcom. :-) ‘Course, she knows it won’t be that easy, . . . so she’d like to develop a kind of seminar on the process of effective partnership in missions for local churches. So far, she likes Neal Pirolo’s SERVING AS SENDERS book (excellent!!) and The Effective Sending Church (by The Missionary Training Service in the UK). Got other resources? Heard of any great ideas or got any stories about how God has blessed a sending church and her missionaries as the church has become more vitally connected as EFFECTIVE senders, etc.? She’ll make the entire course available to us after it’s assembled. How ’bout that.

————————————–

TEACHING ENGLISH FROM YOUR LOCAL CHURCH
Great idea for outreach to internationals in your area — and you’ll build tons of great relationships in the process. Your church people get involved, and, who knows . . . maybe a few of the internationals will get involved in your church! Literacy & Evangelism International has produced a Bible-based ESL curriculum called, PASSPORT TO THE WORLD OF ENGLISH. Two “how-to” institutes are scheduled for this summer: June 1-6 at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas; (Cost $235 for tuition, books, materials, room & meals.) and July 20-25 at Christian Heritage College, San Diego, California. (Cost: $250.) The objectives of these institutes are:

1. to equip Christian volunteers to be able to tutor English using Passport to the World of English as a means to share language, culture and the Christian faith;
2. to learn how to start an ESL outreach ministry from the local church to the millions of internationals now living in our neighborhoods;
3. to assist our ethnic congregations with their evangelism outreaches by providing English classes where they can invites their non-believing friends & relatives;
4. be introduce LEI’s newest short-term missions ESL curriculum “Nation to Nations,” as a field-test copy for churches to use.

Get more info. from Don Edic edic4leiataoldotcom. 918/585-3826, 8am-4:30pm M-F Tulsa time. Sounds like a great resource!

————————————–

THE IDEALIST SITE FOR CONNECTING
Here’s a site I’ve got to make more time to explore. Idealist.org is a collaborative project through which thousands of organizations around the world have created what the organizers hope is “the richest directory of volunteering and nonprofit resources on the Web.” Idealist enables any nonprofit or community organization (whether it has a Website or not) to use the Internet to post and update detailed information about its services, volunteer opportunities, jobs, internships, upcoming events, and any material or publication it has produced. Idealist is already serving 13,000 organizations in 125 countries, and is being used by thousands of people every day to help themselves and their communities. To add your organization go http://www.idealist.org. If you have any questions feel free to contact Russ at Russatidealistdotorg.

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE LAND OF MOSQUES
Christianity is continuing to expand in traditionally Islamic Syria. Observers say many Muslims are deciding to follow Jesus, attributing this to the country’s Christians’ intense prayer and fasting. The government is also easing restrictions previously placed on Christian movements. One Christian organization received permission to print and distribute thousands of New Testaments. Even though Syria’s Christians are restricted in their rights to meet, the government donated land to build chapels and churches waving water and electricity fees, as for mosques.
(Source: FRIDAYFax 13, April 10th, 1998, via CMD Net web site: http://www.cmd.org.nz/ffaxnu.htm)
Global Glimpse is assembled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

————————————–

NEED TO SHIP AT 40 CENTS/POUND TO ROMANIA AND OTHER LANDS?
If you have to ship to Romania, India, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Venezuela, Thailand, or Romania, try Christian Veterans Association, a shipping ministry for missionaries. They hope to get rates down to 30 cents/pound but pledge no more than 40 cents. Contact CVAatjunodotcom for more info.

————————————–

CRITICAL MASS OF INFORMATION
Have you ever wished you could do real-time searches through web-archived copies of full-text books, missions magazines and newsletters, and email conference archives? If so, Nolan nrwordathotmaildotcom would like to know. He’s wondering, “Would the general missions community use this site?, Would the royalties on materials be such that the project would be made impossible?, Would the missions community and advertisers targeting missionaries support this site through banner advertising? If you have any ideas or comments, email nrwordathotmaildotcom.

————————————–

WANT TO STUDY PERSIAN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE?
Stuart’s got a deal for you. He just returned from Iran and has tons of opportunities. Check ’em out at http://www.smiley.logos.cy.net/terradev/persian/home.html.

————————————–

STREET-SMART AMONG 7000 OTHER USERS
Thanks to Don & Judy, who have been serving as our “stand in” Brigada Customer Relations Managers (totally volunteer) for the past few months. As of this past week, they’ve renewed their commitment on a more indefinite basis!!! Yahooo! You can make their job tons easier by observing simple principles like these:

1. before changing email servers, please unsubscribe; then once you have your new address, subscribe again. (see instructions at the end of each Brigada Today
2. If you’re a CompuServe user and would like to change your address to the new “alpha” format, please unsubscribe before doing so. Then once you’ve changed, subscribe back again.
3. If your mailbox has limited space, unsubscribe before leaving for that 3-month mission trip!!! :-) Your friends just might fill up your box and emails to you will bounce back. No fun when you have to maintain a mail list of over 7000 people!
4. If you use “vacation mail notifiers” (“I’m on vacation; I’ll write you when I return”), make sure they’re “friendly” to bulk mail like Brigada conference mailings. For more information, contact your system administrator and ask about how to set up the filter. If there’s no filter, then simply unsubscribe from Brigada conferences before leaving.

Thanks for making Don and Judy’s job easier!!! Join us in thanking God for their totally voluntary service!

————————————–

HOW TO RAISE A GREAT MISSIONARY SON OR DAUGHTER
Do you work with MKs? Maybe you’re a dorm parent for one? Maybe you’re the father or mother for one? Maybe you ARE one! :-) A wonderful new resource has just arrived for those working with MKs. Raising Resilient MKs is a comprehensive one-volume collection of the best and most current thinking on a wide range of topics dealing with the nurture and education of “missionary kids” (MKs). This 500+ page paperback was developed by ACSI (the Association of Christian Schools, Int’l), Interaction Inc., and Mission Training International (MTI). It is now available from Mission Training International for $14.95 + s/h. Payment by check or VISA/MC. To order contact MTI via email at MInternataoldotcom, fax 719-594-4682 or by phone (in the U.S. or by Net2Phone) at 800 896-3710. Highly recommended.

————————————–

APPLIED ETHNOMUSICOLOGY
Would you like help in getting a handle on non-western music, and get ideas as to how to utilize it effectively in your ministry overseas? A week of training in applied ethnomusicology will be taught at the Dallas center of SIL/Wycliffe Bible Translators, June 8-13. A primary purpose is to train some students to do music research later in the summer, but everyone with an interest in promoting indigenous hymns is invited, including college students and members of all mission agencies. There will be a moderate cost for materials for this short non-credit class. Room and board are available at the dorm. If you’d like to know more, contact paul_neeleyatsildotorg.

————————————–

READ A BOOK VIA YOUR LAPTOP
Taking your laptop on your next mission cruise? Then why not catch up on your reading while you’re at it (makes those long plane rides seem shorter). Project Gutenberg is constantly whacking out new books at http://www.promo.net/pg. They’re free… and the New Testament and OT/NT is there too (in KJV). If you’ve got a new Windows/CE palmtop, you could download the whole novel there and read a book in your palm!

————————————–

30 DAYS HINDU PRAYER FOCUS IS COMING!
WorldChristian News (in cooperation with South Asia Concern) announces the second annual 30 DAYS HINDU PRAYER FOCUS For those Christians with interest in India and the Hindu world, May 17 – June 15, 1998. For more info, news release, and cover illustration check out http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html. Contact wcnatxcdotorg (in the USA) or 100126dot3641atcompuservedotcom (in Europe) (I guess the rest of the world can just take your pick! :-))

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980405 Brigada Today

Now with 7096 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* EASTER GREETINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
* PARKLAND CHRISTIAN! THANKS FOR YOUR SPONSORSHIP TO BRIGADA
* NEW UNREACHED PEOPLES VIDEO SERIES LOOKS VERY PROMISING!
* NOW PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW IV IS ALREADY GEARING UP!
* FOR THOSE MISSIONARIES AMONG US WITH MONEY TO COUNT
* ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONFERENCE AT US CENTER
* FOR YOUR WILD AND WOOLY [COMPUTER] VIRUS INFECTIONS
* THE BIBLE VS. THE QUR’AN: THE GREAT DEBATE
* BIBLE SCHOOL TRAINING VIA VIDEO
* NOMINALISM – HO-HUM
* SECTS EDUCATION IN YOUR CHURCH
* TOOL TIME FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE SKIES
* IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR INTENT
* LOOKING WHAT THE GERMANS ARE COOKING UP
* BUDDHISTS: “THE CHRISTIANS ARE COMING!”
* HERE’S THE JOB OPPORTUNITY OF THE YEAR
* AD2000 WORSHIP & ARTS NETWORK FIRST NEWSLETTER LAUNCHED
* ARE YOU A TECHY OR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIST FOR YOUR MISSION?
* PERSPECTIVES STUDENTS AND UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILES
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

EASTER GREETINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Catalin Popa catalinatjpsdotnet and Brigada readers came through for us. Using this list of Easter greetings, you could give your Sunday morning sunrise service a new international look and feel . . . or spice up your communion service on Easter morning! Thanks Catalin! Great idea. You’ll have to improvise on the pronunciation. Maybe next year we can provide the audio files! :-)
Afrikaans: Jesus Christus het opgestaan! (Hy’t opgestaan!)
Arabic: Al MeseeH Qaam! Haqqan Qaam! Yasuua Qaam! Haqqum Qaam!
Balochi: Isa murdegan che chist buteg! Pe rastia chist buteg!
Bambara: Ala ka seli dia! (West Africa)
French: Bonne Fete!
Isaan: Pra yaysu song ben kun jak kwam die! Pra ong ben kun y lee! (Lao-speaking Thai)
Italian: E’ risorto! E’ veramente risorto!
Latvian: Kristus is augsamcelies! Vins patiesi ir augsamcelies!
Philippines: Maayong Adlaw sa Pagkabanhaw! (“good resurrection day”) Si Kristo nabanhaw! (“Christ is risen”) (Ilonggo/Cebuano)
Romanian: Cristos a inviat! Adevarat a inviat!
Spanish: Feliz Pascua; Felices Pascuas; Semana Santa; Feliz Dia de la Resurrection!
Turkish: Isa olulerden dirildi! Dogrusu dirildi!
Ukrainian: Christos vaskres! Vahistinu vaskres!
Urdu: Yisu murdon mense ji utha! Zarur ji utha!

————————————–

PARKLAND CHRISTIAN! THANKS FOR YOUR SPONSORSHIP TO BRIGADA
We just wrote a check this past week for nearly $500 to cover web hosting expenses at MAFxc. And just a day later out of the blue comes a wonderful sponsor’s check from Parkland Christian Church, 12305 Spanaway Loop Road, Tacoma, WA 98444, tel. 253-531-0757. If you live anywhere in the Seattle/Tacoma area and you’re looking for a missions-minded church to attend, I hope you’ll consider Parkland Christian. They’ve apparently got some very globally minded people there! Now here’s my simple request: Would you be kind enough to send a one-line thank-you note to Lee Higley higtacatjunodotcom Maybe he’ll pass it along to their missions committee . . . and while you’re at it, would you utter a prayer of thanksgiving for their gift, which has helped keep Brigada an absolutely free service for the whole world to utilize! Parkland will earn a spot in the sponsors page on the Brigada web site!

————————————–

NEW UNREACHED PEOPLES VIDEO SERIES LOOKS VERY PROMISING!
movie camera Wow! blinking1eyes This looks like great stuff. Today we’re introducing a New Unreached People Group Video Series THE WAITING WORLD. We are living in a flash-point of spiritual history unlike any other! The fields are ripe for harvest, especially in the 10/40 Window, where response rate to the Gospel is an explosive 30 to 40 times higher than in the already “Christianized” parts of the world. It is time to add fuel to this fire for the Gospel. YWAM Strategic Frontiers is now offering a high quality unreached people group video series entitled The Waiting World, designed to engage the imagination and ignite the prayer of viewers. The series is packed full of fast moving, colorful footage of the people most in need of Christ today. Professional voice-overs augment the images to give the best possible information for prayer. Each edition is only 3 minutes long, suitable for a church service presentation or as an introduction for a prayer group. A premier subscription to The Waiting World includes these twelve people groups, produced in cooperation with several ministries and producers: the Turks of Turkey, the Khmer of Cambodia, the Riff Berber of Morocco, the Uzbeks of Uzbekistan, the Kazaks of Kazakstan, the Minangkabau of Indonesia, the Mongols of Mongolia, the Pushtuns of Afganistan, the Punjabis of Pakistan, the Miao of China, the Amdo of Tibet, and the Maratha of India. A 12 month subscription to this dynamic series is only $120, and will be available June 1, 1998. Contact:
YWAM Strategic Frontiers
The Waiting World Videos
P.O.Box 25490
Colorado Springs, CO 80936 USA
Phone: 719.527.9594
Fax: 719.527.2680

Orders in the USA or using Net2phone: 1-800-871-1488
e-mail: videosatsfcosdotorg
web: http://www.sfcos.org/

————————————–

NOW PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW IV IS ALREADY GEARING UP!
Praying Through The Window I in October 1993 targeted the 62 countries of The 10/40 Window, mustering over 21 million intercessors worldwide. Praying Through The Window II in October 1995 mobilized prayer for the “Gateway Cities” of this region, with over 36 million intercessors supporting this initiative in daily prayer. Then Praying Through The Window III, culminating in October 1997, focused on the unreached peoples of The 10/40 Window. Christian Information Network’s director, Beverly Pegues expects the latest company of intercessors to match or exceed the size of the previous one. Now Praying Through The Window IV is gearing up for the last such initiative of the millennium in October 1999. Titled “Light The Window,” it returns to a focus on the nations of The 10/40 Window, while incorporating the strategic prayer information of the other efforts. For information on how to take part, contact the
Christian Information Network
11025 State Highway 83 North
Colorado Springs, CO 80921-3623
Phone: (719) 522-1040
Fax: (719) 548-9000
E-mail: CIN10_40atcompuservedotcom
Website: http://www.christian-info.com/

————————————–

FOR THOSE MISSIONARIES AMONG US WITH MONEY TO COUNT
The recent software compilation turned up a pretty strong review on Membership Plus and Money Counts. I checked it out . . . downloaded a sampler help file and indeed it looks like it might work for missionaries. Check it out at http://www.parsonstech.com/. (The sampler can be found at http://www.parsonstech.com/infocentral.) To get one user’s opinion, write NoelHydeatxcdotorg who says he’s VERY satisfied. Les’ other items are listed in a special document.

Thanks Les!!! You carried through!

————————————–

ADOPT-A-PEOPLE CONFERENCE AT US CENTER
Keith Butler, Director of the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, tells us that they’re co-sponsoring (with the US Center’s Adoption Campaign) a conference designed specifically for agency adoption leaders on May 28-30. Speakers include Ralph Winter, Bruce Camp, and a host of others. Cost is $75 (before Apr. 24th). Housing will be at the Aylward House at the US Center ($50). Workshops include Role and History of the Adopt-A-people Movement, Back to the Basics – Terms and definitions, Agency/Church Partnerships, Steps to a Successful Adoption, Review of Available Resources, What do you and Your Agency Need from the AAP?, What will it take to Succeed in Your Agency, and tracks for various subgroups. You can register via (626)398-2163 or, for more info., email Keith at AAPCatxcdotorg.

————————————–

FOR YOUR WILD AND WOOLY [COMPUTER] VIRUS INFECTIONS
virus Dan Scribner of AD2000 was kind enough to point out that McAfee & company have moved their virus site to the company with which they’ve merged: http://www.nai.com/services/support/hoax/hoax.asp So this one is one to jot down. Thanks Dan!

————————————–

THE BIBLE VS. THE QUR’AN: THE GREAT DEBATE
Check out http://debate.org.uk/topics/history/bib-qur/intro.htm — if you want apologetics on the Bible vs. the Qur’an.

Thanks John!

————————————–

BIBLE SCHOOL TRAINING VIA VIDEO
Milton Fauss mrfaussatverenadotro highly recommends “International Curriculum” by Good Shepherd Ministries goodshepherdminatcompuservedotcom. He writes, “They have an excellent approach to Bible School training using video cassettes and manuals. I am a missionary in Sibiu, Romania with Calvary Commission, where we have begun a Bible School in our local church. These courses are professionally translated and the teachers are well recognized in their fields of specialization. I think they have about 25 languages translated now. The director’s name is Berin Gilfillan. Milton feels this curriculum would help local churches train their own people for local service or for missions. Check it out!

————————————–

NOMINALISM – HO-HUM
:-) Heather 100616dot1657atcompuservedotcom from the Lausanne Mov’t sent this note in to Brigada Today this past week: “Nominalism is an issue which is growing in significance around the world, although it is most relevant in Europe. In Britain for example, 65% of the population call themselves Christian, of whom 10% are regular churchgoers and 5% church members who do not attend. This leaves 50% of the population who call themselves Christian but neither attend church nor are members. Nominal Christians raise questions for those of us who are active Christians. Who are they? Why do they not now go to church? If they used to go, will they come back? If so, what would make them do so? Is nominalism a problem or is it sometimes part of the cyclical nature of the Christian journey? The Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization is holding a major Consultation in December to look at this subject. It will bring together near London, England key speakers from around the world from 6-12th December 1998. If you would like to join them, please email Christian Research, 100616dot1657atcompuservedotcom They will send you details and booking information by post, so please include your mailing address.” Thanks Heather!

————————————–

SECTS EDUCATION IN YOUR CHURCH
Isn’t it about time you developed a Sects Education program for your church??? Ted tbourdonatmissionparkdotcom thinks so. He just showed The Mormon Puzzle and his church loved it, in part because it was presented in such a balanced fashion. Got any good videos or resources that Ted can compile for the Brigada Today audience? Send them to him and he’ll report back here in a couple of weeks.

————————————–

TOOL TIME FOR ENGLISH TEACHERS
Speaking of the influence of the Internet, an industry pundit recently wrote, “Driven by the realities of global commerce, and supported by the ever-widening reach of the Internet, it is inconceivable that our grandchildren will live in a world where the citizens of all developed nations won’t be able to speak with one another….as much as some die-hard cultural chauvinists despise the idea, it’s obvious the language we’ll all share will be English.” Whether fueled by the Internet or not, the ever increasing demand for English language skills create a wonderful opportunity for ministry. Want to find out how you can leverage the interest in conversational English for your ministry? Check out the Adventures in English materials the EFCM International Network has put together. With a focus on developing conversational English in a small group setting, these newly revised materials have been developed through 6 years of actual cross-cultural use by short-term teams of non-professional ESL teachers. For more information or a sample of the 1998 material visit the EFCM web site at http://www.efcm.org/adventur.html or contact Don Erickson at 72066dot2020atcompuservedotcom.

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE SKIES
world globe Sat-7, the Arabic Language Satellite TV receives an avid response from viewers. An isolated Christian woman in Algeria wrote “I found your channel by accident and, at first, could not believe it! I thank God for you because I was, and still am, very lonely and in need of such programs to encourage and strengthen me.” A man wrote from Syria, “Am I dreaming or is it true? Today I was surfing the channels and found a soap opera where Egyptians were quoting the Bible! Is there really a Christian channel I can watch?! I cannot describe my happiness with this wonderful news!” This month viewing hours are being increased to 9 hours per week.
(Source: Sat-7 Web site http://www.sat7.org/latest.htm and Mission Network News http://www.gospelcom.net/mnn/.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO, as a labor of love.

————————————–

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR INTENT
INTENT’s ’98 National Conference, “MANY JOBS; ONE TASK – Networking Professionals for Global Impact” will convene May 15-17, 1998 at the Divine Word International Techny Towers Retreat Center located 12 miles north of O’Hare Airport. If you are intentional about tentmaking, this conference is for you! INTENT ’98 is a place where organizers bring together the experience and expertise of practitioners, enablers, and sending institutions with Kingdom Professionals. Plenary speakers include J. Christy Wilson (tentmaking in Afghanistan), Norman and Jacquelyn Friberg (also from Afghanistan and Turkey), Ruth Siemens, (founder of Global Opportunities) and Ron George (International Director of World In Need) from the UK. Workshops and other items round out the program. Call INTENT at 1-800-478-2598 (from the USA or via Net2phone) or write dorothyblahaatmsndotcom to register and to reserve a room at the Conference Center.

————————————–

LOOKING WHAT THE GERMANS ARE COOKING UP
Want to be featured in a German cookbook? Here’s your big chance to be a galloping gourmet “Berlin style”! Kerstin 100711dot2622atCompuservedotcom wants your recipes! Send her…

1. one typical easy to cook recipe (no ingredients that are too exotic — and preferably make it a tasty one for Europeans) – could be anything – a typical drink, lunch or sweet;
2. short info on the people group with which you work (half a page — or ask Kerstin to improvise on your group if it’s a commonly known one);
3. something special about their culture (one interesting custom etc.);
4. 2 – 4 specific prayer requests (preferably things that can be prayed for the next few years, not something that will be outdated in a few weeks time).

What a great idea! I love to eat :-) . . . so I’m hoping that this resource will be ready by the time I visit Munich in July!!! :-)

————————————–

BUDDHISTS: “THE CHRISTIANS ARE COMING!”
Did you see Dan Henrich’s DanHenrichatxcdotorg report that Buddhists are starting to get “spooked” about the growth of Christianity around the world? Apparently, they’re concerned that they’re losing members to Christian work too quickly! Dan was commenting on the “First World Buddhist Propagation Conference” which met recently in Kyoto, Japan. Reportedly, leaders from 15 Asian countries gathered to discuss an identity crisis among Buddhism’s followers and the fact that Buddhism is “. . . losing its following to the more aggressive missionary efforts of Christians.” The Malaysian High Priest, K Sri Dammananda Maha Thera said, “Every day we are losing our youth to Christianity.” He also commented that Buddhism is on the decline in South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan.

————————————–

HERE’S THE JOB OPPORTUNITY OF THE YEAR
Dennis Fahringer photoatuofndotedu is looking for someone who knows the Lord and cares deeply about training missionaries from around the world. (More than half his students are internationals.) He needs a person who can teach at his school July 13-18 on a particular technical topic: color printing from negatives and slides, as well as a bit of color theory. Ideally, the person should have professional experience, but that’s not absolutely essential. He can cover airfare, room and board, and $100/day honorarium for the guest teacher. The person needs to be email-accessible. Here’s the catch: The school is YWAM’s University of the Nations at the Kona campus in Hawaii. NOW I regret that when I used to be a newspaper photographer in Southern Indiana, I only shot B&W!!! :-) So . . . if you’re interested, write Dennis at the address above. Surf’s up! (Seriously — the number one criterion is a passion for training world evangelists . . . not a desire for a great tan.)

————————————–

AD2000 WORSHIP & ARTS NETWORK FIRST NEWSLETTER LAUNCHED
The AD2000 Worship & Arts Network would like to email you a sample copy of the new email newsletter (Global Worship Report). It will regularly survey events, people, resources and issues pertaining to the arts and worship from various places around the globe. They reportedly will “follow the very popular “Brigada” format using mostly one paragraph summaries.” (Hey — since they put that in their press release, we couldn’t afford to pass up the item! :-)) For your sample copy or to receive this newsletter regularly, please contact Frank Fortunato fortatusadotomdotorg, Coordinator, AD2000 Movement Worship and Arts Network.

————————————–

ARE YOU A TECHY OR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIST FOR YOUR MISSION?
Then you might like to take in the Ninth Annual International Conference on Computing and Mission, June 5-9, 1998, hosted this year by Abilene Christian University. See the details on the web at http://www.iccm.org/.

————————————–

PERSPECTIVES STUDENTS AND UNREACHED PEOPLE PROFILES
Did you see Marti Smith’s msmithatcprojectdotcom thoughts on Brigada-peoples this past week? She works in Caleb Project’s advocacy department and I thought her comments were VERY interesting. Check it out: “… It would help if Perspectives coordinators stopped billing the unreached people project as “your opportunity to write something brand new that will help lots of other people pray,” and instead described it as “your opportunity to gather information, apply what you’re learning about culture & strategy, and allow God to motivate you to pray.” … I had a good conversation last weekend with Meg Crossman, editor of the “Worldwide Perspectives” text now being used by many Perspectives on the World Christian Movement classes. She said she thought the day of writing UPG profiles for Perspectives was waning; suggested more classes accomplish the project goals by interviewing members of their local ethnic communities, some of whom are members of unreached peoples. You’d be surprised what you can learn about someone else’s culture if you are willing to give of your time, learn to ask questions, and listen. (I could recommend books and articles if you’re interested in learning more about ‘ethnographic interviewing.’) Write Marti if you’re interested!

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980329 Brigada Today

Now with 10,000 participants! (Okay so it’s a late April Fools joke)
[actually 7058]
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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* RESURRECTION “GREETINGS” UNITE!
* BRIGHT IDEAS FOR TEACHING MISSIONS TO TOTS
* COURSES IN ISLAM COMING UP IN 60 DAYS!
* VIRUS RULES TO LIVE BY
* IN CASE YOU’RE HEADED ON A SHORT-TERM TO ASIA
* NEED A GRAPHIC OF YOUR NATION’S FLAG?
* DOWNLOAD FREE LIST OF 30 PRAYER REQUESTS FOR BRIGADA
* CONFERENCE FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO INTERNATINAL STUDENTS
* THREE WEST AFRICAN MEDIA WORKSHOPS
* NOW YOU CAN “FINISH” YOUR MISSIONS EDUCATION (IN FINLAND!)
* GET THIS CASE STUDY OF A CD-ROM MISSIONS REPORT
* GOT A LEAD ON HISPANIC PROTESTANT NUMBERS?
* REMEMBER OUR REFERENCE TO LANUGAGE FORCE???
* WANT TO SEE WHAT ONE ON-SITE WORKER DOES WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ASIA
* DECOLONIZATION DESCRIBED
* VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED TO WRITE MUSLIMS
* UPDATE ON DEPUTATION ORGANIZER
* ARE YOU SENDING SHORT TERM TEAMS?
* WEB WATCH
* NEW EDUCATION FOUNDATION REQUESTS MISSIONARY HELP
* NEED ENCRYPTED EMAIL?
* CORRECTION ON THAT TEL. # IN “LEARN TO CHAT IN CZECH!”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

RESURRECTION “GREETINGS” UNITE!
In much of the world, it’s fashionable to give some kind of resurrection greeting on Easter Sunday morning. For example, in Romanian, one might say, “Cristos a inviat! – Adevarat a inviat!” Got one for your language? Catalin Popa popaatusadotnet is willing to compile them all and get us a report. We’ll TRY to have it all done by next Saturday and get it out to you (in next week’s Brigada Today) in time to use at your Easter Sunday sunrise service — maybe by midnight Eastern Standard time this Saturday night. (That’ll cut it close for use in Europe!) So don’t delay! Send them to popaatusadotnet today!

————————————–

BRIGHT IDEAS FOR TEACHING MISSIONS TO TOTS
light bulb Wycliffe Bible Translators is pleased to present Bright Ideas! Notebook 3 for Preschoolers, ages 2-5 years old. Ten active lessons teach the rock-bottom basics of missions. Unlike other resources, you won’t teach a lesson and then put it on the shelf. Most are reusable on a weekly basis to teach and re-teach God’s heart for the world. Like Notebooks 1 for Teens, and Notebook 2 for Grades 1-6, lessons not only emphasize how and why missions are done, but also that kids can do missions right now. Learning is fun with ‘redeemed nursery rhymes,’ coloring pages, obstacle courses, treasure hunts, finger plays, matching games and tightrope walking. Send $14 check or money order to
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Children’s Task Force
4200 SE Jennings Ave.
Portland OR 97267-6415,
(800)-269-2007
For further description, ask for a copy of the table of contents via e-mail from Dorothea_Landeratwycliffedotorg.

————————————–

COURSES IN ISLAM COMING UP IN 60 DAYS!
Concerned about Islam in North America, or the issue of women in Islam? Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, will be offering these new strategic courses June 15-24. Summer Studies begin June 1, presenting Introduction to Islam, Folk Islam and Islamic Theology in two-week intensive formats. Six weeks of Elementary Modern Standard Arabic (1,2) will be offered June 29 – Aug. 7. Call the Muslim Studies department at 1-800-777-2227, extension 3326 or e-mail muslimstudiesatciudotedu for more information.

————————————–

VIRUS RULES TO LIVE BY
virus Sharon Hindle offers these three virus tips to live by:

1. NEVER click on an attached file unless you are sure the sender has checked it for a virus.
2. Check it yourself for a virus!
3. Never pass along the *warning* alert e-mails unless you have checked at [one or more of] the following sites.
* Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability at http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html
* Symantec Anti Virus Research Center at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html
* McAfee Associates Virus Hoax List at http://www.mcafee.com/support/hoax.html
* Dr. Solomons Hoax Page at http://www.drsolomons.com/vircen
* Datafellows Hoax Warnings at http://www.europe.datafellows.com/news/hoax.htm

————————————–

IN CASE YOU’RE HEADED ON A SHORT-TERM TO ASIA
Don’t forget about training options with Commit Ministries. From their Hawaii facility, they’re perfectly located to handle pre-field or debriefing. An average stay is about two days and the cost is only $139, which includes tuition & related materials, food, lodging, and ground transportation. COMMIT is also a licensed travel agent working with wholesalers to provide the best possible fare for your team needs. Contact Greg or Mona Crawford at commitatjunodotcom

————————————–

NEED A GRAPHIC OF YOUR NATION’S FLAG?
A super volunteer with our mission organization here in Louisville found a great flag site at http://fotw.digibel.be/flags for all the flags in the world. Great site.

————————————–

DOWNLOAD FREE LIST OF 30 PRAYER REQUESTS FOR BRIGADA
Thanks to one church’s prayer ministry, we now have a handy-dandy prayer guide for the Brigada family of networks. It includes a daily prayer guide for 30 consecutive days of prayer for Brigada.

————————————–

CONFERENCE FOR THOSE MINISTERING TO INTERNATINAL STUDENTS
“Compelled to Complete the Task” will feature some of the foremost leaders in international student ministry today. For a brochure with complete conference information, write NSC98atisionlinedotorg. Conference dates are June 18-24, 1998.

————————————–

THREE WEST AFRICAN MEDIA WORKSHOPS
CBN International will sponsor three one week media production workshops in Cotonou, Benin; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Abidjan, Cote de Ivoire. These workshops will be offered free of tuition fees to qualified participants. There will be a small charge for refreshments, which will vary from location to location. The workshops will be facilitated by media consultant and trainer Daniel J. Henrich. Two video books, the “Barebones Guide to Film & Video” and “Video Goals” by Tom Schroeppel are being translated into African French and will be provided to each participant along with a translated resource manual provided by Henrich. French translation of the lectures will also be provided. Seats are limited and it is suggested you make advance reservations. For the workshop in Cotonou, Benin: May 18 22nd, or Abidjan, Cote de Ivoire: June 1 4th, contact Peter Darg . For Ouagadougo, Burkina Faso: May 25 29th, contact: Pastor Benjamin Miningou cbnatcenatrindotbf. For more information on the syllabus, contact Daniel Henrich, Media Consultant. Email: DanHenrichatxcdotorg.

————————————–

NOW YOU CAN “FINISH” YOUR MISSIONS EDUCATION (IN FINLAND!)
As of Jan. 27, 1998 there is a new Bible school located in Central Finland. Northern Praise International Christian College will finish its first semester April 12. They emphasize missions and job training for both ministry and secular work. This past March, they did their first missions field trip, traveling about 3,000K through Russian Karelia. They are also planning outreaches to northern Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Second semester begins April 16.

————————————–

GET THIS CASE STUDY OF A CD-ROM MISSIONS REPORT
cd-rom Looking for a good way to keep your church body aware of your missions efforts? With some 53 missionaries and 3,000 family units in their church, one church had a hard time keeping track of everybody. So they burned their own CD with a great deal of information from their missions database, including photographs, testimonies of salvation and calling to the field, addresses, e-mail links, prayer requests from the last year, and information about the country they serve. They even threw in 40 minutes of video on the CD. Some was “home movie” quality – footage taken by folks on trips they have gone on. Others were professional quality productions that they have developed and used to keep their body aware of some of the partnerships we’ve formed. They give copies of the CD to the missionaries they support for use in promotion among other churches and individuals. Get a copy as a case study . . . by writing to drfletcheratnwbiblechurchdotorg (remember not to send credit card info. over the open Internet). (To off-set production and shipping and handling, they’re asking $10 for the CD.)

————————————–

GOT A LEAD ON HISPANIC PROTESTANT NUMBERS?
John Conaway of CCMI in Colorado Springs would like to know. He’s looking for reliable data on the number of U.S. Hispanic Protestants. Detailed demographic data is available on the Hispanic population in the U.S., as well as on U.S. Christians of various denominations. But so far, he hasn’t found a source that lists the numbers of Hispanic believers, especially by location. If you have a source for such information, it would be of great value to a number of ministries who have interests in the U.S. Hispanic community. John’s e-mail address is jcharconataoldotcom. Any information gleaned will be shared through Brigada Today.

————————————–

REMEMBER OUR REFERENCE TO LANUGAGE FORCE???
lighting the way A ton of people wrote in to say “don’t bother.” Apparently it’s a very BASIC translation package, still requiring lots of effort from the user. One guy said that out of 300 words, he only got back 25 useful ones in Romanian! Another was quite displeased with the Portuguese output. However, the latter recommended Globalink as a translator. How ’bout that, gang? Any thoughts and feelings on it?

————————————–

WANT TO SEE WHAT ONE ON-SITE WORKER DOES WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA?
Check out http://SharpWebPage.com/Haridwar/IndiaKM1.html for ideas. We double-checked to make sure it wouldn’t get him in trouble to cite his site as a sight for your sites.

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM ASIA
world globe More than 6,000 Bibles in more than 20 languages were sold and 3,000 people enrolled in a Bible correspondence course during a book fair — the largest in southern Asia — in a limited-access country. One man, who saw a newspaper ad for the book fair, rode a bus and train for 20 hours to get a copy of the Bible. A Hindu holy man took copies of the Bible in 20 languages, explaining that people came to his ashram from all over the country and that he did not want even one person to miss the opportunity of reading the Bible in their own heart language. Television news crews broadcast images of the former president of the country visiting the booth and accepting a copy of the “Jesus” video.
(Source: March/April ’98 Advance Newsletter, http://www.xc.org/brigada/advance/advindex.html Copyright © 1998, Kainos Press, reprint with copyright ok’d.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

————————————–

DECOLONIZATION DESCRIBED
Got an opinion or story on decolonization? Dennis would like to know. He has to lead a workshop on “The Results of Decolonization Within a Country Upon Its Culture and Mission Endeavors” at an upcoming convention. He writes, “What limited experience I have is in South Africa which is not strictly ‘Decolonization,’ but with the shift in power, we are probably experiencing many of the same things. This subject should be important to everyone who is dealing with a culture that is moving from some kind of dependence to a more independent state.” Any anecdotes, advice, or suggestions could be sent to messimeratcccbdotedu. He’ll do a summary report here for Brigada Today.

————————————–

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED TO WRITE MUSLIMS
Steve TWOsteveatonlinecoldotcom still needs several volunteers to write 10 gospel letters per month to Muslims. He’ll provide Turkish letters, a translation, addresses, and instructions. Volunteers are asked to provide the postage and envelopes to send their ten letters monthly. Postage is 60 cents per letter (from the US). Turkish World Outreach is the agency.

————————————–

UPDATE ON DEPUTATION ORGANIZER
lighting the way Hey — if you’d like an upgrade on that Deputation Organizer, see BKCLONCHataoldotcom. He’s handling it directly now. Brigada probably should stay out of the “direct” software distribution business. :-)

————————————–

ARE YOU SENDING SHORT TERM TEAMS?
Would you like to strengthen your preparation and re-entry programs? This Spring’s final Short Term Missions Leaders Training Seminar presented by Mission Training International will be held April 23-26 and hosted by Xenos Christian Fellowship, Columbus, and the Central Ohio Missions Coalition. This Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon program has been recently held in Colorado, Oklahoma and Hawaii and has brought together church and mission agency STM leaders walking through a 20+ hour experiential curriculum which can be either used as presented or integrated into an existing program. (No, they do not send out copies of the program without your going through it.) The cost for tuition and materials is $179 and the host church will assist with housing and meals. For more info contact Ray Howard at MTI – 800 896-3710 or MInternataoldotcom.

————————————–

WEB WATCH
WebWatch Check out web site specifically designed for those needing travel/medical attention (vaccinations, check-ups, etc.) from a care center in Oklahoma City that has missions at the center of its heart. Great links page with more information all over the web. Thanks to them for their work!!! http://www.saintafpr.com/travel This is one to bookmark!

————————————–

NEW EDUCATION FOUNDATION REQUESTS MISSIONARY HELP
A newly created organization has been formed to develop customized curricula for Christian education settings. The International Christian Education Foundation, known as ICEF, is writing a document to organize Christian education around commonly accepted standards. These standards will then be used to develop curricula for use by missionaries, by nationals (in native language translations), by private schools, and by other Christian organizations. The standards will be grouped around specific categories and placed into various levels, such as early childhood, children, adolescents, and adults. ICEF has a short questionnaire to send out to interested individuals, especially missionaries, for their opinions on what they consider to be the most important people, events, doctrines, and concepts from the Bible. ICEF also wants to publish accounts that exemplify the Christian story in countries other than the U.S., such as how a given political event affected Christian witnessing, how missionary families bridge the cultural gap through Christ, etc. If you would like to receive this questionnaire or more information about ICEF, write to slwynnatiquestdotnet. ICEF’s web site is currently under development, and will be available soon.

————————————–

NEED ENCRYPTED EMAIL?
[WARNING: Technical info. follows!]
PGP 5.5.3i, the latest freeware for international users (i.e. users outside of USA and Canada) is now available for Macintosh, Windows95 and WindowsNT http://www.pgpi.com/download/. Users in the USA or Canada should download PGP 5.0 from http://web.mit.edu/network/pgp.html or PGP 5.5.3 from http://www.nai.com/products/security/pgpfreeware.asp. PGP 5.0 from M.I.T. can still use keys from older versions of PGP and is therefore more compatible when communicating with those who have not yet upgraded to PGP 5.x. In contrast, the freeware version of PGP 5.5.3 (for USA users) does not support the older key formats but PGP 5.5.3i does In general, you should use PGP 5.0/5.5 if you’re in the US, and PGP 5.0i/5.5i if you’re not. Thanks Rod!

————————————–

CORRECTION ON THAT TEL. # IN “LEARN TO CHAT IN CZECH!”
lighting the way If you’re still trying to call Audio-Forum (20 of March issue of Brigada Today, “LEARN TO CHAT IN CZECH!”), try 203-453-9794 or timluskatjunodotcom.

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980322 Brigada Today

Now with 7029 participants! Hooray!!!
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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* FROM THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT
* FUN BRIGADA-FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL
* LEARN HOW TO LEARN, LOVE, AND LINK FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP
* NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
* IN SEARCH OF PATTERSON’S TREASURES?
* WORLD CUP IS ON ITS WAY!
* WEB-WATCH
* ANNOUNCING THE 1998 ANTIOCH NETWORK ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES
* VERSIONS, PLEASE
* HIT THE TARGET IN SOUTHWEST CHINA
* TB ON THE RISE
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE AMAZON
* SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TRY THIS TRANSLATOR
* THANKS FOR ALL THE [VIRTUAL] BIRTHDAY “CARDS!”
* TAKE ISSUE WITH TENTMAKING
* LOTS MORE NEWS BUT WE’LL SAVE IT FOR NEXT WEEK!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

FROM THE MARKETING DEPARTMENT
(Like there really IS one!) Thanks to all those who put out the word for Brigada. We’ve now shot up above 7000 recipients thanks to your work at spreading the news! Brigada still remains a free service for hundreds of international recipients from the Amazon to Australia, from the jungles and grasslands of Africa to the tropical shores of the Pacific! Thanks for making Brigada’s growth a reality!

————————————–

FUN BRIGADA-FACTS TO KNOW AND TELL
In the old days, when boys stood on street corners yelling, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” it might take several DAYS to distribute 7000 newspapers. Then cam MAFxc. As of six months ago, they could deliver about 2000 Brigada Todays per hour. Pretty slick when you stop to think about it. Well, now, straight from the Tech. Research Department :-) the latest stats are — 14 minutes and 7 seconds to deliver all 7000 copies!!! Yikes… gulp that’s over 8 copies per SECOND! I can’t even talk that fast, let alone send global messaging!!! :-) If you appreciate these MAFxc guys, please DON’T write them. It’ll only make for more work for them! :-) (Keep in mind that that’s 14 minutes to be delivered to the various spines of the Internet. If your mail is delivered via slower machines, actual results might vary!)

————————————–

LEARN HOW TO LEARN, LOVE, AND LINK FOR YOUR PEOPLE GROUP
Catch your JAG training (Just an Advocate for God) at Caleb Project’s Advocacy Training Seminar May 7-9 in Denver Colorado. For more info. write trainingatcprojectdotcom or check http://www.calebproject.org/rats.htm when you get a spare moment. And . . . okay . . . I might as well confess… I made up the JAG part. :-)

————————————–

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
For the fourth year, The National Prayer Committee will sponsor THE NATIONALLY BROADCAST CONCERT OF PRAYER, May 7, 1998, 7-10pm (CST), this time at Prestonwood Baptist Church, Dallas, TX. Focused on national revival, this unforgettable evening will be covered live by Moody Broadcasting (312-329-4300) and WCFC TV (312-433-3838) satellites feed broadcasters nationwide. Local Churches are asked to gather with each other for this national prayer meeting. Dominion Sky Angel (941-403-9154) an all-Christian-programming 18″ DDS service (less than $500) will carry it. Available globally on the Internet http://www.gospelmedia.com/, allowing missionaries and others to join the meeting. Info: call 612-853-8461; e-mail 102370dot1312atcompuservedotcom. Now THERE’s a good use for the Internet! :-)

————————————–

IN SEARCH OF PATTERSON’S TREASURES?
Have you always heard about the TEE materials used so successfully by George Patterson in Honduras? Bet you’ve always wanted to track them down and give them a try where YOU live, right? Well — what are you waiting for? In one closed Asian country, workers led by God using Patterson’s materials were able to start 23 churches and leave them functioning with their own leaders after only 3 years! Now you can use the very same materials! Included are a Church Planting Guide, a Pastoral Trainer’s Manual, a Student Activity Guide (which is the activity based pastoral training curriculum) and 62 booklets to mobilize new and more experienced workers in all pastoral activities. Patterson established about 100 churches over 20 years. ‘Course, results might vary; read the prospectus. :-) Order yours today from Missionary Training Service, an organization dedicated to the training of workers for the unevangelized world. A complete set for US$95 (plus US$25 for sea mail or US$50 for airmail worldwide).

note [Note: If your order comes to more than US$75.00 including postage, they need you to make out more than one check (payable to the Missionary Training Service). Something about money laundering. :-) Just joking. Actually it saves them some bank fees.] Write them at 18 Aston Way, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 2XY, United Kingdom or tel./fax them at 01691 653619 within the UK, or +44 1691 65361 internationally. Or you could always just email Ian at coordmtsatxcdotorg. They’ve got a web site at http://www.btinternet.com/~ajg/mtshome.htm

————————————–

WORLD CUP IS ON ITS WAY!
The World Cup event begins in three months, June 10 – July 12. Here are some ideas you can try on a local basis, originally suggested by Michael Wozniak mwozniakatrbcdotorg. You could organize a World Cup Sunday (A special World Cup theme service), a youth soccer tournament at your church (complete with half-time talks and a post-match meal with medals and sportsmanship emphases), neighborhood outreaches to watch the matches together (show a world cup ministry video at half-time!), put ads in the paper that match the theme, create a special outreach service modeled around a soccer motif, do a prison outreach with soccer as a major component, do a literature distribution with soccer as the key topic, pray for those who are involved in all the above on a global scale. Write Michael for more options or details and may the best team win!!! (The USA faces Germany in its opener. Seems like they could have found a tougher team to warm up on. :-) NOT!)

————————————–

WEB-WATCH
WebWatch Check out the “WhyChrist?” site at http://www.whychrist.com — Thanks for the work, John!

————————————–

ANNOUNCING THE 1998 ANTIOCH NETWORK ANNUAL GATHERING OF CHURCHES
August 27-30, 1998 This year’s gathering will again take place at the beautiful Pointe Hilton Resort at Squaw Peak in Phoenix, AZ. You can meet and network with others who are excited about what local churches can do in world evangelization! Broaden your knowledge about church planting among the unreached by participating in one of the people group tracks. Network with churches and organizations that are focusing on the same or closely related people groups. Antioch Network is a growing fellowship of local churches that are interacting with the challenge to send church planting teams to unreached peoples. Their site is (you guessed it!) http://www.antiochnetwork.org or write
Antioch Network
5060 N. 19th Avenue
Suite 312
Phoenix, AZ 85015
Tel: 602.242.4414
fax: 602.242.0416 AntiochNetworkatxcdotorg

————————————–

VERSIONS, PLEASE
Okay, okay. I don’t want to be prejudiced. :-) From now on, when we refer to software, we’ll TRY to remember to state the platform, be it Windows 95 or MAC or whatever. So if you refer us to something, please try to remember to help us out in advance by providing that information. MAC users unite! :-) (No — I’m one of the 95% who use Win95 — but I’m trying hard not to be ethnocentric! :-))

————————————–

HIT THE TARGET IN SOUTHWEST CHINA
Target Ministries reaches out to Minority Peoples of Southwest China. They have just completed publication of a beautiful 2′ by 3′ China Minorities Prayer Map, featuring 10 Unreached People of China including photographs. Also statistics and information on all 56 groups in China are included to with the purpose of mobilizing prayer and giving exposure to the hidden Minority Peoples of China. Price is $3.00 per map plus $5 shipping/order (quantity 1-10) or $6 shipping per order (11-20).
Target Ministries
P.O. Box 636
Singapore 912322
email Kevtargetataoldotcom

————————————–

TB ON THE RISE
Did you see the AP release this past week about Tuberculosis (Thanks Ed!), “which attacks mainly the lungs, intestines, skin and brain, is a bigger killer than malaria and AIDS combined, and kills more women than all the combined causes of maternal mortality. Every year, between 2 and 3 million people die from TB, including 100,000 children, the Geneva-based UN agency said.” Apparently, it’s epidemic. Better pray for more informed medical/primary health care folks for the area where your unreached people group lives!

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM THE AMAZON
world globe The First International Congress on Church Planting among the Amazon River Populations was held March 10-13, 1998 in Manaus, Brazil. Representing 20 denominations and more than 10 mission agencies from 7 countries, the 158 participants covenanted to cooperate, research, intercede, plant churches, and meet together for the sake of these groups. These 33,000 river villages (90% with no church) include 100 tribes with no Bible in their own language.
(Source: Larry W. Kraft, National Research Coordinator, Vice-Coordinator of the Brazil 2010 Project; AD2000 web page: http://www.ad2000.org/conferences/amazon.htm )
Global Glimpse is compiled most every week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

————————————–

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TRY THIS TRANSLATOR
Okay – who is going to bite the bullet and try this language translation software? Somebody needs to do it on behalf of the 7000 of us to see if this stuff really works. Sounds too good to be true. Check it out at http://www.languageforce.com/%3Ehttp://www.languageforce.com

————————————–

THANKS FOR ALL THE [VIRTUAL] BIRTHDAY “CARDS!”
Thanks to those who sent happy birthday greetings to Brigada! We’re now 3 years old!

————————————–

TAKE ISSUE WITH TENTMAKING
…an issue of the IJFM, that is! (International Journal for Frontier Missions). They’ve recently cooperated with TIE (Tentmakers International Exchange) to produce the second special Tentmaker issue of the journal, which is expected to be published shortly. This issue will concentrate on Marketplacing the Gospel. Specific articles will cover the Principles of setting up a TM business; Historical Examples of Tentmaking in the marketplace; Case studies of Tentmaking Businesses; Importance of Integrity; Networking, The Coffeehouse of the 90s; Partnerships and Tentmaking; and others. Orders placed before April 10th can receive a 30% discount if ordered through TIE tieatgatidotwadotcom. The normal price through IJFM is $5.00 plus postage. Current paid up members of TIE or IJFM will receive free copies. That article about Networking features Brigada, I think, by the way.

————————————–

LOTS MORE NEWS BUT WE’LL SAVE IT FOR NEXT WEEK!
Tons more items (Whew!) . . . more next week.

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980315 Brigada Today

(Pronounced, “bree-GAH-duh”)
Now with 7000 participants! Hooray!!!
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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIGADA!!!
* GARLIC AND GARDENIAS FOR BRIGADA
* DISCOVER THE DISCOVERY EDITION
* LEARN TO CHAT IN CZECH!
* DO YOU BELIEVE IN “MAGIC”???
* BIBLE CLIPS?
* DONOR SOFTWARE . . . ONE-BY-ONE
* “FOR MISSIONARIES ONLY” IS WORTH REPEATING
* WATCH YOUR WEBSIDE
* ONE OPTION FOR WOULD-BE TENTMAKERS
* SORRY ABOUT THE MILE-LONG TEXT!
* PIPING IN PIPER
* HTML BRIGADA BY MAIL?
* TWO MORMON MISSIONARIES KIDNAPPED NOW FREE AGAIN
* WHEN WILL WE STOP BEING SUCKERS
* GOT A GREAT SURVEY? SHARE IT!
* SPEAK FARSI? NOW YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT!
* YOUR RATES MIGHT HAVE JUST DOUBLED
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON TAPE
* FREE UNZIPPING SOFTWARE
* WEBWATCH
* DR. LIVINGSTONE (THE BOOK) WE PRESUME
* DON’T FORGET ABOUT REAL-TIME CHATTING, IF YOU DARE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIGADA!!!
birthday cake Join us as we celebrate 3 years of focus on mobilization for the final frontiers! The first “edition” of Brigada Today occurred in January 1995 as a simple test letter between two individuals, Jonathan Marsden and Doug Lucas. Within a month, there were 38 participants and with the Feb. 18th issue, the idea of Brigada Today and the Brigada family of networks began to take shape in a more concrete way. March 21st was set as the official “public opening” and by that day, there were more than 100 involved. Interestingly enough, by August 23rd, just when we were about to celebrate topping the 800 mark and introducing something called the “People Group Consultant,” we ran this item: FROM THE “LET’S GET SERIOUS ABOUT VISION” DEPARTMENT — Ya know, I always thought that if a person was highly technical, highly skilled, highly process oriented, then they would probably be pretty scared about bulging growth. Not so with Jonathan Marsden, who helps bring the technical stuff to life at MAFxc and, as such, helps with Brigada technical projects. When I asked him in August ’95 regarding how he felt about Brigada growing past the 800 mark, I was surprised to hear him say he wasn’t satisfied. “I won’t be happy until we have 10,000 people on board, with hundreds of conferences about least reached people groups and cities all over the world.”

And now, with well some 7000 people involved, we’re nearly 3/4 of the way to Jonathan’s goal… but we’ve got a long way to go to really make a dent in the Task. Will electronic networking accomplish the Great Commission? Never. But can it help put people in touch with others? You bet. Thanks for all the encouraging testimonies we receive each week … and thanks for being part of the Brigada family! (Thanks, too, for keeping us humble! :-) One Brigada participant wrote last week, after seeing our opening item, “Let him who thinks he stands…” :-) Point taken. He went on to give encouragement . . . but . . . a word to the wise received!

————————————–

GARLIC AND GARDENIAS FOR BRIGADA
So how do we answer when people ask, “What are the five greatest strides forward and the five greatest “missed opportunities” so far with Brigada? Here’s our “garlic and gardenias” grasscatcher list:

* Gardenias to the sheer numbers of people who have jumped on board
* Garlic to the fact that those numbers haven’t translated into “action forums” for unreached groups

* Gardenias to the number of “connections” all of us now enjoy to virtually any subject in practically any part of the world! (If Brigada Today carries a query about just about anything, people tell us they get anywhere from 7 to 70+ responses giving answers and resources.)
* Garlic to the continuing questions about web security for creative access lands.

* Gardenias to the volunteerism we see that makes the Brigada concept possible! For an example, look to Don and Judy Pratt, who faithfully handle questions and problems for 7000-person mailing list some magazines have 10 people to handle that same work load and Don & Judy do it as a labor of love [while volunteering additional hours with their adopt-a-people project in China]! … and to Bob Mayhew for amazingly consistent web-mastery, transferring everything to HTML on a weekly basis, again as a labor of love! http://www.brigada.org … and to contributors like John Hanna and Mark Kelly who go on week after week, month after month, writing their columns, gathering their resources/info., AGAIN, as a labor of love. You get the idea!
* Garlic to our inability to figure out how to recruit volunteers to moderate proactive information-sharing conferences for the least reached people groups on the JP2000 list.

* Gardenias to the folks at MAFxc (like Jonathan, Rex, Bob, and early on, for Cathleen Sward) who have managed somehow to put together a bunch of wildly fun tools with incredible potential that we can all use for an insanely reasonable cost! … and to MAF (the mother org.) for believing in electronic communication enough to make the investment and buy “CrossConnect” (now MAFxc) from it’s original holding organization back when CrossConnect was still more of an idea than it was a producer of any funding at all.
* Garlic to the ideas that have never really reach their full potential, like the full implementation of the “People Group Consultant.”

* Gardenias to my wife and two boys, and to the board to which I am responsible at Team Expansion for giving me up to this labor of love for an additional 10-20 hours per week to handle the extra workload to lead the Brigada family of networks and compile Brigada Today each week.
* Garlic to the fact that I wish we could do more promotion, more marketing, more intentional growth planning, more experimentation, more recruitment, more information packets, more cutting edge stuff!

So . . . on this 3-year anniversary, we say thanks to all Brigada participants and make a very simple birthday wish: that God would enable us to make some small contribution to the global growth of His kingdom. We don’t wish for big numbers if they aren’t effective at bringing change; we don’t long for new technology if it doesn’t put us better in touch with people worldwide; we don’t yearn for publicity, a “name” or anything earthly… but that You, our Lord, would be exalted through our every word, our every step, our every keystroke. That’s our prayer. That’s the purpose of Brigada.

————————————–

DISCOVER THE DISCOVERY EDITION
Have you heard about the Bible Explorer Discovery Edition? It retails for only $14.95. It is a full-blown Bible study product (not a “teaser” package) that includes the KJV, Living Bible, Thompson’s Chain, Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, maps, photos, a Bible Reading Planner, the Necessity of Prayer by EM Bounds, and more! SCCE called it their “1997 Gift of the Year.” Yikes! blinking1eyes For $14.95, I can understand why. Thompson’s Chain would cost $50 by itself!!! (at least in print form) The same company also offers a “Trial Edition” for $2.95 (that’s not a typo!), and includes the full library of their $350 version! The difference is that it expires after 30 days. (Maybe His word isn’t eternal after all!!! :-) ) The idea is that it will benefit people who are considering purchasing Bible software but aren’t sure what to get, and who don’t want to buy something they aren’t sure they can use. Now for the price of a hamburger (… well … maybe a value meal???) you can try world class Bible software in their own homes for 30 days. Check it out at http://www.epiphanysoftware.com/ or contact the company at supportatEpiphanySoftwaredotcom, Tel 888-333-BIBLE. Thanks Andy! Great opportunity!

————————————–

TO CHAT IN CZECH!
Or talk to your new Kurdish neighbors in their own language! Marti at Caleb Project wrote, “The best source for language learning materials I’ve found is Audio-Forum. First got their “Azerbaijani” tapes through my local library and now I’m hooked. They claim to have the world’s largest selection of self-instructional language courses, including native American languages.” These people apparently have 275 courses in 96 languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu. Also lots of ESL material, tapes, books, and videos.
Audio-Forum
Suite ES8A
96 Broad Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Tel: 203-453-9794
e-mail: timluskatjunodotcom
web: http://agoralang.com/audioforum.html
What a great tip, Marti! Thanks!

————————————–

DO YOU BELIEVE IN “MAGIC”???
lighting the way Honest — last week’s reference to “the magic of the Internet” wasn’t intended to carry any spiritual significance. It’s only a figure of speech. Yikes gulp — we get mail on everything! :-)

————————————–

BIBLE CLIPS?
Has anyone ever checked out “Bible Clips” from Logos? They’re apparently a combination of scripture and artwork, formerly $119.95, but recently reduced to $59.95. http://www.logos.com/products/bibleclips/ Reportedly ideal for Vacation Bible School, Church bulletins, Books and pamphlets, Posters and signs, Curriculum materials, Slides, T-shirt art, Drama backgrounds, Sunday School handouts, Children’s coloring books, Flannelgraphs, Finger puppets, Holiday crafts, Life-size cut-out figures and more. You can see samples of the quality of art included at http://www.logos.com/products/bibleclips/ or jump right to the samples page at http://www.logos.com/products/bibleclips/samples.htm and apparently can order them via toll-free number (from the USA or Net2Phone) at 800-875-6467 to order, or visit their web order page 24 hours a day at http://www.logos.com/products/bibleclips — probably worth a try if you minister to an English-speaking people group or would like extra stuff for mobilization among English speakers. We haven’t heard of anything similar in other languages.

————————————–

DONOR SOFTWARE . . . ONE-BY-ONE
lighting the way So far we’ve only heard from one supplier of software that helps Christian workers track donations (March 6th Brigada Today, DIALING FOR DOLLARS (WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DONOR SOFTWARE). They were to have contacted Les Tilka clfcebuatinamedotcom, who will assemble the full list. The one we’ve heard about so far looks like it has really possibilities though — Personal Ministry Manager, it’s called. Bob Newman rnewmanatmindspringdotcom puts it out personally — $75 plus $2 for domestic shipping ($5 for international). (If 10 or more are purchased as a group, he drops the price to $60 and promises to negotiate for larger orders.) I’ve seen screen shots and it does indeed look helpful… but correspond directly with Bob for the details. Our own organization wrote something back in 1991 that we still use today… but we’re currently looking at other options just because it’s so hard to maintain the product code.
(WARNING: Don’t ever write a line of code for your organization unless you want to maintain it for the next 7 years! :-))

————————————–

“FOR MISSIONARIES ONLY” IS WORTH REPEATING
Grace reminded us this past week of FOR MISSIONARIES ONLY 73670dot3435atCompuServedotCom, an organization in Washington which specializes in sending Christian cassettes, CD’s, videos, etc. at about 1/3 of the price that you can get them at other places. They have missionaries in mind . . . but anyone can order from them. Catalogs are free. Grace wrote, “They also ship to restricted access countries but one has to be really specific as to how they are/aren’t to package the materials.” Write them at
PO Box 243
11681 Riverbend Dr.
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Tel 1-800-272-2442
Fax them at 1-509-548-6585 73670dot3435atCompuServedotCom

————————————–

WATCH YOUR WEBSIDE
WebWatch Remember to be sensitive to peering eyes on your web site. Ian Prescott IanPrescottatXCdotorg sent a warning just this morning to Brigada-Peoples citing an illustration from the field in which a local web-browsing resident had picked up a reference from one of the search engines and happened upon page-after-page of information about his Muslim people group. So — bottom line — write everything with the reality-check that it might someday be read by those who don’t share a sympathetic view. The greatest attribute we can display is love.

————————————–

ONE OPTION FOR WOULD-BE TENTMAKERS
Here’s a growing company of all kinds of people involved in placing people in tentmaking roles in creative-access lands. They promise to find you both income and legitimate presence. Write kevinattayloredcommdotcom or review the Web at http://www.tcigateway.com/ for more information. I don’t have personal experience with them . . . so make sure you check things out for yourself…. but it sounds good!

————————————–

SORRY ABOUT THE MILE-LONG TEXT!
letter and ligntening bolt Our apologies for the mile-long margins last week! Yikes gulp . . . one Brigada participant wrote that it was 2 feet deep and about 4 yards wide! Another said he finally had an excuse to buy a bigger monitor! :-) You guys are hilarious. :-) That’s all we need Missionary-types trying to become comedians. :-) Seriously, seems to be a problem with the new email client we’re using (for those who care, “Goldmine” is the culprit). In the meantime, we’ve sent this issue in good old-fashioned EudoraPro 4.0. We’re corresponding with the developers about the issue. ‘Course, maybe they can’t see our problems because they can’t scroll that far to the right! :-) Want to hear the funny part? Some users loved the new format because their mail clients wrap the text automatically . . . and when they copied it into their word processors for import into other formats, they didn’t have to suck out the hard carriage returns! For that reason, the first response from the developers at Goldmine was, “Tell all your users to upgrade!” :-) Easy for him to say. :-)

————————————–

PIPING IN PIPER
lighting the way Sorry the recent reference to John Piper’s web site was a little bit behind-the-times! His new site is http://www.desiringgod.org/ Thanks Mike!

————————————–

HTML BRIGADA BY MAIL?
Occasionally we get requests to “push” Brigada Today to users by mail, either as a separate subscription or as a replacement to the ASCII version. This would allow users to double-click the title of the item they’d like to read and thereby, jump right to it immediately. (Bob Mayhew programs the Brigada Today web equivalent in this way — http://www.brigada.org/.) Though this would probably offer extra convenience to some, many haven’t made the leap (so to speak) to HTML-compatible mail clients. So by necessity, it would mean starting a whole new distribution list . . . with new volunteers to maintain it. If somebody out there would like to tackle that, please write. . . but otherwise, looks like we’re stuck with the PgDn key! :-)

————————————–

TWO MORMON MISSIONARIES KIDNAPPED NOW FREE AGAIN
The latest news is that the two Mormon missionaries in Russia (kidnapped earlier last week) are now free. Still . . . watch and pray. If it can happen to them, it can happen to you . . . be careful out there.

————————————–

WHEN WILL WE STOP BEING SUCKERS . . .
… to every false “virus alert” that comes along! :-) The latest are “RETURNED OR UNABLE TO DELIVER” and “Win a Holiday.” Once again . . . neither is legitimately a virus. You can’t get a virus by reading email at this time. But you can by running attachments. So, for that reason, we suggest that unless you have virus-checking software, don’t open unrequested attachments!

note Avoid sending unconfirmed warnings about viruses. See the U.S. Department of Energy’s Computer Incident Advisory Capability Web site for a list of Internet hoaxes and procedures for confirming a genuine virus warning: http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html

————————————–

GOT A GREAT SURVEY? SHARE IT!
Got a line on a great survey to use to figure out what your community believes about Christ? Send a copy or description to Ted Bourdon at 105332dot551atcompuservedotcom and he’ll make a summary report to us here, right Ted? Make sure you specify source, language, cost, etc., if applicable.

————————————–

SPEAK FARSI? NOW YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT!
Harvey says ACTS and ROMANS are now available in audio cassette in the Farsi language. Both come in attractive packages with colorful J-cards. Acts is a set of 2 cassettes for $7.00 postpaid in USA. Romans is a single cassette, $5.00 postpaid in USA. Check it out (along with over 300 other languages) at http://www.audioscriptures.org/

————————————–

YOUR RATES MIGHT HAVE JUST DOUBLED
Do you use Compuserve’s Infonet Network (INF) for connectivity to the Internet? If so, your rates might have just doubled. Compuserve just installed an across-the-board price increase for access via INF — from $10/hr. to $25/hr. For more info., see Sharon, our voluntary CServe guru, at srhindleatcompuservedotcom. Thanks Sharon!

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE ON TAPE
world globe Through December 1997 more than 11.5 million records and cassettes were sent out from Gospel Recording’s Los Angeles base since 1938 when the first recording was done. In 1997 recordings were distributed in 1935 languages from this one base alone and shipped to 98 countries. Over 43,000 items were sent including over 6000 master cassettes for further reproduction. Recent breakthroughs for Gospel Recordings include distribution among two difficult-to-reach groups in China and Korean….
(Source: Update from Gospel Recordings USA eu822, 2/27/98. E-mail glorenetatpacbelldotnet or visit http://users.aol.com/glorenet for more information.)
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

————————————–

FREE UNZIPPING SOFTWARE
Maurice recommends the freeware, WiZ version 4.01 for unzipping .zip files on a Win95/NT (instead of the shareware PKUnzip). The place to get it is http://www.cdrom.com/pub/infozip/WIN32/wiz401xN.exe. For MAC users, he recommends http://www.aladdinsys.com/expander/expander.html. As Maurice writes, “We do have better uses for our money…right?” :-) Thanks Maurice!

————————————–

WEBWATCH
WebWatch This week’s web watch features a site still under construction, but very promising . . . http://www.travdoc.com. Check it out for a wealth of information including where to find good quality medical care in many countries, information about pregnancy care overseas (their specialty), various articles on different overseas medical needs, etc. A great resource for anyone travelling to (short-term missions) or planning to live in another country. Thanks Jim and Laurie!

————————————–

DR. LIVINGSTONE (THE BOOK) WE PRESUME
A re-print of the popular book David Livingstone – the Truth Behind the Legend is available through http://www.cerbernet.co.uk/makeni/livingstone.htm . Written by a missionary doctor in Africa.

————————————–

DON’T FORGET ABOUT REAL-TIME CHATTING, IF YOU DARE
If you’re into that sort of thing, try AOL Instant Messenger. It’s free at http://www.aol.com but does require that you be on-line at the same instant as the would-be recipient of your chat. As for me, I like email because I’m never sure of my exact schedule to be online… but for a family trying to get real-time communication going between the kids and the grandparents back home, this would be great stuff. Check it out! Thanks for reminding us, Jerry!

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980308 Brigada Today

Now with 6920 participants! Just 80 away from 7000!!!
Can we make it to 7000 by next week (Brigada’s 3rd birthday!)???
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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* HEADHUNTERS WANTED
* ONE MORE WEEK FOR FREE JESUS FILMS
* THANK GOD FOR SPONSORS!!! — Yahoo!!!
* WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH???
* YOUR GREAT MISSION TRIP PICTURES ARE ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED!
* PHILIPPINE MISSION CONFERENCE TO PROMOTE UNREACHED
* RECONCILIATION PRODUCTION FOR BOSNIA
* MARCH/APRIL ADVANCE READY TO “GET”!
* JOHN PIPER BOOKS
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

HEADHUNTERS WANTED
If you’ve always wanted to meet a real headhunter, why not become one!!!??? :-) We’re looking for 80 more subscribers by next Friday, March 20th — because on March 21st we celebrate 3 years of weekly Brigada Today newsletters . . . without ever missing a single weekend! So . . . in celebration of our 3-year-old birthday, we will be giving away a free one-year subscription to Brigada Today for every single new subscriber you bring to the network! That’s a value of . . . well . . . that’s a value!!! (The truth is, subscriptions are already free… so something gets lost in the translation here… :-) .) Bottom line . . . please help us spread the word. Since we don’t have a fancy-shmancy marketing department (or budget, for that matter), we have to rely on word-of-mouth publicity. Thanks! Our goal for March 21st 1999 is 10,000 subscribers!!! At that point, as far as we know, we’ll be the largest on-line weekly Christian publication of any kind – for whatever that’s worth. :-) (Do you know of any that’s bigger? If so, let us know at DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. Thanks!) Thanks especially to our dynamite volunteers — Bob Mayhew (web page designer, from California) (Customer Services Managers, from Kansas), and all the regular contributors like John Hanna (“Global Glimpse” compiler, from Colorado). Do we have an office? Nope. In fact, some of us have never even met face to face! But through the magic of the Internet, we keep on pluggin’ away! Thanks for helping to make the Brigada dream a reality!

————————————–

ONE MORE WEEK FOR FREE JESUS FILMS
Don’t forget that time is running out for requesting your 5 free copies of The Jesus Film, being made available by the Jesus Film Project of Campus Crusade. Write ddearingatcccidotorg or use snail-mail at:
The JESUS Film Project
ATTN: Don Dearing, Unreached Peoples Coordinator
P.O. Box 72007
San Clemente, CA 92674-2007
tel.: (714) 361-4518
Fax: (714) 361-7579

See last week’s issue for details. In fact, you can get any back issue of Brigada Today that way . . . all 349,055 words that have been written since our birth in March 21st 1995!

————————————–

THANK GOD FOR SPONSORS!!!
Yahoo!!! Yahoo CrossLink Communications has just invested in another year of sponsorship for Brigada expenses! If you get a chance, drop them a note at salesatcrosslinkcommdotnet to say thanks for the partnership! After all, it’s because of people like Crosslink that we don’t ask for subscription fees! How many sponsors does that make so far for 1998??? A record-setting 2!!! :-) Thanks Sharon Gardner! CrossLink is a Christian based company that helps missionaries select the dialback company best suited for their international calling patterns. Their mission is to help those in full time ministry conserve their resources by finding cheaper ways of staying in touch with the “folks back home”. You can snail-mail Sharon and the CrossLink gang at
9216 Independence Loop
Austin, Texas 78748, USA
tel. 512-292-3308
FAX 512-282-5877.

CrossLink will be promoted as a Brigada network sponsor on the Brigada web page at http://www.brigada.org . If you’d like to sponsor a portion of Brigada’s expenses for web page hosting and hardware/software costs at MAFxc, just write . Thanks!

————————————–

WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PERSECUTED CHURCH???
Here’s at least one key contact . . . samatricommunitydotcom, contact person for the First National Conference on Religious Persecution, March 26-28, Columbia, SC.

The conference will feature leading religious liberty advocates and first person reports from many nations.

————————————–

YOUR GREAT MISSION TRIP PICTURES ARE ABOUT TO BE DESTROYED!
Did you hear the latest study on the CPX-5000, a popular scanning machine for checked airline baggage? Apparently, film companies found that nearly every speed and every kind of film was fogged or otherwise ruined, even when stored away in checked baggage! The upshot??? Invest $20 in one of those lead x-ray proof bags. Small change compared to the bucks you’re investing in your missions photos!

————————————–

PHILIPPINE MISSION CONFERENCE TO PROMOTE UNREACHED
1998 is the Centennial of the Philippines, both as an independent nation and as the 100th anniversary of Biblical Christianity in this country. One important Centennial Event is the Centennial Missions Congress, to be held in Manila on June 23-26. The main goal of this Congress is to see Churches “adopt” the remaining major UPG’s in the Philippines. And also for many churches to be “locked on” to a global missions vision. Please pray this Congress can produce real, focused action to achieve these results. In fact do please keep this country in your prayers throughout this year, with presidential elections in May, and other issues like the economic shaking in Asia; please intercede for the Philippines. This country on the doorstep of the 10/40 Window could have a special role in God’s plan to send His word throughout this region. Feel free to contact Jeff Woollett of YWAM Philippines at woollettatpworlddotnetdotph if you have any questions.

————————————–

RECONCILIATION PRODUCTION FOR BOSNIA
For four long years the people of Bosnia have suffered unspeakable horrors. Their country, once a part of Yugoslavia, became a bloody battleground when long-simmering ethnic rivalries between Serbians, Croatians and Bosnians erupted into full-scale war. The devastating toll included thousands of casualties, refugees and orphaned children. There was also widespread destruction of roads and buildings. Today, although the fighting is over, strong animosity still exists. The need for healing, rebuilding, and reconciliation is greater than ever. Impact Teams International (ITI), an international relief agency, is responding to this need through refugee resettlement, reconstruction projects and a child trauma center. In addition, ITI is creating and sponsoring a stage production to promote reconciliation in Bosnia. IMPACT is now accepting applications for this powerful drama. We need dancers, musicians, sound and light technicians, stage crew members, administrators, and logistical staff for this tremendous team effort in Bosnia this summer. The team is presently working in Kona, Hawaii, but team members plan to be in Bosnia by June or July and touring through mid-Sept. The actual dates of the production tour are August 1-September 13, 1998. If interested call Mauricio Palacio at 808-326-4464, fax: 808-326-4434, or email Impactteamsatcompuservedotcom.

————————————–

MARCH/APRIL ADVANCE READY TO “GET”!
Ready for the March/April Advance? Here’s a summary: Summary of ADVANCE! for March-April 1998

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — The Muslims of Malaysia; 5,000 come to Christ in Turkey; the Manam of Papua New Guinea; the world’s 10 largest megacities; outreach during the Kumbh Mela festival; Zimbabwe’s Shangani people group; the Jola of Senegal’s Casamance region; consultation on strategic church planting among unreached people groups in West Africa

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Shanghai house church leader serving a three-year labor camp sentence; Pakistani pastor stabbed to death; Christian workers murdered in Rwanda; Orthodox caretaker killed in Turkey; Laotians arrested for teaching the Bible in an unauthorized meeting in a private home

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Malaysia’s Thaipusam festival; Brazilian witch gives her heart to Christ; oppression of Muslim women; Karen women rescued from human zoos; Dutch doctor kills patient without permission; outreach planned for “homosexual olympics” in Amsterdam

REJOICE! — Gospel cassette turns 38 to Christ in Nigeria; rapid advance of the Kingdom in Inner Mongolia; Bulgaria recognizes evangelicals; spiritual hunger at southern Asia book fair; communist radio transmitter now broadcasts into England; Scripture for Vietnam and Iraq; Chinese house church leader released from labor camp; church in Shenyang grows from 220 members to 20,000; God’s deliverance for Rwanda workers

NETWORKING — 30 Days of Prayer for Hindus; a wave of prayer for Iran; TRW’s Global Challenge ministry; West Africa church planting consultation; people group adoption video; pen pals needed for new Russian believers; intercessory prayer calendar for China’s gateway cities; anti-Christian legislation proposed in Japan; video documents Sudan tragedies; computer virus hoaxes; resources promoting racial reconciliation and preventing drug and alcohol abuse.

————————————–

JOHN PIPER BOOKS
Don’t forget that you can learn more about new John Piper material (author of Let the Nations Be Glad…) by browsing at http://www.desiringgod.org or write DGMinistryataoldotcom for more info!

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980301 Brigada Today

Now with 6891 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* BEST BRIGADA DEAL YET! THE JESUS FILM FREE FOR THE UNREACHED!
* WEB-WATCH – CORRECTION TO “MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK” FILES
* PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN AND NORWEGIAN BIBLES NOW ONLINE
* ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PASTORS
* INTERNET FOR CHRISTIANS NEWSLETTER
* CONFERENCE WITH DR. ENGEL RESCHEDULED
* YES S. AM., THERE IS A LIST OF LATIN MISSION SENDING AGENCIES!
* STONE-CAMPBELL MISSIONS/HISTORY BUFFS UNITE!
* SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHRISTIAN RELATIVES OF MUSLIM CONVERTS
* MISSIONS TRAINING FOR MISSIONS LEADERS
* AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR…
* DIALING FOR DOLLARS (WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DONOR SOFTWARE)
* ADVANCE RETREAT
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

BEST Brigada DEAL YET! THE JESUS FILM FREE FOR THE UNREACHED!
In the past, we’ve celebrated several special occasions here in Brigada Today, but to the best of my memory, none has been so monumental as this one! Through a special arrangement with the Unreached Peoples Coordinator of the Jesus Film (who had to check with the director of the Jesus Film Project for permission to pull this off), Brigada participants are being offered an unbelievable opportunity! During the next two weeks (leading up to Brigada’s 3-year-old birthday), the makers of the Jesus Film are going to provide five complimentary videos of the JESUS Film to each individual or team who will commit to deliver them to an unreached people group by year’s end. In fact, if the individual or team can’t go personally, they may even send them to someone else who will be going, or is already there. Of course, additional videos are always available for reasonable prices if the individual or team wants even more copies (only 5 are free). Note that this is a special offer and will not necessarily be honored after Brigada’s birthday (March 21st) so be sure to act now.

To receive your free videos, compose a note with the following information:

* Ministry or organization name
* Contact name
* Shipping address (and special instructions, if any)
* Telephone number and email address, if available
* Name of people group(s) targeted
* Primary language(s) and/or secondary trade language
* Video standard: PAL or NTSC
* Country to be used in
* Date in 1998 that their group will be going to the country
* Date by which they need to receive the videos

Send this email to ddearingatcccidotorg, or use snail-mail at:
The JESUS Film Project
ATTN: Don Dearing
Unreached Peoples Coordinator
P.O. Box 72007, San Clemente, CA 92674-2007
Tel.: (714) 361-4518
Fax: (714) 361-7579.

One final word — please be sure to thank Don Dearing and all the folks at The Jesus Film project. They have truly made this Brigada birthday a very happy one . . . and it’s totally because of their heart for the unreached.

————————————–

WEB-WATCH – CORRECTION TO “MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK” FILES
WebWatch If you retrieved the “Mother of all Bookmark Files” (Doug Lucas’ bookmarks), perhaps you noticed one called “The Palace” and wondered exactly what Doug Lucas had been doing there! :-) Needless to say, you might want to remove this site from your collection! :-) We imported web sites from several sources to compile the collection (including two wholesale imports from PC Magazine “favorites,” so please don’t hold us accountable for the content at every site. The “Palace” has been removed from the bookmark file posted for retrieval from the web and we would encourage you to remove it from your own if you haven’t already. (Some users would also fine “The Onion” in bad taste — again, we’ve never even been there [even to date] so we can’t verify that personally, but you might also remove it, . . . and we’ve removed it from the list on the web.) Thanks to David (who has his own collection at http://www.aims.edu/~dmarvin/bookmark.htm, in case you want to check out additional options)!

————————————–

PORTUGUESE, ITALIAN AND NORWEGIAN BIBLES NOW ONLINE
Check out the free ‘Bible Gateway’ online Bible and concordance at http://bible.gospelcom.net, now featuring 15 translations. Included is a Portuguese version of International Bible Society’s New International Version, along with Italian and Norwegian translations. Over the next year, GCN and the International Bible Society expect to add at least a dozen more languages in its efforts to provide free scriptures online for people all around the world. (IFC, January 26, 1998)

————————————–

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR PASTORS
WebWatch Looking for help with your upcoming sermon? Here’s a site that features a wealth of information and links for pastors. Includes a Pastor’s Forum, Sermon Prep Center, a listing of Ministry Opportunities, Worldwide Prayer Link, and more. http://www.pastornet.com/ (IFC, January 26, 1998).

————————————–

INTERNET FOR CHRISTIANS NEWSLETTER
Internet for Christian Newsletter is published via email and on the WWW by Quentin J. Schultze and the Gospel Communications Network http://www.gospelcom.net. Dr. Schultze is Professor of Communication at Calvin College and Special Coordinator for the Gospel Communications Network. http://www.gospelcom.net/gf . To subscribe send message to: IFC-REQUESTatGOSPELCOMdotNET with the message SUBSCRIBE YOUREMAILADDRESS. [Important note: Remember that on all Brigada conferences, you never have to put “youremailaddress” after the subscribe command. In fact, to do so creates lots of extra work for conference owners!]

————————————–

CONFERENCE WITH DR. ENGEL RESCHEDULED
The AIMS Fellowship of Mission Agencies (AFMA) leaders’ retreat, postponed in February, has been rescheduled for November 19-21, 1998 in Houston, TX. The keynote speaker, Dr. James F. Engel, will address the theme “Harnessing the Power of the Storm,” which grew from a quote in his book, A Clouded Future? Advancing North American World Missions. Engel wrote, “… one thing is certain. North American missions agencies are facing turbulent times as the storm clouds grow in intensity.” Recognized for seminal writings in conversion and evangelism, strategic planning and financial resource development, Engel has also served organizations in more than 70 countries. For details, please contact Pamella Foster at 757-579-5850, or by e-mail at aimsataims-usadotorg.

————————————–

YES S. AM., THERE IS A LIST OF LATIN MISSION SENDING AGENCIES!
The Ibero-American Missions Handbook is a listing of the mission agencies in Latin America, Spain and Portugal which send out Latin Americans, Spanish or Portuguese workers into cross-cultural ministry contexts. The Handbook was compiled for the recent Comibam97 Congress in Acapulco and also contains information on the countries where the Latino missionaries are serving plus summary stats, charts, graphs and maps.

The handbook is available for downloading in Spanish, Portuguese and English at the Comibam web site: http://www.comibam.org

Also available at that site are sets of transparencies in Spanish and Portuguese for missions mobilization which can also be downloaded.

This is exactly what we were searching for – – – and it stands as proof that the Brigada concept is indeed working! Remember Dan Johnson djohnsonatcdotnetdotgt, a missions mobilizer trying to assemble a list of just such agencies?? Ted Limpic just saved him about a month of work! Way to go Ted and Comibam organizers! Way to go Brigada family! Thanks especially for making it available for all on the web!!! Yahoooo! Yahoo

————————————–

STONE-CAMPBELL MISSIONS/HISTORY BUFFS UNITE!
Those interested in the history of missions in the Stone-Campbell Movement will help write history at the annual Forrest H. Kirkpatrick Historians’ Seminar, April 24, 25, 1998. The topic of the seminar is “Mission in the Stone-Campbell Movement.” The seminar is to help prepare a general article for a Stone-Campbell Encyclopedic Dictionary which is currently being developed. The call has gone out from the general editors of the encyclopedia to anyone who would be interested in critiquing and refining an article on the missionary work of the movement. Participants will respond in person and/or writing to three lectures.
Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, retired professor of Pepperdine University, will address “Mission/Evangelization Prior to 1849.”
Dr. William J. Nottingham, Affiliate Professor, Christian Theological Seminary and retired President, Division of Overseas Ministries, will address “Development of Missionary Societies 1849 to the Present in the Disciples of Christ.”
Dr. Frederick W. Norris, Dean E. Walker Professor Christian History and Professor Christian Doctrine, Emmanuel School of Religion, will speak on “Twentieth Century Mission/Evangelization among Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.”
The Seminar will begin on April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1101 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN. It will conclude by mid-afternoon of the next day. Registration is $25.00 (fee waived for students). The Historical Society will respond to requests for information on motel accommodations. For more information, contact
Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37212-2196
Phone: 615-327-1444
Fax: 615-327-1445.

————————————–

SUPPORT GROUP FOR CHRISTIAN RELATIVES OF MUSLIM CONVERTS
Check out the new support group where family members of Muslim converts can encourage each other, pray for one another and share the experiences how to deal with this family situation. Parents will be the main participants, but it is designed for all Christians with a Muslim relative be it son, daughter, brother, sister, son-in-law. To subscribe, send an email to majordomoatwatchmandotcom with only this line in the message:
subscribe parents
Also check out the accompanying apologetics Web Site “Answering Islam”: http://answering-islam.org/ and contact Jochen Katz jkatzatmathdotgatechdotedu for more info.

————————————–

MISSIONS TRAINING FOR MISSIONS LEADERS
COMMIT is hosting a short-term missions leaders training seminar conducted by Ray Howard of Mission Training International, March 26-28 at Wave of Life Ministries in Makaha (Oahu) Hawaii. The cost for this highly acclaimed training is only $179 which includes tuition, books, and all related material. Lodging and travel arrangements can be made by contacting Greg or Mona Crawford at the address below. If you send short-term teams anywhere in the world, don’t miss this! Mahalo. Don’t you think that all Brigada Editors should be sent to this meeting by appreciative Brigada readers??? (Okay — I’m joking!) For more information, or to purchase gift certificates for your friends, contact
Greg Crawford
Director
COMMIT Ministries
87-109 Manununu Street
Waianae HI 96792
tel or FAX 808-668-6569
commitatjunodotcom

————————————–

AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR…
:-) Thanks again to the folks at Central Pres. in Baltimore for helping the Brigada cause go forward! Check out their web page at http://www.centralpc.org for more information! Recently when we mentioned them (Feb. 6 issue), one of their missionaries immediately wrote them to express his appreciation to them for helping us with expenses! Thanks to Jerry Cooper jcooperatcentralpcdotorg, the Assoc. Pastor for Missions and Discipleship, a long-time subscriber of the Brigada family for his part in making it happen! And more good news . . . It looks like a donor from last year is going to repeat this year as well!!! Yahoooo! Yahoo
Remember to check out the special “Sponsors” web page on the Brigada site… starting at http://www.brigada.org and join us in thanking the Lord for their help in making this work possible!

————————————–

DIALING FOR DOLLARS (WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DONOR SOFTWARE)
Les Tilka clfcebuatinamedotcom would like to know! He’s looking for a program to use on the mission field that will keep track of his donor list, donations, correspondence, etc. He’s outgrown his current program. So . . . send him your best . . . and Les, we’d like to see a summary report in two weeks, if that’s possible, okay?

————————————–

ADVANCE RETREAT
Come to think of it, I don’t think we ever shared the Advance summary for February!!! Sorry about that!

THE GOSPEL FOR EVERY PEOPLE — Indonesians on the brink of panic; 10 million people at India’s Kumbh Mela festival; the Mandinka of The Gambia; the Hazara of Afghanistan; new gospel radio programs in the Middle East; the Bozo of Mali

THE PERSECUTED CHURCH — Sudanese believer imprisoned; Uzbek pastor sentenced; Pakistani schoolteacher persecuted; Malay believer kidnapped; Sri Lanka congregations attacked

SPIRITUAL FORCES OF DARKNESS — Ramadan massacres in Algeria; abortion clinic bombed; test tube baby declared legal orphan; scientist plans human cloning; Cambodians sold into slavery; prayer assault targets Turkey

REJOICE! — 47 baptized in Mali; Myanmar Bible school reopens; decisions among the Mien Yao of Thailand; Jesus film records 1 billionth viewer; wife of martyred Kurdish believer gives birth; Honduras crusade registers 10,000 decisions; Colombia recognizes evangelicals; Russian lawmakers restrict pornography; pandering ad banned in Brazil

NETWORKING — Unreached people group prayer profiles now available; community development school; “writing partners” for Turkish Muslims; training program helps churches develop missions strategy; Voice of the Martyrs missions conference; ministering in the former Soviet Union; sharing the gospel with international students; mobilizing children to reach the world; new book explains joy of missions; booklet focuses on morally irresponsible TV programming

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980222 Brigada Today

Now with 6878 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* LAST WEEK’S ITEM ON “JOSHUA HARVEST” CAUSES A STIR
* LUIS BUSH INVITES BRIGADA AUDIENCE TO AD2000 & BEYOND CONSULTATION
* WANT MORE INFO. RE: PRAYING FOR THOSE IN THE 10/40 WINDOW?
* GET HELP ON PROTOCOL
* SPANISH MISSIONS MOBILIZERS HABLAN
* BIRTHDAY CANDLES … JUST 3 WEEKS AWAY
* FOR YOUR BROWSER … MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK FILE SYSTEMS – FREE!!!
* GOD’S CHURCH IS ON THE MOVE
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

LAST WEEK’S ITEM ON “JOSHUA HARVEST” CAUSES A STIR
lighting the way Well I’ve got good news and bad news regarding last week’s item on “Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons” (“FROM THE ‘WORD ON THE STREET’ DEPARTMENT… THE LATEST ON AD2000”). The good news is that evidently Brigada Today is being read by lots of missions leaders who in turn wrote lots of other missions leaders and apparently asked quite a number of questions about the item. The bad news is, the “word on the street” might have taken us slightly down the wrong road. Here’s the deal: Apparently, there is a plan entitled, “Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons” that is “in the works,” being considered by AD2000 & Beyond leadership. However, it is apparently not totally approved at this point (though many have voiced strong support for it). But evidently our biggest error last week was our indication that AD2000’s International Office (IO) would, in this case, not be shutting down. Quite the contrary, apparently the plan is for the IO to not be leading the movement at that point. Now don’t ask me how that’s going to play out — because I’m not exactly sure (e.g., how can we have international events without an international coordinating office?) — but the bottom line is that the IO is shutting down as previously announced, immediately after wrap-up of the final consultation, which is occurring at the end of the year 2000. (For more information about this consultation, see the next item.) Now… how can we be sure that this is not just a rumor? Because this time, we received messages directly from Luis Bush himself, who happened to be hearing about the Brigada Today item all the way over in Israel, where he was conducting meetings to plan a major AD2000 event! He wrote us, some 24 hours after the item went out last week, “Greetings from the Holy Land! The meetings of the International Coordinating Committee regarding Celebrate Messiah 2000 have just come to a close. In the course of these days together, as we gazed out the balcony of the room we were meeting at with the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem in plain view we experienced the presence of God in a most unusual way….” Luis added elsewhere, “…The International Office is planning to close down shortly after the event here [in Jerusalem]. The termination of the non-profit organization AD2000 [& Beyond] Movement Inc is planned and all staff will be out of a job. A close down plan was already presented to the US Support Committee in our last meeting and approved.” So… looks like we’ve got to look for a job for Luis after all! :-)

————————————–

LUIS BUSH INVITES BRIGADA AUDIENCE TO AD2000 & BEYOND CONSULTATION
Been looking for the perfect time to visit Jerusalem? Always wanted to take that trip to the Holy Land but never had a good enough reason? Well now you do. This past week, as a part of the series of emails clarifying the misunderstanding about last week’s item (see above), Luis, in the process, invited the entire Brigada family to come to Jerusalem!!! :-) Now maybe you think I’m joking . . . but if you have any doubts, retrieve the email message he sent. Read it word-for-word in its entirety.
I’ll summarize here.. but you really need to get the whole thing if you’re interested. Basically, Celebrate Messiah 2000 is a colossal conference to cap off a decade of AD2000 & Beyond activities. Finite reporting will be available on progress in “finishing the Task,” and you can be sure there will be plenty of celebrating for what God has done in the 10/40 Window and beyond. If you’re interested in attending, get the CM2000 file because Luis says it much better than I can — and request an introductory brochure/invitation by writing infoatAD2000dotorg. Keep in mind that this CM2000 itself is still a draft, yet to be voted on in May by core leaders of the AD2000 & Beyond leadership. Luis’ exact words were, “Registration has now been completed by 30 countries of the world for participation in the Holy Land event itself. The registration is still open. Please invite anyone interested to e-mail requesting [a] brochure from our office.” So… if you want… Holy Land here you come! :-)

————————————–

WANT MORE INFO. RE: PRAYING FOR THOSE IN THE 10/40 WINDOW?
Try CIN-News, a brand new email conference by the folks at Christian Information network. Subscribe by sending an email message to listprocatgrmidotorg with the message
subscribe cin-news Your Name

in the body of the message. This will automatically add you to the mailing list. Obviously, . . . substitute your own name for the “Your Name” in the instructions above. :-) (Duh…) :-)

————————————–

GET HELP ON PROTOCOL
For those fairly new to Brigada, or those just wanting to recap/review, don’t miss some recent changes made to the protocol file.

It explains good protocol for interacting in the Brigada family of email conference networks. Those with additional suggestions are welcome to submit them to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg.

————————————–

SPANISH MISSIONS MOBILIZERS HABLAN
lighting the way Last week’s item, “WHERE HAVE ALL THE SPANISH GONE?” rang a gong in the hearts of several Spanish speaking missions mobilizers. Evidently, there have been several compilations of organizations that send Spanish speakers. Are there any posted on the web? If so, drop me a note… and . . . perdone me por favor. :-)

————————————–

BIRTHDAY CANDLES… JUST 3 WEEKS AWAY
lighting the way Thanks for the ideas in response to last week’s item, “WE’RE NEARLY 3 YEARS OLD!” I particularly liked the one that suggested we mail out pieces of birthday cake to each and every subscriber. (Yeah right! :-)) Although we’re still unsure how to celebrate, the event is fast approaching. March 21st marks 3 years in Brigada business. I wonder if we can reach the 7000 mark (7000 subscriber/participants) by March 21st? Tall order. Would you invite 3 friends to join the Brigada network this week??? Just clip the final item (on how to subscribe) and send it their way.

————————————–

FOR YOUR BROWSER… MOTHER OF ALL BOOKMARK FILE SYSTEMS – FREE!!!
WebWatch Searching for an easy way to load in a bunch of bookmarks into your browser? (bookmarks are the “shortcuts” that let you jump from one web site to the next on the Worldwide Web). This can be a big-time need if you have recently switched over, say, from Netscape to Microsoft Internet Explorer (which seems to be happening more and more these days, by the way). Well now you can get Doug’s “mother of all favorite sites” bookmark files — FOR FREE! Zillions of bookmarks, including missions orgs, mission sites, mission research sites, and travel sites galore. (I’ve got a partner who has been buggin’ me to prepare this for months! Sorry it’s taken me this long, Eric!) Add to that a bundle of news sites, software URLs, computers & technology, and more! Well in the “old days,” it wasn’t as easy as you’d think — to combine the bookmarks in the file you’re already using with a “mother of all bookmark files” from somebody else’s browser. But now there’s a way! Just hop on the web and download “SyncURLs” first. It’s a free program on the Brigada site that lets you merge bookmark files (from either Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer! Organizes them in a tree outline, exports to whichever browser you want… or both! Then you can grab Doug’s “mother of all favorite sites” file and combine it with your own in whatever way you want! And in the future, if you ever want to export your file to your buddy’s browser’s format, no problem! So… get it today! . . . for free! Get SyncURLs by pointing your browser to: http://www.teamexpansion.org/tools/syncur.zip When your browser asks you if you want to execute or save, just choose “save” and pick out a suitable folder on your hard drive (don’t forget where you store it!). You’ll need the capability to unzip files. (If you don’t have pkunzip, talk to a computer tech to get it.) This is a 321K file that gives you the executable (courtesy PC Magazine; thanks!). Then grab the “mother of all bookmark files” by pointing your browser to: http://www.teamexpansion.org/tools/bookmarks.htm Once you’re there, use “save as” to save that file on your own hard drive as bookmarks.htm in your Netscape users directory, under your name. If there’s already a file there by that name, don’t overwrite it with the new file. Use SyncURLs to merge the new and the old! Import your own bookmark file over the top and you’re in business! See the help file for instructions — it’s very thorough. We regret that we cannot answer mail asking for tech support for this process. If you need help, see a computer tech in your town or office. (Hey — if we answered help mail all day, we’d never get our own mission work done! :-))

————————————–

GOD’S CHURCH IS ON THE MOVE
I’m writing this Brigada Today on the plane on the way home from a weekend full of meetings with a church in Calgary that has chosen to adopt a very unreached people group in Central Asia. Wow. blinking1eyes I’m humbled and sobered by their dedication. They’ve picked one of the “hardest” groups to reach . . . and yet they’re undaunted by the task. In the Faith-Promise missions weekend (at which they had invited me to speak), they pledged thousands of dollars per month for missions, including a great start-up seed fund for their new PACE Project (adopting that unreached people group and following a specific plan to plant a church there). If this whole process can now just be replicated a couple of thousand times, with each church taking responsibility for different unreached people groups, I’m confident we’ll see some pretty amazing stuff happen during the coming years!!! May God grant them . . . and you . . . lots of determination and wisdom as you seek to mobilize your church and/or agency to finish the task!

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980215 Brigada Today

Now with 6807 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* WE’RE NEARLY 3 YEARS OLD!
* FROM THE “WORD ON THE STREET” DEPARTMENT… THE LATEST ON AD2000
* GIVERS MINISTRY FOCUSES ON TANGIBLE ITEMS
* WORD FROM THE ROCK… THE ROSETTA STONE STILL SPEAKS
* INSURANCE PROVIDERS FOR MISSIONARIES
* WEB EVANGELISM SITES UNITE!
* WHERE HAVE ALL THE SPANISH GONE?
* FASTING AND PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA
* HOW TO FIND “THE SCORE” ON JP2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES
* DO BRIGADA READERS RESPOND?
* ONLINE SCHOOL ADVANCING
* BERMUDA TRIANGLE, MAFxc STYLE!
* PRINTED RESOURCES IN 350 LANGUAGES JUST AN E-MAIL AWAY!
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

WE’RE NEARLY 3 YEARS OLD!
Three years ago this week, Brigada was just an idea… with some 38 participants in this Brigada Today conference… and only a half dozen or so Brigada conferences in all. Today, 3 years later, Brigada-peoples is one of the most active conferences in the Brigada family, with some 350 participants actively seeking to help connect would-be people-group-adopters together with those who can help them do it more effectively. And over 150 other conferences, including the entire “Brigada-connect-…” group by John Hanna, are regularly providing communication networks for the world of evangelical missions. But the real Brigada-birthday that we celebrate is March 21st, the day in 1995 that the conferences officially “went public.” So… we’re inviting everyone to a big “virtual birthday party!” To be held in just 4 weeks… all over the world… on March 21st! :-) Not sure how we’ll be able to celebrate it. We’re open for ideas! :-) Send your best idea to DLucasatTeamExpansiondotorg. :-)

————————————–

FROM THE “WORD ON THE STREET” DEPARTMENT… THE LATEST ON AD2000
So have you heard the latest on AD2000? We all wondered how in the world the AD2000 office could just ‘close down’ on January 2nd, 2001 anyway. :-) I mean… after all . . . what are we going to do with 20 jobless people? :-) And I can’t think of much of anything more discouraging than seeing Luis Bush with nothing to mobilize! :-) So… here’s the deal… here’s the latest of what we’re hearing. Apparently, the latest leak out of Colorado Springs is that AD2000 will be kicking off a new program called, “Joshua Harvest: All Peoples, All Persons.” Can you believe it? (You think I’m joking. :-) ) This thrust will seek to expand the criteria of the Joshua Project from its current “mongo-tight” restrictions (e.g., greater than 10,000 in pop., less than 2% evangelical, no church of 100 in their midst, etc.) to a much broader definition of [basically any] ethnolinguistic and ethnocultural peoples. The primary focus will remain that of making disciples among the spiritually neediest peoples of the world. A similar approach will be adopted to that of Joshua Project 2000. This will apparently entail coordinated research, a common database, enhancements of existing efforts, and a total commitment to mutual cooperation in all things. The aim would be to establish a life-giving congregation of believers among each of the world’s people groups. So… relax… and breathe again… Luis Bush and company won’t be jobless on Jan. 2nd, 2001! :-) And … barring the 2nd coming… neither will we! :-)

————————————–

GIVERS MINISTRY FOCUSES ON TANGIBLE ITEMS
lighting the way Remember our reference to the Givers Ministry… http://www.giversministry.org which focused on finding needs and meeting them? ” POST YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS AND HOPE TO FIND A GIVER!” Well… ahem… come to find out they specialize in tangible, non-monetary gifts! :-) Sorry gang. They’ve had zillions of hits (the exact quote was, “We have been overwhelmed…”) from folks wanting to . . . . put them in touch, so to speak, with potential giving targets… and actually what they’re hoping to clarify… or what they’re hoping I can clarify… :-) is that they only give non-financial gifts. :-) But that’s still cool… think about …. automobiles, computers, musical instruments, building materials, food, clothing, medical supplies / equipment, electrical / mechanical items, etc.! Want to email them? Use infoatgiversministrydotorg instead of the address we gave earlier. Sorry about that Joe. Hope you can get your email inbox cleaned out sometime next century! :-)

————————————–

WORD FROM THE ROCK… THE ROSETTA STONE STILL SPEAKS
The Rosetta Stone Language Program continues to develop CD-ROM conversational courses in languages important to missionaries. And guess what… to Brigada participants, Rosetta Stone’s creators will make the CDs available at 1/4 of the price charged to the educational and business markets! Believe it or not, this is the very program selected by NASA for use by the US and Russian astronauts! Languages currently available include Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Dutch, English (for ESL), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Vietnamese. Additional languages are being released each month. For ordering info contact Ray Howard at Mission Training Int’l – MInternataoldotcom. In the U.S. you can call us at 800 896-3710. Make sure you tell them you heard about it on Brigada and they’ll make the CDs available at 25% of the list price. (Actually, you do have to be using them for missions purposes… so if we have any astronauts reading this item, just dream on! :-))

————————————–

INSURANCE PROVIDERS FOR MISSIONARIES
If you’re needing a great medically insurance policy, at least give these sources a chance. They’ve listed with Brigada via Sara and are ready to serve! Thanks to Sara and Brad for their help compiling this list!

————————————–

WEB EVANGELISM SITES UNITE!
Do you know about a site seeking to provide a restricted access (or, to put it another way, “creative access”) country with the Bible in the local language? … or maybe a special site to present the gospel to a specific group of people in a culturally appropriate manner? If so, Dale FISHVILLEataoldotcom would like to know! Dale will compile the results, return them, at which time we’ll make them available to everyone here on Brigada via one of those “get” files. So. . . whether you’ve developed a site like the ones described above… or just seen one… send them to Dale. Don’t forget to provide the full web address, beginning with “http://” please. Thanks!

————————————–

WHERE HAVE ALL THE SPANISH GONE?
Dan’s a missions mobilizer… in Latin America! :-) Honest. Great idea. So he’s trying to find out which agencies and orgs. try to send Spanish-speakers to China (and other creative access countries) as a means of sharing Christ there. So if you’ve heard about a team from Venezuela working in Algeria, Dan would like to know! Note that he’s not looking for the names of those who have gone (which would be a security risk), but rather, the agencies which seek to send them or enable them to go. Send your best ideas to Dan at djohnsonatcdotnetdotgt and he’ll compile the results for us here. We might just have a copy of the first ever compilation of mission sending agencies for Spanish-speakers!

————————————–

FASTING AND PRAYER FOR NORTH KOREA
Apparently, Jonathan Sim of the World Vision Korea desk has called for a day of fasting and prayer for North Korea on the 27th of February. That’s this week! We’re passing along the news, even though we have few details. Reportedly, World Vision, Campus Crusade and Youth With A Mission are all participating. If you’d like more information, you could try asking Bryan Bishop at YWAMatXCdotOrg. If he doesn’t have more information, he’ll at least try to locate someone who does. No need to write Brigada — this is all we know.

————————————–

HOW TO FIND “THE SCORE” ON JP2000 UNREACHED PEOPLES
Dan Scribner wrote this past week from the AD2000 & Beyond International Office to clarify ways and means of finding out more about the “score” on reaching Joshua Project unreached peoples. He wrote, “You could download the file at ftp://ftp.ad2000.org/pub/ad2000/jpldbf.zip or check the index at http://www.ad2000.org/peoples/index.htm to find out which of the 1739 Joshua Project People groups were not “claimed” as of this past July. …The Joshua Project list is being updated daily and a fresh copy is available at the sites mentioned above. There have probably been over 500 major and minor corrections in JPL.DBF since July 1997. There is a new field in JPL.DBF called UNTARGETED which replaces NOCOMT172. NOCOMT172 is still in the database so we can identify the 172, but that is no longer the focus. At the moment the AD2000 WWW site is still showing mini-profiles for only the 1739 original Joshua Project peoples…, but the JPLDBF.ZIP file has all the peoples that have ever been considered for the Joshua Project list (original 1739 list, updated / current list, peoples not matching the criteria, etc.)” Thanks Dan! We appreciate your ministry at the “IO”!!!

————————————–

DO BRIGADA READERS RESPOND?
You bet they do! For example, this past week we received a thank you note, “Thank you for including us on this week’s Brigada [Today]. We received 40 hits within 24 hours. We have made many good contacts that should serve the missionary community. Thanks again.”

————————————–

ONLINE SCHOOL ADVANCING
books and pen If you’ve been following the progress of that new “online school,” you’ve probably been pretty busy! Brett Bowers brettatcyberhighdotorg wrote this past week to update us on CyberHigh/NorthStar Academy and the plans sound great. Check ’em out at http://www.northstar-academy.org or write Brett directly. What a great option to add to home schooling as an alternative to boarding schools for those working in remote areas!

————————————–

BERMUDA TRIANGLE, MAFxc STYLE!
MAFxc logo If you subscribed to a MAFxc email conference (MAFxc hosts all Brigada conferences) during the dates Feb. 14-18, odds are, your new subscription was lost and you’ll have to subscribe again. Apparently, on Feb. 18th, MAFxc experienced a big-time crash which forced them to use the most recent backup they had (from 4 days earlier). At the same time, MAFxc has installed a new server and new www software that will more than triple the speed of their outputs. Hang in there, MAFxc!

————————————–

PRINTED RESOURCES IN 350 LANGUAGES JUST AN E-MAIL AWAY!
letter and ligntening bolt American Scripture Gift Mission has booklets and tracts in over 350 languages that are great for ethnic church planting and multi-lingual ministry in the US as well as overseas. These publications are attractive compilations of verses on relevant themes. Most are evangelistic, like “Savior of the World” and “God’s Plan for Man.” Others are pastoral (but include gospel passages), like “Living Together God’s Way” and “Daily Strength.” SGM Intl has been providing such resources since 1888. Tell them the languages you need and they’ll tell you what’s available. Include your snail mail address for English samples. Write them at SGMUSatJunodotcom.

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980208 Brigada Today

Now with 6789 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* AD2000 & BEYOND WANTS YOU!
* SCUBA ANYONE?
* HEADED TO THE WORLD CUP? START PLANNING NOW!
* PRAYER WAVE FOR IRAN
* INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE KNOCKING…. WILL YOU ANSWER?
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CAIRO
* 30 DAYS HINDU PRAYER FOCUS SET FOR MAY-JUNE
* “WHO’S ON FIRST?” (MAFxc CONFERENCE COMMAND REVISION)
* TRY THIS SHIPPER
* NEED A VIDEO FOR YOUR PROJECT?
* SEMINAR ON CHINA
* SO WHAT ARE YOUR “GREAT PASSIONS?”
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

AD2000 & BEYOND WANTS YOU!
The AD2000 & Beyond Movement is in the process of conducting a survey to update the status of work among Joshua Project 2000 peoples. The last survey (1996) brought in 25,000 pieces of information from over 800 agencies in at least 80 countries. This data is used globally for mobilization, networking and avoidance of duplication. The current survey will assess the status of church planting efforts as well as the existence of indigenous churches among Joshua Project 2000 peoples. The survey will be sent automatically to those who received the initial mailing. If you or someone you know did not receive the earlier survey, but would like to respond now, please send your name, agency and mailing address to the AD2000 and Beyond Movement infoatad2000dotorg. For more information regarding the motivation for completing the survey, use and distribution of the collected data, and security guidelines used when sharing data; just email infoatad2000dotorg with a message that says, “JP2000 Survey Information.”

————————————–

SCUBA ANYONE?
Interested in helping get literature into certain restricted access countries? If so, Frontline Evangelism would like to know! For example, they’re presently looking for individuals with sailing or scuba experience and equipment. Apparently this will be the “purpose” of the short-term trip … with a Christian perspective, if you know what I mean. If you’re interested, contact dbgatixdotnetcomdotcom.

————————————–

HEADED TO THE WORLD CUP? START PLANNING NOW!
If you’re headed to the World Cup in France this summer, now’s the time to start planning! Write mwozniakatrbcdotorg for a press release regarding outreach tracts/videos that RBC ministry will be making available in both Spanish and English. You’ll get a kick out of the possibilities!

————————————–

PRAYER WAVE FOR IRAN
Here’s a group in the UK that would like to create a “wave” of prayer around the globe (a la the kind of “waves” you see at football stadiums and Promise Keeper rallies) for Iran. Cool idea. Write RapAdvanceataoldotcom for more information or if you’re willing to pray May 29-30 for a group in Iran. Put “The Wave” in the subject line. thumbs-up

————————————–

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE KNOCKING…. WILL YOU ANSWER?
Over 550,000 international students currently study in American Universities. If you’re reading from some other country, some international students are probably studying at a university near you. As for the USA, every year, 120,000 new students come in and nearly 90,000 return home. These students are the brightest and the best, the top 2-3% from their countries. They will go home to become future leaders in some aspect of their country’s society and socio-economic matrix. There is no question about whether these students will make a difference. The question is, will that difference be for Christ. The World At Your Door is a very practical guide to the vision and the how-to’s of getting individuals and churches involved in outreach to international students. It addresses the strategic and urgent nature of the window of opportunity that God has given the church in America to touch people who will be change agents when they return home. If you’re in the USA, call 1-800-ISI-TEAM. Overseas, use Net-2-phone, or write BNorsworthyatISIonlinedotorg for more information. Put “The World” in the subject line.

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM CAIRO
world globe More than 4,500 people gathered for a three-day, standing-room-only rally at a church in downtown Cairo and 97 made first-time decisions for Christ. The rally was sponsored by Trans World Radio for people who listen to Arabic language gospel radio broadcasts. Also, evangelist Luis Palau will preach four evangelistic meetings March 12-15 in Cairo, at Kasr el-Dobara Evangelical Church. The messages will be videotaped and hand-carried to hundreds of churches throughout Egypt for showings the next day.
(Source: January 1998 Advance newsletter http://www.brigada.org/advance/adv9801.html>.
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

————————————–

30 DAYS HINDU PRAYER FOCUS SET FOR MAY-JUNE
The dates for the second annual “30 Days Hindu Prayer Focus” are May 17 to June 15 (contrary to some news that was unfortunately publicized prematurely, and that placed the dates mid March to mid April). Be so kind publicize these dates. Prayer guide booklets are currently being written and will go to print in late March. In England: South Asia Concern, email: 100126dot3641atcompuservedotcom, In Germany: ABMdotVFAatt-onlinedotde. Everywhere else:
WorldChristian News
PO Box 26479
Colorado Springs, CO 80936
USA
Tel: 1 (719) 442-6409; Email: wcnatxcdotorg,
http://www.ywam.org/prayer/hindu.html

————————————–

“WHO’S ON FIRST?” (MAFxc CONFERENCE COMMAND REVISION)
So, what’s the name of the command you use to get a list of the members of your conference? Wrong. Who? Wrong again. Confused? Right! Let’s start over. Since Feb., 1995, when the Brigada family of email conferences came into being, we’ve always been able to send a command to <hubatxcdotorg> to get a complete list of everybody in a particular conference. This past week, MAFxc finally had to give in and disable the generic “who” command (Exception: the owner of the conference can still do a “who”). This is a good news/bad news story. The bad news is that it’ll be tougher to network. We won’t be able to send a quick “who” to the hub and get an email address list of everyone in our working group. The good news is that security is much tighter and for most of us, the good news probably outweighs the bad news. Now those who were wishing to start or join certain private conferences can do so without fearing that someone will get grab our email address. And now it’ll be impossible for “spammers” (Internet advertisers and bulk mailers) to harvest email addresses from each conference. So if you know of someone who jumped out of the Brigada network because of security fears, please pass along the word that things are now a lot tighter. And if you know of someone who might benefit from one of Brigada’s conferences, please feel free to invite them aboard! Finally, thanks to Jonathan and all the folks at MAFxc for doing their best to maintain a tight ship. Brigada is only one set of conferences on the MAFxc hub (the largest, by the way) — there are hundreds of other conferences and networks. Those MAFxc folk stay pretty busy out there in Redlands, CA. Would you join me today in bowing for a moment to give thanks for their commitment to excellence?

————————————–

TRY THIS SHIPPER
Next time you need to ship overseas, try Richard at RMJ Services (Resurrected Messiah Jesus), rmjservicesatjunodotcom. Apparently, he has shipped missionaries, non-profit and relief organizations for over 25 years. He does international truck, air and ocean shipping. FAX: 313-941-8127. Let us know what you think!

————————————–

NEED A VIDEO FOR YOUR PROJECT?
Dan & Judy Anderson have a deal for you! Her Visionary International Video reportedly provides “quality low priced promotional productions for mission agencies, institutions and their missionaries.” They’re headed to Costa Rica the end of February and staying there for a month, then to Italy the end of April through mid May. Check out their web page at: http://www.chrysalis.org/anderson or write for special prices on your project VisionVidataoldotcom. If you’d like to talk to a reference, see Don at 100622dot613atcompuservedotcom.

————————————–

SEMINAR ON CHINA
A wide range of local churches and ministries are sponsoring a regional seminar on unreached people-groups in China, March 6 & 7. The purpose is to promote awareness and mobilize evangelistic adoption of unreached minorities in China. The focus will be on both a survey of the unreached peoples and their needs, practical specific steps toward reaching them, and referrals to possible ministry partners in specific areas. Registration is $5 for Friday evening and $5 for Saturday. For more details, contact Seminar Coordinator Matt Gurvich, mgurvich@livenet.

————————————–

SO WHAT ARE YOUR “GREAT PASSIONS?”
Honestly, I think I got the idea from the Navigators. As soon as I heard it I knew it was a keeper. The question was actually quite simple. If I were asked, ‘What would be your five great passions?’, how would I answer? This past week, I wrote each of our Team Expansion staff people (115 in some 20 countries) to recommend that Team Expansion begin espousing Five Great Passions everywhere we go in the programs we present, in the newsletters we write, and the letters we send. How effective will we be at communicating them? Only time will tell. But I suppose it’s even more important that we begin living them! So . . . your list might be different . . . but here are the five that we proposed (with great gratitude to the Navigators!):

1. God — We have a passion for God. He’s central to everything we love and do. He’s the reason we’re in business. He’s the focus of our highest dreams and our deepest desires. He’s the purpose for which we labor, the central idea for which we live. We love Him, we live for Him, and yes, if need be, we’d even die for Him.

2. Worship — “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” John Piper has made it popular (Let the Nations be Glad!), but the Bible’s been saying it all along: The most urgent task isn’t evangelism after all! The noblest activity on earth is to give honor to the one not limited to the earth . . . to praise Him who is above all things. We exist to worship Him. Our lives, our jobs, our very hearts and souls are oriented toward His whispers. Like moss growing on the North side of the tree, we lean into His wind so that in turn, we can sail in the direction of His future. We worship because . . . we were created to do so.

3. Holiness — In gratitude for all He’s done for us, dare we offer anything less than our very lives, our souls, and our heart’s admiration? He’s asked us to live holy and pure lives, reeking of integrity and honor. We don’t live straight lives because we’re scared not to. We live each day with integrity because we’re incredibly overwhelmed by how much He’s been willing to look past our failures when we’ve stumbled! We’re basically just a bunch of broken people, cracked pots, and ruptured vessels. And to that bunch of assorted junk, He has brought love, compassion, mercy and hope. Yikes. Keep us holy, Lord.

4. Prayer — Can you believe we have a pipeline to the throne room? I can’t. He owned us, bought us, then brought us to His presence through prayer. We can walk the world, traveling the trails of continents near and far. In one mere hour, we can lift up the names and faces of the hearts we treasure. We’re committed to spending time with Him… communing with Him… building a relationship with Him. And that only happens when we know Him in prayer.

5. People — We don’t go abroad because of our love for people, but rather, because of our love for God. People change, God doesn’t. People reject us, but God never does. At the same time, our hearts break because there are so many who don’t know Him as savior, Lord, friend, and guide. And the tears we shed for the unreached people around us . . . the ones with which we’re trying to share His hope . . . aren’t our primary motivation for being involved in His work. We’re involved in His work because we love Him… but we’re also swept up in the impact His love could have on the people with which we share this planet. So… when we look around us, we no longer see people from an earthly perspective. We see souls… that can live eternally once they’re set free from the chains of this bothersome tendency to sin. And since He has left us with marching orders, we follow them without hesitation . . . to make disciples of all nations. We choose to work together in teams because He sent them two-by-two and also because we take great pleasure in serving together with like-minded teammates. But even if we were the only family left on the planet next to a tribe of people who didn’t know Him, we’d still go to them, because we love Him. And there’s a corollary to our passion for people. It gives way to a love for language. Granted, it can drive us crazy to learn it . . . but watch our determination and endurance. Watch us never give up . . . until we live, breath, and even dream in the language of the people we’ve come to reach with His promise. We learn their culture, commit His words to a culturally appropriate medium and packaging… but the message is timeless… His love never changes.

So those are our Five Great Passions . . . God, Worship, Holiness, Prayer, and People (with language and culture being a corollary to the last Passion). If those passions strike a resonating chord with you, we hope you’ll join us in our quest to serve the great God of all gods. If you need to renew your commitment to one of those passions, please join us in doing so today. And may God bless you in your quest!

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

19980201 Brigada Today

Now with 6760 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>, Louisville, KY
[Pass this issue to a friend! To subscribe, see instructions at end.]

——————-
In this issue….

* AND NOW A WORD FROM A SPONSOR!
* GET “SITE SNAGGER” TO DOWNLOAD WHOLE WEB SITES FOR FREE!
* GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM REMOTE MONGOLIA
* CLARIFICATION ON MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGES
* NEED A FREE FORMS PRINTER?
* GREAT STATS ON OUR GLOBAL VILLAGE
* HOW TO SPOT A COMPUTER VIRUS HOAX IN ONE EASY LESSON
* HERE’S AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT THAT’S BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER!
* DEPUTATION PLANNER NOW AVAILABLE ON BRIGADA SITE
* POST YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS AND HOPE TO FIND A GIVER!
* ATTENTION SPORTS EVANGELISM FOLKS!
* GET YOUR SHIPPING INFO
* PRAY FOR NAGANO
* PEOPLE GROUP BOOK RELEASED
* CONFERENCE TO FEATURE TENTMAKING
* TO SUBSCRIBE TO BRIGADA TODAY

————————————–

AND NOW A WORD FROM A SPONSOR!
Can you believe it? Someone actually sponsoring Brigada!??? It’s great! Out of the blue this past week, we received a $250 check from Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21204! Tell ya what…. if you live close to these people, would you give ’em a ring and thank them for their investment in making Brigada happen!??? We have to pay annual rental costs for the web site, plus fees, phone calls, plus the administrative costs of answering faxes and tons of email, and best of all, it’s just nice to know that someone wants to “share a moment with the world!” :-) Thanks tons to the great folks at Central Pres. If you live in the Baltimore area and you’re Presbyterian and you don’t have a church home, please seek them out! They’re apparently trying their best to develop a solid missions outreach. Because of their $250 sponsorship, we’ll now set up a reference to them and a big “thank you” on the Brigada web site at http://www.brigada.org on the ” sponsors page.” I think we’ve only had one before in our whole life!!! This is like Christmas!!! :-) (By the way, if you ever have leftover contingency funds or whatever, and if you’d like to join the battle, the address is
Brigada Today
c/o 3700 Hopewell Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299.

Thanks for the thought!)

————————————–

GET “SITE SNAGGER” TO DOWNLOAD WHOLE WEB SITES FOR FREE!
I wish I’d known about it earlier, before I went out and paid for Teleport Pro (granted… that was 6 months ago). I wanted the capability to download an entire web site — like the whole AD2000 site, or the entire Caleb Project Site — so I could then take it with me when I had to lead seminars or consult with local churches. If I’d only known about Site Snagger (for free) then I would have snagged it instead! Well it’s not too late for you . . . . Just point your browser to: http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/pctech/content/17/04/ut1704.001.html and you can download Site Snagger which will enable your PC to download entire websites in a single bound! Set it into action before you hit the sack, and in the morning, you’ll have an entire reference set of the JP2000 files right there locally on your PC. Can’t beat that with a stick. Best thing since sliced bread. Just remember, you heard about on Brigada!

————————————–

GLOBAL GLIMPSE FROM REMOTE MONGOLIA
world globe Missionary radio broadcasters report miraculous church growth in Inner Mongolia, along China’s northern border. Recently the Words of Hope broadcast coordinator had an opportunity to spend some time in the capital city of Inner Mongolia, Hohhot. He attended 9:30 AM service that was packed with over 1,500 people. That church is just one of 40 large churches just in the capitol city of Hohhot. In 13 years the church there has grown from two thousand believers to over 150-thousand with no obvious explanation except the move of the Holy Spirit.
(Source: Mission Network News broadcast, Feb 3, 1998 interviewing Words of Hope radio’s Lee DeYoung. www.gospelcom.net/mnn>
Global Glimpse is compiled each week by John Hanna, Caleb Project, Littleton, CO.

————————————–

CLARIFICATION ON MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGES
lighting the way Several folks wrote in to ask about Justin Long’s gematxcdotorg research on languages “WOULD THE REAL “LARGEST LANGUAGES” PLEASE STAND UP?”). (Justin works with David Barrett at the GEM office, where they’re preparing the next edition of the _World Christian Encyclopedia_.) He clarified this past week, that the top six groups on the list should have looked like this:
Mandarin Chinese 551 million
English 265 million
Spanish 227 million
Hindi 168 million
Arabic 144 million
Russian 142 million [not “1442 million”
as he reported last week]
Justin commented, “Yes, Russian was meant to be 142 million. … [and] What I meant by second language speakers was that many people, for example, speak Russian as a SECOND language (e.g. they might speak Turkish, but also be fluent in Russian.) So, those numbers are for people who speak the language as their first or “mother tongue”; they don’t include all the people who have learned the language. An example: my wife is included in the “English” mother tongue speaker total. However, she also knows French and Spanish, so she would be included in “second language speakers” if we were to give those totals (which we will in the forthcoming World Christian Encyclopedia 2). With second language speakers Turkish MIGHT be in the top 5, but it’s certainly in the top 10. Another item of confusion: some people talk about “Turkish” being in the top 5 but only when they consider all the Turkish-related languages. When we list Turkish, we are talking only about Turkish itself, not about the others.

————————————–

NEED A FREE FORMS PRINTER?
You got it. If you can give a receipt from a non-profit, then you can have a DataSouth Model XL-300DD 9-pin heavy-duty printer from Easley, SC, as a donation. It handles up to 9-part forms. Serial of parallel connection. Draft speed 300 cps. Tractor feed. Shipping wt. 35 lbs. Can print various kinds of barcodes. Was used by a software distributor for invoice printing. For more info., contact Roger W. Johnson RogerJatxcdotorg, (864)834-0272, of Mission Computer Update. Thanks Roger!

————————————–

GREAT STATS ON OUR GLOBAL VILLAGE
Thanks to Billy bphenixatpopdotmindspringdotcom for bringing the site, http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/1910/wvp.html, to our attention. What a great view of our global village: If we were to reduce the world population to a village of 1000 inhabitants; then this would be our reality…

* 520 are Woman & 480 are Men

* Places of Origin:
584 are Asians
124 are Africans
84 are Latin Americans
95 are Eastern/Western Europeans
55 are Russians
52 are North Americans
4 are Australians
2 are from New Zealand

There are tons more stats there at the site. You can also get an ASCII version.

————————————–

HOW TO SPOT A COMPUTER VIRUS HOAX IN ONE EASY LESSON
Bob Sutterfield says browse http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html#joincrew. Bottom line: Before you relay an alleged virus “warning” to tons of people on your mailing list, check out its validity on a virus tracking site (like the one above).

————————————–

HERE’S AN ADOPT-A-PEOPLE PROJECT THAT’S BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER!
Galen Daily gdailyatgwedotnet emailed us this past week to update us on her small town, (population of 15,000) where several churches and the local YWAM base have banded together to facilitate various ministries and to adopt an unreached people group(s). She wrote, While we are still in the formative stages it looks like the Lord would have us do the following:

* Provide an additional prayer covering to the work among the Papago people.
* Come along side an existing agency already working with the Huichol people.
* Provide a means for offering a variety of short term missions trips ranging from “vacations with a purpose” to those which are challenging physically and spiritually.
* Adopt a people in SW China.
* Adopt a people in Nepal.

The partnership works because each partner ministry is given the freedom to maintain its own distinctiveness and its own missions focus. What each partner agency brings to the partnership is a function of what the Lord has laid on the hearts of the leadership of the individual agency. The burden among the members of the partnership is for all the lost; not just the people they have traditionally worked with.

The two primary churches are very different; one is Presbyterian (PCUSA) and the other Foursquare. The partnership works because each pastor loves and respects the other, and each has a heart for missions. Both pastors also love and respect the director of the YWAM base.

The partnership had its beginnings with a series of meetings between missions oriented leaders from the two churches. These meetings led to the co-teaching of missions classes between the churches and then the idea of the partnership was born.

We are constantly trying to expand the partnership. We have contacted the bulk of the churches in town with an invitation to join us and are continuing in our attempts to build relationships with them.

I am Galen Daily and I coordinate the partnership. I would be happy to answer any questions about how the Lord led us to our current level of cooperation. I can be reached at gdailyatgwedotnet or (970) 249-8933.

Much of what we have gone through is covered in an excellent course called Resource Advocate Training Seminar. The seminar is coordinated by John Hanna of Caleb Project. The next seminar is scheduled for May 7-9, 1998 in Littleton, Colorado. John can be reached at JHannaatcprojectdotcom or (303) 730-4170.
[Great stuff, Galen!!!] thumbs-up

————————————–

DEPUTATION PLANNER NOW AVAILABLE ON BRIGADA SITE
If you’re still considering downloading the Deputation Organizer software, it’s now available at: http://www.brigada.org/world/depuzip.exe

————————————–

POST YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS AND HOPE TO FIND A GIVER!
What a great idea! Joe Taylor jwt01atemaildotmsndotcom has a great idea: Find those needing mission funds and match them with people who would like to give them bucks! :-) Seriously… check his site at http://www.giversministry.org Should become a very popular site! :-)

————————————–

ATTENTION SPORTS EVANGELISM FOLKS!
Dale Smith fishvilleataoldotcom is looking for the name and contact information for all mission agencies who coordinate summer mission trips using high school athletes in sports evangelism. If you’re involved, drop him a line! Dale, please send us a compilation in a couple of weeks, okay? Thanks!

————————————–

GET YOUR SHIPPING INFO
Need to ship something overseas???

————————————–

PRAY FOR NAGANO
The Nagano Olympics Evangelism Committee has put together some prayer requests for Christians interested in praying for this effort. Browse http://members.aol.com/nagano98/ for the list. Thanks to “M Mejia” for the tip!

————————————–

PEOPLE GROUP BOOK RELEASED
Duke University Press has published the revised and expanded edition of The Tatars of Crimea, Return to the Homeland edited by Edward A. Allworth. Those who would like to order the book should call Duke University Press at (919) 687-3639 or fax (919) 688-4391. Paper edition (0-8223-1994-2) $ 19.95, Unjacketed cloth edition (0-8223-1985-3) $ 59.95 (for library use). Thanks

————————————–

CONFERENCE TO FEATURE TENTMAKING
It’s May 15-17, 1998, “Intent ’98: Many Jobs; One Task” to be held at the Techny Towers, 12 miles northeast of O’Hare airport, beginning Friday May 15, ending Sunday. Plenary speakers include J. Christy Wilson, Ruth Siemens (with Global Opportunities), Ron George and Norm and Jacquelyn Friberg. There’s be a ton of workshops, questions & interaction. For more info. write DorothyBlahaatmsndotcom or call Intent at 1-800-478-2598 (toll-free in the USA, or use net-2-phone).

——————-

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

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

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.
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.

——————-

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

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

“If you’ve been asked to lead, you’ve been asked to serve.”

1 453 454 455 456 457 466  Scroll to top